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A Home Newspaper Published in the Interest of the People and for Honesty in Governmental Affairs.
Vol. IV. No 27.
Salisbury, N. O., Wednesday, June 24th, 1908.
Wm, h. Stewart, Editor.
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ALBEMARLE AND STANLY COUNTY.
Rev, R. E. Neighbour, of Salisbury, to Hold
i Meeting at Albemarle Shortly.
Stanly Enterprise, June 18th.
There is comfort in the knowl
edge that home-raised frnit is
now being marketed. Bat for the
fact that we are in the throes of
a Republican panic, general good
feelings over the situation would
Dr. J. I. Campbell purchased
one of the auctioneered lots on
Hearne Heights last week. He
informs us that he has also in
vested in a lot at Norwood, and
will Drobablv move to the latter
place and locate m the near fu
Rev. Mr. Neighbour, of Salis
bury, who has been invited to
hold a tent meeting in Albemarle,
writes to Mr. Simms: "My church
agrees hat I come to Albemarle.
Let us now begin to plan and
pray. -Will-write iu a few days."
Mr. Simms, of the First Baptist
church, says that some difficulty
is being encountered in securing a
suitable lot for the tent to suit
everybody and Mr, Neighbour;
but he hopes by next week to be
able to announce the location of
the tent in some suitable and
central place, and make definite
announcement to the meetings.
The "wet" Democrat is the fel
low our. Republican friends are
elbowing these days. Strange
how little these vote bidders think
it take? to make a Democrat win
knows where he stands and who
has a way of thinking for him
The auctioneering of lots last
. week in our little city showed
that Albemarle dirt is greatly in
demand. Dr. V. A. Whitley sold
several lots nicely located, con
venient to the graded school and
to the business part of town.
While these brought a reasonable
price, the figures were not in the
fancy column. The lots of 50
feet frontage averaged something
over $150. Those on Hearne
Heights sold around the sum of
$100 apiece. The Cotton stables
brought something over $3,000."
But we understand that title has
not been transferred on the latter.
There was no dearth of buyers,
and the sale of laBt Friday may
give impetus to the building busi
ness in our town, which up to the
present has shown no signs ol let
ting up despite the panic.
Thej Will Like It on Trial.
Rumblings and dissatisfaction
with the present plan of our pri
maries are growing apace, and will,
we think, in the early future shape
themselves into a definite protest
against the system. The make
shift "scattering" primary now
in vogue has little to reccommend
it, though it has served to show
the need of a legalized primary,
in which candidates of all parties
may be voted fr on the same day.
Under the present system it is
practically impossible for a man
of limited means to contest for
State office, however well fitted or
capable he may be, and this faot
alone is sufficient to make the
plan objectable. Of course, a
legalized primal y with every coun
ty voting on the same day, the
expense to be borne by the State
would not entirely eliminate the
expense to the candidate, but it
would simplify matters wonder
fully and relieve him of a great
deal of the cost. It would alao
give the State's protection to he
ballot at tile primaries the same
as it now does in the elections,
and there would be no possibility
We have passed beyond the old
style convention, because it will
no longer satisfy the voters, with
its opportunities for subverting
the will of the people, and the new
systemtobe what is wanted and
needed must be perfected by legis
lative act. This, and this alone,
will meet the case, so the Record
for one favors taking the question
up at once, and we cast our vote
for the legalized primary. Rocky
Subscribe to The Watchman.
AN INTERESTING CASE.
Sensational Trial Whieh Iniolres the
Character of a Well-Known Minister.
The case of C. M. Billings
against The- Charlotte Observer
was called in Rockingham Supe
rior Court this morning. The
trial promises to be the most sen
sational and fiercely contested
ever tried in the oounty. Dam
ages for $30,000 are being asked.
Learned and brilliant counsel ap
pear on both sides. Messrs. Bur
well and Cansler and Judge F. I.
Osborne, of Charlotte, and Soott
and Reid, of the local bar appear
forThe Observer Company, while
MeBars. Glidewell and Lane and
A. D. Ivie, of this county, atid
. fCol. J. T. Morehead and E. T.
Justice, of Greensboro, represent
Billings. - .
About fifty witnesses appear in
the case. The majority of them
are from South Carolina and
among them are some of the most
prominent Baptist ministers in
that State, Judge George W
Ward, of Elizabeth City, is pre
siding at the trial.
The plaintiff opened the case
with the introduction of Billings
as first witness. He denied the
charges preferred by the church
at Blackville. South Carolina.
rom which he was dismissed
while pastor. The letters which
Billings waB said to have written
the negro house-girl were produced
in court and placed in evidence.
He denied the authorship and
called them forgeries.
Witnesses who are familiar with
his handwriting swore that the
letters are in Billings' own proper
handwriting. However, several
handwriting experts will be intro
duced by both sides. The case is
being, warmly contested aid will
no doubt consume the remainder
of the week.
D. A. Tedder, -of Charlotte, a
former lawyer, is employed as
court reporter and is taking the
testimony. The feature of the
trial today was the reading to the
jury by Judge Osborne of letters
alleged to have been written by
Billings to Katherine Moore, the
negro servant girl, which were se
cured by some of the members of
Billings' church and which, when
read in church conference, caused
the sensation, on account of which
this case has been brought.
Reidsville special 16feh to Char
The above trial came to a close
Sunday. The jury held that the"
charges made' by the Observer
were true and assessed the Obser
ver $5,000 damages. Being a
little out of the ordinary to find
one not guilty and then fine him
too the judge set aside the-verdict
and a new trial was granted.
Shaft Now Being Erected.
The Tryon Lodge Junior Order
United American Mechanics is
now having the shaft erected in
Howard Gap. which they will un
veil on Jul j 4th, with appropriate
ceremonies. The shaft will be
twenty feet high with an eight-foot
base of rustic design, and will
commemorate the battle of Round
Mountain in 1776, when Captain
Howard defeated the Indians, as
told in this correspondence re
Dr. Charles E. Brewer; of Wake
Forest College, State councillor
of the Junior Order, will makj
the address, taking the objects of
the order as his subject, and Rev.
W A. Newell, of Tryon, will de
liver the historical address.
A picnic dinner will be served
and baseball and other athletics
arranged for the afternoon.
Tryon, N. C, special to Charlotte
Thinks It Sayed His Life.
Lester M. Nelson, of Naples,
Maine, says in a recent letter: "I
have used Dr. King's New Discov
ery many years, tor coughs and
colds, and I think it saved my life.
I have found it a reliable remedy
for throat and lung complaints,
and would no more be without a
bottle than I wduld be without
food." For nearly forty years
New Discovery has stood at the
head of throat and lung remedies.
As a preventative of pneumonia,
and healer of weak lungs it has no
equal. Sold under guarantee at
all drug stores. 50o and $1.
Trial bottle free.
From Ail Parts of the State. Items' Con
densed for Bosy Readers.
The prohibition law for Mc
Dowell went into effect June 1st,
and as a result of the new law
there was nothing doing in the
mayor's court last week. Mayor
Wood reports that not a singlear
rest was made last week except
for offenses committed previous
to June 1st. Marion is now a
dry town, the act passed by the
legislature over a year ago making
the town dry being put into opera
tion June 1st. A large crowd was
here Saturday to bid "Old Booze"
f arewell. They came from far and
near, some of course to look on,
others to "lay by a little in case
of sickness,", el c: and suit casec,
grips, oil cans, jugs and tele
scopes were in evidence on every
hand and when the saloons closed
the supply was about exhausted.
Turner Ostwalt, of Turnersburg
township, Iredell, received a ship
ment of 22 foxes-4ast week from
Missouri, and turned them loose
in the hopes of having hunts this
fall and winter.
Rosa George, a negro cocaine
fiend in Greensboro, held up a
little girl on the street who had a
dollar given her by her mother to
pay rent, and took the money,
spending it for cocaine. She was
arrested and jailed.
It is stated in the Enterprise
that some people live in High
Point who make it a business to
go around after dark and spit to
bacco juice on the show windows
of every merchant in town.
The Monroe Enquirer says: A
cow belonging to W. H. Helme,
who lives in the northern part cf
the connty, swallowed a peeled
hickory stick, sixteen inches long,
some time ago. That stick came
out of the cow's side one day last
week, and while the cow did not
"live to tell the story" she lived
all right, is getting well and is
seemingly suffering no bad effects
from her strange experience.
Wilson F. Perry, being carried
from Edgecomb county to Raleigh
to spend a year in prison for
forgery, leaped from the traiu as
it passed Auburn, in Wake county,
and made his escape.' The officers
fired at him, but he never stepped
if he was hit. The train was
moving along whn he jumped.
W. F. Burns, of Jackson county,
N. C, tells the officers of Spartan
burg that while making a trip
across Panther mountain with his
pretty young wife, she was seized
by six men, who beat, him and
carried away his wife. This is
said to have happened in Green
ville county, S. C. . The officers
are investigating the affair.
News from the cotton crop . of
the state is that the crop is doing
finely and there is every prospect
for a good one. The Btate agri
cultural department has sold
$92,000 worth of fertilizer tags
this year, against $87,000 a year
ago, but this excess doesen't mean
more cotton. The fertilizer is
put into other crops.
$100 Reward, $100.
The readers of the paper will be
pleased to learn that there is at
least one dreaded disease that
science has been able to cure iu
all its stages, and that is Catarrh.
Hall's Catarrh Cure is the only
positive cure known to the medi
cal fraternity. Catarrh being a
constitutional disease, requires a
constitutional treatment. Hall's
Catarrh Cure is taken internally,
acting directly upon the blood
and mucous surfaces of the system,
thereby destroying the foundation
of the disease, and giving the
patient strength by building up
the constitution ana assisting na
ture in doing its work. - lhe pro
prietors have bo much faith in its
curative powers that they offer
One Hundred dollars for any caso
that it fails to cure. Send for
list of testimonials.
Address F. J.HENEY & CO.r
Sold by all Druggists, 75o.
Take Hall's Family Pills, con-
CONCORD AND CABARRUS COUNTY.
Mail Carrier in Runaway. Negro Arrested
Near Harrlsburg on Serious Charge.
Concord Times. June 16-19.
W, H. Heglar, the popular mail
carrier on rural route No 6, was
right badly bruised up in a runa
way last Saturday as he was going
out with his mail. When near
the Young-Hartsell mill his horse
took fright and ran , away. The
boggy was turned over and Mr.
Heglar was dragged for about ten
yards under it. Mr. Heglar,
though seriously shaken up. was
able to resume his journey, mak
ing the route as usual.' Sunday
he was on crutches, but Monday
morning he was unable to discard
them and go out on his route.
with no serious injury as a result
of his mishap. -(
Jim Campbell, the man who
raised so much cane about
mouth ago at Thos. Hopkins' res
idence, and who was sent to the
chain gang for 14 months, escap
ed last Thursday, ile was in a
bad condition physically, and was
eft at the camp to do light work.
Oulyhe and the cook were there,
and he walked off. He has not
been heard of since, and is con
sidered a happy riddance to the
A surprise marriage, which will
be of interest to many, took place
Sunday evening at 6:80 near Con
cord, when Krauth . Thdm, of
Charlotte, assistant ticket agent
at the Southern passenger station,
wedded Miss Mary Elizabeth Ben
nett, of Richmond, Va. The
marriage occurred at the home of
the bride's cousin, J. T. Bennett.
Rv. J. W. Long, of Concord, per-
ormed the ceremony. The groom
is a son of J. A. Thorn, of China
Considerable' -excite m& -wa&
caused here yesterday about 11
o'clock when word was received
that a negro had. committed rape
on a. white woman at Harrisburg.
Officers Boger, Brawell, Robinson
md Earnhardt went at once to
the scene to make an arrest. Later
word was received that the negro
had been caught by Constable
rank Gray and a posse of citi
zens, and that the woman who
was outraged was not a white but
a colored married woman named
Bartow. The man's name could
not be learned, but he had been
working for Frank Teeter. He
drew a pistol on the woman, - and
compelled her to submit to him
under threat of death.
John G. Davis died last Satur
day at the home of his brother-in-
aw, S. 8. McWhirter, in No. 1
township, after a six months' ill
ness of a complication of diseases,
aged 52 years. Davis Tas for 22
years a resident of California, and
returned to Cabarrus four years
J. H. D. Walker, of No. 6 town
hip, brought us last Saturday a
sample of some oats of his raising
t was the White Spring oats, and
be stalk was 5 feet and 7 inches
high, and as large around as an
ordinary lead pencil. Mr. Walker
will report later the amount of
F. M. Dulin, of No. 2 township,
was married last Sunday to Mrs.
ucy Stowe,.of Cannonville.
Will be on Hand Early.
A recent New York dispatoh
states that Charles F. Murphy,
eader of Tammany Hall, probab
y will leave New York for Denver
bur or five days in advance of
the New York delegates to the
national convention, according to
a statement made at Tammany
Hal today me delegates will
eave New York in special trains
ou July 3rd. It was said that Mr
Murphy desires to meet the lead-
ers irom tne various states as
soon as they begin to arrive at
"We are uninstructed and we
will wait until we get to Denver
and look the ground over before
we decide what to say," said Mr.
Murphy today when asked for a
suggestion as to tee Democratic
convention. Replying to a ques
tion whether it looked to him as
though Mr. Bryan will be nomi-
untou, mi. xuuxyujr ctvi -. cd,
it does, judging by what I see in
LEXINGTON AND DAVIDSON COUNTY.
Tai Paying a Hard Job. A Plea to Pa
Lexington Dispatch, Jane 17th.
Paying taxes is, next to dying
the- hardest thing to do in the
world. Nobody likes to pay tax
and many do not pay at all; and a
great many pay only a part o
what they should pay. Very many
put off paying to the last hour
and that is what we have in mind
here. The sheriff must settle
with the state. It is law. While
most Davidson county folks have
paid, there sre still some who
have not paid, and this issue car
ries tne last call for payment.
Paying taxes is a duty of citizen
ship, and a real good citizen will
pay, if he can, and most can,
promptly. There is no use put
ting off the fatal day. Might as
well pay it one time as another.
it ail, paid soon after it became
due, the business of the town,
vuuuty aoa scate would he run
lhe farmers made good time
last week near here in spite of
showers and are now practically
through with wheat harvest.
L " lit 1 . . ..
xuitjsuiug win Degin almost lm-
mediatly, as many people desire
to put their grain on the market
before the price falls off. Some
new threshing machinerv has
- j -been
purchased in the county this
The cnunty commissioners and
the superintendent of health, Dr.
D. J. Hill, forminer the board of
health, met last week to hear
complaint from parties near Lake,
who allege that health is menaced
by standing water and flood in a
creeek caused by work on the rail?
road. No definite decision was
reached in regard to it.
The heavy raiiiB of the past two
weeks, especially therainJSunday,
have washed loads of the top
dressing from the macadamized
streets and the gutters and catch
oatch basins have been filled with
it. The naked rocks in the streets
are beginning to show. In, some
places serious washes have been
made. . It would appear that the
task of keeping up the improved
streets is going to be one that re
quires promptness and much
For a week a force of surveying
for tht) Southern Power Company,
of Charlotte, has been workiner
hrough this section, surveying
or a line from Salisbury to
Greensboro. The party was in
charge of O. A. Meyer. This
great power concern, one of the
argest in the land, has a plant
pn the Catawba river below Char-
otte, and is already supplying
electrity to a large number of
owns, both for street ' lighting
and for power. It is not improb
able that the power may be taken
here by manufacturers. Mean
while Whitney, which rightfully
should furnish al. this section
with "jaice," is doing nothing.
The immense work is suspended
and there appears to be nothing
in sight. The plant, of course,
will be completed in time, as mil
lions have already been expended.
Although there is more or ,l9ss
talk about oounty candidates, we
have heard no man's name men
tioned for the house.
Hats or No Hats in Church.
Discussing hats or no hats in
church, a minister writes that he
has suggested to his congregation
adhere to the time-honored
custom of requiring men to be un
CDV.ered and women to be covered
in church ; and he nails it with
the scripture, quoting what the
apoBtle , told the Corinthians.
But we are sure the apostle never
dreamed that hats two feet across
would be worn by women, and if
he had stood before a congrega
tion of Corinthian ladies wearing
M. W. Headgear, he would have
called for hat pins quickly. We
believe tht women should wear
their hats in church, but they've
no business wearing Merry
Widows there, and if they do,
more harm will come of sticking
to the apostle's words than in de
parting therefrom, for every man
who has to sit through a Bermon
behind a screenof crazy millinery
gets, farther away from paradise
by reason of the smothered cuss
words he thinks. Ex.
STATESYILLE AND IREDELL COUNTY.
Case Against Hampton Dismissed. Sheriff
Summers Receives Annooymous Letters.
SUtesvllle Landmark. June 16-19.
The case of the United States
government against Frank A'
Hampton was tried in the Feder
al Court at Charlotte Friday and
was dismissed. The indictmen
was brought against Mr. Hampton
as president of the Bad Debt Col
lection Agency and charged him
with using the United States
mails to defraud. Messrs. Arm
field & Turner, of Statesville, rep
resented the defendant.
J . A. HartnessJ residence, near
iy a mile from the corporate
limits, is now lighted by elecfcri-
oity, being the first of the surbur
ban residences to connect with
the current of the Southern Power
Company, which is controlled by
the city. By and by electric
lights and electric .power will be
come almost as common in the
rural districts as the telephone.
Dr. A, B. Burns, formerly of
Maysville, Ga., recently of Atlan
L U 1 . 111 j 1 i
ia, uaa ueeu id statesville lor a
ew days prospecting and it is
understood will locate here for
the practice of his profession.
Dr. Burns was recently connected
with a hospital in Atlanta,
C. L. Turner, of. Monbo, who
spent yesterday in town, says the
main part of the dam for the Tur
ner Cotton Mills on East Monbo
(on the Iredell side) is completed
with the exception of filling in
jje waterways, and the founda
tion tor the buildings is being
A portion of Otto Henry's
humb, on his left hand, was
mashed off Friday morning by
being caught in the heav v door of
safe in the store of bi-f ather,
R, F. Henry. The injury ir a
very painful one.
Sheriff Summers has received
an anonymous letter, postmarked
ufola and signed "A Friend that
Knows," which is plainly intend
ed to intimidate the sheriff with
reference to a case now pending.
t might be just as well to say
hat the sheriff is not the sort
that scares easily and the writer
of the letter is inviting trouble.
Mrs. Mary Tatum, an aged aud
esteemed lady of Davie county
who was known to quite a number
of Statesville people, died Tues
day at her home at Farmington.
She was about 75 years old and is
survived by three children, one of
these being Rev, Frank Tatum,
who is in China as a missionary
of the Baptist church. The death
of the aged mother is deeolv
mourned by a large number of
relatives and friendB in Davie and
Robert S. Holiday, colored,
paid t he special privilege tax to
Sheriff Summers yesterday to
practice medicine in Iredell. He
is the only negro doctor in the
A Few Rabbi Facts.
In 1852 two rabbits were im
ported into Australia from .Eng-
aud. 1 hese arrivals in that con
tinent now number billions, and
are a great pest. Five rabbits eat
as much grass as one sheep. From
878 to 1888 the Australian Gov
ernment paid out $5,888,015 as
bounty for the noxious animals at
the rate of 25 cents each, and
rom 1888 to 1886 $2,200,000 for
he same purpose. For some
years the rabbits died by millions,
owing to the drought, but since
904, with the rainy seasons in
creasing, they have again come
into notice, and bid fair to be
come as great pests as in the past.
An Interesting Bit ot History.
The rather curious and striking
incident in the family of Mr. aud
Mrs. Kufus Moose, of China
Grove, N. C, is the fact that they
have seven children who have pre
ceded them to the heavenly world
and seven living with the parents
in their humble home in China
Grove. Five of these fourteen
children born to this happy
union, were born in the month of
January, as follows: Walter F.,
born January 25, 1888j Gladis A.,
born Jamuary 5th, 1890; Oscar
R , born January 18, 1892; Evan
L., born January 15, 1906 j and
Banks O., born January 11, 1908.
It is doubtful whether the like
can be found in any family in the
A Friend op the Family. N.
HOCKSVILLE AND DAVIE COUNTY.
A Gentle Showman Turns Horse Thief and
Is Caught. Picking up Gold.
Mocksville Courier, Jane 18th.
A man giving his name as Wal
ter Williams and claiming to be
stranded from Walter L. Wood's
dog and poney show, and giving
his home as in Tennessee, stole a
horse from W. B. Horn at County
Line Sunday night about ten
o'clock and was caught a few
hours later at Oak Forest, about
eight miles from County Line by
Mr. Horn and some- boys. He
was taken back to that place and
before a magistrate where he ad
mitted his guilt. He was brought
here Monday and placed in jail to
await trial. Williams said thatr
he was on his way to Statesville
and had stopped for a few mo
ments in an old school house out
of the rain and to get some sleep.
He had turned the horse loose
A gentlemsn arrived in our town
Tuesday from parts unknown who
had a beard five feet long.
J. B. Bowles of near Oak Grove
called in to see us Friday and while
here showed uft some gold which
he picked up on his place. Mr.
Bowles is sure that there is plenty
more of it on his land, and will
have a party here in a few days
from up north who will inspect it
and see if a mine cannot be lo
Wiley Taylor of near Jerusalem
died Tuesday night and was buried
yesterday. Deceased had been in
declining health for some time.
His death being due to old age.
Miss May Miller who has bean
spending a few days here visiting
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Ratts return
ed to her home in Salisbury Monday-evening.
Hail and Wind Storm.
A very destructive hail storm
passed over the section from Pio
neer Mills toward Flow's store, in
No. 1 township, last Wednesday
afternoon about 5 o'clock. The
path, of the storm was about ope
mile wide by two miles long, and
all crops, fruits, etc., in this area
were destroyed or badly damaged.
Fortunately the hail stones were
not large or the damage would
have been much greater than it
was. The ootton crop was ruined
and it is now too late to replant
cotton, the land will have to be
planted in corn or something else.
Many chickens and birds were
killed, and nearly all the fruit was
knacked from the trees. Manv
ruit trees were also torn up by
the roots. Many fences were de
molished, and the gardens Hteral-
y destroyed. It seems that that
there was a cloud burst, a hail
storm and cyclone combined, and
it was the worst that has ever
visited the section. All the leaves
were stripped from the cotton,
and nothing but the bare stalk
eft standing. In many places
even the soil was washed away.
The storm lasted for about an
hoar, and many expected to see
heir homes destroyed. The loss
is very great, and will fall heavily
on the people of that section.
Poierty In Human Heights.
Stature of the poor is less than
hat of people in easy circum
stances, whatever may be the age
the individual considered.
For example, in poor children the .
height is one meter forty-six cen-
imeters at the age of 14; in well-
to-do children of the same age it
one meter fifty centimeters;
poor men stand one meter sixty-
bur centimeters high, whereas
men in easy circumstances of the
same age are one meter sixty-eight
centimeters in height, both being
of the same physical type.
The Best Pills Ewer Sold.
'After doctoring 15 years for
chronic indigestion and spending
over two hundred dollars, nothing
has done me as much good as Dr.
King's New LifePills. I consid
er them the best pills ever sold:1
writes B. F. Ayscue, of Ingleside,
N. 0. Sold under guarantee at
all drug stores. 25c,