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The Carolina Watchman
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY MORNING BY
The Carolina Watchman Publishing Co.
SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA
Established in 1812 100th Year of Publication
E. W. G. Huffman-*-Editor
S. Holmes Plexico-Business Manager
News and Editorials-8*0 i
Advertising and Circulation-332
Business _._632 !
Locals and Personals .-.-..2010-J
Payable in Advance
Three Years -- 2-®®
Entered as second-class mail matter at the postoffice at Salis
bury, N. C., under the act of March 3, 1879.
"If the choice were left to me whether to have a
free press or a free government, I would choose a
free press.”—Thomas Jefferson.
FRIDAY MORNING, JULY II, 1932
CITIES AND TOWNS
Salisbury..,_ 16,951 Gold Hill - 156
Spencer ___ 3,129 Granite Quarry — 507
E. Spencer_-_— 2,098 Rockwell- 696
China Grove_ 1,258 Faith - 431
Landis _._—. 1,388 Kannapolis - 13,912
Atwell.-—- 2,619 Morgan - 1,327
China Grove-- 8,990 Mt. Ulla - 1,389
Cleveland —_ 1,445 Providence- 2,589
Franklin --- 2,246 Salisbury - 25,153
Gold Hill _- 2,642 S. Irish -— 1,251
Litaker -- 2,562 Steele - 1,142
Locke _ 1,904 Unity -- 1,406'
ROWAN COUNTY_ 56,665
Youth is platted hair and a stubble of beard
on the chin. But didn’t he shave only three
days ago? It is leaping into a car and dashing
down the road at fifty miles an hour, with
horn playing a tune, and dashing back again
for no apparent reason.
It is "O. K.” and "Oh, yeah?” and "Listen,
big boy.” It is "Can you spare a dollar to go
to the movie with some other fellows?” It is
a call at 3 o’clock in the morning to announce
that the car is in a‘ ditch, but nobody has been
hurt and neither has the car.
It is the decision, when thj^t desire is thwart
ed, to go on a three-day camping trip instead,
departing at 4 o’clock in the morning, aftd can
Mother spare some potatoes and eggs and a jar
of jam and a few canned tomatoes? It is re
appearing at 9 A. M. to report that the car
broke down fifty miles up the road and he
has hitch hiked hqme to get somebody else’s
It is deciding to go for a swim at 11:30 P.
M. It is a swan dive, a jackknife, a game of
tag and a ride back with wet bathing suits
on the plush seat of the car. It is crawling up
the side of a wall and over twenty feet of tin
roof to crash a dance. It is honking horns in
the street at midnight until somebody in the
neighborhood threatens to call the police.
It is asking a girl’s mother if her daughter
can go with you seven miles across country
to obtain a book that it is extremely import
ant for you to get that night and a promise to
drive very carefully. It is returning at mid
night after having forgotten to get the book.
It is up until A. M. four nights in suc
cession until anxious parents set their feet
down firmly and declare that this thing has
got to stop or somebody will be a nervous
wreck before the end of summer. It is being
ordered to stay at home for just one night. It
is breaking the tragic news to the gang, who
express their sympathy by dropping in and
joining in a game of poker until the wee small
hours of the morning.
CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION
The conventions are over and the Presi
dential campaign of 1932 *is under way. By
the time the spell-binders of both parties have
begun to get into action it may be that people
wiH get all excited over such important issues
as tax reduction and government economy,
and a lot of the other things which both par
ties endorse in different language in their plat
forms. But so far as we can see the situation
from this point in time and space, about the
only action of the conventions that the gen
eral rup of people are interested at the mo
ment, outside of the personalities of the can
didates, is whether the Democrats or the Re
publicans have the better plan for letting the
. people vote on prohibition.
As long as there is so much talk and excite
ment in various parts of the country about
this question, it is probably just as well to take
steps to find out whether the people of the
United States^ or any considerable majority
of them, want to change the dry laws or not.
We don’t see how anybody can take excep
tion to that proposition. No matter how ar
dently dry an individual may be, if the over
whelming majority of them are against pro
hibition, it seems to us that it is of the very es
sence of Americanism to accept a verdict of
the majority. And the same goes for the citi
zen of wet inclinations. As long as there is a
widespread belief that the prohibition law
does not reflect the dominant national public
sentiment of today, there will always be bit
ter feelings until the facts are brought out.
The only way to bring them out is by the
means that both parties propose, that of sub
mitting an amendment to conventions called
in the different states solely for the purpose
of considering a change and so giving every
voter a chance to vote for either wet or dry
delegates as he prefers.
Our hope is that, if and when these con
ventions shall have acted upon the proposed
change in the Constitution, everybody con
cerned will be content to prove his American
ism by abiding by the result.
THE ROAD IS LONG, COMING BACK
The only thing that keeps most of us from
realizing our own possibilities and of getting
the highest satisfaction out of life is fear.
There are very few human beings in the world
who are not afraid of something, and as long
as one is afraid of anything he cannot achieve
• perfect happiness.
Primitive man must have lived in a state of
almost constant terror. He was afraid of wild
beasts, afraid of enemies of other tribes, afraid
of the thunder and lightning, afraid of evil
spirits that lurked in the darkness of the for
est—of real dangers and of unreal dangers
which he imagined. Very few people in these
days have the perfectly natural physical fears
that surrounded the lives of our ancestors. But
who of us has not sqme mental fear, fear of
something that has not happened but which
we think may appen to ourselves or our loved
In the past two or three years the people of
the United States have been the prey of a new
kind of fear. They have been afraid that, in
the popular phrase, "the bottom had dropped
out of everything.” They have feared that
never again would they have a job, that the
factories that have shut down would never
start up, that they would never be able to sell
the products of their farms—those and a
thousand other fears which have no relation
to common sense or reality seemed to take
possession of perhaps the majority of Amer
And that is one of the reasons we have been
so slow in coming back from the economic
crisis. We have been afraid to use our intelli
gence and common sense and go ahead when
everybody else was afraid to do anything but
accept conditions as they are and paint them,
mentally, much worse than they are.
We see signs that this widespread fear is be
ginning to disappear. We do not believe it ever
had any real foundation, and we believe peo
ple are waking up to that fact. If we are right,
and hope and courage are beginning to replace
fear, then we have made a good start toward
the return of good times.
Here is the Democratic Party platform in a
Declares for the repeal of the Eighteenth
(Prohibition) Amendment to the Constitu
tion, and the immediate modification of the
Volstead Act to permit the sale of beer and
Advocates drastic reduction of government
expenses and a balanced Federal budget.
The maintenance of a sound currency, an
international conference on the rehabilitation
A competitive tariff for revenue and recip
rocal tariff relations with other nations.
Expansion of Federal credit to the states for
unemployment relief and an expansion of Fed
eral program of public works.
Reduction in hours of labor. Unemploy
ment and old age insurance under state laws.
Better financing of farm mortgages. Exten
sion of the cooperative marketing movement
and better prices for fartn products.
An adequate but less expensive army and
Strict enforcement of the anti-trust laws.
Federal regulation of the sale of stocks and
Protection for bank depositors.
Generous aid for disabled veterans.
International peace and adherence to the
World Court. No cancellation of foreign war
Independence for the Philippines. Statehood
for Porto Rico.
Publicity for political expenditures.
Beckoning - --—— By Albert T. Retd
_ a.—j*m( arr .m m §'jj i
j Watchman j
Mr. Ross M. Sigmon,
Salisbury, N. C.
My dear Mr. Sigmon:
The democrats of Rowan county
are to be congratulated upon select
ing you as their chairman. The party
and its leaders have placed their con
fidence and leadership in a man well
qualified to handle and supervise this
You are a worthy successor to form
er Chairman P. S. Carlton who gave
unselfishly of his time, who worked
tirelessly and unceasingly, in leading
the party to victory two years ago,
but who did not stand for re-election.
The democrats of the county are in
debted to former Chairman Carlton.
An office of this kind requires a
man of executive ability, diplomacy
and a knowledge of political condi
tions. These qualifications you have.
More than this, you have been a lead
er in civic enterprises for many years.
You are a man of excellent reputation
and character. It is true you have not
played a conspicuous part in county
politics heretofore, but what you may
lack along this line will be overshad
owed by your other qualifications.
Leading a party to victory and
maintaining harmony in its ranks is
no small task. It will require much
time, patience, work and organization,
all of which I am sure you will glad
ly contribute, as you have always been
active in all affairs vitally affecting
our city and county.
To be selected as the chieftain of
the democratic party in Rowan coun
ty is an honor: to have you as their
chieftain is equally an honor to the
democratic party of this county.
Governor Matthew Rowan.
Ensign and Mrs. Floyd lngersoll,
Salvation Army Hdqs.,~
Salisbury, N. C.
As a successor to Captain and Mrs.
R. Hoekstra, we welcome you to Sal
isbury to take up their fine work
where they are leaving it.
The Salvation Army has been do
ing excellent work in the city and
this has been due to the fine type of
the officers in charge of 'the work
here. You are coming into our midst
not as a stranger but as a man of
recognized ability in your chosen
My co-operation is always yours and
it will be my* pleasure to aid you in
any way possible.
Governor Matthew Rowan.
To All Nominess for
North Carolina Legislature:
Recently published figures indicate
that a state-wide primary costs North
Carolina approximately $100,000. Ev
ery two years two primaries are held
at a total costof not far from $200,
000. During this period when it is
imperative that all public expendi
tures be reduced to the minimum and
even then it seems virtually impos
sible to keep the state’s budget bal
anced, it would be well to give care
ful consideration to the question
whether the primaries are worth what
they cost—or rather if the difference
between the primary plan and the con
vention system of nominating candi
dates warrants the expenditure in
volved in the primary system, adopt
ed some twenty years ago.
Obviously there is a rapidly grow
ing sentiment in favor of abolishing
the primary and returning to the old
convention plan. The question doubt
less will come before the legislature of
1933. It is a matter of such import
ance to the taxpayers and voters of
the state that every member of the
General Assembly should be as well
informed as possible as to the cost of
primaries, their value as compared with
the convention system, and the senti
ment of the people regarding the pro
posed change. It would be well for
you to seek to obtain the views of
the taxpayers and voters in your re
spective counties between now and
next January, to determine if it would
not be wise and in accordance with
public opinion to abolish the state
wide legalized primary.
Governor Matthew Rowan.
Can’t Understand Why Anybody
Should Vote For Hoover.
To the Editor:
An executive is chosen because he
is supposed to have the ability to make
decisions. In view of this, how can the
American people return Hoover to of
fice? He has shown that he either can’t
or won’t make decisions. He has shown
an utter lack of leadership. He has no
control over Congress. Republican
Congressmen and Senators are against
him just as much as are the Demo
crats. He doesn’t have their respect.
Ninety per cent, of his jobholders real
ize that he is a pathetic figure, devoid
of the qualities of leadership. You
can’t make a whale out of jellyfish.
The Republicans are trying to work
miracles with promises, but they can’t.
If Hoover were the head of a corpo
ration or a sales manager, he would
have been fired for inefficiency.
THAT TAKES THE
SMILE OFF THE JUNE
IT MAKES no
* * *
DIFFERENCE HOW dumb
* * *
AND SLOW-WITTED a
MAN MAY be, he’ll
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EVENTUALLY MEET another
* * *
MAN WHOM he thinks is
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DUMBER. AND you can bet
* * «•
YOUR LAST shirt that
«• * *
THE DUMBER one is
* * *
REALLY DUMB. For instance,
* f *
LAST WEEK right here in
* * *
SALISBURY WE heard of
* * «•
A MAN who was of the
«■ * *
SECOND CLASS. The doctor
* * #
WAS NOT very familiar
❖ * «•
WITH HIS family connections
* * *
AND HE was saying to
HIM, "BUT I told you to
s s *
GET YOUR wife to wrap
s *■ *
YOUR NECK up in a
s * *
FLANNEL, HAVE you
S * *
DONE SO?” The
* s *
REPLY WAS, "No, doctor.”
* s *•
ANOTHER QUESTION, "And
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SlHE WAS to bathe the
* s *•
BOIL IN boric acid. Has
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SHE DONE that?” Again he
* * *
REPLIED, "NO, doctor.”
* - * *
"WHY NOT?” question
s s *
s * s
"I HAVEN’T a wife.”
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I THANK YOU.
How any sane man can vote the
Republican ticket this -fall is beyond
my conception, for it can. truly be
said that the Republican party is the
party of broken promises and unbal
anced budgets. L. F. Stahl.
ALLOT EXTENDED TERM FUNDS
Allotment of $1,271,000; for ex
tended school term aid in the state
was made by the equalization board,
and $30,000 was alloted - for health