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The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina caSI college
The Carolina Watchman
"The Watchman Carries a Summary of oT// The l^ews”
Founded 1832~99th Year SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 20, 1931 Vol. 26, No. 38 ' Price 2 Cents
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LEADERS PICK EHRINGHAUS TO WIN
LOOK ON MAXWELL
AS SECOND HIGH;
Speculation Now Centers
On Whether Ehringhaus
Can Get Majority In
SOON GET STARTED
IN NORTH CARO.
General Primary Will Be
Held In State And Na
tion Next June To Name
J. C. B. Ehringhaus, Elizabeth City
attorney, is the leading Democratic
candidate for governor of North
Carolina, in the opinion of local
A. J. Maxwell, commissioner of
Revenue,•• Raleigh, is seen as the
runner-up while R. T. Fountain,
Rocky Mount, is trailing.
Although the primary next June
is over six months off, the various
gubernatorial candidates are getting
their campaigns underway and it won’t
be long until the various lines will be
It was -generally—conceded among
local political leaders that Ehringhaus
held a commanding lead.
Predictions were made that Ehring
haus would carry Rowan county with
a substantial majority over all other
The question appears at this time
to be whether Mr. Ehringhaus will be
able to secure a majority in the state
as a whole in the June primary, or
whether the combined vote of his
opponents and others that announce
later will be large enough to force him
into a second primary.
Ehringhaus made many friends when
he announced his candidacy and out
lined his platform. He stated that he
Defend the record of the Demo
cratic party in North Carolina.
Oppose all form of sale tax.
Urge the immediate return to the
policy of quadrennial assessment.
Favor a further reduction of the
cost of government.
Coming from the east, his stand
against all forms of sales tax was a
surprise. However, this one issue will
probably win many thousands of votes
for him in the west.
Mr. Ehringhaus is an attorney of
Elizabeth City. He was formerly so
licitor of his district, a member of
the general assembly and one of the
outstanding orators in the state.
WILL NOT RUN
Winston-Salem.—Judge Johnson J.
Hayes of the federal district court
said here he would be a candidate for
ne elective office at any time save ''hat
of jurist. He made the statement in
response to an assertion by O. R.
York, of High Point, member of the
state Republican committee that he
would support the jurist if he would
be a candidate for the governorship.
PRISON CAMP IS STARTED
Shelby.—Construction work started
this week on the new state prison
camp just east of the Cleveland
county fair grounds and a short dis
tance from Highway 20. A tool and
t cement house has already been erected
and work orithe convict building it
self will get going just as soon as
material now being shipped, arrives
BELIEVE WOMAN MURDERED
Rocky Mount.—Police and rela
tives, seeking a clue that might lead
to the whereabouts of Mrs. Nannie D.
Brown, 38, who has been away from
home for some time, have concluded
that the woman was murdered and
her car and money stolen.
Ef you strike a thorn or rose,
Ef it hails or ef it snows,
Tain’t no use to sit and whine
When the fish ain’t on your line;
Bait yer hook and keep on tryin’—
When the weather kills yer crop,
When you tumble from the top,
S’pose you’re out of every dime,
Bein’ broke ain’t any crime;
Tell the world you’re feelin’ prime,
When it looks like all is up,
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like sighing, sing,
A young man in a railway coach
was making fun of a lady’s hat to an
elderly gentleman sitting near him.
"Yes,” said the elderly gentleman, I
"That’s my wife, and I told her if
she wn^ that bar fioroe^j^tu.T**^*
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THE SCARLET LETTER
Somebody has recently written a
scenario for a movie. Its title is "The
Outlaw of the Alphabet.” It goes like
A MATTER OF AGE
"Two cows is in the field,” said a
teacher to a class of small boys, indi
cating the writing on the blackboard.
"Now that sentence is wrong. Can
anyone tell me why?”
Wearily she looked over the apathet
"Come, come” she said, encourag
One youngster, with a talent spark
of chivalry, sought to help her out
of the difficulty.
"Perhaps one of them are a calf,
miss!” he suggested, innocently.
Question and answer from a South
"Q. "Will burying a black cat in
a graveyard at midnight do away with
"A. "Yes, if the warts are on the
AFTER THE QUARREL.
Are you the one whose vows were
Whose lying lips, of love have
Are you another of those ladies
Whose fiendish minds make man
Forever doomed to deepest Hades?
Anl I aware of your pretending?
And certain our affair is ending?
When night hangs silver stars above
Do you think I am dreaming of you,
And still am fool enough to love you?
They Shall Not Pass!
Thursday morning several score Salisburians began a three-day
service of neighborliness. It is a service they welcome, for they
are volunteers. They are unpaid. In addition they are giving their
money as well as their time. The campaign for funds continues
today and Saturday.
The goal of $2,500 set by the Red Cross, working in conjunc
tion with other local associated agencies, is small. It should not
only be subscribed; it should be many times oversubscribed!
A breach is open in the ranks of the living.
Beyond that breach the hosts of poverty—starvation, sick
ness, and their grim ally, Winter—are mobilizing for assault.
Will you contribute to this cause to serve in the ranks of hu
manity and smash these hordes that threaten us? Will you help
us hurl them back into defeat?
Hunger-weakened children, hopeless, beaten men, defenseless
women, all look to you to save them.
This year their call is no plea for assistance but a cry of despair.
And on you rests the burden of changing that cry to a song of
victory. The need is greater.will you give as you never
gave before? Will you fill the breach, and filling it, say,.
"They shall not pass!” Suffering and want shall be halted at the
Don’t mistake the fact that there is much suffering and want
in Salisbury and Rowan county. There are many jobless work
ers. There are many hungry mouths. There is despair and gloom,
as never before.
Want and needless suffering have no place in a community
which calls itself civilized. Hunger and misery that come from
inadequate food, clothing and shelter strike a discordant note in
an age that prides itself on material achievements.
It is a time when no shirking can be tolerated. Every person
musf do his part in this great cause.
i&rdzg* sever?! .sr^re^bldiers kxicw the ma***i
tude of'their task. But they are facing it resolutely, confidently,
relying upon the good will and warm hearts of many who will
give as they never gave before.
You potential givers upon whom the success of raising this
fund rests, have, of course, felt the depression, which squeezes
both rich and poor. Many of you may honestly say you are hard
But as you open your paper this morning over a comfortable
breakfast table, think of those others. Think of those who are
hard up for a loaf of bread, or a cheap overcoat or a bucket of
coal. Think of those footsore from days of trudging in a futile
hunt for a job. Think of the mothers and fathers whose hearts
are torn by the cry of their hungry children.
Think of all these, your neighbors, and be glad that you can
and will give. Help us sav to the imps of want and hunger:
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”__
Who’s Who In Rowan
OFFICERS OF YADKIN LODGE
LOCAL UNION No. 176
Freight Flandlers, Express and Station
M. A. Hunt, president.
J. W. Brawley, vice president.
W. C. Thomson, financial secre
Armond Lyerly, recording secre
W. A. Albright, treasurer.
T. H. Grubb, chaplain.
L. B. Dennis sergeant-at-arms.
Ralph Poole, inside sentinel.
H. Sells outside sentinel.
J. W. Brawley.
M. A. Hunt.
OFFICERS OF LOCAL UNION
No. 48 5
International Journeyman Barbers
A. P. Holt president.
H. L, Peacock, vice president.
C. S. Sapp, secretary and treasurer.
R. B- Davis, recording secretary.
R. L. Haithcock, sergeant at-arms.
Brotherhood Railway Trainmen
H. E. Withers, president.
H. W. Thompson, vice president.
T. P. Fowler, secretary and treas
W. R. Snow, chaplain.
W. O. Sisk, conductor.
M. T. Owens, warden.
H. L. Watlington, inner guard.
T. A. Bennett, outer guard.
J. P. Fuller, local chairman.
H. E. Withers, legislative repre
LrJC, 1 o 1U I
Sanford.—The jury in the trial of
Malachi Dowdy, negro charged with
the killing of Willie Davis, alsp a
negro, returned a verdict of second
degree murder. Ed Sneed, held as an
accessory was found not guilty. Judge
Cramer today sentenced Dowdy 10
years in the state penitentiary.
BUSINESS CHANGE HANDS
Kannapolis.—William Steele, former
part owner of the Kannapolis Bakery,
has sold out his .half interest therein
to H. A. Scott, and has invested in
other enterprises in the business life
of the city. Steele has brought a one
half interest in the American cafe;
one-half interest in McKnight’s lunch
room, at the rear of American Cafe;
and a one-fourth interest in the hot
dog stand at Cabarrus Park.
14 BANKERS SUED
Raleigh.—State Bank Commissioner
Gurney P. Hood filed suit for $289,
3 8 J.'06 in New Hanover Superior
court against 14 former directors and
officers of the Home Savings bank,
of Wilmington, which was taken over
by the banking department January
The complaint alleged "reckless
ness, negligence and illegal acts” by
the officers and directors "destroyed”
LEE USES OWN COAL
Sanford—Lee county schools are
using coal this year which was mined
in this county The schools require
about 500 tons and a saving of
$1.15 per ton is made by using the
High Point.—Mrs. M. B. Stroupe,
30, who lives on Springdale court,
took two bichloride of mercury tablets
in what is believed to have been an
attempt upon her own life.
The fact that she had taken the
tablets was not discovered until
about 6 o’clock when she was brought
to the Guilford General hospital. She
has chance for recovery physicians
who examined her think.
BASS IS ACQUITED
Lumberton.—Ed Bass was acquitted
by a jury here of killing George
Parnell October 6. Evidence was that
Bass was injured October 4 in a drink
ing party at Pembroke, and there was
a conflict of evidence as to who caused
$50,000 FIRE LOSS
Rose Hill.—Three buildings were
destroyed and another was partially
burned in the heart of Rose Hill.
Damage was estimated at upwards of
$50,000. Two of the buildings, dry
goods stores, were owned by W. M.
Rochelle and a Mr. Cates. The third,
a grocery store, was owned by L. J.
Scott, and the fourth, which was
saved from total destruction by a
hastily organized bucket brigade, was
the drug store of C. M. Miller.
CATAWBA MAN STABBED
iwrqtxwi J otiics ucmun, w
land section, who ifC,3~Uei^4 tQi..have_
stabbed Grier Creitz, of the same com
munity. Crietz, is in tjie Richard
Baker hospital with a severe wound
in his chest just above the heart. It
has not been learned what caused the
SOIL BEING BURNED
Washington.—The fertile soil of
Beaufort county is being burned by
forest fires which continue to rage
in this section. Some 5,000 acres of
land have been burned over.
LAND AT SIX CENTS
Raleigh.—A quanity of land sold
at the court house door brought a
fraction over six cents per acre. The
sale will be final unless there is a raise
in the bid within 20 days.
TREE FALLS ON YOUTH
Concord—William S. Alexander,
20, of near Mooresville, was instantly
killed Friday night when a tree fell
on him while on an o’possum hunt.
He and a friend had just cut the tree
down and it fell across his body.
PENN RESIDENCE BURNED
Reidsville.—The residence of Mrs.
C. A. Penn, wife of the late tobacco
magnate, was destroyed by fire, caus
ing a loss estimated at $100,000. The
20-room residence was consumed in
about four hours time by a fire which
was confined in the walls.
LIFE SAVED BY WATCH
Burlington.—Jim McManess, col
ored, engaged in guerilla warfare with
John Crawford, a neighbor, and when
it was all over McManess said a
watch ir his brest pocket probably
saved his life. A buckshot fired at him
hit the watch and did no injury to
ROBBED OF PAYROLL
Burlington.—Artell Hickory, 30 is
being held under suspicion in con
nection with the hold-up and rob
bery of J. _A. Long, cashier of the
Bank of Haw River, of $1,000 in a
bold day-light robbery. He carried
a large sum of money in his shoes and
on his person when the arrest was
LOCKLEAR GETS 30 YEARS
Lumberton.—Rufus Locklear sub
mitted to a charge of second degree
murder in connection with the killing
of Emerson Bullard, substantial Indian
and was given the maximum sentence
of 30 years in state’s prison.
TO ANNUL WILL
Cousin Of The Late Mrs.
Frances Kelly Frercks
Attacks Validity Of
Clerk Suspends Further
Administration Of Es
tate Until Issues Decid
ed; J. M. McCorkle Was
R. M. McRae, Stanly county far
mer, Thursday filed with Clerk of
Court. McCubbins a caveat to the
will of Mrs. Frances Kelly Frercks.
Mr. McRae is a cousin of Mrs. Frercks.
The caveat alleges that the Frercks
will probated May 19, 1931, is n<jt
the last will and testament of the late
Filing of a caveat requires the clerk
of court to transfer the cause to the
Superior court civil docket for trial.
Cases of this type take precedence
over other civil matters.
The caveat further requests that a
decree be entered setting aside and
annulling the probate of said will;
that a citation issue to all devisees and
legatees and other parties of interest,
either by personal service or publica
iiais suspended all proceedings and
further administration of the estate
until the issues involved are decided
by the court.
The caveator is represented by
Brown and Reynolds, Albemarle at
Mrs. Frances Kelly Frercks ;died
last May, leaving an estate valued at
$100,000. Fler estate consisted chief
ly of liquid assets such as stocks,
bonds, notes and cash. In her will
she made numerous, devises and gifts
to relatives, friends and institutions.
In her will, Mrs. Frercks named J.
M. McCorkle executor and the Atlan
tic Bank & Trust Company, (now
North Carolina Bank & Trust Com
In making her will, Mrs. Frercks
"If either or any of the foregoing
relatives undertake to contest this will
they shall forfeit all rights under this
"If there be any other relatives not
named in this will, their names are
The name of R. M. McRae, cave
ator, did not appear in the will.
3 BOYS HOLD SERVICE
Kinston.—Three boys substituted
for Rev. Dr. Bartholomew F. Huske,
Episcopal clergyman when he was
absent from his pulpit on a recent
evening. Dr. Huske was holding a
mission at Creswell and found he
could not return home for a scheduled
service. The Young People’s Service
league of the parish took charge and
delegated three of its members to
carry on in his stead. Dal F. Wooten,
Jr., Tony Cary and Andrew Johnson,
Jr., conducted the service, one read
ing the prayers, another the scripture
lesson and the third directing the
HOSIERY INDUSTRY GROWS
in North Carolina lived up to its
reputation of being the fastest grow
ing industry *in' the state by recording
a gain in the value of its product of
42.5 per cent during the two-year
period, 1927-29. The products of the
industry in 1929 were valued at $75.
508,332 as compared with $52,993,
881 in 1927. The hosiery industry is
third in the state in value of products
and second in the number of wage
earners and the amount of wages
paid. Tobacco leads industry and
cotton comes second with furniture