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The Hickory Library Asso.
In the growth of a town, every
enterprise has a separate history
and adds its quota to the devel
o. ment. It is always of inter
est when a thing is successful,
to read the story of its start and
of the difficulties overcome.
When success is laggard, it
sometimes helps to lay matters
before the public and enlist its
The Hickory Library is an
cntei prise that was founded in
the year 1893. A mee'ing was
held in July and the association
organized. C. M. Royster offer
e! the free use of a room and
I'rof. R. K. Meade, gave his ser
vices in setting the Library in
running order. The office of
Librarian was filled by ladies in
turn, each perving a month at a
time. Starting out with no capi-.
tal, gifts of books, subscriptions
to magazine?, and money were
thankfully received. Funds for
the purchase of books were
raised by lawn parties, bazaars
and almost any way imaginable.
For a long time Col. C. A. Cilley
served ably as president and Mr.
and Mrs. C. N. Gnves were un
remitting in their labor for the
furtherance of the work. The
helping hand was often held out j
by citizens and many'of the pre
sent readers remember the Cake
Walk, The Minstrel Troupe and
the issue of the Press and Caro
linian, by which money was
raised. The initiation fee wa?
one dollar, and the monthly dues
ten cents, and about forty mem
bers were all that could be found
willing to pay this much for the
maintenance of the institution.
It was felt that more members
and more general interest were
needful before the Library could
be a really useful factor in the .
community life. When ic is con-.,
sidered that this institution was
begun without the assurance of •
a cent of income, it is wonderfu 1
that it has survived. For thir
teen years the library struggled j
along, without one cent of public
assistance, except voluntary con- j
tributions, never paid a librarian ,
one cent, and that at the end of
that time, it was still in running
order, seems remarkable. In i
Feb., 1906 a meeting was held to
consider conditions, resources, '
and lack of recources the result
being that the officers of the
L brary made a proposition to 1
the Board of Aldermen offering '
to turn over the entire equip
ment of the Association if the
Board would guarantee a small
monthly sum to assist in its
maintenance. The Board accep
ted the proposition and the
Hickory Library became the
Hickory Free Library Associa
tion, Incorporated, and at that
time the rules were changed, un
der the Charter and the Library
became free to all white residents
of the town.
Since that was accomplished,
the number of visitors has steadi
ly increased and the attendance,
on open days averages than
double the former number and
instead of the forty who were
the only supporters for thirteen
years, the membership now num
bers, in barely two years, some
thing over one hundred and fifty
with over one hundred and
eighty books taken out during
the month of June. Does any
one doubt approval of the action
of the Board in making the ap
propriation for the Library in the
face of the fact?
Young people of both sexes
frequent the rooms and the
books are read and re-read until
many will have to be replaced
with new copies or rebound. The
rooms are kept open by a paid
Librarian three nights in each
week and are well lighted, airy
There is little furnishing, but
an effort is now being made to
provide a few rugs and comfort
able chairs so that when one
desires to spend an hour pleas
antly, he will know where to go
and where he will bi welcomed
and where it is hoped he will
Of course the great need is of
r fuhds. New books are constant
ly demanded and the well worn
backs show that they are eager
. ly read. Better eq lipmant calls
for some assistance and greatest
of all public interest is needed
to push forward and uphold the
NOTICE TO DExMOCRATS.
The Senatorial Convention of
the 31st District, composed of
Lincoln and Catawba counties,
is hereby called to meet at New
ton, at 12 o'clock m. August
29th for the purpose of nominat
ing a candidate for State Senator
and transacting such other busi
ness as may come before it.
This the Bch day of Aug. 1908.
A. L. Quickel,
Chairman Lincoln Co., Demo
cratic Executive Com.
E. L. Shuford,
Chairman Catawba Co., Demo
cratic Executive Com.
On account of the inclemency
of the weather and the inconven
ience to prospective buyers ihei
sale of the Weston library and i
; other personal property was ad
journed from August 6 to August
15th and to take place at the Kil
lian building, beginning about
12.30 o'clock p. m. Besides a fine j
library there are bed-room fur
niture and a quantity of fine
table linen, much of it never hav
ing been used.
Remember the date and place,
Saturday afternoon at the Kil
In The Police Court.
Daisy Reinhardt, Florence
Bost and Florence Blackburn were j
taken UD by the Police Friday on !
the charge of cursing and using'
profane language in the streets
They were hailed before the
Mayor and fined $3.00 and costs
in each case. All three were co
lored. oiif. v •
Bud Leach, a gentleman of co
lor, was fined $3.00 Saturday on
a charge of assault.
Greensboro. T. W. Eickett De
mocartic candidate for Attorney
General addressed a large aude
nce of Confederate Veterans.
Greenville. J. C. Garlington
of the Independence executive
committee has resigned and is
denouncing the party as an in
strument of Taft's.
Statesville —The Tennesee Sy
nod of the Lutheran "hurch meets
here to-day at St. John's church,
Montreat. Ten thousand dol
lars were raised here at the
great Presbyterian conference.
The funds will be used to sup
port foreign missionaries.
Woman Beat Two Men.
We suspect you'd like the tale, tow
a woman beat two hardware dealers in
Dftvoe salesman tried his best to get
those men to sell Devoe lead-and-zinc
in that bright town; and fa'led. Re
luctantly took Mrs. E R Rowman, dr
They said they couldn't sell paint
for more than $1.25 a gallon.- Mrs.
Bowman, can. She has so!d about
all the paint, that has been sold there
She knew Devoe; had sold his artists'
materials. Had some sense and force,
besides; she easily learned that cheap
is dear in paint, and told the people.
Mr. Burt Young bought a gallon De
voe for rooms that had always taken a
gallon of other paint; had half left,
Mr John Hanna, grocer, though it
expensive before he bought it; brought
back nearly half of his paint, and said it
was the cheapest job he ever had.
Mrs Bowman reports universal satis
faction. So much for a cheap paint
town with a bright woman in it.
2 F. B. Ingold.
Persons needing my services
at night or on Sunday', can find
me at my new residence on 17#
street, or by calling 'phone-43.
J.. W. SHUFORD.
Funeral Director & Embalmer.
Bean the HavB A '* a|fS
The moelem architecture at Agra
end Delhi, so splendid, yet so shor;
HveA Is BO distinctive of a dynasty
and so alien to the country as to be
chiefly significant of the influence of
the west on the east and stands alike
in its permanence and iu its feeling or
ideality in remarkable contrast to all
that was before it. is around it and
has com? after it. It is indeed curious
how young India is iu art and how old
in her literature, her customs and her
social framework. There Is no social
institution surviving in Greece or Italy
that can in respect of age or of inter
est compare with the Hindoo castes,
aud there are no buildlugs or monu
ments In India that can boast an an
tlqulty equal to much that can be
fouud in the Latin and even in the
Teutonic countries of Europe. Only a
few of the ruder and smaller rock tem
ples go behind the Christian era, the
greater and more elaborate belonging
to a more recent date, and It is but
what the later history would lead ns
to expect when we find as regards re
cently recovered Buddhist sculptures
that a sense of form begins to appear
Just as Greek Influences become active
in India, though the imitations stand
at an immense distance from the orig
A Misnamed Island.
The Island of Madagascar Is mis
named. It should be called St. Lorenz
Island. Marco Polo in his work on
Africa named a stretch of land on the
east coast, south of the equator. Mada
gascar. Some time after this Martin
Belhaim of Nuremberg prepared a
chart of Africa, using Marco Polo's
works as a guide, but misunderstood j
the report on Madagascar, thinking it I
meant au island. He thereupon delib- I
erately added an island to the east
coast. This imaginary island was
niapped on the charts of the geogra
pliers of the fifteeuth and sixteenth
centuries. In IaOG the Portuguese sea
captain. Fernando Svarez. discovered
the real island of Madagascar and
gave it the name of St. Lorenz, and |
for a time thereafter two islands found
their place on the charts. In t531 It
was known that there was really only
one island, and in accordance with
this discovery the original name of
Madagascar was retained, and th«s
other name was dropped.
The Way of Heather.
Where Souuerbo township touches
the boundaries of Hallaud there is a
sandy heath which is so farreaching
that he who stands upon one edge of
it cannot look across to - the other.
Nothing except heather grows on the
heath, aud it wouldn't be easy to coax
other growths to thrive there. To
start with, one would have to uproot
the heather, for it is thus with heather:
Although It has ouly a little shrunken
root, small shrunken branches and
dry, shrunken leaves, it fancies that
It's a tree. Therefore It acts just like
real trees—spreads itself out ! n forest
fashion over wide areas, hcrtds together
faithfully and causes all foreign
growths that wish to crowd In upon
Its territory to die out. —"Adventures
of Nils," Translated From the* Swedish
of Selma Lagerlof by Velma Swan
Protecting Her Cake.
The woman who had charge of a cer
tain village postoffice was strongly sus
pected of tampering with parcels in
trusted to her care. One day a ros}
cheeked youngster, dressed in his best
clothes, entered the postoffice and care
fully laid a huge slice of iced cake on
"With my sister the bride's compli
ments, and will you please eat as much
as you can?" he said.
The postmistress smiled delightedly.
"How very kind of the bride to re
member me!" she cried. "Did she
know of my weakness for wedding
"She did." answered the youngster
coldly, "and she thought she'd send yer
a bit of it this afternoon, just to take
the edge off yer appetite before she
posted any boxes off to her friends!"—
The Artful Passenger.
"Here, you," said the conductor an
grily. "you rang up a fare. Do that
again aud I'll put you off."
The small man standing jammed in
the middle of the car promptly rang
up another fare. Thereupon the con
ductor projected him through the
crowd and to the edge of the platform
"Thanks," said the little man.
didn't see any other way to get out
Here's your dime." —• Philadelphia
At a traction line ticket office in
Dayton, 0., the otlier day I overheard
the following conversation, the parties
thereto being a German woman and
the ticket agent:
"A dlcket tsoo Zinzln-nay-tee."
Then as he stamped the ticket the
"I haf dime_to vaidt how much?"—
Two Ways Out.
"What would you do," asked 4he ex
cited politician, "If a paper should call
you a liar and a thief?"
"Well," said the lawyer, "If I were
you I'd toss up to see whether I'd re
form or thrash the editor."—Pick-Me
When Women Claim Age.
At two periods in life femininity de
clares itself to be older than It really
Is, before it has reached eighteen and
after It has reached eighty-fire.—
The Dignity of the Subtreasury.
| We are wont to hnsigine an impos*
j ing structure of stone when any one
( speaks of the subtreasury. But back
in 1854 things were different. One of
the official examiners o? subtreasuries
at that time was one Course, and he
tells us in oue of his reports that the
subtreasury at Jeffersonville. Ind., in
that year was in a tavern adjoining a
barroom and connected with it by a
door with glass lights. The purpose of
the glass was to make easy for the
assistant treasurer when in the bar
room to keep au eye on his office
This office consisted of two rooms
and the public got in through a back
passage under a stairway. The gold
was kept in an iron safe and the sil
ver in wooden boxes. The assistant
treasurer, armed, slept in one of the
rooms. That was in 1854!— Metropol
Color of the Lungs.
Much has been written about the eol
oratiou of the lungs of workers in
mines in the coal regions. Physicians
declare that men live just as long with
black lungs as with pink ones, the nat
ural color. I am sure of it This has
been proved in the soot of Pittsburg.
In children the color of the lungs is
rose pink, but as life advauces they
become more and more of a slaty hue,
mottied with streaks and patches of
dark gray and black, whioh are due to
deposit in the lymph spaces of dust in
haled on the breath. Eskimos and oth- ,
ers who live in an atmosphere free
from dust retain the color of childhood,
while, ou the other hand, the lungs of
coal miners become often of a uniform
jet black shade.—New York Press. 1
I Very Serious I
It is a very serious matter to ask I j
fer one medicine and have the 11
wrong one given you. For this 11
reason we urge you in buying I
to be careful to get the genuine—
I Liver Medicine .
The reputation of this old, rella- I i
ble medicine, for constipation, in- I
digestion and liver trouble, is fifm- I ,
ly established. It does not imitate I
other medicines. It is better than B
others, or it would not be the fa- I
vorite liver powder, with a larger I 1
sale than all others combined.
SOLD IN TOWN Fa [I
Get the Most Money 1
W&: Out of Your Lands
by making them yield the biggest possible crops.
Grain must get the nourishment that makes it ttyS^f&r
• grow out of the soil —and the more plant food there ,
is in the soil, the quicker and bigger and more SS^S(I.
plentifully the grain will grow. But you must first |
tput the food into the soil by liberally using
t Vuginia-Carollna M
Fertilizers mST* ■
V Then a big bumper crop is as*
\ sured, because these fertilizers |
contain the necessary elements
\jfp' required by the soil to prop- /F&ZZztfr
erly and fully mature the
grain. Farmers invariably
v»-.ws find that the more Virginia-
Carolina Fertilizer they ""
vNVv jf use, the bigger is the crop, and |k S
I & reater their profit. nR .
f\wlls Have you gotten the latest Vir- wA » /"
.V »' If/If ginia-Carolina Year Book or Al- Ittl jP J
\\\* *Wjfgjil manac, the most useful and valuable /1 3
\\ V\\ b°°k any farmer or grower can read ? \l\\ fj
tlVjuUyfyjffiffil Get a copy from your fertilizer dealer, AIJA il j
iW (/ or write to our nearest sales office and Ik.,
f .11 one will be sent you free. M
Low Rates to Texa s J^SSS^
and the Southwest M
On the first and third Tuesdays of jH LUlp^^^Kv
each month exceptionally low-rate
round-trip tickets will be sold
the Cotton Belt Route to points
in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas,
Oklahoma anJ New Mex
ico. Return limit 25 The Cotton Be,t " the
days and stop-overs al
lowed both going Cotton Belt is the only line
and returning- operating two daily trains, cany
aiia returning. ing through cars without change —
the only line with a through sleeper
• Memphis to Dallas. Equipment in
eludes sleepers,T:hair cars and parlor cafe
, * cars. Trains from all parts of the Southeast
HHmake direct connection atMemphis with Coti
/&£?&£ MM Belt trains for'the Southwest.
Ask the ticket agent to sell you a ticket via Memphis
«Ba and the Cotton Belt.
Write for Texas or Arkansas book whicherer section you lie
Interested in. These backs are just of! the press, and are full oi
facta and examples of what actually being done by farmers, truck
fardeners and fruit raisers in this highly-favored aection. A fiv»
color map inserted each book — Free upon
H. H. Sutton, District Passenger Agent,
_ ' IOWc W. Ninth Street,
DO YOU GET UP
WITH A LAME BACK?
Kidney Trouble Makes You Miserable.
Almost everybody who reads the news
papers is sure to kuow of the Wonderful
n ij -p. | cures uiade by Dr.
'—l t Kilmer's Swamp-
I J Root, the great kid
llk ne y> liver aud blad-
U ( der remedy.
rH V It is the great med
\ I fiflif ical triumph of the
y llillii nineteenth century;
lE ' ' discovered after years
''J *=- of scientific research
" . . by Dr. Kilmer, the
iim'i i • eminent kidney and
bladder specialist, and is wonderfully
successful in promptly curing lame back,
uric acid, catarrh of the bladder and
Disease, which is the worst
form of kidney trouble.
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root is not rec
ommended for everything but if you have
kidney, liver or bladder trouble it will be
found'just the remedy you need. It has
been tested in so many ways, in hospital
work and in private practice, and has
proved so successful in every case that a
special arrangement lias been made by
which all readers of this paper, who have
not already tried it, may have a sample
bottle sent free by mail, also a book tell
ing more about Swamp-Root, and how to
li nd out if you have kidney or bladder trou
ble. When writing mention reading this
generous offer in this paper and send your
lollar size bottles are Hom# of Swamp-Root.
sold by ail good druggists. Don't make
my mistake, but remember the name,
3wamp-Root, Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root,
ind the address,—fiinghamton, N. Y. f on
The Winde of the World.
Apart from the winds of regular
habit there are the many local winds
Which occur in different parts of the
world and are generally unkind in
character. Of such may be mentioned
the monsoon, simoom, sirocco, harmat
tan, the puna of Peru, the bitter north
easter of Britain, the mistral of Mar
seilles and that coast, the rampero of
the Andes. With all these local breezes,
though, in fact, they are oftentimes
of some velocity, many curious
effects are coupled, and one of the most
noticeable of these is that the blowing
»f the genuine nor'easter at home is
stlways coincident with the greatest
aumber of deaths frorp consumption
md brain disease. Singapore Free
Subscribe for the Democrat.
The Only Big Circus
" To Visit this Section
THE BIGGEST! BEST! GRANDEST SHOW ON EARTH!
Nearly a Century Under One Management
Requiring 60 Special Built 60 Foot Gars
Hickory, Wednesday, August 26th
10 Big Shows in One
Expense Daily, $3,500.00. $lO,OOO in New Features and Animals
4 Big Circuses! 4 Big Rings!
300 Cir3us Acts 300 Circus Artists •
10 Male Riders 10 Female Riders
20 Sensational Acts 20 Female Feature Acts
12 Manege Actt 20 Trained Horses
10 Brother Acts Flying & Horizontal Bar Acts
High Divers 30 Tumbling & Leaping Acts
Host of High Wife and Sensational Acts
3 Famous Menageries in One 3
1500 Rare and Costly Animals, 2 Herds, of Monster Elephants, Herd
of Camls and Water' Buffaloes, Rhinocerous, Hippopotamus, Horned
Horses, Tigers, Lions, Zebras, African Antilopes, Leopards, Black
Tigers, Pumas, White, Black and Russian Bears, Birds, Reptiles, Etc.
COMPLETE WIIvD WEST
Every known wild west sport and pastime—Battle of Wounded Knee —
Hanging Horse Thief —Stage Coach Robbery —50 Cow Boys and Indians.
Company of Ex-U. S. Cavalry, troupe
of lo Female Bicycle Riders, the Great
Kiser Aerial Troupe, Troupe of 10 Ja
\ panese and Arabs, two Herds Educated
Elephauts. The best trained Sea Lions
-Jh Vthe world. Robinson's School of
* 'JI / Wanderfully trained Menage Horses,
* n number. 20 male and female
riders. 300 daring gymnasts, nimble
! L* acrobats and talented aerialists, the
| pick of all arenic celebrities. 40 Mer
' ry Old Clowns.
$300,000 Free Street Parade
300 Horses —100 Ronies —50 Cages and Dens—l 9 Tableau Wagons
2 Steam Calliopes —Steam Organ —Drove of Camels —4 Brass Bands
Wild West—Company ex-U. S. Soldiers.
Robinson's Celebrated Band.—so Soloists—Gives one Hour's
Musical Program Before Each Herformance.
Two Shows p. m. —Rain or Shine.
i Cheap Excursion Rates, on all Railroads ~