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No. 88
Was Brother of Nellie Cropsey For
Whose Death Jim Wilcox
Is Serving Sentence.
Drank Carbolic Acid In Presence
of Wife and Their FfVe ;
Year Old Daughter.
Norfolk, Jan. 30. William H. Crop
sey, Jr., 28 years old, sou of WiHiam H.
Cropsey, and brother of the late Nellie
Cropsey of Elizabeth City for
death Jim Wilcox is serving a thirty
year sentence" in the penitentiary of '
North Carolina, took his life "at his
home in Berkely last night at 10 o'clock
by drinking carbolic acid. He com
mitted the-act iu the presence of his
young wife and their 5-year-old daugh
ter at their home at 1 19 Berkley
Adversities because of being thrown
out of employment, because' of strong
drink and being pressed by his cred
itors, was the reason assigned by the
wife when she told her story to the
coroner with tears streaming down
her cheeks.
"Will came home under the influence
of liquor," she said, "after i had told
fied the saloon keeps not to trust him
for any more of the stuff. He took a
seat in a chair in the bed room upstairs
and rested his head in his hands, as
though he was in trouble. I said to
hiin, 'Will, what is the matter .!' I de
tected that he had in his hands the bot
tle which we had kept carbolic acid.
At this instant he placed the bottle
to his mouth and drank its contents
or nearly all of it. I snatched the bot
tle from him and emptied the remain
der of the contents out of the window.
There was but little left. Hr had drunk
nearly all of it. I screamed and ran
for Dr. Sleet, living three doors away."
Dr. Sleet said when he arrived tlut
Cropsey had fallen from the chair on
which he was sitting and was stretechd
out on the floor in the room. The body
was limp and life was extinct.
Coroner Knight decided death was
due to carbolic poisouing, self-administered,
and that an inquest was unnecessary'-
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The only paper f hat threw any light
on his troubles was a note filled out
for fifty dollars on a blank of one of
th: local banks, whi'cfi liis wife said
that he tried to get discounted.
Mrs. Cropseysaid, between her sobs,
that her husband remarked last night,
a short while before he took the deadly
drink, that there was a way put of it.
She asked what way and he replied
he could shoot both her and himself.
Cropsey was employed with the Nor
folk Southern Railroad as billing clerk
until two motnhs ago when he lost
out. A few days ago he got another
job with the Seaboard Air Line Rail
way. ...
His wife is a daughter of A. C.
Stokes, a liveryman, of Elizabeth City,
and is 24 years old. They had been
married seven years and lived in
Richmond until three years ago when
they moved to this cify.
In addition to his pareuts in Eliza
beth City, the deceased man is sur
vived by five sisters and two brothers, j WANT MATCH GAME OF TENNIS.
They are Mrs. William Brooks, . One of the members of the Vance
South Park avenue, Brambleton; Miss boro Tennis Club who was in the city
-Mamie Cropsey, this city, and Miss?
Lula .Olive and Carrie Cropsey an!
Duke Cropsey (Elizabeth City. !
Mrs. Cropsey has a brother ,J. T-
Stokes, 275 York street; this city.
The , body was turned over to Fu
neral Director E. Lee Cox for prepara
tion, for burial.
flay, Corn, Ots,
Mail Orders Given
Lower Middle Street,
Much interest was yesterday mani
fested locally in the offer of E. C.
Duncan to purchase, the stock owned
by the State of North Carolina in the
Atlantic and North Carolina Railway
Company. The total stock of this
Company is seventeen thousand nine
hundred and seventy-two shares and
the State owns twelve thousand six
hundred and sixty-six shares, the re
mainder is scattered around over the
State and owned by corporations zand in
dividuals. Quite a block of it is owned
by citizens of New Bern.
Mr. Duncan offers $949,950 for the
portion of the stocli owned by the State,
that amount being rl per cent, of the
par value of the stock.
The road is mortgaged for $325,000
and leased to the Norfolk Southern
Railroad Company until January 1,
1996, at an annual rental of $53,916,
equivalent to 3 per cent, on the stock
at par. The State's part of this an
nual rental is $37,998, with gradual in
crease of rate "until it reaches before ex
piration of the lease, 6 per cent.
Strike of Trainmen Not Called
Conductors See Officials.
A strike of railroad trainmen on the
entire Norfolk Southern system set
to begin last night at six o'clock in the
event cerrtain concessions in wages and
working conditions were not given
failed to materialize last night, al
though the trainmen, it is believed, did
not get the concessions which they were
D. L. Johnson of Goldsboro, chairman
of the committee oh grievances, spent
yesterday in the city and yesterday af
ternoon received a wire suspending
the arrangement for the strike. The
message did not state the reason for
suspension of strike preparations.
Representatives of the conductors
of the system held a conference yester
day in Norfolk with President Hix and
other general officers of the road in con
nection with their demands for a raise
in salary and more favorable working
conditions. It was not known at the
lecal offices of the company here last
night what was the outcome of the con
ference or if the conference resulted
in any definite outcome at all. Neverthe
less the impression prevailed here that
the officials and the conductors would
eventually reach a mutually satisfac
tory agreement if they had not already
done so.
While on a hunting trip several
miles up Trent river yesterday after
noon J. H. Zciglcr, who has charge of
the watch repairing and engraving
department at S. H. Eaton's jewelry
store, killed an unusually large fox.
Mr. Zeigjer brought his trophy to the
city and it was admired last night by
a number of persons. The fox is one
of the finest specimens killed in this
section this season.
yesterday stated that the members of
the club are getting in shape for games
with similar clubs in nearby towns and
that they want to come to New Bern
J for a game. There are a number of
' crack tennis players here who will
probably be very glad to arrange a
J game with Vanceboro.
urned or
Oxide of Lime
by $75.00 per acre in a sixteen year
test, and proved beyond question that
it is a superior fertilizing ingrediant.
rown' C C03 by analitical test
heads the list of fertilizing limes. Far
full -information write at once to
New Bern, N. C.
Bran, Hominy,
Careful Attention.
NOW Bern, N. G.
Farmers Left Beech Grove Meeting
Feeling Day Had Been
One Well Spent.
Lady Member of The Institute
Party Was Favorite With
The Audience.
Daniel I.ane of Bellair sends the
Journal the following account of the
Farmers' Institute held Wednesday
at Bellair:
When the chairman of the Institute
Committee. Mr. W. H. Bray, proposed
the farmers institute' to be heM at
Bceth Grove, we around here, at
ones concluded to try to have a good
'day; and we were not disappointed.
The Institute party consisted of
three Prof. G arden, Mr. Hill and Mrs.
Our community turned out generally
it was a fine day and about 100 men
women and children met at Beech
Grove School House. Meeting called
to order by Mr. Bray and after a
song and prayer the meeting was
thrown open for discuss on. The
women led by Mrs. Hutt repaired te
the church nearby .where they were
entertained and instructed by her
in the .general problems that come up
in the women's department of horhe
Prof. Garden lectured chiefly on
corn culture, the progress our State
is making and how it may make greater
progress by the ready means of deeper
plowing and fixing more humus in
the -soil by legumes. At the con
clusion of his address, a recess of oue
hour was taken, at which time the
physical man was specially cared for.
A bountiful dinner was spread in
the grove which was enjoyed by all
and there was plenty left for many more
After dinner Mr. Hill talked on
Horticulture .giving specific instruc
tion as to buying, setting and general
care of the orchard. At the close of
his talk Mrs. Hutt came over from
the church, joined the men's party
and-made a tatk to all which for real
instruction, sound economics and
mirthful hits was perhaps the very
best of the feast.
Mrs. Hutt urged the teaching of
domestic economy in our country
schools, showing how much better it
was to teach the important things of
life rather than to pass the time in
studying those things that perish
with their passing from the school
So far as we could see and hear
all were pleased with the services of
the day and left the grounds-wiser
and better.
The committee composed of J. R.
Rice, J. S. West, E. M. Rice, Wclby
Pickles, Vauce Dawson and C. L..
Daniels, all of Bayboro, who have
charge of the big tournament to be held
at that place on February 7, are mak
iug extensive preparations for the event.
A brass band has been engaged to
furnish music for the occasion and just
previous to the opening of the tourna
ment there will be a big parade. At
uight there will be a dance in one of
the town halls. Several hundred
invitations hava been sent out and a
large number of visitors arc expected
to attend.
The remains of Mrs. Jane Lowen
berg, who died suddenly Tuesday night
at her home No. 30 South Front
street, were yesterday morning taken
' to Beaufort for interment. The body
was accompanied from this city by
Mrs. George Taylor of Goldsboro,
a step-daughter of the deceased, Mrs,
Jane Meadows and Rev. J. B. Hurley.
The funeral at Beaufort was conducted
at the cemetery immediately after
the arrival of the train.
Dr. H. M. Bonner returned yester
dY from a visit at Trenton- At thc
request ot tne cnairman ot tne uepu
tation Committee of the Laymen's
Movement Dr. Bonner on Thursday
night addressed a meeting of the lay
men at that place. Thc meeting was
well attended and much enthusiasm
was exhibited in the appraoching convention-
Dr. Bonner was assured that
a targe delegation would attend the
meeting from Trenton. He says that
from his observation in deputation
work the convention to be held' in thjs
city on February 6 and 7 bid fair to be
a largely attended and thoroughly
successful event.
The Ernul branch of the Farmers
' Union . win meet Saturday afternoon
March 8, at 2:30 o'clock. All mem
ben urged to attend
Other Cities To Make Six
All Confidently Expected
To Come In Later.
Places In League Are New Bern;
Goldsboro, Washington
and Fayetteville.
(Special to the Journal)
Goldsboro, Jan. 31 A meeting of
representatives of the athletic asso
ciations of New-Bern, Rocky Mount,
Kayettevifle and GoldsboYo, was held
.1. fi i r n Jl : -.M
ti me, v ii.iiiiuei ui v omiiieice rooms lit
this city tonight for the" purpose of
organizing an Eastern Carolina Base
ball Association. The following repre
sentatives were present:
New Bern: Harry Marks, Clyde
Eby, Charles Ellison and H. K. Land.
Rocky Mount: J. W. Mason, and W.
S. Moye. Fayetteville: T. A. Lyon,
R. M. Jackson and Hubert Ramseur. I
Goldsboro: Jos. Robinson, S.F.fTeagueUesting talk on the movement and ex
n. M. Allen, W. U. l.reech. In ad
ditiOn to these there were a number
of local citizens present and partici
pating in the meeting.
The meeting was called to order by
Col. Robinson of this city. Clyde;
Eby of New Bern was elected chairman
and S. F. Teague of this city was
elected as secretary. Upon roll calt
New Bern, Rocky Mount, Fayette
ville and Coldsboro answered. Mr.
Eby made a short talk in which he
stated the object -of the meeting and
added that the time for action had
arrived. Mr. J. W. Mason of Rocky
Mount stated that that town was all
ready to enter the proposed league,
that they had the money ready and
were only waiting for developments
but that they would enter the league
only upon three conditions, viz: limit
on salary, a three year contract and
a thousand dollar forfeit. '
Those condition3 did not strike the
representatives of the other towns
favorably and Mr. Robinson said that
he thought that it would be wise to
let Rocky Mount out as none of the
other towns were agreeable o their
terms. The representatrresyTrom Fay
etteville agreed with Col. Robinson and
Mr. Eby stated that he was in favor of
this action.
Just at this juncture a telegram was
received from Lindsay Warner, repre
senting the Washington baseball peo
ple. II stated that it was impossible
for hiin to be present owing to urgent
business. He said that thc committee
there had received pledges amounting
to fifteen hundred dollars and if the
league was -formed they would go iu
if the playing schedule was only sixty
days and a low salary limit. Upon
motion of T. A.- Eyon of Fayetteville
seconded by Joe Robinson of Goldsboro,
it was decided that the various towns
represented would stand for a salary
limit of one thousand dollars a month,
a forfeit of three hundred dollars and
a three years .contract. The motion
was carried and the representatives
from Rocky Mouut announced that
that place would withdraw, thus leav-
ng only four teams, New Bern, Wash
ngton, Fayetteville and Goldsboro in
thc league.
A six team league had been desired
and the secretary was instructed to
write. to other towns in Eastern North
Carolina and to get two other places
to join and as soon as these had been
heard from to hold another meeting,
probably within the next two weeks
and at that time to make definite ar
rangemcnts for a schedule and the
securing of the players.
Neit her Wilmington nor Wilson was
heard from. This was quite a surprise
to all present. It was generally under
stood that the Wilson baseball men
were not particularly interested in the
formation of the league but it Was
supposed that they would have? I
representative on hand. The Wil
mington fans have been very enthusias
tic over the matter during the past
three weeks and when representatives
from that place failed to make their
appearnce there was, of course some
astonishment. However, the latter
place may yet come iuto the league and
it is understood that the Rocky Mount
people may change their minds and be
hand at the next meeting with a
request for admtiance. As the situa
tion now stands, the league has been
formed with four towns and as soon ss
two other teams can be secured thc
ball playing will begin.
D. P. Whitford of Askin says the
Journal was mistaken ih reporting
him as having seen some one who
-might have been the negro who way
laid and robbed W. D. StapMord of
Truitt's. He states that he dMn
see any such person and of course
didn't say that he had seen him
Sheriff Lane says that the information
he gave the Journal was that A. R
Whitford was the man who was said
William Rollinson of Maribef was
Huong the visitors in the city' yesterday
THE Cipi
S. M. Brinson Malfifcs Address In
Behalf of Big Meeting
Here Next Week.
L. West Celebrates Seventy
Third Birthday With
Family Reunion.
(Special to the Journal)
Dover. Jan. 31. Thursday night
S. M. Brinwh of Tfew Bern made an
address, here for the purpose of a waken
ing interest in the Laym?n's Move
me'ccSvention to be held in New
Hern on February 6 and 7. Dr. Ray
mond ; Pol look, was to have accom
pained Mr. Brinson and to have as
sisted him in this work and our people
were greatly disappointed when it
was learned that he had been detained
on account of professional business.
Dr. Pollock has many friends here and
they are always gild to have him visit
the town. Mr. Brinson made an inter-
tended a cordial invitation to all to
attend the convention.
T. L. West celebrated his 73rd
birthday last Sunday. All of his
children .grand children and great
grand children were present numbering
about fifty. Mr. West has been a
resident of Dover for about 25 years.
We wish for him many more anniver
saries. There came very near being a ser
ious accident here Wednesday when
a pair of young horses owned by Dr.
A. L. Hyatt of Kinston, who had a
man hauling out lime from Dover to
his farm near here, became frightened
as the driver jumped out of the wagon,
and dashed off in a run. They ran
completely over a horse and buggy
hitched in front of W. A. Wilson's
store knocking the horse down and
demolishing the buggy. The horse
was cut in several places but fortunate
ly not seriously injured.
G. I. Taylor of Jones county, has
accepted a posittion with Dr. A. L.
Hyatt as overseer of his farm near
here. We are very glad to have Mr.
Taylor and his estimable family to
move back near us.
We Were very glad to have Bros.
Ed Avery and J. L. Roberson of Cove
City in attendance at our Jr O. U.
A. M. meeting Tuesday night. And
especially are we glad to note the rapid
recovery of Mr. Roberson from the
accident that he happened to several
weeks ago by gatting his leg broken
and ankle sprained.
The Kinston basket ball team is
scheduled to come down and play the
Dover High School team Thursday
Eli Nachamson is making prepara
tions to have one of the greatest sales
pulled off that has ever been in the
history of Dover.
There is something going to happen
in Dover very soon.
We are glad to see Mr. Roberts
cpresenting S. o. Roberts ol New
Bern in our town today. Thc first
visit he has paid us in several years.
The stork visited the home of Mr.
John E. White near Dover Wednesday
night and presented him with a fine
little girl.
P. Sawyer, representing the Arm
strong Grocery Company of New Bern,
was in our town today.
The plant of the Enterprise Brick
and Tile ComOany at Clark's has been
sild by J. W. Stewart and H. M. Weth
erington, the former owners," to G. P.
Eubank of Cove Cit. Uder the
lerma of the transaction Messrs
Stewart and Wctherington eome into
possession of Mr. Eubank's farm, Oak
Forest, located about four miles from
Cove City. MlStart and Wctlv
erington will be sales agents in New
Bern for " the hrickrujaking plant
which they traded
to Mr. luibank
Charles Hall, General Manager of
the East Carolina Lumber Company,
spent yesterday in Pamlico county
impeding the work on a train road
which the company is constructing
in that county. Mr. Hall says that
about nine miles of thc road have been
graded and that ties and rails have.
been placed on about seven mires
this. At mat the track will cover a
distance of twelve miles and the
construction of this will be concluded
in about four weeks. Recently'
company hahad a number of
Itioas a na-improvements msMS,
plant at James City which they
use sod will be ready for opsratks
within s week or two.
'5 HOPEi
New York, Janury 31. Speaking on
k'.'party leadership'.' at the annual dinner
of the Virginians of New York Crty,
Richard Eperjcn Byrd, s'peaker of the
Virginia House of Delegates, declared
that thc hope of Democracy and of
hthe country depends upon Governor
Wilson's assumption of supreme party
"We must rcrlect," he said, "that
opposition parties arc bound together
by negative as well as affirmative pur
poses and that the nogations cease to
be a source of strength when the party
in opposition becomes the party in
The speaker cited thc determination
of the question of competition to be
vital to the welfare of the country,
whether it is, "a permanent law appli-
cable in all rimes to all conditions of.
"If competition requires statutesto
keep it alive, it may seriously consid
ered," he added," whether some nat
ural Uw born of a new relation of in
dustrial forces does not threaten its
continued existence as an economic
Thomas Nelson Page, author, spoke
of religious social, economic and po
litical problems of the day, making
an especial plea for what he termed
the sacrcdness of the judiciary."
B. B. Davenport, who conducts a
general merchandise store on lower
Middle street, is becoming quite a
connoisseur in the colloection of curios
from various parts of the world. Yes
terday lie had on display at his place
of business a pair of sandals presented
him by a friend who has spent much j
timc in Africa, and which are said to
have been taken from the feet of an
African chief who was slain during
a fight between his tribe and a settle
ment of whites.
In shape the sandals are very un
usual, being very wide and long any
in fact more resemble ing a large pair
of gloves than anything else. They
are made entirely of skins, the soles
containing about eight thicknesses and
these are put together with heavy
threads made of some variety of skins.
That the sandals have seen active
service is plainly evident to those who
have inspected them but despite this
fact they are in an almost perfect state
of preservation.
George H. Scott, a mechanical cngi-
gineer from the home office of the Virginia-Carolina
Chemical Company in
Richmond, is at the Stewart Sanitarium
recovering from a bad fall which he
sustained at the local plant of the com
pany last Tuesday. He was on top
of a bagging machine and fell to the
floor, a distance of about nine feet. No
bones were broken but Mr. Scott was
badlv bruised. It is expected,
however, that he will be able to leave
the hospital in the course of a day
for two.
"He Who by the
Must Either
We Sell Blount's TRUE BLUE Line Of Plows
Middle Bursters, Plow
Blounts' baisy Plow. A Light Steel Turning
Plow. Very Popular. Pricet Right.
J.C Whitty & Company
phone n
Craven County Teachers Associ
ation Holds Regular
Monthly Meeting; '
County Treasurer B. B. Hurst Is
Host to Teachers Who
Vote Him Thanks.
About forty teachers attended the
meeting of the Craven County Teachers'
Association which was heM in this
city yesterday at Griffin auditorium.
At thc conclusion of tha "Meeting,
which was -one of the most interesting
and instructive held this term, the
teachers accepted an invitation ex
tended ,by B: B. Hurst, the County
Treasurer: &r a ride over the entire
system of the New Bern Ghent Street
Railway Company. This was thorough -ly
enjoyed and Mr. Hurst was extend ; d
a vote of thanks for his kindness.
The meeting was largely devoted to
a discussion on the teaching of English.
One of the most interesting talks was
made by Mrs. L. T. Kornegay 'of the
Dover High School who illustrated
her suggestions and ideas with the
assistance of a model class of six pupils.
She explained every detail of the" sug
gestions she made in such a clear,
concise manlier that her talk proved
of great worth to those present.
She was followed by E. A. Stapteford
of the Bridgeton school who spoke at
length on "The Importance of English
and Its Neglect." Mr. Stapleford" was
throughly familar with his subject
.r.-'J advanced many new ideas and sug
gestions for teaching English in a more
satisfactory manner.
Miss Virginia Ives of North. llarlowc
read an excellent paper in which "she
suggested a number of improvements
which could be made in the method
of teaching English.
"How to Utilize to Advantage the
Recess Period" was discussed by sev
eral teachers. This is a subject with
which every teacher, expecially those
in the public schools, is confronted and
many of the teachers present yester
day Look uulxsxf the 'Itf1'"" iMtd
and will put some of the ideas ad
vanced into practice at once.
Harper Wctherington of Jasper ren-
dered s?vcral Piano elections which
were enjoyed by all..
In order that the teachers might
have an opportunity of enjoying the
car ride Mr. Brinson did not deliver
an address which he had prepared for
thc occasion, fhc next meeting will
be held on Saturday, Marcn I.
United States Deputy Marshal
Samuel Lilly returned yesterday from
Jacksonville where" -ofr the previous
day he arraigned Lennie Costen, of
Hubert, before Commissioner F. W.
Hargett on a warrant charging him
with retailing spirit ucftie liquors without
a government license. - After hearing
the evidence the Commissioner found
probable causeand bound the defend
ant over to the next term of Federal
Court uuder a bond of one hundred
and fifty dollars. The defendant
secured bail in this amount and was
released from custody.
J. E. Smith yesterday purchased
fr m H. S. Owens the Sample Shoe
Store located on lower Middle street
Mr. Smith has conducted a dry goods
store and also a clothing store in this
city in years past and is well known
all over this section. He will continue
to operate the store at the present stand.
Plow Would Thrive
Hold or Dnve.
That Fills a Long Felt Nes4

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