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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF MARION AND McDOWELL COUNTY
MARION. N. Cm THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1929
VOL. XXXIII-^NO. 38
IN AUTO CRASH
N. F. Steppe, J. W. Ragland
and E. C. Klontz Painfully
Hurt in Accident Saturday.
TAX LISTING DATE
CHANGES NEXT YEAR
N. F. Eteppe, county superintend
ent of schools; J. W. Ragland, Mari
on attorney, and Prof. E. C. Klontz,
of the Marion High School faculty,
had a miraculous escape froifF death
in an automobile accident at Carey,
a few miles west of Raleigh, while on
their way home from Raleigh last
According to reports reaching here
Mr. Steppe and Mr. Klontz, accom
panied by Mr. Ragland, had started
home after attending the meeting of
the North Carolina Educational As
sociation in Raleigh and were round
ing a curve near the town of Carey
when a large limousine, owned by
Mrs. Thos. F. Fyle, of Brooklyn, N.
Y., and driven by her chauffeur, col
lided with the coupe driven by Mr.
Steppe. It is said the Packard car
was running at a high rate of speed
and that the driver evidently lost
control of the car. It swerved to the
right of Way and struck Mr. Steppe's
car with such terrific force that the
occupants were thrown out and the
car completely demolished.
As a result of the accident Mr.
Klontz was rendered unconscious for
some time and it was at first thought
his injuries would prove fatal. All
were hurried to the Rex Hospital in
Raleigh for treatment. After having
his wounds dressed it was found
that the condition of Mr. Klontz was
not as serious as first thought and he
was able to return home on Monday
morning. Mr. Klontz suffered a dislo
cation of the elbow, was cut about
the face and head and badly bruised.
Mr. Steppe was cut about the hand
and badly bruised but is reported to
be getting along very well and ex
pects to be able to return home in a
day or so. Mr. Ragland sustained a
severe cut across the head, was cut
about the face and badly bruised.
Mr. Klontz, while badly bruised
and experiencing a severe shock, is
recovering at his home on South
Main street and hopes to be able to
resume his school work in a short
The 1929 Machinery Act adopted
by the Legislature which has just ad
journed provides that real and per
sonal property shall be listed for the
year 1929 under the provisions of
the Machinery Act of 1927. The 1927
Act provides that property shall be
listed as of May 1st. The 1929 Act
provides that property shall be listed
for the year 1930 as of April 1st.
The only provision of the 1929
Machinery Act which becomes oper
ative this year is that in reference to
the discount for the payment of tax
es and penalty for failure to pay
Discounts and Penalties
All taxes assessed or levied by any
county in this State, in accordance
with the provisions of this Act, shall
be due and payable on the first Mon
day of October of the year in which
so assessed and levied, and if actual
ly paid in cash on or before the first
day of November next after due and
payable, there shall be deducted a
discount of one per cent. After No
vember 1 and on or before the first
day of December a discount of one-
half of one per cent will be allowed.
After December 1 and before Febru
ary 1, the tax shall be paid at par or
After the first day of February
and on or before the first day of
March a penalty of one per cent will
be added; after March 1 and on or
before April 1, a penalty of two per
cent; after April 1 and on or before
May 1, a penalty of three per cent;
and after May 1 and on or before
June 1, a penalty of four per cent.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
SEASON OPENS FRIDAY
Silently, yet swiftly.
The pulsing breath of spring
Is lending life and beauty
To every living thing;
Opening bud and blossom
Along each walk and way,
Spreading gladness and delight
To greet the Easter dayT^
Tinting skies with sapphire
‘v.^reams with silver bright.
Sending little winds abroad
^^iompting feathered songsters.
^On each leafy bough
^To herald out the tidings:
^.^Spring is with us no^
The high school baseball season
will open this week, the first game to
be played at Rutherfordton on Fri
day afternoon between Marion and
the central High School team of
Rutherfordton. The outlook for the
Marion team this year is said to be
very encouraging and a series of in
teresting games is promised. j
The first game of the season to be,
played in Marion will take place at I
i Cross Mill Park Tuesday, April 2, at
4 o’clock, when Valdese will playj
A schedule of thirteen games has I
been arranged to be played before
the State championship series in
which Marion will enter this year. ‘
tion was held at the farm of Mr. W.
M. Wilson, where we cut at the rate
of 12%- cords of fire wood per acre,
leaving 540 trees per acre standing.
Only the waste trees were'cut, just
like thinning and weeding a crop of
corn. It will pay McDowell farmers
to visit these farms and see just what
this work means.”
Mr. Graeber further stated:
'‘North Carolina has a million and a
half acres of farm lands cleared but
idle. This means that we don’t need
to clear more land for crops. Idle
lands don’t pay taxes or produce in
come. Growing trees are producing
wealth. Farm timber is the farmers’
best savings bank; the trees add
the interest every night.”
“This idea of thinning and grow
ing timber is begfinning to take like
measles with riiany farmers,” said
Mr. Graeber. “I noticed that Mr. G.
C. Condrey, of West Marion, has
started an excellent job of timber>
thinning and mangethent, just a few
miles out of town. He is setting a
good example for his neighbors.”
FIREMAN ELLIS HURT IN A
WRECK NEAR THERMAL CITY
Let your hearts be happy,
^Throw all cares awa)^
Join in nature’s symphony^
On this Easter day.
Damasre Suit Statred
The Raleigh paper contained the
following account of the aciident:
The quickest civil actioh in court
as the aftermath of a motor wreck
was started Saturday afternoon in
Wake Superior Court less than sixj
hours after five peojple were sent to
the hospital with injuries received
when two automobiles crashed on
the Central Highway near Cary. The
accident occurred Saturday morning.
A large limousine, owned by Mrs.
Thomas F. Fyle, of Brooklyn, N. Y.,
and driven by her chauffeur, Albert
Gordon, collided with'a coupe driven
by N. F. Steppe, superintendent
the McDowell County schools.
The three Marion men were in the
coupe returning to their home after
attending the State Teachers’ con
vention here and and the Brooklyn
car was headed toward Raleigh. The
collision occurred where the high
ways Nos. 10 and 90 meet at the
Cricket filling station.
Gordon, the chauffeur, was arres
ted by a county deputy, but later re
leased after suits were started.
The suits were started by Steppe,
Ragland and Klontz against Mrs.
Fyle, but Broughton and Biggs,
counsel for the men, stated that the
amount Of damages sought will not
be determined until the extent of the
injuries are known.
REVIVAL SERVICES AT
“The First Easter” to Be Pre
sented by Music Club at the
First Baptist Church, 8 p. m.
Revival services were begun at
the First Presbyterian Church last
Sunday with a large attendance, „ . i i
and the services are constantly | Easter Monday evening at 8 o clock.
The program will be given
The first public performance of
the Music Club will be the presenta
tion of a cantata entitled “The First
Easter”, by Ira Bishop Wilson' on
growing in interest and attendance.
The meeting is being conducted by
Dr. J. E. Flow, evangelist of Concord
Presbytery. Dr. Flow is a fearless
and forceful speaker of the old-time
gospel and intersperses his sermons
with illustrations and stories that
carry home his point to his hearers.
The people who have heard Dr- Flow
of during the week have been much im
pressed with his able gospel sermons.
The meeting will continue through
out the week with services daily at
10 a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
CONVENTION TO MEET
Rutherfordton, March 22. — The
Eutherford County Singing Conven
tion will meet at Mt. View Baptist
Church, three miles south of Ruther
fordton, Sunday, March 31, all day.
A large crowd is expected to attend.
About a dozen choirs will take part,
besides many quartets and special
DEATH TAKES HEAD OF
OAK RIDGE SCHOOL
Oak Ridge, March 21. — T- E.
Whitaker, president of Oak Ridge
Military Institute since 1914 and
one of Guilford county’s most dis
tinguished citizens, died here Wed
nesday night at 11:30 o’cldck after a
week’s illness- He was about
years of age.
be given at the
First Baptist Church under the direc
torship of Mr. T. A. Wilson with
Miss Julia Burton as organist. A sil
ver offering will be taken. The pro
gram is as follows:
Voluntary, Allegro Brillant (Lou)
Miss Julia Burton and Mrs. R. K.
Rutherfordton, March 26. — Fire
man Ed Ellis, of Erwin, Tenn., is in
the Rutherford Hospital suffering
with a broken leg, left arm broken
and foot bruised as a result of a
head-on collision on the Carolina,
Clinchfield and Ohio Railway near
Thermal City, about 12 miles north
of here, yesterday morning.
Brakeman Peak opened a switch
by mistake, which caused the wreck.
A through freight was on the side
track standing still with 60 cars of
coal while a freight was on the main
line enroute north loaded with per
ishables, mostly oranges, fruits, etc.,
Several Changes Made in the
Game Laws by 1929 Assem
bly; State License Fee $2.10
Wild life conservation scored
heavily in the closing hours of the
1929 General Assembly with the
concurrence of the Senate in two
bills which had previously gone
through the House.
Probably the main feature of wild
life measures to be enacted, into law
was the State-wide angler’s bill
which passed both of the houses of
the legislature as a committee sub
stitute to the Etheridge-Boyd-Mull
bill, which was offered early in the
The law which is in full force after
its ratification by the presiding offi
cers of the Assembly, prescribes a li
cense fee for all types of fishing and
is made State-wide in application.
The main alteration from the bill in
its original form is the elimination of
the county license provision.
As the law goes into effect, it will
require a State license fee of $2.10
of any person who participates in
any method of h6ok and line or rod
and reel fishing in counties outside
the one in which he permanently re
sides. Fisherr en from other states
will be charged a non-resident fee pf
$3.10 for fishing in North Carolina
The exceptions from license re
quirements are as follows: “No per
son required by law to procure a li
cense to propagate fish for sale, shall
and was making good time, getting
ready to climb a grade when it took 1 required in addition to secure a.
the switch. It was running late and
was trying td make up time. The
cars piled up and the loss was heavy.
Engineer O. H. Fox, on the fast
freight, jumped and saved his life,
though he suffered some bruises. Mr.
Ellis had a narrow escape and was
dug out from under a “mountain” of
oranges and vegetables.
CHANGE IN OFFICIALS
County Offers a Profitable
Crop, Says State Forester.
McDowell County farmers attend
ed two meetings on Thursday to
study methods in timber farming.
These meetings were held at the
farms of G. C. Conley, Marion Route
1, and W. M. Wilson, Marion Route
2. Farmers are anxious to know how
they can make every acre of land
produce an income. They have found
by experience that there are better
methods of planting and growing
com; better methods of hatching and
feeding poultry. And now the more
progressive farmers believe there
are better methods in management
Invocation, by Rev. J. S. Lockaby. „ , . j mu ^
Violin solo. Souvenir (Drdla) ;Mrs. »* ‘heir woodlands. These meetings
Scripture, Rev. W. 0
MISS M’CALL HONORED
At the annual conference of the
North Carolina State Union of Stu
dent Volunteers for Foreign Missions
held in Raleigh March 15, 16 and 17,
Miss Katheryn McCall of Marion
was elected president of the North
Carolina Union for the coming year.
Miss McCall is a rising senior at
Greensboro College and one of the
most enthusiastic student volunteers
preparing for service as a missionary
for the foreign field. The Student
Volunteer with national headquar
ters in New York endeavors to in
terpret missions to each college gen
eration, enlist students in prepara
tion-»f or missionary service abroad,
and relate qualified candidates to
church boards. Miss McCall, being a
member of the honor society, Y. W.,
C. A. Cabinet, and Letter Club of
the Athletic Association, is an out
standing student on her campus. As
a Junior in the School of Music she
appeared in recital on March 5. Her
playing was characterized by clean
technique and unusual interpretative
Prayer, Rev. J. C. Story.
Solo, “I Know That My Reedeem-
er Liveth” (Handel); Mrs. T. A.
Offertory solo “Ave Maria” (Bach-
Gounod); Miss Burton.
Organ prelude, “The First Easter”
Silent the Sleeping Town, by choir
Contralto solo, “In the Garden”,
Mrs. P. D. Mangum.
“Shall Heavy Rock”, soprano solo,
Mrs. Annie Miller Pless. Choir.
Soprano solo, “The Break of Day”
Mrs. D. F. Giles,
,“As It Began to Dawn”, contralto
solo, Mrs. E. C. Klontz. Choir.
“All Hail”, soprano solo. Miss Zel-
ma Atwell. Choir.
were in charge of W. L. Smarr,
County Agent, Mr. Smarr was as
sisted by R. W. Graeber, Extension
i Raleigh, March 21.—^Formal an-
oS- McDowell I nouncement of the appointment of
Colonel John W. Harrelson, profes
sor of mathematics at State College,
as director of the state department
of conservation and development,
was made by Governor Gardner to
Colonel Harrelson will take office
April 1, relieving Major Wade Phil
lips, director since early in 1926, who
was not a candidate for reappoint
ment. Major Phillips will resume the
practice of law at Lexington.
Colonel Harrelson, like the gover
nor, is a native of Cleveland county
and they attended State College to
As assistant director, the governor
announced he had appointed J. G.
Hargett, of Trenton, to succeed his
fellow townsman, J. K. Dixon, the
„ , ^ ^ ^ 1 1 Dysartsville, March 25.—The Dy-
Forester, of t e ta e o ege, -, school closed last Friday
eigh, N. C.
I night with a good program. There
]Vir. taraeber stated that the farm j good crowd in attendance con-
timber of McDowell county offers i gidering the rainy weather. The Dy-
the greatest opportunity to the farm
ers in making their farming opera
tions profitable, by balancing their
labors throughout the year. “Tim
ber,” he said, “is a crop just the
same as cotton or corn. This crop
can be made just as profitable, if we
will give it the same intelligent
management that we give out other
farm crops. We thin our crops of
corn, giving each stalk an opportuni
ty to grow. Why not thin your tim-
sartsville school has had a very suc
cessful term this year with Mr. Chas.
L. Haney as principal, assisted by
Misses Inez Daves, Annie Spratt and
Eugene Vickers is planning to
move to Marion.
Mrs. W. A. Laughridge was hon
ored with a birthday dinner here on
Sunday. Dinner was served on the
ground near the home of her son, J.
D. Laughridge. A number of relati-
license provided by this act. T^e pro
visions of this act shajl not be ap
plied to the Atlantic Ocean, the
sounds or other large bodies of water
near the sea-coast which do not, in
the judgment of the Department of
Conservation and Development, need
to be stocked or protected; nor shall
they prevent the owner of any land
or members of his family under 21
years of age fromfishing thereon
without a license.”
Among the most important of the
changes in the State Game Law ia
the advancing of the open season for
quail and turkey to November 20, in.
order to allow hunting on Thanksgiv-
ing Day. Rabbit and dove seasons,
have also been changed so that all
four of these will open on the same
date. The four seasons, with the ex
ception of dove, will close on Febru
ary 15. Dove season will end on Jan
New features of the game law in
clude a license requirement of $2
and $3 for trapping wild animals,
these amounts to be for county and
state licenses. Non-residents will be
i'equired to pay a trapper’s fee of
$25, with an issuing fee of 25c being*
added in each case.
Hunting guides are also to be reg
ulated by the payment of a fee not;
to exceed $10, the definite amounts
to be fixed by the Board of Conser
vation and Development. The board
is also empowered to make rules and
regulations respecting the conduct
The game law amendment also
gives authority to the conservation,
the conservation board to change
open seasons for rabbits and bears
any county irrespective of the
first and last dates fixed under the
ber ? In many stands we find the ^ ygg were present and the occasion
Christ Is Risen”, final chorus, so- trees are over crowded. We find j greatly enjoyed
Top-dressing small grain with
quick-acting nitrogen is a sure way
to increase yields of grain and hay,
E. G. Goforth, of Gknwood,
here on business Wednesday.
prano solo, Mrs. Annie Miller Pless.
Benediction, Rev. P. D. Mangum.
Sopranos—Mrs. D. F. Giles, Mrs.
Annie Miller Pless, Mrs. T. H. Hen
derson, Mrs. Ben Price, Mrs. John A.
Poteat, Mrs. S. L. Copeland, Mrs.'
George McCall, Mrs. L. B. Coone,
Miss Zelma Atwell and Miss Lois
Altos—Mrs. Arnold Morris, Mrs.
R. K. Davis, Mrs. Roy Davis, Miss
Joyce Decker, Mrs. C. A. Harris,
Miss Elsie House, Mrs.'P. D. Man
gum, Mrs. J. E. Decker, Mrs. E. C.
Ushers — Katherine Giles, Estelle
Mangum, Debs Hendei-son, Mary Vir
ginia .Copeland, Betty Wilson, Helen
stunted, crippled and diseased trees j Mrs. Alice Evans and three little
fighting with the better trees for j children visited relatives in Marion
plant food and moisture.^ as well aSij^g^ week.
sunlight and air. These crippled and | Easter program will be given
stunted trees will make fire wood, j Methodist Church next Sun-
Take them out and give the better o’clock, by the children,
trees a chance to grow. 1 Rgv. H. E. Stimson, the pastor, will
“Today we held a meeting at the i be present and observe the Sacra-
farm of Mr. G. C. Conley, where a j ment of the Lord’s Supper. Every
thinning demonstration was started. ] body invited to attend.
On the area thinned we cut at the! W. H, Taylor has returned home
rate of 16 cords of fire wood per | from Charlotte where he recently
acre and left 440 trees per acre [ underwent an operation. We hope
standing. This leaves a full stand for! Mr. Taylor will soon recover for he
the size trees on this area. In fact j is one of our best citizens.
the remainnig trees will provide for j »
two or three future periodic har- j Pasture seed mixtures are being
vests, with each harvest getting bet-1 planted on small grain in Burke
tgj. s I county as a start in the growing of
A similar meeting and demonstra-. niore permanent pastures. '
Union Mills, Rt. 1, March 23.—
Mrs. F. V. Harris celebrated the
eighth birthday of her little daughter
Mary Ella, last Monday from two till
four o’clock. The children enjoyed a
number of outdoor games, after
which they were invited into the din
ing room where fruits, cakes and
candies were served. Mrs. Harrisv
was assisted by Mrs. Cora Nichols,
Miss Mary Lee Wilkerson, Miss So
phia Rhodes, Mrs. Eva Vess and
Mrs. John Smith.
The following children enjoyed
the happy event: Pauline, Rachel,
Vasser, Viola and Lodge Parker, Don
and Sophia Hemphill, Vurtel Wilker
son, Jean, Thad, Verdie and Therou
Harris, Harold and Carrier McCCur-
Little Miss Mary Ella received
many pretty gifts.
Over 14,000 pounds ©f sweet clov
er seed have been ordered by -farm
ers of Iredell county this spring. The
acreage to this clover will be increas
ed by 400 per cent in this county.