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Georgia State Senate
THE VOTE WIS 26 to 14
Opposing Sides Battled Fiercely
For Victory?Opponents of
Bill Applaud Result.
After a debate lasting three days the
Willingham state prohibition bill was
ir> nonrtria R.nfito "Fridft'V
The result proved exactly as the opponents
of the measure had predicted.
The failure of the bill to receive the 17
votes which were accorded it was due <
to the absence of three of its supporters,
Senators Greene, Morrison and ;
A surprise was sprung by the oppo- ,
? neuts of the bill in an amendment ;
Friday morning to the amendment by ;
Mr. Terrell, providing for submitting
the bill to the people. The new amendment
restricted the vote to the 22
counties to be affected by the bill. It
was adopted by a vote of 21 to 18. As
amended the Terrell amendment was 3
lost by a vote of 26 to 14. The amend- i
npent having been killed, the original ]
ball was then accorde? a like fate by ]
i the same vote.
'The opponents of the bill filled the <
senate chamber with their glad shonts, {
but it was noticed that the people in
the gallery received the verdict with a I i
death-like silence. !
The voting began at 1:30 p. m. and 1
the various roll calls consumed an :
hour, a great many senators rising to i
explain their votes. *
a numoer 01 interesting argumeuis
were made daring the morning and
were followed with the same close attention
that has marked the entire debate.
On the ballot which was to determine
the fate of the measure but one senator
explained his vote. This was
Senator Underwood, of the thirtysecond.
He voted against the passage
of the bill and gave as his reason for
so doing that as the bill stood he believed
it was against the principles of
. democracy.
The consideration of the several
amendments offered to the original bill
occasioned the only break in the monotony
of the debate of the day and
consumed some little time.
A mild sensation grew out of the introduction
of the amendment to the
Terrell amendment by Senator Bedding
designed to prohibit the 115 dry
counties in the state from voting on
the bill if it was passed with the
amendment of the senator from the
thirty-sixth leaving the measure to a
vote of the people of the state.
This was presented shortly after the
convening of the senate and was read
merely for information and held over
1o be acted upon after the argument had
been concluded in conformity with
the agreement entered into at the bemnninff
nf t,Vi? contflst.
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When argument closed at 1:30 i
o'clock the previous question ."was
called by Senator Fouche and the
amendments came up to be acted upon. a
An attack was immedietely made t
upon the Bedding amendment by the ^
friends of the Willingham bill, Sera- ^
tor Bunn denouncing it as a dodge to ^
kill the bill. Senator Dickerson took ^
the the same stand and the contest at
this point assumed a more interesting ^
aspect than at any time since the fate T
of the prohibition measure had been
in the hands of the upper house. t
Despite this, however, the Redding
amendment was adopted by a vote of a
21 to 18, and then when the Terrell j
amendment, as amended, came up for t
consideration, eleven senators rose ^
when their names were called to ex.
* plain their votes. By a vote 26 to 14
the amendment of the senator from
the thirty-sixth, as amended, was lost. ?
Then, being denuded of amend*
ments and in the shape it had been
passed in the house, the bill was put T
upon its passage. The aye and noe $
vote was called, and amid intense si- v
lence forty senators cast their votes as T
the secretary read each man's name. 3
When the result had been declared a
and thA defeat of the measure t>ro- n
' ' * 1 TO
Ttxai Stat? legislature to Be Called In *
Extra Session.
A special from Austin, says: It has t
been decided that the Texas legisla- f
tore should be convened in special t
session next month for the considers- c
tion of a taxation bill that will com- a
pletely revolutionize the taxation 6ys- I
tern of this state. The exact date has p
not been settled. For three months p
the state tax commission, created by t
the legislature, has been preparing a 1:
bill which remodels all taxation laws t
in the state, and said bill is the one i:
the special session will be called to t
act ppon. ?
* Being Vigorously Contested For By Hitchcock
and Allen of Nebraska.
A special from Lincoln, Neb., says:
The fight for the senatorial seat made T
vacant by the death of Senator Hay- s
ward has narrowed down to G. M. 1
Hitchcock and former senator W. Y. ?
Allen. r
Governor Poynter says both sides a
may present their case for his consid- *c
eration and decision. - s
Bill Introduced In CongTCM Placing Staple
on Dutiable List.
A "Washington dispatch says: A I
measure of general interest to Florida (
and sections of Georgia was introduced j
in the house Friday by Congressman
Davis, of Florida. It places sea island
or long staple cotton on the dutiable
list The bill provides that a duty of
five cents per pound on the lint and ?
50 per centum advalorem shall be ?
levied on all importations from for- <
eign countries. t
Turns Down the WilMeasure.
nounced, the opponents of the bill
went wild for the moment.
- No demonstration of any kind came
from the friends of the measure and
applause from the gallery was conspicuous
by its absence. A few spectators
clapped their hands, but for the
i i. il. A_ _ I i.1. - H _
xuost pari, me occupants ui me guuexj
filed out into the corridors of the
capitol singly and silently. It was
clear that those who had watched day
by day the contest on the floor of the
senate were disappointed.
The following was the vote as recorded:
For the bill?Senators Bunn, Davis,
Dickerson, Gross, Hand, Humphries,
King, McGehee, Passmore, .Rawlings,
Steed, Thrasher, Wilcox and Wood.
Against the bill?Senators Blalock,
Brannen, Clifton, Daniel, Dowling,
Fouche, Grovenstein, Heard, Hodge,
Johnson, Laing, Little, Mann, Moye,
McLester, Nesbitt, eOdom, Perkins,
Redding, Sutton, Terrell, Underwood,
Webb, West, Wight and Wingfield.
The house of representatives spent
most of the session Friday morning
in the discussion of the joint
resolution to pay the $3,100 expenses
of the tax commission. It developed
that there was considerable
opposition and some of tne members
jave vent to their feelings.
The consideration was resumed in
the committee of the whole, house. .
Speaker Little took the floor in defense
of the action of commission in
sitting beyond the limit of thirty day?
is provided in the resolution. Several
members who were opposed to the
:ax measure contended that it was a
nere matter of right and justice that
;he whole expenses should be paid,
in amendment by Mr. Willingham of
Monroe to redeuce the amount to
51,840 was voted down.
The bill was then reported back to
:he house favorably, and was passed
?y a votte of 95 to 19. It was ordered
mmediately trasmitted to the senate.
A bill by Mr. Morris, of Cobb, to
illow judges to render judgments at
he appearance term of uncondi:ional
contracts in writing where there was
io defense, and open accounts where
here is an affidavit that the same is
rue, where no plea is filed, passed the
louse by a vote of 88 to 36.
This will save the creditor six
nonths time in the superior courts in
collecting these contracts where there
s no contest. Under the present law
hey must go over to the second term
cefore judgment can be rendered.
The bill by Mr. Slaton, of Fulton,
o require all claims agaiust municicalities
to be presented for payment
>efore suit can be filed, was passed.
A resolution by Mr. Reid, of Taliaerro,
for the relief of the sureties of
i. T. Edwards, late tax collector of
Taliaferro county, was also passed.
rerdlct of Coroner's Jury In the Pottle
Murder Case.
The jury in the Pottle murder case
t Macon, Ga., agreed on a verdict to
he effect that Mrs. Pottle came to her
[eath from wounds inflicted by some
ilunt instrument in the hands of the
tegro, Allen Fuller. The verdict has
ieen unanimously approved by the
ublic, and there was a great deal of
xcitement just after the conclusion
ras reached.
The negro was sent at once to Atlana
for safe keeping.
Fuller has made a partial confession
dmitting that ho was present when
Irs. Pottle was murdered and stating
hat Alfred Redd, the other negro tinier
arrest in Macon, did the killing."
'radegy Resutled Prom Quarrel Between
Two Men.
Lucy Carbon and her child in arms,
rere killed near Adairsville, Ga., Friay,
by Jim Mayfield. Frank Bird
ras also wounded by the same shot
rhich killed mother and daughter.
?he men were at the woman's house
nd quarreled over some trival matter.
?he murderer escaped.
Rebellious Cubans Have Given Up Idea of
Making Trouble.
Advices from Havana, Cuba, state
hat the report that several Cubans
rom Havana have been endeavoring
o collect funds among the Tampa
igar makers and to incite feeling
igainst the Americans is discredited,
it is admitted, however, that such a
>roject may have been contemplated
trior to President McKinlev's message
o congress. In the light of that dec
aration of tlie policy of the Wa3hingon
government, representative Cubans
n Havana feel that they have no cause
o doubt the good faith of the United
outhern Trala Makes Seventy-Four Milea
An Hour On New Road.
The Southern railway smashed the
world's record Friday in running
eventy-four miles an hour over its
lew roadbed between Columbia and
Javannah, Ga. Never before has aoy
oad ever dared send a heavy train
nd a big engine pounding over a
rand new line at any such tremendous
tteet In Memphis and Arrange For the
National Convention.
The southern leaders of the people's
)arty met in Memphis, Tenn., andde- i
sided that the executive committee J
shall be requested to call a meeting j
'or February for the purpose of nam- I
ng a date for the next convention.
Berry's Thanks Resolution.
Representative Beiry, of Kentucky,
>ays that he will use every effort to
secure consideration for his joint res>lution
giving tne thanks of congress
jo Rear Admiral Schley.
i Nearly Half a Hundred Business
Houses Destroyed,With Losses
Aggregating $1,000,000.
Augusta, Ga., had another big fire
1 Sunday morning, and on the same
block where th& big fire of six months
j ago occurred.
I Last summer's fire destroyed from
1 Seventh street to Dorr's building, and
; Sunday's fire began at Dorr's and
swept the rest of the block to the
Arlington hotel, ana went across
i Eighth street to Schneider's store on
the corner.
It has been impracticable to get at
| losses in any authoritative and accu:
rate way. Every insurance company
| represented in Augusta is represented
j in the fire. The largest losses, esti'
mated, were:. i
j Dorr,building ana stock,$20,000; J.
B. White, building, $60,000: J. B.
! White, stock, $350,000; Arlington hoj
tel, building, $100,000; Masonic Hall
j building, $25,000; Louis Schaul, jew!
elrv, etc., $10,000.
Besides these twenty-one other
firms were burned out with losses
ranging from $500 to $6,000.
It was the worst fire that Augusta
has had in years. The old Central
hotel property that has so often had
raging fires on both sides of it, was
the center of the blaze Sunday morning,
and the historic old building has
been razed to the ground. Nothing
i remains but the front wall on Broad
street with its empty and smoke-begrimed
The Masonic nail nas oniy xne ironi
wall left standing to mark its site, and
but a fragment of the outside walls of
the Arlington hotel on tho front and
' on Jackson street mark the place
where Augusta's best hotel stood.
In three hours a million dollars
worth of property in the very heart of
the city was converted into ashes.
It is a rather notable fact that all the
great fires of the past twenty years
have occurred within two blocks of
Arlington hotel corner, three of them
on the same block, on the same side
of the street.
Sunday morning's great fire?the
greatest the city has known in fifty
years?began in J. B. "White'S big dry
goods house?the nearest approach
Augusta had to a big modern department
The origin of the fire is unknown.
redd is lvnocext.
Confession of the Negro Fuller Is Not
A Macon dispatch says: Sheriff
Westcott places no reliance in the alleged
confession of Allen Fuller that
Alfred Redd killed Mrs. Pottle while
he, Fuller, looked on. Redd will be
The case against Fuller was made
almost perfect by the finding of the
hand satchel which Mrs. Pottle car- j
A search of the Fuller premises was
made and in the house another satchel
was found, inside of which was the
missing satchel.
The scissors, since the coroner's
jury investigation, have been positively
identified as the property of
Mr3. Pottle. They were found on
Jt'uller wnen ne was arresiea.
The sheriff has been quietly hard at
work oil the case and has collected a
mass of evidence. He will not dis- j
close all he knows until the trial.
May B? Created to Settlo the Sehley-Samp?on
A special to The New York Herald
from Washington says:
President McKinley during an interview
with Senator Wellington, expressed
himself in favor of reviving
the grade of vice admiral in the intererest
of Rear Admiral Sampson and
Rear Admiral Schley. He believes that
this is the simplest solution of the
whole Sampson-Schley controversy,
and it is expected that Senator Wellington
will introduce a bill in a few days
providing for the appointment of two
vice admirals without specifying
Holding Down Insurance Companies.
Under the Spanish regime in Cuba
the fire insurance companies of the
United States were obliged to make a
deposit of $25,000. Since the American
occupation $75,000 has been demanded,
and, in spite of a vigorous
protest, the order still stands.
The Department of Agriculture at Washington
Will Soon Issue the Order.
The usual annual quarantine order
against the area -where the splenetic
or southern (Texas) fever exists among
cattle will be issued shortly by the
department of agriculture, to take
effect January 1. The order will be
substantially like that of last year.
The quarantined area will ccnsist of
all of the states of South Carolina,
Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Indian
Territory and parts of the states of
North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,
Oklahoma and California.
Chattanooga Police Commissioner and
Itev. Alonro Honk Differ.
Police Commissioner Dyer, of Chattanooga,
in a published card, declares
that Rev. Alonzo Monk, pastor of the
Centenary Methodist church, willfully
- ? ? - - - -WW /Nr.
told a falsehood in ma seimuu
when he stated that he did not know
that the city ordinance closing the saloons
at 10 o'clock at night was rigidly
enforced. The controversy between
the church people and the commissioner
is growing very acrimonious,
growing out of the whisky and saloon
closing question.
Ice Broke and Three Boys Perish In
Sight of Companions.
Ralph and Clyde Hendrick, brothers,
aged thirteen and eleven years respectively,
and Albert Schilling, aged
fourteen years, while 6kating on McCoy's
pond at Gallitzin, Pa., Saturday
afternoon, broke the ir.e and were
drowned in sight of a number of
young companions. |
Maddox of Georgia Opens Debate 1
Against the Measure.
Georgian Declares the Measure a j
* Scheme to Put the Country <
On a Gold Basis.
A Washington special says: Judge '
Maddox, of Georgia, opened the debate
on the currency bill for the Democrats
in the house Monday and delivered a
speech which will stand out as one of J
the notable arguments of the session (
upon this highly important question.
It was to a large extent the feature of !
the day's session. '
The first speaker was Overstreet, '
Republican, who introduced the bill,
and Maddox followed in an argument
lasting over an hour. Aside from the i
reference to the Republican record the
Georgian discussed the bill on the fol- ,
lowing six propositions:
"First, this bill is a scheme to legal- i
lZiC I'llO autuuiltj buuu iiCIO VG9U uou&y
ed by the treasurers of the United
States in attempting to put this country
on a gold basis without authority
of law.
"Second, it is a scheme to take from
the people one-half of its money cf
fiual redemption and to make the
same worthless..
"Third, it is a bit 1 to change and alter
the contracts of the people without
%their consent by making their obligations,
which have heretofore since the
organization of the government, been
payable in coin or both gold and silver
payable in gold only.
"Fourth, it is a scheme, to contract
the currency at the will of the bankers.
"Fifth, it is a scheme to adopt the j
gold standard for the benefit of the
bauks without making themselves
* liable in any waj to furnish the gold
to sustain it.
"Sixth, it is a scheme for the advantage
of about three hundred thousand
people holding stock in national
banks and to disadvantage of all the J
rest." 1
The debate will cover a wide range !
and some stormy incidents are expected.
Twenty-two Democrats will 1
speak against the bill. '
Representative Overstreat, in open- 1
ing, said: i
"Notwithstanding there have been <
occasions when serious doubt clouded i
the situation and produced grave fears <
lest the entire fabric of oui monetary
system might be seriously shaken, yet i
it is to *he credit of the government t
that every dollar of our money in cir- 1
culation is absolutely sound and un- t
questioned. This condition has led *
many people into the erroneous belief
that there was no need for legislation
and that the best the government
could do would be to let the subject
"Such people are not familiar with
the frequent pledges of the government
to maintain the parity of our
money, declaring by congressional
acts the honest purpose of the government
to faithfully and surely guarantee
full parity of all money in circulation.
The present parity depends entirely
upon such declarations and
guarantees, but its maintenance rests
with the judgment or caprice cf the
I secretary of the treasnry who, by a
single order directing the use of silver
in the discharge of our obligations
may completely destroy the parity and
shift the standard to the metal so
"It seems far better to attempt a
proper regulation of the question by a
clear and permanent statute rather
I than depend upon occasional declara'
tions by the government of its intention.
It is far better to end the matter
by a public law, whieh shall be
plain and unequivocal, rather than
rely upon proposals of what may or '
shall be done at some future date, or
leave so dangerous an option within
the control of one man, whether he be
the president or his financial advisor." e
Precautions Ajfalnst Robbery In Use of
War Revenue Stamps.
Somebody has evidently been robbing
Uncle Sam since the inauguration 2
of the revenue stamps on June 13, c
1898. . t
An order has just been sent out by .
Commissioner of Intenal Revenue G. ,
W. Wilson at Washington, and ap- j
proved by Secretary Gage, making it
cumpulsory on people who use revenue
stamps for 10 cents or more for denoting
any tax imposed by the act of June
13, 1898, to not only write or stamp ,
1cud rlofn nnnn fV?A CftTRP
lUllllliO UUU uuku Ufswu va*v -but
to mutilate it in sucli a way that '
it can never be used again. 0
Texan Will Renew Fight Against Wheeler
In the House.
A 'Washington dispatch says: The
opposition to General Wheeler's tak- *
ing his seat as a member of the house ?
of representatives from Alabama is to .
be renewed by Representative Bailey,
of Texas, whose resolutions last year c
brought a report from the house judi- *
ciary committee that a military and *
congressional office could not be held ?
at the same time. ^
PaiiTs Fireworks Assigned. a
Pain's Fireworks company, whose
headquarters are in New York city, r
made an assignment Thursday in
Brooklyn to Bertram Gardner, a lawi
yer of Manhattan. t
Circus Man Wants Divorce. s
! Peter Sells, the millioniare circus F
man, has filed a-petition for divorce at j
Columbus, O., on the grounds of adultery,
naming William Bott and Harry T
D. Lyons, two prominent men, as co- y
Agricultural Department Places
Total* Crop For the Year at
8,900,000 Bales.
The statistician of the department
of agriculture at Washington, reports
3,900,000 bales as the probable cotton
production for the Uhited States for
1899-1900. This estimate is based
npon a larger number of both general
and special reports than has ever before
been received by the department
in connection with a cotton crop.
While weather conditions during the
past thirty days have been favorable
to whatever picking remained to be
done, so that the general condition of
the crop is slightly better thau one
month ago, continued investigations
leave absolutely no doubt that the
crop is even smaller than was indicated
in either of the statistician's
previous reports.
The report shows acreage in the
principal cotton growing states to
have been as follows:
North Carolina, 1,311,708; South
Carolina,2,353,213; Georgia, 3,535,205;
Alabama, 3,003,176; Texas, 6,991,901;
Mississippi, 2,900,298; Louisiana, 1,281,691;
Arkansas, 1,876,167; Tennessee,
896,722; Oklahoma, 215,893; Indian
Territory, 311,906; sundry, 286,
112, making a total of 24,967,29o.
The production in gross bales -was
is follows:
North Carolina, 629,620; South
Carolina, 1,035,414, Georgia, 1,378,731;
Alabama, 1,176,042; Mississippi,
1,247,128; Louisiana, 717,747; Texas,
1,363,103; Arkansas, 919.469, Tennessee,
322,820; Oklahoma, 109,026; Inlian
Territory, 207,838; sundry, 82,291,
makiug a total of 11,189,205
bales, an increase of 291,348 bales
Dver the preceeding year. Of the total
jrop, 11,121,414 bales were upland,
iveraging 515 pounds per bale, gross
weight, and 67,791 were Sea Island,
iveraging 390 pounds per bale. The
iverage production per acre was .448
:>f a bale.
The total value of the crop, estimatjd
on the basis of the average prices
luring the first six months of the cotion
year at the various larg& markets
nearest to the different centers of proluction,
was $305,467,041, the average
price per pound being 5.27 cents for
lpland and 14 cents for Sea Island.
Further Details of Gen. Gatacre's Repulse
Bjr the Boers.
Later details received at London
egarding the disaster to General
jatacre's column show that but for
nagnificent work of the British artilery
the disaster would have been far
nore extensive, as the incessant Boer
ihell fire in the midst of the repulsed
nfantry ultimately led to disorder
svhich only escaped developing into a
out through the batteries of artillery
>ccupying successive positions coverng
the retreat,thus drawing a portion
)f the Boers' galling fire.
Apparently the British were set an
mpossible task and were treacherously
juided. After a trying march and
being tinder arms lb hours, they at;acked
the wrong part of the Boer portion,
where the hill was impregnable
and the burghers were estimated
;o number 6,000 men instead of 2,500,
is the spies had reported.
There is little in the story to mitigate
the intense humiliation occasioned
by the episode which was
ilmost an exact counterpart of the batto
of Nichols-Nek. The war office
Fas besieged with, anxious relatives,
ind the successive editions of news>apers
were eagerly scanned. Men
ind women were equally persistent in
bleading for information, but the auhorities
either do not posse ss any or
ire not prepared to publish it at pres:nt.
The affair has caused the most debressing
influence everywhere, not eijepting
the stock exchange, where,
;onsols were at the lowest price in
nany years, and South African securiies
slumped, not so much on account
>f the military reverse which is notrerievable,
but owing to the proound
apprehension as' to effect. No
great surprise would now be felt if
General Gatacre's reverse resulted in
Bape Colony becoming aflame from
snd to end.
It is just two months since the
[ ransvaal ultimatum was delivered,
ftne battles have been fought and the
British have lost 566 killed, 2,027
rounded and 1,977 missing or prisontrs.
Sires S3,OOO Bond and Goes back to His
Old Tricks.
John P. Reese, national executive
ommitteeman of the United Mine
Vorkers, who has been in jail at Ft.
Icott, Kas., under commitment from
he federal court for contempt, was reeased
monday under the writ of
labeas corpus recently issued in St.
jouis by Judge Thayer.
The necessary $3,000 bond was proided
by Topeka bankers. Mr. Reese
etumed at once to the coal fields
rhere he was arrested, declaring that
ie would pursue the course which he
ras pursuing when Judge Williams
rdered his arrest for contempt.
rour Children Locked In House and Cremation
Friday night on Mr. Ed Walker's
dace, at Walkers, Greene county,Ga.,
i negro woman, the wife of I)un c
Broomfield, went to a quilting party,
ocking up in the house her four chilIren,
whose ages ranged from two to
line years, her husband being absent
rom~ home. On returning to the
Louse she found it in ashes and all
ou^ of the chiluren burned to death,
heir bodies being barely recognizee.
lopartmeilt of Agriculture Will Send Out
Largo Quantity This Tear.
The department of agriculture will
>egin its distribution of seeds a little
arlier this year than last, shipping
outh the beginning of January and
erhaps sending a few shortly before
he 1st. This year the seeds for disribution
to all parts of the country
rill consist of 13,000,000 packs of
egetable seeds, 1,568,000 of flower
eeds, besides field and lawn seeds,
The State Election Commissioners
Make Their Decision.
DCDirnnrAN HA [ftDfTY Km
111*1 UlfLflVrtM ilinoVIMl A 1W Mjww
Qoebel Is Still Game But la Advirci
By His Friends to
Abide the Result.
A special from Frankfort, Ky., ?ay?:
At 9:45 o'clock Saturday morning the
election certificate of William S. Taylor
was signed by the election commissioners
and he was declared to be governor-elect
of Kentucky.
The official figures of the vote filed
with Secretary of State Finley are:
Taylor, 193,714; Goebel, 191,331; Taylor's
plurality, 2,383.
The operation, which ended for the
time being at least, the bitterly fought
gubernatorial contest, was conducted
in- the simplest manner. The majority
opinion of Commissioners Pryor and Ellis
and the minority opinion of Commissioner
Poyntz, which were issued
Saturday morning, were not read as
was the orignal intention. The three
commissioners walked first to the office
of the clerk of the state supreme court
where they filed two opinions. They
then passed into the office of the secretary
of state. Clerk Chenault, of
the board of commissioners, read the
figures showing that the Republican
candidates for offices on the
state ticket had received the larg
est number of votes and then certificates
of election were signed at once,
that of Mr. Taylor being first on the
All Republican candidates for state
offices were then furnished with commissions
by Governor Bradley.
Goebel seems to take his defeat philosophically.
He had been advised by
many friends who supported him with
vigor to let the Republicans have the
offices without further contest as the
keeping alive of the political feeling
would do an infinite harm.
Mr. Taylor was modest and reticent
as usual.
"I expected it, of course," said he,
"I knew that if the commissioners
went by the law and the evidence they
could do nothing else than decide the
way they have done."
Commissioner Poyntz declined to
sign the Republican certificates of
election, saying that he stood by the
opinion that he had rendered, and
could not consistently do so. He consented
to sign the certificates of the
railroad commissioners, however.
The official returns developed the
peculiar fact that 10,000 Democrats
and an equal number of Republicans
did not know how to vote the Australian
ballot, as both Goebel and Taylor
ran ahead of other men on their respective
tickets 10,000 votes; and
John Young Brown, while receiving
only 12,000 ran 2,000 ahead ef his
ticket. It seems that 22,000 voters
thought that by marking the name of
thft candidate for covernor thev were
voting the entire ticket of their choice.
Committee Say* Grand Jury Presentments
Were Scandalous.
Without foundation, improper, untrue
and .scandalous is the verdict of
the special committee of the Atlanta
Bar association on the arraignment of
the grand jury and Foreman Joseph
H. Johnson.
The report of the committee was
submitted at a meeting of the association
Saturday morning in the superior
court room, and was eagerly listened
to by as many lawyers and citizens as
the room would hold.
The committee admitted that there
were some unworthy members of the
bar in the city, but stated that their
number was so few as not to warrant
the special presentment and the manner
in which it was made.
Foreman Johnson, who was seen
after tho meeting, said:
"I utter a loud cry for help from
the ethical members of the Atlanta
Bar association."
Rumor Current That McKInley Want* J
Maine Man For Running Mate.
According to a Washington speoial ,
there is a highly interesting story go- 1
ing the rounds of the inner Republican
circles to the effect that President (
McKinley is anxious to see Tom Reed 1
named as his running mate for 1900. '
While the death of Yice President Mo- *
bart is very recent, it is natural that 1
there should have already been a good
deal of talk about the Republican nom- *
inee for the vice presidency, and it is '
said the president, in talking with '
some of his closest associates, has ^
sounded them as to the availability of 1
the late speaker. }
Funeral of Murdered Woman at Maeon f
Largely Attended. >
The funeral of Mrs. Pottle, the i
murdered woman, at Macon, was im- r
pressive and very sad. It was attended
by a large number of old friends of \
the family and of the woman herself., j
She was laid to rest by her father, i
Captain Charles Hamilton, in Rose t
Hill cemetery. The unfortunate c
woman had retained" no feeling (j
stronger than her great love for hex {
father. Frequently and in the last f
few years she visited the cemetery. (
lie Will Publish Letter Damaging to Julia
Manager Harris, well known in theatrical
circles, produced a startling .
letter written him by Julia Morrison
but a few hourfe before she shot and I
killed Frank Leiden on the stage at
Chattanooga, Tenn. She has counted |
on Harris's sympathy and assistance,
but ho has decided to publish the let- F
ter and will see his manager's death ^
avenged. *
New Enterprise Chartered.
A charter has been issued to the
Columbia Mutual Life Insurance Company,
of Columbia. The officers of
the company are: F. M. Brickman,
president and general manager; E. J.
Goodman, secretary and treasurer; F.
M. Brickman, E. J. Goodman and M.
E. Brickman, directors.
Charges Against Professor.
A Columbia dispatch says: Sensational
charges have been made by Cora
Jenkins, fifteen years old, against
Professor J. C. Meares, of the South
Carolina Institute for tjie deaf, dumb
and blind, at Cedar Springs. The girl
went from the asylum to the home of
Dr. Meares a year ago. She was a
pretty girl and was adopted by the
professor and his wife. She has now
become a mother and is in the county
poor house. Professor Meares is a
noted educator of the blipd and has
been in the institute for a number of
years. The case has been turned over
to the grand jury. The girl is said to
have refused offers to compromise.
The Dispensary Fund.
After months and months of work I
the comptroller general has finally
succeeded in getting reports from all
of the counties so that he could distribute
the dispensary fund turned
over for distribution this year among
the public schools of the state.
It was thought that there would be
practically no school in the state which
would not show that it had received
$75, or had been open for threh
months. Such was not the case, and
owing to the bungling construction of
the recent act many counties received
three times as much money as they re
coived from the direct distribution.
The ijgures made up bj the comptroller
general are as follows:
Amount less than $3 per capita received
in certain counties from three
mills and polls to be paid from dispensary
Abbeville $ 1,269 31
Berkeley 2,209 12
Chester 2,510 81
Chesterfield 3,282 63
Colleton.'. 935 41
Darlington 660 84
Edgefield 1,180 89
Fairfield 4,419 03
Florence 2,447 42
Georgetown 2,174 59
Greenville 3,599 07
Horry . 8,071 59
Kershaw 787 01
Lancaster 5,22* 42
Lexington 2,342 45
Marion 2,018 26
Marlboro 717 88
Newberry 275 83
Oconee 1,288 42
Orangeburg 7,139 72
Pickens 3,460 05
Saluda 2,694 38
Spartanburg 924 19
Sumter 746 95
Union 121 41
Williamsburg 3,138 84
York 3,559 52
Totals t'7,204 35
It may be stated that after the deficiency
account has been paid the various
counties each school child in the
state received, on acco'ut of the dispensary,
a little over 15 cents, or, to be
exact, 15,75272.
Why Not?
mi . -vr 3 n - . irk.
xne news aau tuuner r?iuur&B.
mills in Sonth Carolina have proved
as snccessfnl as those in Georgia, and
their success, too, has proved that
southern men and South Carolina men
know "how to run" such enterprises
to the best advantage. There is no
reason why South Carolina should not
get from $75 to $100 for every bale it
grows, instead of $25 to $40 for the
raw material. The same suggestive j
and stimulative remark applies to
every county in the state. That county
is sound asleep to its opportunity and
interest, surely, which is content to
sell its crop year after year for onefourth
to one-third of its ready value.
Wealth is not so won. No county
should cease from^effort until it has
within its borders at least enough
spindles to spin every bale of cotton
within its borders.'
Local Option Proposed.
A Columbia special says: There will
be one overshadowing question before
me approaching session of jthe legislature,
the solution of the liquor problem.
The great scheme of Senator
rillman to relieve the people from the
burdens of taxation and to improve
the morals of the citizens seem doomed.
The best friends of the dispensary
are turning against it. Bepeated
scandals in the state board and con;inuing
bloodshed, together with less
partisan bitterness, has borne fruit
Senator Lewis Appelt,of Clarendon,
?leader of the reformers or Tillman
'action in the legislature, and until the
ast few months an earnest advocate of
ihe system of state dispensaries, has
prepared a Dill wnose mam matures
will probably become law. It prorides
that at the next general election
;he following questions shall be subnitted
to the qnalliiied electors in
tach county: 1. The question of prolibition.
2. The question of county
lispensary. 3. The question of li;ense
under the constitution.
The penalty for disposing of liquor
mlawfully in counties where the maority
vote is for prohibition is fixed at
lot less than three nor more than
welve months' imprisonment or a fine
>f not less than $100 nor more than
5500. Half of the fine goes to the inormer.
There is no other provision
or encouraging detection of lawbreakirs.
Where the majority vote is for a dis>ensary,
a board consisting of the
iounty supervisor, the foreman of the
jrand jury and one taxpaying citizen
* * "> ' - iv. ? I
o De seieciea dj uih majrui ul vuo i
:ounty seat, shall have control of all
ts affairs. They will each receive $3
)er day for not more than three days
n each month. The board shall orjanize
the connty dispensary, buy all
he liquors used and select the dis)enser,
who is required to give bond
n the penal sum of $5,000 for the faithul
and honest performance of his duies.
Where the counties vote for "license"
a board selected in the same way as
that for the dispensary counties shall
have charge.
No licenses shall be granted except
in towns and cities. In towns of less
than 5,000 inhabitants, the application
must be accompanied by a peti- * %
tion from the majority of the freehold
voters in said town; in larger towns a
majority of voters in the ward in
which the saloon is to be located most
make petition. The license must be
not less than $600 nor more,, than
$1,200 a year, half going to the mnnioipality
and half to the county for th6
public schools. Liquor cannot be
| sold in quantities of less than one-half
I pint, nor be drunk on the premises
where sold; nor be sold to minors, 1;|
nor persons in the habit of becoming - v||
intoxicated. A fine of not less ^n
$300 or imprisonment for not less than
.three months will be the penalty for
the violation of any of these regula*
What BranchTille People Think.
A number of Branchville people
vrent up to Orangeburg in attendance
upon the preliminary trial of Warren,
the alleged express robber. Some of ."'-I
<* L.l.-.f it..
til em express tne arm oexiex iu ura ***- .sston
nocence of the accused, while others .
claim that he is guilty.
Of course the accused had so statement
to make, so that from his stand-\
point nothing will be made public at '
this time. His brother expressed him- Jf!j
self before the hearing as being anxious
to know what the express officials
had against the accused, as he seemed
to have a very slight idea of what the
testimony would be. >
Franchise Granted*.
Without a single dissenting vote'the ||?
city council of Charleston, at a special M
meeting last Friday night, adopted the 'M
report of the joint committee on streets fi
and railroads, by which the Chatta- S
nooga, Augusta and Charleston Air I
Line railway is given a franchise' to 1
build into Charleston. The reportsfirst
approved by members of the two . J|
committees and the corporation cohn-j
sel, was read and when the questshn j
was called it was adopted by counml jS
by unanimous vote. The franchise is
fashioned practically on the lines ask- -j
ed by the company and with it is the '
right to construct tracks from the city
boundary, through the streets named, . M
and down to the terminal property, ||
where the Seaboard station will be ||
erected. After this granting of the ,
franchise, however, the railroad com- m
mittee was instructed to look into the
matter of an alternate route, but this -|j|
does not affect the franchise as it" ;
Just what steps are to follow this
action has not been stated, but it
appears from the grant of right* by ' yg
the Charleston city council that the .
active occupancy of the franchise voted;
must begin within sixty days. That ,;
being true the publio will not be long .3
irAnf in Vif as fn the success of the
agyv AM UWMV?- ww w ?? ?
Warren Bound Over.
The preliminary hearing in the case J
of the state against Bartow Warren,,
who is charged by the Southern Express
company'8 officials and detectives with
having committed the daring ex- 4
press robberry near Branchville on
the first day of the present month, was j. fl
held by Magistrate'Charles P. Branson , 'M
at Orangeburg the past week, and m
ter a lengthy investigation, the magis- 1 ;1
trate decided to hold the defendant for
trial. The bail was fixed at $800.
Messrs. Raysor k Summers appear- .^1
ed for the prosecution, in behalf of
the express company, while General
James S. Izlar and Messrs. Henry H.
Branson and William C. Wolf appear- 5
ed in behalf of the defendant.
The witnesses for the prosecution , ^
were rigidly cross-examined by Gem I
Izlar, the direct examination being I
conducted by Mr. Raysor.
This Mill Prospers. A
meeting of the directors of the -||
Laurens cotton mill was held the past ;||
week. Stephen M. Greene was elected ija
to fill a vacancy caused by the death
of Mr. J. H. Simpson. A semi-annual
dividend of 4 per cent, payable Janu-Qi
ary 1, was declared. Among the directors
present was William M. Bird,
of Charleston. Some northern capitalists
who were present expressed
iViamoalraa AS dpliffhtfid With the COU- . ^
bUPUiovi v vw ?0
dition of the Laurens mill. The mill
has 38,400 spindles and is capitalized J
at only $350,000. ' Jj||M
"Warehouse Burned. ,*
The warehouse of the South Caro- :^|
lina and Georgia Extension Railroad . ;
company at Heath , Springs, with all ^
its freight, including the cotton platform
and about 400 bales of cotton,
was destroyed by fire the past week. ,
Douthlt Vindicated.
A little more than a month ago J. B. .
Douthit, state liquor commissioner, >
was dismissed under disgrace by the '}
board of control by a vote of 3 to 2.
There was talk by the majority of |
having criminal proceedings begun by
the attorney general. The charges
were selling contraband liquor and
changing labels of goods sent from M
the dispensary, making it sell for
more than it was worth at that time.
Douthit was allowed fifteen minutes |
to clear himself. Douthit employed ??
counsel and obtained an order from
Judge Alkrich directing the board to
give him a trial. After several postponements,
occasioned by the wound*- -'l
ing of Mr. J. Dudley Haselden at Sellers,
the board met at Columbia a few ;|
days ago to try the case.
Mr. Haselden was one of the majority
who ousted Douthit. At a secret
meeting he offered resolutions with- Si
drawing the charges and referred the
matter to the legislature. The board
would not agree to this, and when the
case was called, without takjpg testi- 11
mony, the board, by a vote of 3 to 1,
Haselden standing alone, vindicated
Douthit, who retains his position. v a||n
The inference of tne exinonuMi;
action is that that those who followed
Mr. Haselden formerly, since the
breastplate revevelations have decided
that it is good politics to go* the oppo*
? :?
If je* hare something to tell, let M
the people know it As advertiseKent
is this paper will do the work.

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