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The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina
"The Watchman Carries a Summary of oAll The l^etvs”
-:_ SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING. MARCH 3. i<m
w ^.. ___VOL- 100 NO. 31 PRICE 2 CENTS
Figures Compiled For Two Per
Cent Sales Tax And One Per
Cent Production Tax
Revenue From Rowan And Sur-j
rounding Counties Given
By Watchman. ,
A two per cent sales tax—as pro- -
posed in the General Assembly—
would cost Rowan county the sum 1
of $261,640.00 annually. 1
The production tax—as propos- !
ed by Senator Hayden Clement— 1
would cost Rowan county the sum 1
of $210,818.03 annually.
Substracting the two estimated
yields, Rowan county would_ pay
. in taxes the sum of $50,821.97 less
under the production tax bill.
The above estimates of tax yields
were prepared by Senator Hayden
Clement, of Rowan, showing a
comparison of general sales tax and
production tax yields, the data
having been compiled for him by
the Department of Conservation;
and Development. I
The figures, which are based on
statistics of the United States De
partment of Commerce for 1929,
the last year available, show that
the yield from a two per cent gen
eral sales tax or a one per cent pro
duction tax would each have yield
ed approximately $13,000,000 in
1929. The department estimates
that there has been a 40 per cent
decrease in each tax since that year.
While the yield from each tax is
approximately the same for the
state as a whole, the yield from the
general sales tax would be greater
in 82 counties and that from the
production tax in 18 counties.
Estimated tax yields under the
two plans for nearby counties fol
Counties 2% sales 1% produc
» Cabarrus 190,160.00 303,519.26
Davidson 168,560.00 234,713.96
Davie 34,040.00 32,356.28
dreded 185,300.00 1/5,741.25
Randolph 82,740.00 116,748.36
Rowan 261,640.00 210,818.03
.Stanly 112,020.00 230,304.14
Following is the presidential in
11 a. m. to 12 noon—Garner
takes oath as vice president.
12 noon—Roosevelt inaugurat
ed, Chief Justice Hughes adminis
Roosevelt’s inaugural speech.
1 to 4 p. m.—Inaugural parade.
8 to 9 p. m.—Fireworks, monu
ment grounds; airplane maneuvers
over monument before and after
10 p. m. to 2 a. m.—Inaugural
HIGH POINT COLLECTOR
Robert Brockett, 70-year-old
High Point tax collector during
the past four years, was relieved of
bis duties by City Manager E. M.
Knox, who gave as his reason for
the action apparent recent discre
pancies in the records of the office.
$2,03 8,000 FOR N. C. RELIEF
The Reconstruction Finance cor
poration has authorized $2,03 8,000
relief funds for March and April
distribution in North Carolina and
the state’s relief chiefs are allotting
the funds to the 100 counties.
CHILD BURNS TO DEATH
Pattie Ruth Myers, five, Thom
asville, died of burns sustained at
her parents home the day before.
BOY KILLED IN CAR CRASH
R. V. Stowe, nine, son of a Ca
barrus farmer, was killed on a road
near his home. An automobile
1 riven by an older brother turned
>ver and threw the boy to the road.
General Manus McCloskey and
he field artillery board at Fort
Iragg demonstrated before a large
;roup of congressional war depart
nent and army observers last week
he efficiency of trucks in replac
ng horses for drawing light artil
ery batteries. A complete chang“
to trucks may result.
tmuy. FOR MANSLAUGHTER
Claude McLeane, of North Wil
kesboro, is held on a charge of
manslaughter in Maryland due to
the death of a man who stepped
into the path of McLeane’s truck
near Laurel, Md.
KILLS WILE AND SELF
Enraged at his wife’s threat to
leave home, Clarence McDowell
killed her with three shots into her
back and then sent a fatal bullet
into his head. A daughter foun 1
both lying dead in the yard of the
home at Skyland near Asheville.
A loss of around $300,000 re
sulted from the burning of the
Statesville Furniture company. In
surance coverage totalled $225,
000. Two hundred men had been
employed by the concern.
FORMER BANKER KILLS
William D. Harris, 38, director
of state conservation under Gover
nor McLean, banker at Asheville
until ruined by failures, shot him
self to death at his stepmother’s
home near Sanford.
LARKIN KIVETT SLAIN
Larkin Kivett, 3 5, Under parole
for liquor law violations, was kill
ed by Leach Wood at Wood’s home
near Liberty. Wood said he had
warned Kivett^ to stay away and
that he shot Kivett with a shotgun
when he returned at noon and
found Kivett with his wife.
FORD OFFERS BANKING
Henry Ford brought his millions
to bear on the Michigan banking
crisis last week-end, offering to
subscribe total capital stock of $8,
250,000 for two new banks to take
over liquid assets of the First Na
tional and the Guardian National
banks. Banks say the plan would
permit payment of about 35 per
cent to depositors.
Call Declined By
Dr. S tire wait
Dr. M. L. Stirewalt, pastor of
St. John’s Lutheran church, has de
cided to continue in his present
work, declining to accept the pro
fessorship chair to which he was
recently elected at the Lutheran
Seminary, Columbia, S. C.
His decision was announced to
church council Wednesday night.
J - inline
of the UNITED STATES
k - ■ *
| OUR NEW PRESIDENT |
We take this occasion to extend our compliments to the new Presi
dent of the United States and to wish him, the greatest possible meas
ure of success in his efforts to lead the nation out of thfc! slough of
It is a Herculean task which Mr. Roosevelt and the new Congress
face. There has not been, iff recent times at least, such an opportun
ity as lies before the new Administration. At the same time, no new
Administration has come into the control of our Government, since
Lincoln’s time, which was confronted with such perils.
We give President Roosevelt and his advisers credit for the highest
motives of patriotism. We think no one can deny that Mr. Roose
velt’s record of public service, beginning with the Legislature of the
State of New York, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the
Great War, and as Governor of New York for the past four years,
has been a record of forward-looking aggressive and intelligent effort
for the common good.
1*1 r « . - . .
-- wmui tne new Aamimstration is one
filled with pitfalls and uncertainties. We think that the nation at
large realizes, as it never has realized before, that our desperate situa
tion in America is on all fours with the economic distress which is felt
in every quarter of the globe. We do not believe, and we do not think
that Mr. Roosevelt believes, that the United States, in this critical
juncture, can lift itself by its own bootstraps. And one of the great
uncertainties is how far the nations of Europe will go in cooperating,
along lines which our nation can accept, toward bringing about an
econpmic readjustments on a world-wide scale.
That is not to imply that there are not many serious phases of our
domestic situation which cannot be remedied by intelligent and cour
ageous action at Washington. It seems certain that, in the beginning
of his Administration at any rate, our new President will have the
whole-hearted and effective support of our new Senate and House of
Representatives, and that sort of team-work ought to result in speedy
action, so far as legislation can be of benefit.
The country is still in the dark as to the exact methods and! policies
which the new Administration will undertake to make effective. Hut
we believe there is a very general desire to give the new President the
freest possible hand, and to clothe him with authority beyond that
which has been bestowed upon any Executive, except in war time, in
the sincere hope that he will thus be able to act swiftly and effectively.
We do not think, as we intimated, that any new President tak:ng
office f'or the first time has ever had the opportunity which is offered
to President Roosevelt. At the same time, we are not unmindful,
and we are sure Mr. Roosevelt is not unmindful of the tremendous
responsibility which the nation is laying upon him.
We most heartily wish him the best of luck.
“ ' \ 4
Today and Saturday are Dollar
Days in Salisbury.
Merchants of the city have maJe
extensive preparations for this
semi-annual event and bargains
will be offered at prices probably
the lowest in history.
Sacrifice prices will prevail at
the local stores on these two days
and the marking-down price pro
cess has been in vogue this week
with Salisbury merchants.
The two great Chinese strong
holds which blocked the path to
Jehol City, capital of Jehol pro
vince, fell to the Japaneses invad
Shortly after nightfall Gen.
Heijiro Hattori’s 14th brigade en
tered the city of Linguan, only
about 75 miles from the capitol.
Brisk fighting, the Rengo (Japan
ese) News agency correspondent
reported, proceded the occupation.
Earlier in the day the Japanese
announced that the fourth cavalry
brigade, commanded by Maj. Ken
nosuke Mogi, had seized Chihfeng,
which is about 100 miles northeast
of the capital.
WHAT "THE WORLD NEED
A little less knock
A little more ease
A little less rock
A little more please.
A little less spite
A little more dear
A little less might
A little more cheer.
A little less tax
A little more right
A little less axe
A little more light.
A little less stick
A little more fun
A little less kick
A little more sun.
A little less take
A little more give
A little less fake -
A little more live.
A little less law
A little more love
A little less claw
A little more dove.
’ A little less pull
A little more rope
A little less bull
A little moreTiope.
"Right now,” confessed the
dapper, as she gazed into the eyes
of her escort across the table, "I’m
sitting on the ragged edge of "des
"My goodness!”. gasped her
startled companion. "I didn’t even
know you tore ’em. I’ll buy you
A motorist had just crashed 1
telegiraph pole. Wire, 'pole and
everything came down around his
ears. They found him unconsci
ous in the wreckage, but as they
were untangling him he reached
out feebly, fingered the wires and
"Thank heaven, I Lived clean—
they’ve given me a harp.”
Minister (closing Sunday ser
mon)—And, brothers, don’t motor
around with other men's wives.
Man in the congregation jumps
up and snaps his fingers.
(Later, after church).
Same Man—Preacher, I’m sorry
I made that commotion in church,
but that sentence of yours remind
ed me where I left my umbrella
"Smith is a cheerful fellow. Did
you notice he was whistling as he
loaned me ten dollars?”
"Yes. He was whistling Tosti’s
Mother—Would you like to
come and rock the baby for a bit,
Tommy—Rather! But I haven’t
got a rock!
Wifie—I suppose now you wish
you were free to marry again?
A charge of assault brought a
gainst Sidney Blackmer, motion
picture actor who is a native of
Salisbury, by Bernice Bach, 17,
was dismissed by Municipal Judge
B. J. Scheinman in Los Angeles
"If this girl’s testimony were to
be believed by this court,” said
Judge Scheinman in dismissing the
charge, "it would open th$ door to
the use of the courts to purposes
which might smack of blackmail
Brilliant Ceremonies Will Make Up
Program In The Capital .
Roosevelt First Democratic Presi
dent In 12 Years, Hue ceding
Hundreds of Rowan residents
will leave today—by auto and
train—for Washington to witness
I the inaugural ceremonies for Presi
dent-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt
scheduled for tomorrow in the
The Southern Railway company
is sponsoring a special excursion,
leaving Salisbury at 8:50 p. m. to
night and leaving Washington on
the return trip at 1:50 Sunday
morning. The £dst “of “the WlfTTs ~ 1
Ihe special train will be made
up at Charlotte. Several cars will
come into the Queen City from
Greenville, S. C. and these will be
hooked on to the excursion proper
Ticket Agent Anderson states
arrangements have been made to
handle the large crowds which are
anticipated to take advantage of
the low rates offered for this event.
Others will make the trip by
bus and in their own cars, it is
stated. Several plan to go to
Greensboro and board an airplane
there for Washington.
Elaborate plans have been made
by the inaugural program commit
tee and the event will be staged
with much brilliance and fanfare.
Franklin D. Roosevelt will be
the first Democrat to become pre
sident since Wilson who relinquish
ed office 12 years ago.
The program will begin in
Washington around 9:30 a. m. and
conclude about 4:30 p. m., it is an
It -is forecast many thousands
will witness the ceremonies.
While On Train
Sen. Thomas J. Walsh, of Mon
tana, who had been selected by
President-elect Roosevelt as attor
ney-general in his cabinet, died
from a heart attack aboard an At
lantic Coast Line train near Wil
son --yesterday while enroute to
Washington with his bride whom
he married in Havana Saturday.
Senator Walsh died at 7:10 a.
m. while Conductor Herbert
Weatherspee held his pulse. Only
Mr. Weatehspee, Mrs. Walsh and
her Cuban maid, and a porter were
present. The Senator was 74 years
Last week, Senator Walsh flew
to Havana to marry, Senora Nives
Perez Chaumont de Truffin, wid
ow of a wealthy Havana business
man, and the couple were continu
ing their honeymoon to the United
HALTS MORTGAGE FORE
St. Paul—An emergencv procla
mation, halting mortgage foreclo
sures in Minnesota until May 1»
pending legislative relief action,
was issued by Gov, Floyd B. Olson.