DEVOTED TO THE CIVIC, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF ALLEGHANY AND BORDERING COUNTIES __SPARTA, ALLEGHANY COUNTY, N. C., THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 1933! SECRETARY ICKES MAKES STRONG APPEAL FOR THE SCHOOLS Says Every Person Should Be Educated To His Fullest Possi ble Capacity. In his address before the National Education Association Convention on July 6, Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, made a strong appeal for the maintenance of our public school facilities on the highest possi ble level. He sees the curtailment of school facilities in this country as a menace to the nation, and in simple language states what that menace is. The following are extracts from his address: “When we have time to stop to think of them we are proud of our schools, our universities, our libraries and our art galleries. But how few of us have had any real concern for the things of the spirit, for the graces of life? “We are a practical people. Our outstanding characteristics is ac quisitiveness. We are acquisitive be cause of our urge for power. “The material things of life have always been the most appealing to us. It has been our theory that wealth covered a multitude of sins, including the sin of ignorance. “Now there is general evidence that we are facing a real crisis in the education of our people. Doubts as to whether education is achieving what we had expected of it as well as impaired ability to finance our ed ucational institutions on the scale to which they have grown accustom ed, are hlping to develop a situation and b. public temper whch may result in a further waste of human resourcs “We are seeing on all sides a will ingness—in some cases it has almost seemed like an eager desire—to cur tail and limit educational'possibilities for this generation. Citizens of a cer tain type are always willing to begin their economies with the schools. “The most important question re quiring an answer today at the hands of the American people is: What are we going to do about public schools? “Shall we maintain them on such a basis as will give our children an education in those essentials abso lutely necessary to equip them as in dividuals and as citizens to lead such lives as men and women must be equipped to lead in a self-governing republic of free men, or are we going to let them slip back into an era of unenlightenment, bigotry, and ignor ance? « “Unless as a people we are given a constantly enlarged background of history and the social sciences; unless we know something about govern ment and its operations; unless we are acquainted with contemporaneous national and international events; unless our spirits through education are made as free as possible from prejudice, superstition and bigotry; unless we are trained to be mutually tolerant and understanding of each other, building up within ourselves a will to understand the other man’s point of view; unless all of these things and more are offered to us, our free institutions which were es tablished that we might be able to live fuller and nobler lives, are in grave danger. "lfixcept Dy means of a broad and generous education freely provided by the people for our children as a whole, we cannot hope to have put into the hands of those children es sential tools with which to carve out a happy destiny for themselves and for their own children in their turn. If at this critical stage we continue to deny educational opportunities to literally millions of our chidren, our country will suffer when those mil lions, grown shortly to be uneducated men and women, are called upon to undertake the responsibilities of gov ernment. “Every person in this country should be educated to his fullest pos sible capacity. If we undertake to build a factory we want to have the best equipment that the genius of the inventors is able to supply. “The waste in human capacity re sulting from our carelessness and in difference with respect to education is amazing. Customarily we have re garded a child as educated if he has passed the eighth grade or if he has a high school diploma, or has gradua ted from a college, depending more or less upon the social background of the child "I do not mean by this that every child should have a college course and perhaps go on for a higher de gree. Every child should be given ev ery possible opportunity in the schools to develop to his utmost in tellectual and spiritual capacity, re gardless of where along the long road of education that means that any particular child should stop. “Capacity for education is our one distinguishing characteristic as mem bers of the animal kingdom. Econo my in other directions for the sake of maintaining and improving our -educational facilities would be only LAND SALE BRINGS 21 THOUSAND DOLLARS The sale of the Choate land here Monday brought a total of $21,285. The various tracts of land as listed by number in the execution sale no tices were sold to the parties listed below: No. 1, to R. A. Doughton, $2500. No. 3, to R. A. Doughton, $1100. No. 4, to W. V. Blevins, $300. No. 8, to R. A. Doughton, $1265. No. 9, to R. A. Doughton, $1745. No. 11, to Bob Warden, $1345. No. 12, to Edwin Duncan $1385. No. 13, to John Cheek $3075. Nos. 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16, sold to R. C. Halsey for $8020. The Vance Choate farm and home-place sold to W. V. Blevins for $550. A large crowd attended the sale, but bidders were not so numerous. First Monday business and the meetings of the various county boards attracted many people to town. A good deal of interest was shown in the new school districts as set up by the State School Com mission. common sense. Here is the last place where we should economize and the first where we should increase our outlay. “I know that without a highly edu cated electorate our system of gov ernment cannot be maintained; cer tainly it cannot be developed and perfected. I know that an intelligent government and an intelligent citi zenship do not spontaneously grow. They must be fashioned by carefully fabricated, highly tempered intellec tual tools. “Our chief interest as a govern ment, therefore, is education and any economy that will cut at the roots of our system of free and universal edu cation, our American system, may prove to be a fatal economy. To be great and noble and free, America must be educated.” The position taken by the Secre tary of the Interior with respect to the prevailing condition of our public schools cannot be refuted. There is no more important question requiring an answer today than finding ways and means of keeping our public schools up to the highest level. This is true all over the United States. The National Government should make the major contribution to that end. Its best agency for that pur pose would be a Department of Edu cation with a Secretary in the Presi dent’s cabinet. Automobile Races at Mt. Airy Mr. T. R. Bryan, cooperating with the Merchants Association of t. Airy, is planning a series of au tomobile racs there on Labor Day. Ten cars from four states have n tered in the contst. Among the drivers are Bob Al frey, Lloyd O’Neal, and Captain Woodhouse, of Winston-Salem. CEMETERY CLEANING All persons interested in the ceme tery at Prather’s Creek are requested to meet there at 8 o’clock Saturday morning, August 12, for the purpose of cleaning off the grounds. MRS. ROOSEVELT TO BE AT WHITE TOP SATURDAY Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, al though not abandoning her plans to attend the music festival at White top August 11 and 12, has found it ncessary to revise those plans. Mrs. Roosevelt will fly from the Presi dent’s home at Hyde Park, N. Y., to Washington Wednesday morning, at tend to some duties there, and leave for Abingdon Friday afternoon. The trip to Abingdon from Wash ington will be made by train. Ori ginally she planned to motor to South western Virginia, allowing four days for the trip, but she found herself overwhelmed with invitations to stop at perhaps a score of places on the way. Not knowing how to accept some and decline the others, she reluctantly decided not to go by au tomobile but by train. Mrs. Roosevelt will be driven from Abingdon to Whitetop, where she will spend the day Saturday. She had been advised that she can take a midnight train Saturday night for Washington. Although President Roosevelt will be unable to make the trip to White top, he will spend the day Saturday visiting the forest camps in the Shen andoah Valley. Tentative arrange ments provide for his arrival either at Harrisonburg or Luray early Sat urday morning. He will go by auto mobile to see two, andp erhaps three, of the civilian conservation corps op erations in the valley. He will return to Washington late Saturday.—Gray son-Carroll Gazette. ICE PLANT, MILL, TO BE PUT IN OPERATION Mr. G. P. Crutchfield, of the Cher rylane section, is erecting a grist mill on Brush creek just above the high way. A dam, 20 ft. high of concrete and stone, is rapidly nearing comple tion. This dam will impound the wa ters of two streams and form a deep lake six or seven acres in extent be side the highway. In addition to grinding meal for bread, Mr. Crutch field will put in a Hammer mill for grinding feeds. These mills will be ready for operation this winter. Next summer an ice plant will be erected, and later a saw mill and planer mill may be added. Power for operating the plants will be furnished by an overshot wheel and a water turbine. Fishermen will be interested in knowing that Mr. Crutchfield will stock the lake with fish. TO ALL WHO ARE ON THE WORK RELIEF Due to the lack of funds and the price per day which is 30c per hour for eight hours amounting to $2.40 per day, we will be able to give work to the most needy, only. Any person who is on the relief list is now notified that he must make plans and look out for himself. If offered work on the farm or else where, regardless of wages, and a man refuses to work, this automati cally cuts him off of the relief list. Before anyone will be given work on the Relief, he will be questioned as to whether he has tried to get work elsewhere and from whom he has tried to get this work. Any farmer offering employment to any person on the Relief is re quested to notify me if the employ ment is refused. THIS IS FAIR AND FINAL WARNING. C. A. MILES, Assistant Director of Relief. LOCAL MERCHANTS ARRANGE NEW STORE HOURS EFFECTIVE HERE - - --- Hope Public Will Cooperate With Movement. A number of merchants and busi ness men of Sparta started a move ment to get conoerted action in reg ulating the hours of opening and closing places of business here. Under a temporary regulation which is be ing published this week the proposed hours for stores are from 7 A.M. to 7 P. M. except on Saturdays and special days when the hours will be from 7 A. M. to 9 P. M. Those who have signed the agreement hope that the public will cooperate in this en deavor to place Sparta in the group of towns and cities that already have regulated hours of opening and clos ing of stores. Under the schedule below stores here will be open 12 hours a day ex cept Saturdays, when they will be open 14 hours. This will make a total of 74 hours a week, and the govern ment code requires only 63 hours a week for grocery stores. Members of the NRA cannot work employees more than eight hours a day, and they are put to considerable ex pense to employ extra help to stay open 12 hours daily. If these regula tions prove satisfactory, they will be made permanent. However, it is agreed by the signers that unless the j group gets 100 per cent cooperation the regulation will not prove success ful. There is nothing in the regula tions as published to prevent any signer from keeping his place of business open shorter hours if he so desires. Gas service stations will pro bably regulate their hours to take care of the traveling public. The following agreement was hand ed to The Times for publication: “We the Merchants and Business Establishments of the Town of Spar ta, N. C., do hereby agree to help carry out the wishes of the President of the United States by shortening the working hours of our employees by opening our stores at 7 A. M. and closing at 7 P. M., except Saturdays closing at 9 P. M. “We recommend that the opening and closing hours be printed in the County paper with names of stores signing. "Signed: Smithey’s Store. Cash and Carry Store. Dalton Warren Hardware Co. Reeves Variety Store. Alleghany Motor Sales Sparta Garage. Castevens Motor Co. Jay Hardin—(I sign this agreement temporarily un til I have secured official information as to my duty.) COUNTY COMMITTEEMEN APPOINTED MONDAY All County Schools Grouped In Four Districts. The Board of Education of Alle ghany County has received from Ra- j leigh a certification” of new school districts as set up by the new School ! Commission and ha officially accept ed these districts for Alleghany coun ty. These districts consist of four in number as follows: * District No. 1—Sparta with the folowing schools: Sparta, Liberty Knob, (to Wilkes), Cherrylane, Glade Valley, Wolfe Branch, Tolliver, Chest nut Grove, New Hope, Irwin,Strat ford, Whitehead, Airbellows, Pine Swamp, Nile (temporary.) District No. 2—Piney Creek, with the following schools: Piney Creek, New River, Turkey Knob, McMillan, Rocky Ridge, Mt. Zion, Rock Creek. District No. 3—Glade Creek, with the following schools: Rich Hill, Di viding Ridge, Little Pine, Ennice (to Surry county), Vox, Hooker, Blevins Crossroads. District No. 4—Laurel Springs, with the following schools: Laurel Springs, Pine Fork, Pleasant Grove, Meadow Fork, Bellview, Scottville (to Ashe county.) The districts for all races shall be in accordance with th certification for white schools. Teachers have not been allotted all these schools by the State School Commission, but the Board of Edu cation has requested the State School Commission to grant one additional teacher to each of the following schools: Turkey Knob, Rich Hill, Wolfe Branch, and Whitehead, and to grant one teacher each to Nile, Cherrylane, and Mt. Zion. Vhe Board of Education also ap pointed on Monday three committee men for each of these districts, who will elect the teachers for all the schools in their respective districts. Committeemen are as follows: "■"District No. 1 Sparta: Eugene Transou, Roy T. Burgiss, and G. P., Crutchfield. District No. 2—Piney Creek: W. F. Parsons, S. O. Gambill, and John R. Halsey. District No. 3--Glade Creek: A. T. Evans, H. G. Green, and C. M. Rey nolds. District No. 4—Laurel Springs: Dr. L. L. Long, C. E. Jones, and John C. Moxley. While these committeemen will elect the teachers, the contracts with the teachers will be made by the Board of Education. Transportation schedules and dri vers will be announced at a later date. MARRIAGE Mr. J. R. Billings and Miss Zollie Osborne, both of Independence, Va., were married in the Register’s Office in Sparta on Thursday, August 3, by C. W. Edwards, J. P. SPARTA WINS 4-3 OVER LAUREL SPRINGS Visitors Get Seven Hits In Interesting Game. Sparta won from Laurel Springs Saturday on the local diamond by a score of 4 to 3 in an interesting game from start to finish. Sparta scored three runs in the first inning. The visitors scored two in the second and one in the third, finishing their scoring for the game. “Lefty” Joines replaced Wyatt on the mound for Sparta in the fifth inning and worked well until the eighth inning when he was hit on the arm by a pitched ball. Nichols went in in the ninth and retired the visitors. In the last half of the eighth Reeves, the first man up, singled, W. Joines was hit by a pitched ball send ing Reeves to second. E. Joines was out on a grounder to second base, Reeves taking third on the put-out. Edwards singled to center and Reeves crossed the plate with the winning run. The box score and summary is as follows: Pos. Laurel Springs Woodie, 3b. Thompson, lb. Perry, ss.. Bare, 2b. .... Sheppard, p. .. Tucker, J., If. Moxley, cf. Miller, c. Craven, c. x-Sheets, .. Sparta Pos. Reeves, rf. W. Joines, 3b-p. E. Joines, lb. Edwards, ss. Carpenter, rf. Moxley, 2b. Gentry, c. Thompson, cf. Wyatt, 3b-p. .. Nichols, p. Ab. R. II. Po. 3 0 10 0 0 41 111 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 4 4 3 4 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 Ab. R. H. Po. 4 12 0 3 4 2 4 3 3 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4 3 1 0 Sparta will play Scottville at Scottville next Saturday. STATE COLLEGE MAN DEFENDS SALES TAX Says Adoption of General Sales Tax Fortunate For Farmer. (By Joe E. Hull, Assistant, Farm Management Research, N. C. State College.) The general sales tax recently passed by the North Carolina Legis lature is not the first of its kind in the United States. Mississippi West Virginia, and a few other states had enacted such a tax law a few years before North Carolina. How ever, the sales tax is not a recent development in the field of taxation as foreign countries have had some form of sales tax for many years. Nevertheless, the sales tax has been unfamiliar in the United States, with so much uncertainty still existing as to cause it to be yet a question able source of obtaining revenue. There is also much confusion as to the meaning and scope of the several forms of sales tax. It is obvious that misunderstanding would exist as to the exact meaning of the general sales tax. Definition of the Sales Tax. The sales tax is a levy on the sales or transfers of commodities, services or properties. It may be consid ered as a tax on the privilege of sell ing or transferring of goods from one party to another. The excise tax is considered as a tax on commodities based upon a unit of the product, as per gallon on gasoline, regardless of its sales value. Thus the- difference in an excise tax and a sales tax si that the excise tax uses a unit of the product as a basis of taxation while the sales tax has for its basis the amount of its sale or transfer value. The difference in a sales tax and a general sales tax rests in the defi nition of the qualifying word “gen eral.” Thus since the basis of the sales tax is on the sale or transfer of commodities, a general sales tax is a levy at a uniform rate on all transfers or sales of all commodities, with the specified exemptions as stat ed in the law. General Sales Tax in North Carolina. The general sales tax in North Carolina, as is the case with all oth er sales taxes, has a specified num ber of provisions and limitations which must be set forth before an analysis of its effect upon the tax payers as a whole or any particular group can be made. The sales tax for North Carolina is levied for the purpose of raising revenue to meet a supreme emergen cy in the shrinkage of ordinary rev enues and as a further relief from added property taxes. Additional tax es levied upon wholesale distributors and upon the sale to persons in this state of merchandise that is manu factured, ground, blended, mixed, or fabricated by the vendor are at low rates moderated upon the under standing that such taxes will have to be absorbed as an expense of opera tion, or by corresponding reduction in property taxes. The tax upon the retail sale of merchandise to persons in this state is levied as license or privilege tax for engaging in the merchandise bu siness. The tax is to be added to the sale thereof and shall constitute a part of such price of the goods. Thus it is the purpose of the North Caro lina sales tax that the tax levied shall be passed on to the consumer. The sales tax imposed uncondition ally exempts the sales of gasoline which is collected under another sta tute; the sale of commercial fertili zer on which an inspection tax is al ready paid; and the sale of public school books. The taxes imposed shall not apply to the sale of products from farms, forest cr mines when such sales are made by those who helped in the pro duction of such products in their ori ginal state or condition their prepa ration for sale, but shall apply to the resale of such products. This exemp tion, however, does not apply to man ufacturers or producers who maintain separate retail stores from the place where the products were produced. Likewise, no tax shall be imposed upon the sale of merchandise to the Federal Government or any of its agencies. In addition to the above there is also an exemption of sales by retail merchants upon specified conditions for wheat flour, corn meal, fresh meat, lard, sorghum molasses, salt, sugar and coffee. Considering the above exemptions, each wholesale merchant must pay a tax of 1-25 of 1 per cent of their gross sales and the minimum tax for each six months period shall be $12.50. Upon every retail merchant a tax of 3 per cent of total gross sales shall be levied. Effect of the Sales Tax on Agriculture. The adoption of the general sales | LOCAL PIONEER WAS INFLUENTIAL ' MAN IN HISTORY OF COUNTY FORMER ALLEGHANY CITIZEN WRITES STORY WITH LOCAL SETTING A story, “Hearts and Powder,” with the setting in an imaginary community in Alleghany County appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 6, Philadelphia Public Ledger and other Sunday papers using the Ledger Sydicate, according to the author, George Lawrence An drews. Mr. Andrews will be remember ed as the son of Mrs. L. M. An drews, of Sparta. He has been living in other parts of the State for over twenty years. For some time he was district manager for the American Art Works. For a number of years he has devoted his time to writing and is a regu lar contrlvutor to “The Sovereign Visitor,” official publication of the Woodmen of the World. He resides in Raleigh. Relatives here are expecting Mr. Andrews to visit Sparta and oth er places in the county in the near future. tax in North Carolina seems to have been a fortunate one for the agri cultural population, with the provi sional exemptions as explained, which are in the act. However, a general objection to a general sales tax is that a greater proportion of the in come of the poorer class must be ab sorbed in the tax than is true for the more wealthy class, even though the wealthy class buys more as individ uals. Their purchases are not in pro portion to their income. This objec tion is taken care of in the exemption af the basic food commodities above is these articles compose the greater bulk of purchases made by the poor sr classes, and today the agricultural population might so be classed. Thus the added expense of the gen sral sales tax in North Carolina to agriculture is much less than would be true if the ad valorem tax had seen increased. The outright exemp tion of a tax on commercial fertilizers is another benefit and a large one to agriculture. The exemptions of the sale of farm products by farmers is another privi leg extended to th agricultural class, for no matter how the farmer sells his products, whether retail or whole sale, he is exempt from the tax on gross receipts. This exemption, rounds out the favors to agriculture, both from the standpoint of having a smaller increase in their cash ex penditures than other business con cerns as wll as their gross sales be ing tax free. When the tax is all passed on to the consumer by the merchants, they will not attempt passing back to the farmers by lowering the price of farm products which they buy directly from farmers. If anything the more undesirable merchants and middle men will gradually fall by the way side which will in turn help to bring the farmer nearer to the consumer. This will have the effect of bringing more of the state’s wealth to the agricultural class. Since the population of North Car olina is roughly 70 per cent rural, our general sales tax again favors th eagricultural class not only as far mers, but as a whole. The enactment of the sales tax levy was sponsored as a means of providing more reve nue for public schools^ With the large percentage of rural population it is readily seen that the agricultural children will receive more benefit from the tax since a larger number of school children are rural inhabi tants. These factors, when sufficiently analyzed, leads one to feel that the general sales tax as adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly is a fair tax, being more burdensome on those who can better afford to bear it, as well as being especially favorable to the one class of people most of need of its benefits—the far mer.—Raleigh News and Observer. AT TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE The following teachers from this county attended the teachers' confer enc at Boone Monday: Mrs. C. R. Roe, A. V. Choate, A. C. McMillan, Gwyn Truitt, Gene Shepard, Misses Zelma Rchardson, Annie Truitt, Wil lie Reevs, Blanche Pugh, Parsons C. R. Roe, L. K. Halsey, C. H. Landreth and G. G. Nichols. Reeves Reunion to Be Aug.27 The Reeves Reunion will be held in Sparta on Sunday, August 27, at 10 o'clock. All members of the Reeves family, relatives, and persons con nected by marriage are invited to attend and bring baskets for lunch. There will be a program with speak ers and music. The place of meeting and details of the program will be published in a future issue of The Times. I An interesting bit of local history ' came to light with the following tax receipt: Ashe County, N. C.p j January 9 day, 1856. Received of Joseph Blevins: $1 dollars—64 cents, in full of his public. County and Poll Tax for the year 1856. JESSE BLEDSOE, Shriff. Years ago when Alleghany was a part of Ashe, Jesse Bledsoe was a very prominent democrat of Ashe and one of the most prominent men in this part of North Carolina. In addition to being the first sheriff of Alleghany, for a number of years he represented the county of Ashe as State Senator from the district com prising Alleghany, Ashe, and Wa tauga. He was a genial, hail-fellow-well met type of man and a shrewd poli tician. He knew how to meet the av erage man and gain his friendship and vote. He was a popular orator much sought after and had many followers because of his power to inspire confidence. During the Civil War he was a member of the home guard and used his influence to further the cause of the Confederacy. While the capital of the Confederate States was in Richmond, he carried taxes in saddle pockets on horseback alone to Rich mond. Such a trip was long and tire some and fraught with many dangers on account of deserters from the army and draft-dodgers. Our great nation today was carved out of a wilderness by just such pio neers as Jesse Bledsoe. WYTHEVILLE LIVESTOCK MAR KET 97 top lambs brought $6.80 per hundred; top buck lambs, $5.80; com mon to medium light lambs, $3.00 to $4.00 per hundred. Top veal calves, $4.05; medium veal calves, $3.25 to $3.80; common veal calves $2.00 to $2.75. Top fat cows, $3.25; medium, $2.35 to $2.70; common, $1.65 to $2.20. Top fat heifers, $4.00; medium fat, heifers, $3.20 to $3.70; common, $2.50 to $3.00. Shoats, $1.50 to $2.00 per head. Bring in your stock, we will have buyers for them at a fair price. TOURISTS ROBBED HERE SUNDAY NIGHT, LUGGAGE Marauders visited a tourist car in front of Four Oaks Tavern Sunday nght and escaped with two suit cases and one had bag. The tourists, en route from St. Petersburg, Fla., to New York, stopped at the Tavern to spend the nght. The women engaged rooms and the driver was sleeping in the car. The luggage was tied on the fenders. The driver knew nothing of the robbery til the next morning when he found the luggage gone. An investigation did not reveal any clues as to the identity of the thieves. The tourists left the matter in the hands of local officers for investigation and contnued on their way to New York. Those in the party were: Mrs. Charlotte Elliott, Whitney Point, N. C.; Mrs. Emma B. McConkey, Ash tabula, O., and Mr. John M. Brockett, New York City. Commissioners to Publish Delinquent Taxpayers The Board of County Commission ers met in regular session Monday to transact such business as might come before it. It was decided to publish the names of taxpayers who had not paid their taxes for the current year. The usual county claims were presented. Claims for 17 sheep killed by dogs cost the County $50. MRS. WATSON LOWE DIES Mrs. Watson Lowe died at the home of hr father on August 4, after several weks illness. She war born October 28, 1909 in Ashe county. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Y. L. Cooper, moved to this county when she was a little girl where she lived until her untmely passing. She was married to Watson Lowe on March 28. 1931, and to this union was born one child. She professed a hope in Christ in 1931 at a meeting at Hooker. She was loved by all that knew her for her kind gentle ways and manner of greeting all those that came in con tact with her. The remains were carried to Cen ter church in Ashe county, near where she was born, and the funeral services were conducted by Elder Ev erett Thompson in the presence of a very large crowd from this and Ashe counties. The beautiful tributes of flowers was evidence of the high es teem in which she was held by those that knew her.

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