Submitted by Carolyn Shank
Charlotte Observer 1908 23 Feb 1908 The Observer's references to the live question of a one-story jail and a two- story jail in Duplin County recalls the fact that, over in the neighboring county of Caswell, the installation of a typewriter in the office of the register of deeds is a burning issue in Democratic county politics. The county paper has attacked the register of deeds for his wanton extravagance in spending the people's money for a machine to do work that the official is paid to do himself. A warm campaign in Caswell is anticipated. Charlotte Observer 8 Mar 1908 The Duplin County jail controversy having subsided, at least temporarily, we should like to know how the register of deeds of Caswell County, who is under fire for having invested the people's money in a typrwriter for his office, is coming along with his campaign for re-election and vindication. Charlotte Observer 10 May 1908 We have depressing news from Caswell, where the most interesting campaign in the State is in progress. The register of deeds, an unfaithful servant, bought a typewriter for his office and paid for it out of the people's money. He has had the effrontery, after this act of extravagance, which amounts almost to a breach of trust, to offer for re-election; and would you believe it? The word comes that he and the typewriter are going to win out. This would be a distressing proof of the degeneracy of the electorate, become so godden and insensate as to be indifferent to the squandering of the public money by reckless and defiant officials. It is not surprising that Caswell is in a quiver of excitement, unequaled in intensity by that which prevailed in Duplin a few months ago growing out of the controversy about whether the county should have a one-story or a two-story jail and resulting in a primary on the subject.