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THE WILMINGTON MESSENGER, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1900. :
THE 8T0RM-8WEPT CITY
ADDITIONAL NEWS INCREASES HOR
RORS OF THE SITUATION
THE 10,000 DESTITUTE PEOPLE
Call Upon the Country for Food and
Clothlnff-Five Thousand Families
Homeless One-Third of the Itesi-
deuces of the citv DMtmrpH-Ti,
Death Ktlmatel at From 1,000
to 5,000 - Liberal Itesponses to the
Call for Aid.
Memphis, Tenn., September ll.-Au-1
, . . ' , "'" xx- "
tnentic information from tne storm-
swept city of Galveston reached tne j
Memphis office of the Associat-d Press
shortly after 9 o'clock tonight. The in-
telligence came in the shape o. a tele- j
Srram addressed to the Associated Press '
from Mayor Jones and five of the most
prominent citizens of Galveston. The '
tpiwTJim bears date of September lUh .
and states that a conservative estimate
of the loss of life in Galveston is that
it is not over 3.000. Five thousand
families are reported destitute and the
destruction to property is great. Fol
lowing: is the telegram In fun:
Galveston. Texas. September 11.
To the Associated Press. Memphis,
Tenn.
The following: statement of condi
tions at Galveston and appeal for
is issued by the local relief committee:
A conservative estimate of the loss
of life is that it will reach 3.0)0, at
least 5.000 families are shelterless and
wholly destitute. The entire remainder
of the noDuIation is suffering in great
er or less degree. Not a single church,
school oi charitable institution, of
which Galveston had so many, is left
intact. Not a building escaped damage
and half the whole number were en
tirely obliterated. There Is immediate
need for food, clothing and household
goods of all kinds. If nearby cities
will open asylums for women and chil
dren the situation will be greatly re
lieved. Coast cities should send us
rwater as well as provisions, including
kerosene oil, gasolene and candies.
(Signed) W. C. JONES,
Mayor.
M. LASKER.
President Island City Savings Bank.
J. D. SKINNER,
President Cotton Exchange.
C. H. McMASTER,
President of Chamber of Commerce.
R.C. LOWE.
Manager Galveston News.
CLARENCE OLSNEY,
Manager Galveston Tribune.
TEN THOUSAND DESTITUTE.
Austin. Texas September 11. Offi
. . .. p...,.- rLrvir '
cial reports from Galveston to Gov-
,.r. t,io,r that 4fw hnriio '
have been identified. 200 more are in :
an improvised morgue awaiting iden-
tification and many more are thought
to have drifted out to sea and their
identity will not be known for weeks.
A telegram from Adjutant General
Scurry, who is at Galveston, to thfl
o-A.-orr i. o iirtw-
"Have just returned from Texas City . tonight and will be on the scene in
w ith several Galveston parties who as- thlee days.
sure me that conditions there beggar Washington, September 11. The dis
description. The accounts have not j tnct commissioners have appealed to
been exaggerated. One thousand lives the people of the District of Columbia
lost is too conservative. far "ney an clothing to alleviate
t. . o f the distress of the storm-stricken peo-
"While a portion of the provisions . of Texas
have been destroyed by water sufficient The css and several organiza
is on hand to relieve immediate neces- Uons of HX)men tendered their
sities. The citizens seem to have the ! nlcea to assist in this effort,
situation well in hand. United States ; Washinfirton. Semtember 11. Acting
troops aim v.uiuyau vuium.
guard, with citizens, patrol the streets j
to prevent looting. I requested W . B. ,
V . X3.
from
Wortham to go to Galveston
Texas City for the purpose of advising
me of the city's most urgent needs
and I returned here to report and ask
for further instructions. I respectfully
suggest that the distress is too great
for the people of Galveston even with
the assistance of Houston to stand
and that a general apal for help
would be welcomed. The estimate of
10,000 destitute does not seem to be ex
cessive." It is estimated by the telegraph com
panies at this point that upwards of
10,000 private messages were (handled
out of Galveston by boat to Houston,
thence to relatives and friends of Gal
veston people, notifying them of their
safety, and so great (has 'bsen the
strain of business that all telegraph
companies have been using their full
forces all the twenty-four "hours with
out relieving the rush. Hundreds of
messages pouring in here today bring
relief to some and sad news to others,
recording the safety or death of rela
tives in Galveston.
From reports reaching the (governor
this morning it will be necessary to
co-operate with the federal troops to
place all the mainland opposite Gal
veston, as well as the island, under
martial law.
If reports reaching here are true, r
thieves have begun to enter the city
for the purpose of pilfering the bodies
of the dead.
TROOPS TO TAKE CHARGE.
ThP Povrn,ir has been informed that
the commander of the Texas troops has
ieen ordered to Galveston by the fed
eral authorities and the governor will
lend him every assistance possible
with state- militia to keep vandalism
tiiwn.
There is only one road operating to
the toast from Houston and that will
be placed' under military supervision
temporarily.
Governor Sayers was today in re
ceipt of a telegram from Miss Barton,
of the Red Cross Society offering the
assistance of that association and he
replied that he would call on the soci
etv if he found that its help was need-
According to reports to the governor
tonight the work of recovering corpses
continues unabated and while a num-
mer of them are so mutilated that they
r.mnot be recognized, they are being
held as long- as possible in the hope of
securing their names. Quite a number
of children are noted among the list.
A large number of state militia tents
"Seeing is Believing."
When yotx see people cared by a
remedy, yotx must believe in its pewer.
Look around you. Friends, relatives,
neighbor 's all say that Hood's SarsaparUU,
Americas Greatest Medicine, cleansed the
Blood of their dear ones and they rise en
. masse to sing its praises. There's nothing
like it in the world to purify the blood.
were shipped from here to Galveston '
today for temporary use on the island.
MANY OFFERS OF ALD.
Governor Sayers received upward of
1,000 telegrams during the day from .
parties in the east and west offering
assistance to the food sufferers at Gal
veston and from various portions of
the state, reporting the collection of
money and supplies. During the day j
Governor Sayers estimated that the
receipts in money from collections In
this state would amount to $15,000 .
though, from reports, a great deal of '
money has "been sent direct to Galves-
11011 insieaa or coming tnrougn tne gov-
larger than that stated. Governor
Sayers will not make known the total
amount until' tomorrow.
Quite a number of eastern newspa
pers are wiring- the governor offering
to1lesbIh J3 bueaus for !
relief funds if desired and asking what
they can do to relieve the situation. j
A telegram from New York inform- :
governor that two relief trains '
vesT Yrk T !
The Cincinnati chamber of com
merce wires that it will send any re
lief desired that it can give. Chicago,
Philadelphia, St. Louis and several
other points did likewise.
I
AID FOR THE SUFFERERS
Government Charters Train to Send
Supplies Subscriptions In several
Cities.
Norfolk, Va,, September 11. A called '
meeting of the Board of Trade and !
Business Men's Association was held
today and $250 voted for the relief of
the Galveston sufferers. The Board '
of Trade and Business Men's Associa- ;
: tion have called for a general mass !
meeting of citizens to be held Thurs- !
day night to take further action. It '
seems probable that a considerable sum '
will be raised and several car loads of '
food and clothing may be sent to the
' stricken district.
. Charleston, S. C. September 11. The '
: Howard Society of Charleston today
sent $500 to the mayor of Galveston
for the storm sufferers. The city coun-
cil at its regular meeting today adopt- '
, ed a resolution of sympathy for Gal- :
1 ves ton sufferers and offered its as
i sistance. ;
; Atlanta, Ga., September 11. At a :
. meeting held here today a fund was
begun for the flood sufferers at Gal
; veston. A good sum was raised and
i will be forwarded from time to time.
, New York, September 11. Mayor .
j VanWyck today issued an appeal to I
J the citizens of New York for help for j
; the sufferers of Galveston, heading the i
: appeal with a $500 subscription. j
j The mayor also sent the following ;
telegram to Mayor Brashear, of Hous- ;
ton, Texas:
"Hon. S. E. Brashear. '
"In response to your telegram I have
Issued a call to the people of the city
j of New York (to contribute to the relief
; of those afflicted by the disaster at j
' Galveston. Please express to the may- j
or of Galveston the profound sympa-
, . - , . j
th f the People of New "iork for the !
P1 5Jlveston in thls hoUr of
their distress.
"ROBERT
A.
VANWYCK,
"Mayor."
Ten doctors and twenty nurses from
!
y lw u , L
yaavesion ana neip care wr uie in-
I i ji t ri i iL.-w i
Jureu u.iiu sick. x iiey lCIt XSfZW iorh
i
i
c t Mpiklplohn
nas authorized
the chartering of a s
rww.nl 'train frrtm
St Louis to carry Quartermaster and
commissary supplies to the relief of
the destitute at Galveston.
General Wilson, chief of engineers,
has not yet received any advices as
to losses upon fortifications and river
and harbor works, though telegrams to
the quartermaster's department indi
cate that the fortifications nave been
damaged.
Orders have been 'issued by the war
department for the immediate shipment
to Galveston of 855 tents and 50,000
rations. These stores and supplies are
divided between St. Louis and San
Antonio. This represents about all
such supplies as the government has
on hand at the places named, but it
is stated at the department that the
order could be duplicated in b. day.
GOVERNMENT PROPERTY DE
STROYED. The following telegrams have been
received: i
"Galveston, Texas, Septembers.
"Quartermaster General, Washington.
"I report terrific cyclone with an
eleven foot tide. All improvements,
temporary buildings property and
stores at both Jacinto nd Crockett
destroyed and swept clean.
"BAXTER, Quartermaster."
Thfw huiMine-a wpiv of thf kind us.
iwiiv tpH iiit t fUr nnji.rtprs for
; the troops.
A second telegram follows:
j "Galveston, Texas, September 11.
j "Quartermaster, General, Washington.
1 "Referring to my telegram of yes
terday via Houston, I urgently recom
mend that fair compensation be made
to contractors for their losses, and
that they be relieved of their con
tracts. If fortifications are re-bulit at
or near their present sites, I urgently
recommend that quarters for troops
be purchased and built on higher
ground in city centrally located.
Wharves destroyed: all railroad
bridges swept away and building
operations of any nature cannot be re
sumed under six weeks or two months.
Two quartermasters' employees lost
on barge Howard. Both barges to
tally wrecked. ,
"BAXTER, Quartermaster.
Captain Baxter has been advised
that no action can be taken upon his
recommendations until further infor
mation has been received.
Washington, September 11. Adju
tant General Corbin has received a
dispatch from Captain Rafferty, com
manding battery O, First artillery,
stationed at Galveston, Texas, dated
Sunday, September 9th- It reports no
loss of life In his command, but says
that the records of Ithe post have been
destroyed and asks for duplicate re
cords from the war department.
PICTURE OP THE FEARFUL DESO
LATION.
Washington. September 11. The sec
retary of the treasury has received
the followfne1 loint telefcTam, dated
yesterday from Postmaster Griffin,
and Special Deputy Collector Rosen
thal at Galveston:
"The city and Island of Galveston
swept by terlflic cyclone and tidal wave
of unprecedented fury. The entire city
was Inundated and the gulf encroach
ed several blocks. The residence part
is in ruins and many people homeless.
The dead, It is feared, will reach about
1,500 and perhaps twice as many. The
streets are obstructed by 4ebris. dead
animals and wires In every part of
the city; more than eight feet of water
in tne stores and warehouses', damag
ing stocks of goods and provisions.
Thousands are homeless and wounded.
Some 500 are sheltered In the custom
ixmse. which is practically roofless. All
railroad communication Is shut off
and the wagon and road bridges lead
ing to the mainland are gone.
"Qcean steamers to the number of
seven or eight are ashore and all small
craft demolished. The life saving sta
tion is supposed to be swept away;
there Is no trace of the crew. The
lightship is up in West ba.,, the occu
pants supposed to be safe. The old
custom house Is roofless and the win
dows blown out; all 6to?va merchan
dise, principally sugar, is badly dam
aged. We need tents and 30,000 rations.
The citizens relief committee are doing
all in their power, but the stock of un
damaged provisions is exhausted. With
all the people housed in the building
we need an extra force of six men to
keep the building in sanitary condi
tion. I have hired a boat to take this
dispatch to the mainland for trans
mission. Relief is urgently requested."
THE HORRORS INCREASE
Burying Bodice at . Sea Iturnlns
Others Ghouls at Work Martial
Law.
Houston. Texas. September 11. The
tugboat Brunswick, which arrived here
last night from Galveston, brought an
additional list of names of dead in that I
city.
The horrors of Sunday were nothing
as compared with Monday. An at
tempt was made to bury the dead but
the ground was full of water anl r.
was impossible to dig trenches. Alder
man McMaster and M. P. Morrisey se
cured authority to have the bodies
taken to sea for burial and a barge
was brought up to the Twelfth street
wharf for that purpose. The firemen
rendered heroic service In cringing the
bodies to the wharf, but it was almost
Impossible to get men to handle thev
LOOTERS AND GHOULS AT WORK
During the storm and afterwards a
great deal of looting was done. Many
stores had been closed, their owners
leaving to look after theTr families.
The wind forced in the windows and
left the goods for the marauders.
Ghouls stripped dead bodies of jewelry
and articles of value. Captain Raf
ferty, commanding United States
troops here, was applied to for help
and he sent In seventy men, the rem
nant of th battery of artillery, to do
police duty. They are patrolling the
streets under the direction of the chief
of police.
An urgent appeal to the outside
world was issued and those who re
spond are asked to send contributions
to John Sealey, chairman of the fi
nance committee : W. C. Jones, mayor;
M. Lasker, president of the Island City
Savings bank; J. D. Skinner, Galves
ton cotton exchange; C. M. McMaster,
Galveston chamber of commerce; R. G.
Lowe, manager of the Galveston News,
or Clarence Ousley, manager of the
Galveston Tribune.
At 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon a
meeting of prominent citizens was held
at the chamber of commerce for the
purpose of organizing for the relief of
suffering and to bury the dead. A
burial committee was appointed, charg
ed with collecting and burying the
bodies of all dead. Inqvests will be
dispensed with.
VIRTUAL MARTIAL LAW.
Galveston, Texas, noon, via Tug to
Houston. The whole cotton screw
men's organization held a meeting last
night and tendered their services, that
of 500 able-bodied men to the public
committee to clear the streets of de
bris. Big forces were at work last night
and the situation is much improved so
far as the passage of vessels is con
cerned. The city was patrolled last
night by regular soldiers and citizen
soldiers. No one was allowed on the
streets without a pass. Several negroes
were shot for not haltins when order
ed. It is reported that three of the
citizen soldiers were shot by negroes.
The steamer Lawrence arrived here
early this morning with water and
provisions. A committee of 100 citizens
were aboard, among them being doc-
tors and cooks. W. G. Van Vleck, gen-
erai manager oi tne boutnern racinc
raiiroaa, arrived nere tnis morning. Me
thought it would be possible to estab
lish mall service from Houston to
Texas City to-night with transfer
boats to Galveston.
BURNING DEAD BODIES
Dead bodies have decomposed so bad
ly it is impossible to send them to sea
for burial. The water has receded so
far. however, that it is posslbl: to dig
trenches and bodies are being purled
where found.
Debris covering bodies
Is being burned where it can be done
in safety.
Work on the water works is being
rushed and it Is hoped to be able to
turn a supply on this afternoon.
The relief committee met at 9 o'clock
this morning. The city needs feed for
horses. It is also in need of disinfec
tants. A Iarsre load of lime at this
time would be a blessing.
Houston, Texas, September 11. The
latest estimate from The Post corre
spondent, just back from Galveston,
places the number dead at 5,000.
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Houston, Texas, September 11. The
Post correspondent was Instructed to
forward the following address to the
people of the United States:
Galveston, Texas, September 11.
It is my opinion, based on personal
information, that 5,000 people have lost
there lives here. Approximately one
third of the residence part of the city
has been swept away. There are several
thousand people who are homeless and
destitute how many, there is no way
of finding out. Arrangements are now
being made to have the women and
children sent to Houston and other
places, but the means of trans porta
tion are limited Thousands are still
to be cared for here. We appeal to you
for immediate aid.
WALTER C. JONES
Mr. Jones is the mayor of Galveston.
Houston. Texas, September 11. Mes-
cages were sent from here today ask
ing that revenue cutters be ordered to
Galveston bay to assist In transporting
provisions to the city. Telegrams I
were also sent to New Orleans and
Mobile asking for tugs. It is quite
probable that la the next day or two
free communication wLfi be establish -
ed. i ;
The great storm covered a large area
of the cotton growing section of Texas
and did tremendous damage to the
crop. A traveling man "who covers a
big area of the state renorts that for
a hundred miles -west of Houston the
wind and storms have bronEt irreat
havoc and all chances for a crop have
been destroyed. Southwest of Hous-
ton the fields are ruined. In large cot-
ton crowing counties around Houston
It Is said crops hare been beaten into
the ground and are worthless.
EARL LI'S CREDENTIALS
AS PEACE ENVOY PRESENTED TO THE
STATE DEPARTMENT
NEITHER ACCEPTED OR REFUSED
Our Administration Not Ready to Act
In this Matter Ills Application for
American Vessel for Transportation
to Taku Orders for Russian and
French Withdrawal From Pekin
Issued Call for Vengeance lor Pao
Tlnjt Fu Massacre.
Washington, September 11. Prom
the formal statement given out today
It appears' that the state department is
no yet ready to begin its direct nego
tiations with iLi Hung Chang. It does
not question his credentials as a plen
ipotentiary, but simply leaves that
matter in abejance. Probably this is
because all of the powers have not yet
returned their responses to the Rus
sian note and it is desirel to avoid
making the United States the first
among the powers to abandon the
hope of harmonious action, and strike
for itsftif toward th spttIorrwnt rllre-ot-
ly with China. Also, it may be deemed
. , . I
well to wait to hear from Mr. Conger,
who, several days ago, was invited to
express his opinion about quitting Pe-
kin.
Acting Secretary Hill was in consul
tation today with Attorney General
Griggs, and both were in communica
tion by wire with the president, but
it was said at the state department
that beyond the publication of this
exchange between Minister Wu and
acting Secretary Hill, and of the neg
ative fact that all the responses to the
Russian note were not yet in, the de
partment could not add to the stock
of information as to Chinese develop
ments today.
Minister fWu was twice at the de
partment. It was understood that his
last call was in (part, at least, to se
cure transportation for Li Hung Chang
from Shanghai to Taku on a United
States vessel. His later call was to
receive the answer of the department
to that application, as well as to the
communication respecting Li Hung
Chang's functions.
The answer returned by the state
department to Che latter communica
tion apparently made It unnecessary
at this time to pursue the inquiry as
to the ship; if Li may not enter into
negotiations at present, there is no
occasion to transport him to Taku.
At any rabe.no call was (made on the
navy department for a ship for the
purpose Indicated.
LI HUNG CHANGS CREDENTIALS.
'Washington, September 11. The
state department this afternoon issued
the following:
The following communication was
handed to acting Secretary of State
Hill on September 10th, by the Chinese
minister:
"Cablegram from Earl Li Hunr
Chang, dated the 7th, September 190
transmitted iby the Chinese minister
at St. Petersburg under date of the
Uth 'September, and received by Min
ister Wu on the last named date.
I am in receipt of an imperial
edict of the SOth month (August 24,
1900) transmitted iby way of Pao Ting
Fu. It is aa follows': .
"Li Hung Chang, envoy plenipoten
tiary is hereby vested with full dis
cretionary powers, and he shall
promptly deal with -whatever questions
may require attention. From this dis
tance .we .will not control his actions.
Let this edict .be forwarded with ex
tra expedition at the rate of six hun
dred Li per day (to Earl Li) for his
information and guidance. Respect
this." '
To the above communication acting
Secretary 'Hill has handed Mr. Wu the
following reply:
"The United States does not feel
called upon to express any opinion at
this time as to the sufficiency of Li
Hun Chang's authority, but hopes it
will transpire that his credentials are
full and authoritative, not only for ne
gotiation, but to enable him without
further delayto give assurange that
the life and property of Americans will
henceforth be respected through the
Chinese empire.'
LOOTING IN CHINA
No American Soldiers Engaged In It,
While General With Others.
fWashlngton, September 11. The
war department ttoday made public a
telegram of linquiry sent toy the war
department on July 21st last to Lieu-
tenant Cooiidge, commanding the
American troops at the occupation of
Tien Tsln regarding the reports of ex
tensive looting in that city. The mes
sage was sent through United States
Consul 'Fowler at Che (Foo, as follows:
"Fowler, Che Foo,
'Send following cablegram to
Coolidge, commanding United States
forces, Tien Tsin. Reported here ex
tensive looting in Tien Tsin. Report
immediately whether American troops
took part. If so punish severely, re
press sternly. Absolute regard for
life and property of non-combatants
enjoined.
"By order of secretary or war.'
"CORBIN."
On July 29th, the department receiv
ed the following reply from Colonel
Coolidge, denying that American
troops took any part in the pillage of
Chinese city:
"Che Fee.
Corbin. Washington.
"Tien Tsin, July 25th. Looting by
American troops In walled city of Tien
Tsin unfounded and denied. Silver
taken from burned mint under direc
tion of Colonel IMeade (marine1 corps)
commanding, who was invalidated to
day. No property destroyed except
under military exigency. American
troops have orders to protect life and
property of non-combatants in Amer
ican (southeast) quarter or tne city
assigned them. JWill forward reports
of commanders of American guards
In the city.
X30OIiIDGE."
Supplementary to the above. Colo
nel Coolidge also transmitted several
1 reports and also an additional report
I signed by himself, all of which bear
I witness that United States troops had
no hand in the looting or Tien win.
Colonel cooiKige iook irom tne uni
I nese ordnance storehouses military
stores that were necessary for his
I troops, and a quantity of silver from
I some of the burned vaults or tne mint.
I This latter was turned Into the Hong
Konjr ibank. and placed to the credit of
the United States and both seizures
were authorized iby Colonel Meade.
The report of Major Foote, while
I excluding the Americans irom any
share in the plundering, testifies that
looting was indulged In by the troops
of the other nations. After graphical
ly describing the entrance of the city
amid raging fines, dense smoke, and
a hot fire from concealed Chinese
sources, he says:
"I am confident that no other Amer
ican soldiers were in the city that day
and that no looting was done by our
men. though it seemed to be a general
thing among the other troops of the
allied forces."
ENGLAND TO BE LEFT ALONE IN
PEXIN.
London, September 11. France ha
formally adhered to the Russian pro
posal to withdraw from Pekin to Tien
Tsln. A representative of the Asso
ciated Press learns on unquestionable
authority that telegraphic instructions
were sent yesterday from Paris and St.
Petersburg, to M. Pichua and M. de
Glers, respectively the ministers of
France and Russia at Pekin. directing
both ministers, in conjunction with
Gens. Fry and Linowitz to take mea
cures to withdraw the legations and
military contingents of both countries
to Tien Tsin immediately if circum
stances permit. Diplomatic circles In
London are inclined to believe that
this step will lead to sinuiar action
upon the part of the United States and
Japan and that while Germany
may hold out till Field Marshal
Count von Waldersee arrives in China
she will ultimately acquiesce, leaving
Great Britain little choice but to follow
suit.
Taku. September 6 (via Shanghai).
7" llon to Pao Ting Fu w
ea.e on Friday. It is made up as f
ill
fol
lows: British, two regiments of cav
alry, a battery of horse artillery and
1,300 infantry; Italians, 1,000; Japa
nese, COO; Russans, 300, and Americans,
500, in all 4,000 men.
ITALY TO TAKE INDEPENDENT
ACTION.
London, September 11. A special
dispatch from Rome says the Italian
cabinet has decided to initiate imme
diately peace negotiations with China,
Italy will formulate demands for an
indemnity and If they are accepted
Italian intervention will be considered
terminated and no proposals tending to
further warfare in China will be con
sidered. DOWAGER EMPRESS CAPTURED.
London, September 11. A dispatch
to a news agency from Nagasaki, Ja
pan, says it is reported that the
Dowager Empress of China has been
captured by the Russians at Johol (?).
ALMOST A CONFLICT BETWEEN
AMERICANS AND FRENCH.
London, September 12. A special dis
patch from Shanghai gives a report
that the Americans and French nearly
came into conllict in Pekin because the
former had insisted updn entering the
palace before the formal entrance of
the international troops.
A GALL FOR VENGEANCE
The Massacre of Missionaries at Pao
Tins: Fu Russia's Predominance In
allThluRS.
London, September 12. The Times
publishes this morning additional ad
vices from its Pekin correspondent. Dr.
Morrison, under date of August 31st:
"The censorship, which is under Sir
Alfred Gaselee's control, makes it dif
ficult," says the correspondent, "to ,
convey a true picture of the present
situation in Pekin- Today the foreign,
community was thrilled with horror at
the news of the massacre of the mis
sionaries at Pao Ting Fu, who were
under the protection of the imperial
troops. Children were butchered
before the eyes of their parents.
While women were ravished and car
ried into captivity. Parents were tor
tured and murdered.
RUSSIA PREDOMINANCE.
Since the relief of the legations one
feature stands conspicuous the pre
dominance of Russia and the over
mastering position she is now assert
ing here. The pageant in the Forbid
den city on August 28th was a tri
umphant entry toy Russia followed by
the other powers. Russia did the hon
ors, greatly to the chagrin of the other
ministers.
"Russian troops are pouring into Pe
kin daily. (Nineteen hundred came
yesterday and 2,800 the day before.
Already the Russians outnumber the
Japanese and they will soon out
number the combined forces. Their
stay is assuming every characteris
tic of permancy. Cossacks daily
raid the country and drive the
Chinese peasants and lahorers in
herds through the deserted and dis
mantled city, setting them to build
their military camp.
"No one, not even Sir Claude Mac
Donald, is allowed to enter the sum
mer palace and the splendid palace
buildings within the imperial domain,
which are occupied by the Russians
without permission.
POPULIST CONVENTION
Of Fourth District Nominates J. J.
Jenkins Letters for and Against
Klnsauls.
(Special to the Messenger.)
Raleigh, N. C., September 11. B. F.
'Montague resignes as chairman of the
board of trustees of the blind institu
tion. Thomas B. "Womack Is elected to
succeed him. iMontague also resigns
as trustee.
The corporation commission calls
for a statement of the condition of
banks up to the close of business, Sep
tember 5th.
The governor is receiving letters by
every mail, for and against commuta
tion of the death sentence of Kinsauls
The populists of this, the Fourth dis
trict, today nominated J. J. Jenkins
for congress. Their convention declar
ed that there was a large increase in
the circulation of capital and a corre
sponding increase In prices of farm
products; also that as new markets
were needed it favored commercial ex
pansion. Dyspepsia
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GAME AND GAME LAWS
SUBJECT OF OCTOBER BULLETIN OF
AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT ,
New State Botanist Almost a Water
Famine at Greensboro Political
Note State Crop rteport K. W. Pott
Still Quite Sick.
Mesng?-r Bureau.
Raleign. N. C. September 11.
The state convention of IaugV.er
of the Confederacy meets hre Octo
ber 10 and 11th. Mis AKda I-ximaa.
of Washington. U president.
The October bulletin of the state
agricultural department will be
Yoted tv the game birds, etc. and the
game laws of North. Carolina. It wiy
contain all the law &a to ixuntirs.
a special article on game, illustrated
"w a WPY or the Lacy national law
for the preservation f mm. r kt
Uruner Is preparing tiie bulletin.
j. a. laiiva. tte rvpuuliotin nominee
for congress in this dUtrict. ?ays he
will not. ooxne down but will make the
run.
Franklin Sherman. ? Viririni.i nr.
rived today to Lake me i.:t..r .if
botanist and entomolog-Ut to the slate
crop pest commission. He wu elevti-a
o a committee which was apj tinted
to make a selection. atu
Gerald McCarthy.
mere are many applicants for tne
position of adjutant general axvi quar
termaster general, it is leam-l.
A railway man who
day from Greensboro says the water
supply thre is cut off, owing u the
urougm. ami mat Wells are being used,
and long disused ones reopened and
cleaned. The town's wtrin Mnt
plant is shut down. The raiiwuv hauls
waier in locomotive tenders to sup
ply its electric light plain.
It is said by same observant iK-ople
that the scarcity of water in many
wells and strincs will font inn., unfit
lafce in the winter, as the
of water appar' to be dry. Never waa
there such a scarcity of good drink
ing water in North Carolina.
Ihe POPUlist district convention
meets here this afternoon to nominate
a congressman. Some of the delegates
did not desire that there should be any
nomination, their view lelng that the
voters be left five to vote or not. so
that Jf they cared, ito vote for a re
publican congressman they could do so.
The bulk of the populists now remain
ing proiiose to Vote the republican na
tional ticket.
The crop and weatlier reiort for
this state, issued today, for the week
ended last night, by the government,
says all the reports of correspondent
were unfavorable. There was almost
an entire absence of rain during the
week, and. although the nights have
become somewhat cooler, the days
have been cloudless and the sua
bright and hot, the maximum tempera
tures rose above 0 degrees during tb
last few days, and the mean for the
week was over 6 degrees above nor
mal. These conditions have neces
sarily caused a further deterioration
in such crops as peanuRs, sweet pota
toes, field peas, and some late corn,
which were expected to yield fairly
good crops Under favorable circum
stances. Owing to the drought a very
small crop of turnips was planted, and
many have died after
saving of fodder is nearly over," and
) i-ju is oi poor quality and short.
Fall plowing has again ceased, and
preparations for planting wint
wheat, oats and rye are very backward.
A large number of correspondents re
port fthat springs, small streams and
wells have dried up, and in some In
stances stock is suffering for water.
The consumption of water in Home
towns has been curtailed bv order.
Cotton is now from one-half to two-
inirus open, and Is being picked as
rapidly as the supply of labor will per
mit; in many sections cotton is open
irom xop to not torn. an. I elsewhere It
is opening so fast that fieii win k
picked clean nearly a month earlier
man usual. The condition of corn can
nox cnange materially now; the crop
is very Door. Cutnnsr an1 rnrino.
bacco is approaching completion.
Sweet potatoes, peanuts, peas and
turnips will all be short. Spanish pea
nuts are oeing harvested. In soma
fields rloe Is suffering from blight.
tuning peavine hay has commenced;
some fears have been exnresswv? thit-
the supply of green food for stock will
oe snort. -
James II. Pou left todav for fiM-
boro to act as solicitor in th
there, in place of his brother, E. W.
x-ou. xne latter is very sick of ery
sipelas, but not dangerously so. He
xia two carDuncies on the roreheod.
and the erysipelas is all over his face.
Great regret Is expressed by the
Masons here at the death of Past
Grand II. II. Munson.
Special Agent Jere Conally. of the
postoffice, left for Fayetteville today
to attend the trial of York, charged
with swindling.
THE CRAIG LAW
Ileld by Judge Purnell to be Null and
Void.
(Special to the Messenger.)
Raleigh, X. C, September 11. Judgo
Purnell this morning refused the mo
tion to remand from the United States
district court to the Durham superior
court the cases of the tow of Durham
and the Durham and Northern rail
way (the latter being part of the Sea
board Air Line) against the Southern
railway.
The motion was on ihs ground that
the federal court had no Jurisdiction.
Judge Purnell holds the Craig law to
be null and void in th.it, notwithstand
ing the declaration on its race. It la
well known its purpose is to affect the
Jurisdiction of the federal court, and in;
so far Its power is beyond that of tha
state legislature.
There was also anothe mnnri as
signed for the motion, this bHn that
there was no "local prejudice against
me coutnern railway in Durham. The
Judge says that the Soutnern removed
the cases to the federal eanrt ri- tM
very reason and that there is positive
iu:ace oi great influence on the
part oi xne piaintux and their attor
neys. He says further that the burden
of rebutting both these grounds were
put on tne parties moving to remand
aim mai xney nave failed to reout.
Poisonous tftatnni resembling
mushrooms have caused frequent
deaths tjfq year. Be sure to use only;
uie genuine. Observe tne ea-urc wmb
when you ask for De Witt's Witch Ha
zel Salve. There are poisonous coun
terfeits. DeWItt's is the only original
'Witch Hazel Salve. It Is a safe and
certain cure for piles and all ekin dls-
eases. Robert R. Bellamy.

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