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The Roxboro courier. (Roxboro, N.C.) 1910-1943, October 03, 1934, Page 2, Image 2

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ROXBORtTS FIRST BIG CIRCUS OCTOBER 15 Tmt C*j To Be Erected Acroes From High School On nrtli ~ Street 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 P. M. Coal' Good dry wood sawed to stove length Phone 137 CENTRAL SERVICE CORP 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 arms. 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 prisoner. "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 thrown. 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 Asks -Postponement. 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 ance. * ! | 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! BLACK-DRAUGHT "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. SPECIAL SERVICE Every Wednesday 1 Your hair will be more lovely with one of our Permanents. Come in and let us tell you about them. 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. Depot Street WOOL BLANKETS 100 new part wool blankets. Extra value, each? $1.19 p WORK SHOES Men's heavy double sole shoes, in basement, \ a$~pair? $1.98 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 FALL DRESSES 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? $5.95 FALL DRESSES Group No. 2. Ladies' new fall dresses. Styles of the better dresses. Excellent quality, at? $2.98 WINTER COATS 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 ready-to-wear section $9.95 and $16.50 FALL MILLINERY 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 NEW FOOTWEAR 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, Sale price? $2.95 to $4.95 SPORT OXFORDS Ladies' new fall sport oxfords. In all the most wanted styles. Regular and extra sizes, at pair $2.95 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 MELTON JACKETS Men's all wool melton jackets in colors blue and brown?: $3.95 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 43c BARGAIN BASE MENT SPECIALS White Outing I counter short lengths white outing. Regular quality 15c and 19c, On sale as long as it lasts at yard? 10c 7 Tobacco Is Selling High In Roxboro

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