Year, In Advance.
" FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH. "
Slog! Copy 5 Ceat.
PLYMOUTH, N. C. FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1908.
4' TAH HEEL TOPICS
I , Items Gathered From All Sections of the State JSP
State Farmers Union in ApriL
Charlotte, Special. The North
Carolina division of the Farmers'
Educational and Co-Operative Union
of America will be organized in
Charlotte on April 1st and 2d. Mr.
G. W. Fant, State organizer, who has
'."been in the city several days perfect
ring plans for the big meeting, has is
sued a call to all of the county un
' ions to name delegates for the big
' convention. Mr! C. W. Barrett, of
Georgia, national president of the or-
ganization, will be present and make
' an address. The basis of representa
tion will be one delegate to every 100
members or majority fraction and
one delegate at large from each coun
ty. This means that Charlotte will
liave the pleasure of entertaining a
vast host of farmers on this occas
ion. The union in North Carolina has
-grown very rapidly during the past
few months, some of the counties hav
ing little less than 1,000 members.
TJrwin county is 810 strong and
Mecklenburg has 500. There are
5,500 members of the union in North
Carolina, 50 more than the number
required for forming a State organi
zation. Mr. Fant has also extended
an invitation to all State officers of
the Farmers' Alliance to attend the
meeting next month. It is likely that
the two organizations will be merged.
The place of meeting has not yet
been decided upon.
' Hrenesboro Bank Liquidates.
Greensboro, Speeial. The officers
of the City National Bank has de
cided to place the institution in vol
untary liquidation, owing to the con
tinued financial depression and in
ability to "collect outstanding notes.
National Examiner Hull will take
charge of the bank Saturday. Nego
tiations are in progress with one of
the strongest banks in Greensboro to
take over the collateral ot the bans
and assume the payment of all de
posits, and this will be done as soon
as tbaftnsent 0f the stockholders and
f nnmti'iUler of the Currency is
secured. Every depositor will be pam
in full. The bank has $255,053 in
iWnsits and $405,663 in bills receiv-
7 able. The City National is an old in-
stitution ana lias oeen an impuaau.
factor in the business lite or ureens
boro. Many of the city's most prom
inent business men are connected
with it. The directors are: W. S.
Thompson, president; W. C. Bain, C.
II. Dorsett, J. A. Hoskins, M. W.
Thompson, J. Van Lindley, Lee H.
Battle and G. A. Grimsley.
I No Location Decided On.
I Hickory, Special The committee
' consisting of Rev. Dr. G. H. Detwiler,
P ot Greensboro ;J. A. Glenn, Charlotte;
ijRev. N. R. Richardson, of Hickory;
'!Rev Frank Siler, of Charlotte; J. L.
1 Nelson, of Lenoir; S. L. Rodgers, of
'Kaleigh, and C. H. Ireland, of Greens
'boro, appointed by the Western
aNorth Carolina Conference to select a
Suitable place on which to build an
orphanage, met here last Thursday.
The committee, which convened at
!i -30 ojfloek p. m., at the Methodist
hurcliQladjourned for some future
,late Jpr1 a final decision. The sub
CmmfTtee, consisting of J. L. Nelson,
. A. Glenn and G. F. Ivey, on prgp
Skties'and subscription was containu
d and instructed to visit the various
ftites as soon as practicable. Ilick
IL.r TWnlnton and Rutherfordton
kre'all making vigorous efforts to se-
ure the location ol tne orpnange.
Winston's New Drug Firm.
Winston-Salem, Special. The ar-
talf of incorporaUon of the Winston
brag Company we. e forwarded to thfe
ecretary of State at Raleigh Thurs-
ay morning. The incorporators are
llessrs. J. P. Lawson, i. l
r., and L. E. Fishel. llie oojeci
f the concern is to manufacture,
Irus and sell at wholesale.
Dr Kilgo at Winston-Salem.
..nn.Snlem. Special. Governor
B Glenn and Dr. J. C Kilgore,
Uident of Trinity College, have ac
ptcd invitations to address Clio For
th County Teachers' Association
re Saturday. The faculty oi i
,dcd school the Salcn Academy
,d Salem Boys' Pool have been
. , . i i,cftAv- distinguisli-
ivited to nt-ai ,
S peakers. Dr. Kilgore will go f on
f 1 . ,Tii... whore he win
I ra tn V ailvui iu , .
leach on SanA.iv morning occupying
Elizabeth City, Special. The first
news of a train robbery which oc
curred February 17, reached here
Thursday when Special Detective
Stevens arrived in the city. As the
through freight train of the Norfolk
& Southern was passing Northwest,
Va., four men got aboard and con
cealed themselves somewhere under
the cars. When the train was speed
ing along at a rapid rate through the
woods, the men broke into one of the
box cars and threw out everything
that they thought would be useful to'
them. After throwing out about all
th&v could onvenierH?v Wi-wIIa thp-v
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humped off and went back and gather
ed up the plunder from the side of
the tracks and carried it away. The
robbery was not discovered until tho
train reached Norfolk, when the prop
er authorities were notified. For
j special reasons the affair was not giv
en to the public." Special Detective
Stevens, assisted by Hugh Rob
erts, was engaged to take charge
of the case. Since then the detectives
have been busy following up different
clues and now have four men under
arrest whom they think are the guilty
A Tragedy Near Wilson.
Wilson, Special. Wednesday night
at his "home, a few miles from Wilson
Cad Page, a white farmer, was shot
and killed by' his 15-year-old son,
Ernest. The elder Page had been
drinking for two days and was abus
ing his wife and threatening to kill
her, advancing with a pistol in one,
hand and a knife in the other. His
son, seeing this, picked up! a shot
gun and fired, killing his father. The
coroner's inquest is now being held."
Young Page did not attempt to escape
and will doubtless be justified by the;
jury. Will Lewis, the white farmer
who, while , drunk last veek knocked
his wife in the head with aw axe, kill
ing her, died in jail here. Heart fail-!
ure caused his death. :
A Contractor Charged With Con-;
. Asheville, Special. Judge Pritch-.
ard will hear an interesting matter,
here Wednesday when J. D. Elliott, of
Hickory, is cited to appear and show'
cause why he should not be attached
for contempt of court for interfering'
with the management of the Seaboard
Air Line, now under control of re
ceivers. It is said that Mr. Elliott
had a contract for building the
freight terminals of the S. A. L. at
Jacksonville; that the company owed
him about $83,000 and that after the
road went into the hands of a receiv
er it was agreed that he should have
$12,500 to. complete the contract. It
is alleged that he now claims posses
sion of the property and refuses to'
deliver it into the custody ot the re
ceivers. Mid-Year Mission Meeting.
Salisbury. Special. The Executive
Committee of the Foreign Mission
Board of the Western North Caroliw
Conference met in Salisbury and ar
ranged for a mid-year meeting in the
interest of missions to be held at
Marion, in Western North Carolina,
April 7th to 9th. Rev. W. R. Ware,:
of Gastonia, is president of the board
and Rev. J. E. Gay, of Lincolnton, is
treasurer. A strong program is being
arranged for the occasion when it is
expected that one of the returned
missionary secretaries and a numbei
of other able speakers will be present.
The cause of missions has advanced
rapidly in the conference during the
Chief of Police Elected.
, Fayetteville, Special. Mr. John
McD. Monaghan, who was appointed
acting chief of police following the
murder of Chief Benton on the 23d
ult., has been elected permanently to
the position by the board of alder
men. Mr. Monaghan is a very. cour;
escous man of high character, and
will doubtless prove an acceptable
head to the police department.
Hunting Season Closed.
pnTo-v, KnPinl State Game War
den John R. Upclmreh stated that
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the game season, unuer me gwiti.ii
law, had closed, and he desired to call
special attention to sections 34S0 and
31S1 of the Revisal making it a mis
demeanor to hunt on the lands of an
other without consent of owner and
written permission, and he said thai
he will pay special attention to this
law and prosecute all persons ascer
tained to have violated these sections,
lie aks that information of the in
fractions of the law be reported to
GOOD DARKEY SHOT BAD
Affair Occurred at Brick Yard Sun
day Hearing of Case Monday
Afternoon Before Justice J. W.
Cobb Shooting Appeared to b
Last Resort of Colored Foreman.
Charlotte, Special. Facing a
drunken employe and having been at
tacked one, two, three times previous
ly by his assailant, Will Hardy, fore
man of the Carson brick plan, on the
Catawba river Sunday shot and ser
iously wounded Fred White, who was
boisterous, and after attacking Har
dy several times, was advancing on
him with a knife when Hardy pulled
ont his revolver and fired. Hardy
had been knocked down by the drunk
en negro and was down when he fired
the shot. As a result the bullet rang
ed upward, entering near the right
thigh, and coming out at the shoulder.
Sunday morning Fred White load
ed up on a grade of liquor that was
not exactly peerless, and then start
ed out for revenge for some 'wrong
he imagined the foreman had done
him. The attacks of White were
warded off by Hardy for awhile, until
Hardy was knocked down and White
drew a knife on him. Then it was
that Hardy thought it was time to de
fend himself in a more effective man
ner. Hardy's reputation, is under
stood to be good and he holds a re
sponsible position with the brick
Corn Culture Lectures.
Raleigh, Special. The Norfolk &
Southern Railway has arranged for a
special train of two cars to be known
as the corn special, to go over all the
lines of that road, leaving here
March 22d. There will be four spe
cialists on board, including Dr. F. L.
Stevens and Prof. R. L Smith. These
will talk on the culture of corn and
its proper fertilization, the best meth
ods of feeding the crop ,the proper
way to harvest it, and will give full
instructions as to selection of the
right kind of corn for seed. The ear
will be on the road for a week and
will go to twenty places. At four
points President Winston, of the Ag
ricultural and Mechanical College,
will speak on industrial education.
This corn speeial will be a great edu
cator and it sIioavs marked enterprise
on the part' of the Norfolk & South
ern to supply it,; The State is prompt
to recognize the value of such an op
portunity. Church Floor Gives Way.
Wilmington, Special. There was a
mio-iitv spramhle nf colored humanity
in this city last week in the Methodist
ffnlored. corner of
Eleventh and Orange Streets. Shortly
after 8 o'clock, while tne service was
in progress and many were shouting
the strain became too great on th
floor and it sank. At the same time
a stove in one corner toppled over
nd fsillin? nine struck a number
of shouting brethren across the heads.
The wildest contusion at once en
nnd windows and doors were
utilized in the "twinkling of an eye"
as a means to get out. Wonderfully,
the sh-uggling, yelling mass of hu
itV pspnned without a person be
ing seriously injured, though a num
ber were bruised ana ail were uaui.v
To Build Connection Tracks.
T?fllp;Th .Snecial. A charter was
fliA flnVishoro Union Sta
tion Company of Goldsboro, having
for its purpose the construction uj.
railroad trackage at Goldsboro for
connecting the union station, now be-
in- erected there at a cost oi auouw
$(50,000, with each of the three rail
roads participating-Uie Atlantic
Coast Line, Southern and the Norfolk
and Southern. The capitalization of
the company is $15,000.
Linwood Postoffice Robbed.
Salisbury, Special. Unknown rob
bers looted the postoffice at Linwood
a smal station six miles north o
Spencer. The iron safe was blown
' a Sfln taken. Tho
open mm . .
robbers did. their work at midnight
and eseaped before the crime was
detected. There is no clue to the
Dies While Out Driving.
High Point, Special Sunday after
noonvhile out driving yith her hus
band and child, Mrs. D. N. Wellborn,
a well-known lady of this city, pitch
ed forward in the buggy dead. She
was driving while her husband was
holding the baby and without a mo
ment's warning fell forward her hus-1-and
catching her from falling oin
of the baggy. Sho was imtneateiy
carried into the home of Mr. Lee A.
Ihiles and physicians summoned, bat
death was 'instant, due to beait
i failure. - . - ...
Judge Pritchard Appoints Re
ceivers Per S. C. funds
STIRS UP LIVELY RESENTMENT
Judge Pritchard at Asheville Ap
pointed Threo Permanent Receiv
ers for the $800,000 South Carolina
DiBpensary Fund and Ordered It
Turned Over to These Men.
Asheville, N. C, Special. After
hearing lengthy arguments on the
motion of the Wilson Distilling Com
pany and the Flcischmann Company
for the appointment of a receiver in
the South Carolina dispensary mat
ter Federal Judge J. C. Pritchard
decided to make permanent the ap
pointment of temporary receivers and
named Judge Joseph A. McCullough,
C. K. Henderson and B. F. Arthur as
permanent receivers for the trust
fund of $800,000 and directing that
the fund be turned over to the re
ceivers upon demand.
In a memoranda Judge Pritchard
referred to the fact that two of the
dispensary commissioners, W. J.
Murray and John McSween, appoint
ed as temporary receivers, had re
fused to accept and that Commission
er Avery Pat ton had not made reply
to the notice of appointment, while
Comissionor.s Henderson and Arthur
had accepted; he said that these
gentlemen were appointed upon the
theory that the court was anxious to
adopt the instruments provided by
the State in this instance for the ad
ministration of the trust fund in their
hands, but that inasmuch as a ma
jority of tho commission had either
declined or refused to indicate a pur
pose to serve the court had decided
to appoint Messrs. McCullough, Hen
derson and Arthur permanent receiv
ers for all the funds and property in
the hands of the defendants consti
tuting the State commission. The
court said tlilit it regretted exceeding
ly that any of these defendants
should have declined to accept the
appointments,' feeling as it does that
their acceptance would have been in
harmony with the State under which
they were appointed.
In the order appointing permanent
receivers creditors of the 'dispensary
are restrained from prosecuting or
attempting to prosecute suits in
courts other than the court that has
taken jurisdiction without first hav
ing had is sanction.
Tho regularly constituted dispen
sary commission, which is practically
put out of commission by the ap
pointment of receivers, is restrained
from interferring in any way with the
receivers or the property or funds of
the dispensary. Notices will be
promptly served on the banks and
trust companies .having this trust
found on deposit, commanding them
to turn the fund over to the receiv
ers upon demand.
Will the Orders Be Obeyed?
There is some speculation is to
whether or not the majority of the
dispensary commission and the
banks and trust companies will re
fuse to obey the orders of the court.
It was indicated by Mr. Rountree, of
counsel for the commission that it
would refuse to obey. Mr. Rountree
said that in making such a state
ment he meant no disrespect to the
court, saying that the commission
could refuse to obey and that the
matter could bo taken up. Ho said
that presumably the court would
hold the commissioners in contempt
and made some suggestions as to the
most convenient place to hear the
Attorney General Lyon Talks.
Attorney General Lyon was great
ly displeased with Judge Pritchard 's
action. In an interview he said
anions other things:
"Judge Pritchard 's order will most
certainly be disregarded by me if it
undertakes to in any wise restrain or
direct me in this or any other pro
ceedings I may deem it advisable to
Lyon's Statement Resented.
Asheville, N. C, Special. The re
marks of Attorney General Lyon
caused considerable comment here.
There will be an cfiort made to have
Judge Pritchard attach Mr. Lyon
for -contempt of court.
He Will Bave tho State.
Columbia, S. C, Special. When
Attorney General Lyon was shown
the press dispatches as to the threat
ened attempt to have him attached
for contempt on account of the stric
tures oE Judgo Pritchard, contained
jn the interview givin out by him m
Augusta, Ga., he said
"It is, not surprising that these
harpies (referrins: to the liquor law-
yers) should" wish to have me at
tached for contempt. This wail is
probably caused, not from any disre
gard which may have keen shown the
learned judge, but more probably
from tfce prospect of bing kept for
a long while from plundering and
feasting npon the revenues of Sowth
Carolina. The attorneys r fees and
costs of the various satellites of the
court may possibly be $50,000, or
more. It is, therefore, not hard to
understand the cause of the wail, nor
their unseemly haste to have the
court take action with the manifest
purpose of circumventing the Gover
nor when he advised the Legislature
to act and protect the revenues and
autonomy of the State.
"I repeat aeain that I will use
every lawful means to save the State
from the possibility of such plunder
ing and will proceed in the courts of
the State to checkmate the liquor
houses that have fed upon the Stale
whenever it may be proper to do so,
any orders of the United States Cir
cuit Court to the contrary notwith
standing." Telephone Case Advanced.
Washington, Special. The Su
preme Court of the United States
Monday advanced the hearing of the
case of the railroad commissioners of
Louisiana against the Cumberland
Telephone Company, involving the
right of the commissioners to fix a
maximum rate for telephone charges,
and set for hearing on the first Tues
day if the next term.
Motion for New Trial.
Boston, Special A motion for a
new trial of the nine C'hinemen who
were convicted on Saturday of mur
der in the first degree for complicity
in the rival secret society feud last
August, in which several Boston
Chfnament were killed, was filed ia
the Superior Court by .coups, for
the convicted men. The motion was
made or. the ground that the fuming
of the jury was aginst the law and
Liberal Government Overthrown-
Fredericton, N. B., Special--The lib
eral government of New Bruns
wick, which has been continued yi
office under one form or another for
25 years was overthrown in the gen
eral election held throughout the
province. The opposition ticket swept
St. John City and the majority of the
other constituencies. It is expected
that the next premier will be J. Doug
las Hozen, the leader of the opposi
Big Fire at Columbia, N. C.
Norfolk, Va., Special A specia
to The Virginian Pilot says Columbia
N. C, was' visited by a disastrous fin
Thursday, destroying the heart of th
business section. The fire originate
in the large store of Davis Bros., ger
eral merchadise, the Hotel Scupper
nong catching lire and spreading t ;
other business houses. No estimat
of the damage or as to the numbcj
of losers, could be secured, all com
uiunication being cut off.
Senator Depew Praises Hughes.
Washington, Special In a speed
on currency legislation Friday after
noon Senator Depew endeavored tc
ci,w iht Wall Street was not th
den of iniquity that it has been paint- f
ed of late. He charged that "hastj i
and ill-considered legislation in manf
States had much to do with the recen
panic." Incidentally he warm
praised Governor Hughes for his vett
of the two-cent fare bill, and favorec
the Aldrich bill.
What Audiences Believe.
The light suddenly went out dur
ing one of my performances in Wat
erbury. . panic was in prospect.
However, I shouted out: "Ladies
and gentlemen, I am about to per
form a marvelous trick. I have her
a lemon, but of course you can't see
it. I am about to cut it in two and
bring out of it an elephant!"
The audience settled down. Squash!
I cut the lemon. "And now," I said,
"the elephant has gone. It has walk
ed eft the stage. But of course you
can't see it but that doesn't matter."
Sure enough, there was hearJ n
slow, shuffling scund quite appro
priate, although It was made by the
fat stage manager, who was shuffling
acrcss the boards in his slippers. Th
licht. returned, there was much ap
plause and all was well. The next
day a 'man stopped me in the siree:
and said ha considered that trick
tho mcst marvellous he had ever seen,
rnd would I be giving it asain that
right! It's true! Horace GolJin in
A l.itv recently passed forbids aiUo
inobiiists In Havana the use of
bicaibid.? Tweeters and restricts t'acii
10 oil birrs.
OUR VESSELS BETTER!
Report Shows Warships to Be
BUT ARMOR BELTS TCO LOW
The Senate Committee on Naval Affairs-
Resumes the Hearing Into the
Subiect 0f Battleship Construction.
Washiogton, Special. Testimony
was adduced before the Senate com
mittee at naval affairs, which is in
vestigating the criticisms that the
ship eooatruction, showing that the
location, of the armor belt of Ameri
can battleships was too low. On the
other hand, a letter from' Secretary
Me-tcalf was read declaring it to be
the opinioji of the board of construc
tion and Rear Admirals Evans and
Brownsora that the armor belt lines of
the battleships Delaware and North
Dakota were right. The secretary in
his communication took occasion to
declare that American battleships
were superior to those of any other
navy. The witnesses were Lieuten
ant Richard D. White, assistant in
spector of target practice, and Rear
Admirals George C. Remey and C. F.
Goodrich. Lieutenant White was the
first to take the stand. In reference
to the location of the armor belt, he
said that if it were possible for a ship
to get into action at the designed load,
draft, the pi'jsent location would be.
about right, bat it was his observa
tion that the ships had greater drafts
than those designed. He thought the
drafts would be still greater under
war conditions. His opinion was the
same as that of Commander. Sims,
who is the inspector of .tafget prac
tice. Concerning the construction of
turrets, he said that safety demands
that the turret proper shall be struc
turally separate from the ammuni
tion handling room. The two-stage
hoist is one way to effect this, but
he thought it might be possible to
construct a direct hoist so that the
handling room could be isolated. He
preferred the two-stage hoist and de
clared that the shutters now in use in
the direct hoist are "most ineffi
cient." Describing the shutter he
said it is so constructed that grains
of powder could easily get through
the slit for the lift rope in the event
of an accident overhead.
Chairman Hale read a letter from
Secretary Metealf stating that after
the plans for the battleships Dela
ware and North Dakota had been ap
proved, an officer (Lieutenant Com
mander Hill) had recommended that
the armor belt should be raised 30
inches. The department referred this
criticism to the board on construc
tion and the original designs were
declared to-be right. The officer made
rejoinder and the matter was then -referred
to Rear Admirals Brownson
and Evans, who also declared that
the belt was correctly located: Sec
retary Metealf called attenton to the
fact that tha Delaware and North
Dakota arc to be equipped with the
two-stage hoists, and "there is no
ground for further contention as to
the location of the armor belt." An
swering general criticisms. Secretary
Metealf said: "Our ships are not
inferior, type for type, in their own
period of construction to vessels of
other navies. On the contrary I con
cur in opinion expressed that- -our
ships are superior."
Roar Admiral George C. Remey, re
tired, told the commit tee he would
locate the armor belt with reference
to the proper load water line when
the ship is equipped to go into battle.
He though it the duty of a com
mander of a battleship to have full
stores on board if possible, -in going
into battle. He excepted coal, but
thought the bunkers should bo at
least two-thirds full. He said he
never had believed in the open tur
ret and thought the guns should be
completely isolated from the ammu
nition handling rooms. He said he
had no hesitancy in endorsing the in
terrupted hoist. He opposed sacrific
ing safety for rapidity of fire. :
Double Murder In Virginia.
Roanoke. Va., Special. At a dance
near Swards Creek, in Russell coun-.
tv. Sunday night, Fred Dye, a young
white man, shot and killed J.hn
Mutler and Gorge Call, rdro white.
Dye escaped, but was captured r.nd
taken back to Swords Crook. It-be-,
cauv evident that a lynching wrs be
in" planned by the friends of tho
dead men and an tr.ginf was taken .
from Richland with a posse oi nv
and Dye was carried to Cleveland
distance of 10 miles, from '
place he Was carried -Ihror
country to the county jr."