North Carolina Newspapers

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1925
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Says Curelty,‘Not Politics, j
y Is Stanly County Trouble
Raleigh NHts and Observer.
Decferiug that ehar|es.,of abuse aud
almost', tmhuman cruelty against N.
C. Cranford. in charge of fie Stanly
county.chain gang were nft the result,
of political factions in the county but
were tha result of exfensiv’p investi
gation' carried op at the request of|
prominent 'citfceiw of v Stajily and •
Moore counties. Mrs.. Kate Burr'
•It'ii) son, State eommnii.-caoner of!
charities add public Welfare,' yestorday
issued her, first statement 'regarding
th* results pf -the investigations which
'vote conducted by tier department.
Governor A. W, McLean and At
torney General Dennis G. Bruliumitt
bntli stated Frida.y that Z. V. : Moss.
Stanly county superintendent of char
ities and public welfare; J. R. Smitlj.
attorney for the Stanly county high
way commission, and R. L. Smith, of
Stanly county, had presented affi
davitt-refitting thp charges of cruelty-,
agMust ■Cranford. Mr. Moss, romp j
ty welfare officer, ,stptcd. that he had
charges were unfouiided..* v it
tvhs also stated that the charges of
the prisoner's death went buck to
I9XB and was investigated by. tlic j
courts two years ago.
In addition to the charge that the
death of a prisoner, Henry Wooten,
which occurred last May, was the
result of being “horribly abused’’
by Cranford, Mrs. Johnson brings
other charges that are “disgusing in
their coarseness,” and repeats the
opinion expressed by two of her in
spectors that “the worst conditions
occurring anywhere in North Caro
lina are to be found in the Stanly
county prison camp.”
Following; <t imrtial dterlnsure pf the
charges M > adnesday, erti-
denied theinLantP charged
them ’opto county ppßticg; It is
understood that, numerous affidavits
have been filed with the State board
, of charities and, jnjblicj welfare here
refuting the charges.
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The investigations were made by
four'members of her staff, Mrs. John
son stated,, at the request of eitizena
-from Moore and Stanly counties..
Among those from Moore county who
requested an Investigation were W. |
M. Nash. George Ross and Alton Me-,
I Ivor, elerk of court. Copies of the
[report have been s«>ut to the Stanly
. road commissioners, to the attorney
genetal, the governor, Judge McElroy
and Solicitor Don Phillips.
“That Cranford strikes prisoners on
the road. \ . > “t- ■ ' '' •'
“That cue prisoner 'With a broken'
or dislocated wrist received no med
ieal a;mitton. . -*■
“That -atisong the punishments, in
flicted on prisoner# are fee following :
tying lift all day -with arms elevated,
allowing and encbnrttging-/stool pig
eons' to assault another prisoner;
-hanging a juixqner up' by the feet.
l‘ “OthtSr ('bargw, of mistreatmenikiro
! disgusting in tneir coarseness, sneh f
as smearing the month.of a.OTipouer
With rtlTlif same <jf tSse
diarges being reiiorted by different
Crue'4y Causes Destti.
“In the case of Btm»ry?fWsAen. tht”
negro who died in May, 1D25, Cran
ford administered harsh and 'confirm'd
cruel treatment, according to prison-'
ers. One day after Wooten had beep
beaten lip several fjmes, he refused
to walk. o| tbought he tliuld not walk.
A snatch chain fvas fastened to' fills
shackles and he was dragged bc'iind
a tractor for some distance. After
this treatment he walked. Cranford
walked behind him and threw stones
'at liim. bitting him almost every
step. Wooten was never able to work
ou- thq. read after tluwjdaft
«et‘trt,paiohing tff> -plorhaf qf tfe
j»rb<mef#>: When®e cOui4*not pijdli
;|li#'taAp Se was atuLinaae (so
work -mini midnight; WooteiP didd
28 days from the time lie came to the
road camp. The last week he was
Unable trf do 'awy'syork. According -to
I the prisoner wto cut hte chains Off
1 two days- before he died, his Mikles
were skinned, his legs burst and bis
body raw from the floggings. Dr.
Lenfz, the county physician, staged to
Hrown that the shackles had inflamed
the mart’s anktes. and that it was
necessary (or hW to open tile skin ’
to let OHt the, pun.
| “Another negro prisoner, Arthnr
I Hutler. was made to stand up ail day
I .Sunday, with his bands tied above
his head, because, according to Cran
ford. he would not Work during Hie'
week. Prisoners' stated that Cran
ford beat Hutler constantly. On one
occasion, Cranford put a bo* of ep.
som salts on his .food and made him
eat it, standing' over 'aim with a
strait, 7 Whep he,‘Vomitted the fowl,
Cnrhfnrd forced hmi to eat it again, i
Moore County Ouit ’Stanly.
Mooge county foonerljf hired their
prisone* to Staaty.’m-cOrding to Sirs. I
Johnson s treatnfent,' but' digoonrtnued»j
the lirgetice <-ii aeeiwtnt of the poor!
physical conditiotis of the prisoners on |
their retiirjr, finti on acepunt of the 1
“stories of mistreatment of the prison
,*JN ' i 'i''' .g;
f- ‘ SheWlso ('aarges Cranford with hav
ing. his prisoners so completely intimi
dated that it is almost iniprssible to
get information. He is said to have
'promised the prisoners he "would
.band it back'’ tojhem, if they told "on
'Ki«ri, In itltgfi£tf to this, she called;,
aftention to the Nash county easei
she said the truth wqp never I
gotten from the * prisoners who testi
fied in Hie trial until the resignation
of the ‘siiperirftemjent of she camp ,
was .secured, ./w ■ V / i
“Many timea/’-Ishe said, "i pritwn- >
er would rather suffer tne torture he
is undergoing In silence if fie knotv’a
he has to continue under the man
who is administering tlie crnel treat
ment, rather than be subjected to
worse torture fhr felling. Os all un-
human beings, the prisoner
is tjic mast' helpless.”
ff these inch are made to fed-, tiiaf
th p’ will he protected from -Cran
ftrrd, Mrs. Johnson feels siifw*'w-iflr
all the affidavits that she has secured
from prisoners and ex-prisoners the
court will have no difficulty in get
ting statements from them.
Issue Statement.
Mrs. Johnson's statement in full
Is as follows:
“The investigations of tfie Stanly
county chain gung have been made
by four members of the staff of the
State board of charities and public
iiwlfme. ,/Tlie repmua qu conditions
aM'.ftlpatJiPiit, whicn pith been liaud
mehts niade
“Citizens of Stanly and Moore
counties have requested investigations
from time to time. Mr. W, M. Nasfi,
Mr. George Ross, and Mr. Alton 11c-
Tver, elerk of the .court,t»*re unions
the citizens of wSuKl'yVbfl[
asked for a pi'oreaSttlf affokaUill
tions in the
gang as a result of stories of mis
treatment of prisoners. Moore coun
ty formerly hired their prisoners to
Stanly, but we understand this prac
tice wa^discontinued because of these
reports. <EJ.
Thoroughly Investigated. <sA
“Mr. ltoy M. Brown and Mr. Vuley
Saunders investigated' the camp in
PJ23. and in August, Me,.Roy
AL [Brown und Mr. Roy E. Brown
'made a thorough investigation of tfie
ramp. They found that conditions
were such that they demanded atten-.
ition, and a summary of their report
[was given to the Stanly road eom
pnistiioners. with a request that they
.rectify conditions at once. It was
'duly after they had received the se
lls) rt wifi the charges of ill treat
ment, that the State board gave the
matter over to the attorney -general.
the governor und others.
“At the suggestion <n the governor
and the request of the commission
ers, Mr. L. G. Whitley, inspector for
the State board of charities and pub
lic welfare and the State board of
health, visited the camp on Septem
ber .28th, He found the .conditions
serious, and the,camp made at total
score of o.H 1-2 out of a possible 1(10.
The order' and morale of the camp
were at low ebb. One of the prison
ers hiltC a bad wound in bis head,
which had been caused by a blow in
flicted by another-prisoner with a bar.
Although the wound was so serious
that the county physician bad been
ealledfto dress it, there was no indica
tion that the prisoner had been pun
ished for striking the fallow-convict.
“Worst Camp in State.”
“Mr. Whitley, upon his return ex
pressed the opinion that he was con-'
vinced that the worst conditions ex-
: • ,
NBA Berrtee Writer
"Bjy ASHINGTON Washington
W I* America'a oirfV city of tm
'- PortaAce where fortune tell
m. In Its various forma, goes on
reiularly, professionally. op«nly
w»« uninterfered with by the law.
) obv e secrecy Is unnecessary and
Publicity pays, In the realm of the
Aceult as l'n most other Helds, the
j*W*»Jne tellers advertise to -the
sMvspapers or
I Consequently, It’s possible here,
[which it Isn’t where they must
operate under cover, to fornt some
■Wea as to their number, a
i ) Exact figures, to be sure, efre un
available. Suffice It to say. how
ever. that the community Is sur
prisingly large, and seemingly
• • *
. (be capital’s seers and
/“cresses, Mme. Marcia proba
r bly is the best known, By vir
tue of the fact that she had ready
~ s£Sf ss (° (be White House duping
" ?}*** of admlnlatratlons, as
Wactli.loner -of - astrology . extra
pi®f!ary to the then “flrst ladies In
jthe land.”
] Jn late middle life, Mme. Marcia
runs Strongly to embonpoint; Os
! temk learning, except such as* re
ntes to astrology, she has> Vrt-y
little, and regrets it.
: ■ —»T
' ieting anywhere in North Carolina
arc to be found in the Stanly county
prison camp. ’ Mr. Roy e! . Brawn
Swi Mr. U#y J|| Brown, who hptfiv
Uispeco.,l fjjp r airrfi several times, eon-'
curred in thfe opinii.n. Mr. Whitley's
feiiort s uotn imray’ dcticieiu'es'iii man
figemei:! and s’dhitaCion of Tie camp/
“The following is a partial sunn
maiq- i f the charges made to Mr. Roy
.(*-. Hi ,( A “ii and Mr, Roy H. Brown by
Prison l is, ex-prisoners ami other citi
zens : t
“ Mliut Henry'Wooten, negro pris
oner, was horribly abused by Cran
ford, and that his death, which oc
curred in May, 11125. only four weeks
after lie went to Hie chain gang, re
sulted from this treatment."
‘•#i«-)natii difficulty in dealing wjlh
ajfifc" hfitiis'flsind. 4je* in f{,. fipL
i-/ ext|jemely'liiU'il/itof jel fe-1
Iwv ’ yf) 'vl#eh is Jgfipii* .mißiigk to
aWtmiiiiled. Many times w> woSfr
rather suffer the torture he is under
going in silence if he knows he has to j
continue under the man who is ad
ministering the cruel treatment, rath-'
I than be subjected iff worse tortuS* I
“Tlie trust was never gotten from j
the prisoners -who testified in the Nash!
comity trial, until the resignation of
tin* superintendent of tlie camp was
seemed. §I!U wu#“offfc\lien that the!
faf« in giving texti
ffnoiijtev (wnibelfevinth'at Cranford lius.
these prisoners absolutely intimidated.
Several of them have said that on the
days before the inspections by the
grand, jury, that he/would put the
■tStnpv in order, line up the prisoners
and caution them against- talking.
Be i,Would way ; ‘You are free to telj
them whatever you "please/But just
re ini' timer that if you hand me ashatij’
'dbal.ffll haml you one back.' Nat
'UraUJjythe.prisoners said nothing. 7
. ng Many Statements.
V' have gathered together %n
inlni.f Statements from citizens of tlie
eonnty, ex-prisoners, and prisoners,
that ,'We feel suwC that if these men
arc made to feel that they will be 1
protected from N. C. Cranford that |
the court will have no difficulty in
getting statements from them.”
i d'te American Hebrew states that
‘•"ic'd of tlui-'eon versions to Judaism
result from intermarriage. It ap
pcarf- that there are more women
proselytes than riten.”
y— AN-D ALSO, THAT F?&NiinjT>S
cn c ne'3 acluays
j- C~| ’ ''l
+■ l
"Oh. If I only' hud an ofluta'
Hour who romarknd. during a talk
I hud with h*■ r one day
Mrae. Marcia practiced modi uni
ship in her youth and admits that
she found the spirits extremely
unreliable "'But the‘stars." she
says, “can't lie."
X think she believes In her hokus
pokes herself
• . m
THE question arises. “To what
do spiritual, astrologi
cal and otner occult sugges
tions influence 'governmental poli
cies and decisions, executive-, legis
lative aitd Judicial?"
Not much,' t Imagine Mme.
Marcia, It’s true, speaks of numer
• ous governmental higher-ups
among her clients, but she's vague
as to names, and r surmise that,
in this respect, she exaggerate* a
bit. Prof. Marcus la. Marr,
■ “Washington's famous, medium,"
agrees with me.
“I sincerely wish," he told me.
“that 1 could honestly assure you
we run the whole government,
but the idea’s - ridiculous. • Yovir
typical politician is the last man
I'd .pick ias suspectible. hr any in
fluence but his own best Interests
Spirits? Pooh! To Influence ..a
politician you heed something a
lot* mr»re doncrete-raomething he
can see and feel tWli do him some
good, like a bunch of votes."
• ■' ■ ~ ■*
i Wednesday. October 14, i •)£.">.
V Twenty year- kgd'tt&y the Mika
■ <ii ai'il lif’.ic ..i'anr Mgu3l the pvutx
i- trentj' (jai'ing Hie ',shl • ImiwcM
M'Mtih (lusMia. "p T
N | T(,e gMMiu - fonvi-el. i, of. ;|ie
• National Association of o>* ton As
sociation oj Cotton Mamiftctiirers
( wiii open in Boston 1 tduy am] con
itinno in eason oyer ton.iivrow.
Dr. John M. Thomas, 1.-jtt* picsi
j dent of Pennsylvania “State College,
■ I today wi’l be inaugurated in the
! pesideney of Rutgers College, at
i New Brunswick. X. It.
. The 2S7th annivenpiry of the
[ settlement from* which Hampton and
j nine of tiie neighboring towna of
New Hampshi|C evolflU will be ob
served today tjjtli tlfflbdcdication of
position, which is to open today in
j the Grand Central Palace, New York-
[|*j Cotton Growing in Burke.
If Morganlou, N. C„ Get. 12.—OP)—
Ijßotton planted on the farm of J. A.
'Jehiliel, a fruit grower of Morganlou,
'twill produce a good crop, in contrast
I with the sliort crop on most other
■, farms in Burke county, it Is pointed
: out by Farm Agent It. L. Sloan.
This is the first year that Mr, Shif
. let has ever grown cotton, and, on
i. the strength of his success, he plans
to plant most of his orchard to cot
, ton next year. Fertilizer mixtures
. for ills cotton, as well as proper ferti
lizer for the orchard, were recom
mended by State College extension
Mr, Slwm reports. Mr. Sloan
believes 'tins' fact probably accounts
for the Rifckl n-cuffs'-'secured With
ciitil cotton aml fruit.
■ ■ ■' ; j •' «drr» — rr-‘— —- —-
Cotton Variety Test.
Srotlapd Neck, X. C., (Jet. 12.—(/P)
T-tsp ty cotton' variety tost in Halifax
t-onnt.v. hlexican big boll led five other
varietii’s by 120 pnnnflK of sets! cot
ton, reports Farm Agent C.
|.E. Littlejohn. An increase of 520
I ]wuiuds over the undustod plot was
also made on it boll weevil control plot
on the first picking. It esays.
Members of the Scotland Neck Poul
try Asswiivtibu have all their hens
and pullets in laying houses, and. ac
cording to Mr; Littlejohn, will begin
shipping, eggs to New York within
another week.
The Fair-The Best One* Yet— I
And our booths-yes-we have two I
(2) booths and demonstration of 1
farm machmery on grounds. Me-1
Cormick-Deering line. You are wel- L
come at all three places. Be sure I
j and visit them all.
Ritchie Hardware Ct
; Light Plants and Batteries I
Deep and Shallow Well Pumps for Direct or -Alter- §
nating current and Washing Machines for direct or alter
noting current; t— |
R. H. OWEN, Agent 1
Phone 68i Concord, N. C. 8
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