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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF MARION AND McDOWELL COUNTY
MARION. N. C., THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1929.
VOL. XXXIII—NO. 46
STATE MEEHNG OF
Large Attendance — H. G.
Mitchell Re-elected Presi
dent—Other State Officers.
I State President, Hugh G. Mitchell, of
1 Statesville; Vice-president, Chas. B.
Hoover, of Cooleemee; Master of
Forms, J. T. Graham, Cleveland;
secretary, Fred O. Sink, of Leving-
ton ;treasurer, J. C. Kesler, of Salis
bury; conductor, W. N. Pence, Albe
marle; inspector, Troy Lyles, of
Jlooresxille; guard, Rufus Goin, Mt.
Airy; trustee, A. V. Sloope, Kannap
olis; F. B. A. Director, T. L. Kimball,
Representatives to the National
Convention to meet in Columbus, O.,
in September were elected as follows:
E. A. Timberlake, Lexington; Hugh
DRAWS BIG CROWD
The State Camp Convention of the |
P. O. S. of A. held its first business!
meeting at 2 o’clock Tuesday after
noon, when State President Hugh G.! tT u*
Mitchell of Statesville, called the j
... J J 04. i /-II. erson, Mooresville; G. C. Smith, Shel-
convention to order and State Chap- ’ ’ ’
lain Thomas L. Trott took charge of |
the devotional exercises. There were j
about tw^o hundred delegates present.
Upon request of Rev. Trott, Dr. Vip-
perman read a portion of scripture,
selecting that beautiful chapter the
13th chapter of First Corinthians.
Rev. P. D. Mangum, pastor of Mari
on Baptist Church, offered a short
prayer, after which Robert Proctor,
of Marion, representing Mayor H. H.
Tate, delivered the address of wel
come, in a short but forceful speech,
which was received with enthusiasm
by the visitors. Not the least impor
tant part of Mr. Proctor’s speech was
that portion w'herein he emphasized
the genuine necessity of taking into
true account things spiritual, losing
sight of self and selfish interests and
rendering real service to others—all
of which is exemplified in the ideals
and principles upheld and practiced
by the members of the P. O. S. of A.
Mr. Mitchell, on behalf of the
State Camp and delegates, respon
ded to the address of welcome, and
Rev. Trott concluded the devotional
exercises, following which the gen
eral meeting adjourned.
Immediately following the general
meeting a closed session of dele-
by; C. W. Hall, Advance; Sam L.
Smith, Tuckertown; N. B. Martin,
Greensboro; J. A. Heath, Statesville;
J. C. Kesler, Salisbury; Fred O. Sink,
The meeting place for next year
will be Raleigh, on third Tuesday and
Wednesday in May, 1930.
MARION HIGH SCHOOL
COMMENCEMENT JUNE 5
A1 Stewart of Raleigh Winner
of Aerial Races—Gus Leaser
Awarded Second Prize.
HIGH SCHOOLS IN
night. Several programs by the Pri
mary and Elementary Departments
have been given during the past few
weeks. The class play was given by
members of the high school on last
j Satjirday evening. Monday evening
brought out a large and appreciative
Commencement Exercises Held audience. It ivas on this evening that
at Clinchfield, East Marion the 13 members of the graduating
class gave their class day exercises
and Pleasant Gardens.
The following invitation has been
The Class of
Nineteen hundred twenty-nine
Marion High School
Wednesday, June fifth, eight P. M.
High School Auditorium
The commencement exercises of
the Marion High School will begin on
Sunday evening, June 2, with the
baccalaureate sermon by Rev. J. A.
Jenkins, president of Davenport Col
lege, Lenoir, N. C., and continue
through Wednesday evening, when a
pageant, “The World Outside”, will
be presented by the senior class and
others. The pageant will take the
place of the class exercises and will
have a large cast.
The members of the class roll are:
gates was held, dealing with matters Charles Stuart Sinclair, president;
of business, the nomination of offi
cers, etc., lasting for more than two
At 5:30 the delegates assembled
in front of the court house and went
by motor to Lake Tahoiha, where
dinner was served to them in the Ca
sino, and music was supplied by the
Marion Brass Band. i i ^ •
At 7:15 the delegates re-assembled I Vermilyn Epley, B^tnce
in front of the court house, formed a jN^" A"n.e Fi^nk-
line of march, and preceded by the
Ifarion Band, paraded to the Marion Margaret
High School Building, where an open|f‘'»' Man^m. Mar^ret Eljzabeth
meeting was held. This meeting was I
well attended and greatly enjoyed |
Irene Spratt, Nellie Emehne Robin-
Frank Bowditch, Dallas Clay Dun
can, Curtis Dula Hawkins, Clyde
Walton Hogan, Paul Haskell How
ard, Woodrow Patrick Lemmond
James Luther Mitchem, Edward Al
ford Morgan, Hollis Fred Snipes,
James Marvin Steppe, Charles Mc
Call, Dorothy Lucille Atkins, Mabel
Inez Cooper, Faye Lillie Dixon,
The Airport meet at the Francis
Marion field, Saturday and Sunday,
was a pronounced success. The in
clement weather kept several planes
from participating in the races and
stunts on the two gala days, Satur
day and Sunday; but the planes from
nearby cam and all made whoopee.
A1 Stewart from Raleigh, piloting
a Travelair, walked away with the
stunting contest and won races on
both days in the 100 H. P. motor
class. Gus Leaser, of Raleigh, won
second place- both days in the 100 H.
Dick Hunter, of Winston-Salem,'
made parachute jumps, landing on
the field once and nearby the second
“Daredevil” Burns thrilled the
crowd by suspending himself under
the carriage of a plane in an automo
bile inner tube fum'shed by the Mar
ion Chevrolet Co. Mr. Bums also per
formed a number of hair raising
stunts on a rope ladder—^hanging on
with his feet, one arm, etc.
The attendance Sunday afternoon
was estimated at around 10,000 per
sons coming to see the aerial show
throughout the afternoon. There was
plenty of room for parking the auto
mobiles. The fifty acres of parking
space is just another of the minor
items that goes to make the Francis
Marion Field the best airport in this
part of the country.
Music was furnished by the Mari
on High school band, composed of
The winners of the races and the
stunts received beautiful trophy cups
All Stewart of Raleigh, winning in
The finals of the Clinchfield
and were awarded diplomas of grad-
uatiin. Following the class exercises,
Rev. W. O. Goode, of Marion, deliv-
for a union service in the school au-!
ditorium. Special music for the occa-1 \he"'^aduites “on ’ their
i success in completing the work of the
hi?h school and urging that they con
tinue with their education.
Mr. R. B. Phillips, principal
the Pleasant Gardens School during
by those present. This meeting was
presided over by State President
Hugh G. Mitchell. Invocation was
given by State Chaplain Thomas L.
Trott, after which the Marion Band
gave a special musical program. Miss
Julia Burton and Mrs. Alicia D. Mor
ris also entertained with a number of
musical selections which were highly
appreciated and enjoyed.
National Vice-President H. H.
Koonts presented a cup awarded by
the State President Hugh G. Mitchell
to Camp No. 25, Advance, N. C., in
recognition of its having the largest
percentage of net gain of any camp
in the State up to and through De
cember 31, 1928. This cup was re
ceived on behalf of the camp by C.
presented another loving cup, on be-
son and Helen Frisbie.
WELFARE OFFICER IS
INJURED IN AUTO WRECK
Robt. V. McGimsey, mayor of Ne-
bo and McDowell county welfare of
ficer, lost his left ear in an automo
bile wreck near here late Thursday
When a tire blew out, the car in
which Mr. McGimsey was riding
alone, turned over, and the wind
shield was broken. The glass severed
the ear. The Nebo mayor also suffer
ed cuts about the neck and face.
ered the literary address. Rev. Mr.
School began with a community pro-! ^ members of the
gram on Sunday evenmg. May 12thJ ,33^ audience on one of
=_ ATl't!!,”? jWs favorite themes, the development
of character and personality; con
! orrQ+nlafiTiof fVio trraH
sion was furnished by the pupils of
the school and a male quartet. With!
brief and fitting remarks, Supt. N. F.
Steppe introduced Mr. W. T. Mor
gan, who delivered a splendid ad
dress. Mr. Morgan contrasted the
meagre opportunities and advantages
of the youth of the older generation
with the splendid opportunities offer
ed the youth of today. He briefly pre
sented many of the outstanding suc
cessful men of today, showing that
with inspiration and willingness to
work, there is no limit to the possi
bilities of any boy or girl.
On Tuesday evening, Mrs. R. K.
Davis presented her music pupils in
a recital. The program was indeed
well rendered. The -nftisic was supple
mented by several entertaining
“The Willow Plate,” a Chinese op
eretta, was presented by the Gram
mar Grade children on Friday even
ing. The setting and costumes were
beautiful. Much praise is due Miss
Evelyn McPheters who coached the
The outstanding program of the
series of entertainments was that
given by the Seventh Grade. It was
the presentation of Hale's “The Man
Without a Country,” which had been
dramatized by the class. The three
scenes used were the court room
scene in Richmond, and two scenes
on board the U. S. S. Levant. The
pupils were aided in painting the lat
ter settings by Miss Paxiline* Tipton.
Each character played well his
The outstanding characters
UUNCH DRIVE FOR
UNIONS IN MARION
Thomas F. McMahon Urges
Organization at Mass Meet
ing Here Saturdays Night.
A definite drive to organize the
textile workers in the nine mills in
Marion was launched here Saturday
night with the address by Thomas F.
McMahon, president of the United
Textile Workers Union, an American
Federation of Labor organization.
An enthusiastic audience, mainly
textile workers, filled every available
foot of space in the McDowell county
courthpuse to hear McMahon discuss
jthe condition of the southern mill
the past year has been very success-organization,
ful in the management of the school McMahon announced that the
and at a meeting of the committee
held on Monday evenmg, was unam- , stress the need
mously re-elected for the coming I
year. The entire teaching force was'
invited to return but several having
notified the officials of the school
that they would not be candidates
for re-election and their places were
filled by the election of other teach
ers. Those who gave up their places
in Pleasant Gardens School were
Miss Mary M. Greenlee, who has
and advantages of organization. An
effort will be made to organize the
workers in Marion’s nine mills, it
The speaker strongly rapped busi
ness organizations, and particularly
textile mills for alleged methods of
covering up profits as an excuse for
not paying employes higher wages.
W. E. King, labor organizer of
been pnncpal of the ®e>»«"tary ^ address.
Department for the past two years. Hoffman, one of the three la-
Under Miss Greenlee’s supervision. kidnapped from Eliza-
MUSIC RECITAL GIVEN AT
THE CLINCHFIELD SCHOOL
I were Hauley Hicks, as Philip Nolan,
The following program was given jthe Man Without a Country; Carl
by Mrs. R. K. Davis and her music j Sparks, as Lieut. Danforth; and
pupils at the Clinchfield School audi-1 Jennings Lavender, as Captain of
torium on Tuesday evening of last jthe U. S. S. Levant.
This concludes one of the most
Chorus, Pretty Little Snowdrop, by j successful years the Clinchfield
girls chorus. Solo, The Waltz, by School has ever known. Miss Ruth M.
Presser, Wilma Sprinkle. Solo, The I Greenlee has been the efficient prin-
Meadow Brook, by Krogmann, Jean | cipal for a number of years and un-
Ellis. Reading, One, Two, Three, Vir-; der her leadership the school has
ginia Fox. Solo, On the Boat, by! made great progress. She has been
Steinheimer, Marcella Stevens. Cho-1 assisted for the past year by an able
rus, ’Tis May, by Wilson, Girls Cho- teaching force, and at a recent meet-
Declamation, The Old North | ing of the school committee. Miss
■ ■ " ’ entire
the elementary school raised its place
in the accreditd list of standard
schools. Miss Greenlee, it is under
stood, will take special work in edu
cation at the State College for Wom
en during the coming year. Miss
Margaret Knox and Miss Nellie
Craig, who have been faithful teach
ers in the Pleasant Gardens School
for the past year have made other
plans and will not return. Their work
has been very satisfactory to the
management of the school, and the
people of the community regret to
see them leave.
was also present at
MRS. W. A. VESS DIES
POEM BY MRS. CORNELIUS
OBTAINS COVETED HONOR
State, Hawley Hicks. Solo, The
Court Ball, by Streabbog, Rachel
Sprinkle. Duet, A Little Journey and
a Little Song, by Presser, Wilma
Sprinkle and Mrs. Davis. Reading,
Molly, Laura Proctor. Chorus, By
the Waters of Minnetonka, by Lieu-
rance. Girls Chorus. Solo, The Big
Bass Singer, by Rolfe, Mattie M.
Laughlin. Solo, The First Recital, by
Bilbro, Annie Taylor. Declamation,
Greenlee and practically her
faculty were re-elected.
Following the accident Mr. Mc
Gimsey was carried to the Marion | The Man Without a Country, Carl
, Hospital where he was given treat-' Sparks. Duo, The Spinning Log, by
State Chaplain Trott next j ^^d is improving, despite the j Goerdeler, Gladys Sprinkle and Mrs.
fact that he lost a quantity of blood
half of State President Mitchell, to
ognition of meritorious service to
the Order of North Carolina.
National Secretary Herman L. Mil
ler, of Easton, Pa., addressed the
convention, being the principal
speaker of the evening. His subject
was “Patriotism,” which, he declared,
“is a virtue inborn; that it is not
found growing on trees, nor bloom
ing in the garden. It is within the
soul of man. Where a man is born
there his heart is, and where his
heart is there his love is. We call
that patriotism. For this virtue men
and women are willing to die, if need
be.” Mr. Miller further declared that
our devotion to the memory of and
our appreciation of the brave deeds
done by our heroes in war can best
be shown by our strict observance of
the laws of our country in time of
peace. “If the citizens of a nation
will observe the laws of a nation, the
question of enforcement will take
care of itself,” he said.
On Wednesday morning the dele
gates enjoyed a motor trip to Lake
James and other points of interest.
The business session reconvened at
10 o’clock, during which the annual
election of officers, selection of place
of meeting for next year and other
business matters were given atten
Officers were elected as follows;
before help arrived.
The accident occurred about three
miles east of Old Fort.
LEGION PLANNING BIG
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
Several committees appointed re
cently by the local post of the Amer
ican Legion are already busy work
ing out plans for what is expected to
be the greatest Fourth of July cele
bration ever held in Marion. The
program will include a big parade in
which civic organizations will take
part, business floats, and music by j
the Marion Band. The R. C. Lee Rid
ing Devices will also be here, having
been booked for a week’s engage
EAST MARION SCHOOL
“The Cruise of the Trundle Bed”
was given by the Primary- Depart
ment of the East Marion School on
Friday night. About 75 children
beautifully costumed took part. It
was well done and the little folks re
ceived much applause for such an
excellent presentation. Music selec
tions were a part of the exercise
which was attended by an overflow
On Sunday night the community
came together in a union service.
Rev. W. O. Goode, of the First Meth-
i odist Church of Marion, was the
Davis. Chorus, The Dixie Kid, by
Giebel, Girls Chorus. Solo, Daddy’s
Waltz, by Rolfe, Jean Ellis. Trio,
The Village Band, by Meyer, Misses
Wylie Brown and Mrs Da^s. De^ ^
lamation, Sparticus to the Gladiators ^ personality. He emphasized
Jennings Lavender. Quartette, No snir-
Surrender March, by Morrison; pia
no 1, Misses Brown and McPheters;
piano 2, Miss Wylie and Mrs. Davis.
Reading, Encouragement, Marcella
Stevens. Chorus, The Dutch Lullaby,
by Wilson, Girls Chorus.
The revival services at the First
Baptist Church are constantly grow
ing in interest and attendance, the
church being well filled at each ser
vice. The meeting is being conducted
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE by Dr. J. L. Vipperman, of Spartan-
Memorial day will be observed at burg, S. C. Dr. Vipperman is an able
and forceful preacher and is preach-
Drusilla Presbjrterian Church Satur
day, May 25th. There will be all day
services with dinner on the ground.
The service will begin at 10 a. m.
Rev. J. C. Story will preach at 11 a.
m. and Rev. J. E. Robinson will
preach at 2:30 p. m. Everybody cor
CORINNE GRIFFITH is beauti
ful, and her voice registers excep
tionally well. Hear her talk in
“SATURDAY’S CHILDREN” at Oa
sis Theatre next Monday or Tuesday.
ing great sermons.
The services will continue through
out the week with day services at 10
o’clock and night services at 7:45.
HAWAIIAN MUSIC at Oasis
Theatre on Thursday, by the Caro
lina Special Players. IN PERSON,
not on the screen.
the importance of physical and spir
itual development. The religious
work in the schools and churches, he
said, was to develop the personality.
The personality that meant for the
best in the life of pvery individual.
On Monday evening, “The Set of
The Sail,” a play by the 7th grade
was given. The stage was artistically
decorated and equipped for the oc
casion which proved to be one of the
best programs ever g^iven by the
East Marion School. Twelve members
of the class were awarded certificates
of entrance to high school.
Miss Mamie N. Stacy, principal of
the school, expressed her apprecia
tion to the people for their co-opera
tion and assistance iii the most suc
cessful year the schoorhas ever had.
A strong faculty of well trained
teachers has given to the East Mari
on community a very high type of
service. Miss Stacy and her entire
teaching force were unanimously re
elected at a recent meeting of the
(By Katharine Hopkins Chapman)
The Literary Digest skims the
cream of current magazine verse,
therefore poets consider it an honor
to be selected for its weekly page of
reprints with comment. Alabama is
gaining reflected credit through the
recognition therein of Lawrence Lee,
Edith Tatum and other poets. The
latest Alabamian to receive The Di
gest’s accolade is Birmingham’s own
Mary Chase Cornelius, with her
Ballad of Dead Diction.” This poem
appeared in the American Poetry
Magazine and was then given in full
with praise in the columns of The
In L’Envoi of A Ballad of Dead
Diction the lines:
“Poet, the poems I late have scanned
A spurious cleverness display” ....
come with cumulative force from
Mrs. Cornelius because she has estab
lished herself as a critic of verse,
conducting a bureau ,which is patron
ized by poets far and near. For near
ly a decade she has doctored the
halting lines of others, having clients
in most states of the Union and in
four foreign countries. She helps her
clients sell their verse and that’s
where the real test comes. She adver
tised in writers’ magazines for con
structive criticism work as Chilton
Chase, knowing that in such matters
even yet a man’s name carries more
weight. She still functions as a critic
under this name which, with the ad
dition of Mary, was hers before her
marriage. The volume of this criti
cism and the conscientious perform-
Mrs. W. A. Vess died at her home
in East Marion last Thursday even
ing. Her death came as a great shock
to her many friends. Mrs. Vess had.
been a resident of the East Marion
community _for sixteen years. She
had been a member of the Baptist
Church for about thirty years.
Mrs. Vess was 49 years of age and
besides her husband is survived by
four sons, Claud, Zolon, Cecil and
Oscar; two daughters, Mary Sue of
East Marion and Mrs. Zora Stuart of
Asheville; one sister, Mrs. Lula Da
vis- of Clinchfield, and five grand
The funeral services were conduc
ted from the East Marion Baptist
Church Friday afternoon by Rev. A.
A. Walker, assisted by'ilev. J. N-
Wise and Rev. J. P. Hicks, and inter
ment made in Oak Grove cemetery.
EIGHT DAYS REMAIN
FOR LISTING TAXES
Only eight more days remain for
listing taxes, it was announced yes
terday by Mrs. Chas. Burgin, tax su
pervisor. Mrs. Burgin urges 'all per
sons to list their property before the
last day. May 31. T. B. Conley is tax
lister for Marion Township.
The listing is progressing well,
Mrs. Burgin said. In the rural dis
tricts some of the listers are repor
ted to have almost completed their
BUY AUTOS HEAVILY
Raleigh, May 20.—North Carolin
ians bought motor vehicles the first
four months of the year at the rate
of almost 75,000 per year, Sprague
Silver, director of the state revenue
department’s license bureau, an
nounced today thar new cars and
trucks bought registered from Janu
ary 1 through April 30 aggregated
24,379 as compared with 16,881 for
the same period last year. April sales
were reported at 6,649 as compared
ance of it, limits the time Mrs. Cor-j^^jj 4,994 in April of last year.
nelius can give to original writing,
but it augments facility and famil- MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
iarity with technique. The classes. Memorial Day service will be held
she conducts in fiction and verse ^ at Pinnacle Church on Sunday, June
writing also both help and hinder her 2nd. There will be preaching at 3 p^
Nevertheless, Mary Chase Corneli
us is selling verse to a long list of
magazines and serves on the staffs of
two. Her only published collection is
“Flowers From The Foothills.” Some
of her poems have been incorporated
in the high school English course of
She was educated in private
schools and has been a life-long stu-
m. by the pastor, Rev. H. E. Stimson,
after which the graves will be deco
vorite form with Mary Chase Corne
lius, her essay, “The Wizardry of
Work,” winning a federation prize.
To successfully conduct a home (she
would put this activity first), a bu
reau of verse criticism, classes in
There are 28 registered nurses in
this country for every 100,000 per
fiction and. poetry, and write ballads
dent and lover of literature, particu- j worthy of being quoted in a national
larly of poetry. She has won prizes i weekly, sets ati example to those
in nine distinct literary forms, two j writers who await inspiration. She
first prizes being for short stories, j herself must know and practice the
Lack of time limits her production of 1 wizardry of work.
PLEASANT GARDENS [fiction, but she has the enviable rec-i (Mrs. Cornelius is a daughter of
The Pleasant Gardens School held ord of having sold all she has had j the late Mrs. E. P. Chase and is well
its graduating exercises on Monday.time to write. The essay also is a fa-1 known-in Marion.)