tfon Price, $1.00 Per Year in Advance.
COLUMBUS, POLK COUNTY, N.C., THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1909.
Tlirw on ine uopy. INDEPENDENCE IN ALL, THINGS. Subscrip
BRIEF CULLINCS Of WORTH STATE NEWS
News of Interest Gfcencd Prom All Sections ef the Stale and
Affwtged Tor Busy Readers
EDITOR V ABATER'S EXCURSION.
Takes Train Load of Farm erg From
Davidson County to sto Mecklen-
Charlotte, Special. A solid train
of prosperous farmers, some of them
accompanied by their wives and
children, arrived at the Southern de
pot Friday morning from various
parts of Davidson county, and
spent the day taking in the sights
of the city and having such a time
as many of them have never exper
It is the only, time in the history
of the town in all probability, when
the farmers have taken it by storm
The party traveling on a special
train, furnished for their private use,
and knowing that . they were the
guests of honor and the centre of in
terest wherever they went, could uot
but feel jubilant and as they began
to pour out from the cars upon their
arrival here it looked as if they were
going to cover the whole face of the
earth around the Southern depot. A
large nuouKsr of the people of the
city wen. ii hand to see the novel
sight of a train load of well-to-do
farmers, some of them coming to
spend their first holiday in a city,
and to take note of the farmers in
the lime-light, where they had
been placed through the efforts
of Mr. H. B. Varner, editor of The
Lexington Dispatch, who had each
member of his party carfeully tagged
with a blue ribbon, so that the pub
lic might be positive ;n its identifi
cation of the members of the agri
The plan, of bringing as many of
his fellow-farmers, as he styles his
party, i o Mecklenburg, was conceiv
ed by Mr. Varner several months ago,
and the selection of fifty or sixty i
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special guests was accompuanea
through a newspaper contest. The
idea to bring the fanners here at
once became very popular with the
farmers of Davidson and the trip for
many weeks has been held in keenest
anticipation by many of them.
The idea, as planned by Mr. Var
ner, to bring the farmers to the
county and give them a first-hand
view of the roads of this county, i
considered the best method yet by
which to increase interest in good
roads and to arouse enthusiasm for
better road facilities.
The narty numbered more than
100; More than half of them were
.designated by the blue ribbon as
Mr. Varner 's prize guests, the others
taking an equally deep interest took
advantage of the time and occasion
to see Mecklenburg good roads. After
tiding ovnr the city in trolley cars
and into the county in automobiles,
buggies, etc.. and viewing the coun
try around from the top of the
Realty building, where they could
view the Blue Ridge and .other inter
esting scenes, they repaired to the
Selwyn hotel where speech making
was in . order besides a luncheon at
12 and dinner at 6 o'clock. The
party left for home at 9 p. m.
Ready to Develop Power.
Hickory, Special. Col. M. E.
Thornton, president of the Water
Power Electric Company, of Hickory,
N. C, has at last arranged for his
company to acquire the shoals above
his, and having options on the
riparian rights above it can now pro
ceed with the construction of the
iam across the Catawba river at
Hickory for the development of his
proposed hydro-electric plant. The
initial installation will be for $6,500
horse power. Col. Thornton has gone
to New York to eomnlcte arrange-'
ments for construction and equip
ment to commence at once.
Cotton Gin is Burned.
Spencer, Special. A cotton gin be
longing to Klutts and Linn, near
Spencer, was destrovedby. fire short
ly f ore daylight Tuesday morning,
itailiog a loss of $2,5b$i with no
insurance. The owners Tbelieve the
re to have been of incendiary origin
J the plant has not been operated
Ior ten days. There is evidence that
wglyt riders have gotten in their
rk Rowan county.
Durham to Have Paid Firemen.
Durham, Special. Final prepara
tions were made by the board Wed
nesday night for the paid and par-
ally Pai nre department, when a
mhination hose and chemical wa-
on and another 1,000 feet of. hose
ere ordere. The orders were sent off
Wednesday This made a of
17 ?eet ot hose ordered since the
nt - inSmg of thQ new ar. The new
dav' v WiU g0 on duty on Mon
runn "r &t each station and seven
r -t;! to a company, who will be
SETTLEMENT WITH SEMINOLE.
Southern Life Insurance Company
Baton 109,785 and Complicated
Matter is AJurted.
Faettevilla, Special. Consider-
pie interest has been felt in a com
plete transaction by which to the
Seminole Securities Company, fon, defendant.
South Carolina has contemplated the Doughton: Amend 4097 Revisal re
transfer of a block of stock of the lative to the annual appropriation for
Southern Life Insurance Company of education.
this city. On account of misunder- Fry: Incorporate Southern Assem
standings in the details of the trade Wy
the transaction was canceled an de- PresideptaKlutta announced to the
dared "off." The Southern Life In- Senate that the Attorney General ad
su ranee Company: has now settled furnished, a ruling that f fie pOwSr and
with the Seminole Company for the authority of the President Pro $ef.
amount of money received from that to ratify bills in the absence of the
corporation, by returning to the re-
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ceivers oi trie securities company
$109,785. This leaves only the re
maining details to be closed Up in
order to complete the final settle
ment and cancel the entire matter.
mi. . 1 . .. . a i 1 i S I
ine memoers oitne agency lorce or
the Southern Life are congratulat-
ing themselves on a satisfactory set- I
uement ot this somewhat delayed
transaction as it enables them to re-
sume the successful execution of the
business which was temporarily in- I
terrupted by this unfortunate compli
Two Fatal Accidents.
Selma, Special. Selma and vicin
ity was the scene of two horrible
accidents Monday. Arthur Hare, the
son of Mayor Hare, and a young man
of bright promise, accidently shot
himself with No. 22 rifle. The doc
tnrs snv his Knxvole xeoi-o norfnratnA I
in six places, and very little hope is
entertained for his recovery. Abra-
ham Batten, an uncle of the man
charged wKi tiro murder of Charlie
Brown, was found dead Tueaday
ftftftrnnnn. stint tVimncrh the hpnn . Hii
ff jn o
il. j :i i tv.i l
in I MH I H If l III! II I Ss I 1 I II II )!WI1 LI HL I
in crossing the fence thi gun went
off it falling on one side and the
body on the other.
nff on one side and the
Cotton Mill Floors Settle.
n J O T TTUU
ana a siow aownwara movement, w , r : i 4v'ncn nnn k f.i rr r' .
three floors of the north end of the through Section 32. f&JS5S? 9 . By Nimocks: To amend the
big Gibson Mills, located in the northr Mr. Hayes offered the resolution issue to ffe $650 000 law and provide for a six months'
western part of this city, sank to a fhat when the House adjourn it do so Agg STLT T te aEducation
dopth of probably six feet Saturday m honor of George Washington. SJLtUtlwf ?y P611661 To rejnire a11 white
Xrnoon caused by the crumbling On motion of Mr. DowaVthe rev- JlaSS H IZElSt the te cared
of a Dillar which subseauently nue nd machinery acts were made mg for mi election on amendment to fPr at the State Hospital for the in
caused the rivinl iwav of the beams order again for Tuesday. the constitution as to the homestead ,ane mt RlWgh. Calendar,
undeleath Z At 2 :30 the House took recess till exempticm. : By MeanT A joint resolution pro
affetinir tbfi foundation. There were 8 at night. ' . . . I: ' lading for the election of trustees of
fonr hnndrpd hands at work in the
immense structure and when they
realized what was taking place
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sustained the slightest injury, though
two or t
oung women fainted
WomaM- Was Blacklisted.
Wadesboro, Special. Suit
ai. UUlfc J.VM.
hlZ hYnnvht hv Mr Frnma T Rich-
SuS-fcT S&J r
il . d;n Ann v.
MaliSE? hvS! Retail Merchants"
blacklisted by the Retail Merchants
Association wroogiuiiy ana
damagea from Mr. Rhyne, a meat
dealer, because of -bMK resulting. Tbe
oaaif ia a hamI Ana t-'Ua fl-isst nf thai
suit is a novel one, vttie nrst ot tne
IrlnA iT.rtn.V,f Ua.. Tlia Pofoil Mor.
R,"u uluu&"v iUC .
A1.MiV., AaanUi4!n ii, n n Anr nnMH
Nation iZFttitiTZt 1
zafaon ror tne protection or local
m..Al,afa on a ac r m o c tn rofna
credit to those whose names appear
. Kionviief TVio atonal nf
a J S will lrZtv Anl
tne association win mriy uep
On Hl.IWHn;Ul Dm-.
Dunn IAwyer Killed by Train.
Dunn, j&pseial. On Broad street
crossing ftTY:30 Saturday freight
trains, Shifting and backing, ran over
Hon. W. A. Stewart, a prominent at
torney, crushing him to pieces.
Twenty Pound Baby.
Wadesboro, Special. Wadesboro
v.ie the hWost babv vet reported in
ii oi-x- mU; uoiaar ia tkA -hii. of
ine oi-aie. j
Walter Little and wile, wen nown
colored Deople living here and weigh-
A OA nnnnds TtrVlPTI horn last Mon-
Tt.. hild is aopearentlv doing
wSi Trip mrents are the produest
wen. J.ne pmcuta io " "
couple in the town.
. . o A i nf
2a8tin7$S & ia
nlWed to be part of the money
oiltgou v i .
stolen from the Forsyth Bank and
Trust company of Kernersville, N.
C, was dug up from bneath a dwell-
ing Wednesday wnew . u s
buried m that city oy ine
bureau new. wy ; J
Sheriff Robert Flint of Kernersvme
onenix - w,r" Wa4.
leit nere ior ixwm
nesday with Gaitber Bodenhame:
vonnc man who was arrested bj
Washington police charged with
DOINGS OF THE LAWMAKERS
Doings of the State Legislature Con
Day to Day.
The following are some of the new
bills offered in the Senate Monday:
Ormond : Amend article 8 of the
constitution, relating to corporations
other than municipal.
Ormond: Amend Chapter 100, Re
visal, relative to domestic insurance
Starbuek: Permit judgments on
appeal bonds where bankrupts are
Lieutenant Governor was ample and
utZt Ten The S
Mr. Scott that when the Senate ad-
JOUrn it dO SO m nOnOr OI WeOlge
xnis was put upon its
mma3sma an Aonn
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. me lonowing new oiiis or general
intereat were introduced in
rVio TTmiM I
tive.to W imoeatm M detens,
bonds in cities and counties.
Graham: Regulate the distribution
of samples of proprietary and patent
medicines from house to house. J
Dowd : Amend Revisal 2870 in re
gard to building and loan associations
so as to limit their authority to bor-
row money to an aggregate equal to
one-third of the capital stock.
McNeely: Make all roads now
traversed by rural mail delivery
routes, public roads
The revenue bill was, on motion of
Chairman Dowd, taken up, the House
going into committee of the whole for
" ROTse.v. Representative Koonce
" reached, there Was a discussion
over- nersons not attornevs beinr tax-
'M drawing eoda and ootet.
Py Dut " was aeama ro aaopt
the section as it is now in the Jaw,
several amendments being voted
At 12:30 o'clock the committee )f
Am whnl aroaii and reported nrocrese
The on of the House
I of stationery nets in Neuw
and Trent rivers, Pamlico county,
was sent back to the committee; and
the Buncombe bill of Mr. Weaver,
I tightening the prohibition law in that
I 1 ill. 11. i n.A...nf
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i couiiLV witu iuc uuipwc ui k"-"""
the near-beer establishments of
Asheville from selling i intoxicating
nder cover of their legiti-
I mate business, was tabled amid ap-
t . jrtrtrT,K0 fcill Mibn1
t,t from Mr.
nfl(ini;nt. nf tha nrovision
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1 ilUWlUg BCOitvil Ul picuiioto,
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I A UtJ DUfHB CWUUl-jr urn ii h"
u;u:i.; ,n0i cola nf nnnr offer
I UlVlUHlVtUK IllCgOl OHIO vJ. ujuv.
life S011 had removed the oetten
UMi, rtf mi for nos-
I aaffVaUB f-T " r".:
ses81uu VJL mwiC mou -
gallons. Mr. Weaver offered an
amendmerit to his bill that made a
Tem&r search warrant necessary in
1 a-haaa 4-nr onH a h A It
I . nmio offor anm.
uruer iu cuiuiuq ji cmio wa-
plaint made, but still the opponenw
were not satisfied , and after long bo -
bate kilted the bill.
The Senate discussion of anti-trust
legislation, "teeth" and no "teeth,"
or rather what character of ' teeth"
shall be given the present anti-tnist
act, began Tuesday, continued ior
tw 'bourn and then went over until
I Wednesdav. when it was resumed ad
infinitum. There were two speeches
Senator Lockhart for his original i
H .... , Senator!
pftBctttf. nf the 1 Blow-Bassett aub-
ofitto ' which Rimerseded the Lock-
hart bill in taking favorable report
at the hands of tho judieUry com-
a mnn iY,p hill introduced m the
canta who one hv Senator Lockhart.
I anthrriaintr the ComoratlOn COffi
WVH""U " ' .. .
I sTon to regulate hydro-electric com-
aaa l-r I. ..mmitfaa nf t.VlA
whole again most of Tuesday on the
Vain oni the first coiner-over
ine jaouse was iu tuumiivi.v-
is not finished yet. The most impor-
7 ."7 were taxing automobile
m "T;r, itl,indina-
ffiSTS. SU taxini
' Tf. h0 tax on
snip 1:1 than v
i;Vervmen who sell more than ye
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horses in six months; increasing the
I was enlivened with spicy debates on votes cast m its favor to 33 against rhe resolution provided for a joint
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- I local nsn ana liquor qucsiwuo, " i it, BUD-sfcuun oj. ine piuyuscu ueeung oi me oenate ana xiouse at
I .a ii ii .i ii uiii i tlia 1 i? i. l i -1: i j I n i 1 i , . m,
i rnp rpsnii inaL Liie uiii tu ickuwic nic anii-Lrusa letrisiaLioii. went uuwxi xu i la o ciopk to pip.pt. Tn rmsr.pps np
tax on sewing machine manufactur- joint committee, including the Repub-
1 and dS from $350 to $450 and lican,! and is of great length. It
era and dealers . pntnA t,t. all the Auditor's warrants
the 50-cent fee for each agent
to $2 applying the peddlers' tax to
li i It - j ' ?i i I
an mose naving iree or paia snows
to draw business, and exempting
blind peddlers from the tax; reducing
the tax on lighting-rod agents from
$50 to $25 ; reducing the slot machine
tax from $2.o0 to $1.50 and exempt-
ing those" where drinking water is
sold at a cent a glass; including un- I
der packing house tax of $100 all I
wholesale dealers in meat packing
cold storage plants in the State and
exempting all not handling over 25.-
000, nnnJs a vr- rmttirur nn Atkm.
i a i i j- -
gr w ir J - j f "o w w-
era in beerine, near-beer and all I
W . m "m - 1
dnnks containing as much as one-
uoix oi jicr pi aiTOiiui a .
Mr. Hades' bill for the division of
me acts OI IOe Legislature into pUD- I
. - . Jt - . . - I
lie, private and public-local was pass-1
ed on final reading. It i -understood I
that it will save from $2,000 to $4,000
TO ine Swaie in Dinaing. I
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fne Senate on Wednesday passed
many local measures, received a fcrea'
number Of new local bills and snent
I fwt tionx ;o,.: lU. i: i I
u . enti-trnst bilb were
, VI . ,
uiiuci uiacusBion atram. oenaior ur- i
, T A , .
mond, fo the Lockhart bill, auJ Sen-
ator Travis, for the Rssl-Blow
substitute, were the speakers.
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aior jjocKnam stole a marcn on tne
opponents of his sub-section
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Among! the bills largely of local
nature wjts one to incorporate Caro
lina Railway and Power Company.
The House, after a spirited discus-
"on, voted 52 to 48o table the Em-
pie om tnat nan already assed tne
Senate to rohibit selling quail in the
ine consideration oi tne rvenue
bill in cbmmittee of the whole for
UUWUSIMIUU Ul H1C JtCllUC I
second reading was completed and
tk. Kill CTttiki. aA fi,Q
final grind of third reading. The
graduated tax on cigarette dealers
and manufacturers was raised so that
it will be $250 for 250,000,000 cigar
ettes and range up to $1,500 for 500,-
4)00,000 Cigarettes output. This was
.m hx.v y Huw
. ! ?a gro ed y
animous vote to recommend the en-
alrgement of the Capitol building at
a cwi nov 10 exoeea pouu,uuu ana me
erection ofAa new agricultral build-
. With the unlucky number of 13
defeat Jnursday afternoon in the
State Senate after the biggest argu-
mentative contest that has character-
j iied this session of the Assembly and
J not infeHor to that of the famous
I i i .L ll 1 nftT T 1 1 U
I 1 1 ll. mn7 T rtnlplnlmft aarViAn
i uuiitest tii luc j.c7vi ucrioioiuic ""cu,
under te leadership of Hon. Reuben
Reid, I Rockingham, sub-section
ir'A" was expunged from the anti-
trust legislation on the narrow mar-
tu &nat. n. nn ftn.l minff
tv,a mh i0.t i. r.rrvinr
JZ clZ lY' .717
1 UlttCilllltsljr 1U1 special UU 111 oil tuuu-
HCS, W1BU lUIXWCtt DWW oupupiio-
1 k fi rtfV.Q
1 L1UI1 . 1W 1UC111 1 OllllllK lUUl-lUUUI.ua
faehool I every school district in the
Qf F '
I mi. TT rrv.,,1 ,T . 4-U
iue nuuse uu luurtuouiwcu
calendar, of a goodly number of local
bills oni third reading. The two fol-
lowing are of public interest :
I mi T mi j Ui n.eB.JJ: iv.i 1 il. . . 1..-11. v. 1 J -
xne sautisc j. uuibuhj uiiii pooocu
jthe! firemen 's relief fund bill on final
I reading! after discussion. .
Tla a Hill tn iaisna Krn ra in that finm
of $500000 for carrying out the pur-
poses of the Biekett act of 1907 to
enlarge and equip the State hospitals!
for the! insane was laid before the 1
House, i Several members of the mi-
j nonty began to asx questions about
it and Dr. Gordon for the committee
) explained that it would include $250,-
1 000 obligation already incurred in en-
largingthe hospitals at Morganton
and Rileiirh. and leave enoueh for
I some aDroDriations to the other in-
stitutions for Permanent improve
ments; I then no further sums would
be needed for improvements for the
next ten years.
There were some questions by way
I of objections asked that brought out
a. a a l . 11. a;a,
a mostf foreeful defense of the bill
( by Sector Doughton. The biU pas-
'f 'sed itsjf second reading.
I In bbth branches of the Legisla-
I ture Friday was read the report of
the sejeet committee appointed to
considel- the sensational report of the
anditinb (Hmmittee of the last Legis-
laturelhat investigated the offices of
State Treasurer, Auditor and Insur-
ance Commissioner. The report is
signed J by all the members 'of 'the
' finds tfiat all the Auditor's warrants
criticized by the auditing committee I
lt it s 1 i I
were iuny auiaonzea oy law, ana as
to the voucher for the Goldsboro Hos-
pital for money to repair building, it
states that no such warrant and no
such voucher number can be found on
the Treasurer's and Auditor's books,
that the hospital owes nothing for
furniture or repairs, but does owe for
supplies authorised by the Governor
and Council of State. In the matter
mg secret dishonest or disadvantag-
ious to the State was done.
As to the Insurance Commissioner
x- ct; u 1 : : tr j - il i
the report finds as a fact the state-
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mem or tne. auditing committee wiat
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honesty is disclosed on the part of
any one handling the funds or securi-
"w, anu mai uiere is no suggestion I
i any aucn.
The statement of the expert ac-
countant that he could not make an
.L..l.t 1.1 1 A it.
uuiuteij owexvb siatemeni. ot inu
account without going back and
checking up the entire business since
the establishment of the office is er-
roneous in its belief; that the state-
mpnt. nf tbn ornprt that nn ieh Vnnlr I
bad 'been kept aiowing lSffS
ceipts and disbursements of funds is
ran: mloolino. tl1Q .nrnm;ooinnor
does keeP ft day book in which is a
v" j we, ..c .n vuu.
record of all receipts in detail while
bis bank book as Insurance Commis
sioner shows all disbursements and a
separate ledger accoun shows dis
bursements of the fund for the inves
tigation of fires.
The Senate consumed some time on
11 i 1 . , . , J, I
to change the i county seat of
Kill J - 1 lUU - I
. i iium Ui
The House, in committee of the
whole, on the revenue act, decided -to
increase the pension ad. valorem tax
from 4 to 5 cents, and the poll tax
from $1.29 to $1.32 so as to be able
l? lue appropriation xor pen-
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1 he special order Was the bond is
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sue bill for an issue of $o00,000 for
carrying out the purposes of
L 1 1 3
Biekett act of 1907 for enlargement
ef the State Hospitals for the Insane.
With an amendment by Speaker Gra
ham the hill passed its final reading.
I.The following are among the new
enate bills Saturday.
Dockery: To call a constitutional
By Nimocks: For the prevention
of the snrend nf a PiiKli-
fte University of North Carolina.
resolution was placed on its imme
I diate passage
J The following bilb are among
I those that passed their final reading :
1 S. B. To authorize the merger of
I 11 3 1 1 , , a a a
I ;i J 1 1 j 3 1 L . a
i lomuaus io oe ormtmzea in Asne ana
Alleghany counties with the Virginia"
Carolina Southern Railway.
H. B. To authorize the issue of
State bonds to pay off the present
L)o Tnw in iqia 6
tu fu2;- a
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1 iuiiwUCCU BUU reierrea lO I UK HU-
la . -n.. ... tt. t
UlUUnaiC CUOlUlULee in IHO XlOUSei
I UOIUIUHV .
By Cox of Wake: For relief of
the night watchman of the Capitol.
I Tk ' Tl 11. rp J il
mien: 10 amena me pension
law so as to provide semi-annual pay
By Mitchell: Resolution provid-
inai no xurvner oiiis oe lnirouuc-
ed in the House after 12 o'clock
I Tuesday, March 2nd, except bv un-
I anlmnns nrxn can f
By Underwood: Joint resolution
I relating to pages of the House.
By Underwood: To regulate the
writing of deeds.
j By Stubbs : To call a convention of
i the people of North Carolina to re-
I vise and amend the Constitution.
J Mr. Dowd, chairman of the Com-
mittee on Finance, when the special
I order, the Revenue bill, arrived, stat-
ed that he would not ask that the
I House eo into a committee of the
- I whole, but that the House consider
the bill in regular session, so that it
iebate became too prolonged the pre-
n,f;nn ,a u iij
vious question could De caned.
The many phases with amend-
I ments, etc., were considered and vot
j ed upon
Tho. bill creating a Daniel Boon
Association passed its final reading.
A number of bills were considered
I and passed involving local interest
Tm afraid we have a dlssapolntr
ment in store for us," declared the
"Not at all. can. We'll reach the
pole in an hour
And something tells me that we'll
a man there aeinng poswrus.
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' -Pittsburg Post.
TENNESSEE SENATORS LEAVE
Thirteen Members of the Tennc
Sonata Leave the State in Order to
Defeat the Purposes of the Election
Laws Passed Over the Governor's
Nashville, Tenn., Special. That 13
members of the State Senate have
fled the State in order to defeat the
parpo8e of election laws
, , ' -
P886? OVer Go Patterson
veto is believed in well informed
The 13 members were Friday after-
neon declared in contempt of the
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Senate by .that ?3dy and the aer-
Bifc-v-iD nos iii on. uccu tu gu ut
pursuit of the absentees.
It is declared further that the ab
sentees will remain away during the
remaining 22 days of the legislative
session, thereby leaving in the handa
0f Governor Patterson the election
m.-hinerv nf At nl feftin.
h houses m passing over the-pro-
fpt of tVlo finvomnr Iowa rlocicmorl fv
deprive him of this authority.
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The joint resolution providing for
a joint legislative session Friday for
the purpose of electing the members
of the State election boards as pro
vided for in the recently enacted
laws, and a State Treaurer and State
nmntrnllor was vatnul Vv Haitaotim
uuvi, ti tviuvu WJ UVIOlUWt
pattenjon Friday. There wag no
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the action of the 13 members of the
Senate in remainina: awav from the
day's session, thus preventing a quo
rum, renders action on the veto mes
If the members remain away until
the end of the regular session, it
would then be necessary for the
Governor to call a special session to
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special session would be prevented,
under the constitution, from consid
ering any matters not specially, men
tioned in the call for the extra ses
sion and of course the Governor is
not expected to refer in his call to
STRONG DEFENCE OF PRESS.
Governor of Kentucky Pardons
Louisville Paper tnat Scored Offi
cials. Frankfort, Ky., Special. One of
the strongest defenses of the freedom
of the press in criticism of public of
ficials ever delivered in the South was
written by Governor Augustus E.
Willson Thursday in granting a par
don to the Herald Publishing Com
pany, of Louisville, publishers of the
Louisville Herald, for an indictment
in the Calloway and in Trigg Circuit
Courts of Western Kentucky, charg
ing the paper with criminally libel
ling Judge Thomas P. Cook and Com
monwealth 's attorney, Denny P.
Smith. The two officials preside in
the district in which the greater part
of the night rider troubles in West
ern Kentucky occurred, and the pa
per vigorously scored them for fail
ure to perform their duty in prose
cution of $he lawless element. Gov-
eor Willson wrote upoii pardons to
the newspaper company this reason:
J o this district, which have not been
punished under these officers' admin-
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istration. make it necessary for the
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press to criticise all who can be held
Courts do not put an end
to the rule Of crime in the counties
in which the Judge and Common
wealth's attorney are selected to up
hold law and order, the only hope of
permanent relief from such condition
is in ebghtened public sentiment
aroused by the press of the country.
and instead of punishing the news-
Wf make a fight againat
such conditions, it should be regarded
fulfilling its duty."
Bill to Help Prohibition.
Washington, Special. Following
the prohibition agitation in Tennes
see, Representative Brownlow of
that State Saturdav introduced ia
House a bill to enable the Statea
bore effectively to enforce their laws.
the prohibition of the sale and
manufacture of intoxicating liquors.
I The biir provides for a surrender to
fjie States of full control of tho
I honor traffic.
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ion 'xaonroe, va., opeciai. a. no
battleship Ohio sailed Sunday for
New York. The third squadron,
which met the returning battleshippa
one thousand miles at sea, sailed
Monday for Guantanamo whence it
probably will go on a West Indian
cruise. The Ohio sailed away tho
proud winner of the "steaming
trophy' ' of the voyage around the
world. The rules for the contest,
which was one of economy in coal
and water consumption for the entire
trin were ia: j jown ao0n after tho
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Snips lett Hampton Koads fourteen
ing stolen more than $2,000.