October 19, 1916
The campaign is dragging its slow length along. All over the country there are patriots in all parties who think that they can shape the course of an election, but the older we get, and the more elections that we see, the more we are impressed with the belief that no man, or any set of men, have any control, and that an irresistible drift sets in that settles the matter for weal or for woe of the Republic…
The two great issues of the campaign center on the questions of peace and labor. Hughes is trying to make it appear that America has purchased its peace at too great a price. He took this idea from Roosevelt who declared that the United States was no better off than China when it came to either putting up a bluff or a fight. Last week Hughes was goaded into almost making a positive statement as to what he would have done. He declared that if he had been president that his state department would have been so frightful that the Germans would not have dared to have sunk the Lusitania. This is not capable of proof, but his position shows a frame of mind that is not safe when the peace of a nation depends upon it. It is that “mania for prestige,” that is now declared to be at the bottom of the whole European war…
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Robert Hevener, of Hosterman, and his brother John, are extensive growers of golden seal, or yellow root, and ginseng. They have considerably more than an acre in these plants, and they are finding the venture very profitable. This year they expect to market about $1,500 worth of seng. For a number of years they have grown seng, but moles and blight have interfered with them to some extent and they are turning their attention to golden seal also. They now have about 50,000 plants and at the present market price, it is worth a small fortune.
WOLVES SEEN IN
Last Thursday, while crossing to the Griffin Place, and when near the old pond at the top of Bucks mountain, Robert Davis saw three animals running in the woods, which he at first supposed were dogs, and yet were strangely alike in color and size. They were running with their heads close to the ground, and when they saw Mr. Davis, sprang off into the woods with lightning rapidity, and were at once recognized as wild and of the wolf species. A few days later, Mr. Weaver, who is connected with the forestry service of this district, while walking in the woods near Winterburn, saw a wolf.
They are described as doglike in appearance, with rather long and slender legs, hair grey with black points, and extraordinary swift in movement.
It has been known for many years that a few specimens of the wolf tribe existed in the remoter wilds of the Gauley and Black mountains, and possibly the panther, as well, although it has been a number of years since the last one was known to have been killed in this region. The building of the railway and lumber operations in the mountains has been the cause of their appearance in the mountain adjacent to the town of Marlinton. The last wolf killed in the county was along about 1898, by D. H. Hamrick, near Evenwood. The chase lasted about a week.
We are having fine fall weather though a little too dry for good corn husking, but fine for digging the potato crop which is not so good as some years, but the farmers are getting more for their potatoes than ever before in the history of our county. They are selling at $1.25 per bushel, cash; and going higher; it has been predicted that by spring hay will bring $5, a bushel and flour $10 per barrel in Greenbank and everything up and going; lambs $8 per hundred; fat cattle 8 cents gross; calves selling from twenty to forty dollars. Does the man in the White House in the City of Washington make high prices? No, it is a higher power governing all things on earth.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hull left our town Monday for their new home in Marlinton. We are very sorry to lose such good people, but our loss, which is great, will be Marlinton’s gain, and our good wishes go with them to their new home and may heaven’s blessings ever attend them is our prayer.
The workmen on the high school building are getting on fine with the work and it will be, when it is completed, the finest in the county. Greenbank district should be proud of such a nice building.
EDRAY DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
The local gridiron on Saturday was the scene of a hard fought game between Edray District High and Hillsboro High. The resulting score was 6 – 9 in favor of E.D.H.S. The splendid interference of French Moore and the carrying of the ball by George Lewis were interesting points of the game for this school Hufford and Overholt, of the H.H.S. Team were well commended for their good playing. Coach Buckley’s line up was – H. Sharp, center; F. Hobart and A. Sharp, guards; D. Rucker and C. Smith, tacklers; R. Moore and J. Besling, ends; F. Moore and G. Lewis, halves; H. Vaughan, quarterback; and H. Yeager, fullback.
The White Sulphur Springs is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Under the present prosperity another million dollar hotel will be built there soon. There will be a big log sale at that place in the near future. These lots will be the cream of the town.
Uriah Hevener has dug 1,000 bushels of potatoes and has over a thousand bushels to dig yet, and has sold them at $1.20 a bushel. There’s where the caboodle comes in.
Howard Curry is preparing for war – it’s a boy.
Archie and Richard Mc-Laughlin have ground broken for a house between Dunmore and Sitlington.
A very pretty church wedding took place in Oak Grove Presbyterian church last Thursday evening at 8 o’clock when Miss Rachel Edgar, daughter of Mrs. A. M. Edgar, became the bride of Mr. J. Moffett McNeel, Rev. J. C. Johnson, pastor of the contracting parties, officiating minister. The church was beautifully decorated with autumn leaves and ferns, lighted by twenty-four candles.
The bride was dressed in white taffeta and Georgette crepe with pearl trimmings, wearing a veil and orange blossoms and carried bride’s roses with maiden hair fern. Miss Mattie Beard, maid of honor, wore white organdie and carried pink chrysanthemums. The bride’s maids, Misses Agnes McNeel and Lyda McNeel wore pink organdie and carried white roses. The ribbon bearers were Harriette and Dorothy McNeel, Frances and Rebecca Hill, nieces of the bride. Alfred Newton Edgar was ring bearer, and Paul Crouch was best man, and Will Cackley and Zed Smith were the ushers…