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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
ESTABLISHED 1896. MARION, C., THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1916. ' . VOL. XXI—NO. 16
HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS
Institution* at Morganton Has Over
1,500 Patients; More Room
for Men is Needed.
MorfiraDtoD, Dec. 8.—^The board
of directors of the State Hospital
met here Wednesday, consistiog
of I. I. Davis, chairman; J. P.
Sawyer, A. E. Tate, A. A. Shu-
ford, Charles P. Mathson, F. P.
Aspaugh, Heriot Ciarkeson, L. N.
Ulenb, and R. R. Clark.
Dr. John McCampbell made an
^xhastive and detailed report of
the past year’s work of the> intsti-
tution. At present there are
1,534 patients in the hospital, an
increase over last year of 175. The
recovery of patiente shows 30 13-
100 per cent The general health
of the patients has been up to the
average, and there has been no
Two new buildings have been^
built in the last year: The Receiv
ing Building for women, and the
New Colony for men. These two
buildings add 160 beds to the
capacity of the hospital. There is
now being built two large dormi
tories, with ample space for 100
•women. These additions bring
the total capacity of the institution
«p to 1,450 beds. This meets the
immediate needs, so far as female
patients are concerned.
Room is badly needed for male
patients, and an appropriation is
to be asked of $75,000 by the
Legislature for the purpose of con
structing a reception building for
men, and also a dormitory build
ing for the aged and helpless class.
Better fire protection • is needed.
A new refrigerating plant is badly
The annual oer capital cost for
maintaince has been $162.25. On
account of the high prices of sup
plies, it is estimated that there
should be a per capita allowance
of $181 for the coming year.
The last Legislature appropri
ated $60,000 for a new water sup
ply, and this has been provided b^
installing a gravity line from Clear
Creek, nine miles away, and now
the institution has an excellent
supply of water.
The recommendations made by
the superintendent. Dr. John Mc-
Camobell, were unanimously en-
■dorsed by the board.
Central Powers Propose Peace.
Berlin, Dec. 12,—(Via Sayville)
—Germany and her allies today
(proposed to enter forthwith into
The propositions which they
will bring forward are, according
to Chancellor yon Bethmann-Holl-
“weg, appropriate for the establish
ment of a lasting peace.
The Austrian, Turkish and Bel-
garian governments are making
similar proposals. These proposals
have been transmitted also to the
fleduction in Pensioners and Pen
The report of Commissioner
Saltzabger of the pension bureau
shows that more than 5,000 Civil
W^ir veterans have died within the
last year, reducing their total to
1286,080, hardly more than a third
of what it was 18 yeats ago. There
•was a net reduction in all pension
ers of 38,000, and in the amount
paid for pensions of $6,000,000.
Pensions aggregating $193,155,000
went to 709,572 persons.
McDowell Apple Show a Success.
McDowell County’s tirst apple
show was held at the court bouse
last week. It was a decided suc
cess, in view of the fact that it
was the first time anything of the
kind has been attempted in this
J. B. Curtis, who lives on Dr.
E. V. Powell’s farin above Old
Fort, won first prize of $10.00 for
the best collections. Varieties
'shown were winesap, limber twig,
Kinnard, Cam^c and black Ben
Mrs. T. W. Noblitt won first
prize on dried apples; J. B. Curtis,
2nd prize; and Miss Geneva Bryd,
The first prize on evaporated
apples was won by Mrs. T. W.
Noblitt. Allen Burgin won first
prize on McIntosh, Morgan’s
Christmas and Spitzberger, A.
C. Gardin won first prize on Coffee
seedling: the 1st and 2nd prizes on
Mammoth black twig were award
ed to Mr. H. A. Gibbs.
Other prize winners were B. G.
Dalton, Phifer Houck, Theo. Con
ley, S. P. Tate, B. F. Corpening,
William Clark, T. L. ^oteat and
W. F. Mode.
It is planned to make this
an annual event in McDowell
County, which will no doubt do
much toward encouraging fruit
growing. McDowell County of
fers abundant opportunity to the
fruit growers, and Farm Demon
strator W. R. Bailey is doit g fine
work in his efforts to encourage
the apple industry throughout the
Farmers’ Union Elects New Offi
cers for the Year.
The McDowell County Farmers’
Union meeting held at Macedonia
school house last Saturday was at
tended by representatives from
seven locals. Mr. Watson, organ
izer for Rutherford county, was
present. His county has about
1,000 members and much progres
sive work is being done along
agricultural lines. Mr. Watson
will start at once an active cam
paign to organize McDowell coun
ty on a better basis.
Officers were elected for the en
suing year as follows: E. K. Hild,
president; T. W. Wilson, vice-
president; C. M. Pool, secretary
and treasurer; B. E. Watkins, j
chaplain; C. G. Morris, doorkeep
er; J. A. Henley, conductor; W. H.
Greenlee, B. F. Corpening and
T. L. Tate; C. M. Pool, T. W.
Wilson and S. L. DobbiQs, com
mittee on good of the order; G. C.
Conley, T. L. Tate, T. A. Porter
and G. F Rhom, agricultural com
A vote of thanks was given the
ladies for the very excellent and
bountiful dinner served. Mace
donia went to far as to carry din
ner for the visitors horses.
The next meeting will be held at
Siloam the first Saturday in March.
Baptist State Convention.
The Baptist State convention, in
session at Elizabeth City, selected
Durham for the next place of
meeting. Among the other mat
ters of interest at the convention
was the report of General Manager
Kesler of the Thomasville orphan
age. The orphanage is taking care
of 500 children at an annual cost
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Vein MoQntam, Dec. 11.—Mrs. Lou
•Chilbredth Babnm, aged 54, wife of
Esq. W. C. Babnm, ^ed suddenly at
Itier home here on December 3, after an
illness of bnt a few honrs. She is snr-
Tiyed by her hnsband, two sons and
three brothers. Her three brothers live
in Polk connty, and her son Jake is an
operator for the Southern Railway at
Bridgewater. Her hnsband and son
Tom were with her when the end came.
Mrs. Babnm was bom in Bntherford
connty in 1863 and was the danghter of
Mr. Fred Cnlbredth. She was married
in Bntherfordton in 1892 to Mr. W. 0.
Babnrn. To this union three children
were born, one danghter and two sons,
the danghter having died in infancy.
The funeral services were conducted by
Revs. Sorrels and Huntley, after which
members of the Farmers’ Union, of
which Mr. Raburn is a member, per
formed the burial rites of the deceased.
Miss Lou Goforth, a member of the
faculty of Chapel Hill School, spent the
week-end here with her sister, Maggie
J. C. Baburn, of Bridgewater, while
here attending the funeral of his mother
was taken ill with measles.
J. M. Arrowood killed a Berkshire
pig dnring4he week which netted him
491 pounds of pork.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. J. *M. Ward,
December 1, a son.
Bloom Bumfelt and family have mov
ed from Bntherfordton to the J. F.
The W. O. W. Camp of Dysartsville
has been removed to this place. We
welcome this fraternal order. It is the
first of the kind ever estoblished here.
May its good influence spread.
. Mrs. J. V. Clayton of Pelzer, S. C., is
visiting relatives here.
This place was recently visited by a
dog supposed to be infected with hydro
phobia- No persons or cattle were at-
t>acked, but a number of dogs were bit
ten and for this reason we are minus
several worthless dogs.
On the school honor roll last month
were Timon Connor, Mamie and Fletch
Nebo, Dec. 13.—Bev. J. A. Frye, our
new Methodist preacher, has moved his
family to Nebo. Mr. Frye preached his
first sermon here Sunday afternoon.
Miss Adeline Wilkinson spent last
Thursday with homefolks at Old Fort.
M. C. Sigmon made a business trip to
Marion one day last week.
Walter Wpiams spent Sunday in
Miss Estelle Wilson spent the Thanks
giving holidays at Moiganton with her
cousin. Miss Lula Kincaid.
Bora to Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Gettys,
November 11, a daughter.
Mrs G. D. Taylor and daughter, Hat
tie, were shopping in Marion last Thurs
Miss Tracy Sigmon left Monday for
Ashford where she will teach.
Miss Ola Gibbs of Marion spent the
^veek-end here with her sister, Mrs. J.
School Entertainment at Nebo.
School at Nebo will close Thurs
day for the holidays. An enter
tainment by the primary and in-
t.ermediate grades will be given in
the afternoon. In the evening at
7;30 o’clock the high school de
partment will entertain with a
literary program. This program
will consist of a debate, readings
and music. The query to be de
bated is: “Resolved, that the Rail
roads should be owned and con
trolled by the Government.” The
affirmative debaters are Misses
Dysart and Hunter and Messre.
Weaver and Morgan. Misses Wil
son and Patton and Messrs. Tate
and Hennessee will represent the
A beautiful home wedding was sol
emnized at the home of Dr. Geo. L
Whift^oii South Main street .Tuesday
evening at 8:30 o’clock, when Miss Jnlia
Sinclair, danghter of Mrs, P. J. Sinclair,
became the bride of Mr. Henry Clay
Kearns, of High Point.
The home was especially decorated
for the occasion. Color schemes sug
gestive of Christmas were carried out
in the library; pink and green predomi
nated in the dining room, with pink
ctmations and ferns. Mistletoe and
ferns were used to decorate the recep
tion hall and parlor. ' The bridesmaids
were Miss Nettie White of Elizabeth
City, Misses Marjorie White, Kate Mae
Streetman and Hannie Gibbs of Marion.
They wore dresses of green and pink
taffeta, veiled with maline and silver
laces, and each carried boqnets of sweet
paas. >Iiss Gladys Atwell was maid of
honor, dressed in pink taffeta, and car^
ried Killarney roses. The groomsmen
were Messrs. Bobert Amos of High
Point, Morris Stone of Cincinnati, Ohio,
L. O’Brien of Winston-Salem, and Jack
Dillend of Greensboro. The ushers were
Messrs. Kenneth Kirby, Byron Conley
and Dr. P. D. Sinclair.
The bride was dressed in white
Dutchess satin, with pearl trimmings,
made with court train, and her veil was
held in place by a cornet of orange blos
soms. She carried a beautiful boquet
of Bride’s roses and lilies-of-the-valley.
During the ceremony Mr. C. C. Hoh-
mann of New York City sang “Still as
the Night” and “A Perfect Day.” Miss
Eima Carson of Knoxville, Tenn., saog
“At Dawn” and “I Love You Truly.”
Immediately after the ceremony a
beautiful reception was held. Beceiv-
ing in the hall were Mrs. Pescud Craig
aud Mrs. W. T. Morgan. Presiding in
the dining-room were Mrs. J. A. Sin
clair, of Asheville, and Mrs. P. A. Beid.
Misses Elsie House, Martha Decker and
Ethel Crawford served an ice course.
Mrs. P. D. Sinclair and Miss Annie
Little presided at the coffea urns in the
library. Miss Nelle Blanton kept the
The many beautiful gifts displayed
in the library attested the popularity
of the young couple.
The bride belongs to one of the oldest
and most prominent families in this
section. She is a sister of Dr." J. A.
Sinclair of Asheville, Mr. L. C. Sinclair
of High Point and Dr P. D. Sinclair,
and a sister of Mrs, Geo. I. White, at
whose home the wedding took place.
Mr. Kearns is a prominent young busi
ness man of High Point and a alumnus
of Trinity College.
After a trip to New York and points
North they will return to High Point,
their future home.
Glenwood School Honor Roll.
Following is the honor roll of Glen
wood school for the third month:
First Grade, Misa Ada Conley, teacher
—Elizabeth Poteet, Cordie Kanipe,
Nancy Hawkins, Joe Neal, Bobert Neal
and Grover Beel.
Second Grade—Ethel Goforth, Minnie
Greer, Cecil Babnm, Arnold Pyatt.
Third Giilde—Kate Neal, Ha Ward,
Eellie Kanipe, Belle. Watkins, Lingle
Swann, John Morgan, Tmeman Bow
Miss Edith Lonon, Teacher.
Fourth Grade—Marie England and
Fifth Grade—Gladys Pyatt. Anuie
Belle Greer, Nora Hunter, Leonard
Byrd, Lawton Kanipe.
Sixth Grade-=-Verla Babnm, Enla
Pyatt,. Cecelia Haney, George Pyatt,
Miss Estelle Logan, Teacher.
Seventh Grade—Mary Clay, Leota
Morris and Willie Hensley.
Eighth Grade—Polly Pyatt, Bertha
Eagland, Lizzie Morris, Goodloe Haney,
Lela Marlow, Otho Marlow, Dock Hens
ley and Carl Swann.
Ninth Grade—Hattie Haney, Mildred
Wilson, Mary Sue Pyatt, Charles Haney
and Annie Morris.
Congressman Sam J. Tribblewof
Georgia, Democrat, died Friday
in Washington from effects of a
strdke of apoplexy. He was scry-
I ing his third term in the House.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of lo-
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
Col. A. C. McAllister, a promi-
nent and worthy citizen, died last
week at his home in Asheboro,
The North CaroHoa ConfereQpe
M. E. Church, South, which closed
its session at Durham Monday,
will meet next year at Greensville.
William Jennings Bryan is to
be the chief soeaker at the Anti^
Saloon league convention in Ral
eigh in Febuary. The date of his
address is February 15.
. Congress wa^ asked to prohibit
tie sale of liquor in Washington,
D. C., in a resolution unanimously
passed by the North Carolina
Methodist Episcopal conference in
session at Durham last week.
The half million dollar extract
plant being erected at Morganton
by A. M. Kistler in connection
with the tannery, awaits only the
turning on of the electric current,
which will probably be ready in a
President S. B. Turrentine of
Greensboro College for Women
announces the gift of $1,250 to the
endowment fund by A. Sherrod
of High Point. This makes $4,000
given by High Point in the $20,-
OGO so far pledged for the endow
The North Carolina Live Stock
and Poultry Associations will hold
their annual meet at Winston-Sal
em January 9-10-11-12. Goy.
Stuart of Virginia, Dr. Kilgoer,
Dr. Tait Butler and others appear
on the programme. Reduced rail
road and hotel rates.
Application for the pardon of E.
S. Thomas, the young white man
serving a term of one year on the
Wake county roads for assult up
on a young white girl from Tenes-
see in a Pullman car at the Raleigh
dapot, will be vigorously opposed
by citizens of New Berne and
The $11,000,000 government
armor plant is virtually certain to
be located at some point in the
Middle Western area. Some point
having good connection with the
mineral supply sources and trans-
potation facilities to coast pomts,
but sufficiently remote to remove
danger of destruction by any hos
tile or invading force probably
will be selected.
Governor Craig Friday appoint
ed Gen. Julian S. Carr chairman
of the Mitchell monument commit
tee. General Carr will havo the
complete management and control
of the building of a monument to
Dr. Elisha Mitchell on the summit
of Mount Mitchell. The general
will, if he desires, appoint a com
mittee composed of such persons
as he may select, and to the num
ber that he may deem advisable, to
assist him in securing the monu
ment, the design of it, and the
erection of it.
^ A tornado at Atlanta, La., Fri-
day virtually demolished the busi
ness section, causing a loss of about
$40,000. Three churches, and rail
way station were among the build
ings destroyed and some persons *