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THE DICKENSON COUNTY HERALD
The Only Newspaper In The County. VOL. 1. NO. 38. CLINTWOOD, DICKENSON COUNTY VIRGINIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1927. $1.60 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE EX-SHERIFF WHITAKER KILLED IN AUTO WRECK. (By Frank Monroe Beverley) Freeling, Va., Sept. 30.- A message just received from Whitesburg, the capital of.Let cher, one of the upper tier of counties of East- Kentucky, con veys the intelligence that Fess Whitaker, one of the most un ique characters of the State, was killed in an auto wreck a day or two since, when his car plunged down a fifty-foot em bankment. Another man and his wife were in the car at the time of the occurence. The man sustained injuries, which it is thought will prove fatal, but his wife escaped unhurt. Whitaker has led a varied ca reer during his fifty-five years of existence. He was a rancher in the West during his earlier years, and claims to have been associated with the late Theo dore Roosevelt in the work. He was a miner, too, and has fol lowed various avocations. He was quite a factor in develop ing the coal fields of East Ken tucky. He served two terms as sher iff of his county. During his first term he was sentenced to a term in his own jail for some offense, He announced his cand idacy for the second term, and conducted a successful cam paign while thus confined. Fess Whitaker will long be remembered for stormy and ec centric career. BABES OF SMOKING MOTHERS SOON DIE. GO Per Cent Do Not Live For Two Years, Dr- Barber Declares SAYS CHIU) POISONED Claims Cse of Tobacco Leards to “Dope” Habit and Insanity Chicago, Sept. 23— Sixty per cent of all babies born from cig arette smoking mothers die be fore they reach the age of 2 due primarily to nicotine poisoning, Dr. Chauncy L. Barber, of Lan sing, Mich., told the American Association for Medico-Physi cal Research. Speaking at the association’s convention here he decried the prolonged use of tobacco among men and women. Baby Is Sick. “A baby born of a cigarette smoking mother is sick,” Dr. Barber said. “It is poisoned and may die within two weeks of ot birth. The post mortem shows degeneration of the liver heart and other organs. Sixty per cent of all babies born of cigarette smoking mothers die before they are two years old.” Going into the various phases of narcotic action on the body the physician pointed out that as the nervous system is easily poisoned by nicotine it is pos sible for a person to get drunk on tobacco, as well as on alcohol or opium. Hie deplorable and rapid in- i crease in the use of narcotics in young' people, the increase in crime, thefts and murderous conduct in men and women un der 22 years of age must have mm" reason and should be an alyzed am! if possible corrected I find that 98 per cent of the cases dealing with the use of narcotics, drugs, morphine, co o".m' and heroin give a history (a the early use of tobacco. Causes Insanity. “A prolonged use of tobacco is a frequent cause of insanity,” be maintained. “Unsteadiness of the nerves and trembling are among the common effects of smoVing. Many cases of epi letis.v are caused by it. Tobacco naufasthina is common. Fre quently tobacco leads to more I powerful sedatives, such as co caine, morphine and heroin.” - Roanoke Times SCHOOL COLUMN (By J. H. T. Sutherland) Elsewhere in this issue of the Herald you will find a list of Dickenson teachers for the pre sent session. The county should be congratulated on having such a well-trained, interested and efficient corps of teachers. A very few patrons in the county apparently are having trouble in understanding sect ion 1529 of the Code concern ing vaccination. The law is very clear that every teacher and pupil shall, within ten days af ter entering any school, offer undisputable proof of having been successfully vaccinated. Just as the law requires pupils to be of certain ages to attend school, requires all pupils to have books, requires compul sory attendance for some pu pils, requires persons owning automobiles to buy license tags, requires the payment of taxes, and so on, the law requires all teachers and pupils to be vac cinated. Those who keep dogs must buy tags for the dogs, those who own weapons must register the weapons, those who vote must meet the voting requirements, and those that attend school must fulfill the school laws. I am pleased to ad vise that practically all of the nearly five thousand school children in Dickenson have al ready been vaccinated for small pox. I am also pleased to advise that Dr. Brumfield inoculated 6,251 persons with toxin-anti toxin against diphtheria during that campaign in the county. Smallpox and diphtheria should rarely be heard of in Dickenson county now. The school calendar for the ■ession follows: Schools Begin-Aug. 1, Aug. 15, and Sept.5. Teachers’ Institute-Sept. 16. Smallpox Vaccination report Sentember 22. Physical Inspection Report September 28. American Education Week November 7-13. Thanksgiving Holidays-Nov. 24 to 28. Christmas Holidays-Dec. 23 to January 2. Elementary Forensic Con tests-February 4. High School Forensic Con tests, and Track Meet, April 21. Uniform Seventh Grade Ex aminations—Dates to be an nounced. County Commencement Ex ercises-Mav 21. Teachers To Hold Meet ing At Rock Lick TEACHER’S MEETING AT ROCK LICK SCHOOL SAT. OCT. 15th. 1927. PROGRAM 1. Prayer- By Elder M. F. Combs. 2. Welcome address- W. S. Pen land. 3. Response- H. M. C. Tiller. 4. Should Fairy Tales be taught m school?- Prof. Adington, A. R. Owens and Eivens Edwards. Should Teachers Treat ? Rural Fuller, Floyd Owens and W. S. Owens. 6. Should corporal punishment be abolished?- Dr. T. C. Suther land. W. S. Penland and Z. L. South. 7. Should patrons be critics in school ?- J. H. T. Sutherland, W. H. Nickels and E. J. Suther land. 8. Should a pupil be suspended SAND LICK DISTRICT WINS SUIT DECIDED BY SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS. — In May, 1926, twenty-seven citizens of the Sand Lick Dis trict, headed by Fletcher Pow ers, former member of the school board, brought suit a gainst the county school board of Dickenson to prevent the board from using funds derived from the sale of bonds author ized by the 1926 Assembly in constructing a joint high school building at Haysi for Sand Lick and Willis districts. The circuit court denied the petit ion of the suit, and the citizens appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court of Virg inia handed down its opinion through Judge R. H. L. Chi chester on September 22 at Staunton. The opinion holds that there is conflict between the special act of 1926, which authorizes the school board to issue and sell S125,000 in school bonds to be used in funding school indebtedness and build ing and repairing school build ings, and the general law which authorizes the board to build ioint schools. Insofar as the board can legally use the bond funds, the opinion holds that these funds can be used in all ways decreed by the circuit court except that they may not be used for joint schools. The constitutionality of the special act of 1926 is upheld by the o pinion. This suit has delayed the de livery of school bonds for more than a year, and the board has been unable to pay for a good deal of the repair and construct ion work of last year as a re sult. School officials have asked the investment house that bought the bonds last year to advise when delivery of the bonds can be made. It is under stood that school officials have under consideration plans where by the progress of the schools, seriously delayed by the suit, will soon go forward to solution of major needs and problems. PRATER NEWS Rev. W. G. Raines attended the Primitive Baptist Associat ion in McDowell County, W. Va„ September 23-24 and 25. He reports a harmonious and good fellowship meeting and well behaved congregation. The funeral of Geo. Dee (of Josh) and his son, Noah Deel, was preached last Saturday and Sunday at the War Fork church house by Rev Z. T. Raines and D. C. Church, to a large and well behaved cogregation. Rev. Z. T. Raines was the din ner guest of Mrs. Emma Deel last Sunday. John Hall and wife, of Cum berland Mountain, attended the funeral at War Fork, and spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Raines. Dock Deel, of Jane, Va., at tended the funeral on War Fork Saturday and Sunday. Miss Pearl Owens visited the ! Post Office last Tuesday eve. Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Raines and daughters stopped a few min utes with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Raines Sunday evening on their way home from Grundy. Mr. George Raines, wife and daughter, have been the guests ; of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Raines ! from school ?- Edgar Beverlev. ! Perry Gilbert and H. M. C. Til- i ler. 9. If a teacher fail should she be allowed to try again ?- Geo. Sutherland, Emory McCoy and M. F. Combs. 10. Should teachers be paid bet ter salaries?- S. H. Sutherland, Senator Roland E. Chase and Dr. J. C. Sutherland. 11. Patrons duty to the school. Judge A. A. Skeen, R. C. McCoy and Noah Tiller. 12. Closing address- By J. D. H. Owens. Box-supper at 3:30 O’clock. for about a week. School at this place is progres sing nicely under the manage ment of Prof. F. P. Ratliff and his assistant Miss Alice Ratliff, with about 85 on roll. VA„ SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (By Carter Wormeley) Richmond, Va., Sept. 22.— ! Marked variation among the ■counties in regard to the reg ularity with which children at tend school is evident from the annual report of the State Sup erintendent of Public Instruct ion. Eighty-eight per cent of all children between seven and nineteen years of age attend school regulary in one county of Virginia. This is the best aver age daily attendance record for the State. The lowest average daily attendance record is 38.8 per cent in one of the smaller counties. This wide variation among the counties in the reg ularity with which children at tend school gives concrete ev idence of the need for cooperat ion between school officials, teachers, and parents in seeing that every child of school age will attend school regularlv din ing the session of 1927-28. Regular daily attendance is one of the most important fac tors in developing an efficient school system. Irregular at tendance makes it impossible give real instruction to pu pils who do not attend regul arly. and at the same time it lowers the efficiency of the in struction received by all other ounils in school, who are held back in their progress by those who must attempt to make up lost time. Again, the total cost of operating the schools is much greater because teachers must be employed for the total oumbfer of pupils who enroll at the begining of the isession, and vet irregular attendance means that these teachers are not working at maximum capacity throughout the year. While the Virginia Compul sory Attendance Law recog nizes the need for regular at tendance, it can be seen from reading the selections from this law given below, that the provisions of the law need not necessarily be carried out uni formly in all sections of the State. Records indicate that in many counties compulsory ed ucation has not been put into effect systematically. Certain sections of the Vir ginia Compulsory Attendance Law read as follows: “Section 1. Every parent, eruardian, or other person in the State of Virginia, having control or charge of any child, or children, who have reached the eighth birthday and have not passed the fourteenth birth dav, shall send such child or children, to a public school, or to a private, denominational or parochial school or have such child or children taught by a tutor or teacher in a home, and such child, or children, shall at tend regularly such school dur ing the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days as in the public schools. The period of compulsory atten dance shall commence at the beginning of the school which the pupil attends. But the pro visions ef this section shall not apply to a child between the ages aforesaid who has com pleted elementary course of study prescribed by the State Board of Education, or the course of study provided by the school he should attend, and who is actually, regularly and lawfully employed; nor to any child who lives more than two miles by the nearest traveled road from a public school, un less public transportation is provided within one mile of walking distance from the place where such child lives. “Section 2. For the purpose , of this act instruction in a pri-; vate, denominational, or paro chial school, or in a home by a ' tutor or other teacher shall be ■ deemed equivalent to instruct- j ion in a public school. “Section 11. Nothing in this Local News and Personal Mention in Brief Form Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Wright were called to Bristol, Va., Sat urday on account of the illness of their daughter, Mrs. Roy Spitzer. Mi: 6 Beula Phipps spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Phipps. Miss Bessie Kiser, of Tampa, Fla., will spend a few days in town before leaving for the winter. Mrs. Chas. B. Osborne and daubhter, Lois, of Coeburn, were visiting Miss Hattie Phipps, Thursday. Owing to the untiring efforts of Mr. Leywn Reynolds and Mr. Tate Quillin the school will soon have a first class football team. Misses Virginia Cole, Irene Draper and Maynard Suther land motored to Coeburn Tues day afternoon. Mr. Tate Quillin, Misses Gen oa Damron, Sara Kate Chase, Rachel Tiller, Maxie Speer and Mr. Adron Speer made up a party that attended the Wise fair last week. Mrs. Erery Bowling and little daughter Helena,. together with Mrs. Jones, left for Norton Sun (&iliss cA merica^ 1927 r ggigSOFngP Miss Lois Eleanor Delander, 16, high school girl of Chicago, won the annual Atlantic City beantjr contest and is "Miss America" for 1927 She has long brown tresses and fair complexion. act contained shall apply to any child or children who for cause have been excused from the op eration of this act by the local school board. “Section 12. Any county or city which may be without ad equate buildings for proper en forcement of this act at the time the same becomes effect ive is hereby allowed two years from the date on which it be comes effective to make ample provisions for its enforcement; but this time shall be extended if in the opinion of the local tax levying authorities of any cmint.v or city such county or city is unable to provide ade quate facilities for all of the children subject to enrollment hereunder, and the length of such extension shall be deter mined by said local authorities. Provided, however, that the school board of any county or city, the board of supervisors of the county or the council or other governing body of of the town or city concerning, may except its county or city from the provisions of this bill; which exception may be rescind F>d at the pleasure of said bod ies.’* s.Mto. , day where they will spend the the winter at Mrs. Bowlines home. Mrs. Earl Rose and children, Earnestine and Earl Jr., visited Mr. and Mrs. Rufus McCoy last week. Sen. R. E. Chase, C. C. Chase and sons, Jerry and John Wil liam, visited Mr. Ephriam Dun bar, of Abingdon, last Sunday. Mr. Dunbar is very ill. Mrs. I. E French has been at his bedside for hte past week. Miss Catherine Clark motor ed to Council Sunday to attend the Dedication of a new church there. The following persons from town attended the Wise fair; Mrs. A. A. Skeen, Miss Virginia Cole, Jessie Kelly, Ruth Chase, Val Hylton, Mr. Harry Lee Pressley and Alfred A. Skeen Jr Miss Virginia Cole was ac companied home last week-end by Miss Irene Draper and Mr. H. M. Sutherland. Mr. and Mrs. “Li” Sutherland spent Sunday with Mrs. Suther land’s parents. Judge Wm. E. Burns is hold ing court here this week. John W. Flanagan, of Bristol, is in town on legal business this week. Memorial services for John Turner, late Jailer of Dicken son 'County, will be held on Road Branch on October 13 and 14. The Circuit Court is in sess ion here this week, and judging by the number of people in town, must be well attended, however, there are no murder cases on the docket as Dicken son County has been without a murder trial for the two last terms of court, but it is under stood that there are several suits to be tried and the term will probably last for three weeks. If you are in the market for real estate, you should invest igate the property offered for sale at Elizabethton, Tenn. and Roanoke, Va., by the Lilly Land Hompany. This Company has been in the real estate business for eighteen years and have a large number of widow women living on their property that they have acquired by the reas on of the insurance clause used in its contracts. TO ALL VETERANS OF THE WORLD WAR: Any soldier, sailor or marine who has not made application for bonus can still receive the same by filling out the proper blanks. January 1, 1928 is the dead line and all applications must be made by that time or the bonus will be lost. Blanks can be secured by writing the Veterans Bureau, Washington, D. C. I think all Veterans should secure the bonus, for one never knows what misfortunes may come in the future. x Your comrade. _Walter B, Phipps._ I * Sepalla and Togo 6 . _iW*» _ Leonard Sepalla and - dog “Togo” of Nome fame again proved their class by winning with «aae the Poland Springs, Maine, annual sled classic test week.