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FORMERLYJLTYLER DEMOCRAT, I, h, IcCOY, Editor aid Piop'r, SistersYille, W . Va SUBSCRIPTION, ii months.in Advance, $1.00 <? 3 ?? ?? " 25 Entered at the P. O. at Sistersville as Second class mail matter. WEDNESDAY JULY 2p, 1898. Speaklug: or "Oblljcalioos." * The Oil City Derrick publishes a long wail over the fact that the Standard Oil's pipe lines and its adopted contingent the Tidewater's line are the only-only' s in the oil piping busiress which are obliged to succumb to the exactions of the revenue law ^nd help to pay Uncle Sam's army and navy expenses. No doubt but the United States and the Producers and Refiners pipe line companies would gladly share in paying these revenue taxes could they be allowed to do sufficient business to bring them within the limit, but as the Standard Oil com pany has so long hogged almost everything in sight and done its ut most in every way to harass and curtail the business of its antagon ists, it must now "pay the piper" while the others sit by and listen to the music. It is no fault of the independent companies that "with the single exception of the Tidewater, there is not a pipe line company, outside of those of the Standard Oil com pany, that comes within the provis ions of this act.'1 The Derrick also entertainingly sets forth that the "Standard Pipe Line companies have already gone to great expense In having new gauge books printed in order to comply with the law," but it forgets to state that the con tract heretofore printed on the back of the tickets in these gauge books in entirely eliminated from the "new gauge books" in order to save the great Standard the sum of 23 cents on each ticket and thus prevent the grand total it would make from going toward paying the expenses of the war. As the Derrick claims "the Standard Pipe Line companies average 34, 000 runs a month," the blank look on the back of the tickets in the "new gauge books" will beat Uncle Sam out of nearly $8,000 per month, an amount which, if more properly directed would make quite a show of patriotism on the part of Standard Oil. In the face of this cut-off by the Standard Oil company of $8,000 per month from the government, the Derrick says that "The present tax must come entirely out of the profits of the transporting and refining interests and no industrial concern in the country will meet these obligations more cheerfully than the Standard Oil company. The government must be sustained and the necessi ty of the present war tax is free.y admitted," and yet one of the first acts of the Standard is to lessen its "obligations" from $8,000 to $340 per month in one item alone ? Bradford, Pa., Record. * m ? Hon. John O. Pendleton declines to enter the congressional race. His communication elsewhere kin - these columns states his position in the matter. It breathes loyalty to his party and assures the nominee of his hearty support. Mr. Pendleton, as far as we can learn, is the choice of Tyler's de mocracy, and doubtless some will be disappointed to learn that he is not a candidate. However, there is plenty of tim ber available in the First district and after all a first class man will be nominated when the nominating convention meets at Weston on the 2 1 st inst. Porto Rico Invasion. The war board has evidently de cided to push operations in West Indian Spanish possessions to a speedy conclusion. It certainly bespeaks energy on their part to know that the Porto Rico campaign has actually begun and the first de tachment under General Miles is now on its way. With the subju gation and occupancy of Porto Rico by Americans, Spain will have practically nothing lett of her west ern possessions. By the co-opera tion of the land and naval forces against it, San Juan, the most im portant and really the only city of importance on the island of Porto Rico, will soon be ours. m ?ti ? Will some one please specify what Captain Dovenor has done to improve the Ohio River beside talking about it. We know of nothing and desire information on the subject. ^ ^ Think of the Star bolting a re publican nomination. Shades of K. S. Boreman! kwhat a spectacle to behold. m ? ? DECLINES. Hon. John O. Pendleton Declines fo Enter the Race For Cons;r??H?-His Communication and Position Con cerning: the flatter. Wheeling, W. Va.July 17. Having been to some extent sug gested as a probable candidate at the Weston convention for Con gress, it is not improper that I shDuld say something upon the sub ject. There will be no lack of strong and popular candidates at the com ing convention. Among those who will have strong advocates, to- wit: Messrs. Arnett, Howard, Camp bell, Kincaid, Blair, Davis, Speery, Holt, Brannon, Withers, Kelley, and Fowler, a winning leader can easily be found. I feel under a deep sense of obli gation to my party for past favors, and do not desire at any time to be considered as faltering or hesitating in my duty to it, but at the same time do not believe that I am at all essential to its success. The nomi nation of any one of the above named gentlemen will receive my hearty and cordial support. I have not been, and am not now a candi date for any nomination. It is my wish that my friends at the Weston convention shall support such one of the above named gentlemen as they shall deem the fittest exponent of democracy, and that so long as any good democratic candidate is before that body they shall not un der any circumstances permit the presentation of my name. Very respectfully, John O. Pendleton. m -a* The steamer Eloise is running between Marietta and Parkersburg until there is a rise in the river when she will resume her old trade between Wheeling and this city. The Sure La Grippe Cure. There is no use suffering from this dreadful malady, if you will only get the right remedy. You are having pain all through your body, your liver is out of order, have no appetite, no life or ambi tion, have a bad cold, in fact are completely used up. Electric Bit ters is the only remedy that will give you prompt and sure relief. It acts directly on your liver, stom ach and kidneys, tones up the whole system and makes you feel like a new being. They are guar anteed to cure or price refunded. For sale at Hill & McCoach's drug store. Only 50 cents per bottle. The girls only wear one-half of their dresses now. They carry the other half in their hands, especially is they have a pretty new colored skirt to exhibit. Farms For Rent and Sale. I would sell my team, tools and stock to a good party, and rent him 70 acres of good river bottom, on "the halves," and sell 60 acres of river hill all in grass and only one half mile distant, both in Ravens 1 wood Independent District, which has an eight-room brick school building, and one of the best grad ed schools in the state. This offer open till September 1 st, 1898. G. W. Park, Ravens wood, W. Va. 7 16-d 1 wk-w 2 t. HORRORS OF IORRO CASTI J GhastlyTragedies Enacted by Bloodthirsty Spaniards. HOW SPANIARDS SLAUGHTER PRISONERS. No citizen of the United States has a keener recollection of Spanish atrocities than Captain J. J. Alles of Celestine, Ills. "In November, 1850," says Captain Alles, "I went to New Orleans with a raft of timber from the Yazoo swamps. On my arrival I found they were organizing an expedition to assist the Cubans to their freedom. Being young and anxious for adventure, I joined them, as did also my partner, Robert Weathers of Tennessee. General Narcisso Lopez was in command. We were paid $25 each in Spanish gold, and if we succeeded in freeing the island wo were to have a farm apiece. There wero 400 of us, and we went into camp be tween the United States barracks and the Jackson battleground. Lopez placed us under regular military discipline, and wo were not permitted to go into the city without a pass. "After we had camped therefor three weeks President Fillmore issued a proc lamation stating that the United States was not at war with Spain and those who went to Cuba would not be protected by tho government of the United States. He issued special orders, I afterward learned, for us to disband. We were not allowed to know this. The same night tho procla mation was issued an old ship was moored for us. I believe her name was Pomperio. We wero hurried aboard, and the next morning we were 90 miles below New Or leans and anchored in tho gulf of Mexico. We staid there ten hours and then sailed for tho awful end that awaited us. It seemed that our officers wero afraid our government would send vessels after us. "As I learned afterward, tho govern ment had absolutely nothing to do with tho ctpedition. It was simply a filibuster ing trip started by speculators from New York, Philadelphia and other centers, who were in a land grabbing scheme with tho few insurgents who wero then rebel lious. They had promised Lopez to or ganizo other companies, and we ^'chored on tho south of the gulf to await them, but they did not show up promptly. The officers were afraid of tho government overtaking them, so, as beforo stated, we lifted anchor and sailed. Wo went around the south of tho gulf and were about to land on Cuban soil one fine morning when a Spanish cruiser came along, gob bled us up bodily and towed us into Ha vana as prisoners. Wo were put into his toric old Morro' Castle. "I learned later that other companies,! hearing of ourvmisfortune, put back to sea ' Qiid disbanded. Our officers were all Spaniards ? rebels. My captain's name was Rodriguez. They told us when wo | enlisted that when wo got to Cuba all would be our friends except a few aristo crats. I am sorry to say that in later events we found the Cubans our worst enemies. The descriptions which we have had so graphically in the press deal lightly with Morro Castle. Tho reporters havo evidently never explored tho man consum ing bowels of the great monster. Men cannot find in the English language words that can picture the horrors of the underground construction as it was in 1S50, and I suppose it is worse today. The first thing the Americans should do when they take Ha\ana is to tear down tho old castle. 4 4 The descri pt ions of tho terrible Spanish prisons at Ceuta on the north African coast give faint ideas of the catacombs of tho Morro. Tear down the walls and there, lying in dark, damp, vermin filled caves Americans will find people who have not beheld the glories of the sun for years. I cannot deseribo now how wo tunneled Underground to these little casements. The one Weathers and I, by most remark able coincidence, were placed in was about 7 feet long, 4 feet wide and 5 feet high. The water was constantly dripping on the straw we had for a bed, and there was no telling how long this straw had been there. It was moldy and alive with ver min. The odor was sickening. We were left in continual dusk. The light from the tunnel was the only ray from the out side world reaching us. "From every side of this tunnel of star vation and torture camo groans of agony j and sighs of resignation. Here a political prisoner told of his incarceration for months because of some trivial act. There a woman and her children were being starved. The awful inquisitional horrors and imprisonments of those of Ceuta could not have been more terrible. But this is but the overture for the drama of tragedy and barbarity that wo were to witness. "Ataut twa after our ixrriscn Tnentwo received, an'announcemcnt tnai filled us with terror. It was that, although a sort of mock trial was given to the .pris oners, not one was being acquitted, but were being adjudged guilty in haste and executed without mercy. "We had been compelled to see them ehot in all manners. Sometimes the order was to place tho muzzles of the guns in their mouths, and their brains were thus blown out. Other times they were lined back against tho walls, and after a hollovs mockery of religion had been gone through with they were riddled. You have seen the pictures of Maximilian's execution. That was tho way most of them went, and they died bravely, but like .dumb beasts led to slaughter. "But the worst sight and the one that terrified us most was tho death inflicted upon General Lopez. Ho was garroted It was one of those slow processes in which the garroter, who can dispatch a man by a turn of tho screw, prolongs tho agony lor hours. It was terrible. It makes m> blood freeze when I recall the scene. His last words were, 4 1 die for my Cuba. After passing through this theater of hor rors I can appreciate to a slight degree at least tho horror of Spanish rule, vanity and cruelty. . , "It was tho morning before our trial. The turnkey of our division was a very old Spaniard, and I often tried to engage him in a conversation in different lan guages, but ho would shako his head I asked him if there was a German consul in Havana, but he only repeated, Consul, consul,' and shook his head. I have a lit tle German blood in my veins, and, though it is covered with the American, it served mo well in that incident. Then I said to him, 'Embassador Prussia,' and ho ntxl ded his head. Every morning at about b o'clock ho would bring us a loaf of dark bread. It looked as if it were made out of oats, and we found oat chaff In it. lie usually opened our ccll door and handed us a jug of water and threw us in our "But this morning ho brought our bread wrapped in paper. I told Weathers they were getting stylish in serving bread with paper on it. By that time Weathers had torn off a pieco of tho bread and put it in his mouth. He ripped out a big oath and said, 4 Yes, tho scoundrels want to feed us on nails now.' I told him ho was getting crazy. 'Why, look here,' he said, and he handed mo a piece of wood about an inch and a half long. I went to tho keyhole in tho door, which was tho only light wc had, and, lo and behold, I held a piece o lead pencil in my hand ! It then lx>gan ? dawn on me what that paper meant that was wrapped around the bread. I took it and tore off a piece and wrote a note to the Prussian consul. I cannot recollect what it was now, but you can well sur mise the purport. The turnkey "'turned that afternoon, and I wanted to gi\o note to him, but he wouldn t take it. >i> heart sank, and I never felt so lorlorn. 1 I tried to press it on him. but to no ? avail, and at hist in an agony ot mind I un | thinkingly crumpled and throw it hito his basket and then sank down on the stra%% and cried like a child. ?'That evening at tho usual time for turnkey I heard a strange noise in the gangwav, which was laid with stone tug gir.g. it sounded like metal striking the rock. Directly the key turned in the cell door, and it opened. Before mo in tho dusk I could make out the form of ot turnkey, but with him stood a tall gentle man, covered with a black cloak that reached almost to the floor. I saw 'the tip of a scabbard showing out ; hence the noise I had heard. It was the Prussian consul. I realized that my note had reached the right point, and there is one Spaniard in this world, If he is still alive, that I owe my life to. After asking questions where I was born, when I came over and how 1 got there he said: 'I will do the best I can for von, but It will be a difficult case These Spaniards are a bloodthirsty people. "He then turned to my partner and asked him where he came from. Being a Tennesseean, he could not understand thi German. Tho consul understood the cast ?t a glance, but he whispered to me that .t would be well for us to pretend to be brothers and for me to do the talking, in racceeded in having our trials postponed, and wo were finally acquitted. "Frtyrant Fog." On the western coast of France there is ioted occasionally a stranpe phenomenon vhich i* described, by the name gheni, ? r- ?? f r " . ? ... ? CAMP ALGER REJOICES Over the Fall of Santiago ? The Soldiers ALMOST WENT WILD When They Were Informed That They Would Accompany the Expedition Against Porto Rico? Major Weidler's Death Enwrap* the Camp in tiloom. Flags at Half Sfast? Resolutions of Respect Drafted?News Xotes or the Camp. Camp Alger, Va , ) July 17, 1898. ) Will write you a few lines from camp as it isiu a great uproar over Shafter's victory. The bands are out and marching all over camp and through the company's streets, and the soldiers are all hollowing. When the paper came out there was another uproar, as it said that the first division comprising the Eighth, Twelfth and Thirteenth Pennsylvania, First New Jersey, Seventh Ohio, Sixty-Fifth New York and Third Virginia was going to Porto Rico within ten days. Major General Butter will have charge of the division. He had been to the war department quite often trying to get them in the expeditions that sails soon. They ordered a general Inspec tion of the men and quarters, and'a note was taken of everything that was lacking in equipment of men. Our regiment is fully equipped and ready to move at an hour's notice, and if word would come to move they would be ready quicker than that, as all are anxious to get to the front and kill Spaniards before it all ends. They don't want to go home and have it said that they were nice soldiers ? didn't kill a man. Well, everything in camp is quiet today, as our flag is at half mast in memory of Major Weidler,who was major of the Third Battalion of the Seventh Ohio, and who died at his home in Chillicothe, of fever. The following resolutions were adopted: Whereas, It having pleased Al mighty God to muster out by death our beloved comrade and friend, Major Edward W. Weidler, and W hereas, In his removal the regiment has lost a faithful and efficient officer; his loving wife and child have lost an indulgent husband and father, and the sol diers of this command an esteemed officer; therefore, be it Resolved, That in deploring our loss, the sympathy of all be evinced by forwarding to the family an engrossed copy of these resolutions, by the half-masting of our garrison flag for a period of ten days and by the wearing of crape on the hilt of the officers' swords for a period of thirty days. NOTES OF THE CAMP. Capt. Gerber, of Company L , has gone to his home in Middle port, O., on a furlough. Capt. West, of Company E., ha? been detailed as recruiting officer, and is in Ohio recruiting men for the hospital. Louis Hanshumaker has received his appointment for second lieuten ant in Company E. Sim Morrison, of Company E , had his hand broken by boxing. Companies D and E received from Marietta one tablet, one tow el, one handkerchief, two stamps, one package of mail pouch and one lead pencil for each man. Seven of the boys in Company E received bibles from unknown friends in Sistersville, but thank them just the same. Misses Black, Campbell, Roberts and Gardner were visitors in Com pany E last week and the boys were sorry to see them leave. No soldiers from camp can go to town except those who have good character for sobriety. That will leave a great many in camp. Soldier. SIMM'S TRIAL At Last Begun Today at Middle bourne ? The Case Heard BY JUDGE HERVEY. A Jury Was Refused the Defense Proaeentlnc Attorney Jmm. H. St rick, ling On Trial for HnirriNMRff In Of fire? The Case nu latere*! Iiik On# Md Everybody Will Be Anxioni lo Kn?v the Sequel. From Tuesday's Daily. The trial of Prosecuting Attor ney Strickling is now in progress at Middlebourue. Judge Hervey, of Wheeling, is hearing the case and as far as we are able to learn, both the defendents and prosecu tion are satisfied with the jurist. The trial begun just alter noon.' Court convened this morning at 10 o'clock and the morning was taken up with preliminaries. The defense moved that a jury be se lected, which was overruled by the court. After this ruling both par ties assented readiness and no time was lost in assembling the witnesses who were sworn, when court ad journed until i o'clock when the trial was opened and the first wit ness, J. G. May field, put upon the stand. As we go to press he is still in the witness chair. The charges against Mr. Strick ling are too fresh in the minds of ^ our readers for reiteration here. The case is a most sensational one) and many spicy features will disclosed. The Review has em ployed a thorough newspaper man to report the case in detail. Today's proceedings will be given in full tomorrow and as the whole town is interested, be sure to buy a paper each day dur ing the progress of the trial. Whi'e the charges are serious the defense claim they will vindicate Mr. Strickliug. If Mr. Stiickling is innocent he should be acquitted, but if he is guilty /he should be dealt with accord ingly. Never judge a person by his out side appearance. A shabby old coat may enwrap a newspaper pub lisher, while a man wearing a high plug hat and sporting a gold head ed cane may be a delinquent sub scriber. Our baby has been continually troubled with colic and cholera in fantum since his birth, and all that we could do for him did not seem to give more than temporary relief, until we tried Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarihoea Remedy. Since giving that remedy he has not beeu troubled. We want to give you this testimonial as an txidence of our gratitude, not that \o u need it to advertise vour meritorious remedy. G. M. Law. Keokuk, la. 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