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ITEMS FROM THE SCHOOL
/ AND THF. COMMUNITY
News has just come from the Fish i
Commission that the state has decid-1
ed to establish a fish hatchery near |
Boone. This is good news to the peo-1
pie of the town and county. The1
Chamber of Commerce wired the j
Fish Commission gratitude for their I
Rev Uriah Farthing, who as a boy
left the county 45 years 3go for]
"... ..ici*;.,,, ?.r *u.. '
/ county. He is now an evangelist in
that far off western state and his
many friends are glad to see him
The Methodist Church on Tuesday
evening gave a get-together meeting
in the basement of the new church, j
Short talks on the various interests
of the church and religious work in
Boone were made by the pastor, Rev.
M. 15. Woosiey, Mr. E. N. Hahn. Prof
J. M. Downum, Hon. F. A. Linney.
J. I). Rankin, Dr. Livers of the N.
C. C. YV. at Greensboro, Mrs. Uahkin.
President of the Womans Missionary
Sctiety of Boone, and Miss Annie
Stanburv, Superintendent of the pri
inary department of the Methodist
Sunday School. Mr. ,h?hn B. Steele,!
Superintendent of the Sunday School j
acted as toastmastcr and made many j
appropriate remarks. The good lad-]
ies had prepared a most sumptuous I
dinner to which the entire congrega-1
t.ion had been invited, and a large >
I number availed themselves of the j
opportunity of being present for ail |
the exercises, and it was really a1
great meeting foi the people to thus j
get together and iearn more of each
other ami the various interests of
J. M. DOWNUU.
FISH HATCHERY DISCUSSED
AT CHAMBER C. MEETING
At a meeting ?>f thc?B" vn Ch: mber
of Commerce last Saturday evening
the fish hatchery to be located
in Watauga county by the state and
Federal fish commissions was the
chief subject of discussion. Thi.i is
one of the best things yet promoted
i for Watauga but it is not to be handI
ed ti? us on a silver platter without
moriy and without price. In other
words t lie re is much to he done by
our people before the big job is accomplished.
The site has not yet been
fully decided upon but they will be
looked over today, Thursday, and a
survey made of whatever site is so
lected. ine pnci' ?>t course, wii: have
much to do with the location, and
again. our people are asked to furnish
lumber for a small bungalow
for the superintendent of the fishery.
While the Chamber of Commerce will
stand squarely behind the hip enterprise
and help with its means and
time, yet there is not a citizen of
Watauga who has one spark of public
spirit in him who should refuse
to contribute something thereto. To
start the hatchery means the expenditure
by the state and Federal government
. of not less than $25,000,
and it certainly hehooves our people
to get busy and furnish the small
amount required of them. Bear in
mind that when the hatchery gets
into operation every stream in the
county will be stocked and kept stock
- . ed from year to year, and in a shorl
time Watauga county, with her ma
ny sparkling and limpid streams, wil
be one of (he greatest and most
sought fishing country in the south
Wake up Wataugans, the time foi
action is here!
WAI auvjA ruAco rrtoi
BECOMING A NU1SANC1
V Messrs Joe and Dave Warreir o
i' the Fork Ridge section of the coun
ty were in town Tuesday on busines
They were in to pay their respect
to the Democrat and made the as
founding assertion that the red foxc
were costing the farmers around th
base of the mountains thousands c
dollars in the destruction of chicl
ens, turkeys, and pigs, and when th
lambing season comes on they sa
the loss will be much greater. Jui
what to do they do not know as
state law forbids killing the animal
However it is the priviledge of hui
jcTj# ters to run them with dogs and catfc
j mx them if they car.. Sportsmen fro
beyond the ridge who are acrustor
ed to "orderin" a measley little rai
ard for the sake of one chase nial
a note of this, and when you a
longing for a chase come over ai
you will meet with a hearty welcom
Newspaper Published in
I THE WORTH WHILE CLUB
The Worth While Club held i
regular bi-monthly meeting: at tl
hospitable home of Mrs. Roby Have
Friday December 14th.
The spirit of Christmas predomin
ted in the house, the decorations ii
pressing upon the minds of the mer
bcrs present the nearness cf this sa
After devotional exercises the fo
lowing business was transacted:
! Christmas tree for the children in tl
county home was planned in detai
This will he placed in the counl
home Monday before Christmas.
The members of the club we;
asked to contribute as they see f
to help the children in the Banni
Elk orphanage. These contribution
may be either a small sum of mom
or something suitable for childre:
Mr. Rivers, Editor of The Wataup
Democrat will receive and distribut
these gifts to the orphanage.
The entertainment to be given a
ter the holidays for the benefit <
the cemetery was discussed and con
ni it tees were appointed to perfect th
The following reports were mad<
Report on charity. There is a snia
deficit to be made up on a former bi
for clothing. Any member interest*.
I in this is asked to see Mrs. Hartr.oj
I Report oil cemetery work was gi\?.
! by the various committees. A letti
| from Dr. L. K. Farthing of Wiiminj
j ton was read. His words of commei
! dation for the club and it work we;
I I. nnt.Vu>iutllli I'lnK flplcnikl
j ledges receipt of a ten dollar chei
! from Dr. Farthing for the cemetei
A letter from lion. \V. B. Couuc
| of Hickory was read an i his check *
I two dollars for the cemetery fur
J was appreciated. ,
| Other business was discussed ai
! held open until the next meeting ?
A most appropriate peace progru
| fur the season had been arranfc nf jj
the president. The following articl
j were well read. Women's Part in tl
' Movement for World Peace?Mi
L. L. Bingham. How they Would Pr
vent War?Mrs. W. (I. Hnrtzog.
Song Let us Have Peace. Sung 1
I Ernest C. Ball on the Edison.
A contest to see which could nial
! the nest sketch of Santa Claus fro
I' a model in ten minutes time, was e
tered into with the usual spirit
i fun. A beautiful prize was given
(the winner in the contest.
P.vfrcshments consisting of fn
| coffee and crullers were served 1
j the hostess assisted by her little da
ghtc-r and son.
The next meeting of the club \v
be at the home of Mrs. John fire
I December 28th. Thi smeeting will
I entirely social and the ladies of t
1 club expect to entertain their hi
bands at this time.
]SHORT FARM COURSES
AT A. & E. COLLE<
Plans have been completed for fc
short courees in agriculture at t
State college during the week Jat
ary d to 16, according to an annoui
' ment recently made by Prof. M
' calf, director of instruction for 1
, school of agriculture.
One course will be devoted to c
" ton, tobacco and smalt grains, one
" fruit and vegetable growing, anotl
to dairying and animal husband
' and the fourth to poultry raising.
The college authorities have pi
' j Red to make the courses not o
r short but also practical and appli
hie to the rural woman as well
j to the man on the "'arm. Xo tuit
; will be charged and the main c
of the courses for those taking tl
will he for board and lodging,
j In addition to the regular cl:
1 1 room work, according to Profe*
" Metcalf, there also will be spe
i evening programs consisting 01
s! dresses by Dr. B. \\. Kilgore, D
j of the school of agriculture, iecti
's' on dominant rural social problem*
?: Prof. W. A. Anderson, farmers gr
j programs and projects by Dr. (
: C. Taylor; what North Carolina is
Ie ing for rural schools by T. E. Bn
l>* director of vocational education,
st program for health by Dr. G.
a I Cooper and farm forestry by H.
s* Curran, fr-' ester.
I It is especially desired that f
-h | women shall feel free to attend ti
to short courses as weii as the j
n~ Many women have made requests
n- they be allowed to attend bee;
ice so many of them are interested
re poultry. Dr. Knaupp is arranging
id poultry course to gi%*e special inst
ie. tion to the women who do come.
and for Boone and Watauj
E, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH C
A WEDDING AT THE
A very pretty but simple wedding
;st | took place at the Grandfather Orj
phanage on Nov. .'10, 1923 when Miss
a-; Svlvia C. Roberts formerly of South
11- Carolina, became the wife of Mr.
n- Benjamin F. Thompson, formerly of
c- Watauga county. The chapel was very
| prettily decorated with tall boskets
.1- of yellow and white chrysanthemums.
A Promptly at the ppointed hour?oleic
ven o'clock, the bridal chorus from
il. Lohengrin was sung by three of the
ty larger girls from the home, and the
I wedding party came in in the follow-!,
re ing order: First, the two ushers. Holt!
bert Franklin and Floyd Burkett, foljr
lowed by Miss Eunice Caldwell of
is' Charleston, S. ('. as maid of honor,
;y wearing a yellow organdie dress and
n. carrying yellow chrysanthemums and
ca ferns, then the ling bearer Kathlyn
te Taylor, and behind her the two little
flower girls, Goldie Green and
f- Georgia Bell McCrary. who scatter?f
ed petls in front of the bride who
ii- came next on the arm of the Superis
.ntendent Mr. -I. W. Holcombe. The
bride wore a navy blue canton crepe
tit dress and carried large white chrvili
-antbenuims and ferns tied with silill
very white ribbons. The groom with
>d iVis bt ?sl man, Mr. James E. Shell,
g. met the bride before an improvised
n arch, where the cerenion\ was perer
formed by Rev. J. L. McMillan of
g- Johnson City. TeYin. A wedding dinti
; rier was served after which the bride
re and groom left for Mobile. Ala. by
v- way of Johnson City, and Chattank
ooga. Many useful and beautiful
ry gifts were- received by the happy
i. TU it ... -1 >t u:i
t ?*u|in . 1 iiuj win it'Mur HI niuiiilCi
?H Ala. where the irrmmi has a respon[>f
; sible position with the Chickasaw Uid
"f GR1ZZ1LY BEARS FOR
- i B. Pearson, 'Colonel Idaho Bill'
0,; rolled into the White House a week
*e' ago to Present President Coolidgc
rs* with a brace of wild bears. He had
e". them with him outside in a Dodge
] Brothers screen side car.
"Colonel Bill" has long made hi<
home in the west, moving furthei
and further into the wilds, as settlem
ment had forced him from his rell~
serves. He now lives down in the
mountains of Mexico, where he cap
10 tured the hears that he gave to tin
4,t President Coolidge enjoyed th<
^ presentation ceremony immenselj
u" Known as a man who seldom smile;
he enjoyed the antics of the hea*
with all the enthusiasm of a schoo
e There is no doubt about the bear:
being wild. They carry numercu:
ls' marks of combat with horses am
cattle in the wilds of Mexico. Thei
spirit has in no way been subdue)
| bi their motor trip across count r
They will be turned over to the Na
tionai Zoological Park.
'^r The Dodge Brothers car used in de
4" livering the bears made -1000 miles o
1U~ this particular trip from Mexico am
llc~ has made a total of over 100000 mile
in exploration and hunting: trips undc
" e taken by the Colonel. And thes
trips have been in the wildest an
roughest parts of the United Slate
tol and Mexico,
WITH THE LOCAL
a.- At the Baptist Church
ion! Sunday School 10 a. m.
ost | Preaching 11 a. m. and 7 p. m.
?emj B. Y. P. U's at 6 p. rn.
Prayer meeting and choir pr?cti<
M*5"} Wednesday 7 p. m.
sorj Next* Sunday the pastor preach
ciall on the "Evil Consenuences of Stro:
Ail Drink." Let as try to rid our cor
can J munity of this evil during the ho
OUp Church Directory Watauga Pastora
Uarl Holy Communion?Saturday 2
do- M., Light Brigade 3 p. m. Womai
mvp Missionary Society,
the Sunday 9:45 Sunday School 11
M. m. Morning Worship and Holy Coi
Mt. Pleasant Friday 3:30 p.
arm Light Brigade, Sunday 10 a. m. Su
hese day School. 2:30 Luther League,
nen. C. Moretz. Supt. Christmas uay
that a. m. Christmas Exercise,
a use Mt. Zion 10 a. m. Sunday Schi
i in Wm. Winebarger, Supt. 11 a. m. I
the ther League.
;ruc- Grace?Boone?Sunday School
a. m. J. 11. Moretz, Supt.
*a County, the Leader of N<
AROLINA. THURSDAY DECEMBER
THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB V
j A most enjoyable meeting of the
Friday afternoon Club was hold at
the Critcher Hotel last week with,
Mrs. M. P. Critcher as hostess. ! f>
Christmas decorations were used] k
throughout. j st
After the usual sewing houi the! m
guests were invited into the dining! g
room where a two course luncheon oj
was served by Miss Louise daughter
of the hostess. Attractive place cards ir
, cards arid favors suggestive of the st
holiday season formed the table de- a
| j c orations. it
The club will meet again on De- o
cemuer 28th with Mrs. I J. 1). Dough- cj
erty. j k
STONY FORK NEWS ITEMS ' 01
Stony Fork Dec. 17.?The men of j f<
the community held a most interest-|s<
in# mcetinp at the school building < ? <
Dec. 5, and discussed some plans for! f]
work which will be a great benefit to ; b.
j thi whole neighborhood. County Ag- ti
ent Steele was present and with him
v. a Mr. Niswonger who made a very r<
heipfui talk on apple growing. After \y
ihis the meeting was thrown open i jc
for a general discussion of co-opera-; k
lion in all phases of farming. Before j rJ
the close of the meeting it was decid-1 b:
I ed to have put on in the commun- |
; ity a three year dcmonstiation i;i
; apple growing by the government ag- ; ,t
| encies. The orchard of Mr. .Joe Well-1 ty
i born was selected as the one in which j,
? thi demonstration should be put on
When these demonstrations are held f,
j the whole community will be invited
j to i?e present and gel the benefit of j jj
j the expert's work. Mr. B. T. Taylor
wa.- elected as chairman of a com- j(l
l mitiee to work up interest in the
i raising of pure-bred poultry and Mr. j,
J. .i. Wellborn was elected chairman ' M
| of a committee on Irish potato cul- *
ture and morketir.g. The whole com;
munity appreciates the interest Mr. p
Steele is taking; in the farming- prob- ^
li?nia of this section and it is deter- ^
mined to move forward in a way ;j
which will show that time has not I
beet) wasted here.
Rev. K. C. Watts recently filled
: his regular appointments here on the ^
; second Saturday ami Sundav, delivo
ering a very forceful sermon at each ^
meeting. On Sunday he emphasized
the beauty and tenderness of the true ^
- Christmas spirit, closing with an in- ..
- citation to all who wished during this,
- holiday season to bring some special
service oi :o\e as a gilt to the MusLzl???1?WWHI
' ler. even as of old the Magi brought ^
their gifts to the Mangel to honor J
> the new-born Lord.
> It was dec ided Saturday r.ight at i '
1 the meeting of the I?. Y. P. U. that
on account of the sickness 111 the corns',
muuity and the cold which makes at- ^
s tending the weekly meetings a probij
lent, it wouid be wise to suspend the
r > weekly meetings one quarter. How- j
1 ever the Union will keep up the Biy
ble readers course and interest will'
- he kept up by the public award of star
on the Bible Readers Honor Roll,
I ? -( ;i? i i_ U ....... < K tl,,, 1
? wnicil Will UV UUIIV lilHI lliuiivU UI. ?.? ?
n preaching: service. The Union is con- ,
tl iident that it can keep up the mters
est during the winter quarter and1 _
r open its weekly meetings next spring
e with the same vigor it has so ably I j
d displayed this fall.
*' Mrs. Wade Greene returned from |
| ?he Wilkes Hospital, North Wilkes.
horo Friday Her many friends are]
j delighted that she is doing so nicely. |
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. j
Thomas was buried in the Stony Fork j
i cv.netcry last week. The symjathy |
i of the whoie community goes out to!
:he bereaved parents.
There are a number of serious ca-j
' sc*s of measles in this section. Every
precaution i>euig v..
ze and it is hoped that af epidemic may
-e avoided. The school attendance ha>
been cut down grtfeatly.
The Mount Paron School closed |
Friday the 14th. rounding out two
i_ years under the same principal Mrs.
Docia Greene, whose work is esteemed
most highly by her patrons. Mrs.
te Greene left yesterday to take up her
P- new school work in Ferguson Wilkes j
Y SI County. She is one of Stony Fork's,
' most faithful church workers and she |
a* | will be .sadly missed while she isj
m" away. |
Misses Fawn Watson and Flora!
m* Greene, and Messrs Dell and Rexiej
,n" ; Smith and Emmett Greene went to|
| North Wilkesboro on business Satur*
* | day.
Mrs. D. L. Wellborn and Miss An301
nie Wellborn spent a few days with
-u~ Mrs. Wellborn's daughter Mrs. Fred
Cook, near Winston Salem last week.
+ They made the trip in Mr. James Welborn's
orthwestern North Carol
LEATHER AND PKOH1. AGENTS
COMBINE IN WARFARE ON
CHRISTMAS RUM SHIPS
According to a recent dispatch
rom Highlands. N. J. icy gales have
icked up such seas along the Jer.v
paqcF lk-.f - Il ?s- r'U-:-*
... ? < ? > miov ???i ci >vn ?- !. liter iiriMlas
rum squadron of 20 vessels weihed
anchor and withdrew to the
pen sea to ride out the storm.
The weather and the heavily reiforced
federal, state and county
affs of prohibition agents at sea,
nd ashore threatened to send glimlering
the rum runners last hope
f smuggling through to the big
ties* the thousands of cases of whisey
and wine the mm fleet carries.
Not a bottle fisherman ventured
Lit to the fleet. Their speedy craft!
icluding those launched in the last
?w days in the hope of garnering!
)me of the Christmas trade harvest,
)de safely at. anchor in the camouaged
liquor landing havens that a-!
jund in this and other nearby coast I
Even the super rum craft Louise j
jputed flagship of a fleet of fast (
ottle runners, said by revenue offers
to be operated by a woman
nown t<? thr-m as the "Lucky Lady."
miained in her little land locked
i-in at Key Port.
Prohibition officers ashore, howkm.
were warned bv revenue cutsailors
that Lucky Lady, whom
icy recently rescued from drown
ig when one of her bottle boats]
ink with a cargo on the way in j
om the rum fleet at night, had :
covered and was actively directing;
le fleet of city going liquor trucks j
id touring cars which she is re-j
jted to operate ashore.
"Lucky Lady*' is a prepossessing
runette of 30 and the head of a;
mdicato of whiskey smugglers that
[ierates both land and water craft. |
?c authorities say She accempaied
her own ship it to rum row,
ley say, bargained with the skippers
iere for supplies of imported liquor
nd directed the unloading and residing
into cars at the beach. She
suitllv rode the Louise, which federal
urn hunters whose mosquito fleet
ad tried to capture her,, say is one
f the fastest bottle-leggers pit the
An uncanny faculty for keeping
it of the hands of the lav. earned
Lucky Lady" her nickname. \\ bile
air weather lasted all went well.
Then in a bit of quail the Louise
oraiig a leak, "i.uk/ Lady* kept
ler nerve until ;hi* crew unable to
mil fa .'oogh .? keep the bout
ifloat, began in desper;:'. en to lighon
the Louise by casting owrboard
. : SI,Odd cargo of liquor.
The ,kipp?r fainted at the sight.
. . . ]
It'i" -t'cw lU'acni't^ in.' j?omse mm
ushed "Lucky Lady'* to a government
hospital. Shi* returned to hei
laet when she recovered, but not
i> a commander. Instead, say state
irooner.-. she remained ashore, directing
by means oi a system ol
vd, green and white electric flast
dgnals front the windows of her short
:iome in Key Port the safe passagt
>f her bottle boats into their nighi
lime landing places.
SLOWING ROCK GRADE SCHOOL
WILL GIVE ENTERTAINMENT
The Blowing Rock Graded Sclioo
will close tor the Christmas holiday
Friday December 21. A iniscellaneon
program consisting of Christmas ac
rustics, recitations and songs togctb
or with the pantomime "Abide Witi
Me" "Hoop Drill" and play "Krot:
the Photograph Gallery" will be ren
dered by the various grades begin'
: ing at 7 :?J0 p in. The patrons an
friends of the school are cordial!
G?*acc?New Name for the Now Li
theran Congregation in Boone*.
Ai the evening service of the Lutl
eran congregation here the new 01
go nidation was unanimously name
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Chure]
The new organisation now num-bei
twenty-four. Each Sunday morr.in
at ter o'clock Sunday School is he!
and much interest is being show
AH of the Lutheran faith in the tow
are urged to fall in line and help 1
build and make a strong Grace Li
theran Church. All persons not attei
ding Sunday School elsewhere a
cordially invited to attend the Su
day School and everybody is invi
ed to attend all of the services <
Tom Tarheel says: That man 1
| W. Shay up at the State College a
pears to think that selling hogs
just as seasonable as growing co
: . .. . <*
ina. -Established in I 888
"JIM THOMAS DEAD
Mr. James W. Thomas a good citizen
of the Valle Crucis section died
of pneumonia at his home last Fiij
du\ evening and interment was made
j in the cemetery at the Thomas grave
! yard on Sunday. \lr. Thomas was one
! of the substantial citizens of his section.
and hud spent his entire life
i ther??. He married a Miss Hopkins,
daughter of the late George Hopi
kins and sister of Mrs. John W. Hod|
ges of Boone. They reared a large
I family of children, the most of whom
j survive. Jim was a good citizen and
| a consistent member of the Kpisco!
pal church. He leaves a host of
friends and relatives to mourn his
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
BURIED SAME DAY
Ex-Sheriff Boh Madron of Johnson
county Tenn was in to see us on
last Saturday and said that on the
day preceding, he had attended the fu
neral of his mother Mrs. Celia Madron.
and grand-mother. Mrs. " ni
Reese, at Trade, Tenn., th? ?
I being more than 90 years 'r.
Reese died in the home : i,. ic* si
v. as reared, and her dau^ia. M
Madron had lived with her th. .]?.
i her entire life, and all her c. -t'ren
had been reared there. Their dcitSs
occurred or.ly a few hours apart. i-.et
us hope that mot hi t and daughter
entered together through the pearlygates
as their lives hail been almost
insuperable here. The double funeral
was attended by a large concourse
"SKYLAND PILOT" QUITS
The Skyland Pilot at Elk Park,,
formerly known as the Elk Park
Mews suspended publication with the
| last week's edition. The shut down is
| due to non-support. The home town
paper may not be all some people
I demand, but in a?v case it shows a
I lack of proper spirit to let one die
after years of struggle for the upbuilding
of a county. We hope the
publisher will he able to resume the
work before long.
SAYS RAILROAD CAN BE
BUILT ACROSS MOUNTAINS
Tan, t . Bowie, member of the Appalachian
and Western North Carolina
railway commission in Greens?
horo after a meeting of the comtnls-. on
in Raleigh, announced that At;
iorn< \ General Manning had informed
the commission thai there was no
question as to the constitutionality
of the $.%0,000 appropriation for preliminaiy
surveys and that he would
shortly deliver an opinion to that
At the same time Frank T. Miller
engineer for the commission, made
public a report submitted to the ef;
feet that the preliminary surveys for
the proposed railroad had gone far
enough now to establish definitely the
' fact that at least two and probably
three feasib and practical lines
had been ru thv engineers. On
I any one of the three, lines. Mr. Miller
thinks, a railroad could be built v. ithin
the limit of grade and curvature
laid down by the commission.
s ITEMS FROM THE
s APPALACHIAN SCHOOL
The young men's basket l>a!i team
- of the Appalachian Training School
h played the Cove Creek High School
n team on Friday night in Boone. The
i-! score stood -i> 10 t) in favor of the
i- : Boone team.
(1 | Also on the same night the pufcl'e
y school boys played the hoys of the
( Public School of Cove ; n ek in this
: Tjlac:e. the Boone boys winning by a
score of 1? b 12.
On Saturday night the young ladiesi
basket ball team of the Training
School played the ybuag ladies from
d I Granite Falls here in one of the best
r?- games played during the season. The
r*' score was 21 to 12 in favor of the
! A. T. S girls,
d ' Dr. Hillman and Dr. fTighsmith
n-! of the State Department of Educate
: tion were at the Training School the
lo j first of the last week looking after
u-l the work they have in hand,
n-i The Training School closes the latre
ter part of this week for the Christn
mas holidays. The holidays will be
t- about two weeks, the school beginagain
January 3, 192t.
J. M. DOW NUM.
V. or cotton. You can't grow cotton in
p- winter, neither can you sell hogs prois
titably when the Corn Belt is selling,
rn he says.