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Published Every Friday
Morning By The
Carolina Watchman Pub. Co.
SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA
E. W. G. Huffman_President
Payable In Advance
6 Manths_ .50
Entered as second-class mail
matter at the postoffice at Sal
isbury, N. C., under the act of
March 3, 1879.
The influence of weekly news
papers on public opinion exceeds
that of all other publications in
the country.—Arthur Brisbane.
Salisbury _ 16,951
Spencer _ 3,128
Granite Quarry_._ 507
Cleveland_ 43 5
Faith _ 431
Gold Hill _ 156
(Population Rowan Co. 56,665)
FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 1935.
THE EUROPEAN WAR
The whole world was shocked
when the news came out that
France and Great Britain had
drawn up a "peace” agreement be
tween Ethiopia and Italy which
would if carried out, give more than
half of Ethiopia to Italy as a reward
for its unprovoked attack upon a
peaceful and almost defenseless
It is to the credit of the peoples
and the statesmen of most of the
other nations of Europe that they
denounced the proposal with one
voice. The peeople of England
were stirred to indignation against
of this fiasco may easily be a far
more serious international situation
than has so far developed.
Ever since the Great War, the
position of Great Britain has been
that of guardian of the peace of
Europe. She has held that position
because, in spite of everything, the
rest of the word believed in Eng
land’s good faith. Now, of a sud
den, that confidence has been dis
pelled by the present British gov
prnmpnt’c nwn art
It will take a lot of explaining,
years of time, to rebuild the world’s
confidence in Britain’s national
honor. Doubtless the explanation
will be that to give Mussolinia what
he wanted was the only way to
avert the actual outbreak of war
on the Continent of Europe. But
all the present indications are that
the inevitable conflict has beers
hastened, rather'than retarded.
Coming oprtop of the failure of
the League of Nations to settle the
quarrel between two of its mem
bers, and the breakdown of the Lon
don Naval Conference, the failure
of England to stand up for the
rights of Ethiopia against Italy’s
aggressions has thrown all Europe
into a fresh frenzy of nationalism.
And that, the keenest observers of
European affairs believe, can end
only to war, and that not long de
Germany alone, of all the Euro
pean powers, is happy over the
1 present situation. The Unite<
States of America is lucky to be s<
clear of "entangling alliances” thai
we can look on with a fair degre;
of unconcern—for the present.
The movement for the recording
of everybody’s fingerprints seem;
to be gaining momentum. In sev
eral communities voluntary organi
zations have been formed to en
courage parents to have theii
children’s fingerprints recorded—
| and, incidentally, their own
Many municipalities now requin
the fingerprinting of every appli
cant for a public job. Sometime!
when these fingerprints are sent tc
Washington for comparison with
those of persons of known criminal
records, strange discoveries art
made. Crooks of varying degree:
have thus been detected in their ef
forts to get on the public payroll in
positions of trust.
The largest collection of finger
prints anywhere in the world is in
the Department of Justice in Wash
ington. An even larger file may
soon have to be established, to iden
tify persons claiming benefits un
der the new Social Security Act.
There does not seem to be any good
argument against keeping a finger
print record for identification pur
poses. Criminals and their lawyers
are about the only serious objectors.
Recently several "missing” men
were located by means of their
fingerprint records, and the identi
ty of several persons killed in acci
dents was established by the same
means. The Department of Jus
tice has opened its files to those
who wish to place their own
fingerprints on record, and the
number availing themselves of this
privilege is steadily growing.
Frank Parker Stockbridce
STANDARDS . . . elevated
My venerable friend, Elihu Root,
now past 90, is still an optimist.
He said the other day that in his
own long lifetime he had seen such
a progressive elevation of moral
standards, especially in interna
tional relations, as to furnish proof
that the world is growing better.
He pointed particularly to the
world-wide indignation over Italy’s
I think that is broadly true in
all human relations. I am not as
old as Mr. Root, but I am old
enough to remember when no voices
were raised in protest against any
of the injustices perpetrated by the
strong upon the weak in almost
every field of human action. We
have come a long way out of the
age of brutality in my time.
Sometimes I think, however, that
we have come ir^o an age of sen
timentality. What the world needs
is neither brutality nor overtender
ness, but even-handed justice.
FISH .... and war
One of the things we are learn
ing is that nothing can happen any
where in the world without in some
measure affecting everybody else in
the world. Who would have guess
ed that Italy’s military expedition
against Ethiopia would havej
brought distress to the fishermen of
Labrador? Yet that is just what
has happened, according to Dr.
Grenfell, the famous Labrador
The other1 nations of the world
have shut off Italy’s credit. Italy
has heen the ehief market fnr the
fish caught off the Labrador Coast.
Fishing boats from the Mediter
ranean were catching fish off Lab
rador for the Italian market before
Columbus discovered America.
Now that market is closed to them
because Italy can’t pay for the fish.
One of the reasons why people
are more concerned now than ever
before over wars and other disloca
tions of international relations is
that we understand more clearly
how interpedent we all are.
If I had to express in one word
the most powerful influence work
ing toward world understanding
and human justice, I would say
"news”. In my newspaper work
in the past 45 years, I have watch
ed the growth of knowledge and
Nothing approaching the great net
work of newsgathering machinery
and news distribution which exist:
today was even imaginable in mi
journalistic apprentice days.
Amgrioa is away ahead of all th(
rest of the world in the freedom ol
its news channels. Most of th<
! politicians and governments wh<
seek to impose their wills upon theii
peoples begin by trying to suppres:
or distort the news. I often won
der if Americans realize that w<
owe our individual liberties, whicl
' are greater than those of any othei
people, to the freedom which oui
Constitution guarantees to the press
They killed Walter Liggett it
Minneapolis the other day. Liggett
had a newspaper in which he was
printing the truth, as he saw it,
about crime and politics. He was
making it too clear to the people ol
the North-West that organized
crime cannot flourish without the
protection of politicians.
Politicians in Minnesota attempt
ed to clamp a censorship on the
press some years ago. They passed
a law authorizing the suppression of
news which some official might re
gard as dangerous—to the politi
cians. The Supreme Court of the
United States declared the law in
valid. That left the politicians and
tneir criminal allies no means ui
suppressing the news except by kill
ing the editor. Liggett is the sec
ond editor killed in Minneapolis in
a little over a year.
It is a safe assumption that any
body who tries to suppress news has
something disgraceful to conceal.
Up our way, in the Berkshires, we
are hoping for snow. We haven’t
had enough of it yet to utilize our
ski slides. The ski trains, which all
the railroads are running into the
New England mountains, are not
doing the business they did last
All over the East the Scandina
vian sport of "skijoring” has taken
possession of the young people of
both sexes who crave outdoor sport
even in mid-Winter.I haven’t tried i
it myself. Like other accomplish
ments calling for physical skill, one
has to start young at skijoring. But
even an oldster can get a kick over
watching the youngsters come
down the side of Bear Mountain at
a mile a minute—and sometimes
fake a header into the snow.
Come up and try it sometime!
SPEED THE DEPARTING!
Customer: "Can you help me se
lect a gift for a wealthy old aunt
who is weak and can hardly walk?”
Clerk: "How about some floor
Stranger: "Ah, Mrs. Mudge, one
half of the world is ignorant of how
the other half lives.”
"Not in this village, Miss.”
■ — j
ENVY HIS NERVE
"I envy the man who sang the
"Really I thought he had a very
"So do I, but think of his nerve.”
First Doctor: "Why so sad?”
Second Doctor: "I have lost a
patient with typhoid.”
First Doctor. "And what were1
you treating him for?”
Mother: "You acted wrongly in
disobeying me. I am punishing
you to impress it on your mind.”
Sonny: "Aren’t you proceeding
under a slight misapprehension as to
the location of the mind?”
Mr. Softy: "You know, I am
very fond of birds. Yesterday one
sweet little thing actually settled
on my head.”
Mr. Tuffguy: "It must have been
JUST A MISTAKE
Judge: "Do you mean to tell me
that man strangled a woman in a
ballroom with more than 20 peo
Witness: "Yes, your honor.
Everybody thought they were
Mr. Gnaggs: “I tell you, once for
I all, that I am no fool!’
Mrs. Gnaggs: "I admit that. The
saying is that a fool and his money
I are soon parted—but I’m never able
' to get a dollar out of you.”
Ole: "Do you believe that people
can be talked to death?”
Moley: "The census figures prove
that they can, and are. The fem
inine population average nearly two
years older than the masculine. So
that proves that the women must
out-stay the men.
Delinquent Customer: "I ’spose
you’ll trust me till next week if I
leave security equal to the value of
what I take away?”
Merchant: "That’ll be OK with
Delinquent: "That’s a bargain.
You can sell me these two hams,
and I’ll let you keep one till I come
Prisoner: "Judge, I don’t know
what to do.”
Judge: "Why, how’s that?”
Prisoner: "I swore to tell the
truth but every time I try some
WORKED BOTH WAYS
An Irish witness was being ex
amined as to his knowledge of a
shooting affair. "Did you see the
shot fired?” asked the magistrate.
"No sorr; I only heard it,” was
the evasive reply.
X ilv tviutu^b XlVb
tory,” replied the magistrate
sternly. "Stand down!”
The witness turned around to
leave the box and directly his back
was turned he laughed derisively.
The magistrate indignant at this
contempt of court called him back
and asked him how he dared laugh
"Did you see me laugh, your
honor?” queried the offender.
"No sir, but I heard you,” was
the irate reply.
"That evidence is not satisfac
tory,” said Pat, and this time every
A HORRIBLE EXAMPLE
The Customer—Isn’t it rather
unusual to see a barber with long
hair and whiskers like yours?
The Barber—Yes; but it’s good
business. Every man that sees how
awful they look on me will fall for
a haircut and shave.
DRUG STORE, FIRST CLASS
"You say he’s opened a first-class
"Yes—has the finest soda foun
tain in town.”
MARRIED THEM ALL
John—I understand your wile
came from a fine old family:
Henry—I wouldn’t say came.
She brought i.t with her.—Capper’s’
Mrs. Ballard—How does your
cat like your dog?
Mrs. Seaton—Oh, fur-straight.
"What are diplomatic relations,
"There are no such people, my
RFC RENEWS DRIVE
tion Corporation renewed its drive
for lower interest rates with an of
fer to loan the Illinois Centray sys
tem $7,444,667 at 4 per cent.
For Bad Feeling
Due to Constipation
Get rid of constipation by taking
Black-Draught as soon as you notice
that bowel activity has slowed up or
you begin to? feel sluggish. Thou
sands prefer Black-Draught for the
refreshing relief It has brought them.
Mrs. Bay Mullins, of Lafe, Ark.,
writes: "My husband and I both take
Thedford’s Black-Draught and find
It splendid fen: constipation, bilious
ness, and the disagreeable, aching,
tired feeling that comes from this
condition.’’ WtthNference tn£Syrup
of Black-Draught; which this mother
gives her children! She says: “They
y like the taste and it gave such good
WE ARE not going to say where
* * *
i THIS HAPENED, because you
* * *
MIGHT FIGURE out just who it
* * *
WAS, BUT you can do your own
GUESSING, FOR there is no lav
AGAINST IT. *"You must
* » *
WITHDRAW MY suit for divoro
AT ONCE,” said the woman to
THE LAWYER* "Why so? I’v«
* * *
GOT IT all prepared.” was his
* * *
REPLY. "WELL,” said she.
"MY HUSBAND was just run
* * *
OVER BY a car and I want to
COLLECT HIS life insurance.”
11 THANK YOU*
» REVIEWING 1935 ---by a. b. chaPm
# PlCKIMg UP
SAW DOW COMG-ftESS
COCK •RoBih ?
-1 A vie-roar
the debate Still RACES
THIS WEEK IN
(Continued from page 1)
that Senator Borah would be a sat
isfactory candidate to Dr. Town
send and his followers. But that
fact, on the faoe of it, provides
another reason why the Republi
cans are not likely to nominate him.
Republican strategists would wel
come a strong third party move
ment of this kind, for the general
assumption is that it would draw
many more votes away from Mr.
Roosevelt and the Democratic Party
than from the Republicans. That
assumption, however, is somewhat
debatable. There is no evidence
that Republicans are any less desir
ous than Democrats of getting Old
PRESIDENT REFUSES TO
RESTORE DIRECT RELIEF
(Continued from page one)
did not believe it did.
Then reviewing the history of
the work-relief fund, the President
said he had made his estimate for
relief last January when a survey
showed there were 3,500,000 em
ployables who were needy and un
On that basis, he said, he esti
mated $4,000,000 would be re
quired and Congress appropriated
it. That was a simple mathemati
cal statement, the President said,
adding that if there were less than
3,500,000, the money would not be
spent, but if there were more, it
would not be enough.
Then the President was asked di
rectly where the responsibility
would rest if the 3,500,000 jobs did
not care for all the employables.
He replied it would rest with the
States, counties, municipalities, and
Asked if the States had any re
sponsibility beyond the 1,500,000
estimated needy unemployables, the
Chief Executive asserted they had
complete responsibility for all
rjeeldy individuals beyond the
Route One Items
Doris Barber spent Thursday
night with Lucille Robinson.
George Fink called on John
Powlas the 22nd.
George Powjas is sick.
Miss Margaret Bost of Kanna
polis is spending the holiday season
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holshousei
of Kannapolis spent Sunday with
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Fink.
The boys of this community ar<
taking advantage of the recent
snow and gre spending lots of tim<
hunting in the fields and woods.
Farmer—"An* how’s Lawyet
Jones doin,’ doctor?” '
Doctor—"Poor fellow, he’s lyinj
at death’s door.”
Farmer—"That’s grit for ye; at
death’s door an’ still lying.”
Study New Program
Agricultural authorities agree
that the complexity of modern
civilization has given rise to farm
! problems unlike any that have been
| To aid in the solution of these
problems have been called the philo
sopher and the sociologist, as well as
the scientific research worker and
the farmer in the field.
The broader social and economic:
| aspects of rural life must be con-!
sidered in the development of an
adequate long-time farm program,;
said Dean I. O. Schaub, director of
the State College agricultural ex
: tension service.
With this in view, North Caro
lina’s extension Workers made a
special study of the deeper implica
tions of present conditions while
i holding their annual conference at
j State College last week.
In working out a sound program, |
the dean said, they must encourage
farmers to cooperate in balancing
their farming schedules so as to
maintain their own self-sufficiency
while producing the commodities
needed by society.
“Not only must we promote bet
ter cultural practices,” he declared,
"but we must also study the mar
kets to'determine the best produc
"We need to give careful con
sideration to the welfare of the
farmer and his family, to the deve
lopment of better living standards
and a more vital, wholesome com
"In fact, there is hardly a phase
of rural life that does not come
within the scope of the long-time
agricultural program now being set
in motion by the extension ser
TO ARRAIGN SUSPECT
Minneapolis—Isadore (Kid Cann)
Blumenthal, accused of killing
Walter Liggett, newspaper publish
er, will be arraigned in district
court this week. Peter S. Neilson,
assistant county attorney, said the
prosecution would resist any effort
to gain the temporary release of the
There are 22,371 movie theatres
I in the United States, 12,000 are
j already equipped for sound.
Lady Took Cardul
When Weak, Nervous
”1 can’t say enough for Cardul If
C talked all day,” enthusiastically
writes Mrs. L. H. Cald
well, of Statesville, N. O.
"I have used Cardul at
Intervals for twenty-five
years,” she adds. “My
trouble in the beginning
was weakness and ner
vousness. I read of Oar
dul In a newspaper and
decided right then to try It. It seemed
before I had taken half a bottle of
Cardul I was stronger and was soon
up and around.”
Thotuanda of women testify Cardul bene
fited them. If It does not benefit TOD,
consult a physician.
There is gold in sea water, but
the average concentration of the
precious metal, in several thousand
samples analyzed, has been found
to be only three-one—millionths of
an ounce to the ton.
$50 REWARD $50
For any Stove I can’t repair.
310 S. Main. Phone 231-J.
at all times
$1.50 and up
QUALITY BEAUTY SHOPPE
203 Wright Bldg. W. fanes St.
All Work Guaranteed
"The Good One”
Launderers and Dry Cleaner*
Phone 24 114 Wesc Bank St.
ONE DAY SERVICE
DR. N. C. LITTLE
Eyes examined and glasses fitted
107 S. Main Street
Next to Ketchie Barber Shop.
£. Carr Choate
Office Over Purcell Drug
Store No. 2
Office in Mocksville is Closed
if you telephone her
"Meet Me at BLACKWELD
ER’S FOR LUNCH today.”
BARBECUE, all kind short or
ders. Leading brands of beer.
Tables for ladies. Coire here for
THE BEST ALWAYS
20 S S. Main St.—304 N. Depot