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AL, ECONOMIC, AND AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS OF
DUPLIN AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th., 1SS
FROM THE SCRIPTX'KES
"He W a good man, and lull of the Holy Spirit Kl
faith. - Act. 11:84.
. i ' . t GOLDEN GLEAMS
Error of opinion may be tolerah-tf, h-'re
free to combat It. Jefferson.
reason Is left
Political prognosticate arc now trying to teU us how the elec
tion next fall will come out. Looking ahead, whether right or wrong,
Is their stock in trade.
Now comes the news that the United States has a magic ray
that will locate ships fifty miles off-shore. If we could find one that
would locate jobs.
Two little boys played war, the other day, in a neighboring state
and one of them was killed with daddy's pistol. This is a tragedy that
could have been avoided.
Personally, and speaking for thousands of newspaper men, we
welcome any scheme that holds out the hope that some day there will
be a six hour, five-day work week.
Stamp collectors paid over a million dollars for imperforated and
ungummed special issues. This ought to remove it from the fad class
and put in the ranks of big business.
PROTECT OUR LAND
Wind or water erosion Is given credit for the destruction of
-61,465,097 acres of formerly good farming soil. The area Is almost as
large as the State of Kansas, although' it is, of course, distributed
Federal authorities predict that a continuation of the present
lack of attention to this situation will mean that our agricultural lands
will continue to be lost to these natural forces, which have beeil ag
gravated by the methods we have adopted, cutting down our forests
and unwise methods of agriculture.
THEE DDE EVERY HOUR
Three persons meet death on the highways of the United, States
every hour, according to the July 1st figures of the National Safety
Council, showing that 15,030 lives were lost in motor vehicle casualties
during the first six months of this year. i. ?
Encouraging, however, Is the hews that 18 States and' some of
our largest cities had substantial reductions In the death rate, North
Dakota, with a 43 per cent cut, led the States, with Rhode Island,
Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon and Utah
also reporting large reductions.
EARNINGS OF THE R. F. C.
When the Reconstruction Corporation started making its loans,
back in the days of the Hoover administration, there were many prop
hets who firmly declared that the loans would never be repaid. The
Government, said these criticsv would lose all its money eventually.
A recent report from Chairman Jesse H. Jones presents a better
picture. During the fiscal year ending June 30th the R. F. C. made
a profit of $43,22.582. Money repaid the Corporation exceeded by S119,
062,819 the comparatively small disbursements. Assets and liabilities
were around four and a half billion dollars.
Of course, the R. F. C. will lose money on some of its loans. Any
agency handling the huge volume of money it did would likewise ex
perience some bad debts, especially when some of the loans were made
with the idea of "saving" the banking, or Insurance, or some other
Chairman Jones feels that the profits will in the long run make
guuu any lusoes. nnen mis wing is seiuea up, ne says, in ien or
fifteen years I think our earnings will offset our losses,"
"HIS FORMER PRAISEWORTHY LIFE" ' '
A few days ago neighbors in another state were amazed to dis
cover the dead bodies of a man and his wife, both highly respected in
the community in which they lived. Naturally, there was amazement
and some curosity as to what happened, although it was plain to of
ficers that the man had killed the woman and then shot himself. ...
We are interested in the case mainly because the .magistrate
conducting the inquiry urged the coroner's Jury to avoid the words
'murder and suicide'. He saw no reason to seek any motive and was
anxious to "avoid the yellow sheets." While we find little reason to
support his abhorrence of the words that naturally describe the trage
dy, we can comment on another sentiment expressed by this official,
Calling attention to the. fact that the men was "an outstanding
citizen", and that the book of life was closed for him and his wife,
the magistrate did not think that the officials "should consider a mis
take made by a man for a few minutes that would affect his form
er praiseworthy life." , "' ;
; TheVworld would probably be a much better place for us all If
more of us Were inclined to take such a charitable attitude In our
judgment of others. Too often good people are inclined to hound and
damn an individual for a single mistake; forgetting, in their self- right
eousness,, a life that, on the whole, has averaged up to a high attitude.
' ' THE EARTH'S ,AGE . .
, Scientific approximations of the age of the earth, the solar sys
tem, and the star galaxy are exceedingly interesting, although because
based upon certain assumptions, there are wide differences. ' ' ; .
; Three principal methods are relied upon by these speculators
One estimates geologic time by sedimentation. Another relies upon ra
dioactive disintegration. Another is based on changes in the empera
ture and elastic properties of the earth.
The age of the earth .according to Dr. Robley D. Evans, of the
Mass. Institute of Technology, lies between 1,850 and 8,500 million
years. The ages of twenty-three Iron meteorites, which, came to the
ground, some: from outside our solar system, ran up to ?,800 million
years.- These estimates are based on the radioactive "clock."
The geologists, measuring the sedimentation of great rivers dur
ing known periods and calculating how many years it, required to build
up land areas now existent,' only venture to got back as far as the
Cambrian period, which they say was about 570 million years ago. This
' '. . fairly nicely with the estimate of the same period according
' r: lu.in'i s ve method. .
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The following old letter was
written by a Confederate -soldier
in line of battle during the Civil
War. It was loaned to the TIMES
by Miss Lula Hlnson, of Kenans
ville, whose father was a Confect'
erate officer and was Sheriff -of
Duplin County for ' many years.
The comments, shown below,; are
by A. T. Outlaw, Register - of
Deeds ,who is considered an au
thority on local history and genea
logy. The letter is substantially
In Line of Battle - Petersburg; Va.
August ,27th., 1894
Dear Laura: ,
I take advantage of the present
opportunity to drop you a few lin
es not that I have anything of in
terest or Importance to commu
nicate. My health is very good. I
believe the heaviest duty suits by
health best After the fight of the
10th inaf. we were ordered back
to our position on the lines and
our left resting; on : the Appomat
tax. There has not been anything
to disturb our quiet except an oc
casional shell or minnle ball. On
the 22nd. the Yankees made a
demonstration in our front and for
some time we thought we were to
nave another bloody time of it but
they did not come very near.
There was a very severe battle on
the Weldon R. R. on the 25th. inst
We (A, P. Hill and 3 divisions) at
tacked the Yankees in their rear
whipping them from their works
and taking 2500 live Yanks and 8
pieces of artillery. Our loss was so
small that it is not counted. They
always shoot to high when we get
in their rear. Our prisoners or those
token by us on the 19th. have hpn
cut down to 2700. We took at least
4000 but the Yankees took them
back and also our men who were
guarding- them. I would like to
hear from you people occasionally.
Why do not Bet and M. W. write?
What has become of Robert? TeU
him he owes me two letters. He
must answer one at least before 1
write again. What is John Nick
doing- for a livelihood 7 What does
he think of old Abe making peace
with ua? We dirty Rebels in the
ditches .would give a loud shout tf
it comes. I have to talk pretty
sharp to some of the boys who are
despairing, low spirited, etc. 1
would be a dull tool myself but for
some of our Editors who have be
come so expert in lying that they,
are really encouraging, some of
them at least I have been in com
mand of the Company for the last
week. Lieut Watson is sick at the
hospital. Capt Sam - procured a
sick furlough for 30 days. It is the
shortest, number of days that Is
ever given. I understand he Intends
to resign, etc. He got uncommonly
friendly with me before he left for
the hospital and we will try to do
without him in the winter time if
he will resign. We do not miss him
during the fighting time. I must
close. You must excuse my bad
pen A c My love to family. Write
soon to your affectionate bro.
. H. V. Houston. 1
P. S. I understand you have a
sweetheart He Is rather too old'
so I object to him - the old Capt
ain. Don't you really thfuk bim too
COMMENTS: Hiram .VanBuren
Houston, writer of the foregoing
letter, was a Lieutenant in Com
pany C of the Slat N. C. Regiment i
He was a brother of Captain Wil
liam J.. Houston who was a bril
liant Lawyer, Legislator and Soli
citor; and who lost his life in bat
tle near Ashby's Gap in ' Virginia
during the War. Laura Francenia
Houston, to whom the letter was
written, was later the wife of Wil
liam Thomas, Oates. She died about
1910. Hiram VanB. Houston died
about J900. Bet and M- W.r refer
red to in the letter, were his sis
ters Catherine Elizabeth,: '.wife of
John Nicholas Stallings, and Mary
White, wife of Geo. .Washington
CarrolL Stallings, later known as
Doctor Stallings, was a prominent
Lawyer f Duplin County for
many y i and later an outstand
ing Ef. t Minister of the State.
Robert, l rred to, was his brother
Robert I 'e Houston who was al
so a Cos .irate soldier, and mar
ried Al.ce Larkins of Wilmington.
Their d.- Mer, Alice Irene, mar
ried Jam, s Ellis. Abe, referred to,
was Abrakara Lincoln. Lieutenant
Watson, referred , to, was E. L.
Watson who was later promoted to
Captain.- Captain Sam, referred to,
was CapUm Samuel M. Stanford
who was a brother of John Dick
son Stanford, a prominent Lawyer,
Legislator and minister for many
years. He resigned his Captaincy,
as mentioned in the letter. There
are portriata of. the said Capt Wil
liam J. Houston and Dr. Jno Nich
olas Stallings in Duplin v Courtroom.
By DR. ZENO B. SPENCE.-
Goldsboro, N. C, - ,
AU aboard! To begin with,; we
are still talking about alcoholic
drinks. Last, week we told vou to
pack up and be ready, that we
would suil out into the great spac
es on the ship of imagination.
- Can you imagination ? I can, and
even now imagine myself staring
out towards the great open spaces;
out in that infinite distance where
hidden secrets, yet to be discover
ed, lurk in that great body of lu-
mlniferious ether. I can . almost
feel the pounding of the rays and
waves as they shower down -about
me. Rays traveling-at 186,000 mil
es per second, showering down,
pounding the beautiful flowers, the
grass, trees and the very book I
am holding in my hands. They are
instantly reflected or thrown boun
dinsr back and a sortion entering
,niy eyes with ,,, tremendous , if ores
' strike against the retina or back
part of the enterior of my eyes,
'causing a sensation which being
transmiu -.jJ i
tic nerves prod i
ful thing we c .!
that for a wonderful j
agination, but it is iu
I open my eyes and sv:
wonders about. What ft
God we have to permit i
hear, taste, smeii, teei, i
give' us everything to i
happy and' what a non-ap
people to be, so unthaii
many of us actually tram;
goodness and destroy ti,o
gifts that he has given ua.
Well step right aboard, f
are going to sail shortly, i
out and away where there Is i
to learn. Don't miss an i;
this paper. TUNE IN f.
WEEK, let your , conscience
your guide. 1 "
When in KINSTON
Make Your Head
quarters at '
E.' B. Marston
. Fresh Stock Seeds
CABBAGE, KALE, ;
Kinston, N. C, .
Phones 50 and 51
I TOBACCO IS SELLING HIGH AT
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H CrutcMfeld Warehouse
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If FirctSaIes Next Week 4
j Monday ; Aug. 19
I I Wednesday " Aug. 21
Taylor -.'Matthews' - Criitchf ield
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LAST WEEK . ; . ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
t h e Whiteville. Market
proved to be a veritable
gold mine to the tobacco
growers of .astern North
and South Carolina. Its six
warehouses paid out mon
ey at the rate o ... . . , .
to the, tobacco growers
who sold on this market . . ,
v.-,., v -.. i'-,-., .-..v,.
these two days. , - ' - - " '
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The gcter majority of the tobacco sold on this market was tobacco qf the com- '
mon cr rr.ciium types. However, with these first offerings warehouses average
as hfcrh 3 $23.0 1 per hundred pounds for their entire sale. That is why everyone
calls Vhiteville 'THE MONEY MARKET." ' ; ,
Buying competition is keen. -, Prompt courteous service awaits ybii in Whiteville.
With six warehouses and three sets of buyers you are assured of a speedy sale.
:c' Do?;p-:'gv For Your Tobacco