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The Carolina Watchman |“w,
. - •- _ A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF ROWAN COUNTY_ •
FOUNDED 1&32 105TH YEAR SALISBURY, N. C., FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 28, 1936 1 ’ VOL. 104 NO. S PRICE 2 CENTS
The anouncement from the
White House after a conference
between the President, the Secre-|
urv of the Treasury, Congressman
R. L. Doughton, Senator Pat Har-;
rison, Chairman of the Finance
Committee and other financial ad-!
visors of the Administration, that!
"no new taxes and no increases in
present taxes are necessary” has1
started a discussion as to just what'
is implied in the statement. Flow
much was it a gesture for political
effect and how fat was it a reflec
tion of improvement in business
The Secretary of the Treasury
pointed out that the revenue from
existing taxes is. steadily increasing,
due to continued improvement in
business conditions, and that the
government is steadily approaching
a revenue yield which will be ade
quate to cover expenses and reduce
the public debt.
The generally accepted explana
tion of the reason for making the
announcement at this time is that
it was not so much to strengthen
Mr. Roosevelt’s own political posi
tion as to help Senator Harrison in
the primary contest in his home
SOCIAL SECURITY WHIRL
Because so mugji of the news
coming out of Washington in the
past few years has been about the
acts of the President and of Con
gress, it is easy to get the impres
sion that nobody does anything in
Washington between times.
As a matter of fact, the Capital
City is a beehive of activity the
year around. Perhaps the busiest
office in Washington right now
is that of the Social Security Board,
which has moved into the old De
partment of Labor building and is
already beginning to find itself
cramped for space.
The tremendous job of listing,
indexing and assigning a serial
number to everyone of the 26,
000,000 and more workers in busi
ness and industry who will come
under the provision of the retire
ment benefits section of the act on
January 1, next, .s a job of detail
work which is already employing
several thousand clerks. The esti
mate of the number of persons who
will be required to administer the
Social Security Act program when
it is in full operation is 30,000.
The work now under way in
this bureau must be completed be
fore the end of the year, for be
ginning on January 1, 1937, every
worker reaching the age of 65 will
be entitled to retirement benefits.
Monthly benefit payments for
life will not begin until 1942, but
any employed person reaching the
age of 65 after the first day of
next year can draw down from
the Social Security account a lump
sum amounting to 3 1-2 percent
of whatever he may have earned
after January 1, next provided he
quits his job and goes into retire
ment on his 65 th birthday.
In addition to this, the Social Se
curity board is in charge of the
allotments to states for old age
pensions, the collection of payroll
taxes for unemployment insurance
. and the distribution of the proceeds
of these taxes to thes tates, and the
allotment of Federal funds for
various kinds of health, disability,
child welfare and mother s pension
ROBINSON -PATMAN ACT
Almost every Federal bureau is
continually holding hearings on
various phases of the laws which it
is supposed to administer. Just now
the Federal Trade Commission is
being besieged by business men and
their attorneys asking for interpre
tations of the Robinsbn-Patman
Act, whichm ade numerous amend
ments to the Clayton Anti-trust
A number of complaints have
been filed with the Commission
charging violation of the Act; some
of these are by chain stores charg
ing independent ones with viola
tions and some of them are the
other way around. Everybody
concerned is making complimen
tary remarks about the courtesy
and willing cooperation of the per
sonnel of the F. T. C. in trying to
help find out what the new law
means and what may and may not
be done under it.
One week’s schedule of hearings
by the Federal Trade Commission,
the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion, the National Labor Relations
Board and the Securities E change
Commission contains a list of 14
cases regarded as important enoujn
to be announced publicity in ad
Doughton Opens Campaign Sept 3
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Charles West, Under
Secretary of Interior,
To Be Chief Speaker.
Alexander county Democrats
will be hosts to their party sisters
and brethern of the ninth congres
sional district at a rally Thursday,
September 3, at Taylorsville, at
which Representative Robert L.
Doughton will launch his campaign
Harry Miller of Taylorsville,
chairman of the Alexander county
executive committee of the party
and general chairman of the rally
committee, stated that every coun
ty in the ninth district was expect
ing to send large delegations to the
Democratic get-together. Plans are
rapidly taking shape, he said, and
the gathering should be one of the
most important in the western sec
tion of the State during the cur
Hilaries w esc ox w asnin^con,
under-secretary of the interior and
a former representative in Congress
from Ohio and member of the
House Ways and Means committee,
of which Representative Doughton
is chairman, will be the principal
speaker at the general session, which
begins at 2 o’clock Thursday after
noon. Representative Doughton
will precede Mr. West but will de
liver only a short address to open
his campaign. The Interior De
partment under-secretary is regard
ed as an unusually effective speak
er, said Mr. Miller.
Chairman J. Wallace Winborne
of Marion, head of the party organ
ization in the State, will preside at
a meeting Thursday morning at 11
o’clock of party leaders from each
of the counties in the ninth dis
trict. Chairman of these various
county organizations will report on
the political conditions and out
looks in their respective counties.
The ninth district is composed of
Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, Cald
well, Alexander, Iredell, Rowan,
Cabarrus and Stanly.
In addition to Democratic leaders
and voters from the ninth district,
the Alexander Democrats will have
as their guests various other State
leaders in Democratic councils.
A big delegation from Salisbury
and Rowan county will attend the
opening of the campaign in this
district, in Taylorsville, Sept. 3,
according to Walter H. Woodson,
Jr., Chairman of the Rowan Coun
ty Democratic Executive Commit
Two years ago, when Mr. Dough
ton opened the campaign in Boone,
over 100 attended the event from
Salisbury and Rowan County. An
even larger representation is expect
ed to attend from Salisbury and
Rowan this year.
Congressman R. L. Doughton,
who wrested this district from
Congressman Cowles, a Republi
can, in 1910, has held it continu
ously Democratic for the past 26
years, during his thirteenth conse
cutive termn in Congress.
Flock of Drunken
Geese Halt Autos
On Kinston Road
Kinston.—Raymond Hudson said
he saw seven geese "on a bun” and
two of them waddled onto a high
way and stopped traffic. The
owner of the geese found a gallon
of whiskey hidden in a jug in a
barn, probably left there by a farm
hand. Intolerant of liquor, he
poured it out. It formed a puddle,
and the geese ' I it up. It was
discovered th lad had no water
for some time. The geese honked
noisily, staggered comically and fell
over one another, Hudson said.
Two got in front of a truck on a
nearby road and, defiant or indif
ferent, refused to move. Three
vehicles were held up while the
truck driver shooed them off with
County, Spencer and
East Spencer Will Open
Doors Monday Morn
ing, August 31st.
Livingstone To Start
Dates for the college and school
openings for the 1936-1937 school
year in Salisbury and Rowan Coun
ty are as follows:
Catawba College, Monday, Sept
Livingstone College, Wednes
day, Sept. 16.
Salisbury Business College, Monday,
City schools, Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Spencer schools,. Monday, Aug.
East Spencer schools, Monday,
County schools, Monday, Aug.
Expecting a substantial increase
in the student enrollment this year,
Catawba College, one of the out
standing colleges of the state, will
begin wdrk this year on Monday,
Sept., 14, according to an announ
cement made Thursday.
The enrollment last year was 385.
Over 400 are expected this year.
A faculty composed of thirty
five members will be on hand to
A definite increase is also expect
ed in the other colleges and schools
in the county.
Last year there were 4,541 pupils
in the city schools. A substantial
increase is expected for the 1936
1937 school year.
Supt. J. H. Knox, of the city
schools, has announced a reduction
of 20 to 2 5 per cent in books and
supply fees for 1936-1937.
A comparison of the fees for a
half year for the various grades
Grade Present Fee 1936-37
First_ $100 $0.75
Second- 1-20 1.00
Third _ 1.40 1.25
Fourth - 1.40 1.25
Fifth _ 1.60. 1-50
Sixth_ 1.80 1.75
Seventh -- 1.80 1.75
Eighth_— 2.00 2.00
Ninth_ 2.20 2.00
Tenth_ 2.40 2.00
Eleventh_ 2.40 2.00
New York.—Mrs. Ruth Bryan
Owen Rhode, American minister to
Denmark, said she would start out
in a trailer September 1 on a two
months’ speaking tour for the re
election of President Roosevelt.
She will be accompanied by her
husband, Captain Boerge Rhode, a
member of the royal life guard in
Denmark, who will act as chauf
Mrs. Rhode said she expected to
visit 13 States and to make two or
three speeches a day, mostly in
cities and towns under 30,000 pop
The States she will visit, she said,
are New York, Michigan, Indiana,
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado,
Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota,
Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee.
Mrs. Rhode is the daughter of
the late William Jennings Bryan.
WICHITA. Kans. . . . Peggy Sala
man. England's outstanding wo
man flyer, is here to take charge
of the cabin monoplane she is to
fly In the U. S. air race for the
Ruth Chatterton trophy later this
N. C. and Ala.
Raleigh.—R. JR.. McLaughlin,
director of the State Motor Vehicle
bureau, said North Carolina has
cancelled a "truce” with Alabama,
under which truck drivers of the
two States have been operating.
Hereafter, McLaughlin said,
North Carolina trucks in Alabama
must qualify with the Public Serv
ice commission there and pay a mil
eage tax. Alabama trucks in North
Carolina must carry “for hire” li
The "truce” has been in effect
since March 1935 while the Ala
bama Tax commission considered a
This week, McLaughlin said, Ala
bama officials informed him Ala
bama statutes barred their signing
He—There was something I
wanted to say to you, but I forgot
what it was now.
She—Was it "good night?”
Of Social Security
Office For Salisbury
The Watchman i$ in receipt of
the following communication from
Congressman R. L. Doughton:
Committee On Ways And Means
House of Representatives
Washington, D. C.
Sparta, N. C
August 21, 1936
Salisbury, N. C.
I have seen some comments re
cently in the Press about what
Senator Reynolds is endeavoring to
dor elative to the location of the
offices of the Social Security Board'
in North Carolina.
I am enclosing a copy of a letter
which I have received from Hon
orable Vincent M. Miles, member
of the Board, which will settle the
matter so far as the two district of
fices are concerned. As to what
is to be done about branch offices
I am not interested.
Yours ypry sincerely,
R. L. Doughton
SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD
Washington, D. C.
July 31,1 936,
Honorable R. L. Doughton
Dear Mr. Doughton:
I have your letter of July 24.
There will probably be a branch of
fice in Charlotte and there will
probably be five or six branch of
fices in North Carolina, but they
have not been set up. The two
district offices will be at Raleigh
(Sgd) Vincent M. Miles.
Wildcats To Meet In
Greensboro Sept. 6-7
The 7,200 North Carolina Wild
cat Veterans will begin to move to
the scene of their first State Re
union in Greensboro, N. C., Sept.
6th and 7th.
The convention will open on
Sunday, September 6th, with re
gistration at the O’Henry and
King Cotton Hotels. A Memorial
Service will be held at 3:00 p. m.,
Stag Smoker at 8:00 p. m., and a
reception for the ladies at the same
Monday, September 7th, "Labor
Day,” the business session will be
held at 9:00 a. m., a luncheon at
1:00 p. m., an outdoor gathering
and lunch at 4:00 p. m. Parade at
6:00 p. m., and the reunion will
close with a Military Ball at 9:00
At this reunion the State De
partment of North Carolina of the
National Wildcat Veterans Asso
ciation will be established, and the
Auxiliary will also be formed, and
every North Carolina Wildcatter
and his ladies %je cordially invited
Come over to Greensboro and
meet with your WARTIME BUD
| Horse V Buggy Romeo
OLNEY, 111. .,. . Sy! Plumlee, 68
(above), baa taken unto hinu.elf
bis tenth bride, since 1898, all
wooed behind the dashboard of a
horse and buggy rig. As he re
calls ’em there was Mary, May.
Lou. Sada, Stella. Lulu. Sarah,
Sarah II. Laura, Julia; and now
1937 N. C. Auto
Licenses Sent to
Raleigh.—R. R. MuLaughlin,
director of the State Motor Vehicle
fureau said the bureau had begun
shipping 1937 automobile license
plates to branch offices in prepara
tion for sales which open December
Huey Long’s Law
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New Orleans.—The late Huey
P. Long’s law requiring public ut
ilities to pay the costs of rate in
vestigations was declared uncon
stitutional by a three-judge Federal
court. Under the act, Long him
self compelled utilities tq pay him
fees for serving as counsel for the
Louisiana public service commis
sion in rate cases.
Rowan Files Claim With State
For Over Two Million Dollars
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Rowan County Commissioners
this week filed with the State of
North Carolina a claim for refunds
totaling $2,343,976 for money and
for the construction of roads.
Garland Martin, county ac
countant, compiled the figures on
which the County Commissioners
based their claim of over two mil
Included in the claim filed, mon
ey spent by the county for roads
and bridges before the state took
over the highway system in the
summer of 1931; road machinery
and equipment turned over to the
state highway commission and an
interest item of $40,101 paid by
the county on a loan to the state
highway commission in 1925.
A claim of $29,160 was filed for
the town of Rockwell. This in
cludes an $18,000 loans made by
Rockwell in 1926 to the highway
commission towards the cost of
highway No. 8(3 for which the
town issued bonds and interest of
$11,160 on the loan at 6 per cent
to the first of 1937.
The county filed the following
detailed claims for expenditures up
to June 30, 1927:
Hard surface (tarvia) roads, 12,
Sand clay roads, 76, $1,081,500.
Graded roads, 37, $120,000.
Bridges on other than state high
Bridges on state highways, 15,
Highway No. 10, 1926, $31,
Highway No. 15, 1926, $12,
Highway No. 80, 1926 (Rock
State project 74, 1927, $3,772.
State project 674, 1927, $612.69.
State project 675, 1927, $6,
Highway No. 80, 1927 (Cleve
Donated to project 669 on June
18, 1926, $21,611 in 1927, $4,123.
The following claims were filed
by the county for expenditures in
Sand clay road from Landis to
Four bridges on above road, $6,
Three miles sand clay road, Linn
dairy, Landis, $9,000.
Orphans Home road near Faith,
3-4 mile, $2,250.
Orphans Home road, extension,
1 1-2 miles, $4,500.
Grading Milford Hills road 2
miles, $15,000. •
Interest paid by county on
$665,000 loan to state highway
commission, contract August 3,
Road machinery and equipment
turned over to state highway com
The total cost to the county of
the road machinery and equipment
turned over to the state was ap
proximately $100,000, but when
the state took it over they apprais
ed the value of it at that time at
the above figure.
The Onslow County farm agent
received 283 checks from Wash
ington a few days ago for farmers
who participated in the AAA to
bacco control program last year.
The total amount was for $10,
265.62, and the growers "were
mighty glad to get their money,”
the agent said.
Terrill Exonerated of Any
Part in Wilkinson Murder
Youth Arrested In Con
cord Monday Given
HELD AS “SLIM” MAN
Pritchett, Escaped Con
vict , Was Arrested In
Virginia On Sunday
Concord, August 26.—Chief of
Police B. F. Widtnhouse stated last
night that C. O. Terrell, 22, of
Burlington, arrested here Monday
night for questioning in the murder
of Jap Wilkinson, Kannapolis taxi
driver, had been released from the
ajil as an official police investiga
tion had exonerated him of any
part in the brutal slaying of the
Kannapolis cab driver.
Meanwhile, Vernie Pritchett, 19
year-old escaped convict, is being
held in the Rowan county jail as
the "slim” man who, it is alleged,
was seen to enter Wilkinson’s taxi
a short time before Wilkinson’s
body was found iate last Thursday
night on a highway in Rowan
county, several miles from Kanna
Police Chief I. T. Chapman, of
Kannapolis, whose sleuthing aided
in the arrest of Pritchett, announc
ed yesterday that another arrest in
the case was imminent. He indi
cated the identify of Pritchett’s al
leged companion on the night of thei
slaying is known.
HOLLYWOOD . . . From down
Tulsa, Okla., way came the cham
pion 1936 chorus girl in filmland.
She is Jean Joyce, 19, standing
5 feet 3 inches and- weighing 108
pounds and adept in every dance
step. She was crowned champion
ip filmland competition this week.