Year, la Advance.
FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH.
Slnct Copy 5 Casta,
PLYMOUTH, N, 0.. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1908.
IT IS COX AND TOMS
Republican State Convention
Names Standard Bearers
THE MEETING WAS HARMONIOUS
State Republican Convention Ad
journs After Sessions Lasting Two
Days Mr. J. Elwood Cox, of High
Point, Given First Place on Ticket
and 'Mr Charles French Toms,, of
Henciersonville, the Second Dr.
Cyrus Thompson Named For Sec-
' retary of State.
Charlotte, N. C, Special. At
3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon the
Republican State Convention which
assembled here at noon Wednesday,
completed its work and adjourned
sine die. A platform was adopted
and a State ticket nominated.
Juige Adams, as leader of the
Republican-organization in the State,
lelievered the opening address of the
I Judge Adams declared that the
Republican electors would carry
North Carolina and that Taft and
Sherman would sweep the criontry
becausa the Republican party stands
for and has always stood for, the
best interests of the whole people.
After listening to the speech of
State Chairman Adams, the conven
tion took a recess until 8 o'clock
The Night Session.
At 8:45 Judge Adams called the
neeting to order and announced that
ae would appoint Mr. Daniel A. Ka
nipe, of Marion, sergeant-at-arms.
This had a quieting effect upon the
boys. Mr. Kanipe is a forrnadible cit
izen and -able to throw out an ordi
The report of the committee on
iredentials was made by Mr. Charles
French Tcms, of Henciersonville. The
following counties were not repre
tented: Anson, Ashe, Graham, Hyde,
Macon, Northampton and Yadkin.
There were no contests.
Mr. Charles A. Reynolds, of Win-.tfon-Salenj,
put in nomination for
permanent' chairman of the conven
!i&VjkA. H. Price; of Salisbury,
in a Dnei speecn. ne saiu mat Air.
Price was eminently fit for the posi
tion. Mr. Virgil S. Lusk, of Ash e
ville, seconded the nomination of
Mr. Price in a characteristic speech,
lie declared that he had been voting
the Republican ticket in Buncombe
tounty for 43 years. The first speech
he made for the cause was to three
white men and 500 negroes. In the
soming election, he said, Buncombe
Republicans would cast 3,000 votes.
A. prediction of victory was made.
Mr. Price was escorted to the chaii
by George W. DePriest, of Gaston,
and Mr. Lusk and Mr. Adams intro
On taking the chair as permanent
shairman Mr. Priee made a strong
ipeech, declaring for the interests of
the party and claiming that Repub
lican victory this year is sure.
The convention re-assembled
Thursday at noon and proceeded to
the work of naming a State ticket.
Mr. J. Elwood Cox was placed in
nomination for governor by Prof. J.
J. Britt. In aeepting the nomina
tion Mr. Cox said :
Mr. Cox's Spsech.
0Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of the
I recognize it is a great honor to
be Governor of the Great State of
North Carolina. 1 appreciate the fact
that it is a great honor to be consid
ered and to be nominated for this
high office by a great convention like
this, representing as it does one. hun
dred thousand or more white Republicans,-
mostly native born, and as
food men as ever trod shoeleather or
jelonged to any political party any-
My friends, yc: well know I have
not sought this honor, but have re
peatedly said that I could not stand
For it. or in any sense be considered
i candidate. My business interests
md the interests of others under my
jare, fully occupy my time and atten
tion. But when a man is drafted, as it
were, by such a magnificent assem
blage of representative North Caro
linians, what can he do but accept.
I desire to emphasize one feature
of this great convention, which has
impressed me more perhaps than any
other, and which appeals strongly to
me, and which has had largely to do
Willi IIIj ucciaiuiii ciiut mm, j.t
presence of so many intelligent, stal
wart young men who have enlisted
under the Republican standard. This
emphatically means a brighter day
for the Republican party in North
Carolina. I thank you, gentlemen,
for this high honor. You must un
derstand, howecer, that in my case
this campagn will b; a quiet one,
conducted in a dlpnJrwi'uer. It
will be on a bLihy arJ an aP"
peal made to the reason and intelli
gence and not to the prejudices of
our people. I shall later in a more
formal way make known my views
upon those issues in which our peo
ple are so vitally interested.
Few Words From Mr. Toms.
Mr. Z. V. Walser, of Davidson, in
troduced Mr. Toms, who said that he
considered it an honor to be the
nominee of his party for Lieutenant
Governor. At Chicago, where he saw
the convention that nominated Taft
and Sherman, he thanked God that
he wa a Republican. Again, when
he read that Bryan had fed the. ne
groes on chicken, he rejoiced.
At 2:30 the convention adjourned
to meet again at 3:30, on motion of
A. A. Whitener, seconded by Judge
Mr.. J Elwcod Cox.
Fifty-two years of age is the Re
publican nominee, for Gorernor oi
North Carolina. On the 1st day of
November, 1S56, Mr. J. Elwood Cos
was born in Northampton county and
since that time he has been continu
ously a resident of this State anc
playing, since the attainment of the
years of manhood, a potential part in
its commercial upbuilding. His life
history is the story of steady, ener
getic self-development and of untir
ing exercise of his fine business qual
ifications in a way which has won for
him a high place among the business
men of the Comonwealth.
Mr. Cox s of a sturdy English de
scent. His earliest known ancestor in
this State was Joseph Cox, who came
from England, settled in the county
of Perquimans and built a home
there,. He, the great-grandfather of
Mr. Elwood Cox, was a teacher and
a preacher, a firm believer in the ten
ets of the Quaker belief and influen
tial in promulgating this faith among
the settlers in that section. William
Rojrerson, a Revolutionary . soldier,
was another great-grandfather. The
father of Mr. Cox, Jonathan E. Cox,
was also a teacher and a preacher.
In 1858, when his son was two years
of age, he left his Northampton farm'
and accepted the superintendency of
the Quaker school at New Garden,
Guilford county, which, after years
of successful management by him,
was converted into Guilford College.
Here young Cox received the train
ing that fitted him for the important
station in life he has accepted.
On the 23d day of October, 187S,
he was married to Miss Bertha E.
Snow, the only daughter of Capt.
William H. Snow, who has been spok
en of as "the father and founder of
the real High Point' where in the
year 1880 he moved.. This marriage,
as events transpired, was an import
ant event in the life of Mr .Cox and
of the ee-etior-, as it led to the asso
ciation of Mr. Cox and Captain Snow
m the manufacture of hardwood, at
that time an industry practically una
known in North Carolina. With what
success this industry was nursed un
til it sprang into power all North
Carolina knows. Today the business
has grown until, through its branch
plants, it covers nearly every State
in the South and its finished product
reaches nearly every country in Eu
rope. Mr. Cox now supplies the de
mand of' nearly the entire world for
Scarcely less important has been
the Avork of Mr. Cox in other fields
of commercial advancement. In I8S8
S9 he was one of a half dozen citizens
of High Point who combined with
feading citizens of Randolph to se
cure a railroad from Asheboro to
High Point. The result was the se
curing of a charter for the organiza
tion of the High Point. Randleman,
Asheboro & Southern Railway Com
pany, which was put into operation
in July, 1B89. He was one "of the
first directors of that company and
has been one of ite directors con
tinuously since. Hq has been one
of the executive committee for years-
Again he was an active promoter of
the establishment in 1S91 of the Com
mercial National Bank of High Point
when better banking facilities were
demanded. At the first meeting of the
directors he was chosen president a
position which he has occupied with
signal ability for seventeen years.
Mr. Cox was one' of the backers of
the Home Furniture Company, of
High Point. He was a charter share
holder in the organization and crea
tion of the Globe Furniture Com
pany, which makes the higher grades
of furniture. His was the idea of
the consolidation of the two into the
Globe-Home Furniture Company,
making it the largest furniture plant
in the South, with a capital of $170,
000. Since the consolidation of the
company he has been its,, president.
Mr. Cox is also a director of the
Greensboro Loan and Trust Com
pany, one of Greensboro's strongest
financial institution. He is presi
dent of the Southern Car Works of
High Point, and other manufacturing
companies in different towns .
Quite apart from his activities in
the world of commerce has been the
part wheh Mr. Cox has played in
the educational and governmental
realms. He lias been an unfailing
friend to Guilford College, giving
both of his ability and his means to
TICKET AND PLATFORM
OF N.' REPUBLICANS
Declaration of Priciples of the State
Republican Party as Given by the
Governor J. Elwood Cox, of
Lieutenant Governor Char
les French Toms, of Henderson.
Secretary of State Dr. Cy
rus Thopmosn, of Onslow.
Auditor John Quincey Ad
ams Wood, of Pasquotank.
Treasurer W. E. Griggs, of
Superintendent of Public In
structionRev. Dr. J. L. M.
Lyerly, of Rowan.
Attorney General Jake F.
Newell, of Mecklenburg.
Commissioner of Agriculture
J. M. Mewborne, of Lenoir. '
Harry G. Elmore, of Rowan.
Insurance Commissioner J.
B. Norris, of Wilkes.
Commissioner of Labor and
Printing C M. Ray, of Meck
lenburg. Electors-At-Large A. A.
Whitener, of Catawba, and
Thomas Settle, of Buncombe.
We, Republicans of North Caro
lina, in convertion assembled, com
mend the wisdom of the national Re
publican convention, and congratu
late the people of the United States
on the nomination of William H.
Taft for the presidency of this great
republic, and Ave endorse the prin
ciples and policies of the Republi
can party as enunciated in its plat
form at Chicago,' June 10, 1908, and
we endorse the administration of
We appeal to the peole of North
Carolina to set the Avelfare of our
State above party and above preju
dice; to exercise their freedom to
conscience; and to choose those men
for public office Avhom they deem
best fitted to serve the public interest.
We ask the people to consider Avhetk
er they will best promote the welfare
of the State by committing itb af
fairs to the radical faction now in
control of the Democratic party or
by A-oting for the candidates and
policies we offer.
We ask all thoughtful North Caro
linians to consider particularly
whether the present Democratic Gov
ernor and Legislature have dealt
wisely or justly with all classes of
our citizens in the laws they have
recently passed concerning railroads
and the violent measures they have
taken to give these laws effect. We
belie-e in regulating railroads and
other public carriers strictly and
carefully and in compelling all cor
poration:.! tb obey the law as faith
fully as the humblest private citi
zen. But avu do not believe that
Legislatures are competent to fix ab
solutely the precise rates at Avhich
passengers and freight shall be car
ried. We are sure that the Legis
lature of this State, which attempted
to fix passenger rates absolutely and
neglected freight rates much the
more substantial grievance of out
people had neither the special know
ledge nor the right spirit for such
They disregarded the constitution
of the United States and they
threw thousands of North Carolin
ians out of employment.
We denounce in unmeasured terms
the unwarranted and uncalled for at
tack of the Democrats on capital,
culminating in the fight on our rail
roads involving the State as it did in
costly litigation; paralyzing business
threw thousands of laborers out of
employment, drove millions of capi
tal from the State, and sent railroad
securities down to less than half
We pledge ourselves, if the people
entrust us with power, to set our
selves against two kinds of injustice:
The injustice which permits Avealthy
corporations and individuals to prey
upon the poor, and the injustice
which sacrifices property and de
ranges business in order that cheap
demagogues may get to keep office.
We favor the policy of the State
furnishing free of charge and under
proper regulations to every child in
the public schools all necessary text
books; the further improvement and
extension at AvhateA'er cost, of the
public school system, embodied in
the constitution of North Carolina
by the Republican party. We favoi
the education of all our children up
to the very limit of our., available
We also favor a liberal policy with
our higher institutions of learning.
The South needs highly trained men,
and we would have the necessary
training provided here, so far as Ave
have the 'moans, and put within the
reach of our young men of talent and
industry, to the end that Southerners
may guide our people in the develop
ment of our resources in government
in business, in the beautifying of our
towns, our cities and our homes and
in the elevation of our daily life.
This is also true of our institutions
of charity, particularly the provision
made for the blind, the deaf and the
insane, for the efficiency with which
any community ministers to such un
fortunate beings i3 a measure of its
civilisations . It is equally true of
our Confederate veterans Avho ha'e
not the means of self-support; the
State loves and honors them, awd
they must not be permitted to suffer
want. We denounce the Democratic
party for not keeping its repeated
pledges to provide our Confederate
soldiers and their AvidoAvs with suit
able pensions commensurate Avith
their services to the State and Ave be
lieve that whenever practicable they
should be giA-en the preference in
matters cf employment, and all
things being equal, they should be
honored Avith the emoluments of of
fice. We demand a fair election law.
Avhich will -permit an elector to cast
a ballot privately, without interfer
ence or dictation.
We favor, as Ave have ever favor
ed, local self-government, and de
mand the right to elect by the peo
ple all members of the county board
of education, county superintendent
of public instruction, county eommis
sioners, tax collectors and justices of
We favor an extension and im
provement of the public roads of the
State, and believe that the employ
ment of the State's convicts on such
work is the best use that can be
made of criminals convicted of
crimes; Ave further faA'or a. law pro
hibiting the use cf striped uniforms
upon all persons cqnvicted of mis
demeanors in the courts of North
We favor the establishment of one
or two reformatories for the correc
tion of youthful, criminals convicted
of minor offenses, and Ave favor a
separate reformatory for females
convicted of similar offenses.
We pledge ourselves to a liberal
appropriation for the carci and sup
port of our charitable institutions.
We favor the exemption jkm tax
ation of tAvo hundred dollars worth
of personal property oAvncd by each
householder in the state of North
We belieA'e in the dignity of. labor
and the elevation of the Avage earner,
and pledge our party to the enact
ment of such laws as will best pro
mote this end; Ave beiieve that labor
and capital are co-ordinate branches
of our industrial life each neces
sary to the, other that neither can
I prosper Avithout the other, and look
ing to this end we pledge our party
to the enactment of such laws as
will so far as possible create the
kindliest feeling between labor and
capital, remove all causes for conflict
between the two and promote the
upbuilding of both classes in North
We favor restricting immigration
rigidly, admitting none but the bet
ter class to our shores, and protect
ing American labor against foreign
cheap labor of Europe and the Orient.
We belieA-e the South should no
longer hold itself politically separate
and apart from the rest of the coun
try. We believe the time has come
when no interest or principle any
longer demand such isolation. We
ask the people of North Carolina to
give us their suffrages, not merely
because the Democratic party under
its present leadership, both in the
State and in the nation, is unfit for
poAver; not merely because the can
didates were here nominated and the
policies Ave reecommend, are worthy
of acceptance, but because every Re
publican vote cast in the South is a
vote for freedom, a vote for the right
of our children to enter fully into
the life of the great republic, which
our fathers labored and fought and
suffered to establish.
The young men of Thoraasville
have decided to organize a fire com
pany for the purpose of successfully
operating the town tire engine. The
machine is the best hand machine
made and if properly operated will
do a great deal of good.
It is now almost certain that the
Gregson street underground crossing
matter that has been up between the
Durham aldermen and the Southern
Railway for many months, and re
cently before the Corporation Com
mission, will end in the courts .
Atlantic City's Dry Sunday.
Atlantic City, N, J., Special. A
real blue Sunday came to Atlantic
City Sunday. Many persons familiar
with the history of this far-famed re
sort have been inclined to doubt the
possibility of such a thing, but Sun
day every one of the 220 saloons and
hotel bars Avcre closed. They were
closed alike t-) bona fide guests as
well as to strangers just arrived
within the gates. It is said that this
Avas the fourth tima in the fifty-font
years of its existence that a drinkle;s
day Avas cxnerienr-ed at Atlantic City.
At one point along the Australian
coast the line is unbroken by any
, stream for nearly 1000 miles.
THE GREATJLOOD LOSS.
Fanning Lands Damaged More Than
A Million Dollars.
The recent heavy rains haA-e not
only done an enormous amount of
damage to crops, bridges, roads and
railroads, but according to a esti
mate made by W. W. Ashe, State
Forester of North Carolina, the up
land farming lands have been Avail
ed to an extent of more than a mil
lion dollars, the damage being heav
iest in those sections where the coun
try is most hilly and Avhere the rain
fall Avas most concentrated .
These estimates, based on the
amount of soil in the water of the
rivers, as shown from previous ree
ards of freshets of the same height
indicate that more than 1,500,000 tons
of soil were Avashed from the pied
mont region of North Carolina dur
ing the past Aveek; more than 500,
000 tons from the farms of northern
Georgia, 700,000 tons from upper
South Carolina, and 400,000 tons
from the hills of Virginia. Analyses
have shown that more than one-third
af the earth which causes the mud
diness of the rivers during the high
freshets is humus which is undoubt
edly washed chiefly from the farms.
At one dollar a ton for this humus,
which is less than it can be replaced
for, the loss to these States in im
poverishment of the soil exceeds $1,
200,000. This is a loss which is large
ly overlooked and under-estimated by
the farmer, because it is a loss Avhich
takes place so constantly. In the ag
gregate it is so enormous that it is
one of the chief, if not the chief rea
son for the poverty of so many
southern soils, keeping them depleted
of their humus, or the manurel por
tion of the soil. This is a loss to
which northern soils arc not so sub
ject, on account of the lighter rain
falls and the more gentle character.
The ranfall at Raleigh and at many
other points in middle North Car
olina exceeded 12 inches in four davs.
In parts of upper South Carolina it
was 15 inches in three days, while
tore than 4 inches fell at many
places during one day. Such preci
pitation is tropical in character but
it is not uncommon in the south. It
is necessary for the fanners of the
south if they Avish to preserve their
hillside lands to employ not only the
same means Avhich are used at the
north but to take extra means of
protection besides, so as to lessen ex
cessive erosion, deep plowing, plenty
of humus and Avhere the slopes are
at all steep and cultivated crops are
raised, level terracing besides.
But hillside ditches should not be
used. The policy of the farmers
should be to have small cleared areas,
cultivate more intensenly, , so that
there shall never be any land idle
without a cover crop on it to hold the
soil, and protect land Avhich is not in
cultivate more intensely, so that
There are more than 2,000,000 acres
of idle farming land from Virginia
to Georgia Avhich should be planted
in timber, if for no other reason than
to prevent its Avashing away, though
the timber on it Avill make it eventu
ally a good investment besides.
Company of Infantry and Pwegimen-
tal Band for Greensboro Fair.
Greensboro, Special. It appears
that Greensboro's centennial celebra
tion is to fare better than was ex
pected at the hands of' the War De
partment. Several months ago Sen
ator Overman and a committee from
the centennial board of managers se
cured from the department a promise
that a troop of cavalry and the ma
rine Band would be sent to Green
boro, and since that time the chief
of staff has agreed to send a eom
pany of infantry and a regimental
band, and it is not improbable that
artillery will be sent also. Senator
Overman, Avho has 'shown-a deep in
terest in the centennial, and Avho has
been of material assistance to the
board of manageis, is in receipt of a
letter from Maj. Gen. J. F. Bell, chief
of staff giving this pleasing informa
tion. Many lives Nearly Lest.
Tryon, Special. Passengers or
train No. 13, westbound,1 on the
Southern Railway had a narrow es
cape from death here Saturday. One
car is derailed and overhangs a steep
embankment. Outs-id of a seven
shake-up no one Avas injured.
Fire Destroys Handsome New Home
Asheville, Special.. Fire SaturdaA
morning at 0 o'clock completely des
troyed the residence of Bonnie Mace
Henderson cn Black street, restultinj
in a loss of probably .$3,000. The fin
.was discovered a few minutes bei'on
6 o'clock and an alarm turned in
The department got away in gooc
time but owing to the distance i!
reached the scene too late to sava tin
structure or any great amount of per
sonal iticcts. Members of the de
partment wont into the blazing build
ing in an effort get out trunks
furniture, etc., but were quickly driv-
ta back by the srnok uud the flames
WILL IMPROVE SERVICE
Southern to Shorten Time Between
New York and New Orleans.
Washington, Special. In antici
pation of a revival in business condi
tions in the South and as a result of
cortain improvements made during
the summer, the Southern Railway
will improve its NeAv York and New
Orleans train service. , Commencing
September 7th the run of the South
bound Limited will be shortened by
two hours and the Northbound Limit
ed will make the run in three and a
half hours less than the present sche
dule calls for.
Snow Fall3 in Maryland.
Baltimore, Md., Special. There
was a light fall of snow here Wed
nesday night and also in other parts,
of Maryland and West Virginia.
NeAv York, Special. As a result of
the cool Aveather tAvo hundred men
and Avomen, many of the latter with
babies in their arms, slept in the city
morgue Wednesday night, glad to
accept the gruesome hospitality of
the dead house. This is the first time
in the history of New York that the
morgue has had to be improvised as
a lodging house. They appeared in
such numbers at last that the relief
association could not take care of
them, and hundreds Avere turned,
away, even with ' the morgue open to
No Bail For the Eaing Brothers.
New York, Special. Capt. Peter
C. Hains and his brother, T. Jenkins
Hains, Avere arraigned charged with
the murder of William E. Annis, and
held without bail for the grand jury.
The most startling testimony brought,
out at the hearing was the testi-
mony of Charles H. Roberts, who
said that immediately after the
shooting T. Jenkins Hains said he
thought that drawing a gun and
holding the crowd in check Avas the
best Avayr to prevent further blood
shed. A motion of counsel for the
defense to dismiss the charge against
T.. J. Hains Avas dismissed. Only
three Avitnesses Avere examined. No
reference Avas made to the cause for
Shot by Car Thieves.
Savannah, Ga., Special. News was
brought to the city by an Atlantic
Coast Line train crew, of the fatal
shooting a white merchant named
Litchfield and a negro named Joseph
Francis and the wounding, of ToAvn
Marshal Soliman at Yemasse, S. C,
by two negro car thieves. For some
time the thieves had been at work.
They were discovered at the edge of
the town in a strip of Avoods, and
the town marshal formed a posse to
arrest them. The attempt resulted in
New Religions Sect.
Chieasro. Special. Declarin? that
they received a divine manifestation
from out of the clouds fifteen rears
ago, Avith a Avarning not to veveal
its nature until August zmn oi this
year, Albert Blakely and his wife
Jennie, are preparing to make the
revelation public . Blakely is a car
penter and has been a profound
student of the Bible for many years. '
He declares his intention of found
ing a new religious sect based on
his "reA-elation," and asserts that
all Avho do not accept it wil'. be sure
A Record fcr a Submarine.
New York. Special. The subma
rine lias made fifteen di'es during
the present month. This, the offi
cers say, is the world 's record. One
dive was made under the training
ship Chester and one under Bren
ton's reef light ship. Both were
cleared Avithout difficultv.
News cf the Day.
The German Crown Prior hns
shocked bureaucrats by returning
some reports with deprecatory com
ments on red tape.
. Sixteen ..coaches Avere hold up by
the lone highwayman who appeared
in YelloAvstonc Park Monday.
The Cuban elections are to be held
It is said that President RooseA'elt
will return to the White House at
least 10 days earlier than in former
The War Department has ordered
Colonel Stewart, the army exile at an
abandoned post in Arizona, to take
the 90-mib test ride.
The revolutionary movement to
overthrow President Castro. of Ven
ezeula, next October is said to be
making rapid headway.
Eight Avcrkmeu. were killed and a
number of ethers injured by the fol
lapsc of a v.-:-,;i at Che! -ca, Mj's.
Disastrous feeds are reported from