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. Noxvs?l?oul tho Barly
<;^",,al^ ol the K?t?PrIae
R 0 V B L E S
.?Those in this
r"a?,KL"; ,n?ic-toi in the Charleston,
?J*h0*rC,JlV Chicago i:li,ro:uK lmVe
^rin!,:i11 Med arrangements for IliC
fixation of th<
rf itoso far cftl"
1^ n.?l to
letc the road thai
tin- interest
p '? 1,0,1 *" . l]i0 (he road ont of
? p? ? ... v;ivcr a?d complete
b>B<,? . ? Those directly in
L-itlicr states ?1
. ? and the
future, some time
, ; reorganization
, j creditors, r.n
, Tennessee. Georgia
, nn Inch the road
Juts Ihcv brought
2 a general
. ! reorganization
.i passed nearly
? ins 11 *2 affixed his signature;
. ,11 o.,cs have not ttafe
ecttil ?itltin tlie
?:' ;,( tliis5 is done
;(. liiiliil the
. , : ..., , to the stock
uooi'j examination rc
'" :, [he fact that if be
,,". ,\<^.? efpendecl
'::j . ..... h i ;in be so tar com
, he earned upon
'mhavel.cen issued.
mc?tfi have been made, haul
"???y . ? 'rii'iv'1;;;
.i r.-; as soon as the
j (,; . Koe? tin??nch it
1 " iinir We propose to put
,r.-c of men :?t work, and before
. ,i,c veai ?< ??11 have several
I in i?pei ation and
mi I lie Subject
. WiMcr ua? found at the Carnegie
plr, li k*l?al I" (?^l?S
, . , on to -;n thai had he
the road ?..uhl be
, .. ... 1,11 iv< Im mm the buildings
, . || 11 work w:i* suspended last
fed tin movements ol
, |er? ,? ronclusivc that the
gmplicatcl litiiraiion it. which the Three
; ! jnvohcij j ?0nn he adjusted
. .. . tction of the road resumed.
?<. ., ;. m\r o] inioti regarding the
nrrecti e*s oi thi? i < ? s," inquired the
?? ;, pjied ibe (Icneral, " 1
,?? ?iwavshad creal faith in the early
?eapMion of th-" road >otne time ago
u I v, i- in NVerl? this agreement
lad hccti made. i*ui one or two of the
liiladel] ? ia [mrtii ? haek? tl down, and
ince thai lime 1 Itad heard no more Until
|is "? rains
Tin General said that those large blocks
liirhan I? in". > onstTiieti ?! near the hotel
Ire individual moves, thai he is doing tho
il; in<] pi mient of Ihe Land Company,
bat it if quite certain he .would give up
tie work lid not feel i tire that the
'luce I - ? ild completed ere long.
''But/'said tho General emphatically,
\: M It! 1 ? road i- eomple
'. r III ' ? ur !??,:<:- will have no
B.ii.: i ? :? Itut i switching place unless
lou ?et soincthititr hei' ? iitch to util
je the coal and iron which is piled up so
This is :i jiotnl tot the steel plant move,
M i: ?- ?!-?.-, |)i; hv ,t wi>e head who can
farenough know whai is required
> make li.is a great and inllttehtial center
' itiilitslriei.
12 furl her, he said thai the agrcc
c?t now announced was not unexpectcilj
lal' - km i: wonld he necessary for the
|m '?? to make it. that it w;is the
Dir means lor which tltcv hope to save
?themsehes tho large ninount? alreadv
He further said that he had just learned,
: Ion, Chief Engineer of
?'^ ?'? >\" raih ia Uthat the Leisen ring
iv m. ?: Pennsylvattin capitalists, are
?:''-'.! ? -i i.-oking ovens
' ?: :' - V! : ? <? ?. purj osely to supply
' ?' ~ ? ? tl e Big Stone Gap Coke,
Jf,? ^ the lines! in the world.
''? General remarks that it will rc
r! product of two hundred of
we ovens to supply the furnace here,
: W as then i - can be fin
ne? to Moccasin liap. we can haui eoal
lirect fi in Bijg Stone Cap to
Umson City.
J^js idea that we want the ?'C chiefly
ai ; coke it will put at our
?)?S '" etitei iuto the tnan
uon, thus to utilize our nat
i Gftiii ie?
[rel ? ? iml Dr. Tan- in his
I ini : i, He is
: '? - : int. for the Three
^? have just returned from New
,;, . ^!iu" hvas b, N'CW York the
. . ": as to tin amount of the
?; :' ' with a view to the
: eowtnicliQ? company
'?! mit "
, . Van's from Towers & liladen,
the Investment and
l?ia?M ,,: Pbil?^clphia, which
ram" ?Hu bonds. Tel
il '"form ition to theeilect
. :1 jor-aniw?p?-. were
k und. r-i-, ?* "Pon. it was
id,,ndr;?no*ith the officers of the
stajC0"XD8tru?'?ou company, that
'? c?ntaincd in the tele
.,. ?etorrect.
> denied by which the
ft ? T^ad??>be,under
1 : i Master will make
?v ., i 1 lu' ;-m sitting of the
[?h(| jj ? " ,,u!>
F : 0be d??t! if thereorgan
Th, .. . ..? >tu;,dV
Nefttllv*,r?J t,,c' ^ttlement have to
itik?(Ct ,lud ?o arranged,
> ? ' ;.vi!1:"- voided, and
ley." J Cr?d?tors will gC| their
UO so.
H. "???bteadily increas
"H>*ii,'ef , adl1) blowing demand
?Mh?, aiUr?8of the situation. It i
ttl "'L*- J?t"e I, were at the'
U?,si||^?^?l since December,1
?fl4rtt g of lhy month, a
8e furUtt?8 in the North
I ' 11
April ,?,1
only about half II, . P/otoct.on ??,?
u< June.utcre*t is paid. Tl., it
7;?Pl=un of prices. Railroad and pipe
shops arc rather .note busy. R01 i"
mills are expected to run ligl , f S
summer, butthey.appear to be d",?" .
????".??ountol work for the season ? The
agricultural implement shops are makin
great sh pmcnts of machinery, and S
?'?*?'??'' and day to get on, work",.
j .
Bought by Englishmen, Who will ,*??,,
New Works in Kentucky.
Bosrox, June 25.?The famous South
ii'>ston Iron Work,, at which so many of
i Im- GovcrumciH big guns have been cast, :
shut down to-night, am! when they a<rs
j start up they will be controlled Im
glish capital. The English syndicate,
which for more than a year has been ik -
gotiatiug to secure control of the proper?
ty, has at last done so. satisfactory terms
having been agreed upon.
What those terms are the persons in- *
tercsted decline to say. Neither are the
names ot the members of the syndicate ?
given The works will 8ter| up 'again on j
??uiy I. I he company is now engaged in '
erecting similar, but larger, works in !
Middlesborough, Kv.
It is expected that these nill be com?
pleted about the Hrsl of nexl vcar. The
new plant is to employ about 5(HJ men at I
the start, but is to be so arranged that it
can be easily enlarged to emplov 1,000.
Whether or nol the South Boston works
will remain open after the Kcntucki '
wn,ks arc completed is problematical.
The works en Foundry street have em?
ployed from ?.>?.>:> to 300 nu n, varying as
the exigencies of business have demand?
ed. -
? The men now at work for the company
will go to Kentucky and be emploved iii
the new works, The. same superinten?
dents who have had charge of the works
here will be employed in Kentucky. 1:.
case the Foundry street works should con- '
tinuc to I... run after the Kentucky plant
is completed a new force will probably be |
William P. Hunt, the President and
Treasurer of the South Boston Works
will be the President of the new company.
The remaining officers will be members of j
the syndicate.
The cause tor the building of new
works in Kentucky are two. In the first
place, the demand here for the product of
the'company is not large enough to war- !
rant the carrying on of so large a busi?
ness. Secondly, the company can obtain
coke, coal, and iron much cheaper in
Kentucky than here. Middlc5horou"h,
though only about three years old, is ;i
thriving town at the foot of the Cumber?
land Mountains, which contain all the'
raw material the works will use.
A Bank iu Nashville and a Leather Firm
in Boston go to the Wall with a Crash.
Nashville, Texx., June SM.?The busi?
ness public of Nashville was yesterday
startled by the announcement ot the fail?
ure of the Nashville Savings Bank, which
has always been considered one of ihr
most substantial financial institutions < !'
the city. The proprietors of the bank,
Max and Julius Sax, iiad made even ef?
fort to ward off the impending trouble,
Ion failed on account of their inability to
secure extensions ill New York and fail?
ure to collect from local debtors. Fester
day the pressure against them became so
great that they decided to discontinue
business, and accordingly made tin- as?
signment to-day, with James M. Head
assignee. After working on the books all
afternoon and until midnight tonight, the
experts found that the liabilities amount?
ed to $664,956; the assets ofthc bank fall
short of this amount.
The Sax brothers have turned over all
their personal property, which at the valid?
ation placed upon it by them, will make
up the deficit. The local banks arc large
creditors, but it is stated that they
are all secured.
The closing of the bank's doors created
a great sensation on the streets, which is
the center of the banking business in
Nashville, and a large crowd gathered,
including many depositors. The anxiety
of the latter was but slightly appeased as
the hours rolled by and they remained in
the vicinity until the first statement was
given out* to the effect that all the de?
positors would receive dollar for dollar
or nearly that amount. Many then retired
to their homes, although quite a number
are still at midnight anxiously awaiting
the individual statement of debtors and
A Boston Firm Assigns.
Boston, June 25.?Alley Bros., & Place,
leather dealers, at T)4 South street, have
assigned to W. A. Bust and Win. A.
Knowiton. Liabilities estimated at .$100,
000, and assets claimed .$000,000. . The
house is successor to John B. Alley & Co.
Mr. Place, of the bankrupt firm, says
the creditors will receive 100 cents on the
dollar, with interest. The linn is said to
have loaned $50Q,u00 to John B. Alley &
Co., some time since, and the same was
secured by collateral. This loan was call?
ed for a short time ago and a disagree?
ment arose over it among the partners.
All the brothers are sons of John B. Alley,
who is $400,000 special partner.
What the British Consul at Now York Has
to Say About !t? Effect on American
Lo.soox, June 25??The report of William j
Lane Booker, consul general for Great Brittaiii
at New York, upon the trade of that city was
published to-day. Booker, among other things,
suvs that the trade of New York has been in
creftsedby higher duties which have afforded,
benefit to American manufacturing interests.
New lifo he says, has been imparted to the
cotton and woolen iudustrios everywhere but
especially is this the ease in the Southern
States, where new textile mills are going up
with surprising activity, while all the old mills
are being operated on full time. The sdk in?
dustries, Mr. Hooker says arc the only excep?
tions to this state of general prosjicrity.
Flaulng Mill Hurnnd.
UiDDMNUwiio. Kv., J.u.rW-Tl.e belt ?10?^??
milt, of lid* city, burned down at twehe u tl. ik last
night ?Ith most of tbe lumber In the yard kw. 1?
?rewa?of unknown oriKln, the wb?la?nj,'
in lla.m-s before discovered.' ?BC loss Is about ?'AO0O.
No insurance.
The Financial Situation Agiraines a Cheer?
ing Aspect at Lust an<1 Will Continue
to Improve.
NTirw York, June 25.?The rn0st signifi?
cant event of the week was the reduction
of the Ihtnk of England rate of discount
fl1 1 (0 :{ !"'?? cent. For months past
j London has been the objective point of
'"(??rest, the storm center, so to speak, cf
Hie financial world, and the clouds of dis?
trust which had gathered in from all
parts of the world threatened to burst
with renewed fury over those intrepid
racers on ti,0 sea of finance whohad been
carrying an over-press of sail in South
American waters. The danger signal,
I however, hag been lowered; the outlook
is brighter, and now that .suspense is re?
lieved improvement shetild naturally fol?
low. Enterprise of ail kinds has been
held in check Cm- gome tune past by fears
[of light money. Conservatism appeared
imperative hi manufacturing as well as
commercial and financial circles; and no
wise manager cared to incur obligations
extending into the fall months, which a
tight money market might interfere with,
i lie result has hern a wholesome restraint
:<!1 directions, which, though pinching
severely in some quarters, loss left gencr
:>! trade in a sounder condition than be?
fore in spite of the common complaints of
dulness. The reduction of the Hank of
England rale menus that the tension in
fcurope is abating; that London is prepar?
ed for Russian demands lor gold, ami
has no i,.ediale apprehension about
sending gold back to the .United States
during the months in return for such
grain and other produce as Europe will be
obliged to buy.
Coincident with the removal of fears
about the foreign monetary situation, the
home outlook has also cleared and proves
more assuring. The treasury is expected
to meet all obligations this fall, so that
uneasiness on that score is set at rest,
J he Western bank reserves are iargci
than usual, and each vcar the west grows
more independent of eastern nid. Then,
too. the money now jn circulation in the
United Slates stands at about 1,501 mill
ions. :i larger sum Minn ever before at this
season, and larger als., than at the times
of heaviest crop demands. In 1SSS, the
y< iir of big crops, the total circulation was
1,371 millions, while now (lie amount in
circulation is I..'.Ii I millions; a showing of
lllll millions in favor ol this year. Furth?
er evidence of confidence in the future of
money is shown by freer offerings in time
money, extending from sixty days to eight
mouths. Merchandise imports, though
smaller than a year ago, arc still running
in excess <d' exports, creating an adverse
balance; but the probability is that this
will be settled later on in oilier ways than
by gold shipments, though, should further
amounts leave, no concern need be felt
unless they reach much larger figures
than now seem possible. In the event of
additional shipments of the precious
metal, it will be due to the fact that we
have, as usual, but little else to send for?
ward at this season of the year. If is
the period between hay and grass, as it
were in our crops.
The wheat and corn crops are far the
most important of any single influence
affecting the future of stocks. Indica?
tions suggest the possibility cd' the larg?
est wheat crop on record, estimates vary?
ing from 500,000,000 to 550,000,000 bush?
els. These figures should leave a surplus
of about 180,000,000 t?> :200,000,000 bush?
els lor export. If juices only afford a
reasonable profit to growers, and the
shortage in Europe renders it likely that
they will, it is easy to see the effect of
such a harvest,not only upon the interior,
but upon the trade, railroad'and financial
interests of the whole country. England
will have to lake cur wheat and pay us in
gold. Oer sccuiitics w ill become intrinsi?
cally better in (he opinion of both home
and foreign holders. In short, should
presenI hopes concerning the harvest be
realized, it would impart a degree of pros?
perity such as has not been seen for sev?
eral years past. However, it will not do
to discount such hoj.es too rapidly. The
crops are not yet beyond danger. Pru?
dent men will therefore keep close watch
on crop news for the next few weeks and
act accordingly. There will be nothing
to fear in tiie foreign situation for some
moot Iis lo come. July disbursements are
close at hand, and an investment demand
of some importance is usually experienc?
ed for stocks during that month. Our
opinion regarding the immediate future is
hopeful, and favorable lo a moderate im?
provement in the business conditions.
Comfortuble money, moderate prices for j
stocks and good crops are suflicient to
counterbalance all tlie weak points dis?
coverable at this time. Hknky Clews.
The Great Fight Between War-Ships In
Chilian Waters.
San Fiuxeiseo, June 25.?Cnpt. F. P.
Nesbith, after a sojourn of eight months
in Chili, has arrived here. He was an
eye-witness to the engagement between
the insurgent's vessel, Blanco Encalada
and the torpedo boats Almirante Condell
and Almirante Lynch, belonging to the
Government. Ho witnessed the battle
from the deck of the English schooner
Sophie May, which was anchored within
500 yards of the warring ships. The ac?
tion, which occurred in the harbor of Cal
dcro, on the morning of ApuT 23, was
opened by the. Condell firing two torpedoes
at the. Encalada, which was lying in the
harbor. Both missed. Two others were
fired by the Lynch, at a distance of 100
yards, both of which also missed. A can
! nonading followed, which was kept up for
ncarlv an hour. Meanwhile the insur?
gent "transport, the Aconcagua, entered
the harbor and at once took part in the
fi<rht During the cannonading but little
execution was done by any of the vessels,
and it looked as if the battle would be a
lon"-dntwn-out one, when the Lynch sud?
denly made a rush at the Encalada, and
when within forty yards of her fired a tor?
pedo at the insurgent vessel. ' It struck
the Encalada directly amidships. A ter?
rible explosion followed, and the insur?
gent vessel immediately began to sink.
Her guns, however, were worked to the
last moment, and while the vessel was go
in- down a shot from one of her guns
struck the smoke-stack of the Lynch, de?
molishing it.
Kullv half a dozen shots came irom the
Encalada before she went down. She
sank in about five minutes after being hit
by the torpedo. One hundred and seventy
five of her crew went down with her. Tho
Government vessels then turned their at?
tention to the insurgent transport Acon?
cagua, but were diverted by the arrival of
an English war ship, whicn they mistook
for a Chilian vessel and went out to meet,
but discovered their mistake and sailed
for Valparaiso. The sinking of the En
calada develops no new feature in naval
warfare, but was merely the result of a
surprise. She had no torpedo nets out
and no lookout on board.
TIIK S. A. & <). CASK.
Judge Kelly Correct* Some Misapprehen?
sion About tlie Case und Says It has
Not yet Been Before bim on
its merits.
Judge John A. Kelly was in the city
yesterday accompanied by his son. Mr.
Joseph L. Kelly. A representative of the
Post asked him what was the present
status of the S. A. & 0. ease.
"The case has never yet been before me
on its merits," said the Judge, "but a
number of motions and counter motions
were made on which I ruled. The object of
the proceedings against the S. A. & 0. Co.
against the S. A. k <>. company
and other corporations which it is alleged
arc connected with it was. for one cause or
another, to throw Ihcm into the hands
of receivers, and I lie immediate object of
the proceedings in my court last week
was to make Mr. ?ailey receiver of the S.
A. A; <). company and before the case is
presented on its merits. This I declined
to do, and the object of the application
for a mandamus before the Court of Ap?
peals, which, I understand will be pre?
sented to-day, is to compel me to place
the affairs of the road in his hands at once,
in other words to niakcmc rule differently
from what I did rule."
J t is im! likely I he npplica < ion for a
mandamus will bended on by the ('unit
of Appeals to,-day. It may he several
days before a decision is reached. When
it is reached il will merely determine the
question whether the company should be
put in I he hands of a receiver and the
case heard oil its merits afterwards or
whether the case shall be heard on its
merits first, and the question of
receiver determined. In Hie event the
latter view prevails, even if a receiver is
to be appointed. Bnilev rn?v not be select?
Vi;iN(i It I! KIT .V( Ol ITTI'I).
Tb<> .lory After Several Honrs Delibera?
tion Declare Him Innocent of the
Charge of Kapc.
Nj:w Voi;k. June ?-'."?.?The trial of
young William R. Rhett, formerly of
Soulh Carolina and a member of the dis?
tinguished Illicit family of that State,
upon the charge of improper intercourse
with two young flower girls under l.'J
years of age and who were incapable un?
der the law of assenting to Iiis proposals,
has attracted great interest. The case
was argued hyCol. Fellows for the defense
and by Assistant District Attorney Mcln
tyrc for the people.
The jury went out to dinner at 7'.,
o'clock. An hour later they were escort?
ed back to their room. At 0:1(1 they an?
nounced that they had agreed, and in five
minutes they entered t he jury box. When
they were asked whether they had agreed
upon a verdict, the foreman answered
"We have. We find the defendant not
Ithett's face brightened, and he turned
and grasped his fathers hand. There was
some applause from his friends, but it
was quickly suppressed. His friends
crowded around him. shook his hands
warmly, and congratulated him.
"Is there any other charge against the
defendant?" asked Judge Martine.
"There is, sir." replied Mr. Mclntyrc.
"There are two more indictments; one for
the abduction of Katie Flynn on the night
of Dec. 1:2, and the other for the abduc?
tion of Mamie Williams and Maggie Clus?
key pending against the defendant. I
ask that he be remanded to await trial."
"The defendant may he remanded," said
Judge Martine.
A court officer touched Rhett's sleeve.
Rhett asked wiiat was wanted. The officer
told him that he must go back to Ludlow
strcetjail. So Rhett took leave of his
father and uncle and went back to prison.
Col. Fellows will apply to Judge Mar
tine for Rhett's release on bail to-day.
His bail was fixed at $7,000 in the police
court, but in view of his acquittal, it is
not deemed probable that Rhett will ever
be tried on either of the remaining in?
it is Striking North Through a Rich
'Railway Age.)
Papers have been recorded in Allen
county, Ohio, show ing the. transfer of a
large * property to the X. & W. company.
The purchase is in the name of Dudley
Farlin, of Albany, X. Y., and the consid?
eration is $5,000,000. The purchase is
part of a scheme to connect Lake Super?
ior with the Atlantic ocean, the terminals*
being Duluth, Minn., and Norfolk, Va.
Alexander McDonald, who is associated
with Mr. Farlin, is quoted as follows in
regard to the purchase: "Mr. Farlin has
purchased the Columbus, Lima and Mil?
waukee. Instead of running it to South
Haven or Holland, on Lake Michigan, he
will build it to Muskegon. From there
steamers will run to Mackinac, Marquette
and Duluth. It is also a fact that he is
interested in the Norfolk and Western
and will build it through the coalfields of
Ohio and Columbus. When it is complet?
ed the road will be almost a straight line
from Muskegon to Norfolk and will tap
the copper, iron, lumber, salt and fruit
districts of Michigan, the petroleum and
coal of Ohio and the coal, iron, lumber,
turpentine and tobacco of Virginia and
West Virginia. Besides all this the line
is through rich agricultural laud nearly
all the way."
? , -o
One or a. number of Commendatory Let?
ters it Receives.
HABRODSlirBRO, Ky., Juue 2:1.?
On arriving here some month since from my
home in Texas I found the "Stoue Post" an?
ticipating my arrival as it had done for many
weeks before. We have grown to be quite
good friends, and I read it with interest, not
alone for the information concerning that mag?
ic city in the Gap, but for its own intrinsic
merits. There is not in the world, I suppose,
another paper published under similar condi?
tions that can be compared to the "Post."
. I
j The Election to be held Tuesday to De
termine the Question of Saloon
License at Big Stone Gap.
I _
.Some months ago the prohibitionists
commenced quietly to agitate the ques?
tion of putting a stop to the liquor traffic
at Big Stone Gap. Knowing the licenses
here would expire in May, they used every
influence to prevent Judge Miller from
renewing them.
Stripped of all legal quiddities and cir?
cumlocution, the law seems to l?c as fol?
lows: The statute declares that when
there is sufficient evidence before the
court to show that the applicant for a
license is a proper person, and the place
where the saloon is to be kept is a proper
place, the court ''may" grant such person
a license. It seems further that the
court of appeals has decided that the
word '"may" when used in such a connec?
tion means shall, and that when the con?
ditions prescribed by the statute, under
which a license may be granted, are
shown to exist, tlie county Judge has no
discretion but must issue the license.
Since that decision was rendered how?
ever the Legislature has passed an act
depriving the defeated applicants for
license from a right of appeal beyond the
Circuit Court; and w hen the application
of Summerficld for a license to sell liquor
at Big Stone Gap was presented to Judge
Miller, of the County Court, he refused
it. Appeal was taken to the Circuit
Court and Judge Morrison said that while
he should have felt compelled to grant the
license to the applicant had he been sit?
ting as county Judge, lie did not believe
he had jurisdiction ow ing to some clause
in the city's charter or some technical
difficulty, and he must therefore decline
to overrule Miller's decision.
Application was then made that an
election be held, as the law provides in
case a district votes for licenses the Judge
is compelled to grant them. This elec?
tion is to be held Tuesday next. It has
been inadequately advertised, and this
publication in the Post will be the first
intimation many people will have that a
vote is to be taken.
The public here have about come to the
conclusion that very nearly as much
liquor is sold in and about Big Stone (Jap
without license as with it. Under the
license system the city got a revenue of
$11000 per annum from this source; and if
the same quantity of liquor is sold, this
$3000 remains in the pockets of those who
sell it instead of being devoted to defray?
ing the city's expenses and to that ex?
tent saving the taxpayers. The present
conditions certainly strengthen and en?
rich those who sell liquor and deprive the
city of this much needed revenue from
licenses without accomplishing any good
There is no pretense even of enforcing
the law. It is a dead letter. Tlie volun?
teer police force frankly told Judge Miller
that they gave their services to the city
gratis for the purpose of preserving order.
They did not propose to play the part of
detectives and attempt to ferret out vio?
lators of the revenue laws. The prohibi?
tionists who urged Judge Miller to refuse
licenses have taken no steps to see the
law enforced though they know it is vio?
lated. Those who favor the grantiug of
licenses to proper persons naturally say,
"wc are not going to prosecute anybody.
These prohibitionists have brought all
this about, let them enforce the law."
The prohibitionist's won't take any steps
however for one reason or another, but it
is believed it is because they fear they
will injure their private interests by set?
ting prosecutions on foot, and they want
some one else to do the prosecuting.
So altogether the law is anullity, and
the only persons in the community who
are profiting by the present situation is
the people who sell liquor and save the
money they Avould have to pay the city
were a license granted them. The morals
of the community arc no better; there is
no better order; and, it is said, there is
even less trade in other business.
Now we should cither have licenses or
not have them; and if they are not grant?
ed, the sale of liquor should be prohibited
and those who are responsible for having
them withheld should make some effort
to enforce the law. The situation as it
stands is a costly sham to the city and
those who brought it about should remedy
How the Late Congressman Houk Got
Away with a Pious Adversary.
?'Down in Tennessee the candidates in a
congressional canvass stump their districts
together in joint debate," said Mr. Houk.
"My Democratic opponent in 1888 was a
good fellow, but awfully tricky. He was
satisfied he could not beat me, but he
wanted to reduce my majority.
"Well, he came to one town where the
religious sentiment was very strong ; in
fact, almost everyone there was a Quaker.
Now you know that the Quakers are teeto?
talers to a man. The afternoon after our"
arrival we held our joint debate, It was
an out-of-doors affair, and the farmers
came from miles around. The Democratic
candidate, who was a Judge of one of the
courts, opened the debate in the bitterest
kind of a personal attack upon my char?
acter. He called me a drunkard, and ex?
cited the good people of that community
so that I made up my mind that, unless
something was done at once, the vote of
the section would be cast against me.
" I waited until he had finished, and
then I said: 'My friends, I do take a drink
occasionally, but I am not a" drunkard, as
you well know. I have drank all my life,
and I expect to until I die. But I am no
hypocrite. I acknowledge that I drink,
and there have been times when I have
taken more than was good for me, but no
man has cv&r said that I went behind the
door with a bottle. Now, how is it about
my friend?'
"I will make him a proposition right
here and now. He shall appoint one man,
I will appoint another, and those two shall
name a third. This committee of three
shall take the keys cf our valises and pro?
ceed to the elder's, where we are both
stopping. Then the committee shall open
those valises and make a thorough exam?
ination of their contents and report to
this meeting,
"if they find a single drop.of alcoholic
liquor in my valise I trill agree fu with?
draw from this contest for a seat in fhc
Congress. Further than that, if (be com?
mittee dosen't find two quarts of as fine
whisky as was ever manufactured in Ten?
nessee in the Judge's valise, I will agree
to support him during the remainder of
the campaign.'
I "Every one thought this was fair and
square, and there were shouts of approval
for my proposition. My opponent turned
red with confusion, and amid considerable
jeering managed to say that he would not
accept the ?fter. Then I knew that the
vote of that township belonged to me.
"The joke of the whole affair was that
when the Judge and I started oft" on the
campaign we each had two bottles ot fine
Tennessee whisky; 1 drank mine and
threw away the bottles. The Judge had
not touched his, and there the boUles laid
in his valise an evidence of guilt, w hen he
really and truly was as innocent as an
unborn babe."
They will Fight to a Finish and For ?ig
3101 ey.
New Yokk, June 25.?Since it is evi?
dent that Sullivan and Slavin mean busi?
ness, as evidenced by a deposit of $1,000
forfeit by the former, excitement among
sporting men on both sides the water is
at fever heat.
From every quarter of the country
come offers of big purses for the honor
aud profit accompanying one of the big?
gest tights of the century.
The Peerless Athletic club, of Laredo,
Texas, offers a purse of $20,000 for a fight
to a finish.
The Commercial Club, of Pittsburgh,
Kansas has offered $30,000.
The Ormonde Club, of London, offers
$15,000, and $1,250 each for training ex?
penses, and George Pies Slavin'S backers
will bet from $5,000 to $21,000 additional.
Very different opinions are entertained as
to the result. Slavin is a younger and more
temperate man, whose constitution has
not been impaired by excess: a cool and
scientific fighter, a terrific hitter with a ,
tremendious reach, and a glutton for pun?
Sullivan is well known as a man whose
grand physique has of late been sadly
neglected and maltreated, but whose
strength, skill and pluck none will deny.
His friends sadly regret that his breach
with Muldoon will prevent him from re?
ceiving his training at the "hands of
the mau who sent him into the
Kilrain combat fit to fight for his life.
But the Big Boston Boy has plenty of
backers who are willing to stake their
dollar on their champion.
However it may result it will be a bai?
lie of giants and will excite an interest
never before felt in sporting circles.
Sum Jones on Evangelists.
(Atlanta Constitution ;
Evaugalists, male and female, decent
and indecent, pious and penurious, along
with tent meetings, meetings for " men
only," with their advocates pro and eon,
seem to be agitating the great American
I have traveled much and kept up with
the " times and seasons" somewhat, and 1
feel free to say that the church with the I
ordinary means of grace is not reaching <
the case. If, after constant treatment at ,
the hands of the old family physician, the ,
patient grows worse, had we better slick.,
to him though the patient dies, or change
physician, say, try an expert?not of a dif?
ferent school of medicine, but one who is
skilful in diagnoses and an expert in prac?
tice? There is much in treatment, but I
a great deal more in diagnoses ; but few
of our pastors are skilled in either diag- |
noses or treatment.
The only question is, docs the patient
improve? If not, what then? Is there an
expert available? Shall we use him?
Common sense controls us in all other
matters; why not use a little of the un?
common article in religious matters?
I don't care what you call the expert?
evangalist, revivalist, ecclesiastical tramp,
or whatnot, the fact that so many pastors
need and call for him is proof of the prop?
osition that the ordinary means do not
reach the case.
They must not beg the question by talk?
ing of motives, and the charge that he is
preaching for money, sending around the
hat, is just a new way an ass has of kick?
ing with his mouth. I prefer his heels
turned toward me.
I state facts when I say not one pastor
in ten is efficient as a soul winner, when
God intends we should all be soul winners.
Some talk of stopping the whole evan?
gelist business, but they must get in the
forefront of the procession before they
can stop it. I am sure that the old poky
crowd I hear talking against evangelists
can never catch up with us, much less get
Low Excursion Rates by N. Sc W. and the
C. Sc O. Railroad*? Every County
Should be Fully Represented.
Whereas, It is desirable and necessary
that Virginia take early and systematic
action to secure a benefiting, as it will
be creditable, exhibit of the State's re?
source of field, forest, furnace and mines,
at the World'b Columbian Exposition to
be held in Chicago in 1893.
Wueuea8, It has been decided to hold
a convention at Pulaski City, Va., to
take such steps as shall be deemed proper
to secure for the old Commonwealth a
full and creditable exhibit and exposition;
therefore be it
Resolved, That every county in Virgin?
ia be and is hereby requested to elect
three delegates and three alternates to
attend the World's Columbian Fair Con?
vention to be held at Pulaski City, Va.,
on the 15th day of July, 1891; and be it
Resolved, That every chamber of com?
merce in the State be and is hereby re?
quested to select two delegates and two
Resolved, That every county Alliance
be and is hereby requested to select one
delegate and one alternate; and be it
Resolved, That e\'ery incorporated land
company in the Siate be and is hereby
requested to select one delegate and one
The Norfolk aud Western railroad will
sell excursion tickets from every station
on its line in the State to Pulaski July
13,14 and 15, good to return until mid?
night July 17, at one fare for the round
The Chesapeake and Ohio railroad will
sell excursion tickets to Pulaski, on July
13,14 and 15, good to return until mid?
night July 17th, at one fair for the Vound
trip from Old Point, Hampton, Newport
liews, Williamsburg. Richmond,Gordons
ville, Charlottesviile, Stauntou, Goahen,
Millboro, Clifton Forge, Covington and
Other roads will In all probability also
make special ratet.
L. S. Calfk?, D. D. Hull,
B. E. Watson, Martin Williams,
j A. A. Christian, H. W. Koldwav.
I Local Com. Central Com.
The Chinese are Infuriated Against Chris?
tian* ami arc Slaying Them Whrrr
ever Found.
San Fiuxcrsco, June *25.?Details of the
Chinese riots and recent attacks on mis?
sionaries and other Christians arrived
yesterday by the steamship Gaelic from
Hong Kong. Rioters from Shanghai burn?
ed a mission on the banks of one of the
rivers in the province, and put to death
all those connected with it. .lust before
the Gaelic left four of these murderers
were put to death. The French nmh-of
war, Inconstant, had logo to the assis?
tance of those at Nankin.
Two missionary steamers were seized
just above Nankin, and the missionaries
were compelled to escape in their boats.
One steamer was burned to the water's
edge and the other was set on fire; but
the Chinese gunboats arrivedon the scene
and put the tire out and rescued the mis?
sionaries. An outbreak against the
French is expected daily in Shanghai.
Inflammatory placards have been posted
up all over the town.
Instances of this hitter feeling against
tho French have already been given in
Woo-Hoo and the other river ports, and
the placards warn the French in Shang?
hai that their turn will soon come. The
placards revile the French Mixed Court
Magistrate, who, the writer says, was
once a house-boy to a foreigner, and he
is hot capable of looking after Chinese
The placard concludes that a general
attack will he made on the :27th of the
Chinese month. The Chinese authorities
at Shanghai are looking for the authors
of the placards. If they* arc caught they
will be beheaded.
At Wulm the rioters proceeded to the
English Consulate and threw stones
through the windows and destroyed flow?
ers. Only the timely arrival of otlicers
and the coolness of the Consul saved this
line building from the torch, Hundreds
of savage natives were yelling and howl?
ing about the place, and the Consul and
his wife had to disguise themselves in
Chinese clothing in order to escape.
His Counsel Apply to tho Court or Ap?
peals for a Mandamus.
fWythevlllo Special.)
Notice has been served on Judge Kelly that
counsel for Dr. Ikiley will apply to the Su?
preme Court of Appeals of Virginia for a
Writ of .Mandamus that he show cause why
he does not enforce the orders of Judges
Holen ami Richardson of that court. The
notice is returnable and will be heard before
the full bench of the Court of Appeals on
Thursday, .Inno 25th. This action on the
part of I lie plaintiff's counsel is somewhat of
the nature of coup (Vctat, and may precpi
tate important developments.
He May Not ISccover.
London, June 25.?The St. James Gazette
this afternoon says that Gladstone's friends
lire seriously alarmed at the state of his
health, and that Sir Andrew Clark,Gladstones
chief physician, is in fear that the veteran
statesman may not recover from the effects of
in attack <if influenza from' which he suffered
this spring.
The dummy engine has been passing over
the temporary bridge across the North Fork of
Powell's River for a week, and the construc?
tion of the permanent bridge is progressing.
The grading of the dummy line to the L. k
N\ has been in progress for several weeks.
?? *
The Exposition Hall w ishes to acknowledge
the receipt of a wagon load of coke from J. K.
Taggart, General Manager Virginia Coal and
Iron Co., an excellent article. Two pieces asb,
two chestnut, and three of curley poplar from
W. F. Raker. A cedar post from C. E. & C.
II. Spahling. A piece of pine from C. A.
Tracy. A piece of lead and silver ore, with a
piece of lead reduced from same, from Wise
County, Virginia, from E. J. bird, of the Ap
alachian Furnace.
? *
Reports from all the industrial towns
thrughout Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky
show that general dullness prevails. Money
is tight and all business depressed. Retter
times are expected within sixty days.
A meeting of the trustees of the Interstate
Ranking and Trust Company is called at Big
Stone Gap for Tuesday. It is hoped that the
new hank will he at once put on. its legs.
* *
Mr. Lil Perry has the contract for building
Gen. Avers' house and is pushing the work in
order to get it as nearly complete as possible
during the summer.
* #
Large shipments of freight are now made
over the L. k N. R. R. from Louisville and
Cincinnati to Bristol and other points via Big
Stone Gap. As soon as the connection is com?
pleted with the S. A. k 0. road through Plat
3, the movement of this freight will be greatly
* *
The shipment of timber from this section is
now very heavy. Time was required by the
various companies-owning it, to construct roads
in order to reach the R. R. stations. The work
is now about over and the heavy logs of all
varieties of hard wood are being brought
through the mountain passes. A short time
ago one dealer shipped a walnut tree East
which netted him a clear profit of $3.030.
The same dealer has another, twenty-four feet
in circumference, which he is now getting out
and from which he expects to realize a still
larger profit. Much of this fine timber is ship?
ped directly to Liverpool.
An order for the construction of a wagon
road to the top of Black mountain, head
Callahan Creek, was issued at Gladeville
Tuesday and work will be commenced at once.
The road will prove an important one to Big
Stone Gap and should be constructed.
* *
Since the water pipes have, been extended
through the city and the use of the pure water
became general, the fact has developed that it is
a mild laxative and acts splendidly on the Hrer.
Great benefits from its use hare already be?
come apparent, and it is not unlikely it will
prove more valuable as a liver regulator than
any water yet discovered.
? ?,-?
A Huge Cattish.
(Lnulwuitle Post.)
Joseph Rr'mdle, of Ctica, lud'drooped in
o-day at the Socoud-street market with a cat?
tish which tipped the beam at 120 pounds.
Said Joseph: "When me and any brother
Frank caught this fish yesterday afternoon it
weighed nearly 200 pounds, ana I'Uawearto -
it. 1 don't see how m the worid it shrunk up
j so, but I guess the scales here are alt right,
1 though it has been said that you have to go to.
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