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VOL. 2(). SMITH FIELD, N. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER (I, 1901. NO.39.
A NECK AND NECK TAX RACE.
Sheriffs Ellington of Johnston and
Kline of Lincoln hirst to Settle
With Treasurer Lacy.
It was a neck and neck race
yesterday between Sheriff .f. T.
Ellington, of .Johnston county,
and Sheriff J. K. Kline, of Liu
coln, for the honor of being the
first sheriff in the State to settle
11)01 taxes with the State Treas
Sheriff Ellington left home Sun
day and arrived here earlv Mon
day morning, while Sheriff Kline
had his check mailed Saturday, j
The two sheriffs made what in!
racing parlance would be termed
a dead heat. Sheriff Kline's let
ter containg his check was open
ed about two minutes previous
to Sheriff Ellington's arrival.
Technically Sheriff Kline was
ahead, but bot h Sheriffs deserve
to share in the honor of being
the first to settle the 1901 taxes.
The amount of Sheriff Kline's
settlement was $0,481.11, while
that of Sheriff Ellington was
If there is a model sheriff in the
State it is Sheriff J. T. Ellington,
of Johnston. For fifteen years j
he has been the popular sheriff of
the county and in every year
save two he has been the tirst
sheriff in the State to settle with
the State Treasurer Mi*. Wm.
Dortch as tax collector of Wayne
had the honor of defeating \lr.
Ellington in the race for the
sheriff's office twice in those
fifteen years. Sheriff Ellington
is an ideal officer in every respect.
The peopleof Johnston are proud
of their popular sheriff and they
have a right to be.?News and
Observer. I)ec. S.
THE NEW CONGRESS.
Republicans Have a Clear Majority
in Both Branches.
Washington, Dec. 2.? With
the beginning of the Fifty-seventh
Congress at noon today the
national legislative body entered
upon an era of action which
promises to be one of great im
portance to the country. Other
Congresses of recent years have
passed upon questions of war and
strife. This one will deal with
issues, the fruits of war, no less
important and involving the
every-day material interests of
the citizens of the United States
and the welfare of other peoples
whose destinies war has placed in
It is in part a new Congress.
A goodly promotion of fresh!
blood was infused into it by the
recent elections. Representa
tives corning direct from the
people will be present to voice
the wishes of their constituents.
At the same time there remain in
both Senate and House practi
cally the same number of old
leaders, men of wide experience in
legislation, of thorough familiar
ity with the needs of the country
and the policies of the dominant
party. I' would seem to he n
commingling of conservatism
i ii > House nas a membership
of 357, of whom 197 are Repub
licans, 151 are Democrats and J)
are fusionists, silverites or Popu
lists. With this division the
Republicans would have a clear
majority over all of thirty-seven
in case the Populists voted with
the Democrats on party ques
The Senate has ST members,
there being at present throe
vacancies. The Republicans
will have a majority intheSenate
varying from 20 to 24, according
to the way certain former Popu
lists and fusionists vote and tak
ing iuto consideration the possi
bility of at least one Democrat
voting with the administration
on national policies.
The new members of the House
number 92, of whom 50 are
Republicans, .'IS are Democrats,
and 4 are Fusionists, but who
will probably vote with the
Democrats. Thus, not only is
there a preponderance in numliers
of old members of the House in
the present body, but it happens
that most of the influential and
experienced men in both parties
A Partial List of the Week's Hap
penings Throughout the
A boiler ex plosion at New Deca
tur, Ala., Saturday, killed four
Richard Crokersnys people will
not see much more political lead
ing; on his part.
The battleships Alabama and
Massachusetts arrived at Charles
Last. Tuesday the Supreme
Court of Rhode Island granted
56 decrees of divorce.
A $10,000,000 Basket trust is
being organized to include nil
manufacturers east of the Missis-1
Forty passengers and ?70,000
in gold reached Port Townsend,!
Wash., Tuesday trotn the Klon
The Irish National World's Fair \
Association has been organized,;
with $600,000 capital, to repre
sent, Ireland at St. Louis, Mo., in
The Anti-Imperialist League,
at a meeting in Boston, called on
Congress to acknowledge the ab
solute independence of the Filip- j
The First National Bank of
Ballston. X. Y., has closed its]
doors. The teller is $100,000
short. He had been stealing for
mi e ii ? J ? a > I
i lie copies 01 int* president. s
message sent to congress were
printed and bound in brown
morocco, with gold border and ;
The army electric school at
Fort Monroe is to be closed and
the men there sent to the school
of submarine defence at Fort Tot
ten, X. Y.
Congressman Dick, of Ohio, has
introduced a resolution for an
investigation of alleged abridge
ment of election privileges in cer
A man in the Tennessee peni
tentiary secured his release by'
forging the necessary papers, j
The Supreme Court declares he
cannot be indicted for this forg
At Mt. Holly, X. J., Tuesday!
a ma n made a desperate effort to
escape just before the hour of his
execution. He made a dash and
reached the jail yard before cap- j
Terence Murphv, aged 101
years, died at Baltimore Tuesday
from the effects of a fall last Sep
tember. fie recovered from an
attack of sunstrokelast summer,
although his' physicians said lie
The differences between the
young Queen Wilhelmina,of Hol
land and her husband Prince
Henry, have reached a serious
rurn The Queen, it is said, will
ask for a divorce alleging cruelt y.
They were married about a year
mi... cti- .t.. n 1. uhii: .....
i hp rmuip im'.k ?>i >> iiiijiiiis
ville, Illinois, was an to red by rob
bers early Tuesday and the safe
was blown open and robbed of
>'-1,000 ineashand jewelry valued
at several thousand dollars. The
explosion aroused the town and
citizens were soon on the scene,
bar the robbers had escaped on
The Supreme Court of Missouri
Tuesday handed down a decision,
finding that the Western Union
Telegraph Company was organ
ized under the laws of New York
and is not a Federal corporation,
and that the assessment of the
company's franchise by the State
Board of Canalization is legal
At the request of Governor j
General Wood, of Cuba, theitiner
arv of the North Atlantic squad
ron has been changed so as to
have the squadron at Havana
during the Christmas holidays?
from December 17th to 26th. By 1
that time General Wood will have
returned to Havana and he j
wishes to extend social courtesies
to the officers and men of the fleet i
during the holiday seoaon.
The man found in unexhausted
condition in the hold of the f'ula
tin on her arrival at New York,
Tuesday, says he boxed himself
up, with a quantity of food, and
had hiniNelf shipped as freight
Xenophon de Kalaniatiano,
1!? years of age, a native of Rus
sia, has been made a professor in
the modern languagedepart ment
of the University of Chicago,
where he will fill the clmir of lins
sian language. Kalaniatiano is
student in the University and a
member of the senior class. Me
has be< n in the University two
Fifty-two employes of the Logan
Iron and Steel Company af Lewis
ton, I'a., have quit work because!
of the appointment of a colored)
foreman overthem. Moreeolored
workmen were carried thereto,
work in the scrap yards, but the
mill men refused to work the iron
handled by them. Serious diffi
culties between the white and i
black workmen ?!??? feared.
ESMNATE OE COT TON CHOP.
t he Reports of the Government Place
the Cotton Crop tor 1901-1902
at 9,674,000 Bales.
Washington, Dec. 3.?The stat
istician of the Department of
Agriculture reports 9,674,000
bales as the probable cotton pro
duction of the United States in
an. ?:,.i?a? ?.i
l lit? ill trtii j.?h ivrru ui ur
in estimated at26,802,239 acres,
a reduction of 730,216 acres, or ,
2 6 per cent, from the acreage
The total production of lint
cotton is estimated at 4,529.
954,000 pounds, an average of
169 poundB per acre picked or to
The estimates production by
States, in pounds of lint cottou
per acre, is as follows:
Virginia, 176; North Carolina,
142; South Carolina, 141; Geor
gia,167; Florida, 117; Alabama, '
156; Mississippi, 205; Louisiana,
260; Texas, 159; Arkansas, 173;
Tennessee, 136; Missouri, 196;
Oklahoma, 196; Indian Terri
In addition to the Department's
ordinary crop reporting agencies i
15,000 ginners and 5,000 bank
ers and merchants have furnished
valuable information concerning
acreage and production. The
ginners have also reported the
amount of cotton ginned between
August 15 and November 29,
this year and last year, with the!
average gross weight per bale I
and the average weight of bag-!
ging and ties. This has enabled
the statistician to ascertain the!
average net weight of the bales
for each separate State a id for1
the entire cotton belt, and these
weights have been used in determ
ining the total number of bales
produced. Theaveragenet weight
for the entire cotton b?-lt is 468.2
pounds, which is believed to be
the lowest average in at least ten
The large number of light bales!
being marketed and also some
reduction in the proportion of,
lint seed cotton areobjects of fre
quent comment by correspond
ents of all classes.
Uncle Sam s Annual txpense Ac
The Secretary of the Treasury
transmitted to Congress Monday
the fallowing estimates of appro
priations required for thegovern
rnent service for the fiscal year
ending June .'$0, 1 903. as furn
ished by the heads of the several
execu tive departmen t s. The tot a 1
asked for is $610,827,688, which
is $16,000,000 less than the esti
mates for 1902, and $4,000,000
more than the appropriations for
that year. Following is a re
capitulation of the estimates by
Legislative, $10,188,099; Ex
ecutive, $294,160; State. $2,446,
.'128; Treasury, $156,484,925;j i
War, $161,920,101; Navy. $100,.
701,122; Interior, $161,tlO,535; I
Postofflce, $4,461,966; Depart- .
ment of Agriculture, $5,509,540;
department of Labor, $190,580.
Department of Justice, $6,917,
330; total, $610,827,688.
Short items ot Interest Clipped and
Culled From Our State
11<>11. C >!in M. Melvean. Solici
tor t>f i lie Seventh District, died
of erysipelas at the Marsh-High
sinith sanitarium at Fayetteville
F.lisha Holland, the oldest citi
zen of Win ne county, died at his
home near Piiiknev a few davsj
ago. He was more than 100
years of aye.
L ist Sunday night at Shelby
Lee Dope and Frank Kendall i
were fooling with a supposed
empty pistol, when it went tiff
instantly killing Kendall.
\ charter has been granted the
Farinia Flouring Mill Company,
of Raleigh, capital $50,000,
Wallace de Rnndean, late of New
York, holding all save two shares.
The Wataugtv building at the
A. & M. College at Raleigh, was
destroyed bv fire last week. Loss
SI 0,000, with fti,000 insurance.
The dining hall and kitchen and
dormitories for 50 students were
located in this building. The
boys rooming in the building
were forced to go home for lack
Charlotte is at last to have a
handsome theatre in time for
next season. The Charlotte
Realty Company will build it, at
a cost of $32,500, and Manager
Leath, of Richmond, will be in
charge. Raleigh is also to have
a new, or rather a carefully re
modeled and practically new one,
and a New York syndicate will
The Gattis-Kilgo case was tried
in Oxford last week. Gattis was
again successful and got a ver
dict against Or. Kilgo and B. N.
Duke for $15,000 damages. The
defendants gave notice of an ap
peal to the SupremeCourt. This
case was tried a year aero, Gat
tis getting a verdict for $20,000.
Kilgo and Uuke appealed and
were granted a new trial with
Weather Observer Von Her
mann says November was the
coldest since the Weather Bureau
was established in Raleigh in
1887. The mean temperature
was 44 degrees, while 50 is the,
normal. The lowest temperature
was 20. The temperature has
been as low as 17 during Novem
ner. The feature was t he absence
of extremes of heat and cold,
and the fact that there was no
Miss .May McCain, barely IS, a
student at Peace Institute, and
the ward of M. J. Adams, of Ral
eigh. eloped last week with Ros
cue Ward, of Greensboro. She
left home with her books, ostensi
bly for school, but stepped in a
carriage with Ward ana two of
his friends and was driven along
quiet streets to the home of a
minister, who quickly tied the
knot. It is the third school girl
elopement there this fall.
There whs :i conference Tues
day morning by the Council of
State, President Chatham of the
North Carolina Railroad, and
the counsel for the State in the
Soti'h Dakota bond suit. Presi
dent Chatham said that, though
the suit is a serious matter, in
volving a s 11 does so me $1)00,000,
the lawyers are quietly confident
they can win out. Mr. Chatham
went on to say tiiat the case
would certainly not affect the
North Carolina Railroad.
At the meeting of the Board of
Agriculture as trustees of the
Agricultural and Mechanical Col
lege at Raleigh Tuesday, Presi
dent Winston, of the college, by
request made a full statement as
to the recent fire, saving the
building burned cost f10,000, |
was insured for three fourths of
its value and from this deduction
must be made for the walls yet
standing. He said $3,000 of the
loss was uninsured. He urged
that two buildings replace the
one burned and that a loan be
secured for re-building. He ap
peared to think that f 15,000
?honld be the amount thus to tie
JOHNSTON SUPERIOR COURT.
Hasseti, the Insurance Man, Sent lo '
Roads Two Years-Others Sent
for Shorter Terms.
.1 ohnstou county Superior Ifourt 1
convened here Monday morning
with Hon. W. S. O'lJ. Robinson, 1
of Uoldsboro, Judge presiding '
and Hon. Aruiisteud Jones, of 1
Raleigh, Solicitor, prosecuting.
The following grand jury was
drawn: .1. '>. Morgan, Foreman,''
KldridgeWoodard, fluid Stevens,
C. li Johnson, W. 11 Harbour, |
.1. I. Hatcher, VV. H. Stanley. (1. ]!
F. Woodard, 10. A. Johnson, Will. 1
11. Met'ullers, 1) .1. Wood, S. A.
Lassiter, It. M. Hvrd, Henry Mor- '
g in, J. M. l'arristi,Charlie ilatch- :
er. S. 1'. O'Neal, L. 8. Cotter.
Israel Stephenson was appoint- ,
ed officer of the grand jury.
Judge Robinson's charge was
plain, practical and forceful and 1
delivered in his own characteris- 1
tic manner, pointing out to the 1
grand jury its duty in such spe 1
cific terms t hat no one could mis- 1
understand the intentions of the '
The criminal docket was then,1
taken up and disposed of.
The case that has attracted
most attention at this term is
that of "Dr." C. It. Hassell, who
was arrested in Robeson county -
sometime ago for violation of the '
State Insurance Laws, and
brought here and lodged in jail. 1
He plead guilty and threw him- '
self upon the mercy of the court. I
Judge Robinson sentenced him to 1
two years on the Wake county 1
pn mlu '
Hassell hud been soliciting in- '
surunce without license for an J
unlicensed insurance company. '
He worked in this county aud '
others. Insurance Commissioner '
Younggoton his track and finally *
cant nred him in Robeson county, j
Hassell is about 50 years of age '
and this is not his first experience 1
in the insurance business. Hewas 1
engaged in the "graveyard swin ?
die" of insurance companies in 1
Beaufort county a few years ago ''
and received a term in the peni- 1
tentiary, but was later pardoned J
by Governor Russell.
N. E. Lee was' up for retailing 1
liquor without license. He plead 1
guilty, aud judgment was sus- 1
pended on payment of cost.
Martha Johnson and Jane '
Blackman, wo ladies of color, '
were charged with an affray. '
They were found guilty and Mar- 1
tha, who "was dressed to kill," j
was sentenced to four months in '
jail with leave to hire out. Judg
ment suspended in .1 ane's case.
Daniel Rediek was found guilty !1
of cruelty to animals and was '
sent to \Vake county roads for '
John It. I'e din, It. C. Young- ]
blood and Gary Lee were each
charged with an assault with 1
deadly weapons. They plead 1
guilty and judgment was sus- 1
pended in each case on payment
kinee Norritf plead guilty to 1
carrying concealed weapon and
judgment was suspended on pay- ;
merit of costs.
\V. Henry Smith was up for '
taking a watch, not his own, and
was given a year in the peniten
tiary in order that he might learn
to let other people's property
Bob Baker plead guilty to (lis- 1
tuThing religious worship aud was (
sent to jail 10 (lays and charged '
vvitli ! lie costs.
Jack Williams plead guilty to 1
cruelty to animals and was dis- 1
charged upon payment of the 1
costs. John \\ atson and Sol 1
Lift man were also charged of a
like offense, aud upon pleading J
guilty the court suspended judg
ment and taxed them with the J
Jesse Vinson had such a hank- 1
ering after another person's ax, j1
that he took it, and now will have 1
to serve four months in jail. The i1
commissioners have leave to hire
Haywood Ogburn and Adam
Ogburn were tried for an affray.
Adam was found guilty and had
to pay the costs. I
William Adams and Ella Adams
were up for fornication and adul-1
fcerv. William was sent to the
roads four months. Judgment
was suspended as to Ella.
BUSINESS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
Industrial Capital Increased 133 Per
Cent, in Ten Years.
The preliminary report of the
manufacturing industries of
North Carolina shows a total
capital of $70,503,894, an in
crease of 133 per cent, during the
The number of establishments
is 7,220, an increase of 97 per
cent.; the average number of
wage-earners is 70,570; total
wages, $13,808,430; cost of
materials u*ed, $53,072,308, an
increase of 132 per cent., and
value of products, including
custom work and repairing,
$04,919,003, an increase of 135
The city of Wilmington, which
is separately reported, shows a
total of 124 establishment;
capital, $1,819,333, an increase
of almost 4 percent.; 1,409 wage
garners; total wages, $440,413,
a decrease of over 3 per cent.,
and value of products, including
custom work and repairing $2,
240,137, an increase of 18 per
A Small Cyclone.
Saturday afternoon, November
23, a small cyclone struck Jos.
Urocker's farm near Pi le Level.
Dr. Noble, who was only about
one hundred yards from where it
crossed the railroad when it
passed says that the first he saw
:? u ? 1 i- ?e l_i ?
ji 11 wum a luu ui u<ik leaves up 111
the air going west, that the wind
changed almost before he could
think, blowing his umbrella out
}f his hand, (a heavy rain was
ailing at the time). He looked
across the field towards Jos.
Crocker's house and saw a black
doud right on the ground, near
the tobacco barn, that seemed to
be moving west. Then the wind
changed blowing to the north,
moving up a line fence between
Jos. Crocker and Wyatt Holt,
taking the fence as it went. The
air was full of fence rails, sticks
and leaves?someof the rails were
as high in the air as he could see.
rhe fence on the south side of the
railroad on Mr. Crocker's place
,vas blown up and the county
road on the north sideof the rail
road was full of rails. One log
aouse and a log crib on Mr.
Crocker's place were blown down
and the boards on the leg house
were carried one hundred and
fifty yards to J no. K. Watson's
At Mr. Watson's some fence
was blown down, hissmoke house
moved a little, half the roof of his
barn was taken off and carried
fifty yards and the roof of one
stable taken off. The train on
the Southern had just passed and
had barely reached Selrna two
miles away. Two telegraph poles
were broken off. It was all over
in a minute. The next heard of
the cyclone was at the old Garry
Crumpler place blowing down
some corn. Then at the Mozingo
place it took a stuck of fodderoff
and blew up a lot of tree-< in
Buffalo. Some of the fodder was
jarried a mile. Sexex
Parted at the Mansion.
What proved to be ntarr'a e
bliss of short duration was the
nuptial of a young man W. R.
liriffin to Miss Lela Norris, of
nur town. The solemn vows
were sealed on Thursday night
and on Friday morning: young
Urittiu left for parts unknown,
10 we are informed. Befo:. uo
marriage feast he called at Mr.
11 (}. Taylor's store and forged
three orders from Miss Bettie
Tripp for goods anil as soon as
the forgery wasdiscovered papers
were issued for the young man
and he left on his honeymoon
alone. The young bride shows
no sign of distress at his depart
ure.?Dunn Banner, 4th.
The Pride ot Heroes.
Many soldiers in the last war
wrote to sav that for scratches,
bruises, cuts, wounds, corns, sore
feet and stiff Joints, Bucklen's
Arnica Salve is the best in the
world. Same for burns, scalds,
boils, ulcers, skin eruptions ami
5lies. It cures or no pay. Only
5c. at Hood Bros, diug store.