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CGEEDS HI1SELF STATE FARMERS' UNION MEETS IN ANNUAL SESSION WITH 2C0 DELEGATES PRESENT. STATE MEMBERSHIP 17,000 A Cash Balance of $14,000 In th Treasury of the Order Shown N by the Secretary-Treasurer. Wilson. Dr. H. Q. Alexander, of Mecklenburg county, was re-elected president of the .North Carolina Farm ers' union oveY Ray King, of Nash county, by a vote announced as 64 to 30, at the annual convention of the union here. The convention began it3 session this morning. ; - Dr. J. M. Templeton, of Wake coun ty, was elected state organizer to suc ceed J. Z. Green, who resigned from the place several months ago. , Mr. King, who opposed Dr. Alex ander, did not announce .his candidacy for the presidency until very recently. He has represented Nash county at anuual meetings on two previous oc casions. Several of the local unions of the state came out against Dr. Alexander's re-election and instructed their dele gates to vote against him. It was re ported that prior to the battle started against his regime, Dr. Alexander had considered dropping out of the race, but when opposition was openly avowed against him he made the fight which ended in his re-election. There were about 200 delegates from the various counties of the state pres ent when President Alexander official ly called the convention to order. The meeting was opened with prayer by Dr. J. M. Kester, pastor of the Wilson Baptist church. The address of welcome was made by P. L. Carr, for the city of Wilson and the union of Wilson county. R. G. Maxwell, of Duplin county, respond ed for the union. The reports of President H. Q. Alexander and Secretary E. C. Faires showed a total of 17.000 members in the state, an increase in membership over last year. There is approximate ly $14,000 in the treasury at present. Six Inches of Snow.'" Charlotte. Cotton Weigher X S. Withers recalled the fact that one year ago on December 11th Charlotte vras hidden beneath six inches of snow, which began to fall the previous night and continued until well up into the day. The report of Meteorologist O. O. Atto shows that on December 10, 1917, the mean temperature was 20 degrees. The mean for yesterday was 61, am excess in temperature for the day of 17 degrees. Editor , in New Role. , Kinston. The versatility of "Square Dear Jones has again manifested it self. Snow Hill's one-armed editor for the present is running a train on the railroad between this city and Snow Hill. He was pressed into ser vice when the regular conductor was taken ill with influenza a day or two New Basis for Highwayr Charlotte.An entire change of pro gram of the Charlote delegation who have been waging an intensive war to procure an appropiation from Uncle Sam to bull d amilitary highway con lecting Charlotte and Wilmington has taken place as result of the endmg of the war. The Charlotte del egation, and hundreds of citizens in Wilmington and the towns that lie along the proposed route of the new road, will now direct their attack at the civil heads and to officials in Washington in legislative halls. The seventh annual meeting of the North Carolina Livestock, -Poultry and Dairy Associations, closed with a ses sion given over to those interested in the sheep industry. The feautre of the "Sheep Day" program was an ad dress by A. C. Bigelow, of Philadelphia. Hydroplane Wrecked. I Wilmington. A wrecked hydroplane five miles off shore caused reports here that a vessel was in distress. Three hydroplanes flying south landed in a choppy sea, and the bottom of one wa stove in. The erew was taken off 'by the accompanying hydroplanes. i The flying boat was later brought ashore and will be repaired. None j of the crew was injured. The ma- Chines wpre malrinp nrafitice flights along the coast when caught in a ind and rain storm. Christmas Vacation Off. Boone. The Appalachian Training sch-ool has decided not to allow its students to spend the Christmas hol idays at their homes, but to keep them i strict quarantine at the school. The teachers also will remain with the students during the holidays. The in fluenza situation in the various parts 0,1 the territory, from which the stu nts come makes this action advisa-bIe- There is no , influenza in the school, and the authorities feel that students would be almost sure to I H.Q.A su , OH looket here! My, wasn't Santa good! He gave me all the presents that he could. That's 'cause I always kept so neat and clean On Sundays dresst just like a fairy Queen. I minded darl ing Muzzer ev'ry day; Was careful of my dresses when at play, And held my Oran'ma's yarn when she did knit, For that's the way I did my little bit. And when my Dad came home from work each night I tried to please him with my tiny might; Always brought" his pipe and paper, too, So he could smoke and read it thru and thru. Dear Santa Claus, in Toyland, heard bout me, 'Cause my Muzzer said he said, said he, TU just give that sweet and 'bedient chile The very things she's wanted all the while. So see this pretty, sparkling Christmas Tree And the toys and things he gave to me; When you're good like me and try to please Santa Claus will give you toys like these. HOLIDAY SEASON IN ITALY Dr. Grenfell ' of Labrador Fame Explains Christmas Observances In the Sunny Land. Travelers visiting Rome while it was still the center of a land of peace, found Christmas there a day of joy ousness ; and the merry bells of many churches, ushering in the day, spoke the familiar language of home. Just before the war, Dr. Grenfell, of Labrador fame, indulged in the unusual luxury of a brief holiday in Europe, after years of tireless service among the fishermen. His journey brought him and Mrs. Grenfell to Rome just 'as the many religious and civil observances of the t Christmas season were about to take place. A great contrast these scenes were to the Christmases of Icebound Labra dor. The decorations, the greetings, and the crowds flocking in and out of churches, emphasized the spirit of the season. "All the places of worship into which we peeped," he says, "were ablaze with lights, while procegMons of priests in glittering qpbes, witji so norous choruses and ascending incense, appealed to the various senses." At one church they viewed the five boards believed to have formed a part of the cradle of our Lord. The American Episcopal Church of St. Paul, 'where they worshiped on Christmas morning, was crowded with the Protestant population of the Holy City. A feature of the service was the dedicating of a beautiful new mosaic, covering one entire wall of. the church and representing the . nativity of Christ. . Of the Coliseum, says Dr. Grenfell, "we could think of no place, better to suggest to our minds. the communion of ttie saints ; and as we walked round the tiers of seats we could see again the 'men of like passions wirh ourselves,' giving their lives for the same Master we claim to serve. When darkness had fellen the trav ellers wel attracted by numbers of bright lights oyer by the Porta San Giovanni. These proved to announce "all the fun of a fair' there in Italy iust as one finds them, in this , coun- try at a "county iair. BEAR, MOT BARE The Boys Are All Away How shall we wreathe the holly? How hang1 the mistletoe? How shall we keep the' Christmas feast With the joy we- used to know. When on the happy Christinas Day The boys are all away? The holly pricked their fingers .- And brought wee drops of red, . When cauh beneath the mistletoe " , The laughing lassies fled. No romping games this year we'll play The boys are all away. : But we will never shame , the lads With hearts so bold ahd true, We'll never mix our Christmas greens With sombre boughs of yew; With courage high we'll learn to say: "The boys are all away." j We'll keep the heart and make the horn As bright as bright can be . And .sing the carols old and sweet Of Christ's nativity, Like Mary smile, the while we pray "For all the boys away. .t ? Ethelbert D. Warfleld. r A Common; Human Failing. It is' undoubtedly more blessed to give than to receive; but it is a hu man failing to conlpare the value ol Christmas gift. PL ? WORK BF INFLUENZA J Father," Mother Child, Follow Each Other in .Quick Succession to Untimely -Graves. ' Charlotte. Influenza, in four days has claimed the lives of a husband wife and child here. H. L! Wallaces of 1308 North - Brevard street, died a week ago ; his wife, Mrs. Martha Wal lace and their two-year-old child , fol lowed the husband and father quickly, the deaths of all three' occurring at the Presbyterian hospital. Mrs. Wal lace was buried in. a grave beside that of her husband in the family burying plot at Sardis Presbyterian church. The child was buried by the side of .its parents. Winston-Salem Situation Worse. .Winston-Salem Dr Carlton, city. physicianf .announces that oyer 700 new cases of influenza were reported by the Winston-Salem physicians this week. While no order has been is sued to close the schools and moving picture shows, etc., Dr. Carlton ad vises parents to keep their children at home, which he says means off the streets Twenty-two death certificates have been filed sinqe December 1, the cause given being influenza and pneu monia. Conditions in the. county pre cincts are no less encouraging, accord ing to a statement issued by the coun ty physicians. The disease Is spread ing in many communities . and schools are to be closed where local conditions justify it, and all other measures taken to stay and prevent' the spread of this appallingly destructive dis ease. Conference Appointments. ' Asheville.- The following appoin-b. ments were made by Bishop Frank M. Bristol, D. D., LL. B., at the" annual conference of the Blue Ridge-South Atlantic district ' of the Methodist Episcopal church in Asheville: Appointments for the coming year were announced as follows: Asheville .District J. L. A. Baum garner, superintendent; Asheville, W. A. Patton; Asheville - circuit, J. S. Greene, Bakersville, T. H. Stamey; Boone, Roy P. Jones; Canton, W. C. Matney; Canton circuit, -W. H. Pleas; Clyde, T. E. Pierce; Creston, to be supplied ; Culberson and Unaka, C: C. Williams; Etowah, to be supplied; Haynesyille, J. H. Fine; Lansing, W. A. Graybeal; Leicester, A. B. Den nis; Montezuma, to be supplied; Pisgah, D. L. Earnhardt; Pond Moun tain, to be supplied; Sylva, IT. A. Dry4Trasita, to T)e supplied.; . Wilkes horo, F. N. Baumgarner. Coast District W., S. Mbore, super intendent; Bethlehem and Marshall burg, to be supplied ; -Chandler -and Deep River, E. E. Wadford ; Eliza beth City C. M. Warden;- Hamlet, W: ;R;-Woodel;. JParkers Island, C. D. McAbee; Supply Hatteras, to be sup plied ..Morehead City, D. W Paga; Morehead City circuit, O. Li Hawkins; Ocracoke, to bo supplied; Parmalee, a. B. Frye; Pembroke, B. F. Lowery; Pine Bluff, G. S. Deland; Pinners, Va., M. L. Chappell; Pleasant Grove, W. L. Moore; Rowland, F. R. Lowery; Troy, W. A. 'Parkins; Washington, to be supplied; Whaleyville, J. M. Smith. Winston-Salem District W. J. Plint, superintendent; Ararat, W. L. Carter ; Bessemer City, W. E. Isenhour; Caes ar, W. Foster, supply; Gastonia, to be supplied; Harmony, J. M. 'Wall; Hickory, S. A. Earnhardt; Kanna.polis, C. M. White ; Kings Mountain, B. A. Culp; , Laurel, to be supplied; Misen heimer, J. N. Heath; Newton, M. A. Matheson; Old Fort and Kilkey, J. H. Gillespie; Statesville, Austin Wil son; St. Paul circuit, S. W. Johnson; Thermond, T. W. Bryant, supply;. Traphill, D. J. White; Walkertown. W. E. West; Winston-Salem, W. Q. A. Graham; Yadkin circuit, F. A. L. Clarke; Zion circuit, W. A. Greer. Special Appointments M. O. Fletch er, president Washington Collegiate Institute and member of Washington Quarterly Conference; Z. V. Arthur, United States army and member Mt. Pleasant Quarterly Conference; J. M. Fowler, conference evangelist and member Clyde Quarterly Conference; J. M. Gambill, left without appoint ment to attend some Methodist Epis- copal, school; J. L. Dennis, granted year's furlough for rest, member iroy Quarterly Conference. . Change by Health Boards. Raleigh. During the past week ru mors have 'been heard in-county and city administration circles to the effect that there 'may be another important change in the Wake health depart ment. The reports are that Dr. J. M. Caveness, county superintendent of health, is to be succeeded by another. Dr. Caveness, however, is a" candidate for the re-election. The election of the superintendent of health has been de ferred until -the formal organization of a hew coimyt board of health. $60,000 Free Library. ABheville-Property, 'to ' the ,valne of about $70,000, will be presented, to the city, for the purpose of founding a free library, if plans for the iPaek Memorial Library Association mate rialize. The association plans t5 pre sent the present 'library building and location, worth $60,000- to the city, to gether with books - and furniture val ued at $10,000, and a lot on Church street, worth another $10,000 with the idea that the city maintain a free li brary. The city, it is understood, will accept the gift. - Li a imss ana i of All M-a'nn Dru fprescriptipns ia Specialty t - MattoirMjgGa Fresh Drugs and Prescriptions Compounded by Registered Phartnacists Full line Eastman Kodaks and supplies. All leading drinks served at our Fountain. We have your favorite Cigars nd robacco. MATTON DRUG COMPANY PLone 21 North Main Street No Man Can Lift a Thousand Founds Oat any man will make an asy job of it by dividing it into small portions and moving one portion at a time. It is the same way in paying large amounts. Almost any mao with a steady job can pay o few doU !ars a week without feeling the bur den, tut could not pay a largs i mount. Is here to help the men thnt can ay a few dollars a week. So cou sentratc these amouuts with The Morris Plan and pay (hem up by ihe week , High Point Horris Plan Co: 1st Floor Bank of Com roe roe Bldgt HBEQCinriS FOE -Eercbficdise an-j Fer- shore" ef AH Kinds. . - Corpfcts, Rua, Art Squares, Mattings, Cloth- ing. Shoes, Dry Goods and Notions. Tho ploco Trhero tt Dollar goes a long uror. w. t. mvm 5 ca Long Distance Connections with Capital City arid Other Import ant Points in and out of State. We now have connection with the local City Exchange of f he Raleigh Telephone Co., Raleigh, N. C. -Our rate for a 5-minute conversation is 40c. Other points recently added to our Long Distance Service are Burlington, (25c) and Durham ,i30c.) We have exclusive connection with all Long Dist ance Telephone Lines of Postal Telegraph'CableCo. Faster Service, Better Transmission, Lower Rates A few of the points reached by very fast service and very low rates: Atlanta, Ga ' Columbia. S. C. Birmingham, Ala. . . Danville, Va Burlington. N. C. Charlotte, N. C. . North State For Art onei icics Kinds Toilet Articles Tie Way It Looked. El:;.ribeth was not accustomed to th aoylng of grace. One night she -ent for supper to he next door neighbors: 1 UDaddy," said sht; the nejt morning, "what wns that Mr. Puranton read off t)larr' , UN 1 11 I N O S a o get yonr Drags and Toi let Articles Sone bnt Registered Pfcniv macists to fill jonr prescriptions fenr wants will have bnr prompt attention G rug Company, 1 he Kexal btore, N. a Phones 20 and 90 Be!l 2f Mr. Farmer! Now s the Time to buy your winter' $t supply of' Gas Tar for painting rcofsk fence posts, etc. .; Place your orders now $3.50 fr barre!l t o. b. gk plant. 217 S. Mai Hish Point, N. C Gastonia, N..C Greenville. S. C L nchburg, Va. Spartanbuxg. S. C. 0) Durham, N. C. Faytteville, N. C. Telephone Co x ton it in after Christmas.