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VOL. 20. SMITHFIELD, N. C., FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1901. NQ.2L
FLOODS DAMAGE CROPS.
Cotton Grows Too Rank and
Weeds Injure Tobacco.
LATE CORN IMPROVES IN GRAIN
Wind as Well as Ram Has Wrought
Much Damage to the crops in
the South Atlantic and East
The Weekly Crop Bulletin for
North Carolina, says the past
week was remarkable for heavy
rains from the 12th to 14th, anil
subsequently light showers until
the close. Creeks and rivers were
again very much swollen, and in
some sections the freshets were
reported to have been the high
est for the season; much damage
was caused by overflowing
streams in the west and south,
and many fields were badly
washed by the heavy downpour,
particularly in Franklin, Halifax,
and Nash counties, where the
total rainfall for 24 hours on the
14th varied from 5 to 7 inches.
The temperature was about 4
degrees above the daily normal,
and the hot sunshine and high
humidity during the later por
tion of the week caused a very
sultry atmosphere, and some
crops fired on sandy land or low
places. No farm work could be
accomplished during the week,
and weeds and grass grew
Cotton in some places improved
somewhat, and in very favored
localities, with a good autumn,
nearly a full crop may be made,
but throughout the larger por- j
tion of the State the crop has not
made much progress; cotton
plants are very weedy and long
jointed on stiff lands, small on
sandy land, and generally are
not forming bolls well on either;
blooms are still reported; shed
ding of squares and bolls is in
Old corn is practically made;
the late crop is tilling out fairly
well. Fodder is ripening fast
and pulling commenced during
the week, but what was gathered
was damaged by rain.
Tobacco in the central-west
section has suffered from exces
sive rain and weeds; curing is
progressing with texture good,
but yield light.
Crops like sweet potatoes and
peanuts, of which the conditions
can only be judged by the ap
pearance of the vines, are seem
ingly doing well, as the top
growth is very vigorous, but
tears are expressed that the fre
quent rains will diminish the
quality of the yield. Turnips
are comming up nicely.
Considerable grass intended to
be cut for hay was ruined by the
Melons and fruit continue to
deteriorate; the apple crop will
be almost a failure.
Washington, Aug. 20.?The
Weather Bureau's weekly sum
mary of crop conditions is as fol
"The temperature conditions
of the week have been favorable
except on the North Pacific coast,
where it has been excessivly
warm. The middle and South
Atlantic and East (iulf States,
including Tennessee, ha ve suffered
from heavy rains, the South
Atlantic and East Gulf States
and Tennessee experiencing dam
aging winds as well as injury
from overflows. The greater
part of Texas and portions of
Mississippi and upper Mississippi
Valley and upper lake region
continue to suffer from drought.
"A very general improvement in
the condition of late corn is indi
cated in the principal corn States.
"Good rains in Illinois, Indi
ana and Ohio have improved the
outlook, especially in Indiana,
but, as in otner [tortious of the
corn belt, the greater part of the
early corn has been ruined The
propitious outlook for corn in
the Middle Atlantic States and
New England continues.
"The (Central and Eastern por
tions of the cotton belt hnve1
suffered from heavy rains, while
drought has become more serious
over the greater part of the Wes
tern districts. In the Carolinas
J too rank growth is reported
especially on stiff lands, and in
Georgia, Florida and Alabama,
heavy rains and high winds have
caused injury, shedding being
j quite prevalent. In Tennessee,
Mississippi and in portions of
Arkansas the crop has improved.
Cotton needs rain throughout
Texas, and is failing rapidly in
the Central, South and South
western portions. Picking is
general in Texas and is begin
ning over the South and Central
portions of the Eastern district.
"Tobacco has sustaiued injury
from heavy rains in portions of
Maryland, Virginia and North
Carolina and Tennessee, but has
been greatly benefited in the last
named State, as well as in the
Ohio Valley, where cutting is in
Mosquitoes m Court.
Yesterday Mr. James H. Pou
left for Greensboro, called there
by a "Mosquito Case" as he
pithily terms it.
It is a case in which the Revo
lution Cotton Mills Company, of
Greensboro, charged with being
guilty of having about its mills
breeding places for mosquitoes
is on trial. This is considered
a menace to health and a nuis
ance, hence the suit and the in
The State is represented by
Solicitor Brooks, Messrs. Scales,
Glenn and Manly and Wilson,
while for the defense will be heard
Messrs. King & Kimball, Bynum
& Binum, Spencer B. Adams, F. j
I. Osborne and James H. Pou.
This means a hotly contested
case.?News and Observer.
Mr. John T. Talton is away for
a short recreation.
Mrs. W. I). Lindsay is visiting
her parents at Whitaker's, N. 0.
Mr. Clias. 11. Boooe, of Raleigh,
was down to attend church Sun
Miss Lilly Creech, of Benson, is
visiting her sister, Mrs. W. H.
Miss Pauline Hood, of Selma,
has been a guest in our town for
the past week.
Miss Smith, of Garner's spent a
part of this week with Miss
Mr. Will Griswold is spending
this week with his parents in the
vicinity of Archer.
Supt. A. J. Rose, of the Clayton
Cotton Mill, made a business trip
to Raleigh Monday.
Capt. J. J. Young was in town
Monday. We are glad to see him
able to be out again.
The pastor. Rev. John I>ewis,
preached two able sermons at the
baptist church Sunday.
Mr. L. I). Debnam went to Wil
son Thursday in the interest of
the Clayton Cotton Mill.
Rev. J. A. T. Jones and Miss
Mattie spent Saturday night and
Sunday with Mrs. N. i?. Hales.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blaylock
who have recently moved front
Florida to Raleigh, are visitiug
Mrs. M. Holland.
Mrs. Samuel R. Gullev, after
spending a week with Mr. Galley's
parents, returned to her home in
Mr. Ellen Daughtery has re
signed as engineer of the Clayton
Cotton Mill. He will accept a
position at Charleston.
We anticipated seeing an inter
esting ~;.mc of ball Monday, but
owing to the timidity of the Shot
well team fell short of our expec
Misses Julia Ferrell, Rernice
Ellington, and Katie Cuminings,
of Raleigh, are the guests of Miss
Pearl Robertson and Mrs. E. L.
H in ton.
At a meeting of the directors i
of the Clayton school, the old
school house was sold toMr. J.C.
Ellington, of Raleigh. A new
house will soon be in the course
Miss Lillie Creech is visiting her
sister at Clayton.
Fred Crews will sojourn with
the boys at Fayetteville awhile.
Miss Maude Grimes, of Stephen
son, entered school here this week.
J. H. Boon is off lecturing to
his brethren of the Masonic fra
It. T. Surles has seut his family
to the country and he rambles
on a rambler.
\V. J. McDonald, of Fayette
ville was here Monday and con
templates moving his family here.
\V. J. Talton and Enoch Moore,
of Clayton section, were here
Wednesday prospecting with a
view to locate here.
Postal Clerk, Miss Nannie Ftley
has resigned, and thinks that
certain loungers about the post
office are not orthodox christians.
J. D. Bain was in Sampson
Sunday. He says he was too
late for the huckleberries but
hopes his trip was not altogether
Revs. Forbes and Woodall are
conducting a revival meeting at
the Methodist church. The Bap
tist closed their meeting and bap
tized 16 Saturday.
Among the visitors here this
week are Misses Annie and Lula
Prauo;hon, of Bennetts\ ille, S. C.,
Miss Esther Smith, of Peacock's
Cross Roads, Miss Hood,of Smith
field, Miss Lettie Peacock, of
Dunn and Joe Rose, of Washing
?1. W. Ryals' flat boots No. 2
settled the loose earth where they
struck it Monday night when he
tried to overtake "Hot Stuff"
Johnson and Will Robins, two
negro boys from Fayetteville.
who had attempted to shoot a
?J. E. Ivey took in the Norfolk
excursion, and on his return, as
the train pulled out from the
depot at Sinithfield, some one
from the outside hurled a missile
at him. breaking the car window
and inflicting a slight wound be
hind the left ear.
? Prof. J. 1'.Canaday is conduct
inga teachers' institute in < (range
county. He is one of the most
enthusiastic educators in the
State and his ability is recognized
as well away from home as at
home. Frank Woodall fills his
chair in his absence, and the pri
mary department under Miss
Millie Bailey proceeds without a
Henry Ruttliff (col.) chief cook
at Hraay Hotel has developed an
abnormal appet ite for hen's fruit,
so much so that on certain occa
sions he has been known to stow
away a goodly number of this
poultry product in his pockets to
enjoy in the quiet seclusion of
home life where the rattling of
dishes and clainoringof impatient
guests would in no way disturb
his utmost satisfaction.
Sarah McLam, daughter of
Joel McLam, Jr.. did not come
back Monday when she went to a
neighbor's on business. Investi
gation threw light on cupid's
antics, revealing that the young
lady and her fiance, Right McLam.
were arranging for the consum
mation so devoutly wished, ex
pecting to set up housekeeping
for themselves at once. They
were married Tuesday night.
Curing of tobacco is nearly at
an end for the season.
llogs continue to die with
cholera in large numbers.
Constable Tomlinson has been
pre, ty busy recently looking after
Mr. A. It. Taylor, of Raleigh, is
on a visit to relatives in the
Miss Dixie Young is down sick
with fever. Hopesareentertained
for her speedy recovery.
Several more of our farmers are
talking of goinginto the tobacco
culture next year. Evidently it
is a much better paying crop
than king cotton.
Mr. A. M. Barber, the miller,
says wheat is making a poor
turnout this year, much more so
than was expected.
Sorry to hear of Mr. A. Gower's
indisposition. He has been in
bed tor several days. Hope he
will soon be out again.
On account of the continuous
rainy weather the indications
now are thatcotton will be back
ward in opening this season.
Capt. J. J. Young spent several
days in Haleigh this week.
Though able to be out, he is still
quite feeble from his recent spell
We are told that just across
Swift creek the Barbour boys
have an extra finecropof cotton.
They fertilize with homemade
The protracted meeting at
Shiloh closed last Friday evening.
The piistor, Rev. Duncan McLeod
did some earnest preaching. No
conversions are reported.
Mr. Ralph Stevens, after spend
ing two weeks amongst friends of
this section returned to his home
in Smithfield the latter part of
last week. Ralph says we have
not seen the last of him.
The corn crop has improved
some, but the cotton crop is at a
standstill; the weed is somewhat
larger in spots, but the fruit is
not there. Unless cotton sells
high, this year will prove a hard
one to the farmer as well as the
It is likely another rural deliv
ery route will penetrate this sec
tion at no distant day. Why
should not the whole county re
ceive the benefits of this system?
Let the people get up petitions
and ask for the establishment of
routes in their section.
In the series of meetings now
in progress at Oakland, the pas
tor. Rev. It. W. Hines is being
ably assisted by Rev. Dr. Morton,
of' Rocky Mount. It is under
stood that Dr. Morton will preach
at Oakland next Sunday morn
ing and night, Rev. Mr. Hines
tilling his pulpit at Rocky Mount.
It is expected that Hon It. X.
Sim.ns, of Raleigh, will on the
second Sunday tin truing it. Sep
tember, deliver an address at
Shiloh on the Twentieth Century
Fund. He is one of the finest
public speakers theState affords,
hence every body in t^ie surround
ing country should avail them
selves of the opportunity of hear
The l'olenta and Rand's Mill
baseball clubs crossed bats on
the'latter's grounds last Satur
day evening. The game was a
close and exciting one through
out, though the best of feeling
prevailed. When the eighth inn
ing ended the score stood live to
five. The ninth gave the game
to l'olenta, the score standing
six to five. It was a hotly con
tested game, and our boys had
to play ball sure enough in order
to defeat Rand's Mill crack nine.
Grantham behind the bat did
superb work. Win. Young as ,
pitcher out did himself. Clem ,
Bryan as short stop always on
the alert, did most excellent work.
Howell on the 1st base, Price on
the 2d, Martin on 3d, did tip-top
playing. As fielders, Tomlinson,
Ilardee and Hill are not to be <
Iteaten. Fn fact, it was a well
played game all around and re
flects credit on the boys? Rand's
Mill as well as ours. Everyone!
speaks in the highest terms of
Rand's Mill boys. Thetwo clubs
will play again on the l'olenta
diamond at an early day. 1
* Typo. <
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If that mirror of yours shows
a wretched, sallow complexion, a !
jaundiced look, moth patches and |
blotches on the skin it's liver
trouble; but I)r. King's New Life ]
Pills regulate the liver, purify the
blood, giveclear skin, rosy cheeks, (
rich complexion. Only 25c at .
Hood Bros, drug store.
Believing Dr. Rath Arnold's
Balsam a reliable remedy for all 1
bowel disorders, we hereby guar
antee every 25c. bottle sold by
us to give satisfaction or money
refunded. Hood Bros, Allen Lee.
FOUR OAKS ITEMS.
Mr. Willie Beasley, of Garner,
was in town Thursday.
Mr. Milton Massengill of our
town went up to Benson Sunday.
Rev. Mr. Everton, of Newton
Grove, is visiting friends in town.
Mr. B. B. Adams went up to
Raleigh Wednesday, returning
Mr. W. E. Stanley went to Wil
son Monday on business, return
I)r. E. T. Dickinson, of Smith
field, was in town Tuesday on
Mr. E. L. Cole went down to
his old home near Bentonville
Tuesday, returning Thursday.
Misses Rosa and Cornelia Man
gum, of Raleigh, arrived Tuesday
to visit their uncle, Mr. J. G.
Massengill Bros, arehavingthe
store recently occupied by Mr.
Chas. Woodall repaired, which
they intend occupying soon.
Miss Sarah Beasley who has
been visiting her uncle, Mr. T. E.
Oliver, for the past few days, left
for her home in Wake county
The many friends of Mr. Geo.
W. Keen are glad to note that
he is again able to be out after
having been confined to his room
for several months.
Mr. Chas. H. Wellons left Sun
day for Maxton, N. C., where he
goes to enter the employ of a
dry goods company. We wish
him much success in his new
Messrs. Haywood and Walter
Stanley of our section left Wed
nesday the 14th inst. for Wrights
ville, to take part in the Con
federate Veterans Reunion at
Messrs. D. W. Adams and Win
Iloneycutt returned Wednesday
from Cumberland county, where
they have been visiting relatives.
They report crops looking well
in that section of the country.
Mr. Thos. Underwood came
near losing his life Sunday. He
was somewhat under the influ
ence of liquor and when about
one and a quarter miles from
Four Oaks, he lay down with his
head upon theend of the ties and
it is supposed went to sleep. He
was struck by north Bound mail
No. 78, and would have been
killed were it not that the traiu
was only running at the rate of
10 miles an hour. He was taken
on to Rocky Mount hospital and
at last accounts was getting on
Miss Ilonia Hood has returned
from a visit to friends at Lowell
Mr. H. L. Mitchener and sister,
Miss Blanche, are visiting friends
Miss Mattie Ellington, of Man
chester, Va..is visiting her broth
er, A. It. Ellington.
Miss Aaron, of Mt. (Hive, and
Miss Ilenly, of Greensboro, are
visiting Miss Fannie Jackson.
Vr. Thomas H. Atkinson, Jr.,
of Washington, 1). C., is here to
see his father, who is quite sick.
Miss Marion Preston left Wed
nesday morning to visit friends
and relatives in Washington,
Miss Mamie Richardson return
ed to her home Saturday, after
an extended visit to relatives in
Mrs. M. C. Winston and Miss
Ethel returned home Sunday
from Mt. Airy. Mrs. Winston was
greatly benefited by her trip.
Dr. J. W. Hatcher, Roliert Mil
lard Nowell and George D. Vick
went to Raleigh Wednesday to
see the ball game between Wil
mington and Raleigh.
Mr. T. T. Candler, the giv^erin
tendent of the Graded Schools,
arrived here Friday morning.
He spent Sunday at Princeton,
returning Monday. He is de
termined to make a success of,
Mr. Charles Carroll, of Clavtou.
was in our midst Sunday.
The little child of Mrs. Susan
Cook is reported much better.
Miss l'ittman, of Selnia, is
visiting Miss Ruth Button this
Curing tobacco is nearing com
pletion and pulling fodder will
Miss Delia lid wards who bis
been visiting Miss Hula Whitley,
returned home last week.
Miss Ruth Button returned
from an extended visit in the
vicinity of Selma Monday.
Dr. and Miss Mary Hatch r
were in our section Sunday, the
guests of Miss Ida Barnes.
Mr. John Blaekman, of Selm i.
and his sister, Miss laffie, werethe
guests of Miss Cm ma Castleberry
Elder J. A. T. Jones preached
a very able sermon at Salem
Primitive Baptist church Sunday
There will be preaching at White
Oak Baptist church Saturday
and Sunday by the pastor, Rev.
A. A. Pippin.
Miss .limmie Batten went to
Selma Saturday on a visit to her
parents, Mr.and Mrs. Rufus Bat
ten, formerly of this section.
(Juite a number of our people
went downtothepic-nic at Earp's
school house Saturday, which
was very much enjoyed by all
Mrs. Mary Wood who has been
on anexteuded visit to her daugh
ter, Mrs. W. II. I.yon, of Raleigh,
returntd home recently.
Miss VessieC'oats, a very char
ing young lady of Spilona. wl >
has been on a visit in our midst.
returned home last week.
Miss Lessie Baru< s attend -l
the pic-nic in Wake county lac
week and also visited relath <
and friends in Auburn Sunday.
Mr. Louis Martin and Mi -
Nellie Johnson, -pent l ist Satur
day and Sunday in the Baiu.t r
section the guests of Miss Lil 1
At the pic-nic at Sliiloh chur. a
recently, Mr. John Hardee the
Superintendent, made.1 net pro;'
of #11 13 on the sales of co'd
drinks, which he donated to the
Sunday school for the benefit of
a Christmas tree next Christine-.
AROUNi) SANDEPS CHAPEL.
M. F. Hill is visiting relatin -
in Wilson this v vk.
Charlie Stevens, of Wayne,
spent last Sunday in the neigh
Mrs. A. J. Whitley and Mast-1
Paul, spent 1 ist Sunday iji o> r
Charlie M. Sanders, of Duplh
county, is visiting relative.- in
Messrs. .1 C. Whitley a I
Charles Powell, .Jr., want to Ual
eigh Saturday, returning Sunday.
Messrs. W. C. Smith and .1. C.
Whitley left for Clinton Monday
morning, where they will spei 1
Rev. Duncan Mcl.eod filled t:
appointment at Sardis hist Sun
day, and as u-nal preached i.a
interesting s< n on.
Messrs. C. S. Powell, W. A.
Smith, C. lh Saudi rs, ,1. K. San
ders, Will Hamili >n. John Pan . -
Robert Pate ad .1 in Winfr. ?
spent last w> . et Wrightsvilh
Examinations for admission to
the N. C. CV "? of Agriculture
and Mechanic V * will 1 held in
Raleigh at tl teinbci
3rd and 4th at (> o'ch k a rn.
The College will Of n SeptemU i
4th. Students ?1?*-H. ?* rooms
must be on hand at the opening.