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A LETTEB TO THE
My dear Mr. Average Citizen:
An intimate acquaintance with you,
extending over a number of years,
leads me to wTite you this Intensely
personal letter. I know that you love
the truth, that you despise injustice,
that you are a robust champion of the
squai'e deal. The possession by you
of the cardinal virtues makes North
Carolina a truly great State.
The most vital power or the State Is
the power to tax, and you btelleve that
thi4=vlUd power should De exercised
with a full knowledge of the truth.
You believe that from this full know
ledge of the truth there will flow per
fect equality la taxation.
For the first time in tne history of
the State you, Mr. Average Citizen,
have It in your power to write the full
truth ai>d perfect equality In the tax
books of the State. You nave never
been called upon to do tnis before; in
deed, you have never been permitted
to do this before. But now the Gen
eral Assembly has enacted alaw that
places the matter entirely in your
hands. The new tax law Is written
on correct principles. The machinery
for its enforcement is adequate and
appropriate. The law is so written
that it will be easy for the citizen to
do right and hard for him to do wrong.
But on you, Mr. Average Citizen, rests
the responsibility of determining whe
ther or not the wise and Just purpose i
of the law shall be carried out.
Now. Mr. Average Citizen, you will!
receive a questionnaire and will be
called upon to swear before God and
to all your fellow-citizens what is the i
fair market value of your property. |
When you come to take this solemn j
oath it will be helpful to you to' put
. your own conscience this question:
'.. I did not own this property, but
* - - to buy it, what would I be jus
t.:*.r . in paying for it?" and, again:
"it : ranted to sell this property, not
at a reed sale, but in- the way and on
the terms that property of this class
is generally sold in this commuaijy,
what do I really believe I could get
for it?" The answer to these questions
will point with reasonable accuracy
to the fair market value of your prop
erty. This fr.lr market value you
must write down in your question
naire. else you will cease to be Mr.
Average Citizen- and become Mr. Un
When you, Mr. Average Citizen, tell
the truth about your property, it will
__ do._no good* for your neighbor, Mr.
"t7n desirable rtlizefrTto tell -a "lie abOttt"
his property, because when the books
show truly what the property of Mr.
Average Citizen is.worth, this evidence
will clearly and Conclusively show
what the property of Mr. Undesirable
? Citizen is worth. The local and dis
trict assessors, when they come to fix
the value of property, will be govern
ed by the sworn testimony of Mr. Av
And when you, Mr. Average Citizen,
tell the unvarnished truth about your
ery discrimination ana every fnequai
ity in taxation in North Carolina.
True values are always equal values,
but the greatest expert cannot equalize
a series of falsehoods.
When all the property In the State
shall be placed on the books at its fair
market value, many benefits will ac
crue to you, Mr. Average Citizen.
1. You will have the great satis
fajtimr of-knowing that the record
written by all the people of the State
ia.a true record and not a libel on the
commonwealth. This knowledge will
wonderfully strengthen the moral fi
ber of our people."
2... You will know that every dis
crimination in taxation is wiped out,
and that every citizen is carrying his
fair part of the burden.
3. As tee values go up the rate of
taxation will go down, and hereafter
North Carolina will be known far and
wide as a wealthy State with a low rate
of taxation instead^ of a poor State
wiui a nign rate 01 laxauou.
4. The General Assembly has made
a pledge not to collect, under the pro
posed true valuation of property, rev
enues greater than ten per cent fn ex
cess of the revenues collected under
the present false values. This means
that the total revenues collected by
the State shall not be greater than ten
per cent In excess of the total revenues
collected under the present law. This
most emphatically does not mean that
no particular citizen may pay less tax
es than he has ever paid before. He
may pay double what he has hereto
fore paid. This depends on whether
or not he has heretofore paid his fair
share of (he taxes according to his
true worth. If he has paid more than
his fair share the increase as to him
will be less than ten per cent; if he
has paid less than his fair share, the
increase as to him will be more than
ten per cent.
You. Mr. Average Citizen, will at
once perceive the essential justice in
thus equalizing the public burden. I
call on you to lend your vigorous sup
port. first, by example, and then by
precept, to this attempt -by the Gener
al Assembly to build up n taxation
system in North Carolina grounded on
perfect truth and perfect Justice. By
so doing you will help to practically
demonstrate that it is profitable in
money and in morals to a people as
well as lo an Individual to tell the
truth and shame the devil.
T. W. BICKETT.
Raleigh. X. C., July 11, 1919.
Birrs OIL ENGI>E OUTFIT.
J?u#ttS'tn Have New Plant Iii*tullt*d
In About Sixty Day%
Tbfl Board of Town Commissioners
met )n special session on last Friday
Atfr&iDbn to hoar the rejK>rt from the
Comfi&tftae. that had visited Southport
and -some other places on a tour of in
vestigation of the efficiency, cost and
satisfaction of the oil engine tkat had
been proposed for the power plant for
Loulsburg. Their report was very
favorable, showing that Loulsburg
could make a big saving over its pres
ent cost of operating and to such an
extent that It would be unwise to con
sider any proposition from the. Caro
lina Power and Light Co. Whereup
on a motion in proper Jorm prevailed
purchasing the rtljMrnj outfit, af
ter the contract b had
beep read^d-fc*h^fci^.?^Fhis outfit
consists of ?e mtcV direct
connected jkltJmktaiy mor
tised c hain, din yWi efci?D^d%* twenty
five hors^-pow^lwl^ #*MC-^tor day
run, one- "fipOr*power tfaTor-driv
en fire QUipfcjMtf^rhorMg^wer mo
tor driven, rlr^r online 36 gal
lon mo^or driven pump for pumping
oil to power houfee, and a 10,000 gallon
storage tank at a cost of $27,000.00.
The necessary preliminary financial
arrangements have been made and the
plant is ordered out. This plant is
equipped ror twenty-four hotlr service
which the Commissioners contemplate
installing when the new plant is star
ted up. One unit of the present steam
plant will be held in readiness as an
; auxiliary, until a satisfactory sale can
be found fcr It, when it will, no
doubt be replaced with another unit of
the large oil engine outfit.
; In doing away with the truck, shav
ings. coal, and firemen the Commis
sioners expect to make a saving of at
least $500.00 a month,, with a splen
did probability of $700.00 or more.
The citizens of Loulsburg who want
electric current during the twenty-four
tours for other than lighting purpos
es are advised to take the matter up
with Supt. Hill that necessary ar
rangements may be made so that when
the new plant is put into use they can
avail themselves of the all day cur
With all the available information
in hand there is no question that the
present Board of Commissioners arc.
to be congratulated upon making the
best busin'ess deal for the town it has
experienced in many years and there
is Hardly any doubt but that it will
prove even more so -in the future.
It is now expected that the new
.plant wtll be installed, ready for run
ning, within the nex^sixty days.
, The Board of County Commissioners
I met in special session on Monday with
i all members present except Chairman
jTlmberlake. Mr. J. D. Alston was
i selected to serve in this position, and
| after reading and approving the min
j utes of the last meeting the following
I business was disposed of:
at S100.00 per bale.
Ordered that notice be served on C.
T. Stokes, Allen Bros. G. W. Ford
and A. W. Perry. Jr.. to appear before
the Board today for failing to list cot
Upon motion the Board received all
tax lists, with the understanding if
anything is wrong with any of them
the respective tax listers will correct
same without extra compensation.
It was ordered that H. A. Matthews
property be reduced to $2,240 and J.
A. Sfencer's property be raised " to
$2.240, both being the Spencer land.
Ordered that oaths of T. W. Wat
son and Hugh W. Perry be received
Chairman Timberlake arrived for
the afternoon session.
G. W. Ford was before tlie Board
in regard to listing cotton. The mat
ter was deferred to next regular meet
All township road trustee# were or
dered to make reports to Board of
The Board adjourned to its next reg
BASS-BE AT Y.
The marriage of Miss Mary E. Beaty
to Dr. W. Ray Bass, of Louisburg. was
celebrated at the home of Mr. Paul
N". Allen. Dr Weston Bruncr. pastor
of the Baptist Tabernacle church, of
The bride, who wore a traveling
suit of blue and carried a shower of
brides roses, was attended by Miss Ze
nolia Bagwell as maid of nonor. Miss
es Cassi Colton of Clayton, and Texi<
Bagwell as bridesmaids. The maid
of honor was dressed in pink organdie
'anff carried pink K i Hartley roses. The
hrirlesmaids wore white organdie dres
The groom was attended by Mr.. B.
C. Sharif), of Louisburg. as bost man.
Messrs. Paul N. All?n and Preston
Smith, of Garner, as groomsmen. Lit
tle Misses Kdsa Karl Beaty. of Wil
son Mills, and Catherine Heuss acted
as ribbon bearers The wedding mu
sic was pluycd by Miss Amcnda Smith
After a wedding tour to*Western
Carolina, Dr and Mrs. Bass will be
at home in Louisburg.?News-Obser
Mr. L. P. Hicks was a visitor to
SOME IOC KNOW A>D SOME YOB
DO NOT KSOW. *
Personal Items About Folks and
Their Friends Who Trarel Here
And There. ? '
Dr. S. P. Burt vUlted Raleigh Wed.
______ * *"? i -! .
Mr. F. W. Wheless left yesterd??
Mr. Ben T. Holden spent-MTMH
days the past week In Norfolk.
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Thomas vis)
South Hill, Va., the"past week.
Miss Virginia Jones Is on a
friends and relutlT6S In Kaieign
Mrs. W. B. Cooke and children L_
on a visit to her sister at Enfield.' >J
County Tax Assessor T. W. WauJufi
was a visitor to. Raleigh Wednesday^
Mr. Conrad Driver, or Memp
Tenn., is vlsltiDg relatives m the i
Mrs. W. E. Bartholomew and cl
dren are on a visit to her sister H
Mrs. Lee Battle, of Trinity CoUaM
Is & visitor to friends and relatives to
Mrs. John B. Yarborough and Mrs.
W. H. Yarborough were visitors to
j Mr. W. Hal Mann, who has been on
an extended visit to Syracuse, N. Y.,
returned home yesterday.
i Mrs. F. A. Riff, who has been
' visit to relatives at Salisbury and
;ington. Va., has returned home.
Mr. Malcolm McKlnne and daugh
ter. Miss Olivia, returned Mondif
from a visit to Washington City.
Mr. and Mrs. Tiler B. Wheeler and
children, of Scotland Neck, Tisltf
relatives near Louisburg this week?'
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Webb
(sons. Edmond and William visited
? atives in South Hill, Va., the past w<
Ttfrs. R. A. Dunaway and ch _
of Johnson- City. Tenn.. who are visit
ing her brother. Mr. S. G. Riggs. spoilt
Friday in Raleigh.
Misses Ruth Early and Elizabeth
Allen have returned home from .Na
tural Bridge and Roseland. Va., where
they attended house parties.
i Mr. J. B. Barringer and daughters,
of Norwood, visited at the homes of
jUlessrs. "W, Cooper.and W. E. Bar
?Mr. F. W. Hicks returned the past
week from an inspecting tour of the
'oil. engine units with the Committee
j from the Board of Town Commission
Misses Ruth Early and Elizabbeth
Allen have as their guests, Misses Ve
ra and Martha Wiggins. of Denmark.
?S. C.. Misses Julia Carver and Helen
"Lyon, of Durham.
50,000 SEAMEN JOIN
THE MARINE STRIKE
New York. July 14.?The threatened
strike of men employed on the vessels
controlled by the United-States ship-J
ping board was called late today. By
i this action, according to tsnlori offic- j
lials 50.000 seamen and thousands of i
stewards, cooks, and other employes
joined the ranks of those already on j
strike in the coastwise trade.
The offer by the shipping board of I
an increase in wages and shorter wor- j
king hours in port was duplicated today j
by the American Steamship associa
tion. which controls 75 per cent of the
coastwise shipping, but the proposals
failed to bring about a settlement.
Officials of the shipping board will
make another effort tomorrow to reach
an agreement with the ?triKe leaders
and end a situation which is admitted
ly having a serious effect on the sea
board commerce. The principal bone
of contention, thte union heads say. is
over the question of a cfosed shop, a
principle which the officers of the
steamship association have thus far i
resolutely refused to concede.
The outlook was made more threat- [
cning today when William S. Brown, j
international prsident of the marine
engineers, telegraphed from Buffalo
that his union had voted to join the
walkout if the demands of the strikers
wer?* not met.
SER VICES AT ST. PA1I/S CHI 1M H
SI Nl)AV THE SOTII.
The Rev. N. Colin Hughe*, the rec
tor, will have regular service.? at St.
Paul's church on Sunday. Jut "? -0th.
Administration of the Holy Commun
ion at. 7:30 A. M., Mornrng prayer
and sermon at 11 A M.. and evening
Prayer and sermon at 6:30 P. M.
The rector and congregation extend
a cordial invitation to all to attend all
HOME DEMONSTKATION DE- J
The Community Club meeting at
Winston, the Woman's ciut> meeting
at Roberts and the Boys and Girls'
Farm and Home Club meeting at Mit
chiners. were excptlonally good last
About thirty men. women and girls
attended the Winston meeting. A
great deal of interest was stown in
the iceless refrigerator demonstration.
This club does splendid canning each
summer. It is interesting to know
that the men do as much of the work
and take as much interest Jn each
program as the women
1 Every member was present at the
I Roberts Club. An Iceless refrigera
tor demonstration was given here. Af
iter the club meeting, all members vi?
|ited Mrs. Bob Roberts to see her side
I porch. It is an attractive summer
?living room. No more beau
tlful flowers are to be seen than the
ones arranged on this porch. Mrs.
J. J. Tlmberlake is the entnuslastle
president of this club. Sometime ago
?he was having her home pafnted. She
wished it completed toy a certain date
so sho painted the blinds and a large
propoction-oI-Lhfl lower ncory. It tak
*s just such workers as she tojmaka?
successful leaders of community or
Maggie Phelps, a canning club girl
of the Mltchlners club, gave the peach
es she Intended canning to a sick club
members of her club. She said "I had
rather do without them in tne winter
if the sick child can enjoy them now."
An Irish potato cut in half and dip
ped in ashes is splendid to clean fruit
or egg stained steel or silver knives
and forks and other silver.
A "Baby Booth" and a "Home Con
venience Booth" have been arranged
for the County Fair. Last year. B.
Altman & Co., sent down a complete
outfit for babies' wear and model fur
nishings in white for a nursery. As
the fair could not be held last fall
these articles will be exhibited this
year. It will be one of the most at
tractive booths of the fair.
I hope every woman in the county I
will see the booth filled with home |
conveniences. The Carolina Power j
and Light Co. is going to install a
Delco light system. A wasning ma-;
chine, wringer, large roller Iron, hand
iron, churn and vacuum cleaner will
be attached, showing some of the most!
useful labor saving devices a country I
toman can have in her home ?
The following order concerning the
Confderate Veteran Re-union for the
State, to be held at Rocky Mount, X.
C.. has been issued by Commander P~
Camp R. M. McKinne? Xo. 1527
U. C. Veterans.
Louisburg. X. C.. July 17. 191V*.
i will be h?ld this year in :ne beautiful
and hospitable city of Rocky Mount
I oi? the 5th, 6th and 7th of August. On
arriving there you will report to Head
quarters 2nd X. C. Brigade, comman
ded by Gen. Wm.. Smitn. Each one
will make his own arrangements to
? get there. Wishing you a good time.
P G. ALSTOX. "
I> INTEREST OF UOOll ROAllS.
A delegation composed of Messrs.
W. Hr Ruftii>. F. R McKitme. J. P.
Timberlake. J. D. Alston. Clarence
Gupton. C. C. Murphy. J H. Wood. I
j M. S. Davis. J. X. Perry. H. H. Bed-!
dingfield. B. B. Sykes. C. C. Winston.
P. W. Justice and A. F. Johnson j
went to Raleigh Wednesday to appear ;
before the State Highway Commission
in the interest of the good roads of
the county. They received assurance,
of Federal and Sta te assistance In '
building portions of roads In Sandy ;
Creek, Gold Mine and Dunns town- i
ships and assistance for maintenance !
on other roads! They n:so secured'
two Army trucks to be used in the j
county for road work.
14 ARRESTED, (HARKED
WITH INTENT TO MlKDER
While Men and Negroes To Answer
For Trouble at Long* lew, Texas.
Longvtew. Tex^s. July 14 ?Fourteen
white men,were arresred today on war
rants charging assault with intent to
murder, in connection witli I lie pit<i
gu.Higl t J i ? ween white .men and ne
groes last Friday.
The nieti were released on ? 1 .flop
bonds each, pending action by *i.
county grand jury.
Two more whit.- nien are to be ar
rested- on the same charge, nccording
to Captain* Hanson. In command of the
ranger force In-re, who said still, fur
ther arrests would be made tomorrow"
on charges of arson in connection with
the burning of six negro residences
after tiro clash Friday.
Rangers, cooperating with guards
men. today took several negroes in cus
tody amj placed them under guard at
the military camp pending investiga
THE FRANJttJfJ TIMES
$1.50. Per war in Advance.
PELTATE ALBERT 0. AYSCUE.
Private , Albert G. Ayscue was the
son of the late Josph J. Ayscue, of
Alert, Franklin .County, N. C.t who
gfcve his life (n France October 10th.
1918. Private Albert Ayscue was born
in Franklin County near Alert July!
27th, 1889 and lived there with his peo
ple until he reached the age of twen- i
ty-one which afterwards worked for ,
wages around Alert, while he was
working with Mr. R. T. Tharrington
of Alert post office at the time he re
ceived his call. Albert was a man of
unusual ambition. H? was industri-j
ous and a boy of great success to his
country. He lived a quiet obsr life
and his daily walk was tha: a true
gentleman. He was useiui . his
country. He united with Mountain
Grove Baptist church about ten years
ago. which he was a faithful Christian
until he was called away and a faith
ful scholar in his Sunday School at
Mountain Grove. He went to camp
Jackson, Columbia. S. C. where he
completed his training for oversea du
ty and in May, 1918 he sailed for
France, where he went in regular ser
vice. He was in several hard battles
aiid went over the top several times
He was a brave soldier ana died a no
ble death in that unkiwwn country.
His death was a great loss in his home
and his country >t He leaves an aged
mother, four sisters and lour brothers
land lots of friends and relatives to
'mourn their loss. All wfco knew him
loved him and we hope he is uow rest
ing in that great and unknown place
of rest. May the Lord guide and com
jort the breaved mother, sssters and
"brothers to prepare to meet him where
there will-be no parting for ever more.
DAYLIGHT SATING LAW
TO REMAIN IN EFFECT
TlloJfff.'lM HHP" It"'
pealing It Over PresldenfiCMeto?
Nu > urtlier trtort Now.
Washington. July 14.?The daylight
saving plan under which the clocks of
the country are turned forward an
hour in Mjirch and moved back iu Oc
tober. will be continued indefinitely.
This was assured today when fol- j
lowing President Wilson's veto of the
$33,000,000 agricultural appropriation!
because of its rider repealing the day- !
light saving act. the house refused, by
a vote of 247 to 135, to pass the uieas-.
ure over the President's veto. Strength .
mustered by repeal advocates was j
eight votes less than the necessary'
two-thirds of the members present. .
Party lines were disregarded in the
voting, members from agricultural
districts?the sources of most of the
opposition?favoring passage of the ;
bill as originally enacted, with repre- j
sentatives from the urban districts op
House advocates of the repeal said
tonight after the agricultural bill had
been sent back to the committee for
elimination of the repeal provision!
that no further effort would be made ,
at this session, perhaps not in this.
Congress, which continues in existence}
until March. 1921. to wipe out the day-1?
light saving act. There was no indi
cation. they said, that they would be ,
able to strengthen their forces.
Senate leaders also indicated that
no action would be originated in that i
body to lvpeal the act and failure of
the lions.- today to pass the appropri-.?
ition mea>ure over the presidential i
i*eto will prevent any action by the !
senate on the repeal rider.
\ ( \KI> OF THANKS.
We ? Mend our sincere thanks to our .
:*ls and neighbors for their kind
. v during the sickness and death of ?
:iu-hand -md father. '
Mrs. G. 11. Joyiier and Family.
Junior's father was .leaving th?j|
touse to attend a lodge meeting at!'
vliich he was to be initiated into the
Good-by , Junior." he said. I'm
;oing to ride a goat."
" O. daddy." exclaimed Junior, "ride
ilm back to our house."
THE FRANKLIN TIMES
$1.50 Per Year in Advance.
FKANKlYntOS TO """ TrT'.*"""
Election Last Week Held To Vote
Bunds For Installing Modern
System. . , X :
Franklinton, July U.?The election
which was held here Wednesday to de
termine whether or not permission
would be given the town commission
ers to issue bonds for the purpose of
installing a water system, was carried
by the advocates of water by a large
majority It is understood that the
commissioners have employed Mr.
Gilbert White to make the survey of
the town and estimate the cost.
Col. W. L. McGhee, one of Frank
linton's leading citizens, who has been
in a New York hospital ror treatment
for the past two months, has returned
home. It is hoped that the Colonel to
improved in health. He Is now at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. A. S.
Mr. Joseph O. Green, proprietor of
the Franklinton garage, is erecting a
modern building for his business. It is
a large brick structure and will be one
of the best garage buildings in this
The 2-year-old boy of Mr. Hoy Tay
lor,'superintendent of the Franklinton
graded schools, fell off the front porch
at his grandfather's nome in Anson
i county on Monday of this week and
fractured his skull. The little fallow
was rushed to the Charlotte Sanitor
ium where a surgical operation was
I performed, and it is reported he is do
ing as well as could be expected.
The annual picnic of the - Methodist
and Baptist Sunday schoolB was held
today at Green Hill, the beautiful
farm of Mr. S. C. Vann. A large
crowd of these- two prosperous Sun
day schools were in attendance, and
'enough good eats to have fed twice as
j many people.
| It is said that crops are further be
'hind at the present time than they have ^
ev^r been in this section. Quite a *
number of the farmers have not even
?started laying by yet. .and heretofore
at this time of the year they were prac
tically through work on tne crops. It
is also stated that the prospects for an
average crop is not good. It was too
wet for a while and then turned off
too dry. Cotton is commg out and
young corn is doing well, but old corn
? is going to be very short. The wheat
crop did not yield more than a fifty
i per cent crop. This was because
when it was in bloom heavy rains
came and washed the bloom off.
TWO WARRANTS HE*ILT.
OF GASTON XEANS TRIAL
Warrants Charging Conspiracy Issued
for J. T. Pooling. of Sew York, and
W. B. Miller, of Chicago.
Concord, July 14.?Today a warrant
was issued here by Justice of Peace
C. A. Pitts, for the apprehension of
John T. Dooling, assistant district at
torney of New York city, and William
S. Miller, attorney for the Northern*
ing them with conspiracy lit the pros
.ecution of Gaston B. Means for the
alleged murder of Maud a. King and
for subordination of perjury to said
trial. Means was acquitted after six
weeks trial ending in December. 1917.
This warrant is based upon sworn af
fidavits and the documentary evidence
i secured among the letters cakeu from
the files containing the correspondence
between William S. Miller attorney for
the?Nortkern Trust company, A: F.
Reichmann, attorney alsfo of the Nor
thern Trust company. Johi> T. Dool
ing. Havden Clements, solicitor of this
district, and others. All of the evi
dence" with witnesses will appear be
fore the grand jury of the Cabarrus
county Superior Court beginning Au
gust 11. If a true bill is found by the
grand* jury extradition papers will be
asked for from the ^governor of New
York and Illinois in order to bring ihe
defendants herfe for trial.
Withfn visit here Saturday of Judge
Frank H^Osborne. of Charlotte, it was
learned that depositions hav erecent
ly been taken in New York city, Wash
ington, D. C., ami Charlotte of some
of the prominent witnesses and attor
neys who took part in the prosecution
of Means in the fall of 1917 for the
alleged murder of Mrs. Maude A. King.
These depositions are returnable to
the Superior court of Cook county. Il
linois. It is alleged that these do
positions when officially in the court
at Chicago \\ill disclose sensational
infoxmation 'that the Northern Trust
company made large expenditures of
money in Ihe prosecution of Means.
I>FAI> M ATI TK.
'This is an enlightened communi
"How's tluit?" j _
"If a landlord r -fuses to rent an '
ipartmcnt to a couple with children
tie can 1m* haled to court and filled."
'That's the right idea. How doe*
"Not worth a cent. There's no law
<i pn-vciu a landlord from boosting
rent to a prohibitive figure."?
M K HAD F AITII
"Count, my father has lost all his
"I will marry you. anyhow."
"Do you really mean It?
"Yes; a man like your father can
asily rrrflke another fortune."