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VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, NARCH 4, 1921
PRICE FIVE CENTS
ANGUS B. CAMERON
The school year is rapidly drawing to a
close. One school has finished its work for
the term. Others will soon be closing.
All things considered, we have done bet-
er than many sections of the country
have been able to do. We have lacked a
great deal of accomplishing all that we
had hoped to accomplish, but all our
schools have been in operation, the at
tendance has been fairly good, and from
several standpoints we believe results in
Moore are, perhaps, above the general
average. Several of our schools have had
a larger and stronger teaching force and
so have been able to do more and better
work, but practically all our schools have
been handicapped by lack of sufficient
room and adequate equipment. It is im
possible to say just what the loss in effi
ciency has been on account of this condi
tion, but a conservative estimate could
hardly place it at less than 25 per cent
and in many instances it would be much
more. Outside rooms have been rented;
offices, basements, and lumber rooms
have been pressed into service; audi
toriums have been cut up into class rooms,
and after all possible available space has
been utilized, still the grades have to be
taken in shifts—some grades in school in
the morning, others in the afternoon.
This has been the best we could do for
this term, but we can’t go on this way.
We’ve got to do more for our schools or go
backward as a county, and putting it on
the mere basis of a business proposition
we can’t afford to do that. We must go
forward. It will cost something, but from
a purely business standpoint, to say
nothing of the larger life and better equip
ped citizenship, it will be worth the cost.
It may seem like a bad time to start into
anything that calls for a large outlay of
money. We grant that it is, and if it
were something that could wait, we
would advocate waiting to a more propi
tious time, but the children can’t wait.
Now, now is the time, the only time for
those in the waiting line. “Taxes?” Yes,
it will mean something of that kind, but
suppose we just call it an investment—
an investment for our children, a sort of
endowment policy for our future citizens.
That’s what it means.
Carthage, Cameron, Vass, Southern
Pines, Aberdeen, Jackson Springs—all
crowded beyond capacity, and practically
all the other schools in the same condi
A rearrangement of our districts. Larger
districts with better buildings and better
equipment is the idea. Carthage is work
ing out plans. The pupils of one adjoin
ing district have been brought to the Vass
school this term. The undertaking has
f>een a success although handicapped in
adequate transportation facilities. There
is a bigger work to be done there. The
Manly-Southern Pines section has possi
bilities for a consolidation plan that will
give that section one of the very best
schools in the whole country. We ex
pect to go more into details of these plans
in another article. In the meantime the
Legislature will have finished its work
and we will know better how to proceed
with the work.
We want the people of Moore county to
realize that this job is before us, and it
needs immediate attention. No use to
say it can’t be done. Its got to be done
and we’d just as well tackle it. It calls
for the best thought and the best action
of all our forward looking men and women.
Let us hear from you.
Cameron Route One
Mr. S. J. Gardner returned Friday from
a business trip to Angier.
Mr. J. W. McNeill, of Greenville, S. C.
spent the week-end with relatives here.
Mrs. J. R. McQueen came home Monday
from a week’s visit to her sister Mrs. Alex
Stewart at Maxton.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Knight and Mrs. Russ,
who spent several weeks in Florida, are
back in town for a short stay before re
turning to the North.
Master Donald Stewart, who has spent
the past two months with his grandmother
here, returned home last week.
Miss Alma Cagle, spent the week-end
with her people neat Carthage.
Miss Pearl McNeill spent one day last
week in Raleigh, on business.
Our little village heard the cry of the
starving Chinese children and heeded the
call. In this the second drive the good
people of Lakeview gave $115.00. About
Christmas time Miss Hermenia Haynes
gave several hours of her time canvass
ing the town and collected something
over $40.00 for this cause and last fall we
gave $70.00 to the European Relief cause.
What place has beat Lakeview ?
Mr. T. J. Keith, of Sanford, spent the
week-end with his people here.
Mr. and Mrs. David Williams have mov
ed to Randolph county.
Mr. Glyde Gaddy, of Sanford, visited re
latives here Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs.,W. D. McRaney, of Lobelia,
spent Sunday at the home of her mother,
Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson.
Mr. W. J. Graham and sister, Miss Eva,
visited relatives near Lemon Springs last
Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Thompson and family
of Aberdeen, was the guest Sunday of his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Thompson.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Tomilson entertained
quite a number of their friends at a social
given at their home on last Tuesday even
Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Taylor and family, of
Carthage, spent Sunday with friends here.
Mr. Elsie B. Keith, of Southern Pines,
was the Sunday guest of his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. A. J. Keith.
The young people of the community en
joyed very much a social given at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Hardy an
evening of last week.
Miss Kate Graham is on a visit to rela
tives near Jonesboro.
Mr. J. D. Thompson, of Aberdeen, spent
Sunday with his people here.
Mr. Graham Kimbrey, of Sanford, visited
friends hf re a day of last week.
Mrs. Glyde Gaddy, of Sanford, has been
spending sometime with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John D. Richardson.
Miss Annie Cole, of Carthage, was the
dinner guest Sunday of Mrs. Mollie Gra
Friends and relatives here, and the en
tire community around Godwin, N. C., her
home town, were shocked to hear of the
death of Mrs. Laura A. McNeill. About 8
o’clock Tuesday morning, February 22d
she was crossing the railroad track which
runs near her house and was instantly
killed by a Southbound train. It is be
lieved that she was carrying someting to a
neighbor who lives just across the railroad
from her home, as she had a small dish in
her hand. The engineer did all in his
power to prevent the terrible accident.
There was one other eye witness who said
that Mrs. McNeill was about to cross in
safety when it seemed that she was hin
dered, perhaps the crutch with which she
was walking got caught in the rails, just
how it happened no one can tell. She
was the wife of the late John T. McNeill,
who died in April 1920. Since the death
of her husband she had continued to live
alone at her home in Godwin, where she
possessed valuable property. Funeral ser
vices were conducted at the Presbyterian
Church, by her pastor. Rev. A. R. McQueen.
The floral tributes were profuse and beau
tiful, one of the prettiest designs was from
the Woman’s Missionary Society, of which
she was an active member. The deceased
was about 60 years of age and leaves no
relatives, except some neices and nephews.
Vass Route One
Again Cupid has crept into our town
and by his magic power, has captured one
one of our reliable citizens as his victim
but he seems to be enjoying the new life
so much that we all join in wishing the
very best of happiness and success to Mr.
and Mrs. W. H. McNeill who are going to
make their future home in Lakeview. Mr.
McNeill and Miss Julia Rumph were mar
ried in Birmingham, Ala. Thursday, Feb.
24th, and visited several Southern points
before coming here. Mr. McNeill is a |
man of excellent qualities and is a splen- |
did business man, being employed as
traveling salesman for the Dixie Culvert
and Metal Company. Mrs. McNeill was a
stenographer and has been in New York
for several years. She is a woman of
charming personality, excellent character
and Mr. McNeill is indeed fortunate in
winning such a companion.
Mr. Hubert Carlile spent part of last
week at Siloam.
The little child of Mrs. Steward was
badly burned on last Friday night, by fall
ing in the fire.
Mr. R. H. Moffitt, of Sanford, visited rela
tives here a day of last week.
Mr. J. A. Thomas and mother, spent last
Sunday afternoon with relatives at Jones
Misses Evelyn and Mildred Thomas en
tertained a number of their young friends
at their home Monday evening.
An Oregon woman says that 96 per cent,
of the sisters of her state have thrown off
the yoke of the corset. Imagine the other
4 per cent, must be kept very busy avoid
ing conflicting engagements.
Every man, at some time in his life, has
a desire to own a home, but never has
the ready cash with which to build or buy
one. So the next best thing is to become
a member of a building and loan associa
tion, and by small weekly or monthly pay
ments will become the owner of a home
that he has been hankering after for years.
This is exactly what Vass needs. Let’s
make a start.
Mr. N. P. McKenzie and son, Mr. Clyde,
of West End, spent the day Monday, on
Mr. and Mrs. W. McC. Blue spent Sunday
with Mrs. Blue’s parents near Eagle Springs.
Mrs. B. Ritter, of Pinehurst, was the
week-end guest at Mr. N. C. Blue’s home
Messrs. John McCaskill and Harold
Williamson, of Carthage, were callers at
the Farm Life School.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McLeod and son Carl,
were week-end visitors at Mr. McKinmous,
of Jackson Springs.
Mr. A. R. Blue of Jackson Springs, spent
Saturday night and Sunday with his
mother on this route.
Mr. Leon Palmer and sister Miss Elsie
Palmer, of St. Louis, Mo., arrived at South
ern Pines one day last week. They are
I visiting now at their grandmother’s, Mrs.
Mr. Worth Beam, of Asheville, after
, spending some time with his sister Miss
Beam at McConnell Hospital, has returned
Now that Mrs. Coolidge has announced
that she will wear blue silk stockings on
Inauguration Day, we hope that the femi-
ninine part of the community will be sat
isfied to let the rest of the proceedings go
TOBACCO GROWERS NEET AT CARTHAGENOMY,NARCH 7