The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina c The Garouna Watchman "The Watchman Carnes a Summary of ^All The TS[ews” Founded 1832~99th Year_ SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 18, 1931 Vol. 26, No. 42 Price 2 Cents TAX SHORTAGES STEADILY MOUNTING Rowan Tax Rate 4th Lowest In North Carolina ONLY 3 OTHER COUNTIES HAVE A LOWER RATE Commissioners Cut Rate From 85 To 57, Repre senting Reduction of 2 8 Cents. BIGGEST SAVING IS FOUND IN CUTS IN SCHOOL LEVIES Debt Service Rate Has In creased; Average Re duction 3 3 Per Cent; Brunswick County Is Highest With $2.00. Rowan county has the fourth low est tax rate in the state, according to figures released by the North Carolina tax commission. The tax rate for the county is 57 cents on the $100 valuation. In 1930 the tax rate was 8 5 cents. This rep resents a reduction of 28 cents. The report of the tax commission represented 83 of the state’s 100 coun ties. Cleveland, Currituck and For syth are the counties having a lower rate. The highest rate was fixed by Brunswick county with $2.00. The average tax reduction was 33 cents on the $100.00 valuation. The biggest slicing was effected in the I smaller counties. The reductions were made possible through the enactment of several measures by the 1931 legis lature. The county wide tax rate of 1931 as compared with 1930 rates are as follows: i otai v_H_miiLy- w iuc ivaic County 1931 1930 Dec. Alamance _113 143 30 Alexander _100 115 15 Alleehany - 80 107 27 Anson _100 130 30 Ashe _145 150 05 Avery _150 177 27 Beauford _120 147 27 Bladen _119 124 05 Brunswick _200 200 — Burke _ 82 106 24 Cabarrus _ 63 100 37 Caldwell _ 88 110 22 Camden _ 88 144 56 Carteret _.'...170 216 46 Caswell _115 15 5 40 Catawba_ 95 123 28 Chatham _100 122 22 Cherokee _ 96 128 32 Chowan _125 128 03 Cleveland _ 50 73 23 Craven _160 190 30 Cumberland _103 143 40 Currituck _ 49 129 80 Dare _183 193 ‘10 Davidson _ 65 13 5 70 Duplin _-145 170 25 Durham _ 85 110 2 5 Edgecombe _ 85 110 25 Forsyth _ 50 60 10 Franklin _112 133 21 Graham _103 150 47 Granville _ 94 13 8 44 Greene . 115 160 45 Guilford _64.4 79.4 15 Halifax . 75 125 50 Haywood t_107 129 22 Henderson ....105 155 50 Hertford _101 164 63 Hoke _ 80 104 24 Iredell _103 130 27 Jackson _136 164 32 Johnson _130 175 45 Jones _150 lqO 20 Lee _ 77 107 30 Lenoir _ 62 122 30 Lincoln _ 96 126 30 Macon _121 140 19 Madison _155 205 50 Martin _129 134 05 McDowell _ 95 135 40 Mecklenburg _ 58 85 27 Mitchell _144 187 43 Montgomery _125 160 3 5 Moore _ 73 105 32 Nash _.._ 85 125 40 New Hanover - 79 105 26 Northampton _ 90 130 40 (Please turn to back page) Good Morning HOME HOME—a world of strife shut out; a world of love shut in. HOME—the place where the great are small and the small are great. HOME—the father’s kingdom, the child’s paradise and the mother’s world. HOME—the place where we grum ble most and are treated best. HOME—the center of affection, around which our heart’s best wishes twine. HOME—a place where our stom achs get three square meals daily, and our hearts a thousand. HOME—the only place on earth where the faults and failings of hu manity are hidden under the sweet mantle of love. KNOWS MEN He: "I’ll never forget you." She: "I’ll tell you something that will make you forget me.” He: "What is it?” She: "Tomorrow is my birthday.” GOOD REASON Sam—Why did you tip that girl so much when she gave you your coat? Henry—Look at the coat she gave me! POINTED FAREWELL Stenographer: "How did you get hat scratch on your cheek?” Second Typewriter Tickler: "When i said good-bye to the boss at the affice he had a pen behind his ear.” THERE ALL THE TIME School ma’am: "Emulate George Washington.” Dusky lad (from the rear of the room) : No’m, I wasn’t late, I’se been here all de time.” ILLUMINATION By Arthur Guitemvn When I am dead, What I have felt so long My soul shall know In clearer, purer lights That where I loathed And hated, I was wrong; That where I loved ‘ And pitied, I was right. From The American Hebrew. A correspondent sends in a num ber of quaint epitaphs from a collec tion made by Susan Darling Safford. Here is a pithy one: Within this grave do lie, Back to back my wife and I When the last trump the air shall fill, If she gets up I’ll just lie still. _a. MONA LISA For centuries these changeless eyes Have kept A grave and quiet mockery, and The slow Ironic smile of women who Have wept. And agonized, and come at last To know That one heart’s anguish is a Little thing; They hold a sombre pity For the fears Of men, the winds of destiny Will fling Like motes of dust upon the Wheeling years; They know that vast lies will Outlive the earth; ;That flaming beauty, worshipped once And loved, Dies out of mind, like rain on Drifted sands; They see death wallow like a Hound on birth; And look on all—inscrutable, Unmoved, As when they looked on Da-Vinci’s hands. Floy Davis Laird, The Harp— x _ , He that studieth revenge, keepeth his own wounds green. H. E. ODDIE SUES MOTHER’S ESTATE FOR 25,000 DOLLARS, ALLEGING BREACH OF CONTRACT AND SERVICES RENDERED Suit for $25,000 for breach of con tract and services rendered has been instituted in the superior court here by H. E. Oddie against Lewis I. Cauble, administrator of Sarah C. Oddie, deceased. Mr. Oddie, a son of the late Sarah C. Oddie who died March 12 at the advanced age of 87 years, alleges in his complaint that his mother on various and sundry occasions had stat ed that he was to have ail of her pro perty, of every kind and description, at the time of her death for taking care of her for a period of 28 years. Mrs. Oddie’s estate is estimated at $32,628.18, consisting chiefly of stocks, bonds, notes, etc. The plaintiff is represented by P. S. Carlton, attorney. The complaint is a lengthy document and contains nine typewritten pages. As yet, an answer has not been filed. At the time of Mrs. Oddie’s death, eight children survived, the complaint states. The complaint further alleges: That shortly after the death of her husband in 1901, his mother, the late Sarah C. Oddie proposed to plain tiff that if plaintiff would stay with her as long as she lived and wait on her and look after her and her pro perty, nurse her in case of sickness, then at her death she would give plain tiff all the property she owned; that plaintiff, relying on said promise of his mother, accepted her proposition and remained with her, looked after her and her property, waited on her, cooked for her and prepared her meals and nourishement, and nursed her through many cases of sickness untir her death. The complaint further alleges that Mrs. Oddie for a long period of time was sufferer from cancer and requir ed constant attention and service. Other members of the family, bro thers and sisters of the plaintiff, had refused to wait upon their mother upon her husband’s death, the com plaint avers. The plaintiff also took care of an invalid brother for five or six years until his death upon his mother’s re quest, the complaint further states. The final paragraph, number 18, says: "That by reason of the failure of the defendant’s intestate to comply with her contract as hereinbefore set out, and in consideration of the long and continuous period of service ren dered by the plaintiff to defendant’s intestate, at her request and upon her express agreement to compensate plain tiff by giving plaintiff all of her pro perty at her death, the plaintiff has been damaged and is entitled to re cover for services rendered, the sum of $25,000, which said sum is not subject to any credit set-off or count erclaim whatsoever.” Mrs. Oddie, plaintiff’s mother, died without making a will. The Oddie family resides on the Stokes Ferry road, several miles below Dunn’s mountain. MERCHANT SENTENCED Smithfield -— Ernest D. Hartley, prominent merchant of Kenly, has been sentenced to serve one year upon the county roads in recorder’s court by Judge W. P. Aycock. Hartley had been indicted by a close friend, James Flowers, for making a criminal as sault upon Mrs. Viola Flowers, wife of the affiant. Flowers stated, upon the witness stand, that he left Kenly on the morn ing of September 14 on a short busi ness trip, and returned sooner than he had planned. Flowers declared that he found Hartley and Mrs. Flowers to gether in his bedroom, and that while he was looking for his shotgun, Hart ley made his escape. Hartley was ar rested in his store sometime later by officers. Counsel for the defendant gave no tice of appeal to the Superior court and bond was fixed at $500. Next Issue Will Appear Wednesday Because of Christmas coming on the regular publication date of The Watchman, next week's issue wiil make its appearence Wednesday morn ing, instead of Friday. This will not only accommodate The Watchman force but will also enable our advertisers to present a last minute display of Christmas merchan dise to shoppers. SUED FOR $20,000 Goldsboro—F. L. Manly, 8, started suit in Wayne Superior court Tuesday, represented by his father, W. H. Man ly, for $20,000 damages against the Southern Towel company, incoporat ed. The plaintiff alleges that he sus tained a broken leg and permanent in jury of body and mind when he was run over by a truck of the defendant company on East Ash street, Septem ber 10, 1931. REPUBLICANS WILL MEET IN CHICAGO The 1932 national republican con vention will be held in Chicago, ac cording to a decision in Washington of the national committee empowered to select the place of the meeting. President Hoover is expected to be renominated at this convention. Senator Fess, of Ohio, national chairman was in charge of the meet ing and predicted a republican vic tory next November with Hoover as leader. NEW BERN MAN BURNED New Bern—Thinking that he was throwing cylinder oil on a fire in the boiler at the fire station to make the fire better, Sam Dill, Jr., threw gas oline instead and as a result sustained a badly burned arm. It is getting along satisfactorily. Who’s Who In Rowan OFFICIALS AND DIRECTORS OF SALISBURY-SPENCER ASSOCIA TION. Officers. Edwin Earle, Jr., president. S. H. Plexico, vice president. Stokes Devereux, vice president. Victor Yost, treasurer. Mrs. W. F. Ratts, secretary. Directors. R. L. Bernhardt. T. M. Casey. Stokes Devereux. Edwin Earle, Jr. E. L. Foil. A. W. Harry. J. F. Hurley, Jr. S. Holmes Plexico. C. F. Raney. T. A. Snider. Victor Yost. INTRUDER WOUNDED Aberdeen—Mrs. E. G. Adams awakened during the night by a noise at her window, aroused her husband who pointed his automatic toward the window and fired. Screams of pain and sounds of hasty footsteps indicated that the shot hit its mark. Jasper Little was later arrested when charges were preferred against him. SWALLOWS MARBLE Oakboro—Dwight Cauble, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Summie Cauble was rushed to Charlotte to have specialists remove a marble which he had swallowed and which lodged in his throat. Some time was required to perform the operation, but the little fellow is getting along okeh now. NORTH CAROLINA NEWS IN BRIEF * ii i BABE RUTH DOING WELL New Bern—Babe Ruth, baseball bambino, spending a few days at a hunting cabin near here, killed a dear, a goose and a turkey during the week end. THREE WAY ACCIDENT Elizabeth City—A freight train struck two white men at a highway crossing and stopped to aid them. Six negroes came along in an automobile and crashed into the train. All were painful but not seriously hurt. , $200,000 FIRE LOSS New Bern—Fire, fanned by a strong wind but hampered by rain, destroyed Belk’s Department store and damaged the stock of an adjoining mercantile establishment Wednesday morning.. Damage was estimated by Belk’s of ficals and the building owners to be $200,000. INCREASE IN FATALITIES Raleigh—There was an increase o; 11 in deaths from automobile acci dents in North Carolina for the first ten months of this year as compared with the first ten months of last year. The list shows 5 99 persons killed in the state prior to November I. COUNTY REGISTER RESIGNS Asheboro—E. A. Routh, elected register of deeds in Randolph counts on the Democratic ticket in 1930, has resigned to accept a position with the Asheboro Bank and Trust company John Bulla of Randleman was named to fill the unexpired term. DENIES MURDERS Danbury—Charles O. Osborne, fat her of C. E. Osborne, who committee suicide 10 days ago, denies that he murdered two men in New York or Chicago a decade ago as charged by the dead son in a note he left on his body. The father is 72 years of age. ' BAD FOR ITINERANTS Greensboro—Itinerant merchants operating in Greensboro will be sub jected to a tax of $10 per day or $40 per week and be required to pay othei taxes imposed upon merchants. The city board passed such an ordiance tc prohibit outsiders from setting up and robbing legitimate merchants of pro fits they deserve. YOUNG MAN HURT High Point—James Miller, 24, who says that he was reared in an orphan age in Missouri and who for three years has been "beating” about the country earning a livihood with odd jobs, was carried to the Guilford Gen eral hospital suffering from injuries he says that he sustained when struck by a man who robbed Kim of $10. His condition is not believed to be serious. He was picked up at the corner ol College and English streets by Yow’s ambulance. WOUNDED IN CHEST Lumberton—Arthur Davis, of Fair mont, is in the Baker sanatorium here with a serious bullet wound in his left chest accidentally inflicted when his rifle, which he was taking out of his car and which he did not know was loaded discharged. The bullet passed through the chest just above the heart. Mr. Davis is one of Fair mont’s prominent business men and farmers. HURT WHILE HUNTING Hickory—Accidental discharge of a shotgun in the hands of Marley Lail, seriously injured Oscar Winkler, 31, who is in the hospital here with both eyes severely wounded. Accordin'* to attending physicians Winker will lose his sight. He is also believed to be suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage. The accident occurred in the Cat fish section of Catawba county. The two men, who were said to be close friends, were rabbit hunting with Winkler’s father, A. L. Winkler, and John Hollar, of Longview, and a negro man, Will Reed. NEW DISCOVERIES FOUND DAILY AS PROBE CONTINUES No Statement Forthcom ing From Geo. M. Lyerly Since Resignation De cember 12 th. MRS. W. F. WHITT ISJNAMED ACTING CITY TREASURER Papers Burned By Lyerly Immediately Preceding Resignation; Probe Con tinues; No Indictments Issued. Auditors announced Thursday the discovery of additional shortages 7in the special license tax accounts of George M. Lyerly, city tax collector, and treasurer who resigned his posi tion December 12. It isreported that shortages amount ing to approximately $2,000 have been discovered in the records since June 1, 1931, but the auditors in charge of the work refused to con firm the report as the various tabula tions had not been completed. Garland E. Martin, Jr., represent ing James M. Archer and Co., certi fied public accountants, is in charge of the audit. During the past week the auditors have been checking the stubs of the privilege license tax records with the actual licenses issued. Variances be tween the price listed on the stub and the price stipulated on the license in a number of instances have been dis covered. I he auditors are now investigating the accounts pertaining to the col lection of taxes on real and personal prooerty. Since June 1, 1931, the city has realized from privilege license taxes approximately $7,800. This amount, it stated, should total $10,000 or rn-ye. In some instances, it is stated, no records have been found showing payments of delinquent privilege taxes. While the city council was in spe cial session on Saturday, December 12, it is reported, Mr. Lyerly burned a considerable quantity of papers in the stove in the city office. Whether the papers were records of accounts could not be ascertained. Mr. Lyerly is under a $25,000 sur ety bond and it is believed the city is amply protected. Mrs. W. F. Whitt has been named acting treasurer of the city. No other changes have been made in this depart ment. Mr. Lyerly was tax collector of the city for more than a decade and had been city treasurer since 1927. Auditors state the exact amount of the shortage could not be made known until all the records have been ex amined. No indictments have been issued. TO REOPEN HOSPITAL Marion—A definite promise that the Marion General hospital will be re-opened soon, probably in January, has been given out by C. F. James, chairman of the board of trustees of the institution. It has been decided that the best way to operate it will be for a busi ness manager and a graduate nurse, one handling the hotel and the other handling the medical angle, to have charge of the institution. Local doc tors may take their patients there for treatment under their guidance, and patients going to the hospital may call in any doctor they wish to treat them. The job of paving off the hospital’s debts has been practically completed. It was the heavy load of debts that forced its closure last February and kept it closed until a new financing program could be put into effect. CLUB HELPS NEEDY Graham—The local Kiwanis club has voted to dispense with eats at the next three meetings and turn the money that would have been spent over to charity.