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By J. C, R.
Mussolini, who with an iron hand
rules the Italian kingdom, is Dlain
Hj nuts about aeronautics ... he flits
..about in the azure
skies of his romanL1C
domain even as a
5? sparrow hawk. . . .
f'| Stalin, iron man of
W the Soviet Union . . .
jv J|j hand the combined
5 * i illlions of Russian
fx A subjects, is air-mind
^ JS$> e<' 08 a Lindbergh.
\ Down on the Gulf
?1 = dwells Huey Long,
' lira" a cypher when compared
to his European preceptors, but
a man of authority 'mongst denizens
of the Louisiana swamps . . . and
Huey is a regular patron of the airways.
. . . Over in lire forbidding land
of the Swastika reigns a moustached
.t gent called Hitler, whose philosophy
of hate has made his name powerful
on the Continent, whose brownclad
storm-troopers have forced his
maniacal edicts down the throats of
sixty million German neonlo and
Hitler, too. many times has coursed
tile heavens in a mechanical bird!
It might have been either ... it
might have been all . . . but it wasn't!
The latest major air crash carried to
death two men of REAL, importance
. . . one of whom had captured a
spot as warm as a depot stove in
the hearts, not only of American people,
but world-residents . . . WILL
ROGERS, the gum-chewing Oklahoma
humorist . . . Will Rogers,
whose rise to fame was accomplished
through his superb ability to capture
the smile instead of the scowl.
And it doesn't seem right . . . but
of course it is! It's just another of
those things that has to happen,
aoouei or later . . . one of those
things that always happens, whether
in the tangled jungles of the
tropics or on the wasted tundras
near the frozen sea. Maybe it's not
as bad as it seems . . , Will Rogers
had a heart bigger'n his body, a
mind that fairly radiated the quality
of his soui . . . it's easy to believe
that long ago he'd made arrangements
for an everlasting
job on the wide acres of the Heavenly
Rancho . . . it's easy to believe
that even now Will Rogers has
his legs draped 'round a cracker
barrel 'way up yonder Spinning the
"fastest ones" you ever heard; tell
ing his listeners in inimitable fashion
what Cooliilge said in the campaign
of 1024 . . . about Roosevelt
and his brain-tiustcrs . . . making
heaven just a little grain brighter
than it was!
Men like Will Rogers arc the ones
that should be remembered In history.
During wars and pestilences;
and panics his daily newspaper
"cracks" drove the blues away from!
a multitude . . . from the silver sheet
of the movie theatre he dished up
a brand of wit that dwelt for days
and days in the minds of those who
saw him . . . and caused Aunt Mary
to forget her rheumatism . . caused
Grandpa to forget the mortgage on
the old homestead. Colleges can turn
out lawyers and doctors and suchlike
. . . printers are borr. every day
. . . and even Presidents can be manufactured
at regular intervals . . .
but it's going to be a long wait before
any of us see another Will Rogers
. . . another man whose death
will cause such a universal wave of
sorrow. Rogers, a few years ago,
penned a letter to Charlie Russell,
the cowboy artist and a departed
friend, addressed uie missive to the
"other world," and allowed it to be
used as a foreword to "Trails Plowed
Under," a book written by the dead
man. It's a wonderful example of
Rogers literature ... a mighty fine
"piece" for the old scrap book. And
here it is:
"There ain't much news here to tell
you. You know the big Boss gent
sent a hand over and got you so quick
Charley. But I guess he needed a
good man pretty bad. I hear they
"been working short-handed o er there
pretty much all the time. I guess it's
hard for Him to get hold of good
men, they are just getting scarce
everywhere. . . .
"I bet you hadn't been up there
three days until you had cut your
old pencil and was a drawing something
funny about some of their old
punchers. I bet you Mark Twain and
oid Bill Nye and Whitcomb Riley
and a whole bunch of those old joshers
was just a waiting for you to
pop in with all the latest ones. What
kind of a bird is Washington and
Jefferson. I bet they are regular fellows
when you meet 'em, ain't they?
Most big men are. I would like to
see the bunch that is gathered 'round
you the first me you tell the one
about putting the limburger cheese
in the old nestor's whiskers. Don't
tell that, Charley, until you get Lincoln
around you, he would love that
I bet you and him kinder throw in
together when you get well acquainted.
Darn it, when I get to thinking
about all them top hands up there,
.if I could just could hold a liorse(Conttnued
on Page 8)
VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 8 _
Will Rogers Fii
Famed Comedian and E
Die in Crash at Poi
Thousands pay tribute this morning
to Will Rogers, internationally
known humorist, actor and philosopher,
as the bronze ensket holding
his remains lies in a chapel at Los
Angeles. A simple funeral service
will be conducted lilts afternoon,
which will be attended by no more
than 125 friends, and the body
placed in a receiving vault, later to
j be moved to his native state of Oklahoma
Rogers' body was brought home
| Monday evening from Alaska, with
! that of Wiley Post, famed aerial
explorer, whose plane crashed last
Thursday in the arctic wastes of
Alaska, 4,000 miles away. Joe CrosFIDMMSMECT
i Many Musician?. Enter Competions
Friday and Saturday.
The Prize Winners
More than one thousand persons attended
the fiddlers convention staged
in the courthouse- Friday and Saturday
evenings, and an unusually fine 1
group of musicians participated in
the various competitions. The Ameri-,
can Legion, under whose auspices the I
convention has become ail annual'
event, will use the proceeds on the!
construction of the hut in Legion!
i Park. The prize winners are as fol- j
String Band: First prize, Appalachian
String Band, M. U. Barnes, manager;
second prize. Bald Mountain
String Band, Ray hum Michael, manager;
third prize, Cove Creek String
Guitar: First, J. E. Ashley; second,
Thomas Ashley; third, Ray Dowell.
Violin: First, Ray Dowell; second,
Ben Miller; third, Raybourn Michael.
Banjo: First, Doc Walsh; second,
Thomas Ashley; third, Randall Shook.
Buck Dancers: First, R. L. Harrington;
second, Frank Church; third,
Charleston Dancers: First, Biddy
Triplett; second, Beulah Ragan; third.
Anna May Weaver.
Mr. M. G. Barnes, manager of the
Appalachian Band, winner of first
prize, donated two dollars of the prize
money to the Legion to apply on their
Junior Order Picnic
Will be Held Sunday j
The annual picnic of the local unit i
I of the Junior Order United American
\ Mechanics will be held next Sunday
i on the Watauga River near the home
jof Mr. J. M. Snull at Valle Crucis, It
;has been announced. The plcknickers
will leave from the Boone postoffice
at about 2 p. m. and the party, which
is to be composed of Junior members
and their families, is expected to number
Twenty-six farmers in Stanly are
raising colts as a part of the countywide
program of producing workstock
Independent eekly New:
literal is Today j
nt Barrow, Alaska
v v VV-'j^'-" ;^
' ~ ; V, . : -"
son, veteran Alaska Airways pilot,
flew the speedy funeral plane a distance
of 2,000 miles to Seattle, and
was a passenger the remainder of
the way in a ship flown by William
Winston, Brownsville (Texas)
The body of Post, noted for his
round-the-world flights, was flown
to Oklahoma City, from wluoh place j
It will be taken to the ^ncestral ;
home at Ma.vsville for interment. i
STOHY OF CRASH
POINT BARROW, AIjASKA.?Will !
Rogers, beloved No. 1 comedian of j
the age, and Wiley Post, master avia- <
(Continued on Page S) j
JURORS DRAWN" |
FOR FALL COURT |
Judge Hoyle Sink Will Preside ,
Over Regular Term of
The following have been chosen for
jury service at tlie regular fall term
Of Wataiif.i Snrn>rinr Pniirt whinh
convenes on September 16th, Willi ,
Judge H. Hoyle Sink of Lexington '
Bald Mountain Township: Arl Parker,
W. S. Miller.
Beaver Dam Township: Ira Scott,
Lee Swift, Ward Billings, Alvin Hagaman.
Blowing Rock: Fred Andrews, H.
G. Cook, N. C. Greene.
Blue Ridge: M. O. Coffey and M. W.
Boone: G. W. Gragg, Coeley Glenn,
Lonnie Henson, W. R. Anderson, W.
Cove Creek: D. T. Brown, Russell
Henson, H. A. Greer, G. M. Hen30n. i
Elk: P. G. Carroll.
Laurel Creek: Zeb Harmon, V. D.
Ward, D. C. Mast.
Meat Camp: C. C. Tugman, Boyd
Norris, Henry Proffitt, H. C. Beach,
M. C. Brown.
North Fork: Glenn South.
Shawneehaw: Eamie Triplett, Lloyd
Stony Fork: Walter Brown, A. N.
Watauga: Calvin Andrews, B. ??.
Farthing, C. W. Rowe, T. C. Baird,
D. S. Love.
GRAND SECRETARY I. O. O. F
TO AnnRF?? MS'MHWC lirvi !
Herbert A. Halstead of Mooresville,
Grand Secretary, X. O. O. F., North
Carolina, will deliver a public address
on "Oddfellowship" and what it means
to everyone some time in September
in Boone, according to an announcement
made Monday by W. A. Watson,
secretary of Deep Gap Lodge.
Other Grand Lodge officers will perhaps
be with him. The date will be
Ih-of. S. F. Horton of Sugar Grove,
who has been-employed for a few
weeks with the N. C. School Commission
in checking school bus routes etc.
in the different counties, has completicd
in Caldwell and Wilkes counties
.and will likely start work in Avery
'county this week.
spaper?Established in tl
A COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
DATES ARE SET
Last Chance for Inoculation
Against Typhoid Fever.
Dales Arc Given.
J.500 PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN
ADVANTAGE OF CLINICS
New Clinics Organized for Northern
Section of County. F:ve Hundred
Children Vaccinated for Diphtheria.
Clinics for typliold vaccinations at
the following points will be held in
accordance with the following schedHits
TVi.'.no V 1 1 ?- *
> uiv. j.ucao win uc nic Irtyi cunics X1G1Q
during this year for typhoid vaccinai
tion. Next year points will be giver
preference that have not been visited
this year and in this way everyone
will have an opportunity to be injioculated
every second year. At all
jtimes it will be possible for those desiring
it to be vaccinated at the Dis'trict
Health Office in the postoffice
"building during regular office hours
Of Sic physician or nurse, on Tuesday
or Saturday mornings.
Mondays, August 2G, Sept. 2, 0 and
16: Middle Fork 9 a. ni., Aho 10 a.
in.. Bamboo 11 a. m., and Tripiett
1:30 p. m.
Thursdays, August 29, Sept. 5, 12
and 19: Howards Creek 9 a. m.; River
View 10:30 a. m., Meat Camp 1 p. m.
and Green Valley 2:30 p. m.
Fridays, August 30, Sept. 6, 13 ar.d
20: Mabel 9 a. m., Zionvillc 10 a. m?
Tracy 11 a. m.. Tamarack 1 p. m.
Fifteen Hundred Vaccinated
During the past few weeks some
fifteen hundred people have taken advantage
of the clinics being held for
typh?id vaccination by completing
their course. Many others are continuing
their innoculatious and will soon
have finished. The clinics have been
for the most part in the southern
part of the county, but a new group
Is being organized to cover the northem
Some five hundred young children
have been immunized against diphtheria
and it is highly advisable that,
every child should be immunized
against this disease during the last
six month's of its first year of life.
This for the pro", ictlon of the individual
child and also for the eradication
of the disease from our community.
Diphtheria being principally a
iisease of early childhood it is on this
group that efforts of the district office
are being put, though no age is
mmune. The District Health Department
has its office upstairs over tile
jiostoffice in Boone and will be glad
for anyone to call and discuss these
?uejects on any Tuesday morning or
Saturday, those being- the only days
that the office is open for the pressnt.
Doctors Will Gather
At Banner Elk Today
All doctors are cordially invited to
attend the post-graduate assembly to
be held at Banner Elk on August 22
and 23, the sessions being at 2 p. m.
an the 22nd, S:3l) p. hi. the 22nd, and
9:30 a. n.., August 23.
Dinner will he at 8 p. m. in the dining
room at Pinnacle Inn at which
time Dr. Paul H Ringer, president
ot the North Carolina Medical Society
will speak. Mr. Graham L. Davis
of tne Duke Endowment will also
speak on his trip abroad for the purpose
of studying hospitals in England
and on the Continent.
Dr. R. H. Hardin of Grace Hospital
is the chairman of the committee
on post-graduate study, the North
Carolina Medical Society, and will preside
at the assembly.
Five Klondike bulls have been
placed in Henderson County this year
in the dairy improvement program.
Of Chat Wit
Baxter I-inney, native of Boone
wBo now lives ut U'noir, recalls
with pleasure a conversation with
Wilt Rogers, and this is the way
It was back in 19?8S as the humorist
filled a stage engagement
in Durham. Young Linney, then a
student at Duke University, with
some companions, had dropped in
at an inconspicuous lunch counter,
near the theatre at which Rogers
was to appear. As the college boys
munched their sandwiches, in
strolled the inimitable Will, who
forthwith dr., ped his legs about the.
pedestal of the lunch counter stool,
ordered steak, potatoes and cream
gravy, and started up a conversation.
"You fellows attend this girls'
school over here, I suppose?"
drawled Will, and in the following
le Year Eighteen Eighty-E
V, THURSDAY, AUGUST 22.
W. P. A. OUTLINED
Administrator Coan Explains
Huge Works Program.
RAL<BIGH, N. C.-?In ail address
before the North Carolina County
Commissioners Association at
Wrightsville Beach, State Administrator
George W. Coan Jr., outlined
in simple language the plans and
pm puaca ui tilt? worKs riogreaa .rvuministration,
that his message
might be carried back to the citizens
of the counties throughout
Nor III Carolina, that they have a
complete understanding of the gigantic
program to transfer workers
from relief rolls to the security
of a job for the next twelve
Every effort is being made, stated
State Admiinstratcr Coan, to
speed the program and begin work
as early as possible. Organization
of Slate and district offices has
been completed, and over $9,000,000
in projects has been dispatched
to Washington for final review and
approval. The approval of these
projects will immediately place
thousands of North Carolina workers
on Works Progress Amiriistration
District offices for the State have
been located in Elizabeth City, New
Bern, Raleigh, Fayetteviile, Greensboro,
Winston-Salem, Charlotte and
Asheville, with a district director
and administrative staff familiar
with problems confronting their re-,
E. R. I TEACHERS I
Relief Tutors Asked to Gather
at State College in Raleigh
On August 2fith.
Teachers of this section who are
certified for work relief and have the
approval of their county superintendent,
are urged to attend the Emergency
Education Institute at State
College, Raleigh. August 26 to Sep5
tember 7, inclusive, according to a
i bulletin sent out by Mrs. Thomas O',
Berry, State Relief Administrator.
; Teachers will receive $15 per week
lor expenses while at the Institute,
iand it is not necessary that such
' teacher hoid a teacher's certificate,
; but must have the approval of her
j superintendent. It is necessary that
j all those expecting to teach in the
j Emergency Education program this
jyear attend the institute.
THAI* EURE HERE
Thad Sure, candidate for the Democratic
nomination as Secretary of
State, and Mrs. Eure were visitors
here Thursday and Friday of last
week. Candidate Eure is well known
in Watauga where he has previously
visited, and there is likelihood that
his candidacy will receive considerable
y Tells Story
h Will Rogers
breath, "Play football?" The slightly
confused collegia! <\s had to admit
they knew nothing of the pigskin
and its antics, "Would have to
disinherit a son of mine if he couldn't
make football pay for his last
three years In college," continued
The steak had arrived, and the
conversation continued. Young- Unney
and his friends ordered more
sandwiches, so as to retain their
positions along the public dining
board. But at last they had to leave
and as the four of them approached
the cashier. Will called out: "Hold
I on there, fellows; I'm going to help
out your poor old daddies that
much." And the open-hearted, wise-4
cracking idol of the cinema paid the
bills, and left a cherished memory
with the youthful chance-acq-iaintanccs.
1935 $1.50 PER YEAR
V vx/A ? * A JUfJU 1 AJUtJ
A TAX OF S1.20
DclinqiS&lpc of Taxpayers and
Suhils&ient Defaults Are
tiffed by Officials.
! INCREASS) EXPENDITURES
ARE SEEDS' GENERAL FUND
Establishmi^^nf County Agent's Office,
Empld^^nt of Health Nurse,
Etc., Add to Public Ktirden. To
Overhaul County Home.
I Taxpayers of Watauga County will
j thin year pay their governmental due
in the form of a considerably Increased
levy, it was learned last Thursday
following a special meeting of the
Board of County Commissioners,
which set the tax rate at SI .20 for
1935, as against the $1.00 levied on
the lists of 1934.
Officials explained that the rate
was increased by twenty per cent in
an attempt to catch up with defaults
in the payments of bonded indebt
edness, due to the laxity in tax payments
through the depression. This
delinquency on the part of the taxpayers
still exists, it is stated, to a
large extent, and much of the property
sold in recent years has lieen bid
in by the county, resulting in the reI
ceipt of no immediate cash revenue.
The default in bonded indebtedness i3
Increased Operating Expenses
Furthermore, the commissioners
were faced with increased operating
j expense due to Lhe establishment of
the County Agent's office, to the employment.
of a full time health nurse
for the county, and to the increased
expenditures which will be necessary
this year for the maintenance of public
buildings. A new and modern
plumbing system is to be installed
in the county home, the building is
to be placed in an excellent state of
repair throughout, it is revealed, and
other projects of a minor nature are
scheduled. While the government relief
funds furnish labor for these projects,
the county must provide the
materials, it is understood
The. commissioners found little
change in the amount of property
listed for taxation as against 1934,
only a matter of a few hundred dol1
CHARLOTTE MINISTER TO
PREACH TO METHODISTS
The Reverend William L. Sherrill
ot Charlotte, who is a guest of Dr.
and Mrs. H. B. Perry for a few weeks,
will preach at the Boone Methodist
Church on Sunday morning at eleven
[o'clock. Dr. Sherrill is the secretary
[of the Western North Carolina ConTerence,
wiiieli position. has held
for forty-one years. He is one of the
best beloved ministers oi the Methodist
Sunday School will be at 9:45; Epwortli
League at 7 and the evening
preaching service at 3 o'clock.
ONE CASE HEARD BY RECORDER
| Only one else was tried in Recordi
ers Court Tuesday, that of the State
against Jamas Arrant, who was
charged with drunkenness, and the
carrying of a set'of "knucks" fashj
ioncd from meta! of some kind. DeIfendant
was placed under a sixmonths
suspended sentence and assessed
with the costs of the action.
| PRINCIPALS OF
SCHOOLS TO MEET
Dr. Highsmith Will Be Present
At Gathering in Boone
Principals of the various schools of
the county are urged by Superintendent
Howard Walker to be present at
a meeting to be held at the Demonstration
School building Friday, August
23rd, at 9:30 a. m., at which time
Dr. Highsmith will be present, the
textbook rental system discussed, and
other pertinent matters come up for
At the same time it is announced
that Dr. White, district health officer,
had approved the opening of the
schools as previously decreed by the
board. The report that the infantile
paralysis epidemic had postponed the
opening was altogether erroneous. AH
schools in the county will open on
August 29th, with the exception of
Boone, Deep Gap. Miller and Green
Valley. They will open on September
To Meet With Superintendents
Mi. Egbert M. Peeler, secretary of
the State Textbook Purchase Commission
13 to meet with County School
Superintendents of Northwest Carolina
and as many high school principals
as possible at the Demonstration
School on Saturday, August 24,
at 10 o'clock, for a discussion of plans
for renting books. It is believed that
the rental system may be placed in