The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina The Carolina Watchman "The Watchman Carries a Summary of oAll The TSlgws” FOUNDED 1832—100TH YEAR SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER, 23, 1932 VOL. 100 NO. 21 PRICE 2 CENTS ~- ---- 1 ---—-7—-— " - " 1... ' 1 . .... 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 i Makes First Successful Fight To Modify Volstead Prohibition Law 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 ised. 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 posal. "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 up. 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. GOOD MORNING THE ONLY NATION that can put depression to rout is de termination. "Do you ever allow a man to kiss you when you are out motor ing with him?” inquired a careful mother. "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 books? 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 career. 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 er. UNLOVELY TRAITS 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 knows. 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. DON’T LET YOURSELF— 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 I 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. II , 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. III 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. —Contributed 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 ===V\F====: 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 i-*—1 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 well. 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. N, C. PRESS HONORS GARDNER 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. 3 DIE IN AUTO MISHAP 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 overturned. VOTE !PHILIPPINE FREEDOM 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. ELKS HAVE STATE UNIT 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 Asheville. 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 prices. 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 NEWS BRIEFS CURB REVOLT IN ARGEN TINE 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. 12 BURN IN TOKYO STORE Twelve persons were killed and 48 seriously hurt in the destruc tion of the eight-story Shirokiya department store in Tokyo last week. CHILD KILLED BY AUTO Velma Ranson, six, was struck and killed by the car of T. L. Freeman at High Point. She ran across the street. ASKS STATE PAROLE SYSTEM 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. NEW FRENCH CABINET 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. TWO VICTIMS OF COLD 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. HOLD-UP PLANT, SET IT AFIRE 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 help. DAN HARRIS TO PRISON 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. 186 NEW NURSES 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 ciprocity.. 2 DIE FOR MURDER 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 minute. 649 HIGHWAY ARRESTS IN NOVEMBER 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 cars. 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 Change Higher Taxes Opposed And Rigid Economy In Government Is Urged 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.” CRAVEN OFFICIAL SUICIDE Despondent over ill-health' j. F. Robinson, Craven county bridge superintendent, killed himself with a pistol shot in the mouth.