Is a Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding of the Sandhill of North Carolina
VOL. 8, NO. 42.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 1928.
Bond Issue Needed For
Repair of County Bridges,
Says Highway Commission
Conditions in Moore Serious As
Result of Recent
The condition of the bridges in
Moore County since the last tremend
ous flood is such that the Highway
Commission has felt it necesary to
propose an appeal to the County
Commissioners for relief from the
situation, a bond issue to provide
funds for the speekly repair or re
construction of the bridges being the
plan suggested. Appended hereto ap
pears a letter from the Highway
Board, including an enumeration of
the bridges that have been damaged
and the approximate sum that will be
rttuired to renew them for service.
It wil be seen that the damage is
widespread, including every section of
the county, and a personal visit by
The Pilot force to some of the scenes
of disaster leaves no doubt that the
majority of the cases cited are im
perative in their immediate needs.
This is the seasom of the year when
the school children are to be taken in
the school busses to their schools, and
in many cases the roads are so in
terrupted that long detours are re
quired, while in some cases it is prac-
ti(Jally impossible to make the con
nections. The mails on the rural
routes are in precarious shape, public
and private traffic is impeded, and al
most wholly by the destruction of
Petition on Monday.
Chairman C. F. Le&viDt, of the
Highway Commission, says it is a
case of money to repair or rebuild
the bridges, or, as he expreses it.
WONDER WHO THIS FELIiOW
IS VOTING FOR, ANYWAY!
He entered the office of S. B.
Richardson, Inc., in Southern Pines
and asked for an A1 Smith button.
“We have no Smith buttons
here,” said the gentleman at the
desk. “We have some Hoover but-
“All right, let me have one of
those,” said the caller.
And, pinning it on the lapel of
his coat, he walked out, seemingly
just as happy.
Tobacco Crop May
Net Record Return
In Aberdeen Market
Total Paid to Farmers to Run
Close to Higihest in
QUALITY A SURPRISE.
Polo Ponies and
Hunters Arrive to
Start Season Off
136 Years Old,
Founded in 1792 in Little Log
Cabin in Orange
SERVICES IN GAELIC
Preparations are complete for
Memorial and Home Coming Day at
Bethesda Presbyterian church in
Aberdeen next Sunday, September
30th, and it is expected to be one of
the most notable days in the long
history of this ancient church. Be
thesda was organized in 1792 with
Archibald Patterson and John McMil
lan as first elders, and Rev. John
Gillespie as first pastor. The present
pastor is the Rev. V. R. Gaston.
The spot was first called. “Head of
Rockfish” and also “Solemn Grove.*’
The first services were divided b*-,-
tween English and Gaelic, and the
“What else?” The position"taken by i c^iurch remained in Orange Presby-
the voters shows an unfavorable at-1 until 1812 when it was placed
titude toward any bond issue unless | with the Fayetteville Presbytery,
sanctioned by the people, and the I The first log building was replaced
County Commissioners hesitate to ^^32 by a frame building; and the cose o
The tobacco market at Aberdeen
has been rather a surprise to most
of those who have paid the ware
houses a visit. The amount of leaf
coming in is pretty large, and it is
probable that the quality is hotter
than was generally expected. It is
not as good as the quality last year,
but most observers had figured on a
grade not as good as is really »niv-
ing on the floors, and B. B. Saunders
says that as compared with the qual
ity last year the prices so far are bet
ter. Poor tobacco never brought much
money and never will.
The average price for the crop th s
season, Mr. Saunders thinks?, will
hardly be as high as for last year’s
total crop, but for the same quality
he thinks it is running a little higher.
He advises the farmers to grade their
tobacco as carefully as possible, for
a little low grade stuff in the pile
with good leaf will kill the whole
pile. This is one place where the plant
er can profit. A small amount of time
spent in sorting the tobacco will pay
better this fall than almost any other
work done on the entire crop.
Farmers on the warehouse floors
as a rule are pretty well satisfied
with the figures marked on the tick
ets, although once in a while a vigor
ous protest is heard. However, it is
apparently too soon to judge yet
what the bulk of the sales will bring.
Not enoughs leaf come into tjie
market fo be sure of the average
quality, nor to tell what the prices
are to be on the better grades. But
it is safe to say that the prospects
are not as bad as many had antici
pated, and that the total amount of
money paid into the hands to tobacco
Mr. Smith and Mr. Hoover are now
in the thick of the fight. Mr. Smith
is used to it, having been in politics
all his life. He is probably not tak
ing it too seriously. Mr. Hoover,
running for office for the first time,
is probably suffering cold chills one
day, smiling over favorable news the
The campaign to date seems to the
neutral observer to sum up something
Mr. Hoover drinks, says Senator
Bruce of Maryland.
“1 do not,” says Mr. Hoover.
“He does not,” says Chairman Ras-
“Senator Curtis had a bottle of
whisky in his pocket at the Pimlico
race track,” says Senator Bruce.
“Never possessed a bottle of whis
key,” says Senator Curtis.
A1 Smith was intoxicated at the
New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.
Y., last month, wrote a Syracuse
woman to friends in Virginia.
“I was with him all day and he
never had a drink,” says Senator
Fearoh, Republican, of Syracuse.
“Smith is the candidate of the
forces of the devil,*' says Rev. John
“Smith is too strong a churchman.
It would be unsafe to elect him,” in
timates Mrs. Willebrandt, Republican.
Smith is the farmers’ friends. He
will solve the farm problem, cry Dem
He was bom on the sidewalks of
New York and can’t tell alfalfa from
oats, say his opponents.
A1 will solve the prohibition prob
lem, say his friends.
“The President can do nothing
abont the situation,” sp,ys Al.
North Carolina is going for Hoover.
North Carolina is going for Smith.
A^d all we can say is, thank good
ness November 6th will be here be
fore long and we can all get back to
Fifteen Horses Arrive for Welch
Stables in Southern
BIG POLO SEASON.
take any steps without the authority
of the voters and tax payers. So the
present building was erected in 1860.
The present pastor came to the work
Highway Board proposes '.aji appeal | j*' 1916; meanwhile a new brick build-
to the Commissioners through a pe- i erected in the town of Aber-
tition to be presented at the meeting deen, but so strong have been the as-
next Monday. The time is not long.
sociations of the old location at Be-
but it is apparent to everybody thatl^hesda for over a century that sevv-
what is done has to be done prompt- i have never been discontinned
ly, for the roads will not improve by'
waiting. The proposition as the
county officials offer it is simple.
Many prominent families have been
connected with the work at Bethes<1a,
Roads and bridges are built for the their descendants are happy to
people, but by the money of the peo- i ff^ther each year for a Home Coming
pie. The brdges are gone. To re- »nd a reunion on the spot so dear to
store them will take money. The ^ their fathers.
This year the speaker for the oc
casion will be Dr. W. T. Whit^eU, of
Whitsett, N. C., who has been engaged
money can come from but one source,
which is the taxpayer. The question
is whether the taxpayer at this junc-
the speaker chosen to deliver the his
torical address before Orange Pres
bytery for the historical celebration
held at Hawfields Church, Mebane, N.
C. It is expected that his address at
the Bethesda celebration wil! be a
real contribution to the story of early
Presbyterianism in the Fayetteville
Presbytery, and a very large gather
ing is expected to be present for thte
TO BUILD HUNTING LODGE
ON OLD BUCHAN PLANTATION
ture is res^y to instruct the county years in making researches
officials to go ahead and procure the|‘"“> ‘*>e history of the older churches
money and do the work or let the'°* State, and who in 1926 was
bridges stay where they are—in the
streams or washed away completely.
The valuations of property in Moore
County at the present assessment is
approximately $26,000,000. The
amount of indebtedness against the
road and bridge establishment of the
county is around $337,000, as nearly
as figures available at this distance
from the courthouse records show.
Of this, some $67,000 is the old town
ship debts, $5,000 a lingering heritage
from the flood damage of 1908, when
the rivers went on a similar rampage,
$65,000 is the portion the county as
sumed when the State built the State
road through Carthage on the San
ford and Charlotte route, and the bal
ance is accounted for in $100,000 road
bonds and a similar sum in bridge
bonds. The courthouse debt is $150,-
000, the school debt in the districts
and county well up toward $500,000.
Only One Alternative.
The Pilot has asked different ones
to express an opinion as to the wise
course to pursue^ and the answer is
pre/tty much the same, that the
bridges have to be rebuilt unless the
people want to do^ they did in the
past, which was to depend on the
the biggest total the section has ever
Mr. Warren and Mr. Saunders both
advise growers to get their leaf in as
rapidly as possible, and express the
view that the manufacturers will not
send many buyers to the markets
after the holidays. The evident de
sire on the part of the companies is
to get away from the long drawn out
marketing season, and to have the
men busy at their other work.
BUILD ANOTHER WING.
The Pinehurst Greenhouses, fa
mous for their flowers and plants as
the season rolls around, are building
a further extension of a thousand
square feet, to be used as a display
room for plants and blossoms. The
growing demands on the Greenhouses
require frequent enlargements, and
this fall and winter will see the in-
_ . . . , . „ . ,1 stitution carrying jat its consistent
po'icy <>f building to m the require-
ments. While the original intention
of the Greenhouses was to have a
supply from which the needs of Pine-
tant markets has not been so con
spicuous this fall as at times in the
past, as Aberdeen seems to have been
making a reputation for good price*-,
and good classification of leaf, and
for convenience in all ways for hand
ling the product. Another thing that
is having its influence is the marked
improvement in the stores and other
business places in the town, which
gives to the farmers better service
when they want to buy supplies.
ORNAMENTAL LIGHTS WIN
hurst, Incorporated, might procure its
supplies, the steadily extending calls
for flowers and plants from all direc
tions has made the present equipment
and room necessary.
NEW WATER TANK FOR
VASS NEARING COMPLETION.
The new water tank being erected
SOUTHERN PINES APPROVAL. is rapidly near-
mg completion on the site chosen for
it near the intersection of the Route
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Eldridge Johnson, former president
of the Victor Talking Machine Com
pany, who recently purchased the old
Buchan pljantation south of Aberdeen
for a hunting preserve, is making
plans for the erection of a fine hunt
ing lodge on one of the sightly loca
tions of his new property.
TWENTY-SIX NEW MILLS
Of a total -of 77 new textile mills
locating in the South in the period
from January 1 to July 31 of this
year, D. H. Hill, Jr., :.f the Southern
Textile Bulletin credits 26 with hav
ing been established in No. Carolina.
The first of the thirty-two new or
namental street lamps to be erected
in Southern Pines was placed in po
sition on Broad street on Monday of
this week and attracted widespread
and favorable attention.
Artistic braclcets of heavy wrought
iron hold the lamps in place fourteen
feet from the street level. Brackets
and lamps are to be painted a dark
green. Four hundred candle-power
bulbs will furnish the illumination.
New poles are being placed along four
blocks of Broad street at regular in
tervals, and there will be eight lights
to each block.
Mayor Bamum and the town com
missioners inspected the first of these
lights after its erection Monday and
completely approved of the fixtures.
All the poles and lights are to be in
position hy October 1st, and there
will be an informal celebration of the
village's new lighting system when
the current is switched on.
50 highway and the road leading into
the village. The steel supports for
the huge tank were completed and
riveted into position early in the
w^eek, and the tank itself is now nest
ling into place and will soon be sup
plying Vass with the forceful watei
supply which has long been needed.
N. C. LEADS NATION
IN BUSY SPINDLES.
South Carolina continued to lead
North Carolina in the cotton spinning
industry during August, according to
the report by states of the United
States Department of Commerce.
South Carolina mills worked 1,761,-
072,954 spindle hours as against 1,-
669,206,795 spindle hours of North
North Carolina, however, had more
spindles active during August than
any other state.iir tlie comHtty*'
When they begin to unload horses
at Pinehurst and Southern Pines, then
you can be sure “the season” has be
gun in the Sandhills. Polo and hunt
ing are just around the comer.
Aftter what must have been a long
and tedious journey, four polo ponies,
the property of Vemer Z. Reed, ar
rived at Pinehurst from Denver, Col.^
on Monday and were stalled in the
Ziegler stables which Mr. Reed has
taken for another season. These are
some new ponies to the game in this
section, having been picked up in the
West for the Reed stables during the
summer. The balance of the Reerf
ponies are now en route from his sum
mer residence at Brookville, L. I.,
and are expected within a few days.
Mr. Reed also has acquired two new
hunters during the summer which wil!
be seen pursuing the elusive fox be
hind the Moore County hounds at
Southern Pines this winter.
Carload for Welch.
A carload of fifteen horses, the
property of Frank Welch, Sr., arrived
in Southern Pines on Tuesday mnd
were unloaded and taken into the
Swinnerton stables where they will
winter. Mr. Welch anticipates a bvsy
season for his riding horses, both in
hacking and hunting. Each year has
found more horses required to cars
for the winter guests here than the
previous one, and stables were taxed
to capacity last season.
W. A. Laing, who conducts the
Halcyon Hall Riding Academy in the
new Country Club development sec
tion, plans to ship more than the
usual number of hunters here thi&
winter, and will have some en route
from his ^rm in Virginia within the
next few weeks. Mr. Laing is worry
ing about sttable accommodations, as
last season he was crowded both in
his regular stable and in the annex
on the road to the Fort Bragg Reser^
vation. His problem is not only to
provide stalls for his own hunters but
for the accommodation of the n<aaiy
visitors who send their horses to him
for boarding during the hunting pe
riod. More than forty boarders were
taken care of by the Laing stables
last winter, and more are expected
Many Hunters Coming.
Among those who are shipping
horses here for the fox and drag
hunts with the Boyd hounds is B.
Tompkins, of New York, who will
have ten horses for himself and party
throughout February.. Donald Mc
Pherson and William Teter, of Chi
cago, plan to return this winter and
are sending a number of Irish hunt
ers from Chicago. There were twelve
mounts from Chicago stabled with
Mr. Laing last winter for nearly two
months. Miss Ogden, who has been
hunting here for several seasons^
plans to return with one or two
horses, and Duncan Robinson, of To
ronto, Canada, is shipping three
James S. Wadsworth, of Geneseo,
N. Y., is expected to bring a number
of his imported Irish hunters here
for the winter, but plans to build his
own stables on land purchased
through Frank Buchan last winter.
Mr. Wadsworth is well known in the
hurtting world, being master of the
Genesee Valley Hunt in Central New
The new wing to the James 603^
stables has been completed and wil)
take care of four or five horses which
the Boyd family has acquired i^nce
hunting stopped last spring. Among
the new equine additions to the Boyd
stables are two ponies for the rising
The Pinehurst stables and those of
Alexander and Thomas on the double
roiad are being put in conditioA, for
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