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> FOR MONTH JULY WITH Z'/i MILLION DOLLARS PROPERTY AT RISK, DAMAGE TOTALED HALF MILLION. ISHEVIllE SUFFERS WORST Seventeen Towns and Cities Had No Fires or Fire Losses During July. , Raleigh. ■ One hundred and nine fires endan gering property to the value of $2, 656.845 with $1,394,775 insurance, cost the State of North Carolina $436,014 in the month of July, according to the monthly figures on fire loss made pub lic by Insurance Commissioner Stacey W. Wade. July, usually is a low fire month, last July being a record month with a loss of only $191,147 and but IOC fires. July of last year had but 10 fires with a loss of $5,000 and over aggregating but $96,000, whereas July 1923 had 17 fires of this class, totaling $391,237. an average of $44,777 for the other 92 fires, averaging $480 per fire. Of the total loss. $324,699 damage occurred In towns and cities and $111, 315 in rural and suburban districts. In the rural loss were eleven dwell ings with casualty of $17,200 and the lives of two colored people, while there were 44 dwellings involved in the towns and cities with loss of $26, 000. Asheville had the worst single fire, a department store, with loss of $100, 000, followed by a foundry and ma chine shop near Burlington, $60,000; a store at High Point, with $46,600; a planing mill at Marshville, $39,500; a warehouse at Whiteville, $30,800; and * warehouse at Wadesboro, $22,000. Only nine cities had as many as three fires, Winston-Salem and Wil mingten leading with 13 fires each, the latter with total loss of about $25, 000, the former $8,000. Ten other cities had but two fires each followed by eight towns with one fire. For population and wealth Durham tops the honor roll, other cities reporting no fire or no dam age from fire for July being. States villa Elizabeth City, Washington Hamlet, Randleman, Ayden, Marion Kernersville, Wake Forest, Carthage Sanford. Nashville, Pinehurst, Spring Hope, Southern Pines and Farmville. There were a great many other towns having no fires, but only those officially reported by the Chief of Po lice or Fire Chief or Sheriff, are en tered on the department’s honor roll. To Make Repairs On State Capitol. The expenditure of approximately $30,000 for the repair of the State Capitol buiWing has been authorized by the Board of Public Buildings and Grounds and contract has been let to T. C. Atwood, now in charge of con struction work at the University of North Carolina, according to an nouncement of Secretary of State W. N. Everett. A total of $22,000 of this amount will be required to take care of the wear and tear on the building. No changes are contemplated in the in terior structure of the Capitol but work will be necessary to windows and doors and to the two legislative chambers. Painting of the walls of the offices in the building will be undertaken at the convenience of the officials, and activities are already un 4^r way in the office of the State Au ditor The Capdtol building, which cost $500,000 when built could not be du plicated now for less than $2,000,000 In the opinion of Secretary of State W. N. Everett, who made the an nouncement of the contemplated re pairs. According to Mr. Everett, one per cent a year is the recognized al lowance for depreciation in such buildings, and $20,000 should be the annual amount set aside to keep the building in continual state of repair. Demand For Help Continues Brisk. Except for the annual suspension of the operation of cotton mills for a period during the summer, industrial work In North Carolina has continued through the season with an uninter rupted swing, according to the month ly survey of employment conditions throughout the country issued by the employment service of the United Ctates Department of Labor. Demand for skilled and unskilled la bor exists in all of the eight cities re porting to the bureau, with no surplus In any line except clerical and profes sional help. Orphanage Meet On September 19. The North Carolina Orphan Asso eiatton will meet at the Methodist Or phanage here Wednesday, September 19, according to the announcement pent out by M. L. Shipman, secretary Pnd treasurer. The association is composed of or phanage workers and sympathizers from all religious bodies, fratrenal or ders, benevolent societies, social clubs, and those generally who mani fest an Interest in the care and pro jection of orphan children. Two Towns Chartered. Papers of incorporation of the town pt Splndale In Rutherford county and pt Simpson in Pitt county passed through the office of the Secretary of State in the formality of recording the charters following approval by the Board of Municipal control. Hie only other corporation char tered yesterday was the Vaughn Xeoaomy Swlth Company, of Char lotte. with JMO.OOO authorised capital and fl.MO subscribed by T. L. Vaughn, W. J. Cooper.-and H. B. Harris. tftpt Give Good Advice. Over 40.000 maps of North Carolina*! highway system giving distances be tween county seats have been di! tributed during the past three months by the state highway commission, it was announced at the commissiom'* offices. A new lot of revised maps are now available at the highway commission’s offices and can he had for the asking if they are not to be used for advertising purposes, in which case a nominal charge is made. New map plates are being made and it is expected that the highway com mission will distribute over 200,000 prints. The latest batch of the state high way maps bear the following advice to automobile drivers: "Did you ever stop to think: "That ‘safety first’ is a good s!»* gan. "That it is better to be safe than sorry. "That a little carelessness often causes accidents that a lifetime can not repair ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ “That people are killed at railroad crossings every day because they take a chance and forget safety. ‘.‘That a majority of people killed at railroad crossings are occupants of automobiles. "That a railroad crossing is a place of danger where no chances should be taken. “That when you are approaching a railroad crossing slow down or make a full stop. mat under no circumstances should you proceed until you have made sure that no train is approach ing from either direction. “That if a train is approaching wait until it passes by, do not at tempt to cross ahead of it. "That you should not try to beat a trairt to a crossing. "You can’t always do it. "That if you are !n a burn*, cut out the hurry and play safety first. "That you should not try to blow a train off the track with your horn. It can’t be done!” Boll Rot Causing Damage to Cotton. “Anthracnose. or ‘boll rot.’ is again making itself felt in certain parts of the state,” says Franklin Sherman, chief entomologist for the department of agriculture, in a report issued here. ‘This disease,” the report continues, "occurs in every part of the state where cotton is grown and causes more or less damage every year, but j from reports received by the agricul tural department, it is indicated that tbe damage is more severe this year than usual in the edges of Wake, Johnston. Nash and Edgecombe coun ties.” “The anthracnose may be distin guished by small reddish dots fln the cotton bolls. These spots increase in size, reaching a diameter of an inch or more and sometimes unitiug with other spots until the whole boll Is cov ered. Wherever the ‘boll rot’ occurs it does some damage, no matter how little the plant is affected, if is there, it will cause more or less damage.” Mr. Sherman says that there lb noth ing that can be done to combat the disease this year, but that steps to wards preventing its encroachment next year can and should be taken. He suggested that the following rules be observed. "Do not plant cotton next year on fields that have been infested this year. The fungus may live a year in fhe soil, thus forming a source of In fection for next year's planting. "Be careful In selecting seed for next year’s crop. If possible securs these seed from fields that were not infected this year and do not secure seeds from any field that had an in fection of over 10 per cent this year. "A proper use of the crop rotation system and care in selection of seed will do much to check the spread of anthracnose and will soon rid any section of the disease,” Mr. Sherman concluded. 200,000 Automobile Licenses in State. Over 200,000 automobile and auto mobile truck licenses have been issued by Secretary of State W. N. Everett through the automobile license de partment since July 1. it is announced by J. E. Sawyer, head of the depart ment. The department is mailing out be tween 600 and 700 license tags daily and It is expected that by July 1, next year, over 225,000 automobile tags and over 20.000 truck tags will have teen issued. The Improvement of the roads of the state is increasing automobile sales throughout North Carolina immensely, Mr. Sawyer think*. Last year approximately 187.000 automobile licenses and 21,000 truck licenses were issued. This year 185,* 000 automobile licenses and 16,000 truck licenses already have been Is sued. and applications for licenses continue to pour into the department's offices steadily. Governor Paroles L. B. Whittemore. Raleigh—Governor Camersn Morri son granted parole to L. Baird Whitt* mors, who was convicted at the Jan* ary term 1922, of Buncombe superior court of violating the prohibition laws of the state and who was sentenced to IS months on the roads and fined $500. The parole, which was granted on the recommendation of the solicitor who prosecuted the case, can be re voked by the Governor whenever he dems that the ends of Justice requires it and without giving evidence. 8ees No Need of Special Session. Unless Governor Cameron Morrison suffers a radical change of attitude, there will be no special session of the General Assembly until that contem plated early in the year of 1924 in the event the Water Transportation Com mission's report recommends that the State engage in water traffic. This was made clear to those who talked to Governor Morrison upon hie retara to Raleigh to ooafer with the OmuU of. State. 1—Oklahoma National Guard troops on duty in Tulsa to stop Hogging. 2—Dedication of Soldiers’ Monument in Agawam park, Southampton, Long Island. 3—One of the big beacon lights installed to guide the day-and-night pilots of the new eoast-to-coast air mail service. V NEWS REVIEW OF CURRENTEVENTS Chancellor Stresemann of Ger many Suddenly Assumes Dic tatorial Powers. WILL FORCE RICH TO PAY Poincare's Skillful Reply to Britain Shows France to Be Unyielding— American Government Prepares to Cope With Threatened An thracite Miners' Strike. By EDWARD W. PICKARD GERMANY is virtually in the hands of a dictator at last. Chancellor Stresemann, disgusted with the condi tion into which his country has de generated and with the everlasting po litical squabbles of the factions in the reichstag, has taken matters into his own hands and determined to earn' out his measures without consulting the reichstag and without regard to whom they hit. He says he believes he can restore financial nnd economic order within four weeks, and that if he fails there Is no hope for Germany and all is lost. From, a quiet and conservative man Herr Stresemann has become suddenly a leader much like Mussolini, of swift and determined action nnd ready to go to any length. Laying his plans before his cabinet, he received its promise of unqualified support, and the leaders of the parties in the reichs tag also agreed to i>ermit him to carry out his measures without interference. Thereupon he announced that, first, he must have about $100,000,000 of the huge sums which the industrial mag nates have accumulated and hidden in foreign banks. This he expected as a “voluntary contribution,” but said if necessary he would confiscate between a fourth and a third of all foreign moneys held by them. Everyone was to be required to state under oath his holdings of foreign currency and those who falsified the returns would be se verely punished. He is prepared to follow this order with another confis cating one-fourth to one-third of all private property in Germany. Accord ing to President Ebert, these decrees will scarcely affect the working and middle classes, as the utter collapse of the mark has practically wiped out private ownership by them. The up per classes, Including the industrial magnates, will have to do the paying, ind It is presumed the latter, at least, will not dare to resist. For tha present Stresemann's chief roncern Is the internal welfare of Ger many, and the first money he obtains will be used for the purchase and Im portation of fats and other foodstuffs that the country lacks. Afterward he hopes to collect funds for reparations payments and for restoring financial ind economic stability. The present situation Is highly pleasing to the Com munists. who are looking for a real revolution next October or November, when they will proclaim a Red regime. Their hopes are bolstered by the tre mendous Increase in prices and the shortage of food, the lack of coal for the winter and the great Increase In unemployment German coal Is selling for $25 a ton, though English coal can be had for $12. xne monarcnists aiso, especially those of Bavaria, are getting ready to try to set up a military Blctatorshlp. Berr Stresemann went to Bavaria at the end of the week to study the situ ation there, though he was warned that his life would be in danger on the trip. Indeed, one need not be surprised to read any day that the chancellor has been assassinated. It is said an attempt to kill him in his Berlin resi dence was frustrated a few days ago and that the assassins were members of the same monarchists organization that killed Erzberger and Rathenau. « A S LUMINOUS as the skies of ** France and as hard as Lor raine steer* Is the way the Paris Matin characterizes the reply of Premier Poincare to Lord Curzon's recent note, i The answer was handed to the British I and the other powers Interested In mid week and was found, ns predicted, to be a restatement of the unyielding at titude of France. Its politeness is In marked contrast* to the Curzoti note, and its firmness is no whit less. With extraordinary skill and adroitness, every point made by Curzon is met and refuted, and the French position is set forth more explicitly than ever before. As well summarized by a i Paris correspondent, the note declares j that France desires to continue ne- j gotlations with the allies, refuses to substitute any other body for the rep arations commission, insists that Ger many must continue payments In klfid during the cash moratorium necessary for the rehabilitation of her finances, refuses to treat with Germany until passive resistance in the Ruhr has ceased, refuses to evucuate the Ruhr except in proportion to reparations payments received, is willing to accept as a minimum 26,000,000,000 gold marks ($6,188,000,000), plus sufficient C bonds to pay France’s debts to Great Britain and the United States, recognizes these debts, but refuses to pay them until she lias been reim bursed by Germany for the war devas tations, proposes that Germany shall pay in the briefest possible time 31, 000,000,000 gold' marks ($7,41S,000, 000). corresponding to the ' actual French and Belgian damages, and wants the rest of the German debt and the whole question of war debts IK>stponed for consideration after this first payment has been effected. The occupation of the .Ruhr was made obligatory, In Premier Poincare’s opinion, by what he calls the deliber ate debasement of Germany’s finances with the avowed Intention of escaping payment of reparations; but he again denies any intention of annexing the Ruhr. The premier replied pointedly to Curzon’s intimation that Great Brit ain may soon be obliged to ask France to pay her war debt. lie says: “France has never repudiated her debts and never will, but she is con vinced that no British government will ever apply to an ally the pressure that the London cabinet does not find It possible to apply today to the former enemies of France.** i\o British official comment on Poin care’s reply has been made yet, but the London press fails to find much encouragement In It. Prime Minis ter Baldwin and his cabinet will not meet for several days, and in any case rreclpltate action by the gov ernment Is not to be expected. The Paris press, almost unanimously sup porting Poincare's position, apparently believes the entente has come to an end. but does not seem utterly cast down by that. It Is believed that Mr. Baldwin and M. Poincare will soon meet for a per sonal discussion of the whole repara tions problem. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY MELLON, who returned from his extended trip in Europe, is rather opti mistic concerning the situation there and believes the reparations and other serious problems will be satisfactorily solved. He found boty England and France fairly prosperous, and does not think Germany will stage a revolution or become communistic, because the Germans are a people of great organiz ing and constructive force. While ad mitting the occupation of the Ruhr has not accomplished the results sought, Mr. Mellon does not seem to blame the French for their course. OVER here in the United States the matter of chief concern Just now is the prospective strike of the anthra cite miners on September 1. The par ley between their leaders and the rep resentatives of the operators at Atlan tic City collapsed last week and It seems that only some, as yet undeter mined, steps by the government can keep the mines running. When the conference broke up, Chairman Ham mond of the coal commission conferred with President Coolldge and then, with the other members of the commission, began preparation of that body's re port fixing the responsibility for the threatened strike and making recom mendations as to the course of action to be taken by the government. Presi dent Coolldge next summoned F. R. Wadlelgh, federal fuel distributor, and Acting Chairman Altchlson of the in terstate commerce commission, to the White House, nnd the decision waa reached to establish at once a co-opera tive federal and state organization for speedy nnd systematic distribution of bituminous coal, coke and other sub- j stitutes to *he anthracite consuming j states. Governors of all the eastern und New England states were asked to send representatives to a conference with the interstate commission In New York August 28 to consider distribu tion plans. Mr. Wadleigh believes the consumer can nnd should be educated In the use of fuels other than anthra- , cite. With plenty of bituminous coal, i coke nnd oil, the problem Is mainly one of distribution. President Lewis of the United Mine ; Workers says the union will “admlnls- \ ter to the operators the trouncing of their careers." Chairman S. D. War- i riner of the operators’ policy commit- I tee says the operators are standing ; pat on their offer to submit every dls- j puted issue to arbitration. ine gasoline price war in tne Middle I West Is still going on nnd has spread even to Seattle. Incidentally, It has served to cause politicians to consider Governor McMnsters of South Dakota, who started it, as a possibility for the i Republican vice presidential nomina tion next yenr. LAST week was an eventful one for American aviation. First nnd most important was the successful test of the air mail's contemplated const-to const service. This trial lasted sev eral days nnd involved day and night flying, the pilots being guided at night by big beacon lights. It is Intended that the sendee between New York 1 and San FYanclseo shall require not more than thirty hours, and the testa show that this will be entirely pos sible. Wednesday evening the Barling bomber, the largest airplane ever con structed, was given its first test at Wilbur Wright field, Dayton, O., and it surpassed even the fondest hopes of its -designer, an Englishman, under whose direction It was built for the United States army. This plane, which Is propelled by six Liberty motors, has a wing spread of 120 feet and | weighs 40,000 pounds. Its fuel tanks wive a capacity or 2,120 gallons. It carries seven machine guns and bombs totaling 12,000 pounds in weight. One of its most valuable features Is its slow speed on take-offs and landings. Earlier In the week the air service carried out a series of maneuvers un der simulated war conditions In which an armada of sixteen great Martin bombers flew from Langley field, Hampton, Va., to Bangor, Me., 800 miles. In eight and a half actual fly ing hours, going through numerous of fensive maneuvers en route and final ly “saving” the Maine city from a supposed naval attack. At Mltchel fleld, Long Island, the bombers were Joined by seven De Haviland swift pur suit planes. SPAIN ts having a very disagreeable war with rebellious Moroccans In the Ceuta district. Old General Wey ler, the "Butcher" of Cuban days, was called on to command the Spanish forces, but declined because the gov ernment would not give him dictatori al power. Probably the government could soon put down the rebellion were It not afraid the necessary expense would cause a popular uprising. FOREST fires have laid waste a large areu in the beautiful French Riv iera familiar to tourists, and many fine villas have been destroyed. About 75, 000 acres of forest land were destroyed, and eight persons perished. mw^LOGGING parties,” which became r so popular In Oklahoma that the governor put Tulsa under martial rule, have spread to three other southern states, Texas, Georgia and Florida, and under orders of the governors Investi gations are going on with promise of drastic action. SOMETHING like a million dollars* damage was done In the Arkansas valley In Colorado by the breaking of the Aplshapa river dam Wednesday after a cloudburst. A great wall of water swept down the valley* carry ing houses, live stock and ot^er prop erty with It. Railroad and automo bile traffic was demoralised. Before the telephone wires went down the Inhabitant! had been warned. BUND USE NOSE TO SEE Man Deprived of Eyesight Declares Eaeh Street and House Has Its Particular Odor. A blind man can “see with bla nose." So, at least, writes a blind man wbe baa nude a study of his on faculties and those of bla companions In dark naaa, says London Tlt-Btta “The Sanaa of amelUnc ament tbs hilndt" ba says, "trows axcaadliitly sharp, and we utilize It Instinctively for our purposes, for which the nor* mal man naturally uses hla eyes. The smell. In particular, helpa us In che ating a sense of locality, and enablM os, In a region In which we are at home, to find the way as easily and surely ss If we. could set the world around ue with our eyes. It Is role tlvoly easy for the noon as there are not two streets that have the sane odor. -Not onljr hu eocb «treot It, pi, ticulor odor, bn *!m tbo nikn. parta of tho lame street; nay, each house has Its characteristic smell, and the blind man knows In a street through which ha often cornea where ha Ul For th* recognition of human beings the sens* of smell Is likewise Invaluable. Besides the special smalls of cigars or perfumes there are many delicate scants by which ha can rscognlse men. Every material of clothing has a definite odor, and with a little sspsrlsnce the blind ssaa can 'see with his nose whether one waste wool, aHk or velvet* AIRPLANES IKE HARDEST TESTS 8PAN THE CONTINENT EIGHT TIMES IN LESS THAIS) FIVE DAYS. OPERATE WITHOUT ACCIDENT Eatlbound Plane Breaks Trans-Conti nental Record of 26 Hours and 17 Minutes. Chicago—One of the most severe aircraft tests in the history of avia tion was completed when mail planes dropped out of the sky at New York and San Francisco and delivered up their burdens of letters. Since Tuesday, the airplanes have roared across the continent, spanning the country eight times in less than five days, four times from east to west and four times from west to east, in testing the feasibility of car rying mail between the Atlantic and Pacific by continuous air flight. The planes operated on a definite schedule of a little over 24 hours with out an accident and in relaying the mail flew at night over a lighted air way from Chicago to Cheyenne. Pos tal officials declared even before the tests wrere completed that the practi cability of the project had been prov en and announced that a conference soon will be held to determine the future of trans-continental airplane mail service. The astbound plane landed at New York at 11:17 o'clock, having made the trip from San Francisco in 26 hours and 17 minutes, three minutes below the record for a trans-continen tal flight established by the mail plane landing in New York the day before. The record for the eight flights over the 2,680 mile course acros sthe con tinent follows: Eastbound. Tuesday—Left San Francisco and reached Laramie: second plane left Omaha and traveled to New York. Laramie to Omaha not flnown. Wednesday—Left San Francisco 5:25 a. m„ reached New York 12:22 p. m., Thursday. Time, 27:56. Thursday—Left San Francisco 6 a. m.. reached New York 11:14 a. m. Thursday. Time, 26:14. Friday—Left San Francisco 5:28 a. m., reached New York 11:15 a. m. Sat urday. Time, 26:17. Westbound. Tuesday—Left New York 11:01 a. m., reached San Francisco 6:24 p. m. Wednseday. Time, 34:23. Wednesday—Left New York 10:56 a. m., arrived San Francisco 1:45 p. m. Thursday. Time. 29:44. Thursday—Left New York 10:56 a. m., arrived San Francisco 1:34 p. m. Friday. Time. 29.38. Friday—Left New York 11:04 a. m., reached San Francisco 1:44 p. m. Sat urday. Time 29:40. Legion Holds to Arms Cut Plan. Indianapolis, Ind.—The American Legion will not abandon its efforts to bring about holding of an interna tional air disarmament, despite state ments that President Coolidge does not believe the present time oppor tune. This was learned at national head quarters of the American Legion al though in view of Commander Alvin Owsley's absence from the country, no officer of the organization could speak authoritatively.' It was said at the nationa ladjutant’s office that no change was contemplated in the legion’s campaign plans for such a conference. Air disarmament, as pointed out by Commander Owsley before he left on his present European tour, would scarcely affect the limited American air forces. Week’s Trading In Bonds. New York.—Aside from speculative fluctuations in foreign bonds, trading In bonds during the past week dis closed a firm undertone with net changes relatively small. New offer ings for the week totaled $30,376,000 as compared with $42,041,000 the pre ceding week. Of last week's total $24,275,000 were railroad mortgages which the offering bankers stated were readily sold. All of the active U. S. government bonds closed the week moderately above quotations at the end of the previous week with the exception of the tax exempt 31*3's which declined 2-32 of a point in dull trading. Chief interest during the week centered in the French government and municipal bonds which moved up or down as the day's news from abroad influenced the traders. Ship* Collide* in St. John's River. Jacksonville, Fla.—The steamship Springfield was sunk in 30 feet of water in the St. John’s river near here after its stern had been struck and completely demoullshed by the Clyde line steamship Apache, bound from New Tork to Jacksonville. The cause of the accident as glvsn by the captain of the Apache, was a heavy rain on the river. No lives were lost. The Springfield was being loaded with lumber for Burope when the ac cident occurred. Officer Killed By Rum Ruiuisrs. Rutherfordton. N. C.—Traffic Officer Reuben Lee died at the hoepltal here as a result of being shot at Chimney Rock by an unknown party. Lee with Officer J. T. Shytlea had started home when they suspicloaed two men In a dark place near the pavilion. Lee went to the men. Two shots were fired Immediately. He waa rushed te the Rutherford hospital, where he died. He was conscious U> the end. Blood hounds were secured from Ashe vllle. They trailed on# mile and loot the trail near Homntaia Inn. CONDENSED NEWS FROM THE OLD NORTH STATE SHORT NOT18 OF INTEREST TO CAROLINIANb Mt. Airy..—An automobile accident occurred on the Westfield road, 12 miles from here, in which Hass and Abe Jessup were seriously injured. Hass died of his injuries before they reached the hospital with them. Charlotte. — Approximately s.uuu spindles and looms for manufacture of fine cotton goods will be added to the Dixie Cotton Mills plant at Mooreeville, which recently was pur chased by the Cascade Mills. Inc., also of Mooresvillo. Durham.—A committee of men and women will present in persona in vitation to President Coolit&e to speak at the dedication of the Bennett place memorial to be hel din October. New Bern—J. L. Stucky of the State geological survey, has gone to Wilmington after spending some time here searching for foundry sand. He reported finding a deposit on Brice's creek a few miles east of here that ap peared of value. Wadesboro.—The Wadesboro city schools will open Monday, Septemeber 30. A splendid faculty has been se cured, and a fine years’ work is con fidently anticipated. The new high school building, a credit to the State, has been completed and will be used in addition to the old building. Kinston.—Contracts for five build ings let at the Caswell Training School here call for an expenditure of $313,000. The work will be supplemen tary to other construction authorized a few weeks ago. The buildings will include a hospital, industrial training building and other structures. Graham.—Marvin G. Montgomery, 20-year-old son of Mrs. A. D. Sutton, went squirrel hunting and was found a few hours later sitting against a tree with the top of his head blown off. Whether it was suicide or an ac cident is not known. No reason is known for suicide. Wadesboro.—Prospects for a good cotton crop in the county seem en couraging. The weevil has. been ac tive, but efforts to check its ravages have proved effective to a considerable extent. Anson county farmers have waged a determined fight to save their crops, and have apparently succeeded in doing so. Granite Falls.—Twelve farmers, liv ing in the vicinity of the Yount School House, near here, who enrolled about a month ago for a Unit course in Poultry Production under the Agri cultural Instructor for the Granite Falls Graded School this coming year, completed the course, consisting of 10 lessons, and are out of school again. Wilmington. — With indications pointing to a larger shipment of ma terials than ever before in the history of the port of Wilmington, officials gave out figures here which show that approximately a quarter of a mil lion tons of fertilizer materials have , been shipped into this port during the | fiscal year which ended on June 30, 1923. Lumberton.—Dink McMillan, color ed, who was riding a horse on the highway near Pembroke suffered a broken leg when the horse stumbled and fell on hln>. Luckily for the man, horse and highway the 18 pounds of dynamite and a large quantity of dynamite caps which McMillan was carrying at the time of the fall did not get a Jar sufficient to cause an ! explosion. Raleigh.—Thirty thousand Aremn ian refugees'Will be at the mercy of Greek and Turkish governments when the Near EaBt Relief stops feeding them, according to a cablegram re ceived from Rev. George R. Gillespie, of Gastonia, now making an inspec tion of the Bible lands, by Col. George H. Bellamy, state chairman of that great humanitarian organization. Elon College.—A sad accident oc curred at the home of M. T. Ferrall, near here, in the St. Mark's settle ment, when one of the smaller chil dren, Jake, aged six years, the son of M. T. Ferrall, fell from a truck and was run over by the rear of the truck, his life being crushed out in stantly. Elizabeth City.—Scattered speci mens of the boll weevil have been found In Pasquotank within the past few weeks, dclares County Agent Q. W. Falls, but the total number found does not exceed a half dozen and the boll weevil's damage to this year’s cotton crop in Pasquotank will be neg ligible, in Mr. Falls opinion. Shelby.—Edward Morehead, farmer living between Shelby and Lattimore, •hot and killed one of the largest cranes ever seen in this county. The bird stood five and one half feet high, states Mr. Morehead, and measures •even feet, four inches from wing tip to wing tip. Spencer.—The Baptist congregation pt Trading Ford, near Spencer, has decided to build a new house oft vor ship which will be modern in design and arrangement and will seat some thing like 1,000 people. Eton College.—A Mr. Tucker, while at work on some of the new college buildings that are being erected here, fell from the building and waa killed. Doctors were celled,and came lmme» dlately to the scene, but he died In five minutes after the accident. He was a resident of near Grensboro, was about SO years of age and leaves a wife and children. Charlotte.—Firing two shots that sniffed out the life of his wife as she stood on the sidewalk a short distance away, Charles H. Lemmond, of 111 laet Thirteenth street, turned the pie tol to hie head and fired a bullet through It. death resulting a few home later. Wadeeboro.—A new disease has ap* peered among late beans, especially among the: Kentucky Wonder variety whleh la usually pleated 1st core. The pU*t begins to dry up a few Inchon fwm the ground, and soon, entirely ilea. Plants in full bloom and bearing ettea die la the manner described.