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ROXBORtTS FIRST BIG
CIRCUS OCTOBER 15
Tmt C*j To Be Erected Acroes
From High School On nrtli
The rat?tat?tat of the stake
drivers and the rattle of chains
will herald In the first real big "cir
cus to visit- Roxboro this season.
Robbinsjilg Three Ring Circus will
giVe*two performances on Monday,,
Oct.. IS, and an army of two hun
dred and eightycslx clrcusfolks will
Invade the.city.for one gala day.
A circus is arrinterestlng institu
tion to both adults and children,
because we all kids at one
time and *i?,durihg our ypurigef dfiys
didn't take any interest in the red
letter day "when" the circus came
to town"?well then something must
of been wrong with. us. Even to
this day, in every city where the
big show visits there are senators,
congressmen, governors, mayors,
doctors, lawyers and bankers that
confess that ever since they wer
kids?they have longed in" their
hearts to be with a circus and hear
the call of the road. In Portland,
Oregon, a prominent banker there,
comes up missiAg every year when
a circus is near and he goes with it
from two to three weeks, playing
the part of a clown and will accept
no pay with the show.
Mothers and fathers need have no
fear in taking their young ones to
Robblns Circus as there is nothing
that would mar nor humiliate the
most fastidious. Robbin's policy is
cleanliness above all. There will
be additional features for the kid
dies presented at Uje special chil
dren's matinee which starts prompt
ly at 2:15 P. M. The big show main
entrance will open promptly at~l.
P. M. The evening performance is
scheduled to start promptly at 8
Good dry wood
sawed to stove
FAMOUS ROBB1NS CIRCUS COMING
Negro Who Tried Suicide
Collapses In Death Chair
Guards Forced To Support Willie
Crockett During Few Steps To
Chamber; Sittings Is Calm In
Last Minutes ?
Raleigh, Sept. 29.?Willie James
Crockett's head was swollen, bruis
ed, flecked with blood when four
prison guards dragged him to his (
death yesterday morning. He had
beaten his head on the concrete
floor during the night.
His slight body slumped, slid al
most out of the death chair, only
to be caught, bolstered back into
position by two guards. The Negro
revived slightly, fought weakly at
guards holding him in the chair.
Held in Chair.
One guard shoved his hand into
Crockett's face, pushed his head
against the back of the chair. Other
guards hastily adjusted straps
across Crockett's chest, legs and
A few minutes before Crockett
was dragged into the death cham
ber, Emanuel "Spioe" Blttings, Per
son county Negro, was executed for
the murder of his white landlord.
Bittlngs was not dragged Into the
chamber. He walked In calmly, sat
down calmly, talked calmly for a
minute or more and died calmly.
Bittlngs' arms were strapped to
the chair before he started talking.
"I want to thank everybody for
what they done for me." His hands
made little slapping noises as they
stroked the arms of the death chair.
"They all cared for me and I thank
them for the privileges I had.
"It's not the court's fault that
.I'm here. It's my fault. God's
word is only being fulfilled."
Bittlngs came Into the death
chamber at 10:37 o'clock. - He was
dead at 10:44 o'clock,, after two
shocks of electricity, the first last
"Anything you want to say, Crock
ett?" Warden H. H. Honeycutt, the
death cap In his hand, spoke to the
"You white folks go ahead and
take my life. I aint guilty." Hie
hea+y black-strap was pWfced-across
Crockett's face. The switch was
Willie James Crockett, 23?year
old Winston-Salenu>wife killer who
attempted to kill himself Thursday
and who resisted efforts of the
State to kill him Friday, was dead.
Bittings Also Dip.
lng two minutes and 10 seconds
and the second one mniuteTtnd 16
As "his body was being hoisted
froiji the chair. carried down the
marrow steps to the ground, prison
officials went to Crockett's ceil on
Death Row. The little- Negro was
flat on his back and had to be help
ed to his feet.
"I'm sick, Mr. Honeycutt," he told
the warden, "Cant you pot this
off for four or five days?"
Supported on each side by guards,
Crockett started the few steps to
the chair. Just inside the death
chair? ber, his knees buckled and he
'lumped forward. The guards drag
red him across the narrow room,
placed him in the chair.
Crockett was the first man ever
to attempt suicide on Death Row
and was the J'v^orst one to get into
the chair," Warden Honeycutt said
The Sevro, only 22 years of age,
knotted a sheet about his neck and
hanged himself to the bars of his
cell early Thursday.
Guards cut mm down and ne was
given medical attention so1 that his
life could be saved for the chair.
Crockett was a little man and
his slight body was raised clear
of the chair when the current was
switched on. He was brought into
the death chamber at 10:51 o'clock
and was dead afte rone shock last
ing two minutes and 18 seconds.
He was the 142nd man to die In
the electric chair and Bittings was
num'oer 141. The chair has been
in operation since 1910.
Reporters were thrown off their
usual and professional balance
I when Crockett was dragged into
? the death chamber and crowded
, close around the chair to catch his
last words. Rev. George A. Fisher,
(Negro pastor of St. Ambrose Epis
copal Church here, had to ask the
newsmen to quiet down as he read
from the Bible while. Crockett was
being strapped in the chair.
No Death how Dirge.
Death Row was quiet as the two
men died. There was no singing,
jcnly one minister was in attend
! | Winston-Salem officials said there
was no doubt as; to Crockett's guilt.
He, they said, shot his wile, Patsy,
once in> their house and followed
her to the street where he emptied
his revolver into her body.
Crockett killed his wife in June, <
1933, and was sentenced in Decem
ber, 1933. The Supreme Court de
nied his appeal last June.
Bittinsg was executed a year and
31 days after he killed Theophilus
Moore Clayton, his white landlord
on a tobacco farm in Person county.
Bittings' case, after he had been
convicted, attracted the attention of
Paul Green, noted playwright, who
.eiiysted aid for the Negro. Com
missioner' of paroles ' Edwin Gill
held four hearings in Bittings' case
and* each hearing served only to
make the case worse from Bittings'
standpoint. His wife and children
testified that Bittings shot Clayton
in the back. 'Efforts an the part
of defepse attorneys to break their
testimony failei& ; ?= .
Bittings Writes" WilL
Yesterday morning, a few hours
before he was to die, Bittings. wrote
a will. It was:
"I hereby authorize Mr. H.. H.
Honeycutt to draw for me "4fld in
my behalf $150 from the proceeds
of my war risk lnsuhance policy
for the purpose of paying my fu
neral expenses. And the remainder
of my insurance I direct to be di
vided one half to my mother and
the rest to my three-children, share
and share alike.
"Witness my hand this Septem-.
ber 28, 1934."
The three children to whom Bit-'
tings left half his insurance were
the ones whose testimony sent their
father to the death chair.
Bittings was a World War veteran
with 11 months service in Prance
to his credit.
Plan All-Day Singing
And Basket Picnic
For Durham Oct. 7
Plans are now under way In the
city of Durham for the most elab
orate all-day singing and basket
picnic ever attempted in this part
of the State. Invitations have been i
issued to all the well known musi
can organizations throughout the
state, and we are taking this op
portunity of issuing invitations to
the various organizations of Rox
boro and vicinity.
To assure the success of this en
terprise, the city fathers of Durham
were approached and they voted
their wholehearted support. Thanks
! to their interest and generosity, El
, Toro park, Durham's municipal
, athletic field, has been deeded free
of all charges for the event. Also,
the city Is going to the expense of
Installing adequate amplifying
equipment and of constructing a
special platform for _ the singing. j
We are partciularly anxious for
the musical organisations of Rox
boro and vicinity to participate in
tfrtfe "exercises. If you are kind
enough to accept we feel sure that!
"Sachs Good Laxative," Says Nurse
Writing from her home in Fes
tus, Mo., Mrs. Anna L&Plante says:
"I am a practical nurse and I rec
ommend to soma of my patients
that they take Black-Draught, for
it is such a good laxative. I took
it for constipation, headache and a
dull feeling that I had so much. A
few doses of Black-Digught?>and
I felt Just fine." - -
Because go miny people know from
having used It that Thedford'a Blaek
liranvki Im m ?oaA lava.
Draught Is m good/ purely vegetable laxa
tive, millions of packages ?/ it are sold
?very year. .
you will discover that Durham'!
slogan, "The Friendly City," is not
just the concoction of a few wen
meaning advertisers, but 'that it
really is an antuary. We would
like for those interested to contact
J. C. Hight, 808 Rose Hill Ave.,
Durham. However if any organiza
tion decides to enter at the hut
moment without writing ahead they
may feel sure that they will receive
the same kind welcome which will
be accordedithe others. We are do
ing our utmost to arrange an inter
esting day for you. Plans are be
ing made to avoid all confusion and
keep something going on at all
times. Mr. Carl Goerch and other
interesting personalities known
throughout the State have been
issued "special invitations.
The place for the event is Dur
ham. at El Toro Park.. The sing
ing will take place on the first Sun
day in October, rain or shine. First
event will take place exactly at 10
o'clock A. M.
Your hair will
be more lovely
with one of
Come in and
let us tell you
Mr. Roy Richards of Ellis Stone
Beauty Shoppe in Durham, will
be at Clara's Beauty Shoppe to
cut your hair to suit you.
Mr. Richards is an experienced
hair cutter for ladies and chil
dren, accustomed to serving the
most particular clientele. Come
in and see him. You'll like it!
MA'S BEAUTY SHOPPE
Roxboro, N. C.
100 new part wool
blankets. Extra value,
Men's heavy double
sole shoes, in basement,
Dept. Store - Roxboro's Shopping Center"
Fall Opening Sale of New Styles In Ladies Ready-to-Wear. Every Express
Adds Something New to Qur Huge Stock, Visit Us When In Town
Ladies new fall dresses.
Made of Corded crepe,
satins, wools, rough
silks. Trimmed with
button novelties. Tail
ored to fit, in sizes 1 5
to 50. Very special?
Group No. 2. Ladies'
new fall dresses. Styles
of the better dresses.
Excellent quality, at?
Ladies" new ?? winter
coats .Richly fu^ trim
med in season's most
popular styles, in a
splendid assortment to
choose from. See these
in Leggett's 2nd floor
$9.95 and $16.50
Brand new arrivals for
fall fashions. Millinery
-of Wool felt, velvets,"
silk and wool crepes in
such shades as oak,
rust, brown, navy,
green and black, at?
"> 98c and $1.98
If you want tor-be in
style you try Leggett's
new ladies' dress shoes,
in all the newest styles
and colors, featured in
all widths?C to AAA,
$2.95 to $4.95
Ladies' new fall sport
oxfords. In all the most
wanted styles. Regular
and extra sizes, at pair
IT IS SUIT TIME
If you are interested in
suits, hundreds of hew
styles are stocked at
Leggett's. We have
shopped the markets,
picked the best styles
and the better fabrics.
See Leggett's suits to
day. Range in prices?
$9.95, $12.50, $16.50
Men's all wool melton
jackets in colors blue
MEN'S FALL HATS
In snappy new styles.
On 'sale at?
$1.98 t? $3.95
LADIES' SILK HOSE
Special values in ladies
all silk hose, 39 gauge,
in new fall colors, pair
I counter short lengths
white outing. Regular
quality 15c and 19c,
On sale as long as it
lasts at yard?
Tobacco Is Selling High In Roxboro