ti Year, In Advanca.
FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH. "
Ziotf Copy 5 CaU,
PLYMOUTH, N, C FRIDAY JULY 3, 1908.
Named'Fqyernor By the Charlotte
Convention on Sixty-First Ballot
Erd of Long Fight Camo Saturday
Afternoon on the Sixth-First Bal
lotContest the Hardest Fought
and Most Bittrely Waged Ever Re
corded in the Political Annals .of
North Carolina End in Sight Af
ter, the Sixtieth Ballot When .CoL
Ashley Home Appears on Rost
rum and Withdraws From the
Race Love Feast Follows Final
Ballot Speeches Being Made by
Ex-Governor Aycock, Mr. Camer
on Morrison, Mr. Kitchin, and Mr.
Craig Nomination Made Unani
mous Mr. Craig's Feeling Address
a Splendid One.
Charlotte, Special. Mr. William
Walton Kitchin, now jepresenling
"the fifth district in Congress, was on
Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock,
nominated for Governor" on the sixty-first
ballot by the State "Demo
cratic convention in session here.
Col. Ashley Home who had . the small
est primary 'vote of any. of the three
candidates in the. race, withe :ew at
ter the sixtieth ballot and the, fight
was closed bv Mr.' Locke Craig, of
Asheville, and .Mr. ''Kitchin, the re
sult of the last ballot -..being ..473.59
for Kitchin and- 381.-712 . for Craig.
After the contest was over -,a love
' feast", in which -.stne friends of the
candidates took par-t,." followed
Among, others who spoke were: For
mer Governor Aycock, who support
ed Mr. Craig; Mr. Kitchin and Mr
Tlio closinar scenes "of the great con
test, which had continued . for four
days, were most animated. More
than' S.000 people, men and women,
filJ?(Y!ihe Auditorium. Demonstration
jjjf&demonstration was made, so
Swili rt that the chairman had a
task ;ta. preserve order.
The. victory won by Mr. Kitchin is
ranked as one" of the greatest in the
history of the State, lie was oppos
ed by Senator Simmons, the -recognized
leader; of the North Carolina
Democracy; former Governor Ay
cock, and other, well-known Tar
Heel leaders. He made a fight on the
Southern Railway and the American
Tobacco Company, which concerns he
HON. LOCKE CRAIG, of Buncombe
said were opppsing him." He came to
the convention with approximately
374 votes. Craig had 335 and Home
148. The first 'ballot came at 12
o'clock-Wednesday night. From that
time until the hour of the nomination
the contest was spirit and at times
'bitter.'. The delegates' were noisy and
enthusiastic all the while. Craig was
supported by the mountain counties
of western North Carolina. His
mountaineers were loyal to the last
and went down after a game fight.
Kitchin had not only a plurality of
instructed vote, but he could count
more delegates in a final show-down.
He arid his friends believed that he
would be nominated on the third or
fourth ballot, but a master hand was
against him, and as a result, the bal
tle was prolonged and royal.
William Waton Kitchin.
William Waton Kitchin, of Rox
Soro Person county, was born near
Scotland Neck, Halifax county, Oct
ober 9th, 1SCG. He was euaeated
It Vine Hill Academy and Wake
Forest College, where he pad na ted
f 1004 He edited The Scotland Neck
Democrat in 1885.. Shortly afterward
lookup the study of kw fiun
3er his father, the late W
h and then under foe late John. S.
n, ai u . TUtftrrsitV of North
Manning, at KTr the
Carolina. He was -flJnnttei .-to the
to in 1SS7, and took up his residence
in Roxboro in 18S8. He was married
to Miss Musette Satterfield in 1S92.
Mr. Kitchin "was chairman of his
county executive committee in 1890 ;
was the nominee of his party for the
State' Senate in 1892; was elected
sixth, 9t9isgC -
successively to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty
sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth
and Fifty-ninth Congress, and was
re-elected to the Sixtieth Congress,
receiving 16,503 votes to 11,089 for
C. A. Reynolds, Republican nominee.
The Break Begins.
The sixty-first ballot told the story.
Craig was pitted against Kitchin.
After the announcement of the. six
tieth ballot, Col. Ashley Home came
into the halPand withdrew from the
race. He mounted the rostrum, ac
companied by Messrs. C. B. Watson,
T. W. Bicke'tt, J. D. Bellamv, R. R.
King, W. A. Erwin, Walter, joe Tay
loe and P. B. Means, and maCa a
very touching speech. ,
He thanked the friends who had
stood bv him so loyally, counseled
W. W. K1TCHI
full harmony, and withdrew. He was
followed by Hon. C. B. Watson, Gen.
Julian S. Carr and Hon. T. W. Bick
ett, each of whom spoke feelingly of
the splendid stand made by the
Governor Aycock Appears.
Whilo the vote on the sixty-first
ballot was being counted. Governor
"Aycock came on the rostrum and
movec1! tha'tthe "nomination of Mr.
Kitchin be made unanimous. The
delegates and the spectators, some
thing like 8,000 of- them, rose- and
shouted as one person. For five min
utes the uproar was so great that
the speaker could not continue.
When partial quiet was at length
restored, Mr. Aycock made one of
the happiest and most brilliant
speeches ever heard here, in which he
spoke feelingly of his love for Mr.
Craig and his deep sorrow at his de
feat, but added that the Craig peo
ple would now be the most loyal sup
porters of Mr. Kitchin. Other Craig
leatWs spoke along the same line.
Nominee-Elect Kitchin to the Front.
The crowd yelled for Kitchin and
Craig. Mr. Kitchin came first and
made a most taking speech. He look
ed well and his voice rang clear and
sweet. Being a striking looking man,
one whom men and women like to
look upon Mr. Kitchin had no trouble
getting silence, for one and all wish
ed to hear him. .
Mr. Kitchin's Speech.
In introducing Mr. Kitchin, Chair
man Parsons said: "Gentlemen of
this, the greatest Democratic conven
tion ever held in North Carolina, I
esteem it a great honor to present to
you your hero, the nominee of this
convention for Governor, William W.
"Mr. President, Ladies am1 Gentle
men: To say that I am happy at
this time very feebly expresses my
feeling on this occasion, I am proud
to receive the nomination of the Dem
ocracy of North Carolina for its
highest office in this magnificent City
of Charlotte. I am proud to have the
endorsement of the greatest conven
tion that ever assembled within the
borders of this State. While I am
proud,, my countrymen, I realize the
great responsibility that this honor
carries with it. I wish to say that
there is no bitterness in my heart.
I regard this m not an honor con
ferred upon an individual mef'ty: I
rather regard it as fin expression of
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the choice of the people of North
Carolina." (Cheers.) "And as that
I esteem it highly. When I reflect
that ray competitors were, one of
them a distinguished, a successful, a
splendid! and high type of North Car
olina citizenship, the Hon. Ashley
Home, and the other, an able, distin
guished, eloquent and -great Democrat
of the west, the Hon. Locke Craig, I
cannot think that this honor was giv
en me as a mere personal compliment.
We have had "our fights within the
party with a spirit not of enmity and
hostility, but with the spirit of gen
erous rivalry with each other for this
great honor that you had in your
power to bestow.
All Rivalries Settled.
"We are told, ladies and gentlemen,
that between Athens and : Sparta
there always existed a serious and
sometimes a hostile rivalry, but that
when a common enemy pointed the
prows of its ships toward Greece all
internal (Vfferences and . rivalries
were forgotten and a united Greek
army faced the enemy." (Applause.)
"And so this convention has settled
the rivalries between the candidates
and I believe that each candidate has
as high a regard for his competitors
now as he had 12 or 18 months ago,
and the supporters of each candidate
have the same spirit of generosity now
that they had prior to this campaign.
And in the great fight that we are to
make against the common enemy in the
fall, I Ct not expect any more hearty
and loyal support from the friends of
N, OF PEKSOxN.
Kitchin of yesterday than I do from
Ihe friends of Ashley Home and the
friends of Locke Craig of yesterday.
Mr. Kitchin heartily thanked all his
friends who had stood by him; spoke
feelingly of the honor lie felt to be
the satndard bearer of the party and
asked f Or complete party harmony.
Mr. Craig Appears.
Mr. Craig, tired, but haiu'i ome and
smiling, appeared when-' Mr. Kitchin
sat down. At the sight of their idol
the mountaineers rose en masse and
yelled at the top of their voices. Ev
ery other man- and woman in the
house stood and cried aloud with the
supporters of the orator of the west.
Graceful, dignified, and refined
looking he stepped forward and wav
ed his elegantly shaped hands for at
tention. Mr. Craig's Speech.
"I thank you, my friends, for the
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HON. ASHLEY HORNE. of Johnson
great reception you have given me.
As I stand here I realize that I look
upon the greatest body of Democrats
that has ever assembled in any State
in the United States and I come be
fore this body to pledge to you again
in this hour when you have choson
another to be your standard-bearer,
that in the future, as for 25 years in
the past, all of my talent, whatever it
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is, all of my strength, is at the com
mand of the cause of the Democracy
of this State. (Great applause.) I do
not belong to the party for the honor
and emoluments of office. I claim al
legiance to that great organization
because its success is coextensif
with the welfare of my State and the
gooti of the people that I love, and
for that reason in victory and in de
feat, I always owe and always givo
my allegiance to the party that has
saved and that is the salvation of
A Victor in This Contest.
"But my friends it unnecessary
for me to say this. I think that my
record for 25 years in the past is a
guarantee of my loyalty in the future
to the cause of our party. I come be
fore you especially to thank the
friends who have stood so loyally by
me in this, the greatest political con
vention in the State's history. They
have stood by me with the loyalty of
a Spartan and with the devotion and
chivalry of a son to this land of
Dixie. And I wish to say to you to
night, my friends, that though I am
rot the nominee of this convention, I
feel a great victor in this contest for
I have the devotion of the friencV?
who have stood by me, their heroism,
their intelligence and their loyalty is
to me a heritage and to ray children
a heritage that is more precious than
the honors or the emoluments of of
fice; for the honois and emoluments
of office is in its essence the loyalty
and devotion of friends, and I know
that I have this. I shall never forget
their support. The only regret I have
about this is that they have given
me so much and I can give them so
little. (Applause.) I cannot express
to you in words my gratitude. I
hope that here and hereafter I can
be true to the cause that you love
and demonstrate in my life that your
affection and your loyalty have, not
been bestowed upon one that is un
worthy. We all go home with the
determination and with all zeal to
fight for the principles that we love
ami for the land of our inheritance."
Mr. Craig thanked all his loyal
friends, declared that North Carolina
is the greatest of all the States in its
citizenship, and said that the success
of the Democratic party was supreme
and ahead and beyond the ambitions
of any man. His speech Avas warmly
received by the immense assemblage
and he took his seat amid wild ap
plause. The Final Vote.
The final vote, which was not. an
nounced, stood: Craig, 381.72; Kitch
in, 473.59; Home, 1.69.
Before this vote could be announc
ed the motion to make Mr. Kitchin's
nomination unanimous was put and
carried with tumultuous cheering.
W. C. Newland, of Caldwell county
was nominated for lieutenant Gov
ernor, the ballot standing: Newland,
481; Wood, 217; Bowie, 159.
Governor Glenn and Senator Over
man were elected delegates at large
to the Denver convention by acca
mation. A fight was sprung on mot
ion to elect Senator Simmons, and
pending the settlement of this matter
the convention adjourned until Mon
day, the time being slightly past mid
night. The platform committee was not
yet ready to report and the nomina
tions for other State officers had to
go over until Monday.
The Convention City.
This is the first State convention
Charlotte has had in half a century.
No better place could have been se
lected. The city of Charlotte has a popu
lation of forty-three thousand ; it has
the finest auditorium in the South;
the best hotel facilities, the best elec
tric car system, the best system of
schools and colleges, the finest parks
and amusements, the finest retail and
wholesale stores, the largest publish
ing interests, the most numerous and
costly churches, the best banking fa
cilities and the largest and, most nu
merous andi varied manufacturing in
dustries of any city in North Caro
lina, or for that matter any city of
its size anywhere. Moreover it has
an abundance of hydro-electric pow
er from the Catawba river, by means
of which night has been turned' into
brightest day, and the illumination
makes the whole city a fairyland.
Charlotte is now putting down the
new bitulitic paving on itsprincipal
streets ; it has a complete water sys
tem sufficient for half a million peo
ple, and one of the best trained' fire
departments anywhere. Such is Char
lotte, the historic Queen City, that
has set " itself to the task of enter
taining the convention like it was
nevtv entertained before. And the
people! Special trains over the.
Southern, special trains over the Sea
board, regular trains, freight trains,
automobiles, every known means of
conveyance has brought in throngs.
Thousands on thousands of them
Webb From the Ninth.
Charlotte, Special. At the con
gressional convention of the Ninth
district held here Tuesday night, Ed
win Yates Webb, of Cleveland coun
ty, was nominated without opposi
tion. This is his fourth nomination
Big Democratic Meeting Finishes Its
Work and Delegates Go Home.
Charlotte, Special The Democrat
ic State convention, which had been
in session here for a week", adjourn
ed sine die Monday night, at 11:30
? 'clock, crowning its work by en
dorsing and instructing for William
Jennings Bryan, of Nebraska, by a
vole of 523 to 194. Much was ac
complished the last day. Senator
Simmons was elected a iVdegate-at-large
to the national convention by
a vote of 840 to 10. The following
candidates for State officers were
elected: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary
of State; B. R. Lacy, State Treasur
er;; Major B. F. Dixon, Auditor; T.
W. Bickett, Attorney General; W. A.
Graham, Commissioner of Agricul
ture; B. F. Aycock. Corporation
Commissioner; J. Y. Joyner, Super
intendent of Public Instruction; J. R.
Young, Insurance Commissioner; M.
L. Shipman, Commissioner of Labor
and Printing; J. W. Bailey and Wal
ter Murphy, eleetor-at-large, and
Major E. J. Hale, the fourth dele-irate-at-Iarge
Gov. R. B. Glenn. Senator Lee S.
Overman, Senator F. M. Simmons,
Maj. E. J. Hale.
Gen. Julian S. Carr, Chairman W.
L. Parsons, Mr. J. W. Bailey, Mr. E.
DELEGATES TO NATIONAL
The following named are the dele
gates and alternates from the con
gressional districts to the Denver con
First, S. C. Bregaw, of Washing
ton; Walter Jones, Swanquarter; al
ternates, Luke Wright, Judeau Town;
W. K. Jaeohson, Washington.
Second, Plato Collins, Kingston; T.
M. Washington, Wilson; alternates.
E. L. Travis, Halifax; J. O. W.
Graveley, Rocky Mount.
Third, G. B. Richardson, Newbern;
L. A. Bethune, Clinton; alternates, II.
L. Gibbs, Oriental; E. W. Koonce,
Fourth, J. T. Ellington. Smith
add; John W. Thompson, Raleigh;
alternates, J. L. Ramsey, Rocky
Mount ; F. B. Arendell, Raleigh.
Fifth, George A. Mebane, Spray;
B. S. Graves, Yaneeyville; alternates,
A. E. Kirkmap, High Point; Leo
Sixth, J. R. Williamson,
Whiteville; J. D. Bellamy, Wil
mington; alternates, A. E. White,
Lumberton; E. F. MeCulloch, White
Seventh, Frank Armfield, Monroe;
R. R. Ross, Ashboro; alternates, S.
W. Finch, Lexington; J. R. Blair,
Eighth, Paul B. Means, Concord;
E. L. Lovell, Boone; alternates, Mich
Vannoy, Wilkesboro; Robert M.
Ninth, James A. Bell, Charlotte; J.
J. Redman, Marshall; alternates, C.
E. Guilds, Lincolnton; R. R. Bab
Tenth, T. C. Mills, Columbus; W.
J. Cocke, Asheville; alternates, Wil
liam Miller, Hendersonville; Sol Gal
Governent Stocks Lake.
Hickory, Special. The government
distributing fish car passed here en
route to Edgemont with G5.000 Cali
fornia speckled trout for the wafers
of the lake of the Mountain Home
Club, which is beins rapidly develop
ed and beautified under the direction
of a landscape gardener who is look
ing after the grounds anu roadways
through the vast estate, which is
owned by stockholders consisting of
hnsiness and professional men trough-
out North and South Carolina as well
as other States many of whom will
build cottages convenient to the club
Tornado Kills. Six.
Clinton, Minn., Special. A tor
nado struck this town Saturday
afternoon, killing six people, and in
juring twenty-five, ' some seriously.
Twenty houses, a printing office and
two churches were blown down. The
dead: Morion Higgins, Thomas Rock
well, Miss Kate Mills, Spunk Berry,
Mrs. Olds Nicholson and daughter.
Missing: Mrs. T. N. Johnson.
The New War Secretary.
Washington. Special. General
Luke E. Wright, who becomes Secre
tary of War Wernesday, succeeding
Secretary Taft, went to Oyster Bay
to. loll.- with ihp President and Sec-
i. w 1 1 i " .-- - - - -
wt-ivv Taft. and Faid on his way to
the summer White House mat no-
would make r.o changes in heads of
bureaus at the War Office. Secretary
Taft's secretary', Fred W. Carpenter,
who has been with Secretary Taft
since the latter quit the Phillipine
governorship, will go with Mr. Taft
and be dose to his chief all through
In Brief A
MINOR MATTERS OF INTEREST
Capt. Henry MeCrea f seriously
ill in New York.
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. will go to.
work for the Stel Trust.
A bloody fight took place aro-und
the Persian Parliament House.
Leon Delagran covered more than
11 miles in his new aeroplane.
The Pan-Anglican Congress 'meet
ing in London discussed socialism.
The establishment of courts i
expected to mark a new era in Korea.
A second son was born to King
Alfonso and Queen Victoria of Spain.
Secretary Taft was heartily greet
ed on his return to Y"ale, his alma
James S. Sherman, the Republican
Vico Presidential nominee, is ill in
Cleveland. , '.
The United States has practically,
broken off diplomatic relations with "
Secretary Taft received an ovation
when he attended the Yale-Harvard
The battleship fleet will be ready
to sail on its around-the-world 'cruise -on
July 5th. '
Six memhers of the leper colony
in Louisiana are reported to have 4
been cured. .
W. B. Leeds, one of the Rock Is
land "Big Four" and tin plate king,
died in Paris.
Receivers were appointed for the
West Side Belt Line of Pittsburg, a
Edward Farley,, of ' Greggjville, W.
Va., was murdered and his body
thrown into a creek. '
The Commercial Travelers' Protec- '
five 'Association is in convention at
Milwaukee,' Wisconsin. . , .
The Locke bill, which kills race
track betting in Louisiana, was pas
ed by the State Senate.
George Forest committed suicide
in Leesburg by cutting his throat and
swallowing carbolic acid.
In a periodical article on the Pres
ident Secretary Taft says he is the
lonliesc man in the country.
The 12-year-old son of W. E. D.
Stokes, a New York hotel man, is an
expert in wireless telegraphy.
Ex-Governor D. R. Franeis of Mis
souri, is proposed as chairman of the
Democratic National Committee.
The Richmond Howitzers returned
home after a successful practice
march down the Valley of Virginia. -
Taft men hope to induce Foraker
to stump Ohio and win back the ne'
gro vote for the Republican ticket.
Two thousand club women are in
Boston to attend the convention of
the Federation of Women ' Club 's.
Saunders Hobson, a Richmond
banker, was struck by lightning while
fcrt his plantation m Goochland
President Elliot, of Harvard, snub
bed President Roosevelt when he in
terposed in the case of two suspended
Fire in Three Rivers, Que., destroy
ed 300 buildings, among them -the
City Hall, and caused $1,000,000
With the aid of 10 of a maltreated .
spouse's female friends, a New York
wife-beater was spanked with a rub
State Comptroller Glynn, of New
York, is getting after the corpora
tions which failed to pay stock trans-'
The Salesianum, conducted by the
Oblate Fathers of St. Francis do
Sales, at Wilmington, Del., had its
F. C. Fribe and A. T. Lonndes,
water tenders, are accused of partial
responsibility for the explosion on
the cruiser Tennessee.
The special grand jury, which in-
dieted the American Ice Company, re
fused to find indictments against in
dividuals and adjourned
James S. Sherman, Republican
nominee for Vice-President, is ill in
Cleveland, but is reported as doinj
as well as could be expected.
A fine of $2,000 was Imposed upon
each of 24 manila and fiber paper
manufacturers who had been in a
combine in restraint of trade.
The wedding of Miss Jean Reid
and Hon. John Hubert Ward in Lon
don was attended by King Edward
ant'i many other high personages.
Governor Swanson, of Virginia ac
cented an invitation fiom William 3.
Bryan to second hi nomination for
President at the Denver convention.
Frederick A. Hyde and J. IL
Schneider were convicted on .- 34
counts on the charge of conspiring
to A? fraud the Government out of