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A fire Starts In the BuHiiiesH ecu
ter of the City and HuriiH over
Ten Million UollarH' Worth or
Property No Liven i.oki.
Huston, Mass., Nnvemlier 20. Fire
broke tint at noon in the four story
wooden building on Almoin, street,
Lvnn, Mass., wnieli eonlinnefl to spread
in the heart of business and nianulaci til
ing districts of the city, fiiiicd by u high
wind. Engines were promptly seta from
Boston and several ncighboi ing cities
Telegraphic communication was sus
pended at 2 p. m. Advices trom Lynn at
3 p. m. were that over half a mile burned
over. Among the buildings burned are
all within a quarter of a mile of the mar
ket street depot, including the Western
Union - Telegraph oiliee, all of the
Lynn papers, and about thirty-live
shoe factories. The firemen were blowing
up buildings in the line of the fire. At
lour o'clock the tire was still raging, an i
burning in the direction ol the water front,
sweeping everything befureit. There are
several reports of men being burned ; but
no bodies have been recovered as yet
Military companies from Lynn, Salem
and other places in the vicinity are guard
ing the streets which arc tilled with people
who have been burned out of house and
home. Steamers are siill arriving from
places between Lynn and lloston. The
burned district is at present bounded by
the following streets: Silsby, Mul lurry,
Oxford, Willow. Moneire. Washington,
Spring and Mt. Vernon. This includes
every building on the streets named as
far as they extend, and on the following
streets beyond them, Central avenue,
Abnont, Union, Exchange and Market
Lvnn, Mass., November 120,8.30 p. in.
The lire has now burned to the waters
edge and can spread no further. The
territory burned over is estimated in
from ten to twelve acres. The ruins are
still burning fiercely, but the llanies are
under control.
A dispatch from another source in
Lynn says: The fire has now binned
over an area of a mile square. It is ex
tending towards Swamp Scott, but is
thought to be under control. Alter con
saltation with some fifteen of the best
posted boot and shoe men of the city, it
is estimated the loss will be between
$0,0i0,000 aim $7,000,000.
The latest estimates place the loss at
$10,000,0011. No lives were lost.
A Card In ReHponne from mini'
Fanny 1.. l'altoii.
Mr. Editor: I wish to stale that 1 am
the author of two articles which have
recently uppeared in your paper, one on
the subject of street begging some lime
ago, and one about the Fl'-wcr .lissi -n,
which came out on Sunday last and v.-. is
signed "!"." 1 was requested by I lie
Flower Mission in full meeting assem
bled to write myself, and beg my li iciuls
to write just such articles. Sunday's
piece was written after lull consul; ai .ion
with the president of the Flower Mission
but as there was no meeting ol the F.
M. at which I could read my article and
have it endorsed by vote, of course 1 tli 1
not feel justified in signing it anything
but my own initial. 1 have been a mem
ber ot the Flower Mission lor years mid
have given as much of both means and
labor to its work as many ol its mem
bers, to say the least. The article in t his
morning's paper signed "Flower Mis
sion," under these circumstances, places
me in a very embarrassing position. 1 am
arraigned as an enemy when I thought
ntyseil one of them. 1 theretorc write
this over my own signature and will suv
that I alone uin responsible for "F's"
piece in Sunday's pncr. 1 will also say
that if a meeting of all the good women
ol the city were called to devise the best
means to assist the poor and needy I be
lieve it would be largely attended. If
one is called as a brunch of the W. C. T.
li. it will not bring in the very pcplc we
want. All honor to the noble women
who labor in the W. C. T. U. hili-viug
that io be the right way to cluck the
great curse of intemperance. ISi.l while
we accord them all respect I demand the
same for those who, Mm- inysch, having
the cause of temperance just as much at
heart as themselves eaiuioi cudor-e their
met hods. Kespeeilully,
Fanny L. I'atton.
Peace Hndanjicred.
XliW Yokk, November 20. The Dutch
steamer l'rinz Frederick, lleitdrick, from
Fort Au Prince, November 'jo, which ar
rived to-day brings news to the effect
that at the time other sailing the state
of affairs at Port Au Prince was rather
unfavorable to Hippolvte, and that fears
were entertained that there would be an
uprising for the purpose of deposing him
from the presidency. It is reported that
there are 5,000 men armed and engaged
in the movement.
At the offices ofKennnrdt& Co., agents
of the Prinz Frederick, all know ledge ol
any insurrection on the Island of Hayti
was denied. The captain ot the steamer
hud reported at the office and said noth
ing about it. There were ten passengers
on the steamer, and it is thought thut
some one of the number started the ru
mor. None of the passengers could be
Mr. H. H. I.vnch.
The friends of this worthy disabled
soldier who have interested themselves
in his behalf, will be gratified to learn
that as the result of the surgical opera
tion performed six weeks ago in Phila
delphia by Dr. John White, under the eye
of Dr. D. H. Aguew, without charge,
he will, in all probability become a
sound and able bodied man. He is still in
the University hospital, and it will be sev
eral weeks yet before he can return home.
l ne upertiLioii wus u vciy sccic mic, j
and it can hardly be expected that be will
be able to resume his' trade the coming
winter. The worst is over; complete
success is promised as the result. There
fore, let every one cheerfully help to
finish a good work. Eiecially,1et those
who have not heretofore given, con
tribute now. Money for his benefit may
be deposited with Mr. j. E. Rankin, at
the Western Carolina Bank. It will le
suitably disbursed by those having Mr.
Lynch's case in charge.
Dr. Wm. R. Waring, a well known phy
sycian of Atlanta, Ua., fell down the
stairs at his home yesterday killing him
self. The commission of V. P. Clavton as
postmaster at Columbia, S. C, was
forwarded to him yesterday.
onus ani i;nin,
Telephone subscriliers add to your tele
phone list No. 70, A. R. Cooley, groceries
and meats.
"The Indies in Ashcville are very easy
to entertain," said a young man the
other night. "I went calling and left
about twenty minutes to nine and I
declare that girl went up to her room to
r tire, thinking it was ten o'clock." That
wasn't a case of having to kill time.
Time killed her and she calculated the
lateness of the hour accordingly.
Now that the free delivery system is
about to be inaugurated, the citizens
should be careful to give theireorrcspond
ents the number of their house and the
stieet they live on. This will obviate
all danger of any inconvenience urising
when once the system is in operation. If
begun at this earlv dav, the labors
of the pnsToflice officials will be much
lightened and the system will start in
without a bicnk or hitch, and save offi
cials and citizens many small annoy
ances. Col. Steel has a weakness for children
and likes to see them happy. When they
play in the lobby and in the corridors of
the hotel thev are alw.'ivs in everv'iodv's
way, anil neither have any enjoyment
themselves nor let others have it. This
great defect in child life at the Battery
Park has been remedied. Four roonison
the lower floor, opening on the piazza,
have had the partitions knocked out,
making a large, coze pl.av room for the
hildrcn. Also the adjoining porch has
been eneliised with class, thus furnishing
the little ones with a veritable sun par
lor in which to skate, r.unp and plav.
A voting ladv. who is astrantrer in this
city, came to I he crossing at the coiner
of College and Spruce streets It is cer
tainly a case of the mining link. The
link is a pretty large one too, and ex
tends several yards. She looked timor
ously at the large, j.agircd stouts and
said, "Well, if this Un'l Jacob's ladder,
I don't know what to call it. 1 will cer
tainly need St. Jacob's tlil alter I uet
across." She was mistaken, as girls
generally are, she only mrilcd a new pair
of shins. This ladder simply brought
you hi.:h enough to ens' you from its
summit into the very depths of the mud.
Yea, verily, the hog is in its element in
Ashcville at ibis time ol the year.
A schi mi' of a promimnl business man
was publish' d in the Citizi:x a few day's
ago. which was worked on the principle
of drop a nickle in the slot and draw out
pin money tor your wilei Recently this
man received a letter from his wife,
enclosing this clipping, and telling him
tl.is would be a good plan for him to
pursue. Thecal was out of the bag and
Lhe man had to 'less up. The article of
merchandise, whose profits were de
posited in this box for the benefit of the
wile, has been changed to something
more expensive. Two heads arc always
better than one.
Kvery man is said to turn over a new
leaf when he marries. Some have been
known to keep that leaf turned for
several months but th-ir number is not
as the grains of sand on the seashore.
The only man. who has turned this leaf
for good and aye, is Mr. B, P. Smith.
The in i riagc license issued to him and
Miss Ollie Spivcy is the first one recorded
on the new register in the register office.
The new register is indexed and this is a
bic improvement if one is searching for a
rccoid of this kiii'l and does not know
the date.
Ashcville attracts many prominent
people from the large cities There is the
11, ai. Kichard Croiar. who is at the
Battery Park. He is a man who would
be noticeable in any gathering. Theic
is the sqtiaie, massive jaw and agressive
trout which betokens a born leader of
men. He is taking n vacation and has
liecn visiting various points of interest
in our immediate neighborhood. What
does he think of us ? Here are his own
words. "I have been astonished to see
what rapid strides the South has made
since the war. Enterprise and industry
arcevidcutevery w here. What a booming
city Asheville is! It is well worth stay
ing here just to look about and see what
has and is being done, and I am only
awaiting a clear day in order to drive
through it, and see the various improve
ments, und, not least of all, the scenery,
of which I hnve'Tieard so much," This
noted New York politician will lie with
us for several weeks.
We have nn active, energetic Mayor,
who is bound to suppress vice in every
form. When he makes up his mind, be
nets and pursues the culprit with might
and main. He upholds the majesty ot
the luw and it loses none of its dignity
whilst in his keeping. This is as it should
be. The crusade which he has inaugu
rated against the houses of ill fame is no
mere pretence. The inmates have been
vigorously prosecuted and those owners
of houses, who have given them shelter,
rented them houses, and harbored them
with the idea of affording them another
opportunity of carrying on their per
nicious traffic, are being called to account,
and uiude to sutler the penalty of the
law. The first case of this kind is Weber,
who was fined $50. . His house was first
adjudged a bouse of ill fume, and as he
took no steps in the mean time to dis
lodge the inmates, further action was
brought against him with the above re
sulc. An appeal has been grunted and
the issue is awaited with interest. If
legal means can wipe out these dens and
dives, the result can never be doubted for
a moment.
A passenger train on the East Tennes-'
see railroad ran off the track mar Green
ville, Tenn., yesterday morning, but no
one was killed.
Leave Your IiaHket at Morgan'!
liooU store at a O'clock.
You have all bought your Thanks
giving turkeys; at least, if you have not,
the other fellow is ahead of you, and
your Thanksgiving will be turned into
some other kind of giving, and that not
thanks, before you finish that drum
stick. Now, give the little children of
the Kindergarten the chance to get in
digestion, which, like the gout, is gener
ally a voucher for riches and rank. He
ready with your baskets, and leave them
at Morgan's book store on Main street,
at 2 o'clock p. tn., to-day. They will all
thank you when they sit down to the
feast provided for them by the Kinder
garten Society on Thanksgiving day;
although, they may have some hard
thoughts about you during the night,
but that will only disturb them and not
you. No dinner is worth eating, so the
ladies sav, without dainties and sweet
meats. Several young ladies of this town
have realized That fact; they have made
some delicious candy anil will place
it on sale at Battel v Park on Thursday.
The proceeds will be given to the Free
Kindergarten Society. Although the
reportorial palate has not sampled these
goods (by the way this mistake could
easily be rectified ), yet we have been as
sured there is more money in the candies
than will ever be gotten out of them.
Ahem! We meant to say that the nia
iciials in the candy do not justify the
price. That is not what we meant
to say. The fact is the candy is better
than any which is put on the maiket at
that price. Here is u chance to open
your pocket books, anil gratify your
charitable instincts and your palate at
tile same time, and we hope none will re
frain from purchasing the goods because
that vci v fact might make them feel
iiyp ici'iiical.
An 0 Hter Treut.
Our old colored Iricr.d Plum Levi,
who is at the head of a icsuiuruut of his
ivtii, regaled us last night with a nice
bowl of excellent ly cook.-d oysters, for
which he has our very nppiccintivc ac
knowledgements. But in his kindly consideration there
was something that interested us more
than his treat. It was the suggestion ol
that kiuil! feeling ihauxisls unless rude
ly ilisiurliei I li'oin liicoiiLsule, bet ween the
old master and thcoidsiave, und between
the white citizen ami colored citizen, liv
ing and moving ill perfect harmony, if let
alone. I'luui Levi was born a slave in
Virginia and speaks with tender affection
of bis old master and mistress, dead long
ago. At lhe time fffMom came to him
he w as owned in Buncombe, and came
from his last master to Asheville with
one blanket and two razors, with which
he cut his way to bis present fortune; for
he has aectiuuilaleil property, is the
owner of some valuable real estate in the
city and county, two years ago paying
$1,100 cash for one piece of property.
There is room and there is prosperity in
the South for the colored man, if inter
mcihllers will only stay their hand.
Audi Alteram Partem.
We received the following communica
tion in the mail yesterday morning, and
is we wish to give every one a chance to
slate his side of the case, and are always
in favor of fair plav, we insert it as it
was delivered to us without any com
ment ol our own :
Asiikvii.li:. Xovemlier 25, 1889.
Capt. T. . I'atton, Manager Citizen :
Hear Sir: Kclernng to au item which
appealed in Sunday morning's Citizi-:n.
rilicising the management ol the tclc
:raph oiliee here, and, as one of the em
ployes of said office, 1 w ould like to state
injustice to myself that I have very little
to do with the telephone or commercial
branch of the office, almost mv entire
time being occupied in receiving the press
dispatches for The Citizkn. My hours
on duty are from 5 o'clock p. ni. until 1
o'clock a. m. 1 do not writethis for pub
lication, but should you see proper to
correct or modify the item in question 1
should be very glad as Tiik Citizkn is
read by many friends of mine here and
elsewhere, ami knowing mv connection
with the olhce thev would not under
stand it, hence this note to vou.
C. P. Hill, Press ()ierntor.
The famine that was upon us some
weeks ago was to certain extent allevi
ated ; and while the mild weather was
upon us, complaints were silenced. But
we not only bear mtittcrings of discon
tent, but know of actual privation in the
absence of coal supply. One of the largest
dealers has not a bushel in his vard. Y'et
we know his orders arcpn haitdjund that
he has hud cars sent from here to be
loaded. Of these he can hear nothing,
though he has been nt the trouble of put
ting a trace agent on the rond. Thecnrs
have been diverted to other uses or to
other roads. The road which passes our
doors has done everything possible to re
lieve us; but beyond its jurisdiction it is
as practically helpless as the sufferers.
The more reason there is why we
should secure the connections leading to
other coal mines, and such eonmctions
we can obtain if we resolve to make
Flat Creek Picnic Postponed.
The picnic and public speaking before
the Farmer's Alliance of Flat Creek for
November 30, has been indefinitely post
poned. A MlnlNter Drops Dead,
Atlanta, November 26. kev. Frank
M. Casey, of Adnirville, fell dead while
walking on the street, the result of heart
disease. He was preaching at the Primi
tive Baptist church.
Leo. Brock has been appointed as
sistant United States attorney for the
middle district of Tennessee, and Charles
Parlange to the same position tor the
eastern district of Louisaua.
The Mate ReMta ItH Lane, and the
Uefence Introduce a Number
of WIlueHHea Berry TeHtlfieu In
If In Own Behalf.
Mrs. P. C. Mclntire introduced by the
Slate, said that on the morning of the
killing Berry came to her home and
risked for her husband's pistol, which she
gave him. He said nothing to indicate
whv he wanted it.
Mr. A. T. Suinmey saw George Bell
alter he was shot, in H ill's stnre; he beard
Bell make a statement which was writ
ten down in presence of witness by F. E
Kolle; Bell was informed at the time
either by witness, or by Dr. Hilliard that
his wound was exceedingly dangerous
and probably fatal ; witness asked Bell
to state fully what had occurred; did
not bear Bell say whether or not he
thought he would die; witness thinks it
was about fifteen minutes after shooting
when he saw Bell. The State introduced
this witness in order to establish the
competency of Bell's dying declaration,
to which the defense objected.
Sheriff Reynolds Saw Bell within a
lew minutes alter shooting; Bell was in
Hilt's store; witness asked Bell how he
felt. He replied "I am killed, I cannot
live;" witness did not know of any dy
ing declaration being taken.
The solicitor announced that be would
withdraw the declaration for the pres
ent. F. A. Wood Was near the scent of
shooting ; some one called out that he,
Berry, had done the shooting, and Berry
replied, "I done the shooting and would
do it again if he did, or said so und so,"
witness docs not rcmemlier the words
that Berry used.
W. F. Elliott Saw difficulty; was
standing in Iront of Iillick's fur store;
had attention drawn to quarrel; Berry
was standing in front of Bell's shop,
about twelve leet from Bell; witness
could not understand what either party
said; saw Berry draw pistol and fire
three times; heard Berry say "I will kill
ary man who calls me a thief;" did not
hear Berry say anything about Bell hav
ing a weight.
A. I). Coo)er Heard pistol fire; ran tj
his back window in time to see smoke of
the third shot; saw Berry then lean over,
as though trying to sec in Bell's shop;
then Berry straightened himself and
walked up the street.
Geo. Staines Heard shooting, and
could see Berry shooting, but could not
see who be was shooting -it ; saw Car
ter in front of Berry, apparently to take
hold of him; Berry told Carter not to
take hold of him or he would shoot him ;
Carter seemed excited, and had both
hands raised ; and witness is sure Carter
had nothing in his hands.
State here rested.
After a short intermission to allow the
counsel for defendant to consult with
their client, the prisoner was put upon
the witness stand ; he said :
"I am defendant in this ease; I shot at
Geo. Bell on Monday, September 10; he
was trying to strike me with a weight ;
he had a weight in his right hand ; it
was cither a two or four pound weight ;
I first saw him with weight behind coun
ter; I saw it in his hand when I fired;
he was cursing me; one of bis feet was
out of the door; I had known Bell for
three years; he was about 35 years of
age; he was a large, strong man.
Question "Did you know Bell's gen
eral character for violence ?" Objection
by solicitor. Question allowed.
Answer "I knew George Bell's char
acter for violence; he was spoken of as a
lighting, domineering and overbearing
man ; he made threats against my life;
these threats had Ixen communicated to
nic by Charles Hnrkins, who is now ab
sent ; 1 have not been able to get Har-
kins here yet ; Watt Hill told me that
Bell was going to cut my throat ; that
Bell had said so; Rhinehnrt told me the
same thing; I got pistol from Mr. Mc-
Intirc's house that morning; I got it
because Mr. Mclntire told me that Pat
terson was going to whip ine, and ad
vised me to watch out; Rogers also told
me of Patterson's threats; I met Bell near
Fanner's warehouse; he bad threatened
my wife that he would have me sent to
the penitentiary, unless she -vould sub
mit to his wishes; 1 went to tell Bell
that 1 had not stolen his money ; I did
not get pistol to attack Bell, but to de
fend myself against Patterson ; I said,
Mr. Bell, what about that note you sent
my wife ; he said, "I do not remember.
come back to the market und we will
talk about it;" 1 had not used ony vio
lence towards Bell, nor he to me'; Bell
went behind the counter, mid into back
room; returned in about half a minute;
I was in front room; he was behind coun
ter; he said, "John, there is no use talk
ing any moreaboutthnt.gctoutofherej"
he hud his right hand in his pocket; took
it out and picked up a weight: I came
out of store; he said you have a pistol;
I said I have no pistol; I said so because
I did not wish to have any fuss; he then
drew back the weight and called me a
; I had a pistol of my own,
winch Bell had at that time; 1 had ai-
plied to him to have it returned to me,
and he had not done so ; I fired rapidly,
then went up the street and met Mr.
Blanton ; gave him the pistol, and went
with him to Mr. Summey's office; I shot
Bell because I believed he would strike
me; Mayor asked me why I had shot
him ; I said, because he was about to
strike me with a weight and called me
Question "Did you steal any money
from Bell or Patterson ?" Objection by
State ; objection sustained ; exception by
"I denied to Bell that I hud taken his
money, I went to tell Bell who got his
money ; he did not give me time to ex'
plain ; I had never taken any of Bell's
money; my w'ile told me on Sunday, day
before killing, that Bell had insulted her
while I was working for him.
"Was not in a position to see Bell when
I fired second and third shots ; I do not
know whether first shot hit door facing
or not; I went to explain to Bell about
money, and to ask him about having
written to my wife; I told lain that 1
had not taken his money, and that I
wanted him to stop writing to my wife;
I went to sec Patterson first that morn
ing ; then went to where I met Bill; I did
', 'i r-rfl to Patterson intending to kill
him or Bell; I went to see Patterson to
ask why he wanted to whip me, und af
ter I could ni t find Patterson, I went to
Bell, for purpose I have stated ; never
saw the note written by Bell to my wife;
my wile could not read it ; it was brought
to my wile by John Gibson, who is now
in court bouse; he told my wile its con
tents." Mrs. John Berry is wife of prisoner; is
sixteen years old ; has been married about
one year; has one child two months old ;
was acquainted for two years; "while
John was working for Bell I went to his
shop, and John was out and Hi llinstilted
me, saying unless I submitted to him
he would prosecute John. I said, "you
will have to prosecute him, because I
will never do so;" after this Bell sent nic
a note by a colored boy; the boy said
that Bell told him il l could not read it
to bring it back to him ; at the time Bell
insulted me he proposed to come to my
room ; I did not tell this to my husband
until day before the killing.
John Gibson -Bell gave me a note to
take to Mrs. Bell, said if she could not
read the note to bring it back to me. anil
to tell her that her husband would be
very late in coming home that night; I
took note back to Bell ; I do not know
contents of note.
Christopher Pickens Was near the
scene of killing; saw Bell come to door
with weight in his right hand; Berry
said to Bell not to come at him with that
weight; witness had never said to Mr.
Starues, that be did not see any weight
in Bell's hand.
Claud Jones was near scene ofdifficulty;
saw Berry on sidewalk; Bell in door;
could not see Bell's right hand; Bell
waved his left hand ; his right band was
hanging down.
Lee Pickens is father of Christopher
Pickens; witness had conversation with
his son on dav of killing; his son said to
witness, that he had seen Bell pick up a
weight, and conic to the door when he
got shot ; this conversation was at 2 p.
m. of day of shooting.
James Huist J. I). Carter said in pres
ence of witness few days after killing,
that Bell bad a weight in his hand in his
Wiley J. Zaeharv Talking to Carter
on day of shooting about 1 1 o'clock
asked Carter to say whether Bell had
inytbing in his hand; Carter replied that
Bell had a weight in bis band, while be
hind the counter; witness knows Bell's
character for iolence; he wns said to be
a very violent man ; Bell weighed about
178 pounds; was much larger man than
Berry; witness knows Berry's general
character; it was good.
F. S. Howell Reported conversation
between himself anil J. It. Carter, before
the shooting ; Carter asked witness to
stop and see a fight ; witness looked in
lircction of Berry and Bell; and replied
they are not going to fight; Carter re-1
plied, "il John bothers George, be will
lean him out."
Watt Hill Knew Bell's general char
acter tor violence; it was bad ; Berrv had
nskcd witness to go to Bell for bis, Ber
ry's, pistol; witness asked Berry why be
did not go himself; he replied, "because I
am afraid of Bell ; witness went to Bell,
:unl he refused to give up pistol, saying
that be had borrowed it, and intended
to keep it because Berry bad stolen his
money; that if Berry did not let him, Bell,
alone he, Bell, would cut Berry's throat ;
witness told this threat to Berry. At
some previous occasion Bell said, "1 will
kill Berry;" when witness called a police
man ; nt time Bell made this threat
Berry had knocked him down with a
sling shot, and had run off. The provo
cation for this was very great.
Mrs. T.J. Peak Knows Berry, talked
with Mrs. Berry before homicide; John
said he had left Bell: Mrs. Berry told
witness she wns glad, because Bell had
insulted her; that she was afraid to tell
her husband lest there would be a fracas.
Mr. Ball A State's witness was re
called ; knows Bell's character for vio
lence; it wns that of a fighting man.
Col. T. B. Long Knows general char
acter of John Gibson to be good ; has
known him well, for five years.
Murk Allison Knows George Bell;
one evening Bell told him that he was
making money and would have more
money now, but for that thief Berry,
and if he did not mind he would cut his
throat ; knew Bell's character to be
Geo. W. Page Knew Bell for ten or
twelve years; his character was that of
a rough, violent mnn; knew Berry's
character to be good.
E. J. Aston Knew George Bell's char
acter; when under influence of liquor he
was a very dangerous, violent man;
never heard anything to his prejudice
when sober.
J. L. Murray Knew Bell's character;
when drinking very bad; when sober
Thos. Orr Knew Bell's character was
very bad for violence.
A. II. Buird Knew Bell's character;
he was spoken of as a man of violent
RalphZachary Knew Bell's character;
he was known as a wilful man, and
when drunk dangerous and in aeherous;
knows Berry's character; it was very
II. S. Hnrkins Knew George Bell; his
character for violence was bad; Berry's
character is good.
Dr. Queen Knew Geo. Bell; his char
acter for violence was bad ; Berry's char
acter is good. On cross examination
this witness said the thought Bill a
"picaynnish" sort of a man, and explain
ed this abjective to mean that he was
always ready to pick a quarrel with any
T. J. Sumner Knew Geo. Bell; bis
character when drinking was bad for
violence; Berry's character good.
James II. Lutighrnn -Knew Geo. Bell's
character; he was a bad man.
F. P. Love Knew Bell; Berry asked
witness in July last to get a dog of his
from Bell ; Bell says Berry lias no dog.
but he has something if you can affaril
to take il ; he has a pretty lit tie wile.
L. II. Smith-Asked lleil why he had
shot Bell ; he replied "because he called
me a and drew a weight on
tnc; would you not shoot a man who
called you a and drew a
weight on you."
Delcnsc closed.
State rejoinder.
D. II. Webb-Saw Bell put bis hand to
side at the second shot, indicating that
he had received a wound.
E. Breesc Saw Berry conic out ol
Bell's market; Bill came to door; waved
his hand ; said, "go oil', you conic here for
a fuss, and have a pistol now." Berry
replied, "I will give .any man $1" to find
i pistol on me;" Bell started back saying
go olf, you are a thief; Berry said, repeat
that ; Bell repeated it and Berry fired:
liter third shot Berry said, "I will kill
anv man who calls me a thief."
J. R. Starncs Had a conversation with
Pickens on morning after the burial, and
Pickens said Bell had nothing in tin
world in his hand; Starues beard Bell
sav he was living before he made his
statement ; Bell when drinking was said
to be a bad man.
1. W. Starues Knew Bell; did not
know his character; saw Bell five min
utes after be was shot ; heard him sav,
I believe I am a dead ninii;" he said to
nic "1 think 1 am killed; and asked my
opinion; went into market one hour
1. E. Rolfe Identified writing ol de
claration ; witness copied down Bell's
words; when Suinmey told Bell that In
laid received a very dangerous and prob
able fatal wound, Bell said, "1 know it."
There was a good deal ot noise, while
witness was writing. Bell was con
scious, and understood all that wassaiil;
after the writing was done it was reail
to Bell and he had certain corrections
made before adopting it as his dying de
claration. The Slate now offers the dying
declaration, the defendant objects; de
claration admitted subject to objection;
to such parts as may be deemed, incom
petent or irrelevant, and was read to the
jury by the solicitor as follows:
1 had some difficulty with one John
Berry, at first at the Fanners' ware
house, in relation to some charge, that I.
Bell, had made to another party Satur
day night ; he said thai Berry followed
him up to the shop, beef market, and
asked him, Bell, if he had made such a
statement;! replied I don't remember
what was said ; he hail his hand in his
riuht pants pocket ; I thought he had a
pistol ; he came inside the shop, and I
ordered him out ; I then ricked up a two
pound weight; then laid it down; I then
ordered him out of the vard; and started
into the shop; when he shot at me; he
shot three times, and the second shot hit
me in the left side; 1 had told him that 1
did not want auv ililiieultv with him.
The court adjourned to this morning
at 10 o'clock.
The Charlotte Chronicle.
The board of directors of this excellent
daily paper have passed resolutions and
ordered them to be put into effect imme
diately, fixing the subscription price at
$7 per annum if paid quarterly, and $5
if paid ill advance, and ten cents per
week, payable weekly.
The Chronicle is an admirable pnjicr,
and should draw to it libcal support
without making concessions, which be
tray want ot confidence. There is a
limit in the subscription price below
which it is unsafe to fall. The cost ol
publication and the incidental exicn$es
can be calculated to a fraction. There
must, as in nil business, lie a margin left
for reasonable profit. This margin is
lost bv the credit svstcm, the ruin of so
many newspaper enterprises. The only
safe business rule is a remunerative, but
not high, subscription .price, cash in ad
vancc, and adherence to that rule. A
newspaper, ns a businesseutcrpiise, is on
the same footing ns the sale of merchan
dise. No merchant is blamed because he
has a cash rate and gives no credit.
Buyers go to them ns freely as to those
who give credit. They go knowing what
i to do and what to exiiect. The only
condition that they can impose is that
the article purchased is good. So with
; the newspaper ; if that is made good,
I there can be no complaint of cash terms.
And it is the enforcement of these cash
terms that enables and encourages a
j newspaper to be always aiming at higher
excellence. The . rule is better both for
j the publisher and the subscriber. The
j first is easier in his business, the other
; more quiet in his conscience.
Bond offerings aggregated $123,450,
at 105&4aud 1.27.
The "liree C'H Railroad to Run
Willi in Thirly-I-'ive Milea of
AKhevllle, and we Can itet a
Hruuch lor $ioo,ooo,
A friend has scut ns a copy of the Comet,
published at Johnson City, Tenn., giving
gratifying accounts of the progress made
in the section of the Three C's road lying
in Tennessee, the progress of the work
towards North Carolina and the activ
ity on the work being done between
RiitliLrfordlon and Marion. That por
tion is covered with a large working
force, and connection by rail between
those points will be made within the
next six months.
We quote the following, which is di
rect, and of exceeding great interest to
us. A conversation was had between
the editor of the Comet and general man
ager K. A. Johnson, the result of which
is conveyed as follows :
When Col. Johnson was asked about
the rumor that the Three C's would
build to Asheville, he said it was partly
correct. The Chiel Engineer had found a
new route that would save lhe company
100, 000 and would necessitate leaving
Uakcrsville to the left about fifteen miles
and running within about thirty miles of
Asheville. t he new route will leave the
aid line about twenty miles this side of
Uakcrsville and go up the Cane river to
Iturnsvillc and lollow the valley below
the Blue Ridge mountains to Gillespie's
ap, where it again connects with the
ild line and goes on to Ruthcrfordton.
t he new route will not only ue cheaper,
out it will avoid the crooked course of
.he 'foe river ami will really be a more
direct line. Yancy county will vote aid
.o counteract the loss of the subscription
irom Mitchell dimly.
Ashcville is one ot the liveliest towns in
.oi ill Carolina and is very anxious to
g-t a connection at Johnson City. The
city oroposes to give $100,000 to get it,
and Col. Johnson says he will build a
brani'li line from Burnsville which will
ijive them the desired connection and the
thriving city of Asheville can get all the
fuel it wants for domestic and manufact
uring purposes over the Three, C's to say
nothing of the other advantages of the
mail to such a growing town.
The poiut made is a most important
ne to us. By the divergence of the
Three C's road from a line originally
adopted, to that resolved upon by Col,
Johnson, that road is brought within
from thirty to thirty-five miles of Ashe
ville, a consummation we most devoutly
nave desired, yet brought about without
any effort of our own. Now Asheville
and Buncombe county are fairly chal
lenged to couieup and do theirpart. Col.
Johnson will build to Asheville if we will
vote $100,000 towards making that
short connection. 01 the advantages to
us and to the eougly it is not necessary
to say more than we have heretofore
said, or than is conveyed in the extract,
file aid asked is in the line of what is
iskcd in county aid lor the Atlanta,
Asheville and Baltimore road. We can
not wisely hesitate to give that aid, and
the sooner the better. The necessity is
upon us. Our people should be called
upon to net, and to express their pur
poses. We believe that they are more
ready to act than at any time in the past
because of larger information and the
dissipation of many misapprehensions.
flic county subscriptions to railroads,
leading to whatever part of the county
to all of them if possible the better so
far from proving a burden would be
the most wise and profitable investment
that could be made.
We hope and believe that propositions
for county subscriptions will very soon
iie submitted to the popular vote.
Mr. Frank Louglirau, the proprietorof
the Hickory Inn, is stopping at the
Mr. H. E. Jacobs, who represents Og
len Bros., of Knoxvillc, is among the
guests at the Grand Central,
Dr. J. Duncan McKimhasnot left Ashe
ville, as was stated in vesterdav's edi
tion, but intends to leave soon.
Mr, B. D. Gra'iam, of Baltimore, who
represents William A. Tuttle & Co., the
wood and willow ware men, has regis
tered at the Swannanoa.
The many friends of Mrs. C. W. De
Vault will lie glad to hear of the return
to Asheville of that estimable lady. Mr.
UcVault and the boys will arrive here in
a few davs.
Mr. H. J. Deaderick, who represents
the large firm of R. Walters & Sons,
clothiers, of Baltimore, which has a
branch house at Knoxvillc, is at the
Grand Central,
Mr. W. S. Xash, the general manager
of Davis' Sewing Machine Company,
whose headquarters arc at Greensboro,
is nt the Grand Central. Mr. Nash is a
typical northern man.
Mr. J. Adger Clarke, who has stopped
at thcSwaniianoa for thclnsteight yeurs,
has left for Hickory Inn, and after stop
ping there for a lew days, will leave for
Florida, where he will spend the winter.
He has about 75 acres devoted to the
orange industry.
Mr. and Mrs. Morrison, of Jackson
ville, Fla., have left VanGilder's, where
they were staying, for their home. Mr.
Morrison says that Jacksonville may do
for three months but give him Asheville
for the rest of the year. He intends to
return on the 1st of June.
Mt. Hermon lodge, 118 A. F. and A.
M. meets this evening in order to confer
the first degree. Visiting brethren are
cordially invited to attend.
The meeting of the W. C. T. U. will
be held in Johnston Hall at 4 p. m. first
Thursday in December instead of to-day
u previously announced.
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