$1.00 a Year, In Advance.
"FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH."
PLYMOUTH, N. O, FRIDAY," MARCH 28, 1913.
U. S. COTTON CROP
REPORT FOR 1912
TOTAL OVER TWO MILLION
BALES LESS THAN RECORD
OF PREVIOUS YEAR.
LARGE NUMBER OF LINTERS
U. S. Census Bureau ' Issues Final Es
timate Figures About as Had
Washington. The United States
census bureau issued the annual cot
, The final estimate of the cotton
crop of 1912 is 14,076,430 bales.
The crop for 1911 was 16,109.349
bales, and for 1910 It was 11,965,862
, Expressed in 500-pound bales, the
1912 crop i.3 14,295,500 bales as com
pared with 16,250,276 bales for 1911
and 12,005,688 for 1910.
The final estimate by states and
by subdivisions follows:-
. Figures by States.
, ' Yield Yield.
Alabama ..... 1,366,424 1,727,586
Arkansas .803,071 938,791
Virginia . . 25,485 31,099
Missouri . . .., . 56,065 95,336
Florida . . . . 60,033 91,146
Georgia . . . . . 1,887,461 2,867,741
Louisiana . . . . 391,437 395,603
Mississippi v 1,048,034- 1,212,046
North Carolina . . 934,420 1,152,459
Oklahoma'. . . . 1,054,857 1,043,803
South Carolina . . 1,257,708 1,727,094
Tennessee .... 289,504 457,957
'Texas. . . . . ; 4,886,415 4,288,510
All Others. . . . 15,516 ....
Total . . . . .14,076,430 16,109,349
Figures by Quality.'
Equivalent, in 500
lb. bales. . .
Round bales . .
Sea Island . .
Linters . . .
605,704 . 55.6,726
Included in the statistics for 1912
Are: - ' '
Linters, 605,704 bales: Sea Island
cotton, 23,641 bales; round bales, 81,
528. Round bales are counted in the
estimate as half bales.
The average weight of the bale for
1912 is 507.8 pounds as compared with
504.4 pounds for 1911 and 501.7 for
Cotton not yet ginned is included
In the total estimate, and is placed
by ginners . and dellnters as 129,172
The only surprise . in the estimate
is the great increase in linters, which
this year are placed at 605,704 bales,
a startling jump from 1911.
Analysis of the figures by states
shows big crops west of the Missis
sippi -Texas with nearly . 5,000,000
bales and Oklahoma with a million.
When the crop west of the, river is
heavy, linters show a great increase,
and the diminished crop in the east
has very little effect on linters. ;
The Texas cotton has a fuzzy seed,
which will not .gin clean.
MANY ARE KILLED BY STORM
Buildings Demolished, Houses Unroof
ed, Wires Paralyzed, Crops Injured,
Atlanta, Ga. More than one nun-
hundreds were injured, some mortal
ly, by a storm or lurnaao miensuy,
which raged over central western,
southern and parts of the eastern
states. Property damage will run well
into the millions.
Reports from Alabama show the
loss of life was heaviest in that state,
the ruraber of dead there being plac
ed at sixty, with additional fatalities
reported, but not confirmed, Two
towns, Thoniasville and Lower Peach
tree, were practically wiped out. Two
are doad in Indiana, two in Tennessee,
two in Ohio, two in New York, one
Michigan and one in Louisiana.
McCombs Won't Go to rFance,
Wa&hington. William F. McCombs,
chainran of th Democratic national
committee, issued a statement an
nouncing that he had declined to be
come ambassador to France. He said:
"I do not feel that I can anora f
leave mj life work the practice fit
the law. I feel compelled to devote
myself to my personal affairs, and at
.'.he same fme, I will lend any as-: 1st
'.anee in my power that will coi' fib
ute to the sicce-Hs of the Demo- -'tic
administrations a:id the Deinoc- 'ic
party." ) . ..
HUNDREDS OF LIVES LOST AND MILLIONS IN PROPERTY RAZED IN
OMAHA, NEBRASKA. PATH OF TORNADO EIGHT
-. . ' MILES LONG.
THE CITY OF OMAHA IS
Convents and Schools Are Blown to Atoms and Every Piece of Glass Blown
From Largest Office Building Illinois Central
. Bridge Destroyed.
Omaha, Neb. A tornado swept through Omaha, cutting a path four to
six blocks wide and eight miles long, causing an appalling loss of life and
Immense destruction of property.
Hundreds of buildings were destroyed, at least a hundred were killed and
thrice that number injured. "
Lincoln, Neb. One hundred are deadtwice as many more were injured,
some fatally, by a tornado which devastated Omaha and its environs. It
demoralized telegraph and telephone service and cut Omaha off from com
munication with the outside world. . -
Property dameage will amount to hundreds of thousands.
ove?thpTl0JWePt frmJhe southwest and zigzagged to the northeast
i;e,resid nc9 portlon of th city, leaving Ia its wake destruction and
carnage from two to four blocks wide - "
SrL8? uP'a over this area and added to the horror of the twister.
Firemen were unable to respond to the numerous alarms and many
teSVSl bUrD the 8TOUDd- Th Polie ble Pro
tect the stricken district and the soldiers from Fort Omaha were called oat
The tornado zone Is now practically under martial law
The villages of Benson, Dundee and Florence, suburbs of Omaha, are prac
tically wiped out. A heavy rain fall after the tornado saved the mass of
wreckage and many of the bodies from being burned. -
The Webster street telephone station, containing a score or more of girls,
was one of the buildings hit by the storm, and, in a moment, was twisted
and torn. Several of the girls were killed and many Others injured.
A moving picture, show which was just putting on its final film was
struck. The roof of the building fell, in and in the rush through the only
exits many who were not hurt by the collapse of the building- were tram
pled and crushed. The rush continued over the bodies of the dead, and a
few of the attendants escaped.
Mayor Dahlman of Omaha wired Governor Morehead for several militia
companies to prevent the residences arid the dead bodies from being looted.
The three Omaha companies were only partially available, according to the
reports and the governor and Adjutant General Hall.
Governor and Adjutant General Hall immediately ordered two Lincoln
companies and others from nearby -towns. The governor himself left on a
ppeoial train for the scene of the disaster. Passengers arriving in Lincoln at
midnight brought information that the tornado first destroyed the suburb
of Ralston and from there swept up into the residence portion of Omaha.
At Fortieth and Farnum, a garage was destroyed and a large strip of
territory north and east of that corner all seriously damaged. The Illinois
Central bridge over the Missouri river was destroyed. All wires are down
with the exception of a single railroad wire into Lincoln, which is not now
available for press reports.
Semi-hysterical persons arriving here say that the hospitals of Omaha
are full of injured and the dead are very numerous.
The Woodmen of the World building, the highest structure In the city,
was damaged to a great extent, every piece of glass from two sides being
What is known as the , Venus Valley district was leveled by the wind.
Refugees by the hundreds flocked to thexbusiness section; They were
taken care of In the principal hotels. The hotels were full of patients, ac
cording to E. G. Swift of Chicago, who arrived here. When he left Omaha
every ambulance in the city was rapidly swelling, the congestion of the
Omaha's suburbs suffered heavily from the storm.. Ralston, southwest of
Omaha, was razed to the ground and a half score or more are dead. East
Omaha, which felt the tail of the twister, reported houses demolished, but
no lives were lost. Council Bluffs, Iowa, suffered nine dead, a score or more
injured and great damage to property. -
The worst damage was done and the largest toll of lives was exacted
In the western part of Omaha and the vicinity of Twenty-fourth and Lake
and from there northeast to Sixteenth and Binney. This is the residence
portion and the destruction wrought was appalling. Whole blocks of homes
were picked up and dashed into a shapeless mass. Street cars were hurled
from the tracks and demolished. '
A moving picture show at Twenty-fourth and Lake streets was destroyed.
Ten dead and eight injured have thus far recovered from' the ruins.
About fifty persons were in the theater at the time of the disaster and it is
feared that most of them are buried in the debris.
Bemis Park, one of the prettiest residence districts in Omaha, was razed
to the ground and fires dotted the park, completing the destructive work
of the, tornado.
Among the show places of the city damaged by the storm was the Joslyn.
Castle. The roof was torn off and the trees and shrubbery uprooted.
The convent of the Poor Clares at Twenty-ninth and Hamilton streets
was unroofed and the grounds were littered with debris.
The storm so paralyzed the telegraph service that no reports of the dis
aster could be communicated to the outside world. The Omaha telegraph
office sent their Associated Press messages to Lincoln on an early morning
train in an effort to get them east.
Omaha presented a sorry spectacle as a result of last night's terrific
storm. From the Field club, which is the western part of the city, to the
Carter Lake club, situated at the northwest extremity, is one mass of de
bris from two to six blocks wide.
Federal soldiers from Fort Omaha assisted the police in keeping looters
and morbid curiosity seekers at bay. The presence of the soldiers gives th'
city the appearance of bein under martial law.
Terre Haute, Ind. With a known death list of sixteen, reports brought by
messengers on horseback from the southern part of Vigo county indicated
that the toll of a tornado which struck here would be increased to fifty. It
may be several days before the exact number of,dead will be known, as
many are believed to be buried in the ruins of their homes. The property
loss will probably exceed five hundred thousand dollars. ;
In addition to destroying about three hundred homes in the southern por
tion of Terre Haute, Prairieton, a Bmall town six miles south of here, was
destroyed and the intervening territory devastated. The injured will num
ber at least three hundred, many of whom are in a serious condition. The
hospitals are 8Ued.
$100,000 of Human Hair Found.
New York. Creditors of Antonio
Musica and his son, Philip, tne nair
importers, who are under arrest a
:4ew Orleans, charged here with, ob
illion dollars from
twenty-two banks through fraudulent
Invoices, learned that human hair
valued at $100,000 had been found in
a secret sub-cellar of a stable owned
by the Musicaa in the Bay Ridge sec
tion of Brooklyn.' Deputy sheriffs
made the discovery while conducting
a search on a writ of aMachant.
They f ml :iT lJ- tilr.
WAKE OF TORNADO
PUT UNDER MARTIAL LAW
Montgomery, Ala. Dispatches re
ceived tell of the flooding of four
towns in the vicinity of Greenville,
Ala., a town of 5,000 population.
Greenville itself. Boiling, Chapman,
and Garland, Ala., sustained losses
variously estimated up to $200,000.
The loss at Garland, alone, it. is said,
win amount to $75,000. At Garland,
the L. & X. depot was just visible
above the water; telegraph and tele
graph poles were covered; the stores
were inundated and many of the 500
nrs-or.s livlnrin 1 --- ; i
OUT OF II ill IS
HAIR SWINDLERS CAUGHT WHILE
TRYING TO ESCAPE ON
MUCH MONEY RECOVERED
Thousands of Dollars Found on Them,
Defrauded Banks Out of One
New Orleans. Charged with de
frauding banks in thl3 country and
Europe of approximately one million
dollars through alleged manipulation
of invoices, Antonio Musica, his three
sons, George, Arthur and Philip Mu
sica, New York hair dealers, .were
arrested in their apartments on the
steamer Heredia here. Two daughters
of the elder Mttsica, Louise and
Grace, were also detained. The par
ty was taken into custody just before
the departure of the Heredia for Co
When searched at police headquar
ters, a large amount of money and
much negotiable paper was found in
the possession of the prisoners. Fifty
thousand dollars was secured from
Arthur Musica and about ten thou
sand more from other members of the
The Musicas carried with them nine
pieces of baggage, which, the police
hauled to headquarters.- (It is believ
ed that much more money and valua
ble papers will be recovered..
The Musicas did not appear to be
perturbed over their arrest. Affidavits
were sworn out charging the father
and three sons with being fugitives
from justice and the two daughters
with being material witnessese.
On the way to the central police
station an Incident occurred which
caused some excitement. The elder
Musica attempted to secure from Phil
ip a revolver which the son had In
"No, won't give It up. I am going
to kill myself before I get to police
Headquarters," Philip declared.
' The weapon was taken away from
him after a desperate strugle with
one of the detectives escorting the
Eighteen thousand" dollars in bills
of large denominations was found
hidden in Miss Grace Musica's cor
set. Eighty thousand dollars was re
covered from Musica and his three
HOW TO BUILD A SILO.
Valuable Booklet Offered Free to the
Farmers by the Southern
Atlanta, Ga. How the average
farmer, using ordinary farm tools, at
at expense of only $63 can construct
a silo with a capacity of 55 tons
enough silage to feed 20 cows forty
pounds per day for four months Is
told in a booklet just gotten out by
the Live Stock Department of the
Southern railway, a copy of which will
be mailed free to any farmer address
ing request for same to Mr. F. L.
Word. Live Stock Agent, Southern
Railway building, Atlanta, Ga.
"Where There Is Live Stock on the
Farm There Should Be a Silo" Is the
title of this booklet, which tells of the
advantage to the farmer of havitg a
silo and the great saving which it
enables him to make in the cost of
winter feeding for his live stock. The
figures gives are taken from the prac
tical experience of a Tennessee farm
er who built a silo on the lines In
dicated twenty years ago, who finds it
as good as new today, atd feels that
It has paid for itself many times over
Secretary of Agriculture Wilson
has recently declared that the South
eastern states constitute the ideal sec
tion of the United States for live stock
raising and must be looked to in fu
ture years for the nation's food sup
ply. To stimulate interest in the live
stock industry and to aid farmers to
successfully follow this line, the South-
rn railway has established Its Live
Stock Department, which is giving un- 4
dived attention to this work.
Indian Camp on Roof of Hotel.
New York. An Indian camp has
been established on the roof of one
the city's newest and most fash
ionable hotels. Chief Three Bears.
ho is 80 years old, protested against
le confining four wall3 of a mere
room. So he and Long lime aieep.
White Calf, Lazy Boy, Pig Top, Medi
na Owl. White Calf's! Squaw and
Medicine Owl's Squaw imi a 1 0-year-
old Indian girl all pUche-t their tepea
above th- r.v -r - " '
NEWS OF NORTH CAROLINA1
Short Paragraphs of State News That
Has Been Condensed For Busy
People of State.
. Charlotte. Visitors ia the city re
cently from various sections of - the!
county brought in reports of consider
able damage wrought by the receot
storm in the various localities.
Spencer. Politics has warmed apt
in East Spencer, a twin town to Spen
cer, And located just acme the rail
road yards. A municipal ticket is
suggested with former Mayor H. C.
Biteck for reelection, being a leading
I Burlington. Ferry Murray, a young
(man of West Burlington was arrest'
jed, charged with having committed;
;tn assault upon Miss Mary Walton
several days ago. He was given
hearing before justice of the peace
jand bound over to Superior Court.
( Salisbury. Pleading guilty to an
assault upon a helpless colored man,
Don Jones, in Bast Spencer two weeks
ago, J. S. Fiager, a young white man,
was sentenced to one year on the
Icounty roads by Judge Teo. F.
jKluttz, of Rowan court,
i Shelby. The three-year-old child Of
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Brooks was play
ing about a bucket of hot water in the
yard where its father was preparing
'to kill a hog and was scalded to sueh
an extent that the burns caused its
death. The child was a girl, and has a
Washington, D. C. North Carolina
lands another juicy slice of patronage
in the appointment of Hon. W. H.
Osborne, of Greensboro, as commis
sioner of internal revenue. The an
nouncement was just made that the
appointment will be sent in when
Statevilie. Mr. Lon Sherrill of
North Newton has been working for
two years on an airship and thinks
it will be ready for its first flight in a
short time. This is no plaything. Mr.
Sherrill, who is a genius in such
things, studied out a plan by which he
thinks air navigation will be made
simple. While his model is rude in
construction, he believes he has the
Wilmington. The plant of the Wil
mington Handle Works in South
Wilmington was destroyed several
days ago by fire originating in the
dry kiln. The loss is estimated rough
ly at $35,000 to $50,000, with some
thing more than $25,000 insurance.
The handle works was one of Wil
mington's youngest and most thriving
Washington. Senators Simmons
and Overman wrote to Secretary of
Agriculture Houston endorsing Daniel
W. Adams of Ashe county for appoint
ment as Chief Forester. Mr. Adams
has been in the Forestry Bureau sev
eral years and .is in line for promo
tion. The Senators advised Secretary
Houston they would call upon him in
regard to Mr. Adams appointment
the first week in April.
Washington. Secretary Daniels of
the Navy Department announced that
he had selected Howard A. Banks of
Hickory, N. C, for his private secre
tary. Mr. Banks who will assume his
dilties in a few days, is owner and
editor of The Hickory Democrat.' He
was graduated from Davidson College
in 1888 and did post graduate work at
the University of North Carolina.
Salisbury. States vllle brought the
banner delegation to the big Pythktn
meeting held in Salisbury recently,
having about 35 men in the party and
13 candidates for initiation. Lexing
ton brought 23 men with six candi
dates. Rowan Lodge in Salisbury had
nine candidates and Salisbury Lodge
furnished 23. There were also a num
ber from other places including Con
cord, Lenoir and North Wilkesboro.
Shelby. The Board of Aldermen is
preparing for the installation of a
city mail delivery service. A Char
lotte engineer came up and went over
the situation with the members of the
board. A blue print will be made of
the town, the streets surveyed, named
and placarded and the houses num
bered. Postmaster B. A. Baber says
the postal receipts, if they keep up
the present rate of increase, wilt ex
ceed the $10,000 mark, which- quali-;
ties the town for free delivery service.
Forest City. Rutherford county has
enlisted in the good roads column of
the state. April 23 the citizens of this
county will vote on a $250,000 bond is
sue for building and maintaining good
roads. Much enthusiasm is aroused
and the issue is expected to carry by
a good majority.
Greensboro. Mi.son W. Gantt, who
served as chief deputy under the late
Clerk Fbis of the Superior Court,
was appointed clerk by Jndsre If A
Fotish,o. 0'--- - ' --
TARIFF REVISIQiJ i
THE QUESTION OF SINGLE BILL
OR SCHEDULE BY SCHEDULE
THE DIPLOMATIC POSTS
President Confers Witlv Senators and
Representatives on .Matter Fail
ure to Secure Men For -Foreign,'
Posts Gives Him Much Concern.
Washington, r President Wilson
started work In earnest on what ho
considers the foremost task of his Ad
ministration revision of the tariff.
He had a long conference at the
White House with Representative Os
car W. Underwood, the Democratic
majority leader in the House, and
canvassed not only the details of the
tariff bill drawn by the Ways and
Means Committee, but gave consider
aiton also to , the strategy necessary
to steer the tariff question ' speedily,
and effectively through both houses of
The question admittedly uppermost
in the minds of members of Congrea
now is whether the tariff should be
f revised schedule by schedule or in a
single tariff bill. The party caucus
will decide the issue, but the wishes
of the President are being consulted
by Democratic leaders. The idea of
coming to an agreement on a single;
measure carrying with it the weight
of the Administration's approval haa
appealed strongly to the President be
cause it suggested more expeditious
action and the possibility of legisla
tion on currency and other Questions
before the adjournment of the extra
session. Close friends and supporters
of Mr. Wilson both in the House and
Senate, however, openly have been
questioning the advisability of a
single tariff bill, renewing the objec
tion hitherto raised that sectional in
terests might bring about enough de
fections among the Democrats in the
Senate to defeat the measure there.
They have urged that by the schedule-by-schedule
plan enough Republican
votes can be enlisted on those sched
ules wherein there are Democratic
losses, to pass them without difficulty
though not as quickly.
While Representative Underwood
has been understood of late to favor
the single tariff bill idea, it is known
that other Democratic leaders in the
House and members of the Ways and
Means Committee hold the opposite
view and have hoped to convert Mr.
Underwood to their way of thinking.
The President discussed the tariff
with Senators Gore of Oklahoma and
Hughes of New, Jersey.
Britishers Seem Much Surprised.
London. The House of Commons
was astonished when, informed by
Francis Aclahd, Parliamentary Under
Secretary for Foreign Affairs, that the
British Government had been left to
glean from the newspapers its only
knowledge of the change in the Ameri
can Government's attitude toward the
Chinese loan'. Mr. Achland said that
as late as March 3, the American Min
ister at Peking, acting on the instruc
tions of his Government, joined the
Ministers of other Powers in present
ing to China purposals regarding the
loan. He continued: "The British
Government has since then had no in
timation of any kind from the Govern
ment of the United States that the
American official attitude toward the
Chinese loan has undergone a change
and I have no Information about the
matter except what I have read in the
Mexico is Now Pacified.
Washington. That 75 per cent of
the revolutionary element in Mexico
is now pacified and that the pacifica
tion of Sonora,.is only a matter of
time is the statement of the Mexican
Government by the American Em
bassy in Mexico City. The Privsional
Government has decided upon a new
punitive measure to terminate the act
ivities of the men who have been fin
President Wilson Offers Aid.
Washington. President Wilson tel
agraphed Mayor Dahlman of Omaha,
as follows: "I am deeply distressed
at the news received from Nebraska.
Can we help in any way ?" Mayor
Dahlman replied: "We deeply appre
ciate your offer of assistance but our
people are responding nobly and 1 be-'
Iieve we can handle th