BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA, AUGUST 7, 1929
Tax Rate Set at $2.13 In Meeting
Of Board of County Commisioners
V is REDUCTION OF
62 CENTS FROM
PRESENT TAX RATE
Poll Tax of $2, and Special Tax
On All Dogs Passed
DEBT SERVICE AND THE
SCHOOLS GET BIG CUTS
Believed To Be Biggest Cut
Made In Any County In
Transylvania county's tax rate has
been reduced 62 cents from that
prevailing: last year.
This action was taken last Mon
day by the hoard of county commis
sioners, and is an even greater re
duction than was predicted in this
paper last week. At first, it was be
lieved the reduction, based on the
budget estimate, would be 52 cents,
but at the meeting Monday, the date
set for final action on the matter,
further curtailment had been made
and the rate of 13 "'Re' adopted.
I.ast year it was $2.75.
This is believed to be the great
est reduction in tax rate made by
any county in the state since the
general program of retrenchment
was adopted. Only one item is in
creased. that of the tax levy for
roads and bridges being 19 cents
this year, wherein it was 17 cents
last year. The biggest reductions
wi re made on the debt service fund
ami the school fund. The debt ser
vk e fund rate was $1.00 last year,
and this year the rate is 61 cents.
The six-months school rate last year
was $1.11, and this year it is 91
Poll tax of $2 is charged against
each person subject to poll, and all
dogs in the county, six months old
and older, are taxed, $1.00 on each
male dog, and $2 on each female
?i>? .. :;tn; ;:ingent laws are made for
vh'' in: and collection on dogs.
i-\i:li!wing is the resolution adopt
ed. selling the tax rate for the
?"The Board of County Commis
sions ? met in regular session on the
above date. The following members
present : J. H. Pickelsimer, chairman;
A. M. White ^C. R. McNeely; W. L.
Talley and_S. R. Owen.
"Resolution authorizing the levy
ing of taxes for the Current Fiscal
year of 1929 of Transylvania Coun
ty. Xorth Carolina, Board of Com
missioners assembled August 5th,
?'Whereas pursuant to Section 12
^ f th " Fiscal Control Act of North
Carolina, passed and ratified the 7th
day o! Alarch 1927, by the General
Assembly of North Carolina, in reg
ular session, the Board of County
Commissioners of Transylvania
county, X. C., on August 5th, 1929,
introduced and passed the following
resolution and order:
"Now Therefore Be It Resolved
ami ordered by the Board of Com
missioners of Transylvania County,
"First, that the following rate of
taxes be levied on each and ev^ry
one hundred dollars valuation of
property in Transylvania County,
both personal and real:
County General $ .15
Health & Poor .02
Road & Bridge 19
Debt Service . . 61
G Mo. School 91
Extended Term 25
"It is further ordered that a poll
tax of $2.00 be levied and collected
on each taxable pbll.
"It is further ordered that a dog
tax of $1.00 for each male dog, and
$2.00 for each female dog over six
months old, be levied and collected.
"Upon motion of A. M. White,
seconded by W. L. Talley and car
ried, the foregoing resolutions were
carried by the affirmative vote of the
All members of the board voted
for the resolution.
M'CALL WINS SUIT
^ AND BOTH APPEAL
J. Frank McCall, suing the Glou
cester Lumber company for bread
of contrast and damages, which cast
occupied most of the time of tlu
Superior court last week, ended wit!
a jury verdict in favor of McCall ir
the sum of $2500, with interest fron
December, 1923, to the present time
Both sides appealed from the ver
di?t and gave notice that the matte
would be carried into the Supremi
SERVICES AT ENON CHURCH
Rev. E. R. Pendleton, of Brevard
will preach at Enon Baptist churci
next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock
This church is seven miles out o
Brevard on the Hendersonville har
surfaced road, and visitors are invil
ed. . rr
JUDGE JOHN H. HARWOOD
I Judge John H. Hanvood, of Bry
son City, is presiding in this week's
term of the Superior court. Judge
James L. Webb was here last week,
but asked to be relieved, and Judge
Harwocd .ras seuc in nis ste&d. me
Bryson City man, while a frequent
visitor to Brevard, is now holding
' his first court here.
Judge Harwood came into promin
ence recently through his decisions
in the McDowell Superior court,
where he granted an injunction re
straining the striking employes in
the cotton mills in Marion from
picketing or otherwise interfering
with resumption of operations in the
mills affected by the strike.
Incidentally, the strikers are con
tinuing their picketing activities,
despite the injunction that had been
Sugge'ss Surfacing of Caesar'^
Head Highway as Bre
vard's Greatest Need
Ainviig uie many disti?gui>ned
visitors to Brevard this summer, an
outstanding one last week was Co!.
W. W. Ball, editor of The News
and Courier, the oldest paper in
South Carolina, published at the
metropolis of the Palmetto State.
Col. Ball lives in Charleston when he
works, but at Caesar's Head, on the
line of Transylvania county, when
he wishes to refresh his soul. He has
a summer home almost right under
old Julius' nose and he said that the
eagles play round his feet there.
Col. Ball has had a prominent
career in journalism in our sister
state. He was editor of The State,
at Columbia, then filled the chair of
Journalism at the State University,
and then took the editorship of the
Charleston paper when Asheville en
ticed Robert Latham. He is a native
of Laurens, S. C., of an old planter s
family, one of the pioneers of the
Col. Ball is an enthusiastic booster
for a hardsurfaced road by Caesar's
Head to Greenville. He said that
there were three mountain scenes
which have appealed to him as out
standing, among the many he has
visited; two of these being in or
near this county ? Toxaway and
Caesar's Head. The third is Mount
Mitchell. Col. Ball has shown what
he thinks of the Brevard-Greenville
road by putting his home beside it.
He considers that the development of
that road would be of enormous
value to this section. Its scenic at
tractions are far superior to any ac
cessible highway in Eastern Amer
ica- . , c
Col. Ball was greeted by many of
his old friends here, among them
our veteran dean of fellow-towns
men, Mr. Louis Bell, Mr. Breese, Mr.
Gash, Mr. Patton, Mr. Barrett and
his fellow-alumnus, Mr. Verner,
whom he had not met in nearly forty
years. With the last two it was
I "Billie and Phillips,," and bystand
ers were much amused at the two
' grey-haired men harking back tc
boyhood days and ways.
Col Ball is going to boost the
1 Greenville road and Transylvania in
his paper, and the people of thi;
countv are haDpv in having him foi
a resident neighbor as well an in
? fluential friends in the "low
The Berea North Carolina Picni<
will be held at Spruce Pine, Satur
day August 17th. All interested ii
Berea College are urged to attend.
r REVIVAL AT LITTLE RIVER
3 BAPTIST CHURCH THIS WEE1
1 Rev. Arthur Vaughn, of Ceda
Mountain, is conducting a revival a
I, Little River Baptist church thi
h week, and it is reported that man
people aiu showing groat interest i
f the ? meetings. Rev. Mr. Vaughn i
d a splendid preacher, and the peopl
of the county always delight in a
L opportunity of hearing him.
SCHOOLS AND ROAD !
Also Cut Item from Budget for
E. L. Sims, Highway
NO ATHLETIC DIRECTOR J
FOR COUNTY SCHOOLS j
Cut the Pay of School Board i
Members One Dollar
A Day Each
In the budget adopted by the
board of county commisisoners Mon
day, no provision is made for re
taining Eck L. Sims as highway pa
trolman, the item in the road board
budget callinc- for this account being
| stricken out. by 'he county commis
sioners. Mr. Sims is still serving,
however, as highway patrolman,
i The same action was taken regard
ing attorneys for both the school
board and the road board. Hereto
fore each of the county boards have
i had an attorney, but under the ac
I tion of the county commissioners
Monday, ilems providing for the em
ployment of these attorneys were
dropped from the prepared budgets.
Chairman Pickelsimer, when <iues
I tioned about the" matter, stated that
] the county has a county attorney
i whose duties are to all the county
j boards and county interests, and the ?
| board of commissioners felt that il .
| was needless expenditure to employ
an attorney for each of the boards '
j except when peculiar conditions arise '
j that make such employment neces- ,
sary, and then the county officials (
may engage an attorney for such
There will be no athletic director:
in the schools according to similar .
| action taken by the commissioners I j
' concerning this work. Items provid- 1
, ing pay for such directors were < u: j j
i out of the budget as adopted, anil !
| there can be no athletic directors j:
! employed in the county schools. T 1 1 ? '
commisisoners stated that all e>:<
the essential work of the schools Irad j ,
been cut out in making the reduction
j in the tax rate.
i A dollar a day was cut by the
I commissioners from the pay that
! members of the school board have
' been receiving for attending board j
! meetings. The pay heretofore h.-i^ : .
been at the rate of five dollars a I
' day. It was found, it is said that the 1
law provides a rate of four dollars
a day instead of the five, and the
I commissioners trimmed the budget
to allow the smaller amount to the
school board members.
STRUCK MATCH TO \
I SEE GAS; AND THEN-i
^he Same Old Thing Hap
pened?He Is In Bed,
The world does move ? and people
still strike matches when filling: a
| vacuum tank in an automobile with (
The last striking illustration of the j
j fact that people never learn very
much from the experiences of others j
was that of the case of a colored |
citizen of the Glade Creek section by
the name of Walker.
Last Sunday evening, so the narra
tive runs, Walker had been driving
i tive runs, Walker had been driving
mountain and valley. So absorbed
was he in the beauties of this section
that he failed to notice his gas sup
ply. Along about the time that big
dark descended upon the .face of the
earth, and the angels began hanging
out the stars for the night, Walker's
? gas tank became dry ? dry as a bone.
After much walking, Walker pro
1 cured some gasoline, filled his tank,
? and still the car failed to turn ori
'.spin. The vacuum tank was empty.!
' j Drawing some gas from the tank,|
I Walker proceeded to fill his vacuum ,
1 j tank. The light from the stars, while j
I j beautiful in all their distant glory,
! failed to furnish sufficient light.
however, for him to see the small |
' hole into which he must pour the,
? gasoline inlo the vacuum tank.
I That old, old idea, which has been 1
the cause of many explosions be-j
fore, came to Walker, so he struck
c a match ? and the same old story re
? . suited.
s I The explosion that always follows
such fool actions, demolished Walk
er's car, burned the rubber from the
? wheels, and made the whole shebang
^ look like a coffee mill when the
I crank has been lost and the lid comes
r j loose." WKen it was over, and it
I I didn't last long at that, Walker had
s I no skin on his forearms, or on his
y j legs from the knees down.
n I Such is life when a match is used
1 as a flashlight about an automobile,
e Yet folks will go on doing it. just as
" long as the world stands and matches
and automobiles are made.
After 420 Hours m the Air
Dale Jackson (left) nncl Forest O'Brine immediately after they landed
from their Curtiss-ltobertson monoplane, St. f.ouis Robin, in which they
established a record of 420 hours 21 minutes fur endurance IliBbt. The plane
was refueled 47 times.
Ralph R. Fisher Resigns Office of
Solicitor in County General Court
Solicitor Ralph R. Fisher has re-|
signed as prosecuting attorney in ?
the County General court, his resig |
nation to become effective the first |
day of September next. Mr. Fisher J
R'as elected when the new court was |
created a few months afro, and ha- j
conducted many cases for the state j
in the short time the court has been ;
Mr. Fisher's friends state that his 1
reasons for resigning the office are '
based upon certain conditions \ h.-xt
make the work of solicitor extraor
dinarily burdensome. He is servicv
officer for the American Legion, it i
is pointed out, and chairman of the j
republican county executive com- !
mittee, both of which call for con - 1
siderable time and labor. Then, ioo,
he had built up a splendid private
practice, his friends emphasize j
much of which he cannot continui I
ROBT. E. LEE DAY
TO BE OBSERVED
The Robert E. Lee Program, to I
be given at the Brevard High School j
Friday evening by the Boston School j
of Expression and Dramatic Art, I
promises to be one of the most en- '
tertaining and instructive events of |
the year here. Prof. John K. La- '
cock will give an illustrated lecture !
on Robert E. Lee, the illustrous fig- i
ure in Southern history, and it is,
pronounced one of the most gripping'
lectures ever given of the great man I
of the South. Prof. Lacock uses one ]
hundred beautifully colored lantern I
slides during the lecture.
Other features of the program will
be a reading on Robert E. Lee, il
lustrated Southern songs, instrumen
tal and vocal solos, including num
bers by Alvin Moore and Mrs. Mary
Jane Walker. A small admisison :
charge is to be made, the proceeds
going to the U. D. C. Library and
the High School Library. The Bre
vard orchestra will furnish the music |
for the evening's program.
It is expected that a large crowd
will witness the Robert E. Lee pro-!
MILK ORDINANCE j
NOW BECOMES LAW
Passing third and final reading, the
new milk ordinance became law at
the meeting of the town daddies last
Monday evening. The ordinance
was published in the last two issues
of The Brevard News, and makes
provision for rigid inspection of
dairies, dairy herds and dairy prod
ucts when such products are sold
or oefFred for sale in the town of
Different grades of milk are given
strict classification, and those engag
ed in selling milk are bound, under
the ordinance, to pfainly mark the
grade of milk being offered for sale.
WOMEN'S GUILD TO PRESENT
GYPSY FETE, AUGUST 20TH
A Gypsy Fete will be staged on
the Franklin Hotel lawn Tuesday
a'fternoon and evening, August 20,
sponsored by the Women's Guild of
St. Philips Episcopal church. Th?
event will begin at 6 o'clock in the
afternoon, and an interesting pro
gram which has been arranged wil
be presented at 8:30 o'clock in th<
and serve as solicitor at the same I
Mr. Fisher is also county attorney, j
and there are some six hundred cases ?
now pending in this line of work, ;
besides the matters that arise almost ,
daily calling for his activities in con- 1
nection with this office.
These varied duties are pointed !
out by some as Mr. Fisher's reasons i
for resigning as solicitor of the j
County Court. Other friends a--!- j
vance the opinion that the main reas- j
on for the resignation is the fact
that Mr. Fisher's work in court hasj
been largely for the defense, and
that the duties of prosecuting at
torney do not appeal to him.
No announcement has bee:i made
as to the successor of Mr. Fisher.
The name of Lewis P. Hamlin is '
heard by many interested people, 1
and it is almost certain that he will |
be named as the new solicitor in the |
County General Court.
THIEVES BREAK IN
Thieves broke into the offices of
the Hoosier Engineering company
Monday night, and made away with
two cameras, one of which was an
especially fine one; two field glasses,
fountain pen set, and other valuable j
articles. The desk drawers and
files had been rifled also, as if the !
prowlers were searching for money J
or checks, and papers were scattered '
about the office floor.
One of the field glasses, owned by
Pete Pithoud and used in his work
on the construction lines, was an es
pecially good one, for which Mr.
Pithoud recently paid fifty dollars.
A camera stolen was a $75 affair.
It is believed by some that the thief
expected to find checks that had
been made out for supplies and on
payroll, which he expected to have,
cashed in other towns.
Officers are working on the case, j
and it is believed arrests will soon
be made. ,
BIRTHDAY SALE AT I
f PUSHELL'S STORE
I Pushell's Department Store is con
ducting a sale in observance of its
seventh anniversary here. It is one
of the leading department stores of
the town, and has had much to do
in the progress of this community.
The sale starts at 9 o'clock this
Thursday morning, and in commem
oration of the aniversary date,
Pushell is offering what is considered
rare values by tfi ose who have read
the announcements and noted the
I Pushell now occupies the store for
merly used by Patterson, on Main
street. With him is Nathan Morris,
owner of Morris Footwear, with a
splendid shoe department in the big
j store. Both businesses are .celebrat
I ing this anniversary event. Before
moving to its present location, Push
| ell's was in a big store building on
1 Broad street, facing the Waltermire
hotel. Larger quarters were need
I ed for the concern, so when an op
; j portunity presented itself, the com
? j pany secured the present location, on
! Main street.
? j It is expected that large numbers
I j of people will come into town from
; ] all sections of the county to attend
i the sale now being conducted.
COURT IS HEARING
BIG DAMAGE SUIT
OF DONALD MOORE
Suing for $50,000 Personal In
juries Received In An
T. C. HENDERSON PART
DEFENDANT IN SUIT
Many Men from Carthage At
tending Court ? Other
One of the most important cases
to be tried in this session of the
Superior court is that of Donald Lee
Moore, young Brevard musician and
composer, who is suing the Safety
Transit Lines and T. C. Henderson
in the sum of fifty thousand dollars.
This action is started by Mr. Moore
for recovery of $30,000 damages for
injuries claimed to have been re
ceived in an automobile collision
near Carthage, on March 21, 1928.
Mr. Moore was a passenger in the
car owned and driven by Mr. Hen
derson. With them was Julian
Glazener, and the three Brevard
men were on their way to Raleigh
to attend a convention of school
teachers. The car in which they
were riding collided with a bus, and
the three men were seriously in
j-.ed, spending many days in a hos
pital at San for1 ?)"' in Charlotte.
All three Brevard men were" ifT
jured, and all have cases coming up
in court as a result of the collision.
Several men from Carthage and
nearby points are in Brevard now,
atending -the trial, among them being
M. G. Dalrymple, a farmer; I). H.
Parks, Ford dealer; C. A. Vow, mail
carrier in Carthage; D. C. Fields
Carthage; T. L. Cagle, superintend
ent of water works in Carthage; R.
L. Jones, merchant; Burch Knott,
mail carrier; Curtis Fields, sales
man; Walter Porter, Carthage; W.
O. DePree, auto dealer; Jett Pott?,
bus driver on the car that collided
with the Henderson car; C. A. Kiv
ett, Standard Oil dealer; R. G. Fry,
ex-sheriff Moore county, and The?
Gregory, of Asheville, all interested
in the ease.
Clyde I)ougla?, prominent att'i ?
ney of Raleigh, with Judge D. I
English, of Brevard, represent >
defendant, bus. lines. A. Hall Joi'i
son, of Asheville, and ffm. K.
Breese, of Brevard, are attorneys
for Mr. Henderson. Ralph R. Fisher
represents Mr Moore.
Following are the members ?>( the
jury hearing the case of Moorr
against Henderson and the% Transit
Jethro Sentell, R. L. Capps. R. S
Boyd, W. A. Allison, J. C. Wike, K.
Bryson, Oat Bryson, J. M. Jone*.
J. M. YViHams, James Alexander and
C. O. Robinson.
RETURNS HOME TO
Left Here at Age of Eight
Years ? Father Came
An interesting visitor in Brevard
now is Mr. Sherman W. Tracey. of
Chicago, who was born in this com
munity, and whose father owned the
first store and conducted the first
mercantile establishment here. Mr.
Tracey was born in a house that s;:t
about on the spot where Car! Mc
Crary's service station is located.
The father of the Brevard visitor,
Samuel J. Tracey, came into the
South with Sherman's forces during
the Civil War, and after the war.
came into this section and settled
here, being attracted by 'the beauty
of the mountains and valleys. He
married Miss Arminda Hogsed.
daughter of a prominent citizen of
the county, in December, ]86.">.
When Mr. Tracey was four year*
of age, his parents moved West, re
turning to Brevard a year or two
later, and remained here until the
lad was eight yeas old. This is his
first visit to Brevard since that time.
He says he has always carried a
picture of these mountains and val
leys in his mind, and determined
from year to year to return and see
if the place was really like the pic
ture he had been carrying always in
his heart. He says he is happy be
cause the mountain peaks look the
same, and the' valleys, except for the
absence of the forests, and the
streams, too, are exactly as he re
I The home of his grandparents was
located somewhere near the place
where Rockbrook camp ist now locat
j ed, and he played as a little boy on
the hills about the place. There he
i dug tunnels anS built bridges. In
, later yeais he became interested in
, tunnel work, and is president of the
, Chicago Tunnel company, which ha?
i built most of the tunnel systems un
der the streets of Chicago.
Mr. Tracey is visiting in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hogsed. rela
tives of his, and members of his
mother's family That he is a man
of affairs and has had much activ
: ity in the business world, is easily
noted by the air of success and pros
i perity which mark him as one of
great energy and ability.