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FOR CONFERENCE. An Officer to Meet General Otis. WOULD RETURN PRISONERS. Secretary Root Inclined to Think It is the Old Device to Gain Time?Con? ferences, However, Not to be Al? lowed to Delay the Army Plans Possibility That the Filipinos, in View of the Large increase of American Forces Have ? Concluded That Further Resistance Is Use? less. Washington, September 19.?Secretary Root today received a cablegram from General Otis that seemed to indicate a weakening on the part of insurgents. It contains a proffer to deliver the American prisoners wtio have been for so many months in the hands of the insurgents, and also sought permission to parley with General Otis. The cablegram was at once taken by Secretary Root to the cabinet meeting and formed the main topic for discussion at the beginning of the session. However, upon reading the message carefully, its ap? parent importance seemed to diminish. Secretary Root himself did not regard the matter of importance at this time. He recalled frequent efforts on the part of the insurgents in the past to gain time at criti? cal moments by opening negotiations os? tensibly with the object of making peace, and he was not sure that this last offer was something of the same kind. How? ever thrrt may be, the Secretary was of the opinion that it would fail to afford the insurgents any advantage. General Otis would receive any messenger and lis? ten to bim and make answer to his propo? sals, but this would not in the slightest de? gree restrain the military operations, and the American army would lose no ground, no matter bow the negotiations turned out. ? ? A' GLEAM of hope. Still, it is realized there is a possibility that the insurgents may have become dis? heartened at the renewed and intense ac? tivity in the direction of reinforcing Gen? eral Otis, and concluded in view of the great force gathering to open the campaign in the dry season, that further resistance would be useless. It is |>ointed out as a noticeable fact that Aguinaldo'8 name does not appear in General'Otis dispatch, and though this may not be of great significance, still among some of the army officers it is sur? mised that there are serious dissensions among the insurgents and perhaps some of the discordant elements are in this case acting on their own responsibility. J'Le text of the dispatch hays: Mani'a, September 19. Adjutant General, Washington: MacArthur reports from Angeles visit of two insurgent officers with request for permission to send into our lines Ameri? can prisoners and to send to Manila prom? inent insurgent general officer for confer? ence. The requested interview granted and insurgent officers at Angeles return north this morning with information. Oris. TWENTY-NINTH REGIMENT. Will Leave for San Francisco Probably on Saturday. Atlanta, September 19.?The Twenty Ninth Infantry, United States Volunteers, Colonel E. E. Ilardin, will leave Fort McPherson for San Francisco, eu route to the Philippines, as soon as the necessary care can be obtained for transportation, which will probably be on Saturday. Six companies will go over the Southern via Vicksburg, Miss., and Sbreveport, La., and the other six will go over the Atlanta and West Point, via Meridian, Miss. The route from El Paso to San Francisco will be the Bame for both divisions, ^?^?eutenaut Albert Dillon has been dis? charged from the regiment on orders from the Secretary of War. He was arrested for being absent without leave and released to go before the examining board be? fore which he was ordered to determine his fitness for the service He is from Jacksonville, Fla. Lieutenant Holmes Conrad, of Waynes ville, N. C.r has resigned and his resigna? tion was accepted. Batteries N and 0, of the Second Artill? ery, row at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, have been ordered into the Department of the Gulf. The former will be stationed at Fort Royal Sound, St. Helena, S. C, and the latter at Fort McPherson. The bat? teries will move as early as practicable after October 1. General Frank has been advised that two batteries will be ordered from Cuba. He stated that he had selected Saint Francis 3arracks, at St. Augustine, Fla., for the two batteries. General Frank said other batteries would probably be ordered from Cuba in? to the Southern States. qcc Church Dedication. The new Christian Church on Cavattt Creek, four miles north of town, will be dedicated the second Sunday in Octobei by J. T. Taylor and J. N. Harman. Din? ner will be served on the ground, and J. T. Taylor will preach again at 2:30 p. m A cordial invitation is extended to all. PKEACHIKG. ^Appointments for J. T. Taylor.?Lock hart's Chapel fourth Sunday in Septembei and continue a few days. Hotsepen Cove fir-t Sunday in October and continue on< week. Cavatts Creek, second Sunday ii fjctohcr. Dedicali in of church on thai da.- and continue t-erviies a week. THE GREAT LAND SUIT. Farreachlng Verdict of the Kinf Case at Abingdon. Bristol, Va., September 19.?[Special.] The ease of Henry King, trustee, against rustics and others, was decided iu the federal court of Abiugdon this evening, after a trial lasting three wtt-ks. The jury rendered a verdict i:i favor of the plain? tiff. The action was one of the most impor? tant of its kind ever brought in the United States. It involved the title to 500,000 acres of land lying in Virginia and West Virginia counties and embracing the en? tire town site of Williamson, West Virgin? ia. The tract which was in dispute was granted to Robert Morris in 1795, He afterwards sold it to General James Swann, who died in Paris in 1831. Since that time the laud has been in the hand* of trustees for the creditors of General Swann, who died bankrupt. The verdict rendered to day means that the land in question is the properly of tiie descendants of the creditors of the Swann estate, and' that the hundreds of people who have held posses ion'of the property yean must surren? der the same unless the United States Su? preme Court shall see lit to reverse today's decision. SOUTHERN AGRICULTURE. Co-operation With the Census De? partment Required. Washington, September 18.?Special etlort is being planned by Statistician Powers to secure full statistics of agicul ture in the South. The law requires the crops and products only of 1S*.?9 to be tak? en, but they cannot be so taken until June t, 19??. As man} of the great crops of the Gulf und south Atlantic States were marketed iu Febnary, March and April of 1899, the growers will be called upon to furnish sta? tistics thereof which vnU he over one year old when the enumerator arrives. Tha census officials are using several channels to urge the necessity of producers being prepared to meet this difficulty, because in the absence of such preparation, a cor? rect and full exhibit of Southern products will be impossible. Director Merriam, while determined to give to the Southern States everything that belong to them at any cost, suggests that such a determination can be succes* fully carried out only in case the people heartily and universally co-operate with the census officials to that end. THE KEY WEST SITUATION. Now Over Four Hundred Cases of Yellow Fever There. Washington, September 19.?The yel fever situation at Key West is regarded as grave. Since the first case was reported about three weeks ago, the epidemic has been steadily growing, until today there are about four hundred cases. New cases are appearing at the rate of thirty a day, but the mortality is low. Fifty-four cases and two deaths were reported for Sunday and Monday. Attendant Hall, one of the Marine Hi s pital Staff, developed the disease last night and he has been issolated. As Key West is situated below the frost line, the epidemic will have to run its course. The Marine Hospital Service bus been directing its efforts to confining the epidemic to the island, and has been re? warded with signal success. Only one in? fected person is known to have escaped, and he was discoverd at Miami and isolat? ed. He has since recovered. All the sus? pects at Port Tampa were placed in a de? tention camp and Assistant Surgeon Trot? ter today reported that the camp would be closed on Wednesday, as all the suspects had tuen under observation ten days. None but immunes are allowed to leave Key West direct, and then only on certi? ficates. Others who desire to leave must first go to the detention camp at Diy Tor tugas. The treatment of the casts in Key West is entirely under the supervision of the Florida State Board of Health. The Marine Hospital Service is simply enforc? ing regulations with a view to preventing the spread of the disease. One new case of fever was reported lo the Surgeon General from New Orleans today. The same report stated that freight from New Orleans wf> undisturbed, ex? cept in Texas, which would not permit freight originating in New Orleans to pas-s through the State. Surgeon Carter, who is in charge there, says there are' few un? necessary restrictions. He will meet Dr. Sanders, of the Slate Board of Ileullh of Alabama, today, to make arrangements for the simplifying the train inspection service. WILL RESIDE IN ENGLAND. Reported Plans for Mme. Dreyfus and Her Children. London, September IS.?It is reported that Maitre Labori and .Madame Drejfus visited Fokestone, five miles from Dover. Saturday, and engaged apartments, where Madame Dreyfus and her children will dwell in the event of her husband's par? don. M. Labori is reported to have been much affected by the kindly expressions towards himself and Madame Dreyfus while at Fokestone. Chicago, September 18.?Resolutions condemning the Dreyfus verdict, which were introduced at the last meeting of the Methodist Ministers' Conference of Chica? go, were passed at the meeting to-day without opposition. The resolutions de? clare that the whole world is crying for justice at the hands of the French nation toward Dreyfus. Thrift and Paint. Wherever you see a thrifty man you se? fresh paint; wherever you see a shiftlesi man you see the need of it. Devoe lead and zinc is the paint tha stays fresh longest -it is the thrifty man'i paint. Of the Next Democaatic Campaign. RUMOR OF CHANGE SETTLED. Meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Committee Decides the Point Meeting of this Body to he Held Every Sixty Days?J. G. Johnson, of Kan? sas. Placed in Charge of the Head? quarters Office?Waygand Means and Press Committees Also in Session Yesterday. Chicago, Sept ember 18.?Chicago will be the working centre of the Democratic National Committee during the campaign in preparation for the next Presidential election. This was decided on today at a meeting of the Executive Committee here, thus definitely settling the rumors that the headquarters would be changed. J. G. Johnson, of Kansas, it was decided wil have charge of the work, remaining here in charge of the headquarters otlice. Those present at the conference were: Ex-Governor Stone, J. G. Johnson, J. M. Head, of Tennessee; George Fred Wil? liams, of Massachusetts; J. M. Guffey, of Pennsylvania, and J. B. O'Brien, of Min? nesota. We have discussed some plans for the organization of our forces for effective work,"' said ex-Governor Stone, in speak? ing of the meeting. "But as yet they are so that an account of them would not en? lighten the public." TO MEET EVERY SIXTY DAYS. It was decided that the members of the Executive Committee meet in Chicago every sixty days to co fer with Mr. John? son and to aid him i carrying out our plans." The Ways and Means Committee was called together during the afternoon by chairman John It. McLean, and the im? portant matter of financing the campaign was discussed. The Press Committee was also convened by Mr. Johnson, and plans looking the , effectiveness of that committee were talked over. Mr. Johnson and C. A. Walsh were the only members, but ex-Governor Stone held the proxies of Messrs. Troup, of Connelicut, and llowell, of Georgia, this making a quorum. Members of the Press Committee were not disposed to dis- , cuss the probabilities, though the majority of inquiries were interested in the question of the disposition to be made of Press Agent P. J. Devlin. It is thought proba- , ble that the press arrangements for Chica? go will be changed to a degree, using the ( attitude of the the local papers during the last campaign as a basis for reorganization. STATE NEWS. The pay roll of the Roanoke Machine Shops and oflices for August aggregated $96,000, an increase of ?7,000 over July. Every department of the shops is working a full force steadily. Commissioner of Agriculture Koiner is informed of the rale of two crops of Yir ginia apples for large sums. One of these was sold for $27,000. and the other lor $10,000. The sponsor lor the Shubrick, the tor? pedo boat which is to he launched about October IS, will be the little ten-year-old daughter of Dr. J. T. Shubrick, of Rocky Mount, Franklin county. Mr. James II. Harris, car inspector of the Chesapeake and Ohio railway, at Charlottesville, died Sunday morning at about eleven o'clock, after a short illness, in the sixty-fifth year of his age. Among the fourth-class postmasters re? cently commissioned are Fannie H. Spin? ner, Montrale; Charles E. Pollard,Cohoke; Richard F. Hilliard, Streets. Crawford Bell, day clerk at the Hotel Warwick, Newport News, hrs disappeared, and there is no clew as to his whereabouts. He left suddenly, and all of his belongings are still in his room. Manager Swinterton says he knows of no reason why the young man should have gone away. He was one of the most popular young men in New? port News and a favorite in society. Charles Broadway Rouse, the blind merchant, of New York, has donated one bundled dollars to the fund now being raised by the Confederate organizations of Clarke county for the purpose of erecting a monument to the memory of the Con? federate dead from Clarke. One thousand dollars is the amount desired to be put in? to the monument, and nine hundred dollars his now been subscribed to it. The mon? ument ii to be erected on the court house green at Berry ville. Death of a Venerable Citizen. On last Saturday morning at 5:30 o'clock Mr. A. A. Pobst, after a lingering illness, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sally Hoover, on Tazewell Avenue. Mr. Pobst was born in Germany in 1S29 and came to America in 1852. About eighteen years ago he moved to Tazewell county, and since that time has resided in the county or town. For about fifteen years he bad been a member of the Christian Church and was a man of sterling ^charac? ter and 'consistent piety. He was a man of remarkable industry and was unhappy when he could not be at work. Of a quiet and amiable nature, he had many friends and no enemies. The deceased is survived by three sons, Messis. H. W., C. A. and J. 1). Pobst, and two daughters, Mrs. Sally Hoover and Mrs. L. C. Wingo. On Sun? day afternoon funeral services were held in the Christian church, conducted by Rev. J. N. Harman, a very large audience be? ing present. At the conclusion of the ser? vices at the church the remains, followed by a largn procession, were taken to the east end cemetery and buried. WELL WELL, VA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER DREYFUS PARDON DECIDED UPON Announcement Made on Authority. RELEASE EXPECTED AT ONCE, Decision of the Cabinet Had Been Discount? ed and Was Received Without Domon stration in Paris. The News Creat? ed Intense Excitement at Ren ne8?Believed that the Pris? oner Will Be Given His Freedom Before the Official Promul? gation of the Pardon. Paris, September 19.?The Council of Ministers decided today to pardon Dreyfus in principle. The pardon will take effect in a few days. Dreyfus has relinquished his appeal for a reversal of the judgement of the court martial. The announcement that Dreyfus was to be pardoned had already been discounted by predictions, and there was absolutely no excitement displayed anywhere along the boulevards when the newsboys ran along at about 3:15 p. m. with the first editions containing the statement that the cabinet had decided to pardon Dreyfus. The newspapers sold quickly, but there waH no rush for them upon the part of the Boulevardiers. Those Mvho bought S. W. VIRGINIA LOCAL ITEMS. WHAT HAS RECENTLY TRANSPIRED IS THE COUNTIES OF THIS SECTION. The Democrats of Washington county will hold a convention on the 25th inst. to nominate candidates for the House of Del? egates. It is eaid that the delegates to the convention stand 25 for Martin and 54 for Tyler. Rhea has lost his grip iu Washing? ton county. He is very warmly for Mar? tin. On last Friday the barn of Mr. T. I). Stephens, a prosperous farmer, who lives about three miles from Chrinliansburg, Va., was burned. About two years ago j a similar misfortune occurred to Mr. Stephens. The loss is principally covered by iii8urarjce. Mr. Sam Huret, editor and publisher of | the Southwest Republican.at Pulaski, Va., was summoned before Judge Longley, of | the county court of Pulaski, on last Mon? day for contempt of court. Mr. Hurst purged himself of contempt and the case was dismissed. A special election was held at Christians burg, Va., on the 19th instant, and the | town voted for issuing ten thousand dol? lars in bonds to build an electric light plant. The vote stood one hundred and twentv-two for and one against. The fel? low who voted against the proposition ought to oiler a motion to make it unani? mous. Noah Finley, who was hanged at Pu the papers sat down in front of the cafes laski, Va., on last Friday, about an hour and read the announcement without com-j before his execution made a confession of Every one expected it, and the ment decision met with no opposition. The Droits Del'Homme, Socialist organ, Baid: "Our task remains the same after as before the liberation of Dreyfus to con? tinue the campaign against till those who are responsible for the lamentable affair and unmask the forgers, traitors and false witnesses, even though they may be cover? ed with glittering decorations." "In piinciple" .is in idiom sometimes used in semi-circle announcements of forthcoming action. It seems to have but aiight bearing on the matter, except, per? haps, that it implies the fulfilment of va? rious formalities, before the pardon with slight tentativeness. It is not known yet whether the pardon includes amnesty. J. E. Jackson does a good thing for our people here in taking the agency for the famous paint. Devoe lead and zinc. It is pure lead and sine, full-measure, lasts twice as long as itad and oil, and the maker takes all risk of it. The maker dates from far back in col? onial times?1754. The business has al? ways been successful, and is the largest in the United States. 1 numerous crimes he had committed Among the list of crimes, consisting of robberies, murders and aud attempts to kili, he told of a robbery which hecommit ted at Graham, Va., in 1895. He said he robbed a man there by the name of Greever, that he got some money, papers and a badge from him. Hiram Steele, colored, made his escape from the Central State Hospital, at Pearls burg, a few days ago. Ho was sent to the penitentiary from this country about two years ago for killing a negro woman. A few weeks ago he was taken from the pen? itentiary to the insane hospital on account of violent insanity. He may return to Tazewell county, ami those who know him should keep a Bbarp lookout. School of Instruction. Rt. Worshipful J. C. Primer will open a School of Instruction at Graham, Va. on Saturday, Oct. 7th. 1899. I hope every Lodge in this District will send delegates ns it is important to know the work. James O'Keeffe, D. D. G. M. 2. t. ><X>Op A Certain Came in here last week and said, "I want to see some of those woiking clothes you advertised." We showed 'em to him ; he was an interested customer, too; he ex? amined all of the little details ; looked at the stitching, the seams, the cut and the fit of the garments. We thought we were sure of a sale ; but be did not buy?said, "I'll be back in a few days." We forgot all about that man until the latter pait of the week, when he stepped in with three of his boys, all to be fitted out with suits of clothes to work in. He bought com? plete outfits for himself and boys and went away satisfied?eo well satisfied that he said : "These arc the best looking working coats, overalls and jumpers I ever saw, and I'll tell you, other folks in my neigh? borhood will buy these overalls and jack? ets when they see these." Sure enough, the first of this week two other men from the same neighborhood came in and asked to sec working clothes ?'like Mr.-bought of you last week." There is no mistake about this line of duck clothing, leather coats and slicker suits being great. You ought to sec them. If you do not want to buy, come in and look at them anyhow. Every garment bears the brand : the picture of the head of a canvas-back duck sewed on each garment. HARRISSON & GILLESPIE BROS. 21, 1899. SHOULD ALWAYS BETHE FIRST CONS!PERATjOiNj ; of every buyer, whether it is the mere hunt who is buying to sell again, or the consumer, who is buying for self and family. There is no line in which Quality is of so much importance; lor that which you eat is the source of life itself. We want to emphasize the point that it is OUR FIRST CONSI0ER?TI0M in the purchase of every article that goes into our store. Now, as to this point we have no de? cided advantage of several other grocery stores that we know of except in T i i E FACT that OUR ENORMOUS SALES always insure you getting fresh goods. The point where we differ from others, who are also careful ?about the quality of their groceries, is that OUR UNEXCELLED BUYING FA? CILITIES and capacity for handling large quantities direct from headquarters enable us to sell you pure, wholesome groceries of strictly first quality at LOWER PRICES than can anyone in this section. Give us a trial, if you are not already buying from us, and we will make you a perma? nent, pleased customer: Leading Grocers, Tazewell, Va. J. P. CAMERON, Prop'r. and Gen. Mgr. J. C. CAUDILL, Superintendent. Thistle Plow and Foundry Co., GRAHAM. VIRGINIA, Foundrymen and Machinists. WE MAKE TO ORDER Patterns from Drawing or Description, Castings of all kinds?Plain and Gored?for Engines, Mine and Coke Ovens, Saw Mills, Contraetors, Builders, anything for anybody. WE EXECUTE. Blacksmith work, Machine work. Lathe work, Drill? ing, etc. We Grind Corn lor Corn Meal by Burr Mill, Corn and Cob ('hop by Patent Crusher. WE MAKE AND SELL Ready lor use, Level Land Plows, Hillside Plows, Plow Repairs, Feed Cutters, Cane Mills, Grist Mills, Grate Baskets, Sash Weights, etc. TELEPHONE 7G. | Works?WEST GRAHAM. The EBe^t F"loi_ii^ A. tnc 1 tHc 011 et, ^ t: / It-* thi_- Cclc-brotccl "Orange Blossom." It is pure, straight Flour. Why eat impure flour when you can get the best so cheap? Tynes Bros. V. L. SEXTON, Pres. J. N. HARMAN, Sec'y and Treas. Tazewell lusurance Agency. Fire, Life and Accident Insurance. TO OUR FRIENDS AND PATRONS: FIRST: Is Your Life and Property insured? SECOND: Is Your Insurance Placed with US? To Both Questions : If not, Why not? We are prepared to write all kinds of Insurance in the Best and Strongest Compa nies doing business in this Country and can write it at the VERY LOWEST rates ai which Oood Insurance can be effected in Responsible Companies. We do not c'aiu to represent ALL of the Best Companies, neither do we claim to he the Only mer that write Good Insuiauce and the only men that know the Insurance Business, bu we do claim to write as GOOD Insurance as tiie BEST can write anT better than i great many who CLAIM to write Good Insurance. We will write you Insurance tha will indemnify you in case of a total loss to the full amount of the face of the pol icy. Can any one do better for you than that ? We can issue you Insurance in Com panies backed by millions and we have one Company in our ollice that has issued th largest Eire Policy in the history of the Insurance World. The old PHOENIX of Lon don established in 1702 has paid over Ona Hundred Millions >" losses and is sued one policy covering Seventeen Millions of property, the largest policy 01 record. Before placing your Insurance have a talk with US. We have been in (he Insur ance business for ~> years and claim to know what we aie talking about and the valu of Good Insurance. P.O. Box 36. Office first Door West of Central Hotel, phone 37, NO. 38. Has a sad and heavy (Jake stood between an ambitious house - keeper and a brilliant success in the entertainment of her friends ? If you contemplate !A Five O'clock Tea Or An Evening Company it will be worth your while to visit our store and overlook our line of A complete assortment in shape, size and kind. These are some of them: SCOTCH COFFEE, THISTLE, FANCY MIXED ALMOND WAFERS, WALNUT MARSH MALLOWS, CHOCOLATE MACAROONS, COCOA MACAROONS, FRUITED HONEY, JELLY TURNOVERS, 3LOOD ORANGE SLICES LUNCH MILK, FIVE O'CLOCK TEAS. All fresh and light. ) It is An Exacting Taste That We Can't Please. editorial paragraphs. "Where am I at?" is a very natural question for some of the aspirants for leg? islative honors in Tazewell. Politics seem to he very much mixed in Tazewell county so far as the legislative election is concerned. When a candidate is spoken of the question is asked "is he a Democratic Republican or a Republican Democrat?" / The State Democratic Committee has opened headquarters at Richmond and will direct the present campaign in Vir? ginia. We suppose the necessity for the committee doing this work is to keep the machine unbroken. Congressman Jo Bailey, of Texas, is go? ing to Kentucky to make some speeches for Goebel. He ought to discuss the con tutionality of the Goebel election law. Bailey is great on constitutional questions. Over 100,000 cars have been added this year to the equipment of American rail? roads, but the "car famine" is still unre? lieved. This looks very much like things are moving in this part of the world. The Aguinaldists in the United States continue to quote Admiral Dewey as being opposed to the President's policy in the Philippines, and having said that our Gov? ernment oughf'to stop this accursed war." The Admiral has denied making any such statement; but that does not prevent the unpatriotic citizens from continuing to use it. The Keais:uge, recently completed at Newport News,Va.,is the largest war vessel in the Federal Navy. On her trip from Newport News to the Brooklyn Navy Yard the vessel made an excellent run and de? veloped a greater energy than the con? tract requirement of 10,000 horse power. Her sister ship, the Kentucky, will soon be completed, and they will be a splendid pair of battleships. Major P. P. Johnson, former chairman of the Democratic State Central Commit? tee of Kentucky, and who is now a candi? date on the bolting ticket for Lieutenant Governor of that State, has declared that . the Goebel election law is an outrage, and t "is capable of being used to rob every citi i zen of his franchise who fails to vote in at ! cordance with the dictates of the men ap t pointed to administer it." He also says: ^ "Are Democrats to be tempted by lust of t office to ally themselves with shameful . methods and endeavor to fasten them on . the people of Kentucky under the mis e taken idea that the State is to be kept in line for 1900 hi that way ?" Major John i- son will liud that the lust for v/ffice was u what caused the Goebel law to be created, as was the Walton law in Virginia and its .. predecessor the Anderson-McCormick law. q Be will find that the itching polhical lust of some men will cause them to do most anything to get office.