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""THE PEOPLE'S PAPER." . THAD R. MANNING, Owner and Editor. Devoted to the Industrial, Educa tional ksd Material Welfare of Vance Cocxty and North Carolina. Published at the live and growing town of Henderson, in the centre of the Famous Yellow Tobacco District. A weekly resume of the News, Humor and General Topics of the Day. Published every Thursday Morning TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION : One copy one year, 0 months, - ?2.00 1.00 I tt 3 - .ou V desire a live agent and correspondent at every postoffice in Vance and adjoining eounties. Write for terms. PUBLISHER'S ANNOUNCEMENT. We invite contributions on all subjects of local and general interest : views and state ments upon matters of public concern orig inal poems, essays, critiques, etc. One side of the paper, only, must be wri len on and the real name of the writer ac company the contribution. No attention will be paid to anonymous letters. The editor disclaims all responsibility for the views or statements of correspond entsand reserves the right at all times to revise or reject any article he may think proper. Address all communications to GOLD LEAF, Henderson, N. C THURSDAY, DEC. 112, 1880. THE SOOTH IN TEARS. MOURNING THE DEATH OF JEFFEIISON DAVIS. Our Noble Chieftain Iasses Peacefully Away After a L,onjr and Eventful Career Paying Tribute to His Memory all Over the Southland Sketch of His lAiu and Public Services. The South mourns the death of her most illustrious son. Jefferson Davis is dead ! When the wires flashsd the news throughout the country that the noble Southron had passed away, it produced a profound sensation of sor row ia the hearts of his admiring friends, but it created little surprise. The passage of his spirit had been ex pected for some weeks. He died at the home of his life-long friend, J. H Payne, in the city of New Orleans, La., at 12:45 Friday morning, Dec. 6th. About four weeks ago Mr. Davis left his home at Beauvoir, Miss., to look after one of his plantations down the river. He contracted a severe cold on the boat and arriving at New Orleans his condition was such that his physi cians would not permit him to return home. He was conveyed to the resi dence of his friend where he received every possible attention and courtesy. Growing worse Mrs. Davis was sent for. A press dispatch gives this ac count : From the beginning of his fatal ill ness Mr. Davis had insisted that his case was quitehopeless, though the dread of pain or the fear of death never appeared -to take the slightest hold upon his spirits, which were brave and even buoyant from the beginning of the attack. Last evening, without any visible cause Mr. Davis was seized with a con gestive chill,which seemed to absolute ly crush the vitality out of his already enfeebled body. So weak was Mr Davis that the violence of the assault soon subsided for lack of vitality upon which to prey. From that moment to the morning of his death the history of his case was gradual sinking. At 7 o'clock Mrs. Davis administered some medicine, but the ex-President declined to receive the whole. She urged upon him the necessity of taking the remainder, but putting it aside with the gentlest of gestures, he whis pered, "Pray excuse me." These were his last words. Gradually he grew weaker and weak er, but never for an instant seemed to lose consciousness. Lying peacefully upon his bed and without a trace of pain in his look,he remained for hours. Silently clasping and tenderly caress ing his wife's hand, with an undaunted Christian spirit he awaited the end. From the moment of the dreadful assault of the congestive chill those gathered around his bedside who had been watching and noting with pain ful interest every change of symptom for the past month, knew well that the dread messenger was even at the door. Finding that Mr. Davis was breath ing somewhat heavily as he lay upon his back, the doctors assisted him in turning upon his right side, with his cheek resting upon his right hand like a sleeping infant, and with his left hand drooping across his chests, he lay for some fifteen minutes, breathing softly but feintly. More and more feeble became his respirations, till they passed into silence, and then the watchers knew that the silver cord had been loosed and the golden bowl broken. . The Father of the Confed eracy had passed away "As calmly as to-night's repose. Or flowers at set of sun." Despite the fact that the end had come, slowly and peacefully, and after she had been face to face fur hours with the dread reality, the blow fell with crushing force upon the afflicted widow. As long as there had been work for either head or hands she had borne up bravely, and not until the sweet uses for her tender ministrations were lost did she seem to realize the I terrible force of the blow that had fall- i en upon her. j It is believed that the foundation of S the ex-President's last illness was ma j laria.complicated with acute bronchitis. 1 Careful nursing and skillful attention I had mastered the latter, but it is sup I posed that the congestive chill, which j was the immediate cause of the deatb, j was attributable to the return of the 1 malaria. After death the face of the deceased though looking slightly emaciated, showed no trace of suffering, the face more nearly resembling that of a peace ful sleejjer than of the dead. Mayor Shakespeare, of New Orleans, issued a proclamation announcing the death of Mr. Davis, and inviting the presidents of the Exchanges and com mercial bodies and a number of prom inent citizens to meet at the city hall, in order that proj)er arrangements might be made for the funeral. In his proclamation the Mayor said : It is with the deepest regret that I announce to the people of the city of New Orleans the departure from this life of Jefferson Davis. He needs no eulogy from me. His life, his his tory, and his memory is enshrined in the heart of every man, woman and child in this broad South ; we all loved him, and we all give hrm honor and reverence." Telegrams of sympathy were sent Mrs. Davis from all over the country, and the people of the entire South at once took action to show their appre ciation of the life and character of the noble dead and to pay tribute to his memory. Puclic meetings were held, bells were tolled, soldiers paraded with muffled drums and reversed arms, State houses, private residences and business blocks were draped in mourn ing, and in various ways there was ex pression of sorrow at the death of our great chieftain, the able statesman, true pavriot, faithful leader, gallant soldier and chivalrous Christian gen tleman, Jefferson Davis, ex-President of the Southern Confederacy. Yes, the South stands with uncovered head while its great warm heart sobs out its sympathy and sorrow for the death of its chosen leader. Our grief is a com mon one, our tribute of respect a just and sincere one. No man was more beloved by his people, not alone for his high character and integrity, but because of the sufferings and depriva tions he has borne so long and com placently on their account. Jefferson Davis is tenderly and affectionately en shrined in the hearts of the Southern people, and with one common impulse they mourn his death as that of no other man within our borders. As a soldier, especially in the war with Mexico, brief though as was his career, his military genius flashed like a meteor across the sky of our mighty Republic and established for him a name and fame as brilliant as any re corded in the history of that time ; as a statesman he exhibited the highest qualities of mind and heart ; but it was in the quiet retirement of his home life since the fall of the Southern Con federacy, under trying circumstances a man without a country misun derstood by some of his own people, slandered with all the malignity that hatred and abuse could invent by o'hers, he has stood mute and calm in the midst of it all, conscious of his own sense of right and justice and pre served his integrity to the end. His name has been tarnished by no act un becoming the high toned, upright, Christian gentleman that he was. There has been no grander figure, no sublimer character in all the attributes of true greatness, and the historian of the future will do Jefferson Davis full and even handed justice, placing him where he belongs among the greatest men America has produced. The following sketch of his life and services is taken from the Baltimorean: Jefferson Davis was the son of Sam uel Davis, a planter and soldierof the Revolution in the mounted force of Georgia. He was born on the 3d day of June, 1S0S, in Christian, now Todd county, Ky., and at a subsequent period his father emigrated to Wilkins count)-, near YVoodville, Miss. Having received a common academical educa tion, at a very tender age a student in Transylvania College, from which in 1S24, at the age of 16 years, he was transferred rotheU. S. Military Acade my at XVest Point. He graduated from this institution in 1829 at the age of 20 years, and entered upon the duties of his stormy and eventful life,as brevet Second Lieutenant. For the seven succeeding years he was in the array service as infantry and staff officer, on the Northwestern frontier. In consid eration of distinguished services in the Biack Hawk war of 1 S3 1-32, he was promoted on the 4th of March, 1833, to a First Lieutenancy of Dragoons, and during the succeeding year, 1834, was variously engaged in expeditions against the Coraanches, Pawnees and other hostile tribes. Resigning his commission in 1835, at the age of 27 years, he returned to Mississippi, and spent 8 years in retirement on a cotton plantation. In 1844 he was a Presidential Elec tor, in the college which cast the vote of Mississippi for Polk and Dallas, and in 1845 having leen elected to Con gress, he took his seat as a representa tive in that body. He greatly distin guished himself, and at once became a conspicious party leader, and exercised a controlling influence in the legisla totion of the country. At the first-blast of the war bugle in July, 1846, Mr, Davis promptly re signed his seat in Congress,and hasten ed to meet in New Orleans the First Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers, enrolled for service in Mexico,on their way to reinforce the army of Gen. Zachary Taylor, then on the Rio Grande. A brighter chapter in the history of American warfare does not exist than that which records the courageous con duct and masterly handling of his regi ment. in the memorable battle of Buena Vista, on the 23rd of February, 1847. It was attacked by overwhelming num bers, and for many long hours, without support gallantly maintained its ground while Col. Davis, although severely wounded, heroically remained in his saddle, wielding his glorious regiment with consummate skill, until the close of the battle. In a dispatch dated March 6th, 1847, his Commander-in-Chief complimented him for his cool ness and bravery. While on his return to Mississippi, in New Orleans, in July 1846, after the Mississippi regiment had been ordered home at the expiration of their term of enlistment, Col. Davis received from President Polk a commission as Briga dier General of Volunteers. This he declined to accept, because he consid ered it a violation of the reserved con stitutional rights of the States for the Federal Executive to appoint the offi cers of the militia. A vacancy having occurred in that office.he was appointed the next month, August, 1847, by the Governor of Mississippi, to a seat in the Senate of the United States, and in January, 1848, was elected by the Legislature to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term, which expired in March, 185 1. In 1850 he was re-elected for the next regular term to the United States Senate. During this term, his powers as a great parliamentary leader and debater were fully developed, and he began to fill, in the public eye, the measure of the man for the Presiden tial chair. He was chosen in the Senate chairman of the Committee on Military affairs, and bore sc lofty a crest, and carried so proud a banner in the conflicts which raged upon the slavery question and State rights, and the policy of the Southern States, as to be universally considered primus inter pares among the tall warriors who at that period graced the Demo cratic array of Southern leaders. In 1852 Col. Davis was conspicuous as an advocate for the election of Gen. Pierce to the Presidency. In this in terest he was active and efficient, in the States of Mississippi,Tennessee and Louisiana. He was appointed by Gen. Pierce to the position of Secretary of War and remained in the Cabinet until the accession of President Buc hanan in 1857. Mr. Davis' administration of the war department was unequalled. None had ever been so popular with the army. With an ability and energy which marked him as a great organ izer of men, he carried into effect his revision of the army regulations, in troduced the light infantry, or rifle sytem of tactics, the manufacture of rifled muskets and pistols, and the use of the Minnie ball. He added four regiments to the army, augmented our sea-coast and frontier defenses, and instituted the system of explorations in the West for geograpical purposes, and with a view of ascertaining the beat route for a railroad to the Pacific ocean. Upon his retirement from the War Department, Col. Davis had been re elected to the U. S. Senate for the term ending on the 4th of March, i863,and from that lime until he resigned the seat as a member of the body, he was conspicuous in the conduct of all its leading measures and discussions, as well as in the councils of his party as sociates and Southern friends. On the 21st of January, 186 1, he rose for the last time in his place in the Senate to resign his seat there, and the speech he then made will demon strate that he plead as never man plead before, so sublimely, so eloquently, so lovingly, for justice, law, constitution al right, and the preservation of peace. Resigning his seat, and bidding a , sorrowful and affectionate farewell to his fellow-Senators, Mr. Davis went i back to his home in Mississippi, and was there when he was unanimously elected, on the 9th day of February, 1 85 1, to the Provisional Presidency of the Confederate States for one year. He had not sought the place, but he repaired promptly to Montromerv entered upon the high duties of the i first official station in the new Republic, i delivered such an inaugural as ought to have prevented the adverse criticism I of his enemies and the enemies of the '. South, and to have silenced the hisses ! of the serpent tongue oi slander. It ! was a plea for peace, and such a plea ( as any conservative nation would have 1 respected. On the 19th of. February, 1S62, he was unanimously elected per manent President of the Confederate States for six years. J The results of the war are well re membered. On the 3rd day of April, ' 1865, he was a fugitive from Rich mond, the then capital of the Confed eracy,and on the 10th of. May, he was captured in Georgia. When all was lost the Confederacy overthrown, himself a prisoner, manacled and tor tured, the purity and nobility of his heart became all the more conspicuous. It was not Roman fortitude nor Indian philosophy, which inspired the calm ness and dignity, the high, chivalric, unimpeachable bearing which charac terized him. He was resolute and self-respectful, not impotently defiant, not passionate in his distress, but he had unshaken faith in the truth and justice of his cause, and appealcrd te heaven in vindication of his character. Jefferson Davis is an ever memora ble example of human virtue, and of the fickleness of men, of governments, and of fortune. No man has acted so distinguished a part in the history of his country, who was more completely and emphatically a child of the Re public, as well of destiny. There has been npthing trivial in his character or achievements ; nothing mean, or even commonplace and little, in his motives his objeats, or his methods. The ut most gravity, purity and hifiiuess per vade his eventful history. The name . and fame of Jefferson Davis will live forever in the hearts of all true Southrons, and while he needs no monument to perpetuate his memo ry, a grateful and admiring people will see to it that a fitting testimonial of their love and confidence marks the spot where rests his sacred dust. Let it be a statue of colossal proportions, stupendous in conception and magnifi cent in execution, surpassing anything that has yet been erected on the Ameri can continent. Nothing short of this will do justice to the sublime charac ter of this great man. We do not ask or expect the people of the North to gather with us"of the j South to shed tears of love and sym pathy "over the bier of Jefferson Davis, nor do we ask that they join with us in revering his name or perpetuating his memory, but it is gratifying to note as we do in some of our Northern ex changes the high estimate placed upon his character and ability, and the ex pressions qf kindness and sympathy for him and his family. As the JVews Observer says : We recognize with satisfaction the kindly expressions the Northern papers generally have used towards Mr. Davis since his death.. One may entertain very different views from good and pure men, and freely express them, without seeking to cast odium on those who hold other opinions. Now while the South stands uncovered at the bier of her most eminent son, it is well to note that the Northern press, for the most part, has treated his life and character in a manly way. Free discussion can not disturb our calmness. There is naught in the action of the South or of the men we have honored that we would wish to veil. We ask no silence. But we recognize it, when kindly ex pressions take the place of unreasoning bitterness. INSUKE WITH THE ETN"A FIRE txt r" t t t-v 1 t ri - r- -n llNbUKAfNltb UJ. Cash Capital, - - $4,000,000 Losses paid in 70 yrs, over $63,000,000 City of Chicago, $3,800,000 City of lloston, 1 ,000,000 CLAUDE HUNTER, Agt., Henderson, N. C. The Cutter Trust "Busted o- This is the day of trusts and combines, and true to our reputa tion for always being up with the times. and ahead of all would be competitors, we have formed one of our own. We haver com bined to put down prices on READY-MADE CLOTHING, HATS, BOOTS, SHOES, GENTLEMEN'S FURNISHING GOODS, TRUNKS, VALISES, UMBRELLAS, RUBBER GOODS, &c, and trust to the intelligence of the buying public to trade where they can get the best goods and largest amount for their money. Talk about your "cutter trust," but this is the biggest thing of the kind that has ever struck Henderson. We have cut prices right half in two on many articles, and have whittled them down to low water mark in a droughty season on everything. The trust must be downed and we are going to do it by saving the farmers so much money on all goods they purchase from us that they can afford to hold their cutters if they wish until the trust people will gladly pay them their own price. You have to fight the devil with fire, and we are going to fire such bargains at our customers for the next few weeks that rival dealers will want to fire us out of town. Wc have inflicted a deadly wound upon high prices, cutting right and left with the keen blade of cheap values, and the field wjll be strewn with the mangled and bleeding and dying corpses of, big profits and slow sale dealers who shall undertake to do battle against us. Call and see for yourself and you "shall be satisfied." - Barnes, Stainback & Co., Leading Low Price ClotMers Henderson, THE YAEGER Our wheat supply is from the farmer tiKtuuab iii;ui ca nuwiuic jjuiiuy uuu uaiiuuuiiy in uui jiiuuun. uuu luik3 ui, uui nil si insures ausoiuie yuruy aim uuuuimuv in our prouuci. uoai oaiiKs ai our mill door makes fuel a mere nominal cost The i are important factors in the production of not only good flour but at the same time at reasonable prices We seek the trade of pt paying customers. Such we will strive right hard to please, and hope to make it en object to deal with us Order direct mill. Either wire or mail. Private brands furnished to car load customers, patent: Moral ,llr. Jar Erf on Kvrii. nniiii nf U'ril. I-YTIII t'INrV- Whll nnFnt. El. n.. ....a ' . HUU above ironmt 'mm mill T'.ithpr wii-A t.otuci. ikejs, uueen 01 new. iha k Ait; : uiuie iik, ur llest, King barrel charged extra when packed in sacks 1-1(5, , barrel then repacked in large tow packed in wood half-barrels. . Nice sailor hats at 15 cents at DAVIS & ROSE'S. A nicely trimmed felt hat for less than a dollar at DAVIS & ROSE'S. Lowest prices yet offered in Cloaks, Jackets and Jerseys at DAVIS & ROSE'S. Ladies Vests and Pants at prices very low. Look at them. DAVIS & ROSE. Our Hosiery Department offers at tractions to economical buyers. DAVIS & ROSE. Ihe biggest bargains in Crockery ever offered to Hendprsnn hnvprs nrp j now oftered by DAVIS & ROSE. - . . J Our Millinery Department is at tracting unusual attention this fall and it you have not been in it will pay you to do so before buying. DAVIS & "ROSE. 53 anfl Genis' Fnraisliers, n. a FLOUR direct ; this being the heart ot the winter wheat CHARLES J. ALSTON, State Agent and Salesman, Henderson, 1ST. C. JnmcH II. Lassitcr. W. T. ISSUER, STAINBACK & CO., LASSITEK BXJXLlDIlSrO, HENDERSON, NORTH CAROLINA. IF GOLD AND SILYERSHIRTS.1A p L lie Best Goods on the Market for the Honey. sf Ik NECEIEAB, Kl, tt. A visit to our double store will reveal the fact that we hare a large and well assorted stock of - General Merchaoti&e, DRY GOODS, NOTIONS, . Re dy-made Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Hats, STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES, Sugar, Coffee, Syrups, Molasses, Meat, Meal, Flour, Salt. Fish, Uay, Bran. Feed Staffs, ' Farmers' Supplies of all kinds. Flows, Hoes, Shovels, Casting, 4M which we are sell ing at prices that cannot be undersold in this market. We have a large and well selected stock and our goods are all fresh and seasonable. Our stock was never so large, never so fine and never so cheap before. Call and see for ! yourself. - . ' Thanking our friends and customer for the very liberal patronage accorded as in the past, we respectfully solicit a continuance of the same in future, promising oar best en deavors to please always. LASSITER, STAINBACK & CO, Farm for Sale. The undersigned offers for sale a farm of 90 acres, situate almut a quarter of a mile from Middleborg, Vance county. Improve ments consist of two-room house, tiue-ciuing barns,pack-house, &c. Good tobacco land. Also adapted to the cnltivation of cotton, grain and grasses. Will be sold on reason able terms. Apply to , MRS. LUCY Y. HUNTER. Middleburg, N. C. or to A. C. ZoixicoFTEK, oct 31-2 I Henderson, N. C. Notice. Having this day qualified in the Superior Court of Vance county as administrator of S. F. J. HarrU, deceased, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against the said deccastd to exhibit the same to me by tlie 7th Nov., 1890, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery; aM per sons indebted to said deceased will please pay the same to me at once. L. M. HARRIS, Adm'r of S. F. J. HarrU, dee'd. T. T. Hicks. Att'y. Nov. 7, 1880. nor. 7-6 o. CO., seetlon. No elevator mixtures to content! ii uoor manes met a mere nominal cost Bee, Old Void, KIom Kmc. 23 Cents TH-r sacks : also 23 cents per barrel extra when ' Staiuback. C. i:. Staiuback. Notice. By virtuo of a decree of the Superior Court of Vance county, entered at the Oc tober term, 1889, in the ease of Barnes vs. Smith, I shall sell for cash, by publie auc tion, to the highest bidder, at the court house door in Henderson, on the first Mon day in January. 1890. (being January Cth) a tract of land containing forty acres (40) ttiiatA in V9itf rn ntv nn Mu water nf fTabb's creek, adjoining the lands of James Davis, George Cheatham, a part or ute Cynthia Cheatham tract, being the land on which Jame A. Smith resides. The title U perfect and possession will be given on the day of sale. There are some good im T proveuients on the land. T. T. HICKS, ! Commissioner. Henderson, N. C, Dec. 2, 1889., dee5-4o. Snuerlor to all SntsHtntej pBEWj r . . . k. 1 1 l.ht. ntrtikl KlacBlta. Urea. Tea OWD0 wfcrtu H po4 ra a ata. W ly rMtry MerefcaaU. Drew ManwratwMI MILL 5 I " &U.TIKO&E. MA.