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ESTABLISHED 1896. MARION, N, C., THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 1916. VOL. «XI—NO. 10
WILL WIN BY 40,000
^Democrats Will Redeem Tenth Dis
trict and Make Gains In Gen
eral Assembly, Is Belier.
News and Observer.
The Democratic majority in
North Carolina on November 7 will
be more than 40,000, according; to
conservative estimate of the Demo
cratic State headquarters here; and
it is believed that President Wilson
will poll more votes in the State
than a President has ever polled.
Independents, Progressives and
Kepublicans will vote the national
ticket with the Democrats even
where they cannot vote the Demo
cratic way for the State ticket.
With this it is estimated that
Democrats will make gains in con
gressional representation as well as
in the State Legislature. The
vigorous fight for Zebulon Weaver
in the Tenth, in spite of the money
that has been massed there in sup
port of J. J. Britt, will be success
ful, it is now believed. Thus the
6tate will send back to Congress a
full Democratic representation, for
in no other district is it feared that
^Democrats will be overturned.
Out of 120 representatives in the
lower house, the Democrats will
send to the General Assembly 100,
and out of 50 in the Senate they
are claiming at least 43 for a cer
tainty with a posibility of more.
With eight days remaining be
fore the polls open, the Democrats
in all parts of the State are plan
ning a vigorous wind-up of the
‘Campaign. The entire State ticket,
when voting time comes, will have
participated in the fight.
Overman Greeted by Large Crowd—
A large and enthusiastic audience
heard Senator Lee S. Overman at
the court house last night. His
-Bddress was an able presentation
of the accomplishments of the Wil
son administration. The large au
dience was with him throughout,
frequently interrupting him with
Senator Overman was introduced
by Col. J. L. C. Bird. Music was
furnished by the Marion band.
TThe court house was packed and
quite a number of ladies were in
The Senator’s address was con
fined principally to a review of the
national issues. He took up each
item of constructive legislation in
augurated and put into effect by
the Wilson administration, explain
ing in detail the benefits which
have been derived by the country.
He gave a most comprehensive dis
cussion of the tariff question, in
come and inheritance tax and the
currency bill, farm loan act, and
^ood roads measure.
The speaker warmly defended
Wilson’s Mexican and foreign poli
cies and in an eloquent manner
he told how well the president had
guided the ship safely to the port
of peace. He appealed to the vo
ters to support Weaver for con
gress, and invited Rapublicans to
join the Democrats and go forward,
to vote for Wilson for the con
tinuance of peace, prosperity and
The address of Senator Overman
was indeed an inspiring one and
will no doubt carry much weight
with the voters here.
Mrs. W. M. Goodson is visiting
relatives in Spartanburg, S, C.
Gov. Craig Called Home—Gallert
Makes Great Speech.
Governor Locke Craig who was
scheduled to speak here last Satur
day was called home early in the
day on account of the illness of his
son. Many people came long dis
tances to hear the Governor and
were very much disappointed to
find that he had been called away.
Governor Craig is popular through
out McDowell County, having made
many friends while in business here
several years ago.
In the absence of Governor Craig,
Mr. J. W. Pless read President
Wilson’s message, after which Mr.
D E. Hudgins introduced Hon.
Solomon Gallert, of Rutherfordton,
who spoke for more than one- and
one half hours on state and nation
al issues in a very able manner.
Mr. Gallert praised the Wilson ad
ministration for it’s many noted
achievements and predicted Wil
son’s re-election. He attacked Mr.
Britt’s record in Congress and
urged the election of Mr. Weaver.
Gallert Pleases Large Audience at
Old Fort, Oct. 30.—Hon. Solo
mon Gallert of Rutherfordton ad
dressed a large audience of demo
crats at Old Fort in the Dixie
theater building. There were quite
a large number of ladies present
and Mr. Gallert was at bis best.
He spoke for an hour and a half,
and the frequent applause given
the speaker added zest and inter
est to the occasion. The praise of
the Wilson administration was
given the best of style, and the
way the speaker went after Con
gressman Britt for his refusing to
vote for the increase of tax on in
comes because it would raise his
tax $52 made it clear to the au
dience that Mr. Britt would not
always vote with Mr. Wilson. •
The unselfish support of Mr.
Weaver and the earnestness with
which he pressed the claims of the
democratic nominee made a good
impression upon the hearers, and
Mr. Gallert is assured of a large
audience at any time upon his re
turn to Old Fort.
British Steamship Marina Tor
London, Oct. 30.—^The Ameri
can embassy today received a re
port from Wesley Frost, the Amer
ican consul at Queenstown, that
the British steamship Marina had
been sunk without warning. It is
believed that a number of Ameri
cans were on board. Only thirty-
four members of the crew of 104
have been picked up and landed at
Crookhaven, Ireland. Mr. Frost
is now procuring affidavits from
A private telegram received at
the American consulate this after
noon from Crookh&ven said that a
number of Americans were drowned
when the British steamship Marina
was torpedoed by a German sub
Relying to an inquiry ffom the
American embassy the admiralty
office said today that there were
forty-nine Americans in the crew
of the Marina.
The admirality informed the em
bassy that the Marina was tor
pedoed, but that it had not been
ascertained whether warning was
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of ttie Hap
penings In McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Bridgewater, Oct. 31.—Misses Kath
erine Bockett and Trissa Campbelle
8])ent Saturday and Sanday at Ruther
ford (College with homefolka.
Miss Carrie Tate has returned from
Asheville after spending a week with
her niece, Mrs. Charles Dewey.
J. W. Ballew, who has a position
with the C. C. & O. railroad, is here
where he will spend the winter with
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Abernethy, Miss
Pink Tate and Messrs. Robert Seals and
Forney Ramseur attended the fair in
Hickory last week
Little Phil Tate of Marion is here
visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
R. A. Abernethy made a business trip
to Old Fort Monday.
Mesdames Sallie Hunter and Frank
Wilson of Nebo spent the week-end here
with the former’s sister, Mrs. A. P.
Miss Nell Gibbs spent Saturday and
Sunday with her parents at Garden
Messrs. Abner and Ben Seals and
Georece Hunter have returned from Glen
Alpine Springs where they spent last
week fox hunting.
Vernon Casion spent Sunday in
Greapsboro with friends.
Harry Hunter of Bisbopville, S. C ,
visited friends here last week.
W H. Poabe having sold his farm to
the Southern Power Co. moved last week
to Henderson county.
Nebo, Oct. 31.—Mrs. J. P Wilson and
Mrs. G. D. Taylor spent last Thursday
in Marion at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
A. H. Giles.
Miss Cheley Sigmon left Sunday for
Cowan’s school, near Dysartville, where
she opened school Monday.
Miss Adeline Wilkinson, who is one
of the telegraph operators here, spent
one day last week with homefolks at
W. J. Bowman attended the fair in
Hickory one day during the week.
Miss Geneva Alexander is visiting her
grandparents at Gibbs this week.
Miss Lillie Landis spent the week-end
with relatives in Marion.
Mrs. Sallie Hunter and Mrs. J. F.
Wilson spent Saturday and Sunday with
the former’s sister, Mrs. A. P. Hunter,
The Misses Sigmon’s entertained a
number of their friends at a sociable
Saturday night. Many interesting games
were played and delicious refreshments
were served. All present seemed to en
joy the hour very much.
Harmony Grove, Oct. 30.—J. G. Pyatt
i and son, Boyd, of Glenwood, were visi
tors here last Sunday.
Andy Simmons of Thompson Fork
was here on business one day last week.
Dan Crawley spent the latter part of
last week in Marion with his sister,
Mrs. Fannie Owensby.
John Lawing made a business trip to
Glenwood last Saturday.
A number of the young folks attended
a singing at the home of Miss Rittie
Pyatt Sunday evening.
Rev. Fletcher Simmons, who is in
school at Round Hill, spent Saturday
and Sunday with his parents here.
Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Crawley *nd daugh
ter spent Sunday with relatives near
Floyd Lawing and Zeb Snipes, who
haye been engaged in work at Halltown,
are at home for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Laugh-
lin and Mr. and Mrs. Junius Mode
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. G.
Mrs. Ada Little is having the interior
of her house painted, making quite an
improved appearance • W. G. Mode is
doing the work. He is one of Marion’s
l)est painters and decorators and all who
expect to paint will do well to see him.
.He guarantees all work to be first class.
Misses Hannie Gibbs and Mae
McCurry entertained in a very
pretty wi^ on last Saturday morn
ing at thei home of Miss McCurry.
The occa^n was a miscellaneous
shower given for Miss Julia Sin
clair, whose engagement was re
The hall and parlor were beauti
fully draped and decorated in white
and green. A profusion of white
chrysanthemums being effectively
used. Several tables playing pro
gressive games afforded much pleas
ure and amusement. Dainty re
freshments were served, consisting
of sandwiches, wafers and tea,
cream cake followed by mints.
Just as the party was drawing
to a close. Miss Nell McCurry, in
the roll and costume of shy lit
tle maid of Japan,” entered the
room carrying a closed Japanese
parasol. Glancing around at the
gueats, she advanced toward Miss
“I hope I’ve come just on the hour.
Some gifts from old Japan I bring,
I’ll open my umbrella for the shower.”
And presenting her with the
opened parasol, she disclosed nu
merous packages daintily wrapped
and suspended from its points.
An array of beautiful and useful
gifts dear to the heartjOf “a bride-
to-be,” were the drops from this
The guests having been urevious-
ly provided with caitls and pencils,
and asked to write in rhyme a good
wish for Miss Sinclair, each line
beginniog with the letters in her
name, presented these also.
Some very sweet, some very gay,
all good wishes, were a fitting close
to a merry morning.
MILLARD G. POTEAT
Democratic Candidate for Treasurer of
Mr. Poteat is a most deserving
young man. The Democrats of the
county have selected him as their
choice for the office. He is an
affable young man and if elected
^will fill the office most acceptably
to all. The voters of McDowell
county are asked to consider Mr.
Poteat’s unfortunate situation,
caused by his fearful injuries some
years ago, when they go to the
polls on the Tth of November.
Mr. Poteat is fitted by education
and ability to fill this office but is
not able to do manual labor by
reason of his affliction. Won’t
you vote for him regardless of
party ? 2t
Do You Have Sour Stomach?
If you are troubled with sour stomach
you should eat slowly and masticate
your food thoroughly, then take one of
Chamberlain’s Tablets immediately af
ter supper. Obtainable everywhere.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State,
The negro State fair in Raleigh
last week was said to be the best
and most creditable exhibit in the
history of the fair association.
About $180,000 worth of new
lO cent nieces have beeil distributed
to banks. The obverse side of the
new dime shows the head of liber
ty in profile, while the reverse side
shows a bundle of rods in the cen
ter and the protruding battle axe»
symbols of unity. Surrounding
the central design is an olive wrei|)th
At Newland, Avery county, last
week. Judge Lane gave a prelimi
nary hearing to four people charged
with burning the Avery hotel at
Elk Park last year, for the insur
ance. They are Nat. Young,
Champ Young, Wash Young and
Mrs. Jane Haney, owner of the
hotel. Wash. Young and Mrs.
Haney waived examination at the
preliminary hearing and were re
leased on bond for $750 each. Nat.
Young is in the county jail at New
land and Champ Young has not
Judge Pritchard Will Preside.
Judge J. C. Pritchard has been
designated by Cbief Justice White
of the United States Supreme
Court, to hold the consolidated
terms of Federal court of States
ville and Salisbury, which began
at Salisbury November 1st. Judge
Pritchard will also hold a term of
the court at Asheville, beginning
on the 8th of November.
It is supposed that Judge Boyd
has not sufficiently recovered from
his recent illness to hold the courts
and this is the reason Judge Pritch
ard is substituted.
Old Fort Pastor Resigns.
Old Fort, Oct. 30.—Rev. Spur
geon Norville, pastor of the Old
Fort Baptist churhh, has announc
ed his resignation to take effect in
December. Rev. Mr. Norville has
served as pastor most acceptaply
and has won a warm place in the
hearts of his people. He is a
young man, only 22 years of age,
and already is recognized as one of
the strongest young preachers in
Western North Carolina. He re-
tQrns to college to complete his
course there. His departure seems
like a loss, but well realized to an
Elias Says Weaver’s Majority Will
Be Over 1,000.
In a special to The Progress,
Chairman D. S. £lias says: ""With
the election only week distant the
campaign has reached the point
where it is safe to make predictions.
Zebulon Weaver will be elected by
a majority ranging between one
thousand and twelve hundred.
Buncombe will give Weaver a ma
jority between eight hundred and
one thousand. Haywood and Bun
combe will cast the biggest Demo
cratic majorities polled for a con
gressional candidate in ten years.
The people of the tenth district are
for Woodrow Wilson and intend
to support him with a democratic
congress. It can be truly said