A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL COUNTY.
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ESTABLISHED 1896, MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, SEPT. 28. 1916. VOL. XXI—NO. 5
Cooperation Between Parent and
Teacher Important for Good
The month of September is
epochal in the lives of many thous
and potential men and w6tnen in
the “second age.” For the first
impression of life and for the earli
est traininfiT to meet its exi£:encies
the home is responsible; the school
for the second. It is natural that
the closest sympathy and coopera
tion should exist between the pa
rents who DOW deliver over the
children of tenderest years to the
discipline of the school room, an^
the teachers who receive the trust
and become to a ^reat extent re
sponsible for the spiritual, mental
and physical development of the
Those parents who deal most
thoughtfully and intelligently with
their children’s teachers and exer
cise most effort to cooperate in
their plans will secure the best re
sults in their children’s advance
ment. The teacher is a specialist,
is emoloyed as such, and should
be so regarded. The teacher who
is most clearly conscious of her re
sponsibility gives the most earnest
study to the personalities commit
ted to her care, and seeks most
earnestly to forward the solicitous
wishes of the parents for the best
good of their children will make
the most lasting impression upon
Methods in education, as in in
dustry and science, change with
the progress of time. The best
methods can be determined only
by experiment, and the educator
is justified in expecting the patient
cooperation of the public in his
experimentation. The oldest is
not always the most trustworthy,
and “the world does move.”
Remember the MiQStrel show
and Basket Supper at the Nebo
High School, Friday evening, Sept.
29, at 8:30. The cause is good and
the entertainment will be worthy
of the cause.
There will be a Methods Class at
the Marion Graded School build
ing on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.
m. All county teachers who are
in charge of primary grades from
1st to 4th inclusive are requested
All honor to those committeemen
who clean the school building and
put it in thorough repair for the
new teacher or the new term.
There is oil at the Superintendent’s
office for the clean floors. A fresh
building suggests to both teachers
and pupils careful treatment and
Combles Taken by Allies.
London, Sept. 26.—Combles, the
pivotal point in the German line
guarding the approach to Bapaume,
on the north and Peronne, on the
south of the Somme front, has fal
len before the terrific attacks of
the French and British, the Ger
mans fighting to the death or sur
rendering whenthere was no long
A dispatch from Athens, via
London, says Greece is on the eve
of joining in war on the side of
Plan Credit Union Associations for
Prof. W. B. Camp, of the^ Di
vision of Markets and Rural Cred
its, will meet the following ap
pointments in this county for the
purpose of organizing rural credit
Glenwood, October 6, at 10 a. m.
Belfont, October 6, at 7 p. m.
* What is a credit association or
union ? It is a savings bank in the
county that receives deposits from
anyone and makes loans to worthy
members. Mr. E. E. Culhbreth
said at the farmers’ institute at
Glenwood that among many other
good things a credit union does
the following: 1. Provides a safe
ojace for money. 2. Promotes
thrift and savings habit among
men, women and children of the
community. 3. Brings out and
develops personal resources. 4.
Teaches better business methods.
5. Connects community with city
bank. 6. Provides means for
buving dairy cattle and breeding
stock. 6. Helps in various club
work. 8. Makes healthier and
happier community. 9 Helps to
develop community resources gen
If a credit union did nothing but
that given under Nos. 2 and 4,
would it not be well worth while?
Said Sir Horace Plunkett, the
great leader of agriculture in Ire
land: “Better business must pre
cede and form the basis of better
farming and better living.” . And
we know that one of our great
needs is to learn the habit of thrift
and saving, and this is best learned
John Sprunt Hill of Durham,
who spent one year in Europe
studying crodit associations, said:
“The regeneration of agriculture
in Europe has been brought about
more by local credit unions than
any other one agency. Today there
are 17,000 credit unions in Ger
many and it is generally admitted
that the strength of the German
nation is due more to its 17,000
credit unions than to any military
organization it may have.” These
rural savings banks are found all
over Europe and are the very
foundation of the great financial
strength of the nations at war.
Is not the biggest and most
worth while work idea in North
Carolina today that of developing
the community, the community
spirit and the community re
sources. Realizing how very im-
IK)rtant this is the University of
North Carolina has an expert who
devotes his entire time to this work.
John Sprunt Hill says that credit
unions have proved to be the great
est factor known for the develop
ment of the community. Does
your community need to be im
proved? Will you do your part.
Miss Daintry Graham, who is
teaching school at Graphiteville,
district No. 5, spent Saturday in
Marion. Miss Graham is much
interested in the community fair
which it*is planned to hold there
about October 20th. The premium
list will be announced soon.
Among the out-of-town attor
neys in attendance upon court dur
ing the week were Hon. W. C.
Newland of Lenoir, Judge Henry
B. Stevens of Asheville, J. J. Mc
Laughlin of Johnson City, Tenn.,
and E. F. W atson of Burnsville.
ANOTHER SAD TRAGEDY
Sam Proctor, Shooting at Misher
Curtis, Accidentally Kills 9-
A tragic shooting affair occurred
in the Marion cotton mill section
last Sunday afternoon, when Sam
Proctor, a young white man, ac
cidentally shot and killed Jesse E.
Martin, a nine-year-old boy, while
attempting to shoot Misher Curtis.
According to reports, Proctor
and Curtis several days ago had
some misunderstanding and quar
reled. Proctor, who was a clerk
in Page & Atkins store, entered
the store Sunday afternoon. He
was followed by Curtis and his two
brothers, who attempted to force
their way into the store. Proctor
then shot at Misher Curtis, slight
ly wounding him and accidentally
killing the young boy, who was
Proctor surrendered and was
placed in jail to await trial.
Jesse Martin was a son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. L. Martin, who re
cently moved to the Clinchfield
mill settlement from Union Mills.
The body of the youug boy was
sent to Union Mills for burial.
A New Town Appears Near Bridge
Morganton, Sept. 21.—^That the
Southern Power Company’s de
velopments at Bridgewater are tak
ing on big proportions is shown by
the removal of the company’s en
tire office force and fixtures from
here to the works near Bridge
water today, where quite a town
has sprung up within the last few
weeks and hundreds of men em
A rumor, which seems just as
likely to materialize as did the ru
mors of last year in regard to the
present work, is that the Southern
Power Company contemplates the
purchase of the entire Catawba
Valley from the bridge just below
Morganton up to the present hold
ings at Bridgewater. This would
give an enormous area and would
include the waters of Upper Creek,
Silver Creek, and Muddy Creek,
three of Catawba’s largest tribu
taries in this section, and would
require land purchases in the
neighborhood of a million dollars,
and it has already been determined
that a dam at the lower bridge site
would cover more than any site on
the Catawba River, as the land for
ten miles above could be covered
with a dam less than one-fourth of
a mile in length.
Linney Speaks in Marion.
Frank A. Linney, Republican
candidate for governor, spoke here
Tuesday afternoon to a large audi-
dence at the court house. Mr.
Linney is a clever speaker and he
was frequently applauded.
Mr. Linney’s speech was along
the same trend as at other places
in the state where he has spoken.
He discussed State issues, taking
up the educational system in North
Carolina, saying that it was de
ficient in that It did not give to
every child in the State the same
opportunity, and accused the Dem
ocrats of bad management of the
Services at St. John’s church
next Sunday at 7:45 p. m.
The following cases were dis
posed of in Superior court last
B. L. Pru^, larceny, not guilty.
Lawrence $Brown, resisting of
ficer, sentenced to four naonths on
E. Thomas, carrying concealed
weapon, fined $20 and costs.
Gus Forney and Cliff Ashe, re
tailing, fined $20 each and costs.
W. H. Long, false pretense,
fined $20 and costs.
James Harris, disturbing re
ligious congregation, fined $25 and
Ed. Rutherford, retailing, sen
tenced to four months on the roads
of TransjiilMinia county, with capias
to issue Sept. 25. ‘
Bert Dupree, housebreaking,
judgment suspended on payment
Pearce Jackson, manufacturing
liquor, sentenced to 12 months on
roads of Transylvania county.
J. L. Carroll, failing to pay
board bill, not guilty.
Sam Jackson, larceny, not guilty.
Robert Johnson, robbery, sen
tenced to four months in jail or
labor on Transylvania county roads.
Alf Boyce, attempted abortion,
sentenced to one year in State
In the case of N. C. Bessemer
company vs Hutton & Bourbon-
nias, the jury returned a verdict in
favor of the plaintiff for $300 and
costs; N. C. Bessemer company vs
J. R. McNeely et al judgment for
plaintiff for $1300.
In the case of the Sojithern Rail
way vs McCall Bros, the plaintiff
was awarded the sum of $76.39.
The case of Bond Adams vs Andy
Bartlett was compromised.
The case of E M. Hennefer vs
Loan and Guarantee comoany was
referred to W. B. Gaither.
Max Wiese was granted a di
vorce from his wife, Mrs. Victoria
Mifmral Exhibit at The State Fair.
At the State Fair at Raleigh,
October 16th to 21st, inclusive, the
following awards are offered ^
Best systematic collection of
minerals from North Carolina, not
less than 100 specimens, labeled
with name and locality. Gold medal.
Best collection of gems from
North Carolina, Silver medal.
Best collection of minerals and
rocks made by any pupil of a pub
lic school, specimens to be labeled
with name and locality, $2.00.
Best collection of minerals made
by a child under thirteen, speci
mens to be labeled with name and
Best systematic collection of
rocks from North Carolina, not
less than 50 specimens labeled with
name and locality. Silver medal.
We believe that many of the
school children, particularly in
Western North Carolina, will be
interested in competing for these
awards. The exhibits should be
sent, transportation charges pre
paid, to Joseph Hyde Pratt, Di
rector, Department N, Machinery
Hall, Fair Grounds, Raleigh, N. C.
The fountain pen contest an
nounced by the Davis Pharmacy
will no doubt interest all school
boys and girls. Read the adver
tisement in this paper and enter
STATE NEWS OFTHEWEEK
Items Concerning Events of In-^
terest i(nd importance Through
out the State.
Hon. Claude Eitchin will speak
in Morganton October 3d.
A 10-year-old boy died at Spar
tanburg, S. C., of hydrophobia.
He was bitten by a cat two months
The contract has been let for the
erection of a tourist hotel on the
old Kenilworth Inn site at Ashe
ville. The building will cost about
The Jewish Orthodox synagogue
at Asheville was totally destroyed
by fire Monday night. The loss is
placed at $9,000 with small insur
The business section of Hidden-
nite, Alexander county, about 16
miles oorth of Statesville and on
the railroad between Statesville and
Taylorsville, was practically wiped
out of existence by fire Thursday
afternoon, entailing a property
loss estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.
Greatly enlarged facilities for
repairing cars at Spencer, one of
the most important car repairing
points on the system, will be con
structed at once by the Southern
Railway to consist of a new all
steel car shed 109 feet by 600 feet
with a shop adjoining 50 feet by
Phosphate and Lime.
It has been well proven both by
experiment and farm practice that
practically all soils in the eastern
states are lacking in phosphorus or
phosphates as we commonly say.
The results of some long time ex
periments with phosphates con
ducted by the Massachussetts Ex
periment Station have recently been
published and are very interesting
and valuable. An average appli
cation of $3.27 worth of acid phos
phate per acre each year for 18
years gave an average annual pro
fit of $34.47 over the check plot
that had no phosphate. The large
profit is due in part to the fact that
some years onions and other track
crops were planted. But in every
case the profit per dollar invested
was over 100%. The increase in
the corn crop from the use of
phosphate was valued at more than
$9.00 per acre.
But we need not go so far off.
Our own station finds that phos
phate is necessary for the most
profitable farming in North Caro>
lina. Practical and successful
farmers in McDowell say they can
not farm without phosphate. A
mixture of vetch, rye and bur clo
ver on G. C. Conley’s farm made
40 times as much with 300 lbs 16%
acid phosphate per acre as was
made where no phosphate was ap
plied. This is an increase of
3900%. Some profit. In view of
the above facts can we not safely
say that McDowell County is not
using enough phosphate.
From an application of two tons
of ground limestone per acre the
Ohio station obtained an increased
yield of corn and wheat worth
$12.00 when corn was valued at
80 cents per bushel. At present
prices the increase would be worth
at least $24.00 and the two tons
lime would cost from $4.00 to
$6.00, depending upon whether or
not it was bougj^t in bags.