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ESTABLISHED 18^. MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 1916. VOL. XX—NO. 40
u. S. IS EAGER TO TAKE PART,
BUT ASKS FOR NOTHING
ONLY FREEDOM OF THE SEAS
Settle Forever Contention Which Has
Been Keynote of All Diplomatic Dis
cussions With Germany and Greiit
Britain.—Want Virtual Guarantee of
Territorial Integrity and Political
Washington.—^President Wilson de
clared here before the League to En
force Peace, that the United States
was ready to join in any feasible as
sociation of nations to preserve the
peace of the world against “political
ambition and selfish hostlity” and in
service of “a common order, a com
mon justice, and a common peace.”
He expressed the hope that the
terms of peace which end the war
would include such an arrangement
Absolute Freedom of the Seas.
Outlining suggestions for peace,
which the President said he hoped
the United States would make if it
had opportunity to do so, he included
provision for absolute freedom of the
seas, a contention which has been the
keystone of all the diplomatic discus
sions with Germany and Great Brit
ain; and virtual guarantees of terri
torial integrity and political inde
Officials interpreted the President’s
address as a preliminary feeler for
peace in Europe. He outlined the
conditions on which the United States
would move if it made a formal med
iatory offer with the idea, it was un
derstood, of learning how such sug
gestions would be received abroad.
“I am sure,” said the President,
“that the people of the United States
would wish their government to move
along these lines:
Peace Only, and Its Future Guaran
“First, such a settlement with re
gard to their own immediate inter
ests as the belligerents may agree
upon. We have nothing material of
any kind to ask for ourselves, and
are quite aware that we are in no
sense or degree parties to the present
quarrel. Our interests is only in
peace, and its future guarantees.
Universal Association of Nations.
“Second, an universal association
of the nations to maintain the invio
late security of the highway of the
seas for the common and unhindered
use of all the nations of the world,
and to prevent any war begun either
contrary to treaty covenants or with
out warning and full submission of
the causes to the opinion of the
world—a virtual guarantee of terri
torial integrity and politcal inde
The Fundamentals of a Lasting Peace.
The fundametals of a lasting
peace. President Wilson said he be
“First, that every people has a
right to chose the sovereignty under
which they shall live. Like other
Nations,” the President said, we
have ourselves no doubt once and
again offended against that principle
which for a little while controlled by
selfish passion, as our franker histor
ians hfive been honorable enough to
admit; but it has become more and
more our rule of life and action.
“Second, that the small states of
the world have a right to enjoy the
same respect for their sovereignty and
for their territorial integrity that
great and powerful nations expect and
“And, third, that the world has a
right to be free from every distwb-
ance of its peace and that its origin
in aggression and disregard of the
rights of people a»d nations.”
Principle of Public Right Must Take
“If this war has accomplished not
ing else for the benefit of the world,
he said, “it has at least disclosed a
great moral necessity and set for
ward the thinking of the statesmen
. of the world by_a ^ole age^ Repeat
ed utteran|^s of the leading states
men of most of the great nations now
engaged in war, have made it plain
that their thought has come to this,
that the principle of public right must
henceforth take precedence over the
individual interests of particular Na
tions, and that the Nations of the
world must in some way band them
selves together to see that right pre
vails as against any sore of selfish ag
Inviolable Rights of Mankind.
*That henceforth all alliance must
not be set up against alliance, under
standing against understanding, but
that there must be a common agree
ment for a common object, and that
at the heart of that common object
must lie the inviolable rights of peo
ples and mankind.
United States Eager to Participate.
“So sincerely do we believe in these
thingti,” said the President in conclu
sion, “that I am sure that I speak the
mind and wish of the people of Amer
ica when I say that the United States
is willing to become a partner in any
feasible association of Nations form
ed in order to realize these objects,
and make them secure against viola
England and France Warned Inter
ference With Mails Must Stop.
Washington, May 27.-The Unit
ed States, denouncing interference
with neutral mails, has notified
Great Britain and France that it
can no longer tolerate the wrongs
which American citizens have suf
fered and continue to suffer througrh
the “lawless practice” those gov
ernments have indulged in, and
that only a radical change in policy,
r -storing the United States to its
full rights as a neutral power will
This notification i» given in the
latest American communication to
the two governments, the text of
which was made public by the state
department last night. The time
in which the change must be effect
ed is not specified, but the United
States expects prompt action.
Large Club Enrollment.
The club enrollment in North
Carolina has passed the ten thous
and mark and this week’s Exten
sion Farm News itemizes them as
follows: Girls’ Canning clubs, 4,-
224, Boys’ Corn clubs, 3,250; Poul
try clubs, 1,729; Pig clubs, 1,368;
Cotton clubs, 74; Potato clubs 60
and Peanut clubs 47. The total is
In addition to these ten thous
and white boys and girls, the North
Carolina Agriculture Extension
Service also has approximately 1,-
200 negro boys engaged in Corn
Club work in those counties where
colored agents are employed.
The Home Demonstration Di
vision also has 2,500 women en
rolled in Home Demonstration
Clubs for the study of home econo
mics. Forty-five agents are in
charge of these members, with 200
sub-agents in charge of the various
The Farm Demonstration Di
vision has 70 agents employed in
the various counties of the State
at present. These men are in
charge of the agricultural work of
the Service in the counties in which
they are located. Three of the
agents are colored.
Sol Gallert has no public
record to be assailed and if
nominated will be able to give
all his energy and time to
waging an aggressive cam
paign for election—vote for
him in the primary of June
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Dysartville, May 29.—Mr. and Mrs.
Otia Daves of Morganton visited rela
tives here recently.
Miss Bertie Cowan has retomed home
from the Rutherford hospital.
Bom, to Mr and Mrs. Clyde Smalley,
May 21st, a son.
Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Satterwhite of
Bridgewater, lost one of their 8-months
old twin boys on the 17th and the re
mains were brought to this place for
Quite a number of the Dyeartville
folks attended the Memorial Day exer
cises at Cane Creek Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jarrett spent the
week-end with relatives in Morganton.
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Laughridge spent
Sunday in Glen Alpine.
Miss Poe Kirksey has been very ill
but is improving.
L, R. Cowan made a business trip
Marion last Saturday.
Mrs. H. B. Brackett visited relatives
at Rutherfordton recently.
The Misses Hicks of Marion
visitors here Sunday.
The infants of Mr. and Mrs. J.
Parker and Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
have both been quite sick but are re
Nebo, May 29.—Among those from
Nebo who attended the memorial ser
vices at Glen Alpine last Saturday were;
Mrs. J. F. Wilson, Mrs. G. D. Taylor,
Mrs. M. C. Sigmon and Mrs. J. K.
Miss Maggie Taylor, a student of
Elon College, is home for her summer
G. G. Annis and family visited the
former’s parent at Canton last week.
Mrs. L. E. Sigmon of Ridgecrest was
the guest of her mother, Mrs. J. K.
Stacy, a few days last week.
Mrs. W. A Beach spent last Wed
nesday with relatives in Morganton.
Everett Padgett returned home last
week from the University. He will
spend his vacation here.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Brown and chil
dren and Katherine Hunter visited the
former’s parents on Thompson’s Fork
one day last week.
Astor Yelton of Harmony Grove was
a visitor here Sunday.
Miss Geneva Alexander of Raleigh is
visiting homefolks here.
J. E. Sigmon made a business trip to
Bridgewater, May 30.—Mrs. S. P.
Tate spent Friday in Karion.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh H. Mills and little
son left Sunday for Superior, Wisconsin,
where Mr. Mills has a position as chief
Miss Marguerite Anthony has return
ed home after spending a few days in
Mrs, D. Cotrell and children are yisit
ing relatives in Hildebran.
Miss Nora Ballew and sister, Mrs. R.
A. Abernethy and little daughter, Alice,
spent Wednesday in Marion.
Misses Sadie, Mattie and Joncie
Adams of Lancaster, S. C., are here to
spend the summer with their grand
parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Tate.
Mrs. J. W. Ballew and Mrs. J. K.
Middleton spent the first part of the
week at Marion Junction.
Miss Annie Boyd has returned to her
home at Granite Falls after spending
several days here with relatives.
Miss Josephine Abernethy spent last
week in Hickory with her cousin, Miss
Misses Delia Gibbs of Garden City
and Edith Lonon of Sevier are here
visiting Miss Carrie Tate.
Mrs. Ed. Geer and children of Shelby
are here on a visit to Mrs. G^r’s par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. HemphiU.
“The Horse that Pulls the
Plow Should have the Fod
der”—vote for Sol Gallert for
Congress in the primary of
June 3rdi adv.
To Mr. Connifie.
*‘He who courts and runs away,
.Will liye to court another day;
But he who courts and plans to wed,
May find himself ‘In Court’ instead.”
And, the last part of the above
verse is what happened to Mr. J. F.
Conniffe last Thursday night. A
number of bis friends being ad
vised of bis matrimonial intentions,
went before the Judge of Celibacy
for this district and swore oat a
warrant; and same was served by
Constable R. L. Gilkey, who found
the defendant at his room at Mrs.
Kirby’s, and brought him before
the' court, which was already con
vened at the home of Dr. B. L.
Special Prosecutor McNairy was
on hand, but to the surprise of all,
the defendant plead guilty to the
charges as set forth in the warrant
and threw himself on the mercy of
the Court. The Judge then read
his order in the case, and sentenced
the prisoner to the fulfillment in
every detail of the obligations and
burdens he had so ligntly and
thoughtlessly entered into, stating
that he knew of no more severe or
just punishment that could be met
ed out to him. It was ordered that
the prponer be required for the
term oip his natural life to serve
and obey his wife in all things; to
cut and have on hand at all times
a plentiful supply of stove wood;
and to never leave home at night
unless accompanied by his wife, or
unless ordered away by her.
The prisoner here arose and
stated that the sentence was too
severe and more than he could
stand; and plead in extenuation of
his offense that the prosecuting at
torney, the constable, and most of
the witnesses were as guilty as he.
The Court stated that it would hear
evidence and gladly try any and
all against whom charges were pre
ferred. Accordingly, the prose
cuting attorney, the constable and
all the unmarried witnesses were
called to the stand and the evidence
against them heard. The testimony
was of the most damaging nature,
and they were all speedily found
guilty. The Court was greatly
surprised and shocked at the testi
mony offered, the truth of which
could not be questioned, so told
the defendant that in view of the
clear guilt of all, and seemingly a
general conspiracy to follow in his
steps if they could, it would great
ly lighten his sentence, and simply
put him under bond to do the best
he could; as he would no doubt
find suppoting a wife at this time
with the cost of living so high so
difficult that he would be kept too
busy to give much trouble.
At this point Clerk of Court
James got up and read a message
of condolence, which he termed a
“toast” from the married members
of the court. This made every one
feel so “blue” that Sheriff Ash
worth brought in refreshments
As a token of their sympathy, a
contribution was taken up, and a
typical married man’s outfit, con
sisting of axe, saw, broom, etc.,
were purchased and presented to
the defendant, who feebly respond
ed his thanks and appreciation with
a few words of prayer. Here some
one asked that an appropriate song
be sung, and after much discussion
“I Wish I Were Single Again”
was beautifully rendered by a se
lect quartet. After this the Dox-
ology was sung, and with expres
sions of sympathy and regret,
court was adjourned.
Those present were Dr. G. S.
Kirby, W. C. and Geo. McCall,
Dr. B. L. Ashworth, R. L. Gilkey
W. M. McNairy, L. J. P. Cutlar
R. F. Burton, P. A. Reid, Dr
J. G. Reid, C. F. James, C. S
Briggs, F. L. Huffman, W. R
Bailey, J. W. Streetman and J. E
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning^ Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The Morgailton News-Herald, the
excellent weekly published by T.
G. Cobb, has entered its thirty-
second year and is improving with
Earl Cotton, of Raleigh, one of
the State’s most noted convicts,
was shot and killed Monday night
while attempting to escape from
the convict camp at Graphitevilie.
North Carolina projects will re
ceive a total of $1,267,000 from
the $43,000,000 appropriation of
the river and harbor bill which
passed the Senate Monday. The
bill now goes to conference where
it will be agreed to.
Durham has been selected as the
meeting place of the 22nd annual
session of the Association of Col
leges and Secondary Schools in the
Southern States. The date of
meeting is November 15-17. The
association is made up of 37 col
leges and 43 secondary schools.
Harry Tally of Charlotte, who
was one of the most seriously in
jured in the fatal wreck at Salis
bury on the night of November 26,
when the “football special” was
smashed into by Southern train
No. 38, has filed suit in Mecklen
burg Superior Court for $100,000
Congressman James. J^ Britt, the
only republican representative in
congress from North Carolina, be
lieves that Justice Charles E.
Hughes has the best chance of ob
taining the presidential nomination
at the republican national conyen-
in Chicago this month, and that
Colonel Roosevelt is at present the
A. number of Asheville Elks,
families and friends, enjoyed a trip
to Catawba Falls Sunday as the
guests of John A. Patton and
Daniel W. Adams of Old Fort.
The trip from Old Fort to the falla
was made on a logging train.
Members of the party expressed
themselves as delighted with the
journey and more than pleased,
with the delightful lunch served
by Messrs. Patton and Adams.
Our Per Capita Investment in Pub*
lie School Property.
A table in the University News
Letter, prepared by Mr. W. B.
Cobb, gives the rank of the vari
ous counties of North Carolina ac
cording to the investment of white
population in white public school
property. The ten counties that
lead are Durham, Craven, New
Hanover, Wake, Moore, Johnston,
Pasquotank, Cherokee, Richmond
and Mecklenburg in the order in
dicated. McDowell stands eigh
teen in this respect and has $6.3S
per capita (white) invested in white
school property. Burke stands 76,
and has $2.94 per capita. Ruther
ford stands 80, and has $2.70 per
capita investment. Cleveland
stands 54 and has $4.25. The table
also gives the amount per capita
invested in automobiles, McDowell
having an investment of only 69c.
In 27 of our counties the per capita
investment in automobiles is greater
than that in schools, Guilford coun
ty being one of them. There is
food for thought here.