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The pilot. (Vass, N.C.) 1920-current, March 04, 1921, Image 1

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VOLUnE THE PILOT NUMBER Devoted to the Upbuilding of Vass and Its Surrounding Country SUBSCRIPTION $2.00 VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, NARCH 4, 1921 PRICE FIVE CENTS Educational Natters 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 tion. 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 Lakeview 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. r 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 ? Terrible Accident 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 week. 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 ing. 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 ham. 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 boro. 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 this route. 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 last week. 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. C. Blue. Mr. Worth Beam, of Asheville, after , spending some time with his sister Miss Beam at McConnell Hospital, has returned home. 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 on interrupted. TOBACCO GROWERS NEET AT CARTHAGENOMY,NARCH 7

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