MIRROR OF TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LJFE
(Name changed flrom Sylvan Val)ay News, January 1, 1917.)
"Brevards Inadequate School
Facilities Mean Inefficiency In
Work, Says School Principal
(By Prof. J, Clyde Jones, Principal of Brevard Public School.)
There has never been a time when there was a greater
demand for efficiency in school work than at the present
time. This demand is just. The man who pays taxes to
support a school has a right to expect full valae for every
dollar paid into the treasury. If this value is not bestowed
upon his own child, he expects other children to reap the
benefit and he, in turn, reaps through an educated citizen
ship. But there are limitations to this reaping. The aver
age teacher can probably do efficient work with 35 or 40
pupils. When this number is increased it is done at the
peril of efficiency. If the pupils below the high school
work in the Brevard graded school had been equally divided
last month each teacher would have had 51 pupils. If they
had been equally divided the first month each teacher
would have had 61. If all the pupils in the district were-to
attend each teacher in the school would have to teach 72
pupils and half of these would be compelled to stand.
During the past two years no emphasis has been placed
upon enrollment. No effort has been made to enforce the
compulsory attendance law. It would be folly to exert en
ergy in this direction because more come voluntarily than
can be taught with efficiency. This number will be greatly
increased next year and this increase will multiply the diffi
culties we are already facing.
According to statistics, each day in the school room is
worth in money value $7.33 to the child. If we use this
as a basis and consider the 200 pupils in the district who at
tend no school at all, the loss in money value is unbeliev
able. Many of this number are out because emphasis can
not be placed upon their attendance.
From the above facts it is evident that Brevard has too
many children or the school facilities are inadequate. The
children are here and it is a duty of the citizenship to see
that they are cared for. In this respect we have not even
reached the first stages of efficiency. The employment of
more teachers will not benefit the situation because there is
no place for them to work. Already the building is full.
The auditorium is used for primary work and it is an im
possibility for the entire school to get together for a few
minutes of devotional exercises.
Besides, there are other courses which must be intro
duced. Girls must be taught cooking and sewing. Boys
must be taught agriculture and other vocational subjects.
These are some of the real problems of life that must be
solved by the school. Until these subjects are introduced
the school cannot accomplish i^s aim. It cannot prepare
pupils to live which after all is the real end of teaching. In
the first grade this year 116 pupils have been enrolled. In
the eleventh grade only four are finishing the course.
There ought to be a larger number than this, but it will
hardly be realized until a new building is erected and the
other problems are solved.
Long ago the business man recognized that Solomon
was right when he said: “There is that scattereth and yet
increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet
but it tendeth to poverty.” No business man considers it
economy to attempt to do business in a building that will
not accommodate his customers. It is not economy to at
tempt to teach 400 children in a building that will scarcely
accommodate 250 and the result of such work is not
1 believe that the citizens of Brevard want to do the best
thing for their children. The first step to be taken is in
providing more room. To fail to do this will mean suicide
for public education in this district. If there is any mis
understanding about taxes, it should be cleared up. If the
political situation stands in the way, it should be removed.
When this is done there is no reason why the silent de
mand of 550 school children should not be answered with
better school facilities for Brevard.
BREVARD. NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, MARCH 23. 1917.
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The above map shows the location of the now extinct Walton County, Ga., over which North Carolina and Georgia had a war
as related in Mr. Jones’ historical article in the News, over a hundred years ago. The northern boundary of Walton county was
the supposed 35th degree of noYth latitude, which was at that time erroneously thought to pass from east to west at the mouth of
Little river. The eastern boundary of the county was the crest of the Blue Ridge. The southwestern boundary was the Meigs
and Freeman line, which ran “south 52 1-2 east,” from where it crossed the supposed 35 degree to the crest of the Blue Ridge.
The drawer of this map does not pretend to say that the Meigs and Freeman line is shown correctly on this map. One set of
litigants have always contended that the line as shown on the map is correct. Another-say it passed near Quebec, running in
the same general direction as shown, Another still, says it passed to the west of Toxaway mountain. The latest decisions of
the Supreme court seem to favor the Quebec route, reversing their former decision locating it as shown on the map.
TO MEET ON APRIL 2
Headquarters Transylvania Camp |
No. 953., U C. V. !
March 20, 11)17.
Order No. 15.
You aro ordered to rendezvons
•n the porch of the chapter honse
of the U. D. C. ia Brevard, Monday,
April 2d. next, at 2 :C0 p. m.
There are several items of in
terest to the Camp requiring at
tention some of which are the pay*
ment of dnes ; to elect delegates to
the national re-nnion at Washing
ton, D. C., June 6-8; to give some
token of respect to oar recently
departed comrades—J. M. Glazener
and Maj. W. E. Breese; to arrange
for memorial day services, etc.
As to the matter of dnes, they
are past doe and mnst be paid at
•DOS or representation in the ap-
proftcbing re-anion will be forfeited,
Oomradea, therefore those seeing
^heir probable noQ.attendance on
above meeting are ordered to
forward their does to the adjutant,
T. li* Pisgah Forest, at once.
It would be calamitous to be denied
ropresentation in the Washington
re-nnion, which prospeotively is
the grandest of all its predecessors.
Herein forget not.
By order of Commandant,
J. M. Hamlin.
T. L. G-abii, Adj.
BRADFORD CHILD DIES
Casper, the five and one-half
months old child of Mr. and Mrs.
Bradford, residents on Caldwell
street, who moved to Brevard from
Alabama last fall, died on Monday
as a result of measles. Bnrial was
made on Tuesday at the Gillespie
cemetery. The funeral services
were conducted from the Prosbyte.
rian church by Rev. John R. Hay.
MR. BALLARD SELLS LOT
B. K. Ballard, for his brother,
G. Q. Ballard of DacnsviUe, S. C.,
has sold to Mrs. Delia A. Graveley
a lot 95x221 feet fronting on Cald
well and Broad streets, the con
sideration being $1,000
Community Co-operative Advertising
The Publicity committee of the Brevard Club, knowing that
co-operative advertising brings results, wishes to get in communi
cation with every boarding house in this county within the next
week and further a plan for widely advertising this vicinity.
This committee has made a list of all available names of per
sons who expect to keep boarders this summer and has appor
tioned each house a certain amount of the expense. The entire
amount collected is to go towards paying the expense of printing
and distributing booklets descriptive of this territory.
Only those persons contributing their apportionment will have
the advertising benefit of the booklets and of the personal letters
and other literature to be mailed from the Brevard Club.
The committee asks that every person w^ishing mention get
into communication with one of the members before March 25th
and ask for any information regarding plans, etc.
The booklets to be printed are to be a credit to the **Land of
Waterfalls/^ and in order to have them some money must be spent.
A greater part of the money must be collected at once, but
the committee offers to take a check now, dated for payment any
time between now and the first of August for any part of the
apportionment from any who feel they cannot pay the amount
just now. The committee must have the assurance, however, that
the apportionment will be paid before it makes mention of any
house in the literature to be published.
Letters are already coming in asking for literature and other
information, and it so happens that no descriptive matter is on
In order to further this work will you please get in immediate
communication with one of the committeemen?
C. C. HODGES,
N. M. HOLLO WELL,
ALEX. R KIZER.
ADVtNGES IN PUKE
George Philips has pnrcbafled
f»-oia A. M. Verdery the lot on
Broad and Jordan streets adjoining
the old Sylvan Valley News bcild-
The sale of this lot shows a great
boom in real estate values in Bre
vard. Mr. Verdery held the prop
erty for abont fonr years daring
which time it practically doubled in
Mr. Philips is understood to have
paid Mr. Verdery $2,000 for the lot,
which is 33x110 feet in dimensions.
Mr. Philips contemplates the
erection of a home for his bakery.
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINT AT
$2.75 INSTEAD OF $7.25
While paint prices are advancing
the News by a typographical error
in transposing fignres last week
made it appear that they-had gone
sky high by having the Farmers
Supply company advertising Sher
win-Williams paint at $7.25 per
gallon. The ad should Lave m^e
the price at $2.75, hence this cor
Wait McCall moved into his new
house this week and was serenaded
by the young folks of the com
Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Fisher
visited Brevard last Saturday to do
some spring shopping.
Mrs. M>rtie Whitmire went to
Horse Shoe this week to purchase
a bill of groceries from the store of
L. R. McCall is now at home
toughening his muscles working in
the chestnut wood. His school at
Blantyre closed last week.
It is reported that the ilume'
down the West Fork of French
Broad will soon be placed, thus
opening up a large boundary of
chestnut wood which will b^ri-pid-
ly worked out.
Dillie Fisher and Miss Callie
Thomas were married at 10 o'clock
on Friday, March 16, at the homo
of the bride’s parents. T. C. Mc
Call, J. P., officiated. More than
fifty guests were present. Mr. Mb-
Oall was the officiating officeir'mt
the marriage of the bride's parente
seventeen years ago. Ezwizm.
CEDAR MX. BREEZES.
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Emmerson Jones has returned
from Pisgah Forest, where he has
been at work for the last month.
Miss Nellie Lee came home Sun
day from Greenville, where she has
been having some dental work
Many teams are busy hauling
the finishing lumber and doors for
the completiou of George Bishop^a
Wilkins, Cagle, Idell and Dora
Bishop went fishing last Thursday
and caught twelve nice moantain
Mrs. H. Garren is still sofFerin^
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Jones of
Caesars Bead are both in bed and
suffering from rheumatism.
The public school will, close its
session of six months of successful
work next Friday.
Mark R. Osborne of GreenviUe
was the guest of Mr. and Mrs.
George Bishop last Monday. He
and Miss Dora visited Mr. and Mrs.
Eagene Callan of Pisgah Forest on
Tuesday rettvning Wednesday.
V. B. McGaha went to River
George Bishop went to Gxoen-
Mr. and Mrs. Street Bnrps re
turned home last week from
villd after an absence of abont four
I Read the Diyenifleda Abo.