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SPARTA, ALLEGHANY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY. APRIL 20. 1933
State and Nation
Tar Heel Dead
Washington, April 18.—Brig.
Gen. Benjamin T. Simmons, U. S.
A. retired, who during the world
war commanded the 19th division
at Camp Dodge, Iowa, died last
night at the Walter Heed General
General Simmons was born in
Fairfield, X. August 27, 1871.
He had been failing for several
months, and was retired for dis
ability seven years ago.
Agree On Sales Tax
Raleigh, April 18.—Unani
mously agreeing ‘on the general
sales tax of 2 per cent and offer
ing it as the solution to early ad
journment ot the general assem
bly, the finance committee con
ferees <>. seven members tonight
laid their proposal before the
house, set 11 o'clock for the vote
which it was manifest from the
very first would result in adop
tion of the report.
Killed By Ball
Winston-Salem, April 18.—
Founious Madison Kiger, <10
year-old resident of the Arcadia
school community, died in a hos
pital today of an injury he suf
fered when hit in the head by a
pitched ball while he was playing
in an Easter Monday game.
Kiger was at bat when struck.
The ball hit him above the tem
ple, and he fell unconscious. He
did not regain consciousness.
Bank Reform Bill
Washington, April 18.—Agreed
upon a widely ramifying banking
reform bill, embodying a two bil
lion dollar proviso for insuring
federal reserve member bank de
posits, the senate banking sub
committee made known tonight
it would withhold final action un
til the administration speaks.
Moscow, April 19.—Two of the
six British electrical engineers
tried on charges of espionage,
bribery and sabotage, were given
prison sentences early today
three were ordered deported and
the other was acquitted.
New York, April 18.—At a spot
off the New Jersey coast not far
from where the giant airship
Akron crashed two weeks ago,
with the loss of 78 lives, the navy
located today what searchers be
lieved to be all that is left of the
Letcher Tedder Is
Victim Of Poison
Letcher Tedder, age about 45, died
at his home near Laurel Springs
Monday evening after swallowing
several ounces of strychnine.
Reports are that Mr. Tedder was
not in very good health supposedly
caused by excessive drinking but he
seemed to understand what he was
doing when he swallowed the poison.
His wife and children tried in every
way to prevent his taking the dead
ly fluid without avail. A doctor was
called as soon as he committed the
act, but was unable to do anything
for him when he reached the home.
The funeral was held Wednesday
at Antioch church and interment
was made in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife and fIVe
BRITAIN BUYS GOLD
The Bank of England purchased
4,000,000 pounds sterling ($13,880,
000) in bar gold Monday. It was
the largest single day’s purchase
since suspension of the gold stand
And while we’re at it, we might
Just as well get right down to cases
and have a bunk holiday, too.—Bos
When a man bites a dog, that is
news. Well, the League of Nations
has begun making faces at Japan.—
San Diego Union.
■Beginning April 24th we wip
only be open for business on
Tuesdays and Saturdays until
Sparta Milling Co.
Botty Compton,, actress (above)
and James J. Walker, former ntayoi
of New York City, were married
Tuesdays in Cannes, France. A di
vorce was granted the former Mrs,
Walker in Florida in late March.
AT GLADE VALLE’S
'Exercise To Begin Sat
urday, April 22 And
End Monday 24th
The Glade Valley ftigh School will
give their annual commencement ex
ercises beginning Saturday, April 22,
and continuing until Monday, April
24th. On Saturday evening the
Musical Recital will be presented by
the music class. This will be fol
lowed by the baccalahreate sermon
on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock by
Rev. R. L. Berry, pastor of the Flat
Rock Presbyterian church in Mount
On Sunday evening the annual
Christian Endeavor address will be
Monday morning at 10 o’clock the
graduating exercises will be held,
this will be followed by the Literary
address by Rev. John Jordan Doug
lass, pastor of the First Presbyterian
church at Newton. Monday after
noon will feature the recitation and
declamation contests and the con
cluding program will be the Senior
class play, “Where’s Grandma?”, a
farce-comedy in three acts which
will be given Monday evening at 8
The public is invited.
COUNTY MAN PASSES
Died At His Home Near
Brush Creek Tuesday
Ellis Vaughan, 61, one of Grayson
county’s most prominent business
men, died at his home near Brush
Creek Tuesday morning folowing a
lingering illness from cancer.
Besides being prominently known
in his native county, he was well
known through Alleghany and had
a host of relatives and friends here.
.For years he owned and operated
the Brush Creek store but ' was
forced to discontinue his activities
about a year ago, since that time
he has gradually become worse until
His passing removes one of the
outstanding Christian men of his
community and one that was loved
and honored by every one who had
ever known him and his gentle
friendship and neighborly activities
will be missed by all those around
He leaves a widow and six child
ren, besides a number of brothers
1 and sister and' a wide circle of rela
The funeral was held today from
the home by Rev. L. B. Murray, of
State Road and interment was made
in the family cemetery.
SHOULD BE NATIONWIDE
Governor J. C. B. Ehringhaus Fri
day wrote President Roosevelt he
thought the New York minimum
wage proposal for women and minors
in industry would be “altogether un
workable” unless it should be na
tionwide in effect.
START APRIL 30TH
Rev. J. R. Johnson To
Sunday morning, April 30, at 11
o'clock, Rev. J. R. Johnson, of the
First Baptist church, Galax, Va.,
will deliver the baccalaureate ser
Thursday evening, May 4, at 8
o’clock class day exercises will be
held. A play, “The Graduate’s Sev
en Guides,” has been selected for
The declamation and recitation
contest will be held Friday morning,
May 5, at 10 o’clock. Unusual in
terest is being shown in these con
tests. Thirteen girls and nine boys
are going out for these contests.
The graduation exercises will take
place Friday evening. May 5. at 8
o’clock. Further announcements
concerning this program will be
The senior play. “Boots and Her
Buddies,” will be given Saturday
evening at S o’clock. This is a far
cial comedy by Francis Huntley, and
published by Eaddy and Eaddy, of
Chapel Hill, N. C.
On last Sunday about 50 friends
and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Blackburn gathered at their home
and set a surprise Easter dinner in
A long table was arranged in the
front yard and loaded to capacity
with good things to eat.
After the dinner the remainder
of the afternoon was spent in hunt
ing eggs and various games.
Everyone present seemed to enjoy
Mrs. William Cleary and daugh
ter Boyde, spent the last two weeks
in Winston visiting relatives.
Mrs. Carl Joines is rapidly improv
ing from a recent operation.
Pigs Are Given To
The county has arranged to fur
nish a pig to each relief claimant
who will destroy a dog that is being
kept at the home of tha claimant.
For each dog destroyed a pig will
be furnished free to that claimant.
For full particulars you are di
rected to see Mr. Claude Miles, who
will explain just how you can have
advantage of this offer.
Jobless Enlisting in Reforestation Service Army
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Herewith is pictured the launching of the recruiting drive to enlist
!50,000 unemployed for President Roosevelt’s Reforestation Service plan.
The enlistments are for 6 months duration for jobless between the ages of
18 and 25 years. They receive $1 per day and the applications are passed
upon by relief committees in the respective territories. One provision is
that those given jobs shall assign at least three-fourths of their pay to
dependents. Enlistments are made at army enlistment quarters following
which those accepted are sent to army camps for conditioning after which
they receive assignments by the Department of Labor. Photo No. 1 shows
jobless making applications.' No. 2 shows meals being served recruits from
toning army kitchens and No. S shows recnhts off for conditioning cam pa.
ROBERT L. NICHOLS
HAS NARROW ESCAPE
While Crossing River
Boat Is Swept
An accident that came near cost
ing a life last Sunday night occurred
when Robert Lee Nichols undertook
to cross Little River at the Duncan
mill with a small boat.
The river was swelled from a
heavy rain and Mr. Nichols was us
ing a small boat that was carried
across the mill dam but fortunately
he caught to a plank protruding
from the dam and saved himself
from being swept across the dam
with the boat.
On account of a strong whirl-pool
he was unable to swim to safety and
was forced to stand in the cold w'a
ter for about three hours before
enough help could be obtained to
get him to land.
Logs and sticks were carried past
him by the swift current but for
tunately he was not injured by them.
He has suffered front a severe
cold since but his condition is slowly
WILL START MONDAY
Alleghany Is Allotted 10
Men For Conserva
Raleigh, April IS.- Relief agen
cies will begin recruiting the 11,500
employes alloted North Carolina tor
the civilian conservation corps next
Monday, it was decided here today
at a meeting of the 10 state district
The number to be allotted to each
of the various counties also was de
termined at the meeting, held under
the direction of the governor’s office
Applications for the jobs will be
received by the various county relief
directors at their offices beginning
Between now and that time details
will be completed and placed in the
hands of county relief offices. It was
pointed out it would be impossible
to receive applications before com
plete details have been worked out.
The number to be allotted to each
county was arrived at on a basis of
both population and the percentage
The number of employees allotted
Alleghany conuty was placed at 10.
RECEIPT OF BEER LEGAL
Acting under suspension of the
rules, the house Friday enacted into
law the Waynick bill to allow im
mediate shipment of beer into North
Carolina in preparation for legal
sa le of that beverage May 1.
MRS. WALTER CROUSE
Cherry Lane Woman
When Gun Falls
A very sad occurance happened in
the Cherry Lane section last Thurs
day when Mrs. Walter Crouse, age
18, was accidentally shot and killed
while moving furniture in her home.
Mrs. Crouse was in the act of
moving a bed when a revolver that
was hanging over the head of the
bed was released from the nail on
which it was hanging, striking the
floor in such position that the ham
mer struck first and was discharged,
the ball entering Mrs. Crouse's
throat and cutting its way entirely
through her neck striking the wall
She was alone at the time of the
accident, but regained consciousness
shortly afterwards to tell the story
of how it all happened.
Medical assistnace was summoned
but nothing could be done, however,
she lived twenty-four hours after
The family were making prepara
tions to move into their new home
recently completed and Mrs. Crouse
was preparing the furniture to move.
Mrs. Crouse was the daughter 61
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crouse. She if
survived by her husband and a three
Funeral services were held at
Woodruff church on Saturday. by
Revs, Brooks, Miles and Weather
man and interment was made in
the church cemetery.
To Hold Commencement
At Piney Creek School
On Saturday evening. April 29th
at S o'clock the Senior class of the
Piney Creek high school will presen!
the play “Step On It Stan". Ad mis
sion 10 and 25 cents.
Rev. J. R. Johnson, pastor of thf
First Baptist church of Galax, Va.
will deliver the baccalaureate ser
mon on Sunday afternoon, Aprij
30th, at 2:30 o’clock.
On Friday evening. May 5th, at S
o'clock the Senior class will present
the graduation exercises "Gypsies
for a Day.”
The baccalaureate address and a
declamation and recitation contest
will be the main features of the pro
gram Saturday morning. May 6th
beginning at 10 a. m.
The concluding program will be ar
operetta “Sunny of Sunnyside”, giv
[ en by the grades on Saturday even
ing, May 6th, at 8 o’clock.
The public is cordially invited tc
; attend these programs.
GET BRER IN 8. C.
Thirsty North Carolinians, await
ing legalized sale of beer on May 1
poured ove’- the border into SoutI
Carolina on Easter Sunday to quaf:
a limited supply of 3.2 beer whicl
that state legalized last week.
IGNORING LEGISLATIVE SNARL
Closely eyeing the congressional
legislative jam, President Roosevelt
was planning Monday to put indi
rect pressure behind it this week
with the submission of more of his
TO SERVE Ol'T TERMS
Notice was given job-hungry
Democrats Sunday by Postmaster
General Farley that efficient. Re
publican postmasters will not be sup
planted until their terms haw ex
TO ( I T POSTOIIU K
A mighty budget balancing eifort
intend-d tit lop $72,Out),Otto old the
post office department's c\i rtdi
tures for the next fiscal y-tar. was
promised Monday by Pn.-t master
General Farley, but he gave as
surance that "no essential postal
facility will be disturbed."
BKLIKVKS SALKS TAX' CERTAIN
Relief that the house will accept
the, report that will he brought in
by the subcommittee now redrafting
the revenue bill was expressed Mon
day night by Representative Gregg
Cherry, of Gaston, a member of the
YOUTH LM l>S CRIME
The federal bureau of investiga
tion Sunday reported that youth is
still leading the nation’s crime pro
cession. Finger-print cards, cata
louged by the justice department's
bureau from January 31 through
March 31, were announced as'show
ing that more persons 19 years of
age were arrested than any other
II CARS OF BEER
Greensboro will have available
approximately 163,160 bottles and
100 kegs of beer to quench the thirst
for three point two when such
quenching becomes legal May 1, a
survey of distributors there re
FEAR GOVT. COMPETITION
Fertilizer and power interests Sat
urday joined in a reiterated demand
that Congress take out of the Roose
velt Tennessee valley plan all pro
visions implying possible government
competition with their industries.
GOWER POSTAGE RATES
Speedy action toward restoring
the two-cent charge on local mail
and at the same time handing to
President Roosevelt widespread pow
er over postal rates generally, was
agreed upon at a White House con
President Roosevelt has asked
that national control of production
as well as a minimum wage provi
sion be included in the Black-Ccn
nery five-day week, six-hour day bill
which the senate finally sent Mon
day to the house.
N. C. HAS POTTERY EXHIBIT
An exhibit of weaving and work
in pewter and pottery from the h.l!s
of North Carolina took its place at
the world’s fair grounds at Ch cago
LABOR LEADER FLOGGED
Preliminary hearings were held in
High Point Wednesday for three
men charged with kidnaping and
beating I. M. Ritchie, secretary of
the Central Labor Union there, and
Fred Heigh, unemployed High
TO CUT ARMY COST
President Roosevelt Monday night
was reported ready to approve a
reduction of $144,(100,000 in the
cost of America’s army as one of the
first steps in his general program of
economy and budget balancing.
ARRESTED FOR SLAYING
Partee Davis, 44, Wilkes county
| man, is in jail at Wilkesboro for
| slaying William E. Joines, as a re
| suit of a quarrel between the two on
Brushy Mountain Saturday night.
Davis surrendered to police.
Many legislators have written
home for money and summer clothes
but the general judgment is that the
general assembly will be away from
Raleigh almost a full month earlier
than it adjourned two years ago.
CHARGED WITH MURDER
Sandy Sisk, 32, is dead and his
nephew, Lowell Wall, 20, is in jail
at Mayodan charged with his mur
der as the result of a brawl at the
home of Nat Martin, Sisk’s father
in-law, early Tuesday morning.