A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF McTOWELL COUNTY.
MARION, N. C, THURSDAY, NOV. 23, 1916.
VOL. XXI—NO. 13
WEAVER MADE NOMINEE
Democratic Candidate for Congress
in Tenth Given Certificate
Asheville Times,' 18th.
Hod. James J. Britt, who claims
« majority of 13 votes over his
democratic opponent Zebulon Wea
ver as the result of the election in
the tenth congressional district,
stated this morning that he would
await the results of the hearing be
fore Judge J. Adams in the matter
of the mandamus issued by Judge
^aw, before deciding his course
of procedure concerning the action
of the board of canvassers of Bun-
oombe county, which' yesterday
completed its work and certified to
returns from Buncombe county
which give Mr. Weaver a majori
ty of 310 in this county and a ma
jority in the district of nine votes.
The board yesterday afternoon,
having completed the canvassing
of the returns from every precinct,
the official figures of some of which
were not received until Thursday,
-certified these returns to the state
canvassing board and these returns,
which showed that Buncombe coun
ty’s vote in the congressional elec
tion was 4352 for Weaver and 4043
for Britt, gave Mr. Weaver a ma
jority of 311 votes in the county,
while Mr. Britt contends that he
received but 288.
The board, in certifying its re
turns, takes the position that it is
complying with the alternative
mandamus, issued by Judge Shaw,
while Mr. Britt contends that the
’members of the board are in con
tempt. The board took such ac*
tion after haying consulted inde
pendent counsel, and based its
course on the legal advice received
from Theodore F. Davidson, Louis
*M. Bourne, and A. Hall Johnston.
The difference in the figures
hinges on the legality on certain
unmarked ballots, or ballots which
^id not contain the cross mark,
which were sent in from five pre
cincts, which stood 27 for Mr.
Weaver and five for Mr. Britt,
who contends that these votes were
Charges Vote Abstract is
Asheville, Nov. 21.—An entire
afternoon was spent by attorneys
for James J. Britt, the Republican
^Congressman from this, the Tenth
district, who claims re-election by
13 votes, in reading affidavits tend
ing to show that if unmarked bal
lots from five precincts in Bun
combe County should be coonted
for Zebulon Weaver, the Demo
cratic candidate, unmarked ballots
from all the precincts of the coun
ty would show a majority for Mr.
Britt and reverse the action of the
board of canvassers in declaring
Mr. Weaver elected.
Just before court adjourned un
til 9 o’clock tomorrow morning
counsel for Mr. Britt made the
charge that the chairman of the
county canvassers’ board had failed
to sign the abstract of the election
returns forwarded to Raleigh, the
State Capital, and the attorneys
argued that such failure invalidat
ed the findings and proceedings of
Judge Adams, who is hearing
the case has not yet made his posi
tion clear, but is expected to give
an opinion on his jurisdiction in
the case during tomorrow’s session.
Honor Roll of the Marlon Graded
School for Second Month.
In ordeir to attain a place on this
honor roll, the pupil must have an
average of two, which means froDi
90 to 95 percent, must have “Very
Good” in conduct, must not be
tardy at any time, and must not
have more than two excused ab
First Grade, Mrs. Pescud Craig,
teacher —'Phillip Ruth, Charlie
Walls, William Smith, Clyde Laid-
law, Theodore Watkins, Louie
Bird, Karcher Clay, Lottie Eller,
Ellen Church, Cary Silver, Eliza
beth Moore, Jewel Hemphill, Julia
Sinclair. Lula Holifield, Virginia
Morrow, Doris Hill, Grace Tate.
First Grade, Miss Swindell,
teacher—Mary JaneKistler, Edith
Liuffhridire, Fred Mathis, Alma
Eller, Jeanette Gilkey, Minnie
Godfrey, Earl Howell.
Second Grade, Miss Winslow,
teacher—Martha Buchanan, Mar
garet Craig, Bettie Lusk, Katheryn
McCall, Ermine Neal, Ned Landis,
Arthur McCulloch, Guyon Whit
Third Grade, Miss Kate Mae
Streetman, teacher—Floyd Glenn,
Helen Franklin, Dorothy Gilkey,
Jennie Wall, Quince Hall, Paul
Rath, Mary Young Hemphill.
Fourth Grade, Miss Eva Keeter,
teacher—Alma Link, Zella Gibbs,
Fiffcl^Grade, Miss Martha Deck
er, teacher—Carter Stroud, Mar
garet Justice, Elizabeth Reid, Ida
Sixth Grade, Miss Ethel Craw
ford, teacher — Vissie Murphy.
Irene Franklin, Luna Wall, Doro
thy Wood, Brownie Gil^s, Ester
Thomas, Elma Houk, Lucile Con
ley, Mae Curtis, Jack Justice.
Eighth Grade— Mayo Laugh-
ridge, Annie Kate Burgin, Edna
Tate, Hettie Mae Cannon, Pauline
Conley, Pauline Hawkins, Paul
Story, Edwin Pless.
Ninth Grade—Flora Steppe, Ed
na Rader, Gertrude Jones, Lurlene
Tenth Grade—Robert Burgin,
Nelle Corpening, Estelle Corpen
ing, Gladys Corpening, Mary
Sweeney, Mattie Gladden.
Eleventh Grade—Sue Conley,
Jessie Conley, Rosa Houk, Ruth
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
Brief Mention of Some of the Hap
penings in McDowell County—
Items About Home People.
Harmony Grove, Nov. 20—B. G.
G^ttys and son. Arthar, of Nebo, spent
Sunday here with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Crawley
visited relatives at Thompson’s Fork
Bey. M. W. Mann and Rev. M. L.
Kaylor, both of Nebo, were visitors here
one day last week.
Miss Mattie Snipes has retnrned to
Marion after spending a few days here
with her mother, who has been qnite ill
bnt is improving.
James Pyatt was here on business
one day last week.
The school here is progressing nicely
with James Gettys and Miss Zelda Yel-
ton as teachers.
Dallas Rowe retaraed home Saturday
and is recovering from his recent ac
Miss Cordia Simmons has retu||jied to
Raleigh after spending a few days here
with her mother.
The Griffin Speller.
The Cleveland Star.
Prof. I. C. Griffin, superintend
ent of the Shelby Public Schools,
is co-author of a new spelling book
entitled *'Essentials in Spelling for
High Schools.” Assisting him in
the preparation of the book were
Dr. L. A. Williams, professor of
school administration, and Dr. H.
W. Chase, professor of physiology,
both being members of the faculty
of the University of North Caro
lina. Griffin is a member of the
faculty during the Summer months
when' the teachers take their train
ing courses. The new High School
speller is just from the press and
is published by Alfred Williams &
Co. It has been recommended by
State High School Inspector Walk
er for use in the High Schools of
the State and a number of schools
have already adopted it.
Harmony Grove, Nov. 21—J. N. Yel-
ton spent the week end with relatives
in Rutherford county.
Corn huskings are very much limited
in this community
B Mangum’s barn and all his feed
stuff were burned Sunday night. His
horses and cattle were saved The or
igin of the fire is not known.
There will be a box supper at Har
mony Grove School house on Thursd iy
night, November 30th. The proceeds
will be used for the beaefit of the school
Everybody cordially invited
Hankins, Nov. 20.—Mrs. S. W. Can
non and little daughter Helen spent
S0yeral days last week in Bakersville.
Miss Delia Gibbs spent the week-end
Will Morgan of Nebo spent Sunday
with homefolks here.
Rev. Fletcher Simmons preached an
interesting sermon at Hankins Baptist
church Sunday morning.
Miss Gertrude Barnes of Nebo spent
Sunday with homefolks here.
Fred Craig spent the week-end with
friends at Spruce Pine.
Fred and Percy Barnes haye return
ed after an extended motor tour over
a number of Western States.
Hankins school is progressing nicely
with an enrollment of 28. The daily
average attendance last week was 26.
Students Organize County Club.
Special to Mabi6n Froobbss.
Chanel Hill, Nov. 17.—^Just as
soon as the excitement and clamor
of the eiectioo had died away among
the echoing peaks of the Blue
Ridge, the sons of Carolina becama
quickly unfted again in a common
cause. Inspired by the motive to
serve more than for selfish inter
est the students from McDowell
and Rutherford counties met to
night and organized a county club,
there being so few students from
each county making it necessary
for a joint organization.
The object of the organization
is to keep alive an interest in the
home counties, by becoming ac
quainted \Yith their standing in
wealth, economics, and education.
At the next meeting in December
a number of subjects yvill be dis
cussed—where the home counties
lead, where they lag, and the way
to the front. The fundamental
aim of the club is to keep the Uni
versity before the people at home
so they will come to appreciate i1;s
The club noted with no pride
that from botfi counties there are
but twelve students taking advant
age of the excellent equipment the
University, affords. Cooperation
with the Alumni at home seems to
be a desire of the club, for the
purpose of putting the University
in the right light.
Xhe following ofllcers were
elected: M. O. Dickerson, of
Rutherford, president; C. B. Lan
dis, vice-president; K. B. Craw
ford, secretary, and A. S. White,
treasurer, all of McDowell.
Every parent and every school
teacher should read Dr. Dula’s ar
ticle in this paper on the preserva
tion of children’s eyes. It is real
ly a duty.
Old Fort Sentinel, 17th.
Friends of Miss Daintry Gra
ham will be very agreeably sur
prised to learn that on last Satur
day, Nov. 11, at the Baptist par
sonage in Asheville, she was hap
pily married to Mr. Robert Alli
son, of Black Mountain. Their
engagement had been kept secret
and only a few close friends knew
of the affair. Miss Graham left
Old Fort Saturday morning for
Asheville to attend to her shop
ping and the rest of the wedding
party joined her on the way. The
ceremony took place at 2:00 p. m..
Rev. Calvin Waller officiating.
Mr. Allison is in the employ of
the Southern Railway as one of the
supervisors of the work at the new
tunqel at Graphiteville, and Mrs.
AlUsun is teacher in charge of the
public school at Dendron. They
state that they will not go to keep
ing house till after the first of the
STATE NEWS OF THE WEEK
Items Concerning Events of In
terest and Importance Through
out the State.
The Southern railway has let the
contract for a big new steel car
shop in Spencer, to cost aboat
A Charlotte Observer writer
hears that Goy. Craig may be of
fered a diplomatic position under
the next Wilson administration.
Another Burke county township
has gone on record for good roads.
Upper Creek township has voted
$20,000 of bonds for that purpose.
Soon Burke will have good roads
by township bond issues.
Julian Davis, 14-year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Sam A. Davis of
Asheville, was struck and killed
by an engine in the Southern rail
way yards in Asheville Saturday.
The boy was employed as messen*
ger in the yards.
The State Board of Pharmacy
last week granted license to 22 of
68 applicants. R. R. Copeland of
Tarboro led the class. Among
those who passed were Robert
Bonner, H. T. Campbell and J. W.
Keever of Hickory, and L. N.
Kirksey of Morganton.
Sam L. Rhyne, a widely known
business man of Newton, commit
ted suicide Sunday by hanging,
during a fit of meloncholy, to
which he had been subject for
many months. Until recently he
had been under treatment &t the
hospital in Morganton. He is
survived by his wife and two chil
W.^ J. Atwell, electrical
visor for the Southern Railway,
with headquarters in Memphis,
Tenn., was married to Miss Mar
garet Blackwood, of Chattanooga,
Tenn., at the home of the bride in
Chattanooga, Thursday, Novem
ber 9. Mr. Atwell is the eldest
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Atwell
of this place and has a large circle
of friends in Marion who wish him
a long and happy.wedded life. Mr.
and Mrs. Atwell visited the for
mer’s parents here during the week
on their way to Atlanta and other
points. They will make their
home in Klemphis.
The population of Continental
United States has passed the hun
dred and three million mar^ Of
ficials of the Treasury Department
in their monthly money circulation
statement estimate that on Novem
ber 1 the population of the coun
try was 103,002,000.
Contract Let for Clinchfield Mill.
Contracts have been let for the
big Clinchfield Company’s mill No.
2 as follows: Building and power
houses to the Gallivan building
Company, Greenville, S. C., with
Supt. Agnew in charge. Work
has already been begun and the
foundations are being put in. The
main building will be 132x520 feet,
three stories high, and the power
plant about 50x100 feet.
The contract for steam turbine,
alternator and all motors goes to
The General Electric Comoany;
40,000 spindles to Saco-Lowell
Shops, Boston, Mass.; 1,000 looms
to The Draper Company, Hope-
dale, Mass. Five 300-horse-power
Manning type boilers will be in
stalled; a chimney 165 feet tall will
be built from radial brick. Fire
protection will be furni&hed and
installed by the General Fire Ex-
tinquishing company of Provi
dence, R. I., and Charlotte, N. C
The total cost of the building
and machinery will amount to
Drastic Dry Bill to Be Introduced*
Raleigh, Nov. 19.—The execu
tive committee of the North Caro
lina Anti-Saloon League, having
reappointed Rev. R. L. Davis to
the superintendency of the work
for anoth^ year, is marshaling its
forces for its biennial raid on the
Legislature for advanced measures
in the tightening of the prohibition
law of the State.
Some weeks ago the committee
promulgated its platform of de
mands that will be made upon the
1917 Assembly. This includes re
ducing the quantities of intoxicants
that can be in the possession of any
citizen to one-half gallon of whis
key, three gallons of malt or beer
and five gallons of wine.
There will be an effort to pro
hibit the circulation of any news
papers that advertise liquors and
to provide for the confiscation of
any vehicles used in illicitly hand
ling liquors, whether the driver or
vender owns the machine or not.
There is to be a feature designed
to cut out the keeping of liquors
at club apartments for members.
The final touches are being put
on the legislative bill that the com
mittee will ufldertake to put
through the Legislature and the
indications are that this measure
will be one of the most notable
features of the 1917 Legislature.
Minnesota to Hushes.
St. Paul, Nov. 18.—^The com
plete official vote of Minnesota,
9S announced today by Secretary
of State Julius A. Schmahl, gave
Hughes a plurality of 396. The
vote was Hughes 179,553; Wilsoa