A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO TIME BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
MARION, N. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 16. 1916.
VOL. XX—NO. 29
PLAN TO CATCH BANDITS
American Government Expects Hearty
Co*operation of Carranza Forces
in Hunt For Villa.
Washington.—The United States
Qorernment entered Into a formal
agreement with the de facto govern
ment of Mexico under which the
American troops will cross the border
to hunt down Villa and his bandits
with the expectation of hearty co
operation from the Carranza forces.
Secretary Lansing made public the
text of a note, accepting General Car
ranza’s proposal for a reciprocal ar
rangement between Uie two Govern
ments and announcing that the
United States held this arrangement
to be now in force and binding upon
both parties. General Funston will
carry out his task under agreement.
Official announcement was awaited
that the American forces had crossed
the border. Plans for the troop move
ments have gone ahead without re
gard to the diplomatic exchanges.
Mr. Lansing also made public a state
ment issued in the name of President
Wilson, reiterating that every step be
ing taken by the administration was
based on the deliberate intention to
preclude the possibility of armed in
tervention in Mexico. It follows;
“In order to remove any apprehen
sion that may exist either in the
United States or in Mexico, the Presi
dent has authorized me to give in
ills name the public assurance that
the military operations now in con
templation by this government will
be scrupulously confined to the ob
ject already announced and that in
no circumstances will they be suffer
ed to infringe in any degree upon the
sovereignty of Mexico or develop into
intervention of any kind in the in
ternal affairs of our sister republic.
“On the contrary, what is now be
ing done, is deliberately intended to
preclude the possibility of interven
The note to Carranza defines the
terms of the agreement beyond the
possibility of misconstruction. In
brief it provides that where condi
tions arise on the Mexican side of
the border similar to those at Colum
bus which led to the orders to Gen
eral Funston, to enter Mexico, the
same privilege will be accorded to
the Mexican de facto Government
without the necessity of a further ex
change of views. It is clearly stated,
however, that the bandits to be pur
sued on American soil by Mexican
trcops must have come from the
American side, committeed depreda
tions on the Mexican side and fled
back again to United States territory.
There is no such instance on record
In recent years.
Officials of the Mexican Elmbassy
here were jubilant over the accep
tance of General Carranza’s proposal
by the United States. The Ambassa
dor designaate Eliseo Arreddondo,
withheld comment pending advices
from his chief, but other officials
made no secret of their entire satis
faction with the American note. It
was transmitted promptly to General
Carranza. Some officials said that
while a few extreme radicals among
Carranza adherents might show op
position to the agreement, this ele
ment would not be important, nor
would it influence the relations be
tween the two governments.
To prevent any war munitions from
reaching Villa from the United States
the Treasury Department instructed
its collectors at San Francisco, No
gales and Lo3 Angeles to place an
embargo on shipments of arms and
ammunition through those points into
Mexico. The embargo effects the
principal commercial gateways into
Chihuahua, Sonora and Lower Cali
fornia and is regarded as sufficient in
extent to make certain that Villa will
not be supplied from this country.
The whole matter is in General
Punston’s hands. He is planning
carefully his moves on the huge chess
board of northern Mexico, where he
is to match his wits with Villa. His
deliberation, officers here say, is cal
culated to make certain the result be
fore the first shot is Pred.
Davidson Glee Club Pleases.
The Davidson College Orchestra
and Glee Club gave a concert at
the Graded School Monday night,
rendering a full program replete
with delightful music, both vocal
and instrumental. It would be
difficult to give an adequate ex
pression of the evidences of skill
and perfect training on the part
of the performers. It is sufficient
to say that a large audience of
lovers of music applauded with en
thusiasm throughout the entire
evening. Nearly every number
was encored, and the boys always
responded cheerfully. It would
not be fair to mention any stars,
for all were good. Mr. Mullen in
his character sketches was excel
lent, so were the soloists, Messrs.
Fowle, Neal and Baker. Every
body was delighted, and we all hope
that this Club will visit Marion
next season. The receipts amount
ed to $53.65, a third of which goes
to a local cause..
NEWS Ftn)IVI THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Nebo, March 18.—The Normal course
for teachers opened today with an en
rollment of 23. There are seyeral teach
ers boarding at the dormitory and more
are expected to be here by the first of
next week. The course will continae
for five weeks and we hope that much
good will be accomplished during that
Miss Mamie Goforth, after making an
extended visit to friends and relatives
here, returned to her home at Dysart-
ville last Friday.
M. S. Giles of Glen Alpine was a
visitor here Sunday,
Misses Iowa Sigmon and Hattie Tay
lor attended the closing exercises of the
Chapel Hill school last Friday night.
Lee Layendar, who has been ill with
pneumonia, is improving.
Miss Cheley Sigmon was shopping in
Marion one day last week.
At last Germany has declared
war on Portugal; Portugal being
the thirteenth country to become
involved in the conflict.
Sans Souci Club Entertained.
One of the most enjoyable affairs
of the season was the entertainment
of the Sans Souci club by Mrs. J.
Q. Gilkey on last Friday afternoon.
Four tables were arranged in the
hall and parlor for 108. Spring
flowers and potted plants were at
tractively arranged throughout the
house. St. Patrick was much in
evidence, the score cards were
dainty Irish maidens with appropri
ate quotations. At the conclusion
of the game, the dicing room
thrown open and the hostess invit
ed her guests to find their places
at one loog table by means of beau
tiful place cards. The table was
lovely in snowy white trimmed in
green. The center was alternating
green Irish hats and miniature
flags. Potatoes with flags and
shamrocks and pipes were additions
to the already perfect table. An
elegant course luncheon was served
the St. Patrick idea being perfect
ly carried out in every detail.
Camp Fire Organization.
The Camp Fire girls are now
collecting old clothing and toys for
the war orphans, to be sent the
National Department of the Camp
Fires as a donation on the fourth
anniversary of the National Camp
Fire organization in the United
States. About the middle of May
the Culiakeena Camp expect to
give the play “Any Girl”, in the
graded school auditorium. This
play is not only for the purpose of
raising money for the camp, but
also to interest and acquaint the
parents of the girls, and outsiders
as well, in the purpose and work
of the Camp Fire orgamzation.
Thursday will be Arbor Day at
the Graded School. A program
will be rendered by the children
in connection with the planting of
the trees. The exercises will be
gin promptly at 2:30, and every
body is invited to be present. It
is earnestly hoped that the patrons
of the school will encourage this
effort of the children to add to the
beauty of the school grounds by
being present and taking part in
the exercises. Each class will plant
its favorite tree, giving it the name
of some well known character.
Hankins, Mar. 13.—Mrs. W
spent a few days last week in
burg, S. C., with relatives.
Mrs. Charles Hensley of Nebo spent
Saturday and Sunday here with her
mother, Mrs. C. McNeely.
Mrs. Eva Brown and Misses Nancy
Finley and Lettie Lentz of Marion were
visitors in Hankins last Saturday and
Mrs. J. Y. Finley of Marion is visit
ing relatives and friends here.
Miss Jane McNeely was shopping in
M irion last week.
Mr3 J. Y. Barnes of Marion spent
last Saturday and Sunday here witii
Frank Dysart made a business trip to
Bridgewater last Saturday.
Mr. and Mi^s. John Anderson of Car
lyle were visitors here Sunday.
Mrs. Ben Martin and children and
Miss Edna Tate of Marion spent Friday
and Saturday here with Miss Kit Dysart.
Death of Ernie WlcCormick.
At 1 o’clock Monday afternoon,
Feb. 28tbv^rnie, the eldest daugh
ter of Mr. apd Mrs. Geo. McCor
mick, peace|uUy fell asleep, from
which there will be no awakening
until the resurrection morn.
For several weeks Ernie suffered
from a complication of whooping
cough and pneumonia. She bore
her affliction with unusual patience,
showing always a consideration for
those who loved her, and so tender
ly ministered to her. While she
was only a child, a little more than
thirteen years of age, she was lady
like in her conduct and hospitality.
Several da.^ before she breathed
her last, sh^ |aade a bright profes
sion of faith! in the Lord Jesus
Christ as her personal Savior, and
being conscious until the last, she
constantly affirmed that she was
not afraid to die, but rather as
sured her loved ones that she was
going home. Ernie was a sweet
attractive child, and was addition
ally loved because of her obedience
to her parents and school teacher.
Their many friends deeply sym
pathize with Mr. and Mrs. Mc
Cormick in the loss of their child.
Miss Minnie Foy, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Foy, of this
place, and Mr. W. B. Pumphrey,
of Lancaster, Ky., were united in
marriage at the home of the bride’s
parents on South Main street last
Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock,
Rev. L. D. Thompson officiating.
The ceremony was witnessed by
relatives and a few friends.
The groom was for some time
advance agent for the Williams
Stock Company but now holds a
position with the American Tobac
Mr. and Mrs. Pumphrey will
make their home in Lancaster, Ky.
Normal Course for Teachers
The normal course for teachers
will begin at Old Fort, Monday,
March 20. Supt. I. C. Gnffio will
have charge of the classes in Teach
er Training. Miss Maude Harris,
rural supervisor, will give the
courses in primary work. She
will begin her work on Monday,
April 3, and will continue for two
weeks. Supt. N. F. Steppe, and
County Superintendent Byron Con
ley will conduct the classes in
arithmetic, grammar and history,
this work to begin March 20*.
Teachers expecting to take ad
vantage of these courses are re
quested to be present on the open
ing date. They are also requested
to bring copies of the books re
quired to be taught in the schools
of the county. The text on Peda
gogy can be secured from Mr.
Griffin on the opening morning.
No charge is made for instruc
tion in this work.
place Friday and
Robbed of Watch.
Morganton, N. C., March 8.—
Charged with robbing R. R. Flag
man of his watch, Carol Nicks,
nineteen, and James Sneed, twen-
ty-one, were today bound over to
the Superior court on a charge of
highway robbery and carrying con
cealed weapons. They were un
able to furnish bond and were
taken to the Marion jail. The
hold-up took place at the end of
the Swannanoa tunnel above Old
Fort. The arrests were made by
Marshal Grant of Old Fort,
Ridgecrest Road is AlmostComplete
P. H. Mashburn, of Old Fort,
chairman of the highway commis
sion, was in Asheville last Friday
and is quoted as stating to friends
that the new road from Ridgecrest
to Old Fort is almost completed
and will shortly be opened to
through traffic. Mr. Mashburn
says that the road is splendidly
constructed, and will rank among
the best in the state.
Miss Crawford Elopes with Spar
Charles Cecil Wyche, a promi
nent young attorney of Spartan
burg and a member of the South
Carolina senate for two terms,
eloped to Asheville with Miss
Evelyn Trul Crawford, Saturday
night, and the two were married
by Rev J. S. Williams, chaplain
of the Good Samaritan mission.
Mr, Wyche was defeated for the
senate of South Carolina in the
last election, running on the ticket
with Cole iBlease. He is now a
candidate for lieutenant governor
of the state, as Blease’s running
Mrs, Wyche is the daughter of
Jackson Crawford, prominent in
Old Fort and McDowell county.
Two of her brothers are connected
with the Southern Railway com
pany. The young couple left yes
terday for an extended honeymoon.
CbKVENTIQNS IN APRIL
State Committee Names Dates for
Democratic State and Coun^
The Democratic State committee^
in session in Raleigh Wednesday
night, selected Raleigh as the place
and April 27 as the date, for the
meeting of the Democratic State
convention. The county conven
tions to elect delegates to the State
convention will be held on April
22, the precinct meetings to elect
delegates to the county convention
on April 15.
The State convention will elect
four delegates to the national Dem
ocratic convention and the dele
gates to the State convention from
each congressional district will elect
two delegates from each district.
Two electors for the State will be
named by the State convention and
an elector for each district will be
named by district delegates.
The State, convention does not
nominate candidates. The candi
dates, State, judicial and congres
sional, and the legislative and coun
ty candidates in the great majority
of the counties, will be named in a
State-wide primary to be held in
June. There was some contention
that delegates to the national con
vention should be named in the
same way, but the majority of the
committee’decided that there was
no provision for naming delegates
and electors in the primaries.
Forty-seven members of the com
mittee w«re present or represented
Nathan O'Berry, R. H. Hayes,
B. W. Ballard, A. H. Eller and
A. D. Watts were appointed a
committee to convass, June 10, the
returns from the State primary;
and to draft a new party plan D.
G. Brummitt, A. D. Watts, A. M.
Scales, S. C. Brawley and J. W.
Ferguson were named.
The following resolution was
adopted by a rising vote:
* "In view of the discussions that
have taken place in Congress and
in the country with respect to our
diplomatic relations with belliger
ent countries, thel)emocratic State
executive committee desires to give
expression to its implicit confidence
in the judgement, wisdom and pa
triotism of the President in the
discharge of his constitutional
I function pertaining to our foreign
relations, and to commend our
Senators and Representatives in
Congress for their action in voting
to table resolutions tending to em-
barass him as our spokesman and
representative in his negotiations
with the belligerent governments
of Europe. We know that the
President is an ardent friend of
peace and that he can be relied
upon to protect this country from
war if that result can be accom
plished without sacrificing the
honor and dignity of the nation.”
A. P. Goodwin of Gatesville was
made a committee member to suc
ceed L. L. Smith and C. F. Cline
of Rutherfordton to succeed John
C. Mills. Smith and Mills have
died since last meeting.
Adjutant General Young says
the North Carolina National Guard,
on a peace basis of 65 men to the
company, now has 225 officers and
3,026 enlisted men fully equipped.
He declared he could bring the
organization to a war basis of 150
men per company in ten days.
North Cove school will have its
commencement Friday, March 17.
There will be a picnic with a pro-
graim consisting of songs, recita
tions, drills, etc., in the afternoon.
An interesting program will also
be rendered at night at 8 o’clock.