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House To Act '
On Measure At
An Early Date
Measure WiU Be Open For Amend
ments After A Short Debate.
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Bill Is Needed to Aid Farmers In *
Obtaining a Fair Price For
Democratic leaders are acting to
bring the Bankhead compulsory i
cotton production control bill to i
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Representative Bankhead, Demo- i
crat, Alabama, co-author, express- 1
ed confidence the measure would
win through by a subbstantial ma
jority. Strong Republican oppo- ,
sition must be overcome, however, !
Some Democrats, contending it
would open the gate to compul- ]
sory regulation of other farm com- ]
modities, also were expected to vote ■
against it.
A number of clarifying com- ^
mittee amendments were to be sub- ,
mitted Tuesday. But Bankhead
said at the end of the discussions j
he knew of no opponent-sponsored -
amendments to change the funda
mental purpose of the bill.
The legislation is designed to cut 1
the huge cotton carryover and *
boost prices. It would limit this !
season’s crop to 10,000,000 bales
and tax cotton in excess of farm- ^
ers’ quotas 50 per cent of the
market value.
Repetition of the Republican *
cry of "unconstitutional” rumbled
around the bill as Representative
Hope, of Kansas, ranking majority
member of the agriculture com
mittee, led the attack on it.
Representative Ruffin, Demo
crat. Missouri, although conceding ‘
he did not know whether the
measure was constitutional, said
he would vote for the bill in the
belief that no one knows "where
we are going to come out.”
Chairman Jones, Democrat,
Texas, of the agriculture com
mitte said nobody knew whether
the bill would work but that every
safeguard had been taken and that
it could be suspended "in a min
ute” by the President.
Another Alabama Democrat,
Representative Jeffers, argued the
bill was needed to bring cotton
farmers a fair market price.
"Those who would stand on the
sidelines and attack what the AAA
is doing,” he asserted, "would ig
nore the fact the farmer was head
ed for peasantry.”
The bill drew Farmer-Laborite
support from Representative John
son, of Minnesota, who pointed out
his party advocated the regulation
principle for all crops.
A. I. Ferree
Announces For
G.O.P. Chairman
Randolph County Republicans
injected a three cornered fight into
the state convention to be held in
: Charlotte April 4, last week when
they put forward A. I. Ferree as a
third candidate for Chairman.
: James S. Duncan present Chairman
and Judge Meekins of Henderson
ville having already announced.
Ferree, prominent lawyer, pub
lisher, active legionnaire and a po
litical leader of recognized ability
• has a strong fallowing throughout
i the state. He is not connected
: with any faction, but answers the
i call of a new leadership that is
• fastly springing up in the ranks of
■ the G. O. P.
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r The government, it is said, has
been high handed, but it will need
• to be low footed also to get r-'d of
some of the grafters.
Robert M. Wiles, 49-year-old
ddnaper and killer, faced the zero
iour of his life Monday morning
it 6 o’clock, when he was led to
:he death chair in Columbia, S.
2., prison. He kidnaped and kill
ed H. H. Harris, Jr., last Decem
Gain in population of the Unit
id States in 1933 over that of 1932
s estimated at 797,000 by the
icripps foundation for research
n population problems. The pop
ilation on January 1, 1934, totaled
26,144,000. the report estimated.
A fire loss of three million dol
ars and injury to 38 firemen was
eported from Birmingham, Ala.,
n the heart of the downtown busi
less district. Every piece of
ighting equipment was brought in
o play, it is stated.
nerchandise in the past week be
;an to reach proportions reminis
:ent of the minor boom in several
ines last July. Preparations for
he Easter shopping season went
orward feverishly, with many
vholesalers hard pressed to make
leliveries, and merchants in several
ocalities planning for the best
volume in four years.
Thomas H. Shipman, J. H. Pick
ilsimer, C. R. McNeely, and Ralph
Fisher were placed in the state
orison at Raleigh Sunday. They
were convicted in 19? 1 under
:harges of violating banking rules
tnd given sentnces of two years.
\fter appeals and retrials the men
nust serve their sentences, although
:hey protest their innocence of any
Attorney General Cummings
las authorized a grand jury inves
tigation of Andrew W. Mellon’s
ncome tax affairs. The former
secretary of the treasury brands
the move as "politics of the cruel
;st sort”, and says he welcomes the
thance to clear the matter before
a local court. Cummings says
there are many indictments rest
ing against big and little men oi
affairs and Mr. Mellon comes un
der the hammer like any other in
An NRA survey was reported
to show a commanding congres
sional sentiment in favor of short
;r hours in industry. The survey
led to speculation that the adminis
tration would seek definite legis
lation to carry out its program foi
a reduction in hours for a ter
per cent reduction in hours witf
unreduced pay, if industrial resist
ance should become too great.
Growing impatient over the
turbulent and unsettled condition!
in which war-like preparations anc
unrest have reached a menancint
stage, Mussolini is declared to be
at a breaking point with the othei
powers and will seek alignment
with Hungary and Autria to forn
a three-power pact in order tc
preserve Austria’s independence
from Nazi Grmany’s efforts tc
force her into a combine with thi
Reich. The situation is intense ir
its menace to peace in Central Eu
Ungrateful Hitch-Hiker,
Allegedly Of Charlotte, Robs
Woman Driver Of $74.80
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Hickory—Jabbing a pistol into
her side after she had given him a
ride in her automobile, a hitch
hiker, believed to have been a
Charlotte man with a criminal
record, robbed Mrs. Florence Bent
ley, who resides in Caldwell
county, northwest of this city,
Mrs. Bentley stated she had been
visiting her mother in Morganton
and was on heir way home, when
she saw the hitchiker near the
Highway 10 underpass just east of
Recognizing the face of the
man, the woman motorist told
Chief E. W. Lentz she stopped to
give him a ride. JUst a few miles
further along the j highway, the
man is declared to have stuck a
gun into the side of the woman
driver with the demand that she
give him what money she had on
her person.
Hurrying on to Hickory, Mrs.
Bentley informed Chief Lentz of
the alleged robbery and declared
that man was known to her and
was Jim Puckett, whose home is
said to be in Charlotte.
Mrs. Bentley is said to have noti
fied officer in other places all the
way to Charlotte, and is deter
mined to have the satisfaction of
seeing that the man alleged to
have relieved her of her money
is at least arrested, even though
she may not get her coin back
Was there ever a boy, tin can hat
on his head,
Who never has seen floating ’round
his bed,
Visions of Firemen, fearless and
Who, braving danger, fire and cold,
Fight the inferno’s raging flame;
To reign supreme in their hall of
Now dreams have their place
In the juvenile heart,
But in the adult driver,
They’re a thing apart.
So TAKE HEED all Scofflaws,
Minute-men and Racers;
The LAW deals severely
With Fire Truck Chasers.
Estimates were rampant, on the
street today, as to the amount of
filling material necessary to fill the
old well in the center of the Square.
Interest was keen, and onlookers
numerous as the excavators uncov
ered the opening only to find it
already filled up to the brim.
Funny, the tricks our memory
plays us.
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Traffic Misfits, . . . whom we
could do without, . . . The drivet
who picks out Saturday evening,
with its congested traffic condi
tions, to ease his car up and dowr
the street at a pace of about twc
miles an hour, with utterly no re
gard for the long line of cars behind
him, whose occupants may possibly
have some business to transact in a
t -o- t
Moral for today, . . .A telephone
pole never hits a car except ir
Snow began falling early Satur
day morning, which seemed te
center in the Raleigh-Rocky
Mount area of the state. At Ral
: eigh, the depth gained was five
i inches or more, while the largei
: part that fell over a period of 1/
or 14 hours dissolved. Tourist'
driving east found it hard to keej
vision clear.
To Try Mae
Blalock In
Sweetheart of Basil Banghart
Placed In Jail 'Pending Return
To Charlotte.
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Chicago—Mae Blalock, ertswhile
sweetheart of Basil Banghart, the
Touhy gangster who was given a
99-year sentence upon conviction
of participating in the kidnaping
of John (Jake the Barber) Factor,
was ordered returned to Charlotte,
to face trial for a mail robbery
The woman«was captured -tfith
Banghart and Isaac Costner in
Baltimore several weeks ago. She
was one of nine persons indicted
for conspiracy in the Charlotte
robbery last November when four
men held up a mail truck and tock
The others indicted were Eang
hart, Costner, .Porky Dillon,
Charles (Ice) Connors, Ludwig
Schmidt, Tommy Touhy, Mrs.
Tommy Touhy and Dr. Leo Bran
Connors was found shot to
death, presumably in a gangland
feud, this week. Schmidt has
never been apprehended.
The Blalock woman was sent to
jail to await transfer to Charlotte.
“You’re laughing at your hand
"Yeh. It’s an old gag of mine.”
Mrs. Jones (spitefully): "She’s
of the bunglow type. No uppei
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24 Hour Bride
CHICAGO ... lone Drew, 26,
(above) was married Feb. 14th.
, That same day hubby “struck” her
. . . and again the next day he re
peated with a more healthy swat
She filed suit for divorce and was
1 freed in 24 hours by Judge LaBuy.
lone claimsjs record.
Chief: "We must dismiss that
traveler. He has been telling all
our clients that I am an ass!”
Partner: "I’ll speak to him and
tell him not to discuss business
The sad-looking man stopped at
the lunch-counter and said: "Five
ham sandwiches, pleasfe”
"Will you eat them here or take
them away?”
"I hope to do both,” was the re
"May I have this dance?”
"Certainly—if you can find a
He: "Experience is our great
est teacher, isn’t it?”
She: "Yes, there’s no holding
back her salary either.”
A woman who had been to a
party in one of those new "back
less” gowns thought she was catch
ing cold and stopped in at her doc
tor’s to get his advice. "The best
advice I can give you”, he said,
bluntly, "is to go home and dress
yourself and go to bed.”
Myrtle: "I think the govern
ment is terribly mean. They say
they want people to manage the
Conservation camps who can best
handle men.”
Evelyn: "Yes, that sounds O.
K. to me.”
Myrtle: "Then why don’t they
let us women enlist?”
Wedding Guest: "This is your
fourth daughter to get married,
isn’t it?”
.Srntrhman! "Av and rmr rnn
fetti’s gettin’ awfu’ gritty.”
“Sambo, I’ll give you ten dollars
to have your picture made in the
cage with that lion.”
"No, suh, boss, not me.”
"He won’t hurt you; he hasn’t
any teeth.”
"Mebbe so, but Ah ain’t aimin’
to be gummed to death.”
She (reading sign): “O look!
It says, 'Entire Balcony 2Sc.’ ”
He: "Well, what of k?”
She: Let’s get it so we can be
all alone.”
"I came in here to get something
for my wife.”
"What are you asking for her?”
First Student: "She uses words
I don’t understand.”
Second Student: “Polysyllabic.”
First Student: "Yeah, and some
longer than that.”
Rastus: "Say, niggah, ain’t yo
play honest? Them ain’t the cards
ah dealt you.”
Jack: "My idea of a good wife
is a woman who can make gooJ
Jill: "My idea of a good husband
is a man who can raise enough
dough in the hour of knead.”
Chinese Patient: "Doctor, wha!
time you fixes teeth for me?”
Doctor: "Two-thirty; all right?”
Patient: “Yes, tooth hurty me
all light, but wha’ time you
National Body
Backs Increase
For Employes
Automobile C. of C. Indorses Cuts
In Hours and Raises.
Average Hour Rate Of Workers
This Month Better Than In
Wage increases granted and
proposed for the nation’s automo
bile workers will cost manufac
turers in excess of three quarter
million dollars weekly, leaders in
the industry estimated.
Approximately 230,000 wage
earners will be affected by the ac
tion taken by the Ford Motor
company and the proposed plan of
the National Automobile Chamber
of Commerce.
The Ford order which went into
effect Tuesday restoring a $ 3 min
imum for its workers throughout
the United States will add appro
ximately $300,000 to the com
pany’s weekly payroll.
Directors of the N. A. C. C. in
dorsed a 36-hour week, a reduc
tion of four hours each week, and
compensating pay increases to ap
proximately 183 workmen.
'White the individual worker’s .
pay envelope in member plants of
jthe N. A. C. C. will not be in
creased from the present 40-hour
basis, the manufacturer will be
paying them the same amount for
36 hours, it was explained. As
many plants are working in excess
of 40 hours on an emergency basis,
the workmen will benefit thereby.
The average pay for workers in
these plants is 71.8 cents per hour
which would increase the manu
facturers’ cost 2.87 the workman,
the week, or a total to the member
plants of more than $500,000.
"The average hourly earned rate
of workers this month in the mem
ber plants,” N. A. C. C. executives
pointed out, "will equal or_exceed
the average rate in 1929. The
members of the National Automo
tive Chamber of Commerce have
substantially restored the level of
employment and wage rates of the
year 1929, although production for
the year is not expected to be more
than 50 per cent of that of 1929.”
The action of the motor manu
facturers came as the national la
bor board in Washington met to
hear grievances of union labor on
wages, hours and working condi
tions in the plants which last week
threatened a strike. A sizeable
walkout at this time might tie up
the entire industry now in the
midst of new car model produc
Cleveland Rt. 2 Items
Mr. Tally Turner was taken to
the Long Sanitorium, Statesville,
last Saturday night for a ruptured
appendix. Mr. Turner is in a seri
ous condition. We hope for him
a speedy recovery.
Mesdames Fred Campbell and
Rex Fraley spent Tuesday with
their mother, Mrs. N. S. Steele.
Rev. E. D. Brown, D. D. visited
at the home of Mr. R. W. Wilhelm
Monday afternoon.
Mrs. T. D. Steele and sons Ken
neth and Gerald spent several days
last week with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. N. S. Steele.
The Cleveland - Scotch Irish
«MAl> f-Kai t* iIa** mOAt
ing on Tuesday night. The Liter
ary program was in charge of Miss
Sadie Wilhelm, Lecturer. The
Grange is having a special meeting
for prospective members on March
Mrs. Sam Foster and Spencer
Foster, Misses Rebecca and Evelyn
Campbell and Miss Betty Fink were
Tuesday visitors at P. A. Johnson’s.'
Wallace Clear Thinker
The Roosevelt Courage
Tariff to the Front
Washington—Summing up the
results of President Roosevelt’,
tirst year in office, the get. y*
reeling here is that it has b,%
about an even break between ti.;
dministration and the Depression
If the Government hasn’t suc
ceeded in licking Hard Times,
neither has that Big Bad Wolf got
the Administration licked. And
that, these observers point out, is
all to the good, because the under
lying causes of the depression, at
home and abroad have pretty
nearly caused to function, while
the Government still has plenty of
weapons left in its arsenal. There
are a lot more experiments that
can be tried.
r t
ux me most important ot
these, in the view of many, is that
of giving the President power to
alter the tariff schedules at will.
This appeals not only to those who
favor tariff reduction but to those
who believe that it is a sign that
the Administration has come a
round definitely to the realization
that the Depression is not a local
affair but world-wide, and that it
has its roots in international con
There has been a good deal of
uneasiness over what seemed like
moves toward a policy of narrow
nationalism in the United States,
just at a time when several of the
other nations of the world were
beginning to abandon their nation
alistic policies. Some of the most
vocal of the President’s advisers
have been outspoken in their advo
United States and proceeding to
try to straighten our affairs out as
if there were no other people in the
world but us.
It is regarded here as a victory
for the sane and well-considered
analysis of our situation by Henry
W-aHace, Secretary of Agriculture,
whose reputation for having the
earest, most logical and best in
formed mind in the whole Admin
istration group is growing. In his
widely-circulated article, "America
Must Choose,” Mr. Wallace pointed
out that Nationalism, pursued to its
logical conclusion, could lead only
to either Fascism or Communism.
He did not think America was
ready for either. Internationalism,
he agreed, has its dangers, as has
any other policy.
If America were to continue in
its international relations on the
principle that other nations must
buy our goods but we would not
buy any of theirs then we would
be laying up plenty trouble for
ourselves and destroying all the
foreign markets, on which so much
of our income from natural pro
ducts', farm products and factory
products depends.
Wallace’s conclusion is that the
Nation should follow a middle
of-the-road policy neither wholly
Nationalistic nor wholly Interna
ticualistic. And that, his admir
ers say, is what Mr. Roosevelt ha<
in mind in asking Congress foi
authority to elevate or reduce tar
iff schedules by Executive ordei
without having to submit them
to revision by Congress nor wait
upon the slow "studies” by the
Tariff Board necessary under ths
existing law.
Mr. Roosevelt’s friends call this
the greatest display of courage he
has given yet. For there is nc
political topic which carries so
much dynamite in itself as the
tariff. More than one Adminis
tration has been wrecked on the
tariff rocks. One promising can
didate for the Presidency, Genera
Winfield Scott Hancock, who rar
on the Democratic ticket againsi
General Garfield in 1880, probably
would have been elected had h<
not incurred the hostility of East
ern manufacturers by his perfectly
truthful but politically tactles:
statment that "the tariff is a loca
,SSjt ;s just because the tariff is ;
local issue that it is so dangerous
jt can stir up more sectional ani
mosity than anything else in poli
tics. There is nothing for whicl
the average Congressman will figh
so bitterly as for tariff protectioi
for the industries of his home dis
trict, for not only votes but cam
paign funds depend upon his recon
in that respect more than in air
other particular.
There is a pretty general agree
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