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The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina cm84 C0LLSGH
The Carolina Watchman
"The Watchman Carries a Summary of ^All The J^ern”
Founded 1832-99th Year SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 11, 1931 ' Vol. 26, No. 41 Price 2 Cents
Democrats Take Over Control Of House
; BAILEY IS SEATED
President Hoover Recom
mends Increase In Taxes
In His Message To Con
ON RADIOS, AUTOS,
Hoover’s Budget Draws
Democrats To Prepare
Own Plan For Taxes.
The 72nd congress convened Mon
dayv and:jthe democrats took over con
trol of the house of representatives
'With a whoop and a rebel yell in cele
bration of their first session of domi
nance in 13 years.
V; Mustreing their full strength, the
democrats named "Texas Jack” Gar
ner, bluff outspoken westerner, to
Itffe speakership, the most powerful
legislative post. The vote was John
N. Garner, 218; Bertrand H. Snell,
New York, regular republican nom
ijnfee, 207, and George J. Schneider,
•Wisconsin, < independent republican,
V S £ The three candidates voted "pres
f. In the senate, J. W. Bailey, senator
from this state, took his seat without
'contest although notice was served
‘that the matter would come up again
at some later date.
t; I Tuesday, President Hoover present
fed his message to Congress, urging
higher taxes and federal action to
Briefly summarized, the president re
Subscribe more funds to federal
Use federal reserve banks to liber
ate funds arrested in failed banks.
Establish a home-loan discount bank
Broaden tne Dase ior paper reserve
banks can discount.
■ Overhaul banking laws.
' Avoid general tariff revision.
Revise interstate commerce com
mission laws regulating rails.
Allow "proper consolidation” of
Adjust anti-trust laws to remove
Refrain from extending expenditures
Regulate interstate transmission of
Reject proposals for [government
Transfer shipping board adminis
trative functions to commerce depart
Make shipping board a regulatory
body, having jurisdiction over coast
wise shipping and rates and services
on inland waterways.
Strengthen immigration laws.
.The administration laid its billion
do jlar prpgram of new and increased
taxes before congress Wednesday, and
met immediate opposition.
bemocrats, in control of the house
Und only two votes short of the re
publican senate 'strength, ^countered
immediately -by announcing they
Would draft a program of their own.
The Hoover-Mellon program calls
for income-tax on estates, and levies on
automobiles, radio, telephone and
telegraph messages, theatre admis
sions, radio and phonograph equip
ment, and bank checks, collecting
in large or small amount from al
most every person in the country.
It would raise $514,000,000 added
teyenue from so-called sales and othei
miscellaneous taxes, $245,000^000
from income tax increases, $150,000,
00.6 from increased postage and $11,
000,000 from a new tax on estates.
Income taxes would be increasec
all along the line, with a maximurr
surtax of 40 per cent, compared wit!
the present 20.
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b—— i *
Today is your day and mine, the
only day we have, the day in which
we play our part.—David S. Jordan.
It’s today that I am livin’
Not a month ago;
Havin’, losin’, takin’, givin’
As time wills it so.
Yesterday—a cloud of sorrow
Fell across the way;
It may rain—but say!
Ain’t it fine today.
—The British Weekly.
Her—You used to say that you
were unworthy of me.
Him—-Well, what if I did?
Her—Nothing. Only you seem to
be spending your married life trying
to prove it,
’TWAS SO SUDDEN
"That’s a nice looking fellow at the
next table,” said a young man who
had taken a girl friend to lunch in a
restaurant. "Is he a friend of you,
"Yes, indeed!” said the girl.
"Well—er—I think I’ll ask him to
"Oh, this is too sudden.”
"What’s so sudden?”
"Why, why, that’s our minister!”
said she, blushing.
NOT TO BLAME
Wife—Dear, tomorrow is our tenth
wedding anniversary. Shall I kill the
Hubby—No, let him live. He didn’t
have anything to do with it.
CASH FOR CARRIE
The wife was going through her
' "Hey, there!” he cried, "thats be
longs to me.”
"It won’t belong now” she answer
Woman (to tramp)—Go away, oi
I’ll call my husband.
Tramp—-Oh, I know ’im. ’E’s the
Jittle fellow wot told me to go awaj
yesterday or ’e’ call ’is wife.
NOT A SEEKER OF LIGHT
"Shall I tell you what you are?”
"If you do you will get a blacl
THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT
"The doctor’s here, professor.”
"Tell him I can’t see him. I’m sick.’
TAKE IT EASY
Old gardener (to his boss, on beinj
offered a refreshment): "Thank ye
sir.” (Receiving the drink.) "Did yi
put in the whiskey or water fust, sir?’
"Thanks! I’ll maybe come to bi
and by.” —Punch.
WITH A DIRTY LAUGH
"Is Bliggins a considerate man?”
"Not exactly. He is one of thosi
.people who think it is all right t(
tramp on your feet as often as the;
choose, provided they say 'Excuse me!
every time.”—Kennebec Journal.
1 THE KITCHEN CYNIC
"What is pupmr love?”
"The beginning of a dog’s life.”
WHO AM I?
I am more powerful than the com
bined armies of the world.
I am more deadly than bullets am
I have wrecked more homes than th
mightiest of siege guns.
I steal in the United States alon
over $3,000,000 each year.
I am relentless. I am everywhere
in the home, in the street, in th
factory, at railroad crossings, and 01
I bring sickness, degradation, am
death, and yet few seek to avoid me
I destroy, crush, and maim; I giv
nothing, but take all.
1 am your worst enemy.
I AM CARELESSNESS.
EXPECT 1932 TO BE BIGGEST YEAR
FOR CONVENTIONS IN SALISBURY;
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS ACTIVE
Predictions in the press that 1932
will be the banner year for conven
tions, civic, business, political and
otherwise, finds the chamber of com
merce confident that Salisbury will
land its share and probably excel any
previous year in its history.
Already, a number of large conven
tions, including several of statewide
prominence and at least one of nat
ional scope, have been invited to
Salisbury and other invitations are
steadily being issued. It is believed the
national grange will convene here in
The Salisbury chamber of commerce
is working daily on the following pro
1. —Attraction of conventions and
expositions to the city and the up
building of more retail and wholesale
2. —Inducing tourists to follov.
routes leading into Salisbury and the
arrangement of entertainment for
3. —Efforts are constantly being
made to secure diversified industrial
plants for Salisbury.
According to -ress reoorts more
than 18,8 50 conventions, expositions,
large banquets and fairs will be held
during 1932 in the nation, represent
in~ an increase of 3,198 over 1931.
Present indications signify that the
prevailing upward trend i" this type
of activity will continue throughout
9 PLACES IN ROWAN ON ROLLS
Greensboro — Nine sections in
Rowan county are on the rolls at
North Carolina college as residence of
the 23 students from that division of
the state now on the campus at the
institution for women. The places are
Salisbury, Spencer, China Grove,
Granite Quarry, Mooresville, Cleve
land, Mt. Ulla, Woodleaf and Barber.
Salisbury leads the county’s enroll
ment with the following nine young
women: Misses Catherine Bernhardt,
Nettie Ruth Cauhle, Mary White Dit
ters, Anzonetta Fisher, Annie Marie
Kesler, Lucy Rose Linn, Avis Little,
Margaret March, Mildred Smith.
China Grove sends to the college
Misses Mary Louise Brown, Paulanna
Cooper, Evelyn Sloop.
Other places in the county are repre
sented as follows: Granite Quarry—
Misses Edith Jane Henderson, Aleine
Lyerly; Spencer —Misses Mary Neil
Brown, Bessie McCurdy; Cleveland—
Misses Blanch Parccll, Grace Williams;
Mooresville—Miss Wilna Shinn; Mt.
Ulla—Misses Louise Beaver, Louise
; McLaughlin; Woodleaf—Miss Linda
i Bailey; Barber—Miss Ruby Mae Barrie.
Burlington—Reuben Keck was sen
■ tenced to jail for a term of five
months for receiving stolen goods.
He requested the judge to send him
to state prison instead, stating that he
preferred hard work to lying in jail.
NEGRO BOUND OVER
Danbury?—Neaj Hawkins, (negro,
charged with breaking and entering
the mercantile establishment of W. G.
Petree here was given preliminary trial
and bound over to the next term of
Superior court under a $500 bond.
Hawkins admitted having tried to
enter the store on other occasions, and
having placed a ladder against the
store, with which he climbed to the
second story window and entered. No
goods were taken, as officers nabbed
the youth just as he entered the build
The American Legion Auxiliary is
holding a bazar today and Saturday
for the benefit of the tubercular pat
ients at Oteen.
Many attractive articles including
handwork of all designs, preserved
foods, and gifts suitable for Christ
mas are on display. In the event that
all goods are not sold an auction is to
be held Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock
for the purpose of disposing of the
In the past is has been the custom
of the Auxiliary to send presents to
ten patients. This year they are al
lowing the patients to select their
own gifts. So far all requests have been
for useful articles.
The public 'is cordially invited to
attend and it is hoped a successful sale
will allow the Auxiliary to spread
cheer to many of the patients at
Concord.—Ephraim T. Burris, con
victed of second degree murder at the
January Superior court, for the slay
ing of Ralph Kennedy, local police
man, and sentenced to serve from II
to 20 years in the state prison, has
been paroled by Governor O. Max
Gardner, according to advices re
ceived from Raleigh. Burris, who has
steadfastly maintained his innocence
of the crime, had served 10 years at
the time of the parole.
New Bern—Lieut. J. B. Nott, U.
S. Marine aviator, was instantly killed
when his ship upset during an ex
hibition at the opening of the mun
icipal airport. The flyer’s body was
SHOOTS TURK, KILLS ’POSSUM
Kinston—A local hunter went on
a deer hunt, shot at a turkey and
killed an o’possum. The turkey sailed
away to safety.
SAFE AND MONEY STOLEN
Ayden—Robbers stole two horses
and a wagon and then broke into a
country store and removed the safe
which contained $400 in cash.
PICKET TRIAL IN JANUARY
Lexington—Trial of Mrs. Lola
Pickett 44, charged with fatally
poisoning her six-year-old daughter,
has been set for the week of January
WOMEN ARE PRETTIER
Raleigh—Dr. James M. Parrott
state health officer, says "women re
present the only case in plant ! or
animal life in which the female species
is generally more attractive than the
male.” He illustrated by citing flowers
and persimmon trees.
Albemarle—D. F. Widenhouse and
R. L. Brandon, federal prohibition of
ficers, told of capturing two distil
leries and 54 gallons of liquor in
Montgomery county. A cache of 600
gallons of liquor was poured out. The
liquor was concealed about in various
parts of a patch of woods and was in
18 dozen fruit jars and other contain
High Point—A ferocious rabbit
was seen chasing a dog down a street
in High Point and was so reported.
A large rabbit surprised a woman in
her back yard when she was picking
up wood and ran her into the house
■"with his fierce advances.
Star—Lieutenant Governor R. T.
Fountain told Montgomery county
school teachers that the standard of
schools should be raised from six to
eight' months as soon as such could
BANDIT GETS CHECKS
Kinston—William C. Harris, col
lector for a fertilizer company, was
held up by bandits on a highway
near here and relieved of $2,800 in
cashier’s checks. A deputy sheriff was
with him at the time, but the deputy
was off duty and was not armed.
SAYS. SUSPEND DIVIDENDS
Raleigh—Gurney P. Hood, state
commissioner of banks, recommends
that all North Carolina banks pay no
dividends this year in order to charge
off losses suffered and to depreciate in
flated values. Conditions during the
past two years have caused banks to
carry large cash reserves and thus nro
fits have not been as much as usual.
McLEAN PLEASED AT NEWS
Lumberton—Former Governor A.
W. McLean of Lumberton, who was
one of the four directors of the War
Finance corporation when it was first
formed and later managing director, is
very much gratified at the news con
tained in a recent Washington Asso
ciated Press dispatch that President
Hoover plans to spread before con
gress the outline of a huge federal
finance organization along the lines
of the war finance corporation with
$150,000 FIRE LOSS
Greenville—Fire of an undetermined
origin visited Greenville’s tobacco dis
trict and completely destroyed Mc
Gowan and Cannon’s warehouse and
damaged other buildings and tobacco
estimated at more than $150,000. The
roof of Johnston’s warehouse, located
across the street from the burned
structure, caught several times but
the efforts of the firemen -revented
its burning as well as the destruction
of several store buildings just to the
west of the fire area.
HOPE MILLS MAN HURT
Fayetteville—Perry Russ of Hope
Mills is in the Pittman hospital here
with a compound fracture of the
right leg and severe scalp lacerations
from being run over by an automo
bile on the Lumberton road. The car
that hit him was driven by J. T.
Penny of Lumberton, who picked up
the injured man and brought him to
Who’s Who In Rowan
' OFFICERS AND BOARD OF-DI
RECTORS OF THE SALISBURY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
R. J. Everest, president.
R. E. L. Neil, executive secretary.
Bryce P. Beard, vice president.
L. S. Bradshaw, vice president.
Jas. B. Sloop, treasurer.
1 Mrs. G. F. Conrad, asst, secretary.
■ Bryce P. Beard.
L. S. Bradshaw.
. H. P. Brandis.
- Sam Carter,
i Donald Clement.
Edwin Earle, Jr.
1 James F. Hurley, Jr.
° Chas. F. Raney.
Ross M. Sigmon.
T. W. Summersett.
J. V. Wallace.
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Nab Check Flasher
Chief of Police Rankin was notified
Thursday of the arrest of Owen J.
Willis, in Winston-Salem, who is
wanted in Salisbury for passing a bad
check in the amount of $59.12 on a
Willis will be brought to Salisbury
for trial some date in the near future.
It is reported the Winston-Salem
authorities have also lodged several
charges against him and he will pro
bably be tried on these counts before
being returned to Salisbury.
Burlington—Artell Hickey, 28,
faces a six to ten year sentence for
his confessed robbery of J. A. Long,
cashier of the Bank of Haw River,
three weeks ago.
MEASURE ONLY AS
Lieutenant Governor Says
He Did Not Sponsor
Either Sales Tax During
ON VISIT IN CITY
Rocky Mount Aspirant
Encouraged By Support
Tendered Him In Dif
ferent Parts Of State.
Denying that he sponsored either
form of sales tax in the last session of
the legislature, Lieutenant Governor
R. T. Fountain, Rocky Mount, guber
natorial aspirant, discussed several of
the leading issues of the campaign
during a visit in the city this week.
* "I do not favor any kind of sales
tax, but if one is necessary I prefer
the so-called luxury tax in place of
the gross sales tax,” Mr. Fountain
stated when interviewed by a rep
resentative of The Watchman. He
denied sponsoring either form of sales
tax in the 1931 legislature.
Mr. Fountain was very much en
couraged over the support he is re
, ceiving in his campaign tours over
"The man who beats me will be the
Mr. Fountain stated.
While in the city, Mr. Fountain
called on a number of the political
leaders of the county.
Discussing several of the outstand
ing issues of the campaign, Mr. Foun
tain, in addition to his comment on
the sales tax issue said:
"The fairest tax to my mind is the
income tax, for the reason that this
would collect tax from persons, firms
and corporations, who are sufficiently
fortunate as to earn some substantial
income above the proper and necessary
exemption. The income tax law is
already limited by Constitutions 1
Amendment to six per cent, but not
withstanding this law, which limits
income tax to six per cent, the Legis
lature of North Carolina has never
until its last session, undertaken to
levy a maximum of six per cent and
then only upon individuals. It may
be necessary far this question to be
again submitted to the people in order
that the Constitution may be amended
to allow a higher rate, our action :n
this respect to be partly governed by
that of other states.
"I favored a re-valuation of land
during the last Legislature and I am
still in favor of -the quadrennial re
valuation of land now as we have been
accustomed to in the past.
I am in favor of every reasonable
economy in the operation of the public
schools of North Carolina. I believe
the public school teachers of the State
should receive a fair and just remu
neration for their services commen
surate with the importance and char
acter of the service performed, having
due regard for their equipment and
"It has been recommended in this
State that only the Governor should
be elected by the people, and that all
other officers, servants, agents, and
employees of the State should be ap
pointed by him. I believe this is entirely
too much power to place in one per
son’s hands. Our right to vote, the
right to select our officers, and the
whole right of seff-government which
we have inherited from our fathers,
was purchased at the price of blood
and great sacrifice.’’
WOMAN IS KILLED
Lumberton—Mrs. Sallie Meares, 70,
of West Lumberton, was fatally in
jured in West Lumberton when struck
by an automobile operated by J. J.
Pitman, prominent Bladenboro man,
dying a few minutes later as Mr. Pit
man and Eugene Penney, an eye wit
ness, were bringing her to a hospital.
A coroner’s jury here tonight found
the accident was unavoidable.