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VOL- 24' SMITHFIELD. X. C.. FRIDAY. DECKMBER 8. Ii)Q5. ??NO 40
TAB HEELS IN CONGHESS
Drawing of Seats?Bills Introduced
by Webb and Thomas
Washington, D. C., Dec. 4th ?
There were uo flowers to-day,
and aside from the absence of the
usual magnificent floral displays,
the opening of the Fifty-Ninth
session of Congress did not differ
from those of recent years.
All the North Carolinians were
present with the exception of
Representative Claude Kitchin,
who is expected to-morrow.
On the House side interest cen
tered in the drawing of seats.
Both Senators Simmons and
Overman were in their seats ear
ly and were cordially greeted by
their colleagues on both sides of
the chamber. After their brief
session tne.y adjourned over ro
the House side and watched the
Tar Heel Representatives whose
hopes of drawing desirable seats
rose and fell while the chance
Representative Pou, who two
years ago had the first choice of
seats was last this year, and thus
evened up his luck.
IV. W. Kitchin drew the first
seat to-day and took the end of
the row opposite of that which
had been given to John Sharpe
Williams by unanimous consent.
Henry, of Texas, the chairman
of the Democratic caucus, sits by
Air. Kitchin, who has one of the
best seats in the House. Repre
sentative Gudger, who had sec
ond choice, walked far over on
the Democratic side and sat
down by Wm. Randolph Hearst.
Gudger looked around and saw
two seats away, his old seat
mate, Representative Kline, the
only Democrat elected from
Pennsylvania. He immediately
moved over to the vacant chair.
Air. Hearst looked at Gudger
and smiled. He understood the
situation, but good-naturedly
chided the mountain Representa
tive for leaving him.
Representative Page came next
and got a seat near Kitchin.
Leever, of South Carolina, is at
his right, and in front of him is
Champ Clark and Judge DeAr
uiond, of Missouri. Webb drew
a desirable aisle seat just back
of Kitchin and Representative
Patterson got the one next to
him Representative Thomas is
just to the rear of Page and im
mediately in front of Hourke
Cochran. Claude Kitchin drew a
fair seat, which was selected for
i^onrouontn>.ivp RIac.1?burn, al
IICJM ? v - " " ? 7
though he was late in makiug a
draw, got an aisle seat at the
rear of the Republican side. Rep
resentative Small is on the ex
treme Democratic side near the
Cherokee strip, but is well locat
ed. Representative Pou man
aged to get a seat by bis side.
Washington, Dec. 5.?Director
North of the Census Bureau went
on record today in favor of Repre
sentative Webb's measure look
ing to the publication of a daily
report of tne cotton ginned by
the ginners in the South. This
measure which Mr. Webb has al
ready introduced, has the en
dorsement of leading members of
the American cotton Manufac
turers' Association, aud it is
their belief that it will prevent
violent fluctuations of cotton
prices and result in a steady and
stable market. Mr. Webb dis
cussed his proposition with Mr.
North today for more than an
hour, and that official took the
view that if Congress authorized
daily cotton gin reports, it would !
be almost impossible to upset
the market, so as to result in
violent changes of market prices.
Mr. North told Mr. Webb that1
he could at the present time get1
out a report every other day for.
<> days prior tottiesemi-niontbly
report issued by the census
bureau and that he is strcng'^
tempted to do so. The Director
of the Census has the matter un
der consideration, and he may
decide to get out the twelve re
ports each month, detailing the
amount of cotton actually ginn
ed, and as reported by the gov
An important bill was intro
duced today by Representative
Thomas declaring all privatecar
lines and refrigerator cer? en
common carrier? and subject to
all (be provisions and penalties
of the Interstate Commerce Com
mission and authorizing the In
terstate Commerce Commission
to lix reasonable rates and
charges for refrigeration, icing
and other facilities connected
with the transportation of freight
by refrigerator ca.s. In the
event of a failure to furnish the
proper number of cars or facili
j ties for transportation or to
comply with the Commissions
orders as to reasonable rates the
bill provides that private car
lines be subjected to penalties ?
Condensed from Thomas Fence's
letters to the News and Observer.
An Alleged Horrible Crime at
At 12:30 o'clock this morning;
(Saturday) Dr. J. B. Matthews,
of Greensboro, was arrested by
officers of the law on a warrant
charging him with the murder of
his wife, Mrs. Dora Matthews. A
dispatch from Greensboro saysi
The warrant was sworn out by
three physicians who had been
called in early in the day to at
tend the lady who was in a seri
ous condition, the result, it was
understood, of an overdose of
morphine administered by her
husband to alleviate pain. This
abnormal measure ot the drug
was given, it was also under
stood, through an error presuma
bly due to excitement. The
physicians present were. Drs. J.
P. Turner, Z. T. Brooks and M. j
R. Farrar. The information upon
which Dr. Matthews was arrested
and incarcerated in jail was fur-j
uished the authorities shortly J
after the death of Mrs Matthews,
which occurred shortly after 7
o'clock yesterday afternoon.
According to the statement of
Dr. Turner, Mrs. Matthews was
taken violently ill late Thursday
night. At 11 o'clock yesterday \
morning the physicians were call-!
ed in and, discovering symptoms
of poisoning, began administer
ing antidotes. These, however,
seemed to have little effect.
About five o'clock in the after
noon Dr. Matthews entered the
room and asked the physicians
to retire, saying that he wished
to offer a prayer by the bedside
of his wife. This was refused,
and Dr. Matthews was told he
could pray in the presence of the
On this he knelt by the side ot
his wife, and taking one of her J
i hands in his began his invoca- [
tion. While thus engaged, it is
asserted, he suddenly slipped one
hand armed with a hypodermic
syringe beneath the coverlet and
injected the fluid with which it
was charged into his wife's arm.
The syringe was at once secur
ed, and the contentp on examina
tion proved to be strychnine.
After an injection Mrs. Mat
thews sank rapidly, and in a
short while breathed her last.
Dr. Matthews, who is charged j
with this horrible crime, is a sou
of B. W. Matthews, of Durham,
a graduate of the Richmond Col
lege of Medicine, a man ot promi
nence himself, and is very highly
connected. HiB wife come from
an excellent family. She was
Miss Dora Briggs, daughter of
Thomas Briggs, of Durham coun
ty. The couple have one child,
six years of age.?Fayetteville
4nd Then He Went.
Little Brother (to sister who is
sitting with her tiauee)?Do you
know what 1 think?
Sister?No; what is it?
??I thiuk it 1 were not in the
room Mr. Jones would kissyou."
You impudent boy! Leave the
for Tales From tne German.
A fearful Fate.
It is a fearful fate to have to
endure the terrible torture of
Piles. "1 can truthfully say,"
write? Harry Celson of Mason
ville, la., "that for Blind, Bleed
ing, Itching and Protruding
Piles, Bucklen's Arnica Salve,
Arnica Salve, is the best cure
made." Also best for cuts, burns
and injuries. 25c at Hood B^os.
Admiral Togo is to visit the
1'nited States with a Japanese
Eighteen men were killed by an
explosion in a mine near Salt
Lake City Saturday.
A man, his wife and two chil
dren were killed by the explosion
of a gas main in Weston, Va.,
Practically all the business por
? tiou of Arcadia, Fla., was burn
| ed Friday. Loss estimated at
Both Houses of Congress Tues
' Jay listened nearly three hours
to the reading of President
A complete state of anarchy
prevails in Russia's Baltic pro
vinces, the government having
lost control of the situation.
It is said that Fall River manu
facturers will petition for the
abolishment of the government
system of making reports con
In London Tuesday ninety feet
of the roof of the Charing Cross
railway station collapsed, carry
ing down forty men, killing some
and injuring many others.
la the House of Representa
tives Crumpacker has introduced
a bill to prevent lynching of for
eign subjects and providing that
three or more lynchers be hanged.
It is said in Washington that
the President has not yet decid
ed to institute a prosecution of
the Standard Oil Company, but
is awaiting the completion of
Commissioner Garfield's report
on the oil industry.
Webb, of North Carolina, has
introduced a bill in Congress to
protect the people from patent
medicines; one of the bills intro
duced allows growers of tobacco
to make twist toPacco without
payment of revenue tax.
Capt. Ed. W. Jones, a United
States army officer who recently
killed a woman of ill fame in
Norfolk, was convicted Saturday
of murder in the second degree
and the penalty xed at 18 years
in the penitentiary. Jones claim
ed that the woman committed
The Detroit Journal estimates
that 149 lives have been sacri
ficed, over 70 ships wrecked and
a loss of nearly $7,000,000 has
been sustained in the three big
storms on the great lakes this
season. Many wrecks occurred
and many lives were lost in the
storms the first of last week.
It is reported at St. Peters
burg that 5.000 men were killed
on both sides at the battle of
Sebastopol between mutineers
and loyal troops last Wednesday.
There are other rumors of sedi
tion and disloyalty in the army,
only the Cossacks being counted
as loyal. Even 250 of the Em
peror's personal guard have
been arrested. It is evident that
Witte's enemies are plotting for
The Democratic membersofthe
House of Congress met Saturday
and renominated Hon. John
Sharpe Williams for Speaker
The Republicans renominated
Speaker Cannon, who was form
ally elected Monday. The re
nomination of Mr. Williams
makes him again the Democratic
leader of the House, a position
he has tilled with ability and con
servatism and more acceptably
than it has been filled since the
Democrats lost control of the
House ten years ago.
"For seven jears," writes
Geo. W. Hoffman, of Harper,
Wash., "I had a bitter battle,
with chronic stomach and liver
trouble, but at last I won, and
cured my diseases, by the use of
Electric Bitters. I unhesita
tingly rw~~ - *o all,
and ..u ill U1U iUuUlt! to
be without them in the house.
They are certainly a wonderful
medicine, to have cured such a
bad case as mine." oold nrd' r
guarantee t,o do the same for J
vo" by Hood Bros., druggi ts
at 50,- a he?*' ;] ? ?.
The Methodist Conference.
The North Carolina Methodist
Conference was held last week in
the Methodist church at Wilson.
It was presided over by Rishop
Alpheus Wilson, of Raltimore.
W L. Cunningim. of tioldsboro,
was re elected secretaiy. About
140 ministers and many lay
delegates were present.
Mr. T. R Hood, of Smithfield,
was selected as a member of the
Committee on Rooks and Peri
odicals; Mr. R. R. Adams, of
Four Oaks, was appointed on
the Committee on Church Prop
m i i r i ? * ?
i oe reports irom tne cnurcnes
showed much progress along all
The Conference took a strong
stand for temperance, the com
mittee presenting the following
"We rejoice to note the in
creasing interest and activity in
every part of oar Conference in
the matter of temperance. The
time of indiff '-^nce seems to
have passed and our people are
realizing as never before tne ma
lignity and cruel-y of the whis
key traffic, hen e they are now
speaking and acting in >uch way
as to make this power of dark
ness tremble throughout the
bounds of this Conference and
throughout the State has the
former insolence of this enemy of
righteousness changed its tone,
but his forces, while in retreat,
are also with vigilance Arranging
a defensive warfare, the Chris
tian people of the State have
spoken to our law-makers and
they have heard their voice. The
Watts-law and the Ward-law are
the legislative reply. They have
not the sweep that the temper
ance people desired, but they
bear to us a demonstration of
the awakening of the public con
science, marking the highest
reach that has ever before been
attained in the law-making body
of the Old North State, and is
the promise of better things yet
to follow in answer to the pray
ers of God's people.
"The battle is not yet over,
nor the victory won, and will
not be so long as there is one
/ 4 i,,f 1 ll/\n w ? ??<% Wfc ,i K . -V rv . I ? n n a ?
(jibiiuei j, uiaui'duufj, uiojjtju
saryjor other place where liquor,
as a beverage, may be obtained.
We are ever to keep this condi
tion before our people as our
goal. Anything less may, under
local conditions, be considered
wise, as a lesser evil, but in fact
it is always delusive and can on
ly result in evil. We must ever
keep in mind that even dispen
sary whiskey will blight and
damn as surely as that sold in
an open saloon. We wish to ex
press our appreciation of the
good work done by the Women's
Christian Temperance Union,
and the Anti-Saloon League, tbe
latter organization especially
deserves the legal support of all
temperance people for the for
ward movement and the aggres
sive warfare it has maintained.
'?We would call upon all of our
people to carry out the teaching
of the church. 'Let all our
preachers and members abstain
from the manufacture or sale of
intoxicating liquors to be used
as a beverage, from signing pe
titions for such sale, from becom
ing bondsmen for any person as
a condition for obtaining a li
cense and from renting property
to be used for such sale.
"If any member should violate
anv of the provisions of this sec
tion he shall be guilty of immor
"J. H. Shore, Chairman.
"J. H. M. Giles, Secretary."
The report was unanimously
The statistical report shows
that there are 6o5 Sundav
Schools in the Conference, witn
an enrollment of 49,889 schol
ars. The sum of $15,508.92 was
raised for Foreign Missions aud
$11,321.08 for Domestic Mis
" Tell me. doctor, what is pla
"t? i?_WP]| jt creates an anpe
? ? ? ? ? ^ w . w 4- UH.C.
A charter ban been granted the
I'nion Link Life and Indemnity
[ Association of North Carolina,
| with headquarters at FourOaks,
Johnston county. This is a ne
S. C. Lisk, a rural mail carrier
from Gold Hill, Rowan county,
was arrested last week on the
charge of opening letters. He
gave $200 bond for his appear
ance at the next term of the
Federal Court in States ville.
ino further attempt will be
made to secure the release of
| Rogers aud Sorrell from the Ral
eigh jail aud they will serve their
'full term of six months, for tam
pering with the jury intheUattis
kilgo case. Their term ends
Arthur Rogers, 10 years old,
died suddenly Wednesday while
driving home from Raleigh in a
j wagon. He was apparently in
! his usual health when he fell in
the arms of a companion and
died. Heart failure is assigned
' as the cause of death.
The gang of 1,000 convicts
which is grading on the Raleigh
& Pamlico railway is now at a
point about a mile beyond Wen
dell, in Wake county, and about
seventeen mils from Raleigh.
The grading is quite;heavy there.
An order has been placed by the
company for 500 cars and for
Mr. Geo. W. Long, a Rowan
farmer, tells the Salisbury Post
that on four acres of land, not
cultivated with the purpose of
breaking any record, he realized
this year five and a half bales of
cotton, the average weight of the
! bales being 500 pounds. On
eight acres he raised nine bales
J of the same average.
The chair factory at Lexing
ton, owned b.v the (Vntral Manu
facturing ( o., was burned Friday
morning by a fire of unknown
origin. A large number of finish
ed chairs and a large quantity
, of lumber were burned with the
building, and three dwellings op
posite the factory were also de
stroyed. The loss on the factory
is estimated at $20,000, with
George W. Yanderbilt has sold
to VV 8, and W. I,. Alexander,
of Charlotte, and associates from
other points, the standing tim
ber on his famous Pisgah forest
reserve. The reserve contains
91.000 acres of virgin forest,
with 3,000,000 feet of marketa
ble timber. The consideration
will aggregate nearly $2,000,000
in the final consummation. It is
1 said that 20 years will be requir
ed to remove the lumber.
Clarence Orrnshv. 25 venrs old,
of Wilmington, weui to the home
of his cousin, Mr Corbett, in
Duplin county, the uigdt before
Thanksgiving It was late and
Corbett had gone to bed. He
answered the knock at his door
and Ormsbv swung his gun down
to enter. Believing that he was
being attacked by a burglarCor
bett seized his own gnn aud fired
on Ormsby. tearing the latter's
left hand about off.
The income for common
| schools iu the state this year, ex
clusive of special levies by coun
ties, is $1,702,850. Besides this,
the state makes a direct appro
priation of $200,000 for the
schools. The State University
received $70,000, the Agricultur
al College at Ilaleigh $40,000,
that at Greensboro for the color
ed race $12,000 and the State
Normal and Industrial College
at Greensboro $27,000 and also
$80,000 to pay for the building
of a dormitory, which was burn
ed three years ago. The state
this year expended for its insane
$357,035, and for its blind and
In mad ihase.
Millions rush iu mad chase
after health, from one extreme
of faddism to another, when, if
they would only eat guwd food,
and Veep their bowels regular
with Dr. King's New Life Pills,
their troubles would all pass
away. Prompt relief and quick
cure for liver and stomach
trouble. 25c at Hood Bros,
drug store; guaranteed.
Wed Just Past Midnight.
At one o'clock Monday morn
ing, just an hour after midnight,
there was a marriage at the of
fice of J uatice of the Peace Reid
when Miss Susan Griffin and Mr.
Wade Kemp, of Selma, took the
vows. The bride is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. W. II Griffin, of
Selma, the groom a son of Mr.
J. M. Kemp.
The happy couple say it was
not a runaway, but here is the
story: The groom-elect with a
friend came from Selma to Ral
eigh Sunday afternoon, got the
license and went back to Selma,
J On the 11:45 train, which was
late, in came the bridal party
and hurried to Justice Reid's
home. His marriage book was
at his office, so there the party
went and at one o'clock the knot
tied, Mr. Wiley Johnson and Miss
Laura Sanders, of Selma, wit
nessing it. The party returned
to Selma Monday morning.-^
News and Observer,
Murder Case at fireensboro.
Greensbojo, N. C., Dec. 5.?Dr.
Joseph B. Mathews, was held for
the action of ttie criminal court
today without bail on the charge
of having caused the death of his
wife last Friday by administer
ing poison to her. It was a curi
ous crowd that packed into
Mayor Murphy's court and there
I remained until the greatly emaci
I ated prisoner was returned to
his prison cell. No witnesses
were examined for the defense
1 and the Hue of cross questions
placed bv Attorney W. A. Guth
rie, of coimsel for the defense, in
dicated that he would attempt
to prove his client insane.
Holding Cotton has Beena Blessing.
The holding of cotton has its
blessing. Money is saved by it
other than through any increase
of price. The holder is not so
apt to spend his cotton while
unsold as when sold, and con
verted into money. It is there
| fore pleasing to see bales of cot
ton Iving about the homes of
farmers. When no cotton is
seen around dwellings in the
countrv because it has been sold
I in too many cases it may be as
j sumed that the money gotten
for it has been spent. If a man
! has a goodly number of bales
around, he can look at when he
wills to do so, he feels better,
more independent and far 'ess
dissatisfied. It is very undesira
ble to have neither money nor
J cotton on hand. Perhaps bales
of cotton makes the farmer feel
better than five dollar bills The
volume of money in circulation
among us is not so large as our
prosperity might lead one to
conclude. Our people owe less
than usual and are holding cot
ton.?Rev. P. R. Law in Robe
A January bride will be a pru
dent housekeeper and very good
A February bride will be a hu
mane and affectionate wife and
A March bride will be a frivol
ous chatterbox, somewhat given
j to quarreling.
| An April bride will be incon
stant, not very intelligent, but
fairly good looking.
A May bride will be handsome,
amiable, and likely to Oe hap
A June bride will be impetuous
A July bride will lie handsome
and smart, but a trifle quick
An August brid> will be amiable
and pru.'tii d.
A September bride will be dis
creet, affable, and much liked.
Au October bride will be pret
ty, coquettish, loving, but jeal
A November bride w ill tie lib
eral, kind, but ol a wild disposi
A December bride will be well
proportioned, fond ol of novelty,
entertaining, but extra\agant.