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The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina
The Carolina Watchman
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"The Watchman Carries a Summary of cAll The TTgws”
Founded I832-100th Year SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 4, 1932 Vol. 27, No. 10 Price 2 Cents
THE POWER OF LOVE
Love is a power
And in the hour,
Of need it makes us strong
And by its aid the wrong
And mean and bad
Lose sway. And glad
Our spirit sings
And in its joy, brings
Wisdom, and sight
That leads to right.
Miss Highhat (introduced to man
she loved 20 years ago)—I beg par
don, sir, but I did not catch your
Old Bach—I know you didn’t but
• that is not your fault—you tried hard
TAKING NO CHANCES
The hotel was burning, and the fire
roared nearer and nearer to the guest
marooned on the window ledge on the
sixteenth floor. Below him a dozen
firemen were holding a large canvas
for him to jump into, but their shouts
and signals were in vain. Finally, on
the twentieth try, one managed to
make himself heard just as the walls
were on the point of falling.
"Jump!” he screamed. "Why don’t
"Not till you lay that sheet down
on the ground,” the victim bellowed
back. "I’m afraid you fellows will
Mrs. Crankshaft—Hurry up, dear,
we’re late. What on earth detained
Mr. Crankshaft—Drat it all, why
can’t you put things back where you
find them? It took me 20 minutes
rummaging about the garage to find
slogan, ^"KeefTJ^iWel^Sis will
probably lead to one of those tests
where they blindfold you, let you kiss
six girls and then tell Mr. Ripley
which one you liked best.—H. 1. Phil
lips in the N. Y. Sun.
THE KIND OF MEN *
Not men with gold, but men with
Not men with cash, but men with
Not men with greenback, but men
Not men with silver, but men of
Not men with good bank accounts,
but men of good account.
Not men with fortune, but men
Not men of great names, but men
with good names. ■£• /•
COMMANDMENTS of MARRIED
1. Do not be extravagant.
2. Keep your home clean.
3. Don’t be untidy, unattractive.
4. Don’t receive attention of other
J. Do not resent discipline of kids
6. Don’t spend too much time with
7. Don’t let neighbors poke nose in
8. Do not disparage your husband.
9. Smile. Be attentive to little things.
10. Be tactful: be feminine.
1. Be generous according to means.
2. Don’t interfere with wife in pure
ly domestic affairs.
3. Be cheerful.
4. Be considerate.
5. Make love to your wife.
6. Don’t scold.
7. Leave immediate families.
8. Do not keep a lodger.
9. Cultivate neatness and personal
10. Be kind and just to your children.
A CERTAIN MAN
A man with a conscience is a strange
When the thing to do
Is to exploit oneself
To the point of absurdity.
Todiy I piet such a man,
I kneW him by the burden of his tone;
A strange thing, I reiterate;
Curious too, to watch
A man with a conscience
Suddenly risen to power
In a land.
Le Barest Cooke, in "Contemp
Grocers To Test Legality Of State Tax
PLAN TO FILE
SUIT MARCH 10
Notice Has Been Served
On A. J. Maxwell, Com
missioner Of Revenue Of
Similar Suit Contemplat
ed Recently By Group of
Local Merchants; Be
lieve Act Unconstitu
Grocers and merchants of North
Carolina have decided to test the le
gality of the state merchants tax, ac
cording to information reaching Sal
The test case will go up from
Charlotte, it is stated.
Salisbury grocers and merchants will
watch the outcome with interest.
Many protects have been made locally
against the merchants tax and several
Salisbury and Spencer grocerymen have
recently contemplated similar action.
Suit will be filed against A. J. Max
well, commissioner of revenue for the
state of North Carolina, on March 10
by the Charlotte Retail Grocers asso
ciation and several individual grocery
store proprietors of Charlotte for the
recovery of taxes paid the state un
der the new merchants’ privilege tax
passed by the 1931 session of the state
legislature, as a test of the legality and
constitutionality of the new state law.
Several weeks ago, several grocery
men, backed by their association, pe
titioned the department of revenue to
return the comparatively small
amounts paid by the store proprietors.
Under the law, the commissioner of
revenue has 90 days in which to make
reply. That period will be up on March
10 and the association and its in
dividual members will then be free to
proceed with their proposed suit
against the revenue commissioner to
raise a contest as to the legality of the
tax under the state constitution.
The sums paid in taxes for which
refunds are demanded are compara
tively small. The main purpose of the
action of the grocerymen is to test
the constitutionality of the new law
and to have the merchants’ privilege
tax removed, if it can be proved that
it is not legal.
The tax on retail merchants is as
when the total gross retail sales ot
such merchant for the preceeding six
Not more than 'dWO
More than $5,000 anditot frfhfe t
than $12,500 _iil-J'L 12.50
More than $12,500 and not
more than $25,000 __ 25.00
More than $25,000 and not
more than $50,000 _ 50.00
More than $50,000 and not
more than $125,000 _ 125.00
More than $125,000 and not
more than $250,000 _ 250.00
More than $250,000 and not
more than $375,000 _ 375.00
More than $375,000 and not
more than $500,000 _ 500.00
More than $500,000 an additional
tax of $250.00 for each $250,000 or
major fraction thereof of such gross
W. A. ERWIN IS DEAD
Durham—W. A. Erwin, prominent
textile manufacturer and capitalist,
died here Sunday morning. He was 75
years old and had been in declining
health for several years.
A Real American
Charles M. Schwab celebrated his
70th birthday by working at his desk
as Chairman of the Bethlehem Steel
Corporation. He’s been a steel man
since he started working for Carne-1
gie at 18, driving stakes. I
A. Star Is Gone
Minnie Maddem Fiske, America’s
most famous actress, died of heart
disease at 67. She had been on the
stage since she was three!
Believe It or Not
The egg which Miss Roberta
Eaton is holding in her left hand was
laid by an Aepyornis. Never seen
one? Neither has anyone else, but
the National Museum at Washington
found, the egg in Madagascar.
Grid Star-Now Mayor
The first mayor to be elected in
Cleveland in 12 years is Ray T. Mil
ler, Democrat, who played end on the
Notre Dame football eleven with
Knute Rockne and was a machine
gunner in the war.
Of Lindbergh Baby
Was An “Inside Job”
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.,
20-month-old child of Colonel and
Mrs. Lindbergh, was still in the hands
of unknown kidnappers when The
Watchman went to press Thursday
Thursday night the belief was ex
pressed that the crime was an "inside
job.” A former nurse, who had been
discharged recently by the Lindberghs,
has been arrested and has been held for
The baby was taken from his crib
on the night of March 1, as he lay ill
with a cold. One of the abductors is
believed to be a woman.
The kidnappers, in a note, demand
ed $50,000 ransom which Colonel
Lindbergh stated he would pay for the
safe return of the child.
The mightiest law enforcement arms
of the nation—from president to po
licemen, together with innumerable
friends of the family—are aligned in
a far flung hunt for the child.
Reports that Colonel Lindbergh had
been in direct communication with
the kidnappers were denied.
LOAD OF LIQUOR TAKEN
Lumberton—A truck loaded with
nearly 2,000 gallons of Canadian and
bottled in bond liquor, was taken into
custody by city police. The machine,
similar to one wrecked near Dunn the
day before, aroused suspicions of offi
cers and an investigation revealed that
the truck’s cargo was booze. Two op
erators, eating in a nearby cafe, were
ELEVEN DEMOCRATS OUT
Greessboro—Eleven Democrats have
announced their candidacy for the
Democratic nomination for sheriff in
Who’s Who In Rowan
ROWAN MUTUAL FIRE
Dr. C. M. Van Poole, president,
Salisbury, N. C.
W. D. Graham, vice president, Mt.
Ulla, N. C.
C. R. Julian, secretary-treasurer,
Salisbury, N. C.
W. M. Deal, China Grove; C. A.
Brown, Cleveland; A. V. Sloop, Kan
napolis; W. B. Hartley, Salisbury; D.
M. Barger, Salisbury; W. A. Cline, Sal
isbury; A. J. Cauble, Salisbury; H. L.
McLaughlin, Mt. Ulla; C. A. Camp
bell, Richfield; T. L. File, Salisbury;
T. D. Brown, Salisbury; S. F. Baker,
China Grove; J. F. Campbell, Wood
leaf; W. D. Myers, Salisbury.
A. L. Ritchie, China Grove; C. R.
Wood, Cleveland; H. E. Goodman,
China Grove; R. L. Shuping, Salis
bury; J. L. Fisher, Rockwell; P. C.
Bernhardt, Salisbury; L. M. Safrit, Sal
isbury; J. Lee Brown, Mt. Ulla; I. C.
Shaver, Richfield; J. PL Barringer,
Salisbury; J. B. Kern, Salisbury; J. F.
Lyerly, Barber; W. FL Cartner, Wood
leaf; S. H. Wetmore, Woodleaf.
Rowan Mutual Fire Insurance com
pany has about 2650 policies in force
with more than $5,100,000.00 insur
AVIATOR FLIES AWAY
Greensboro—J. A. Brooks, Jr., New
Jersey pilot, struck a fence here and
damaged it to the extent of $57. The
city attached his ship for the damages
and left the ship in charge of the man
ager of airport. The pilot went to the
airport and informed the manager that
he had settled the damages. He flew
away, but the airport manager later
learned that the bill had not been paid.
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Sanford—Mrs. Joseph Hardy, 52,
New York city, was instantly killed
and three other persons injured when
two automobiles collided head on near
JUDGE T. M. PITTMAN DIES
Henderson—Judge T. M. Pittman,
74 former superior court judge and
chairman of the state historical com
mission, is dead. Judge Pittman had
practiced law in this city for 45
CAPONE LOSES FIGHT
The federal court of appeals sus
tained a district court at Chicago on
Saturday and Al Capone, gangleader,
lost his fight to escape an 11-year
sentence for income tax evasion.
Kinston—C. T. Flowers, operator of
a hatchery here, exhibited a four-leg
ged Rhode Island Red chicken which
had four legs, equally distributed as
though it were a quadruped.
HELD FOR ATTACK
Raleigh—Three persons, two men
and a woman, were held here by police
' pending the outcome of- injuries in
flicted to‘Elmo Gill by an axe. Gill
was cut about the head, face and body.
MACLEAN NOT TO RUN
. Washington—Representative Angus
W. MacLean of this city, mentioned
several times recently for governor,
states definitely that he will not enter
the race for several stringent reasons,
one of which is his health. (
* SHERIFF IS INJURED
Rockingham — Sheriff W. E. Mc
Nair was battered over the head with
a brick when he attempted to arrest
John Calvin McDonald, about 30,
white man. McDonald was shot
through the abdomen by the officer
during the melee.
PROBE IS PLANNED
Raleigh—E. B. Jeffress, chairman
of the state highway commission, says
he will "look into” the prison camp
career and escape of Wallace Scales,
scion of a prominent Greensboro fam- j
ily. Scales escaped twice from For- :
STRIKE IS ENDED ;
Greensboro—Nearly all of the 1,
450 workers at the Blue Bell Overall 1
Factory returned to work after a 1
strike lasting over three or four days. .
There was a disagreement between 1
workers and employees over the com
npnsatinn and amount of nav.
DR. FRED M. HANES ELECTED :
Winston-Salem—Dr. Fred M. Hanes ,
was elected head of the Security Life
Insurance company at the annual
meeting of the board of directors held
here. He succeeds Tully D. Blair of j
Greensboro, who has held the place for |
$15,000 IN JEWELRY FOUND ]
Winston-Salem — More than $15,- 1
000 worth of jewelry stolen by two <
bandits who held up attendants at a 1
bridge party here last March, has been
recovered from a pawn shop in New
York city. The jewelry was found af
ter William Pryor, 19, of Illinois, ad- ]
mitted that he was an accomplice with ;
Wallace Scales in staging the act. |
STUDENT IS CONVICTED j
Sylva—Ray Fisher, former football
player for the Sylva Collegiate Insti
tute, was convicted of second degree
murder by a jury in Jackson superior i
court for slaying Will Ensley, engin- 1
eer. The young man was given a sen- I
tence of 25 to 30 years atastate prison. <
50 MEN ADDED
TO FORCE HERE
. PAST FEW DAYS
Others Are Expecting To
Be Called Back Soon Af
ter jForced Holiday Of
IS FORECAST AS
RESULT OF MOVE
Four Outstanding Reas
ons Are Cited As Being
Responsible For Increase
Of Employment By The
Approximately 50 men have been
tailed back to their old jobs on the
Southern Railway at Spencer during
the past few days, according to esti
mates made by local men in touch
with the employment situation.
Some of the men have been out of
work for almost two years. Others for
i shorter period of time.
Others are expected to be reinstated
within the next several weeks, it is
The following factors are believed
to be responsible for this increase in
1. The five day week schedule now
2. Ten per cent reduction in wages
which became effective February 1.
3. Loan of $7,500,000 to the South
ern Railway company by the recon
struction finance bureau.
4. Anticipation of an immediate re
vival of business conditions generally.
This increase in employment will be
welcomed in Salisbury and Rowan
:ounty as large numbers of men have
seen out of work for many months.
Hundreds of men who have been
dropped from the Southern’s payroll,
lowever, are still idle for lack of em
No statement has been forthcoming
rom any of the Southern railway of
It was understood ait the recent
neeting in Chicago of the railroad of
:icials and officials of the American
federation of Labor, that if the rail
vay employes accepted a cut of ten
>er cent in their pay, then, the rail
•oads would reinstate as many idle
vorkers as possible. Many believe the
ncrease is in accord with this agree
Press reports earning from other
ailroad centers reveal a similar im
>rovement in employment conditions.
Reinstatement of former employes
s based on seniority,, it is stated.
The increases have.been made in sev
:ral of the departments of the South
irn shops at Spencer. It could not be
iscertained just what number were
:alled back to work in each depart
FLORIDA BANDIT KILLED
Two policemen were having a meal
n the kitchen of a Miami, Fla., gam
ding casino early Saturday when a
;ang of six robbers tried to stage a
obbery. The officers killed one band
t, wounded three others. T. Philip
’erkins, English golf star, was wound
id in a thigh when he was used by a
>andit as a shield from police bullets.
NAME SEED LOAN MANAGER
Charles L. Cobb, banker of Rock
-fill, S. C., is the choice of the feder
.1 agriculture department, for distri
rntor of federal seed loans in the Car
ilinas, Virgiftia, Georgia and Florida
or this year.
DAVIE WOMAN SUICIDES
The Davie county coroner held Sat
urday that the death of Miss Neely
Jrinkley, 23, of Cooleemee, was due
o suicide. She shot herself in the ab
lomen with a shotgun.