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NORTH STATE HAPPENINGS
Occurrences gf Intereat Gleamed From All Section* of (he Busy
• - Ta.r Heel State i
Not Thought a Loan. I Thrown Under Moving Train.
Raleigh, Special.—Considerable in
terest is being manifested in official
circles here in the bill recently in
troduced in Congress to require the
States that participated in 1836 in
the distribution of the surplus in the
United States Treasury during Jack
son's administration to repay these
loans to the government. It seems
■- that North Carolina received about
$1,500,000. and that it was variously
invested in banks, railroads and other
stocks, and the- whole -thing- swept
away as a result of the Civil War
and subsequent corrupt Recon
struction administrations. A small
part of the money was spent in dig
ging the "Club"Foot" Canal, con
necting East Carolina sounds. The
State has absolutely nothing to show
for the loan, which it has jiever con
sidered in the light of being a fund
that would have to be repaid to the
National Treasury. The old Cape
Pear Hank and the Wilmington and
Weldon Bail roads were among the
enterprises that received some of this
fund in the way of stocks purchased
by the State. The bank collapsed
and the railroad stocks were exchang
ed by the Slate for State bonds in
reducing the Slate indebtedness.
Killed by Frlling Timber.
Wilmington, Speeial.—E. M. Gregg,
a well known merchandise broker,
while talking to a friend on the street
here Monday morning was caught un
der a collapsing pile of brick and
building material on the site of the
new Woolvin building, near Third
and Princess streets, and instantly
killed The accident occurred as Mr.
Gregj» was on his way down to bus
iness and stopped for a talk witl»
Mr. John Hand at the Woolvin build
ing. Mr. Gregg was standing with
his feack to the pile of debris when,
for some unknown reason, it gavq
way and came crashing down. Mr.
Hand jerked his associate to one side
but was too late. A heavy window
frame on top of the brick struck Mr.
Gregj; on the back of the head, kill
ing him instantly. Mr. Gregg was
about ;>5 years old and belongs to a
leading South Carolina family. He
leaves a vile and one little daughter.
Charlotto Invites Governors.
( harlotte, Special.—The central
committee which is directing the pro
gramme of exercises to be held hero
on the twentieth of May in celebra
tion of the 134 th aiyiiversarv of the
signing of the Mecklenburg Declara
tion oi lndcpeudenre, lias invited the
Governors of the Thirteen Original
5-fates to come to Charlotte for the
days' festivities. Governor
Ftfirtr i S. Draper has accvpted. The
v pcojfit of ( harlotte are preparing to
give Mr. Taft the greatest reception
ever accorded a .'.'resident of the
Unilwl States in u Southern city.
3Lt*al officials of both the Southern
and Seaboard railroads have given
the assurance that ample train ac
commodations will |),« provided and
that reduced rates will he enforced.
Big Month's Work at Spencer.
Spencer, Special;— The Spencer
•hops of the Southern Railway tnrn-
VliiWtig' fIM hionTli orMarch "
88 locomotives for service on the five
divisions running into Spencer, which
is said to be the largest month's work j
in the history of the shop. Of the
68 engines leaving the shop:, 3(1 were
in for heavy repairs, costing in some
instances $2,000 each. The force of
employes at Spencer lias been great
ly increased and it is said every man
worthy of work is being employed.
In the boiler department the force is
the largest in the history of the Spen
cer shops. The monthly pay roll at
Spencer is said to be $150,000.
Work on New Electric Line.
Burlington. Special.—The work of
grading the line for the Hurgraham
Interurban Company, which will con
nect Burlington. Graham and Haw
River, and convert theni, virtually,
into a triple city jof from 15,000 to
20,000 inhabitants, is progressing
Farmer Kills Self.
Fairmont. Special.—C. A. Ammons,
who lived near Fairmont, near Frank
Fatflk's, committed suicide Friday
night at a barn near his home by
shooting himself in the head with a
* shotgun. His body was found Sat
urday morning. It was evident that
ths deceased had placed the muzzle
of the gun against his chin
ed the trigger with his toes. The
_ lead entered under his chin nnt came
out on the left side of his head, tear
f ing his left ear oil.
" " Wfc
Raleigh, Special.—Deputy Sheriff
John Wilkins brought from Cleve
land county two escaped
convicts to be recommitted to the
penitentiary, They are Will Limrick,
a white man. who was serving one j
year for larceny, and was recaptured
i on a stolen home and will, therefore,
have to servo fifteen months' addi
tional time, and Charles Williams,
colored, wl» will resume a ten years'
•entence for burglary.
Greenville, Special. George
Cherry, the 12-year-old son of Mr.
G. E. Cherry, came near, being killed
by an Atlantic Coasf Line passenger'
train here Tuesday afternoon. The
boy went to the station to mail a
letter, and being late the train had
begun moving before he reached
there. Ho ran up to put the letter
in the mail car and taking hold of the
car waft jerked down and thrown un
der itj, was thrown far enough
under the ear to miss the track and
thus the wheels did not run over
him. As soon as he fell the boy
grabbed an iron rod underneath the
car and was dragged on the cross
ties until the train could be stopped,
which was done as quickly as pos
sible. ' One leg was broken and the
boy was also badly cut and bruised
about the head and body. Catching
the iron rod is all that saved his life.
McKay Must Hang.
Raleigh, Special.—Friday, May 21,
has been fixed by Governor Kitchin
for the execution of Junius McKay,
at Lumberton, Robeson county, for
the murder of Alex McKay. The
conviction was at the November term
of Robeson court, 1008, nnd the mur
der was during the previous Febru
ary. 'Xl,e body of Alex McKay was
found in a side street of Rowland,
thrown intc a hole, and Junius' Mc-
Kay had during that same evening
repeatedly .lire/W.«ned to kill him as
a "liquor spy." Justice Brown in
writing the opinion of the Supreme
Court affirming the conviction in con
sequence of which the hanging day
is set, declared that there was the
stroijgest sort of evidence of mur
der in the first degree, and that the
finding of the jury and the course#
pursued by the trial judge were reg
ular and correct in every way.
Locomotive on Fire.
Fayetteviile, Special.—The citizens
of Raeford were startled Tuesday by
seeing an engine on the Aberdeen anil
Rockfish railway rush through that
growing town at a rate of flftv miles
an hour, with a great' sheet of flqme
| issuing from its tender. The' wobd
in the tender cctight fire and the en
g'necr jind fireman were unable to
extingush it. They cut the engine
from (he rest of the train, and ran
it some little disaneo up the road.
Re/ore the engine could be brought
to a standstill the fire became so hot
that both engineer and fireman had
to jump to keep from being roasted
alive. The engine, loft to itself,
rushed madly onward, and did not
stop until it had cleared Raeford
some little distance.
Rocky Mount Postoffice.
Rocky Mount, Special.—For the
fiscal year closing March 31, the
postoffice in this city has showed a
net gain in receipts over (lie same
time last year of SBOO, according to
a report just sent in to the depart
ment at Washington. For the year
just brought to a close the receipts
were $18.300.50, but including' the
monev onjers \yl|je|i Hn«
about, doubled over the same time
of *O7 and 'OB. Whiskey orders liavd
played their part in the Urge in
crease in the receipts in the money
Wadcsboro Station Next.
Wedesboro, Special.—Mayor Rrock
has received a letter from President
Garrett of the Seaboard Railway
stating that work will begin on
Wadcsboro's new passenger depot in
ahout three .weeks'' time. Wadcsboro
has waited patiently since July, 1907,
for this action.
Receipts From Insuranco Department.
Raleigh, Speeial.—State Commis
sioner of Insurance Young paid into
the State Treasury Tuesday $14,198,-
10 receipt* of the department for
March; The fiscal year runs from
April and the total collections were
$234,482.63, a gain of SIO,OOOO over
previous years. *
New Staff For Penitentiary.
Raleigh, Special.—The new board
( of directors of the State prison
Wednesday in compliance with a sug
gestion from Governor Kitchin, elect
ed J. J. Laughlinghouse, of Pitt
county, superintendent, to succeed J.
S. Mann; T. W. Fenner, of Halifax,
clerk, to succeed T. M. Arrington;
T. P. Sales, of Raleigh, warden to
succeed Capt. J. M. Fleming; Dr. I*
G. Riddick. of Ymngsville, physician
to succeed Dr. R. Rogers. Both
of the new and old boards were in
session Wednesday for a formal
transfer of'the affairs of the prison.
New Court Opens.
Salisbury, Special.-—With Justice
B. B. Mißer °n the bench, and Kerr
Craig representing the State. Rowan
county's new court, established by
the last Legislature, opened f ere
Monday. The opening of the court
attracted a large crowd, including
the members of the Salisbury bar,
Five cases were disposed with by
Judge Miller in the first session of
—Cartoon by Robert Carter, in the New York American.
WAR ON RECKLESSDRiVERS OF AUTOMOBILES
Judge in His Charge to the Grand Jurors Expresses a Belief That the "Scorch
ers" and "Joy Riders" Have Found a New Method ot Com- -
mltting the Old Crime of Manslaughter.
New York City.—There is no mis
take about It this time; public indig
nation against tho "scorcher" and
the "joy rider" is thoroughly aroused
and they are going to bs vigorously
The newly formed Highways Pro
tective Association and the Automo
bile Club of America, representing
sane and responsible owners and
drlVprs of automobiles, are prepared
to aid in prosecuting offenders. They
are resolved to demand Infliction of
the severest penalties, and tlie magis
trates and judges seem to be ini- j
pressed with the necessity for vigor
So much for the offenders when
caught, and the arrangements for
catching thefn are morft widespread
and complete than ever before. As a
result ef the organization of the spe
cial squad of policemen mounted on
bicycles, motor wheels and somo in
automobiles scores of offenders are
being arraigned before the magis
trates and in the courts.
Owners of automobiles are warned
In the address by Judge Swann to the
Grand Jury In the General Betaions,
telling them that the owner of a car
who employs a driver known to be
reckless should be found equally
guilty with the latter for any crime
committed through carelessness or
overspeedlng. In short, there Is a
general awakening to the demands of
the situation and to the serious re
sponsibility that restsupon those who
drive automobiles, more particularly
through a city's streets.
Where the driver Instead of stop
ping and caring for an injured per
son claps on speed and runs away the
presumption Is that he Is guilty, and
by making sharp discrimination on
these lines this heartless practice c*n |
The community in general and the
prudent and responsible owners of
automobiles, who are thklng an active
part In Tlie present Cl i TTSTiIP7iTFr r trrtw
congratulated upon the prospect of a
Judge Swann In his charge to the
April Grand Jurors in Part I. of Gen
eral Sessions expressed his opinion of
automobile speeding, which he called
DOGS RACE 412 MILES \H 82 HOURS.
Alaskan Teams Start In Arctic Blizzard Tor Exciting
Dash Prom Nome to Candle.
Seattle, Wash.—ln the most gruel
ling race of dog teams Alaska ever
has known, the plucky mnlaniutes,
owned by Al. Berger, carried ofT first
and second honors In the All-Alaska
sweepstakes for SII,OOO, and annexed
In addition the Suter Gold Cup. The
race was from Nome to Candle, a dis
tance of 412 miles, and much of it
was run undec conditions as put the
animals to a bitter test of strength
and endurance. ' _*
No American Derby ever enlisted
In the United States a keener pop
ular interest than this flight of dogi
across the stretch of country between
the starting and finishing points.
From the time the racers were sent
away on their exacting contest busl
nessatNome- was ' practically at—»
The focal points for the townspeo
ple were at the stands of the hook
makers. At these thousands o' dol
lars were wagered on the result, the
biggest sipgle bet having been placed
on a Siberian team. A pool of an
even SIOO,OOO was put up.that these
animals would score a victory. One
wager of SIO,OOO was made that the
race would not be finished within
ninety hours. This bet lost, the
time of the winners being eighty-two
hours and ten minutes.
All Nomo watched the start of the
race. The dogs got away in s. blind
ing snowstorm. Thermometers were
registering fifteen degrees below zero.
A strong wind swept the snow and ice
clad hills. The dogs did not mind the
Survival of the Fittest in
A Scramble For
New Haven, Conn. —The superin
tendent of the Carlyle Johnson Manu
facturing Company, of Manchester,
advertised, one day only, for twenty
men to whitewash the inside walls of
the new factory. Over 300 men out
of work applied next morning. The
superintendent threw twenty white
wash brushes from a window and tke
men scrambled for them. The twenty
who were fortunate enotigh to get
the 'brushes got tho job o i white
washing the place.
"a new method of committing old
crimes." He said:
"Within' the last month many
crimes have been committed by men
possessed of the speed mania. They
run down women and children on our
' ctreets. Women and children and
the Infirm and the aged aro entitled
to the use of the streets as much as
the strong. No man has an exclusive
right to the streets. Even the man
who devotes his time to speeding this
modern engine has no more right to
the public street than the weak and
"Men who do these acts recklessly
and without regard to the rights of
others, and who either maim or kill,
are guilty of either manslaughter or
other grades of crime, and it seems
to me that it would be a proper and
fitting thing that, if such a case comes
before you, ybu should not hesitate
to indict if the evidence warrants it;
and that you should not hesitate to
indict for the crime of manslaughter
if you think that that crime has been
"This is just about the time, It
seems to me, for the Grand Jury of
this county to call a halt on such ex
treme selfishness as is evidenced by
those possessed by the abominable
"It Is further provided by Section
29 of the penal laws that a man who
aids and abets in the commission of
crime is equally guilty with the man
who commits the crime. The owner
of an automobile will sometimes take
deliberately a chaufTeur who has
been known to be reckless In his
driving. The minute that the owner
of thp automobile puts such a chauf
feur upon his machine in the public
streets the law presumes that the
| owner knows.' the ordinary act that
the chaufTeur Is going to commit. A
man Is presumed to intend the ordi
nary and usual results of his own
acts, and the owner who puts a reck
t»Ss ■chanffmir- In an .automobile and
sends hlni through the streets could
be properly found by you to be equal
ly guilty with the chauffeur of the
crime, whatever it may be, that may
reasonably be expected to be com
mitted by that chauffeur."
cold, but the wind tossed flakes ot
snow plainly gave them distress.
With all the xest of the chase they
moved off at the word, while the
crowd cheered and the drivers waved
goodby, not certain they would come
out of the contest alive.
The Berger malamutes No. 1 and
No. 2 teams, driven by "Scotty" Allen
and Percy Blatehford, respectively,
finished in the order named. A mixed
team of hound and bird dogs driven
by George Fink came in third in the
race. " • ,
The Siberian dogs, which were the
favorites and heavily backed, became
snow bound and were hopelessly out
of the race. Their driver was forced
to turn back. The fate of some of the
'other starters is still unknown.
Teams aro straggling back to Nome,
some of them In pitiful condition. It
Is estimated that $200,000 changed
Prohibition Law Held Valid.
The Supreme Court at Montgom«
ery, Ala., declared the State prohibi
tion law valid, all the judges concur
ring in the opinion. This is the sec
ond time the court has upheld tha
State wide act of the last Legislature.
It was attacked on several constitu
Anarchist Commits SulcMle.
John Mercadante, an Anarchist,
whose wife had left him, killed hlm
seuf In New York City.
Brewer* Join Forces With
the Anti-Saloon League.
Cincinnati, Ohio: —The brewers,
the Anti-Saloon League an 4 the Mu
nicipal Reform League will unlto in
an effort to put the bad saloonkeeper
out of business. Through the efforts
of the Ohio Brewers' Association the
State Legislature passed a law de
signed to suppress illegal selling,
i One brewing company at Hamilton
announces that It will not sell beer
, to any saloonkeeper who persists in
. keeping his saloon «pen on the Sab
VOICE OF NIAGARA MUTE
Falls Fitwen Over From Bank to
Bank—Damage Exceeds 91,000,000.
Buffalo, New York, Special.—The
voice of Niagara was mate Sunday
for the second time in the memory of
man. The first time was late in Feb-
when following a severe
northernly blow, the falls ran dry.
Now, following a seveW sonthwester,
the river is frozen solid from bank
On Wednesday of last week the
worst gale of the season and . the
most violent in the history of the
weather bureau for April was re
corded. The solid ice fields of Lake
Erie were churned from end to end
and piled in a huge conglomerate
mass at the lower end of the lake.
Unable to escape by its natural
channels the level of the river rose
by leaps and bounds. The highest
flood level recorded from previous
years is 28 feet above the normal.
Friday night the river was 40 feet
Conservative estimates place the
damage at $1,000,000.
All the estimates of ultimate dam
age are conditioned by what the
weather may have in store. The best
can be hoped for is a snccession
of calm, warm days. Then the ice
will meet gradually and subside bit
by bit. For the moment the upper
reaches of the river are running
clear, but as far as the eye can see
the white mantle of the frost blank
ets the lakes. If that great mass
should be driven down onto the jam
below, the damage would be incon
NEGRO LYNCHED IN FLORIDA
Assaults White Lady Who is Saved
From the Worst—Negro Taken
From Officers While Trying to
Arcadia, Fla., Special. John
Smith, the negro who Saturday drag
ged Miss Mary Steel Ewing from her
buggy, two miles from Arcadia, in an
attempt at criminal assault, was tak
en away from the sheriff and his
deputies at an early hour Sunday
morning and hanged to a tree.
The monster attacked the woman
as she was driving peacefully along
the road, dragged her from her bug
gy into the bushes where he choked
her into weakness while she begged
and even offered him SIOO if he
would go home with her for the
money. When he was about to ac
complish his foul purpose the girl
with desperate effort attracted pass
ers by and she was saved and taken
home. The negro was hounded and
caught. While the sheriff was taking
him nway for greater safety Sunday
morning a mob in automobiles caught
them and overpowering the officers
executed the culprit with deaf ears to
his pleading for mercy.
The identification was complete
and positive, the, young lady showing
the rends she made in his clothes
while struggling for freedom.
Six Die in Lenox Blaze.
Lenox, Mass., Special—Six persons
lost their lives, three others badly
burned and poreprty loss of between
$200,000 and $300,000 was cansed by
a fire in the heart of the business
section of this town early Sunday.
Four business blocks, two dwellings
anil two other striiettires were tie
stroyed in a section bounded by
Franklin, Main, Housatonic and
Church streets. The fire is believed
to have started in the Glicord Build
ing from spontaneous combustion.
The dead: Edward C. Ventres,
electrician; Mrs. Edward C. Ventres;
Miss Leslie Ventres, aged 12 years;
Miss Alice French, book-keeper;
Miss Isabel Cook, book-keeper; Miss
Mary Sparks, school teacher.
Injured :Mrs. Catherine Root and
her two sons, George and Arthur,
Oklahoma Indictments Quashed.
Tulsa, Okla., Special.—Federal in
dictments against Governor Charles
N. Haskell, of Oklahoma, and six
other prominent Oklahomarm, charg
ed with fraud in Muskogee town lots,
were quashed Saturday by Judge
John A. Marshall, of Utah, of the
United States Circuit Court.
The court quashed the indictments
on technical grounds.
Virginia Home Burnt and Child
Loses Hfr Life.
Richmond, Va., Special.—A special
to The Times-Dispatch says that at
Lawyers, Campbell county, early
Saturday morning the home of Arm
istead Yuille was destroyed by fire
and his 8-year-old daughter was in
cinerated. Yuille and his wife were
awakened by the fire and in the ex
citement of attempting to extinguish
the flames forgot the child, asleep in
the building until the roof crashed
in. Rescue was then too late and it
was not until the flames had died
ont that the charred body of the child
was found under the ruins.
Liquor Law For Texas.
Austin, Tex., Special.—The Legis
lature Saturday finally passed the
Robertson-Fitzhuirh bill to regalate
liquor traffic in Texas, the House con
curring in the Senate amendments.
The Senate struck out the provisions
of the bill prohibiting the sale of
liquor to be consumed on the premis
es, and struck out the uniform high
license provisions and the prohibition
against the sale of liquors by grocers.
IKE NEWS IN BRIEF
Items of Interest Gathered By
Wire and Cable
GLEANINGS FROM DAY TO DAY
Lire Itsus Covering Events of More
or htm Interest li Homo and
Midland, Texas, had • $300,(W0
Representative Hillbura introduced
a bill in the Florida Legislature
Thursday in favor of a constitutional
restriction of the manufacture and
sale of liquor except for medicinal,
scientific and mechanical purposes.
Madame Modjeska, the famous
Polish actress, died in Los Angles,
Cal., Thursday, at the age of 05 years,
of Bright's disease. The body will
at a later period be taken fo drt
cow, for interment.
Fred Bell, only six years old, kill
ed Ethel Thomas, three years old,
at Union, S. C\, Thursday and tried
to hide away the body. Fred is ic
prison charged with murdev.
Knte O'Dwyer, a "bad angel,"
broke the iron shackles from her and
sawed herself out of chain gang pris
on at Athens, Ga., last Sunday night.
Charles N. Haskell, governor of
Oklahoma is standing trial charged
with fraudulent connection with ths
Muscogee town lot affair.
The Chesapeake and Ohio canal
was opened for navigation Friday.
Crasy Snake is not captured yet,
and the pursuit is to be continued.
The Attorney General of Kansas
has handed the opinion that in
that State a married woman may or
may not take the name of her hus
band and that he may even take her
The Arkansas State Senate Tues
day passed a bill placing a heavy '
penalty on persons drinking intoxi
cants on trains in the State or on
station platforms. This will probab>
ly affect buffet cars, although in
tended only to stop rowdyism.
Tndalecio Alarcon, of Chicago, on
last Sunday stabbed himself 12
times about his heart, cut his throat,
took carbolic acid and threw himself
out of a third story window, but
lives to say that he does not know
how to account for bis condition.
Daniel W. Johnson, 18 years old,
attempted to blackmail his Sunday
school teacher, Asa G. Chandler, in
Atlanta, Ga., recently, but was
quickly caught. Trashy novel read
ing, he says, caused him to do it.
A cruiser of the Pacific Squadron
picked up 40 passengers of the
wrecked steamer Indiana in the Pa
Pope S. Hill, a lawyer of Macon,
Ga., Monday was found murdered in
a lumber office as the third victim
slain in litigation over the Dodge
timber lands in Georgia.
Diplomatic relations have been
strained between the United States
and Nicaragua and a cricis is expect,
Representative Murdoek of Kansas
Sil introduced a bill in Congress To
require amounts of money distributed
ar loaned to the 26 states under ths
Andrew Jackson admihistration to be
refunded to the national treasury. It
is opening many eyes.
Judge Richard E. Sloan has been
selected for Governor of Arizona and
all the leading tentorial officials will
The motion to put lumber on ths '
free list was voted down Tuesday by
170 to 176, more than 30 Democrats
voting for protection.
An entirelv new series of notes,
silver and gold certificates and gresn
backs is to be issued.
Mr. Payne declares that the de
partment stores are inspiring women
to protest against higher duties on
stockings and gloves.
Senator Aldrich's committer it
putting the finishing touches to ths
substitute tariff bill and will be ready
to report it to the Senate as soon aa
the Payne bill passes the House.
Senators Raynor, Bacon and Dan-"
iel attacked the Republican policy
and forced Senator Aldrich to allow
Democrats at the hearings of the
Senate Finance Committee on ths
Tariff bill on Tuesday.
The Senate adopted a resolution
limiting the legislation at the extra
session to the Tariff bill and ths
A combination of Democrats and,
Republican insurgents in the House
defeated Speaker Cannon and Chair
man Payne on the 25 per cent duty
on crude petroleum and fixed the
duty at 1 per cent.
The House took off all tariff tax*s
on tea and coffea Wednesday-
Ex-President Roosevelt arrived at
Naples, Italy, on Wednesday and
spent several hours. He there left
the Hamburg and went aboard the
Admiral, which will carry him to
The Krupps Works. Germany, are
making a gun especially to fight air
ships, as the airship when completed
seems to be the worst of all battla