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RING . . . and jubilee
I get the very distinct impression,
from what my English friends tell
me and what T have been reading
about the Silver Jubilee of King
George V., that the monarch who has
reigned over the British Empire for
the past twenty-five years is the most
wioeiy popular ruier uiai great nation
has ever had. His grandmother.
Queen Victoria, was greatly respected
but the people didnt* really love
her. His father, King Edward VET.,
was an aristocrat, whom the common
people felt had little understanding
of or sympathy with themselves.
King George, on the other hand, is
the most democratic monarch who
ever sat on the throne, and under liis
rule Great Britain has developed into
a more complete democracy than any
other nation except our own. And I
am not sure but what, in many essential
respects, it is more of a democracy
than America is.
Certainly the ordinary man in England
has greater freedom of speech,
thought and action than he ever had
before, and his government is more
efficient in protecting those liberties
than is ours.
AT..A SKA ... a challenge
T have been greatly interested in
reading about the Federal Governments'
experiment of moving a lot of
American farmers into that territory.
I hope they fare well, hut I cannot
help having my doubts.
As I write I have before me the
"Progress Edition" of Alaska's leading
newspaper, the Daily Alaska Em
pire, published at Juneau. And in the
leading editorial on the front page I
"Alaska is only for strong men and
women. Those who are willing to withstand
hardship and shoulder all the
burdens of the pioneer. It is no land (
for the adventurer and job-lmnter j
who docs not come prepared with a j
certain amount of capital. . . . Alas- I
ka. beckons ac cr ;ryfrentkr i?t?a j
done, but it holds forth no false j
I hope the Federal CJovemment has
not held forth false hopes to the poor
farmers and their families whom it
is setting up in ready-made farms in
COIXXNISTS ... the types
We are accustomed to think of
America as having been entirely settled
by daring, adventurous persons
who left their European homes for
the sake of liberty, and whose blood '
and spirit pervades all of us today.
I wish they were literally true, hut
when you stop tc think of it, there
were a number of other kinds of peo- j
pie who came to America in Colonial j ]
I have been reading t.he bound cop- ,
ies of a newspaper published in England
from 1716 to 1736, and have not- ,
ed the immense number of men and .
women, convicted o; capital crimes, <
who were sentenced to he transported
to America instead of going to the ,
gallows. Some of them got back tot
England, whereupon t n e y w e r e <
promptly hanged. The rest were sold i,
_ as slaves to the landowners already |,
in the American colonies
Transportation as punishment for
crime was shifted to Australia later,
and the American colonists satisfied
their demand for cheap labor by trapping
African slaves and bringing
them over to slavery. Probably the
Africans were better off here than
they had been in Africa, but they, like
the English convicts, certainly didn't
come nere because they were imbued
with the spirit of liberty.
The descendants of these Colonial
slaves, black and white, arc na minor
factor in American life today. Add to
them the hordes from southern and
eastern Europe and from Asia who
came here for "easy money" after
our national development and prosperity
had become assured, and a
good many of the departures from the
old American tradition arc explained.
STEAM . . . still in race
Steam isn't sitting quietly and letting
gas get away with it. A few days
ago the New Haven railroad started
its Diesel-engined "Comet" train between
New York and Boston, hitting'
110 miles an hour, but a day or two
later a stream-lined steam locomotive
capable of sustained speed of 120
miles an hour rolled out of the works
at Schenectady, for the Milwaukee
railroad, to run between Chicago and
The railroad contest now in progress
fascinates me. for T think I see
in it one of the important moves toward
economic recovery. All the rail- [
roads are trying to compete with airj
travel on one hand and with bus and i
motor travel on the other. This is |
bound to mean rebuilding roadbeds, j
eliminating grade crossings, building!
new motive power and equipment, on I
a scale which Is only faintly suggest-1
ed by what ha? hwpri dona so fnr.
ltOBOT ... on the Job
I sailed all the way across the Atlantic
and back, not long ago, in
ships which were steered throughout
their courses by "Metal Mike," the
gyroscopic steering gear which every,
important ship now uses, and which'
laid their courses not by the old-fash-1
ioticti magnetic compass but by the
gyrrscopic compass, which points to
true North instead of to the mag
VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 47
BARBARA AGAIN G<
Heiress to Dime Store Millions
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ENOCH SWIFT IS "
DEAD AT AGE 87
Esteemed Confederate Passes at j
Amantha Home. Funeral to
Be Held This Morning.
Enoch Swift, 87 years ok , one of
Cove Creek's most prominent citizens,
died at his Amantha home Tuesday
evening after a long ilincs3 with an
incurable malady, it having become
apparent several days ago that he
could not long survive.
Funeral services are to be conducted
from the Cove Creek Baptist
Church Thursday morning at .11 o'clock
by Rev. W. R. Davis, pastor, and
Rev. G. C. Graham.
Interment is to be in the family
graveyard near the church.
Surviving is the aged widow, and
nine children, each of them prominent
In the life of his or her community:
Wiley H. Swift, Montezuma: Dr. David
Swift, Butler, Tenn.; Robert S.
Swift, Boone; Mrs. Rose Fuller, Mountain
City; Mrs. Mary Harris, Amantha;
Mrs. Hattie Lewis, Sherwood;
Clarke, Don and Scott Swift of the
Gove Creek swtion.
Native of Watauga
Mr. Swift was bom in the section
in which he died in the year 1S4S, and
was a member of the home guard in
the Civil War, acting in the capacity
of drummer boy. He was enlisted in
the regular Confederate Army, but
was never called for battle service.
Mr Swift had been a member of
the Cove Creek Baptist Church for
over fifty years and was intensely
interested in the religious life of his'
community. He was also an educational
leader and his activities arc
credited with doing a large share to- j
ward the beginning of the Cove Creek
High School, one of the foremost institutions
in this part of the State.
He retired from the local school committee
the first Monday in this month
because of physical inability to serve,
after having served as committeeman J
for fifty consecutive years. He was
also a deacon of his church for a halfcentury.
Mr. Swift was a model citizen, always
in the forefront of movements
for the betterment of nis State, coun-j
ty and community, and in his death:
one of our most valuable and best'
men has passed on.
TONSIL CLINIC TO BE HELD
AT BLOWING ROCK ON 24TH
A clinic for the removal of tonsils i
wm be held at Blowing Rock in the \
new Clinic Building on the afternoon j
of Friday, May 24. and the morning!
of May 25. The older group will be
cared for Friday afternoon, the little
children Saturday morning. As the
clinic is small, the number must be
limited. Those interested should see
Dr. Mary C. Warfield.
netic pole. From land to landfall no
human hand touched the steering
gear of either ship.
The "robot" airplane, which has
been flying pilotless around the country
recently, is merely an application
to air navigation of the gyroscope
compass and steering device which
has been in use on ships for many
years. The pilot handles the controls
only in starting and landing and in
jsetting the course in the first inj
stance The machine does the rest.
Independent Weekly New
BOON E, WAT AUG;
OES TO THE ALTAR
Divorces Prince and Becomes
1 Twenty-four Hours.
RENO, NEVADA. ? Above is
Barbara Hutton, heiress to Woolworth
Dime-Store millions, photographed
outside her quarters
just after she was granted divorce
from Prince Mdivani (below
left). Above, left" is Count
Kurt von Haugwitz - Revonthlow
of Denmark, who became Barbara's
"brand-new" husband on
the day following her divorce
from the Georgian prince.
Dotson Will Again Be Principal
of Boone High. Teachers Must
Raise Their Certificates.
At a meeting of the Board of Trustees
of the Boone Schools, held in
the Demonstration School Building on
last B'riday evening, it was voted to
require all teachers employed in local
schools to hold master degrees or to
earn credit toward a M. A. degree
during the summer of 1935. It is the
opinion of the board that all teachers
in the Boone schools within a
few years should have and will be
required to have M. S. degrees.
The following teachers were electex!
for the hirrh
Roy Dotson, principal; Compton
Crook, Science; E. S. Cliristenbury,
Mathematics and History; Lucille Miller.
English; Charles Farthing, Mathematics;
Mrs. cfahde Pyatte, language;
Robert Shipley, Agriculture.
Three vacancies on the faculty are
yet to he filled.
Following is a list of teachers selected
for the elemental department:
John He well, Eula Todd, Mrs. John
Howell, Ella Austin, Clyde Goodman,
Mrs. R. L. Clay, Ruth Robinson, Jane
Eliason and Helen Fleming.
Health Clinics to Be
Held in This County
Dr. King of this public health district
is planning to hold pre-school
clinics in various school centers of
Watauga County and asks for the cobpc
ration of all persons interested in
this very important phase of public
health work to assist in making them
a success by arging lal parents of
children between the ages of six
months and six years to have the
children present for a physical examination.
A full attendance is desired.
The first of these clinics will be
held at Green Valley School next Monday
at 2 o'clock p. m.; one will be
held Tuesday at the same hour at
Cove Creek High School, and at
Blowing Rock Friday, the 31st, at 2
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WASHINGTON, D. C.?J. Edgar
Hoover (above), Chief of Justice
Department Investigators, is a man
of few words and when he speaks
it is official. "We have had 36 kidnapping
cases listed and all of them
are solved." This was the extent of
the last interview with him.
spaper?Established in thi
V COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.
WOULD RESTRAIN I
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ISSUE IN STATE
Dry Forces to Try to Prevent
Elections Provided for by
LIQUOR MEASURES MAY BE
FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL |
Wine Acts Thought Valid as Well a-s
Transporting Art. Correspondent
Sees Much Activity in Pri- i
maries of Nest Year.
By M. R. DUN NAG AN
i Special Correspondent)
RALEIGH, N. C. Restraining or-J
dors or injunctions are expected to be I
the methods used by the United Dry
Forces in trying to prevent elections
in the 18 counties exempted from the
provisions of the dry Turlington Act,
in order to try to test the constitutionality
of these exemption laws enacted
daring the last days of the 1935
session of the General Assembly.
Attorney General A. A F. Seawall
has declined to give a ruling on the I
two arts, one exempting Now Hano-!
ver, the other, the so-called Pasquo- j
tank bill, exempting 17 others and j
two townships in Moore County, on
the ground that it will have to be determined
by the courts anyway and
life opinion would be worthless. However,
he has promised a ruling' soon
on tile wine act, which will permit
manufacture, sale or shipment of domestic
wines made from natural fermentation;
that is, without being
"sjiiked" or with sugar added.
The wine act is expected to be held
valid, although the section which prohibits
shipping of wine into the State
J-fw*w? 11giiif> rna.y be contrary to the
interstate commerce laws. The liquor
acts, however, may not fare so well
at the hands of the Supreme Court.
Apparently there is authority for any
kind of opinion the court might hand
down as to constitutionality, or otherwise.
It will be a sort of hair-trigger
decision, at best. It might fall
Elections Being Called
Meanwhile, some of the county
commissioners are calling elections,
others have called meetings for that
purpose, and still others are awaiting
action to try to determine whe-l
thor their action would be legal or
not. The act would apparently permit
! transportation of four quarts of liqJiior
anywhere in the Suite, but up- j
j parently does not provide for sale in]
j iry counties. Tha t proviso was appar- j
| ontly the reason why Representative?
; Tam Bowie withdrew his bill to that*
i r>ni.N T- n? ? -.ysK
v...nc iv. isgrccsjs. <uy icucier, let il:
jbc known that the restraining- order}
| method would be followed, but gave
no intimation in whnt. counties it!
j would hit.
[ Drys and wets are placing blame j
j for the "mess" on the backs di tne j
'opposing groups. Belief is that if the]
local acts had been passed a few days
earlier, giving time for deliberation
on the effects, the drys, or enough
of them, would have joined with the
wets in enacting some State-wide control
act, such as the Dai' bill, which
would have prevented the patchwork |
of wet counties and the muddle over !
THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE
Now that Clyde R Hoey, Shelby, j
has followed closely Lieutenant Governor
A. H. (Sandyi Graham, Hflls
boro, as candidate for the Democratic
! nomination for Governor, people are
| beginning to think of their choice and
j will soon be dividing into different
camps. John A. McRae, Charlotte, has
also announced, and Col. T. L. Kirkpatrick,
also of Charlotte, maintains
he is running. It is now believed that
former special Judge Thomas L.
j Johnson, Asheville, who had liis eye
on this race for several years, may
decline to enter the contest.
However, there is one element, and
probably a largo one. that feels it is
not represented in the candidates
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JUDGE HAYES WILL
SPEAK AT DEEP GAP
Federal Jurist to Deliver Memorial
Day Address Sunday.
Graves to Be Decorated.
j The American Legion and Auxiliary
j will hold mem ;ui sei viees at Gap
. Greek Saptiet Church Sunday. May
126th, at 11 o'clock. The public is corj
dially invited to attend.
Federal Judge Johnson J. Hayes
will deliver the address, after which
a picnic lunch will be spread. All persons
attending are requested to bring
After the services delegations of
Legionnaires and Auxiliary members
will visit, the cemeteries of Watauga
County and decorate the graves of
deceased World War veterans.
e Year Eighteen Eighty-Ei
THURSDAY, MAY 2:J,. 1035
Dennis Chavez Succeeds Late
SANTE FF, N. M ? Dennis Chavez
(above), former Democratic
representative, is the new U. S. Senator
from New Mexico to succeed
the late Senator Cutting, killed in
a recent air crash. Senator Chavez
announces Uiat his suit for the Cutting
seat which was pending will i
j now be dropped.
Bynum McNeil, 12-Year-Old Son'
of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McNeil,
Accidentally Hangs Self.
Bynum McNeill, 12 year s old. only i
son of Mr. and Mrs Joe McNeill of j
Vilas,' was accidentally killed Tries- j
day noon as he was playing with his!
deg is ihp infi ?jf the McNeill barn. J
A cord which had been used to tie;
the dog, and on one end of which was
a collar, had been placed about the
boy's neck, and as he slipped through
a hole in the floor, the other end became
fast and the lad was strangled,
life having left when members of the
family found his body.
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock
Wednesday from the O&k Grove
Church, Rev. F. C. Watts being in
charge of the obsequies, and interment
was at the J.line graveyard just
west of Boone.
Surviving is the father and mother.
Bynum was a member or* one of
the most prominent and best liked
families in this section and was a
member and regular attendant at
church and Sunday School. He was a
model student at the Brushy Fork:
His tragic .death ccnsuUueci one of
the worst shocks his community has
known, and "the sympathy of the people
is extended the bereaved parents
in unstinted measure.
Potato Bill Due for New i
Hearing on May 23th:
WASHINGTON, D C. Represen-!
tative Warren, Democrat. North Car-j
olina, was notified Tuesday that, the I
House Agricultural Committee will!
hold a hearing on his revised potato |
control bill Tuesday, May 28.
The measure, which was redraft- j
[ cd after a subcommittee suggested j
numerous amendments, would classify
potatoes as a basic commodity and
authorize the agriculture secretary to
t up sales allotments to control pro- ;
Warren said he thought only mem-!
bers of Congress would be called to j
testify before the committee next fall.!
Lengthy hearings on the proposal j
were held several weeks ago by the ]
I BANNER Kl.K.?Edgar H. Tufts, i
! president of Lees-McRae College '
; here, reported ine iirnt unusual
; catch of a lifetime last week-end.
Mr. Tufts, fishing in the river just
i below the school buildings and usj
ing three wet flies, had first a strike
j from a sixtecn-ineh brown trout,
on the top hook. While being pulled j
! in the fish slipped off the top hook |
but was caught, accidentally, by the i
back fin on the second hook and at j
the same instant a fourteen - inch
rainbow struck at the top hook
which the brown ixout had vacated.
Mr. Tufts was successful in landing
both brown and rainbow at the
J Mere than twenty trout, each over
twenty inches long, have already ]
been entered by local and visiting i
sportsmen in the annual summer
fishing contest of the Elk Kiver,
and over four hundred fishing permits
have been taken out. A party
from Greenwich, Conn., who state
that they usually go to Canada for
a fishing trip hut are anxious to
try Banner Elk instead, are coming
Sunday to spend several days. They
1 are Mr and Mrs. Lloyd J. Vail and
Dr. *T. F. Close.
$1.50 PER YEAR
DIRT TO FLY SOON
Ambuss?' r Daniels Told that
AVorki* 450-Mile Roadway
V& Begin Shortly.
MCi^'s ARE ASKED
T< | )ME TO ASHEVILLE
3 ? Ki?lit-?$c
> Will Be 100 Feet Wide
Mueli ?g lie Way- Two Sections
Bel 5; i Blowing Bock and
\ ilgiiua Almost Kcady.
Amabassador Josephus Daniels, who
Monday called on officials in Washington
having charge of the proposed
parkway 10 the Great Smoky Mountain's
National Park, was assured that
actual construction of the first units
of the 450-mile roadway will get under
Ambassador Daniels took up the
matter with Secretary Harold L.
Ickes and other officials at the request
of Asheviile citizens and State officials.
With the approval of Secretary
Ickes, Ambassador Daniels invited A.
K. Demaray. associate director of the
National Park Service, and Thomas
II. MacDonald, director of the Bureau
of Public Roads, to join him in Asheviile
on June 7th and 8th. Mr. Demaray
accepted the invitation, but Mr.
MacDonald cannot go on account of
the iiiness of his wife, but said he
would send some other official.
Various Causes for Delay
Various causes have contributed to
the delay in starting the project, the
foremost having been the diversion of
available funds by delay In passing
the S4,800,000,000 work relief bill and
slowness of t.he part of North Carolina.
ar.d Virgir.i" ro^unnp- the necessary
rights of way.
The right of way will he 1.000 feet
wide over that considerable portion
of the route which will pass through
government lands. The right of way
through privately-owned lands will
average 800 feet, but wall be as narrow
as 200 feet in some places. However,
on the portions of the Parkway
having a narrow right of way the
Government will require "scenic easements"
to the extent of the full 1,000
feet in order to guard against road
signs and other unsightly constructions.
In Virginia, the 200 feet has been
secured, but not the necessary "scenic
easements" over much of the route.
In North Carolina there has also
ebon much delay; but two sections of
the proposed Parkway between Plowing
Rock and the Virginia line are
now practically ready for the letting
of contracts This stretch, totaling 60
miles, will probably be the first to
be constructed, with the stretch thru
the Cherokee Indian Reservation near
AshcviHe the second on the schedule.
Sunday School 'Week to
r? _ i
dp vjoservea in i^ouniy
Sunday School Week will be observed
by many Baptist Churches of
Watauga County, according to announcement
made Tuesday by Mr. S.
C. Eggers, secretary of the Three
Forks Association. Mr. Eggers releases
the following outline for the week
of May 26tli to 30th, and asks that
all churches wishing to observe the
period communicate with him at once:
Sunday- "Outline of Week* (II
Monday?The Sunday School and
Teaching of the Bible" (II Timothy,
2:15 ana Psalm 1).
Tuesday?"The Sunday School, and
What It Offers Church Members" *.1
Wednesday?"The Sunday School
and Winning of the Lost." (Daniel
Thursday?"The Sunday School and
Stewardship" (I Peter 4:10).
Friday?"The Sunday School, the
Church's Greatest Agency in Bringing
in the Kingdom of God" (Matt.
Smithey Opens New
Store at Blowing Rock
Smithey's Store has announced today
the opening of a branch store at
Blowing Rock, with Mr. Glenn Winkler.
who has been with Smithey's a
number of years, in charge. The new*
establishment, according to Owen
Wilson, local Smithey manager, is
primarily a grocery establishment,
, and he states that the goods handled
I will be of the highest quality and that
! the traditional low prices oi nis firm
jwl'i picvail. Attention is directed to
I an advertisement today which gives
] The annual county singing will be
Iheld at the Courthouse in Boone on
j Sunday, June 2nd. A large number
of classes have already signified their
intention of being on hand, ana the
usual packed house is expected by
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