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WELDON, N. C., THUKHDAY, NO \ EM HER .1, 1921.
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For Infants and Children
Mothers Know That
ALCOHOL-0 PER ^ ,
■tmilM in^ thcFood tpjr
Thcrcby PromoBi>4 Oifc^
neither Opium. Morpliu>®
A l’.cl|)ful Remedy fcf
(k)nsIi|i.»tion and Diarr^*
Buct Copy of Wrapper.
i BIG SALE
Eld of Season Specials.
Final riean-Up of AH
*m Organdies,Voiis, White Goods
^ Big line of Attractive Oxfords
«*8 and Pumps and Men’s Shoes
^ Going at Little Prices.
' ■ '
tuM Wonderful Sale on Boys and
^ Men’s sumii.er Clothing
>af=W The Busy Store, WELDON. N C ^
H. L. SWflBMCK,
We are noi boastinK. We are only slating a fact and whai hundri Js
of saiisfled patrons say about us. I'lrsides excellence nf goods we also
lay claim to promptness and carefu!n*sii in the Hilnin of nil orders.
1 sell groceries as cheap for cash as any one in luvvii, :inil will deliver
same FREE OF CHARGE.
L. E. HULL,
Natr Batcbelor’* Opera Houm.i
IBE Bffi OF lALIFI!.
Capital and Surplus $65,000.
Conducted under strict Banking principles and the same efficieni
management which has marked iis success in ihe pasi. Your bus
iness is respectfully solicited, which will have our careful aiieniion
S. M. Qary,
The Citizens Bank
HAI IPAX. N. C.
W E Invite the people ul Halifax and surraundlng country to pat
ronize tbli Bank. Why not have a checking account ? It li
necewary in these timea. It Mve* you muney, and you have a re
ceipt agalnit payments to your creditors. Besides It gives you a
standing In youi’community. Me have every laclllty knawn for
Sound Banking, and Invite you lo open an account with us.
Tba soMllest account receives as much attention |as the orgeat
Wa pay 4 per cent. Co«ipo<inded Quarterly on favlngs.
GMMia«BaMk«av«wllfeaB. WaaaMljraa, jmi M*« ua.
IILROAD PLAN 10
GET RATES DOWN
Propose to Reduce Wages and
Return All the Saving by
Reduction in Charges.
FIIU TEH OFJE PflOPOSIIL
Statemtnt by Thomas DeWItt Cuyiar,
Chairman of the Afeeciatlon «f
Railway Executivaa on the
Foilowiac a oieetlflf In ChlcafO,
Octttber 14, 11)21, of the preuldeiits of
□early all tliH leudinR rnilroudH in llm
country, Mr. Tbonian DeWitt Cuytor,
chairnmn of the AuBoi-iatton of Hull'
way Kxm-udveB, ma<le the followloK
At a meeting of the AsHOi’iHtlon of
Railway KxecutiveH today It waH de-
termlned hy the raUroadii of the
Vnited Stateti to seek to bring about
a reduction in ratea. And as a means
to that end to saek a reduction in the
preient ralfroad wagev which b^va
compelled niulntenaoce of the present
An apptii-atton will be made imme
diately to the United Stateu Railroad
Labor Hoard for a reduction in wages
of train Hervice employes suCficient to
remove the remainder of the increases
made by the labor board's det-lslon of
July 20, 1920 (which would involve a
further reduction of approximately 10
par cent) and for a reduction in the
wages of all other classes of rail
road labor to the going rate for such
labor in several territories whara the
Ta Reduce Ratea aa Wages Go Down.
The foreg4)ing action is upon the
•nderstandini^ that concurrently with
auch reduction in wages the benefit
•f the redvu-tion thus obtained shall,
with the concurrence of the Inter
•tate Commurce Commission, be pass
ed on to the public in the reduction
of existing railroad rates, except In
to far as this reduction shall have
been made in the meantiipe. The
managements have decided upon this
course in view of their realization of
the fact that the wheels of industrial
activity have been closed down to a
point which brings depression and dis>
tress to the entire public and that
aomething must be dona to start them
again in operation.
The situation which confronts the
railroads is extremely critical. The
railroads in l!>20 realised a net rail
way operating income or about |62,-
•OO.OOU upon a property Investment ot
over 119,000.000,000 and even this
amount nf $(i:!.000.000 included back
mall pay for prior years received fn>m
the govemnu>nt of approximately
I64.oii0.000, thus Hhowing, when the
operations of that year alone are con
sidered. un actual deficit before mak
tng any aliowHnee for either Interest
The year i>ndod in serious depres*
•ion in all branches of industry and
in marked reduction of the market de
mand for and the prices of basic com
modities, resulting in a very serious
falling off in the volume of traffic.
Roads Forced to Defer Maintenance.
In this situation, a policy of the
mosi rigid economy and of postpon
ing and cutting to the bone of the up
keep of the properties was adopted
by the railrosds. This was at the
price of negincting and for the time
deferring work which must hereafter
and in the near future be done and
paid for. 'I'liis is illutoirated by the
fact that, as of September l.'i. 1921,
over 16 per cent, or 374,431 in num*
bor. of the H eight cars of the < arriers
.were in had order and needing re
pairs. n-: against a normal of bad or
dt-r of not more than Kitinoo as is
fuvlher IHusirated by ili ■ deferred
and imuleqi. uu muintenancH of otiier
egiiipmeni : ad of roadway and struc
Uven under t!iuse conditions, and
with this large bill (‘liarged up
against the future—which must soon
be provided for and paid if the car
riers are to perform successfully
their transportation duties—the re
sult of operations for the flrst eight
months of this year, the latest avail-
nbls figures, has been at a rate of net
railway operating income, before pro
viding for interest or dividends
amounting to only 2.6 per cent per
annum on the valuation of the car
rier properties made by the Inter
•tate Commerce Commission in the
recent rate <*ase, an amount not suf-
flclent to puy the Interest on their
Roads Earning Far Below Reasonable
It is manifest, from this showinc.
that the rate of return of 6H or 6
per cent for the flrst two years after
March 1, 1920, fixed in the Transpor
tation Act as a minimum reasonable
return upon railroad InTestment, has
not been even approximated, much
1^ reached; and that the present
blfb rates accordingly are not due to
any statutory guarantee of earnings,
fof tLere Is no such guarantee.
In naalysiog tbe expenses which
h«Te largely brought about this sit-
nation, it becomes evident that by
far the largest contributing cause is
the labor coet.
Today the railroads pay out to la
bor approximately 10 cents on the dol
lar they receive for transportation '
services whereas in 1916, 40 cents on
the QolUr went to labor.
On the first day of January, 1M7,
when the Kovernnieni look cbHr^<
wages lUiough the Adumsun Act. ilie
labor cost of the railroads bud nul
ceeded the sum of about |1,468.000.*
UUO annually. In IMSO, when govern*
ment authority made the last wage
increase, the labor cost of the rail*
rouds was about 3,698.000,000 un«
nually, or, if continued throughout the
year instead of for tbo eight months
during whUh the wage Increases
were In efTect, the labor cost, on an
annual basis, would have been
largely In excess of $3,900,000,000—
an im reuse, since the government
look charge of railroild wages In the
Adamson Act. of approximately 12,'
In the light of these figures, it is
manifest (hat (he rm-ent reduction of
wageH authorized by the l<abor Board#
estimated at from 10 to 12 per cent,
in no aense meets or solves the prol>-
lem of labor costs, and in no way
makes it possible for the railroads
to afford u reduction of their rev»
Thousands of Rates Already Reduced.
Indeed, during the past year there
have been between four and five thou*
sand individual reductions In freight
rates. On some railroads the reduc*
tions in rates have amounted to more
than the reductions in wages so far
made, and on many other railroads the
reductions in wages allowed no net
return on operations, but merely pro*
vided against the farther acv:umular
tlon of a deficit.
The point is often made that ugricu-l
ture and other industries are also
sulTering the sumo immediate difficui*
ties as the railroads, why, therefore,
do not the railroads take their medi*
cine like anybody else? The ana*
wer lies In several facts;
1. The railroads were not permit*
ted. as were other industries, to
make charges during the years of pros*
perity, making possible the accumu
lation of a surplus to tide them over
the present extreme adversity. Ao
cording to the reports of the Inter
state Commerce Commission, the rate
of return in property Investment of
the railroads of tbe United States for
the past several years has been aa
Kate of returns earned by railroads
of the United States on their pro^
it will thus be noted that during
the years when other industries were
making very large profits, when the
prices of farm products and the wages
of labor were soaring to unheard-of
heights, the earnings upon railroad
investment in the United States were
held within very narrow limits and
that they have during the past four
years progressively declined.
Roads handicapped More Than Other
2. The railroads are responsible to
the public for providing adequate
transportation. Their charges are lim*
ited by public authority, and they are
in very large respect (notably for
labor/ compelled to »peitd money on
a basis fixed by public authority. The
margin within which they are permit
ted to earn a return upon their in*
vestment or to offer inducements to
attract new < apital for extensions and
betterments is extremely limited.
However much the railrc^s might
desire, therefore, to reduce their
charges in times of depression, it will
be perceived that the limitations sur
rounding their action do not permit
them to give effect to broad and elas
tic policies which might very prop
erly govern other lines of business not
it hay be«n urf«d upon the raiiroiids
that a reduction in rates will •dmutmte
(rafTle and that incr»a«ed traffic will pro
tect fhp farriers troni the toas incidc'nt
le a reduction In rates. The rallruud
u#«n>entt cannot disgulee
L thii sucveation it merely «
. but to the public
whose ■upreine iifod Is adeqUBte trmiM-
Cunaeauenlly the rultroad nMiiaa«*nit-iits
cannot reel Juitlfled In placing these In-
Btrumentalitlt*!, so essential to tha publlo
welfare, at thw hasard of auch an expt-rl-
ment based solely upon nuc^ I'onjauture.
Farmers Especially Need Lower
It 1« evldt-rit, liuwever. that existing
Krtce* at wliU h
iti> relationshiu to the
nioditles can be M«ld
that existing labor
Iniposi' upon liulutitrx and sirrU'ulture
generally it burden greater than thi-y
should bear. This is especially true of
grtcuiture. Tht* railroad managcnieiits
r« feeiliitf seiiHltiVf to »nd synip:t(hi-llc
with the (llt)tr»-BHliig situation anii di-^! e
to do everything to assist In rellvv <
it that 1« coinpatable with their duty to
furnlHh triuiHportation which thi* imbllQ
At the inoMient railroads In many cases
side the rulln
talned by th< in at
railroHdM of (he country pal
total of considerably over 91, . .
unskHled labor aluiit*. However
pay this or that nchedule of
n hour. 'I'ne
Id In 1*20 a
■ ‘000 to
wages, it Is obvlouH th ._
paid out of Die ntllroad furniiiKx, unless
the raiVroads are
paid o_. ..
capable of nu‘i>tl
pfopli- K* nenilljr are also hampereti in tli
effortH to fi'onomlse by
es and cundl
heritage from the period of
’ Muuh charges,
i) through till
a wchedule of
Federal control and upheld by Vhe rall-
from the point
. . .Jid unnccossiry
r view of railroad opera*
■ ■ ■ Tht,
bly with iheir labor and ooste
ance with rapidly uhanglaf Conditions
vents the railroads fr«m dealing equlta-
rsat variety gf leoal csinstdL
ought to control wagM In dlffttr-
ent paru ot tbs country, ^e railroads
are seeking to hava thcee ruies aad
working conditions abrogated.
The railroads will seek a reduction m
wages now by first tvquesttnjr
the sanction of the railroad lahor (>oafC
Tha railroads will proceed with all poa<
lo the 1
For Infants and OiUdren
CASTOR I A
Clever people often make you
... mm ^ ' ihink that you don’t think what
lnUseForOver30Y*eni j you ihink'you do chink.
I OwTdren dry
It istr't (he fellow who has a smile
Because of the smile of others.
But the fellow who counts is the fellow who smiles
In spite of his scowling brothers;
Or whether they smile or whether they don't.
If he's true to his own soul's light
He will keep on smiling through thick and thin;
He will smile for the sake of the right.
The old song says if you smile for them
They will have smile for you;
But the man who smiles if they smile or not
Is the man who will put things through—
The man who smiles because it's his heart
That brings to his face the glow
Of the peace and the power of his part
In the great world's daily show.
To do things jusi to gain in return
Some gift or some grace of life
Is only a half-way style to win
In the toil and struggle and strife.
For the best old grace of joy
In doing and serving along
With a smile that is sweet as ihe smile of a boy
Till your smile makes labor a song.
The woman was old, and rugged and gray,
And bent with the chill of the winter’s day.
The street was wet with the recent snow.
And (he woman's feet were aged and slow.
She stood at the cro.ssing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng
Of human beings who passed her by.
Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eye.
Down the street with laughter and shout.
Glad in the freedom of school let out.
Came the boys like a flock of sheep.
Hailing the snow, piled white and deep.
Past the woman so old and gray.
Hastened the children on their way,
Nor offered a helping hand to her.
So meek and timid, afraid to stir
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.
At last cime of the merry troop
The gayest laddie of all the group;
He paused beside her and whispered low,
“I'll help you across if you wish to go."
Her aged hand on his strong young arm.
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,
He guided her trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.
Then back to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.
“She's somebody's mother, boys, you know.
For all she’s aged and poor and slow.
“And I hope some feller will lend a hand
To help my mother you understand
If ever she's poor and old and gray
When her own boy is far away.”
And somebody's mother bowed her head
In her home that night and the prayer she said
Was "God be kind to the noble boy.
Who is somebody’s son and pride and joy."
A LONG LIFE.
This is the Secret of a Long Life
and a Happy One.
Sometimes we see a womar
whose old age is as exquisite as
was ihe perfect bloom of her youth.
You wonder how this has come
abcui; you wonder how it is that
her life has been a long and happy
one. Here are some of the rea
She knew how to forget disa
She understood ihe art of enjoy
SIk kept her nerves well in
hand and inflicted them on no
She believed in the goodness of
her own daughters and that of her
She cultivated a good digestion.
She mastered the an of saying
She did not expect too much of
She made whatever work came
to her congenial.
She retained her illusions, and
did not believe that all the world
is wicked and unkind.
She relieved the miserable and
sympathized with the sorrowful.
She retained an even disposition
and made the best of everything.
She did whatever came lo her
cheerfully and well.
She*never forgot that a kind
wold and a smile cost nothing, but
are priceless treasures to the dis
She did unto others as she would
be done by, and now that old age
has come to her, and there is a
halo of white hair about her head,
siM is loved and considered.
This is the secret of a long life
and 1^ hippy one.
CAUSE PGR MIRTH.
When the young mistress of the
house entered the kitchen she car
ried herself with great dignity.
She had, incredible as it might
seem, come to call the cook to ac
Bridget, she said, I must insist
I you have less company in the
kitchen evenings. Last night I
' was kept awake by the uproarious
laughter of one of your women
Yes, mum, I know, Bridget ad
mitted cheerfully, but she couldn’t
help it. I was telling her how you
tried to make a cake yesterday
Tlietford’t BUck-Draifkt HlfUj
Rtcemaendej by aTeuuica
Gracar fw TradUa* Ra>
East NssIitUI*, Teas.— Tin efflo
lincT ot Theilford’s BIsck-Drsaght. tht
geoBlu, »b»Tk llTsr asdida*. li
Toncbad for by Kr. W. N. Paisaas, i
(reeer ot tbis eltr. "It Is wltkoul
doubt the best liTW afilolM, sal 1
don't bollm I eoiild get sleat withoal
it. I tslM It tor Mur BlaWMk. boat
acbo, bad llw, ladUutloa, sad all
other troubiM that are tha reealt el
a torpid llTer.
"I bare knowa sad used It (sr reus
and can aad da hlghijr rsra»«aad b
to eranr on*. I «aa*t fs ta bad with
out It In tbs baasa. It will de all II
claims to do. I oan't any aaoufb (oi
-Many otbar man and womea thtoaab
aut the oountry Iut* tonad Blaek
Draufbt ]iat aa Mr Farsoas daaerlba<
.-raluabla la racalatlaa tba Urar tc
tha bowala e(
Tbadlbrd% ■laak«iMaM Itnr aaadl
iltte U tba oMflaad aad aalr aaanlaa
Atsbvpt aa' ImUtHaBi ar aabsMtataa
aak (ar naMwd'K)
the pure phosphates and roda in
Horsford’a which inuke it no whole-
unie—which make hot bitiads, bis
uits, pastry so light, tarty, nutritious
[.nJ easy to ditfest. Horeford’s is eco-
ical—makes b'lkint? Kuccess aure.
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