This case presented a clear-cut question of fact for the jury’s decision, namely, was the defendant in or near Wilmington between 3 and 5 o’clock on the afternoon of 1 August, 1944, and did he commit an assault upon the prosecuting witness at that time? This question, by their verdict, was answered by the jury in the affirmative. Upon appeal from the judgment of imprisonment predicated on the verdict the defendant in his brief sets forth the assignments of error relied upon by him for reversal or a new trial, and we will endeavor to discuss the assignments in the order they are contained in appellant’s brief.
Exceptions Nos. 1 and 2 are to the court’s allowing the prosecuting witness, over objection by defendant, to testify that when confronted with the defendant in the sheriff’s office the day after the alleged assault upon her she said “that was the man,” and that the defendant made no denial or reply. Without deciding the question as to whether the failure to make denial or reply by the defendant of such accusation in view of the statements made to the defendant by the deputy sheriff that what he said would be used against him in court, could be considered by the jury as evidence against him, the evidence objected to was clearly competent for the purpose of corroborating the witness’ former testimony that the defendant was the man who had assaulted her, and being competent for one purpose was admissible generally in the absence of a request that the evidence be restricted. Rule 21, Rules of Practice, Supreme Court, 221 N. C., 558; S. v. Tuttle, 207 N. C., 649, 178 S. E., 76; S. v. Casey, 212 N. C., 352, 193 S. E., 411; S. v. Hawkins, 214 N. C., 326, 199 S. E., 284; S. v. Shepherd, 220 N. C., 377, 17 S. E. (2d), 469.
Exception No 3 was to the failure of the court to exclude the' testimony of the prosecuting witness as to what became of her pants and sanitary pad. The effect of this testimony was simply that the pad had disappeared and that.her sister had burned the pants. This evidence was competent to explain why these articles were not introduced in evidence. In any event, it is not perceived how this evidence could be prejudicial to the defendant, and the defendant in his brief states no reason or argument nor cites any authority in support of the exception and therefore it should be taken as abandoned. Rule 28, Rules of Practice in the Supreme Court, 221 N. C., 562-3.
Exceptions Nos. 4 and 5 are to the exclusion of the testimony of the prosecuting witness, on cross-examination, relative to her testimony theretofore given in evidence as to whether she knew the penalty for the crime of rape. It is not perceived how the exclusion of this ''evidence was in any way prejudicial to the defendant, and also no reáson or' argument is stated nor authority cited in the appellant’s brief to 'support *337the exceptions, and they should therefore be taken as abandoned. Rule 28, supra.
Exceptions Nos. 6 and 7 relate to the testimony of the witness, Mrs. Patterson, who was allowed to testify as to her impressions and suggestion by her that the prosecuting witness go to a doctor for examination. This witness was offered for the purposes of corroborating the prosecuting witness and the court fully instructed the jury that it should receive her testimony only for that purpose and not as substantive evidence if they found it did in fact tend to corroborate -the prosecuting witness’ testimony. The evidence assailed by the exceptions appears to have been competent for the purpose of corroborating the prosecuting witness, but, however this may be, the jury were definitely instructed not to consider it if it did not corroborate her — that it was not substantive evidence. These exceptions cannot be sustained.
Exception No. 8 was to the exclusion of certain evidence, on cross- • examination, of the witness Yopp, a deputy sheriff, sought to be elicited by counsel for the defendant to show the condition of the storm and of the traffic conditions on the Carolina Beach Road, when the people were being evacuated from the beach, and to show that there were many people on the highway. The record discloses that the witness, if permitted to answer the interrogatories propounded would have answered that he knew the army had ordered trucks to evacuate the people on the beach, but he did not see any on the road, they did actually evacuate people from the beaches, both the Carolina and the Wrightsville Beach. This place was out on the Carolina Beach Road. The exclusion of this testimony was harmless as it nowhere states that there were any people at or near the scene of the alleged crime at the time of its commission which all the evidence of the State tends to show was about 3 :30 o’clock p.m., off from the Carolina Beach Road.
Exception No. 9 was to the court’s permitting the witness Yopp, deputy sheriff, over objection by defendant, to testify to a statement made to him by Mrs. B. F. Sutton, sister-in-law ,of defendant, in the absence of the defendant as to where the defendant worked. This exception is untenable for the reason that the statement assailed was in direct answer to an interrogatory propounded by the defendant’s counsel. The witness was asked by the counsel for defendant to explain why he called the shipyard and dry dock when he says he already knew he (defendant) worked at the Ice Cream Company, and he replied that Mrs. B. F. Sutton stated she thought her brother-in-law worked at the dry docks. The defendant in his brief states no reason or argument nor cites any authority in support of the exception and therefore it should be taken as abandoned. Rule 28, Rules of Practice in the Supreme Court, supra; *338and further it is not perceived how the evidence involved was in any wise prejudicial to defendant’s cause.
Exception No. 11 was to the court’s sustaining an objection by the State to the testimony of Mrs. B. F. Sutton, a sister-in-law of the defendant, to the effect that the defendant told her that he had been to Fayette-ville. The evidence was offered for the purpose of corroborating the defendant, although the defendant had not at the time been examined as a witness. The court had prior thereto permitted the witness to testify in advance in corroboration of the defendant in regard to certain matters, upon the assurance that the defendant would be placed upon the stand as a witness later on, but when the solicitor objected to certain questions asked the witness in corroboration of the defendant it was clearly within the discretion of the court as to whether to admit the evidence in advance of the testimony which it was offered to support. The cause of the defendant could have been in no wise prejudiced by the exclusion of the evidence, since it was competent only for the purpose of corroboration and the witness whom it was offered to corroborate had not testified. The defendant could have obtained the benefit of this evidence by introducing it after the witness whose testimony she sought to corroborate had testified.
Exception No. 12 was to the exclusion of a letter from the Treasury Department. The defendant in his brief states no reason or argument nor cites any authority in support of his exception and it is therefore taken as abandoned. Rule 28, supra.
Exception No. 13 relates to an interrogatory by the solicitor to the witness M. C. Sutton as to what time he (witness) and the defendant got to Fort Bragg. No reason or argument is stated nor any authority cited in defendant’s brief in support of this exception. It is therefore taken as abandoned. Rule 28, supra.
Exceptions Nos. 10 and 14 are to the court’s refusal to sustain defendant’s motion to nonsuit and to dismiss the action duly lodged under G. S., 15-173. These exceptions are untenable for the reason that the testimony of the prosecutrix alone was sufficient evidence to carry the case to the jury upon the charge in the bill of indictment.
Exceptions Nos. 15 and 16 relate to the court’s refusal to allow the defendant’s motion to set aside the verdict and to the judgment imposed. These exceptions are untenable for the reason that there was ample evidence to support the verdict and the verdict supported the judgment; and the granting of the motion to set aside the verdict was in the discretion of the court and the verdict furnished sufficient predicate for the judgment.
Exception No. 17 relates to the contention of the defendant that the court failed in its charge to review the evidence and to explain to the *339jury tbe defendant's contention as to wby be did not deny tbe prosecuting witness’ identification of bim as tbe perpetrator of tbe crime charged in tbe bill of indictment. We are of tbe opinion tbat tbe court in its charge gave tbe defendánt tbe full benefit of all tbe evidence in bis favor, and at tbe end of tbe charge tbe court specifically inquired if there were further contentions by tbe defendant and tbe counsel for defendant stated tbat there were not, Tbe evidence which tbe defendant contends should have been elaborated upon as to tbe silence of tbe defendant when identified by tbe prosecutrix as her assailant was competent for other purposes than identification, as aforesaid for tbe purpose of corroborating tbe prosecutrix, and being competent for one purpose it was, in tbe absence of a request to restrict it to tbe one purpose, admissible generally, and tbe court, in tbe absence of a request to restrict tbe purpose of tbe evidence, was not required to do so.
Exception No. 18 relates to tbe defendant’s contention tbat tbe court did not state tbe law relative to circumstantial evidence. This exception is untenable for tbe reason tbat tbe State did not rely primarily upon circumstantial evidence, but upon direct evidence of positive identification of tbe defendant and of tbe fact tbat tbe defendant committed tbe crime of rape upon tbe prosecutrix. S. v. Wall, 218 N. C., 566, 11 S. E. (2d), 880, and cases there cited.
In S. v. Graham, 194 N. C., 459, 140 S. E., 26, it is written: “. . . tbat recapitulation of all tbe evidence is not demanded and tbat tbe requirements of tbe statute in this respect are met by presentation of tbe principal features of tbe evidence relied on respectively by tbe prosecution and the defense. An omission from tbe charge of an important feature of tbe evidence should be called to tbe attention of tbe court before tbe verdict is returned. ... S. v. Grady, 83 N. C., 643; S. v. Pritchett, 106 N. C., 661; Boon v. Murphy, 108 N. C., 187; S. v. Ussery, 118 N. C., 1177.”
Tbe defendant has been convicted of a heinous and sordid crime but is fortunate tbat be was found guilty of only a lesser degree of tbe offense charged in tbe bill of indictment. Tbe jury might well have found bim guilty of tbe capital offense of rape, for as in S. v Hairston, 222 N. C., 455, 23 S. E. (2d), 885, tbe defendant does not controvert tbe fact tbat tbe prosecutrix was raped, but merely offers evidence of an alibi, so tbat tbe jury might well bave returned a verdict of guilty of tbe capital offense.
On tbe record we find