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MOP WORK OF
Six Members of Coast Guard
Have Been Court Mar
tialled for Smuggling Li
quor It Is Now Known.
Officers Hesitate to Discuss
Case Against Men—Short
age of Crews Is Also Hand
icap in the Work.
(By the Associated Press)
New York, May 18. —Internal troubles
are proving handicaps to coast guards
men blockading New York's rum row.
Six members of the coast guard have
been court martinlled for smuggling li
quor, and three for intoxication, it was
Officers have refused to discuss the
affair, but it is known that nineteen
men have been confined for varying pe
riods in the county jail on Staten Is
land awaiting court martial for various
offenses. The six convicted of smug
gling have been sentenced to six mouths
imprisonment, and the three got three
months each for intoxication.
A far greater handicap is ttie prospect
of a;*hortage of men in the fleet. Ful
ly W per cent., it is said.
Fully 30 per cent., it is said, will not
re-enlist when their service terminates
July Ist. Conditions on the const guard
ships call for unusually hard work, and
few and brief shore leaves. These are
sufficient reasons to induce the guards
men to seek other occupations.
GERMANY WILL STICK
TO THE DAWES PLAN
Foreign Minister Says New Government
Is Favorable to the Plan.
Berlin, May 18 (By the Associated
Press). —Foreign Minister Stresemann
announced today to the reichstag that
flie German government would continue
to carry out the Dawes plan.
Minister Stresemann said no country
more than Germany welcomes the ef
forts of tlie Dawes plan to accomplish
the economic pacification of Europe. He
said'even those who oppose acceptance of
the ( Dawes plan are convinced that with
out it Germany would never have been
able to establish its currency on a se
cure basis, and would have been obliged
to wage a bittle struggle for its economic ,
Herr Stresemann said ‘we shall con
tinue to carry out the Dawes plan in
tlie same manner as we have heretofore.
Parliamentary majorities and govern
ments may change, but I canot conceive
any administration which would depart
from the program and policies we have 1
He said Germany's relations with the
I'nited States are most satisfactory and <
all signs iudiente that in the I'nited
States a genuine understanding of Ger- 1
many’s needs is increasing.
SECRETARY WILBUR TO
SPEAK IN THE STATE
Will Deliver Commencement Adress at
Duke University.—President Invited to
(By the Auwfrtrl Press.)
Washington, May 18. —R. L. Flowers,
secretary of the Duke University. Dur
ham. N. C\, announced here today that
Secretary Wilbur had accepted an invi
tntion to deliver the commencement ad
dress at the University on Wednesday,
•Tune 10th. About 125 will be graduated.
H. W. Chase, president of the L'nver
sity of North Carolina, called on Presi
dent Coolidge with Commissioner of In
ternal Revenue Blair, who is a native
President Coolidge was invited by Pres
ident Chase to attend the exercises to be
held October 12th at Chapel Hill in
connection with the 50th aniversary of
the re-opening of the University of North
Carolina after the Civil War.
President Coolidge took the invitation
State Merchants Association to Meet in
Statesville, May 18. —J. Paul Leon
ard, secretary of the North Carolina
Merchants’ Association, today announced
details of the 23rd annual convention of
the association to be held in Charlotte
May 10-21. He stated that there would
be visit<?rs present from all parts of
North Carolina and South Carolina, and
speakers from these and other states.
On the evening of May 19th the pro
gram calls for group meetings represent
ing various branches of merchandizing.
The conventioh will hear a number of
well known speakers, including Harry.
Collins Spillman, of New York; A. L.
L. Wiggins, of Hartsville. S. C.; Stephen
H. Talkes, of Washington. D. C.; Franc
is E. Hamper, of Atlanta; Edward E.
Stretcher, of Raleigh, and others.
“The North Carolina Merchant’s Asso
ciation has made gratifying progress dur
ing the past year,” said Mr. Leonard'.
“A number of new organizations have
been formed and activity among local
associations has been marked.”
Wants Bulgaria to Reduce Size of Army.
London, May 18 (By the Associated
Press). —It is learned in official circles
that the British government in an agree
ment with other allies, does not feel in
clined to authorize retention beyond May
31st of the excess troops which Bul
garia was allowed to raise to care for
recent disorders in that country.
An international wireless exhibition is
to be held next Fall In Geneva.
The Concord t)AiLY Tribune
In Babe’s Shoes
Here’s Ben Fanchal, the hard-hitting
outfielder of the Yankees, who has
broken Into the spotlight through
the Illness of Babe Ruth While not
• quite the fence-buster the Bamb Is,
] Paschal has nevertheless been flll
. Ing the substitute role acceptably.
He looks like a comer.
MEANS WANTS REVIEW
BY SUPREME COURT
If That Court Denies Appeal He Will
Be Ready to Start Prison Sentence.
v (By the Associated Press)
AA’ashington, May 18.—A week’s de
lay was granted today in the District of
Columbia Supreme Court in the forgery
charge of Gaston B. Means, and mean
while Means’ counsel is expected to de
cide whether he shall surrender and go
to Atlanta to begin service of a two
years' prison term imposed upon him in
Means is accused here in connection
with signing of the name of Chairman
Brookhart, of the Daugherty investiga
tion committee. Tlie charges grew out
of tlie hands of certain records sought
by the committee.
The defense counsel today with the
approval of the district attorney sought
a delay, explaining that the mandate of
(the New York appellate court denying
Means a new trial on his conviction of
conspiracy, there, is due today. Means
is seeking to stay the mandate in order
to apeal to the Supreme Court for a re
view. Should he be Unsuccessful his
counsel said he would be ready to go to
Atlanta In which event the Washington
indictment would probably not be press
GOLDSBORO MAN AND HIS
DAUGHTER ARE DROWNED
Feed Thompson and Daughter Perished
When tlie Boat In Which They were
(ty tbe Associated Press)
Goldsboro, N. C., May 18. —Fred
Thompson and his five year old daughter.
Julia Mae, were drowned at Stephens
Mill, 12 miles north of Goldsboro on Sun
day afternoon when a boat in which they
were rowing capsized into the mill pond.
Tlie child is said to have suddenly reach
ed out for some object floating in the
water. She lost her balance and fell in
to the pond. Her father plunged after
tier, capsizing the boat. Both were
drowned. An elder sister, Helene Thomp
son, who was with them, managed to right
the boat and get back into it. i
MAN KILLS WIFE AND
TRIES TO KILL HIMSELF
John W. Moody, of Richmond, Thought
Death Was Best Way to End His
(By the Associated Press)
Richmond. Va., May 18.—John W.
Moody, Oil. fatally slashed his wife, aged
65, at their home here today and then
tried to end his own life with a razor
and gas. He told detectives he thought |
hie act was “the best way out of over
Mrs. Moody had been ill about three
SumAier Conference of Methodist Protes
The annual Rummer conference of the
Methodist Protestant young people will
be held at High Point College, the insti
tution of the denomination in North Car
olina, June 15-25 with Rev. H. M. Har
rison, Jr., dean of men at the college,
The largest attendance of any of the
conferences is anticipated this year. They
were formerly conducted nt Weaverville
with an average attendance of 300 per
sons. It is expected taht 500 will be
present this summer.
The visitors will find lodging in the
Killed in Fight With Officers.
Hattiesburg. Miss., May 18. —South-
wick Erion, 35, of Memphis, was killed
in a fight with county officers on the
outskirts of Hattiesburg early today and
his brotherin-law, Wiley F. Brown, also!
of Memphis, was arrested later, charged
with having liquor in his possession, and
with firing on officers.
Caillaux Candidate For French Senate.
Le Mans. France, May 18 (By the As
sociated Press). —Finance Miniated Jos
Caillaux today accepted tlie candidacy
for tbe Senate from this district, offered
by the radical party. He will replace
Senator Gigon, who offered his resigna
tion in order to permit the return of the
finance minister to parliament.
To Make Debt Funding Proposal Soon.
Paris, May 18 (By the Associated
Press).—The Temps said today it Under
stands a definite proposal will be made
within fifteen days by the French govern
ment to the United States and Great Brit
ain for settlement of the French war
No Such Thing as the Unwritteri
Law, Says Judge N. A. Sinclair
(By the Associated Press)
Williamston, N. C., ilay 18.—" Men
must be taught they can trust the courts
, and that any man can come inffi court
I and redress his wrongs in a lawful man
ner." declared Judge S’. A. Sinclair in
I the Superior Court here when, foliowiug
1a trial that consumed more than"a ;week,
ho was ab::ut to pass sentence on twenty
three men connected directly or indirect
ly with the inutilation of Joseph Needle
man, tobacco salesman, on the morning
of Sunday, March 20th. "The old idea
that there is such a thing as the un
written law," he continued, is all false.
There is no such a thing as the unwrit
ten law. What is called the unwritten
law is but the excuse of cowards to justi
fy their own lawlessness.”
The judge was accorded close atten
tion. Twenty-three men, grouped inside
the bar and occupying scats in the jury
box, awaited their fate. Four had been
convicted of inutilation. one had, after
hearing the verdict of guilty against
them, entered a plea of guilty, and
others had entered pleas of guilty to be
ing accessories in the inutilation 'when
court opened. Relatives, including wives,
mothers, cousins nnd brothers of the men
about to be sentenced, were also present,
awaiting the judgment of tlie court. Spec
tators who had come through curiosity
also gave close attention.
"I think this case is a demonstration
of the fact that the people of North
Carolina can trust the courts,” began
“I have been surprised to read in the
public press,” he continued, "and to hear
intelligent men say that the courts are
not functioning, an implied justification
of the people taking the law into their
own hands. It is a lie and a slander
upon the government of the State, and
I hope that the press of North Carolina
will stop that carping spirit of criticism
which, to a great extent, has created a
feeling that the courts cannot be trusted.
You can trust the courts. They never
“Men have no excuse, no justification
for taking the law into their own hands.
“The old sentiment that because some
woman lias been wronged you must re
vert to barbarism and become savages
taking the law into your own hands anti
redressing such wrong, is a reflection
upon civilization. Men who ought to
know better from time to time attempt
to justify and excuse such conduct. It
is absolute poison running through the
state and the men who express such
sentiments are bad citizens and a posi
tive menace to the government of the
state. That spirit must be stamped out
in North Carolina. Men must be taught
that they can trust the courts and that
any man can come into court and re
dress his wrongs in a lawful manner,"'
Here the judge- d#noum.-«F iftt-'- Idea
that there is such a thing as unfritten
law,” which he declared to be the “ex
cuse of cowards.”
Continuing. Judge Sinclair said:
“This outbreak of lawlessness in this
county lias been very expensive to your
county and shows what lawlessness will
bring about. All the expense that hus
been incurred by reason of the outrage
upon Needleman—guards, hospital and
doctor bills, as a matter of law Martin
county has to pay and it ought to be
“It is hard for your county to have
to pay it but the county that failed to
prevent this sort of thing must pay the
penalty. There is no excuse for the
county government; it 'need not complain
about paying these bills. It ought to
pay them and that is all there is about
"I know there has been a great deal
of feeling in the county. I have heard
a great deal of criticism, pro and con,
not only here but in other parts of the
“I want to say that while some peo
ple thought that Martin county lost
caste, in the eyes of the other people of
the state, I find the sentiment to be
otherwise. The people of the state are
sympathizing with Martin county, be
cause it is generally understood that pub
lic sentiment in this county is sound
and wholesome. There is no disposition
among the people of the state to hold
Martin county in disrepect or to dis
credit them because of the act of a few
“f am glad the case was tried in this
county. I believe the popular impres
sion that the case should be moved on
account of local influence and a feeling
that it would not be proper to try it has
been demonstrated to be without founda
tion, for the people of Martin county
have themselves vindicated the law.”
Judge Sinclair declared that “the only
way to break up mob law in North Caro
lina is to punish offenders.” He ad
ded : *
“I don’t know why it is, but three
or four years ago we had no spirit in
North Carolina which endorsed mob low;
for the last three or four years we have
had more mob outrages perhaps in this
state than we have had in fifty years.
It is getting time to stop it.
“The object of punishment of crim
inals, of course, is not 60 much to pun
ish offenders as it is to protect the pub
lic and to deter other people from com
mitting a like crime.
“There is no idea of vindictiveness
or revenge in the administration of the
“I am sure everyone—l do myself—
feels a deep sympathy for any man who
is so unfortunate as to break the law
and have to suffer the penalty, but we
Crisis At Geneva Averted.
Geneva, May 18 (By the Associated
Tress). —The crisiß in the international
conference for control in traffic in arms
and munitions which had been created by
American refusal to have the league of
nations council appoint the central office
I for arms control was averted today by the
I decision to abandon the plan to establish
1 the proposed central bureau.
j The United States produces 49 per
cent, of the world’s copper and uses 44
CONCORD, N. C., MONDAY, MAY 18, 1925
must think about the public.
“The only way. to protect tlie public
is to punish the violator of !a\y and
Concluding his remarks, the tijmlge
paused nnd glanced over the court room,
Then, from the bench, tlie names of
those indicted and convicted and those
Who. following their indictment, had en
tered picas of guilty, i were called.
The climax has preceded this occasion.
It had been reached On tlie previous day
when, late in the afternoon, the jury,
after three hours of deliberation, hail re
turned a verdict of jnilty as to Henry
Dennis Griffin, Julia*! Bullock, F. AV.
Sparrow and Claro Heath.
Mercy had been asked for young Heath.
In fact, on the first ballot the jury took,
when there was a unanimous verdict
against Griffin, Bullock and the elder
Sparrow, the're were two votes for
Heath's acquittal. The remaining ten
jurors voted to adjudge him guilty of
mutilation without malice. Thw two
who voted for acquittal joined in with
the others, after the ten had promised
the two they would join with them in
a plea for mercy. This agreement was
carried out. Bullock, Griffin and Spar
row were adjudged guilty of mutilation
In the meantime F. AV. Sparrow, Jr.,
who a week ago had shown symptoms of
diphtheria and whose ease was tempo
rarily displaced, entered a plea of guilty
and sat beside his father, waiting to be
'sentenced. He was attired in a light
suit and wore a soft collar. In the I
plea for mercy that was made for him
by one of his attorneys, it was stated
that young Sparrow had starred as a
baseball, football and basketball player
on the team of the Kinston high school
and that there had never been a.vthing
against his character. The good charac
ter plea had also bee nentered by the
boy’s father, and by Claro Heath. Young
Sparrow. 20, is the age of Needleman,
the man mutilated.
Father and son —the two Sparrows—
drew the same sentence —from six to ten
years in the state's prison. Julian Bul
lock, convicted of the major offense, with
malice, drew the same, while the heav
iest sentence fell upon Henry Dennis
Griffin, who had been identified by
Needleman. on the stand, as the man
who, after he had tried to get others to
do it and they had refused, had actually
performed the operation. Griffin was
given “thirty years in the state's prison,
the maximum sentence for murder in the
Throughout the trial the State cen
tered its evidence around Henry Dennis
Griffin. He had neither confessed to
having participated in the major crime
jus h having hod- an d)*rt in,-it. On
the stand, in an effort to build up an
alibi, lie appeared to become confused
under cross examination. The State
centered on him; Needleman identified
him, and his attorneys fought for him.
Throughout the trial, his wife sat by
his side, manifesting a marked interest
in every word that was uttered about
Claro Heath's testimony and the man
ner in which he gave it and stuck by
it was the subject of comment, inside
the court room and out in town.
The feature of the case, jn the opinion
of many, was the weakness of Griffin’s
alibi and the strength of Heath's. This
opinion was borne out by tlie jury and
was taken into consideration by the judge
who gave Griffin thirty years and Heath
an indeterminate sentence of from two
to three years.
Two of the defendants, Ben Lilly and
John A. Griffin, were put under appear
ance bonds of S2OO each for two years.
They must, during this tinte, appear at
every term of criminal court in Martin
county and show good behavior.
Judge Sinclair ordered one defendant
fined SSOO. “Mr. Clerk, change that,”
he said a few minutes later, “I am go
ing to require that he pay SSOO toward
the expenses of this special term of
court.” He imposed the same sentence
on nine others, one of whom must serve
a prison sentence also.
Opnions were expressed showing that
both court officials and spectators re
garded the guilt of the numerous de
fendants as varying widely—shading
down from the man who actually muti
lated Needleman to those who had only
minor parts in the affair. The whole
incident of Needleniau’s mutilation was
shown in court to have been a well
devised and well-organized affair. Tes
timony to that effect was offered through
out the trial. Tlie sentences imposed
by Judge Sinclair bore out the opinion,
At no time was there any suggestion
of disorder. The special term of court,
called by Governor McLean to investi
gate the taking of Joseph Needleman
from jail and his subsequent mutilation
began Monday. Slay 4th. The cases
went on trial Wednesday, May Oth, and
the verdict as to those who entered
pleas of not guilty was returned on
Tuesday, May 12th.
Tlie judge had announced that he
would not leave on the Martin county
docket any case that resulted from the
action of the mob in taking Needleman
from jail on the early morning of March
20th. He left the docket clear Wednes
day, following the imposition of sentences
on principals and accessories in the mob
cases and the formal dismissal of tlie
case against Joseph Needleman, charged
with attacking a young woman.
Electrical Storm Causes Damage.
(By the Associated Press)
Fayetteville, N. 0., May 18.—Tele
phone and, telegraph communication in
nnd around Fayetteville-were interrupted
by a severe electrical storm which visited
this section last night. Poles between
Fayettevile and Dunn were blown down
by the high winds that accompanied the
electrical disturbance. The damage was
expected to be repaired today.
Miss Jessie Deaton spent Sunday in
Greensboro with relatives. i
KIB USTI WEEK
Celebration Is to Commemo
rate the 150th Anniversary
of the Signing of Mecklen
FEATURE OF WEEK
Pageant Will Enact Historic
Background of Mecklen
burg’s Fight For Feedom
From Great Britain.
Charlotte, May 18 (By the Associated
Press). —AT week of celebration commemo
rating the 150th aniversary of the sign
ing of the Meeklenburg Declaration of
Independence will he inaugurated here
today with sundry festivities attended by
many personages of note, including a
Congressional delegation, Major (Jen.
Henry T. Allen, and officials from sur
A pageant composed of more than 800
persons will nightly enact the historic
background of the Mecklenburg fight for
freedom from England and signing of the
declaration fully a year before the nat
ional declaration. An open air amphi
theatre with a seating capacity of 8,000
has been constructed for the pageant.
THE NORTH CAROLINA
Annual Convention to Begin in Char
Charlotte, May 18.—The twenty-ninth
annual convention of the North Carolina
Merchants’ Association will convene in
Charlotte tomorrow afternoon at 2:30
o’clock. Vanguard delegates arrived this
afternoon. More are expected tonight.
A large attendance upon the sessions of
the convention is indicated.
The opening session will be called to
order by AV. N. Dixon, of Winston-
Salem, president of the state associa
tion. The Uev. It. H. Daugherty, of
Charlotte, will offer the invocation, after
which Clarence O. Keuster, secretary of
the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, will
welcome the visiting merchants to the
city. J. C. Williams, of Wilmington,
will deliver the response.
Reports of officers, directors and stand
ing committees will consume the re
mainder oF the afternoon.
Tuesday evening will be devoted to
group meetings, starting at 8 o'clock,
and on Wednesday morning there will
be addreses by visitors from other states.
Francis E. Hamper, of Atlanta, former
president of the National Retail Grocers'
Association, will speak. He will be fol
lowed by Stephen H. Talkes, of Washing
ton, D. C.. secretary of the Associated
Retail Credit Men of the national capi
Following an open discussion of credit
problems there will be held the annual
meeting ,of the Merchants Mutual Fire
There will be a banquet Wednesday
night, when the principal speaker will
be Harry Collins Spillman, of New
Thursday's sessions will be devoted
to topics of interest to merchants, and at
night the delegates will be the guests of
the Charlotte Pageant Association at the
pageant celebrating the signing of the
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independ
On Thursday afternoon there will be
a presentation of the silver cup donated
by Wilson S. Bell, of Tarboro, to the
local association showing the greatest
progress during the past year in its re
port to be sumbitted to the convention.
MRS. COURTNEY. OF LENOIR.
IS STATE WAR MOTHER
Frank D. Grist Makes Address at Con
cluding Session of Annual Conven
Lenoir, May 16.—At the afternoon
session of the State convention of War
Mothers, in session here, the following
officers were elected for the esning year:
State War Mother, Mrs. M. M. Court,
ney, Lenoir: first vice War Mother. Mrs.
W. D. Pemberton, Concord; second vice
War Mother, Mrs. AV. O. Nisbet, Char
lotte; third vice AVar Mother, Mrs. J.
M. Parker, Asheville; fourth vice AA'ar
Mother, Airs. L. C. Phillips, Ashboro;
corresponding secretary. Mrs. J. M. Tut
tle, Lenoir; recording secretary, Mrs. J.
AV. Roark, Charlotte; treasurer. Mrs. AA\
H. Lewis, Gastonia; registrar, Airs. C.
I’. Robinson. Gastonia: state organizer,
Mrs. John K. Patterson, Concord; par
liamentarian, Alr6. E. P. Tinsley, Char
During the election Airs. H. C. Boone,
State AA'ar Alother of Kansas, presided.
F. D. Grist, commissioner of labor and
printing, delivered an address at the
morning session, taking the place on the
program of Col. John Hall Alanuing, of
Raleigh, who was unable to be present.
Air. Grist spoke on “Adjusted Com
Pays to Prepare Land Well For Pasture.
Charlotte, Alay 16.—P. A. Irwin, of
Sharon township in Mecklenbury county,
has found that it pays to prepare land
well for pasture, says. County Agent
Hope Elias. , He reports that Air. Irwin
preparer! his'land well and sowed a gobd
grass mixture. He grazed the pasture
lightly the first year and then went over
it cutting out the sprouts, briars and
I “As a result,” states Air. Elias, “when
I was at the farm recently, his cows
were grazing on grasses halfway up to
I More than 20,000 women and girls in
New York City are employed as tele
Sir Arthur Cona.r) Dovle--*
Aitthar aP “The Loc.fc Wcu-lri?
The Absorbing Serial Story Now Running
in The Tribune.
THE COTTON MARKET
Opened Easy Today at Decline of 2 to
24 Points—July Erased Off to 22.0«.
(By the Associated Press)
New York. Alay 18.—-The cotton mar
ket opened easy today at a decline of
1 2 to 24 points, showing net losses of
2 to 14 points in the early trading under
liquidation by recent buyers, with local
and southern selling promoted by con
tinued talk of mill curtailment, relative
ly easy Liverpool cables and a favorable
view of crop progress in the South.
July eased off to 22.02 and October to
21.77 but at these figures the decline
was checked by covering and there were
rallies of several points from the lowest
before the end of the first hour on re
ports of too much rain in some parts of
the western bent and low night temper
| Private cables said the decline in Liv
erpool was (Sue to local and continental
IN SOFIA AGAIN NOW
Armed Bands Composed of Desperate
Men Are Harrassing Countryside in
Central Bulgaria. Also.
Sofia, Alay 18 (By the Associated
Press). —A resumption of communist ac
tivities has been noted in the last fep
•lays, Several armed bands composed of
desperate men. all good marksmen, and
possessed of good knowledge of the ter
rain, are harassing the countryside in
central Bulgaria. They operate only nt
noght and thus far have eluded the
troops and i>olice sent after them.
A large supply of explosives has been
discovered at Ichtiman, between Sofia
and I’hilippopolis, while in the latter
city two machine guns and much ammu
nition was found in a communist home.
KNOW 43 PERISHED
IN MINE EXPLOSION
In Addition to Those Killed 27 Others
Were Injured in the Explosion.
(By the Associated Press)
Dortsfeld. Germany, Alay 18. —The
number of known dead in the mine ex
plosion here Saturday has reached 43,
with 27 injured.
The work of the trapped miners' com
rades in recovering the bodies and res
cuing the wounded constitutes one of
the heroic pages in mining history of
With Our Advertisers.
Silk thread, in all shades, Corticello.
the kind that don't tangle, only 6 cents
a spool at J. C. Penney Co’s. .T. &P.
Coats' thread, white, black and colors,
only 4 cents a spool. See big ad. to
day for other bargans.
Aladge Kennedy and Conway Tearle
at the Concord Theatre today and to
Shoes for service, dress, play and for
every use at Efird’s.
The Yorke & Wadsworth Co. has
Good year tires from $6.25 tip. All
new stock. No seconds. Phone 30
Heisey’s glassware is of the highest
quality. Sold here by the Ritchie
Don't forget to visit Parks-Belk Co’s,
beauty shop. All kinds of beauty cul
ture work and hair cutting.
For SBS the Concord Furniture Co.
will sell you a complete four-piece bed
room suite, bed, dresser, chair and rock
er, all to match.
Light colored suits and bright colored
neckwear at Hoover's.
Sale of silk hosiery now on at Fisher's
from 95 cents to $1.05.
The removal sale at the Browns-Can
non Co. is stil lon.
Vaudeville, the Campbell sisters, at the
Concord Theatre all this week, matinee
Curtain scrims, nets and draperies at
the Parks-Belk Co’s. Alany other spe
cials now on at this big store.
Special prices on window shades
Tuesday, only 39 cents, at the Charles
Speedy “Reduction” Through Surgery.
Kinston, Alay 15.—A patient in Par
rott Alemorial Hospital here Is con
valescing after an unusual operation.
Twenty-seven pounds of fat were re
moved from the abdomen of a woman
Whose 325 pounds of avoirdupoise were
burdensome to her. Dr. Albert DeK.
Parrott, of the hospital staff, perform
ed the operation. The patient is “doing
nicely,” it was stated at the institution
An incision was made from rtank to
flank and a layer of flesh eight inches
wide laid back to remove the fat. A
"pad" weighing 27 pounds was taken
off andthe patient was “sewn up again
weighing less than 300 pounds.” She
came here from a down-country point.
* TODAY’S •
* NEWS *
* TODAY •
1 IfE’MOSTER SON
The Trial of W. D. Shepherd,
Charged With Murder of
William McClintock, Cre
ating Much Interest.
CROWE TO PROSECUTE
Said That Attorney General
of Illinois Will Keep Close
Watch On Case—Trial Will
Be a Lengthy One.
(By the Associated Press)
Chicago, Alay 18.—Caught in the trail
of disaster that Ims followed (the Mc-
Clintock fortune for generations, Wil
liam Darling Shepherd, the last titular
owner, today faced trial for murder. He
stood charged with slaying by typhoid
fever germs the last possessor of the
$1,500,000 legacy, William Nelson Mc-
Clintock, a youth, who was ward of
Airs. Shepherd, had lived with them six
Shepherd counter charged that it was
a plot fostered by a dozen cousins of
AlcCiintock to break the will in order
to come in for a division of the fortune
and thereby deprive him of his inherent
rights. He entered an absolute denial
of the 21 counts of the murder indict
State’s Attorney Robert E. Crowe will
direct prosecution. It was indicate that
the office of the attorney general of Il
linois will keep close watch on the pro
ceedings through an observer at the trial.
Selection of the jury was expected to,,
consume two or three weeks.
Will Ask Death Penalty.
Chicago, May 18.—William D. Shep
herd went on trial today charged with
AVm. N. McClintock. with the proxecn
the murder of his mililonaire foster son,
tion indicating that it woull ask for the
Clias. C. Faiman, head of th > schopl of
sciences, indicted with Shepherd, and
who confessed he instructed the latter in
the administration of typhoid germs and
suplied him with cultures, was granted a
separate trial on motion of State's Attor
ney Robert E. Crowe. Faiman is slated
to, be the state’s star witness.
The first and second veniremyo exandn
ed for jury service were excused by I lie
state after they had said they have con
scientious scruples against imposition of
ORDER OF GEN. METTS
Says That All Checks to National Guard
Must Be Presented Within Six Months.
(By the Associated Press)
Raleigh, N. C.. May 16.—Adjutant
General J. Van B. Aletts has issued an
order declaring that all cheeks made pay
able to members of the North Carolina
National Guard will in the future be
null and void if not presented within six
ty days after issuance. This applies also
to all checks issued more than sixty days
prior to the issuance of the order, in
cases where where they have not been
“All officers commanding National
Guard United holding for delivery armory
pay cheeks, and all others having in their
possession any check or checks issued
sixty (60) days or more prior to the
date of this order are directed to return
promptly such check or checks as direct
ed herein," reads a portion of General
Aletts' order, “with information concern
ing cancellation, non-delivery or the is
suance of a new. check."
General Metts indicated that the or
der was based on an opinion from the
The General Assembly of 1925 passed
a law requiring all cheeks issued by the
State to be presented within sixty days,
else they were to become null and void.
Hood Over Great Salt Desert.
Salt Lake City. Utah. May 16.—The
Wendover Road, which experts consider
one of the most unusual pieves of road
construction in the United States, will
be officieially opened by Secretary of
Agriculture Jardine during his Western
tour of inspection next month. The new
highway leads through Salt Lake City,
to the Utah-Neva line and traverses
the Great Salt Desert- It is built for a
considerable portion of the distance
over solid beds of salt and completes a
section of the transcontinental route.
Get Conviction in Only Five Minutes.
Wilson, Alay 15.—The shortest con
tested barn burning case on record here
was disposed of in Wilson Superior
court today before Judge N. A. Sinclair
in five minutes after the case was called.
H. D. Whitman, white, 56 years old,
was convicted of burning the barn and
stables of Mrs. W. AV. Williams, near
the Edgecombe county line, on the
morning of March 21, 1925, and sen
tenced to the penitentiary for not more
than 10 and not less than seven years.
WHAT SAT’S BEAR SAYS
Unsettled with local thundershower!
tonight and Tuesday^