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By J. C. R.
Citizens of America tonight dismiss
from their minds the cares anil perplexities
peculiar to modern life, and
join with President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt in celebration of his fiftythird
birthday anniversary. And it's
truly an occasion for merry-making
. . . under the leadership of a fearless,
progressive Chief Executive, the Nation
is steadily emerging from the
clutches of a long-drawn-out depression
... an era of economic chaos
which reduced to poverty one-third
of the New World's population . . .
which chilled the bread-producing
currents of commerce, and nurtured
the carnal impulses of humankind:
jw His work is not finished . . . in fact,
* it's just begun . . . but the the sincerity
of purpose, the ability to cope
with aggravating emergencies, the
pioneering spirit which prompts our
President to penetrate the uncharted
wilderness that lies far beyond the
outposts of accepted governmental
policy, the broadness of his vision
and the strength of his argument . . .
these unparalclled virtues have enshrined
the name of this "new-style"
Roosevelt in the hearts of an admiring
multitude. The wee small voice
of a despicable minority ... a ranting
group of demagogues and charlatans,
captained by Louisiana's selfappointed
dictator ... its shirring
tones, thank God, are drowned in the
universal chorus of appreciation
which greets A.merica's kindly chieftain
on his natal day.
* * * *
Democrats in the swamps of Georgia,
Republicans along the windswept
shores of Maine, Farnier-Laboritcs
in the Middle West, Independents
out on the Coast, Baptists in
Birmingham, Methodists in Memphis,
Presbvtorians in Polorshnpo- Vnionn. .
--- - C,
pals in Emporia, Quakers in Quaker
Town. Romanists in Rochester . . . every
class and condition of the social
?, order lays aside the jealousies and >
hatreds of partisan polities to shout:
Happy Birthday, Mr. Roosevelt, Happy
Birthday to You!"
THE SHOW GOES ON
The much-publicised drama at
felemingtoij; N. J., continues . . entering
its fourth week with Richard
Bruno Hauptmann, accused kidnapmurder
or' Charles and Anne Lindbergh's
baby, maintaining the calm,
cese-hardenod. sinister <lcmeanor
which lias characterized his long (
weeks of Imprisonment: matching
wits with an untiring, unrelenting, j
savage State's attorney in the person
of David T. Wilcntz, whose very ;
name suggests the well-known
"pound of flesh."
e w ?
Fleniington is strutting its stuff
. . . ladies of the aid" societies are
serving the Master by serving sandwiches,
cakes and home-made pies
to the ever-increasing wrong attracted
to It* puritanical precincts
by the most spectacular trial in this j
Nation's history . . . hotels are running
over and private homes are
fined with mviijiuiy-curious pilgrims
. . . saloons, or taverns,
quickly erected to satiate the thirst
-j of a few hundred-odd choicest
scr'bcs and maybe Pharisees," arc
garnering the skekels world without
end . . . souvenir vendors sell- ,
ing cartloads of cute little reminders
of the big days of the trial . . .
miniature landers and such-like that
arc ju3t the thing to take home to
the children! Yes, Flemmgton is
"on the map," and a carnival spirit
pervades even the venerable courthouse
where tile wheels of justice
are frequently halted by the unre- |
sizauteu oui-oursts or a ceieoraung
But the stolid German-American
carpenter has given the news
hounds a rare treat ... he just naturally
failed to do what, the dramatic
State's attorney had promised
he'd do . . . he refused tc break
under the withering: barrage of
questions plied by the astute Wilentz
... he told his ta'.e and stuck
to it?just like grim death to the
?' proverbial skeleton! Hands that
gripped the triggers of a Prussian
machine gun during the World War
shook not even a little as they pointed
defiantly at the crafty prosecutor.
or persecutor, who punished
him with his eternal thrusts and
unmerciful sarcasm . . . "Liar!" and
other such "fighty" words were
tossed about with abandon . . .
jokes were cracked, and laughter
paragrapnea tne uiree-uay cross- |
examination, even as if the two
playful "characters" in this climactic
act were garbed in the spangles
of minstrel end-men.
\'f Ttiaf ipn TVnrtn^o rrl o w5/>n
old gentleman, indeed ... is directing
the performance at Flemington.
He smile3 occasionally as members
of the stellar cast forget their
nines" ... he rules occasionally,
. . . but, if press accounts are authentic.
he docs nothing to spoil the
show! Justice Trenchard is co-operating
nicely as the Nation's most
deplorable tragedy is converted into
a laugh-provoking farce! May the
trial continue a few weeks more . . .
it's most enjoyable1
I An !nd
VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 31
A. S. T. C. S TUDENT I
HAS FINE RECORD
JUNIOR AT LOCAL COLLEGE
FIEND FOR HONOR ROLLS
The scholarship record of Miss
Helen Greene (above)* student at In
A. 8. T. C., is phenomenal. Daugh- e
ter of Mr. and Mrs, M. T. Greene li
of Cliffs ide, she made the honor j<
roll in every grade through eleoien- s
tary, grammar and high schools, j t
Then, as a student at the foiling a
Springs Junior College, she made li
the select group as a Freshman and U
Sophomore there. Graduating last S
spring, she entered Appalachian, t.
where she has again been deslgnat- c
ed an honor student. She Is schcd?in?l
to graduate in 19S6. L<
. ; n
HOSPITAL SOON :
TO BE FINISHED;
Plumbers Engaged in Installing Tom- j ti
ixirary Heating Connections in
Order That Inside Work May I!
Progress 011 Project. "
Charles S. Stevenson, local pluntb- si
i.ug contractor, has been engaged in P
making temporary connection of the w
beating lines at the Watauga Hos- n
pital so that the building may bo S?
made warm enough for inside work
t.> proceed during the remainder of
the winter. Mr. Stevenson says that V>
numbers of fixtures are being re- fi
placed which hail been destroyed by c!
vandals during the period since the n
building was first placed under eon- b
struction. It is hi3 understanding that n
work 011 tile project will be pushed n
through to completion during the n
pi lag and summer. v
The building, a two-story and base- a
mcnt brick structure, was started i'
more than two years ago by tne State 5
in conjunction with the Duke Endowment,
but lack of funds with which s
to go ahead stopped the work after f<
Lhe wlals had been erected and the 1
roof placed. It is to be a fifty-bed
OPERATION PERFORMED ,
Mrs. John F. Hardin, who has been', 1
a patient at the Biltmore Hospital in j "
AsheviHe for several days, is showing
caFicfapt.nnr ofl ..? Victr.
ing undergone a very serious operation.
It is expected that without complications,
the well-known lady will
return to her home in Boone in about J
MRS. ETTA ISAACS DEAD J
At press time The Democrat learns j
of the death of Mrs. Etta Isaacs ot t
the Boird'a Creek section, which oc- (
curred Tuesday night. Funeral 3erv- x
ices arc to be held at the Cove Creek
Baptist Church Thursday and inter- j
rnent will tie in the Mast cemetery. x
No other particulars are available, ?
but will be given in the next week's j
CASE CONTINUED \
I etcher Teague, only defendant
brought before the Recorders Court ,
Tuesday, was granted a continuance |
by Judge Bingham, after several law- ,
yers and other citizens had inter- .
vouod in behalf of the popular young K
man. Teague is charged with drunk-!,
CREDIT ASSOCIATION TO |
HOED STOCKHORDERS MEET,
Farmers should remember to be
present at the annual stockholders i
meeting of the Wilkesboro Production '
Credit Association at Wilkesboro'
courthouse February 2, 11 o'clock a.
m. The seven counties, Wilkes, Watauga,
Caldwell. Ashe, Alleghany,
Surry and Yadkin, comprising the
district arc expected to send large
delegations and any farmer who is
interested in addition to the stockholders
are especially invited to atItend.
ependeut Weekly Newsps
BOONE, WATAUGA COU
COMMITTEES OF I
ASSEMBLY WORK I
AM Di7VI7MITr< mi I !
Last Week Unvoted to Tax and Appropriations.
Salon Tax to Bo Itecommouded.
Sentiment for Salary
Increases Strengthens. Bill for Acquisition
or Purk-to-Fark Bight of
Way Passes Both Houses.
By M. R. DUNNAGAN
Raleigh. N. C.?General Assembly
ctivities bust week were centered in
omnilttecs largely, and especially the
tate and House Finance and Appronations
committees, dealing with ]
evenue and appropriations bills,
hilc the roads, judiciary, health and
line other committees had work to
The revenue measure is receiving
ore attention along now. The Fiance
Committee has been meeting
idly, House and Senate committees
eing merged into one temporarily,
pproving parts of the bill and holdig
hearings on the more controvertd
section- the genera! sales tax. The
'air Tax Association, opposing the
ales tax. had its day, and the State
Merchants Association is to be heard.
However, whether "inevitable" finlly
or not, the sales tax, without the I
xt:*nntiona on nino basin nenpsaltiea- 1
as been approved in general by the
Dint finance committees, although
till others are to appear in opposilon.
About all of the arguments
gainst it were presented last week,
nless new ones are to be sprung by
he merchants. How the House and
enate, when it gets to the floor, wl"
roat the sales tax, approved by the
o nmittees. remains to be seen.
'Die joint Appropriations commutes
have been bearing State departIClltS
Juki iisi uumr witi COif ^
inuc these hearings through this
oek. Most agencies seek to have the
ppropriations recommended by the
dvisory Budget Commission inreascd,
altiiough some are satisfied
ith the figures. This group hopes to r
iuish hearings this week, and certinly
it is more than likely that at least
\e chairman of the four larger comlittees
will comer when they have
bout completed their deliberations to
to if they are close together jjn ex- v
ecteii results?a balanced budget,
hich Governor Ehringhaus has deft- itely
and firmly stated must be acnmplished.
Salary Increases to Fore
Governor Ehringhaus, it is stated
y close friends, would like to see his ?
igures on sRlary Increases, for teahers
and State employees generally, '
aised above his suggestion, if it can c
e figured that this can he done with 1
loney to be raised by the revenue "
leasurc. If the lawmakers can find
loney for a 20 per cent increase, he
. mild undoubtedly approve it, or even '
25 per cent raise might please him, 1
: the budget can be balanced with '
ucu an increase. ~
Sentiment is evidently strong for
alary increases, several bills calling r
or increases of 20 to 40 per cent. 0
'he higher figure cannot be reached, 1
(Continued on Page 8)
'ending Passage Control!a
Measure, Farmers Asked]
10 Reduce Spud Acreage i
[cprcsentattvc Lindsay Warren, Ac- ;
companied by Maine Congressmen, c
Confer With Officials of the |
Washington. D. C.?Southern pota- '
0 growers will be asked to enter a I
oiuntary reduction movement per.d
ng the effective date of the national
Potato Control Act which Rcpresenative
Lindsay C. Warren of North l
Carolina expects to introduce next I
Representatives Warren, Biand and '
irewster of Maine conferred Monday <
vith AAA officials who have drawn <
1 tentative bill for consideration of i
nterested members of CongTess. i
Another conference will be held to- 1
lay when it is hoped final agreement 1
nay be reached on the terms of the
At a conference Tuesday the chief
snag was over the effective date. Potatoes
are grown in practically all
sections of the country and the seasons
vary greatly. It was found im[ivmiuic
to arrive at tuy date which
would be satisfactory to everyone concerned.
It is now probable that the
effective date will be fixed as May 1,
and that Southern growers will be
asked to co-operate in advance of the
It is said that the bill will carry a
penalty tax of 50 cents per one hundred
pounds on all potatoes grown in
excess of quotas, and that each farmer
will be allowed to use his best
three years during the past five as
a basis for his quota.
So far there has been little opposition
to a compulsory potato law modelled
on laws already applying to cotton
and tobacco, which, unlike potatoes,
arc grown in comparatively
small sections of the country.
iper?Established in the
NTY, NORTH CAltOLhMA. THURSDAY
Trial at Fleming
* * *
New jersey Brings Witne
The three witnesses, pictured f o
above, have been brought from Ger- j n
many by the State of New Jersey j t'
ill the trial of ISruuo Hacplniann fc
on *he charge of the murder of the b
Lindbergh baby. They are close rel- o
atives of Isadure Fisch, deceased, f<
from whom Hauptmann testified he F
received the fJiulhergh ransom c<
money. They are, left to right: ii
Czerna Fisch and her husband, Pin- u
ens Fisch. brother of the late ISttdor,
and Hannah Fisch, a sister. I
State's Aticr-ney David T. Wilentz j p
Tuesday afternoon finished his cross j ()
examination of Hauptmann, am* tl's i t<
defendant was turned bark to his i c<
~ ~~ ? ? 1 ?
i AX COLLECTIONS H
ARE ON UPGRADE
V!tson> Averaging More Than Eight Ml
i^uKhed Dollnrsa Hay in County
fax Hccelpts. -January Coi
lections Double 1-ast Vear.
A decided increase in receipts of
onnty taxes is reported liy A. D. 53
V'llson, the collector, who soys he is Plow
averaging taking in more than of
ighl hundred dollars a day. January Be
Collections, in toto, are expected to j cv
iore than double those of January, i a
934, Mr. Wilson continues. |co
With continued low prices of farm iel
iroducls. Mr. Wilson cannot explain cn
he sudden and decided increase oth- i
r than that payments made deposi-i^
ors of the Watauga County Bank! sj.
lave neiped. and thai u vmvr.!....
if optimism over the signs of sen- v>,
ral business recovery has induce<i
iany to spend who had hitherto de- l0
isted from parting with the curren- pe
:y. At any rate, tax collections are ca
licking up, and that's a mighty good (a
ign, Mr. Wilson rightly thinks.
ROBBERY AT MORTIMER
Lenoir, N. C.?-Robbery Saturday ye
light of the postoffice and store at he
itortimer, mountain village near here, de
:aused a loss of around $100 in cash,
Sheriff J. C. Tolbert reported, followng
an investigation Sunday morning.
Jo clues as to the identity of the of
hief were obtained. H. M. Little is dc
jostmaster and operator of the store v;
WORLD COURT LOSES N
The Admiinstration suffered its
first major setback Tuesday when j -,v
he Senate went on record as opposed | di
:o the World Court proposal by a at
.-etc of 52-36. As has been their cus- w
:om. North Carolina's Senators split ni
>n the controversy. Bailey championing
the measure and Reynolds oppos- re
ing it. Both spoke their respective a:
:onvictions during the hot debates on ai
the floor of the Senate. m
Few Davs; Mar<
Mr. S. C. Eggers, local represents.- t<
tive of the Wilkes Corn-Hog Crop s<
Control Association states that time si
is near for the signing of the hog ir
reduction agreements. ci
An associations! meeting was held li
in North Wilkesboro Friday and Mr.
A. H. Chambers, representing the e:
State Department of Agriculture, 11
was present and told of the plans of w
the Agricultural Adjustment Admin- ti
istration as will affect the raising of a
corn and hogs. Representatives from p
Wilkes, Yadkin, Surry, Alleghany, p
Ashe, Watauga, Alexander, Avery, V
Vtchell and Caldwell counties were f
It was brought out in the meeting ii
that contract blanks will be available ii
Year Eighteen Eighty-Ei
C, JANUARY 31. 1935
;toii Continues j
;sses from Germany to
y of Hauptmann
wii lawyers for a re-direct exaraiat
ion. Throughout his more than
wo days of grilling by the State,
lauptniann maintained a remarkale
degree of poise, and while much
i nts story is described as "farstched,"
he stood by it to a letter,
te repeatedly maintained his innoerice
despite the mass of damagig
eireiimstantial evidence piled
p against him.
>lrs. Hauptmann is expected to
wtify today, being the last or the
rineipal witnesses for the defense,
ithi'r alibi witnesses are expected
> be introduced by the Ilaiipttininn
IS LOCAL TOPIC
jeh Interest Shown in Anmini Social
Kvent to Be Heid Tonight at
DanlM Boone Hotel Ticket
Sales Have Increased.
The Roose.velt Bali, celebrating the
I'.l anniversary of the birth of the
csident, lias been the principal topic
conversation around the streets of
10110 for the past few days. The
ent, which has been fashioned into
huge sooial gathering by the local
mniittee, is to he lieid at the DanBoone
Hotel this (Wednesday) eving.
Mayor Tracy Councill, who is
airman of the local committee,
ates that advance sales of tickets
e fasj " advance of those of last
ur and predicts that the final reipts
will be surprisingly satisfacry.
Many who do not dance are ex-!
cting to attend, participate in the
rtl games and otherwise be enter-1
ined during the evening.
T>.0%?00.) . - ?- '
? iiviu mc evati, us ja yen-]
ally known, go to the relief of suffers
from infantile paralysis. ThiS|
nr. however, 70 per cent remains at j
nee for the care of local children \
ilinquent in this respect.
SEA TAKES ITS TOIX
New York.?Search for survivors
the Ward liner Mohawk was abanmed
Monday long after hope had
unshed that any could remain alive
the wind-lashed waters otf the
ew Jersey Coast.
When the last Coast Guard cutter
as recalled, three nights and two
rys had passed since the Mohawk
ink Thursday night after colliding
ith the Norwegian freighter Talisan
off Sea Girt, N. J.
The bodies of 36 victims have been
covered from the coastal steamer
id ten?nine members of the crew
id a woman passenger?still ate
cts Ready In
eh 1st Last Day
I tne association and county agents
>me time next week and an early
gn-up by interested farmers is urged
I order that all contracts may be
jinpleted by the specified time?
It will be necessary for everyone
sporting to receive reduction paylents
this year to sign regardless of
whether or not they signed the conracts
last year. Tn addition to these
II farmers wishing to reduce their
roduehon of com and hogs and get
ay for the reduction can sign. All
r ! ?
? autumn < ai 111 ?o IIMJI tug IUI uici inormation
may receive same by applyng
at the office of Mr. S. C. Eggers
n the Watauga County Bank bulldog
(1 Wl liPD V- AU
BUILDING & LOAN
IN FINE SHAPE
IahiiI Association Matures Fourteenth
Series. Earnings Sufficient to Pay
Dividends and Create Additional
Contingency Reserve. Stevens Says
Association In Fine Shape. New Series
Outsells laist, Secretary Says.
The Watauga Building nnd Loan
Association closed one of the most
successful years of its existence on
December 31. according to an audit
of Its affairs completed Tuesday evening
by W. E. Stevens, certified public
accountant of Lenoir.
The thirteenth and fourteenth series
of installment stock were matured
in the customary 81 months, which is
the shortest period of maturity possible
under the monthly system of payments;
sufficient earni-.gs were shown
to pay all contingencies and considerably
strengthen the reserve fund
which luis been set up against contingencies.
Stevens Expresses Satisfaction
Mr. Stevens says that the local as
owmuuii a recora 01 earnings and stability
is far ahead of ihe average he
lias found in the State and continues:
"The Association has eurncd sufficient
to apportion earnings to the installment
stockholders at the usual
rate, after making an addition to the
reserve for contingencies of 51,562.25.
"1 find that the fiscal affairs of the
Association have been handled in the
usual efficient manner, all funds having
been properly accounted for.
Mortgage leans were found to be in
their proper order with the necessary
collateral papers. Your management
is to be congratulated for the excellent
showing made during the year.
The installment and interest in arrears
at nncomber 31. 1334. were less
than the arrears at Deeemher 31,
New Series Going Strong
W. H. Gragg, secretary of the association,
finds that payments arc
now being made by shareholders at an
accelerated rate, and is highly pleased
v. ith the enthusiastic reception accorded
the new series of installment
stock which opened this month Ssles
are being made every day, Ik- continued,
and more than four hundred
shares had been disposed of the first
of the week.
Reynolds Says Congress - ~
WY1U A -I" V- 1
win .rtLajourn r.any
Washington ,D. C. A short session
of Congress was predicted Monday
by Senator Reynolds of North CarHe
expressed the belief adjournment
would come by April I, declaring
the four billion dollar relief appropriation,
the bonus and social security
issues would be disposed of
Within two months.
Reynolds said he believed Congress
would grant President Roosevelt the
control he wants uvci the relief fund,
would adopt sane social legislation
and would approve a compromise on
The World Court, now before the
Senate, would be rejected this week
by a two-vote margin, he predicted.
Reynolds is a vigorous lender of the
opposition to the court, having split
with his colleague, Senator Josiah W.
Liquor Control Bi'i?
Are Being Prepared
Raleigh.?Several other bills proposing
some definite form of liquor
control in North Carolina in the place
of the present state prohibition law
are known to ve in proces of preparation
here I understood that Senator
John Hill of Durham,
an ardent anal dry and active
churchman prepared a liquor
control bill wfiteh he is planning to
introduce at some later date. Senator
Hill takes the position that the presern
State prohibition law is a farce,
that liquor is now being sold in North
Carolina more openly than in many
of the other states where its sale
is legalized and that a stronger liquor
control will do more to bring about
a reduction in drunkenness and drinking
than the present law.
HADPTMANN JURORS DANCE
"Icmington, N .T ?The Hauptmann
jurors held a square dance Monday
night in one of their rooms at the
The floor shook under their tread,
and one of the hotel proprietors remarked,
"they're certainly traveling
around." Sounds of merriment and
phonograph music drifted down to the
Mrs. Verna Snyder, the 278-pound
' juror, told a constable she preferred
the fox trot.
Continued cold weather has visited
Boone during the past few days, mer.
i cuiy always below freezing and once
- approaching within six degrees of the