North Carolina Newspapers

By J. C. R.
MAUD, a sorrel mule whose heels
have in days gone by bit deeply
into the wool of many a South
Carolina "blue-gum," i? again without
a home! Maud, if press accounts
^ arc to be relied on,
ft is tilc kickingest hybrid
that ever amW
^lcd down a SouthSi
V\ ern cotton row . . .
1 ' ^ m| suspicious, contentious,
malicious . . .
jf a mule to be watchL
>_ ed, to be feared.
S Reared on a planta *;
i^! tion in tlie Palmetto
kM State, Maude in earh>>
ft jj&b ly life realized her
\i '& JSKegk. ' prowess in the any"
thing but gentle art
J. C. R. of destroying with
shiny hooves of "childhood" all things
that came within range.
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THROUGH the seven years of
her earthly existence Maud s kicking
technique has been developed to
a high degree . . . her escapades
include great physical injury to a
score or more drivers, the tearingup
of harness in wholesale quaiitities,
the wrecking of vehicles too
numerous to mention, the demolishing
of machinery world without end,
the creation of havoc, panic, and
what-have-you. A South Carolina
chaingang, looked on as a sure- ,
cure for unruly denizens of Uie ,
neighboring commonwealth, failed |
to reform Maude . . . .she planted on i
the walls of that penal institution a j
multitude of hoof-marks as a last- j
ing memorial to her life of high I
crime . . . gun-toting guards and
hard-boiled stewards and long-term
convicts gave her a wide berth . . .
and at last she was given freedom
to prevent total uCGtrjctisr. of
State property: to restore the calm
that preceded her sentence.
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MAUDE was sold to a Gastonia.
N. C i livestock dealer ... in turn
she came into the hands of the ERA.
Shipped to Watauga County she became
the property of 'little Steve
Brown, about the handiest mule skinner
in this end of Tarheelia . . . and
Steve was tickled to a rosy hue with
the prospect Her sleek coat and lithe
gait bore promise, yea, much prom?
ise, of honest toil on Mr. Brown's
Brushy Fork farm. Meekly she was
led td "Tier new. hotnc . " . meekly,
righteously, she munched the fodder
placed by her admiring master . . .
Maud, good old Maud!
ALONG in the wee small hours of
next morning Steve was awakened
from peaceful siumbers, from radiant
dreams ... a squealing, banging,
blood-curdling commotion was in full
blast at the Brown barnstead. Hastily
donning his pantaloons Steve
raced to the scene 01 action . . . and j
action it was. for Maude, as women- I
folks say, had kinda lost her temper
. . . she had murder in her heart,
fire in her eyes, dynamite in her heels
. . . she'd definitely decided to raise
merry hell, and hell it was. A companionable
animal, selected by Steve
as a trace-mate for Maude, was receiving
the attention of the enraged
brute. Cowering in a corner of the
box-stall her piteous squeals mingled
despairingly with the tumult . . .
planks flew as steel-shod hooves cleft
them from quaking studs . . . and
above the din of this one-sided battle
rose the defiant challange of the
primitive Maud ... a challenge to
man, brute or devil . . . "come on
with yer cannons and stuff . . . I'm
ready fcr ye!"
WITH a full-grown shelaleh in
his hand and a thorough understanding
of mule-beasts in the back
of his head, Steve Brown, small in
stature but large in spirit, attacked
the problem of disciplining Maud.
Potent words, stored back for just
such special occasions, flowed from
Steve . . . unspeakable denunciations,
vitriolic bursts of justified
blasphemy, sentences and promises
and be-dams were cast scientifically
on the night air . . . and the good
right arm of the master caused the
shelaleh to raise welt after welt
on Maud's pretty hide. But Steve
had met his match . . . Maude
can take it, as the expression goes,
in large or broken doses ... an incorrigible
female if one ever lived!
* * * *
SO STEVE gave it up . . . the mule
has been returned to district ERA
headquarters at North Wilkesboro.
Maude's tempestous career is perhnpo
continuing in ur.ibstcd frenzy
down among the foothills, where nubbins
have a way of finding themselves
encased in glass. And Steve
is perfectly willing for some Wilkes
County farmer to "enjoy" her company,
but warns anyone who has to
do with Maude that she'll tackle anything
from an elephant to a guineapig.
And we've got it straight . . .
but please don't mention it . . . that
Steve Brown, who leans just a little
grain in the opposite direction, now
knows just exactly why a mule is in
a prominent position on the insignia
of Democracy.
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Lifelike Masks Are Exhibited at
New York City. 1
NEW YORK.?Doane Powell's exhibi
cbrities at the Industrial Arts Expositic
here, has created considerable favora
worn. Among those on display ere thof
Garbo, as shown above. On the -ft, th<
Grace Moore of Toronto. Garbo, right,
Clean-Up Period
In a Proclaim]
Mayor W. IT. Gragg today calls up- tc
on the citizenship to aid in the an- r<
nual clean-up campaign which ~
tends throughout next week, and be- ii
lieves that full co-operation can make t<
of Boone \he nicest little town in p;
North Carolina. The text of the May- n
or's proclamation is published: bt
"To tx*e citizens of the Town of
Boor.o, North Carolina:
"For the purpose of cleaning up and ai
ridding Boone of trash which has ac- ai
cunralatde in back-lots and alleyways Ci
during the winter and early spring s<
months, I hereby designate the period
beginning May 16th and continuing
through May 25th as Annual Clean-up ai
Week. t<
"During this period the back and ol
front lots of every home and busi- tc
ness properly in the city of Boone w
should be put in a clean and sanitary tl
condition. LitiDrio piacro in uic ll
mouths of alleyways will be collect- ei
ed by trucks employed by tlic city, vl
and property owners are asked to
Posioffice Department Sends Out I.
Warning Through Local Office.
Mail Increases Here.
That so called "chain letters" are
being sent through the mails in vio- V\
lalion of the postal laws, is revealed a|
in a bulletin recently received by the g
local office from the Postoffice Department.
The bulletin is signed by 111
W. a;. Keiiey, acting solicitor and ic>
3ays: j tc
"The attention of all postmasters is a:
called to the fact that the so-called tt
'send a dime' chain letter scheme and v
similar enterprises now being operated
through tho mails at various r<
points is in violation of the postal Sl
lottery and fraud statutes (Section
601 and 2350. P. L. & R. 1932). This B
information should he communicated h<
to all persons making inquiry as to T
the legality of the scheme." C1
Local postal officials state that d(
since the chain letter scheme invaded
this territory there has been a con- isklerable
increase in the volume of 1
mail handled.
Miller Mill Is Razed
By Fire; Loss $700.00
Fire of undetermined origin completely
destroyed the Noah Miller
irciat mill and Vm i.ldirtrv i aVi Vimmnd
it on the 30th of April, according" to
belated information reaching Boone.!
The mill, located on Howard's Creek,
across the mountain from Boone, had
not long since been remodeled and
the mill unit was said to have been
practically new. Furniture and other
household equipment of a tenant was
also destroyed in the blaze. Total 103s
is estimated at no less than $700.
Meager information tells of the j
death of George McGuire in Lenoir
last Monday, and while funeral "details
are not available, it is understood
that the body was returned to
the Cove Creek section, this county,
for interment. Mr. McGuire was a native
Walaugan, but had resided in
Caldwell for many years. He leaves
a wide relationship in this section.
ldependent Weekly News
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industrial Arts Exposition in
May Be Worn.
ition of lifelike masks of noted eel- t
>n at the Rockefeller Center Forum <
ible comment. The masks can he
se of Katherine Hepburn and Greta j
2 mask of Hepburn is supported by }
is assisted by Kay D'arcy of Phil- j x
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I Designated
ttion By Mayor
'11'phonr City Hail when they are! i
iady for this service. t
"The Aldermen in meet- j
ig last Friday evening determined x
> wage the present clean-up cam- i
aign vigorously, to the end that sum- \
ier visitors to this beautifiu city may <
p greeted by a spotless and sightly ?
orizon. Tliis work, so far as is hu- t
lanly possible, will be finished with- i
1 the designated period, and I am
sking that property owners co-operte
whole-heartedly with their offi- i
als. A clean and sanitary city, as 1 x
it, would serve as a wonderful t
Ivertisernent. for all of lis. (
"An ordinance written many years i
go makes it a violation for pig pens, i
> be built within Uiree^hundred feiS i
f a residence in this city. Please see i
> it that this is carried out.- Cows t
hicli have been permitted to rove c
te streets should also be put on pas- y
ire. Let's all work together in this
fort to make an attractive and initirig
city. t
" !,W. H ORAGG. Mayor." r
liVJUULi/ 111 IjiimJti i:
oral Young Man Suffers Brok-|r
en Leg in Auto Accident c
Near Winston-Salem.
Oscar Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. j
1. H. Brown of Boone, is a patient
: the Baptist Hospital in Winston- p
alem, where he was taken follow- c
ig an automobile accident near that .
ty Saturday evening. One leg is said c
> have been broken below the knee g
nd minor injuries sustained when c
le automobile in which he and 1
aught Mast were riding left a nar- .
>w road and turned over. "Mr. Mast
iffered no severe injuries. c
Tnfor .ation is that young Mr. a
rown is getting along all right, and 5
?lief is that he will recover rapidly, j
he automobile which figured in the ]
-ash is said to have been practically 1
smolished. t
Front Line Sketches
WASHINGTON, D. C.?Frank C. j
Walker (above), now right-hand ;<
man to the President in the spend- i ]
ing of the ?4 800,000.000 work relief :
funds, is a perfect example of the
"self-made" man. He is extremely 1
modest. He was born in Pennsylva- ]
nia, but moved to Montana when
quite young, where he was quite <
successful in law. He moved East
in 1925 as head counsel for a the- 1
atre group. He was consistently
refused political appointments.
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paper?Established in t!r
Sigh teen Counties of East Carolina
Join in Gaining Exemption
from Dry Laws.
L'nusual Condition Brought About as
Wets Push Advantage Saturday.
Graham Announces Candidacy.
A Resume of New laws.
By Ml. R. DUNN AG vN
(Special Correspondent)
RALEIGH, N. C.?The 1935 Genial
Assembly adjourned sine die at
12 o'clock, officially, 3 o'clock. Satirday
afternoon, actually, after it bad
ihot the Turlington dry law full of
iples by exempting 18 counties from
ts provisions and providing for liquor
:ontrol boards in such counties if the
Sectors vote for them in elections
o be called by the county commissioners.
A last-minute effort to revive the
Pay liquor control bill at the afternidnight
session of the Senate Satlrday
morning failed, although it
onlff>iI fnr a timf> that Ihi> tujn.thi'rrlo
Required might, be rallied, as senator
liter senator called attention to the
:razy-quilt of vet and dry counties
tnd realized that the 18 counties
von J a have legal liquor, from which
he State would receive no revenue.
These consistently dry Senators,
lot ably A. Hall Johnston, Buncombe,
mii Paul Grady. Johnston, led the
eight, for a reconsideration of the Day
)iil, but it had received the legislate,
"clincher" when it was killed,
equiring a uyo-thirdS vote tc revive
t. But for that "clincher" it would
lave been enacted, as the vote to reconsider
was 18 for and 16 against?
ind dry folks were in effect kicking
hemsclves for what may think was
indue action then.
Dry Sentiment Changed
What apparently started as a dry
legislature had so far changed its
dews, supposedly in accordance with
he changed views of their constituents,
that the content of beer was
aised to five per cent, wine may now
>e made, transported, shipped or sold
n any county of the State, content,
imited only by its "natural fermenation,"
and in 18 counties, all but
me eastern, if the voters approve
>y majority vote, liquor can be handed
in any way.
New Hanover, with resorts, was
he first to break through the boneIry
Turlington act, a bill exempting
if. Pasquotank followed, the bill passrig
the House. The Senate added othr
counties, which action the House
approved. On the final day a law was
nactcd making legal, on vote of the
>eople, liquor in th03e and these counics:
Pitt, Martin, Beaufort, Halifax,
Cdgecombe. Craven, Warren, Vance,
franklin, Rockingham, Lenoir, Nash,
Jreene, Wilson and Carteret, and in
JcNeill's and Mineral Springs Townhips,
Moore County, in which are loated
the Southern Pines and Pinelurst
resort places.
Efforts were made in new bills
>assed by the House Saturday to inilude
Chowan, Durham and Lee counies
in the exemptions, but they died
n the last-minute rush, the Senate
leciding to take up nothing new. Senitor
U. L. Spence failed finany to get
>ver his bill to allow Moore County to
nanufacture, transport, ship and sell
vines and brandies from fruits and
Also, Senator Steele, Iredell, arlent
dry, failed to have his county
md several others exempeed from the
State-wide wine law. The Senate
massed his bill after a fight, but the
douse killed it. Others have joined
iim and his biil would have exemptid
from the wine law Iredell. Cataw>a,
Cabarrus. Granville, Swain, Gas(Continued
on Page 3)
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Eye from Air Rifle
Junior, six-year-old son of Mr. and
Sirs. Charles Teague of Boone, suffered
the loss of an eye last week,
vlien it was struck by a shot from an
lir rifle, said to have been in the
lands of a playmate, Fred Hodges, an
ilder boy. The child was taken to a
specialist at Elizabelhton, Tcnr.., folowing
the injury and information
fivon his father indicates that the
oss of the eye is inevitable.
The employees of Belk-White Company
gave a picnic at the Fish Hatchery
Friday night, honoring Mr. and
Mrs. John Conway and son, John
Spencer. The following persons enjoyed
the outing: Mr. and Mrs. Brantley
Duncan, Miss Grace Gragg. Miss
Eva Kirkman, Miss Willie Jean Gragg
Mrs. Joe Kirkman, Mrs. W. L. Trivott,
Miss Ruby Trivette, Mrs. T. R
Conway of Lenoir, Dana Cowlcs, Jack
Gragg. Pinkney Johnson. Couz Dotson,
Mrs. W. W. Gragg, Mr. and Mrs
Conway and son.
te Year Eighteen Eighty-E
THURSDAY, MAY 16. 1935
Watauga Un<
Board Educs
Sheriff's Bill
j Hoey's Hat in the Ring
CLYDE R. HOEY, Shelby lawyer
and former Congressman, Wednesday
morning declared himself a
candidate for the Democratic nomination
for Governor of North Carolina
in 1936. Mr. Hoey, recognized
as a leading exponent of the Do- '
mocracy and a crusading dry, made ;
no mention of the liquor question, j
which was more or less expected, i
His announcement conies close on '
the heels of one by Lieutenant Gov- j
ernor A. H. Graham.
city councilIn j
Chief Gross and Mr. Shoemaker
Resign: Wiley Day Named
As rolieeman.
Mayor W. H. Gragg and the newlyelected
Board of Aldermen took over
the affairs of the town last Wednesday
evening- and held their first business
meeting Friday night al; which
little other than routine matters
were discussed.
A. L. Gross tendered his resignation
as Police Chief, under the assumption
that to the victor belong
the spoils, and A. C. Shoemaker who
has been water commissioner for the
past seven years likewise withdrew.
Wiley Da3r, well-known deputy sheriff,
was appointed as police officer,
j while Joe Greer is looking after the j
I water system and street work
! One of the first nets r?f the new!
I administration ia to repair the side-1
walks of the town, and the broken I
concrete is being dug out through
main street and the paving will be
patched in substantial manner. Un- j
derate riding is that there is a possibility
of securing some of the Public
Works money for the improvement
of other streets in the town.
Edward Lovill Gets
Annapolis Designation |
Edward Francis J^ovill, son of Mr. j
and Mrs. Cooge Lovill of Boone, and j
great-grandson of the late Captain
Lovill whose name he bears, has been I
appointed to the Naval Academy at
Annapolis, through the office of Congressman
Robert L. Doughton. The
appointment, which is for this year's
classes, comes as an honor to the local
youth, who is expected to gain admission
to Annapolis following the
examination to br held there early
in June. Young Lovill has -?ust graduated
from the Boone High School
as an honor student.
Three Are Tried for
ViolafiATH r\f Hftr I aure
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Three cases for violation of the
State prohibition laws constituted the
docket in Recorders Court Tuesday.
Hubert Thomas and H. A. Hagaman
submitted to charges of having sold
a small quantity of liquor, were each
fined $25 and the cost, and sentenced
to six months on the roads, the sentences
in both cases having been suspended.
Jesse street, Tennesseean, was
fined $65 and the costs for possession
and transporting liquor.
RALEIGH, N. C.?Governor Ehr,
inghaus has appointed members of
the N. C. Historical Commission as
. follows: Justice Heriot Clarkson, re:
appointed; George McNeill, Fayette
ville: Dr. James Moore McConnell,
.'Davidson College; Senator J. Allen
Dunn. Salisbury.
81.50 PER YEAR
ler Primary;
ition Raised;
leets Death
> W".
A|g lion for Nominations by Di' 3
Vote Meets Success in
6? General Assembly.
Clyde Perry and li. T. Greer Slated
io Pill Out Expanded Educational
Body. Bill to Force Increase
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Watauga County was placed under
the General Primary Law, the Board
of Education was increased from
three to five members, and a Senate
bill providing a mandatory increase
in the Sheriffs' pay was killed in the
closing days of the States' second
longest legislative session on record.
The primary law, which does away
with the nominating convention in
slating local tickets, was ratified last
Friday, having been introduced by
Representative Meekins of Caldwell
at the request of Democratic officials
and party leaders in this county,
in the absence of Representative
Swift, and because of his illness.
The text of the bill is as follows:
"Section 2. That section six thousand
and fifty-four of volume three of
the Consolidated Statutes be and the
same is hereby amended by striking
out the word 'Watauga* in line eight
of said section, it being the intent and
purpose of this act to place Watauga
County under the operation of the
State-wide primary law.
"Section 2 That all laws and clauses
of laws in conflict with this act
are hereby repealed.
"Section 3. That this act shall he in
full force and effect from an after
its ratification."
Education Board Increased
Representative Meekins also introduced
a bill in the House Saturday to
increase the membership of the Watauga
County Board of Education
from three to five members. Information
is that the bill passed the Senate
and was one of the last to be ratified
and become a law Saturday afternoon.
Under the terms of the bill, it is
understood, former Representative
Roby Greer and Clyde Perry, Beaver
Dam merchant, are added to the
board and will serve with J. B. Horton,
Will C. Walker and T. H. Coffey
Jr., who have served in this capacity
for the past six years and who
had already been reappointed;
Sheriff's Bill Killed
Another bill of local interest and
which was reported killed in the
House on Friday, provided that a
raise in the Sheriffs' salary should bei
come a mandatory duty of the Board
of County commissioners. The Sheriff
would have received $150 per
month, the usual fees, and a chief
deputy would receive SI.000 a year.
The bill, which was introduced in the
Senate by Senator Steele of Iredell
and which passed that body, was also
designed to repeal Representative
I Swift's law, which would leave the
j matter of pay increase up to the
County Commissioners, provided the
annual stipend should not exceed
The text of the Steele bill is as
"Section 1. That the Sheriff of Watauga
County shall receive a salary
of one thousand eight hundred dollars
per annum, payable in equal
monthly installments of one hundred
fifty dollars and he shall also receive
the usual fees. The chief deputy sheriff
shall receive a salary of one thour>.\Ywl
l^nllxYO nn,.
oaau wuaio ^ici aiuiuill, pajttOlc ill
equal monthly installments.
"Section 2. That House Bill six hundred
and sixty-eight ratified April
fourth one thousands nine hundred
and thirty-five and all laws and claust.i
of laws in conflict with this act
are hereby repealed.
"Section 3. That this act shall be
in full force and effect from and after
its ratification."
Mrs. J. M. Day, supe:*visor of Adult
Education, Western District, held an
all-day meeting for adult teachers in
Watauga on Tuesday, May 14th, at
the Demonstration School. The teachers
gave some very interesting reports
concerning their wTork.
Mrs. Day is now planning for a
commencement to be held in Ashcville
on June 1st. A national speak- g
er will be present and about three
thousand students from the Western
District are expected to attend. Three
hundred members of Watauga classes
are making arrangements to be present
for the exercises.
During the entire year eight hundred
and thirty-six students have been
enrolled in this county, and two hundred
and ninety-two out of this number
are receiving certificates. Certain
standards must be reached before
they receive certificates.

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