per year in
VOL. X—No. 19
"The Secont Blessin' By Mrs.
D. H. Sutton is One of
Friday evening, February 10, The
Dramatic Club celebrated National
Dramatics Week by giving two one
uct plays in the High School audi
torium. The members of the Woman's
Club were guests. Before the plays,
a short social hour was enjoyed. The
hostesses were Mesdames Finch, Seitz,
Sutton, Newton, and Misses Mary
Harrison and Louise Lattimore Ush-
ers for the evening were Dorothy Bos
tic and Louise Lattimore.
The first play, "Trysting Place,"
was a clever society play by Booth
Tarkington. The setting was in one
«>t the "quiet" corners of a modern
hotel, and the characters those us
ually seen at fashionable resorts.
Margaret Sloan as Lancelot Briggs,
a typical Booth Tarkington youth
suffering from an acute attack of
puppy love, was very good indeed.
Mrs. Curtis, the widow with whom
Lancelot was in love was charmingly
played by Lucile Thornton. Lance
lot's mother, Mrs. Briggs, was play
td by O'lema Flack and the scenes
l-etw:een her and her eideriy lover,
Mr. Ingolesby, played by Mollie
Farmer, were the signal for gales of
laughter from the audience. Jessie
Briggs, played by Viola Randall and
her lover, Rupert Smith, played by
Mamie Eakens were extremely at
tractive stage lovers.
Mrs. R. C. Alexander sang beau
tifully: "Somewhere a Voice is Call
ing," and "Memories."
Mrs. Hague Padgett sang "The
Nightingale Has a Heart of Gold,' and
two mountain folk songs, "The Rid
dle Song," and "A Mountain Lulla
bye." These songs were collected in
the Blue Ridge by Mrs. Sutton and
the airs were transcribed by Miss
Mary Wilder. They arc typical moun
tain folk songs and Mrs. Padgett
sang them very effectively and they
paved the way admirably for the
"The Secont Blessin' ", a folk play
of the North Carolina Mountains, had
its scene laid in the cabin of Aunt
Many Trantham on Jonas' Ridge.
The scene was well-planned. Festoons
of red-pepper, hay-beans, and drying
apples swung from a rack behind an
i old stove, a pine table covered with
red-checked oil cloth, home-made
chairs, and a couch covered with a
hand-woven coverlid made a typical
The play is an excellent presen
tation of the very interesting type
of folk who live in the isolated places
in the Blue Ridge. The character of
Aunt Mandy, a shrewd old woman,
who has observed life in the coves
of her homeland, and by this observa
tion evolved a philosophy that is
clear-cut and wise, is a delightful
character. She is very true to life.
Jim, the strong nfountaineer \vho
led a "rattling" life until sorrow for
the death of his adored wife drove
him into religion of the harsh, un
compromising type, and turned an
easy-going fellow into a cruel, merci
less judge of his fellowman is a
strong character. Angeline is an ap
pealing character. She is utterly sin
cere and her devotion to Zeb has
the attraction the grande passion al
ways has. Zeb is an engaging ras
cal and a charming lover. When the
strength and beauty of Angeline's
love is revealed he rises to heights
of feeling that compare well with
Angeline's. The characterization of
the play is stronger than the plot.
The acting of Margaret Bostic as
Angeline was superb. In the scene
where she told her father she had
rather be miserable with Zeb than
die without him, her pantomime and
facial expression were marvelous.
She played the part with profession
al finish and delighted the audience.
Mrs. D. H. Sutton was excellent
as Aunt Mandy Trantham. She por
trayed the old mountain woman in
such a way as to make the audience
really see and know Aunt
her wise philosophy of life. Her dia
lect and costume were splendid.
Mr. David Lindsay, as Beb Hus
kins, acted the part of a dashing
young- mountaineer extremely well.
His impersonation of a mountain lov
er was delightful. In the climax,
where the young "moonshiner" prom
ises Angeline's father that he will
FOREST CITY COURIER
DIES AT HENRIETTA
i Young Man Succumbs to Com
plication of Disease. Two
Henrietta, Feb. 13.—Mr. Farris
Bradford died at the home of his
parents on Haynes street, February
10, of a complication of diseases. He
had been sick for some time and his
passing was not unexpected. He
was a young man just in the bloom
of life being only 20 years, T months
and 24 days of age.
Tie leaves to mourn his death his
father and mother, Mr. and Mrs.
Isom Brodford, of Henrietta, and
Shelt Bradford, of Yancey County,
and three sisters, Mrs. Delia Ed
wards, Mrs. Nora Hensley, and Miss
Texia Bradford, all of Henrietta. He
stated before he died that all was
well with his soul and his last words
were exhortations to the unsaved to
get right with God.
The funeral was held in the home
late Friday afternoon by Rev. Mr.
Beachboard, of Caroleen, and bur
ial was in Henrietta and Caroleen
The undertakers in charge were
Hightower and Matheny.
Mr. Howard Lowery and Miss Jen
nie Davidson drove to Gaffney, Feb
ruary* 5 and were married.
Mr. Louis Gioson and Miss Pansy
Hicks, accompanied by Misses Cleo
Gibson and Virgie Hicks, drove to
Gaffney and were married last Sat
urday. Mr. Gibson is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. H. Gibson and Mrs. Gib
son is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Rev. S. P. Jones, of Cherokee, R-2,
visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
E. L. Mahaffee Sunday.
Mr. M. O. Wiikerson visited Mr.
and Mrs. M. J. Wiikerson at Alex
ander last Thursday.
Miss Kate Norman visited in Gaff
Mr. and Mrs. Georgia Yoney, of
Caroleen, spent Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs. Bruno Fortenberry.
Mr. and Mrs. John Callahan spent
the week end with Mr. and Mrs. R.
Z. Reavis, on Mooresboro, R-l.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Lovv
ery recently, a son.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Olen Hen
son some time ago, a son.
Most people who talk about a
woman's place being in the home real
ly mean it is in the kitchen.
reform and "make Angy a good
man," Mr. Lindsay's acting was un-
Mr. S. M. Crowder impersonated
the character of Jim Franklin with
professional skill. His costume, dia
lect, and acting were most unusual
in an amateur. In the climatic scene,
Mr. Crowder's acting was powerful.
He caught the spirit of the play and
pi'esented the old mountaineer with
pathos, strength, and appeal.
Mrs. D. H. Sutton is the author
of the play. The dialect is excellent
and the characters true to life.
To Head Farm Loan
As a step toward new relief meas
ures for farmers, President Coolidge
completed a reorganization of the
Federal Farm Loan Bureau. Mr. Eu
gene Meyer, Jr., of the War Finance
Corporation will be named Farm
Loan Commissioner and will be en
trusted with developing the Admin
istration farm plan.
PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF FOREST CITY AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY
FOREST CITY. NORTFAAROLINA FEBRUARY 16, 1928
Love Leaps All Barriers
Pretty Miss Beatrice Fuller, 19, of Boston, Mass., a descendant of the
Pilgrims, is to wed Clarence Kelrien, colored World War Veteran. The
young couple are to be married by the Rev. George S. Brooks, of Rock
ville, Conn. How do you pure blooded Southerners in Rutherford Coun
ty react to this mixture of blood? Oh, you glorious Southland, we're
glad we are here.
Rutherfordton, R-l, Feb. 13. —
Mrs. Mary Snyder who has been sick
for some time doesn't seem to im-
Messrs. Worth Abrams and Golden
Thompson have measles, also several
other cases in this community.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Dobbins carried
their five year old son to the Ruth
erford Hospital last week for treat
Miss Foy Jackson who has been
sick at her home in Inman, S. C. for
a month, returned back to Mr. and
Mrs. G. N. Mcßrayer's. Siynday,
where she is staying and taking a
course at Central High.
Miss* Myrtle Grose spent last
week at Mr. J. A. Smith's.
Mr. W. H. Blanton and family of
Spindale visited at Mr. Willie Mor
row's Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Jones had as
i their dinner guests Sunday, Mrs.
j Forrest Hamrick and children and
1 Misss Annie Hamrick. Later in the
; afternoon Rev. and Mrs. B. M. Ham
lick called a while.
j Mr. Lester McMahan and family
,of Rutherfordton and Mr. and Mrs.
■ Paul Hawkins of Alexander visited at
Mr. J. A. Smith's Sunday.
Mr. Burl Norris is able to be out
j again after being- sick with measles.
MT PLEASANT NEWS!
Forest City, R-l, Feb. 14. —Rev. j
jM. L. Buchanan filled his regular
: appointment at Mt. Pleasant church,'
1 both Saturday and Sunday.
! Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Robbins,'
: Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Holland, Jr.,'
; spent Sunday with Mrs. C. M. Hoi- 1
! land. I
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Matheny spent
( Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. M.
i Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Hamrick and j
, Mrs. Martha Randall, were guests of i
! Mr. and Mrs. K. P. Hamrick on last 1
j Miss Reba Price is visiting friends
and relatives in Cliffside this week. I
Miss Pauline Matheny spent Sun-1
, day afternoon with Miss Kathleen'
; Misses Bruce Fortune and Sarah j
Holland attended the play given at
j Cliffside High School building Satur- j
1 day night.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Holland visit- j
ed the small son of Mr. and Mrs. L.
A. Holland Sunday afternoon, who .
is getting along nicely at the Ruth-!
Mr. C. A. Kennedy of Forest City |
spent the week end with Mr. Clark j
There was quite a number from j
our community attended the play giv-1
en at Henrietta-Caroleen High
' School Friday night.
We are very sorry to note that
Prof. F. A. Brown of the Mt. Pleas
ant sehool is on the sick list and
unable to teach at this writing.
Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Davidson and
Mrs. Forest Davidson spent Sunday
with Mrs. T. J. Toms and family.
; Our pastor. Rev. M. L. Buchanan
j gave a very interesting talk in B.
j Y. P. U. Sunday night.
Farmers of Stanly County find
■ that grading and recleaning cotton
' seed will give an extra bale yield on
each eight acres.
The outlook for cotton is better
"this season than last, if the acreage
1 is not/ increased over ten per cent.
j FROVIDENCE NEWS
I Forest City, R-2, Feb. 14.—We
( have had about thirty-five cases of
, measles in this community. They all
! seem to be improving as well as
could be expected.
, Mr. W. V. Harrill has a sick baby.
We hope for it a speedy recovery.
, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Smith are vis
, iting in Charlotte this
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Morton Hop
per last week a fine baby girl.
Mr. and Mrs. John McDaniel vis
ited their daughter Monday, Mrs.
Irvin Allen, who lives near Hollis
Miss Mabel Smith spent the week
with her sister, Mrs. Lillian Hopper.
Mrs. Annie Buff and children
spent the week end with her sister
in-law, Mrs. Frank Adams.
Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Harrill visited
his brother Thursday night, Mr. W. V.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tool, of Geor
gia, spent last week with Mrs. Tool's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Brandle.
Mrs. James Harrill seems to be
improving after being sick about
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Womick visited
her parents, Sunday afternoon, Mr. '
and Mrs. James Harrill.
SULPHUR SPRINGS i
j Forest City, R-l, Feb. 13.—Rev.'
,A. G. Melton filled his regular ap-
J pointment at Sulphur Springs church '
j Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday ; t
' services was changed to the fourth : ,
Saturday afternoon instead of the 1 j
. second Saturday morning. I
| Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. S. A. '
, Bland Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. J.
j P. Lavender, of Gaffeny, Mr. and
I Mrs. Ray Home and Miss Grace Har- 1
j ris, of Forest City. 1 i
The Sulphur Springs B. Y. P. U. :
1 met Sunday night and rendered a -
j good program. We invite one and all
'to attend. '
j We regret to note that Mr. S. A. '
| Bland and Miss Pantha Smart are on (
! the sick list.
j Mr. Carl and Miss Stella Ma
i theny visited Mr. and Mrs. W. B.
' Bland, Sunday afternoon.
MR. O. T. PRICE TAKING SPEC
| IAL COURSE IN DRY CLEANING
i Mr. Oscar T. Price, of the dry!
i cleaning establishment of J. M. j
Price Son, is taking a special course j
j in dry cleaning at the Ben Vonde Co. ;
| in Charlotte. While Mr. Price is an ;
! expert himself, after a number of ,
! years' experience, he is taking this
' special training in order to keep up
with the very latest and best meth- j
! ods, as practiced by the great Ben
i Vonde Co. In a note to The Courier
■ he says: "Believe me, it is great to
j see how they handle expensive gowns
• like they do here. Have just handled j
1 one ladies' coat valued at SBOO,
i which looked just as good as new af- j
| ter being dry cleaned. The methods j
j are the very best and latest and I
! expect to put them into practice in ,
Imy own plant upon my return to
■ Forest City." Mr. Price expects to
i be back home in another week.
| Talk may be cheap, but net when ;
! you talk back to a policeman.
; ' Probably the biggest traffic prob
lem of all is how to buy gasoline.
AGED 80, DEAD
Highly Respected Citizen of
Ferry Community Passed
Ferry, Feb. 13.—Mr. Jesse L.
Scruggs one of our oldest citizens
died at his home here Thursday. Mr.
Scruggs who was reported very sick
some time ago had improved and was
thought to be getting on well until
Wednesday when he suffered a
stroke of paralysis and was uncon
scious until the end.
Funeral services were held at
Goode's Creek of which church he
was a member on Friday afternoon
with Rev. T. M. Hester pastor in
! Mr. Scruggs was born March 24th,
1848 and would have been eighty
years of age had lived until
March. He was married first to Miss
Mary E. Webb. To this union was
born four children, two are living,
Mrs. J. P. Dobbins, and J. 0. Scruggs.
His second marriage was to Miss
Rhoda C. Goode who preceded him
to the grave only a few months ago.
To this union was born nine chil
dren, four of whom are living;
Messrs. Lewis, Richard, Grover and
Miss Dona Scruggs. Mr. Scruggs was
a hard working man until he became
unable to work, was quiet, unassum
ing and lived a Christian life, stating
sometime before his death that he
was ready for the call. He will be
missed in the home, church, and com
munity. A large crowd attended the
funeral to pay their last tribute of
respect to their neighbor and friend, j
We extend to the bereft our tender-!
POOR SPORT KILLS FOX
Mr. W. J. Clontz, of R-l, Bostic,
was a caller at this office Monday,
and, after subscribing to The Cour
ier, made complaint that some one,
evidently a poor sport, had recently
killed a big red fox in his commun
ity. "This wanton killing," said Mr.
Clontz, "provided no sport whatever
for the killer, but deprives the fox
hunters of our section of the pleas
ure of many thrilling chases by the
SPECIAL SERMON FOR
SPINDALE BOY SCOUTS
Spindale, Feb. 13.—Rev. T. C.
Jordan, pastor of the local Methodist
church, delivered a special sermon
to the Spindale Troop one, Boy
Scouts, here Sunday evening at 7:30.
This service was Si union service and
congregations of the other churches
of the town suspended services for
the evening and attended. The serv
ice was part of the activities of the
Spindale Troop of Boy Scouts in ob
serving Anniversary week.
It's hard to see how even a ground
hog could predict the kind of weath
er we're having.
Biggest Ear Extant
Max McClure, 14 year old school
boy of Lawrence, Kansas, with the
70-inch ear of corn that won toi
him first prize in the annual "Big
gest Ear of Corn ' contest in Law
rence. The corn is of the Reed s
Yellow Dent species. Young Mc-
Clure raised enough corn i* 1927 to
feed all the hogs on his farm and
pay his way through school.
SI.OO Per Year in Advance
LURE TO STAGE
GREAT FOX HUNT
Famed Hunters From Several
States Invited to Partici
pate During Week of
Lake Lure, Feb. 13.—One of the
biggest fox hunts ever staged in
North Carolina will be held at Lake
Lure the week of March 12th in honor
of Cyclone Mac, the great evange
list, and Will Rowe, of Bennetsville,
S. C. Cyclone will bring his famous
pack of twenty Walker dogs and
he and Rowe are confidently expect
ing to carry back to South Carolina
all the honors of the hunt. But Dr.
Sevier, of Asheville, with his renown
ed Big Stride dogs and Howard Cam
nitz with Drum and Fan are equal
ly certain of keeping them in West
ern North Carolina. These two will
be assisted in keeping the honors at
Lake Lure by Oscar Shytle with
Windham and May Belle; Cecil Cobh
with Mian O' War; C. C. Moore with
his pack of Walkers, Will Magness
with his July dogs. Thad Flynn with
his famous Blue Tick and Oliver
Hill, of Rutherfordton, with his Cleir.
The hunt is being- arranged by
Howard Camnitz and Cecil Cobb. Al.
hunters desiring to take part are re
quested to notify either of these
gentlemen. Fox hunting guests at
Tryon and other resorts are especial
ly invited to participate in the chase.
Lake Lure bids fair to prove a real
Mecca for the fox hunters. Foxes are
plentiful and running fine. As one
stands on the mountain side listen
ing to the music of the hounds, as
it echoes and reverberates through
the hills, the Lake below binds its
witchery while majestic Chimney
Rock above seems to smile down his
approval upon the mad race below.
Lovers of the chase around Lake
Lure, recognizing the advantages of
the resort as a fox hunters paradise,
are gathering to themselves fox
hounds that will prevent many troph
ies leaving Lake Lure. She will num
ber in her colony some of the best
known hunters in the game. Howard
Camnitz, for several years president
of the Kentucky Fox Hunters As
sociation is now living at Lake Lure,
while Cyclone Mac. recognizing it as
one of America's finest hunting spots,
is buying a home there where he
may come with his great pack of dogs
to rest and hunt between his cam
paigns. Cecil Cobb is another Lake
Lure enthusiast and since "Like
draw a like" and "A fox hunter is
a fox hunter for a 'that and a that,'*
these hunters will cause other hunt
ers to swarm there like bees, till the
mountains will be dotted with Reo
Coats and Caps.
Here's to the Fox Hunters Club of
America's most Aristocratic Sport to
Yet at the chase we all meet on com
Social standing being measured by
the speed of one's hound,
They may come from far and near
in search of the title,
But the chances are —it will stay with
Old Man Shytle."
RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
Mr. J. F. Neimar, Scotch magician,
who has promoted sales at The Lead
er Store in this city and given sev
eral entertainments over the county,
will leave February 20 for his native
home in Sydney, Australia. He is. a
magician of splendid ability and has
a pleasing personality,which has
made for him many friends in this
county. He told this reporter that he
had spent three years in the United
States and had traveled extensively,
but that he liked Forest City better
than any city visited and would make
this place his home if he were not
returning to his native land. His
partner, Mr. Kaufman, sales pro
motor, is making Forest City his
Now that leap year is here the
cynical bachelors should be careful
of the company they keep.
Strawberry growers will experience
about the same prices this year as