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11 Duce Said to
I Be Ready for a
Rome, Oct. 15.?Italian government
spokesmen said tonight Italy would
keep her course in Africa regardless
of League of Nations sanctions and
would fight "even a lCuronean war"
These declarations?in which the
spokesman, however, declined to predict
war in Europe?came after a
day in which the holy city of Aksum, |
called the spiritual rock of the Ethi- j
opian empire, was occupied peaceful- j
ly by the second Italian army corps j
under General Pietro Maravigna, and
in which Italian war correspondents
in the Omager Setit region of Ethiopia,
near the border of the AngloEgyptian
Sudan, reported the surrender
of Ethiopian chieftains and
Rome hailed the "cordial reception"
which General Maravigiia was
reported officially to have received
from priests of the Coptic Christian i
church at Aksum as indicating a definite
split between Emperor Haile
Selassie and the Ethiopian church, j
Official spokesmen here appeared i
confident the rest of the world "would j
eventually come to the Italian point I
of view." Sanctions against Italy, |
they said, might be annoying, but'
Italy will not abandon its program in
East Africa because of them.
Asserting 'we know we are a poor
people," one spokesman said if nec- j
essary "we are prepared to fight." !
He added, "if necessary the people ,
will strip their ring fingers to help." \
Unofficial discussions of a possible
settlement of the East African war
brought from government spokesmen j
the assertion that Italy is making no!
offer of terms to halt the campaign.!
The program in Africa, they said, is
a military one, of protecting the!
frontiers of Italy's African colonies, j
Funeral For Everett
B. Fox Held Tuesday
Funeral services for Everett B. |
Fox, 38-year-old resident of the Fos-1
coo community, were conducted from j
the Christian Baptist Church at Fos- j
coe Tuesday morning, by the Rev. S. i
E. Gragg of Shu lis Mills, ami RevJ
Walter Greene, of Boone. The house j
was filled to overflowing with friends '
of the deceased and many beautiful
tributes were paid to his memory. In- j
terment was in the neighborhood I
Mr. Fox died Sunday at the Ban-!
ncr Elk Hospital where he had been
taken two weeks ago for treatment
i .*: for an illness which developed about
j a month ago.
. .Surviving is the widow, the former
Miss Toxic Adams of Vilas, and
four small sons, Everett B., Jr.. Eugene,
Max Adams and Ben Allen. The
parents survive as do the following
brothers and sisters: Joe, John, Robert
and Paul Fox of Banner Elk:
ifeofgc, oi jfiaimieici, N. J.; Mcsdames
Birdie M. Moody. Mary Jane
Gragg, Bessie Lcc Teague, of Banner
Elk, and Mrs. Effie J. Bird, of Elizabeth
Mr. Fox was born and reared in
Watauga county, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. John L. Fox, and was one of the
most popular young men of his neighborhood.
He was a magistrate, had
served previously as deputy sheriff
and was recognized by his neighbors
as a leading citizen, of industrious
habits and admirable convictions. He
bad been engaged for the most part
in farming and as a wholesale dealer
Cattle Loans May
Now Be Negotiated
Mr. L E. Francis of Winston-Salem,
Secretary of the Production Credit
Association, while in town last
week, stated that his organization is
now anxious to make loans to the
farmers of this section for the purpose
of buying cattle, and that all
those interested should communicate
with him at 221 First National Bank
Building, Winston-Salem, or with
Durham Moore at the S. C. Eggers
office, Boone. The office at North
Wilkesboro has been absorbed by the
Mr. Francis states tnat the cattle
loans are made on one to two years
time at 5 per cent., and that no payments
will be required until the cattle
are sold next year. The money is
secured by a chattel mortgage on
Meeting Is Called
The law enforcing officers of Watauga
and neighboring counties will
gather in a district conference in
North Wilkesboro Thursday, October
31, to discuss common problems and
lay plans for continued efforts in
The counties fo?ning this district
arc: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe,
Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie,
Iredell, Rowan, Surry, Watauga,
Wilkes and Yadkin. The meetings,
which are being held at eight different
points in the state, are arranged
through the law enforcing officers ot
the institute of government by the
leaders of the city, county, state and
federal agencies in North Carolina.
VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 16,
TOURIST TR AFFIC
'officials of Leading Travel
Agencies Tour Stale of
OVER THREE THOUSAND
TO WORK ON PARKWAY
Hopkins Says Carolina Will Got Its
Full .Share ot WPA Funds; Electrification
Plans Go Forward;
Other State News.
By M. K. DUNNAGAN,
Special Democrat Correspondent
! Raleigh, Oct. 15.?North Carolina
is offered an unusual opportunity to
gain millions of dollars annually
from the tourist industry in the visit
of officials of leading travel agencies
of the east for a trip of nearly
I two weeks in the Carolinas, starting
! last Sunday at Greensboro, Director
! R. B. Etheridge, of Conservation and
Development, announces. About 40
i representatives of agencies hundling
: national tours are visiting the Caro|
Unas on invitation of Coleman W.
| Roberts, as executive vice-president
of The Carolinas, Inc.
The tour will take the visitors to
all parts of the state and many
places of interest, officials hoping
that later tours will be arranged
through these states. About $75,000,000
was spent in 1933 in all-expense
tours and not one dollar of it came
to North Carolina, Mr. Etheridge
has been informed.
PORT WORK TO START
Governor Ehringhaus has been advised
in a copy of a letter written
by Col. I-l B. Hackett, assistant
PWA director, to General E. M.
Markham, chief Army Engineer, that
the work on the Morehead City Port
terminal should start in a very short
time and that he knows ''no reason
why the harbor work should be further
postponed." The letter refers to
the $1,550,000 port development
money and of the $312,000 loan-'and
1 $113,000 grant for the terminal. The
! Port Commission, the Atlantic and
1 N. C. Railroad nnd the state "have
; met our conditions insofar as they
! are legally and financially able," Col|
onel Hackett writes. Governor Ehj
ringhttus gave a hefty aigh of re]|cJ
j that this two-year preliminary work
j was apparently at an end.
! PARKWAY EMPLOYMENT PLANS
More than 3.000 people will be employed
for a year in construction of
; the Perltway between Norlii Carolina
and Virginia national parks, the
i work to start with the Sd,000,001
| President Roosevelt recently restored
for tnat purpose, but the entire 500mile
project to cost about $20,000,OOC
Washington officials say. Work bar
started on 12 miles in North Carolina
i another 8-mile section has been lei
end others will follow soon. Wort
in Virginia is delayed because of de
lay in securing and turning ovei
right-of-way. The Parkway is de
signed for passenger traffic and wil
be devoted largely to recreaticna
purposes, and not be used commercially,
"Beware of 'G' Men" is the bij
; red-icttcr poster warning that ha.<
been sent for prominent display in al
banks In North Carolina which ar(
members of the Federal Deposit In
surance Corporation by Paul B
I Brown, secretary of the N. C. Bank
| ors Association. The poster remind:
(Continued on Page 7)
Mrs. John Smith Dies
From Lingering Illnes;
Mrs. John Smith, 28 years old
died Friday at her home in the Pop
\ lar Grove section, after a long ill
ness with an incurable malady.
Funeral services were conductei
I Saturday afternoon from the Pine;
! Grove Advent Christian Church b;
Dr. F. E. VVarman and intermen
; was in the cemetery nearby.
Active pallbearera were: Harli
Dotson, Clyde Williams, Bill Dotson
Orin Sherrill, J. C. Houser, Jame.
j Dotson. Honorary: Ernest Vannoy
! Jim Hodges, Geo. Main, Fran]
I Brown, Russell Maltba, Alfred Dot
: son, Fred Winkler, Glenn Minton.
i The impressive floral offering wa
[borne by the following young ladies
Bonnie Dotson, Gladys Winkler, He]
en Maltba, Lillie Robbins, Joseph in
i Hodges. Pauline Williams, Ruby Rob
i bins, Kate Hodges, Imogene Greene
urne Williams, Gladys Brown am
Surviving is the husband and fou
small children: Mildred, Everett, Jua
nita and Joe Smith.
Deceased was the former Mis
Chanic Wallace, daughter of Mr. am
Mrs. Ja3per Wallace of Trade, Tenn
and had lived in Watauga since he
marriage in 1923. She had been ;
. member of the Christian Church i;
I her home neignoorhood and was
: lady of admirable temperament, wh
1' had acquired a large number o
friends throughout this section.
l Independent Weekly New
| Scenes From
Above are sc-nc*? from th*?' F'^hi
map insert indicating the northern
Italians attained their first objec
Adowa. It was here that Italy me
in 1896. Top. left. Natives of Adc
fense of one of their rock forts,
cavalry moving up to the front fr<
recent photograph of Premier Mu
thousands of Italians at Rome ci
great mobilization program.
! FIGHTS FOR LIFE
I Huupirnnnn Case May Finally
Reach Supreme Court
I l i i i n ii mil
1 Bruno Richard HaupLmann, conj
vie ted slayer of the Lindbeigh baby 1
) j who has obtained permission from
i New Jersey's highest court, to appeal
his conviction to the Supreme
[ Court of the United States. The
I finding of the lower court in the
case was confirmed last week by
the court of errors and appeals, and
. but for this last move on the part
I of the prisoner, it would only have
I remained for a new date of execution
to be set.
. CORN-HOG PLAN TO
I BE LEFT TO VOTE
' County Farmers Are Asked To!
3 Indicate Their Belief in
The Secretary of Agriculture has
called a referendum for October 2Gth
j: in order to determine whether the
Corn-Hog growers desire an adjustment
program for 1SS6. Unless the
. majority of growers vote to have a
. new program, it is very likely that
the Agricultural Adjustment Adininj
istration will not offer a new con.
tract, says Assistant County Agent
El. L. Daniel,
t All farm owners on which hogs or '
corn has been produced this year will
e be eligible to vote regardless of
i whether they signed a reduction cor.a
tract or not.
j This county has thirty-seven Corii.
Hog contracts and ballots have been
mailed to these signers Other own3
ers and operators who wish to voice
. their opinion in the. continuance of
. the program should come to the
e County Agent's office and cast their
J CHEATS THRESHING MACHINE
Mr. R. A. Taylor of Route 1, in
f town Friday, says there is one man
- left who has the industry to thresh
his own grain by the use of the ans
cient, though altogether practical
3 flail. Mr. Riley Miller, of Three Top
, Creek, Ashe county, is reported to Mr.
r Taylor to have threshed over 400
a bushels of buckwheat by the primin
tive and laborious method.
o The Science Society of China was
f founded 21 years ago by Chinese un.
dergraduates at Cornell University.
cnnrxQv J tl
opujj^i juaiauiisiicu m LJ
COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
Megioii oi Ethio
- r:-ont I'-.d a
battle front where the ^ f At
itlve Ij the capture of
>t with crushing defeat
>wa, armed for the dc- \ ' 1
Lower, left, Ethiopian ^..=^5
>m Addis Ababa. Right, Aksum i
issolini as he addressed
icourag ig them in his
TO PAY DIVIDEND
Directors In Meeting Last Week.
Speak Encouragingly of
A further dividend of at least ten |
)er cent, is to be paid on the prefer- j
red stock of the Watauga County
3ank on November 30th, as a result
if the action of the Beard of Direc;ors
in quarterly session last Thurslay.
Tt is explained that it is possible
Jiat the State Banking Department
ind the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation may authorize a greater!
iividepd at this time, when the re-1
romnjAndatlon of the directors is actId
upon by them.
Forty per cent, of the preferred
slock, held by depositors in the in3ti.iKioli'
ljeivre its reorganization has
already been paid.
The directors made encouraging
reports of progress during the past
quarter, found that deposits were
mowing regular and satisfactorily
large increases, and that the Federal
guarantee had all but eliminated fear
Df banking institutions.
Demonstration School Place For
Ingathering of County
County Superintendent \V. H. Walker
has announced a meeting of the
teachers in all the schoo'13 of the
county, both high and elementary, the
assemblage to be at the Demonstration
School building in Boone next
Saturday at 3 p. m.
Mr. Walker is especially anxious
that there be a full attendance, and
an unusually valuable program has
been arranged, as lollows:
1. "Functions of the State School
Commission?Allotment of Teachers
and Salaries of Teachers"?By Dr. B.
B. Douglieily, President Appalachian
State Teachers College and Member
of the State School Commission; 2.
"Teaching School Children to Observe
State Transportation Rules and Regulations"?by
Mr. S. F. Horton, principal
Cove Creek High School; 3.
"Teaching School Children to Respect
and Care for School Property"
?by Mr. C. M. Dickson, principal
Bethel High School; 4. "Compulsory'
School Attendance Law"?by Mr.
Wade E. Brown, attorney-at-law; 5.
"Keeping the School Register and
Making Monthly Reports"?by Mr.
Dave P. Mast, principal Blowing Rock
High School: 6. "Values of the North
Carolina "Educational Association"?
by Mr. Roy Dotson, principal Boone
High School: 7. Election of Officers.
Caldwell Sheriff Is
Sheriff J. C. Tolbert of Caldwell
county, allegedly stabbed by Paul
Baker, of Vatauga county, a week
ago, is showing coin'.buied improvement
at a L,cn-:r Hospital and it is
believed that within another week he
may be discharged from the hospital.
Sheriff Tolbert was permitted to
aeq visitors over the week-end, and
it is believed he is out of danger.
Jailor Felix Parlier is reported as
completely recovered from less serious
wounds inflicted at the same
time, when the tv.o were affecting
the arrest of Baker.
ie Year Eighteen Eighty-E
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 193
?. Mf<"f^ r 11
ll Watauga Sheep Are
Winners at State Fair
I j I Samps Ji: re sheep grown by Waj
tauga farmers, took away high
j honors at the State Fair, it was
| learned Wednesday, winning 11
IinTEt? asiuir irOUl l\VO CllUinplOn- |
The sheep, owned by J. W. Nor|
ris, of Boone, and (he Shipley
; Farm at Viias, won five first
| awards, 1 seconds, three thirds and
two fourths, and climaxed their |
| records of perfection by being high ;
in two championship classes. The
;! Shipley Farm had the champion
i aged ewe, and in the aged ram
11 classification, a Shipley animal
won a chimpionship award.
I -V- " ~
ij>It BINGHAM D5ES
| ' IN ABINGDON, VA.
; Brother of Dr. II. K. Bingham. of |
Boone Succumbs in Hospital j
l'"rom Long Illness.
Dr. G. P. Bingham, 59 years old..
and a well known physician of Bris-j
tol, Tenn., died at an Abingdon, Va., |
hospital Friday after an illness which
had appeared very serious for sever;al
I Funeral sei-vir.es were held from
j the home in Bristol Saturday afterinoon
at 2 o'clock and interment was
I in that community.
Surviving is the widow who was
ham. He leaves also a brother. Dr. R.
the former Miss Mattie St. John of
Tennessee, and a son, St. John BingK.
Bingham, of Boone, and four sisters,
Mrs. Laura Johnson and Mrs.
tW. S. Harwell of Statesville, and
! Mrs. C. H. Somers and Mrs. A. R.
I Sherman of Wilkesboro.
< Dr. Bingham was a son of the late
Major Harvey Bingham of Statesjville,
distinguished jurist and instrucj
tor in law. He was borne in Boone,
but reared in Statesville. He studied
i medicine at Knoxville, Tenn., and
! practiced his profession for more than
i thirty years. He practiced in Lenoir
I and Marion for a number of years
| before establishing his permanent
home in Tennessee.
; Dr. Bingham was well known
throughout this section and leaves a
host of relatives and friends in Wa,
Revival In Progress
At Baptist Church
The regular fall evangelistic meeting
began at the Boone Baptist
i Church last Sunday, and the series
of services will likely continue for
Rev. A. P. Stephens, pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Morehead
City, is doing the preaching, and his
j aoic sermons are attracting large
congregations. The services are being
1 held each day at 3:30 and 7:30 p. m.
j Rev. J. C. Canipe, the pastor, is
, anxious that the church and commii
nity shall have a real spiritual awax1
ening. He states that the other
I churches and pastors are cooperating
i nobly, and extends a cordial welcome
Announcement comes from the ladies
of the Woman's Missionary So;
ciety of the Boone Methodist Church
. j that their annual bazaar and oyster
:supper will be held this year on Fri;'
day. November 1, at the Quails Cafe.
| The public is cordially invited.
v.>-i -- " ' T ' -r!7i^71'RAT
3 Si.DU FJK.U YtAK
SPEEi7 PLANS^ TO
BOOST PRICE OF
Five Million Dollar Program
Aimed at Improvement In
Price of 1935 Crop.
PROPOSED TO DIVERT
12 PER CENT. OF CROP
I Regional Meetings Announced by
j AAA, In Kffort to Aid Producers
of Staple Commodity. Independent
of Tax Law.
| Five meetings oi potato growers in
j the largest producing states were
.arranged by the National Farm Ad|
ministration Tuesday, in an effort to
| speed a five million dollar program
!for boosting quickly the price of potatoes?one
of the farm commodities
which has failed to react to the generally
improved marketing conditions.
Although the potato tax control
law docs not become effective until
jueccmocr i, tne AAA has planned a
'surplus purchase program to increase
the price of late potatoes of the 1935
crop. This plan, estimated to co3t
something like five million dollars,
was disclosed to propose diversion of
about 12 pet cent, of the crop from
the late states in the mid-West and
Maine, and i f successful should
show results in a bettered price to
Watauga growers for the spuds they
yet have on hand. The surplus potatoes
would be distributed to relief
families or processed into starch or
possibly alcohol. Formal announcement
of th< plan is expected within
a few days.
20 Cent Advance Is Seen
Tile AAA hopes, officials said, that
the surplus purchasing program providing
for the buying of millions of
bushels, will raise the price of potatoes
throughout the country by from
35 to 20 cents a bushel.
Coineidcntally it was disclosed that
AAA officials are working on plans
for the national allotment to growers
to be made under the compulsory
control law. Under the terms of the
law, a tax of three-fourths of a cent
a pound will be collected on all potatoes
sold in excess of & national allotment.
This national allotment must
be announced by November 1, and it
was said that the figures will proba- -V. ;
bly be made public before that datev^
Confidence was expressed by higfc
officios that sufficient funds would
be found to enforce the tax collections
until an appropriation can be
made by Congress.
The surplus purchase plan for this
year's crop was said to he ent.ireiy
separate from the plans of compulsory
control. It was indicated, however,
that the tax control problem
may come up for discussion at the
RIVERA AVC WD A
T UiLlkJ Ur\ I O Til /I
PROGRAM TO BEGIN
Improved Business Conditions
May Have Brought Delay,
James C. Rivers, Sixth District director
for the Works Progress Administration,
who was a visitor with
his family here over the week-end,
| expressed the belief that the -gigantic
federal program would be in full
' swing by November tilth, the date
set for the assumption of the full
relief load by the new agency.
"Improved business conditions in
Tarheelin," stated Mr. Rivers, "are
| believed to have delayed the start of
j the work, as in territories where the
j economic situation is more desperate
1 the program is already going forward."
When questioned as to local projects.
Mr. Rivers stated that allotments
to take care of projects approved
should come forward so that
active work may start within the
next few days.
Referring to the program for new
school buildings in the county, Mr.
Rivers expressed a "deep personal interest"
along this line, and said he
was anxious that the program be so
administered that the work will be
distributed equitably and satisfac|
torily over the county.
I Mr. Rivers returned to his office
1 in Wins^An.SnlAm \1nnrlii7
COAN TOLD WPA PROGRAM
IS TO BE STATE-WIDE
Raleigh, Oct. 15.?Ceorge TV. Coan
Jr., State Works ProgTess administrator,
back from a trip to Washington,
-iaid today he was assured that
the works progress program in this
state "will be state-wide and that
several projects in every county, giving
employment to available relief
labor in the counties, will be constructed."
Coan said the sum of $8,650,000
announced as the state's allotment,
"will be added to by whatever funds
are necessary to give jobs to workers
eligible for the works progress pro