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April 23, 1915

The forest fires were late in starting this year but they came in limited quantities. The top of Elk mountain looked like pictures of Vesuvius in eruption last Monday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Moses Underwood, of Beaver Creek, a son.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Gaylor, of Beaver Creek, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slaton, of Beaver Creek, a daughter.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Williams, of Marlinton, a son.

Luther Burner, of Olive, was in this section recently, and traded W. B. Freeman a pony for a cow.
Rufus Elliott was in this section Saturday after seed corn and potatoes.
Mrs. Daisy Spencer has been suffering very much lately with toothache and neuralgia.
Jason Simmons has purchased an automobile.

J. A. Cleek, of Knapps Creek, was a business caller at Squire McNeil’s a few days ago.
It is wonderful indeed how the people’s money is wasted by paying big salaries for useless officers – such as county road engineers, game wardens, county agricultural agents, and others equally as useless.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shinaberry, of Sunset, were shopping in town one day last week.

S. L. Painter fell with a car load of steel rails and fractured one leg and badly bruised the other. Mr. Painter miraculously escaped being killed. The load of steel was being hauled to the upper end of the railroad and a bridge broke about five miles east of Denmar where the accident occurred.
Everybody who has a garden is busily engaged working the soil and preparing for the season’s crops.

We are having good weather for working on the farm – little too frosty at night for grass to grow.
W. McClintic has taken the contract of cutting and skidding the timber on the McCollum land.
Mrs. Tilda Auldridge is able to do her housework now.
A. J. Cook got a fine horse killed in the woods last week.
Grant Smith was on the creek last week listing property. He says hay and stock are scarce as hen’s teeth.
George Rodgers has bought a colt to work; it is a fine roadster.
The sawmill at Buckeye is making lots of boards. It keeps the log train busy.

We are having some dry warm days with cool nights in this part.
Some of the farmers have sown oats and are getting ready to plant corn.
Where is our county agricultural agent? We would like to see him around in this part.

We are glad the honorable board of education of this district has decided on a vote for a high school so the boys and girls who want an education can get it without going to some other county. Some say that they will vote against it because Greenbank will be the only place that will be benefitted by it. We wonder at such short sightedness. If we get the vote there will be several schools consolidated and all go to the high school, then everybody will be benefitted by it. We hope every voter will see the necessity of such a school and will vote and work for the good of our children and our neighbors’ children. We know taxes are high, but we pay them and get nothing, but if we vote for a levy to start a high school we get something in return for what we pay out. Our children can fit themselves for teaching. We hope there will not be a parent in the district who will cast a vote against the welfare of his children, but will come to the polls on May 22 and cast a vote for the levy. Yes, for the levy for education. That is what we all need and we cannot expect to do much at this time in the world’s history without a good high school education.
Farmers are getting lots of ground in good shape for planting. A good many potatoes have been planted and some gardens made. A good deal of stock has been going to the hackings.
Grover and Dick Sheets and Jacob McLaughlin are all building new houses.
Albert Perry killed a monster chicken hawk with a rock. It measured four feet six inches from tip to tip. and we do not think Mr. Perry was tipped either.
There is a great deal of fire in the Alleghany Mountain in the Knapps Creek country.

Fine spring weather has come at last and business is getting better.
The Durbin garage and light plant company have broken ground for their building.
We have three barber shops and seven restaurants in Durbin.

Battle Film Show War Horrors
From New York American
A series of film pictures made on the battlefields and in the streets of Stricken Belgium by an American Photographer, was shown for the first time here yesterday at the 39th Street Theatre.
The scenes, preserved by the camera and displayed, show with eloquence the misery of war. They also show how quickly men and women become callous under fire and the threat of death.
The records of the flights of the wretched Belgians from the devastated homes fill one with pity and with horror.
In quick succession we look on while German shells work ruthless havoc in the streets of Termonde, on the once peaceful fields of Alost and in the crowded squares and lanes of wretched Antwerp.
Taken together, they were awfully convincing of the ghastliness of war. They should do more than many sermons to destroy its evil glamour.
These pictures at the Amusu Saturday, May 1st, and at the Cass Theatre Friday, April 30.

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