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VOLUME I. NO. 18
Judge Finley Sets Cole
Free on Sanity Issue
Given His Liberty on
Tuesday at Wilkes
W. B. Cole, acquitted last Sunday |
of murder, walked from a little red j
brick courthouse at Wilkesboro Tues- j
day a free man, after proving to
Judge T. B. Finley that he is sane j
and not a menace to society.
Cole’s family and a score of fr.ends j
accompanied him from Rocking
ham, where since August 15 he has
been in jail for the killing of W. W. j
Ormand, son of a Methodist minister |
and one time sweetheart of Cole’s 24-
year-old daughter, Elizabeth.
The insanity hearing ordered by
Judge Finley after a jury had return
ed a “Not guilty” verdict Sunday,
was the last gesture of the state in |
the sensational trial.
Cole pleaded not guilty at the trial ;
and based his defense on two pleas, j
self defense and transitory insanity. |
The jury d.d not specify which of its j
contentions guided its verdict, but i
Judge Finley exercised the court’s I
discretion in applying the statute
that provides that a man acquitted
in a capitl case on an insanity plea
must show cause why he she J not:
be committed to the State I jspital
for the Insane.
The hearing was prefunctory. Cole I
testified in his trial that he had
gained his mental balance, and mem
bers ol prosecution counsel argued to
the jury that Cole was a sane man.
Neither Cole nor any member of his
family was questioned.
James H. Pou, Raleigh, A. L. Brooks
Greensboro, and James A. Lockhart,
Charlotte, all of defense counsel
sented to the court some 40 affada
vits from townspeople of Cole declar
ing that he is a sane man. The state
was represented by Solicitor F. Don
Phillips, prosecutor in the trial. The
solicitor presented the testimony of
Mrs. Cole, in which she had 1 1 Id of
describing her husband as crazy,
and of others who had testified to
Cole’s “queer actions.”
Judge Finley told the court that
in his opinion the jury that acquit
ted Cole “used the heart more than
the head.” “In cases of this kind it
is a difficult matter to separate sym
pathy from law, but I do not hesi
tate to say that I would have returned
a different verdict.”
The Union county jury that ac
quitted Cole was not censured, how
ever. “They were a splendid group
of men,” said Judge Finley, “and
acted conscientiously. Seven out of
10 juries would probably have re
turned the same verdict.
The Wilkes county courthouse
was the object of persons throu
ghout the county. An hour before
the hearing, the lawn was dotted with
groups of persons and the hotel at
which Cole and his family dined was
host to crowds at blocked traffic for
The Rockingham manufacturer will
not return immediately to the presi
dency of the Hannah Pickett Mill.
Accompanied by Mrs. Cole, his bro
ther, Dr. W. F. Cole, of Greensboro,
and his three children, Elizabeth,
Catherine and Robert, Cole left late
Tuesdhy for Greensboro. After sev
eral days rest there, he will visit
some resort for a longer period.
The affairs of the mill will be
managed by W. B. Leath, treasurer,
and J. W. Jenkins, Superintendent.
The family of W. W. Ormand, who
was killed while he sat in his car
near Cole’s office in Rockingham, was
In a letter forwarded to Judge Fin
ley tby Douglass and Douglass, local
attorneys who assisted in the prose
cution of Cole, Dr. Albert Anderson,
superintendent of the State Hospital
for the Insane, stated that Cole’s
mental condition could only be de
termined after a period of study by
competent experts. Dr. Anderson
gave it as his opinion that Cole no *
suffered from “transitory insanity.”
He stated that if Cole was suffering
from any mental disease when he
killed Ormand it was paranoia and if
he had paranoia then he has it now.
Solicitor Don Phillips prior to his
departure for Wilkesboro to urge that
The Zebulon Record
Cole be committed to the criminal !
division of the State Hospital for the
Insane issued a statement in which ;
he declared that the responsib lity ;
was on Judge Finley. He declared |
that the people of the State were in
dignant at the verdict of not guilty '
returned by the Union county jury, j
Possibility of a civil suit for dam- j
ages against Cole for killing Ormand j
was admitted Monday night by the 1
father of the dead man who said j
that whether the suit would be
brought or not had not “been de
The freeing of Cole after the sanity
hearing before Judge Finley was re
markable on account of two anniver
saries. Exactly one year ago the
State abandoned its fight to bring
back Dr. L. 11. Peacock, who escaped j
from the criminal insane department j
of the State’s prison where he was j
committed by Judge Finley after he j
was found not guilty of murder on j
the grounds of insanity. Exactly one
year ago W. C. Stewart and Elmer,
Stewart were sentenced to death for j
FAMOUS SHOW WILL
GIVE STREET PARADE
Every day when the members of
the famous Walter L. Ma n Shows
i finish breakfast they begin active
' preparations for the parade. W ell
I fed ponies and horses in shining har-
I ness and waving plumes take their j
! places before glittering parade char
| iots; the sound of music is heard
from bands perched hazardously high;
! clowns, charioteers, jockeys, Roman
Hippodrome riders, camels from the
great desert with native riders and
ponderous elephants, some bearing a
j weight of feminine beauty in Orin
i tal costume, make appearance in a
! picturesque kaleidoscopeic pageant
■ more than a mile long.
A man on horseback in a deep
voice cr.es the oft-repeated w* timing.
! “Look out for your horses; the ele
! phants are coming.” Behind him a
bevy of pretty women, buglers trum
pet their clarion-voiced instruments,
and then Jeanne d’Arc, in polished
armor with clanking curtains of chain
mail; the flush of tan has tinted her
ears and cheeks. She is a young
woman, adopted by a wealthy aunt
'in New Haven, Ct., who sent her
■ to Europe to keep her from entering
circus life. Her sudden return and
her romantic marriage with a clown
caused daily papers all over the coun
try to devote considerable space to
Through densely crowded streets
the pageant measures its gaudy pas
sage. Cage after cage and wagon
after wagon filled with rare and cost
ly animals pass in a fantastic pano
rama. The calliope shrieks madly,
and behind it half a hundred boys,
playing “hooky” from school, trail
tirelesly. The Walter L. Main will
come to Zebulon, Monday October 19,
for performances at 2 and 8 p. m.
The door opening an hour earlier.
The parade is at noon.
JUNIOR HIGH WINS
FIRST GAME 18-0
Playing their first game of the
season, the Junior High School foot
ball team of Raleigh, completely out
classed Zebulon High Tuesday evening
and took the game by a score of 18
’ to 0.
From the start, the locals showed
superior ability. Captain Vincent in
tercepted a pass and ran 76 yards
from the first touchdown and Glenn
had the honor of scoring the other
two. All attempts for goal failed.
Unable to gain ground through the
line, Zebulon resorted to a passing at
tack but were not successful in that
and tallied only two first downs to
the * Raleigh’s fourteen.
ANNUAL RED CROSS
ROLL CALL WILL BEGIN
HERE NOVEMBER 11
It la now time for us to begin
thinking about our Annual Roll Call
for membership in the Red Cross. It
is to be hoped that every one who
can Join will do so; your dollar will
be used to feed and clothe the needy.
| RoO Call begins Nov. 11, ends Thanks-
REPRESENTING FOUR COUNTIES—WAKE, JOHNSTON, NASH and FRANKLIN
ZEBUI ON, N. C., FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 1925
Road From Hender
son to Clinton by
A meeting of citizens from John
ston, Wake and Franklin counties was
held here Thursday night to discuss j
the construction of the proposed State
Highway from Henderson through
Zebulon, Selma and Smithfield to
i Clinton. A barbecue supper was en
joyed and interesting speeches made
by prom nent men.
At a meeting held in Louisburg, a
motion was made that the Henderson-
C'inton Highway Association be or
ganized and that representatives in
the capacity of directors in this as
| sociation be elected. Each town along
j the proposed route was allowed two
j directors. The following officers and
j directors were elected at this meeting:
| Dr. A. H. Fleming, Louisburg, pres
j ident; F. D. Finch, Zebulon, vice
j president. The authority of appoint
; ing a secretary and treasurer was
j given Dr. Fleming, who appointed M.
| S. Davis, of Louisburg, who will also
j serve as the other director from
The directors from Zebulon are:
| Leroy L. Massey and Foster 1). Finch
and from Selma W. P. Aycock and
C. P. Harper; from Smithfie'd J. I).
Parker and T. C. Young. James
Bryan, director from Clinton, was au
thorized to appoint one other direct
jor from Clinton and two d rectors
! from Newton Grove. R. Monroe Pit
j man and E. D. Narron were elected
directors from O’Neal’s Township,
1 Johnston county md N. W. Stewart,
Ingram’s Township; J. M. Beasley,
LaFayette Langston and A. G. Adams
from Bentonsville Township, and
Quency Ilocutt from Wilder’s Town
Other towns along the proposed
j route are to be decided upon and ap
A barbecue supper with other re
freshments was served at the conclu
sion of the business part of the pro
gram. After supper interesting
talks were made by M. S. Davis,
Lou sburg; B. H. Johnson, Zebulon;
Judge Brooks, Smithfield; Hon. J. A.
Wellons, Smithfield; Supt. Public In
struction Marrow, Smithfield; W. P.
Aycock, Selma; lion. J. D. Parker,
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Expert Says Condi
The character of North Carolina
cotton is “excellent,,’ according to
George Butterworth, expert cotton
classer, who has been detailed by
the United States Department of Ag
riculture to make periodical visits to
the various cotton co-operative as
sociations of the South to check up
on their classing departments.
“Character of North Carolina cot
ton excellent this year,” read a tel
egram sent by Mr. Butterworth to
C. B. Howard, general sales manager
of the American Cotton Growers’ Ex
“The preparation of the cotton,"
however, Mr. Butterworth added, “to
a considerable extent is not what it
ought to be, owing to poor ginning.
Scores of bales I saw here had to be
lowered in grade on account of poor
preparation, caused entirely by the
gin, and some farmers are losing
money on this account.”
AGAIN IS AT LARGE
Durham, Oct. Beaman,
who has escaped from the county
home no less than six times is still
at large, police officers said yester
day. Beaman, who has developed
amazing skill at juggling hacksaws
into his cell, made his latest escape
last Saturday. He was tried in re
corders *court last Saturday morning
for his fifth escape, was sentenced
and carried back to the workhouse,
and escaped again that night.
Beaman was first sentenced to the
workhouse fer alleged dealings in
narcotics. The first three times he
escaped he was given extra terms of
30 days. The next two escapes
brought him six months each. Of
ficer said yesterday they did note
even have a clue as to Beaman’s
MANY PHASES IN
Demonstration o f
Farmstead and Ar
Beginning with a miniature farm
stead complete with house, barn, out
buildings, yard, and orchard, the Wo
man’s Building at the State Fair in
cludes exhibits of every phase of wo
man’s work in and around the home.
Demonstration lessons are going on in
various booths of covering and ren
ovating furniture, removing stains
from garments, and prize club girls
are demonstrating lessons in cooking.
Another phase of the women’s work
is being carried on in tne vocational
education department where 200 girls
of the he me economics classes in the
high schools are giving a demonstra
tion in cooking luncheonseeach morn
ing. P.es, doughnuts, etc., to be de
monstrated each afternoon, and in ad
dition sewing lesson demonstrations
are to be given each morning and
afternoon by home economics classes.
On entering the door of the Worn-1
an’s Building the visitor is confomted
with a large display of ballanced
foods showing what a house-wife
should feed her family. In connec
tion with this display of ballanced
rations, a pair of scales and measur
ing apparatus are provided together
with a phamphlet showing how much
an individual should weigh for
height and age.
Canned goods including fruits, veg
etables, pickles, preserves, etc., form
a large display. Cooked foods, cakes,
and preserved meats are also very
much in evidence.
Ways and means for income earn
ings for the farm women, which are
displayed, include beautiful rag and
woven rugs, hand work, and raffia
work. These exhibits are the kind
that can be made in spare moments,
and will yet furnish a means of in
come for the farm woman.
Club girls give demonstration les
sons in making jelly, doughnuts, cook
ing vegetables, and other foods.
The farmstead which occupies an
entire end of the building is careful
ly laid out as any farm home and its
surroundings might be. In the im
mediate foreground is the public road,
and set well back from the road is
a white dutch-colonial house, curved
driveways lead to portecochere and
past the garage to the barn which is
set well back from the house. The
implement house, and chicken yard
and house are among the out build
ings and well away from the house
in one corner is the hog house.
The lot also includes an orchard,
corn and cotton patch, and pasture
with cows grazing therein. These
buildings are all white, and are so
placed with a view to beauty and
symmetry as well as convenience.
Low box bushes and trees around
the house add greatly to its attrac
tiveness. The lawn is turfed, and
the minutest details are carried out
to add to the reality of the plan.
Nearby, model kitchens and othe>
methods of saving work for the farm
woman are displayed, showing the
proper relation between sink, kitchen
stove, and cabinet. This is flanked
by a mock graveyard with tombstones
bearing inscriptions such as “Here
lies mother, who died from carrying
too much water from the spring.”
Other inscriptions state that Sister
Sue was taken to heaven early from
a similar drudgery.
“NIP AND TUCK”
The world’s baseball series has
been interesting to all Fandums, who
love the ball sport. As the series
stand now, Washington has won three
and . Pittsburg three —eome close
scores being played. Wednesday rain
prevented ending the series. Wash
ington is our favorite. The contest
was ended Thursday, but we go to
press Thursday at noon, so we can
not give the score.
The best way to clean patent lea
ther is by dipping a cloth in sweet
milk and rubbing the leather clean
with it. It will also keep the leather
from cracking.—Mrs. H. J. M., la.
PRICE: One Year, $1.50; Single Copies, sc.
The Highway Jobs
Cost Over $4,000,009
State Highway Com.
Receives Bids for
Low bids for 21 State highway con
struction projects were opened by the
State Highway Commission in one of
the largest letting in the history of
the commission. The low bids totaled
Bids were asked on 22 projects but
no bids were received for the con
struction of Project 642, Iredell coun-1
ty, bridge over Rocky Creek on Route j
J. O. Heyworth, of Chicago, and
Nello T. Tcer, of Durham, led all
other contractors on low bidding.
Heyworth was low bidder on four
projects with a total of $1,467,496.30,
more than a third of the entire let- 1
ting. Teer was low bidder on five
projects ;tt $241,327.10. Heyworth
does paving work while Teer devotes
himself to grading.
The twenty-one projects will add
approxicately 118 miles of paved
roads and 89 miles of improved dirt ;
ro; ds to the State highway system.]
Eleven of the projects are for hard j
surface work and ten for grading.
The list of projects with the low i
Porject 1350, Halifax county: 14.9
miles of paving from Halifax south \
to the Edgecombe county line on j
Route 40. Low bid for roadway by j
I. O. Heyworth at $448,626.00.
Project 164, Nash-Edgecomhe coun
ties: 16.9 miles of paving on Route
40 from Tar River north to the Hali
fax county line. Low bid for road
way J. O. Heyworth at $326,689.00.
Low hid for structures by J. O. Hey
worth at $8,741.00.
Project 1990, Wilson county: 10.18
miles of grading and bridges from
the Wilson county line to the Nash
county line on Route 91. Low bid i
for roadway by Nello L. Teer. Low j
bid for structures by L. J. Blankley
and Son at $17,119.23.
Project 111-B and 117-B, Camden
and Currituck counties: 11.83 miles
of paving between Camden and Sligo.
Low bid for roadway by Roberts pav
ing Company, of Salisbury, at $267,-
Project 241, Johnston county: 18
miles of grading and bridges from the
Wilson county l.ne toward Smith
field on Route 22. Low bid for road
way by Nello L. Teer at $88,011.41.
Low bid for structures by J. L. Brink
ley and son at $25,574.75.
Project 242, Johnston county: 13.24
miles of paving on Route 10 from
Smithfield to the Wayne county line
Low bid for roadway by J. O. Hey
worth at $377,943.60.
Project 347, Cumberland county:
9.5 miles of paving from Fayettville
toward Dunn on Route 22. Low bid
for roadway by J. O. Heyworth at
$305,496.70. Low bid for structures
by Ku'-hn, Englehardt and Thomas at
Project 354, New Hanover county:
7.59 miles of paving from Wilming
ton to Wrightesville Sound on Route
20. Low bid for roadway by J. M.
Gregory at $199,400.00.
Project 394, Robeson county: 12:38
miles of grading an dbridges from
Lumberton to Boardman on Route 20.
Low bid for roadway by Jamison Bro
thers, Inc., at $70,356.00. Low bid
for structures by Conrad Construction
Company, of Florence, S. C., at $83,-
Project 425, Franklin county: 1.57
miles of paving on Route 56 be
tween Franklinton and Louisburg
Low bid for roadway by G. L. Babbitt
Project 491, Warren county: 4.92
miles of grading and structures on
Route 48 between Warrenton and
Macon. Low bid for roadway by
Nello T. Teer at $27,334.40. Low bid
for structures by P. M. Jones, of
Roanoke, Va., at $11,256.00.
Project 496, Warren county: 8.5
miles of grading and bridges be
tween Macon and Littleton on Route
48. Low bid for roadway by Nello
L. Teer at $61,746.80.
Project 487-B, Wake county: 9.9
miles of grading and bridges from
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the Neuse River to Wendell on Ro’>te
90. Low bid for roadway by Nello
L. Teer at $37,378.20. Low hid for
structures by Peterson and Earn
hardt, of Montgomery, Ala., at $20,-
Project 514, Caswell county: 12.08
miles of paving on Route 11 between
Yanceyvilie 2nd the Virginia State
line. Lo wbid for roadway by Stearns
Brothers, Inc., for concrete at $287,-
007.60. and P. G. Slay, of Richmond,
for macadam at $147,919.20.
Project 523, Davidson county: 11.52
miles of grading and structures oa
Route 64 between Lexington and the
Forsyth county line. Low b;d for
roadway by J. K. Cecil, of Lexington,
at $39,175.00. Low bid for structures
by J. N.j Kesler, of Winston-Salem,
Project 583-B, Randolph county:
5.54 miles of grading and structures
on Route 60 between Liberty and die
Chatham county line. Low bid for
roadway by G. F. Cornatzer at s~sr
652.50. Low bid for structures by
L. P. Lindon, Jr., at $5,452.90.
Project 6060, Anson county: 12.57
] miles of paving on Route 20 between
Wadesboro anti the Pee Dee River.
, Low bid for roadway by Blythe Bro-
I thers Company at $32 7,533.80.
Project 753-B, Stokes colnty: 9.11
I mi'es of grading and u uctures on
I Route 89 between Walnut Cove and
1 Danbury. Low hid for roadway by
:W. C. Carter, of Mebar.e, at $63,-
' '.193.00. Low b d for structures by
j J. M. Kesler at $31,451.79.
j Project 809, Buiko county: 7.35
1 miles of paving on Route 10 between
Morganton and Vr.ldese. Low hid for
j roadway by Pennell and Weisigur at
Project 825, Cleveland county: 10.14
i miles of paving on Route 20 between
Rutherford county line and Shelby.
Low bid for roadway by Wilson Con
struction Company, of Rutherford, at
Project 948, Haywood county: 4.14
j miles of grading and structures on
! Route 10 between Canton and the
Buncombe county line. Low bid for
roadway by W. E. Graham at $4:.-
205.40. Low bid for structures by
Conrad Construction Company at
Knife for Needle
The gleaming scalpel of the sur
geon may soon be replaced by de
licate electric needles which part the
tissues of the body without actually
touching them, and wh ch will make
surgery not only less dangerous, but
less painful as well, according to Dr.
Howard A. Kelly, of the surgical
staff of Johns Hopkins University.
The new surgical needle causes lit
tle bleeding, makes necessary less
handling of the tissue by the surgeon,
and is followed by more rapid heal
ing, says Dr. Kelly, who has devel
oped new technique and already uses
the needle for the most important
operations. The path of the needle
is self-sterilized, and decrease the
chances of infection.
Dr. Kelly, according to the report
received by the North and South
Carolina Public Utility Information
Bureau, says the use of the new in
strument requires great care, since
an entirely new surgical technique
must be applied, but as its powers
are better understood it promises to
become an important addition to the
science of human healing.
MAKING WHISKEY IN JAIL
Sam Lougee and Louis Powell, who
are held in the Hertford county jail
In connection with the Chappell rob
bery, were caught making whiskey in
the jail by Sheriff Whit Wright.
They were using a still made of a
copper pipe, two syrup cans and a
coffee can. For mash they were
using crumbs of bred and biscuit.
People of England are taking more
to slippers and slipper makers are
rushed w.tb orders.