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VOL. No. XXIV, No. 50
Postal Men State They
Are In The Dark As To
Robbery of Mail Truck
DRIVER OF TRUCK
IS SUBJECTED TO
Ralph Colvard, Held For
Investigation, To Be
Following two days of investiga
tion here of the robbery Monday of
the Elkin-Sparta star route mail
truck operated by Dewey T. Mathis,
postal inspectors stated late Wednes
day afternoon that they were no
nearer to a solution of the case than
when they first reached the scene.
This statement was made follow
ing a four-hour cross examination
or Mathis Wednesday afternoon, and
a prior questioning of Ralph Colvard,
of Jonesvile, Tuesday night. Col
vard, who was placed in Jail and held
for further investigation, was to be
released, Dixie Graham, local chief
of police, stated just before The Tri
bune went to press late Wednesday
Mathis was detained for question
ing shortly after noon Wednesday,
the examination by the postal men
ending about 5 p. m.
The robbery, according to Mathis,
occurred near Cherrylane, He
claimed that three men, occupying
a car equipped with Virginia license
tags, held his truck yp at pistol
point and relieved him of a large
amount of money which had been
placed in his custody by McDanlel's
Department Store here for deposit
in the Bank of Sparta.
One of the men remained in the
car, Mathis was quoted as saying,
while the other two proceeded with
the a*ual robbery. Other than the
bank deposit, the amount of which
has not been authoritatively stated,
and Mathis' personal money, nothing
else was bothered, the robbers not
molesting the mail.
Switch keys of the mail truck were
seized, Mathis said, and the robbers
sped away toward Elkin.
Following the robbery, Mathis was
said to have notified Sparta, and
the sheriff of Alleghany hurried to
the scene and took the mail on in
to the Sparta postoffice. County of
ficials and police of surrounding
towns and counties were notified im
mediately to be on the lookout.
Colvard, it is understood, was with
Mathis at the time of the robbery.
The hold-up was staged in a dense
ly wooded spot at the approach of
McDaniel's Department • Store
sustained no loss as a result of the
theft, as Mathis is an agent of the
bank and is bonded to protect "the
Rumors current here Wednesday
to the effect that three men, answer
ing the description of those said to
have staged the hold-up, were ar
rested in Bristol, Va., Tuesday, were
GHOSTS TO RULE
Main Street Will Again
Be Roped Off Gra
As is a yearly custom, West Main
street here, from the square to
Turner Drug Co., will be roped off
next Thursday night for the exclu
sive use of festive spirits who wish
to celebrate Hallowe'en, it was
learned Tuesday from Dixie Graham,
chief of police.
As a usual rule, the street is
blocked each year about seven o'clock
In the evening and the ghosts and
goblins allowed to rule supreme un
til about nine or nine-thirty o'clock.
Traffic is detoured by way of C> lurch
and Market streets.
Chief Graham pointed out that
those wishing to celebrate will be al
lowed full sway provided they behave
in an orderly manner. However,
anyone becoming disorderly, or in
any other way acting in an unbe
coming manner, will be faced with
THE ELKIN TRIBUNE I
Virginia Dairy Queen
RICHMjOND, Va Miss Rebecca
Rice at Fairfax County (above), was
the queen selected to rule over the
Fifth Annual Piedmont Dairy Fes
tival and its feature pageant.
I ATE NEWC
State and Nation
BURGISS TALKS ON
Winston-Salem, Oct. 22. lf
half of the million church mem
bers would stop drinking and use
their influence against liquor,
there would be no problem of re
peal or non-enforcement in North
• Carolina, Cale K. Burgiss, Raleigh
"Dry" leader, told the Pilot Moun
tain Baptist Association tonight.
Mr. Burgiss spoke on "Temper
ance" at the East Fourth Street
Baptist church to a capacity audi
ence. He was introduced by V. H.
Harrell, following his presentation
of a "Report on Temperance."
PRESIDENT ON WAY
En Route With President Roose
velt, Oct. 22.—Finding calmer
seas after a couple of rough days,
President Roosevelt headed into
Charleston, S. C. f harbor tonight
for a quiet anchorage before de
His ship, the cruiser Houston,
turned toward land at nine o'clock
this morning and speeded up to 21
knots as the weather cleared and
the high seas receded somewhat.
Traveling through the gulf stream
for most of the day, President
Roosevelt and his party found the
KILLED TO DATE
London, Oct. 23. (Wednesday)
Twenty thousand Ethiopians and
6,000 Italians have been killed or
wounded so far in the Italo-Ethi
opian war, the News Chronicle's
correspondent at Addis Ababa es
In addition, he said, between
200 and 300 women and children
have been killed or wounded.
Two-thirds of the Italian cas
ualties have occurred among na
tive soldiers. Has Siyoum's Ethi
opian forces OQ the northern front
have suffered the heaviest cas
WPA TO TRACK
* Washington, Oct. 22.—WPA set
out today with a squad of its own
sleuths—known here as "W-Mien"
—ln an effort to track dowi.»
"Our Job is to keen graft out of
the program and we are going to
do it," said Dallas Dort, head of
the works-progress administration
division of investigation in an
nouncing the appointment of 50
"special field agents,"
These new federal agents, work
ing out of Washington and 13
regional offices, will operate both
independently and in co-operation
with other government agencies,
notably the secret service.
ELKIN, N. C., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1935
BIDS ON 20 MILES
SCENIC HIGHWAY TO
BE OPENED TODAY
Entire Stretch of Road
Is In North Car
TO SPEND $4,500,000
Raleigh.—North Carolina's last
trip to Washington for highway
funds may have been worth $500,000,
perhaps more, for today, at Roanoke,
Va., the bids for nearly 20 miles of
road, all on North Caroina's end,
leading into the Great Smoky Moun
tains park will be opened.
The recent trip of Chairman
Capus M. Waynick, of the state
highway and public works commis
sion. to Washington resulted in as
surance of the construction which
is to offered in bids this week.
There was trreat rejoicing when Sec
retary Ickes directed the spending
of about $4,500,000 of the $6,000,000
available in North Carolina. No
park news in many a day has car
ried quite so much jubilation as this
given out today. The North Caro
lina delegation in Congress did a
huge turn fpr the state.
Chairman Waynick announced the
procedure today thus:
"The bureau of public roads has
advertised for bids on two new sec
tions of the parkway in North Car
olina. The bids will be opened at
Roanoke, Va., October 24.
"These projects continue the park
way from the Virginia end toward
Blowing Rock. The first project
was let to contract and the work
started on it September 19th. This
project was for 12 miles from the
Virginia line to North Carolina route
26. The next 7.76 miles will con
stitute the second project to be
let October 24, and will extend
from route 26 to Air Bellows Gap
in Alleghany county. The third pro
jest p.lso to be let October 24. will
extend from the end of the second
project a distance of 10.58 miles to
route 18 in Alleghany county.
"This progress on the undertak
ing is directly traceable to the
success of the efforts of Representa
tive Doughton and others to have
restored the parkway allocation
which had been diverted to relief
work before the passage of the $4,-
000,000,000 bill. Secretary Ickes has
directed that $4,500,000 of the $6.-
000,000 appropriation be spent in
North Carolina in the furtherance of
this work and these two projects are
the first substantial fruits of that
THREE INJURED IN
Miss Viola Norman Suf
fers Cut Throat, Bro
ken L eg In Crash
Three Yadkin county people, two
men and a girl, were admitted to
Hugh Chatham hospital here about
11:30 Sunday night following an au
tomobile accident at poonville in
which the fast light car in which
they were riding got out from under
control and after careening back and
forth across th 6 highway', crashed
into a house.
Joe Smitherman, of East Bend,
said to be the driver, and William
R. Matthews, also of Bast Bend, were
not badly injured. Miss Viola Nor
man, of Boonville, sustained serious
injuries, suffering a badly cut throat,
a broken leg, loss of several teeth
and minor cuts and bruises.
First reports here of the accident
were to the effect that the wrecked
car was racing with another car of
similar make when the accident oc
curred. Later reports stated that
this was not so—that the car failed
to make a curve. It was traveling
at such speedy however, that the
house it struck was said to have been
moved several inches off its founda
The two men have been reelased
from the hospital.
Hayes & Speas Have
New Funeral Coach
In keenins with their policy of
serving this section with the very
best possible, Hayes & Speas, local
funeral directors, have recently
added to their equipment a new fu
neral coach, said to be the very new
est and most modern to be obtained.
The Coach is a Henney Nu-Three-
Way Progress model, which loads
from either side as well as from the
rear. It may also be converted into
an tunbulance and is powered by an
eight-cylinder Oldsmobile motor.
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The $20,000,000 Home of U. S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON,. .. A view of the imposing twenty million dollar
home of the United States Supreme Court, the Corinthian marble temple
erected by the government to house the Justices. At its formal opening this
week it was dedicated to the philosophy of equal justicfe under law.
YADKIN COUNTY MAN
IS KILLED BY AUTO
J. Frank Dinkins Dies In
Local Hospital After
Yadkinville, Oct. 22. —(Special)—.
J. Prank Dinkins, 55, died in the
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital
at Elkin Thursday night from injur
ies sustained Wednesday night when
he was allegedly rim over by an au
tomobile driven, by Carl Peppers, 20.
It is said that Dinkins was in the
road and was struck by the car. He
received internal injuries which
caused his death, according to hos
pital attaches. The accident occur
red near Hollar's store, between
Courtney and Huntsville, about nine
o'clock Wednesday night.
Carl Peoples owner and driver of
the car was accompanied by Homer
Melton. They stopped to render aid
to the hit man and a Mr. Sheek, of
Lewisville passed by, picking up
Dinkins and Melton, bringing them
to Yadkinville where he was placed
in an ambulance for the trip to
fclkin. Melton accompanied him to
the hospital. Peoples, it is said,
turned around and started home, but
wrecked his car before reaching
Peoples and Melton were arrested,
charged with assault and driving in
toxicated. Both were given a
lengthy hearing before Magistrate I.
S. Oroce Tuesday afternoon and were
bound over to superior court under
bonds of SI,OOO each, which were
furnished. Peoples has been in jail
since he was first arrested.
Dinkins was born in Yadkin coun
ty, near Shacktown, and had spent
his life in the county. He was mar
ried to Miss Lillie Wishon 24 years
ago and they have one child. Mrs.
Adeline Boggs, Yadkinville, Route
2. Besides the daughter and widow,
four brothers survive, they being
John, Harrison and Samuel Dinkins,
of Yadkinville, and Mate Dinkins of
Zearing, lowa. Two sisters, Mrs.
Mary Bolin, of Yadkinville, and Mrs.
Rachel Russell, of Hanestown.
The funeral was held Saturday
morning at 10:00 o'clock at Shack
town church and was in charge of
Rev. James Oroce. Interment was
in the church cemetery.
Havana, Oct. 22. Restored
communication lines from Eastern
Cuba, hit-by a tropical hurricane,
tonight brought news of a death
toll of from one to four and dank
ace less extensive than had at
first been feared.
The Helen Observatory reported
however, that the storm stHl was
in Oriente province, northwest of
Santiago, at 7:30 p. m. Apparent'
ly it was making little or no head
A report, not fully confirmed,
reached Santiago that three per
sons were drowned at Caimanera,
Orient province. One woman pre
viously was killed at Santiago.
Twenty-nine persons were re
k" -3 iSS*
Mr. and Mrs. George Royall, Mrs.
E. C. Oder and Richard Franklin
spent Monday in Raleigh, where they
attended the installation services
for the state officers of the American
Legion and Auxiliary. Mr. Royall is
commander of the thirteenth district
of the state.
TEACHERS FETED BY
ELKIN KIWANIS CLUB
Enjoyable Program Is
Staged By Elkin
Faculties of the Elkin and North
Elkin schools were the guests Fri
day at Hotel Elkin of the Elkin Ki
vanis Club. Members of the Elkin
school faculty were in charge of the
During the course of the meeting
a resolution was adopted by the club
asking the state highway commission
to let the contract for the road from
the top of the mountain to Sparta,
at once. It was pointed out that
the present road is entirely inade
quate and that an improved road is
badly needed. In this connection
H. P. Graham and Dr. R. B. Harrell,
representing the club, and Alex
Chatham, were nominated to go to
Raleigh to use their influence to get
the road compile ted.
The program as staged by the Elk
in teachers was highly successful
and enjoyed. It included several
songs by a sextette composed of Miss
Norma Cawthon, Miss Josephine
Paul and Mesdames Fletcher Harris,
Fred Harris, D. C. Martin and Mark
McAdams. Miss Ola Angell accomp
anied at the piano.
One of the highlights of the pro
gram was an interesting talk about
the schools of Japan by Miss Alice
Dixon. Miss Dixon, who is widely
traveled, spent several years in Ja
pan and is thoroughly acquainted
with their system'of education.
In the course of her talk, she
stated that at the time she was there
Japan had fewer illiterates than any
other nation, and that although high
in education they were short on
religion. School children, who at
tend school 10 months of the year,
wear uniforms, she said. Compar
ing the cost of Japanese school books
with American school books, the
speaker pointed out that the Japan
ese books range in price from five to
12 cents in American money.
A number of songs were sung by
the club, including two favorites of
the late Will Rogers: "Old Faithful,"
and "At Home On the Range."
J. Mark McAdams, superintendent
of the Elkin school, and R. B. Black
welder, principal of North Elkin
school, expressed appreciation on the
part of the teachers for the banquet.
Ed Carter, member of the Eustis,
Florida, Kiwanis club, and L. S.
Weaver, of the Jonesville school,
were also guests of the club.
P. O. S. of A. Host To
Wives and Children
The local Camp, P. O. S. of A.,
was host to wives and children of
members of. the order here Monday
night at a meeting held in the Ju
nior Order hall on North Bridge
A talk of welcome was made by S.
O. Maguire. Refreshments and
string music were also on tap.
Sam Gray, a member of the local
high school football squad, sustained
torn ligaments in his knee on the
practice field Monday afternoon. The
young man is confined to his room
ami will probably be unable to be
out for two weeks.
REJECTS PLANS FOR
SCHOOL BLDG. HERE
Must Be Reorganized;
Were Approved By
John Cqmer, county superintend
ent of schools, stated Wednesday
morning that he and John Franklin
carried the plans for the new school
building, which is to be located on
Elk Spur street, to the PWA offi
cials at Chapel Hill and that they
were approved by them, but when
the plans were presented to the
State School Planning and Insur
ance department at Raleigh, they
were rejected with the statement
that the present plans will have to
be re-organized. The county com
missioners have authorized that the
plans be made to comply with the
Mr. Comer also stated that all
text books for the county schools
are available at his office. Books
may be bought at that office, but
those to be rented must be secured
from the principals of the various
The monthly meeting of the prin
cipals and athletic coaches of the
schools was held at Dobson Wed
COURT DISPOSES OF
ONLY A FEW CASES
Mrs. Etta Hooker Is
Awarded Damages As
Result of Wreck
The Civil Court of Surry county
which w%s helci last week disposed
of few other than the Stanley deed
case, in which H. C. Stanley sought
to break the deed of W. E. Stanley
and wife. Approximately 300 acres
of land were involved in the action,
and the court saw fit to uphold the
deed. The .above case consumed
most of the entire week.
The nature of the cases in the two
weeks of court were such that new
cases accumulated faster than they
were being tried, and the docket was
jammed more at the end of court
than at the beginning.
In the suit of Mrs. Etta Hooker
against W. R. Cox in which she
sought damages for injuries sus
tained in an automobile wreck, the
court granted her a judgment of $5,-
000 against the defendant. He took
an appeal to the supreme court.
Divorces granted were as follows:
Elizabeth Gore Kelso vs. William T.
Kelso; Sallie V. Kellum vs. Dave Kel
lum; Etta Bean vs. F. R. Bean; Kate
S. Scott vs. Carliss Scott.
DIES MONDAY NIGHT
Man Suffers Stroke
Russell Draughan, 83, died at his
home in the Mulberry community
Monday night, following a stroke of
paralysis suffered two weeks ago.
The deceased was a highly respected
citizen and a member of the Mul
berry Baptist church.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs.
Martha Jane Draughan, two daugh
ters, Mrs. W. H. H. Walls, Elkin, and
Mrs. J. T. Haynes, Yadkin county;
four sons: George Draughan, Mount
Airy; Joe Draughan, Yadkin county;
Willie Draughan, Wilkes county, and
Crawley Draughan,. Salem Fork. 40
grandchildren and 27 great-grand
children also survive.
Funeral services were held Wed
nesday afternoon at one o'clock from
Mulberry Baptist church and inter
ment was in the church cemetery.
Royall Sworn In As
George E. Royall, of Elkin, named
as district commander of this Amer
ican Legion district, which includes
Winston-Salem, Mount Airy, etc., in
addition to Elkin,- was -sworn in to
office Monday at Raleigh at induc
tion ceremonies which also saw the
installation of all other state offi
It is considered a signal honor to
hold the post Mi 1 . Royall fills, and
the local post feels honored that one
of its members was selected for the