Has More Paid-in-Advance Subscribers In Hay wood County Than All Weekly Xews papers Combined
WAYNESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Till USPAY. I KliRl AUY D, 19.5:5
Homer L. Ferguson Gets
Four Letters Demanding
$10,000 Be Paid To Gang
If Demand Not
Met By Ferguson
Former Haywood Han, Now In
Virginia, Does Not Pay
Demand; Is Safe.
C ASE TRIED IN COURT
ENDS IN A MISTRIAL
Ferguson's Family And Husi
ness Were Also Threaten
ed By Gang.
Specific threats intended to make
Homer L. Ferguson, former Hay-wood
County man and well-known here, and
who is now president of the First Na
tional Bank of Newport News, Va.,
and also president of the Newport
News Shipping Drydoek Company, to
part with $10,000 and also threats
against the safety of the lives of him
and his family were revealed in court
in the Virginia 'City recently during
the trial, when Herbert Young, form
er employee of the shipyard, was
harmed with extortion.
Young was arraigned and enter
al a plea of not guilty to a lenffthly
..indictment which included quotations
from six threatening letters received
by the Feiguson family.
.Police kept the plot a strict secret
until several days after Young had
been arrested. '!-The; Hirst letter was
received by Mr, Ferguson on Septem
ber 27. Authorities hoped to lay a
trap for the person sending the let
ters. All letters were sent" special de
livery and were addressed to the ship
builder's home in the North End sec
tion. The messages were, printed in
block letters with pencil on double
sheet paper. No name was signed.
The contents of the extortion let
ters were not made public until the
trial. In the letters, the anonymous
sender made direct threats again t
Ferguson, and members of his im
mediate family if the money was not
paid. Death was the penalty for fail
ure to meet the demands of the gang,
the notes declared with blunt direct
ness,'. In the first letter dated September
27, the sender told of a plan to shoot
up the First National Bank, of which
Feiguson is president. The plot was
'subsequently, discarded because "we
'don't. want to kill any one unless we
have to." Addressing the shipbuildei
direct, the message stated:
U were elected to pay up $10,000
if you want us to leave U. and all
the members of your family to rest in
security. . . We have collected from
a very close friend of yours, who play
ed wise & "kept all negotiations quiet
and paid up, now his family's safety
as far as we are concerned doesn't
Negotiations were to be opened, the
extortionist wrote, by the insertion of
an advertisement in The Times-Herald
concerning a lost dog.
More emphatic language was used
in the second note, postmarked Oc
tober 4. "We have several means and
.directions in which we can strike and
hit- close home.
"Which do U think is most dear,
your wife's life, your daughter's or
yours or the $10,000 which we ask.
"If U ignore this, U are inviting
us to strike and strike we will."
A strong hint not to inform the
police of the letters was contained in
the one sent October 11. The extor
tionists promised that no one would
get hurt unless "U insist on lptr.inir
the police in if U do U will be the)
'"st one to get hurt.
"We -want $10,000 'delivered and we
won't bite at a dummy or decoy U
are to deliver it in person at the point
(Continued on page 3)
Small Want Ad
"Sends Home The
You have often heard people
say "bringing home the bacon,"
well, that's just what a small
want ad in last week's Moun
taineer did, only it "sent home
Several weeks ago a stray
nog took up at W. E. Brown's
plaje near here. In vain Mr.
Brown tried to find the owner
of the pig so he sought the want
ad column of The Mountaineer
m a effort to locate the right
Within a few hours after the
paper reached the post office,
the owner called to Mr. Brown's
for the -hog.
When you want to rent rooms,
a house, or sell something you
.have no use for, the best way is
with a Mountaineer want ad.
The cost is almost nothing.
Jonah Jackson, 86,
Died Last Thursday
At His Son's Home
Had Lived In County For Nearly
10 Years. Was Active
Funeral services were held last Fri
,day at the Clyde Baptist church for
Jonah Jackson, 80, who died at the
home of his son, J. L. Jackson, at
Clyde, on last Thursday. The servi
ces were in charge of Rev. 11. P. Mc
Cracken of iClyde and Rev. Mr. Hicks
of Canton. Interment was made at
the Pleasant Hill cemetery near Clyde.
Mr. Jackson had been living in Hay
wood County for nearly 40 years and
was well known throughout the coun
ty. He was born in Surry county in
184(1. He married Miss Lucida Creed
when he was 23. To this couple was
born seven children. Those surviv
ing him are: J. L. and Sam, of Clyde,
Alec, of Canton, Stonewall and Charlie
of Reidsville and Mrs. 11. C. Cham
bers of Iron Dull', and one brother,
Job, of Mt. Airy, N. C. The deceas
ed is survived by twenty-five grand
children, and twelve ureal, grand
Mr. Jackson became an active church
member when just a lad, and had been
faithful ever since, having attended
all set vices regularly until ill health
forced him to remain in.
He was a member of the Clyde
The active , pallbearers wore six of
200 Masons Met
Here For Annual
Hanquet And Memorial Services
Are Held By All Haywood
Fruliy evening was a .Masonic oc
casion in nynesv ille. for at 7 o'clock
more than 2lK of the fraternity and
their friends gathered in the temple
to -attend the annual dinner, roll
call, and memorial services in honor
of those who died during the year.
The annual hanquet was the first
feature of the evening's program. At
7 o'clock, the members of the Waynes
ville Lodge No. 259, A. F. and A. M
their guests from other lodges in
Haywood county and other counties,
together with their wives, daughters,
sisters, or lady friends, gathered in
the banquet hall for the annual din
ner. Covers .were laid for 250 guests,
and nearly all of the seats were
Dr. J. R.MeCrackcn, last grand
high priest of the Grand Chapter of
Royal Arch Masons of North Carolina-
was master of ceremonies.. Af
ter the song, "Blest Be The Tie That
Binds," in which the entire body of
diners joined, the Rev. R. A. Sentelle.
oldest Mason present, invoked Divine
blessings. The Rev. Albert New ex
tended words of welcome- Dinner
was served by the ladies of the East
The toast master, Dr. MeCracken,
enlivened the occasion with a few
jokes on members of the-committee
in charge of the entertainment part
of the program. Roy Ebbs, of Ashe
ville, senior grand warden, was intro
duced, and he expressed his pleasure
at being present.
Memorial services in the lodge room
werc eulogistic of the members who
had departed during 19:52. The fol
lowing were eulogized: R. L. Under
wood, tribute by W. A. Grahl; Georye
I). Shcrrill. bv Dr. J. R.McCracken;
F. G. Roberts, by Fred Doutt, W. S
Patterson, by Rev. Albert New; W. N.
Mease, and T. W. Mease, by Clyde A.
Hildebrand; C. C. Medford, by Glenn
Brown; and Dr. S. B. Medford, by
Grovcr C. Haynes.
An appropriate musical program
was rendered- Mrs. Fred Martin and
Miss Ida Jean Brown sang solos ac
companied on the piano by Mrs. Al
A feature of the evening was the
presentation of bouquets to W. V.
Willis, of Beaverdam township, who
has been a Maon for 57 year.--, ami
to R. . A. Sentelle, who has been a
member for 54 years.
"FINES WON'T STOP LIQUOR
SELLING," SAYS .1 IT I) C, E
Judge Clement stated that ''"; win
can't bp ,ivnde to stop selling UiU'r
by fining iiim a few dollars- A term
on the road is about all that will tend
to put a stop to such things."
GRAND JURY IS
SERVE ONE YEAR
F. E. Branson, Of Canton, Is
Named Foreman Of New
Approximately 500 people were
present when Sheriff J. A. Lowe for
meily opened criminal court here
Monday morning, with Judge J. II.
When the roll of jurors was called,
two of the list failed to answer, and
Judge Clement fined each ?40. The
grand jurors drawn from the publish
ed list of jurors are as follows; F. E.
Branson, J. J. Haynes, C. C. Willis,
T. T. Green, A. M. Frazier, S. B.
Reeves, S. IV Rich, W. L. Clark, Zeb
Cagle, J. Byrd Smathers, E. A. Thomp
son, Paul Robinson, Walker Brown.
R. L. Messer, C. S. Freel, S. W. Cham
bers, David Howell, and G. C. Hooker.
F. E. Branson was given the oath of
foreman of the body and R. M. Leath
crwood was appointed officer in charge.
Judge Clement's charge to the grand
jury, appointed to serve one year from
date, consumed about 40 minutes. He
gave the history of the organization
of the grand jury system, its incep
tion by the Greeks and Romans and
its beginning in its present form by
the British people. He gave a clear
illustration of why it is necessary for
the existence of law and why enforce
ment is a prime necessity, using the
changed conditions brought about by
the coming of the automobile as an
illustration. He said that the luty of
the grand jury is not to try a-es but
only to find probable cause for the
trial of cases that might come before
them, and pointed out to them the
procedure in carry ng out the investi
gation of cases that might be sent
Traffic Lights Will
Not Re Used During
Next Few Months
Discontinuance Will Mean Sa'
ing Of Over .$100 Per
At a reccnty meeting, tiie city board
of aldermen ordered thai the traffic
lights on Main street be discontinued
for the winter months for the sake of
It is understood that the cost of
operating the traffic lights amounts to
over $100 a month, in each of the
sets of lights there are V2 lights, it
The traffic signals will be put back
iato service during the summer months
a member of the board said.
iMotoiists were cautioned about
(hiving while the lights will be -Hit
of sciiee, and to drive .-.low at in
tersections. Officers Training
School To Be Held
Here Tonight, 7:30
Judge -J. H. Clement will instruct
others of the county Thursday night,
February 9, at 7 :."() when and how to
make arrests and other points of the
law in the first of a series of a
course which will be held over the
entire state by each presiding judge.
All justices of the peace, mayors,
policement. deputies, sheriffs, police
judges and others are requested to be
present Thursday night to hear the
instructions given by Judge Clement.
Tr mf.i,ement is state wide, mid an
effort is being made to train all offi
cers, and prepare them to perform
their duty more efficiently. Kach
judtc i'i each district has.- been akod
to do this in each county in which
he holds court.
ance Bill In Senate
The Raleigh correspondent of the
Asheville Times had the following
to say in regard to a bill recently in
troduced by Suiator Francis from
A bill, far-reaching in its effect
upon insurance companies, has been
introduced in tiie senate by Senator
W. R. Francis, of Hajwood. It would
require insurance companies writing
workmen's" 'compensation insurance in
North Carolina to deposit with the
-tat treasurer funds to pro'ect out
It is recalled that Asheville and
Buncombe county face heavy losses
as a result of the receivership of the
Union Indemnity company of New
Orleans. This company- which wrote
the workmen's compensation insu
liinte for the city and county in .192!)
;tnd 19.10, had been paying on several
claims until its recent failure. It is
probable that tht, city and county will
have to make good the remaining pay.
ments. . ;
JAMES L. PALMER
PASSED AWAY ON
! Popular Hanker, And T u w n
Treasurer Passes After
Last rites for James L. Palmer, ;S,
who died at his home here last Thur
day morning, after an illness of sev
eral weeks, were held at 3 o'clock
Friday afternoon at the Methodist
church. The Rev. Wade Johnson,
pastor of the Methodist church con
ducted the, service, assisted by Dr. R.
P. Walker, pastor of the Presbyterian
church. Interment was made at
Green Hill cemetery.
The First National Bank of this
city closed Friday in honor of Mr.
Palmer, who had been assistant easn
ier for that institution for about 15
years. The local post of the Amer
ica Legion attended the funeral in
a bodv. both at the church and grave
Mr. Palmer was an efficient cm
ploye of the First National Bank, and
was clerk of the Home Building and
Loan A.-sociation ami also treasurer
of the city of Way nes ville, having
held this post through the different
town governments since 11)19.
The popularity of tnt. deceased was
evidenced by the huge throng that
attended the services u pay their last
tribute to Mr. l'alm-r. The church
was crowded to overflowing.
At the outbreak of the World War.
lie was a stndiut at Hie University of
.S. uln t arolm i. He left the Universi
ty ami volunteered . for service, He
was stationed at Newport, K. 1.- and
w.i-. there in govi I'linicnt service for
ir.o dilution of tile war. Ivet u riling
( ( out iiiueil on page )
Conference To Meet
In Asheville Friday
Dr. ('. N. ( lark And Presiding
Elder L. II. Hayes Are On
On Friday, February JO, at 10
o'clock there will convene in the Cen
tral Methodist church in Asheville a
conference on .Spiritual Life and Mis
sions. The meeting was called by Bishop
Kdwin I). Moir.'.on and arranged
through his cabinet, composed of the
ten presiding elders in . the -Western
North Carolina district.
Dr. C. N. Clark, of Canton, will,
open the services with the devotional
exercises at 10 o'clock. This will be
followed by an address by Rev. L. H.
Hayes, on Sources of Inward
Strength." U lkl'i Bishop Mouzon
will addivs- thi' conference. Other
addresses will 'u .made in the after
noon by Rev. M. T. I'lyler and Rev
Walter West n! in the evening
Bishop Paul B. Kern- who has just
returned from the Orient, will speak.
In a letter to Rev. L. B. Hayes,
Bishop Mouzon says: "There has been
planned a most important series of
meetings for laymen, and preachers
to cover the entire state of North
Carolina. Last year was a great year
for our church with more than 50,000
additions to our membership through,
the church at large. We plan now to
move fin ward all along the line. In.
:!ieali:n- already are that these
meetings will be large and enthusi
ast ie, These conferences are to be
Kdueutioiial, Spiritual, Inspirational."
It is hoped that a huge number
from Haywood county .will attend
Mrs. M. E. Reeves Is
Buried On Saturday
Mrs. M. F. Reeves, 59. who died
at her home on the Asheville road
Friday morning, following an illness
of three months, was buried Satur
day afternoon at' Green Hill ceme
tery following funeral services at the
home, with Rev. B. B. Caldwell con
ducting the services, being as.-isted
by Rev. Frank Leatherwood and Rev.
The cause of death w:is heart
She was the widow of Samuel
Reeves, who died about 10 years ago.
She is survived by four sons and one
daughter.- Gilbert, F.iott. James. Al
bert and Mr.-. Leonard Hampton.
Active pallbearers were: John
Curley, Frank Leatherwood. John
Boyd. Jan-is- Allison. J. H. Kwyken
da!! 'ii! Galloway- I
UATHlSONi: (JETS 1 TO 6
YEARS - AT HARD LAHOR
. Bill-Rathbone Was sentenced Mon
day from 4 to ? years at hard labor
at 'the' -state penitentiary -at Raleigh
for the 'sttcrwpfe- to .hjjrn.rfj "-railroad
bridge of the Si.icrevt Lumber Com
nail.va ' ':. : '.'--.-'
Dave H. Clark Now On
Trial Charged With The
Killing Of Brady Brooms
Five Canton Men
Given 18 Months
Vindows, Chairs, Wals Og Gar
den Creek School Destroy
ed In July.
Five young men of 'Canton were
sentenced Tuesday afternoon for de
stroying the school property of Gar
den Creek school last July to IS
month- on the roads. The estimated
damage was Over $100. it was brought
out during the course of the trial.
five defendants in the case. Frank
"Red" Mease. Fred Smathers, Grady
Clout:;, Henson Teague, and Dolphus
1 1 railways took the stand and told
abaut the same storv in connection
v. .:h the case.
Wit pe -sis for the slate testified that
tii. property of the school building had
i.ic i destroyed early in Julv. It was
set out that the windows, both glass
and ash. hid been torn out- chairs
broken, partitions, demolished. bell
. i ken, and stove upset.
Stale witnesses stated that ihey
heard a noise in the vicinity of the
school house and three men of the
community went- to investigate ami
upon arriving theie found, the de
fendant's getting in cars leaving the
.-i iiooi j aid.
- The delendanls denied' having been
in the- building in si veral 'years, statin;;-
that they 'had gone to the river
for fishing bail ami 'had paiktil their
cars in the i-chool yank
All the defendants told of nioeling
two men running through the woods
from the building as they (the de
fendants) were returning from the
The school building was formerly
a three-teacher school and is located
on the I'igeon Road between Canton
During th,. course of the defendants
testimony, it was brought out that
each -of then) had b( en previously in
dicted -on .some-charge.- with the ex
ception of Grady ('Units'.. Tin. mher
four were involved in whiskey eases
with th,. exception of Tread-way. and
he admitted to a larceny indictment:
several years ago Teague admitted
to a forgery charge .'together with a
wniskey charge of several years ago.
Tiie court room was ciowded for
most of the trial,, uhich consumed. Hu
rl eater part of Tuesday.
.nice Hie propi'ity wa - destroyed,
,iie school iioard has cu)iso!idated most
of the student body with, another
school and .at piise'i tin- Garden
('leek school is ;-, eni- leacln i- s.'hotl-
Robbers Of Filling
Station Here (Jet
From 10 To 15 Years
Wcldon Graddy, Ruv liowen and
Clay Creasman, of Asheville, entered
a plea of guilty for holding up and
robbing a filling station near here
three weeks ago, and were sentenced
by Judge Clement to not less than 10
years tr more than 1" years at hard
labor at the state penitentiary at
The three youths were recently
brought here from Asheville where
they were tried for other offenses and
One of them remarked as he left
the courtroom "Quite a lot of time,
The three men took M gallons of
gas, over 10 in ca-h and made the
opeiator of the station walk down the
road with his hands in front of him.
This happened aliout I o'clock :m the
Homer Noiand, 26,
Dies At His Home
In Crabtree Section
Homer Noland- 2f. farmer of Crah
trie, passed away Tuesday night af
ter a Ill-day illness of pneumonia at
Mr. Xol.md was born and reared in
th.' county ami was a successful
farmer of his communitv
He if, survived by his wife and thr.
win, hi., parent , Mr. and Mr.. V. T.
Noland... and three sisters, and one
brother. Two of his sisters. Fannie
and Roxie. both .it home, and Mrs.
Silver of. Canton. His onlv brother.
J- live- in Wc's A-heville.
-.Funeral services were not . complete
when the paper tarted to press, but
ii. was thought, that they would be
held at ihe.Crttbree Buntist church
Thursday morning ate 1 1 :( o'clock
The deceased was a nephew of John
R. Mipps of this city. ' .
ROSE CASE IS
Clark Case LikeiyTo Go To Jury
Sometime Before Noon
Dave Clark took the wit
ness stand in his own behalf
at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.
He was giving his testimony
when The Mountaineer went
The trial of Dave H. Clark, Can
ton contractor, who is charged with
manslaughter for the death of Brady
Brooms, who was fatally injured last
July at Clyde while he is said to have
been walking along Highway No. 10,
got underway Wednesday morning in
Superior court here-
Thirty minutes was consumed by
the state and defense in selecting the
jury, and Dr. J. V. Rate, of Clyde, the
first state witness took the stand at
Dr. Pate te-tlfied as to what posi
tion the body was in when he ar
rived at the scene of the accident.
Ik' staled that the body of the dc
c -ased was about IS inches from the
curb ol the highway ami was totally
tttfonsciiuis when he arrived, which
was only a few minutes after Brooms
hau bivn struck.
Dr. !t!e directed the injured mail"
t i 1 e brought to the hospital here.
;.t:d there he made further examina
tions which revealed that a cut some
'I: re" inches long had been made on
the back of Brooms' head. A large
bruise wav found oil the man's back
he stated. Brooms lived about 21
hours after reaching the hospital.
Death was indirectly due "to -.the
blow received the phy-ician stated.
I..- J. Trantham. near whose house
the deceased was ' injured, was the
net to take the stand. Mr. Trant
ham stated that the m:n was found
at the intersection of Mulberry street
in Clyde and Highway No. It). His
description .of the body was the - line
;:s that of Dr I'ate. lie stated that
he heard the crash and looked out of
his window and saw the man on the
sidewalk, and immediately Went out
to investigate, but did net see. any :
car anywhere near.
He found the hat. shoe and .bucket,
s;iii! to l.e the personal belonging's of
I'.ii). hi: si.attered in the road.
II,. also testified thi' he saw; fresh
'.ato'N'Jii'le -tracks on the left side of
!tui;v ;y No. It). These tracks wore
so.r.e 1H iiic'iio oil' the pavement. The
car. he said, seemed to 'be going fas',
al tii,. time of the crash, but lie did
not see the car,
.All-. Trmtham helped diaw a dia
gram on the Moor m front of 'he jury
box and pointed out the ililferenl
mails, streets and house, as well as the.
place where the body -was" found.
Horace Sentelle wn the next state
witness to take the stand. Mr. Sen
telle was in th,. car with ( lark at
the time the alleged accident, is said
o have occurred.
Mr. -Sentelle told of how he met
Clark and just what took place on
the evening Brooms was1 said to have
been struck. He .aid during the
course of testifying, the .following, in
"I met ..Mr. -Clark-in Canton about
!) o'clock that evening, and he offer d
to take me. to my home in '-Clyde, as
he was going to see hi- brother who
lives between t'hi'i' and l ake .Juab
iltska. We got in his car and started
for Clyde; going by my oiiice to close
the windows, as it w raining- be.
fore h aving Canton.
"As we left. Canton. Mr. Clark of.
fered me -a drink of win.-key. I v
fused to take any- We drove on to
Mid-Way Filling Station all.1 Clari
tool: another '-.'drink,- but' I . decline' I
(Continued on page o )
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