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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
MARldN, N. C., THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 1916.
VOL. XXI—NO. 9
MARION SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Mm Sinclair’s Engaf^ement An
During the Week.
Mrs. Geo. I. White entertained
in a most unique and charming
manner on last Saturday afternoon
for her sister. Miss Julia Sinclair,
and her attractive house guest.
Miss Blanche Hicks, of Henderson.
The guests were met at the door
by a witch, who rode upon a broom
and invited them into the parlor,
dimly lighted with red lanterns
and autumn leaves. Here they
were enlivened by three spooks,
who introduced amusing pranks
typical of Hallowe’en. A spook
announced luncheon by a loud bu-
-gle call. The doors were thrown
open and the guests followed the
ghost into the dining room. The
table was lavishly decorated with
black cats, witches, bats and pump
kins. The centerpiecejwas a huge
basket made of a pumpkin filled
with fruit and nuts. The place
cards were hand-painted scenes
suggestive of the season. An
elaborate six-course luncheon was
served. The menu was a guess
ing contest: “Witches brew”, hot
bouillon; “black cat stew,” escal-
loped oysters; “compound magie,”
fruit and nut salad; “frozen fates,”
icecream; “devil’s food,” choco
late cake; “cats eyesj and bats
wings,” grapes and figs; “moon
faces and Hallowe’en nectar,”
cakes and cider.
At the close, each jjuest was
asked to read the verse on her
menu card, Miss Sinclair’s commg
“When this weird clock at midnight
In silence strikes the hour
Yon pnll the dangling cat and bat
And start the grab bag shower.”
Then pulling the ribbon from
the improvised clock suspended
from the chandelier, she showered
the guests with tiny cards bearing
Mr. Henry Clay Kearns, Jr.
Miss Julia Laura Sinclair
Miss Sinclair has, for the past
year, made her home with her
brother, Major L. C. Sinclair of
High Point. Mr. Kearns is one
of High Point’s most progressive
young business men.
Page Makes Strong Speech.
Congr^man R. N. Page made
a strong and comprehensive address
on political issues at the couri house
here Monday night. He was in
troduced by Mr. D. E. Hudgms
and spoke about one hour and for
ty minutes. In a most forceful
manner he presented the claims of
Democracy for a continuance of
power, and outlined and discussed
ably the achievements of the pres
ent administration. He save a
splendid recital of the benefits
which have accrued to the nation
especially on account of the federal
reserve banking loan law and simi
lar enactments. Speaking of the
federal reserve loan law, Mr. Page
said that if the Democratic Con
gress had done nothing but passed
this law, it would be entitled to
the votes of the people. He ex
plained the bill in a manner so
plain as to be readily understood
He listed many wise moves made
by the Democrats in the State and
said that under Democrats the
spending of large sums of money
had been wise, economical and not
extravagant, and that the Repub
lican campaign was one of petty
Concluding his speech he ap
pealed to the voters to support
Zeb Weaver for congress that he
may stand by President Wilson in
the furtherance of his policies for
the continued peace and prosperity
of the country.
This was Mr. Page’s first visit
here and he made a splendid im
pression among ttfB people by rea
son of the able speech he made,
which was pitched along a high
plane. He was listened to by a
large and attentive audience and
his remarks were heartily ap
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Bmf Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Garden City, Oct. 19.—The school
here is doing good work. The enroll
ment is now 100.
Bev. and Mrs. Simpson and daughter
of Marion were the guests of George
Chapman and H. A. Gibbs and family
Saturday night and Sunday.
Miss I>ora Gibbs, who is teaching at
Stroudtown, and Miss Delia Gibbs, who
is teaching at Hankins, were home for
Miss Bena Jimeson, who is in school
at Marion, spent the week-end with her
Mrs. D T. Harris of Marion is visit
ing her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Carson Gorman of Salisbury has re
turned home after a visit to his grand
mother. Mrs. Kate Go wan.
Fred Bradley Walter Nichols of Old
Fort and Miss Aunie Gibson, who is
teaching here, motored to Fonta Flora
There will be a Hallowe’en entertain
ment at the school house here on Octo
ber 31st. Befreshments will be seryed
and the proceeds will go to the benefit
of the school. Everybody invite^-
Mrs. E. A. Thomas was hostess
to the Twentieth Century Club on
Friday. Subject for afternoon was
“Travel in America.” About fif
teen members answered to roll call
with account of some place of in
terest visited. Miss Decker’s pa
per on “Scenic Grandeur of Ameri
ca” was excellent. Mrs. W. W.
Neal contributed “A Trip through
Yellowstone Park” in a most inter
esting way. Mrs. Conniffe was
elected a new member. At the
close of the meeting, an ice course
Mrs. P. A. Reid was hostess to
the Book Club Wednesday after
noon. Officers for the year were
elected as follows: Miss Joyce
Decker, president; Mrs. H. F. Lit
tie, secretary. After the business
meeting refreshments were served
The Sans Souci Club was enter
tained last week by Mrs. Hugh F
Little. The invited guests for the
afternoon were Mesdames Waitt
Beaman and White and Miss Mary
Young Farmer Goes Crazy Over
Rut^erfordton, Oct 21.—George
M. Seif m young farmer of the
Ellenboro section, was brought to
jail today in a crazed condition.
The examining physician says that
religious mania is the cause of loss
of reason. Mr. Self, who is mar
ried, 28 years old, healthy and
prosperous, has been attending
several religious meetings this Sum
mer where the pressure was high.
Self became possessed of the
idea that he had committed an un-
nardonable sin and a few weeks
asro went in the night to the top
of Cherry Mountain, near his home,
and preached for several hours.
On the way to the court today in
company with Dr, and other at
tendants he desired to baptize him
self in Broad River. When denied
he became violent and came into
town with four men holding him.
Governor Craig, Travis and Gal-
lert Here Saturday.
Governor Craig and Hon. E. L.
Travis, chairman of the Corpora
tion Commission, will address the
voters of McDowell at the court
house in Marion next Saturday af
ternoon at 2 o’clock. Everybody
will be delighted to hear the gov
ernor regardless of party and all
have a cordial invitation. Mr.
Travis is also a splendid speaker
and will have something to say that
will interest every voter. Men
and women are urged to attend the
speaking and hear these distin
guished speakers discuss the issues
of the day.
A great rally meeting of the
Democratic Club is also planned
for Saturday night. Hon. Solo
mon Gallert of Rutherfordton will
be the speaker for the evening and
an enthusiastic meeting is expect
ed . Let every Democrat be present.
A Statement to Voters.
For Treasurer on the Democratic
county ballot appears the name of
Millard F. Poteat, which should
have read Millard G. Poteat. A
large portion of the tickets had
been distributed when attention
was called to the error, due to a
misunderstanding of the chairman,
so it has been agreed by Mr. Haw
kins and others that there will be
no contest on this point but that
tickets will be counted as printed.
Therefore, it will not be necessary
to alter the initials of Mr. Poteat
but the tickets i^ill be voted as
Thompson’s Fork, Oct. 22—Odos Hern
don of Charlotte was a business visitor
W. B. Baily of Marion was a visitor
here one day last week.
Ferman Simmons spent Saturday in
Thomas Cuthbertson and A". J. Sim
mons made a business trip to Glenwood
Mrs. John Cuthbertson is visiting
relatives at Morganton.
Ben Hemphill of North Fork spent
several days here last week.
Bill Toney visited relatives at Har
mony Grove, Sunday.
Misses Bertha Dixon and Hettie Craw
ley yisited relatives and friends here the
latter part of last week.
Misses Annie Bowman and Bosa Hol
land were yisitors here Sunday.
W. C. Janes was in Marion one day
Miss Bell Hunter and Mr. Jay Ballew
were married at the Methodibt parson-
asce in Nebo last Thursday, Bev. M. W.
Mann officiating. Their many friends
wish for them a long and happy life.
Carelessness as to Humane Laws.
We call attention to the follow
ing section of the Humane laws of
the state, as covering a class of
subjects about which we easily be
“If any person shall wilfully
overdrive, overload, wound, injure,
torture, torment, deprive of neces
sary sustenance, or cruelly beat,
or needlessly mutilate or kill or
cause or procure to be overdriven,
overloaded, wounded, injured, tor
tured, or deprived of necessary
sustenance, or to be cruelly beaten,
needlessly mutilated, or killed as
aforesaid, any useful beast, fowl,
animal, every such offender
shall for every such offense be
guilty of a misdemeanor.”
It will be seen that this covers,
among other things, not only the
larger operations of the slaughter
houses, but the methods employed
in the occasional necessary killing
of domestic pets, and especially
the killing of fowls for the private
and public table.
Dormitory of Girls School is De
Rutherfordton, Oct. 21.—While
the students were all in adjoining
building attending a literary so
ciety meeting the girls’ dormitory
of Round Hill Academy at Union
Mills, near here, was destroyed by
fire that started from some of the
stoves used to heat the students
rooms. Twenty students and the
teachers lost all of their belong
ings^ Only the piano in the par
lor downstairs was saved.
The building was unattenanted
by the girl students of the Baptist
school and their teachers. The loss
will reach $7,500 with $1,500 in
Rev. J. E. Hoyle is principal of
the school, which belongs to Sandy
Run Baptist Association.
Sallie Bryson is Given 20 Years.
Asheville, Oct. 21.—Sallie Bry
son, the fourteen-year-old girl who
killed her mother in Jackson coun
ty and who plead guilty to a charge
of murder in the ^second degree,
was sentenced today to serve twen
ty years in the penitentiary. Judge
W. F. Harding, who has been sit
ting on the case of her father,
Robert Bryson, will have a copy
of the evidence in the case written
up and sent to the Governor, ask
ing ^at Sallie Bryson be examined
by a board of specialists to deter
mine whether she is insane or ab
normal in any respect. He will
ask in case the girl is found men
tally deficient, that she be given
treatment and an immediate par
don, but that if she is sane that
she serve her full sentence.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In*
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The Western North Carolina
Methodist Conference will meet in
Gastonia from November 23 to 28.
It is expected 400 will be in at
The regular October term of the
United States district court at
Salisbury has been adjourned from.
October 23 to October 30, and thft
Statesville court already adjourned
to said date is consolidated with
said court and both terms will b&
held at Salisbury at 11 o’clock on
Detective S. H. White of Rock
Hill, arrested Evans Crow alias
Luther Brown, in King’s Moun
tain Sunday morning on the charge
of wife desertion. Crow, alias
Brown is wanted at Toccoa, Ga.,
on the wife abandonment charge
and is believed to be wanted on
other charges. He has been liv-^
ing in King’s Mountain several
years with a woman whom he
claimed to be his wife and lately
has been employed by J. J. Ray. a
restaurant man of King’s Moun
Gov. Locke Craig is scheduled
to speak at Marion on Saturday,
October 28, at 2 o’clock.
Hon. Lee S. Overman, United
States Senator, will also speak at
Marion on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at
Candidates Speak at Marion.
The county candidates are mak
ing the regular joint campaign
over the county this week. They
fulfilled their engagement at Ma
rion on Wednesday, Messrs. Flack
and Lisenbee doing most of the
Mr. Flack pledged himself to
represent the wishes of the people
of McDowell County if elected,
and defended his past record as
Mr. Lisenbee spent some time
in making humorous remarks about
his opponent, attacking his record
as county commissioner. Mr.
Lisenbee pledged himself to aid in
securing free school books for
children and advocated the elec
tion of the County Board of Edu
cation by popular vote.
Scarlet Fever—Danger of Con
Many schools in different sec
tions of the State have been forced
to suspend work on account of the
appearance of scarlet fever in se
There were nearly twice as many
deaths in 1915 from this disease in
North Carolina as from infantile
paralysis—that is, reported cases.
The great majority of fatalities
from scarlet fever are reported as
nephritis (Bright’s Disease.)
Scarlet fever is always serioua.
Even when a little patient recov
ers from an attack of the disease
itself, the complications which of
ten follow may cause lasting dam
age to different parts of the body.
Some of the worst forms of deaf
ness result from an attfwk of scar
let fever. Many serious cases of
heart disease result directly from
an attack of scarlet fever. The
kidney complications are frequent
and, besides doing permanent dam
age, cause death in a large per
centage of cases.
Every case of scarlet fever is
evidence of negligence on the part
of someone in caring for a previous
case, because the onXy known source
of the disease is a scarlet fever pa
tient, from whom the germ passes
in some way and again sets up an
attack in a susceptible person.
One of the most important things
for people to know about scarlet
fever is that even the mild cases
are exceedingly dangerous. Of
ten a mild attack is followed by
some tatal complication. This is
especially true of that involving
Remember that not only is the
disease always dangerous, buteasily
given to others. A child not sick
enough, to go to bed may give the
disease to another in fatal form.
There will be a box supper at
the Stroudtown school house, Sat
urday night, October 28. The
proceeds will be used for the bene
fit, of the school. The public is
cordially invited to attend.