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VOL. 20. SMITHPIELD, N. C., FRIDAY, MAY 31, 1901. NO. 12.
CROPS ARE DAMAGED.
Most Corn and Cotton in Bot
toms Must be Replanted.
The Raintall Averaged Five Inches
For the State. Crops Are Bad
ly in the Grass and it Wilt
be Difficult to
The Weekly Crop Itulletjn for
the week ending Monday, May
27th, says "All minor features of
the crop conditions during the
past week are overshadowed by
the tremendous loss resultiug
from the heavy rainfall on the
21st and 22nd. This storm ap
peared on the coast of Texas on
the morning of the 19 th, crossed
the Gulf States, and thence pass
ed northward over central and
western North Carolina. The
characteristic feature of the
storm was the extensive area
covered bv the excessive precipi
tation. which averaged over 5.00
inches for the State,as compared
-with a normal for the week of
only 1.00 inch. At some points
the downpour was exceedingly
heavy; Marion, McDowell county,
reported 7.25 inches in 24 hours;
Statesville, Iredell, 7.40; Chapel
Hill, and Durham, 5.60; the rain
fall diminished eastward to
about normal near the coast.
The damage caused by the beat
ing rains, high winds, and subse
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quem noous in every creex ana
river, farm lands, crops, barns,
mills, bridges, and railroads can
not at present be estimated.
Space will not permit a detailed
account here of the loss reported,
which seems to have been great
est in McDowell, Buncombe, and
Mitchell counties in the west, and
Orange and Durham in the cen
tral section, but most other
counties except in the extreme
east nortion, suffered a propor
tional loss. Uplands were badly
washed, in some instances whole
acres swept perfectly clear; an
unusually large aiea of lowlands
was submerged, and in the west
particularly immense crops of
the finest wheat were covered
with sediment or totally destroy
ed. Corn and cotton in the bot
toms were very small, and most
of it will have to be replanted, i
which will be the third replanting
in many places.
"The floods in Yadkin, Cataw
ba, and most other western riv
ers, as well as in the Roanoke
and Cape Fear, were as high as,
or higher, than previously re
ported. The dykes protecting
the State farms on the lower Ro
anoke were broken.
"The temperature was slightly
above normal until the latter
part of the week, which was
again rainy .and cool. Crops
have become verv grassy, and as
they are still backward and small
they need working to prevent be
ing smothered by the grass and
weeds. A period of warm, clear
weather is needed to dispel the
present gloomy outlook.
i.U'l * ? ? .11., ?
m iirau aiiu uoto ^runanv if
main in excellent condition, and
where only beaten down will re-'
cover. Many favorable reports
were received from southern and j
eastern counties. Cotton has a
fairly good stand, though some
is dying in consequence of too!
much rain and cool weather:
chopping has been much delayed. J
Plowing corn, setting tobacco,
and planting peanuts, have
made but little headway this
week. Fruit is dropping consid
"It is worthy of remark that a
large number of correspondents
report a scarcity of labor.
"Rainfall for the week at se
lected stations (in inches):
(toldsboro, 1.14; Greensbro, 4.04:
Lumberton, 6.88; Newbern, 2.28; j
Weldon, 2.7G; Charlotte, 4.00:
Wilmington, 2.80; Raleigh, 4.0.1;
Southport, 3.21: Auburn, 0.48;
Saxon, 5.13; Chapel Hill, 8.08;
Monroe, 3.00; Marion, 0.53;
Statesville, 8.14; Patterson, 7.00:
Stops the Cougb and Works off the Cold
Laxative Brorao-Quinine Tab- i
lets cure a cold in one day. No <
Cure, no Pay. Price 25 cents
GREAT DESTRUCTION AT BAKERS
Many Houses Swept Away and Some
Lives Lost in the Hood?Seri
ous Damage at Other
Marion Special. 24th, to Charlotte Observer.
The following i.s a liist of own
ers of houses destroyed by the
storm at Bakersville: E. Mor
gan, Gibbs Green, Hicks Patter
son, M. Buchanan, Sain Turner,
Jim Green, Bill Green, Nora An
derson, Berry Stewart, I'rof.
Britt, Quinter Moore, C. Silver,
Mrs. Lizzie Howe, It. H. Young,
Henry I'oteet, John Gudger and
the Baptist church. These houses,
together with all household ef
fects, were swept away by the
flood. A great many others were
badly damaged. Sam Turner
lost a trunk containing $1,000.
A large number of people had
taken refuge in the Baptist
church. They barely escaped be
fore it was washed away. Quin
ter Moore and son were drowned.
In Loafer's Glory, a small set
tlement near Bakersville, L.
Forbes Beaton and Wilson,
Charlie Stewart, Col. Burleson
and B. McKinney, lost houses
and store rooms, together with
Every house in Magnetic City,
a good sized village in Mitchell
county, was washed away. Twen
ty houses were destroyed at Roan
Mountain station. Six or eight
large stores on Big Bock creek
were washed away. Huntsdale,
Jit o #1 ?? ?? ?? ?
wun niteen mnes 01 railroad near
tliere, was entirely destroyed.
John McKinney was drowned.
An unknown man was killed by
a slide near 1 .oafer'a Glory.
About 65 houses in Elizabeth
ton, Tenn., just across the line
from .Mitchell county, were de
stroyed. The iron bridge a.n-oss
Toe river at Spruce Pine was
Later news from this county
shows the damage to be much
greater than first reported. It
s believed now that it will reach
$300,000. The people doing the
best they can to repair then
losses but great suffering wilL
exist, as so many have lost their
only means of making a living.
All public roads north of here are
impassable and in most places
destroyed. The Thornton farm,
near Bridgewater, was damaged
Caledonia Farm Flooded.
Caledonia farm, the magnifi
cent penitentiary farm, is flooded.
The dykes are broken and the
land covered with the water of
the Roanoke river. Upon this
farm the State has 1,300 acres in
cotton. How much of it is under
water Superintendent Mann did
not know Saturday night. Much
of the cotton is on the higher
land and it is believed that it has I
escaped, the water burial. For
some days Superintendent Mann
has been uneasy, and had given
instructions to do everything
possible to strengthen the dykes,
and he hopes that the injury will
1>D iiMiilinod f i? F1?h lint f <^rr> lmi/K.
in v.wiiiiuru \.\j iiiv/ k'v/i iuiii Kiiiun.
Of course it is too soon to tell the
clamage. The cotton has been
planted, the dykes are broken,
the farm is flooded. If the rains
end soon and tine seasons follow,
a part of the loss may yet be re
covered, but the expense that
will be incurred in rebuilding the
dykes and the losjs in this year's
crop will necessarily be very great.
It is said the total flood damage
in the State this week will be even
more than $1,000,000. It had
been said up to the time of the
news of the flood's work in
Bakersville that not a life had
been lost in the State.?ltaleigh
News and Observer.
The Floods in the West.
The great rain storms last week
were verv disastrous to many sec
tions of North Carolina.
Every bridge in McDowell coun
ty except three iron ones was
swept away. The Catawba river,
rose three feet above high water
At Morgan ton the Catawba
river was Tour feet higher than
ever before known. Two steel
bridges costing $15,000 werej
swept away. Corn fields and
wheat fields were submerged and
the loss in Hurke county is esti
mated at #100,000.
Much damage was done to the
South Carolina and Georgia Ex
tension Railroad between Ruther
fordton and Marion, two trestles
being washed away and 2,000
feet of the track destroyed.
Much damage was done at
Asheville and Biltmore; the beau
tiful little City of Biltmore was
flooded and great damage done
to the railroad and other prop
Disaster In the West Permanent.
"I have never conceived of
such destruction and desolation
as has come to the people of
Western North Carolina by the
recent storm," said Mr. .1. H.
Tucker, of Asheville, who was
here yesterday enroute to the
Wake Forest commencement. "It
was a cloud burst all over the
mountains and no estimate can
be given of the permanent dam
age. In most of the Eastern
bottoms, the damage, while
great is temporary, for the earth
has not been carried away, but
iu the West the flood has carried
away the soil to the depth where
it had been ploughed, and the
loss therefore is permanent and
vastly greater than you can now
estimate. It is not confined to
any particular section. It is
general and wide-spread disas
"The train can now get through
frofn Asheville, but it had to feel
itself along at the rate of ten
miles an hour. Along the Ca
tawba the water rushed with
such power that it took 70-pound
steel rails and bent them into the
shape of horse shoes and carried
! them three hundred yards. Large
trees were uprooted until in long
stretches there is not a tree
standing on the banks of the
"The losses have no return.
They are heavy and will prove a
| sore affliction to thousands of
people."?News and Observer.
Will Reach $75,000.
Mr. B. F. Walters, manager of
the Peanut Factory at the Cale
donia farms, came up to Raleigh
yesterday. He reports great '
damage resulting from the recent
flood or freshet. He says that
the people there state that the '
water was four feet higher than
| it had ever been. Thenelds from 1
the camps to the river, a distance |
of nearly three miles, were a solid
sea of water, the water backing
up in all the low places through
out the entire farm. It was four 1
feet deep in the gin house at
camp No. 1, and was within a
few feet of the mule lot. The land
between the two camps was
flooded with hater so that there ,
could be no passing or repassing
between the camps for a day or
Some of theofficiulson rhefarm '
estimated that it will cost from
$40,000 to $50,000 to repair the
dyke and open the bridges, to
say nothing of the destruction of
the growing crops, which would
increase the total loss t o .$75,000.
The water hooded some of the
wheat fields to a depth a twenty
feet, nnd as it recedes the wheat '
is seen to have turned black,
indicates ite total destruction.
The dyke broke at both ends ,
and at several places along the '
river bank. The upper end of the
dyke broke first, sending a per
fect torrent of water into the '
farm nnd washing and drenching (
everything in its wake.
Mr. Walters says it was a grand
but a terrible sight. Think of a
cyclone of water overhowingnine,
miles of the finest farm on the
Koanoke. the waves coming like '
the waves of the ocean.?News ]
and Observer, 30th.
The Supreme Court of the i
United State has sustained Pres
ident McKinley and reversed i
Chief Justice Marshall. It has
reasserted the right of taxation i
without representation that the 1
colonies fought to overturn. It 1
would have been better to aban- 1
don our islands than our Consti- t
tution, though it wns not neces- i
sary to abandon either the one -
or the other.?Philadelphia Rec
ord. | <
VETERANS CLOSED THEIR SES
The Confederate Reunion Will be
Held Next Year at Dallas, Texas?
J. B. Gordon Commander.'
Memphis. Tenn., May 20.?A
cloudless sky and cool western
breeze were in evidence on the
second day's ses-ion of the 1'nited
Confederate Veterans. The exer
cises in Confederate Hall were
opened at 10:20 a. in. by the
singing of the doxologv and the
offering of a prayer.
The report of theComniitteeon
Credentials was called for and
read by the thairmanof the com
mittee, ,f. G. Guise, of Alabama.
The total representation of 1,-J
350 camps was reported, with an
aggregate attendance of 2,30!)
delegates. Texas had the largest
representation, with 12!) camps
and 451 delegates. The report
The resolutions prepared by
various delegates were passed up
to the commander who read them
aloud before returning them to
the Committee on Resolutions.
Among them was a motion that
Congress be memorialized to erect
in the capital of the nation, a
monument to General Robert E.
I-.ee. No action was taken, but
there were a number of cries of
rrn _ e ?. i_ _ r\ ? i - -
ine lepori. 01 tneoommitieeon
Confederate Memorial was read
by Chairman C. A. Evans, of
Georgia. The report showed a
total cash in hand of $81,290;
there are $81,307 in good and
collectible subscriptions; there is
an additional $60,000 still due
from Charles Broadway Rouss,
of New York; other items bring
the total resources of the organi
zation at present to $228,174.
Appended to the repoit was a
resolution that the members of
the memorial committee be ord
ered to meet within ninety days
in Richmond, Va., to make final
arrangement tor the laying of
the corner stone of the Battle
There was a short delay, wait
ing for the report of the Commit
tee on Resolutions, which was
entirely ready. A partial report
was presented, however. The
first resolution was that the Con
gress of the United States be re
spectfully requested to mak? suffi
cient appropriation for the care
of Confederate dead in the ceme
teries of North.
The second resolution moved 1
that thanks be extended to Con
gress and the President of the
United States for the passage of
an act making an appropriation
for the re-interment of the Con
Federate dead interred in the Na
tional cemetery at Washington.
These resolutions were passed
As his gavel fell announcing the
adoption of the resolution, Gene
ral Gordon said: "My comrades,
at last 1 congratulate you that
the day has finally come when
foes as well as friends are ready
to pay tribute to the valorof the
men of the South."
General A. P. Stewart offered a
resolution asking that members
of the 1'nited Confederate Vete
rans each to give one dollar for
the purpose of erectinga suitable
memorial to the women of the
^outh to commemorate the hero
ism shown by them during the
war. The motion met with gen
eral approval and one delegate
who announced himself us "Jim
Crow" from Ixmisiana, handed
up the first dollar.
The report of the Jefferson
Davis Memorial Association was ;
then read bv Mrs. N. 11. Han- '
Jolph, of Richmond, Va. The 1
financial report of the associa
tion showed a total of cash in I
liand of $.'12,672 with outstand
ing subscriptions of $10,727.
Mrs. Randolph made an urgent
ippeal for more monev.
At the conclusion of the read- <
ing of the Memorial Association ]
report. General Gordon an
nounced that at last the hour
had come for the holding of the i
sacred services in memory of that i
well loved daughter of the South i
-Winnie Davis. 1
Rev. Dr. Terry delivered an elo
After the adoption of reports
came tdie election of officers.
The name of (fen. John If (for
, don was placed before the con
vention and instantly somebody
I shouted: '"Let's make his re-elec
tion unanimous.'' With a mighty
burst of voices "Aye" thundered
through the hall.
With the same thunderous
unanimity the re-elections fol
lowed of Lieut, (ien. W. L. Cable,
of the trans- Mississippi depart
ment; Lieut, (ien. S. I). Lee, of
the Army of Tennessee, and
Lieut, (ien. Wade Hampton, of
the Army of Northern Virginia.
A resolution from the commit
tee on resolutions was presented
to the convention and adopted,
"that neither the commanding
officer nor the ieparment of the
division commanders, nor any j
official of this association, nor
'our host,' shall have the right
to invite any one to a Confeder
ate veterans're-union other than
Confederates, and this right shall
rest alone with delegates in con
vention assembled. Such re
union is to be held only at points
in those States which furnished
bodies of troops to the Confeder
A resolution was adopted ob
jecting to those who served
through the war being addressed
as "general," "lieutenant colo
nel," or "colonel," when they
were known only as "captain" or
"major," during the war, and
should so be designated now.
O 1 -------
oevertu iiwiuuuun 01 minor
importance were offered and
adopted and then came the con
test for the next meeting place.
Mrs. Kate Cabel Curry, of Dallas,
Texas, daughter of Gen. Cabel,
extended a hearty invitation to
the convention from Dallas. She
bore a message from Governor
Sayres, urging that the conven
tion select Dallas as its next
meeting place. Mrs. Curry was
followed by Gen. Dennett H.
Young, of Louisville, who ex- i
tended an invitation from that
city. After an hour of tumult
the vote was finally counted, re- 1
suiting: Dallas, 1,268; Louis
ville, 1,046. Gen. Young then 1
moved that the vote for Dallas
l>e made unanimous, which was 1
The convention then, at o:o0,
ajourned sine die.
An Encounter With a Snake.
Mr. M. K Matthis, of Taylor's
Bridge township, was in town J
Saturday. He told the Demo- '
crat about an encounter with a
coach whip snake. Mr. Matthis I
was out walking last Thursday ]
with his little son. The boy saw 1
a snake and called his father's .
attention to rt. Mr. Matthis saw 1
that it was a coach whip and lie- <
gan to lay plans at once to kill ]
it. lie ran after the snake which <
turned and showed fight. It
thrust its head up in the air and
came siding at Mr. Matthis in a (
way that made cold chills creep (
up and down his back. Hehurled
a piece of rotten pine suppling at |
the serpent. This missed the (
mark?a coach whip is a powerful .
floilo'pr. I?vr this; tiinp t.np cnul-o
was within four feet of the man J
who could look into the wide
open jaws of his dangerous com
batant. Another object thrown
at the snake struck him and only
made him madder. The human ,
participant in this dangerous ,
diml t !:en resorted to another |
plan. He took quick but good ,
aim ami brought his heel square- f
Iv down on his enemy's head. |
then he seized the snake by the ]
tail and gave hissnakeshipa jerk ,
that ended the struggle in a ,
hurry. The little boy who fol- ]
lowed his father in thechasenfter ?
the snake was in two feet of him ,
while the struggle was in pro- ,
Atavism Run Nad. <
Christian Science furnishes the
only example of a great body of
people who, with fervent emo
tion, cling to a belief in that
which they know is untrue. This
is literally, atavism run mad; for
it is more than atavism, in that i
it embraces o pronounced natho- !
logical element unique in tne his
tory of mental aegeneracy.? i
A Partial List of the Week's Hap
penings Throughout the
Light corporations of the Fall
Hirer cotton mills have signed
an agreement to reduce wages 10
President McKinley and party
left San Francisco, homeward
bound, Saturday. They will go
to Washington direct.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Lease has tiled
a petition in bankruptcy in the
I'nited States District Court.
The liabilities are $3,347, and
The Supreme Court of Texas
has decided that the franchises of
railroads and corporations
known as intangible property,
are not taxable.
Former (iov. John Riley Tan
ner died suddenly Thursday after
noon at the Leland Hotel, in
Springfield, 111., from rheumatism
of the heart.
Consolidation of the Northern
and Southern Presbyterian Sem
inaries in Kentucky was assented
to bv the Southern General As
The steamer Ohio, from Hull,
which has arrived at Hoston, re
ports a collision at sea with the
Norwegian bark Elise. The bark
went down with 14 men. One
sailor was saved.
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i i?e .Manama constitutional
convention unanimously pledged
itself to keep the pledges of the
Democratic party and submit
any constitution framed to the
people for ratification.
Marthinus Wessels Pretorius,
the first [iresident of the Dutch
African republic, the title of which
was changed in 1858 to theSouth
African Republic, died May l!>th
at Potchefstroom, Transvaal
The work of the Alabama con
stitutional convention Thursday
was the seating of delegates. A
motion to admit Gen. Joe
Wheeler to the privileges of the
door met some opposition, but
was finally adopted.
The State Department at
Washington has been advised
that the German government
regards the present time as op
portune for the withdrawal of
Field Marshal von Waldersee,
rommander of the international
iorces in China.
The two Senators of South
Carolina, McLaurin and Tillman,
tiave tendered their resignation
to the Governor to take effect on
Vov. 15, they during the mean
time to go before their constitu
ents and allow them to decide in
primary between the two, the one
defeated to retire.
Aguinnldo will probably come
to the Pnired States earlv next
fall. He has already informed
Gen. MacArtbur of his desire to
visit this country and hopes to
leave Manila not later than tne
first of September, when condi
tions in the island will permit his
jnconditionnl release from cus
The Governor's Appointments.
Governor Ayeoek thin morning
appointed Mr" Walter H. Neaf.
if Scotland county, as judge of
the new eighth judical district,
md Mr. L. I). Robinson, of Ali
son, as solicitor of the same.
Judge Neal is well known in
Eastern Carolina. He is an ar
dent Democrat. He served as
chairman ot the State Board of
Elections in the last campaign.
The new solictor is a young man
md represented Anson county in
the last General Assembly.
Governor Avcock also today
nv.pointed thefollowing members
of the Stale Board of Elections
to serve for two years:
Wilson G. Lamb, of Martin
Uot>ert T. Clay well, of I5urs?'
R. A. Houghton, of Alleghany.
Clarance Call, of Wilkes.
A. B. Freeman, of Henderson
The first three were appointed
on recommendation of .Senator
Simmons, and are Democrats,
while the last two are Republi
cans, recommended by .Senator