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If. JOHNSON, EDITOR AMD MANAGER
LOUISBURG. N. C.. PHID
APRIL 11. 1913
MET IN 8BQULAK SESSION LAST
MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Maoh Routine Work Done
List Takers Appointee? Ac
tion Taken Upon Court House.
The Board of County Commissioners
met In regular session on last' Monday
and Tuesday with all mem ben present.
Alter reading and approving minutes of
previous meetiag the following business
William B. Hodge was relieved of
poll tax in Harris township ? not beta*
The petition for a new road from the
Naah plaee on Loniabarg to Henderson
road to Milford road was grated. Tom
. Weldon, K. L Frazier and R. L Stokes
were appointed registrars.
K. O. Bewdea was relieved of poll
tax in Cypress Creek township? same
having been paid ia Cedar Rock town
W. F. Branch, D. M. King and P. J.
Harris were relieved of special school
Uk in Hairis township? they not being
ia said district.
6. T. Whitaker was relieved of tax
on $1,000.00 as solvent credits listed
Clancy Davis was placed on outside
pauper list at $1.M per month.
Ed Harris was relieved of special
school tax in Cypress Creek township
?not being in said district.
E. C. Crews was relieved of paying
poll tax in Kranklintoa township.
Loney Perry was relieved of special
school tax in Franklintea? not being ia
Rixie Privstt wss placed on outftide
pauper list at $2.06 per month.
It was ordered that the following men
be appointed Road Trustees of Frank
linton township: S. C. Williams, B. T.
Green, W. L. MeGhee, H. E. Pearce.
The Board then proceeded to appoint
the following me* as list takers for
their respective townships:
Dunns? W. H. Williams.
Harris ? G. C. Harris.
Youngaville ? Geo. M. StelL
jk FAflklinton?.'. D. Speed.
HayesviUe? A. A. Medlin.
Sandy CreSk? E. M. Gupton.
Gold Mine ? W. D. Upchurch.
Cedar Rock ? S. H. Boone.
Gypress Creek? K. B. Harris.
Louisburg ? A. W. Perry, Sr.
The Board convened on Tuesday
morning All proceeded as follows:
? A. S. Fogleman was relieved of poll
tax on account of inability.
S. N. Nalms waa relieved af $1.01 be
ing an error ef an avercharge la tax.
Report of EL M. Williams was receiv
ed and ordered tied. He reperts 8
white and 14 colored iamates.
A ballot waa take* which resalted
unanimous not to mots tke site of the
court house. Another ballet waa takea
upon the bulldiag a new court hoase or
remodelinr the old ene. The idea to
build entirely aew was serried and the
eounty Attorney was instructed te ad
vertise for specifications and plans for
the Snd of May.
An election for additional roads Bonds
for Franklinton was allowed. It will
be held on the 31at of Mav 1913.
Repert ef Dr. J. K. Malone, Superin
tendent ef Health was received and
filed. His report was a splendid one.
He was given instruction bj the Board
to take necessarr steps to keep the
jail and convict camps in proper sani
Report of F. R. Pleasants, Manager
ol the Medical Depository, was receiv
ed and filed.
After allowing several accounts the
Board adjourned to its next regular
Not so Bad After All
Nearly every time anything is said
,ab*ut the condition of the towa's fi
nance some one jumps up with the ex
cuse that the electric light and water
plant is at fault. There is ao doubt
but that a majority of the people -fell
very much this way but from a little
figuring we capt find it so. The com
missioners have not dealt fairly with the
aknnt and we feel that certain changes
COO Id be brought about that would
change the feeling of the entire town
In regard to it. Wo are publishing
herewith twa tables, that will no doubt
give a little IFght on the matter to the
oUiiens of, the town. One of these
approximately what the plant i?
now doing and the other is an estimate
based upbn the same figures showing
an idea of what the plant could do. by
giving all nighrvorvice. It will be re
membered that thibsis * public owned
plant and the peoplear^ anxieui for
all the accomodations possible, and we
see no joat reason why tbey should aot
be gIVen full wrrlce. ? In faot to our
minds the plant van be made to pay a
nice dividend for a day current. It
would of coarse necessarily have to
?tart off small, but would increase rab
idly. However we are now discussing
this matter in the light of giving ju*
tiee to both the plant and to the citi
zens who hare to foot the bills. In
the following table we attempt to show
what the plant is now doing; '
Amount received from water ?
and current per year 17,068.00 |
Amount doe .plant for
lighting atreeta 1,20# DO
Amount due plant for 1(0 hy
drants for tire ptbtection 3*0.00
Salary Superintendent |800.00
Salary fireman est 886.00
Coat of coal 3,420.00
Oil, chemicals ate, est ? 1 . *^1,000 -M
Total 86, 086.08
The above leaves a total profit of
82,883.00 which even yon should allow
a ten per cent item for error' in calcu
lations would' leave 82.VOO.OO profit and
we are informed that 1f shavings were
used the cost of eoal wen Id- he reduced
at least $100.00 per iponth which would
give its a total profit of nearly 88,608.00
There is hardly any doubt but that
the remaining hours of night would
tarn in an equal p?r cent of business
compared with the cost. However
since the run at the last part of the
night ia so much lighter than the first
it would hardly take more than one
third ot the coal, and the amount of
current used would be equal to at least
one-third, therefore we would have as
Receipts $2,366.00 1
Coal. 81,140.00 1
Cost of extra fireman 360.00 |
It will be seen from the above that
there would remain a profit from this
end of the service of about |800.00, al
lowing 861.00 for the sake of au error,
and if shavings are used there would
remain still a greater profit.
Where the town has not dealt fairly
with' the plant i? not giving it credit
for lighttng the streets or for the use
of the hydrants. The argument' that
the town made the?e things possible by
establishing same is ?ot~ sufficient, as
the people pay a separate tax of 60
cents on the 8100.00 worth of property
which will offset same.
Since there is an apparent profit of
about 83.600.00 per year from this plant
we see no reasonable argument why
it cannot be run all night. There are
nearly half the patrons of the light
plant who will use nearly as much car
rent in the last part of the night as in
the first, taking an average the year
round and with the addition of those
who do not now use the service becaase
they cannot get mrient >n the early
motning we beleive the town could
soon releive the tax payers of the addi
tional tax of 60 cents on the $100.00
worth of property which goes to pro
vide for. the interest on the bonds and
and the sinking fund. It will be re
membered that the interest is only
?3,200.00 per year and with a sinking
fund of $1000.00 only makes a total of
$4,300.00 necessary. With now a pro
fit on an all night service of possibly
above $3,500.00 it can easily be ' seen
that it would not take much of an in
crease to relievet the tax payers of this |
We shall maintain until we are shown
different that the town's water and
light plants together are very close, not
only to self sustaining but enjoying a
financial condition that will take care
of its own expense and pay the interest
on its bonds and provide a sufficient
sinking fund. Mr. Voters of Louis
burg you know how to figure as well
or better than the editor of this paper
? study it out for yourself. What ever
may be the oittome of your efforts we
will gladly pulish same if furnished us
in such form as we can put up in type.
Mayor's Court ,
Monday morning Maypr Holden pnt
a fine $5.00 and costs each on Daiay
Jones and Loe King for fighting. They
"forked over tlie dought" and were
On Tuesday morning a. change waa
made in the street ? convict working
.force by putting Mr. T. P. Alford in
charge of tho work in tha place of Mr.
J. R. Wiggins, and Mr. [tennie Moore
instead of Mr. J. J. Place as guard. We
are iaformed the change w|i 'made on
accouat of the saving in tha cost of the
salaries pajfl tha respective parties. It
U.to be hoped the chaaga will pcavt
wise in other ways. .? v
AN EXPERT AOCOUHfltoT
TO BE EMPLOYED TO MAKE
Aotlon Taken for Confederate
Monument ? Front Door of
Market House to Be Changed
At ? regular meeting of the Board of
Town Commissioners on last Friday
night? Commissioners Ford, MeK'nne
and Ilicks being present, Mm fallowing
business was transacted:
Mr. J. P. Winston went before tfae
Board In tha interest of the Daughters
of the Confederacy ef the Joaaph J.
Deris Chapter requesting the dona
tion of ? site ia the centre of Mais
street ea top ef the Oollere hill open
which to plaoe the Confederate monu
ment. Upon motion it was ordered
that upon the proper exeeatioa of the
deads Irons the Graded school trustees
and Louis burg Female College for suffi
cient land on either side of the monu
ment fpr street purpeaea, she. town
wpuld donate the desired apace
On motion a resolution endorsing the
petition of the Farmers Union t? the
Secretary of Agriculture of the United
States, relative to' the soil surrey of
Franklin county was adopted.
On motion of Comas iasioner Hides,
Tax Collector Hudson waa instructed
to advertise all property of delinquent
tax payors to be said first Monday in
June. ?" .
On motion of Commiaaioner MeKinne
it was ordered that an expert account
ant be employed by the toOa to pre
pare a statement showing the financial
condition of the town.
Report of J . C. Tucker Chief of Po
lice, for January, February and March
was received and ordered filed.
A motion prevailed instructing the
Chief of Police to change the front
door of the market house so aa to lead
atraight info the hall way. Mr Ford
was present and consented to this
: On motion Clerk R. H. Davis was
appointed registrar and J. A. Turner
and E. F. Yarbo rough were appointed
poll-holflers for the regular election to
be held on Taesday, the 6th day of
At request of Chief ef Police Tusker
Mr. J. L. Palmer was allowed a refund
of $5.00 on market house rent.
No ether business of importance
coming before the. Board it adjourned
to its next regular meeting.
Daniels Goes in for Savins:
Oncle Sam's Thousands
? v >? . W
Washington, Much 2. ? Secretary of
the Navj Daniels believes that the
government can save thousands, if not
millions of dollars, if oar hattleahips,
instead of being supplied with coal as
a motive power, oil in its place is sub
Ever since Mr. Daniel* became head
of the Navy Department, this question
has been one uppermost ia his mind.
He had no definite knowledge of the
extent of the oil fields of the United
States, neither did he possess sufficient
information which would convince him
that our men-of-war in the future can
be equipped with a fael supply at a cost
largely, in decrease of that which Uncle
Sam is novr compelled to pay.
In ether words, Secretary Daniels
has been oi the belief that oil, instead
of coal, could be substituted to move
our greatest dreadnaughts and that
through such substitution the govern
ment of the United States would save
many thousands of dellara annually.
He wrote to Secretary of the Interior
Lane, in charge of all public lands and
all oil fields, about the matter. Secre
tary Lane, who is a native of Califor
nie, stated in his reply that his native
state will be the only one from which
will bedrawn the supply of fuel dur
ing the next score of years.
Secretary Lane recommends to the
Secretary of the Navy that the govern
ment acquire sufficient oil fields lo sup
ply the present demand of our fighting
fleet, operating them, as they can do
at a lews coet than under private con
tract. Secretary Lane states that the
life of ft battleship will have become
long sinee exhausted before the pil
supply burns out.
1/ writing to Secretary Daniels,
Secretary Lane sal<V amoug other
things: . . ?
"The production of heavy oils in
OWornla has now Been under way for
thirty five or tortv years, although it
did not become importSnt until the
middle 80's. . Furthermore, it ia th?
only state, with tha-poaaible exception
?f Illinois, in which production has not
begun to decline. Ita rate qf produc
tion has aontloed to inarease aa new
?aid* have been opened and as addi
tiooal Wmltiet hare come to depend
upon oil u rn fuel, for it Is the 00I7
important producer of fuel oil*. It is
probable that the majority of the oil
bearing areas within it are aov known,
and that there will be few important
discoveries in the future, white the de
mand. will doubtlett continue to in
crease The development of the known
fields however, is at present somewhat
retarded by the existence of the tem
porary Government reserves. The re
serves will eventually be opened by
legislation and when that event takes
place ill of the known supplies except
these retained in the permanent naval
n^syws will be available tor commer
cial extraetien. The development of
promising Mexican territory may cheek
the rate of ti*f extraction when sup
plied h the California fields ran low and
coals there increase for this reason.
Thto development, with its tendency to
retard the rise in price, will probably
proton* the period of produeUoa with
out th^oil fields of the United States.
NevertBalias there can be little doubt
that priche of fuel oil will rice as tfcs
supplies defeliae. This tenderer to
ward higher prices because of lesssn
iar , naerves is further stimulated by
the imprevemeat in technological pro
cesses by which the fuel oils are broken
up into more valuable lighter products
are thereby more fully utilized.
(1) "Tfrenty years hence the price of
fuel oil, which thea a* now will be
produced chiefly in California, will be
much higher than at present and the
production will probably have declined
seriously, although it Is likely that it
will still be large. "
(2) The failare of tbo oil supplies in
the Uaited State* will not take place
suddenly. The decline will be gradual
aad will t#ncl constantly to he checked
by -rialng prices. This is illustrated
by the feet that in the oldect field in
the United States, Pennsylvania, where
pioduetion was important as early as
1861, rccfnt increased prices have
changed e former decline, sometimes
as rapid , %s 15 per cent, into a slight
increase for the year 1912. Production
from fieldt abandoned earlier may be
resumed when prices advance to a point
which permits of more expensive ex
traction at a profit. Declining produc
tion and increased demand will he an
nounced ' by rising prices, bnt there
will be no sadden cessatioa of supply.
Indeed it is believed that the decrease
in California will be mujh less rapid
than the increase has been. The lat
ter has risen from twenty-four million
to eighty-one million per snnura during
the last decade, and one of the older
fields? that <Jf Kern River? maintained
a nearly constant production for nine
years before decline began.
(8) As nearly as Mn be estimated
the privately owned lands within and
surrounding the pvesent naval patrol
eum rf serves will, when developed, re
salt in a depletion of the siipply in !
these resawei by not more than 20 per '
lent. Twenty years hence, therefore,
and thereafter until the reserves are
abandoned or developed by the govern
ment. 80^ per cent of the present
roughly estimated amount of two hun
dred and fifty million barrels, namely,
two hundred million barrels, should be
(4) No relief can be expected in the
price of fuel oil at Atlantic ports for
commercial uses. These prices will
probably tend upward therea/ter, al
ihoush of coarse there may be brief
periods during which lower prices will
rule, as a result of the development of
new fields, for example, those of West
ern Mexico. Relief to the aavy from
increasing commercial prices can prob
ably be secured only by' the develop- ]
ment of its own reserves, where it j
should be possible to produce oils at
approximately the present cost of pro
duction, fifty cents or lept^per barrel,
plus transportation to the point of use.
(5) It is believed that the Depart
ment of the Navy may rely upon the
reserves already existing for a supply
of fuel oil for a period greater than
the life of** any battleship to be con
structed within the next decade. By
H. C. Bryant.
- Bijf Cotton Convention
Every man, concerned in the best
interests of the southland owes it to
himself to attend the big' cottoo con
vention to be held in Dallas April 28th
to May 1st.
This will be a monster rally, attead
ed by thousands of people in all walks
of life, and from all parts of the south.
The convention will doubtless place
.Brotm nentfy before the world the won
Qtirful work bcinj? accomplished by the
advantages of a trip to Dallas, the
broadening benefits derived by eon
tnc> with leading mea of the south
?osi^med ia cotton, sanaot be esti.
THE MOVING PEOPLE
theih movements in and
OUT OF TOWN
Tho?e Who. Have "Visited Louis
burg the Past Week?Those
Who Have Gone Elsewhere
For BuMneM or Pleasure.
Mr*. T. W. Bickett left yesterday for
Raleigh. . . -
Dr. J. E. Malcoa left Wednesday for
Mbe Francis Lacy, of Raleigh, i* vis
iting her sisters here.
Mr. W. W. BoMe and wife spent
we day last week la Raleigh.
Mr. Aafoo Deiti left the put week
for a sriait to Baltimore.
Mr. W. B. Barrew, of Riehmoai,
visited his paraata hare the past week.
Dr. E. S. Green, Jr.. and Witt, of
Mtarot, arc visiting his parents here.
Mr. and Mr*. 9. E. MeKinna, of
Princeton, visited their sens in Loais
b*rg the put week.
Miss Aanie Belle King, who is attend
ing school at Raleigh, spent Sanday
with her people here.
Mr. R. G. Allen, Cuhier of the Far
mers National Bank, is on a visit to
Mr; and Mrs. M. K. Pleasants spent
several days' the past week visiting his
Mr. and Mrs R. P. Taylorand daugh
ter, Miss Sallie, spent one day last
week in Raleigh.
Mm. W. M. Gilrqore and son have
retained from a short visit to friends
in Rocky Mount,
Miss Kate Kntman, who is teaching
school at Apex, spent Sunday with rel
atives in Louisburg.
Mrs. and Mrs. R. E. Prince and little
sons, of Raleigh, visited friends and
relatives in town the past week.
Mrs W. 1 . Clegg and little daughter
of Greensboro, who have been visiting
at Mrs A. M. Hall's returned home the
Mts. F. B. Asheraft, of Monroe, and
Mrs. Richard Brewer, of Wake Forest,
visited their brother, Hon, T. W. Bick
ett, the past week.
Mrs. T. W. Stokes, who successfully
underwent an operation at the hospital
in Henderson, returned home Tuesday.
Her many friends will be glad to know
she is rapidly reaovering. ??
Mr. R. M. Person, of Charlotte, wu
a visitor to Louisburg the past week.
Mr. Person has scores ef friends in
Loaisbburg who are always glad to see
him aad shake his hand.
Rev. C. D. Malone, of Choeowinity,
visited his sons here the put week.
While here he occupied the pulpit of
the Episcopal church Sunday morning
and night and preached at Ingleside
Mr. M. F. Houck, who has been at
Windell greeting several nice build
ings the past year after having gotten
his work in good shape, has returned
to Louisburg to begin the erection of a
large brick building for the Hill Live
Mr. C. T. Perry, of near Motnyer,
Mash eounty, an old Franklin county
boy was a pleasant caller at the Times
office Saturday. lie was open in his
expressions of the advancement of
Louisburg? having noticed many
changes stnee his last visit here
News wa? received here Wednesday
that about five o'clock that morning
Mr. Cfpo. W. Leonard, of near Dickens,
died suddenly while standing talking
with hit wife about the work he was
planing for the day. Mr. Leonard was
a man of family and was about forty
eight years of age. He leaves a wife
and several children besides a host of
friends and relatives who have the sym
pathy of the entire neighborhood.
Daniels' Good Licks.
The pubiie approval extended to Sec
retary Daniels policies regarding such
matters as more service by naval of
ficers actually at sea and less at desks*
in Washington js xeconctetK^by the
Army and Naval Journal. It Itpse^
him, as another step along the right
line, to revoke or amend the regula
tion that puts a plaster (upon the mouth
? ? every office holder not blessed by
immediate personal contact with the
Secretary. Under the present system
a Secretary's impressioms ot the ser
vice opinion and needs proceed }from a
lit le knot of favored officers whose
view?s may or may not represent those
?f the navy as a whole. At lor Ike
plea made heretofore* that Secretary
Daniels predecessors invited or wel
come expression* from any officer di
rect, we are told that this assertion
causes laughter on tho part of thoas
who know as a fact that the Secretary
does not open'tbq official mail, and that
the letters mentioned with their valu
able burden of honesty criticism and
timely warnings, never reach lpis eyes
at all but so quietly to their graves in
the pigeou holes of tho very' bureau
of officers against whose practices the ,
writers of the letters protested. Whlek
haa the ring of truth and coming froan
a journal so representative of service
opinion, is doubtless quite true. Sec
retary Daniels is going to be one ef the
best heads the Navy ever had. : - -
Entertainment ?t Bans
The exercises of the Primary aad In
termediate classes given by the Baaa
High School last Friday sight proved
very entertaining to . the large crowd
present. The two tableaux? The Old
Woman in ths Shoe and Byerybedy
Works bat Father, under the names of
an illustrated nursery rhyme aad nn il
lustrated soag were the most heartily
cheered numbers. Recitations by Alma
Way, Vera Tant, and Ruth Alford were
possibly the best rendered numbers oa
the program while the small boys of
the little army vera hard to beat. Those
in music showed exaellent training and
sareful practice. The chorouses? Mar
Pole Dance Did Let the Bills with Soag
Besoand? rendered by the larger pupils
were above the average for high school
students. All the characters in Axia
Her Fader did remarkably well.
Edith's Dream went smoothly with
some good acting. Cutest of all, and
well done too, was the-emaJC girls' dolt
N The school closes Friday, April It.
The full program for commencement
came out in the Tiuiia last week. The
exercises begin at ten o'clock in the
To Erect Large Building
Mr. M. F. iiouck informs 113 he has
just completed plans and contract with
the Hill Live Stock Co., for the erec
tion of a large two-story store building
on Nash street. The building will be
S3 x 131 aiad the aeoond story will ex
tend to Main street over the present
room occupied by this company. It
will be fitted up in avery particular a
most modern and up-to-date store rooas
and will be used by this popular con
cern for the accommodation of their in
creasing business. He will also build
for the ssme people a harness display
room on the side of the above building
and on Xasb street 2* x 62. This wit
also bo a two-story building and the
second story will be ftted with thevsar
latest md most modern offices. The
lower floor will bo a display room for
harness of all kinda. If r. Houek says
he has received instructions to begin
the work on these buildingB at once
The Revival Meeting
The revival meeting: that is now be
ing conducted by Rev. A. D. Wilcox,
the pastor, at the Methodist church ia
being largely attended and much inter
est is being shown. Mr. Wilcox is
preaching some of the strongest ser
mons that the people of Louisburg have
witnessed in qjite a while and they are
being enjoyed. His texts were well
taken and his line of thought well ex- ?
pressed, leaying no doubt in the minds
of his hearers of the objects of his:
messages. The singing is being con
ducted by Mr. Fitzgerald, of New York
and the music is splendid. During the
past week many have given expression
to their intentioh to follow the teach
ings of Christ.
We are informed that the meeting
will probably close Sunday night and 1
the doors of the church will be thrown
open for the reception of these who
wish to become members.
This meeting is doing a lot of good
among our people, as it is a long stride
towards setting things right with many
and is causing others to think. May
its powers be unmeaaurable.
The Louisburg Baptist Church.
Public worship Sunday 11 a. m. The
service will be enriched by the singing
of I'rof. Thomas Justice, a singing:
evangelist of marked ability rctently 1
from Chicago, where he took special
training for his work. Mr. Justice for
merly lived in Vranklihton, where Ilia
father pastor of.the Baptist church.
Ofl account ot th& evangelistic meet-,
nt tlie MethodTkt church", thero
will be no ^ervice at night
Sunday scho it ?"cl B. Y. P. V.
Mondav night, an3' ?nyer meeting
i ' ? *1*' 1
We hare rewired a sack ?f garden
seed sent us by Hon. P. M. Simmons
for distribution among his many friends
la Tranklin ooaaty trfat we will be glad
to dispense to thoM wishing same.