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Vol. I. WILSON, N. G, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1896. No. 2. DIRECTORY. DEPARTURE OF TRAINS. LOCAL TRAINS : N. Bound. S. Bound. Between Florence and Weldon, No. 78. No. 23. 1:20 P. M. Leaves Wilson 2:05 P. M. Between Wilmington and Norfolk : No. 48. . No. 49. 1:00 P. M. Leaves Wilson, 2:10 P. M. "Shoo Fly" Wilmington to Rocky Mount : No. 40. No. 41. 10:23 P M. Leaves Wilson, 6:20 A. M. THROUGH TRAINS: Between FJorvw.' V.l h.". : No. 32. No. 35. 11:35 P.M. Leaves Wilson, 11:18 P.M. THE GREENVILLE FIRE. Half the business part of the town destroyed - Twenty-three buildings Burned. LOCAL FREIGHT NORTH BOUND : Leaves Wilson 7:05 A. M. COUNTY OFFICERS. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS! W. W. Farmer, Chairman. Perry Renfrow, J. J. Bynum, W. D. P. Sharp, Wm. WooDARD.Jr. J. W. Crowell, Sheriff, W. E. Deans, Deputy, J, D. Bardin, Clerk of Superior Court. W. M. Wells, Register of Deeds, W. T. Farmer, Treasurer, F. W. Taylor, Standard Keeper, Dr. C. E. Moore, Coroner, James W. Taylor, Surveyor, TOWN OFFICERS. ALDERMEN : John L. Weaver, 1st Ward. P. B. Deans, 2nd " Ernest Deans, 3rd " Geo. Hackney, 4th " W. T. Ellis, 5th " )sr. F. Bruton, Mayor ; . , Jno. R. Moore, Town Clerk ; police: D. P. Christman, Chief. Ephriam Harrell, Frank Felton, James Marshbourne. CHURCHES. St. Timothy's Episcopal church, Rev. J. C. Wingate, Rector ; morning services 11 o'clock, evening 7:30 o'clock. Sunday School at 3 o'clock, P. M. Prayer meeting Wednesday and and Friday, 5 o'clock P. M. Methodist Church, Rev. T. N. Ivey, Pastor; services at 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Sunday School, 3 P. M , J. F. Bruton, Supt. Prayer meeting Wed- 11c:- ;'...y '' ' "' . Disciples Church, Rev."D. W. Davis, Pastor ; services on Second, Third and Fourth Sundays at 11:00 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Prayer meeting every Thursday night. Sunday Schoolat 3 o'clock, P. M., Geo. Hackney, Supt. Presbyterian Church. Sunday School at 3 o'clock, P. M. E. M. Nadal, Supt. Baptist Church. Prayer meeting, Wednesday evening at 7:30. Sunday School 3 P. M., H. E.Thompson, Supt. Primitive Baptist Church, services every 4th Sunday and Saturday before, at 11 o'clock, A. M ; Elder P. D. Gold, ' Pastor. Prayer meeting each Thurs day evening at the residence of differ ent members of the church. Regular meetings of Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 117. A. F. & A. M. are held in their hall, corner of Nash and Golds boro streets on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights at 7:80 o'clock P. M. each month. J. D. Bullock, W. M. Regular meetings of Mt. Lebanon Chapter No. 27 are held in the Masonic Hall every 2nd Monday ,night at 7:30 o'clock P. M. each month. Lat Williams, H. P. Regular meetings of Mt. Lebanon Commandery No. 7 are held in the Ma sonic hall every 4th Monday night at 7:30 o'clock each month. . B. P. Briggs E. 0. A ARegular meetings of Wjlson Lod; Xbf H. No. 1694 are held. over the Firj Thi About 2 o'clock last Sunday morn ing the largest and most disastrous fire ever seen in Greenville was start ed by a lamp explosion. The fire originated in a barber shop. The barbers had gone home some half hour before, the lamp exploding just as they were leaving. They threw the lamp into the street, but some of the burning oil went through the cracks in the floor to blaze some time later, with the result. From the barber shop, the fire spread in three directions. Back through the wooden partition to the law offices of L. J. Moore and Jarvis & ing, then out the rear window to the frame building containing the offices of Blount & Fleming and Dr. W. H. Bagwell. Up the flames went into the opera house, from which they were quickly communicated to the store of H. B. Clark, next door. Out at the front the row of wood buildings on the Bernard property, across the street, fell an easy prey. The wind was blowing from the southwest, and the fire went no further up Third street than Dr. Bagwells office. In the other direction it swept to and destroyed the law building occupied by C. M. Bernard and F. G. James, and from this building Skinner and Whedbee's office. Smith's stables and Hooker's bar room were only saved, by strenu ous work. Had these buildings been lost the fire would have gone at least one or two blocks each way. Down Evans street on either side the raging flames continued their mad flight, licking up two blocks of splendid brick buildings. It looked like the whole of the street would be cleaned and not a business house left. Busy workers hurried with turns of gootin until the streets and lots tor squares away were covered with conglomerated stocks of merchan dise. . As the fire came on down the street it was concluded that if the old Dancy frame building on the corner could be torn down it would prevent the fire from crossing Fourth street, and also save several stores. Several kegs of powder were exploded about the Dancy building, only demolishing a small part of the structure, when workmen set to with axes and ropes and literally cut and tore away the house. Fortunately the fire never reached this building at all, but was checked at the Brown & Hooker building next t. 'r' stopping it there wjjr dar ing and heroic work. S. T. Hooker, Chief of the fire department, marshalled a few brave men to his assistance and they stood On top of the building in the face of blistering flames, and with another squad of workers on the inside, they fought manfully until the adjoining build ing, only separated by a single brick wall, hadJburned beyond the danger line. Because of the scarcity of water the firemen with the engine were pow erless to do effective work. When they first reached the fire even one decent well would have enabled them to have put it out in the room where it originated.' As it was they started at the Market house well but had on ly got a stream fairly started before the well was exhausted. They work ed arduously moving the engine from place to place trying to find water, even going down the branch near the Yellowley place, but the hose was not long enough, and nothing was accom plished. On the morning after the fire the Greenville Reflector issued a five column extra giving a complete ac count of the fire. v This work is much appreciated by the Greenville peo ple. JUDGE MACRAE'S VIEWS. He Talks Very Plainly About the Financial Question, Which he Regards as Paramount. Col. F. A. Olds publishes the follow ing interview with a prominent citi zen of the State : Your correspondent to-day found ex-Judge Macllae in his office, quite busy, but the judge kindly gave his views on the political situation. He said he had seen no reason to change the opinions he had expressed last September when he presided over the State Silver convention, but that "like a large majority of the voters in North Carolina," he thinks "it is the duty of the law making department of the govern wnt to nV.e immediate Fte-ps to re -tliAv oy ..L6lii.tHjn vjo equai v i leges of silver with gold at the mints by free and unlimited coinage of both f,oid and silver at tbe V;m.u of U to This is the last Democratic State platform. He said further : "Here is- presented the singular spectacle of a free people, ovewhelm ingly in favor of certain financial measures, yet unable to combine in their support because of party affilia tions which prevent their voting or even consulting together. When the effort was made to bring them togeth er in conference last September it commended itself to hundreds of lead ing Democrats, bvu because of some inscrutable timidity most of those who brought about the movement re fused at the last moment to partici pate, although several of them took part in the preliminary meetings". He thinks the hope of North Caro lina Democracy lies in its instant re organization and says : "Who doubts that the great major ity of this party stands firm upon the platform adopted by the last Demo cratic State convention, as quoted above? Yet the j "r(Jbe admin istration, a new force in politics, is so felt lice that it is impossible to bring the party as a party into close relation with all men of North Carolina of the same way of thinking, until another State convention shall have declared its independence and announced its fealty to principle. If the Democrats in each county will attend the prim aries and send to the convention only those who represent the minds of the great majority in favor of free coin age, the State Democracy will again declare itself in unmistakable terms, and be ready to strike hands with all of the like persuasion. So you see I am still a North Carolina Democrat, with no confidence in the administra tion. I have been out of puiides ; o iong that 1 may have become some what indifferent in my modes of thought . I believe the financial ques tion the paramount issue in the com ing campaign and that men of all par ties who think alike upon it should try to get together for the common good. The Democratic party was first called Republican. It gave up its name in North Carolina when it opened its arms to those who were af terwards its most potent element the old Whigs of blessed memory and was for a time called the Conservative party. The principles of the fathers, formulated by Jefferson, will last forever, no matter what name their upholders bear." THE WAR IN CUBA. General Weyler's Cruelty to Cuban Prisoners Bloody Battle on the 13th. General Weyler, Commander-in-Chief of the Spanish forces in Cuba, has placed the island in every respect under military control. He has dis placed magistrates, judges of all courts, and all civil officers, and placed in their stead only military officers from his army. A heavier tax has been imposed on the inhabitants, and everybody and all species of pro perty will have to contribute to assist the Spanish to conduct the war. Each province must furnish its quoto of men. The wealthy men of the island have been requested in pretty strong terms to ut'pubib in opain s banK of Cuba, funds to assist in the conduct of the war, and as a result each out-going steamer takes large remittances to other countries for deposit. A panic is threatened because Spain has an nounced that she will float twenty four million dollars of unguaranteed paper, and many of Cuba's business houses are threatened with bank ruptcy. Rumors are afloat that Gen. Wey ler is shooting political prisoners, and Gomez, the Cuban General, has noti fied him unless he discontinues, Span ish sympathizers in tho interior will alw) be killed. This system, if pursued, will make the war one of the bloodiest ever known. The Cubans are receiving much sympathy in the United States. Only last Saturday the steamer, Engle wood, which has been fitted out on Long Island, cleared with 3,000 stand of arms and 100,000 rounds of ammu nition, valued at $97,000. She was bound for Cuba. The Cuban leaders in this country r'.t f rying to ship heavy guns. The Cuban forces have had many victories, and are gradually surround ing Havana. But on last Friday they suffered defeat. The Spaniards, after the first fire, formed a square. Against this the Cubans made three brilliant charges, but at last withdrew with much loss. The battle lasted all day. Yet they have now regained this ground, and Gomez and Maceo have reunited their forces. Reinforcements are arriving from Spain and extensive operations will be inaugurated against the Cubans. THE WEEK IN CONGRESS. STATE NEWS. Maher-Fltzslmmons Fight. The Maher-Fitzsimmons fight failed to come off on the date named. Maher had a sore eye, and it was pro nounced by his physician to be so serious as to cause the postponement of the fight. The fight comes off to day (Friday). Maher has put up a $1,000 forfeit, and says he will go into the ring no matter what happens. The sports have all left The ministers On Thursday last in the Senate the opposing the bill to pay the different offices by salary instead of fees. The bill to appropriate $100,000 for building a memorial bridge to con nect Washington and the old Arling ton property was passed. The Urgency Deficiency Bill was passed on Friday giving $1,600,000 for defraying the expenses of the Government. Senator Hill, of New York, intro duced a bill to make Jackson's birth day a legal holiday! This was re ferred to the Judiciary committee. In the House, after almost two weeks continuous debate, nonconcur rence was recommended in the Sen ate Free Coinage amendment to the House bill providing additional rev enue for the Government, the issue of bonds to protect and maintain the gold reserve, and the sale of Treasury certificates to meet temporary defi ciencies in revenue. fir. riorgan Demands the Bonds. The Winston Peoples' National Bank took $14,500 of the new Gover ment bond issue. Dr; W. G. Stevens of Milton, Caswell Co., and State Senator of that county died at his home on Feb. 10th of Pneumonia. He was a very conserva tive Populist. Col. Thos. M. Argo of Raleigh has accepted an invitation to deliver the commencement address on April 15th at the college of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore. Mrs. Sarah A. Williams, widow of the late Mr. Alfred Williams died last Saturday in RaleiVV Her husband wili bb reiiicaiLerd us being tiie iiead of the firm of Alfred Williams & Co. Judge McRae in an interview concern- I ing the financial questions, renews his allegiance to Silver and hints that those people who talked silver all last, fall and yet refused to attend the silver convention in Raleigh, are, at least, inconsistent. Thursday's exchanges tell of the at tempted suicide of Dr. Eugene Grissom formerly of Raleigh N. C, and superin tendent of the North Carolina state Asylum, but now of Denver Coh Steps will be taken to have him sent to the Asylum in that state. A wounded negro was found by an officer near Haymount, N. C, last Fri day. He stated that he had been ac cidently shot, and the authorities were about to dismiss him when it was heard that he was wanted in Maxton for burg lary. Attemping to enter a house there, he was shot but escaped, to be caught as above stated. Governer Carr has offered a reward of $100 for evidence to convict fence I burners in Cumberland Co. This fence i was c'.'e f-rtscribed by chapter 213, acts of 1893. The fence was in course of construction and on the night of Jan. 6th a large number of persens, con spired, gathered up the fence materal and burned it, destroying six miles of fence. On last Monday the state Railroad commission issued circular no. 50, which takes the place of no. 13 which is withdrawn : "It shall be the duty of each railway company in the State to bulletin at every telegraph station along its line, and at other stations, if practicable, ten minutes in advance of the schedule time of arrival of its pas senger train, whether such train is on time, and if behind, its schedule time, u; : ;, ,. . , . ' ;' pp r. ; ::ic, t ed the time of its arrival." News cOmes to Raleigh to the effect that Maj. H. L. Grant recently said, in answer to a question whether Butler would vote for him, "No ; Butler has never regarded a single promise he ever made and is totally unrelia ble," News comes to Raleigh, all the, way from Washington that Butler heard about Grant's statement and has ' writ ten to Goldaboro for permission to de nounce Grant for thus talking about him. These things may or may not be so, but they are talked about freely among Fusionists who are high up in the synagogue. News & Observer, At Pittsboro a peculiar trial has been concluded. The case was state vs. R. Cheek and Jno Johnson. They were charged with attempting to poison Thos. Jones, a brother-in-law of one of the defendants.' Jones is a distiller and runs a regular government dis tillery. He said that ear these two : Washington, Feb. Morgan hf 7 w.