A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL CX)UNTY.
MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1916.
VOL. XX—NO. 30
WRECK AT JAMESTOWN
One Passenger, Mrs. M. S. Hiatt,
of High Point, Killed—A Num-
, ber Are Injured.
'High Point, N. C., March 20.—
As a result of last night’s wreck of
bouthern train No. 43 at James
town, one person, Mrs. Mack Hiatt,
of High Point, is dead, three others,
Miss Mary Green, of Thomasville;
P. H. Carroll, of Oak Hill, Va.,
mad Miss Taroline Biggers, of
Thomasville, are very seriously in
jured and 24 others have been
treated for injuries and slight
l>raises. Railroad officials doubt
if the exact cause of the wreck will
ever be known. Miss Green, of
Thomasville, has a fractured skull
and other injuries. P. H. Carroll,
is suffering from several deep
wounds on arm and head, and his
condition is very serious. Miss
Biggers, of Thomasville, fractured
left leg, which may have to be
The passenger was crushed- by
derailed freight cars of regular
freight train 74, which was speed
ing northward on a parallel track.
The passenger was pulling away
from the Jamestown station, hard
ly having gained motion when the
That portion of the passenger
train which emerged from the
wreck carried the injured to High
Point, five miles south, and they
were moved to a hospital there
The first death, that of Mrs. Hiatt,
occurred within an hour after
reaching the hospital. None of
the trainmen were injured.
The freight train was moving
northward rapidly when one lum-
ber-loaded car slipped out of the
train and led the stampede. This
first car catapulted into the pas-
^nger train. The heavy steel of
the baggage coach resisted the im
pact but the next car, a passenger
coach, gave way to some extent
It remained for the third car to
receive the burden of the assault
and it was crushed. Right behind
the lumber car was a heavy oil
tanker, which added resistless
weight to the breach made by the
more fragile car. Other cars fol
lowed and a mass of broken wood
and twisted steel was the result.
Chapel Hill school, taught by
Misses Mary Poteat and Tracy
Sigmon, had a ^strikingly success
ful entertainment Friday night,
March 10. The house was full to
overflowing at an early hour,
friends, relatives and visitors hav
ing come from far and near to
hear these caoable young people
of Cbapel Hill community give
their exercise, which marked the
closing of a successful term of
school. Among the selections call
ing forth much applause and de
serving of especial mention were
The Proposal”, a song by Nancy
England and Carl Corpening, the
two recitations, “Catching a Train”
and “Alameda”, by Misses Lurline
and Gladys Ashworth, and the
play entitled “College Girls.” This
play was of especial merit, not
only on account of the natural way
the girls presented it, but also be
cause the olay is one that is of a
higher standard than the average
plays usually selected for such en
tertainments. There are many
good plays of the same type but
of the other objectionable type
their name is legion—and selection
is a matter of good judgment on
the part of the*teacher.
Prizes for spelline were award
ed to Tenny Poteat and Lillie
Smith; for perfect attendance to
Reuben Poteat and Thelma Hol-
il:WS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Thompson’s Fork/March 20.—Misses
Hettie Crawley and sister Della of Har
mony Grove, visited their sister, Mrs.
Will Toney, here Saturday and Sunday.
Yannlas Brown of Glen wood yisited
homefolks here Sanday.
Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Browning are
visiting relatives in Morganton.
Thomas.Cuthbertson made a business
trip to Marion one day last week.
Mrs. Maggie Hemphill, who has been
on the sick list, is improving,
Andrew Watson and son, John, of
South Creek, made a business trip to
this place one day last week.
A. J. Simmons was called to West
Virginia during th 3 week on the account
the illness of his son, Loyd, who has
Mrs. J. N. Cuthbertson visited home
folks in Morganton last week.
D. CJ. Brown made a business trip to
Marion one day last week.
Officers Conduct Long Still
for a Still.
Asheville, March 18.—Follow-
iog the track of the blockade dis
till er of corn juice over trails cov
ered with snow in the mountains
^f Mitchell, Avery and parts of
Burke and McDowell counties.
Deputy Collector John M. New
ton and Special Employe Charles
Stewart, this week covered about
100 miles of territory in a general
raid which ended with the destruc
tion of one of the largest outfits
captured in recent months.
Near Ingalls postoffice in Avery
county a fine copper still of 76.5
gallons' capacity was located after
many old blockade sites had been
found, these having been aband
oned for better fields for operation.
Twelve fermenters of beer ready
for distillation into whiskey were
discovered together with some low
wines. The total loss to the own
ers of the plant is approximately
$500, considering the value of the
pr^uct when ready for the market.
Services at the Episcopal church
next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:30
An interestitig program of songs,
pantomimes, drills, recitations and
plays was given last Friday night
at the East Marion school. The
teachers of this school. Misses
Mary McKoVi Mattie Hicks and
Annie Gibson, realize the needs of
this school in regard to the calls
of the Domestic Science depart
ment lately installed. It was to
add to the further equipment of
this work that the entertainment
was given. All the selections given
were very creditably rendered, but
the pantomime, “Swanee River”
and a drill, “Sonflowers”,' were
mirth provoking, showed time in
training and received hearty ap
plause. The song» given by the
entire school were among the best
heard in any school. In the “Flow
er Drill” also the sixteen small
girls showed the result of careful
training. The profits from the
small admission fees amounted to
mary teacher; M. M. Conley, card teach
er; Manrice Conley, secretai^. We hope
all of the people of the community will
attend regular and we can haye a suc-
ces^ul Sunday School.
The Ladies Aid Society will hold their
next meeting at the church liext Friday
afternoon at 2 o’clock. All the mem
bers are urged to be present at this
Charl^ Wilson made a business trip
to Marion Monday.
Joe Conley spent Tuesday in Marion.
Woodlawn, March 20.—Mrs. M, W.
Yancey spent several days in Statesville
the last week.
M. L. Good made a business trip to
Marion last Friday.
Curtis Tate was in Marion Saturday
Miss Wilma Corpening is home from
Salem College on account of sickness
Jas. C. Goforth has been on the sick
list with grippe, but is able to be on
Getting out acid wood seems to be the
principal occupation in this part of the
county this spring.
M. L. Good lost a good cow the other
day. She was foundered on corn.
Farmers are preparing to plant corn
when the weather gets warmer.
We trust and pray that the officers of
our good county will look into this liquor
question more closely and stop so much
moonshine. Its effects are felt in our
religious work. Revenue officers, please
Chas. F. Mott Arrested Here.
Styling himself at Forest City
as “R. Smith” and at Marion as
‘*N. Silverti,’* a stranger who is
said to have made some unpre
cedented offers of soap and pre
mium bargains in the name of a
non«existent St. Louis firm, was
arrested here last Friday nisrht by
Sheriff Laughridge and Deputy
Sheriff Curtis at the reauest of
Chief of Police J. T.* Smith, of
Forest City. The prisoner was
taken to Rutherfordton where he
was placed in jail. According to
the officers he admitted that he is
Charles F. Mott, supervisor of
Syracuse, N. Y., wanted ^t that
place on charges of bribery and
conspiracy. The prisoner is said
to tally with a photograph of Mott,
for whom there is a reward of
The High School Meet.
The Bryson City Times notes
“Reports are coming in daily from
high schools which expect to take
part in the contests in April. To
date, however, only eight schools
have been hea/d from definitely.
Murphy, Clyde, Mills River, Syl-
va, lotla, Marion, Almond and
Andrews will be in literary events,
while all of these schools except
Murphy and Almond will be repre
sented in athletics.”
At the C. C. and O. school last
Saturday night, March 18, a pro
gram consisting of songs, panto
mimes, recitations and a play was
given. The occasion was the clos
ing of this year’s term of work.
The audience, a large and attentive
one, listened with interest to the
exercises rendered by the little
children, the boys and girls of the
school. The program reflected
credit upon the teachers and those
rendering it. “Peterkins and
Polly”, sung by two children, and
the little Quaker song, “Twas
Thee, Twas Thou,” were listened
to with much interest, as was also
the play, “The Economical Boom-
erangue.” The “Goodnight Drill”,
by the wee white robed maidens
carrying their candles was especial
ly impressive. Prizes were award
ed for perfect attendance and spell
ing. This was followed by a talk
from Mr. W. R. Bailey. The
teachers of this school are Mis&es
Stacy and Lonon, and they are to
be congratulated upon the smooth
ness and success of their year’s
work as well as upon the work for
Garden City, March 20.—Miss Rebec
ca Hennessee spent the week-end at
Pitts, N. C., with Mrs. Bob Hennessee.
Miss Maud Elliott and Geo. Chapman
attended the closing exercise at East
Marion school, Friday night.
Miss Nelle Gibbs of Nebo spent Satur
day and Sunday with homefolks. She
was accompanied by Miss Ruby Giles.
Several of the Garden City boys are
attending the spring term of Marion
Miss Lennie Curtis has returned home
after spending several weeks in Marion.
. Mrs. J. E. Jimeson has been sick for
several days but is improving fast.
The Ladies Aid Society met at the
home of Mrs. H. A. Gibbs Saturday
The Twentieth Centuiy club met Fri
day afternoon at the home of Mrs. W.
W Neal. The subject for discussion
was “Palestine.” The roll call brought
out many interesting current events.
The following papers were read: “The
Life of David,” by Mrs. Story; “AStudy
in the Gteogi*aphy of Palestine,” by Mrs.
Rf>id; “Manners and Customs of the
People of Palestine,” by Mrs. Gay. The
hostess served her guests with delicious
Ashford, March 20.—Mr. and Mrs. S,
M. McCall si>ent Saturday and Sunday
with relatives at Spqice Pine.
Miss Louise Brown has returned home
from Woodlawn where she has been
Misses Myrtle McGee and Maurice
Conley attended the closing exercises of
North Cove school Friday night.
J. E. Wilson made an extended trip
to Burke the latter part of last week.
Mrs. Joe Lonon and daughter, Laura,
visited relatives at Pitts Friday and
Mrs. J. B. Lonon was in Marion shop
Todd McCall made a business trip to
Burke county last Friday.
Ed. English returned home from Ten
nessee last Thursday, where he pur
chased a fine team of black horses
Mrs. J. C. Conley is visiting relatives
in Greensboro and Connelly Springs.
Sunday School at Concord was or
ganized last Sunday and officers and
teachers were elected for the next quar
ter as follows: Walter. Brown, Supt
Mack Lonon, assistant supt.; Ethel Wil
son, senior teacher; Todd McCall inter
mediate teacher; Mamie Wiseman, pri
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the ^tate»
The contract for the erection of
the great festival chorus audito>
rium at Black Mountain has been
awarded to Elliott Brothers, of
Hickory, for $245,000.
Representatives of a number of
weekly newspapers, nearly all west
of the Ridge, met in Asheville last
week and organized the Western
North Carolina Press Association.
Noah M. Hollowell, editor of the
Sylvan Valley News of Brevard,
was elected president.
The death sentence imposed upon
Mrs. Ida Ball Warren, the first
woman in North Carolina ever
sentenced to die in the electric
chair, was commuted to life im
prisonment Tuesday by Governor
Craig. The governor also com
muted to life imprisonment the
sentence of Samuel Christy, con
victed with Mrs. Warren of the
murder of her husband in Winston-
H* H. Taylor, a colored citizen
who lives at Warren ton, has issued
a call for a State convention of
colored Republicans to meet in
Raleigh April 24. The call is is
sued from the headquarters of the
North Carolina Republican Execu
tive Committee (colored), and is
signed by Taylor and Chas. N.
Hunter of Raleigh, secretary, witii
the names of committeemen from
the ten congressional districts.
The Mimosa Iifn, a popular re
sort hotel nearTryon, was destroy
ed by fire Friday morning. The
hotel at the time * was filled with
visitors and although no lives were
lost or no one injured, many of
the guests lost their trunks and
personal belongings. The fire is
said to have started in the boiler
To The Public.
1 have been informed through reliable
sources that a report has been circulat
ed in Marion that my children had
scarlet fever” during the Christmas
season, and that Dr. Jonas and myself
concealed this fact from the public for
fear of injuring my ChristQ[as trade.
I wish to brand this report as a malicious
falsehood. I may be financially poor
but I haven’t decended to the depths
where I would endanger the lives of
hundreds of children for the sake of a
few dollars. Anyone wishing to yerify
this statement can do so by consulting
my physician, Dr. Jonas, whom every
one knows is an honest Christian gentle
man and a reliable and conscientious
R. B. Neal., Marion, N. C.
I hereby announce myself as a candi
date for the office of Treasurer of Mc
Dowell county, subject to the action of
the Democratic primary. I promise, if
nominated and elected, to serve the
people to the best of my ability.
. M. G. Poteat. .
I hereby offer myself as a candidate
fur the o^ce of Treasurer of McDow^
(County, subject to the action ot the
Democratic party, with these reasons:
First, the fact that we have never had
a paying office in this end of the county:
second, mv faithful seryice to the party.
A. W. Giluam.
Democratic Convention Called.
That, whereas the State Democratic
Executive Committee has fixed the
dates of Precinct meetings and County
Conventions, the Democrats in the sev
eral precincts in McDowell County will
take notice that they will hold the pre
cinct meeting in their respective pre
cincts on April 15th, 1916, at 1 o’clock
p. m., for the purpose of selecting dele
gates to the County convention which
will be held in Marion on April 22, at
1 o’clock p. m , for the purpose of se
lecting delegat-es to the State conven
tion to be held in Raleigh on April 27,
1916, and to transact such other busi
ness as may come before said conven
tion. This the 21st day of March, 1916
J. J>. BLANTON,
Chairman McDowell County
Democratic Executive Com.
W. M. McNairy, Secretary.
I hereby announce myself a candidate
for Treasurer of McDowell County sub
ject to the action of the Democratic
primaries. A. W. Grayson.
For Register of Deeds.
I hereby announce myself a candidate
for re-election to the office of Register
of Deeds of McDowell County subject to
the action of the Democratic primaries.
R. L. C. Gibson.
^ For Stierlff.
I hereby announce myself as a candi
date for the office of Sheriff of McDowell
County, subject to the action of the
Democratic primary. If nominated and
elected I promise to serve the people to
the best of my ability.
J. R. Ledbetter.
For the House.
I hereby announce myself a candi
date for Representative from McDowell
County in the lower house of the next
General Assembly, subject to the action
of the Democratic primaries.
Miles P. Flack.