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The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina
"The Watchman Carries a Summary of cAll The TSlews” \
FOUNDED 1832—100TH YEAR SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 21, 1931 " VOL. 100 NO. 3 8 PRICE 2 CENTS
House Passes General Sales Tax, 67-48
Heavy Buying Follows U. S. Gold Ban
2 Per Cent|
Levy Put In
To The Senate
All Amendments Voted Down By
Sales Tax Group
Expect Senate To Make Number
Doubt If Assembly Will Adjoudn
Before May Tenth
The biennial revenue bill, levy
ing a two per cent general sales tax
on retail distribution, together
with other material tax increases,
was passed on its third' reading by
the North Carolina General As
The bill now goes to the state
senate where it is predicted a num
ber of changes will be made. The
vote, not including five pairs, 62
day, opponents of the sales tax
program, asserted the bill would be
defeated in the upper body.
The revenue bill, containing the
sales tax feature, has the follow
1. A two per cent tax on retail
2. A tax of 1-2 5th of one per
cent each six months on gross sales
of wholesale merchants.
3. Gasoline and commercial ferti
lizer, are exempt.
4. Retail tax must be passed on
5. Each merchant must pay an
annual license fee of $1.00 in ad
dition to the percentage tax.
6. Sales tax levy must be paid
7. Credit sales may be reported
separately and tax paid as accounts
8. Inheritance taxes increased.
9. Provides levy of one half of
one mill on each kilowatt of elec
trical energy manufactured or sold
in the state.
10. General franchise corpora
tion taxes increased.
11. Railroad franchises increased
from 75 cents, on the $100 valua
tion to 90 cents.
12. Income taxes raised.
RALEIGH WINS DEBATE 'CUP
Catherine Martin and Wade
Mard, representing tsrougnon nign
school of Raleigh, won the Aycock
cup for state championship in high
school debating at Chapel Hill on
Friday night. The winners, sup
porting the affirmative side of the
sales tax question, debated in the
finals against Mildred Williams
and James Dorsett, Salisbury.
TOM MIX WINS SUIT
Los Angeles.—Superior Judge
Carl Stutsman ruledl here that Tom
Mix, western film star, be not re
quired to pay on promissory notes
of $50,000 he gave Mrs. Victoria
Forde Mix de Olazabel, his former
Pat Fowler Heads
> Spencer Ticket
Tuesday’s primary results in
• Spencer were as follows:
Mayor: T. P. Fowler.
Aldermen: J. E. Connell, W. T.
Curlee, W. H. Shannon, J. E.
Vick, W. A. Young and C. P,
CHILD SCALDED IN SOAP
Hazel Ruth Mills, four, daugh-l
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mills, of
near Greenville, was fatally scald
ed when she fell into a tub of boil
ing soap. She died at the home of
her parents. The accidbnt occur
ed while the child’s mother was
GIRL’S BODY FOUND
The body of Hazel Starnes, IS,
was found floating in Lake Ox
ford, near Taylorsville. She was
drowned when a rowboat capsized
on April 1. Harry Kirkman, Heivy
Stewart and a sister, Mrs. Grace
Matlock, her companions, were
rescued. The body was badly de
composed1. An inquest was not
held as coroner found no broken
Willard Bowman, one of the
rescuers was charged with abduc
tion of the girl a week before the
accident by her father after her
death. Hearing on this - charge
will be April 28.
TWO VICTIMS OF AUTOS
As he walked to his Statesville
home D. M. Brown. 60, carpenter,
was knocked down and killed by a
car driven by H. T. Lindsey, 17.
On the same night a hit and run
driver killed R. E. Young. Wake
county farmer. His mutilated
body was found beside highway
10 near Garner.
MOREHEAD CITY HOTEL
The 3 0-room Atlantic hotel at
Morehead City burned along with
an annex and an apartment build
ing. The building, erected in
1870, was not occupied except by
caretakers in the apartment who
escaped without injury. Loss is
put at several hundred thousand
BEER IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Beer and1 wine, not over the fed
eral limit of 3.2 per cent alcohol,
went on sale in South Carolina on
April 14th by virtue of legisla
tive enactment the preceeding
night. No restrictions were plac
ed on the sale.
DIES IN CAMP FIRE
Lonnie Saulmort burned to death
in a camp fire of Road Watchman
S. B. Conley, six miles north of
Morganton. Saulmon, who was
subject to epileptic seizures, was
left sleeping by the fire when
Conley returned to the fire early
n the morning to find Saulmon’s
charred body lying across the
5 GET GERMAN MEDALS
Five Asheville men last week re
ceived the German Red Cross, only
decoration awarded by that nation
it present, for their leadership in
the erection of a monument at
Asheville honoring 18 German
sailors who died while interned in
Asheville during the world1 war.
AGED COUPLE IS ROBBED
Fidela Owenby, 67, and his wife,
56, were left bound hand and foot
by two white men in the isolated
Henderson county home of the
couple. The two scoundrels took
$400 which the couple had recent
ly been paid in insurance on their
son’s life. He was killed in France
during the world war. Mrs. Owen
by managed to free her wrists, get
a pair of scissors and free her hus
FEDERAL COSTS ARE CUT
Middle district court expendi
tures in the first quarter of 1933
aggregate $30,590.59, a decrease
of $9,443.53 from the total of
$40,034.12 for the corresponding
period in 1932 reports the mar
Jobless Enlisting in Reforestation Service Army
Herewith is pictured the launching of the recruiting drive to enlist
250,000 unemployed for President Roosevelt ’s Reforestation jService plan.
The enlistments are for 6 months duration for jobless between the ages of
18 and 25 years. They receive $1 per day and the applications- are passed
upon by relief committees in the respective territories. One provision is
that those given jobs shall assign at least three-fourths of their pay to
dependents. Enlistments are made at army enlistment quarters following
which those accepted are sent to army camps for conditioning after which
they receive assignments by the Department of Labor. Photo No. 1 shows
jobless making applications. No. 2 shows meals being served recruits from
rolling army kitchens and No. 3 shows recruits off for conditioning camps.
Many Statewide Measures
Are Passed By Assembly
Ten measures by the reorganiza
tion of state government commit
tee have been ratified by the Legis
lature, including abolishing the
Corporation commission and creat
ing office of public utilities commis
sioner; abolishing executive counsel
(another establishing commission
er of parole and parole system)
suspending highway work 2 years,
with little exceptions; consolidat
ing State highway and State’s pri
son departments; reducing salaries
of judges, and of solicitors; trans
ferring legislative reference librar
ian to attorney general’s office;
transferring duties of director of
local government to state treasur
er; transfering diuties of personnel
director to budget bureau; abolish
ing state tax commission.
B. & L. Associations
Five acts deal with building and
loan associations, allowing them to
become members of Federal Home
Loan Bank, reducing license fees
for agents, regulating appointment
of receivers, and other minor
changes. New banking laws give
the commissioner of banks unusual
power in the present emergency to
conserve assets; the banking holi
day; to require surplus fund (5 0%
of capital) in lieu of dbuble liabil
ity of holders of bank stock; re
duce interest rate on monthly bal
ances of state funds in banks and
funds in handis of banking com
missioner. Insurance laws give in
surance commissioner authority in
banking emergency to prevent
lapse of life insurance policies; re
quire casulty and surety insurance
companies to make deposit; regu
late assessment plan of certain in
surance companies; regulate assess
ment life insurance associations;
provide for service of process on
all unincorporated organizations,
associations or societies.
Changes in court action include
easy removal of cases from record
er’s courts; and general county
courts, relieving) congestion and
providing speedier trials; reducing
from 60 to 30 days minimum for
Continued on page jive
| Faces Hangman’s Noose |
Winnie Ruth Judd, photographed
in her state prison cell at Florence,
Aris., from where she still fights to
evade the gallows < * ". ~ ~
Here Is List
For City Council
PRIMARY: Monday, April 24.
(Vote for Five;
B. V. HEDRICK
MAX L. BARKER
J. LINDSAY SHAVER
HADEN C. HOLMES
C. F. RANEY
A. A. HARTMAN
O. C. HERRINGTON
GEORGE E. VOGLER
EDWARD Hi. MARSH
GEORGE E. RUSHER
U. RAY MILLER
GEORGE R. MARTIN
ERNEST B. TAYLOR
FLAROLD A. ROUZER
HENRY W. DAVIS
FRANCIS J. MURDOCK
U. S. JORDAN
WALTER F. McCANLESS
J. E. HENNESSEE.
TWENTY THREE PURE UN
ADULTERATED BITS OF AD
VICE ON HOW TO KEEP FROlll
LOSING IN A POLITICAL
1. Offer to furnish plenty of free
beer when it becomes legal.
2. Have a pocket full of cigars
handy at all times.
3. Keep in liquid assets sufficient
funds to negotiate for coca-colas,
milk shakes, candy and flowers on
a moment’s notice.
4. Kiss any and all babies.
^ 5. Be nice to your wife. Re
member she has a vote.
6. If you have a son over 21
remind him that his vote may help
to relieve the interest on the note
which you have held against him
for some time.
7. Make plenty of loans on col
lateral of reasonable soundness.
8. Fill teeth without grinding,
and put in an extra ounce of co
caine when you pull one. All
dental work to be done on "suspi
y. Recommend lower tax valua
10. Furnish free lumber to those
who want to build or repair homes.
11. Give silk stockings to all
12. Stock up the pantries as
'well as the stores' with plenty of
13. Qo easy-on those who owe
you. Offer big discounts for a
14. Gin cotton free of charge.
15. Offer free photographs to
all voters this week.
16. Make unusual low prices on
furniture, and throw in a table
when they buy as many as one
17. Ship goods free of cost, and
let a C. O. D. or two slip by every
now and then.
18. Gas and oil cars for a smile
and a promise to vote.
19. Give neckties and socks to
single men, shirts to married men,
shoes to men with a wife and four
voting children, and suits of cloth
es to men who have as many as
four sons-and-daughters-in law.
20. Allow them liberal credit
for payments on the pastor’s sal
21. Extend a lot of credit tc
slow paying voters for general
merchandise ranging from pins tc
22. Put new screens in every
house within the corporate limits.
Supply lumber to those who would
like to have it.
23. Tell your husbands that if
you are not- elected you will buy
two late spring or early summer
outfits instead of one. He’ll get
something done about it this week.
The office boy had gone out on
what would ordinarily be a ten
minute errand. At the end1 of this
period he had not returned; in fact
it was three-quarters of an hour
before he appeared.
"Where havle you been?” de
manded his irate employer.
"Gettin’ a hair-cut.” laconically
replied the youth.
"What?” shouted the man, "get
ting a hair-cut on company time!
What’s the big idea?”
"Well,” said the office boy, "it
grows on company time, doesn’t
He: "Dearest, your stocking;
She: "Oh, you brute! I haven’t
Boy: "Say, Dad, what does it
mean when the paper says som<
man went to a convention as a del
Dad: "It means his wife didn’t
go with him, Son.”
Loretta Turnbull of Long Beach,
Calif., champion woman speedboat
driver of the United States celebra
ted her coronation as “Queen of
Speedboats ’ ’ by driving another win
ning raee in launching the 1933
From Race For
A. G. Sides, who entered the
race for a position on the school
committee of the town of East
Soencer, has decided to withdraw
his name, leaving the present five
members of that body unopposed
for reelection, according to an an
nouncement made this week.
In making this announcement,
Mr. Sides stated he did so out of
respect to the present board, and
in order to leave that body intact
for another two year period to
solve the educational problems of
The present board unopposed for
reelection, follows: Dr. T. W. Seay,
G. H. Boger, R. L. Gobble, S. R.
Sec rest' and E. D. Brown.
The regular town election will
be held May 2.
10,000 AT EASTER SERVICE
Despite the steady rain, 10,000
gathered at the Moravian cemetery
in Old Salem at sunrise Piaster
morning to witness the 161st cele
bration there of the resurrection.
Financiers Welcome P. ..dent’s
Prices Boom In Response To
Congress To Fully Legalize Pres.
Spurred by indications of infla
tion of the American dollar, which
followed closely on the heels of an
mnouncement Wednesday night by
President Roosevelt and Secretary
Woodin to the effect that the Unit
ed States had gone off the gold
standard, stocks and commodity
prices soared to the highest levels
experienced in the past two years,
on the leading stock markets.
"Wheat jumped 5 3-4 cents a
. Com 3 1-4.
Barky up 3 3-4.
Cotton up $2.5 0 per bale.
Sugar up 6 to 7 points.
Silk up 2 to 7 cents a pound.
Coffee up 9 to 10 points.
Cocoa up 10 tO 20 points.
The United States abandoned
the gold standard Wednesday
Shortly after Presidlent Roosevelt
in a bold, dramatic coup had with
drawn support of the American
dollar abroad, Scretary of Treasury
Woodin said this nation had desert
ed the gold standard.
"Yes, we are off the ^oldi stand
ard. The whole matter is official
abandonment of the gold stand
The President’s action was taken
in an effort to raise commodity
prices at home and restore languish
ing trade abroad.
The White House announced
this would be done by maintaining
a tight embargo on export of gold.
Actually, it means the / -an
dollar is to be allowed to fecit its
Continued on page five
Judge Hayes Metes (Jut
Sentences To Law'Breakers
Judge Johnson J. Hayes, presid
ing over the April term of Federal
court here this week, had disposed
af the criminal docket by Wednes
day and court adjourned until
next week when the trial of civil
cases will be heard.
A total of 5 5 cases were dispos
ed! of the first three days of the
Violation of prohibition act — 37
Violation of temporary proba
tion - *
Stealing mail from post office
boxes - 1
Passing counterfeit coins - 5
Motor vehicle theft - 1
Violation national pro. Act. — 10
Total --- ^ 5
The Docket Follows:
Charlie Rbthrock, 60 days in
Wilkes county jail; Dudley Sapp,
six months in Cabarrus county jail;
Allen P. Smith, six months in Ca
barrus county jail; Major Chandler
$100 fine, he still being in custody;
Hugh Page, $100 fine, still in cus
tody; Green B. Honeycutt, a year
and a day in Atlanta federal pri
Continued on page five
ASK HUEY LONG’S
A petition signed by 20 Louisi
ana citizens. was filed with the
United States senate last week ask- _
ing that Huey Long Louisiana
senator, be removed, listed charges
of personal dishonesty and corrupt
ness against him and said they
could prove therm
At a non-partisan convention
held in Rockwell Tuesday, the fol
lowing ticket was named:
For mayor: R. L. Holshouser
and J. H. Sides.
Board of aldermen: R. W.
Brown, R. L. Linker, W. A. Beav
er, George T. Holshouser, Geo. E.
Brown, R. W. Lentz, H. W. Bost,
Floyd Beck,/ S. H. Bost and M. R.
Earnhardt. Fiste will: be selected
from this group as aldermen in
the general municipal election May