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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1297
Fine Roads, Charming Picture
and Busy Workers Now
By BION H. BUTLER,
I spent Monday rambling somewhat
over the new project at Knollwood
where a bunch of men are starting
the foundation work for the new Pine
Neeedl€» Inn on what is one of the
most marvelous sites for the purpose
that could be found in all the world.
The roads are now completed so that
it is possible to drive on a solid,
broad boulevard around the property,
and to see the whole layout from the
Niagara and Southern Rnes hills to
the valleys and the intervening re
gion. The main road can be entered
from its junction at Judge Way’s
house, or from the other junction near
the foot of the hill at the McDeed’s
creek 'crossing, and the smooth spin
over the hill top and into the valleys
is one of the interesting short drives
in this section.
Men and teams are pushing for
ward on the hotel construction. The
site overlooks a dream of scenic
charm. The hotel, when up to its
higher stories will give one of the
When Mary Lindsey
By MISS CONNIE CURRIE
Arose From The Grave
Properly speaking the story of
Mary Lindsey does not belong among
the ‘‘Little stories about the natives,”
for Mary Lindsey was a native of
Scotland rather than this country,
but her story is a story that for gen
erations has made the eyes of the
Sandhill children fairly “pop” with
amazement for *tis a story that has
all the charm of the supernatural,
yet 'tis told for the solemn truth
and so often have we heard it that
we have come to feel that the story
belongs to us.
Cld people will tell you that some
120 or 125 years ago there came to
this section of the country a Presby
terian minister that is known to this
day as the “Rev. Lindsey.” The
“Rev. Lindsey” was from Scotland
(tradition says near Glascow) and
most magnificent panoramas in the j was the son of Mary Lindsey and he
South. Here again comes into prom- owes his fame, not so much*to his
inence that dominating factor of the preaching as to the fact that he was
Sandhills, the pine treee, and it is born after his mother had been buried
doubtful if more pines can be caught
by the eye any place else in the State
than will be in range from the higher
levels of the Pine Needles Inn.
Around the hotel will be the drives,
and they are to be many, and the golf
courses, which will fascinate the
players, and probably help to make
players of many who do not play
now, for thp men who have had te
do with planning and building the
new course, from Leonard Tufts and
Donald Ross, down along the whole
line, including engineers, contractors,
and everybody, have done a complete
job. Possibly the Creator might have
made a better location for just such
a project as this but the probability
is that if He could He didn’t. Hills,
valleys, pine trees, proper climate,
convenience to every modem facility
for comforts among excellent people,
and handy to everywhere.
Starting out from the hotel No. 1
fairway leads down along an inter
esting slope into the lowlands of the
stream. No. 2 comes back up a neigh
boring slope to a point not far from
the hotel. It is an interesting, but
not strenuous drive. Swinning around
the tennis courts No. 3 drops deeper
into the valley, and after crossing
the broad Central drive, prepares for
the troublesome little No. 4, which is
besieged by some difficulties, and
will be talked about before it is as
old as the hills above it. No. 5 skirts
the edge of a pond, and is no mean
proposition, and 6 and 7 offer some
debate to the player who is looking
for a reasonably stiff game. No. 8
is a long swing, with plainer sailing,
and 9 ends near the hotel, where the
player who wants a short run can
check out. No. 10 starts off close by
the Inn and follows around through a
rather instricate field until the final
hole is reached, again near the Inn,
and all the way around from No. 1
to the nineteenth hole the course is
a succrssion of alluring out-door pic
tures, that make the journey worth
while, even though the walker carry
no club and play no game.
Then to make this proposition far
more attractive is the plan by which
building sites have been located all
over the property, flanking the golf
and cross connecting drives. These
courses and the many main roads
locations are placed to make of them
highly desirable home-sites, and
there again the engrineers have done
a good job, for almost any minor
prophet can risk his reputation on
saying that before even the oldest of
us are as old as Methuselah many
fine homes will be established on the
hills that arise throughout the Pine
and had arisen from the grave.
The Rev. Lindsey is said to have
preached at most of the churches
through this section at that time. He
is believed to have preached at the
old pethesda church of near Aber
deen and is known to have preached
at the old Mt. Carmel or McNeill’s
church, twf>. miles from the present
story the old people of today tell, is “Yes, I know,” answered Mary
the story they heard their parents | wearily. “Some one else thought I
and grand parents tell, who in their
turn had heard it from the Rev. Lind
sey himself. The story is as fol
One day Mary Lindsey, who till
that time had been a strong, healthy
woman became desperately ill and de>-
spite all the family and neighbors
could do she “passed away.” Sor
rowing neighbors gathered in and af
ter the usual length of time, they
“laid her away to await the great
The funeral was held late in the
afternoon and by the time the family
had travelled the half mile that they
lived from the graveyard and had
“done up” the night work, ’twas
“gettin’ on” towards bed time. The
night was cold and the father and
children were sitting around the fire
“thinking of going to bed” when sud
denly the little dog, that was lying
by the fire, pricked up his ears, lis
tened a second or so and then rushed
to the door with a joyous bark. The
father, too, had heard a spund—^the
sound of a familiar walk and as
some one stepped up on the porch he
turned to the children with a dazed
look on his face and said:
“If Mary were alive, Fd say that
was dead, too, and dug me up to get
my ring, but when they started to
cut my finger off to get my ring it
woke me up and when I spoke to
them they ran and left me there in
the coffin all alone. *Twas cold there
so I got up and came home.” And she
hovered over the fire trying to warm
her chilled body.
Once again the neighbors gathered
in and the story was told over and
over. Many speculations were made
as to who it was that had tried to
rob the grave but no effort was ever
made to find out. Mary always
thanked them for digging her up, but
but she never forgave them for run
ning and leaving her when she spoke.
She could never understand why if
they were not afraid to dig her up,
they should have been frightened
when she said “Whew, that hurts.”
After a while the strangeness of
the experinece wore off and Mary
Lindsey regained her health and set
tled down to live her life as she had
before A year or more later a baby
boy was bom to her who afterwards
became a Presbyterian minister and
when a young man he came to the
Sandhills of North Carolina to live,
preach and die.
Vass and CommunHy
March 2nd finds us snowed in with
two feet of snow and no prospect of
a let up. This means water in the
wells and, we hope, a good crop year.
Surely Mother Earth will get a drink
this time sufficient to quench hesr
R. P. Beasley, of Apex, is spending
a few days in town, attending to bus
Mrs. Boh Stewart, of near Johnson-
ville, spent a part of last week with
her aunt, Mrs. Ibbie McNeill.
Mrs. Atwell Newell, of LoUisburg,
is a guest in the home of her cousin,
G. H. Simpson.
Mrs. D. A. Smith returned last
week from Manteo, where she had
been for sometime. Mr. Smith, Misses
Agrnes Smith and Vivian Matthews
and Robert Leslie met Mrs. Smith in
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Griffin ar
rived from Andrews, S. C., the first of
the week to spend some time with
Mrs. G. W. Griffin.
Mission Study Postponed.
The meetings for the purpose of
Mission study which were to have
been held in the Vass Methodist
church on Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday evenings of this week have
been postponed. They will be held
next week, instead, and supper will
be served at 6:30 on Tuesday and
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Edwards went
to Raleigh Monday.
Miss Mag Marks spent last week
end at her home near Sanford.
Mrs. J. J. Parker, J. B. Parker,
Clayton Evans and John Gaddy vis
ited in Rockingham Monday.
Miss Louise Black, of the high
school faculty, spent last week-end
at her home in Fayetteville.
In the parlance of the days when
automobiles were a novelty, “Look
Carmel church, on January 23, 1813.
He is said to have been buried at the
old Stewardsville graveyard near
Laurinburg. He seems not to have
had a regular charge but rather was
a travelling evangelist and went all
over the Sandhill section, and the
Like one in a dream the husband
oprned the door and in stepped t^
wife he had buried that afternoon.
“Why Mary,” he gasped in terror,
“we thought you were dead and we
natives, but scattered all over the
Sandhills are old Scotch people that
tell the story and if you begin to
question the veracity of it they look
at you in amazement. Indeed they
seem to see no reason why any one
should doubt it.
“MAMMY’S LIL’ WILD ROSE’’
POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 11.
On account of the unfavorable
weather conditions, the play given
under the auspices of the Epworth
League of The Vass Methodist
church, will be given Friday night,
March 11, instead of Friday night,
The characters in this play con
sist of local talent of proven ability.
Dtiatribution of Loblolly and Short
Leaf Pine Seedlings.
The American Entertainers.
A highly diversified musical and
entertainment program rendered with
genuine artistry wil be an outstand-
As secretary of the Moore County
Board of Conservation and Develop
ment I have received information that I feature of the
there are available from the State j American Entertain
Forest Nursery several thousand
seedlings of loblolly pine and short
leaf pine for distribution to farmers.
These trees will be distributed by the
department at a very nominal cost of
$3 per thousand. They can be ob-
Toy Train Run By Wireless |tained upon application to J. S.
A wireless-controlled toy train has j Holmes, State Forester, Division of
been perfected by an English inven- | Forestry, Raleigh, N. C., and instruc
tor. At a recent demonstration he | tions for planting will also be furn-
operated two engines with cars with | ighed at the same time,
power supplied by a transmitter in | These seedlings are furnished by
the State for the reforestation of idle
lands. An investment in a crop of
pine trees for lumber with the pres
ent price presents a very attractive
appearance and pays good return on
the original investmnt. This is par
ticularly true where lands are lying
idle ai^d whe none considers the prob
able increase in prices for lumber
there is every reason to expect that
such an investment will pay better
than any crop for which the land
could be used, and certainly is more
sure to make a return on the invest
The State Department recommends
loblolly particularly as the best tree
for commercial planting in the cen
tral and northern parts of this coun
the other end of the room. By switch
ing on the transmitter he was able
to start the trains in the same di
rection, stop them within six inches,
and then make them back up.
Needles development is that it is
planned as a whole. It is a bit of
thorough harmony, from the location
to the final drive way, and from the
hotel to the last home that will be
built on the property. It has been
designed with one aim in view, and
which has been to make each sepa
rate featfure correlatee with every
other, and no haphazard experiments
are undertaken, and nothing left to
be adjusted later to fit what has gone
ahead. The general scheme is a fin
ished one at the start, and every
thing that is done is done with
the single purpose of creating what
from the beginning is a perfectly out
lined design for recreation and home-
basis, and with the utmost of agree-
building on the broadest possible
able life in the operation. Nothing is
left to chance in the future. Every
thing as far as can be foreseen is
provided for. A trip to Pine Needles
is worth taking, and will be day by
ers come to Pinehurst on Thursday
evening, March 10, 8:15.
This popular company is composed
of two young ladies well-known in
thj Lyceum field.
Corine Jessop is a mezzo-soprano,
pianist and reader of ability and has
won hundreds of admirers in her
many Lyceum appearances.
Much of her material is original
and is presented with an inimitable
sense of “showmanship.”
Luella Feiertag has a really nota
ble dramatic coloratura soprano
voice. Her singing is dejightful to
audiences everywhere, not only for
the poise and power of her interpre
tations, but for the sweet, true qual
ity of the tone.
Vocal solos and duets, readings,
musical monologs, all go* to make up
an unusually charming program.
Needles golf area and about the Inn.
One reason for the great confidence • .
I have in the future of the Pine | day far into the future.
Hogs owned by 206 farmers this
past year paid $2.05 for each bushel
of com fed, report 17 farm agents
of State College.
Two cars of hogs, containing 118
animals were sold in Richmond last
week by four farmers of Chowan
county. The hogs sold for 12 2-3 and
13 cents per poun4-
Robeson county broke the record
recently when 327 farmers sold 17,-
476 pounds of poultry for $3,769.89
at Lumberton when the poultry car
came to town.
A top-dressing of 100 pounds of
nitrate of soda or 75 pounds per acre
of sulphate of ammonia will make
the small grain grow better this
A group of famers in Beaufort
county sold 2,000 bushels of surplus
com through their county agent.
Seed for planting 95 acres of pas
ture have been ordered by County
Agent C. A. Rose of Bertie county.
spent Sunday with their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. R. Thomas. Hampton
and Elvey, as the people of Vass know
them, are two of our boys who are
making good in the business woiid.
In Tuesday’s News and Observer we
read that J. E. Thomas was elected
president of the American Business
club of Raleigh at the regular weekly
luncheon in the Yarborough hotel *on
Monday of this week. He is connect
ed with the Raleigh branch of the
Burroughs Adding Machine Company.
Mr. and Mrs. Will McNeill and Miss
Ada McNeill, of Cameron, ^ were
among the Sunday guests of Mr. and
Mrs. John B. Cameron.
Miss Jeissie Brooks, of the New
Hope school, Wilson, visited her
mother, Mrs. George Brooks, Satur
day and Sunday.
Mrs. Joe Thomas had as her sup
per guest on Friday evening her
brother, Frank Smith, of Raleigh.
Mrs. Beall and small sons, of Chat
tanooga, Tenn., arrived Tuesday to
visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S.
Lancaster, of Hotel Vass.
Mrs. George F. Moore and little
daughters, Muriel and Georgia, of
Wilson’s Mills, are guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Howard S, Creech.
A. M. Cameron and T. K. Gunter
went to Raleigh one day last week
to see the legislature in action.
Mrs. Lizzie Thompson, of near
Cameron, is visiting relatives in town.
Mrs. Bertie Matthews and son,.
Franklin, and Mrs. George Brooks
went to Cameron Sunday to see Mrs.
Irvin, who was quite ill.
We wish to call your attention to
the sample dewberry crate which J.
M. Tyson has on display in the Vass
Mercantile Dry Goods store. It is
time to think about crates, for dew
berry season is just around the cor
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Atkinson and
son. Tommy, of Southern Pinrs; E. B.
Keith, of Pinehurst; Joseph Hunt
Patterson, of Manley ,and Mr. and
Mrs. W. H. Keith and children, of
Vass, visited their parents and
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J-
Keith, of Cameron route one, Sunday
G. W. Griffin and Frank Northcott,
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