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VOL. IX. NO. 33.
X TA*R HEELTOTJICS
Gathered from AS Sections of the State
The Synod of th» Lntherans.
China Grove, Special.—The Luth-
Synod of North Carolina is hold
ing an interesting session in the Lu
theran chapel just outside of China
*Qvsva. This is the one hundred and
tffth annual meeting of the body and
■wli important business is being
transacted. The opening session wss*
Wd Wednesday morning, st which
time the retiring president of the
Bynod, Rev. George 11. Cox D. D.,
preached, using as his text the words,
'Awake, thou that sleepest."
At the afternoon session Dr. Cox
«td his annual report. This report
contained much interesting informa
tion regarding the work and progress
•f the Church, especially during the
jmst year. Several important recom
mendations were made in the report,
ene of these being that a committee
he appointed at this session of Syn
od to formulate a report which shall
show stand of Synod on the ques
tion of prohibition. This recommen
dation of Dr. Cox met the hearty ap
proval of the members of Synod as
they are desirous for tbis body to be
plae*d on record with regard to the
•question of prohibition.
The election of the following offi
cers for the coming year took place
at the afternoon session: President,
Rev. W, Y. Booser, St. John's church,
Cabrftrus county; vice president, Rev.
-J. E. Schenk, Concord; secretary,
Rev. H. A. McCullongh. Albemarle;
treasurer, Mr. J. D. Heilig, Salisbury.
With the exception of Mr. Heilig, all
of the officers elected are beginning
their first year of service. Several
important reports were read at the
afternoon session, which showed the
interests of the Church to be advanc
ing in a very encouraging w^\
Officer* Jail Officers. -
Salisbury, Special.—After being
locked up on the charge of behig
plain hoboes and beating a freight
train, Deputies W. T. • Adams and
Dock Journey, two well-known of
ficers of Iredell county, returned to
Statesvillc, asserting that they bad
been roughly treated, by Rowan offi
cers. Adams and Journey were
searching for an escaped murderer
and bearded a train beaded for Salis
bury. Upon reaching Barbers, twelve
miles west of this city, they were ar
rested by officers theje and held un
der bond until higher officials in Ire
dell—Could be communicated with v
"The Rowan officers refused-to recog
nise the badges of the Iredell depu
A. ft M. Farm Making Money.
Raleigh, Special.—ln the city last
-week were Messrs. M. B. Stickey, of
Concord; R. H. Ricks, of Rocky
Mount, and T. T. Ballinger, of Tvron.
members of the committee appointed
by the board of trustees of the A.
•4 M. College farm, the agricultural
«*p?rimont station, to inject and re
port as to conditions and to advise
with the directors of the agricultural
experiment station. The committee
was busy at their work and the mem
bers express themselves as greatly
-delighted with the condition of af
faire, its detailed report showing that
-excellent work is being done and that
the farm is making money.
Insane Man Kills Himself.
Wyatt, of Mocksville, who was car
ried to Morganton several months
*i® for mental treatment, committed
waieide last week. He was found
dead by the hospital authorities. The
remains were brought to Mocksville
Death on Telephone Pole.
Charlotte, Special—Rowland Blank
enship, an employe of the Icchl elec
tric street railroad, received eleven
hundred volts of electricity through'
his body while strapped to the top'
of a pole Wednesday morning and 1
had to be taken down by means of
ropes and a ladder. He lived an hour
; After the accident.
Brutal Assault on Lady.
New Bern, Special— Mrs. John B.
'Watson was the victim of a brutal
negro last week. Abont 7:30 Wed
•aesday night she was returning to
her borne on Pollock street and when
1B front of L. M. Egerton's bouse
fsssol a DCgns mho bad stopped to
tie his shoe race. He tamed on her,
knocked her . down, took a bsg con
taining her puree, which had oyer sls
is it oat of her hand and wrenched
'her umbrella from ber hand/- Her
arreams frightened the man and he
ran away. Her injuries are not se-
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A L*rje BOM Garden.
Chari«ite, Special.—The Suburban
Realty Company throngh it* agents,
F. C. Abbott & Co., has leased to the
DTngee and Conrad Company, of
West Grove, Pa. two block* of the
Colonial Heights property for the par
pose of establiahing a rose garden
there. This company is said to be the
• largest grower of roses in America,
and its establishment of a branch
farm here is of Some significance to
the city. It is proposed to open this
farm to supply Southern territory
with noses. The company will ship
at onee to Charlotte 75,000 rose
plants for the season's planting and
if Mecklenburg'a soil is suitable for
such growth, the planting for another
season may be largely increased. A
million plants a year is its average
in the present location at West
Two Mechanics' Invention.
Charlotte, N. C„ Special.—Messrs.
E4ward T. James and George W.
I Webb, both of whom are with the
; Southern Railway Company and work
at the round house near the passen
ger station have talfen out patents
on' a new locomotive cross head which
thoy have invented.. There are no
gibs nor tap bolts connected with the
apparatus, nor other parts to become
| loose and entail trouble. In the place
lof a gib, they have nrranged to
j use a flat bronze plate which is held
jin position by side pieces fastened
with bolts going through nnd through.
I This arrangement means a mu. h
(cheaper device than the old methods
I and one, also, cheaper to keep in re
pair. It is claimed that by the use
of these cross heads, nay railroad
could save SIOO a year on every loco
I the Assailant of Mrs. Weill.
Wilson, Special.—Thursday after-
I I noon Lee Jones wan brought to Wil
• son from Middlrso*, where he wrts
[ arrested on the charge of being the
negro who assaulted Mrs. Robeft
'Wells last Monday. Mis. Wells was
, brought here and identified Jones,
positively, as hor assailiant. The ne
-1 gro disclaims any knowledge of the
( crime. He says he is from Durham.
.Although no l'ear of lynching is ail-
I ticipated the negro will be guarded
jby the military. Muny countrymen
from Mrs. Wells' neighborhood came
I here. The condition of Mrs. Wells is
most pitiable. She is suffering much
j from her injuries and tho shock of
her terrible experience.
Commencement at Oxford.
Oxford, Special.—The commence
ment exercises of Oxford Seminary
will occur on May 17th and Ith. The
baccalaureate sermon will be preach
,ed on Sunday morning by the Rev.
•R. P. Kerr, D. D., Baltimore, Md.
The sermon before the Y. M. C. A.
will be preached Sunday evening by
Re" S. Massoy. On Monday morn
,in* 'lie grauduating exorcises «vill
take 4>!nce nnd (he barrr.laureate ad
dress by the-Hon. Thomas W. Mason,
■of Northampton county.
One Hundred Cars a D»7.
shipments from the trucking belt
handled through the junction office of
tbo association at South Rocky M*unt
consisted of an even one hundred
cars. New York received 23, Boston
14,' Pittsburg R. Philadelphia nnd-
Buffalo 7 each, with a •smaller vou
nme to twenty other marketV" The
prices show improvement, but are not
yet what the growers would like to
see. The financial depression North
has without a doubt had some ef
fect upon the market a cording to
those informed of the situation.
A Caution to Hardware Men.
Raleigh, Speoial.—lnsurance Com
missioner Young.announced that sev
eral mutual insurance companies are
j writing to hardware men in the State
' for business. He says these com
panies have no license and the poli
cies wonld be void. They nre for the I
most part poor companies their assets
being not over $15,000.
Found Deffl ia Winston-Salem.
Winston-Salem, Specicl.—W. n.
Taylor, who claimed to be from High
Point, where he has a family, was
foood dead in bed at his boarding I
house here. Excessive drinking is
as the cause of bis death.
Taylor told his iwowi mate tfeai' be
lost $66 in a game of poker with two
white men on Sunday night and that
the money was secured by him from
the sale of a horse and buggy. A
letter directed to his wife was found
in the dead man's pocket. In this
be promised to write her «g*tn from
WILUAMSTOa. N. C., FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1908
This Is a Season of Peculiar Plsanro
For it Maries tin Close of ths Ooi
ls«iate Year and tko Boginniaf of
the Vacation Period.
Raleigh, Special.—May is com*
mencement month with the college*.
It will mark the closing of practlenlly
all of the State schools, the Univer
sity, Davidson, Wake Forest, Trinity,
A. A M.j Bingham, Oreeaaboro Fe
male College, Baptist University for
Woman, the Normal, St. MsTy*a,
Peace, Mars Hill and a host of oth
ers. It will be attended with fitting,
and appropriate exercises, ringing out
the olid and, to those who have com
pleted their collegiate courses, will
pave ths. way for as introduction to
the activities and trial* end suc
cesses of life.
Convict Ed. Kigg; Escapes.
Charlotte, Specisl.—Ed. Riggs, ths
white roan who waa sentenced to th 4
Mecklenburg oounty roads for* a
eriod of fivs years lor stealing Mr.
C .Dotgar's horse and buggy in ths
resr of thS First Presbyterian eh arch
one Sunday morning several months
ago, and who, since his trial, has been
a member of Mr. H. C. Little's con
vict camp, escaped from his keepers -
Saturday night and up to a Iste hour
Sundsy evening had not been recap
tured. That Riggs was aided by
someone on the outside .goes wouth
out question for a number of auger
holes had been bored in the heavy
two-inch floor from the underside
thereby enabling a gap the sine of a
man's body to be pushed out through
which not only did Riggs escape, but
also Jim Hancs, a white man who had
been sent to the roads to work out a
"drunk and disorderly" judgment
afteft which be was to be carried down
to Monroe where he was wanted by
the Union county officers. No traces
were left behind them as to their
probable destination. Early Sunday
mofning, as soon as the fact of the
escape was made known" to the keep
ers, the dogs were put upon the trail
and the two men were tracked to the
Bennett farm near the plant of the
Southern Cotton Oil Company. .There
in" a mat-shy cane 1 rake, the trail was
lost. It is believed that the two men
came on to Charlotte end here caught
some early train out. Riggs is one
of the shrewdest criminals the local
officers ever came in contact with.
While ho was in the county jail
awaiting tial, he and his partner,
Charlie Logue, kept the entire jail
force in eonstunt turmoil and trouble.
Drugged and Robbed Whits Woman.
Charlotte, Special.—Jim Watson, a
hack driver, and John Boyd, a one-*
anned porter, both colored, were ar
rested by Officers Merritt, Fisher ami
Youngblood Sunday- morning charged
with having drugged and robbed a
white woman by the name of Mrs. J.
M. Morgan, of Atlanta, Ga., Friday
night. Mrs. Morgan will be recalled
as the woman who was found in
Myers Park in a dazed condition and
from whose person were missing two
diamonds aside from other valuable
trinkets. When questioned by the of
ficers she not tell anything
about how she came there other than
that she got into a Carriage. She
could not even tell whose carriage
she entered. The officers, however,
gathered up several cities and the ar
rest of the two men followed.
An Epidemic of Glanders.
Charlotte, Special.— Veterinarians
say that" there is practically an epi
demic of glanders in the city, sever
al fine horses having been lost during
the past week. One liveryman stat
ed to an Observer man thai he had
issued strict Arders to iiis drivers not
to allow any of hir animate to drink
at the public watering plaees of the
city. He added tha2 he was taking
the most careful precautions to pre
vent the spread of the disease. This
course is also being pursued by other
careful owners of stock pending the
arrival of the State veterinarian who
has been sent for.
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Largs Wilson Firm Makes Assign
Wilson, Special.—C. E. Blouut A
Co., large dry goods merchants, as
signed Saturday for the benefit of
their creditors. The assets and lia
bilities are not known. Ernest Deans
is named as trustee. The assignment
comes as a great surprise. It is. stat
ed that the assets will cover the lia
' Attempts an Assault.
Fayetteville, Special. —An attempt
ed assault was made by an unknown
negro on Mrs. Payton Auft-y, near the
Holt-Morgan Mill, in the outskirts of
the city, about 8:30 o'clock Saturday
morning. Mrs. Autry, who lives in
the mill neighborhood, was returning
from a nearby stofc with her infant
"son when the attack was made. The
negro approached her from behind
and attempted to drag her from the
road, cursing and using vile language
Mrs. Autry made a "prompt outcry
and another negro man,- who was
near, went to her assistance. This
frightened away tha miscreant,
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AVE HIS FOUND
Evidence of Wholesale Murder
ROBBERY A PROBABLE MOTIVE
A Grewsoms Murder Mystery Oomss
to Light Whan Fivs Murdered
Bodies Are Unearthsd 1b ths Yard
of the Horns of Mrs. Ounnsss,
Who. With Her Three Children,
Was Burned to Death Last Tues
Laporte, Ind., Special.—One of the
nost grewsome murder mysteries
aver unearthed in this section of the
jonntrv came to light when the
iodic* of five persons, all of them
nnrdored, were found in the yard of
;he home of Mrs. Belle Guuness, who,
with three of her children, was bnrn
>d to death on the night of April
So far, only two of the bodies have
seen identified. These arc Andrew
Holdgn n, wjtift came to this city
from Aberdeen. 5,;%!*., for the pur
(*oßo of marryt% Mrg, Guuness,
irhosc acquaintance he had made
a matrimonial bureau. The
>ther is that of Jennie Olsen Gun
iess, a Chicago girl who had been
idoptcil by Mrs. Gunness. Bhe dis
kppeared i:i September, 1900, and it
Iras s.iid had gone to Los Angeles
:o attend school. The other bodies
were iliose of two men and a woman.
None of them has been as jet iden ti
Tin* body of Heldgren was dis
nenil> red and the arms, legs, trunk
and head were buried in different
parts >f the yard.
It is believed by tlio authorities
hat (!uy Lampherc, who has been
inder mrest since the burning of the
-Jinnir. s home, on tlie charge of mur
lering Mis. Gunness and her family,
!omm ; ttcd the Heldgreu crime.
Uuitphere is a carpsnter and the
winner in which the body of Heldg
ren was dismembered leads to the
ielii f thut it was done by somebody
fa in liar with the use of n saw.
In some quarters it is believed that
Mi . Gunness may lnivo known some
ling of the murders of the five peo
iih'. There have been rumors that
ijimie Olsen (iunness had knowledge
)f ihe manner iii whichTTfe" first hus
#nihJ of Mrs. (lunness came to his'
leatli in Chicago. Little is known,
jowever, on this subject.
It is known that Heldgren had
'mined $1,50(1 t> Mrs. Gunness nnd
:hiit_ he had another $1,500 in his
los-ession just prior to his death.
It is believed that he wns killed by
Hi . Gunness or by Lamphere or by
jotli of them in order to procure the
:ash he had and to avoid the neces
iit\ of repaying the loan Tie had
CONDITION OF THE COTTON
Iho Season Has Opened Rather
Favorable With A Tew Set-Eacks.
The Cotton Crop Report issued by
M-isers. W. F. Kl umpp and Co.,
merchants, of New Orleans, is
)p' miutie in tone nn.l t>ives a fair
summary'of the state of the crop to
late, the report says:
The Cotton Acreage for 1908 as
indicated frpin the most reliable re
ports, shows an average increase of
shout 8 per cent. over. 1907, and in
"onsequenee of the unusually favor
able weather for farm work, so far
this season, the tendency in all sec
tions has been to plant more cotton
than Isst year.
The use of Fertilizers lias been
liberal in all districts, anrf with the
splendid we.ther up to within the
past week, the crop has made rapid
Recent reports from sections of
Oklahoma, North and West Texas,
show tb£ drop suffered lately from
cool weather and excessive rainfall,
causing overflows in the bottom
lands, still .there is ample time with
drv weather to replant any part of
the crop damaged.
Taking the condition as whole the
prospects so far, are good and the
on I look in_ general favorable.
"Ths Awaken! -.2 of China."
New York, Special.—Picturing the
pnijrrsos of the Celestial Empire to
ward. Western civilisation, Wu Ting
fang, minister of China to the United
Statai, in an address on "The Awak
ening of China,' 4 at the Civic Forum,
at Carnegie Hall, declared that the
moment China becomes strong enough
after her awakening tv protect her
sovereign rights the far Eastern ques
tion will have been solved. Minister
Wu was introduced "The fore
most ?eaJer of the new effort in
China," by General Stewart L.
Woodford, cbirman of the meeting.
SLOO a Year in Advance '
THE WMJff CONGRESS
Doings of Our National Law-Makers
Day by Day.
Ostensibly considering the sundry
civil appropriation bill ths House da
voted most of its time to speeches
covering a wide range of subjects
and concluded the session by giv
ing an attentive hearing to the Pres
ident's special message. When ths
portion of the message referring to
the multi-millionaire "wb-«ae son is
a fool and his daughter a foreign
princess" was reached there was a
storm of applause equally prominent
on both sides of the House.
Mr. Leake, of New Jersey, gave
some caustic remarks on the Presi
dent, evoking applause on the Dem
Sumptuary lawß and especially ths
shutting out from army posts of ths
canteen were the subjects of remarks
by Mr. Boebel, of Ohio.
Predicting that "Roosevelt poli
cies" would prevail at the next nat
iopal Republican convention. Mr.
Madison, Kansas, paid a glowing
tribute to the President, declaring
fliat his forestry achievements alone
had realized "the dream of the
The great advantage thp country
would reap from the manufacture of
all of its cotton instead of sending
two-thirds *>f that product abftiad
was the suojcct of a stirring speech
bv Mr. Byrd, of Mississippi. By
abandoning protective tariff princi
ples Mr. Bvrd believed that result
would be aenieved. v
Need for further educational re
striction in immigration "was discuss
ed by Mr. Burnett, of Alabama, who
dopreeated the condition of immi
grants froui Southern Italy.
Mr. Aiken, of South Carolina, ad
vocated the passage of his bill to
limit the jurisdiction of Federal con
trol over inter-State commerce to per
mit States lo control the liquor traf
flce within theii- borders.
Representative Keifcr discussed
pension legislation and directed caus
tic criticism towards bills introduced
'by his collegue, General Sherwood.
Latter Mr, Anaberry, of Ohio, in a
brief speech defended pension meas
ures presented by General Sherwood
ind expressed regret that two vet
erans of the war should bo at odds
over pension legislation.
Other speeches were made by Rep
resentatives Hitchcock, of Nebraska;
Vreeland, of New York, and Hamlin,
The pension and the District of Co
lumbia appropriation bills were pass
ed by the Senate. In addition the
epecial message of the President urg
ing a legislative programme was read
and another chapter of Senator War
ner's speech on the Brownsville af
fray was read. Several measures of
minor importance and the resolution
of the House to give government aid
to cyclone sufferers in the South were
passed. The resolution to extend the
time when the commodity clatisa of
the railroad rate law shall become
operative was called before the Sen
ate by Mr. Elkins, but went over
under objection from Mr. Culberson.
The Senate at 5:27 p. m. adjourned.
The Appropriation Bill.
The sundry civil appropriation bill
wns under consideration in the House
of Representatives and the greater
part of the time was consumed in
general debate nnd discussion until
the five-minute rule, which will be
Mr. Fowler ,of New Jersey, de
nounced the Aldrieh currency bill and
pleaded for the passage of his bill
to create a currency commission.
Mr. Williams, of Mississippi, pre
sented a petition signed by 164 of the
16(5 Democrats composing the minor
ity, 'asking the Speaker to recognize
somd member of the House to move
the discharge of the ways and means
committee from further consideration
of the Stephens bill for the removal
of the duty on wood pnlp and print
paper and to pass tfial bill or a simi
Mr. Dalzcll, of Pennsylvania, offer
ed an amendment to the sundry-civil
bill appropriating $60,000 for the es
tablishment'of a national art gallery
in fhe Smithsonian Institution. The
amendment was defeated on a point
The House disagreed to the Senate
nr. eiv'r"«nfs to the navaJ appropria
tion bill and the bill was sent to
Jeff Darts' Speech.
Senator Jeff Davis, of Ankansas,
created n mild sensation in the Sen
ate when, in discussing his resolu
tion- calling on the Secretary of the
Interior for information about the
tribal roll® of the Choctaw and Chic
kasaw Indians of Oklahoma, he de
clared that 10,000 names were being
kept off the rolls bv the Secretary
and instanced a case in which he said
nine members of a family were rated
nr negroes and only 'uie as an Indian.
Advancing toward Mr. Foraker, of
Ohio, his voice thundered throughout
the chamber and adjacent halls as ho,
asked if the Senator 'Moved nurgcra"
! so well, why did not he coma fovward
RESTORED TO HEALTH.
THANKS TO PE-RU-NA
Friends Were Alarmed-
Advised Change of Climate
Mlii Mildred Keller, 718 18th
N. W., Washington, D. C., write*:
"I can safely recommend Peruna for
eatirrh. I had it for years and It would
reapond to no kind of treatment, or If ti
did It waa only temporary, and on tke
allgh teat provocation the trouble woalA "
"I waa la Buch a etate that aay
friend* ware alarmed about me, ami i
waa advlaed to leave thla dlamkL
Then I tried Peruna, and to my great
foy found It helped me from the Ant
doae I took, and a tew bottle* cured
"It built np my oonatltutlon, I re
gained my appetite, and I fool that X.
am perfectly well and strong."-MlldreA
Keller. - , • ■
We hare on file many thouaand testt
' monlala like tho above. We can glva
our leadera only a alight gllmpae of tha
vaat array of unaelleltad ondoraomenta
Dr. II art man la rocelvlng.
J—ti —i—u ■
and derenfl these members of that
race. Only laughter greeted this, *~t
Mr. Foraker requested in a mild ioM (I
that the Senator speak louder- T lfft
Mr. Davis' resolution was passed.
All the pension bills on the eatalp
Har, mid many other measures af
minor importance were passed dariagf
Senator Warner, of Misaoua,
ill with a cold, an agreement Ml
roaebed to pemit other Sona&ni •
Wad far him Hie remainder of Nil
Cars Resume Night Service.
Pensacola, Fla., Special—With new
police officers sworn in and riding on
the cars to protect the non-nnioit
men, cars of the Pensacola Klcctrie
Company continued to run- at night
instead of stopping at 7 o'clock as
heretofore. Tlio only attempt at vio
lence occurred late when some ona
hurled a brick into a car as it waa
passing along East Government street
Mill Opsralivo Shoots Painter.
Atlanta, Ga., Special.—James Iluff,
of Porterdale, Ga., was shot and i»-
itantlv killed by Jack Pierce, a eofc
ton mill operative of this city near
the corner of Decatur®* and Nartfc
Boulevard. Pierce made his escape.
The cause of the shooting is not
known, but persons in the vicinity
heard Pierce say to Hnff: "Jack,
don't come arty farther, or I'll kfll
you." A moment later a shot was
heard and Iluff Cell. ~, Huff waa a
painter and bare a good repntatiaa.
Woman Arrested cn r. Serious Charga
Spartanburg, S. C., Special.— Sal lie
Croft, colored, who is wanted ia
Greenville on the charge of infanti
cide, was arrested in city and da-
into tho custody pf Special
Officer Kitchens, whp arrived in tha
city for the woman. The prisoner ia
accused of destroying her infant,
throwing it into a patch of woodfe a*
the outskirts of Greenville.
Lawler Elestod Mayer.
St. Paul, Minn., Special.— Daniel
Lawler, the Democratic nominee for
mayor of St. Paul, was elected ova*
Joseph McKibbin, Republican, by u
estimated plurality of about 3,009.
i Returns from 89 of the 113 precineta
in the city gave_ Lawler 12,290 votaa
and McKibbin 9,930. Partial re
turns indicate tho election of Louia
Betz, Democrat, for cttatttrpUer, and
Otto Bremer. DemaotaT; for
by safe majorities.