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V 7 OL. XI., NO. 32
Biographical and Historical Sketcb
by Dr. P. S. Hicks, Treating of
Local Persons and Scenes.
There were cut places in the sideof
the bridge and shavings in the holes,
and cans of oil setting ready for orders
to touch it off. I took the chances and
went over. When over I looked down
.to my right, on Canal street about fifty
yards, I saw a large crowd at a big
house used for commissary purposes.
The crowd was of all classes, size and
color and hard at work, everybody for
himself or herself. The house seemed
to have been full of all kind of groceries
and every one was for getting a turn
and making for home, or some other
place. Some one would have a bag of
coffee, a bag of peas or a bag of salt,
some sugar and shoulders cf bacon, and
away they went. I forced my way in
side of the house. It was a very large
room and such a crowd; the windows
and doors were blockaded and it made
it very dark in there. About midway
I stopped. There was a trap door in
the floor that led to a basement, and
the trap door was open and I came very
near stepping in it. A brother soldier
guided me from it, he told me it was
two or three feet deep in whiskey.
There were several fellows down there
dipping up the whiskey. About that
time my attention was attracted by a
young lady, about 18 years old standing
in a hogshead about two-thirds full of
sugar. She wasAollowing at the top
of her voice, *4ugar, sugar, thank the
Lord," she said, she had plenty of sugar
again. She had both hands full and
eating away. I wanted to get a piece
of meat but that was further on in the
back end of the house and in such a
crowd and so dark I could not see it.
About that time a colored girl passed
me with a fhoulder of meat. Thinks I
to my self I have' been a soldier this
long and can't grab a piece of meat.
So I grabbed her meat and told her to
get her another piece. She looked at
me kinder white bjit
f "Wuifterence, I had the meat just the
same. I then thought of the bridge
and wondered if it had been set on fire.
I emptied a bag of peas on the floor,
put my meat in the sack and put out.
I saw that the canal bridge was on fire
so I crossed the canal when I was be
low the main bridge and ran up to the
river fridge in time to cross back ever
to Manchester. When I came up with
Smithwick he had managed to secure a
lot of baker's bread, so we had a good
supply of rations for a march, and lucky
for us that we did. At the large woolen
mills just this side of Mayo's bridge, I
saw a large pile of nice woolen cloth.
It seemed that whoever would, stopped
and cut him off enough for a suit and
went on his way rejoicing, but for my
self I took no stock in the cloth for I
had as much as I could carry already.
I left Manchester at about ten o'clock
Sunday morning, for parts unknown at
that time. Things over in Richmond
lively; the bomb shell departments
were on fire in different parts of the
Bell Island was used as a shell
place, that was all on
fire. It seemed that shells were burst
ing all over Richmond, Bell Island and
every where else It was an awful
scene to be remembered, especially by
those who saw it. I think my company
crossed James river on the bridge be
low Richmond and connected with the
balance of the army on the west of
There most of Lee's army was con- j
centrated, and about that time Peters
burg was eyacuated. Lee's army then
continued to fall back but fought and
skirmished until the surrender at Ap
pomattox Court House. When I left
Manchester I kept the straight road
towards Lynchburg, as it was in the
direction of Appomattox. There was a
number of carriages, wagons etc., that
continued to pass Smithwick and myself
on the stamped order, leaving Rich
mond loaded with people and valuables.
There were also lots of stragglers or in
other words broken down confederate
soldiers, both privates an 3 officers, who
had deserted our army and were making
their way home. I was in about two
or three miles of the court house and
now then I could see a brisk firing and
hear the report of a cannon in the dis
tance. I think when I was in a mile of
the court house, all at once the firing
and cannonading broke out ahead of
me somewhere near or beyond the court
loose. It was the enemy and we were
Everthing was panic stricken, the '
tine had come. Waa it a surrender or
• fight?" But few only, knew. I left
the road and flanked oat to my right. '
There was a little village by the aide of
the creek where I left the road, and 1
women and children were running and
She Mil Mount i%eecrd.
screaming. That was the first of the
war they had heard or seen.
I consoled them best I could.
I told them to go in the house and be
quiet and take care of their things that
no fighting would be done there that
night. This quieted them considerably
and I went on. It soon began to get
dark. Smithwick was still with me,
and traveling on we struck an avenue
which led up to a eood large house.
The occupants were going in to supper
as we approached. They invited u$ to
supper, and about the time we were
through eating we heard the rattlings
of sabres and canteen. I looked out
and could dimly see men coming up the
avenue, but could not tell whether they
were Yankees or rebels, so we thanked
our host, biithem good-by and left in
We came to a wide, deep canal waded
it and went up on the side of a hill in
the woods. There we found four other
soldiers, who had been wagon drivers.
The yankees had a short while before
captured their wagons, but they had
made their escape, and passed on their
way of wandering, and so did we. By
this time it was pretty dark, and as we
had been on a force march for a week
we were worn out. We found a pretty
level place under a tree, where we
spent the night. We knew nothing of
our whereabouts or how far we were
from anywhere, so I resigned myself
and lay down with a rock under my head
for a pillow. Everything was quiet and
Smithwick soon fell asleep, but my
thoughts were wandering into the
future. There I was t.ired out, foot
sore and no rations on hand, our Con
federacy at the end of its row and the
army probably captured or would be
next morning, and it turned out that it
was. I was on the wrong side of the
Appomattox to go home, and altogether
things looked very gloomy. Where
would I get my breakfast in the morn
ing? 1 thought of my old associate, (
Bohickmond the 2nd. If I could manage
to get meat at one place, would try to
get the bread at another. The only
way I could tell where I was or in what
direction I was going, was by fcelinir
trees at all it is on the north side.
Remember this if you are ever lost. A
while before day I heard a dog barking
and chickens crowing, so I pulled off my
shoes and pointed the toes towards the
barking dog and crowing chickens, and
when morning came L could tell where
the house was. After the sun was up
a little we started and soon came to a
house. The people were greatly
alarmed, but could tell us nothing of
interest. We went on and came to
another house. The people were very
kind and asked us to have breakfast.
By that'time several rambling soldiers
had assembled there.
(To be continued.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Lindsey, of
Freemont, have returned to Whitakers
to make it their future home. We are
glad to welcome them back. Mr. Lind
sey is a most excellent gentleman and
his wife is a most charming woman and
their friends are numerous.
M*-s. R. H. Pittman of Luray, Va.,
who has been visiting relatives here
left yesterday for Wilson.
Miss Birtie Taylor who has been vis
iting Mr. and Mrs. A- U. Brooks, of
Nashville has returned home.
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Moore Jr., of
Wilmington are on a visit to ' their
parents, Eld. and Mrs. A. J. Moore.
Rev. Geo. M. Duke closed a series
of\neetings here on Sunday night. The
church was packed to its utmost capa
city, the old gray-haired, middle aged,
the young and gay, were all out to hear
this great and good man. He is one of,
the most magnetic pulpit orators we
ever-heard. His meetings were more
like a re-union of some big family, and
his sermons were brimful of love, free
from all fanaticism, conceit, and dema
goguery. Indeed he is one of natures
noblemer, an honest man.
Politics is begining to warm up, and
in this triangular fight for gubernato
rial nomination, it looks now like neither
of the three candidates 1 in the field can
be nominated and that some "Dark
Horse" stands the best show to win.
We see no good reason why it should
not be Col. A. H. Arrington, private
secretary to the governor. He makes
a most excellent acting governor in the
absence of a chief executive and comes
of noble ancestory. If we could we would
make him governor for the unexpired
We cater especially to the young
men'a trade, where every thing nobby
ean be had, from hat to shoes at Coch- ,
A Newspaper For The Home. Published Every Thursday Morning.
ROCKY MOUNT, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL M 1908.
PROHIBITION S: EARING.
"Top NotcbeS" to Address the Citi
zens ot Rocky Mount In the Near
The Anti-Saloon League of this city
has secured some top notches for the
early future in the cafhipaign for State
prohibition and our citizens will have
the opportunity of hearing the question
hanciLd by masters. On Friday even
ing of this week a mass meeting will
be held in the First Baptist Church,
and everybody is invited to attend and
hear the report of the campaign.
Wednesday afternoon, April 22, Mrs.
Nannie Curtis, president of the W. C.
T. U., and a most captivating speaker,
will address tne citizens, and is
in store. She will speak in the Masonic
Sunday afternoon, April 26, ex-Gov.
C. B. Aycock will speak in the opera
house. His eloquence and profound
logic is a household word in North Car
olina and all will welcome the oppotunity
to hear him.
Monday night, May 4, U. S. Circuit
J udge J. C. Pritchard, the most distin
guished southern Republican orator and
debater will speak on prooibition in the
opera house. Mr. Pritehard's politics
does uot affect his great popularity and
esteem in strong Democratic localities,
and he will be heard on this great ques
tion with pleasure
Below is the official call of the Anti
Saloon League for the mass meeting
The Anii-Saloon League will meet
at the First Baptist church Friday
evening at eight o'clock. A very in
teresting progr. m has been arrang d
for the occasion Everybody is cordially
invited. Cotne our. und learn what is
going on in the prohit ition fight.
J. H. Westbrook, Chairman.
Nr. Newell Speaks at Dillon Banquet.
Superintendent W. H. Newell, of this
city, was among the speakers at the
:«-f.uai »apfsst of the/ OiJJc*., B
Chamber of Commerce last Thursday
evening, responding to the toast to the
Atlantic Coast Line Railrua:.!, The ban
quet had for its guests 80 men from the
Carolinas, prominent in the political and
industrial life of the two states. Fol
lowing is an extract from The Dillon
Herald's full account of the v ry suc
"The Price Hotel was the scene of
one of the most brilliant social events
in the history of Dillon Tuesday even
ing, the occasion being the first annual
banquet of the Dillon Chamber of Com
merce. Covers were laid for eighty
guests and gathered around the banquet
board were many of the most distin
guished men in the political and indus
'trial life of North and South Carolina.
It was truly an occasion of genuine
good-fellowship, where wit and wisdom
flowed freely and the spirit of true
southern chivalry prevailed. Never be
fore in the history of the town has it
been Dillon's privilege as well as her
pleasure to entertain such a gathering
of distinguished men.
"At 11 o'clock the guer.ts were
ushered into the banquet hall which
had been artistically decorated for the
occasion, and it was 1 o'clock before
the last course on the menu was
A Town Judged by its Newpapers.
How quickly.you can tell a live town
from a dead one by simply looking over
its newpapers. A poor skim milk sort
of a newspaper, with a few adver
tisements, and those looking as though
they were run at half price, betokens a
dead town just as sure as a corpse indi
cates a funeral, while a good, lively,
well printed newspaper, fiilled with'
good, fresh ads, and displayed locals,
shows that the town is prospering and
thriving. It never fails. The papers
of the large cities are all right it you
want them, but it is your own jome
paper that advertises your churches,
numerous societies, sympathizes with
your afflictions and rejoices with you in
your prosperity. In short it is the local
paper that mentions the thousands and
one items in which you interested
during the year, and do not find in
papers of large cities.
Tburman Executed at Norfolk.
Leo C. Thurman, the young man who
killed his room mate in a hotel in Nor
folk two years ago and hid his body in
a trunk, was hanged Thursday in the
city of his crime. He confessed to
killing Dolsen hit room mate, in cold
blood, and said his former confession
that it waa done in self defense waa un
Three Fire Alarms.
Monday jftclrTvng an alarm of fire was
turned in from 426 south Washington
street, which proved to be only a piie
of burning trash threatening to set fire
to the reside- There was no damage,
r however. two o'clock Tuesday
morning the department was called to a
more serious fire near the Southern
Cotton Oil C5o ? «. plant. The church of.
the colore# * Sanctificationists was
burned an4r« Swelling house belonging
to Mr. J,ohn i*dom was also destroyed.
The hour vfhkfr fire and certain circum
stances conr«jted with the chqrch prop
erty that the fire at
the church vwjs incendiary. There are
two factions in the church, possession
has been aitestoeting between the two
and the quejj Jon of ownership was in
litigation Wiien the building was de
stroyed. Tuesday morning at 11 ;30 the
firemen called out, the alarm
being sent fit from Mr. Sorsby's resi
dence on Church street. The firemen
made a record run to the place, -but
found that it was a chimney burning out.
ProWWtlon Election. .
To vote in the election to be .held
May 26th, 'Jfcxt, it is necessary "that
each person rlesiring to vote, first reg
i ter, For Rocky Mount township.
Nash county, Mr. O. R. Sadler is the
Registraf, *v id for No. 12 township,
Edgecombe county, Mr. Geo. W.
Thomas is Ee&istiar. The Registration
•Books wilLbo open for the registration
of voters April 24th and for 20 days
thereafter between the hours of 9 A.
m., and sunset, (except Sundays.)
To entitle a person to vote he must
have paid F* poll tax for the previous
(1907) on or before May Ist 1908. unless
exempted from payment of it by the
br.a rJ of County C^iumissioners; further
tnyfc tie is 21 years of age, a citizen of
the State.w' o shall have resided in the
State for two years, six months in the
county #nd x'our months in the town
ship. If h" removed from one
her in the same county
vote m the fcowrswp from which he has
removed, provided he js registered
therein, f-The requirement that voters
shaU be able to read and write any sec
tion of tfie constitution does not apply
to any person, on the permanent regis
T. T. Thorne.
April 9th, 1908.
The Price of Your Vote.
I have heard that a well to do farmer
of Nash countv was undecided as to
how he Would vote in the prohibition
election until he read in some lying
liquor literature that the t axes in eighty
towns (towns not named) the taxes were
higher under prohibition than when sale
of liquor was licensed. The difference
per individual tax payer being about
sl. 80. This matter of taxes being the
deciding point with that man, he, to all
intents and purposes acknowledges the
sale of his votle to the "Liquor Dealers
Association," and the Devil's dirty
doings for SI.BO My! My! He is a cheap
one Then again he is not smart. If
men will sell their votes they can get
better prices than that. The need of
votes on the liquor side is growing more
apparent eaclT'clay. Hold your votes a s ,
well as your cotton; prices will be bet
ter. The great trouble is that there
are not enough for sale to get liquor
licensed beyond May 26th. How low
down; how miseraby mean; how want
ing in all that is good, pure and noble is
the man in Rocky Mount or North Car
olina who for SI.BO would open the bar
rooms (13) to our population of nearly
to-say nothing of surround
ing country, Surely that farmer was
not thinking. May he think and take his
vote off the market for his own good and
others. But I deny that taxes are higher
under prohibition. I affirm and am
ready to prove that they are lower and
will continue to get lower the longer
we have prohibition.
D. H. Tuttle.
Death ot Hiss Rosa Worsley.
A sad death occurred at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Worsley, at 620
Gibson Hill, Monday afternoon at 2
o'clock, when their daughter, Miss
Rosa, 14 years of age, passed away,
after a five weeks illness. Death, always
sad, peculiarly so in the going out of
this bright young life, who was a
source ofmuch ccmfort to her parents
and beloved by all who knew her. The
funeral was conducted at the home
Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock, by
Elder Frank Thomas, of Wilson, and
the remains were taken to the Worsley
farotiy bury fog ground, three miles
from the city, for burial.
j HAPPENINGS IN POLICE COURT.
Comedy and Tragedy of a Week as
Enacted In Calamity Hall Before
These be dull days in Calamity Hall
as well as in other lines, only an occa
sional offender being found by the
police. Saturday Bill Parker, a colored
hackman, was pinched for violation of
a nack ordinance and when he appeared
in the recorder's presence he had a
well developed case of mumps. His
honor hustled Bill out of court until he
should get in more presentable shape
and continued the case. One drunk, a
stranger in these parts, was the only
Monday morning Wiley Powell, for
intoxication and disorderly conduct,
was fined $lO Interest centered in the
case against Mr. W. E. Jeffreys and
Mr. M. F. Parham, two very prominent
citizens, for an affray. There was
really no scrap between the gentlemen,
but an altercation op the streets Satur
dsy, about the manner of working the
road in the Rocky Mount district. Mr.
Jeffreys is a member of the road com
mission s and Mr. Parham approtched
him and criticised the work of the com
mission, charging that certain roads
were worked better than others. Mr.
Jeffreys denied Mr. Parham's allegation
and the latter repeatedly insisted that
it was so, when Mr. Jeffreys said it
was a lie. When the two started
together bystanders interferred and
prevented further trouble. Before the
mayor Mr. Jeffreys expressed himself
as being heartily ashaftted that he
should have allowed his temper to get
the better of him, but Mr. Parham in-'
sisted that he was not guilty of any
thing, and intimated that he would go
to the highest court before he would
pay a fine. They were fined $5 each,
and Mr. Claud Harris paid Mr. Parham's
fine, and the matter was amicably ad
justed between the two.
Tuesday morning W. H. Johnson was
$.7.50, £f*r; . ayv 1 . di: ->rdrrJy
conduct; Fletcher Brown, colored, was
given 60 days for carrying a pistol, and
judgment was suspended on a one
! armed colored boy who owned up to
being in the rock quarry gang of crap
shooters several weeks ago.
Carnival Next WeeK.
The Johny J. Jones Carnival Co. will
open a week's engagement at the park
on Tarboro street Monday, April 20tb,
and there will be fun and frolic aplenty
for a whole week. Johnny Jones
always makes good and it is a fact that
the attractions this season are larger
and more of them than ever before.
Among the free attractions are looping
the loop in an automobile, a most thril'-
ing and daring feat, and a triple para
chute left from a balloon, at a dizzy
height. The tripple parachute leap is
accomplished by having three linked
together and suspended from the bal
loon. The daring aeronaut cuts loose
one at a time and makes three distinct
Prof. Vitucces band is a feature of
the carnival and will be apprciated by
School Elections In Nash County.
An election was held last Saturday in
the Red Oak school district on the
question of local school tax, resulting
a victory for public schc ol education
by a vote of 57 to 23. The fight far a
local tax was led by some of the most
prominent and influential citizent„ of
the district, men who are themselves
large tax payers but who realize that
money is well spent for education.
In the Moneyer district the advocates
of local tax won by close margin of one
vote. There are now fourteen districts
in Nash county levying a special tax
for schools. Elections will soon be
held in Bailey's No. 1, and Stony Creek
No. 4, which are expected to advanc
their educational advantages.
Nah County now ranks high among
the counties of tho State in regardj to
advancement In educationial pines.
Mr W. S. Wilkinsou, counry superin
eudent of education, has been largly
instrumental in bringing this about, as
he has striven an every opportunity
presented to have the school districts
note special taxes so as to have longer
The Citizens Kuilding and Loan Co,
has helb to build many homes it Bock/
Mount Let it help you to build a
home, by taking stock in the third ser
loi t© t>a opened May 1* See W. SL
Wflkinjwn. eecretar and treasure*-
PRICE 5 CEN
Rocky Mount 5; Wilson 1.
Rocky Mount High School won from
} the Wilson High School teaip Thursday
, afternoon by the score of 9 to 1; in a
game full of interest, though apparently
an unequal contest owing to the n je
in the weight of players, the majority
of the Wilson team being mere boys.
But the way they played ball compelled
the admiration of the home contingent
in the grand stand and they were liber
ally cheered by the rooters. The play
ing of Douglass Hackney, the midget
who covered second for Wilson, was
almost sensational, as was that of
, several others of the Wilson youngsters.
The locals played their usual steady
game. Both scored in the, first Inning,
one run and then for six innings there
was nothing doing by eitner, until in
the eighth when Rocky Mount's supe
rior weight told and they piled up four
Warrenton Takes Ry. Nt. Into Camp.
The Warrenton High School team
took Rocky Mount High School into
camp, at Warrenton, Saturday, but it
required 12 innings for them to turn the
I trick. It was a beautiful game of ball
and full • of interest throughout*
j Features of the game were a home run
by Fleming, for Warrenton, Week's
( pitching and Guhn's pitching and all
. round playing for Rocky Mount. War
. renton, had the visitors on the hip with
I a score of two to one until the ninth,
[ when the score, was tied and three
, more innings necessary to do the stunt,
t Score by innings: R. H. E.
Rocky Mount 000 000 101 00—2 7 6
W. H. S. 000 001 100 01—3 5 3
Batteries: jjunn and Jordan; Weeks
, Summary: Struck out by Gunn, 10;
by Weeks, 16. Bases on balls, on Gunn,
5; off Weeks, 1. Hit by pitched ball,
, Gunn, o; Week§, 2. Home runs Flem
' ing, 1.
,) Red Springs Defeats Locals. -
Tfc* £sei;y Mouap; H*gh School team
i was up against the toughest proposi
-1 tion so far this season when it met
i the Red Springs team on the local dia
-1 irjhd Tuesday afternoon. The game
i was full of interest from start to finish
and The Record regrets that an extend
ed notice of it cannot be given. The
score was 8 to 4 in favor of she visitor.
S'.op paying rent and bnild your own
I home through the Citizens Building and
Loan Co. Third series begins May 1.
See W. S. Wilkinson, secretary and
Mr. Julius Griffin and Miss May
; Powell were married Wednesday even
■ ing at the Baptist parsonage, Dr. Mer
■ cer tying the nuptial knot. The young •
' couple left on the evening train for
} Goldsboro and Wilmington, to visit,
I after which tley will make their home
■ in this city. Mr. Griffin is a son of
i Representative Mark S. Griffin, of Nash
t county, and he has a position with the
A. C. L., in the store house at South
f Rocky Mount. The bride is a sery at
-7 tractive young lady, who has for some
time been engaged as one of the opera
tors in the local telephone exchange.
Let the Citiezns Building and Loan
Co. help you to save your money by
i making small monthly deposits with
i them. Perfectly safe investments that
r pays sure dividends. W. S. Wilkinson,
i secretary and Treasurer.
; Chinaman Wants to Marry a Negress
j Wilmington Star.
; An interesting question involving the
right of a Chinaman to marry a negress
5 under the prohibitory clause of the law
i preventing the intermarriage of the
5 races was presented to Justice Borne
: mann Tuesday night when one of the
! almond-eyed sons of the Flowery King
: dom came in from the countiy witft a
bright mulatto whom he desired to
make his wife, presenting the magis
; trate with a $lO bank note and an ele
> gant silk handkerchief as is the custom
, in the country from which he came.
■ Justice Bornemann hastened with the
r couple to the register of deeds but Mr.
i Haar declined to issue the necessary
r license. The Chinaman returned home
s with his bride-elect and in the meantime
r the county attorney is looking into tbe
question and the Chinaman will receive
his decision to-day.
r The Third Series of stock in th e Citi
t zens Building and Loan Co, will be is
. sued Ma/ L Subscribe at once and be
, gin with the new series. W. S. Wilkin
son, secretrry and treasuer.