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W.C. ROBINSON & CO.
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BIC STONE GAP, VA.
<? CLOCK;
SILVERWARE,
. SPECTACLES. ETC.
!W. a'ROBINSON-ft CO.
VOL. II.
BIG STONE GAP; VA.. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18.1891.
TRADE REVIEW.
TIIEKI-:
, NOTHING TO It KAI) BUT
(iOOD NKWS.
<>nl.k?? Wor? Cheerful
Vk, York, Sept. I?.-U. <?. Du*'
? . ,t trade -a\<: All returns
jrccklt review ol traa< say:
^ ,!,;..iilion of busincs* are eneour
agin
There's no
n,om for doul?l about the im
.. netit trade. From nearly every
?j,. reporting there comes theMine cheer
;n? information thai business .* Letter
ftnd Protect? brighter. The government
crop report .'so,.t the most favorable
( . isgucd ii ?s not 'wr?fj",,lc ,hHt
?ome injuries ?ustAincd sit.ee the detailed
rfs wcrC forwarded from the different
cwniks ?,?, redacc the yield somewhat
, io.licnlit.nK of the official re
At lite South Hie improvement in
?CIlcr;i|,especially nl Louisville, Memphis,
Savannah and Atlanta, and at New Or
lr?d? is more active, rice being cs
pecialb sliong- aiid money in good de-1
ma nd.
... pnorinmJs receipt? of wheat have
,it. rcj{Se(l prices. Exports continue large,
|)U( (),,? belief is growing that foreign
crops arc nol unite so short as has been
reported, though short enough to cause
?? unprecedented demand from this coun?
try. Thus the price of wheal has lallen
;,: . c, nts during the past ?eck. with sales
0j goMJO.OMI bushels. Corn declined but
little' and oats only I cent. Pork prod?
ucts lire higher, and oil aboul live cents
lower.
Ilic ?'reatesl industries arc making sat
ion progress. I hu weekly output of
jro? Scp'tembci I. ?as 170,8Jtltons, against
lf,!lf.77li last month, ami at the same date
(ant y< ar I7l..77(i tons. Production has
been 'maintained for three months within
aboul 10,00(1 Ions weckh ".' Ihe largos I
quantih ever reached, and consumption
cannol be iVir behind, because there is no
yielding in prices, bul :i decidedly st ronger
tone in the market, Both here and nl
Philadelphia a larger demand is seen for
finished products, especially t..i bar iron,
mid the plate mills are full of orders. I hi i
in rails im change is observed. The pros
peel is belter, because storks and bonds
are iu greater demand. W ool is selling
fairly well nt all iiupurtai;! markets, and
there is seen a better demand for dry
goods, which ^i\< - mucli encouragement
to manufacturers.
The financial outlook is clearer. While
shipments of gold from Europe were not
strictly upon an exchange basis, the rate
of sterling exchange has fallen l<> $4.83^
during Ihe week, and exports <>i merchiin
disc from New Vork for Ihe past Iwoj
weeks have exceeded those of the same
???< k last year lit more than ."ill per cent,
while in imports there appears decrease
ol 20 percent. The(?ovcrniiicnt has paid
out ovei $10,000,000 lor bonds nol ex?
tended, and further disbursements on the
name account are expected, though the
Treasury i- restricting other payments for
i lie t ime as fa i as possible.
I ?><? "in i "I iM.M'main and Denmark
t" American potk pr ducts has lifted the
price <?! pi?rk hall a dollar per barrel.
With (he greatest crops ever grown, and
an unprecedenled foreign demand for
grain and meats, I be prospect must lie
coitfidercd unusually encouraging.
lUisiness failures occurring throughout
llu country during the past week, number
for the United Stales, 187; Canada, 27;
logethei -.'I I* against il< last week.
? .
ix>\1 s w KM iiaxk m knt
A<*<-i<|?-nt to m Train on ihr { tilmi J'aeiHe
Kail? a v.
Dkxvkk, Sept. 17.?Passeugei train No.
?H-I, hound toward Denver on the Orav
?n in division ol (he I'nion Pacific rail?
way, was wrecked Suwhn morning aboul
11 o clock, in ai Beaver Brook station,
and twenty-five passengers injured, five of
whom will probahb die. The train was
!"f'c and running very rapidly. When
rounding a sharp curve the express car
l, M U:irl and rolled down a fifteen
fool emhankmetit. It was followed by the
mai, ?"u D?o passenger coaches, one of
which turned over Iwice before ii reach
,,! ,,M" ,,0,,t"u- The train was loaded
with passengers, many of whom were
Knights of Pythias returning from the
Ki-ighlhsof I'ythia, eonventioii,!
which ?as held at Aspen last week. 1
hen Ihe news reached Golden, Col.,
wr<-?kiiig (rain was ordered cm and
?w-?t?rtii.g-w.|,en Uoherl Pr?i,,, !in umJ
. ! , :" ulteinpted to board !
'cvng,i,e, In doing so his revolver fell
n"h?P.Pocket, ihe hammer striking
,V;,,i:.:i:i:i,i" ?epot, was discharged;
^f'^'ugclTecl iu the man's neck
"??!; ?8 a wound which will result fatallv.
' fenousl) Injured in the wreck
* J Wl atU.hlcn in hands of phv
h ; >; ',!",m-,!'"'i,n 1 iveVc;
',u" ?;?'J"scih and taken to their
""'lu-' or hospitals.
jay oooke's UtOFHKCY.
' ' ?rward tu :i renn of ImmeiiKO
lru^nr, r?rJ ,?.,?;.r(, stutcK>
.-Si I'.u.MKv.^t. I7.-Jay Cooke,
" y?*??>h capitalist, uho is now
^st,5aidto-dav: "I look
?erward to a Ihn? ,
"h 'criii ?,f immense pros
:" ' C.'I S..?cS. 1 believe
?m m "i'' how \t i1 .. I : ? r
.. ' beginning of an
Lt/7Uch ?ni ?,ark ,'hc advance of our
; u'^^^ ^ rori.IU?8t cora.
...!,a ""d r,,lancial nation of the world.
^??Wthe Uniied States has been
: L.;dw.na,,uu;,l?: ?f ^
9^'ut abroad to redeem or pur
,:::;::;:r::;i",':11-'1'.-.
I...I.; ." f*PlW.
?mm, i's:",r",l,r '"??"""s -nia
?i.??* :," .f??- ""? " ??
cd:,. ,, ,? "ll 1 ulted States' indebf
""u'l- CUm..T r ,?e??,,.V llllbc0II paid,
to* other ? " 'M i" V i,,con,e 1,118 set
come to us. Ihe gold will
I ke staliiif,., I .
cial-eriw/s lll,n"- ?U? leceut Hnan
I.gners "^.^M P^fsthal
Ho en i ' ' u , v c?nfideiico in us.
"eel m.???..: M" '-"icui of the Barings
eigu bourJ ,r,.W '.V^^ ki,,? on the for
.,! ;;.'1,M ;'??'?. American seeuri
Im ? This .hows thai
ml MlHi ,, ? ,rt Aiurneaii enterprise
curium j ' ' " 'I" ?f Aioericaii sc
A..,,," ^'ai'i-i-cd. Hereafter
!" I'C rated us gilt
! edged in foreign financial circles, and I
think American securities will be sought
after by European investors at much
higher prices than now prevail.
"Another potent element in the pros?
perity of the country is the abundant
harvests. All over the world, except in
the United States, the crops this year are
short. The result will be a demand for
our grain, and better prices are inevitable.
This will redound to the good of all. The
furnier "ill receive prices (bat will yield
him good interest on his investment and
fair remuneration for his labor. The rnil
roads will make money by carrying the
crops to market. The business man, the
artisan, and the capitalist will all experi?
ence the benefits of I lie splendid harvest."
Referring to an article by C. V. Hunt?
ingdon, published recently in a leading
magazine, advocating the consolidation of
the railways of the country, Mr. Cooke
said: "The tendency of all lines of busi?
ness and enterprises now is toward cen?
tralization, Combinations arc formed by
corporations and individuals in the same
line of business, whereby the cost of ope?
rating is reduced and all are benefited by
the unity and harmony of management.
The railways ate drifting in that direction
too, but it will 5>e some time 1 think, be?
fore the diverse and mighty interests of
the many railway systems of this country
ran be united under one Siend."
"What do you think, Mr. Cooke, of gov?
ernmental control'of railways?"
'?That is a possibility of the future. If
the private consolidation of the railway
lim s were effected, the question of gov?
ernmental control will be the next to be
considered. It will probably be reached
in time."
FIGHT FOR A WILL.
A Disinherited Son Snatches It from the
Lawyer and Scares the Mourners.
CiiuitcuTOWN, Pa., Sept. 17.?Justice of
the peace William McGowati, was in Sads
buryvillc on Wednesday to read n will to
the heirs of George Hagee, of Atglen.
Hagee owned a nickel mine, thirty acres
of ground, and other valuable property.
Mr. MeGowan, who wrote the will, got to
the. house at 7 o'clock in the evening, a
few hours after the funeral had returned
from iIi?' cemetery. All the mourners
were congregated in the large room of the
son, u here t he fa I her died.
The justice got on a chair lo read the
will. .Near him were a Milde on a stand,
and a lighted lamp. He slowly read ihe
will until he got to the last clause, which
bequeathed "$."> lo my son, Howard \S.\
Uage'o." Suddenly a hand was liirust up j
from behind Mr. MeGowan and under his |
arms. It grabbed the will with a deter?
mined clutch. A young man cried out!
"This is not my father's will! It is a
fraud!"
Mr. MeGowan lurned quickly, grabbed
for the will, failed to get it, and a violent
struggle followed. The young man who
grabbed the will was the disinherited son.
lie seized MeGowan and threw him to Ihe
floor. MeGowan got up and dealt Uagee
a blow iu the stomach with his elbow thai
sent Ii iin t o l he floor.
hi the excitement (lie will had been
passed from one to another, and MeGowan
found it outside mi the flout-of Ihu porch.
The signature to the will had been torn
oft*. MeGowan ran n mile to the oflicc of
Justice Buer, where it search warrant was
issued. Before this was served one of
the mourners produced Ihe missing piece
of ihe will, saying thai he had found it.
The mutilated will was then put together,
and found lo he all right.
Magee, later, was also released from
custody. During the excitement several
women screamed and fainted, and I lie I
preacher hurried aw ay.
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ORTH STEIN CAL'OHT.
Formerly a Newspaper Man.?A Miner
Will Cel the 910,000.
Atlanta, Sept. 17.?J. B. Raymond, who
has been doing special work for Ihe Con?
stitution, is in DeKalb County jail to?
night, charged with being Orth Stein, the
western newspaper man, for whom there
is a reward <>(' $10.000. To-night he made j
t he hearts of his captors glad by acknowl?
edging his identity.
Stein came to this city six weeks ago.
On Saturday, September (J, he took leave
for New York City. The next day he was
iu Rome. Ca., registered under the name
of Norton, but was met and recognized
by Col. .lohn L. Martin, tlie editor of Ihe
Tribune. who knew hint in Kansas City.
Stein acknowledged his identity and dis?
appeared at once. The next issue of the
Tribune contained a full story of Stein's
direct, and set the people to talking. A
stranger was at tested on Thursday morn?
ing in Calhoun, Ca., as the fugitive, but
through a quick application of habeas
corpus proceedings, was released, and
again disappeared.
On Friday night the Central Railroad
express car was rubbed near Savannah.
The newspaper man was credited with the
deed. The Atlanta newspapers of Satur?
day said that Raymond was Stein. While
reading one of these newspapers in the
little village of Stone Mountain, a stone
miner named Bcnuchamp looked up and
saw before him a stranger, who inquired
the way to the hotel. The miner recog?
nized him as Stein, and he at once sum?
moned Constable MeCurdy. The two men
found the stranger in bed. With an air
of desperation, he said:
"I am your man; I Can not "-keep up this
flight any longer."
Iu a writ ten confession which he gave
lo the press to-night, Stein Icllsthe story
of his life, claiming extenuation for many
tilings, und pleading youth for his lirM
fall. The document is a plaintive appeal
for kind treatment.
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THEY DIDN'T LIKE ONE ANOTHER
No f.ovc Lost Between Lord Randolph and
The faite Mr. Hradittugh. -
Lonpox, Sept. 17.?Lord Randolph
Churchill, iu an interview at the Cape
ofGood Hope, assailed the memory of
Charles Bradlaugh, as an overrated map
wjio fouled himself with the belief that
he w as a statesman. An intimate friend
of Bradlaugh w rites that Lord Randolph
tried to force an acquaintance with Brad*
laush und offered to make friouds wjth
him, but that Bradlaugh despising him,
recoiled iu disgust. The friend of Brad
laugh adds I hut once in the tea room of
the House of Commons, w hile Bradlaugh
was talking to Labouehere, Lord Randolph
forced himself upon them and paid Brad?
laugh a compliment, iu acknowledgment j
of which the latter bowed and said noth?
ing. !
A subsequent incident, when Brad?
laugh found that Churchill lied regarding
a statement he had made iu a speech b?
the House of Common*-'and the! he "cook?
ed" his speech iu revising the proofs for
Hansard, confirmed Bradlaugh in his con?
tempt for Churchill.
THE RECEIVERSHIP.
THE RICHMOND A DANVILLE RAIL?
ROAD WILL NOT HE AFFECTED BY IT.
A Plan on Foot to Fand the Floating: Deht
of the Richmond Terminal Co.?Drexel,
Morgan C Co. Come to the Re?cue.?If
the Plan in successful, the Terminal will
ix; 5n B?*tt.or Slmpe Thau it Iiks Been for
Some Time Past.
Xkw York, Sept. 16.?Richmond Ter?
minal securities took a tumble on the
stock exchange Saturday that dcmoraliz-#
ed everything and caused a general de?
cline of prices. The common stock de?
clined 2^ points, and then percent bonds
7 points. There was heavy selling of
both. The old rumor of a receivership
was revived, and was worked by the bears
for all it was worth.
The facts are that it is the floating
debts of the companies controlled by the
Terminal that is causing all the trouble.
These floating debts amount to a total of
$9,000,000.
The directors of the Richmond Ter?
minal met Friday and decided to issue the
three-year notes of the company to take
up this floating indebtedness. All the
securities available will be hypothecated
to secure these notes. It is the same
funding scheme that was successfully
adopted by the Union Pacific road a few
days ago.' It is said that $6,000,000 of
the $0,000,000 of these funding notes were
subscribed for at Friday's meeting of the
directors. If the balance can be placed,
and the floating debts of the gubcom
panies paid, the Terminal will be in bet?
ter shape than it has been for some time.
News of the funding arrangement
reaclied Wall street just before 1he close
of Ihe stock exchange and the Terminal
bonds at once began to rally and closed
unly2$? points below (he opening. Presi?
dent Ionian is out of the city, but the
directors of the company say lhey are
confident the arrangement to fund the
floating debts will go through without
delay.
It is reported that Drexel, Morgan k
Co. have assumed the task of managing
the financial affairs, of the different coin- 1
panics. Nearlv all the obligations are
said to be time loans, although a part of
the debt is on UCCOUIll of money borrowed
on call.
Atlanta, Sept. 16.?General Manager
Green, of the Richmond k Danville was
seen by a Constitution reporter to-day
and said:
' The fact of the Richmond Terminal
Company going into the hands of a re?
ceiver would not, in any manner, a fleet
Hie Richmond and Danville Railroad
Company, nor any of its leases or con?
trolled lines- The Central railroad is
leased to the Georgia Pacific, and that
road in turn is leased lo the Richmond
niiil Danville, which company practically
guarantees both the other lines. "So
you see," lie eoutinusd, "unless the
Richmond and Danville Companv should
become insolvent, Ihe Centi.nl is all right."
"In what codditinn is the Richmond and
Danville, now '!" He was asked.
"Firt-e!ass," Mr. Green replied; why,
you cant buy its stock now for 150,"
Mr. Green did not seem to think that
Ihe Wall street rumors were of very much
consequence to the people of the south,
for, as he stated, the Terminal Company
does not operate a single mile of road,
and is merely a financial arrangement.
SECRETARY PROCTOR TALKS ABOUT
TDK INDIANS.
He Predicts Little Trouble Next Winter,
and Praises General Miles.
Clltt'AUO, Sept. 16.?Secretary of War,
Proctor, who has recently been appointed
by Governor Page, of Vermont, to suc?
ceed Hon. George F. Edmunds in the
United Stales Senate arrived here at mid?
night, accompanied by Governor Page
and a party of friends.
He is making a final tour of the mili?
tary stations of the West previous to his
resignation as Secretary in order to ac?
cept the Senalorship. In an interview he
said:
"We will probably have less trouble this
winter wifh the Indians (hau for a num?
ber of ;.ears past. For this condition of
things much is due to the intelligent pol?
icy of General Miles. 1 feel a great ili?
ierest in the. plan to make fighting In?
dians soldiers in the regular army, and
promise to make a thorough inquiry into
its practicability. The number of mili?
tary stations in the West will probably
not be decreased, as has been reported
for a iTuiuhcr of years. The number is
now about down to a minimum."
The Secretary will go from here to the
posts in Minnesota, South Dakota, Mon?
tana, Nebraska, and other points. He is
accompanied by Quartermaster-General
Holobird, Major Schwab and Lieutenant
Howard. He will retire from the Cabinet
he says, November 1.
WORLD'S RECORDS BROKEN.
Allerton and DIrrect are the Champion
Side-Wheelers.
[xdei'EXOexce, UTTSept. l\.?Twoof the
world's records" have been broken here.
Allerton trotted a mile in 10flat, crown?
ing himself the king of stallions. Dir
rect, the little pacing wonder, covered a
mile in 'J.0G, breaking the world's stallion
records, for both trotters and pacers.
Dirrect not only breaks the stallion rec?
ord but breaks the pacing record of the
world, and traveled the faslest mile that
a horse ever drew a sulky.
IxnfirKXi>?xce, Ia.*, Sept. 10.?Allerton
attempted to beat his record of 2.10 to?
day, and only succeeded in tying it. The
quarter was covered in 0..'Wj.>, the half in
J.O?1^, the three-quarters ip 1.38, and. the
homestretch would have been a record
breaker lmd the colt not broke about six
lengths from the wire, He finished an?
other :2,10 mile, tying the record.
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DINING FROM AMERICAN TIN,
Five Thousand Poople Sit Down With Ma?
jor McKinley at Steubenvllle.
Stevuesyille, 0., Sept. 16.?Major Mc?
Kinley was the honored guest at a unique
dinner given to 5,000 people by Hon.
Robert Sherrard.
The dinner was set on the tables si retch?
ed from one end of Mr. Sherrard's spa?
cious yard to the other, and around which
nearly 1,000 could cht at 11 time. The
distinction gained by having such an
honored participant was increased by the
unique and happy win iu which it was
Served. Kvcr.vlhing (hat was either
eaten or drank was served on tin of Am
erican make. Tin plate? held the sand?
wiches and biscuits, and coffee was dipped
from tin buckets into tin cups by tin dip?
pers and sweetened by sugar taken from
tin pans by tin spoons. It was typically
a tin dinner from first to last and every
piece of the tin was of American make.
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BEN HARBISON AT HOME.
Why He In Unpopular at Home.?A Bed
Hot Campaign May be Expected in
Indiana.
A correspondent of the New York Sun,
writing from Indianapolis says: The re?
cent interview with ex-Treasurer Huston
in the Chicago Herald, bitterly criticising
President Harrison, and exposing that
distinguished gentleman's relations with
his leading manager iu his own State, has
created a profound sensation all over the
West. Little else has been talked of here
since its appearance. Mr. Huston has
denied that it was "authorized," but no
one who is familiar with the inside of
Republican polities in Indiana doubts for
one moment that it expresses Houston's
real sentiments toward Harrison. Hous?
ton managed three State campaigns in
this State for Harrison, at a personal loss,
and expended a large sum of money to
advance Harrison's interests. No sooner
did Harrison becoms President than he
drew himself within Iiis shell and became
so important that few persons dared even
to make a suggestion to him, especially
about Indiana appointments. Previous
to the election Harrison led nil his friends
here to believe that he intended to be
liberal in the dispensation of patronage
in Indiana, and that he would make this
State Republican for all time. It did not
occur to him that patronage is an element
of weakness, or that instead of building
himself up lie would destroy his political
future. He promised through Huston
that the workers should be rewarded.
Huston did not personally desire to be?
come Treasurer of the United States, but
accepted Hie office at the personal request
of Ihe President, under flic impression
that in being near Ihe President Ik* would
be consulted nbonl lite appoinf ments so
far as Indiana jvns concerned, and he
would thus lie able to redeem a number
of promises lie had made 1" delegates
from other Stales lit Chicago fur voles for
Harrison, lo contributors to the campaign
fund iu Indiana, as well as to workers.
No sooner was Harrison inaugurated
than he refused to listen iu Huston, or
anyone else about who should be ap?
pointed to offices iu Indiana, or whal In
dianans should be rewarded with official
posts elsewhere. A number of delegates
from other States were promised by the
Harrison managing committee at Chicago
that they should be consulted concerning
the Federal appointments iu their respec?
tive States. The committee which made
these promises created the impression
that such promises as it made would be
lailhlullv carried out. Harrison has, in a
large number'of instances, ignored these
promises, and snubbed those who made
them, a circumstance that lias made him
enemies among many influential Repub?
licans, who are now only loo anxious to
get even by opposing Ihe President's re
nomination,
He has offended another class of politi?
cal friends by his arrogance and fish-like
coldness when they call on him al the
While House merely to pay their respects.
Some of them he scarcely recognizes. He
acls as if he was conferring a favor by
shaking hands with them at his public
recept ions.
He lost the support of Ihe civil service
reformers, most of whom supported and
labored for him in his race. The Hon.
W. D. Foitlkc, President of 1 lie Indiana
State Civil Service Association, and one
of the brainy men of the State, is in open
opposition to his renomination,.and the
Civil Service Chronicle, edited by L. H.
Swift, the Secretary of the Statt- Com?
mittee is opposed to his renomination.
These arc are only a few of the enemies
he lias etude in his own* patty in this
Stafe and elsewhere, and he lias made his
own State, county and city Democratic.
Republicans in Indiana have nol be?
come Democrats, but as a rule, they take
no interest in politics, and do not vote,
and will not so long as Harrison is, Presi?
dent. If they do so they will vote the
Democratic ticket. Il is now generally
admitted that the President can not carry
this State for re-election, and he can not
possibly obtain a solid delegation to Ihe
next National Republican Convention. A
number of the leading daily and weekly
newspapers are openly opposed to him,
and will fight his renomination.
Ex-Treasurer Huston is a power iu
State politics, and if he should conclude
to take a hand in the approaching contest
lie will make himself felt. He is a man
of large fortune and great energy. Look
out for a red-hot canvass inside of the
Republican party in Indiana during the
next six months.
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BULLDOZED 15V BANKERS.
A Woman Who Was Forced to Sign Away
Her Husband's Life Insurance by
Th rents.
St. Pai l, Sept. 17.? Papers were served
Saturday in what will be a sensational
case. Mrs. Catherine E. Clark, wife of
lumberman Sam Clark, sues the Capital
Bank for (he return of a paid up life in?
surance policy for $7,000. She alleges
that she was induced to go to the bank
and there surrounded by the directors and
their attorney, terrorized into signing the
policy by the charge that her husband had
committed a crime, and unless she would
give up the policy he would be instantly
arrested.
She says she was driven to desperation
and signed the paper, not knowing what
was in it, and that her husband is insane
and irresponsible. The Capital Bank is a
big conce.ru, and this serious charge has
created a sensation in financial circles.
ROANOKE FAILURE,
One of the Heaviest Concerns in tltat City
Forced to the Wall.
JIoanoke, Sept. 16.?Messrs. Grin berg
k Morris, one of the heaviest business
concerns who have been doing business
in this city for nine years have made an
assignment with schedule liabilities
amounting to $1-10,1100 dollars. The cause
is attributed to recent financial embar?
rassment occasioned by speculation, and
carrying heavy slock.
The assets are not valued nor clearly
quoted. The creditors are divided into
three classes; the first two amounting to
G5,(H)0; the remainder is held by the third
class creditors which are not named. "
Will Wed the Fuilmait Millions.
San Francisco, Sept. 17.?Miss Harriet
Pullman, daughter of George N. Pullman, has
become engaged to Frank J. Carolan, a prom?
inent Hoeicly man of this city. The marriage
will take place in Chicago next soring.
! THE STAEE OE LIFE.
THE ALARMING SITUATION IN RE?
GARD TO THE 15 RE AD SUPPLY*
IN GERMANY.
Great Suffering Must Result from Russia's
Recent Decree.?All Europe Cannot Sup?
ply (trend for the Hungry IVpuhiee.?
American Grain at High Prices is the
Onlj' Possible Resource.
Washington, Sept. 17.?Consul General
Mason, of Frankfort, in a report to the
State Department on what he terms the
German crisis in bread-stuffs presents
some very interesting statements respect?
ing the most notable commercial event of
the year in Europe?the Russian decree
forbidding the exportation of rye from
Russia to any foreign country. This Mr.
Mason regards as equivalent to an official
declaration that the harvests of cereals
in Russia are so deficient that the export
of rye must lie forbidden in order lo avert
danger of famine t lie re.
Mr. Mason presents some data which
.-hows how seriously this unexpected edict
is likely to affect the bread supply of
Germany. Very little pure wheat bread,
he says, is eaten by the middle and lower
classes in Germany. The "si?ff of life,"
to a vast majority of Germans, is black
bread, made with flour ground from a
mixture of iye and an interior quality of
wheat. The consumption of this mate?
rial is so enormous that Germany im
imported !)47,'>7.~> tons of rye, of which S.">
per cent, as well as .">.") per cent of the
whole import of wheat into Germany,
came from Russia. The. recent edict
therefore cuts off nearly live-sixths of the
entire foreign rye supply of Germany.
must ?UAW on AUI'ltlt'A.
How difficult it would be to fill this
great deficit by increased importations
from other countries, Mr. Mason says,
will be evident from the fact that Hie en?
tire export of rye to Germany from IS^'4
to l?&8 from the six countries which rank
next to Russia as producers of cereals,
averaged 6,14i?,&H bushels a year. This]
is barely one-fourth of the r\e exporta?
tion lo Germany from Russia ia ! ear. i
Mr. Mason thinks il doubtful, in view of
the short cereal crops which prevail this
.-ummer, more or ie.-s throughout Europe,
whether France, Ruiimauia, or Set via will |
have any considerable surplus of rve for!
export.
The deficit in Germany, therefore, can
not be filled from any known source of
supply on that side of the Atlantic, and
the effect of the situation upon ihe rye
market has been startling. A year ago
rye sold in Berlin for ifilJJ per ton i>|
pounds: on the 3rd of August bot the!
effect of the meager harvest h;al raised
Ihe market price fo $5*i.*M per Ion. 'i heti
came the Russian edict, and in two wteks
Ihe pi ice had risen h? T0I HS per ion.
Add to this 4 short and inferior potato
crop throughout nearly the whole of tier
many, and it will be seen, Mr. Mason says,
that the food question there has assumed
an ominous aspect, and the people of Ger?
many, France, and England will have to]
draw upon the well-filled granaries of Ihe
United Slates for a large part of their
food supply during the coming year.
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DEFENDED HER REP?TA i ION
Then Ills Wife Let Him Lie iu His Moody
Clothes Three Days.
Branfoko,CoNft., Sept. 17.? It has just
trau&piried here that Osgood S. Wiley, a
cottagerat Indian Neck, lies iu a very
ptecarious condition at his house suffering
from a stab ul the hands of Daniel Rice
of this tow n.
Wiley came to Indian Neck la>t May
from New Jersey, and engaged a cottage
for the season. He became an agent for
the New England Phonograph Coinyany,
placing their phonographs in Brauford
and vicinity. Wiley employed Daniel
Rice to assist him, but after a few weeks
he learned that Rice was passing most
of his time with disreputable women.
Rice was reproved by his employer, but
he persisted in neglecting his business.
On Tuesday evening Wiley demanded
his keys and after receiving them dis?
charged him. Then Rice began to abuse
Wiley, ahd cast reflection on the charac?
ter of his wife. Wiley struck the man,
and iu so doing slipped and fell with
Rice on top. Rice then stabbed Wiley
near the heart.
Rice went to Wiley's cottage and told
Mrs. Wiley that her husband had assault?
ed him. She asked him why he had not
struck back, and Rice replied: "I did."
When Rice reached home he lav down on
a lounge, and for three days and nights
remained in the same position and in -the
same clothes. His wife merely fed him
occasionly, His physician cut the blood?
stained garments away on Friday night,
and removed him to a cot. Had the knife
penetrated half an inch either way it
would have entered his heart or stomach.
Rice has been arrested, and, released
on $1,000 bonds. Rice's brother is the
first Selectman of the town, and his in?
fluence has kept th.e matter quiet,
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WHEAT WILL RISE
The Farmers* Alliance Advises the Grow?
ers to Hold Their Wheat'?The Crop
Being Overestimated.
St. Pali.. Sept. 17.?The Farmers' Al?
liance leaders in Minnesota and North
and South Dakota have resolved upon
another attempt to stop the tremendous
flow of wheat to the markets. The Alli?
ance therefore began mailing from its
headquarters 1,000,000 letters to farmers,
calling a halt along the line.
The letter states that the new Wheat
Growers' Associotion and Alliance sec?
retaries all over ths country are unani?
mous that wheat is bound to sell at $1.50
and possibly $'J per bushel, and they
were unanimous in their warning to the
farmers not to sacrifice their wheat and
give speculators all the profit there is iu
it. The letter says the wheat crop is be?
ing greatly over-estimated by the news?
papers and grain dealers.
ITALY AND THE FAIR.
She will Not he Represented, hat will Aid
Her Citizens.
Washington, Sept. 17.?Marquis Int
periali, Italian charge d'affaires at Wash?
ington, has informed Dr. T. S. Verdi,
president of Ihe Italo-American commit*
tee for Ihe proinotiou of the Columbian
exposition, that the. Italian.* ministry has
acknowledged the reception of the resol?
utions adopted at a meeting of the Hain
Americans held in Washington .Inly liih,
requesting Ihe Italian government lo
officially participate in said exhibition,
and that iu answer the Italian ministry
say that:
"In pursuance of the principle adopted
long ago, the Italian government declines
to officially participate in any internation?
al exhibition: that for that reason the
government declined the invitation to
officially participate in the French exhi?
bition held in Paris in IHS!?, and that the.
refusal to he officially represented at the
Columbian exhibition is in eon>cqu? nee
of said rule, never before departed from,!
which should not be interpreted as an act .
of hostility towards that great enterprise,'
or an effort to prevent Italians from ex
hihitihg. That, on the contrary, the gov?
ernment wished the success to the exhibi?
tion, has given the widest publicity to the
invitation of its committee, and will do
all in its power to assist such of its citi?
zens as desire to exhibit, giving them
every possible facility."
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CANDIDATES FOR FHKS1DENT
.Mississippi Is for (iormaii?Georgia Doesn't
Want Cleveland.
Washington, Sept. 17,?Representative
Catchings of Mississippi fomally presents
Senator Gorman as the candidate of his
state for the presidential nomination.
Mr. Catchings says : "When the time
comes for Mississippi to send delegates to
the Democratic National Convention the
name of Arthur P. Gorman will be fre?
quently heard. A better man than Gormau
would be hard to find. His personal rec?
ord is stainless. His ability is unques?
tioned, and he has in him all that goes
to make an ideal president. There has
been no outburst of popular sentiment
in his behalf, but the solid thinking men
are quietly enthusiastic over the chances
of his candidacy. The muddle in New
York absolutely prevents our look in*; iu
her direction for a leader. We will find
whom we seek iu Maryland."
Ex-Congressman Clements of Georgia,
who is spoken of as a probable successor
to the late Inter-State Commerce Com?
missioner Bragg, speaking to-day of pos?
sible presidential candidates, said:
"There doesn't seem to be any marked
drift of sentiment in favor of anybody.
Cleveland is highly respected, although
Ihe people of Georgia are unanimous in
their opposition to his position on Ihe
-ilver question. 'I here is considerable
liillerence of opinion as to the advisability
of nominating him, but should hebe the
choice ol the Convention he would be
warmly supported" Politically this may
seem somewhat paradoxical, but ii is true.
Georgia will be for the nominee.
In regard to the doings of the third
party in the south, Mr. Clements said :
??A great many meetings arc being held,
and the leaders are more active than ever
before. Some of these strongly advocate
third party tickets, both state and nation?
al, but the chances an' that such ati ex?
treme will not be reached, because the
masses are opposed toil, nearly all Ihe
.\l!iance'people in our state are Demo?
crats, and while they have joined Ihe Al?
liance' because tllOV had what they felt
were great grievances, yet at heart Ihey
are Democrats. They are willing, in the
great majority of cases, to abide bv the
decision ol the Democratic party.
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It LA INK WILL KUX.
Definite Statement Kcgurdiug His Inten?
tion.
Washington, Sept. Ifi.-The Sunday Ga?
zette adds its mite to the slock of infor?
mation as to Mr. niaine's "intentions" by
an interview with a prominent Maine poli?
tician who has just returned from the
seashore. This gentleman makes the fol?
lowing definite statement:
"I attended a conference held in Port?
land. Maine. Senators Hale and Fryc
and Mr. .Joe MonJoy were present and the
subject of Mr. Blsine's candidacy was dis?
cussed. Mr. Ma nicy announced that he
was authorized to say for Mr. Blaine that
he would accept the nomination if it was
tendered him with unanimity. It was
then and there agreed that Maine should
send a Blaine delegation to the Conven?
tion, and these results were communi?
cated to a number of Mr Blame's friends
in other States. I visited Mr. Blaine at
Bar Harbor after the Portland conference
and found him to be in good spirits and
in hia old-time health. His mind was
clear, his eyes bright, and his interest in
public affairs as keen as ever. Ail that
lie needed was rest, and that he has had
at Bar Harbor."
HE DID NOT LIKE LIHEKIA.
The Ugljr Story Told by a Returned Geor?
gia Negro.
New Yohk, Sept. 16;?George B. Parks,
a mulatto belonging in Atlanta, Ga., with
his family, consisting of his wife and sev?
en children, arrived here on the steamship
Sorrento. He is an intelligent man, a
carpenter by I rude, and tells an Interest?
ing story of the condition of affairs in
Liberia^ Africa.
Qn the &2d of last May, lured by the
promises of the secretary for the promo?
tion of colonization in Liberia, he sailed
with his family for thai place, On land?
ing at Monrovia he foutid the country in
a most primitive and debauched condi?
tion. American negroes who had already
migrated there had assumed a most ty?
rannical rule over the natives, No part
of the ground was under cultivation.
Parks had becu a slave in the south, but
he says the condition of slavery iu Libe?
ria is worse than in Georgia before the
war, Children there offer themselves for
sale. Parks, becauss he would not deal
in human flesh, was ostracised by the ne?
groes from America. After spending "1\
days there he sailed for Hamburg, and
then to this port. It cost him $780 to
bring his family back to America. When
he left Georgia he had $12i>0. He now
has $G0, which he says will pay his way
back to Atlanta.
ROCKEFELLER ILL.
The Richest Man I n the World Ina Serious
Condition.
New York, Sept. 10.?A Cleveland special
to the Herald says: John D. Rockefeller, who
has been confined to his home at Forest Hill
for some weeks past, is a very sick man. A
corps of physicians examined him and de?
clared him to be free from organic diseases
but decided that his nervous system needed
absolute rest.
Ca,inp>k)lt huU McKinley in Joint Debate.
COUTMBCS, O., Sept. Kb?The chairman of
the Republican and Democratic Coinroitteea
have agreed upon the time for a joint debate
between Opr. Campbell and M?j. McKinley.
The details as to the opening and closing of
the debate and time to be occupied have not
yet been decided upon, hut the tinieaud place
of meeting will be Oct. 8, at Ada,
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Vo observing person who travels np and
down Powell's Valley and the parallel v
between Big Stone Gap and Cumberland
can fail to be Strock by the possibilities of Use
limestone soil as a producer of grains, fruit*,
cattle, and everything necessary, to snstein the
large industrial population that alll be g?ib~
ercd here. The little knobs when cleared ofT,
will make splendid sheep ranches and vattlc
ranges. Some of these point* are so lofty, and
symmetrical that they will make admirable
residence sites, a few of them being as befind
ful as many points on the castellated Rhine, h
A conspicuous example of the future of this -
kind of development is evidenced at Harrogate. y.. ..
Dr. Allan McLanc Hamilton, of New York,
who is erecting a sanatarinm there." near Cnm
hcrhmd (Jap, in which town he is much inter?
ested, paid a visit there recently. It was
feared that he would curtail expenses, but on
the contrary (indicating increasingly easier
times), he directed the work to go on, and or?
dered three or four more miles of streets to be
macadamized. The Harrogate Inn is wearing
completion, and the "Hotel of the Four Sea?
sons" makes a great show. This place will
be the residence of many of the best people
of Middlesborough.
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It is reported that the reason the Watts
II rot hers do not start their immense furnace at
Middlesborough earlier, is because the Water
Company there wants to charge them $30,000
per annum for their water supply. Think of
that, people of Big Stone Gap, whose entire
water plant cost only $75,000, while that fit
Middlesborough stands at a sum variously es?
timated at from $300,000 to $700,000, including
reservoir, pumping station, and other expenses
which the Big Stone Gap Co. avoids altogether.
Rather than stand this exaction, the Watts
Brothers are reported as being about to put
in their own works, by damming Bennett's
Fork, or pumping the water front Powell's
River across Cumberland Mountain.
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The Big Stone Gap Improvement Co. has an
application from a gentleman who has aided
very largely in the industrial development of
the South, and who is now very much inter?
ested in the direct process of making steel, to
put in a plant of that kind here. He has prom?
ised to come soon, and bringa party of friends
saying that he has a jwrty who is seeking the
proper place to invest $250,000.
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The colored people now have a school here
taught by Xoah Wilson, colored, with 25 pu?
pils. This, w ith the whites, 115, in the city
school proper?25 at Hutton's Saw Mill, and
130 at East Big Stone Gap, makes 205 in all in \
attendance. When Mr. Bcckford's school is \\
fully opened, the number will be 300 and over. ^
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The walnut tree mentioned in last week's
issue as being 22 feet in diameter whs, of
course, 22 feet in circumference. Its diame?
ter was 7 feet 4 inches.
Messrs. Xickles k Horseley sold to a dealer
last week $5,000 worth of walnut logs. The
timber and lumber men are now pouring out
large sums of money here?more, in fact, than
persons engaged in any other line of business.
Next come the Furnace and the Valley Street
Railroad.
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The Hoffman Lumber Company, under the '.
direction of Mr. Sothcrs, is running 20 four
horse teams, getting^ in walnut and poplar, o;
The amount of logs going out for export is how V
assuming large proportions,
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The Western Union Telegraph Company has
contracted with Gen. Ayers for the VaUey:pl|
Street Railroad to allow the services of an
opera tor and messenger to work in the buUd^JgS
ing to be erected by the R.. K. Co., near the
Fifth Street bridge for express, telegraph, and;J|?
freight purposes. Pending the putting up of. .;;
the building the lessees of the lutermont H<K -
tel, Messrs. Hardin, Webb, and Walker, a*.ti
the Manager, Mr. Houston, have givon the rise*
of an office in the hotel; so it is hoped that
Mr. Tree, the Superintendent In Richmond,,
will soon appoint an operator. Mr. "K" Bev?
erly has always given great satisfaction, and.
young Mr. Polly has done well.
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As showing that Wise County has had thv
greatest activity, especially iu land sates and
transfers, it maybe stated that one of our
legal firms took to court at Glade vilie a trunk .
full of papers to be used in their cases in the
i Wise Circuit Court. All of our attorneys ar*
! there this week, and seem to have their hands
full of legal work.
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The contractor for the Xickles building .
brought in several more masons on Tuesday?
and will push his work as expeditiously as r
possible,
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It is understood that telegrah service will
be given in the office of the lutermont Hotel
on the 20th inst., and afterwards.
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Gen. Ayers was here Tuesday and Wethes-,
day looking after the water works with the ;
Glamorgan Iron Co. people of Lynchburg, and
the Valley Street R. R., and reports that work
on the cut-off from the East Fifth Street
bridge on Shawnee Avenue, and on the exten?
sion beyond Wolf, Clay & Uo/s planing mill
w ill be begun at once.
Mr. Taylor, of Cincinnati, representing Gov.
Campbell, of Ohio, in his coal land deals
hereabouts was in the city last week. It is re?
ported that one of the best posted men in the
South as to industrial movements, Col., John
C. Ilaskell, President of the Virgiuio, Ten?
nessee and Carolina Steel j& Iron Co.,is taking
the Governor's holdings (or himself find east?
ern friends.
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The cool weather and the improvement i?
the times, is making business and building
brisker, the sights and the sounds of which
are evident on every hand.
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One of our most active insuraoee agents,
makes the statement that if the cifcy owned
one or two small two-wbeeled hose-reels, with !
several sections of hose, which a few men
could pull anywhere, rasnnweo rates wontd
be reduced one-half of one per cent, whleb
would make a saving#,?wmgh in * year to
Pav for the outfit. As it is Big Stone Gap i*
charged the same rates as those places which,
hate no water works at all, and not ?ore Ibatv
three-fourths of value can b?*#^i*4 fitter ft
fire, whereas, having ? water ?wppljp tbfit.
would put out any \xm*h\i> by simply at?
taching a hose to the ^^$, W:^m d f
.should have as cheap rate? ^ aw jflA.
where in the United
appliances the walerJ
tec to a bucket and
that originated with Adam,
will do the city *'0$jt$$
matt ei, which Inw^^i^^ef
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