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VOL. 24. SMITHF1ELD. N. C.. FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 28. 1909. NO. 51.
BANQUET AT CLAYTON.
Knights of Pythias and Fair Friends
Have an Evening ot Social Joy.
Clayton, N. C., Feb. 21.?Mon
day night was Fythians' "big
night" by the proclamation of
the Grand Chancellor of the
State, it being the forty-second
anniversary of the order in the
It has been the custom of the
Clayton Knights since the or
ganization of their lodge to ob
serve these occasions with a ban
quet at which their lady friends
are special guests. They have
all been excellent and highly
creditable to the lodge, which is
composed of some of the town's
best citizens but last night's
events capped the climax. 111
was perhaps the most enjoyable
social event of the kind in the
history of this progressive little
town. There were about twenty-;
five couples present, and eyery
person seemed imbued with the
spirit of the occasion. The sup
per was served in the spacious
dining room of the Robertson
Hotel, the menu being elaborate.
The dining room was a thing of
beauty. The tables were decorat
ed with with ferns, hyacinths,
narcissus and carnations, pink
and white. The parlor was liter
ally filled with the knights and
the fair ladies who had honored
them with their presence. A most
delightful social hour was spent,
piano and vocal music being
features of the occasion. Superb
recitations were given by Frof.
T. H. Lindsay, principal of the
Clayton High school. He is a
master in that realm.
The S P. Club Entertains.
On Friday evening, Feb. 16,
1906, the 8. P. club entertained
their friends in a moBt charming
manner, at the lovely home of
Miss Anna Underwood.
About eight o'clock the guests
began to assemble and soon the
spacious rooms were filled with
a throng of charming young
First they were entertained in
the parlor with a guessing con
test, the first prize being won by
Mr. Lee Turlington, while the
consolation was awarded to Mr.
They were then conducted to
the dining room where delicious
refreshments were served. The
remainder of the evening was
spent most enjoyably in different
ways, as suited the fancy of the
Those who attended were:
Misses Lucy Hood, Creecy Mor-,
gan, lone Abell, Lucy and Mary
Sanders, AnnaUnderwood, Alma
Kasom, Annie Peacock, Susie
Ives, Rosa Patterson, Ruth
Young, Alma and Vara Smith,
Mary Booker and Mary McCul
lers, Messrs. Jim Cobb, Walter
Grantham, Leon Stevens, Lee
Turlington, Reuben Myatt, Will
Guill, Flmer Fdgerton, Kdwin
Tapp, Duke Duncan, Maurice (
Winstead, Roy l'aylor, J. A.
Mussty, Lee Sanders, Tom Ives,
Henry Graves and Horace Ka
Last Saturday the engine on
the Durham and Southern turned
over at Holly Springs and killed i
Captain Carey Thompson in- 1
stantly, and hurt the fireman I
and Captain Bill Angier. It was <
runniug from Apex for some <
cars, and split the switch at Hoi- <
ly Springs. i
A Modern Miracle. 1
"Truly miraculous seemed the (
recovery of Mrs. Mollie Holt, of 1
this place," writos J.O. R. Hoop- c
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 ?
roy urgent request Dr. King's b
New Discovery was given her, 8
with the astonishing result that .V
improvement began, and con
tinued until she filially complete- N
ly recovered, and is a healthy \i
woman to-day." Guaranteed cure si
for coughs and colds. 50c. and ci
tl.00 at Hood Hros., druggists, w
Trial bottle freo. a
Wedding Bells Peel Forth From the
Washington, Feb. 17th?In
the beautiful white and gold
Fast Room of the White House,
a few minutes after noou to-day,
the venerable Rt. Rev. Henry Y.
Saterlee, Rishop of Washington,
of the Protestant Episcopal
Church, pronounced the fateful
words which united in marriage
Alice Fee Roosevelt, eldest daugh
ter of the President of the United
States, and Nicholas Longworth,
the representative in Congress
from the first district of Ohio.
The ceremony?the simple,
beautiful and impressive ring
service of the Episcopal Church
was attended with ail the splen
dor of a grand official function
and with all thedevotional beau
ty of a Cathedral service. It was
witnessed by one of the most
brilliant and distinguished as
semblages ever gathered in the
White House, by far the largest
company which ever graced the I
executive mansion on a similiar
A halo of a hundred years of
romantic White House history
hung over the bridal couple,'
Miss Roosevelt was the twelfth
bride, according to accepted au
thorities, to plight her troth
within its classic walls and the
identical spot where she to-day
joined hands with the husband
of her choice "for better, for
worse," is hallowed in the mem
ory of another White House
bride, beloved "Nellie" Grant,
who thirty-two years ago, on
that same spot became the wife
of an Englishman, Algernon C. F.
Sartoris. Tender, indeed, must
have been the recollections of
Mrs. Sarto'ris of that day, now
long ago, for she was one of the
witnesses of Miss Roosevelt's
Tragic Death In Boon Hill.
The estimable wife of Mr. Wm.
Rufus Cox, the miller at Bakers
mill, met a tragic death Monday.
She was standing near the up
right shafting, when her skirt in
some way became entangled in
the slick shafting and before her
venerable husband could shut
down the gates, she was wound
around in such a manner as to
crush both arms and legs from
the effects of which she died while
being attended by physicians.
Drs. J. B. Person, of Selma, and
W. B. Crawford were hastily sum
moned by telephone and rendered
all medical attention possible,
but to no avail. She leaves a
devoted husband and several
children, and grand children.
Among her children is Mrs.
Maude Smith of our community.
She was a good woman, she and
her bereaved husband being life
long Quakers, noted for their j
quiet life and deep piety. May
the God whom they served com
fort him in this sudden and iuex
pressable grief. The burial will
take place from the home today
dent Goldsboro Argus.
A Baby Like the Devil.
Greensboro, N. C., Feb. 10.? i
It was reported here Saturday
afternoon that a colored woman,
lour miles east of the city, had
liven birth to a child with claws
and wings, resembling the devil, j
and that it was a judgment sent
an her for telling a man who
vanted to sell her a Bible that
the had as soon buy a devil or a
ittle rather. Yesterday dozans
>f people visited the house, but
10 one seems to have seen the
:hild.?News and Observer.
Woman Dead at Age of 105.
Southington, Conn., Feb. 21.?
Irs. Splia Langdon Dunham, the :
econd oldest person in this
tate, died today, aged 105 ]
The oldest person in the state, i
Irs. Debora Hilliman of Kaston, I
rho is 100 years old today, is <
eriously ill as the result of shock i
aused by the death of her son, <
rhich occurred yesterday during f
fire at his home.
The people of America import
ed in 1905 thirty-six million dol
lars worth of diamonds.
Six blocks in the business por
tion of Rutland, Vt , were burned
Sunday, entailing a loss of $750.
Alexander Legler, Jr., has been
arrested at Jersey City for mur
dering his brothei to get $.'1,000
The General Assembly of South
Carolina has passed a bill ap
propriating $20,000 for the
Clement Arinaud Fallieres as
sumed the duties of President of
France Sunday afternoon in the
Elysee Palace. He succeeded
The Standard Oil Company of
New Jersey, last week declared a
dividend of $15 a share. The
dividend declared at this time
last year was at the same rate.
The President has offered the
Governorship of Alaska to D. H.
Jarvis, formerly of the revenue
cutter service, but now engaged
in business in Alaska.
At a meeting of the directors
of the Atlantic Coast Line in
New York last week, a new stock
issue of $10,000,000 was recom
mended to make immense addi
tions to the equipment and for
John B. Stetson, the million
aire hat manufacturer of Phila
delphia, died at his winter home
near He Land, Fla., Sunday, at
the age of seventy-live. He was
the founder of John B. Stetson
University at l)e Land.
Walsenburg, Col, Feb. 19th.?
An explosion this morning in the
Victor Fuel Company's Maibland
mine caused the death of at least
thirteen miners, and perhaps six
teen. Seven bodies have been
The reputed estate of Charles
T. Yerkes, the Chicago traction
owner, has dwindled since his
death from $15,000,000 to
something like $0,000,000. The
people of America imported in
1905 thirty-six million dollars
worth of diamonds.
Morgantown, W. Va., Feb. 20.
?Through an accidental explo
sion of dynamite to-day at the
plant of the Decker's Creek Stone
and Sand Company, at Sturgis
son, eight miles south of here,
one man was almost instantly
killed, another fatally injured
and five seriously hurt.
Johnstown, Fa., Feb. 20 th.?
Five persons were burned to;
death, two others seriously in
jured and four houses completely
destroyed early to-day by a fire
which originated in the home of
Patrick Grogan at Tunnel Hill,
about twenty seven miles east of
this city. The victims were Mrs.
Grogan and her four children.
John A. McCall, the late presi- j
dent of the New York Life Insur
ance Company, died at Lake
wood, N. J., Sunday at the age
of fifty-six years. He began work I
in the insurance business when
hg. was twenty years old and
worked his way up until he was
getting a salary of if75,000 per
year as President of the New
Chattanooga, Tenu., Feb. 19.?
A charter was filed here to-day
for the incorporation of the
Wachovia Mills to manufacture
cotton fabrics. The capital stock
is to be $1,500,000, of which
$1,000,000 is common and
$500,000 preferred. The names
attached are those of Chatta
noogans, but Eastern capital is
supposed to be back of the move
Luverne, Ala., Feb. 19th.?Mrs.
Dozeman, who lives at Searight,
yesterday discovered her baby in
the cradle on fire. She carried
the child into the yard and de
posited it in a tub that whs par
tially filled with water. She then
ran to the well, hen clothing |
burning and in her excitement j
sither jumped or fell into the well I
nnd was killed bv the fall or
drowned. Dr. Parker,of Searight.
saw the tragedy and called as- j
A Good Man Passed Away.
On Sunday, February 18th,
1900, at two o'clock P. M. Mr.
11. S. Ryals, of Benson, breathed
his last. He had suffered much
for the week previous from a se
vere attack of pneumonia?con
tracted, it is supposed, by nurs
ing his son, Eddie, and daughter,
Bertha, who are still confined
with the same disease.
The deceased was the son of
our veoerable townsman, Han
som Ryals, Esq , and was about
sixty years of age. He leaves a
devoted wife and seven children ?
four of whom are married.
By his death one of the best
men of our county has passed
from earth, yet by abundant evi
dence he has entered triumphant
anew the higher, eternal life.
While his demise shocked and
saildened onr entire community,
still upon every lip was the same
expression,"agood man is gone."
Mr. Ilyals was a yery indus
trious mau, and was a mason by
trade. From the very beginning
of the building of the town he
has plied the hammer and the
trowel. In every direction as far
as the eye can reach chimneys
stand as monuments to his mem
ory. In all the country around
he was familiarly known as
"Shade." Now moreover, in the
day of his death numbers of jobs
are impatiently waiting his busy
hands. He was very particular
to do stone and brick work just
right, but not more so in doing
good deeds to his fdlowman.
Mr. Ryals' place can not be
filled in our community. He was
a friend?honest, truthful, con
scientous, full of charity. By his
industry an example has been
laid for others. Above all Mr.
Ryals was a Christian. He was
an humble, faithful follower of
It is sad indeed to thus leave
wife and caildren and friends,
still all can take comfort in the
thought?a life well spent. May
the grief stricken wife aud chil
dren be reconciled to the ways of
Providence, may his sons each
strive to emulate the virtues of
the father. .1. P. C.
Benson, N. C , Feb. 21st.
In Honor of Miss Wood.
Wilson's Mills, Feb. 15th.?
Last evening from eight to eleven
Messrs. Charles and Willie Wil
son delightfully entertained at
their home on Main Street in
honor of Mies Yira Wood, of Kin
eton, who is the guest of Miss
Lossie Vinson. During the even
ing interesting games were in
dulged in and music of the best
kiud was furnished the guests.
Those invited were Miss Vira
Wood with Mr. Clair Wilson;
Miss Lossie Vinson with Mr.
Frank Davis; Mtfcs Mary Mitchi
ner with Mr. Paul Davis; Miss
Eliza Mitchiner with Mr. Willie
Wilson; Miss Dessie Poelaw with
Mr. Raymond Wilson; Miss Ber
tie Vinson with Mr. Leon Uzzle;
Miss L'vie Wilson with Mr. H. M.
Lilly; Miss Sallie Wilson with Mr.
Jim Vinson; Miss Sarah Parrisb
and Mr. Dempsey Vinson.
A Cotton Warehouse.
At a meeting of the Smithfield
township branch of the Southern
Cotton Association last Satur
day a resolution was passed ask
ing. the next meeting of the
county association to take steps
for the erection of a cotton
storage warehouse in Smithfield.
This would be a great benefit to
the farmers and would help the
merchants also. Farmers could
store their cotton at a very small
cost for storage and insurance.
If necessary they could borrow
money on their cotton as soon
as it is stored. The cost of the
building would not be great and
by forming a stock company the
mcessary funds could easily be
raised. We hope the matter will
receive the endorsement of the
farmers and business men.
Shakespeare on L ia is.? Pro
fessor?What does Shakespeare;
mean when he says: "F >e every '
man a'ter ins dessert ?'" Student ?
He means if von wuir a man to
ilo something for voir,strike him i
ju-t after he has had a good din
The Methodists of Statesville
have undertaken to build a new
The Seaboard Air Line will
spend $100,000 in enlarging its
terminal facilities at Raleigh.
The Monarch Cotton Mills (Com
pany has been organized at Dal
las. A mill of 5,000 spindles is
to be built.
The town of Zebulon will be
midway between Raleigh ahd
Wilson on the Raleigh and l'aiu
lico Sound Railroad.
A collision on the Southern
] Railway near Asheville Sunday
afternoon resulted in the death
of Conductor Hough and Brake
man Simpson, and serious injury
to four other men.
The charter of Jenkins Broth
ers Shoe Company at Winston
Salem has been amended, the
capital stock being increased
from $ 120,000 to $1,250,000,
with |5(),000 preferred.
Practically t he entire business
district of Red Springe was de
stroyed by fire Sundav. Eight
een stores and two dwellings were
consumed, involving a loss of
180,000, with an approximate
insurance of $40,000. The fire
originated from a defective fiue
in a restaurant in the rear of one
of the stores.
At Winston-Salem Superior
Court Monday Judge Peebles
gave"Dr." Hinsdale, theold man
who was convicted last week of
giving some boys liquor, causing
them to become intoxicated, his
choice between two years on the
roads or leaving the State, go
ing to Virginia. After debating
the matter in his own mind the
old man decided that he would
leave INorth Carolina.
The nine large cotton and
j woolen mills at Spray have1
J agreed on a "ten hours a day"
system, which will go into effect
the first Monday in March. The
mill people of this town have
wanted this system for a long
j time. It has been a State law in
Virginia for a good many years.
However, there are very few
mills in this State which have a
ten-hour system. Heretofore the
mills have been working eleven
The campaign has opened in
Wilson over the question as to
whether the dispensary will be
continued in that town after
July first. The election to de
termine whether Wilson will have
open bars, dispensary or prohi-;
bition will be held the first week
of April. The present d.spen
sary, which has paid profits of
$25,000 per year for the past;
two years, has gained support
ers so its friends state, while the
saloon advocates claim it has
been a moral failure and are
sanguine of defeating it at the
coming election. The prohibition
forces are gaining strength, aud
a lively fight is on.
J. L. Costner, of Spray, thirty-!
five years of age, was killed by
passenger train No. 8. on the
Southern Railway near Stokes-!
dale Tuesday. He was walking
along the track, and, seeing a '
freight train approaching, step
ped from the track he was walk
ing upon to the other of the1
double track system. The noise
made by the freight train pre (
vented him from hearing the ap
proach of the passenger train
behind him. The engine struck ,
him with full force, and death i
was instantaneous. The body
was terribly mangled, tha head
being severed and the remains
were strewn alongside the track
for a distance of several yards.
May Live 100 Years.
The chances for living a full j,
century are excellent in the case
of Mrs. Jennie Duncan, of
Haynesville, Me., now 70 years
old. She writes: ''Electric Hit-j
ters cured me of Chronic Dys
pepsia of 20 years standing, and
made me feel as well and strong j
as a young girl " Electric Bit-1
ters cure Stomach and LJverdis ,
eases, Blood Disorders, General
Debility and bodily weakness, j
Sold on a guarantee at Hood |
Bros, drug store. Price only
Mr. Gilbert Vinson is now with
Mr. A. V. Driver.
Miss Annie Fitzgerald is visit
ing her sister. Mrs. H. B. Pearce,
Mr. Orrell, our painter, is paint
ing Mr. Wm. Richardson's dwell
ing. ? ?
The post office has lately been
enlarged and is now quite com
Mr. Harvey Candler, of Prince
ton, is visiting his brother, Prof.
T. T. Candler.
Mr. Robert P. Noble, who is in
1 Raleigh at the Medical school,
I spent Sunday here.
Mr. L. H. Allred left for Wash
1 ington, D. C., Wednesday. He
! expects to return Friday.
Miss Jitntnie Ratton is visiting
her grand-father, Mr. E. A. Bat
i ton, in Wilder's this week.
Mr. H. B. Pearce, Sr., is erect
ing several houses near theSmith
field road on Raiford street.
Mr. Otis Tucker has accepted a
position with the M. C. Winstoa
Co. and will be glad to see his
Mr. Wm. Richardson came
home last Sunday after a some
what lengthy visit to South
We have not been able to find
out where the Knitting mill will
be located as several sites have
John H. Parker, Esq., has pur
chased a fine saddle norse and
can be seen every fine day taking
Mr. Floyd Griswold is erecting
a nice two story house on his
farm just out of town, on the
Messrs. Ira and Trov Batton
have moved to Mr. Vic Vinson's
house; and Mr. Ner Hatcher has
moved to the house on Anderson
street recently occupied by Mr.
The Seltna News office has been
moved to one of "The Hub"
stores. We expect it to be a bet
ter paper than it was. It now has
good financial backing and a
M r. Ephriao Wescott, of Chapel
Hill, who has been httre for some
time buying old iron left last
Saturday. He was quite sick
when he left and we hear he is no
better today (Wednesday).
The Johnston County Medical
Society will meet in Selma on the
first Monday in March, at 11
o'clpck in Dr. Noble's office and
will, after the business meeting,
be entertained at dinner at the
Merchant's Hotel by Drs. Noble
and Person. It is hoped that
there will be a large attendance
as matters of importance will
ccme before the meeting and
several of the members have
promised to have short papers.
Mrs. Bishop, our pastor's wife,
arrived yesterday afternoon. The
members of the Methodist church
and friends thronged their home
at seven-thirty o'clock to wel
come them in the way of an old
fashioned pounding. All present
were peculiarly interested and ex
pressed their feelings in this
manner. "It is more blessed to
give than to receive." Bro. Bish
op and .wife of course were seen
moving among the kind friends
expressing their appreciation of
such signs of esteem and welcome.
Worldly Salutations In Zlon.
Chicago, Feb. 17 ?No longer
is the saintly salutation of
"Peace tie unto thee!" heard in
streets of Dowie City. For some
nasi in the brothers and sisters
in the city of 101 j ih 111, have
ceased to use the fraternal ad
diess, and now as they pass they
i.od and sav, "How d'ye do?"
And. grievious to say, one even
lie ire, "Hello, Bill "
A bill creating the office of
State bank examiner, was paused
by the South Carolina lieneral
Asseinblv Inst wtek The ofti e
cariies with it a sahir> of