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VOL XXXII. ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 1907. No
Murder In Second Degree For Kil
ling Milton Bunnell.
MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF THIR
Tried at Troy last Week Father, Make
Smith, not to be tried until September
Term The facta Developed at
JiiBt after dark on January 10th
of this vear, Borne one killed J. Milton
Bunnell, about one half mile south
of Star in Montgomery county,
while walking1 on the railroad track.
The killing as done with an axe by
splitting his head open by a lick
from behind and by two other se
vere wounds with the blade of the
axe, one on the jaw and one on the
neck uear the collar bone. Soon
after the killing a north bound
train knocked Die body from the
track iiiul further mutilated it.
Tin coroner's jury on the next
day and a large number of people
who viewed the body saw plainly
that the deceased had been killed.
On his p'-rsou was found $4 00 sewed
ur in his cl it lies, but his purse,
which contained four ten dollar
Mils, two one dollar bills, two ten
dollar s,old pieces, one live dollar
gold piece, and some silver was mis
sing.' It was clear that the deceased
had been killed uud roboed by some
one who had taken his purse, not
knowing he had any other money
on his werson, or had been fright
ened away before making a thorough
search of the body, as the killing
was done in fifty yards of Thomas
Suspicion soon rested on Charles
Smith who was seen with a ten dollar
piece of gold and said he got it about
and about and knew where he could
get some more. He had shortly be
fore requested Nuuie Harris, a col
ored man, to get him up some gold,
but Boon after the killing told him
that he need not get any gold for
him and showed a ten dollar piec.
saving. "If Make asks you where 1
got this gold, tell him you let me
have it." Then Charles asked Nume
to set him some greenback. Within
tsix days enough evidence had been
obtained .o have tho boy arresteu
H was tdkeu by Mr. Frank Paae,
Ruf.is K. Beit, and C. C. Oroeke-
into h loom and was toid if trie
fnCM iht-V knew of his having tue
SO'd Mini wiis requested to tell the
l.uib. After Hn,e latitat on Charles
told that he had ieen Bunnell at
bis grandmother, Dorcas Brewer's
the day of the killing and that lie
thowed hini some gold and other
tnoiiev and that he tried to get Bun
-sell to aijree to sell him some of the
gold if he. ou1d get up greenback
for it. That Bunnell left going to
Martlt Smith V, south of Bisee and
said he was going back to his sister,
"Duck a, widow of the late Franx
Burns, nf Moore county, and who
lives auove btar. lhat when his
latter, whom be and all the. family
mil "Make." came home about
dark, he told him that Milt, Bunnell
had been at his grandma's that dav
ati had oiisiderttble gold and ether
mniey. Make picked up the axe
and said "Follow me. ihey went
along the dirt road near the i ail road
toward Star until they got to a
bridge in Tom Leach licld and
waited a few minutes until they saw
Buunell walking along the railroad
trw-k. Make said, "Lake the axe
and blip up I eh i ud and kill him."
Ha did so. Then Make said, Hit
h m ugiim'' and he struck two more
h.-ks. Then Muke said iel in
h'J pocket and get his uiOne;'.
Tnju lie iok the axe in hU band
)i I walked back along the railroad
a. id the public road. Jiiit before
get'ing t'Vrii with v here they lived,
Mike came to bim and said to throw
the ixc in a luige mud hole con
tain ng yiuch water. When they
got home. Make counted the money
and it was $69.85. Make let him
have oue of the ten dollar gold
pieces, but bad made him give it
back. Young Smith said, when
asked, that he thought be might be
able to find the money. They went
to Make's. Charles looked iu the
cupboard and elsewhere. Then
they went to a small out house iu
which was a large box containing
Otton seed. He looked about and
finally the box was prized up aud
Bunnell's purse containing $59.85
was found under the box, oue of the
te dollar pieces lie. ng gone. There
wis n ' other pocket book uuder the
box hen, but on Sunday following
Ch ll?s' purse containing the ten
dollar piece and some small change
was found under the box. At the
trial at Troy last week, Charles only
was put on trial. His confession
andjoth it testimony were in evidence.
ine defease was placed on the
stand and testified that he alone and
unaided killed Bunnell and that
his father knew nothing about it.
He said that he had traded for the
seven or eight pocket knives he had
when arrested; that the large bunch
of keys he had, he found in the
road and that he had left his pocket
book at home, but where he did not
know. He testified that he had
been to Bchool a week aud two half
days, would be 16 years old in July,
had been to church did Sunday
School two or three times, had never
heard of Jesus Christ, thought he
had heard of God, that Make hud
read about him in the Bible once or
twice aud thought it was God that
had seemed to tell him to sttikc
Bunnell uud to throw the. axe in the
mud ho e. He hud n ver heard of
Heaven or Hell, did not know what
a postmaster or mail was, but
thought he had seen mail carried
in buggies; hid never prayed in
his 'lie and never heaid his father
or mother pray and had never heard
of the Lord's Prayer or the Ten
There were several witnesses tesii
lied lhat he had a weak nnild, ami
while they thought he kuew light
from wrong, yet his intellect was of
x low order. Many others swore
that his intellect wa that of the
average uncultured and uneducated
boy raised under similar influences
Many swore they never heard of his
being crazy until since the killing
He pretended to make a profession
of religion while io jail which was
his reason for changing his state
mentto his first confession impli
cating bis rather.
Under the statute in this state,
anyone who kills another by poison
or by secretly waylaying in the com
mission of a felony such as robbery or
larceny is guilty of murder in the
first desreeand the penalty is death.
Under this it appears the verdict
should have been murder in the hrst
degree or acquittal on the plea of
irresponsibility because of insanity
or imbecility. Yet under the learn
ed Judge's charge who presided, in
denuitg murder, he very properly
SHid that killing with a ueadly
weapon was murder iu the second
degree, nothing else appearing, but
that if the jury were satisfied that
the defendant had committed the
deed in perpetration of a felony, to
wit: robbery of the deceased, that
they should nod the defendant
trinity of murder in the first degree.
The Jury was out some three or
four hours. At first they were even
ly divided ou murder in toe first
degree and murder in the second
degree. Charles is probably 17 or
18 years old and has probably never
had a strong mind, but he is clearly
responsible for his acts and knows
right from wrong. His father,
Make Smith, is a brother of Jim
Smith, who lived until five years
ago near Biscoe across the county
line in Moore. Jim Smith was
known as the King of Black Aukle.
Five years ago he ran away with
Milton Bunnell's wife, who now
lives at John's Stat;on, and after a
few mouths returned. He has since
moved his family to Rockingham.
WE NEED STREETS.
Contemplated Improvements in the
IlusliieBHSectlon of Aslieboro Demand
'o-opertlii(r ol'Town Council in Mun
Would it not hi well for the
people of Aslieboro to rounder
street improvements iu connection
with the county good roads move
ment. The laws of the state provide
for working the couutv roads at th
county's expeuet bit when a road
strikes the iucorp ir.ite limit of the
town, the work muet stop. With
the erection of many nice residences
in our midst the town council should
provide for street improvements, and
property owners required to pave
sidewalks in front of property where
these improvements are made. Pro
perty owuers may erect handsome
residences aud business houses but
unless these are accessible without
jumping gutters and stepping down
grade and miring on level ground
in mud the town's progress will be
There is now just, time to secure
t'i. n cessiry bisUtkn to avoid
in . m ire lu mtmof disagreeable
Second Session of the County Good Koads
AssoclaUonWill be Held Monday.'
President C. C. McAliscer, of tbe
Good Roads Association of Ran
dolph county, has received a letter
from Mr. J. Van Lindley, of Greens
boro, in which he accepts the in
vitation to attend the next meeting
of the Association to be held at the
courthouse Monday, February 4th
aud address the people of the coun
ty in the interest of the movement.
Nothing has been heard from Prof.
Holmes, of Raleigh, but it is hoped
that he will also be present and de
liver an addiess.
Among other things that will be
presented to tbe Association will be
the bill to go before the legislature,
asking autnonty to noia an eieJ
tion for this ' work in Randolph
Vice Presidents in several town
ships are alsc to be appointed.
Reports from mauy sections of
the couuty evmce the strong favor
in which the proposed measure is
held and thj proSpct for perman
eutly improved roads in the county
Let. everybody come and help
forwaid the work.
BRICK BUSINESS BLOCK.
Will He Hrected On Depot Street
Work To Hegin In The Spring.
The receut announcement that
McDowell Bros, would erect a large
corrugated iron building in the
near of their place on Depot
Street for their livery btninesi
and the transfer of the property oc
cupied by W. D. Spoon and Win
ningham Bros., to J. L Norman,
develops the f act that the old frame
buildings on N irth Depot Street,
will be replaced iu the summer by a
handsome bri.-k business block.
This property is owned by Messrs.
Ward, Cranford, McDowell aud
Norman, and all havo signil e
their intention of beginning the
buildings in the early spring.
The transfer to Mr. Norman cm
braces the building occupied by W
D. Spoon's grocery and lor. 20 x 100
feet; the consideration being IfcSO per
The proposed block will extend
from tbe corner of North and D. pot
Streets to the Morris Livery Stable.
.Mr. Mauser and Miss Annie Tuullnson
Will Wed Iu February.
The folio ving cud received in
AsheLoro will be interesting:
lira. Allen J Tomli'ison
reiiuMts j our presence
at the inurriuge of let daughter,
Mr. Cliurles Merrimon Huuser
Tuesday evening, February twelfth
nineteen hun lied and seven
ut Beveu thirty o'clock
High Point, North Carolina.
Miss Tomhnson has a host of
friends iu this city where she was,
until the clo.ie. of the. fall term, a
teacher in the As'ieboco Gralcd
School. She is asocal favorite here
as well as in many sections of the
Btate where the is known.
Anditoiium and Palace of History and Art, Jamestown Exposition.
MR. L. D. MOODY.
Viitin Relative n itandolph and Ad
Each year North Carolina receives
as guests hundreds of ir sons who
have gone t distant S tea, where
their worth has been rewarded with
social and financial success.
Among those who have visited
friends and rel ir.ivejj in Uandolph
and adjoining counties this fall aud
winter is Mr. L D. Moody, of
Indianapolis, Ind . who has beeu
visiting in Asheboro this weik.
Mr. Moody was born in Moore
county, and was a sou of Ander
son S. and Sarah Sham burger
Moody. He received a public
school education in his native coun
ty, attending school until he was
twenty years old. Upon leaving
school he went into the mercantile
business at Gray's Cross Roads, iu
He married Miss Mary A. Nixon,
who was the daughter of Dr. Nixon,
a well known physician of this coun
ty. She was educated at Gtrlfordj
College, aud is a woman of tine
sense and takes great mteiest in i
social and religious nffairs. Mr. and
Mrs. Moody were married just before
the war, and went to Kentucky
by private conveyance, they remain
ed there some tune before going to
Indiana, where they have since made
their home. He r-mtrhr. school for
several y. ars ai.d in moved
to lmlui-po'R Mr Moody be
came 8peci.il a.ent for tile Aetna I i-
MR. U 1. MOO BE.
surance Company, of Hartford,
Conn., in 18tio,, and after thre
years he went with the Home In
surance Company nf New York,
serving it liv- years in the tame
capacity. He then became special
agent aud adjuster for the Franklin
Fire Insurance Company, of Phila
delphia, in which position he re
mained for 32 years.
Mr. Moody has met with success
in all he has undertaken, entering
into his work with a zeal that won
for him the full esteem of hi com
pany, and his genial disposition
numbered all with whom he mec as
He has retired from business with
a host of friends in many States.
Mr. aad Mrs. Moody have one
daughter, Mrs. Palmer, who lives
in New York and one son, who is
in the Phillipines Islands m business,
I Mi. Moo Iv has iini'iy friends who
will welcome him to the place of
his bir.b, "The Old N'orth Sbite."
In Their Seats And Active
Randolph has two Representatives
at Raleigh, who are busy men, and
actively engaged in work in the
Despite the hard work, and Ion z
hours Messrs. W. P. Wood and W'.
T. Foushee are in excellent health.
Col. Wood is serving on the follow
Imigration, chm; Counties, Cities
aud towns; Pensions; Finance; Penal
Institutions and Appropriations.
Mr. Foushee is on tbe following
Health; Education; Agriculture
and Internal Improvement.
He is making a go id member,
and is recognized for his excellent
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.
W. J. Sillier Id Prrnlilent of the llama
Untitling At. Material Co., A. Koiili
SrcrclHt y null Treaaurcr.
At a call meeting of the stock
holders of th Home Building &
Matenal t'onipinv, held a few days
ago. t hi' old i'fii ers resigned, having
dispoed of their flck to Messrs.
Arthur Boss nod W. J. Miller. The
new officers of the couipeny are W,
J. Miller, President an 1 Arthur
Bo, Seiretary and Treasurer.
Mr. D. Auman, who lias most
successfully managed the affa'es of
the company will devote the greater
part of bis lime to the lumber busi
iiess, operating a saw mill near
Brower's Mills where lie has ex'en
sive timber interests.
MILL LOSS ADJUSTED.
Insurance Men at Stateritle Investigate
Los Caused by Uurniiig ol'Statevllle
QQ Flour Mills' --Net L-m t Mill
Will be S'iO.OOO.
The insurance n tbe Statcville
Flour Mills huihliiiov, ,)mi imtchin
ery etc., has b.eii adjusted us fol
On th mill building proper $4,
000; on the machinery. i0 500; on
the elevator biiiblihg, $5 ooii; im (..
20,000 bushels of wh'iit in the e'e-
va'or, f li.i'00. a id in iidditio.i c?"0
will be paid t ir d.ittwop 1 1 ' h ware-hous-'
building a-id $1,600 fur'd im
age t the s'ock in th' w neli Mi-. ,
This makes a total of $4:5 o"i , ujii
there is to be added the damage to
the. boiler and engir emid ilieainm .1
of the salvage. w:,k-h will be seveial
thousand dollars, it is estimated
thit the net loss to the mill will he
$20,000, but the greatest lost will,
of course, be that from stopping the
W. B. Fields. R. M. Bulla, Thos. L.
Kussel), H-O. Vestal, Mrs. C. M.
Vestal, E. W. Callicutt, Miss Ida
Guy, L. D. McMasters, D. C. Cox,
W. V. Dunn, L. B. Saunders, B. F.
Reynolds, A. A.t Blue, E. L. Moflitt.
I'. M. Riley, J. F. Trogdon, A. B,
Steel, E. L. Callicott, A. L. Crotts,
0. I). Bean, O. R. Teaaoe, R. ole.
r,'m-is Brooks, R. Ha .s, L. W.
Members of House and Senate Hear
TERM ONE-FOURTH EXHAUST
ED. Railroads Receiving Close Attention
High Officials Appear Before Com
mittee Rate Will Probably be Re
duced toi'woand One-half Cents. '
Gormau News Bureau,
Raleigh, N. C, Jan. 28, '07.
The biggest part of the Senate
and House went to E leuton Street
Methodist Church yesterday and
agaiu Sunday night and listened to
Dr. John C. Kilgo, the president of
Trinity College, deliver two power
ful sermons. Every seat iu the big
church wns occupiid.
No man especially the well read
ai.d well educated man, can listen
to sermon preached by Doctor
Kiigo and leave the church with
out having been benefited by it, aud
if his heart is right and
his religi on is the genuine article
he is bound to be made the better
Cnristian for it.
Tho Legislature today entered
upon tbe fourth calendar week of
the session, or the seventeenth work
day, jj the session of sixty days is
more than one-fourth exhausted
alre idy. Considerable work, was ac
complished dnring the past week
and the machinery of legislation ia
now iu full operation. AmongVthe
bills that were defeated (aud there
.JUII.V a uuuuu Ul UiUlC or 1COS 1
importance) were the Douglass anti-
soft drink measure, especially aimed
at "Coca Cola" and cuttins- ont.
most of tbe popular Bcft drinks; '
the bill requiring court Judges to
open courts promptly on Monday
mt ruing 01 tne nrst week or pay to
the clerk of the county $50 fine;
the Dickey bill ostensibly trained
ou the moonshiners of some of the; -
western counties, bat which Mthorfe,-";
ed the 'searching of the private V -premises
and . home of citizens to "5?.
see if they had more than one gallon
of spirits in their possession for
home consumption or otherwise.
While this latter bill is practically
dead as far as that particular pro
vision arm a tew other objectionable
features are concerned, it has beeu
recoiiimiit d t th ' commiitee.
The ,.pearante before ttii Leff-
illative joint committee on 1 ail roads
of a immtier i-f the leading railro.d
ollie'als of the country during the
list lew days was the teat ure of tbe
week. The presidents and other
high officials of Snitheru, t.lm
Setboard, the t o. t Lie nl otber
coinpiniei itre greajy inteicsled m
tne pending legislative affecting the
interests of railway companies and
regulating the rates ot freight aud
An stated in these letters last week
it looks as though the pafr -eager
fares will be reluced to to and
half cents a in le.
None of the most important
m'Hurej will bd finally disposed of
till Lite in the session us iieHilly 'u
the cast rhe revenue bill generally
beius! about, tbe l ist bill of greater
iiiijporl.ii.ee pia.-.ed. J.iijt 'icottv
what willle dtn? about providing
additional means tor thw care of the
the indigent msaue does not jet
BooU Club At Kandleman Kntcrtalned
uy ilrc. Aicladeii.
A most er.ioviilile iind ititerpstiiKT
meeting of t he Round Doz.-n H,nt
('lub, nf U.i,.dlcin,ui, was held Fn.
a i iiliei no in ut tlie hoiiK of Mrs.
I'.i'.ll It McKdeli.
For some'iiineTlie cffih has been"
HtudMllj K. u ish llisiorr. and this
i.i.ig Wiis ui unusual interest aud
p- !:' Miss Annie Johnson
i a siroiii article on "Thfl R-
giuijiusi of the War's with Scotland"
while Miss Louise Dicks gave a pa
per on tne ".Magna Charta" of
After the library and business
program, a verv liiterestiurniiotit.inn
contest was enjoyed, in which Miss
Louise Dicks was awarded the prize,
a box of Lowuev's bon bons.
following the contest, daintv
and delii i uis iefreshtnent3 were
served by the clever hostess, after
which the club adjourned.
Wesley Wilkie, escoea and con-
de .in el murderer of Gate City, Va..
was arrested at Salisbury I wi week.
IT.- is sentenced to hang February