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Meeting of First District Con gressional Committee AND SEVERAL LEADERS Details of the Conference Could not be Obtained Bnt It is Claimed by Cnndidate Blair ! and the Committeemen that There i? an Excellent Chance for Democratic Kuccewt .thin fall? Organization Ef fected. From Thursday's Daily The Democratic congressional committee of the First West Vir ginia district was iu session in Wheeling yesterday afternoon. In addition to effecting an organization the committee met with some of the Ohio county leaders and workers and discussed the prospects and issues of the approaching congres sional campaign in this district. The committee organized by selecting the following officers: Chairman ? Melville D. Post, of Ohio county. Secretary ? Geo. W. Bland, of West Union. Treasurer? John T. Gallaher, of Moundsville. Candidate Jackson V. Blair was present at the conference and it is presumed that the officers se lected are agreeable to him. The chairman, Mr. Post, is well known throughout the district, is energetic and able, and will no doubt con duct a vigorous campaign for his party's candidate. In 1892 Mr. Post was presidential elector on the democratic ticket. For several years he has practiced law at the Ohio county bar. He is known through out the country as the au thor of "The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason," a book that in vited favorable criticism from all critics. The secretary, Mr. Bland, and the treasurer, Mr. Gallaher, in the district are active politicians. It must be conceded that Candidate Blair's campaign will be well han dled. Among the local leaders who at tended the conference, which was held in Room 5 at the Windsor, were Colonel Thomas O'Brien, ex Attorney General Thomas S. Rikv, ex-Congressional Candidate .John A. Howard, ex Congressman John O. Pendleton, Mr. M. F. Tighe and others. Pians for the conduct of the campaign wtre discussed at some length, ba* of course there was nothing which the committee felt disposed to divulge to the pub lic at this time. Candidate Blair talked for a few minutes, and said that he had not yet decided when or where he would open his campaign. Al ready, he said, he had been over the district, and had received more encouragement than be had hoped for just after his nomination. As to the issues which he would make prominent, Mr. Blair referred the inquirer to the platform adopted at Weston. "There is the possibility that new issues will arise." added Mr. Blair. This probably means that the conduct of the war will be made a partisan issue. "We are opposed to the acquisi tion ot the Philippines," said the candidate, "and all other foreign territory excepting coaling statu ns and ports to advance our foreign trade. We stand on the Monroe doctrine." "What of the large additions to republican strength in West Vir ginia since 1892?" "I think that the democratic par ty will recover its lost strength this year," was Mr. Blair's answer. "I believe that in 1896 there was a large majority in ihe republican party that was wavering, and that this element will vote the demo cratic ticket th.s fall I feel is as sured. The promises made in 1896 held these voters to their allegiance, but the promises have not been ful filled and they cannot be held longer." ? ? It is said that the editor of a nearby country paper recently picked up a Winchester rifle and started down street to deliver the weapon to its owner. The delin quent subscribers, however, got it into their heads that he was on the war path, and everyone he met in sisted on paying what they were owing him. One of them wiped out a debt of ten years standing. On his return to the office he found a load of hay, fifteen bushels of corn, ten bushels of oats, ten bush els of potatoes, a load of wood and a barrel of turnips that had been brought in by delicquer ts. ? "I GOVERNOR ATKINSON SHUT OUT Of O. A. R. Campflre i?nd Governor Pin eree HliMd and Hootf?l. Cincinnati, Sept. 7, ? Music hall was again packed to its fullest ca pacity tonight for the campfire of the G. A. R. presided over by Col onel W. B. Melish, executive di rector of the citizens' committee ar rangements for the encampment. Last night Governor Atkinson, of West Virginia, was to have been oue of the speakers at the "Camp fire," but he did not arrive in time to get a ticket of admission, and although he presented letters and manifold other credentials as to his identity, he could not pass by the stubborn policeman ?t the door and left in disgust before any one could reach him for identification. While one governor was shut out with a careful prepared speech in his pocket last night, another governor was hissed and hooted out in a still more disgraceful manner tonight. As Governor Pingree, of Michigan, was compelled 10 leave at 10:30 for Detroit, he wasx given the first place on the program. Governor Pingree in his prolouge stated that owing to imperative business he must leave tonight be cause tiie state of Michigan was preparing to send a hospital train through to the south to gather up the sick soldiers of that state. The governor referred to the misman agement and destitution of the sol? dfes. He cited several cases of abuse and suffering due to the'de lay of "red tape" and became very vehement in denunciation of such formalities at the sacrifice of com fort, health and human life. Alter citing a particular case ot bad man agement in the distribution of dis infectants. Governor Pingree said: "It Secretary Alger ? " bat Gov. Pingree never finished that sen tence. He could not proceed, and even with the most persistent ef forts of Chairman Melish, the gov ernor was unable to utter another word. A voice in the audience cried, "Hurrah tor Alger." The cry was taken up in a boisterous chorus. The governor attempted repeatedly to proceed, but the au d ence refused to listen to another word. K. of I?. r.ranil The local lodge Knights of Pythias are making great prepara tions for the Grand Lodge which meets here October 12. Ihey ex pect 2,000 visitors during the ses sion. The local lodge has a fine program for the entertainment and will have it arranged in a few days. The parade and prize drills of the Uniform Rank will probably be on Wednesday afternoon, and the D. O. 0. K. parade and banquet Wednesday evening. The local committee has been trying to arrange for a first class play at the optra house on Thurs-, day evening and if they do not suc ceed they will give a good ball on that evening. Just as soon as they get their program arranged, we will publish it in full. The Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias meets here in October. Whats the matter with the mer chants ot the city giving a prize in addition to the ones given by the Grand Lodge. It has been the cus tom at former sessions aud Sisters ville should keep up her reputatiou by doing likewise. The Harvest Moon. In September, the "harvest moon" rises for five or six nights at just about the same lime, as if it had come to a standstill. This odd hibit was noticed in old times, long before it was known why. It was found to be right handy for getting in the crops in warm couutries, be fore the ten hour law was ever thought of, so they called it the harvest moon. And in just the same way, "hun ter's moon" has a habit of rising several nights the following month, at about the same hour. In old times, when they lived very much by the chase, it was so convenient to hunt by, that it soon got its rus tic name, by which it is known to this day. ,The chewing gum habit is being carried to such a disgusting extent that the congregation of the M. E. church of this city has been literally sitting down on it for some months past. In taking out the pews the other day for the purpose of reno vation the workmen found sticking to the seats underneath enough wads of chewing gum to fill a pint cup. The girls had evidently taken the gum out of their mouths to join in the singing. ? Grafton Sen tinel. "Look yuh, Gomez, I'ze de boahd ob strategy in dis campaign! Keep dem rapid Are heels out ob action an do as I tells yer, or it'll be a sad but glori ous day fo' you! Heah me?" . MIDDLE OF THE KOAI> POPUMKCN Nominate n PremidciillAl Tlcket-A Very Nolwy Convention. Cincinnati, Sept. 6. ? The Mid dle- of-the-road Populists today re organized the People's party, re newed its former declaration of principles and nominated its nation al ticket two years and two months in advance of the date of ths elec tion. The object ot this early action was .to head of any such fusion as that of 1896. While the radicals! controlled the convention they could not carry out their program without a bolt from northern dele gates nominated Wharton, Barker; and Ignatius Donnelly, anddsclar-j ed the principles of their reorganiz- 1 ed party. The eastern states were; not represented. It was the smallest national con- I vention on record, and it adopted j the longest national platform on record, one of over 7,000 words. A bitter discussion had followed the potion to proceed with nomina tion!! for president and vice presi dent. The Butler faction moved to amend by referring the whole mat ter to their national committee. This caused great disturbance, and the Butler men were knocked out. I Joseph Palmer, of Illinois, then called the Butler faction together in one corner of the hall and it was announced that they would bolt and leave the hall if the motion to proceed with nominations prevailed, and such action was taken when there had been no regular call and when only a portion of the states and territories were represented. There was a scene of confusion and commotion which was finally quelled by Mrs. Walker, of Illinois, taking the platform and addressing the convention in the interest of order and harmony. After he was defeated on his mo tion to refer nominations and other decisive action to the nominal com mittee, Mr. Palmer attempted re peatedlv to get the floor on a ques tion of personal privilege. He was interrupted by Dr. Fay and a chorus of other objectors who in sisted on proceeding with the nom inations. At this juncture the dis turbance of the small crowd became so fierce that Mr. Hazbett, the man ager of the Lyceum, appeared and and requested the assemblage *o vacate the hall, as be was appre hensive of the security of his prop erty. The Butler faction, led by Mr. Palmer, of Illinois, then left the I hall and the other laction proceeded with the nominations. An old bachelor recently bought a pair of socks. There was noth ing very strange about this, but what makes the occassion worthy of note was the tact that he found in the toe of one of them a slip of paper on which was written: "I am a young lady of 20 and would like to correspond with a bachelor with a view to matrimony," and signed the address of the young lady. After due deliberation our friend concluded to write to the sock maker. Iu a few days he got an answer to his letter: "I was married five years ago last Christ mas." The merchant who sold the socks did not advertise. Sonic of Ihe MtirllN. Says a correspondent who was stationed with the American fleet off Santiago: "In the two hot en gagements in which I watched the fighters closely I have never seen anything indicative of fear. True, everybody has a curious sensation as the first shells of the enemy whistled overhead, and when one strikes, with its frightful explosion, you look around anxiously for an instant. If the smoke is cleared i from your ship you will see a puff of smoke from a battery ashore. "Then just as you have forgotten the smoke, about three seconds later, you hear a sound like a swarm of bees humming over your head. Pretty soon the shells be gin to come faster and faster. They drop in the water on both sides of you. One hits the military mast, and the debris of steel and rope and wood comes tumbling about you. You look up wonderingly, but give it merely an instant's thought. Then your mind re verts to the terrible roar of your guns and then comes the single idea of keeping outside the radius of fire, not of enemy's guns, but those on your own ship, equally dangerous to your safety, the pres ervation of your eardrums and your life. "I stood by Commodore Schley's side, with flag Lieut. Sears, during the first two bombardments of San tiago and we all lound ourselves ab solutely forgetful of peril, watching the shots from different turrets and telling the gunners whether to depress or raise the muzzle of the gun. We kept accurately the times of all movements of opening fire, of good shots, of silenced batteries, and of "cease firing." The balls whistle about you with nasty whine, as if they deplored not be ing able to hit you. but half the time the roar of the fusilade of your own ships drowns the com plaint of the enemy's missiles. Ycu experience at first a strange 'eeling ot enjoyment not unmixed with terror. Then you grow animated and discover a peculiar sort of charm in the danger and the game of life or death." At Rent. Died, at her home in Matamoras, Sept. 7, 1898. Mrs. Margaret Huff mar, aged 67 years, widow of Levi Huffman, who died in 1887, aged 58 years. Mrs. Huffman's maiden name was Margaret H. States. She was born in Jefferson county, Pa , and was married to Levi Huffman, Jan uary 11, 1854. Nine children were born to them, eight of whom, six sons and two daughters, survive their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Huff man were members of the Mata moras Baptist church for 40 years, uniting with the church by letters from their church in Monroe county immediately after their removal to Matamoras. Thejarecki Manufacturing com pany has purchased the sucker rod stock and shop of the Berge Manufacturing company of this city, and are now prepared to furn ish the trade with first class newly ironed sucker rods at the lowest prices. They will use the best material and employ experienced workmen. 8 5tf STILL MORE EVIDENCE Of the 111 Treatment Accorded Some Boys in the Army. ONE COMPANY E BOY Who Read the Interview Print cC in the Oil Review With Ribb Write? a to the Latter nml Explain*! a Few of ttie Things Which are Coming Off in the Camp at the Present Time. During the past week, since the interview with Hiram M. Ribb, one of the men, who was a member of Company E of the Seventh Ohio, was published, the Oil Review has been criticesed in some quarters for publishing the stories of harsh treatment which the returned sol diers declare they are subject to. The persons who are doing the criticising are those whom it would have been impossible to get to the front, even had there been a draft. They are like those fellows who, during the civil war, would cut off the index finger of the hand, or in other ways cripple themselves to keep from going to the front. That there is some foundation for the things which young Ribb and Campbell told to the readers of this paper in the interviews had with them, the following latter from a member of Company E, who is still in the service of Uncle Sam will fully testify. The young man who wrote this letter is a resident of this city and was well known here, and among those who are ac quainted with him there is not the least doubt but that he is telling the truth in the matter. The letter which follows was received by Ribb and was written after the article was published in the Oil Review last week: The letter. "Camp Meade, Pa., ) | Sept. 4, 1898. j I "Dear Old Comrade ? "I saw that article in the Oil Re view which Baker wrote and I couldn't help writing again to you. I AM GLAD YOU GAVE THEM H ? ; THE PEOPLE WILL SEE HOW WE have BEEN treated. Campbell gave Captain West a good roast in the Weekly Mail (New Matamoras). Did you see it? We are get ting TREATED NOW WORSE THAN ever. We have been living since last Wednesday on three days' ra tions and traveling at that. We had bacon, regulation size, potatoes, hard tack and some of that good (?) coffee. Our officers bought us some potatoes and bread out of their own pockets; they are trying to win our resoect again. "There is no water here. They haul it two miles and allow each company three barrels a day. You know how far 3 barrels of water will go in a day, with 103 men the BOYS ARE GETTING DESPERATE and there is more confusion than ever. They call Col. Hamilton 'Blue Beard' aud you can hear them yell: 'Blue Beard, feed me and give me water' all over the camp. "We can get all the beer we want at the commisary if we have the ten cents necessary. The stand which was with us at Camp Alger is here in the officers mess tent and it is very easy to see who runs it now. The boys have lost all respect for themselves. They stole ail the pies a little boy had yesterday, it SEEMED A DIRTY SHAME, BUT WHEN A FELLOW IS HUNGRY HE HAS TO HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT. "I saw an officer turned down yesterday in a way that did me more good than if I had gotten a square meal. Sometime ago the of ficers issued an order that nothing should be sold to the soldiers by any of the peddlers who come into camp. An old farmer was selling rolls and they stopped him yester day. Later this officer asked the old fellow for a drink of water but the farmer told him he could not have it. "We have a good many visitors here and everyone that comes into camp the boys all ask for some thing to eat. "I guess we are going to be mus tered out; the boys are living in ! hopes. "We are to be brigaded with the Tenth Ohio and the First Deleware. I am going over to see the boy? in the Second West Virginia as soon as I can get a chance. We held memorial services today for Charles Gray, of Company I. He died at Fort Myer. He is the fellow who was formerly Captain of Company I and enlisted as a private and then was promoted to a lieu tenancy in the navy. "Well, comrade, I will have to close, hoping you are enjoying yourself. I wish I was at home. Yours "P. S. ? If you let Baker have any of this letter to publish, for GOD'S SAKE DO NOT LET HIM USE my name, for you know what woulcl be my fate if it was used." The letter is given in its entirety and it can very readily be seen that while the correspondent tells some of the things which occur in the camp there are others which he does not tell, and one reading be tween the lines will see at once that there has been no exaggeration in the stories as told by youngs Campbell and Ribb, which were published in the Oil Review last week. C. H. Baker. Gen. WtiMler'N Nun Drowned. Camp Wikoff, Montauk Point, Sept. 7. ? Thomas H. Wheeler, son of General Joseph Wheeler, and Second Lieutenant Newton D. Kirkpatrick, First Cavalry, were drowned while bathing here this afternoon. Of the accident Gen. Wheeler has nothing to say. His three daughters, two of whom have been acting as nurses in the general hos pital and the other as a nurse in the detention hospital, are with him grief-stricken. A new lot of Bag Tags and new and novel pencil holders just in, at the Review office. THE POTS 5c, 10c, 15c, 35c and 35c. 15c, 25c, 40c. Cuspidors 10c. 20c, 25c, 50c, $1. REMEMBER THE 5c. and 10c. COUNTERS. E. S. HARVEY Weils. St.