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AND THE' TRYON BEE
Vol. xxv no. 4
C.t-vTiTIVE W. F. SWANN
'mswebs senator cloud.
I.,ittHim to Come Forward
. Detent" and Moses. .of rH,s
I ;ta Administration
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(rough Its Eight Years of Wan
the. Wildernes.s in
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ndline the Public Affairs of
ilk County. .
TRYONI N; C. FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1919.
$2.00 A YEAR
litor Polk County News:
tease allow me space in your pa
lo answer Mr. Cloud's article pub
Id April 25th. I suppose the
Ws of the NEWS, or audience as
(alls it, has time to digest its ar-
and get its full meaning, m
to do that I think we would
to read between the lines. Mr
U you speak of my reference to
acts of your party as suDteriuge
amouflage. That may be - a good
to put it if you choose to use
L terms. I shall not object. You
f i rii' -T j.1 ' 1
ilore the gooa wuroi me pwpic
'stating that you have no quarrel
K members of the opposite party,
declare that you take no pleasure
hewspaper controversy, - and- fur-
V declare that you are only defend-
your legislative record and your
Wv am neienainK anu swiuvunK
the right and justice, in politics
veil as in other matters. I. need
ou ask me-why I did not include in
summary of legislation the act
Regard to depradations of do-
kic fowls. I did not include it for
reason that I knew nothing about
and can not claim credit for this
. If it is placed to my credit it is
'error made by some means. It may
a good taw. I hope it is. . If it is
act that we have it I have no idea
to its application. I believe you
ite after being in the General As
libly a few years ago that you did
know how Polk county got under
primary act'. You tate you no
ltd this chicken act . near the close
the General Assembly.,, I . suppose
i though it agood law at that time,
you would have given the matter
me attention, as you were elected
guard the interests of our people
well as mvself- My mind was not
upied with thoughts of chicken
n, or other legislation of that
I was thinking of bigger
ngs better schools, .and tnany
ter things of more importance In
it I was thinking of the injustice to
tax jayers of the raising of the
aries of the State officials and oth.-
employees of the State, and of the
f eral hundred new positions created
the General Assembly. And in
dition, giving the Governor full au-
pnty to regulate salaries of clerks
d stenographers. One centleman.
pemocrat, when the vote was called
J' on the state prison question said,
Ire you going to raise vthe salaries
the state prisoners ? You had just
veil raise them as you have raised
erybody else." I vas also think-
g of honest election laws, laws that
Nd protect the rights of the people
the ballot box. By the way, did you
PPPort the amendment to 'the abssn--
voters law introduced by Mr. Her-
K of Sampson county, called the
pest absentee voters law bv the
jn. Victor Bryant, of Durham, and
",er leading: Democrat. nf t.ho StatP.
5 they plead for its passage assert
S tnat the Democratic party in the
rie was slowlv dvm
Fthods. derlnrn, v. i
f. nitu, uie pcupie ai v;
jfjnng for justice and right at the
Ut box One eertpmnn n Tlamn.
tu you wno voted against
18 honest, election law. "You are
nd'ng the dath knoll fn fv, hom.
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er aeclarine. "Wo wn v o
iricpj , J1VI MC out-
vnen we spp th
w "" "Ult 111111U1 1 VJf
i-ne maioritir o 1 4-4.
b "HI passed fhn uo ' t.:.l
rem-V, i ixuuac, which was
""CimiTlflr i. rv . i. .
pf0o j n democratic, but was
seated in the Sfpna n:
101-v "ii LK1 yuutjruuc
ft I in f i -
V"witorthe one that came
nS after win; : j
PoikJVi.. trie avenues ana
K wlf fraud? The bill as it
L . 0th hUSes Will in thp revt.
inn y i Practiced m the last elec-
dh -t a voter may
llao BTm T 1 ' Dy hand r mail. It
tay ft'hldes that the sick man may
nd j ,c dau vote, and can even
:hat a w0!1?11 wih the request
lldo.i lV, ?ecast fr him. This
"oea all fVi.- , .
l i Dut it does not
!x bef ,
' Ul Afn, ...
Mr pu . A,lwiedge.
ureeic was a stench m my nostrils,
and - that when ReDublipans madp
gains at other places all was fair
and honest. You are at least partly
right in this statement. It is neith
er astonishing or alarming to see Re
publican gains, from the fact that
men by the thousands are breaking
f atih with the Democratic party all
over the -country; men are 'turning
from prejudices and voting for prin
ciples.. Take for example the citv of
Boston, normally 30,000 Democratic,
nowgiving a Republican majority of
10,000 or more; the city of Baltimore
about the same way. Do you think
you can get much more consolation
fro mthe state of Michigan than from
these cities referred to. In fact look
at the entire elections last November.
In spite of the strong appeal sent out
by the Chief Executive of the Nation
to uphold the administration by re
turning a Democratic Congress., Men
ignored those appeals and voted ac
cording to the dictates of their own
conscience, and elected a Republican
congress by an overwhelming major
ity. The election in Greens Creek
should be a stench in the nostrils of
all men who 'would uphold the dignity
XT J 1 - .
ox wneir country ana Deiieve m a
3quare deal in politics as well in other
matters.- Was there anything wrong
at Greens Creek ? To say nothing of
the particulars of evidence, see these
figures: The' Democratic state ticket
claimed a majority of 33, the congres
sional ticket a majority of 30, and the
county tickt amajority of 120. Did
yorever know a ballot to count out
Mr. Cloud, you state that the copy
of the county home bond bill I have
is not like the bill as introduced by
you. I don't know about that. You
gave me the copy after you introduc
ed the bill. I don't recall the conver
sation you refer to. Will you please
publish the first parts of section one
and all of section four of the bill as
you introduced itv You have, a good
deal to say.aboutj me wanting to refer J
the matter of bond issues to the peo
ple. I still contend that the taxpay
ers have a right to pass on all such
matters.; Lincoln said government of
the people, for the people and by the
people. I endorse thi liberal and
honest spirit and say give the people a
chance to express themselves on all
such matters of taxation. To do this
I think we would have a better gov
ernment, and at the same time it
would stimulate our citizenship. Men
would feel the responsibilities more
keenly, and w.ould take more pride in
the public affairs of their government.
In this patiicular cose you say I
would curry political favors while our
county continues the disgrace of auc
tioning off the poor to the lowest bid
der. Why do we do this ? Your par-
ty had control of the county for eight
years, yet we continue they disgrace.
Why did yu not provide for them
when you had that $10,000 ? The bur
den is on you and your party for this
condition of affairs. You state that
this money was not stolen or misap
propriated. ; According to your ex
planation the money went , exactly
where we expected it did, into the
county funds. This money was bor
rowed under the head of county home
and court house improvements, and
was applied to other purposes. Web
ster says ' to misappropriate is to mis
apply. It looks very- much likeMhis
money was misappropriated. You
mention county funds ' account five
ti-mes: amounting to about $2,000; 1
road funds account $3,113.05; school
funds account $1,030.00; bridge funds
account, $947. 14. Why was this
money applied in this, way when we
had tax levies for all these purposes?
Our school term was not. lengthened,
in fact some of our schools were
shortened, with some of our teachers
waiting for months to get pay for
their services,- As for our own roads,
well they speak for themselves. They
spoke to Judge Long as he rode-over
them. He spoke to the Solicitor and
instructed -him; to secure tWnames of
thp trustees and indict them. The
records will also show what he thinks
of the condition of our court house.
You say you think it is well known
that there was a money deficiency on
account of the county commissioners
taking over some land in. a settlement
with the sheriff. I do not think this
matter is well known. I am sure we
have, tax payers who do not know
about this matter. They have a right
to know about it, and all other mat
tears concerning them as tax; payers.
Why was there a money i deficit .
What right had the county commis
sioners to buy land with the peopica
tion caused temporary embardssment,'
but that the ultimate result was bene
ficial! 1 You say we own "an undivided
one-half interest in -this ' land. . Will
you please tell the taxpayers how
many acres there are .and. how much it
cost per acre ? You say further that
you have no doubt but that this land
could be sold for almost - double the
amount pait "for it. I am glad that
it has increased, so rapidly in value. I
am informed that the former county
board of ,.comniissioners tried to sell
a part of this land" when they were in J
1 such a strain to pay interest on the
county maeotedness, but could not
sell it without a loss and was forced
to raise taxes in order to be able to
meet the emergency. If this land can
be sold for double the amount paid for
it, it seems, to me that I we would be
able to build the county home without
the sale"of additional bonds, by selling
this land nd buying elsewhere at
$20 to $25 per acre, possibly better
suited for the home than the land now
owned by the county, taking the dif
ference; to build the home.
You asked me to rehearse my state
ments before the legislative commit
tee when we were trying the merits of
your jury revisal bill. I am not pub
lishing particulars of evidence in the
contest case now pending in the coun
You. stated tliat when you appeared
before the committee you did not
have any facts in regard to the polit
ical complexion of the jury boy but
that I had. I stated it was $t Dem
ocratic. "I ask you to refresh your
memory on that' pont, as I do not
"Thrrefore, for-the purpose of ex
tending knowledge ?as ; to the financial
standing!, of the county and the tax
levy," We! publish the following state
ment of the . .financial condition' of
Polk county; whijch covers approxi
mately all of the. indebtedness,- except
road bonds. ' ',
1910, unpaid bonds. ... . . . . . .$. 6,560
1913, unpaid bonds. . : .v. . 10,000
1916, bridge bonds; . . . ...... . . 13,000
1916; Poors Ford bridge. C... .. 3,500
1916, school and county note.. 10,000
Outstanding bridge notes. . .. . . 5,50j0
Outstanding warrants; v . . ... ? 2,000
, " - , .. . -$51,500
. .S. H. Slaughter, Chm. Bd. of Com.
Joshua', Hodge, - - ? i
C. C. Owens, . - f .
v J; T. Waldrop, Ex. Chm.
After 'this report was made it was
discovered that the following items
were not included in the report :
L. P. Crawford, county warrants,
$1,46&02 hank interest on road bonds
$2,750,00 making a total of $4,213.02,
raising the total county indebtedness
- Will you give a detailed statement
as to the indebtedness tand name the
monuments for the' benefit of our tax
payers. -.They are entitled to this in
formation. v '
W F. SWANN.
THE DEATH OF MR. WARNER.
ine ianier library will be open-on Mr. George H. Warner died at his
Tuesday and . Saturday afternoons j residence, "Round Hill.' in the sub-
from four to six o'clock, beginning the urbs of Tryon, at one o'clock Thurs-
new hours on June 3rd. day morning.
Mrs. J. W. Kennedy, Mrs. Frank Mr. Warner's krength, Vather than
Cain and Mrs. A. L. Hill attended the his health, had Been failing for some
biennial meeting of Women's Federa- time, and those seeing him as a kind
ted Clubs, at Asheville. , j and devoted host in his own hom
Mrs. W.- T. Lindsey went to Atlanta I could not realize how great an effort
Wednesday! to hp nrPSPTif at. tVi mti. was for him to entertain them.
sical recital of, her daughter, Miss
Mary Lindsey, which occurs June 3rd.
"Hon. T. T. .Ballenger arrived 5 in
Tryon, Thursday, en route to Atlanta
from Raleigh, at the latter place
where he had been in attendance at a
meeting, of the trustees of the A.. &
M. college. 1
A long and very interesting life
closed when our friend passed to new
fields and unlimited possibilities of life
We shall not see that fine white
head again, nor be greeted in that
kind and cordial manner, but every
memory connected with him is
pleasant one, and we , know that th
story of his life would be an interest-
I will be at the Town Hall, Tryon, I ing document. t
N. C., on May 30 and 31, to. list taxes. - Two children survive v him, Frank
11 who fail to list on these days will Warner and Miss Margaret, whost
be listed as delinquent. Delinquents home has been with her father,
are to. be penalized by having their After funeral services at the house
assessmnet doubled. 1 , -
" J. M. BUTLER, Tax Lister.
Mrs. Beach and daughter, Miss Ma
ry G.-Beach, left for their home in
Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Girefrath, of Charles
ton, S. C, have arrived in Tryon for
the summer.-and are . occupyng the
Joyner house, on -Melrose avenue.:
i From the Heart
Our favorite books are . few ; since
only what rises from the heart reach
es it, being taught aud carried on the
tongues of men wheresoever love and
letters jouruey. Alcott.
Polk county has great opportunities for
! live stock raising," dairy -farming; poul-
try raising. We welcome the home
maker, the business man and the man
ufacturer. There are exceptionally fine
openings at Tryon and Saluda for good
hotels. Come to Polk. You will be ac
corded a hearty welcome.
P 0es it toJT rus are . Vd, nor
1 tneir knowl0Ho. KiAnr to buy land with
,vvnn state that his transac
care to be misquoted. I stated very
clearly, that I did not have figures as
to its political complexion, but that it
was my belief that it 'was 3-5 if hot
34 Democratic. You asked me to re
hearse my explanation , as to the nec
essity of a similar bill imgoduced by
myself two years ago I answered
that I did not care to open up those
matters, but if you insisted I would
do it. J stated that the county had
been under Democratic control for
eight years, and that there was prac
tically no debts when your party took
it over, and that there, was some mon
ey inthe treasury. At the end of
eight years of Democratic administra
tion there was an r indebtedness of
$50,000.00 or more with an empty
treasury,, with but very few- monu
ments, so far as I know and that there;
was a suit pending jrowng out of the
mismanagement of the administration
and that it looked like the jury box
was almost solidly Democratic.
Now, Mr. Cloud, since you have de
clared yourself as tlie defender of
your party;. "we ask you to come for
ward as tiieir Moses and lead its ad
ministration through the eight years
of wilderness 'of conducting the pub
lic affairs xrf the county I am inform
de that , when your party took over
the affairs of the county that its in
debtedness.' was a little more than
three hundred dollars and that the
amount' oj noney in the treasury was
more thian li90Cfc00, and as stated be
fore th? i ebtedWss' during the eight
years of., Democratic . mismanagement
had reached the immense sum of oyer
$50,000J,2st here. I give a report
signed : by'-the, board of county com
misioners and Mr. J. T. Waldrop, the
ex-chairman of the former board of
TRYON ROUTE 1.
the remains will be taken to Hartford
where i;hose of his wife were laid
some years ago.
THE SOLDIERS' MONUMENT.
The organization to put through the
matter of a suitable monument in
honor of the soldiers of Polk count v
Mr. W. T. Lindsey has been ap- is progressing. Soon we will be able
pointed couty chairman for the drive to announce the full list of officials
for associate members of the Boy Ifm-tho' eiro .A,,nfv.
Scouts. He informs us that the per- it is proposed to devote the period
sonel of the committee has not been of June 27 to July 4th, for a drive, to
completed, but will be in time for our secure funds to erect the monument,
next issune. The drive is June 8-14. put if von fwi iiTr oV. a.
Mr. Ralph Newman left for Ashe-1 nation before that time, just renlem-
dlle, Thursday, where he has accept- er that Mr. W. A. Cannon, of Lynn,
ed a position in a drug store at. that is treasurer, will rceive your money
place. Mrs. Newman, and the child: and give you a receipt for same. Will
ren follow later. We'are very sorry also publish your name, ' giving the
to lose this family from Tryon. -Mr. amount of your subscription. ' ,
and Mrs. Newman have a host .of It is hoped that every person im
friends here whose best wishes follow I Polk county will contribute some-
himself and family to their new home. I thing to this cause. AH children are
fr1- A ' ;4--4i 1 asked 'to ,donate - the, sum '9ijjtni&,'i ,
pecial meeting of the LanierClub, to . VAti in ao . - . . -
take place at the . Library building j.n ment at Columbus, to be able to say,
Thursday, June 5th, at 3:30 o'clock, p.
m. County Demonstrator Sams will
"I helped to build that."
The unveiling of the monument will
be present and address the members. Qn Friday, .October .10th,
the last .day of the Fair, provided'
enough money is contributed to com
plete the work by that time.
Send in your contributions.
A MUSEUM FOR TRYON.
The weather being so unfavorable
the quarterly meeting was not very
largely attended, although the church
went "over the top"; in the centenary
drive. I say what a blessed privilege
for all to help rebuild the world in
Little Alvin Pack was taken to
Rutherfordton hospital to .be treated
Misses Octa and Lillian Pack are
home for their vacation, from Saluda
Seminary. ; ' . V ;
Let's try to get the Jsoldier boys
who have been over seas, to give some
brief experiences and trials of oversa
warfare. Probably would be more
entertaining than anything we could
have at the glorious fourth. .
Children's day exercises will be
held at Bethlehem, Mill Spring M. E.
church, June 8th, second Sunday, and
a welcome s extended to all.
.COLUMBUS BAPTIST CHURCH..
Mr. Sams has avery important mes
sage for the ladies of Tryon,1 and we
hope every one will attend who pos
Read the announcement of Tax Su
pervisor Gash in, another section of
this naperw He is very desirous of
everv person in the county fully un
derstanding the provisions of the new While no one has taken advantage
assessment Jaw, so if you T will but of the invitation given in our last is-
rowrpt it. I sue to discuss the proposition of a
IICVU AMD 1VVUV0V J V AAA. ww awqavv
Dr. Charles N. Queen, Dean of At- museum for Tryon, we have been con
lanta Theological '.Seminary will gratulated by a large number of per-
m-AarV, riPxt Sundav. June 1st. at 11 sons on our attitude .in .the matter,
a. m.., in the Congregational church, and given to understand that they
All who heard him preach before, will were wth Us in the matter.
want to hear him aeain. All invited. The proposition is simply this: The
, - iTjinier Cluh of Trvon ia romnosed of
We are under lasting obUgationsto the progressive) wide-awake ladies of
Mr. W. iv. Mcr ariana, 01 iryon; xor .
4 V,c orHnln t, VtiRtnrv nf Pft t w w -J
mo i "vii. " J '- tit 11 . m in 1 m.
county. This article was written and 7 can ior . iiyoiu we ao no.
appeared in thePOLK COUNTY
NEWS on October 16, 1895, the ipa-
per at that time being just twenty-
five weeks old. Mr. McFarland is
probably the best posted person mow
say this in a flattering way, for it is
but the simple truth and we are al
ways ready to give credit where cred
it is due.
This Club has done great things for
living in the county on the arlyj his- . T - i ....
Mmo wi rHri inc things. The Lanier Library building
is the center of all social activities in
tory of the same. His article ending
October 16, 1895 brings to mind many
changes -which have taken place in
Polk county since that , date. -I The
present condition of affairs point j to a
better county, and when the history
of the countyj twenty-five years from
now shall be written, no doubt ' the
changes will be much greater and for
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SALVATION ARMY DRIVE.
' Preaching first, second - and. third
Sundays in each month. Sunday
school at 10 :30 o'clock. W. M. U.
meets Sunday "afternoon at 4 o'clocn.
A B. Y P. U. will be organized next
Sunday evening for the young people.
Everybody .invited to these services;
A cordial welcome to every visitor.
E. J. JONES, Pastor. .
Curiosities of , the Calendars '
It will be found that January atirays
begins on the same day of"; tbewrekr
as October. " arid the same Is true: of
April and : July, September and Decem
ber. Again February, March and No-
Polk county kept up its reputation
for work in the Salvation Army drive,
which closed Monday. W. F. Little,
chairman of tlje drive turned over the
subscriptions to a committee of three
for audit' Wednesday. Their, report
now on file with Mr. Little shows; cash
collected $444.30, being 44.30 in excess
of the quota. The committee found
no expense against this fund so every
penny subscribed will go to the Sal
vation Army. The committee, found
that the chairman, paid all the ex
pens of the drive. The, Polk County
News contributed a vast amount of
space and advertising space was con
tributed-by a' Tryon; firm. The suc
cess of this drive isdue to the efforts
of MaS Irene Flentye, Ciairman of
the woman's committee, the Tryon
rBoy Scouts, Mrs. J. M. Lewis, Mill
namhor o 1 on ha(Hn nn tlta ca rrvo Hut tt
.,wi, rr, i. ni. nA I Sunn?. Dr. G. R..Little, Saluda and
In years of 365 days. M. Georgion, Greens Creek.
... . -
Tryon, and the membership of the
Lanier Club has always stood for the
right on every public question. It is
a law as old as time itself, and one
that can not be disputed, namely, that
no person or organization can stand ,
still. You must either progress or
retrograde. The Lanier Club owns
its own library building, and is out .of
debt. It is for this organization to
take up. this matter - of - providing a
suitable permanent home for tha
museum. Already there is enough
material to do justice for a creditable
showing for a city of 100,000 popula
tion, much less of a town, of 1200.
If the Lanier Club will but grasp the
opportunity and provide a suitable,
permanent? home for. the Tryon Mu
seum, then that body of ladies will
have done one of the best of all their
many good deeds. ? . , -
Both the town and the Club is just '
starting out under a new administra
tion. What a monument it would be
to both, if they would but join forces
and put this important movement
through to a succesful, termination-
" The POLK COUNTY NEWS wants
an' active agent in every township in
Polk county. We will make any per
son an attractive proposition' who will ...
solicit subscriptions for us. -Write ua.
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