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VOL XXX11. ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, Februar 21, 1907. No 8.
Several Interesting Meeting Held
DISCUSSIONS WERE ENTHUSI
ASTIC. Attendance Good and Great Interest
Manifested Favor Mild Comptilsary
Attendance I -awSchool Notes.
The County Superintendent held
meetings for the teachers in several
f the townships last week. Tha
meetings were all well attended, and
were most interesting. There was
no fixed program for the meetings
but questions for the betterment of
the school and school work were
discussed. Some of the subjects
Classification and gradation of
the schools; How to maintain order
and discipline; How to improve the
appearance of school rooms and
school grounds, etc
The teachers all expressed their
delight with the meetings and in
tense interest in the discussions was
Particularly a tnild eompulsary at
tendance law was discussed. At
the close of the discussion the teach
ers, committeemen and patrons of
the schools present were asked to
express their sentiment as to this
by ballot and every vote in the
meeting was cast for a mild com
pulsary attendance law.
The meeting at Caraway was
held in the new school building,
which equipped is valued at $1,800.
At Millboro the new school is
crowded, having an attendance of
74. The citizens hope to build an
addition and add another teacher
next year. The citizens are also
agitating a special tax for a Eural
. Graded School.
The Ramseur meeting was well
attended and visitors as well as
Bamsenr teacher were proud of the
building there. Ihe building is
seated throughout with Caxton
patent desks, and has during the
past few months been painted and
repaired. Sliding petitions make a
large auditorium available.
A good meeting was held at
Uolendge, and great enthufasm
was manifested. This was the only
meeting where all who were expect
DEATH AT BISCOE.
Isaac Smith was Gallant Confederate
Biscoe, Feb. 20. Mr. Isaac
Smith, one of the most substantial
and respected citizens of the com
munity died at his home near Bis
coe Saturday, February 16th, and
was buried at the family graveyard
February 17th near his home. Mr.
Smith was sick only just a few days,
having been attacked with gravel.
He was 65 years of age, a gallant
confederate veteran and served the
full time in the confederate army
during the Civil War. He was a
member of the missionery Baptist
church. He leaves a widow, and
three da-ighters, Mrs. W. M. Pool,
Mrs. J. I'. Wright, and Mrs. W. H.
O'Quinn, all of Biscoe vicinity.
Benton P. Britt, of Biscoe, and
Miss Etta Dunn of Star, were mar
ried at Biscoe, N. C. Wednesday
February 13th, Mr. Manly Luck, J.
Asheboro Township Teachers.
A township teachers' meeting
was held in the Asheooro Graded
School Chapel last Saturday.
Among the teachers present were:
' Misses Mytle Cox, Minnie Wil
liams, Martha J Henley, Blanche
Spoan, Martha ' adding, Ida Henley
Ora Henley, A S Callicott, Gurney
Pugh, Q H Pagh and J F Routh.
After the meeting the teachers
inspected the new soiiool building
which all highly complimented.
Play at Trinity.
The young ladies of the Irene
Craven Literary Society, Trinity
High School will give a play in the
old chapel of the College building
Friday evening I'Vb. 2 'J, for the
benefit of the Society. The subject
of the play is '"The P ik Sinters."
The play is upio.trousiy, funny and
- agonal udience w,! 'e .i.it to heir it.
Tickets 15 ami "5 eetit-
Misi Enicliue Spoon, 01 '
Mills, is visiting her brother,
Spoon, in South Asheboro.
GIVEN FINAL TEST.
Invention of J. B. Wright Tried on
Durham and Charlotte Road.
The final test of John B. Wright's
Automatic Safety Car Brake Attach
ment was made at the live and bust
ling town of Gulf on the Durham
and Charlotte railroad lait week,
and the experiments were in every
way a success. Without attempt
ing to describe the apparatus, suffice
to say that it is a small device, not
weighing all told over five pounds;
is not expensive, and,' when sup
plied to the center of the bottom
of a car, ovei the tracks, it will see
to it that the train is stopped if
there is a broken journal, a rai1
misplaced or any obstruction on the
track. It automatically applies the
emergency air brake and brings the
train to a dead stand still. This
was fully and positively demon
strated in the presence of. many.
Kails were lessened, switches were
split, obstacles were placed on the
track, and in each case, when the
triin struck the irregular parts, the
instrument immediately responded,
applying the brake automatically
and the traiu brought to a stand:
Preparation Heiug Made 1'or Xew
Hostelry at Asheboro.
Asheboro is to have a new Hotel
before the year is gone.
W. D. Stedman, is having plans
prepared and is buying mtterial for
the erection of a large hotel building,
on Depot Street near the railioad,
on the site now occupied by hi
fancy grocery store.
The building will be two stories
high, of brick. The plana have not
been completed, but it is proposed
that the first floor will contain a
large store room in which Mr. Sted
man will continne his grocery busi
ness, also .hotel office and dining
room. Sleeping apartments and
parlors will occupy the second floor.
Mr. Stedman secured a building
permit from the board of Town
Commissioners Monday night. He
will move the old store off the site
and continne his business in it nntil
the new building ia completed.
House Committee Reports Favorably on
Substitute for Preston'- Bill.
The Honse committee on penal in
stitutions, by a vote of 8 to 4, report
ed favorably the substitute for Pres
ton's reformatory till this substit
ute bill, having been adopted by a
joint .sub-committee of the Senate
House. The bill does not carry
an appropriation, t ut has a provis
ion that should an appropriation of
$7,500 be made by the State, the
Governor should appoint trustees to
co operate with the private trus
tees. The institution is incorpor
ated under the name of the Stone
wall Jackson Industrial and Manual
Trainiug School, the incorporators
being Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, Miss
Fanny Heck, Mrs. W. H. S. Bur
gywynn, Miss Esdale Shaw and
eight others whom they may name.
High Praise for Senator Overman.
Senator Overman seems to have a
great deal of influence with the com
mittees of the senate. This has
been shown on a good many oc
casions two this week. He secur
ed a committee amendment to the
river and harbor bill appropriating
two hundred thousand dollars for
beginning the canaling of the upper
Cape Ftar and he has secured an
amendment to the army bill ppro
priating dfteen thousand dollars for
a monument to General Greene to
be erected on the Guilford battle
grounds. Few senators come to the
front as rapidly as Senator Over
man., Wilmington Messenger.
Senator Overman has succeeded
in keeping the item for investigat
ing and exploiting the cottou goods
trade in foreign markets of the
world. The conferees of both
houses have at last agreed that it
mav be retaiued in the appropriation
G.'W. Thompson, T. W. Hudson,
L, P. York, M. M. Wall. Oscar
Hancock, J. S. White, I). G. Ale
Masters, Mrs Isabel Kivett, C. F.
Steed, H. A. Moflitt,
The U. S. Senate has decided to
return Senator Smoot, whose expui
" (rom the Senate was dun aided
i great many owing to the
churte that ne was a polygamist.
SENT TO THE PEN.
Scot Phifer Gets IS Years In Rowan
Scott Phifer. who went on trial
yesterday just as the Post went to
press, was submitted to a verdict
of murder in the second degree, and
after hearing the testimony Judge
Moore gave him 15 years in the
The evidence was pretty plain
though it is said by some of Phifer's
witnesses thaf.be had been attacked.
Old Scott, himself declared that he
had been knocked down and when
he arose he went aftr his gun.
Lter he saw some one advancing
upon him and pulled down on him.
There was other testimony that
Phifer and McHenry quarreled that
night and shooting soon followed
Scott Phifer is an old ex slave
58 year old, but he is decidedly
mean. His conduct on th stand
removed every possible chance of
clemency. He was perfectly en
raged with M'. Chapman Turner,
who was the aid to the prosecution
and brought forth a lot of laughter
Ly his assaults upon Mr. Turner
from the stand. He is a notorious
old retailer and his miniature saloon
hus bs.en the . ene of many a rugh
bouse. One door bears testimony to
Seo't's disordt-rliLess with 125 holes
in it. i.
It seems that Mr. Turner has long
been after Scott's business. He
never could get categorical evidence
agaiu3t him and yesterday Scott ac
cused Mr. Turner of trying to bribe
white "nun to buy licker from me
and then report me. Lo s of white
folks told me that,'' he exclaimed.
Solicitor Hammer asked' for the
names and Scott would not tell him.
Mr. Hammer said: "Who has been,
doing this?" "Mr. Chap Turner"
old Scott bawled out. "Yes, that
man settin' by you and tellin yon
what to say. 'Mr. Hammer replied;
"Why don t yoa know you are talk
ing about one of the best wen in
Iredell county?" Old Scott snorted:
"Bes man in Iredell county! Ain't
no body about Elm wood got any use
for him. Why he kills all the dogs
and cats that.he ketches in his yard."
The Solicitor replied: "Oh, you are
just mad because he tried to break
up your business. That's all."
Scott fairly piped: "Well that
don't make him kill all the dogs and
Scott exclaimed that the liquor
equipment of jnge, siphons, pipes,
wrenches!:, glasses, and measuring
vessels with quart, pint, and gill
indicators was purchased for his
molasses making business. His
liquor joint, like Bishop Potter's
subway tavern was an ideal one
Salisbury Evening Post.
DEATH OF MR. RUSH
End Came Suddenly While Inspecting
Died, Thursdav, February 15th,
1907, Mr. Zebadee Franklin Rush,
age 79 years, 1 month and 18 days.
Mr. Rush was one of Randolph's
oldest and most esteemed citizens.
His detth was caused by an attack
of heart disease, with which he
suffered for some inie, though
during the past year his health was
greatly improved. For some weeks
before his death he had complained
very little, aud when the end came he
was inspecting a lot of timber-land)
in the mountains, about ten miles
His unexpected death was a severe
shock to the host of friends and
relatifiesin Randolph and adjoin
Mr. Rush is survived by one
daughter, Mrs.' J. Y. Propst of
Plantersville. Ala., who arrived
here Sunday afternoon being com
pelled to drive through the country
from High Point.
The fnneral was conducted from
the M. E. Church Monday morning.
The service was conducted by Rev.
N. R. Richardson, assisted by Rev.
W. E. Swain at the grave.
Mr. Rush served Randolph county
as sheriff during the Civil War.
He is widely known and has many
relatives in the connty, He was
the fatherjof the late Wiley Rush.
Due To Spreading Kail.
It is alleged and proveu that the
cause of the wreck of the Vbite
Plains Express on the New York
Central railroad on last Stiturd iv
i.ight in which 21 persons wits
Killed, was due to the spreading of
rails. It appears that the heads of
the spikes on the outside of the ties
had been sliced off as if by a plainer.
In the Rowan Superior Court last
week John Butler, a negro, was
convicted cf manslaughter, and sen
tenced to five years in the peniten
The Charlotte Realty Co. will
soon begin the erection of a 12-story
office building on Independence
Square at Charlotte.
Ptomaine poisoning, from eating
pork, caused the death of Mrs.
Warner Jackson and two children
at High Point last week. The hus
band and three other childieu are
not exp cted to live.
Major C. M. Stelman has been
appointed permanent receiver for E.
M. Andrews, who lecently filed a
petition in bankruptcy at Greens
boro. The Pomona Terra Cotta Co., has
Purchased a site for an office build
ing in (ireeusboro.
Late news from Peek, S. C ,
is order for Viok's Croup and Pneu
monia Sake. These are wise people,
to provide the best.
Be sure to read the tax notice, in
another column, by the town tax
collector. It is important to you.
The Western Union Telegraph Co,
has announced a 10 percent increase
in the salaries for operators in its
Tae Charlotte Y. M. C. A. build
ing fund has reached more than
$90,000. It looks very much like
the association will have a $100,000
A warehouse belonging to the
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co. was
destroyed by fire at Dnrham last
week. The loss is $5000. The
buiding caught from sparks from a
J. D. Dorsett, of Spencer, pur
chased the printing plant of the Tar
Heel Publishing Co, which ws sold
at auction at Greensboro Saturday.
He intends to ; move the plant to
Spencer and publish a labor paper.
Num White who lived near Guil
ford Battle Ground, committed
suicide Saturday- He sufferd from
mental aberation. He is survived
by a wife and eight children.
The Lenten season began last
Wednesday, lasting 40 days in com
memoration of Christ's fast of 40
days. Easter will come on March
31st, which is the first Sunday aft. i
the first full moon after March 21. l.
The charter of the First Natioi.ul
Bank, of Statesville, has been ex
: jnded. The bank recently incieased
its capital from $50,000 to $100,000.
Ex-Sheriff A. H. Boyd committee
suicide at Lenoir last week by shoot
ing himself with a shot gun. Re
cent financial embarassment is the
Maj. W. A. Guthrie, of Durham,
is in Baltimore, investigating the
cause of the death of Dr. J. B. Mat
thews, of Greensboro. Dr. Mat
thews carried $2000 insurance in
the Knights of Pythias, and they
refuse to pay the policy on account
of the suicide. The estate will sue
Jesse Ruffin and Massie Hill
both negroes, were hanged in Prince
Edward couuty jail at Farmville,
Va., Friday, following the execu
tion of Rnflio, Hill went upon the
scaffold .ind when the trap was
sprung the rope broke, and he fell
with a thud to the lloor. He rose
and asked that his ieet be released
that he might mount the scaffold
again, which he did unassisted.
H. S. Houston, of New York,
who is associated with Mr. Walter
Page, publisher of tin "World's
Work," is preparing an elaborate
write up of North Carolina, which
will be placed on sale at the James
to vn Exp."-ition. Mr. Page is a
native of Piedmont North Carolina
and is greatly interested in the pro
gress cf the State.
Gary Castle, a 'negro was sen
tenced to fifteen years in the peni
tentiary ut Charlotte Saturday for
bin ning .i ba: n. The evidence was
circumstantial, his shoe fitting ex
actly the track neai the barn being
the strongest point.
The Singer Mfg. Co. was last week
awarded a veidict of $1800 in a suit
at Greensboro against G. A. Sum
mers, F. T. Fuller and the City
National Bank. Summers, it will
be remembered, was convicted of
embezzling funds from the Singer
Mfg. Co., at Greensboro several
months ago, and was sentenced to
work on the roads.
At Greensboro Saturday a team
belonging to A. T. Coble, of Liberty,
was run in to by a runaway team of
mules, belonging to J. P. Coble, of
Tabernacle. One of A. T. Coble's
horses was knocked down and seri
Alonzo Blue has been appointed
carrier and M. E. Blue, substitute
on R. F. D. No 3, at Carthage.
Seventeen horses were cremated
in the Gladstone stables at Cape
Charles. Va., which weie destroyed
bv fire Fridav. The loss is estimat
ed at $15,000.
Ellis Bare, of Ashe county, with
a loaded wagon fell off what is
known as "J"inping-off Place" near
Wilkesboro Friday and all were
precipitated down au awful preci
pice, a distance of teveral hundred
fee:. The precipicp is a solid lock,
almost perpendicular, and iu places
500 feet high. Bare and his team
were torn to fragments.
W. E. Morrison, of Statesville
has purchased a lot of clay lands in
Stanley, Mecklenburg and Gaston
counties upon wh;ch he will opei
ate brick-yards on a Rrge Bale.
Several residences were entered
aud robbed at China Grove in Row
an county Friday night. Burglars
were also active at Lexington and
High Point, where seveaal tramps
have been arrested, and sufficient
evidence secured against them to
convict them. Some of them are
now behind prison bars while others
are working on the roads.
The Seaboard Air Line is filing
a mortgage for $18,000,00, to se
cure bonds the proceeds of which
will be used for betterment of the
road ai d its equipment.
F. A. Mayer, of Spencer, has
been appointed general foreman of
the boiler makers for the entire
Southern system. His headquart
ers will beat, Washington.
Thursday afternoon fire broke
out in the forests on the old Mc
Laughl n place, two miles from
Statesville, burning 100 acres of
fine timber. The origin of the fire
Gov. Hoke Smith, of Georgia, has
-ubmitted a proposition to estab
i a state-owned railroad from
-ago to Savannah, Ga. Georgia
: rates a road from Atlanta to
nattanooga, and proposes to extend
to Savannah. Gov. Smith suggests
that citizens of Cincinnati and
Chicago reclaim road connecting
these two points and join extension
movement to Chattanooga. Then
operate the road for actual expenses
and cost of construction.
Burglars entered the homes of H.
M. Brown and Mrs. Crossctt at Sal
isbury last Thursday night but fail
ed to rescue anything of value. At
Mrs. Crossett's home the burglars
made an unsuccessful attempt to
take a diamond ring from Mis Res
sieJCrossett's finger while she slept.
A race riot followed the discharge
of several workmen by the foreman
at a railroad construction camp at
Thaxton, Va., near Roanoke, Fri
day last and several peop'e, both
white and colored were killed and
wounded. Armed detectives from
RoanoKe were hastured to the scene
to quell the riot.
After Feb. 2Sth, postoflices at
Levi, Midway and Snyder in David
son County will be discontinued, for
the reason tht the patrons of these
oflices can be supplied by R. F. D.
Lindsay Burkhardt, living near
Lexihgton, was recently thrown up
by a pulley on the double tracking
of the Southern railway and was
Sandy Ferguson, a negro about 20
years old, shot and killed Marion
Simons on Friday Feb. 8th , &'
llamU-t. Ferguson was apprehend
ed and was commuted without
C. A. Cochran, of Troy, i-peut
Monday afternoon and night in
IN THE LEGISLATURE.
Proceedings of the General Assem
bly of Interest.
MEMBERS ARE HARD AT WORK
Two Cent Rate Passed Third Reading In
the Mouse to Eitend Hunting Sea
son In Randolph.
On Tuesday night of this week
the House passed a bill for a two
cents a mile passenger rate iu North
Carolina on all roads whose earning
capacity is as mjch as $1,550 a mile.
This makes a two cent rate on the
Southern and the Atlantic Caass
Line. The bill was considered by
the Senate last night. It is not be
lieved that it will pass the Senate
in its present foiui. During the
present winter, seven states, Iowa,
Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Okla
homa' Pennsylvania, and WTest Vir
ginia have enacted laws reducing
passenger rates to two cents.
The governor sent a message to
the General Assembly on Tuesday
of this week, recommending a train
ing school for girls, at sonie point
east of Raleigh. This school is to
take the place of the Normal & In
dustrial College, of Greetisboro, for
the benefit of the girls of Eastern
The Governor recommeuds an ap
propriation of $20,000 for the build
ing for a school of Technology, at
Spray in Rockingham County, and
an appropriation of $5000 annually
for the school.
A bill has passe 1 the House
ftllowintr Scotland Neck in vnta an
the question of a dispensary.
A bill has been introduced by Re
presentative Foushee to extend the
time for hunting one month, for
ceitain territory in Randolph County.
The time tor hunting now is too
long in the county and should be
shortened instead of extending it;
many of our citizens believe in re
ducing it at least month, . - .
The House Publio Service Com
mittee is drafting a freight rate bill.
There is also a bill for enlarging the
powers of the corporation commis
sion. Both these bills will be
passed, but the provisions which
they contain no one can foretell.
Miss Mary Lee, a daughter of
Robert E. Lee, was a visitor iu
Raleigh this week, and both houses
of the Legislatu re adjourned for tea
minutes in her honor. She was
presented to the Legislature and a
reception was given her for ten
minutes. After her retirement Mr.
Doughton, at her request, extended
thanks to the House for the kindly
reception and conveyed the message
to the members that "these Tar
Heels are great, people, for whose
soldiers and civilians she entertains,
like her father did, the profoundest
The Senate has passpd unanimous
ly a bill providing that the Govern
or be permitted to py much as
$4000 annually to employ counsel
to appear before the interstate Com
merce Commission at Washington to
protect the state's interest relative
to freight rates.
Theie will be a few changes in the
Revenue bill. The Revenue and
Machinery Act will remain practi
cally the same as it is now.
Skating Riuks will be taxed $2.00
a year in small towns and $5.00 a
year in large towns. Bottling
Works will be taxed $5.00 iu tmall
towns and $15.00 in large towns.
BENEFIT OF DAUGHTERS .
Sacred Cantata Will He Presented at
the Arademy Tomorrow Night.
Tomorrow night, Friday, Febru
ary 22 ad, the sacred cantata is to be
presented by locd talent at the
Academy. An admission of 50c.
will be cl-.arged: c'uldren 25c. The
proceeds will I..' ,;,uoed to ihe credit
of the local Chap'er of the Daugh
ters of the Confederacy.
The cade has- !. n hard at work
for two months an 1 evi vyone sxpects
it to be the gri j, :esi s.iccess ever at
tained by a lical aggregation. The
principle characters, are supported
by a strong iiiixud horus of fifty
voices, and loveis of music will ap-prtriitt-t!i.'
liist effort of Asheboro
vocalists :md the 1 aughlei'B of the
Confedi-rjcy hope a 'n'l comp'inient
will lf pail with a goo I audience.
It i ieariii'd ili.it many w it be
here from ..einb.Ting towns im-iud-ing
llij-'i i'.ini an I ujiiiseur.
.la ii' 8 L u ck nft, of D i mi,
is ypeouuig a Iev weeks v lis
I brother, Dr. D. K. Lock, in