A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, JULY 6. 1916.
VOL. XX—NO. 45
CARRANZA^S REPLY MILD
Mexican Note Is Conciliatory in
Tone, is Declare—Has Les
Washington, July 4.—General
Carranza’s reply to the deniands
of the United States reached the
Mexican embassy here today and
will be delivered to Secretary Lan
sing tomorrow. If it is correctly
described by persons close to the
embassy, it is concilatory m lan
guage and tone and designed to
offer a basis for amicable adjust
ment of difficulties between the
In spite of the reserve of of
ficials pending study of the text
of the note, the general feeling
here was that the crisis which has
been only a step from actual war
Allies Continue Drive with Success.
Under command of the dashing
-General Foch, the French forces
are sweeping forward in the Som
me river region, making notable
gains and capturing villages and a
large number of prisoners. Mean
while, the British, moving more
slowly, but over a longer front,
have captured La Boisselle,^where
the fighting for the last two
has been of the fiercest character.
The prisoners taken by the Brit
ish so far number 4,300, while the
French hav3 captured 8,000 more.
A marriage of much interest to
friends here and throughout the
State, and marked by a number of
pre-nuptial parties, was that of
Miss Margaret Hudgins and Col.
Lucius L. Witherspoon, which
took place Thursday at high noon
at the First Baptist church.
Although the church was crowd
ed with friends, the wedding was
very simple and ^uiet one. At
the appointed hour Misses Mary
and Sarah Hudgins, nieces of the
bride, played Mendelssohn’s wed
ding march and Kev. Wm. H.
Moore, the bride’s pastor, assisted
Celebrate 75th Anniversary,
A most unusual and notable event
took place at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. William Bradley, three miles
from Old Fort, on July 1st, when
they enjoyed the distinction of
celebrating the seventy-fifth an
niversary of their marriage; Mr.
William Bradley having married
Miss Eva Painter on July 1st, 1841.
For seventy-five years this good
couple have journeyed through life
hand in hand. How well they
have kept their vow “For better
or for worse”; together they have
met the hardships, endured trials
and difficulties, and enjoyed the
blessings that have come to them—
always together. Today they will
stand side by side and look back
^over a long and useful life spent
together, for to them has been
given a rare privilege—that of
celebrating the 75th anniversary
of their marriage, which is a rare
privilege indeed, and one that very
There were seven children born
to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, four of
whom are now living, and who,
together with other friends and
relatives, gathered to celebrate and
make bright the anniversary of
this marriage solemnized seventy-
five years ago. The children liv
ing are Miss Catherine Bradley,
Charles Bradley, Mrs. Sarah Brad
ley Parker and Mrs. Ken. Allison
Mr. Bradley is an uncle of Mr.
John Bradley of Old Fort, and has
a large number of friends and ac
quaintances in this community, and
throughout the county. He is now
95 and Mrs. Bradley 93 years of
The seventy-fifth anniversary of
a marriage is known as the “dia
mond wedding,” and we feel sure
though Mr. and Mrs. Bradley may
possess few diamonds, that the
blessings of a long life together,
and the dear ones who still gather
around them are worth more than
six of the bride’s former pupils,
who acted as ushers—Dr. DeMorgo
Sinclair, John Nichols, Will N.
Blanton, Byron Conley, Lester
Morris and Emmett Guy.
The bride wore a modish blue
suit and hat to match and carried
bride’s roses. Immediately after
the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. With
erspoon and the immediate families
motored to Old Fort, twelve miles
away, where a dainty lunch was
served them in time for the bride
and groom to catch the train for
The bride is a sister of Mr. D. E.
Hudgins and has a host of friends
here and elsewhere who wish her
all happiness in her wedded lif^'.
Colonel Witherspoon is a promi
nent attorney of Murphy and is
well known in Western North
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
items About Home People.
Dysartsville, July 3.—C- MaQgnm
has xone to Morganton to accept a posi
tion at the State Hospital.
W.. K. ^Portune left last week for
Bichmond to join a military company
to go to Mexico.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Spratt,
JanelT, a danghter. ■
A great revival at the Methodist
chnrch here closed last night. There
were a number of conversions, besides
many reclamations. Ten joined the
Methodist charch and others will unite
by Rev. J. C. Story of the Presby- with the Baptist church. Rev. W. L.
terian church, performed the cere- I^awson did the preaching and his ser-
mony. The only attendants were
mons were interesting and inspiring.
J. C. Goforth of Woodlawn spent the
week-end with homefolks here.
Will Morgan and Joe Hall of Canton
spent Sunday here with friends.
C. N. Duval spent several days here
J. S. Upton of Spencer is here to
spend the 4th with homefolks.
The following from the Greens
boro Daily News of Thursday will
be of interest to Miss Streetman’s
many friends here:
Miss Kate May Streetman of the
class of 1916, gave her graduating
piano recital in the auditorium of
the Normal college yesterday after
noon at 5 o’clock. An interesting
program was presented, including
standard works of the socalled
classical and romantic composers.
Miss Streetman’s performance
showed her possessed of ability
which had undergone careful train
ing. Her sympathetic interpreta
tion of the Schumann numbers was
especially pleasing. Her perform-
&ace gave great pleasure/to the
fine audience of the summer school
teachers. The program was as
Sonata in F sharp, Op. 78,
“Hark, Hark, the Lark,” Schu-
“Romance,” in F sharp, Schu
“Perpetual Motion,” from Op.
Concerto, D minor (first move
Dome, July 1.—Raymond Barnwell
and Osborne Golightly are spending the
week-end with homefolks at Montreat.
W. B. Laughter has returned from a
business trip to Marion.
Mrs. Lillie Nanney is visiting at the
home of J. M. Nanney.
Oscar L. Laughter of City Point was
here last week on a visit to his parents.
Goodrich Penland is visiting in Ashe
Forest Creasman of Montreat spent
last week here.
Lockie Nanney is improving after an
illness of several weeks.
George Laughter is spending the
week-end at Black Mountain.
Wilbur Gilliam and Forest Nanney
of Crooked Creek were yisitors here
Mrs. Mae Snipes of Nebo was the
guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Nanney last
Thomas Nanney and sister, Miss Gol
die, spent Sunday at Stone Mountain.
Nealsville, July 3.—J. P. Byrd was in
Marion Monday on business.
Mrs. Brdwnlow I. Byrd was shopping
in Marion Monday.
E. G. Gt)forth spent Monday in Ma
rion on business.
Rutherfordton, June 30.—Miss
Estelle Miller and Dudley W.
prawford were married in the
Methddist Church at 8 o’clock
Thursday evening. Rev. H. Hayes
of Elk Park, a classmate of the
groom, officiating. Miss Louise
Little of Newton played Schubert’s
serenade. Miss Clara Horn of
Forest City sang, “I Hear You
Calling Me” and “I Love You
Truly.” The bridal party entered
to the strains of Lohengren’s Wed
ding March, in the following or
der: Master Herman Jones, bear
ing the ring, followed by little
Misses Sarah Schruggs and Viola
Co^fU3, flower girls; the bride en
tered with her maid of honor. Miss
Alma Miller. B. L. Lunsford of
Morganton was best man. Dr. A.
C. Hook and E. W. Justice were
Mrs. Crawford is the daughter
of A. A. Miller and is an artist of
rare ability. Mr. Crawford is a
prominent young business man.
Mr. and Mrs. Crawford left for
an extended auto trip to Chimney
Rock, Asheville, Toxaway and
other places of interest in western
[The groom is a .son of J. C.
Crawford, of Sugar Hill, and has a
host of friends in McDowell coun
ty who extend congratulations.]
Institute Dates Made Public.
Mr. T. B. Parker, director of
farmers’ institutes, announces the
following list of institutes for Mc
Dowell and adjoining counties:
Burke—Arney’s Chapel July 31,
Hickory Grove August 1.
McDowell — Glenwood school
house September 7, Ashford school
house September 8.
9, Spruce Pine September 24.
Rutherford — Watkins school
house August 10, Walls school
house August 11, Hollis August 12.
11, Bald Creek September 12.
There will be a woman’s institute
held in connection with the regular
farmers’ institute at each place
Wilson Says War Must Be Last
^^ew York, June 30.—President
Wilson made it plain in his speech
at the New York Press Club ban
quet tonight that he will not coun
tenance a war with Mexico until
there is no other alternative for
settling the border troubles.
1 • A. A. Again he declared that he was
when the interstate commerce com- uo v
* ' ' a decision ready to sacrifice his own political
Victory For State.
Washington, June 30. The
freight rate war between Virginia
and North Carolina cities, arising
out of the settlement of the sensa
tional clash between the railroads
and the North Carolina corporation
commission several years ago, was
decided in favor of North Caroli na
Important Change in School Terms
The Board of Education held its
regular session Monday and traas^
acted its regular routine business.
Two very important and far reach
ing changes were made concerning
the beginning and continuous terms
of schools throughout McDowell
county. Heretofore it has been
the custom to begin schools in the
early part of July and continue for
two months, and at the end of this
time most of the schools take a re
cess for the fodder season of some
thing like two months to enable
the farmers to use their children
in helping to harvest the fall crop,
This year no school in the count.^
will be allowed to begin before
Monday, July 31, unless by special
consent of the County Superintend
ent, and no consent to this effect
will be granted unless it is deemed
if the committeeoien desire, they
may begin their schools at the time
which best suits a majority of their
patrons at any date later than July
This is a step that will no doubt
work hardship on a considerable
number of patrons, however it
very essential to the welfare of the
county schools that such a change
be put into practice.
mission handed down
holding as lawful and reasonable
the new freight tariffs from middle
west gateways to the Tar Heel
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The second Democratic primary
in the sixth congressional district,
held Saturday, resulted in a victory
for Congressman Godwin, present
John Elliott, a young white man»
native of Old Fort, who deserted
from the Coast Artillery at 6aa
Francisco, has been arrested in
Governor Craig announces tlie
appointment of Hon. Francis D.
Winston as judge of the third judi
cial district to succeed the late'
Judge Peebles, who died last week.
Seven electrocutions are sched
uled to take place at Raleigh dur
ing July and one August 1. Of
the 8 victims 3 are from Wilming
ton. Six are colored and two are
Dr. J. W. Summers, of Char
lotte, was taken in custody Satur
day in that city following the issu
ing of a warrant charging the
physician with nerforming an il
legal operation. Bond was fixed at
The senate passed Senator Over
man’s bill providing for the pro
tection of game in western North
Carolina. The bill is intended to
apply to the Appalachian park re
serves recently acquired from the
Vanderbilt estate by the federal
Raleigh gets the State Farmers’
union convention for 1916 and the
dates in all probability will be No
vember 14 and 15. The state coun
cil decided this Saturday when all
the officers met in Raleigh and af
ter receiving the resignation of R.
W. H. Stone, who resigned in or
der to make the race for the legis
lature in Guilford county, elected
C. T. Weatherly, of Guilford, to
succeed Mr. Stone, who is a mem
ber of the executive committee.
Governor Locke Craig has writ
ten Senator Simmons asking him
to use his influence in seeing that
the North Carolina troops mustered
into the National Guard shall be
kept together. He urges against
the breaking up of the brigade by
sending the regiments to different
places, arguing that if iHie whole
brigade is kept together, the troops
will feel that they represent the
State and will be moved by a State
pride and interest that they would
not feel if the brigade were broken
fortunes in order to carry out his
convictions as to what would be
the just course to pursue in the
Asheville Boys Given Appointments
W^ashington, July 1.—Congress
man Britt, of the tenth district,
today made the following nomina
tions to fill vacancies at Annapolis
Naval academy and West Point
Jackson Monroe Campbell, age
19, son of Maj. John M. Campbell,
of Asheville, midshipman at An
napolis Naval academy.
George Clifford Crawford, age
18, son of Zebulon V. Crawford,
of Black Mountain, midshipman at
Annapolis Naval academy.
Donald Frederic Carroll, age 17,
son of Dr. Robert S. Carroll, of
Asheville, cadet at West Point
Enrollment Reaches Total of 1,030.
Chapel Hill, July 1.—All pre
vious records for attendance at the
summer school of the University
of North Carolina were broken
this wee1i when the total enroll
ment of students reached 1030.
And as yet only two weeks of the
summer school have passed. Of
this total number 980 are taking
normal and college credit work,
while 52^ are studying law. About
300 are taking work leading to de
grees, and the number of graduate
students is well past 60. Chapel
Hill has been taxed to its utmost
capacity to provide homes and
board for so many. Swain ball
has for two weeks been overcrowd
ed, with approximately 700 bord
ers, and practically all the private
homes of the town have been thrown
open to the summer students.