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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
MARION, N, Q., THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1916,
VOL. XX—NO. 32
ASK CANDIDATES TO TALK
Farmers’ Union Want to
How They Stand on Various
The State Council of the Farm-
I «rs’ Union, in session in Raleigh
last week, adopted resolutions seek
ing to ascertain the position of
yarious candidates for State offices
on matters that the Union is vital
ly interested in. Following are
Whereas, believinf; that our
farmers would appreciate knowing
more definitely how candidates
stand on all the really important
issues before the State, therefore
Resolved, by the State Council
of the North Carolina Farmer’s
Union, that we hereby instruct our
secretary to send to the avowed
candidates for Governor and other
State offices in each political party,
and to other candidates as soon as
they announce themselves, a copy
of this resolution, and offer such
candidates an opportunity to ex
press themselves as briefly and ex
plicitly as possible on the measures
affecting rural interests approved
at the last session of the State
Farmers’ Union as follows (includ
ing submission of appropriate con
stitutional amendment where nec
(1.) Repeal of the merchants’
crop lien; (2.) provisions permitting
neighborhoods to adopt race segre
gation in land ownersliip; (3.) a
just and equitable system of taxa
tion, (a) lightening the burdens
upon labor by putting a larger pro
portion on inheritances, (b) with
constitutional provision for a lower
rate on resident than on absentee
landlords and (c) increased rate on
lands held out of use; (4) provision
for incorporating rural communi
ties; (5.) initiative and referendum;
6.) a stringent anti-usury law and
laws regulating bonds of public
service corporations; (7.) giving
some official authority to regulate
insurance rates; (8.) a State ware
house system somewhat like the
South Carolina plan; (9,) a simpli
fied and popularized Torrens sys
tem of registering land titles; (10.
provision for furnishing text-books
to the people at cost.
Resolved, 2. That candidates’
answers be printed on the Farm
^rs’ Union page of the Progressive
Farmer as far as practicable
■ That we suggest that each Local
Union ask county legislative can
didates to express themselves on
these issues through the local press
of each county, together with the
questions of salary instead of fee
system for county officers, abolition
of county treasurer’s office, or sub
stituting commission form of gov
ernment. 4. The purpose of this
entire resolution is not to threaten,
entreat or endorse any candidata
but simply to get the facts, letting
the people act for themselves. 5.
That the State secretary send five
copies of this resolution to each
Local Union" president for use in
the manner just suggested.
Clarence Poe, who is one of the
leading members of the council,
says that this is not a case of the
Union’s going into politics, for
resolution No. 4 makes it clear that
the only purpose is to get publicity
of opinions from candidates on mat-
1;ers almost wholly affecting rural
Sprihg Meeting of Concord Pres
bytery Here April t1.
Concord Presbytery will meet
in regular Spring session Tuesday
evening, April 11, at 8 o’clock in
the Presbyterian church. The
Presbytery will be called to order
at 8 p. m. by the moderator, Mr.
H. I. Woodhouse, of Concord,
N. C. Dr. J. M. Grier will preach
the opening sermon, after which
the new moderator will be chosen.
Three sessions will be held each
day, 9 a. m. to 12 m., 2:30 p. m.
to 5:30 p. m., and 8 p. m., to ad
journ at will.
On Wednesday at 11 a. m., Dr.
H. M. Parker, of Statesville, will
preach, after which the communion
of the Lord’s Supper will be cele
brated. Wednesday afternoon, I
to 5 o’cloqk, a Sabbath School con
fereoce will be held. Dr. W. L
Lingle and Mr. W. C. Smith, of
Richmond, Va., are expected to
speak at this conference.
On Thursday morning at 11
o’clock Rev. S. H. Hay will preach.
All these meetings are open to
the public and everybody cordially
invited to attend.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
The Nebo High School Jbom-
mencement will be held this year
on April 27 and 28. Rev. Harry
M. North, of Durham, N. C., will
pr^h the commencement sermon.
As yet the speaker for the occasion
has not been secured. Announce
ment of the entire program will be
made next week.
The County Superintendent an
nounces that the institutes for
teachers at Marion will not begin
until Monday, April 24. All teach
ers who expect to take this course
at Marion will please take notice
of this change. As originally
planned, the institute at Marion
was to begin April 17. The gen
eral meeting of all teachers in the
county will be held on May 1, 2,
and 3. Prof. E. E. Sams, Mr. L.
C. Brogden, Miss Mary O. Gra
ham, and Mb. T. E. Browne have
been invited to be present and talk
to the teachers at this time.
Elrief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
'iS’ebo, April 8.—The Nebo people were
highly entertained Friday night by a
joint debate given between the Nebo
and Strondtown Societies. The speakers
from Strondtown were Clarence Pool
and Dave Bowman. The speakers that
represented Nebo were George Taylor
and Devanie Lytle. There was a mis
understanding about the sides of the
(^nestion each speaker was to bo on.
They all had prepared for the afl&rma-
tive, bnt Messrs. TayloT and Bowman
kindly consented to take the negative.
The question was: Resolved: “That the
World is Growing Worse.” When the
judges handed in their decision it was
found they had unanimously voted in
favor of the negative.
Miss liona Goforth spent the week
end with homefolks at Dysartsville—^
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Q. G. Annis,
March 27, a daughter.
^^r. and Mrs. M. C. Sigmon and son,
Chaffie, spent Sunday in Bridgpwater
with the former’s daughter, Mrs. M. L.
Miss Rosa Stacy, who has been teach
ing in Wake county, is at home for her
Mrs. G. D. Taylor and daugher, Hat-
tiOi were shopping in Marion Saturday.
Prof. Creel, principal of Nebo High
School, preached a good sermon to a
large audience Sunday at the Methodist
church at 11 o’clock.
Mr. and Mrs. Elgar Smith of Marion
speut a few days with friends and rela
tives here last week.
Jefferson Curtis of Linville is cutting
a large boundary of timb3f near Nebo
for the Lyerly aud Abernethy Lumber
Company of Bridgewater.
The Sunday schools are progressing
very nicely at both churches. We hope
that with the coming of spring more
people will attend both Sunday schools.
Mrs. D. A. Annis and little son of
Erwin, Tenn., spent a few days last
week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
M. C. Sigmon.
Misses Olivia Patton and Elsie Stacy,
who are teaching near Marion, spent
the week-end with homefolks.*
Mrs H. C. Taylor and Mrs J. E. Sig
mon were shopping in Marion one day
ed relatives here one day last week.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Mar
tin Bmner is ill with pneumonia.
Mias Ila Meanis of Statesville is visit
ing relatives here.
G. C. Ellington visited his son in
L. L. Walker and family spent Satur
day and Sunday with relatives at Bridge
L. G. Price was in NealsyiUe Thurs
day on bnsiness.
The farmers of this section are putting
the finishing touches to their land and
will be planting com in a few days.
Thompson’s Fork, April 3.—M. F.
Tate made a business trip to Marion
J. S. Pyatt of Harmooy Grove made
a business trip here Thursday.
Claytpn Janes is visiting his grand-
Ben Simmons of Harmony Grove was
a visitor here Sunday.
Mrs. J. N. Cuthbertson and children
visited relatiyes in Morganton several
days last week.
John Buff visited liome folks at Lin
ville last week.
A. J. Simmons has returned from
Virginia and reports his son better.
Quite a number of the people of this
place attended the debate at Nebo Fri
Mrs. Maggie Hemphill, who has been
on the sick list for ijuite a while, is im
D. C. Brown made a business trip to
Marion one day last week.
Mrs Will Brown and daughter, Sarah,
of Nebo, were visitors here Monday.
Fayette and Fermaa Simmons made
a business trip to Graphiteyille one day
J. H. Janes made a business trip to
Marion one day last week.
Quite a number of the people of this
place attended the singing at the home
of John Hensley.
Mrs. Marion Simmons i was shopping
in Marion Thursday. 1
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stone and child
ren of Nebo were guests of Mrs. C. F.
Dyson Saturday and Sunday.
w The first negro county com
mencement ever attempted in Mc
Dowell county was held at the
court house last Saturday. It was
in every manner a success, the ex
hibits being especially fine, while
the declamation contest showed
evidence of considerable training
on the part of the cglored teachers.
Mrs. Mattie Shepard, supervisor
of colored schools, has done splen
did work along industrial lines this
year and deserves much credit for
the efficient work she has been
doing. Very interesting addresses
were made by Messrs. B. B. Price
and D. E. Hudgins.
It is hoped that the negro com
mencement will henceforth be made
an annual event, Mr. D. E. Hud
gins having pledged himself to
give annually a gold medal to the
colored‘girl who makes the best
cooking exhibit, while Mr. Byron
Conley has offered to give annual
ly a medal to the boy who makes
the best agricultural exhibit.
J. R. Murphy and two assistant
officers report the destruction of
a large distillery near Harmony
Grove Tuesday night. The plant
had a capacity of turning out 100
gallons of “moonshine” at a run
Dysartville, April 3. — Miss
Mangum of Marion spent two
with homefolks here recently.
Robert Roper has accepted a position
Miss Lona Goforth of Nebo spent the
week-end with homefolks here.
Will L^andis spent Sunday in Nebo.
MissesRuby, Maggie and MaryKirk-
sey are recovering from a seyere spell of
J. B. Mangum has returned to his
work in Virginia after spending some
time here with relatives.
Fred Fortune and Miss Callie Duval
were happily manied at the home of
Rev. J. R. Denton last Sunday, quite a
number of their friends being present.
Rev. J. R. Denton performed the cere
mony. Following the ceremony Mr.
aud Mrs. Fortune left for Marion where
they will spend some time.
Robart C. Laughridge of Spencer spent
the week-end with homefolks.
Miss Myrtle Cowan is spending come
time with her sister, Mrs. W. P. Knox
Alden Hudgins of Rutherfordton spent
Lee Whitener visited his son, He^y,
at Rutherford hospital last week,
latter is reported as improving.
Woodlawn, Apill 3.—Mrs. M. W.
Yancey is visiting her daughter, Mrs.
D. N Lonon, in Mai Ion.
“Uncle Bill” Quinn is very ill.
Fred Hollifield is out again after a
severe attack of pheumonla.
Jock Lonon visited his grandmother
here last week.
Frank Elliott spent one night last
week with his uncle, W. C. Huskinn.
A Mr. Fox is operating a sawmill in
‘Uncle” Steve Collis is planning to
teach a singing £:Chool at Green Moun
tain church for a few month, giving his
services Saturday and Sunday of each
Mrs. D. R. Byrd is in very poor health.
Three persons were baptised at Arm
strong church yesterday.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the Stato.
In the town election at Morgan-
ton Monday Wilson Tate was elect
ed mayor by 156 majority over
J. R. Taylor.
Ex-Supreme Court Judge J. S.
Manning announces his candidacy
for Attornay General, and Judge
Frank Carter has retired from the
A. W. McLean of Lumberton is
boosted for national committeeman
to succeed Josephus Daniels. J.
S. Carr, H. G. Chatham and R. A.
Doughton are mentioned.
The United States Senate has
adopted an amendment providing
$50,000 for a site and building and
10,000 for annual maintenance of
a school for the Indiaqs of Rebeson
and other counties in the State.
The state grew nearly nine mil
lion bushes of sweet potatoes last
year, and the south up towards 50
millions, and New Jersey and
everywhere else seem to have pro
duced a bumper crop. That’s why
the price this season is way down.
One dav the past week fire de
stroyed the home and contents and
300 bushels of corn belonging to
A. P. Troutman at Xeyser, Moore ‘
county. Mr. Troutman is an Ire
dell man and a former resident of
E. H. Bridges has assctined edi
torship and management’ of The
Forest City Free Press. He will
have associated with him W. 8.
Croker, former editor and mana
ger. Mr. Bridges was superin
tendent of the county schools of
Rutherford for many years, bat
retired two years ago.
The paper crises is coming faster
than the people might think. The
last issue of The Nation *'regrets
that a shortage of paper which
could not be foreseen compelled it
to issue in greatly reduced size.”
And the Nation is a metropolitan
paper at that. The Observer would
not be surprised to see some of its
contemporaries ^coming along in
wrapping paper dress before the
war ends.—Charlotte Observer.
Dysartyille, April 3.—The school at
this place will close next Friday yrtth
an entertainment at night. Mr. Willie
Landis has taught a very successful
term and we would ba pleased to have
him returned next year.
Mrs. G. H. Ellington, who has been
on the sick list for some time, is very
A. J. Davidson of Statesville was
bnsiness visitor here during the week.
Mrs. M. L. McCurry of Marion visit- side
Cooleemee, March 29. — Miss
Mary Mar ley and Mr. Isaac Cap-
lan of Oid Fort were married here
today at noon in the Baotist church
by Rev. H. C. Marley, father of
the bride. The bride is a daughter
of Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Marley,
and is a most lovable young wo
man. The groom is a young busi
ness man of Old Fort.
The maid of honor was a sister
*of the bride. Miss Margaret Mar
ley, while the best man was Mr.
Eirl Bradley of Winston-Salem.
Other attendants included Mr. Fred
M Bradley and Miss Janie Dula,
Mr. Hoyt Curtis and Miss Gertie
Smith, and the ushers were Walter
Caudell and Phillip Young. The
ring bearer was little Miss Ruth
Jarvis. The flower girls Mary
Zachery and Katherine Barnes.
The young couple left at once
I for Old Fort where they will rc-
Married secretly in Marion, on
Sunday, January 30, the wedding
of Mr. Robert H. Nichols of this
place to Miss Frances Smart of
Marshall, N. C., was announced a
few days ago. Rev. W. H. Moord
performed the ceremony, which
was witnessed only by relatives.
The bride IS a daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. James Smart, of Marshall,
and a sister to Mrs. W. H. Black-
well of Marion Junction, and it
was while on a visit here some
time ago that Mr. Nichols made
her acquaintance. Shortly after
the marriage Mrs. Nichols returned
to her home at Marshall. Last
week Mr. Nichols went to Marshall
and returned home Thursday eve
ning accompanied by his bride,
when the announcement of the
marriage was made public. They
are stopping at the home of the
groom’s mother, Mrs. J. A. Finley.
Mr. Nichols is station clerk at
Marion junction and has a host of
friends here who wish for him and
his fair bride a long and happy