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vf -' Q""fc.C3S""k-'-Q ., -y i.kr?.br VST T f Ik "tdUa f t . ! CHAPTER I, I ponder why there are so many ttdldren Tivt ! th e world ; , child ren are VtBf 'greatest: abomination ;;in ; exist ence!"' said Reginald, threading-his may through hls,4njiumera5le .broth- era and ; sisters: to ;the? schoolroom.' fireplaceV f A'smalf sisr nad ppsses ; sion offtfiei.best armchair, a. faded chintz concern with ears to It.8 Reg ; 60, of course, dislodged, her and took . ppssesstonwhile littleXettyrperfect--tj satisfied. .of the droits d'aine, made no remonstrance, but squatted on the ' osM ' - . 'r--: "TlieyFereaU there. Reggie, home, from" 5xf prdT 2 the b eajitif ul "-Janet, who enjoyed the. privilege of being growi"upNArthur, whose iuture fate wasunot' decided, but who , was the taMest lndsomest and m6st attrac tirs looking git; lads, though all unSn Imously, declared that he had. inher ited Saxon. wit with Saxon" beauty, and t would never do any good with blsX brains. . .Little- . Letty, on the hearth rug, crept up and leant, against his long legs" sure of not be- inS 'rejected , there," even I though she might be an - inconvenience and al ways In the way. - Tola, an abbreviation of " Ccnef en- tola, or' the Cinderwitch, sat upon the table;? a little sunburnt . brunette of serenteen, . with curly brown hair and eyes like diamonds; and she had chil dren all about her. Tommy, Johnnie," tfary Cilly, Jack Eddie! No wonder the splendid Reggie looked down on the herd: with" the outspoken expres sion of disgust, which nobody minded in the least. ; Janet settled her hair before the cracked old mirror. "Well, Reggie," ae said, "having called a family council, what is the result? . Are we not all In committee?" Yoa know a3 well as I do." growled Reggie. "We must resolve ourselves Into a Committee of "Ways and Means. - There is something up." "Something down, you mean," said Tommy, who was scribbling at a table. - "Mother's eyes are red." "That's -nothing new," said Tola, sorrowfully, hugging the baby. . -. "Dont-iaw,",;sald' Reggie, giving Tommy a little kick,which;extorted : mm - 1 M U HI ' . . i m " .... ryvi scjas 2SHScLi5ciii r-"7 --. . ibdii ciii rS H TP 'ST' cy.q? tp crp Tp O !'- P tacijdYH Ai ' a'l.'i VST- : I 1-LAI il !O.SS 9? . : ... .. : . 11 W a giuwi ot-cnux up r-ao I " ; " ?I imagine, " - said Jjanet, -.coming forward, and looking lovely, "that the last remaining hope of the family, the last diner at. the tenant's dinner, &as given. notice to quit" , -""And like our first parents we shall oe reduced to "living vaguely on the -trnlts of the earth,! said Tola: '"And how to avert it?" -Qy iputting our shoulders to the -"Wheel, said Arthur. "Of course, we. 'fellows must - take V whatever (work comes In our' way." " " -"JBLeggie;" said Janet, timidly, "I -Tiave taken a step already. I have pat In an advertisement offering my " self as a lady help, and I have two or three answers here, which I kept V to open at our meeting. " ' --B tb.atwas the secret of our dally ""walks to Plumtree ; postofnee?" cried 10. Quick, Janet, do see what they are about. " .. ; ; - ' ' ' ' .' " " ' -Janet opened jthe' first two letters and - read : them at first gaily, then falterlngly. ,The one offered intolera ble conditions, and" the second held oat no . hope of -any salary. "Oh, : dear! Oh, dear! "she sighed. This will J never do. : Now. for my Xast.hope.7' !!rj; ""The third letter proyed to be only an agent's advertisement-" ul am glad of it," said Arthur. Nonsense, , Janet -mother":'.; would never hear Of such 'a .thing. "What could possess-. you to imagine it? -Let. tis' be . serious. .- You, can still have fJocle Alfred'sclerkship, I suppose,! Hedge?." . , j ?"I . suppose so," rather sullenly.; Eflxtyj: pounds a -year after, sending j , xne to Oxford, too. I wonder how he liiaVthe facel:;r ;- , - w : "I wouldn't despise siity. pounds a f Tr,", said ; Arthur. .:"i "wish I had a ; "" -chanee of it";, ,: t ' A hfever said I did despise it ; only ! when one has been brought up to ex-: pect everything - to-be so -differ-- nt ". . .. ; ''' ,,.- -Hush! ;crled Tola. "Is not thaf papa calling?" -" "A'-'iBfentorian the house.- -; ; . voice rang through. " Soys ' t "say ."boys ! ": . Begin aid - rose slowly downstairs.? ;r and went "IPjoor boy! it is hard on him," aldt Janet. "I really did think TJnle Alfred would haye acted differ ently." ?"-. ' rethink it was yery'klnd of himi" caid'Tola; "and after,all '.Re'ggie's protestations, it seems that he wants to give up the only chance any one of us has had, except Tommy k , Tommy! ? . , . .... . - Yes, Tommy,; No! jdon't frown at rae.1 1 did not mean to let it out, bu as I have begun I may; as well finish. Tommy has earned ten shillings from "the fclumtree Gazette. - " Well done; Thomas! v said "Artlir puUng.his brother's curlywig. "And 2lOW?".,vX '-" .i-v.- -V- N' : '-;. M By .my literary efforts," said Tomr have beea a contributor tnUh.nt famous weekly. How often? Ton meaiii" When? What do 'Qv'Qai; . r 1 1 1 1 " 'J r 1 1 1 1 r i i 1 1 ' w ii" u i i n i i I f ' "Oh! :for ever so long. -1 furnish the epitaphs." " ' . ''Well," said Janet with r rather' a careworn look coming over her sweet' face. " I ; must go about my business. Weseem to;be doing no good, and It is hot worth while walting.till Reggie comes back." " .: " ' .' '.'' : ' Arthur ' followed her 'to the door. "Don't be down, oId; girl,'" hesald kindly. ."Something" is sure to turn up. " :, ;- .; . . , : : -A ;-... ; . ,;-.: . :.: never -heard that; anything did turn up for Mr. Mica;wber,w she an swered, quickly."; "At all events it Is no: use folding v one's hands to wait until it does." -f' ; He drew back. 1 "I don't want to do that," he said, quietly.; - f Oh ! Arthur, I did ;not mean any thing, ; but 1 it dos rile me to see. Reggie with all his: splendid talents and his ' grand educatlbn,' and every thing to be thrown away on such a paltry-employment; and yet, If he re fuses it, it is like' giving up voider pr6spcts still JT '.'.There, I wbn't grtim bie. And, drying her eyes, Janet went off. ' '-- -: 't Arthur ".' went slowly- downstairs with his hands in his pockets. This theory- of Reggie's splendid talents- was it ' only a theory? He had be lleved in it Implicitly In spite of every successive report, first ., from school and, then from Oxford either Reggie was growing too t fast for jrork, poor boy, or he had an unfair master, and Reggie could never stand a master he did not like. ' Then at Oxford he had turned out to have lost all the previous years of his life by having been so badly taught. - Then it was most unsafe to press on the highly- strained intellect of genius; and, finally, Reggie obtained ho hon ors', merely scraped through as hun dreds of others have done, and came home beautifully got up in. appear ance, but with small honor to him self, and a gratified feeling of self respect, in the belief which he found unshaken in the breasts of his family that his superiority was unassail able, only that he had heen . unfor tunate in his surroundings. ! Arthur had his hand on the handle of the' door whe.n his father came out pt the library and stopped his exit. "Here, Arthur; I want you," he- said, briefly. -' j:t. The library of Denstone Court was. ala! only now called so by courtesy, as - the books were gone. Only the yawning shelves remained. It was a fine room, and, like, the rest of the house, had about it the ghost of de parted comfort and luxury. . The Squire of .Denstone "Court looked about as worn away and shab by as his own furniture He had let everything slip helplessly through his fingers. : His poverty might at one time have been grappled with, but the time had gone by now. i Poor Mr. Denstone got more and more deeply involved.-.more and more hopeless; and he found no help in his wife, who, worn put by the cares of her large family and the feeble petu lance of. her lord, had- subsided into a mere household drudge. The sons and daughters mighty have been a comfort individually, -but they-were a tremendous incubus. en? masse, i One cwerful.'friendHhey. had ,ln the Uncle Alfred, the successf uTLiv erpoql merchant, who had sent Reg inald to Oxford.' and' Whose offer of a clerk's place in JUs hphae at a salary of slxty pounds a year had seemed such i:a 'downfall to all their hopes It was "oh the", subject of .this offer that Mr. 'Denstone wanted-to speak to his SOn.. r 'V"v;V '-iV":i.V' ? Coine here, Arthur" he said , ner vously, "and sit down;-? I jrant tajtalk to !you,( but"itr fidgets. mWto" see you : standing.? . .riutJi- o': ' ".You Jook: tired,-father," said Ar thur, kindly. "I am afraid something has worried ybu."'1"1 v; : '. ' : ' "I " am Always tired- and always ; worried, 5' said Mr. . Denstone Impa-!tientlyf-thrusting hb hand through ihls:. thin' gray hair but 1 -ain quite !used to it now, thank heaven.. It Js really your mother's fault,. she does worry so about Reggie." "What about him?" said -Arthur, surprised. '""Of course," the : salary Is not a very high one, but with his tal ents. he'-- Is sure to 'get on,-;and: my uncle vwill probably offer him a part nership."''1 - --r:; .... .-- -44 But he Is not to bava.lt, you J5eetM "Not to have It? Has my uncle re tracted his offer?" ' - : "Yes, he has; and in the most un flattering manner. It" is that that'has so upset your .mother..!. v-- v r' r " l-thin. so sorry, " said'ArthxirV f er-ventiy.- -"" : - .v'i 5V.?'i ' .: L v "I "always "knew how" It" would 'be: said . Mr, v Denstone, . querulously. "Reggie "gives himself the airs , of a' marquis, and dresses like a dandy. Your uncle is a plain man; and, bless my soul," he" married -his cookVas ybu know,- and can't be expected, to be a judge of refinement He actually writes these , words .VYoBr.-.. sqi ,'is. much too fine a gentleman for me. ' I want a clerk, not a. young swell; and I want a fellow whQ appreciates the luck; of getting the 'place,- not one who,turn3 up his nose at. everything" here,: and scents the whole house-wth cigars. ''So you "may tell i.im i have' changed my mind. - If .you have a JmbreKhjjm nthcrtii ypurson.st 7 vdoh't- min"d. trying . him ; but inot - this -young cock who "crows too1 loud torliny ''iiighnf-r wantja ' plain honest; fetiofr'J, I hat e'if our geniuses. : If ,you can't- supply the article. I v can look elsewhere;, but. Betsy -would much like -a nephew about the .house.; . .. Your fine gentle man looked upon sixty pounds a year as j about enough Jo keep him In cigars; but In that we agree to differ.'. What an unfeeling letter, Arthur. " .'" am afraid Reggie" must have offended him;? said Arthur, thought-lulJy.;?- zSCt''r-yf 7m, ..:;;.: . "It fs just my luck," saTd Mr. Den stojne, fretfully. " If Z I have a son with - brains above . the ordinary, he gos and flies In. the. face bfiProvi dence. "Your mother thinks nothing would "beriost by your: trying .now. t. ' Iwish J : might;" tcried Arthur, eagerly. But j4otYli'Reggie wpuld feel as if T were supplantihg hlmi; ". " Kct- fear, p.t that, my goqd.ellow,? said his father, rather contemptuous ly. "You hardly look like brothers. :C Arthur felt that waatrue enough; as far as clothes went, andvhetwas Unconscious cf hjs vsuperior ; physical advantagesr' Jtfis; extraordlnaryhbw long.family delusions; cphtinuey S At this -" momnCpBton6 came in, a little pale, rathertrembly Xvoman, -.with- a, sensitive, pink .-.dolor Coming andgbing in her. thtn'cheekt1 t6 her husband. Arthurvput-hls arm, round her texf derly. ;;'V-vf ii;: & ' v j-There ; Is nothing Arthur - would not do for you, little mother,- he said, "and. sV you may Imagine that this opening is bliss indeed, only if Reggie does not like it- -r" 44 Reggie won't mind.: t. He, thinks it might just do, for you," she said. "One cannot wonder at his horror of the idea. after what he had expected." , "All right!:" said Arthur.- "Then I will start for Liverpool ". to-morrow morning. I don't see why I shouldn't send ' you every - sixpence -; - of the money; mother mine, for -1 shall evi dently board with my uncle. CHAPTER II. "Good-bye, Arthur! God . bless you!" said his mother, choking back her tears. . " V The whole family had accompanied him to the stations There they stood, all thirteen of them, on tfie platform. Arthur thought" to himself that they were an uncommonly good-looking family, $nd he-wondered how far sixty pounds a year would go to re- place the shabby, black - cashmere gowns that Janet and Tola wore. '; Reginald was so disgusted at their all , having come that he walked off to the upper end of the platform and tried to look as if they did not. belong to him. He did not think them eood- looking at all; on the contrary, he thought the, children hideous, and as for Tommythe . vulgarity oj that boy!-,' . . ;.: : '-; " -. :'..: "Take care of yourself, firylboy," said his father. "Give Aunt Betsy my blessing," said Tommy; and when . the train moved off, he flung an old slipper after it for luck. ; Janet slipped away and joined Reggie. - . "Oh. Reggie," she said, "I .wish it had been you." - " "Thank you "for nothing, my dear! I anv thankful It isn't" . . "But, after all, perhaps, if Uncle Alfred had only persevered a little, he would have seen what a nity it was: so much talent! " . ' "Gammon!" said Reggie, who.. with all his faults, was too much of an Englishman to stand flattery. ' " Good gracious, Janet! there is Colonel Cur tis, and you are such a guy. Do,: for goodness saker-efface yourself among the rabble." ' . -Janet drew up her haughty .little head. . - - - "If he cares about my dress VJ " she said. . " . . . 4 ' ' - f Dress by hanged! "aid 'S Reggie sharply. . "At least you-should" look like a lady.."? ' ... , Colonel Curtis -was advancing to ward them. " Janet "meant 'to' stand her ground. , but. her .brother's iwords Drougnt - tne ' tears rushing into , her eyes.j and sheas obliged to retreat quickly, and take refuge among -the children, v.-, , . . , , . -Colonel Curtis eyed the fetreatine eleven wistfully, but it was more than he could- do to join them.,. .That would have, been too formidable. Reggie-was advancing upon him with a cordial smile,, but hejwas too much disappointed to wish to .talk, to that vapid vouth. so he onlv tioddpd to him and-went orir and Reggie walked home by.a roundabout route to avoid the cavalcade. 1 z-i ',-! ' . ; ::l -. ;.: Arthur arrived In JA verpooPabout 7 o'clock. .He was full of interestand curiosity about-his new home, and his mind. was too much occupied with the hbpesj and fears which chased each other therein, to have room for shy ness, even when the moment-arrived in which he found himself being con iducfed by a footman into; the library of his uncle. : .;. ; - "Poor .'Arthur! A little" pang shot through him as the contrast, struck him forcibly between'thls' solid; hand some, ' comfortable 'apartment; f "rich with useful . and Interesting books, and the poor, old; shabby room at home. ; The contrast between the two brothers was. much the same.. - -The shabby, - gentle; peevish Squire, with his sad face and threadbare coat, and the" smart;- stout, dappe"r .old" gentle man with, his; thick " black bair brushed into . a. formidable cockatoo tuft on his.."head, and his clothes -of the best make and quality. ',) Mr. Al fred Denstone was : not . alone ; .hi? wife and one guest were airsady as sembled for dinner. - : , To be Continued.- . 1 - rilEOUTIO'OIiniGIlTKS .i. I.' -L. -W J i - - ' -i r ' . . . . . . fV-- f. r- r- ; . . . -i.y r . '.t -. i "1 rr. v.- j.;.; t Oharlctte " Cotton" linis Eesnri'e -Oper-J ; Rations, c ; . . , j t Charlotte, K." C Special.-rTh Con tinental 'Mills, after several months ' shut-3owri; liave just starred - tup J the Fidelity Mills are again, in opera tion ; " the Atherton are also . on full time. Kot a cotton mill in" the city will; be idle. - r . . -y - r, There is a . general .tendency to w&rds the manufacture' of -the higher grades of yarns and the higher num- bers according to a well posted mm man who was discussing' the; question Years "ago :: there .was little market for' any but the coarse yarn, say 20 's, but now the- .average of the demand kas ' risen fifteen " to twenty - numbers,: so that ..the present average" may be said to be close to number 40 s.' This means that the average' grade of -foods being" manufactured . - is : flier than it; was when, the cotton mill, in- iustry was just beginning to be a leadihg 'industry "nT the :' South : The entire trend of the textile trade now is towards - the 'higher' numbers v and the hner grades of cloth.; ;' . j -: China.. Ready r.wia'Ta",Wclcbnme"jt' Second Squadron Battleship7 Fleet. -Amoy. By Cable.- When - the Chin- sse- government selected Amoy as - the port to receive the " second squadron i il. -u t.iit'lL? Ai ';i i. . me i . Ainerican oatiiesnip iieet, 11 made a wise choice.'-; The broad well- protected harbor, the climate (from October to April) Unsurpassed and the scenic beauty of the ; surround ing country, all nnite in justifying-the selection. -; -' - ;,-' : The ' second sanadron consists of the battleships LouisariaV Virginia, nr: : . trri- - th: Kentueky and Kersarge, -under com mand of Rear Admiral William H, Emory. - . - ' The Chinese arovernment has. - set aside the sum of 400.000 Taels (V. S. gold $280,000) tomeet the expenses or entertaining the battleship sqnard- ron ' during its visit. The committee in charge of the arrangements, has stated that the Peking govenment has signified its willingness: to make u - - Of ' additional appropriation ; should the original appropriation prove inade quate. J..- ' ', .;:-:; .,'.'-:y .,".";' c Cotton Crop Short.--" New Orleans, La., Special. The Picayune says in itslcrop report: Ma terial progress was made during the last week ;in gathering the last rem nants of at Apparently short crop of cotton throughout Louisiana and the Southern half of -Mississippi. Most of the reports from these . sections concede that first estimates were toe high, and that sudden deterioration resulted from the ravages of the boll weevil. In the weevil-ridden sections of. Louisiana there is , a .well-defined movement to either reduce -the cot ton acreage next year or abandon the growth of - the staple altogeSher because of the uncertain conditions. Planters naturally turn to sugar canel Frost prevailed in many sections of Louisa nat and the cooler weather is entirely favorable for the matured cane crop. The cane is being rapidly harvested and transported to, the sugar houses. Grinding has , already beirun in some of the houses, but the great majority will not begin before the next six or seven" days. Major Graham, . o Raleigh, N. C.. State commissioner, of agriculture, estimates the cotton crorj in North Carolina to be sixteen per cent short of last year 7s crop. No. State, re ported a; crop equal to last, year "a except Texas. . -". T r vt -- Cotton. Mills Start Up. : Augusta, Ga., Special. Nine df the "eleven" cotton mills located, here star ed 'operations for the first, time since the freshet of August 26 -V-THe canal repairs ; are practically - complete . and there is '-a- full head of water T The weekly pay roll of these mahnfac tories is $25,000. ' ; Prosperity Note.v . , . - K New York, Special. As "a sign oi returning prosperity, Vthe Union -Bank of Brooklyn, -formerly the Mechanics' and Traders has just - paid its Sec ond referred -disbursemehtof Id per cent to depositors, this dividend be irg anticipated Jsix weeks ago The bank has been able to realize from its rescurces more than was expect ed. H,Sinee .Uhe,: .resuptiQn 'of busi ness, : hundreds 5pf new accounts have been opened and, deposits have;-" in creased $500,000." - : i Japanese ; Troops Withdrawn Froa r;-' ' '-' V "'Kotea?7:; . Seoul, Special.-The. thirteenth di .vision - of the Japanese army, : aftef having- been, enrduty -here since - the -outbreak of. . hostilities "with"4?thi Koreans - is embarking fcr : Japan Xhis action -igtaken as significaTit'OI the termination of - the ."trouble,'.! though -firi nui-iber ' irfenciJa.blei continue . to cTeatfe-disturbaiices V. various parts of the country. Occurrences cf Jhtcrcst Glekncd From AirScctioua of tKe B lar 1TOP-TH CASOImA COTTON ... ' cR9.p-J'. . Reports from Various Points as Pnb : lished in The New York Journal of Conunerce. " Unusually " fair weather has -enabled farmers to proceed rapidly with picking and ; save - most 1 of their crop from injury.'. It is rushed to the gin and sold, but there is a strong tendency: to-hold a" portion of their yield for . Jiighel prices; .Corresponds ehts estimate the amounts picked as about; 70 'per cent.7: against 62 per cent, last' year and -57 "per - cent, in 1900t Rains ' set tinontheJ21stf but this can do tittle else than lower the rrade. Ccndilioh shows a few noints deterioration, but quality, of the sta ple is generally excellent., 1; rest can uu uui wiy utile xiarjm now. . - . "scotiana. JNeck. ro . top crop;-! weather conditions : nerfect for Dick ing and; marketing jr staple white and fleecy; ,frostcan do! no harm exceot on bottom lands or - river territory ; yield in county; about; same as.: last caij. in iiiiA uuiuxiiiLiuiy a. uiiie oei; ttila -Four Oaks. Our cotton - cfon is about: all picked ; and 75 -per .cent ginned ; weatb er , , conditions - ideal) marketinff slowlv: no - damah can 36me ..from .frost t ..will .niot . make over. oo per cent, oi iullcrop. ' i... . Tarbora The splendid; fail weath er haa enabled farmers to save most of their crop un good condition, and while the ginning has been -heavy there is a "crood deal that is fi:.cked arid not ginned ; rains "set in Wednesday. and put a . stop; to - picking ; don 't think" it will damage . crops any, ex cept lower the grade somewhat which up to this- time has "been very good. Morrisvillc. Cotton seems to yield at little ; mere than .was expected ? a month -ago J the fine weather has caused it to open Jip. better and is of better grade than .was expected a month r.go; not much being sold yet - Dunn. Weather has been favor able for maturing; crop is made and mostly gathered no top crop ; hence frost will do no damaffet oualitv of staple . is good ; production about 25 per cent, below last year -K ; last year was, a .record-breaker here. . Elizabeth Citv. Weather has'neen good and "crop picked more rapidly than usual ; no unusual . holding ; crop in this county nrcbablv larsrer than last year, but not as large as was ex- -jjsuieu i -scarcely." any, xop - crop , ana trost would do little damage. -: . Wilson.- Marketinsr slowlv-staole good ; chance for frost damage very small... ' - ' - ' - - . ' ' , Red ' Sprinss. Drouth DrinciDal cause of decline: crox two weeks ear ly . picking, made iyery good progress ; ginners now ux) and- will run- onlv certain- days in week to gin; yield wiiL be about ns last crop; not much change, - possibly slight increase r in favor of this season; rush now over; crop closely "marketed 'this " season. Wake : Forest Unnreeendentedlv ?ood weather for picking has" ""con tinued all this fall, . without any in- j terruption ; frost would not at this ate date at air reduce the crop. ' " " Havelock. Tob crori-half rnpfrf' marketing fast las picked; staple good; weather conditions -good np to 21st; rain 21st and 22nd; crop nearly all picked; frost can do ho damage; no insects,. - ' -' ."' Medora. The nnusnallv'fine weath er has caused the closest picking I ever saw at this time; but little. late cotton to be damasred bv-frost: mar keting .has been liberal; I think the county will tall 3,000 bales short of ast year; quality goodr Raleigh. We do not consider "the increased receipts ah ' indication : of 'a very large crop, it being rather' the result of an earlv cron. nndpr -iho most favorable, season for: picking, ideal weather and-abundant - labor. North. State News. I Mr. Wl A. Brkme. of North WiR-w borp, came very' near bavin?- a sr- rious accident a few; days' ago. ''While returning to -his home from States ville he attempted - to v ford Huntinff creek, which was swollen. He ; was swept down the strenm'but managed to cut the horses loose from' the bug gy and escaped: but with": thV the buggy and- baggage, which have never been round. : , ..-,; R. W. Bishop: . patent attorney. Washington,. D. C., reports the issue of the: following patents-on the 27th instance to; residents: of "-Nnrth Car. clina; Wheel, ft. K. .Gregory, Greens boro ; fertilizer . . distributor, R. ; G. vv nsonr Madison : . v: . - .The nineteenth district convention of .Odd jellows Is :in session at Black Mountain and , is.; well .ntfpnAfl ff J . . A. 'PorSVth Is nrpsi A J n of TTi on eighteen lodges' represented'- Blue Ridge t Lodger ;N6. ' 205, furnished the team ;to': give the - first desrree. Th r nextfmeeting; of : the convention' will be held- rBiltmoreVfi-: -? :.. -:L No Falling . off, in Tobacco Sales at f;.t - t Durham.- .... -;; Durham, ." Spceiah The ; . tobacco breaks, here have never beenrsuch J as tJ?ey are. now. : Since Monday 'there have been scld .400,000 pounds, which m, round figures will total $50,000. Durham - has sold more" "tobacco . to date than she has dene in many years before, i Jasf month her -sales r ran to-a.55,442 'and this month' they .will greatly .exceed that figured' -: - liccl state r- Wcldon. "Wrath Pr linn 1. and cotlon'., t.Utta u.een fine tiful. r " ncw 18 beau- Whitakers. During the ' Ion a spell cotton has improved S dry : Chapanoke, Shipping fast- i;f trouble with, insects; mS? fft he d bacK; crop very short- sH.i only-fair;, yield aboSt the same 5 k-st year. - ie as . Louisburg. Weather has been f Torabha,for picking and cotton h opened -nicely, x- : : Matthews. Top crop will be of Hf tie consequence ; farmers ; marketing lyi-et!lelIi t very $ uc., Muou . oi - staple - excellent, weather: conditions, also excellent insects crop ; in this section 'an county 15 per - cent less than Jt year; m z j;..:-m y-y.,-, .: . ia1 Tcacheys-. Tcp crop is very lHlt . the crop is being marketed somewhat slowly; quality of staple is good weather conditions "-are good - the crop is about 25 per cent less 'than last year. - .- ;.. . . Davistown. Cotton in some sec tions of the county has slightly im proved, m other sections no improve ment. - '- ..".i"-.." '- - Clayton.- Fine weather for ingf crop nearly e-athprpH piek frost great Avould hot damage. Vf. ; :a renton.- High water" did damage to erops. : Farm ville. The cron opened last and has been mcked fasf to fine weather for housing; no top crop - in this section ; heavy rains in late summer stopped growth. , Lilly The farmers are selling as fast as it isV picked ; the . top crop will not be much ; the storm the last of;. August "cut it off badlv: f staple" .good ; good weather and cotton onpemng fast. -J Stantonsburg Top crop maturing last; 'good. staple; weather good; the frost, will ndam age 5 per cent: 4f) cent of crop sold. Dudley. The cotton crop is about all picked and -sold; not more than a hall, crop this ; year ; wet weather caused cotton to take rust make 'any top crop. Weldon. Good weather for past four weeks ' has materially helned cotton on - stiff ; and imnrovpH sTi 1 where it is still making; no frost as' yet. - - .;, y,-: Rutherf ordton. No ton croD rjrrs- pects ; marketing crop slowly, "two thirds of what has been picked is held back- staple, good and cotton whiter. weather favorable for opening ana picKingj no insects ; no frost damage, but liable to come any time; crop probably one-fourth short nf last year. - Norwood. Condition vpt-v favor able until 22nd ; since then the rains have done' damage. Greensboro. Crop has done well for past two months. Pine LeveL The cotton is short 9Z per cent from last year ; nearly all picked and grinned: most neonlp :irp. selling fast. . , . Stony Point. No top crop ; have had some heavy rains ; . whieh dam aged the open cotton ; farmers are holding some ; no damage yet by frost, - but ' crop not nearly as good as last year. Salisbury. Top crop about all open, marketed fast ; good weather; no insects ; ; no i frost yet to injure crop. ----- ;-- Shelby. Our crop will be about 25 per: cent less than last year. Cherryville. Not having more than 50 per cent of cotton ginned, and; marketing about one-half that ginned; all the crop will open in this section. : - ':'..;, Laurinbarg. Cotton 93 per cent open ; selling as fast as'ginned. West -End. Weather favorable; top crop prospects none; marketed slowly. "" "" ; : ' - ' State Neyrs in Brief. .The Bank of Huntersvillc will open for business about December 1st. The stockholders have elected the follow ing directors C.F. Cline, J. L. Choat, UT. MeHolbrcok, f W. J. Ransom, J. T. May berry, J. W. Montieth and J. J. McR ay en . ; The.; cfa cers are r Presi dent J. T. Choat; .vice president, W. J . Ransom ; cashier, C. F. Cline. The capital stock of thebank is $1.0,000. l -The Ciyic Improvement League of High Point has set its plans high and will stop nothing short of making that city one of the most beautiful as well i as cleanest in the State. Many of the ladies of the town - are enlist ing in-; the ' cause and all .are taking an active interest in the work. It is quite probable that-prizes will later be offered for the mcst beautiful lawn rjpso garden and the like." : '-'The Giant Lumber f Company, of North Wilkesboro, expects soon to have - its ? flume connected " with its sidetrack, when the lumber will be floated - direet ; from .the f drest to the raihoad cars. .' ' : r.Captr William ;ill Day,. who is well known all oyer the State, is critically ill , at his home in Raleigh having Suffered a seccn 1 stroke of the dis ease" which so nearly carried him off a few 3cars"agb. ' .' . ; Mr. 'John M. Brower, who repre sented" the fifth : district in Congress a' number of years ago, is-yisiting his former home. - at ".Mount . Airy. Mr. Brower : has resided in Boswell, Okla., for the' past two years, .jlle: is .en gaged in the lumber business.