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'//if 11441 Record
Nine hundred and eighty persons were kill
ed on the streets and highways'of North Caro
lina in 1940. the State Highway Safety Divi- |
sion officially reported a few days ago. More
than la fittfl imtomohile Jiccidents were reported. :
Twenty-two of the 980 persons killed were lit
tle tots four years old or younger Fifty-one of
the 337 pedestrians killed were intoxicated.
One out of every ten persons killed was driving
drunk or had been drinking. Excessive speed
accounted for 26U of the 980 deaths Twenty-two
per cent of those losing their lives in auto ac
cidents were driving on the wrong side of the
road. Forty-one disregarded signs and signals
and paid with their lives One out of every 44
registered vehicles was involved in an accident
last year on an average. ?' ~
These facts, covering only a few of those re
eentlv release,! hv the Safely Division, cam
pare with those coming from the war-torn
countries ul Europe. While North Carolina is
at peace with the world, it conducts a costly
war of its own on the highways Despite ap
peals directed in the printed columns, over the
radio and from the speaker's platform, we have
not yet realized the full moaning of the dan
ger lurking on the highways It would seem
1hat the appeals are not striking home with
their life-and-death meaning, and while the
case may appear hopeless, the fight for life on
our highways and streets must go on.
Already the death toll is mounting higher ;
this year than last. Every person in North Car- ,
olina can well afford to enter into a state-wide
movement to check the death trend and put it
in reverse during the remainder of 1&41.
Just Idle l ull,
"A constructive, forward-looking program, in
keeping with the advancement being made in
North Carolina m education, safety, labor con
ditions. health, security and general welfare,
has been adopted and is being promoted by the
state legislative council," the head of one of the
many departmental agencies in Raleigh was
quoted as saying in a public address in a North
Carolina count last week
It is to be admitted that some progress has
been made in the various fields, but much of
the talk coming from the agencies in Raleigh is
nothing more than a lot of bosh.
ft is a bit difficult to put your fingers on the
pedagogues, and no argument about the prog
ress in education will be advanced. But it must
be said that vast numbers of people are of the
opinion that the schools with modern advan
tages and multiplied opportunities are not ac
complishing what they should accomplish.
Advance in safety? The official record just
-flow-iliows that-more-people weie killed on
North Carolina highways last year than the
And what about labor conditions? North Car
olina's record as it relates to labor is enough to
make one vomit. Turn back to the years of not
so long ago when little children were literally
chain^ to the machines in cotton mills and
other industrial plants, many of the machines
being owned in part by the fellows who made
the laws It was a long and hard fight, and to
this day the federal child labor law has not been
ratified by North Carolina Conditions for the
child have improved hi the mills, not as the re
sult of a thoughtful law, but because older la
bor became available in greater numbers and
at rates little higher than those earned by the
tot. Only last week the governor of North Car
olina stated that this state, great as it may be
and regardless of its leadership, is not quite
ready for a wage and hour law. In a time when
labor is fairly plentiful, work daughters and
mothers not over 48 hours a week and sons and
fathers not over 55 hours a week, but pay them
what ever price you will. Industrial North Car
olina cannot afford to pay 25 cents an hour to
its workers, but the demands of modern living,
including the bare necessities only, leave lit
tle or nothing for the protection of health and
old-age security. The farmer and tenant are not
even recognized in labor talk. They rate along
with the serfs and slaves of old, and are told to
enslave their wives and children, take what
they can get and say nothing North Carolina's
labor politics and those of nearly every other
state in this favored section of the world are
.crowding the old-age pension lists to capacity
Some, of course, squandered their savings, but
the trouble is most of those crying for aid never
were in a position to save.
The general health may be improved, but
hospitalization costs are mounting for the tax
payer. and hospitals are being enlarged to
care fur increased demands.
North Carolina's security and welfare pro
gram. top-heavy and bent by endless supervi
sion, would be little more than mockery if di
vorced from the strong hand of the federal gov
But the taxpayers are called upon to pay de
partmental heads to come around and tell them
they have something that aint.
ff'/iv Investors Are Timid
For years we heard the ery that money was
in hiding, that its owners would not invest it
because they feared "governmejft interference".
It never seemed to occur to those who made
this plea that the timidity of investors tnight be
due to the fact that they had lost faith in the
leaders of American finance and industry and
were no longer willing to entrust their savings
to men and institutions that had ruthlessly
robbed them in the past.
Here's an example of what we have in mind:
Prior to 1929, "Sam" Insull was the mightiest
of public utility magnates. He controlled a vast
"empire" valued at billions of dollars. When
he issued ;i stock or a bond it was supposed to
be "gilt-edged "
Then came the crash and Insull, revealed as
a ruthless pirate, fled the country.
This week a bankruptcy court in Chicago re
ceived a report on one of the Insull properties
?Insull Utility Investments, Inc. Investors are
to receive "an average maximum" of $78.62 for
each $1,000 in securities. This in addition to
about $3.r> they were paid a year ago.
Thus 16,000 debenture holders in this one
company stand to recover about 11 per cent of
their investment after approximately ten
years of litigation?
Is it any wonder that these investors hesi
tate to put their money into anything except
government securities? "The burnt child dreads
Ain't It So?
It isn't a will power that a girl needs nowa
days. It's won't power.?U. S. S. Pennsylvania
About the only people who seem to have any
frtrr nf the police or the courts are the law-abid
ing citizens who never get into trouble,?The
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20th.
Accidents Cost More
Than State Schools
| Traffic accidents cost North Caro
linians more money each year than
! it costs to operate the entire State
supported school system. Ronald Ho
cutt, director of the Highway Safe
ty Division, stated this week
"We are inclined to look upon the
cost of highway accidents only in
terms of human suffering, twisted
limbs and horrible death, while over
looking the economic aspect of the
accident picture," he said. "Last year,
for example, the cost of traffic acci-1
' dents in North Carolina reached up- '
, wards of $25,000,000 This sum in- j
j eluded all costs of hospitalization, i
doctors' bills, repairs and replace
ment of damaged vehicles, working
time lost by accident victims, and (
an estimated valuation of $5,000 j
| placed on each life lost."
Traffic accidents cost North Car
i oluia industries a pretty penny, too, '
: Hocutt said, pointing out that the j
average compensation costs paid to '
industrial workers involved in traf
fic accidents in connection with their
work is higher than that in any oth- ?
er type of accident in industry, and '
that the average number of days lost
as a result of traffic accidents in in
dustry is greater than that in any
other type of accident
"Yes, highway accidents cost more
than human suffering, tears and an
1 guish," the safety director stated
"Accidents cost North Carolinians |
' many millions of dollars mrh year
And while it may be true that much
of this cost is borne by insurance
companies, we all know that these
companies are not in business for
their health, and the cost of these
accidents ultimately must be borne
Having qualified as administrator
of the estate of Buck Roberson. de
ceased, this is to notify all persons
having claims against said estate to
present them for payment on or be
fore the 27th day of December, 1941,
or this notice will be pleaded in bar
of their recovery. All persons in
debted to the said estate will please
make immediate payment.
This the 27th day of Dec., 1940.
ASA J. HARDISON,
Administrator of the estate of
d31-6t Buck Roberson, deceased.
North Carolina, Martin County,
action, or the plaintiff will apply to
the court for the relief demanded
! in said complaint.
Having qualified as administrator
of the estate of James L. Coltrain,
late of Martin County, North Caro
lina, this is to notify all persons hav
ing claims against the estate of said
deeeased to exhibit them to the un
dersigned at Willianiston. N. C., on
or before the 15th day of January,
1942, or this notice will be pleaded
in bar of their recoverv. All persons I
indebted to said estate will please
make immediate payment.
This 11th day of January, 1941.
ROY C. COLTRAIN,
Administrator of estate of
James L Coltrain.
Clarence Griffin. Atty. jl4-6t
North Carolina, Martin County. In
The Superior Court. Before the
George F Cordon and others vs.
Rosannali Cordon and others.
i The defendants, Randolph Moore,
Edward Cordon, Rebecca Little, Gat
tis Cordon, Cora Sykes, McKinley
Marriner, Rosannali Cordon and
Louis Marriner above named will
take notice that an action entitled
as above has been commenced in
the Superior Court of Martin Coun
ty, N. C., to sell a certain tract of
j land belonging to said petitioners
and said defendants for the purposes
of partition; and said defendants
will further take notice that they
are required to appear before E. B
Wynne, Clerk of the Superior Court
of Martin County, in his office at
Williamston, N. C , within ten (10)
days after completion of this serv
ice of publication by notice and an
swer or demur to the petition of the
plaintiffs in this action, or tlie plain
tiffs -will apply to the court for the
relief demanded in said petition.
This the 31st day of Jan., 1941.
L B. WYNNE,
f4-4t Clerk Superior Court.
Having this day qualified as ex
ecutor of the estate of the late Mrs.
Mollie Harris, deceased, of William
ston, Martin County, this is to notify
all persons holding claims against
the said estate to present them for
payment on or before December 31,
1941, or this notice will be pleaded
in bar of their recovery. All per
sons indebted to said estate will
please make immediate settlement.
This the 23rd day of Dec., 1940.
Executor of the estate of
j7-6t Mrs. Mollie Harris.
Having qualified as administrator
of the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth C.
Gurganus, deceased, this is to noti
fy all persons having claims against
the said estate to exhibit them to
the undersigned on or before the
third day of February, 1942, or this
notice will be pleaded in bar of any
recovery. All persons indebted to
said estate will please make immed
This the 3rd day of February, 1941.
S. A. MOBLEY.
Administrator of estate of Mrs.
Elizabeth C. Gurganus,
DR. V. H. MEWBORN
Please Note Date Changes
RobersonvlUe office, Scott's Jew
elry Store, Tuesday, March 11.
Willlamaton office, Peele's Jewel
ry Store, every Wed., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Plymouth office, Womble Drug
Store, Every Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Eyes Examined?Glaaaes Fitted
Tarboro Every Saturday.
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