THURSDAY, MAY 10. ly.)
THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Wavnosville, N. C.
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THURSDAY, MAY 10, l'.Ki)
01 MAN RIVER'S TAMER
Down in thf M i .-sis.sijipi River v il'e.v, in ttie
liitie cirijins under' the levee. llev t I'm- have
been added loan old souk, says .M'iy o. l'orest,
writing in LiLert'. Tiiesi are the -vf:
Oh. de .Mississippi Kivcli u.-Ki-i- ra'ar an' ro:.r.
Hut ile ri'eh ain't a.ra'arin' ;u:' a.r ariii' in
Ask de Mississippi Kiveh how iie oneter iui.
Says: "De way 1 rets ma' ordehs, (iin'ra! I-'er.
"(iin'ral Ferguson" is (ii-neral Harley 'Has.
cin Ferguson and he is the man who has tam
ed Ol' Man River and made him behave. In less
than two years ho has accomplished vvha: many
others, over more than a century, and at a cost,
of hundreds of millions of dollars, had vainly
sought to achieve. :
The story, as Air. Forest tells it. i.- truly,
as Libeii.y says, "dramatic." We wish that we
could reproduce it here in full. Liberty features;
it over six. pages. That is its estimate of its
national interest. ' . Rut outside of it he Mississ.
ippi Valley it is of greater and more peculiar
interest to Western North Carolina than to
readers anywhere else.
Do we have to tell the readers of The Citu
zen that "Gin'ral Ferguson" is one of our
own mountain boys, a native of AVaynesviHe?
Not all of them, anyway.
Describing the long and tremendously covst.
ly battle to bring the Mississippi under control
as a great "Omedy of Errors'' the bill for which
had approximated a billion and a quarter dol
lars, Mr. Forest raises the curtain finally on a
new and different act, ithe central figure being
"a gaunt pope-smoking North Carolinian with
a memory." Says Mr. Forest:
He rememibered a day when he was about twelve.
He had stood on the bank of Raccoon Creek on his
father's farm in Haywood County. He had watched a
"Nigra"' with a muh hitched to an old bull-tonguo) plow
taking a short cat up the ibed of the creek. After they
passed, the boy had watched, fascinated, what the
waur wari doing: to the creek bed whre the old plow
had gouged. He never forgot it. He remembers things'''
like that. .
His name was Harley Bascorn Ferguson. He got
to West Point; was graduated in 1897, a second lieu
tenant of Errgineers. He served in the Spanish-Amen
can War, in the Boxer Rebellion in China, in the Phil
ippines. Outside the son-ice, nobodv much heard his
name until 1910 and 1911. Then ji"st to remind you
-he was the man who. when nobody else wanted the
job, went quietly down to Havana and 'raised the Maine
from her bed in the ooze of Havana's harbor.'. In 'due
time he went to France with Pershing and, an A, E. F.
brigadier general o!' Kngmeers, won the Distinguished
He was, and is, one of .those quiet, non-spectacular
hardworking officers. Solid. Profound technical know
ledge. Loads of plain horse 'sen.se.' In the Army
Knjrineers for years, wh?n there has been an engi
neering problem that didn't have any answer in the
back of the look, the big shot of the Vnonieir h is said
to his adjutant, "Send for Fergie." That kind of a nlati.
Back in 1930 the caH came down the line to the
Kngmeers for ceitain iua!irted oflicers to submit ,lans
for the control of Mississippi Kiver floods, as a memo
randum for the Board of Engineers for Rivers and
Harbors. The plans came in. .Only one struck out on
a new uncharted oath. It e.im from
It was signal "H, B, Ferguson, Colonel Corps' of En
gineers; division Engineer, South Atlantic Division."
Peacetime eagles had replaced the wartime stars on the
I're.sentiy he was a brigadier general again, and
wa.s notified officially he was the new president of the
Mississippi liiver Commission. They chuckled in the
army, some of them, at the tale of the day he reported
in Washington to Major General Lytle Brown, Chief
of Knginnc-rn. Geneial Brown is a Tennesseean
another of those gaunt pipe-smoking men from the
hills. He and Ferguson faced each other through the
pipe smoke. All Ferguson said was, "Do you want me
to write a book Or (fix a river ?"
General Brown grinned through the haze.
"Fergie," he said, "you get the hell nut of he-e
and go fix that river." ( ,
It was on June 15. 1032, that General Fer
guson took over his new job and started in to
"fix that river." He has fixed it. "In his memory
was a 'dear picture of Raccoon Creek. He
was going to apply what he had first learned
en that tin- creek to the mightiest river on the
continent." There were plenty of scoffers. He
paid no attention to them. 'Gradually they ceas
ed to scotf. Little by little they grasped what
he was abr.ut. It was elementally simple; only
it was tli s very reverse of what had always
been attempted before. In the past the effort
had always been to hold the river back. General
Ferguson widened the neck of the bottle and
let it run. Ho worked out his system and dem
onstrated its soundness. The engineers were
convinced. So was every one else. Even th"
Congressmen could understand tlie plan once
' was e.V'!a:'i!"d to them.'
.'! two veal's.
a cost far
lati's. tin- Mississippi has been
navigable than' ever be-
a tlioiisand to one ajrain.-t
t h':'ild on come, she river
ithout disM-ter one equal to
. . Of .Man Uivi- r is licked at last
t da. iii.tr ' i iinal engineering at-
;:otlld he ha
llV ti.e Hi
tack tha has i-wr been ma : on him. The man
who did it .- -mokes his black brier and grins his
slow grin when you ask him if that isn't true.
'W. II, there i.-n't going to be any (tood to do any
damage,' he admit-. ' 'an't lick the -Mississippi,
l-'igh: that river, it'll crush you. Got to guide
it.' Let him have it In- way. Guided or fought,
IJ. W. CTKTIS RL'SS
vv . i.t .-et--
e.'i the up
eU-t -reel'- ti.e: e
I he .i'Vt ii iiur-t
-h'jl'i si-e them.
a placi- wlifl't
and up, go t'i
fe.i-Jj tul. On
Uiey had fifty
in- that mean
. te i'u-h yuu
the river st h
'alley wan ls .
x iiind t he !e'ee.-
I rom General
iie iile Citizen
e -afe. That's ail the
The -Mississippi takes its
alley IJascom Fer.
(Hit' t-iel tilt- s!u went en duty -at
i-vl-ii lhat nn tiling and wnuld oe.
vv-rkinjt '. t nine that nigic. fourteen
l.i u io eui L she ua- .-miling over it
a- : that wa.-n't a.- nel as sixteen
Junaluska P. T. A.
' The final meeting of th(. Juna!u.-ka
P. T- A. was held at the seh.ji-1 huu-e
'Ihuixlay evening. April 22, with an
unusually g""d crowd in attendance.
Folhnvlnir the call to order by the j
)i eside.'it Mr. Francis sany a solo. I
alter which Mi. Hardy Liner !-J in J
The p-csident calied f voinmitU-e
reports, which were as fuiiuw.-:
Treasuic-r reported balance of;
M.S. Queen, chaiimaii of the meni-
ber-hip committee reported pan
.Mrs. Glavi.h lejiortL-d that a meet
22 Years A;
(Fiem the tile of May 1",
; The Waynesville Pu:d.,
dosed for this season wit:; i
Tuesday evening and Wi
.morning. The tercisc ,,;
ueie closed with a presi -r.tat i
' "MasijUe of Columbus.'
Ciawford did the C'olunilit.s
W'i.ei; I Ket to be piesident of these
slates, i'la a Koiina'try and induce
eveiyiioiiy to tak,. a speci d course in
nU! -ttitr and newspaper work 'cause
Jiey are two of the Lc.-t nii-uiider-.-.leod
piot'e.-sioiis a troinn'!
f as seii
aa.rs ago, mehibe-.-
a joint to -iilutn-n liximr the sicond Sun.
.May a- a memorial to :he mothers of
Ah ei i; a. M'-tht-i's bay thi.. year is. next Sun
day, and as ha- hi en :1m custom for the past
score of years homage will lie paid the mothers
of this coil ii! i y.
..Mother's Day this year will be sadder for
.-oiiii because since last year .-he has passed on;
yet the memory of the one that toiled and lived
for her family lingers on. For others the day
'will be happier than ever, because, they have
gi own to knew and love their mother mo're .dur.
ing the past year :so after all it is a day to look
Mothers are usually the recipients of
gifts on Mother's Day, which they always ap
preciate whether they expect it or not, yet there
has never been anything placed on the mar
ket tha: can be bought that shows one's real
love and respect for his mother.
The best and most, appreciative gift we be.
lieve any mother ever received from her child,
ren is the' fact it hat they have brought to her
heart more joy than sorrow. We do not feel
that just a remembrance on one certain day
each year is enough to show the mothers of
our nation; but that each day we should strive
to accomplish only those thing: that we are sure
will add smiles of joy to her aging: face rather
than add wrinkles of worry to her brow.
e call uti-K r.-ianii u n
i.ur.-e c.in't do thu.s and -o for them,
and unie;.- tiay uete .nce .i nur.-e
ti.,.y'!! never ki:ov- an I Oh tiny, the
le.,ple that can't -ee why so and ,-o
.can't in print, and ino.-t of tie
'..me its just cause and n itlimi:' nmre.
Naises eet about a- manv lauuhsi
j ai.)o;:e, even though, some of tliem
come between the jfrnails of their
l patient.-. Thi.s week an old man at-
lempte i to et i u .ink 1 rom the
lountaai in tlie hall of tlie hospital,
..nd iiot beint;' accu-lomcd to working
the toui.iain- turned it too hai'U.
which re.-ui.ted in his 'getting a food
Method:.-1 sprinkling, . and almost a
lair KaiHist emersion- Cooking around
wuh only one eye open, 'and--rubbing j (-ja uiio Medford
his face, he remarked that he didn't i Welfare -Mrs
know "that thing had so much pies- j ir.,,.,,. liner
ing had been held each month, and
mat the patron.- hid served very
v. illinglv on the programs.
Mr Francis reported tnat full Jiub- impersonated the Goo
1: -;:v hud :,een "ive each meeting, ami trie contest lor the s
that' all had heen written up for the
I I n,, public .nons committee repon
I ed live subscriptions to the Child Wel
I laic Magazine.
I In the cbseiice of Mrs. Stentz, Mrs.
j Toy gave a report on the study cour-e
which was hem one,, eacn wee uji a
monti, during the winter- Mrs. Toy
M-eoiiinended that the study course
i e hCd in Octobe.- next year. j
The nading of tlie hy-Cw.- of the;
rganization was followed by the an
:ounci!r.fnt that the 1 '.:!." state P. T.,
A. meet would be held in Asheville.
The a.-soc.ution voted lo contribute!
four dollars toward Mrs. Meser'sj
expe'isi-s to the recent state meeting
in Durh.m. It was also decided to
oay . 1 L'-'i toward the expenses of the
tea at the I.eFaine Hotel in March, j
.Mrs, Toy appointed t'le followiny
committees to serve for next year: ;
.Ui'iniit rship Mr-, tjueen, chair-;
man. with Mr. Bun-ess as assistant. !
Program Mis. Glavich- chairman.1
with -Mrs. I'efk as assistant. I
1'ublicity Mr- Francis and Ml':. '
Publications Miss Rogers. i
Hospitality Mrs. liurgin and Mr. I
perfection and Pocahui:t.s" v
happily presented by Mi.-.
Abel. Miss Xora Swift .-u.
feied by the V. C. T. C. h i i
nesday morning. Miss My it .
wa.s the winner with the n.,
"The Bridal Wineup."
Mr. Noble G..rrett and Mi
fou Moidy wwre united in n...
Tuesday afternoon May 7 ;..
lioine of Mr. and Mrs. Asbury li
Black Silk Taffetta t'ett
The Paris. Saturday only,
Mr. James Massio. of ir.i
-pending sometime in Wayi.ee...
Miss (ieoi'gia Miller will le:r..
wiek for I. .ndo, S C. wiu-re
:e tne gtie-t for several wn-ki.
sister, M s- 1. I). Perry.
The raising the .Maine, '.a. .
eiigineer:ng feat th,. wo,:
ver known, and '.lie acc-onp::-: .
of a Wa.vresvilic i y. Mr. Hai.
Ferguson is being .-h-.-.v:,: a.
lli.iou liere this week.
Miss Jenni,. Ray ent.-!".-.iiic;: i :
evening with a dance compiii...:,
to her gue-t- .Miss Inez Wa'.dr :
Hendersoiiville. The guests wcl
en to the moving picture sh"vi
went later to Miss Ruy'a i.oir.e
Threlkeld and Mrs.
THE SOCO GAP HIGHWAY NEEDS COM
PLETING Several of Way nesi lie's most influencial
business men are in Raleigh this week trying
to persuade the state highway commission to
let the contract for the road from Soco Gap to
Cherokee, The route has been surveyed for
several months, but action on the part of the
highway commission has been delayed.
The road from Dellwood to Soco gap, a dis.
tance of about eight miles, has been graded and
crushed gravel put on it. and the contract let
for paying,. but inasmuch as the road comes to
a complete stop at the top of the gap it is of
little importance except for the view that can
be had from the top of the gap.
When the Soco Gap road is completed to
Cherokee it will mean a saving of sixteen miles
from Waynesville to Cheroke. to say nothing of
the new country that will be opened up in the
State highway officials have been told pub.
licly by park officials that they considered the
Socc Gap road the principal Eastern entrance
to ;he park, and it seems that with this state,
mtnt coming direct from the park officials the
state board would fall in line and construct the
eleven mile stretch of road between Soco Gap
Thu.s far the' state.: board has done every,
thing to induce the federal commission 'to bring
the park.to.park scenic route through North
Carolina, in which we hope they succeed, but it
.seems to us it hat if the State would first show
more interest in the park by providing the roads
that the park officials desire, there would be
less trouble in convincing the Federal commis
sion of the advantages of coming the North
Carolina route with their road.
Course Mrs. Stentz.
The association decided to leave the
-oup room in the hands of Mrs, Linei
for next yer.r, with necessary adjust
ments to be made in the fall.
The president made a short talk on
the condition of the schools in the
state, and the salaries of teachers,
stressing the need for study of the
situation, and wise voting, in order to
improve conditions in the future.
The announcement of the approach
I often wonder how he manages to ! i"K marriage of Miss Flora Kathbone
Congressman Zebulon Wt.iver drop
perl' in to see u- Tuesday. He doesn't
chatrj" a bit looks as young as he
did eight year.s ago. Here's a tip
about Mr. eaver-if you are look
ing for information about the Great
Smoky Mountains National. Park
just oarely mention the .subject to
mm- he .not only knows it from A
to X, hut delights in telling it-
Campaign out in thus area next to
the park. He ij so wrapped up in
park matters that it seems he would
forget everything else, even cam
A 11 by 14 placard over the cash
register in W.'l'. Denton's Hardware
"WHAT HAPPENED TO THREE
OF MY CUSTOMER'S
One said "I'll pay you Saturday if
He is dead.
Another said "I'll see vou tomor
row." He Ls blind.
Still another said "I'll pay you sure
next week or go to hell."
He is gone.
The card does not go into detail
where the third customer went, how.
was made in verse by ML-s Moore.
Plans were made for a shower to be
given Miss Rathbone on Thursday
afternoon, April 26, at the school
News was received that the Juna
luska P. T. A. had reached its goal
for the year a standard organiza
The last feature of the program,
end a most enjoyable one. was an
old-fashioned spelling match, in which
parents, teachers, and visitors took
"Baby's fond of you, isn't he?"
"I should say he is. He sleeps all
day when I'm away, and stays awake
all night just to enjoy my company."
Saturday was Candidate's Day in
Waynesville. It being the last day
to tile for office, brought many to the
office of M. G Stamey to make formal
announcements of their aspirations
for office. .
"So you think you would be a suit?
able valet for me," said the old man
to the applicant,"! must remind you
that I'm pretty much of a wreck. I
have a glass eye, and cork leg. an
artificial arm that needs looking af
ter, not to mention a wis" and falcp
"That would be all right, sir." re.
sponded the other. "I've had plenty
practice. You see, I once worked in
the assembly room of a big motor
One - candidntA told The Mountain
eer Tuesday that after Monday's' Explorer (speaking of advance of
round of handshaking that three of I civilization) : "In the past the Eski
his fellow candidates 'actually had I "ios useu 10 eai canines.
blisters on their hands and how well
he ought to have known
The Boss: "Wh it's that item in your
expense account. "Overhead expense,
The traveling Salesman: "That
was an umbrella I bought."
A local oil man cut across the country go
ing to Jal a while back. He got off the road over
in Andrews County and finally got to a desolate
ranch house and asked an old fellow who lived
jalone how to get to Jal. The rancher reflected.
"Well, I believe I would go back about a mile
and take the first right hand road. No I believe
I would take the left hand road. Come to think
of it, stranger, if I was itrying to get to Jal. I
wouldn't start from here at all." Midland Re.
Johnny ( to older brother) ; "What
would you do if vou were in my
Older Brother: "Clean them."
Old Lady (seriously): "And now,
I suppose, they eat electric bulbs."
Dr. S. Parke Cadman had been
The following subscription- h
been received since March lath:
Mrs J. P. Dicus, city; T- J. at la
Rt. :j: Mrs. H. H. Keener, citv; J. 1-i
Edwards, Seattle. Wash-; J. S. .lack
son, Clyde; Mrs. Maria Head, lit.
Mrs. Jas. L- Robinson, Ithica, . .;
George Bishop, Hazelwood; J. H.
Swayngim, Rt. 3; S. t. ComiU.-er.
Clyde; R. H. Terrell, Rt. 2.
J. K. Davis. Hazelwood; Cms). H
Boring, Hazelwood; Crom E. t a.c;
Canton; Linwood Grahl, City; K. (.
Macon, Asheville; John Smith, Rt. i,
Walter Maasey, Rt 2; L. J Win
chester. Rt. 2; T. W. Cathey. Rt. V
B. A. Angel, Clyde; Jas. L. Wil
liams,1 Woodstons. N. J. j R. E. Owe;,
Rt. 2; Frank Smathers, Miami, I-'ia. ;
Fred M. Howell, Providence, R. I..;
R. L. Noland, Waynesboro, Va ; C.
D. Medford, Rt. 2.
John Jones, city; Mrs. W. Noland.
Crabtree, Rt. 1; JL W. Kiasland, Rt.
3; Lee Ferguson, Rt. 2; H. R. Cald
well, Rt. 2; J. A. Parks, Rt. 2; Frank
L- Rogers. Rt. 2; I. S.' Smathers.. Rt.
1; Mrs. G. F. Boston, Rt. 2; Miss
Hester Owen, Rt. 2; F. H. Saunders,
city; Walter Cunningham, Rt. 3;
Claud H. Shipley, city; C. H. Bur
Teas, Rt. 2;
W. T. Mehaffey. city; S. W. Whid
den, Delrwood ; N. L. Stephens, Dewey
Price. Crabtree, Rt. 1; I. B. Win
Chester. Rt. 1; Mrs. D. C, Campbell,
Maggie; E, R. Davis. Union, S C;
Mrs. Jesse Smith, Baker, Ore-; Mrs.
Glenn Boyd, Rt. 2 ; D. L. Measer
Clyde, Rt. 1; G. D. Gossett. Canton;
B. D. Bunn, Apex. N. C ; Citizen-Time-;.
Asheville ; J. P. Francis,
R. M. FUher, Crabtree. Rt. 1 ;
Crawford Best, Clyde. Rt. 1; Robert
Davis, Clyde. Rt. 1; R. G. Sanford,
Clyde. Rt. 1; Joe S. Thompson, Can
ton. Rt. 1; F. W. McLean, city; Miss
Pearl Underwood, Rt- 1 ; James M. .
Wells, Canton; G. W. Burnett, Rt. 1; 1
J. E. Massie, city; Miss Grace j
Bowles, city; J.H. Howell, city; J
II. Palmer, Rt. 1; Lee V, Rogers, Rt
(elline his small granddaughter a l Clyde; M iss Mettle Menartey, city,
bedtime story that held her breath-, W". A. Bradley, city; Mrs. Ralpa
le.ss attention. At the end of the tale,
when she had recovered her poise,
she demanded, "Grandfather, was that
a true story, or were you just
preaching" Readers Digest-
Ensley. city; G. C- Swayngim, Rt. U
Tom Chambers, Crabtree. Rt. 1; G. B.
Hogan, Rt. 2; J. Mansbn Medford, Rt.
2; Mrs. M. K. Sutton, Mt. Sterling.
( at scene of murder) :
"You can't com,, in here."
Reporter: "But I ve been sent to do
Policeman: ' Well, you're too late;
the murder's been done." Ex.
Patron: "Tht barber down the
street has cut his prices down to 40
cents for a haircut."
Barber (after a withering silence):
"Yeah Well, a good barber cuts
hair and a por one cuts price "
Talkative Lady: "A big man like
you might be better occupied than in
cruelly catching little fih.'1
Angler: "Perhaps you're right.
But if this rish had kept his mouth
shut- he wouldn't be here." Ex.
1st Neighbor: "How did that;
naugnty boy or yours get hurt :
2nd Ditto: "That good little boy of
yours hit him with a brick'--Ex-
Mrs. Bight: "I hear you've got a
new organ in your church. Now all
you need is a monkey."
Mrs. Gnasty: "And all you need in
yours is an organ."
Golfer (to members ahead):" Par
don, but would vou mind if I slaved
through? I'vp just heard that my
wife has been taken seriously ill-"
Woman (about to attend political,
meeting) ) "I'm not predjudiced at all. j
I'm goincr with a perfectly oten and I
unbiased mind to listen to what I'm
convinced is pura rubbish."
A Definition Of A Prescription
"A written direction for the preparation and use of a
Thus says Noah Webster, but we here at ALEXAN
DER'S can see much more in a prescription than that.
Every little white slip of paper which the doctor has
covered with thoce mysterious characters and figures, to
US represents an opportunity for this institution to eae
the pain or assist in the recovery of the ill and suffering.
Isn't it unlikely that there should be ever a trace of
carelessness or nncrupukmsness within an orgainzation
that has caught such a vision of its work?
ASK YOUR DOCTOR
Phones 53 & 54 Opposite Post Office