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ROCKINGHAM POhT-IYTRP A TfTW TPBMnwn nni m to
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MANY CASES TRIED IN
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y building before the Fall slips by.
A At a previous term the Grand
H Jury made true bills against a
number of white and colored
men for failure to list their taxa
bles last' year. These" cases
came up the first thing Monday.
It appeared to the Court that
the parties had paid the taxes,
and so the matter was dropped
upon than paying the costs.
They were: State vs Frank De-
Berry, Terry Seawell, Jack ,Har-
J ns, Jim (Owen) Leak, A. J. Chil
I ders, Bledsoe Cole, Chester El
lerbe, Cooper Moore, Frank
Adams, Clarence McRae, Buck
Sam Rose, Robert Worth.
N " State vs Arthur Diggs; pleads
guilty to a. d w. upon Minnie
Barnes; both colored. Judge lets
him pay costs.
During the day Monday the
Grand Jury filed into the court
room, all 18 present, and present
ed a true bill to His Honor for
murder against John Harrington-..
He is charged4vith killing anoth
er negro, Edward KoFlock, in
Marks Creek township on June
9th, the dispute securing over an
egg-sucking dog. The case will
be tried this week. s
Raef LeGrand. colored, was
tried Tuesday for a d. w. and
tew. The jury fourfd him
guilty of the former, and not
guilty of the latter; he claimed
he had a lightwood knot and not
a pistol., Messrs. Chesley Sed
berry and Don Phillips appeared
Will Hailey plead guilty to lar
ceny and was sentenced to the
roads for two years.
State vs Esker Crump. He
was charged with larceny, but
the jury promptly acquitted him.
It was a controversy over the
rights to some saw-mill lumber.
W. R. Jones appeared for Mr.
State vs Zeb Gordon and Hen-
ry Green. ChaVged with having
for sale and for transporting
whiskey. Zeb submitted. Green
went to the jury with his case,
being defended by W. R. Jones.
The jury found him guilty, but
recommended the mercy of the
Court. The case came from
.Hamlet Recorder s Court where
Green was sentenced to the roads
for two months. Judge Finley
declined to interfere with the
Recorder's sentence and so Hen
ry will have to wdrk for the
county for the next 60 days. The
case showed that he was techi
nally guilty, but should be a
warning to jitney drivers and
a watch from M. B. Garrett.
The Judge sent him to the roads
f jr six months with leave for tjhe
Commissioners to hire him out.
State vs Jim Davis. He sub
mitted to the charge of driving
a car while drunk and the Judge
sentenced him to the roads for
six months. Davis is a mechanic,
and an expert one, in the employ
of Robert Steele, 3rd., and during
the war was an aviation mechan
ic. He two weeks ago got drunk
on a Sunday afternoon and drove
his car recklessly. Fortunately
he ran info no one, but this was
his good fortune and not his
fault. He said he was so druh
he remembered nothing about
the driving, or where he bought
his whiskey. On the charge of
having more whiskey in his pos
session than the law allows,
judgment was suspended for 12
months after expiration of the
six-months' sentence, pending
good behavior. Davis was re
manded to jail Monday after
noon arter sentence was pro
State vs Thomas Shelton,
colored boy working on the sew
erage gang at Pee Dee No, 2.
Charged with stealing a shirt
from another negro. Jury acquits
him. W. R. Jones appeared for
the boy, while Sedberry & Phil
hps assisted the Solicitor in the
. State vs Neal Yandell. Pleads
guilty to assault. Not sentenced
when paper went to press.
State vs Arch Davis. This
negro was arrested in Hamlet
July 4th by Officers Braswell and
Miller. They had heard he was
a desperate man, and that he had
a pistol, so when they went to
arrest him he attempted to draw
a gun, according to the officers,
and it became necessarv for
them to hit him over the head
and shoot him the leg. The Re
corder sentenced him to 12
months on the roads. He ap
pealed, and was defended Wed
nesday in Court by Sedberry &
Phillips. The direct charge was
carrying a concealed weapon a
45 caliber cannon. The inrv
took the case at 10:45 Wednesday
morning and did not report till
mid-aftemoon, finally declaring
hini guilty. Davis is a tall negro,
and is said to haye served a ten-
year sentence iff Anson
for killing a man.
The big case of this term was
begun Wednesday at noon that
of the State vs B. W. 3arksdale,
traveling man for Garrett & Co.
He was tried a January term for
soliciting orders for extracts that
contained an unlawful amount
of alcohol; Chief Braswell arrest
ed him in C. B. Terry's store in
port to the Judge Wednesday at
noon, and was djsmissed. How
ever, it holds on for six months,
this being a law passed for Moore
and Richmond counties by the
last Legislature. The members
are thus able from all parts of
the connty to keep track of vio
lations and can make better re
ports at the different terms. In
the report to the Judge the
Grand Jury recommended' a new
courthouse, and also that religi
ous services be provided at Coun
ty Home and chain-gang; also
that bathing facilities be giveri
the chain-gang, and better drink
ing water and that the prisoners
be exercised over each week-end
It was recommended that the
bridge across the creek at the
Seaboard depot at Rockingham
be repaired by the county (it is
outside the Rockingham limits.)
The Grand Jury appointed
four of its members as a commit
tee to regularly visit the jail,
County Home and chain-gang
and see that they are run prop
erly; this committee consists of
W. E. Harrison, John L. Everett,
C, G. Crepps and J. U. Thrower.
CONDENSED NEWS FROM
THE OLD NORTH STATE
SHORT NOTES OF INTEREST TO
Uncolnton. The Wampum cotttm
mill, of tils city, will aUrt up night
work Boiue time during the week.
Wlnston-alem. The coaaly health
officer reports xhat during the past
week ever 1,300 persons were given
the anti-typhoid vaccine in this county.
Durham. Fire estimated to hare
done a damage of HOQ.eOO completely
destroyed Ave buildings and badly
damaged two others in Roxboro.
. Wadesboro. Rev. C. A. Wood, the-l
popular pastor of the Methodist church
of this 'city, had the misfortune to
break his right arm while cranking tits
Charlotte. The body of Joseph Orr,
the first Charlotte man to lose his lite
in the world war, has reached New
York and is expected to' arrive in
Asheville. Dewey, the eight-year-
old son of West Patton. of Canton,
accidentally took hold of a live wife
and his hand was so bty burned
that surgeons decided to amputate it
Winston-Salem. Thnrman Coffey
16-year-old bov. died at a local ho.mitai
Wall House Burglarized. nere "s tne resuil of '"juries received
I several days ago when he fell oat
About 10 o'clpck Wednesday i hls Meycle and was run over by an
niftrnifurTTiirli tin. fr..ltt,l automobile.
- is J .iv- jiih tuuuitn i(
others not to .drive anyone who I Judge Ray sent him to jail-for
may have whiskey aboard, evensix months. He anrv
the Supreme Court granted him
a new trial. And this -re-trial
V,' 4.U J: ! i
uiv uic uuver mmseij may
have nothing to do with the
whiskey. Henry was merely
driving another fellow who had
the whiskey, but that didn't let
him out. He doubtless will be
more discriminating in his pas
sengers next June
State vs George Marsh; pleads
not guilty to larceny and receiv
ing. Jury find's George to be
state vs Catherine Bbstick,
colored. Case came from Ham
let She was charged with being
disorderly, but the jury acquits
State vs Raymond McArthur;
a young white lad who was' jour
neying from New York to Flor
ida in search of work. In pass
ing Entwistle he took a watch,
bicycle and $5 gold piece from
W. F. Ivey. The Judge sentenced
him to 4 months on the roads,
with capias not to be issued ex
cept on req-.est of the Solicitor.
In other words, for him tolclear
out. 1 ins he has done, H. M.
Britt giving him transportation
back to his home in Troy, New
York. Britt and the boy struck
up acquaintance while in jail to
gether. It was a kindly act on
B. Pankey, a white lad of
northern part of the county, en
tered plea of nolo contendere to
charge of larceny. He had taken
started Wednesday at noon
jury trying the case consisted of
C. E. D. Egerton, Minor T. Hin
son, D. T. Covington, W. B. Cox
J. A. Criscoe, J. R. Crowson. E.
E. Mclntyre, W. R. Dobbin, S. A.
basterlmg, Atlas Williams. I. R.
(Billy Gordon, James Dunn. The
Solicitor appeared alone for the
State, while the defendant Barks-
dale (really the Garrett & Co.)
was represented by E. L. Travis
and son, and Gibbons & LeGrand
Witnesses for Garrett & Co..
were Dr. Bernard H. Smith, head
of the research department of
the Company; L. R Allyn, chem
ist of the Westfield, Mass.. Test
ing & "Research Laboratory, and
W.M. Alien, State Chemist, of
Kaiejgh. . it was a case of State
wide interest, and hard founrht.
l he jury returned a verdict of
guilty at 7:10 p. m. o'clock todav
(Thursday) and upon motion of
Solicitor Brock Judge Finley
pronounced the sentence of
court. Barksdale was sentenced
ko serve six months on the dud-
lic, roads, capias to issue on mo
tionof the Solicitor. A impar.
ance bond for $300 was fixed by
the court under, order for Barks-
aaie to appear and show good
behavior at the July and January
terms of Court for 12 months.
The Grand Jury made its re
turned to the Henry C. Wal
residence and as he turned the
corner of the house a strange
negro jumped from a window and
made off. Jim followed and
when near the Hill Parsons house
the negro dropped a pistol from
his pocket. The chase led past
the jail, through the woods until
finally "Uncle" Jim lost the track
Not to be outdone, he got his
horse and followed on towards
Hamlet. Arriving in that town
he scouted about, true detective
fashion, and pretty soon spied
(lis man. He secured Officer
Miller and pretty soon the man
was under arrest. He was
brought to Rockingham and
odged in jail.
The Post-Dispatch man visited
the jail Wednesday night to see
if any information could be
gleaned from the negro. But the
man refused to tell anything.
He said his name is Johnnie W il
liams and that he came from
Winston. He said he reached
Hamlet Tuesday and was looking
for a job. He is about 5 feet, 8
inches, is yellow and apparently
about 21 years old.
"Uncle" Tim Reddick is the
caretaker for the, Wall home.
Mr. and Mrs. Wall left on the
16th on the Olympic for a tour
of Europe, and left the old darkey
in charge of the premises. And
right faithfully did he seek to
protect his employer's interests,
It is not known what was taken
from the house, other than an
exchange of shirts. A No. 14
silk shirt . from Mellon's was
found upstairs where the burglar
had swapped for one Of Mr.
Wall's shirts. He had also taken
TITIIJ 1 .a .
mr. wans pistol, ana tms was
dropped near the Parsons, house
dunng the chase. "Uncle" Jim
insists this man is the one he
chased, while the negro insists
that he is not the man.
New Store At Ellerbe.
The J. E. Nicholson Co., was in
corporated the 20th by the Secre
tary of State, withauthorized caoi-
tal of $50,000 and $15,000 already
This new firm-will conduct a
general mercantile business, with
everything for the home apd
farm. The stockholders
about 30, with J. E. Nicholson as
manager, and the followinc board
of directors: D. A. Parsons. D
P. Bridges, J. A. Hutchinson. "E.
Vuncannon, T.-M. Carriker.-T:
E. Nicholson, W. H. Carpenter.
1 he Company will build a two-
story brick building adjoining the
Nance-Presnell buildine. 25x100
feet; brick-laying will start with
in two weeks, and it is hoped to
get into the ftew store by Octob
, Boone. Considerable work Is being
done on the training school campus
cement steps being made at various
places, drains improved and plans con
sidered for further improvements.
Davidson. The funeral services of
Louise, the orient daughter of Kev.
E. O. Irvln, of Glade Valley, were con
ducted here. The young girl, about 12
years of age, was killed in ah auto
Asnevine. The Asheville and East
Tennessee railroad will cease opera
iion wunin u aay unless there is a
decided increase In the amount of na-
tronage. according to a statensent by
Reginald Howland, treasurer of the
Winston-Salem. Chester Allen, 1-
year-old colored boy, died at a hospital
from a pistol shot wound fired bv
Jesse McKnight. colored.
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Klnston The Kinston Poultry asso
ciation held, a chicken stew and fry
at Lakeside, three miles from here.
1 a,. ... .
Elisabeth City. Pls for the estab
lishment of a Community Hospital at
!Vir:ilieth Citjeare now taking delinite
T)::ihzn.A $50,000 church hut. dp
signed to fill the recreational and so
cial needs of the church is to be erect
ed by the First Presbyterian Church
of this city.
Weldon. A very disastrous fire oc
curred at Roanoke Rapids when the
handsome brick, stone-trimmed build
ing occupied and operated as a pulp
or paper product mill was burned.
By FREDERICK CLARKE
(ft la. Wtm Newspaper Union.)
Nobody except the governor knew
that he had a double not even the
governor's wife, who knew him, per
haps, better than anybody else. The
tw o men resembled each orher so com
pletely that iwould have been Impos
sible for their most Intimate acquaint
ances to distinguish them.
From his earliest years Governor
Haines had been, engaged lu a con
stant light against this man.
The executive mansion was totally
unguarded. In that sleepy little capi
tal tpwn formalities hud not come
Into favor. The double strolled quiet
ly across the lawn, eotej-ed. the man
sion and made his way to rhe gov
ernor's ottice. His secretary, nodding
at his desk, bowed to hlin, unconscious
that this could be anybody but the
Governor Haines he knew.
"Mr. Searles has telephoned that
he will, be here in half an hour, sir,"
said the. secretary. Thi; double nod
ded, passed- into the executive chamber
ami sat down at his desk.
That be had an Intimate knowledge
of all the governor's business was evi
dent for he begun scrutinizing papers
and emptying pigeon boles and read
ing memoranda. But he was await
ing the arrival of t-'earles, tit' state
boss, with ill-concealed impatience.
The secretory looked In. "Mr.
Seurles is waiting - to see you, sir,"
ee said. A
What the Man in tLe
By HAZEL SMITH I
wfc. Waurn Ntwcp)er Luton.)
"I am sorry. Miss Mor.'ton. that you
have' decided to sever yoUr connec
tion with the observatory," sai.1 Pro-
lessor Blythe, rather sternly.- "But at
your nge I con understand that the
Isolation f Hfe in these parts is not
wholly congenial. In fact, if 1 may. .
be pei 'mined to say aoj I have often
wondered thut you could endure u year -In
such a town as HtnertUd. You wish
to get !aek to the world of men er
1 beg your pardon, Miss Marston, I
didn't mean It In that sense."
Despite his live and forty yesrs the
professor fairly quailed before the
young, woman at the recollection of
his faux pas.
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,e emerwi. , .hi nave i tne
.rgunf i.u iiiBf raiiruau
boys and girls hold-
in Catawba county
clubs made a net profit of J2.8I3.72
according to reports sub
tne nrst annual encamp-
Leington. John L. Casper has
turned from selling groceries to his
old love, making corn whiskey. He
Is now engaged in erecting a $250,000
distillery at Villa De Cuna, a town ot
1,500 people, in Mexico.
.-coir. Arouna t,809 men, women
and children were "shot", in Lenoir, hy-
podefmically, with the anti-toxin treat
ment, via the vaccination rente, for
the' prevention of typhoid and diphtheria;
Asheville. A summer capital tor
North Carolina will be transferred to
Asheville and government matters
will be handled from this city until
September, according to announce
ment of Governor Morrison.
Kinston. Residents ot Browntbwn,
a negro community in Greene county,
are disturbed over the appearance of a
bear in the place on several occasions
recently. The animal as been seen
by two or three persons.
Greenville. The Greenville Chum
her of Commerce has united with the
different sections of the county of Pitt
for a greater Pitt county chamber of
commerce. The American City Bureau
of New York directed the reorganize
uon campaign. The membership ie
now over 300.
Newton. Judge Henry H. Lane sen
tenced Abner Brinkley to five years in
the penitentiary and Fred Brinkley,
his broth, to two years in the peni
tentiary. The Brinkleys were convict
ed of the killing of Homer Barringer,
last summer. '
Charlotte. John P. Collier, of Hooa
ton, Texas, who came here in February
in the Interest , of the Ku KIux Klar
and whyas been active in forming c
chaptsgv of flie clan, died at a locul
hotel, where he had been stopping fo:
frniicbise bill?" he asked.
Searles cleared bis throat nud nod'
"."sow. Governor ' Haines, we nave
threshed this matter owt, among oth
ers, for a long time. I have tried to
ally you with the better Interests ef
the sfhte, but I have failed. I have
pointed out to yon that I may speak
"Surely," answered the double, smll
Ins. and something In the double's
expression sent new hofe Into Seurles'
"You got my letter, governorf' he
asked, his Hps parting in a wolfish
smile. "Well. It ompunts to this. If
yon don't sign tlit bill you won't have
the reuoinlnatlon next year. That, ef;
course, goes, without saying. But I'm
going to do more than that. I'm going
to drive you out of public life alto
gether. Twenty-five year ago, when
you were a, young man, you were In
volved in a scandal. You know what,
I mean. The people of this state won't
stand for anything of that kind In
heir chief magistrate. Will you 8gn
the hill or will yeu be exposed V" i
"The in mi who was involved in that
scandtU was not I. It was a double
of mine," thought the doublet
"Let us come to the point, gover
nor," Searles said. "It's no use shilly
shallying or beating about the bush."
He drew a paper from his pocket bear
Jug the governor's signature. "This Is
yipr ohICsatlon for five thousand dol
lars." he said. "May I tear this lute
pH-ces and throw them Into your
ie iuiskct?" i ,
K was strange, the extradrdinary re
vulsion that came over the double. He
stretched nut his hand impulsively and
took his pen, and In large letters wrote
at the. bottom of the bill "vetoed." He
held it out toward Searles.
wearies seemed completely non
plussed. For a whole minute be
stared at the vetoed bill. Then he
got up and stretched out his hand.
"Governor Haines," he said, "I
think tlfe world of you. You have wou
the fight and I'm man enough to rec
ognize It. You'll have the t)eople on
your side now and I don't kick
against the pricks. You've bested me
ami you'll have (be ejitlre Searles or
ganization with you when we offer
you the" nomination."
He shook Haines by the hand and
.wn.Ued slowly out of Hie oflice, shak
ing his head.
He must have dozed, for some min
utes later, when he looked up, he sw
him enemy before him. Governor
Homes was looking steadily at him,
but he evinced no surprise.
"Let's fight tlfls thing out right
now." he said. "I've finished 'with you.
I shall never temporize with you
"If you had told me that twenty-five
years ngo I should never have troubled
you at all," answered the double, hum
Governor Haines did not answer
him, but watclicd him leave the room.
Each man has his double, his worse
nature. But when he has conquered
him the double becomes a harmless
wraith, transparent as a breath of
marsh air that Is dispersed in the sun
light. . ,
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Americans In British Universltita.
Large increases are reported In the
number of American students attend
ing British universities. Last spring
there were 180 Americans at Oxford,
00 at London university, 87 at Cam
bridge, 21 at Edinburgh and others at
the smaller universities. It Is expect
ed that the next term will bring a big
increase in the number of American
"1 mean. Miss Miirst.m, that at your
age ore naturally desires congenial
"It Ifn t that, professor," suswered
the young woman, almost as embar
rassed as the savsnt. ."I have enjoyed
my time here immensely. But I hav
decided to go."
"And tonight," said the professor
relnctu;itly, "must be our last vleff
of the heavens together, then. Tin
i legend that locates paradise in tin
celestial regions Is a singularly for
tunate one. One loses, in contem
plating the heavens, the sense of the
pettiness or earth. I can Imagine no
greater felicity than watching the
stars with a congenial companion."
Then he' broke off abruptly, for
had been about
to make a "break."
I They were seated together in the
observatory a few hours later. The
4 moon was fuH -and the clear atmos-
phere made observation extremely
"I don't know how ever I shall com
plete fe chart without you, Miss Mar
ston." said the professor. "I must
say that for a woman you have an
extremely scientific mind. Most young
women, looking at the moon, nre, I
am told, apt to take foolish and ro
mantic notions. For instance,-the out
line of those nrea which we Vail con
tinents is foolishly compared with the
fnee of a man. who Is popularly con
sidered. I understand, to watch ever
the sickening sentimentalities of lov
I era. As though the pure and ejnet
science of -astronomy could be com
pared with such lAotlc philandering ?
Do 'you not agree with me, Miss Mar
ston?" "Yes." .answered Miss Marston in at
"Not flint I have anything against
love." Professor Blythe continued.
"Were you ever In love, Miss Marston?"
"f can see that yon weren't, andl
fonldn't lie." exclaimed Miss Marston,
rising suddenly and speaking wifh
mmethlng. approaching anger. Good
night. Professor Blythe."
An instant later she was gone.
"Miss Marston has gone, profescor."
said the elderly housekeeper when lie
descended from his observatory Inter
"Gone!" ejaculated the professor lir
"Gone home to Baltimore by the
night train," she answered, lsoking at
But the -work of mapping out the
new craters proved unexpectedly dufT.
The young fellow who succeeded as hit
et .ployee was utterly incompetent and
quickly vanished. The professor be
moaned his 111 luck to Mrs. Hlgglns..
' "I'd give anything In the world to
get Miss Marston back," he said. "She
was the best assistant I ever had."
"Well. Why don't you get her?" in-
quired the housekeeper.
"Get her!" ejnculnted the professor.
"Why, she wanted to go home; she
was tired of the work."
Mrs. Higgins smiled sourly and
thrust her elderly features within
few Inches of the professor's.
"Do you know why she left?" she
asked, "Because people were talking
about you arid her and thinking yott
were going to be married. No lady
Could stand for that."
"Bless -my soul ! No . lady could .
stand for getting married?" inquired
Professor BJythtt, I 4
"No, stand for talking about it when
It wasn't so. There!" said the house
keeper. The professor wept away In deep
"Do- you think she would come
back?" he Inquired the neit norning.
VI mean if If "
"Try her,1" responded Mrs. Iltggins.
grimly. So that night a letter went
off to Baltimore and, ten days later
Miss Harston appeared, resplendent
itL.a new hat and sown.
Nothing to lu
"What's the exciteroeotl"
"A man Is paying a fool election bet
by standing ou his head Ih the middle
of the street."
"I wouldn't cet.sure him too se
verely, j'hif, mnr De the first time
to jii that he's had any occasion ta
use l is head." JBirmlogham Age-Herald.
''Well, I'm ready," she announced.!
"I feel very guilty to have left you,.1
professor; that is, before we finished
They went up into the observatory
together. His right arm, which
seemed to have acquired nn automatic
motion Independent of his control,
gr-ndimlly moved out until Professor
Blythe foaud that it was encircling
Miss Marston's waist
"Do you think you could er marry
mer he lrturted out. "You know, we
must work on those craters tofiether."
"Oh, bother the craters!" said Miss
Marston. "Alfred, deuri I think I
could,- only do you really wunt me for
myself or for the work?"
"For yourself, darling!" exclaltnett
the professor with sudden rnptorp.
''When I sit here nnd look nt that old
noon, why, be jutt setns to be WnfV-h.
In? us and teJIlng us to ho. its hafijry
is er.il. the dear old follow!"
And (lie until in tre iim.iii snv. r
people kiting Iteuiiu! the re Wo ..
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