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A Home Newspaper Published in the Interest of the People and for Honesty in Governmental Affairs.
Vol. IV. No. 42.
Salisbury, N. C, Wednesday, October 7th, 1908.
Wm, h. Stewart, Editor.
LEXINGTON AND DAVIDSON COUNTY.
The Political Pot Boiling. A Caution to
Those who run Automobiles.
Lexington Dispatch, Sept. SOth.
The Dispatch congratulates its
Thomasville representative, Drug
gist Charles R. Thomas, on win
ning 3rd prize among the druggists
of the United States at their meet
ing in Atlantic City, in a contest
for the identification of botanical
drugs, 50 in number.
It is said tha- there is no doubt
at all about 'that new cotton mill
being built, which The Dispatch
mentioned last week. There is no
news to get about it except that
they are sure going to build.
Five hundred children are now
enrolled in the graded school. The
school has settled down to busi
ness and is running smoothly. All
children who intend to enter dur
ing the next month must do so
next Monday. There will be no
more days of admittance until the
first Monday in November.
There is nothing but politics
now. Monday and yesterday you
could see little knots ot republi
cans and democrats here and there
and everywhere in the sheriff's
office and all around talking
candidates, schemes, politics. The
republicans have opened up head
quarters in Baxter McRary's
building, back of the courthouse,
and have their banner emblem of
Taf t, Tariff and Trusts and pan
ics spread to the winds. There
is a rumor that they are dickering
with the national republican com
mittee for a slice of the campaign
The little daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Victor Humphrey who was
bitten by a supposedly mad cat,
will return from the hospital this
week. The physicians have writ
ten in a way that has banished all
fears and no danger is ever antici
pated as a - result of the wound.
The experts say that, having been
wounded in the foot, far from the
brain, and after taking the pre
scribed treatment, there is no dan
All automobile-lovers ought to
protest against recklessness on the
part of any autoist, for the people
will not stand for it, and some
thing may drop. The other night
a farmer in Rowan county was run
into by a fool chauffeur, and the
farmer drew a bead on him and
shot at him, but missed. That
sort of thing will follow reckless
driving, and of course there will
be thugs who will practice it when
' the autoist is not to blame and
innocent people may suffer. A
caution that all automobile
drivers ought to observe is this :
When in the rural districts drive
slow. There are things that go
faster than gas.
The prophets say a hard winter
is in store for us. In the moun
tains there is an enormous crop of
chestnuts sure signs of a hard
winter. The 'simmon crop is very
heavy, and the fur on 'possums
never was so thick and warm. The
hickory leaves curl upwards
There are other signs but they are
not recalled. Yesterday morning
was cold enough for fire- to feel
"right," and there may have been
frost. In the mountains there
has been frost for a week. The
coal man is becoming popular
again and the ice man is getting
ready to fold his tent like an Arab
and as silently steal away.
Goose Eggs In September.
They are gathering blackberries
down in Chatham county and are
making a big blow about it and
are asking who ever heard of ripe
blackberries in September here in
North Carolina? Aw. g'long wid
yo old September blackberries.
Here in Union county we've got a
goose in JNortn uaroima or any
other old place laying in Septem
ber? Wm. Clark, of Goose Creek
township, came in last Saturday
and reported that he has a goose
up in Goose Creek that is laying
goose eggs here in the . month of
September and says that his goose
has broken all records for no other
goose was ever known to lays eggs
in the fall of the year. Monroe
POWDER HOUSE GBES UP.
Explosion at Spencer Which Destroys Life
and Damages Much Property.
Thursday afternoon at 5 :40 the
powder house at the Southern's
shops in Spencer was blown sky
ward by an explosion, and as a
result, two men were killed, three
others are put about on the verge
of the grave and thirty-nine others
were injured, but not seriously.
As soon as the news of the ex
plosion reached this city, accom
panied by the usual exaggerated
rumors customary in similar
cases, a condition of great excite
ment prevailed. Main street was
soon thronged with persons of all
ages and both sexes, anxiously
awaiting the coming of the street
cars that they might get to the
scene as soon as possible Hun
dreds availed themselves of other
means of transportation and until
a late hour the streets between
here and Spencer were filled with
vehicles of all descriptions. Many
of these persons were, of course,'
actuated by curiosity, but among
them were those who had some
loved one at work at the shops,
and it was natural that they
should anticipate the worst.
The scene of the explosion at
the north end of the storehouse
platform was one well calculated
to strike the hundreds of specta
tors with awe and terror. Wo
men were there waiting for hus
bands, sons or brothers, little ones
crying tor latner, ana anxions
friends on the alert for any word
of missing ones who were believed
to have been on the ground when
the exDlosion took place. Master
Mechanic Kederly, H. P. Brandis,
C J. Norman, Foreman Conley
of the klacksmith shop, McCor-
mick of the car shop, Bob Julian
of the round house, and others
whose duties kept them there later
than the majority of the force, were
on hand and at once set to work to
bring things to something like a
semblance of usual conditions.
One man, Chas. Layton, was
instantly killed by the explosion
and helper, a negro named George
Gould, received injuries from
which he died during the night.
The vicinity of the explosion wa3
strewn with men who were injur
ed, no one could tell just how se
verely. Kind hands extricated
them from the debris and they
were taken, some to the sani
torium, others to the Y. M,
C. A. hospital and those least
hurt, to their homes.
Three are still in a very
serious condition, Flether Staf
ford, George Honeycutt, and J.
F. Gobble, and at this writing it
seems to be a chance whether they
will recover. Thirty-nine is the
official number of the injured, ac
cording to the report filed with
Mr. Kederly. Among these Fred
Loflin is one of the worst cases.
He may lose his eyes. C. H.
Leonard had an arm broken. W.
W. Kluttz received a severe wound
on the head. Numerous others
were thrown to the ground or
against the sides of the cars by
the force of the explosion. Their
injuries, speaking generally, are
more from the concussion than
anything else. Mr. Kederly re
ceived some slight wounds about
the head but will be all right in
a few days. Kluttz was with
Stafford, Gobble and Honeycutt,
the three men so seriously hurt,
and they with others were on their
way to the fire with the hose.
Some box cars intervened .between
them and the powder house.
They saw the smoke, supposed that
some of the box cars close to the
storehouse platform had caught.
Being members of the car shop
fire brigade they rushed on in the
direction of the smoke and were
almost at the point of the explo
sion before they realized the dan
ger, then it was too late. Just a
second before the explosion Kluttz
went back a Bhort distance to
straighten a kink in the hose, and
this is all that saved him from
being at least as seriously injured
as his three companions.
W. W. Kluttz was on the plat
form near the end of the store
Continued on last page.
CONCORD AND CABARRUS COUNTY.
Cotton Crop Will be Short. Some of the
Movements of our Neighbors.
Concord Times, Sept. 29th.
G. C. Walter, of Rowan county,
and Miss Ellen Graham, of Kan
napolis, were married last Sun
day. Dr. J. E. Smoot is now in Balti
more taking a special course in
There was a fine general rain
throughouc the county last Sun
day the first in three weeks'.
There is no' doubt whatever of
the fact that the cotton crop in
this section this year will be short,
in many places not over half a
crop. Mr. Robert Hall, of near
Enochville, tells us that there are
many fields in his section that are
not even worth picking, The crop
was literally ruined by the fresh
ets. The congregation of St. Mark's
Lutheran church at Charlotte have
called Rev, Robert L. Patterson,
of Somerset, Pa., as pastor. Mr.
Patterson is a son of the late Mr.
I. Frank Patterson, of China
Grove. He has been at Somerset
for ten years, but recently resigu
ed the pastorate thus to devote
his time to the mission work of
J. S. Armstrong, agent of the
Southern here, has resigned to ac
cept the agency of the Seaboard at
Lincolnton. His successor has
not yet been named.
Last Saturday was the biggest
cotton day of .the season, there
being 170 bales on the market.
The ruling price was 9 cents.
John Williams, of Caunon-ville-,
died at his home there last
Friday of typhoid fever, aged
about 40 years. He was married
the second time only a few weeks
ago to Miss Price, of Union coun
ty. He leaves six children. The
body was taken to Union county
Able to Buy Food but Don't do it.
John Sowers, better known as
"Sunday," was found in a very
weak condition in southwest
Statesville Sunday. Chief Conner
was notified of John's plight and
took the unfortunate fellow to po
lice headquarters. It was found
that the principal trouble with
Sowers is that he is starving him
self to death. Mr. Conner gave
him something to eat and he was
able to walk to his home on Tradd
street within a short time. Sow
ers is practically an idiot, and is
not capable of taking care of him
self. He lives alone in a cottage
on Tradd street and although he
has considerable property and
money, he will not buy enough
food to sustain his physical needs,
That his h alth is failing fast for
lack of good food is very notice
able to those who see him stand
ing about the streets from day to
For a time Sowers was under
the care ot a guardian, but at a
hearing some time ago he was ad
judged capable of attending to his
affairs and the guardian waB dis
missed. Mayor Grier has taken
the matter up with Clerk of the
Court Hartness and an effort will
be made to have Sowers' placed
under the care of a guardian.
Yesterday there was celebrated
at the Umberger home here, the
64th birthday of Mrs. C. W. Um
barger. Her son-in-law, Rev. J.
M. Terrel, missionary to Brazil,
his wife and children, and Miss
Aline Umberger, another daugh
ter, who had been in Brazil for
four years, had just returned for
a year's vacation. Another of
Mr. Umberger's daughters, Mis.
Anderson Weaver, 4of Edgemont,
was present with her husband,
and the arrival of Ollie Umberger,
from Concord, made the home
coming of the children complete.
The birthday breakfast was
beautifully served by Miss Brooke
Umberger. Both received gifts
and the occasion was altogether
enjoyable. Mt. Ulla special to
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Items of Interest Clipped, Condensed and
Prepared for the Watchman's Readers.
Governor Glenn has been noti
fied by the Democratic National
Committee that he is to speak in
New York, Maryland and several
other States October 10th to 20th.
State Auditor Dixon says the
increase in the pension list this
year over last is1 something like
400. It is expected that pension
ers will receive about the same
amount this year as last, namely,
first class $72, second $60, third
$48, fourth $25.
A remarkable yield of hay is re
ported by R. B. White, a High
Point liveryman. On ten acres
near that city he cut 28 loads of
hay, 2,000 pounds to the load,
which is worth 75 cents a hundred
pounds. This was done at a cost
to him of $100, making a net pro
fit on the yield of $320.
In Buucombe Superior Court a
few days ago Mrs. F. C. WatkinB
was awarded $4,000 damages
against the Southern Railway.
Mrs. Watkins fell through the
platform of the railway station at
Swaunanoa and was seriously in
jured. It is alleged that the plat
form was rotten and suit was
brought for $25,000.
At the recent term of Stanly Su
perior Court a suit was tried in
volving 192 acres of land in the
heart of the town of Norwood.
now covered largely by valuable
property, and was decided in favor
of the plaintiff, Mrs. C. B. Mor
ton of Rockingham, who brought
suit as one of the surviving chil
dren and heirs of the late J. R.
Livingston. The case was appeal
ed. The propositions of & syndicate
formed to purchase the Odell Cot
ton Mills at Concord, for some
months in the hands of a receiver,
have been rej-cted and the court
will be asked to make another or
der for the sale of the property.
The mills were to have been sold
on the 16th but the sale was post
poned to permit the adjustment
of the insurance on the mill burn
ed. The insurance. $210,000. will
be paid in full, it is said.
The Coming Farmer.
The day is coming when the
small farm, the labor-saving ma
chinery, the knowledge of seasons
and soils and rotations, and tho
careful but intense cultivation
shall constitute the ecmiDment
which will yield handsome re
turns. The farmer of the future
who shall win success will be an
educated man. He will know his
fields like the potter knows his
clay, and his mind will be as skill
ed as the hand of the artisan who
fashions the vase. He will be able
to plan a campaign upon his plats
with the same precision that Lee
danned at Cold Harbor and exe
cute it with the success of Jack-
sou at Autietam. As the lawyer
knows his code, he will be ac
quainted with soils and strata :
and as the practioner is drilled in
the art of procedure, he will know
the rotations. He must be famil
iar with precedent, and his eve
nings shall be spent by the fire
side with the best books and farm
journals, and experience of his fel
low soilsmen in other countries
shall be in his mind always. He
must be a student, but his knowl
edge shall not all come from
books. Persons, experience, ex
perimentation, the visits to other
model farms, and constant imbi
bition of new theories these shall
make his batteries invincible,
-Where Bullets Flew.
David Parker, of Fayette, N. Y
a veteran of the civil war, who lost
a foot at Gettysburg, says : "The
good Electric Bitters have done is
worth more than five hundred dol
lars to me. I spent much money
doctoring for a bad case of "stom
ach trouble, to little purpose.
then tried Eleciric Bitters, and
they cured me, I now take them
as a tonic, and thev keep me
strong and well." 50c. at all drug
ALBEMARLE AND STANLY COUNTY.
Furniture Factory Operatives Injured. A
Freakish Stalk of Cotton. .
Stanly Enterprise, Oct. 1st.
Miss Alio Kizer, of Salisbury,
is visiting her sister, Mr. A. L.
The many friends of Mrs. W. P.
Broom will regret to learn that
she is seriously ill and that the at
tention of a trained nurse has be
"Suppose they should elect Cox
for Governor, which they won't,"
remarked a citizen of West Albe
marle, "why he would appoint all
the officeholders, registrars, judges
of election, etc., and don't you
know that they would soon have
every negro in North Carolina on
the registration books again?
They'd do it, in spite of all you
could do. Vote for Cox, No ! I
wouldn't for anything."
James Cooper sustained serious
injuries to the thumb on his left
hand at the furniture factory
while working at a jointing ma
chine. On Tuesday. Allen Still
had a similiar misfortune, and
three of his fingers may have to
Daniel P. Kirk exhibited a stalk
of cotton here a few days ago that
had 15 well developed bolls.
These bolls were well filled with
seed, but bore not the slightest
trace of fleece. Is it a form of
cheat, or merely a freak in the
cotton plant itself? Someone
There is a variety of lintless
cottoD. Just a strap seed we sup
pose Ed. Watchman.
Surveyor C. M. Miller, of Salis
bury, has been in Albemarle a few
days surveying lines for a city
sewer. The lineB will probably
fol.ow Second and Main streets,
reaching to exits at the creek west
and southwest of town. The
street force haB been busy grading
the principal streets and side
walks, and a notable improvement
will have been made on public
square when the macadam work is
finished. With the present good
work continued our little city will
soon be aoie to ooast ot good
streets and sewerage. A larger
and better water works plant,
with water at cheaper rates should
soon follow, and to this Bhould be
added a system of lights for our
streets. Just watch Albemarle
grow, in spite of the Roosevelt pa
County Officer Suicides.
, A long-distance telephone mes
sage this afternoon shortly before
1 o'clock from Marshall, stated
that Rogan Rice, register of
deede of Madison county, commit
ted suicide at noon today at his
home in Marshall by shooting
himself through the temple. The
message stated no cause for the
rash act was known. Mr. Rice
had been register of deeds for
Madison "county for the past four
years and was the nominee of the
Republican party in that county
for re-election., Surviving are a
wife and one child, aged 2 years.
Died at Moment of Rescue.
Eli Brady, a young negro man,
was killed in Randolph county
last week by falling into a wel).
Brady was digging a well on the
farm of John Wright, in Grant
township. At noon he was being
raised to the surface and before he
reached the top of the well he
called to those who were at the
windlass to draw fast, as he was
sick. As he reached the surface,
without warning he released his
grasp on the rope , and fell head
foremost to the bottom, 35 feet
below. Death was instantaneous.
His skull was crushed and his
body badly mangled. Asheboro
A pain prescription is printed
upon each 25c.; box of Dr. Shoop's
rinK rain laDiets. ask your
Doctor or Druggist if this formula
is not complete. Head pains, wo
manly pains, pains anywhere get
instant reliet from a Pink Pain
jTablet. Cornelison & Cook.
LIST AND PRICES OF BOOKS.
Adopted for Use in the Public Schools of
The following is a list of books
adopted for use in the public
schools of the State for five years
from July 1, 1906, and required
by lav to be used in all public
schools. All books must be in
cloth binding :
A Spelling Book, by
Foust& Griffin 07 .15
School Dictionary .. 65
Webster's High School
Dictionary (New Ed.) .90
Dictionary (New Ed.) 1 35
First Reader 10 .20
Second Reader 13 .27
Third Reader 15 .30
Fourth Reader 16 .33
Fifth Reader 17$ .35
Wheeler's Primer was
mended for schools
using a Primer 10 .30
for grades above the
Fifth Reader was rec
The Natural System of
Vertical, 8 Nos. each
Writing Books, six
The Old North State
Copies, Medial, six
Colaw and Ellwood's
Primary School Ar
ithmetic .12 .24
Colaw and Duke's In
tic .12 .24
Colaw and Ellwood's
First Book in Business
Methods was unani
ed for schools need
Agriculture for Begin
ners, by Hill, Bur
kett and Stevens
Maury's New. Com
H y d e "-s Two-Book
Course in English,
Smith's Our Language
Second Book 17
Buehler's- Modern En
glish Grammar, with
White's Beeinn er5s
History of U. S
Chambers' Higher His
tory of Uniten States
Culler's First Book .
Culler's Second Book
Culler's Third Book
Books 1, 2, 3, each .
Books 4, 5, 6, each .
' 40-Page Edition.
Books 1, 2, 3, each .
Books 5, 6, 7, 8 each .
40 Sheets Practice Pa
per, in envelope..
Teacher's Manual free.
Go to the blood, if you are to
drive out Rheumatism. A Wis
consin physician, Dr. Shoop,
does this with his Rheumatic
Remedy and with seeming sue
cess. Rub-on's, says the doctor
never did care Rheumatism. It
is more than skin deep it is con
stitutional, always. Because of
this principle. Dr. Shoop's Rheu
matic Remedy is perhaps the
most popular in existence. It goes
by word of mouth from one to an
other, everywhere. Grateful pa
tients gladly spread results. It
is an act of humanity, to tell the
sick of a way to health. Tell
some sick one. Sold by Corneli
son fe Cook.
STATESVILLE AND IREDELL COUNTY.
Has a Good Word for Haskell. Another
Old Terrapin is Turned Up.
Statesville Landmark. Sept. 29.
W. H. L. Campbell, clerk of the
Supreme Court of Oklahoma, who
had been, visiting relatives in
Statesville and the county for sev
eral weeks, left for home Friday.
Mr. Campbell was, of course,
much interested in the charges
against Gov. Haskell in the Dem
ocratic primary, Mr. Campbell
does not believe he is guilty of
any wrong-doing in connection
with the Standard Oil Company.
A young son of J. M. Waugh,
of Fallstown township, found an
old terrapin near his home a few
days ago with the following in
scription . carved on its shell :
"Miss A. E. Troutman, 1868."
The terrapin showed signs of old
age all right, but to make sure
that the carving was done in
1868 Mr, Waugh communicated
with Miss Troutman, who is now
Mrs. R. E. Beaver and lives north
of town. Mrs. Beaver stated that
she remembers distintly having
carved her name and the date on
the terrapin 40 years ago, when a
Deputy Sheriff (and sheriff to
be) Deaton, of Mooresville, who
was in town yesterday, stated that
what might have been a serious
cutting affray occurred at Moores
vilie Friday night. Carl Dry and
John Little, cotton mill em
ployes, engaged in a fight and
Dry proceeded to slash Little
with a pocket knife, . inflicting
gashes on his face, throat and
chest. Fortunately the cuts were
not deep and will not result se
riously. The men were tried be
fore 'Squire Voils Saturday morn
ing and gave bond for their ap
pearance at Superior Court.
John F, Hager and Mrs. Dora
Brown, both of Sharpesburg town
ship, were united in marriage Sat
urday morning about 11 o'clock
by Dr. C. M. Richards, at his
home, corner West End avenue
and Kelly street, The couple
drove to town earlv Satnrdav
morning and returned to Sharpes
burg immediatly after the cere
mony had been performed. Both
are favorably known in their com
munity. Messrs. R, K. Gregory and Wil
liam McRone engaged in a lively
fistcuff in the lobby of the Gem
theatre Friday afternoon about 5
o'clock, but no serious damage re
sulted. The difficulty was the re
sult of a dispute about an account
held against the theatre people by
McRorie, who was formerly em
ployed by the concern. The pu
gilists submitted in the mayor's
court and were fined $2.50 and
the cost each.
Representatives of the Radcliffe
Lyceum Bureau have placed a
lyceum course in Statesville cov
ering the five first-class attrac
Let the President Continue.
If Mr. Roosevelt can ce induced
to write one or two more letters
to Mr. Bryan he will succed in
practically eliminating Mr. Taft
from the campaign. The Amer
ican people like to see fair play
and they are going to have it.
Taft's sticking so close to Roose
velt reminds us of the story of the
man who brought his great big
overgrown son to see the circus ;
the streets were crowded, the band
was playing, and the procession
of animals was moving, the big
fellow had his daddy by the coat
tail and would cry out, "Dad,
don't lose me I" Greensboro
The wholesale, harmless green
leaves and tender stems of a lung:
healing mountainous shrub, give
to Dr. Shoop's Cough Remedy its
curative properties. Tickling or
dry bronchial coughs quickly and
safely yield to this highly'
effective Cough medicine. Dr.
Shoop assures mothers that they
can with safety give it to ver
very young babes, No opium, no
chloroform absolutely nothing:
harsh or harmful. It calms the
distressing cough, and heals the
sensative membranes. Accept no
other. Demand Dr. Shoop'sv
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