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TUP DEMOCRATIC MESSENGER
FIFTY-THIRD YEAR. No. 85. 3 DAYS OF REVELRY BOOZE AND CRIME Thousands of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Negroes Have Great Outing at Ocean City. “Booze” and Pistol Toters There. All kinds of stories arc alloat about the doing* of the colored excursionists at Ocean City last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Trains from all sections of the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia Peninsula carried thous ands of colored men. women ami ! children to Ocean City, on these days j and there were some doings. Booze was c ident in the attitude by many of the excursionists. Whether they brought it to Ocean City or got it there is unknown, but they had it all right. There were tights innumerable ami pickpockets got in their work. Isaac Lewis, colored, of Seaford, Del., was attempting to pick the pocket of Postmaster Granville Crop per, when Mr. Cropper, who felt the hand in his hip pocket, turned and Republicans Cheat Each Other Over in Somerset County Charges Made By Somerset Republican That His Vote Was Not Counted. - Harry T. Phoebus Will Make Contest. The* Republicans had primary elec- tion contests in several counties on the Kastern .Shore. If they treat each other and cheat each other as they claim has been done, for goodness sake how will they treat the Demo crats if th.ey get half a chance. The news from Somerset County indicates trilling with the sanctity of the bal lot box. and the news from Cam bridge exposes the attitude of former; Congressman Andrews toward his i colored constituents. Iloth stories as they appealed in the daily press are given below: Crisfteld. Md., Sept. 12.—Interest continues to be intense in sections of Somerset county because of alleged irregular election methods revealed yesterday by Harry T. Phoebus, the , apparently defeated candidate for County Commissioner. Mr. Phoebus has declared his intention vigorously j to contest the primary held last Fri day. Mr. Phoebus stated it was bis pres- j ent plan to lay the facts of corrupt ! election practices at their next meet ing in Princess Anne. He has em ployed as counsel to represent him Miles & Myers, H. Kilmore Lank- j ford, of Princess Anne, and John P*. j Robins, of Crisfteld, and will take, immediate steps to prove his nom ination over J. Arthur White, u| lieauchamp candidate for commission- | er. Mr. Phoebus said this morning that he hud reason to suspect other practices that were far from being usual in other districts in addition to | the island one in lower Somerset. On Saturday following the ballot- 1 ing Phoebus busied himself by visit ing the various districts to sound out the election sentiment and, he ex- ; plains, found some things not to his liking. For instance, he said, he re-,' ceived 10 votes in a certain ‘district, but has talked to approximately 20 voters in that district who admit vot ing for him. In another district where he expected a majority he learned, he said, that sample ballots with the squares cut out opposite the organization’s candidates’ names were taken in the booth by voters, placed , over the official ballots and used us a stencil while marking the ballot to be deposited in the box. Smiths Island, where the contro versy originated, is a part of Lower Somerset, situated in the Tangier Sound. In 1918 Mr. Phoebus was a candi date for the House of Delegates. He canvassed the island for votes and received a majority of lb over his Democratic opponent. At that time he was an organization candidate, while during the recent election he was opposing the organization, or Beauchamp faction, and was not cred ited with'a vote from the island dis trict. In the general election of 1918 Phoebus was elected to the House of Delegates, carrying his county by a majority of nearly 1,000. grabbed the pickpocket. The man denied the act, but the pocketbook lay at his feet. Mr. Cropper picked it up and turned Lewis over to the police. He was carried before a Justice of the Peace and was sen -1 tenced to the House of Correction. Another colored man, who was drunk and disorderly, was arrested and a pistol was found on him. He was fined $25.00 and costs. For three days the State’s Attor ney’s telephone jingled for instruc tinns—for three days the Sheriff, po lice and all officials were required to keep peace at Ocean City. For three days hundreds of automobiles from the lower section of Worcester County and the Eastern Shore of Virginia passed through Snow Hill to and from Ocean City, and it was some big event. Should the Smiths Island votes l>e disregarded and not counted, he will have defeated the organization in the recent primary by a majority of 15. The vote in the primary was un usually light and all candidates won by small majorities. DR. GOLDSBOROIGH IS MUCH IMPROVED Dr. Ilrice W. (ioldsborough, of Cam- j bridge, who underwent a serious oper ation at Parry Sound, Ontario, while on a vacation, is recuperating at the i summer home of his brother, former Cov. Phillips I.ee (ioldsborough, Balti more. Within about ten days Dr. Golds ; borough is expected to be able to re turn to Cambridge ami resume his ! practice, as he has shown unusual recuperative powers. He returned from Parry Sound. Ontario, last Fri day with Mrs. (ioldsborough, after a stay of a little more than two weeks ; in the Stone Hospital there KELLEY WINS OUT IN WICOMICO CO. There was a red hot primary elec i lion in Wicomico lust Friday which re j suited in the nomination of the fol i lowing Democrats: For Clerk of Court—J. Clayton ! Kelly. j For House of Delegates—l- Thus. I Parker, Rex A. Taylor, Henry White ' Roberts, Jehu 1). Dolbey. For County Coinmissione*s--Ceorge 1.. Long, Theodore S. Hearn. Man i lius K .Morris. For Sheriff- - John H. Fallow. State Central Committee Mrs. j Ksther B. Hitch, Mrs. Marian Davis Parker, Mr*. Mary L. (iuilett, Benja j min A. Johnson. Harry l)i nnis. David J. Ward. CLAIMS TO BE OLDEST LIVING HUMAN BEING Myden. Ky., Sept. 16. "L’ucle” ■John Shell, who claims to be the old ' est living human being, has just pass : ed h'is one hundred and thirty-third I birthday at his home on Creasy Creek, I-eslie county. While in fairly good health, Shell seems gradually to be declining and this summer fail ed to take his customary trip out into the State which had been an annual custom in the past few years. Shell says he was born in 1788, when Kentucky was part of Virginia. He tells of seeing wild Indians, bear, turkey, deer and other forest crea tures where now there arc populous towns. He and his father, Samuel Shell, gained fame over 100 years ago as gunmukers. The oldest man says his people came from Holland to Pennsylvania 200 years ago, and thut he is connected with the great Shell oil family. Shell's memory is excel lent and his sight fairly good. His heuring is slightly impaired. C'OI'NTY READY TO PAY FOR BUILDING STOCKTON ROAD | The people of Worcester County and the County Com missioners all want the later al road between Girdlctree and Stockton finished as soon as possible, and the Commis sioners la.-t Tuesday passed a resolution declaring they would be ready in two weeks to turn over to the State Hoads Commission $17,250.0(1 to be raised by the sale of lateral road bonds. So there need be no delay in going ahead with work on this piece of road. EDWARD PHILLIPS SHOT AND KILLED Well Known Farmer Near Wach a preague Was Shot Dead By John Adams Keller. Va.. Sept. I L—Edward Phil lips, 50 years old, a well-known far mer of near Wachapreguc, was shot and killed yesterday by John Adams, also residing near Waehapregue. Adams was shot in the arm and was removed to Salisbury Hospital. Adams was the owner of the farm occupied by Phillips and is said to have given him notice to move. Phil lips went to Adams’ home last night and a quarrel started which resulted in the killing. Adams was a lieuten ant in the navy during the late war. The men had been friendly neighbors until a short time ago. STILL SEARCHING FOR TREASURE Syndicate's Craft Is Sweeping The Sea Where Steamer Merida Foundered. Cape Charles, Va., Sept. 14 —Reliev- ing that they have located part of the wreck of the Ward liner Merida, sunk off the Virginia capes in 1910 with S3,(MMI.OfH) in gold, silver and jewels aboard, the crew of the salvage steamer Ripple, which put into Hamp ton Hoad.- Saturday to obtain ad ditional equipment, took the craft out again yesterday to continue the search. The Hippie is an odd-looking craft, liuilt some years ago as a trawler for the Russian Government she was long employed in fishing out of Boston. She resembles more than anything else, a menhaden fishing steamer. The vessel had aboard the best gear for the work in hand. .Manned by a picked crew of 25. it carries three of the best known divers of the country. The search for the Merida’s treasure is being financed by a group of prominent New Yorkers, the syndicate being incorporated. The Ripple left New York on August UO, and has been steadily dragging the bottom at a point approximately <>(• mile.- east of Cape Charles, where the Merida is supposed to have foundered. Examinations For Postmasters in Worcester Co. * An open competitive examination to till the position of postmaster at Stockton and Girdlctree will be held at Berlin on Saturday, October Bth. The bulletin giving notice of the examination says: "It is expected that appointments will be made as result of this examination, unless it is found in the interest of the service to ♦ill any vacancy by reinstatement, transfer, or promo Con. This is not | an examination under the Civil Ser ’ vice Act and Rules, but is held under | an Executive order of May lb, 1921, providing for such procedure.” The salary of the postmaster of Stockton is SI2OO per year, and Gir dletree $llOO. Vacancies have existed 1 at these office* since April Ist, ac coixling to the bulletin. I 1 ______ "The idea of erecting a monument over your |et dog!” exclaimed Mr. Graybeard. “ •*rran* • ; do as much the young to!" SNOW HILL, MARYLAND. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 17. 1921. As Uncle Sam Moved Fighting Front to Virginia Mountains W* . eX* 9fiilkN4l — Striking coal miners in the West V irginia fields were quick to realize ;‘ e folly of resistance as the first troop train ol I ncle Sam’s lighting men arrived at St. Albans and started up into the Mingo coal sector, as pic tured here. In command was Gen. h. 11. Randhollz. Four Weeks Without Rain Prove Disastrous To Shore The four-week drought on the East ern Shore of Maryland and in Dela ware has been disastrous to farming, according to the weekly crop bul letin issued Thursday by the I nited 1 States Weather Bureau in conjunction 1 with the Maryland State Weather Service. Crop reports from all scc -1 lions of the peninsula stressed the damage done in the long period in which there has been little or no tain. I’.istores are drying up. the milk . upplv is decreasing, garden trucking is a failure, late potatoes are badly hit, tail sowing ol wheat, rye and clover is being delayed and crops gen erally are suffering for want of a good soaking shower, according to re ports from St. Michaels, Easton, Cam bridge, Snow Hill. Salisbury, Girdle- Maryland Towns Want State to Take Over Streets Connecting State Highways M. T. Hargis, Esq., will go to Balti more next week to attend a meeting of representative business men of about seventeen cities anti towns of the state to be held at the Merchants Club next Wednesday, at which time 1 it is expected action will be taken to have those streets of cities and towns, which are connecting links of the State’s road system improved and maintained by State funds, under the direction of the flood Konds Com mission. It is expected that about too men, representing Frederick, Cum berland, Frostburg, Hagerstown, Oak land, Annapolis, Westminster, Ellicott City, Pocomoke City, Elkton, Crisfield, llelair Cambridge Snow Hill, Berlin and other smaller towns, will attend I the meeting. Interests All State Towns. The mnvf *o i>ave the State tuke , over the streets, which is expected to interest practically every city and ; town in the State, was launched at a , meeting in Hagerstown August 15, at , which representatives were present from FredericK, Hagerstown, Cum berland and Frostburg. l.eon K. Ynurtoe, Hagerstown, presideil, with T. C. Carrington, Frostburg, secre tary. • Col. I). John Markey has communi ' rated with the business organizations of the cities interested requesting that I a delegation lie sent to the Baltimore meeting. The move, which afreets I practically every community in the , State, is regarded an important un dertaking, and the plan is to have it . j discussed from every angle before -senting the project to the Govcr ■’ie meeting will lie called to Colonel Markev, who will ) tree and counties in Delaware. While the western part of the State has had a fair amount of rain during August and September, the Eastern Shore and Delaware have been having a particularly dry period for more than forty days, according to the re ports. The average rainfall for the State during August was more than four inches, while on the Shore it was less than two inches. The big rain of several days ago, which broke records for this section for early September, failed to cross the bay. Director Spencer, of the Baltimore Weather Bureau, ascribes this condi tion to tlje fact that all during the summer there has not been a pro tracted rain-storm. Such rains as fell were more or less local in nature, he says. These storms, he said, for some reason as yet unexplained, have failed to cross the Chesapeake. present the subject, and after the | selection of permanent presiding officers the matter will be open to I discussion. Those who will attend the meeting ] as representatives, and others who are taking the initiative in different ; , cities to arrange for the appointment of a delegation, as reported to Col onel Markey, are: , Cumberland Mayor Thomas W. Koons, John J. Stump, City Finance -Commission; Charles J. Cumiskey, Water Commission; Joseph A. lteed, Police and Fire Commission; William E. McDonald, Water Commission; W. . J C. Walsh, City Attorney; W. E. Moon, - Traffic Manager; Clinton t'hi and Tas- j j ker Lowndes, Chamber of Commerce. Crisfield—Mayor Edward J. Wyatt. 1 j Annapolis—F. Y. K. Howat, president . I of the Rotary Club. Frostburg—W. E. I ij G. Hitchens. Kelair — Adj.-Gen. M. A. i Record and Mayor Hanway. Oakland, Mayor Thomas A. Gonder. Westmin ster—Mayor H. E. Koontz. Hagers town —Clarence M. Stickell and Elmer \\ Funkhouser. Snow Hill—M. T. Hargis. Elkton—Dr. Austin Mitchell. Pocomoke City—Dr. John H. Parker. Colonel Markey expects the names of representatives of the other cities in a day or two. 1 j | COUNTY WOMAN’S CLUB TO MEET IN SNOW HILL The Worcester County Woman’s Club will meet Thursday, September 22nd, at 2.110 P. M., at the home of Mrs. John L. Robins, Snow Hill. This is the first regular meeting i since the early summer, and a full attendance of members fs desired. STEPHEN H. LONG STABBED TO DEATH I Died Within an Hour After Wound Was Inflicted. John A. Pilchard Accused of Committing Deed in Defense of Brother Last Tuesday evening about six o’clock John Pilchard of Holly Swamp killed Stephen H. Long, Superintend ent of Colored Schools of Worcester County, while la>ng was in an alter cation with his brother, William Pil chard, in Pocomokc City. According to the best information obtainable John A. Pilchard and bis brother, William, went to J’oromoke City from their farms, about seven ! miles distant, driving a horse and carriage. After transacting stdxeral matters of business in town, they drove to the bicycle shop vf Noah Gunby, negro. John A. Pilchard left the carriage, and went into the bi cycle shop to transact snipe business, leaving his brother, William, outside. Pistol Shots Fired While John A. Pilchard was still in the store, it is reported that some j pistol shots were fired by some un- ! known person in the rear of the | store, and that soon thereafter Long 1 : came along the street on his way to ! ; his home. It is said that he was. | accused by William Pilchard of "Car i rying a gun.” This charge was denied by Long and | it is said an argument with Pilchard J took place, whereupon William Pilch ard is alleged to have attacked Long. The two, it is said, were clinched in a struggle when John A. Pilchard came out of the shop. It is reported that he immediately drew his pocketknife and rushed into the struggle, stab bing Long. < Farm Bureau President Strong For Disarmament of Nations “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares"—lsaiah 2:4. By Robert Fuller Special Correspondence Chicago, Sept. 16.—The American I Farm Bureau Federation has asked President Warren (>. Harding to pro j vide proper representation for agri- ( ! culture in the Disarmament Con ! ference, of the nations to be held in Washington, beginning Nov. 11. | Farm Bureau leaders declare that it lis essential that the farmer view point receive due consideration in j this conference. in an interview for The Messenger President J. R. Howard of the Amer- J ican Farm Bureau Federation said to me: “Our failure to ratify the Ver- j sailles peace treaty in some manner in 1919 is largely responsible for the slough of despond through which agriculture is struggling today. If America had in some way or other ended the state of war in 1919, we fanners would he 50 per cent Itetter i off then we are today. “W’e view with the most hopeful interest the coming conference called by our President to bring about a world disarmament. The need was never greater ami no cause more worthy of the most ardent endeavors of the world’s greatest statesmanship. The United States, through the sacri fices of the Civil War, struck the shackles from a million slaves. Lin $1.50 A YEAR. $2.00 OUT OF COUNTY. The wounded negro was immediate* ly rushed to the office of Dr. N. E. Kartorius, who rendered first aid. He was then started for the Salisbury Hospital, but death took place when i the automobile was scarcely two miles ; from I’ocomoke City. The dead man was perhaps the lead ing colored citizen of the town, hav ing been principal of the colored school for a number of years. He was Superintendent of the Colored Schools for Worcester County. John A. Pilchard was arrested by Corporal Powell, of the State Motor- I cycle Police, and placed in the town lockup. At the direction of State’s Attorney William C. Kerbin he was removed to the county jail at Snow Hill by Sheriff L. W. Onley, where he is being held. The Pilchard brothers are both mar ried men of middle age, ami are well to-do farmers. State’s Attorney Kerbin will prose -1 cute the case. The defense has em ployed Staton & Whaley ami Miles & Myers. It is understood that the Pilchards deny absolutely the truth of the story told by the State’s witnesses ami on the contrary say that when John Pil chard appeared on the scene, Long and two other colored men had Wil liam Pilchard flat on his back on the ground and that Long hail a knife in his hand attempting to cut Wil liam. and that when John interfered Long attacked him and the wounding of Long resulted. coln became the (Beat Kmancipator Despite the great war the world still remains downcast anil distressed, in irons of militarism. Now we need a World Kmancipator— to strike from i the hundreds of millions the galling I shackles of militarism. May our President in this coming conference have our most earnest and heartfelt prayers for success, that the burdens of humanity may he lightened and the brotherhood of man throughoi the whole world become established. DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MET LAST WEDNESDAY The Democratic State Central Com mittee met last Wednesday and or ganized by making Hon. Marion T. Hargis, chairman. The committee is composed of the following: Marion T. Hargis, Calvin B. Taylor, Alfred T. White and Hannah E. Henry and Miss Margaret D. Crockett. Huving been delegated with that authority by the big meeting of Democrats in Snow Hill the Committee appointed the following delegates to the Demo cratic State Convention which meets in Baltimore next Tuesday: James M. Crockett, John S. Whaley. William 1,. Holloway, Edwin H. Taylor. Alternates -John Vi. Ennis, Harris Corddry, John D. Henry, William H. Price.