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VOL, XIX. PLYMOUTH, N, C FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER lI7i908. NO. 15 '
NORTH STATE HAPPENINGS
Occurrences of Interest Gleaned From All Secticus of thcJJ'jsy
Tar fieel State
AN APPEAL TO PASTORS.
Xeader of Ministerial Band at Uni
versity of North Carolina Writes
Open Letter to Ministers of State.
We are requested to publish the
following self-explanatory letter:
To the Ministry of the State of North
Dear Pastor: The calling and
training of young men to fill the rap
idly growing number of vacant pul
pits in the State is a matter of lively
and continuous interest.
Our ministerial band is trying in
an humble way to show the students
of the University the importance of
the ministry as a life work. It brings
together all who have chosen this as
their profession and makes of them
a working and recruiting agency.
This letter is an appeal to pastors
of North Carolina to stir up the
minds of prospective students of this
and other colleges to the present
pressing need for ministers in all de
nominations. If there is a young
man from your congregation expect
ing to enter the University who has
already decided or who you think
might be influenced to enter the sa
cred ministry, will you not write a
frank letter to the leader of the band
acquainting him with the fact and
offering any suggestions as to how
the band may be of help?
A. RUFUS MORGAN, Leader.
Chapel Hill, N. C.
North Carolina Won't Take Leper.
Raleigh, Special. This State re
fuses to receive from the Federal au
thorities the leper, J. R. Early, of
Lynn, N. C. This action being through
the State Board of Health, is based
on the ruling of Assistant Attorney
General Haydent Clement, to the ef
fect that a State is not required by
the State or Federal constitution or
statutes to receive citizens from be
yond her borders having contagious
or pestilentious dieases, and even if
the State were inclined to do this in
the present instance it would be im
possible, because the railroads would
refuse to carry the patient, and since
Early evidently contracted the disease
in thearmy service, he was a leper
when discharged, whether the leprosy
.shad slvn itself or not. Therefore,
lliTInitcd States government is mor
ally bound to retain and care for the
- With reference to the "wife and
child of the leper, who have gone to
Washington in the interest of hus
band and father, Mr. Clement ad
vises the State board that the board
should write her in Washington and
acquaint her with the fact that if
she returns to North .Carolina she
will be quarantined in Polk county
by the county authorities. This, he
says, should be done not to prevent
her return, but in fairness to her in
order that she may know what to
expect should she decide to return.
A despatch from Washington says:
There -appears to be a hitch about
the pension. The Distrite Court de
cided that it could not appoint a
guardian for Early, to whom the pen
sion money of $72 a month could be
paid, as asked for by his wife. Hav
ing been refused this appointment
herself Mrs. Early prayed the court
to designate the American Surety
and Trust Company, but this was re
fused. Judge Stafford expressed the
opinion that according to the laws of
the District such a guardian should
be appointed only in case the man
is insane or habitually drunk. The
bureau of pensions has no intelligence
in it capable of discerning any way
to pay over the money which its of
ficials declare Early is entitled to,
because they say, he is segregated
and incapable of recefveing and dis
bursing money. However, the prob
lem is likely to be solved in Early's
Escaped Insane Father.
Durham, Special. After escaping
from his insane father, who, it is al
leged, burnt the house to destroy his
two motherless children, Lambert
Riley, who lives 15 miles from Dur
ham, was held by the anthorities
and the young children were sent to
the Oxford Orphanage this morning.
The house was burned, but the child
Killed by "Unloaded" PistoL
Asheville, Special. The ."unload
ed" pistol claimed another victim
tonight, when Wm. Palmer, aged 16,
fell dead with a revolver bullet in
kis brain, fired by his companion,
Nathan Arthur, aged 18. Palmer and
Arthur, with four other boys," were
playing in a tent erected on a vacant
lot, when Arthur pointed the weapon
which he believed to be unloaded, in
Palmer's face and pulled the trigger.
Without littering a word, Palmer fell
dead at his friends feet. At the
coroner's inquest a erdiet of "acci
dental shooting" wds. returned.
WAS HORRIBLE SCENE.
The Colored Children Cremated ia
Home at Cameron.
Cameron, Special. Sunday night
about 8:30 o'clock, while the family
was at church, the house of Hector
Cameron, a worthy negro of this
place, was burned, together with
three small children, one of his own
and two of his son-in-law's, Alex.
Worthy. The fire is supposed to
have originated from the overturn
ing or explosion' of a lamp which
was left burning low. When it Avas
first discovered the children could
have been rescued had it been known
they were in the- house, but they
were asleep and gave no alarm and
when the family reached there, the
house was enveloped in flames and it
was then too late to save them. The
grief of the terror stricken parents
was touching to see and their cries
with the flames leaping in air made
the scene one of terror.
Conscience Hurt Him.
Winston-Salem, Special. A con
science striken man in New Mexico
has sent a letter to Mr. W. T. Baylies,
a merchant here, writing as follows:
"Dear Sir: Please find enclose 40
cents for some tobacco and water
melons I sole from you several years
ago, and I ask your forgiveness for
stealing them. You may ask why I
am sending this money for that pur
pose, but the Bible commands me to
straighten up our back life, just as
much as it does" not to sin. So I
send this 40 cents, hoping you will
The forty cents was enclosed and
a man's name w-as singned. Mr.
Baynes thinks he remembers the oc
casion of the petty theft. He will
send the man a receipt.
Five Hundred Indictments.
Durham, Special. The grand jury
made a presentment against nearly
five hundred delinquents failing to
list their taxes the past June. There
is no special excitement over the mat
ter, though Sheriff Harward says it
is the first time such a thing has hap
pened on such. a colossal scale. When
the books closed the last day. of June
the listers prolonged- the privilege of
listing by charging 25 cents until Au
gust 1st and half a thousand derelicts
took advantage of this. It is said that
many pf the number failing to list
are prominent and constantly failing
to put up their property. The officers
however, deny that they have been
beaten heretofore. This court will
take no action in the matter, other
work being so enormous that it can
not be attempted.
North State Newt? Notes.
At Winston-Salem Mrs. J. J. Cofer
fire a revolver at a negro who at
tempted to break into the residence
the other night, while .her husband
who is a special officer at the Sou
thern, Railway station, was absent.
The intruders screamed, "Oh God, I'm
hit!" and ran away.
In 1900 the Republican vote in
North Carolina was 133,831, while in
1904 it Avas but 82,543. Brvan's
vote in 1900 Avas 150,792 and Parker's
in 1904, 124,121.
In the county primaries held at
Asheville to nominate a successor to
the late Judge Fred Moore, of the
loth judicial district, Judge J. D.
Murphy, of Asheville, defeated the
Hon. J. S. Adams by a conventional
vote of 13. Mr. Adams' manager
says they will contest some of the
precinct returns. Adams tarried the
city of Asheville, but Judge Murphy
led in the county.
Damage by Flood on State Farms.
Winston-Salem, Special. Chairmaa
Hackett, of the State prison board,
stated that, according to reports re
ceived, five thousand bushels of corn
and a largeymaount of cotton on the
State farms were destroyed by the
freshet of last week.
New Station Opened.
Salisbury, Special. The large neAV
passenger station of the Southern
Railway just completed here Avas
formally opened to the public Tues
day and the same will be used regu
larly hereafter. The building which
was erected at a cost of $125,000 is
easily one of the handsomest and
most commodious on the Southern
system. Capt. George Wiatt, of Nor
forlk, has been appointed station
master and is in charge of the station.
The depot is thoroughly furnished
in the most modern manner and takes
the place of one erected before the
LEPER'S PENSION SIGNED
Means Devised Whereby Early Signs
Documents Without Transmitting
Disease to Officials.
Washington, Special. John R.
Early, the leper, Saturday afternoon
signed the first of the papers that will
entitle him to receive a pension as a
soldier incapaciated Avhile in the per
formance of duty. 4IIe signed the re
maining documents Monday and will
receive back pay to the amount of
$165 and a regular pension of $72 a
month. His pension will be recorded
as begining July, 1907.
Hoav Early Avas .to sign the papers
without passing on the germs of is
disease to the officials ayIio would re
ceive the documents Avas decided
only after a long consultation. Fin
ally Dr. Thompson, of the pension
agensy, took the papers out to Early
covered each in turn Avith a sheet of
paper in Avhich slits had been cut to
alloAv Early to sign the official do
cuments, touching them only with
the point of the pen.
Early's wife has rented a cottage
opposite the entrance of the .work
house so that she can be near her
Last Saturday night Early Avas en
rolled by proxy as a member of the
Army and1 NaATy Union. William A.
Hickory, who served Avith Early in
the Philippines, acted as proxy. When
Commander Lee announced solemnly
that Early Avas mustered in, his hcav
comrades repeated in unison the pray
er that "God in His mercy and good
ness may protect our comrade and
his helpless family." A committee of
four called on Early Monday and
gave him the bronze insigina and but
ton, of the union.
Orviile Wright Makes a Flight.
Washington, D. C, Special. Or
ville Wright made another flight over
the drill grounds at Fort Myer, Va.,
Friday in wihch he encircled the
field fiTe times in addition to going
its full length before landing direct
ly in front of the tent which shelters
the maehine. The total time consum
ed in flight Avas four minutes and
fifteen seconds, the aeroplane being
under the control of Mr. Wright
throughout the flight. The Avind Avas
blowing at a rate of three and three
fifths miles per hour. Thirty feet
from the ground Avas the greatest
height attained. It was evident that
the aviator had the machine under
better control than yesterday.
"With each succeeding flight,"
said Mr. Wright, after Ire landed, "I
will secure a better control of the
aeroplane. The difficulty I noAV ex
perience is that I pull levers too
far. This is not surprising in vieAy
of length of time since my last flight,
but with a feAv more trials I am con
fident that I will haAe perfect con
trol of the planes."
An enthusiastic crowd witnessed
the fligbt. The parade grounds Avas
kept clear by cavalrymen and artil
lerymen stationed at Fort Myer. Mr.
Wright Avas greatly pleased with the
Provisions for the Sufferers.
Wilmington, N. C, Special. Three
boats Avell laden with nearly onfl
thousand dollars worth of provisions
and supplies Avere sent on Friday by
the Wilmington relief committee to
the flood sufferers in the Canetuck
Kelly's Cove and Holly Shelter sec
toins of Pender county. All will ar-riA-e
at their destinations tomorroAv
in charge of persons acquainted Avitb
local conditions there so that the dis
tribution will be equitable and where
it is needed. The committee will not
relinquish its efforts any further re
lief boats will be sent out from time
to time as the need may appear.
There AA'as no change in the flood sit
uation here today. Reports come
from nearly all sections of rapidly
Tax on Circuses Not to be Raised.
Winston-Salem, N. C, Special.
FolloAying a little agitation of the
project of raising the tax on cireuses
in this city from $100 to $500, the
board of aldermen has decided not
to make the change. There are three
circuses scheduled for thi city Avith
in the next feWAA-eeks. Ringling's,
Coles and Gentry's Dog and Pony
Collections on Spirits Decrease.
Statesville, N. C, Special. Cashier
R. B. Roberts, of Internal Revenue
Collector Brown's office, reports the
folloAving collections for August:
Lists, $461.50; spirits, $25,519.89;
cigars, $49.50; tobaccos, $206,203.77;
special tax, $727.20, making a grand
total of $233,921.80. The report
sIioavs a decrease of $21,404.46 in the
collections on spirits last month com
pared Avith the collections on spirits
during August, 1907, but there Avas
an increase of $27,260.43 last month
in the collections on tobaccos over
AiimKt. 10f)7. The total collections
for" August, 1907, were $229,392.02,
GREAT JWST f IRES
Chisholm Minnesota, Entirely
FIRES CHECKED; GREAT LOSS
The Town of Chisholm Wiped Out
and Thousands of Acres of Minne
sota Land Burned Over Many
Persons Left Homeless' and Desti
tute Property Loss Runs up in
Duluth, Minn., Special. After de
stroying the toAvn of Chisholm on the
Mesaba range, and burning over
thousands of acres in St. Louis
Carleton find Itasca counties in Min
nesota, and in Douglas county, Wis
consin, the many forest" fires Avhich
haA-e been raging in these regions
were cheeked' on Sunday.
Chisholm, Minn., a town of 4,000
inhabitants on the Mesaba Iron range
90 miles north of Duluth, Avas com
pletely wiped out.
The damage to real property is noAv
estimated at $1,000,000 and " that of
personal property at $750,000. The
insurance carried by Chisholm mer
chants was about $500,000.
Governor Johnson Issues Appeal For
St. Paul, Minn., Special. Gover
nor Johnson Sunday issued the fol
lowing proclamation :
"A great disaster has . come to
northeastern Minnesota. Chisholm,
one of the splendid, cities of the Mes
aba range, has been totally destroyed
by a destructive forest fire Avhich
sAvept over a large portion of St.
Louis county. EAery home and bus
iness house of that community is
burned, and 6,000 people are sudden
ly rendered homeless, the property
loss amounting to millions of dollars.
Early reports indicate also the total
destruction of the mining locations
of "Shenando, Hartley and Pillsbury.
The total number of people rendered
homeless will reach 12,000 and A-ast
tracts of agricultural lands have- also
"This disaster is without parellel
in the history of Minnesota and in
view of the appalling calamity, I ap
peal to the generosity of the people
of Minnesota for liberal aid, and ow
ing to the great necessity, ask that
,-this assistance be as prompt as pos
sible." The loss on the buildings at
Chisholm is estimated at $2,000,000.
Chisholm is in the center of the great
est iron producing area in the world.
Refuges poured into Hibbing until
the population of 10,000 Avas almost
doubled. Chisholm presents a scene of
ruin and desolation. Blackened and
smoking piles of charred Avood, little
heaps of gray ashes, scorching gaunt
skeletons of brick and mortar, all
canopied Avith a dense pall of smoke,
comprise what Avas one of the most
flourishing toAvns on the great Ma
saba iron range. Th3 only remaining
buildings are the new high school
a graded school, a Catholic church,
the Italian church and a dozen dwel
lings in the southernmost part of
FIRE SWEEPS RAWHIDE.
Three Thousand People Rendered
Rawhide, NevA, Special. As a re
sult of a disastrious fire AA'hieh ravag
ed this city on Friday three thousand
people are homeless and property is
destroyed to the amount of $1,000,
000. The fire started in the Rawhide
Drug Company building and fanned
by a gale the flames SAvept eastward
over the town until they reached the
As a last resort tons of mining
dynamite were Avheeled into the town
square in truks, placed under the
block tf buildings and touched off by
short fuses. The hospital Avas saved.
Miners from surrounding mines aided
the fire fighters.
So far as known no one Avas seri
ously injured. President King, of
the Rawhide Coal and Iron Company,
ordered a special train to bring lum
ber sufficient to erect five large tem
porary buildings at Rawhide. The
ruin9 were searched to recover 'alu
ables lost in the flames. Reconstruc
tion work will occupy fi-e hundred
carpenters, commencing next Aveek.
Laborers are being imported.
The Visible Supply. .
New Orleans, Special. Secretary
Hester's statement of the world's
visible supply of cotton issued last
week shows the Jota visible to be
1,691,549 against 1,710,592-last week
and 2.21L364 last year. Of this the
total of American cotton is 969.502
against 966,546 last Aveek and 1.2SS,-
389 last year. And of all other kinds (
including Egypt, Brazil, India, "etc.,
722,046 against 744,046 last Aveek and
922,975 last year. Of the world's
visible supply of cotton there is noAV
afloat and held in Great Britian and
continental Europe 959,000 against
1,310,000 last year.
1 1 1 PERSONS INDICTED
Participants' in the Springfield Riot
Have to Answer to the Law.
Springfield, 111., Special. the spec
ial grand jury called to probe the re
cent race riots, adjourned Thursday
after returning tAventy more indict
ments. This makes a total of 117
during the session. Among the in
dictments returned Avere four against
Sprinfield policemen, Oscar Dahl
kamp, Jose Ferendez, Joseph II. Ohl
man, and George W. DaAvson. They
are indicted for alleged failure to
suppress the riot when detailed for
that duty. Sheriff Werner, Chief of
Police Wilbur Morris, Captain Char
les Walsh, of troop D. Springfield
and other officers are commended by
the grand jury. ,
The report condemns alleged "cow
ards" among the officials and says:
"We condemn in unmeasured
terms the cowardly, contemptible ac
tion of those members of the force,
Avho, having taken the oath of office,
failed to do their duty ; men who
Avere paid from money from the pock
ets of the people of this city to pro
tect life and property; men Avho were
ordered by the heads of departments
of the police to go out and disperse
the mob, and not only failed to use
a club, handle a pistol or raise a
Aroice against the mob, and on the
side of laAv .and order, but some of
whom are shown to have assisted by
act and Avord in doing the Avork that
has brought destruction to thousands
of dollars of property and has
brought the blush of shame to every
laAvabiding citizen of this city.
"We recommend that the civil ser
vice commission of the city of Spring
field, without fear or favor, and Avhile
evidence can easily be obtained, de
termine by fair trial Avho failed to
prove himself a worthy member of
the force, and deal Avith him accord
ingly." Cannot Stop Beer Shipment.
Montgomery, Ala., Special. In re
straining the Birmingham city au
thorities from interefering Avith the
shipments of beer into that city
Judge Thomas G. Jones, of the Unit
ed States Court held that the ship
ment was an interstate shipment un
til it reached the purchaser. The
Lemp BreAving Company, of St. Louis
made a shipment. which Avas held up
at the express office. The city judge
held that the interstate haul ended
at the depot and that it was unlaAv
ful to deliver the consignment by
transfr Avagon to the place of the
consignee. Judge Jones holds that
such is not the case and that the
transfer company as Avell as the ex
press company are within national
statutes on interstate orders.
Her Body Found Without a Head.
Boston, Mass., Special. Chester
Jordan, aged 29 years, of 509 Med
for,d street, Somerville, was arrested
by Boston officers late Thursday
afternoon on the charge of having
rnurderd his Avife, Hanorah Jordan,
whose body minus the head was dis
covered dismembered in a trunk at
7 Hancock street, Boston. . The head
is believed by the police to be in a
furnace of the family home in Som
erville. The police state the murder
was committed tAvo days ago. Jordan
is an actor and his Avife was also
connected with the stage. Her age
36,500 Cold Baths and Still Lives
103 Years Old.
NeAv York, Special. Mrs. Eliza
beth Hunt celebrated her hundred
and eighth birthday in Brooklyn.
Every morning in the last 100 years,
she says, she has taken a cold plunge.
She says that she is the only living
woman who was kissed bv General
LaFayette. The incident occui-ed on
the steps of the City Hall 84 years
ago, and Mrs. Hunt tells Iioav the
General had remarked about the
brightness of her eyes and said he
wished France could boast of Avomen
so fair. Mrs. Hunt is a native of
Made Millions and Kept Them.
St. Louis, Special. Judson M.
Thompson, 77 years of age, one of
the most frugal millionaires in the
city, and for many years a conspic
ious figure in St. Louis financial af
gairs, died at the home of his son.
It Avas his custom to buy clothing at
a little outlay of expense and Avear
the apparel as long as it would last.
General Stewart's Funeral.
St. Louis, Special. Gen Alexander
P. Stewart, with one exception the
last of the lieutenant-generals in the
Army of the Confederate States, who
died at Biloxi, Miss., last Sunday at
the age 86, was buried in Bellefon
taine Cemetery, this city, late Wed
nesday afternoon. In accordance
with the custom of the United Con
federate Veterans, the interment
was not marked by the call of the
bugle or by the beat of the drum,
the absence of these martial tributes
signifying for the veterans that their
warfare is over.
Fifty Drown Within Sight of
WERE POWERLESS TO LEND AID
Were Powerless to Help Stranded;
a Hundred Yards From Shore Crew
of Portugese Steamer Louiza One
by One Drop Into the Sea and
Badajoz, Portugal, Special. With
in sight of their franc families,
one hundred yards aAvay, the crew of
fifty of the Portuguese steamer
Luize, were drowned Friday morning
from the stranded vessel off Figuera
DaFoz. The vessel Avas from BraziL
The sea was roug and the lifeboats
useless. The crew dropped into the
sea and their bodies were washed on
to the sand some hours later. Rela
tives of the men recognized the men
as they fell into the Avater. The scene
was heartrendering and tragic in the
PANIC TIDE HAS TURNED.
So Says President Van Cleave of the
National Association of Manufac
turers An Interesting Letter.
President Van Cleave of the Na
tional Association of Manufacturers,
has issued a circular letter to the
three thousand members of that as
sociation stating that the adverse tide
has turned and that business condi
tions are now improving all along the
lines. The letter follows:
"Dear Sir: The business outlook
is a matter of vital importance; the
future looks bright, and Ave invite
your attention to a feAv lines from
President Van Cleave 's article in
American Industries, of August
" 'The general aggregate of the
crops promises to be greater than
ever before. Money is plentiful and
Ioav. A country so well endowed as
the United States, Avith the things
Avhich the world must buy from us,
cannot be held down long by any
sort of adversity.
"'On all sides avc see evidences
that the tide has turned. A steady'
improvement from this time omvard
may be looked for Avith confidence.
In NeAv York, Chicago, Pittsburg, St.
Louis, Boston, and other industrial
centers, mills are re-opening their
doors. The stocks of goods in the
hands of manufacturers and whole
salers have been reduced to low fig
ures, and the resumption of pur
chases, Avhich is under way in all the
great lines of trade, is beginning to
send in orders to the factories with
a little of their old-time volume."
Mr. Watkins Notified.
Ada, O., Special. Before, a large
audience in BroAvn Auditorium of
the Ohio Northern " University to
night Prof. Aaron S. Watkins was
officially notified of his nomination
as the candidate for Vice President
by the national Prohibition party.
Felix T. McWhirter,' of Indiana
polis, treasurer of the national Pro
hibition organization Avas the chair
man of the evening. He spoke at con
siderable length and then introduced
National Chairman Charles R. Jones,
of Chicago. Mr. Jones made only
brief remarks, and then Hon. Robert
Patton, of Springfield, delivered the
formal notification address.
When Professor Watkins arose to
respond the vast audience Avas on its
feet cheering and Avaving hats and
handkerchiefs, Avhile little girls pre
sented the candidate with huge bou
guets of flowers. The OA-ation lasted -,
several minutes. .
Two Aged Women Burned to Death.
Gadsden, Ala., SpcciaL-r-Mrs. Eliza
beth MeNeal, aged 75 years, and her
invalid daughter-in-laAv, Mrs. Joe Me
Nea', aged 55 years, Avere burned to
death in a fire Avhich destroyed their
home on Lookout Mountains, eight
miles north of this city. It is thought
the fire originated from a defective
flue. The two Avomen Avere alone in
the house at the time.
Presence of Thaw Demoralizes
, Abany, N. Y., Special. A protest
is made in a report submitted to the
State Commission of Prisons by Sec
retary George McLaughlin against
the further confinement in the Dutch
ess County jail at Poughkeepsie of
Harry K. Thaw, acquitted on the
charge of murder on the ground of
insanity. Mr. McLaughlin's report
is on an inspection he made on Aug.
24 last. The report says, among
other things, that Thaw's presence
in the jail "demoralizes the discipline
of the ins!,,L:;tion."