By J. C. R.
SIGNS OF SPRING
At the horseshoe counter of Cottrell's
Quick Lunch establishment sat
the Won VI- 1
. . . iiia nearay giiLs
- immersed in authoritatlve
jjfeWBWMili cerebellum hum^
ifei min? Noughts
?| of fishing holes and
j| ff budding crocuses and
p >1 sunny, cloudless
f "iaL: ?J 9 cs - thoughts
J9 aroused by the gloria
- 7?? ious vernal season.
Through the door<
vvay ?t Mr. Cot >
JBl troll's self - styled
L ' rfsBfe. _I "joint" drifted a ra;
diar.t image, blood J.
C. R. cousin, surely, to the
goddess Venus ... a sunny-haired
baby draped in gossamer garments.
A. male of the lounge type stalked
possessively at her side ... a narrowchested
collegian in baggy pantaloons.
SMgjgMg * * * *
They draped themselves on a couple
of stoods, this lady of splendor,
this sub-ordinary youth . . . and j
they voiced a craving for hambur- j
ger sandwiches. The lady smiled !
ictcliingly at the morsel laid before
her . . . with delicate fingers she
lifted the lid of the sandwich ... a
generous libation of mustard was
caused to take its nlnoe r?r? th?. ir?v?r_ !
ly mound of ground bull, et cetera,
even as a golden crown. A pair of
big blue eyes, fringed with dark
lashes, longingly surveyed the cul- |
lfnary scene . . . rubicund lips
twitched expectantly . . a perfectly-molded
bosom rose and ebbed in
sheer ecstacy . . . nostrils of Helenic
origin quivered as the tempting aro
ma of this heavenly hodge-podge
arose to greet them.
* * *
And then came the first bite ... a
large one. if you please . . . glistening
incisors and molars, and ordinary
teeth . . . faultless as South Sea.
pearls . . . bore down oil the succulent
offering. A sort of peaceful, all'swell-with-thc-world
on the fair lamb's "map" as she
consumed the hamburger ... as she
ordered another, and likewase began
a brand-new attack. Over his coffee
cup the Sketch Man forgot his nottoo-many
lessons in etiquette ... he
allowed curious eyes to stare at the
feminine diner, to stare and "stick"
. . . and the blonde dream became
aware of the boorish action . . her
cerulean orbs, soft puddles of tenderness,
were raised from the platter . . .
they flickered just a trifle as they engulfed
he who pens this drivel . . .
and she smiled . . . divinely!
* # * *
The feast was over . . . milady
of the hamburgers arose from her
three-limbed stool . . . she stood before
a mirror and dabbed a fresh
coating of powder on her cute little
sehnozzle . . . added a touch of carmine
to lips already the hue of
pigeon's blood . . . stooped, beguilingly,
to adjust a strap which closea
shapely ankle. And, as
she and her puny consort flitted
awav through that nortion of the
temple which swings on hinges . . .
ah, me! . . . another honey-coated
smile coaxed distracting dimples to
the fairest face, surely, on Doctor
Dougherty's State College campus!
? * *
The senile heart of the Sketch Man
bounded within his bosom, turned a
couple of somersaults . . . his hat
was dragged to a jaunty angle, a
mussv tie was properly adjusted, his
scrawny chest expanded in hn-man
fashion . . . and the words of an old
love song trickled from his lips as
he sauntered away toward the print
shop! SPRING! . . . season of bluebirds
and sap-heads . . . that's what
it was! . . . glorious Spring!
"GATE TO HAPPINESS TO BE
GIVEN AT ELK LAND SCHOOI,
"The Gate to Happiness," a comedy
drama in three acts, will he given at
Elkland High School on Saturday
night, March. 30, at 7:30. This play
will be presented by the ninth grade.
"The Gate to Happiness" is rich in
all those qualities that make an audience
laugh and cry and-sympathize.
A small admission fee of 10c and
15c will be charged. The public is cordially
Mr. John H. Norris celebrated his
86th birthday on Sunday, March 21,
with a bountiful birthday dinner atj
the Norris home in East Boone. Those I
attending were Mr. and Mrs. Joe,
Cooke, Dr. and Mrs R. K. Bingham,
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Norris of Boone;
Mrs. Martha Moretz, a sister of Meat
Camp, who is 83 years old; Mr. and
Mrs. McCoy Moretz, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Norris, of Charlotte.
Mr. Norris, who is one of Watauga's
most popular citizens, is enjoying
good health, despite his great age.
ORRIN GAITHEK PASSES
Orrin Gaither, 38, died at a North
Wilkesboro hospital on Tuesday evening
of last week, following an illness
of two days. Funeral and burial was
at Miller's Creek Methodist Church
Mr. Gaither had many friends in
Boone and Watauga, having resided
itera for ?weral months some years
ago, where he was a partner iu liar
ris Brothers" store. A number of local
people attended the funeral.
j VOLUME XLV1. NIIMRFR so
General Hugh Johnson
Swaps Sword for Pen
Former NRA Chieftain Now
In Newspaper Work.
NEW YORIC?Gei^? ral Hu.<:h S.
Johnson (above), sold'er and former
NRA chief, has joined the
ranks of American newspapermen,
| to produce a five-hundrcd-word
column, six days a week. He will
write on current topics, it is said.
WILL SPECIALIZE IN
Forsner County Agent Purchases
Mountain Acreage for Production
The production of certified seed Irish
potatoes in commercial quantities,
is the proposal of Mr. O. B.
Jones of Hendersonville, who last
week closed a deal with S. C. Eggers,
local realtor, for 240 acres of land,
Ivinrr in tho T iwol" oor-tfrm r?f
the Rich Mountain area.
Mr. Jones, who has been engaged
in county agent and agricultural instruction
throughout most of his adult
life, says he has round that Watauga
County is the best place in the
Stath lor the growth of seed potatoes,
and this condition prompted him to
purchase the boundary. Tests, made
over a five-year period at State College,
says Mr. Jones, indicate that
Watauga-grovvn seed "have the edge"
011 tubers grown elsewhere.
Mr. Jones expects to plant seventyfive
acres this pring and has made
arrangements for his plowing to be
done by tractor. It is furtner stated
that the yield this year has already
Doughton Ca?ls t etc for
Vinson Bonus Measure
WASHINGTON, D. C.-Congressman
R. L. Doughton, of the Ninth
North Carolina District, voted for the
Vinson bill in the lionus battle in the
House of Representatives last week.
The Vinson bill had the support of
the American Legion, and was reported
favorably to the House Ways and
Means Committee, of which body Mr.
Doughton is chaii xiioi't.
Three major bonus bills were voted
on by the House: First, the Vinson
bill, introduced upon the request of
the American! Legion and supported
by that group of veterans. This bill
received the support of the Ways and
Means committee and the vote of Mr.
Doughton. It calls for the immediate
payment of the adjusted-service certificates
of the veterans of the World
War, to be financed as other obligations
of the Government are met. This
bill was defeated by a small margin.
The second measure was the Patman
bill, calling for the immediate
payment of the adjusted-service certificates
to World War veterans with
"printing press money." This measure
was designed primarily to bring
about inflation rather than obtain
payment of the bonus to assist the
veterans, it was charged. President
Roosevelt ana ieuders of the House
and Senate have openiy expressed opnnsition
to this measure, declaring it
would bring financial chaos to this
country, should it try to pay its debts
with printing press money. This bill
passed the House in defiance of the
threat of a Presidential veto.
Although opposed to the Patmar
bill. Mr. Doughton used his influence
to bring out a rule to make it possible
for it to be considered on the flooi
of the House.
The third measure was the TydingsAndrews
bill providing for the payment
of veterans' aujuotcd cervic*
certificates in coupon bonds of th?
United States equal to their present
face value with interest at the rat<
of three per cent per annum, frorr
January 1, 1936, to January. 1945. Mr
Doughton also voted for this meas
Tire after the Vinson bill was defeat
ed. It is believed that the Tydings
Andrews bill will form the basis o
compromise of the bonus question
Mr. Doughton. as a conferee of th
ilouse, will be in a position to use hi
influence to work out the best possi
ble bill for the veterans.
1 . 1VI 11 XI
inucjiciiucnt weeKiy iNew
BOONE, WAT AUG/
PASSED BY THE
Senate to Get Money Measure
Early This Week. McDonald's
Plan Badly Defeated.
LOWER HOUSE DISCUSSES
Proposal to Abolish Office of Commissioner
of Bunks Is Defeated.
Many New Bills Introduced
In Drawn-Out Session.
By M. R. DUNNACAN
RALEIGH. N. C.?The 1935-37 RevIenue
bill, including the three per cent
sales tax and without exemption,
passed its first reading and main hhrdle
in the House of "Representatives
1 Friday afternoon, on its second reading
at a midnight session the sajne
night, and on its third reading Monday.
the speed used being to get it
to the Senate early this week for its
After one of the most hectic legis-l
lative weeks in many years the bill, |
as passed in the House, is in almost
the same form in which it was int.ro-j
Iduced two months ago and in which
it was reported out of the joint com-i
jmittee two weeks ago?which means
j that, it has been changed in only a*
few respects from the bill written!
ami approven ov tne Advisory Budget
Commission and Governor Ehringhaus.
It will ' almost" or may actually
provide revenues needed for the
appropriations bill which the House
is expected to take up and make short
work of this week.
The course ofj the bill starting in
the House the first of last week and
i to wiiicti lwu ocooicr.c doily v.'?r?
| voted, was one of the most unusual
legislative phenomena in the State>
history. As the week started the McDonald-Lumpkin
bloc, seeking to increase
corporate taxes and eliminate
the sales tax, gained much momentum
Tuesday and Wednesday in which
days it wrote into the bill in the form
of amendments almost all of the McDonald-Bumpkin
Administration Forces Take Charge
Thursday, however, the day started
willi reversals and at the end of th$t
day the bloc had lost practically every
inch of ground it had gained. The
bloc had a comfortable majority the
first two days, but lost control Thursday
and by Friday was in complete
rout by the so-caUe<l atimiittajjratu&i'
forces, headed by Chairman R. Gregg*
Cherry, of the Finance Committee, j
who gained full control. Majorities'
that increase from six to eight per
cent the tax on gross revenues of
power and utilities companies, telephone
companies, and increased inI
suranee, and chain filling station and
chain store taxes had to lot the increases
be removed Thursday and
The first object was to remove the
sales tax. and failing- that, to reduce
it to two per cent, and failing that,
to put bark the exemptions on basic
food items. The first test Friday was
the Douglas of Wake amendment to
take out the sales tax and substitute
a tax on tobacco and tobacco prodjucts.
It was voted down. to 33. The
Carr of Duplin amendment to reduce
the sales tax to two per cent was lost
51 to 43. The Williams of Hyde
amendment to exempt about the same
rood items as are now exempted lost
by a 56 to 41 vote. Then the sales tax
article of the bill was adopted 55 to
This was all done in the House opjerating
as a committee of the whole.
Al the end of the voting the committee
dissolved and the Revenue Bill
was adopted by the House in regular
session, the second and third readings,
one at the midnight session, sol
as to pass it on another day, the miruj
? Monday, were perfunctory. The fight I
had ended in the House and the scene
shifted to the Senate, while the House
takes up this week the Appropriations
Adjournment in Three Weeks
Action last week indicates that adjournment
may be reached in three
weeks, although it will probably take
four weeks. Several important matters
are yet to be attended to, in addition
to the Appropriations bill. The
Hill liquor bill, in the Senate Finance
Committee for several days, is one of
The Senate, while the House was on
the Revenue Bill, cleared its calendar
in readiness for the Revenue measure.
! It disposed of several measures last
week. It limited hours of work in
State institutions to 12. passed the
photographers bill, the bill to allow
organization of district health departi
ments, and others. The Senate Judi(j
ciary 2 committee reported "without
I j prejudice" the five per cent beer bill,
: j after a lengthy hearing Friday. Bills
I to increase salaries of State Treas
'lurer and Commissioners of Insurance,
Labor, Agriculture and Utilities were
sent back to committee.
Bilis to abolis.i and transfer the
Commissioner of Banks to the Utili
ties Commissioner and limit to two
the State bank examiners were unfa
vorablv reported. The automobile 11:
cense plate cost bill was set for this
t week in the Senate. The bill to inoci
culate ajl dogs against rabies was
> passed after amendments.
Bills introduced during this session
- reached 1200, of which 466 had been
- either ratified or ordered enrolled for
- ratification Saturday. Last week 20
f public bills and resolutions were ratil
fled, and 90 local bills. Public bills
e of general interest ratified last week
s are as follows:
An.cr.d law on fees for registering
(Continued on Page 3)
spaper?Established in th
l COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
Dime Store Ror
| Heiress to Wool worth
i NEVV^YORK.?The Simc-^ore ^ci
j the Wool worth millions, is through wj
Alexis Mdivani. At least so she sai
from England to New York to ask
I years ago. She says they are partin
i a penny will be settled on trie Princ
shortly after their marriage.
TO BE SUBJECT
pAplouatior. o? Old A tie
Pension System to Be Given
at Courthouse April 3.
The old-age pension bill, recently
; introduced in Congress and known as
the Townsend Plan, will be explained
i to the people of Watauga County at
the courthouse Wednesday, April 3rd,
at 1 o'clock p. in., the meeting to be
i in charge of W. B. Fisher of Andrews,
N. C.. State manager for the
I old-age retirement proposal.
Mr. Andrews, in making the announcement
of the Boone meeting
states that thirty-five million voters
|&&ve already sent in petitions but
that more are needed, and all are
asked to sign. The bill, as is generally
known, provides that the Government
pay to all citizens who have
reached the age of 60 years, $200 per'
month for the remainder of their j
lives, upon these conditions: that the
job held, if any, be given up to the
younger unemployed and to spend the
vituir amount, ui un: jicuaiuii cvri,y ;
Mi . Andrews insists that there be j
a large attendance in order that lo- j
cat people may be familiarized with
the 'Pension and Business Recovery
141 Students on Honor
Roll at Appalachian
The honor roll for Appalachian
State Teacheis College for the Winter
Quarter has just been posted bv
Prof. J. T. C. Wright, head of the
Mathematics Department. To be
classed in this group is a distinctive
honor at Appalacliia. Among other
things it requires creditable conduct
and average grades from 90 to 100 r/r.
One hundred and forty-one students
out of an enrollment of 1016 are
classed as honor students. They come
from forty-six counties and from six
states. Watauga's re!! is ss follows:
Ray Stike, Carmon Stuart, Mrs.
Lillian C. Abrams, Ollie Jean Coffey,
Homer Eggers, James Farthing,
Ralph Hagaman, Roy Greene, Mrs.
W. M. Hunt, Mazie Jean Jones, Dale
Keller, Mrs. Beulali Lyerly, Banner
Miller, Winton Rankin, George Sawyer,
Karl Sawyer, Virginia South.
Helen Stanberry, all of Boone.
Frances Farthing, Valle Crucis;
Hal Farthinir. Sufrar Grove: Mattie
Lou Harmon, Vilas; Muriel Hodgson,
Meat Camp; Edward Love, Sugar
Honor Students Named
At Bethel High School
A "Who's Who" roster of Bethel
High School's ranking students has
just been announced by Prof. A. L.
Eggers, principal. Here they arc. the
pupils of the four classes who have
made the highest averages in various
subjects during the first six months
of the term:
English I, Betty O'Neal; English IT,
Almeta Norris; English 3TI, Kathryn
Sherwood; English IV, Adlee Walker.
Mathematics I, Elizabeth Kincaid;
Mathematics II, Almeta Norris.
History I, Betty O'Neal; History
II, Edward Clay; History III, Genevieve
Sherwood, junior, and Adlee
waikci, junior; History TV. Buster
Wilson, junior, and Adlee Walker, senior.
French I, Kathryn Sherwood, junior,
and Mae Lawrence, sophomore.
General Science. Betty O'Neal; Biology,
Edward Clay, sophomore, and
Hattic Vines, senior; Geography,
Kathryn Sherwood, junior, and Adlee
The average daily attendance for
the first six months of the term is
63.5 in the high school.
ie.Year Eighteen Eighty-E
THURSDAY. MARCH 28, 1935
nance on Rocks
Millions Will Divorce
Alexis Mdivani. j
- i1 r i
^ ' "-V <, ^ .J&L
'. vy ' ' l
ress, the former Barbara Hutton of
ith her husband, the Georgian Prince,
el while making ready to sail alone
for divorce. They were married two i
g "the best of friends" and that not I
e. Photo shows Prince and Barbara,
R. F. COFFEY DIES 1
Engineer at College Succumbs to |
Two-Weeks iiiness. Funeral
After a two-\veek3 illness, Robert
| F. Coffey, 3b, prominent Boone citijzen
and churchman, died at the Baptist
Hopsital, Winston-Salem, Sunday
morning. The immediate cause of his
death was given as spinal meningitis.
Funeral services were conducted at
the graveside in the Deal cemetery
Monday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Oanipe,
Baptist minister. The following,
representing close associates in religious
activities, were honorary pallbearers:
J. F. Greer, J. C. McConnell, A. G.
Quails, Rex Hagaman, S. C. Eggers,
Haiph Mast, Morris Eggers, James
Farthing, T. M. Dunkley, Cicero
Greer, Chappell Wilson, S. M. Ay!
ers, George Greene, Gordon Winkler,
Bill Miller, Van Teaguc. J. T. C
Wright, H. R. Eggers, J. C. Farthing.
W. t>. Farthing, J. W. Hodges, J. L.
| Quails, J A. Williams, A. L.. Cook,
Clyde R. Greene, G. P. Hagaman, B.|
IB. Dougherty, Amos W. Abrams, Tra-j
cy Councill, James Councill, B. G.
(Teams, Vance Culler, Henry Rogers,
I Ira Pennell. Charles Stevenson. Bar!
nard Dougherty, A. R. Smith and
j Claude Pyatte.
Surviving are the widow and two
[children, Bobbie and Rachel Coffey.
| A brother, Mr. J. Coffey, formerly re-1
Native of Caldwell Countv
Mr. Coffey was a native of Caldwell
County ami oarr.c tc Boor*- ^ight
years ago to accept the position ot
building engineer at Appalachian
College, which work he was still car-j
lying on at the time of his death. He
was a graduate of State College.
Mr. Coffey was an active churchman,
and a deacon in the local Baptist
Church. He was also assistant
Sunday School superintendent, coun
selor of the Intermediate Sunday
. School class, and chairman and organizer
of the Board of Ushers. He
was an exceptionally valuable and
Fifth Sunday Meetings
To Be Held March 31st
Using for discussion the twentyfirst
chapter of Revelations, denominational
leaders will meet with each
oi the Baptist Churches of the county
next Sunday in the regular Fifth SunI
day meetings. The churches and principal
speaker on each program are
Beaver Dam -A. J. Greene.
Bethel?A. R. Smith.
Brushy Fork?Rev. R. E. Hendrix.
Blowing Rock C T. Zimmerman.
Cool Springs- Wade E. Brown.
Cove Creek?Rev. A. E. Moretz.
Forest Grove?Rev. Roscoe Trivett.
Howards Creek?Prof. R03" Dotson.
Laurel Springs?J. W. Norris.
Mount Calvary?H. R. Eggers.
Mount Lebanon?Rev. Carl Triplett.
ivic<iL .'v. \T. yuana.
Mount Gilead- -A. I. Greene.
Oak Grove~J. A. Williams.
Pleasant Grove?J. W. Byers.
Rich Mountain- ?W. M. Thomas.
Stony Fork -Clyde R. Greene.
Three Forks?W. M. Hunt.
Timbered Ridge?Prof. O'Neal.
Willowdale?Rev. G. W. Trivett.
Willow Valley?W. F. Sherwood.
Gap Creek?S. C. Eggers.
Poplar Grove?J. T. C. Wright.
ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCED )
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Greene of Vilas,
J North Carolina, announce the engageiment
of their daughter, Maxie Mae,
| to Mr. Claude C. Edmisten of Valk.
Crucis, North Carolina, the wedding
; to take place in July.
Mrs. A. R. Smith and daughter,
; Ann, returned Tuesday from Charlotte,
where they spent a week.
? 1 *
$1.50 PER YEAR
TO PLAN MODEL
T. V. A. Will Sponsor Ten Demonstration
Farms in Watauga
AGENT HERE BY FIRST
I Meetings Have Bt.tr?t Arranged by Co!t
lins for Different Sections of the
County. Location of Model
Tracts to Be Decided.
The proposal of the Tennessee Valley
Authority to sponsor ten dernon!
stration farms in Watauga County
this year was the principal point for
discussion when members of the county
agricultural board met with Counity
Agent Collins and other farm
leaders in the courthouse Saturday,
and the communities where these
model farm operations would be car1
ried or*, were selected. At the same
time meetings were scheduled for
each of these sections, in order that
the selection of the tracts to be used
could be most effectively made.
Mr. O. F. McCrary, district agent,
Stale College, was present and entitled
the assemblage that the TV A
would have an assistant agricultural
agent in the county by the first of
Farm Women Invited to Meetings
The farmers of the county have
been especially invited by Mr. Collins
to bring their wives out to the community
meetings and select one farmer
from their group to use his farm
I as a demonstration for that cornmujnit.y.
At each meeting the agricultural
students of the Cove Creek School
will give the play, "Farmer Tom,"
Hard Thomas with his "Aristocrats
of Ragtime" will furnish music, some
member of the Watauga Chamber of
Ccr.r.er"" make- a speech, and
the county agent will outline the program
of extension work.
Places and dates for the meetings
are as follows:
Cove Creek Township and the Tracy
section of North Fork Township
will meet at the Cove Creek High
School at 7:30 p. m. on Monday night,
April 1st. The half of Laurel Creek
Township adjoining Cove Creek township
and the part of Watauga Township
in the vicinity of Vaile Crucis
will also meet at the Cove Creek
School on Monday night. April 1st,
Boone Township, including the Poplar
Grove section of Watauga and the
Bamboo section of Blue Ridge, will
meet at the courthouse in Boone on
Tuesday nignt, April 2nd, 7:20 o'clock.
Blowing Rock Township, with that
part of Blue Ridge Township lying
on top of the mountain, will meet at
Blowing Rock High School on Wednesday
night, April 3. 7:30.
Elk Township, with the lower part
of Blue Ridge Township, will meet at
the school house at Triplett on Thursday
night. April 4 Lb, at 7:30.
Stony Fork Township and the lower
| part of Meat Camp Township will
meet at the Deep Gap School on Friday
night, April 5th, 7:30.
Meat Camp, Bald Mountain and
lower North Fork townships will meet
at the Green Valley School on Saturday
night. April 6th, at 7:30.
Watauga Township at Shulls Mills
School on Monday night, April 8th,
Shawncehaw Township ami the
western half of Laurel Creek Township
will meet at Cool Springs School
No. 2 on Tuesday night, April 9th,
Beaver Dam Township will meet at
Bethel High School on Wednesday
i night. April 10th, at 7:30.
Riley H. Pearson Dies
At Home in Wilkesboro
Riley Hampton Pearson, 64 member
of a prominent Wilkes County
family anil a partner in Pearsons
Store of this city, died at his home
in Wilkesboro Monday after a period
of declining health extending over
Mr. Pearson was a son of the late
George and Mary Pearson of Boomer.
In 1908 he and a brother, W. S.
Pearson, established the Pearson Brothers
Store, now one of the largest
business firms in this section, and
rcmainea a neavy siocKnoiaer m me
enterprise until his death.
Mr. Frank Pearson, manager of
the Boone store, is one of the survivors.
The widow is living and five other
children: Claude Pearson. Purlear:
Talu Pearson, A. L. Pearson and Geo.
S. Pearson, of Wilkesboro, and Mrs.
Marie Bumgarner of Wilkesboro.
Funeral services were held Tuesday
afternoon from the Baptist Church
at Boomer, and interment was there.
M. E. District Missionary Zone
Meeting Held Here
On Thursday, March 28, an all-day
missionary zor.c meeting will be conducted
at the Methodist Church in
Boone, beginning at 10 o'clock and
continuing until three-thirty in the
There will be an attractive, inspirational
program in which Presiding }
Elder A. C Gibbs, some oi tuc at
tending out-of-town pastors and leadir.g
women of the missionary societies
of the Mount Airy District, togeth.
er with some of our local people, will '
take part. Rev. and Mrs. King, former
missionaries to China and Japan, j
will take part.
'; This is one unit in a series of zone
meetings to cover the entire Western
North Carolina Conference.