November 17, 1905

Gentlemen who pass along the streets often make a great mistake in not speaking to the little children they meet. If one will but notice the effect of treating their children with politeness and speaking to them when they meet them, I am sure it will be a source of gratification and a pleasure for them. The children appreciate being noticed, and will cross the street to meet a man they know will have a word to say to them. It does them good.

Judge Bradford, of the United States District Court, in Wilmington, has issued an order for the sale of the steamer Mary M. Vinyard. Captain Davidson shipped a crew on last Thursday, and carried the boat to Wilmington, were it is thought she will bring a larger price that in Milton. She will be sold Monday the 20th.

On Friday the fire in James Mason’s store became stopped, and the house was filled with smoke for some time. It was feared there was fire between the walls, but the cause was discovered and remedied.

Dr. R. B. Hopkins has about finished a 2 story building on his farm to the west of Milton.

The beef business is getting lively in Milton, one dealer has already dropped out. On Friday prices went down to “2 pounds of steak for a quarter” and other cuts to six, eight and 10 cts per pound.

On Friday last William Clements, driver of the Shirt Factory team, was thrown from the wagon, at the railroad station, and badly bruised about the right shoulder. He is unable to attend to his duties, but not confined to his home.

Benjamin Palmer has removed with his family to Townsend, where he will engage in the baker business.

Mrs. T. W. Tomlinson, of Wilmington, is the guest of her father and other friends.

Rev. G. J. Hooker, M. P. Minister will preach the Thanksgiving Sermon at the M. E. Church, on the 20th.

Captain S. R. Bennett lost one of his hogs, on Saturday, from an unknown cause.

George E. Watson, colored, living near Lavinia’s Bridge, has had a bad dog. On Sunday it bit Steve Sockum on the leg, quite badly. On Monday morning Steve took his gun and went to Watson’s house, and shot the dog.

On Monday they were evidently parties gunning for rabbits near town. The parties were not seen, but the dogs were heard running and five shots were fired, possibly more. There’s a certain set of people, mostly colored, who will not obey the law. Why not make them?

W. W. Conwell, cashier of the Milton national bank, and receiver for the steamer Mary M. Vinyard, has been confined to his home during the past week, by illness. He is now convalescing.

On Sunday evening, at the M. P. Parsonage at Harbeson, Miss Ella Spencer was joined in matrimony with Frederick Clifton. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W. A. Sites, and the contracting parties were, both, from near Milton.

The first snow of the season fell on Tuesday morning.

S. J. Wilson & Son have purchased another bay horse to match the one they already had. The pair weigh 2200 pounds, are seventeen hands, and make a splendid turnout.

Rev. R. T. Coursey and his junior preacher Captain S. B. Bennett visited in lower Broadkiln, or among the congregation of Zion Church on Wednesday, and Mr. Coursey will preach at Zion church on Wednesday night. Whether the extra meetings will continue at this church depends on the success of this meeting. There has been a larger meeting at this place during the past several weeks, than ever before known, in the history of the church; over 60 having professed conversion, and over thirty having connected themselves to the church.