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Rev. H. W. Jeffcoat filled his recr
ular appointment at the Lutheran I
HE .Church here Sunday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Moretz an- j
nounce the birth of a baby?Leola
Mr. A. C. Miller went on a business
Irip to Boone on last Monday.
Mr. Henry Lewis of Danville, Ky.!
13 spending a few weeks with hi3
brothers and sisters here. Mr. Lewis
,; ' has been gone from this place eighteen
years. We are ail glad to see
him back again.
Mr. A. G. Miller was a business
.caller at Mr. Wiliie Profllt's 011 last
Mr. frank Main, having been the
lowest bidder on the Tamaraek-Todd
(A star mail route, has gone on duty.
Mrs. Bettie Winebarger is spending
a few weeks with her son, Mr.
John Lewis of Boone,
asi Mr. Frank Hockedy. who has been
gone from his native section?Tamarack?for
twenty eight years, during
A whirh time he has nev?r been heard
? J from, passed through Meat Camp on
u;.. ,.-niLA/i :
X" I Hlii V VII III!> 1CIU1II, Uowiif; v. ainvu,
he .-ays, from Fordland, California.
Airs. Maude Winebarger is somewhat
indisposed at this writing. We
hope she will soon recuperate.
Messrs Bart Itagan and Manley Mo'
Iretz went on a business trip to Shulls
Mills on last Saturday.
Mr. Lemuel Townsend of Foscoe
spent last Saturday night at Mr. JoI
it rains and rains, but ?n litat Sunday
afternoon and part of .he night
there fell an unusual rain in thin section
and perhaps others.
Sir. Dwight Edmisten was in this
vicinity last week on business.
Mr. Grady Trivett of Vilas visited
his brother M. I'. Trivett last week.
& Mrs. Martini Mast visited her dauj*
" ghtcr Mrs. Emma Hicks last week.
Mr. John Mast, Dewey Rominger,
and othefs went to Mr. Joe Trivett's
cherry picking recently who has a
bumper crop of the delicious fruit.
Mr. A. L. Presnell went to Baird's
Creek last Sunday.
The recent rains have washed our
roads very bad .but alas! We cannot
get cur township road supervisor to
JO ok over Sue roaas, sauvB ua>c
them worked, but we are going to
keep lathing at him and maybe he
will see the error of his way and repent.
The mails from Beech Creek
to Rominger are vary heavy and unS
leas- the roads are soon repaired it
will be soon impossible to drive ovei
them with mail vehicle.
Come on ye good writers and make
the Watauga Democrat the best pa
tper in the state.
Mr. J. Wayne Harmon took a trucl
load of people to Blowing Rock ant
other points iast Sunday. It seemi
A that a great many of our folks hat
rather take joy rides than to fill pla
ces in church and Sunday School.
The Zion Hill singing class wil
aing at the Rominger school houa
the third Sunday in July in the af
There was a box supper given a
Windy Gap for two unfortunates b;
the Sunday School, which amounte
Mr. Lionel Ward went to Beave
Dam last week cherry-hunting.
Hurrah for L. M. Farthing!
Mrs. J. C. Walters and little so
of California are visiting her rootht
Mrs. Walker and other relatives i
Mr. N. R. Walters and son of Sei
tie, Wash, are visiting his sister Mi
D. C. Coffey.
The fourth passed off very quie
* ly here. All seemed to be happy.
r? Our Sunday School is doing fin
We are planning a trip to Linvil
the third Sunday. All the school wi
go and take lunch and spend the d(
We will go and come on the train.
Newspaper Published in ai
SI.SO P?r Ymr BOONE.
s Reported |
Reported Each Week by1
? in the Several Sec
Mr. Noah Church of Todd is visiting
We are always pleased to have
good folks visit our Sunday School.
Some of the girls who live up the
river were here on the fourth. Mary
Jang, Bessie Lee. Vada Fox. We were
glad to have them with us.
Mr. Georpe Williams, his wife and
two little sons of Johnson City, arc j
visiting her father, Mr. Filmore Cof-j
Our school is going this week. We
have a first class school with good
ENGLISH WRITER INTERESTED
IN, STRANGE LIGHTS
To the Editor of the Watauga Dem
In the New York World Sept. 3,
1888, there is an pccount of wpird
lights which have been seen moving
! in the Switchbnck Mountains near
Mauch Chunk, Pa. The writer trii J
to explain in terms of something
which he considered known. It seems
that he thought that spirits shine in
the dark. He especially related appearances
of spirits with violent
death He wrote that, about ten years
before, seven outlaws had been hanged
in the jail at the foot of the
mountains. So there he had the mater
inl for an explanation satisfactory to
In the New York Evening Journal
Oct. 26, 1922 Prof. Garrett P. Serviss
wrote an account of the mysterious
lights of Brown Mountain,
Watauga County, North Carolina.
He had visited the scene anil had
looked a t some "lights. He says that
they were ordinary village lights or
the headlights of automobiles. He explained
like the writer ir the world
to him lights in villages and automobiles
were the known.
Nevertheless accord'ng to vague
reports, traveling lights perhaps, de->
linile ill form, and not automobile
headlights, have been seen in thp
I mountains of North Carolina.
But, according to many records,
| which are not in the least vague, ?iI
mllar unknown objects have been
' seen elsewhere, and have moved as
if they were living things, with such
Idetiiuter.ess of outline, and such duration
that no explanation in terms
of will o' the wisps, or St. Elmo's
Fire, or ordinal village or road
lights can apply. For instance in the
Monthly Weather Review, August
1898, is an account of a luminous
thing which for a long distance, in
Missouri and Iowa, followed a railroad
Set-vis' explanation is in local
terms. But the phenomena which
. he investigated for an hour or so
which v/as.not very .scientific, are no!
special to the mountains of Nortl
t Carolina. For another instance set
I Nature, May 25. 189."; an account
j by the captain of a British wurshi]
: of moving, globular lights, whirl
were seen far at sea, visible two it
succession, traveling in a mass a
j some times, anJ sometimes strung ii
e an irregular line watched seven hour
and a half, the second night.
It may be that readers of this pa
? per havg seen the phenomena unde
y discussion. If anybody can send in
j formation to me at my present ad
dress, 39 Marchmont Street, Russei
r Square, London, England, it may b
that, with different data, some othe
explanation can be thought of.
Ship Cnti Whale in Two
San Pedro, Cal. July 6.?An enoi
n moos sperm whale, part of a larg
* school playing about the ship, ws
n struck by the Panama-Pacific line
Finland and cut in half while the lii
er was off the Mexican coast recentl
it was reported on the arrival of tl
A large portion of the dead mam:
became fast to the bow of the ste:
e- mer in the collision and remained f<
two days before it could be remove
>11 Captain Munroe said. The Finlar
T was delayed several hours by the ct
id for Boone and Wataug
TAiAU'uA l.uim I T, NUK IH C/
Watauga County Board of Education
Wat in Regular Session Monday.
Much Routine Work.
The hoard of education was in session
two days this week. Much routine
work was done.
The 1924-25 budget was prepared)
which will require about S68.?00 00 i
for the public schools for this year.!
Of this amount the State will pay
more than $17,000.
The Board has placed a premium
on attendance on summer school byj
Allowing experience to operate in
that case only. *
It was ordered by the Board that
the schedule of work "laid out and
used in the schools last year he continued
The Boaid directed that the school
?six months term?open July 14.
BARLEY GOOD CROPS
FOR WESTERN CAROLINA
' T'aieigh, N. C. July 8.?During the
past few years tome of the smail
I grain growers of the piedmont section,
particularly in Davie, Rowan,
and Davidson counties have become
interested in the production of barley,
largely as a food for dairy cattle,
says Dr. R. y. Winters, plant
breeding agronomist for the estate
College of Agriculture. "The crop
with which barley competes most is
| oats. Some of the growers who prefer
barley to oats claim that they
; get better grazing from the barley
and can still save a crop of seed.
I Others are growing barley because
! it is considerably more hardy in wint
tei than oats The Division of Agronomy
started some work three years
ago, to study the varieties of barley
suited to the Piedmont section and
to compare their yield with that of
oats. More than fifty varieties were
tested and one of the best strains in
the test proved to be one selected
by the Tennessee Experiment Station
at Knoxville. This is a very uniform
j strain of hooded barley which matures
early. Last year the Piedmont
Branch station secured a considerable
quantity of the best seed of this pedigreed
strain and has increased it tc
supply the farmers of the Piedmont
"During the past season when most
of the winter oats were killed the
Tennessee strain of barley stood uy
well, in fact a splendid crop was
saved from this variety. In this con
nection it should be mentioned thai
on the average, barley has not pro
duced quite as much grain per acta
as oats. For this reason growers that
are now producing oats successfullj
are not advised to change to b&rlej
unless they have already tried barle}
and feel that it is better adapted foj
their purpose than oats. The result
of recent tests indicate that barlej
will not produce quite as much fooi
i value pc-r acre as oats."
"STOP LAW" CUTS ACCIDENT:
The first six months operation o
- the North Carolina Stop Law saw i
l reduction ct thirty-two pes cent ii
, the number of grade crossing acci
: dents as compared with the recor
i of the preceding six months, font
I teen per cent reduction in the nan
t ber of persons killed.
> These are the figures compiled b
i K. 0. Self, chief clerk to the corp<
i ration commission on the basis c
t reports to the commission from th
i Southern Seaboard, and Atlanti
s Coast Line on accidents at railroa
grade crossings for the six month
- prior to July 1, 1323, when the Sto
r Law went into effect and for the si
- months following that date.
From January 1, 1923, to June 3
II inclusive, there were 160 grade cro:
e ing accidents in which 52 persoi
r were injured and 16 killed at cros
ings of the three principal railroat
operating in North Carolina, accori
ing to the figures announced by M
From July 1, 1923 to December i
e inclusive, there were only 109 aut
lg mobile accidents at the grade cros
,r ings of the same railroads. The nur
j. ber of persons killed was 10 and t!
y number injured 45.
Meet your neighbors at the Fa
aj mere State Convention to be held
j. State College July 23, 24 25. Plen
)r of good food for brain and stoma
j will be served at this farm gatherir
>1- When the milk scales come into t
milk house, the boarder cow goes oi
a County, the Leader of N
lROLINA. THURSDAY JULY 10, 192
Davis and Bryan Are the j
Nominees of Democrats
"**he Democratic convention dead- j
lock was broken yesterday when t
John W. Davis of West Virginia was
nominated by acclamation to car-ry
l.irt Democratic Standards for 1924.
Charles W. Bryan, governor of Nebraska
was the choice for the vice- Presidency.
YOUNG CALVIN (
I After Five Days* Illness Son of the ^
President Passes Away Rallies
Third Time Before End Comes.
Washington, July 7.?Calvin Coo!- '
idge Jr., son of the President died 1
tonight ut Waiter Reed hospital of '
blood poisoning. *
The end came after the boy had (
battled with the utmost bravery and '
fortit-ide for five days against a dis- '
ease which had "racked his body with 1
j pain and sapped the reserve strength J
i of his frail constitution.
President arid Mrs. Coolidge, who *
had maintained constant vigil at the '
hospital were at his bedside, hopeful
and cheering and comforting the 1
son to the last.
Three sinking spells Sunday night 1
brought him to the point of death
A slight rally Monday gave slight
hope, but soon thereafter he began
I again to lose ground and he never '
; rallied again.
A sinking spell, the fourth he had '
I suffered in 2-1 hours, brought death
| notwithstanding the use of oxygen
| and other restoratives the courage
I which hail withstood crisis after
| erisis and had beaten death off reI'
peatedly, was unable to meet the
'final attack. The collapse began at
|B:"0 o'clock, and he gradually sank
into eternity. He died at 10:30 o'-j
The infection developed from a I
broken blister on the right foot inch
free! during a tennis match with j
his brother John on the White House ;
courts last Monday. At first, paying
no attention to it, the youth developed
an alarming condition by Wednes- j
day right and physicians were sum- |
I Young Coolidge was sixteen years
YOU CAN'T GET AWAY
Z-ROM PEOPLE, SAYS K1LGORE
Raleigh, N. C. July 1.?"The head
' j porter in my iiotel was from Char:
j IPtte and the representative of a Pa-'
ris newspaper was a young mail who
" graduated from Trinity last year,"!
: says director B. W. Kilgore dean of
r the school of agriculture who teccnts
!y returned from his trip abroad act'
ing as delegate from tba United
' j States to the International Institute
j of Agriculture at Rome, Italy. "Tbis
. I was 011c of my first impressions?
you can't1 get away from people you
j know. I found also that the fame of
~i North Carolina cs an agricultural
' | state had preceded me and in trav
eling over Scotland, fclnglaiio, rranee
^ Italy ar.d Switzerland. I tound that.
some of the leading people wanted
'* t.o hear of our accomplishments. I
was invited to address a (fathering of
* notables both of London and Edin'1
borough on the agricultural develop1
ment of our state."
c' Mr. Kilgore said that his second
c impression '.vas the lack of space to
do things in. The farms were small,
the people too plentiful and living
p conditions were crowded. During the
x time spent in Rome he saw only one
new building being constructed of
0 stone and brick. There is no timber.
The trees of Italy are grown on the
ls side of the ditch banks and inters"
cropped with grape vines while the
's pruning? of the trees are used for
fuel. All the land is used and there
is much human labor. The returns
per man is not as great as in this
country, and says Mr. Kilgore, "I
would not ever want us to have to
,s~ farm the way they farm over there.
Their standard of living is now, parle
ticulariy in the Mediterranean countries
and they do not use the labor
saving machinery such as we have
ir" in this country."
nt Mr. Kilgore saw the need of proty
tecting our lands by terracing and
^ putting the inaccessible iands in forests
after noting the conditions oi
some soils over, there. "We do no!
be want to wait until it is too late a:
at. they did over there," he says.
orthwestern North Carol)
4. 5 Cti. aCopy
A. T. S. CLOSES T
second term begins isth wn
earnest work repoktef
chers and studentsSATiONAL
irandfather Mountain Section Stiil j
Considered the Most Feasible Lo- i
u a *? - . m ?-* i
mccuag at Uiowmj ISOCK |
Special of July 5. to Charlotte Ob-i
AJayview Manor, Blowing Rock.?
rhe scenic beauty of western North
Carolina rivals that of Yosemite or
he Yellowstone national park. The
frandeur of Y'osemite is unique in its
?wn picturesque glory. The grandeur
>f Yellowstone is just as unique in
ts vast variety and almost boundless
caches. The grandeur of western
tferth Carolina is unique, because it
s absolutely unlike anything in the
rreat Rockies or the weeping mounains
And that is why Linville Gorge
with its rippling streams, iis primal
forests, its cro\^n of blucr-rimmed
nountains, its infinite solitudes asf<
virgin and as remote as the day
when the red man was king and
when Grandfather Mountain was:
.he shrine of the roving Indian should*!
)f perpetuated lorevermore as a national
memorial, say progressive but
far-seeing citizens of North Carolina
Today I was permitted to vision a
future lor this Blue Ridge region of
unbelievable possibilities when Col.
Joseph Hyde Pratt called together in .
the second day of the convention ihe
delegates from North Carolina. Vir- j
ginia. Georgia and Tennessee chambers
?.f commerce to discuss further
the details of America's finest playground
of the east?a national park
in the southern Appalachians. Colonel
Pratt presided, and among other
things he said"Yosemite
is a household word
throughout America. Yellowstone
park is a household word. These
parks are visited annually by uncounted
thousands. If we get for
this siection the proposed national
park for the southern Appalachian*
it will mean that more than -50,000
people will visit in western North
Carolina every year.
"I make this estimate based on figures
in my possession detailing attendance
records at play grounds and
parks of iesser importance established
in western North Carolina. Some
of these places draw as many as
ou,uuu people annually. 11 iney can
accomplish this, what would a national
"A national park is an area sot
a3ide by the government where evermore
thereafter no commercial development
shall enter. It' provides a
sanctuarj for the wild life of that
section a haven for the birds, t
paradise for fish of all kinds, the
camping ground, the home pastures,
for animal life.
"It is a place that will be develop
i ed by the government for one purpose
only?preservation of origina
I beauty and perpetuation of' its ab
, original life. Of course roads anc
| bridle paths will be built, and hote
sites will be awarded, and there wil
! be camp locations, but none of thesi
l will be permitted to interfere witl
| the origina! scenic gramieur of th<
Every delegate here today pledget
I Colonel Pratt that he or she wil
| return to his or her home town ant
< present the proposition in it3 fulles
' detail to all civic and comroercis
| bodies of the community, so tha
the Southern Appalachian nations
: park committee will know tha
North t.arouna, V lrgmia, Tcrinesse
and Georgia arc unanimous in thei
recommendation of the Llnvill
gorge and Grandfather Mouhtai
areas as the logical site for the pari
The resolution adopted in the for
vention yesterday reads in full, s
"Resolved, that it is the sense c
those attending this meeting calle
to cpnsider the location of a natioi
al park in the southern Appalachia
mountains; that the Linville Gory
' and Grandfather Mountain area
' tlia one area in the s< hern App
lachiar region that fu,iills the r
t quirements of a national park, ar
5 ^should be given serious consider
tion by the southern Appalachii
ina.-Established in 1888
rH MANY AI.READY ENROLLED
} ON PART OF BOTH TEA-NOTED
The* first term of the Appahehiiis
Training School summer terra is
drawing to a close. It closes on the
11th ami the second term begins on
the loth, ^ku^comcs to a close the
largest term that school has ever enrolled
by more than 40 per cent. A
large number have already enrolled
for the second term and reservations
are coming: in daily. A large number
of those in the first term will remain
for the next term. Besides those in
the state school the county school
has enrolled 83 and the Demonstration
school 21-r>, making in aU on
the cauipus 837 students. The work
has moved on ".veil and both students
and teachers have done hard earnest
work. There is a fine body of stu
dents and a most excellent corps of
t*uite a large number of visitors
iiave beer; at the Training School
during the past week. Col. Olds whom
every, student knows and loves, has
been at the school for several days
and has made a number of interesting
and instructive talks. Mrs. M. E.
Brownb the author 01 a reader and
representing B. F. Johnson & Co.
addressed the school on the 3rdDrof.
Korton of Newton who has
been spending some days in town visited
the school. Messrs J. M. Croker
and R. 11. Carroll, Cherry vilie, visited
their wives at the school on the
?tn. Messrs Huntejj and Frank Dougherty
of Tenner < and cotuint of
he Dougherty Brothers, spent some
time at the school. On the -1th an
excursion hrought 250 from Johnson
City, most of then* students :n
the East Tennessee State Normal.
These were welcome visitors. Mr.
Wood, Secretary of the Chamber of
f'nrtimnr/>o At" Tc.hncAn f I*.*
| family spent some days with friends
\ in Boone and made a very fine talk
j to the school on Saturday. Dr. Kep
art of the N. C. W. addressed the
i Parent-Teachers Association on Sat!
urday. Ail of the visitors showed
! deep interest in the work ana devcl!
opment of the school.
There will bo a call meeting of the
Watauga Post American Legion Sat.
night July 19 at Cove Creek School
house. -Ml veterans are urgeu to be
j prose nt. The adjusted comptnsa1
tion will be discussed and other important
The directors of the Watauga Co.
Bank were in session Monday. A
semi-annual dividend of four per cent
was ordered paid. In order to better
take care c.f the book keeping department
an electric porting machine
will be pat in as soon as the new
j power plant is completed.
I The kitchens of rural North Carok
lina homes are being transformed in.
to efficient workshops through the
work of the home demonstration agentsof
the State College extension di.
A hegrc home demonstration worl
ker among the colored people of
. Beaufort County began with the esI
sentiais for better living when she
j taught her club women how to rid
! their homes of bed banrs. flies and
2 national park committee.
"It ia further resolved that the
1 member* of this conference present
1 this resolution to the Chamber of
I commerce ar.d other civic organizat
tions in their vicinity and request
il favorable action thereon."
t Other proposed areas were discusLi
sed such as Chimney Rock, Caesar s
,t Head, Pisgah and the Rat, Ball moune
tain, Rome mountain, Whitetop and
r others. All are magnificent in their
e scenic wonders, it was admitted, but
n none of them can qualify wholly
c. within the specifications laid down
l- by the government for a national
is park, Colonel Pratt said.
The Southern Appalachian Naif
| tional park committee, with Cond
i gressman H. E. Temple of Pennsyli-1
vania as chairman, will meet in.
n Washington on July 15 to consider
re recommendations and will later visit
is in the Southern Appalachian region,
a-The committee was appointed by
e-1 Hubert Work, Secretary of the intea-j
The conference here adjourned
in late today.