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Cnme On Decline Tn Rowan Last Month
117 Haled
Into Court
In Nov.
Other Months
Much Heavier
Month Concluded Tenure Of
..Office Of Judge Clyde E.
J. Allan Dunn Will Preside Over
County Court For Next, Two
Judge Clyde E. Gooch of the
Rowan County Court had one
of the lightest criminal dock
ets on record before him during
the month of November. Only
117 cases were before the court
during the month, which was a de
cided falling off over the preceding
four months as will be noted from
the following summary:
Month Cases
July _ 121
August —.- 162
September _ 166
October-.-- 176
November -_——..—, 117
As usual the liquor violation
cases led the docket, being 43 in
number.' Forcn>«. trespass and
motor law violations were in se
cond place with 15 cases each. 12
cases of the various types of as
sault were next in number. There
were 8 larceny and receiving cases.
The docket for the month was a;
Drunk and disorderly - 24
Possession, etc. --- 11
Driving drunk - 8
Total liquor cases - 43
Motor law violations - 15
Forcible trespass - 15
Assault with deadly weapons 10
Assault on female - 1
Simple assault - 1
Total assault cases - 12
Larceny and receiving - 8
Carrying concealed weapons 5
Fornication and adultery — 4
Disorderly conduct - 3
Non support - 3
Vagrancy _ 2
Aiding and abetting - 2
Manslaughter - 1
Prison escape -- '
Total cases for the month 117.
' P. B. Beard
Is Iniured By
Struck by an automobile Wed
nesday night while crossing Fulton
street, Peter B. Beard, one of Salis
bury’s oldest and most prominent
citizens was seriously injured. The
automobile which struck Mr. Beard
was operated by Olin Brown of
Mitchell Avenue.
Mr. Beard suffered a fractured
collar bone, broken ribs and a bad
gash on the head.
Reports from the hospital last
night were to the effect Mr. Beard
was showing improvement, al
though critically ill.
Mr. Brown was placed under
bond for further investigation.
Thomas Jones, 45, of Washing
ton, was killed when his car rur
into that of L. PL Padgett as Pad
gett signalled for a left turn or
the highway between Washingtor
and Aurora. Mrs. Jones was in
jured. Padgett was exonerated ol
Ruth Bryan Owen
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Congressman Ruth Bryan Owen
of Florida, daughter of the famous
Commoner, says the results of the
election leaves no doubt that the
people want repeal of the 18th
Amendment, and that she is desert
ing the drys. Mentioned as a pos
sible cabinet member, she smiles
and says, ‘‘If called, 1 shall do my
best for public service.”
MANY A CHAP is popular at
a party because the girls . can’t
lance alone.
NOWADAYS the meanest hus
band is the chap who puts his real
estate in his wife’s n^me.
THE TROUBLE with the great
minds of this country is, there’s
plenty of room at the top.
MAYBE MONEY would start
talking again if all the theorists
would stop talking and give it a
He placed an arm around her
And on her lips a kiss.
Then sighed; "Tis many a draught
I’ve had,
But not from a mug like this!”
Devil—What in hell are you
laughing at?
His Assistant—Oh, I just had a
flapper locked up in a room with a
thousand hats and no mirrors.
"I am satisfied on one thing at
last, I found where my husband
spends his evenings,” remarked
Mrs. Gadabout.
"You don’t say so, dear; how
did you find ont?” questioned the
excited Mrs. Gossip.
"I stayed at home one evening
last week, and found him there,”
answered the satisfied lady.
"Can you define matrimony?”
"Yes. You go to adore; you
ring a bell, you give your name
to a maid—and then you’re taken
Cop—Say, there, move on; you
can’t stop here.
Autoist—I can’t, eh? Say, offi
cer, you don’t know this car.
"I’m afraid of my wife,” the
timid citizen complained to his
lawyer. "Why, she’s even threat
ened to attack me with an axe.”
"Huh! Why worry? Did you
ever see a woman try to chop a
stick of wood?”
—Who listens when we talk about
—Who laughs when we tell our
favorite story.
—Who tells us we are a person of
—Who gives us the chance to act
like an expert.
—Who assures us that he never
told it to anyone before.
—Who makes us think he depends
upon our advice.
—Who gets up and says the things
we have been thinking.
Hoover Asks Sales Tax
And Bank Reform Laws
President Hoover told congress
Tuesday how he thought the bud
get might best be balanced and the
nation restored to prosperity. He
recommended a general sales tax,
wholesale governmental economics,
and particularly emphasized re
form of the banking laws.
His proposal submitted in his
last annual message to congress,
received a varied reaction among
the members, ringing from warm
praise to sharp criticism and in
The senate put on its best man
ners to hear a reading clerk drone
out paragraph after paragraph of
the communication which, many
prohibition-minded members were
quick to note, made no reference
to legalizing and taxing beer.
A good many were inclined tQ
look askance at the sales tax pro
posal, which aroused a bitter fight
and eventually was defeated last
year. A recommendation for a
federal payroll cut averaging 14.8
per cent also was regarded as the
forerunner of a battle.
The Democratic leadership, soon
to take full command of the gov
ernment, heard the Hoover pro
posals and went ahead wifji its
own plans to place a tax on legaliz
ed beer asa-Tffieans,|With s
of balancing the Budget!™
China Grove
School Com.
Is Increased
At the regular monthly meeting
of the Rowan county board of
education, C. C. Graham and W. L.
Cooper were added to the school
committee of the China Grove dis
trict. Other members are: M. L.
Ritchie, K. A. Shinn and Carl Bos
Sylvester Odom, 5 5, Wayne
county, fell from a truck and was
killed when a wheel ran over him.
Spencer Wall, seven, Rocky Mount
was killed when he ran into the
path of George Thigpen’s car.
Mrs. Carey A. Hopkins, 74, Spen
cer, was killed by the car of Wil
liam Gordon, near Greensboro. She
had alighted from a car and was
trying to cross the road. Mary
Lou Steele, five, was hit and kill
ed in fronted the home at Wilkes
boro, as she ran in front of a car
driven by Ed Brown, negro.
Dr. Archibald Henderson, Chap
el Hill, was awarded the Mayflow
er cup for the best original work
in literature done by a North
Carolinian in the past year, the
award being made at Raleigh, by
the N. C. Literary and Historical
association for Henderson’s biog
raphy of Bernard Shaw. Dr.
James F. Rippey, Duke university,
was made president of the associa
A shotgun, which Wilbert Wes
ton, 24, was trying to lay on the
I shore as he bailed out a boat, ac
j cidently discharged and killed
Weston as he was out hunting near
Elizabeth City.
Unless bank loans to New York
city can be extended on December
15, virtual bankruptcy is said to
face the nation’s largest munici
pality. The state legislature has
been called to assemble, Friday, to
repeal laws which forbid the ciry
to cut certain parts of its payroll.
Elmer J. Schoneberger Jr., 3 years
old, is pronounced 1,000 years ahead
of his time by eminent psychologists
who have studied his phenomenal
memory.- He talked plainly at 6
months; now he expounds with skill
on electricity, economics, ■ history,
aviation etc.—and is still a regular
boy. —
Xmas Shoppers
Edition Dec. 16
Next Friday The Watchman
will publish its annual Christmas
Shoppers’ Edition.
Many interesting features, pic
tures, articles about Christmas and
advertisements listing merchandise
will be carried in this issue.
The Watchman, as usual, will
make it appearance on Friday
morning. Eight more shopping
days will be left before Christmas.
As is customary, the bulk of the
Christmas shopping will be carried
on during that period of time.
Watch for The Watchman next
week. Read the Christmas adver
tisements. Then complete that job
of Christmas shopping.
F. FJ. Coffey, Lenoir, was elect
ed president of the Southern Fur
niture Manufacturers association
in annual meeting held at Sedge
field. The association criticized
competition by prison-made furni
Again asking postponement of
the $96,000,000 war debt payment
due the United States on December
15, the English cabinet last week
declared payment would aggravate
worjld business trouble, England
has not enough gold to make the
payment, American farm produc
ers would be hurt in necessary
tariff increases. The American
government’s position continued
firm in request for payment.
Jurors Chosen
For Two-Weeks
Term In Jan.
The board of county commis
sioners in its Tuesday’s session, sel
ected the jurors for the two
weeks term of Superior court in
They follow:
Erwin Steele of Cleveland; Edgar
L. Heilig, of 214 S. Long street,
Salisbury; G. W. Wright, route 2,
Kannapolis; T. E. Connelly, 901
Main street, Salisbury; E. D. Tay
lor, 3 22 S. Main street, Salisbury;
R. A. Raney, route 3, Salisbury;
Charles W. M. Holshouser, route
*3, Salisbury; W. A. Patterson,
route 2, China Grove; F. R. Sif
ford, East Spencer; Willie Turner,
Landis; A. S. Mowery, 5 05 Elm
street, Salisbury; R. L. Roseman,
route 2, Salisbury; L. A. Rice,
Franklin township: Harvey R. Ket
chie, Spencer; H. M. Agner, route
3, Salisbury; F. R. Barnhardt, Kan
napolis; C-. P. Jacobs and B. J.
Thompson of route 5, Salisbury;
A. E. Sloop of Kannapolis; J. C.
Goodman of route 4; J. E. Cruse
of route 3; Carl Rufty of route 9,
and E. D. Kerns of Granite Quar
The list for the second week
comprises: D. M. Cavin, route 3;
C. O. Loflin, East Spencer; J. W.
Wetmore, Woodleaf; C. W. Kim
ball, route 3; G. M. Potts, Kanna
polis; A. A. Sloop, Landis; D. C.
Miller, Spencer; H. G. Russell,
Gold Hill; H. A. Trexler, 1442 N.
Main street; C. A. Reid of Four
teenth street; H. T. Coughenhour,
228 E. Innes street; C. L. Hinson
China Grove; J. Howard Lyerly,
Granite Quarry; C. P. Barber,
route 5; Bishop Leonard; G. L.
Lipe, China Grove; R. B. Knox,
Mt. Ulla; L. C. Gauble, route 2;
J. York Peeler, Rockwell; W. A.
Graham and J. W. Kimball, route
1; James W. Fesperman, route 3;
Herman Holshouser, Rockwell and
Moses L. Corriher, route 2.
At this meeting, the commis
sioners also appointed Kern Carl
ton 'and E .W. G.' Huffman, local
attorneys, to collect the 1930 and
1931 delinquent county taxes.
Fishing on West Lake, Char
lotte, J. W. Kraussaar fell over
board and drowned. He was alone
in the boat.
An open fire ignited the cloth
ing of Jane Barrier, three, at the
Concord home, and she was fatally
82 Lame Ducks
Killed Repeal
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The repeal resolution in the
House Monday was beaten by the
"lame ducks,” that is, Congress
men who were defeated in the last
election, but who, nevertheless,
continue to legislate until March 4,
No less than 82 "lame ducks”
voted against repeal.
The general feeling is that the
defeat of the repeal resolution
means a special session of Congress
next March. A special session is
thought necessary not only to pass
a repeal resolution, but also to
make sure of beer legislation.
The vote was 272 for repeal and
144 against, or six votes short of
the necessary two-thirds.
Apparently without motive, but
crazed by drink, Jim Tyndall, a
Wayne county farmer, shot and
killed Elijah Helms, 19, and snap
ped a shell in an effort to kill Vic
tor Worrell, 24, after he had in
vited the two into his house for a
drink. Worrell took the shotgun
away from Tyndall, who fled only
to be found shortly afterwards in
a thicket a mile from his home.
Linwood King, who killed W.
A. Riddle with a blow with a mule
stick, pleaded guilty toi second de
gree murder at Fayetteville, and
was given 20 years sentence.
Harvard to St. James?
The announcement of the retire
ment of Dr. A. Lawrence Lowell,
above as President of Harvard
University after 23 years, is closely
followed by the report that the
noted educator may succeed
Andrew Mellon as Ambassador to
Great Britain. Dr. Lowell is 76
'•ears oh’
District of Columbia authorities
are feverishly preparing for arrival
of hundreds of "hunger marchers”
who are converging on the capital
to impress on congress the need
for relief of the destitute.
An Alamance jury held that
Mrs. Elsie Dollar, who killed two
of her children and dangerously
wounded a third on November 15
at the Graham home, is not men
tally responsible and is incompet
ent to be tried for murder.
John Ames, 21, and Buddie
Brewer, 19, were perhaps fatally
hurt1 when their car was demolish
ed by Southern train 22 at a
Selma grade crossing.
Phinehas D. Croom, judge of
the Kington recorder’s court oc
cupies a cell in the Lenoir county
jail, charged with embezzlement
of a mentally incompetent World
War veteran’s funds in amount of
$12,0,00. He has resigned as re
Despite added safeguards in the
rules, football has caused 37 fat
alities during the present season.
Only five of the victims were col
lege players, 17 were high school
The R. J. Rfeynqlds Tobacco
company has dropped its appeal
from a state income tax return of
$80,000 for 1931 income tax as
Russell Mahoney, 17, of Bay
City, Mich., confessed at Lexing
ton to the $81 holdup and rob
bery of a grocery store there and
absolved two girls and boy, his
companions in a school boy flight
from home to Florida.
A total of. $11,795,081 in stock
subscriptions has been made to the
federal home loan banks, Board
Chairman Franklin W. Fort an
nounced. The rest of the mini
mum capital of $134,000,000 will
be subscribed by the federal trea
sury and drawn by the regional
banks as needed. Stock subscrip
tions in the fourth district, with
the bank at Winston-Salem, to
talled $791,833.
Poll Shows
Are “Wet”
Paper Makes
Local Survey
Majority More Interested In
Business Picking Up Than
In Dry Law
While Many Believe Repeal Would
Result In Bettering Present
Citizens of Salisbury and Rowan
county favor the repeal of the
18 th amendment to the federal
constitution, according to a cur
sory survey made this week by a
representative of The Watchman.
Some opposed tampering with
the constitution but a majority of
those approached favored outright
repeal. Others favored only light
wines and beer.
Following are some of the com
"I don’t give a damn whether
they repeal the liquor law or not
just so they pass some legislation
that Will help business and alleviate
suffering.” one Main Street mer
chant declared.
"I favor outright repeal,” de
clared another Main Street business
man,. "I like a drink occasionally
but I am afraid of the bootleg var
iety. If they give us light wines
and beer, I am going to make an
honest effort to stop drinking
An attorney said:
"In the first place I have never
felt the 18 th amendment was con
stitutional. It seems to me to be
a violation of a person’s rights. In
the second place, I do not believe
it can ever be enforced; and final
ly, I believe the proper regulation
and control of liquor by the states
is the only sensible solution of the
prohibition question. For these
reasons, I am strongly in favor of
the repeal of the 18th amend
One of Rowan’s best farmers
"I want to see the prohibition
law repealed. I believe it would
result in higher prices for farm
products and also bring about bet
ter moral conditions in this coun
try. If a man wants liquor, he
will get it. Why not let him get
it legally? Then, too, a stiff gov
ernment tax would help to reduce
other tax burdens that we now
I his from a bootlegger:
"I don’t care if they do repeal
the liquor law. If they should do
this, I will go into the liquor busi
ness on a bigger scale; probably
under government supervision.”
Said a doctor:
"I believe the repeal of the liquor
laws would reduce the amount of
drinking in this country; certainly
it would reduce the ill effects'from
drinking liquor. Good liquor and
bootleg liquor are entirely two dif
ferent kinds of drink. If a person
drinks liquor made out of the right
kind of ingredients and also in the
right manner, it might be used
more as a stimulant than a drink.
Whereas, bootleg liquor could
never be used beneficially by any
one, in my opinion.”
While on the other hand, we
"I favor the prohibition law,”
declared one 'minister. "If it is re
pealed, 1 predict the return of the
saloon, or something equally as
bad, and this, in my opinion, would
result in worse moral conditions
than we now have in this country.
I do not believe repeal would do
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