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The Asneboro Courier
PEICE ONE DOLLAR A YEAR
Wm. C. HAMMER, Editor.
BIG GRAFT IN PUBLIC BUILD
INGS. The demand for lavish expendi
ture of public funds for public im
provement can be heard often. Mil
lions are placed in state houses and
a hundred thousand or more placed
in courthouses where less than half
the amovfbt expended would erect
and complete the buildings if all
the fees and graft were eliminated.
Lawyers employed on the sly; politi
cians paid for their influence and
sometimes, but not often, public of
ficials bribed, not with little courte
sies but with cold cash.
There is not always graft and ex
travagance in the expenditure of
public funds in the erection of pub
lic improvements. It is the case
often. Take Pennsylvania's new
State house which cost that State
$13,000,000, several millions of
which went into the pockets of
Few people have correct ideas as
to the cost of public buildings but
in this case the matter was too plain,
and the rumors went the rounds.
When public attention was directed
to the price paid as being all out of
proportion to what the cost should
be, a howl was raised and would not
down. A committee was appointed
to investigate and the report recom
mends that both civil and criminal
proceedings be brought against sev
enteen persons and one corporation.
Millions were stolen under the form
of fees, rake offs and attorneys fees.
Lawyers who taka fees and con
ceal the fact of their employment
should be disbarred and prosecuted
EVERYBODY PRAISES THE
Governor Glenn declared last week
at Norfolk that the Jamestown Ex
position is in many respects the best
of all the world's fair3, and that it
was worthy of a visit from every
Not only was Governor Glenn de
lighted with the Fair but everyoody
else is delighted and singing its
There were many thousand North
.Carolinians at the Exposition and
many thousands have gone there this
week. The people are just begin
ning to realize what a big success
the Exposition really is.
The sale of tickets at Asheboro
by the ticket agent of the A. & A.
Railroad averaged for the month of
July $150 a week. The average
sales prior to that time per week by
the agent for this road at this
point was $50 per week. We do not
undertake to say the three fold in
.create in receipts by the agent at
this place is due to the reduction in
railroad fares, but we do believe
that a great part is due to the re
duction in fares.
, The country folks ride on the
railroad as well as other folks, and
we are hearing from them now.
They are pleased with the reduced
rates. They like it because it is
cheaper and they believe the rail
roads can make a fair profit by
charging the reduced rate.
One of the stock arguments of
those who are opposed to the reduc
tion of railroad passenger fares is
that mill people and laboring people
will spend too much of their earn
ings in riding on the "kivered cars".
This argument is,not made, however,
before the courts when injunctions
are asked for.
' The Chatham Record owned and
edited by Maj. H. A. London, has
ci osea its zutn vear. xuaior ljonuon
has edited The Record from the be
ginning and always with ability. No
other paper has been under the same
management so long a time.
. The Seaboard Air Line is showing
its good sense and Bound judgment
again in complying with the new
two cent rate law in Virginia. In
Alabama it is said there will be no
resistance to the state legislation
The Salisbury Evening Post will
put in another linotype, and will
greatly enlarge and otherwise im
prove that moat excellent afternoon
The Asheboro and Randolph
county people who have attended
the Exposition are delighted with
their trips. Everyone who goesjthere
gets full returns for the money
spent, and all are pleased. The ex
hibits are excellent, and every one
whe can 6bould attend.
They are having uue of the best Sunday
Schools at Union they have had in years.
There was au ice creaui supper given at
the home of Mrs. Kachel Hill Saturday
night. All reported a nice time. Those
preseut were: Messrs. lrvin Lassiter,
Grady Wooley, Heggie Varner, llarvis
Sirkhead, Ed Kearns, Albert Craiiford,
Will Briles, Worth and Cleg Garner, Stan
uie Hix, Walter and Grover Scott, Snoten
Hill. Misses Blanche and MeKoy Birkhead.
Berchie Kriles, Lula Hill, Ora Thoruburg
and the Misses Hills.
jMissXaunie Hill has returned home from
a few day's visit to Mr. and Mrs. James
Mrs. Ella Thoruburg, who has been visit
ing her father and m ther, Mr. and Mrs.
Saudy Lusiter, of Greensbjro, returned
home Saturday. .Jl
Miss Cynthia Thoruburg, who attended
the yearly meeting at Guilford College, re
turned home Saturdty. We are glad to
have her back with us.
Clegg Girner has returned from a visit to
f Mr. Meudonhall, of Spencer, is visiting
Miss Leona Parrish. He will continue his
visit until Thursday.
Miss I.illie Lassiter. of Mechanic, visited
Miss E la Lambeth <urd;iy and Sunday.
Miss Berchie Briles, of Hills Store, visit
ed Miss Hochelle Hill Sunday.
Jackson '('reek News.
A. C. Yates is very sick but is improving
W, R. Harris died of typhoid fever
Uev. aud Mrs. J. W. Self visited at Cox
Mrs. K. E. Hunt an 1 two of her daugh
ters are sick of typhoid fever.
Mr. aud Mrs. J. I. Taylor, of High
Point, visited Mrs. Taylor's father, A. C.
Yates Saturday and returned Monday.
Wm. C. Yates of China Grove, and his
son, B -lvi'i, visile 1 his father, A. C. Yates
There was au ice cream supper at J. C.
Ragan's Saturday night. A line time was
J, F. Cameron, Frank Delk, Lee fcDelk,
and H. E. Osborn went seining at Johnson's
mill pond Friday, and caught 100 fish 75 at
Mrs. Flora Tysinger l'idge, wife of
P. W. Midge, died at ThomasviMe Satur
day, of brain fever, and was buried at
Hoover's Grove Sunday eveuiug. She leaves
a husband aud two children.
Personals from Blscoe.
Miss Mamie Sloan, ef Jonesboro, is visit
ing at Mrs. J. W. Maseujore's.
Mr. W. P. Stanlsy and family are visitiug
relative') and friends at Greensboro. Mr.
J. C. Batten is acting as Train Dispatcher
during the absence of Mr. Stanley.
Mr. E. L, Auman. of Asheboro, spent
Sunday in town.
Rev. L. Smith, of Mt. Gilead, filled his
regular appointment here Sunday.
Miss Annie Benoy, of Aberdeen, is visit
ing Mrs. B. D. Drake.
Mrs. A. A. Maness and little daughter,
Ruth, Ire visiting relatives at ThomasviUe
Mrs. Dr. H, E. Bowman and children
are at Jackson Springs for the season.
Mrs. J. R. Kanoy and family have moved
into their handsome residence at Troy, which
they purchased there some time ago, and
wilt make Troy their future home.
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Auman are the happy
parents of a new baby girl.
Mr. Alex. Kennedy has closed out his
grocery business here to accept a position
as foreman of the Dockery Lumber Compa
ny's plant at Rockingham. Mr. Kennedy
left for Rockingham Monday.
August 31st is the date of the big
Educational and Junior Order Rally
THE TKCST TAX U. S.
Ten years of the Dingley law
shows a tax of $3 a year on every
man, woman and child in the Unit
ey States. That's only what was
paid in buying imported goods.
The less direct tax for high prices
on domestic goods with foreign com
petition throttled can never be esti
mated, but we may form some idea
of it by the size of the fortunes ac
cumulated by the magnates of the
Steel Trust, the Leather Trnst and
the like. The mot reliable statis
ticians estimate that each family in
the United States pays an average
of nearly $100 annually in increas
ed profits to the trusts in conse
quence of the protection the tariff
Four brass bands, a baseball game
and flag raising and Bible presenta
tion are amoug the attractions to be
here August 31st.
Their Patience and Sorrie of Their
Other Peouliar Traits.
This Is rhe coyote Co-yo-tay, with
ell the syllables, to the Mexican who
named hlin; "klcte" merely to the
American wanderer who has come and
gone so ofteti that he at lust regards
himself a resident stockmun and
It Is this little beast's triangular vis
age, his sharp nose fitted for the easy
investigation of other people's affairs,
his oblique green eyes, with their
squint of cowurdloe and perpetual
hunger, snys the Outing Magazine, that
should have a place in the adornment
of escutcheons. It is notorious that
the vicissitudes of his belly never
bring to him the fate upon whose
verge he always lives and that nothing
but strychnine, and not always that,
will brljig an end to his forlorn career.
As his gray buck moves slowly along
above the reeds aud coarse grass and
he turns his bead to look at you be
knows at once whether or not you
have with you a gun, and you cannot
know how he knows. Once satisfied
that you are unarmed, he will remain
near in spite of any vocal remon
strances aud by nnd by may proceed
to Interview you in a way that for un
obtrusiveness might be taken as a
model of the art.
Lie down on the thick brown carpet
of the wilderness and be still for twen
ty minutes, and, watching him from
the comer of your eye, you will see
that he has been Joined by others of
his brethren hitherto unseen. lie
seems to be curious to know, first, if
you are dead and, second, if by any
chance and he lives upon chances
there is anything else In your neigh
borhood that he might find eatable.
If you pass on with indifference,
which Is the usual way, he will sit
himself down upon his tnll on tho
nearest knoll and loll lit- red tongue
aud leer at you as one whom he
is half inclined to claim 7,qunintanee.
He looks and nets then so much like a
g'.'ay dog that one Is inclined to whistle
to h!ru. Make any hostile demonstra
tion, and he will move a little farther
aud sit down again.
If by any means you manage to of
fend him deeply at this juncture, the
chance:', are that he aud bis comrades
may retire still farther aud then bark
ceaselessly until they have hooted you
out of the neighborhood. That night
he and some of bis companions may
come aud steal the straps from your
saddle, the meat from the frying pan
and politely clean the pan nnd even
the boots from ln-side your lowly bed.
Your dog uever bothers any one.
When the joke is "on" yon it is never
There Is a good deal of inhumanity
In human nature.
TIow loud the door bangs when some
one else slams it:
It is easier to keep a secret than It
la to keep a promise.
Every one is superstitious enough to
believe in the dollar sign.
You can't Judge the speed of a loco
motive by the way it whistles.
There are lots of happy people, but
they are unnoticed In the noise the
As we grow older we are all com
pelled to give up much of the spunk
we displayed in youth.
If you think you are right, go ahead,
If you want to, but don't expect every
one to go with you. Atchison Globe.
The Indian name of this great fighter
of the fresh water hikes and tributa
ries is "esoxmasquinongy." Our nat
uralists have the word translated into
about eight or nine different styles, but
th correct way of spelling It in our
language is undoubtedly "msskel
lunge." Most fishermen, however,
pronounce and spell It to suit them
selves, and no man seems to be an ao
eepted authority. It is tone thing in
Canada, another in the St. L&wrence
and another in the greek lakes. The
favorite among New Yorkers Is "mns
callonge." The Ah reaches a length
of seven and a half feet, and the big
gest ever taken is said to have
weighed ninety-two pounds. In game
new It is said to surpass the tarpon
of the Caribbean and the tuna of the
Rarffic New York Press.
Nowadays the duties of clerk and
sexton are usually performed by the
same person, and an amusing story is
told of a person who, visiting a village
church nnd being struck by the knowl
edge of legends and history shown by
the old man who was taking him
round, asked his guide what occupa
tion he followed. "'Well," said the old
man, I hardly know what I be. First
vicar he called me clerk; then another
he came, and he called me virgin; then
the last vicar 6ald I was the Christian,
and now I be clerk again." "Virgin"
was, of course, a confusion of verger,
and "Christian" for sacristan or sex
ton. London Strand.
"I beg your pardon, sir, but I'm
going to ask you if your daughter
would mind not playing on the piano
for the next two weeks?"
"May I ask, sir, the reason for this
"Well, you see, my son wishes to
get a good start with the flute." New
I understand he is a man of croat
"You bet he Js. He can convince you
that you are wrong in nny argumont
without having to Shake his finger in
your face."-Mllwaukee Seutlnel.
WHY NOT ITEMS.
Interesting locals from Why Not.
Mrs. J. A. Auman came home from Bi
coe Monday, where she has been veiling
her son, C. I. Auman.
Herman Auman, of Ashelioro, is spend
ing a while here.
Mr. ami Mrs. D. A. Cornelison aud J. J,
Harier expfet to go to Jamestown thi
J. A. Monroe and children, Graham and
Ada, recently spent a f e v days in Moore
Mrs. Loniiie Cagle is improving from her
Mrs. lieorge Bean has been right sick for
Mr. aud Mrs. M. A. Cagle spent Sunday
night in Montgomery.
Mrs. f agle, of Asbury, has lieen visiting
at her son's M. A, Cagle's.
Mr. Craiiford, from near Ophir, spent a
night laHt week with Mrs. Sarah Yow.
Charlie Davis is visiting at Staley.
Clinton Auman spent Sunday at Dover in
A. L. King went to Asheboro on business
J. B. Hack' spent Monday in Asheboro.
School has opened up with the largest
euro lment for the beginning in the history
of the school.
Miss Swanna Lowdermilk lias charge of
the primary department,; and Miss Etta
Auman, of music aud art.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis were called
to Wtaly last week by the sickness of Mr.
Davis' sister. '
The ever dread typhoid fever con
Unites to call forth expressions
anent it, all that science and re
search can produce. From the Paris
edition of the New York Herald the
following interesting and instructive
matter is reproduced; notwithstand
ing the fact a layman if not also
the immediate profession is quite
as incomprehensively puzzled. The
Herald says in part:
When typhoid fever is spoken of,
water is always blamed. This is a
mistake, for the diseise may h ive
other onuses. In this connection M.
Martel, inspector of the veteiinarv
service of the Seiue department has
gathered some very precise statistics
on this subject.
In Germany, out of G28 epidem
ies of typho'd fever '. 1(1, that is 17
per cent were reused by polluted milk
In New York in 1905, oul of
1,081 cases 403 occurred among per
sons who were milk drinkers. In
1894, in a city, out of 1,780 cases
obseived with 871 deaths, 378 of
the )iatietit8 drank milk.
In France similar observations have
been made, in 1892, out of 23 ciues
of typhoid fever, 18 were due to
milk. At ', Hierrefitta (Seine,) in
1904, accordiug to the report made
to the counseil d'hygiene,an epidem
ic affected those who drank raw
milk obtained from cows in a cow.
house which was found to be con
taminated. In London, according to Copper"
and Hattin, analogous facts have
come to light.
Milk, then, is sometimes to blame
and it is necessary to protect it
trom adulteration with doubtful
water aud also from other sources
of contamination which affect it.
Care is necessary in regard to milk
as in regard to water. Statistics con.
firm thi3 statement.
The lowest death rate corresponds
f ith the greatest quantity of filter
ed water used. This fact tends to
throw the blame at certain periods
on spring water itself.
Paris, however, is relatively fa
vored. Statistics drawn up by M
Bertillon demonstrate that the av
erage mortalitv from typhoid fever
from 1901 to 1905 was 12 deaths
per 100,000 inhabitants. In 1805
the figure fell to 8.8, the same
as in London, Berlin, and Vienna,
This is the lowesr figure that has
ever been observed in Paris, and yet
the year 1905 was exceptionally
In Vienna the lowering of the
mortality coincided with the bring
ing into use of large supplies of
To sum up, the expense which
Paris has incurred to obtain good
water during the past 40 years has
very appreciably diminished the
number of cases of the disease, as is
indicated by the statistics showing a
drop from 1.48 per cent in 1899 to
to 0.77 in 1905.
But this is not a reason interrupt
ing investigations which may result
in an even more complete purifica
tion of the water supply. As a
substitute for filtered water one can
not find a sufficient guarantee in the
use of mineral waters th6 majority
of which are liable to show great
variations in qnality, contain bacili
in more or less considerable puanti
ties, and are subject to the same va
riations as the springs which are
used for the water supply. of citjes.
In our next issue look for program
of Junior Order and Educational
Miss Sarah C. Yow, of Why Not,
and J. C. Coruelison, of Cagle's
Mills, were married August 18th.
DEATH OF MRS. J. T. BOSTICK.
A .Noble Christian Laity Passes Quietly
Mrs. Sal tie E. Iiostu-k, wife of J.
T. Bostick, died at her home at
Haiidleman, Thursday morning from
a complication ot UMeaees.
Deceased was iu the oixty eeventh
year of her age and had been a cou
sistent member ot the M. E. church
for over fifty years. Befoie her
mnniage, which occurred in 1859,
she was Miss bailie L. Walksr, and
a sister of Mr. J. Walker of Ashe
boro. She was born and reared in
Randolph entity and had spent all
her life iu the county a large por
tion in haucleman.
Besides her husband, she is sur
vived by four children, two sous and
two dauehteis, Samuel E., Handle-
man; Misses Mary and Lena, at
home; and W. P., Burkeville, Va,
' THE SEA HEDGEHOG.
It Will Swallow Air Until It 8wlla
Of Cubes a large number are pro
tected from hostile attack by a .cov
ering of prickles. By far the most
curious examples are the globeflshes
or "sea hedgehogs' of the Atlantic
and ludo-I'aclflc oceans. The extreme
length of the globetlsh Is something
less than two feet. It has thick Hps
and goggle eyes, which give 4t the ap
pearance of a good natured country
man. .Courage it seems to lack, and
one might suppose that such a sim
pleton would fall an easy prey to the
first shark or dogfish It encountered.
Tet the globefish Is able to take care
of Itself. It never under any circum
stances attacks the enemy, yet is al
ways ready to receive him In a suit
able manner should he provoke hostil
ities. Let us suppose that a shoal of globe
fishes Is swimming tranquilly iu the
clear waters wlien It is suddenly sur
prised by a hungry shark. Of course
the little fellows scuttle hither and
thither in uncontrollable alarm. But
the shark, poising himself upon his
powerful tall, leisurely singles out one
of the fleeing glolieflsbes and sets out
In pursuit. Now, n I though the globe
fish Is a good swimmer, It Is no match
for the shark. The chase Is iu every
way unequal and can have but one
ending. Within a few minutes of its
commencement the shark must over
take the globefish. But the quarry is
well aware of its danger. It makes a
bee line for the surface nnd as soon as
tt gets there begins to take In great
gulps of air.
Then a strange thing happens. The
fish that only a moment before was
thin and small begins to grow stouter
and stouter until, like the frog In the
fable, It seems In danger of bursting.
It stops inflating Itself, however, just
In time to avert this catastrophe. But
Its skin bus become as taut as a drum
head, and the whole of Its body Is cov
ered with sharp, erect prickles. It has
become a sea hedgehog, and the hun
gry shark which comes surging through
the water dares not touch it, but turns
tall In search of something more eata
ble. Of course ie globefish was cov
ered with prickles nil the time, but In
periods of tranquillity these He com
fortably along Its sides, just as do
tlose of the hedgehog. Unlike its
land prototype, however, the sea
hedgehog Is unprovided with a special
muscle for erecting Its prickles, so
when danger threatens It has recoutse
to the mechanical method of inflating
the whole body with air or with wa
ter if it cannot reach the surface
quickly. Scientific American.
Negro Shot by White Man In Winston.
At Winston-Salem Cland James
shot and killed one negro by the!
name or .curie smith and snot and
painfully wounded another negro by
the name of Burk Alexander on last
Saturday night. James is & white
man and has a bad record and is
just off the county roads for shoot-
Having qualified as receiver for the
Keiineay iaOle Uo., of Trinity, N. C., all
Dersona nwinir mud mmnuiv will enm. r
ward and make immediate payment; and
persoDsliolding claims against.said company
are notified to present their claims duly
verified before the 27 day of August, 1908,
or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their
This I9th day of Aug. 1907.
Jos Parkin Receiver,
Mr. J. B.M arlcv was amonc thnsp
who went to Janestown this week.
John D Rockefeller brorjhesies
that financial disaster will sween
the country owing to the policy in
augurated by Mr. Roosevelt in his
opposition to trnstsj
L. H. Donkle. of Salisbnrv. has
been elected State Organizer for the
state reaeration of Laoor. The
Federation met at Charlotte last
The Yadkin Valley Fair Associa
tion of Salisbury is preparing for
an elaborate county fair for Rowan
county in Cctober.
Cuts, Sorls, Burns
. o Rheumatism - ZSt.
"THE TRAIN BELL R0PE7
Hew It and the Conductor's Supremacy.
Cam to Be Established.
Although there does not seem to be
anything In Common between pugilism
and railroad rules, yet the adoption of
the familiar bell rope that stretches
through every car of the modern train
was the result of a Untie encounter. 'At
the same time and by the Issue of the
lame combat the supremacy of the con
ductor iu railroad travel was ordained.
It was Philadelphia which gave both
to the world.
One of the oldest railroads in the
country Is the Philadelphia, Wilming
ton nnd Baltimore, now known as the
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washing
ton, which was opened In 1S37. The
terminus In Philadelphia was at .Broad
and Trlme streets Prime streeruow
being known as Washington avenue
and after crossing the Schuylkill river
at Gray's Ferry the route ran along the
Delaware river on what Is now the
Chester line of the Reading railway.
The first schedule contalue.f one pas
senger train, which went to Baltimore
one day and came back the next, which
was considered a remarkable feat in
rapid travel. When a train a day each
way was placed In service the people
of the two cities served concluded that
the acme of convenience in transporta
tion had been reached.
Next .to the president of the railroad
the most Important functionaries were
the euglneer and conductor. It was a.
question whether or not the head of
the line was not consfr'red a subsidi
ary officer In popular estimation to the
men who ran the train, but Robert
Fogg, who pulled the throttle, and
John Wolf, who collected fares, won
the deference of the public because of,
their high and responsible duties.
Faffg, an Englishman, bad all the
tenacity of opinion of his race. Wolf,
an American, had the Ingenuity of the
Yankee and, seeiug the need of some
method by which he could communi
cate with the engineer, devised the
sclonie of running a cord through the
caw to the locomotive. As the engine
was a wood burner. Wolf fastened one
end of the cord to a log, which was
placed on the engineer's seat and was
pulled to the floor when the conductor
desired to signal for a stop.
Fogic resented whatjie considered an
Interference with his rights on the
platform of the locomotive and on the
first run out from Broad and Prime
streets with the new device paid no
heed to the displacement of the log
from the seat when the conductor de
sired to take on a passenger from a
farm nenr Gray's Ferry, but sped on
over the bridge nnd did not deign to
bring his engine to a stop until Blue
Bell station, on the south side of the
Schuylkill, had been reached. Then
he demanded to know of Wolf why he
had been Jerking that log all about the
Wolf hotly declared that he had sig
naled to stop, but Fogg retorted that
he would stop when and where he
pleased and that, too, without any ref
erence to orders from the conductor,'
whom he did not regard as his superior
in the mani gement of the train. The
altercation grew -ery heated, and Wolf
lnvtted the engineer from the cab to
settle the matter, and the challenge
was quickly accepted.
Passengers and a group of men who
had gathered at the station to see the
train come In formed a ring about the
combatants, but the fight did not last
long, as Wolf proved by far the su
4erior artist with his fists and with
a few blows made it almost impossible
for the engineer to see sufficiently to
complete his run, but Fogg admitted
that he had been fairly beaten, and the
supremacy of the conductor on a train
was settled for all time.
As the log signal wa crude and in
effective. Wolf devised the use of a'
bell on the locomotive, and this method
was soon adopted by all of the Amer
ican railroads. Then a code of slg-1
nals was adopted, and these remain'
practically to this day. The onlyi
Change in the bell cord is that by use'
of the air from Jhe brake system a
whistle has superseded the bell in the
locomotive cab. Philadelphia Ledger.
Clay's By Wit.
When Henry Clay was stumping
Kentucky for re-election, at one of his
mass meetings an old hunter of wide
political influence said, "Well, Harry,
I've always been for you, but because
of that vote (which he named) I'm
gain a"g'rn you."
"Let me see your rifle," said Clay.
' It was handed to him.
"Is she a good rifle?"
"Did she ever miss fire?"
Well, yes, once."
"Why didn't you throw her away?"
The old hunter thought a moment
and then said, "Harry, 111 try you
And Harry was elected.
Hard on the Reporters.
"I had a strange dream the other
night," said the major.
"What was it?" asked th. young
"I went to heaven and as an old
newspaper man was Interested in their
Journal up there. It was a miserable
thing not a well written story in it
and I told St. Peter so."
"What did he say?"
"He said: 'It's not our fault We
never get any good reporters up here.' "
Mrs. De Hltt-The Dobsons at laBt
have a g"lrl they hope to keep. Mrs. De
Witt-Absurd! Whero is such a girl
to be found? Mrs, De Hitt She was
born to them yesterday. Harper's
No exllo or danger can fright a brave
iplrlt Drydcn. j