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POLK COUNTY NEWS, TRYONJI ITOETH CAROLINA
THE WORLD OVER
IMPORTANT HAPPENINGS OF THIS
aVid OTHER NATIONS FOR
8EVEN DAYS GIVEN
THE MEWS OF THE SOUTH
What Is Taking Piacs In Tht South.
') land Will Be Found In
i Brief Paragraph
Worry over a deal in-real estate
ia believed to rhave caused William
Splindler, aged 70, to kill his son, his
eon's wife and their three children
and end his own-life at the Splindler
home in Harlan, Ind.
An organized band of fraudulent
"revenue agents" who are alleged to
have worked under direction of a few
dishonest agents of the revenue de
partment, and which has victimized
more than one hundred New" York sa
loon keepers, has been uncovered and
the ring leaders identified in New
Northbound Seaboard Air Line
vestibule train struck an auto truck
at the oil mill crossing at Comer, Ga.,
killing outright two of the four occu
pants of the vehicle.
John M. Parker, who cut quite a
swath in the Progressive party a few
years ago, has been nominated by the
Democrats for governor of Louisiana.
, The New York police department
now has 100 men in its air service
corps . and more than two hundred
others have volunteered to give their
Five thousand nine hundred dollars
and fifty-four cents in war savings
stamps and postage stamps was taken
from the vaults of the Bank of Rex,
Ga., on' the, night of January 18, when
yeggmen succeeded in blasting . their
way through the vault door, where the
certificates were stored. t
An entire Philadelphia family of
five was wiped out by gas in their
home. ' .
The army transport Powhattan with
five hundred passengers aboard, sent
word by radio that she was In dis
tress about five hundred miles east
of New York. The boiler room w'as
said to be flooded, with water running
and gaining and help .from the pumps
very uncertain. "
Death by starvation on an unpre
cedented scale in the near east this
winter is predicted by Major General
Harbord unless United States relief
is continued. General Harbord head
ed the American military mission that
recently investigated the conditions
in Armenia and other sections of the
Securities and other'loot valued at
more than one hundred thousand dol
lars, taken from a mail car of a South
ern Pacific train by a lone bandit,
have been recovered by railroad detec
tives near Berkeley, Calif.
Congress held its "thrift week" nio.
bration, a wave of economy sweeping'
Dotn the senate and the house. The
net result was the chopping of many
millions from bills carrying large ap
propriations. , Coincident with the celebration of
the one hundred and thirteenth birth
day anniversary of General Robert Ed
mund Lee and the annual meeting of
the board of trustees it was announc
ed that a total of $460,000 had been
contributed to the fund for the en
largement of the university. ,
Telegraphic reports of the landing
of Emma Goldman and associates at
Terijoki, Finnish-Russian Border, re
port Emma as having said: "This is
the greatest moment of my life. Af
ter thirty-five years of absence I am
returning to Russia with a feeling of
awe. I am glad to leave America, but
I love he America ople and ex
pect to return to tiiem some day."
The surgeon-general of the army
says that while influenza has become
epidemic in some parts of the country,
.there, is nothing in the situation to'
The Supreme court has decided to
pass upon the validity of both the
federal prohibition amendment and
the act of congress prescribing the
; manner of its enforcement. The
court's decision will be rendered on
proceedings which are to be instituted
by the state of Rhojie Island, which
has been given permission to bring
An original suit.
Solicitor General King, for the gov
ernment, announces he will imme
diately prepare and file a motion ask
ing for the dismissal of the Rhode
Island case anent the validity of the
prohibition act-on the ground that
the court lacked jurisdiction. No time
has been fixed for hearing arguments.
Without debate the senate has
ipassed a house bill amending existing
acts so as to enable military decora
tions to be awarded upon the rec
ommendations of officers lower than
,the grade of general. This bill will en
able conferring of decorations on sol
diers who served in France with a
rank lower than that of general.
Influenza has become epidemic in
several army camps, patricularly in
the Middle West, Surgeon General
Ireland of the army announce and
it . has made appearance among the
United StUes troops 4n Germany.
"No foreigners need apply" hat fee
come the watchword of American fi
nance. It refers both to United States
treasury loan- and to private banking
credits. The past week has witnessed
the proclamation to all the world that
the doors of Uncle Sam's supposedly
bottomless money : Vaults are 'barred,
bolted' and slammed tight shut. 1
Increase of approximately one-third
in the base pay of all enlisted men
in the navy and the coast guard, ex
cept recruits, is provided for in a bill
passed by the house and sent to the
senate..: i ,v;:V' - y :-;v-
The full senate committee on mili
tary affairs agreed in its report on the
Anthony house bill providing emerg
ency funds for certain camps and can
tonments and for the salvaging of
others, to strike the proviso for the
salvaging of Camp Gordon, Ga., and
two other national army cantonments,
and to substitute therefor a provision
that these camps be retained by tha
government until July 1, 1921 .
Twenty-two articles of food reached
record prices in December, according
to a report issued by the bureau of
labor statistics." The prices were 2.6
per cent higher, than in November, 5
per cent higher than in the preceding
December and 89 per cent higher than
in December, 1913.
Two American soldiers were killed
and one severely wounded in the clash
with a Russian detachment of General
Semenoff's forces on January 10, near
'Posolsakaya, while five Russians were
killed, one wounded and fifty-five cap
tured, including one general and six
officers, who still are held.
Washington has received official ad
vices from the Japanese government
that Japan will follow the example of
the United States in withdrawing its
military forces from Siberia.
Rapid progress is being made in the
fourteenth decennial census. Com
pleted returns from 1,145 districts in
the larger cities have been received.
The fate of nearly three thousand
alian radicals, mostly Russians, is up
to Secretary William B. Wilson. Just
what he will do is entirely unknown at
this time. "
John M. Barnes, a noted political
figure in Georgia politics for many
years, killed himself in Augusta, Ga.
He had been sentenced to a nineteen
year ter min the Georgia penitentiary
for killing his brother-in-law. He was
postmaster at Thomson.
Recommendations of the joint com
mission of the Methodist Episcopal
chtfrch, north and south, that the two
branchy again be reunited were unan
imously adopted by the convention at
Louisville, Ky., of the one hundred or
more bishops, pastors and laymen of
both church. The merger plan pro
vides that the unified churches be
named "The Methodist Church."
Morris Hillquit, chief counsel for
the five suspended Socialist assem
blymen of New York, declared at
the opening of their trial in Albany if
the assembly permanently ousted the
defendants the act will "loosen the
violent revolution which we Socialists
have always endeavored and are en
deavoring to stem." He explained that
he meant by this assertion not "a
"threat," but "made a sort of love of
fer that we Socialists are ready to
see the thing through in a constitu
tional manner and by peaceful methods."
The demand of the entente powers
that Holland deliver up to them for
mer Emperor -William of Germany,
that he may be tried for a supreme of
fense against international morality
and the sanctity of treaties, has been
refused by Holland.
Officers of "the United States ma
rine corps, who have charge of the
penitentiary at Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
have had to issue special orders to'
keep the natives from breaking into
their model jail, where they could get
three square meals a day and a com
fortable bed to sleep in.
Martial law has been proclaimed in
the principal cities of Italy as a re
sult of the rail road strike.
The prince of Wales in an address
ut a large and enthusiastic dinner 'to
the Pilgrims, reaffirmed his intention
to revisit the United States. The din
ner was held in London.
General Semenoff, commander-hv
chief of the al-Russian armies, has is
sued a proclamation declaring that ha
sSeriSUmed the SUPreme rulershiP in
Pri?anlSeCt in agreeinS t0 co-opera
e with the United States in sup
Porting Czecho-Slovak troops in Si
beria has been attained and the with
drawal of Japanese troops from Si
beria wlU ollow as Japjm
ntorial ambitions in Siberia..
News reached London recently of a
heavy engagement, on the northwest
era frontier , of India in which the
British suffered heavily. The Brit
ish suffered 385 casualties. The Mah
suds lost 130 killed and wounded and
more than two hundred in wounded.
The Jugo-Slavs have submitted to
the supreme council their "supreme
effort" in the way of concessions to
effect an agreement with Italy. The
Jugo-Slavs accept internationalization
under the league of nations for Fiume
and Zara, concede to Italy the islands
of Lussin and Pelagoza, and agree to
demilitarization of the Adriatic islands
with the condition that the island of
Lissa remain Jugo-Slav.
No definite arrangements by the su
preme council anent the Turkish ques
tion, which is a most complicated one,
have been made.
ACT FOR MILITARY
BILL DIFFERS FROM THAT OF
REORGANIZATION THAT WAS i
FOUR MONTHS OF TRAINING
Provision is Made for Citizen Army
Composed of 2QO,000 Enlisted Men,
Officers and a National Guard.
Washington. By a vote of nine to
five, the senate military committee ap
proved provisions providing for com
pulsory military training for boys be
tween 18 and 21 years, and ordered
favorable report upon the army reg
The compulsory military training
provision, fixes the training period at
four months. . , ' '
As finally agreed-upon, the bil is
virtually the same as reported by the
sub-committee but is radically differ
ent from the reorganization bill sub
mitted by the war department to Con
gress. In addition to establishing
compulsory military training, the bill
provides for one army to be divided
into a citizen army composed of 200,
000 enlisted men and 18,000 officers,
and a national guard.
Specific provision, is made in the
bill that the citizen army cannot be
called to colors except in the case of
a declaration of war. To accommo
date the reserve force built up under
the system of -military training, pro
vision is made in the bill for an an
nual reduction of five per cent in the
enlisted strength of the regular army.
HOOVER THINKS INDEPENDENT
IS WANTED BY THE PEOPLE.
Washington. How. does HerbeTt
Hoover stand on thf campaign being
waged by his frieiras to make him a
candidate for President?
Does he wish to ffun is he a can
didate? If so, doejl he wish to run
as a democrat, as a republican or as
As a candidate, will Hoover sub
scribe to and run xn whatever plat
form the organization leaders of the
party nominating him bring out of
Hoover is not actively a candidate,
but will stan4 for election on a pro
gressive, human platform if such is
brought forward by any party and
Hoover's leadership demanded.
AIRPLANE IS BEING BUILT
TO CARRY 100 PASSENGERS.
New York, A giant Caproni plane
which is being constructed near Milan
to carry 100 passengers described by
Augustus A. Post before the state
aviation commission in session here.
Mr. Post recently returned from Eu
rope where he was sent by the Aero
Club of America to study the advance
AMERICAN RED CROSS
WORKERS LEAVE SIBERIA
Vladivostok. All American women
and many Red Cross workers are to
be evacuated from Siberia on the first
available transport, it is announced
by. Red Cross headquarters here.
BARRICADED, UNDER GUARD
Berlin. Wilhemstrasse tonight is
barricaded and under the ruard of
numerous troops. A oatrol of 18 arm-
ed automobiles and half a dozen huge
motor trucks, loaded with armed
troops, arrived early in the evening
and immediately took up their posi
tions in wf ront of the government
building and shut off all traffic from
The precautions taken by Minister
of Defense Noske were stimulated by
rumors that the monarchists would at
tempt an insurrectipn on the eve of
the former emperor's Ibirthday .
AMERICANIZATION BILL IS
PASSED BY THE SENATE
Washington.- The senate by a vote
of 3-6 to. 14 passed the enyon Ameri
canization bill, which would require
all residents of the United States of
1 to 21 years of age, not mentally or
physically disqualified, and all alien
.residents between the ages of 16 and i
45 who cannot speak, read or write
English, to attend school not Ifess
?han 200 hours a year.
The measure had been before the
senate for ahout a week.
UNION OF AUSTRIA AND
GERMANY IS DEMANDED
Vienna, Sunday Under the rally.'
ing can of "starvation or fusion,' a
great mass-meeting insupport of a
union of Austria with Germany was
held in the city hall with overflow
meetings on the terraces:
The meeting was under the aus
Pices of the Pan-American party and
President Dinghof er, of the national
assem-bly. The. speeches were gener
ally temperate in ton A ennnitlni. 1 ,
note of despair over Austria's future. 1
TAI HEEL MASONS
133RD tICOMMUNICATION GRAND
LODNE OF MASONS CALLED
RDER AT RALEIGH.
COWPS BELIEVES IN LEAGUE
''All AreSt Common Origin and Should'
be Ta(ht to Clasp Hands Across
Season Common Brotherhood."
- $ ' - ' Raleigh. '
The 12frd annual communication of
the Norifi Carolina grand lodge of
Masons as called to order in the Ma
sonic temple here by Grand Master
Henry a Grady, of Clinton. There
Were aboiit ' 750 nresent. .of whom Kl it
jrere delegates, representing every
part oi rje state.
Duringthe evening the grand lodge
heard wijh deep interest the report of
Grand Mfster Grady, who outlined his
administration.. The grand orator was
Senator if eorge V. Cowper, of Kins
ton. - . t
Senatofj Cowper declared that he be
lieved tht some sort of league of na
tions should be effected; that it should
be a league that teaches men they are
all one common origin and that they
should extend their hands across the
seas andjlasp those of their brethren
on the oty.er side. Masonry, he said,
has alajis stood for just this sort of
There Bust be a, systematic under
standing gf each other, he declared,
before tb world can ;be brought to a
point whfre good will and peace will
clasp hars and make of this world
the placerod intended it should be, a
place wheje the teachings of the Mas
ter are pft into operation. Free Ma
sonry, he declared, is facing the great
est opportunity it has ever known, the
opportunity to apply the principles of
brotherly Jove as a cure for current
Reidsvlle Ipostmaster Resigns.
Washington. (Special). E. F.
Aydlett wUs nominated district attor-
Robert Montgomery resigned as
postmastest Reidsville and four can
didates, "vi R. Anderson, republican,
and R. L. Jllington, C. H. Fetzer and
L. H. Hardy, Jr., democrats, are in the
race to suleed him.
James J-tRoprers has been appointed
ftepreeeMative Small will introduce
a substitute for the republican rivers
and harbo bill. It will provide for
an anproTjftion of $19,000,000 instead
Two Prisoitrs Pardoned.
Two pnpners, serving six months
terms eachjSfor manufacturing liquor,
were pard&ned by Governor Bickett
upon condition of good behavior. The
men were glilliard Oliver, of Hender
son county convicted in September,
1919, and 1 C. Jackson, of Caldweu
county, cottjricted in November, 1919.
The judgfeand solicitors jn each case
Many Chilcfen Are Discovered.
Child ' wejjare workers in the state,
charged wi-$i the enforcement of the
compuIsory4schocl atendance law en
acted at th; last session of the Gen
eral Assembly, have discovered more
children inthe state than the census
takers had jjny knowledge of, declares
Dr. E. C Bpoks, state superintendent
or pudiic instruction, and In many
counties th&j actual daily atendance in
rublic schools exceeds the school
No Room fr the Turk.
Declaringthere should be no room
for the Turfon the map of the world,
Dr. George a. Hyde, of the Palestine
commissionspeaking at the State Ar
menian andjiSyrlan Relief Conference
here, stateajf that America ought to
provide protection- for the stricken a
menfans froyi the ravages of the bru
tal and "fiendish" Turkey before this
country slgt s the peace treaty.
Meet of Sa
A meeUngfor the. purpose of organ
izing the public safety officials of
North Carolina wil be held in Raleigh
in the nearfjuture. It will be caller'
by. H. A. oneyham, commissioner
of public safety.
Commissioner Mooneyham expects
to invite evMry public safety official
of the stat to the conference. It
will mater r$t whether they are iden
tified with he commission or any
other form j-f- municipal government.'
Chiefs of pfice will be included in
the officials o be invited.'
Attract! PL-lzes for Essays.
..The war department has authorized
Colonel A. g P. Anderson, recruiting
officer for N(gth Carolina, to announce
that -a prize jressay contest, known as
the "United $tates Army School Con
test," has bep opened to the students
of all schoolsj except colleges and uni
versities, whether public, private, sec
tarian or no-sectarian. Prizes will
be awarded gtdr the, best esays on
the subject: U
'. "What areffthe benefits ot an e
SfJf e?vn 6 'U S- Aray,' regard
less of the . tx, creed or color.
News Items from Washington.
- Washington. (Special). -Editor
R. R. Clark, , of the Landmark, will be
appointed postmaster at Statesville.
He stood at the head of a jist of
five, before the civil service commis
sion and will get the job. I .
These postmasters were appointed:
Millard W. Baumgardner, Wilkesboro;
John H. Griffin, Wilson ; Edgar: S.
Woolley, Creswell; George W. Taylor,
Roanoke Rapids ; Henry E.i Early, Rose
Hill; William C. Pope, 1 Mashville;
Robert T. Wade, Morehead City,
CyriU Walker, Roper; . William Wat
son, Swan Quarter; Eugene T. Hooker.
Aurora; Myron L. Moore, Granite
Falls; Wm. C. Newbern, Grifton; Wm.
C. Conner, Marshville; John H. San
ders, Middlesex; Jacob B. Brown,
Vanceboro; D. P. Stowe,; Belmont;
John L. Miller, Concord; I Sam W.
Finch. Lexington; Robert P. Crookes,
Murphy; Harvey E. Garrison, North
Charlotte; George R. Upchurch, Nor
wood; William C. Taber, Tabor; Nan
nie M. I. Moore, Warrenton; and Lula
P. Parker, West Raleigh, '( v
Lillian C. Darbin was nominated for
Stantonsburg, but for somejreason the
appointment was withheld, j
Representative Hoey has appointed
William G. Bell, of Pineville, princi
pal to West Point, and Joel A. Yar
borough, of Charlotte, alternate.
Smallpox Widely Prevalent.
Smallpox is widely I prevalent
throughout the State, more than 500
cases having been reported to the
State Board of Health since the first
of November, according to a statement
issued by State Epidemiologist Dr. F.
His statement follows:
"Since November 1st; 1919 up to
January 15th, 1920 there have been
reported to the Board of Epidemiology
584 cases of smallpox, distributed
among the following counties: Ala
mance, Chowan, Cleveland, Edge
combe, Forsyth, Gaston, Gates, Gran
ville, Guilford, Haywood, Iredell, John
ston, Martin, McDowell, Perquimans,
Pitt, Rockingham, Rutherford, Surry,
Bertie, Brunswick, Columbus, Frank
lin, Henderson, Hertford, ; Jackson,
Madison, New Hanover, Pasquotank,
Polk, Scotland, Vance, Washington,
Wayne, Wilson, Anson, Beaufort, Bun
combe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Cherokee,
Cumberland, Lenoir, Nash, j Pender,
Person, Robeson. !
"Get busy and have your family vac
cinated at once. Free vaccine is fur
nished by the State Laboratory of Hy
giene. - ;
To Bring Back Soldier Dead.
Overman received a letter from
Charles C. Pierce, chief of the graves
registration service, saying that it is
the government's policy to bring back
the soldier dead as rapidly as possi
ble to those whose nearest kin make
request for their return. j
Secretary Baker explains that there
are International problems that must
be removed before bodies i can be
orought from France.
Chemical Plants in State.
One hundred and 46 chemical plants
are now operating in North Carolina.
exclusive of the cotton mills which do
their own dyeing, and furniture fac
tories, according to I. W. Smithey of
Wilkesboro, who In the December is
sue of The Carolina Chemist, pub
lished by the chemistry department of
the University of North Carolina, out
lines the chemical industries of North
Hiram Wants Information.
Senator Hiram W. Johnson of Cal
ifornia telegraphed Secretary of State
J. Bryan Grimes, asking for the time
limit for filing notice of candidacy for
presidential nominations in this state
and requesting full information re
garding primary laws.
Some New Corporations.
Williams , Private Sanitarium,
Greensboro, to conduct a, private hos
pital for the treatment of various dis
eases, with an authorized capitaliza
tion of $3,000.
Edjrerton Bros. Co., Princeton, to do
a general merchandise business, with
$15,000 paid in and the privilege of In
creasing the paid in capital to $100,-
American Southern Motors Co.,
Greensboro, Is Incorporated to do a
general automobile business with an
authorized, capital stock of $1,262,500
State's Share of Books.
North Carolina will receive 4.500
books from the American Library as
sociation, states Miss Mary Palmer
secretary of the North Carolina Libra
ry commision.' The books are ! those
collected for the war service ! libra
ries, - which were taken over by tJje
government November 1, 1919. r
North Carolina's share is to be dis
tributed by the state library commis
sion, according to suggestions sent
out from the, headquarters of the
American Library association,' of
Washington, D. C.
To Spend Ten Million Annually.!
Five thousand miles of hard surfaced
roads, connecting every county seat
in the state is the goal determined
upon by the executive committee of
the North Carolina Good Roads asso
elation at a recent session.
IvT16 xecutITe committee decided
that in view of the urgent need of
more constructive legislation that it
would not be amiss to have the acting
secretary communicate with the gov
ernor to ascertain If any, road legisla
Hon would be sanctioned at the spe
cial session of the general assembly
ETIC9CT Dn A n ia w
FROM MONROE VIA WAXHAW
TO JACKSON BIRTHPLACE.
TERMS OF CONTRACT UNUSUAL
Road Law Adopted by the Last Legij.
lature Is Said to Be Proving the
Best the County Ever Saw.
Monroe. The Union countv
commission announces that it has let
tne contract lor me construction of
half a million dollars worth of roadj
m union county, me nrst road to bi
built will be: the Jackson highway
from Monroe through Waxhaw to the
Andrew Jackson birthplace, where it
connects with the Charlotte-Savannah
The terms of the contract are un.
usual, being the 'cost plus" system
with interpretations and reservations
The actual cost of the work is figurej
out by the county road superintend
ent and the contract let on this basis
plus 10 per cent. If the actual cost
proves higher than the estimate, the
contractor. and the county share tha
Increase 50-50; if It proves less than
the estimate, they divide the gala
The road law under which th
county is working was adopted by the
last legislature and is declared to be
proving the most practicable of anj
law the county has had.
Charlotte Charlotte's splendid ne
high school building, said to be ono
of the finest in the state and a model
well worthy of emulation by other
cities, will in all probability be ready
for classes by February 15, Superin
tendent of Schools Harding stated.
Marion. There are In McDowe3
county something lika 1,300 dogs.Th
value on the tax books of these ca
nines Is a neat sum. The paxes paid
on them Is about $1,500. The number
ber of sheep in the county is less than
300 and . the value is less than $1,000.
The tax amounts to less than $20..
Warrenton The Dublic-SDirited TVPrV
pie of the county are being mobilized
into a law enforcement bodv bv Prnf
John Graham and his committee in an
effort to locate and destroy the whis
key outfits in Warren.
Mt. Airy. 5. Glen Young created
considerable excitement here when he
appeared on the streets with two de
serters and an alleged blockader,
whom he had forced to carry his own
copper still, cap, worm and other par
aphernalia, and landed his trio of cap
tives in Jail here.
Asheville. Announcement is mad
by the Southern railway that the new
bridge, Just completed over the Ten
nessee river, between Chattanooga
and Harriman Junction, has been open
ed and put in use. The bridge wa
condemned about six months ago br
the government inspectors and order
Goldsboro. Definite arrangements
were made by the local chamber of
commerce to have the annual conven
tion of the Eastern North Carolina
county farm agents and home demon
strators meet in Goldsboro February
11 to 13. - It is said that delegates
from 3-2 counties will be present at
Raleigh.. - United States Marshal
George H. Bellamy will transfer his
office from Raleigh to Wilmington oa
March land he must have almost a
LIncolnton. Troop Acavalry. First
North Carolina national guard, is now
assured. 'Major H. P. Perrine, of tha
46th infantry, United States amy.
stationed at Camp Jackson, spent a
day in the city Inspecting the appli
cants for the new troop and mustering
into service the LIncolnton platoon.'
Gardner on Ignorance.
Sanford. "The greatest menace
North Carolina has today is ignor
ance," declared Lieutenant Governor
O.' Max Gardner, to the Lee Post No.
18 of the American legion.
'North, Carolina can not compete
with her sister states so long as she
Is held back by the handicap of ignor
ance," the speaker continued. "One
seventh of North Carolina's popula
tion sit in Intellectual darkness to
night, v Fifty thousand white men of
draft afge in this state can neither
read nor write their names."
Veteran Firemen Quit.
Asheville Immediately following
the discharge of Fireman Ernest Da
is by Commissioner Fitzpatrick and
the subsequent resignation of Chief
Wood, 25 volunteer firemen of the city
fire department, called an indignation
meeting, and proffered-their resigna
tions. An .
. v J VWU Ul tilt? VUlUiAtt
men, who Vere not present, of the
2rfc" company followed the action oi
Among those resigned are many
veterans of fOg. fires and participant
state tournaments for 18 years.