The pilot. (Vass, N.C.) 1920-current, January 21, 1921, Image 1
o! >rtunity to wish customers the lost prosperous to continue our [me only on Dry All of these ►ved and we are at a sacrificed be to your in- ;he special prices 3 they will not antile y N. C. VOLUME 1 THE iMumiuc Devoted to the Upbuilding of Vass and Its Surrounding Country SUBSCRIPTION $2.00 VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1921 PRICE FIVE CENTS Jackson Springs ^ , Either the correspondent or prin ter made a mistake in our last week’s items in saying that the road between here and Eagle Springs was being repaired. A road is being built. The road branches off about a half mile from here from the clay road to McKeithen’s bridge and follows about the same line of the old Flours road to Old Stores where it comes into the main road leading through Eagle Springs, Hemp, west end, and other places. This makes a nearer route to Eagle Springs, Hemp and other points north. This road is traveled lots, but the yoad beds are deep in places where there has not been a new road cut out to dodge th€i sand. We are glad the mistake was made for it reminds us that nearly all of our sand-clay roads need repairing. A few years ago our roads were kept up. As traffic has increased the work on roads has decreased. Our good roads are known all over the states. Unless more .work is done by organizing the roads after rains.and the many bumpy places are filled we will be advertised as having rough roads. Mrs. Juli' McNeill Cameron and Miss Annie McFadgen spent the week-end in Raleigh. There will be an old Fiddler’s convention at the school auditorium on Friday night of this week. Old fiddlers and banjo pickers are in vited to come and bring their in struments and enter the contests Everybody is invited to attend. The proceeds are to go towards putting lights in the school auditorium and dormitory. Prizes will be given. Mr. D. A. Blue spent Sunday with his people in the Eureka commu nity. “Farm Talk,” the play presented by the faculty of our school before the holidays will be given at the school auditorium in Ellerbe Sat urday night of this week. A num ber from here will go over to see this play again for it was enjoyed very much when it was given here. Mr. Duncan Patterson of Hamlet, spent the week-end with home folks. The Derby Memorial boys were defeated in a basket ball game by the Ellerbe High school boys by the score of 13 to 9 on Wednesday after noon on the Ellerbee lawn. This game was not a bad one for the Derby boys for this is their second game and their second season play ing, while Ellerbee has had more experience. This was the first trip from home for the Derby boys and with one of their forwards out of the game they put up a hard fight. North Carolina produces one- fourth of the nation’s tobacco. In 1920 the farmers raised 58,000,000 more pounds of tobacco than in 1919 and have got $53,000,000 less money for their crop than they did in 1919. We are glad the famers of North Carolina are organizing for I>etter marketing conditions, and the re duction o( acreage to o^:e-third. The farmers made the iurge 1920 crop at at great loss. Some of the farmers in this section have been carrying their tobacco to Winston- Salem markets. A glance at the season’s record of the tobiacco mar kets shows me that the Winston- Salem markets averaged only two cents more on the 100 pounds than the Carthage markets. If those car rying their tobacco to Winston-Sa lem are getting a better price for their tobacco or the Sand-Hill to bacco is superior to that in the old tobacco belt around Winston-Salem. The Carthage markets had a better average price than Wilson which again led in the sale of pounds of tobacco. North Carolina dropped from fourth to sixth place in the value of farm products in 1920. But the state leads the world in the manu facture of whiskey according to Col lector Bailey. The legislature may organize a state constabulary to supplement the forces of the federal prohibition agents. If some of the state’s ex-football men were put in the revenue officers’ places they would probably catch more blockad- ers. On Saturday afternooii the inter est of people was aroused by the appearance of five officers with arms m display and two white men, a still in a sack, gallon of whiskey, also had a hoe an axe. This was unusual for the still usually moved before the officers get to the spot, or the men at the still leave for the parts unknown. This was not the case with these men. One was a visitor at the still apparently and can boast of being one of Moore’s tallest men with legs in proportion to his body, but his long legs did not move far before he fell in a faint from fright. The other men of Scotch descent was too hospitable to go far before he went back and took all the blame otf his guest. Both men were given bond. They are farmers that any landlord can be proud of always making good crops. Each has a wife and sev eral children. [Continued on page eight] Vass Route One Mr. J. A. McLeod is more fortu nate than the average famer—he is gathering his first crop of corn for 1921. Mr. and Mrs. R. W.* McLean spent the week-end with Mrs. W. McC. Blue. Mr. N. W. Wall, county agent for Moore county, spent one day last week in* our community. Mr. and Mrs. Dock McKenzie of Pinehurst, were at Mr. A. A. Ray’s Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. W. McC. Blue spent Sunday with relatives near West End. Mr. and Mrs. A. A. McCaskill went to Jackson Springs one day last week. Mrs. Cliff King, of Asheboro, is spenjding some time with her moth er, Mrs. W. D. Ferguson. Mr. Claude Ferguson who has taken a course in civil engineering at A. and E. college has come home to accept a position with Mr. Fran cis Deaton, chief engineer of the Knoll wood project. - The Philothesmian society of the Farm Life School held its regular meeting Saturday night. All the members were present and a very interesting programme was render ed. The topic of discussion was “Southern Poets.” A splendid sketch of the life and character of John Charles McNeill was given. Tuesday, January 18, was the 82nd anniversary of Mr. N. C. Blue. Mr. Blue is a veteran of the Civil War, having served the entire pe riod with Company B, 49th regiment. Ransom’s Brigade. During his struggle with the “Yankee” he re ceived only one slight wound. Mr. Blue’s health record has been very unusual. Only a few slight illnesses have marked his path and at the present writing he is well and ^ ex tremely capable considering his years. There are two other old veterans in Eureka community beside Mr. Blue, these being Mr. Noah Deaton and Mr. A. A. Ray. Mr. Deaton, served in Company H, 26 Regiment. He went through the four years fighting and was in some of the thickest battles. He was taken prisoner during “seige around Rich mond” being in Bristol Station pris on at the time of the surrender. Mr. Deaton is now 86 years old and has had good health all his life except for a few unavoidable falls. Age is beginning to take its toll now though, as he is getting right fee ble. Mr. A. A. Ray is 83 years of age. He servel through the whole period and was appointed Lieutenant just before the chose. He was captured and held in prison at Elmira, New York, being there when the war closed. Part of the time, Mr. Ray served under Captain MacBlue. He has been a sturdy, jovial, old gentle man, and until last week, was never sick in bed. He is thought, to be convalescing now and the attending physician holds out good hopes. Build Terraces K^t Land that has a fall of 3 to 15 feet in 100 feet should be terraced. In most cases where the land has a fall of more than 15 feet it should be converted into pasture land and sodded to a permanent grass. The general terraces will * run usually from 3 to 6 feet and this will give a distance of 40 to 100 feet be tween terraces. The most fall ever allowed is about 6 inches to 100 run ning feet of the terrace. The. upper end should be flatter, or a less fall and the outlet allowed a few inches more. There may be a few excep tions but this will guide as a general rule. A broad terrace should be built about 18 feet wide. The top of the terrace should be from 15 inches to ‘ f 2 feet high, depending upon the grade of land. After the terrace has been laid out, a two-horse plow should back furrow this line^for at least 8 feet wide, throwing soil as high as possible in center. Then each additional furrow of plow should be followed with, a Martin Ditcher or V shape drag, throwing dirt to center. This should be fol lowed until approximately 18 feet has been taken. The weak places should be strengthened and after the first big rain the terrace should be thrown up again in the same way. If terraces are built in this way ^ind maintained the water s^hquld flow off gently in a wide shallow sheet leaving soil behind. After the first year the average ter race can be cultivated the sa ne as any other land in the field. Two ’^ en with two horses, plow and ditcher can build from one-fourth to a thir of a mile of terrace a day. M. W. W ALL, County Agent. Mrs. Alton M. Cameron and little daugh ter are on a visit to her father, Dr. J. F. McKay, of Buies (keek. N. C. Mr. Neill McLean was a visitor in Ra leigh Thursday on very particular business.