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VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1920
PRICE FIVE CENTS
From Upper Hoke
We received our first copy of the
Pilot Friday and we are very much
pleased to know it bids fair to be a
good newsy periodical. Vass is forego
ing ahead and of course needs a
good advertising medium as there is
no better way to moke a town, a
business or a community grow than
by the liberal use of printers ink.
While the Pilot is some what small
yet we must all realize the fact that
every thing has to begin on a small
scale, and it!s being small in the
beginning is ho sign or indication
that it will alv/ays be a small paper.
We have looked through the Pilot
offices and buildings and there is no
better equipped ne>vs paper plant in
the county and it’s job presses are also
up to date and those wishing job work
will do well to patronize this plant
as we feel assured that they will get
entire satisfaction in every respect.
Mr. Martin Simpson, one of our
Surry county farmers, is preparing to
move back to his old home county,
not because he is not doing well in
the sunny part of Hoke, but because
he just likes the hills and rocks of old
Surry. Mr. Simpson is not selling
his farm in Hoke and may some day
decide to return. We rather think
he will when he again tries the clay
and rocky farm he is going to move
to. We hate to loose a good farmer
and citizen but wish him abundant
success in his new home.
There is quite a little tobacco to be
marketed from this neighborhood,
some very good grades and some not
so good. The farmers, as a rule, are
not rushing their crops on the market
this fall, as they did last year.
Whether this is a wise plan is yet to
be determined but we fear they have
made a mistake in holding their
better grades of tobacco off this late,
or it seems like tobacco sold better
a few weeks past, than it’s doing now
and those that claim to know seem
to be of the opinion that prices are
as good now as they v/ill be at any
time to come for a while at least.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Smith of Rt. 2,
have a new son; mother and boy
getting on fine.
Mr. Johnson, from Surry countl,
with another party are spending the
week end with Mr. Martin Simpson.
Quite a lot of deer hunting in up
per Hoke, these days, but we havent
heard of very many being killed
Mr. Henry Mathews of Vass got a
few turkey Thanksgiving day while
driving for deer.
It’s talked that Johnsonville town
ship in Harnett county, which adjoins
Little River township in Hoke county
will soon have good roads in all
directions. Johnsonville voted a Tbond
issue some time ago and we have been
informed that they have sold their
bonds to a New York company and
are now ready to begin >vork as soon
as a contract can be secured. Should
any one desire securing a road job
in Johnsonville they may Communi-
Mr. DANIEL A. McLAUCHUN
Who goes into, office as one of .the County Commissioners next Mon
day, will fill it with a credit to himself and to his county. Mr. McLauch-
lin is 52 years old and was reared near Vass. He was educated at the
“Old Pocket High School,” near Sanford. His business connections have
been with some of the best men of this section of the State. He now
holds the responsible position ^s the cashier of the prosperous Bank of
Entertained at Dinner 130-Cent Cotton by January
Mrs. Henry A. Matthews, who is known
for her hospitality, entertained a few of
her friends at her home here, on Thanks
giving day. The table was laden with all
the delicacies of the season, and that her
guests enjoyed the feast is putting it
mildly. Merriment flew thick and fast
around the table, and jokes and jests kept
the guests in a laughter all the whiie. It
was one of the most enjoyable events of
the season. The hostess was highly com
plimented by her guests for the delicious
Thanksgiving dinner served. Those par
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Irvin and children,
Mrs. Mildred Mattnews, Mrs. J. A. Keith,
Misses Margaret and Cornelia Keith, Miss
Carrie Westcott and Rev. Harry M. North.
The following menu was served:
Roast Chicken with Sage Dressing
Frizzled Venison Giblet Gravy
Sweet Potatoes White Potatoes
Pumpkin Pie Apple Pie
Cocoanut Cake Chocolate Cake
Butter Milk Coffee Milk
cate with Mr. Howard Johnson, of
Pineview, N. C. He has the matter in
charge so we understand and no
doubt will be glad to receive bids on
the work. This township is badly in
need of roads and we hope they will :
soon get them. SAC.
Last Monday Senator Heflin, of Alaba
ma, in a statement to a Baltimore Sun’s
special reporter made in Washington, de
clared that cotton would sell higher in a
short time. He based this prediction, first,
on the short crop, the fi^th one in this
country in recent years, and next, upon
the apparent determination of thousands
of cotton growers to hold their output in
definitely for a profitable price.
“There can be no doubt,” Mr. Heflin
said, “about cotton prices going higher.
There has never been such a cotton hold
ing movement in the South as we find
there today. Our people simply cannot
afford to sell at prices now offered. There
wi.l be no cotton sold until the price goes
back to 30 cents and above. The farmer,
t ie merchant and the banker in the cot
ton Igrowing States have done what bear
manipulators and spinners have forced
th^m to do. They have tied up the spot
cotton market as it has never been tied
“We have it in our power to compel
prices that will cover the cost of produc
tion and yield a profit, and we are going
to do it. Cotton will sell for 30 cents be
fore January 1.
“This is the fifth small cotton crop in the
United States. The American crop this
year is 5,000,000 bales short of what the
world demands of us.
“The tremendous slump in the prices of
fered for ccttjn is responsible for a half
million bales being left in the fields. The
final gin report will show that we ginned
up to November 84 per cent, of the crop
Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Tayntor and children,
Majorie andErnest and Mr. Leon Wescott,
of West Eaton, N. Y., arrived in town last
week for the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Gibbon, after spend
ing ten days here left Friday for Wash
ington, D. C., where Mr. Gibbon is in gov
Mesdames Helen M. D’Auby and Clark,
of Pontiac, Mich., have arrived .for the
winter and are at Mrs. D’Auby’s attrac
tive little cottage, Dogwood> Kennel.
‘ Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Newcomb, of Pine-
hurst spent Thanksgiving at their home
here and had as their dinner guests.
Misses Alice Littlefied and Rebecca Bacon
of this place, and Messrs. Irving Johnson
and Charlie Mason, of Pinehurst
Messrs. Floyd McLean and Wellon Mc
Lean, of Laurinburg, spent Thanksgiving
with their people here.
Mr, J. R. McQueen made a business trip
to South Carolina last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Gardner, of Pme-
hurst, were visitors in our village Thursday.,
Miss Alma Cagle spent Saturday last
in Carthage with friends.
Master Glenn and little Miss Frances
Lee Caviness are spending this week with
relatives in Aberdeen.
Messrs. T. D. Gibb and W. C. Hendren
went to Charlotte one day last week on a
Mrs. J. D. Carroll, left on Friday after
spending several weeks with relatives in
Mr. and Mrs. John Caviness, of Vass,
were pleasant visitors here Monday.
Mrs. M. P. Causey and little daughter
Mildred are in Hamlet for a week’s visit.
Mr. T. 0. Gibb has purchased the Miller
house from Mr. W. H. McNeill and the
Gibb family have recently moved into it.
The Ladies Aid met last week with
Mrs. H. S. McLean. Quite a number of
the members were present and a lot of
business transacted. It was decided to
have a call meeting Tuesday afternoon to
sew and complete plans for the “sale”
which is to be held soon.
Dr. Foss Dead
Dr. H. E. Foss for several years the
editor of the Sandhill Citizen at Southern
Pines, died Tuesday morning after a long
sickness, aged 63 years. Dr. Foss came to
Moore county about 18 years ago an invalid
from Philadelphia, where he had been
pastor of a leading Methodist church. He
improved in health and engaged in local
newspaper work and helped to build up the
sandhill section. He made the local pa
per one of the most conspicious country
papers in the South. He -leaves a wife
The Outlook, published at Pinehurst,
has made its appearance for the ’19-’20
season. The cover is in colors and the
general get-up of the journal is up-to-date
and a credit to Pinehurst. Mr. O. H. Pe
cock is conducting the Outlook this season.