MILL MAY RE-OPEN
/ AT AN EARLY DATE
Believed That New Organiza
tion Will Soon Start
LOCAL CITIZENS LEND
AID TO MOVEMENT
Will Mean Great Relief to Peo
pie Long Without Any
y Work at All
All indications point to the opening
of the Sapphire Cotton mill within
the next few days, with a full day
force to be employed. Many citizens
have been working on the proposi
tion for the past several days, and
the visit of a delegation of Brevard
men to Greenville Wednesday re
sulted in what is considered assur
ance that the mills will open soon,
and run full force as quickly as pos
The mill has been closed down for
more than a year, and its idleness has
caused considerable suffering on the
part of tln> workers, and much sac
rifice on the part of business and
community life. Resumption of op
erations of the mill will mean much
The Sapphire mill makes fine
yarns, and is considered one of the
best equipped yarn mills of the
South. Ownership of the mill has
been scattered throughout the eastern
part of the country. More than a
year ago it was thrown into the
uands of a receiver, largely because
of the fact that the owners of the
mill lived in other sections, far re
moved from one another, nence the
impossibility of operating the plant
with any appreciable degree of con
Under the plan of re-opening, a
new corporation is to be formed, cap
italization set at a low figure, and
the plant owned by Brevard and
Greenville people. B. E. Geer, of
Greenville, is to become president of
the new corporation, and his high
standing in the manufacturing and
financial world is sufficient guarantee
of the success of the plant. Many ,
people in Brevard have become inter- j
ested in the new concern, and it was j
because of this manifest interest on
the part of the people here that tits
movement has proven so promising: ' '
Payroll of the Sapphire mill runs
$1200 to $1400 a week, and this '
amount just now in the hands of the
workers of that community will
prove of great benefit to them and of
tremendous aid to the business life of ;
Full particulars will be given in :
next week's paper, as a meeting is to .
be held Saturday for the purpose of j
completing the deal.
WILLIAM T. STOKES I
DIES AT AGE OF 88
Burial Made at Former Home
? Was Father of Dr. R. L. !
Stokes of Brevard
William T.Stokes, 88 years of age,'
died last Thursday morning, after
many month's illness at the home of
his son, Dr. R. L. Stokes. Funeral
services were held at the Stokes resi- ;
dence at 8 o'clock Friday morning,
after which the body was taken to :
Santuc, South Carolina, and laid to ,
rest in the Stokes family plot nearby.
Rev. Paul Hartsell, pastor of the
Brevard Baptist church, conducted
the rites. Many Brevard friends of
the family accompanied the remains ;
to the South Carolina town to pay i
their last respects to their departed
friend at the cemetery. The Brevard
U ndertaking company, in charge of .
the arrangements, transported the '
body in a hearse from here to Santuc, i
and the accompanying friends went |
The deceased was a native of
South Carolina, and a Confederate
Veteran. He ran away from home
too young to enlist in the Con- [
feJatracy and entered the service in a
town where his age was not known.
He spent the full four years in the
Confederate Army, being in action
when the surrender was made. Mr.
Stokes was active in the original Ku
Klux Klan of the late sixties and
early seventies, and coulcf tell inter
oiling stories of the activities of that
band of citizens during the period of
pr reconstruction. Later in life he be
came interested in public life, and was
elected to many public offices.
Surviving are two sons and one
daughter: Dr. R. L. Stokes, promin
ent physician of Brevard; Wm. T.
Stokes, of Burlington, and Mrs. H. J.
McAmiss, of Hendersonville.
DONALD LEE MOORE'S SONG
TO BE ON THE AIR AGAIN
Word has been received in Brevard
that Donald Lee Moore's "Cradle
Song' will again be on the air Thurs
day evening (tonight) during the
"Poets' Golden Hour" of the Colum
& bia Broadcasting system. This num
ber was broadcast a few days ago,
and was given warm praise. It is a
source of gratification to the people
of the community that the Brevard
boy is again to be honored in this
IN EFFORT TO OPEN
THE BREVARD BANK
'Joint Meeting of Depositors
and Stockholder* Study
OPINION UNANIMOUS FOR
RE-OPENING OLD BANK
Depositors Committee Sumbits
Plan to the Directors of
With citizens from practically all
sections of the county present, a
group of stockholders and depositors
of the Brevard Banking company
met Monday afternoon for the pur
pose of devising plans whereby the
bank might be re-opened for business.
Several plans in concrete form were
presented and given careful study. S. 1
R. Joines was namad as chairman of i
the meeting, and N. A. Miller was se- i
lected as secretary.
This mass meeting was the result of
efforts put forth by many citizens
during the past several days to ascer
tain if an acceptable plan could be
found for re-opening the institution.
At the request of Chairman Joines,
Thos. H. Shipman told of work that
had been done along this line. The
first thing necessary in adopting a
plan would be to obtain an agreement
with out-of-town banks holding Bre
vard collateral. Report was made
that most of such banks had express
ed a desire to do all in their power to
assist the community in working out
of its difficult position.
Many citizens entered into the dis
cussion of the various plans of re
opening, and while there was some \
differences of opinion as to the '
proper method, all seemed to agree .
that the re-opening of the bank is the
most logical way out. It is- believed |
that suitable plan , can be found, be
cause of the hearty accord on the one
question of re-opening the institution.
Among those taking part in the dis
cussion, urging re-opening of the
bank, were Thos. J. Wilson, R. R.
Fisher, G. T. Lyday, W. L. Mull, J.
H. Pickelsimer, S. R. Joines, Judson ,
McCrary, L. E. Bagwell, and many j
A sub-committee was appointed to
draft a plan embracing suggestions I
that had been made at the meeting.
This committee is as follows: G. H. I
Lyday, L. E. Bagwell, Judson Mc- 1
Crary, J. H. Pickelsimer, W. L. Mull j
and T. J. Wilson. This committee
met Tuesday afternoon and began
work on the plans for presentation to
another meeting of the people inter
A plan was adopted by the deposi
tors' committee and submitted to the (
( Continued on page four)
CHARITIES BOARD j
AIDS 61 FAMILIES
Food, Clothing and Fuel Pro
vided by the Associated
Rev. R. L. Alexander as chairman,
and all the members of the Associat
ed Charities express keen apprecia
tion for the splendid manner in which
the community has responded to the
appeal of the charity ooard for aid.
The boxes about the grocery stores !
and markets have been well filled
each day, while clothing and bed
clothing continues to come into the
Chamber of Commerce rooms. One of
the ministers of the town or a mem- j
ber of the Associated Charities is at
the Chamber of Commerce rooms ev- 1
ery Monday, Wednesday and Friday ,
mornings from 9 o'clock until noon, 1
for the purpose of giving out the
food and clothing to the people who j
apply for aid.
Sixty-one families are being assisted j
regularly, while many others are re
ceiving temporary assistance. The
tremendous good that is being done |
through this great work cannot even
be estimated, officials of the Associ
ated Charities assert, and continu
ance of the splendid support will re
sult in still greater good.
Plans for resuming operations in
the Sapphire Cotton mills dovetail
jwith the charity work, as many peo
! pie who are receiving aid are those
who have had no work since the mills
closed down a year ago. Resumption ;
of work there would relieve the situ- j
ation in a large degree, and reduce ,
the necessity for these donations to '
THE SINIARD HOME
Fire destroyed the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Otis Siniard Wednesday, burn
ing the structure to the ground and
destroying practically all of the con
tents of the house. The house had six
rooms, and was of frame construction,
situated on lands adjoining the prop
erty of Camp Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Siniard were in
Asheville at the time of the fire, and
late Wednesday had not returned, and
were not aware of the fact that their
home had been consumed in flames.
The fire was discovered. about noon.
Parent- Teacher Association Doing
Excellent Work for Little Children
Report from Mrs. H. L. Wilson,
president of the Parent-Teacher asso
ciation, and the committees working
with Mrs. Wilson in providing lunch
es for twenty undernourished children
in the primary schoor shows that fine '
response had been made to an appeal
made by the association last week. It "
will be recalled that plans were an- ,
nounced for providing lunches for j
these twenty children by voluntary
effort, while the association announc- ,
ed that its members would provide .
milk for the group. Mrs. C. W. Pick- 1
elsimer was named as chairman of I
the committee to arrange for the ;
lunches and set date for each volun-j
teer to provide lunch.
Ready response from sufficient |
people to provide the lunches up to j
and including March 12 have been ro- 1
ceived by the committee and the j
officers of the association. Following (
is the schedule, with date that each i
volunteer has been assigned for pro- i
viding the lunch for the twenty chil- 1
dren. ? 1
Tuesday 20 ? Mrs. H. Perry. i
Wednesday, 21 ? Mrs. Mac Allison. <
Thursday, 22 ? Mrs. R. Long, Mrs. N
R. W. Everett. ,<
Friday, 23 ? Mrs. W. H. Duckworth, t
Mrs. E. S. English. jc
Monday, 26? Mrs. J. B. Jones,1
Mrs. Waite Reed. ;\
Tuesday, 27 ? Mrs. Jess Pickel- i
simer, Mrs. A. B. Galloway.
Wednesday, 28 ? Mrs. C. Poole,1
Mrs. Chas. Pickelsimer.
Thursday, 29 ? Mrs. Fred Zachary.
Friday, 30 ? Mrs. M. M. Fesster.
Monday, 2 ? Mrs. 0. H. Orr, Mrs. A. !
Tuesday, 3 ? Mrs. B. Nicholson.
Wednesday, 4 ? Mrs. Harold Nor-;.J
Thursday, 6 ? Mrs. C. 0. RobinsSn.j
Friday, 6 ? Mrs. J. F. Barrett.
Monday, 9 ? Mrs. Schachner.
Tuesday, 10 ? Mrs. B. J. Sitton.
Wednesday, 11 ? Mrs. D. F. Moore, i
Thursday, 12 ? Mrs. 0. L. Erwin. '
Friday, 13 ? Mrs. R. Long, Mrs. R j
Monday, 16 ? Mrs. Hinton McLeod. e
Tuesday, 17 ? Mrs. Terry, Mrs. T. f
C. Galloway. : f
Wednesday, 18 ? Mrs. Paul Hart- 'a
Thursday, 19 ? Mrs. B. F. Beasley. y,
Friday, 20 ? Mrs. Thos. Teague.
Monday, 23 ? Mrs. Jess Pickelsimer,
Mrs. A. B. Galloway. !
Tuesday, 24 ? Mrs. A. N. Jenkins.
Wednesday, 25 ? Mrfe. C. Poole, Mrs.
Thursday, 26 ? Rev. and Mrs. G. C.
Friday,27 ? Mrs. Ralph Fisher.
Monday, 2 ? Mrs. L. PushelL
Tuesday, 3 ? Mrs. 0. H. Orr, Mrs.
Wednesday, 4 ? Mrs. A. II. Kizer. j
Thursday, 5 ? Mrs. R. L. Stokes. j
Friday, C ? Mrs. H. E. Erwin
Monday, 9 ? Mrs. H. L. Wilson.
Tuesday, 10 ? Mrs. Marie Bice.
Wednesday, 11 ? Mrs. J. F. Winton.
Thursday, 12 ? Mrs. A. N. Hinton.
There are twelve children in the
ilementary school who are being pro- j
fided with daily lunch and milk. Vol- ;
mteers have been secured for these .
welve lunches up to and including j
February 12. The Parent-Teacher
issociation will welcome volunteers
n providing lunches for these twelve
:hildren. Any one desiring to pro- ]
ride these lunches for one day is ask- ?
;d to communicate with the commit
ee chairman, Mrs. C. W. Pickelsimer,
ir the president, Mrs. H. L. Wilson.
Following is the list of volunteers
vho will provide luflch for these ele
nentary school children on the day :
tllotted each one:
Tuesday, 27 ? Mrs. H. L. Wilson.
Wednesday, 28 ? Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Thursday, 28 ? Miss Ruth Cantrell.
Friday, 30 ? Mrs. Roscoe Nicholson.
Monday, 2 ? Mrs. Albert Ky?P
Tuesday, 3 ? Mrs. H. Case, Mrs.
'oe Lyday. '
Wednesday, 4 ? Mrs. N. Morris.
Thursday, 5 ? Mrs. Paul Smathers.
Friday, 6? Mrs. Wike, Mrs. J. E.
Monday, 9 ? Mrs. C. L. Newland.
Tuesday, 10 ? Mrs. C. L. Newland.
Wednesday, 11 ? Mrs. B. Summey.
Thursday, 12 ? Mrs. B. Summey.
The association is emphatic in its
xpressions of gratitude to the people j !
or the splendid response made in
>roviding these lunches, and to Mr. j
ind Mrs. Jos. S. Silversteen, Mrs.,
lee<J and Mrs. S. P. Verner for their .
?ifts of miik for the children.
* ... . i, , ? ?
TAX REDUCTION BY
New Road Law Would Take ]
Road Tax Off All
Brevard News BKreuu I
Raleigh, Jan. 28. i
Property owners of North Carolina
have been clamoring' for relief from 1
the burden which they are required to t
bear in the form of taxation. They f
have formed local and state-wide or
ganizations for the purpose of reliev- ji
ing property of some of its load. !'
Governor 0. Max Gardner, in his K
proposed State Highway reorganiza- 1?
tion and county road maintenance <
plan, offers a program that will def- <
initely afford some of the property 1
tax reduction for which there is such
a pronounced demand.
In addition to the economy of op- J
eration to be brought about by the |_
proposed reorganization of the High-|?
way Commission, Governor Gardner | v
suggests and recommends that the
state take over the maintenance of '
all county roads, amounting in the
aggregate to some 45,000 miles in ad- J
dition to the present highway system. :
Figures recently compiled show ;
that the average property levy in the
100 counties of North Carolina for
road maintenance amounts to 19 1-2
cents on each hundred dollars of as- 1<
sessed valuation. The chief ?cecutive's|i
plan would mean, translated into
terms of property tax reduction, that Jl
a load amounting to approximately J
$6,000,000 per year would be lifted j'
from the shoulders of landowners. ^
The proposed plan, according to its '
proponents, goes further than merely I'
making a suggestion, it recommends j1
definite means by which the necessary ]
funds may be raised to effect this re- !
lief. The suggestion is that the levy
on gasoline be increased from 5 to 6
cents per gallon, and that the added
revenue, together with the one cent in
crease made by the General Assembly
of 1929, be used for the maintenance
of the county roads. The two-cent
tax, it is pointed out, will provide
sufficient funds for the purpose.
Those who favor the plan point out
that the change will in no way af
jfect the continuation of maintenance
of the primary State Highway sys
tefa nor with the orderly retirement
of interest and debt requirements of
bond 'issues previously issued for
highway construction since fit will
take only the amount of increase in
the gasoline tax made aftejp- the state
Highway program was launched in
j EASTERN STAR MEETING
SET FOR TUESDAY. NIGHT
Members of the Eastern Star are
asked to be present at the meeting on
next Tuesday evening at 7:30, when
candidates' for admission are expect
FOR THIS COUNTY
Hlenry Introduces Bill for This1
Purpose ? Cuts Salary of
Irevard News Bureau
laleigh, Jan. 28.
Representative W. M. Henry, of I
Transylvania county, is in the "cut- 1
ing" mood and has displayed his |
eelings in at least three instances. >
Vfter getting through a bill to abol- i
sh the General County Court of
Transylvania, he started through an
ither to allow the county commission
ers to disburse the funds derived
rom a tax levied to maintain the ,
?ourt. The bill was referred to the I
Representative Henry then intro
luced a bill to decrease . the number
>f county commisisoners from five to!
hree, and another to decrease the :
ialary of the treasurer of Transyl- 1
?ania from $2,600 to $1,800.
JR AW FORD IN THE INSURANCE
FIELD AT ELIZABETH CITY
J. I. Crawford, for the past thi'ec !
fears assistant cashier of the Bre
/ard Banking company, has been ,
-nade .district manager of the Equit- ,
ible Assurance Society, with head
juarters in Elizabeth City. He has ;
already moved his family to that 1
pretty city, and is now actively en
gaged in his new work. Mr. Craw
ford was extremely popular in Bre
vard, and he and Mrs. Crawford had j
3o endeared themselves to the people
of the community that genuine re
gret is expressed because of their
KIWANIS CLUB TO
MEET THIS NOON
Brevard Kiwanians will meet at
The England Home on East Main
street Thursday (today) for the first
meeting of the re-organized club, at
An interesting program, with out
line of the year's work will be in
charge of officers and committee
chairmen. Discussion by members of
the club of the proposed work will
add to the interest of the meeting.
Enthusiastic reports were made at
a meeting of the directors held last
Friday evening at the home of the
president, Rev. R. L. Alexander, at
which time the officers were dinner
guests of Rev. and Mrs. Alexander.
Practically all members of the old
club have signified their intention of
remaining in Kiwanis, with several
new membership applications having
been recciv. .!.
I IN PART BY BOARD
OF THE M.E.CHURCH
Wickersham Document Is. To
Be Given Further Study
BOARD HAPPY BECAUSE ,
REPORT OPPOSES REPEAL
Says Law Enforcement Is Big
ger Than Prohibition
Washington, D. C., Jan. 28 ? The
Board of Temperance, Prohibition
and Public Morals of the Methodist i
Episcopal Church will not comment
at length on the recommendations oi
the Wickersham Commission in re
gard to prohibition enforcement un
til after there has been adequate
time to study intensively the entire
The Board wishes to say that in itr
opinion it is of the highest import |
ance to keep in mind that the ques
tion of law observance and enforce
ment is very much larger than th
question of prohibition enforcement.
It is believed that many of those
monetarily interested in organized
crime have attempted to use discus
sion of prohibition enforcement as a
smoke screen to obscure the necessity .
for public interest in the reform of
police methods, judicial procedure
and other matters relating directly to
the control of criminal activities.
As a matter of principle, the sec
retaries of the Board of Temperance,
Prohibition and Public Morals find
themselves in agreement with and
strorgly approve the conclusions and
recoin mendation of the Commission ir,
the following particulars:
1. Opposition to repeal of the
Eighteenth Amendment or restora
tion of the saloon.
2. Opposition to governmental par
ticipation in the liquor business.
3. Opposition to so-called modifica
tion of the Prohibition Act to permit j
wines and beer.
4. Cooperation of the states is es
sential to proper enforcement and
public opinion should in several states :
demand such cooperation.
5. Prohibition enforcement i3 im
stockholders and directors of the
closed institution, which is declared
by many citizens to be a most feas
able plan of re-opening the bank.
This plan was presented to the bank
group Wednesday, and it is believed
that a reply will be made at an early
Practically all people who have ex
pressed their views seem to be in
favor of re-opening the bank, resum
ing business, and permit the institu
tion and the community to make1,
(Continued on page four)
BANK MAKES FINE
RECORD LAST YEAR
Pisgah Industrial Bank In An
nual Meeting ? Officers
Elected for Year
Annual meeting of the stockhold
ers of the Pisgah Industrial Bank .
was held Monday of this week, and
election of officers was made. J. H.
Pickelsimer was re-elected president;
Lewis P. Hamlin, vice president, anil
Oliver H. Orr was named as cashier. ,
These officers, with R. L. Nicholson, i
H. A. Plummer and Dr?E. S. English
constitute the new board of director*.
Report was made for the year's
work, it is said, and was considered
as a most excellent showing in view
of the hard year that 1390 proved to :
be in the banking business, generally
speaking. All departments showed
excellent results, the report states,
tliere being a noticeable gain in the
amounts of investment certificates
held by the citizens of the town and 1
county. Five per cent interest is paid
by the Pisgah Bank for all money de
posited for these investment certifi
cates, which, in general banking
terms, are known as. time certificates, i
The Pisgah Bank makes loans to
be paid back in installments, weekly
or monthly, apd this department made
good record during 1930.
The insurance department, in
charge of Messrs. F. E. Shuford and .
T. H. Galloway, made rapid gains
i during the year, the report showed,;
and paid several losses during that
The Pisgah Bank is proving of
great value to the community, es
pecially during the past several
weeks. Pay checks for the various
industrial concerns have been cashed
| by the workmen at the Pisgah, as
have the highway checks on the road
work going on. Then, too, the busi
ness houses of the town have found
ready accommodations at the bank in
Plans are being made for in
creased business activities during the
year 1931. The general trend of bus
iness upward, with the growing pop
ularity of the Pisgah Bank, give suf
ficient evidence^ of a continued steady
growth. The rate of interest which
the Pisgah Bank pays on its time
certificates, or investment certificates
as they are called in industrial banks,
is sonlewhat larger than depositors
can obtain in many other places,
hence the growing business along
j'.L.oe liuos. - ..
TERM IS BIG ISSUE f
BEFORE THE SOLONS
Body Seems Determined to
Have State Pay School
WOULD REDUCE TAXES ON
LAND IS THE AGREEMENT
One Bill Proposes to Cut Sal
aries of School Teachers
Ten Per Cent
Brevard News Bureau
Raleigh, Jan. 28.
State operation and maintenance of
the constitutional six months school
term was unquestionable the most
important proposal before the N. "C.
General Assembly the past week and
gives promise of taking leading posi
tion this week, although numbers of
important pieces of legislation have
been placed before that body.
The proponents of the bill embody
ing the fixing of a state policy of op
eration of the term, legislation for
which is to be proposed later, over
whelmingly won in the first skirmish
before the joint sessions of House and
Senate Education committees, and.
unless signs fail, the bill will pass
both houses, although some of the
committee members voting for it
voiced reservations. The bill was
set for a special order in the House
Monday night and in the Senate for
Tuesday of this week. A lively skir
mish is expected before the bill be
comes a law.
Those supporting the measure,
known as the Lindsey-Young bill, ar
gue this is the most effective method
of reducing taxes, since schools are
more costly than all other county ac
tivities. If the state takes over the
Bchools, taxes can be reduced and the
burden largely removed, they state,
referring to the supposed constitu
tional provision requiring the state to
operate the schools.
The only note of warning was is
sued by the only school man speaking
before the committee vote, T. Wingate
Andrews, High Point, former presi
dent of the state teacher organization,
who said a policy which maintains no
relation between the amount spent for
schools and taxes paid was unsound
and he feared loss of local interest
State Supt. A. T. Allen, who did not
speak, also warns that if the six
months taw proposed is adopted, man;
small districts now operating eight
months with equalizing and extended
term aid, will be forced to reduce the
length of terms or levy more taxes.
The matter of revenue is worrying
some of the legislators.
The Educational Commission's eight :
months school bill has not appeared
( Continued on page five )
OF BANK AFFAIRS
Report of Bank Examiner Gone
to Raleigh for Inspection
Audit of the books and affairs of
the Brevard Banking company, closed
on December 15, is now complete, and
the report has been sent to Raleigh
for inspection. It is said that about
two weeks will be required for this
examination, after which the report
will be returned to Brevard, and a
copy filed with the clerk of the court.
The bank examiner's department has
been in charge of affairs of the bank
since its closing, and directed the aud
itors in their work. Mr Woodier,
liquidating agent, is now in charge of
Many people, it is said, have been
paying their notes at the bank, since
Mr. Woodley has been there. Many of
the notes that were in other baiiksAS
collateral for money borrowed by the
Brevard bank have been returned
here, it is said, while other notes are
still in distant banks.
County officials are awaiting copy
of the report before they can do much
with county affairs, because of the
huge sum of county funds tied in the
closed bank. The same applies to
the town of Brevard, while business
houses and individuals await the re
port with varying degrees of anxiery.
SIMPSON IN CHARGE OF
YOUNG PEOPLES' CHOIR
Announcement is made that Leo?
ard Simpson has agreed to take
charge of the Young Peoples' Choir
of the Brevard Baptist church. All
young people who wish to serve the
| church by singing in the choir are
urged to attend a meeting this Thurs
day evening at 7:30 o'clock, and joi*
jin the practice.
CORN ADVANCES TO 75
CENTS A BUSHEL HERE
Corn has- advanced to 75 centt
a bushel cm the Brevard market,
according to ?)i announcement
today's Brevard-News as shown
in the market list prices of <&?
B. and B. Feed and Seed com
pany. This concern is offering 7S
cents a bushel cash for - com;
tvhich is a decided advance over
what the market has been for th*
lAlni spveroi Hre.V*. ~