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MAKES ? MOCKERY
OF EQUALITY SAYS
MAXWELL OT WATTS |
Member of Former Tu Com
mission In Vigorous State
ment On Tobacoo Order.
hkhati: to Tomrco
TBU8T VIOLATES ALL '
INTEHT OJF STATUTES I
American Tobaec* Co. aat Ugfttt u<
Myers Co. Oct Their ri*|M>J Oa
Books at 60 Par Ceat of Ta'ae While
Other Companies Voiaatarfly 8ab
m It ted Book Valaes-t Says Oeaeral
Assembly Had ,N? Intention of Au-.
of Tax Values *?d Watts Order
Ought To Be Beseiaded; Watt* Says
It Is County Bnsiaess. ,
"A mockery of any pretense of equal I
treatment In the administration of our |
tax laws, and ought to bo rescinded,"
declares Corporation Commissioner A,
J. Maxwell on the action of Revenue^
Commissioner A. D. Watts In order
ing an aggregate retroactive redaction
of $12,733,450 In the assessment of the
property owned Dy Liggett & Myers,
and the American Tobacco Company
Mr. Maxwell's statement was the
: : expression that has come from
i . since the administration of the
i l . o laws of the State was taken
by k Oatlve action from the Tax
Com!T...isioq, of which Be was a mem
enue Commissioner, and A. D. Watts
appointed by Governor Cameron Mor
rison to fill the office.
The Duke properties In Durham
were assessed by the same standards
which applied to the Reynolds inter
ests in Winston-Salem, and other les
interacts throughout. the
State. Mr. Maxwell says, and from
thls-the Bakes excepted. Their ex
ceptions have won the approval of the
RtWnueToMTnisBioner, almost to tfle
ilnll ir of the value plarfirl hy.themspl
ves on thei^own property. ' ?
Stjtfei Loses HMMfO
4,1- By tug trunsarttorrranJ^Sfre-Burhan;
? '..iiny general expense tuod loses $28,
013.50. The tax on the disputed val
uation had beon held In abeyance, and
was not paid when tne taxes were col
let ted In Durham county last tall.
Under the commissioner's order, the
tax will not be paid by the companies
to which the reductions were given.
The city tax rate in Durham for last
year is not known here.
Book values were the standards us
ed by the Tax Commission during the
value of tobacco in warehouses. Book
vsiue was taken as the original cost
of the leaf tobacco bought on ware
honse Hoors, plUH B Image and redry
ing costs. The Reynolds company re
turned its property on tills basis at ap
proximately fifty niUlOB dollars, and
the same standard of values was ap
plied to all tobacco companies In the
Dissatisfied with the values placed
by the Tax Commission, the American
and Liggett & Myetp companies lodged
protest, which was overruled by the
commissioners, and the assessment
certified to Durham county for the le
vying of the tax ratp tor 1920. Fur
ther exception was taken to the val
ues placed, and late in April, a few
days beftfte the Revenue Commission
er took over the duties or the Tax
Commission, formal exception was 111
orl hv the two commuiles.
So Law For It
Mr. Maxwell 1b not disposed to crit
icise or discuss the administration of
present ta$ laws by the Revenue Com
missioner, but takes the disturbing of
the work of the Tax commission for
last year to be a "gratuitous Impeach
ment ot tbe State Tax Com mi salon in
a matter which had been rally heard
amlTletermined by It," and "without
authority or contemplation of law ard
.Ought to be reversed."
While approving thoroughly tho ac
tion of the Oeneral Assembly in re
cownisiinK changed economic ? oondl
t'ons, and providing for the adjustment
of tax values to moet them, Mr. Max
well takes the position that there waa
no Intention on the part of the Oener
al Assembly to provide for re-adjust
ment of value*- that were established
last year, and approved by the Gener
"If valuations finally determined up
on by tbe Btate Tax Commlaslon are
to be reviewed and revised retroactive
ly for the reer 1M0 for some of these
great Industries which make large pro
f ts In good times or bad, it ought also
to be done lqr other like industries,
and for the produce r? of tobacco who
before the close of IttO were hauling
their ungraded tobacco oat Into the
fields and dumping It for fertiliser be
csuse it weal* sot pay t*s expense of
grading and marketttC"
. Rebate ea Taxes (
Persistence and patience has won
for the IXubttk Tobacco Compact lee
favorable OnilltWIhm tf a fight that
began 11 SMttM atfb*. The old Tax
Commission beard them at various
EIGHTT-ONE PS* CBHT IK
R0BIS05 8IBH COHTBACT8
..LwWrtn, Aug. n tlfUf.
' !?i cditr ?r tbe lltata, have 1%B
e4 c? ?H??Ut? auitttiir cm
tx?ete, aad they <n still skate
gitlM *???, *ew4b( tot. 8.
18 LABGELT ATTENDED
Mulwat Silver Pitchers
PrealAemt *cXeW and Tk*
GsitnnU. Auk. 23. ? The features of
today's meeting of the state Bremen
were an address by Stacy W. Wade,
state Insurance commissioner; thto
morning; at 11 o'clock and the presen
tation of handsome sllvei? pitchers to
President McNeill, of Fayetteville. and
Vice President Boyden. of Saltebory.
-They were presented in token* of ap
preciation of the work done by them
for the past 25 years for the flrnian
of the state. There were also abort
talks by Insurance Commissioner mc
Mahon, of South Carolina, Commis
sioner of Pofcllc Safety Fitx patrick. of
AfchevUle, and Building Inspector
Stelilng, of Durham.
The registration steadily increased
last night and today as the crowds
from all sections of the state hare con
tlnued to pour in. At noon Unlay ? a
tofal registration of US nad been IH
ched. Out of this number there are
at least 43 municipalities ail over tbe
state represented from Morehead City
on the east to Asherille on the west.
After the roll call the president emer
itus, Capt. James D. McNeill, tbe
dean of firemen in this state, was call
ed on for a nhort talk-. ? He spoks of
his connection with the firemen's as
sociation through a long period of ser
vice, having delivered the response to
the address of welcome at the first
J firemen's convention Id 4bis state
which was held at GreeoBboto in 18S8.
Wednesday will be featured by an
entertainment given by. the city of
j-hold the center of interest , ?
Quite a number of Loulsburg's fire
men are attending the Convention at
KkU CHOSS cakktkkia:
Mrs. J. A. Turner, Chairman of the
Loulsburg Red Cross Chapter, reced
ed an Invitation to he present at the
formal opening o( the Ree Cross Cafe
teria in Raleigh. Also the following
invitation which she was requested
to have carried through THE FRANK
LIN TIMES to the peopie ot our town
and community so that they might
know the Cafeteria will be open and
'ready for their patronage when in
"The Wake County CDapler of
the American Red Cross invite
your Chapter to be present at the
opening of the cafeteria to be op
erated in the city of Raleigh by
this chapter of the Red Cross.
The opening will take place at the
cafeteria on West Martm Street
on Monday, August 22nd, from
eight to ten p.m.
times last year and denied them valu
ation on other than the aocepted stan
dard of book values spprted to other
tobacco companies in the utate. Some
favorable adjustments were made tor
them, Mr. Maxwell says, hue refused
time and again to reverse Its original
"If this last action stands," con
cludes Mr. Maxwell, "they have at last
succeeded In getting a rebate on their
taxes for 1920 upon a basis of a boat
<0 per cent of the value upon which
other tobacco companies voluntarily
submitted to be taxed ana which was
considered by them to M coaserrn
and fair. This action. If It steads
es a mockery of any pretense of
equal treatment In the administration
Of BUT taTr laws, and ought to be res
cinded . "
Commissioner Watts regards the re
duction as a matter of concern only
to Durham county, and one which has
the approval of both county and sn
nlclpal authorities, which ought to
the matter. Various county and city
officials, he says, beads of vartoas
commercial bodies, gave nnanlnsoea
approval to the course, and In writing
and In delegatloua. asksd the On mi Is
slooer to order the reduction.
A considerable delegation of them
visited the Commissioner soon after
be took the oath of office, he said yes
terday, and asksd that the retroactive
erder he made. He said that he save
formal notice ot a hesrmg some weeks
ago, and Invited any who were oppos
ed to It to be present and pen sat their
case. None came to oppose ths order
and he had BO hesitancy tn putting It
Into effect. , ?
The M Vho thinks h^ east, la the
one who dossal. The other fallow
has a better opinion or Tiimsilf.
Q?J UKUX1DH SUSTAINED
romssioxcju jot allowed t?|
?M for fa vatina
brfon Judge W
Monday ud 111
lion tailed to correct any af
?|ullUc< decided that It was
doty to Mag aboat a mora eqi
udoLtil T?T* ?dil? J Ty
Council that they coal* ? n.
fuie Uiey proceeded
County through a system that they se
lected ? each Onwimlssinasr r hh
two townships. The result was that
In some townships big changes were
made, while In others practically aa
change was recommended- This ac
tion brought about quite a
and resulted in the
M. Pel son i
with the results stated. The
misskmers gave notice of aa i?al
to the Supreme Court lor farther hear
The order of Judge Bond
the injunction is aa follows:
This cause coming on to
it having heen nriglnslly rwtarnihls
C. to be heard this day. and placa of
hearing haying been changed to Eden
ton. X. C.. by apecacaL both sUsa
being present, after hearing the evi
dence and argument:
It Is adjudged, ordered ?nd ihrrwd
that defendants are restrained troa
?|rt rnrhi^^i th? vaiar of
any real estate US' "Franklin County for
taxation for year 1921 btrrad the nl
?a as fixed bj former order of
Board adopted June IS. 1911.
Ing nlM as fixed Kir Is*
year 1IM alter deducting from
fixed value forty per .
aptTTQTcd h?" the
Revenue. Hon. A. D. IfalB
chairman, and to that ens i
ing order issued heretofore in
cause be and same is continued to i
final hearing of said caase.
? Dung at EObuIuii. S. C. ? Aag= ? B.
W. M. BOND Jadge.
To foregoing order and jndgatsl
at time of its rendition, in open Court
and In presence of all parties difead
ants excepted and appealed to Su
preme Court. Notice waived. Ap
peal bondxfixed at 961. M. The n>
mons. complaint, answer and affida
vits filed, with foregoing
and appeal bond, shall constitute
cord for Supreme Cosif.
Eden ton. N. C. Aug. ?. mi.
~ W. M BOND. Jadg
jxTWO HODRED IETEU5S
AUITE FOB l!(!trU
UFXW5 AT trUAI
Durham. Aag. 23. Two ha ad red
veterans in already twrv tor Ikt u
nu] mnlon of >Uck optu at TH?- '
Ity Collage tomorrow afteraooa a>4 '
continues through Tharedaj. Gair-i
al James I. Metts. r r ? ? 1 ll ? at tkt|
North Carolina division, also aiilied .
tonight . TV city t* all teM
and pmnts a fall* innonup
The TKermlu will be fill p
coined tomorrow afternoon at
es li^Cnra Memorial Hall,
greesman Charlea M. Sted
Greensboro, will detlvar tM
addreaa In Craven ha
The Dnnchtera of the
today threw down a
Ka Klax Klan. which la I
a hi* rally Wedneec
petition with the lei eythm to hn i .
*a tor the veterana oC TiinMj Ckllan.
Uon committee, and Mrs tT?
Cheek, president at tha Jntmn 8. Can
Chapter 0. DrC.
Klax Klan." mya tha
U this ia a fair
aee any reason
?31 1AH AT WIUOT i
Wilson. A or *1.? W. T.
night watchman at the
ton on mill, was tonnd ha an
actons condition In a poa| at
early thia morning, ha
atrnck with an Iran pip
found nearby. Hn
the retlef watchman shsnt |
and aeat to a local
the motive as fiM that ha
his persofl and- a
i ?**<? luM (ran lb* river and
1 to the Hall inlnmrr.
Crrm mi Fart]-M>r
he OteRTrr as j^aarting TW?r
i* first trials of the ZR-2 a
of the put dirigible to
dereloaed aad that an inspec
ted the fact that certain gir
beai aad Lhat lattice nit
kled BBOrr min . Re?n
at of the hHK woct
the stractaral trcmaie.
asserted, the ZR-: had
I fr eaa ?t onaUe.
coeaosacded the ZR-i.
It is assumed her*
" is >xu: Uem. Har
- American radio officer
n r ?
that at lemsf sir sar-rt
picked a p. om of (bra
Jer. ana ooe severely
Ats ? Vivt depfcs
am brisc inforsM of
of the cmgible ZR-i
'? I icaes w*r* aboard Ikr
its froaa lite airship '
colous at smoke, aid
*U adi d for hamdreds of
the sartare of the water. ]
?w at least foir a?
tha h?rnia|t 'airship by
Macon. (J*. Aug ZS.? Work of ex
??m Lba I ill? of Hre Br IIWB IlBaMi
*Uck na ramptetely destQBgred by
ft* at an fmrty ko?r Ikk naming and
wbfrr nn tku a doaea bodies are
Building !??? !<? F. Joe Bishop. In
cku? of tke banc for bodies, announ
ced tku tbe search will be resumed at
tej-lkbt tu? otrua iDiiiliifc with a
force of IN convicts tram Uc county
Tn*t bo? nyny bodies are in the de
We expect to find at least twelve
Fi>l??l?a (>?^ Fire.
A coroner's jury rennM this after
aoon that aa explosion^rt escaping gas
in tbe basement of the Brunner Drug
O? M "he fire. The eiplo
sam cat a bole throagh the hotel from
the baiMMBt to tbe roof, tore out the
stairways and wrecked the el era tor af
ter driving it upward. Ftfe escapes
V lln >w- hni'^ff wer>> envel
oped in flames an instant Utn ? and
6 re also was bursting from every win
?* * ' big brick jtruclait.
thaLtae State Are
marshal will arrive here tomorrow to
aid in the investigation ma: is under
;w*y Tracts obtained by city and coun
ty officials and the State Ore marshal
will be laid before the K3D county
grand jury at its next session through
Solicitor General Charles H. Garrett.
I hi Phi ' ? Bart
Wben work of exploring the reins of
i the bamed hotel stopper for the night
foar bodies lay in a lot-al und.'i taking
establishment. only three of which had
hren identified. jiersons were
iltal suffering from
tbe fire and
Others leas seriously bur; were
tended by private physicians.
Tbe list of missing moc^ted tonight
| to seven, and there were many inquir
ies from all parts of Georgia for per
?jl.j ahojj it is f;artd were In ? tbe
Horace Wecms. son of tiie proprie
tor of the Brown House, said there
were more >han Ane hundred guests
at the hotel last night . The hotel reg- |
ister was destroyed in tUe fire and
much difficulty is beijig experienced
in checking the missing.
Only a small secton of the original
buildinc. buiit long before the Ciril I
War. remained intact tonight with I
floors still clinging to the side walls
It was in exploring one mt these led
ges this morning that Bremen came
upon t*?.bodies. one of which was
identified as Harry Turalpseed. a rail
itad employe. The other body, which
lay oaly a foot away, with hands clasp
ed and outstretched, has not been
Firemen aorked continuously on
iag until Kate In the afternoon. They
were recalled at 7:M o'clock when
tames broke out again In the ruins.
It was the beat which caused the
ffre, RaiMfag rnspcrtor Bishop
stated, that MWfaX thy sbuHton
iuiM of the mrrk for bodies toninht.
Charlotte. A*. 12.? The task or
oncufahii aa exhibit (tr the Made-ln
~ ~ ~ It ion. whirh will be
IS to B. t? show the
Is heinic rapidly
?I conclusion by
C. C. Hbok. of this city, former
|I1MI|?I o* the State Pede-stion of
Yam's H.h. Mrs Hook 'has
i hai at this work for the Charlotte
fMMit Clsh. wUrk has andertaken
sot uhh*. ?m?rti< to require sboat
l.tw Mat (tlMr spire
A aaahir of exhibitors already
kaee iUui 4 matrarts fV>T partkipa
!>w ia 1Mb exhibit, and details tnci
" to a ImWcki 03 the part at oth
ers are Mint wt rkrt oat by coi i mm
pimMim. aaU Mrs Hook She be
tas this eflort shoot tea days ap. and
seid "I feel eery ainrh eaooarajred by
the IIIHII ?Uck has raat so earty."
Both wsall aad tit* iadleMaal c *
hMts sre hi iaj. It laded in this dis
play. aillH M taawifat for taana
fartarers at article* >4 particular in
li i <?* to raan to paHtripete. as well-"
~ * ? the various a hi as oricmaiaa
uloo axenta j'
, ? j , ? ... jle sad Is ur-.
"?eratla? with the view at fsrHttatin*!
AMONG THX VISITORS
Mr. H . L. Candler Is oxx a trio to
Mr W. H. Ruff tn vfcfltad Nashville
Mr. W. M. Parson paid Kdantoa ?
business Tlstt Men day . f
Mr. W. R. Towns returned the j
Mr. P. S. Allan returned this ??
tr?ig> a ui? ts Hat Springs, Arte.
a visitor to Loelsbut* Saturday . -
Prof. W. R. Taylor, of Auborn,
is visiting tals parents in Loalsbaajp.
Mr. Francis Yates, of Canada, ts an
a visit to his mother here this ??*
Mr. and Mrs. *". J. Brasiay return
ed the past week from a ihut to Asbo -
Mrs. J. A* Tucker, of Newberne. Is
visiting relatives In and near Louis
Misses. Mattle and Lhcy Allen rtt
tumed home Saturday from a visit to
Mrs. O. L. Daniels, of Philadelphia,
is visiting friends and relatives In and
Mr. K. P. Hill and son, John Bart
Hill, of Raleigh, were visitors to Louis
burg the past week.
Messrs.' A. "J. Harris and r! Y .
McAden. of Henderson, were visitors
i to Louisburg Monday.
Miss Florence Silver, of Groensbo
-ro,Ja. Tlsiilnt her aunt. Miss Mary
Spencer, at Oakharsf.
Mr. Jamas Coppedge and Mr. John
hS . Cnppwlse. nf Ralclga
to Louisburg this week.
Senator F. B. McKinne and wife
left this week for a trip to Winston
Salem and Wilkesboro.
h Sir. F. N. Egerton, Jr.. of CoTum
ibia University. New York, is visitinp
jhis 'people in Lmniabarg.
| Mr. W. W. Webb and daughter.
rKltiabeth. returned home Sunday from
| a trip to Blackstone. Va.
Mr. Nathan Clarke left Sunday fpr
Raleigh, where he will take a position
? '**? >w- "" 1 " ' 1 " --j'ftf
i . y T^? j Tiifit *y "ifY
jui > u i 17. Li . jxfj uci tnnr nil . ir; Vi
I King went over to Raleigh Wednes
i day to witness the ball game.
Miss Francis Scott, of Wilmington,
and Miss Betlie Burt Hill, of Raleigh.
aie limiting Miss Temple Williams
Mr. L. Kline left this week for Bal
timore and New York where; be will
purchase the fall stock for his Arm.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hawkes
I turned the past week froth a visit to
I friends and relatives near Winston
i Salem .
Mr. J. J. Barrow, Clerk Hi the Su
perior Court, and Mrs. of' Swin
dell returned Tuesday from a trip to
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Person and
children, of Enfield, passed through
Louisburg Saturday en route to Wake
Forest to visit his mother.
Mrs. W. H. Ruffin. Mr. P. R. White
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Egerton went
orer to Oxford the past week to at
tend the Taylor-White woddlng.
Mr. W. G. Daniel and wile, of Mbnt
gomery, W, ,Va , were visitors to
Louisburg the past week, guests of
her brother. Mr. H. M. Stovall. ' '
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Allen, and chil
dren. Sam and Kate, and Mr. and Mrs.
E. F. Thomas returnee Monday Drool
a motor trip to Wrightsvillo Beach.
Supt. O. C. Hill returned the post
weak from Durham, where he notlt
ed treatment. His many friends art
glad to know that he is Improving.
Messrs. L. P. Hicks and H. C.
Taylor returned the past week hrott a
trip to Richmond, where they attend -
ed a meeting of the Southern Retail
Mr. Jim Allen left til* past we?k
for Farmwille, to finjsh the rest of the
ball season with the team of that place
We notice that Jtm won his first game
against Plymouth by the score of in
Commissioners J. P. Timber lake.
C. C. Hudson. Attorneys Ben T. Hol
den. W. H. Tar borough. Register of
Deeds S. C Holden. and Auditor 11.
W . Perry it-turned Monday night from
a trip to Kdenton.
Mr. E. W.
W. Fnrgnrson and son. who
trip to Washington. D.
Cambridge. Md.. to visit