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CHARLOTTE, N: C, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1897, FOLUME XLIF NUMBER me Professional- DR. GEO. W. GRAHAM. Office 7 West Trade St. Practice limited to Eye, Ear, Noee and Throat. & Apr 3, 1996 pR. E. P. KEERANS, Dentist, ogico7 West Trade St., Charlotte N. C. Nov 2, J894 JJUGB W. HARRIS, Aitomey end Counsellor at Law nffire Ns 14 and 16 Law Buildirp. umc ' JuiyO, 1'J5: OSBORNE, MAXWELL & A -orfiC h t.t Law, Office 1 and 3 Law Building. Oct Z , 1HU5 N- PHARtt, Attorney at Law, Office No. 14 Law Building. La.RKSON & DULS, Attorneys at Law, Office No. 12 Law Building. )RS. M. A- & C A. BLAND Dentists. No. 21 North Tryon St. Charlotte, N. C. JJR. W. H. WAKEFIELD Can be consulted at his office No 509 North Tryoa St., every week day except Wedue day Hia p.actice is limited to Eye, Ear, Noee and Throat. QRS. M'COMBS & GIBBON Physicians and Surgeons, Office: No. 21 North Tryon Street. Charlotte, N C. If jou want to look nice, send your Linen to thff CH.1R LOTTB STBAHI LAUXDRY We have the best laundry in North Carolina, and guarantee you Htrietly first-class work. Charlotte Steam Laundiy. JEWELRY, JEWELRY, MIIII, & HARRISON, 40 SOUTH TRYON STREET. We have the handsomest line of J- wtl ry to he found anywhere. Beautiful Chi in ning Gifi8. Gold handle Umbrellas, rinca. diamonds, etc. SHELL & HARRISON. CHRISTMAS PRESENTS WHY NOT COME AND SEE US? We have the most CompletE 8tok in tne State, of WATCHES, CLO'K-l, JEWELRY and Sterling Silver Novelties. We will tMke ereat pleasure in showing you through our s'ock GARIBALDI & BRUNS. Next to Gilreth A Co. s Shoe Store) No better preparation can be made for the hair than HUGHES' QUININE HAIR TONIC, It keeps the Hair and Scalp in perfect condi ion all the time Trial size 25 cents. R. H. Jordan & Co. mauip Agency. Prescriptionists. Phone No- 7. ROAD BILL PASSED TODAY. To Take Possession of Mecklenburg's Road System Negroes Rebel. Special to The News. Raleigh, Feb. 24. The bill creating a board of control to have charge of the convicts and roads of Mecklenburg county passed today. NEGROES IN REVOLT. The negro Senators, Person and Henderson, have held np all the bills to change the management of State institutions. They announce that the negro must be recognized or the Democrats will be left in control. They say all legislation concerning patronage is blocked until this is s-ttled. Buckien's Arnica Salve. The best salve in the world lor Cuts, B ruisi'B, Sores, Tetter, Chapp ed Bands, Chilblains, Corns and all skin Eruptions and postively ures Piles or no pay required. It is guaranteed to give perfect satisfac tion or money refunded. Prioe 25 cents per box. For sale by Bui well & Dunn wholesale and retail. TIE IN THE SENATE. ON TKE N. G. RAILROAD LEASE BILL THIS AFTERNOON. Special Order for Next Friday To In crease State Grand Appropriation. To Prohibit Sale of Liquor Outside of Towns. Special to The News. Raleigh, Feb. 19. In the House today a bill was introduced to pro hibit the sale of liquor outside of in corporated towns. Mr. Hancock today introduced a bill to increase the appropriation to the State Guard from $G,000 to $17, 000 per annum, and the appropria tion to individual companies from $100 to $200r The appropriation to the Guard was cut down by the for mer legislature. LOCAL TAXATION FOR SCHOOLS. The bill introduced at the request of leading educators to stimulate lo cal taxation for public schools was passed today. It is on the order of the local taxation bill passed by the last General Assembly, and allows communities to tax themselves for the maintenance .of public schools. The bill to take Vance county out of the Eastern Criminal circuit was passed today. The bill to repeal the appropria tion to the State Ujiiversity was un favorably reported by the committee today. LEASE BILL rN THE SENATE. In the Senate bills were introduc ed by Senator Grant to amend the election law; and to protect news papers fironi libel suits if proper apology is made. The bill taking possession of the Atlantic and ISI. C, railroad was passed. The lease bill came over from the House today. A motion to refer it to the com mittee prevailed; ayes, 26; noes, 24. Opponents of the bill tried to make it a special order for Monday week; this was lost. The advocates of the bill moved to make it a speci al order for next Monday. The vote was a tie. Governor Reynolds voted against the motion. The bill was made a special order for next Fri day. Opponents of the lease bill happily claim the victory and think it will be defeated. Earnhardt and Bakt-r, l'opulist3, voted to postpone action. JUDGE SEYMOUR DEAD NOTED JURIST PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING. Died in New York at Six O'clock. Judge of the Federal Court for East ern District. Was Closely Related to Horatio Seymour. Kaleigh, Feb. 19. Judge A. W. Seymour died in New York this morning at six o'clock. SKETCH OF HIS LITE. Judge Seymour was a native of New York. He came to North Caro lina soon after the war and settled near Newbern. He served in the legislatures of '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73 and '74; the legislators then being elected each year. In the fall of 1874 he was elected to the Superior court bench to suc ceed the Hon. W. J. Clark. He held this position until February, 1882, when he was appointed by President Arthur judge of the Eastern district of North Carolina to succeed Judge Brooks, resigned. This position he held up to the time of his death. Judge Seymour was exceedingly popular with the entire bar of the State and even during the perilous tin es just after the war, while he affiliated with the northern "politi cal immigrants," still he maintained the dignity and integrity which were always characteristic of the man. . m ...o JUDGE BRYAN A CANDIDATE. Mr. Shepard Bryan Fn Route to Wash ing to Present His Father's Name for the Judgeship. Mr. Shepard Bryan, the rising young lawyer of Atlanta, passed through Charlotte Tuesday en route to Washington. Mr. Bryan's visit to Washington at this time is interesting to North Carolinians. He goes in the interest of the can didacy of his father, Judge Henry R. Bryan, of Newbern, who is an applicant for the judgeship of the eastern district leit vacant by the death of Judge Seymour. Mr. Bryan has made many staunch friends in his short career 83 a law yer among prominent politicians and this -will stand him well in hand at this special time. DUKE ON THE GRID-IRON. Admits That Four-Fifths of Tobacco Trust Stock Is Water. By Telegraph to The News. New York, Feb. 24. President Duke of the American Tobacco Company was before the trust in vestigators today. He admitted that the trust had control of tho field, and said that was its object Also stated that it was more arbitrary than other trust. He admitted that the trust had control of tobacco dealers. To morrow the coal trust will be up. Mr. Duke admitted that four-fifths of the tobacco trust's stock was water. BRYAN COMING TO DELIVER ADDRESSES EAST. IN THE Kyle and the Control of the Senate That Queer Perrine Land Grant--What Use is the Civil Service Com mission? Correspondence of the News. Washington, Feb. 22. Hon. W. J. Bryan will visit Washington this week, but he will not probably stay until Inauguration day. He will be tne guest oi Mr. John R. McLean, who will give a dinner to about one hundred guests in his honor. This dinner will not be a political event, as the guests will include a number of personal friends of Mr. Bryan in all the parties But during Mr. Bryan's stay there will be a confer ence, perhaps several, to discuss the immediate future of the Democratic party. Senator Daniel, of Va., is one of the best elocutionists in the Senate; consequently Washington's farewell address, which, in accordance with the usual resolution was read im mediately after the Senate convened, in honor of Washington's birthday, was much better rendered than usual, and was listened to by an un usually large number of Senators, in addition to the crowded galleries. THAT PERRINE LAND GRANT. It is unfortunate in more senses than one that there should be an in vestigation at this time into an act of the administration by which the step father of the President's wife will be largely benefitted. And everybody sincerely wishes that the Senate Committee on Public Lands will find everything straight about the Florida land patent for 23,000 acres, which was recently issued to Mr. Perrine, the husband of Mrs. Cleveland's mother, and which the Committee is now investigating. Ex-Congressman Brookshire of In diana, is counsel for the settlers on this land, who claim that the grant was forfeited many years ago. what is it for? The Civil Service Committee has made answer to Senator Allen's res olution, adopted by the Senate last week, as to the alleged dismissal of two women from a branch of the Agricultural Department, at South Omaha, Nebr., for displayingict ures of Mr. Bryan in the late cam paign. The answer says the Com mission investigated the complaint when first made and that Secretary Morton denied that the discharges were made for the cause specified, or that he knew the politics of those discharged. The most significant portion of the answer especially to those in office who regard themselves as being protected by the Civil Ser vice Commission, is the following: "The Commission is not an appoint ing, or reinstating, or removing body." NO FAITH IN IT. Representative McRea, of Ark., who was one of the Democratic members of the coinage committee who voted for the favorable report, with amendments, of the Senate bill authorizing the President to appoint delegates for any international mon etary conference, called, by any na tion or by himself, took occasion to briefly state the attitude of th Dem ocrats toward the bill He said the Democrats had no faith whatever in such a method of bringing about the free coinage of silver, but that they had no desire to place any ob stacle in the way of the Republicans trying to carry out the promise made by their national platform; on the contrary, that they were anxious for the next administration to demon strate to the country what could be done along that line. KYLE AND SENATE CONTROL. Notwithstanding Senator Kyle's assertion that he did not get the re publican votes which re elected him by making promises, the republicans in Washington are now counting upon his voting with them to obtain control of the Senate organization and to fill Committee vacancies that will exist March 4th. This confid ence of the republicans is not based upon any vague expectation or hope; they do not say Senator Kyle may vote with us, but that Senator Kyle will vote with us. In voting with the republicans in this particular case, should his vote settle the ques tion, Senator Kyle will betray the principles he has professed ever since he entered the Senate. As most peo ple know, the Senate finance Com mittee, as at present made up, is controlled by silver, although seven of its thirteen members, including the Chairman, are republicans. There will be two vacancies in this committee on March 4th. Senator Sherman will enter the Cabinet and Senator Voorhees will retire to pri vate life. Thev republican leaders consider ii necessary, as this is the Committee that will handle the new tariff bill, that bothof these vacan cies shall be filled by men who can be counted upon to support the. new tariff bill and to oppose any silver legislation that may be proposed; and they are saying that Senator Kyle, whose advocacy of silver and of free trade is widely known, will vote with them. If he does, what will be the natural inference? WALKER'S ATTACK ON RIED, Representative Walker, of Mass., couldn't upset the Reed rules, but he could and did express himself very vigorously on the subject, saying in part: "Under the rules of this House, we get mighty few rights. When you go to see about a bill, you are referred to a sub-committee, and then you may cool your heels there day after day before you can get so much as one member of the sub committee to hear you ' And when you do, he tells you he knows all about it and intimates that you are boring him. Then when he reports against you and you try to appeal to the full committee, you get no satis faction." ' He calls this "a system of tyranny," and added much more to the same effect. FLAG-RAISING AT HUNTERSVILLL Address by Prof. Gray. Unique and Appropriate Exercises. Washington's birthday was ap propriately observed with special exercises at Huntersville yesterday. The pupils of the school and their friends assembled at 9:30 o'clock in the High School hall. Rev. James Boyce led in prayer, and the "Star Spangled Banner" was sung At ten o'clock a large United Statts flag was raised on the pole erected in front of the school building. Prof. H. A. Gray, principal of the school, made an address on Patriotism. Last night at 7:30 o'clock a spe cial entertainment was held. After prayer, the school sang the national hymn, "America." Speeches were delivered by young men representing famous Revolutionary patriots. Pa trick Henry was represented by Robert Ranson; Thomas Jefferson, by Ernest Orr; John McNitt Alex ander, by W. A. McAuley. Four young ladies read essays, Misses Em ma McGill and Aggie Shearer, of South Carolina; and Misses Kit Walker and Mary DeArmond, of Huntersville, were the essayists. Tonight in the High School hall Hon.. W. P. Wideman, of Troy, S. C, will deliver his popular lecture on "Hit the Grit" - M'COOK AND GARY Selected for the Cabinet Is McCook the Friend of the Sugar Trust? By Telegraph to The News. New York, Feb. 19. It is posi tively reported from Canton that McKinley has decided to appoint Col. John J. McCook, of New York, Attorney General, at the solicitation of Treasurer John E. Searles, of the Sugar Trust. Canton, Ohio, Feb. 19. James A. Gary, of Baltimore, is understood to have been selected for postmaster general in the cabinet of the next administration. It transpired today, at the last moment, that Major McKinley was unable to persuade Mr. Mark Hanna to enter the cabinet as postmaster general. Gary's appointment was urged by Southern Republicans. . HER BODY CRUSHED. Tragedy in a Union County Saw Hill -Mrs. Mayes' Death. At Mr. J. T. Helms' saw mill in Union county a tragic affair oc curred a few days ago. The saw mill is in Goose Creek township. Mrs. Mayes, wife of the sawyer, went to the mill to carry him his dinner. She was standing near the car riage, and in some way her dress caught in the shafting. 'She was drawn in and earned around in the machinery time and time again be fore the mill could be stopped. When the. wheels ceased moving they found she was dead. The body was frightfully man gled, the bones of the limbs and body being' broken in a score of places. SYMPATHIZE WITH GREECE- Resolution in the Senate Today. ' Monetary Conference Bill. By Telegraph to The News. Washington, Feb. 20.; Senator Cameron resented a resolution to day expressing sympathy with Greece, which was agreed to. The House committee decided to day to report favorably the Senate bill for an international monetary conference. - Weekly Bank Statement. , Reserves increase 4,027,725 Loans decrease 1,620,100 Specie increase 2,624,500 Legal tender increase 2,55.2,100 Deposits increase 495,500 Currency decrease 110,100 Fatally Burned by Gasoline. tsy Telegraph to The News. Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 19. Eight persons were terribly burned this morning in the Polish quarter by an explosion of gasoline. Five of the injured will die. Children Iojared In a Panic. By Telegraph to The News. Boston, Mass , Feb. 19. At about noon today a fire occurred in the .Everett School. It created a panic in which fifteen children were injured. Three Pennsylvania Companies Fall. Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 24. The Largee carpet works, the Bloom8burg Carpet Works, and the Leader Stove Company, all operated by one firm at Bloomsburg, have failed. Liabilities, $100,000. PROHIBIT CIGARETTES TK BILL PASSED THE HOUSE TO DAY. Ransom May Succeed Judge Seymour - Charter for Charlotte's New Bank Another Arrington Investigating Committee. Special to The News. Raleigh, Feb. 20. A bill was introduced in the House today to provide for a dispensary at Ashe ville The bill making it unlawful to sell or give away cigarettes in this State elicited a lively discussion to day. The clause in the bill prohib iting the manufacture of cigarettes in the State was withdrawn. Mr. Lusk, of Buncombe, offered an amendment to make the act ap ply only to minors. The vote on the amendment was: Yeas, 46; nays 34. The cigarette bill, as amended, passed its third reading. MRS. P. D. BS. COMMITTEE. A "clincher" put on the protest signed by the Democratic members of the House against the ruling of the Speaker last night was present ed today. The bill to give Mrs. P. D. B. Arrington a committee to investigate her wrongs; with McCaskey as chair man, passed the Senate by a close vote, ayes, 20; noes, 19 ransom for judge. It is reported here today on excel lent authority that President Cleve land will at once appoint Hon. Matt. W. Ransom, minister to Mexico to succeed the late Judge A. W. Sey mour as Judge of the Eastern Dis trict Republicans here say the Senate will confirm the appointment. The "Fellow Servants' bill was passed by the Senate unanimously today. charlotte's new bank. The bill to incorporate the Amer ican Trust and Savings bank, to be located at Charlotte was passed by the Senate today. will it be henry? The Press-Visitor says: "Mr. Walter R. Henry of Char lotte was last night nominated for the office of Judge of the eastern criminal court by the minority cau cus. There was no opposition to Mr. Henry. Governor Russell may announce Mr Heniy's appointment tomorrow. It will be given out in a few days. The office i3 vacant, as Judge Meares' term expired when the legislature assembled." MURDER OF RDIZ. LEADS TO DECISIVE ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT. Admiral Bunce's Fleet Held Ready to Go to Havana Consul Lee Makes a Personal Investigation. By Telegraph to The News. Washington, Feb. 22. The foul murder of Dr. Ruiz may force deci sive measures by the administration relative to Cuba. The administration has wired Consul General Fitzhugh Lee for additional information about the outrage. A peremptory demand will be made made upon the Spanish Government for reparation. Simultaneously, Admiral Bunce will be ordered to hold the fleet in readiness -for immediate departure for Havana. , consul lee investigates. Key West, Fla., Feb. 22. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee attended autopsy on the body of Gen. Ruiz and personal ly investigated the wounds. He found the reports in no way exag gerated. SLICED UP LUCKY. Serious Cutting Scrape in "Green ville" Last Night. In the negro settlement known as Greenville, a serious cutting scrape occurred Monday night Dan McConn, a negro boy about ighteen years old, became involved in a dispute with Ed. Lucky, over a woman. Lucky bit his ear, and came near biting it off. McConn told a News reporter this morning that Lucky threatened his life, and came at him with a piece of board fence'; he pulled out bis knife, and cut Lucky in the back and face. He claims the cutting was done in self defense. Mean while Lucky came near bleeding to death. That night at eleven o'clock when Chief Orr went to Lucky's- house, Lucky's wife said she would 6end for a doctor. The doctor didn't ar rive, and Dr. H. M. Wilder was summoned at two o'clock. Lucky's injuries are serious, but will not be fatal. Thrw Oyer a SkO.OOO Fee. City of Mexico, Feb. 22. Unit-, ed States Minister Matt W. Ransom was selected some time ago as referee in the Guatemala-Mexico boundary dispute. Owing to the illness of his wife and the improbability of his staying much longer there, he has resigned the position and the two governments will select his successor at an early date. He was to receive a fee of $50,000 in gold for his labor. BILL TO REPEAL CITY'S CHARTER. Will be Introduced in the House Tomorrow. POLICE COMMISSION CREATED. Power Taken Out of the Hands of the Mayor and Aldermen, and - Vested in a Partisan Board Walter R. Hen ry the Author of the Bill. Special to The News. , Raleigh, Feb. 24. The bill to change the charter of the city of Charlotte will lie introduced in the House tomorrow by Representative Williamson. Walter R. Henry, tbe author of the bill, was seen by the News cor respondent and he stated that he was opposed to the first police bill draft ed by others for the city of Char lotte, for the reason that he consid ered it entirely too sweeping. He says he was opposed absolutely to any interfering with the schools, thj cemeteries, the fire department or the finances of the city of Charlotte. The bill in all its sections has the following provisions: The bill is to amend the charter of the city passed in 1866 and amended in 1881. the board of three. Sec. I. There is hereby created a Board to consist of three qualified voters of the city of Charlotte in the county of Mecklenburg and State aforesaid, to be known as the Police Board of the city of Char lotte. The said Board shall consist of a member of each of the political parties of the State, namely, the democratic, tbe Republican, and the Populist or People's parties. That each of said members shall be ap pointed by the Governor of the State of North Carolina, as soon after the ratification of this Act as possible, upon the recommendation of a ma-jority-of the Chairmen of the res pective Executive Committees of the political parties, provided that in case there be a tie in said recommen dations by reason of the death of either of the Chairmen of said polit ical parties, or for any reason, then the Governor shall appoint the mem bera of said Police Board as nearly in accordance with the spirit of this Act aj possible. . Sec. II. That the members of the Police Board hereby created shall receive for their services the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars per annum to be paid to them out of the city treasury on the order of Chairman of the said Police Board. The office of the board is to be in the city hall, and it is authorized to pay for all neceseary expenses by or der on the city treasurer, signed by the chairman of the board. vacancies filled. by governor. Sec. 3. In case of a vacancy by death, resignation or otherwise in the membership of the said Police Board, the same shall be filled by the Governor in the same way as is provided for the appointment of the members of the board in the first instance. Sec. 4. The terms of office shall begin at the same time as the term of the mayor in 1897 "The mem bers thus appointed shall continue in office for the period of two years, and until their successors are ap pointed. These appointments shall be made by the" Governor as "afore said, every two years during the month of April preceding the time for the election of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the said city of Charlotte." QUEER PROVISION FOR REMOVALS. Any member of said Board ' may be removed by the Governor qf North Carolina upon the written recommendation of a majority of the chairmen of tbe executive commit tees of the political parties as afore said, and said written recommenda tion shall constitute prima facie evi dence of misconduct Sec. V provides that the chairman shall cast the deciding vote in case of a tie. ELECTION OF THE POLICE. Sec. VI, after repealing section 15 of the charter provides: "The entire police force of the city of Charlotte not fewer in number than at present shall hereafter be appointed by the Police Board hereby created, or by a majority thereof, provided, that the police force shall be apportioned equally among the three parties. No man shall be eligible to ap pointment on said police force until he shall have first filed with the said Board, the affidavits of three disinterested free holders of the county of Mecklenbarg satisfactory to the Board owning land in said county, stating that he is a man of sufficient ability and worthy the confidence of the citizens of Char lotte. Provided, further, that the Chief of Police shall be elected by a majority of the Police Board. Sec. VIII. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the city of Charlotte Ehall have no power to remove any of the officers, policemen, or em ployees elected or in any way ap pointed by the said Police Board. Section IX repeals the law regard ing the police force. Sec X makes a verbal change in section 27. Section II provides for the ap pointment of attorney to the police board at a salary of $250 a year. APPOINTMENT OF CITY LABORERS Section XI provides that the mayor and alderman Rhn.11 minf half of the city laborers, and "the ponce ooaru tne otner half; and if the mayor. and police commission fail to agree on the appointment, the police board shall appoint all the cuy laoorers. xne board will also haveauthority to appoint all the vny jaoorers in ca9e "boycott, polit ical intolerance, or persecution" is shown to the satisfaction of the po lice board. A SENSATIONAL CLAUSE. Section XII L It shall be the duty of the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen of the city of Charlotte to provide sufficient fundsvfor the pay ment of the members of the Police Board, officers, police, laborers or employees, appointed as aforesaid by the Police Board established hereby, and to keep the same in the hands of the city Treasurer, and in case they fail to do so, they shall be personally liable for, and shall pay the sum of ten dollars, for each day this duty is neglected, one half of which amount shall go to the party injured by their neglect, and the other shall be paid by them into the city Treasury. And if the Mayor and Board of Al dermen of tbe city of Charlotte shall wilfully fail to provide funds for the payment of the sums due officers, police and employees of said city, appointed by said Board, thev shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined, or im prisoned, or both, in the discretion of the Court. Section XIV declares all offices to be filled bv the board vacant at the expiration of the term of the present mayor. Sec. XV. That section two of the amended charter of the city of Charlotte, Acts of 1887, be, and the same is hereby repealed, and the toiiowmg substituted: Section 907 of the Code shall apply to trials for violation oi city ordinances by the mayor of the city of Charlotte, pro vided, however, that when a case is removed from the mayor, under the conditions therein stated, the de fendant shall have the rignt to de mand that two Justices of the Peace of said city, each a member of a po litical party different from that of tne justice named by tne mayor to try the case shall be called in to sit with said justice on the hearing of the same, who shall hava an tne cowers or. tne ius- 1 1 1 m .i tice so named bv the Mavor. and the three Justices of the Peace shall have all the powers of the Mayor under the charter of the city of Charlotte and laws of the State, in said ca3e, and a majority of said Justices of the Peace shall'de- cide the case in said Justices' court. Provided that the defendant ehall. the-case goes against him, pay the the additional Justices the legal fee for trying the case, together with the costs; otherwise, the prosecutor shall pay the costs under existing provisions of the Code in such cases. SPELLING SCHOOL IN CONCORD. Toe the Mark cn the Good Old Plan Webster "Blue-Back." Correspondence of The News. Concord, Feb. 23. In your issue of 22nd I notice article, "The Spel ling Match," which strikes me as timely, sensible, and alas! too true. But there are bright exceptions! For your encouragement let me state that in the Concord high school the dear, old, time-honored "blue-back" is in daily us?, the last exercise of each afternoon being a lesson from its classic pages. And every student in the school, from those who are already beginning to plume their wings for a flight to collegiate halls the coming autumn to the youngest, is required to "toe the mark" and stand or fall on the good old plan. We are proud of our "New South Club," but never more so than when they celebrated the occasion of the formal opening of their beautiful new rooms to the ladies of the town, by a general "spelling match," par ticipated in by young and old but it must be admitted that on that occasion, the wisdom of the high school teachers, in their present course, was most clearly demon strated. Now let Charlotte no lon ger claim precedence in every good thing, but fall into line behind Concord in the use of the "blue back." HELMS OUT ON BOND. Will Owens Will Recover. Letter from His Father. The - physiciahs eaid Tuesday that Willie Owens, who was badly hurt in the fight at the Victor mill Sunday, will recover. His injuries are not so serious as at first suppos ed. Lester Helms, the boy who struck Owens, is out under $100 bond, with Mr. G. A. Lawing as security. The following letter was. received from the Owens boy's father this morning: - "Winnsboro, S. C, Feb. 22. Will you please write me the par ticulars of my boy. How is he and where is he at? Is he dead or alive? I will come Tuesday night; if I am able I will repay you for your trou ble. Please answer at onc&- "W. C. Owens." The letter was answered at once, the reply stating that the boy would recover. Six Killed by an Explosion. By Telegraph to The News. London, Feb. 24. An explosion in the extensive works devoted to the manufacture of the Nobles explosive, in Ayrshire, this morning killed six persons employed in the works. SLAP AT1USSELL. HIS WILMINGTON BILL DEFEATED TODAY. An Exciting Session Boltins Popcllita See the Governor Regarding Appoint ments Thirty Vacancies in CairsrsitT Trustees. Special to Th, Nerg. Raleigh, Feb. 23. Today wit nessed the most exciting scene of th session. The bill to change the char ter of Wilmington was defeated amid the most. intense excitement. The bill was Russell's own measure. and ita defeat is taken as a direct slap at the Governor. A number of- the bill. This shows the bitteraea. of the opposition to Russell. A bill was introduced in the house, today to establish another criminal court for the western rjart of the State. It has been decided that no hill a shall be-introduced after March 1st. A bill was introduced today to reduce the bonds- of sheriffs fifty per cenu Governor Russell todav seot a. message to the Legislature announ cing thirty vacancies in the Beard of Trustees of the State University. A committee of bolters, head ad by Senator Cannon, called on Gov. ernor Russell at noon. They con- r 3 . ? i i . . ierrea wnn mm regarding appoint ments. The Governor said he would bsT pleased to appoint Theo. White, State Fish Commissioner. Mr. Wal ter Henry's name was not mentioned. henry may bk leit. The bill Drovidinar for . the nrn. lar appropriation, with an additional $5,000, to the University Dassed all its readings today. The bill increas ing tne appropriation to the Btata Normal school to $12,500 passed unanimously. . It is learued authoritatively that Russell has promised the eastern judgeship to Sutton, of Cumberland IT 1 T r a.... u mess tienry is appointed, the bol ters will break faith with the Re publicans. BUILDING WREAKED. EXPLOSION IN NEWSPAPER ROW, . CHICAGO. Seven Men Badly Injured Occurred In the Chicago Chronicle Office at Seven O'clock this Morning. By Telegraph to The News. Chicago, 111., Feb, 20. "Nws paper Row" was badly shaken up by a terriffic explosion this morning. The explosion occurred at" seven o'clock this morning in the press rooms of the Chicago Chronicle, the Democratic morning newspaper. Seven men were severely injured. They were all employed in the press rooms. The entire building was wrecked, and caught fire. THE FIRE SPREADS. The branch office of the Western Union telegraph company is next door; and this caught fire from the Chronicle building. The men working in tbs press rooms of the other newspaper build ings in tbe "Row" were thrown from their feet by the force of the explo sion. The amount of the damage is not yet known. NAVES OF THE INJUBID. The injured are John McMillan, foreman of the press room, blown through the sidewalk, his arm torn away; he is probably fatally injur-, ed. John Stenger, the pressman, is se riously burned about the face, and several ribs are broken. He is prob ably fatally injured. John Wheeler, driver ot a pie wagon, was blown across the street, and severely injured internally. Charles Williams is badly hurt internally. WAS JOHNSON'S BODY STOLEN P Croft Negroes Think So Newsy Notes and Personals. Correspondence of The Sxws. Croft, Feb. 23. The young ladies of huntersville high school gave a concert last night in honor of Wash ington's birthday. Tonight Mr. Wideman lectures im behalf of same charitable cause. A treat is anticipated, for Huntersville had tbe pleasure of hearing Mr. Wideman several years ago. Doubt less he will be greeted by a large audience. MrAlex McAuley has been very sick for the past week. Mr. Burwell Caehiou is suffering from an attack of grippe Mr. Cashion and Mr. McAuley are two of our oldest citizens, having resided in this community for more than a quarter of a centary. It is rumored among the colored people here that Monroe Johnson's body has been exhumed and stolen. , . - Jabs From Other Pens. Nashville San: Prosperity is said to be dawning. But what a pro tracted, tedious dawn it is! St Louis Republic: The hardest task confronting the Republican Party is to find out what it believes on the money question.