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VOL XXXII. ' ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 21,, 1907. No 15.
Strong Charge To The Grand Jury.
JUDGE FRED MOORE PRESID
ING. Delayed In Opening But Docket wa
About Completed lat Klght Canec I
Tried During Term.
Randolph Superior Court
convenfd Monday afternoon.
The delay was caused by the
failure of the Southern., to make
schedule the tiain due at 8:30 ar
riving about 12:30 o'clock.
Court was convened at 2:30
o'clock by Judge Fred Moore, of
Asheville. Only a short time was
consumed in selecting the grand
jury which wa3 composed of the
T. A. Bulla.' X. F. Il-ipkiu, i.
II. Hardin, U W. Kearns, Joel VV. ;
Strider, E. C. Vestal, V. W. Walk-J
er, T. W. Maness W. F Ivey, I'. P.!
Joues, R. C. Hanner, E. 11. WojJ, I
W. R. Hammond, A. W. Curtis,
Dock Hunt, W. S. Gatlin, J. 1'. j
Phillips, T. F. Fousi. A. 17. Curtis
was appointed fot'.'inan, and duly
sworn. J. W. llinsh.tw was up- j
pointed and sworn as oftixu to the !
grand jury. I
Judge Moore's charge to the grand I
jury should have 1 eeu heard t y I
every citizen of the county interest-1
ed in good government and the bet-'
termeut of moral conditions of their
Opening his ch.irge Judge v Moore j
said he would be as brief as possible, i
but before he had hnished one could
plainly eee that his honor was more
interested in the support of law and
good government than all things
else, and that the clear knowledge
of the law and du'y upon the
part o the officers of the court and,
citizens generally is by far more im
portantijthan its sacrifice to speed
the progress of the court.
His charge was broad, explicit,
clearly defining the duty of the offi
cers of the court, and the duty of the
citizens to the court and every one
left the building with a clear know
ledge of the working of the machin
ery of the court and with a broader
view of what constitutes violation of
GUARDIAN OF PEACE.
He impressed upon the grand
jury its responsibility, individually,
and collectively as guardians of the
peace, and the weight of the burden
of institution and the failure to in
stitute prosecutions. Upon that
body rests the duty of bringing to
justice the violators of the laws of
the land and the protection of the
innocent nun and women and child
ren as well as their property.
ENFORCEMENT OF LIQUOR LAW.
In a general way Judge More
said the violations of the law are
generally known to every member of
the grand jury, but ne directed spec
ial attention to those affecting the
manufacture and sale of spirituous
honors, lie cautioned them to look
well into this and wherever evidence
showed a probable cause for indict
ment, regardless of the standing of
these indicted, presentments should
be made that the courts may uphold
It is not a question of personal
opinion on the liquor question, but
a question of violation of the laws.
Judge Moore defined the statutes
against crime with four divisions.
First, crime against the person of
citizens, embracing homicides, as
saults, slander of innocent women,
Second, crime against property
embracing arson, injury to property,
trespass, larceny and many others.
Third, crime againstsociety, upon
which jiis honor dwelt at length.
He again called to the attention of
the body the greatest destroyer of
the physical, moral and men
tal being of society the liquor
traffic, the harmful consequence of
which is a long train of evils, where
can be found almost every crime
against the peace, welfare and good
order of a community.
Carrying concealed weapons and
gambling were also given due con
sideration by His Honor. He in
sisted that presentments should be
made against those violating the
law against gambling, regardless of
the degree of guilt, the standing of
the violator in society and of prestige
and influence of his people. In
the opinion of the court the greatest
beneficiary in a cause for gambling
is the defendant who many times is
warned of the yawning prison cells,
the violent death or shiftless, worth
less life which inevitably awaits
Fourth is the class of crimp
against good government. Among
these were mentioned violation of
the election laws, which guarantees
the rights of citizeuship - to the peo
ple; violation of the law and failure
to perform bis duties by any public
officsr. He especially directed the
attention of the jury to the
justices of the peace warning
them that all justices are
liable to iudictment for failure to
make returns to tht county treasurer
within thirty days after the recipt
of the fin.
FAILURE TO LIST TAXES.
Judge Moore referred to the ini
portauce of every citizen listing his
taxes in June reminding those pres
ent that, t'm-ir failure to do this
places tii-iu mnong the violators of
the hirt and subject to tine or itn
prisonme;:r. Those who are ever
kicking alji.ut having to pay taxes
to carry hi the government should
be shut oil t'nmi the law and order
obtained as a result of the taxes
paid. They would soon he clamor
ing f !' i - admission to the laud
where the people are taxed 'to main
tain the rights and safety of citizens
mi l their property.
The following cases were disposed
of at Tuesday's session.
State vs. Bostain Matthis. per
jury. Pleaded not guilty; verdict
State vs. Frank Davis, et al affray.
Pleaded not guilty; verdict guilty
and ri'.ed $5.00 and costs.
State vs. Kobt. Brown, L. & R.,
pleaded gniltv. Judgment a fine
of $40 00 and costs.
State vs. Carl Lamb, L. & R.,
pleaded guilty. Judgment was con
tinued upon payment of costs and
bond of $100 for appearance at next
term of court.
State vs. Carl Lamb, C. C. VV.,
plead - guilty. Judgment $25.00
State and Southern Railway vs.
Barney Varuer, larceny. Plead id
guilty of foicible trespass, which
was accepted by court. Judgment
cont nued on payment of costs, and
defendant required to give bond for
appeal auce at uext term of court.
State vs. R. O. Parks, retailing,
State vs. Percy Candle trespass,
appeal fiom Justice of the Peace,
defendant paid cost and fine impos
ed at lower court.
State vs. Jim Riehardfon, retail
ing in three cases. Defendant plead
ed guilty. Sentence not passed.
State vs. Adam Douglass, con
veying tools to convicts, pleaded
guilty, judgment suspended upon
payment of costs.
State vs. Ooldsbury Doby and
June Brewer, affrav, verdict guilty.
Judgment suspended upon payment
of half costs as to Brewer, Doby
hned $50. and half costs.
The court finished the docket
last evening, but after the Courier
went to press.
Several cases were continued and
manv true bills returned bv the
METHODISTS TO MEET.
The Randolph Methodist Preach
ers' Association will hold a mass
meeting of the members of the
churches in the county at Randle-
man March 30th and 31st.
A letter has been issued urging
every member who can to attend.
The meeting is called for the
purpose of arousing greater interest
in the work. Randolph now has
about 40 Methodist Churches, but
there is a large portion of the coun
ty in immediate need of a house of
The principle subjects to be dis
cussed are "What is the Religious
Condition of our County?" and
"Shall we have a Randolph Missjon
oocietv to help Improve this Con
leath of Mr. Fulford.
Mrs. Stephen Fulford, a native
of Randolph county, died at ber
home at rewberne, last week, after
a lingering illness.
Mrs. Fulford was about 60 years
old. She was a Miss Bowman, hav
ing beeu born at the old Bowman
farm. She was a sister of the late
U. C. Bowman.
Surviving Mrs. Fulford ae her
husband and one child.
Thirty Counties A 116 wed to Improve
It ads A Summary of ew I -a us.
Below is given a carefully pre
pared suninary of the rew lavs
enacted bv the General Assembly,
wh ch will interest every reader.
The Important Resolutions.
The fi.llowiiiLr ure the nvwt '' importnm
resolution which were ailnpttil:
KeiiueMtiiK Congress to vote for the Ap
palachian Forest Keserve and asking the
liovernor to go to Washington in the interest
of that nieiiure. '
Endorsing the seeon 1 Hasjiio Peace i '.in
ference. Endorsing the Jamestown Expo-iiinn,
appropriating $2 ',000 more to it and il-
lowmg the North Carolina building to be
sold and the proceeds use 1 l.y the eoinuiis
sion. Making a -$3,000 gift to the eruaier North
Urging Congress to improve the upper
tap.- Fear river.
Also asking it to prohibit polygamy
To seen re a chaug" in the constitution su .
Senators will Le elected l.y a direct vote oil
liiils were pas. e.iuiiuiitiitg whiskey
from ill" following i-i lint i.-s: liurke. I.ineiln,
Cutuivba. Mel i(, well, Madison Cherokee,
Macon, Cal.ari-.i-, Cleveland, Ttutherford,
Northampton, S'uuiy. 'Scotland, Cuinber
and and .Mecklenburg.
Thirty ei.-mries were allowed to improve
their nnvU tunl very larg" bond issues were
adowed to be voted on (or this purpose in
the counties of Franklin, I-'orsvtli, Durham,
Itaiidjlph, Rowan, Wake, tiranvillo and
Hniieombe, ranging from S 100,000 to 8300,
000. At no session of the Legislature have
cha. ters been granted to so many railways;
the following is the li-t. North Carolina
Union, ).ithpor, Northern & Western,
Raleigh A Winston-Salem, Northampton &
Hertford; Western Carolina, Bladen &
Northern; Rockingham Caswell, Randolph
and Cumlierland; Clraham County, Wash
ington & Vandemere; Nantahala, Dover &
Southbound; Tuckaseegee, Elkin & Alle
ghany; Virginia & Eaatern Carolina, Vir
ginia & Carolina Southern, Deep River &
Farmers Creek, Alleghany & Piedmont
Southern, Southwestern, Greensboro, Sea
bord & Great Western, Mattamuskeet. Kins
tan A Carolina, Monroe and Southern
Franklin and Smokey Mountain. Bills
were also passed allowing buncombe, Hen
derson and Rutherford counties to subscribe
stock for completing a railway between Ashe
ville nod Rutherfordton; to allow the con
solidation of the Aberdeen & West nd,
the Asheboro & Montgomery and the Jack
son Springs railways; to allow the conversion
of the Wilkesboro & Jefferson turnpike to a
steam or electric railway.
In the way of schools and tchool matters
bills passed incorporating the Stonewall
Jackson Training School or reformatory.
To establish a manual training school in
To establish a teachers training school in
A touojl of Technology at S'pray.
To aid the Elhannan Orphanage a Marion
with a $3,000 appropriation
To allow elections to be held in townships
or school districts upon the subject of com
Te require deaf mutes to attend the State
school at Morganton and to limit the atten
dance to North Carolina children.
To require 10 weeks attendance each year
of children between ages of 8 and 14 years.
To provide a safe and adequate water
supply for all schools, public and private.
resting a oyste.n of public high schools
the number for each county to be fixed by
the Btate superintendent tf public instruc
tion to le not less than one, cr moie than
A great deal of attention was give-i rail
way matters, and the following are the im
portant bills which passed:
To til the maximum passenger rate at 2
1-4 ents per mile.
To regulate freight rates and prevent un
To prevent p tblic drinking in passenger
To require railways to keep passenger
To allow conductors ant? station agents to
arrect drunk, disorderly or boisterous per-
To allow railway to construct belt lines
To require one director and one incor
porator of all railways to be a citizen and
resident of this State.
To allow t .e corporation commission to
require union depots in towns of 2,000 per
To require Btieet railways to prwide
tepante accomoda i ms for negroes and
To prevent stealing of goods in transit,
ai d als to prevent stealing of brasses and
other railway property
To greatly enlarge the powers of the cor
Other important bills of a miscellaneous
character are as follws:
To restore dentists to their former dignity
To allow judges and magistrates to ei
clude all persons except those concerned
in trials for felonious assault.
To allow benevolent associations to receive
buy, hold or sell real or personal estate.
To regulate sales of tola'ico on ware
house Hoars and require reports to the ag
To prevent usury and extortion.
To extend for two years the time for
selling the State debt.
To promote public decency by punishing
people for using indecent signs, writings
and pictures in public.
To allow the Governor to appoint specia
police for water power, transportation and
fo provide for the care of the mentally
deficient by providing special institutions
To prevent the sale of adulterated ot
misbranded foods, drugs, medicines and
To increase the number of the State
challenges in all cases less t-ba-i capitol.
To allow the Governor traveling ex
To allow judges to send criminal lioys
under 1(5 to the reformatory or county
To extend the crime ol vagrancy so as to
i. ch ile keepers or inmates ni disorderly
To prevent and punish trusts and com
biiifs. To authorize the Statu board of health to
prove e lor preventive tie.itinentof tuliereii
lo-is by means of a ho-pital in Mo ne com.ty.
,') io was appri.pri.it M.
10 l-i'guiule the writing ol prescriptions
To protec ehctrieal power tiaiismission
To require t te peniten iary to pay its
debt bunds of lS'.Ht, amounting to ij 1 10,000
Hid to pay S17-"i,0tll) of its earnings into the
ti- a-ury to go to thJ central fund.
Jo -eparate tuberculo-is prisoners.
I o require the eommi-siouers of ngrii-ul-re
iiii I the board of agriculture t be prac
To tepiire registration of trained nurses.
T- protect makers and dealers in mineral
T' lone, d the law regarding removal nt
cloiel o i ti les.
!. p o ect primary electior.s and conven
tions ,iu I p.mi-h fraud- thereat.
I o pjiy null fees to ollieers and witi --e-wl.e.-e
no true bill is found.
1 1. i-t nil time for obtaining laud grant.
To regulate osteopathy and cie;ce a state
b aid ol examiners.
To protect hotel and boarding house
lo piescrihe the hours of serv.ee for
railway employes operating trains.
To establish a State board of equalization
for the as-essment of real estate
To reguh.t-' th. hours of the labor ol
ctniaren m lactones
To amend the landlord and tenant law.
To so amend the general road law that
county commissioner., can let the working of
roa Is by contracts by sections.
To enable the State to make proof of the
possession of whiskey licenses, issued bv the
government in prosecuting offenders
lo limit the poll tax to j 2 in cities and
To provide for the displav of the State Hag
on all court houses, schools and other public
To exclude minors under 18 from pool
rooms, bar rooms, etc.
To prohibit corporations from preventing
public improvements by other corporations
by preventing occupancy et land for right-of-way.
To place all telephone lines under the
1 o promote the oyster industry.
To punish the fraud in giving worthless
checks, drafts and orders.
To create the office of fish commissioner.
To require express companies to pay claim
for loss or damage to the property.
To secure immigration in North Carolina;
appropriating $10,000, half from the State,
and half from the agricultural department.
To secure a statue of Zeb ance to be
placed in statuary hal at the Capitol at
To fix the salaries of State olficeis and to
require fees to be turned into the State
To make general election day a legal holi
day. to make the pension appropriation $400,
000, an increase of $125,000.
There were bills of course, carrying in
creased appropriations for all the Slate in
ati1. hi ions, some forty in number.
A great many insurance bills were intro
duced but only a small percentage of these
passed. Tnose which did pass are as fol
lows: To amend the Revisal by allowing com
panies Laving over $ UK), (it) capital to in
vest the excess in such manner as the insur
ance commissioner approves.
To regulate the use of the reserve of life
companies by allowing it to Ik- used for re
insurance, to lie available in case of the in
solvency of the company.
To define frater .a! orders.
To prohibit the application cf the iron
safe clause to buildings and fixtures
To prevent the diversion of fm.ds in in
surance companies for political purposes.
To require tire insurance companies to
furnish blank proofs of loans in case they
demand such pi oof.
To regulate the form of life insurance con
tracts by requiring the form of all polices
under $ o00 ty be submitted to and approved
by the insurance commissioner lief ore the
company can issue said policies, this act to
be ellec.tive July 1.
To allow the insurance commissioner to
employ an actuary and accountant to calcu
late and check up the books of the insurance
To impose a gencial penalty for all pro
visions of the insurance law for which no
special jiennlty has beeu imposed.
To provide for the volunteer firemen of
th? State in case of injury or sickness, due
service at fires by levying a tax of 1-2 of
1 par cent, upon the premiums of fire insur
ance companies, but, in order to si-cure this
the town must comply with the tire wast
To declare that the agent of a life insur
ance company is the agent of the company
ahd not of the policy holder.
Erwin T. Parham, a 19 year old
boy of Greensboro, is arrested for
forging a check for $7.50 or. S. A.
Peeler. Until recently Parh. m was
in theemyloy of G. T. Glascock &
Sons aud duiiug his stay with them
he embezzled the sum of $11. It
was also learned while in the employ
of the Virginia Life Insuranece
company several years ago he fraud
ulently obtained $00 from the company."
DEATH OF MR. CURTIS.
One of Randolph's Best ;citlzens Died
Suddenly Here Yesterday.
Mr. N. B. Curtis, of Millboro, R.
F. D., and one of Randolph County's
best citizens, died suddenly while
talking to a friend near the court
house here yes' erday morning.
Mr. Curtis came to Asheboro Tues
day to attend court. Tuesday night
he spent with his son, A. W. Curtis,
foreman nf ttie gland jury, at the
home of Sheriff Hayworth, and was
in apparent good health. Yesterday
morning he arose, ate a hearty break
fast and went to his wagon to feed
his sr.ock, and while talking with a
friend wis seized with a fainting
spell and died in a few minutes.
The body was removed to the home
of Sheriff Hayworth.
The funeral will be conducted
this morning at Grays Chapel, i.f
which Church he had been a mem
ber innity years.
The grand jury adjourned yester-.luv
afternoon in respect to Mr. Curtis
and went in a bouy to view the re
mains and convey the body to the
tieai.se. The following grand jurors
acted as pall bearers: J. i'. Phillips,
foreman, succeeding the bereaved
son; J.M.Hudson, P. P. Jones, W.
G. vey, C. II. Hardin and E. C. Ves
tal. The remains were taKen to the
late home cf the deceased yester
Mr. Curtis was G4 years of age
and in his death Randolph County
loses one of her best and most high
ly esteemed citizens. As a private
citizen he was most successful and
though never actively engaged in
public life he always exercised him
self in the interest of all that tend
ed to better conditions in his com
munity and county.
He is survived by six children;
Messrs. A. W. and John Curtis,
Mrsdnuies Sallie Swain and Maggie
Wi'it:sell, of Libeitv; Mrs. Mar
tha Piuz er, of Climax and Miss
Berttia Curtis, who with his sister
Miis Lucinda Curtis, lived with him
at Millboro. The deceased was a
bruther of Dennis Curtis, of Ran
dleinan. The funeral was conducted by
Rev. O. P. Routh, Jpa6tor, assist
ed by Rev. J. W. Frank, and Rev.
W. F. Ashbum. The bereaved
relatives have a host of friends in
the county whom the Courier joins
in extending sincere sympathy.
Organization of Randolph Camp to Be
Perfected at Once.
Col. A. C. McAlister, commander
of Randolph Camp United Confed
erate Veterans is mailiner out artDli
cation bfanks to the Confederate
Veterms in the County, with a letter
urging them to fill out and return
for enrollment s members of the
camp. It! 8 h pedthat tvery vitran
will return the blanks, properly tilled
out at once that the full enrollment
may be represented at the annual
Re union to be held at Richmond,
a., in June.
Those desiring to become mem
bers, whose names have not been
received by Co). "cAlisterand who
do not receive the blanks by mail
can secure it upon appreciation to
the Commander. 1 hose whlreg;ster
ed at the reunion held here last fall
will receive blanks at once and the
Commander will appreciate the send
ing of the names of any who were
unable to attend the reunion tut
who are eligible to membership.
The llennettsville and Clicraw Itoad
Uoulithy the Pacs and others.
J. R. Page, of Biscce; II. A. Page,
of Aberdee ., and J. J. Hechart, of
Bennettsville, b. C, associated with
W. A. Mars, of Pennsylvania, and sev
eral other-capitalist?, tave bought the
Bennettsville and Cheraw Railroad, a
line fourteen miles long. The pur
chace price was $105,000. The com,
pany organized by electing J. J
Heckhart president, II. A. Pag(
general manager, and George Bur
chill secretary and treasurer.
The road will extend to Browns
ville, 25 miles from Bennettsville.
The Sunday School at Shi
loah, one and one-half miles
s-Mith of Julian, is arranging for
an Easter service which will be held
Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock
In connection with the Ktster eer
vice Prof. A. M. Fentress will bold
the closing exercises of his singing
class. The exercises will last all
day. Everybody is invited.
Wrought By Storms And Flood
THOUSANDS FORCED TO DE
CoiKlllloiiH In Western Pennsylvania,
Ohio and Went Virginia Serloua.
, Property Valued at Several Mil
Pittsburg, Pa., March 19 After
five days of business stagnation
caused by a remarkably rapid lise in
the Monongahela, Alleghany and
Ohio rivers, which inundated more
than ten square miles of this city
conditions are again becoming
Wreckage is strewn all over the
city and the property loss is heavy.
Only 12 f italitiea are reported.
Loss In PIMshurs; 10,000,000.
The loss iu the Pittsburg district
s estimated at $10,000,000. Reports
from up river points increase fhe
damage done by ihe Hood in Western
Pennsylvania at least 5,000,OOX)
At Wheeling W. Va.
At Wheeling, W. Va., the flood
was the highest in 20 years. Eigh
teen perons are known to have lost
their lives in the early morning fire
that occurred today st the plant of
the Warwick Pottery Company,
which is located in the flooded dis
trict. Firemen were unable to
reach the burning building. Much
damage has been done and the debris
about the city i8 60 great that it will
be days before business can be
It is estimated that the damaee
sustained in wheeling will exceed
$3,000,000. So great has the dam
age been to local industrial plants
mat it win ne weeks before they
win oe aoie to resume operations.
Ohio Towna Flooded.
The damaere at Cincinnati and
Portsmouth. Ohio, was verv creat.
In many parts of the town the peo
ple were forced t camp on the hills.
mmng stations were established
for the poor who were driven from
At Portsmouth two levees broke.
letting the water encroach on terri
tory not heretofore flooded. Th
other leyees have been weakened but
it is believed that there is at present
SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVENTION.
Meet at Reldivllle April andRan
dolpli Given Place on Program.
The program for the 24th an
nual convention of the North Caro
lina Sunday School Association
which meets at Keidsville April 2nd,
has been announced. The meeting
continues through Thursday follow
ing. Dig preparation has been
made by the people of Reidsville for
the euter:ainnient of the visitors and
an ink n sting program has been
We note that on Wednesday morn
ing Mrs. Francis B. Hubbard, of
W'orthville, will address the asso
ciation on ''Our Home Department.
its Message and Work." On Thurs
day morning Prof. J. M. Way, of
Asheboro will speak on, "What the
Organized Work Has Meant in My
COAL AT GLENDON.
Two Veins ot.e Is 18 Feet and another
Mr. D. P. Bible, of Glendon has
leased coal mining property ou the
lauds of Mr John Gardner on Deep
river just above Carbonton and is
developing it. Mr. Bible tells the
Express that he has found a good
quality of coal in two veins, one 18
and the other 27 feet thick. He
has sent a sample of this coal to
the State Chemist to have it
analyzed and tested. He has order
ed mining tools and expects to begin
mining the coal at once. A sample
of the coal will be sent to the James
Changed Charter of Kandleuan.
The legislature two years ago
provided fcr dividing the town of
Raudleman in this county into four
wards, and there were four different
polling places in the town. The
last legislature has changed this to
only one voting place. The wards
are retained to distribute the alder
men over the town. A bid was also
enacted permitting thij town of Ran
dleman to vote on a'isoueof $22,500
worth of bonds to improve the.