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VOL XXXU. ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, February 14, 1907. : No 7.
OUR RALEIGH LETTER
Legislative Committees Behind In
BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION.
Anti Trust Measures Will Be Taken
Up This Week Rate Bill Still
AliveWhiskey Receives Some Atten
tionThe New County.
Gorman News Bureau,
Raleigh, Feb. 11, 1907.
The Legislative committees are
very much behind in their work,
about three hundred bills being now
in the hands of the Senate commit
tee alone on which there have as
yet been no reports made. This of
course means that as usual there is,
going to be a great rush to put bills
through their several stages of Legis
lative evolution in the closing clays
of the session, with the prospect
that numy will either get left or be
pressed through without the careful
consideration v. Inch every bill ought
to receive before it is placed upon
the statute books as a law.
Among the bills which may be
taken up the latter part of :1k pres
ent week are the anti-trust bills of
Senators Heid, Hols and Ay cock
which have been before the senate
committee of the judiciary siuce
last Friday. The prospects are
that the Ileid bill, amended and
changed considerably, will be the
one the committee will report back
to the Senate. Whether it or any
anti-trust bill will be passed does
not appear to be quite certain at
MILL MEN ACTIVE.
All four of the measures so de
nominated which have so far been
introduced, including the Kooney
bill, in the House, are said to be en
tirely too radical in their provisions
to be enacted into Law as tbey came.
Nor does the author of either bill
expect to see it adopted as in its
original form. The cotton manu
facturers f the state came flocking
into Raleigh last week under a harry
alarm sent oat because of some of
the provisions of one or two of these
so-called "anti-trust" bills, which
cannot be made to reach the big
national octopuses, but which threat
en to close up some of the most im
portant and extensive of our home
industries, and therefore throw a lot
of onr own folks out of good jobs.
It will require the exercise of much
deliberate care and grey matter to
drafts bill of this character that
will operate to the advantage of the
state and the people of North Caro
lina. RAILROAD RATE BILL.
The railroad passenger rate bills
will get a hearing in both branches
probably within the next week or
ten days. The Senate and House
will have to get together on this
matter. At present it is known
that the Senate is opposed to a re
daction of 1 88 than two and a half
cents maximum for first class fare,
while the House wants to make it
as low as two cents on the three big
The more important matter of the
regulation of freight rates and
prompt delivery of f night and the
prevention of discrimination against
North Carolina points in these mat
ters will come up later. The matter
of penalties has received considerable
attention already and a bill is now
pending in the Senate on the Bame
FOR THE INSANE.
Just as I predicted in these letters
last week, opposition to tut bill to
meet th pressing needs of the insane
people of the state has presented
itself and succeeded in having the
the measure reported favorably by
the committee on at yl urns for the
insane re-committed, this time to the
committee on appropriations. This
was done over the earnest protest of
Senator Webb, of the Senate commit
tee on asylums for the insane, who
stated that this was the line of tae
tics adopted two and four years ago
by the opponents of the eame propo
sition, lie added that they will
not be as successful this time if he
can prevent it.
There was more time consumed
in the Senate during the last week
or ten itja is the discus: ion of the
liquor question, or rather several
phases of the liquor question, than
on any other subject, a fact which
proves that the Watts and Ward
laws have not removed the matter
of local differences on the liquor
question from the halls of the state
legislature to the local county and
municipal ballot boxes.
The warmest and most feeling
speeches yet made in the Senate this
year were delivered during the past
week bv Senators Buxton, of For
syth, fcluttz, of Rowan, ard Reid,
of Rockingham, on the demerits of
the Burton bill to make it t crime
in the state for a person to drink
too much liquor. It was sent- back
to the committee for modification
and if it is not very materially mod
ified it wiil meet a quick duatn upon
its next appeirance' in the Senate.
Several senators warned the Senate
that it hail better lot well enough
alone in the matter of the present
laws regulating tne liquor tn m.
I.FF. OUM V ASS L lti: l.
The map makers mav as well a 1
the new county of Lee to i:e st;:te,
as the bill creating tbe t:unry (our
o' pcrtious of Monro n:ul Chatham
c until.'.-' i which passed tivul read in v;
in tile .Vnate last Saturday is sure
to go through the house. " Senator
UllXtol), ill li-cordlng his vol-, e;;
pressed mrpnse that the new coun
ty had uot been called M elver, in
honor of ti;e late prudent of the
state normal and iudustual college,
who was a native of th very bpot,
having been born and reared in
Moo:e. But his suggestion mai e no
impression and no effort was mace
to change the uame.
The matter of a state reformatory
for youthful offenders against the
law has during the past week enjoy
ed a period of catalepsy. Ditto that
of child labor. Ditto the new or
enlarged state house proposition.
THE PAGE LIBRARY.
One of Aberdeen's Proud Possessions
Now in Full Operation.
Aberdeen. Feb. 12. Pace Mem
orial Library, which was formally
dedicated on January 26, was opened
to the public February 2. The
building, which occupies perhaps
tne oesi site in Aberdeen, is of arti
ficial stene. with red tiled roof. Thu
inside finish is old English, and all
me nctmgs ana tnrnisbings are of
the same general style. The interior
is most harmonious and attractive.
Aberdeen is perhaDB the smallest
town in the state to bare a free pub
lic library. Within the past few
months Aberdeen has added unto
herself a number of handsome and
substantial structures, among them
the new union station, the Bank of
Aberdeen, a handsome store and
office building, put np by Henry A.
Page, and last and best the beauti
ful little library building.
Next year it is proposed to have
a graded school here, and steps to
that end have been taken already.
The branch office of Flint, Erv
ing & Stoner, lumber dealers, of
Pittsburg, Pa., 's to be movod from
Aberdeen, where it has been located
for a number of years, to Bennetts-
viue, a. V.
WANTS TO REGAIN CHURCH
W.O. Jones of High Point Sues Friends
fir Church Properly and 910,000 in
Dr. W O. Jones of High Point
has brought suit against the North
Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends
for possession of the old yearly meet
house and a number of acres of land
surrounding it which was recently
sold by them to R. H. Wheeler.
The property was deeded to the
church 20 years ago by Mr. Jones
for a house of worship for the Friends
and also for holding the Yearly
Meeting of Friends; it also beiug a
greed that the property should
never be sold. The decision to hold
the annual meeting at Guilfoid Col
lege in the future and the erection
of a new church in the heart of
High Point, prompted the board of
trt-stees to sell the pioperty valued
at $30,000, intending to invest the
proceeds where a nice income will
In the suit rent at $500 a year
for 20 years, is also included.
"Aunt lfainey," an aged and re
spected ex-slave, died Sunday night
and was buried in the old colored
an.iex to the cemetery for white peo
p.e Monday. The story of her life
is an interesting one and will be
published in our next issve. She
was about 100 years old.
The Telephone company will hold
its annual meeting Friday night of
Friends of Hon. Locke Craige, of
Asheville, are responsibi? for the
announcement that he is seriously
thinking of entering the guberna
The monument to be erected in
Atlanta, Ga., to the memory of thr
late President Spencer, to the
Southern, by employes of the mad,
will cost $50,01)0.
Gov. Glenn delivered an address
in Salisbury l ist Sunday morning
on 'The salvation of young p opk
and how it can he a;i'inplis;ied'
and aC night, he delivered a temper
uijc lee: ue. A tight on proii.lu
tiun is lucked fur in Saiisi'iiry 1,1 lie
"i. U. I,eoii:il(, better Ul'.'.-W ;.
'Bud", ot Lt-xi.i-iu;., wiiti iiriiLiiu
at Kichniuiid a lew days ago fur
vagrancy, i ie had live ijiO nous
oil his peisuu. iieeciit lauway liii:;
gage t lulls there .have plaetil a
idle strange, .s uii;cr suspicion
Leonaid admitted being a gambler.
and nas operated on ihc race track
Mr. J. C. Hutehinsou, a cabnet
maker, of Salisbury, sometime ago
resurected an issue ot the Boston
Journal ot Juiy 3, lSbo. It has
much interesting matter among
piospective Fourth of July blessings,
has a turgid editorial ou the cause
of thankfulness that beseiged Bos
ton. Rowan Commissioners are also
burdened with petitions for better
roads and they also find it impossible
to cope with the weather man in road
work. The road force was divided
at' their last meeting and distribut
ed over the county.
The Friends meeting bouse at
High Point has been sold to Homer
Wheeler, of thac place. The sale
was continued last week by the
Friends Permanent Board. The
land will be sold in lots.
Coroner Richmond, of Concord,
went to Kannapolis a new mill town
near Concord Friday to inves
tigate the death of a negro found
lying oy me roaa. oui play was
suspected, but the Coroner pronounc
ed the death due to heart failure.
The High Point Organ and Piano
Co., is installing a 50 horse power
motor and two rusformers, on ac
count of the increase in business.
The Southern Mining Co., of
Gold Hill, Rowan county, has been
planned for organization, but it
has been halted on account of the
effort being made to secure the pas
sage of b lis in Legislature detri
mental to mining interests.
Chas. L. Jones has resigned as
principal of the iVlechanicsville Grad
ed School, and accepted pos.tion
in rostomce at ureensooro.
The State Normal & Industrial
College announces as its commence
ment orator Hn Mariin Grove
Brumbagh, of the University of
Miss Grace Welborn, daughter , of
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Welborn, at
High Point, died last Wednesday
mgnt ot catarrnal tever.
Jno. D. Rockfelier last week
gave to the geueral Board of Educa
tion, of Ne York $32,000,000.
This follows a gift of $11,000,000 a
few days ago.
The mayor of Greensboro will in
a few days put all police officers on
examination to ascertain their fa
miliarity with the city ordinances.
The body of A. D. Millis, a prom
inent farmer of Anson county, was
found in a pond near Wadeaboro
Saturday. He had been missing
for a week.
Friday night a shooting scrape took
place in Lee Flake's Hall, a place of
amusenunt for colored people at
High Point, and as'a result Jim Jor
dan is mortally wounded with a 32-
cahbre ball in the hands of Ben
Smith. Both parties are colored.
Smith has been arrested and is in
jail awaiting developments. The
quarrel was due to whiskey, and
started over a trivial matter.
Raleigh News and Observer says
the rope used in the hangiu
of Hodge and Jones, at Durham,
has been the instrument of death to
six meu in the State.
Martha Morton, a negro cook,
was ai rested Saturday morning
ben. yth in Greensboro, charged
with murdering her child, which
was born Thursday night. She
confessed her guilt and says she
choked the child to death. Her
act was discovered Saturday morning
when she was carrying the child
away to bury it.
Miss Winifred Snow left last
Thursday to spend the remainder of
the winter months in Florida. Miss
Blanche Bradshaw left several weeks
ago for points in the same State.
High Point Items.
Mrs. G. A. Burns and John W.
Ingold, of Fayetteville. were mar
ried at the home of the bride
lust Fridav. Mrs, Burns is the
widow of the late Sheriff Burns, of
Forty weavers and machinists in
the employ of the Salisbury cotton
mills walked out Friday following
a demand for an increase of two
cents per cut in uags. This wus
le.f iri'ti'tcd by i In- iiiilli and the
-M'ikc followed. The working of
the mill h but mUuIv lif-ced.
! in m-iinigi'iueiit chiims tlmt the
I'I.mys of Hi,- slri'el s will iif i'i'e-l at
A tilllllln-r of ;H'ili;ilieif liU;!lle.-'S
men and e-ipttiilUts of A i r"u rmiity
have inaiii'.ur iied a movement to
prncuie a charter for a nil."u.;d . to
lie run from Wadesboro, X. (.'. to
Lancaster, S. (J.
Messrs. V. B. Smoot and Bisniark
Capps, two licensees of the lecent
Supieme Court, have formed a co
pirtnership and it will be known aa
Smoot & Capps. They will open
their office in Salisbury.
Miss Pattie Foster of Koanoke,
Va., and E. Lelos Mayor, of Thom
asville, were married at Greensboro
iu August last. The marriage has
been kept a secret, and when the in
vited guests gathered at the home of
the bride to witness a marriage
the minister surprised them by read
ing the certificate bearing the Aug
gust date. Mise Foster was visiting
in Gieensboro at tbe time.
February 22nd Has Been Decided
As The Date.
STORY OF ESTHER, THE BEAU
Will Be Presented at the Academy Kelt
WeekSynopsis and Cast of Char
acters. The Story of Queen F.sther is one
of the most beautiful in all litera
ture. She was a Jewish Maiden,
born in Persia during the captivity
of the Jews. On account of beauty,
rare accomplishuientsjand womanli
ness, she was chosen by the Persian
King, to be his wife and Queen.
Hainan the favorite Minister of the
King, hated Mordicai the Jew, be
cause he refused to bow down to
him, and not knowing that Mordi
cai was the Uncle of Queen Esther,
he obtained permission of the king
to have all the Jews in the province
put to death. Esther, at the risk
c f her lite goes to the king and asks
for the life of her people He
grants her request, Haman is hang
ed and Modicai, the Jew is raised to
a position of honor. There are
songs of praise and rejoit ing from
the Jews for their deliverance. The
beautiful Cantata of Queen Esther
is this story ia song. It is to be
given in the Academy on the even
ing of the 22nd of Febrnaiy, for
the benefit of the Randolph Chapter
United Daughters of The Confed
eracy. Below is a list of the singers and
the Persians Represented.
Esther, the Queen Mrs. Kephart; Ahasu
eni9, the King Mr. J. A. Kpenco; Hamuli,
The King's CouncHllor Mr. T. Redding;
Mordicai, A Jew Mr. Martin; Zeresli, Bani
an's Wire Miss Richardson; Modirai's Sis
terMiss Nannie Bulla; Prophetess Miss
Annie Blair; A Median Princess Mrs Std
man; A Persian Princess Miss Treva RuhIi;
Scribe Mr. Tom Belts; Beggar Mr. Wuy;
Hegai Mr. Qrady Millur; Horuld Mr Davis.
Harbonah Prof. Slaty; tlan.an's Child
Miss Hendricks, Mixs Spencer. Miss I.uia
Hendricks, Miss Lizzie rerree, Miss Stnnp
son, Miss Mullie Hush, Miss Ki win, Miss
Roulh Fox, Miss McAlistwr, Miss Louise
Slack, Miss Aiiman, Miss Ross, Miss Minnie
Hoover, Miss Collin, Miss Laura While, Miss
Lnnta inslow, Miss t.rowson, Miss May
Dickens, Mrs. Allie Worth, Mrs. Anderson,
Mr. Clarence Rush, Mr. Daniel Sharp, Mr
Henry Robhius, Mr. K . Hatch, Mr. Leo
Barker, Mr. Hiilon Stodman.
Charlie Kopliart, Wavland Hayes.Pnges.
Mrs. W. 11. Moring, Mrs. C. C. McAlister,
Acc impanisls. )
The marriage of Miss Annie
Tomlinson to Mr. Charles Hau-er,at
High Point, was solemnized in the
Church of the Friends Tuesday
All High Poiut society was alert
for the event, and long before the
appointed hour friends of the popu
lar couple began to gather at the
chinch 1 wh.ch was beautifully
though simply, decorated. The
decoiations included palm, ever
greens, garlands and wreaths, cut
and pot flowers, the yrraugement ex
ceiling in tasie.
Preceeding the ceremony -diss
Rosa Few, accompanied on the or
gan by Miss Cuthrine Gntliu, s.vr-et-ly
sang "Because God Made Y,ou
The strains of Mendelsohn's Wed
ding march announced the arrp ai
of l tie bridal paity. The scene as
they approached the alur ami wait
ed the beautiful ceremony, during
which the bride was given away by
her mother Mrs, Annie F. Tomlin
son, wasmh-fld by theasstm'Jy of
ii;eiidsrtiih fteling of solemn pleas
ure. The bri-ie was beautiful in a
gown of white lace over taffeta en
tram, wi iiruig the veil caught up
wiih lilies v.f the valley, and
carrying a shower boquet o'f lilis
and bride's loses. The bride enter
ed with Mrs. Tomlinsou, who wore
black chiffon and taffeta.
Mis. Alviu Parker, sister of the
bride, as dame of honor wore white
chiffon and taffeta and carried white
cai nations. The bride's maids were
Miss Berta L. Ragan maid of honor,
of High Point; Miss Edna McCub
bins, of Salisbury and Miss Cammie
Lindley, of Greensboro. Taey wore
cream crepe de chine and carried
The grooms attendants were Mr.
Virgil A. J. Idol, of High . Point,
best man; Mr. Alvin Parker, High
Point, first groomsnar and
Messrs. Wescott Robinson, Frank
Boylep, Will Jones, Allen Tomlinson
and Robert Morrow weie the ushers.
The beautiful ceremony of the
Methodist Episcopal Church was
used, Rev. S. J. Hilliard assisting
Rev. Eli Keece.
After tbe ceremony Mr. and Mrs.
Hauser left for a tour of Florida
and other Southern states. The
bride's go-away gown was a lovely
blue suit of broad cloth.
Leading up to this union Miss
Tomlinson and Mr. Hauser have
been recipients of several delightful
affairs to honor their approaching
nuptials. Last Friday night Miss
Berta Ragan entertained with her
wonted gim:o and delightfulness
The guests v -re assembled in the
beautruiiv :.. .Miged home on Main
street when- ii.c bridal party met in
Mrs. Alvin Parker received in
honor of her sis tor at a reception.
The rooms were decorated through
out with hearts emblematic alike of
the month, the season, and the ap
proaching occasion. Last evening
Mrs. Arthur Lyon entertained those
who participated iu the ceremony,
at an informal couise luncheon.
INDICTED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
Sampson County Grand Jury Complete
Investigation of County Finances.
The Sampson County grand jury,
which has. been investigating the
conditio r of the county finances as
a result of tbe failure of A. W.
Aman, the sheriff, has returned an
indictment against SheriJ Aman
for embezzlement of state and county
funds to the amount of $45,000 and
aUo the former board of countv
commissioners for failure to settle
with the sheriff, and the present
board for turning over the book
with out a settlement, from the
sheriff and failure to require bond
for school fund.
Sheriff Aman has not been seen
since his assignment January 26th.
His bondsmen have arranged to
pay $5000 due the state for taxes.
Lassiler Land & Lumber Co.
At a meeting of the stockholders
the Lassiter Land and Lumber Com
pany, which was held Monday night
in Greensboro, Uev. W. VV. Gnssom
was elected president, F. B. Ilicks
secretary and treasurer and E. C.
Lassiter, general manager. The
company was recently chartered
with an authoiized capital of $30,
000, $20,000 of i which is paid in.
The company has purchased a
large tract of timber land in Cum
berland county, and will operate a
number of sawmills there.
Three Men Died on the Gallows
CRIMINALS i "WARN WITNESSES
Frank Holiaimou, Colored, at CJuill'ord
Jail, and J. H. Hodge, wife 'Murderer,
and Freeman Jones, Colored, Burglar
Meet Death on the Scaffold.
There were three legal executions
in the State Friday of last week.
rranK Bohauuon, imiraerer of fore
man Beachman, of the dowble track
ing force of the Southern near
Jamestown in Guilford touncy, was
hanged at Irreeusboro at 11:53 .
.lust a few minutes before in Dur
h.ib.1 John II. lio.lge, who mur-
d'-rcd his wife, just a ye ir ago. and
t ieeniN.li Jo!ie, colored who was
convictHJ of burglary and sentenced
tode-ith, fibred death on the gal
lows. At lliirhnm Hs well as at (Jreens
boro the exerut'.Vus pased off with
out any sensalioiil features, the
condemned men ni'vn'aimng their
nerve until the kst, "V'eting their
faie without a tremor.
In their confessions1, from the
scaffolds the prisoners sounded a
warning against intemperance and
evil associates, declaring these-.had
caused their destruction.
On the scaffold Hodge said: Boy
I want to tell you all I am ready
to go. God rests with my soul.
trod help all whiskey drinkers.
There was nothing wrong with me,
but that I have done what God's
laws says should not be done, and
in all this I am getting justice. 1
pray that whiskey will be put down.
It has been my curse and the curse
of wife and children.
- History of Hodge Case.
The crime for which John H. Hodge was
hanged was committed at Durham February
24th of last year.
Hodge shot his wife to death in the little
home- in West Durham, the crime being
committed Saturday about midnight. After
the killing Hodge went down the street and
was arrested. The first question he asked
after being arrested was: ' Is she deed?"
When told that she was he 'said that he had
accomplished his purpose aud that he was
At first he said that he was willing to
pay for his crime with his life and refused
to have lawyers, but later his nieoe ot
Danville, employed counsel. The only de
fense that could be made in the trial was
that he was so drunk that he did not know
what he was doing and that he waa not
competent to premeditate and plan the crime.
The jury convicted bim in a few minutes.
He was sentenced to be hanged on June 27
but the appeal acted as a stay of the sen
tence of the eourt.
Jones entered the home of Mrs. Jack
Barker, of East Durham, on June 18th last.
Mrs. Barker, who is about sixty yean of
age, and her agnd mother were ulone at the
time. After getting into the house ai 3
o'clock at night he dragged Mrs. Barker in
to the yard and attvinp;ed criminal assault.
chime for uuii u houanno.n died.
Oa the 31st day of last July, while a gang
of workmen, under Foreman Beachman,
were grading for the double tracking of the
Southern Railway near Jamestown, in Guil
ford county, Frank Bobannon, a former
employe, who Lad been discharged suddenly
appeared with a double barrel shot gnn ia
one hand and a pistol in the other. Draw
ing the gun on Mr. Beachman, he bfgan
cursing and abusing the entire official white
force at tho cump, and finally told beachman,
if he moved in his tracks, he would kill him.
The foremen quietly asked the infuriated
negro to leave and not make trouble. Beach
mail, perhais unthoughtedly stepped for
ward, and Bobannon tired. He died in a
Bohannou was arrested in Danville a
w-ek or two later. He admitted the killing,
ilhout hei-itution, but said that he was
induced o do it by Kiser Crutclitield and
hin son Oscar, who lived in tbe neighbor
hood of the camp. The Crutch field a wero
arreted and placed in jail. At t!:e trial
Oscar Orutvhuold was acquitted, Kiset waa
convicted of murder in the Kecond degree,
and was sentenced to the Slate's prison for
life, and he is now serving his senteuue.
D. A. Gray, B. F. Parrish.
Mary Wood, Graham Cagle, J. N.
Luther, V. J. Scott, J. F Steed, J.
It.Chrisco, John Dunning, S. Y.
Davis, Chas. Mason, Dennis Mc-
Daniel, J. 8. Cox, J. A. Martin, B
! Moflitf, 11. Presnell, Jesse Siarboro,
1 John Walden. S. W. KeaniB, Scott
Crowson, G. II. Cornelison, W. L,