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m PAGE TWELVE \ IOUNTAIN CLAN ENDSFEIMITH CIVILIZATION {Anderson's Cove, N. C. Last Stronghold, Succumbs To Advice of Dying Leader. MAY ELECT MAYOR Secluded Community In Hills to Embrace Advantages of Once Hated "Furrlners".* • Asheville, N. C., March 19. The white Sag has been hoisted over Anderson's Cove, finally allowing civilialion to come into this last stronghold of the clansmen of the North Carolina hills. For four generations the people of this isolated region were a law unto themselves, and outsiders were barred. But "Big Robert" Anderson is dead now, and his last official act as leader of the clan was to Ulrect his people to turn from their lawless ways and accept the helping hand long offered by the state. This order, in fact, was the only one "Big Robert" ever issued. He had become hereditary chieftain of the Cove folk by slaying his Uncle Alonzo in a quarrel over a hound dog. He was arrested for murder and given a sentence of 20 years. He died of-pHcumo:iia Jn a prison camp. \ Dear Giant But the Andersons are clannish, even in death. "Big Robert' 'was buried on the mountain top where his klnspeople lie. The pallbearers, •working in relays, carried the dead giant—he weighed 350 pounds—up the steep pathway,' over the very spot where Alorao had been killed three years before, to a grave almost beside that of the uncle. Alonzo's children, who had sworn vengeance on "Big Robert," mourned with the rest at the funeral and listened intently while the minister read the exiled leader's death-bed' . message of peace. Even people from "over beyond" were allowed to attend the rites. So in the grave of "Big Robert" was burled the Anderson's feud with civilization. Married a "Furriner" The clan was founded long ago by Bill Anderson and Jane Russell. Bill, of purest mountain stock, had chosen a wife well, but not wisely. For despite her beauty and utter devotion to this rugged man of the hills, there were sinister whisperings about her origin. Jane was dark- eyed and swarthy; she was a "fur- rin'er from out beyond." Thus ostracized, Bill Anderson put his worldly goods and his woman into a wagon, hitched up his Jour mules and started out to establish a" new 'world for himself. They entered'the mountain-walled cove and settled down, far removed from the whispered scorn of his own people. Children came to them there— . sons who were lithe and strong like their father, daughters with limpid eyes and alluring voices like Jane Russell. Isolation had been an obsession. with,. Anderson, but love broke all barriers. His sons went out and won other women; men heard his daughters sing the mountain songs and stayed to cast their lots with the clan. Against the Law Even through three and four generations, as the colony grew, there remained some of the bitterness of Bill Anderson's self-enforced exile. This sullen resentment manifested itself in outright and often desperate lawlessness. Their haven became a place to be dreaded and shunned. The Anderson chieftains remained supreme, maintaining their power by sheer strength and true aim along their rifle sights. Even violent deaths brought no interference from outside authorities, for no reports were made of them until, somehow, officers heard that Hill Folk Bury Leader Up the steep mountainside to the lonely spot where lie the fallen leaders of their clan tolled friends and enemies alike of "Elf Robert" Anderson. He had died in prison after three years of exHe from his people in Anderson's Cove, N. C, and here yon see (he funeral party bearing the casket to the Jtrave. There they heard the minister read "Bis Uobert's" death-bed message of peace and progress. Alonzo, head of the clan, had been killed by his nephew, "Big Robert." They raided the cove and sent lilm to prison. There ho died. So the "blood taint" of the Andersons is forgotten now, and law and order and progress have cotne to Anderson's Cove. Folks there are going to built their first school and are wondering who they can get to teach, in it. "Why, there's even talk of electing a mayor. GROUSE LIBERATED IN MARTHA'S VINEYARD Oak Bluffs. Martha's Vineyard, Mass.— In order that ruffled grouse be re-established on the island here permanently, eighteen live birds from Alberta, Canada, were liberated in the Lambert's Cove district. Warnings were issued to refrain from molesting the birds, as they were expected to be a nucleus for a large flock. The ruffled grouse were consigned to the M,artha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club and were liberated by Frank Blankenship and Allan Kenlston. Orignnally 24 had started the week-long trip across Canada, but 6 died enroute. The remaining ones were in excellent condition and took to their wings upon being freed. 1 This was the first shipment 'of birds, other than qnzii. to reach the island in many vears. SAYS CULTURE CAN ONLY AID MINORITY Cincinnati, March 19 — Culture docs not touch the multitude and cannot cure their misery, but is for a minority, according to the Rev. John McClorey, famous author, who spoke nere recently. TWO BANDITS LEFT "HOLDING THE BAG" Detroit, March 19— Two bandits today are "holding the bag." it is an empty school bag which they took in an attempted robbery of Charles and Joseph Miramontin, brothers, who .are partners in the wholesale grocery business. , As they came" from their store they were halted by three holdup men who drew up in an automobile. One bandit covered Charles and another Joseph, who was carrying the bag which had been left at the store by his son, Frank. As bandit No. 1 said to ^ Charles: "Give me your money or I'll kill you," bandit No. 2 seized the empty school bag and shouted: "Come on, boys, I've got it." Then they fled. SCHOLARSHIP FUND AIDS OLD COLLEGE - t New York, Mar. 19 — The Lincoln Scholarship Fund, in its first year of operation, by arranging- for the financing of 531 students, the entire enrollment of a forty-three-year- old college in the South, saved the student lives of these young men and women and enabled the college to keep open its doors. This was announced by J. B. Van- Young ¥/oman Suffered With Catarrh. Had to Go to a Hospital for Treatment. World's Tonic Brings Great Relief In Few Weeks. "When they took me to a hospital I despaired of ever seeing a well day again. For a long time I had suffered from catarrh of the stomach and head and fell off from 137 to 105 pounds. I was so weak that I could not dress myself let alone do anything about the house. I just ached all over. My stomach ws; so weak and my digestion so poor I had to live on the lightest of food. "I suffered fell the time with my head and nose stopped up, had dizzy spells and felt so run down I did not care whether 1 lived or died. Even my eyes pained me and the pains would'extend, to the back of my head. I often had choking sensations day. They purchased three bottles and by the time I had finished the second one I was up and around the house and began to regain my strength. I have used five bottles and I think that my health is as good as in my girlhood days. "One -of my friends called recently and remarked what a wonderful change in a few weeks. I have no signs of catarrh now, my color is good, I can eat anything I want to in the way of solid foods and vegetables and everything tastes so good. Those nervous .spells have entirely left me and the mucus has quit coming in my head and throat so now at nigtit I sleep as sound as a baby. I was on the brink of despair and almost a physical wreck from this catarrh but am now a new woman with new hopes, new life and energy, and I

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  1. Cumberland Evening Times,
  2. 19 Mar 1930, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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