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Founded 1832~99th Year SALISBURY, THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 22, 1931 Vol. 26, No. 34 Price 2 Cents
Stewart Slayers Will Die Friday
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rWO NEGROES TO
PAY FOR CRIME
WITH OWN LIVES
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]. W. Ballard And Bernice
Mathiews, Confessed
Murderers, On Death
Row In State Prison.
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MO EXECUTIVE
CLEMENCY WILL
B E REQUESTED
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appeal Withdrawn When
Negroes Confess Guilt
To Officers While En
route To Raleigh.
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The lives of J. W. Ballard and Ber
lice Mathiews, youthful negro slay
:rs of Frank Stewart, filling station
>perator, near Franklin, Rowan coun
;y, will be snuffed out by the state,
"riday, October 23.
Nothing but a reprieve or continu
ation by Governor Gardner will de
ay the execution.
while en route to Kaleigh, tollow
ng the trial at the September term of
Iowan county Superior court, the
;wo negroes confessed their guilt. The
ippeals, which were taken when ver
licts of conviction were rendered,
vere withdrawn by counsel for the
defendants, appointed by the court.
According to the state’s evidence,
Ballard and Mathiews, on the after
noon. of September 7, entered the fill
ing station of Frank. Stewart on tV«= — -s
Franklin toad arid ordered certain
merchandise. While Stewart was in ,
the act of taking the merchandise
from the shelves of the filling station,
one of the negroes drew a gun and
killed Mr. Stewart. After fatally
wounding him, the negroes robbed
him of $18 in cash and fled.
They were later apprehended and
convicted.
Both Ballard and Mathiews con
fessed their guilt the night after their
conviction while being taken to Ral
eigh by local officers. Executive clem
ency has not been asked for either
slayer.
Several citizens of the county have
requested permits to witness the ex
ecution. They expect to go to Raleigh
:oday.
Reports from Raleigh indicate the
;wo slayers are resigned to their fates.
Both of the slayers are around 20
years of age. Ballard is from Salis
bury while Mathiews says he is from
rhomason, Ga.
It has been several years since any
one from Rowan county has been ex
:cuted for a similar capital crime.
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Ortho Poole Fined
$300 In Fed. Court
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Ortho Poole, former substitute mail
tarrier, indicted in federal court on
i charge of rifling the mails, was fin
id $300.00 and required to pay to the
:lerk of court the sum of $483.24, the
amount alleged to have been stolen,
late Wednesday afternoon by Judge
Johnson J. Hayes. Poole was also plac
id on probation for a period of three
years.
The money to be paid to the clerk
af court will be distributed to persons
svhose funds were taken from the
mails by Poole.
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CHILD KILLED BY PEANUT
Albemarle. — A peanut particle
lodged in the lung of Kenneth Mor
gan, 18-months old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Cranford Morgan, of Big Lick,
and caused the child’s death a few
hours later. Physicians in a local hos
pital were unable to remove the par
ticle.
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BURNS PROVE FATAL
Goldsboro.—Leslie Hood, 32, died
in a hospital in Goldsboro from burns
received when a can of blazing gaso
line was spilled over his head and body
at the Neuse Grist mill in Goldsboro.
Johnny Branch May Be Reinstated
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ALUMNI BRING
PRESSURE ON
COACH COLLINS
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Salisbury Boy, Outstand
ing Quarterback In
South, May Again Don
Carolina Uniform.
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DISMISSED LAST
WEEK FOR BREACH
OF TRAINING RULES
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Alumni From All Over
State Petition Coach
Collins To Give Johnny
Another Chance.
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Johnny Branch, wonder pigskin
artist at Carolina for the past two
years but who was dismissed from the
squad last week for a breach of the
training rules, may be reinstated, ac
cording to reports emanating from
Chapel Hill Wednesday.
Alumni from all over the state are
petitioning Coach Collins to give the
Salisbury boy another chance.
The decisive defeat suffered by
Carolina last Saturday at the hands of
the powerful Georgia eleven has re
sulted in a definite move for Branch’s
reinstatement.
nessee game.
Meantime, Branch has been working
out with the freshmen each day; ap
parently, in the hope of being given
another opportunity.
Branch was dismissed from the
squad following the game with the
Florida ’Gators several weeks ago.
During the past two scholastic
years, Branch has played quarterback
for Carolina. Without question he is
considered one of the outstanding
quarterbacks in the south. In practi
cally every game in which he has par
ticipated, the midget giant has starred.
Salisbury is Johnny’s home and
thousands of local admirers, together
with legion friends over the state, are
supporting the movement to have him
reinstated.
This is Johnny’s last year at Caro
lina. He played on the freshman team.
He also handled the quarterback po
sition for Carolina during his sopho
more and junior years.
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DEATH CLAIMS
GEORGE EAGLE
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George C. Eagle, for 36 years a
member of the Salisbury police force,
died Wednesday morning in the bal
isbury hospital following an illness of
several weeks.
Death resulted from heart trouble
which followed an attack of influenza.
Funeral services had not been ar
ranged late Wednesday, pending the
arrival of an only son from New Or
leans.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. An
nie Eagle, one son, Earl Eagle, who
is with a railroad company in New
Orleans, and one daughter, Mrs. J.
Adam Hall, who with her husband,
reside at the Eagle home. Two nieces,
Misses Lottie and Jennie Eagle, of
Norfolk, Va., formerly of this city,
also survive.
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NEGRO BOY KILLED
Wilmington.—The mule he was
riding becoming stubborn while stand
ing in the middle of the Atlantic
Coast Line railroad tracks at Willard,
James Owen Jacobs, 10, negro, was
instantly killed when the animal and
boy were struck by an Atlantic Coast
Line freight train. Witnesses said that
the mule refused to be guided by the
youth who worker frantically to ride
him off the tracks in the face of the
approaching train.
Goc )
Morning
*■ —— ■ in——^■«
It’s fine to say "good-morning”
It’s great to say "Hello”;
To shake the hand of my fellow man,
Is the grandest thing I know.
A DIME A DAY
Interest at
End of 5 per cent
1st year.$ 36.50 $
2nd year.. 74.82 1.82
3rd year___ 115.06 3.74
4th year... 157.31 5.75
5th year. 201.67 7.86
6th year___ 248.25 10.08
7th year__ 297.16 12.41
8th year......... 348.51 14.85
9th year...... 402.43 17.42
10th year.... 459.05 20.12
11th year..... 5 18.50 22.95
12th year...!. 580.92 25.92
13th year-- 646.46 29.04
14th year_ 715.28 32.32
15th year__ 787.54 35.76
16th year. 863.42 39.38
17th year__ 943.09 43.17
18th year. 1,026.74 47.15
19th year. 1,1 14.58 5 1.34
20th year.... 1,206,81 5 5.73'
21st year.. 1,305.65 60.34
THAT’S DIFFERENT
"An armless dress I like,”
Confessed Miss Sadie Karms,
"But I ne’er would date with
A boy who had no arms!”
LITTLE SLIP OF MEMORY
Judge (scarnly) have
lights’that way?'*
Youth—Well, your Honor, you iee
red on a girl’s lips never means stop
and I forget now and then that it does
at the street crossing.
LIARS ET AL
The Davie Record says: "There are
ordinary liars, extraordinary liars and
common everyday liars, and there are
a few liars who can’t be classified.”
Well, brother, our guess is the one
that can’t be classified could easily be
called a newspaper editor who wilfully
misrepresents things.
LONGING
Today I saw a flock of birds
Flying, flying southward—
And I longed with all my being
To be free
To follow . . . on.
And yesterday I heard a gypsy song
I closed my eyes
And seemed to hear their laughter,
And see their dancing feet.
I longed so much
To follow gypsy ways;
But I dared not!
For I am held by bonds
Stronger than life;
By prejudice and fears—
And doubts and lov’d ones’ tears.
I am imprisoned here!
... So I seem calm to all,
And hide this wild desire
To be free ... to follow on.
HO, HUM!
Blinks—A woman never knows hei
own mind.
Jinks—No, that’s why department
stores have to have exchange desks
and the country divorce courts.
SHE WILL
You can interest a modern young
woman in new ways to fix her half
grown hair, but she’d yawn in youi
face if you tried to tell her about new
ways to fix potatoes.—Cincinnati En
quirer.
Amusing juxtaposition of film title;
seen in front of a local movie theatre;
I<over Come Back
The Devil to Pay.
Accidentally cynical arrangement
of two more observed by a corres
pondent:
I take This Woman
Hell Bound.
—News-Topic,
The development of certain passion;
demands the elimination of others.
PLANS LAUNCHED TO RELIEVE
NEEDY IN CITY THIS WINTER;
MAYOR HEDRICK CALLS MEETING
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Plans to relieve the unemployment
situation in Salisbury and to provide
the necessities of life for the destitute
this winter, were mapped out at a
meeting held in the courthouse Mon
day night with several hundred citi
zens and civic leaders in attendance.
The meeting was called by and pre
sided over by Mayor B. V. Hedrick.
Mayor Hedrick outlined a tenta
tive plan suggested by the city coun
cil, which, in brief, follows:
1. Registration of all needy per
sons.
2. Obtain full history of all ap
plicants for assistance.
3. Widening of a number of streets
in Salisbury to provide work for the
unemployed, payment to be made in
script, purchases to be made at des
ignated headquarters.
4. Organization by women of
sewing circles to make and distribute
clothes among needy.
5. Request local firms and indus
tries to add others to payroll.
6. Provide work for those seeking
employment.
7. Group church women and as
sign circles to attend to children need
ing food and clothes.
8. The movement to be financed
by contributions of those regularly
employed ranging fa>m 4 to 8 per
The nutter wcussed by the
following:
E. J. Coltrane, superintendent of
the Salisbury schools; R. J. Everest,
president of the chamber of com
merce; Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Dutera,
Chief W. A. Brown of the fire de
partment, P. S. Carlton, City Coun
cilman Max L. Barker, Secretary R.
E. L. Niel of the chamber of com
merce, former Mayor J. L. Fisher,
Mrs. Edwin C. Gregory, Mrs. ]}• V.
Hedrick, and S. T. Cornelison, secre
tary of the Central Labor Union.
The following committees were
appointed to draft plans to aid the
unemployed and needy:
General chairman—Marvin Snider.
Registration committee—Max L.
Barker, chairman; Charles L. Burkett,
A. P. Hartline.
Purchasing agent—R. Lee Mahaley.
Finance committee—Frank Link,
chairman; Sam Carter, Donald Clem
ent.
Unemployment committee—R. J.
Everest, chairman; C. W. Isenhour, J.
W. Rideoutte, Lewis Miller.
Publicity committee—J. F. Hurley,
Sr., chairman; Frank Irvin, E. W. G.
Huffman.
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CHILD IS LOCATED
Asheville.—Marie Louise Bell, 14,
daughter of John H. Bell, of Biltmore
Forest, has been located by her father
in Newark, N. J., where she is with
her mother, estranged from her fath
er. The girl left Alexander school near
Rutherfordton, travelled to Charlotte
by automobile and went to Newark
No word of three other girls at the
by train, the father said he learned.
No word of three other girls at the
school who disappeared has been re
ceived here.
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DR HENDERSON COMPLETES
NEW VOLUME ON THE
LIFE OF SHAW
Chapel Hill.—Dr. Archibald Hen
derson left for New York to turn
over to his publishers the manuscript
of his latest biography of George Ber
nard Shaw, to be published soon.
Dr. Henderson has been at work on
the volume since 1911. It covers the
entire life of the noted Irishman. This
*=> first* biography Dr. Hender
son has done of Shaw but is consider
ed the most complete.
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FATALLY BURNED
Winston-Salem.—Burns suffered by
Velma Catherine Floyd, five-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E.
Floyd, while playing with matches in
the home, resulted in her death in a
hospital here.
The child and a smaller sister were
at home alone, the mother having gone
to a nearby grocery store. Mrs. Floyd
was attracted by the screams of the
child and upon entering the house she
discovered the little girl’s clothing
wrapped in flames. Before the fire
coul dbe extinguished Velma Cather
ine was fatally burned.
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Habitual fear and distrust are ab
surd. A very small fraction of what
we have feared ever happens, and we
brought it unto ourselves by our fears.
Who’s Who In Rowan
OFFICERS OF VARIOUS LOCAL
UNIONS
Piedmont Lodge No. 136 Interna
tional Association of Machinists
President, H. J. Kester.
Vice President, J. H. Benton.
Recording Secretary, J. W. Ride
outte.
Financial Secretary, G. G. Myers.
Conductor, H. W. Peterson.
Sentinel, C. T. Tichenor.
Trustees
I. J. McAdams.
J. C. Lipe.
H. C. Lentz.
Shop Committee
F. T. Cornelius, Chairman.
H. G. Fisher.
J. S. Pipkin.
J. K. Loflin.
J. L. Fisher.
D. B. Miller.
Spencer Lodge No. 205 Brother
hood of Railway Carmen
of America
D. C. Carter, President.
H. F. Grubb, Vice President.
J. W. Marshall, Recording Secre
tary.
G. E. Carter, Financial Secretary.
D. M. Phillips, Treasurer.
J. L. Bogle, Inside Sentinel.
J. C. Lemly, Warden.
R. G. Stewart, Chaplain.
Board of Trustees
J. W. Lawson.
R. E. Edmundson.
J. A. B. Costner.
Local Protective Board
D. J. Butler, Chairman.
F. C. Scatterwhite.
C. H. Bringle.
Local Union No. 312 Interna
tional Brotherhood of Elec
trical Workers
F. E. Garrett, President.
M. M. Mask, Vice President.
A. T. Sweet, Financial Secretary.
L. H. Tulian, Recording Secretary.
C. A. Fink, Treasurer.
Shop Committee
M. M. Mask, Chairman.
C. A. Fink.
F. E. Garrett.
Local Union No. 857 Interna
tional Association of Machin
ist Helpers
J. P. Thompson, President.
L. A. Albrooks, Vice President.
R. N. Clark, Recording Secretary.
P. L. Wyatt, Financial Secretary.
J. H. Fisher, Treasurer.
I. A. File, Inside Sentinel.
Trustees
T. R. Guthrie.
R. S. Wood.
F. L. Brown.
Auditing Committee
T. E. Rice.
D. F. Shuping.
Shop Committee
G. L. Seamon, Chairman.
Leroy Sells.
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NORTH CAROLINA
NEWS IN
BRIEF
PACKHOUSE BURNED
Henderson. — Another packhouse
fire with heavy damage occurred here
when flames destroyed a quantity of ■
tobacco belonging to Henry Steed,
several miles east of the city. It was
'■svimated that fiom 15 to 20 barns
of tobacco was stored in the pack
house, valued at around $1,500 to $2,
000. Mr. Steed carried insurance, and
is believed to have been covered.
CANNON ON BOARD
Concord.—Charles A. Cannon, of
Concord, N. C., president of the Can
non Mills, Inc., was elected a direc
tor of the New York Life Insurance
company at the monthly meeting of
the board of directors. Mr. Cannon’s 1
election fills the vacancy created by <
the death of Richard L Manning
former governor of South Carolina.
NEGRO SUES FOR DAMAGES
High Point.—Lee Flake, negro, who
was accused by officers of threatening
to defend his little home on East 1
Washington street with a gun against
foreclosure, started a suit in High
Point municipal court against the
High Point Perpetual Building and
Loan association and others to set
aside the foreclosure proceedings and
says that he will sleep on the doorsteps
of his "own house,” the door being
locked against him, pending the setde
ment of the suit.
BANKERS FREED
New Bern.—By directed verdict of
the court, William W. Griffin, E. H.
Meadows and E. C. Rea, officials or
directors of the former National Bank
of New Bern, were in federal court
acquitted of a charge of violating na
tional banking laws. Two other cas
es involving former national bank of
ficials here were continued until the
next term of court.
MAN FOUND DEAD
North Wilkesboro.—Ernest Reece,
27, of Boomer, was found dead beside
a road some distance from his home
and Claud Russell, Ward Hester and
Charles Gross were arrested as mate
rial witnesses pending completion of
an investigation.
The trio said they had found Reece
in a drunken stupor, and had left him
beside the road, returning to find him
dead.
Dr. H. B. Smith eramined Reece’s
body and expressed the belief he had
died from natural causes superinduced
by liquor.
HOTEL MANAGER SENTENCED
Charlotte.—A. W. Hartley, manag
er of the Mecklenburg hotel here, was
convicted on two counts charging vi
olation of the prohibition laws and
District Attorney Charles A. Jonas
took under consideration a move to
have the hotel padlocked. Judge E.
Yates Webb sentenced Hartley to 10
months in prison after a federal jury
had convicted him of maintaining a
nuisance and possessing materials for
the manufacture of intoxicating li
quors. A fine of $500 was suspended.
Hartley appealed and gave bond of
$5,000.
POLICE APPREHEND YOUTHS
Fayetteville.—Scaling the wall of an
adjoining building, two white youths,
one of them a one-legged boy, entered
a skylight in the McFayden Music
house and were caught by police as
they sought to escape with a portable
typewriter case filled with jewelry be
longing to P. O. Hoffner, who has a
jewelry shop in the music comDany’s
building. Both are in jail awaiting
trial. The boys gave their names as
Edwin Waddell and Zach Smith.
TAKES OWN LIFE
Asheville.—W. T. Clayton, 5 3, ho
tel manager and father-in-law of Sher
iff Lawrence E. Brown, shot himself
in the kitchen of his hotel in the heart
of the city. He died immediately.
    

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