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ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1907.
Interesting Letter From Mr. Harry
P. Grier of Statesville.
HISTORY OF THE BELL FIGHT
The CltUeu Succeeded In Forcing till
Daugerou Monopoly from Citizens
Kxenaiige Most Popular W illi (lie I'eo
There have been no new develop
ment in the telephone situation
during tbe past week. The repre
sentatives of the Be'rl Telephone Co.
have visited noints in the county in
an' effort to secure a foothold. The
following letter fiom Mr. II. P
Grier, the recently nominated mayor
of Statesville, will be of iu teres t to
tr. K. II. Munis.
Mgr. Ashebmo Telephone Co.,
Ashehoro N. C.
Dear Fir: 1 nm in roeeiptof infiirmatinii
thnt the Hell Telephone Co., is making: an
effort to cot into Ashelioro. having in
application for it franchise to stutil i -b a
booth for long distiim a litiHiness,
This is the wuv the Hell coiiinieuc. 8 it
fights to crush local Compiiuii ami confis
cate the- cnpital ef our citizen invested in
the telephone business Thus it 1 egan in
Statesville years ufroaixl to day, hut tor the
loyalty of our people, we would I in the
clutches of this grasping monopoly paying
at least 50 per cent, more for telephones
than we are now paying und receiving 113
per cent less service.
How Hie War llegan.
A brief statement of conditions here and
the devious doings of the Bell may be
of interest to tou. In the first place the
Bell onlv asked for a frnnchiss for a long
distance booth, as I now recall the facts;
this was some yeara ago and was granted
Made False Claims.
From that time on tbe Bell agents were
continually at work to secure n franchise to
establish its svstem; they would appear be
fore our board of Alderman and a-gueat
length for a larger franchise, claiming thai
our manufactures wanted long distance con
nection to save them the time and trouble it
took to go to and from the booth, but no mat
ter how often they applied nor how persist
ent their attorneys and representatives were
our Aldermen always declined the fran
chise. We bad a good local service at
reasonable rates, our people were satisfied so
the matter stood until last year. Something
more than a vear am the owner of the lo-
cal exchange (it was owned by one man)
went before the board ot Alderman ana re
quested that a new franchise be granted him.
The First Attack.
He Doinled out that as there was a limit in
his then franchise as to rates chargeable for
phones he could not borrow money with
which to enlarge his system to meet the de
mands for more uliones and better service;
tiat his business had outgrown his plant and
that it was necessary to enlarge; that he hav
ing bought out his partners, slill owed some
money on the plant ana woiua nave to uor
row more in order to make necessary im
provements. That no one would loau him
sufficient funds with a franchise hunting
charges for rental of phones The board be
ing anxious to help him, after looking into
the matter granted him a new franchise in
which no limit was placed as to what should
be charged for phone service.
Won First Battle.
Here the matter rested for some 30 days
or more, nothing being said but all believ
iner that the local system would be enlarged
We awoke one morning to be told that the
Bell bad purchased the franchise and system
of the local Company and that henceforth
that company was to be our master.
Began to Exercise Sovereign Role
Many representat ives of the Bell came to
our city and explained ttiat they had under
stood that seutiment here had undergone a
change and that we were anxious for
thsm to take over the phone business and
that was why i hey made the purchase; that
had they understood we were still opposed
to them thev would not hnve bought out the
independent company. We asked what thel
rates would be but could get no definite
statement for some time. Our people, real
izing that the Bell Co. held the vantage
grouud, and to test the sincerity of their
many statements regarding their intentions
to deal fairly with us, attempted to make
terms with them, agreeing that if they would
establish reasonable rates and bind their
Co. to maintain said rates, that we would
not enter the Held. This, after much delay,
and dickering they at lastllally lefused to do.
People Be Krror and Rebell.
We thereupon organized the Iredell
Telephone Co with a c.ipitul of $20,000.00
aad have almut installed a system tbe equal,
if Dot the superior, of any Bell system in the
Stat. We uow have metalled 402 phones,
with culms ' ready fur alx ut 45 more to be
installed just at won as we can receive
another alinuiu iit of phones Tbe Bell liav
intr flatly refused 1 1 give us reasonable rates
lieiori) we entered the field, now Bince our
system is in, offer their phones at anv old
price from thank yu up In $ IM and $2.00
Ii9al Company Upbeld-Bell Conquered
The 1W11 had nlmut .100 phones when
we began putting in our phones. Today I
dont km w of a dozen plioees that they have
in, alllioui'h tny claim to have moie than a
dozen. Wo of courso will have to be on the
watch continually in I lie Kelt has a fran
chise mid has a FVHtfiu here which cost it
mom than 8.10,00 '.00 t. build o have
hadquieun experience with ihn Bell Co ,
and ita ways of saying and doing and ills
tbe delilierate juilgineiit of our business men
and citizens generally that a community is
lietter olT without its service. Im chart;" i
are excessive; it would cost Statesville pen-
nle from S3.000.ll0 to SS.OOO.OO more per
year for its phones if the Bell had tlm lie'.d
than it costs now, liesides it meant tli.it
country lines were to be a thing of the a-.t.
The Bell charges for connection being p o-
hibitory to our country people, vwien the
Bell bought out the local system the peo
ple in the country quit building and wen
ready to gire up. When our company
was gut underway new lines were ready
to commence, new associations formed and
old lines are being improved throughout the
emmty so that in the near future Iredell
County will have throughout her borders,
and extending into adjoining counties, splen
did telephone connections all owned and
operate! by our own home people. It is
the hope of our people that at no distant
day we will haven line connecting with Hay
den's system thus bunging Statesville in
touch with the towns and cities in yours and
adjoining counties We will build to
Muoresvillea metalic line ihave a ground line
now). A ceinnanv has I e 'ii oi -"iiuied and
will build a matalic line to Taylorsville, put
ting in exchanges at Taylorsville and points
between this ci'y and Taylorsville, tl i will
give us Wilkesboro, Lenoir and ether places.
Sio Reason for Countenancing the Hi ll.
I see no reason for any town or city grant
ing the Bell a franchise when to do so means
higher rates with a carres) o iding decrease
in service and the driving out of business
of our home people and the confiscation of
their property. 1 assure you that States
ville would lie glad if she could revoke the
franchise that has been grabbed by the Bell
ind there are other cities and to vus through
out the state that would gladly shake ihe
Bell nionop Iv if under the law it could ne
done Tiien why any town, not under H
mastery, will give it a foothold is mine
than I can comprehend look at Winston,
Asheville-wliat would these cities ilo 11
they could, hut the t ell holds tnein up ami
barges just what it pleases and mahes them
o.venr thev like it. 1 trust thai the jieop e
of Asheboro will not lie placed at the mercy
of the Bell and that you will not make any
contract with the Bell whereby your Compa
ny becomes its slave.
Legislature Will be Appealed to for Re
lief From This Greedy Monopoly.
The hext liecislature of North Carolina will
no doubt pass a luw requiring the Bell to
make connection with local companies ior re
ceipt and transmission of long distance busi-
noo, K., ,F mil thot, m a tew Tears we Will
have connection by means of independent
Cos. huildincf lines between various ex
changes, provided of course the Bell is not
permitted to gobble up me neiu . oo iu any
event there is every reason to keep out the
Bell and almost none to admit it With best
wishe for your success in the Independent
1 am I ours iruiy,
Harm P. Gkeir.
$10,000 LOST IN MAILS.
Unless Found New York National Bank
Must Kettle With Government For
United States Marshal Claudius
Doekery at Raleigh has been notified
of a sensational steal connected with
the mail service between Wilmington
and New York in which a package
containing $10,000 sntby the New
York Atlantic Bank is sussing.
The money disappi a-i d about a wek
ago. No clue hab been found.
Iu this connection it is of interest
to note that the maximum loss tbrt
the government pays for registered
packages is $15, so that tbe remain
der of the loss muse fall on the
Atlantic Bank if the package is not
Mall Clerk Confesses.
The mystery concerning the pack
age of currency being sent by the
Wilmingtou Bank to the Commerci
al National Bank, of New York, was
cleared up Friday by the confession
of Edward A. Nelson, mail clerk.
He had buried the $9,400 recovered
under his house. He was permitted
to give bond in the sum of $5,000
DEATH OF MRS. SCARBORO.
End Came Suddenly at Trinity Tuesday
Mrs. Eunice Scarboro, wife of
Ea-1 Scarboro. died suddenly at her
home at Trinity luesday evening
Mrs. S -arboro was engaging herself
in her household duties when Bhe
suffered an attack at the heart, deato
resulting in a few minutes. .
Mr. Scarboro had just left her in
the morning for the eastern part -ot
the State on business.
The deceased is a daughter of
Rev. F. H. Wood, a niece of Col
W. P.' Wood of Asheboro, and a con
sin of Mrs. W. A. Underwood, of
Randleman and of Mrs. J. O. Red
ding, of Asheboro.
Mr.,Gregson Goes to Panama.
W. J. Greerson has accepted
clerkship under the government at
Panama. Mr. Gregson has been
notified to report for duty as early
Gov. Glenn will deliver an ad
dress at. Albemarle o't the Cth da
of June. The occasion is the lay
ing ' f the corner stone of the Nor
mal and t 'ollegintn Institute.
OVER $4000.00 TO BE GIVEN
AWAY BY AUGUST 1ST, 1907.
Popular Young Ladies in Piedmont Section of North Caro
lina and Randolph and adjoining Counties to Be Awarded
Prizes to the Value of $4,050.00 Ministers Will Be Sest
to the Jamestown Exposition Go to Work Now for the
Best Weekly Newspaper in the State.
I he contest is on.
Every mail brings numbers of
letters of inquiry an .1 several have)
been received instructing us to enter
their names 111 the contest for tDe
grand prize, ' the Kimia!l l'-.m ..
The piano can be seen at Wood
& Molina's std'e. . Everv one who
lias .seen it are L.tnl in their praise 1
or tile instrument, anil cvm...n:es
point to mi iiiterestinj; and heat d I
contest. No hesitation should be
felt about entering, Tor all hold an
eU;tl chance to win.
1 he contest for the sir. prizes is
opeii to at:y pe'soti in the Piedm tut
s-ction. 'Jh;n the trips to the
Ja nestown Exposition are coufined
to the fo low in districts:
District No. 1. Asheboro and
all Randolph county west of the old
Pbnk Hoad. The four lghest in
this district will be awarded tripi to
the JatlleSOoWII Expositi-iu. P.o.id
ed that thev donot receive one of
tbe first six prizes.
Distkict no. 2 All the territory
west of the Old Plank Hoad except
Asheboro. Four trips with the
distkict NO 3 Montgomery and
Moore counties, oue trip.
district no. 4: Davidson and
Guilford couuties, one trip.
Ihe winners of the trips to the
Exposition P1 have all expenses
THIS COUPON ENTITLES
Miss or Mrs.
TO FIVE VOTES
IN THE '
Piano and Jamestown Contest
Not Good After May 14, 1907.
Aa announced in our last issue
the ministers coutest is also con
nected and trips will be awarded
as IO110WS, in iue given tern tones;
IUSTRICT sc. i hot ttanuoipn
District no 2 Montgomery anu
Moore counties, one.
District no. 3 Davidson county-
District no 4 Anywhere except
the territory embraced in the fore
THIS COUPON ENTITLES
TO FIVE VOTES
In the JAMESTOWN CONTEST.
Not Good After May 14, 1907.
Every young white woman (mar
ried or "single) who reads The Cour
ier or hears of this contest, is an eli
gible candidate foi the capital prize
a $400 Kimball Piano. The con
test closes July 31st, 1907, which
means that the worker who wins re
ceives a salary ef moie than a hun
dred dollars a month for her labor.
Schedule of Votes.
The Courier 1 yr at $1 in April 500
. Mav 400
" " " " June 300
" " " " July 200
FOUR FATALLY BURNED.
Dwelling of Mrs. McDade Destroyed
By Fire Friday.
The home of Mrs. McDade, at
Henrietta, and all fnrniture was de
stroyed by fire last Thursday night.
The" most iwful feirure fif'the fire
was the loss of two children, who
were sleeninff in a room upstairs.
and latter the desth of two sons of
Mrs. McDade. from bums receive 1
in trying to rescue thejtwo children Step forward the other day when
whose ages were 4 and (i vears. The tbeie was au election to determine
mother may die as a fifth victim. i whether there should be an issue of
. j bonds to macadnnzj the public
A. R. Hicks aud D. J. Matthews, roads of Hillsboro township. Not
of the Iola Mine, near Candor, spent a vote was cast ajaint the prop')si
Monday night in Asheboro. tion.
DEATH AT RAMSEUR.
Krttdy Kvptres at
Age ufHV, Years.
M'. John Bi-xdy died at his home
at. Ii iinseur. on last S.ittiidiy at the
ad vu need aye of 80 veurs, the resuh
of !l ,-,L.. ,,f i, i lea! j I v. ,e..,.L ,,,.n
1 .u.u ,,,i . 'j i-
tWiillovv any food.
Thetlec ased was a le-'pccled citi
zen, the father of nineteen children,
twelve of whom are living. They
are, Mesdames Jane Brower, Mary
M.-.ness, Cary Cheek, Liuena Welch
and Margaret Oa;g, of Pleasant
Grove township: Mrs. Charity Pow
ers, of Moore county; Mrs. Emm it
Smith, of Uatnseti:; Mrs. Lovey
Brown of Spiay aud Miss Mattie
Brady, Ai tennis and Ambrose Bradv,
who lived at the. old home place.
The dec a-ed was married twice; his
second wife also surviving him the
fnnerdljwas conducted Sunuay at
Pleasant Grov church.
The Death Roll
Steven Hinshaw died at his home
near Randolph' Satuiday morning,
and was buried at Shepherd church
Sunday. The deceased was 73 yrs.
old. He is survived by several
children, among them Jesse Hin
shaw and Mrs. L. A. Tadlpck, of
Hiyh Point. His wife preceded
him jnst a few weeks ago.
Mis. Will Ledwell died at her
home in Asheboro Fr'day evening.
The funeral was conducted Satur
day, lollowed by the interment in
the M. E. chinch cemetery. Her
husband and tis children survive,
the oldest child being Vi years aud
the youngest fon r weeks.
"The infant of Mr.. and Mrs. John
Rich died last week at their h me
near Asheboro. The interment was
in the M. E. church cemetery.
Miss Artenntia Brown, daughter
of Reuben Brown, died last week at
the home of he- father near Brow-
ers Chapel. The funeral was con
ducted from Urowers Chapel lues-
1 he deceased was 1 6 years of
Itound Doxen Book Club.
The Randleman Round Dozen
Book Club met Fiiday from 4 to 6
at the hospitable home of Mrs. P.
H. Ec Fay den and a most enjoyable
afteritOJU was spent by those in at-
I Following the current events a
very instructive and well prepared
:article on "The War t the Roses"
i was read by Mrs. McFadyen.
j The unitjue "Colonial Contest,"
i arranged by the genial hostess was
; entered into with a spirit of much
'interest and enjoyment which ended
in Miss Bowden winning the prize
a pretty Poet Card album. An
elegant course of ices was served
j after which the Clnb adjourned
thanking the hostess for a most de
lightful afternoon. The MisseB
Dicks will be at home to the Club
at "Waverly" Friday May the 3d.
F.aster Next Sunday.
Mr. Niel Summers, of Irecell
county, who is pretty good a'Hhortty
on any subject he discusses, has
turned some light on the unseason
able weather. The landmark quotes
"Easter hasert come. Accord
ing to the Dutch sign, says Mr.
Summers, Easter comes on the first
Sunday after the fourth full
moon of the year and this year
Easter will fall on the 28th of
April, a week from next Sunday.
After that time we may expect
warmer weather. Mr, Summers
thinks the freeze and frost of, Sun
day night about finished the wheat.
He says the odor from the wilted
wheat was very noticeable yesterday
after the sun had shone on it for a
' Hillsboro one of the oldest towns
the State and considered one of
tb? least progressive took a long
The People's Telephone Co of Kamsenr
The Secretary of State has char
tered the People's. Telephone Com
pany of Ratnseiir. The company is
being organized with a capital stock
of $20,000. E. C. Watkins and
others are among the stockholders
appearing as incorporators. The
c 'liipany will operate an exchange
in Uaiiiseur und also construct long
Charteis are aid) issued for the
Giant Lumber Co., of NVth Wilkes
boro, capital R'o.UO, bv J. M.
Bui nhardt, K. P. Wharton and
othets and Cleveland Iron Woiks
(incorporated ) changes i's name to
the Shelby Machine and Supply Co..
and inereme eipittl from $10,000
to $1 1 io.Oi o, J. K. Sc'ieulken ii
Program of i:errls
KMh .i ailuatlu";
( lass.. .Marshall
The Courier acknowledges receipt
ot an invitation to the eleventh
annual commencement of the Liber
ty Normal College, May 10-14.
The program waj published in a
recent issue of t'.e Courier, the
graduating class is as follows:
liltWit li:s, I.ITf.lHRV liEI AUTMf.NT.
Mr. C I'. ISranson, tirahinn, N, C; Mr
A L. lslev, Biii'linetnn, X . C: Mr Charm
Kimrey, I!urliuj;t(u, X. C; Mr. R. L. Trox
ler, Klon College, X. C ; Miss Lma Bowman,
l.iheity, X. C.
(HUM AIKS I (iMMt nclAI. liKI'AIITMENT.
Misn Xettie Spoon, Hartshorn, X.C.; Hiss
llattie Ashhurn, Liberty, N C.
MAItSIIAI.8 ASl) MASAiiF.ltS.
Marshals-Mr T. S. Stafford, Chief, Cedar
Cliff, K.C.; Mr. E. O. Pritchett, Browns
Summit, X. C ; Mr V. I. Myrick, Worth
ville, X. C; Mr. H. V. Clarke, HillsHoro, X.
C j Mr. Connor Blackwell Elon College, N.
Managers Mr. Joe Hamlin, Chief, Ran
dleman, X. C; Miss Stella Kiger, Jolliet,
Miss llattie Ashburn, Liberty, X. P. Miss
Annie Stalling, Forshee, X. (J.;Miss Bessie
Murchison, Liberty, X. C.
MET TRAGIC DEATH.
H.C. Miller Whirled to Death Iu City
Roller Mill Building at St?tevUle .
if. C. Miller, who, wth hia broth
er, owns and operates the City Roller
Mills, at Statesville met a tragic
death at the mill Saturday morning.
By some means he became entangled
in some of the machinery, The
fireman heard him scteam and call
for help. When found be was being
rapidly whirled around by the ma
chine, splatenng blood in every
direction. The machinery was stop
ped and the body taken to the hos
pital where death occurred a few
minutes after reaching there. Mr.
Miller was 28 years of age and oue
of Stattsville's enterprising young
1000 FATALITIES FROM FARTH
QUAKES Asiatic Russia, Mexico, and Southern
l'.urupe Shaken by Awful L'plieavels.
Last week severe earthquake shocks
were felt over the entire globe caus
ing the loss of thousands of lives
and' the destruction of millions of
dollars of property.
M ore than 1000 lives were lost in
Mexico aud portions of many towns
were swallowed in the rents of the
earth. The most shocks were in the
vicinity of Colima volcano, which is
in violent eruptim.
Terrifying earthquakes were re
ported in Russia, Southern Europe,
and a volcano in Chile has begun
Loans to Caunty Schools.
R. D. Connor, of the State De
partment of Instruction announces
that $18,785 has been loaned to
several counties in the state from
the State School Loan Fund. Loans
have been made as follows
Wake, $2,360; Wilkes, $850; Gas
ton, $2,500; Anson, $300; Wayne,
$1,250; Forsyth, $2,500; Cumber
land, $1,100;,, Richmond, $800;
Mecklenburg, $550; Stanley, $200;
Pamlico, $475; Randolph, $2,000;
Montgomery Schools Close.
The Public School at Troy closed
April inn. ihe year has been most
successful. The enrollment at the
close was 155 pupils, and a good
average was made both in scholar
fchip anl attendance.
The school at Uwharrie, taught
bv Misses Lil lie Bruton . and Lucy
Ilunsucker closed Abiil 10th. Ii".
T. Poole, of Troy, delivered the address.
Plant For Treating Mineral Ores
Will Locate Here,
COPPER MINE RESUMES OPER
ATION AT ONCE.
Xtw F.iilerprlse To Ite Located On The
Mine Property Norlli of The City
Will He a diatom Reduction Works.
During the past few days a deal
has been on foot to locate a mineral
ore reduction works at Asheboro.
and Monday it was consummated.
The plant will be erected on the
premises of the Asheboro Copper
Mining Company, about two miles
north ofthecitv. It w.li'oe erected
by Mr. Milton I. IV-ard, of Pittsboro
Pa., at a cost of . 1 0,000 aud Mr.
Beard hopes to hive the plant in
operation by the last of September.
An electrical process will be in
stalled similar to that used in the
west and successfully operated in
New Jersey. All kinds of ores can
be reduced just as taken from the
mine after it has teen erusbel aud
the treatment saves all the minerals
as well ns the Ivy-products, ieparat
ing and concentratiig the metals
in their respective channels as treat
ed. Sometime ago a proposition was
made to locate a smelting plant here,
but this is considered fur superior
to that process because of the fact
that the waters of the cieeks will
not become contaminated from it
and vegetation around the work
wi'l not be affected by fumes of
sulphur, etc, that pervwde the air
for great distances around large
smelting woiks, resulting in the com
plete destruction of vegetation in
the vicinity. By the electrical pro
cess the sulphur as well as the
minerals is saved for its commercial
The plant will be a custom reduc
tion works and will handle ores sent
to it to be treated.
Having been idle for several weeks
the Asheboro Copper Mining Co.
will resume operation at once and
bauk its ore for treatment when the
plant is completed. This oinpaay
has recently pure based the John
Bailey farm adjoining tbe mine
property, which gives the right of
way for a siding to be run from the
railroad to the Reduction Works
and thence to the mine. Ore is ex
pected from many other points to
feed the new enterprise.
NEW BANK AT THOMASVILLE.
The 11 est Xatioual Organized With
The First National Bank has
been organized at Thomasville with
a paid in capital of $25,000. 0. F.
Lambeth was elected president.
Sheriff J. T. Finch was elected vice
president and A. II. Rag n cashier.
The following compose ihe board of
directors; J. Elwood Cox, of High
Point; Dr. C. II. Phillips, of Full
ers; C. L. Harris, F. S. Lambert, T.
J. Finch, E. W. Cates, J A. Green,
C. V. Limbeth and E. C. Strayhorn,
Xew Company For High Point.
The Secretary of State has grant
ed a charter to the Guilford Realty
& Insurance C, of High Peint,
with an authorized capital stock of
$50,000. The company hai legua
business with $5,000 paid in, and
will handle real estate, insuranca
and loans. Incorporators of the
company are Messrs. H. A. Millia,
J. H. Millie aud W. A. Ragan.
The report is current that the
Southern will at once enlarge its
shops at Spencer and place a full
equipment of machinery for the
manufacture of locomotiv p. Power
will be secured from the Yadkin
river. It is also rumored pgain that
pulman cars will also be built at
Spencer at t u early date.
New I'ope Academy Commencement.
Hon. W. W. Kitchen, Representa
tive in Congress from the Fifth
North Caroliuu District w.li deliver
the literary addiesB at Ntw Hope
Academy Corouieucemeut on Aiay
Mr. Kitchen is one of the most
popular tpeukiTe in the S ale.
Two thousand people witnessed
the game ot ball between the Uni
versity ofN.rli Oaro'ina and the
Utmereity of Viijjiniaat Greeusboro
Saturday. Vitgina won by a score
of 5 to 2.