Newspaper Page Text
JEW SERIES. , -VOL 11. f JfoT. iS.
The first serious mine, accident in,-f Norm Carolina during many years was that recently occurring at the Cranberry 1 mines in the tiew county of Avery. It resulted in the instant and horrible death of L. C. Tolley and the injury of Penn Tolley, with whom he was working. Commissioner of Labor M. L Ship man, who is also State Mine Inspec tor, has just 'completed a thorough investigation of the accident and its causes and, also of the, mine itself.' Mr. Shipman, on his return from Cranberry . to Raleigh, spent Sunday here. He talked interestingly of the North Carolina industry of iron ore mining. - ' Mr. Shipman said: . .- " "Upon receiving notice of any death resulting from accident it is the duty of the mine inspector, whose - duties are performed by the Commissioner of Labor and Printing, to go at once UDon receiving notice to -the mine in which the accident occurred and make out an official report fully- setting forth the condition of the mine where the death occurred and the cause which led to the same." " . "I made a personal ' investigation of the mines and especially that .part of the same where Tolley met his death, and it was a new experience for me I assure you. I also conducted a searching inquiry into the causes of the accident and have " with me the sworn statements of witnesses, the county coroner, the mine physician, mine superintendent and others." "Briefly, the facts in the ' case are these: They will be of interest as re lating to the first serious mining ac cident in North ; Carolina during a number of years. There , were four drill runners in the heading working two drills on the afternoon of the ex plosion: -Arthur King and H. S. Holley running one drill Pern TroUer and,; -Cain Troller running the other: Only : , Lr a -Trolley ;aha JPenn Trolley Were in the sheading "when the accident oc curred. The other two had Just left, one to bring water, the other going to the blacksmith shop." , - "The miners are paid fourteen cents a foot for drilling holes. These men sought to take advantge of a five or six foot hole, already drilled in which, there was powder that for some rea son had failed to explode when tne bole was fired by the preceding shift. Thi nowder was exploded by the de- tonations of the drill operated by the Tolleys. The top of L. C. Tollevs head was completely blown off by some blunt instrument. The other man was slightly injured." While, of course, all mining opera- tions are hazardous, I consider the Cranberry mines as being reasonably safe. The headings, or tunnels, seem ed to be well braced and the company appear to be interested in protecting the miner ' ' "General R. F. Hoke, of Raleigh, was formerly president of the com pany, now owned by Philadelphia capitalists. The mine, situated at the terminus of the East, Tennessee and Western, North Carolina Railroad, owned by the same company, has been operated for more than thirty years, but much more extensively, of late. Its output a peculiar, high-grade -ore is immense, an average of about three hundred men being constantly employed. The company also owns and operates a smelting plant m Johnson City, Tenn. To reach the Cranberry mines by rail it was neces sary for me to go via Johnson City, Tennessee." Mr. Shipman was asked to describe his experience far underground, in the very bowels of the earth, making a personal inspection of the place where poor Tolley met his fate. The genial Commissioner of Labor laugh ed and said he couldnt' do it. "But I sure am glad I donned the overalls and colored shirt they gave me at the mouth of the mine before descending, into that black hole. I saved a suit of clothes by doing so, for when I returned I was a dark and mysterious looking specimen of hu manity. The entrance into a number of the tunnels Is-very steep. In fact its almost like shooting the chutes, if you know what that is. The descent is long and precepitious, and the soot of light above your head gradually be comes smaller and smaller until you enter one of the headings, or tunnels, tvhen it disappears entirely and you are in the densest gloom. The min ers light their, lamps. .They burn a peculiar, non-explosive oil, giving forth to the unaccustomed, a strange j- and uncomfortable odor There are twenty-one headings or ; tunnels. -In the. mine, and to traverse any one of tb em i s mu ch the same as going through a7 railroad tunnel without an end. The further you get into these headings the - more - oppressive be comes the air, the more offensive the I odor from the miners oil ana me j more welcome your recollections of t the blue skies' and sunshine far above you. The weirdly wavering flames of th.. aduers' lamps flicker ana dance, re- , s I vealing dimly surroundings groTesque : and unreaLThe rough walls of the tunnel draw nearer and nearer,, be- exciting in manyytnonthswith: heavy pany, "was the principal-speaker this come more and more threatening sales and . sensational declines n all '-evening at a meeting of the Directors .Nature, angry . a lulu's robbery of futures. Private-, repprts from liver-- of the Appalachian Exposition and her treasure house, lias already ex- pool early this morning to the feffecf: business men of Knoxville, his sub acted heavy toll " and now would en- that the bull leaders were liquidating-,! ject; being "The Development of the tomb Victims m a living grave. , You; stirred up selling orders I nail rparts j Appalachian Region.", - . v. feel yourself ' shrinking and dimin- of the cotton world and futures on i : He emphasized very' - strongly the isning m a , stature -and importance Ail ' 1 m until an exceedingly small hole would suffice for you to crawl, through if but that hole led to the blessed sun light above." V'Finally we came to the spot where Tolley met death far from where death cometh to most men, and , for tunately for the poor fellow it came quickly,- To die up yonder is enough, To die down there makes one shrink with horror. The end came quickly and .mercifully to Tolley, who, if he had made a mistake in drilling into that unexploded charge of powder, paid for it dearly: Mr. Shipman's - report of the acci- dent will be filed in his office .sa! tne' first day's efforts of the anglers -.. v , , - ! Bad ben rewarded, with such splendid matter of record and tpr future refer-SUCeSS . - " v , encc. .As mine inspector, it is hs j The achievement of young Thomas duty to make a record of all examina-l.Prescott of Atlanta in landing some tions of mines, conditions in which of tne finest rainbow trout ever seen fmr, vr, w,v ionTn in tnat section of the State and the found, extent to which the laws relat- catcneg f otner nredhe oth-. ing to mines and mining are observed ers Witn' zeal, as -the fololwing tele or violated, progress made in the lm- gram dispatched post haste to Mr. W. provem'ents and secirlty of life and H. Twitty here by Mr. John ;M. Scott, health, number of accidents,' injuries , both ardent-anglers, will testify: . .t . . ' Kanuga Lake, July 14. or deaths in or about the mines, to-jMn wL Twitty, Charlote, N. C. gether wi.h all sucl. other . facts and j Eleven 12-inch rainbow trout information of public interest con- caught from the lake in one hour this cerning the condition of mines, de-; afternoon. Come tomorrow sure- or velopmenr anci progress of mining in send me, something to fish with by A ir., -v. - express toomrrow morning train. - ' the State as he may thinlc useful and iSigned) JOHN M. SCOTTi ' proper, ,.. - - v- ; . - " . Washington, July 19. Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, chief of thebureau , of chemistry, "probably will' not he re- quired by President Taft to resign, but will be reprimanded, according to the consensus of opinion of visitors who talked with Mr. Taft yesterday, The recommendation of Attorney j General Wickersham that Dr. Wiley j be permitted to resign was barely j touched upon at the cabinet meeting, ; but this impression was strengthened j in the minds of the callers at the wmte wouse . auring tne aay. ; The president thus tar nas not reaa ; the record in the case, nor has he be-' fore him" the recommenadtion of. -James Wilson, secretary of agricul- ture. in whose deoartment the trouble TO REPR1MD -arose and who has been directed to find further trace of John Huff. They pass upon it. ' , had several bloodhounds in -leash I which they expected , to use to good Bold Burglars Elude Capture. ! advantage. - " A telephone message to Tuxedo A bold burglary was perpetrated this afternoon conVeys the informa last Saturday night when the-resi- tion that the chase was abandoned dence of Mrs. J. H. Tinley who lives and the officers returned to Asheville about two miles out of'the city on the Edneyvllle road, was entered ana several articles of 1 value were stolen. The thief, or thieyes, gained accessi- throueh one of the windows -which they managed in some way to work Heybnrn and Williams Benew Quarrel loose. They evidently: tok plenty of Over Confederacy Williams Left time for their nefarious work because! Chamber. everything which, might ; prove ofi Washington, July 18 The bitter value to them seemed to have, under-. ness between Senator Heyburn of Ida? gone a thorough inspection. i ho and Senator Williams of Mississ- Bloodhounds were secured from ippi on the subject of the Confederacy Asheville in the early part of the af- broke out anew in the senate. Hey ternoon and put upon the trail of the burn objected to taking up a bill ap- midnight intruders. They followed the trail for some distance but finally , ate monument in Vicksburg, Milli losjt it. A close, thorough, search fof tary Park, but! Williams won Its con the. robbers was made but no positive sideration by a vote of 29 to 19. clue has yet been discovered. May Secure a 999- Year Lease. Richmond, Va , July 1 5. President j Stevens of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway is authority for the statement j centennial of the "Blue ahd the Gray" -that, if pending negotiations are con- reunion at Vicksburg in 1913. eluded, the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Senators. Cummins of Iowa and Seaboard Air Line will ecure A 999"-r Works of California argued its pas year lease on the Carolina, Clinchfield , sage as a x proper recognition of the & Ohio Railroad. ' , i men who exhibited great bravery In The. cost of building the connecting the cause they believed to be right, link between the southern terminus Heyburn again attacked the prin of the Chesapeake & Ohio at Elkhorn, ciple of tederal recognition of the Ky., and the northern terminus of the Confederate acts. Williams abruptly Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio at Dante, left the chamber , when Heyburn be Va,.is said to be the main obstacle in gan to speak. ' - x the way of closing the deal. J Heyburn declared "it . was. intoler- . ' ' ' . " " : : . able" that the deeds of the : Conf eder-. KeT Moncrief Tendered . Presidency ate armies should be recited in the of seminary. ,. , : , . ; - - Raleigh, July 15. Rev. jrMoncrief, who has for three years been pastor, of - the Tabernacle Baptist church of this city,hasbeen tendered, the presi- dency of Union university, of ; Jack- son, Tenn., and now - has the hiatter .' under consideration.- It la announced that he also; has received a number of nattering cans recenuy. ne came w Raleigh from Forsyth, Ga., and is a graduate of Mercerr college, tie -nas made many strong, friends. In Raleigh and It is hoped- he, .wlliraee;Ma..;;wayj, clear to remain here. 1IESDERS0XVIIXE, NORTH jDiROLIXA, THURSDAY, JULY 20, 1911. c New rleins' Jul X9.Yesterday's cotton ' market was one of" the most . e iew uneans excnange . opened at Jl J - -11 , - ' a X111 : -i a wide decline, only tdgo still as trading progressed. FINE FISHING AT - KALUGA. ; Much Success A ttending Efforts of the Memjbers of the Kanuga (Ulub at Fishing in the Lake Fine Sport . Being Enjoyed. ' . ,7 v;' ' . Disciples of Isaak Walton, particu larly such as.reside in Charlottewere 1 delightfuly surprised by.thetem. ap- pearing in yesterdays . Observer, to the, effect that the banron fishing at Kanuga lake had been lifted and that It goes without saying that amle tackle was forwarded to Mr. Scaott and it is the plan of Mr. Twitty, Mr. Walter Brem and ' several others to ioin him in nerson in a dav or two! The, fish in y Kanuga lake yere ! planted" there -three years a go -by Mr. George Stephens, founder, ot the club, Gf course, theTe were fiomefialii. there were added. , These were secured . from the government No one has ' ever been allowed to fish in the lake and hence the trout are jut reaching that size where they give good sport. It Is expetced' that vthe fishing feature will be one of the most popular forms of amusements for the Kanugahs from this time henceforth. The early spring an dthe late fall are the best seasons for rainbow-trout fishing. Charlotte Observer. HUFF VAPHSHE: , , - A . party . of officers from Asheville passed through last night : on their way to Tuxedo where they hope to today- on . one of the local freight irns. A HISTORY OF XLVRDEBr propriating $100,000 for a Confeder-j The Vicksburg vpark commission and the state military affairs have ap proved the, measure. - , Williams said it was desired to have the monument completed or the semi- laws that, call upon the public treas- ury for a" contribution He characterized the history of the war between the states a3 "a history of murder." - . He attacked the newspapers of the 'country -declaring many of them dis- loyal and "delimped to express dis- loyallty." '; . v., . ; He4 said that he was ' so misrepr- seniea inai ne was receiving core of anonymous letters from - "cow- ards "threatening him -with personal violence, because of his opposition to. th use of goTernment funds to rec- ognlze conf ederafe service. - Knoxville,' July 18. President Fin- ley, ofthe Southern . Railway Com ; economic-strengtn or tne soutneast ' a a I. - . l -a ern section of . the United States, growing out ofits , natural resources and ?limatic advantages, and express ed the opinion that no locality was more favorably located or better fit ted by its-natural reseoirces for pro gressive development than the.. South ern Appalachian region. . ' N He. pointed out the reat advantage enjoyed by the south in its supremacy in cotton production, and urged the Importance of constantly endeavoring to strengthen this advantage by bring- lng about, the - general addption of metnodsthat will result in the "more .economical production of cotton by obtaining larger yields per acre and that wilL enable the . Southern cotton planters to: keep pace with the ever increasing demand of. the world. He did. not advocate doing this by grow ing cotton to the exclusion" of other crops, but rather by diversified agri culture and live stock raising as a means of conserving and building up soil fertility. After citing statistics showing the increased yields per acre obtained by Tennessee- farmers dur ing the past five years as compared with the ten years from 1876 to 1885, Mr. Finley said: ' . "This shows that the farmers of Tennessee have learned .and" are ap plying scientific methods of soil con servation. The averages for the past five years, including the bad with the good, fall far below the yields of which Tennessee soils are . capable and far below the results obtained by the most progressive farmers.. For the State as a whole," the i. average j yields per- acre are , still far below what- they ought to-be and below what j will ipeedily -be attained , -whenv; the lrat.boy.ofiTenBessfe.farmera have ucea Dy.;tne most progressive,, xear by year, more farmers are adopting the best methods" and, year by year, larger acres of soils ar being bene fited by scientific treatment. We may expect that, in individual years, some crops will, suffer from adverse wea ther conditions but I believe ve may safely predict that "each - -successive five-year period will show better re sults tha nthe . preceding five years for a long time to come. The reports of the Unite States Agricultural De partment on the conditionof this "sea son's growing crops bear out this pre diction. They show, the condition of cotton, corn and wheat fn Tennessee as better than last year when the average yield per year of each of these crops in this State .was in excess of the five-year average." Speaking of the advantages of the Southeastern States for-raising live stock and for the dairy industry, Mr. Finley referred to the accessibility of markets, to-.the mild winters and long grazing season, to the increasing de mand for meat and, dairy roducts and to the fact that, as a result of the cutting up of the Western ranges into farms a larger proportion of the meat supply of the country- must ; be farto grown.' .He spoke of the - cattle as having been, In the ; past,1 : a handican to the -live, stock and dairying1 indus tries of some parts of the South; and said: -:.'.''..':..'- : ; :i - : "The. management of the railway company that I have the honor to re present, considers the development of live stock and dairying Industries in the Southeastern States of such great importance that we have recently ap poinfe"d a Live Stock-Agent and a Dairy Agent to devote their entire time to working in co-operation with the farmers along our lines for the development of these industries. - In co-operation with the : State Commis sioner of Agriculture and the United State" . . gricultural Department, we infonation as to the importanceV of eradicating the cattle tick and the best methods of doing it." - Mr. Finley spoke of the splendid ad vantages of the Southern Appalachian region for -a geat and varied indus trial development, referring to r the accessibility of supplies of timber, iron ore, cotton, marbles, building stones, coal, and water powers? He urged the importance of conserving these natural resources through wise use and the elimination of waste. He spoke of - the Intimate relation existing between agricultural devel opment and industrial development, pointing outjthat the best market for the farmers, and the increase of their perishable products, is a nearby city or -manufacturing town, and that the merchants and manufacturers - are' vitally interested In the prosperity of the faTmerr especially for all of . his purchasing power. , . ' -: Referring to. the Appalachian Ex position, . to be held during the com ing autumni Mr. Finley said: . . , - ."'Among the many factors in bring ing about a higher degree of agricul tural and " Industrial - development, none is more helpful than a great fair or exposition such as the Appala chian Exposition," to be held . in your enterprl slag city during the ; coming liilii3 Greensboro, 'July. ; 19. Cassius J. Finley, . Jr., " the 18-year-old son . of Mr. and Mrs. Cassius J. -Finley, who are living in Charlotte . temporarily, was drowned yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock in Ogburn's pond, 5 miles north of Summerfield, this , coyaty. The body was recovered two , iiours afterward a v short distance from where it:. was seen to: go .down by three companions, who were with him on a , camping and fishing trip. , Washington July 16. Before the eyes of . scores of society men aiid wo men well known in official, life and almost within a . stone's throw of ' the Chevy Chase club house, J. B. John son of New York, recently appointed solicitor-of the navy department, was struck by. lightning today and killed. Johnson had been playing golf-with a companion and . was in the openv when the bolt struck. His companion and the caddy a. dozen yards away Nwere knocked down but were uninjured. Surgeon General Stokes cf the navy who was at the club, declared tonight that death , probably was instantan eous. The v club is one, of te best known- country clubs 'souths of New York. President Taft, Vice President Sherman, most of the members of the cabinet and many members , of the diplomatic corps are members: " antumn;The . fiien who are:' planning for this exposition rand r upon whom the burden, of parrying; t through suc-SBfuIly-will fall; are z performing', a JpubJc-splritedL and patriotic duty: of the-highest value, -to Knoxville andto this- entire Appalachian region.- They daarXe, and I am sure that they" will receive, thelrrdladl and.JieJpful sup port "of all their'fellow. Citizens. ' This Exposition, in - which' wiir be - concen trated samples of all of your best. pro ducts,, will open the eyes of visitors from other, parts of the United States to the possibility of this region and to the wonderful variety. Qf opportuni ties which it . affords. However, while it ig desirable that you should attract visitors from, other sections, I believe that this Exposition-will be pat tlcularly useful oh account of its educational value to your own people. They .will see- here what the most successful man in each line is accom plishing. They will not only, see what he has done, but will learn how he has done it, and the result will be a more general adoption, of im proved, industrial and agricultural methods. In this connection, if I may . presume to offer ; some sugges tions to the President and Board of Directors of the Appalachian Exposi tion, I would urge that special efforts he- made to bring' together live stock and dairy exhibits that will be in the highest degree educational. I would also recommend that, in addition to a comprehensive display of the - re sources of this region in their raw state,'it .is particularly 'desirable that you should have, very complete-exhibits of. the products of your Appalach ian industries, showing what you are doing with your raw materials. T would suggest further, that, If it has not already , been arranged for, ; par ticular attention should be; given to the, installation . at the Exposition of a bureau of information, where visi tors from" other parts of the United States can secure detailed and ac curate advice as to the agricultural and industrial opportunities of this re gion, and especially as to the oppor tunities for a further diversification of your manufacturing by the location of industries which are not represent ed here, but for which you can sup ply the raw materials, -ire also aiding in the dissemination of "The interests of the Southern Rail way Company are inseparably, bound up ; with the interests of- the South eastern" States,' including this Appal achian region. It is the highway oyer which a large part of your products are moved to market. It is to our in terest that your production of market able commodities shall constantly in crease; it'is to your interest that we shall be able to provide adequatefa cilities for the transportation oJLall that you lean produce. While,-as with respect to; all business , enter-nr-. whear. complaints here and theie as to the service of our Com r?iv, it has been in the past, and ex pects to continue to be, a- most im portant factor in the development of this region. As a; great business enterprise,- it must 1-be managed In con formity . with sound" business princi ples but - it Is the aspiration of its management to make it not only, an effective carrier - of the commerce of the Southeastern States, but a help ful ally in their development; and as such, we stand ready - to - co-operate with " you and the people of all other communities along our lines for the upbuilding of this entire lection;' - $1.00 PER YEAR. Last night. a highly successful raifl was5, made upon an illicit distillery, the result being the destruction ofB&J gallons of the same article that made Milwaukee famous ? some time - since and the placing -in ijail of one maa thought to be connected with the it eration of the still. v f. The raiders,' Revenue '. Officer -fcamt,, Deputy Strpup, and Constable Case, - left here last night in carriages ano . drove out about ten miles in the. vi cinity of Sugar. Loaf where the still was supposed to be ; located. After -reconnoitering for some time the. oQ cers finally got on the. right trail api proceeded to close in on the stilL- Advice of rather , friendly nature had evidently 'preceded them, for vtJte still itself . as well as - the operaors had taken- to' the "tall,, uncut timber . believing ' that. - discretion in sa&. troublous times was the better pari -of valor. While the still had been t&- moved,' the beer, , because of its bulki- j ness,' or temporarily forgotten invthe,. mad : scramble : f or safety, ' ;ha.dVbeeja ' lef as the sole monarch in .the1. rcel ing line for the officers. And what a reception ! That ifbltii had been manufactured to tickle the palate of man and raise him,-possibly, to a higher plane, of ecstacy, wast ; now being incontinently poured cout on the-mnresponsive earth. The iXa f struction complete, the officers thea. began W cast about for some of the men who had been so diffident aboot receiving them. One, man was fous and . placed in Jail her last "gfet Today he was carried to Asheville " where he will appear before the U. 8L commissioner and answer the charge of distilling. ' rTHE BLUEMOXT CONFEBEITCS ' . s Bluemont, July 17. Bluemont ca- ference on education held. its,, third ' " annual , sessioh; last week : Amess t -those - who took : part . in the pxqgraja T vJ were Prof; J. L. Kesler of Baylor Ub3U versity, Waccor' Texas i;"JtevlA. E. Brown; - DV D.; superintended, of -? 3- - J -ucaU6n-f or the - Southern Baptist Ccar. J vention; j Rev. . M,r By AdamftR. JX Frankfort,; Ky., correspondlnjseciir- -tary" of jthe Baptist EducatiQe&r, ' of Kentucky'j Rev.s: T JB. Belh D. IX - t editor of The XJhristian Index, Atlaa-' ta.Ga; Prof. G. E. Lineberry RaleigSu -educational secretary of r the Baptbl". State" Convention of North Carolina, ' -.The conference decided to issue -r ' call to the trustees, presidents, tr- - :. f esors and students of all the Bap tist educational institutions in the South to meet here for a general ctm-r f erence on education on July 16, 1912. i r ; Every Monday evening there is hel - an assembly social in the auditorinag . every Saturday" evening there is popular lecture or entertainment ia the auditorium; Thursday evenings are left, open for private receptions asfl parties ; while , Tuesday, Wednesday Friday are - given over to the generd work of the assembly. -.:-:--;k ;". ' -. A reading room has heeh openc3 ' In the administration building wfa ' about fifty periodicals, including tbe leading dailies and a large1 number d weekly papers, ajid ouite a number J--magazines. The reading room, is opcsL dally from-2 to $ )p. m. and is quite-, pleasure to those who are interesteST in the news of the -day, . Several -parties have . recently beca to . Mount Mitchell : by the new XxJ from Gaphiteville. The trail has just been cut and starts r from Graphite ville, five miles below. here. Those who have made the trip report tbat it is much easier-than the old tnd by way of. Gray Beard and that it some five or 'six miles shorter; - JJL house has been .built on the top xS. Mount Mitchell in which parties camp for the night. Warm' Politics Down South. Jackson, Miss July 16. With ushering in of the current week, ISkt sissippi's memorable political cam paign, the bitterest and most spiritea ' in the history of the State, reaches the begining of the 'end. The Democratic State executrfe committee will assemble in the sea- ' ate chamber '"at noon Monday to pre- -pare the form of the official "ballot and to declare as' nominees of i3 party all candidates for; State officeon T who have no opposition. - . No , changes have been made m the estimate Issued from headquartewL: & ' the three senatorial candidates. Vtrr" mer Gov.' Vardaman's managers 8e clire he-! will win in the first -jnri-mary by a decisive majority! Mr. ; Vardaman is confident that he get 90.000 votes. ; C- H. Alexander's managers assed' that he is certain to get 4.5,000 votes in the first' primary. .. Senator Percy's managers pubTKS-i a statement today : in which they easy he ,will get a heavy vote in 60 1 per , cent, of' the voting precincts of tm entire state, where ' canvasses lave been made. ; A striking illustration' of the enOw siastic partisanship being - shown' -comes in a report from Durant, wtwwe tbe head of a . mercantile establi3 ment, a Vardaman supporter, 'law. posted a notice "saying that In fhe event of -Vardaman's election he wX give away his stoclr of grocerleaL 4; . " j ;1 -1 H i n't -V. " - I; -7