The Lincoln County News from Lincolnton, North Carolina on November 15, 1912 · Page 1
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Lincolnton, North Carolina
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Friday, November 15, 1912
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TO ,gulcI.:ty Vol. VI. LINCOLNTON, N. C. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1912. No. 91 ri k f ikvri YOUNG BLOCKADER CAPTURED IN IREDELL Bean Distinguished Name Was Operating a Booze Plant Had no Education and Thought He Had a Right to Violate the Law. Statesville Landmark. Grover Cleveland Mitchell, a young white man of Union Grove township, is in Iredell jail in default of $300 bond to await trial at the next term of Superior Court for distilling. Mitchell and his plant were captured late Saturday night in the mountainous section of Union Grove township, near the corner of the Yadkin and Wilkes county lines, and the moonshiner was given a hearing yesterday before Justice King, who committed him to jau in ae fault of bond. The case of this blockader, like many others, is an interesting one with a touch of pathos. Saturday afternoon about 6 o'clock Sheriff Deaton received word that a still was in operation in Union Grove and by 7 o'clock the sheriff, Dep utv Ward and Chief of Police Con ner were speeding toward north Iredell in the sheriff's touring car Enroute they took in Deputy Sheriff Baitv and about 11 o'clock they left the machine at a point in Union Grove and walked to where the still was reported to be located On the banks of a little branch which winds through the forest down a mountain side, a still was found in full operation. A. lan tern was sitting near the furnace. but no person was in sight. The officers hid in the thicket around the still and within a few minutes thev saw a man coming through the woods carrying an armful of wood and a lantern. The man who proved to be young Mitchell, walked right into the arms of Chief Conner, who seized him and threw him to the ground. Other officers rushed up and the young fellow was overpowered ana nana cuffed. He was then made tc stand by while the officers de Btroved his plant, piled the wreck age into a heap, poured on several gallons of liquor found at the place and touched it with a match. In an instant there was a great blue blaze whicn leapea nign into the air and illuminated the countryside. The plant destroyed, the nartv returned to the machine with their prisoner and came back to Statesville early Sunday morn ing. The copper still was of 150 gallon capacity and it was in evi dence that it had been in opera tion for sometime. At the hearing vesterday Mitch ell testified that he was unneces sarily abused when captured. He said that the man who first caught him (Mr. Conner) struck him on the head and that this man and Rome other members of the party, he did not know who, slapped him in the face several times. He says that he did not resist arrest, but was beaten bv the officers because he did not tell his name when thev first asked for it. A knot on hm head which was visible - up to Sunday afternoon was evidence of the lick on the head. The pnso ner said the beating continued un til Mr. Ward asked that it be stopped. Mr. Ward "admitted that he asked the other officers not to strike the prisoner. What makes Mitchell's case pathetic is the fact that he is a man 27 or 28 years old and has never had the benefit of a day in school or other advantages which might have made him a gooa cm-He is ft son of "Demer" Mitchell, a well known resident of Union Grove, and according to the testimony of the prisoner and private information young Mitchell has never been taugnt tne requirements of good citizenship. Before the days of prohibition his father was a brandy . distiller and during the time when he should have been in school the boy was working with his father at the still. After he grew up young Mitchell and his father could not get along together and the son has been working here and there in the community until he fell into the way of the moonshiner. His conception of law is that it is something which deprives men of personal liberty, and he did not consider that he was doing wrong in making blockade liquor so long as he did it under cover of the forest and darkness and avoided detection. But now he is captured and must suffer at the hands of the law, a thing in which he does not believe. V SLAUGHTER OF TURKS BY GREEKS FRIGHTFUL. Retreating Turks Became Congested on Bridge and We Baptized by.hait and Sharpnel. ' London, Nov. 11. The fighting of the Greek army in approaching Saloniki was most noteworthy, says a Post Despatch from Kirkli. The operations at Ken idje, near the Vadar river, was fierce, a cannonade being kept up from morning until dark. The Turks held a position be hind the stream in swampy ground amid high rushes, which afforded considerable protection. Ahmed Pashua, commanding the Turkish left, sent two brigades of infantry and four twelve-pound mule batteries across the river to attack Laniver and Kirikala. The foree moved rapidly and entrenched on fiat ground in a position previously selected. They probably would have done great execution, but a heavy rain flooded the trenches. Early in the morning the Greeks advanced to the attack, the infantry under cover and supported the artillery. A tremendous Turkish fire met the advance, but the Greeks replied with shells which burst with deadly effect, the time fuses working faultlessly. The Greek infantry outnumbered the Turks and after a few hours' fighting the Turks began to retreat. They had no support within two miles and only a railroad bridge was available for crossing the river. The retreating Turks became conjested on the bridge, on which fell a hail ofshrapnel. A field hospital which was near by received many of the shells. The firing was more than the Turks could stand and they dispers ed in disorder, the retirement end ing in a pell mell race to the rear. Some of the Turks lay down on the rails, while others fled to the station up the railroad. Negro Rushes at Officer With a Billet and Is Shot in th Leg. Maxton, Nov." 11. Early in the night Saturday, Night Watchman J. A. Peacock flushed a covey of gamblers. Later he heard that he could find one or more of them at Bruton's livery stable, and started there. When he had reached there he found a party of negroes in a car ready to start on a frolic, but two of them quarreling. On trying to arrest one of them, who earlier in the evening had been of the gambling party, the negro, Will Douglas, rushed him and took his club, hitting the officer over the head. The negro retreat ed a few steps and the officer went for help and found Chief of Police S. H. Dunlap nearby. Beturning they started for the negro who had the club, and Mr. Dunlap was notified by the negro, who was crouched behind a post of the platform, not to come nearer or he would be killed. As the officer kept coming the - negro - tried - to rush him. As he came the police fired his pistol, but the bullet went wild, and the negro was near at hand then. In order to escape the rush and the blow of the billet in the hands of the negro, Mr. Dunlap jumped from the cotton platform and dodging the blow, fired again, the bullet striking in the right leg of the negro and just below the knee and drilling a clean hole through the bone and then out through the large muscle of the leg, cutting the large artery there. Before help could be secured the negro came very near bleeding to death. The negro is a desperate charac ter and is one of the three brothers who have served various terms on the chain gangs of this and sur rounding counties. In fact, , tele grams had been received from sev eral places asking that he be ar rested. U. D. Ci Elect Officers. The annual meeting of the Daughters of the Confederacy was held on last Saturday. The following members are the officers for the coming year: Mrs. H. E. Eeid, pres., Mrs. E. E. Costner, vice-pres., Mrs. JU a. wetmore, rec. sec, Mrs. J. is. icees, cor. sec., Mrs. J. W. Saine, treas., Mrs. S. F. Herndon, registrar Mrs. A. Nixon, historian, Mrs. E. S. Eeinhardt, leader of 'children's chapter. SUBSCEIBE FOB THE NEWS. Name The Winner You Can't Do It Of Course But The Young' Lady Who Carries Off A Couple Of These Bonuses Is Going To Make Some Lady Hustle. One more week is now shaved off and the time grows short when the biggest contest ever pulled off in the county will close. Some young lady is going to be the proud possessor of the' fine piano that Us now on exhibition at The News office while another lucky one will be presented with the handsome parlor suit. The township prizes are also worth working for. 1 The 100,000 free bonus' offer closes on next Saturday afternoon. Remember for every $25 worth of subscriptions brought in this big bonus of 100,000 votes will be given free. It's easy and only requires a little work. How to Get Votes With every yearly subscription to The Lincoln County News accompanied by $1.00 In cash, 1000 votes will be given. This applies to back subscriptions as well as new ones and you can pay for as many in advance as you desire. Same amount of votes will be given for renewals as new subscriptions. The following scale of votes will be in force: 1 Year Subscription 1,000 2 " " 2,580 3 " " 4,000 5 " " 7,500 LINCOLNTON TOWNSHIP ' Miss Nellie Ramsey . 76750 " Prne Carpenter 56250 " Corrie Beam 14500 " Ratio Navy 3250 " Susie Crooks 3000 " Bryte Stutts 3000 HOWARD'S CREEK TOWNSHIP ' ' Miss Ethel Wise " Clara Summit " Katie Scronce " Lois Yoder " Lela Workman 146500 126500 78500 26000 6000 Awaiting Call to Work. Manufactures' Record. Beference was made, in The Manufacturers' Record some months ago about a chair-making industry at Tryon, N. G, ' in which the workmen are natives of the mountain regions, who have inherited the art of chair-making from ancestors who brought their knowledge from England in the seventeenth century. Ealph C. Erskine of Tryon, who has established a plant for the manufacture of high grade chairs at that -point, makes the statement that these chairs are built to last a hnndred years without a drop of glue or a scrap of metal being used in their manufacture. Many of the parts are made by the mountaineers, the Erskine company having merely provided the workmen with better tools, better models and more artistic ideas for the making of these chair. In a letter to The Manufacturers' Eecord referring to the matter, Mr. Erskine says: "There are just enough young men who show a really remarkable talent to counterbalance the depressing effect of the pitiful ignorance of the many who come and try. It is really pitiful to see the disappointment of some of these young men when wecannot keep them. -If we could afford it, it would be the finest thing in the world to be able to keep them on and give them real instructions, but that of course is impossible. There are a number of lads who are learning the French Polish and seating, who will later make good men at the bench, and this whole game is a long one, so we look ' ahead to these." The Appalachian Mountains are full of young men who, like those mentioned by Mr. Erskine, are longing for an opportunity for work and developement. Much oi that magnificent region, unsurpass ed, if equalled, elsewhere in - the world, holds what may ue cauea an arrested people. The - populations of. a century or more ago was very nearly on a par with the rest of the county, but, while the world touched by railroads and other modern improvements has been making marvelous advance, while educational influences have broght about a higher developement of the people of other' sections for work, for broadening their knowl edge and increasing their wealth, a very large propotion of these moun tain people have been out off from the opportunity of employment denied to thousands of people living far away from the railroads and other modern advantages. 3000 2000 NORTH BROOK TOWNSHIP Miss HattieL. Beam 26500 " Hattie Baxter 3000 " Stella Boyster 2500 " Beulah Wood 2000 " Klmmie Leatherman : 1250 IRONTON TOWNSHIP Pearl Kiser Ethel Warllck Miss Dora Lawing 28500 " OraClanton 18750 " Pearl Camp 9500 " Flossie Armstrong 8500 " Bessie Harrill 3000 " Sallie Hamrick 2250 " NellBolinger 2000 " Ethel Dorsey 2080 " Sulie Brown , 2000 CATAWBA SPRINGS TOWNSHIP Miss Bessie Harkey 8500 " Edna Howard 8500 " Pannie Edwards 8000 ' Pearl Smith 5500 " May Moore 3250 " Connie Kelley 4500 " Mattie Hager 3000 " Ethel Keel 2000 " Mary Kincaict 0CC " Lucy Lineberger 125C And so they have stood where their forefathers stood more than a century ago. Many of these peo pie bv inheritance have unusual natural abilities, just as in thecas es mentioned by Mr. Erskine. In that particular locality, for more than a century, generation after generation, some of these moun tain people in their primitive home3 have been making chairs that are strong, serviceable and durable. They are made with primitive facilities and with few tools. Out of this mountain region that stretches from West Virginia, to northern Alabama, like swarming bees out of the hive come many thousand men and women seeking employment.; They have turned to the cotton mills of the piedmont region and to the wood working industries of the same section. . They have gone wherever employment offered. Home of them are inefficient. Some may never be able to master a profitable trade, but thousands of them are proving the inherent strength of character and ability which -they pos sess. Out of that mountain region have come many of the really great men of the South men whe today in the pulpit and in other places are noted for their preeminent ability. Many of the foremost ministers in -the- south, men - of commanding power and of Nation al influence, were born in this mountain region. la the people of the mountain country, that is, the natives, the people back in the mountain coves, cultivating here and there a little patch of laud, those up on the mountain sides who are yet among the backward, the arrested people of the Appalachian range, the South has an as3et of National importance. The potentiality of these people is greater than the potentiality of the mountain region which they inhabit, burdened as it is with- mineral wealth and covered with .,. virgin timber. Every - manufacturing enterprise like this chair factory or other in-industrial undertaking, every railroad that is built through that region opening up the country and broadening the opportunites for employment, will of necessity do a great work for the advancement of men while increasing the wealth of that section. Bich as that mountain region is in almost limitless mineral resources,' it is richer yet in the, possibilities of the people who inhabit it, and in this we, of course, refer to the class known as the natives, who are as yet to a large extent unschooled and untrained. LITTLE GIRL'S LONG JOURNEY Eight Years Old She Travelled Alone From Africa to Eotherfordton, N. C. Albany, Ind., Dispatch, 31st. Attention of passengers at the union depot here yesterlay was attracted by a sweet faced little girl, who bore on her breast a tag stating that her name was Juanita Mercener, and that she was making the trip from a point in North Africa alone to Eutherfordton, N. C, where she is to enter an Episcopal missionary school. The tag also bespoke the kindness and consideration of officials and passengers with whom she might meet up with on. the way. She left here last night on the last lap of her long journey. Back of the presence of the little girl at the station here yesterday lies one of the prettiest romances that has been unfolded for some time. Ten years ago the parents of the little girl, Eev. and Mrs. Martin Marcener, were located in a North Carolina town where the young husband was rector of a small Episcopal church. Desiring to enlist for greater service .than their field permitted, the young people volunteered to go as missionaries to Africa. There services were, accepted and they were sent to the'north coast of the Dark Continent Two years later, while happily engaged in their work of ministering to the people of that country, little Juanita was born and for eight years she lived happily with her parents without a thought of the great country beyond the seas. True she had been told of the greatness and wonders of the land of the free, but as yet they were to her but words. Thoroughly satisfied with their work, and feeling that they would never be happy save in the following of their chosen lot in life, the parents hesitated to leave the Dark Continent and return to the United States, but at the same time they desired that their little daughter should have all the benefits which the average American child enjoys, and -fter carefully thinking the matter over, it was decided to send little Juanita to America for an education. When the question of a school came up it was promptly settled in favoi1 of the school of their own faith, located in their native State of North Carolina. With aching hearts they made up her clothing for the long journey, packed all her wardrobe and started the little tot on the lOHg journey that was to land her back in the Old North State. Properly tagged with her name and destination, the little one boarded one of the great liners that cross the Pacific and thence as fast as steam and water could bring her toward the school at Eutherfordton. . The little girl reached Eutherfordton Friday. Were in a Boat With Gun When Hole Was Shot Through Boat's Bottom. Danville, Va., Nov. 11. Three negro youths were drowned in Dan river just above the city this afternoon in a very singular-accident, two other occupants of the same boat being able to keep afloat until rescued by a boatman who heard their cries. The party of five were in midstream crossing Dan river with a view of shooting birds, and but one had a gun. In some way the gun was accidentally discharged and the charge of shot bored a hole in the bottom of the boat, and it immediately be gan filling. John Henry Corbin, Ruben Corbin and M. Hairston, being unable to swim, went down with the boat and drowned before they could be reached. The other boys kept afloat until boatmen from the shore hauled them aboard. Many excited negroes living along the shore were powerless to extend succor. "Postoffice (or Sale." Ennis, Texa3, Nov. 7. The fol lowing notice was posted on the door cf the postoffice here yesterday morning by Postmaster A. H. Culver, immediately after he read the report of Tuesday's election: "For Sale: One postoffice in good condition; no republican need apply." See notice auction Bale Costner estate on last page. ; NEW INSURANCE AND REALTY CO. The Home Realty and Insurance Com- : pany, A New Concern With an Authorized Capital Stock of $25,000 Pur-chases Business ot Sigmon Realty and Insurance Co. A business deal of much importance took place a few days ago when a new corporation recently chartered by the state purchased the business of the Sigmon Eealty & Insurance Company of Lincolnton. The new concern will do business under the name of the Home Eealty & Insurance Company, Inc., with an author-ized capital stock of $25,000. Some of the best men of the town and county have subscribed stock which means that it will be a success from the jump go. As heretofore a general realty and insurance business will be done. Mr. E. L. Sigmon who was manager of the Sigmon Eealty & Insurance Company will, in the future, en gage in the practice of law and de vote part of his time writing lite insurance, he reserving this right when the new concern purchased his business. The officers of the new concern are as follows: E. S. Eeinhardt, President. Milton Tiddy, 1st Vice President. Chas. H. Ehodes, 2nd Vice President. J. W. Mullen, Secretary and Treasurer. ,' Mr. J. W. Mullen will have active management of the new concern. He is a live wire in both insurance and realty business having had much previous experience. The Board of Directors is composed of the following citizens: E. S. Eeinhardt, D. P. Ehodes, J . W. Mullen, E. C. Goode, J. F. Heafner, M. H. Hoyle, E. L. Sigmon, Dr. C. D. Thompson, C. H. Ehoaes, Dr. Jno. B. Wright and Milton Tiddy. Negro Methodists Meet at Lincolnton Bishop G. W. Clinton of Charlotte Presiding, ..J...,., :. -,. Editor of The News: The Western North Carolina Conference of the A. M. E. Zion church is now in session in Lincolnton in the Moores Chapel church. The conference organized Tuesday evening the 12th and held the welcome exercises. Addresses of welcome were delivered by the pastor, Eev. A. II. Hatwood on behalf of th3 church, Prof. J. A, Cunningham for the citizens, Eev. E. C. Baker spoke lor the ministers of the town and Mrs. Ida Motz for the Woman's Auxilli iries. Eesponses were made by Eevs. W. D. Speight, H. H. Jackson and W. J. Walls. More than two hundred ministers, delegates and missionary workers make up the personnel of this body. Bishop G. W. Clinton who resides in Charlotte is one of the. sanest and most widely known men of his race. General officers present are: Drs. S. G. Atkins, Winston Salem, J C - Dan cy, Washington, D. C, J. S. Jackson, Birmingham, Ala. andF. E. Bird, of Charlotte. Wednesday, Dr. P. A. McCor-kle of Charlotte,- and Eev. H. P. Lankford preached powerful sermons in the afternoon and evening respectively. Dr. S. G. Atkins, who is Secretary of Education in the United States and Africa made a profound and eloquent plea for education in the evening service. Eev. J. P. Foote of Charlotte is Secretary and Eev. H. T. Medford of Salisbury is Ee-cording Secretary. Eev. S. W. Hamilton of Charlotte is Statistician. The conference is in session until Monday. The white friends are welcome. W. J. Walls. NOTHING GREEN. "What are 70U bawling about." wife?" ' -"Husband, Tommy has eaten a little green caterpillar." "Caution him not to eat anything in the country that isn't ripe." Louisville Courier-Journal. OVER SOONER. "Will you Lave a biplane or a monoplane?" asked the salesman. "What's the difference?" "With a monoplane, I believe, you hit the earth a little quicker when the smash comes.' i ... . ..

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