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VOL. 20. SMITH FIELD, N. C., FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1901. NO. 25.
A Partial List of the Week's Hap
penings Throughout the
Ex-Governor Stone, of Mis
souri, has announced himself a
candidate for the Tinted States
Senate to succeed Senator Vest.
Abe Wilder, a negro charged
with the murder of a white wo
man, was captured and burned
by an angry Texas mob near
Ked Ranch, Texas, early last
Last week at Asheville, Ala.,
one man was killed and another
seriously wounded in an attempt
of a mob to secure a negro who
had been convicted of criminal
assault and sentenced to hang
John rugate, a negro, 21 years
of age, was hanged at Wise, Va.,
Friday, for the murder near Toms
Creek. Va., on .June 0th, of Mar
tha Wells, a colored woman. Fu
gate displayed great nerveon the
scaffold and confessed his guilt.
One person was killed, another
was dangerously hurt and a
building wrecked at Ashley, In
diana, Monday, by the explosion
of a soda fountain. It is sup
posed that the explosion was
caused by an error being made in
preparing the gas with which the
fountain was charged.
J. M. Mercer, convicted last
May of assaulting Jessie Taylor,
a little girl, was hanged at Tampa,
Fla., last Friday. His neck was
broken by the fall. He died de
claring his innocence. His last
words were a request that his wife
be taken care of. Mercer is the
first white man ever legally exe
cuted in Hillsboro county.
John H. Butler, a negro, was
hanged at Baltimore Friday
morning. Butler killed his wife
last October, by beating her with
a cobblestone. He has always
denied his guilt and several at
tempts have been made to have
his sentence commuted on the
grounds that he was insane He
was prominent as a Republican
Investigation by the grand jury
into the recent lynching of a
negro in Elmore county, Ala
bama, has resulted in indictments
against ten of the thirty persons
alfcged to have constituted the
mob. Several witnesses who re
fused to testify when called were
placed in jail foi contempt. These
are the first indictments against
lynchers in that State in many
A dispatch from Stroud. Okla
homa, says: "The desire to run
all negroes from Territory towns,
started at S<|ualpa, has spread
to Stroud, and a mob of gamblers
and toughs has driven all blacks
from town. In addit ion they tore
down the houses of two negroes,
and burned the buildings and
contents. The trouble started
when a negro attempted to stab
a white man. The officers so far
have not interfered.
Rev. George B. Harnington
committed suicide at Oxford, N.
J., by hanging himself in the l>el
fry of the Methodist church, where
he had of late been preaching.
Mr. Harnington was 20 years of
age, and was still a student at
Drew Seminary, not yet having
been admitted to full preacher's
orders. Two weeks ago he was
married in Oxford to the organist
of his church, and, so far as can
be learned, his married life was
happy. No cause is known for
Sunday afternoon, August 18,
at Pierce City, Mo., Miss Gazelle
Wild was murdered. Suspicion
at once rested on a negro. Will
Godley, who was arrested and
lodged in jail. Monday night a
mob of 1,000 enraged citizens
took him fiom the jail and
lynched him. The mob later
shot French Godley, Will God
lev's grandfather, to death, and
burned the houses of five negroes,
cremating Peter Hampton. The
enraged crowd seized the State
militia rifles and drove dozens of
negroes from the town. Nearly
every negro has left the town and
fears to return.
Miss Dixie Young is much bet
Mies Addie Barber has returned
from a pleasant visit to Smith
Miss Alma barber, of Wilson's
Mills, is visiting friends in the
Regret to say Mrs. ,T. E. Jones
is confined to herbed, being quite
ill. Hope her sickness will be of
Miss Mamie Johns, one of
Wake's most accomplished young
ladies, is spending some time
visiting Miss May Young.
The tobacco farmers are jubi- j
lant. The good prices they re
ceive for the weed stimulated
them for greater efforts in the
Miss Sue Edmondson leaves for
Dunn to-morrow (Thursday),
where she will teach music for the
next six months, at least. Miss
Sue is one of the most accom
plished music teachers in the
AVe have two colored men in
this township bordering on to
one hundred years old. In fact,
one of them is said to be passed
that age. They are both wAll
thought of by the white people
that live around them. Their
names are Deter McDaniel and
Sanders. Old man Sanders
appears to be the older of the
The meeting at Oakland closed
Tuesday night. It was one of
great enjoyment to our people,
who showed their interest by at
tendance upon divine services.
The ltev. Dr. Morton, who did
the preaching did it eloquently
and powerfully, yet so plain that
any could understand it. At
times he became so earnest and
persuasive as to sway upon his
hearers to the extent of melting
them to tears. Indeed his por
trayals of truths as contained in
God's word were beautiful and
sublime. The interest manifested
was deep. Many were led to in
quire the way of peace; ten came
out openly and avowed their pur
pose to serve their Master and
Lord in the future, and connected
themselves with Oakland Presby
terian church. The church people
were greatly edified and built up
and sinners were led to see the
enormity of sin as never before,
and the influences for good from
this meeting will prove lasting.
Let God be praised for the exhi
bition of his matchless power in
On Tuesday Mr. H. T. Garrard
who owns considerable real estate
in this section, but who virtually
lives in Norfolk, Va., being at his
old home on a vacation, con-,
ceived the idea of giving a dinner
to his relatives, tenants and a
few invited guests; and to say
the least it was one of very great
enjoyment to those who partici
pated. By 11 o'clock a goodly
number had assembled and were
cordially welcomed by Mr. Gar
rard. The table was erected
under the spreading limbs of the
large oak trees in the yard which
gave ample shade. The table
was loaded with that which satis
fies the appetite?such as barbe
cued shoat, barliecued mutton
and baked beef, chicken,* bread,
pickles, cakes and ice cream; etc.
The whites present were invited
to assemble around the table and
after the blessing was implored
all partook to their heart s con
tent. Then the colored people,
those who worked for or on bis
land, were invited and enjoyed a
good dinner. Mr. Garrard, him
self, waited on the table, and left
no stone unturned to cause all to
enjoy the occasion; indeed he was
lavish in his hospitality. When
seventeen years old with a wid
owed mother on his hand, he
started out a poor lad, but by
energy, attention to business,
and honest toil he has gradually
eliml>ed the ladder of success,
until now he is the possessor of a
large real estate property, and
continues to prosper. A year
ago he was very much depressed
on account of poor health, but
he is now* restored, and seems full
of life, vigor and push. He left
Wednesday morning for Norfolk.
Short Items of interest Culled
From our State Exchanges*
L. Acree, Secretary anil Treas
urer of Jonesboro Cotton .Mills
committed suicide Monday.
The Charlotte Oil and Fertilizer
Company has been sold to the
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Com
pany. The price paid was $425,
Wake county has in the past
few days ordered public school
houses to cost $4,000 tobebifilt.
()f these there is to be a $1,000
one at Wake Forest.
During a severe electrical storm
at Tarboro Saturday afternoon
lightning struck the residence of
Charlie Friar, a mill operative,
instantly killing his sister, aged
25. (>ther occupants were severely
It is rumored that H. M. Flag
ler, the multi-millionaire oil
magnate, has secured options on
desirable property at Wrights
ville and will erect a hotel on the
island and one on the bay front,
expending about $500,000 in
The convicts in this State have
in the past twenty-seven years
built twenty-six railways, with
a total of 1,437 miles, or about
two-tifths of the whole mileage
in North Carolina. The Estima
ted value of the work is $2,000 a
mile on an average.
According to the report of the
Corporation Commissioner there
are now 70 State, 17 private and
13 savings banks in North Caro
lina. The total resources of the
State banks are $12,489,357.40; |
of the private banks, $1,581,
755.21; savings banks, $16,501 ,
The Bulletin says a crate <>i
peaches were shipped irora South
ern Pines last week to a gentle
man in Europe. Last season
some peiiches were sent to Europe
to the same gentleman. They
reached him in excellent shape
and some of them came back to
America, and were still in excel
lent condition, after traveling
over 7,000 miles by land and sea.
The case against Gay Bryant
and seventy-seven others charged
with tearing down and burning
a Sanctificationist church in
Cherokee county came up for trial
at the recent term of court at
Murphy. Of the seventy-eight
defendants, seventeen failed to
appear; the indictment against
eleven of them was nol prossed;
fifty stood trial and were ad
judged not guilty by the jury.
The Chapel Hill News says that
Mr. Tobe Henderson, while
returning from Durham a few
days ago, found i he creek very
high and pastfording. Hedrove
to one side of the road to wait
until the water fell, and went to
sleep. When he awoke he found
himself on the oppositesideof the
creek as wet as a drowned rat.
His mule, Itecoming imputient,
had plunged in and crossed the
creek while the sleeper slept, giv
ing his master a good ducking.
Itoscoe Murrow, of a promi
nent family in Guilford county,
was convicted last week of the
ruin of an orphan |girl, his adop
ed sister, and sentenced to seven
years on the chain gang. Judge
Shaw, who presided at the trial,
proposed to remit the imprison
ment if Murrow would pay the
girl and her child $1,500 and !?.">
00 to the school fund, but the
offer was refused. The orphan
girl was adopted into Marrow's
father's family at the age of 0.
At the age of IB young Murrow
became criminally intimate with
her and when her ruin became
public the girl was turned out of
tier home. After accomplishing
his adopted sister's ruin Murrow
married a respectable young
woman of the neighborhood.
Eruptions, cuts, burns, scalds
and sores of all kinds quickly
1 healed by DeWitt's Witch Hazel
Salve. Certain cure for piles. Be
ware of Counterfeits. Be sure
you get the original?DeWitt's.
Hare A- Son, J. It. Led better,
| Hood Bros.
Mr. Richard ( diver has accepted
a position as clerk in the post
Mr. C. W. Richardson and fam
ily have returned from a visit to
Miss Hazel Waddell left Tues
day for Kenly to teach music in
Miss Mamie Tuck left Wednes
day morning for Oxford, where
she has a position as teacher in
the Orphan Asylum.
Misses Aaron and Hurley, who
have been visiting Miss Fannie
Jackson, left Wednesday for
Mount Olive and*New Berne.
Miss Mallie I'reston has moved
to "Smith" house on Railroad
street, having closed her board
ing house to accept a position as
teacher in the (iraded School.
The first session of the Graded
Schools will begin on Monday,
September 2nd. The trustees
hope that the parents will send
their children promptly. They
have bought new desks, made
new rooms, and everything will
be as convenient and up-to-date
as is found in anv school.
Some of our farmers are curing
their fodder 111 tobacco barns.
They take it from the field green,
tie it up in bundles, lay it on to
bacco sticks and run the heat
gradually to 140 to 150 degrees.
It will cure in 24 hours a nice
green. A careful man can put
nve stacks in a barn. With as
many barns in the county as
there are, there should be no trou
ble in saving fodder. In putting
fodder gieen in the barn care
should be taken not to put the
bundles on top of one another
without sticks betweeu them.
Mr. J. A. Wellons was out to
see us Sunday.
Several of the boys went to
Wilmington Monday on the ex
Miss Yessie ('oats has returned
home from a long visit in upper
Mrs. J. A. Wellons and child :en
spent last week with her father,
Mr. R. I. Lassiter.
Miss Mernice Ellington, one of
Raleigh's highly accomplished
and most beautiful young ladies,
is visiting Mrs. C. A. Johnson.
Crops in this section have im
proved wonderfully after all the,
growling about too much rain,
the farmers are going to gather
an average crop.
L. R. Moore is very sick with
fever. He had the misfortune to
lose a barn of tobacco by fire
Saturday night?a negro was
curing; carelessness was the cause.
Tobacco is bringing high prices
and we fanners will ilo longer
have to be drummed and told
that Smithtield isoneof the high
est price markets in the State Tor
the sale of leaf tobacco. Almost
everybody already knows it.
Mr. A. R. Willinghain, Smith
field's high price tobacco buyer,
and one of the best judges of to
bacco in the State, was out to
see us recently. We were very
glad to have him with us and
hope lie will come again soon and
siiend more time with us.
F. L. T.
Horses Dying: in Dare.
Mr.B.G.Crisp, of Manteo, Dare
county, the only member of the
bar in that county, is in the city
on business. He is here to argue
some cases in the Supreme Court
next week. Mr. Crisp says that
the mosquitoes are not so bad as
they have been, but that the
horse epidemic in Hyde has got
to Roanoke Island and is killing
the horses. It does not attack
the banks ponies. Asked if it at
tacked the mules, Mr. Crisp quid
there were only three in Dare
county, and if the epidemic strikes
those mules it will probably be
the end of the mosquito epidemic.
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MUCH RAIN LAST WEEK.
Lands Badly Washed and Field Work
Impeded?Cotton Shedding Badly
and Not muting as Desired.
The Weekly Crop Bulletin for
North Carolina, issued by the
Weather Bureau, says that the
reports of crop correspondents
for the past week indicate very
unfavorable weather conditions
for farm work, due to the con
tinuous rains in all sections,
which have not only washed the
lands hardly, but have seriously
impeded all field work, at the
same time being most favorable
for the growth of weeds. The
temperature averaged about 2
degrees daily above the normal,
the rainfall being also from half
an inch to an inch above.
Such cotton as is well cultivat
ed is doing nicely, but as a rule it
is shedding badly and not fruit
ing as much as could be desired.
Rain has injured the top crop
and on Hat lands it is rusting.
Farmers are behind in hilling on
account of the death of so many
horses in the miasmatic regions.
Turnips are coming up to a good
s*and,butthe wet weather has
hindered sowing. The fall crop
of potatoes is doing nicely, but
the second crop of Irish potatoes
is coming up badly. More sun
shine is needed. The reports of
fruit indicate that the crop is a
failure. Apples are dropping,
and peaches and grapes are rot
ting badly. Tomatoes are rot
ting. More sunshine is needed
for peanuts, which are not doing
so well. Field peas are in tine;
condition. There has been too
much rain for tobacco, although
some curing has been done, t ne
color being very good. Fodder
pulling has begun, although re
tarded by the rain. Late plant
ed corn is doing well,* although
the indications are that the crop
will be late; that planted on high
lands has improved, while on
low lands it has been much in
jured by wet weather; replants
not earing well. Hay is doing
well, but the rains are giving
farmers trouble in covering*!hat.
which is cut. Rice is promising,
although, as with all other crops,
there has been too much rain tor
a favorable growth. Wheat not
threshed is injured in the shock.
Turning land for planting is
going on rapidly. Reports about
oats are conflicting, rotting be
ing reported in some sections and
in others the reports are favora
ole. Winter oats are said to be
turning out well. Pastures have
improved and the second crop of
clover is coming on finely.
Miss Callie Strickland returned
from a visit to Favetteville, Mon
W. S. Utley takes a few days
off and visits his family this
A large crowd of our people
went on Hatch Bros, excursion
Kfforts are being made for two
rural free delivery routes from
this place. ,
Mrs. It. W. Cavenaugh and Miss
Nellie Parrish returned Tuesday
from a visit to Clayton.
Rev. T. H. Leavit, a favorite
with the Holiness congregation,
preached two sermons here Sun
Misses Eva Madrin, of Orange
county, and Addie Hardee, of
Elevation, enterrd school here
C. F. Neighbors has rented
Richardson & Aikin's music house
and is putting in a stock of as
J. H. Boon & Son moved into
their new store Thursday. J. It.
Denning will be with them after
The Misses Mangum, of Ral
eigh, returned home Tuesday
after spending several days with
Mrs. J. P. Canaday.
No fence law is being agitated
aud it is proposed to extend it
from Hunter rpad to include Ele
avtion, most of Banner and In
Section 29 of the newly printed
ordinances need give no alarm.
It has never been enacted into
law, and crept in by mistake.
Hill & Broughton,barbers, will,
after this week, open a branch
office at Dunn. This course be
comes necessary for the reason
that they cannot serve their
Dunn patrons by mail nor tele
Among the visitors here are
Willie Pearsall, of Wilson, Mrs.
W. H. Dixon, of Kim City, Mr.
and Mrs. U. C. Bryan, of Clayton
section, H. K. Boykin, of Rich
mond. Mr. and Mrs. D. L.God
win, of Kenly.
A bogus telegram straightened
out the recollections of two citi
zens Tuesday and they had not
done any such things as at first
they thought they had. What
they did on the excursion reads
like a different book since the tele
Farmers are discussing the ad
visability of assembling in mass
meeting to express their disap
proval of tobacco drumming.
They are finding out who pays
the freight, and are bold to de
clare that they have sense enough
to sell all the tobacco they can
make, and that this so> t of self
constituted guardianship comes
Among the many farmers who
have realized fancy prices for to
bacco, since our last, we mention
H. Massengill, A. Altman, Ulius
Eason, J R. McLam, E. Johnson,
Amos Johnson, J. I. Jones, W.
E. Massengill and Luther Allen,
at the Farmers; P. L. Hayes, W.
B. Massengill, R. L. Weaver,
Thomas Barber, B. F. Langdon,
and J. E. Allen at the Banner.
The farmers are showing proper
appreciation of our home mark
It was the pleasure of your cor
respondent Tuesday to travel
over a goodly portion of the
Southern part of our good coun
ty, and it was acontinualdelight
to mark the crops, one after an
other. so much better than we
had even dared hope to see.
Good land carefully cultivated
.makes a good crop almost every
year, and that's what these peo
ple have. They are industrious,
honest, law-abiding, Democratic,
and when you go among them
you feel like you are in the choice
section of God's country.
Mr. Carson Durham is quite
Miss Yerta Garvis is visiting
Miss Nellie Pool.
A number of houses are being
built in Darktown.
. Mr. & Mrs. J. C'. Ellington, of
Raleigh, are guests here this week.
Mr. M. E. Cotton has accepted
a position with the Clayton
Mr. Floyd Harris, who has
been relieving an agent at Mor
risville, is at home.
M is. Geo. L. Walker, of Savan
nah, Ga., is visiting her sister,
Mrs. Ashley Home.
Mr. W. H. Stallings recently
purchased a fine pair of horses.
His rig is a "dasher".
Mr. and Mrs. John S. llarnes
and John, Jr., spent a part of the
week at the home of Mr. Barnes'
Prof. Archie Jones spent a few
hours in town Tuesday, return
ing to his father's home, accom
painied by Miss Eula.
Mr. D. L. Barnes is preparing
to build a beautiful residence
preparatory to locating here,
jiermaneutly, we think.
Everybody we have 'heard
speak of it likes "forv, "The
Gunnmker of Moscow.'' Hojie
you will give us another as good.
Our boys experienced a slight
surprise Monday; a game had
lieen arranged between them
selves and Shot well's team; on
reaching the Shotwell grounds
they found the pick of \\ endell's
team and three of the Shotwell
boys arranged for the game, our
boys were defeated, the score
i standing 5 to 2 in favor *of the
? other teams.