Page 4A Thunday-f July 15, 1976
State needs law
on death penalty
Sens. OUle Harris and MarshaU
Rauch deserve the support of Kings
Mountlans and Cleveland Countlans
In their request of Gov. Jim
Holshouser to call a special session of
the General Assembly to redraw a
constitutional capital punishment
We feel strongly that the Governor
will have to be shown by the people of
this state they want action and not
non-commltal answers In the matter
of the death penalty.
And should a new law be drawn It
will have to be done In such a manm r
that those convicted beyond a
reasonable doubt of talcing another
human life will be duly executed. It Is
ridiculous that this state has had 116
convicted people sentenced to death
languishing on death row at Central
Prison In Raleigh.
The law says the justice system has
a responslbl'lty to see that citizens
charged with crimes be given a fair
and Impartial trail. And those con
victed have right to appeals.
Boy Scout Troop 91
Boy Scout Troop 91 is 50 years old.
One of the very few troops in North
Carolina to have reached such a
milestone, troop 91 is the only scout
organization to have operated
successfully and continuously for
half a century in Kings Mountain.
During this time the troop has
been solely sponsored by St. Mat
thew’s Lutheran Church.
Each member of the troop has
been honored by the Piedmont Boy
Scout Council with a special fiftieth
anniversary badge and a Bicen
Troop 91 was organized in an era
when Scouting was one of the hand
ful of real goals most boys reached
for in life. But, even today, with a
myriad of activities bidding for
young people’s time, scouting iS still
Troop 9rs success attests to this.
Questions on sewer, wages.
Ode to drunken computer }
But, we also have a responsibility to
the families of those citizens who
have died at the hands of those con
victed. These people and the
memories of those who have been
brutually murdered have a right to
We agree that the death penalty is
not much of a deterent to crimes of
passion — an incident that happens
suddenly without thought, but
disagree the state’s right to execute
convicted murderers Is not a deterent
to those who might plan taking the life
of another human being.
We humans. In the name of
freedom, have stood by and allowed
our nation’s lawmakers to pull some
pretty stupid moves. That made us as
misguided as the lawmakers. But, In
the final analysis. It Is the people who
must make It known what they want.
We commend Sens. Harris and
Rauch on their stand In the matter of
capital punlshmoit legislation and
support their efforts.
Last week our computer was
suddenly taken drunk while reading
the story about Southern Bell and the
municipal parking lot.
Libby Good, our typesetter, got
angry and threatened to punchout the
computer if it didn’t start shaping up.
She even threatened to nave it
arrested, but still the metallic
Frankenstein continued spitting out
Clyde Hill, our advertising director
who once put a garden tractor back
together with shake and bake ard
Elmer’s Glue, put in a hurried call to
Compugraphic in Atlanta.
“Send somebody,” he said.
Somebody arrived Wednesday of
last week and stayed until Friday.
This guy gets $30 an hour for repair
work and he spent most of his time
sitting in a metal chair staring at the
inards of the computer.
“Boy, that’s something, isn’t it?”
he asked once in awhile.
“Yeah. Thirty an hour is...”
Darrell started to say.
“...No, no. 1 mean this computer is
“Does that mean you can t fix it?
Darrell asked after three days.
“I’ve never seen a computer I
couldn’t fix,” the fix-it man an
Well, to make this narrative a bit
shorter, he couldn’t fix it.
So, Monday a second fix-it man
Tears filled his eyes when he gazed
at our drunken 4900-61 single lens
computer. “I once reworked this very
machine,” he sniffed.
‘‘Please. Don’t weep on the
machine,” Darrell said. “On top of
everything else we don’t need rust to
So, the second Mr. Fix-it set to
“I don’t know what I did, but it
seems to be working,” he announced j,
after a few hours on the job. 5
“Well, tell us what you did so lyc S
won’t know what to do next ^
Darrell said. By this time our gene(« i
manager was a little bit flaky.
As of today the 4900-61 single leri^
computer is cold sober ano^
responding nicely to command. Hqw^
long it will last... I don’t wanna tam
And, if you’ve gotten this far then^
you are aware there have been somjlg
changes in The Mirror-Herald this',j
week. The number one and most
important change is the fact you cgn^
now read the print.
That’s because all body-type is
set in 10 instead of eight point. We *
have a new type strip that contains
nine and 10 point type. If you had
trouble deciphering last week’s issue
then you know what we were up
against. Our eight point strip was
beginning to fade.
Our executive board, which is me^.'
Clyde ’n Darrell and a wino collecting
bottles from the gutter we grabbed,
met in the washroom to decide what
Clyde said one more issue like last
week’s and the boss would have to
print “Warning; the Surgeon General
has determined that reading The
Mirror-Herald will make you cross
eyed” on each paper.
The results of the conference is
what you see here. The type style is
called News No. 6 and it is of medium_,
hue. j ~
While we were at it we decided tK
change the style of the masthead anC
the editorial page standing heads and
George B. Thomasson, Kln^S
Mountain native and son of Mrs. Riml
C. Thomasson and the late C. F.
Thomasson, Sr., announced
yesterday that he Is opening offleek
for the practice of law on Monday^
School bells ring again Monday
Beth ware School pupils, who will
begin an eight week school term,
along with majority of the other runaV
school children of the county. y-%
Kings Mountain's contribution to
North Carolina's burgeonlu
historical drama Industry, ‘‘The
Sword of Gideon,” will open for d 12 ‘
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SOCIAL AND PERSONAL
SPECIAL MAILING - Mrs. Yvonne
Stokes and her daughter, Molly, took
advantage of the special mail box set up
at Kings Mountain National Military
Photo by Gary Stewart
Park on the Fourth of July. Special
arrangements were made to have all
letters dropped in the box postmarked
July 4, 1976.
Miss Matilda Dedmon has returhofl'
from a week's vacation with Mr. add
Mrs. F. F. Farabow at their cottligh:
at Folly Beach. y-'
Mrs. W. K. Mauney, Jr. entertained
members of the Duplicate Brld^'
Club Monday at her home, Glenbrow.''
Miss Marjorie Dickey has returniM
to Asheville after visiting with her”
mother, Mrs. Paul J. Beam. ^ -
Two sets of famous Siamese
Twins associated with N, C,
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To the editor.
As a citizen, taxpayer and former
commissioner of the City of Kings
Mountain, I have a couple of
questions I would like answered.
First, I want to know what the plans
are and how much It Is going to cost
the city to have sewer lines run from
the east side of the city, west to the
Pilot Creek treatment plant. I make
reference to a comment made by
Mayor John H. Moss in announcing
the coming of Union Underwear to the
Mayor Moss said Union, at peak
employment, will use a million
gallons of water dally and that the
waste will be treated at the Pilot
Presently, Klngsmont Knit uses the
McGUl Plant facilities for waste
treatment. Union Underwear Is
taking over the Klngsmont plant. The
McGill plant, presently. Is only about
200,000 to 300,000 gallons dally from
There are no sewer lines running
from the east to the west at present
time, except from Craftspun and that
line only handles the Craftspun waste.
Secondly, I am interested In
learning exactly the Increases in
wages to the mayor and the com
missioners as of July 0. In a budget
story the mayor said the city em
ployes were to receive a five percent
cost of living Increase and that the
mayor and commissioners would also
receive an Increase.
How much Is the Increase to the
mayor and the board members? Five
percent? Or More?
The point I am trying to make is
that as a member of the last board of
commissioners I have no memory of
taking a vote to increase wages for
the next (the current) board and
mayor and that’s th'> way It Is sup
posed to be done.
I.i ovn DAVIS
El JZABETH STEWART
Wo miB’f Editor
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TOM McIntyre .
DARK ELL AL'STIN
In an odd twist of fate. North
Carolina was associated with two of
the most famous sets of Siamese
twins In medical history.
The original Siamese twins, Chang
and Eng (from whom the name was
derived) settled in this state In Surry
And on July 11, 1861, another pair,
Negro slave girls named Mllll-
Chrlstine, were born in Columbus
(bounty. Joined from the waist down,
they were billed by a travelling side
show as “Far more Surprising and
Wonderful than the Siamese Twins.”
On July 12, 1813, the state had Its
only real scare In the War of 1812. A
British fleet under Admiral Cockbum
occupied Portsmouth and Ocracoke,
seizing two privateering vessels, and
remaining for five days before North
(Carolina mlllOa gathered and hurried
James H. Southgate of Durham was
one of the two North Carolina citizens
whose name has appeared on the
ballot for the office of Vice President
of the United States. He was bom July
A successful businessman with
little political experience, Southgate
was the candidate of the Prohibition
Party In 1896. His running mate for
president was Charles E. Brantley of
Nebraska. During this period the
party was much stronger than It Is
Two men bom in North Carolina
have been elected to the office of
vice president, Andrew Johnson and
William King, but both did so after
moving to other states.
The only other candidate to run
while a citizen of this state was
William A. Graham, a former
governor, U. S. Senator and Secretary
of the Navy, who, ironically, was
defeated by King In 1862.
On July 16, 1857, an obscure
mathematics professor and West
Point graduate named Thomas
Jonathan Jackson — soon to win fame
as the Immortal “Stonewall” Jackson
— married Anna Morrison at the
Morrison home near Lowesvllle In
Tbe writer has a personal Interest
In both of the last two Items since
Governor Graham was bom In the
house I presently live In In Lincoln
(bounty (Vesuvius Furnace), and
Anna Morrison was his niece. K^y of
the social functions connected with
the wedding were held at Vesuvius In
the room where these words are being
performance seasoh oiie w^Bk he^fjjs ,
on Thursday, July 23,
Died July 11, 1874, In mid-term.
Governor Todd R. Caldwell of
Morganton, generally regarded as the,
most capable of North Carolina's four'
19tti century Republican govemqrs,,
Died July 12,1849, at the age of ‘
DoUey Payne Madison, widow of OUT'
fourth president. Bom In NOtfr'
Carolina, she was one of our natloh^s,
most famous First Ladles. 81^6'
presided at the first Inaugural
and Is credited with havljcf^"
popularized Ice cream by serving It t(t,
the White House. ’ “
Thomas M. Holt, governor 189148',''
was bom July 16,1881. He was one'6f
the state's few lleutenant-govemclra'
who rose to the top Job on the death of l
an Incumbent. Oddly, like Luthe^'
Hodges (another who did so), Hotl
had been a teictlle executive. The Holt ^
family started one of the state’s i
earliest successful mills. The:
Alamance Manufacturing Co. -I'
Holt also served as president of the i,
North Carolina Railroad Co. r.i
-oOo- < •'t:
On July 17, 1776. Sir Richard"
Everard became Governor of North i
(^rollna, the only member of th»‘
nobility ever to serve In that offlc*.''
Died July 17, 1762, In office,”
Governor Gabriel Johnston, who liSid
followed Sir Richard Everard as?
governor. A Scottlsh-bom physician,H
political writer and professor 'ot"
Oriental languages, Johnston served;
the longest term of office of any chief
executive of this state. He waa:
governor for 18 years, 1734-1762. -.ist-’
He also represents the best bargain
the state ever got. In a most uh>-‘
Scottish fashion, he neglected ito"
collect his salary for his last IS yea^8^-4
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