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THE TAX DODGEK AM) HIS LY
ING TU THE LIST TAKER
" Some have said there is something
wrong with our government. We are
interested; and therefore we asked all
the county and State officers to please
tell us the faults in our government*
Every one of them told us that gov
ernment, in its true, sense, was nothing
more nor less than an organization of
people'for their mutual good, with
both burdens and blessings.
Good government provides that
every man shall share equal in both
the burdens of government and the
blessings which it gives.
Then we inquired if the folks were
all granted equal rights in the distri
bution of the blessings of government.
The answer was that everybody has
the same rights to the public roads,
the pub)ic buildings, the same police
protection, and the same rights in the
courts. It was found that every
child of school age, both rich and poor,
white and black, had an equal right
to attend public ;,chool.
When we had made a fair investi
gation, it looked as if there was no
ground for any complain against the
form of government.
We then met a list taker, who told
us he knew a few things. He became
so interesting in his conversation that
we asked him to tell us all about the
laws which fix the burdens of govern
ment on the people.
He told us that the state law re
quires every citizen to come to him
once each year to enlist for a year's
service, that the government might be
protected and sustained.
He stated that the folks were all
classified into two divisions. He said
it was his duty to place every man in
his proper division according to the
requirements of the law. He said he
yrpurse without money w
f'- ljL a piece of learner
"Likewise, a motor that's
got no power is a pretty
useless piece of baggage
for any man to drive
around. After all, he can't
go anywhere in comfort—
at least can't take a hill on xgy
high, nor pull a big piece \&y
> of bad road without shift
"Better be safe with IJjj'
. ' Standard" Gasoline—
sorry with some un- flnK
\S known brand."
'picked every strong, able-bodied per
son between the ages of 21 and 60
years in the-first division and made
them pay poll tax, whether they had
property or not, because were
able to carry the burdens of State.
Then he turned to the roster of the
second division. This roll contained
none except property owners. We
were told that the law required them
to list all of their property of every
kind and nature, whether they be
white or black Americans.
This list taker told us frankly that
when he was listing horses and cows
and sheep and hogs, corn and meat;
in fact, most of the visible property
within the common knowledge of peo
ple, he generally got an honest list.
Yet he said that when he came to the
stocks and bonds, the silver and gold,
the diamonds, the securities and prop
erty that could be hidden, that things
changed. Whereupon the question was
asked if every man did not have to
take an oath as to the property list
ed, he said yes, but even that had no
effect on lots of folks. We said, "You
don't mean to say that people will
perjure themselves to keep from bear
ing their equal portion of the govern
mental burdens?" He answered that
he was sure they would, and did. . j
We asked if he meant to" say thSl
many of our own American citizens
are deserters and run every year to
dodge the battle-call of service to our
country and our people.
The answer eame, "Y'es."
Then was asked who has to carry
the burdens of our country. He an
swered that it was those' who are hon
est enough to tell the truth about their
property and list it for taxes, as the
Then we asked if it did not place
a heavy strain on the willing ones to
carry so much load. He said that it
did and that it was the reason why
! the government is so harshly criti
cized; some honest fellows are fall
ing out under the load, and some de-
I Rerters and shirkers arc reaping the
The question was then asked as to
how you might know a tax dodging,
shirking deserter from other people.
He answered quickly that you can'ti
always tell by their looks. However,
there is one pretty good way to spot
them—just find the fellow who is
squeezing the poor, making them pay
enormous bonuses and you may find
a tax dodger. It is one of the marks
of a fellow who is unwilling to "tote"
fair and carry his part of the govern
Then lots of them are always abus
ing their government. When you
hear that, it is often from the lips of
a tax dodger.
They the very courteous list taker j
was asked if there was no way to rem
edy this inequality. He said it was
hard to do; that throughout all >.the
history of man, some were honest and
some were dishonest; thought 'if the
county board of commissioners who
had full power to do so, would call a
few of the outstanding cases before
them and deal as the law directs that
they shall do, it would add millions of
hidden property to the tax books.
MAKTIN COUNTY AGAIN SUF
The Daily News, of Washington (N.
C.) carries a front-page story of the
unfortunate and regrettable occur
rence which resulted in the death of
a man and the charge of murder pre
ferred against the man's wife.
There is neither desire or necessity
on the part of The Enterprise to cover
or hide wrong, no matter if committed
on the soil of Martin County or in any
other county in the State. We have
endeavored to adhere to what we be
lieve is a fair and just policy in deal
ing with matters of this nature. We
have always tried to maintain the
ethics of journalism. We feel a jus
tifiable pride in that we have never
had the inclination to resort to the un
ethical and unnecessary expedient of
mud-slinging which is characteristic
of .certain types of indviduals and
We regret that the'baily News of
Washington, N. C., should have felt
so hard pressed to present a decent
account of a regrettable happening
that it became necessary to resort to
slanderous and derogatory utterance
TBS ENTERPRISE—WILLI AMSTON, N. C
against Martin County, and her citi-
It is true that we have here in Mar
tin a few undesirable people. Some
of them so undesirable that we would
be glad if they would see fit to leave
the county. Perhaps this condition
prevails in other counties, too. |
The Daily News said, "Another
gruesome and heinous crime has been
added to those which have already
given Martin County a reputation for
great wickedness." Those who know
Martin County and her good *ien and
women' know that if in the minds of
anyone the reputation of Martin Coiin
ty is one of "great wickedness," that
FELT STUPID, DULL
Mhrisrippi Lady Says She Toek
Black-Draught for These
Symptoms aed Was
Staifcville, Miss.—"l have been a
user of Black-Draught for about
twsnty years," aays Mrs. C. E. Bun
tin, of E. F. D. 5, this city.
1 used Blade-Draught first for
constipation." continues Mrs. Bun
tin. " 1 would feel dull, stupid, and
hsve severe headaches, even fever
ish. I had an uneasy, tight feeling
in mjr stomach.
1 read quite a bit about Black-
Draught I began using it and soon
my bowels acted regularly and I waa
greatly relieved. I used it every once
m a while for about eighteen years.
"About two years ago I found I
was having indigestion, a tight
a mothering in my chest, then severe
pain, especially after eating sweets.
I commenced taking just a pinch of
Black-Draught after me ale and by
doing this I could eat about any
1 gave Black-Draught to my chil
dren for colds and headaches. I can
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idea is only in the minds of those who
are ignorant of the truth or are base
in their own character.
That the Daily News has fallen so
low in the ethics df journalism as to
become a sheet where the productions
of a warped and twisted intellect may
find expression is indeed sad.
We extend our sympathy.
North Carolina, Martin County.
The undersigned having qualified a?
executors of the estate of B. L. Long,
deceased, all persons having claims a
gainst said estate are notified to ex
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hibit same to them on or before the
14th day of May, 1927, or this notice
will be pleaded in b&r of any recovery.
All persons indebted to said estate will
please make immediate payment.
This 14th day of May, 1926.
DELLA S. LONG,
EDGAR M. LONG,
B. M. WORSLEY,
myl4 6tw Executors.
NOTICE OF SALE .
Under and by virtue of the authori
ty conferred upon tie in that certain
deed of trust executed September 7th,
1921, by L. E. Corey, and of record
in the public registry of Martin Coun
ty, in book H-2, at paj»e 4, and the
conditions of the same not having Ifeen
complied with, I will sell at public auc-
tion to the highest bidder for cash, at
the courthouse door in Willismston on
Friday, June 25th, 1926, at 12 m., the
following described tract of land, to
A tract of land in Griffins Township,
adjoining the lands of Heniy and Ar
thur Roberson on the north; Jarnes
ville and Washingto nroad on the east;
Henry and Louis Roberson on Che
south, and Joshua Hardison on the
west, and being the same land deeded
to L. E. Corey by Joseph Corey and
wife! Hanah J. Corey, and containing
22rf"kcres, more or less.
This ?4th day of May, 1926.
E. S. PEEL,
m2S 4'w Trustee.