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THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1930.
Two Weeks Civil Term—
Judge Devin Here This
Week —The Fields Building
Litigation Most Important
Judgre Lyon became ill Thurs
day of last week and court was
adiourned. Accordingly, very few
eases were disposed of last week.
Only a few judgements in minor
cases were entered. The hot weather
was doubtless the undoing of
Judge Lyon, who at the age of
eighty, has been doing consider
able work on the bench and who
has prided himself upon his ability
to achieve the tasks of younger men.
However, the immediate cause of
his inability to proceed with the
-work of the court was a severe
case of indigestion.
Judge Devin, here this week, is
in his prime, though no one would
ever judge by his youthful appear
ance that he was discovered as a
sophomore at Wake Forest when
this writer entered college in 1888,
of 42 years ago. The 42 years
looks more like his full age.
Mrs. Moore of New Bern is
stenographer this week, in place
of Miss Speaight, who is the re
gular stenographer and was here
The Fields case came up Tuesday
morning. The question at issue
seems to have been as to whether
the furnishers of materials for the
$42,000 Fields building here have
claims upon the building superior
to those of the bondholders. It
is almost evident that somebody has
to lose, as the building will not
sell for indebtedness, which is $26,-
000, presumably including the in
debtedness for the site, which is
first and is safe, since the first
mortgage on the land includes all
that the sellers sold and the build
ing too. The others have to get
theirs from what is left over when
the building is sold with the first
mortgage hanging over it. In fast,
•one or two sales have been made
already, and the litigation is to
settle the priority of claims. Quite
a number of persons and firms
The decision of the court will be
found in another place in this
paper if it is rendered in time for
home coming day at
Last Sunday. Aug. 3rd., was home
coming day at Meroney church,
near here. An unusual large crowd
at;ended. People from various places
in North Carolina and Virginia were
:n attendance. Services begun at
11:00 a. m. T .B. Beal, Sunday
School Superintendent, spoke a
few words of appreciation and
thanks for the support the people
had given in their recent building
program. Rev. L. M. Chaffin, the
pastor, preached a most soul-stirr ng
sermon on “Our Record on High,”
using as a text, Job 16:19—“My
witness in heaven, and my record
is on high.” A large number 'of
people expresecl themselves on this
being one of the best sermons they
ever heard. Rev. H. T. Plyler, Busi
ness manager of the North Carolina
Christian Advocat, was present and
led the morning prayer.
In the afternoon, ex-senator J.
R. Rives, of Sanford, led in the
Home Coming Service. Graham
Moffitt, of Sanford, led in prayer.
Rev. M. T. Plyler was introduced
who spoke on the Home Coming
Day services, which was greatly
enjoyed by all present. Others
making short talks were: A. R.
Rives, of Sanford; E. E. Mclver, of
Greensboro; Charles J. Mclver, -of
Burlington; George E. Rives, of
Goldston, which were very instruc
tive and helpful. The revival is
being held this week, with Rev. J.
H. Buffaloe, of Carthage, doing
C. W. Molt, of Mornersville, was
a visitor this week in the home of
T. B. Beal.
Bobby Willett, of Raleigh, is
visiting his grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Willett. ' v
Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Beaver, Mr.
and Mrs. J. N. Nall and familv, of
Greensboro, were week-end visitors
in the home of T. P. Beaver.
CALL MEETING DEMOCRATIC
OF CHATHAM COUNTY
A meeting of the members of the
Democratic Executive Committee of
Chatham County is hereby called to
meet in the Courthouse at Pittsboro,
North Carolina, on Tuesday, August
12th, at 4 o’clock, P. M., for the
purpose of electing a candidate for
County Commissioner to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of
Mr. R. J. Johnson.
This the 4th day of August, 1930..
WADE BARBER, Chairman}
The Chatham Record
Lightning and Wind
Storm . Pays Visit
Pittsboro and vicinity was visited
last Thursday afternoon by one of
the severest electrical storms in
its history. Tree after tree was
struck in the community and a gas
tank at the Justice Motor Company
was set afire, but outed before an
explosion occurred. 'Mr. George
Brewer lost two of his fine oaks.
Several trees were struck on Lan
ius Hills, it is stated.
'There were several spurts of
wind at high velocity during the
storm. One of the trees at the Mrs.
H. A. London place was badly dam
aged. Other trees in the town suf
fered from the force of the wind,
while corn was laid low in fields
where maturity was not advanced.
The Methodist church had several
window lights broken. The shock
of the lightning broke several panes
in the Brewer residence.
However, all the damage was
more than compensated by a fine
fall of rain. Yet there are still at
this writing, Monday, some sections
of the county in need of rain.
Mr. G. R. Farrell, three miles
east of Pittsboro, reports since the
above was written that lightning
hit six trees in his yard. The near
est to the house was only ten or
twelve feet and the farthest no
more than fifty yards.
22 Counties to Have
Raleigh, July 30.—“ With the vot
ing of a special tax in Hyde county,
there will be twenty-two counties
operating an eight months school
term on a county-wide basis during
1930-31,” said State Superintendent
A. T. Allen today in a statement to
the press. *
During 1928-29 eighteen counties
ran all their white school for eight
months. These counties, according
to Supt. Allen, were: Camden, Car
teret, Currituck, Durham, Edge
combe, Gates, Guilford, Henderson,
Lenoir, Mecklenburg, New Hanover,
Northampton, Pamlico, Pacquotank,
Transylvania, Vance, Washington
and Wilson. During 1929-30 War
ren and Greene were added to this
list, making twenty counties which
operated all their schools for white
children eight months or longer.
“Supt. Inscoe informed me that
three districts in Nash not operat
ing but six months last year will
run eight months next year. The
voting of the tax in Hyde makes
the twenty-second county to signify
its willingness to give an eight
months term on a county-wide basis
to all the children. And in my
opinion,” continued Supt. Allen,
“since the state now participates
in the extended term, there is no
better time for the schools to be
gin operating on a county-wide j
There a v e a number of counties
which have only a few pupils, less
than 500, ;n schools not operating
for as long as eight months during
the year. Figures for 1928-29 show
that Halifax had only 66 white chil
dren not having the opportunity of
an eight months term. Cumber
land had 105, Scotland 164. Pender
177, Granville 207, Hoke 221, Ber
tie 235. Forsyth 238, Hartford 264,
Clay 284, Jones 296, Chowan 338,
Tyrrell 366, An«on 413, Rutherford
423, Avery 439, Polk 451, and
Dare 468, whilte children in short
“More than 80 per cent of the
white children now have the advan
tage of an eight months school
term. Those children not having
this advantage are in the rural
Antioch News t
The Revival begins at Antioch
Christian church Sunday. There
will be an all-day service and din
ner on the grounds. We are expectl
ing the male quartet from Asbury
to sing for us.
Mrs. Etta Fisher has returned
home after spending a while with
her sister, Mrs. W. B. Thomas on
Moncure Rt. 2.
Mr. Norman Dowdy of Durham
is spending a few djays this week
with relatives in this community.
Mrs. Peggy Dowdy has returned
home after spending a while with
relatives at Bynum.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Langlev of
Pittsboro spent a while Sunday
afternoon in the home of Miss
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Thomas of
Pittsboro spent Sunday with Mr.
and Mrs. C. 'C Poe.
Miss Lacy Johnson spent the
week-end with relatives at Durham.
Miss Lena Siler has opened ‘*The
Rearmore Liberary” in Siler City.
She has chosen a choice lot of the
newer books and rents them for
a small fee. This institution should
cause Siler City people and others
who visit that town regularly to
“read more”. As for Pittsboro peo
p’e, it is as easy to get books from
L ,he University library, but probably
the average Pittsburgher would
rind it more congenial to discuss
books with Miss Siler.
PITTSBORO, N. C., CHATHAM COUNTY, THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1930.
Photo from Wide World Photos
THE NATION’S CAPITOL FROM A NEW ANGLE
A new and unusual view of the United States Capitol, made just
before a recent rain storm. N
A Chatham Citizen Recklessly
Buys Bill of Goods In San
ford and Signs Wrong Name
One -of Chatham’s citizens has
become utterly reckless, it would
appear, in the matter of getting
money or goods at other folk’s ex
pense. He went down to Sanford
last week and bought quite a bill
of goods from Isaacson, or rather
from one of Isaacson’s clerks, and
tendered in payment a check signed
with the name of a Mr. Johnson, of
Hickory Mountain township. Wnen
the check had been accepted, a call
was made by phone to the Page
Trust Company at Siler City and the
response showed no account for
this Mr. Johnson. A call to the
Chatham Bank showed no account.
It then became the clerk’s job
to find the maker of the check,
and he hastened to Pittsboro and
consulted Mr. J. W. Moore, car
rier on RFD 2, who had no John
son by that name on his route,
but who happened to be the brother
in-law of the man whose name was
to the check.
Accordingly, he accompanies the
salesman to Mr. Johnson’s, who
saw that he was not the man. But
it happened that Mr. Johnspn had
been in Sanford and seen the
citizen in question leave the Isaac
son store with a lot of goods. The
salesman and Mr. Moore proceeded
to Siler City to the home of the
man suspected of forging Mr. John
son’s name; thence out to a saw
mill in the Brush Creek section,
where they were told that the sus
pect had not returned from San
ford. Back to Siler City they go
and await the return. The forger
came to his Siler City home and
had the goods with him. The sales
man, rejoicing, got the goods. Joe
Moore says he was a happy man.
The buyer of the goods may or
may not have the check back, as
it was in the handy' of a Siler City
qfficer when the goods were re
turned. Before there is any legal
step taken, if any is to be taken,
we hesitate to call the name of
the citizen. But in case suspicion
should fail upon an innocent citizen,
we are ready to state the name.
It was lucky for the salesman
and unlucky for the forger that Mr.
Johnson happened to be in Sanford
and see the forger leave the store
with the goods. The latter had mis
takenly given Mr. Johnson’s ad
dress as Pittsboro RFD 2, which is
Mr. Moore’s route; while the real
address of the man whose name
was forged was Siler City, RFD.
If the case goeis to court, it will
probably have to be a Lee county'
case, and it should go, if people’s
rights are to be protected against
A General Fight
There seems to have been a more
or less general fight upon the
grounds of Terrell’s Chapel, a
colored church in Hadley township,
Sunday. Quite a number of the
bucks were involved and knives
and stones played a part in the
fracas. Dock Cotten, who claims to
have been an innocent by-stander,
received a blow from a flung stone
which broke a rib, which in turn
punctured the lung, according to his
report of the doctor’s statement. Two
sons of Dr. Farrell seem to have
been on one side of the contest. One
of them got a knife slash on his
hand. Those fellows have disap
peared, though they seem to have
been the minority party. Dock Cot
ten says there were five or six
upon them at one time, but the
Farrells seem not to have got hurt
worse than the others.
It is personalities, not principles,
that move the age.—Oscar Wilde.
S. A. L. Spent
2 Million in N. C.
Figures Given On 1929 Ex
penditures in Five North
According to figures recently is
sued from offices of the Seaboard
railroad, this road spent nearly 54,-
000,000 in five counties of this state
during 1929, namely Wake, Chat
ham, Lee, Moore and Richmond
counties. This includes wages paid
employees, county taxes, school
taxes, city and town taxes, state
franchise taxes, purchases, and in
Wake county a special road district
tax. The purchases include money
actually paid firms and individuals
in those counties and not the
amounts of requisitions made out
£ot supplies to be used in those
counties but purchased outside these
Richmond county led the other
counties in practically all the items.
For wages paid employees this coun
ty received $1,719,058.45 against
Wake with $1,431,922.42, the next
highest. In total taxes, however,
S6OO. The former received $57,-
Richmond lost to Wake by only
308.06 while the latter got $57,-
907.86. The Seaboard probably
passes through more incorporated
towns in Wake than in Richmond.
In purchases this county received
$73,871.21 against Wake’s $58,-
751.38. In the grand total Rich
mond, with $1,850,237.72, outshines
by S3OO Wake’s $1,548,651.66. So
this county has not been treated so
bad’y after all, perhaps.
An itemized statement by counties
follows, showing the amounts and
different items of expenditures by
the Seaboard during, the year *1929
in the five counties listed:
Richmond—Wages paid employ
ees, $1,719,058.45; county taxes,!
$30,994.01; school taxes, $8,369.32;
city and town taxes, $7,613.59; state
franchise tax, $10,331.34; total
taxes, $57,308.06; purchases, $75,-
871.21. Total, $1,850,237.72.
Wake Wages paid employees,
$-,431,992.42; county taxes, $27,-
216.23; school taxes, $12,028.92;
road district taxes, $31.47; city and
town taxes, $8,823.59; state fran
chise tax, $9,807.65; total taxes,
$57,907.86; purchases, $58,751.38.
Chatham —Wages paid employees,
$41,988.40; county taxes, $lO,-
818.98; school taxes, $2,421.92;
city and town taxes, $295.67; state
franchise tax, $3,547.21; total taxes,
$17,083.78. Total $59,072.18.
Lee—Wages paid employees, $61,-
325.48; county taxes, $10,505.89;
school taxes, $4,459.37; city and
town taxes, $664.97; state franchise
tax, $4,402.36; totax taxes, $20,-
032.59. Total $81,388.07.
Moore —Wages paid employees,
$90,839.76; county taxes, $12,-
484.23; school taxes, $7,371.19; city
and town taxes, $3,914.04; state
franchise tax, $4,623.78; total taxes,
$28,393.24. Total $119,235.
The total expenditure in the five
counties of $3,658,382.63.
Mr. L. B. Hester, Jr., is home
for a brief respite from his work
at Poughkeepsie Business College.
This young man is taking a real
course in accounting. He spent two
years at the University or North
Carolina and has been at Pough
keepsie, one of the most noted
business schools in the country for
the past By remaining for
the summer session he expects to
complete the two-year course by
January 1. He was in Pittsboro
Monday, with his father, Mr. L.
B. Hester, Sr.
Mr. W. Gerry Fields has just
completed a neat six-room bunga
low in West Pittsboro, which is
to be occupie-d by Mr. Fred Justice.
The calf sometimes catches the
Mr. Scott Advises In
crease of Cows and.
The following letter, received -by
Mr. H. F. Durham, from W. Kerr
Scott, farm agent for Alamance
county, should be of interest to
Chatham farmers in general. Mr.
Dear Mr. Durham:
Y-our letter of July 31st inquir
ing about the possibility of the
A few days ago we had repre
sentatives of one of the large con
densery concerns here looking over
the situation. They appear very
much interested in what was go
ing on and stated that they were
seriously considering coming to this
territory, but were not quite ready
to say what they would do. We, of
course, are very anxious for them
to come and are doing what we can
to interest them in coming to this
section. The business men of Me
bane are -doing everything they pos
sibly can to induce them to come.
In the meantime we are going
right ahead with the development
of pastures, development of the
cows and increasing herds, know
ing that reason they have not
yet decided to come is because of
the small number of herds, only
medium pastures and a small vol
ume of milk.
I would suggest that you people
go right ahead with development
along this line and while it may
be a temporary situation and you
will find it hard to find a market
for milk products, yet that is the
reason the people are holding off,
because there is not enough milk
to be attractive to them.
Just as soon as we hear anything
encouraging we will let you know.
Yours very truly,
W. Kerr Scott
Graham, Aug. 2.'
Death of Miss Jones
Funeral services for Miss Leoda
Jones age 36, daughter of the late
W. W. and Cynthia Jones, died at
her home in Staley early Friday
Morning, were conducted from
Rockey River Friends Church at
two o’clock Saturday afternoon. Rev.
J. T. Kenyon was in charge of the
service, assisted by Mrs. J. T. Ken
yon and Rev. T. F. Andrews, pas
tor of the church.
Miss Jones was a much beloved
Christian character. During her
illness she was always cheerfull and
concerned about the wellfare of
those about her. She joined Plea
sant Grove Pilgrims’ Holiness Church
when a girl and remained a faith
ful member until death.
The large crowd attending the
funeral and the many flowers be
- speaks the high esteem she was held
in the community. She is survived
by one brother, J. L. Jones, of Srer
City, RFD, and one sister, Miss
Gertrude Jones of Stanley.
PzHl bearers were, C. M. Staley,
C. M. Staley, Jr., W. E. McMasters,
H. A. Holmes, S. W. Moon, and C.
Flower bearers were: Misses Etta
Langley, Othello Mace, Lillian Curl,
Delia Mace, Rachel Kivett, Dorothy
Fox, Sarah Staley, Elizabeth Fox,
Clara Mace and Cladie Coble.
Interment was in the church
W. P. Carter Cut Off
In Prime Os Life
Many friends regret the passing
of Mr. W. P. Carter, who died
at the age of 52 at Watts Hos
pital last Friday morning, after an
operation for appendicitis.
Mr. Carter was a native of west
ern Chatham. He maried Miss Lina
Harmon, -sister of Miss Cordie Har
mon, Mr. J. W. Harmon, Mr. Obie
Harmon, and others. Mrs. Carter
died just two years and two days
prior to the death of her husband.
He leaves two daughters, Mrs.
Theodore Clayton of Roxboro and
Mrs. Laura Burch. The latter lost
her husband a little over a year
ago. Hence Mrs. Burch has been
bereaved of mother, husband
father in a period -of two years
and two days.
For the past ten years «Mr. Car
ter had been employed by the
highway commission. He was located
at Roxboro till a year or two ago,
when he was sent to Pittsboro.
Only recently he had been _ trans
ferred to Roxboro again, and he
-and Mrs. Burch were living with
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton.
Taken with appendicitis, he was
carried to the hospital, but mani
festly rather late for a successful
The burial w r as at Mt. Zion Metho
dist church last Saturday morning.
Rev. J. A. Dailey conducted the
funeral services. Employees of the
highway commission acted as pall
bearers. A large crowd was pre
sent to pay last respects to a
friend and former neighbor.
A good citizen is gone.
■ ■ ■ ■ -
Mesdames Cordon, Jerome, and
Miss Carrie Jackson and the Cor
don and Jerome children are spend
ing this week at Wrightsville
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VOLUME 52—NUMBER 45
Blaze Was Discovered Early’
inated from Box of Sawdust
Used as Spittoon Small
Hole Burned in Floor
Fire Originating in a box of
saw dust used as a spittoom burned
a hole in the upper floor of the
court house Wednesday morning and
had begun to blaze upon the stair
rounds when discovered by Mr. B.
Moffitt, one of the jurors, who was
using the grand jury room as a
Evidently, there had been less
spitting in the box than dropping of
cigarette stubs, and the saw dust
smouldered through the night. For
tunately, it was five o’clock in the
morning before it blazed and was
ready to do business. If it had been
twelve o’clock when it broke into
flame, the probability is Mr. Mof
fitt would not have discovered it
till it was too late to save the
building with the limited fire equip
ment of the town.
The hole in the floor is about
the size of one’s hand.
Mr. Moffitt and Mr. Berry Talley
brought a pallet along with them
to town when they came to serve
as jurors and have been getting
their meals at the case and pallet
ting in the grand jury room. Mr.
Talley was spending that night
with Mr. W. E. Brooks and Mr.
Moffitt held the fort alone. It was
clearly fortunate that he had
chosen this bunkinig The
court house is not the finest in the
state, but it is plenty good enough
for poor kolk, and it is still there.
However, we judge that a different
kind of receptacle for cigarette
stubs will be
Teachers Now Average
Raleigh, July 30.—The rural
white teachers of Mecklenburg coun
ty retain first place among all rural
ing the highest scholarship, accord
white teachers of. the state in hav
ing to the current issue of State
School Facts, -official publication of
the Department* of Public Instruc
The rural white teachers of Meck
lenburg county now have average
training equivalent to 3.73 years in
college. Last year when this coun
ty took the lead in this respect,
these teachers had an average train
ing of 3.44 years. According to
School Facts, the average training
of teachers in this county has in
creased over a years and a half
Durham county retains its position
of second place in respect to train
ing of rural white teachers, the av
erage scholarship for 1929-30 being
three and a half years in college.
Carrituck is third among the coun
ties in training of rural white
Other counties having white
teachers employed whose average
training is three Vears or more in
college and their rang in this re
spect are :Lenoir fourth, Guilford
fifth, Gaston sixth, Warren seventh,
Vance eighth and Pasquotank ninth.
The average training of all white
teachers in the state, School Facts
points out, is now approximately
two and a half years in college. In
1924-25 the average training of ru
ral white teachers employed was
only one year in college. Within
five years there has been an im
provement of one and one-half years
in the average training of these
The average training of rural col
ored teachers has increased from
less than high school graduation in
1924-25 to nearly a year in col
lege in 1929-30. The rural colored
teachers have improved their train
ing during this five-year period one
and one-fourth years.
The County Statement
No citizen should fail to study
the statement of county finances
appearing in this paper. You will
notice that several districts have
deficits, but the Record is informed
that they are of several years
standing and are gradually bein<? cut
down. The bonded indebtedness of
the subdivisions are in part covered
by the sinking funds reported in
another section of the statement.
The tax rate has been held the
same as last year’s rate, though
the' poor fund has been besieged by
scores of needy and numerous ones
have been added to thq list of
those drawing help for support.
It will be noticed that the uncok
lected taxes for, 1929 amount to
over $53,000, to which sum penal
ties for late payment will be added
when collected. <
The statement deserves study, and
we believe that the commissioners
deserve credit for pulling through
as well as they have.