WASHINGTON . . . distance
Many years ago someone called
Washington "the city of magnificent
distances," and the appellation has
stuck. I was again reminded of it
last week, when on a trip to the
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j& dozen or more Federal offices.
Washington is more like the great
European cities than any other American
municipality. Its growth has been
horizontal instead of vertical. About
the tallest building in the city is the
National Press Club and that is only
13 stone3. Most of the Government
buildings are under six stories high.
It is not at all uncommon to have
to travel three or four miles, or farther,
to get from one Government
building to another, and in the course
of a day around Federal offices the
visitor has to walk along literally
miles of corridors.
Tt occurred to me that one of the
reasons why Government business
takes so long to transact may be the
time and energy wasted in getting j
from one office to another. Washington
is not geared up to speed and !
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BEAUTY .... in marble
Major L'Enfant, t h e brilliant
Frenchman who planned the Federal
city, conceived it as the most beautiful
city in the world. It seems more
beautiful every time I visit it? and
I've "known Washington since 1881.
In another fifty years there will be
nothing to compare with it for bcau
Supreme Court moved into the
most beautiful of all Washington
buildings, last week. It is built all of
white marble. Outside, Vermont marble,
corridors of Alabama marble,
interior courts of Georgia marble,
floors of Italian, Spanish and African
Everything about the building is
freshly new and gleaming except the
Justices' chairs. They sit in tne old,
comfortable chairs they are accustomed
to. When it was proposed to
buy a new chair for Justice Cardozo,
he replied that the old chair that
was good enough for Justice Holmes
for zO years was good enough for
TENANTS . . . everywhere
In spite of the multitude of Government
buildings, there isn't room
for all the new Federal offices. Uncle
Sam is the biggest tenant in
Washington. After taking all the
available office space in town, public
offices are spreading out Into. hptels,_
apartments and private houses.
Some of the "temporary" buildings ',
put up during the World War are
still ill use by Federal offices. Uncle
Sam is Washington's largest taxpayer.
He pays half the cost of running
the District of Columbia. In return
for the Federal Government's
assumption of the tax burden, the
people of the District- fill < ?
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gave up their right to vote or. local
affairs. If they want to vote on state
or national questions, they can do so
in their old home towns.
I hear a lot about the "housing
shortage," but I don't know of any
place where it is as acute as tn
Washington. More than 100,000 new
Federal employees have been trying
to crowd into the city in the past
two years. There just isn't room for
145 applications on file for his next
vacancy. Another tent a. so-family
I heard of one landlord who bad
apartment house and rented every
apartment from the plans before the
foundations were in. Rents are down
most everywhere else, but not in
One result has been the spilling of
population away out into the Maryland
suburbs and across the Potomac
into the beautiful Virginia hills. I
met one Federal official who "commutes"
to Washington every day
from his home in Baltimore, forty
FLAG the salute
I read in the papers the other day j
that a Boston schoolboy had been
j ?? avi loiuiig lu stuuie me i
flag. Somehow. X don't feel that compulsion
is the best way to instil patriotism.
Saluting the flag is no evidence of
how anybody really feels. It is a
meaningless gesture unless it comes
from the heart out. In Germany under
Hitler every bod ys is forced to salute
the Nazi emblem, but you can't
make me believe they all mean it.
If I could teach every child what
our flag really means, the first thing
I would try to make them understand
is that it docs not stand and
never has stood fo compulsion, even
compulsion to salute it. If Old Glory
means anything, it meaps?to nie at
least?the eomple test liberty of every
individual under it to believe and behave
as he pleases, so long a3 he
dcesr.'t try to interfere with other
people's beliefs and behavior.
FLAMES RAZE HOME
Mr. George Greene, Stony Fork
citizen, is reported to have lost his
home and its contents by a fire or
unknown origin, little or none of the
furnishings having been salvaged.
No insurance was in force on the
VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 19
|N0 OPINION GIVEN
! CONSTITUTION IN
LIQUOR LAW CASE
High Tribunal Says Indictments
Proper Course of Action
FRANK HANCOCK TOUTED |
AS OPPONENT OF BAILEY;
Settlement of Smith Reynolds Es-i
tate Confirmed; Increased Tax I
Receipts; Usual Resume of
the News About Raleigh.
Raleigh, Nov. 4. Indictment oi
offenders and not injunctions against
officials is the method for testing the
; constitutionality of the Pasquotank
| and New Hanover liquor laws enact'
ed by the 1935 General Assembly,
the N. C. Supreme Court held in a
I three-to-one decision handed down
Friday, written by Justice Michael
Schenck., with Justice Heriot Clarkson
Mking no decision on the constitutionality
of the act, the opinion has
the immediate effect of dissolving
the injunction signed by Judge
Clawson Williams which prevented
tuning an election on uic question of
county sale of liquor and starting
officers of Franklin county from
storeq if the election carried. Immediately
Franklin officials set about
plans for an election as early as possible.
Sixteen other counties vote to
sell liquor and are at it. one, Rockingham,
voting against the sale.
Only those claiming irreparable
damage from enforcement of a statute
are permitted to ask the judiciary
to set at naught a solemn act of the
co-ordinate legislative department,
Justice Sclienck holds, saying that I
allegations of personal injury, property
damage and discrimination are
not established, and if the act is not
constitutional, then the plaintiffs
"have an adequate remedy at law by
having indicted and prosecuted those
persons doing such things."
Justice Clarkson, in a lengthy and
vigorous dissent, writes that he
thinks the liquor act unconstitutional
as impinging four articles of the
Constitution of North Carolina, and
void for uncertainty, and injunctive
relief should have oeen granted." He
thinks it violates the fundamental
democratic principle of "equal rights
and opportunities to all, special privileges
to none." But the three other
members of the court formed the
HANCOCK MAY RUN
Rumors persist that Congressman 1
Frank W. Hancock Jr., Oxford, is
planning to oppose Senator J. W. 1
Bailey for his senatorial seat next
June, and another is that State 1
WPA Administrator George W. Coan '
Jr., former mayor of Winston-Salem
may be a candidate for CongTess in
the Fifth district, either as an opponent
or as a successor to Mr. Hancock,
if he does or does not onpose
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LEGIONNAIRES TO VISIT
SCHOOLS OF THE COUNTY
The Watauga Post American Legion
in conjunction with the Legion
Auxiliary, will feature special educational
Week programs at the Cove
Creek School Monday morning, November
11 at 8:30; Bethel School
Monday, at 1:15, and Boone High
School Saturday, November H5, at
8:45. The patrons of these schools are
invited to be present for these exercises.
All principals of high school3 and
junior high schools in this entire
district, who are interested in these
time ly programs, are asked to communicate
with G. W. Teal, district
commander, Boone, so that dates
may be arranged.
NEW POLICE OFFICER
TAKES BEAT SATURDAY
Mr. S. D. Ollis of Morganton en
ered upon his duties Saturday ar
Tpccial officer in the Boone polici
euartment, succeeding Sergcani
Pitts of Lenoir, recently resigned.
Mr. Ollis comes to Boone with en
uuiseuieuis voiunuuny extended mm
from some of the leading and influential
citizens of Morganton and
Burke county, and is known as a
courageous, courteous and efficient
officer. He has been a member of the
Morganton "force" for the past seven
ENVISIONS 84,000 AT WORK
Slate WFA Director George w.
Coan Jr., believes that about 28,000
unemployed workers in the state
will be on WPA jobs by the first of
next week and that in another 10
days the state's quota of 34,000 will
be at work. Last week more than 200
projects costing above $2,000,000
were ordered started. It is reported
from Washington that direct relief
will end this month, for which only
$350,000 has been sent so far. Mrs.
Thomas O'Berry, director, hopes however
that direct relief will not end'
until the need for it disappears.
Independent Weekly New
Monday marks the seventeenth anni
tice, which terminated the World Wa
is in order. Locally the American Leg
announcement is made of closing of
GARAGE ADDITION I
\IA1IT ilAmni rwnnrv!
Chevrolet Company Occupies
One of Most Modern Plants
In This Section.
Those who came to the W. R. Chevrolet
Company Saturday for their
first glimpses of the new automobiles i
viewer! the vehicles In the handsome <
50x50 foot brick and stone addition '
to the company's plant here. The 1
annex was completed just in time for 1
the new cars and for the present is '
being user! for new car storage. The 1
building, which is an integral part I
of the older structure, fronts on two >
streets, the side next to Jteseen <
Street being finished In rustle stone. >
With the new structure the saies '
rooms and shops of the progressive '
concern occupy a space of 50x192 1
Feet, and represent the largest plant
of its kind in this part of the state. 1
Salesrooms, repair shops, lubrication 1
depots, paint and body shops are all J
to be operated in their respective
ijuarters, and Mr. W. R. Winkler, the j1
proprietor is being congratulated up -1 *
on his enterprise.
Incidentally the new model Chevrolets,
which are on display In various '
uwna miu wuy types are said to
have been acorded an enthusiastic *
reception by the motoring public. The y
new machines have many important
new features, and largo sales are '
Bids To Be Received t
For Star Mail Lines
Postmaster W. G. Hartzog announces
that bids are being received
at the Boone postoffice for the carrying
of mails over a number of star
routes in the county, and that blanks .
are expected daily on which to submit
the proposals. Bids close on Jandry
14, 1936, at 4:30 p. m. Conracts
will be let on the following
No. 1S.628. Boone to West Jcffer- i
on; ;.oute 18198. North '.Vilkesnbro 1
> 3oone; 18232, Eioone to Lenoir; ;
5231 Iriplett to Boone; 13230 Mo.mlin
City to Boone. 1
Revived Is Closed
With Number Baptisms
Twenty-aix were baptised a- Ihe :
Towards Creek Baptist Church Sunlay
following a two weeks meeting
inducted by Rev. E. C. Hodges of
toone and Rev. J. J. Richardson of
Stony Creek, Tenn. The largest
crowd ever seen at a baptismal servce
was inattendance Sumlav and the
event marked the close of what is
said to be the most successful revival
held in that section in more than
thirty years. The attendant '
throughout the meeting was large,
and the spiritual life of the community
was greatly strengthend.
ARMISTICE DAY SERVICES
AT BOONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Special Armistice Day services will
be held at the Boone Baptist Church
Sunday night, November 10, at 7:30
and all veterans of Watauga county
with their families are invited to attend.
The local post of the American
Legion will be in charge and while
the public is invited, special seats
will be reserved for the veterans.
spaper?Established in tl
COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
IT IF F
iversary of the signing of the Armisr,
and a general holiday observance
ion has arranged special events, and
stores for the day.
Eighteen Local Industrial Workers
Benefit From Compensation
Raleigh, Nov. 4.?Watauga county
workers received $319.00 in workmen's
compensation during the year
which ended June 30, 3335, and $319;
was awarded for medical and hospital
hills for injured workers by the i
>7. c. Industrial Commission. The j
mnual report shows that 18 workers
.vere injured in that county during
the year, eight, of them receiving
nodical attention only 10 receiving
jftmpenaation for temporary total
lis ability, none receiving compensator.
for permanent partial disability,
tnd none died from injuries in in- j
In the state as a whole, injured j
vorkers or dependents of those kill- j.
Ki received $710,343, while 8396,286 j
vas paid out in medical and hospi-1
a! costs that year. Cases reported
eached $27,172, of which 20,326
vere medical cases only, 6,123 re-;
suited in temporary total disability,!
?52 in permanent partial disability 1
md 73 in death, for which their de-1
>endents received $254,078.00. In the!
tlx years of the operation of the i
vorkmen*3 compensation act 167,-!
166 workers were injured, an aver-1
ige of 94 each work day, and; ini
bat period $5,538,806.00 has been
mid workers or their dependents and
>2,852,007.00 fo* medical and hespial
nnmn in r?r ? mmtx
American Legion Arranges To
Have Fireworks Display
The Watauga Post American Legion
and Auxiliary will sponsor an
oyster supper and fireworks display
at their new hut In Legion Park
Monday night, November 11, in celebration
of Armistice Day.
The festivities will begin at six
o'clock and the public has a cordial
invitation. According to the sponsors
the fireworks display will be one of!
the best and most magnificent ever
undertaken in this section of the
West Jefferson.?Funeral services
were held Wednesday afternoon at
Glendalc Springs for Clay Miller.
only son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Miller.
The boy was fatally wounded Monday
when four dynamite caps with
which he was playing at his home
exploded. HU left arm was blown
away and a gaping hole was blown
in his lower abdomen. The child was
nine years old. It is reported that his:
father knew he had the caps hut did
not think there was any danger in
his playing with them.
BANK CLOSES FOR DAY
The Watauga County bank will be ]
among the places of business in the j
town to observe an all day holiday]
Monday, in observance of Armistice I
ie Year Eighteen Eighty-E
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7. 133
Slnrps Will Pli\co
_ wa vw * ? v->*v/ O V/
On Armistice Da^
Operators of the various mer-T
can tile establishments in the town ^
have signified their intention of
remaining closed next Monday In
observance of Armistice Day. Dry
Goods, Hardware, Grocery establishments,
etc., have joined in the
closing agreement, and people of
the community and county are
asked to anticipate their needs
this week, in order that they may
not be inconvenienced by the temporary
suspension of mercantile
Drug stores, cafes and the like
of course will render their usual
WPA WORK SUING j
FORWARD IN CITY j
Thirty Men Now Engaged; Work!
On Abo Road is Reported
Work on the first Works Progress
Administration projects started in
Boone last Friday as 18 men. with
their supervisors started work in the
street improvement program. By
Tuesday the number of laborers had
been increased to 30 and others will
be added. Meantime ere this is printed
or soon afterward crews are expected
to be engaged on a number of
different projects in various sections
of the county.
The first work done in Boone consisted
of the construction of two or
three stone and concrete culverts
and other work prelirihiary to the
placing of stone surfaces on some of
the hitherto unimproved streets. A
coating or binder of tar is expected
to be applied in the spring.
Mr. Joe Luther is project foreman,
and Mr. Allen of \Vest Jefferson i3
the engineer on the job. B. R. Bryan
is acting in the capacity of timekeeper,
and Mayor (iragg calls attention
to the fine organization so
quickly formulated, and states that
the town and the workers are mov- ,
ing along as a unit, to the end that ,
the greatest possible benefits may
accrue from the Federal expenditures.
Work is said to have been started
on the road leading from Aho to
Periley, Mr. D. W. Wooten being the .
general lorem&n. and other projects
approved for the county are getting '
in shape rapidly for active work to i
Local White Tutors
Rank 91st in State
Raleigh, Nov. 4. Watauga county's
white teachera rank 91st in the
100 counties of the state in scholastic
training, as against 96th place
10 years ago, fit ires in the Department
of Public Instruction show.
Last year the average scholastic
training was the equivalent cf 2 733
years in college, as compared with
only .321 of a year 10 years ago, an
increase of 2.412 years in training
in the 10-year period. Negro training
last year was equivalent to three
years in high school, as against two
years 10 years ago. an increase in
training of one year in the 10-year
Everett Culler Gets
Serious Injury In Fall
Mr. Everett Culler, of Zionville,
was seriously injured in a fall from
a farm tractor a few days ago, and
is a patient at the Banner Elk Hospital,
according to word brought
Wednesday by Mr. J. A. Warren of
Hint PAmmllTlHir >1 l?ieir?Or.n r,-*?? I?
V?? I a UUOIIICOO VJOIWI 111
Young Mr. Culler was operating
! the machine, it appears, and as it
started to turn turtle, jumped, fell
against the body of an abandoned
automobile, broke hi3 jaw in three
places, and suffered a serious fracture
above one eye. The injured man
is reported as being in a serious condition.
ERECTS NEW HOME
Mr. Jeff Stanbury, who recently
purchased the Azor Hartley place
east of Boone, has finished the erection
of the walls to a handsome 8room
brick residence, and the interior
finishing is now being done. The
building is of thoroughly modern
construction throughout and Mr. and
Mrs. Stanbury believe they will be
able to occupy it within the next
The administration auditorium at
Appalachian College has been completely
decorated by the Wilson Brothers,
local painters, within the last
two weeks. The Greek designs on the
walls are especially attractive, and
the finishing is done in varied shades
5 $1.50 PEP YEAR
IT uAnc ernuim DV
JUU/IUO OtUllli; L> 1
|g. 0. p. as late
fcfcYear Elections Indicate Loss
Of Democratic Strength
DEMOCRATS LOSE FIGHT
TO KEEP N. Y. ASSEMBLY
| Republican Leads in Philadelphia
j Race; Kenhicky Vote Heavy, hut
I Returns Unavailable; New Jer|
sey Returns Vet in Doubt.
! Republicans swept into the lead
(Tuesday night in strategic sectors of
| the off-year state election front.
The home districts of Ijoth President
Roosevelt and Postmaster General
Farley were counted in the G. O.
P. column. Several Democratic incumbents
in the New York state assembly
On a basis of incomplete returns,
'the New York state Republican leadership
claimed to have elected 80 of
the assembly's 150 members, and regained
voting control of that body.
I Democratic nominees, however.
were far in the lead in races for two
seats in the national house of representatives,
both from New York city.
Wilson Takes Lead
Meanwhile, S. Davis Wilson, Rerpublican,
was leading John B. Kelly,
Democrat, for the Philadelphia mayoralty.
New Jersey, also electing a general
assembly, was slow reporting its ballots.
Kentucky, which settled a heated
gubernatorial contest will not
tabulate votes until today.
Democrtic leaders in New York
Assembly Speaker Irwin Steir.gut, in
city have not conceded defeat, but
a telephone conversation, congratulated
Republican assembly speaker
Irving "M. Ives on the apparent GOP
"The people have spoken, the results
arc decisive," Ives said. "The
new deal in the state of New York
has been repudiated."
Republican State Chairman Mclvin
C. Eaton, in a statement in New
York city, said the results ''clearly
showed a trend awhy from the new
Eaton said the Democrats "failed
in their efforts to buy this election."
He charged yesterday that the administration
was a tempting to buy
votes through distribution of WPA
* i 'it*' fSflm.T>?rnfo f"
irerest blow In Eric- county, whose
major population is in Buffalo, anil
in Monroe, where bitter battles were
waged in the city of Rochester.
The Democrats, who won control
of the house last year for the first
time in 22 years, had conceded the
possible loss of only one seat in Erie
and had hoped for a complete sweep
in Monroe by recapture of the one
seat they lost last fall.
Mrs. Hilliard Dies
At Lockland, Ohio
Mrs. Pearl Hilliard, wife of Clyde
Hilliard and a native Wataugan, died
at her home in Lockland, Ohio, November
1, and the remains were returned
to this county, interment being
at the family cemetery near
Forest Grove Church. She was 42
years old. Funeral services were conducted
from the church by Rev. J. C.
Canipe of Boone, and Rev. Fletcher
of the Cove Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving is the husband and four
children, all of them residents of
Lockland. Ohio: Mrs. Alice Scranton,
George Hilliard, John Hilliard and
Miss Jewel Hilliard. Three brothers
and six sisters also survive: C. W.
Eller, Butler, Tenn.; Jim Eller, Peoria:
Connelly Eller, Bluff City,
Tenn.; Mesdamcs Alice Helton. Bean
Station, Tenn ; Mrs. Maggie Fletcher,
Sherwood; Mrs. Hattie Combs,
Vilas; Mrs. Nettie Gragg, Sugar
Grove; Mrs. S. S. Ward, Neva, Tenn.;
Mrs. Nora Reynolds, Eiizabethton,
ASSOCIATION AL RALLIES
Mr. Carl Triplett, Sunday School
director for the Stony Fork Baptist
Association, has released the following
program for the associational
loiura to oe neid at the Mount Vernon
Church, Sunday afternoon, November
General theme: "Our Call to Evangelism";
2 p. m., song, praise, Scripture
Matt. 28:19-20, John 9:4; prayer;
2:15, talk, "The Assigned Task";
2:35, talk, "The Field"; 2:55. talk,
i A revival meeting closed last Friday
at the Pleasant Grove Church
with the baptism of 10 converts. The
meeting was conducted by the pastor,
Rev. Mr. Ashley, who was assisted
by Rev. W. C. Payne, and
there were large and interested congregations.
The Worth While Club will meet
at 7:30 Friday, the 8th, with Mrs. A.
E. Hamby as hostess.