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FH? susTEB WATCHMAN, Batabiis?ied April. 1850. "Be -lust and Fear not--Let all the Ends thon Aims't at, be thy Conntry's, thy God's andiiTrnth's." THE TBUB SOUTHRON. Established june nee
Cosolidated Aug. 2,1881.
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Al! Soers Want is Civilized War?
fare and a Fair Fight.
Washington, March IL-C. H. Wes
sels and A. D. W. Wolmarans, the
Boer delegates in this country, had a
talk with President Roosevelt today at
the conclusion of the cabinet meeting.
They called to pay their respects and
to say goodbye, as they will leave for
Europe about tho 20th inst, after
visiting Chicago and a number of oth?
er places.
In the course of their interview they
stated that they desired to particular?
ly make known to the president that
they neither asked for, desired, nor
expected intervention on the part of
the United States or any other country.
"A number of mistakes have been
printed about our mission to this
country since we came to Washing?
ton," said Mr. Wessels and the worst
one is that we are trying to get inter?
vention. We know that this is not
possible, and as a matter of fact we do
not want it. What we do want, how?
ever, and what we have laid before the
American government, is a request
that civilized warfare be insured in
South Africa. That is all we want
now. We have not put before the au?
thorities any request that this plan or
that plan ?be adopted to insure the
carrying out of the rules of civilized
warfare', but we will leave that wholly
to the government to take whatever
steps it sees fit. We want a fair and
square light.
'? President Kruger is not seeking
intervention in Europe and ali stories .
ot that kind may be denied whenever
they are seen. The Boers have nothing
to lose and all to gain by keeping up
this fighting. They may call it guer?
rilla warfare if they want, but it is at
least humane warfare."
Colored Minister Doubts Mr. Car?
negie's Fifty Dollar Bili.
New York Commercial Advertiser.
Andrew Carnegie told a story to a
few friends recently which has been
repeated confidentially by some of the
older financiers in Wall street. Dur?
ing a recent trip in the South. Mr.
Carnegie decided to attend service in
one of the colored churches, and when
Sunday arrived he carried out his
intention, taking a seat in a rear pew.
When the plate was passed he droppd
a $50 bill into it. The deacons count?
ed the money and seemed to be much
excited. After they had all examined
the bill carefully, they marched down
to the pulpit, but before the preacher
could begin the short prayer of thanks
for the offering, one of the deacons
walked around to the pulpit stairs and
whispered in the minister's ear,
nodding his head toward Mr. Carnegie
and at the plate. The minister took
the plate 3nd made this announce?
ment: !
"Bre'ren, de*Lawd done bin mighty
good to us dis day. De collection
'mounts to one dollah an' |twenty-fo'
cents, an' ef dat fif'y-dollah bill wha'
dat gray-haired ole man sittin' in de
back seat put in de plate am good, we
will hab fif'y-one dollahs an' twen'y
fo' cents. Let us t'ank de Lawd en
pray dat it may be a good bill. Mr.
Carnegie says he left the church be?
fore the prayer was ended.
Japan Not to be Tr ifled With.
Victoria, B. C., March ll'-Prince
Konoye, president of the Japanese
House of Peers, recently gave the
Japan Advertiser an interview on the
Manchnrian question. As head of!
the National Union League he has
taken a prominent part in all protests
against Russia's territorial plans on j
Chinese soil.
. "Japan will never consent to a !
Russian Manchuria/' said the Prince.
"On this point the Government is,
absolutely determined, nor should we
hesitate to take recourse to armed
remonstrance were Russia to continue
in her recant semi-defiant attitude.
We have the sympathy of *rx>th the
United States and Great Britain in
this matter, and we know what we are
doing. Japan has no objection what?
ever to Russia's leasing Port Arthur.
It does not, and would not, in any way
menace our interest. As for the
Trans-Manchurian Railway we regard
its construction with lively satisfac?
tion, in that it will .unquestionably
serve to open new fields for foreign in?
dustrial and commercial undertak?
Prince Konoye said Japan would not
object to the presence of Russian
troops in Manchuria along the railway,
in order to keep it from attack on the
part of the natives, but Russia's great
territorial army on Chinese soil must
be withdrawn beyond the frontier.
The attitude of the United States
regarding this matter, he said, is
viewed with gratitude and respect,
and she is looked upon as the one
absolutely unselfish and strictly just
Power. ^Zm
The Hepburn Bill to be Reported
to the Senate.
"Washington, March 12.-The senate
committee on Isthmian canals has
decided by s vote of 7 to 4 to report
the Hepburn bill providing for the
construction of an isthmian canal via
the Nicaragua route.
The action of the committee was
taken at a called meeting held during
the afternoon and came after a brief
report by Senator Morgan, chairman of
the committee, detailing the resolution
of a conference with Secretary Hay
as to the status of diplomatic negotia?
tions with the Central American re?
publics concerning the canal. He
stated that the secretary had told him
that there are no negotiations in
progress between the United States and
Colombia concerning the Panama route
and that the new minister from that
country to this had not even present?
ed his cedentials, but that on the oth?
er hand, the representatives of this
country and those of Nicaraga and^
Costa Rica had been in consultation'
and had practically agreed upon all
the points to be covered in concession
treaties, nothing really being left in
that connection but to put the agree?
ment in writing. He said that the
governments of those two countries
had manifested a disposition to make
all the concessions which the United
States could ask to aid in the con?
struction of a canal and that among
these concessions is one for perpetual
right of way.
When the recitation of the report
had been completed Senator Hanna
suggested that probably the Colombian
minister had been detained by
untoward circumstances and suggested
that action by the committee should
be delayed until opportunity could be
had to ascertain Colombia's position
in the matter. This suggestion was
met with a strong protest from the
friends of the Nicaragua route, and
Senator Mitchell moved to report the
Hepburn bill as it passed the house.
Senator Kittredge moved to amend by
postponing action until next Monday,
but his motion was voted down-4 to
7. The question then recurred on Sen?
ator Mitchell's motion which was car?
ried by the s&me vote, reversed. Some
of the members of the committee were
absent but as their positions were un?
derstood their votes were counted. The
vote for the Hepburn bill stood:
Yeas-Morgan, Mitchell,. Hawley,
Platt of New York, Harris, Turner,
Foster of Louisiana.
N;iys-Hanna, Pritchard, Millard,
Senator Morgan said after the ad?
journment of the committee that he
probably would report the bill to the
senate tomorrow but that while he j
would use all due diligence in secur?
ing consideration of the measure he
had had no conference with the Repub?
lican leaders of the senate as to when
the "measure should be taken up for
consideration. He said he had not
been authorized to present a written
report and would not present any
beyond submitting the testimony taken
during the committee hearings.
The Hepburn bill authorizes the
president to acquire territory for right
of way for a canal from Costa Rica
and Nicaragua; directs the construc?
tion of a canal of sufficient capacity to
accommodate the largest ships from
Greytown on the Atlantic via Lake
Nicaragua to Brito on the Pacific,
nuder the "supervision of the secretary
of war ; authorizes surveys of the
harbors at the two ends of "the route ;
guarantees the use of the canal to
vessels of Costa Rica and Nicaragua
and appropriates $10,000,000 for begin?
ning the work.
More About Petroleum as Fuel.
According to the Oil, Paint and
Drug Reporter, the successful voyage
of the steamer Murex of the Shell
Line with the use of petroleum for fuel
from Singapore to Cape Town and
thence to England, occupying about
sixty days, provides conclusively the
value of this fuel for use on steamers
instead of coal. The consumption of
oil, which, on account of heavy weath- 1
er somewhat exceeded the expectation, !
ranged from seventeen to eighteen and
one-half tons per day. Had she been
burning coal the requirement of Welsh j
would have been about twenty-five tons
per day, and of Japanese or other
inferior steam fuel about thirty-two
tons. Making allowance for differences
in price, this comparison would show
a saving in fuel cost great enough to
engage attention, but there are other
economies in the use of oil which are
even more important. Much more j
significant are the economies in cargo- |
carrying capacity and labor. The I
crude petroleum is stored in the fore
peak, in rhe double bottom of the
steamer, and in other places which
could not very well be utilized for
coal. The whole central area of the
ship, inclosed fore and aft by copper
protecting dams, is available for grain
or other feight In balk, or for mixed
cargo, thus increasing the carrying
capacity of the vessel much beyond* the
actual tonnage reqirued for fuel. In?
stead of requiring twenty-four stokers
to handle the coal out of the bunkers
as formerly (the Murex being altered
from a coal burner) only three stokers
were required, this in itself being no
inconsiderable saving. This practical
test proves the utility and economy in
the use of fuel oil on steamships, as it
has long since passed beyond the
experimental stage in industrial estab?
lishments. The only objection urged
against the general use of fuel on
steamships is that no storage depots
exist where a vessel could replenish its
supply. Such depots can be establish?
ed cheaply and speedily and tho vessels
be replenished in one-tenth the time
it takes to put aboard a fresh supply
of coal.
Detective stories of all kinds at H.
G# Osteen & Co's book store.
As He Closed a Speech for the
Boers, Sufered an Apoplectic
Seizure of Brain.
Joliet, 111., March 12.-Former Gov.
John P. Altgeid died in Room 58,
Hotel Monroe, this morning at 7.09
o'clock. He had been unconscious
since midnight.
Mr. Atlgeld wa? the principal
speaker at a pro-Boer mass meeting
last night in the Joliet theatre.
Just at the close of his speech a
sudden dizziness seized him and he
was assisted from the stage. The meet?
ing proceeded, the audience not realiz?
ing what had happened. Mr. Altgeld
was taken to the door of the theatre
where several vomiting spells seized
him. This continued for nearly an
hour and was so pronounced he could
not be removed to the hotel.
Physicians were hastily summoned
and Mr. Altgeld was carried to the
hoteL across the street. He retained
consciousness and urged the newspaper
men to keep the affair quiet for fear of
alarming his wife. Shortly before
midnight he became unconscious.
He remained in this condition until
death. At 3,41 this morning it was
thought he had died, but he revived
and from that time until shortly be?
fore the end showed wonderful vitality,
alhough he made no move.
The medical men here had a banquet
last night at which Dr. J. B. Herrick
of the Rush Medical college of Chicago
delivered a lecture on heart disease.
He and other physicians were called
from the banquet to attend the pa?
tient. They remained with him dur?
ing the balance of the night. When
the end came they worked his arms
vigorously to revive respiration, but
all to no purpose. The cause of death
is given ?s cerebral hemorrhage, there
having been an apoplectic seizure of
the brain. ^
lt was noted during his address
that the ex-governor threw an unusual
amount of energy and feeling into his
words, and the collapse, the physicians
think, resulted from over-straining
his alredy weakened powers.
Ever since the failure of the Globe
Savings bank in 1896, in which he was
involved. Mr. Altgeld has not been a
well man, and for some months after
the Spalding crash it was feared that
his life was only a question of a short
time. Even when* serving his last
year as governor his health was none
too good.
When it was learned that he was a
victim of locomotor ataxia his friends
gave him up. But he rallied although
he was never again his old vigorous,
Lately, however, the disease marked
him strongly, and, quite recently his
appearance caused grave forebodings
and anxiety.
Fighting the Subsidy Bill.
"Washington, March ll.-For several
hours today the senate had the ship
subsidy bill under consideration. Mr.
Mallory of Florida made an extended
speech in opposition to the measure.
He analyzed the bill carefully and held
that there was no good reason for its
enactment into law, saying he believ?
ed it would not accomplish the results
hoped for it by its promoters. His
oposition was based chiefly on the
ground that it would extend" the favor
of the United States treasury to pri?
vate individuals and corporations with?
out a just return for the expenditure.
Prior to consideration of the subsidy
bill, a lively debate occurred over an
effort on the part of Mr. Berry of
Arkansas to ascertain when the com?
mittee on privileges and elections
might be expected to report to the sen?
ate the resolution providing for the
election of senators by direct vote of
the people. Mr. Hoar of Massachu?
setts indicated his vigorous opposition
to such a resolution on the ground that
it would subvert the fundamental
principles upon which the senate was
Mr. Burrows, chairman of the com?
mittee on privileges and elections, said
the committee would take action on
the resolution in time to get a vote on
it at this session. A number of sena?
tors discussed the subject.
Judge Hudson Not to Preside at
Columbia, March 12.-The governor
upon receiving a letter from the chief
justice yesterday recalled the appoint?
ment of.Judge j. H. Hudson to hold
the special term of court in Florence
county, in order that Judge Hudson
might preside at the special term in
Union county scheduled to begin on
the same date. Some one else "learn?
ed in the law" will be named by the
chief justice in a davor two to preside
at the Florence term. The change in
the presiding judge in no way affects
the holding of the special term begin?
ning on March 31.
The war in South Africa has gone
lu yond all precedents in the mortality
of horses and mules. The British
Secretary of War four months ago
protested that he could not continue
sending 10,000 to 12,000 mounts a
month "to be used up by column com?
manders in a few days." He has been
obliged to do so, however, only more,
the actual figures having reached 13,
000 a month. In Hungary they ac?
count for the superior appearance of
their horses by saying that they sold
all their poor ones to the British Gov?
Boston, March 13.- Through the
efforts of the representatives of the
great mercantile bodies of the city,
seconded by the chief executives of
city and State in conference with the
recognized leaders of organized labor,
the great strike of freight handlers
and kindred trades represented in the
allied freight transportation council was
broken tonight. Fully twenty thou?
sand men who have been idle for four
days will go to work in the morning.
World Famous Artists Engaged
for the Occasion.
The second May Mnsic Festival un?
der the auspices of Limestone College
has been announced. The committee
in charge of this festival is composed
of Dr. Lee Davis Lodge, president of
the college ; Prof. Geo. Pratt Maxim,
director of music, and Gaffney's most
prominent and representative business
The programs are now being ar?
ranged and the following important
choral and orchestral works have been
selected: "Stabat Mater" (Rossini)
"Gipsy Songs" (Dvorak) Co wen's
cantata "The Rose Maiden," Schu?
mann's Quintette" for string quar?
tette and piano, excerpts from the
opera "Faust" (Gounod), and also
from Haendel's oratorio "Messiah."
The solos (soprano, contralto, tenor,
baritone, piano, organ, violin, and
cello), the ensemble numbers, and the
smaller orchestral works have not yet
been selected, but they will be of the
same high grade of excellence as those
already mentioned.
The festival will open with a voice
and organ recital. The second concert
will be orchestral with assisting
soprano and tenor soloists.
The third performance will be on
opera night, the program comprising
the most pleasing solos, ensemble num?
bers and choruses from the world's
greatest operas, and also the tuneful
cantata "The Rose Maiden." All of
the soloists will appear with chorus
and orchestra.
The fourth progam will be miscella?
neous and decidedly popular in charac?
The final performance will take place
on Oratorio night, the program 'being
selected from the masterpieces of ora?
torio. Rossini's "Stabat Mater" will
also be performed. These works will
be rendered by the chorus and practi?
cally the same soloists etc., as appear
on Opera night.
At time of writing none of the con?
tracts with foreign artists have been
closed, but negotiations have gone so
?far that we can safely give some
intimation of the splendor of the solo
jand ensemble work which will be en?
joyed by festival patrons at Limestone
'College, May 14, 15 and 16.
The tenor and the baritone are
among the best concert singers in the
west and are the most effective festival
singers in the country. The contralto
is a younger singer, but one of con
siderable experience in concert and
festival work. One soprano who has
been tentively engaged is of extensive
church and concert experience. The
other, was leading soprano in opera at
Amsterdam for two years ; since coming
to America she has appeared with the
New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the
Thomas Orchestra, of Chicago, and
the largest choral organizations.
The pianist, a pupil of Ferrata,
Madam Sosnowski and Alex Lambert,
has been received very cordially by the
public. The organist is well known
in Canada and throughout the North?
ern States.
The orchestra will probably be
selected from the Van der Stuecker
Orchestra, of Cincinnati, and each
member engaged will be a real artist
who can stand on his own merits.
The festival chorus numbers one
hundred strong. All the members are
earnest and enthusiastic in rehearsals
and have done much hard work. Many
of the chorses are now sung with tell?
ing effect.-Gaffney Ledger.
Strikes a Rich Find.
"I was troubled for several years with
chronic indigestion and nervous debility,"
writes F J Green, of Lancaster, N H. "No
remedy helped me until I began using
Filectric Bitters, which did me more good
than all the medicines I ever used. They
have also kept my wife in excellent health
for years. She says Electric Bitters are
just splendid for female troubles ; that
they are a grand tonic and invigorator for
weak, run down women. Ko other medi?
cine can take its place in our family."
Try them. Only 50c. Satisfaction guar?
anteed by J F W DeLorme. 1
A Bloody Imperialist.
Chicago, March IL-Gen. Frederick
Funston was given a banquet by the
Marquette Club tonight. Gen. Fun?
ston in a speech said :
"Two negro soldiers deserted our
army and for a time served in the in?
surgent army. They were caught and
hanged. It would have been more of
an act of justice had we hanged some
of the people who signed the recent
petition to Congress asking that we
confer with the Filipino leaders in
an effort to secure peace.
"In the one case two ignorant beings
were executed, while in the other peo?
ple more guilty than they, and in pos?
session of their senses were allowed
to go free.
"We are informed that Major Wal?
ler, one of the bravest and best officers
in the navy, is to be court-martialed
because he shot some natives who stole
the food from his starving men. If
that is true I say 'Bully for Waller.*
I am glad he did it."
Union, March 13.-A six-room farm
house located on Tiger river and be?
longing to J. J. Littlejohn of Jones?
ville, was burned yesterday morning.
As soon as it occurred Sheriff San?
ders was notified and Deputy J. H.
Wilburn and a party went to the scene
with bloodhounds. Although it occur?
red 13 hours before, the dogs ran up
to a white family's house and could go
no further. The dogs, it is said, got
bothered in crossing the public road,
and may have gotten on the wrong
mmmmm- ? ? - -
There is a large sized streak of
humor in Prince Henry. When some
one asked him how he liked America,
he replied: "Oh, I am having the
time of my life. I don't count for
much over there, you know. They
use me to send to funerals."
Release of Methuen Announced
in the House of Commons.
London, March 13.- The war secre?
tary, Mr. Broderick, announced in the
House of Commons today that he
understood that Gen. Methuen, who
was captured, severely wounded, by
Gen. Do Larey, March 10, had been
released and was expected to arrive at
Klerksdorp, Southwestern Transvaal,
today. The General's condition was
favorable. Mr. Brodrick added that
the exchange of Gen. Methuen for
Commandant Kritzigner had not been
contemplated. The trial of the com?
mandant had been postponed because
consideration of the evidence to be
produced had not been completed.
Timothy M. Healy, Irish National?
ist, amid cheers invited the Govern?
ment to show equal magnanimity and
release Commandant Kritzinger.
Mr. Brodrick said subsequently that
the telegram received did not specifi?
cally say that Gen. Methuen had been
released, but form the fact that he
was in the hands of a British medical
officer it was presumed that the Gene?
ral had been released.
London, March 13.- The following
dispatch, dated Pretoria, March 13,
has been received from Lord Kitchen?
"Gen. Methuen was brought to
Klerksdorp today. He is doing well.
Everything possible is being done for
It Dazzles the World.
No discovery in medicine has ever cre?
ated one quarter of the excitement that
has been caused by Dr King's New Dis?
covery for consumption. Its severest
tests have been on hopeless victims of
consumption, pneumonia, hemorrhage,
pleurisy and bronchitis, thousands of
whom it has restored to perfect health.
For coughs, colds, asthma, croup, hay
fever, hoarseness and whooping cough it
is the quickest, surest cure in the world.
It is sold by J F W DeLorme, who guar?
antees satisfaction or refunds money.
Large bottles 50c and $1. Trial bottles
free. ,1
"Nothing to Investigate."
The Springfield, Mass., Rebublican,
commenting on the demand of Senator
McLaurin for an investigation, says:
Now it is proposed to investigate the
truth of that charge, but the truth is
that there is nothing to investigate.
Everybody 'knows what^the fapts are,
and everybody knows accordingly that
the charge made by Tillman is sub?
stantially true. These undisputed
facts are thus stated by the Philadel?
phia Record, which by the way, has
been a supporter of the Republican
policy involved in that treaty of an?
nexation :
4 . It is a fact as asserted by Senator
Tillman, that Senator McLaurin was
opposed to the Paris treaty, a nd. when
a vote was badly needed by the ad?
ministration he was suddenly and
mysteriously converted in its favor.
It is also a fact that immediately
after this miraculous conversion Sen?
ator McLaurin became the dispenser
of South Carolina patronage of the
government. He had the run of the
departments and postoffices and reve?
nue collectorships in the state were at
his exclusive disposal. It is not yet
forgotten how he undertook^as one of
his first experiments to seduce the
venerable Wade Hampton with the Co?
lumbia, S. C., postoifice, and how his
base attempt was repulsed. This did
net seriously discourage him as it
would have discouraged any man with
a lingering sense of political decency.
McLaurin is still making his proffers
of federal office to every Democrat in
South Carolina whom he can convert
into a tool of his own and of the ad?
ministration. With all this he keeps
up the impudent pretence of being a
Democrat, while supporting by speech
and vote every measure of the party in
And when it is added that McLau?
rin in all this has particularly sought
out Tillman's personal enemies in
South Carolina for the places and
power at his disposal it will explain,
while never excusing the insane fury
of Tillman.
But was a deliberate bargain struck
between McLaurin and the adminis?
tration before the ratification of the
treaty? This is another question and
one which an investigating committee
can probably dispose of with proof.
McLaurin suddenly turned on himself
and voted with the administration for
reasons good or bad. If for reasons
honorable, then he has smirched him?
self with dishonor when he accepted
pay for what he had done and when he
continues to accept pay in office pat?
ronage from Mr. McKinley's succes?
sor. His case thus becomes as bad for
himself as if there had been a previous
Spooner knows all this and knew it
when he baited on the fiery Tillman
to his undoing. Every senator in the
chamber knew it. South Carolina
knows it and the country knows it.
The charge of Tillman is notoriously
true in every essential feature, and the
only thing left for an investigating
committee to determine is whether
McLaurin changed his coat in the hope
of gaining what he has without a pre?
vious promise or in response to a pre?
vious promise, and if the latter sup?
position is true how many and what
administration senators, if any, were
responsible for the bargain. This is
one of those scandals connected with
the Philippine treaty which no amount
of uproar over Tillman's brawling can
hide from present view or history.
Vickbsurg, Miss., March 12.-The
steamer Providence, plying between
this port and Lake^Palmyra, was over?
turned at 2 o'clock*this morning by a
sudden squall at Iona Landing, and
21 of her passengers and crew were
drowned. ia m,vm*?^Wtft?frtiStlft6tR'
Explanation of Disappearance of
Fifty Men From Beaumont,
Beaumont, Texas, March 13.-John
Welsh, a white man, who has been
implicated by allegation by Mattie
Bennett, the negress leader of the
gang of robbers and murderers which
has been operating here, was brougKt
to Beaumont today, having been ar?
rested at Houston on the strength of
the woman's confession. Welsh denies
complicity in the murders. He was an
iron moulder employed in the foundry
where Benjamin Pearson, one of the
murdered men, worked.
, In jail today the Bennett woman
talked freely to a reporter. "She con?
fessed everything except direct mur?
der, and went fully into the details
followed by the gang.
'The business bas been going on for
six months," said she. "The men
would go out to the saloons and street
corners and find men that had money.
They would bring them to my house
and I and the other woman would give
them beer with knock-out drops in it.
Then the men would either beat them
up there or rob them or take them
out into the hobo yard. I don't know
how many men I have drugged ; too
many to remember, and all of them
were robbed.
"I don't know what them folks that
I've told the sheriff abont will do
to me.
"I know 1 am safe now, but if ever
I get out they will kill me, if any of
'em are alive and are out of the peni?
tentiary then." , 4
The Neches river, where five bodies
of supposed victims of the gang were
found, skirts the town of Beaumont.
It is about 150 feet wide and 30 feet
deep. In some places swamps run
back. A body thrown into the swamps
stands small chance rof being found.
If it is true that fifty persons have
disappeared from Beaumont, this may
be the solution of the mystery of the
missing bodies.
The case in some of its features
recalls the Bender family murderers in
Labette County, Kans., thirty years
Blown to Atoms.
The old idea that the body sometimes
jeeds a powerful, drastic, purgative pill
has been exploded ; for Dr King's "New
Life Pills, which are perfectly harmless,
ge:ntly. stimulate liver and bowels to expel
poisonous matter, cleanse the the system
and absolutely cure constipation and sick
headache. Only 25c at J F W-'iteLorme's
drug store. . - 1
Washington. March 13.-The census
bureau has finished its tabulation of
the acreage, production and value of
the cotton crop of 1899, showing a total
of 24,175,092 acres in cotton, produc?
ing in 1899 9,534,376 commercial bales.
This cotton fibre had the value on the
farms of 8323,758,171. In additon to
this fibre grown there were 4,566,091
tons of seed, worth $46,950,525, exclu?
dive of the seed sold by the farmers
with the fibre before ginning.
The quantity of cotton fibre grown;
in 1899 as reported by the. division of
agriculture was 88,939 bales of 500?
pounds in excess of that reported by
the division of manufactures as hav?
ing been $nned in the same year.
The variation between these two re?
ports, as given above, is only 9 per
cent. Of the variation between these?
two reports, 49,013 were found in some
fifteen counties in the. .Mississippi
Yazoo delta and 23,367 in four counties
in Southwestern Tennessee adjoining
the counties in Mississippi in which
there was an excess.
Outside of these nineteen counties
the reports practically agreed, the
variation being only 16,559, or .18 per
Virginia Pension Bili Vetoed.
Richmond, Va., March 13.-Gov.
Montague today vetoed the joint as?
sembly resolution appropriating $300,
000 for pensions for Confederate vete?
rans on constitutional and technical
His message says in part:
"The justice and expediency of pen?
sions are not involved. All are agreed
that i;be State should do its utmost to
aid the needy and deserving veterans,
but all must concede that the needy
and deserving alone gshould be the
recipients of the money appropriated.
The present law is far from satisfac?
tory, resulting in irregularities and
injustice which should not be possible
under any future pension legislation."
Copenhagen, March 13.-The treaty
providing for the sale of the Danish
West Indies to the United States came
up for the first time in open session in
the Folkething today. The premier
and foreign minister, replying to ques?
tions, said he felt assured the great
Republic could and would give the isl?
ands a better position in the world
than they had ever enjoyed before.
Confidential reports received here
from the Danish West Indies declare
there is intense excitement among the
negroes of those islands over the sale,
owing to their belief that it will
mean universal suffrage and office
holding. There are fears of insurrec?
tion and serious trouble, according to
these reports, if the treatv is defeat?
It Girdles the Globe.
The lame of Bucklen's Arnica Salve as
the best in the world, extends round the
earth. It's the one perfect healer of cuts,
corns, burns, bruises, sores, scalds, boils,
ulcers, felons, aches, pains and all skin
eruptionit. Only infallible pile cure. 25c
a box at J F W DeLorme's. 2

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