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VOL. LXI, NO. 26.
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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1948. ? FIVE CENTS A COPY
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AND IT CAME TO PASS in
tnoee days, that there went out
a decree from Caesar Augustus,
that all the world should be tax
XAnd this taxing was first made
when Cyrenius was governor of
And all went to be taxed, every
one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from
Galilee, out of the city of
Nazareth, unto Judaea, unto the
city of David, which is called
BMhlehem; (because he was of
the house and lineage of David )
To be taxed with Mary, his
espoused wife, being great with
And so it was, that while they
were there, the days were ac
complished that she should be de
And she brought forth her
first-born son, and wrapped him
in swaddling clothes, and laid
him in a manger; because there
was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same
country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their
flocks by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord
came upon them, and the gloryi
of the Lord shone round abouti
them; and they were sore afraid. I
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not, for behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people.
unto you is bom this day)
oi David, a Saviour,
whfch u Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto
you: Ye shall find the babe wrap-'
ped in swaddling clothes, lyingj
in a manger.
And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God and
Glcry to God in the highest,:
and on earth, peace, good will
toward men ? St, Luke's Gospel,!
chapter two, verses one to four
? ? ?
ST. LUKE' CLASSIC STORY
of the birth of the Christ child
- . . ih# simple direct lines
which tall of the event of old
... of the occurrence which
brought light and hope into the
world, and changed the whole
system oi human behavior
throughout the ages, is publish
ed in this newspaper each
Christmas time . . . it is told and
retold throughout the Christian
world ... a story which, though
told long ago. does not grow
old ... the bright lights, the
Myriads of gifts, the excitement
of the children, and the frenzi
ed efforts of the adults to get
all in readiness for the festive
season . . . have failed to en
tferely obscure the meaning of
day . . . nineteen hundred
and forty-eight years ago there
came Into being a new concept
at conduct ... a new theology,
a new doctrine of the brother
hood of man. and the father
hood of a merciful God ... a
plan of proper living and sane
oenducL lavishly seasoned with |
the milk of human kindness
. . . the greatest lesson In
lJkaighl -shooting, square - think -
iag, and proper treatment of
oa?"i fellow man ever to be
pwanlgated ... a preachment
?f set ? too to one's neighbor . . .
to the hungry, to the lame and
te the blind ... a doctrine of
ciosn passion and of mercy' to
ward the poor ... a defense of
'God's "little people" . . . those
.whom Ha must have loved so
well, 'rill there are so cany
jef them . . . The Gospel of the
llasarena is often obscured in
pfcis lupay -tuvy world ... we
drift far' from the x charted
Mne . r . but at Christmas
Mtoe. we get sort oi like we
ifcould bo all the year round
1 , . generous, kind and thought -
lal . . . we wonder if the wid
yw across the bill or data has a
astro cupboard . . . ws try te as
certain whether the destitute
dddin around the corner are
r*~p to be happy this one day
...?? try Jo do a lot of little
MMngs to tighten the load o< a
El (Continued on page 4)
WlUta* Wla*?*?er ?d Chariaa
K. Clay, two of tha munbwi of
the now board of county commii
lionars. who took offica this
month. A piclura of Chairman
Harry Hamilton is not available
at this tima. (Photo of Winabarg
ar by Palmar Blair; Clay byi
Rites Held For
Casually 01 War
Funeral services were conduct
ed December 15, from the Hope
well Methodist church, Boone, R.
F. D. 2, for Benjamin Franklin
Lookabill, 23, who was killed in
Germany March 21, 1945, while
serving as a private, first class,
with the 12th armored division.
Rev- Ernest Stephens and Rev.
Ed Blackburn of Todd were in
charge of the rites, while the
graveside services were by mem
bers of Watauga Post. American
The parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.
R. Lookabill, survive, with the
following brothers and sisters:
John, Don, Paul Lookabill, Miss
Mary Lookabill, Mrs. George
Dr. Nourse says President Tru
man plans balanced budget.
German industrial production
is at 73 per cent of 1936 level.
Russian workers resist cam
paign for higher output.
Char las F. Thompson, naw
county surrayox. who was
sworn in th* first MowUy. Mr.
Thompson's pictura was takso
la military uniform following
TO END TODAY;
Tonnage This Year Shows
Gain of Over Half Million
Pounds Since Same Period
Of Last Year; Coleman
Warns Against Wet Tobacco
The last sales of the pre
Christmas burley tobacco season
are being held on the Boone mar
ket today, and |Warehouseman
Roscoe Coleman states that final
tabulations will show the sale of
more than four million pounds
since the ^>penng, or a gain of
about 600,000 pounds over the
1947 sales at this time.
The market will be closed un
til January 10, but meantime the
houses are open for the receipt of
tobacco right on through the holi
days, and the same strong price
trends which have been evidenc
ed in the last few weeks are ex
pected to prevail during the Jan
Mr. Coleman is urging growers
to keep their tobacco on the
farm until it is in sound keeping
order, and emphasized that wet
leaf cannot be sold at a decent
price. Mr. Coleman adds:
"The ? grower jfctf waits until
his tobffeco drM?f>taut will realize
('olc-man added. An usually warm
and hpnifl weathtr during the
stripping apd marketing season
has brought about the dangerous
condi ton , that exists today. Ex
cessive moisture is costing grow
ers milllions of dollars."
Will Be In City
The American Council on Edu
cation has announced the tenth
annual administration of its Na
tional Teacher Examinations in
Boone on Saturday, February 19
and Saturday. February 26, 1949.
The common examination bat
tery, consisting of general edu
cation and professional informa
tion tests, will be given on Feb
ruary 19. Special examinations
covering the subject matter to be
taught will be administered on
The teacher examinations are
conducted for the American
council on education by the edu
cational testing service. They are
administered in Boone at Appa
lachian State Teachers College.
H. R. Eggers, registrar of Appa-'
lachian State, will serve as local
Applicants for the teacher
[examinations should apply to Mr.
Eggers in person or by mail dur
ing the month of December if
possible. No applications may be
received after January 20.
Seniors who plan to teach next
year, especially in states other!1
than North Carolina or students
in the Department of Education
will be examined at this center.
Other candidates in this area may
also take the examinations by
applying to Mr. Eggers.
The teacher examinations are
administered in a number of
school systems and colleges
throughout the United States on
the announced dates The results
may be submitted to any co
operating school district or in
P.-T-A SPONSORS PROGRAM
The P.-T.A. sponsored a pro
gram by the High School Choral
Ensemble, directed by Mr. Hart
sell, on Nov. 14, and on Dec. 17
they sponsored a Christmas pro
gram by the Band, directed by
Mr. Blanton, the Glee Club, dir
ected by Mrs. Nicholas Erneston,
and the Dramatic Club, directed
by Mary Edith Turner.
The Rev. Troutman, president
of P.-T.A. reported that the or
ganization had been asked to as
sist in the program to raise $20,
000 for the hospital project.
The next meeting will be held
January 24th and all parents,
teachers and interested person
are cordially invited to attend.
To its large family of readers, to tts advertisers, printing patrons, and other friends and
acquaintances, the Democrat extends the greetings of the season. Your cooperation,
patronage, and friendship are gratefully ac-knowledged. Please accept our sincere good
wishes for a Merry Christmas season, and a New Year filled .with happiness, prosperity,
and contentment. < ? _ ?
Holiday Trade Volume Heavy
Riles Are Held
For Mrs. Canipe
Mrs. Elizabeth Hahii Canipe,
35. daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edwin N. Hahn of Boone, died in
a Hickory hospi^l Friday morn
Funeral services were con
ducted at the Tabernacle Baptist
church in West Hickory at three
o'clock Sunday afternoon, by Rev.
E. Hamlet and the Rev. S. B.
Moss of Boone, and burial was in
Mrs. Canipe, who was reared
in Boone, received her education
at Appalachian High School and
attended Appalachian College.
She had made her home in Hick
ory for several years.
The husband, one daughter,
and the parents survive. There
are two sisters: Mrs. Mary Edith
Wellborn of Boone, and Mrs.
Margaret Brown of Winston
What .is not good for the
swarm is not good for the bee. ?
How blessings brighten as they
take their flight. ? Edward Young'
$2,100,000 Chicago holdup laid,
to man held in |23 theft. '
Christmas shopping got under
way in dead earnest over the
week-end, and retailers are
heartened by the increased buying
which was evidenced all along
Despite the efforts to promote
early shopping, buyers have
been rather slow to respond, but
the activity of the past few days
leads merchants to believe that
a record Christinas season will
have been chalked up by the
time Santa makes his final plans
The stores have unsually large
[lines of gifts items this year, and
the late shopper will be able to
fill his lists quickly and economi
To Be Closed
All county offices will be
closed at noon Friday and re
main closed until Tuesday morn
ing, in observance of Christmas,
it is learned. Town offices will
likewise be closed, and all stores
<jf the city will be closed Christ
jmas day and Monday.
I Vermont Governor asks col
leges to lift summer baseball ban.
IN CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Soma of ft* mmbm of 11m cMr of tlx Boon* Baptist Church,
who will ippMr in tha annual Christmas program of music la lb*
church auditorium WxlnaidaT avaoing. Dacamhar 22, at 7>30. Pic
furad ara Dr. J T. C. Wriqhf. Sonny Williams. Toddy B arnatL
Miaaaa Irma Harris, Itachal Ann Yanc* and Dock To wter. (Photo
by Palm* Blair.) j
Stale Gives Local ;
Out of a total of 531 live births
in Watauga county in 1947, re
cords of the state board of health
show that 463 occurred in a hos
pital and 68 occurred outside a
hospital or in circumstances un
known. This means that 12.81
per cent of the county's live
births last year occurred without
benefit of hospital facilities for
mother and child.
The records further show that
in 43 counties of the state last
year a majority of the live births
occurred outside a hospital. In
the state as a whole the percent
age born outside a hospital was
35.17- Among the 100 counties
Watauga ranked 12th in per cent
of live births that occurred with
out such facilities.
A physician was in attendance
at 494 of the Watauga births, but
37 had only the attention of a
midwife. In the same year the
county had a total of 22 infant
deaths and no maternal deaths.
Of the infant deaths, 16 oc
curred in a hospital and six out;
side a hospital or in circumstan
ces unknown. A physician was
in attendance at all of the dc-aths.
As another aspect of the Wa
tauga county health picture, re
cords show that the county bud
get for public health service for
the fiscal year 1947-48 totaled
110,669 or .589 per capita- Of
this total, local sources contribu
ted $5,884 or .314 per capita- the
itate contributed $2,184 or .121
per capita; and $2,801 or .154 per
sapita came from the federal gov
Of the 96 counties which spent
money for public health service,
Watauga county ranked 88th in
total per capita expenditures.
Another indication of Watau
ga's health rating can be found
in the fact that from 1040 to Jan
uary l, 1945, the county bad a
total draft rejection rate of 40.15
per cent, according to the Insti
tute for Research in Social Sci
ence of the state university
Among the counties Watauga
ranked 28th in per cent of toal
rejections. In percentage of white
rejections the county ranked 44th,
with a rate of 39.42 per cent. >
? ,.v (Continued oo paga S)
NAP PLAITS TO
Representatives of Various
Organisations Get Together
in Enthusiastic Endorse
ment of Hospital Expansion;
Large Sum Already Pledged
Representatives of various or
ganizations i n the town and
county mat ? the Sky land Res
taurant last Friday noon to com
plete plans for an intensive fund
raising campaign for the purchase
of equipment for the expansion
program being instituted at Wa
Enthusiastic approval of the
plan to supply the county with
standard hospital facilities was
expressed by the gathering and
Clyde R. Greene, chairman of
the campaign, announced that
Mt'BOo had already been pledged,
by four or five individuals. R. B.
Agle presented a check from his
company, being the first to make
a contribution to the fund.
A communication from Dr. J.
B. Whittington, who is assisting*1
in purchasing the equipment,
states that progress is being
made, and he will be prepared
to make his recommendations tp
the trustees in about a week, and
loon thereafter it is hoped to
place the order for the remaining -
jquipment. The most of tbk
equipment can be delivered in
two or three weeks, it is said.
- . i , ir i . i v-wt <?
Snow Lodge no. 363, A. F. &
A. M. installed new officers at
the meeting held Friday evening.
Dr. J. T. C. Wright acted as mas
ter of ceremonies, and the fol
lowing were installed:
R. E. Kelley, Worshipful Mas
ter; B. W. Stallings, Senior War
den; Martin L. Herman, Junior
Warden: R. D. Hodges, Jr., Trea
surer; J. E. Clay, Secretary; J. D.
Cook, Senior Deacon; Jack
Hodges,, Junior Deacon; Russell
D. Hodges, Marshal; T. M. Greet,
Chaplain and W. S. Christian,
A decrease of 28 per cent in
fires this year in national forests,
as compared with 1947, has been
reported by the Agriculture De
partment. A total of 7,821 fires
occurred in national forests dur
ing the season just ended, or
2, 963 fewer than in the corres
ponding period of last year. The
burned -over area dropped from
245,692 acres last year to 160,807
this year, a decrease of 35 per
The Democrat goes to its read*
ers one day early this week in
order that the publisher and oth
ers workers may enjoy the holi
days The office will be closed
the remainder of the week ? the
only time in the year the Demo
crat takes a vacation. Business
will be carried on a i usual next
A large number of merchants
have used this edition for Christ
mas. greeting purposes, but a
number have deferred their mes
sages to friends and customers
until New Years. These New
Year greeting ads are available,
and those wishing to greet their
customers at year's end, may call*
154 at any time durWig the holi
days. Copy and illustrations are
gladly supplied without extra
cost, j > '? ; y.jf*'
INJURED IN WRECK \
Miss Helen Hardin, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Hardin of
Laxon received a broken thigh in
an auto accident near Wilson, IC
C. last Frldfty and is a patient in
a hospital in that city. The other
occupants at the car, including
her parents, wen not seriously
injured. 1 .