A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
ESTABLISHED 1896, ' MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 1916. VOL, XX—NO, 23
NOT AFRAID OF ANYDODY
President is Only Afraid of Not
Being Ready to Do Duty—
Cleveland, Ohio,—President Wilson,
speaking as he said "solemnly,” warn-
de the nation t^at the time may come
when he cannot both keep the United
States out of war and maintain its
honor. He declared that the country
must be prepared to defend itself and
prepared at once.
“America is not afraid of anybody/'
lie said. “I know I reflect your feel
ing and the feeling of all our citizens
when I say the only,^ thing I am
afraid of is not being ready to per
form my duty. I am afraid of the
danger of inadequacy; I am afraid ol
the danger of not being able to express
the chief character of this country
with tremendous might and effective
ness whenever we are called upon to
jict in the field of the world's affairs.”
I “Let me tell you very solmenly you
cannot postpone this thing,” he de
clared. “I do not know what a sin
gle day may bring forth. I do not
wish to leave you with the impression
that I am thinking of some partciular
“I merely wish to tell you that we
are dally treading amidst Intricate
dangers. The dangers that we are
treading amongst are not of our own
making and not under our control. I
think no man In the United States
knows what a single week, a single
day may bring for them,”
Pittsburg.—President Wilson open
ed his six-day speaking tour of the
Middle West by addressing an audi^
tence of more than 4,000 that pack
ed Memorial Hall here, later appear
ing before an overflow meeting where
his hearers were mostly women. In
"both addresses he set forth the need
for a program of national defense and
at the larger meeting said that the
test of national preparedness lay not
with congress, but with the young men
•of the country in their answer to the
call to volunteer and their employers
who should oppose no obstacle to free
He believed, he added, that both
the young men and the employers
will do their duty and that he was not
tafraid America will not do enough.
FLOOD SWEEPS OTAY VALLEY.
Repeated Floods Drowned Over 100.—
Big Property Loss.
San Diego, Cal„ by wireless to San
Francisco.—One hundred lives have
been lost, as nearly as any estimate
can show, and charming little valleys
for 50 miles north of the Mexican
line lie desolate from floods and
With the death toll in the Otay Vol
ley seeming established at 50 and all
relief agencies working in that direc
tion, reports reached here of floods
sweeping the San Luis Rey and San
Pasquel Valleys, doubling the loss of
Looting, described by Rear Admiral
Fullam, commanding the Paciflc re
serve fleet, as “The worst I have ever
seen,’ broke out in the Otay Valley,
flood swept by the breaking of the
Otay dam. The lower valley was
turned into an armed camp patrolled
lay marines and sailors from the bat
tleship Oregon and the cruisers Mil
waukee and South Dakota in San
Diego Bay with orders to shoot loot
ers on sight.
The sailors and marines toiled hard
to recover the bodies of those who
lost their lives in the disaster and at
sundown 29 bodies, some of which
were mutilated had been gathered to
A new flood poured down the TIa
Juana River which has risen four
feet at its movth pt the foot of San
Diego May. Officials here said that
this undoubtedly Indicated the burst
ing of the Morena dam, 60 miles back
in the hills.
Zeppelin Raids Paris.
Paris.—^A Zeppelin dirigible passed
swiftly over a section of Paris droj?-
l)ing about a dozen great bombs,
which killed 24 persons and injured
Warnings were given again
shortly before 10 o’clock and a sec
ond air attack was momentarily ex*
pected by the residents of the dark
ened city. The fact that only one
German machine appeared leads to the
belief that the Zeppelin was making
a reconnoiterlng trip and the supposi
tion is that the Germans have in view
a similar £POT^onLon .aLlarger scale.
Miss Harris Elected Rural Super
visor of McDowell Schools.
Miss Maude Harris has been
elected to succeed Miss Maud Bar
nard as Eural Supervisor of Mc-
McDowell County. It will be re
membered that Miss Barnard re
signed this position last December
to take a position with the B. F.
Johnson Publishing Company.
Miss Harris is a native of Rowan
county and has been in school work
practically all her life since leaving
college. McDowell County is for
tunate in being able to secure her
services, since she has had some
three or four years experience in
supervision work in Wake County.
For the past two years she has
been teaching in the Marion Grad
ed School. The teachers and child
ren will find her an unusually
pleasant woman with whom to
work, and we feel sure that she
will do excellent work in McDowell
About the latter part of Febru
ary, Miss Harris will take charge
of the Normal Training work at
Nebo, giving special attention to
Primary work. She will also pro
bably assist in this work at Old
Fort and Marion Graded Schools.
The Progress welcomes Miss Har
ris into her new field and wishes
for her much success in this work.
Cnmp Fire Girls Entertained.
The Cullakeena Camp Fire had
had thirteen members who took
their first degree, that of the
Woodfather’s, last Friday night.
The girls had a semi-social cere
monial meeting given them at the
home of Mrs. Edward Walker by
their guardian, Miss Harris, as
sisted by Miss Rena Neal and Mrs.
I. J. Cox. The following list are
the names of the girls taking the
degree and receiving their rings as
token of requirements: Mary
Hudgins, Sara Hudgins, Mary
Griffin, Helen Lonon, Ruby James,
Margie White, Bessie Tate, Vir
ginia Banner, Ruth Kirby, Sara
Troutman, Gertrude Jones, Mary
Douglas Gay, Sara Margaret Neal.
After the ceremonial exercises the
girls enjoyed making candy, play
ing games and being initiated into
the art of bandaging, which is one
of the requirements for the next
degree of the Camp Fire.
Mrs. Margaret Carson Sinclair
has issued the following invitation
to the wedding reception of her
daughter at their home on South
“Mrs. Margaret Carson Sinclair
requests the pleasure of your pres
ence at the wedding reception of
her daughter, Moffitte Duart, and
Mr. John Leland Henderson on
the eyening of Tuesday, the fif
teenth of February, at half after
nine o’clock. Aii home, Marion,
Mr. Henderson, who is a native
of Hickory, is assistant sales man
ager of the S. B. Penick Company,
New York. The couple will make
their home at Bloomfield, N. J.
Both are prominent socially in this
section of North Carolina and the
announcement of their approach
ing marriage will be read with
Military preparedness is upper
most in the public eye, but the old
eye is doing a deal of blinking.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Sanfie of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Garden CJity, Jan. 31.—Following is
the honor roll of Garden City school for
the past week: Rena Jimeson, Rebec
ca Hennessee, John Ray Jimeson, Carl
Haney, Dillon Woody, Ernest Gibbs,
Reedie Bird, Zara Walker, Melvin Pat
ton, Estelle Patton, Cecil Woody, Nina
Quinn, Rutl;^ Chapman, Luta Mae Gibbs,
Georgia Hennessee, Mina Lou Young,
Myrtle Hendley, Alice Hendley, Addie
Quinn, Caskie McCormick, Frank Ha
ney, Douglas Woody, Warner Young,
Billie Gibbs, Milton McMahan, Fred
McMahan, Rena Patton, Viola Self, Jo-
sie Ellis, Ausher Ayers, Robert Chap
man, Avery Woody, Avery Willis, Ver
Misses Nellie Gibbs and Feneva Bird
are at home now from Nebo where they
have been in school.
Mrs. J. E- Jimeson is spending a few
days yisiting in Marion, with her daugh
ter, Mrs. D. T. Harris,
Miss Delia Gibbs spent Saturday and
Sunday with homefolks here.
Miss Lizzie Biddix spent the week
end with Miss Blanche Houck near
Fairview, Jan. 31.—An interesting
program was rendered by the school last
Friday, The question debated was ‘ ‘Re
solved, That the Horse is more Benefic
ial than the Cow,” with Jessie Dobson,
Georgia Anderson and Frank Holland
for the affirmative, and Callie Anderson,
George Dobson and Emma Toney for
the negative. There was reading by
Herbert Randolph, Mary Jarret, John
Gardin, May Randolph, Edgar Bailey
and Henry Randolph.
Jay Simmons of Marion visited her
mother here last Sunday.
Miss Mary Dobson spent last Satur
day and Sunday with homefolks.
Mrs. A. W. Owensby of Old Fort
visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. W.
Dobson, last week.
H. F. Randolph was in Glenwood,
Chas. Holland visited in Bridgewater
D. W. Dobson was in Marion, Thurs
Ed. Toney, Floyd Lewing and Chas.
Holland spent Friday in Marion.
H. F. and W. B. Randolph spent a
CDuple of days in Marion last week.
Thompson’s Fork, Jan. 31.—J. A.
Browning of Linville visited his sister,
Mrs. Maggie Janes, the latter part of
Ralph and Sue Tate of Nebo visited
their grandmother here last week.
I. H, Gibbs, Thomas Cuthbertson,
Duff Browning and John Buff made a
business trip to Marion one day Isist
Albert Buff of Morganton yisited his
sister, Mrs. M, D, Browning last week.
J, H. Janes made a business trip to
“The Bohemian Girl.”
Joseph F. Sheehan, Mirth Carmen,
Elaine De Sellem, Arthur Deane, Eu
gene Crowel and Phil Fein, said to be
six of the highest priced stars on the
American singing stage, head the fa
mous all-star revival of “The Bohemian
Girl,” which comes to the Auditoriam,
Asheville, Friday, February 4.
Each and eyery one of these stars
were selected from a host of applicants
for their particular excellence in the
role they depict, and the success of the
all-star cast is now a matter of history.
Many of our foremost critics pronounce
it absolutely without a flaw and say it
is the finest cast ever heard in “The
Bohemian Girl”; add to this such other
principals as Dave Cronberger and Lil
lian Hall in minor roles and the special
ly selected chorus, under the direction
of Basil Horsfall, the eminent conduct
or, and you have an ensemble seldom,
if ever, equalled in the annals of the
Seats at Allison’s Drug Store. Prices
50c to $2.00. ad
Nebo High School.
The Spring term of Nebo High
School had a very encouraging
opening. All of the old pupils re
turned and several new ones were
added to the roll. The fine weather
helped to stimulate the school spirit
and we were making our plans for
commencement when an epidemic
of petigo appeared on the north
side of town. At first there was
some fear of smallpox but both
the local physician, Dr. Taylor,
and the county health officer. Dr.
G. B. Justice, assert confidently
that it is nothing but impetigo and
they hope to have the disease
stamped out in a few more days.
To this end the only two houses
where this malady has developed
have been quarantined and will be
kept under quarantine until all
danger of spreading the disease
has passed. As a further precau
tion and to prevent an epidemic
from getting into the dormitory
school has been suspended until
Wednesday, February 16. By this
the school terra will not be short
ened at all, but commencement will
come later in the Spring, a time
more suitable for such occasions.
While school is not in session
some improvements are going on
in the auditorium and besides the
entire building and the dormitory
have been renovated and disinfect
ed. This was done on general
principles of sanitation, a treat
ment that every school house
should have every few weeks. I
am advised, too, that the two
houses that were quarantined will
be thoroughly fumigated as soon
as the quarantine is lifted.
The management of the school
wish to thank Drs. Taylor and
Justice for their careful and ef
ficient management of the com
munity’s health conditions and to
assure the patrons that their chil
dren will always be well cared for
and looked after while at Nebo
Li. L. Hargrave.
Death of Tina Jones.
On the night of January 21st
the Death angel visited the home
of Mr. and Mrs. W. L, Jones at
Forest City and took from them
their little daughter, Tina Eliza
beth, age five years and three days.
She was taken ill with typhoid-
pneumonia 52 days ago which re
sulted in her death. The remains
were brought to Marion and in
terment made at Providence ceme
tery, Sunday, the 23rd. Rev. L. D.
Thompson conducted the services.
Her place was always filled in the
Sunday School and she will be
greatly missed. A large number
of relatives and friends mourn her
death, but our loss is her gain.
“Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
from which none ever wake to
weep.” H. S.
Hankins School Honor Roll.
Following is the honor roll of
Hankins school for last week:
Edna Whetstile, Grace Whet-
stile, Gertrude Barnes, Pearl
Lewis, Lee Morgan, Jack Hemp
hill, Ben Hemphill, John Bailey,
Belle, Minnie and Fate Lentz, Jock
Whetstile, Cora McNeely, Sadie
Lewis, Patton, Lela and Margaret
Keep on pushing and pulling for
Marion and McDowell.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
kems Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The Teachers’ Assembly will hold
its next meeting in Raleigh—
Judge Howard A. Foushee of
Durham is dead. He was Superior
Court judge for two years but re
tired on account of ill health.
The libel suit of Editor DePriest
against Editor Weathers of Shelby,
called in the county court at New
ton Friday, was continued for the
defendant until February 28.
Louis D. Brandeis of Boston was
nominated by President Wilson
Friday for the place on the Su
preme Court bench made vacant
by the death of Associate Justice
While in Charlotte last week ex-
Gov. Blease told the Observer that
if the primaries were held now he
would be chosen Governor of South
Carolina by a majority of 25,000
to 50,000 votes.
At the meeting of the Mecklen
burg county Repulican convention
Wednesday Hon. John M. More-
head opposed a resolution denounc
ing President Wilson’s foreign
policy and the resolution was strick
Plans for the establishment of a
military feature at the University
of North Carolina will be discussed
at the June meeting of the board
of trustees, according to the de
cision of the executive committee
of the board at a meeting in Ra
leigh last week.
A Nine Million Increase.
The farmers of North Carolina
on January 1, 1916, were nearly
nine million dollars richer in hors
es, mules, milk cows and swine
than in 1910 when the census was
taken. They had 16,000 more
horses, 25,000 more mules, 11,000
more milk cows, and 372,000 more
Our rates of increase during this
five year period were 9.6 per cent
in horses or nearly two and a half
times the rate of the country at
large; mules 14 per cent or nearly
3 times the general rate; and swine
a 30 per cent increase against a 3.6
per cent increase in the United
Our increase in milk cows is not
up to the mark; 3.5 per cent
against 5.6 in the country at large.
Also we had 4000 fewer cattle of
other sorts, and 45,000 fewer sheep.
But all told, here is a most won
derful increase in livestock in fi7e
years! It keeps pace with our in
creases in crop production as noted
in the University News Letter,
January 12 th.
Barring only sheep, milk cows,
and other cattle the increases show
well against the increases during
the census period. We are im
proving the breed of our dairy and
beef animals, but the Federal Live
stock Report of January 18 indi
cates that we are failing to gain in
numbers as fast as we ought to do.
The man of millions is the one
who will profit most by our new
policy of preparedness. Hence the
man of millions is the one who
should cough up liveliest in the
matter of paying the freight. Tax
the big incomes—and colect the