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Volume 8
Number 44
Let Contract For Sparta
Courthouse Tuesday;
Low Bid Is $17,000.00
State and Nation
Ask Federal Aid
Lons liciicli, Calif., March 14.
—The earthquake rehabilitation
committee through dictator <'lias.
S. Henderson today made an ap
peal to tile National Red Cross for
reconstruction fund*'.
The action was taken when re
ceipt of word from Washington,
that legislation now before Con
gress calls for an approrpiation
of approximately 10 per cent of
the estimated property damage,
set at 850,000,000.
17 Are Killed
Nashville, Tenn., March 14.-—
Seventeen persons were killed by
a wild March tornado that swept
up the Tennessee-Kentucky line
tonight from the Mississippi river
to the ,Cumberland coal country.
The wind struck first in south
east Missouri and northeast Ar
kansas and headed due east,
striking such important cities as
this capital of Tennessee, Kings
port anti Harrogate, and several
smaller towns.
Dead-Line Extended
Washington, March 14.—The
deadline for filing income tax re
turns was extended from March
15 to March SI today by the in
ternal revenue bureau acting on
a treasury department decision.
Those who take advantage of the
rule to defer filing their return
must pay interest of Cl per cent
per annum on the first quarterly
installment from March 15.
Go On Strike
Burlington, March 14.—Strik
ing members of the dye and
boarding departments of the
Standard Hosiery mills, of Ala
mance, recruited by sympathizers
from 00 to approximately 150
men, moved today to paralyze all
plants in the county with any
known connection with the
Leaders Confident
Washington, March 14.—Driv
ing ahead to passage of the ad
ministration's $500,000,000 eco
nomy bill the senate plunged to
night into a prolonged session,
with leaders of both parties con
fident of an overwhelming favor
able final vote.
Beer Passes House
Washington, March 14.—Presi
dent Roosevelt’s third major pro
posal of the special session—
the Cullen 3.2 per rent beer bill
—was rushed through an enthu
siastic house today to the senate
where Democratic leaders confi
dentially predicted speedy ap
Leas Arrested
Clarksville, Tenn., March 14.—
Arrested more than a month after
their extradition to North Caro
lina was ordered. Col. Luke Lea,
Nashville publisher, and his son,
Luke Lea, Jr., were placed in jail
today pending a habaes corpus
hearing on Monday.
Taxpayers Meet In
Sparta Saturday
A meeting of the taxpayers was
held Saturday in the office of, the
Register of Deeds, at which S. B.
Gambill was elected chairman and
G. G. Nichols secretary.
Resolutions were adopted and sent
to our representatives in Washing
ton and Raleigh, requesting them to
vote and work for a redution of ex
penses and not levy any new taxes.
A committee was appointed to
draft a bill for the taxation of dogs
and the protection of the sheep in
dustry in the county.
The following men were named as
a committee: D. C. Duncan, J. M.
Wagoner, John Choate, D. M. Ed
wards, R. E. Hawthorne and R. F.
Building To Be of New
Design; Work To
Begin April 1
The Board of County Commis
sioners received bids Tuesday from
a number of contracting concerns
for the building of a new court
The bids all ranged within a few
thousand dollars of each other and
the low bid was submitted by the
Fowler-Jones Lumber Co., of Win
ston-Salem, which was accepted by
the commissioners. \ \
The new structure will be of fire
proof construction throughout with
exception of wood windows. The
walls now standing will be used as
they are and the new brick tied to
them will resemble as near as pos
sible the present brick.
An entirely new design will be
used in the construction. The new
court house will have a flat roof,
the present columns cut off
about six feet and the appearance of
the building will be entirely differ
ent. The roof will be made of a
two inch slab of concrete with a six
ply composition top.
The seating capacity will be
smaller than the old building and
the bar will be enlarged.
An indemnity bond will be re
quired of the contractors to insure
the completion of the job at the
price submitted.
Work is supposed to begin about
the first of April and the contract
will call for the completion within
three months and fifteen days from
the time it is started.
The bid accepted was SI7,000
and the alternate bid for a wood
structure was only $1,625 less.
The old walls now' standing were'
adjudged good by the architect and
it was decided by the commission
ers to use them, however, in case
this should be changed, it would
only cost a small amount more to
build from the old foundation.
Glade Valley News
Miss Katherine O’Neill, Young
People’s Worker of Presbyterian
church in Ashe county, is spending
the week at Glade Valley school. She
is conducting the home mission
study class. The book being used
in this Mission Study is “The Red
Man’s Trail”.
Last week Rev. O. V. Marshall,
Danbury, N. C., conducted a revivial
meeting at the Glade Valley Presby
terian church. Mr. Marshall is an
interesting speaker and his sermons
were very instructive and inspiring.
During the meeting fourteen made
a profession in Jesus Christ. At the
closing services on Sunday fifteen
united with the church. Last month
we had five additions to the Glade
Valley church.
Authorities of Charlotte Sunday
continued their investigation of two
fatal street car holdups which oc
curred within an hour Saturday
night. In one, three Negroes killed
J. W. Brown, veteran motorman. and
in the other Motorman E. D. Bart
lett snatched the pistol with which
Winfred Thomas, a Negro was
menacing him and fatally wounded
The motor vehicle bureau of the
North Carolina department of reve
nue announced Friday that a total
of 268,613 new automobile licenses
had been issued this year. On the
same day last year a total of 305,
422 licenses had been issued.
The German republican flag was
pushed into the discard Sunday as
the emblem of the German natiou
by a decree of President Von Hin
denburg, which made the old im
perial black, white and red the na
tional colors.
Boastfully shouting his unconcern
and defying the court, Guiseppe Zan
gara, the assassin who tried to kill
President Roosevelt, Friday was
sentenced to die in the electric
chair for the mijrder of Mayor An
ton J. Cermak, of Chicago.
Contents Are Valued
At Approximately
Elkin, N. C., March 16.—Special—
! Working with a speed and daring
unprecedented in Elkin crime his
1 tory, robbers Tuesday night entered
tlie residence of E. F. McXeer on
Church street and bodily carried
away a small safe containing val
uables estimated at approximately
SI 2,000.
I The crime was committed some
time between' the hours of 7:110 and
9 o’clock While the family was at
j the moving picture show and was
J evidently perpetrated by someone
; familiar with the home and who
knew the whereabouts of the sale
■ inasmuch as nothing else had been
i disturbed.
According to Mr. McXeer, the rob
bers entered the house by way of the
front dooi. which was unlocked, as
: cended the stairs leading to the sec
ond floor and went directly to a
small closet in a bedroom where the
* safe was kept. The closet door
| w-hich was locked, was pried' open
with a crow- bar and the safe car
i ried down the steps, out of the house
| and placed in a waiting automobile
i which tracks -indicated was parked
’ in the driveway near the front
|< porch.
were valued at approximately $12,
000, its value to the thieves could
1 not have been over probably a
j tiiousand dollars, it was learned, in
. asmuch as a large portion of the j
I valuable were in the form of build
: ing and loan stock, mortgage notes
: and deeds of trust.
In money there was approximately
: $200, Mr. McXeer said, while jewel
i ry, consisting of two diamond rings,
a diamond brooch and several gold.
| watches, was valued at between
; $800 and $1,000.
I The building and loan stock coti
| tained in the safe was valued at
$4,000 while the mortgages and \
deeds of trust were in an amount !
approximating $7,000.
Funeral Services Held
From Antioch Church j
Mrs. Nancy Tedder, 81, died at j
the home of her son, Letcher Ted-!
der, near Laurel Springs, last Mon
day morning. i
She joined the church in early ,
womanhood and remained a faith-!
ful member until death.
She was the mother of thirteen
children. Seven of them proceeded
her to the grave and six are still i
living. Those surviving are Mrs. 1
Alex Richardson, Mrs. Smith Nich
ols, Mrs. Emmett Richardson, W. M-!
Tedder, Mack Tedder and Letcher
Funeral services were conducted
from Antioch church Tuesday by
Elders J. M. Williams and C. B.
Kilby, in the presence of a large
crowd of sorrowing friends and rel
atives. She was buried beside her
husband who preceeded her about
nine years ago.
Methodist Church News
The pastor will preach at Sparta
Sunday at 11 a. m., and at Walnut
Branch at 2:30. The public is in
The pasted* and family were in
vited to supper at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Emerson Black last Sun
day evening.
Society Elects New Officers
The Baptist Woman’s Missionary
Society met last week in regular
meeting and elected new officers for
the ensuing year. Those elected
were: Mrs. U. L. Underwood, presi
dent; Mrs. Guy Duncan, vice-presi
dent; Mrs. J. Bain Doughton, secre
tary: Mrs. F. T. Wagoner, publicity
chairman; Mrs. C. A. Miles, personal
service; Mrs. G. P. Crutchfield, mis
sion study; Mrs. W. E. Maxwell,
A 100-acre farm will be used in
Cabarrus county this year by relief
workers for growing food stuffs for
distribution this summer.
Posey Sexton To Die In Electric
Chair June 15th For the Brutal
Slaying of Grayson County Sheriff
With the Nation at Attention
I'pper, a moment mmdwl with history making as President R-oosevelt
delivered his inaugural address, immediately after taking the oath of of
fire. Outer.* the Roosevelt family at the White House, left to right, Mr.
and Mrs. James Roosevelt, Mrs. .lames Delano Roosevelt (the President’s
mother), Mrs.; f ranklin I). Roosevelt (first lady). President Roosevelt,
John Roosevelt, son, Mrs. Curtis Rail, daughter, and Franklin D. Roose
velt. Jr. Lower. President Roosevelt saluting the passing colors from
behind the bullet-proof glass in the Court of Honor.
Fox Hide Tanning New
Industry For County
Rov Crouse, a graduate ot' one of
our agricultural colleges, has suc
cessfully tried his skill at an art
new to this section.
He has been taking fox hides and
making them into finish d furs,
ready for the ladies to us‘. He has
proved that a fox fur around the
neck is worth two in the woods.
This work he does at rates much
cheaper than work that has been
sent off to be finished.
Here is a chance to have your
hide tanned tyour fox hides! at a
price never before heard of in this
section and at the same time, patron
ize a home industry.
Mr. Crouse had a display of tanned
furs and mounted birds in the B. &
T. Drug Store some time ago that
showed the quality of work that
he is capable of doing.
Hold Funeral For
John A. McMeans
John A. McMeans, age 16. died at
his home near Piney Creek on
March 11th. Funeral services were
conducted from the Methodist church
Sunday by Rev. E. E. Wyatt, as
sisted by Elder John Toliver and C.
W. Russell. ,
His father died several years ago.
He leaves a mother and several rel
atives to mourn his passing.
Close Successful Meet
At Glade Valley Sunday
Rev. Marshall Danbury, assisted
by Rev. C. W. Ervin, closed a very
successful series of meetings at
Glade Valley Sunday. A large num
ber of professions were made. 15
Joined the church at the close of
the meeting.
County Agent Now
Has Loan Blanks
Blanks are now in the County
Agent's office for making applica
tions for seed, feed and fertilizer
The rate of interest is 5 Vs To ■ The:
extra charges for securing the loan j
are 50c for notary fee and filling in'
the application and SOc for having j
the mortgage registered. Farmers'
who will need loans this year should !
make- application for loans at the
County Agent's office at their earli
est convenience.
Miller-Reich Nuptials Solemnized
Sunday In Danville
Elkin, March 16.—Coming as a
complete surprise to friends of the
young couple here is the announce
ment of the wedding of Miss Vir
vinia McNeer Miller to John Whit
aker Reich, both of this city, which
was solemnized in Danviile, Vir
ginia, Sunday. News of the wed
ding was received here by relatives
Sunday afternoon.
The bride is the younger daugh
ter of Mrs. Beulah Fields Miller of
Sedgefield, and the late S. B. Mil
ler, of Washington. She was edu
cated at Southern Seminary, Beuna
Vista, Virginia, and since her grad
uation has spent the greater part of
her time here with her uncle and
aunt, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. McNeer,
at their home on Church street. She
is one of the most popular members
of the younger society set here and
has a host tof friends elsewhere who
will be interested in the announce
ment of her wedding.
The bridegroom is the son of W.
S. Reich and the late Mrs. Reich and
a member of one of Elkin's most
prominent families. He received
his education at Davidson College.
ts Indicted, Tried and
Sentenced In Thirty
Three Hours
Posev S* xton, of Dear Independ
ence: Va.. was convicted last Friday
jf first degree murder with death
is tin- penalty for the slaying of
Pharlie McKnigbt, sheriff of Gray
son county, who was shot to death
by the accused on Saturday night,
March 5th.
The verdict was returned by the
jury 20 minutes after the case was
placed in its hands. Judge South
erland then sentenced the prisoner
and set June 15 as the date of exe
A roll call of the jury revealed
'hat the decision had been reached
Sexton will be the tirst person
from Grgyson county to be electro
■uted and the first to receive capital
punishment since 1907 when hang
up was the legal mode of execution.
Sexton's trial for the slaying of
Sheriff McKnight took place less
han five days after the tragedy had
recurred. He was indicted, stood
:rial and sentenced in thirty-three
tours. .
Sexton heard the verdict and re
ceived his sentence with compos
ure. He neither smiled or cried,
iust looked at the Judge as if in a
laze. His composure throughout
-he trial was calm, only once did he
treak down and that when his coun
sel was pleading for his- life. Then
J}' close observance, one could see
:hat his eyes were misty and he
tad difficulty in keeping tears
Evidence _ disclosed that Sexton
vent to the home of Tom Isom, in
i drunken, ugly manner and raised
i disturbance with the Isom family,
diooting at one of the family. Sher
ff McKnight was called and Sex
on threatened the sheriffs life if
le came. Upon the arrival of Sher
ff McKnight, Sexton was in an ex
remely ugly mood and when the
iheriff asked Sexton to go out on
he porch that he had something to
iay to him, Sexton drew a revolver
tom his pocket and shot the sheriff
ligh in the chest, causing almost
nstant death.
The other officers with Sheriff
McKnight . were threatened by Sex
on and had it not been for good
ioptune of Deputy Sheriff Ward in
getting his finger behind the trig
ger guard of the pistol, he wpuld
have been shot with Sheriff Mc
A panel of 4 6 jurors was sum
moned from which to select the ven
ire. Every one of them were ex
amined before the necessary twelve
could be found free from exceptions,
to constitute tire panel. This jury
selected were composed of nine
farmers, one bookkeeper and one
furniture manufacturer and one in
surance agent. They were: A. B.
Gardner, Galax; Forest Johnson,
Galax; L. C. Dickenson. Independ
ence; S. C. Southerland, Elk Creek:
J. B. Jones, Galax; E. F. Cox, Ga
lax; J. T. Morton, Bay wood: Maiden
Harrington, Comers Rock; T. L.
Blevins. Whitetop; Eugene Phipps,
Mouth of Wilson’; W. R. Caldwell,
Whittop; R. E. Vaught, Gront.
Sparta High School
Saturday evening, April 1st. at
8 o'clock the Junior class will pre
sent “Adam and Eve”. This is a
royalty play of really delightful
modern comedy. The plot is strong
and fast-moving, leading to an un
usually satisfactory climax. The cast
of characters and other particulars
will appear in next week’s paper.
The sixth grade, under the direc
tion of Miss Richardson, will enter
tain in chapel Friday morning of
this week. The fifth grade directed
by Mrs. Choate will give a chapel
program Tuesday of next week. The
school appreciates the presence of
the patrons of the school at these
Hostilities between Chinese and
Japanese troops along the border of
Jehol province and in the vicinity of
Kupeikow pass through the great
wall appeared to be in a lull Sunday.

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