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The Carolina Watchman
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Scrap Over Dry Law And Sales Tax Seen
House Passe* 3.2 Per Cent Beer Bill
Wets Beat
Down Drys
230 To 165
Bill Now Goes
To The Senate
Makes First Successful Fight To
Modify Volstead Prohibition
blouse Shouts Down All Attempts
To Tack On Various Amendments
Senate leaders Promise Prompt
Action On Beer Bill After
Christmas Holidays
Trampling down all dry opposi
tion, house wets jammed the De
mocratic 3.2 per cent beer bill
through unchanged Wednesday
and laid it on the doorsteps of the
senate where early action is prom
The big vote, 23 0 to 165, ap
proving the measure was the first
successful move by wets in either
branch of congress to modify the
Volstead act since it became law
12 years ago. Shouts .and applause
greeted Speaker Garner’s announce
ment of the bill’s passage. The
size of the affirmative vote sur
prised even the most active advo
cates of the measure, including
Speaker Garner, who said: "It was
bigger than I expected, and shows
that a majority of the house wants
to follow the will of a majority
of the people.”
There had been some doub; ;n
the minds of Garner and other
Democratic leaders that enough
votes could be mustered to approve
it. They were happy, backslap
ping each other. Majority Leader
Rainey congratulated Chairman
Collier of the ways and means
committee for being the first to
pilot through the house in the short
session a major Democratic pro
"It will give the people a malt,
beverage to drink and the federal
treasury much needed revenue,”
Collier said. "We got more than
the number of votes we expected,
but the opponents did not get as
many as we thought they would.”
Senate leaders promised to act
on the measure immediately after
the holidays.
City To Sue
Bonding Co.
For $23,000
Decision to sue the Hartford
Accident and Indemnity Company
for $23,000 for alleged shortages
of former city treasurer and tax
collector, Geo. M. Lyerly, was
reached at a special meeting of the
city council Tuesday night.
City Attorney J. W. Ellis was
instructed to proceed with suit a
gainst the bonding company. This
decision followed refusal of this
company to pay after demand had
been made for the $23,000. Stahle
Linn, attorney, was named by the
council to be associated with Mr.
Ellis in the handling of the suit.
The council at this time also
considered the claim of James M.
Archer & Company, C. P. A. for
$3,700, for the balance due on a
total bill of $9,500 for services in
connection with the Lyerly check
The council felt that this com
pany had done the work required
but thought the bill too high.
Mayor Hedrick directed the finance
committee, composed of Council
men Holmes and Shaver, to con
fer with Mr. Garland Martin, of
the James M. Archer & Company,
looking toward an adjustment of
this matter.
can put depression to rout is de
"Do you ever allow a man to
kiss you when you are out motor
ing with him?” inquired a careful
"Of course not, mother,” an
swered the daughter scornful*)’.
"A man who can drive carefully
while kissing me isn’t giving the
kiss the attention it deserves.”
Goforth—How do you divide
two cars between your seven child
ren, yourself and your wife?
Comeback—Oh, three ride in
one and four in the other and I
walk and my wife uses a taxi.
Simpkins—You say you like my
Twombley—Well, I’m stuck on
two of them.
Simpkins—Which two?
Twombley—The two I bought.
Wife—Or, idarting, something
small and precious has come into
the lives of the Jonses next door.
I wish we had one.
Huff—Now', dear, you know' a
child would interfere with your
Wife—Don’t be foolish—the
Jonses have bought an Austin!
Diner—Here, waiter, tell the
orchestra to play Carmen while I
eat this beef steak.
Waiter—Yes sir. But may I in
quire w'hy?
Diner—I w'ant to hear the Tor
tador song. I feel like a bullfight
What causes a man to be dis
liked? Donald Laird lists the fol
lowing traits:
1. Failing to keep his promises.
2. Being unwilling to go out of
his way to help others.
3. Indulging in exaggerfations.
4. Being sarcastic.
5. Showing off how much he
6. Exhibiting superiority.
7. Bossing people whom he does
not employ.
8. Reprimanding people for a-'ts
he disapproves.
?. Being caught at making fun
of people behind their backs; and
10. Dominating people openly.
Worry when you have done
your best.
Hurry when success depends
upon accuracy.
Think evil ofi a friend until you
have the facts.
Believe a thing is impossible
without trying it.
Waste time on futile regrets.
Imagine that good intentions are
a satisfactory excuse.
Harbor bitterness within your
own soul.
Merry Christmas
Let’s throw away our woe,
And say a word or so
About a Merry Christmas:
It’s not a day to cry,
You’ve got no time to die,
Because—It’s Merry Christmas.
, Hang ’em by the fire,
Get the old desire
Of a Merry Christmas;
Old Santa’s pretty near
And he Will soon be here
To make—A Merry Christmas.
So The Watchman force and me
We wish you all the glee
Of a Merry Christmas;
We hope your heart is right
To eat and love a sight,
On this—A merry Christmas.
The Nine National Championship of 1932 | i
Health Champions
Dorothy Eiler, 16, Aitkin, Minn.,
for girls, and Ross Allen, 20, Har
rison County, VV. Va., for boys, won
the National Health Championships
of the 4-H Clubs. Dorothy scored 98.6
and Ross scored 99.4, both failing for
perfection only through slight defects
in teeth alignment.
Wanete Guthrie, 15, of Fulton,
Kans., won the National Canning
Championship of the 4-H Club for
1932. Wanete canned 3,004 pints of
fruits, meats and vegetables in six
years of club projects. Over 100,000
4-H girls in the U. S. competed.
Win In Leadership
Maurice Knouse, 19, Emporia,
Kans., with 10 .years of 4-H Club
work to her credit, and Vernon
LeRoy Baldwin, 20, of Alden,
Minn., with 9 years, are the 1932
Champions in Leadership for girl
and boy activities. They were
awarded the H A. trophies.
Achievement Champions
Frances Mae Good, Brow nt own,
Wis., and Donald N. McDowell,
Marquette, Wis., scored highest and
were crowned 1932 champions in .,
Achievement of the National 4-H
Clubs at Chicago. This award car
ried with it beautiful silver trophies
from Enesiikflt Jioamet for
Raised Finest Meat
Floyd Weaver, West Point, Ind.,
is the National 4-H Club Champion
for 1932, winning the title in the meat
animal contest. Floyed also gets a
$300 agricultural scholarship.
1932 Style Champion
Mildred Startup, Shawnee County,
Kans., is the National 4-H Club
Style-Revue Champion for 1932, win
ning over 41 state championships at
Chicago. Together with the three
runners-up, Mildred will be given a
tour to the Shrines of American His
tory during the summer of 1933.
Streets Of City Emerge
From Covering Of Sleet
Christmas shoppers who leapt
ditches of packed ice and pools of
slush on sidlewalks shortly after
the heavy snow and sleet which
fell'over the week-end, drew a sigh
of relief the first part of the week
when the streets, sidewalks and
walkways were cleared by shovel
ing gangs under the direction and
supervision of City Engineer M.
E. Miller, and City Manager, Had
en Holmes.
City Engineer Miller estimated
that 200 were employed in the
clean-up task, this being financed
through the federal aid funds of
the welfare office, augumented by
city employes. Many jobless
workers were given an opportunity
to make Christmas money by as
sisting in clearing the streets.
The business section of the city
and the leading residential streets,
were rapidly cleared and traffic
continued as usual.
While the demands on the Wei-1
fare office for food and fuel these
cold days with snow on the
grounds are exceedingly heavy,
Mrs. Linton says that the welfare
office is meeting the situation very
However the demand is taxing
the resources of the organization,
which is in need of all the assist
ance that can be rendered by the
people, for unless the resources o*
the office are conserved there will
not be sufficient funds to last un
til warm weather returns and field
work is resumed.
A menace that is presenting it
self is the presence of considerable
flu among those who are subsist
ing on the department. And these
people require not only food but
medicine as well. So remember
that while the federal government
is helping, its assistance is conting
ent upon the community doing as
much as it can to supplement fed
eral aid.
A Live-at-Home dinner, in which1
every item of a sumptuous feast
was a North Carolina product, was
given at Raleigh by the North
Carolina Press association in honor
of Governor Max Gardner, who
initiated the live-at-home program
which has increased the state’s pro
duction of food and feed by $50,
000,000 in three years. More than
400 attended.
Mrs. T. A. Brooks, 5 0, and two
daughters were killed near Marion
when the car driven by her son
struck a hog in the road and was
The senate on Saturday voted to
free the Phillippine Islands in 12
years time. The bill goes into
conference with the house which
last session voted to grant inde
pendence in eight years.
North Carolina Elks perfected a
state asscoiation at Greensboro last
week, with Henry T. Paterson,
New Bern, chosen president. The
first annual meeting will be in
Booze Prices Soar
For Holiday Trade
Those who desire it may have
egg-nog for Christmas, but they
will have to pay a higher price
for the liquid O Be Joyful, accord
ing to current reports in and about
this good city of ours.
Then, too, they _annot be sure
that the nog is the i^l thing—
for 18 th amendment is still the
18 th amendment.
Bootleggers are reported to be
getting fancy prices for raw corn
flavored with fruit juices and
tasting like the real thing;—but
these reports are unconfirmed.
Real brandy, they say, has gone
back to almost pre-depression
That is to say, the prices being
charged now for the illegal, con
trabrand stuff are as follows:
Raw corn, per gallon _$5.00
Brandy, good variety _ 7.00
Sugarhead, 9 ounce pint _ .5 0
Homebrew, beer, most any price
Old Prices
Straight corn, gallon _$6.00
Peach or apple brandy — 8.00
Homebrew—so much per bottle
Sugarhead ..- 1.00
Buenos Ayres police claimed last
week to have found 1,300 bombs
and to have uncovered a revolu
tionary plot supported by Hipolito
Yrigoyen, former president an1
dictator of Argentina. A stat« of
siege was declared in the capital
and in other cities. Yrigoyen was
arrested and exiled.
Twelve persons were killed and
48 seriously hurt in the destruc
tion of the eight-story Shirokiya
department store in Tokyo last
Velma Ranson, six, was struck
and killed by the car of T. L.
Freeman at High Point. She ran
across the street.
George R. Pou, superintendent
of the State’s prison, has recom
mended to the governor and the
general assembly that a parole and
probationary system be established
in the state. He estimates it will
save $30,000 yearly in trial and
prison costs.
Joseph Paul-Boncour was suc
cessful Sunday in completing his
cabinet and assumed the govern
ment of France following the Pier
riot ministry on the “American
debt payment issue. The new
premier promised negotations in re
ference to the payment of the debt
installment due December 15.
C. E. Adcox, Rocky Mount, died
from exposure after he had fallen
in a ditch. Police said they found
a partly filled wTiiskey bottle on
his person. Fred Smith, 3 0, was
killed the same day in Bladen coun
ty. His truck skidded from tn
frozen highway.
A determined hunt is being made
for two white yeggs who bound
and gagged two employes of the
Southern Cotton Oil company
plant at Fayetteville last Thurs
day, looted the office of $125 and
then set it afire. After they left
W. E. Hocutt, one of the men
bound up, made his way into the
burning office, knocked the tele
phone receiver off and called for
Dan Harris, 66, self-styled
"cancer specialist,” Raleigh, was
sentenced to 10 to 15 years in
state’s prison. He was found guil
ty of immoral relations with a girl,
13, whom he had lured into his
home as a companion for his wife.
The North Carolina board of
nurse examiners announces that of
the 271 candidates who took the
recent examination 186 passed the
test. Thirteen other nurses were
registered from other states by re
Two negroes were executed at
state’s prison last week, Hajrvey
Wallace for the murder of N. H.
Perry and Tom Beall in Lee county
and Alex Grier for the murder of
Harold Carter in Gaston county.
Both confessed guilt at the last
The state highway patrol reports
arrest of 649 persons in November.
5 82 being found guilty. Patrol
men investigated 127 accidents in
which 18 were killed and 96 in
jured. They recovered 24 stolen
Solons Are
Divided On
Big Issues
Press Poll
Shows Trend
Western Representatives In General
Assembly Against Sales Tax
While Eastern Lawmakers Probably
Favor It; Expect Dry Law
Higher Taxes Opposed And Rigid
Economy In Government Is
The fights in the next General
Assembly over the proposal to raise
needed state revenue through the
imposition of a sales tax and over
the further proposal to repeal or
modify the Turlington act give
every indication of being close
drawn battles.
Returns from members of the in
coming legislative bodies who were
polled by members of the state
press on those two questions shots'
that out of 3 8 who have replied,
the sales tax issue and the repeal cr
modification issue are deadlocked
with 11 members voting for each
and 11 against each, while the
others are non-committal or "open
to argument.”
Each of the 170 members were
polled on the questions: "Do you
favor modification of state prohi
bitions laws? If so, to what ex
tent?” and "Do you favor some
form of sales tax? If not, what sort
of tax measures?”
Answers from the west were a
gainst a sales tax while in the east
the sentiment was favorable.
The replies indicate that the new
General Assembly members are go
ing to Raleigh without having made
up their minds in any hard and
fast manner on any subject, but
instead plan to convene at the
capital principally for the purpose
or hearing arguments and examin
ing facts that will bear upon the
general subject of taxation. The
modification of repeal of the
state’s liquor laws appear to be of
minor consideration in the minds
of the legislators and many declare
that to be the case.
This is a typical answer on the
question of modification:
"I am not in favor of either
modification or repeal of the state
prohibition laws until this whole
matter of national repeal is work
ed out satisfactory and in such a
way that it will absolutely prohi
bit the return of the open saloon.”
This is a reply that might be
said to be a composite answer to
the tax question:
"In principle I am opposed to
any form of sales tax. However,
if the legislature should be forced
to some form of sales tax, I would
prefer a tax on non-essentials . . .
To tell the truth, I am not strong
on any additional tax levies what
ever. I see no reason why a state,
county, or other municipality
should not live within its income
as an individual has to do. This
talk about 'new sources of taxa
tion’ does not appeal to me much.
I know of no source that is not
taxed to the limit at the present
time. It seems to me that good
business would suggest economy
in governmental expenditures to
meet, so far as it is possible, the
curtailment of revenue, rather
than add further taxes to the pre
sent burden.”
Despondent over ill-health' j. F.
Robinson, Craven county bridge
superintendent, killed himself with
a pistol shot in the mouth.

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