John B. Price Sentence Commuted 1901
A SENTENCE COMMUTED CHANGED FROM A YEAR'S IMPRISON-MEKT IMPRISON-MEKT IMPRISON-MEKT TO S300 FINE. Tbe Governor Shows This Clemency to John B. Price, of w Bern Peculiar Peculiar Circumstances In this Case-Warrants Case-Warrants Case-Warrants for Pensions to be 'Returned 'Returned to the Auditor, Where the Pensioners Die Before Delivery of the Warrants. (Special to the Messenger.) Raleigh, X. C, December 21. The governor commuted the sentence of John B. Price, of Beaufort county, from a year in the penitentiary to $300 fine. Price was convicted at Newberh and given a year's sentence, but Judge Bryan; said if he paid $300 he would remit remit the other sentence. Price went home after the money, but when he returned returned with it the term of court had ended and the judge could not alter the sentence, so he recommended to the governor to act. There were some sharp protests against any clemency to Price, but many prominent persons sigrjed the petition for him. State Auditor Dixon today sent the following important letter to all registers registers of deeds: "Owing to very great demand for pensions pensions this year, the pension board decided decided that where a( pensioner dies before before his warrant reaches him the warrant warrant must be returned to this office for cancellation In order that new warrant may be issued to other soldiers equally as deserving. If any of your pension ers have died, return the warrants to this office at once. Hitherto the pension pension board has been willing to give to the representatives of the persons who die, warants in order to pay burial expenses, expenses, but, owing to the extreme pressure pressure on the board this year, it makes the above ruling."