Have Yo« Ajiiswered The Red Cross Roll Call? R at PANY ine of Iways your us t o ns and fit you ar best on K E DEAL ds, No- are VOLUME 1 THE PILO m NUMBER 52 Devoted to the Upbuilding of Vass and Its Surroimding Country SUBSCRIPTION $2.00 VASS, N. C., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1921 PRICE FIVE CENTS OPPOSES EXPENSIVE BUILDING The Court House Question To find out the attitude of the com missioners on the subject of a new court house The Pilot asked Mr. Mc- Lauchlin, of the board, what the com missioners had in mind regarding a new building. He said that they had gone over every phase of it rather fully, and were not decided as to what should be done. He doubted the wisdom of trying to repair the old building unless it can be done for less money than he thinks likely, and he is not favorable to a costly building that would run up to $150,000. But he hopes that by using judgment in the adoption of a plan a good build ing, thoroughly fitted for the purpose, can be put up for not less than $75, 000 and possibly more, but not to ex ceed $100,000. He favors a new lo cation if a new building is put up, and says that three or four sites have been under discussion. But nothing will be done until the next meeting of the board, and he does not care to predict what will be done then, as he says the matter is still one of doubt. He thinks the court will in sist that some steps must be taken to make the present building safe or provide a new one, and is glad to hear the opinion of the people, and will try to decide to the best of his ability when the time comes to cast a vote on the subject. Personally he does not incline to a building built for show, but to one that is strictly prac tical and economical. But Mr. Mc- Lauchlin says it will not be a very big load on the people to build a court house that would cost $75,000. The interest on that money is $4,500 a year, or about 25 cents for each in habitant of the county, a sum that will not be felt very severely by any one. He says now is probably as good a time to build as we are likely to see, for he believes materal is about as low as it is apt to be. THANKSGIVING DINNER AT HOTEL VASS SOUPS Chicken a la Royale Beef Boullion Queen Olives Lettuce Hearts Celery Sweet Mixed Pickles ENTREES Asparagus Tips on Toast Boiled Ham and Spinach Apple Fritters, Sauce Ecumante ROAST Native Turkey, Cranberry Sauce Prime Ribs of Beef au jus NA Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Turnip Candied Sweet Potatoes Squash Creamed Cauliflower Corn Bread ‘ Hot Rolls DESSERT Steamed Plum Pudding, Hard Salice Mince Pie Pumpkin Pie Apple Pie Frozen Pudding Assorted Cakes Mix^ Nuts Raisins Apples Oranges Bananas Cheese and Crackers Tea. Coifee Cocoa Milk Whether to build a new court house or repair the old one is a topic that is interesting a good many of the people of the county, and as far as The Pilot has heard the expression of sentiment the advocates of repairing the old )uilding appear to have shown the strong hand. When men ike John R. McQueen, J. R. Page, eonard Tufts, J. L. Phillips and others of their standing in the county, say emphatically that they are against a movement to spend a hundred to a hundred and fifty thousand dollars in a new court house, it is evident there is a reason for looking into the subject fully. John McQueen is a man who is known to be un selfish in his work for the coun- y. He has been identified with ■oad and school work for so long that he is looked upon as a patron saint of Moore county welfare. He argues that a much smaller sum of money would make the old building good enough for any uses, and he has had considerable knowledge of buildings and usee.— - It is possible the county needs a new court house, sind it is possible it can get along with re modeling the old one. The courts have instructed the commission ers to make some change that will increase the safety and the convenience of the present build ing, so action must be taken. But while a costly new building would be nice the advocates of repair ing the old building point to the cost, and to the many calls for money, while the taxpayers are protesting against the tax that is already paid. We may as well all recognize that the day of small taxes and small public facilities has gone past. We are asking for more improved roads, more school houses, more of everything that the community must provide, and we cannot get away from the necessity of paying for those things. If we want more we must pay more. If we want to pay less we must be content to have less. If we want a big new court house the commissioners must be empowered to gather in more taxes, and on that funda mental point of taxation all thei=je public expenditures turn. It is impossible to go backward in the matter of schools, and it not likely we are soon to let up on road construction. But a few days ago a bond issue of §100 000 was sold for road purposes and we have to consider that both as to the annual interest of $6,000, and a provision for the sinking fund to redeem the bonds. The advocates of a new cour louse say the old one cannot be epaired in satisfactory manner. The men who are against the ex pense of a new building say it can. Different plans have been proposed for repairing the old building, and the backers of that plan argue that if a contract is et for repairing the old struc ture at say thirty thousand dol- ars the contract will get it done ^or that money and the plan will be thoroughly understood be- ore the work begins, and whether it will be suitable for :he demands of the courts and :he county work will be known before the work is awarded. The Pilot does not assume to mow which is the better plan, 3ut it does think the commis sioners will make no mistake in istening with patience to the arguments of the men on both sides, for it is one of the basic principles of democratic govern ment that the people are right. No measure can survive that is not backed by popular approval, and no movement can die that has the backing of the people. Sometimes the people appear to have the wrong end of the stick, but instead of flying in the face of popular demand it is far bet ter to either undertake to win the people or to accept their ver dict, for in the long run they will be found right. This is not a question of a new court house or a repaired court house or any court house, but solely a question of taxation. Never were the people of this country taxed as they are now. To be sure never were they get ting so much for their taxes, and never have they got so much for the money in any way as they get now from their taxes. But it is wise to consider how far tax paying can go. Once before the United States had an epidem ic of good roads, building, and the thing swept the country. Roads were projected, bonds is sued by townships, counties and states in sheafs, and if any man thinks that repudiation of state bonds was a habit that origin ated or had its highest develop ment in the South he can with profit turn to the repudiatec bonds of a number of the north ern states that went broke on the road boom of some eighty years ago when the Nationa Pike from Washington to St Louis set the fashion. We have to pay taxes more freely now than ever because we are the wealthiest nation in the world and wealthier now than any oth er nation has ever been. But never yet was a spending epoch that did not have to put oik the • (Continued on page 4) RED CROSS REPORT V -Southern Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 17.- 3ivision Headquarters of the Ameri can Red Cross sees a veritable tri umph of the Red Cross cause in Dixie as a result of reports from every sec tion of the Division on the results of early Roll Call activity. The South, these reports indicate, is keenly alive to the importance of the peace time program of the or ganization, and the response to the ap peal of The Greatest Mother is be- ieved ample assurance that the work now being attempted will be carried on throughout the coming year and possibly extended so that every com munity in the Division will feel and enow its benefits. This has been made possible solely through the whole-hearted co-opera tion of people in every walk of life throughout the section. Big business las recognized the benefits that ac crue to it from participation in Red Cross activity and the response has )een generous, and organized labor las been no less quick to grasp the opportunity to aid a cause that is one of the prime factors in our national life in adding strength and force to the masses. - In fact, practically every labor lead er in the South has not only enrolled himself as a Red Cross member, but has given his enthusiastic endorse ment of the Red Cross program. The doctrine of Red Cross service has been preached from hundreds of evangelical pulpits in the South, and at the same time it has been made the subject of endorsement from prelate and priest, in church and in syna gogue. In fact, the co-operation has been as widespread as the cause to which it is given. As a result Division Headquarters officials predict that de spite the uncertainties of the times, the South will smash all its records for response to the annual appeal of this great national organization. BAT” MASTERSON J The death of W. R. (“Bat’^> Master- son in New York recently takes away a picturesque figure who helped make history in the Kansas territ'.;ry back in the early eighties, and whose name has long been familiar to many V’ass residents. Unlike most of the other characters who frequented that trembled section of other days, “Bat’* Masterson allied himself on the side of law and order. He kept the poace even if keeping the peace required the drawing of a gun, and the use of it. “Bat” conquored and consolidated his gains on the side of law and order, and then went to New York City. He died as sporting editor of a big paper there, and- “with his boots on.” His life story, properly written, would be a story of the days when red-blooded men conquored the wilderness so that millions in the future might find peace and pro8|>trity therein.