A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
MARION, N. C„ THURSDAY, JUNE 29. 1916.
VOL. XX—NO. 44
WAR CLOUD IS LOWERING
Americans Must Be Released at
Once or U. S. Troops Will
Be Sent After Them.
Washington, June 27.—^The Brit
ish consul at Chihuahua City, who
is looking after American interests
there reported to the State Deoart-
ment today that the American
troopers captured at Carrizal had
been interned in the Chihuahua
penitentiary. He gave the numv
ber as 25. Two are slightly woun
The consul’s message which was
the first report regarding the pris
oners to reach the deoartment from
him, also noted the detention of
the Mormon interpreter takefi with
Unless General Carranza surren
ders the 23 American troopers be
fore tomorrow night President
Wilson probably will go before
Congress Thursday to ask authori
ty to rescue them by force. Pend
ing their release the United States
Government will not consider any
offer of mediation or arbitration.
The State Department had no in
timation tonight as to when a reply
to the note sent Sunday demanding
immediate release of the soldiers
might be expected. It was deliv
ered yesterday at 11 a. m.
Wilson Orders Carranza to Release
United States Prisoners.
Washington, June 25.—A de
mand for the immediate release of
the American troopers taken pris
oners at Carrizal coupled with
stern notification that the .United
States expects an early statement
of the purposes of the Carranza
Government was telegraphed to
Mexico City today by Secretary
The note discloses that the State
Department received yesterday
communication from the de facto
Government stating that the Car
rizal fight was the direct result of
orders to attack American soldiers
moving otherwise than towards the
border personally issued by Gener
al Carranza to General Trevino
and by the latter communicated to
In reply Secretary Lansing re
quires that the de facto Govern
ment transmit a definite statement
“as to the course of action it has
determined upon,” through the
usual diplomatic channels, “and
not through subordinate military
The Mexican communication is
construed, Secretary Lansing
states, “as a formal avowal of de
liberately hostile action against the
forces of the United States now in
Mexico and of the purpose to at
tack without provocation when
ever they move from their present
position, despite the friendly mis-
sioh on which they are engaged
and which is re-affirmed in the
Ranchman and Wife Murdered by
Columbus, N. M., June 27.
American cavalrymen assisted by
posses of ranchmen and citizens of
Hachita and nearby towns tonight
are pursuing bandits who early to
day raided a ranch about 35 miles
southwest of Hachita, N. M., kill
ing William Parker, the owner
and Mrs. Alice Parker, his bride
of five months.
Friends here will be interested
in the following partial account of
the Gibson-Conniffe marriage in
Cordova, S. C., on the 15th:
Cordova, S. C., June 17.—A
notable society event of the season,
and one of exceeding beauty and
county wide interest, was the mar
riage of Miss Julia Helen Gibson
of this place to Mr. John Frances
Conniffe, of Marion, N. C., at
Ebenezer Church at 5:30 o’clock
Thursday afternoon. The church
was filled with a representative as
semblage and was transformed into
sylvan bower. Amid garlands of
Southern smilax and banks of
palms the glitter of innumerable
candles and oiPlights displayed the
brilliancy of the scene. The chan
cel was outlined with smilax, ivy
and bamboo against a back ground
of white and many lovely gorgeous
hot olants which lent a special
grace to the occasion.
“Prior to the entry of the bridal
party Mrs. Marvin Arant and Miss
Sue Walker, of Orangeburg, sang
“ ‘Because of You.”
‘‘Mrs. Henry Kohn at the piano
with Mrs. Ted Schiffley on the vio
lin rendered in tones sweet and low
the oft rendered wedding march,
when the vibration of which had
filled the spacious edifice no love
lier procession has ever wended
their way to the altar.
The bride entered with her
brother, Mr. T. C. Gibson, of
South Richmond, Va., by whom
she was given in marriage. The
groom entered with his brother
Mr. ^Emmett Conniffe, of Tillman
S. C. Miss Kathleen Reynolds, of
Fayetteville, N. C., was maid [6t
honor and gowned in a lovely white
silk lace and carrying a bouquet of
white carnations. The bridesmaids
were dressed in white organdies
trimmed with lace carrying lovely
bouquets of pink carnations. The
groomsmen wore navy blue suits
The bride was a winsome picture
of womanly loveliness in her be
coming traveling suit of midnight
blue silk taffeta carrying a bouquet
of Brides roses showered with lil
lies of the valley. She was met at
altar by the groom and best man
where they were made husband
and wife by Rev. Robert Robinson
of Georgia, uncle of the groom
“After hearty congratulations at
the church the bridal party repair
ed to the home of the bride where
a light buffet course was served
prior to their departure for many
places of interest North.
Mr. and Mrs. Conniffe enter
life’s battle under favorable aus
pices. Their many friends wish
for them a life of unalloyed peace
prosperity and happiness. The
presents were numerous, varied
and costly, attesting the high
teem in which they were held.
“They took the northbound train
over the Southern for an extended
bridal tour to be gone ten days
more after which they will return
to Marion, N. C., where they will
make their home. Mr. Conniffe
holds a responsible position with
the Southern railroad.”
The night previous to the wed
ding a reception was given at the
home of the bride in honor of the
Mr. and Mrs. Conniffe arrived
here Sunday night after a ten days
bridal trip North. Mr. Conniffe
is agent for the Southern Railway
here where he has made his home
for a number of years. He is held
in high esteem by a wide circle of
friends who extend hearty congrat
ulations and best wishes for a long
and happy wedded life.
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Bridgewater, Jnne 26—Mrs. Ben Mar
tin of Marion spent last week here at
the RuBt honse.
Miss Kary Tate has returned home
from Spring Hope, Va., where she spent
the past season as milliner.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Hilderbran and
little k>n, John, spent Sunday in Nebo
Ben Seals and Carl Justice of Mur
phy are here spending a few days, with
Mrs. Eld. Byrd and children of Mor
ganton spent the week-end here at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ballew.
G. W. Simpson of Glen Alpine was
visitor in Bridgewater Sunday.
Kelly Bowman of Morejanton spent
Sunday here with friends.
Misses Cheley and Iowa Sigmon of
Nebo are here spending the week with
their sister, Mrs. Hilderbran.
A, S- Abernethy of Hickory was here
on business last week.
Harry Hunter of Aberdeen spent Mon
day here with friends.
Miss Tressie Ballew of Marion June
tion yisited homefolks here Sunday.
Mrs. W. W. Hemphill was called to
Shelby Sunday on account of the illness
of her daughter, Mrs. Ed. Geer.
Herbert Giles of Black Mountain
visited relatives here Sunday.
Miss Carrie Tate spent Thursday in
Mr. W. Williams of Old Fort was a
visitor here Sunday.
Von Ray of Marion was here on busi
Bryan Hemphill lefi} Friday for Hick
ory to join tiie Military Cdmpany ^iofi
went from there Saturday to Camp
Glenn. We are indeed proud to haye
one boy go for the service of his country
Harmony Grove, June 26. — Ceph
Pyatt made a business trip to Old Fort
one day last week
W. D. Mangrum and wife of Virginia
are spending a few days with relatives
Pink Crawley, who has been engaged
in work at Nebo, spent Saturday and
Sunday with his parents here.
S. P. Tate was a business visitor here
one day last week.
Daniel Vaughn of Old Fort spent the
week end with homefolks here.
Mrs. I. C. Crawley was shopping in
Marion one day last week.
Dallas Rowe, who has been engaged
in work at Murphy, is spending a few
days with his mother, Mrs. A. E. Rowe.
Arthur Mangum of Dry Ponds spent
the week-end with his grandmother
Miss Lonnie Snipes is spending a few
days with homefolks here.
Mrs. John Brinkley is visiting
mother, Mrs. A. E. Rowe.
Cl,inchfield Mill News.
W. A. McCall spent Sunday at
Miss Morie Maddox of Enoree,
C., and J. B. Laughlin of this
place were married at Spartenburg
on June 25. We are glad to wel
come Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin into
our circle and wish them much
happiness and success.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The annual reunion of Catawba
county Confederate veterans will
be held at Newton August 17.
Gov. Craig has announced the
Little IxTrU Waeer, infant of >* Miss May F. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Wwjer, died ^hevilie as his private secre-
Taesday. We extend our sympa- ^ succeed the late J. P. Kerr,
thy to the bereaved parents. Hoskey Lane, aged 16 years, lost
There is in course of construc- or will lose all the toes of his left
tion a new Methodist church and foot as the result of jumping on a
several other improvements under moving freight train in East Hick*
way for the betterment of our peo- ory Sunday evening.
Warren Confident of Democratic
Raleigh, N. C., June 23.—Ex
pressing confidence that the demo
cratic majority in North Carolina
next November will be at lea#t fifty
thousand. Chairman Thomas D.
Warren, of the ^lemocratic state
executive committee, spent the day
here making some preliminary ar
rangements for opening up state
headquarters here for the impend
ing campaign about July 1. He
August 2 has been set apart in
Morganton as Burke county pro
gress day. ^mong the speakers
will be Mrs. McKimmon, State
agent of home economics.
The Sylvan Valley News, pub
lished at Brevard, made its appear
ance last week in enlarged and im
proved forqp. Editor Hollowell is
a splendid newspaper man and is
giving his patrons an excellent pa
per which deserves liberal support.
North Carolina produces more
tobacco than any other State in the
Union. The total quantity of
has been conducting the campaign
from his home at Newbern for chewinjt and smoking tobacco yield
some weeks, and says that the 1 ed by the State in 1914 was 105,
fairs of the party in this state were
never more prepiciously condition
ed for-a sweeping vicWry^
Chairman Warren is confident
that Zeb Weaver will win the
Tenth district seat in congress from
137,525 pounds — one-third the
amount in the United States which
w^ HQi935,721 pjQundls.
Maj. Abbott Emmett Lloyd, 59
years of age, and for nearly 30
years a merchant in Durham, com-
J. J. Britt, the republican, and
that the democrats in all the other
districts will win easily.
mitted suicide Monday by shooting
himself in the mouth with a 32-
caliber revolver. Temporary bad
health is believed to have caused
Facts Regarding the Chimney Rock I despondency that brought on the
The road is three miles long extending
from the Charlotte-Asheville Highway
in Hickory Nut Gap actually to the base
of Chimney Rock. It is 18 feet wide, 41
Garden Creek Valley, in Hay
wood county, said to be the most
fertile farming spot in western-
to 7 per cent grade with 2 per cent grade 1 North Carolina, was visited by
on hairpin curves with diameters of 75 very destructive hail storm a few
feet on all switch-backs, the whole sand- days ago. The valley embraces
ed throughout. The entrance feature j miles square and within
is the work of the landscape department
of Biltmore Estate. There is a formal
entrance, the road, passing between two
massive piers built from the native
gramte. In reaching the opposite bank
of Broad River it traverses a very beau
that area not a stalk of corn or
wheat, not a vegetable, was left.
Lawrence W. Young has been
appointed by Goyerndr Craig Bri-
tiful island, a veritable primeval forest gadier General of the First rej^-
The furniture and fixtures of the
forestry service was moved last
week to the Hawkins building on
iaenderMn street where the entire
office force will maintain offices in
Special Services for the Asheville
Under the patronage of Mrs.
Geo. W. Vanderbilt, a special fare
well service for the Asheville mem
bers of the North Carolina Nation
al Guard was held at All Souls’
Episcopal church, Biltmore, Fri
day morning, the day before the
troops left for camp at Morehead.
The services were conducted by
Bishop Horner and the music was
especially appropriate. “Onward,
Christian Soldiers,” “The Star
Spangled Banner” and “My Coun
try, ’Tis of Thee,” were sung.
Mrs. Vanderbilt manifested special
interest in the soldiers.
Theodore Roosevelt, in a letter
read to the Progressive national
committee, in session in Chicago
Monday, finally declined to accept
the-, presidential nomination of the
party and strongly urged the or
ganization to support Charles E.
to and from which are two very sub
stantial and beautiful rustic bridges.
The first mile of the highway rises by
easy curves in the direction of the bot
tomless pools, thence turning shrrply to
the left, the second mile occupies the
crest of the Elisium Ridge where some
ment of North Carolina and will
command troops of this state in
the field. Former Brigadier Gen
eral B. S. Royster, who was re
tired the first of June, has been
placed on the active list as adjutant-
wonderful views are obtained. The general,
third mile is a series of marvelous and
interesting switch-back reverses rising
one upon another cut out of the solid
rock till at last it reaches actual the
base of the “Chimney.” Among the in
teresting things to be seen are Chimney
Rock, the Hickory Nut Falls, and the
Appian Way, a narrow bench on the
face of the precipice leading from the
base of Chimney Rock to the top of the
Falls. In the vicinity the Hickory Nut
Ghap itself is one of great beauty. Other
points of interest are Bat Cave, Rumb
ling Cave, the Bottomless Pools, Silver
Falls, Maiden Hair Falls, not to men
tion Broad River itself with hundreds
of cascades un-named.
Dr. Night, professor of educa
tion at Trinity College, has been
assigned to conduct the Burke
county teachers’ institute, which
will open at Morganton July 10th.
Dr. Night goes to Morganton in
the place of Supt. A. T. Allen, of
Salisbury, whose appointment on
the State text book commission
has necessitated his giving up in
It’s Open Now.
The McDowell Building & Loan
Association is now selling stock in
its 24th series and if you want to
own your home or save some
money, you had better take s^k
in this series. Come in and let us
tell you about the homes we have
built and the people we have helped.
J. E. Neal, Secretary. 2t
Legislative Librarian W. S. Wil
son has completed a compilation of
those who are standing for election
to the North Carolina Senate in
November. In .the Thirty-third
district, composed of Alexander,
Burke, Caldwell and McDowell,
the Democratic candidates are
James L. Nelson of Lenoir and
Abner C. Payne of Taylorsville.
The Republican candidates are Ed
mund F. Wakefield of Lenoir and
Peter W. Patton of Morganton.