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For . Low Temperature In March,
Tweaty Years for M-anslaai-.ter.
'- Seventh District Appeals. Crea
tad Weather Report for Fes
rnary. Kettodlst UaUa
Arrivals. ' ;' "
RAision, March 19 The temperature
thla morning wu 19 8 degree. Weather
observer, Voa Herrmen had predicted
20. The weather did not break -the
March record, bat only twice has'tt been
eiceeded-March S3, 1888, when It wu
11 and March 7,1890. when It wu 19r
Observer Von Herrmann said: ? "The
low temperature baa very probably la-
jured aome f Alt In the central tndtast
ern portion of the State, bat it hu done
no damage Id the west, u the tree. are
not In bloom. I do not think the straw
berriea are hurt, aathey are not yet In
bloom." ' ' i " .
. State Treasurer B. B. Lacy wu unable
to attend tbe State Sunday Bchool Con
vention In progress at Fayetteville. He
-, had been assigned a speclaljtoplc there.
. .The sheriff of Swalo county today
brought Oscar Pearce to the penitentiary
- to servo 20 years for manslaughter. -
4 ' The Supreme Court today finished the
hearing of arguments In the, 7th district
appeals, the docket being very light, -c
A. committee composed of bishops
- Qranberry, Duncan and Hargrove, Rot.
E. . Uoss otud two other ministers,
Judge Walter Clark and two other lay
men meets at Baltimore tomorrow, to
iepresent the Methodist Episcopal church
South In a conference "with similarly
chosen representatives of the Northern
Methodist chnrch to consider the pros
pect of a reunion of the two church-
ea. Four . years, ago . these committees
met at Washington and reported prog-
. greas. : vVf .'v.':"'': "'..-
Among today's arrival were P. T.
Oates, Fayetteville; Frank ,0'JJonnell,
Asheviile; Frauk Qough, Fayetteville; C.
A. Spalnhour, Lenoir! U. G. Connor, Jr
"Wilson; Charles 8. . WalUce, Mirebead
City; 1 M. Meeting, Ellanbelh City, y4
The i-rop aud weather report for this
r Bta'.o for February was Issued today. It
says tho month was : phenomenal. The
mean temperature 85 7 decrees, waa 7
degrees below tbe normal;. for, 81 years.'
It was the coldest-February since 1872,
excepting only February 1895, when the
. mean was 83.1 degrees. The average
' rainfall 6.05 Inches has been exceeded
' only twlce-ln 1875 and 1809. There
was a heavy snowfall over nearly the
entire Bute, the I average depth for the
Stale being .'10.4 inches. The depth at
Salisbury was 25 Inches, j There was dis
astrous floods In the mountain section.
Very llule work was done. Small gtaln
' nwas largely ftnter:Ullvd, bqt the., roots
may have somo vitality and make a mod'
' erate stand. 1 The enow was
. flciaL " ,
Pyny-BalMm Relieves Bight Awa7
and nukes ipeedj end of coughs and eoldi,
In Matter of; Putting up Base
" " Team?
Referees In Bankruptcy Not all. the
Conrt. New : Watauga Hall.
Rebellion Records. South- '
era Educational As
sociation; Ralrigu, March SO. The building
' committee of the directors of the Agri
cultural and Mechanical college met to
day and decided to place the plana for
the new "Watauga Hall" In the hands of
Prof. Charles Park, of the faculty, who
will superintend the .work of construe'
tlon, which work la to begin at once. As
much of It as possible will be 'done by
students. Tbe work will not be let by
contract. It may be a mopth before the
plans for thePullen-Memorial bullying
are ooopiea. ....
. Thanks to the courtesy of Congress
man Kluftz, a complete set of the"Se
belllon RecuMls" haa been secured for
"the Soldiers' Home. It Is a work which
the old soldiers read with keen Inter
est. , . .
i . Amorg . today's arrivals were ('. M
-Babbitt, New Bern; Guy Tupper, Kin
ton; C. O. Chadbourn and S. H. Chad'
bourn, Wilmington. ;-
Tbe great movement for pnbllo educa-
tlon, in which the Southern Educational
Association Is taking so active a part, is
- to be fully launched within a fortnight,
There will be at least eight "rallies," at
commanding points In the State. There
is to be flnaic'al aid. ; One of the; ph
ects:Sto get the county supcilntend
ents deeply lntc!-'
reason that the A
to pay thilr tall .y
7 here Is con ' rs'
base ball K ; (
1. It Is for this
lion has decided
e, to secure tlolr
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ii ?f ait:
lotte's comli ;j ! i . at . ..uv.s
men there ato not sLowu j t piatlie
matter. If there aro not come good de
velopments at that place In a d y or two
presl Unt Busies of the league !'.! S"nd
a missionary there.,
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Testimony All In. End Expected Today.
Nell' Father Testifies. Defence
.' Introduced. Ro Evidence.'
-EuzauTH Cmr, March 18. There
,wu a dense crowd when court first
opened (today. The prisoner and his
sisters were In their seats promptly.
The Misses Cropsey did not appear un
til late. Then the court ordered seats
vacated and they sat behind the prose
cuting lawyers. Attorney Cropsey of
New York sat neat .them and took
aotea.v . '
S. V. Davenport said that during the
search for Jell'r body he saw Jim Wil
cox and a young man by the name of
Lowery opposite the trick yard. Wit
ness said when the dragging party
hooked - something In the river he
thought Wilcox turned pale. .
Harley Meades, who said he was 17
years old and boarded at the ' Wilcox
home .and slept with Jim Wilcox, wss
sworn. Witness .said they slept in a
back room op stairs, that he retired be
tween 9 and 10 o'clock and did not
know anything from then until morning
not when they came and took Wilcox
from the bed.
Caleb T. Parker wu called. ' He said
on the night of last November 20 he wu
at Frog Island. He started towards
Elisabeth City. He rode snout five miles
to Meadee'' store and stopped.... It wu
about 7 or 8 o'clock. Witness stayed at
Meade' about an hour. Witness pro
ceeded and next stopped at Mack Flelch
ex's places He uw Mr. Fletcher, John
Cart wrlght and others. He stayed there
an hoar or more and said when he asked
the time, it wu about 10 o'clock. He
stayed a few minutea more and then pro
ceeded to town. Witness said he met
some people, a' man and a woman, both
about the aame height, near the Cropsey
gate. He did not recognize either the
man or woman. -
: On cross-examination by Mr. Aydlett,
Parker raid he had been knowing Jim
Wilcox some years He also met other
persons that night, for the road along
there la muched traveled. He did not
see the man's faco, nor the woman's -
Charlie Held said, he was a deputy
sheriff. Mr. Tom Wilcox . sent foThlm
Saturday bight after the disappearance.
He saw Jim and wont out of tho house
and began talking to Jim about the case
and told him if ho kjjew anything he
Should let it be known. ' Jim said "I've
told all I can;tell." - v , .
When they got ovcrjto Hayman'a Rail
way tbey saw Mr. Cropsey. He came in
the office where witness and Jim were
aitling. Later all three went up to the
Cropsey home.:: Mrs. Cropsey came and
sat on the lounge by Jim and putting
her hand on his shoulder asked about
Nell, ' Jim told her he did not know;
that he left her crying and did not know
why she wu crying was be-,
cause he had told her he was going to
quit her. He had seen her cry once be
fore. Mr. Cropsey remarked that he did
hot believe it.
Witness, Jim and, others .went In the
Cropsey porch and Jim showed. Where
the girl stodd with her right arm against
the porch crying. ' Wilcox said he had
told Nell to go inside several times. Jim
had told witness he stayed In the porch
ten or fifteen minutea.
On cross-examination, witness said he
went with Jim as a friend,, that Jim wu
polite to the family. Jim had made no
effort to run away. Witness said as
thep were leaving the Cropsey home he
remarked that Jim-could have seen Nell
from the road such a bright night. He
said Jim replied "I could have seen her
and If I bad known all -this trouble wu
coming I would have called , her sister
before I left."'
Witness uld Wilcox was Indifferent
about Nell's disappearance, bnt that may
have been a part of his nature. Ho did
not wish to do the prisoner an injustice,
ha said. - .
Justice W. H. Cropsey said he wu
Nell's father. He went up stairs Novem
ber 10 about half put 8. He came down
again at a quarter to 12. n ate a saucer
of prunes and two siloes of bread. . A
few minutes later he heard the town
olock strike 13. He went to bed again.
At a quarter to ) witness went down
stairs ... again when his brother Henry
celled him to get a gun, He saw noth
ing. His dog seemed scared, ' .
?Then Ollle came down stairs," he con
tlnuedy "and Mid Nellie was missing,
Everybody wu soon excited. I tried to
quiet my wife. My brother and I went
to the Wilcox house and tapped on the
door, Mr.' Tom Wilcox answered,
did not see Jim. ': -; '" - . ' .'
"Later Chief Dawson brought Jim up
to, the house. - Jim "said there he eave
Neil's plcturs back.; Next morning and
for two or three days we hunted for the
picture around the yard and along the
river front, but no trace was found."
Witness further along said Wilcox
stated before the mayor that his mother
had waked him ihat night and he turned
over and went to sleep again, for he wu
a sound sleeper.
Witnest said Nell waa a graduate of
Brooklyn high school. Bhe read quite
number of books. Most were from the
Sunday school library. Witness said
r "1 was of lively disposition, but was
,' ' 1 and afraid to go out alone at night
J..--.1 was a good swimmer.
Ju lge Wilcox said that during all the
trouble Jim Wilcox had offered him no
consolation or assistance. .
Thomas "Dayman, who had worked
?. .wi J!,a on a marine railway, was
c,"..l. TL whnr ealJ Wilcox told
L' it'er ahedMnot lii'pw;;Utl
: i.' f : '1 C. 7 r: i f tin
knew where the body wu and that he
killed her. Herman declared Jim wu
strong man and could handle large
pieces of timber with ease. Witness
thought he knew what he wu talk In;
about, for he considered himself a pretty
good man.
The prosecution today rested its cue.
The defense did not in trod ace any evi
dence, but the argument was gone Into
immediately, .
The prosecution wanted to prove that
the trousers'Jlm Wilcox today wore In
the court house were not those Iron on
the night of Nell's disappearance, as had
been stated. 1
Mlsa Ollle Cropsey and Miss Let tie
Cropsey, sisters of the dead girl, were
sworn. Each testified that the pants
worn todsy were not those , he had on
the night of November 20. .
Lettie said she had searched all about
the premises for the picture claimed to
have been given Nell, but nothing of it
was seen.
"We rest for the state." said Solicitor
Ward. - -, -..
Mr. Bond If your honor pleases,
that's the cue for the defendant." -
HcDuffle's Little Blue liver Pill makes
blue people bright, cleanses the system
of all the deleterious and unhealthy mat
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cents at F. S. Duffy's. ,
Able Presentation of Both Sides of Case.
' . Wilcox Remains Unmoved.
Elizabeth Citt March 19. Great
waves of oratory swept over the attend
ants at the Wilcox trial today. Five
lawyers have now made their pleas.
When JJudge Jones had - arranged
about ventilation, former Solicitor Leary
resumed his speech of vesterday, saying
the strongest thing against Wilcox wu
that he was last seen with Mlsa Cropsey
but that waa not enough.' It. wu pre
sumed that Wilcox wore a cloak of in
nocence which requires strong evidence
to remove. '
The speaker said everything pointed
to suicide, thatjsulcldo had been dis
cussed that very evening at the Cropsey
house and that no testimony given by
the doctors disproved the suicide the
He saldthe prosecution had tried to
prejudice the hut If the jury would
try Wilcox accurliog to. the evidence
and free from passion thero could be
brought nothing but a verdict of ao-
quittal. ; '
Mr. Leary xpoke, all told, nearly two
and a half hours.'
Mr. Haywood Sawyer for the prosecu
tion followed. He said he would not
seek to Innocent man, nor
would the State of North Carolina which
represented In part, stain her fair
escutcheon with tho blood of a blameless
He Bald the State contended that mur
der had been done and that Jim Wilcox
did it. The girls and womanhood of
North Carolina must be protected. The
prosecution would ask for a verdict of
murder in tho first degree.' ' - '
He reviewed, the evidence, which he
said proved, conclusively Nell Cropsey
was not drowned, 'i.?-.--:;--' "'- -
He reasoned that the suicide theory
wu Incompatible with her happy buoy
ant spirits. ; He said Nell wu a timid
girl, and the rest of them had better be
timid If they were around such company
as Jim Wilcox, or somebody would be
fishing them oat of Pasquotank river.
After reviewing other evidence Mr. Saw
yer said: i...;.i-..-.;v ::';; ;-'i;S
"Now I have shown yon that Nell was
not drowned; I have shown yon that she
wu killed by a blow. Now who killed
her! Yonder la the man." ...-vs
The speaker mbved towards ' Wilcox
and pointed a finger in his face. The
prisoner's expression never changed,
Now I shall proceed to show yon the
motive, show you the opportunity, to
show he loved her no doubt, but the hell
that wu la. him hu put her out. of the
way." -" -;;' ; v-'y.-r-.--'-rdi
Eloquently and forcefully the lawyer
told of the love dream, the association
of Nell and Jim, and followed their ac
tions up to the fatal nlghU' . '
"He was In love with her desperately,
her love was growing , colder and cold
er." he continued. . , 1 , i
"Jim had made up his mind to eon'
quer or-klll her.The devil in him wu
growing bigger and bigger." ., .
After saying that Wilcox went to the
Cropsey home In tbe afternoon to talk
over the. situation he referred , to the
night visit and declared loudly, "Wilcox
never spoke but one word to the dead
girl all that night and that work led ber
to her doom." -- -
The lawj r . jjaiuied that , Wilcox
brought up the suicide conversation be
cause his mind was on deadly . things
and said he probably carried both poison
and a blackjack. - ; '
He arraigned Wilcox in these words
of eloquence and scorn:
"I have never heard or read of such
indifference.. Here was a stricken fam
ilythe mother bowed down, the father
disconsolate, the ulsters heart-broken
and yet Jim came to offer no word
of sorrow, no set to help solve the mys
tery. 'JV-''' -;' V';,U ':
"Ho sits il.ere Dow,' the speaker said
In thunderous tones, turning towards
tbe defendant, "as cold u deatn and as
relentless as the grave. That's the sort
of men ho carry , weapons and make
midnight assasblns men like Durrant
in California who met death smilingly;
like Uluvu li.s in r.lchmond, the slayer
of Lillian M'rilsrn; like the murderer of
"i-ix h p"n live rot the a' a 3 la them
stuff sustains them to the grave. It
comes from hell and to hell it goes back
with them."
They uked Mr. Cropsey about the de
tective. If I bad a daughter slain by a
midnight assassin, I would girs ap every
dollar for a detective to run him down
and send his body to the grave, his soul
to beU. - t
I see before me men who have girls
budding into womanhood, sweet wives
and lovely sisters. I will tell yon if the
women of North Carolina cannot be pro
tected we had best burn the law books,
tear down the jails and court houses
dissolve the Legislature endthsn go
lurk frt liftrfiftrlam.1 . .'i
.The orator read several-verjjT.iirJ
different parts of the Bible and said:
"In the name of God and the namea of
these wives, sisters, mothers and daugh
ters, I ask you not to let the guilty es
cape. I aak you under your oaths to
bring In I Verdict that will put Jim Wil
cox to death." '
The crush in afternoon wu densest
yet. Boxes and stools to be need for
seats brought good prices and sometimes
the purchasers had to give them np.
Judge Jones ordered the sheriff to col
lect two dollars apiece from some men
who didn't move when ordered end then
he threatened to make it f 10 but learned
that the men could not get away. There
were about 800 men and women in the
Mr. Bond of Edenton spoke during
the entire afternoon session and spoke
eloquently and forcefully. He brought
tears to eyes of spectators during sev
eral pathetic flights.
Mr. Bond said tbere was something
indescribably horrible to anybody but a
brute about the murder of a young wo
man, that when suspicion attached to
any one the feeling grew until reason
wu almost dethroned and It was com
parable to a storm in the Indian ocean.
He expressed sympathy for the stricken
family and said he saw four of Nell s
sisters sitting before him In sombre col1
ors attesting sllentlv an affection for
her memory.
He said Mr. Sawyer had perhaps un
consciously distorted and exaggerated
the evidence against this friendless
young man who, nftcr nil, had one heart
which beat for him in silent prayer his
Mr. Bond expressed admiration for tbe
demeanor of Jmk'e Cropsey and his
daughters during the trial.
lie told of tho different. degrees of
murder and pictured tbe touchio hang
ing scene that would follow a verdict of
zulltv and the remorce that would fol
low if it were shown an innocent man
had been slaughtered.
He begged the jury not to be Bwayed
by dramatic appeals even though It re
quired a nerve of iron.
He said he would attempt to show
there was not enough evidence to con
vict Jim Wilcox, nor even to show Nell
had been . murdered . by any body. He
then look up the medical testimony aud
compared the tests to rotten Btlcks of
timbers He argued that the discolora
tion on: the temple was caused by the
settling of blood, not by a blow It was
awful to have a man put upon the gal
lows by popular clamor. He said none
of us wished to add to the trouble of the
Wllcoxs. j. . : . '
Mr. Bend did not contend that Nell
committed suicide but said the affair
was yet wrapt in mystery. He said if
Wilcox wu innocent he had been much
wronged and persecuted." . Wilcox's con'
duct since tbe disappearance was ex
plained. He said without disrespect to
womanhood that jealousy 'was a promi
nent quality and that conditions for sul
clde were Inviting. . V 'r,: ';
"The lngenuItyjof prosecuting coun
sel cannot tear away the pillars of evi
dence which made it almost Impossible
for Wilcox to have done murder that
night." He gave" actions showing an In
compatibility with guilt. .
"If we don't show reasonable doubt
then for Qod'a sake hang him." Tbe
speaker said he had a little girl and
could sympathize with the Cropsey's and
then he made a pretty word picture of
the anguish endured by Mrs. Wilcox,
The speaker said If he were one of
twelve men who voted away an lnno
cent man's life he would expect" some
dark nemesis of retribution to ever fol
low him. Mr. Bond talked about .three
hours. His words were Leard with rapt
attention by jury and spectators. He
quoted cues of pathetic, convictions of
innocent men. Mr. Bond referred to
WUcOx's" shadow following the jurors
through life It he should be hanged un
justly. The colored jurors rolled their
eyes upward and looked scared. Be
played on their feelings like an evange
list ctvine death scenes to mnke con
verts. The sentiment against Wilcox is
not abattoir at all. Some people tbink
an acquittal would oe roiiowea oy a
Ivnchlnir but that Is doubtful.
Wllooi's nerve is the feature of the
trial. Whether he Is belnff held UD as
a red handed assassin or defended bv his
own lawyers his expression Is always
the same, as com as maroie. lie nas
(riven no sign of guilt in the court bouse,
His face llaes are always the same. To
day while his lamer ana sisters suea
tears Jim was unmoved.
;: Wilcox Jury Charged.
Special to Journal.
Elizabeth Citt, March 20. Ia the
Wilcox trial today, Solicitor George
Ward spoke for the State. Declared all
symptoms of drowning were absent
That girl wu murdored. That motive
was that the girl wu trying to get rid of
Ward's speech was ablest yet made,
E. F. Aydlett spoke this afiernaon for
Dr. Hartnian's Free Advice to Women A Generous
Secretary niiaoii Woman's Alliance.
Miss A. Brady, Corresponding Secre
tary Illinois Woman's Alliance, writes
from 2725 Indiana avenue, Chicago, 111.:
"Last year from, continued strain in
litorary work I became very much ex
hausted, my nerves seemed to give way,
and I had backache, headacho aud seri
ous indigostlon. One of my friends sug
gested that I try Perana. It certainly
acted like maglo on my system. '
"Within ten days I folt now lifo and
health given me, and by taking an occa
sional dose oft and on when I feel extra
tired, I keop my system in perfect
ordor." Miss A. Brady.
Miss Millie Baker writes from 290 East
Ohio street, Chicago, 111.:
"I suffered for veara with weakness
It will please
your horse
even If he can't smile, his satisfac
tion to know that the oats, hay or other
povender yon supply him came from our
granaries and warehouses, He's another
of those chaps who "knows a good thing
when he sees it." aeany, w nave ior
sale the best feed in the market for
horses, cattle; pigs and poultry. Glad
to see you and prove it
10 & SI Market D.k, Kw Bern, V. C.
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- to Farmers.
In view of the fact that it is not gen-
eraly understood that the Bice Crop is
highly protected from foreign competi
tion , by an Import dtity and that the
crops, raised in the United States have
every year fallen much, below the home
consumption, the Carolina Rice Mills of
Qoldsboro, N. 0., in order to encourage
the cultivation of Rice on a larger scale
than haa heretofore been 'donej is now
prepared to make contracts with plant
ers in North Carolina for their crops of
rice they nifty raise during the year 1903
on the most liberal terms.
Parties Interested, who wish to. avail
themselves of this oiler, can communi
cate with us and we will take pleasure
in giving full particular. ' .
Goldsboro, N. C,
Attorney at Law,
Cilice: South Front Street, Over Tel
Offer to The Afflicted.
peculiar to women, severe bearing-down
pains, and continual headache.
"After naing five bottles of Peruna I
waa as well and strong m ever." Mlsa
Millie Baker. .
Mrs. Nellie Blyler, 670 W. Twentieth
street, Chicago, 111., President of the
Ladies of the Q. A. R., hu the following
to say about Peruna: ...
Gentlemen "I recommend Peruna
especially for women as it promptly
cures the weakness of our sex and will
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Mrs. W. A. Allison, Assist. Matron of
Peoples' Hospital, 758 Sheffield avenue,
Chicago, 111., writes : r '
" have bad frequent opportunities
to observe the wonderful curative eU
Ontario Praparad Buckwheat, ,
New lot Panoake Fl.' :
Cream ot Whean, Oatflakes, Carolina Bice, Grits and Big
Hominy., , ,
v Fancj Elgin Btttr and ClTr Hill Print Butter received
fresh every weak. . . -
Rook Candy Drips, ib Niceat Syrnp yoa. ever tasted, only
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II The old Winter Cult
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recklessly rich, yrt hara Suits In Fanoy Cheviots,
! .. Worsteds, Cassimeras and Sargas at $6.50, $8.00,
! $10.00, $12.50. .
Every Suit is Worth the Slloney
we ask for It, and every
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We would like to show yon the New Spring
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women (offering from some form of.
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eases, haa announced hla willingness
to direct the treatment of aa many
cases ma make application to him
during the summer months without
charge. -
Those wishing to - become patients
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Co., Columbus, Ohio.
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