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Vol. 1. No. 29.
Accepts Neither Proposition After Contract Had
Been Further Modified and Local Concern
Had Raised Bid A Fraction To
Advertise Again.
City council last night rejected'
! ..th bids for the lighting; and pew-'
it franchise in Hickory and decided
tD advertise for new bids. The best
uiVer was from the A. A. Shuford Mill,
Company, Mr. G. II. Geitner, the pres
ident, raising his from one-half of
one per cent to three-fourths of one
per cent of the gross annual receipts
after the franchise had been modified j
so as to be acceptable to both bid
ders. Mr. Z. V. Taylor, president
of the Southern Public Utilities Com
pany, declined to increase his offer
from one-half of one per cent, and
luth bids, as was stated, were reject
ed by a unanimous vote of council.
Although the form of the franchise
had been gone into by the interested
parties at the session Tuesday night
and an informal conference yester
day morning, and dissected more or
loss, there was still enough in it to
cause Mr. Taylor to raise a few
points. The only hitch of any con
fluence, however, was over the ques
tion of installing the white way sys
tem, Mr. Taylor insisting that if he
signed a contract to put in the white
way without entering into an under
rtanding as to the "reasonablesness"
of the rates the city was to pay for
juice, then he could be forced to take
what the city would give or allow his
system to rot in the ground. So this
was fixed so as to enable the city and
the successful bidder to contract on
the rates, but not before it was spe
cified that the white way must be in
stalled. Mr. J. D. Elliott, during the dis
cussion on this point, told council
and the bidders that the city undoubt
edly would get lower rates for its
current than citizens generally. So
the question of reference to the sche
dule to rates to obtain was omitted
by agreement.
President Geitner asked a number
of questions as to the expiration of
the present franchise, as to what was
expected of the successful bidder, and
later increased his tlcl to three
fourths of one per cent.
Some "Friendly" Advice.
President Taylor offered council
some friendly advice, he said. This
was to make the contract as simple
as possible and to reserve every right
of regulation and supervision for the
city, lie said that was the best form
of contract for any city. Turning to
President Geitner, the president of
the Charlotte company told him in the
event his company secured the fran
chise never to fight the city, always
to keep out of court and always to
throw himself on the mercy of coun
cil. His long experience iad made
him wise, he said.
The crowd enjoyed Mr. Taylor's
The motion to reject all bids was
made by Councilman Rudisill and sec
onded by Councilman Abernethy, and
the vote was unanimous.
. A. L.
News was received m the city to
day of the death in Charlottesville,
Va., yesterday afternoon at 3:30 of
the Rev. A. L. Crouse, vormerly pas
tor of St. Stephen's Lutheran church
three miles from Hickory, and well
known and beloved throughout this
entire section. Mr. Crouse was aged
oO years, four months and 21 days,
and is survived by two children, Mr.
Carl Crouse and Miss Lula Crouse.
The remains will arrive in Hickory
tomorrow morning on No. 15 and will
ho taken to Christ Evangelical Lu
theran church, where they will lie in
state until 10:30, when the funeral
will be held from St. Stephen's Lu
theran church. Rev. II. B. Hemmet
or will conduct the services.
Mr. Crouse was pastor of St. Ste
phen's church here for 18 years and
during his long residence in this sec
tion won a warm place in the hearts
not only of the members of his con
gregation, but of the community at
large. He accepted a call to Charlot
tesville, Va., eight years ago, and had
been serving there until his last ill
ness. The news of his death will
bring sorrow into many a heart.
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Oct. 14. Reports to
the navy department from Admiral
Caperton state that conditions in Ha
iti are quiet and that the natives are
disarming. A detachment of marines
was said to have marched through
'ho country, and met with no oppo
Record carriers are contesting for
the handsome gold watch to be
awarded to that youngster who does
the best work during the month of
October in securing new subscribers
and making collections. The watch is
on display at the Geo. E. Bisanar jew
elry store, and already has attracted
attention. Some of the boys have not
made a good start yet, but there is
plenty of time. The following table
shows the number of points scored to
Name Points
William Ballew 1,059
Stewart Whitener 865
John Wise 762
Earl Price 301
Guy Alexander 265
John Springs 215
Harvey Wilfong 210
Summie Whitener 195
Robert Howell 170
Clemory Browder 120
Garnett Mitchell 30
(By Associated Press.)
New York, Oct. 14. The work of
selecting a jury to try William Rock
efeller, Lewis Cass Lidyard, Edward
B. Robbins and eight other directors,
past and present, of the New York &
New Haven Railroad charged with at
tempting to monopolize the traffic,
was resumed here today. It was be
lieved that the original panel would
be depleted before twelve satisfac
tory men could be found. DeLancey
Nichols continued the examination of
talesmen for the defendants.
(By Associated Press.)
Tokio, Oct. 14. At a cabinet
meeting today the foreign minister,
Baron Ishii, former ambassador to
France, made a report on the situa
tion in the Balkans and on the other
war fronts.
The Japanese government has with
drawn its consul in Mexico and prob
ably will recognize tne Carranza gov
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Oct. 14. Commission
er Osborne of the internal revenue
bureau today announced that about
500 revenue agents, inspectors and
deputy agents appointed under the
income tax law had been converted
into the civil service and that appoint
ments in this service in future would
come under civil service rules.
(By Associated Press.)
London, Oct. 14. Great Britain
will await final action by the United
States in reference to recognition of
General Carranza before deciding on
its attitude. The government will de
fer consideration of the question for
the present, as the American govern
ment has not yet granted recogni
tion. "I tell you our candidate would be
an ornament to the bench."
"That's a poor argument these days
Oranments aren ot so much in de
mand as they were." Louisville
(By Associated Press.)
Pans, Oct. 14. There has been a
particularly violent artillery engage
ment in the Artois district, in which
both sides took part, the French war
office announced today.
There also has been active trench
fighting in the vicinity of Lihons.
In the Champagne district the Ger
mans have been throwing asphyxiat
ing bombs on the French rear guards.
The German attacks on Tehure
have been repulsed by the French
In the Lorraine heavy fighting in
which both sides took part is re
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Oct 14. President
Wilson today approved Secretary Gar
rison's plan for increasing the army.
It calls for annual appropriation of
$182,000,000, an increase of $65,000,
000 over the present expenditure.
The plan will be submitted to con
gress and energetically pushed.
Much of the increase in the appro
priation would be devoted to coast de
fenses and field artilleries. Much of
the details have not yet been made
public. If the navy, which will ask
for an increase of $100,000,000, car
ries through its plan, making its ap
propriation $240,000,000, total appro
priation for the army and navy will
be $430,000,000. It is believed that
the estimates will be reduced to $400,
000,000. The president spent the morning
going over Secretary Garrison's plan,
which is understood to propose an in
crease of 30,000 to 40,000 men and
a reserve to be created to secure en
listments for short terms. The plan
also has received the support of the
national guard, whose officers will be
allowed to use the West Point mili
tary academy.
After consultation the president
laid the plans before the chairman of
the house army committee, and later
will lay it before the senate commit
tee. It is expected that senate and
house leaders will approve the plans.
It is proposed to increase the num
ber of submarines and aeroplanes.
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Oct. 14. William
Loeb, Jr., representing American
smelting interests in Chihauhua, Mex
ico, appealed to the state department
today to stop the threatened confis
cation of the plant there by Villa. The
department has appealed to Carranza.
Villa had promised not to disturb
American property in Chihauhua.
(By Associated Press.)
Berlin, Oct. 14. A general British
attack almost over the whole front
from Ypres to Loos is reported in
the official statement today from the
war office. All attacks were repulsed.
Washington, Oct. 15. For the third
time in the memory of court afficials,
a foreign jurist today had the honor
of sitting with the supreme court of
the United States. The visitor was
Baron Reading, Lord Chief Justice of
England, in America as chairman of
the Anglo-French finance commis
sion. So far as is recalled here, the
distinction shown Baron Reading has
been accorded only twice before to
Lord Coleridge when lord chief jus
tice of England, in 1883, and Lord
Herschell, British lord high chancel
lor in 1899.
London, Oct. 14. To aid the war
maimed, Rev. Ernest Houghton, a
Bristol rector, appealed to patriotic
women to start a "league for marry
ing broken heroes."
(By Associated Press.)
Springfield,',. Mass., Oct. 14. The
United States Brewers' Association,
whose members are said to produce
over seventy-five per cent of the malt
liquors in the United States, began
its fifty-fifth annual convention here
President Edward A. Schmidt in his
address declared that the brewers, as
well as outside reformers, were striv
ing to correct the evils of the saloon,
and intimated that some radical re
forms might be expected.
He said, in part:
"For many years the educational
work of our association was hamper
ed by the lack of a constructive poli
cy, which, however, was impossible
until practically all our own people
had reached the point of conviction in
regard to the necessity of saloon re
form and of rigid law observance.
"We have at last come to fairly
general agreement as to what consti
tutes a eood licensing svstem. and
" , " '
have established in our own minds,
certain definite principles which
should govern the conduct of the re
tail trade. Of course, the local ap
plication of these principles involves
many perplexing and complex prob
lems, which will take time to work
out, and will undoubtedly involve
some serious sacrifices.
"In this connection I want to be
speak your active interest and co
operation in the work of the co-operative
committee of the licensed
trade engaged in the manufacture and
sale of alcoholic liquors, which is en
deavoring to build up tne local retail
organizations, so that every reputable
man in the saloon trade may be en
rolled as a member of his local or
ganization. One of the main objects
of this movement is to bring the re
putable men in the retail business to
gether, so that their opinions may
be made potent in correcting any of
the abuses that have crept into the
"The co-operative committee, rep
resenting the national organizations
of the brewers, the wholesalers and
the retailers, have agreed that licen
ses should be issued in response to a
normal demand for them, and that the
artificial stimulation or Dusiness by
any branch of the trade is undesir
able. The committee also advocates
the absolute suppression of any con
nection of anv licensed premises with
any disorderly house or gambling es
tablishment, and urges the trade to
refuse to sell to 'speak-easies,' or
other illicit vendors.
In France and Germany.
"Perhaps the most important and
far-reaching suggestion made by the
co-operative committee, is, that the
trade should encourage the establish
ment of public family resorts in
which all kinds of refreshments shall
be dispensed, and in which the sale
of alcoholic beverages shall be no
more emphasized than any other bev
erages, conforming to the type of
continental beer hall and restaurant,
familiar to the American traveler. In
the French restaurant or the German
beer garten, one sees whole families
sitting together at a table, sipping
their beer, their diluted wine or their
coffee, enjoying good music, eating
their simple fare and talking togeth
er in peace and harmony.
"In England a body of noted men
have organized what is known as the
Public House Trust, which is dealing
with the temperance and licensing
problems upon common sense busi
ness lines. Their standpoint is that
the licensed house is a practical ne
cessity, and that it ought always to
be a place to which all classes, and all
the people can resort without re
proach. This organization has se
cured the control of some 300 licen
sed houses, where during the past ten
years it has been computed that more
than 11,000,000 persons have been ser
ved, and not a single prosecution for
drunkenness or any other evil has re
sulted. "I appeal to you," said the presi
dent in closing, "to make it your
personal business to see that such re
forms are undertaken and carried out,
and to accept willingly your own
share in the loss that these reforms
may, and will necessarily involve
temporary though they may be
both because in the long run tney will
insure to your benefit, and most of
all because they are putitng the in
dustry on all fours with the welfare
of the community.
Tha THrlrnrv Merchants Asso-
: ;oimn ic tmi n r ahead with Dians
: for Pay-Up Week to be held here
: some time in the near luiure. a
; new rating book will be issuea
: atiH it is hoDed that every per-
his trading in Hick-
; ory will be given a good marK
in the book. The date will be
0Jl T.
' announced later.
The mints of the United States do
a good deal of business of which the
public at large know little or nothing.
We not only manufacture metal mon
ey for our own use, but we make
coins by the million for other coun
tries. Every now and then we get an
order from some Latin American
country for a supply of metal coins.
(By Associated Press.)
Paris, Oct. 14. Premier Viviani an
nounced to the senate today that Italy
probably would take part in the Bal
kan operations.
(By Associated Press.)
London, Oct. 14. Sir Edward Grey,
secretary for foreign affairs, an
nounced in the house of commons to
day that the co-operation of Russian
troops in the Balkan operations had
been promised and that the troops
would be landed as soon as they could
be spared from Russia.
(By Associated Press.)
Springfield, Mass., Oct. 14. The
views of the United States Brewers
Association on the extra war tax
were set forth in the report of the
trustees before today's session of the
convention of that assocration here.
The report points out :hat while
the brewers have been heavy losers
on account of war conditions and be
cause of the constant menace to its
business, it also bears the heaviest
burden of war taxation "while other
industries, that grow fat on war con
tracts, escape entirely."
"Beer has been compelled to bear
a war taxation out of all proportion
to its relation to industry," says the
report. "The increased beer tax of
50 cents per barrel (making the pres
ent tax $1.50 per barrel) will expire
by limitation next December. When
this extra tax was imposed, the brew
ers submitted to it witn the feeling
that there was an emergent need for
it. The burden is, however, a griev
ous one, particularly in these hard
times, and there should be no renew
al of the extra tax until the govern
ment has exhausted other means of
obtaining the additional revenue. It
would seem most fitting that the
heaviest burden of taxation should be
borne by those who are making mil
lions ovb of the war the arms and
munitions manufacturers, the steel in
dustry and the automobile manufac
turers rather than by those whose
business has suffered through the
(By Associated Press.)
Atlanta, Oct. 14. Senator Hoke
Smith, in a statement on the decision
of Federal Judge Hough holding un
constitutional the Smith-Lever cotton
futures bill, declared today that it
is hardly probable that the court
holds that the bill falls within the
requirements of the constitution
which requires that tax measures
must originate in the house.
"The senate passed a cotton ex
change bill,!' said Senator Smith, "but
the house laid away the senate bill
and passed a substitute. The taxing
feature originated almost entirely in
the house.
"If the present law is successfully
attacked, a substitute will be drawn
covering the contract, will, in my op
inion, be quickly passed when con
gress meets."
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Oct. 14. President
Wilson probably will not return to
Cornish next summer. He is con
sidering transferring the '"summer
capital" to the New Jersey coast.
He is being urged to make the
change in order to be close to the cen
ter of political activity next year.
She Wasn't That Kind of a Girl.
A young college student, full of
new wisdom, was discussing a topic
with a maid recently arrived in his
home, relates Judge.
"I held your attitude once," said
thes tudent after a short pause.
"My attitude " exclaimed the maid
and drawing herself up to her full
height, indignantly added, "You did
not "
A substitute for absorbant cotton
is made in Germany from pure pine
A large, healthy pigeon seated on
the minute hand of the Poughkeep
sie (N. Y.) town clock caused the
mayor to miss his train by 20 minutes
on a recent day.
Dispute in Paris and Silence of Italy Intensify
Feeling Russians Seem to Have Upper
Hand Once More Serbia
Fights Hard.
C. & N. W.
That one misfortune generally fol
lows another was demonstrated today
when the extra coach on the C. & N.
W. passenger train, bound for Ches
ter, ran off the rails in the local
yards here and was damaged slight
ly before the train was stopped. It
was the second accident of the week
and, like the first, did not result in
any injuries.
The coach was dragged along on
the cross-ties and ground for a dis
tance of 60 to 75 yards. At one point
the rear wheels on the left side of the
extra coach got a hold on another rail
and pulled it over so that the wheels
could run on it for ten or fifteen
yards. Thee ar wasd amaged slight
ly, the rear platform being smashed
and the truck displaced.
The accident was the result of a
drawn spike near the switch, which
was not tightly closed and the rear
coach jumped it at this point. After
the train was brought to a stop, the
coach was left almost diagonally a
cross the track on which it was sup
posed to run. Workmen promptly
jacked the car up, the regular train
was detached, and there was not
much loss of time by the passenger
(By Associated Press.)
London, Oct. 14. Forty-one per
sons were killed and 101 injured in a
Zeppelin raid over London last night.
(By the Associated Press)
New York, Oct. 14. War shares
and kindred specialties, mainly those
comprising the automobile groups,
were those comprising the early mar
ket. Willis Overland made a new
high record at 253. Maxwell first and
second preferred broke Into new
ground on over night advances. Oth
er strong advances were .Lackawana
Steel, American Woolen, American
Car and Continental Calf. Newly list
ed securities included Burns Brothers.
(By the Associated Press)
New York, Oct. 14. The cotton
market opened steady at an advance
of eight to ten points today, with De
cember and January selling on the
call. There was some selling on the
curb with the announcement that the
cotton futures law had been declared
unconstitutional. It was reported
that the government will carry the
case to the supreme court, but the
board of managers of the cotton ex
change said there would be no chang
es in their rules. Considerable cot
ton was offered for sale.
New York, Oct. 14. Cotton futures
opened steady and closed quiet.
Open Close
December 12.71 12.52
January 12.89 12.68
March 13.08 13.04
May 13.26 13.06
(By Associated Press.)
Chicago, Oct. 14. The laymen's
missionary movement today opened
its campaign interest in missionary
affairs with a large attendance. There
was a big attendance from all over
the world. The campaign is to cul
minate in Washington with an inter
national meeting in April, 1916.
Price Two Cents
(By Associated Press.)
London, Oc. 14. Increasing un
easiness is felt in London at the ab
sence of definite news concerning the
allied attack in the Balkans. This
feeling is intensified by news of the
dispute in the French chamber of de
puties, by Italy's persistent silence
regarding participation in the expe
dition and by uncertainty regarding
the British program.
Opinion here is divided to some ex
tent regarding participation in the
Balkan conflict, though opinion is
general that Great Britain is mo
rally bound to aid Serbia if it can
be done without endangering the suc
cess of the other operations.
Having failed in their attack on the
British positions, the Germans have
turned and made a general attack on
Tehure and made slight gains. These
are not sufficient to worry the allies.
On the eastern front the Russians
are now in full possession of the ini
tiative and the momentum which car
ried them across the Stripa has not
yet diminished. It is reported unof
ficially from Petrograd that it is now
the Germans who lack ammunition,
thus reversing the condition of two
months ago.
Russians Return.
WThile gaining in one sector, near
Dvinsk and losing in another the Ger
man troops, it is asserted from Petro
grad, are three miles farther Jrom
the city than they were a week ago.
Officials who moved from Dvinsk and
Riga a week ago are no1, e urn'mg.
Serbians Are t;ane.
The Austrians and G rmans are
reporting progress in Serbia, but the
invasion is being impeded. No en
counter of great strategic importance
has been fought in this new war thea
tre. Serbia is striving to stem the
invasion of the large Austro-German
forces, and it is believed that se
rious resistance will be offered when
the mountains are reached. The Ser
bians are waiting a Bulgarian attack
near the Greek border. They expect
that an attempt will be made to cut
at this point the railroad between
Nish and Saloniki, and have concen
trated artillery there.
Waiting and Watching.
Pending final announcement of It
aly's plans, the allies are closely
watching developments in the inter
nal situation in Bulgaria, where many
of the people are averse to fighting
against the" allies, particularly Russia.
It was reported from Paris that
General Savoff former Bulgarian min
ister of war and former commander-in-chief
of the Bulgarian army, re
signed his command rather than fight
against Russia. It is thought that
the landing of Russians in Bulgaria
might result in a change in the policy
of that country even thus late in the
There is little or no change on the
western front, the fighting again be
ing for the trenches, with fluctuating:
success. The allies maintain all their
larger gains and are pressing the
Germans in Flanders and Champagne.
In the east the Russians have won
an important victory in Galicia rout
ing three Austro-German divisions
on the Stripa river. in the north
they have pushed Field Marshal von
Hindenburg several miles farther
west of Dvinsk and are again ap
proaching the Dvinsk-Vila railway.
The activity of the British subma
rines in the Baltic continues and
Germany is now convoying her
steamers to and from Sweden.
(By Associated Press.)
The Hague, Oct. 14. Martial law
in a modified form was proclaimed
here today. The proclamation an
nouncing that The Hague was placed
under a minor state of maHi.il law
was placarded this morning. The
measure will affect natives only.
For North Carolina: Local show
ers tonight, cooler west portion. Fri
day partly cloudy; gentle to moderate
east winds.
October 13. 1915 1914
Maximum JJ ?4
Minimum g 1
Mean 63 57

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