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VOL. XXVII. PLYMOUTH, N. C, FBIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1916. NO. 19.
EARLY RETURNS INDICATED VIC
TORY FOR HUGHES AND FAIR
BANKS, BUT LATER RETURNS
STRENGTH OF WILSON
7 V " i
CHARLES E. HUGHES
The National election proved to be the closet contest in many years.
The early returns indicated a victory for Hughes and Fairbanks and as
early as 7:30 p. m., the New York Tribune, a staunch Democratic paper,
flashed the election of the Republican National candidates'. At 7:45 p. m.f
The New York Times followed with the same news. These concessions
were made when it became apparent that New York and Illinois had
gone Republican, but when Ohio developed an uncertain outcome, Indiana
showed a neck and neck race, Kentucky showed a larger Democratic
majority than was anticipated. Democratic hopes were raised. These
gains were followed by further returns favorable to Wilson and Mar
shall. Colorado came strongly to the Democratic side and California
developed a tremendous Wilson vote. Kansas returns showed a see-saw
fight with strong Democratic leaning.
The Republican National campaign managers at midnight could lay
definite claim to only 254 electoral votes, 12 less than enough to elect and
in some instances these figures were open to contest. The Republicans In
sisted that the dozen additional votes needed would be forthcoming but
could not specify just where. The Democrats questioned this claim.
A statement issued by the Democratic National Committee, at 2 o'clock
a. m., claiming that with the loss of the following States, which It was
not believed that Hughes had carried, President Wilson was still re-elected
by a majority of two votes in the electoral college:
California, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and
Wisconsin. The committee claimed that even If these States were lost
it would give President Wilson a vote of 268 in the electoral college.
WERE OF CLOSE RESULT
Democrats Would Not Concede Repub
lican Claims of Electoral Vote Ma
jorityOfficial G. O. P. Statement
Indicated Slim Margin.
New York At midnight the elec
tion returns still Incomplete in many
states, Indicated the election of
Hughes and Fairbanks, but the figures
were very close and the Democratic
managers steadfastly refused to con
cede a Republican victory. Although
the metropolitan newspapers, which
have supported President Wilson con
ceded his dfeat, the Pemocratic man
agers Insisted that complete returns
from the West would reveres the trend
which steadily seemed to be piling up
the Hughes column.
"Remember 1892," -was (the pre
diction of the Democratic Publicity
Bureau, which pointed out that in that
memorable contest the next day's re
turns revised placed Grover Cleveland
in the White House.
Soon after midnight the Republican
National Committee, In an official
statement, claimed California, Con
necticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, In
diana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland Mass
achusetts Michigan New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, North Da
kota, Oregon, Pennsylvania. Rhode
Island. South Dakota, Vermont. Wash
ington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
That made a total of 284 electoral
votes. 18 more than the necessary
266 for an election.
This was the first official indication
from the Republicans that the result
would be so close.
The Republican managers realized
that a sudden switch in the states in
complete or unheard from might in
crease the Wilson igures, but were
sure the later figures would add to the
states they were claiming.
While refusing to make a formal
statement embodying electoral votes
claimed by the Republicans, Chair
man Wilcox, of the Republican Na
tional Committee, said he was satis
fled Mr. Hughes would be elected.
Mr. Hughes, he said, would prob
ably have in the neighborhood of 310
Mr. Wilcox said that he would
some time toward morning make a
statement when there was no doubt
of the figures in hand.
When shown the list of States
claimed by the Republican National
Committee, Robert W. Woolley, di
rector of publicity of the Democratic
National Committee, said the Repub
licans claim was without foundation.
Mr. Woolley said that of the States
named. Connecticut, Idaho, Delaware,
Io'Ta, Maryland. Massachusetts, Mich
igan North Dakota, Oregon, South
Dakota. Washington, West Virginia,
and Wisconsin were probably for
President Wilson. Of thes states
Mr. Woolley declared Delaware, West
Virginia, Maryland and Wisconsin
were certainly for Wilson and in all
other states reports showed Wilson
Mr. Woolley claimed the follow
ing states' giving a total of 312 electo
Alabama. Arizona. Arkansas. Cali
fornia. Colorado. Delaware, Florida,
Georgia, Irdiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Loui?iana Maryland Minnesota, Miss
issippi, Misouri, Montana, Nebraska,
IN FACE OF BAD NEWS.
Long Branch. N. J. In the face of
returns up to 12 o'clock indicating the
election of Charles E. Hughes, Presi
dent Wilson and his official family
here insisted that news from Western
States would be awaited before any
concessions were made. The presi
dent, surrounded by members of his
immediate family, received the returns
in his study at Shadow Lawn.
As countinued discouraging news
came to the executive offices disap
pointment was generally expressed but
the president himself remained cheer
ful. Out in the seclusion of Shadow
Lawn, the president was amid quiet,
but the executive offices at Asbury
Park were surrounded by an excited
As late reports came to the execu
tive offices by telephone and telegraph
and from local Democratic leaders in
various states, the hopes of the presi
dent and those about him began to
rise. Stronger claims were made that
on the final count Mr. Wilson would
Apparently the president was the
most cheerful person here. Those who
talked with him said he showed no
impatience. He began receiving re
turns shortly after 6 o'clock.
Long Branch. X. J. President Wil
son went to bed at 12:30 o'clock with
his campaign managers here and in
New York claiming his election. He
left word, however, that if really defi
nite returns were received during the
night he should be awakened.
WOMEN IN ILLINOIS
VOTE SAME AS MEN.
Chicago. Returns indicated a Re
publican victory in Illinois by a' plur
ality estimated by Republicans at more
than 100,000 for Hughes and slightly
smaller for the Republican state ticket.
At that hour the indicated plural
ity for Hughes in the state outside of
Chicago was more than 100,000, while
Hughes was leading slightly on in
complete Chicago returns The race
in Chicago, however, was close.
Frank O. Lowden was opposed , by
Governor Edward F. Dunne, Demo
crat, who was up for re-election.
Women who voted for the first
time in Illinois on the Presidential
issue, maintained about the same ra
tio of preference for Hughes or Wil
son as the men.
In 1912 Wilson carried Illinois by
a vote of 405,048 to 386,478 for Roose
velt and 253,593 for Taft. Roosevelt,
in that year, carried Chicago by a
plurality of approximateily 25,000
HUGHES CARRIES N. Y.
BY LARGE MAJORITY
New York The state of New York
has been carried for Hughes by a safe
plurality. He also carried Illinois and
Indiana by a large plurality.
All of the New England states and
New Jersey as well as Wisconsin and
Michigan have been removed from the
list of doubtful states.
Although President Wilson's secre
tary at the Summer White House and
Chairman McCormick of the Demo
cratic National Committee, made
claims that the complete retu.'
would show the re-election of Pre;,
dent Wilson, the trend on the face
the returns was toward Hughes aid
early in the evening some of the New
York newspapers, which have support
ed President Wilson conceded hip de
feat, although they made no 'state
ments in figures.
RETURNS SHOW WILSON
Richmond, Va. On the face of arly
returns, President Wilson carried Vir
ginia by safe majority. Senator Swan
son had no opposition for re-el ction.
Returns from all districts except
the Ninth Indicate the election of the
Democrats for Congress.
HUGHES REFUSES YO
Republican Nominee Retires at 1:15
Wednesday Morning Leaving Word
Net ta be Disturbed With Further
New York. Charles E. Hughes sat
up with hia family until 1:15 a. m.,
but then went to bed. He closed up
his personal headquarters, silenced
telegrapli Ustruments over which re
turns i-: f cine and left instructions
that hp $ ya? ot to be disturbed, no
matter $ wb-Uws belated dispatche
contavnWl i m
VILLA ID IN
60 FOR MUNITIONS
ON MARCH TO SOUTH OF PARRAL
WHERE ARMS AND HORSES
CONFIRM DEATH OF FISHER
Passengers from Chihuahua City Tel
of Conditions and Confirm Many
Reports Claims Villa Has 7,000
El Paso, Texas Francisco Villa and
his main command are marching to
ward Mesa da Sandias, 35 miles south
west of Parral, where a quantity of
ammunition and arms and a large
drove of horses are known to be hid
den for the Villa forces according to
an American refugee from Chihuahua
City. These are hidden in the ranch
of General Urbina, the Villa general,
who was killed by Villa troops because
he would not divide hi3 loot with
Passengers arriving from Chihuahua
City said that the feeling of apprehen
sion among the people there had been
greatly allayed because of the arrange
ments of General Trevino to protect
the city agains ta surprise attack. No
reports have been yet received regard
ing the Americans in Parral, they
said, but refugees from Santa Rosalia
confirmed the death of Dr. C. H. Fish
er, an American at the hands of the
bandits who raided that place.
The Associated Press correspond
ent at Chihuahua City, who reached
the border was informed before leaving
Chihuahua City that Dr. Encanacion
Brondo Whitt, the physician of Guer
rero, Chihuahua, who has . been made
prisoner by Villa and forced to treat
the bandit's wounded leg, was in
Guerrero Saturday in charge of Villa's
temporary field hospital. Doctor Whitt
is a Mexican citjzen not a British sub
ject. He was reported recently by
refugees from Chihuahua City as hav
ing been killed by Villa bandits.
It was reported to the German Con
sul at Juarez that a Belgian subject
had been killed in Santa Rosalia by
Villa forces, but this was not con
firmed. A Spaniard, who arrived from
Chihuahua City last night claimed to
have confirmation of the report that
Dr. C. H. Fisher, aged and wealthy
American physician at Santa Rosalia,
had been stabbed to death by Villa
Refugees say seven thousand is con
sidered a conservative estimate of the
number of men Villa has. Carranza
soldiers, refugees say, are joining Villa
Count von Bernstorff and Wife See
Undersea Freighter Loaded For
New London, Conn. Count von
Bernstorff, the German Ambassador,
accompanied by his wife, came here
from Washington for the purpose of
visiting the undersea freighter Deut
schland. now being loaded for he:
Th Ambassador, it is understood,
brought a suitcase filled with official
malie from the Emperor. Count von
Bernstorff said his errand is entirely
a social one. He decided to take ad
vantage of Washington's official in
activity on election day, he said, by
giving the Countess an opportunity to
inspect the Deutschland.
The Ambassador and his wife were
guests at an informal reception at
their hotel attended by Captain Keo
nig, the Deutschland's commander,
and a number of German-Americans
of Baltimore and New London.
FRANZ JOSEPH ASKS
RIG FOR GALICIA.
Amsterdam, via London. Emperor
Franz Joseph has addresed an auto
graph letter to Premier Ernest von
Keorbe stating that it is his will when
the new State of Poland comes into ex
istence to grant Galicia the right In--Vnendently
to manage its own Inter-
ASK WILSON TO ADD
APPEAL FOR SUFFERERS
Long Branch. N. J. President Wil
son was asked to Include in his
Thanksgiving Day proclamation an
anpeal to the people of the United
Stores to give aid to European war
sw fere's. The request wa3 made by
I Ii!a-e Paderewski. the pianist, and a
deration representing organizations
interested in relief work in' Germany.
Austria-Hungary. Poln' Russia. Ar
Dienia. Syria a- ol:? jntries.
THE OLD NORTH STATE
PILES UP ITS USUAL
EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
WON BY DEMOCRATS. BRITT
Blckett Claims Majority of 40,000 to
50,000 Webb Small, Kitchin, Re
turned to Congress by Big Majori
ties Amendments Doubtful.
Raleigh "You can say that the
Democratic majority in North Carolina
is 40,000 to 50,000 with a solid Demo
cratic delegation in Congress once
again," said Democratic State Chair
man Thomas D. Warren at midnight.
He had just opened a telegram
from Chairman Elias, of the Demo
cratic committee in the Tenth, and
read a message that Weaver's major
ity in the Tenth over the Republican
Congressman, Britt, was 500.
In gratifying contrast to the discom
forting news of National results, the
returns to State Democratic headquar
ters grew more gratifying to the party
leaders as the evening advanced. Re
turns of Democratic majorities receiv
ed fom 37 counties at midnight foot
ed up a total of 34,700 majority for
these counties, numbers of them being
increases over former elections.
One of the most gratifying reports
that came to Democratic headquar
ters was from Winston-Salem, report
ing that James A Gray, Jr., had d( -feated
A. E. Holton, Republican, for
the State Senate. Gray leading his
ticket in the contest which was made
by Holton about the most bitter of
any in the state. Mr. Bickett, who
spent the night at his home in Louis
burg, telephoned Democratic headquar
ters that he estimated his majority at
45,000. However, much of the basis
for his estimate were returns to Dem
ocratic headquarters given him over
the. telephone. He congratulated State
Chairman Warren most heartily on the
signal success of his management of
the state campaign. In fact, congrat
ulations for Chairman Warren came
during the evening from many quarters
of the state.
In the First Congressional District
Congressman Small maintained heavy
majorities over Leslie E. Jones, his Re
publican opponent, throughout the dis
trict, although definite figures were
still missing as to a number of coun
ties. Martin gave 1,200 Democratic
majority; Beaufort, 700; Chowan, 508;
Hertford, 750; Pasquotank, 900. Defi
nite returns were missing from Cam
den .Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pitt, Tyr
rell and Washington.
In the Second Congressional .Dis
trict Edgecombe gave 1700 majority
for Kitchin; Bertie 1.250; Warren 1,
100. Returns from Greene, Halifax,
Lenoir, Northampton and Wilson were
indefinite but maintaining usual ma
jorities. Small In the First and Kitch
in the Second districts overwhelming
ly defeated their Republican opponents
for seats In the next congress.
While no definite returns came in
as to the balloting on constitutional
amendments all reports actually re
ceived showed balloting for amend
ments, with little voting against them,
except possibly the one for emergency
judges. Chairman Warren and other
party leaders believed the amendments
carried as a majority of votes cast
was all that was required.
One of the most interesting con
tests was that in the Ninth Congres-
sional District where Congressman '
E. Yate3 Webb of Shelby defeated
Greene. Republican, by a majority es
timated at about 3,500. This is based
upon the assumption that Madison and
Mitchell counties in this district, will
return the usual Republican major!-1
ties. Catawba giving Greene 125 ma-. in iienaerson county give unit eign
jority. Cleveland giving Webb 1,300 teen hundred four, Weaver eleven hun
major'ity. Lincoln county giving him dred thirty-one. Britt's majority two
200 majority. Gaston county 500, 1 years ago was six hundred ninety
Burke 200, Yancey 250. Webb polled ! seven.
237 in Cherry ville to Greene's 249, or
a gain of 44 votes there over his pre-1 CLEVELAND INCREASES ITS
vim,. elAPtlnn DEMOCRATIC LEAD
IREDELL COUNTY HAS
Statesvllle. The Democrats making
great gains over previous elections,
carried Iredell county with a major
ity, ranging from 900 to 1.300. Dough
ton carried the county from Williams
with a majority of 1.300.
Iredell came out for Bickett for
governor with a majority of about
1,250. Wilson shows about 1.250 ma
jority. Among the county officers.
Alexander, for sheriff, was the hard
est fought by the Republicans, com
ing out with 1,800 majority. Voting
in the county by both parties was ex
tremely heavy, both sides waging a
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GOVERNOR-ELECT T. W. BICKETT
IN ORANGE COUNTY
Durham. Granville county, accord
ing to nearly complete returns, gives
approximately 1,000 majority to Bick
ett over Linney, Republican candidate
for governor, Stedman over Grif?om
and Wilson over Hughes. Orange coun
ty, according to reports from both
Democratic and Republican headquar
ters, was close.
Republicans claim that every coun
ty Republican candidate is elected,
ousting many Democrats. They also
claim slight majorities for Linney,
Grissom and Hughes. Durham coun
ty to follow.
WEAVER GETS 75 OVER
BRITT IN McDOWELL
Marion. Complete returns give
Weaver 75 majority over Congressman
J. J. Britt in McDowell. The Demo
crats have elected their entire county
ticket according to early returns. J.
R. Ledbetter defeated J. L. Laughridge
for sheriff, by a small majority, while
the other county officers seem to have
good Democratic majorities.
GODWIN CARRIES HOME,
PRECINCT OF McCASKILL
Fayetteville Cumberland gives Wil
son a majority of 700. The same vote
is given the state, congressional, leg
islative and county tickets.
Congressman Godwin carried Mc
Ca8kill's home precinct by 230 to 30.
John A. Oates is elected to state
senate from Cumberland and Hoke
counties by 1,431 majority. Hoke gave
Oates 808, McClelland 77. Cumber
land's baby precinct Sherwood, went
Democratic 61 to 0. The vote on con-
stitutlonai amendments nas, not Deen
BRITT'S VOTE INCREA8ED
IN HENDERSON COUNTY
Hendersonville. Complete returns
Shelby. Cleveland county increases
its Democratic majority from 900 two
years ago to between 1,400 and 1.500
for Congressman Webb, President
Wilson and Democratic state ticket.
I Amendments not voted by all, but etch
; one seems to have majority of 800.
, Entire Democratic county ticket elect
ed 1,400 and Stroup has strong lead
1 over Murray for county treasurer.
CON. DOUGHTON OF 8TH
Raleigh. State Democratic Chair
man Thomas D. Warren, declared that
Congressman R. L. Doughton. of the
Eighth District is re-elected over hia
opponent, H. S. Williams, Republicam,
by safe majority.