Saturday, October 7, 2017

News Briefs: Steam and Railways, KKK Threat, 1922

From the Rockingham Post-Dispatch, October 19, 1922

Service of the New York, Wilmington and Fayetteville Steamboat company’s Cape Fear river line was inaugurated October 13th with the arrival of the first boat at Fayetteville. This marks the beginning of freight and passenger service on the canalized Cape Fear. The promoters evidently have no fear of a Friday the 13th starting date for boat service on the Cape Fear.


The Atlantic Coast Line railway is issuing $13 million in bonds with which extensive improvements are to be made. With the completion of the double tracking now under contract (by May 1, 1923), 60 per cent of the main line from Richmond to Jacksonville will be double tract. The new equipment to be bought now will include 45 locomotives of the most improved type; 50 passenger coaches, and 3,800 freight cars.


J.R. Harrison, member of the Fayetteville Board of Aldermen, received a notice a few days ago purporting to be from the Klu Klux Klan giving him until October 23rd to get out of that town, under penalty of being killed. Harrison says he’ll not leave.

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