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SHERIFF POWELL DOWN EAST.
Tells of a Trip From Oriental Ikmn
the Inland Waterway to Beaufort.
A Vivid Description of What Took
Place \\ hen the Wind* Blowed and
the Boat Did Kock.
Receiving an invitation to attend a
house boat party from Oriental to
Beaufort, Morehead, Atlantic, and
Witt, through the inland waterway via
Adams Creek Canal and Core Sound,
will tell you a little about it. Messrs.
Charlie, and Guilford Lewis, Capt. L.
B. Midyett and grandson, Edward
Midyett, with four Lewis boys and
myself, set sail from Oriental on the
16th on board the "Concrete" a gas
freight boat 40 feet long 16 feet beam
double-decked and handsomely equip
ped with all nautical requirements, as
well as being lavishly supplied with
comforts of life, including water, ice,
and "sich," for a ten days' cruise.
The Messrs. Lewis are manufactur
ers of concrete tiling, well curbing,
window sills, etc., of superior quality
and the boat mentioned is a 40 ton
freighter. A houseboat tender with
two skiffs for fishing purposes took
us tandem in tow and five miles an
hour was about the speed. We em
barked at 5 p. m., expecting to cross
Neuse River five miles wide here,
anchor in a bay and set nets for fun
and rations. But! and! um! um! the
wind did blow, and the tide did rise,
and the boat did rock, and the waves
did slash, and the captain did cast
anchor, and this individual did look
landward, and he did turn white
around the gills and his inards got
creepy, and his amidship got in sym
pathy with outside commotions, and
set up a squall all its own, and with
craned neck, and clear periscope, the
bottom did reveal many appurtenan
ces and the catfish fared well. Reck
onings by quadrant, sextant, periscop
ical and imaginary, like Sherman's
coons all "looked alike to me." Every
thing subsided in due time, as all com
motions do, and weighing anchor with
favorable wind and tide were soon in
the Canal a connecting link of the
inland waterway from Norfolk to
Beaufort. It is 100 feet wide and
eleven feet deep, and was cut through
a heavily timbered swamp at the head
of Adams Creek flowing into Neuse
and Core Creek flowing into Core
Sound via Beauford and Morehead.
The tide flows through and but little
dredging is required. It is of great
and growing importance to agricul
ture and commerce. Eight miles north
of Beaufort a steel bridge spans it,
opening many thousands of fertile
acres, and a good road through them,
and the further dredging and im
provements by a Western corporation
on the "Open Lands," is spoken of
with pride by all. Our outing termin
ated at Beaufort and Morehead. For
cause we abandoned the course up
Core Sound, the light house, life sav
ing station and harbor of refuge
where the government is jettying the
present fintf harbor, by dumping hun
dreds of car loads of rock in water
50 feet deep, forming an immense
break-water, the importance of
which can only be surmised. While at
Beaufort, Capt. Midyett and myself
went out five miles on North river,
through a fine country, over a "good
road" to Mr. J. P. Thomas', son-in
law of Mr. W. B. Johnson ? "Arter
branch Bill" where we were enthusias
tically received and feted. It is a fine
country, good fishing grounds, the
river being two miles wide and abun
dantly stocked with fish, crabs, mos
quitoes and banker ponies. A big crab
stew for dinner "took the rag off the
bush." We shall always think of this
trip with pleasure and Uncle Sam, an
old confederate soldier (genuine too)
showed me his parole and still has his
gray, red-bound artillery cap, and
Confederate looking-glass. He was
very entertaining to me. A street Car
nival at Morehead took the boys and
Uncle Lon, one night while I visited
Rev. J. C. Staneil and Joe Kornegay,
two old Confederates. Mrs. Kornegay
asked many questions about those left
of our young days. She was Miss De
lia Quetay and special chum of Mrs.
Powell, her brother was a groomsman
at my wedding. Our outing upon the
whole was pleasant. On the fourth
day we returned to Oriental, leaving
Mr. Guilford Lewis in charge of the
C oncrete, Mr. Charlie taking the
boys home and returning with his
wife and daughter for a few more
days. Uncle Lon and I returned
to our old tricks, fishing and crabbing
around Oriental, taking an afternoon
nap in the fine breezes prevailing
there. Aunt Becky, that good old soul,
uncomplainingly, kept us in good fish,
corn bread, coffee, butter and honey
and all kinds of "pilarities." Will
Midyett, Tom Midyett and Mr. Ever
itt, the hotel man, were still on deck
i?nd cheerful as ever. Oriental is pro
gressing rapidly, and why not? On
a beautiful peninsula and charming
water-front, fine breezes and splendid
artesian mineral water, surrounded
by fertile trucking lands, good boat
and railroad facilities, with a hank,
the deposits of which show deposits
for 1915 of $85,000? for 1916, $171,
000 and to June, 1917, $451,000. With
a few eye-sores on the creek shore
the town would indeed be a charming
pleasure rt-sort, thee gem on the in
land waterway. If you vant to have
a good time "Jine the Cavalry" or go
C. S. POWELL.
July 31, 1917.
GOVERNMENT CROP REPORT.
Cotton Condition July 25 Was 70.3
Per Cent of a Normal.
The Department of Agriculture
authorizes the following:
The Crop Reporting Board of the
Bureau of Crop Estimatss of tht Uni
ted States Department of Agriculture
estimates, from the reports of the
correspondents and agents of the bu
reau, that the condition of the cotton
crop on July 25 was 70.3 per cent of
a normal, as compared with 70.3 on j
June 25, 1917; 72.3 on July 25, 1916; j
75.4 on July 25, 1915; and 77.5, the
average on July 25 of the past 10
A condition of 70.3 on July 25
forecasts a yield per acre of about |
166.9 pounds and" a total production
(allowing 1 per cent from planted
area for abandonment) of about 11,
949,000 bales. That is, the final out- '
turn will probably be larger or small
er than this amount according as con
ditions hereafter are better or worse
than average conditions. Last year's
production was 11,449,930 bales, two
years ago 11,191,820, three years ago
'16,134,930, and four years ago 14,
General Summary of Conditions.
Serious drought in portions of
Texas and western Oklahoma; too
much rain in many parts of the east
ern, southern, and central belt; wee
vil damage in Arkansas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and
Georgia; late crops everywhere, with
poor stands in many places, are the
influences which unfavorably affect- ;
ed the cotton crop in July. The
drought has assumed serious propor
tions in much of southern, south-cen- '
tral, and western Texas and western
Oklahoma. The crop over this entire
section is very poor and nothing less
than several inches of rain at an early
date can help it. There has been too
much rain in the eastern section of
the Carolinas and in some portions of
other cotton States, excepting Texas
Weevils Doing Damage.
Weevils are doing damage in the
wet portions of the States embraced
in the infested area, but some sec
tions in the oldest infested areas re
port splendid crop prospects. Except
where it has been too wet, cultivation
is better than usual. Dry weather in j
May and June enabled farmers to
clean out their crops and they have
remained clean. South Carolina, Geor- ;
gia, and Louisiana report wilt or
black-root on some sandy soils. The
crop has recovered some of its late
ness, but will average probably two
weeks late over the entire South. In
many sections in the eastern belt top
dressing with nitrate of soda or other
fertilizers has been resorted to.
Where conditions have been any ways
favorable the crop looks well, has a
splendid color, and is fruiting splen
didly. To date the labor supply has
been generally adequate, though there
is some fear expressed as to the sup
ply of pickers later on. Cotton is op
ening in Texas and Florida.
REPORT STRENGTHENS COTTON.
Prices Eiise Sharply on Low Official
Condition Estimate, But
To the disappointment of many
people, and especially the short in
terest, Wednesday's official cotton re
port failed to disclose improvement,
and a rapid rise in prices resulted.
On expectations of at least a moder
ate gain in condition, all the active
deliveries had previously fallen well
below the 24c. basis and the local
spot quotation to 24.60c., but when
the Government's figures showed no
change whatever futures promptly
soared $6 a bale on the average and
the actual staple about $3. Thus, on
hasty covering and not a little fresh
buying, October contracts reached
25.30c., December 24.90c., January
24.80c., and March an even 25c. From
these levels, 'however, there was a
subsequent recession of 70 to 90
points in the option list on renewed
pressure prompted mainly by better
weather and crop advices, though in
every -instance the week ended to the
decided advantage of holders.
With its percentage of 70.3 on July
25, exactly the same as was reported
a month earlier, the official estimate
was distinctly surprising, for the
trade had counted on a figure about
three points higher. Even then, the
return would have been poor enough,
as the ten-year average for the date
covered by the statement is 77.5 per
cent., but the fact that no improve
ment at all appeared was doubly dis
appointing, except to those who had
hoped for rising prices. Briefly, too
much rain east of the Mississippi, not
enough of it in Texas and Oklahoma,
and damage by boll weevil explained
the unfavorable showing, and not on
any previous July 25 has the condi
tion been at such a low level. Yet not
a few pccple seem convinced that the
actual status of the crop on the date
mentioned was better than the Gov
ernment's report indcated, and it is
believed that the outlook has recently
become more promising by reason of
?he breaking of the drought in the
Southwest and the good rains that
have fallen elsewhere. In any event,
Wednesday's sharp advance was fol
lowed by a resumption of selling,
considerable of which came from
southern source, ?nd there is not the
confidence in the bull side of the mar
ket that migh be expected in view of
the Washington estimate. From now
on, the weather news will be watched
with the closest attention. ? Dun's Re
view, Aug. 6th. ,
The revival at Mill Creek Disciple
church closed Sunday night with one
Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Boykin, of
Clayton, spent last week in this sec
tion with Mrs. Boykin's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. D. J. Williams.
Mr. John Morgan, of near Benson,
spent the week-end in these parts
with Mr. N. T. Flowers and family.
Mr. E. J. Williams and family, of
Clayton, spent the week-end in this
section with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Casey, of Mt.
Olive, spent Saturday and Sunday in
our burg with Mrs. Casey's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Beasley.
Well, how about improving our
public roads with a small bond? Will
they ever be improved otherwise?
Rev. Whitley Langston and
family, of Georgia, spent a few days
of last week in this section with old
friends and relatives. Mr. Langston
motored through the country here and
is on his way to Western North Car
olina to spend some time at his sum
Quite a large portion of our folks
attended the Vocal Union at Pauline
Bentonville, Ang. 2, 1917.
DID YOU EVER READ THAT j
great little story "Ten Nights In a
Barroom?" If not get a copy at
Herald Office. Price only 6 cent?
By mail 8 cents.
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JOSEPH MILAD !
DAY Clearance Sale day j
Store Will be Closed August the 9th
Sale Opens 9 A. M., Friday, Aug. 10th
$12,000 W orth of Goods
At Reduced Prices
My entire line of Ladies' and Gents' Furnishing Goods. I am not having this Sale to
to make money or to get shut of old stock. Trade has been dull this Summer, and I need
money, and I am bound to have it to pay my bills. The goods that I shall offer for sale, I
cannot buy at factory for less than 25 per cent more than I shall ask for them during this
Sale. My line can be used Summer and Winter.
Big line Men's, Women's and Children's Shoes for
every day and Sunday wear. You can't buy this stock
this Fall for less than 25 per cent more.
Big line Oxfords for Men, Women and Children. Big
cut on them, as I don't want to carry them over. I can't
give prices on Shoes and Oxfords here, as I have so many
styles and grades.
Big Line Misses, Women's and Children's Tennis Shoes.
Misses Tennis Shoes 49c
Dress Ginghams, good grade. . . 10c per yd.
Dress Homespun 1 lc per yd.
Calico 7 Vic per yd.
Apron Checks, good grade 11c per yd.
Flowered and Striped Lawn, 15c quality, at ... .9c per yd.
POPLIN GOODS, ALL COLORS
Vctiles, 25c value, at 19c
Worsted Dress Goods, 75c value, 41c
Silk Dress Goods, $1.25 value, 85c
China Silk Dress Goods, 25c value, at 19c per yd.
Window Curtain Goods, 121/zc value, 9c
Middy Blouse Shirt Waists and Underskirts,
50c value, now 39c
Better Grade Shirt Waists, Undershirts, Kimonas,
House Dresses and Wash Skirts, $1.25 and
$150 vaule, 98c
Nice Line Clothing, $10 to $20 value $7.50 to $15.00
Big Line Men's Pants, value $1.25 to $4.00,
Now 75c to $3.55
Big Line Overalls and Jackets, values $1.25 and
$1.50, now 98c and $1.18
Sunday Shirts, 75c value, at 63c
Big Line Ladies Skirts at Reduced Prices
Boys' Suits, Some Wash Suits, Children's Dresses,
white and colored at Cut Prices
Men's Summer Underwear. 35c value, at 22c
Ladies' Gauze Vests, 5c Each
Nice Line Hamburg Lace and Insertion
from 3c to 9c per yd.
Nice Line Men's, Women's and Children's Hats,
value 25c to $4.00, sale price 19c to $1.95
Trunks, Suit Cases, Socks and Stockings, Etc.,
at All-Down-and-Out Prices
It will pay you not to miss this Sale. You will find many Bargains that
you need in this Sale. This is your only chance to buy goods cheap this
year. Look for the Red, White and Blue Sign.
Main St., CLAYTON, N. C.
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