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VOL. LVI. GRAHAM, N, C., THURSDAY DECEMBER 18, 1930. NO. 46.
1?Statue of Henry Clay, "father of pan-Amerlcanlsm," which was presented to Venezuela by the United States
and unveiled In Caracas on December 9. 2?Scene In Paris during the recent floods that made some streets Im
passable. 3?Mail sorters in the New York post office neck deep In Christinas packages that were mailed eurly In
response to the appeal of postal authorities.
NEWS REVIEW OF
President and Senate in a
Dy EDWARD W. PICKARD.
PRESIDENT HOOVElt and the sen
* ate, or part of that nominally au
gust body, came to verbal blows over
legislation. The Chief Executive, who
seemingly doesn't feel so restrained
now that the election Is over, was
vexed because of the introduction of
measures which would Impose an ex
penditure far beyond the sum he had
recommended, "and mostly under the
guise of giving relief of some kind or
another," as be said to the White
House correspondents. He directly ac
cused some members of congress of
"playing politics at the expense of
The President obviously referred to
the proposal for Immediate payment
in cash of the soldiers' bonus and the
Shipstead plan, a $500.000,WW) bond
issue for river and harbor work Ills
statement also was regarded as di
rected at Senator David I. Walsh of
Massachusetts, who bad criticized Mr.
Hoover for the inadequacy of his re
When this statement reached the
senate the war broke out fiercely, and
the President was bitterly attacked by
Senators Itobinson, Caraway, Glass,
Harrison and other Democrats. Next
day in a prepared speech Senator Me
Kellar of Tennessee scathingly as
sailed Mr. Hoover for what lie called
his tirade of abuse and declared the
President owed an apology to every
member of the senate. His reputation
and his sincerity were impugned.
Senator Reed of Pennsylvania alone
came to Mr. Hoover's defense, and he
showed little enthusiasm in his tusk.
The senate on Tuesday passed,
without a record vote, the drought re
lief loan fund bil' amended to ap
propriate $60,000,000. which is more
than twice what the administration
considered necessary and which in that
form provided not only for seed pur
chase loans but also for loans for the
purchase of food for the distressed
farmers. To this latter feature Secre
tary of Agriculture Hyde had objected
on the ground that it was "perilously
near the dole system," and this elicited
caustic comments from the anti-admin
WITHOUT opposition the house
passed the bill appropriating
$110,000,000 for an emergency pnblic
construction fund, which Is the ad
ministration's chief step In the relief
of unemployment. It had been revised
to meet the objections of the Demo
crats, who opposed the granting of
blanket authority to the President In
the expenditure of the fund, so that
he could only transfer funds from
one of the specified purposes to an
other. The senate removed even this
authority, added $8,000,000 to the to
tal, and passed the bill. Of the total,
$80,000,000 is for advances to the
states for federal aid highway proj
ects and Is to be paid hack within five
years by deductions from federal con
tributions. Rivers and harbors gets
SOME leaders In congress, lx>th Re
publicans and Democrats, ex
pressed a fear that the submission
of the world court protocols to the
senate would result In a legislative
Jam that might make necessary tlit
calling of an axtra session of the new
congress In the spring. In his message
transmitting the' protocols the Presi
dent asked for early consideration of
the question. He said that the pro
tocols as revised "free us from any
entanglement in the diplomacy of oth
er nations" and urged that the United
States "lend its co-operation in this
effort of the nations to establish a
great agency for pacific settlements."
It may be the appropriations legis
lation will be completed in time to
give the senate a few weeks to take
up the world court matter before
March 4. but the radicals are likely
to filibuster unless their pet measures
are acted on also, and thus an extra
session might be forced.
FRANK R KELLOGG. former sec
retary of state, received the Nobel
peace prize for 1929 in Oslo, Norway.
Wednesday, in the presence of King
Haakon and n distinguished gathering.
At the same time the peace prize for
1930 was handed to Dr. Nathan Soed
erblom. Mr. Kellogg, In acknowledg
ing the award, asserted there was no
indication of war in the world, but
rather the prospect was for continued
peace. Should there be a war. how
ever, he gave warring, western civil
ization could not withstand it.
Among the other Nobel prizes hand
ed out was that for literature to Sin
clair Lewis, American novelist, who
received it in Stockholm from the
hands of King Gustav of Sweden.
HAVING adopted an outline of a
general disarmament treaty, the
preparatory disarmament commission
of the League of Nations ended Its
sessions at Geneva. This draft con
vention will be the basis for the de
liberations of a world conference that
probably will meet early in J0.12. Am
bassador Hugh Gibson, who represent
ed the United States, in a closing
statement told bis colleagues that the
outline treaty "falls far short of our
hopes and expectations." failing to In
clude the various methods which
Americans regarded as essential to
\>IR. HOOVER transmitted to the
house of representatives a formal
request for the Immediate appropria
tion of another $150,000,(XX) to the fed
eral farm board from its $500,000,000
revolving fund. The money Is needed,
he said, "in order that important op
erations of the board, now In pros
pect. may be carried through prompt
ly," and it was understood this meant
further outlays for the stabilization of
TWO hundred men and women rep
resenting thirty-three dry organi
zations held an annual conference in
Washington and asked that congress
provide more men and more money
for enforcement of prohibition. A con- I
vention of wets also was held in the
National Capital and agreed on a uni
fied substitute plan for prohibition.
HKUE Is one record of achievement
to brag about. The forest service
reports that fire damage to notional
forest lands this year was held down
to $237,370, a reduction of nearly 9.1
per cent from last year. This despite
the fact that the season has been the
driest on record. Forest area burned
over umounted to 193,90.1 acres, only
one-fiftb of last year's acreage.
PROPERTIES of the Chicago lc Al
ton rnllroail, which since the time
of the Civil war has operated 1,028
miles of track Id Illinois and Missouri,
were sold at public auction In fore
closure proceedings of the federal
court, the ssle taking place at Wil
mington. III., the flrst station outside
of Chicago actually owned by the coin
pan>. The railway, valued at |100,
000,000. was purchased by the Balti
more & Ohio railroad, which owned a
majority of the Alton's bonds.
The Alton company had been In re
ceivership for eight years, brought to
that condition by financial difficulties
that started with Jie failure to pay
dividends on mortgages Imposed by the
Ilnrrlman interests in the 1H)s. Strikes
and bad business in the bituminous
coal region helped the company on the
O USSIA'S picturesque trial of eight
engineers Hocused of un nntl
Soviet conspiracy in which foreign
nations and notabilities were declared
to be Involved ended as expected In
the conviction of all the defendants.
It could not be otherwise, since all
had confessed. Five of them were
sentenced to death and three to ten
years In prison, and all the Com
munists applauded. Next day the cen
tral executive committee of the Union
of Socialist Soviet Republics com
muted the five death sentences to ten
years' imprisonment, and two years
were taken off the other sentences.
The press of London and Paris looks
on the whole affair as a put up Job.
]\T0 SATISFACTORY explanation
^ has yet been given of the "poison
fog" which killed 67 persons In the
Meuse valley of Belgium and France.
The Belgian authorities tried to belit
tle the affair hut Queen Elizabeth
ruled otherwise and appointed a com
mission of physicians to make an in
HENRY CLAY now stands. In mar
ble, In the center of a wide plaza
in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela,
and he is labeled the "Apostle of fra
ternity between the countries of Amer
ica." The statue Is the present of the
United States to Venezuela, given In
return for one of Gen. Simon HoJivur,
hero of South American Independ
ence, which was unveiled In-New York
In 1021, It wus dedicated on Tuesday
by James U. Sheffield, former ambas
sador to Mexico, and received by the
high officials of the Venezuelan gov
In his address Mr. Sheffield said:
"In speaking to the people of Vene
zuela, I atn trying to Interpret to all
the republics of South America the
friendly attitude of my country and
its faith in the complete triumph of
free institutions and governments In
the western world. We aspire to no
leadership in your affairs. We only
wish to help you in attaining the high
est development of your national con
sciousness and sovereign rights."
CECRETARY of the Navy Adams In I
^ his annual report points out the
perils In the administration's policy '
of reducing navy enlisted personnel to J
a minimum. He says that during last I
year there were not enough enlisted I
men to man fully nil types of ships
In the navy. To operate the navy with
the remaining 79,800 men It vrlll be |
necessary to decommission a number
Appearing before the house naval j
committee, Mr. Adams asked that
congress approve a $34,000,000 con
struction program designed to start
our country on the way to having
such a fleet as Is authorized by the
London treaty. Chairman lirltten of
the committee thereupon Introduced
a bill authorizing the construction of
seven new cruisers and submarines
and one aircraft carrier, the only ves
sels on the navv program not now au
LEE S. OVERMAN, veteran senator
from Sooth Carolina, died in Wash
ington after a week's illness. He was
sevent.v-alx yearn old and had nerved
in the senate since 1002.
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i Widow Millie k i
|I Filled the $j
||| Stocking |jj
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y ^11 DOW MILLIE lived on n
M M fcl western fnrm nnd with the
W I j| help of a hired man?n slow
going man nnmed Mike?no
EMM! '""ly evcr ,iear<J h,E lnst
P name?managed to grow
5 good crops and maintain the
fy?" I appenrnnce of thrift.
Five years before her hus
band, Wilson Macy, had died nnd she
had been left nlone to carry on the
work of the ranch.
Bob Ramsay nnd Jim Walden were
both eligible widowers nnd each owned
a quarter section of good land adjoin
ing Widow Millie's Iqnd. one on the
north and one on the east
Tom Moulton was a bachelor?n
timid, bashful bachelor who could
blush better than he could talk. In the
presence of ladles. He owned a good
ranch nnd was one of the most thrifty
farmers In the community, tie was
good looking and very obliging. He
was well liked but no one believed
that he could ever muster the courage
to propose marriage to any woman.
He often slipped over to the widow's
farm, to see Mike, of course. He gave
his farm advice to Mike. Sometimes
he exchanged work wJth Mike and on
these occasions there was an extra
white cloth on the table and the bis
cuits had on extra flakiness. Tom
liked the biscuits. Tom ate the bis
cuits but he could not think of a word
to say whc.. the conversation was di
rected to him.
On the night before Christmas both
Bob and Jim called and Widow Millie
proceeded to entertain both In the
parlor. She managed conversation and
kept It going in the general direction
while the visitors fidgeted and
squirmed, each hoping that the other
would soon leave. Millie was sure
that Tom was in the kitchen. She
could hear the muffled conversation of
two slow-speaking men. Millie extend
ed an invitation to both her visitors
to come over the next day and have
Christmas dinner with her. This was
the signal for both to leave.
After their departure Millie went to
the kitchen, but Tom had gone and
Mike had retired. But hanging on the
kitchen wall Just over the stove was
a pair of ladies' silk stockings. She
looked at them In amazement. They
were not hers and how could they
have gotten there. Going closer she '
observed u piece of note paper pro
trading from one of them. She pulled
It out hastily and excitedly read:
"Widow Millie: I have hung these
stockings np here for you. I want you
to fl! them and wear them tomorrow.
I have hung up a pair for myself at
home. I will All them and wear them
over here tomorrow noon. The preach
er and his wife will be with me. I
tlxed up everything else at the court
house this afternoon. I can fn.-in bet
ter If 1 do not have to cook. You can
cook better If yon do not have to farm.
This Is an honest offer, from Tom."
It would be hard to describe the
thoughts that raced through Millie's
mind. At first she was Indignant. "IJe
had his nerve," she said almost aloud
a dozen times, but she smiled when
she thought that nerve was the very
thing that Tom was supposed not to
have. She liked Tom, and If he had
corne out boldly and proposed In the
usual way she did not know what she >
would have done. She took up the
note again, but she could only see the
last line?"this Is an honest offer,
from Tom.' It sinote her with Its
straightforwardness and simplicity.
"He Is honest," she said to herself.
She resolved first one thing, then an
other, hut always came hack to that
Inst ilre?the honest offer. The last
When Tom the preacher and his
wife arrived, Whlow Millie had the
stockings filled and dinner was well
on the way. The minister's wife fin
ished It. (fob and flin were in time
for the ceremony, and of course they
stayed for their Christmas dinner.
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by Robei-t Stead
E\ IS VICT DANK turned from
I'rcda Hanson's home In a
brown study. Tor two years
ho hud been n caller at
Kredn's, and for most of that
Mme he had been trying to
,Sr"l 1 ',0 answer to one ques
BjJK rion. Should be ask her to
Freda was attractive, and Harvey
was quite sure he was In love wltli
her lie suspected, too, that she re
turned Ids regard. But Ilnrvey had
[?tided himself that his bend ruled his
heart. When he left the farmhouse
of his boyhood to make Ids way In the
city he had laid down one rule for
himself: never to act on ^motion; al
ways to act on reason. And at twen
ty-eight he was assistant manager of
Ids company. The rule sure seemed
Now Freda had boon reared In lux
ury. Harvey's salary would be little
more than S|>ending money for her.
I.eavlng emotions out of the argument,
would good sense dlctnte that he
should marry her?
As he pondered this problem bells
pealed out, and he remembered It was
Christmas eve. Of course! He had
given Freda some trinket, and n little
package from her nestled In his over
coat pocket. It was the season of
"I'lease, sir, will you give me a
Harvey looked down at a ragged
urchin?a girl?perhaps not more than
len years old. Harvey's Intelligence
told him that to give money to beggars
encouraged delinquency. Hut some
thing more than Intelligence seemed to
prompt him now. He stopped and
spoke with her.
"What would you do with a dime?"
"I would buy a toy for my little
brother for Christmas." It was a glib
answer, probably untme. But Har
vey had become Interested.
"Have you no father or mother, to
buy things for Christmas?"
"No. sir. We live with our aunt,
and she has been sick."
A plausible story. Still?
A. vacant taxi hove into view. Har
vey signalled It. "Get In, little girl,
ami tell me where you live."
She looked at Mm a moment, sur
prised. Then, her child instinct satis
lied. she obeyed. They stopped in one
of the poorer parts of the city. Here,
in a single room. Harvey found a sick
woman and a boy of four or five.
It did not take hi in long to act. As
he gave his orders at a near-by restau
rant anyone could see he had thrown
intelligence to the winds.
When a hot meal for three had been
sent to the sick room llarvey found a
telephone booth. Fortunately Miss
Hanson had not retired.
"Freda, I need you?on a Job." he
saiiL Then he told her of his adven
ture. "They need clolhing, cleaning
up. care?and Christmas," he con
cluded, "and I need a woman to show
"I'll be there with my car In twenty
minutes," she answered.
Then began the greatest Christmas
eve Harvey Dane had experienced.
'?Please, Sir, Will You Give Me a
With Freda at Jds side he plunged
through the city, buying groceries,
medicine, children's toys; telephoning
a doctor; arranging for a motherly
soul to take charge. When, long after
midnight, they placed their gifts be
side the sleeping children, they some
how felt very close to each other.
The woman will be all right," the
Santa's Airship I
Ha, Santa Claus is up to dale;
he'i sold ha reindeer team.
He even thinks a motor car
old fashioned now would seem.
A brand new airship he has got;
the very latest thmg:
And. oh! a gorgeous load of toys
old Santa's siup can bring.
And if, the night ere Christmas dawns,
you wake and rub your eyes.
And peer across the chimney tops
far down the starry skies.
Who knows? You may see Santa a
shipa-skimming thro'the as.
Just show'ring doBs and skates,
and drums oo children ev'rywhere.
doctor had said. "Itesl ana nounsu
ment?that's all she needs."
Out a difficulty soon arose. Harrey
Insisted that he would pay all.
"That Is not sensible, Harrey,"
Freda told him. "It Is Just pride?or
sentiment?which ever you like. I
hare plenty ot money, and you bare
your way to make In business. Let
me pny the bills."
"That Is Just pride, too," be retorted.
Rut In the end they divided the ae
As Freda drove homeward Harrey
sat beside her, wonderfully- happy.
And the funny thing was it was all so
unreasonable. He had lost a night's
sleep and given away a lump of money
?strange doing for a business man al
ways guided by his Intelligence?and
he was so absurdly happy over It.
"You know, Harvey." Freda said,
when she drew up at her door, "I think
you uttered a great truth tonight when
yon called me on the telephone."
She had nestled close beside blm
and her presence seemed to bewitch
"Did I?" he asked. "I don't remem
ber. What did I say?"
"Can't you remember?dear?"
"You said." and she faced him very
coyly, "you said, 'Freda. I need you.""
And the next moment Harvey Dana
was behaving In the most emotional
manner In all his young life.
<(?X 1030. Western Newspaper Union.)
Cbriitmaj Day's Fall Titla
Chrlstnmt day's full title Is 'The
Nativity of Our Lord, or the Ulrtlh
dajr of Christ."