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The Wilson advance. (Wilson, N.C.) 187?-1899, February 26, 1891, Image 1

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, V, r,'t'3rx'":r 1 " "' " - y laudius r. Wilson, Editor, ;:JL ODi THOU AI?I'ST AT, UK TI5H" COCSTKY'S, TRY OOD'S, AND TRUTHS' Si. 'SO n Voir, cash lit Advnure WILSON, WILSON COUNTY, NOUTH CAROLINA, FEB. 26, 1891. VOLUME 21 NUMBER 6 TT CI I JLJLJJJ I f JLJUkJ & v -jl. i vy - BILL ARP'S LETTER HOW TOM BAKER VERTED. WAS COS- HE F.ECAME A I'RKACHER BROUGHT MANY SOUI.S TO CHRIST HIS STYI.F. OK SINGING. Uncle Tom Barker was much of a man. He had been wild and reckless, and feared not God nor regarded man, but one day at a camp meeting, while Bishop Gaston was shaking up the pinners and .scorching them over the infernal pit, Tom got alarmed, and before the ineet i inu was over he professed re ligion and became a zealous, outspoken convert, and declar ed his intention of geing forth Mnto the world and preaching the gospel. He was terribly in earnest, for he said he had lost lots of time and must make it up. Tom was a rough "talker, but he was a good one, and knw right smart of sciiptare, and a good many of the old fashioned hyrniis by heart. The I Conference thought he was a yretty good fellow to send out ? into the border country among ? tue settlers, and so Tom strad ? died his old flea-bitten gray, I and iu due time was circait riding in north Mississippi. In course of time Tom acquired notoriety, aRd from his muscu- lav eloquence, they called him j old "Sledge Hammer," and after a vrhile, old 'Sledge,' for short, f Away down in one corner ot his territory there was a black smith shop and a wagon shop and a whisky shop and a post i ffice at Bill Jodbs' crossing; and Bill kept 'em all, and was I known far and wide as "Davil Bill Jones," so as to distinguish him from 'Squire Bill, the mag- ; istrate. Uevn Uiii naa swore that no preacher should ever I toot his horn or ping a hymn in the settlement, and if any of ; the cussed hypocrites ever dared to stop at the crossroads, he'd iake him dance a hornpipe and ? sing a hymu and whip him be sides. And Bill Jones meant just what he said, for his trade at the anvil had made him a i strong man, and everybody knew that he had much brute courage. And so Uucle Tom I was advised to take roundance i and never tackle the cross roads J He accepted this for a time, I and lelt the people to the bad influence of Devil Bill ; but it ) seemed to him he was not do i ing the Lord's will, and when ever ha thought of the women and children living in darkness and infidelity, he would trro?,n in spirit and exclaim "What a pity ! what a pity !" One night he prayed over it with great earnestness, and vowed to do ttoe Lord's will if the Lord would give him light, and it sftemed to him as he rose from his knees that there was no longer any doubt ho must go Uncle Tom uever dallied about anything when his mind was made up. He went right at it like killing enakes; and so next morning as a nabor passed on his way to Bill Jones' shop, Uncle Tom said: "My friend will you pleaae carry a message to Bill Jones forme? Do you tell him that if the Lord is veil- lin', I will be at the crossroads to preach nsxt Saturday at 11 o clock, and I am shore the Lord is willin', Tell him to please norate it in the settle ment about and about, an ax tne women and children to come. Tell Bill Jones I will stay at his house, God willin', and I am shore he is willin', and I'll preach Sunday, too, II things git aloiitf harmonious. When Bill Jones got the mes sage he was amazed, astonished and his indignation knew no bounds. lie raved and cursed at the 'onsult' as he called h the onsulting message of old Sledge and he swore that he would hunt him up, and whip him for he knowed that he would not dare to come to the cross roads. But the nabors whispered it around that old Sledge would come for he was never known to make an ap pointment and break it and there was an old hcrse thief who used to run with Murrel's gang, who said he used to know Tom Barker when he was a sin ner and had seen him fL'hc, and he was much of a man. So it spread like wild fire that "Old Sledge'' was coming, and Devil Bill was gvvine to whip him and make him dance and sing a hime, and treat to a gallon of peach braudy besides. Devil Bill had his enemies of course, for he was a hard man, and one way or another had gobbled op all of the surplus of the nabor hood and had given n)thiug iu exchange but whiskey, and these enemies had long hoped for somebody to come and turn him down. TJUey, too, circula- I , idu asiuuuuiug news, ana 5 wnuoui commitlinff thflinsHlvA to either party, said that hell would break loose on Saturday at the crossing, and that old Sledge or the devil would have to go under. On Friday the settlers began to drop into the crossing under pretense of busi ness, but really to get the bots torn facts of the rumors that were afloat. Devil Bill knew full v?6ll what they came for, and he talked and cursed more furiously than utual, aud swore that any body who would come expecting to see old Sledge to morrow was an infernal fool, for he waen't a comin. He laid bare his strong arms and shook his long hair, and said he wished the lying, deceiving hypocrite would come, for it had been itigh on to fourteen year? since he had made a preacher dance. Saturday morning by nine o'clock the settlers began to gather. They came on foot and on horsi back aud in carts, men women and children, and before 11 o clock there were more peo ple at the crossing than had ever been there before. Bill Jones was mad at their creduli ty, but he had an eye to busi ness, aud kept behiud his coun ter aud sold more whisky in an hour than he had sold in a mouth. As the appointed hour drew near the sUlsrs began to look down thu narrow straight roai that old Sledge would come, if he came it all, and ev ery mm whose bead came In sight just over the distant hill wa- closely scrutinized. More than once they said : 'Yonder ho comes that'a him, shore. But no, it wasn't him. Some half a dozen had old bull's eye silver watches and they compared time, and just at five minutes to ten o'clock the old hore tiiief exclaimed : "I see Tuiu Barker a risin' of the hill. I haint seed him for eleven years, out gentlemen, tnai are him, or I am a liar. Aud it was him. As he got nearer and nearer, a voice seam ed to b& coming with him, and some said, he is er talKiu ter hiself, auotner said, I will be darned if he aint a prayin, but very soon it was decided that lie was "singin of a hime.'' Bill Jones was soon advised of all this and coming up to the front says, boys, darned if he aint er singin fore I axed him, but I U make him change his tune till he is tired. I will pay him Tor his onsulting message. I am uot a-gwins ter kill, boys. 1 will leave life in his old rotten carcass, but thata all. Ef any un you want to hear old Sledge preach you will have to go ten miles from these roads to do it. Slowly and solemnly the preacher come. As he drew near he narrowed down his tune and looked kindly upon the crowd. He was a massive man in frame, and had a heavy suit of dark brown hair, bat his face was clean shaved and show ed a nose and lips and chin of firmness and of great determi nation. Look at him, boys, and mind your eye said the h orO' thief. "Where will I find my friend, Bill Jones?" All around they pointed him to the man. Rid ing up close he said : "My friend JJand brother, the good Lord has sent me to you, and I ask your hospitality for myself and my beast," and he slowly dismounted and faced his foe as though expecting a kind re ply. The crisis had come and Bill Jones met it. You infer nal old hypocrite, you cussed old shaved faced scoundrel, did you know llml I had swored an oath that I would make you sing ana nance, aud whip you besides if you ever dared to pizen these cross roads with your shoo tracks? Now sing d it you, sing, and dance ad you sing, and he emphasized his command with a ringing slap with his own hand upon the parson's face. Old Sledge recoiled with pain and surprise Recovering iu a moment, he said, well, brother Jones, I did nut expect so warm a welcome, but if this be your cross-.roads maimers I suppose I must siDg, and a3 Devil Bill gave him an other blow on his other jxw he began with : "My Soul bo oil thy tc uard." And with his long arm sud denly and swiftly gae Devil Bill an open hander that near ly knocked him off his feet, whilst the parson continued to sing iu a splendid tenor voice. "Ten thousand foes arise." Never was a man more arous ed to frenzy than was Rill Jones. "With his powerful arm he made at Old Sledge as if to annihilate him with one blow, and many horrid oaths but the parson fended off the stroke as e8:Sily as a practiced boxer, and with his left hand, dealt Bill a settler on his peepers as he continued! to sing : "Oh, watch and flirht and pray. The battlu ne'er give o'er." But Jones was plucky to des peration, and the settlers were watching with bated breath. The crisis was at hand, and he squared himself.and his clench ed fists flew thick and fast up on the parson's frame, and foi awhile disturbed his equili brium and his song. But ha rallied quickly and began the offensive, and he sang : "No'or think the victory woj Nor lay thiuo armor down " He backed Lis adversary squarely to the wall of his shop and seized him by the throat, and mauled him as he sang: "Fight on, my soul, (ill death" Well, the long and the short of it was,that Old Sledge whip ped hiw; humbled him to the ground and then helped to re3 tore him, and begged a thous and pardons. When Divil Bill had retired to his house aud was being cared for by his wife Old Sledge mounted a box in front of the grocery and preach ed righteousness and tem perance, and judgment to come to that people. He closed Lis solemn dis course with a brief history of his own sinful life before his conversion and his humble work for the Lord ver since, and he besought his hearers to stop and thiuk. Stop poor sin ner, stop and think, he cried in alarming tones. There were a few men and many women in that crowd whose eyes, long unused to the melting moud, dropped tears of repentance at the preacher's kind and tender exhortation. Bill Jones' wife, poor woman, had crept humbly into the out skirts of the crowd, for she had long treasured the memories of her childhood when she, too, had gone with her good moth er to hear preaching. In secret she had pined and lamented her hu3barid's hatred for relig ion and for preachers. After she had washed the blood from his swolen face and drejsed his wounds she asked him if she might go down and hear the preacher. For a minute he was silent and seemed to b dumb with amazement. Le had. never been whipped before aud had suddenly lost confi dence in himself and his infi delity. Go alonk', Sally, he b,n swercd, if he can talk like ho can can fight and sing, maybe the good Lord did send him. It is all curious to me, he groan ed in anquish. His animosity seemed to have changed into an anxious wondering curiosity and after Sally had gone, he left his bed and dre'-v near to the window where ho could hear something for himself. Old Sledge made earnest, soul reaching prayers, and his plead ing with the Lord for Jones' salvation and that his wife and children reached the window where Bill was sitting, and he heard it. His ife returned in tears and took a seat beside him, and sobbed her heart's distress, but said nothing. Bill bore it for awhile in thought ful pilence, and then putting his bruised and trembling hand in hers, said : Sally, if ths Lord sent U.d blsags nere, ana may be ha did, I reckon you had better look after his horse. And i sure enough Old Sledge stayed there that night aid held family prayers aad the next day he preached from the piazz to a great multitude, and sang his favorite hymn : Am I a soldier c f tho cross ? And when he got to the but bo he third verso his untutored, musical lifted a voica little seemed higher to as sang : Sure I must flight if wouM rciirn, Increase my courage I.orJ. Devil Bill was converted and became a changed man. He joined the church, and closed his grocery and bar and helped to build a meeting houie, and it was always said and believ ed that .Old Sledge mauled the grace into his unbelieving soul and tli i t it never would have got there anv other way. Bill Anr. If you :tre ouVod -t bottle of S.U ra'ion Oil. vii;M)iit wrapper, or mutilated or k'f.t(V(l, don't bu.v ir at any pne--, you m iy '? sn.o that there is fiouiethin,? wroug, it may be a worthless or dangerous coun terfeit. Insist upon gcrin a pur fest, unbroken, genuine package, in a yellow wrapper. The people of new State, with Capital, Au 'villo ;e villi want tt3ej a j Try it. It will cure you. Dr. Bull's Cough Syrn;. Ail dealers keen it. Price 2,"; cente. Dr. Sparrow, of C-mfjrt coun ty has invented a g!as: U ul-. c.i-e. V )T scrofula iu every form LIoo-.l.s Sarsaparilla is a radical, rtii::ble remedy. It, has au uucqulkd record of cures. HOW TO DO IT. EXPERIENCE OF A GUILFORD COUNTY FARMER IN GROW ING TOBACCO. DIRECTIONS FROM THE IM.ANT BED TO THE CURING liAXX. Just hotv to grow and prop erly manage tobacco from the time of seed sowing till tho crop is ready for the market is a subject of very great im portance to the planters of this Piedmont section. It will bo impossible for ire to gn e the readers of tho Jour nal, in this short article, a full description of the subject. It requires good judgment, proper care aud close attention with a sufficient amount of work to make the growing and cultiva tion of tobacco a success to the planters and also a success to the manufacturers and dealers. While I claim to be a planter and have had some success in the cultivation cf tobacco, I do not claim to bo (according to my own ostimation) a farmer. There is a f ide difference be tween a farmer and a planter. All farmers are planters, but all planters are uot farmers. I regard farming a very aice aud pleasant occupation, if proper ly managed, and one that re quires more forethought and deeper research than many of the learned professions. The farmer gets ono hundred cents on the dollar iu payment for the time ho spends in right thinking before he attempts to do any farm work. Brains and muscle should work together. He should consider the soil, the different kiuds of seasons, strive to avoid the routes of failure, "make every edge cut," "make hay while the sun shines," and yet for all that Dot be a "skin flint." THE SEED BED. As early as possible in the insMith of January, when the ground is dry I select a dark soil, ia th8 woods, facing the South, East or We&t, as a prop er place for burning the seed bed. I burn wood on this bed until the ground is dry and dusty. I then dig twice over, leaving most of tho ashes on top of the grouud; then pulve rize the bed thoroughly by raking, then after smoothing over tho bed I sow on every :ie hundred square yards one heaping tablespoonful of good need aud one-fourtli of a bush el of fertilizer, then put on a light coating of hoir s hair o wheal straw, mis win pie- a nr ' - ...ill - . vent the around from "freezing f.nd spewing up." Then pack tho'ground" by trampling or running roller over the same. Small poles are then laid across tho bed three feet apart. Then place on thet-e polos the canvass made for the purpo.-e, which my bo drawn tightly and pinned at the edsres of the bed to the ground with jvooden pegs or sharp sticks. The cov ering should not bo over three inches abovo the ground. Oon tinue to buri and sow as abovo described till a sufficient quan tity of seeds are sown to plant the crop. KIND OF NOIL TO ELECT. The kind of land to select on which to plant the crop, should depond entirely on the de mands of the market. When vood, waxy aud mahogany wrappers and fillers pre mostly iu demand and sought after by the buyers 1 would advise the planting of red or dark. If there bo a greater demand for rich yellow wrappers, cutters und fillbrs, I would advise the planting of gray soil, which has a red subsoil. If bright yellow cutters and smokers are sought after, plant gray sandy laud, with yellow subsoil, and you will be sur9 to "hit the market." If cigar tobacco should be wanted, save all the leaves of succors that come af- ter the crop is gathered in, and you will have an excellent ci gar wrapper and filler, which will make a first-class smoke if cured off the stalk. PREPARING THE LAND. I have for the past few years planted mostly old and poor land. Soon after spring betjiu I usually with one horse turn ing plows, throw my tobacco land iu beds 3 feet apart, which lie undisturbed till near planting time, l then with a I'j rifii ct acdI rl i xt ri i n iTi. 1 1- fur. rovs between those beds in I which I drill four wagon loads ! i t'f stable manure and four bun dred pounds of fertilizer to the acre. I list on the manure and fertilizer wih a turning plow, I thsn strike or cut off the laige list and '"pat" hills three feet apart. The top of the hills so inada are some 3 inches below the' common levil, so the dirt is easily moved up to the young plant when eet. This plan doss well both for wet and dry reasons. For new land my plan is to have it level then jun furrows or rows 3?, feet ap-ut, apply 2 loads ma nure ana two hundred pounds J fertilizer to the acre and pro-, cend a3 above stated tor old Jacd. PLANl'IlsC; AND CULTlVATIXti. The proper time for setting out the plants is from the 5th of My to the 10th of June. As foju aft the young roots of the pl.iuts take a new start to grow, w'::ch they will in 8 or 10 days, t-io harrows aud hoes should start grouad aud in stirring the as soon as the plant3jet larger and stronger, larger plows may be used. Just .ifter the land has been packed by rain when dry enough tho plowing should be done and hoeing at leisure. 1 lowing and hoeing should be repeated avery 10 or 15 3ayg till tho tobacco is large anough to top. TOPPING. Kvery planter must jud-e for himself as to how high or low the tobacco should bj tapped. Plants should be topped goine what according to ttieir growth. y topping at 8 or 10 leaves you got fine, eilky and .hin wrappers, cutters and smokers. So the planter must be govern ed according to demands and prices, as before stated in the selection of soil. METHODS OF CURING. For tho last three years I have u?ed with success the patent wire sticks introduced by Captain V. II. Snow, of High LVriut, N. C, and fully de scribed in f armer issues of the Journal. I am fully persuaded that this method should ba adopted by all planters cf to bacco, as time, labor, fuel and storage room are saved by the use of it, with many other ad vantages. I have been told by large dealers in fine leaf that they prefeu'ed buying tobacco cured on the stalk, assigning as a reas m that the tobacco curod oif tLu: stalk is generally lightj without any body and hard to get ia handling order. I agree with them that if the tobacco is poorly worked; made without a proper amount of fertilizing, that the tobacco will be Ii 2 lit and chaffy. it would bo it' cured on the stalk or by anv other process. The secret is this, brother farmers, we top too high, do not fertil izo enough-, plant too much, plant too thick, do not work enough, and try to cure ths tos bacco bofor it matures. The process of curing has nothing to do with changing the tobac co when it leaves the field a good waxy tobacco to a iiht, chaffy plant when cured. Do v ou believe it? What say you ail? M. J. McMichal in Wins ton Tobacco Journal. CLSVSLAND A5AI1TST A Fats fd Lett:t Tiut Ou; cf ths Ih; Hm NEW YottK, FeD. 12. iietv'eu COO and 700 people i-.tl a must t-i(etit at the Cooper Union to r.ij-bt to oeims! t' ?;!rc-r b:M. In rifponse tu th lit Torn: Clao. Chas. S. Fatrcbibl, r xsLS- eretar.v of the Treasury, nominated E Ellry An derson, president of tlie Reform Club, for chairman of t!i? meeting, and lui Wrvs eU-o'oi v a eel a ma tion. JU'ii'iou of G rover Cls-wlaiul's name w;i the feig'ual of a piolouseii ou;.t til' applause, nwl v-hn tub Secretary h u finished seaumg his i!ter the uppUu e was ile.itehing. The t'x-pres-doti'. wrot-j a follow : 8 10, Madison Avenue, Feo. 10, 18'Jl. F,. Kllery Anderson, Mv Dear S;r : i have this afte rnoon received your note iuvjtinrr no to attend tomorrow evening meet ing call, d lor the purpose ut voic ing thu opposition ot the lii.-iness nen of ear city to the free eomage of silver in the United S-ates. 1 shal! not be r.b'e to attend and ad dress the rnot'Ti li g a you request; but I am ila.il that the b-uiness iu teresU cf New Yoik are at last to be heat J ou the subject. it sureh caun ot br- ueeef.sary for me to idke forui-i! exore'on of 1: v. ,o oes lis would j;i of the measure ;.s for an lie' th. the 4i'ea; est pe s bv t he aJept; be i..i'.'..!'c schema em' lij.v p- ;;! unlimited c ;:Ceu in tue ;na-.Te oi silver at our in'ii's. If U!1L-Xp C cd lion of a 1 .ii of currencv, -ive developed au Cripa tity of as sin: ila ;viy inei'-a-ed volume and even if ve have demonstrated i.-etulness ; .vac a an ii;crea; t'. e ccud:-:.:!.s tail a-; against disas -situaii'jii we en- short of i'j?mb ter in the) pres. ter le;- upon t tit tiangeroin aud reck exK'rimei;'. of free, unlimited aim irmepea- s'lver coi U; i Oils s v v tru! v 0 ; : o v 1. 1: C l e v eland, Tho e.i..)c letter has ciased wholes'! comment and eom'emna tion. Pvpabucius praise Cleve lan c-teusibly for having the com ago of Im convictions, but really because the? think be will be nominated in 18'J2 aud thus the siher question will be eliminated from the platform. OUT OF THE RACE, The Washington Post of Friday, says : It is given out oa authority second only to that of Mr. Cleves land himself, that the exsPresident will not be a candidate for the nomination in '02, that his tnbd is fully made up ou tliia point, and consequently he stands in the wny of nobody who wan' .s the honor. If such lie the case there need be no further anxiety as to the effect ol his recent silver letter, and the .situation becomes materially chan-. god if not simplified. But New York remains the pivotal poiut. as it were, with Maryland, Sew Jer scy, and the bounding West to hear from. Beiow we give some opinions on the letter. Cleveland must go. Senator Pugh, of Alabama The appearance of Mr. Cleveland's leN ter in connection with the meeting of the "gold bugs" is a direct aU tempt to influence pending legs isUtion; agaiast free coinage and against the will of the people. Frto coinage will be the paramount is sue in 18U2, as it is now, aud my people will not vote for any man whose attitude on this question is hostile to tbeirp,. wuek they are confronted wkh the question wueth they shall throw Mr. Cleveland overboard or free silver, Mr. Cleve land will have to go. He will not aet the vote ot a single Southern State in the next Democratic con vention. VAXCE CALLS IT DEFIANT. Senator Vance, of North Carolina Mr. Cleveland's position on the silver question is not a common difference, but a defiance of his psrty. His wholegattitude on thia subject is one of defiance almost an insult to the Democratic party. It ia now a question whether the Democratic party will sacrifice its principles or give up V Cleveland. Under the circum ri.. l.-. I prefer my party to Mr. Cieythind. FItEE SILVER AND STATES EIGHTS. representative Blaud, of Mis souri. Cleveland was quiet du ring the fight on the iorce bill, when we were struggling to preserve the rights of the whole people and prevent a revolution, but when the money bags of Wall streets are threatened he rushes to their aid. It is redicalomj to regard any man as a candidate for the Presidency on tho Democratic ticket who U not for free silver, NOT A "PRACTICAL STATESMAN.'' Senator Barbour, of Virginia I have nevor regarded Mr. Cleve land as a practical statesman, and his views on the silver question further confirm my original opiu ion. lie must lis ve obseved that a large majority of the people have declared in favor of free coinage and as his views are ia the oppo trite direction, he can hardly ex. pect the Democratic party to pan der to his theories. KILLED HIS CHANCES Senator Morgan, of Alabama. I deeply regret that Mr. Cleveland cannot be tho nominee of the Dem ocratic parly. Ilia attitude on the subject of free coinage, which is the issii of the next Presidential campaigu has killed whatever chances he may have had for nomi nation. WtST AND SOUTH ONE WAY. A mong Democrats iu the Ilouse various opinions of the Cleveland letter are entertained, The South and Western men as a rule declare Clevelaud disqualified for the Pres idential nomination, while the Ex tern men take au opposite view of the situation. COINO WEST FOR A MAN. Ex-President G rover Cleveland has declared against the Iree coin cge of silver. If, as has been sup posed, he has aspirations for anoth er term iu the White Ilouse, he may dismiss them at once. The fanners of this country will never vote to elect a man to the Presis dency of the United States who is in favor ofmeasuiing the value of the country's money by the amouut of gold which can be gotten into circulation iu these States. We are no'; at all sorry to iee Mr. Cleveland disappear from the prob lem of tho Pret-ideucy in the ye;u- 18!2. We Ray this, because we are sorry to see the State cf New York, with its hordes of cor rupt Democrats, dominating the national elections. New York is the great money centre, of the country the heart of the trusts and combinations ot the country and a Presideut from that State stands too near that centre to be capable of entering heartily into public administration for the good of the eutiro people. Unless we are much mistaken, the Faimers Alliance will have something to say in naming the next President of the Uaited States; and it is cer tain that this great organization will not name au auti-silver-man. We bid Grover Cleveland a good day, with the best wishes for bis iuture happiness. Progressive Farmer. Dark ring's around the eyes in- i dicate the existence of worms. Ha--i ten to use Shrinuer's Indian Ver mifuge to expel these miserable pests. It is a safe and reliable agear. Always use it according to the directions, aud it will do its work well. NEWS OF A WEEK. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD AROUND US. A CONDENSED REPORT OF THE, NEWS FROM OUR CON i LMI'OR VV.lFs. Mr. Ackaian, of a w Yo;k has started a poultry farm in .New Berne. A Weldou hen has taken to the woods and lays an egg daily np a tree, ays the Xwa. Bingham Scheol will ba movt d to Asheville, the city giving 30, 000 and several acres of land. Congressman McCIammy is be ing pushed for the clerkship of tha next National House of Represen tatives. The Teacher Institute of llaiis fax county will commence on March 6th, conducted by Prof. E. A. Al derman. W. S. Moore, Ksq , of Greciibbos ro, shipped within ide last few days fifteen thousand and rive hundred rabbit skins. When a man dit?s m the Society Islands they paint his bodv; bat in this country his character is the thing that is Irescoed. Ghosts i-re disturbing the citi zens of Garysburg. One man has purchased ;i demb'e barn I shofc guv iirid now bids them defiance. A three doiLir :snd a half mule horse week, i, E. kicked a two hundred u;;,ir to death ia YYcIdo; last The hoise belonged to Dr. Green. An electric lamp on the Isle of Wight can be seen 4. miles, and a paper can be read by its reflec tion 14 miles. It gives 0,000,000 caudle power. A Cabanus county white th-ee feet in diameter and feet to the first limb, yielded oak fifty 5,927 clab boards and over teu w.igon lads of wood. There is an ergi.'uer on the North Caiolina i.'.tihiud who is CO j ears old and owns property w orth $100,000 who runs au engine, reg ularly through pure love ot the work. Tho barn, stables, ten barrels of corn and two mules were burut-d on Dr.J.ii. Bakei's Bell this Place, six morning at miles iicm town about 5 o'clock. - - JL a bora Souths erner. The Sauford Express s-ivs tha the g caught fi.e ia Uie Egypt coal mine last Thurfday morning. Mr. Jo?. Mills and a colored man were very badly burnt, about tt.e head ami face. The Argus reports preat txcire ment in Goldsboro oa Wednesday over the appearance oa the streets of a rabid t'og. A number of dogs were bitten and seveial peoj Je had narrow escapes. The K'nston Free, Pre; s says that S. W. Dawson phot a negro who was trying to shoo" him. Tho negro was not kiiled. loo s:ioot ing was caused by ;t dispute over tho division ot a crop. Charley AlforJ, a ycuug mulatto boy, who has been in the employ ol Mr. Win. M. Sauders for some nmCj was p'aced ia jail Wednes day night, charged with stealing a watch. Smithfield Herald. Mr. ttobt. W. Pridgei:, ior some time a resident of Selena, commit ted micide last Friday by taking laudanum. He wms about .05 years old and report sas drank consid erably. Smithfield Herald. An Indiar. woman, who is said lo be over 114 years of Hge, ap peared before the e jautv cornmis soneis and a&ked to be sent to the conuty borne f.r protection duriu the balance of iier days. Concord Standatd. Th last niunlered woman found in London is ti e ui'ith victim ats tribdted to "J.tcit the Kipper'' since the spring of 1SS;. In addk tiou to these wen three other wo men murdered, and the perpeta torn have ali escape . The ntw reading c'-.-rk of the Colorado Sf;:te Sen tre is Mis Ans na W. K'-Iiv, a .uung and very pre! y v.ota"-. Silie it-ads rapidly, clearly a w it.h correctness of ac cent and prounncialior. She is the first wou'iarj to hold i-uch a pos sitiou. A daughter of Mr. J. A. Ra.vle, of thts vicinity, who is visiting in Guilford, writes to her father that on the 13th day of January she found two ripe June apj les on a tree on her grandfather's place in the county mentioned. States ville Landmark. Mr. Thrash recently sold his farm in Cherokee rcuuty, which four xars aco he bought lor $4,000, for r2.0f'. He was yes terday oiiered -io.OuO for the Lowndes larca, au advance of 000 over what it cost bin;, bat he refused the offer. Asheville Citi zeu John Hessian escaped from llu penitentiary at Baton liouge, La., during December, returned volun tarily last week to the inanition. He iearned cf tho gruve illness of bis mother, and determined to go to her. He nursed faithfully at bis mother's bedside until her con valescence, and kiting her good out his bve. went back to ,ae Una. Sveuki ',"'' - Hica "knew of Hessian' where., be ats when he was out, bat; they were aware of his mission, and, as one of them said, ' didn't Lave the heari to give him away." The Sun says Durham has a genuine blood and flesh glass dan cer, who dances with his bare feet on a box full of brokeu glass. The name of the dancing man is John Sirayhorn, a colored uiau about 25 years ot ag. The curious part of his dancing is that his feet are not even scratched by the sharp pieces of broken glass. John Carlisle, a well known far mer of this county, is charged with committing an outrageous assault upon the person of his step-daughv ter, Lizzie Keeter, Tuesday of last week. Me was promptly arrested and taken before Justice M. II. Clark. The justice gave him a hearing, and then committed him to jail without bail. Weldou News. There was a sight to make the eyes of gold minsrs glitter at the Ontral Hotel last uigdit. It was a 3,0W gold brick just from th Biewer mine, i'eopie lifted it about and uin-ed aud ahed, and took ou over it at a treat rate be fore it was finally locked np in the Central's safe for the night. It weut to the assay ofliee this mora ing. Charlotte JSews 7th. Mi.s KUa Ewing, of La Grange, Mo., is JS.jears old and 8 fet 2 inches tall, weighing -CO pounds. It is ten feet from the tip of oi riiifirer tu that of the other hand. 1 used four balls of yarn in every cue of her stoeking!, said btr mother It takes thirtjxtwo yards of ordinary elol h to make a dre h r hr-r, and the cloak we had tnadi for her cost s? 1 01 , arid u'a very p!iii:i elth iittiutt, said bar father. w e are not entirely free from all evils of the present, if eoc w eat'atr prophet is to w beluved. Ills name Is W. T, Foster, and his home is in St. Joseph, B! . He pr diets great blizzards, eyeloneg aid tornadoes with a gonial cheerful ness i hat taken the edge cff. Ha sas Mi.it from May 1, 1S!M, until May 1, Pitt-', the year will b on off; 'aesal der-tt retion throughout i'e United Stales The period of jreat tlist'irlmnces will begin dur ,iug the early part ol May, whila Mars v. itl be passing itfl equinoc tial, Mercury p.isuig me mm'i (ipiaior. Pat while ihes storms will be severe they will Mot com pare with those that will occur la ler in the- year and during the ear !y p ut of ''.r2. T'afi most heroic story of eelfsac rili'.je aid brot heiiy love we have ewr lead comes from Chicago. Ij!;ii Dickeiuon, a Knight Tem- i piar, had a cancer oa his thigh. It was removed by a surgical opera- (loi!. lhe incision was so large and deep, nature was unequal to the task of restoring the skin. Th physicians decided to graft skin on ! tho wound. Ml Mpjare iuchea were necessary. The Command erv of which he was u member of fered to give that amount, and a smi:li bt.iip was removed from near ly oiie bundled of them and plant ed oa l.Mckerson's hip and thigh. The operation will be a suecc's and Dickersoii's life is saved. Can the aur.ais of fiction equal thi! I' th in Sanders, a respectable Johnston county negro, of Clayton town -hip, ma le forty bales of cots ton last year, says th !Jmithfield Herald. His sou w.ts enticed away to Mississippi, a'i.. :' - year ago," by "Peg Leg'' Wi'i. . ..a. He got tirel and wanted ti comr Lome, lbs father sent him th money, but he had to steal away in order to got back. His treat meat was distressing. It was sot heal' by and many negrcesdied. j They gave htm and his ife H lbs. meat aud a h ill bushel meat per week as rations and when they gave syrup only lbs of mat. They charged him 7 cent a pinna for :) nr arid would not let theet hav-: !i;oe than pounds at a rime. The Methodists of the world Lave or.ce in every ten years what ia called an Ecumenical Conferenc-3 composed f representative Methos uistdiviins and laymen from all oer the world. It met teu yeara ag.-v in lsSl, in London and made a profound impiession upon there 'igious world, k meets again next October m Washington City. H wiil bo composed of 500 delegate representing the various bodies ef M jthodism the world over. 300 of these delegates will be from the United Slates and 200 from for eign lands. The College of Bih ops of the Southern and Northern Methodist churches were requested by their respective General Confer enees to appoint the delegate frrr.i thirrir resnective branehea of titt enurr :h to this 13eu rr. en ical Con- fen ir e. Tise bishops ot the South 'I i'lo int church met in Nash . iVn;:., en tho 15th inst. and )i:!'i d the delegates to iepre t! q M. K. Church Soutli in great b ilv of Methodiata. ern vil;. n? sent thi-i From the Noi:h Carolina Confen nice, the !',:!)). s appointed Rev. Frank L. Koi 1, I. I. editor of Ihe Kaieigh Chnstitu Advocate, and Hon. Thos. J. Jarvis, Fx-Governor e! Kjvlh Carolina. Fiom the Vinteni orth Carolina Confer ei:' -, litw L. W. Crawford, Profee. sor ot P.ibhea! Literature in Trini ty College, and Gen. II. U. Vance; ex -rtieinber of Congress fiom the ninth D;str,ct. These are excel lent appointments and North Car oiina Methodists will be well and ably represented in this great gathering of Methodists from all ! parts of the world. State Chroni cle. So extraordinary successful has been the work of CVd Saul's Oa tanh Cuie, tuat dealers can sail other. Pried oulv -i ecu's. A

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