North Carolina Newspapers

No, 150
Developments In The Affair Did Not Come Unexpected
ly, Wrangle Has Been Going On For Weeks
Postmaster Was Insubordinate
A. P. Bump, of New Hanover County
Uses Shotgun To End His Life.
"Who will Be Appoint
ed To Fill The Vaca
ncy?" Is The Ques
tion Of The Hour.
(Special to the Journal.)
Washington, D. C, Dec. .
Postmaster J. S. Basnight, of New
Bern, was summarily dismissed
today by the Postoffice Department
for refusing to restore R. E. Smith,
night clerk In the New Bern office,
whom he had discharged.
This action is the culmination
of along controversy between the
Postmaster, who is a Republican,
and Smith, a Democrat, and which
was brought to the department
in counter charges filed by Basnight
and Smith against each other.
It was alleged by Smith that the
postmaster ignored the civil ser
vice rules by appointing a Repub
lican youth, not of age, to a vacancy
In the postoffice.. Smith claimed
fie was entitled to "the place, which
was a promotion, because of his
long service in the postoffice. When
- the postmaster learned that these
charges had been filed against him,
and before a postoffice Inspector
could reach New Bern to investi
gate the case, it Is alleged Basnight
discharged Smith.
Subsequently, the Postoffice De
partment sent a telegram to Bas
night ordering him to restore the
clerk to his position. This telegram
was ignored entirely by Basnight,
according to Senator Simmons,
who took up the case in behalf of
Smith. A second telegram was
' sent to the postmaster demanding
an explanation, whereupon Bas
night replied that he had acted
within his rights, under the law
which he claimed gave him the
privilege of choosing his assistants
as he saw fit.
Then the Postoffice Department
sent a peremptory demand to
to the Postoffice Department and Con
gressman Jno. M. Faison became
interested in the matter. The latte-
came to Mew Hern and asked Mr.
Basnight to resign from office, telling
him that unless he acceded to this
request, that an investigation would be
started and that he would be ousted.
This the postmaster refused to do
and the matter hung fire for several
weeks during which time Congressman
Faison made several visits to New Bern
for the purpose of securing information
in regard to the charges against the
About three weeks ago Postmaster
Basnight filed charges against night
clerk R. E. Smith. These charges were
trivial and in a letter to Postoffice
Inspector G. G. Hemilwright, Mr. Smith
denied them, singularly and collective
ly. Nothing was heard in regard to
the matter until last Saturday night
when the mpostaster dismissed Smith
from the office, claiming tnat he had
a right to do this as the night clerk
was on six months probation and that
his work was not satisfactory and that
he was a disorganization factor in the
This action on the part of Mr. Bas
night is believed by many to be the
direct cause for being dismissed. Be
lieving that he was in the right in dis
missing night clerk Smith, Mr. Basnight
ignored the demands of the Postoffice
Department to reinstate him and his
dismissal yesterday, followed.
Smith Not Reinstated
So far night clerk Smith has not been
reinstated and George Howard, over
whom all the contention started, was in
charge of that department as usual last
night. That Mr. Basnight expected to
be dismissed there is little doubt.
He told a friend last night that he felt
relieved, and there is no denying the
fact that he has. been under a heavy
mental strain during the past few days.
Mr. Basnight was appointed as
postmaster of the local postoffice in
June, 1910, and his term would have
expired next June. More than six
months remain before the expiration
of his term, but regardless of the fact
sibly come to the conclusion that I
have decided to get out of the race
for the post mastersh ip at this pla ce,
there is no foundation for such belief,
and I want to tell you that I am in the
race until the finish.
"I have not been out circulating
petitions and securing promises un
til today when my friends told me it
was time to get busy. My friends
have, today, secured several hundred
indorsements from prominent citizens.
I have been Chairman of the Democra-
Wilmington, Dec. 4. A. P. Bump,
about 60 years old, committed suicide
early this evening at the home of a man
with whom he was living two miles
from the city. Placing the muzzle of
a shotgun over his heart, it is presumed
he pushed the trigger with a walking
cane. No one was at home at the time
He left several notes. In one he stated
that his health was getting worse all
the time, hence he had determined to
kill himself. He had been a cripple for
many years.
Earl H. Bellamy, an employe of gov
ernment dredge No. 9, was drowned
from an oil bargee down Cape Fear river
mm MiKUL, news ui wnicn was received
here today. He slipped from the barge
in an attempt to cast off the lines by
which the boat had been towed to the
side of the river. The body has not
been revocered. He was from Wampee,
South Carolina.
Timely Topics On A Vital Sub
Postmaster J. S. Basnight has handed
us the following "Rules for Grouches."
Being on a timely subject and with his
consent we are publishing the same:
"Bartholomew S. Slavin, who is in
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Executive Committee of Cve h of one of the Philadelphia sub-
county for six years, and during this
time the records show that the Demo-
postomces is tired ot hearing com
plaints about non-delivery of mail. In
.,.. fc,- ; ( an effort to lighten his burden by mak-
. ton tod J 1015 This i. in chronic containers think before
good record I believe and I am en
titled to
the party leaders,
registering a kick he has formulated and
IDublished fhe following set of "rules:"
some consideration trom , ... . .
rosuiveiy no letters win De given
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Tk. A nnl cpr in rnnrh out unul lnev are received.
with the other candidates laste lasf you don't get a letter or a paper
A thf nnahlo tn Mt 00 the daV yOU P " have the Post-
an interview with them. Acting Post- master Iook thr0USh aU the other boxes
master R. A. Nunn stated that he had and then search the cellar also. It
absolutely nothing to say in regard to ought to be somewhere and he likes to
thf matter . I hunt for it just to please you
Just when the appointment of a J "H you friendjdoesn't write rave, at
new nost master will be made is a matter I the Postmaster. Somehow he is to
of much speculation. However, it is
more than probable that the office
will be filled during the next few days.
With Christmas less than three
weeks hence New Bern has already
taken on a holiday appearance and from
now until after the first of the year
the city, especially down in the business
district, will present a scene of marked
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The scene down in the shopping ,ot'" curing me pas. ween
district is always a busy one, but lat I the senders of a number of the letters
night seemed to be an exception. To I have placed the seals on the wrong side
Basnight that he reinstate Smith, that there are ievefa candid,tes in the
field for the office, it is the general
opinion ot those wno arc laminar
with the case, the he would have been
allowed to remain in charge had not
the present trouble arisen.
Now that the postmaster has been
dismissed and the bonding company
placed in cnarge until some one u
be appointed to fill the office until
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At last the blow has fallen. Not the end ot tne unexpired term, mere
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unexpected, it is true, but nevertheless mucn specuiauon ....
and gave him until today to do so
Basnight, according to Senator
Simmons, paid no attention to
this demand, and Postmaster
General Burleson ordered that the
postmaster be summarily removed
from office.
The Blow Falls.
swift and sure. The message dis
missing Postmaster Basnight was re
ceived in this city late yesterday after
noon. The message stated that the
American Bonding Company ofBalti-
"If he insists there are no letters for
you put on a grieved look and say there
ought to be some. He is probably hid
I ing your mail for the pleasure of having
you call again and again for it.
If you are buying stamps make him
lick them and piy. them on. That is
part of the business he is paid to do,
Hundreds of letters bearing Red
I Cross Seals are each day mailed at the
Washington. D. C, Dec. 4 The
Department of Agriculture has issued
an official program for the annual re
ception of the champion members of
the boys' and girls' agricultural clubs
which will be held in Washington,
December 11th to 18th. The itinerary
includes a reception by President
Wilson, the awarding of diplomas
by Secretary of Agriculture Houston
and attending sessions of both Senate
and House and hearings before th Sen
ate and House Committees on Agriculture.
There will be a champion member of
the Boys' Corn Clubs from each of the
Southern States; champions of the
Girls' Canning Clubs from the Southern,
Northern and Western States, and
Girls' and Boys' Potato Club champions
from Massachusetts, Ohio, Utah, Iowa
and Michigan. Colorado will send a
Sugar Beet Club boy as the champion
sugar beet grower of the State and the
sole representative of this club work
which has recently been started by the
Department. These champion boys
and girls will represent an organization
of over 150,000 boys and girls.
While the Department will officially
have charge of the program for the re
ception, the expenses of the trip are
being defrayed by the different States,
counties, municipal authorities and
private citizens.
The members will arrive in Wash
ington December 11th and will be given
a "get acquainted" reception at the
Ebbitt House. The President will
receive the delegates on Monday
morning, December 15th, at 10:20
The program for the 12th includes a
visit to different points of interest in
the city and a trip to Arlington Ceme
tery and Fort Meyer. During the morn
ng of the 13th Secretary Houston
will present the champion winners with
diplomas, after which moving pictures
of the party1 will be taken. They will
then visit the different departments
and museums. A theatre party will be
given in the evening.
Sunday, the 14th, will be given to rest
and attending churches and meetings
of the Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A
On the following day the party will be
taken down the Potomac to Mount
Vernon, to visit the home and tomb
of Washington. On the 16th a visit
will be made to the Capitol where
Congress will be seen in session; hear
ings before the Committees on Agri
culture will be attended; a visit will be
made to the Government Printing
Office and Navy Yard, and a theatre
party will be given in the evening
The two final days, the 17th and 18th
will be taken up with visits to the
Pan-American Union Building, Poto
Onslow, Lenoir, Craven
Jones Counties Face
A Dilemma.
Court WU1 Be Asked
Adjudicate This
u faaual Mwprvpr it nrohahlv seemed I . .L . , .. . . . . , mac rarx, Lorocran Art uaiiery ano tne
- --- OI (ne ,eer ana mese nave rjcen re-1
tnat tuny nity per ceiu. ui mc pupum- i .
tion was out on a shopping expedition
The local merchans have stocked their
stores with an extensive line of hooliday
goods and this naturally, attracts
hundreds of purchasers.
The majority of the merchants
close their establishments at 7 o'clock
Postmaster J S. Basnight has re
ceived the following order from the
Postmaster General in regard to the
placing of seals on the wrong side of
"No adhesive stamps, or imitations
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J - lk. nin.k V,,.- frnm MWI -Ml until 1 ' ' - .
after Christmas these establishment. "therthan lawful Pf,ae "amp.
will be kept open until a later hour
in order that those who cannot come
g the day will have an
of doing their shopping
shall be affixed to the address side of
domestic mail matter, but such adhes-
different legations, an auto trip through
the city and a trip to the Zoological
Park. The annual conference of
club leaders will be held and a special
conference on the Girls' Club work.
feature of the week will he a con
ference of the Department's lady agents
who will be in Washington from every
section where they are located and who
will act as chaperons to the boys and
a -aJlZ ,. h.v will hv, n hesive itamP. Provided they do not
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ill iv. ill auu ucDiicii icKinuic .awiui
at night.
will be.
There are four candidates for the
place. John Thomas, L. G. Daniel
S. H. Lane and Frank Weathersbee
Each of these gentlemen want the office
more, who are on Mr. Basnight's bond, ind have excellent reasons to believe
had been Dlaced in charge of the office, that they will be appointed. However,
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Following this telegram, R. A. Nnnn only one oi them can nil me omce
I he local representative of the American and it is a matter of much speculation
Bonding Company, received a message as to who will be the tortunate man
asking him to take charge of the office, When it became noised around last
and ihU he did. night that Mr. basnight Had been dis-
At Dresent Mr.- Nunn is acting missed, the wise ones at once began
postmaster in the city of New Bern. I to prophecy as to whom would be
Shortly after 9 o clock last night tne appointed, ine general opinion oi mc
clerks in Hie different departments public is that the race is between Mr.
we summoned to the office and at Daniels and Mr. Thomas. Constitu-
once Degan tne worn oi inspecting cms ui uun. mtu gomrv. --k
each and every department begin. This the Post! Telegraph Company's office
insiwction of the office does not, by open until midnight sending telegams
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any means, put cne cvHmmaiiCT i ig acuaiui r . . oiiiuu.iin .vu.........fc
in bad light as far as conducting these gentlemen, and urging mat
ttLm Lmlnm nf thr ofiSre in concerned. I he use his influence in having one of
There has never been any charges p hem appointed to fill the office.
that he was not properly attending 8. H. Lane Talks.
the financial and business end Mr. -S. H. Lane, chairman of the
of the office, but is merely the custom Democratic Executive Committee, is
rj tk Hniwtintr rnmnanv to have their I one of the candidates for the office
representative look into the affairs I who up to a day or two ago hid not Deen
of any such office under circumstances very active in the race. However,
.which now exist at the New Bern I his friends say that ne nas just as gooo
postoffice. I a c nance to De appoiniea to in omce
Trouble Brewing For Weeks. as either oi tne otner candidates sua
fhe dismissal of Mr. Basnight Raslhtve befun to mixe a ngni to gui
been brewing for weeks. Some time him the appointment.
taAUu)tlfclWinrii Spt,,ml" R M In an interview given a Journal
01 U MM taMfts.-rvtl dkmtmtm against Mr. reoorter last night Mr. Lane said:
Bataight and these were forwarded "Although some of my friends have pos-
postage stamps, and do not bear
numerals, may be affixed to the re
verse side of domestic mail matter.
"All domestic mail matter bearing,
on the address side adhesive stamps,
or imitations of stamps, other than law
ful postage stamps, will be returned to
the sender, if known, otherwise they
will be forwarded to the Division of
Dead Letters.
All persons using red cross stamps
on Christmas packages and other mail
matter should be governed by the
above order."
Kinston, N. C, Dec. 4. The stock
law wrangle if it can be called a
wrangle in this part of the State,
will be taken to the Supreme Court.
This is the decision of the Lenoir
county board of commissioners. Three
counties are directly involved and as
many more indirectly in the confu
sion which has come out ot the mak
ing of Sampson county into stock law
territory. When Sampson chose to
become a part of the fence territory
it devolved upon her northern neigh
bor, Suplin, to do likewise or build a
long and costly fence. Duplin's legis
lator introduced a bill to include that-
county. Foreseeing trouble brewing
for Lenoir, the commissioners imme
diately got busy and requested that
county's representative in the General
Assembly to try to stave off the leg
islation affecting Duplin. The repre
sentative was given to understand
that he was representing Lenoir, not
Duplin, and that the latter was the
county most interested in the matter
pending. When Duplin became stock
law territory, rather than expend
many thousands of dollars in the
building of a fence to separate this
county from Duplin, the Lenoir com
missioners had the representative
from this county introduce a bill re
quiring fences in this county.
Now the trouble has developed with
Craven and Jones, which counties
were notified that Lenoir's stock law
would go into effect on March 1, 1914.
Counsel for these counties stated that
there could be found no such law which
requires them to do the fencing to keep
Jones and Craven county farmers'
stock from coming onto Lenoir's farm
ers' lands it seemed to them logical
that Lenoir county should bujld it
Precedent up held their view, it
stated. In contradiction to this, Le
noir's commissioners held that the
only precedent of which there is
knowledge applies only to individuals
and small communities, and that coun
ties have not before been involved in
such a mix-up. Stock of Craven and
Jones planters coming into Lenoir to
become a nuisance to farmers pro
tected by fence from their Lenoir
neighbors' animals could be impound
ed; then the unfenced boundari(f
might separate neighbors with hard
feelings for one another. All the liti
gants realize this, but Lenoir, with a
decided advantage in the matter, it
see ni3 to her commissioners, is in a
position to assume a jaunty air and
act independently in the controversy.
However, to fo the "fair thing," the
board will present to the commission
ers of Craven and Jones a proposition
to draw up an "agreed case" to be de
cided by the Supreme Court, with the
claims of each of the contenders out
lined fully. The State's highest tri
bunal will say whether Craven and
Jones or Lenoir shill spend the big
sum that the fences will cost.
Onslow county, facing a dilemm
similar to that experienced by Dupl
and Lenoir, will vote upon the stock
What to give relatives and friends
for a Chriatmas Gift is "the question
of the hour" just at this season. There
are so many things that one can pur
chase, but then one is never certain
that they will prove acceptable and
there is nothing more bothersome
than to know that a gift sent some
relative or friend is going to be some
thing they have no earthly use for.
Everybody reads a newspaper. It
is something that is brought into ser
vice every day in the year and it is
something that is always in demand.
There could be no more acceptable gift
than a year's subscription to a good
daily newspaper. It is something
that will be useful and will be appre
ciated. For the benefit of its subscribers
and those who are about to become a
member of the big family of Journal
readers, the publishers of the paper
are making a special offer for the holi
days. The regular price of the Journal
is four dollars a year and its worth
every cent of it, too, but until Decem
ber 24, a special rate of three dollars
per year will be made for new subscrib
ers only. -S .!
On another page will be found a cou
pon. Fill in this coupon with your name
and the name of the friend or relative
to whom you want the paper sent.
The first issue will be started on the
morning of December li$f Christmas
Day, and along with it will go a Christ
mas card on which will be the name of
the donor of the gift.
Every day in the yeac will the re
cipient of such a gift be reminded of the
relative or friend who' remembered
them during the holiday season of 1913.
Now is the time to attend to this
matter. Sit right down, fill out the
coupon and mail it to the Journal.
A receipt will be forwarded to you
and the paper will go to the recipient
of the gift on Christmas morning.
Five Days On The Desert
Without Food Or
In the opening of the new garage
by the Hyman Supply Company,
New Bern has added to its list of motor
driven vehicle hostelries, one of the
finest in the State. The bnilding,
which is located on South Front street I Norfolk, Dec. 4. When George Leon
just opposite the Hyman Supply Com-1 Tilton was arraigned on a charge of
pany's office and supply building, I bigamy in the Corporation Court
was erected especially for the purpose I yesterday, he had no defense to make,
and nothing has been left undone land within three minutes from the time
that would tend to make- it complete I the case was opened was sentenced
in every detail. I by Judge Alan R. Hanckel to serve
The entire building is well lighted three years in the penitentiary,
by large skylights during the day and I Tilton formerly lived in Goldsboro,
numerous electric lights at night. I N. C, and it was upon complaint of his
The floor is of concrete and in the first wife, who, with her three-year-old
front cart is the storage room for the daughter, live in that towa, that
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machines. In the rear is the repair Tilton was arrested in Cincinnati, O.,
department and this is equipped for I several days ago and brought back he. e
lor trial.
New York. Dec. 5. Lottie Dowling la question on December 15th, with
wrote a note. According to the Dolice decidedly preponderant sentiment
of the Tremont station, it was addressed lor tencmg, according to tne esti
to fifteen-year-old Tohnnis Beck, of ate s of leading citizens there today.
No. 2021 La Fontaine avenue, but it in In Onslow the fence advocates are de-
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some manner it tell into tne nanus ""u"l,,,k v"c r ...v ....
f i.. ...i.i,. it,,.!.,,, I responsible for prevalent stock di-
Finding his social corrcsoondcnce had "eases, and advance as other Dene
got into other hands, lohnnic walked lts to be derived from the law the
into the Tremont station last night and segregation of improved stock from
r, 9 rmink nf rlirimn tn hi.ln inferior and increase on interest in
him get his note from Freddv. animal husbandry.
'it's from a lady," was the only in
Other counties in the section are
President Huerta Exerting Every
Effort To Gat igkV.
Maria, Texas, Dec 5. five days on
desert without any food or wa
ter than they could carry with them.
the refugees from Chihuahua City
evacuated by the Federilajrere today
within a few miles of Ojinaga, on the
border opposite Presidio, Texas, Uni
ted States customs and immigration
spectors left Maria to meet the ref
ugees in tne expectation tnat loey
would cross the border, and also to
meet any contingency that might
arise in event that any of the Mexi
can Federal army officers should seek
safety in this country.
At the head of the fleeing army offi
cers is Gen. Salavador Mercado, Huer
ta's military commander in Northern
Mexico, who evacuated Chihuahua af
ter his troops threatened mutiny be
cause they received no pay. Two
thousand Federal troops, with mem
bers of some of the richest families
in Mexico, are in the caravan.
Almost everyone in Maria has left
for the border to witness the arrival
of the refugees. Maria is about 50
miles from Presidio and is connected
with it only by a wagon road tad a
Villa Arumada, Mexico., Dec 5.
Fifty-five hundred rebels forming the
formation the poKce could get at first Uw taking notice, and if the Su- nucleus of the army with which Gen.
from Johnnie, but he later admitted preme Court decided in lavor Le-
it was from Lottie Dowling, who is fif- ,r. no man can P'" wnit tne
teen vear. old and lives at No. 595 East lend will be. Very few of the coun-
One Hundred and Seventy-eighth street
Lieut. McCarthy assigned Policeman
Silva to locate Freddy and get the note.
He was found a few doors from hi
home, at No. 1999 Arthur avenue.
Freddy gave up the note. He didn't
have to explain how he got it, for Mr.
Beck appeared to be well pleased with
its contents after a brief perusal, and
said he was satisfied with the work o(
the police on the case. He did not Hi-
vulge its contents.
ties could stand the expense of fenc
ing from their neighbors, and it is
possible that the whole eastern part
of the State will be incorporated as
stock law territory as a result of the
present Lenoir-Craven-Jones dispute,
Most children are dissatisfied with
the behavior of their parents.
And many a man who has the
cheek to raise whiskers doesn't even
try it.
ny variety of work
Taken as a whole the new garage
is as modern and well equipped through
out as any in the South.
After marrying Miss Gertrude Jor
dan, the1 sixteen-year-old daughter of
Mr, and Mrs. J. T. Jordan, of Forty
third street, Lambert's Point, on April
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The Old Standard Grove's Tasteless nwt wfte in Goldsboro. It was dur-
chin Tonic is equally valuable as a ing this visit that his first wife found
General Tonic because It contains the a letter from the young girl Tilton
iJZSLuSPSZl h,d nuuTid h. She informed the lo-
onf iZky. BnBhira "Ponded
Bauds up the WhoWBvstem. 90 cents, in Cincinnati.
Wilmington, Dec. 4. The body o(
Capt. Henry Edge, who was drowned
November 14, when the steamer C, W.
Lyon was burned Oft the t jpi Fear river
Washington, Dec. S. Clinton Gibbs
accidentally killed his brother, James
Gibbs, while hunting near their home
20 miles above Wilmington, wis found .. R.nsomville ve.terdav. While loadirw
this morning by Captaia Stirling Single- hi, ffu- for oarnoee of shooting a
cair, oi me tug ayiwg- i ne oooy was hawk the gun fired with the result that
noaung in tne river nearly three miles j ame, WM .hot in the breast and death
dhow where the drowning occurred. The Wis slmost insrant. Dr. J. T. Nich
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- """" 1 olson, ot bath, was culled but ar
uisiien county, tomorrow morning, tor rived too late to save the young man's
Francisco Villa says he will march
to Mexico City, were to enter Chihua
hua City, the State capital some time
It is in this city that Vdla said he
would gather about him 10,000 men to
start south by way of Torreon and Za
cateas, to Mexico City. The report
that Zacatecas, with 30,000 population
and the capital of a rich mining dis
trict, already was being attacked, in
dicated that the rebels to the south
were in great numbers. Villa plana to
have at least 20,000 men when he
reaches the high plateau leading to
the capital of the Republic Already
equipped with machine guns, artil
lery and millions of rounds of ammuni
tion by his victories ia the North,
Villa said he was no longer hampered
by his inability to get arms from for
eign sources, but could readily obtain
them from the Federals who an re
ported ia the lew umalajag northers
strongholds to be ready to evacuate.
Piles Cured la 6 to 14 Dayt
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