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vol,. 25. SMITHFIELD. X. C.. FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 21, 1906. NO. 29.
DR. M'lVER DIES SUDDENLY.
President of State Normal College arid
Great Educational Leader?His Deatbyj
a Great Loss to the State?His a
Life of Unselfish Serylce.
Dr. Chas. D. Mcfver dud sud
denly on the Bryan train Mon
day afternoon soon after leaving
Durham. He was at Raleigh with
the Bryan party and vas in his
usual pood health. When the j
train reached Durham he was
suffering with what he consider
ed an attack of acute indigestion
and did not go to the speaking
place. He soon got better. Af
ter leaving Durham he was at- [
tacked again and died at once.
The following concerning him
is taken from Tuesday's News]
The entire city of Kaleigh was
profoundly shocked yesterday
afternoon when the news came of
the sudden death of President
Charles Duncan Mclyer, on the
Bryan special train between Dur
ham and Hillsboro. Mr. Mclver
bad come down from Greensboro
during the morning on the spe
cial train bringing to the city j
Hon. William J. Bryan and par-j
ty. He was a member 01 thej
committee of escort representing
the city of Greensboro. On the I
way to Kaleigh and the return
from Kaleigh he had been the
life of the party, filling everyone
with happiness and srood cheer
by his apparently inexhaustible
fund of humor, anecdote, human
sympathy, and never-failing
common sense. While in Kal
eigh he took a prominent part
in all the exercises of the day, oc
cupying a box in Metropolitan
Hall, greatly enjoying the ad
dress of Mr. Krvau, ana fre-i
quently applauding his striking
It is a little remarkable that J
Dr. Mclver was the lirst man to
introduce Mr. Bryan to North
Carolina by selecting him as the j
commencement orator of the
State Normal and Industrial
College in May, 1S!>4. On that
occasion Mr. Bryan made a clear
cut and eloquent speech on the
money question, taking the po
sition which he has since held.
His speech attracted wide atten
tion and produced a profound
impression. Dr. Mclver has been
since then an ardent friend, ad
mirer and supporter ol Mr. Bry
an, and it is remarkable thatj
his last public service, in fact his'
last earthly act, was in extend
ing the State's hospitality to
this eminent man.
state's educational leader.
Dr. Mclver was the recognized
educational leader of the State,
having won this enviable posi
tion by a life devoted most un
seltihly and unceasingly to the
great cause of education. First!
of all the educational thinkers in
the State, he saw that the pivo-1
tal point in our educational sys-1
tern was the training of women
of the State for educational ser
vice, and having once set his j
hand to the work, at great per
sonal sacrifices he pressed the
point for the attention of the
people of the State until he con
vinced them of the correctness of
his views. The State Normal
and Industrial College is hisj
work and will stand as a noble
monument to his zeal, hiselo
auence. his earnestness of our
pose, and his unselfish service.
How unselfish this service has
been only his most intimate
friends realize, for they alone
know that more than once he
has steadily declined positions
paying from twice to four times
the meager salary paid by the
State for his great service to her.
Had he chosen to accept any of
these places and to devote his
talents in private enterprises, he
could easily have left his widow
and children in affluence, but
choosing to serve the State rath
er thau self, he leaves them the
glory of his name.
In recent years L)r. Mclver has
been the educational spokesman
for the State to the nation. It
is safe to sav that no other man
has done so much to extend the
reputation of the State abroad
and to elevate her to an envia
ble position in the eyes of the na- i
tion. In the Southern Educa
tional Association. in the N ation
al Educational Association, iu
j the Conference for Education in
the South, on the Southern Ed
ucation Board, and dozens of
platforms from Louisiana to
Connecticut, he has ably and elo
quently represented the new spir
it of her people. I>r. Mclver i
catue nearer than any other man
of being a perfect personific ition
of this new spirit which is thrill |
ing aud stirring the life of the
UKEAT LOSS TO THE STATE
The State can ill afford to
lose him. His boundless energy,
his unflagging zeal, his earnest
ness of purpose, his exalted pat- i
riotism, his comprehensive love
and knowledge of the State and
her people, all combined to give
him a place in the life of the State
impossible to be filled, while his
genial companionship, his kindly
disposition, his warm heart won
for him a place in the hearts of
our people that will make his
lost a personal sorrow in thous
ands of homes in North Caroli
Hundreds of teachers have
caught from his presence a spirit
that has sent them to their try
ing work, fiom the college reci
tation room to the humble log
cabin school house in the back
woods, with hearts afire aud
souls inspired to render great,
service to their country and to
humanity, caring naught for the
vast personal sacrifices frequent
The death of such a man is
nothing less than a public ca
Dr. Mclver would have been 4(5
years old bad he lived until next
Thursday, the UTth.
A Noble Requiem.
Seldom has a man had a
grander requiem that Br. Mc-j
The eyes of the State were on
Greensboro last night. From
near and far men and women
had gathered to hear words of
public import fall from the lips
of one of the most remarkable
men this country has ever pro
William Jennings Bryan, the
trusted leader of millions of his |
fellow citizens, came to our city
to speak. He had intended to
talk on the important public
questions o?" th^ day But as a j
special train was bearing him j
swiftly to our city, l>r. Mclver,
who was of the party, was sud
denly stricken by the hand of j
As if by common consent, the
character of i he journey was al
tered. T be aost-mbied multitude
crowded the opera house, but;
over all, thi re was a hush as in j
the presence of death.
The great Nebraskan, who has
so often swayed thousands by
his eloquence, with a thoughtful
consideration and tender courte
sy that marks a kindly, gener
ous heart, pushed aside the po
litical questions with which his
life has of late been crowded, and
spoke only of him who lay cold
Tenderly, touching and elo
quently the words fell from hie
lips and those who beard knew
tney came from the heart.
The distinguished visitor and
his hearers forgot tjipse things
which push men asunder and re
membered the holy sorrow that
draws all men together.
More than generous, more!
than gracious, truly noble, was
Mr. Byran's address?a great
man's eulogy upon another
great man, delivered before' an ;
audience that loved them both.
?Greensboro Industrial News.
"To Cure a Felon"
says Sam. Kendall, of Phillips
hurg. Kan., "just cover it over
with Bucklen's Arnica Salve
and the Salve will do the rest."
Quickest cure for Burns, Boils,
Sores. Scalds, Wounds, Piles,
Eczema, Salt Rheum, Chapped
Hands, Sore Feet and Sore Eyes.
Only 25c. at Hood Bros', drug
\\ e are shaped and fashioned
by what we love.?Goethe.
DEATHS IN POLENTA SECTION.
C. H. Holland and Mrs. Nancy Lee go to
Their Long Home?Services at the
The cottou crop in this section
will be at least one-third short
of an average crop?it will be
about the same as last year.
There is plenty of weed but the
fruit is not there.
Miss Mina Johnson left for the
Greensboro Normal School Tues
day moruiutr where she will per
sue her studies. She is one of
our best girls and we truly wish
her success in her work.
There will be preaching at Oak
land Sunday?two sermons?
raorniug aud afternoon, Pastor
Souders is a preacher of great
power, and always preaches to
entertain and make better.
Preaching at Sbiloh last Sat
urday and Sunday by the pas
tor, Kev. Mr. Hudson. Mr. Hud
son always preaches good ser
mons and his Sunday morning
sermon was up to the high water j
ibe nay nde recently given by
some of our young people to
Smithfield, was hugely enjoyed.
They arrived in the city about
11 o'clock and made the welkin
ring It is a great pity, how
ever, that our young pill driver
lost in the foot race that took
place on front street, being
eclipsed in the contest by two;
beautiful young ladies whom he
challenged to race with him. lie
consoled himself with the asser
tion that any other youngster
would have been out run by two
such fleet-footed ladies.
Airs. .Nancy Lee, wife of Air. j
Zack Lee, after a lingering ill-;
uess, died on Saturday night;
last. She was a woman of ex
cellent qualities, a devoted wife,
an affectionate and loving moth
er, and an excellent neighbor.
She had been a member of the j
Primitive Baptist church fori
many years, and was counted as
a faithful member. She leaves a I
husband and several children,!
besides a host of friends to mourn
her demise. She was eightv-four J
years old. had lived a useful life!
and has simply been called up
higher to enjoy the fruits of her
life work whilst here below. Her
remains were interred in the fam
ily burying ground of Air. Wm.
Lee, one of her sons, Sunday
evening, a large concourse of
friends and relatives being pres
ent to attest their esteem for the
A. truly good man has entered
the better life. From service and
labor to glory and rest may well
be said of Mr. C. H. Holland,who
departed this life . Wednesday
night of last weeK at the home of
his son, Mr. I). H. Holland, who
lives near Benson, whither he
had gone on a visit. Mr. Hol
land was sick only a few days,
baviog been taken with a chill
before his arrival at his son's
from which he never rallied,
growing worse gradually until
death came and relieved him of
his suffering. He was sixty-three
years old, having been born in
Elevation township, in this coun
ty. During that time he had
been for forty-five years a devot
ed Christian, being a member of
Shiloh Baptist church, filling the
office of deacon and clerk of said
church for many years. The
church has sustained a great
loss, for truly a good man in
Israel has been removed. He(
was faithful to his family, his
friends, his church, and his coun
try, dying without any enemy,
having lived such a life as to
merit the love and esteem of all
with whom he came in contact.
He leaves a devoted wife and
seven loving children to mourn j
their loss His remains were'
laid to rest Thursday afternoon j
of last week near his home where I
he had lived most of his life, in
the family cemetery of Mr. H. T. j
Garrard, where a large concourse
of friends and relatives had gath
ered to pay du? respect to the
?'Safe in the arint of .leeus.
Safe on Mb ifeiitle hreast,
There t?y I ire oVrsli irl..w wi
frweetly hie boii! slinli rest."
Sept. 19. Typo.
BRYAN'S SPEECH AT RALEIGH.
Dissects Shaw's Southern Speech Calls
Attention to the Fact that President
is Popular Because he Advo
cates Democratic Policies.
Put iti u uut shell t tie speech of
Mr. Bryan in Metropolitan Hall
First?The dissection of the
Southern speech of Secretary
Shaw in the dtfeueeof the "stand
pat policy" by which lie demon
strated that the principle of the
protective tariff as administered
by the Republican party was
solely for the manufacturer and
only through eophietry for the
protection of American labor.
Second?That the acts of Pres
ident Roosevelt which have met
with popular enthusiasm and
have left him the only logical
hope as a successful Republican
candidate was none of them in
accord with Republican princi
ple. and none of them policies
which were approved by the Re
publican platform. That, on
the contrary, each and every im
portant Presidential action with
respect to his office or in aid of
legislation was in accord with
the repeated demand of the par
ty of the opposition.
1 bird?That the Republican
party, in the propagation of the
idea that the trusts and mouop
olies are the natural growths of
ecouomic conditions, is through
its refusal to prosecute trusts
with the same vigor that the
law prosecutes the ordinary
criminal, by so much the most
powerful incitement to anarchy;
and, in its promotion thereby of
monopolies and the abuses
which follow therefrom is the en
couragement ot the socialism of
which it professes to stand must
Fourth? That, recognizing and
for long believing in the remedy
of governmental control of rail
roads, he himself, and speaking
for himself alone as one Demo
crat subject to the will and the
opinion of the majority, had
been forced by the prevalence of
railroad corruption of politics
and legislation to conclude tdat
the only adequate solution of
the railroad problem would rest
in the ultimate acquisition of the
trunk lines by the government
and of the State lines by the
He was particularly careful in
his references to the question of
government ownership to repeat
his Madison Square Garden dec
laration that he did not know
what his party would think of
his views on that question. He
emphasized the fact that he was
speaking his opinion as a man
was too honest with himself to
hope for adequate regulation
without ownership, when he had
no hope, and declared that he
had a great patience with those
who differed with him in that re
spect as one who had for long
tried to hold differently from the
view at which he had arrived.
Fifth?He touched lightly upon
the issues of imperialism and co
lonialism characterizing the Re
publican administration of the
Philippines as a failure which, in
costing money where it had been
expected to make riches, had
dashed the Republican enthusi
asm in the policy as a providen
The speech aoounaed in the
Bryan epigrams, and was touch
ed here and there with a fine
Irish humor which only once
went so far as to tell a joke,
which, however, was so good as
to bring down the house.
The entire speech was listened
to by the packed house with a
breathless interest. The crowd,
which was dense on platform,
floor, galleries and aisles, so far
forgot itself as to stand motion
less and, except at periods of ap
plause, in an utter silence which
the voice of the speaker domi
nated with absolute ease. At
the conclusion of the rather
lengthy speech, the interest of:
the audience nad been kept at
i such an absolute notch of atten
] tion as to have misled the ma
! jority as to the period of time,
j Tbi-* applied to women and cbil
| dren, of whom there were a con
' siderabl" number in attendance,
equally with the men. It ex
pressed the fiual touch of ability
in public speaking. There was
little of the Bryan "oratory,"
but the speech moved on with a
sense of reserved power that was
j fasciuating. Its grace was its
distinguishing characteristic. It
held less of aetiou than formerly,
yet was not cut and dritd. It
showed Mr. Bryan's growth J is
an orator to have well-nigh
reached the point where he can
be spoken of in this regard as
consummate.?News and < >bser
Mr. Bryau spoke at Winston
Tuesday mormug to a crowd es
timated at 10,000. He also
spoke Tuesday at Kerneisville,
High I'oint, Lexington, Salis
bury, Concord and Charlotte.
At each place he was greeted by
throngs of people who listened
with rapt attention to every
word. The speaker touched on the
trusts in no uncertain tones and
everywhere held up Democratic
principles as only he can uphold
Ten Cents Cotton.
The Wake County Division of
the Southern Cotton Association
has perfected a plan wherby cot- \
ton growers may store their
staple at 25 cents per bale per
month, this sum covering the
cost both of storage and of in-j
suranee, and the different cotton
storage owners have agreed to!
make loans on the cotton up to I
three-fourths of the value of ti.e I
cotton, charging six per cent,
interest on the advances made.
The business men are anxious to
help the cotton farmers, and
there is now no neeessitj- for the
farmer to place his cotton on the j
market at a price lower than the
cost of production. The min i
| imam price of teu cents per j
pound, fixed by the Central Ex
ecutiue Committee of the South- J
ern Cotton Association at Little
Rock, Ark , is fair both to the j
farmer and the manufacturer,
and there should be no reason
why the cotton grower should
accept less than that for his cot
ton?New and Observer.
Baptist Union Meeting.
The next Union Meet ng of the j
Johnston County Association J
will be held with Blackman's j
Grove church Friday night,
; Saturday and Sunday, Septem
ber 28tb, 29th and 3Cth, 1900.
Preaching Friday night by
Rev. B. G. Early.
Saturday?9:30 A. M.?Devo
tional services conducted by
Rev. N. H. Gibbs.
Protracted meetings and the
best time to hold them?J. M.
Are we as a Baptist people do
ing what we can and ought to
supply the Gospel to the world
at large? if not, how may we
bring our people up to their duty
on this point??Rev. B. G. Early, j
2:00 P. M.?A general discus- j
sion on forming more compact |
pastorates and the ouestions of i
pastoral support. To be led by 1
! Rev. D. F. Putnam.
What is meant by the word
1 Church in the Bible, and what its i
mission according to Bible teach
ings?Rev. C. W. Blanchard.
Preaching Saturday night.
Sunday? 9:80 A. M.?How to j
conduct a Sunday School?M. A,
How to teach a Sunday School
| lesson?Prof. J. P. Canaday.
Preaching at 11 o'clock by
Rev. 0. W. Blanchard.
Starving to Death.
Because her stomach was so
weakened by useless drugging
that she could not eat. Mrs.
Mary H. Walters, of St. Clair
St., Columbus, O.. was literally
starving to death. She writes.
"My stomach was so weak from |
useless drugs that I could not
eat, and my nerves so wrecked
that I could not sleep; and not
before I was given up to die was
I induced to try EJectric Bitters;
with the wonderful result that
improvement began at once, and
a complete cure followed." Best
health Tonic on earth. 50c.
Guaranteed by Hood Bros., drug
CLAYTON'S NEWS BUDGET.
Events of the week In the Thriving Lit
tle City?Movements of the Peo
ple Some Coming,
Mist* Margaret Austin, of San
ford, is visiting relatives in this
Mr. and Mrs. George King and
children spent Sunday in the
country with relatives.
Pastor Blauchard preached
two splendid sermons at the
Baptist church last Sunday.
Miss Cora Hocutt, of the Kinit
section, has accepted a position
in the store of Messrs. Barbour
Mr. B. Robertson left Tuesday
evening for Richmond where he
will buy several nice horses for
The Rural Delivery Inspector
was here for several days this
week and went over several of
Cottou is coming in m grand
style now, and all the merchants
'iave opened the big blade for
We regret to chronicle the
sickuess of Mr. Charley Hason
and sincerely hope it will be of
Mrs. Etta V. Johnson has re
turned from northern markets
where she has recently purchas
ed her fall stock oi' millinery
Mr. Sid Stephenson caught au
O'possum Tuesday night which
weighed IS1, pounds gross. This
is oue of the bigest < ('possums
we have heard of.
Mr. Loomis 1>. Debnam, of the
Bank oi Selma, was in town for
a short while Wednesday even
ing. He says Seliua is coming
right along to the front.
Miss Bessie Pulliams, one of
the teachers ot Clayton High
School, was called to Troy, N.
C., Wednesday on account of the
sudden death of her si-ter.
Pupils continue to come to
Clayton High School. Several
new ones registered Monday
morning. There is still room for
more and a hearty welcome.
Hon. Ashley Home will ad
dress the farmers and Southern
Cotton Association at Scotland
Neck September 20th. The News
and Observer says quite a rally
Mr. N. B. Hales, who has been
with Mr. J. A. Vinson for a long
time, has accepted a position
with the Pine Level Oil Mill Co.,
and will move his family to that
place next week.
Mrs. Chas. W. Home has re
turned home from New York
where she has been receiving
treatment for the last few weeks.
The Clayton people are glad to
see her so much improved.
Messrs. Frank L. Jones, Quint
F. Pool, and D. L. Barbour
spent a part of last week fishing
at Slocum's creek below New
Berne. Tbey report a splendid
time and brought back the fish
to prove that they had good
VIr. C. Vernon Williams will
leave Monday for Henderson
where he takes a position with
Mr. Hdgar Stallings on the mer
ry-go-round. Mr. Foster Barnes
who has been with Mr. Stallings
since he left here will come home
to work in his father's store.
There was another real estate
deal here this week when Mr. J.
D. Kason bought Mr. Hansom
Penny's pretty building lot.
Clayton is a most, desirable place
to live and when a thinking man
sees a chance to buy real estate
here, he generally buys it. There's
not much risk in Clayton real
estate, except to the man who
doesn't own it.
Clayton's "Fire Haters" after
a series of defeats, managed to
do the Shotwell boys a job last
Saturday. Although it was
a poorly plaVed game consider
ing the standard the "Fire Hat
ers" generally have, they beat
the Shotwell boys 12 to 8 If
the Clayton boys don't practice
up and do better, we are going
to cut 'em out entirely.
Sept. 19-03 Yelir.