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HI- IS NOT A PESSIMIST.
Enthusiastic Florida Editor Believes1
The World tirows Better.
Oca In Dan nor.
I believe that men and women
me better than they ever were j
1 believe there is less cruelty,
less debasement and debauchery,
lees intolerance, more intelligence,
more culture, more refinement,
more piety, a sweeter sense of
existence, a better conception of;
God and man's duty to man
than in any other age.
I believe that a free, unshack
led press blazed the way and is
at least partly responsible tor
this state of things.
I believe that we today are
living in the golden era of the
i believe that men are bigger
in brain power, bigger in tneir
moral perceptions and more
physically perfect than in any
Contrary to the law of optics,
humanity has a tendency to
enlarge everything that is far
off and to belittle everything
that is near by.
There is a popular l>elief that
not only the statesmen but the
warriors of the olden times were
giants and the soldiers of the
present day would faint under
the fearful burdens of the steel
armor in which they were clad.
Many of these steel trappings
are preserved in the museums of
Europe, and it is found almost
impossible for the soldiers meas
uring to the stature now required
by our military regulations to
squeeze into these ancient relics.
Our soldier boys are taller, broad
er shouldered, more robust, can
endure more fatigue, and in
discipline, bravery and daring
are moie than the equals of their
According to the legend that
reaches down to us, the Swiss
soldiers passed for "giants among
giants." With their heavy cross
bows, see what a stalwart race
Sir Walter Scott made of them.
Yet Machiavelli says they were
"all little men, dirty and ugly."
And why should they not have
in mediaeval tunes nygiene
was something deplorable. The
barons ate too much, the peas
ants not enough. Gymnastics
were neglected and bat hing little
known. Population wascrowded
into towns and cities practically
without sewerage, ana beasts of
ten occupied tue same shelter,
producing tilth, vei mine und
How could that manner of I
living grow giants?
But 1 believe we are growingj
them now. If not, we are on the'
right road to do so. i believe j
that our attention to diet and '
hygiene, the gymnasium, base
ball and football in our schools,
our practice with dumbbells
Indian clubs, golf and the bicy
cle and other athletics indulged
in by both men and women are
the agencies for making giants of
I believe if men and women j
could forget their dignity and, j
like boys and girls, woufd run,
and romp and skip and jump,
keeping their joints supple and
muscles flexible, rhumatism and
lumbago would be diiven off and
they would be as lithe and active
at 80 as the average person at
There yet remains much to
keep the unshackled editor busy.
Scientific investigations are vet j
in their infancy, and the higher
peaks of knowledge cannot yet
be seen even with the aid of an
Squalor, wretchedness and
disease still exist to degrade our
eiviliration and negative and
eham our religion.
Our metropolitan dailies are
largely owned by trusts and do 1
not voice the sentiments of those 1
nominally in control ol them.
I rejoice that the weekly press
almost as a unit remains free,
unshackled and outspoken, and
if, as Thomas Jefferson said, "a
nation with a free press and '
without a standing army is safer 1
than a nation without a !ree press
and with a standing army," then
n great opportunity and a great
responsibility rest upon the
The editor of the weekly news
paper is ethe sentinel on the
It is his high prerogative to
preserve the ark of constitutional
liberty. It is his duty to see that
we are not driven bv nnfavoring
winds awav from the chart and
compass of the founders of the |
republic out upon the restless
waves into unknown seas and
upon hidden rooks.
If a free, unshackled pi*ss is
more powerful than a standing
army, it should stand forpeace
and be the preservitor tlereof.
It should decree that there shall
be no more wars nor rumors of
It should change Mrs. Julia
Ward Howe's "Hut tie Cry of the
Republic" into a "Proclamation
It should decree that the last
verse of that hyiun shall read as
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born
across the sea.
With a iflory in hie bosom that transfigures
you and me;
As he died to make men holy, let us live (not |
die) to make men free!
Genius and Personality.
Says the London Daily News,
in the course of an interesting
editorial article on "Genius and
"The most curious fact in the
history of literature is that
Shakespeare made so slight an
impression on the mind of his
con tein poruriee?Shak e s p e a r e, i
the man; that is, not. Shakes
peare, the dramatist. Hen Jon
son dwarfs him; or, rather, the
stainp which Hen set upon his
world remains as distinct as that
of Drake, Kaleigh, Elizabeth her
self?while the most of what we
know of Shakespeare is just Den's
testimony. It is not a question
of greatness; it is a question of
personality. Some people are
born emphatic, some make their
way easily through the world
without elbowing, jostling, puff
ing or shouting, and, though
they reach the highest pinnacle j
of all, their passage is compara
tively unregarded. When Diony
sus, In "The Frogs," went down
into Hades to bring back a poet
he found a terrible uproar. Kb- |
chylus was disputing with Eurip
ides for supremacy, but of Soph
ocles there was no talk. "Easy
he was on earth, and easy he
lives below it." Michael Angelo
is a figure familiar to any imag
ination and so is Titian (thanks,!
perhaps, to the triumphant J
splentlor in him of the character-!
istic beauty of old age); but!
Raphael is vague to our concep
tions. In all ways of life the j
same observation holds. Marl-1
borough had a greater genius!
than Wellington, one would say, |
but a far less striking personality.
Julius Ca-sar survives as a man
clear to an understanding. Au
gustus is as hard to realize as
Shakespea re. To compare Horace
with Virgil in this context seems
unfair, for Horace drew his own
portrait as no one else could have
drawn it; yet it is pretty plain
that to us, as to their contem
poraries, Horace is Horace first
of all, a little man with an agree
able philosophy of life, and after
that a poet; but that Virgil is
and was to the world at Targe
only the author of certain poems
Carlyle will survive, in all proba
bility, as Jonson does, a figure
so well known as to remaiu al
most contemporary, when Car
lyle's own writings are no more
read than 'Itasselas' or 'The
Lives of the l'oets.' With these
men the personality is more than
genius. It was helped to its
effect by a superficial singularity;
but the personality was t he thing.
The essence of their genius was
better seen and felt in the impress
made by them on other lives and
minds than in the work created
out of their own brains that can
be judged in detachment.
A Racing, Roaring- Flood.
Washed down a telegraph line
which Chas. C. Ellis, of Lisbon,
la., had to repair. "Standing
waist deep in icy water," hej
writes, "gave me a terrible cold 1
and cough. It grew worse daily. J
Finally the best doctors in Oak- >
land, Neb., Sioux City and Omaha
said I had Consumption and |
could not live. Then 1 began
using Dr. King's New Discovery
and was wholly cured by six bot
tles." Positively guaranteed for
Coughs, Colds and all Throat
and Lunp troubles by Hood
Bros. Price 50c.
Wife?I somehow just feel in my
bones that we will go to Europe
Husband?In which bone do
you feel it most?
Wife?Well, I don't exactly
know, but 1 guess it's my wish
Stops the Cough and Works off the Cold
Laxative Bromo-Quinine Tab
lets cure a cold in one day. No
Cuce, no Pay. Price 25 cents
President McKinlev has given
f.5,000 towards the erection of a
new hotel at Canton, Ohio.
If troubled by a weakdigest'on,
loss of appetite, or constipation,
try a few doses of Chamberlain's
Stomach and Liver Ta ?lets.
Every box warranted. For sale
by Hood Bros.
Ransom's Brigade at Plymouth Fight.
A Hunt* Journal.
I notice iu The Journal of the
22d of February an article from
Edwin G. Moor*;, the heading of
which reads: "Hansom's Brigade
at the Buttle of l'lymouth. North
Hie account of the demonstra
tion mude on the evening of the
17th of April, 1804, against the
southern portion of the town bv
i Company A, of the Twenty-fourth
North Carolina regiment and
Hansom's brigade is true, and it
was here, as on all former and
subsequent occasions, they ex
hibited that same heroic courage
and bravery that so character
ized the southern soldier during
Hut Comrade Vtoore seems to
have forgotten that when Han
som's brigade was swung around
in the rear or to the eastern part
of the town late in the afternoon
of the 19th Company E, of the
Twenty-fourth North Carolina,
Captain Lane, was ordered for
word on skirmish and to recon
noiter the enemy's position at
the creek. Lane deployed his
men and established his line and
awaited the darkness for further
action. At dark this writer was
given four men and ordered to
the creek to ascertain if possible
if the bridge across the same hail
The timber on either side of the
road having been cut by the ene
my made it impossible to ad
vance except by the main road.
On reaching to within 100 yaids
or less of the creek 1 discovered
the enemy in force and in action.
We OOuld see them by the bright
light of the moon. I halted my
men and ordered them to remain
until 1 could report back. After
making my report Captain Lane
ordered me to report to General
Hansom, whose headquarters
were in a little hut just in rear of
our line. On reaching Ransom's j
headquarters I found him and
Lieutenant Applewhite, of the
Texas Zouaves and a volunteer
aid on Ransom's staff, alone.
General Ransom askedineagood
many questions relative to the
chances of going to the creek un-1
observed by the enemy. Apple
white proposed that he and 1
should go alone to the creek. To j
this Hansom objected, telling !
him that he would not have one j
life lost that night unnecessarily
to the glory of beating the Yan
kees in l'lymouth the next morn
Ransom, however, yielded later j
and Applewhite and myself set
out for the creek alone. We had
not pone very far when we were
halted by two men. I knew one j
of them to be General Dearing of
our cavalry. The other man 11
did not know. Dearing asked us I
where we had started and on)
being told said he would go with
us. We four went the road direct
to the creek, and on reaching the
creek there was not a Yankee to
be seen. The bridge had been'
burned and on the opposite side i1
was a small boat fastened to the j
bank. Dearing says: "Thereareji
only four of us. Who shall swim i
the creek and get the boat?" No >
sooner said than the man we :
didn't know says: "I will, gene
ral," and in he went and brought j
it across. Dearing stepped in
and was pushed over the creek, j]
(This unknown man to us was a
hero and 1 have put myself to 1
some trouble since the war to n
And out who he was, and am j 1
satisfied his name is Cavenaugh, i'
of Onslow county,North Carolina. 1
and that he wuslivingafew years I
ago. This daring feat has been 1.
claimed by others.) At this mo-!
merit Captain Lane, with Com- '
pany E, of the Twenty-fourth, j
came up with a pontoon, which
was pusher! across the creek and
Lane ordered his company to; <
cross over, after which he ffave
the order to deploy on the right
and left and advance. Then it j.
was that we received the tire of a '
regiment of Yankees behind |
breastworks some 40 yards in
our front. Company E withstood
this raking fire for some minutes,
advancing all the while, until!
reinforced bv a company from '
the Thirty-fifth North Carolina.!
which gave a yell as they came
across the creek, whereupon the '
Yankee line brokeand fled within ,
their forts, Company E losing i
three men in this action at the ?
Lane followed the enemy to the !
hedgerow, in plain view of the i
enemy's line of works, where he | <
remained during the night. At '
the dawning of daylight the next \
morning Captain Durham came ,
forward and took charge of the I
line of skirmishers, as Comrade 1
Moore -truly says, and led us in ,
advance of the mainlineof battle ,
to the first fort. Sergeant Daniel i
King, of Company E, who was '
killed a few days later at Drewrey j
Bluff, Va., was the first man to i
mount the works and demand its
surrender. Company E lost in
this churge 16 men. But Com
rade .Moore suys that after the
enemy was forced back from the
creek u line of skirmishers passed
over and took position at the
crest of a gentle rise, etc., and
that Company A, of the Twenty
fourth, was detached for this
If Company A was detached
and advanced in front of the
main line, where was it next
morning, when Captain Durham
took charge of the skirmishers?
Where was it when the first line
of breastworks was taken? I am
the man that took charge of
Captain Durham's horse when he
roue up and took charge of the
skirmish line, and know that he
and Lane led Company E in ad
vance of the main line against the
first works, as before stated.
I know that Comrade Moore
and his Company A, of the Twen
ty-fourth, did their duty, no mat
ter what ymrt of the line they
occupied, but Brother Moore
should be generous enough to
give crevlit to whom credit is due
in his account of this the most
splendid victory ever won on
North Carolina soil. 1'osterity
should know the facts.
W. N. Rose, Jr.
Overshot, N. C.
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A Slow Traveler.
The Columbus (Ga.) Enquirer-j
Sun has an account of a voyage
which bids fair to string out like
that of the Children of Israel in i
the Wilderness. In June of last!
year an old Hungarian launched
a little houseboat on the waters
of the Chattahoochee river at
Gainesville, in Hall county,
intending to float to the gulf,
which he expected to reach in
about 14 days. Last week he
tied up at the first dam above
Columbus, having consumed over
nine months covering less than I
half his journey.
This man has had a lonely and |
rocky road to travel. At one]
time he ran high and dry on a
rock and had to wait three
months for a rise in the river be
fore he could get his boat off. '
He is a small man, practically a
cripple, and has lived entirely j
alone, asking no help from any- J
one, which accounts for Ins
remaning so long grounded. At
various other times he would
get aground and remain days or
weeks in that position. He lives j
principally on fish, and stated j
to a reporter that he had left his
boat but once during the entire
time. If he can get safely over
the several dams at Columbus he
will have practically no more
trouble, unless he runs into the
bank of the river.?Montgomery
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How To Find Out.
Fill a bottle or common glass with your
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tling indicates an
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your linen it is
evidence of kid
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frequent desire to
pass it or pain In
the back Is also
convincing prool that the kidneys and blad
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Wi.i io Bo.
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Several people have been in our store recently, and, upoo
seeing our goods, would say that they did not know that we
kept so and so, that they had gone elsewhere and paid much
higher prices for articles not as nice as ours. Below we give t?
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Bed Steads from L50 to 15.00 from 48c. to $2.50 each
Rockers from 75c. to $4.50 Window Shades, 15c. to $100
We Garry a Nice Line of
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Glass Door Cupboards, Single and Folding Lounges,
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In buying a machine the buyer should be posted. The good point*
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The Osborne Columbia Mower,
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H. D ELLINGTON,
HMITIIKIEI.l), N. C.
The Chinese Peerless
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having neither smell, taste nor strength,
yet they will remove every particle of
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Without Rubbing or ln?
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They are for sale bv the following mer
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Cotter, Underwood & Co., Smithfield.
Z. Taylor, Pine Level.
J. W. Liles, Selnia.
J. Stancill & Son, Kenly.
Hays, Lamm <&Co., Lucama.
J. W. Sanders, Four Oaks.
Surles liargain House, Benson.
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