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' ■•} A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF MARION AND McDOWELL COUNTY ESTABLISHED 1896 MARION. N. C, THURSDAY. JANUARY 2, 1930 VOI_ XXXIV_NO 26 K1WANIANS HOLD "LADIES NIGHT" Interesting Program Given at Banquet Tuesday Night— New Officers Installed. Last Tuesday night, in the build-1 ing formerly used by J. L. Nichols, the Kiwanis Club pulled its biggest event of the year, being in the form of a banquet with a special invita tion to the Kiwanian ladies. The banquet went over in grand style, all Kiwanians, their wives and lady friends completely forgetting their cares and worries from 7:30 until 9:30. There were seventy-five pres ent to enjoy the banquet dinner spread by the Presbyterian ladies, and the program prepared by Super intendent F, R. Richardson, a mem ber of the Kiwanis Club. President J. G. Beaman presided and the banquet was under way af ter the invocation by Mr. JiNH. Tate. Regular red and green Christmas decorations were attractively arran ged which gave a beautiful effect to the background of small pine shrub bery. Twelve tall red candles formed a line in the center of the long table which added a touch of mysticism to the holiday spirit as they were light ed by President Beaman. All Kiwan ians and guests were given paper caps as they entered the banquet hall, which blended with the decora tions and added gaiety to the indi viduals. The music was splendid, being rendered by a popular orchestra j from Asheville. Several special se-j lections were given which seemed to j meet the approval of all present. At 8 :30 Supt. F. R. Richardson, \ chairman of the program committee, I began the program that entertained j the jolly Kiwanians and their guests i for another hour. J - ) The first number was a beauty contest; not a woman's affair, but for men. Judges were C. F. James, F. R. Richardson, and Ed. Dysart. Dr. B. A. Dickson was the lucky one and was declared the most beautiful man present. The next event was in the form of a play, "written" especially for the occasion by Superintendent Rich ardson, who also acted as director. Before the presentation it was stat ed that the cast had been picked with natural ability in mind. The cast was: Messrs. Sam Copeland, Wallace Winborne, J. Q. Gilkey, Ab Harrill, W. T. Morgan, Robert J. Noyes, Ed. Dysart, Clyde Rabb, Will Pless, Will Neal, Ernest Bea man, and Hugh Noell. The director had every member of the cast to as sume a comical posture and then announced that the title of the play was, "The Gathering of the Nuts." Following the play was an im promptu quartet. The members were: Messrs. Crawford James, Ar thur Bradford, Hull Tate and Will Pless. "Maggie" was the title of the song, and as their voices made music facial expressions proclaimed that many fond recollections were being recalled. This number was so well enjoyed that a ladies quartette was Tendered. It's members were: Mrs. J. S. Goode, Mrs. D. F. Giles, Mrs. P. D. Mangum and Mrs. Annie Mil ler Pless. Two attendance prizes were giv en. They were won by Robert J. Noyes and Mrs. W. T. Morgan. Then, for a little while, the ban quet was given over to a business meeting. J. G. Beaman delivered his farewell address and gave his chair over to the new president, H. D. Bishop. Immediately a song of Faith was given by the Kiwanians, and Mr. Bishop accepted his chair. Other officers were as follows: Vice president, W. T. Morgan; District Kiwanian, L. J. P. Cutlar; secretary and treasurer, J. D. Henry; board of directors, R. B. Crisp, H. D. Hoover, E. A. Beaman, H. E. Noell, C. A. "Workman, R. L. Greenlee, F. R. Richardson and J. F. Snipes. After the business session a large number of noise-makers were dis tributed and were well used. A line of every member and his partner was formed and marched around the table, keeping step with the music. This amusement was so well enjoyed that the march was carried tb the street. Headed by the orchestra the hilarity line marched up and down the Main street of Marion, which would have invoked envy from a Pennsylvania avenue parade. CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN MARION CHURCHES Following the custom of years, the churches of Marion held appropriate services in observance of Christmas, all of whieh were well attended. At the First Methodist Church the exercises were commenced at six o'clock Sunday evening, Decem ber 22, with the ninth annual ob servance of "White Gift Service", when gifts are presented to the old er members of the congregation and baskets packed for the sick and needy. A beautiful and appropriate program of songs and instrumental music was rendered, in connection with the pageant, "White Gifts for the King." The program was under the direction of Mrs. D. F. Giles. At seven o'clock on the same ev ening, a beautiful Christmas Canta ta was presented by the choir of the First Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Mrs. A. A. Morris. This Cantata, "The Coming of the Christ" consisted of twelve num bers done by some of the best talent in the city, and was both enjoyable and inspiring. The last of these services on that day took place at eight o'clock when the choir of the First Baptist Church presented the Christmas Cantata, "Prince of Peace". Those who took part in this program had been prac ticing for some time, which was evi denced by the splendid manner in which each number was rendered, giving joy and pleasure to those who took advantage of this opportunity to hear a fine Christmas service. The cantata was directed by Mrs. T. A. Wilson, with Mrs. P. D. Mangum as organist and Miss Betty Wilson as violinist. At twelve o'clock Christmas Eve a midnight service was held at the Episcopal Church, of which a part was the celebration of the Holy Communion. This service has usual ly been held on Christmas morning, but was changed at this time to the night before. EXPLOSION MONDAY AT CLEANING PLANT Heavy Plate Glass Windows Blown Out at Marion Dry Cleaning Works. Last Monday afternoon just after iwg o'clock an explosion and fire did considerable damage to the Marion Dry Cleaning Works plant. This dry cleaning establishment is owned and was formerly operated by Mr. Chas. Burgin, but recently it was leased by Mr. W. M. Mills. The amount of damage is hard to estimate, but in all probability it is over a half thousand dollars. The plant is located in one of the Kirby buildings, opposite the First Nation al Bank. Four of the large plate glass windows were broken by the explosion, which will require be tween two hundred and fifty and three hundred dollars to replace. It is thought that only a few clothes were damaged; however, the num ber could not be estimated. No one was injured when the un fortunate incident happened. All machines were in operation and the full crew of workmen on duty when the disaster occurred. The worlii^en escaped injury and only slight dam age was done to the machinery. It appeared that one of the huge tumblers, the Utility Machine, be came to© hot and ignited present vaporized gases which caused the explosion. The shock was severe enough to break the heavy plate glass windows at the front of the building. Immediately after the fire had started the heat was sufficient to release a safety valve which flooded' the burning machine with steam and water. The Marion Fire Department re sponded to the call, but the flames had been extinguished by the auto matic safety valve before the truck arrived. If you miss "GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY" you'll be sorry. It's the most gorgeous picture yet made, entirely in COLOR, a riot of singing and dancing and beautiful scenes. At Marion Theatre next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The first stringed instrument played with a bow was invented by a king-of Ceylon about 5,000 B. C. SIX EVICTIONS AT EAST MARION MILL Action Tuesday by Sheriff Taken Quietly by People Concerned. No Disorder. The Marion strike situation seems to be about over, as far as strikes and unrest are concerned, but the "strike cloud" has not completely passed over. Last Tuesday it was necessary for Sheriff 0. F. Adkins to evict six families at the Clinch field and East Marion mills. The families evicted were: Mor phew Jarrett, Clinchfield; Jack Par ker, Mrs. Sophia Hemphill, Newt Mace, Miss Mace, and Mrs. Annie Bubose, all of East Marion. Sheriff 0. F. Adkins and several of his deputies were called to these mills to move the above named fami lies out after they had failed to va cate the company houses after being ordered out by mill authorities. Sev eral of these families have been un employed since last July 11th, and since that time have not worked in either the Clinchfield or East Mar ion mills. It seems that the mill authorities have borne well with these employ es. In most instances they offered to move these families to other commu nities and to pay their house rent for as much as a month. According to a statement from Mr. Adam Hunt }f the East Marion mill, it was stat 2d that his mill has done just this bhing for other of its employees, moving several families as far as Columbia and Spartanburg, S. C.-, it a cost of from forty to fifty dol lars. The sheriff's office stated that it iad no trouble in evicting the six families last Tuesday. The furniture j »vas moved from the company houses i and placed into the street while; leavy padlocks closed finally the ioors of the houses from which the furniture was moved. It was also learned that there are still eight unemployed families at ;he East Marion Mill, however, as! yet there has been no action taken against them. Unless they leave at an early date papers of eviction cvill be taken out against them. Everything is peaceful and quiet at the mill villages and work is be ing done in a quiet manner. Mr. Hunt stated that the East Marion mill had been working full schedule, both night and day, since October Uth. PAPER BOX PLANT NEW INDUSTRY FOR MARION The Etta Paper Box Company, Incorporated, one of Marion's new est enterprises, will be ready to manufacture paper boxes at an early date. A state charter has been granted the new corporation and a building for the factory has been se cured. The Hawkins building on De pot street has been "leased and work which is necessary to meet the needs of the new occupants has been be gun. The building leased has one story, three store rooms, and a basement, which can be used as a store room if necessary. Some changes, which are needed by the new corporation are under way, and should be completed at an early date. The authorized capital stock of the company is named at $100,000 with $6,700 subscribed stock. Mem bers of the firm are: C. F. James, and Flora Etta Wilkinson, and oth ers. Paper boxes of different natures and sizes can be made, but the spec ialty of the plant will be that of boxes for packing hosiery. The out put of the factory will be between 5,000 and 5,500, and it is said that the first year's output has been con tracted for by mills in this section. Officers for the company have not been announced, but it is understood that stockholders will hold a meet ing some time this week for that purpose. DEATH OF MR. SEAGLE William Daniel Seagle, aged 57, for many years a resident of Mari on, died early Wednesday morning, after a lengthy illness. Interment will take place today at two o'clock at Oak Grove cemetery. Mr. Seagle is survived by one son, M. M. Seagle, and a daughter, Mrs. Anna Lawing. , PLAN OPENING OF INDUSTRIAL BANK New Institution Will Open Next Week—Will Be Loca ted in the Kirby Building. It is expected that next week, Monday perhaps, will see the open ing of the Marion Industrial Bank, an institution recently organized to take care of the growing financial needs of this community. Originally plans were made to cpen in the building formerly oc cupied by the Western Union Tele graph Company, but Mr. Poteat hav ing other uses for that location puarters were secured in the Kirby building, 12 West Court street. This location is more suitable, having more room, and lending itself very readily to adaptation for banking facilities. It may be noted, also, that other improvements have been made along this street, so that the new bank is starting in a growing neighborhood. Suitable fixtures have been installed, convenient to patrons and officials. The Marion Industrial Bank will specialize in small loans, $500 or less, to be repaid in weekly pay ments. It will thus be able to take care of the small borrower, the sal aried man and others whose finan cial needs are not so readily handled by other banking institutions. The officers are J. L. Morgan, president, John Yancey, vice-presi dent, W. R. Chambers, attorney. These officers, with J. E. Neal, T. H. Henderson, Geo. W. Chapman, W. J. Atwell, A. L. Finley, Carter Hud gins, constitute the board of direc tors. Mr. William Treverton, who has been elected cashier of the new bank, is one of the most capable ac countants in the country, as well as being a man of the highest integrity of character. He has been for many years in charge of the records and finances of the Old Fort Tannery, where it is said his work demonstrat ed the highest efficiency. PLAN DRIVE IN EARLY SPRING FOR CITY HALL It was announced Tuesday that in the early spring a drive will be launched looking toward the erec tion of a much needed public build ing in Marion, a city hall to provide offices for the various branches of the city government. The drive is backed by the cham ber of commerce, and will be follow ed by an election on the question of the issuance of bonds to pay for the building. Authority for the bond election was granted by the last ses sion of the state legislature, but no date has yet been fixed for the sub mission of the proposition to the people. Mr. Goode, secretary of the local chamber, has taken up the matter of plans for the proposed city hall, which are expected to be in hand soon. COURT NEXT MONDAY; 227 CASES FOR TRIAL McDowell Superior Court will convene for the trial of criminal cases Monday, January 6, Judge John W. Oglesby presiding. The ression will last one week. There are on the criminal docket 227 cases awaiting trial. Sixty-five new warrants have been issued since the last term. Of the others, eighty five are cases growing out of the strike situation which have not yet been disposed of. Only one murder case is on the calendar, that of Hen ry Sisk, who killed Charlie Ander son in September, 1924, and who was recently apprehended and re turned to this county for trial. Both are colored. Many of the cases now on the docket are for violation of the pro hibition law in various forms; some for carrying concealed weapons, as sault, driving cars while drunk, and other lesser offenses. Twenty-four prisoners are now confined in the county jail, of whom only four are colored. "COLLEGE LOVE", at Marion Theatre Thursday and Friday, is the best college story yet made, thor oughly enjoyable, and with the best football game ever filmed, and in sound. CHARLES E. GREENE DIES IN BAKERSVILLE Bakersville, Dec. 27.—Charles E. Greene, U. S. assistant district attorney, died suddenly at his home here Friday morning about 8:15 o'clock. Mr. Greene, former Republican nominee for congress in the ninth district, was widely krtown in west ern North Carolina and was a lead er in state Republican councils. He was stricken suddenly with a heart attack, and died while Mrs. Greene was telephoning for a physi cian. While building a fire m the furn ace he had a severe pain between his shoulders and asked Mrs. Greene to telephone for the physician. He then went upstairs to his room, and fell dead while attempting to get into bed. He was dead when Mrs. Greene returned to the room after telephoning. Already widely known, Mr. Greene had made even more acquaintances in his work as assistant district at torney, to which post he was appoin ted two years ago. He had served as trial attorney in many important cases in Asheville and other courts in the district. He is survived by his widow, who prior to her marriage was Miss Blanche Pritchard, a daughter of George K. Pritchard of Bakersvill«, and a niece of the judge, Jeter C., Pritchard; three sons, George L., who was associated with his father here in the practice of law; Bruce, a student at Oak Ridge Military academy, near Greensboro, and Ar thur, who was at home; a daughter, Miss Mildred Greene; two brothers, D. A. Greene, cashier of the Merch ants and Farmers Bank here, and G. W. Greene, a merchant who lives at Toe Cane, N. C.: and two sisters, Miss Estelle Greene, postmaster at . Spruce Pine, and Mrs. Fin Young,of Erwin, Tenn. 250 PEOPLE ADDED CLINCHFIELD MILLS Resumption of Nightwork in Main Plant Restores Em ployment to Normal. In the midst of a nationwide de pression in business that has for some time engaged the best thought of industrial leaders, it is gratifying to learn of any improvement in the prospects for the new year upon which we are entering. Especially pleasing to this com munity is the announcement that Clinchfield Manufacturing Company will on January 6 begin night work in their number 2 plant, which brings their operations back to nor mal. Both plants of this company have been running on full time dur ing the day. Only one plant has ev er been operated at night. Mr. W. L. Morris said that begin ning next Monday night employment will be given to 250 additional peo ple. This means a great deal to the people themselves who are thus pro vided with work, besides the benefits accruing to the community as a whole through the increase in trade and other advantages that follow larger payrolls. It was learned from officials of the mill that their product is being readily sold although the market has been rather dull, resulting in lower prices and less profits. The outlook for the new year is good, and it is hoped that all concerned will enjoy greater prosperity than ever before. MR. GEORGE CRAWFORD HAS NARROW ESCAPE Last Saturday morning about eight o'clock a Ford car driven by Mr. George Crawford of the Sugar Hill community was hit by a shifting freight train at the crossing near the Marion Ice and Fuel plant. Mr. Crawford is city mail carrier and was on his way to work when the accident happened. The freight train was backing into the station when it hit the car in which Mr. Crawford was riding. He escaped se rious personal injuries, but his car was badly damaged, being hit in the side and was dragged some twenty ieet before being thrown from the track by the train. * Students of 59 nationalities at tend the University of Chicago. jBAPTISTS HOLD i MEETING AT NEBO Dr. Perry Morgan and Dr. M. L. Kesler Make Addresses. Ten Churches Represented. The Blue Ridge Baptist Associa tion, a newly organized association embracing the Baptist churches in McDowell county, held its mid-win ter meeting with the Baptist Church at Nebo last Sunday, December £9» There were two sessions; the first beginning at 10:30 in the morning and lasting until soon; the second! session began at 1:30 and closed at 3 o'clock. The meeting was presided over. by Mr. W. T. Morgan of Sgftrion, who is Moderator of the association. Rev. A. A. Walker, pastor of Clinchfield Baptist Church, is of the new organization* is Despite bad weather conditions a; large number of delegates and vjsi tors were present. The Blue R&Jge . v Baptist Association is composed of twenty-three chnrches and tell these churches were well ted at the meeting Sunday. principal addresses h; were by Dr. Perry Morgan, Sunday School Department, M. L. Kestler, su; Thomas ville Orphanage. these splendid addresses,. made by several of the local pastors Am Km fflBSm W * <f -• VipMpipHi|pMPpH|P|i8.. „jp . .■ ■ v.. and laymen. Special jnMifc was also ^'v among the features of the program; . ,m. ■«i.. _^ j&smmistoWKt In addition to the, regular , pr^rajna ; a short business meeting was held, - At this meeting Rev. R D. MBrignlii; V pastor of the First Baptist Church ' of Marion, was elected superintends f) ent of the associational Sunday^ ' School work, and, Rev. 04% nis, pastor of the Nfebo Church,. was elected associational ah r ■Epf •> •< .ifi secretary. Both Rev. Mangum Rev. McGinhis; will attend the day School Clinic Meeting held at Roxboro at an early date. M» '' concerning Sundajr ^ general will be < meeting. »•, Dr. Perry Morgan's well received. His high that of showing \ that the School is realizing its real fit! of teaching the Bible and - < evangelical work. . . Dr. M. L. Kesler used as hfe sib- . / -1 ject: "The Application of CIiri?<^» ity to Every Day Life." This stj was also used as the round cussion topic. Dr. Kesler made . } audience conscious of th$ rising- 1 * -) problems: confronting both 1 the Church and the State. He stated t&atl; ^ our orphanages . are overcrc and that our widows need 'n£' fin ®S.- 4105; • -.M The state should do its part, Let cholera attack the hogs in sftiue •r* section of our state ; let the fruit Sly . 13 •-1' ' ■ * - mr* W%iW make its appearance, and goes to the aid ef her people, the other hand the state is very re luctant in bettering the conditions of her children, he further sfcited. The state needs special welfare officers and when these officers «r$_ evolved the church will be strengths ened in her .campaign for better citi zenship. \j_ ALVIN FINLEY VICTIM OF PAINFUL ACCIDENT ■ ;— Alvin Finley,. local boy and senior of the Marion High School, had a painful and unfortunate accident last Thursday.. He was grinding sau sage and feeding the mill with his hand. Putting his fingers a little too deep into the mouth of the null, he caused the tip of one of them to be ground off. Although the mill chewed up some of the bone as well as the flesh on his hand, Finley will not be serious ly incapacitated by the accident. In all probability the Marion boy will be able to carry on his school work and will be handicapped only for a short period of time. Edwin Brown and Misses Charlin© Brown and Belle Somers spent the Christmas holidays in Norfolk, Va., visiting Mrs. Harry Selby, formerly Miss Edna Brown of Marion. Mrs. Selby and baby, Glen, accompanied them home to spend some time with her parents. GOLD DIGGERS OF BROAD WAY" at Marion Theatre next Mon day, Tuesday and Wednesday. 'Nuff Sed!!