From The Review, High Point, N.C., December 22, 1911
From the Tar Heel State Column of
State News Carefully Collected by the Editor for the People of the State
Monroe—Work of doctoring the acoustic conditions in the Monroe court house
Raleigh—Apex has just voted a bond issue of $10,000 for street improvement
and for a market house.
Washington—The navy department exonerated Ensign R.S. Young of Concord of
the charges proferred against him for deserting his post last summer.
Monroe—Hoyte Martin, Innes Huntley and Lee Ashcraft, Union county boys, have
been awarded prizes by T.B. Parker, state director for the boys’ corn club, for
raising 106.83, 80.52, and 79.03 bushels of corn respectively to the acre.
Wake Forest—The debate council has decided upon the affirmative as the Wake
Forest side of the question submitted by Baylor University for the debate to be
held between these two colleges on Easter Monday in Waco, Texas.
Durham—Notice of application to Governor Kitchin for the pardon of W.H.
Tilley, who killed his wife in September of 1908, has been given and all
persons who are opposed to the pardon are asked to make their objection.
Albemarle—News has just reached Albemarle of a very serious fire which
occurred in western Stanly, when the home of Mr. Adam Hathcock, a well-to-do
farmer of that section, was destroyed, with almost the entire contents.
Statesville—Traffic on the road west of here was blocked by a freight wreck
five miles east of Statesville. Thirteen loaded cars of an eastbound train were
derailed, 11 of these loaded with coal were almost completely demolished and
the track was torn up for 50 yards or more.
Waxhaw—Mr. John Furgeson, an old man, was killed by a train going to Monroe.
He was 76 yeas old. He lived about a mile from Catawba Junction. He was deaf
and knew not of the approach of the passenger train. The finding of his body
was a gruesome sight.
Raleigh—Lieut.-Gov. Newland is making special effort to induce Gov. Kitchin
to grant a pardon to T.B. Whitson, who 30 years ago was charged with the murder
of a man named Kitburg, was later convicted and is now serving under remarkable
circumstances. Here with the lieutenant-governor are Samuel Whitson, and Mrs.
Nelson, daughter of the convicted man.
Elizabeth City—Stumbling as he attempted to step across the carriage of the
mill, Julius Perkins, a negro sawyer, was killed instantly at the Elizabeth
City roller mills. The carriage was moving rapidly with a log, upon which
Perkins fell and before he could recover himself he was carried under a big
circular saw, which was revolving at a terrific rate, his head and shoulders
being completely severed from his lower body.
Raleigh—It is planned to have another run over the Central Highway early in
May with the purpose of seeing if work can not be completed to have the highway
from Beaufort harbor to the Tennessee line dedicated for use on the first of
July next. The distance is some 475 miles and Dr. Joseph Hyde, State Geologist,
who is active in work for the highway, says he expects the people along the
route will do earnest work to put it in shape.
Wadesboro—The recorder’s court was in session for two days, dealing mostly
with a bunch of blind tiger cases, which were brought against negroes from
Blewett Falls. There were two convictions, one man and one woman. The woman, Dorcas
Murphy, who claims that her home is in Charlotte, was sentenced to three months
in jail and taxed with the costs for keeping liquor for sale. Charles E. Mills,
another negro, was convicted of selling but as there are four more cases
against him, which are to be tried, prayer for judgment was continued in his
case until the others are tried, in order that all may be disposed of at once.
Burlington—Ben Merritt, a negro boy, met a horrible death when he was riding
a mule. He had got on the mule with a water bucket and the mule became
frightened and threw the boy so that his foot caught in the gear and he was
dashed to death.
Franklin—Miss Maude West, a daughter of former State Senator W.J. West, who
was shot either by her father or sweetheart, Perry Morrison of West’s Mill, a
little village 10 miles from Franklin. Morrison, who was also shot, is reported
as doing well, and it is thought that he will recover.
Raleigh—A charter has been granted to the Goldsboro Seven Spring and
Swansboro Railroad Company, to build and operate a line from Goldsboro to
Swansboro, a distance of 70 miles. It is capitalized at $1,500,000.
Clinton—Sampson has issued $50,000 of road bonds and it is plain that their
visit will greatly benefit the county. The visitors were entertained at the
Montage Hotel at a banquet as which were the road commissioners and nearly a
hundred citizens. The visitors said the meeting here was the best they have had
Newsom—The Norfolk & Western better farming train arrived here and
entertained a large crowd of farmers for 2 ½ hours, during which time many
interesting talks were addressed to all that could find seats in the car. The
exhibit cars were filled with seeds and grains of all kinds. The exhibit from
the Norfolk & Western experiment farm and also T.W. Wood & Sons were
exceptionally fine. Everybody went away feeling a determination to do better
Fuquay Springs and Cary—There is an continued interest in mouth hygiene in
the schools of Wake county. Dr. Louis Pegram of Raleigh examined the mouths of
76 pupils of the Fuquay Springs School and lectured to an appreciative
audience. Those present manifested very much interest in what he had to say and
were well pleased with his remarks. Dr. N.G. Carroll went to Cary High school
for a similar purpose, and a number of other engagements have been made with
Raleigh—The site for the monument to North Carolina women of the Confederacy
to be erected at a cost of $12,000 by Hon. Ashely Horne, has been selected in
Capital Square by the state board of buildings and grounds and is to be facing
the main entrance to the state fireproof building now being erected, and will e
on the plat half way between Fayetteville street entrance to Capital Square and
the Morgan and Salisbury street corner.