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By J. C. R,
A MIGHTY LONG TIME!
BACK IN JUL.*ff 1906, Don J. Morton,
then a very young; man. cradled
wneai on his father's farm near Vi
. ... las. The sun sent
i down its torrid rays
IIMPMWPa ' an<? reaper
sought, for a brief
? moment of comfort,
Tl the cool, green
P gloom of a nearby
V M- -Jl oak's spreading
b 'W> branches. A terrap
pin of the ordinary
? variety . . . the spotI
i ted kind . . . had aljJr
so drawn his armorj>
clad chassis to a
liait 'ncath the tree.
"Jim" The youth, for no
particular reason perhaps, turned the
"snapper" on his back . . . and graved
with a knife on the under shell these
initials . . . "D. J. H. 1906."
* * * *
TIME PASSED . . . twelve years,
in fact. America was embroiled in
the late European unpleasantness . . .
Mr. Horton was just before joining
the colors. He labored on a hillside
of the Frank Horton farm, a haifmile
from the site of the turtle incident.
An object moved in the grass
. . . the terrapin, natural as life,
walked up and hitched, so to speak.
In 1921, seven years later in 1928, and
in 1930, Air. Horton ran across his initialed
sheli-bearer . . . just plodding
along . . . never seeming to change.
Last week Roby Ward met the terrapin
a few hundred feet from where
he started in 1906 . . . "D. J. H." was
still plainly to be seen on the rigid!
belly of the little animal.
THE TWENTY-NINE YEARS of j
war and panic and prosperity and ]
prohibition and gang-warfare and!
woman suffrage and cross-word pua-;
?> ixl /">] ?qin loitora V?orf-nhn??roH his i
complexion not even a little bit . . .
still a good terrapin, full of vim and i
vigor, if terrapins are possessed of!
these qualities . . . staying right on
the job at the Horton farm . . . idling 1
about in the pasture fields snd pota-i
to patches . . . having all that a terrapin
craves without half trying
seeking neither fame nor position . . .
watching man grow stooped and gray'
and drawn and tired as he fights his
mad battle for wealth and social po- j
sition . . . watching beauty fade from \
bright cheeks of rural belles as the
cares of married life and children and
home-making bring their indelible
t wrinkles . . . w&Yohirig countless poliu
ticians make countless little political
errors and take countless voyages up i
the dreary waters of "Salt River" |
. . . watching girl babies grow into
sweet young ladies?watching them!
"step in the mud" and become human I
silt in the backwash of life . . . watch-!
ing big, fat, chubby baby boys grow.
into handsome country swains, and1
seeing them wear the felon's stripe?,'
because "they couldn't take it" ...1
watching the whole human family
bear the bone-breaking burden of an j
exacting social system.
* * j
GOOD TERRAPIN . . . to be sure :
he's a good one . . . good for plenty i
and plenty more years in the pasture |
fields and potato patches of Don Hor-J
ton's Vilas farm. The white marble,
mansion with its priceless tapestries j
and glittering furnishings may he the j
goal of many a hill-billy . . . the hope1
or at least the chance of public pre- j
iermeni may beckon invitingly down|
the "main stretch" . . . the lure of j
gold and diamonds and lovely ladies,
and racing studs and yachts and
purring motors may drag all our
neighbors through a hell of uncertainty
and trouble and such-like . . .
BUT . . . there's a terrapin over on
the Horton farm that'll be here to
enjoy his simple station a helluvalot
longer than we . . . we the worriers,
we the ambitious, we the laborers,
we the opinionated . . . we the engravers
of initials on terrapins' bellies
who'll never live to see them i
ALONG THE PRIMROSE PATH j
A little fellow and his little girl j
friend holding hands and smiling, sort j
of honey-like. . . . Miss Grace Sher-'
wood looking keen as a blackberry!
briar in riding habit. . . . Vic Aber- i
nethy, operator of Boone's "den of ... i
pardon, please . . . bowling alley, mak- j
ing a sweet young thing laugh spite j
of everything she can do . . . Frank S
Pearson making a nurse-maid of an- j
other fellow as he bowls a few rounds i
. . . Austin South falling ten feet]
without falling . . . Joe Luther telling ]
a story of the exploits and exciting;
moments of a young lady called, yes, \
that's it . . . "Little Audrev" . . hnvs
in bathing suits riding the rumble
seat of a Foru . . . little girls eating'
pop-corn and ice cream . . . collegiate
youth swilling beer . . . and one old
lady, good naturcd lady, full to the
Married forty-six years ago today
at the home of the bride's parents
just east of Boone, Miss Myra H.
Shearer and Rev. J. G. Puiiiam. The
Rev. E. F. Jones performed the ceremony.
On behalf of the many friends
of this popular couple in Watauga
County, the Sketch Man extends heartiest
congratulations ar.d best wishes.
J VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 4
1 Miss Mary Barnes of New Yorl
Washington Hill in Ceremo
LONDON.?One of America's wea
! president of the American Tobacco
new bride, the former Mary Barnes
the magnate, just after the ceremo i
LEGAL RED TAPE ;
TIES LP PARKWAY
Tar Heel Representatives Confer j
With Secretary Harold Ickcs
About Starling Work.
WASHINGTON, D. C. Rcpreseii-j
tatives Doughton and Weaver eon-!
ferred at length with Secretary Harold
Tckes Tuesday concerning an ear- j
ly start on the Parkway between thei
Smqkv Mountain National \
Park and the Shenandoah National'
Park in Virginia. | <
Both Congressmen expressed them-j
selves as highly gratified and entire- j
ly satisfied by the attitude of Sec-;
However, Secretary Ickes maintained
that he would have to follow
the advice of his legal department 1
and hold up the 12-mile link from
the Virginia line to Roaring Gap,
which was advertised for letting last
month, until the rights of way are
delivered to him by the State of
North Caroltna. The State has taken
steps to condemn that portion, of? the
right of way which could not be purchased
but no information is available
here as to when title will be delivered.
The Secretary agreed to hasten the|
construction on that portion of the,
Parkway through Federal forest lines j
already owned by the. Government.
The refusal of the Cherokee Tribal
Council to agree to me proposed route
through the Cherokee Indian Reservation
may result in a rerouting of
that portion of the Parkway.
Home Coming Day at
Local Advent Church
July 28th has been designated as
Home Coming Day at the Boone Advent
Christian Church, and Dr. F. E.
Warrn&n, the pastor, has arranged a
special 3eries of sermons for the occasion.
The three prophetic messages
will be delivered as follows:
Eleven a. m., "The Marriage Sup-1
per of the Lamb." What is it? When j
is it ? Where is it ? Who is the bride ?
Who the 144,000 ? Read Revelations!
chapters 19. 7 and 14.
Two-thirty p. m., "Was NRA the
Mark of the Beast?" Ts the U. S. A.
the beast or the two-homed beast?
What is the mark of the beast and
the number of his name, 666? Read
Revelations, 13th chapter.
Eight p. m., "Will the Devi! Be
Bound a Thousand Years?" Will the?re
be a thousand years AFTER Jesus
comes in which the Devil will be
bound, and during which time people
will have another chance to accept
Jesus as Saviour? Read Revelations,
Dr. W arm an extends a cordial invitation
to the Advent Christian people
of Northwestern North Carolina,
and all others, to bring their dinners
and enjoy this all-day mating at tnc
Roc.k Church. Special singing has
been arranged, and everybody is welcome.
"Cyclone Mack" Dies
| At Home in S. Carolina
BEN"N ETTSV1LLE, S. C.?Rev.
i Baxter F. McLendon, 55. famed evan-,
| gelist, known as '"Cyclone Mack," |
i died suddenly at his home here on j
| Monday night at 7:30 o'clock of a !
j He had just returned from Okla- j
j lioma City, where he was been con-1
J ducting a revival meeting. Mr. Mc-1
i Lendon was about town Monday talk- i
jing to his friends on the street, and ;
i seemed to be in fine health. His death
came as a shock to the community.
He is survived by his "widow, Mrs.
jRena Rat?"!! Mc.Lendon, and six jsfljj- j
Il . i ,
Independent Weekly New
; Becomes the Bride of George
ny Performed ill London.
llliiest men, George Washington Hill,
Company, is shown here with his
$ of New York, one-time secretary to
IN TOILS OF LAW
Wataugan Accused of Endorsing j
and Cashing Government
Checks. In Jail.
Charged with endorsing several
hundred dollars in Government
checks and spending the money which J
they represented, Robert Walker of j
the Cove Creek section is in jail at|
North Wilkesboro, where he is to bej
given a preliminary hearing before i
a United States Commissioner within
the next few days:
Reports indicate that checks of the!
Agricultural Adjustment Admtnistra-'
tion, totaling about $1,500 were
mailed to Robert. Walker's brother,
Superintendent Howard Walker, for
distribution to the participating farmers.
Howard being absent from home
when the checks arrived, the youfijjer
brother is alleged to have appropriated
the drafts and left on a to j
the Mid-western states.
Superintendent WrJker did not
know they had arrived and the Csjrn&i
ers were wondering why theit mor?- j
ey did not come. Recently Robert is j
said to have mailed his brother about j
$700 in checks with the notation he j
had spent the remainder. Returning |
home last week he surrendered him- |
self to the Sheriff who in turn carried
him to North Wilkesboro where j
he placed himself in the hands of a
Starts Typhoid Clinics
Dr. Richardson, district health officer,
announces the following dates
and places for the holding of clinics
for administering typhoid vaccine and
Mondays, July 29, August 5, 12 and
19: Rutherwood, 9 a. m.; Laxon, 10:30
a. m.; Stoney Fork, 1:30 p. m.; Deep
Gap, 3 p. m.
murauayii, JUiy OJ., AUgUSl *, l*
and 21; Matney, 9 a. m.; Dutch Creek,
10:30 a. m.; Valle Cnicis, 1:30 p. m.;
Vilas, 3 p. m.; Lovill, 4:30 p. m.
Fridays, August 2, 9, 1G and 23:
Poplar Grove, 9 a. m.; Shulls Mills,
iu a. in., r"oscoe, -21-S? 1Gnindf?
ther, 1 p. m.; Clark's Greek, 3 y. m.
A schedule will be announced at a
later date for other sections of the
The Health Department recommends
diphtheria toxoid especially for
children between o months and G |
years of age, and to this group the toxoid
will be administered free of j
charge. To children who have reached ;
their sixth birthday a charge oi' ten;
cents will be made to cover cost of
the vaccine. No charge will ne made
on typhoid to anyone.
The Health Department advises the
peple of Watauga County to patron- 1
ize their famiiy doctor as a matter j
of preference. The clinics are arranged
to take caie of those who
would be unable to go to their family,
Vaccination is one of our best
means of controlling typhoid fever,
arid everyone in these neighborhoods
should take advantage of these clinics
to secure this protection. Those
who care to come to the office in
Boone will find one of the doctors or
a nurse on duty everv Tuesday mom
ing and every Saturday afternoon.
Dr. Richardson invites the public to
visit the Health Department.
DR. VANCE TO FREACK AT
BLOWING ROCK C'HCSCH!
Dr. Janries I. Vance, noted Presbyterian
preacher or Nashville, Term.,
will preach at the Blowing Rock
church of his denomination next Sunday
morning at the 11 o'clock hour,
according to announcement mRde on
Tuesday by Rev. Sexton Buchanan,
pastor. The public is given a cordial
invitation to hear his sermon.
spaper?Established in the
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POTATO BILL HAS
Warren Control Plan Is Added
to AAA Measure by Vote
of Upper House.
Washington, l>. c. ? voting
down a proposal to exempt States
| which produce fewer potatoes than
1 they consume from its provisions, the
Senate in a chorus of ayes Monday
added the Warren potato control
I plan to the agricultural adjustment
| adminstration bill.
TJnder the. pian. which was adopted
without change, potatoes would
be classified as a basic commodity
with the agriculture secretary empowered
to establish production and
sales quotas for commercial producers.
A tax of 75 cents a hundred pounds |
would be levied on potatoes sold in (
excess of allotments to insure com- J
pliance, with producers being given j I
tax exempt certificates to the amount |
of their quotas.
Although the potato plan originated
in the House with its introduction
early in the session by Representative
Warren, Democrat of North j
Carolina, the Senate vote was the
first action on the measure in either
senator Hatch, Democrat, of New
Mexico, sought to include an amendment
to exclude States producing u
fewer potatoes than they consumed w
from the. control plan. w
Senator Bailey, Democrat of North K
Carolina, who offered the proposed ir
c6ntrol legislation in the Senate, vig- d;
oiously objected, contending such an E
exemption would wreck the whole ag- w
riculture control program. iti
Mnrlli Pnrnliim Hid not OLSlv tf
to be exempted from wheat control," tr
he said. "We produce about 6,000,- w
000 busneis, yet consume more than
we produce." C
Senator King, Democrat of Utah, t*
joined Hatch, asserting he noted with
"chagrin" that a "representative of e:
a State has to ask permission to raise tl
enough potatoes to meet their own d<
Bailey was joined in arguing for w
the measure by Senator Hale, Repub- ti
lican of Maine, and Senator Pope,
Democrat, of Idaho. Sj
IIai$ asserted that Maine, with a g
tbinf"*of its "potato crop unsold, was c
getting only 10 or 15 cents a bushel. s4
Asserting the production of potatoes
had leaped skyward because of &
control of other crops, thus depress- jc
ing prices for this commodity. Bailey pj
declared it was necessary therefore a
to control the production of potatoes, h
He said potatoes produced in all q
sections of the country had asked jfo,
for control legislation. i c
The measure, if enacted, would be-[n
come effective December 1. A favor- ^
able vote among growers would be p
necessary for continuance from one p
year to another. p
MRS. CLARISSA BARNES LMrs.
Clarissa Barnes, aged widow
of the late G. W. Barnes, died at her
home on Howard's Creek July 19. af- ^
ter an illness of one week. J*
Surviving are the following chil- r
dren: Mrs. Henry Greene, Mrs. Ben
Greene. Mrs. N. L?. Barnes; two sis- j
ters, two brothers, fourteen granchildren
and twenty great-grandchildren,
with a number of close friends and j
neighbors to mourn the loss of a dear
loving mother, grandmother, friend v
and neighbor. f,
Funeral ^services were conducted C
irrjiu Meal Camp Baptist Church on
Sunday at 11 o'clock by the pastor, a
Rev. W. C. Payne. Burial took place y>
in the nearby cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jones 3
Barnes. Jad Barnes. John Greene,
Gurdy Barnes, Richard Whittington, q
and Arthur Hartley. Honorary: D. W. a
Cooke. Charles Hodges, Carl Byers, \
Wade Byers. Ronaa Hodges. Dan Mut- a
lis. Gurney Hodges, Wilby Brown.
Stuart Brown, Willard Byers and Stu. art
Flower girls were: Wilma Cooke, -j
Opal Byers. Mary Cooke. Mozelie a
Barnes. Vlstella Greene, Polly Greene.
Ruth Richards. Ola Greene, Verlee r
Jones, Flossie Moody, Nora Belle Mul- n
lis. Dene Jones, Josephine Jones. Ruth q
ICiraa Jones. Mrs. Arthur Hartley. ^
Mrs. Jones Barnes and Mrs. Alma
PRESIDING FLDER GTBBS TO
PREACH AT HEN SON'S CHAPEL
Rev. A. C. Gibbs. presiding elder r
ol' the Mount Airy District of the F
Methodist nhurv>i "fill Wfl-JAV, o+ y
son's Chapel next Sundav. July 2Sth. j
at 3 o'clock p. m. The sermon will be n
followed by the Fourth Quarterly t
j Conference of use Watauga charge, F
at which time all of the officials of t
j the churches are nominated by the s
pastor and elected for the ensuing g
year. All of the stewards, Sunday v
I School superintendents and other of- v
! ficial representatives of Henson's
! Chapel, Mabel, Salem and Valle Cru- It
cis Methodist churches are urgently c
' requested to be present for the meet- h
; ir.g. The public is cordially invited to*a
l the service. . 1
: Year Eighteen Eighty-E
THURSDAY. JULY 25. 1935
RUSSELL DEAN SWIFT J
BLOWING ROCR i
YOUTH IS SLAIN
Edward Coffey Dies from Shot
Accidentally Fired by Devcre
A bullet from a .22 rifle, acciclc.il-1
illy fired by a first cousin Friday,
ras responsible for the death of Edard
Coffey, 18. popular Blowing
jock youth. The deceased and a cousi,
Devcre Hollars, had spent Thursly
night together, and at about 7:15.
dward laid down the small bore
eapon with which he had been play- i
ig. Devere picked it up. purposing !
> return it to its usual position inj
ve corner. in some uiwiitcr gur. j
;is discharged while in his hands, the I
Lillet entered the forehead of young; |
of fey. and death was almost instan- i
Dr. Mary Warfield conducted ar.
tamination and reported the ueath to
ic County Coroner as purely acciintal.
The Hollars lad. being an esocially
close friend of his cousin,
as reported as being almost prosate
Young Coffey graduated last
aring from the Blowing Rock High
chool where he was president of his
lass and stood, second in point of
shotAstic achievement. He was to |
ave entered college next faRc ' He!
ail been employed by Wcster^i Un-1
n and late r by the Blowing Rock |
rug Company, and was a well known |
nd especially popular young man |
(e was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufusj
effey of Blowing Rock, and a meni-j
or of the Blow ing Rock Baptist I
hureh. where his funeral was con- j
ucted Monday morning at 10 o'clock. I
oys arid girls of me senior cinss of!
flowing Rock High School acted as j
all-bearers and flower girls. Rev. W. i
L. Davis. Baptist minister, was asisted
in the rites by Rev. Sexton
iuchanan and Rev. \V. D. Ashley.
Besides the bereaved parents. Cofey
is survived by two sisters,- Miss
label Coffey and Mrs. Helen Bailor,
and two brothers, Howard and j
\nother Shipment of !
Pooled Lambs Planned:
The next shipment of pooled lambs
rill be made on August 1st and 2nd
rem Watauga County, Agent W. E.
loiiinS" stated Monday.
Following is a schedule of the .time j
nd places at which the lambs will]
Thursday, August 1: Deep Gap at!
a. m:; C. D. McNeil's at 0 a. m.;
H. Hollars at 10 a. m.; Alex
Jrccne's at li a. m.; Dee Carender's
t 1 p. m.; Claude Shore's at 3 p. m.;
V. W. Mast's at 4 p. m.: Hard Mast's
t 5 p. m.
Friday, August 2: Reese scales at
:30 a. m.; Mrs. \V. Y. Farthing's
C3les at 9 a. m.: Ode Wilson's at
0:30 a. m.; R A. Thomas' at 11
Any sheep growers of Watauga
nay let their lambs go in this shiplent,
provided they will notify the
bounty Agent by July 30th of the
umber of lamb3 they wish shipped.
IAKROWING STORY OF SNAKE
IS TODD BY WAYNE FARMER
GOU>SBORO, N. C.?A harrowing
xperienoc with a big rattlesnake was
elated in Goldsboro this week by
'rank Pearsall, who lives three miles
orth of Goldsboro
He said that recently he was down
ear Kurgaw when iie carr.e across
he snake. He hooked the tines of a
itch fork over the snake's head, arid
he snake coiled around Mr. Pear-'
all's leg and arm. He felt his limbs
growing numb and called to a man
pho was near to help him. The man
ras afraid and would not come near.
Finalty Mr. Pearsall got a string
ooped around the snake's head and
hoked him. Then the man came and
I'elpcd remove the snake's coils from
iround Mr. Pearsall's leg and arm.
lie snake was killed.
$1.50 PER YEAR
IDEAN SWIFT DIES
1 THURSDAY; RITES
: ARE HELD FRIDAY
\ Watauga'sgg- 'prescntativc in Ihc
Legisljg^c Is Victim of
I'ROMINE^B TEACHER AND
VETERA?? F WORLD WAR
j Member of Cove Creek
I High .School, ns^chman and Young
j Man of O^ujuiidtng Ability.
Saw SetS58To ill Franc e.
.Mussell Dean Swift, Watauga Couni
ty's Representative in tlie 1935 General
Assembly, World War veteran
and teacher, died at the home of a
sister-in-law. Mrs Hill Hagaman, on
Thursday morning after a long pe
:nuu <_>i railing neaiui. lie was forty
| years old.
! Mr. Swift's death was attributed
to a complication of organic aliments.
An operation for appendicitis peri
formed while Mr. Swift was a mem|
ber of the Legislature last winter
was not believed by physicians to
ihave contributed to his death, but he
! failed to regain his former strength.
Ill health forced him to leave Rai
lcigh before the Legislature had adjourned
Funeral services were conducted
from the Cove Creek Baptist Church
Friday afternoon by Rev. Fletcher,
who was assisted in the rites by Rev.
.7. C. Canipe of the Boone Baptist
Church, and interment was in the
family cemetery in the home neighborhood.
Rev. Walter Greene, American
Legion chaplain, assisted in the
services and burial was by comrades
of th*? World War.
rv-?''ye of Watauga
Mr. ^ was born in the Cove
Creek section, the son of George and
Jane Swift, and received his education
in the county schools and in what
is now the Appalachian State Teachers
College. He enlisted for service
in the World War in September, 1917,
and was discharged in July of 1919.
He saw active service on the fields
of France and was wounded in the
campaign around Bcllicourt.
Returning to his native county following
the conflict, Mr. Swift began
teaching in the schools of Cove Creek. .
and Beavef Dfihi towrt Ships, which
work was continued for the most part
until death. He was a member of the
faculty of the Cove Creek High
School and principal of the grammar
gracilis department, and was known
as one of the county's most efficient
Iii 1034 Mr. Swift was given ihe
Democratic nomination for the Legislature
without his solicitation, was
elected, and served his .people with
distinction during the hectic days of
I the lengthy session.
He was a consistent member of tne
Cove Creek Baptist Church and took
deep interest in religious affairs along
with problems of State. He was a
model citizen and one of the county's
j most capable young men.
Surviving is the widow, the former
; Miss Crete Hagaman, and two small
ACKS OF 105 TEARS ARE
SEEN AS NORMAL SPAN
CHICAGO.?By cultivation of the
proper mental attitudes, man's life
expectancy may increase to 105 years,
the Journal of the American Medical
Association said last week.
Th e averag e iifc of -an anliVj al is
I five times the number of years" required
for full skeletal development,
j the Journal said, and since 21 years
i is required for that growth in man,
105 years might be set as the approx,
imate normal human life-span. The
Journal recommended cultivation of
the qualities of equanimity, contentment
MRS. GRAHAM IN ENGLAND
Mrs. G. C. Graham, wife of the
t pastor oi Uie Watauga Circuit of
, Methodist churches, who in company
i with her sister-in-law. Mrs. E. C.
I Burroughs, of Chicago, is spending
j the summer in England visiting Mrs.
Graham's mother and friends in London.
will sail on her return voyage to
America August 22nd, on the Cunard
Line 8. S. "Gcorgio." Mrs. Graham
left Watauga May 15th and expects
to reach her home at Amantha about
MRS. SARAH MAY TOES
Mrs. Sarah A. May died at her
home on Upper Beaver Dams, July
13th. at the age of 35 years She was
the widow of William May, who preceded
her to the grave some years
ago. She was the mother of thirteen
children, eight, of whom survive, with
38 grandchildren and six great|
grandchildren. Funeral services were
'conducted from Beaver Dam Church
where deceased was a faithful memjber.
by Rev. R. C. Eggers, assisted
by Rev. Edd Farthing. Mrs. May was
i a faithful wife and a good mother.
:and this world was made better by
I her sojourn here ?Reported.