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A Home Newspaper Published in the Interest ofthePople and for Honesty in Governmental Afiaire,
VOL. III. NO 52.
Salisbury, N. C, Wednesday December iith, 1907.
Wm. H. Stewart, Editor.
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STATESVILLE AND IREDELL. COUNTY.
Held us by Highwayman. Five Illicit
Statesville Landmark, Deo. 3-0.
Deputy Collector Davies
Sheriff Summers destroyed five il
licit distillerises the past week,
one iu Union Grove township, one
in lOlin, two in New Hope and
one in Gwaltney township, just
across the Iredell line in Alexan
der county. . Three men were en
gaged at the latter ' when the of
ficers arrived but they outran the
officers. One man was asleep un
der a barrel but jumped out and
made his escape while the officers
were after the others.
Mr. T. J. Conger recently sodl
to Mr. Anderson Lambert, of
Rowan county, what is known as
the Clendenin place, in Oak For
est neighborhood, 120 acres, for
$1,000. Mr Lambert, who for
merly lived in Iredell, will make
the place his home.
' J. R. C. Gilbert had a thrilling
experience with an unknown man
Saturday night about 10 o'clock
near the home of his mother,
Mrs. Euphemia Gilbertj near
Loray. Mr Gilbert had been to
Scott's-to attend a meeting of a
debating society and was -returning
home alone in a buggy. When
within a quarter of a mile of his
home his horse, suddenly jumped
to one side of the - road and stop
ped. He urgecfc- the animal on
but it seemed tol)e badly fright
ened and not impye. Realizing
Gilbert grasped his 7S whip and was
at the point of . -striking the horse
when a man rusheci from the side
of the road and-tsaught the horse
by the bridle. Mr. Gilbert ordef
ed the would-be highwayman to
release the horse but instead the
stranger held to the lines and
stepping nearer the buggy told
Mr. Gilbert he would either have
to give up his money or gtt out
of the buggy. The only weapon
Mr. Gilbert had was the buggy
whip and before the stranger could
get hold of him he proceeded to
lash him with the whip. The
highwayman staggered and the
horse becoming frightened, dash
ed toward home, leaving the
stranger in the dark beside the
M. L. Bean, of Salisbury, ar
rived here Sunday to visited Mrs.
J. T. Raymer, his mother-in-law.
Shortly alter nis arrival he waw
seized with an attack of vertigo
and was seriously ill for awhile.
He was taken home Monday night
and is now improving.
A charter has been secured for
the Merchants and Farmers'
Bank of Statesville, the new bankj
which is to be established by Mr.
J. . A. Knox and associates ant
which is expected to begin busi
ness February 1st. The capital
is $25,000 with privilege to in
crease to $125,000. The stock
holders expect to meet the last of
next week to organize.
Ex-county Treasurer John A
Haynes was stricken with Hieart
disease while at work at the
Bloomfield Cotton Mill Tuesday
antkdied in a few mo nents,- The
news of his death was a great
shock to the community. W7hile
his friends knew that he suffered
from heart trouble this was not
generally known, and he vas
appearentjy in good health up to
a short time before death.
It is believed that T. A. Gaither,
& Kowan man, was Killed near
San Francisco a few days ago
He left Salisbury for the West
several v month ago, his family
making'their nome at Mooresville,'
temporarly. A few days ago they
received word that an unknown
white man was found dead bv the
track, and from papers found on
his person it was believed the man
was Mr. uaither. The Dody was
About a year ago Will Allison
of the vicinity of lroutman. a
freight conductor on the Southern
railway, was killed by a train in
the railroad yards at Spartenburg
S. C. J. W. Haithcox qualified
as administrator and as attorney
for the administrator. H. P
Grier, of Statesville, had sui
brought in Spartenburg against
the railroad for damages. Mr,
Grier was advised Tuesdayx that
his client had been awarded a
verdiot agaiast the Southern for
LEXINGTON AND DAVIDSON COUUNTY.
A Swindler Rakes In a Few Dollars.
tacked While at Work.
Lexington Dispatch; Dec. 4th. s-
Th9 home ofcL Cecil, on Cen
ter street, Wasf sligntrypclmaged
bv firejlast Friday night, the fire
having occurred about the mid
night hour. No one can- ao6unt
how the fire started unless it was
Thursday night somebody at
tempted to burn the plant of the
Lexington Bottling Works, and
with it the meat market of J, M.
Garland and the Springs Hard
ware Company. The bottling es
tablishment is in the building oc
cupied by the other two concerns,
on the oorner of Second avenue
and Main street. The proprietors
on opening Friday morning found
a chair with the split bottom,
burned, the wood work charred
and a stick wood charred. The
idea obtains that some scoundrel
for reasons known only to him
self, threw oil on the chair though
a broken window at the rear, and
then tossed in a match.
Several merchants of this town
are looking for a sharp swindler
who not only got various articles
of merchandise from them, but
also took in a neat sum of cold
cash and cash comes in good
these times. No one knows
the man and he disappeared asjeral new residences are being
quickly as he came. The swindle
m 1t l- rwn em aU aaIa V hTt I
purported w uav ueeu given ujr
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Dr. A. B. Byerly, practicing phy
sician and who expects to mve
to this place the first of the year.
All of the checks were on the
Commercial and Savings Bank
and were made payable to differ-
ent parties. H. D. Scarboro fell
a prey to the tune of $8.40, less
than a dollar-being in trade and I
the remainder in -cash. His
check was made payable to C. H.
Russell, cr bearer. H. Harris fc
Bro. were taken in for $12.55,
their piece of paper being payable
to Franklin Reese, They gave
suit of clothes and
some cash in exchange ior nis
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worthless check. Juie C. Smith
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is minus a blanket, which was J
worth $1.75, and the remainder
in cash, this check being for $6 70, J
and on this was an Irish name,
hat of Thomas M. Casey. John
Ward was taken into th gatte
and readily handd over a five-
dollar pair of pants, several small
articles and the remainder of theFBggart, B. J. Bostian, E. W.
$11.20 in cash. C. H. Russell
ii a I.;- t i I
machine at the Elk furniture fac-1
tory, Will Sechriest was assaulted
Monday afternoon about three
a negro employed at the fartory:
The negro crept up behind Mr.
Seihriest and dealt him a teirific
blow on the back of the head with
a rock, which wa later found to
weigh something over one and
half poundB. The injury is
a serious one but it is not thought
hat any fatal consequences will
result. Late yesterday afternoon
Sheriff Delap and a posse captur
ed Roberts in the loft of Rachael
Harriston's feed barn, in Boon
township. Roberts was found
hidden under a lot of tops
Also True Here.
Alabama has now gone dry.
The Southern colonel is making
his last stand in Kentucky, but
he will soon be a thing of the
past. Durham Sun.
Negro Suicides by Jumping In Well.
Saturday, Jim .Butler, tor a
long-time a porter at the Central
hotel at Troy, committed suicide
by jumping into a well. Butler
was. treasurer cf a new church for
the colored people at Troy, and
was called upon last week for the
f unds that had been paid over to
him. He hacLnsed the money in
his private business and was un-
able to respond when called on
for the church funds. He owned
some real estate and had made ar-
rangements to borrow themoney,
but his wife refused to sign the
conveyance with him and he told
her if she would not he would
jump into the well and kill him-
self, bhy didn't sign and Butler
carried out his threat.
ANNUAL DEBATE DECEMBER I9TH.
The Schools at Ut. Pleasant Enjoying a
Good Patronage. Road Being Improved.
Deferred From Last Week.
As there are a number of
young people from Rowan attend
ing' school here perhaps a few
items might not be out of order.
On the night of the 23rd of
Nov. the people of Mt. Pleasant
had a rare' treat in theyf orm of a
lecture by the Rev. J)t. Weltner,
of Columbia, S. C. His subject
was the "Passion Play."
The" hill in front of the Metho
dist church on the Concord-Mt.
Pleasant road is being cut down
and a fill is being made in, front
of the Kindley cotton mill. This
improvement in addition to what
the chain gang has doneat other
points on the road will furnish an
excellent highway between our
town and Concord.
Miss Ethylin Crabtree, of
Salem, Va., is visiting friends in
The various churches of the
town held a Union Thanksgtviug
service last Thursday. The ser
vice was conducted in the Reform-
ed church and the sermon was by
Rev. J. P. Miller. A liberal of-
ferine was made for the benefit
01 ine Poor'
Notwithstanding the panic sey
built in tow.
.. , nafnrmaA nhrh :n
Concord last Sunday.
Rev. Wagg, former pastor of
the Methodist church, moved to
his new charge at Statesville last
The Ludwig Literary Society of
Collegiat9 Institute is preparing
to give a public entertainment on
the night of December 19th, The
following is the programme:
Prayer, welcome address,
music; declamation, R. L. Foil;
Debate: Resolved. That the
Present Spirit of Material Devel
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eminent is Tor the Best -Interest of
Our Country. Affirmative: A.J.
Thomas, E. L. Agner, Music
Negativ: R. . L. Miller. R. L.
Deolamation. C. M. Poole:
Hadgepodge. C. D. Alexander:
R. L. Poole, president Mar
shals: R. F, Biles, chief: G. H,
Bigger. S. Hart.
young ladies : of Mont Amoena
Seminary gave a reception to the
Institute boy. It is needless to
I say it was highly enjoyed.
LnJoying enri,ble pEtronftge, and
luooeis this iMsion. The excel
lent conduct of the students
been very marked.
An Old Violin.
rostmaster u. A. Reynolds is
noonly a good postmaster, a sur
veyor, a farmer, a scholarand and
a most excellent and clever gen
tlemen, but bears the distinction
of being a musician and an old
time fiddler as well. The- recent
Fiddlers Convention in this city
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awafcened the musical echoes in
of long ago and inspire him . to
take up his riddle and bow and
makb the night merry with the
concord of sweet sounds. His
violin, by the way, is also a high
ly prized and valuable instrument
and bars this inscription :
Givoan Paolo Maggini
Fecit in Breia 1613.
Mr. Reynolds is not open to en?
gagements but it any
voung friends desire to
pigeon wing no doubt
graciously receive them at his hos-
pitable home on bouth Side and
most cheerfully furnish the music
and call the figuaes to suit "the
queen s taste. lennessee has its
fiddliDg Governor in Bob Taylor
and North Carolina has its fiddl-
ing Lieut. Governor in the person
J of Hon. C A. Reynolds, and in
this respect these two States can
count honors as even. Tennessee
has not a genuine Democrat and
I North Carolina a more loyal Re-
I publican, Union Republican.
AN ASSORTED lOT.
State News, Genral Nsrs asd Cotrent
The police of Mexico City are
actively at work on the biggest
kidnapping cases tha.:they have
ever had. It is evident that for
at least two months tjpa organized
gang ot Kidnapperar: nave been
operated in that city Forty-nine
. i frf i .
children, twenty two boys and
and twenty-seven' girls, have been
stolen form their hdmes. What
is to be done with '-ein or who
might be taking themfiway and by
what means is not. Jpown. The
age of the children T&ries between
2'and 12 years. ij
W.- M, Widenhouse died last
Tuesday afternoon about 8 o'clock
at his home at Gecrgeville after
an illness of only two days. He
was taken Sunday with" an Acute
attack of neuralgia of the bowels,
and was unable to.1be present alb
the meeting Mond-sJ" of the board
of county 'commissioners, of which
he was a member. No relief could
be afforded him, anj he suffered
greatly until his death. Concord
State Auditor Dixon has an
nounced the completion of the
pension list, and the old veterans
will receive State pensions as fol-
ows : Firstf class pensioners $72 ;
second class, $60: fourth class.
$25; widows, $25, These war
rents will be in the hands of the
clerks of the various ? courts on
Saturday, December 14th, for dis
The Progressive Farmer gives
good advice. Referring to the ne
cessity of some farmers to sell cot-
on to pay their debts, that paper
says : 'There are other debt-pay
ing farm products besides cotton ;
et us produce more of them and
depend less on cotton as our sole
reliance for money."
The burning nefl of the hour
is a brand or religion that will
cause those to paytheir debts
who can but won't, Raleigh
Senator Foraker, of Ohio, has
announced himself a candidate
for the presidential nomination. ..
The sixtieth session of the Uni
ted States Congress convened in
Washington Monday at noon. The
session was a short one and was
consumed in formalities.
Monday President Roosevelt
re-iterated his intention not to
again be a candidate for the Dresi
rlflnftv. Wiso man.
The jury in the case of Mrs.
Annie-Bradley, who has been on
trial for her life for shooting and
killing former Senator Arthur
Brown, of Utah, after he refused
to marry her, returned a verdict
of not guilty at 7 minuto to 10
o'clook Tuesday morning. The
jury took two ballots. The
first stood eleven to 1 in favor of
acquittal. The second was unani
mous ior acquittal. The juror
who voted against acquittal on
the first ballot was Julius A.
Priggs, a bookkeeper, and the old
est member. When the verdict
was announced a great cheer went
up in the court room, women
being particularly enthusiastic
Mrs. Bradley was hurried from
the court house to ah automobile
and taken quickly to the home o
Mrs. Hays one of her friends.
Miss Aileen Cabaniss Kendall
of Shelby, was run over and kil
led by an juizabetn street car at
the corner oi Biast avenue and
Myers streets ivionaay night, and
Mrs. Cabaniss, of this city, was
painfully hurt. Mr. Cabaniss
who was accompanying his wife
and niece, escaped serious hurt by
the merest chance, l he acciden
is one of the most distressing tha
ever happened in Charlotte
MisB Kendall had just arrived in
the city from Raleigh, where she
bad been a student at the Baptist
University for women during the
fall, and was on her way home
to Shelby. For several weeks
past she had been in ill health
and was returning home in order
to recuperate, A. niece of Mr.
Mrs, Cabaniss, she was to
spend the night with them and
-continue her journey home Tues-
I day morning.-Uharlotte Observer.
SUPREME COURT REVERSES L0N6.
$39,000 Fine Imposed Upon
Southern Cannot be.Collected. i
Raleigh, Deo. 4 The Supreme
Court in a decision filed this
afternoon arrests the judgments
of Judge Long as to the $30,000
fine of the Southern Railway for
violating the 2 1-4 cent passenger
rate law. The right of .the court i
to fine or imprison7 any railroad
official for selling at a higher rate
is denied and it is held that the
Federal courts cannot interfere in
criminal prosecutions and that in
civil suits the railroad may be
mulcted of $500 for each sale.
Chief Justice Clark dissents and
says the railroad should be fined
and intimates that an extra ses
sion of the Legislature should be
held to make the act more expli
HISTOEY OP LITIGATION. j
The opinion was written by Mr.
Justice Walker, one of the ablest
and most learned of the judges
who have sat on the bench of this
State. The opinion is concurred
in by Mr. Justice Connor, Mr.
Justice Brown and Mr. Justice
Hoke and is a very elaborate and
exceedingly able discussion of the
matters invelved in this well-.
Known controvessy. .It will be
remembered that the Southern
Railway Company was indicted at
the July term 1907, of the Supe
rior Court of Wake county, along
with one of its agents, Mr. Thom
as E. Green, for the violation of
the act of the General Assembly
of 1007, fixing railroad passenger
rates at 2 1-4 cents a mile. The
case was tried before Hon, B. F.
Long, one of the judges of the Su
perior Court, and upon the trial,
the defendants were both convict
ed. The railroad company was
fined $80,000 and the agent was
fined $5. The railroad company
appealed to the Supreme Court of
the State. During the trial in
the Superior Court, . the railroad
company filecTa copy of certain
proceedings in equity in. the Cir
cuit Court of the United States,
together with a copy of the in
unction issued by Judge Prifohard
restraining the State officers f com
putting into effect the rates fixed
by the General Assembly upon the
ground that they were confisca
ory. The agent, Mr. Green, was
taken into custody by the Judge
of the Superior Court in person,
in order to prevent the Circuit
Judge of the United States from
releasing him upon habeas corpus
To Colonize the Negro.
A movement started in Col
orado, where there is a coloniz
ation society for the purpose of
sending the negroes back to Airica,
has been espoused by O. M. Stuart,
a well-known colored educator of
Richmond. The movement is de
igned to ship to Africa all the
negroes in the united states, in
order that they may establish
their own government, with an
American protectorate. The
worthless class of negroes are
eager for the movement, while
those who have aceumulated prop
erty are opposed to going to a new
country, where they will have to
build themselves up all over again.
The idea of the colonization
movement is to , appeal to the
national Government and to the
several states for assistance cn
the ground that the white people
owe it to the negroes as a debt
which they will never be able to
discharge until they have placed
them safely and well in their own
country whence they were brought
as slaves 250 vears ago. t The ne
groes claim that the impetus
given America while receiving the
benefits of their labor will not be
lost la the next thousand years
and that the United States can
well afford to pay the debt to the
colored brother. .
The commerce that would
naturally spring up between the
two countries would be worth un
told millions to the United States,
it is declared. It is suggested
that the negroes be moved t the
rate of 1,000,000 a year, -allowing
20 years to effect their complete
SOME ONE HAS BELLEO A BUZZARD.
Rocker Takes a Turn on The Panic and
Claims the Millionaires Caused it.
South Rowan, Dec. 2. During
the rainy weather which we have
had wheat has come up fine and
it looks very good.
Miss Kate Carger has been vis
iting her sister quiet recently.
John Josey sold one of the finest
bird dogs in the county to a
gentleman from Salisbury a few
weeks ago. Mr. Josey had raised
this dog from a little pup and at
ast he sold the dog for one hun
We are informed that Marshal
Holshouser has a bale of cotton
aid lengthwise across a little
stream of water so that it will not
oose in weight till he gets ready
to market it.
John Beaver from the St. Paul
neighborhood was, visiting at P. A.
ackson's Saturday night .and
Charlie Park ordered him a new
gun-from Sears, Roebuck, & Co.,
some time ago and has received it
quiet recently. Guess he means
to look after the Mollie Cotton
tails about Christmas.
There is a large Sunday school
at Organ Church and there will
be a Christmas tree there Christ
mas day. We.cannot yet give the
exact hour but will give it later.
Ah interestingprogramme is being
Miss Anna Caster visited her
grandmother near Organ Church
last Thursday night.
Sunday, November 24th, there
was a buzzard passed oyer cjobq
Stirewalt's house with a bell
swung to his neck. He was tra
veling southward and every time
he would flap his wings the bell
would rattle. There is no telling
how far this creature has come I
nor how long it will be before he
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ors at Adolphus Caster's last Sat
Milo Brown is suffering from
the effects of a bealing on his jaw.
Little Dewey, son of Daniel
Powlass. has been very sick for
the past few days.
Daniel Artz, one of our farmers,
who has been working at Kann-
apolis and will
move his tamiiy
John N, Troutman has moved
hia family t.n Kannannlis nd will
probably there spend their future
days. x ;
, lhe rarks academy now has a
rural school library. It consists
of ninety-four different kinds of
books and a nice book case.
Burl Caster swapped his young
colt off and got an all o. k. mule
which he will probably farm with
On the night of November 28th
there was a small crowd which
vonf.nnfhohivrn W1 in f rnm
William Fesperman's to Clark'g
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otm-ft inaf. p.nrsincr and HWfiarintr tnl
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their own notion, jno one saw
them close enough to identify
them, but several said they knew
In living here in the county
and having been without the ad
vantage of a high school or col
lege education I feel unable to say
anything about the statement
given in tnis paper a lew weeKs-
ago by Xerxes. By his items I
judge tkat he is pretty far along
in the school at Crescent, yet I a "ttle money the republicans are
want to show him and the people trying to down the truftB just be
of Rowan county that I am not cause there is a democrat in them.
asleep. While it may be true that
Roosevelt is giving the trusts
trouble, I do not say that he is or
that he is not, but will take his
(Xerxes) own statement for it,
We all know that these Republi-
can millionaires are the ones who
have caused the panics by drawing
their money out ot circulation
when a democratic president at
tempts to burst up their trusts,
and, we know too, that a republi- looked after by those who are con
can would not do anything with Bidering and planning for the
them, simply because they were betterment of our government. -republican?
and with their mill-L - Rookeb
THE PILGRIM ANNIVERSARY.
Immense Throng of People Attends Cele
bration of 150 tn Ann liersary. "
Last Sunday and Monday were
ideal winter days, the atmosphere
being clear, cool and- bracing
just such weather as is favorable
to bring together large crowds of
people for special services. The
occasion at rilgnm wasfan un
usual one, the celebration of the
150 anniversary of the founding
of a congregation. On Sunday
there was an immense throng of
people. The great church was
crowded to overflowing ; and on
Monday the attendance was all
that could be desired. The pro
gramme, as published in last
week ' Dispatch, was carried out
to the great delight of the people.
Pilgrim Reformed church has
records going back exactly 150
years. The church was likely in
existance a few years further back,
but the records only go back to
the year 1757. The first church
was a log structure and was used
by the congregation exactly 50
years, in 1807 a larger and more
handsome church was built, so
this anniversary was the centen
nial of the building of the second
house of worship. The second
church was used through the long
peroid of 75 years, until 1882.
when the present handsoms church
was built. This anniversary, ac
cordingly, was the 25th of the
erection of the third church.
The offering on Sunday was re
ceived in the old-fashioned col
lection devices, wrought iron rings
with suspended bags fastened on
long handles. One of these has
come down from the time of the
There are but few congregations
in North Carolina that have a his
tory of 1$0 years. This one can
well be proud of its long and
honorable career. It is Jn most
prosperous condition, having 175
members, with a Sunday school
numbering 236. Lexington Dis-
Business Men and Demagogues,
Thrfwilmington Messenger asks
the question : "Have not the busi
ness men ot this city has a right
to entertain and express
Noting that question. The
Charlotte Observer answers : "No:
Business men have no right to ex-
press opinions about anv nnbhc
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question. They have no business
lo ao anytmng except to put up
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tn campaign tuna and vote the
That's the idea, nearly express
eu. rne oan&3r and the mer
mi 9 m k . a
chant and the mill man must
stay in his office or other
place of business, and be good,
shell out his cash when called
upon to save the party candidates,
take care of the real business of
the country while the hot-air in
terview-givers and office-hunters
prance around in the gorgeous
trappings oi tne demagogue, and
then take a gentle cussing with
greats ot going to j ail or the pen
Itentiary II a panic ariftS, It IS
time for business men, bankers
and merchants and farmers, the
latter the biggest class of business
men in the world, to wake up and
make servants of officials who will
respect their employers.
ions would bribe the people end
buy rates for the republican party,
now since they have persuaded
some democrats into the trusts
and they (democrats) are making
vv nile before. when these big
trusts were run by republican
humbugs, the republican party
did not By anything about them,
now, I do not say anything against
the bursting up of these trusts,
Put 1 do 8ay fehat an organization
Parfey ort individual who goes
about things in the above men
- tioned manner is not endorsing
r n8nt principle and should be