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Devoted to the Upbuilding of Vass and Its Surrounding Country
VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22,1922
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Misses Minnie and Bonnie Muse
who have both been ill with influen
za at Roberdell, where they teach,
arrived home Tuesday afternoon and
will remain throughout the holidays.
Christmas ain't what it used to be.
Not by a jugful.
The correspondent greatly appreci
ates the neat and useful little book
let, “Just a reminder from The Pilot,
Vass North Carolina. ’Lest we for
The Presbyterian Sunday school
will celebrate with a Christmas tree
on Monday afternoon, December 25th.
There will be a Christmas tree at
the Baptist church on Tuesday night.
December 26th, at 7 o'clock.
The oyster supper given by the
high school girls and boys at the
school building on Friday evening was
a decided success.
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Tally left, last
Thursday, for Rhode Island to spend
the Christmas holidays with their
children, Mr. and Mrs. June Tally.
Mr. D. W. McNeill made a busi
ness trip to Greensboro last week.
Mr. Cone McPherson, tall and hand-
some, straight as a cedar of Lebanon,
arrived Monday morning from David
son to spend the holidays at home.
Mr. J. W. Rogers is working with
the Lee Furniture Company during
Being indisposed from a very se
vere cold, Rev. M. D. McNeill was un
able to fill his appointment at the
Presbyterian church Sunday night.
Mr. A. C. Ray, layman from Greens
boro was expected to fill his place,
but failed to arrive, possibly from the
jncJement weather and bad roads.
3Ir. 1. E. Goodman is quite ill of
Mr. Charles Loving came over from
Sanford to spend Sunday at home.
Mr. Ernest Hartsell, of Norfolk,
IS home for the Christmas holidays.
A* o' Sanford, was a
guest, Sunday, at the Greensboro Inn.
ij ^^^^stmas spirit of giving
would be more hearty and sincere if
we were not called on to give, the
whole year round.
Saturday night, just after Mr. Gaf
fing, who is the new third trick op-
eiator, had *gone on duty, hearing
some one behind him, he looked
around to find he was covered with an
automatic in the hands of a negro
man who told him to hand over his
gun and that roll of money in his
pocket. Mr. Gaffing replied he had
neither, whereupon the man began
pockets and found
He then told him to open the
safe; Mr. Gaffing replied that the op
erators did not know the combination,
and added, ‘‘You have the drop on
I can not punish you, but
the law will.” The negro replied “The
law will punish me, will it?” and fired
nis gun at the operator, the bullet
p'azing his side. Mt. Gaffing said
he had presence of mind enough to
lall as though he was killed. The
negro then grabbed Mr. Gaffing’s over
coat and made his escape. The over
coat was found next morning on a
box car by Mr. Milton Thomas. Mr.
'jamng who is a westerner and has
only been in Cameron a few weeks
described the man as being a ginger
cake color, and weighing about 150
pounds; and thinks he would recog
nize him if he saw him again.
Mr. Milton Brewer, of The Vass
was in town last week handing
out some handsome calendars, 1923
Camp Fire Girl.
Mr. and Mrs. Kroom and little
daughter, of Sumpter, S. C., are on
visit to Mrs. Kroom's grandparents,
and Mrs. Neill A. McNeill.
‘hisses Mamie and Kate Arnold and
* 1- iom Arnold, motored to Fayette-
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c i-i RI s nr M A.S
Again the spirit of Christmas is in the air. There is
a softening of hearts one toward another; there is
a new flash of happiness in the eyes; a new firmness is
felt in the grip of our daily handshakes; something again
seems to whisper to us that we are in the midst of a
season so sacred that it is not to be compared with any
other time of year.
From that time almost two thousand years ago when
the One whose birth we are soon to celebrate stood upon
the Mount and gave to humanity a new rule— a Golden
Rule—^the approach of Christmas finds the whole world
with a song upon its lips. Men may war against men;
disease may sweep vast sections and the grim reaper
may swing his scythe with an unfailing hand, yet the
approach of Christmas brings back joy to the hearts of
the stricken, bolsters them up for whatever fate may
have in store, and makes them, for the season, as light
and happy-hearted as the children who romp about our
There is something about the Christmas season it has
not been given man to understand. Changed conditions,
a greater desire to live and to be of service to those
about us; a hope and a prayer for greater blessings of
health and prosperity for all humanity—these fall upon
us in a shower along about this time each j^^ear, and yet
we pass through it still unable to fathom its mystery.
We know, somehow, some way, that it is the spirit of
the Master of all Mankind coming into our hearts—we
seem to feel that His smile is being shed upon us, and
that we are receiving a benediction of happiness which
fills our hearts to the fullest.
With the arrival of the Yuletide season once again we
want to take this method of thanking in our own feeble
way all those to whom this greeting may come for the
cheer and helpfulness they have passed on to us during
the year soon closing. We want to hope that this has
been a prosperous and happy year for them—we want
to extend to them our prayer that the year to come may
be equally so. We are passing this way but once. If we
have said or done that which would in a measure return
the kindnesses shown us, we are glad. If we can say or
do in the future the things that will lighten the heart
of those about us, we shall be happy.
May providence continue to shield and bless you and
yours. May your Christmas be a happy, a merry, a
contented one. And may you be spared to celebrate many
more of them.
GARDEN SOILS NEED HUMUS
“A fertile soil is the basis of a
good garden,” says Frank E. McCall,
garden specialist, of the North Car
olina Extension Service. One of the
best ways to build up this fertility
is by adding humus or organic mat
ter to the soil.
Mr. McCall finds that the lack of
farm animals in the State causes a
decided shortage of barnyard manure
and for that reason leaves or 'woods-
mold should be used. A good idea
for the prospective gardener would
be to gather the fallen leaves, place
them in piles and permit them to de
cay. A better compost is formed
when the leaves are mixed with barn
yard manure and soil. A combination
that Mr. McCall has found quite ef
fective can be made up of five parts
of leaves, one part of manure, and
one part of soil. The gardner should
allow this mixture to stand for a
season and then work it into the soil.
Not only will this compost add the
necessary humus but it will also add
some other fertilizing elements as
well. When this organic matter has •
been added to the soil, larger amounts
of fertilizers can be used with profit.
THE CO-OPS END A RECORD
SANDHILIS KIWANIANS HOLD
The Sandhills Club of Kiwanians
held its second luncheon Thursday of
last week at the club house in Pine-
hurst and was even more enthusi
astically attended than the firet one.
Several members who had been un
able to attend the first meeting were
present and were initiated with the
spirit of Kiwanis.
After the excellent luncheon serv
ed by the club had been given suffi
cient attention by everyone the presi
dent of the Kiwanians, Dr. Mudgett,
turned to the program of the meet
ing over to Talbot Johnson. Frank
Buchan’s Peerless Sandhills Quar
tette, whifch, on investigation, proved
to be a quintette, led the club in sing
ing several old melodies and render
ed one selection as a specialty.
After the quintette had done their
best, Mr. Johnson said that Frank’s
crowd were pretty ^od but that he
believed he could pick' any four Ki
wanians out of the crowd who could
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TWO INJURED WHEN TRAIN
E. - A. Hannon, was seriously and
possibly fatally, injured, and Ralph
Ritter was painfully bruised, and re
ported to be suffering from shock,
when a Ford truck in which they
were riding was struck and demolish
ed at a street crossing in Southern
I Pines by Seaboard Air Line north-
I bound passenger train No. 4 with
Engineer John Robertson, of Raleigh,
at the throttle. Eye-witnesses assert
that the truck was trying to beat the
train to the crossing. The accident
took place about 9:35 a. m. Monday.
That both occupants of the truck
were not killed outright seems a
mystery. The truck was hurled sev
eral feet in the air and almost com
pletely demolished. Both the injured
men were pinned beneath the wreck
age of the truck. They were rushed
to the James McConnell Hospital,
where Hannon was found to be suffer
ing from a fracture of^ the fistula
bone, fractured ribs, broken ankle and
probably internal injuries. Ritter
Co-operative marketing rides to the
close of 1922 on the flood tide of suc
Nation-wide recognition of the
benefits of co-operative associations
which include a half a million farm
ers was voiced last week in the Wash
ington Conference of co-operatives
from all sections of the United States.
Carl Williams, president of the Amer
ican Cotton Growers’ Exchange, de
clared this confidence the most im
portant move in American history for
the benefit of the farmer.
President Harding, Secretary Her
bert Hoover, Senator Capper and Eu
gene Meyer, director of the War Fi
nance Corporation, paid tribute to the
work of the co-operative associations.
Following last week’s second pay
ment by the North Carolina Cotton
Association, members of the Tobac
co Growers’ Co-operative Association
throughout Eastern North Carolina
double their cash receipts this week
on all tobacco delivered by December
first to the Association. A second
payment to all members of the To
bacco Growers’ Association in the old
belt will follow on all deliveries made
up to December 20th as soon there
after as checks can be made out and
A third cash payment to the or
ganized growers of South Carolina
will be distributed after Association
members in Virginia and Western
North Carolina have doubled their
money on all deliveries for 1922.
With larger crops this year than
last, tobacco farmers in three states
have received more for their tobacco
than in 1921. In North Carolina and
Virginia, November'sales have shown
a gain of three dollars per hundred,
while the Sorth Carolina growei's
have practically doubled ‘ last year’s
With the orderly marketing of both
tobacco and cotton by thousands of
farmers through their co-operative as
sociations in the Carolinas and Vir
ginia, the tide of prosperity is rising
as the growers adopt and use the
methods of big business to success
fully sell their products.
was reported suffering chiefly from
minor bruises and shock and was able
to be taken to his home last night.
Both the injured men were from Pine-