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W1LUAMSTON. NORTH CAROUNA
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Editor ? 1 MM-1911
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Tnrtilay. January 23. W.
Examine 'I he burden
The burden of the national debt has been cited
as a dangerous factor in the economic welfare
of the United States. A ten-cent tax on a bottle
of liquor is a burden to the addict. Interest on
bonds floated to improve vital health conditions
is a burden to the taxpayers. The liquor indus
try is wrapped up in taxes?'and property own
ers throughout the length and breadth of the
country are bogged down by the toll exacted
by bondholders at an unusually high rate. These
burdens were accummulating thick and fast pri
or to 1933, and if the value of money had gone
- unabated?much longer, the bono touts -wowa?
have owned the country by now
No one was heard to cry out in warning then.
The old boat continued to sail day bv day to
the financial rocks, but as long as the interest
rate held at six per cent, no one dared to call
The forty-eight ships representing as many
states were leaking badly when the Koosevelt
administration stepped in and recognized the
seriousness of the situation. He pulled the bank
ers out of the stormy waters first, and that was
- fine. When he reached in for the small-scale
victims, a loud howl went up, and there has
ever ninec. ?
Much has been said about the burden of
debt. But before all that talk is swallowed, the
people of this nation should investigate the bur
den and see. what they find It is an actual fact
that the burden of the national debt was great
er under Andrew Mellon than it is today. And
Mellon, one recalls, was self-styled and refer
red to by his great financier friends as the
greatest secretary of all times. Before Mellon
was dlass, and the cost of financing the nation
al debt under him as secretary of the treasury
was greater than it is today. Mr. Glass, it will
be recalled, was rated as a great financier, too.
It is recalled that prosperity rocked along in
some sort of fashion during the reigns of both
Mr. Glass and Mr. Mellon, but the burden of
debt was bearing down more heavily upon the
taxpayers of this country at that time than it is
now. Apparently the country was safe as long
as the taxpayers paid a fat toll to the bondhold
ers. When the self-styled leaders of this coun
try get up and shout that the country is on the
edge of a financial cliff, possibly they mean that
the government bond no longer offers the in
vestors a haven of refuge where the clouds are
not cloudy all day.
Up until about seven years ago, the investors
shaped the size of the national debt, and they
did so without regard or feeling for the tax
payers. They were interested in gilt edge se
aurities, and they found thun in ail expanding 1
national debt. During the past seven years, the
"administration has expanded the national debt
mostly in the name of humanity, and now that
the bond offers no complete haven of refuge
the investors are pointing out the danger of
the big national debt.
Possibly the country is headed for a financial
upheaval, but given a decent chance and freed
from the greedy investor's grip, the people of
this great nation can work their way out of any
upheaval that has so far been predicted or de
No Deciding Factor
It is hard to understand how the contribu
tion of a few million dollars to a suffering peo
ple in Finland will draw this country into war
When it narrows down to the point where one
country will fight another because aid is ex
tended the helpless suffering, it will be well to
prepare for war right now. Jt is.
tach so much importance to a humane act.
Few can read of the suffering in Finland and
still oppose contributions or loans to those brave
souls, but it is difficult to follow the lead of Mr
Herbert Hoover and others who have maintain
ed that spending and lending on the home front
would lead to certain bankruptcy.
There are other things in this country just
as puscling as the budget problem, and that is
the antics of the reactionaries.
They who have nothing to be troubled at,
will be troubled at nothing.?Franklin.
Kot At All Clear
A11 this talk about a handful of Christian
Front members isn't a bit clear. How i aery
dozen or two men could with a handful of pow
der and a shirttail packed with bullets blow up
power plants, seize telephone exchanges and
frighten the federal administration into help
lessness is rather puzzling.
There have been disorders from time immem
orial, but after this country went through the
Hoover depression without rising to arms there
is little reason to believe that the government
will be overthrown today by a misguided peo
In short, if the Gannetts and others of his ilk
don't wreck the country, then there is'ljttlc to
fear front a few terrorists.
?Should Make F.very Farmer Mad
Hertford County Herald.
"The farmers can not solve the farm prob
lem. They are too individualistic to cooperate as
have great business organizations." This is the
public statement of a United States Senator, the
Hon. llurton K. Wheeler, of Montana.
It js the sort of statement that ought to make
every sensible farmer spitting mad. It is the
sort of thing that small-time politicians and oth
ers who have more to gain from keeping far
mers unorganized, and therefore unable to de
mand their fair share of the national income,
than they have rnterest in solving the farm
problem would like to make the farmers be
lieve by constantly repeating the infamy. It is
a -reflection upon the intelligence of farmers as
Farmers can organize and they can work in
cooperation to solve the farm problem. So long
as farmers listen, however, to small-time poli
ticians. no matter how high office these politi
cians may hold, and others who are not inter
ested in farmers as a class, they will not be or
ganized; and so long as farmers fail to be unit
ed in a strong national organization, so long
will a fair solution of the farm problem be de
djtvol For the piogivsvlluH lias laiim?martr-Ht:
this direction in recent years has come from
the increased organization and cooperation of
farmers, and its ultimate solution will and
must Ik- found through following this course.
Christian Science Monitor.
Today no small part of the city postman's
pack is made up of tightly rolled, cylindrical ob
jects whose delivery is expectantly awaited
alike in placid home and busy office and which,
opened, reveal n digest of doings in distant com
With the writing of lengthy, leisurely letters
an all but vanished art, the transplanted city
dweller is finding in the old home paper a wel
come substitute. It presents a printed panorama
of the small-town life of which he was once a
part, enabling him to visualize the comings and
goings, the sayings and sojourns of former ac
quaintances and intimates.
Big-city residents, contrasting its modest bulk
with their own mattress-like publications, may
be inclined to view lightly this unpretentious
result of small-town journalism, but to the sub
scriber it is welcomed as a refreshing visitor
from home, a chatty "country cousin," who
while eager to impart the news, is equally rea
lly to depart, once he has given it.
Through "typographical television," the for
mer citizen of the small community sees the
friendly merchant with whom he formerly
traded departing on a vacation trip and is glad
that affairs seem to be improving for him.
Though the same medium he mingles with the
Saturday afternoon crowds on Main Street, re
newing all but forgotten associations.
Although its circulation may be limited, the
home town paper's sphere of influence is large.
Its regular reading by "former residents" re
freshes with recollection fragile memories
which otherwise might wither in the arid air of
mere busv-ness and success.
?? Aft fciwi Far Mamie
In a bulletin issued for field representatives
by the Division of Vital Statistics, United States
Department of Commerce, there is recounted
the story of Mamie Reed, a Negro midwife in
Mississippi, who tried to enforce a "lien" on
the baby she had just brought into the world.
The facts as sent to Washington from Green
wood. Mississippi, were passed on to the field
representatives as follows:
Mamie collected part of her fee when she de
livered the baby, but when she called to collect
the balance it was not forthcoming, so Mamie
took the baby home with her to keep until the
fee was paid. She couldn't understand why she
should not have a lien on the baby, just as
builders, mechanics and other artisans have
on the things they bring into the world.
Mamie was held in the county jail on a
charge of kidnapping.
Mamie's case is funny when regarded by any
body but Mamie. But there may be merit in her
effort nevertheless. Dr. Arthur Baper in "The
Tragedy of Lynching," sought to get at the facts
about the economic condition of peoples involv
ed in lynch mobs. He reported: "In most rural
Georgia counties the percentage of tenant fam
ilies who own autos is higher than the percent
age who have doctors who attend their wives
at childbirth." The situation is not restricted to
Georgia. And while the auto man gets his mon
ey or his car back, the ministering Mamies, if
they go and do likewise, get the jallhouse in
Mississippi and laughter from Washington.
There is a good deal in the story that is not
Great Deal Worry
In North Carolina
(^onttidered Greatest Menace
To High School* of
Raleigh?Dr Carl V. Reynolds,
state health officer, who was respon
Slble for including mara himnna, k< y
stimulating drug, in the same cate
gory with morphine and other harm
ful drugs in the North Carolina anti
narcotics law, which was made to
conform to the Federal law, express
ed grave concern over the statement
m the Ratmgh News and Observer
by the Rev M J Adams. Baptist
minister, of Rutherford County, who]
was quoted as having told the
who was quoted as having told the
Baptist State Board. The greatest
menace to the schools of our state
is marijuana (spelled mara huanna
in the State law) and it is present
in all the high schools I have visit
?Ht a statement issued In Rateigh.
Dr. Reynolds said
"The fact that this statement was i
made by a minister of the gospel
gives to it such weight that it should
be thoroughly investigated by both
Federal and State officials. I think
that Mr. Adams should inform these
officials, confidentially, if he wishes,
in just what schools he observed the
use of this dangerous drug and thai
the officials should get at the bot-j
torn of the matter and clear it up.
hewing to the line and letting the
chips fall where they may.
"I need not at this time go into the
horrible effects -of~mara~huanna, as
I have done this in previous warn
ings against the use of this nefarious j
drug, but I reiterate that then
should be an immediate investigation
of the minister's charges. The pen
alty for the first offense in violating
the anti-narcotics law is a fine of
$1,000 and imprisonment not ex
ceeding throe years, while persons
rnund'guilty of a second and suhse^.
quent violations may be fined $3,000
and imprisoned not exceeding five
years or both.
SALE OK VALUABLE
Under and by virtue of the au-1
thority conferred upon us in a Deed
ol Trust executed by~ Nolle E. Rob
erson on the 1st day of December,
1938, and recorded in Book T-3, page
492, we will on Saturday, the 10th
day of February. 1940. at 12 o'clock
noon at the courthouse door in Mar
tin County, Williamston, N. C., sell
at public auction for cash to the
highest bidder tbe following land, tov
^Adjoining the lands of Joe Moye
on the North; the lands of Henry
Wynne on the East; the lands of
Buck Clark and W. li. Little on the
South; and the lands of J. L. Roe
buck on the South, and more par
ticularly described as follows: Be
ginning in a path on the Public Road,
corner of the lands of Buck Clark
and W. R. Little; thence with said
Road N 42 1-4* E 35 1-5 poles and N
38 1-2* E 47 3-5 poles; thence S 45
1-4* E 34 poles; thence N 55* E 71
1-5 poles; thence N 47* W 101 3 5
poles; thence N 79* W 110 4-5 poles
to Horsepen Branch; thence with
Horsepen Branch S 4* W 58 poles to
Bates Branch; thence with Bates
Branch S 3* E 62 poles; thence S 67*
E 49 1-5 poles'; thence S 39* E 28 28
poles to the beginning, containing
116 1-2 acres, more or less, and be
ing the same l$nd conveyed to Jo
seph H. Mizell by J. A. Mi/.ell, trus
tee, by deed dated Dec. 30, 1922, and
recorded in Martin County Public
Registry in Book K-2. page 562.
This land is sold subject to all un
This sale is made by reason of the
failure of Nolie E. Roberson to pay
off and discharge the indebtedness
secured by said Deed of TYust.
A deposit of 10 per cent will be re
quired from the purchaser at the
This the 2nd day of January. 1940.
INTERSTATE TRUSTEE CORP.,
Durham, N. C. jl6-4t
suffer from Cold*?
For quirk relief
from cold symp
tom it take M>(>.
I will aril at public
At 11 A. M. ut L. C Nur
ney's Store, in William*
Township, 51 acre* of
land?U acre* pood tint
berland ami 7 acre* clear
ed. Thin land is a part of
the Ruck L. Gardner es
tate ill William* Town
ship, und must be sold
for settlement. Terms of
January Sale Bargains
W \ SII DRESSES
Lovely, tubable frocks in a large as
sortment of new spring patterns and
styles. Specially selected by our buy
ers for this promotion.- All sizes in a
large variety of fabrics, to select from.
Be sure to see these early Wednesday.
New styles and new fabrics in a gay
selection of patterns. All these dresses
guaranteed fast color and washable.
Be sure to see
this lovely selec
or and washable.
A real scoop for thia
event. A large group of
24x36 rugs in a large se
lection of patterns. Don't
fail to see these Wednes
day. Regular $1.50 value.
Ol Tiv; <;owns
Good warm heavy
weight outing gowns, in
all sizes. Take advantage
of this low price. ? ?
Heavy BATH TOWELS
Large size. colored bor
der bath tow
eli. Buy all
EXTRA ? SPECIAL!
A special purchase for
this event. An unusual se
lection of silk dresses in
the newest spring styles
and patterns. All sizes in
French crepes and spun
rayons to eeteet trrwn.
Regular S2.00 Value
> Lovely sheer
in all the new
Take care of
needs at this
Excellent quality rayon
panties. Both tailored and
lace trimmed. All wanted
sizes in stock. Color tea
rose. Regular 25c value.
Large size, heavy warp
Cannon towels in a large se
lection of plaids and colored
borders. Regular 15c value.
Large size, heavy weight
double warp'Cannon tow
els in a large selection of
colors. Be sure to buy all
you need at this low price.
Regular 29c value.
I? VMS I I-: GOWNS
Excellent quality batiste
gowns in white and col
ors. All sizes to select
Excellent quality 68x72
fine 39-inch aheeting. Buy
all you need
at this low
lar 10c value
Sufwr - Special I
It may never happen
again. We have been for
tunate in securing a large
group of lovely linens
which we will offer Wed
nesday morning only at
this low price. You can't
afford to miss it. Values
CHAIR BACK SETS
SETS TABLE MATS
MEN'S Bloodhound O'ALLS . 89c
BOYS* Bloodhound O'ALLS . . 59c
Lovely new spring pal
terns in fast color prints.
A special purchase for
A gala array of aprlng
colors and patterns. Solid
colors and prints in 39
inch spun rayon and ray
Attractive new patterns
in men'a fast color dress
shirts. All sixes in stock.
Be sure to see these. Reg
ular 59c value.
A large shipment just
received. Excellent qual
ity curtain scrim in large
selection of p a 11 e rns.
Regular 10c value.
A to*1 9?
A new shipment just re
ceived. Lovely quality dress
lengths that run from 3V* to
I yards in French crepes,
spun rayons, mixed woolens.
Attractive stylet, new
patterns and materials in
children's school dresses.
All sixes io select from.
L98 SALE 1.00
98(f SALE 69(f
Attractive pattern! In
men's hard finished
worsteds and tweed suits.
Both single and double
breasted to select from.
Come early before our
stock Is picked over. Take
advantage of these bar
gain prices today.
14.95s. J 1.87