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INDEPENDENT IN POLITICS.
Established in 1878 by H. A. London.
Entered at Pittsboro, N.C., as Second
Cla*£ mail matter by act of Congress.
One Year, —, $1.50.
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(’o!in G. Shaw, Owner and Editor.
Chas A. Brown, Associate Editor.
Advertising: 25c. 30c. and 35c. net.
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 1923.,
THE MAN WITH A DIRK.
One insignificant nimkinpoop in a
community can do a great deal of
damage if he is armed with the pro
per instrument whereby he can ac
complish a fiendish deed unaware and
unknown to the victim of his assault.
A dirk in the hands of an Indian or
a savage is no more dangerous than
the man *with a secret vote of assault
upon an adversary or supposed enemy.
It has been tested in Pittsboro that
there is a wolf or two in sheep’s cloth
ing and they have demonstrated their
ability to do a wrong secretly that
they would not dare do publicly. In
any organization where men gather
in friendly and social intercourse,
there is laid aside all personal or pri
vate grievances and there meet up
on a strict course of unity and friend
ship, morally speaking and notwith
standing a brotherly love feature.
Any man that will wilfully and ma
licously injure another, without just
cause and upon the precepts laid
down by authorized principle and au
thority, is a coward, half feinting with
fright and at the first thought of per
il will slink out of sight and he will
skulk and hide until the noise of bat
tle is over, will sell his best friends
and prove traitor to the cause at last.
There is an organization in the
town that stands for every ennobling
feature in existence; it has come down
from the ages and despite the ravages
of time andthe animosity of traitors
and enemies it has spent a useful ex
istence and accomplished worlds of
good throughout the civilized world.
Despite a few narrow-minded, self
ish souls that have been overlooked
when the fool-killer passed along,
Masonry will stand to the end of time
and the work will ever be cherished
by those who have a soul and are
mindful of the better things in life.
PRIVILEGES HAVE ADVANCED.
Very few of the high school stu
dents or thosp pupils of the graded
schools throughout Chatham county
wully appreciate the splendid advan
tages that they enjoy today. The
modern furniture, the supervision of
the health department of the State,
and the various arrangements of desks
light, heat and other facilities of the
present day school.
Neither do they fully value the time
and talent that is required of the
teachers to fit themselves and remain
qualified for their instruction. Were
they to be carried back a half cen
tury and placed on the old hard-bot
tomed benches, set up on wooden pegs,
without back supports or desks front
ing them, in a little log building and
be compelled to sweat over problems
from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5
in the afternoon, they would more
readily appreciate present arrange
Last week we were conversing with
a man who holds a first grade life
certificate and who has taught school
in many sections of North Carolina
and throughout Chatham county, hav
ing had charge of Bethel school for
the past fifteen years. That man is
L. E. Cole, affectionately known by
the grandparents, parents and stu
dents as “Mr. Emerson ole.” He is
now ready to start his forty-fifth year
as an instructor of the young and dur
ing the past session had in his school
members of the third generation.
Shortly after Mr. Cole began his
career as a teacher there were two
white men and one negro who compos
ed the district committeemen, and the
schools were let out to the teachers
much on the “auction” basis. Thot is
the school would be given to tne teach
er that would “run” the longest term
for the amount of money on hand or
to be secured by making an apportion
ment for each child of school age in
that particular district.
Mr. Cole remembers one Haywood
Merritt as one of the first, if not the
very first, superintendent of public in
struction for Chatham. He states that
he has taught school during his time
as low as 75 cents a day, and the
day’s length was a great deal more
than at this period of time. From
early morning until late afternoon the
clashes f were from tho fi~-»-
grade on up to the “advanced” schol
Boys and girls could learn a great
deal from these older teachers that
have made the sacrifice and devoted
their life to the cause of education,
and w r ho alone are responsible for
many of the advantages that all of
us have today, not only in the line of
ftcltools but modefn ways and means
9f livelihood that we would not oth
An article in the Uplift, headed
“.Faith in Our Fellow-Man*,” reads all
light, but when a man takes you sev
eral miles in the country on a pleas
ure trip and leaves you there to get
back home the best way you can,
faith in vour fellow-man is somewhat
What Europe needs, says an ex
change, is more miles of progress to
the galloh of excitement. And what
Chatham county needs is fewer auto
mobiles and careless drivers.
What does a fool young woman gain
by dancing 90 hours, asks an ex
change. Probably scientists will find
nut some es these days and let you
BUILD A HOME NOW!
With further reference to the ses
sion of court last week, we want again
to state that Judge Horton is the
kind of judge that it will take to de
stroy the damning influence of illicit
liquor in our county. Some of the of
fidial folks and attorneys look upon
him as being “hard boiled” but he is
determined to mete justice to those
who command it if it is in his power
to do so.
The fact that he discharged a jury
bodily with the injunction that he
would not need them any more, is not
sufficient to criticise him. . The jury
\vas, perhaps, honest in its conclusion,
nevertheless there was an overwhelm
ing evidence against defendant that
was not contradicted. The three were
guilty in the extreme agreeable to the
Another criticism has been made
in the disposition of the case in which
a still was located in Pittsboro in the
basement of a residence of a promin
ent man, being put under a suspend
ed sentence upon sobriety and good
behavior. This is not just because it
was a good solution of the problem
if the consideration given the defend
ant operates to the best advantage,
and if it does not, then the law will
be vindicated by any judge that may
follow Mr. Horton.
Altogether the court was a good ex
ample to evil-doers, and it is a fact
that the law violators avoid as far as
they can coming into Mr. Horton’s
court, under the prosecution of Soli
citor Clawson L. Williams.
“I have always heard it said that
jay birds went to hell on Friday,” re
marked a Siler City citizen last Fri
day. “They must is,” he continued,
“I see them flying about Pittsboro.”
“I will be ashamed to read the next
Record,” remarked a prominent citi
zen last Friday, “To think that a
judge had to tell some of Chatham’s
jurors to put on their hats and get
out of the courtroom when they re
turned a verdict of not guilty against
a moonshiner who, according to the
evidence, was guilty of making liquor.
“Yes, I certainly am ashamed that
such an occurrence happened in Chat
ham county, and I hate for such news
to be published, especially in The Re
cord, because every man, woman and
child in the county will soon hear of
it.” And the gentleman seemed real
ly ashamed of the event. It does look
bad for the county.
“The best dinner I ever sat down
to,” remarked a citizen this week,
whose stomach showed that he liked
good eats, “was one my mother oook
ed. It was mostly a vegetable din
ner. Let’s see, there was home grown
cabbage, boiled with North Carolina
side meat, Irish potatoes, cucumbers,
beets, onions and other things, and
this was capped off with a big, old
fashioned chicken pie. Man! You
should have seen me. The cucumbers
and onion odor was a good appetite
raiser and it gave me an appetite the
same as if I had taken an eye-open
er before dinner.” Rambler’s mouth
began 1 4 water as the gentleman
spoke of the above dinner, and he hur
ried home to tell his better half of
what he had heard.
“I would not have whiskey back
here again like it was sold in former
years for no amount of money,” re
marked an old toper, who used to be
a hard drinker and spent most of his
wages and time for liquor. “When li
quor was sold in barrooms it was dan
gerous enough to drink it then, but
now since automobiles have come in
to general use it is still more danger
ous. Hardly a day passes but what
the death of some poor devil who
could not get out of the way of the
devil chauffeur, who is speeding over
the streets under the influence of
crazy liquor is recorded. And what
will it be in a few years hence, when
automobiles will be thicker than ”lieri
in August? Os course liquc* r.*i al
ways be made and drunk, and we will
always have the devil speeder with us,
nowithstanding all the laws that will
be made . and for that reason I hope
to never see liquor sold by law again.”.
Teachers the Scapegoat.
Union Republican. .
The poor school teachers of the
State are in for another fight. We see
it stated, that under the r.ew law pass
ed by the last Legislature in the em
ployment of teachers the school com
mittee shall give due notice to the
neople of the district to whcih such
teachers are to be employed, so that
the natrons of the school may have a
voice in the selection of teachers.
Teachers must make application on
blanks furnished by the county super
intendent of schools, and the superin
tendent murt approve the employment
of a teacher before such employment
becomes legal. In other words, ev
ery school district in the State will
be turned in to a political log rolling
contest instead of getting the .best
teachers, the best “politician” will
win, for remember, dear reader, that
the women are now voting, and are
fast becoming adepts in the political
game, and when one of these meet
ings is held to select this and that
teacher won’t the fur fly ?
A Baseball Idea.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea if some
of Pittsboro citizens, with some talent
in the theatrical line, get up a mins
trel show or a play and give the pro
ceeds to the Pittsboro baseball team
so we can have some ball gameshere
this summer? The Record is calling
on Prof. Franklin to get behind this
matter and see if he cannot get a
show of some kind, and we hope he
will not wait too long in getting some
Is Very Appreciative.
Mrs. J. M. Farrell asks us to state
. that she feels so thankful to the peo
ple who contributed so liberally to
ward the expanses and expressed sym
pathy in the illness and operation of
her son, .John Marvin Farrell. She
prays GotPs blessings upon all of
SEEING NORTH CAROLINA.
On Friday, May 11th, the editor
left Pittsboro for a trip to his old
haunts in Union, Mecklenburg and
Iredell counties. Going through Lee,
Moore, Montgomery and Stanley coun
ties, we reached Monroe, the county
seat of Union, in the early afternoon.
Here we found many improvements
the old town is growing and has tak
en on quite a city-like appearance.
Crops were well under way in plant
ing all along the route and the corn
and cotton was up, particularly in
Moore and Union, were looking good.
Aftey spending the night in Monroe,
we, went over to Charlotte, spending
the day there. We found that the
“Queen City” had spread out and al
most every street, business district
and residential street was alive with
the sound of the saw and hammer.
Here it was that the big fat cop on
Independence Square cautioned us
about turning at right angles, but he
said so long as we were from Cnat
ham county he would let us off for the
small violation of the local ruling.
In the afternoon of Saturday we
took a ride to Statesville, the county
seat of Iredell, spending the night
with our good friend, Eugene Munday.
Statesville has developed wonderfully
since we dwelled among*’ those good
folks back in 1900.
. We left there Sunday and returned
byway of Rowan county, coming
through Salisbury to Lexington, the
county seat, of Davidson, ar d to Ashe
boro, in Randolph, and back 'V old
Chatham. It was- an ideai auto trip
and those who have never- driven thru
the hills in Randolph should do so
some time. It is worth the time and
expense to get a view of that magni
We were opportuned to cast our lot
among the folks in several of the 12
counties through which we passed,
but we knew that there were at least
a few folks who wanted us back in
Chatham and taking everything into
consideration, there are no counties
in North Carolina better than old
Chatham in which to live. The folks
here are good people and are depend
able to the last degree.
ORE HILL NEWS.
Ore Hill, May 21.—Mr. and Mrs.
Jas. R. Edwards, Alice and Lawton
Edwards, of Ore Hill, Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh W. Dixon, of Siler, City, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Alston Boroks and chil
dren, Clyde Alston, Ernest and Lois
Lee Brooks, of Siler City, motored to
Bynum where they spent the day
Sunday with Rev. and Mrs. John Robt.
The Sunday school class of Mr.
John Lambe, of Siler City, came to
Providence church last Sunday to
church services. The singing ren
dered by them was much enjoyed by
those present .
Mrs. Ed Weteh, of Ore Hill, route
I, is the sick list. We hope she will
be well soon,
LOOK AT YOUR LABEL
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VICTOR R. JOHNSON.
Practices in all courts —Federal, State
Office over Brooks & Eubanks Store.
Northeast comer court house square.
PITTSBORO, N. C.
LO N G AND BELL.
PITTSBORO, N. C-
J. ELMER LONG. Durham, N. C.
DANIEL L. BELL. Pittsboro, N. C.
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PITTSBORO, N. C.
DR. R. M. FARRELL.
Offices over the drug store, Main St.
Hours. 8 to 5.
PITTSBORO. N. C.
Prescriptions, drugs, medicines and
toilet articles. v
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15 R. F. PASCHAL,
* Office over Pustofficq, Siler City, *
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DR. J. D.- GREGG,
Dentist. Siler City, N. C.
Office over Siler Drug Store.
Hours Ba. m., to sp. m. V
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! BY AN EXPERT—COSTS NO
1 Dr. J. C. Marin, the well known j
| eyesight Specialists and Optician j
j will be at Dr. Farrell’s office inf
! Pittsboro, N. C., every fourth Tues-1
• day and at Dr. Thomas’ office, Siler j
2 City, N. C., every fourth Thursday 1
fin each month. Headache relieved I
I when caused by eye strain. When I
jhe fits vou wlthUglasses you have I
S the satisfaction of knowng that!
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| are weak. • _
I His next visit in Pittsboro will!
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f His next visit in Siler City will!
» be Thursday, May 24th. I
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No Slackers Needed.
News and Observer, May 17th.
The county needs citizens, not
slackers. The Monroe Enquirer re
ports a business man as saying “there
are foolish expenditures of public
funds, but I can’t gay much for I
have my business to look after and
i can’t antagonize folks.” A county
full of such so-called citizens would
deserve to sink. The Enquirer, com
menting on the statmeent quoted says
“That is the very reason we absolute
ly refuse to buck and be the goat, aftd
by so doing make an ass of oursel
The citizen and editor, if they fol
, low the statement they made in their
haste, are both slackers. The man
who is silent on evils because he has
his “business to look after and can’t
antagonize folks” —is he fit to be call
ed a citizen 1 And the editor who for
| the same reason will be silent when
! he ought to speak, is not honoring his
j calling. The Enquirer in this state-
I ment does an injustice to its policy.
It does speak out and bravely for its
convictions, though now and then the
editor doubtless feels pessimistic and
| writes such paragraphs as quoted
to an inviting interior is the
manner in which the wood
work is treated. There is noth
ing quite so attractive as a
nicely natural-grained surface
stained with Lucas Abbey Stain
and coated with
Lucaseal Interior Varnish
It flows out to a perfectly
smooth surface, drying over
night with a brPUant lustre of
exceptional durability. Use
it and be assured of satisfac
This is one of the line of Lucaseal
Varnishes—a varnish for each
THE HARDWARE STORE, Inc.
Service and Satisfaction Guar
v 7 SILER CITY,, C.
I Williams-Belk Company j
New Canton, $1.98 1
Thirty-eight inch good heavy silk and cotton Canton Crepe in Gray, Copen and Navy, our p
. special, per yard i jp|
New Onyx “Pointer Hosiery” 1
An unusual value in a Full-Fashioned Silk Hose a full range of colors to match shoe ||
colors. Priced H
“Rain or Shine” Parasols §
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in all the season’s best colors. Priced * 1$
P ' $3.98 to -$4.98 .• ' 1 I
k Children's Parasols / 48c., 98c. and $ 1.25 1
I New Collarings |
M i n lace Limens and Nets. Priced pf _ 1 |[jj
| 50c per yard up I
I New Silk Flouncing 1
|| and the narrow "width. Priced SI.OO tO $1.98 |
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f The result oT our suggestion for new patrons to call and |
inspect our new and up-to-date store has had its effect, i
Many have called that were not former customers and f
4 they are very highly pleased with the result thereof,
fWe have everything priced in our store at reasonable f
prices and we haye what you want WHEN you want it |
and this is a long way towards satisfaction. When you f
get the article you want and get it at the price it should t
sell for and it is new, the fabric or quality the best, then |
there is no room for dissatisfaction. § § § § |
tltis in eating the pudding that the proof of the quality f
is concerned and we have learned that it is the most bene- t
ficial thing to sell on short profits and keep a staple line I
of new goods at all times. Our customers appreciate the f
service and’ it continually wins us new friends. § § § I
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make all your purchases satisfactory. What more could X
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J. J. Johnson & Son t
Service and Satisfaction Store. I
Cor. Hillsboro & Salisbury. Pittsboro, N. C. I
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tente,d have good, staple food, well prepared and in B
season. We make a specialty of being prepared to fur- p
nish you at any time with any class of Groceries that you b
may desire. We get them direct from the markets and B
I we keep them fresh and ready to serve you at the least £
possible cost. In fact, service is our first consideration
and courteous attention is a second nature. You are al- p
ways welcome in our store and we appreciate your having §
I steadily enlarged our business.
We rectify any mistakes. i
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Richardson Bros., i
V Phone 42. SILER CITY, N. C. Phone 42. fi