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What one of us had not had in
some measure to pass through the
shadow of the valley of death?
Sime, it is true, may be spared this
ordeal for a time, the young for
instance. But all who live long in
the world must "pass under the
rod" some day, prepared or not pre
pared. The IJglit Fades.
In the sun lit zones there is per.
petual summer. The birds are
6inging all the time, flowers are
blooming, green grass covers the
fields aud meadows, and the soft
breeze fans the air into the most
delicious temperature. But our
fortune does not always rest in this
zone. As we wage the battle of the
years we travel on and the situation
changes. We eacli have our
shadows, and this is as it should be,
for how cheap would the sunlight
become if we had it all the time.
"If all were easy, if all were
Where would the cross bt
Where would the fight?"
For these natural changes in life
we should be prepared intuitively,
"because we have lived through life's
summer and have matured in its
sunlight, have ripened in ;its glow.
We should be ready to meet the
gloom of the lengthening shadows
because their time is due and thier
purpose at hand. These are natural
phenomena and the symmetrical
life will not quake at their appear
ance. The life that has garnered
sunshine in the sweet long ago when
days were fair and life was fortune.
The wise soul that has not dissipat
ed the opportunities when in the
pleasant fields of the happy zone
but has reserved strength for thi3
dark hour. Summer cannot last
always. The winter and the long
night must surely come, and the
time when our hands shall reach
out for the last budding rose, when
we detect the frost in the air and
knew that thelight aud the warmth,
the beauty and fragrance must
wither and fade. These are the
signs of life's natural close and
must come to all alike.
But, when the clouds gather and
the rain-drops fall around us in
mid-summer, when the birds stop
singing and shelter their heads
beneath their wings, for sorrow,
when the flowers droop and die ere
they burst into bloom, when the
green earth parches beneath our
feet, and the air turns chill with
affliction aud grief; when all this
comes to us without warning and
out of time, how shall we bear it?
If, like the afflictions of Job, some j
dire sorrow onus stealing in un- Your sense of the difference be
expectedly to us upon the breath of tween right and wrong is the limit of
the morning bringing its blight aud j your convictions on a given question,
laying its bitter hands upon the j A painted fire will not keep the
song, the sunshine, the fragrance, room warm,
tipon the very zest of life itself,!
wnat snail we oor now snail we
be prepared to meet it? How Bhall
we be strong? Sometimes clouds
will gather in a clear sky, chill
rJS'Js come with the rays 'of the
rising sun, the birds are hushed in
the midst of their song, and the
budding rose withers. Oh, cruel
fate that blights the rose of spring
time, that hides the light of a mid
summer day! Oh, pitiless death,
that hushes the song of hope in the
morning! That points to the grave,
feet that are not weary, eyes that are
not dim, that gives so" early the last,
rose to hands that have been denied
many ef life's rose3. That defeats
the struggle of the hopeful, patient
bouI for life and health. Oh, why
are all the33 things? These
are shadows to us. We cannot un
derstand thern. What shall save
us from overwhelming sorrow when
seeming defeat touches sweet hope,
breaks the bouyant spirit and lays
them weary-limbed and heavy-eyed
in the silent grave?
The suddenness of such untimely
shadows makes us tremble upoa our
foundations, it shocks ns so heavily
that for a time we are off our guard
and we bcome dis-spirited and un
happy. If we could remember that
somewhere there is that sun-lit zone
and that there the birds are singing
at this very moment; that all is
bright with color aud sweet with
fragrance; that this darkest hour
with ns is someore else's best nnd
happiest hour. That when the
chill wind of adversity troubles us
there are many that are basking in
the warmth and light of realized
hopes. If we cuild remember this
that however dark our way there is
always sunlight somewhere. That
life has its shadows, and that the j
"shadows shift," sometimes over ns,
sometimes over others, aBd at their
coming the light' fades, but that
they cannot shut out the sua for
long. The sua ever shiues on, no
matter how dense the clouds, and
it will steal through a rift someday
foi u. If we might know that the
greatest seeming defeat is really
most often the greatest triumph,
and if we might hear the voice of
peace speaking to us in the words
of the little poem, thus;
"Have faith iu God, the Savi ir said:
He saw the path that we must tread;
The frequent thorn, the fading flower,
The joy and pain of every hour.
Have faith iu God, tho' clouds arise
And overspread the glowing skies;
Tho' sum and stars grow dim and pale,
His boundless love shall never fail."
IDA IXGUlD MA ST EX.
I am sure my remedy will give
perfect satisfaction in cases where a
TONIC, ALTERATIVE, PUltl
FIKU OF THE BLOOD Oil A
NERVINE is nteileil. I do not
i believe its equal can be found for
nervous prostration, aii'l when one
is "rundown," it will certainly
build up and restore to perfect
health. I used to direct if half
dozen bottles tf my Remedy be
taken aud no benefit felt to sTor it,
that it was useless to try more,- but
I have mtt with a good many
chronic cases, where no perceptible
benefit was felt on the first half
dozen bottles, and its continued
use effected a cure.
In chronic cases of long standing
where any of my Remedy is needed
at all the use of a dozen bottles is
necessary, and in many cases more.
Some take half dozen bottles and
more before feeling any benefit; a
great many tell me they have felt
better from the first dose; most re
port benefit on second or third
It will cure INDIGESTION and
stomach troubles. It will counter
act BLOOD POISON. In such
casesgive a wineglass every 15 or
20 minutes until the effect is felt in
1 most urgently recommend the
Remedy to every one suffering from
any trouble that comes from impure,
impoverished, or poisoned blood, or
for a "rundown" system.
The use of the Wash is of the
utmost importance to be used in
connection with the Remedy, in
cases where there is any external
trouble, iuflauiatiou, ulceration, or
For futher information, apply to
Mrs. Joe Persox,
Charlotte, N. C.
If if sur Shew!
REYNOLDS' SUN CURED TOBACCO
CONTAINS LESS SWEETENING THAN
ANY OTHER, BECAUSE THE QUALITY
OF THE SUN CURED LEAF USED IN
ITS MANUFACTURE NEEDS LESS.
REYNOLDS' SUN CURED IS THE
HIGH-CLASS CHEW THAT YOU FOR
MERLY GOT, COSTING FROM 60c. TO
S1.00 PER POUND. SOLD AT 50c.
PER POUND IN Sc. CUTS; STRICTLY
10c. AND 15c. PLUGS, AND IS THE
BEST VALUE IN ZUU CURED TO- -BACCO
THAT CAN BE PRODUCED
R. J. REYNOLDS T03ACC0 COjrflnsicn-Sabm, EL C
Third Prize Won By Percy S. White,
Percy S. White, of Greensboro,
won the third prize offered by "The
American Boy," published at De
troit, Mich., to the boys of North
Carolina for the best essays on "Why
I Am Proud of My State." Percy
is "nly 12 years of age and his essay
is reproduced below:
Why I Am Proud of Mi State.
Why am I proud of the Old North
State? Why, becauee she has an
area of 52,286 square miles, and a
population of 1,893,810 people.
North Carolina furnished more
soldiers for the Civil War than she
had voters, many of the young mun
having volunteered. The first man
that was killed in the Civil War
was a North Carolinian, as was the
case in the Spanish-American War.
Three of our presidents were born
in North Caroliun.
The climate of North Caroliua is
very pleasant, especially about Ash
ville. Both Northern and Southern
people go theie for their health and
We raise all kinds of cereals that
can be raised anywhere else in the
United States. The principal pro
ducts are cotton, tobacco, wheat,
rice, Irish and sweet potatoes, oats,
rye and peanuts. We also grow all
kinds of fruits, except the tropical
fruits. Apples grown iu the west
ern part of the State took the second
pi ize at the world's fair at Pans a
few years ago. The largest nuiser
ies of the south are in North Caro
lina. North Carolina is rich in mineral
products. More zinc is produced
here than all the United States.
There are large quarrys of granite
and other valuable building stones.
There are also jewels of great value
found here, including the diamond,
garnet, ruby, sapphire and the opal.
The pine trees of North Carolina
furnish masts for the ships. There
are many large furniture factories
that make all kinds of furniture.
More shuttle-blocks are shipped
from North Carolina than any other
There are many large cotton mills
all over the State, the largest of
its kind, in the world, being situated
at Greensboro, jT. C, It is called
"White Oak" after a large white
oak tree which stands in front of it.
There are also many large tobacco
factories through out the State.
The educat onal sjs'.em of North
Carolina is fine. There are many
colleges and universities all over
the State, besides a splendid system
of public schools for botn white and
colored raci-s. The institution for
the deaf, dumb, and blind is at Ral
eigh. So you see we have much to be
proud of in the Old North State,
and we predict for her a bright and
Percy S. Weite.
Greensboro, N. C.
"They like the taste as well as maple
sugar" is what one mother wrote of Ken
nedy's Laxative Cough Syrup. This modern
cough syrup is absolutely free from any
opiate or narcotic. Contains Honey and
Tar. Conforms to the National Pure Food
and Drug Law. Sold by Standard Drug
Co. and Asheboro Drug Co.
no i oDacco
Child Caught In Belt at Saw Mill and
I After an absence of thirty-one
years from his native home, S. A.
! Lverly, of Maypearl, Texas, is visit
I ing his Srother at Richfield.
Ihehnauce book of the county
shows a shortage of $1,435.35 in the
puMic road funds.
The 13-year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. George Mortu, 3 miles south
of Albemarle, was caught in the
belting at the mill Monday and in
S. ()., and Misa Mary Weaver, of
Rowland, N. V., have been elected
to fill the vacaucies on the graded
school faculty, caused by the resigna
tion of Misses Forney and Thorn.
Mrs. D. R. Seago has moved to
Grteub-ro where she will be in
charge of a boaiding house.
Jason Wlntli-y, postmaster at
Bridgeport, was married Sunday to
Miss Ethel Morgan, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. David Morgan.
Mrs. Hester Teeter, wife of our
tow iii-mati, Frank Teeter, died Sat
urday night from appendicitis. She
had a complication of Doubles and
couldn't, undergo hii operation. Her
remains were carried to Big Lick
for interment. She is survived by
:i hnsbiiui and six children.
The Albemarli- Chapter of Daugh
ters of the Oanfi'iiei'ucy has secured
a lot. just north of the Stanley court
house, upon which they will erect a
Clear up the complexion, cleanse the liver
ami tone tlie system. You can liesi do this
by a ilue or iuo of ltoWiit's Little Early
Uimm's. Sue, reliable little pills with a
reputation The pills that everyone Knows.
l!eci'iumen'!''d by Standard Drug Co. and
Asheijoro Drug Co.
The Chatham Iiccord
Zuch. Uoroughs, of Bear Creek
township, died on Tuesday of last
week in his 85th year.
Mr. Joan Kealsand son and Mr.
Lit: le, cf Indiana, are visiting Mr.
J. R. Mnght in Oakland township.
Mr. Neal and Mr. Little moved
from Chatham to Indiana forty-six
C. H. Crutchfield and family,
who have been living at Mundy,
Texas, for some time, have returned
to this county and are living on
Siler City Route 1.
Mr. S. S. Blackburn, depot ageut
of Pineville, and Miss Juanita Mc
Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. McAdams, of Siler City, were
married Thursday, December 27th,'
at the home of the bride's parents.
Need a Southern
Farm Paper . .
One adapted to Southern crops,
climate, soils and conditions,
made by our folks and for our
folks and at the same time as
wide-awake as any in Pennsyl
vania or Massachusetts. Such
a paper is
The Proaressive Farmer,
Raleigh. North Carolina,
VA'ttrA tw Clarence H. Poe. with
Dr. Tait Butler, of the A. & M.
College, and Director fcs. W. KJI
gore, of the Agricultural Experi
ment Station (you know hem),
as assistant editors i a year;.
Tf vou Are alreadV takin? the
paper we can make no reduction,
but it you arc not talcing- it,
You Can Save 50cts.
By sending your order to us.
That is to say to new Progress
ive rarmer subscribers we will
send that paper with the Cou
rier, both one year for $1.50.
Regular price $2.00.
Address all orders to
Asheboro, N. C
My enlarged stock enables me to offer
the public new House Furnishings and
in greater variety. Selling at a small
margin I expect to move the stock
Bedroom Suites $11. to $40.
Besides these I offer specials in Din
ing Chairs, Itoekers, Couches, Lounges,
Hall Racks and Iron Beds.
Still better is our Art collection of
Pictures. See them.' A full line of
O- R. FOX, Asheboro. N. C.
Successor to Kearns & Fox-
The Farmer and the Gun.
There i no one art irle more npcwr'"
the welfare of a farm tlmn a rood. reliiV'e
firearm. .s a maim of protre'ion fro i
prowling mnrnnrlr, hnre sten'injr Wh
vaymen. etc . and m an effieiei't r'-nylv f"
winged end frmr. footed posts that des'ror
the crop and dnm.nre the the pasture. th-e
is uothinpto eq,tnl a "nhootincf iron" Ts'
the liest . aritirtipnt tiller of the od has
for the invidera referred to nnd they i'o
not rern 'hrir v!i aftrr one doe
Both ihe fanner and the farmer's son
have Wen ("purred "to C"t a '"" 1 v tie
rampaian nf eduriti n whi-h the -T. S'eve-.s
Arm & Tool V. Chionpee Falls. Mass ,
makers of ih celebrated Stevom fireirms.
are constantly wrrinr in hchdf rt t1
logical weapon. tven Kille", TistnU i v'
R'lo'pTins are hftor thru wnwo". ?nl
Bin- nlijpct ptrrcl: l.y iheir bulh-ts st.iy
A natural ev-''-'imi nf tle farmer mai-' -mat
was the trrm.i veteran slints that r.fi -
the Tint!"!'! redr"Ts tl" tn-sle of their l!w
in 'TCi That's a tioint most ipnpl, Ine
sifht of in nnnlvzMie the reasons far the
surrender at Vpr;own.
Pnr on th" li'-nkes; some dtiv.
ir nwful momentum, the splendid j
timHiiHerv will to the junk-pile, j
Xearlv every p Mnn who is snlijcct to at-j
taeiis from slmii'irh sullers rn ni a li'or '
dr.' id pf a di"',"M.' treatment fo- velii-f t!r t
is iln-ep f. ir!;s arvation. and one fourth
ton! an I ini'i;. 0'i tli" other h-iii'l v' u i-in
eat as you please ami difjest the food 1)' 'he
ii-e nf a p in (lipfjliiiit, thus eiviii!.'
I stomach eiiimllv t much wst I'
what von please and tal e a little Kodol
Iiidii.'p"' ion nfier vour meals It d;
what y-ii eat. S..h! ly Standard Oru r Co
and Ashehort TniR Co.
m a nv a n ii
t II I. It H I- H
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" wrote you for advice," writes Lelia Hagood,
of Sylvia, Term., "about my terrible backache 3nd
monthly pains in my abdomen and shoulders. I
had suffered this way nine years and five doctors
had failed to relieve me. On your advice I aook
Wine cf Cardui, which at once relieved my pains
and now I am entirely cured. I am sure that
Cardui saved my life."
It is a safe and reliable remedy for all female
diseases, such as peri
odical pains, irregulari
ty, dragging down sen
sations, headache, diz
ziness, backache, etc.
At Every Drug Store in
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One usci, a! v v i i . I
People's House Furnishing Co.,
High Point, N. C.
wtwn yoi buy a SEWING MACHINE. YoaTI all torts rod Had at
corresponding prices. But if you wxot a. rejnjUble iericeibk Machine, &ca tak
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WE WILL PAY
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PER CORD FOR MAPLE,
4 f'.. l-nr, 7 inches and up;
$!0.0e per Cord.
U. B. WORTH. Tie as.
Greensbio, N. C.
Write ut a letter describing all
your symptoms, and we will send you
Free Advice. In plain sealed envelope.
Address: Ladles Advisory Department,
The Chattanooga Medicine Co., Chatta
nooga, Tenn, JU
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