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-THE UNION COUNTY PAPER-2VERYB0DY HEADS IT"
-THE UNION COUNTY PAPER EVERYBODY NEE 5 5 IT
' I he Monroe journ;
PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY
MONROE, N. C, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1921.
$100 PER YEAR CASH
ROAD TO PEACHLAND MAY
BE OPENED YERY SHORTLY
With (inNoline Down Two (nu a
(iallon, lnNMct Are Alluring
to Marslu tile's Motorist, -
WHAT ABOUT THE (;ROUXI HOU?
Marshvllle. Feb. 7. Mesdames Ed.
M. Marsh and Graham Hearon spent
the week-end with relatives in Char
lotte. While there they attended the
marriage of Miss Cullie Marsh to a
Mr. Edwards. Miss Marsh formerly
lived here, and her many friends here
will be Interested to learn of her
Miss Hallie Moore, a trailed nurse,
of Charlotte visited relatives here
over the week-end.
Mrs. Frank llarrell Is spending
several days In Uutherfordton visit
Miss Lola Hood spent the week
end fit her home in Matthew.
The play, -Brown Ky d Betty."
was presented by the hi.i,h school in
their auditorium on t'.'ed n-sday rnd
Friday evenings of la.u wek to large
audiences, who enthusiastically pro
nounced the rendition splendid.
His friends will be glad to know
that Mr. Uoy Marsh contlnr. m to Im
prove at Johns Hopkins wturi he is
taking radium treatment for tumor
on the brain. The first npilicaiion
of the radium was made a w i k or fo
r.go, and the next will be ma i; the
flm of March. .Mr. Marsh viil re
main in the hospital until t!ie next
treatment, then he and Mrs Marsh
wl!l return home for a month, befoie
returning for another uvitmoni. Mr.
Marsh Is able to sit up row, and has
been writing to his family. His
father. Rev. A. Marsh who has been
In Baltimore with Mr. Marsh since
Christmas returned home a tew days
Will some one please te'l 111 wheth
er the ground hog saw his shadow
or not? We have seen deflatto itate
nients In various papers to the effect
that he did, also that he did not.
Now who Is "Tight? We know that
Marshvllle saw no sun that day un
til twelve-thirty when a few faint
rays crept out. Dut the afternoon
developed into a beautiful spring
specimen. If his tribe came out
early did he stay until the sun shone
then go to corner again? What la
his course of procedure anyway?
Dr. and Mrs. M. P. Blair had as
their guests on Sunday Mr. and Mrs.
Blair Boylln of Wadesboro and Mrs.
Boylin's sister, Miss Dowd of Char
lotte. The snows may swirl and the rains
may slosh, but we have four miles
of good road to ride upon Just the
same; and the minute the sun comes
out every one take advantage of It,
too. And gasoline down two cents
already! It is said that the first of
March will nee the road opened
through to Peachland. If gasoline
should continue to drop two cents a
week until then, (as it did last week,
you know) well we can't think of
any better spring tonic than this
bright prospect! Una C. Harrell.
THE HAPPK.IX(7s AT VllXOATE
John Knight's Children
Won't Suffer For Bread
UNUSUAL PROVISION MADE
i fixed at fifty dollars, and appearance
bond at five thousand dollars.
Mr. Vann still occupied the floor.
CflD TUTU DV !IinrU D IV !Convlneedo(he Innocence of Charlie
fUA IfltilU Dl dUUUD IlAIlBrown. the alleged mulatto plik
. ! pocket who conducted his own de-
Negroe Implicated In the Cae to' f,onse.in Jurt. the one-time candl-
Help Family While the Fa- iu luier-
ther 1 on Uang J' ,a,u' -""sc
it was a lasiiaiiiiiiuus iuuii
spectators agreed. As Charlie came
in, Mr. Vann began his appeal. He
stated that he was not retained by
the defendant, nor was he appearing
for him In the expectation of reward.
He was convluced of his innocence,
and was acutated by this belief in
making a statement in his behalf. Mr.
Vann said that the money found on
TALL UPOX PEOPLE TO HF.LP
KOB1XSOX IS GIVEN' TEX TEAKS
A scene unique in the history of
Union county occurred Saturday dur
ing the closing hours of the February
term of Superior court when Judge J.
Bis Ray began imposing sentences
upon the Beveral defendants convlct-
, v-.. I !,,. ..l!l.., .,... I.. I... ...
rv to the laws of the state of North'"""" ' ")
Carolina inquire?, and that he did not believe
l'n.-Wd of sentencing the defend-! lh" "Teiidaiit had time to change the
ants upon convirfon. the court wait- l'1"' , 1 t,u,"n tru.m Mr: h(um''' iui
od until the last minute to say wheth- I of '"oimnatioi. he
er they should pav a fine Or serve a hnn ,erlo,, l'lsed between the
penal sentunce for violations of the j commission or the crime and his ur
law. The defendants sat in the little 'f l. his officers. He also reiter
room to the right 0f the Judge's ?t,d 'he testimony given on the stand
bench. Among them was a man con-jb Brown, which was to the effect
Meted of killing his own brother, an-!1'"1 1,0 reached Monroe with a speci
other an ex-service man found guilty j"01 s,,,. the amount of which the
or stealing a bale of cotton, and a fa- ',itcr u nnabto t0 n'ca "d that
ther of four or five little children who t,u "n niinui about two dollars
h,l h.u.n mnvi-teH nf makinir llmioiv spent for board and lodging was
a negro forger, and a few others com- t0 a,''"u"t taken from him
.. ... i hv the nnllre The nnrkpt-hnnL- fhn
Mcmlx'isliip mid Attendance of II. Y.
1. U. Steadily Increasing.
Wingate, Feb. 7. Much interest is
being manifested in the Baptist
Young Peoples' Union here. By div
ing the class Into two division, thus
stimulating rivalry, the attendance Is
constantly increasing. Last week's
attendance report showed that sec
tion "A" with 46 enrolled had 39
present Sunday, 6 new members, 6
visitors, and a collection of 70 cents.
Mr. Valentine Tarlton Is president of
section "A," and Mr. Roma Waddell
is tecretary. Section "B," with 52
enrolled, had 41 present, 3 new mem
bers, 2 visitors, and a collection of
70 cents. Mr. Joseph Beach is presi
dent, and Miss Minnie Herrln, secre
tary. Misses Rachel and Billy Dean ot
Marshvllle visited Miss Mary Bivens
Miss Vera Newman of the high
school was called home Saturday on
account of the. illness of her father.
Miss Rosa Mclntyre of Charlotte
spent the week in with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Mclntyre.
Mr. Voyle Williams returned from
a visit to Charlotte Saturday.
Mr. Clyde Bivens spent the week
end with his mother, Mrs. Minnie
Miss Bess Bogan returned Sunday
from Badln where she lias baeu vis
iting her Bister.
Miss Mable Hallman of Marshvllle
Tisited Miss Martha Sherwood Sun
day. Mrs. Jim Griffin of Laurinburg Is
visiting relatives here.
Elder Sam McMIlllan of High
Point spent Friday and Saturday in
James, the young son of Prof, and
Mrs. C. M. Beach, has been suffer
ing from an attack of tonsllitls, but
is somewhat Improved.
Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Biggers of
Oakboro spent Sunday In Wingate.
Mrs. R. F. Hunnicutt is seriously
111. Relatives have been called to
Death of Little Dorothy .Melton.
Sunday, Jan. 30th, the death angel
entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. II.
J. Melton and claimed their two
months old daughter, Dorothy Jrene
Melton, who was loved so much by
all. The little one was taken ill Sun
day morning at 11 o'clock and died
about 9:30 p. in. that tame day. Fun
eral services were conducted Monday
by Rev. Mr. Biadv or Prospect and
the remains were laid to rest in the
Sandy iV.is cemetery.
pleted tho little assembly that await
ed the pronouncement of their penal
ty. Out in the court room sat relatives
of the convicted men. The wife and
five little children of John Knight,
the convicted blockader, were seated
upon the first bench. Their pitiful
contained the money was not like the
one owned by Mr. Squires.
Judge Ray, however, was convinced
that Brown was a typical circus fol
lower who made his living by gambl
ing. This belief was substantiated
to an extent by the admission of the
plight especially aroused the sympa- '"'.emiani u.ai ne aaa uoue ume
thy of the court attendants, and it for gambling He was g yen a road
was noticed tnai tne race or me
Judge took on a sorrowful aspect as
his roving eyes occasionally centered
upon them. The wife looked upon
the court with mute, but pleading
sentence of eighteen months.
John Knight Gets Two Years.
Iu his disposition of the case ot
John Knight, the young white man
from the lower edge of the county,
eyes. The little children played, .who had been found guilty of manu
of their father. Further back sat the
father of one of the young white de
fendants, whose only plea for his son
was that he was weak Intellectually.
Makes Motion for a Xew Trial.
The first man haled before the bar
ot Justice was Lucius Robinson, who
had been found guilty of the murder
of his wn brother; Noah Robinson.
Before Judge Ray had an opportunity
to pass sentence, the defendant's law
yer, Mr. J. C. M. Vann, arose and
made a motion for a new trial, alleg
ing that the court erred In admitting
certain testimony to be the dying
statement of Noah Williams, the vic
tim of the shots fired from the pistol
of the defendant. This statement was
excellent good judgment, and earned
the commendation of the scores ot
lawyers and court attendants who
were present. He sentenced Knight
to the road for two years, but made
provision. In an unusual manner, for
the support of the defendant's wife
and five little children.
Implicated in the charge agalnet
Knight were three negroes, Adam
Wall, Clayton Wall and Isaac Blount.
After sentencing Knight, Judge Ray
turned to the negroes and said: "You
darkles lay $260 on my desk quick!"
Without any question, attorneys for
the negroes began seeking the white
landlord of the men. He was found,
and he agreed to pay the $250 ex-
l viic uriruuaui, a io mint i ' " . , . , , ,
lade by the deceased shortly after ftcted b the judge
the arrival of physicians as he lay at
a home near Mineral Springs, a short
distanee from where he was mortal
itmv Judge Provided for Mrs, Knight
Seeing his demand was being com
wounded. "Am I hurt?'' he Is said plied with, Judge Ray ordered the
to have asked the Doctor. "You are clerk to take charge of the $250,
hadly hurt." was the response, "but
I think you can pull through." "Do
something for me, doctor, he Is raid
which was "laid on his desk," out
of which he was Instructed to pay
to Mrs. Knight the sum of $15 a
.i hsve Mippllrated,. "I can't sta id . month. The negroes were then dis-
the p: in much longer." It was thrn
that s declared that he had no pis
tol, r-ir was he drunk.
Vann Apnes Is for Client.
Juflge Ray permitted this alleged
conversation to go to the Jury as the
dying statement of the deceased. Mr.
Vnnn contended that It was not ad
missable as he did not believe the de
ceased was under the apprehension
th.it he was going to die when it was
The motion for a new trial was denied.
charged upon the payment of costs,
Mr. J, J. Parker, one of the at
torney's representing Knight inter
ceded. He told the court that
Knight'r, entire crop had been seized
by his lundlnrd and a Monroe supply
house, and that the defendant began
making liquor from necessity. This
appeal failed to move the Judge. "Let
the $250 these negroes have "laid"
on my desk go to the school fund,"
he ordered. Attorneys for the de
fendant were panic-stricken. Hur
riedly they carried Knight over Into
the Jury room for a conference.
very shortly they returned. They
Mr. Vann then sought to secure a
llcrlit kantonna Fnn him pliant HVI1IP
Honor," he pleaded eloquently, ..tha reed ubn',t t.fcthe1orlK.'"a! ".'T,
Hf.i,, i. . .nn .nH .ha fntw tence, but made tho plea that $11
of seven children who are dependent," "f non Jor,the ?uW0,t 0
upon him for support. He has born I n ht 'm"j;i uri" the present
a fairly good character, and In view , ?riod f high living costs. "That's
th tvnt thnt Iho orlmo ura. mm. "" IVUIMU ever Rave
of the fact that the crime was com
mltted while he was under the Influ
ence of liquor I think he Is deserving
of that mercy which I feel Your Hon
or will accord him."
Here Jude Ray Interrupted. "Being
under the Influence of liquor does
not excuse the crime," he said.
them," replied His Honor. In the
end, however, he reduced KnlgM's
sentence from two years on the roads
to eighteen .months.
Ex-Service Man Fined 9300.
DeWltte Craig, who was In the
Bickett Battery during the war, and
"I know," replied Mr. Vann, "but Floyd McCorklo, who was also in the
It does temper the moral culpability aimy for a short while, wp? let off
of the act." j with a fine of $500 eac i for the theft
To Appeal o Supreme Court. I or a bale of cotton Mr. J. C. Sikcs
Judge Ray said something about ,'T
Cain and Abel. "Yes. Your Honor." halt ,0 i a petition us-
suavely remarked Mr. Vann. "but "KJllatIthe.be 8en-
Cain was guilty of first degree mur- e,,cf; " Igued by bank pres
der. My client has only been con- ''l18, attorneys, business and pro
vided of manslaughter." lit' '. ,neW8p?Per ,tr'
Concluding his appeal. Mr. Vann'ihe sherlff- c'prk. of, ""ft
made reference to the mentality of co,,nty "uperlntendent of public l.i
his client. "He does not possess the f'0"0"' CO?.nty"'muBHlo,nt'r and
Intelligence that you or I do," -he Vi f J''.
said, the Inference being that Lucius d h,8 PPeI. Judge Ray rather
Robinson was not aware of the gravl- I'"018"11 ' ,,05ed. ,C(ral8 t0J&y 11
ty of his crime. "It makes no differ- 500 flne- WcCorkle's penalty was
ence," sadly replied Judge Ray, "he the same as that Imposed upon Craig,
certainly knows the Biblical Injunc-j J"1"" Meets an Old Friend. .
tlon, 'Thou shalt not kill." ' John Harper, alias John Hollls,
' In reviewing the evidence In the colored, drew a two-year road sen
case, Judge Ray remarked upon the tence for entering the store of Mr.
fact that Lucius had fired not once, Wristen Lee about two months ago.
but several times. The readiness of, "Haven't I seen you before?" asked
the wife of the deceased to testify fa- Judge Ray, when Harper appeared
vorable to the defendant also arous-; berore him to receive his sentence,
ed the credulity of Judge Ray, who Harper grinned. "Yassah, Judge."
remarked that such conduct was ex-, "It was over at Winston-Salem, was
ceedlngly rare. Mrs. Noah Williams, it not?" questioned His Honor. "Yes
It was said, went to the home ,of suh." "Didn't I give you a long road
Lucius Robinson after the death and sentence over there about four
funeral of her husband, where she month ago," Judge Ray asked fur
stayed for some time. ther. "Dat's right, sush," responded
A sentence of ten years at hard the defendant. "Two years In the
labor In the penitentiary was Im- penitentiary," said the Judge. -V,-pored
upon Robinson. The defend- , haps they can keep you down lv. e."
ant nave notice of appeal to the Su-
preme court. His appeal bond was I Continued on IV.go Eight.
DENOUNCE THE MEMBERS
OF PRESENT TAX BOARD
IakhI Farraeis' Union Organisation
Would Have Theut "legilaled"
Out of Office.
TO INAUGURATE COTTON jlS OPPOSED TO SWAPPING
BUYING MOVEMENT HERE
HORSES AMID STREAM
Cotton AsNoriulion Would Have Thonj Mineral Springs Corresitondent Is la
Who Are Able to Buy Spots
to Warelx.u until (all.
Favor of I lie Ireent System
of Iload CoiiMrurtlou.
ENTIRE SOUTH BACKJXli PLAN SELLIXti MAXY CABBAGE PLANTS
Resolutions passed Saturday by
the Union county branch of the
Farmers' Union arraign the present
board ot tax supervisors In severe
terms, and denounce the indicting of'
more than one thousand citizens for
failure to list their property. The
resolutions, which were drawn by a
committee composed of Messrs. R. B.
Cuthbertson, H. M. McCain and E.
G. Yarbprough, read:
"Whereas, the present board of
county tlx assessors of Union county
ha proven itself to be expensive.
careless, 'Inefficient aad indifferent to j
the general 'interest of the tax payers
of the county, and
"Whereas, said assessors for gain
did sell their birth-right for a mess of
potage by indicting more than a
tliousanu good citizens for failure to
make thoir tux returns when 90 per
cent of them can prove that they did
make their returns, and
"Whereas, said citizens have been
put to great deal of expense of time
and money iu attending court on said
clicrgea, We, the members of the
county organization of the Farmers'
Union, do resolve:
"1. W protest against the present
method of tax listing because it is
too expensive and because of inflated
tax value: of real estate as fixed by
said boarU. Expenses of listing, re
valuation and litigation will amount
to about $18,000.00.
2. We favor the township method:
A board of three for each townslp to
make revaluation, said board to be
appointed by the county commission
"3. We condemn in the strongest
terms tho outrageous and high-handed
act of-the board In Indicting a
large nuqiber of loyal citizens for
failure to list their taxes when a vast
majority of them can prove that
they made their returns.
"4. We ask our representatives In
the present legislature to use all fair
and lawful means to have said board
removed from office.
"5. We call on all citizens who
want an honest valuation and a
souare deal to write to and urae our
representatlves'To fall "not In hating
the present board removed from of
fice. R. B. Cuthbertson, H. M. Mc
Cain, E. G. Yarborough, Committee."
"KATCHA-KOO" DELIMITS TWO
LAIMiE AUDIENCES FRIDAY
.Much Praise in Accorded the Director,
MInm Xev Burgee, of Xew York
Ry MRS. ROSCOE PHIFEU.
The Parent-Teacher association is
very much gratified with the results
of the play given Friday afternoon
and night at the Strand Theatre for
the benefit of the school.
"Katclia-Koo" delighted two large
audiences, as was evidenced by the
hearty applause and frequent en
cores!. At the evening performance
the house was parked atd quite a
number stood during the two-hour
perfovanee, no seats being available.
Mrs. Neva 8. Burgess, the capable
and highly efficient director of New
York, endeared herself to all who
came In contact with her. A woman
of plendid attainments, strong men
tality, faith and courage, she Inspired
others, to do their best and to po
forward in every good and uplifting
movement, In every undertaking for
individual or community betterment.
In response to a certain call, Mrs.
Burgess paid a tribute to the talent
of the town and urged the organi
zation of the community players. She
advised the business men to take over
the opera house, If, It could be se
cured, and put on community plays
frequently. It Is good training for
the children and it gives the young
people something to do that is bene
ficial and at the same time, enjoy
able, Instead of leaving them to their
And the gettlug together of the
people for safe and sane amusement
Is good for them. See what the
Chautauqua has done for Monroe!
The community players could do the
same thing, on a smaller scale, of
All who took part in the play or
assisted In any way, helped greatly
to make it the success It was, and
the association extends thanks to
each and every one. The Monroe or
chestra members, who so generously
gave of their time and talents, de
serve all praise. The music was
splendid and thoroughly enjoyed, and
added so much to the effectiveness
of the play.
WATCH FAILS TO WAKE DEAD
And Ml.mut Xegro Mut Stand Trial
on Widow's Complaint.
Mlama, Fla., Feb. 7. Joe Thomas,
an aged negro, got Into trouble today
through failure to make good a con
tract to bring bark to life the hus
band of a negro woman. 'She said
she gave him $15 and her husband's
gold watrh for the Job.
Thomas said he burled the time
piece at the grave to rouse the sleep
er, but It didn't work. The court
snld It looked like false pretense and
bound Thomas over.
Card of Thank.
W" desire to exire-.r o-ir simere
I'mn'ii" i tho-n vlio ere po kind
fi : .;M::;i;,.tVt! to us during the
tf."!.nes3 r.nd eath of our little child.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Melton.
Realizing, to quote Mr. J. S. Wan
namaker, "that it Is the height of
folly aud spells commercial suicide
to plant another crop when the
staple can be bought tor less than
the cost of production," the Union
county branch of the American cot
ton association is preparing to in
augurate a movement to secure the
purchase of spot cotton by local
farmers and business men.
This buying movement is designed
to supplement acreage reduction. Af
ter a farmer has signed the pledge,
he will be urged, if he has the
n.'iaey, to buy as many bales as pos
S.nt on tho present market, and
r.to;v it in the warehouse. The pies
ent price of the staple, many believe,
will be far less than the coht of pro
ducing the 1921 crop. This is in
keeping with a Southern-wide move
ment. President Wannamaker, in a re
ei'iit statement, l ad the following to
say relative to this eunipah;;::
"Through special committees of
the strongest financial men In the
South, under the leadership of the
American Cotton association, system
atic plans were put into effect and
force several weeks ago for the pur
pose of Inducing those financially
able to purchase the amount of cot
ton for fall delivery that they would
produce under ordinary conditions on
their lands and not to permit the
planting of a seed of cotton on their
lands for the present yar.
"The plan Is proving fur more suc
cessful than was anticipated. It Is
being handled in th'i strictest con
fidence. If the geneial trade and cotton-consuming
world knew of the
men who are In charge ot this mat
ter, the information alone would
prove of a startlingly bullish nature.
Befofe adopting this plan it was nec
essary for the men interested in it
to be thoroughly convinced that the
South would put In a drastic acreage
reduction, and for this reason a most
systematic canvass, through confi
dential representatives, was made ot
the entire South. The Information
secured was convincing and proved
be drastically reduced In every one
of the 800 cotton-producing counties,
and that we are facing the absolute
certainty of a one-halt cotton crop
"Based upon this Information
leading producers In many sections of
the South have purchaesd the cotton
they would produce under ordinary
conditions on the exchanges for de
livery In the fall of 1921; others have
purchased the actual spot cotton.
However, they pledged themselves
under no condition to permit the
planting of a seed of cotton on their
lands, and in addition to this not to
dispose of their holdings until the
fall of 1921. The plan is being sys
tematically pushed, and additional
numbers are being added dally. Un
der no condition will names of those
behind this plan and those adopting
it be furnished. With an acreage re
duction of fifty per cent and the as
surance of "the success of the above
plan, It not only decreases the pro
duction of cotton for 1921, but in
creases the amount of cotton It will
be necessary to deliver from the cot
ton produced In 1921. Conditions
confronting the cotton producer will
be absolutely changed, and Instead
of facing bankruptcy in the fall of
1921 as he is now, having raised his
food and feed crops at home, plant
ing only one-third of his lands in
cotton, he will be facing prosperity
and will secure for his cotton so pro
duced a greater amount of money
than he could possibly have secured
had he planted a full acreage and
produced a full crop." ,
SKUXK USED TO END DA.VCE
Eleven (ill Is Faint When Revenge of
Suitor Becomes Apparent.
Centre, Neb., Feb. 7. Authorities
are looking for Thomas Langdon,
twenty-three years old, a farmer who
left the community last night. It la
alleged Langdon, angry at a rival who
escorted a young woman to a dance
at a school house dropped two Bkunks
Into the room where the dancing was
going on, and nailed the window
shut. When the young persons dis
covered what happened they found
the door was tied from the outsido
and that props had been placed
against all the window blinds.
Eleven of the eighteen girls pres
ent promptly fainted. While the
hoys were busy with them the stove
began to pour forth volumes ot
smoke following the placing of a
board and several stones on top ot
Mineral Springs Route 1. Feb .
Mr. Matt Yarborough is right serious
ly silk with measles. He is teacher
at College Hill and his school is clot
The studeuts at Prospect have or
ganized a basket ball team. Mr. Er
nest Broom is captain.
Mr. V. P. Plyler, our local mer
chant and cabbage plant man, nil
sold thousands of plants to the farm
ers here for the last lew days. He
has turned down several 20.OJ0 plant
orders in the last week.
Mr. Ra:ue Stames cut hij kne
right seriously a few days ago while
chopping wood. A leader was cut
and tin" bone was fractured.
Accord t:..,r to our older people, this
will be a ood grain year. They point
out that the ice and snow which has
been on the ground for several days
will kill a great many insects, which
greatly helps the graii:.
At this time last year your scribe
was laid up with the "ilu," alias grip,
la grippe, aud imtueuza, and will say
if we lne to be as old as Mathusla's
mail ha:j, 1 shall not forget the nice
things my friends did for me.
Mr. C. C. Staines who has been
right sic k with grippe for some time,
The people ot Buford township art
greatly liuensed over the way soma
of her citizens have been treated con
cernlng their taxes. They were part
ly appeased when they read the grand
Jury's report, but to quote one citi
zen, "What the county needs is a tax
lister that is capable of taking th
tax and one honest enough to not try
to graft the people."
The thousand men on the court
house square last Monday morning
was a monument to the ln-et'flclencjr
of our listers and a serious blow to
the revaluation act In Union county,
and although I have been a supporter
ot the new law, I am willing to peti
tion a change if we are to have a
thousand or ao pulled up every year
to please the whims of a honorable
magistrate. The people of Buford
have enough of It.
It is rather hard to get people to
talk' roaM lilatters down here but
most of us favor Capt. Heath's plan.
We can't see that anything is to be
made by swapping horses In the mid
dle of a stream. And why as soon as
Monroe township got most of her
roads in good shape, are we to pay
our part which must be nearly a
hundred thousand dollars, on the
bonds for no more work than we have
had? If we dally what will become
of our roads? Will 27 men be more
efficient than the nine we already
have? Wp have no kirk against Mr.
Eubanks, and believe he can fill th
office for this township better than
any person in It, for he has had the
necessary experience. Should not
we farmers get together in communi
ty meetings and disru--s this road
question? We did not feel equal to
the occasion on the 22nd. These are
some of the questions I have been re
quested to ask through The Journal,
as most of us are still in the dark as
to what is being done.
Mr. Marvin Barrett Is home from
Charlotte for a few days visit.
LIVE FIMXi IX FISH'S BODY.
Removed From IVkeral, Amphibian
Hops Behind Stove.
Boston. Feb. 7. A frog which had
taken up residence In a pickerel's
stomach, was disposed of by Harry
Fairbanks, of this city, who hooked
the fish through the ice at Mill Toud,
N. H. A few minutes after eviction
the firmisteriMal tallies amphibian
shook off winter torpor and hopped
l.ui'Tuldly to new quarters brhind a
stine. The frog's "pickerel house
boat" was fifteen Inches long.
Even fertilizers can't overcome the
handicaps of poor seed bed and poor
SAYS 95 PER CENT OF TAX
PAYERS AREjN THE MUD
This Plus Half Million Dollar Bond
Issue, According to Vmn, Is
Present Komi Status.
COUNTY U.XTT PLAN A FAILURE
To the Editor of The Journal:
Since only a few hundred citizens
were present at the mass meeting at
Monroe, February 22nd, when 1 made
friendly apology to chairman Heath
and to ex-chairman Henderson for
their monumental failures to make
a success of a bunglesome, unwieldy
and impractical county unit system of
road supervision, I am asking The
Journal for space to reiterate the
apology for having made criticisms
that seemed to apply to men instead
of the SYSTEM. Neither Mr. Hon
derson nor Mr. Heath nor any other
man can make anything like an ap
proximate success under a centralized
j county unit system, with one direct
ing head at Monroe. Mr. Hender
son, who Is a successful business
man, resigned rather than continue
under a system that was to collapse
uinaer its top-leavy load within a
j few months. Chairman Heath's two-
page apology lor the failure and the
collapse of the late lamented cen
tralized county suit system was pa
thetically done, but it is my modest
opinion that he is slightly In error
for wanting to attempt to redeem the
said county unit system that has
caused the halt million, plus fifty
two thousand dollars, to melt away
In eighteen months, leaving mora
than ninety-five per cent of the tax
payers hopelessly In the mud. with
fifty-two thousand dollars lesi than
nothing for road maintenance. Th
biggest legacy Union countv tax
payers and their posterity will have
out of the net resutls of this five
hundred and fifty thousand dollars Is
a bonded Indebtedness of a half uill-
jiion. plus 1000 miles of mud roads.
The sooner we p.-t bsrk to local
self government and under township
supervision the quickei we will find
ja little relief. J. . ilREEN.