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PLYMOUTH, N, C. FRIDAY, J A NUARY 10, 1908.
SOUTH S PROGRESS
Remarkable Showing Made of
YALUE OF ITS LEADING CROPS
'-The Rice Crop Five Times Greater
r the Past Year and the Corn Crop
Has Increased Nearly Fifty Per
Cent. The Wonderful Growth of
the Cotton Crop the Subject of Ex
'. Chattanooga, Tenn., Special. The
Tradesman Annual contains among
its important features an elaborate
review of Southern progress during
1907, v in which the following interest
ing facts are given: .
The principal crops were as fol
Hay of all kinds, tons 7,590,000.
w Wheat, bushels 91,433,000. '
; Corn, bushels 959,743,000.
Oats, bushels, 67,338,000.
Tobacco, pounds 437,139,000.
Ilice, bushels 21,412,000.
f Tw.q .notable increases over the pre
Tious year are shown by these figures,
the Southern hay crop being 25 per
' -cent, greater than in 1906, and the
rice crop increased nearly the same
Progress of Agriculture.
During the last five years) however,
agriculture has made such progress
in the Southern States, that the corn
crop has increased nearly 50 per cent.
The rice crop is five times greater,
while as already stated, the fodder
crop has enlarged 25 per cent, in a
single year. In 1900 the value of pro
ducts of vegetable gardens - of-, the
South was $13,000,000; at present the
annual yield of orchards and vine-
yards in this section is over $30,000,
O00? making the sum total of the an
nual fruit and" truck product of the
South fully $150,000,000.
During the last cotton year we sent
out of the country about 8,500,000
bales. of raw cotton, fully two-thirds
of the crop; but such is the growth of
the cotton industry in the United
States that the South now contains
700 mills, operating nearly 10,000,000
J Spindles and 190S will add fully 20
v-' more "plants. The States of North
and South Carolina have no less than
4Q0 plants with 6,300,000 spindles.
' Tho Metal Industry.
.The metal industry, including the
mining of ore, shows a notable in
crease compared with previous years.
The total tonnage of iron produced
by the Alabama furnaces during 1907
will aggregate about 1,750,000 tons,
with a value of $32,000,000. This is
100000 tons more than the record for
1906 and about 150,000 tons more
than tho record for 1905, while the
value has increased within the last
two years nearly 50 per cent.
In Kentucky the total tonnage of
pig iron produced aggregate over
12o!000 tons, a gain of fully 100 per
em in .two years, while the value
of the output of the smelters has ac
tually more than doubled in two
Tennessee also shows remarkable
progress, for the tonnage of pig iron
made in this State in 1905 was but
372,692, while for the present year it
will" be about 450,000 tons, represent
'ins? a value of about $7,500,000.-'
The total investment of capital in
miscellaneous industries in the South
ern States increased no less than 50
per cent, in the'-brief period of five
years, while the value of the manu
factures has increased 25 per cent,
and in 1905 exceeded the total in
vestment in Southern industrial
plants by the sum of nearly $200,000,
000. Kansas Bank Dynamited.
Kansas City, Special. A bomb was
exploded in the basement of the mag
nificent three-story marble building
of the First National Bank at the
corner of Tenth street and Baltimore
avenue, in the business centre a few
minutes after the noon hour. The
forces of the explosion was terrific
and caused much damage ; eight per
sons were injured, none fatally. There
is no clue to the person who placed
the bomb and st it off.
North Carolina "Makes Good."
prtt-lnnrl. Me. Snecial. The ar
mored cruiser North Carolina, built
by the Newport News Shipbuilding
and Dry Dosk Company, arrived
here Monday: While running for a
short time under forced draught the
cruiser averaged nearly the required
speed of 22 knots. The standardi
7ai'vn trinl vi? he held later on the
iockia.ua , coinse. i
Congress Reconvenes After Holiday
Recess- and, After Short Sessions
Both Houses Adjourned Out of Re
spect to Memory f Late Senator
Congress reconvened Monday after
the holiday recess but both Houses
adjourned until Tuesday after brief
sessions out of respect to the memory
of the late SenatorMallory, of Flo
rida. The Senate was in session only four
minutes and the House for half an
In a message to the House - Presi
dent Roosevelt urged that i prepar
ing for the work of taking the next
census, the 4,000 or more additional
employes needed be appointed only
after competitive examination under
the rules of civil serviee commission
and strongly denounced the "patron
age system" of making the appoint
ments, saying that the civil service
commission was fully capable of se
curing a most efficient force.
The non-competitive examinations
used in selecting the force at Wash
ington of the last two censuses, the
President said, served only "as a
cloak to hide the nakedness of the
spoils system." Such examinations
he declared, were useless as checks
upon patronage appointments.
Second Thaw Trial.
New Yrk, Special. The second
trial of Harry K. Thaw was begun
Monday before Justice Victor J.
Dowling in the State Supreme Court
At the very outset of the proceed
ing's a plea of insanity at the time
of Hie kftling of Stanford White was
entered in behalf of the defendant
Last year the case was fought out
on a straight plea of not guilty, but
temporary insanity finally was relied
upon. None of the jurors will be
sworn until the box is filled, however,
-and all will be subjected to peremp
tory challenge until the joint oath is
administered. This arrangement is
a departure from last year's, when
eacli juror was sworn as chosen
Neither District Attorney Jerome
nor counsel for the defense would
hazard an estimate as to the time
that will be required to find twelve
Madison Witt Also Drive Out Saloons
Madison, Special. At the regular
monthly meeting "of the board of
town commissioners a petition signed
bv nearly one-half the registered
voters of the town asking for a "wet
and diy" election, was acted upon
favorably and an election ordered to
be held Monday, February 10th, 190S.
This means that in a very short time
Madison will be numbered among the
"dry" towns of the State as it is al
most a foregone conclusion that the
two saloons here will be voted out by
an cvero helming majority. Madison
is an eld ncmor town and it. has been
said that the traffic could never be
driven fiom her borders, but there is
a great change of sentiment and the
saloons must go.
News of the Day.
- Japanese in Vancouver seriously
hurt a fireman who fell against a
The Bank of England put its dis
count rate back to 6 per cent.
The Russian police say they have
discovered a plot to assassinate the
Capt. John Elliott Pillsbury was
appointed chief of the Bureau of Nav
igation, to succeed Admiral Brown
son. Republican leaders are ready to
unite to secure currency legislation,
fearing that the money stringency
may defeat their candidate for Presi
dent. New York Lawyer Dies at Jackson
ville. Jacksonville, Fla., Special. Hon.
William II. Newschafer, 65 years of
age, of New York City, died at the
Windsor Hotel, this city, at 4 o'clock
Monday afternoon. Mr. Newschafer
was a member of the New York Bar
Association. The body was sent to
New York accompanied by his wife
Editor Harden Appeals.
Berlin, By Cable Maximilicn liar
Jen, who was last week found guilty
of libeling Count Kuna von Moltke
and Ecntenced to four months' im
prisonment, has appealed to the Su
preme Court of the Empire on tho
ground that testimony was illegally
excluded from the hearing and on
several other tcehenicalitics.
The Countess of Yarmouth, sister
of llarrV K. Thaw, sued for divorce
Creditors of the Seaboard Air
Line Take Action
TAKEN BEFORE FEDERAL JUDGE
Counsel for Seaboard Railway Com
pany ajid Creditors of Company Ap
ply to Judge Waddill For Appoint
ment of Receivers and Subsequently
Agree to Make Application to Judge
Richmond, Va., Special. Counsel
for the Seaboard Air Line Railway
Company and creditors of the com
pany applied Wednesday afternoon to
United States District Judge Waddill
for the appointment of receivers and
subsequent agreed to make applica
tion to Judge Pritchard, of the-Unit-ed
States Circuit Court, and thereby
obviate the necessity of securing an
cilliary decrees in each of the court
districts through which the lines of
the company operate. With this end
in view Judge Leigh R. Watts, gen
eral counsel of the Seaboard, with
other attorneys, left for Danville, at
6:10 o'clock on a special train to
meet Judge Pritchard at that point,
it having been learned that he was on
his way to Richmond to consider the
matter. Judge Waddill announced
that he would appoint the receivers
on certain conditions, but it was
thought best to go to a court with lar
The Times-Dispatch has just learn
ed over the long distance telephone
that Judge Pritchard and the counsel
for the Seaboard are in conference at
the Southern Railway station in Dan
ville. They decline to give out any
thing for publication until the entire
matter is settled.
Lynchburg, Va., Special. A repre
sentative of The News talked over
long distance 'phone with a "reporter
if The Danville Register, and learned
that Samuel Untermeyer, attorney
for the Seaboard Air Line, had made
the following statement:
"Learning that Judge Pritchard
was in Danville we came down here
on the bare chance that he might be
able to give us a hearing on a mat
ter of business we have before him
that is all there is to it. "
Pritchard Joins Party at Danville.
Danville, Va., Special. The private
car containing the Seaboard Air Line
counsel, headed by Samuel Unter
meyer, of New York, Judge Leigh R.
Watts, of Portsmouth, general coun
sel for the Seaboard Air Line Rail
road, and Epha Hunton, Jr., of Rich
mond, reached here at 11:30 o'clock.
There were aboard the car about 15
or 20 men, mostly lawyers, but among
the number Clerk of the United States
Court Brady and Court Stenographer
The names of the other gentlemen
could not be learned, as they refused
to give them and would not talk.
Mr. Untermeyer was questioned , by
an Associated Press correspondent,
and stated that no application had
been made for a receivership. He
would not say whether an application
would be made. He would say noth
ing further, but said that a full state
ment would probably be given out on
the arrival of the party in Richmond.
Judge Pritchard reached the city
about 12:15 o'clock and was at once
taken to the Seaboard private car.
He would say nothing regarding the
object of his trip to Richmond.
He left, at 2 o'clock with the Sea
board counsel and with Clerk Brady
and Stenographer Brown and will
probably hold a hearing en route to
Receiver For Furnace Company.
Gadsden, Ala., Special. Capt. W.
P. Lay was appointed receiver for
the Quinn Furnace Company, the ap
pointment being made at the instiga
tion of local creditors, whose claim
amounts to between $6,000 and $7,
000. It is stated that New York
bondholders will be consulted before
it is decided to file a petition in bank
ruptcy. Reception at White House.
Washington, Special. President
Roosevelt received at the White
llouse for the seventh time a New
Year's throng of well-wishers which
was three hours in passing his hand.
Mrs. Roosevelt and the members and
ladies of the Cabinet were his assist
ants. Though curtailed in number,
5,645, by more than a thousand over
the preceding New Year's Day, the re
ception was resplendent in all the in
cidents of tradition which have ac
cumulated to its interest for more
than a huudred years.
TWO RECEIVERS NAMED
Judge Pritchard Grants Prayer For
Receivership For the Seaboard Air
Line System and Appoints S. Da
vies Warfield and R.Lancaster Wil
liams to Take Immediate Posses
sion of the Railroad.
Richmond, Va., Special. Judge
Pritchard, judge of the United States
Circuit Court, entered a decree nam
ing S. Dvies Warfield, or Baltimore,
and R. Lancaster Williams, of Rich
mond, as roceivers to take immediate
possession of the property of the Sea
board Air Line Railroad. The bond
of each was fixed at $50,000.
By the decree the receivers are
empowered to borrow money if need
ful to pay such rental as may beeomo
due, purchase cars, etc., and pay for
labor and supplies but not for any
other purpose without an order of
the court having primary jurisdiction.
They are ordered to pay forthwith
all installments and interest that was
due and payable January 1, 1908,
notes or trust equipment ertificates
nd all coupons and interest matur
ing January 1, 1908, on the first mort
gage bonds oi the Seaboard Air Lino
and embraced roads such as the Ral
eign and Gaston, Raleigh and Augus
ta Air Line, the Georgia Carolina and
the consolidated mortgage bond3 of
the Carolina Central.
Burglar Got a Surpisa.
Richmond, Special. Effecting en
trance through a front window in the
residence of Mr. R. I. Barnes, at
Sherwood Park and Brook avenue, at
an early hour Thursday morning,
someone, evidently a burglar of the
professional species, walked through
the parlor, crossed the hall and walk
ed into the room in which was lying
the body of Mrs. F. F. Herdy, Mrs.
Barnes' mother. He was so badly
frightened that fr a second he was
afraid to run. Then, without a word,
he turned and fled the way he had
come, diving through a window, tak
ing with him the major portion of the
lace curtains and landing on tho
porch', from which he jumped to the
ground. It all happended so sudden
ly that the persons sitting up with
the body were unable to tell whether
the intruder was white or black. They
saw a tall, slender man, wearing a
gray overcoat and a slouch hat, and
that was all. ,
Examination of the premise show
ed that the burglar had pried open
the blinds, carefully raised tha win
dow and as carefully lifted the screen
on the inner side. He left everything
open behind him, and his escape was
accomplished with such celerity that
he was gone almost as soon as seen.
Mr. Barnes "daughter was asleep in
the room above the parlor and was
awakened by the noise of the en
trance. Knowing that persons were
up and moving about, however, she
thought nothing of the disturbance
and went back to sleep. But the
whole household was aroused when
the intruder made his sensational
dive through the window. Rev. Mr.
Templeman and the others sitting up
with the corpse were too dazed to
move when they saw the door slowly
open and then a man's form slouch
upon the threshold. But the vision
was as much astonished as they, and
he did not stand upon the order of
his going but went.
Texas Editor Killed by His Wif e.
Halletsville, Tex., Special. Thurs
day afternoon as he was entering his
office, W. R. Beaumier, editor of the
Halletsville Herald was shot and kill
ed by his wife. She was arrested and
placed under $2,000 bail. Domestic
troubles are said to be the cause of
Official Report of Alabama Mine Dis
Birmingham, Ala., Special. State
Mine Inspectors J. M. Gray, James
Hillhouse and Edward Flynn has
filed with Governor Comer a full re
port of the explosion which took
place in the Yolande mines last
month, in which 56 men were killed.
Chief Inspector Gray's opinion is
that a miner allowed some dynamite
to go off and that this ignited dust.
The assistant inspectors express the
opinion that there was a gas explosion
followed by a dust erosion.
IS UNDER JMRTIAL LAW
Governor Hanly Issues Proclamation
Declaring Martial Law For Riotous
Town Brigadier General McKee Is
Placed in Command of the Twleve
Cojnpanies of State Troops.
Indianapolis, Ind., Special. Gover
nor Hanly issued a proclamation de
claring martial law at Muneie and
placing Brigadier Genera! McKee in
command of the State troops assem
bled there, namely, 12 companies of
j J , i uv, ju-iifcl.-
tial law order covers a radius of four
miles from the Delaware county court
house, and takes in the factory dis
tricts of Muncie. Assistant Attor
ney General Dowling was sent to
Muncie by the Governor to act a3
legal advisor for Brigadier General
Governor Hanly 's action in send
ing troops, supplemented by tho en
ergy displayed by the authorities and
citizens oi Muncie, resulted in check
ing the mob spirit. . Five hundred
citizens, including some members of
the Commercial Club, of Muncie, have
been sworn in as special officers to
preserve the peace. These men will
endeavor to csntrol the situation but
will be backed by the soldiers. Mav
or Guthrie has closed all saloons and
ordered all women and children to
keep off the streets except on errands
The determination of tho Governor
to call out the State militia followed
a riot at Muncie last Friday after
noon, when the police and the dep
uty sheriffs fought with a crowd of
.3,uUl) men, women and children.
The police were worn out and many
of the deputy . sheriffs resigned,
leaving the city at the mercy of the
unruly element. The Governor, there
fore, on the request of the Muncie
authorities on the advice of Adju
tant General Perrj', who was caught
in th mob, ordered out the militia.
There has been no 6erious trouble
at Anderson, Marion, Alexandria and
Elwood. Twenty-seven employes of
the Marion lines voted to strike, buf
the car service was only partly in
terrupted. At Anderson a committee of citi
zens is endeavoring to induce the
traction company officials to- arbi-ti-ate.
The strike breakers brought
from Chicago to Anderson and Ma
rion havo been sent away.
Jury Acquits Pettibone.
Boise, Idaho, Special. An end of
the prosecution of the men' charged
with the murder of Former Governor
Frank Stunenberg, except the cases
of Harry Orchard and JackTSimp
kins, came with the acquittal of
George A. Pettibone and discharge
of Charles II. Moyer, president of the
Western Federation of Miners, both
charged with conspiring with William
D. Haywood to murder Stunenberg.
Moyer will return with Pettibone in
a few days to Denver. Haywood was
acquitted last summer and Moyer will
not be tried. Only two men on the
Pettibone jury voted -persistently for
conviction and they finally ceded the
verdict to the other 10 jurors.
The case of Orchard, confessed as
sassin of Stunehburg and Chief wit
ness against Moyer, Haywood and
Pettibone, is in the hands of Prose
cuting Attorney Vanduyn, of Cony on
county, Idaho. No tatement as to
the future procedure in that case has
been made, but it will be called dur
ing the next terra of court at Cald
well, when it will probably be finally
disposed of. Simpkins is still a fugi
tive. E,esidence of Maj. Micah Jenkins De
stroyed by Fire.
Columbia. S. C, Special. The resi
dence of Maj. Micah Jenkins," col
lector of internal revenue, was de
stroy! by fire at Ridgcwood suburbs,
practically none of the furniture be
ing saved. The building which was
the property of Mrs. Watkins, was
worth $7,000 and was partially in
sured. Major Jenkins' furniture was
also partially insured. The fire re
sulted from carelessness of the ser
vant in leaving hot ashes in the kitch
en. The sword presented to Maj.
Micah Jenkins, by the people of
South Carolina, through President
Roosevelt at the Charleston Exposi
tion in 1902, for gallantry as a mem
ber of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American
war, was destroyed in
Earthquako in Jamacia.
. Kingston, Jamaica, Special. An
earthquake of moderate intensity oc
curred in Jamaica tho morning of
January 2nd. It was one of many
slight shocks that have been experi
enced during the past few months,
and was felt here and generally
throughout the island. Tho govern
ment seismologist declared that no
damage had been done at Browns
town," Stewarttown or elsewhere and
lisi il;e:2 had fc:eu loss o life.
NO EMPLOYER LIABLis
Supreme Court Decides Lavv
OPINION COVERS ALL ISSUES.
Supreme Court Decides That
Congressional Act Known as
"Employer's Liability Law" Is
Unconstitutional Because It Goes
Beyond Bovnds Permitted inv
Regulation of Inter-State Conv
Washington, Special. That the
congressional act of June 11th, 1906,
known as the "employer's" liability
law," is not in accordance with the
constitution of the United States be
cause it goes beyond the bounds per
mitted in the regulation of inter
State commerce, was the conclusion
reached by the Supreme Court of the
United States in deciding two damaga
cases coming to the court from the
Federal courts of Kentucky and Ten
nessee, which were brought- under
the provision of the law. The de
cision was announced by - Justice
White and was reported by the nar
row margin of one, the court standing
five to four against the law. Even
among the five who Voted not to sus
tain the statute, there were differ
ences of opiaion. Much interest was
manifested in the result of the court's
deliberations, but attorneys generally
refrained from comment. The law ia
question makes railroads and other
common carriers responsible to em
ployes in accidents due to the negli
gence of fellow servants or to inef
fective appliances. The decision of
the lower court was affirmed.
Two Cases Before Court.
There were two cases before the
court, involving' the question of tha.
validity of the law, one of them be
ing the case of Damille Howard, ad
ministratrix of her: husband, Will
Howard, a locomotive fireman, who
was killed in an accident on the Illi
nois Central Railroad near Memphis,
Tenn., and the .other, that of N. C.
Brooks, administratrix and mother
of Morris S. Brooks, a fireman who
was killed on the Southern Pacific
Railroad, in Nevada. Th Howard
case was tried in the United States
Circuit Court for the western district
of Tennessee with Judge McCall pre
siding, and the Brooks case
in the united states Circuit
Court for the western district
of Kentucky, with Judge Walter
Evans on the bench. In the former
case damages amounting to $25,000
were demanded, while in the latter
the sum was fixed at $20,000. The
railroads fought both cases strenu
ously both in the trial courts and
in the Supreme Court and in each
case obtained a verdict against the
complainant on the ground of uncon
stitutionality of the law. Judg?
Evans and Judge McCall followed
the same line of reasoning in reach
ing their conclusions, both holding
the law to be invalid on the double
ground that a congressional enact
ment could not be made applicable
to intra-State commerce; as they
claimed was undertaken in. this law,
and that protection from accidents
in inter-State commerce could not be
constructed as any part of "com
merce" of any kind. Both the Ken
tucky and Tennessee decisions were
affirmed by Justice White's opinion
on the ground that the law is not
confined to the regulation of the busi
ness of inter-Stnte carriers but un
dertakes to resrulate their dealing?
with their employes.
Seven Men Drowned.
Leavenworth, Kas., Special. As a
result of the overt uning of a skiff
containing nine men near Kickapoo,
Kas., 7 men were drowned in the
Missouri river. The dead: Frank
Hill, leaves wife and six children.
Ralph Hill, water boy. Charles Ba
ker, leaves wife and 4 children. John
linker. Elmer Hundley. Grover Hund
ley. Unknown Swede.
Railroads Will Be Consolidated".
Mobile, Ala., Special. A meeting
of stock and bondholders of the Mo
bile, Jackson & Kansas City and
the Gulf & Chicago railroads will
be held here when it is said both
lines willbe formally consolidated
into ,the New Orleans, Mobile & Chi
cago Railroad, with a capitalization
of" $60,600,000. It is stated that 8.3
per cent, of the bondholders of the
two corporations have agreed to the
consolidation. ' Th consolidation is
reported to be merely the organiza
tion of a new holding company to.
fiV.c over the propertied .