A Home Newspaper Published in the Interes the People and for Honesty in Governmental Affairs,
VOL. III. NO 53.
Salisbury, N. C. Wednesday! DecMmser 18th, 1907.
Wm, H. Stewart, Editor.
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LEXINGTON AND DAVIDSON GOUUNTY.
Quite an Extensive Fire. Gaddy the Negro
Murderer Probably Located.
Lexington Dispatch, Dec. 11th.
Laat night a few minutes before
12 o'clock fire broke out in the
store of the Taylor-Mendenhall
Company and raged fiercely for
two hours. The big stock of mer
chandise was completely burned
and the store building gutted.
The. origin is not known. The ad
joining store of the Lexington
Drug Company also caught in the
roof and second story, but not so
much damage was done by fire.
The water, however, ruined a good
deal of goods. The next store,
that of Geo. A. Adderton & Co.,
also suffered damage by water, al
though not much.
The losses cannot,be seated ex
actly at this time, but "will be
somewhat as follows: Taylor
Mendenhall Company, $12,000 to
$14,000 stock, insurance $9,000,
This was a splendid new stock and
the store was filled. The Lexing
ton Drug Company, stock auout
$10,000, insurance about $7,300.
All the new Christmas goods were
displayed here and Ave re soaked
with water. George A. Adderton
& Co., insurance only $1,200, bat
the damage iB small, being only
from water. ::
The buildings occupied by the'
drug store and the Adderton firm,
owned by the B. B. Roberts es
tate, were insured for $3,200, but
only the drug store was damaged
by fire, and it is not sovery much.
The corner store, owned by R. H.
McRary, is the worst damaged.
He carried about $2 500 insurance.
The walls may be used again.
New fronts would have been put
in two of these buildings in the
The town and telephone com
pany also suffered damage from
the wires burniug in two, and
there were narrow escapes when
the light wires fell, charged with
electricity. As a result of this
break in the lines, The Dispatch
was put out of business, having
no electric "juice," and this ac
counts for the delay in getting out
this week's paper.
The 13th district of the Odd
Fellows held their district meet
ing last week with the Lexington
lodge. Nine lodges compose the
district, in which there are over
600 members. W. R. "Bean, of
Salisbury, presided over the meet
ing. Grand Secretary Woodell,
of Raleigh, was present and gave
an interesting talk. Rev. Edward
Suits, of Lexington, and Prof.
Peden of Salisbury, also address
ed the meeting. The initiatory
degree was conferred by the Lex
mgton lodge. After business was
over, the visitors were invited to
the cafe where all enjoyed a bau
quet and refreshed the inner man
In Secretary Woodell's speech he
stated the entire membership of
the order numbers 1,750,000. The
next meeting will be held in Salis
bury in March.
This being the first holiday sea
son since the rate law went into
effect in North Carolina, there is
a curious state of affairs. Under
the arrangements, holiday rates
were figured on a basis of 3 cents
Der mile. Now, however, the
usual reduction would be more
than the present rate, so there
will be no reduction for the holi
days on tickets in the state, but
inter-state tickets will be sold for
one and one-third plus 25 cents,
as has been the custom heretofore
Sheriff Delap has received a let
ter from the chief of police of
IivncL'unrg, Virginia, stating that
hi is pretty certain that the negro,
Gaddy, who murderod Foreman
Duanks, at the railroad camp
near town mouths ago, was in
custody in Campbell county, Tai -nesae.
Sheriff Delap turned the
letter over to Mr. BealJ, of Lane
Bros., of Thomasville, and they
will take the matter up. The chief
of police mentioned says that the
negro arrested answers the des
cription of Gaddy even to the
twisted thumb, which would
seem to show that the negro is
really the man bo baldy wanted.
ALBEMARLE AND STANLY COUNTY.
A Remarkable Performance by Father and
Child. A Cutting Scrape.
Stanly Enterprise. Dec. 12th.
Superintendent Fred Gaddy is
confined at his home, nursing
some serious wounds. A very un
fortunate accident occured at the
knitting mill Friday evening just
as the mills were closing, in which
young Thurman Mabrey used a
pocket knife with disastrous re
sults. Mabrey is alleged to have
been quarreling with a young man
named Melton, and when S. T.
Gaddy sought to stop the trouble
Mabrey is said to have turned
t rwi w .
upon mm. ine anray was an
ugly one from anystandpoint and
was one in which the suit before
court will be required'1 to gt the
facts straight. As it ai Report
ed to us, the Gaddy browxej wef e
endeavoring to serve, as peace
makers when the fight was turned
on tnem. siows were passed.
Mabrey doing the cutting while
he was down and as he was re-
eased by Mr. Gaddy. The prin
cipals are bound over to next
term of court for trial.
J Luther Sides died Tuesday at
his home on Wiscassett Hill. He
had been suffering for several
months, and had been unable to
work for quite a while. Mr.
Sides was a good man and a splen
did citizen. He i3 survived by a 1
wife aud several grown children.
He was about 45 years of age.
His remains were interred yester
day in the Salem church cemetery
under rites of -Masonic and Odd
Advertisers .will please get their
copy to us early ior.next ibsu.
We will have our paper at-its
normal, size next week, with possi
bly arixfi crease in- reading space.
A charter has been granted the
New London Development Com
pany to make yarn, cloth, etc.,
and do a general real estate busi
ness. Capital stock $100,000.
The year old child of Charlie
Weaver accidentally fell into a
well twenty feet deep with ' water
about three or four feet deep.
Fortunately the mother was near
and her screams brought' the
father who immediately jumped
into the well and rescued the
child. It was not injured in any
way and in a short time was re
stored. Locust Correspondent.
Jamestown Show May Open Again.
A meeting has been called for
Tuesday of next week in the Nor
folk board of trade rooms, in
which the business men of tide
water Virginia are asked to parti
cipate to launch a movement hav
ing for its object the reopening of
the Jamestown Exposition for
four months next summer.
Chairman Georgs F. Adams, of
the reopening committee, states
that he has $75,000 of the needed
$200,000; that the appropriation
from the government for Federal
participation will be secured, and
that the main object of the gath
ering is to start a boom for the re
opening. He declares that the
entire $200,000 can be secured.
Norfolk dispatch, 2d.
The is a reward of about $250 for
The North Carolina Chair Asso
ciation met Tuesday afternoon in
the rooms of the Priedmont Club
in Thomasville in this state and
throughout the south. All mem
bers present believed it will open
up brighter after the holidays and
that the coming year will be a
record breaker in the chiar busi
ness. At night the association was
banquetted at the Thomasville
The negro, Charlie Roberts,
who Fecretly assaulted Will Se-
chriest last week, is still in jail,
but tne trial win oe nem as soon
as Mr. Sechriest is able to attend.
He is getting along very well.
His escape was a very narrow one.
The physician says that had the
blow landed an inch higher up it
would nave nroxen tne skull, or
had it been an inch lower down it
would have disjointed the neck.
CONCORD AN CABARRUS COUNTY.
A Surprise Wedding at Enochville. Bale
of Cotton Stolen.
Concord Times, Dec. 10-13.
C. M, Best, of No. 10 township,
had a bale of cotton stolen from
Garmon's gin last Saturday night.
Durand Furr, who was returning
from the Woodmen meeting about
1 o'clock that night, met a wagon
and team with a bale of cotton,
but there was no driver. This
was undoubtedly the stolen bale
of cotton, but no clue has so .far
been obtained as to who the thief
was, though every effort has been
Mrs. Daniel Heglar. of No. 5.
township, died yesterday morning
at her home, aged 56 years. Her
daath was the result of a compli
cation of diseases, with which
Mrs. Heglar had been affected for
S. Jj Luck died Wednesday
morning at 7 o'clock at his home
at Forest Hill after a lingering
illness of consumption. "
Rev. A. W. Plyler, the new Pre
siding Elder of this district, was
here last Saturday and held the
first quarterly conference for Ep
worth Churoh that evening.
V. L. Norman, proprietor of the
St. Cloud-Normandy Hotel, tells
us that he cannot secure enough
eggs on this market to supply his
table, and he is now using eggs
shipped to him from Iowa.
The Correll overall factory has
been closed down for 30 days, and
possibly loDger. This is made
necessary by the decreased de
mand for the goods, owing to the
The N. C. Christian Advocate
has the following in regard to the
new pastor of Mt. Pleasant cir
cuit: "Rev. B. F. Hargett writes
that under the strain of double
work for the past year he has had
a serious spell of sickness since
conference which required him to
go to the Salisbury hospital fur a
surgical operation. He is now
better, but compelled for a time
to give up his work."
- On last Sunday Harry Melc'ior,
of Charlotte, and Miss Florence
Smith, daughter of R. Lee Smith,
of near Enochville. were married.
Mr. Melchor took dinner at Mr.
Smith's on Sundar, and in the
afternoon he and Miss Smith took
a drive. They went to the home
of the Lutheran minister, Rov.
Brown, where they were united in
marriage in the presence of a few
witnesses, the parents of the
young lady not even being aware
of their daughter's serious inten
tions. Ransom 0. Blackwoldtr died at
his home in Mt. Pleasant last Sat
urday about 2 :30 o'clock, of pneu
monia, haviug been confined to
his bed with this disease einoe
Thanksgiving day. His life for
several days had been hanging by
a thread, and his death was not a
surprise. Blackwelder was 77
years, 4 months and 3 days of ago
They Stole From The Populists.
The Populists have decidedly
the best of the argument in plat
form stealing. We all remember
how Colonel Walter Henry lam
basted the Democratic party, a
few years ago, for stealing the
Populist outfit, bag and baggage,
and how the Democrats could not
deny it. Then comes Colonel
Bryan with his oft-repeated char
ges about Roosevelt stealing his
thunder thunder, by the way,
which he bodily pirated from the
Populists. Now comes Tom Wat
son, who hits off the tituation ex
actly. He says :
"Roosevelt makes motions like
a Populist, and Bryan accuses him
of borrowing his ideas, but Bryan
and Roosevelt, as well as Senator
LaFollette, Governors Folk. Co
mer, Glenn and Hoke Smith, have
appropriated those principles for
which you and I contended in
days that tried men's souls,"
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SENSATION AT A FUNERAL.
Supposed Dead Boy Appears oathe Scene,
Having Heard of His Death.
Columbia, B. C, Dec. 18 A
curious sensational situation sud
denly developed at a funeral in
Camden yesterday, when a neigh
bor, Mrs. Orre, appeared at the
hpme of a Mrs. Langley to pay
her respects on account of the
death of Wilbur Lewis Langley,
a son of -MrB. Langly who had
been killed, by a live wire while
working in Camden for a; carnival
company. At least Mrs. Langley
and her children and relatives and
neighbors had been mourning the
the dead boy as her son for sever
al hours. Mrs. Orre, however, as
soon as she went to the casket and
glanced at the face offthe dead
youth, recognized Lews Sowell,
her own son by a former marriage.
Mrs. bfEa. screamed with grief
and the attention of others being
drawn more closely the body it
was recognized thatSIrB. Orre was
correct. A few hours later Mrs,
Orre's discovery was confirm
ed by tke appeararie on the
scene ' of young yilber Lewis
himself, who returned home
from the country irhere he had
been at work, surprised to find
himself being mourned as dead.
Preparations Were then had for
the funeral of youngSoweli, which
was had at Douglass, near the
county seat. Beside his mother
young Sowell is survived by two
brothers and a sister.
Young Sowell's death was caus
ed by a shock he received while
attaching a globe to an ordinary
incandescent bulb. He was stand
on the damp ground at the time.
There have been several deaths in
Columbia in the same manner
until a method of rigging up these
sort of fixtures was hjt upon which
obviates this danger.
The Baptist State Convention.
The Baptist State Convention,
which was held in Wilmington
last week, passed off quietly and
resulted in much pleasure and
profif to visitors and hosts. Among
many important transaction we
Gopy the following resolution on
prohibition, which is of some
interest to our people just at this
time : It is as follows :
"We wish again to declare our
un-compromising hostility to the
liquor traffic as the great enemy
of the peace and good morals of
the people, the well-being of the
home and the work of the gospel
among men. We congratulate the
people of North Carolina on the
splendid progress made in temper
ance in the last ten years and on
the rising tide at this time to
drive the traffic out of the State.
We extend our encouragement to
tb people now engaged in their
efforts to vott the traffic ou of
the several cities and towns in the
State where it is now being car
ried on, and to the anti-Saloon
league in its work. Believing the
traffic in intoxicating liquors to
be inherently wrong we emphati
cally declare ourselves in favor of
th principle of State prohibition
Further, we favor the enactment
of such laws by Congress as shall
prohibit the shipment for purpo
ses of traffic by inter-State car
riers of intoxicating liquors into
prohibited territory. We urge
upon our people to continue the
great campaign of education and
law enforcement against the sale
and use of intoxicating liquors
until this great cum shall be re
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aucea to a minimum in our
A Real Wonderland.
South Dakota, with its rich sil
ver mines, bonanza farms, wide
ranges and strange natural forma
tion, is a veritab'e wonderland
At Mound City, in the home of
Mrs. E, D. Clapp, a wonderful
case of healing has lately occurred.
Her son seemed near death with
lung and throat trouble. "Ex
hausting coughing spells occurred
every five minutes," writes Mrs.
Clapp, "when I began giving Dr
King'B New Discovery, the great
medicine, that saved his life and
. completely cured him," Guaran
: teed for coughs colds, throat and
lung troubles, by all druggists.
50c and $1. Trial bottes free.
Sweet Porticles of Various Kinds of News
and Comment for our Readers.
Roosevelt has done just what
Grover Cleveland got a cursing
for doing issued bonds. There
wals little excuse for the present
issue; abundant calls, frr the
Cleveland issue. Time has- fully
demonstrated that Grover Cleve
land was wiser than his day, and
his mind saw ten ears aead.
Had he have had successive terms
and a Congress to fully support
him, we are of the opinion that
the country and its financial in
stitutions would havellearned ten
years earlier all of the lesson that
has taken the present crisis to
teach. Stanly Enterprise.
Oscar II. King of Sweden, died
Sunday morning, December, 8th,
aged 78 years. He was succeeded
by his son Gustave V. King Oscar
was a noted ruler in Europe: one
of the best of the constitutional
monarchs, "Our dear old king's
dead," is what the people said
when the news was told. King
Oscar was called the ablest ruler
of the 19th centurv and the mcst
democratic king that ever lived.
Mrs. H. B. Shoaf, who, along
with her husband, stands charged
with cruelly mistreating the little
Fields girl at Thomasville, has
been released from jail at Char
lotte, having given tne bond
of $500. Her husband is yet
in j au,. out expeots to raise
his money soon. Mrs, Shoaf has
The ginners' report issued yes
terday shows that 8,338,554 bales
have been ginned up to this time.
This would indicate that the to
tal crop will be in the neighbor
hood of 11,000,000 bales. On the
strength of this report cotton
went off 6 points 'in New York,
but the price on. the local market
remained the same, 11 cents.
A charter has been issued to the
New London Development Com
pany at New London, Stanly
county. The objects are to do a
general real estate business; to
purchase, construct, operate elec
tric lighting and power plants,
etc The authorized capital is
$100,000, with $15,000 subscribed
for by F. A. Silver, Greensbof o,
191 shares; C. W. Mason, Al
toona, Pa.. 69; E. M. S. McKee,
Altoona, Pa., 20; C. E. Brinker
hoff, Washington, D. C, 20.
E. W, Swenson killed his form
er wife and her husband and then
committed suicide near Smith-)
ville, Texas, Friday night. Fol
lowing her divorce from SwensonJ
the woman married J. Jacob
First, a farmer. With her hus
band she was in Smithville on a
shopping trip and they were re
tnrnmg to their home when they
6enator Tillman has introduced
resolutions directing the com
mittee on finance to investigate
the recent proceedings of the
Secretary of the Treasury in con
nection with the financial crisis
and also to make inquiry concern
ing clearing house certificates.
The resolutions were presented in
two series, the first dealing with
the operations of the Treasury De
partment and the second with
clearing house certificates.
A Fugitive Arrested.
Spencer, Dec. 11. Charged with
an assault with deadly weapon, J
Carl Maynard, a Southern Rail
way brakeman, was arrested at
Spencer last night by Chief ot Po
lice John R, Cruse, and in default
of bond was lodged in Kowan
county jail. Ten days ago, while
drinking, it is said. Maynard as
saulted J. M. Brown in the lat
ter's restaurat n in East Spencer
with a knife cut sixteen gashes in
his body and face and fled to
parts unknown. He returned to
Spencer at 11 o'clock last night
and ten minutes later was in the
custody of the officer, He is also
under a $1,000 bond for an alleg
ed assault at .Lexington some
months ago. Brown was treated
by a physician and is now at his
place of business again.
DEAD MAY REACH 5D0.
Rescuers Working Hard in West Virginia
Mines. Over Fifty Funerals In One Day.
There was a fearful explosion
in Mines Nob. 6 and 8, of the Con
solidated Coal Company, on oppo
site sides of the West Fork river,
on Monongah, West Virginia, last
Friday, Dec. 6feh. The dead in
all probability will number as
Lmany as four hundred men. Af
ter 56 hours of work at resouing
the imprisoned miners, 53 ded
bodies had been taken out. The
mines worked about 1,000 men,
500 on the day and the same num
ber on the night shift.
Monongah, W. Va. Dec. 11.
Steadily and almost uniterrupted
ly mines Nob. 6 and 8 of the Fair
mont Coal Company are giving up
the victims of last Friday's expls
sion. When tonight's force of
rescuers went on duty , there had
been a total o-f 225 bodies taken
out, most of which have been
buried. Others were bfonght gut
in groups of two and three at
A number of the bodies brought
out today did not bear the braes
checks used in the company's sys
tem of records and accounts of a
majority of its employes, thus
substanting the statements of
Monday that a large number of
men and boys in the mines were
not included in the checking rolls
upon which estimates of the dead
were largely based. This has jilso
almost dispelled the hope of dead
had been over-estimated. There
is reason to belieye tonight that
the number will not fall short of
A canvass of miners' homes will
be completed tomorrow and this
together with a list of hundreds
of unclaimed letters in the post-
office will furnish data for a new
and probably more accurate esti
Conditions outside the mine to-
uight are much improved through
the freezing soil of the mud, mak
ing the work much easier.
An opening between the two
mines was completed tonight and
it is believed that within 48 hours
all the bodies found will have
taken to the morge.
Over 50 funerals were held to
day. On each casket there was a
bunch of American beautv roses
or white carnation. The source
of the flowers remained secret
until late in the day when is was
learned that Miss "Elizabeth,
daughter of S. L. Watson, treas
urer of the coal company, had or
Remarkable Old Log House.
There are few more interesting
and remarkable buildings in the
state than an old log block house
or fort, built long before the Rev
olutionary war, on the South Fork
river in Catawba county, for pro
tection against the Indians
Cherokees who were very savage
and very numerous in the western
part ot tne state, mere is no
telling how old the house is, but
it is certain that it was built be
fore the war mentioned. It is
probably more tnan lou years
old. It is equare and of pine logs
a foot and a half in diameter.
It stands on the brink of a bluff.
with level land in front of it. It
is on a foundation of rock that is
four feet thick and under it is a
large basement. In this base
ment is a cold spring of living
water, issuing through a crevice
in a huge rock. All block houses
were built over springs, because
the settlers must have water-hen
besieged by the redskins The
basement also has a place to cook.
The house is in a perfect state of
preservation and looks to be good
for another century.. The logs,
though dressed with an axe, show
not a mark of the blade and the
notches where log rests on lng
were so neatly made that they
would "pinch a hair" now. The
walls have loopholes. It is a fort
no longer, but has long been a
DeWitt's Carbolized Witch
Hazel balve dorf't forget the
name, and accept no substitute.
Get DeWitt's. Sold by James
Plummer and all druggist.
STATESVILLE AND IREDELL COUNTY.
How a Blookade Stili Was Found. Mai
Sack In Woods.
Statesvllle Landmark. Dec. 10-13.
Saturday morning some boys
who were hunting on Messrs. Jo
and John Stevenson's place, about
a mile west of town and near Bos
tian's bridge, found a mail sack
in the woods, a short distance
from the railroad track. The
Statesville postoffice was notified
and Postmaster Long and Assist
ant Postmaster Gouger went to
the place and took posssesion of
the sack. It was a canvas sack,
a special locked pouch of first-
class (letter) mail and contained
a number of letters. It is believ
ed that some of the contents are
missing, but the pouch contained
only one registered package and
that was undisturbed.
Deputy Collector J. M. Davis
and Denutv Marshal W A
Wright were in north Iredell the
latter part, of last ."week looking
after the moonehinfirH. Whilo
climbing along side of one of the
Brushy mountains, on the Iredell
side of the line, they saw a man
driving a steer to a cart loaded with
meal, on the side of a mountain
across the line in Wilkes county.
They immediately put afjber the
cart and followed the tracks of
the cart to an illicit distillery,
where the meal-iiad been unload
ed. The d1 ant was A niw nno nnrl
had evidently just begun business.
A new 90-gallon copper still and
about 600 gallons of beer were de
stroyed by the officers. After de
stroying the plant the officers
took up the trail of the ox-cart
and followed to a residence in the
edge of Iredell. The cart was
standing in the yard and the same
old spotted steer they saw plod
ding along the mountain side was
in a stable nearby v
There was at least one person
in Statesville who felt the need of
shoes during the snow storm last
Wednesday, and this unfortunate
person was Lee Turner, a young
white man who boarded with
George Church, near .the States
ville Cotton Mill. Lee put on a
pair of his landlord's shoes and
wore them to the depot. When
Church discovered that his shoes
were gone he went in search of
his boarder and finding the young
man near the depot he forced him
to take off the shoes, leaving him
out in the snow barefooted.
A meeting of the trustees of the
orphanage which is to be erected
by the Western North Carolina
Conference of the Methodist
Church, was held at Hotel Iredell,
in Statesville, yesterday. Com
mittees were appointed on incor
poration, location and publica
tion, and business incidental to
the appointment of the commit
tees was transacted. The next
meeting will be held at Hickory
March 5th, at 9 a. m. Proposi
tions for the location of the or
phanage were received from Hen-
dersonville, Lincolnton, Ruther
fordton, Union county, Lowell,
Gaston county, Connelly Springs
aud Hickory. The place of loca
tion will not be decided on until
after the next meeting.
At turnip sowing time J, C,
Duulap, of Bethany township,
bought a package of what was
supposed to be Rutabaga turnip
seed and sowed them. Instead of
Rutabagas the seed produced tur
nips built on the plan of radishes,
12 to finches long and some of
tbem a fcot or more in circum
ference. Mr. Dunlap says they
are what is known as the "Cow
Horn" turnip, as they are more
in. the shape of a cow's horn than
the regular turnip, -
The Amity Telephone Com
pany has been chartered. J. T.
Goodman and others will build a
telephone line from Amity and
Elmwood to Statesville. The
line which now runs from States
ville to these points is owned by
the Bell and is the only country
line from Statesville which that
corporation owns. The new line
will put the Bell out of business,
as it will be connected with the
Iredell Telephone Company.
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