COTTON PRICES ARE BETTER.
Recovery from Recent I.ow levels
Carried Further. November
After a break in the option list of
about $25 a bale in less than a month,
it is not strange that cotton has dis
played recovering: tendencies. From
a high level of JlVs cents in the last
week of November the May and July
deliveries dropped to around 16 Vi
cents on December 21, but have since
rallied some 150 points, or approxi
mately $7 a bale. Similarly, spot mid
dling uplands at New York, which got
down to 10.20 on last week's slump,
has gone back to 17.40 cents, thus re
gaining $0 o ita recent loss of $23 a
bale. There J as been no recurrence of
the great bull speculation which fea
tured the November advance and no
one is now talking of 25 cents for the
staple, but pressure of liquidation has
been replaced by good buying from
various sources, though reactionary
tendencies developed in the late trad
ing. Notwithstanding the recent dras
tic shakedown, however, prices ex
perienced an extensive net rise during
the year just ending, the prevailing
quotation for spot at this center being
fully $25 a bale higher than at the
dose of 1915.
Belated returns of November ex
ports disclose a considerable increase
over those in the corresponding pe
riod of the previous year, 738,000
bales comparing with 524,000, while
the value of the outgo was $72,000,
000, against less than $32,000,000.
Shipments for the eleven months end
ed with November, however, were
smaller than in 1915, being 0,207,000
bales, against 7,800,000. Yet the 1 igh
er prices made the money return
$467,496,000, against $381,909,000, ac
cording to the official figures. ? Dun's
LOWER JOHNSTON ITEMS.
The school at Poplar Grove will
open again Monday, January 1, 1917.
Misses Maggie Smith, of Maxton,
and Lola Maie Lee, from near New
ton Grove, teachers at Poplar Grove,
are spending the holidays at their re
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Matthews and
daughter, Lizzie, of Angicr, spent
Christmas in Lower Johnston.
Miss Lessie Lee, who is teaching
school near Blackmail's Cross Roads,
spent the holidays at her home.
Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Lee, of Newton
Grove, spent Monday with their pa
rents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lee.
Messrs. Leon and Jesse Wilson, of
Sampson, spent Monday in this sec
Miss Katy Lee, who is teaching
near Smithfield, spent the holidays
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. P.
Mr. Frank Matthews and Miss
Dessie Guy, of near Angier, were
guests at the home of Mr. Geo. P.
Lee's, Sunday and Monday.
Messrs. H. P. Johnson and N. Y.
Lee, of Dunn, were in this section
Miss Lessie Jones, of Smithfield,
was the guest of Misses Lessie and
Katy Lee last week.
Mr. John M. Tart and sister, Miss
Sybil, spent Christmas with Misses
Eva and Merdie Denning.
We v.re sorry to say that Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Gilbert, who for many
years have been living in this commu
nity, have moved within a few miles
of Benson. We regret to lose them,
but hope for them much success in
their new home. Mr. Gilbert gave us
a call during the holidays.
Miss Naomi Morgan, who is teach
ing in Sampson, spent the holidays
with her mother, Mrs. J. W. Morgan.
Mrs. Senia Wilson, of near Shady
Grove, spent a few days recently in
this part of Johnston.
Mr. I saac Jernigan, of Selma, is
spending a few days with his brother,
Mr. Millard Jernigan.
Miss Prilla Gilbert, who is teaching
near Angier, spent a few hours in this
Messrs. Charlie and Ransom John
son attended the entertainment and
box supper, given at Rock Hill, near
Blackman's Grve, Friday night, De
M iss Mary Johnson entertained a
number of her friends Monday night.
Many interesting games were played
which every one seemed to enjoy so
well that the time for parting came
all too soon. JACK.
December 30, 1916.
Old Time Fiddlers' Convention.
Angier, Dec. 30. ? Tnere will be an
old ' time Fiddlers' Convention at
Sunny Nook school, Saturday night,
January 6, 1917.
Prizes will be given for the first
and second best fiddler, the best banjo
and guitar picker, and best dancer.
Several prizes for men and women
Electric irons have reduced the cost
of repairing patent leather shoes in
a Massachusetts shoe factory from
2% cents a pair, to 1% cents a pair.
The saving amounts to $3,437 in a
"SOMEWHERE ON THE BORDER."
To the Tar Heel Brigade on the
I ? . ? .
Bounded on the West by the sun
And on the East by the Hriny Deep,
And 011 the North by the Mother of
And on the South by the hot bed of
To our little band of Tar Heels,
Although we are very small,
But with the spirit of our fathers
Most nobly answered th<* call.
The call of our Chief Executive
Thai rang from coast to coast,
That may cost the lives of thousands,
But that is not the most.
For what do we care for dying
As long as we can see
Our noble Flag, Old Glory,
And know that she floats Free.
We fought her in the sixties,
But now she's supreme and neat,
For she's the only Flag that flies to
That's never known defeat.
And the little brigade of Tar Heels
Are awaiting any call,
For any of us would rather die
Than see Old Glory fall.
And we are here to see the finish,
No matter how it comes,
And if any fighting's started
We don't know how to run.
For think back under General Lee
And remember how we stood,
And remember we're the same today,
And fighting's in the blood.
First comes Colonel Gardner,
Colonel of the Hirst,
Who saw the hell of one war
And is awaiting another curse
And then, the gallant Rodman
Of the Second and smallest band,
Hut we know if any fighting starts
He'll be the first to take a hand.
Next comes Minor of the Third,
And youngest of the three,
Hut remember he's a Tar Heel, too,
And that sounds good to me.
And then the Little General,
The most noble of them all,
And we know that he'll be with us
Until war has claimed its toll.
For none of the boys of the sixties
Ever a musket slung,
That loved Stonewall Jackson better
Than we love General Young.
And when th4 battles are all over,
And the last victory won.
As gallant Tar Heel heroes
We'll proudly gather home.
? Wade A. Worley.
Co. C, 2nd N. C. Infantry.
Selma, N. C., Doc. MO. ? At 1 o'clock,
at Selma, Wednesday afternoon, at
the home of Rev. and Mrs. C. E.
Stevens, the beautiful and highly ac
complished daughter ox Mr. and Mrs.
Adam Batchelor, of Nashville, N. C.,
Miss Nancy Mayo Batchelor, became
the bride of Mr. Milton Finch, of
Bailey, N. C. The bride wore a trav
eling suit of blue with shoes, hat and
gloves to match.
Immediately after the ceremony the
couple left for Bailey, where a recep
tion was given jn their honor by Mr.
and Mrs. R. L. Finch. At 8 o'clock
a wedding supper was served, after
which the young people asembled in
the parlor, where the evening was
most pleasantly spent by every one
The bride was left an orphan very
young. Her father being a member
of the Masonic Order, she found a
homo with loving arms ready to care
The Rood and hospitable Mr. and
Mrs. W. G. Earp, believing they could
make some orphan fool the love and
care of a father and mother, they
applied to the Oxford Orphanage for
one, and in their selection they chose
Miss Batchelor, and the writer has
reason to believe she has filled the
expectations they anticipated.
The groom is a son of Mr. and
Mrs. Webb Finch, of Bailey. He is a
young man of noble trains of char
acter and is very popular among his
large circle of friends. ,Mr. and Mrs.
Finch will make their home at Bailov,
Why He Was Given Up.
"Sad case, poor old Brown! I know
of several doctors who have given
"Dear me, I am surprised, and ho
looks so healthy! What's the matter
"He never pays his bille." ? Ideas.
Paris claims the distinction of first
numbering the houses in cities. This
was t>ogun is 1512. The system did
not become general until 1789.
LIVE COUNTY ITFMS.
(Clayton News, Dec. 28.)
A marriage that came as a surprise
to their many friends was solemnized
at Smithfield Wednesday afternoon,
when Miss Fula Parrish became the
bride of Mr. William Gower. Both of
these young: people live i~ Clayton
and have many friends here who wish
them much happiness in their wedded
? ? ?
Mr. 1). L. Barbour returned last
Saturday night from El Paso, Texas,
where he spent several days with his
son, Sergeant Norwood Barbour, who
about two weeks ago was shot by one
of the men of the North Carolina
National Guard. Mr. Barbour left his
son in fine condition and recovering
rapidly from the wound. Sergeant
Barbour will be given a furlough as
soon as he is well and he expects to
spend the time at his home here.
? ? ?
On last Sunday afternoon, Mr.
Part L. Barbour and Miss Laura B.
Parrish were united in marriage. The
wedding party left the home of the
bride's parents for a drive. They
drove to the home of Mr. J. J. Lee,
where the ceremony was performed
which made the happy young couple
bride is the youngest daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Parrish, of
Garner, route 1. Mr. Barbour is the
son of Mr. A. J. Barbour, of Benson.
Immediately after the ceremony
Mr. and Mrs. Barbour left for a few
days visit to relatives and friends.
The writer wishes for them a long
and happy life.
The Amount of Steel In a Battleship.
Nearly 151,000 gross tons of steel
will he needed to build the 00 various
new battleships, destroyers, and sub
marines, bids for the construction of
which were taken by the United
States Navy on October 25, 1916.
When these arc added to our navy
they will make it one of the most
formidable in the world. Some en
lightening statistics regarding these
naval vessels appear in the January
Popular Mechanics Magazine. In cach
of the four new battle cruisers there
will be 15,025 tons of steel; in each
of the four new battleships there
will be 13,701 tons of steel; in the 20
new destroyers, .'525 tons of steel
each, and in the 30 new submarines,
180 tons cach. A hospital ship and an
ammunition ship will need 1,000 tons
of steel cach. Taking $70 per ton
as the average price of steel at pres
ent, these vessels mean an outlay of
not less than $10,000,000 for the
OLD BEULAH NEWS.
Mr. Millard Holland, of Rocky
Mount, spent Christmas at home with
his mother, Mrs. Lou Holland.
Mr. Kufus Britt, of Sampson Coun
ty, is visiting his daughters, Mrs.
Wade Holland and Mrs. Lester Smith.
We are glad to note that Mr. Pat
rick Creech is improving, after tak
ing the backset with measles.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Watson, of near
Smithficld, have returned home, after
spending a few days with their fath
er, Mr. Cullen Watson.
Mr. Willie Britt, with his bride, of
Sampson County, spent Christmas in
Miss Cassie Radford, of near Niag
ara, spent Christmas at Mrs. Zilphia
The measles has been in nearly ev
ery home in this community, but near
ly every one is improving now.
Selrna, Route No. 3, Dec. 28, 1910.
POPLAR SPRINGS NEWS.
The Christmas Tre and entertain
ment, given at Poplar Springs last
Friday night, was a tine success.
School is progressing very nicely
under the management of Misses Les
sie McLamb and Elsie Flowers.
Mrs. Lcacy Morgan continues on
the sick list.
Mr. Henry Morgan, Jr., of Eleva
tion, visited in this burg Saturday
Miss Elsie Flowers left Saturday
for her home near Bentonville, to
spend the holidays.
Mr. J. H. Morgan was a business
visitor to Sniithfield Saturday.
Measles seem to be raging very
rapidly in this section.
Mr. P. II. Godwin and family spent
the holidays with relatives in Eleva
Mr. Green Flowers, of near Ben
tonville, was a welcome visitor in this
Mr. Scars, of hear Durham, is
visiting his daughter, Mrs. D. B
Woodall. M. L
Benson, December 28th.
Uncle Sam's army holds one patenl
right which places it ahead of othei
nations in the field of wireless in
strunents for use on aeroplanes. II
weighs but seven pounds and wil
transmit messag ~s seven miles.
THE WORTH OF GOOD ROADS.
Th?* I'lace of Highway* in National
The question of highways is a ques
tion which has interested my
thoughts, particularly in recent years
because it is one of the few great
instrumentalities of our public life
and of our communal life with which
' the government is of necessity con
nected. The government, is not, in the
United Strtes, expected to build rail
roads. Railroads differ from other
highways, though we often speak of
them as the highways of our com
tnerce, in this important particular,
that only those who own them can
use them, in the matter of putting ve
hicles upon them ? that a particular
set of individuals, by reason of their
control of the road, have the exclusive
right-of-way over it.
We have never doubted that the
government had the right to main
tain highways. We have never doubt
ed that, the government had the right
to supply these facilities which pri
vate endeavor has never been expect
ed to supply. Therefore we are not
upon a new ground of theory; we are
merely upon a new ground of prac
tice, and when I think of what the
highways mean, I feel to be thinking
of the whole history of the human
race. Whenever I used to read stories
I remember my imagination was most
fascinated when the characters went
on a joun\ey and met the rest of the
world. On the old highways, partic
ularly the old English highways, you
met everybody, from the king to the
beggar, from the king to the high
wayman. You were there in a way to
have the adventure, the whole exper
ience and adventure of English life,
because it was there that English
life interlaced and crossed and was
fluid, flowing from one region to an
other, and by the same token, it is
upon the highways that men get to
contact;: which result in the building
up of public opinion.
Value of Koads to Kome.
You know how that Roman Empire
used to throw its great highways out
from Rome until they touched the
limits of the Empire ? until they
threaded even the distant island of
Britain; and it was like throwing
thongs out to hind all the Empire to
gether. Now the initial purpose of
those highways was to afford an open
road for the armies of Rome, so that
she could throw her power rapidly in
any direction. But Rome also, in my
imagination at any rate, prepared her
own destruction by those highways,
because she could not open them to
her own armies without opening them
also to the people that lived upon
their edges, and they could not touch
one another without forming an opin
ion about the Roman power, without
intermingling the influences of differ
ent nations, for these roads did not
stop at national confines, and the Ro
man roads threaded the opinion of the
world together into a nexus and pat
Roads Hind Communities together.
My interest in good roads is not
merely an interest in the pleasure of
riding in automobiles, it is not merely
an interest in the very much more im
portant matter of affording the farm
ers of this country and the residents
in villages the means of ready ac
cess to such neighboring markets as
they need for the economic benefit,
but it is also the interest in weaving
as complicated and elaborate a net
of neighborhood and State and na
tional opinions together as it is pos
sible to weave. It is of the most fun
damental importance that the United
States should think in big pieces,
should think together, should think
ultimately as a whole, and I feel, in
my enthusiasm for good roads, some
thing of the old opposition that there
always has been in me to any kind
of sectional feeling, to any kind of
class feeling. The reason that city
men are not more catholic in their
ideas is they do not share the opin
ions of the country and the reason
that some countrymen are rustic is
that they do not know the opinions
of the city and they are both ham
pered by their limitations. I believe
that the development of great systems
of roads is, psychologically speaking
as well as psysically speaking, a task
of statesmanship. I believe that it is
the proper study of the statesman to
bind communities together and open
their intercourse so that it will flow
with absolute freedom and facility.
No one argument ought to be omit
ted; every class has its argument for
good roads and putting them all to
gether they form an irresistible mass
of arguments, but the result of the
whole reasoning to by mind is simply
this: the United States has up to this
time, simply let the energies of ita
people drift. It has thrown the reins
on our necks and said: "Now here is
a continent of unexampled richness;
do what you please with it, we will
try to see that you are restrained
until you get so powerful that we can
not restrain you. We will try to see
that you do justice until you so com
bine with one another that justice is
impossible, but we are not going to
lend the aid of the government to the
actual task of development."
Roads Help Markets.
That has been the general attitude
of our government up to this time. It
1 cannot be that attitude any longer
? I remember having a very interesting
and, for me, enlightening conversatior
with a mountaineer once in North
Carolina. He tfas very hot against th(
l excise taxes, which made it practi
' cally impossible for him, without be>
? coming a criminal, to make whiskej
t out of his com, and I discussed il
1 somewhat minutely with him in ordei
to get his point of view. His point o1
view was simply this: He had a little !
farm that was a fertile pocket in a
remote part of the mountains. It did
not pay him to take his corn to the
market as corn, because by the time
he got to the market, the very horses
that were hauling it would have eaten
it up, but he could profitably get it
to the market as whiskey, and his
point was simply this, that it was un
reasonable for the government to for
bid his getting a market for his corn i
in the only way in which it was pos
sible for him to get a market. Now,
while we might say that it was not |
desirable that there should be any '
market at all for the product that he
wished to sell, ne\ertheless the illus
tration will point my moral, namely, 1
that it is not worth while producing
until you can release what you pro- <
duce, and that the only way of releas
ing it is by the most facile means of
inter-communication and transporta
tion. ? President Woodrow Wilson.
A Prisoner for a Lifetime.
What does it profit a man to be
released from prison at the age of
62, after he had spent 44 years
there? One Michael Cherist, of Con
necticut, back in 1872, when he wa?
18 years old, was convicted of kill
ing a companion at a roadhouse, to
which he had gone with his weck'e
wages. He was given a life sentence,
and when somebody happened to re
member him the other day, and found
that his record was good, he was re
leased on parole.
But what has life for such a man
now? He was a boy when he was
sentenced, and has had no experience
of the world. With the murderer's
brand on him, with complete igno
rance of modern ways, and with the
handicap of age, what chance can he
have of living an honest life or of
providing for himself? He has, per
haps, learned a trade during his
years of confinement, but of what
service will that knowledge be to him
now? Will an employer take him, will
other workmen permit him to labor
by their side?
The paroled man may rejoice for
the time in his freedom under the
sky, but the likelihood is that he
will find it a hard world.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Barnes are at
tending the Baptist Union meeting
at La Grange.
Mr. N. J. Allen and son, David Al
len, spent Wednesday and Thursday
A small party spent a delightful
evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Zeb Stephenson Tuesday, December
Miss Lela and Mr. Joseph Jones
spent part of the Christmas holidays
at Mr. N. J. Allen's.
The Powhatan school gave a Christ
mas entertainment on December 22,
which was well attended by the pa
trons r.nd friends of the school. In
connection with the entertainment the
school and Sunday school had a
Christmas tree. The tree was very
beautiful and many costly presents
December 30, 1916.
LONDON'S DOG REALLY LIVED
Buck, Hero of The Call of the Wild
Was Bom in Nevada.
Jack London's friend, J. 0. Ro?
the literary proprietor of the Hotel
Melrose, Los Angeles, knows the dop
of The Call of the Wild, written by
Jack London, and says:
"I saw that dog first in Nevada
when mining there. It belonged t?.
h mining engineer, and was a spe
cially fine collie. But the dog got so
unmanageable that the engineer de
cided to dispose of it."
Mr. London, according to Mr. Roe,
was very fond of the dog, and was
visibly affected when the owner, in
response to an advertiusement for
dogs for the North, sold the pet to
traders operating in Alaska. "This
gave Jack London the germ and im
pulse for that wonderful story," Mr.
Roe said, "and one can see how he
threw his best into the hardships of
the dog trained in civilization and
then sold into the wilds."
iVONDER ISLAM) OF HISTORY
Story of Sicily a Compendium of
Medieval Romance and Chivalry.
(National Geographic Magazine.)
Sicily's history is as vivid and pic
turesque, as ferocious and creative
and destructive, as mythical and in
tensely practical as the stories of ali
the rest of the world put together.
And in beauty of nature, of climate
or man and of beast the island is a
paradise today, whether or not it was
ever the workless, painless, passion
less elysium which our first ances.
tors enjoyed all the good things of
life without having to toil.
Nature itself, now in the guise of
the misunderstood gods of old, now
in convulsion or in quiet fertility
that science ha? made plain to us,
weaves its mysterious shuttle through
the highly colored fabric. And men ?
such men! ? tower above their fel
lows in the story like Titana, Pindar,
Aeschylus, Theocritus. Thucydides,
Archimedes, the two great Hierons,
Cicero, Verres, Diodorus, Hamilcar
and Hannibal, Roger the Count and
Roger the King, Belisarius, the great
Crusaders ? Richard of the Lion
Heart and Louis the Saint of France
? Charles of Anjou, Frederick II.
the Wonder of the World, and Gari
baldi. Even this partial list reads
like a compendium of ancient and
medieval romance and chivalry.
The undersigned having qualified
as Executor on the estate of Thomas
G. Allen, deceased, hereby notifies all
persons having claims against said
estate to present the same to me duly
verified on or before the 5th day of
January, 1918, or this notice will be
pieaded in bar of their recovery; and
all persons indebted to said estate
will make immediate payment.
This 1st day of January, 1917.
GEO. P. ADAMS,
Four Oaks, Route No. 3.
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