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VOL. XVIII, NO. 3
SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 19, 1914
THE MEN WHO DO THINGS!
There Are Some of Them la the Sand
Hills, Says Ralph W. Page
How Co-operation Gut the Caah
When the lrice of Cotton
Dropped to Xwro
MR. RALPH W. Page
tells "How Cooperation
Got the Cash for the
Sand Hills," when cot
ton dropped to zero, in
The Progressive Farmer.
U It 's a story well worth
the reading. H Here
it is. Avord for word:
COOPERATION COT THE CASH
There exists today no more striking
example of the power of community or
ganization so everlastingly urged in The
Progressive Farmer and the A. & M.
College than the recent experience of the
Sandhill section of this State in financing
the present white elephant, the cotton
crop, t There are sixteen towns in a
radius of twenty miles of Pinehurst, N.
C, whose individual efforts for forty
years had made no appreciable impression
on the impassive world, and whose citi
zens had indulged in sixteen distinct
methods of rural progress without much
result. Roads, markets, fairs, school sys
tems, acquaintance, development and
finance proceeded on feeble and dis
jointed lines. That was true last year.
Today this community is the only one
in the whole Cotton Belt, as far as we
know, that as a community has enough
money ready and available to meet the
demands of each individual planter, farm
er, renter, white or black, rich or poor,
who wants to borrow on cotton.
At this minute every single man in
the radius of the Sandhill Board of Trade
can go to the bank of the Board, the Page
Trust Company, and from funds of the
community get $27.50 cash on every bale
he has. The method is simple and con
clusive, and can be imitated and accom
plished in the same way anywhere in the
South. ULast April Mr. Leonard Tufts
invited to The Holly Inn at Pinehurst
the three leading citizens of these 16
towns Aberdeen, West End, Vass, Came
ron, Southern Pines, Pine Bluff, Keyser,
Jackson Springs, Carthage, Marston,
Ellerbe, Norman, Eagle Springs and
Samarcand. All these are small towns,
but combined they are destined to show a
power equal to many a prouder city.
Once the strongest men in any territory
are gathered together for the salvation
I of that section, the battle is won. The
plan was laid before them by Roger
Derby, known to the State as the presi
dent of the Beef Breeders Association.
As a result they went back home and
gathered together the citizens of their
towns. And each town organized a Board
of Trade. This has been done before.
And before they died. For the Board of
Trade of small towns automatically dies
of bankruptcy and impotence. But in
this case they went further. Each of
these sixteen Boards sent three members
to the Central Board at Aberdeen. And
into this principal Board they put all the
Nation for bettering of the returns and I
the standards of life and efficiency on our
farms. But its great opportunity came
with the declaration of war, and the end
of the cotton market.
Every man knows what happened then.
There was no money left in the South.
The banks were besieged in vain. In
spite of meetings and proclamations and
mythical money , from the Treasury, in
Washington, Bill Farmer at the cross
roads could not borrow six cents on ten
bales. The Board met. Then sent
Henry A. Page, Roger Derby and Clyde
L. Davis to Raleigh to get the facts.
The facts were and are that the banks
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1 ' MEN WHO DO THINGS ' ' THE NEARBY PLANTATION MANSION OF MR. R. W. PUMPELLT
Here is a different thing. Here is a
body of the foremost men for forty miles
around representing their people more
truly in a commercial way than any
politician ever represented his constitu
ency. And they held the purse and so
the power. Such a board has character.
Its aim was to develop the best there was
in the Sandhills, as we have been told for
years to do, and as we never do it. It
has mapped the region; it has a profes
sional and capable secretary; it has held
a very creditable fair; it has absorbed
the Sandhill Tanners' Association and
obtained a v jice in the counsels of the
had no money whatever, and that the
Government money was not a tenth
enough to help, even if it was used for
the cotton farmer (which it was not).
H Then the fighting committee was called
into action. They were told plainly:
"The banks have no money. It is
planned vaguely that warehouses shall be
built, and then pray for money to be
lent on the receipts, the Government cast
in the role of Providence. Now then,
what are you going to do about it ? "
This is what they did in ten minutes.
They decided to build simple frame sheet
(Concluded on page eleven)
GOLFERS AND NEAR GOLFERS
Tin Whistle IClub (Medal Handicap
Provides for Both Classes -
Towle and Wyckoft' Contribute Irlfce
Which Itobert Hunter and
John Goodall Win
MONDAY'S Tin Whis
tle handicap provided
for golfers and near
golfers, a two class
medal play handicap for
prizes contributed by
J. L. Wyckoff of Hol
yoke and John R. Towle
of Chicago. II Robert
Hunter of Wee Burn was the big squeeze
in A Class with a net of seventy-four,
playing with an allowance of five; Don
ald Parson of Youngstown (11), C. B.
Hudson of North Fork (11) and the Rev.
T. A. Cheatham of Salisbury (10),
bunched in a triple tie at seventy-nine.
Hunter's seventy -nine was the best gross
score of the day.
John R .Goodall of Bellerive, led the
also-rans with a net of seventy-two, de
ducting a stroke on each hole and finish
ing with seven strokes ahead of Edwin
Henderson of Detroit, whose allowance
was also eighteen and who recorded
seventy-nine. Herman W. Ormsbee of
South Shore Field Club, another eighteen
handicap man, finished third in eighty.
THE SCORES CLASS A
Robert Hunter 79 5 74
Donald Parson 90 11 79
C. B. Hudson 90 11 79
Rev. T. A. Cheatham 89 10 79
C. L. Becker 87 7 80
Chisholm Beach 85 5 80
T. B. Boyd 91 10 81
G. T. Dunlap 96 14 82
R. C. Shannon, 2nd 94 12 82
R. H. Hunt 95 12 83
P. L. Lightbourn 104 12 92
J. L. Toppin .106 12 94
W.L.Baldwin 111 14 97
John R. Goodall 90 18 72
Edwin Henderson 97 18 79
II. W. Ormsbee 98 18 80
David Gregg, Jr. 101 20 81
P. B. O 'Brien 97 15 82
J. D. C. Rumsey 100 18 82
W. L. Hurd 101 18 83
James Barber 108 24 84
J. M. Robinson 108 24 84
J. B. Bowen 108 24 84
F. C. Abbe 109 24 85
R. A. Swigert 112 24 88
Dr. M. W. Marr 104 15 89