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VOL. XII., NO; 33
; Bto|rapfafcal sad Btstertcai Sketch
t |y Br. r. t licks, TratJaj M
' Local Persons and Scenes.
■ So ft was that some of our moat
worthy farmers rebelled and tested the
law, elaimiag that the law did not ap
pljr to them. The teat proved that I
was right to enforce the afore said law
as a sworn officer when charges weer
properly reported, I think about fifteen
we*e indicted, the fine for not comply
ing with the law was ninety dollars each
and eost. The cases were all brought
before the court in a balk and were all
very plain and were decided without
jury in my favor. The fines %f ninety
dollars each all belonged to ,me. My
- , actions are to this day recorded on
J record. What did j do? I asked the
/ court to reduce their fines to twenty
j dollars each, the court did it. I had the
f ninety dollars in my hands as it were,
but I gave back the seventy dollars to
I each oue. I did it to show the public
that I did nut mean to gouge or rob my
subjects but merely to do my duty, at
the same time to relieve that prejudice
or hard feelings that some might have
Well by this time I had got the
move on me. I moved to Wilson and
back several times and to Raleigh and
back tne second time, and to Rocky
Mount again where I had held my
homestead in resei ve. # Then it was
that I lost my first wife Keturah, April
I 12th. 1888. She died leaving four
P children. She was a christian woman
' and a good wife and mother. God bless
her dear soul I hope te meet her in
Heaven. .Her remains were buried in
the old Methodist eborch yard La Rocky
Mount. Two of my children were mar
ried before her death that left two with
me, the youngest about six years of
age. In a short time I moved to Golds
bero, thismfking the third time. I think j
J hnd lived there.
I continued my medicine business. |
After a few months I began to fiod oat j
that living a. widower was a rather dis
contented life, so I decided that I j
Arould get married again if I could find j
onr. tp .Vave me When J started
jti earnest it did not tjike me long to s
' find her. It was Miss Sarah Harper of 1
Nashville Nash county. One of the
smartest, and as good a woman as ,
Kesh county ever produced. She was
the daughter of old uncle BHly Harper
as everybody in Nashville called him,
and the sister of Squire John Harper,
of Nashville; iie is living yet, a clever
gentleman, a brother-in-law that I was
proud of. Sarah and I were married
Oct. 25th 1883. It would be out of
place to give our private courtship as she
? s not here to witness it, but a friend of
mine and a reader of The Record has
asked rre to give a little sketch of some
of my courtship, he is a widower aid
ves near Whitakers (probably he
wants to take lessons.)
Well to begin — Old Mr. Harper and
myself were good friends and brother
Odd Fellows. Miss Sarah was his only
daughter and house-keeper, and he
*hought.the world of her. I had been
+ o see her once and talked business to
her. At that time there was a • mil
-loror who was somewhat in my way but
she promised me he should not be m my
way any more, so we had an under
standing that we should write to each
other after I went back to Goldsboro.
We exchanged a few letters, this thing
had to be kept a secret from the old
mm and Sarah's niece who lived with
+hem. So I would write two lettars,
one to the family and one of courtship.
Of course she would read the family
i otter out loud but her letter she kept
secretly. She w ,>te me that the old
man thought a great deal of me but rz
a matter of business she knew that he
did not want her to marry any body as
long as he lived, and if she were f > t
V'm of it there would be a . row in the
camp and he would not give his consent
and that I would have her to steal, and
that in broad open day time. Now how
to do that was the question? Well I
had one advantage, she was willing to
fc ■» stolen. The fair would soon be at
Kocky Mount, so I wrote her to tell the
old man that I was coming by there on
my way to the fair and if she would like
to go and with his consent I would take
her on my buggy and stay a day or two.
She told him of the proposition from a
man from Goldsboro, he at once objected'
but when she told him it was from me
he consented. So now I had things
alright, I then constructed my plan and
informed her of the same so as to be on
the lookout and in readiness when the
time came. 1 came to Rocky Mount,
got a horse and buggy from a friend
that evening with an understanding
that I was to leave it at a certain place
ao the owner would know where to find
It next day, as I would have but little
Sfke ytceku Meant Record.
time before tne train would pass far us
to go on. It all worked well. I got to
Mr. Harpers about night, they were all
looking for me, ef course, to take Miss
Sarah to the fair next day as they sup
posed. Sarah aad I had very little
ehoace to talk over .the matter that flight
or even the next morning, but she had
her trunk all packed. She asked me to
tie tne trunk on the back ef the boggy.
The old man lofteed somewhat surprised
and said, "Sarah, I never aaw anybody
carry their trunk to the fair before."
It was drizzling rain, aad she told him
she might get wet and would want to
change her clothes. He ask me when I
would brinf her back. I told "him when
ever she wished. I told him good-by
and drove off. We got to Rocky Mount
just in time for the local freight next
morning, left the horse aad buggy
where I promised, got on the train and
i were off for Goldsboro. We got there
and were married that evening of Oct.,
The next day I wrote the old man a
! letter asking him to forgive us for our
deception etc., and asked him to come
!to see us. In a few weeks he came
and all was well.
In a few months we moved to Nash
| ville and built a nice little home there.
We got along nisely and there never
was a better or more agreeable woman
than Sarah. In about 12 months after
our marriage I was taken sick with
fever and came very near dying. Be
fore I recovered my wife was taken
siek and died within a week's time.
After my recovery I sold out and mov
ed to Wilson. I lived there a while
aad finally concluded to get married
again, for the third time. Mo sooner
said than done. Mrs. Martha Flood aad
myself were married Dec-17th, 'B4.
Our courtship was «scurpt* and by pur
own concent. She was before her first
amrriage, a Miss Weaver. She had eight
children, five living with her. She lived
abent two aad a half years after we
an egesption, a feed aad kind woman,
and I can aad will say for all her chitd
asa that they were the kladest and baat
team I ever saw. Hot one unkind
weed dM of them ever soy te me or
I to them. Href? mother's death
we separated. The children went te
«ve : w& feir people and ! moved to eld 1
Tofsoot for a few months sail lived in
the old Winttood fcotol with Mr. L.
Landing, who marked a cousin of mine.
They kind and agreeable to
me and my two children and never
charged me any rent. We remained
there several months, so finally I came
to the conclusion that what is to be will
be, (if it never is.) that was if I was
ever to be married again I would be,
so I thougt it best to try and find out. I
was only about fifty-three years old and
had been married only three times and
if I wanted to get married again, should
I not try? That was the only way for
it to be a 1 3, and If I should try and
not succeed I could only try again; but
I did succeed. It seemed that there
was a spiritual or electric magnetism
that led me to Whitakers. On one oc
casion while there, I came up with old
Mrs. Edmonds and she told me of every
body in and around Whitakers those
that were there and had been there.
She is the oldest person in that settle
ment, and by the way, one of the best
old ladies I ever met. It was she,
among others, who told me of Mis 3
Annie Porter. I had seen her I think
twice, a good while before then; but as
soon as she mentioned the name it was
like a flash Yes, said I, that's exactly
where I have started now, but didn't
know it until you spoke. She then £old
me how nice and smart Miss Annie was.
It will be sufficient to say that I lost no
time in renewing my acquaintance with
her. Our meeting was refreshing and
agreeable and after conversing a few
times on the subject of matrimony,
we agreed to be married Oct. 26th, 'B7,
at her home. The time came and we
were married. A general invitation
was given and Whitakers and vicinity
was well represented. We had a nice
supper, and several biidal presents
were presented by friends of the bride.
From that time to the present it is suf
ficient to say that we have been float
ing along with the tide of life. Aftei
living at the old homestead about nint
years we sold out to Rev. A. J. Moort
and bought a place here from Mr. A.
P. Thorpe near the extension of Churcl
street north, where we desire to prove
| ourselves good neighbors and worth j
citizens until the end.
i If you invest your earnings in th
i Citizens Building and Loan Co. you ro'
only help yourself by good, secure in
1 vestment but you help to build up Rock]
• Mount. Third series of stock will b
I opened May L See W. S. Wilkinson
I secretary and treasurer, and begin a
i the first
A Newspaper For The Home. Published Every Thursday Morning.
ROCKY MOUNT, N. C.. THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1908 v
' JOTNEI CONVICTED IF lARSUIK 1
) _ ,
! Noted Homicide Cm Romt S at
Ran Tem Sayeriar Cwrt-Befead
mf CoiiijfM, ,
Ex-Deputy Sheriff W;' Drew Jeyner
wae esavicted of manslaughter at Nash
court last week; for the homicide which
ofceoivod at sr pack Moo on his fami,
in 1906, Harris Robbins, a tenant on
Joyner's place, being the victim. Whee
the jury returned a vercict ef guilty
Saturday thedefeadant collapsed in the
courtroom and was unconscious for
several hours. This was due to the
relaxation from the terrible strain un
der whidt the defendant had been labor
ing, and to iil health from which he has
suffered for some tinle. Judgment was
reserved by the judge for the purpose,
it was understood, that a settlement
might be rifede by Joyner on the family
of the dead man, of a sum of money;
and this, it is believed, will lessen the
Joyner is a man of considerable means
and the case- has been fought hard,
both sides having the benefit of a splen
' id array of legal taleht. A large de
gree of interest has been manifested in
the case throughout the country r. :t
this section. ' ~ '
The circumstances of the homicide
according to the evidence at the trial,
were about as follows: Robbins and
some members of his family *went to
the pack house amfrfinding it locked
asked Joyner, who came up, for the
key. He gave a curt reply sod then
words followed about seme * damaged
fodder, which Joyner held Robbins ro
spoaslble for. Joyner picked up a piece
of plank and Robbins ' a root, joyner
struck Bobbins SO the bend with the
plank and the Tatter died three daya
later of conettsaiws ef the brain. Rob
bins wis about 60 years oKt
. i .»■ mi
The brilliant Copt. W. H. McDonald
of lkeeky Mount, was In town last week
OdvertfadMr Us celebrated soft driftkt
Mr. 'J# fffoßantcs has guhe to Luray *
Va . to his daughter, Mrs. R
tt. Pittmon. }
\ Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Price, of Golds
boro, ar£*hern on a visit to the family
of Eld. A. I. Moore. Mr. Price is erect
ing a handsome residence on his beauti
ful lot here arid we trust he intends it
as his future home.
i ' '•
Mr. Stallings was aroused a few
nights ago by a burglar entering his
| house and not being prepared to defend
himself with fire arms went to the home
I of his next-door neighbor. When he j
returned the doors were all open and !
the burglar had made his escape.
; Some of the leading and progressive
; merchants of our town have had con
i crete walks made in front of their
- places of business, which is a great im
l provement as well as comfort to the
J The sweet lullaby of the "yellow
' barking cur"'mixed breeds, and brindle
' tails is as radiant and soft as the inys
" tic light.
* HA:'rESiiNGS IN POLICE COURT.
j Comedy and Tragedy of a Week as
Enacted in Calamity Hall Befsre
I Mayor Thorp.
i The only case of interest before the
? recorder Friday was against Mr. J. M.
» Pearson who was fined $lO fpr striking
, a Mr. Brantley, of Spring Hope, who,
e it was offered in evidence, provoked
n the wrath of Mr. Pearson by his coi
-7 duct in regard to an ice bill Brantley
6 owed Pearson.
s Monday morning John Odom. colored,
'. W as fined $lO for drunk and disorder 1 v.
- A case showing'most reprehensible con
duct and moral turpitude on the part
r of the defendant was one against Chas.
e F. You.ig, an agent for cooking uten
e sils, who hails from Philadelphia and
has been in this section for a couple of
h months. Young was tried on a charge
e of simple assault, the complainant
y being a negro woman, and he was sent
to the roads for 30 days. Young sub
mitted to disorderly and drunk in
another case and was fined $lO.
l- Let the Citiezns Building and Loar
:y Co. help you to save your money bj
>e m ft klng small monthly deposits wit!
a, them. Perfectly safe investments thai
it pays sure dividends. W. S. Wilkinson
secretary and Treasurer.
vtott PRiTCUIin SPEECH
HMtefrtilei festers CvolMn
Oreetai by Large CAM it Cms
HnNee iendiy IHH
It ni impirinc eight that
greeted Jodg« Jl cJ\ Pritchard's eyes
.at Cfewf mureitoaM
W Mom te make prohi
bition apeegh to the citizens of Rocky
Mount, and looked, into the faces of
nearly twothousand people, who though
mist e* them were of k different politi
cal faith gave him the closest attention
and applauded liberally, his telling blows
at txKTiViot tramr. 'the address was
argumentative rather than eloquent,
and conservative. It abounded through*
QUt in humor and pathos j
and 7,' si delivered with the great force
of which he is capable.
B : fcfc a large and we 1 trained choir,
who excellent music for the
occasion, the platform had a number of
,promincyjr citizens and well known tem-
orkers on it. HOB. T. T.
Thorne introduced the speaker in a few
eloquent, remarks and Mr. Pritchard
once into a discussion of the
great which is agitating the
minds of tho people of North Carolina
to such ak extent at this time.
Tho speaker began his address with
the statement that in his opinion the
question U r Jer discussion was the most
important* o come before the people of
the States.nee the war. He said at
the outfcet t! >at. he had no quarrel with
the Bak»»* .men, and believed they would
average above those in other states,
butaao &-f were a misled tot— that
their .bwsftew was h eurse. He traced
the growth of the tempesaaee move
ment in the State and drew graphic
picture* A conditions when, alcohol
wasaufrerae, and contrasted them with
the *• • conditions : BOW ' W hen the
etstWb&i Kiag is tottering en his la#t
c : #.
The efeet of prohibition on holiness,
said the speaker, is bound to he good,
and fe tp«4 letters torn magga*. f«
Charlotte, Greenvhoro and Faj
•ton pwMWtfirti hw
some t|fee,. t» sustain lift statement
under prohibition and much of m th>
attributed to that
He predicted a terrible struggle in
th» near future between anarchists and,
s realists And the patriotic Americans,
in *hich it would be sought to destroy
our nstitutions, but the sober sotfth,
said he, would preserve our govern
ment. He then charged that every ar'i
archisf plot was hatched in a barroom.
Mr. Pritchard told of the conditions
in Malison, his home county, under
whiskty lule, and contrasted it with
the Mddison of today.
"Personal liberty" was handled with
much skill by the speaker, and he illus
trated with a'most amusing story about
where personal liberty begins and ends.
"Prohibition does rot prohibit" was
dealt, with in a sim lar vein, the speaker
offering the testimony of numbers who
hsd tru-d to run blind tigers and got
caught and serv d terms on the roads,
to clinch his argument.
1 Mr. Pritchard raid the is ue was not
a political one he would not be
hi re. Ho said he had been told that it
was a Democratic trick, but if it was it
was the best one they had ever played,
and he for it.
H« spoke for about ore hour a n
forty minutes and received the closest
attention throughout, only having to
> pause frequently for the applause to
i die out. He said it would probably be
his last, speech in tl campaign, a3 be
had to return to Washington, D. C.,
> Monday night anrl would be busily en
gaged for five weeks with his court.
j Return of The Favorites.
A. G. Allen's Big Minstrel Sho*
f which has been here before and ha;
always given general satisfaction, ii
» advertised to appear here May 15th
■ The company is said to include all th
~ old favorites and have been augmentec
k considerably in point of members
• Many new features has been added an
■ the ].2rformance is said to be fu'ly ui
to and even better than the high stand
f ard of excellence set by them whe:
e here last season. The seating arrange
t ments of the tent have been re-arrange
■t and every care has been taken for th
>- comfort and convenience of the patrons
n so that they can enjoy a first-claa
minstrel performance under canva*
25 and 35 cents,
y Stop paying rent and bnild your ow
h home through the Citizens Building ar
it Loan Co. Third series begins May :
i, See W. S. Wilkinson, secretary aa
\ . >
TrMfy College Catalogue.
TV Catalogue of Trinity College for 1
! 1906 has'just come from the press, and
; is now reocfar for distrubutien. The
typographies work is of a high order
asd the volume of 170 pages presents a
most attractive appearance.
One Of the most interesting features
of this catalogue i« the new statement
of the requirements for admission made 1
to conform to the system adopted by 1
the Carnegie Foundation. The cata- •
logue also contains a statement of the 4
new courses offered by Professor '
Brooks in the newly established depart- '
ment of education. These courses in
clude work in the History of Education, 1
ia Educational Psychology and in Sec- '
oadary Education. It is interesting to
note that there were this year ten
students in the special course in Method* '
of Teaching* and thirty students in Ex- 1
tension work in Secondary Education. 1
This is in addition to the regular under- '
graduate students. \ '
Another addition to the catalogue is
the descrintipn of the recently estab
lished Council which has con
trol of thj f\ }cic interests of the col
lege. There ia also published a state
ment of the eligibility rules of the |
Southern Inter-Collegiate Athletic As- .
sociation under which Trinity College
athletic teams *re chosen. The cata
logue shows additions to the library (
during the year ending February 1,
1908, of 1,869 bound volumes and 1,415 1
pamphlets. The total attendance in
Trinity College and Trinity Park School
for the current year is 487. Ttois cata- •
logue may be secured by addressiag D. «
W. Newsom, Registrar of Trinity Col- «
W DOR 6ILLUIIEII. i
wf ■ *;■ l|
' itlclin Passes Any at Us lama
i Ja Tartan Toesday Itfil. ... >
Hon. Don A. Gilliam died sthishomo ;
la Ta*boro Tuesday sight after a long
Ulness following gn attack of apoplexy.
tb. imM mmlob of th. IMTi"-
'mure he suffered as A wdc en the
* lt»!-hrh '
cicaOyoe xmt fcw ouufcs. *
Sr&feft attack at his home t, wo weeks
a£» fesultea In his death night J
at lO e'Qlock.
Mr! Gilliam was one of the befjicnown I
lawyers and politicians in Caro- 8
olina. having twice served his country 1
in the State senate and was prominently
identified with State politics for a num- (
ber of years, though a man of only mid- c
die age. He was surpassed by few men (
in brilliance as a lawyer and his wise
judgment and action was of great value |
to the Democratic party in redeeming ,
Edgecombe from fusion rule in 1898- ,
1900. He was the ron of the late Judge
H. A. Gilliam and is survived by his (
brother, Mr \A. Gilliam, of the Tar
bo ro bar, and several children.
I "Just To Es A Boy Again."
How often our fancy turns to the
innocent past'mes of cur boyhood days,
; days when wo were free from care and
5 trouble. It vm3 then we were always
b happy, regardless of tie busy world.
1 To refresh these memories of bygone
' days, Register of Deeds H. S. Bunn,
Clerk of the Court A. T. Walston, F.
5 H. Pender, a:.d Dr. R. H. Speight en-
joyed a game of marbles in front of the
3 I court house this afternoon. Sc~rounded
0 i by a large crowd of spectators, these
e well known gentlemen were as happy as
e a crowd of boys, playing truant from
' school. It is these pastimes that
" the burden of life is made easy.
Edgecombe Primaries May 16.
The Democratic executive committee
v of Edgecomb 0 "ounty met in Tarboro
s Friday and set Saturday, May 16th, as
is the date for t>e county primaries, and
i. Tuesday, May 19th, as the date for the
ie county convention,
s . To Patrons of the Electric Light Plant.,
ld On Monday next May 11th we will
repair one of the en_, les at the light
station necessitating the cutting off of
!n yme lights for three nights, (Monday,
e ~ Tuesday and Wednesday.) We respect
fully ask that you burn as few lights as
16 possible, so we shall not have pi over-
8 ' load on the other engine.
BS x A. S. Lyon, Supt.
Seeing Is Believing.
nd Come and see the Eyescope wonderful
1. French instrument for fitting the eves,
nd at Psrker's jewelry store. Examina
PRICE 5 CEN -.
. k 6IEAT TEIPEUNCE PUT.
Tea Rights ia a Bar loon it ft!
Open loan Saturday Rkpt Maj
.**- f ' *
The a bore attraction will no doubt
be greeted with a packed botsae as
"Ten Nights ia a Bar Room," ia the
greatest moral and temperance pkajf
ever presented. The Temperance cause
just is the absorbing question before
our people and aU those who form the
cause wHI eo doubt be present and in
duce their friends also to be on hand.
The play will appeal in a strong drama
tic force for the cause, it is more pow
erful than any lee tare bringing m a
vivid dramatic situation the lesson of
the play that never grows old. The
Company has been appearing in other
cities under the auspicies of the Anti-
Saloon League. The Durham Herald
of April 14th says: "The best popular
price company seen here this season."
Sale of seat, now on at May & Gor
ham's. Popular prices 16c, 25c, 35c.
[The following items from our regu
lar correspondent at Castalia were un
avoidably left out of last week's issue]
Mr. Tom May, of Stallings, has ac
cepted a position as druggist with the
Castalia Drug Co. Mr. May is a clever
young man, and we gladly welcome him
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Lancaster of the
Louisburg hotel with their children
spent Saturday and Sunday with his
sister, Mrs. J. S. Batchelor, near town.
The faculty composed of the follow
ing who have been teaphing here the -
past year returned to their homes Sat- >
urday. W. O. Johnson sad Misses■ . :
Lfl&ie Parker, Vila Psarce and ttattfc
Poole, of St. Paul, N. C. Kraaton.
haAand Morgantoß. T*b#y mSdemany
friends who regrst to see them lefff*
> *r.y. B. Knight, of Speed, spent- T
Saturday and . Sunday hers with his
daughter, Mra. D. Matthews.
Prof. 1, 8. of Wake Forest, '
•nd Superintended WiHrineop, of Roeky
t W. H. Stone who hsebeen spend
ing the winter with hb aen in St.
Petersburg, Fin., has returned>nd give#
a fine report of having seen the
Castalia High School held its annual
commencement Tuesday and Wednes
day of last week and everything passed
off to the delight of the many who were
present. The lit rary address delivered
by J. C. Kittrell, Esq., of Henderson,
was well received and the program was
very enjoyable and highly interesting.
Dinner by the good people and patrons '
of the school was served on the cam
pus, which was very toothsome and
creditable to the advocates of better
schools, of which we have a cause to
The farmers in this section are taking
advantage of the propitious season,
making fine progress; many are setting
' obacco and by the end of this week
hey will have the most of the cotton
and e0..: planted, which is about as in
former years in area.
City Prinaries Held.
The city Democratic primaries were
held at the various voting precincts
Fr'day from 4 to 9 p. m. and passed off
quietly. Six aldermen were nominated,
one from each ward, and the incum
bents were returned in their respective
ware's. There was a spirited contest
in the and third wards, though
the present members were reelected in
The "o*' 1 in each ward was as follows:
First ward: Tnos. H. Battle, 20. Ex
ecutive Commit" :eman, Jacob Battle, '
Second ward: Geo. S. Edwards, 66;
W. D. Jojxier, 28. Executive Commit
teeman, R. C. Brake.
Third ward. J. E. Humphries, 54, W.
» F. James, 49. Executive committee
man, H. T. Daughtridge.
Fourth ward: H. E. Brewer, 43.
Executive Committeeman, Jno. L. Ar-
Fifth ward: Robert S. Gay, 23. Ex
ecutive Committeeman, W. E. Fenner.
Sixth ward: T. C. Gorham, 16. Ex
ecutive Committeeman, W. D. Rice.
The aldermanic nominees were duly
elected Monday, the vote being light
because there was no opposition.
The Third Series of stock in the Citi
-1 zens Building and Loan Co, will be is
, sued May 1. Subscribe at once and be
- gin with the new series. W. S. Wilkin
son, secretrry and treasuer.