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MORG ANTON AND BURKE COUNTY
Our Progress in the Past and the Out look for the Future -The News and Observer's New Year Edition. Last Sunday's issue of the Raleigh News and Observer consisted of 24 prices, devoted to a review of the industrial, educational and religious work of the past year in North Car olina and a glance at the out look for the future in the State. It contains contribu tions from nearly every town and citv of our commonwealth and the showing is encourag ing. We congratulate the News and Observer on the excel lencv of its New Year Edition and the jfre.it work it is doiny for the advancement of the interests of North Carolina. Such an edition is of great value to the State. Following are the communi cations from Morganton: Kditor News and Observer: In reply to your request I w ill say as to Morjjfanton: 1. Total amount of capital in vested in 199 145,000 Total amount of capital in vested in lWil 30,000 2. l.V9. Hank (Burke Co.) 630, ooo; Electric Light Co., 5,- (Kio '. 35,000 Telephone Co 4,000 3. Amount spent in building and repairs 1800 60, (.MX) A. No educational changes, but in creased interest. 5. Manufacturing and business otit ic k for 1900 very flattering. I would also state that in the last month or two $30,000 have been paid in cash for o-old mining properties in Burke, and we have a new lonjr distance Telephone Com pany at very moderate rates that jives universal satisfac tion. The town owns the electric liht plant and while only charjjin about half the usual city prices still jjfets its own street li;ht practically for nothing. Wishing you the success your elTort certainly deserves, I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant. John IVll, Mayor. The town lies on the West ern North Carolina Railroad, one of the leading lines of the reat Southern Railway, four teen hours from Washington, seven hours from Raleigh, four hours from Charlotte,- land two hours from Asheville. The State's largest and fin est charity, the Hospital for the Insane, is located here, as well as the State School for the Deaf Mutes of the White Race. The population of the town proper is between 2,500 and 3,000 of the county about 20,000. Since 1890, "it has made most of its progress. The Alpine Cotton Mills, the Lesh-Camp Tannery, the Morganton Manufacturing Company (wood works), and the Hoan Roller Mills are its chief industries. They repre sent about $150,000 in plant equipment, and do business to an amount of which I am ignorant, but evidently at a profit, as they are continuous ly engaged. They furnish employment to several hun dred persons. There are many saw mills in the county, and the shipment of lumber, both hard woods and pine, is a leading industry. The are some thirty stores in the place, churches of the Presbyterian, Kpiscopal, Methodist and Baptist com munions and two churches of the colored population, which here number about one-fifth of the whole. About $40,000 was expended during the past year in build ings the Methodists having in that time well under way one of the handsomest churches in the West, and which represents about one fourth of the above sum. The town has a well equip ped electric light plant of its own, and a good telephone system, connecting it with all the near by towns. The lat ter is a private enterprise. The Burke County Bank, owned by leading" citizens of standing, does the exchange business of the place, and furnishes any needed accom modation in the wav of money. The health of the place de serves more than a passing remark. The situation on the sunny side of the Blue R Word to Doctors We have the highest regard for the medical profession. Our preparations are not sold for the purpose of antagon izing them, but rather as an aid. We internal remedies are positively injuri ous to expectant mothers. The distress and discomforts experienced during the applying a liniment that softens and re laxes the over-strained muscles. We make and sell such a liniment, com bining the ingredients in a manner hitherto unknown, and call it Kditor News and Observer: This is one of the oldest towns in the Western part of the Mate, dating back to 1781 its county Burke having been formed in 1777. It bears the name of the West Virginia wagoner fam ous at Cowpens and Saratoga, and commissioned by Wash ington to suppress the whis key insurrection in Western Pennsylvania. Prior to the Civil War it was the seat of a summer ses sion of the Supeme Court, and had a State reputation as a pleasant town to spend the Mimmer in. It was then a straLrLrliiv village with about (00 people, though they were quite a re markable people, and of force in the Stateand society. This has been true of them from the days of the Revolution and is somewhat true of them vet. Catawba of strong financial Ridge and just Under it, while 1' it down as an established truth that 1,400 teet above the waves at Beaufort, was the inducement which led the State to selert I months preceding childbirth can be al- 14. 4.u i4. c i. ri. leviated onlv bv external treatment by IT nc tho I rn T t nn tnr run tt if c . . .-. . . J chief institutions. The Catawba River flows around the town and itsdrain age is excellent. While but few Northern people have come in those who have come are most ex cellent folk, and are well pleased with their environ ments. The debt of the town is about $17,000, and the tax rate is 50 cents on the $100 valuation. The Morganton Herald and the Burke County News, both weeklies, are the county newspapers, and receive a fair support. The farming lands along the Catawba, the Johns and Linville Rivers and on the numerous tributaries of these are of excellent quality, and produce in abundance all the fruits and cereals of the tem perate zone. Since 1836 gold has been successfully mined in the county and in earlier days it was the chief industry. Con siderable capital from Virginia has recently been invested in old mines, and the vein mines are now in large demand. Most of the work hitherto has been placer mining. The forests of the county are now being rapidly cut down without yielding any great income to their owners, and this is one industry that cannot unreservedly be com mended. Otherwise all the signs here are favorable to progress. Wm. S. Pearson. Mother s Friend We know that in thousands of cases it has proved more than a blessing to expectant mothers. It overcomes morn ing sickness. It relieves the sense of tightness. Ueadacbes cease, and dan ger from Swollen, Hard and Rising Breasti is avoided. Labor itself is shortened and shorn of most of the pain. We know that many doctors recom mend it, and we know that multitudes of women go to the drug stores and buy it because they are sure their physicians have no objections. We ask a trial just a fair test. There is no possible chance of injury being the result, be cause Mother's Friend is scientific ally compounded. It is sold at $i a bot tle, and should be used during most of the period of gestation, although great relief is experienced if used only a short time before childbirth. Send for our il lustrated book about Mother's Friend. THE BRADFIELD REGULATOR CO. ATLANTA, OA. Mortgage Sale of Land. By virtue of a deed of mortgage exe cuted by Bart Zimmerman ami wife, Nancy, on the 30th day of January, 1897, in order to secured the payment of the sum of $36 and interest, I will, at the Court House door in Morganton, on Tuesday, the ICth day of January, 1900, offer for sale at public outcry, to the highest bidder for cash, that tract of land situate in Icard township, ad joining the lands of Andrew Ingle, W. U. Page and others, bounded as follows: Beginning on a pine-knot, Andrew In gle's corner, and runs west with his line 58 poles to a pine, Eli Martin's corner; then north with his line 53 poles to a hickory and chestnut-oak stump in the Speculation line; then south 70 degrees east with said line 56 poles to a small oak; then south 32 poles to the beginning, containing 13 acres," more or less. Term of sale cash. This Dec. 15th, 1899. G. W. HENRY, Mortgagee. PATTON SCHOOL Morganton, N. C SPRING TERM OF FIVE MONTHS BEGINS JAN. 1ST, 1900. For Catalogue Address, Rev. R. L. Patton.