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VOL. 24. SMITHFIELD. N. C.. FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 2. 1906. NO. 48.
POLENTA NEWS. .j
No preaching at Oakland last
Sunday. The pastor, Rev. Mr.
Souders, is confined to his bed
with a case of grippe.
Rev. Mr. Williams, the new
pastor of the Clayton circuit,
will preach his first 6ermon at
Mt. Zion on Sunday.
Mrs J. F. Lee and children, of
Benson, spent several davs of
last week, on a visit to Mrs.
Sarah Barbour, Mrs. Lee's
Dr. Ralph Stevens was in the
neighborhood visitiug Sunday
evening. He is a favorite with
us and we are always glad to
On Friday evening of last week
I'olenta and Myatt's School en
gaged in a spelling match. The
I'olenta students proved to be
too much for the Myatt students
hence came out of the contest
victorious. These two schools
will spell against each other
again Friday evening of this
The cotton growers of this
township met recently and or
ganized a Township Cotton
Growers Association, electing the
following officers for this year:
President, T. W. LeMay; Vice
President, A. D. Taylor; Secre
tary and Treasurer, F. T. Booker.
Every farmer in the township
shouid belong to this Associa
tion. Without organization the
farmers will never amount to
much. Every other avocation
is organized. Let the farmers
arouse from their lethargy, and
demonstrate to the world their
determination to look after their
interests by a thorough . organi
A Farmers Alliance has been
le-organized in Cleveland town
ship, by Mr. H. M. Cates, State
Lecturer, with the following
officers: President, G. B. Smith;
Vice-President. W. H. Sanders;
Secretary and Treasurer, F. T.
Booker; Che plain, D. M. Lee;
Lecturer, Dr. E. N. Booker; As
sistant Lecturer, Thad Stevens;
Door Keeper, C. J. Holt; Assis
tant Door Keeper, Frank Wood;
Agent Progressive Farmer,S. W.
Booker. Mr. Cates is a fluent and
entertaining tulker. The next
meeting of the Alliance will take
place Friday night of this week.
Mr. James Hoberts Dead.
Last Saturday morning Mr.
James Hoberts died at the home
of his son Mr. J. I). Hoberts,
three miles from Smitbfield. He
was born in Smitbfield in 181.1
and was in his ninety-first year.
He lived here until about a year
before the civil war wnen he
bought a farm on theSelmaroad
two miles from here and moved
to it. Before leaving Smitbfield
he ran a blacksmith shop for
many years. Then there were
almost no cast plows sold and
the blacksmith was an impor
tant man in every community.
He had a reputation all over the
county as a line blacksmith.
Since leaving Smithfield he led
a quiet life on the farm. At the
time of his death he was the old
est member of Smithfield Bap
_ tist church, having been a mem
ber more than sixty-two years.
He joined on Saturday before the
third Sunday in October, 1843,
and was baptized the next day
by Rev. James Dennis, the first
pastor of the church. He led a
consistent (Jhristain life. His son
with whom he lived says he never
saw him take a drink of liquor
nor beard him curse un oath.
His life has been a good example
He suffered much for a few
weeks before his death. All that
kind friends and relatives could
do for him was done. He had
traveled to the end of his journey
and could not go further. He
realized that death was near and
said he was prepared and willing
to go. His remains wus placed
in the new graveyard at Yelving
ton's Grove Free Will Baptist
church Sunday morning In the
presence of a large crowd of re.
latives and friends.
A Popular Young Couple Are Wed
Selma, Jan. 27.?On Wednes
day evening at nine o'clock a'
pretty marriage was celebrated
at the Baptist church when Miss
Pauline Maybelle Hood became
the bride of Mr. George Thomp
son Noel. The church was ele
gantly and artistically decorated
and thronged by the friends of the
popular young couple.
The wedding music was render
ed by Mrs. H. W. Hood, and just
before the entrance of the bridal
party Mrs. J. A. Mitchner sang
"Why Do I Love you." The
bridesmaids and groomsmen
passed down the centre aisle and
formed a semi-circle, after these
coming t he little flower girls,
Misses Mallie Hood and Pearl
Harris, followed by the bride
with her maid of honor.
At the altar she was met by
the groom with his best man,
Mr. J. H. Bennett. Then came
the ring bearers, Master Keith
Jones, dressed in white, carrying
the ring in a calla lily. The bride
was charmingly attired in white
silk en train carrying a shower
bouquet of brides roses and lilies
of the valley, her veil being
caught with real orange bios
Miss Anne Hood, sister of the
bride and maid of honor wore
blue silk, and carried white car
nations and fern. The brides
maids were Misses Ethel Masten,
Enola Mitcbener, Siddie Hood,
and Nettie Hooks; they wore
white organdie with pink girdles
and carried pink carnations.
The groomsmen were Messrs R.
M. No well, H. McNeill, C. P. Har
per and J. B. Waddell. The
ushers were Messrs. J. R. Hood,
G. W. Evans, T. W. Creech and
J. I). Anderson.
A large number of beautiful
and costly presents were received.
The happy couple left on the
11:110 train for Washington,
Baltimore and Philadelphia.?
News and Observer.
Miss Kate Brown, soliciting
agent for the Oxford Orphanage
and the Orphan's Friend was in
our town Wednesday.
Rev. Dr. R. H. Wbitaker, of
Raleigh, filled his regular semi
monthly appointment here at
the M. E. Church Sunday night.
The Dennis Simmons Lumber
Company are having two deep
wells bored at their mill site here,
and have begun the building for
installing their new plant.
Miss Estella Fentress, who is
teaching school near Pinkney,
Wayne county, spent Saturday
night and Sunday here as the
guest of her cousin, Mr. D. T.
M r. ClydeTilghman and family,
of Wilson, who will superintend
the 1 tennis Simmons Lumber
Company's plant here, moved
here this week, and are boarding
with Mr. L. Z. Woodard.
A large gathering of young
people, accompanied with the
Btring band of our town were the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. I). B.
Sasser, Tuesday night. The
evening was enjoy ably spent.
Quite a number of young peo
ple had a very pleasant time
Saturday night at Mr. .Ino. G.
High's, the occasion being a
party given by Mr. It. T. Perkins
in honor of a visiting cousin,
Miss Kstella Fentress. Various
games were played until about
10 o'clock when a bounteous
Bupply of fruit was served.
Mr. H. F. Fdgerton has just
installed a plant supplying his
home, G. G. Edgerton A Son's
large store, Dr. J. C. Grady's drug
store, the Merchants Hotel, and
the Dank of Kenly with Acetylene
gas lights. To visit these places
at night almost makesyou think
you are in a town lighted by
Mrs. Ferguson, 0f> years old,
mother of .Iitdge Garland S. Fer
guson. died Monday night at her
home near Waynesville.
On Friday afternoon, January
ll)th, Mr. It. I. Lassiter and his
daughter, Miss Nellie, came near
losing their lives while on their
way home from Smithfield. His
horse seemed anxious to travel
until ht reached the narrowest
place in the embankment just
beyond Swift Creeck when he
seemed to lose his strength and
fell over going off the embank
ment into the canal lo feet be
low. His weight pulled the bug
gy over, throwing the occupants
I into the canal below, the buggy
landing on top of them.
Mr. Lassiter and his daughter
were both knocked uasconscious
for an instant. As soon as he re
gained consciousness he thought
that his daughter was tilled, but
at that time she screamed and
he hurried to her assistance,
rescuing her from the mud and
water into which she was thrown.
Neither was very seriously hurt.
Miss Nellie's facewascutup some
and Mr. Lassiter's shoulder was
badly bruised. The great won
der is that they escaped with
(Crowded out last week. Ed.)
Concert at Sanders Mall To-Night.
Prof. A. N. (Jullom, who has
been conducting a school of
inusic here, will close tonight
with a musical concert at San
ders Hall. The concert will be
given by the pupils of Prof. Cul
lom's music class, assisted by
Prof. Cullom's family and Dr. J.
H. Hall, President of the Nation
al Normal School of Music, of
Dayton, Ya. The concert will
consist of recitations, solos,
quartettes, choruses, glee songs
and sacred songs. An enjoyable
evening is promised to ail who
attend. Admission, adults 2f>
cents, children under twelve 10
No County Meeting Saturday.
We notice in several papers
that farmers meetings are adver
tised for all counties next Satur
day. There will be no meeting
in Kmithtield that day as we have
so recently held a convention.
W. M. ^ANDERS,
?Mr. John A. Masse.y has ac
cepted a position with Cotter
I nderwood Co. and will help
them in their stores.
The Southern Cotton Associu-'
tion has done all in its power to !
help the farmers by advocating
reduction of acreage and arrang
ing for the gradual marketing of
the crop and in other ways
Cotton is now bringing twenty
dollars per bale more than it i
sold for a year ago. It is im
portant that the Association
should continue its good work I
and it will if the farmers organize i
and stand loyally by it. Town- I
ships must be organized as well <
as States and Counties. Arrange
ments have been made with .Mr.
James P. Canaday as organizer
for Johnston Couuty. Every
farmer and business man is ask-1
ed to help him by attending the [.
meetings to be held and in every !
other way possible. We give be- !
low appointments which have
been made for him. He will speak
to the farmers and take the '
names of all who want to join 1
the Association. At some oi the :
places other speakers will be j
present and aid him. The time
will be at eleven o'clock each day.
Eenly, - Saturday, Feb. 11 '
Four Oaks, Monday, " 5
Sinithtield Tuesday, " (i
Selma, - Wednesday, " 7
Wilson's Mills, Thursday " 8
Clayton, - Friday, " 9
Elevation, Saturday, " 10
Benson, - Monday, " 12
Be sure to attend these meet
W. M.Sanders, J. M. Beaty,
Smithfield, N. C.
May Live 100 Years.
The chances for living a full
century are excellent in the case
of Mrs. Jennie Duncan, of
Haynesville, Me., now 70 years
old. She writes: '-Electric Bit
ters cured mo of Chronic Dys
pepsia of 20 years standing, and
made me feel as well and strong
as a young girl." Electric Bit
ters cure Stomach and Liiver dis .
eases, Blood Disorders, General
Debility and bodily weakness.
Sold on a guarantee at Hood
Bros, drug store. Price only
Mrs. J. E. Hardy, mother of
Mr. H. B Hardy, representative J
of the Www and Observer, dipd
Inst week of pneumonia Mr
Hardy issor?lv ettiicted. Hehad
buried his wife just ten days prior
to his mother's death.
Mrs. Torraine, c f Burlington, .
who is on a visit to her sister,
Mrs. I). J. Thurston, is very sick. J
Some new families are coming'
in every now and then to Clayton. .
There's still room for a few more |
good folks. (
Mr. L. M. .Jones, who is in the J
irnploy of the S. A. L. Railroad '
at Norfolk, Ya., spent a few days 1
here with his parents recently.
Mr. John L. Johnson,formerly j
of this place, was here for a few
hours this week. We think he (
contemplates locating here agaii. -
Our enterprising townsman, i
Mr. J. D. Eason, has just return- ]
ed from St. Louis where he pur- j
chased a big lot of tine mules i
Rev. Dr. Moore, of ltaleigh,
presiding elder for this district,
presided over the- Quarterly
Meeting at the Methodist church
last Saturday and Sunday.
We fear the Clayton Times is
dead. If it isn't dead it's pretty
sick and hasn't been out for the
past two weeks. We hope how
ever that there's nothing serious
Miss Pauline Gulley, one of the
students of Clayton High School,
is very sick with pneumonia. She
is under the care of l)rs. Young
and Griffin and we hope that she
will soon be restored to health.
Miss Irene Ilinton has return
ed from Emporia, Va , where she
went to attend Mrs. W. E. Stal
lings who has been ill with grippe. '
Vlrs. Stallings is now at the home
of Mr. Stallings' parents.
The President of the Clayton
Cotton Mills has just issued a
statement of the condition of the
Mills, which reflects credit on the
entire management and especial- 1
ly on the President, Mr. Ashley
Home, in his untiring energies
to make a success of what ever <
he has in charge. ,
Last week we were pressed for
time and did not get in an ac- i
count of the splendid entertain- 1
ruent given by Prof. Thomas H. <
Lindeey, principal of Clayton
High School. Not boasting be- (
cause Prof. Lindeey is one of us? |
but honestly this was the grand- i
ist treat we have ever had.
Jan. 1st. Yelir. i
Prof. Cullom's Music School. 1
Quite a number of our people
bave takeu considerable interest .
,n the music school coud acted 1
bere by Prof. A. N. Cullom, of ]
Wilson. Prof. Cullom makes a :
specialty of the teaching of |
church music and those who have (
heard him are well pleased with i
his methods of instruction. He
not only teaches how to sing,
but also how to write musical
compositions. We are confident 1
jhat his visit to Smithfleld will
arouse a new interest in church
music and cause the people to ?
try to make the song service in
our churches more interesting
and more spirited and more de
votional. He has done a good 1
The Teacher Not Guilty.
Last Saturday a very interest
ing trial was held in the court
house here before Justice Z. L. ,
LeMay. Miss Daisy Edgerton, (
who is teaching a public school j
near Kenly, was the defendant. ?
She was indicted for whipping
one of her pupils?unmercifully,
so the prosecution contended.
Mr. Ed. S. Abell represented the
prosecution und Mr. James A. j
Wellons the defense. The ques
tion at issue was submitted to a j'
jury of six men who rendered a j
verdict of not guilty.
Beats the Music Cure.
"To keep the body in tune,"
writes Mrs. Mary Drown, I'U
Lafayette Place, Poughkeepsie,
N. Y., "I take Dr. King's New
Life Pills They are the most
reliable and pleasant laxative 1
have found.' itest for the Stom
ach, Liver and Dowels. Guar
anteed by Hood Dros., druggists.
Southern Cotton Association.
Mv fellow farmtrs: The duty
aae been put upon me to organize
lownship branches of the South
ern Cotton Association.
You will see by papers and by
josters sent out the days ap
pointed for organization in the
iifferent townships. I earnestly
isk each and all to meetprompt
y at the times appointed in
pour respective townships.
Some of the best men of the
county have promised to aid me
in this work. 1 want more help.
Let each reader of this attend
and get bis neighbors do likewise.
There has never been in all the
agricultural history of the South
a subject of such vast importance
to our people as the cotton subv
ject. It means millions of money
saved or lost at present and in
the future?saved if well organiz
ed and proper steps are taken.
Not only are farmers urged to
attend and help in this work but
all classes of our people. The
merchant, mechanic, manufac
turer, doctor, lawyer, teacher,
preacher?all should beinterested
in the subject, because upon it
depends our common prosperity.
It is not a political fight, nor
the fight of any sect or creed.
Not a farmers' fight merely, but
a Southern fight in which the
interests of all are involved.
Such a financial victory as has
been won the past year is simply
phenomenal. It should inspire
faith in the most skeptical.
My fellow citizens, do your full
duty in this matter. Be sure to
attend and establish the work in
your own neighborhood.
J. P. Uanaday,
Benson. N. C.. Jan. 31, 11)06,
We are glad to see Mr. C. W.
Smith out again after a fight
Mr. A. E. Fitzgerald has ac
cepted a position iu the post
affice here as clerk.
Mrs. S. H. Scott, of New Bern,
spoke to the Woman's Home
Vlission Society Wednesday night
an the work of the Society.
Work has begun on the Mefcho
list parsonage, Mr. 1). H. Price
aeing the contractor, which
ueans it will be finished at once.
Mr. It. B. Whitley is at Wendell
;his week, we are glad to be able
:o state that Mr. Whitley will
aot move his family away as
was at first reported.
Messrs. Reau Chei ry and Thos.
Vrgall Vick, of Sanford, are here
[/his week looking after Mr. Vicke
aroperty. Mr. Vick is a son of
Vlr. Lawrence W. Vick who lived
lere some years ago and who
Jied in Greenville, N. C., about
twenty years ago.
We regret to have to announce
the death of Mr. .James Roberts,
one of the old men of ourcounty,
if not the oldest. He was ninety
one years of age?a full score of
years past man's allotted time.
At the time of his death he was
living with his son, .lames I).
Roberts, Esq.. about four miles
southeast of Smithtield. He was
buried last Sunday at Yelving
ton's Grove where a large nnm
ber of people had gathered to
pay the last tribute of respect to
him. He was a quiet, inoffensive
man who always took a great
deal of interest in the questions
of the day. He left three sons
and two daughters, his wife hav
ing died exactly seven years ago,
to mourn their irreparable loss.
A Modern Miracle.
"Truly miraculous seemed the
recovery of Mrs. Mo)lie Holt, of
Ihis place," writes J .O. R. Hoop
er, Woodford, Tenn., "she was
so wasted by coughing up puss
from her lungs. Doctors de
clared her end so near that her
family had watched by her bed
side- forty-eight hours; when, at
my urgent request Dr. King's
New Discovery was given her,
with the astonishing result that
improvement began, and con
tinued until she finally complete
ly recovered, and is a healthy
woman to-day." Guaranteedcure
for coughs and colds. 5(V. and
?1.00 at Hood llros '? .'gists.
Trial bottle free.
THEN AND NOW.
BY J. T. E.
I'm thankful I lived in the good old days
When the boys were boys sure enough, '
When the girls disdained all paddings aud stays
And sometimes took a little snuff. j
No hankering then for the wasp-like waist .
And the "Grecian bend" was unknown?
When a boy met a girl suiting his taste
He knew her "shape" was all her own. 1
The boys then had good reason to know
When they went hunting for a bride.
That they would not Hud her a "scare-crow"
When togs and pads were laid aside.
And we then thought Solomon's sayings good
Learned the maxims by him compiled?
And at the head of the list this one stood:
"Spare the rod and you'll spoil the child."
All the bovs knew what a "spanking" meant,
For Dad and Mam spanked them by turn?
Mammy's licks were light?when Dad the switch bent
Jeewilikins! how it did burn.
If we judge by the teachings of this age
And what is practiced in our schools
Why then old Solomon was not a "sage"
He'd have to be classed with the fools.
In those days when a boy started to school
He knew what would be the "out-come"?
A flogging at school for breaking a rule,
Meant another when he got home.
Now it's: " 'sonny' please do and 'son' please don't' "
Thus they plead with him day by day.
And this "sonny" will and this "sonny" won't
If he chooses to do that way.
Oh! spanking is good for the boy, I know,
For it helps to loosen his hide;
And it makes his muscles expand and grow
And knocks out of him all false pride.
If fear of flogging restrains not the boy,
I'd like for the preachers to tell
The sense of the argument they employ
When threatening the sinner with hell.