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SKETCHES By J. C. R. Please, St. Nicholas! Dear Santa Claus: Through the months of 1934 we have labored diligently, conscien ciously . . . morning, noon and night . . . endeavoring to supply an exact ing public with careful accountings of passing events . . . seeking to mould an editorial policy that would meet the approval of our readers . . . sift ing carefully the dross of current happenings for those trivial items that bring joy to the rural heart. On numerous occasions our feet of clay have borne us from the green pas tures of righteousness . . . the flow ing bowl wherein dwells the deadly serpent has, a couple of times, lured us from useful pursuits . . . and the big ledger you keep perhaps has an as sortment of minor social derelictions catalogued alongside the Sketch Man’s name. But through it all we’ve clung tenaciously to those human qualities with which we were en dowed by a generous Father . . . we’ve patiently listened to the dis tracting recitals of a thousand disap pointed political job-seekers . . . we’ve lent willing ear to the lamentations of a hundred widows and orphans . . . we’ve directed shafts of criticism at the high and mighty, as we sought to protect our downtrodden neigh bors . . . we’ve suffered ourselves to be crawled over by countless young uns as their proud parents explained to them the maneuvers of Mr. Mer genthaler’s brain-child . . . we’ve staggered under a mountainous bur den during the receding year . . . and most of the time the grimy old pro file carried a feeble grin. Now, Dear Santa, if the record justifies we’d like for you to fetch us a few of the following items: One gross of assorted adjectives (great long ones) that we may, with greater artistry, describe the beauties of a homely bride, and ex toll the virtues of a departed bro ther ... a pair of hands that will mechanically carry out their duties as our ears drink in chapter after chapter of the “Domestic Difficul ties of Cousin Etta’s Uncle Jas per,” as vividly related by an ob liging visitor ... a club reporter who’ll disclose the “deliciousness” of the refreshments and the winner of high score before Wednesday morn ing ... a mind that can more ac curately grasp the elusive current of public opinion ... a pair of eyes that will more clearly discern the inspiring magnificence of this em pire among the clouds ... a heart that can manifest proper apprecia tions for the friends who surround us, for the roof over our heads, for the happy children that play at our feet . . . fifteen cents worth of chocklut candy, and a red necktie! And, Santa! ... as you make your rounds on Christmas Eve, please leave a message of good-will on ev ery doorstep . . . tell ’em that the old Sketch Man trusts their Yule season will be packed with joy and gladness . . . that the New Year will witness the fulfillment of their fondest dreams . . . that content ment and peace will banish even the thought of sorrow! And now we bid you “Noel!”—J. C. R. Hie Order Changeth From the sacred wigwam of the Big White Father at Washington come tidings of great joy . . . direct relief is to be abandoned —jobs created for a few million unemployed braves! Sa chems from the broad plains of the Middle West, medicine men from the Valley of the Oregon and the wooded hills of New England, warriors from the swamplands of the South . . . have brought to the Head Man’s village disheartening stories of tribal bicker ings, ... of squaws who refused to cultivate the corn, and stalwarts | whose bow-arms had softened to uselessness during months of slouchy idleness about the home tepees ... of priceless strings of wampum ex changed to unscrupulous traders for worthless baubles and low-grade fire water . . . since the dole was insti tuted. So the White Father has is sued his ultimatum . . . the days of indolence are ended . . . bread and meat and blankets and moccasins will be given to only those who labor. The sound of the hammer and saw will again be heard through out the land . . . schoolhouses will be repaired, public buildings reno vated, parks landscaped, roadsides beautified, postoffices and libraries built from the ground up . . . wages are to take the place of free ra tions. Best of all, hundreds and hundreds more of those cute little back-yard bungalows are to be constructed. An exclusive Interview Saturday evening with Boone’s am bitious designer of oue-two-and three-holers indicated that work of this nature wiH begin early next spring. Imbued with a zeal born of enforced idleness, the enthusi astic artisan outlined plans for this great and useful campaign . . . con cluding his remarks with a rather premature suggestion that no finer gift could be contemplated for the Christmas of 1935 than a properly cconstrueted. properly-located ‘John- WATAUGA DEMOCRAT An Independent Weekly Newspaper—Established in the Year Eighteen Eighty-Eight VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 26 Christmas Greeting LONG the rough trails of Judaea, the scat- J-tered sons of David hastened toward Bethle hem ... an order had been issued by Caesar Augus tus that all the world should be taxed, that each man and his wife and offspring should return to the land of his birth for enumeration. And the word of Cae3ar was law. . . . Chills coursed down the spines of the depressed tribesmen as they read the stem ultimatum posted conspicuously in market-places. Camels were packed for the long journey home by those whose industry had brought forth these ex pensive chattels . . . litters, borne by ebon slaves, were employed to transport affluent Hebrews from adopted habitations to the sleepy little village. In crude vehicles, astride lowly domestic animals, on foot . . . they wended their way across the Galilean border to carry out the wishes of an ambitious emperor. A jaded donkey halted near the outskirts of Beth lehem ... a woman whose comely face was drawn by the pangs of approaching deliverance slumped forward on the animal’s back. The stalwart hus band came to her side, worried and sore afraid. “Can you make it into the village, Mary?” inquired the distressed man. Mary guessed she could. And they trudged on as day gave way to twilight. Bethlehem was booming. A Syrian overlord with U. S. FARM CENSUS ENUMERATORS TO RECEIVE ORDERS O. F. McAlister, Supervisor of Ninth Congressional District, Will Ask Appointees to Assemble at Central Points for Course of Instruction. Facts Gained in Survey to Be Kept Strictly Confidential. The ninety-three enumerators who will be appointed to take the Census of Agriculture in the Ninth Congres sional District, beginning January 2, 1935, for the calendar year 1934, will be asked to assemble at central points within the district as soon as the ap pointments are all made for a course of instruction as to their duties, ac cording to an announcement last week by District Supervisor G. F. McAlister. Statesville. In the meantime every effort is be ing made to comply with the request of William L. Austin, director of the Bureau of the Census, to place a sam ple copy of the 1935 schedule in the hands of every farmer so that he will be able to give study to the questions he will be called upon to answer. Sample schedules can be procured by writing to the district supervisor. Some time during January an enu merator will call at every farm for a report. The definition of a farm for census purposes is all the land which is di rectly farmed by one person, either by his own labor alone or with the as sistance of members of his household, or hired employees. The land operat ed by a partnership is likewise con sidered a farm. A farm may consist of a single tract of land, or of a num ber of separate tracts, and these sev eral tracts may be held under differ- I ent tenures, as when one tract is owned by the farmer and another tract is rented by him. When a landowner has one or more tenants, renters, croppers, or mana gers, the land operated by each is considered a farm. Thus on a planta tion the land operated by each crop per is reported as a separate farm, and the land operated by the owner or manager by means of wage hands is likewise reported as a separate farm. No report is required of a farm of less than 3 acres, unless its prod ucts in 1934 were valued at $250 or more. Director Austin ■wishes to empha size the fact that every supervisor and enumerator, as well as all Cen sus employees, are sworn to secrecy regarding the reports. The law pro vides that the individual return made by each farmer is absolutely a con fidential Government report. All em ployees are required to read the law and penalties imposed for disclosure of information. The Director desires particularly to impress every farm er with the fact that his report will not be used as a basis for taxation nor communicated to any tax official. ny’ ... a soothing retreat from the cares of a workaday world ... a lasting memorial to the thoughtful \ ness of the donor ... a gift to be ; enjoyed and cherished by each member of the family throughout iV e years to come! BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1934 Motorists Get Warning About New Auto Tags Raleigh, N. C.—Motorists with out 1935 tags on their cars after midnight December 31st will be subject to prosecution, it was said at the State Motor Vehicle Bureau Friday. L. S. Harris, director, said there would be no extension of time for obtaining license plates. “The rush hasn’t begun yet,” j Harris said, “and it is an easy matter for motorists to get their plates right now.” Motorists in the past have wait ed for time extensions, but in view of the new instructions it is ex- I l>ected that sales during the last days of the year will be fast. Wa taugans rriay procure tags at the North Wilkesboro license bureau. SURVEYOFPARK ROUTE CONTINUES Browning and Gilkey Confer With National Park Officials. Flagging on Part of Route Completed. Engineers in Alleghany. R. Gettye Browning, chief locating engineer for the State Highway Com mission, and J. Q. Gilkey, recently were in Washington conferring with national park officials in order to get as definite information as possible as to the route which will be followed by the sixteen-million-dollar Shenan doah - Smoky Mountains highway through Western North Carolina. They also went to Baltimore in quest of other information, Mr. Browning representing the State Highway Com. mission, which must get the rights of-way in North Carolina. The flagging of the route from near Mount Airy, where it enters the State, has been completed to Blowing Rock and actual surveying is ready to be started. Engineers are now sta tioned in Surry and Alleghany and it is said that construction may begin in the early spring. The building of the thoroughfare is expected to re sult in the employment of hundreds in the two states. Gurney Church Goes to Jackson Training School Gurney Church, minor son of Mr. and Mrs. Turner Church, of the Bald win community, was sentenced to the Jackson Trailnng School at Concord by Juvenile Judge J. D. Stanbury at Jefferson recently, according to a story in last week’s Skyland Post The sentencing of the Church boy grew out of the near-fatal stabbing of Rufus Gwyn Yates, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Yates of Hopkins, several weeks ago when the Fleetwood school visited the Baldwin school for a bas ket ball game. Both children are under 12 years of age. Although dangerously hurt, the knife barely missing the heart, the Yates child is recovering. Ashe County officials conducted the Church child to Concord the first of the week. yaa — BKv , ' s ' -n j}. « his glittering entourage of patronizing yes-men had swooped down from the northlands ... a hundred Roman soldiers in full armor had arrived to see that Caesar was not denied his tribute. Harpies from surrounding villages had gathered in as vultures follow the herd . . . tavern-keepers smiled as they drew from dusty cellars rare red vintages for the exacting appetites of the convivial publicans! Yes, business was at flood-tide in a village which for untold years had lain in lethargy. Even the vain Herod, tetrarch of Galilee, had sent a group of smirking ambassadors to bid the tax-gatherers welcome . . . and ladies of his court for their amuse ment. Joseph halted his donkey at the inn’s entrance . . . spoke reassuring words to the suffering worn- ELECTION BOARD CANNOT REVOKE, SAYS BRUMMITT Boards Are Powerless Once Certifi cates Are Issued to Those Elected, Attorney General’s Ruling Indi cates, Although Recanvass Might J Change Result. Greene May Contest I Assembly Seat of Swift. Attorney General Dennis G. Brum | mitt Thursday afternoon ruled that ) neither the State nor the county I board of elections has the authority • I to revoke certificates of election once jit issues them to individuals, even j | though a re-canvass of the votes is j | held and a sufficient number of appar- J ently illegal votes is found to change i tt.'. first result. The State Board of Elections in its j investigation of alleged fraud in the | conduct of voting in Watauga and j other counties, asked Mr. Brummitt to answer the following questions: “Whether, after certificates of elec tions have been issued by a county board of elections, and the holders of same have qualified and been induct ed into office, the State Board of Elections has the power to order a county board, upon satisfactory proof of the illegality of a sufficient num ber of votes to change the result of an election, to revoke its certificates heretofore issued and to re-canvass the votes of said election and to cer tify the results a3 found by the re canvass.” No Supporting Law Mr. Brummitt replied: “I am una ble to find anything in our election (Continued on Page 8) ASHEMAN DIES AS TRUCK OVERTURNS Jethro Cantor, Well-known Farmer, Loses Life In Accident on Lenoir Road. Three Other Occupants Were Not Injured. Jethro Cantor, 38 years old, resi dent of the Tolliver community in Ashe County, succumbed Thursday evening in Caldwell Hospital, Lenoir, from injuries received a short time previous as the truck he was driving turned turtle on the Lenoir road near the foot of the mountain. Meager information is to the effect that Cantor had just passed another vehicle and in some way lost control of the truck, causing it to turn over in the road, and pin he and three other occupants of the cab under neath. All others escaped injury. The truck, badly wrecked, was brought to the W. R. Chevrolet Company here where it had been bought a few days ago. Mr. Cantor was a farmer, and had recently been engaged in lumber haul ing. He was well known to many Wa tauga County people. Funeral services were conducted at Three Top Baptist Church Sunday af ternoon at 2 o’clock, and interment was made in a nearby cemetery. Sur viving are the widow and nine chil dren. an, anxiously surveyed the meagre store of shetveu. in his purse . . . and entered the doorway. Em harassment was written on his features as he halt ingly explained his predicament to the keen-eyed inn-keeper . . . his worn garments were covered with the dust of travel . . . his large hands bore the rough callouses of honest toil. The inn-keeper was not in mood to lend his attention to the ailments of lowly pilgrims . . . illustrious guests were demand ing his services . . . Joseph, Mary and her precious burden sought shelter from the elements in a near by stable. Shepherds were watching over their flocks in the hills of Judaea . . . conversation had waned . . . the night air carried a stinging chill . . . the men hud dled close together. The peaceful fields were sud denly illumined with dazzling light! An angel ap peared in the midst of the startled herdsmen ... a chorus of cherubs drifted down from on high, and blended their golden voices in glad hosannas. The angel smiled as he made his brief announce ment: . . . “Behold, I bring your tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people; FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOUR WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD! And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Please turn to Page Four) Julian Price May Build I Vast Estate in County Julian Price, president of the I Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company, Greensboro, recently purchased 1,600 acres of land on Boone’s Fork, near Shulls Mills, from the Hunter Manufacturing Company of New York, and con siderable speculation has mani fested itself as to what develop ment plans are anticipated by the capitalist. Information is that a vast lake is to be created, a home and other buildings constructed, and that the property will be developed as an exclusive estate to be used by its owner during the summer season. However, no definite idea of the new development is forthcoming at this time. FIRE DESTROYS NINE-ROOM HOME Poly Moretz Suffers $3,500 Loss as Flames Sweep Frame Building on Friday Evening. Fire Thought to Have Originated in Wiring. Flames, which were believed to have originated from faulty electric wiring, Friday evening completely de stroyed the nine-room frame dwelling of Mr. Poly Moretz, located a mile east of Boone. Although the flames had reached through the roof when discovered, Mr. Clayton Moretz, who was occupying the house, together with others, was able to remove a good part of the furnishings. The loss, which is estimated at $3,- 500 was partially covered by insur ance. Electricians, it is said, had just connected the electric wires to the building which had been unlighted for some time, and some trouble had been noted with the lights soon after ward. It is thought that a short cir cuit ignited the building. President Roosevelt Greets Disabled Vets Indianapolis, Ind.—Through Frank N. Belgrano Jr., National Command er of The American Legion, President Roosevelt Friday transmitted the fol lowing Christmas message to all dis abled World War veterans: •• • • THE WHITE HOUSE Washington, D. C. To All Disabled Veterans: Once again I send you Christmas Greetings and assurance of continued solicitude for the nation’s disabled ex-service men and women. Especially do I hope that the New Year will bring you restored health, a renewed courage and patience to carry on, a determination to make this our constant objective. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, one and all. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT. $1.50 PER Yh~AR NEW RELIEF SET-UP MADE; CHANGES TO TAKE PLACE SOON Miss Watson Will Be Head Case Worker for Skeleton Organization at Local Office; Misses Marguerite Miller, Mary Alexander and Erie Greer Assistants. Others Dropped. MLss Ballou New Stenographer. A new organization, which is only a skeleton of its former self, was es tablished Friday evening for the ad ministration of Federal relief in Wa tauga County, when a group of the local workers were summoned to the district offices of Miss Victoria Bell in North Wilkesboro to receive in structions by which to carry on their changed work of administering ERA. Under the new system, which elim inates counties as individual admin istrative units, only the case workers ar.d one stenographer will be em ployed in Watauga. Miss Theodosia Watson, who has been the county ad ministrator, is now head case work er, and will be assisted by Misses Marguerite Miller, Mary Alexander and Erie Greer. Miss Virginia Ballou, daughter of Attorney R. L. Ballou, will be stenographer for the case workers. It is pointed out, however, that this arrangement is only temporary, and that changes will likely be made and personnel added after the first of the year, at which time relief through the channels of employment is expected to begin. Unemployables Back to County After the New Year begins the ad ministration will withhold relief to unemployables, and these, which in clude those not mentally nor physi cally able to take care of their wants, will be turned back as wards of coun ties or municipalities. Destitution which is not traceable to the general economic status, and wnich would stiil exist in normal times it is held, is not a problem for the national government, but for the local units of government. As the administrative offices in Boone were approaching the end of their work Saturday, a crowd of sev eral hundred came from all sections of the county, and food orders, sur plus perishable commodities, blankets, etc., were freely distributed, the words of the Government being placed in the position of enjoying a good Christmas dinner, and at the same time providing a stimulus to the re tail business along the streets. District Officials Key positions in the district are to be held by the following persons: Miss Victoria Bell, formerly of Catawba County, administrator; C. H. Smithey, Jefferson, project supervisor; C. W. Miles, of Sparta, rural rehabilitation farm supervisor; F. B. Moore, of Boone, disbursing officer; Guy Nor man, of Dobson, statistician. Assist ants and clerical force were selected from county offices throughout the district. Bom to Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Gar bee at the Hagaman Clinic on Satur day afternoon, a daughter.