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. PUBLISHED BY: - The French BroadlHustler- Co., 7 . Incorporated - . HENDERSONVILLlf. ;.N;";; : iM,' L. SHIPMAN, Editor. - ,. T. BARROWS, ocg-Editor. "SUBSCRIPTION RATES: i Sisr Months 50 Entered at the Postoffice at Hender son ville. N. C. as mail matter of the second-class. i . ; Telephone No. 6: THE COOPER CASE, i For sometime past the burden of the editorial utterances of the newspapers has been a general condemnation of the flagitious handling of the pardoning power, as it now lies, in the hands of the chief executives of - the various states. ,: ;- . The latest storm has been precipitated by the cancellation of the orders of all the consti tuted court authorities of the state of Tennessee, in the case of Colonel Duncan B. Cooper, who murdered Senator Carmack. . This case is too well-known to 'need retelling, but the instance serves to illustrate the errors that may be, and frequently are, committed by Governors, as well as lesser lights. There was no doubt about the commission of the crime whether or not there were ex tenuating circumstances was for the courts to decide. The courts decided that there were none to entitle Colonel Cooper to a, less sentence, than the one imposed twenty years's imprisonment. Yet, in the face of this, he is pardoned, and turned loose in a community that well knows that he will stop at nothing" to gain his jends. - - -v It appears to us that when a court, or a series of courts, as was the case in this instance, has been constitutionally estab Iished for the purpose of investi gating crime, and following up the provisions of the law, has covered the case and pronounced sentence, it is the height of in-' consistency and diametrically opposed to the principles of a, staple government, for a gover nor or any other official clothed with the power to set at naught the conclusions of the trial judge and jury. , Add to this the : con clusions of . the judges of the. supreme court of the state, and . such action is preposterous. The judge and jury have heard evidence and argument, Dro and con,, that a governor never has the opportunity to hear. Claims on their sympathy are not per missable in open court to any thing like the extent : they are before a pardoning official, hence the case is decided on its merits. The purport of our whole con stitutional fabric is that all. per sons shall be treated alike. Wherein is this principle carried out if a man of 'Wealth and prominence - gets off scot free, while a man, poor and obscure, Convicted of the same crime, goes to jail, to the penitentary, or perhaps to the electric chair? This is the very thing that is likely to happen under the arrangement now in force. In the Cooper case, as :we see it, there was not, and is not now, any reason why the sentence of the court should not be carried out If it is true, as has been reporxea, that the pardon was written in anticipation of the su preme court's decision, it creates a stigma on the good name of M1C nat Uovernor Patter son will -. uve io, see re j moved. ' THOSE lilGIIVAYS. -". ' 7 : -. -- - N- . ; ; , v. t . v - The, citizens ' of Henderson county should. be keenly' interest ed in the construction of . those greats highways v contemplated f rom ; Charlotte to - Knoxville. SDartanburc: and .Greenville to Asheville and ' Hendersonville : to Bat ?Cave. , The completion of these projects would make' Hen derson ville the center of a net work of important thoroughfares,1 as each of the highways , must, of necessjty, "pass through this city. . or some . portion of ,the county. t Although six miles of the 5harlotte - Asheville - Knox ville road will be across the northeast corner of the county, it should be of considerable value; inasmuch as a branch line is projected from Bat Cave' to Henderson ville. a distance of about fifteen miles, connecting with the Asheyille-Spartanburg Greenville roads at this point. It is said that the counties of Buncombe and Rutherford have already arranged to construct their portions of the Asheville Knoxville line and Henderson county is expected to build that six miles through -kaneyvine township, or the larger part of it We canl)ut believe that this county will dajte full share- to wards the construction of any of the. proposed lines within its borders when the people fully realiz e the value of them to this section, It is encouraging to note that tjie construction of the highway from Asheville to Spartanburg, through Hendersonville, is al ready seriously considered by the road and county commissioners of Buncombe, Henderson, Spar tanburg ancj Polk counties. Also, it is said, Buncombe county has agreed already to construct the rcadAto the county line provided' Hendersony will carry it through to the meeting point between Hendersonville and Spartanburg, thus connecting with .the New York-Atlanta highway at Spar tanburg. A preliminary survey of these lines is soon to be made by . competent road engineers, i under the direction of the North Carolina Geological and Economic Suryey, who will decide upon the most feasible routes through each township or county inter ested. This will depend largely upon the financial encouragement given by. each section and at .be- i , . Lhooves the authorities to be on guard. The yalue these high ways would be to our people can not easily be estimated; it is an opportunity for betterment that we must not let pass .unheeded. It is needless to argue "that every inhabitant of a community, from the highest to the lowest taxpayer, will receive direct or indirect benefit from the con struction ol improved public roads.' ' Every well-informed citizen concedes this already, What we need at this time is to considerfcand to endeavor to de termine upon the most feasible methods to be employed in ' ob teihmg them in every community.'- It is for the county authori ties to say what methods are to be employed in carrying forward Henderson's part of the work necessary to insure the com pletion of the system of through highways proposed from the ob jective points named in the scheme by the good roads meet ing held here. Doctor Joseph Hyde JPratt recently suggested twov methods of obtaining the larger - portion of the, revenue necessary in a county, and. two other,' methods for, obtaining additional, funds for the same purpose, viz.: - :ifl'! 1. By issuing bonds atic H levy-: ing a small tax to' take them. v,v':. j-. - '4, .' car'6 vof 2. By levying; a high i) tT on the one hundred dollars worth of property. ; v , 3. By requiring a , speciaj Ppl tax to be applied in . goodL road construction, i. , 4. By levying a special tax on vehicles of all kinds usihgT the -.... public roads ; this tax to pe in lieu of any other, tax, and to be used in the maintenance of the roads. . .., . Commenting' upon these sug gestions Doctor Pratt says;., 'To carry out the work of good road construction the Quickest and to the best advantage, the counties and townships should issue bonds, m order to secure the necessary funds. The issuing of bonds by a county will, mean out a very. small increase in taxes, which as - 1 the years go on will be more than counter balanced Dy the in- ; crease in the value of land and other taxable property adjacent to the improved road. . It is a fair and equitable arrangement that future generations should pay for a portion of the impr0veT ments of our public roads, as they derive just as great benefit from them as the present gene ration." We are not so much concerned about ho w to get the funds, but believe the , plan: pro Dosed by Doctor Pratt is the most feasible one for our pedplel The burden would be upon all and scarcely noticeable to 4 any class of citizens. On Friday of last week , Gbver- nor Kitchin appointed George 1 PellrEsq. , of the Winston-Sjilem bar as Superior, Court judge of the Eleventh Judicial district,, to succeed Judge Erastus Bl Jones, resigned. It is claimed that Mr, Pell was not an applicant, for the place and will not be a candidate for the nomination before the district convention. The spirited contest between applicants ' for this appointment caused . the Governor to take the comseyhe has in the matter and we think he has done well in selecting Mr. Pell, who is worthy of the honor and competent-to fill the place acceptably. In our opinion, tie Governor has not done a "hand somer". thing during his admini stration. Mr. Pell is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law School of the District of Columbia, and has the reputa tion of being learned in the law. He is the author of "Pell's Re visal of North Carolina, ' ' which is considered by the bar and court justices of the State as one of the most valuable law books I-1 ever published in North Carp- una. The tiustier ; taKes pecu ... liar pride and satisfaction in con gratulating Judge Pell. Hon.. Romulus Z, Linney, onj of the most prominent republi cans v in North Carolina, diec suddenly in his law office ir. Taylorsville last Friday after-j noon of appoplexy. He haJ been in feeble health .for some timej but his condition was not such as to alarm the family and the news that he had passed away with scarcely- a moment's x warning came as a great surprise. Mr. linney was a very able lawyer and : a political debater of ad mitted ability. He was a brave Confederate soldier and received 1 a serious wound at the battle of Chancellorsville; in he; be gan the practice of law and soon grew 'to! be One i of V the most successful 'practitioners at the liar. - Mr. Linney - served three tp.rms in the State Senate as a democrat, but deserted the party iii 1894 and joined h the i fusion regime which action ' resultea in his election - to congress over ' Hort" . Bower, the democratic incumbent at that time: - Speaker Cannon has again been ' 'sat upon ' by the demo crats and insurgent republicans. In the House of Representatives recently the question of adopting the. conference report on the legislative, judicial and execu: tive appropriation billi the demo crats and insurgents stood to gether and defeated the appro priation providing automobiles for the Speaker and Vice-Presi dent, so that Uncle Joe and Mr. Sherman will have to walk or pay their own fare like other people. Wonder what expla nation Mister John Grant will offer to his mountain constituents for voting like he did upon this proposition. Eugene N. Foss, recently elected to congress from the fourteenth Massachusetts dis trict, a republican stronghold, as a democrat, was escorted to the Speaker's ,dsk some days ago by his brother, a republican repre sentative from an v Illinois dis- trict to be swor n in. Their aged mother witnessed the event from the House gallery with pe culiar pride, it . is. said. This is the first time that brothers of opposite political faith have ever occupied seats in the House at the same' time. .Li:. If you have not yet obtained that poll tax receipt for last year would it not be a good idea to se cure it right away? "Delay not until tomorrow things that should be done today." You might be sick tomorrow, next day, or next week. Make peace with your tax collector at the very first opportunity and by so dofng prepare yourself for voting the democratic ticket next No vember. ; v- EwbmK;yS Ewbank 1 Real Estate Brokers and: Insurance 'Undeirwriters Office Ground Floor Citizens Bank Build ng Entrance 307 North Main St B E H the , stalwart giant of the forest! It grew up through ages of alternate 5eat and "cold; wet-seasons and dry seasons, with period! of tranquility; and times of violent tempestsfrom a;niere sprout off ah acorn to the pliant - isapling; from the pliant ; sapling to the strong and im . movable giant of the forest . that commands the universal ; admiration of .all living creatures! As a sprout or sapling it could have been plucked like a weed and destroyed in an - instant In its -giant proportions and v magnificent perfec tion it defies the fury of the storm and in its unyielding ; and powerful resistance it shelters hundreds of little w twiglets from the shock of the fatal blast So il is with the insurance giants ! - They have been years and years in attaining the mag x nitude which renders them indestructible against the fury of a gigantic conflagration. While they have been slowly growing from their thousands of dollars in assets to their present tremendous strength of millions of dollars, thousands of little'companies have been wiped out in the : conflagrations that( have , devastated bur big cities. You can never tell when there will be another San Francisco, -Chicago, Baltimore or Boston conflagration that will wipe out hundreds more. Therefore it is wise to insure with ' the GIANTS. We have them! They cost no more than the others why not get your protection where it's- SURE? As we represent the best that the world offers in the insurance line, so we represent the best that Henderson ville and Henderson County affords in the real estate line. See our lists. It's impossible to publish them here. We can't take the whole paper, and even if we coiild it would not afford space enough to tell you all about it. Don't buy a possible law , suit! See if your policies provides for every contingency which the exigencies for your business create. We Conduct No Auction Sales Raleigh imposes a: tax of $500 on hear-fyeer saloons. The tax on them in Charlotte and Wilson is $1000, .. Looks like these . es tablishments are under the ban in some of the larger cities arid the smaller, towns :would do well to keep'an eye ' on them. "x It is too often the" case that near-beer is put on sale merely as a blind for dispensing straight corn liquor. Any town ban get along very well without them. Poor Mr. Taft is getting hard hit all around this year. Even a convention of women he was addressing in Washington last week hissed him. What is , the cotmtry "coming to," anyway. OH, FOR VACATION! ... 3 . WW " " m v J O Ir! S ' Democrats should not over look the importance: of getting hold of ' their poll . tax receipts right away. DemoGranc Meeflnfls. All precincts throughout th ( State "(same day) Saturday, Jun 25. .-.r;.',V- : ' v 1 . Conventions in each county of the State, (same day) Saturday.; July 2nd. State convention,. Charlotte, July 14. ' These dates were . recently fixed by the State Democratic Exeeutive Committee. I am agent for 4 The Merchants Journal,' ' state organ for the Re tail Merchants Association. Full of good reading of special inter est to all business men. Only $1.00 a year one number is worth more! E. B. Drake, Secretary Hendersonville Retail Merchants Association. Johnson in Philadelphia North American.