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Will Be Held On the School Grounds, Sunday, December Twenty
Fourth at 6:15 P. M.
Chancellor Bethmann-Hollwigg Interviews Neutral Representatives In
Berlin, Germany
The best word that has come
from Europe-in many months was
communicated to the newspapers
ot" the country yesterday during
the mid-day hours, when cables
from Berlin gave the in formation
that they were willing for
peace, and distinctly -asked the
diplomatic corps to use their best
endeavors to procure a lasting
peace with the allies upon terms
that, for the first proposals was
considered as extremely genrcns
in tone, especially hi view of the
fact that Grmany and her allied
armies had registered frequient
sueesses of late.
Some well informed critics
think that Germany, who again
trangresses political .usages in
thus publicly announcing her ap
peal for peace, in view of the past
recent utterances of her minis
ter has seized the opportune
time to secure a peace that will
he advantageous to her, more so
than she could expect to arrange
at any other time.
Wherther this very unexpect
ed overtures are brought because
of the greatly shrunken reserves,
of which there have been many ru
mors during the past few weeks,
or is brought because of the re
construction of both the French
and English governments, which
is intended to force the issue of
the war, is one of the problems
difficult at this time to solve.
It is however a foregone con
clusion that with the ample sup
plies of men, money and eqquip
ment the central powers have but
a slim chance to win the war
though they could no doubt pro
long it for aew years to come.
The above discretionary action
this country officially relate
to the state department, and are
hi keeping with diplomatic us
ages. In the absence of the exact in
formation as to what Germany
desires the neutral governments
to do in the way of peace propo
sals, Secretary Lansing refused to
comment upon the note. His man--uer
however indicated that the
news of possible peace being ar
ranged was probably the happiest
word he had received from Berlin
in months.
In the state department, and
amongst the diplomatic corps,
the action of Germany, in suing
tor peace, in the manner she has,
is unprecedented.
(By United Press) .
Washington, Dee. 12. via Ber
lin, Germany, Dec. 12. Propos
als by the central powers that
peace negotiations be entered in
to forthwith was made in diplo
matic notes handed to the sever
al representatives of neutral coun
tries today which represent Ger
many in belligerent countries.
(By United Press)
Washington, Dec. 12. Flash
able from Berlin -'.at Germany
unl her allied powers have pro
posed to enter into peace nego
tiations with neutral powers with
a view to influencing their ene
mies to sign a peace bene'i Tal to
tlie central powers.
(By United Press)
Washington, Dec. 12. The pro
posals made by Germany aceoid-
ing to Count Bernstorff, the Gu
man ambassador, in Washington,
and given officially, will include
the suggestion of the territorial
status of nation engaged in the
war to be made practically to
what they were before the war
started, the only exceptions be
ing the establishment of inde
pendent kingdoms, of Poland and
Lithuaniana, and some readjust
ment of the international boun
daries in the Balkan States.
Paris, France, Dec. 12 The
cabinet, known as the reconstruc
tion cabinet, designed to carry
on the war with redoubled vigor,
has been completed by Premier
Washington, Dec. 12. If Ger
many submits" peace proposals
I such as she desires, are presented
to the; United States, for this
country to act as courier in tranr
mitting them to Germany's ene
mies, then this government will
pass these proposals aiong to the
warring nations without comment
of her own.
On the other hand if Germany
asks the proposals of the United
States, in an endeavor to stop the
war, then this country, together
with other neutral nations will
make the proposals in their own
name, at Germany's behalf, in
which case the administration
will carefully scan these propos
als before taking aetfon.
This does not mean however
that the United States will not
act as intermediary, nor refuse
to transmit proposals under the
second plan, but she will exercise
such due caution rhatshe will in
fluence the ending of the v.ti
when proposals are such as will
be likely to be acceptable :o the
nations at Avar with the central
(By United" Press)
Berlin, Germany, Dec. 12.
called the diplomatic representa
tives of the United States, Spain,
and Switzerland, to his office, one
after another, and handed a note
to them, the full text of the note
to be read in the Reichstag to
day. ,
Chancellor Hollwigg asked the
neutral nations which represent
Germany and her allied powers
at the capitols of Germany's ene
mies, to bring these proposals to
the attention of the allied nations
now at war with her.
Thep roposition which Germany
advances in these negotiations
are, according to Germany's be
lief, appropriate for the establish
ment of lasting peace.
The governments of Vienna,
Constantinople and Sofia, repre
senting Germany's allies, Austria,
Turkey and Bulgaria, have trans
mitted identical notes to the neu
tral powers.
The text of the note delivered
to the representatives in Brlin
has ben communicated to the Pope
of Rome, and to all other neutral
Hardy Hardware Company
have just received the biggest car
load of Red Cedar Shingles ever
brought to this part of the coun
try. They were shippedfrom the
pacific coast and the freight on
the car was $408.77.
By Hamilton
(United Press Staff Correspondent)
New York, Dec. 4. Chicago
ans came close, mighty close to
having the energies of their two
major league clubs directed by
men from the minors without pre
vious major league managerial or
playing experience.
It was Charlie Weegham, boss
of the Cub's who saved the day.
His firm stand against the wish
es of some of the the other direc
tors who prevented the appoint
ment of J ack Hendricks to Tin
ker's job last month.
Clarence "Pants" Rowland, man
ager of the White Sox was for
merly a luminary of the Three I
League and jumped to the Sox
managership without serving a
players apprenticeship in top-
notch company. When Hend
ricks was in New York a short
time aero he told the United Press
that he had been offered the helm
job by several directors of the Na
tional Leaguers, but was unable
to take it because Weegham had
declared that if Tinker left the
cubs he would leave too, Weeg
ham, according to Hendricks,
was considerably strong for Tin
ker, due to the fact that the tat
ter's leap to the Feds contribu
buted more than any one agency
to putting the erstwhile outlaws
on their feet. Consequently,
Weegham says, Tinker will have
that job as long as he is presi
dent of the cubs. v
Inasmuch as Weegham owns
a preponderance of the stock and
generally does about as he pleas
es, there is little likelihood right
now that an alien voice will com
mand the Cubs next spring. The
directors are said to be still very
strong for a change of affairs
and an effort recently was. made
to get Jimmv Callahan. When
that fell through some of the di-
rectors went after Hendricks.
Hendricks has been a remark -
ably successful in the minors
He has been with James C. Mc
Gill, owner of the Indianapolis
club, for a number of years, first
getting away in mighty fine style
as helmsman for the Denver West
ern league club, where he won
three pennants. When McGill
purchased the Indianapolis club
Hendricks went along.
McGill always has contended
that Hendricks is a major league
manager and has been eager ffr
Jack to land that kind of a job.
When he heard that the Cubs
were trying to take Hendricks
away he made every effort to help
Jack put the deal over.
Recent happenings, however,
indicate that Hendricks is stuck
in the minors for at, least one
more year.
Santa Claus Letters will be
found on several pages in
this issue.
FOR SAf.E. Second hand Well
Machine with steel and grass
cable. In fair working condi
tion. Apply to Mr. Leland Kit-d
chin, Scotland Neck, N. C.
Shipping and Mercantile Men
Want Blockade Made More
London, Dec. 4. Strong denun
ciations of the government and its
naval policy were made here in ad
dresses delivered at a meeting to
support a stronger campaign a
gainst German submarines. The
meeting ,whieh was attended by
the shipping and mercantile com
munity of London, adopted reso
lutions calling for a more effective
blockade and for more efficient
measures to deal with the submar
ine question.
Admiral Baron Beresford and
Thomas Gibson Bowles were the
principal speakers and each de
clared that the country faced a
serious situation, .Baron iseres
ford said that the nation was "in
a position of unparallelled grav
ity" and that "the crisis of the
was is now."
Mr. Bowles asserted that unless
the submarine menace is dealt
with, we shall be blockaded as
well as Germany and privation
and famine prices will ensue." He
added that if an overture for an
honorable peace should come with
sufficient guarantees, it would be
the duty of the government to ex
amine them, but he said that he
could "see no glimmer of an ov
erture for peace."
"I have arrived at the conclu
sion," the speaker continued, that
this government is no more able
to make peace than it is to make
war." Mr. Bowles demanded the
dissolution of the government, and
his speech was punctuated with
shouts of "turn them out" and
similar phrases.
Baron Beresford thought' that
since the German submarines had
transferred their activities from
shallow water "to the blue sea,"
j the "menace requires new strat
egy and new tactics to deal with
it." He added that so far no de
finite systematic methods have
been taken for suppressing the
menace, and he advocated contin
ual aerial attacks on the German
base at Zeeburger and the arming
of merchantmen, and continued:
"It is a most unsatisfactory
state of affairs. Thousands of
tons of food which were waiting
to come to England have been di
verted to Germany."
The Unionist leader, Andrew
Bonar Law, was summoned to the
palace immediately after Mr. As-
quith had departed, and the King !
offered him the Prime Minister's
commission, which he had just ac
cepted from Mr. Asquith's hands.
No announcement regarding Mr.
Bonar Law's decision has yet been
jmade, and there are some doubts
whether he will accept the heavy
responsibility. If he declines, it
is coiisidered certain the honor
will fall to David Lloyd George.
The continuation of the coalition
cabinet, with some changes and
the speeding up of the war man
agement will be the policy in eith
er event.
Will be Held on the School
Grounds Sunday, Dec. 24 at
3:15 P. M. O. Max Gardner
Lieut. Gov. the Speaker
With all the choirs of the town
combining to sing the Christmas
celebration hymns, the schools of
Palmyra, Spring Hill and Daw
son's Cross Roads, taking part,
and the entire body of the graded
school in line, the afternoon cf
Sunday, December 24th, will be in
all probability the prettiestsight,
and the most entertaining feature
of the whole Christmas season,
provided the weather holds good
and the celebration can be held in
the school grounds, as planned,
otherwise it will be held in the
school auditorium of the graded
No little preparation has been
made to give this event a fitting
entry into the yearly celebrations
that this town hopes to inaugu
rate, and none can have a more
delightful purpose, and be sur
rounded with more natural senti
ment, than this, a town rejoicing
at the coming of The Christ, so
that but for sickness, or unavoid
able happenings every individual
in town should be present and
One of the great men of the
state, the Lieutenant Governor, O.
Max Gardner, is expected to be
here to make the address of the
The opening of the celebration
will be singing "America" by the
entire community, and the first
L verse is here given that all may
know the words and join in :
My country: 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of libertv,
Of thee I sing;
Land: where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims pride,
From ev 'ry mountain side,
Let freedom ring.
Following which the combined choirs
will sing:
Hark, The Herald Angel Sings,
il Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild;
God and sinners reconciled,"
Joyful all ye nations, rise;
Join the triumphs of the skies y
With th ' angelic hosts proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem;
Hark; the herald angel sing
Glory to the new-born King.
INterspersed with the speaking
choirs will sing:
It came upon a midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold:
Peace on earth, good-will to men
From Heaven's al-gracious King;
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Another hymn to be sung by the choir
is "Silent Night."
Silent night, Holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Bound yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in Heavenly peace,
Sleep in Heavenly peace.
The children of the Graded school
will sing " O, Hemlock Tree. ' '
O hemlock tree, O hemlock tree,
How faithful are thy branches,
Thou'rt green summer breezes blow;
And green mid winters drifting snow,
O hemlock tree, O hemlock tree,
How faithful are thy branches.
O hemlock tree, O hemlock tree,
In truth I dearly love thee,
How oft at merry Christmas tide;
Hast filled my heart with joy and
O hemlock tree, O hemlock tree,
In truth I dearly love thee.
O hemlock tree, O hemlock tree,
A lesson thou dost teach me,
That ever hope and constancy;
Will strength and comfort give me,
O hemlock tree, O hemlock tree,
A lesson thou dost teach me.
Iii addition to these songs cer
tain grades and groups of children
will sing other selections.
Luke JJ4
NOW it came to pass in those days,
there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus, that all the world should
be enrolled. This was the first enrollment
made when Quirinus was governor of
Syria. And all went to enroll themselves,
everyone to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea,
to the city of David, which is called Beth
lehem, because he was of the house and
family of David; to enroll himself with
Mary, who was betrothed to him, being
great with child.
And it came to pass, while they were
there, the days were fulfilled that she
should be delivered. And she brought
forth her first-born son; and she wrapped
him in swaddling clothes and laid him in
a manger because there was no room for
them in the inn.
And there were shepherds in the
same country, abiding in the field, and
keeping watch by night over their flock.
And an angel ot the Lord stood by
them and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them; and they were sore
And the angel said unto them: "Bs
not afraid, for behold I bring you good
tidings of great joy. for there is born to
you this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ, the Lord. And this is the
sign unto you: 'Ye shall find a babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying
in a manger.' "
And suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying s
"Glory to God in the highest
And on earth peace, good wili
toward men."
Annual Phenomenon.
"Now," said the magazine editor,
"we'll have a cover design represent
ing the old year as an aged man and
! the New Year as a smiling Infant."
1 "All right." replied the artist. "But
It looks like nature-faking to me. Any
body knows that a smiling infant
couldn't grow all those white whiskers
In one short year."
rjaij Jjristmas have for you
in store
ijealth and ("jappiness galore.
I (hristmastide I

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