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No. I. Salisbury, N. C., Wednesday, December 26, 1906. Wm, H. Stewart, Editor. ARLE AND STANLY COUNTY. : the Wiscassstt Mill, J. C. Murray Sllot, Mrs, Hester Leonard Non-Suited, _ .Stanly Enterprise Dee. 31st. Tile Norwood Methodist church has just instal led a splendid new organ for the main auditorium aDd the one formerly used there has been moved to the Sunday school room. Chas. R. Bolich, of Norwood, again spent Sunday in Salisbury with his wife, who is still at the Whitehead-Stokes Sanitorium. An operation was performed Mon day and Mrs, Bolich is doing nicely. The T. A Gillespie Co., of Whitney, are moving another steam shovel near the Julius Cog gin old place. Two new dinkies are here for that place which will be known as No. 11. The com pany will suspend work Thursday for a ten day holiday and then they will take a fresh bold on 1906. A man by the name of Ferrell who departed this section 83 years ago for parts unknown came up a few days ago and lays claim to about 30 acres of land in ‘Palmer ville. E. 0. Bostwick is the prin cipal owner of the land now. Mrs. J. W. Pickier, of the vi cinity 4 miles east;of Albermarle, had the misfortune of gettiog one of her ribs broken one day last week. She had gone to the barn to feed the cow, and while secur ing the feed from the gram ry she fell from the high entrance and lay for some two hours where she had fallen in an unconscious con dition before help arrived. Her son Raymond discovered her as he was returning from school. A sale of interest to several of m our people occurs on January 8th, t in the settlement by the adminis tration of the estate of the late Monroe Melchor, whose death at his home at Pineville sometime ago was recorded in these columns. Mr. Melchor was a wealthy man, and in the estate there are quite a number of shares of stocks in mills, State bonds and other en terprises that will be sold for distribution among the heirs. Mrs. Josephine Hearne, of this place, was a sister of the deceased, and she will come in for a share of something like sixteen or eighteen thousand dollars. Attorney R. E. Austin attended the federal court at Charlotte last week. He appeared with his co attorneys in behalf of Mrs. Hester Leonard vs. the Miami Mining Co. This case came up for trial on Thursday morning. Her at torneys immediately telegraphed Mrs. Leonard, but for some cause the message failed to reach Mrs. Leonard until some five hours after being delivered to the West ern Union. The train was due to leave this station just as Mrs, Leonard learned that she was wanted at Charlotte. Her evi dence was vital to the cause of Action, and it was an unfortunate matter that the case was forced to trial without her evidence. For this reason, it appears, the Judge non-suitea the plaintiff's for lack! of evidence. The plaintiff’s at torneys have appealed to the .circuit court of appeals at Rich mond, asking for a new trial. The case will come up for hearing about the first of April. Jn the meantime, act’ n will be taken against the Western Union Tele graph Compauy for failure to de liver the message on time. Mrs. Leonard is suing the mining com pany for $95,000, damage for tlm death of her husband in a shaft of the defendant mining company. Last Friday morning fire was discovered under the lapper room at the Wiscassett mill and before the water could be turned on it had gotten such headway that quite a lot of cotton was burned and damage to the amount of about $10,000 resulted. The great est damage resulted from the burning of the large belts from the engine. One of these belts is 4 feet wide and the cost is $16 00 per running foot. The belts when new cost something over $3,000. The mill necessarily had to shut pown for a few days, but the de spatch used in getting new belts was something remarkable, since they had to come from New York. President Cannon took the matter in hand and promptly located the belts by wire, and had them shipped at once. They reached Albemarle Monday morniDg on a special train and the mill was ready for operation Tuesday morning. The losses were fully covered by insurance, and the adjusters were on the ground Monday to reckon the loss. A street fight occurred on Wis casett Hill Sunday afternoon, when Robert McAllister fired a shot from a pistol which took effect in the leg of J. C. Murray, just above the kuee. The wound is not a serious one and the woun ded man is getting along well. Facts are hard to secure, aud un til the preliminary hearing this evening before Esq. J. W. Bost iau, it is uncertain what the evi dence will bring forth. It seems that a crowd of young men, many of whom .had been drinking, as sembled on the Hill, and the affair which ended so disastrously started iD a jest. The real mo tive for the shot does not appear unless it was simply the result of a drunken quarrel. Unless as in timated, there had previously beeu a gambling scene, and the quarrel followed as a sequel. McAllister was considerably bruised up, and his friends say that he fired the shot after two of the other parties had jumped on him. Murray’s friends claim that he was not connected with the fight until after he was shot. There is also a suggestion that brass knucks were used. But these are matters of evidence, aDd the facts are not now plain. - • • Divorce Suits in Buncombe. The Superior Court of Bun combe county might be termed a “court of divorces.” At every term of court for the trial of civil cases a Dumber of divorce suits are instituted and tried and with but a few exceptions a de cree granted severing the bonds of matrimony. Reference to the court records for 1905 reyeals the fact that during the last eleven months, 29 divorces have been granted by the Superior Court in Buncombe county; six mistrials have been recorded, while several suits are on the docket for trial at the present term of court. The last North Carolina Gen eral Assembly drew a more stringent divorce law. This law removed as cause abandonment, which heretofore has been gen erally pleaded in divorce pro ceedings and which it is declared, had become a farcial aud absurd cause. During the discussion of the divorce question in the State Legislature last winter and when it became known that the aban donment cause probably would be eliminated, persons in Buncombe county who contemplated sueing for divorce hastily took advant age of tne law and filed their ouits. During one week eight suits for divorce were filed in the office of the court and in every instance the plea of abandonm< nt was made. GROWING COMMERCE WITH POSSESSIONS Will Aggregats 20 Million Dollars This Year With the Philippines. Commerce between the United States and the Philippine Islands is likely to aggregate about 20 million dollars in the year which ends with the present month. While only ten months’ figures of the present calendar year are available, they so much exceed those of an earlier year as to justi fy the belief that the total will reach about 20 millions, against about 15 millions iu 1904, 10 millions iu 1900, 4 millions in 1898, and a little over 4 millions in 1897, the year prior to Ameri can occupation. Thus it seems likely that our trade with the Is lands iu the year about to end will be nearly four times as great as iu the last year of Spanish con trol, and approximately four times as great as the average during the several years prior to American occupation. Prior to the year 1899 exports from the United States to the Philippine Islands had never exceeded a quarter of a million dollars. In the present year they will aggregate nearly 6 million dollars, or certainly 20 times as much as in any year prior to American occupation. Imports from the islands, which ranged between four and five million dollars yer annum prior to 1899, were in 1902, 10 million dollars; in 1908, 12£ millions, and in 1905 will be about 20 millions, or about three times as much as the average prior to American oc cupation. This increase iu trade with the islands is distributed through a large number of articles, especially in the case of exports, which have grown from $69,459 in 1897, the year before American occupation, to about 6 millions in 1905- A statement just issued by the De partment of Commerce and Labor through its Bureau of Statistics, shows the total trade with the is lands in each calendar year from 1895 to 1904 and ten months of the calendar year 1905. It also shows the principal articles ex ported to and imported from the islands in the ten months ending with October, 1905, and compare them with the figures of the cor responding months of 1904. This statement of exports to the is lands includes hundreds of ar ticles, agricultural implements, books and maps and engravi gs, breadstuffs, cars and carriages, manufactures of cotton, fruits aod nuts, hay instruments and ap paratus for scientific purposes . f iron and steel, manufacturers of leather, mineral ojl, meats, canned vegetables, canned milk, wines and spirits, manufactures of wood and many other articles. The imports from the Philip pines, while they have grown from $4,352,181 in 1897, the vear prior to American occupation, to $12, $>2,262 in the ten months of the present year, and even s,eem likely to approximate 14 millions in thp full year, or three times as much as in 1897, are confined to com paratively few articles, and up to this time are chiefly hemp and sugar. The value of hemp im ported from the islands in the ten months ending with October was $10,376,528, or an average of more than one million dollars per month, and that of sugar $2,216, 249. The other articles imported from the Philippines are up to this time extremely few and of little value^Jhe next largest after sugar being straw hats and bon nets, $14,796; vegetables oils, $8, 217; fruits and Duts, $5,824; manufactures of fibers, $4,703; manufactures of silk, $2,486; while unmanufactured tobacco imported during the ten months was but $6 in value, and cigars cigarettes and cheroots bat $1, 795. While there has been & marked growth in the importa tions of hemp from the Philip pine Islands, the growth in the other important articles thus far imported from the Philippines, sugar, has not been strongly marked. The importations of manila hemp have grown from 8$ million dollars value in 1897 to 10 million dollars for the ten months of 1905, and will probably reach fully 12 millions in the full year. Sugar importations from the Phil ippines have seldom reached one million dollars in any earlier year, and in the present year will proba bly be leas than millions, or less than 2 per cent, of the sugar brought into the country during the year. Present Indications seem to justify the prediction that the value of the sugar brought in to tjje couutry during year ending with the present month will be about J60 million dollars, and of that total the Philippines supply a iittle over two million dollars’ worth.—Charlotte News. • - • -«■*• • Dying of Famine, is, in its torments, like dying of consumption. The progress of consumption, from the beginiug to the very end, is a long torture, both to victim and friends. “When I had consumption in its first stage,” writes Wm. Myers, of Ce^rfoss, lifd.. “#fter tryipg differ ent medicines and a good doctor, in vain, I at last took Dr. King’s New Discovery, which quickly and perfectly cured me.” Prompt re lief and sure cure for coughs colds, sore throat, bronchitis, etc. Pos itively prevents pneumonia. Guaranteed at all drug stores^ price 50c and $1.00 a botfle, Trial bottle free. STRUGGLE BEGINS AT MOSCOW. Movement With Which to Break the!Go»ern ment’s Back is Successful? Inaugurated, St. Petersburg, Dec. 20.—6:80 p m.—Reports received here from Moscow late this afternoon indi cate that the strike was success fully inaugurated and is spreading rapidly. Even the electric light plants are closed. Governor Gen eral DoubaseofT has declared the city to be in a partial state of siege, which gives the civil au thorities exceptional powers of arrest, etc. The next move will be to declare a state of siege in which the military supersedes civil power. It is expected that the inauguration of the strike here tomorrow will be followed by a similar measure, but if the situation becomes worse as antici pated, martial law will be de clared . The railroad stations at St. I Petersburg were occupied by troops this afternoon and the government made an attempt, with the aid of the railroad bat tallions, to maintain some sort of train service, especially to the German frontier, and also to keep open cable communication with points abroad. The inhabitants are hurried laying in supplies of food as if to stand a siege. Pressure on Roanoke Mayor. Roanoke, Va., Dec. 20.—In all the churches of Roanoke yester day petitions were presented to the congregations and liberally signed requesting the mayor of Roanoke to enforce the law against the social evil. This was brought about by the fight now on between the Roanoke Pastors’ Conference and Mayor Cutchin, owing to his refusal to endeavor to enforce the law against houses of ill repute. The movement may result in a concerted request on the part of the ministers of the city for im peachment proceedings against the mayor. CONGORD AND CABARRUS COUNTY. A Loan and Trust Company Organized, A Sham Marriage at Barbet, A Big Fire. Concord Times, Dec. 23rd. Jno. W. Cook will take charge of the County Hom6 next Monday. Chas. R. Cook, of Concord, his brother, will on the same day take charge of Mr. Cook’s store and farm in No. 4 township. The plans have all been arrang ed for the organization of a loan and trust company to do business in Concord. The stock has been subscribed and the incorporation papers have been [drawn. Many of our best business men have subscribed to the capital stock, and the new company will start out under most favorable circum stances The organization is largely due to the earnest efforts of W, M. Smith, who is always looking forward to the material prosperity of our city. The new corporation, to be known as the ♦‘Southern lyoau and Trust Com pany,” will do a general leal es tate and insurance business, and will take over the business of the Concord Real Estate Co , Smith & White, and Cannon & Gibson. E. P. Wharton, well-known busi ness man of Greensboro, is large ly interested in the company here, and a subscriber to a large block of fhe stock. They will be incorporated at once, with a paid in capital of 420 000, and an au thorized capital of $100,000. Our business men have subscribed liberally to this stock, T IT SV * . t k . l m , m., orniiu, wuu 10 ttobumey for J. W. Cannon and those as sociated with him in the proposed cotton mill, informs us that be receives very little encouragement from some of the land owners near Glass, who persist in holding their property at sueh a figure as to make a purohage for the pur pose impossible. On the other hand, a number of deals have been closed on property whiph has beep offered at a reasonable price. Mr. Cannon hag received flattering offers from a number of other places,/iinong them Whitney,High Point and Greensboro. Some of these-offers are excellent ones. In addition to these ,J. JT. JJayvault has offered as a site for the mill one-half of his entire farm on which was located the ice plant, offers absolutely free if the mill is located on the property, This is a plajp business proposition with Mr. Dayvault, as he figures that his remaining 50 acres will be so increased in value as to make it worth more than the lfipi acres at present. While Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Day vault were on their way from Bar ber Junction we got the follow ing! At one oatohing of fish with hook and line in one hour’s time Mr. Dayvault landed eight suck ers that averaged two and one fourth pounds each, and done a good job each day hahing and kill jug squirrels, rahbits and quail for one week. Mr. Dayvault said as he grew older his annual visits to Barber were with greater success in the game line. Mr. Dayvault said that his niece, Miss Pearl Barringer, gave an entertainment complimentary to him and his wife’s visit. Thirty gentlemen and two ladies were present. Cakes and candies were plentiful, and a squirrel, quail and fj8h sup per was servetj. ^fter. the dinner a sham marriage was performed. The intended groom stood eight feet high in socks, while the bride, flat-footed, measured seven and one-half feet in height. Lum ought to know. He uses a foot rule every day and sometime makes a mistake. Yea. Mr, Bay yaplt, said the play marriage re sulted in a kind of a rucus. The groom claimed it to be so. Bui the bride was of another notion, and it was not long before the giant learned that the joiuing to gether was a sham and very near a battle. The town was startled a few minutes after 6 o’clock last Wed nesday evening when the fire alarm soundedand it was announced that the Yorke furniture factory was in dames. Although the rain was falling in torrents, several thous and people were soon on the grounds. The fire company re sponded but was powerless to ren der any aid, as the plant was out side the corporation, and could not be reached by the city water. The factory had no means of its own of combatting fire, and all that could be' done was to stand by and regretfully see the proper ty consumed. The company had had recently made a contract with the town to extend its water to the plant, but there was a delay in putting in the pipes on account of the size, and the work had not been completed. The entire plant and belongings, except the ware house on the east side of the switch containing the finished goods, was totally destroyed. This included the engine room, machinery room, two dry kilns full of lumber, lum ber shed, storage room, etc. Over 250,000 feet of lumber was burn ed. The loss is fully $50,000. The insurance carried on the entire plant was about $50,900, but there was about $10,000 worth of finished good not consumed. The insur ance on the part burned was a bout $40,000. There is no clue as to how the fire originated. It was discovered by the night watohman in the basement of the machinery room, apd was burning hriskly then. He threw several buckets of water on it, but the smoke soon so nearly stifled him that he was forced to withdraw. It is not im probable that it was the work of an ipcendiary, though there is no evidence that this is true. The buildings were all frame ones, and these and the contents were of such a oharacter as to make it al most impossible to extinguish a fire which had gained any head way even if water facilities had been ample. C. C. Krider, who has been en gaged in the turpent ne business at Kingsland, Ga., has disposed'of his interests here and is now on a visit to relatives in this city. Clyde has made good money since leaving Salisbury. He expects to again engage in the business in Florida. -"--- ■— I—. The Weaver Pianos Are made to occupy a promi nent position among tho most distinguished pianos now manu factured. It is bold to claim a place in this exalted rank and to sustain such a claim requires not only skillfull mechanics and a musioial temperament in those who have to do with the tone of the piano, hut the most strenous Witchful oare of the manufact urers in every detail of its con struction. In short, every man who is connected with the manu facture of such a piano must work with his brains as well as with his hands, and both must be direoted by a good conscience. No expense dare be spared that will add to the musical or artis tic value of tl\e instrument or to its durability, and no money mu^t be. wasted i,u its construct ion or on useless attachments that do net enhance the value of the piano. A Piano of this character is too expensive for the promiscuous buyer and must depend for its support upon the intelligent, thoughtful and discriminating. It is the attention of such per sons that aball seek through the columns of this paper during the next few months. WEAVER ORGAN & PIANO CQ, Manufacturers, York, Pa. LEXINGTON AND DAVIDSON COUNTY. Big Fire Destroys Buildiug and Contents, Loss $6,000, Lexington Dispatch, Dee. 20 The authorized capital stock of the Lexington Grocery Company has been increased from $25,000 to $50,000. Messrs. H. A. Hege and W. N. Kinney have formed a co-partner ship and will engage in the manu facture of brick in Lexington. They have ordered new and latest improved machinery and hope to begin operations early next year, A number of civil engineers were here this week surveying for the double track between Lexing ton and Thomasville. It is the custom of the Southern to have a survey made in order to estimate the cost of double tracking be tween certain points before letting the contract for the work, and this was the object of the engineers here this week. The Washington News also woke up the echoes here a bout the marshalship. “Wa< oh what I tell you, said the leading Blackburn champion this mornimr “Tf Wagoner does not get the appoint ment the name of the next United States Marshal will be T. E. Mc Crary of Davidso - countv, who is now Milliken’s chief deputy,” Further informs* ion was to the effeot that to tnis popular and intelligent subordinate vas really due the splendid office r -c.rd of the marshal’s offic.-. “That Mo Crary has been a wonder in sys tematizing and conducting the business of the office while the chief was attending to his lucra tive private business affairs.” “McCrary can’t afford to become a candidate while his chief wants the place again,” was said, “but the President will hear all about him if oooasion requires, you can rest assured.” The store of the Lexington Mercantile Company, located in the Western part of town, near Wennonah cotton mills, was found to be on fire Friday morn ing between 12 and 1 o’clock and the flames had gained such head way when discovered that noth ing whatever could be done to save the building or Btock, and both were utterly consumed. Owing to the heavy storm that was ranging at the time, but few people in the main part of town heard the alarm and did not know of the fire nntil some hours after ward. Seeing that nothiuff could be done to save the store, those who reached the scene directed their efforts toward saving other buildings in the vicinity so that no further loss was sustained. The store building was a one story frame house, owned by Z, M. Tussey, and there was $400 insurance on it. The stock of goods was worth between $6,000 and $7,000 and the firm had just opened its Christmas goods. On the stock there was $4,250 insur ance. The origin of the fire is un known. The Lexington Mercan tile Company is in incorporation dating from 1900, It has a capi tal of $3,000 and did a general mercantile busmess. The com pany is compose ' of M ,srs. J. A, Fink, president ; B. G Robbins, secretary and tn isurer aLd S. J. Coley, general mmagi r. Chickens by the car ad pass ing through here from points on the Murphy and Wester branches of the Southern Rr iiwa >. are quite common, but when t hey come four and five car loads it a time it makes an interesting sight. Last week an unusually large shipment consisting of seven car loads was made. These are shipped to Washington and the more promi nent cities north and east.