RELIABLE HOME PAPER
Of Shelby And The State’s
Fertile Farming Section,
Modern Job Department,
VOL. XXXIV, No. 8
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Where Industry JoL'.s With
Climate In A Call For You, .
“Covers Cleveland Completely.”
SHELLY, N. C. .MONDAY, JAN. 18. 192G.
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Afternoons. ' ma*b P<‘r >,par (*n advance) $2.50
I By carrier, per year (in advance) $3,00
BOOS WE ST
.STielby Mayor and Police Officers
Attend Funeral of Slaim Cher
ry ville Chief of Police.
Declaring that liquor was respon
sible for the crime,and that ‘“00 per
cent of the males of Cherry ville vert
drinking alcoholic liquor in some form,
Dev, Charles A. Linn .pastor of the
1 utheran church at Cherry ville, threw
something in the nature of a bomb
snell at the funeral Sunday afternoon
, f Chief of Police A. L, Painter, it is
The funeral of the dead officer,
shot Thursday in Cherryvjile by one
Jesse Van Dyke, believed to haw
been liquored up, was attended by a
crowd estimated at from 1,500 to
t’.OOO persons. So great was the
throng that the decision was reache i
to hold the funeral in the high school
auditorium instead of the church, as
affording more room.
The other victim of the wild sortie of
Van Dyke, Horace S. Farnsworth was
reported Monday as on the road t>
recovery in the Lincolnton hospital.
Chief of Police Painter died at t p
I incolnton hospital late Saturday. 1 i: -
goring for some forty-eight hours
after the tragedy.
A Shelby angle on the story dev i
oned Monday, when it was reported
Clyde R. Hoey and 0. Max Gardner
had been retained as counsel for the
alleged murderer. Van Dyke. News t .
this effect was published Monday in
the Charlotte Observer in a dispatch
Hoey and Gardner?
At the local offices of the two at
torneys it was announced Monday
morning that they had gone to Ges
f<nia. but confirmation that they h;;d
actually been retained in the case was
The Painter funeral, was attended
l<v Mayor Weathers and the police
force of Shelby, including Chief Ham
rick, James Hester, McBiide Poston
end M. M. Moore.
Addressing the great pothering i t
the high school auditorium, in a fu
neral oration over the dead poire
chief. Rev. Mr. Linn asserted that h
believed and hoped that in this case
good would come out of evil, and that
the tragedy would bear the fruit of
i wakening the people of Chetryvill >
to the seriousness of the liquor traf
fic. He declared plainly, in eqtt'vocal
terms, that the Volstead act is being
violated in that section by at least 90
per cent of the people, those present
“It was one of the plainest talk- (
ever heard a man deliver,” said Chief
of Police Hamrick, commenting upon
The gathering was addressed by
three other pastors of the local
' lurches, including Rev. Mr. Doebel,
of the Presbyterian church; Rev. .1. J.
Reach, of the Baptist church and Rev.
Mv. Mock, of the Methodist church.
Meantime while the impressive
service was in progress, Van Dyke
was in jaii ;n Gastonia, closelv guard
< hief Hamrick said Monday th it
the funeral was attended bv some
"9 or 40 police officers of this sec
tion of the country. Chief Painter be
ing broadly known and very popular
throughout the Piedmont. For a num
ber of years he served as Chief of
f' dice of Blacksburg, later going to
Kings Mountain. He had been head
H the Cherrvville force since 1919.
He is survived by a widow and - v
• o children. He was fifty-four years
An unusual and solemn touch added
to the funeral service, was the march
■" the grave of a company of the Ku
Klux, in full regalia.
The white-robed figures appeared
suddenly upon the scene of the gath
ering, issuing from a near-by lumber
'Plant. They attended the service, and
• t the grave a wreath, innscribed with
the insignia of the order “K.K.K-’ was
laid upon the mound.
After the service the shrouded fist
ores dispersed as mysteriously as
th> v had come.
It was authoratively stated in Shel
l's' Monday that a large per ventage
of the Klansmen were from this city,
which together with those from Chcr
lyville, made up the delegation.
The Point of View
Kittle Bill ytripped over the edge
of the carpet and dropped the dish
of tanioca he was carrying. Picking
himself up. he remarked, cheerfully
His mother was indignant.
‘‘What’s lucky, I should like to
know?” she asked.
“Why it’s luckv 1 don’t like tapi
oca,” replied Billy.
Plan the garden before spring
comes, advise horticultural workers
at State College. To have an extra
'ailv garden, it may he necessary to
build a hot bed and cold frame. These
an* easily built and are valuable
Letter Found In Shelby
Written By Robert E. Lee
A IfUrr,. nf an order, as the
< . c may I e, written '-by General
If • it. !•-. Lee ha ; been unearth
1(1 in Lheiby. It bel •,< Mr -.
J- 1'. Mumi.v, sitter < f Mr. Paul
\\ i l»b. Mr. \Y . b’> unearthed it in
lefri.through s; me <:t papers
I’m- a fee i. Anion'; t the ! t of old
(hieun.-ent.-, In- eye caught sight
"■ a letter; which he thought
Plight ■ e interesting^ ami he rea 1
1; proved t be a it. K. Lee doc
ument. A pet sbi.i 1 relic of the ini
n ht;;i S'ep'ierner. I; is a fpd"d
ap'd inveh .did document-, \vrit
r a f •'•.staking. eopy
! <a‘e tyle. and i ■ an e'lampje of
tin t ge t ire. in penmanship when
the .'er refid ones shaned their lft
t"i -. Hi! • he * ith of H sets forth
the plain, sincere •• and formal
thput! t of the great Confederate
The order :e :i| parent!y that
Written to I.ie's men after the
.■•o r. i.Per. !•’< Mow ing is a verbat
im copy of it:
•‘lidqrs. A. X. \Y..
“Cer. rai Order No. *».
“Alter four years of arduous
service marked I v unsurpassed
courage and fortitude the A. N
' Va., has been c aipiUed to > if),1
to overwhelming numbers and re
sources. 1 need not tell the brave
| survivors of so many hard fought
battles who have remained stead
fast to the last that 1 have con
sented to this result from ho dis
trust of them, but feeling that
valor and devotion could aecotu
I'lish nothing that would compen
sate for the loss that must have
attended the eon!inuar.ee of the
contest. 1 determined to avoid the
useless sacrifice of those who. ■
past service endeared them t >
their countrymen. By the term^
of the agreement officers and
men can return to their homes
and remain until exchanged. Voii
will take with you the satisfac
tion that proceeds front the con
sciousness of duty faithfully per
formed and 1 earnestly pray th it
a merciful God will extend to you
his blessings and protection.
With unceasing admiration of
your Constance and devotion to
your country ahd the grateful
remembrance of your kind and
gracious consideration for myself
I bid you an affectionate faro
“II. E. LEE. General."
North ( :ir:■!ina Spends More Monty
i’or Public Improvement Than
Any With Single Exception.
Haltigh, Although North Car
flina received ir. revenues per capita
K‘~ • than 12 cf i •• )S ?-1•;ter- in the
Union in 11)24, she spent more nancy
for.'public improvements than any
state in the country, with the single
ircopti -n of Illinois. Her total inter
est charges, however, were hitcher j
than ary of the states, with the ex
ception of three.
Spending $-32.070,600 for perman
ent improvements .during that year
she ranked second highest in this par
titular, being outdistanced only by
Illinois, the expenditures for that
state for this purpose having totalled
But North Carolina’s per capita
revenue receipts were only $7,80. Hrs
was lower than any states, except Il
linois, South Carolina, Georgia, Flor
ida and Arkansas.
The figures are compiled by the
bureau' of the census of the United
States department of commerce, and
nave just been received here.
But while North Carolina’s expen
diture fi r permanent improvements
ran very high, comparatively, and
while her revenue receipts per capita
were comparatively very low, her in
terest charges Were high. Only three
other states paid out larger sums for
interest in 1021. They were. New
York, Michigan and California.
N, rth Carolina’s interest payments in
1924 ran to the tidy sum of $3,495,600.
New York’s interest payments ex
ceeded the ten milion dollar murk,,
but the other two states'- whose inter-'
ect charge- were larger than North
Carolina’s were ahead of this state in
that particular only slightly—neither
(it them paying as much as $4,000,000
North Carolina in 1921 ranked h:gh
U f iotber particular—the amount of
income taxes collected. Of 21 states
levying income taxes in 1924 NoUn
Carolina collected more than any ex
cept New York. This state’s revenue
from that source was $4,400,000, while
Ss'ew York's totalled $9,5$<j,000.
Other sources of revenue which
brought in large sums to North Car
olina's treasury were the motor ve
hicle . license, from which source this
state received more than $2,000,000;
motor fuel taxes, which brought in
nearly $4,000,000; and the earning of
general departments the figure for
the latter being placed at JT.OGO.OnO
Shelby Folks “Enjoy”
A large party from Shelby journey
ed to Charlotte Friday to attend the
Shrine meeting. The party left Shelby
at fi o’clock Friday morning, and cali
co it a day at 10 o’clock that night.
Following composed the group:
ton McSwain. Durham Moore, W. T.
Alexander, of the Moore and Lever
tet firm; Tom Kskridge. Richard
Brabble and Dr. Hunt of Lattimorc.
Raul Wootton, John Honeycutt. R. Z.
Riviere, Garnett Cox, Will Metcalf.
W. J. Roberts, George Small, Charlie
Li.ughridge, K. B. Hopper. Dewey
Plummer, Knrs Beam, Knox Hardin,
Wade Hoey. Shovine Beam. C. R.
Doggetf. and Mr. Graham of the Dog
gett" firm ; George Washburn, Holly
Ledford, Otto Long, Fred Baber Rev
Sailor And Girl
Draw Fines Here
Legends sometimes will not be .mod
Song and romance of the seas f< r
endless years of nor'westers h: v •
cast on the shoreline the legend that
a "sailor has a sweetheart in every
port.” Mayhap- it's the duty of sea
faring men to live up to the legends
(■I the scan—many men wouldn’t con
sider it strenuous duty to seek a
sweetheart < n every shore.
Anyway the words sweetheart and
sailor mingle together with the ease
c* salt with sea water. Nobody tan
take the salt out of sea water, but
sometimes a judge can take the kick
out of a good time for a sailor and
Monday morning a sailor—they
were once famed for their balloon
trousers—and a girl were before Re
corder Mull charged with several
things, among them being a charge
against the gob for being under the
influence of an intoxicant— la.uor
used to be the word, but you never
know nowadays—and there were also
charges against the girl. Sometime
during the week end the car in which
the couple was riding near drover
didn’t follow a seaman's compas-. in
navigation and there was a crash.
Then the officers.
Judge Mull wrote a finis to the
song of the sea with $75 and the. costs
opposite the hero's name and S25 to
the side of the heroine’s name as reg
gistered on the blotter.
And so ends another yarn of the
seas, of ships that go and conic in the
night, and those that have wrecks
; nd travel not.
At District Meet
A delegation from the ' Methodist
church of Shelby attended a meeting:
in Gastonia Friday, called for the gen
oral purpose to consider ways and
means to raise six thousand dollar.-,
needed in the foreign mission fields.
The meeting was successful, and
resulted in arranging for three other
meetings to be held in the surround
ing territory, one here at Shelby slat
ed for the 28th of January, one fur
Lineolnton and another in Gastonia,
The following .*;,osed the dele
gation that attended the Friday meet
ing: lh\ and Mrs. II. K. Boyer, the
former the pastor of the Methodist
church; Mr. and Mrs. George Hoyle,
Mr. and Mrs. Thad Ford, Mr. and Mrs
R L. Hennessa and Mrs. (’. It. lloey.
Hoey Bible Class
To Put On Drive
The Lloey Bible class of Central
Methodist church will next Sunday
start a drive tor regular attendance
of members, who in the past have at
tended none too regularly. Meetings
preparing details of the drive will be
held this week and two teams will
wage a contest in the drive, one being
headed by Ward Arey and the other
by Oliver S. Anthony.
The class with over 300 men en
rolled is one of the largest classes in
the state, and during the drive new
members will also be sought although
the major purpose is to get all old
.members hack to attending regularly.
Cap .'.in Clive Ma: kelyne. ahov \ i*
I I of 11.v Oeeult Coii.miltce of the
.tV aic On-lt* Cnfrland. atUtrijtUng to
I t.vpouf fake 61 irituao. • .
J.ut-a 1 Merchant Back Front Nc'v
York Secs Prospect's Ahead of
Good Spring Business.
Sprktg >■' in- < amongs’. the n.er
ckarts will lit the !■ : ever,- ar d
They arc going to be ah a ter, mean
ing the ladies skirts.
t i. j h'- of. the:;; e.w j. C.
tb -Neely brings back from'New York,
after a week's spring buying trip. Mr
i.M'eNeely blew in Sunday.
• (’ Vi.'M ,ing the business outlook. he
’said: “New York is crowded with
'buyers, and they are purchasing free,
ly, and' they believe the country will
T; vi. ethe best spring business it ever
On tie subject of spring styles, he
,j.id: “Ore of the leading features of
t' e spring regalia both in millinery
; ml dresses, is the coloring. There are
I many new and attractive shades. The
creators called on Florida for their
ideas. For example there is the Mi
ami rose, the Pensacola nine.
•“•Other outstanding shades are sea
green, hartruese a light shade of
green); peach, coral, bow de ri se,
», pbeiry. matador red and Hussar
“Moss of the styles are full; there
arc some straight lines. Suits are
much in favor, the skirt, coat uni
1 louse. The dresses are some shorter,
averaging from 12 to 14 inches above
“The length most commonly worn
lv.w is about, ten m eleven inches.’’
Fire Destroys Home
On Kings Mtn. Road
Fire which is supposed to have ori
ginated from a .-t .v flue. Friday
night do troytd the home of Will Wil
liams, white farmer living to the
hack of the Fairview Filling station,
on the Shelby-Kin..- Mountain high
way. The house as well as till con
tents and the smoke-house nearby
were totally destroyed. Neighbors
hurried to the scene of the fire and
saved all organ and sewing machine
which is all the members of the fam
ily have left from the home except the
clothes they had on- Mr. William • ; •
v wife arid four children and friends
tire making up a purse for their re- :
lief. It is understood the insurance
amounted tea only iSbriO which by no
nuaris covers the heavy loss.
Modern Woodmen To
Stage Campaign Here
The local camp of Modern Wood
men is this week staging a drive f-.
new mem hers in Shelby and over the
county. The drive will be featured by
a big meeting to be held Wednesday
l ight in Webb hall.
District Deputy .1. (’. Gibbs is
spending several'days here in conni -
tion with the drive and will be present
at the meeting Wednesday nigh'.
The local camp now has a member
ship of about 40 and hopes to increase
this tic about 100 members during the
Enos Beam Will
Mr Enos Beam, one of the proprie
tors of the Princess theatre, was ex
pected to be operated on at the Lin
Colnton hospital Monday Tor appendi
I It is understood he left Shelby for
l incolnton Monday morning, for at
least a two weeks’ stay in the hos
T> i* K\ n Kill A! *i't inr . .nipany
held it- annua' ; mt • ting the 5 5th,
which trim' Fuel/ Were. r ■ > < a U-i whi-h
indionC s this is one .of-fin* fi.-fenu-u
progressive ci mv’’i i.if t!v:« “Oct it,!
The c.ipvp-uy js four y-;,r V.hi; The
first ; i':ir .'Hi! -the -annual' busind*
aggregated • i 1 11: 11 aft , the Us: ii
('oila,"; . The \ i pa ; * it•» volume
leaped to a ti.e-ur • ret w,-i n a .quarter
: :a! a half milPom. ;
An.I V. Ku h H win k t hi The
Star after the na-.-t hg i, :it .it - • * rfl ■
tieipated,- and i h,i v. .- •• la,,I f.> a
fit' per cent di’W’p in It*.*
In tie pat Pince of t ray. that i
stepping ■ I tv j. a
All the :fi:e. re ; ’ . I -; , i
i iiit! -ny \\ re re.-- a-, | ; : the meet
ing. T| e fell, wing •!. wf 11. iai
j ej-'-e rri l: \\ ilha-it !. : , -borger., presi
dent;': If 11, K'-ndia.ih \ • p! c-iilen! ;
( K't h li t.-iofc, i r< t iv:< . r,. :rrr
and general manager. Directors: .1,
It- L;r. hortfer. Feli.i; ft. (lee, Paul
Weiib, ,1. \. SuttLe ami V, D. Quinn.
The <-!;•,.!*:i11\ la- expanded to take
■i! j'(ters Tory of sis e.iur.tios, and ttrti
phye,- three ah men on the road.
Good Show Coming
Here January 29,
For Night Stand
Madina of Paradise Isle" Itoniantic
Play,- and l ine Music < tuning
At an Karlv Date.
Shelby is its-Mtrt-d. what promise.- to
he :t p-ciod . low,’ of modern variety,
Friday id; bt, January li;*, when “Ma
dina < f Paradise Isle” comes to the
C .r.tra.1 selt.-d' ■under tile auspices of
the Shelby'- Woman's club and Cen
lii.l schm 1.
Ms tvi • e, ire .. • ! gf.'; and .Shelby fre
quently rets the type t goes and
nil. one wan s back. This show fir or,.*
ists something different in the east
of characters e included .-.nine of the
most famous stage stars of modern
i lays Broadway lights.
flow would you like to see a show
that had in tne cast: Kenneth Curry,
the .one-time leading man of “White
Cni’go”, the recent stage hit; or
Itaynioa Cardwell, one of the original
characters in. "What Price Glory", the
thing that ~et even blase Broadway
p.-.-.ping;, <t ..Miss. Marjorie Chester,
v. ill. k now ii. s t a ge lie aaty ?
They’re all coming to Shelby, or
are suposed to come in "Madina of
Paradise Isle"’. All of which should
lit a treat. But these -tars are not
just coming hire for presentation
formally, but ;o characters in a play
that i> in itself entertaining and pop
ff-hatV .niore tlici't' will be skits ga
lore of music, dancing and inghg
the catchy stuff. Shelby seldom secs
until it has become antique—ukelele?,
steel guitars and the over-accompan>
ing dusky maidens, for “Nadira" of
course, a native of the romantic seas
and “Paradise Isle” eouid not. help but
lie of the South wa jutting land where
the sun kisses and: the moon bewitch
is. Emily Montrose will' be leading
lady. In the larger cities that alone
would draw a full house. The play is
by Lincoln Osborn, author id' Play
wrights. and a famous creator of
stage studies. The play is put out by
Maty Byron, Ir.e.. and is press agent
id as better than “ The Birds of Para
Mi«s Dorothy Justin, advance agent
and former opera talker, completed
arrangements for the presentation
: ere last week.
Yates Mauney Gets
Gastonia. Jan. 10.—Yates Mauney,
r 1 was acquitted of murder in the sce
i nd degree in Superior court here to
day when a jury found that Wesley
Hallman, farmer hoy. was not fatally
cut by the defendant at a corn shuck
ing last fall when a gang of city
toys and country lads engaged in a
fight in the upper part of the county.
Tlie defendant’s counsel, including
O. Max Gardner, attempted to show
that the dead ipan was cut with a
pocket knife in the hands of his broth
er, Joe Hallman. The case lasted two
di vs and attracted wide attention.
J. T. Bland Dies At
At Rockford Home
Mr: S. L. Gillespie*, music dealer .of
\Y. Marion street, has received word
of the death of liis cousin, Mr. J. T.
Bland. of Rockford, this state, which
occurred last week. Mr. Bland was not
only well known in the Shelby section,
but he had a number of relatives nere.
Back some fifteen years ago, he lived
in this section and taught music. At
the time of his death, Mr. Gillesoi?
said, he was making his home with
1 is son at Rockford, lie was 70 wn-s
Chimney Rock Co. Takes
Old Historic Properties
For Value Of $600,000
V\ jo! 1 i d Raim
ill'. -1 ,!: l I Munty
■ i ' "H •'> sire, t, with money
—1 '■!’ 1 • <i ’! ,*>:aki*:K.:in terms of ,
>. ;m. rhe downpour Sunday 'inti
■ '■ y. iiif; i: i i :1 imr.t d |.i have*
tV‘l .i': i.'i ' in an iji, h and a
i ' ; "hi It had al
l < i.> V:; v i nhf.i. •• <1 by the iv
c .nr ;■ : e.c fall. ■ ,'j
\ t's tl. ■ i it. t deposits of
*5 !;1. iff' ti..f tin*' drought,
f t.'' ti water storage is con
!, . ' j , ..ytii'ally neutraliz
1 I;.'it'l l lli.Il. Jan, 15.- What is tv
gard.ed as one of the most eventful
ap'd successful press meetings ever
1 ■ *11«1 in the state etune to a close here
thi- afternoon with adjournment of
th< second newspaper institute to he
held under the auspices of the North
Carolina Press association and (he
Before leaving for home this aftrr
..nn the newspaper folks heartily en
dorsed the institute idea and express
ed the hope that another such meet
ing might he held ir. the near future.
The institute was divided into
weekly and daily sections this, morn
ing for the discussion of special prob
lem.-. In the weekly section Lee EJ.
vVanthers, of The Cleveland Star, pre
sided. There v.ere discussions by Ole
Buck, field manager of the Nebraska
Press association, who told of the
problems of the country weekly; by
I'rt f. E. K. Peacock, of the university
.school uf commerce, who outlined a
I f metical system of accounting for
weeklies; nr.<J by M \V. Atwood, man
i aR:ng editor of the Observer-Dis
patch, of Utica, N. Y.. followed by
up open forum discussion.
freedom ot the rress.
In the daily section Gerald W.
Johnson, professor of journalism in
the university, discussed some aspects
of the freedom of the press.
Mr. Atwood gave a survey he had
n a.de of the daily newspapers of
North Carolina, referring specifically
t-> what lie considers their merits and
l\ L. McCall, southern division su*
per inter, dent of the Associated Press,
discussed methods of co-operation for
better Associated Press service.
A general session was held early in
the. afternon, with A. C. Honeycutt,
editor of the Stanly News-Herald, of
Morrison Jewelry is
Sold to Alexander
The K. (!. Morrison jewelry store
which has been, tinder the operation
of John S. McKnight, trustee for
the creditors for the past sixty days
has Keen sold to Mr. George Alexan
der who will continue the business in
the future at the same stand in the
Lineberger building. Me. Alexander,
has gone to the jewelry markets ]
where he will buy a full line of jew
elry. cut g hi s, glassware and musical
.instruments to restock the store with
an entirely new line. When Mr.
Morrison, the former owner of the
■ tore made an assignment, Mr. John
S. McKnight prominent wholesale
groeerynvah of the firm of McKnight
ami Company, was appointed by the
creditors to operate the store and un
tier splendid management the credi
tors will receive more than they
would have received in the final set
tlement of the affairs of the com
Lincoln County Boy
Is Highly Honored
"I am very highly gratified at read*
ing <if the success of \V. W. Keever,
[Lincoln county boy, who stood second
!ir the intercollegiate poultry judging
contest at Madison Square Garden.”
[declared Commissioner of Agriculture
William A. Graham yesterday.
"’Young Keever is a son of Mr. and
Mrs. P. M Keever, of Lincolntor.
[Under the present arrangement,” he
continued, “the department of agri
culture and state college, under Dr.
L. C. Brooks, are working in co-oper
taion with each other along all lilies
and the relations between these two
state agencies for the promotion of
agricultural endeavor are very cor
dial. I want to see the department ex
tend to the college all the financial
aid possible, as well as its moral sup
«)i'! ’’ Raleigb Nr - in l Observer
Biggest Realty Transfer of Year
lakes Place in Western Carolina.
Imolves Chimney Rock.
Asheville, Jan. tG.-~-The biggest
realty transfer of the year in western
North Carolina was announced today.
It involves the taking over of the
Chimney Rock Mountains, Inc., own
ers and developers of Lake Lure, the
consideration being in the neighbor
hood of $600,000 it is understood. The
properit ins transferred include: the
famous Chimney Rock described as
America's most spectacular monolith,
which towers 315 feet above the au
tomobile parking space on the
mountainside; the unique f 1 iff Dwell
i r; Inn; the dining pavilion in the
clouds; the Devils Head; Hickory Nut
l.dis; with its sheer drop of loo P>et
n its plunge of 1,700 feet to the
Rocky Broad river; the Appian Wav;
Kxclamation point, so named by B.
C. Forbes; the Needles Bye; Moon
shiners cave, and pll the rights and
easements belonging to the three-mile
toll road from the valley to the foot
i t ( himney Rock, Approximately 200
acres of the best located land in the
Rocky Broad canyon is included in the
t! a lister, 50 acres of which adjoins
other lands of the purchasing cor
poration, at an elevation of over ,'5,000
teet. all of it overlooking the ban a
of Lake Lure.
( himney Rock is famous in history.
H is believed that it was from this
point that Henry Clay made his fa
mous and often quoted remark, "I am
listening to the tread of oncoming
millions. Jt was at this same pinacle
that ( hristian Reid in a moment of
inspiration declared of western North
Carolina “This is the Land of the
Sky." and SO gave the region its ac
cepted name. Dr. F. A. Sondley, fa
mous North Carolina historian of
Asheville, declares that unquestion
ably the first white men to gaze on
Chimney Rock wore DeSoto and kis jn
trepid hand of adventurers on’their
'"ay to the discovery of the Mississip
pi. The early English explorers and
later the settlers of Tennessee and
I' ontucky all wended their wav
through this gorge on their Westward
march as did also the Indians who
were being moved to the Oklahoma
Hickory Nut gorge, beginning at
the foot of Chimney Rock mountain,,
has beeh for generations by far too
l oost traveled highway acrossr tlie
olue Ridge mountains, and today car
i ‘os more than 1.000,000 persons a
year according to the traffic count of
the State highway commission.
Beginning at the bridge to Chita,
itey Rock is the Fairview highway
section of route 20, just completed,
the short route from Chimney Rock
to Asheville, declared to be the most
beautiful scenic highway in the east.
It was Dr. Lucius B. Morse, who
came to western North Carolina in.
search of health, who foresaw the
possibilities of Chimney Rock r.s a
scenic resort and 20 years ago, with
his brother, purchased the property .
for an amount of money which would
set m today ridiculous, but which at
that time led the natives to pass tile
word from mouth to mouth that they
believed the doctor “plumb crazy."
In 1916 the toll road from the
Rocky Broad valley to the foot of
Chimney Rock, climb o fmore than 1 ,
500 feet in a distance of three short
miles, was financed by Dr. Morse and
his brothers and completed, later ad
ditional developments such as the
"Cliff Dwellers, Cottage hotel with 20
rooms, (lining pavilion, stairways and
other attractive and interesting ac
cessories were added and an increas
ing number of visitors has year by
lure of the spot. In 1926, more than
50,000 persons ascended the toll road
it is understood. Two million post
card views and snap shots of Chimney
Iipck have been disseminated by tour
ists all over the world every yen'-.
The taking over of this property by
Chimney Rock Mountains, incorpor
ated, marks the securing of the last of
more than 175 tracts in the Chimney
Rock and Rocky Broad River section
where this development company is
creating the outstanding resort devel
opment of Western North Carolina.
A huge dam is now under construc
tion which will create Lake Lure with
a beautiful shoreline of nearly 46
miles, the new highways and the devel
opment of the first town site of Lake
Lure arc going rapidly forward at
Officers and directors of the com
pany include successful business and
professional men and bankers of
North and South Carolina and Flor
This transfer marks the final ac
ouisition of the development company
o fthre principal phases of the de
velopment, namely, water power, re -
sort lake and scenic property.