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Devoted to the Upbuilding of Vass and Its Surrounding Country
VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1921
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Forest fires are common this time
of year and reminds us that fire burns
over land where we would not think
it would. One day last week a fire
burned over the small acreage of
woods owned by Mrs.Dugald Black,
of Pinehurst. The woodland is sur
rounded by fields. The fat pine wood
hauled from this cleared land was a
loss and made quite a fire. The
man who set it on fire should have
to pay the damage.
Mrs. Julia Cameron spent the week
end with home folks at Vass.
Mrs. J. A. Currie and son, Fred of
Old Hundred spent the week end
with relatives here.
On account of the increase in teach
ers salary and taxes not being in
creased enough to justify the salary
increase a large number of schools
will have to close earlier than usual.
Our school will continue the eight
months, unless the school was run the
eight months the high school students
would be handicapped in their work.
High school graduates are on the in
crease here every year and all are
doing well. Of the six boys and girls
that graduated here last year five
went to college and one is teaching
in this county. We are hoping that
the young people will keep up their
good record, that our teachers are
putting before them.
Miss Agnes Graham is visiting rel
atives near Cameron.
Miss Ruth Markham of Laurel Hill
spent Sunday with her people here.
Miss Thelma Jewell’s History class
of the 10th grade of the local high
school picniced on Friday evening
at McKenzie’s Spring.
Prof. Shay, service specialist of
the State Department of Agriculture
was here with County agent on Tues
day evening for the Community
club meeting. An interesting pro
gramme on hogs was carried out.
Mr. Shay made a very interesting lec
ture on hogs, etc.
Several from this section went over
to Rockingham Friday to see the
Ellerbe basket ball team defeat the
Rockingham boys 18 to 13 and leave
no dispute over the Richmond county
High School championship. Ellerbe
was defeated sometime ago by the
Sandhill Farm Life boys.
Mr. J. R. Clark and family spent
Sunday with relatives near Cameron.
The old baseball ground has been
ploughed and will produce vegeta
bles, etc., this summer and not ball
players. It was cut in lots last sum-
ttier and sold at auction.
The farmers are beginning to haul
fertilizer, but the amount they have
ordered does not compare with that
^sed last year. Much land will be
idle. Many people in cities are suf
fering now. Farmers should plant
more than enough for home con
Farmers’ cooperative organizations
California last year did. a total
business of $275,000,000.
MISSES GSCHWIND ENTERTAIN
Misses Nettie and Freda Gschwind,
entertained a number of their
friends last Saturday evening in hon
or of their house guest. Miss Mary
Campbell, of Sanford. The evening
was pleasantly spent in playing
games of various kinds after which
a collation was served. Those present
were: Misses Mary Campbell, John-
sie Thomas, Mattie Thomas, Jewell
Edwards, Nettie Gschwind, Sallie
Thompson, Agnes Smith, Ho Evans,
Lula Evans, Lois Sanford, Freda
Gschwind, Glennnie Keith, MiTdred
Matthews,and Annie McGill. Messrs.
Ray Thomas, Richard Griffin, Sam
uel Evans, Will Evans, Gordon Thom
as, Clyde Cox, Johnnie Laubscher,
Blythe Sanford, Arthur Thompson,
Claude Matthews, and Royce Byrd.
VASS ROUTE ONE
Mr. J. Addison McDonald of Char
leston, S. C., spent a few days with
his aunt, Mrs. J. A. McLeod of this
Mrs. J. A. Blue and Mrs. W. M. Mc
Leod have been visiting relatives in
Durham this week.
Miss Regina Blue, who is supply
ing as bookkeeper in the General
store at Pinehurst was home for the
Rev. C. K. Taffee, who was called
home several weeks ago on account
of the critical illness of his brother,
has returned and preached an excel
lent sermon at Eureka Sunday.
The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Pres
byterian Church held its regular
Mrs. N . C. Blueettaetaoinhsrdetaoi
monthly meeting last Friday with
Mrs. N. C. Blue. An interesting pro
gramme was rendered after which
delicious refreshments were served.
The Society voted to meet next with
Mrs. Mary Blue.
The faculty, and a few interested
persons of the Farm Life School, are
giving a play, entitled “Patty Makes
Things Hum” on Friday night,March
25, 1921, in the school auditorium.
The play will begin promptlyy at 8
o’clock. The public is cordially invit
ed to attend this play as it is one of
great charm and splendidly done. The
proceeds will go for some much need
ed equipment in the school auditori
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. McCaskill and
Miss Annis McCaskill made a busi
ness trip to Fayetteville one day
Professor John D. McLeod of the
Jackson Springs school spent the
week end at home.
Miss Janie Dalrymple, of the Farm
Life School, who has been quite sick
for a week, is now much improved.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Cliff King, a
daughter, Friday, March 19, 1921.
We are a nation of poor letter writ
ers. We write more than any two na
tions combined, it’s true, but we do
it in such a slip-shod manner that
letter-writing in America has act
ually become mechanical instead of
a science. Now and then we receive
a letter which reflects credit on the
writer, but more often we get them
—and we write them—where they
could be greatly improved upon.
We note that in some of the schools
of this state teachers are urging
their pupils to give especial attention
to letter-writing, and we believe it
would be a good idea to impress upon
the boys and girls of Vass and the
schools in this neighborhood the ad
vantage of doing likewise. They are
taught English and spelling and com
position, all of which is necessary and
important. But why not, instead of
having them write so many compo-
sitions,have them write letters too.
Give them examples of good business
letters, and teach them how to write
interesting personal letters. The
teacher could put a business letter on
the blackboard, and then ask for let
ters in answer to it. And it would
not be long before we would have in
this community a citizenship composed
of good letter writers.
When the boys and girls now in
school get out into the business world
where they will have occasion to write
many letteers of a business nature,
what could be more valuable to them
than lessons along this line given
them in the course of their regular
“The present fight” says Dr. Clar
ence Poe, “is to give us a marketing
system of, by and for the people and
not for the speculators.”
The home building and home buy
ing insinct is so real a part of life
that it comes blossoming out every
spring. The birds are about to build
their homes again and everywhere,
in city, town and country-side the
native desire for those of us who
make the human kingdom what it is
is for a place of permanent abode.
Back from southern isles members of
the feathery tribes are coming to
re-establish themselves or are in pro
cess of re-establishing themselves in
the comfortable little holes in trees
or elsewhere which have come to be
regarded as homes Man’s fine
sensibilities crave for the shelter of
a home—an owned home—which, of
couise is man’s place.
The real estate men are telling us
once more that the time for building
is here. Those of us who have dream
ed dreams along this line do not have
to wait on the realty men to tell us,
for dreams of home always awaken
fresh with the spring. Yet we com
mend the realty men for their
thoughtfulness, since every home
they persuade a man to build means
that much more toward the general
prosperity of the community.
We believe the Vass man who has
delayed building a home for the past
two or three years is going to find
LETTER FROM HOME
“No matter how busy I may be
w’hen the mail comes which brings
my home-town paper, I’ve always got
a few minutes to spare for it,” writes
a former Vass citizen now living in
the city of New York.
We have had many such statements
as this, and we know every one of
them is true. We know that every
man and woman in this community
who was born and reared elsewhere,
likes to get hold of a paper from that
particular part of the country. It is
human nature to want to keep in
touch with old friends and to want
to know what is going on in the old
home county. That is why every
weekly newspaper in this land has
on its subscription list the names of
residents of our larger cities or resi
dents of distant states. They may
not get back home often, possibly
never will again, but they always feel
in their hearts a something, when,
he old home is mentioned, that can
hardly be explained.
Think over your acquaintances and
we dare say you will recall away out
somewhere one who would consider
the weekly visit of this newspaper as
good as a letter from home. He or she
may never get back here, but like
the New York man, they’ll have time
every week to stop and scan the pa
per from the old home town for a
name that’s familiar to them. Think
what such a gift would mean to you
if you were in their place. Think
how joyously you would repeat those
names so dear to you if you saw them
in black and white hundred of miles
away. And then think what an in
significant sum it takes to make
someone just as happy 52 times in
the year as if they were receiving
each week a long, newsy letter from
Friday of last week Cameron was
defeated by the Vass sluggers in the
local garden. Thhe game was an in
teresting one. Cameron owned the
game up to the last half of the ninth
inning when Vass jumped on the
Cameron boys and tied the score, in
the tenth innning the Cameronites
didn’t have a smell-in, but the local
boys smashed out two runs—makng
the score 11 to 9.
Cameron 203022000 0— 9
Vass 101101113 2—*11
Batteries—Thomas and Doss; Byrd,
Griffin and Thomas.
this spring he ideal time to do so. He
is sory now, of course, that he did
not build before the war. But there
IS an equal chance that three years
from now he may be sorry he didn’t
build in 1921. In face of present day
prices and from what we can ‘ read
and hear about building operations
throughout the land, we really and
truly believe that the man who builds
his home this year will be doing a
very wise thing.