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Of Business
Over To
Needy Were
in New Bern was
neral suspension of
dsv u tfivtui diet.
3nsure. Unfor
ther wan very inclcm-
irtially spoil d the plea-
fo.- mint. Early In
ing the downpour began and
this continued at intervals all during
the day.
Regardless of th'w fart the occasion
was an enjoyable one. At several
of the churches appropriate services
were held and these were largely at
tended and thoroughly enjoyed. Fol
lowing these the congregations adjourn
ed to their homes and partook of the
Christmas dinner. The day would,
of course, not be complete without
an unusually palatable repast d it
can be said of all New Bernians that
they believe in having sufficient food
on hand at all meals to gratify the
inner man.
There were a few of the stores open
during the day, juch as fruit stores,
those carrying soda fountains and mak
ing a specialty of' the sale of cigarettes
and cigars, and these were well patron
ized. At night two of the city's theatres
were in full blast and had record break
ing audiences.
While everyone was celebrating the
occasion, the poor and needy those
who could not provide for themselves,
were looked after. On the night before
Christmas the Elks distributed two
hundred packages among the poor and
on Christmas Day the Salvation Army
gave out a large number of baskets
containing enough dinner to satisfy
a large family. In addition to this a
number of individual philanthropists
opened their hearts, also their purse
strings, and played Santa Clanr.
Taken as a whole the day was one
of great enjoyment. There were no
serious accidents and eveyone seemed
to be just as happy as they could possi
bly be. -
Failing in his battle for life against
complication of ailments, H, Bert
Sith, on of New Bern's well known
and valued citizens, fell on sleep at his
home. No. 121 Hancock street yester
day morning at 3 o'clock.
Mr. Smith was born at Smyrna, N.C.,
1876, and was, a son of Captain
M. Burn Smith, who survives him.
Early in life he came to New. Bern
n4" '' Made hi home hcrf Since
that lime. He has been connected
with several influential business con
cerns during past years, among which
was Baugh & Sons Fertilizer Company,
he being their local agent and the
Norfolk Southern Railway Company's
Trent River warehouse, where he was
The deceased has been in ill health
for some time, but his condition did
not become critical until last Saturday
when he was confined to his room. All
that skilled physicians and the tender
ministration of a loving family could
do for the sufferer was done but the
Grim Reaper passed that way andtook
him as his own.
Mr. Smith was a Mason of a very
high degree. He was also a Past
Exalted Ruler of the New Bern Lodge
of Elks and at the time of his demise
was treasurer of that lodge, he twas
also a member of the Royal Arcamun
The funeral will be conducted from. the
residence this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock,
the service being conducted by Rev.
F. Huske, rectoor of Christ Episco
pal church, and the interment
will be made in Cedar Grove cemetery.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife,
one daughter, Miss Minnie Bell Smith;
one sort, Bynum Smith; a si .ter, Mrs.
C. C. Clark, Jr., and his father, Captain
Burn Smith.
Norfolk. Va.. Dec. 26. "If I could
iust see something that would look
familiar to me 1 might be able to find
out where I am. I remember being in
Wilmington and Washington, but I
don't know where I came from. It
must have been where the climate
is warm, because I almost froze to
death in Wilmington and they told
me it was warmer there than usual
for this time of the year. 1 wonder
if they are ever going to find out
who 1 am and where I came from."
Pacing the floor of a dentention room
at police headquarters, the young man
who applied there for assistance
identifying himself Wednesday after
noon in as much at sea as he was when
he entered the central station. While
hi mind is a total blank at times,
there are moments when he talks con
nectedly, and although unable to recall
his name or his home, is able to read
print and discuss what he reads. Wear
ing a signet ring and a pair of gold
cuff-buttons with the initials "J. B
('." inscribed on each piece of jewelry
the young man declares that he never
saw the rings or the cuff-buttons be
fore and that he ha no idea what the
initials mean. He said today that he
discovered only last night the initial
n the cuff-buttoi.s.
"I have a pain at the back of my head
that goes all the way down to my
back at times," said the mysterious
. stranger to a reporter for a dally
paper. "When it is very severe I
don't know anything, I felt it coming
on last night while I was trying to
remember who I was and I sent for
one of the num downstair, because I
thought I was going to lose my mind
completely. Now, today, I am just like
I was 'yesterdny ; all I know is that I
pasted through Wilmington, as I have
a hazy recollection of being there. I
also remember writing letter to a
young woman in Washington." ,
Asked if he recalled the young wo
man's name, he. replied that he did not.
B. Crawford, said to have mysteriously
disappeared from Brooklyn last Tues
day week, or Miss Katherine Ramsay,
the young woman it 1 reported that
wa left In a restaurant by Crawford
t the time of his disappearance. H
said the young man, as he pointed
how be came here he does not recall
"I looked out of the window, here,"
mid the young man today, as he poiut
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Death Stalked Through Festive Hall Where Many
Children Had Gathered When False Alarm
of Fire Is Sounded.
Calumet, Mich., Dec. 26. Eighty
persons, mostly children, were killed
Thursday night at a Christmas
celebration of copper mine strikers
in an Italian Hill because of a needless
panic caused by a false alarm of fire.
While several hundred miners andjprogram and the mWselectcd to play
man's auxiliary of the Western Federa
tion of Miners. The entertainment was
set for the early evening and the hall,
which is on the second floor, was soon
filled to its", limit. The chfldren select
ed to recite Christ mas recitations and
sing carols had finished their part of the
It is the custom of the Knights Tem
plar to meet in their lodge room on
Christmas Day, hold a brief service
and then go out among the poor and
needy and distribute gifts and She ne
cessities of life.
When the local Knights Templar
met on Christmas Day, Dr. R. D. V.
ones, Commander and one of the most
valued members of the order, was
absent, having been detained at his
home on account of sickness. At the
conclusion of the exercises the members
in 1 a body went to the home of the
absent member and spent an hour or
more at his bedside.
Dr. Jones was not expecting the little
'surprise party" given him, but was
naturally much pleased. The doctoi's
illness was not of a. severe nature
and he was able to be out again yesterday.
their wives looked on, the children pres
sed eagerly towards the stage to receive
Christmas presents. At this point
a man put his head in at the door of
the hall and yelled "Fire!"
The cry was taken up by those in the
hall. Everyone started for the doors.
The weaker were thrown to the floor
and those behind tried to climb over
those ahead of them.
The stairway and other avenues or
escapes were blocked so effectually that
those inside could not get out and those
without could not get in to lid ihe panic-
stricken crowd in the hal. It was some
time before the panic subsided.
The alarm was spread outside the
hall by a few persons who had been near
the door and escaped unhurt. A crowd
soon assembled and the work of clearing
the hall was begun.
The principal exit was a narrow stair
way at the back of the hall. When this
had been cleared of the bodies that filled
it to the top and a quick accounting had
been mide it was found that 74 corpses
had been piled up beside the hall build
ing. It is thought that a dozen others
were carried away by friends.
The dead that were piled up beside the
hall included 37 girls, 19 boys, 13 women
and '5 men. Excited men and women
stood about the building, some dazed by
the sudden change from holiday festiv
ties to tragedy, others calling hysteri
cally for missing children, and a few
even threatening violence to the rescu
es for keeping them back from the long
row of bodies.
There was not much work for the
many doctors who hurried to the scene
as soon as tne alarm was spreaa, iot
the part of Santa Claus had appeared
to distribute the presents that were pil
ed around the illuminated tree.
The children were instructed to march
up the aisles to the trees, so that the
presents could be handed to them. The
aisles were filled with the boys and
girls, when a large bearded man thrust
his head in at the door of the main hall
way and shouted "fire."
The cry was repeated throughout the
room in .several languages as parents
rose and rushed forward to get their
children. Many lives were crushed out
in almost a twinkling. Then the phy
steal impossibility of fruther movement
brought the panicky persons to their
senses. It was realized too late that
there was no fire, but most of those in
the hall could not get out of the jam
they had caused
Policeman and firemen hurried to the
building. Several officers climbed the
fire escapes and entered by the windows
In a short time the uninjured and the
faint had been pulled from the tangle
of human beings and placed in the front
of the hall
Other men began to pull the bodies
of the dead and helpless from the stair
way and lay them in a row beside the
building. This disposition of the crump
led bodies was found inadvisable be
cause of the hysteria it caused among
the spectators and the dead were car
ried back into the hall as soon as it
was emptied of frightened spectators
AH the chairs were lined with bodies
and corpses had to be placed in the kit
chen of the hall and beneath the stage.
Within an hour almost every persons
in calumet was as near rne scene as
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Prominent New Bernian Makes
Hia Formal Announcement.
Numerous Friends Have Pledged
Him Their Support.
Hon. Charle JL Thomas, one of
New Bern's leading attorneys and who
to Awelvn years represented ihi sec
tion in Congress, will again be in the
race. 1
' Mr. Thomas has been in the Western
partof the State for several days visit
ing relatives. It had not been his in
tention to announce his candidacy
for nomination until after the first of
the year, but the other candidates have
"come out" and Mr. Thomas is doing
the same.
(tin a telegram sent the Journal
last night from Winston-Salem
Mr. Thomas says: "Announce my can
didacy for Democratic nomination for
Congress. More formal announcement
when I reach New Bern."
It has been understood all along tint
Mr. Thomas would be one of the can
didates for this office and his numerous
those who pzt. not 'tSm. ravl it was possible to get. The police form
rush were held upright and safe by the
very force of the onrush towards the
exit. Only three uninjured persons were
taken to the hospitals and a few went
home, assisted by friends.
For many days the children of the
copper mine strikers had waited expect
antly for the Christmas tree entertain
ment that had been'arranged by the wo
ed a cordon about the place and kept
back the crowd. After much effort a
lane was opened through the crowd and
the bodies of the children were carried
through the ranks of wailing and moan
ing women to Red Jacket village hall,
which was turned into a morgue. It
was many hours before all the bodies
were identified.-
(Special to the Journal.)
Oriental, Dec. 26. The citizens of
Oriental observed Christmas in a
very appropriate manner. The weather
was extremely inclement hut despite
this fact the day was thoroughly enjoyed
by all. v
The feature evant of the day was the
Christmas entertainment given by the
Sunday school of the Methodist church.
This entertainment, which was given
in the magnificent new church, was
well attended and proved thoroughly
At the conclusion ol a very appro
priate prognm, consisting of songs
and recitations, gifts were distributed
among the pupils of the school.
A marriage of interest to the riti
tens ot this place and surrounding
rtion took place last Tuesday at
New Bern when Lionel Daniels wed
Miss Jean Hill, of Newport. The bride
hra , visited here a number of times
in the past and has a host of friends. The
gfioni is well known in Pamlico county
and ha a host of friends.
The marriage cainc as a surprise
to the friend of the contracting parties,
and upon learning of the wedding, after
the bride and groom had returned home,
several of the young men undertook
to serannde the happy young couple.
The melody (?) rendered by them
was of such a nature that one of the
groom relatives poked an air rtoc
out of a window and turned loose
into the crowd with a BB shot. Th
hot caused but little damage (strik
Ing one member of the party on hi
collar), but hid the effect of putting
damper on the screnaders' ardor.
the room on the west side of beadqaur-
ters, "and I thought that looked
little familiar, but the other build
building from Ing around It don't"
In a circular just issued by the rivil
service commission, announcement is
made to the effect that examinations
will be held on the following dates and
at the places named for postmasters
of the fourth-class offices, whose sal
ary is $180 or more per annum:
February 7 Albermarle, Beaufort,
Bolivia, Burgaw, Carthage, Llarkton,
Columbus, Currituck, Danbury, Gar
land, Jacksonville, Jefferson, Kelford,
Lake Toxaway, Lincolntdn, Marion,
Marshall, Mocksville, Roxboro, Ruth-
erfordton, Smtthfield, Swanquarter,
Warsaw, Williamston.
February 9 Yadkinville.
February 10 Wilkesboro.
February 12 Sparta.
February 14. Asheville, Burlington,
Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concorn, Dan
ville, Va.; Dunn, Durham, Elizabeth
City, Fayettcville, Gaston.a, C-oidaboro,
Greensboro, Greenville, Hamlet, Hen
derson, Hendersonville, Hickory, High
Point, Kinston, Lauriaburg, Lenoir,
Lexington,. Lumberton, Monroe, Mor
ganton, Mount Airy, New Bern, Oxford,
Raleigh, Reidsville, Rockingham,
Rocky Mount, Salisbury, Sanford,
Shelby, Statesvillc, Tarboro, Thomas
ville, Wadesboro, Washington, Wil
mington, Wayncs'ville, Wilson, Win-
February 16 Boone.
February 18 Newland.
February 19 Bakersville.
February 20. Ashboro, Gatcsville,
Columbia, Halifax.
February 21 Chadburn, Jackson,
Mackeys, Manteo Troy, Webster,
February 23 Franklin.
February 25 Bryson City.
February 26 Robbinaville.
February 27 Murphy.
Five hundred and seventy offices are
to be filled "from among the candidate
who will stand the examination.
StatesviHe, Dec. 27. A suicide oc
curred here this morning about 10
o'clock when Charlie Miller, head baker
at the Home Bakery drank a half ounce
of carbolic acid and died in a few min
utes. Mr. Miller seemed rather depress
ed when he went to work this morning
and remarked to another baker that he
would just about as leave be dead as
alive, but his companion did not con
sider the statement seriously. Proprie
tor Johnson of' the bakery was concern
ed about Miller, however, and kept an
eye on him during the morning, fearing
he would get mpre whiskey or do some
thing desperate. About 10 o'clock Mil
ler stepped from the rear door of the
bakery and walked to a nearby drug
store where he secured an ounce of car
bolic acid on the pretense of wanting
it for disinfecting purposes. Returning
to the bakery in a few minutes he
went to the basement of the building
Horace of the bakers,Va w
Miller go down the stairway and an In
stant later when he caught the odor of
carbolic acid Thompson dashed down th
stairway and found Miller with the bot
tic to his mouth. Knocking the bottle
from Miller's hand, Thompson then ran
to the drug store to get a doctor. Mil
ler followed him up the stairs and asked
an assistant baker for some sweet milk.
Miller did not wait for the milk but
walked on through the building to the
street, where be fell on the pavement
He was hurriedly carried back into the
building and within a few minutes two
doctors were working to save his life
but all in vain, death coming within 10
Let us never wate our time. It
may come in handy to apply on a jail
sentence later.
The man who is able to deliver the
goods never ha to carry a good lack
the lunerai service over the remain
of the late H. B. Smith were conducted
from the residence on Hancock street
yesterday afternoon by Rev. B.
Huske, rector of Christ Episcopal
church, and the remains Interred in
Cedar Grove cemetery. Members
the various lodge of which the de
ceased waa a member, accompanied
the remains to the cemetery.
friends in this section have pledged
him their support arid it is mainly at
their solicitation that he is again
entering the race.
For twelve yea.-s Mr. Thomas rep
resented this section in Congress and
his record during that time was one
of which any man might be proud. One
his friends stated yesterday that
the good work he had done for this
district well merited his return even
there was no other cause.
The fight for this office bids fair
to be one of the wannest ever waged
this section. Ex-Judge Owen H.
Guion last week announced that he
would be among those in the ace,
no. M. Faison, of Faison, the present
incumbent will also be on hand and
Georee E. Hood, of Goldsboro. will be
a candidate.
Each of the above-named gentlemen
want the place and their friends want
them to have it, and intend doing their
utmost to put their respective candi
dates in the office. The campaign will
begin shortly, probably during the early
part of January.
Calumet, Mich., Deec. 27. Re iff
workers today were unable to give away
one cent of the $25,000 collected for the
families stricken by the Christmas eve
catastrophe in Italian Hall, in which 72
persons were killed.
Members of every bereaved house
hold that were approached said they had
Ujeer promised adequate aid )x tHcJ
Western federation of Miners.
Members of the relief committee se
lected at yesterday's mass meeting at
tributed this unprecedented condition
to the rumor that the man who started
the panic among the striking copper
miners' children wore the emblem of the
Citizens' Alliance, an organization op
gpsed to continuance of the strike. To
combat this sentiment they obtained
from Anthony Lucos, prosectiting'Jat-
torney of Houghton county, a statement
that he was satisfied from the progress
of his investigation that the man who
raised the cry wore no insignia of any
kind, hn m mmmmt t
SDespite the evident determination of
the stricken families not to accept non
union aid, the committee was not with
out hope of overcoming the prejudices,
and held another meeting tonight to
consider various plans for getting rid of
the fund. Fifty-four families were on
the list as needing possible aid, and each
was visited by a subcommittee. The
federation's members were no less act
ive. The proffers of union help were
accepted in nearly ail cases. iv3!(l(:,l
Efforts to establish the identity of the
man who started the panic met with
some success today, several persons
gave long affidavits to Prosecutor Lucas
investigators and it was hoped that an
arrest may be made soon. More im
nortanf in the mind of the locaf commit
nil was the refutation of the report
that the miscreant wore. a. Citizens
Alliance button. Mrs. TJrse Sizcr
denied that she had evtV said she friw
such an insignia when she grasped the
man by the shoulders ' and tried to
force him itoa.sjja,ij.
Secretary of Chamber of Commerce
Talks to Newspaper
Boosts New Bern and
Public Organizations.
Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 26. The wife
of Tom Austin, a white man, was
taking him home late today to prevent
him being locked up for being drunk.
As they were crossing the Rivermont
Viaduct she tossed a half gallon jug
ofliquor she had taken from the man
over the bridge. "J 1
Austin, too drunk to know what he
was doing climbed on the rail and
was about the plunge after his liquor
but she was able to hold him until a
passerby rushed to her rescue.
Later Austin was locked up for be
ing drunk. Had the man not been held
by his wife he would have fallen a
hundred feet.
J. Leon Williams, Secretary of the
New Bern Chamber of Commerce, was
n Raleigh Thursday and in an inter
view $fosavj3wJte'flMf' Q&tmil
he says:
"The big noise in our part of the
country now, saw Mr. J. Leon Wil
liams, secretary of the New Bern
Chamber of Commerce, yesterday, "is
the annual Chamber of Commerce din
ner to be given at the Gaston Hotel on
the evening of December 30. Senator F.
M. Simmons will deliver the principal
"There will be prusent as invited
guests representatives of the business
organizations and newspapers of the
State and several of them have been
requested to make addresses. We ex
pect to make it a great occasion and
we count on our members, as a result
of it. starling out in the new year
with quickened enthusiasm and firm
er resolves than ever to keep New
Bern right In the forefront of Nertk
Carolina cities."
"The fact is," continued Mr. Wil
liams, "I don't believe there is a more
active Chimber of Commerce in the
State than that at New Bern. I don't
say this because 1 am its secretary,
but because New Hern has some of the
best, broadest and biggest business
men to be found anywhere and with
these as leaders the rank and file of
us arc inspired and stimulated to our
utmost effort. We have over three
hundred members and the organiza- .
rion is growing all the while. We
have recently employed Mr. M. A.
Beaman, a freight rate expert, to de-
otc his whole time to studying New
Bern's freight rate problem with a
iew of enabling our organization to
arrive at an intelligent and feasible
freight rate facilities. AVc expect to
get results from this venture.
"And while I am on the subject of
New Bern, I will say that in one great
city utility, New Bern leads the State
refer to its smoothly paved streets.. I
see that Chicago's postmen are de
livering mail on roller skates as they
can make better progress that way.
Well, New Hern postmen coufci do the
same thing if they wanted to the
streets are smooth enough.
"New Bern is enjoying now a great
suburban real estate development.
Numerous lot sales are being held and
he next few years will see many men
occupying their own homes who
have lived in rented houses.
The whole eastern section is look-
ng upward to' tne native energy of
the people, their fine natural advant
ages, and in part, to the feeling hat
the completion of the inland waterway
and the launching of the big Govern
ment operations at Cape Looko ; w ill
mean a great boost for commor. 10 I
industry of all kinds.
Mr. Williams was returning home
from Charlotte where he and his wife
spent Christmas and where Mrs. Wil-
iains will be for a week or more be
fore returning to New Bern.
It will be a source of gratification
to the numerous friends of Mrs. Thomas
A. Crowell to know that she is rapidly
improving from a recent attack of ap
pendicitis and will, in a few days,
be able to leave Stewart's sanatorium
where the has for some time been
undergoing treatment.
Early Friday morning the revenue
cutter Pamlico was sent scurrying
out of her berth at this port to go to the
aid of Alonza J. English, veteran keep
er of the light house on Brant Island,
a mere dot in Pamlico Sound, eight or
ten miles from the mainland.
English was ill and without attention
except such as could be given him by
his assistant upon whom fell the twenty
four hours a day watch. I n going down
the river the cutter ran aground jiist
opposite Union Point and was delayed
for a short time. However, she spon
managed to get out in the channel
and then, sailing under forced draught
made all possible speed to Brant Is
The aged keeper waa taken on board
and the return trip began. Early
' yesterday morning the Pamlico an
Next Thursday, January 1, is the chared off UnlonPoiut and the sick man
day on which the much talked of
wa taken ashore and carried to a local
horse races art to take place out at hospital for treatment
the Eastern Carolina Fair ground
race track, and it is 'expected that
there will be a larce number of specta
tors on hand to witness the event. 1 RIED SOON
There will be two races and valuable
prises are being offered to the winners. 1 The Journal acknowledges the receipt
A small idmiuioa fee of twenty-five of the following invitation: '
a. . . . . ... i i . J r . r J j j.
cent will be charged and this will Mr. ana Mrs. wavia npragnc v-ongnon
admit the holder of a ticket of admission
to fe eeat in the grandstind without
Speed Tests To Take Place Out At
Fair Grounds.
extra cost.
Fire of unknown origin destroyed the
home of Came Spillman, colored.
No. 47 Chapman street, Friday night
Practically the entire contents of the
building wore destroyed.
will give in marriage their sister
Sara J Bolton
Mr. Robert Bain Atkinson
on Wednesday evening the fourteenth
of January""""' '
''NhirtWif'niiidVed fourteen
at nine o'clock
New Bern, North Carolina
The pleasure of your company in re
quested. No cards in the city
Beaufort Minister Weds Miss Sadie
Gertrude Cole.
Goldsboro, N. C, Dec. 27. At the
home of the bride's father, Mr. fame
W. Cole, in this city, Tuesday evening
at 7:30 o'clock, Rev. J. A. Snow, pit
tor of the Second Baptist church of
this city, officiating, Miss Sadie Ger
trude Cole and Rev. Charle H. True
blood, pastor of the Baptist church at
Beaufort., ,N- C, were quietly married
in the presence of the immediate fami
lies and a few especially invited friend.
The ceremony was simple and quiet
owing to the recent bereavement of the
bride in the death of her mother. The
bride ami groom left on the East
bound Norfolk Southern train the
same evening for their home in Beau
fort, N. C.
Every time a man turns a corner on
the road to success he. bumps into a
toll gate,
Blalock Brothers, the contractors
who have in charge the, work of re
modeling the City Hall, slate that the
work will be coinplelud by January
10, provided inclement weather doea
not interfere with operations. The
improvement ;l the ( itv Hall wMl
add much to the nMuranee ol that

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