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RALEIGH, N. C, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1905.
LETTER FROM BILKINS.
The Major Arrives at Home and Is
Now a flagistrate Has a Poor Opin
ion of the Prodigal Son-He Will
Perform Marriages and Issue Di
vorcesMrs. Biikins dot a New
Dress After AH The Major Thinks
Big Sleeves are Unconstitutional.
At Home, N. C.
Correspondence of the Enterprise.
. Well, I'm at home ergin. You or
ter a seed how glad Betsy wuz ter
see me. She hadn't bin writin' much
ter me lately, sorter makin' out like
she hed f ergot me. The wimmin air
up ter awl sorts or capers when hit
cums ter managin' men. But I keep
rite up with the perseshun an' kin
cut a few capers myself.
I wuz glad ter git home. Betsy
treated me like the prodygal son an'
killed the fatted calf an' fell on my
neck an' wept. She awlso killed
chickens and baked cakes. After
travelin' eround az long az I hev bin
erway f rum home I felt sorter like
the prodygal son. I didn't eat corn
an' shucks with the swine an' other
cattel. But in travelin' eround a
feller hez ter eat a gude meny things
that hain't very palpatatin'. I hain't
never thought that the prodygal son
wux eny thing but a blockhead no
how; he wuz a slow coach. If you
let one ov the boys get erway f rum.
home nowadays he wouldn't eat corn
cobs with the swine very long. Most
ov 'em would be slick enuff ter eat
sum ov the swine, and when they'd
git gude an' hungry they'd barbecue
a pig before you could bat your eye.
My lokermotive affixia iz gittin' er
long fine az silk. I'm now a magis
trate an' consterable, too, an' I'll pull
'em cumin' an' goin'. I've done got
swore in az a magisterate an' am
ready ter try cases an' marry awl the
folks who don't know eny better than
ter git hitched. I'm a-goin' ter spring
sum new rinkles in marryin' folks.
One thing iz, after I git through
splicin' them, I'll bring the obseekies
ter a close by addin': "An' may the
Lord hev mersy on your poor souls."
After I git started gude I'll charge
the usual prices fer splicin'. But
durin' the first month I'll marry awl
gentlemen fer half price if they air
accomranyed by a lady. I'll awlso
keep divorse blanks fer sale fer the
accomydashun ov my friends who air
wantin' ter die happy.
Betsy says I orter dress un an'
look dignified an' prosperous now. I
reckon hit . iz gude advise; but I'll
bet she hez a skeem ov some sort on
hand. She wants ter put in her ap
plicashun ter dress up an' look digni
fied, too. But I'll be sertin' ter dress
up more or less. The 'next time you
see me I'll look az fine an' as digni
fied az the chaplain ov a dispensery.
Betsy awlso wants me ter read up on
the different laws an' be ready fer
enything that cums erlong. She wuz
talkin' yisterday an' sed:
'Zeke, if sumbody would cum here
an' want you ter ishue a rit ov habyus
corrpus, would you know awl the
twists an' turns?" "Sertinly I would,
my dear," sez I. "At eny rate I'd
ishue sum sort ov a writ, an' if eny
body found fault with hit I'd fine
'em fer contemnt ov court."
Betsy hez bin tendin' ter the farm
purty well an' hez redused the cotton
ackerage accordin' ter Hoyle. 1 She
awlso bought a new dress an' made
hit up while I wuz erway. I knowed
they wuz sum devilment goin' on or
she wouldn't a consented fer me ter
stay erway so long. She awlso bought
a new hat ; one ov them that iz shaped
like a cabbage leaf. Hit took ten
yards ov cloth ter make her new
dress an' twenty-five yards ter make
the sleeves, they bein' sleeves ov the
mammouth variety. Them new fash
ioned sleeves look like two more
skirts hed bin sowed into the shoul
ders ov the dress. I'd like ter know
what lunatick got up that style ov
big sleeves. If I knowed him, an'
could git him in my court, I'd give
him sixty years on the rodes, with a
purviso that if he iz livin' at the end
ov sixty years he be then an' thar
cloryformed ter death. I beleeve
them sleeves air unconstertushional
enyway, an' I'm goin' ter look into
hit. If hit iz not, I kin isshue an
injunckshun an' keep enybody f rum
wearin' them in Martin Creek Town
ship; an' I'll do hit.
Yours truly, .
Pressing Line vitch's Advance Posts
East and West of Railroad in
St. Petersburg, May 8. Interest is
once more directed to Manchuria,
the news from the front indicating
that Field Marshal Oyama is press
ing General Linevitch's posts east
and west of the railroad with consid
erable foTce, as if about to undertake
a general offensive movement. The
Russians are offering slight resist
ance and are falling back upon their
first line of defense. The Russian
advance post covers from a front
of about one hundred miles, extend
ing from Singtmantsu on the Liao
River in a southeasterly direction
across the railroad above Changtu to
the Mandarin road leading to Kirin
to Kamal Pass about seventy miles
due east of Tie Pass.
London, May 8. A dispatch to The
Telegram from Tokio says that Rus
sia recently accepted the Japanese of
fer to exchange prisoners that was
made through the American Ambas
sador at St. Petersburg last Decem
ber. Paris, May 8. The St. Petersburg
correspondent of the Echo de Paris
says that the members of the sect of
Old Believers, who recently had their
religious privileges restored to hom
by the Czar, have decided to give
$500,000,000 for the construction of a
second track on the trans-Siberian
The Proper Way.
"So Wiseman is married at last.
He used to say if he ever got married
he'd manage his wife all right."
"Well, he's pretty shrewd; he's go
ing about it in the right way."
"Is he? How?"
"Letting her have her own way."
Thoroughness is the twin brother
of honesty. When an employee gets
the reputation of doing a thing not
pretty nearly but exactly right it has
more influence with his employer than
brilliancy of talent, Success Maga
A GROWING TOWN.
Clayton, the Best Town in Johnson
County, and What Is Going on
"Is your paper growing?" asked
Mr. Ashley Home at Clayton a few
days ago. "It is," replied the Enter
prise man; "hard worts is bringing
"Yes, and that is the real secret of
all success," said Mr. Horne. "I
have found that hard work and close
attention to business is the only lever
with which I can move things," con
tinued Mr. Horne.
And he ought to know. Mr. Horne
is a success in a half dozen ways, and
he ought to know every detail of what
is necessary to bring success. He is
one of the largest farmers in the
State, one of the largest merchants,
interested in several coton mills, two
or three fertilizer factories, two or
more banks, one or more insurance
companies, and President of the
State Fair Association. Of course
he has been busy, and he is busy now,
and he says that is the secret of suc
cess. Young men, stick a pin here,
no matter what your occupation!.
And Clayton is a busy town, and a
pretty town. It is located fifteen
miles east of Raleigh, in the edge of
Johnston County, has a population
of twelve hundred excellent people,
is surrounded by a good country, has
good streets, pure water, flowers,
trees, and everything necessary in
the making of a town.
The people are united and progres
sive. When anything is to be done
they go and do it. If the Ilornes',
Barbours, Pages', Barnes' and other
good citizens there want a cotton
mill or some other factory, they build
it while some other towns are mere
ly discussing the subject.
The Clayton Cotton Mill is soon to
be enlarged to twice its present ca
pacity, which will place it in the class
of large mills. A fertilizer factory
has been started in conection with
the cotton-seed oil mill there, and
seven hundred tons were made this
spring. The Clayton Buggy and
Furniture Company was recently es
tablished and is doing a good busi
ness. Recently Northern capitalists
established a large lumber business
there, and they send out two car-load
of lumber per day.
The Clayton Bank is doing a good
business, and so is the new High
School, which is one of the best in
Clayton has many beautiful resi
dences, and more are being built. I
noticed nearly a dozen new residences
in different parts of the town, either
just finished or in course of erec
tion. Clayton will be heard from of
tener in the future, for it is a com
Two Raleighites have cast their
lot with Clayton, and are helping
to build up the town. Mr. C. W.
Carter is a member of the Clayton
Hardware Company, and is doing
well. Mr. Eugene Richardson is a
member of the firm of R. B. Whit
ley & Company, and is doing a suc
cessful business. Both will be pleas
antly remembered in Raleigh.
If those States south of us keep
af ter the lynchers they may finally
have to hang some of them to prove
that they are acting in good faith.
CREAM OF THE PRESS.
Hereafter it will be "the defalca
tion that made Milwaukee famous."
Careful computations shows that
the poor-house is not making any
gains on Mr. Carnegie. Detroit Free
Press. V '.
When the peaches are ripe and on
the table, with cream and sugar at
hand, then we will consider the crop
safe. Raleigh Post.
The doctors are saying tuberculosis
is not incurable. ; But people go on
dying with it, like they do with every
other disease. Greenville Reflector.
Dr.Washington Gladden still hopes
to make his command of language
prevail over Mr. Rockefeller's com
mand of money. Washington Star.
It is now suggested that Mr. Frick
be made Secretary of the Navy. He
has had much experience in floating
steel on water. -New York A meri
The latest bulletin has it that Mr.
Bryan is now completely organized
for 1908. George Fred Williams has
also begun to organize himself. De
troit Free Press.
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Now that the $100,000 has been fin
ally accepted, it would be just like
Dr. Gladden to insist that all of it
be spent in converting Mr. Rocke
feller. Atlanta Journal.
A former employe of Russell Sage
has sued the multi-millionario for
$800. Does he think a mere court
could extract money from "Uncle
Russell ?" Baltimore Sun.
"Cossacks wounded many children,
women and men in breaking up a fes
tival in Caucassia," says a news item
from Russia. Terrible fellows those
Cossacks at home Portland Ar
"Yes," said the fat passenger, "my
life once hung by a slender thread."
"Why, didn't the mob use a rope ?"
queried the hardware drummer, as he
lighted a fresh coffin nail. Columbus
New Jersey has authorized the in
corporation of a hide concern with a
capital of $80,000,000. New York
has a Hdye concern with a surplus
of $80,000,000 that is causing no end
of trouble. Washington Post.
Two prominent Paris officials en
gaged in mortal combat on the field
of honor last week. The duel, which
was in the French style, was unsual
ly ferocious, one of the contestants,
so the report runs, being badly
scratched on the finger. Richmond
Forty years ago, or even twenty
years ago, who would have ventured
to predict that Fitzhugh Lee would
die a general officer on the retired
list of the United States Army ?
Surely "the war is ever," even though
an occasional family jar may momen
tarily ruffle the serenity of the sister
hood of States. Chicago Chronicle.