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OF LADYSMITH The Announcement in Paris Paper Causes Anxiety in London. SPOILED YANKEE MEAT K<>l wliIiKouiltug Itenvy lloinbur (l? nii-nt of IlafoltliiK tty the Boor* ilie Kngllhli dlnn-lson Holds (ho Town ?Nit i i in loh I ii? At l>iirurcul I'.h llc|Mtr'le<l ? ItnlliutN ?I i:mbiiiiiivil Munt l.iibolitil Mew l'tlrli, 1SDU, 'I Itroii ii Oi vi l>tinrili (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) London, Nov. 15.?A Paris parier to? day gleefully announces the fall und capture of. Liidysmllh, but reports from tills source no longer cause a ripple of excitement. Nevertheless, there will be considerably anxiety hero until the War Olllco or sumo Indeoendeni version of the latest developments nt Ladysinlth is known. AT MAFKK1NG. A private mcssngc from Alufoking re? port!! that all wna well there Monday, November fi. The details of the lighting at Mafcklng received by way of Cape Town and Mngnlapyo, relate to the en? gagement of October 25, already report? ed. The Hlory, however, is pleasant rending to the British, as It shows the garrison was cheerful, well provisioned nnd confident. I1EAVY CANNONADING. Capu 'luivii, rsuv. lu?IFrlday)?A aiiiputuh recctVed here froth Preiurtu, lilmt-f ante of Thursday, November t>, t.ij^ tue lepurts received there from jAtUysiiillh said heavy cunnunudlug btniU'il ul daybreak, but some of the Boer lorces wert; within 1,500 yards of the British when the cannonading ceased ami nl Mo lire commenced. An undated dispatch fr.om Mnfeklng, received by runner, via Mngalnpye, Wednesday, November 8, says: ?'To-day all is ?juiot. Wo h'avo been bombarded pretty heavily ?II week. '.'Frltlny night Captain Fltz-Clarcnce nt'.il I leutennni Swlnburh, with I) Squadron of the protectorate regiment, made a magnificent bayonet charge upon tho. Boers entrenchment, driving them from their positions nnd bayonct, tinrr numbers of tho Boers, who must have loKt heavily. The party could not hold the trenches nnd lost six men killed, two prisoners nnd nine wounded In ihclr retirement. GENERAL ATTACK EXPECTED. "We expect :i general attack to-mor? row. The bombardment has been most Ineffettual. Every one remains under shell-proof cover. So far the .shells have only wounded one man. The enemy ore using one 91-pound Howit? zer, and seven other guns, from 7 to II poundcra. The town Is most cheerful and determined to resist attack to the Utmost. The Boer3 are entrenched on every side in great numbers and ' nre pushing gradually closer to the town fortifications. We nre well off for provisions and water, though very tired, dodging shells nnd fighting. (Julie on civilized lines, Geherai Cronje lilts always given duo notice of a 'bombardment, and allowed an am? bulance 'tarty two hours, Saturday, to recover 'the bodies of six deod left In ibe vicinity of the Boor trenches. Friday night, .Tim Botha, the well known Boer comnndant, told a man with the nnvbulnnce party that their loss had 'boon heavy and that his heart was very sore. "Tho wounded include Captain Fltz Claronco nnd Lieut. Swinburn, both slightly. "Tn a skirmish nt the onlposts yes? terday, one trooper was killed and nine were wounded. SMALL ATTACKING TARTY. "Only fifty-five men or D Squadron were engaged in the attack, though they were assisted by the flanking Are ? of a gun of the Cape police. The Boers made a desperate attempt to drive back tho British and their rear trenches opened a terrific fire, in every direction, tho flash of the rifles lighting up the entire oositlon. A hnil of bullets rat? tled on the roofs of the houses of th*1 town. Upon completing a circuit of the Boer front nnd the line of trenches the British withdrew in Indcnondent lines of retreat, covered by tho flank lire from the Cnne police. The Boers con? tinued to volley at killed and wounded. The Boer commander Informed an offi? cer in charge of a fing of truce that he estimating the attacking squadron nt one thousand and he was not aware that the British forre nt Mafeking was so large. "The Boers were observed from Mnfe klnn- burying their dr>nd nil rtnv long " ARRIVAL OF REINFORCEMENTS. London, Nov. 15.?It was officially an? nounced this afternoon that the British troop ship Gonrkhn, with the First Bri? gade staff, the Third Battalion of Gren? adiers and n detachment of the Royal Engineers: the transport Manila, with the Second Dcvonshtres nnd the trans? port Nomadic, with the remounts, have arrived nt Coiv? Town. EMBALMED TtF.TOF OVFTBBOATtD. A letter In the Times, written by an A' ?.. ? ? ofllcer on board the transport Nubia, asserts that "LtiOO rations of salt Car? rion, labelled New York, 1699,' had to be thrown overboard, as It was full of disease," adding: "They only salt down the very worst portions of very inferior beasts and pigs" RASCALLY CONTRACTORS. This has aroused a storm of lnd.gna tion against Hie "rascally contractors and Incapable admiralty transport oill? cers who allowed filthy, sailed brisket beef to be furnished to the troops"' The War Olllce has accepted a gift of 10,000 plum puddings for the troops in South Africa. These puddings will aggregate upwards of ten tons In weight SLIGHT SKIRMISHING. Cape Town, Friday, Nov. 10.?A dis? patch from Buluwuyo, dated Friday, November 3d, snyo an armored train proceeded south close to Machutll, where a culvert was found damaged. The Bneuto police, the dispatch ndds, report tlint it party of Boers have been looting and damaging property. A fort Tull dispatch, under date of Friday, November 3d, says: "There Is great activity In the Boer camp south of here. A rcconnoitorlng party sent along the line hoard heavy firing in the distance. The party returned to Colonel Spreck ley's camp, on which the enemy was advancing In force. It was shelled at midday, stampeding every horse and mule, hut not touching a man. The Boers number four hundred. "It appears tlte Boors surrounded Bych Store, where a ?innll pnrty stub? bornly resisted, ultimately retiring to Hie bush nnd gaining Fort Tull. "An ofTirer nnd five troopers ore miss? ing from Spreekley's force, whieh hns been out some days rornnnolterlnrr the enemy's force, nnd which had several skirmishes on returning to Fort Tull. BLOODY SHOOTING AFFRAY. SOUTH CAROLINA'S DISPENSARY LAW LEADS TO TROUBLE. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) Columbia, S. C, Nov. 15.?As a result of the recent factional differences in tho State Hoard of Liquor Control, there was last night ,a bloody shooting affray at 'Sellers/a railroad station in Marlon county, near the home of J. Dudley Hazelden, ex-chairman and now a member of the State Board There was a general fuslliide, pistols, a Winchester and tt shot gun being brought into play. As a result Ken Hellers Is perhaps mortally wounded In the abdomen, and Iiis father, John O. Sellers, is seriously hurt with a Win ehester ball In his shoulder. Hnzleden has a hall In his leg, his brother, Luther M, Hnzleden, first ad? jutant South Carolina Volunteers, is slightly wounded In the side nnd their brother-ln-htw, Dr. H. A. Edwards, formerly State Inspector of dispensa? ries, Is sprinkled with bird shot; J. Au? brey Evans, a farmer, wholesale liquor salesman nnd cousin of Hnzleden, was unhurt. HOT WORDS EXCHANGED. Yesterday morning Hazledcn taxed Ben Sellers with being the author of a letter charging Hazledcn with ollicial and personal impropriety In receiving whiskey in quantity from wholesale houses and using It In a questionable "manner. Tins leuor nail been puuusneu in connection with other bitter arti? cles in the recent dispensary wm.ngle. There were hot words, but no light yes? terday. Last night Hnzleden nnd his three friends were driving through Sellers' Station when they met Ben Sellers. Information is meagre nnd it is not known who precipitated the difficulty. Ben Sellers was shot nnd his father ran to his rescue. The other three parties were with Hnzleden in buggies. NO FATALITIES. As yet no fatalities have resulted. Hazlcden was unable to tiUend a meet? ing ol tlie titate Board to-day, ca|leu for the purpose ot giving a hearing tu Commissioner Douthit, discharged with lng a hearing by the Hazledcn, or ma? jority faction, ot the board. The courts ordered him to have a heating by the board. The discharge of Douthit and his clerk, D. A. G. Ousts, the result of bit? ter feeling n the board, led to long and scandalous controversies in the press between Ousts and Hazledcn, which Indirectly caused the bloody affair yes? terday. The people of South Carolina are greatly perplexed over the dispen? sary problem. ? HON. W. J. BRYAN. TO THE MARYLAND DEMOCRATIC (SILVER) ASSOCIATION. (By Telegraph to Vlrglnian-rilat.) Baltimore. Md., Nov.- 15.?The Execu? tive Committee of the Maryland Demo? cratic (Silver) Association made public yesterday the following reply to their congratulatory telegram to YV. J. Bryan: "To the Members of the Association: "I am greatly obliged to you for thu congratulations sent through your Executive Committee. The fight In Nebraska was made on national issues and the result Is gratifying. The re? turns from other States indicate a growing opposition to Republican policies. We are niueh pleased to se? that Maryland in ngain in the Demo? crat io column nnd ready for the contest of 1900. "Very truly yours, "W. j. BRYAN." The association's officers report it to be In a flourishing condition. SALE OF DISMAL SWAMP CANAL New York Syndicate Anxious to Obtain Control of Property. IT WILL BE IMPROVED The- llnlflnioro ItnnliarWho Financed 11.0 Company Admits (tint Negotl "vioin nro rending-, but DccllUoa to Oo Into i>oti?ti??Proposition to .ilnlio t'nunl > nnsnhin for Larger Vessels * Inill Sou l*l.y II. (By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) Baltimore, Nov. 15.?Negotiations aro pending for the sale of the Lake Drum mond Canal and Water Company, which owns and operates the ? Dismal Swamp Canal, which was formally opened lor traffic last month. A New York syndicate Is anxious to secure control of the property, and has made CORRESPONDENTS ARE HELD DOWN Otis Will Not Permit Newspaper . Men to Wire Facts. A FRUITLESS ADVANCE Tl.o RUUI or Killed and Wonndnl Elli.ilualud from I'rei? Hcporl? or Kl)C?Upu,r.i t Willi I lllpluoa-Go.i ornl lliiiilie*1 Advuuco from Hollo Imprdod by Kiilus-l.nitdlns; ol Arm* mill V in in i: li 111 o u. (By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) New York, Nov. 15.?The dispatches from Manila yesterday referred to "Major Marsh" as commanding the left battalion of the Thirty-third Reg? iment, commanded by Colonel Luther R. Hare, In the sharp engagement with the . Insurgents near San Fabian, Sat urdey. The ofllcer Is Major Peyton C. March, formerly captain of tho Astor MAP SHOWING HOW AGUINALDO IS BEING SURROUNDED. The Illustration shows the location of the American troops which, it is gcncr nl y thought, have succeeded in surrounding Aguinnldo and his own detachment, which is nothing more than a large bodyguard. When the American troops land at Apnin. AKiimaldo s forces should be between five bodies of American troops, those of Lawton, Young, Wheaton, MacArthur and the Aparri expedition. an offer for the purchase of the securi? ties of the company. AN ADMISSION. A formal offer, It is said, has hoen made to Alexander Brown & Sons, who financed the company. When asked about rumors of a consummation of n deal with the New Yorkers to-day, Mr. Brown admitted that a deal is pendlngr, but declined to go into details. The to? tal capitalization of the company Is $2,200,000, of which $1,200,000 is first mortgage five per cent, thirty year gold bonds and $1,000,000 common stock. SURVEYED BY WASHINGTON. The canal was originally surveyed by George Washington nnd was construct? ed early In the century. It was taken possession of by the Government dur? ing the civil war, at the close of which It wns returned to the Dismal Swamp Canal Company in a dilapidated condi? tion. .The Lake Drummond Canal and Water Company acquired the property, franchises and privileges nnd re? habilitated the waterway. The Dismal Swamp Cnnal begins in the State of Virginia on the south branch of the Elizabeth River, about six miles from Norfolk, nnd extends in n southerly direction n<V>ut twenty miles to the ?Pncrinotnnk River . In the Slate of North Carolina. The rannl b* one of a chain of In? land waterways, oxtendlner ojontr the Atlantic const from Capo Ood, Mn=<?. ?o Wilmington, N. C. through T/ong (Continued on Page Eleven.) Battery, and later on General Mac Arthur's staff. OTIS AS CENSOR. Owing to the character of the cen? sorship at Manila, General Otis not permitting the sending of the names of the killed and wounded, a full ac? count of the engagement near San Fabian was cabled, but the corre pondents were not permitted to send the name of Major John A. L/ojran, killed In notion, or those of the others killed or wounded. A FRUITLESS ADVANCE. Manila, Nov. 15.?11 p. m.?General Hughes, with parts of the Nineteenth and Twenty-sixth Regiments, moved from Hollo, Thursday, November 9,. to Otton, six miles west, for the purpose of capturing Santa Barbara, the reel stronghold ten miles north of Hollo. Heavy rains preceded the movement, and the roads were, In places. Im? passable. The same night Colonel Carpenter, with the Eighteenth Regiment nnd Bat? tery Q., of the Sixth Artillery, moved westerly from Jaro to connect with General Hughes. Colonel Carpenter was forced to return to Jnro on ac? count of the roads, and the entire move? ment was hampered by lack of proper trn.nsriortatlon. Company C, of the Twenty-sixth Regiment, hnd the onlv flsrht'ng. When thren miles out of Jnro this comnany "harired the robe! trenches and thre<? of the en?my w?r? killed. One Amerl "?n was wonnd?d. nnrer*?! TTii.pho?. Nevornhor 12. oc? cupied Tngbanan and Gulmbal, on the bouiheiu coast, und ulsu Coruovu, in the interior, i'mi eiieui) did not oppose General Hughes advance. ORDERS I-Hum AUUINALDO. Kecent oidors l rout Aguiuuldo tound in the trenches said; "Do uui oppose ihe American's ad viihee. uum the villages us they are evacuated. Divide the ioices into bands of fotty. Harass the Americans on every occasion." Aranetn, the rebel leader of the Isl? and of Funny, was captured at Tag banan while attempting to pass the lines into Hollo. Two battalions of the Twenty-sixth will garrison Hollo and Jaro. San Miguel, visible from Hollo, has been burned by the rebels. FILIPINOS - SECURE) ARMS. It Is reported that an expedition, evading the navy, recently landed arms and ammunition on the Antique coast, nnd that the rebels threaten opposition with an armed force of 3,01)0 men- These stories nre not believed. AH ports of the Sulu Islands outside of the American possessions, have been ordered closed to commerce. CAPTAIN HOR.RIS DEAD. Washington, D. C, Nov. 15.?A dis? patch from Manila, announces tho death of Captain Magnus O. Horrls, Fourth infantry, who died of dysentery In the hospital. He was appointed to "West Point from Newman, Qa. TREATMENT OF SPANISH PRISO? NERS. Washington, D. C. Nov. 15.?Tho President is making efforts to secure tho protection ot the Spanish prisoners with tho Insurgents In the Philippines. A cable message has been sent to Gen? eral Otis and by him forwarded to General MncArthur, with Instructions to get it, to Agutnalcio, If possible, re? lating to this subject. The President requests the kindly and humane treat? ment of tlie Spanish prisoners, and the message also contains an Intimation that any of the insurgents responsible for tho Ill-treatment of such prisoners will bo held to strict account when they are taken by the United States force operating In the Islands. SCHOONER EDNA WRECKED. THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE AND CREW j DOST. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) ' Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 15?Private advices received here to-day from St. Pierre, Mlquelon, a seaport on the New Foundland const, telling of the wreck jf the Philadelphia and Bultlmore 3^ tiooncr Luna uiiu n.iiitnu, unu mo loss di the captain, his wite unu the crew ut live men. 'file k'iii.L and Emma sailed from Wilmington, N. C, on April 14 with a cargo or. lumber for Baltimore and tills city. Months having elapsed and no word of the vessel's whereubuu'ts hav? ing been received, she was given up for lost. Recently she wns towed Into St Pierre, bottom up. When the ship was righted In the cabin were found the bodies of Captain Richardson and his wife. A water stained dairy kept by the captain gave meagre information concerning the disaster. Tho record stated that the Edna and Emma had experienced good weather until May 1, when n. fierce northeast storm overtook her and she wns dismasted. Later the rudder became jammed and In this dis? abled condition the schooner was driven nbout at the mercy of the wind and waves. One by one the members of the crew were washed overboard, and Captain Richardson and his wife sought rertige In the cabin. At this point the story of tho dinry pnds. Owing to the Illegibility of Home portions of the handwriting the point nt which the Ednn nnd Emma mot with the disaster could not be learned. MUNICIPAL LEAGUE. FIFTH ANNUAL CONVENTION CONVENES IN COLUMBUS. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot,). Columbus, Ohio. Nov. 15.?The fifth annual convention of tho National Municipal League nnd the seventh na? tional conference for good city gov? ernment, opened in this city to-day, Over 200 delegates are present, the gathering being a most representative one, being composed, as it Is, of city officials and municipal authorities from all over the country. It is called for the purposo of dis? cussing questions of importanco to municipalities. The dominant feature of the discussion will be the "munici? pal program." the report on which, however, will not be formally pre? sented until Friday afternoon. The report of the Secretary, Clinton Rogers Woodruff, of Philadelphia, came first. The report of the Treasurer, George Buriihnm, Jr., of Philadelphia, showed receipts for the year of $2.451. Dr. D. F. Wilcox. of Michigan, rentl a paper on "An Examination of the Proposed Municipal Program." MR. FRED GREENWOOD. : GRAND HIGH PRIEST OF R.OY : Ali ARCH CHAPTER. : The Vlrginlan-Pllot this morn : Ing received Information from : Richmond that Mr. Fred Green : wood, of this city, was last nluht : elected .Grand High Priest of the Grand Rnynl Arch Chapter of : Masons of Virginia. : This will be nirroonblo news to the many friend? of. Mr. Oreen ; wood In .Norfolk, as well as : throughout Virginia. THE VIRGINIA CONFERENCE The One Hundred and Seventeenth Session Opened Yesterday. BISHOP A. W. WILSON Tlio I.ord'a K?pper Administered? l,r>3 Delegate Cnllod Atth.t by BIU? fortnue-Detntuod nt Home by III llesltti ? Stnudiug Committees Knuird Questions nml CommnnU cntlmii?Tli* Opening; .Sermon, (Special to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.) Petersburg, Vn., Nov. IB, 1899.? The Virginia Conference of the Meth? odist Episcopal Church, South, con? vened in Us 117th annual session in the Washington Street Church at 9 n. m., to-day. The devotional exercises were con? ducted by Bishop Alphcus W. Wilson, who read the 10th chapter of St. Luke. The 210th hymn "And Are We Yet Alive" was sung, and the Bishop of? fered a powerful prayer for the spread of the gospel over all lands and the establishing of His Kingdom over all the earth. THE LORD'S SUPPER. The Sacrament of .the Lord's Supper followed, the Bishop being assisted In the administration by the following elders: Revs. William P. Bain, W. C. Widen .Thomas H. Campbell, and Dr.. W. E. Judklns. THE BUSINESS SESSION. The business., session of the confer once -began at lOjlB by the secretary of the last conference, Rev. Dr. Paul Whltehead' calling the roll of clerical and lay delegates. When the name of lay delegate B. ?. MoseJy, of the Danville District, was reached, his Presiding Elder, Rev. W. P. Wright, reported thnt Mr. Mosely was present early this morning, but a telegram announcing the total de? struction of his tobacco factory last night, necessitated, his enforced ab? sence from the session to-day. Rev. Paul Whltehead, D. D., was selected secretary of the conference for the 42d term, and his nomlnntors. Rev. S. S. Lambeth, D. D., and Rev. Oeorgo F. Greene, were elected assist? ants. On motion of -Rev. George W. Wray, It was decided to assemble at 9:30 a. hi,, adjourn at 1:30 p. th. dally. Rev. Thos. H. Camobell announced that Rev. Jos. H. Rldrtlek. Presldlnsr Elder of the Farmvlllc District, would not be present on nccount of his feeble condition and had requested that vhe represent his district for him. Rev. Asa Drlecoll was apDolnted postmaster for the conference. STANDING COMMITTEES. The following standing committees were announced: Sunday School Board?C. D. Crawley, Dr. G. Anthony, L. W. Lane, Jr., W. H. Stlvett, G. L. Hunter, C. F. Comer, Charles Forbes, James T. Minor, T. J. Wray, J. W. Parish, P. J. Amiss, John O. Moss. E. T. Dndmun, R. B. Hartley, T. O. Edwards. W. H. Vincent, Georga H. Spooner, E. J. Whltehurst, Georgo W. Jones, J. "W. Price. Publishing Interests?J. S. Wallace, L. M. Dance, E. H. Rowlings, Richard Irby, W. M. Hayes. R. O. Teatross, J. Q. Rhode?, W. J. Kldd, W. A. Chris? tian, E. J. Evans, S. H. Johnson, Dr. E. Williams, T. McSlmpson, H. E. Bar? row, W. T. Green. Dr. A. WJ Eley, W. G. Boggs, J. B. Harrison, R. H. Ben? nett, A. R. Griffith, W. P. Wise.' On Memoirs?J. J. Lafferty to write the memoir of Rev. George E. Booker, D. D. Rev. B. S. Herrlck to write Rev. John McClellnnd's. . Rev, D. W. Reed's by Rev. J. C..Reed. Rev. W. A. Robinson's by Rev. Jos. H. Amiss. ? _ Rev. James A. Rlddlck's by Dft Whltehead. J\ _ Rev. W. A. Smlthey's by Dr. W. W, Roynl. . Rev. Dr. Sledds' by Dr. Whltehead Rev. John K. Clayton'H by Rev. W. Asbury Christian. Public Worship?The presiding elder nnd the pastors of the Methodist Churches In the city and Ettrlck. (Continued on Eleventh Page.) OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 11 CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS. BY DEPARTMENTS. Telemoh News-Pa?s l and 11. Local News? rzzti 3, 5, t>, 7 and S. Editorial?Pa*e ??? ? VlrctiU Newj-Pi? 8. North Carolina News?Pas? 9. Portsmouth News?P.bfis 10 and 11. Berkley NewS-KW: II."1 Markets-Pas:* Shipping?Pa** 12. Real estate?P-aui 13,