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Mount Airy News.
Two wilii of the great battle la
now history and y«t tha (|kt |IH
on. Last week it loohad bad for the
British and French, but tha onrush
of tha Germane haa stopped and now
tha facta of tha fight ara coming to
light It appaara that tha Carman a
hava failad in accomplishing their
purpose. They hava brought about
tha greatest battla of all history la
tha opinion of tha writer*. They hava
aacnflced aa many aa 000,000 men tn
the great effort to overrun the enemy
before them, and yat all they hava ac
complished la to waste a lot of good
.nen and xuppllea. They have bean
able to push bark the British armies
into new positions, but the ground
gainod is not of any value to them.
At one time last week it appear*!
that tha onrush of Germans would
not be checked, for each ilay they ware
gaining, always getting a little nearer
to Paris ami the coveted goal. In the
■Maritime they were throwing solid
muH> of men into the fare of rapid
8re artillery and machine run*. The
French and British would Are point
blank into the solid bodies of massed
troop* until their guns were sc hot
that they could Are no longer and then
they would desert that position and
laave the Germans with their mutil
tated dead and the new ground that
was surrendered. Thus from day to
day the British were losing ground
and the Germans were losing men.
For a week it was fought out along
these lines until it appears that the
German armies are weakened to a
point that they are not willing to
make further rushes into fortified po
sitions with massed troops. The
fight is yet in progress and no man
can tell what the end will be. It may
be a lull in the battle, and the Ger
mans may renew it with even greater
vigor, but the opinion is that they
will nearer be able to again make so
determined an effort as they have
just put over.
In the meantime the American
troops are being brought into position
to aid ami by the time another isnue
of this paper is read it will possibly be
a part of the record that America
has played a big part in this world fa
In the meantime there is plenty to
do here at home to make conditions
aueh that our armies can be support
ad in a way to reflect credit on this na
tion. Let every man do his duty.
Reuben Turns Farmer.
The splendid Fire Horse that served
this town for five years has turned
farmer and is now the property of
Mr. George Beckerdite of Forsyth
county. Reulien as we called him was
bought five years ago and soon de
veloped into a well trained fire horse
under the skillful management of Mr.
Bud Brannock. He soon learned to
answer all the bell calls and get in
position under the harness and go
through the stunts required of him in
his training. He was a powerful ani
mal in strength and could race along
with a load of WOO pounds with as
much ease as an ordinary horse pulled
an empty wagon.
But with the coming of the swifter
motor track Reuben lost his job. For
several weeks an effort was made to
And a buyer in some town where Reu
ben could be used in his profession
and continue to live the life of a pro
fessional, but the towns that were
supposed to be interested were found
to be supplying their needs with mo
tor trucks, Just as this town did. Af
ter much effort it was found that Reu
ben would have to go back to his old
trade of service In the ranks if the
Infantry and give up his professional
life. His new master will use him on
• farm and • better animal never
tightened • trace.
O. C. aW J. W. Lorill.
each etf the LovlIU a hv
It la tlM purpoaa of the i
la have aa architect
a madam Mai and la
thirty thouaanJ dollars in rebuilding
tha whole property, ao that It will be
a hotel second to nana in tha state.
Tha property includes Ave store rooms
on Main atraat, a dlatance of about
200 feet. Bafora Mp! Smith would aall
hia intaraat ha had a contract with
tha new ownera that thay wara to
make tha improvements abeva man
Tha praaant lease on tha property
held by Mr. W. M. Jordan expires the
laxt of thia year, and it ia now thai
purpoaa of tha new owner* to close
the hotel for several months next
year while the workmen are rebuild-1
in* the place. j
Broke Up tk« Cam*.
The officer* of thin city h».| to f«|
and break up a moat entertaining
name of chance laat Sunday morning
at the small hour of three A. M. The
story is that Deputy Collector Eugene
Smith along with policeman Hatcher
and Carroll were making a »i*»rrh of
the country a mile went of the city,
thinking they might be able to locate
a load of block liquor. A* they panned
a body of wood* they spied a little,
dim light down in the brush, and natu
| rally got interented. Chief Hatcher
tried to italk the game by slipping
along through the brush and get par
ticular*. But a brunh made a noise
and the game was off. A dozen or
more men took to the tall timbers with
all possible speed, and no hasty was
their departure that they did not even
take time to gather up the small
change on the ground, or to put out
the little lamp that wan doing duty
a* best it could.
The officer* found near the lamp a
few nicklea and dimes to the amount
of 4f>c, and suppoeed that the money
wan there as a part of the entertain
ment. They were able to get no clue
as to who the parties were, so hasty
was their departure.
And this story ha* brought to light
that it is current rumor that in that
section of wood* men and boy* gather
every Saturday night and Sunday and
play cards and chance games. Rumor
has it that as much as $1,500.00
changes hands sometimes during a
single night in this one body of wooda.
' Bag Factory Enlarges.
Some weeks ajro the Golden Belt
Manfuacturing Company of Durham
installed a few machines here in the
' Hanker Block to make tobacco bags.
The bu tineas has now been running
smoothly for several weckrf anil the
prospect for the future is so promis
ing that the Company has leaded the
entire floor of the building, including
the store room occupied by the Mount
Airy Feed St >re, and will greatly en
large the business at once. It is their
purpose to install enough machines
at once to give employment to a hun
dred young women. The machines
that are now being operated are run
ning smoothly and turning out large
quantities of bags. Employment is
being given to about two dozen young
women who have quickly caught on
to the operation of the machine^. ,
It is an old story about customers
taking goods out of a store in a ques
tionable way. In a millinery store
in this city one day this *rek a nine
dollar ladies hat disappeared in a way
that the managers are not able to ac
count for IU disappearance at this
time. It hay have been taken through
mistake by some one and it may be
that it was taken on purpose. Any
way it is gone. An interesting fea
ture about the deal is that the hat was
hand made and a half a docen people
in the store can identify it anywhere
it la made to appear.
Join the fray wttk
at the alliee would be immadi1
ately naade goad with rtpn— young
AMriwM, htm far battia, and Ika
•tag* art «ttka«t Mi; net only far a
counter offensive, bat far *[||| aeaii i
warfare without pauaa until tha Gar
man invader nhall nat only ba ehark
ad, but hurled hark to ultimata mill-'
Preaident Wilann haa predicted that
thia will ha tha deciaire yaar of tha'
war. In tha opinion of military offi
cer* hare, both American and French i
and Britiah, he haa now taken the de- \
ciaive atepe toward making hia word*
good. Tha power o* American man
hood ia to be brought to bear without'
delay, not only in the American expe
ditionary army itaelf; but alio in the 1
lighting rank* of the allied armie*.
By thia mean* the effect of American ;
intervention in tha war, it ia aaid,
will be doubled or even trebled and in I
coming day* of the battia which may1
laat for month*, Americana by the
hundred* of thouaand* *ill play their
No explanation of tha announce
ment from London wan ma<Jc today
at the war department. Probably not
more than a very few of tha highest
official* know precisely what method
ia to be adopted to ru*h additional
force* to France.
Reviewing the meager information
that ha* bean available as to the great
thing* that have K<en accomplished
since the German drive began many
official* were convinced tonight that
Mr. Baker had been >«nt to Europe by
President Wilson for the purpoa* of
bringing about just tha amalgama
tion of force* that ha* been effected.
There are many who believe that "he
cro**ed the ocean authorized to make
thi* great aacriAce of pride in national
achievement upon the altar of world
Ju*t before Secretary Baker left
for Europe he hail under conaideration
new plnns for e*tabli*hing American
training center* with the Briti*h for
cen a* well a* with the French. The
plan at that time, however, contem
plated only training in order to has
ten the arrival in France of American
force* in *ufflcient numbers to in
fluence the war decisively.
The actual plan adopted apparent
ly is an outgrowth of thi* proposal,
but it 1* far more significant, for it
contemplates not only training but
actual operations in battle of com
bined British-American and French
American forces in addition of Gener
al Pershing's own army, the unbuild
ing of which is to be pressed forward
with every urgency.
Of the showing American troops
now ir this country will make at the
front, British and French officer* here
who have st'udied the cantonments
and the men probably are the best
judges. They agree thai theAmeriran
soldiers who have had from 60 to 90
days instruction here are fully ready
to go to the front, provided they are
surrounded with veteran troops. They
are hundreds of thousands of men now
available both here and in Euripe who
are physically At and mentally ready
for the battle, they say, and it is these
men who are to be used.
jlC. H. Haynes Promoted.
Mr. C. H. Haynes who has served
the Government as deputy collector
for several years has recently been
promoted to • very important posi
tion. He is now to be Chief Field
Officers for forty counties in the west'
ern part of the State and will have
his office at Suitesville. He will have
a dozen or .tore men working under
him and it will be his duty to see that
the special taxes are collected. The
high record Mr. Haynes has made
since being with the Government no
doubt caused his promotion to this
important position. \ y
eltne mm) ■>«!» I* tin haltla. On Ik*
contrary, la what little IfkUnf
nmi the British and frut troops
took tha initiative.
Thus it mai apparent, with th« re
serve forces of tha antanta virtually
intact and witk tha added weight Gea
aral Pertahing'a troops will (ivt tkaa
tha turn in tha tide of tha battla la at
While admittedly both tha French
and British armies hava suffered rath
ar Mvara caaualtiaa aa thay atood va
liantly to their tank of impeding tha
Germans and making tham pay an un
heard-of-price for every foot of
ground trained, thair reaervea hava
been conserved with the utmoat care
behind the linaa for tha fateful time
whan the withering fire of the allied
gun* and machine guns ahould have
so blighted the (ierman hords as to
bring more equality in strength to
the flghting forces. And, all along
tha British and French commanders
have not left outride their calculation
that itsunoh hand of Americana, ax
reeding 100,000 men, who are fully
trained and equipped and anxious to
lend their aid in the task of defeating
German Imiw Frightful.
Daily the German loaae* in men i
killed or wounded continue t» augment
a* detail* are obtained from the Ger
man* made prisoner*. Some diviaiona
loat a* high a* 70 per cent, or their
effective* a* they charged in ma** for
mation against the British and French
machine gunner* and riflemen. Com
panies withdrew from the fighting
with their combative strength reduc
ed to 40 men.
The latest account* of the fighting
from the varioua war chancellories
show no new important change in the
battle-front. Only minor operations
took place on that portion of the front
south of Arras held by the Britiah,
and little aside from artillery duels
occurred between the French and the
German* on the tower end of the line.
The fighting between the big gun*
wa* particularly heavy between Mon
tdidier and Noyon, where the battle
line bend* eastward, and which ia a
danger spot of great importance to
thf Germans, the breakin" through of
which by the French woulJ necessitate
a rapid withdrawal of the German*
eastward from the Amiens sector.
Miss Rosa Belle West, of Banner
Elk, N. C., r\nd D. Sidney J ones, of
Pinnacle, N. C. were married Thurs
day morning at eight o'clock at the
home of the bride's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. T. H. West. The ceremony was
performed by Rev. Edgar Tufts, the
bride's pastor. Mrs. Jones is a grad
uate of the State Normal College,
Greensboro, N. C. Since her gradua
tion she has been teaching. Previous
to their marriage Mr. Jones was en
aged in government work at Phila
After a few days visit with his peo
ple he left for Camp Jackson, Colum
bia, S. C She will make hrr hor*e at
present with her parents. E. W. J.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Sidney Jones, who
were recently married at Banner Elk,
N. C., left Monday after a short visit
at the home of Mrs. S. W. Jones.
Green Hill Mill Sold.
Acting as agent Mr. C. C. Hutchens
has sold for Mr. W. O. Jackson the
Green Hill Mill property to Mr. John
Banner of this city. For years this
mill was operated here as a cotton mill
It has a water power of some impor
tance and report has it that Mr.
Banner will develop the property and
may organ ire a knitting mill. The
price paid was something less than
16.000.00 j ^
Mr. and Mra. John Sobotta and Mr.!
and Mra. E. H. Kochtitaky and little
daughter, Louisa attended the Mora
vian Easter services in Winiton-Saleo
Mr. Hmmtf H«uu> at thia city baa
bam taa<r—i»ntai ka bciagb»g a |ii1
tbia waah ha ■hippi* a car load of
milk cava hara fna ana af tba iaaa»
faonliaa and la aaUUc tham out ta
our >ii)Ii. Ha baa airaady aaid nr
frtl fgf loari<. »nd the demand is
goad. Dawn at Elkin Mr. A. Oiat
ham. Bankar, baa found tima ta *bip
a car load of hag* from Kantochy.
and thua ba la ha I ping rha farmam ia
tbat »aetion. If a man aranta ta halp
■omabody in tbaaa atirring tuna*
tbara ara many avanuaa through
wbicb ba ran gat (may. Tba man
who aida in bringing about bat tar can-1
ditiona among hia naightwr* may not
gat much cradit for hia effort*. but j
ha ia an uncrowned barn juit tba
Had Hi* Hook Along.
The man who gnrt unprepared in(
thia old world mlance a many a good
catch, aa wan proven Monday by one
of Mount Airy's citizen*, Mr. Walter
Steele. Mr. Steel* celebrated the day
by going to the country to viait a.
friend. Together they wore strolling!
the creek bank and looking at the
man'i prospects for the coming crop.
Mr. Steele, taking no chancea, had
hia fliah hook and line in hia pocket,
and naturally waa on the lookout for
what he might And. While the other
fellow wait looking at hia field* and
thinking of the future Mr. Steele took
time to cast a glance now and then
into the clear waters of the flowing
stream. Aa luck would have it, by
the Hide of a log in the water he spied
the none of a big sucker quitely rent
ing under the log in' perfect safety.
In haste a worm waa found thai waa
supposed to be a tempting morsel for
that fish, and the hook waa baited and
dropped right at hia noae. But that
ft»h waa not hungry that Easter Mon
day, for not a nibble would he make.
But Mr. Steel* had ftahad before, ami
so he got out hia ^raba and quietly
lowered them below the fifth's head
and it was to him, the simplest mat
ter to catch him in this way. Once
on the land he proved to be juat 22
inches long and weighed 4H~ pounds.
All of which story Mr. Steele will
vouch for, and he ia plenty able to
take care of any man who doubts one
word of thia fish story.
Mrs. Tom Gillian, nnd child of
Hight Point are guests of Mrs. Rich
Gwyn at her country home, Idlewile.
YOU SHOULD NAME
THE SURRY COUNTY LOAN
& TRUST (0.
AS YOUR EXECUTOR FOR THE
The business of thia Company is to act as Executor of
Wills, to administer estates, to serve as guardian of
minors aad trustee of property under wills.
A board of careful business men direct the affairs of the
The Trust Company never dies and ia always found at
its place of business ever rdsdy to give proper attention
to the affairs of your estaie.
The Trust Company will tei
rectly and, when named i
for properly drawing up
seal in ita vault
that your will ia drawn cor
Executor, makes no charge
the will or keeping it nndar
W. W. Burke, A. G. Bowmanjw. F. Carter, E. H. Wreifn.
F. S. Eldridge, W. A. Ybtk, G. D. Fawcett, W. W.
Hampton, W. G. Sydnor, J. D. Smith.
W. F. CARTER. President.
E. H. WRENN. Vice-President
GEO. D. FAWCETT.