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' .. ... I LIBRARY
The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina r q£™BA college
The Carolina Watchman
"The Watchman Carries a Summary of ^All The TTiws”
Founded 1832-100th Year SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15, 1932 Vol. 27, No. 3 Price 2 Cents
MAY MEET HERE
IN NOV. 1932
Salisbury Has Good
Chance Of Being Select
ed As Convention City
By National Committee.
WILL DECIDE ON
IN NEAR FUTURE
Executive Committee Of
The National Grange
Visited Salisbury Wed- ^
nesday On Inspection
The executive committee of the na
tional grange gave Salisbury the once
over Wednesday in their tour to select
the convention city for that body in
November 1932. ,
The committee visiting Salisbury
was composed of the following:
Louis J. Taber, national master, of
Columbus; A. S. Gauss, of Seattle,
chairmap of the national executive
committee; Kerr Scot>, Haw River,
master of the North Carolina grange;
Fred J. Freestone, of Interlaken, N.
Y.; Eugene A. Eckert, of Mascoutah,
The committee was in charge of
W. £r. Yeagercounty agent, and a
member of the executive committee
and R. £v L. Nid, secretary of the
Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.
The convention, which will attract
an attendance, estimated at 5,000,
will be held either in Salisbury,' Char
lotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro,
Durham or Raleigh.
Rowan county has the largest
grange membership of any county in
the state. This, it is said, is consider
ed a strong inducement for the com
mittee to name Salisbury.
The committee was shown the ac
commodations and opportunities af
forded by Salisbury and it is believed
the committee was highly pleased and
impressed with the city.
The committee journeyed from Sal
isbury to Charlotte. A decision will
be reached, after the national grange
officials have visited all of the cities
listed. The selection is expected to be
made Saturday of this week.
London.—A package of jewelry val
ued at $40,000 sent with registered
letters on the liner Europa from New
York to Southampton, was missing
when the ship reached England, it was
announced recently. Postal authorities
and police said they thought the pack
ages had been stolen before the liner’s
SHELBY MINISTER CALLED
Lenoir.—Rev. N. D. Yount of Shel
by has been extended a call by the
congregations of churches in the Phil
adelphia Pastorate of the Lutheran
church, which has its headquarters at
Granite Falls, according to E. Carr
Cline, president of the council.
CHURCH OFFICERS CHOSEN
Newton.—The Beth-Eden Luther
an church of Newton has elected of
ficers for a two-year period. The board
of deacons reelected is composed of J.
S. Simmons, H. Lee Cline, and W. L.
Smyre. J. C. Sigmon was re-elected
secretary and J. C. Rudisill Sunday
FIRE LOSS ANNOUNCED
Statesville.—The fire loss in States
ville for the year 1931 was $41,740.
80, according to the annual report of
Chief C. L. Gilbert of the local fire
department. The total loss for Decem
ber, 1931, was only $166, the chief
GARDNER TO BE SPEAKER
Raleigh.—Governor Gardner has
accepted an invitation to attend the
annual dinner of the Lambs club in
New York. He will be an honor guest
and speaker Sunday evening, Jan. 17.
Ruf ty Is Appointed City Tax Collector
WILL RESIGN AS
CHAIRMAN OF CO.
Election Of H. E. Rufty
Followed The Taking t)f
Number Of Ballots By
CLERK OF COURT
TO FILL VACANCY
IN NEAR FUTURE
Successor Will Be Chosen
From Salisbury Town
ship; Number Of Lead
ing Citizens To Be Con
Henry E. Rufty was appointed tax
collector for the city of Salisbury
Thursday morning by the city coun
Mr. Rufty succeeds Geo. M. Lyerly
who had held this position for more
than a decade. Mr. Lyerly resigned De
cember 12 following the discovery of
shortages in his accounts.
Mr. Rufty is chairman of the board
of county commissioners. He indicated
he would resign this position immed
iately upon accepting the new post.
Mr. Rufty is also a member of the
state- local government commission,
having been appointed some months
ago by Governor Gardner.
The council met in executive ses
sion. A number of ballots were cast
before the deciding vote which was
3 to 2. It was then made unanimous
in favor of Mr. Rufty.
Twenty-two applications had been
received by the city council for the
job. Among this number were the fol
S. H. McCubbins, Joe W. Ellis, John
Kelly, W. F. Arey, Lonnie Davis, J.
Frank Miller, T. E. Johnson.
The name of J. H. Krider was not
included in the list of applicants. Mr.
Krider was tendered this position some
days ago but did not accept, advising
the council he was not a candidate.
Upon the resignation of H. E. Ruf
ty as county commissioner, it will be
the duty of B. D. McCubbins, clerk
of the superior court, to fill the va
cancy. This is provided by the Con
solidated Statutes of North Carolina,
Mr. Rufty is expected to tender his
resignation as chairman of the board
within the next day or so. Appoint
ment of his successor will then follow.
Policeman Freeze, on the night of
Jan. 9, apprehended a thief in the act
of robbing Belk-PIarry store. The
would-be robber, upon the approach
of Officer Freeze, effected a getaway
by climbing down a water drain pipe
near the rear of the store.
Although the thief had packed up
a considerable quantity of merchandise
to take away, he left it behind when
flushed by the officer; also his rain
coat, hat and coat.
He is still at large.
Isaac Chatham, 1J-year-old son of
J. C. Chatham, of this city, disappear
ed last Saturday when his father sent
him to a drug store for medicine. The
family and local officers have been
trying to locate the missing boy who
is described as being about five feet,
two, with dark hair and brown eyes.
MAN WANTED IN SHELBY
Shelby.—Attorney Horace Kennedy
has forwarded extradition papers to the
governor of South Carolina with the
aim of bringing W. E. Dye, South
Carolina cotton buyer, back here to
face worthless check charges.
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HOW TO HOLD YOUR WIFE
Give* her lots of ready money,
Keep her always on the go;
Say to her: "I don’t care, Honey,
How you spend my hard earned
Work with energy unceasing,
Though it shortens your young life,
And you’ll find her love increasing—
That’s the way to hold your wife.
Dress her in the latest fashion,
Buy her furs and silks and such;
Or her ardent love and passion
Won’t amount to very much;
Take her to the show and dinner,
Thus avoid contention qfe;
Then she’ll know she’s picked a win
That’s the way to hold your wife.
When she wants to do the talking,
She’s entitled to her say;
That’s the time to go out walking,
Always let her have her way;
Give her unrestricted credit
At the stores—avoiding strife—
And you’ll find it’s as I’ve said it—
That’s the way to hold your wife.
"Bob told me I was the eighth won
der of the world.”
"What dirf you say”?
'"told him not to let me catch him
vith any of the other seven.”—The
"It’s time to get dog licenses again.
You keep a dog, don’t you?”
"No. If we hear a noise in the night,
we bark ourselves.”—Royal Arcanum
A MAN’S JOB
Two beautiful young girl friends
met at the station and embraced with
one of those tangible demonstrations
of affection known as kissing.
"Ah,” moaned a young fireman,
"that’s one thing I’m absolutely op
"What’s that”? asked the engineer.
"Women doing men’s work,” was
the angry reply.
Stern Parent—Willie, I’d like to go
through one whole day without once
scolding or punishing you.
Willie—Well, mother, you have my
Tired Wife (to fussy husband) —
Really, John, I’d rather have all the
children sick than you.
John—So would I.—Boston Tran
HARD TO BEAT
A golfing clergyman had been bad
ly beaten on the links by one of his
congregation, thirty years his senior.
He returned to the club-house rather
"Cheer up,” his opponent said. "Re
member, you win at the finish. You’ll
probably be burying me some day.”
"Even then,” said the preacher, "it
will be your hole.”
LOTS OF FUN
Dumb—We’re going to give the
bride a shower.
Dumber—Count me in. I’ll bring
SHE FELT CHEATED
When Peggy returned from her first
day at school she was asked how she
“I liked it all right,” said Peggy,
"but I ddn’t get any present.”
"What made you think that you
would get a present, dear?”
"Teacher said, 'Sit there for the
present’; and I sat there all morning
and never got one.”
The 10th president of the U. S.
said he never voted.
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Will Represent U. S. at Disarmament Conference
President Hoover has named the five delegates and one alternate to
represent the United States at the International Disarmament Conference
at Geneva They are, top row. left to right Charles G. Dawes, Dr Mary E.
Woolley, Senator Swanson of Virginia; bottom row. Hugh R. Wilson,
(alternate) Hugh Gibson and Norman H Davis
Building Held Own In South
In 1931; Over 649 Million
In Construction Contracts
Construction contracts awarded in
16 southern states during 1931 were
valued at $649,312,000, The Manu
facturers’ Record has announced.
The total does not include projects
of less than $10,000^ or numerous
other important projects for which
accurate figures were not available.
The peak year of 1930 had a total
of $921,715,000, but much of the
decrease in 1931 is attributed to a
sharp decline in the cost of building
materials and construction generally.
Roads, paving and bridges showed
the greater total, $270,983,000. Oth
er divisions included the following:
•Apartments and hotels $20,890,000;
city, county, government and state
projects $66,846,000; dwellings cost
ing $10,000 and more, $26,175,000;
school buildings, $33,356,000; sew
ers, drainage and waterworks, $34,
014,000; store buildings, $9,786,000;
banks and office buildings $12,272,
000; church buildings $3,886,000; as
sociation and fraternal buildings $3,
633,000 and miscellaneous $167,489,
The figures cover a wide tier of
southern and southwestern states from
Maryland to Texas.
Considering the projects for which
no figures were available, and for
other projects of less than $10,000,
the total of construction awarded in
the 16 states is estimated at $85 0,
000,000 by the publication.
SCHOOLS WITHIN BUDGET
Shelby.—The Shelby public school
system is running within the state
budget limit, it was announced this
week by Superintendent B- L. Smith.
SOLICITOR TAKES HAND
Columbia, S. C.—Solicitor W. G.
Finley of York wrote Governor Black
wood that he will consent to have the
death penalty of Dave Dunnham com
muted to life imprisonment only if
assured that the Chester negro who
admits three killings is not freed. The
solicitor characterized the negro as a
"very dangerous” man whose liberty
would make him a "menace” to the
Starnes Home Of
$3,100 In Money
Frank Harper, 33, has confessed
that he, with two other men, robbed
the home of Henry Starnes, Providence
township farmer, several weeks ago,
obtaining $3,100 in cash.
This confession was made by Harper
to Deputy Dave Graham when being
returned to Salisbury from Monroe,
He said Will Oakes was one of his
partners in the crime. The name of
another participant was not divulged.
Oakes has been tried and convicted
and is now serving a term in the state
prison for the crime.
Harper will be tried in February.
MANY WILD FOWL DYING
Ocracoke.—Because of an absence
of eel grass, sea lettuce and other forms
of flora on the bottoms of shallow
shoals in the sound, hundreds of wild
fowl, geese and brant are starving to
death on the coast this year;
Who’s Who In Rowan
ROWAN COUNTY SCHOOLS
S. G. Hasty, superintendent.
G. Ray Brown, Rockwell.
B. D. Franklin, Granite Quarry.
O. M. Statton, Mt. Ulla.
W. T. Long, China Grove.
T. Frank Bostian, Landis.
C. R. Hutchison, Cleveland.
C. A. Furr, Woodleaf.
List of Teachers for County
Mrs. Nell D. Frye, China Grove;
Ruth Beaver, China Grove.
Louise Belk, Mt. Ulla; Mrs. Carl
Moore, Mt. Ulla.
Daisy Trexler, Rockwell; Blanche
China Grove Farm Life
W. T. Long, principal and superin
tendent, China Grove; C. B. Brown,
agriculture, China Grove; Ola Flem
ing, English, China Grove; James H.
Warlick, French and English, Salis
bury; Pearl Bernhardt, mathematics,
Salisbury; Rebecca Neely, commer
cial, Bowling Green, Ky.; V. O. Jones,
science and history, Weaverville; Flor
ence Mackle, home economics, Guil
ford College; Lena Mashburn, mathe
matics and science, Guilford College;
Katherine Linn, Latin and English,
(Continued next week)
BANDITS HIT HOTEL
Kinston.—Two masked men held up
the night clerk and a bell boy in a
local hotel and escaped with $168
from the hotel cash drawer.
$2,500 FOR CATAWBA
Catawba College has received $2,
500 in recent bequests from friends
of the institution, according to Dr.
Elmer R. Hoke, the president.
TWO MEN DROWN
Charlotte.—Robert Furr, 23, and
his brother, Alfred, 25, of Mecklen
burg county, drowned late Sunday
when their light speed-boat capsized
in the Catawba river.
AGED COUPLE WED
Granite Falls.—The young new year
saw the culmination of the courtship
of G. W. Travis, 63, and Sarah Mc
Rary, 69. It was the first "leap year”
marriage to take place in Caldwell
Raleigh.—Flood waters of the Cape
Fear, Neuse ,and Roanoke rivers have
reached a crest and are now subsid
ing. The damage from the high water
is expected to be small. /
WATER SOLD AT PROFIT
Greenville.—A number of promi
nent local people fell for an old gag.
Anxious to buy, once again, some
"good liquor,” they paid $2.JO per
quart or $30 per case for Scotch whis
key which turned out to be nothing
more than water.
SIX VIOLENT DEATHS
Charlotte.—There were six violent
deaths in North Carolina over Sunday.
Two were drowned at Charlotte, one
was burned at Burnsville, two were
killed in auto accidents, one was kill
ed by a train and another was killed
by high voltage wire*.
MAN LEAVES OFFICERS
Smithfield.—Prohibition officers ap
peared at "Catch-Me-Eye” dance hall
and road house and started a search
for liquor. The operator, apparently
willing to help, offered to back his
car out of the garage to permit a more
thorough search. Once out, he con
tinued on his way.
BURNS PROVE FATAL
Asheville.—It cost Clarence Harris,
20, of Burnsville, his life to learn the
lesson of explosives. He lighted a match
and tossed it into a barrel containing
a quantity of gasoline. The gasoline
exploded and blew the burning liquid
on the youth and he was burned from
head to foot.
MAN IS CONVICTED
Marion.—Gibb Denny was convict
ed of setting fire on his own land
without notifying his neighbors. The
fire spread to hundreds of acres in
this section of the state.
"THAR’S GOLD IN THEM
Henderson. — George D. Slack
vaguely recalled having tossed a piece
of strange-colored coal in his fire.
"Thar’s gold in them clinkers,” he said
as he raked a strange formation from
his fire place. A jeweler examined the
mass and found it to contain gold val
ued at $100.
WATERMELON SERVED HERE
When W. R. Bostian, rural mail
carrier on route 6, leaves with his bag
of mail each day there is no telling
what is in store for him.
Upon reaching the home of H. E.
Hodge, near Granite Quarry, he was
invited to partake of a watermelon
feast. Mr. Bostian reports that the mel
on was in excellent shape, having been
kept in the granary since being pulled
from the vine.