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HE IS HARD AT WORK TRYING TO
MAKE THEM STRONG.
All the Members Invited to Call and
Notify Him of Their Preferences—
—The Men to Whom Some of the
Chairmanships will Probably Fall-
Washington, Dee. 7. —Speaker Carlisle
is hard at work on the House committees
and the two caucus committees are hard at
work on the Senate committees. The
Speaker spent the day in his room at the
Capitol listening to the request of members
for places on the committees. He had an
nounced quietly that he would be glad to
know their preferences and that he would
devote several days to receiving them. He
has had cards prepared containing the
names of members of the committees they
prefer. When he has gotten them all filled
he will arrange them as best he can.
TO BK AS STRONG AS POSSIBLE.
He proposes to have the committees as
strong as possible and will, therefore, pick
out the best men in every case, first meeting
the individual preferences when he can, but
ignoring even the rank held by a member
on a committee last sessson, lie will not
always promote the second man to the
chairmanship, unless the chairman has
failed of re-election. Certain chairmanships
are pretty well understood to have been
already assigned. Mr. Mills will go to the
head of the Ways and Means. William L.
Scott, who was said to have been selected
for this chairmanship, said to-night that he
would neither take that nor any other place
on the Ways and Means Committee. He
did not feel like undertaking that sort of
Mr. Randal! will be chairman of the Com
mittee on Appropriations, but the rest of
that committee will be stronger than last
Mr. Turner will be chairman of the Com
mittee on Elections, Mr. Culberson of the
Judiciary, Mr. Bland of the Coiimge,
Weights and Measures, Mr. Blanchard of
Rivers and Harbors, Mr. Hatch of Agri
culture, Mr. Herbert of Naval Affairs, Mr.
Blount of Post Offices, Mr. Scott of Bank
ing and Currency, Mr. Springer of Terri
tories, and Mr. Forney of Militia.
Mr. Belmont will be chairman of the
Foreign Affairs Committee.
Mr. Cox was talked of by the New York
delegation in recommending this to the
Speaker. ’ibis committee will also be
strengthened, so that it will be more efficient
than in the last Congress.
Mr. Crisp, of Georgia, will probably take
the Chairmanship of the Committee on
Commerce; Mr. Clardy, of Missouri, of the
Committee on Mining, and Mr. Oates, of
Alabama, of the Committee on Public
Bands William Walter Phelps will proba
bly succeed Mr. Hiscoek on the Way3 and
IN THE SENATE.
In the Senate more difficulty is expe
rienced than iu the House, because the se
lections have to be made by two caucus
committees by diplomacy. The managers
hope, however, to place everybody within a
day or two. The attempt of the Democrats
to get large representation and additional
chairmanships has failed. The contest is
now between individuals for places on
favorite committees. Messrs. Hiscoek and
Farwell are trying for Warner Miller's place
on the Finance Committee. Mr. Hiscoek as
Mr. Miller’s successor in the Senate and as a
member of the Ways and Means Committee
in the last House will probably get it, and
Mr. Farwell will go on the Committee on
Appropriations in place of Mr. Logan,
TELLER TO BE REWARDED.
There is a vacancy on the Judiciary Com
mitteo which is greatly covered, and which
Mr. Teller, of Colorado, will probably get.
He was to have had a place on that com
mittee two veal’s ago, but stood aside to
give Mr. Evarts the opportunity. He will
no w receive his reward.
Mr. Chandler will either get the chair
manship of the Naval Affairs Committee,
or that on the District of Columbia, prob
ably the latter, since it is vacant and the
other is held by Mr. Cameron, of Pennsyl
The other New England Senators will
probably remain where they are.
Mr. Cullom, of Illinois, will be on a
special committee on interstate commerce,
of which he would like to be chairman. (
It is probable that the Committee 011
Railroads will be charged with the inter
state commerce question, but Mr. Sabin, of
Minnesota, was chairman of that, and will
probably want to remain.
Mr. Reagan, of Texas, will go on this
Senator Farwell’s Proposed Substitute
for Government Bonds.
Washington, Dec. 7.— The principal fea
ture of the bill for the perpetuation of the
national banking system, which will be in
troduced by Senator Farwell when the Son
ate committees are formed, consists iu the
substitution for United States bonds, as se
curity for circulation, of State or municipal
bonds, or any firet mortgage railroad bonds
of the United States, upon which interest
has been heretofore orompsly paid, and
whose market or cash value is
equal to or greater than their
par value, bearing interest at a rate of
not less than 4 per centum"per annum, and
all the provisions of all hanking laws shall
be applicable so far as may be to the bonds
herein provided for iu the same manner as
to United States registered bonds, provided
that the Treasurer of the United States
shall not receive such State or municipal
bonds at more than 75 per centum of their
par value, nor shall the Treasurer of the
United States receive any such iirst mort
gage. railroad bonds exceeding in total more
than the amount of $500,000,000, nor shall
he receive them at more than 50 per centum
of their par value.
Figures From tho Statement of the Ap
Washington, Dec. 7.— Tho clerks of the
Appropriations Committees of the two
houses of Congress, have prepared a tabular
statement, the footings of which make the
following showing: The not increase in the
estimates for the next fiscal year over those
submitted for the current year, is $8,187,-
937 29. Tho net increase over the appro-
Sriations for the current year is $23, 787,-
>8 75. The total of the estimates for next
year is $384,094,527 58. The astimated reve
nues for 1889 aro $440,063,734 32.
Faulkner to be Seated.
Washington, Dec. 7.—Senator-elect
Faulkner, of West Virginia, said to-night
that be would be unanimously accorded tho
seat from which he was temporarily ex
cluded by Mr. Hoar’s objection ou Monday
last. Tliere was at flint some difference of
opinion in the Republican caucus, but it
wus Anally determined to admit him without
CONGRESS OILING UP.
The Law-Making Machinery Not Run
ning Smooth Yet.
Washington, Dec. 7. —In the Senate to
day a letter from the Secretary of the In
terior was laid before the Senate stating
that an appropriation of $77,495 is required
to complete the publication of the Anal re
port on the census of 1880, four of the twen
ty-two volumes being still unprinted. The
communication was laid on the table.
After the presentation of various other
communications from heads of departments
and the Court of Claims, Mr. Cullom re
marked that the rule was when bills are in
troduced before the committees are ap
pointed to have such bills laid on ths table,
and that created unnecessary work. He
therefore moved that the Seftate adjourn,
but he withdrew his motion temporarily to
permit Mr. Plumb to offer a resolution call
ing on the Commissioner of Agriculture for
information as to whether any person in the
employment of that department making ex
periments as to the manufacture of sugar
from sorghum, had obtained or applied for
a patent or patents connected with such
manufacture and growing out of such ex
periment. The resolution was adopted.
Mr. Farwell asked his colleague to with
draw the motion so as to allow him to intro
duce a bill to perpetuate the national bank
Mr. Cullum declined, stating that he
made the motion because he understood it
to be the custom of the Senate not to receive
bills until after the appointment of the
Mr. Harris thought there was great wis
dom in the position taken by the Senator
(Cullom). If the door was thrown open he
would insist that there should be no restric
tions on the right. He hoped the motion
Sir. Farwell thereupon withdrew his re
quest and the motion was agreed to.
The Senate, at 12:20 o’clock, adjourned.
A CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE.
Its Object to Unite thd Denominations
in Fighting Sin.
Washington, Dec. 7. —The General
Christian Conference, under the auspices
and direction of the Evangelical Alliance
for the United States, of which William E.
Dodge, of New York, is President, and
Rev. Dr. Josiah Strong, of New York, is
General Secretary, opened in this city this
morning in the Congregational
church, at the corner of Tenth and
G streets, northwest. The conference
met in response to a call issued by the alli
ance several months ago and signer! by
Presidents McCosh of Princeton College,
Hopkins of Williams College, Anderson of
Rochester University, Gilman of Johns
Hopkins University, Dwight of Yale Col
lege, Rev. Drs. Phillips Brooks of Boston,
Cuvier and Storrs of Brooklyn. Ormiston
and Howard Crosby of New York, and a
large number of other eminent clergymen
and laymen from all of the Evangelical de
nominations in this country.
OBJECT OF THE CONFERENCE.
Tho stated object of tbo conference is to
discuss measures upon which all these de
nominations may be brought to unite to meet
certain new and pressing emergencies wtiich
have arisen in connection with the great
increase of wealth, business, immigration,
changed relations of labor and capital and
the great and growing pei’centage
of our population who are not
church members or attendants. The Con
gregational church, in which the confer
ence met, and which is one of the largest in
Washington, was completely filled when
President Dodge called the meeting to order.
Addresses were made by President Dodge,
ex-President John Jay and Rev. Dr. An
drews, of Washington.
Rev. Dr. JJauiel Dorchester, of Boston,
read a paper on “The City as a Peril,”
which was discussed by a number of dele
Ex-Justice Strong, of the Supreme Court
of the United States, presided at the after
noon session, and Senator Colquitt, of
Georgia, at the evening session.
The delegates have been invited to visit
the White House Friday.
Gov- Lee’s Recommendations Relative
to the State Debt.
Richmond, Va., Dec. 7. —The General
Assembly of Virginia met to-day at noon.
Both houses organized by the election of
officers in each body as selected by the Dem
ocratic caucus. A joint committee waited
on Gov. Lee and informed him that the
Legislature was ready to receive any com
munication he might wish to make. The
Governor thereupon sent to both houses a
message in writing, which was read. The
message contains many important sugges
tions and recommendations relative to State
matters. In regard to the public
debt, the Governor says that in
view of the recent decision by the United
States Supreme Court, declaring the act of
May 12, 1887, constitutional and valid, and
reversing the decision of United States Cir
cuit Judge Bond in regard to the eleventh
article of the Federal constitution, he rec
ommends the pa&sage of a joint resolution
suspending legal proceedings against those
who have tendered coupons in payment of
taxes, a- he was assured by authority that
such action would decidedly benefit all
parties concerned. He thought when the
bondholders consider this decision they will
be willing to accept such offer as the State
can make, based upon the surplus revenue
to lie applied to the payment of interest on
the principal of what the State considers
her just debt.
Two at Sioux City Yield to the Law
and Go Out of Business.
Sioux City, la., Dec. 7.—The Franz
Brewing Company, of SioUx pity, closed its
doors yesterday morning, and the Selzer
brewery, following the example, shut down
at noon. C. T. Hoyt, President of the
Franz Company, and Mr. Selzer, proprietor
of the Keizer breweiy, say that they are
through with the business of manufacturing
beer in lowa, and Mr. Hoyt says ho is
through with the business altogether. The
Federal questions involved in the prohibi
tory law iiaving been decided against the
brewers, the Sioux City brewers voluntarily
withdrew from any further contest against
Athens on a Boom.
Chattanooga, Tknn„ Dec. 7. Contracts
were awarded to-day by the Athens Mining
and Manufacturing Company for the erec
tion of water works at Athens, Tenn., and
also for the building of a $5,000 spindle cot
ton mill, a $40,000 hotel, a SIOO,OOO furni
ture factory and other industries. Work
has already begun. Five hundred hands
are now at work building a railroad from
Athens to the Jellieo iron ore fields.
Bucket Shops Raided.
Philadelphia, Pa-, Dec. 7.—Five
“bucket shop” stock exchanges were raided
by the police to-day, and their owners ar
rested and held to bail in SBOO, under the
gambling act. Fourteen places were to be
raided, but nine of thorn apparently got
wind of what was iu store for them and
SAVANNAH, GA., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1887.
BLAINE PLAYS AN ACE.
HE PROBABLY THINKS IT WILL
WIN A SOUTHERN STATE.
Repeal of the Tax on Tobacco Favored
in Opposition to the Reform in the
Import Duties Advocated in the
President’s Message—He Calls the
Leaf a Necessity.
New York, Dec. 7.—The Tribune's Paris
correspondent cables to that paper a report
giving the views of Hon. James G. Blaiiye
on the President’s message. Mr. Blaine
said to the Tribune's representative: “I
have been reading an abstract of the Presi
dent’s message and have been especially in
terested in the comments of the London pa
pers. These papers all assume to declare
that the message is a free trade manifesto,
and evidently are anticipating an enlarged
market for English fabrics in the United
States as a consequence of tho President’s
recommendations. Perhaps that fact
stamped the character of the message more
clearly than any words of mine can.”
“You don’t mean actual free trade with
out duty!” queried the reporter.
“No,” replied Mr. Blaine, “nor do the
London papers mean that. They pimply
mean that the President lias recommended
what in the United States is known as a
revenue tariff, rejecting the protective
feature as an object, and not even per
mitting protection to result freely as an in
cident to revenue duty.”
FAVORS REPEAL OF THE TOBACCO TAX.
“I don’t know that I quite comprehend
that last point,” said the reporter.
“I mean,” sanl Mr. Blaine, “that for the
first time in the history of the United States
a President recommends retaining the in
ternal tax in order that the tariff maybe
forced down even below a fair revenue
standard. He recommends that the tax on
tobacco be retained, and thus that many
millions annually shall be levied on a do
mestic product which would far better come
from a tariff on foreign fabrics.”
Mr. Blaine favors repeal of the tabacco
tax. He said: “I should urge that it
be done at once even before the Christmas
holidays. It would in the first place bring
great relief to the growers of tobacco all
over the country and would, moreover,
materially lessen the price of the article to
consumers. Tobacco to millions of men is
a necessity. The President calls it a luxury,
but it is a luxury in no other sense than
tea and coffee are luxuries. The only
excuse for c uch a tax is the actual necessity
under which the government found itself
daring the war and the years immediately
following. To retain the tax now in order
to destroy the protection which would inci
dentally flow from raising the same amount
of money on foreign imports, is certainly a
most extraordinary policy for our govern
DON’T APPLY TO WHISKY.
“Well, then, Mr. Blaine, would you ad
vise the repeal of the whisky tax also?”
“No, I would not. Other considerations
than those of financial administration are
to be taken into account with regard to
whisky. There is the moral side to it. To
cheapen the price of whisky is to increase
the consumption enormously. There
would be no sense in urging the
reform wrought by high license in
many States if the national government
neutralized the good effect by making
whisky within the reach of every one at
20c. a gallon. Whisky would be everywhere
distilled if the surveillance of the govern
ment were withdrawn by remission of the
tax, and illicit sales could not then be pre
vented by a policy as rigorous and search
ing as that with which Russia pursues the
Nihilists. It would destroy license at once
in all the States. Whisky has done a vast
deal of harm in the United States.
TO FORTIFY COAST CITIES.
“I would try to make it do good. I would
use the tax to fortify our cities and sea
boards. In view of the powerful letter ad
dressed to tho Democratic party on the
subject of fortification by the late Samuel
J. Tilden, iu 1885, I am amazed that no at
tention has been paid to the subject by the
Democratic administration. Never before
in the history of the world has any govern
ment allowed great cities on the seaboard,
like Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Balti
more, New Orleans and San Francisco, to
WOOL GROWERS WAIL.
The Allusion to Them in the Message
Makes Them Wince.
Washington, Dec. 7. —The conference of
wool growers and dealers, called by the
President of the National Association of
Wool Growers, now in session here, to-day
adopted the following:
The wool dealers and wool growers of tße
United States, representing a capital of over
$600,000,000. and a constituency of a million
wool growers and wool dealers, assembled in
conference in the city of Washington, this sev
enth day of Desember, 1887, having read
the annual message of the President to the
Fiftieth Congress declare that the sentiment* of
the message are a direct attack upon their in
dustry, one of the most Important of the coun
try, and in positive violation of the national
Democratic platform of 1884 as inteisgeted by
the party leaders and accepted by the rank and
file of the party; that the argument made
by the President for the removal of
our protection against foreign competition
ts the old one, reiwatedly made by the enemies
of our industrial progress, and effectively an
swered in nearly every school district of our
land, and so thoroughly disproved by the logic
of facts and the demonstration of experience
and history as to need no answer from us. We
acknowledge that our 'small holdings,'’ and our
scattered and unorganized condition make us
an easy prey of free traders, hut we had a right
to expect something different from the Chief
Executive of the nation, at onoethe most happy,
prosperous and contented of any of the world,
made so by the policy of protection and the de
velopment which tie now seeks to destroy. We
had a right to expect our President would favor
the wool growers of the United States, and we
confess our deep disappointment that instead
he favored the interests of our foreign competi
tors. Justly alarmed at his position, we make
an appeal from his recommendation to all the
people, to seven and three fouri.hs millions of
our fellow-citizens engaged in agriculture, to
millions engaged in manufacturing, to the army
of wage earners, whose wages are maintained
by the protective system, to the tradesman and
merchant whose prosiierity depends upon ours
confident that the judgment and decision will
be based upon justice and patriotism, and there
fore for the maintenance of the American policy
of protection, to which tlie country is indebted
for its unexampled development and prosperity.
To demonstrate the Injustice of the Presi
dent’s policy, and the policy of the remedy he
proposes for a reduction of the surplus we point
to the fact that if the whole amount of revenue
derived from wool was abolished, it would re
duce the surplus about $5,000,000, or less than
10c. tier capita of population, which is )>aid by
foreigners, while the old war taxes he recom
mends retained yield over $) 19,000,000, and is a
direct tax per capita of $2 each, and is what
makes up the great bulk of the surplus of $140,-
000,000. and which fosters most dangerous
We would further add the following statistics
in regard to the wool industry: The annual reve
nue derived from imports of wool under the
tariff of 1867 was less than $1,700,000. Under
the reduced tariff of 1883 the revenue last year
was over $6,000,000. The number of sheep in the
country in 1884 was 50,626,628: in 1887, 44.759,-114,
a decrease of nearly 6,000,000, and a
diminution of the annual wool product
of over 86.000,000 potinda, thus showing
that reducing the tariff by the act of I*B4 lias
increased the revenue from imported wools, and
diminished tho number of sheep in the United
States about 18 per cent., and the annual pro
duction in the same proportion. The President’s
policy would brine; about the destruction of
this industry, and tno same policy of reduction
or abolition of laritT would end in disaster to
all tlie other industrial productive enterprises of
CANADA ON THE MESSAGE.
Toronto Papers Say That It Defines
Toronto, Dev:. 7. —The Globe, referring
to the President’s message, says: “The
message is unusually short and unusually
important; although it deals with only one
subject no niessage so important has beeu
sent by any President since the close of the
great war. It is chiefly important because
it states plainly what the policy
of the great Democratic party oil
the trade question will be.
Hitherto there has been on all suios evasion
of the great issues involved in this question.
Henceforth evasion must be impossible.”
Tho Mail says; “What the message lacks
in length is made up in the emphasis
it lays upon the question which the Presi
dent evidently considers of the gravest im
portance, namely, tariff reform. The Presi
dent’s appeal is a strong one and one which
should be favorably received by Congress.”
MONTGOMERY’S LARGEST FIRE.
The Total Loss Over $250,000--The
Insurance Rather Heavy.
Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 7.—The largest
fire in Montgomery’s history broke out on
the east side of Commerce street, between
12 and 1 o’clock this morning.
Greil Bros. & Cos., wholesale grocers, lose
on store and stock $120,000. They are in
sured for $55,000.
Hebbie & Teague, wholesale grocers, on
stock and store lose about $60,000. They are
largely covered by insurance.
Warren Cos., wholesale grocers, lose on
stock $30,000. Their insurance is about
half," and a considerable amount was saved.
A building on Bibb street was destroyed
involving a loss of $30,000 or $40,000, being
Tatum’s soda water factory and Sables
leather and fur depot.
The total loss is over $250,000. Atone
time both sides of Commerce street were
threatened, but the wind and a bountiful
supply of water interposed.
•A BURNING FLOUR MILL.
Cincinnati, Bee. 7.—A special to the
Times-Star from Portsmouth, 0., says:
Anderson’s flour mill was burned last
night, and the following persons were taken
from the ruins:
M. H. Anderson, proprietor, who died
William Simpson, killed,
George Gerrins, leg broken and internally
Frank Fagan, bark broken.
John Adams (eolored), both legs broken.
John Scot’ (eolorod), internal injuries.
Pipeman Metzger jumped through a win
dow and was slightly injured.
burning of a store.
Norfolk, Va., Dec. 7.—Fire this morn
ing destroyed the Palais Royal notion store,
on Main street, owned by Louis Lowenthal.
The loss is estimated at $40,000. The in
surance is $22,000.
BET HIS LAST DOLLAR.
After All Was Gone He Cut His Throat
From Ear to E ar.
Louisville, Dec. 7. —William Morton
(colored) committed suicide at his home in
this city this morning by cutting his throat
from ear to ear. He was about fifty years
of age, and before the war was p slave of
John B. Crittenden. Tho suicide is attributa
ble to the result of the municipal election here
yesterday. Two weeks ago Morton, who drove
an express wagon, sold his horses, wagon,
etc., and bet the proceeds upon Avery, the
Republican candidate for Mayor, thinking
it was “sinch.” He also sold a house and
lot, which lie had purchased with his hard
earned savings, and put every thing he
could rake together on tho Republican can
didate. He worked hard on election day
for his man, but was beaten, and his losses
wrecked his mind.
TRAINS IN COLLISION.
No One Severely Injured and Rolling
Stock Not Bauly Damaged.
Waycross, Ga., Dec. 7.—A Savannah,
Florida and Western Hoad freight and a
Brunswick and Western Road lumber train
were in collision" at the crossing of these
lines here this morning. The Savannah,
Florida and Western train ran into the
Brunswick and Western train as they were
crossing the Brunswick and Western tracks.
The train consisted of empty flat cars. The
engine struck the third car from the cab.
completely demolishing it and ditching the
other fiat cars. The engine of the Savannah,
Florida and Western train was also derailed.
The engineer said his headlight shone over
the flat cars so that he could not see them.
No one was hurt, save slight bruises to the
engineer, and not much damage was done
to rolling stock.
Seizing Mormonlsm’s Books.
Salt Lake City, Dec. 7.—To-day United
States Marshal Dye, as receiver, seizod the
office of the President of the Mormon
church, with his ledgers, books, etc , leaving
some minor books which he required James
Jack, the church custodian, to receipt for as
receiver’s agent. The church organ to
night makes a loud protest against this
Ashore Off Portugal.
London, Dec. 7.—The Royal Mail Steam
shin line's steamer Isla Depanay, which left
Liverpool Nov. 28 for Manilla, Ilioli, Cebu,
Singapore, etc., is ashore nine miles north
of Sagres, Portugal. Seven of her crew
were drowned. She is a vessel of 3,500 tons.
Tourists to California.
San Francisco, Doc. 7.—From reports
made by several transcontinental routes
terminating in this city. Los Angeles and
Kan Diego it is shown that 20,000 through
nassengei-s arrived In California from the
East during the month of November.
Sweden’s Quarantine Freak.
Copenhagen, Dee. 7.—The government
has decided to subject to quarantine regula
tions all arrivals from porta in Florida,
Chili, Jamaica, Martinique and Guadaloupe
in or to prevent the importation of infec
tious di eases.
A Millinery Goods Dealer Assigns.
Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 7.—R. E. Mat
thias, dealer ill millinery, has assigned. His
indebtedness ia aliout $3,000. The amount
of his assets are not known. Baltimore and
Philadelphia creditors are preferred.
Sold for a Song.
Bennington, Vt., Dec. 7.—The Benning
ton woolen mills to-day were sold at auc
tion by the assignee of H. 8. Raines, bank
rupt. The creditors bid off the property
for $42,000, about one-twentieth of the cost.
On the March After Twenty Years.
Fortress Monroe, Dec. 7.—Battery K,
of the Second Artillery, which has been
stationed at this post for the past twenty
years, left here for New Orleans last night.
EUROPE'S DOGS OF WAR.
RUSSIA STILL RUSHING TROOPS TO
St. Petersburg' Editors Say It is Done
to Guard Against the Danger of an
Attack by the Allies The Berlin Na
tional Gazette Says All is in Doubt.
Berlin, Dpo. 7.—Tho National Gazelle
discussing the Vienna Fi'iedcnblatV* arti
cle relative to the massing of troops on the
Russian frontier, says it is evident that
the force of Russian troops now in Roland is
not sufficient to attack two formidable mili
tary powers. Tiie present massing of troops
is too small for war and too large for peace.
We must wait and see how Russia will
reconcile the massing with the pacific as
surances of the Journal des St. Peters
The Cologne Gazette says: “Two opin
ions prevail at St. Petersburg regarding
Bulgaria. On one side diplomatic solution
of the problem is favored, while on the
other military measures are believed to be
necessary in order to exercise pressure upon
the powers, especially upon Austria. With
Austria remains the choice between a
serious conflict and acceptance of a settle
ment agreeable to Russia."
A NOTE FROM THE CZAR.
The Russian government has sent a cir
cular to its representatives at foreign courts
in relation to the Czar’s recent visit to Ber
lin. Tho circular draws attention to three
points: First, that the Czar’s conversation
with Prince Bismarck showed that there
was not the slightest reason for a
breach between Germany and Russia;
second, that Prince Bismarck promised that
Germany would remain neutral in Bul
garian affairs; and third, that both govern
ments should order their newspapers to
adopt a moderate tone in comments on
Russo-German relations. Forged docu
ments are not mentioned in the circular.
RUSSIA’S RETORT IN KIND.
Paris, Dee. 7. —According to private ad
vices from Warsaw this morning the mass
ing of Russian troops on the frontier is at
tributable to information received bv Rus
sia of a concerted plan by Germany and
Austria for united action in the event of
war between either of these powers and
Russia. In that contingency it was pro
posed that Germany and Austria should
suddenly invade Russian Poland ami occupy
Warsaw by using their greater facilities for
mobilizing. In consequence of the discovery
of this alleged project, Russia resolved to
compensate for her slow power of mobilizing
by a permanent increase of her frontier
forces. Tho movement implies no aggres
sion, but is purely a defensive precaution.
AUSTRIA'S MILITARY COUNCIL.
Vienna, Dec. 7. —Emperor Francis
Joseph will preside at the military council
which is to be held at the Palace to-morrow
for the purpose of considering what steps
are necessary in view of the collection of
Russian troops on the frontier.
The Paliheal Correspondence semi-ofll
eially denies the report that the powers in
terested have officially sent a note to Rus
sia in reference to the increased force of
troops on the frontier. The paper says Aus
tria’s frontier guards will Lie completely
organized, and their numbers increased, ft
adds that tlie Russian censor has suppressed
all telegrams sent to Russia in reference to
the Friedenblatt's article concerning Rus
Tho opinion is very general here that the
German press exaggerates the importance
of tho military movements in Russia iu
order to disguise Prince Bismarck’s diplo
macy, the chief object of wi ich is supposed
to be the removal of the Czar from the in
fluence of those who desire to estrange Ger
many and Russia. The course of the Ger
man press is considered to be a dangerous
one, because, in the event of Prince Bis
marck failing in his purpose, it will increase
the tension of the situation. It is owing
more to possible failure on the part of Prince
Bismarck than the massing of Ru-sian
troops that Austrian military precautions
may be necessary.
Moscow, Dec. 7.—The Gazette say.s:
“The future policy of France will decide
whether Germany will be compelled to
watch one or both of her frontiers.” The
paper declares that Russia must always
have a strong fleet in the Pacific ocean.
GOBLET TO FORM A MINISTRY.
Falllers Declined to Undertake the
Paris, Dec. 7. —President Sadi-Carnot
requested M. Falliers to form a Cabinet, but
M. Falliers declined on the ground of ill
health and lack of sufficient authority. M.
Falliers’ friends believe that he will event
ually lie induced to accept the task. If ho
persists in his refusal it is believed the
President will summon M. Goblet.
President Carnot has summoned M. Gob
let, and requested him to form anew Minis
M. Goblet has agreed to form a Cabinet.
President Sadi-Carnot has been installed
in the Elysee palace.
Ex-President Grevv is ill. His memoirs
are being written by his nephew.
The Judre Charged That There Was
No Evidence on Which to Convict.
Dublin, Dec. 7. —The jury has brought
in a verdict of acquittul in the case of
O’Leary, oue of the men charged with com
plicity in the murder of Constable Wheaton
at Lisdoonvarna, county Clare.
The judge told the jury that there was no
evidence to su-iain the charge that O’Leary
murdered Wheaton, arid instructed them
to acquit him of murder. The Attorney
General announced that he would not pro
ceed with the capital charge against any of
the seven prisoners who were arested for
connection with tlie murder, but would
have them all tried for misdemeanor.
Tho Candidate of the Faction in Power
Augusta, Ga., Dec. 7.—The election for
Councilman he'd here to-day passed off
quietly. The battle was confined to the
Fourth ward, where Mr. Neece, a people’s
reform candidate, ran against Mr. Young,
nominee of the faction iri power, known as
“tho ring.” The negroes voted solidly for
Mr. Young, who was elected by a large
majority, whispers of fraud and prosecu
tions are rife to-night.
Tho contract has been signed for the con
struction of the flint section (from Aiken to
Edgefield, twenty-five milee) of the Caro
lina, Cumberland Gan and Chicago railroad.
The contractors will begin work at once
on the Aiken side of the line. President
Brown stated that thij New York syndicate
who have undertaken the work expect to
have the first section completed and
equipped within six months, by which time
the necessary financial arrangement* will
have been made to carry the work of cou
strucUou through to Ntu-zi Carolina
GEORGIA'S CAPITAL CITY.
The County Commissioners Fix t.h©
Wholesale Liquor License at $ 1,600.
Atlanta, Ga., Deo. 7.—The County
Commissioners held an important meeting
today, in which the wholesale liquor
license was fixed. Under the old regime the
license was only $25. It was expected this
board would raise it. but the actual raise has
created a sensation in anti-prohibition cir
cles. The majority of the board, Messrs.
Kiser, Adair and llunnicutt, are Prohibi
tionists. The other two, Messrs. Collins and
Wilson, are wet, men. The highest license
proposed was $2,500. It. was finally fixed
l>y ast rict wet and dry vote at SI,OOO. The
only application for license nut in prior to
this meeting, was Joseph Thompson, but
the high license has dnwd him.
Mayor Cooper, who is clerk of the board,
remarked to the Commissioners after they
had lixed tho license that Mr. Thompson,
would not pay them a cent, hut would take
out a city retail lieonso. Tho Anti-Pro
hibitionists speak of raising the legal ques
tion whether the County Commissioners
have a right to tix a wholesale license when
tho business is carried on in the city limits.
The fixing of the wholesale license fee was
a concession marie to the county by the city
some years ago. In the meantime there
will probably be no wholesale licenses
■issued at present.
THE TREASURER's REPORT.
The quarterly report of the State Treas
urer for the quarter ending Sent. 30, was
filed with the Governor to-day. The receipts
for the quarter wore $101,217 28. The dis
bursements were $158,843 88. The balance
on that day was $342,762 38. June 30 the
balance was $341,882 03.
The public acts of tho last Legislature
have not been published by the State
Printer, owing to the exhaustion of the
printing fund. This state of affairs is caus
ing great inconvenience. Almost daily re
quests are made by Superior Courts for a
cony of the act disqualifying certain county
officials as grand jurors during their term.
Tho officials disqualified bv tho act are
(iounty Commissioners, Tax Rerej vers, Tax
Collectors, members of the County boards
of Education, County School Commission
ers, Ordinaries and Treasurers.
THE LITERARY CONVICT ESCAPES.
J. W. Livingston, of Muscogee county,
a convict in the camp on the Atlanta and
Hawkinsville railroad, near Bnrnesville,
escaped Saturday. Livingston managed
to keep in the hospital, and being or a
literary turn devoted himself to writing
letters and essays of an original ebaracter
to penitentiary officials here, some of which
found ttieir way into print. The maqner
of his eseape is a mystery', as he Had a dis
eased foot which prevented his getting
The receipts at the Treasury from taxes
to-day were $187,841, of which Chatham
The following (Supreme Ccffirt decisions
were handed down to-day:
Work vs. the American Freehold Land
Mortgage Company; from Hall. Affirmed.
Howard vs. Mumford; from Bartow.
Eight cases from the Cherokee circuit
were argued to-day, leaving eighteen in that
The municipal election for two Aldermen
passed off quietly. A comparatively light
vote was polled.
The election hinged upon the prohibition
question. The Antis bad out a straight
ticket, while the Prohibitionists ran a com
bination ticket. The election was warmly
contested, and resulted in a decisive victory
for the Antis, their average majority being
about 1,000. This gives the Antis complete
control of the city.
The count has progressed slowly, and at
midnight the returns are just in from all
the wards, but sufficient are at hand to show
the election of the straight Anti-Prohibition
ticket, as follows: Aldermen, Albert How
ell, Jacob Haas; councilman James M.
Stephens, P. K. Moran, James G. Woodard,
Sampson A. Morris, Andrew P. Thompson,
Martin Amorous, of the six wards respect
ively. When the new members go in the
wets will have a clear winning majority in
Tho Winner of the Bigr Prize3 in the
COI.UMBUB, Ga., Dec. 7.—The drawing
of the Guards’ Library Lottery ('ame off
last night. J. D. Parish drow the building
lot at Hose Hill, valued at S4OO. Mrs. 11.
A. Little drew a silver service, valued at
In Muscogee Superior Court to-day Miss
Bertha Courtney was charged with aiding
prisoners to escape in November, 18t)ft
William Courtney, her brother, convicted
of forging orders on tho Eagle and Phenix
Mills, with others, broke jail. The jury,
after being out ten minutes, returned a ver
dict of not guilty.
The mother of the child found in a sewer
was discovered to-day. She came from
Alexander City, Ala., a short time ago. She
e>oaped across the river to-day before tho
officers arrived to arrest her.
To-night at 10 o’clock an electric light
wire at Twelfth street'and Second avenue
fell. John Lumsford, a backmari, ran his
horse into it. The horse was instantly
killed, and the man was knocked out of the
TARPON SPRINGS TOPICS.
Growers Holding Their Oranges Back
to Avoid a Glut In the Market.
Tarpon Sprinos, F’la., Dec. 7.—Vege
tables are beginning to move northward
from this section. The Mary Disston, one of
the boats of the Gulf Steamboat Company,
takes about 22,.M10 crates every trip to Ce
dar Keys. They are mostly cucumbers and
egg pants. What oranges there am—
scarcely one-third of a crop—are of excell
ent quality. They are being held buck,
firobably 011 account of the prevailing Ixj
ief that growers in the northern portions of
the State will nut their fruit into the mar
ket as rapidly as possible, for fear of a
freeze, and so ovor supply the demand tem
Tarpon Springs people have always had
great confidence in the Silver Springs,
Ocala and Gulf railroad. It has been
■slowly working this way for some time.
Ex-President Clark, late of the Illinois
Central railroad, who represents the finances
of the enterprise, was over the projected
line not long ago, and assured us that the
road would now be rapidly pushed south
ward to Point Pinellas.
The Orange Delt railroad reached the Big
Cypress, some twenty miles away, Thurs
day night. The iron is being laid at the
rate of two miles a day. The “tie gaug”
will finish to this point in four days, and
the track will follow close behind.
Mir.LEDOEVii.LK, Ga., Dec. 7.—ln the
municipal election to-day Mr. Staley, tho
wet candidate for Mayor, beat Mr. W hid
den, the dry candidate, by a small majority.
Mr. McCombs is elected Marshal over Mr.
Owens. All the majorities are small. The
vote for Aldermen has not been counted yet.
The late Lord Lovat’s famous herd of short
boms, at Beaufort Coatle, Inverness, will be
sold at auction next spring. '
I PRICEfIIO A YEAR. I
1 *JE\TB ACOn . f
WOOLFOTXS RED HAND.
ITS IMPRINT ON HIS BARE LEG
MAY CONVICT HIM.
Jurors Find Discrepancies in the Pris
oner's Statement Concerning It
The Blood on the Suspect’s Feet and
Other Damaging Evidence Against
Him-A Struggle for a Pistol.
Maoon, Ga., Dec. 7.—The third day Of
Hie celebrated Wooifolk trial w-as begun in
Bibb Superior Court this morning at 3
o’clock. All interested were on hand
promptly at the hour. For the first time
since the murder the prisoner looked hag
gard and careworn. During the examina
tion of the witnesses, however, he seemed to
regain his spirits, and laughed heartily sev
eral times nt the testimony as it waa
The first witness was S. E. Chambliss,
who was recalled by the State’s attorney in
rebuttal. He testified as to blood found oa
Wooifolk, especially as to the blood spot dis
covered in his right ear, and as to the brains
found on the floor and bed that were taken
up and put in a box. He also testified as to
the blood stains in Woolfolk’s room, which
appeared to have been scoured with soap
WHAT WOOITOLK TOLD SMITH.
W. H. Smith was then examined for the
State He testified to the story told him by
Wooifolk. When the former reached the
scene of tho murder on tho fatal morning
Wooifolk admitted to him that he had
blood on Uis feet from walking about the
house and that tho bloody tracks in the
hallway were also his. lie described the
position of the several bodies. While talk
ing with Wooifolk at the gate he heard a
noise inside tbe house as of someone mov
ing a chair. He did not hear it repeated.
THE GARMENTS IN THE WELL.
G. W. Gatos was next examined for the
State. He repealed the story oPthe mur
der as told him by Wooifolk. The main
point elicited was as to the hat, shirt and
drawers the witness saw drawn out of the
well. There were blood and brainson them.
He saw Mood in Woolfolk’s room, and
bloody water on the hearth where a trunk
had been palled over it to hide it. The
bloody shirt and draw ers were produced and
Jere Hollis, for the State, also testified as
to the finding of the garments in the well,
and as to tbe blood and brains being on
them. He also testified as to seeing a foody
hand print on one of the legs.
A HAND PRINT IN BLOOD.
W. A. Davis, for the State, testified to
seeing the imprint of a bloody band on
Woolfolk’s bare leg when he was examined
by the Coroner's jury corresponding to the
imprint on the drawers. Wooifolk ex
plained then that, he got blood on his hand
when he replaced his mother on the bed,
and that afterward, in arranging his shirt
the blond was transferred to uis drawers.
The counsel for the defense laid great
stress on this point, and attempted to show
that, the bloody hand-print was not noticed
at tbe Coroner’s investigation
WOOLFOLK’S EXPLANATION REFUTED.
The witness was persistent, however, and
insisted that Wooifolk made no statement
about the hand print until tho direct ques
tion was asked him. The (losition or the
hand print was described minutely, the
jurors taking part in tho questioning.
Juror Tinsley asked if me Augers of the
hand inclined inward or outward. The
reply was inward. This created a sensa
tion, as it seemed to refute the explanation
given by Wooifolk.
When the court oonvened at 2:30 o’clock
Henry Brown was called for the State.
Pending big examination the court ad
journed until to-morrow morning at 9
A nRAMATIO UICIDENT.
Avery dramatic incident occurred during
the dinner hour. Wooifolk was in the grand
jury room eating and conversing gaily with
the two bailiffs m attendance. He had ju-t
remarked, “Boys, if I had a pistol I could
get away now,” when a pistol dropped
almost at his foot from the person of bred
Bparks, the jsnitor, who was standing near.
In a twinkle Wooifolk marie a spring for it,
ami a desperate struggle ensued iietweon
him and the bailiffs, who finally succeeded
with much difficulty in securing it. Wool
folk laughed heartily over the incident and
taunted the bailiffs. The presence of the
pistol will be investigated.
BURNING OF A HOUSE
A Brave Young Cirl—Cther Item*
Captolo, Ga., Dee. J.—Tho dwelling
bouse of Mr. Fenton Nunnally, who Uvea
sevoral miles from Sylvania, was burned
on Thursday last.
Mr. Nunnally was not at home at the
time. Mrs. Nunnally was sewing, when
one of her little children came to her and
said :“Mainma,giter is trying to set the house
on fire.” A few minutes after, Mrs. Nun
nally went into the kitchen wiiero the chil
dren wore, and the roof waa falling in.
Hearing her cries for help, Miss Lola La
nier ran to assist her, but seeing that it was
useless to try to extinguish the flames, car
risi everything out of the house. At one
ti oe she carried a heavy cotton mattress, a
f father bed, and all of the bed slats.
(She carried all of the furniture out of tho
hou e without help, and then took a hatches
a id knocked the sash out of the window aug
carried them out too. Her hands and arim
were badly torn, but will soon be healed
Miss Lanier is slightly above the medium
height and very Mender. She is also con
sidered very pretty.
The new Red bluff Baptist church will
soon be completed. The first meeting waa
held in it on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3
and 4. It is in sight of the post office
Two men from Russia came to this coun
try two or three years ago aud peddled for
a livelihood. Now they have a large storr
in our town filled with first-class goods, and
the firm goea by thejnaine ot Keatle Bros.'
There is to boa lively wedding at this
place on I)ee. 14. The contracting parties
are a Mr. Daltou and Miss Ida Moor.
Funeral of Capt. O’Leary—A Quaran*
tine Ship to be Purchased.
Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 7.—The funeral
of Capt. M. O’Leary was largely att *Jed
to-day, notwithstanding the inclemency of
the weather. The Escambia Rifles, a mili
tary organization of which Capt. O'Leary
was an honorary member, attended Ins
funeral in a body in full dress uniform.
The Board of Health, with a view to
facilitating the commerce of the port, wifi
purchase tne hull of a vessel and fit it up as
suitable quarters for the port physician.
The quarantine ship, as she will doubtless
be called, will be permanently stationed all
some suitable point in the harbor, a safe dis
tance from the city.
Cause of the Collapse.
Ga., Dec. 7.—The fall of
the water tower here yesterday, it is now
stated, was caused by a cave in under the
foundation, and was not the fault of the
contractors or workmen in any way.