A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McDOWELL CX)UNTY.
MARION, N. C., THURSDAY. OCT. 12. 1916.
VOL. XXI—NO. 7
UP TO BRITT TO EXPLAIN
His Vaunted “Sincerity and Con
science” Are Put to Test—
Weaver Stock Rising.
Asiieyille, Oct. 9.—Reports re-
seived at the Tenth District Con-
gressioDal headquarters here indi
cate a daily rise in the stock of
Democracy in all parts of the dis
trict. Hon. Zebulon Weaver,
Democratic congressional candi
date, declares that in every section
he has visited thus far he has been
unable to find even the suggestion
of dissatisfaction among the mem
bers of the party; that they are
standing solidly together for a
common cause and expect to show
their appreciation of the magnifi
cent administration of Woodrow
Wilson not only with a vote for
their great national leader, but
with a vote for a Democratic con
gressman from the Tenth who may
be depended upon to support the
Wilson program at all times.
Every indication is that the Demo
cracy of the district is thoroughly
united; and harmony reigns su
In his campaign speeches over
the district Mr. Weaver has suc
cessfully broken down the position
assumed by his Republican op
ponent, who is attempting to re
gain re-election by ridinsr two par
ties into the political camp, asking
the Republicans of the district to
stand by their party lines, and ask
ing for Democratic support because
he has on one or more occasions
supported Democratic measures in
Now Mr. Weaver is asking Mr.
Britt the pointed question- “Are
you going to give your personal
suDport to Woodrow Wilson or to
Charles E. Hughes?” Mr. Hughes
is declaring that every legislative
measure enacted by Democracy
during the Wilson administration
must be repealed. If Mr. Britt
proposes to support him, therefore,
he cannot in apy manner pose as a
man who wishes to uphold tha
hands of Mr. Wilson in his attempts
to give the people of the country
what they need in great legislative
reforms. Mr. Britt has not an
swered, because, quite evidently,
he is afraid to commit himself.
He would, in the event of declar
ing for Mr. Hughes, have to aban
don his game of playing to both
sides; and he knows well enough
that he can never hope for re-
election except with the aid of
Democratic votes. And Demo
crats are reminded by Mr. Weaver
that Mr. Britt stands for nothing
whatever that is Democratic. He
is Republican to the core.
Another matter that is bringing
embarassment to Mr. Britt in the
situation is that Mr. Hughes, his
national leader, is the man who
introduced the issue of sectionalism
ii>to the present campaign, in a
speech at Butte, Mont. And fol
lowing that speech the Republican
national congressional committee,
of which Mr. Britt is a member,
formally made it an issue of the
5ampaign. The issue attempts to
cast a slur upon the South by in
sinuating that its leaders are in
competent and its people lacking
in patriotism to the flag.
Mr. Britt has professed indigna
tion that this issue has been men
tioned in the South, but he does
not say that he protested to his
committee against its use North
of the Mason and Dixon Line.
And now Mr, Weaver has asked
him to either stand by this issue,
which the national republican par
ty has made paramount in its cam
paign north, or denounce the party
which made it an issue. If Mr.
Britt shall confess, therefore, that
he still stands as a supporter of
Mr. Hughes and the national Re
publican party, he must at the
same time confess allegiance to a
party that slurs the Southland and
It seems to remain solely with
Mr. Britt to explain his position
fully to the people of the Tenth
District, and it is evident that he
must abandon his policy of trying
to carry water on both shoulders.
His vaunted “sincerity and con
science” are put to the test.
With the County Schools.
Several of the county schools,
having their schedules now in
good working order, are already
extending their activities beyond
the schoolroom routine.
Nebo led off on September 29th
with a minstrel show and box sup
per whereby the school highly en
tertained the neighborhood and
visitors from abroad, at the same
time improving her finances by
about fifty dollars. The sum will
be applied to the equipment of
school aiid dormitory.
Stroudtown was at home to the
mothers of the district on Friday,
October 6. A good program was
presented, including an excellent
declamation on education by the
principal. Refreshments were serv
ed, and twenty-five mothers ex
pressed interest in and appreciation
of this most important of institu
tions in their midst. We congrat
ulate the Stroudtown school upon
having, at this early date, secured
such cordial cooperation from the
The Upper Graphiteville school
offered an all-day entertainment on
Sunday, October 1, A children’s
program in the morning, picnic
dinner on the grounds, addresses
by Rev. Mr. Knight, Mr. B. L.
Lunsford and Farm Demonstrator
Bailey, and a sermon by Rev. Mr.
Mock, interspersed with pleasant
social intercourse, constituted an
enjoyable and wholesome neighbor
The Clinchfield school was open
ed on Monday, the 9th, with an
enrollment of 101. Indications are
that, in the course of the week,
the schoolhouse will be unable to
accommodate those seeking en
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Nebo, Oct. 10.—The school here is
progressing nicely this year under the
direction of Prof. Tyler. The minstrel
show and box snpper given last Friday
night was a success. The proceeds will
go to the benefit of the school.
Mrs. Burgess and children of Erwin,
Tenn., are visiting the former’s sister,
Mrs. T. W. Alexander.
Miss Mamie Stacy, who is teaching
in the graded school of Rutherfordton,
spent the week-end with homefolks here.
Miss Estelle Wilson was shopping in
Miss Belle Hunter spent the week-end
with relatives in Bridgewater.
Misses Iowa Sigmon and Lottie Wil
son, who are teaching at Pitts, spent
the week-end here with homefolks.
J. L. Padgett has moved his family to
Morristown, Tenn., and Mr. Sam Mc
Call of Linville has moved into the house
vacated by Mr. Padgett.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Tyler spent
Saturday and Sunday with the latter’s
parents, Mr- and Mrs. T. J. Gibbs, at
Miss Essie Hemphill left Sunday for
Belfont where she opened school Mon
Harmony Grove, Oct. 9.—Floyd Law-
ing, who has been engaged in work at
Halltown, spent the week-end with
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Will Long,
Oct. 7, a daughter. -r
Robert' Sitn«B0its speni ^ few days
here last week with his mother, Mrs.
The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Watson died at their home near Bridge
water Thursday and the remains were
brought here for burial
Miss Hettie Crawley spent Sunday
here with her mother who has been very
ill but is improving.
Hazel, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
I. C, Crawley, died Wednesday. The
funeral services were held at Pinnacle
Thursday. Rev. M. L. Kaylor conduct
ed the services. The very deepest sym
pathy of the people goes out to the be
Crooked Creek Credit Union to Be
Crooked Creek, Oct. 9.—^The
farmers of Crooked Creek town
ship^ held a meeting last week to
consider the advisability of a credit
union organization for the com
munity. After an address by
William R. Camp, superintendent
of credit unions, the sum of |130
was subscribed for stock. An or
ganization committee consisting of
the following was formed:
j. A. Burgin, C. L. Lytle, S. L.
Noblitt, J. M. Gibson, J. S. Lav-
endar and M. A. Gilliam. This
committee will nominate a board
of directors, a credit committee
and supervisory committee to rec
ommend by-laws and to report to
the next meeting, which will be
held at 7 p. m., Thursday, Novem
At the meeting held at Glen-
wood, the following farmers were
especially interested in a credit
union and were authorized to pro
ceed with an educational campaign
to secure the necessary co-ooera-
T. W. Wilson, B. G. Hensley,
J. H. Raburn, A. D. Epley and
A. M. GoodiJiati.
It is evident that there is suf
ficient cooperative spirit in Mc
Dowell county to make a good be
ginning with credit unions. As
soon as several Credit Unions have
been formed a national “fkfm toan
association will be organized.
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
items Concerning Events of In*
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The annual State Fair will be
held in Raleigh October 16-21.
Ringling Brothers’ circus is
scheduled to exhibit in Spartanburg
October 14 and in Charlotte Octo
Col. John S. Henderson, one of
the most prominent and useful
citizens of the state, and a former
member of congress from the Salis
bury district died Monday at this
home in Salisbury after a lingerinir
ChairmanBlanton announces that
Hon. Robt. N. Page, the represen
tative of the 7th district, will speak
at Marion on Monday night, Octo
ber 23, at 8 o’clock.
Governor Locke Craig is also
scheduled for two addresses in Mc
Dowell county. He will address
the people at Marion on Saturday,
October 28, at 2 o’cloclf, and will
speak at Old Fort Saturday night,
Hon. Lee S. Overman, United
States Senator, will also speak at
Marion on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at
A cordial invitation is given to
all persons to go out and hear these
able and distinguished gentlemen
discuss Dublic affairs.
Nebo, Route 1.—Rev. Mr. Womack
of Rutherford county has closed a very
successful revival at Laurel Hill, result
ing in seven conversions and a number
of church members being revived. Mr,
Womack preached plain gospel sermons
which were well received. He stirred
up much interest which will result in
great good to the community.
A Sunday school was organized here
last Sunday. We were glad to have
with us Mr. B. B. Price, of Marion,
who gave us a splendid talk on Sunday
School work. He made an able plea
in behalf of the Sunday School.
Mrs, M. L. Cooper is recovering from
a severe attack of fever. Hope she will
be able to be out again in a few days.
Best wishes to The Progress.
Lenoir Apples Weigh a Pound Each
Newton, Oct. 6.—Apples that
weigh a pound a piece were brought
here today by H. H. Lowery,
newspaper man who has been to
Lenoir. They came from the
Henkel farm and were of the Dula
Beauty variety. No finer fruit was
ever shown in Newton. Mr. Low
ery stated that the orchard was
overflowing with such apples and
they were selling at Lenoir for as
low as 50 cents a bushel.
Do You Keep Bees?
Raleigh, Oct. 7.—In starting the
state work in Bee-keeping, a list
of those who are interested is need
ed. Every person who keeps bees
and takes special interest in them
is urged to write at once to Mr.
George H. Rea, Specialist in Bee
keeping, N. C. Extension Service,
at Raleigh, stating the number of
swarms, kind of hives used, etc.
This list will be used in sending
out information and arranging
A recent trip in the western half
of the state in which over a thous
and hives of bees were seen, showed
that many swarms will enter the
winter with scant Supplies, and
must be fed in order to be strong
in the spring, and this is highly
important so that they may take
fully advantage of the spring
honey-flow. The past year has
not been very successful, though
some of the more skillful bee
keepers jnade satisfactory crops of
honey. Skill and knowledge pay
in bee-keeping same as in other
lines of business.
B. W. Kilgobe, Director.
The Newton Enterprise says
Clyde Rowe of the.Southern depot
force took a notion the other day
to count the trains being handled
on this division in one week. He
counted 190 trains for the week
ending Sunday. The movement of
freight is very heavy and passen
ger traffic is also heavy.
Federal Aid Fund is Apportioned
—$10,000 for McDowell.
Raleigh, Oct. 10.—Apportion
ments have just been made by the
state highway commission of the
federal aid money in the first dis
tribution to counties in the state.
The larger portion of the federal
fund used in 1917, will be spent in
the counties worst, hurt by the
floods of July. Person county gets
$10,000; Madison, $9,500; Hender
son, $10,000; Burke, $5,000; Ruth
erford, $8,000; Catawba, $5,000;
McDowell, $10,000; Wilkes, |^5,-
000; Avery, $5,000; Johnston, $4,-
000; Carteret, $1,000. Tte Wil-
mington-Fayetteville highwaj^ $7,-
500; Mecklenburg and Gaston
Poley C. Lail died last week at^
his home at Conover, from the ef
fects of a fall from a wagon load
of hay, two weeks prior. Several
ribs were broken by the fall and
pneumonia developed. Mr. Lail
was 72 years old.
The Boone Democrat says the
frosts in Watauga county Sunday
and Monday nights, 1st and 2d»
were almost light snows. Some of
the farmers are of the opinion that
the fruit, in some sections of the
connty, was slightly damaged and
the crop, is being gathered as rapid
ly as possible.
One of the greatest fires in the
history of Asheville occurred Fri
day morning when the entire finish
ing department of the Hans Rees
Sons’ tannery, with all the finish
ing machinery and an immense
stock of leather was totally de
stroyed by fire. The loss of the
company is variously estimated
from $300,000 to a half million
The meeting of the council of
the North Carolina Federation of
Women’s clubs, which was to have
been held at Morganton during the
month of October, has been post
poned until November 15, accord
ing to the latest information. The
reason given for the postponement
was that Morganton had been so
badly damaged in the July floods
that the streets should be repaired
before entertaining so distinguish
ed a body as the women compos
ing the counsel of the state feder
The Hickory Record says l^outy
Collector P. P. Jones and R. B.
Boger, special employe, raided and
destroyed a sheet iron still of 110
gallons capacity at a point near the
intersection of the Mitehell, Mc
Dowell and Burke county lines
Sunday night. About 500 gallons
of beer were poured out and other
things destroyed. The men drove
25 miles from Morganton, and
walked 12 miles throqgh wild
mountain country to get at their
blockader. A few days before of
ficers destroyed a. still four miles
from where this one was found.
To Form Defnocratic Club.
In order to further the cause of
Democracy in McDowell county* a
meeting will be held in the court
house in Marion on Saturday night,
October 14, at 8 o’clock, for the
purpose of organizing a Demo
cratic club. Speeches will be made
by some of the leading Democrats
of Western North Carolina. Come
and bring your neighbors.
J. D, Blanton, Chr.,
W. M. McNairy, Sec’y.