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(By Patsy O'Brien)
These old mountains that harts back
to the beginning of time could 'tell
many strange tales.' One among- drive gives glimpses of many beauti
them would be the tale of the Welsh- ful vistas and hints of the wonderful
raan who started the charnw,' Jtttls view from the house. The Westers,
settlement of English people vhich Is old friends of the Valentines, sjpe.n:
ki.own as "Bowman's Bluff " .Mjvny ! many months with them, although
JraTelerspassing through the country j their home was at Fletcher,
ponder at the fine old homes set In To a small log cabin set snug in the
the midst of the hills. foot hills came Mr. Stone from Ens-
It was two years after our trrifit
struggle that a Welshman by the name '
of Evans came into this part of the1
world on horseback. Henvas a wia-j
' ower and came to Amend to get
away from familar scenes. .This wil -
derness in its virgin beauty appealed
to him, and the graceful French'
Broad river flowing through the liar-
row valley with the high peaks of the
mountains in their blue haze crowC-
flng around, held him fascinated. He
siayea anu ou:it a acme auer tne
architectural plans of houses in the
old country. The .house stands on a
bluff overlooking a sharp turn in il.e
river wuicu auwus it . uupie v.!w ut
a beautiful valley. The . bl.iff rise?rT1in, but the creaking timbers' wJiis
some five or six hundred ?eet andf rum per of times gone oy.
it are visible many ncted peaKs m the
Blue Ridge. The house itself is well
worth describing. Made of cement, it
stands high on its little bluff, 1 re
OUURC" liwi, wic uuu i"ii.ua Luims
up the roof, the narr,;w windows that
rve hardly anything bu air to the dark
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mis veisn raoao mo inw nen laim
Idnw A Ilaon."
The place was name
"Brinaven" meaning Mountain-Over- '
luUam&-Avi,5i. ,.. "i
to England shortly afff;r he built tha'
house, and later brou.?';-. out his sec-!
ond wife but they u-u? stayed a few '
years when he sold the place and wi-nt ,
DacK ior gooa. 'in ou uc.i'je is Maiii
ing almost unc-nwl. Mrs. iaMett
who owns the plve
has audeJ a tii.i-
dern kitchen T:u-. tli. roundea frnt
and the huge froi t door regain an
they were.
There is no recorl as to how Mr.
George Holmes casae to Western
North Carolini, Dut we are sure' thut
once getting hco he could not res is
the place and he either stayed or came
back very shorrVy after his lirst visit.
His fine old piaoe called "The l.lr.ff" is
on the bank of trie. rive.? a quarter of a
mile down stni-.i fion "lrinaven."
' Mr. Holmes was nu Englishman
whose home had been near Iiirmi?ig
ham England, He bought several
thousand acres and built & charming
English house on what was known as
"Bowman's Bluff." This bluff rises
nearly a thousand feet from the river
and the whirling pool beicw is said to
have no bottom. It was here the beau
tiful Polly Bowman leaped to her
death' because of a hoi-eless love af fair.
The vista fro;n tt.e Holmes
house is even more extended than that
trom "Brinaven." lit. Pisgah ' ana
The Rat appear to Uio right, lesser
eaks crowd in the foreground.' It was
a noble estate, entered by .the-long
drive bordered with great tall pines in
profusion. To the south of the house
was a tangle of garden vitn numerous
overgrown arbors covered-with riot
ing, vines. In the; spring grat flocks
of wild ducks settled on tne river ano
Mr Holmes held shooting '. matches
where there was gr-at rivalry be
tween the young members of the col
ony. Out of the waters vt the Fremlt
Broad came delicious r.jii.iiid c.ilux
mountain fich a ad uuder sJ.e brow ct
the bluff Mrs. Holmes had a small
house where she coald sii for hoii s
with her iine anglin.? :or rl.e .lusky
. inhabitants of the stream. The house
has been changed by too prso.ut own
r, " Mr." Smythe of Greenville, but -the
tall pines still stani ' grotesquely
against the sky line fc.il v'ino:
still sighs through there to the run
ning accompaniment f t!s rivir Ve
lOW. ;
To Mr Evans atod Mr Holmts be
long the credit of havi'- l03a the nrt
to start "he colony,. Cor it was not u; -til
1883 that the third -jo.-eraV.er arrl-.ed
Mr Frank Valentine whofe ancestral
home in England adjomcl the H jIiqos
place ther). The li tt.e colony get m
the wildernss and iao wurro'Ji'ling
mountains looked wild anl co.d tc
Mrs. Valentine, whose girlhood home
had. been in Australia. Mr. Valentine
bought tlie place adjo'pin. ' Tho
Bluff," and his house was set down in
Xhe valley and lacked the extended
view of the Holmes" Iouse. But
there is a sense of cosy hominess
jibout the low English hous.e with the
great mountains frowning over it. Mr.
Valentine was a very fine musician
and brough out with him a small or
gan over which he spent many happy
hours. So wonderfully could he play
that people in passing thft house
would never believe that; he did not
have a pipe organ. Following , the
Valentines came many , other people
r Mr . Jbudweine who was a famous
xuienur, an spwu. .ji uw uiu wuiiu.(Site and the comnniiv built a n'tne
Over the front door in colore! glass Is bhurch on a high hill in the center of
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singer and who spent long ' hours
with Mr. Valentine. Another Welsh
i family called Thomas joined the coi-
ony' TneIr nome wif5 iurther l'Ck
in the mountains and -lhe windin&
! land and with him came Mr.. Homy
' land and with him came
Twyford, who had, been sent out by
his father to learn farming. Mr.
Stone added room after room to the
cabin until it rambled all over the
. landscape, but the farming adenture
proved futile. Mr. Stone was too
fond of his ease to ge out uv.fi farm
He was only here a few months bui
j Mr. Twyford stayed and bou&hc ;:
place on the river nest to "Briilaven.'
' There he built a house for his step-
mother, wno came out witn a couple
( of sisters, but the country life proved
1 too strenuous for Mrs. TwyU.iJ: anu
' f.he soon went back leiviog .Mr. Twy
lord iiere. me nouse is falling to
, ,Here in the list we find the name of
Mr. Wainwright, an Episcopal clergy-
man, who came bore seeking the
j health he had. lost ii the Hawaian i
ianas. rie oegan -religions services
first in the nouses ,f t!-iG parishioners,
iater Mr Valentine gav3 churcli-
( e settlement.
Baci of the aitar is
a beautiful stained glass window ,-or-
traying a biblical
scene, which it is
said was stolen from a church 5r:
- raies
several young sons of . vfsyment
who had been living hes ln
"Merrie England" were sent out here
in the hope that the ruiet life mif.ht
correct them: The two Cowan boys
and a young man named ijeatsoii 1 '
j kept the neighborhood constantly
aroused, but the life was too quiet for
them and they finally returned to Eng
land, much to the relief cZ the other
members of the settlement.
The social life with that one intei--ruption
ran very smoothly and hap
pily. Parties, dances, and church v.t
fairs kept. life from being dull. As?
the mountains abounded in wild f,aiue
many famous hunts were held, and il.e
men supplied the tables with meat the
year rouirJ. The Valentines .vers the
first to leave. They moved into Ashe
yille anC fom there came to Hendtr-
sonville. The Joudweines, "Wain
wrights, Thomases and Evans soor,
followed, going back to England. The
Scotts and Addenbrocks went over
the mountains to Knoxville, Tennes
see. Of the "Old Timers" only Mr.
Eade and Mr. Fin wick, a brother o:
Mrs. Stone, live in" the neighborhood.
Today the settlement is only a shadow
of the past, a grim reminder of time.
The houses, mcst of them empty, es
pecially in winter loolt down upinthe
valley and " river with their sightless
eyes mourning for their lost grandeur.
tron Duke Was Good Musician.
Most of you have heard of the Iron
Duke, thG duke of Wellington, who
was ne of the 'great commanders o
England, -winning glerious victories
for her. But none of you, perhaps,
know that this- Iron Duke, notwith
standing that , he was a- famous war
rior,, was also something - 'of. a musi
cian. At one time; observes a writer
in tfce Brooklyn Eagle, he directed a
concert in England, after he had be
come famous fts a commander. Not
every soldiel- could do that, and turn
so easily .from one kind of work to
Got Something
Want to Sell?,
Most people have a piece
of furniture, a farm imple
trient, or something else
which they have discard
ed and which they no lon
ger want.
These , things are put in
the attic, or stored away
in the barn, or left lying
about, getting of less and
less value each year.
? - -
Somebody wants those
very tilings which have 2
uccurae oi no use io you..
Why not try to find that
somebody by putting a
want advertisement in
. ... .
onot Mnr lioura RFPTTRLICAN BOSSES lation; their friends will be in pesi-l-. 1 ". " " : . - '. fl
Penrose and Lodge, With Other Re
actionaries, Will Control Legisla
tion, Paying No Heed to Progres
sives. i Washington, D. C, March 11. Un
der the direction of Senator Boise
Penrose, Republican boss of Pennsyl
vania, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge or
Massachusetts, and Reed Smoot or
Utah, the Sixty-sixth Congress, will
legislate for the United States for the
next two years. The Old Guard, with
its most reactionary leaders, will be
in the saddle in this new Congress.
T 1 . m -ma .
it was apparent immediately after-1
the November election that these ele
ments took full credit for the over
throw of the Democrats and would
pay little heed to the wailins of the
"Progressive" Republicans of Con
gress. It is now openly charged by
itcpuoiicans oi tne nouse or rii.'ire-
sentatives that' Senators Penrose anc
Lodge are going to dominate not only
the Senate, but also the House of the
next Congress. j
The Democrats quit with a cleair
record. The lack of a controlling ring
has been one of the causes of Repub
lican criticism of the Democrats.
That, of course, is a compliment to the
Democrats. The sound and salutary
legislation they have enacted has been
influenced by the people back home j
and not by a little group in Congress, i
In a word, Congress, under Demo-!
cratic control, has been responsive to
the people. I
mi, l.l.l.l- -1 t m . .
a ne leisiuuve recora maue uy tne
Democrats since they came into po,w
er is a credit to the party and to the
nation. When they took charsre of the
House ten years ago they found a sya
tern that worked to the interest of ihe
few of great wealth. The Republ icane
in a long and complete domination of
Congress had drifted far from the
masses and ruled with autocratic
sway. !v : 1 ' : -
Democrats Instituted Reforms.
The Democrats commenced reforms
immediately and drove from high
places the "Republican Ring" that
had legislated for the powerful against
the weak. The little coterie of lead
ers in the House, with its perfect sys
tem, and a military order and preci
sion, had to yield to the rule of the
majority. The back-room caucus or
the "leaders" was supplanted by tht
Democratic conference.
The first step of the Democratic ma
jority was to liberalize the rules or
the House to insure more respon
siveness to the people." They reduced
the running expenses of the House by
eliminating a lot of useless office
holders. Tlie example of the House
was Tsoon followed by the Senate. It
is evident now that the Republicans
will return to their old Way of doing
things. The ring will dontlnate. Jf
few men will dictate the kind and
course of legislation
Senators Pen-
rose and Lodge wil! say what bills
shall pass and what shall c'io. They
will respond to the wishes of a hand
ful of constituents. Everything prom
ises that sort of. results. The lobby
of the1 special interests will ' return
to "Washington with all its active
agents. '. 1
TJnder Democratic control at Wash
ington there is no back door to the
White House or to Congress. No
small group of men has been able to
appear suddenly and change the pol
icy of the President-or the leaders of
.' -i
Congress. Everything has fbeen ; done
in the open. The President's advisers
have been plain, simple men and wo
men with intelligence and ability.' Tso
select class has benefited by legisla
tion. - Measures on the subjects of re
venue, the trusts and other important
problems have, been enacted for all
alike. .. , t
' These Democratic measures have
been so fair that Republicans have
supported them. Many Republicans
voted their honest convictiflns iml 11
the Old Guard started out last year to
win control of Congress. A confer
ence of leaders was called and adopt
ed a . program of obstruction. Since
then all the cleverness Of the reac
tionaries has been used to block
Democratic legislation. Senator Lo3
ge and Senator Penrose directed these
forces of reaction.
Drove Lobbies From Capitol.
The Democrats rid the Capitol ou
its insidious lobbies.. .An investiga
tion of combinations was- followed by
the uncovering of a lobby with a per
fect system for influencing legislation
on the tarifC. It was found that fo
years agents of a powerful organisa
tion, maintained by manufacturers
who. demanded higher import dutie?.
had been strongly entrenched at the
Capitol. This the- 'Democrats broko
up. There are already signs o! p?anS
to return to the old practices. Rep
resentatives . of . predatory interests
are beginning to, situate themselves in
Washington. Thy hope to direct legis-
lation; their friends will be
tion to help them. -
The great Federal Reserve Ac
which revolutionized the currency
system of the nation, is a most demo
cratio law. Its enactment emancipat
ed the industrial and commercial in
terests of the United States. It freed
Tio emaiiir hnsiness man from the
overlordship of the special interest.
No one has been able to sustain a crit
icism of this act. Big banking con
cerns protested and frowned uron It
at first, but they have come to see its
iustir.e and eauity. No ReublUari
would dare offer to repeal it.
The Democrats revised the tarifr
downward. In the eyes of the ruling
Republicans that was their worst
The Underwood-Simmons law un
shackled industry and commerce and
destroyed monopoly's control over
The rural credits. act, the income;
tax lav, the Federal Trade Commis
sion, the Clayton anti-trust act, ihe
provisions for direct election of Unit-
ed States Senators, .the wokiaa?r&
ccmnensaction act and many other-
important laws were enacted rnder
the leadership of the -Democrats. Ihe
Democrats do not apprehend the 're
peal of their constructive legislation,
but they foresee efforts on the part or
Senators Penrose and his associates
to restore the high import duties.
Camp De Souge, France.
February 12, 1919
My dear Mother;
I told you in my last letter that we
were expecting to move. We left Le
Corneas, Feb., 6th, aboul noon. There
were 1500 of us in box cars, pulled by
two little engines. We call theril phe
asant roasters. Well about nine
o'clock that night we got stuck on a
little grade, they ran back and forth
for about two hours trying to 4 get
over the grade. Then the conductor
and engineer had to argue awhile be
fore they could decide to cut the train
in two and take half of thecars on to
the camp and then come back after
the others. In the meantime we were
yelling at them to get us out, I was m
old German car and the floor was
so muddy and dirty. It was rainine
and the car leaked like, a riddle.
We had to stand up all the way and
hang our packs on the wall. One oi
the boys said, boys I wish we were
Dacs in tne states ana couia near a
real honest to God engine make a pull
at this train. Well they finally got us
into the camp about one o'clock the
morning of the 7th and you can bet
we were hungry for we had not had
anything to eat since ten o'clock the
morning of the 6th. We got 'supper
about three o'clock. There is 15 of
us eating at one mess hall. It is
colder here than where we were be
fore. We have better quarters . here
there is some Flu in this camp,
mumps also. One of our men died
last week with the Flu. -. I have had
the Flu twice, once in the states and
once since I have been over here, hut
my health is better now than it haa i
been since I have been in the army.
We have, got a lot of horses here. I
don't think we will be here very long.
I am in a casual company now,' all
the men in my company are from
Florida, -my buddy that left Jackson
ville, Fla., with me is still with me.
He is a cowboy from Texas. We have
been together in the same Battery
ever since we left Jacksonville. - This
leaves me well and I trust it will find
you all the same. Give all the folks
my best wishes.
Camp De Souge, 13th Casual Co.
A. P. O. 705, A. E. F. '
Builder of Pagoda. v
5He Burman, If he acquires Wealfla,
must also acquire merit "Kuthtf" 1
and this he must do by building a
pagoda on which shall be set out on
a marble slab how much money he
spent on .building it. He .likes people
to address him as "Builder of a Pa
goda," and he will say to his wife be
fore others: "Oh, wife of a builder of
a pagoda I" '
Their Need for Safety Pins.
An archeologist recently dug up a
safety pin from the ruins of ancient
Babylon. Judging from the pictures in
the Babylonian section of the histories,
however, it seems that safety pins
were worn" mostly by the grownups in
those times. '
if w-
with your home merchants,
they help pay the taxes,
keep up the schools, build
roads, and make this a com
munity worthwhile. You
vyill find the "advertising of
the bestones in this paper.
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