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The Alamance gleaner. (Graham, Alamance County, N.C.) 1875-1963, November 22, 1928, Image 1

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The Alamance gleaner . * . * '"HlB ? *? . ? . . ' ??? rn I ? ' . ? ? I n |p . , m ? ? - ?? , , . . . . ^ .... .. ,. ? , , 1 , . . ? ? rn VOL. UV. GRAHAM, N, C., THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 1928. NO. 42. ???i^?? i i i ??i-"j DOINGS OF THE WEEK I NEWS REVIEW OF CURRENTEVENTS Ship and Crew Blamed for the Lou of Life in the Vestris Disaster. By EDWARD W. PICKARD NE hundred and eleven persona, ^-'of whom forty-three were women ind children, perished when the Lam pert A Holt liner Vestris sank about BfiO miles off the Virginia capes. The rescued were 215 in number and were picked up by vessels summoned by the SOS call of the radio operator on the Vestris. Who, if anybody, was to blame for the terrible loss of life was to be determined by official investiga tion. Many of the survivors were cer tain that the captain, William Carey, was responsible for it He went down with his vessel and cannot defend himself. The stories told by the res cued passengers agree that the ship was in evident peril Sunday night and that Captain Carey delayed the sending of calls for help until ten o'clock Monday morning, presumably hoping to save salvage fees, which are heavy. Though the Vestris was Inspected at New York on November 7 it is assert ed she tailed with some of her life boats and lowering davits in poor con dition and that none of the boats were sufficiently equipped with oars, pro visions, etc. Before she got far from port a heavy list developed, and the cargo shifted when heavy seas broke through one of the coaling ports. When the captain anally did send out the S. O 8 call it was answered Immediately by several vessels, in cluding the American Shipper, the blench tanker Myriam and the North German Lloyd liner Berlin. The bat tleship Wyoming and Ove coast guard vessels also were rushed to the scene. But hours before the first of these arrived the Vestris had rolled over and gone to the bottom. Almost at the last minute the passengers and crew took to the boats, but some of these boats were smashed, and others upset. The old rule of the sea, wom en and children first was observed, but only ten of the thirty-three women survived and all of the twenty chil dren perished. Twenty-one bodies of the dead were recovered. Captain Carey was said at the London offices of the steamship company to have been an experienced seaman with an excellent record. Staying with the ship and dying with the captain was M. J. O'Loughlin, the radio operator. SIX members of the flying school squadron at San Antonio, Texas, were killed when an army transport plane crashed. The right wing and tall piece of the plane broke off at at an altitude of 3,000 feet and It plunged Into a tall spin. The men killed were all In the cabin of the plane and had no chance. The pilot and another man, who were In the front seat, were thrown out and land ed with parachutes. MOUNT ETNA calmed down toward the end of the week and It was believed the eruption was nearing Its end. The river of molten lava was beginning to solidify and Its advance was much slower, but It still was menacing several towns. Officials of the Fascist government were most ef ficient In evacuating and assisting the refugees, all of whom were provided with shelter and food. Ample funds were voted by the council of mlnls ers. The work of reconstruction al -eady Is being planned, among the first things being the building of new ? reimportation routes around the fresh lava deposits. The total dam age Is estimated at 39,000,000. Three towns were ruined, two railroads cut snd partly submerged and many hun Ireds of acres of lemon groves and ineyards destroyed. Very few lives vere lost for the Inhabitants had a ut ile warning. PRESIDENT-ELECT HERBERT HOOVER Is on his way south card aboard the battleship Maryland, nd all of Latin-America Is getting eady to welcome him on his good will our. It was decided that the first ort of call should be Corlnto, Nlca New Bacterial Disease Hurts Beans in West Large acreages of beans grown for ced pnipoeee bare been destroyed by i bacterial disease known as the "halo pot" In Montana, Wyoming and Oolo ada. Reports of the damage caused by his retail rely new disease bare been nade to the bnrean of plant Industry it the United States Department of Agriculture by Miss Florence Hedges, as the remit at a Held trip. Bade ragua, where he would be met by President Diaz and would bare an op portunity to Indicate the policy bis ad ministration will pursue In dealing 'with situations similar to that which arose In Nicaragua and which resulted in the policing of the country by American marines. From there on the tentative program calls for stops at Balboa, Canal Zone; Callao, Pern, and Valparaiso, Chile. The govern ments of Colombia, Ecuador and Bo livia also asked that Mr, Hoover visit those countries. The President-elect Is accompanied on his tour by Mrs. Hoover and their son, Allan. The others In the offlclal party are Henry P. Fletcher, Ameri can ambassador to Rome, representing the State department; George Aker 8on, secretary to Mr. Hoover; George Barr Baker of New York, a personal friend; Commander Augustln T. Beau regard, United States naval aid to the President-elect, and a force of four clerks and Interpreters. Before leaving Palo Alto, Mr. Hoover made It known that he had not dis cussed his cabinet appointments with anyone and would do nothing In that matter until his return In January. William J. Donovan, assistant attor ney general of the United States, spent several days at the Hoover home and at once It was rumored that he would be given the post of attor ney general. In a letter written for the Manufac turers' Record, Mr. Hoover expressed his profound appreciation of the heavy vote given him by the Southern states, and promised that he would give that section of the country all the help be could In the way of flood con trol and development of an lnter coastal canal system and hydro-elec Mp nnirAr PRESIDENT COOLIDGE'S Armistice I day address, delivered at the Amer ican Legion exercises In Washington, aroused a lot of comment, mostly fa vorable In this country. Ue made an earnest appfcal for the construction of additional cruisers for our navy, and then passed to a review of Amer ican relations since the war, giving Europe notice of changes In our for eign policy. Ue took America's for mer allies to task for their criticism of this country, announced a tighten ing of American purse strings on loans to Europe, placed the blame for the failure of the Geneva three-power conference and the efforts to attain cruiser limitation squarely upon the selfishness of England and other Eu ropean nations The French press didn't especially like the President's remarks; and In London Lord Birkenhead In a banquet speech said: "My answers to the Pres ident of the United States would be that we ask nothing from them except good will. When we discuss questions of naval construction we do not Invite lectures as to whether we are pacific or not. When America claimed the right to build a certain number of cruisers our answer was; 'We agree. Let them build as many as they like.' There Is one-thing no English govern ment ever will do. They will not sur render the right to build a sufficient number of light cruisers to protect the empire for which they are respon sible trustees." G'OV. AL SMITH went down to Biloxl with a party of close friends to rest and play golf, but be fore departing from New York he Is sued a cheerful radio address to his fellow Democrats. Admitting his dis appointment with the outcome of the election, he yet refused to admit that the defeat had crushed the Democratic party and declared that It must carry on Its political tight along the lines and upon the principles It always has stood for and that It should be a con structive rather than a destructive force. Those principles, he asserted, are as great In defeat as they would have been In victory. Citing the large popular vote he received, be said: "We have the assurance from the election returns that the Democratic party Is a live, a vigorous and a forceful major minority party. The existence of such a party Is necessary under our system of government" The governor reminded his hearers that Mr. Hoover would be the Presi dent, not of the Republican party, but of the United States?of all the people ?and as such "Is entitled to all the co-operation of every dtlxen In the de rinm medtcaglnls phaseollcola la be tiered to be tbe caaae of balo blight which may be introduced Into new fields through infected seed, although the amount of loss resulting Is de pendent upon a number of factors, among which are unfavorable weather conditions. The disease has also been found in sections of Florida, south western Georgia and South Carolina. All of the most popular canning 'va rieties of beans, with the exception of the Refugees, are eery susceptible to halo blight but the Cast that the 1st velopment of * program calculated to promote the welfare aDd the beat to teresta of thla country." LOUIS J. TABER, master of tho National Grange. In addressing the opening session of the annual con vention In Washington, urged that congreas call a halt on the expendi ture of public funds for new reclama tion projects. "The government should act with caution In the devel opment of new lands for agricultural production during this period of de pression and surplus." Mr. Tabor said. "The grange must fight against ap propriations for new Irrigation and rec lamation projects until there Is evi dence of need for the land for food purposes, or until agriculture agala prospers." The grange Is In favor of the export plan of farm relief In preference to the McNary-Haugen bill, which It con siders dead. HIGHWAT officials from nearly every state, in annual convention In Chicago, expressed the belief that there would be an unprecedented ex pansion and development of Improved roads during the Hoover administra tion, because of the encouragement he gave the movement In his St Louis speech, and the association asked for a largely Increased federal aid appro priation. STATISTICS made public by the In ternal revenue bureau show that 52 individuals entered the $1,000,UOO or more Income class in 1927 and tbat the total number In that group was thus brought up to 283. The report shows a marked decrease In the num ber of persona having Incomes up to $10,000 a year and a considerable In crease In those reporting higher In comes, as compared with tbe figures for 1926. There was a big decrease In the gross Incomes of corporations. JULIU HAMu, leader of the Ru manian peasant party, was sum moned by the regency council to form a ministry for that disturbed country, and undertook the Job, to the great Joy of the peasants and workmen. He made up a cabinet and began work by dismissing a lot of lesser officials in different parts of the country, say ing he wished to clean "Rumania's Augean stable of Its corrupt and dis honest Incumbents before the new elections are held so that the Liberals with their huge political machine can not falsify the returns." All the op position parties hare combined to fight to the death against the Mania government This combination la backed by the big corporate Interests and says It will spend money freely In the national elections early In De- ' cember. Raymond Polncare yielded to per suasion and formed a new ministry for France with himself as premier without portfolio. But he had to leave out the Radical Socialists because they refused to co-operate with him, and thus his parliamentary strength Is considerably decreased. He also omitted M. Louis Marin, leading op ponent of the war debt agreement ratification. District attorjfet asa kktfs 1 of Lot An gel pleaded not guilty to charge* of bribery and will go on trial, with seven others, on December s. An Interesting feature of this case la the possibility that the Aimee Scra pie McPbersoo kidnaping conspiracy matter may be reopened. Witnesses before the grand Jury submitted docu mentary evidence said to have sup ported allegations that about $300,000 was used in the defense of the evan gelist before the district attorney dis missed the charges of conspiracy which were made against her. Over in England, where Aimee has been evangelising, she denied this story with scornful satire. MME. KIGRID GNDSET of Norway has been given the 1928 Nobel prise In liters tore, and Henry Rerg son. French philosopher, that for 1927, j held over from last year. The Nobel awards for chemistry, for both years, | were carried ofT by Germans, Prof. ' Helnrichs Wleland of Mnnlch and Prof. Adolf Wlndaus of Goettlngen. The peace prise for 1928 will be awarded by a committee of live In 1 Oslo. ? ngees are quite reel?tai)t to this dis ease glee* the agricultural experts hope that It will be possible to com bat this disease Invasion of the bean crop by breeding new varieties, espe dally resistant to It. In the mean time It is of the greatest Importance to clean up tbe seed stocks by grow 1 Ing them In disease-free areas where favorable weather conditions prevail I or by selecting them from fields with i a minimum of disease. Tbe canning industry Is of coarse affected by the cooditlooa set forth. wexwwMwsxswxsxsxas^^ I WHEN THEY I I INHERITED ! <?? hv n T Valah v CYNTHIA BAXTER was Just hanging the last piece of the weekly wash on the line In ber sunny backyard as her cousin Bortense Cole came aronnd the corner of the house. "Been downtown?" Cynthia asked noting Hortense's attire. "I've been to see Mr. Smith." Hor tense sank upon the back steps. She was flushed with excitement "1 got a citation paper In last night's mall abont Cousin Abner Dean's estate. I'm an heir. Flora French Is an belr ?and come to think of It so are yon CyntHia." "Haven't heard anything about It" Cynthia said as she sat down on the steps beside her cousin. "I did hear that he was dead, but that was quite a while ago. I never saw blm; In fart I'd never heard of htm until I saw the obituary notice In the paper." "You are bound to hear something about him now, my dear." Hortense's voice was complacent "We are his heirs 1 You are hound to be cited "To appear before the magistrate In the town of Groton at 1 p. m., Monday. June 11." She was quoting Impress ively when Cynthia Interrupted. "You've got It all by heart" ahe smiled, "but what does It all amount IU { "It amounts to one hundred thous and dollars." Hortense's voice shook. "One hundred thousand dollars to be divided among ten heirs." "How do you know!" Cynthia asked In an awed tone. "Flora told me so. She has been working on this thing ever since Cousin Abner died. Do you realise. Cynthia, what It means, ten thousand dollars apiece? Flora Is going to Europe to study voice culture. I'm going to have my house all done over. Paul gays we must have a new car I told him to go ahead and get 1L I expect he'll see about buying one today. What are you going to do with your share?" "Haven't got It yet," Cynthia said, but her eyes were wistful. Ten thousand dollars was a lot of money If they should get It they could use It to good advantage with four chtl dren clamoring for more than their parents ever had. Her mind turned to a grocer's bill paid, a mortgage re duced. a new furnace, money to start Carl to college In the fall. If this story was true she would celebrate with chicken pot-pie for Sunday din ner. She must not get excited. She wanted to think about It and talk It over with her husband. John had such a clear head anyway, she didn't Intend that the children should And out about It?not at least until ev erythlng was settled. "Mother, we are going to get ten thousand dollars I Did you know It?" Carl demanded. "That removes nil objections to my going camping this summer." "Oh. shucks, on camping, Carl." Janet said scornfully. "It means that Pm going to have some decent clothes and a permanent wave. Sav. mother, can I make an appointment at Jones' Beauty parlor for Saturday? My hair will look swell for Fanny Peck's party Monday night." "Who told you all about this?" Cynthia asked. ' "Cousin Peg Cole told me. Her mother told her. And Peg's going to have the dandiest things. . . ." "That's fine." Cynthia said as she began dishing up the dinner. "Rub along. Janet and see If the table Is set all right Hurry, for here comes daddy." John Baxter, a tired, gentle, loose Jointed man entered. "Dinner smells good," he comment "It's only roost beef and vege tables." pouted Janet. "But, gee well spread on eats now. Well be known as the rich Baxters from now on and well dine off the fat of the land. Botc yon heard. Dad. that moth er has Inherited ten thousand golden dollars?" Cynthia and her husband exchanged glances. "Tea, I heard something of the kind on my way home," John Baxter said. "I was wondering If I hadnt better see Flint about potting on a sleeping porch." ?"Not Just yet." Cynthia's rolce was firm. "It's not best to count one's chickens before tbey are hatched, you know." A great unrest had seized the chll dren. The Cole children had beer: talking In terms of wild extravagance Hortense had bought Robert a motor for bis boat She had allowed the boy to go to the tailor to be measured for a suit of clothes. Robert was tall and It was hard to get ready mades to exactly fit. Peg had an ex penslTe marcel and three new silk dresses, with pumps and stockings to match. Cynthia meanwhile received her d cation paper*. It was bard for ber | to keep her bead with so maoy things I pressing. Hortense and Flora called, full of their new plans and purchase*. Flora was positive. That lawyer In Groton bad assured her so thorough ly. Cynthia began wondering If there might be something In It. She fonnd herself sighing at the old order of thing* "Now see here, youngster*" Cyn thla was compelled to say at last, "If we do get this money It won't make much difference In onr way of living I will not nse one cent of the princi pal, only the Interest. It will be In vested in a rainy-day fund. Each of us will have a share of tbe Income but no more. You must stick to your studies and get down to business." Every day the Baxter children en livened the family meals with ac counts of the doings of the Coles snd Frenches. "But the money hasn't been paid out yet," Cynthia tried to remon strate. "They must be buying all those things on credit" "Well, suppose they are," "Janet pouted. "Wont tbey have the money In a few days? And In tbe meanwhile they are enjoying It We haven't had even so much as a?a pin-feather on a bumming bird's wing yet. I know for one thing I shall be so worn out by the time the money does come I shan't look like anything In ray new clothe* ... oh, hum!" She looked so downhearted that Cynthia felt a pang. Still she was resolved to go on as she had begun. Life had taught her to be cautious. A few days later the heirs did re ceive what was coming to them. It was exactly $153.57 each. It was true that Cousin Abner did leave a nice little sum of money bnt the be quests were: <10.000 for a monument to be placed In bis family lot; $000 each to five old friends; $15,000 to the chnrch bis mother wns married from; several other generous legacies to fraternal organizations to which he belonged, and a very generous one to the hospital In which he died. After these had been paid the residue was to be divided between his ten first cousins or their heir* Hortense had hysteric* Flora faint ed. As soon as they could they rushed* over and talked It over with Cynthia. "We're In debt up to our ear*" Hortense moaned. "My poor husband says he never expected to draw an other free breath as long as be Urea. . . ." Poor Flora wn taring her troubles. Her *1ster-in-law wouldn't apeak to her. Her brother aald he would never forgive her. And she, poor aonl, was left with a lot.of expenalve clothlr.g which wonld eat up ber Income for many a day. "Well, even S1&3.57 looka good to me," confessed Cynthia. "It means a paid-up grocery bill, dentist's work for the children and a repaired fur nace. I never really expected any thing. I'm glad to get anything." Bird Has Thraa Nam.. One not viae In the wuys of bobo links would never suspect ber of being related to him at all, says Nature Mag azine. After the family Is raised and the birds have paid their rent bj de stroying many Injurious Insects and weed seeds, he changes his gay coat for one wblcb matches hers and Joins the flocks on their way south. (Jere he Is culled rice bird and when he reaches his winter resort In Jamaica he Is given a third name, butter bird. LTomtiM or uress. WomeD certainly Insist on change. "From Marie Antoinette's day down lo the present time," says a writer In the Woman's Home Companion, "styles hare been undergoing a process of elimination." The editor la an observ ing soul; so they have. The red flan nel petticoat, the sunbonnet, the woolen stocking, the shawl hare gone, to mention a few. Not that anybody Is sure that Marie Antoinette herself wore all of these things. Light That Never Fails. A lighthouse which cannot very wefT be accused of failure consists of a combination of electricity and acety lene. These are two electric lamps, and In case one falls the other Is automatically thrown Into action. If the second should fall down on Its Job the acetylene light Is put Into operation Instantly and will glow un til the supply of gas la exhausted. Habit of tba Raca. Behold the lodge lodgetb- together and they eat The cluh clubeth to gether and they eat The business men take counsel and they eat The young people elect officers and they eat And even when the missionary society meeteth together they eat?"eat In re membrance" of the poor heathens who have not much to eat?Altoona Trite une. Mi aim f AacUat tad Mtxiara. An acid obtained from wood, now known to be one of tbe "mystery" fluid* need by the ancient Egyptian* In preferring their mummies, la now employed In the mannfactnre of mo tlon picture Alms. _ 0 9AUO ^ * Public Palace of Siena. IPrepnrr<1 by the National Oanrraphle Society. Waahlnaton. D. O TI1KHK are few places In tbe world where one mar lay a hand so palpably on I tie Mid die ages as In Siena, Italy when It Is celebrating Its great an nual civic festival, the Pallo. This Is a pageant Inherited from Die Mid dle ages, still held in costume of that period, and featured by tbe running of a strange, almost barbaric, horse race on the historic Cnnipo, or great square. For upward of four hundred years the little Tuscan city has been or ganized as It Is' now. In comrade, or wards, each a distinct and separate entity, though part of the common life. Each still clings to Its own In dividual traditions. Its own loves and hates, and Is ready to rally to the same Sag and colors that It has cher ished for centuries. This gives to Siena characteristic atmosphere, which more than any thing, save Its art, has contributed to center upon It the continued inter est of the traveler. As to the Pnllo, It Is a remarkable manifestation of that keen, burning rivalry among contades which has ex isted since their Inception and which tline and the passing of events have been unable to allay. In seeking the origin of this strange horse race we must go back to the zest for sport, the spirit of gallant contest, and the love for pomp and display so prevalent In the Middle ages Regular Event Since 1651. The first Pallo took place on the i.'amjK) In 1GU5 and has been regular ly scheduled since 1GT.1. In Its pres ent form, with ail the cootrade rep resented and the distance established at three times around the big square, the race has been held since IGTiG. The horsemen ride bareback in the I'alio. armed frith a furnishing whip, the nerbo, made of twisted, hardened ox sinew and measuring about three feet. This whip plays an Important role. In the olden days a long, flex ible one was used, and the competi tors were allowed to wield It so as to entangle their opponents and throw them; but this practice is oow forbidden. The good Slenese. however, anxious to preserve the Joustlike character of the race, have d<*creed that their champions may belabor one another with the heavy nerbo whenever th* chance presents. To prevent fatal In Jury, the men are permitted to wear metal helmets; hut, even so. the flay Ing weapons sometimes Inflict wounds the marks of which ore carried for weeks. Three days before the meet some 20 horses, volontarlly contributed bv private Individuals, are brought to get her and tried out The ten rroa* evenly matched are selected. and on the eve of the race the ward ~ap tains gather at the Palazzo and draw lots for them. Men All Go to Mast First At last the great day dawns and the Imperative summons of a sonorous bell tells us It la time to be stirring. The hour Is only Ave, but the city is already In turmoil, as we sally forth under the cloudless sky. The streets are packed from wall to wall, and following the streaming populace, we are led to the votive chapel on the Plaxzo. a shrine erect ed In thanksgiving for deliverance from the plague of 1348. Mass Is being celebrated and the little church la crowded with men. only a few womea banging about the J outskirts. Over the hearts of the wor shipers. we ran see the ten riders. In full colors, kneeling shoulder to shoulder In front of the altar, the bitter rivalry of faction held In cheek during this brief Interval of prayer. Then the ceremony Is over and we are agnin In the streets, now alive with the subdued roar of mustering thousands. The alien In Siena la likely to act out with mild, amused curiosity; bet It Is Impossible to resist the galvanic touch of the throbbing Interest oe an tides. And presently he will be ask ing himself In what quarter of town he belongs: which horse is bis; who is to ride for him; what his colore are? These matters unexpectedly be come of vital Importance. A few coppers will Induce a penn ing lad to conduct one to the plans where his horse is stabled. There he stands behind a wire netting, a glas sy. clean limbed creature, with toot, smooth running gear, a fine. Intelli gent head, and apparently in the pink of condition. Meanwhile the young escort Informs one that the racers are slmrtlj to be blessed by the priest, the ceremony to take place In churches of the re spective wards. It Is a most unusual ceremony. One enters the chnrrh. then behind him bears the stamp of hoofs on the pave ment. then at the threshold. Cp the chnrrh aisle the horse Is led hy the rider, to the steps of the altar. The 1-atln beoedirtioo Is read: then holy water Is sprinkled over the horse's head, and the ceremony Is over. Race Is Wildly Exciting. Before the race there Is a color ful procession of the delegations from the various contrade. It has been the usage ever since the Sixteenth cen tury for these con trade to appear In full regalia on all momentous occa sions. Each still disports the gor geous costumes of the period and bears the ward banner, blazoned with the device originally adopted, such as the Lion, the Caterpillar, the Goose, the Bam. etc, which give to the various districts the names by which they are known. The procession, of course, ban remained an Important feature of the Pal la Scarcely has the procession passed along the Campo when a (rest beating of drams announces that the mounted riders hare come thro ash the portals of the Podesta. The starting crack at the pistol comes suddenly, and In ser ried ranks the racers spring forward, moving at terrific pace, their riders sitting as if a part of them?knees tight, bodies swaying nimbly, arms waving the wicked whips and adminis tering great blows right and left When the race is over a roar of mingled triumph and bitter disappoint ment shakes the air. People saaiin over the course, even before the last horse has finished, and the winning rider. Is unceremoniously pulled off his mount snd surrounded by the .po lice, who thrust back friend and foe without distinction. Factional feeling runs so high at this hoar of pande monium that more than once a knife stnh has been the reward of the win ning jockey. Horriedly the man Is led before the Judges to receive their congratula tions. Then, while the delirious crowd surges about the square with lusty cries of "Palio! Paliol* and seises the coveted banner to carry It In triumph through the streets, the hero of tba day is hustled quietly tp the Palaxao della Republics, there to spend tba night under lock cod key, beyond reach of knlft and stiletto I

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