North Carolina Newspapers

35th. YEAR
Virginian Found Lying On Floor
With A Bullet In Ills
Robbery Believed To Hare Been
Motive 01 Foul
Ridgeway, Va., Dec. 15. Frank
Fly on, was found murdered in his home
about four mile south of Ridge way,
Henry county, today A colored
woman visited the Fjynn home about
s o'clock in the morning on some
errand and not being able to get a
response at the door looked in at
one of the windows. She saw the
dead man lying on the floor, and
gave the .alarm. Th Flynn home
is situated a few feat south of the
State line and the North Carolina
authorities were summoned. The of
ficers found the outside doors locked
and nailed from within. A small win
dow with mud on the sill indicated the
manner in which the murderer made his
escape from the building.
Flynn was lying on the floor in a
pool of blood with a pistol wound in
the head and another in the back show
ed how he met his death. There were
three other bullet holes, two per
forating the Walls of the house and
one lodging in a bundle of clothing in
a corner of the room. That these were
fired from within the room is clearly
indicated by the manner in which they
penetrated the wood work. The cloth
ing of the dead man was torn as if in a
hand to hand struggle, and a pistol
holster was lying on the floor beside the
body. The revolver which Flynn is
known to have possessed was missing
Smears of blood around the walls show
that a desperate struggle took place
within the room and leads to the be
lief that Flynn probably wounded his
adversary before being himself shot.
Either of the wounds found on the
body would have prevented further re
sistattce if not instant death. Flynn
was alone in the house at the time of
the tragedy, his wife and children hav
ing gone to visit her father who lives
tea miles distant: It is believed the
murder was committed Sunday night,
the 13th instant, from the fact that he
bad not "been seen since that time, and
from other evidence.
He was in Ridgeway last Saturday
and was shaved by the local barber.
One day's growth of beard indicates
Sunday as the date of the murder
The features were also disfigured by
rats, which had destroyed one ear
A number of rumors are current as to
assistant postmaster. Those who are
not familiar with conditions think that
the postmaster can appoint whoever
he desires as an assistant, but this is
not the esse.
The President's Order.
On September 30, 1910, President
Taft signed the following order real
tive to the appointment of assistant
- "It is hereby ordered that the posi-
of assistant postmaster in post-
omJl f the first and second classes
niro the position of clerk of what
ever grade in post-offices of the ftest
and second classes not hitherto classi
fied shall be included in the classi
fied competitive service, provided that
no assistant postmaster or clerk ap
pointed without examination prior to
this order shaU be classified who fails
Juarez, Mexico, December
While rebel headquarters in Juarez ta-
dav niHMNWnnuiif mteMm "fri. M
L 2t! tj?"Cti" Francisco Villa, the rebel commander
identity of assailants and probable'
motive for the crime. The one most
credited is that Flynn became involved
in some illicit liquor transactions and
was probably the victim of an attack
from this source. The finding of a
considerable quantity of corn whiskey
at Fly nn's home gives color ro this
The dead man was known to have
considerable money, which he always
carried on his person and a large roll of
bills was seen in his possession when
in Ridegway the day before the murder.
When found today, his pockets contain
ed only a knife and some letters.
Postoffice Department his capacity for
efficients service in the position held,
and Schedule A of the civil-service
rules is hereby amended accordingly:
Mini order to take effect December 1,
"The purpose of this order is two
fold, i. e., to bring into the competitive
classified service under the Civil Ser
vice Rules (1) all positions of assist
ant postmaster in first and second-
class postoffices, and (2)all positions
of clerk in postoffices of the first and
second classes not hitherto classified.
The clerks referred to are with few
exceptions employed in first and second
class postoffices which do not have
free city delivery, the establishment of
which has heretofore been a prerequi
site to classification as competitive
under the Civil Service Rules.
"The order does not in any way
effect assistant postmasters or clerks
in postoffices of the third and fourth
classes, and does not affect the position
of postmaster in any office.
"Section 6 of Rule II of the Civil
Service Rules provides:
' 'A person holding a position when
it becomes classified and subject to
competitive examination shall have the
rights which he would acquire if ap
pointed thereto upon examination under
these rules, except that he shall not
be transferred without first passing
the examination provided by the Com
The persons affected by the order
will become classified on December
1, 1910, and incumbents thereof will
under the above provision of the rules
be brought into the competitive classi
fied service when they establish to the
satisfaction of the Postoffice Depart
ment their capacity for efficient service
in the position held. The duty of pas
sing upon the efficiency of such employes
rests upon the Postoffice Department,
and the commission has no function
to perform in connection therewith."
The postmaster is not compelled to
appoint his assistant from the clerks
in the office, but unless he does so.
It will be necessary to hold a competitive
With Ilia Forces Scattered
Opportunity Faces
Situation At Chihuahua On Ac
count Of Expulalon Of
Spaniards Critical.
The announcement that an attempt
would be made to put all the colored
employes of the Federal building at
this place out of the soft snaps which
they hold, and also to get rid of the
colored carriers on t be rural free deliv
ery routes, has caused the intended
victims much uneasiness and well it
might. When a few weeks ago an
nouncement was made that the postmas
ter would be put out of office there was
a great deal of skepticism. However,
this really happened and if the officials
at Washington get down behind the
colored employes in the Federal build
ing and on the rural routes, its a safe
bet that it means good night for them.
first grade examination.
Some Facts About
Selecting Another
Assistant Postmaster
Tomorrow is the day on which it is
believed Senator F. M. Simmons,
will name a postmaster to fill the office
made vacant a little more than a week
ago by the dismissal of Postmaster
J. S. Basnight. interest in the matter
increases as the day draws near and the
appointment Is awaited here with much
It is a foregone conclusion that John
Thomas, Jr., r L.fC. Daniels will
receive the appointment and the gener
al public is undecided as to which
will be the fortunate candidate. Many
think Mr. Daniels will be the man
for the place while others are of the
opinion that Mr. Thomas will get it.
There are a few "wise" ones who claim
to know which will be appointed but
these men know no oWr than the gen
eral public.
mere is a great deal of interest
There are two men in the office
who would like to have this place
These are George Wood, dispatching
clerk, and J. W. Watson, of the money
order department. Both gentlemen
have been in the office for a number
years and are thouorghly familiar
with all details of the work. Friends
of both are advocating their appoint
ment and the lesult of this agitation
may result in bringing about the result
desired by them.
May Dismiss Janitor.
T. D. Hewitt, the prersent asistant
postmaster, has been asked to resign,
but has so far taken no steps toward
complying with this request. It became
known yesterday that Hyman Thomp
son, the colored janitor, will also
be requested to hand in his resignation
and upon failure to do so an effort
will be made to replace him.
Congressman Jno. M. Faison, who
is taking an active interest in the New
Bern postoffice squabble, wants to
get rid of all the negroes and has
investigated the record of those em
ployed at the building and also those
on the rural routes. The reports of
.the inspectors who have been here in
the past have been to the effect that
Thompson s work was not satisfactory
I he janitor has been emploved
(at the Federal building for many yeara
and is under the Civil Service, but if
his work is found to be unsatisfactory
the fact that he is under the Civil
Service will not by any means help
him to hold the place. Once before
Thompson thought that he would loee
his position and at once hot-footed it
to Washington and succeeded in bring
ng pressure to bear which kept him
in the place. At that time, however,
the Republicans were in office, and
that, in a measure, accounted for Ms
No official innouncement of the oro-
poaed dismissal of the Janitor has yey
been made and will, in all nrobahiiltv
not be until after the selection of the
at Chihuahua, telling him he was
incurring the displeasure of foreign
countries in his actions toward Span
iards and other foreigners and asking
him to modify his attitude, General
Villa himself was said to be seriously
concerned over the renewal Federal ac
Reports were that Federals were
advancing toward Chihuahua from
Torreon, about 200 miles south. Villa
has scattered his forces by sending
troops to surround the Federals at
Ojinaga, on the border, while gar
risoning Juarez and Chihuahua. This
war said to offer the Federals an op
portunity .to strike at Chihtfahua.
Federal troops were also reported on
their way from Monterey with a view
of strengthening the position of the
Huerta Government in the interior.
An attack on Chihuahua, which is
not regarded as imminent, would cut
Villa off from any base on the border
It was conceded by rebels tht the
first act of the Federals, should they
arrive in the vicinity of Chihuahua,
would be to atop all telegraph and
railroad communication. Thus the
Federal evacuation of Chihuahua
which occurred two weeks ago and
enabled Villa to enter the State Cap
ital without a battle, would prove to
be a military trap out of which the
rebels would have to fight their way.
The plan which the rebel forces
think the Federals possibly are try
ing to work out is to draw as many
possible of the rebels toward
Ojinaga while Federals from t the
south reach Chihuahua. Others be
lieve the Federal activity south war
may be merely a preparation to check
Villa's projected march on Torreon.
The situation at Chihuahua, on ac
count of the protest of Spaniards
against their expulsion from Mexico,
was critical today. It was under
stood arrangements were made for
the sending of an official inquiry from
the American government to Villa
through Consul Letcher. Villa is
making progress with the disposal of
goods which he seized from the
Spaniards. All the food and clothing
in the Spanish retail stores were sold
for less than half price. Word came
that Luis Terrazaa, Jr., for whose re
lease from prison an appeal was sent
to Secretary of State Bryan already
had granted loans to Villa. This took
the form of checks in small denomi
nations, aggregating $250,000 and the
checks were being used as currency.
One explanation given by General
Bevadives, commander at Juarez, re
garding Villa's acts in Chihuahua was Villa had been consistent' to his
own ideas as to what warfare was but
had been without advice In regard to
the rights of foreigners.
There was no fighting today at
Ojinaga, where General Mercado, the
Federal commander, is camped.
The more one reads of Mrs. Pank
nurat tne more apparent It liinmmt
that she had a very dull time in this
Those Chicago hotel-bed, at 5 cant.
a night must be for the fellow, who do
not care where they wake up in the
The White House mint bed has been
destroyed, and some ncoale seem de.
ter mined to see that the President will
l v I I t 1
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Colored Fugitive From The Law
Is Apprehended In Ons
low County.
George Saad Is Accused Of Hav
ing Two Living
- Wives.
Some time ago Arthur Slade, colored,
was placed under arrest on a charge
of stealing a pair of shoes from another
negro. Slade was placed under arrest
and taken before Justice of the Peace:
H. C. Wood at Riverdalc and was given
a preliminary hearing. Probable cause
was found and the defendant bound
over to the next term of Craven
county Superior Court.
The alleged offender could not give
bond and a special officer started te
bring him to New Bern and place him
n jail, when about four miles from
his city, Slade jumped from the buggy
nd made his escape. Sheriff R. B.
Lane has been on the lookout of the
fugitive ever since and last Monday
located him at Camp Pender, about
ten miles from Jacksonville. Sheriff
Lane wired Sheriff Henderson, of
Onslow county to arrest him and this
was done and he was last night brought
to New Bern and placed in the county
jail where he will remain until the next
term of Superior Court.
Sheriff Lane was also instrumental
in causing the apprehension and ar
rest yesterday of another offender of the
law. This is George Saad, a Syrian
who formerly conducted a small store
in this city. Saad is said to be a biga
mist. It is claimed that he has a wife
living in the Old Country and also one
in America. Several days ago the
brother of the woman across the pond,
who claims to be the legal wife of the
alleged offender, came over to this
country and proceeded to tell all he
knew of the affair. This resulted in
complicating matters and Saad decided
to depart for more peaceful climes.
When he left New Bern the Syrian
told friends that he was going to- N r-
folk. Sheriff Lane, however, decided
that- this was a bluff and at once wired
to the Sheriff at Elizabeth City to
arrest him if he was at that place.
Sure enough Sheriff Lane's surmise was
correct and Saad was taken in custody
at that place and brought back to Ne w
At a preliminary hearing yesterday
before Justice of the Peace S. R. Street
the defendant gave bond in the sum -of
sixty dollars and was released from
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Senator Thomaa P. Gore, of Okla
homa, has been sued for $50,000
damages by Mrs. Minnie B. Bond,
of Oklahoma City, who charges
that the senator slandered ' her.
The suit is the outcome-of charges
made last winter in Washington
by Mrs. Bond.
Raleigh, Dec. 17. State Treasurer
Lacy said today that the express com
panies were declining to pay the
$20,000 of back Uses due the state
under the recent order of the corpor
ation commission, and that he has
notified the attorney general to proceed
and enforce the law.
This sum is the aggregate of
amounts which for the last four or
five yeara the express people have
been deducting from their g
taxes to, reimburse themselves for
what they paid to the railroad com
panies. It represents the sum paid
to the railroads for transportation.
The tax on express companies un
tier tne former revenue acts, was
2 1-2 per cent of gross receipts. The
revenue act of 1913 carried a clause
authorising the coMocthm of unpaid
back taxes for four or five. years.
The corporation commission is
reviewing the records of the various
public service corporations, found
that is rendering its statement of
gross receipts each year, the South
era Express Company had deducted
therefrom the amount thaw had been
paying the railroad companies for
carriage. The rnramlasion ruled
that the total amount received m
North Carolina, constituted the
gross receipts, and ordered the com
pany to pay the back taxes on the
amounts so dedicated for the sev
eral years covered by the new act.
This the express company he re
fused to do, and the state bmsnrsT
proceeding to use the executive
machinery of the state In ciBgHlin,
The prediction that Senator F. M.
Simmons would yesterday make recom
mendation of a postmaster for the New
Bern postoffice did not materialize
and it is probable that the fortunate
aspirant will not be named until
While no one can say definitely
when Senator Simmons will make this
recommendation, there is every reason
to believe that it will be made this
week. Me stated last week to i news
paper correspondent at Washington
that the office would be filled this week
and it is believed that such will be the
The suspense of waiting for the words
which will prove fatal to the aspira
tiona of three of the four candidates
is telling on their friends and the public
in general. Not only are the citizens
of New Bern greatly interested but all
over this section the people are taking
an interest in the affai.-. The Journal
list night, had twenty or more telephone
calls from citizens of other towns,
asking if the appointment had been
made and an even larger number of
requests from local citizens.
Interest in the matter continues at
fever heat and the action, of Senator
Simmons is awaited with much ant
The New Bern authorities have been
requested to be on the lookout for
James Streeter and John E. Johnson,
of Wilmington, and Miss Beulah Pettitt
and Myrtle Corbett, of Middle sound,
New Hanover county, who diisppeared
Sunday and have not since been seen
by any of their friends.
' Yesterday s Wilmington Star had
the following to say in regard to the
disappearance of the quartette:
"Before day yesterday morning the
police at headquarters were asked to
assist in a search for two young cou
ples, who seem to have disappeared
from Middle Sound during Sunday
while services were being held at
one of the churches there, the cir
cumstances being such as to indicate
that the young people have left for
other parts to' conclude romantic mar
riages, which may have been planned
on the spur of the moment or may
have been in contemplation for per
haps a longer period.
"The parties are Mr. James Streeter,
about 17 years old, a son of Rev. Wm.
E. Streeter. No. 1121 South Ninth
street; Mr. John E. Johnson, ofWil-
mington, between 25 and 30 years old;
Miss Beulah Pettett, said to be 17 or
18 years of age, a daughter of Mr
John Pettett, and Miss Myrtie Corbett,
said q be younger and a daughter of
Mr. Obdiah Corbett, both the young
ladies residing on Middle Sound and
being cousins.
'The circumstances were reported to
the police by Rev. Mr. Streeter, fa
ther of one of the young men; Mr. Pet
tett, father of one of the young ladies,
aud Mr. Luther Smith, of Middle
Sound, who accompanied them to the
city. Mr. Streeter had been accompa
nied to the sound by his son and had
filled his regular appointment at the
church for the morning service while
the young people were left to their
own devices. In the afternoon for
Sunday school neither of the couples
had put in an appearance, but think'
ing they had been detained perhaps at
the home of some one of the communi
ty, no alarm was felt.
"But when they failed to appear for
the night service and some one, in the
neighborhood heard that four young
people had been seen hastening to the
city in a buggy, it was at once sus
pectcd that the young folks had de
termined upon a romantic marriage
and very soon the 'older heads' were
on in search ot them. Upon return
ing to his home in the city, Mr. Street
eiffound that the horse and buggy that
been returned and a note from his
son stated his intention of marrying
Miss Pettett and gave an intimation
that Mr. Johnson also had matrimonial
intentions towards Miss Corbett, for
which, "however, young Streeter is
said to have expressed, some regret."
' mmi Sh
. John Crowell, one of the popular
young clerks in Bradhim's Pollock
street drug store, has been 'stricken
with an attack of appendicitis and is
now undergoing treatment at Stewart'
sanatorium. His condition is not
considered critical.
N i-v castle, Colo., Dec. 17. Thirty
eight men were killed in the Vulcan
mine of the Rocky Mountain Fuel Com
pany today by an explosion of coal
dust. Two miners were rescued after
the underground workings had caught
fire. All the victims were married, and
all but six or eight were Americans.
Men in charge of the rescue work
asserted tonight that it probably
would be a day or two before the bod
ied could be recovered. Before sun
down the mine had been cleared of gas
and a thorough exploration of the
wrecked workings was made.
Many of the bodies were mangled
ud burned.
Father J. P. Corrigan, of GlcnWood,
Springs, near here, hurried to New
castle at the first news of the explo
sion. The priest rushed into the smok
ing pit among the first of the rescuers
in search of dying to whom he might
administer the last rites of the church.
The Vulcan mine was only about a
ear old and was equipped with mod
ern safety devices, k is believed the
explosion was caused by an accumula
tion of dust in the west portion ofj-the
mine where work practically had been
abandoned. Most of the dead were
found in the east workings to which the
explosion was communicated.
This fall the employes of the mine
were called out on strike by the United
Mine Workers of America, but some
of them had gone back to work. The
other victims of today's disaster were
strike breakers.
Mr. Wickershara, delegate Tin
Congress from Alaska, complains
bitterly of the way the government
has treated that territory.'f i
Goldsboro, N. C, Dec. 17. Mr. W.
C. Munroe died at his home in this
city yesterday morning at 1:30
o'clock, surrounded by his immediate
family, who for days had been ex
pecting the end. He had been in de
clining health for many years. His
passing causes widespread sorrow,
not only to this continuity, where
his life for 30 years has been as an
open book and an inspiration to God
liness and a model in professional
ethics and industry, but to the State
at large, for he was widely known and
universally esteemed.
M . Munroe was the ranking mem
ber of the Goldsboro bar in point of
years and ability as well, and his con
ferees rendered him filial respect thai
waa it hoatitifill 9G it V31 rftflj and
their sorrow aV his death waa given
expression, when in open court
Judge Bland presiding, Judge W. S.
O'B. Robinson, who at one time was
co-partner of Mr. Munroe in the prac
tice of law, feelingly announced his
death and moved the ajournment of
court out of respect to his memory,
until Wednesday morning, and that
a committee of She local bar associa
tion be appointed to draft suitable
resolutions in his honor. Judge Bland
feelingly approved this course and
tht order was so enrolled upon the
minute docket of the court.
Mr. Munroe is survived by his wife
who was Miss Kate Street, of New
Be-n; two daughters, Miss Mary Scott
Monroe and Mrs. W. H. Best, of this
A wet track and the failure of the
wheels to "bite" the rails came near
causing an accident which might have
resulted in one or more fatalities at
the corner of Pollock and Hancock
streets last evening when car number
two of the New Bern Ghent Street
Railway Company ran into the in
coming westbound passenger train.
As it was, the street car was damaged
to the extent of several hundred dollars.
Sergeant Joseph E. Cask ill, of the
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i ace wicn a yiece oi iiyiiix glass ouu i ' . .. . .
several colored women, who were pas
sengers on the car, were badly frightened
Motorman Arc Jones was in charge
of the car at the time and, in a state
ment made to a Journal reporter a few
minutes after the accident, he stated
that he saw the train when half a block
away and put on the brakes. The
wheels, he said, were locked, but slid
on the rail for a distance of thirty
feet or more and brought up against
the side of the baggage car.
The motorman stuck to his post
until within a foot or two of the train
and then stepped back into the car
in order to avoid the shower of glass
which he knew would fall when the
collision occurred. Practically the
entire front of the car was demolished
and the expense of making the repairs
will amount to a considerable sum.
Only a few weeks ago another of the
street cars was in collision with a train
at that point and was badly damaged
At that time there was only one pas
senger on the car and he escaped without
Am, of l.aurinburg", all of whom were
at his bedside when the end came. De
ceased was a devoted member of the
First Presbyte'rian churdh of this city
and had been one of its deacons for
The funeral was held from the
home on East Center Street, South
this morning at 11 o'clock, conducted
by Rev. Peter Mclntyre, of Faison, a
personal friend of the deceased, and
the interment was made in the family
plot in Willow Dale cemetery. I
The many friends of Miss Rosa Tol
son will be delight. d to learn that she
has sufficiently rosywrorud, from an at
tach of appendicitis So be removed from
the hospital to her home.
The gas freight boat Spray left
yesterday for Vanceboro with a cargo
of general merchandise.
The gas freight boat Lallie of Swaas-
boro left yesterday for Swansboro
with a cargo of general merchandise.
The December number of the South
ern Evangel, the official organ of the
Tabernacle Baptist Church, is just
from the presses of the E. J. Land
Printing Company. This magazine,
Which ia edited by Miss Louise Herndon,
la one of the most interesting religious
publications a the State and enjoys
a Urge circulation.
ment will place t
postoffice, Ed. Cla
and IradhamDni
during Christmas
As a last chance to buy the Red
Cross Christmas Seals, the manage
ment will place them on sale at the
. Clark's, the Wood-Lane
Drug stores every day
week, and have com
mittees of young ladies in charge of
stamp tables. It is hoped that the sales
will be large during the remainder
of the days before Christmas, and we
trust that every parcel and letter sent
out will bear its Red Cross Christ man
Seal message.
The freight Boat Charmer left yes
terday for Swansboro with a cargo of
general merchandise.
The two masted schooner Berti
of Witt, arrived in port yesterday
loaded with oysters.
The two masted schooner Ella May
arrived in port yesterday with a cargo
of oysters.
The freight boat Alfonso left yester
day for Davis with a cargo of general
The ladies of the Red Cross Christ
mas Seal sales are untiring in their
efforts to interest every one in the plan
of organization which they will effect
on Thursday afternoon ia the Elks
Club rooms at 4 o'clock. There is a'
membership committee at work to
enlist every one who VUl give ear
to this cause, but it is impossible in
the limited time, to interview every
person, so we extend this urgent call
to every one who is willing to help the
cause. Whether you desire to become
a member of the organization or not
we still wish your presence at this or
ganization meeting. Come, listen to the
word of authority as spoken by sees
of our physicians, to the call for
brotherly kindness in time of sickness
as given by Rev. Mr. Kiske, to the
laymen's words as told by Messrs.
T. G. Hyman, R. A. Nunn, Wm.
Dunn, Jr., and others. If you have any
suggestions as to the best means
of carrying on the work we will appre
ciate them. If you know of any tuber
cular patients, especially seedy ones,
we want to know about them too
We want the voice of the people
to the advisability of engaging tht
services of a visiting nurse to via
the homes of tubercular patient!
teaching the prevention as well as th
The gas boat Vance
left yesterday for Atlec
cargo of merchandise.

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