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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1931
Legislators are elected for two years, and this time the
Tar Heel lawmakers came very near serving the full sen
With pee wee golf already on the decline few people even
remember that just a few years ago we were all hot and
bothered about put-and-take and yo-yo.
Add to springtime similes: As fond as The Greensboro
News is of the lieutenant governor; or, as fond as the Ra
leigh News and Observer is of the Duke Power Company,
Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Privilege.
KingsMountain does not know the names of her town
candidates until election day, but at that there couldn’t be
any less interest there than prevails in Shelby. And when
a political race doesn’t even simmer in Shelby, we say it’s
A^ain we say the North Carolina general assembly re
mained in session a record length of time because it placed
the cart before horse by deciding to do something before it
decided where the money was coming from. The one consol
ing thought is that the next legislature may profit thereby
and figure out where to get the money before working out a
method of spending it.
NORTH CAROLINA’S ANTI-DRY WOMEN
DID YOU KNOW THAT there is an organization of women
in North Carolina opposed to the Eighteenth Amend
ment and the Volstead Act, or, in other words, opposed to
prohibition? Well, there is.
Last week the Women’s Organization For National Pro
hibition Reform held a conference in Washington, and among
other things the “wet women,” as some, of the metropolitan
papers termed them, called upon President Hoover.
H. E. C. (Red Buck) Bryant, Washington correspondent1,
named some of the North Carolina delegates. They were
Mrs. W. N. Harriss, of Wilmington, whose husband is a
county officer; Mrs. John H, Small, wife of former Congress
man Small; and Mrs. Augustine Healey, of Southern Pines.
One of the North Carolina delegates was quoted as saying:
* “Our State organization is growing rapidly. We have twice
as many as we had six months ago. But the newspapers of
the State do not give us any publicity.”
KENT LOOKS AT 1932
FEW OBSERVERS KNOW more about the inside workings
of American politics than Frank R. Kent, The Baltimore
Sun political writer. It was just a short time ago that Kent
made a scathing indictment against John J. Raskob, charg
ing him with paying the Democratic party out of debt, clamp
ing a first mortgage on it and attempting to direct the party
to suit his own personal tastes. Kent now says that in 1932
no man can be nominated as the Democratic standard bearer
who is unfavorable to Alfred E. Smith. Those two observa
tions, remembering that Smith made Raskob chairman of
the party, clearly show that Kent says just what he thinks
without personal favoritism to any faction of the Democratic
party and without partisan prejudice.
The Asheville Citizen, commenting upon the Kent state
ment, says that Kent is to a certain extent right, distasteful
as the outlook may be to many Democrats. In that light it
is recalled that William Jennings Bryan dominated the party
for 20 years despite the fact that thousands and tens of
thousands of Democrats resented his controlling influence.
Mr. Kent is wrong, however, says The Citizen, if he believes
the Smith influence to be as powerful as was the Bryan in
fluence. As it is The Citizen admits that the Democrats
have a fair chance of winning in 1932 but can only win with
Smith’s influence behind the candidate whether or not he is
the original Smith candidate. That appears to be a reason
able and logical view. And boiled down it means that the
.hope of those who do not wholly agree with Smith yet hope
to win rests entirely upon the possibility that a suitable dry
will be named and that Smith will then, not being able to
secure the nomination of his favorite, support the nominee
and influence his strong following to do likewise. Therein
enters another question mark.
DANCING AT DAVIDSON
AN INTERESTING controversy is now underway at sessions
of Presbyterian church officials in North Carolina re
garding the question of dancing on or off the Davidson col
lege campus by students of the well known Presbyterian col
lege. The controversy is of interest not because of any privi
lege or intention of butting in on a matter that is for the of
ficials of the church and school to decide, but because of
curiosity as to how it will eventually culminate. That cur
iosity, of course, centers about what course " ill be taken in
shaping regulations of other days to fit as best possible the
new ideas and policies of later generations.
Dancing with official endorsement of church or school
has always been taboo at Davidson. Nevertheless it is gen
erally gnown that for a number of years Davidson students,
those who so desired, have attended dances at Charlotte, |
MooresviMe and elsewhere. Each year one of the dances atj
Charlotte is known as the Davidson dance. It is not so desig- j
nated by approval of the school, but it is so named, and, pre
sumably, is each year attended by a considerable number of
Recently a petition came up asking the trustees of the
school and the presbyteries of the churches supporting the
school to permit supervised dancing on the campus. Since
that time several presbyteries have been in session and at (
all sessions the dancing question has bobbed up. To date
casual observation has it that the old regulation of no danc
ing elsewhere has received major support. There are, how
ever, it appears two schools of thought among the church
leaders. One group of ministers and elders express themselves
as unqualifiedly opposed to dancing either on campus or off.
The other group feels that a certain number of students are
going to engage in the terpsichorean art regardless and it
would therefore be fitting for the powers that be to see that
the dances are held on the campus under proper supervision.
The reply of the first group to that view is that dancing off
the campus should be ended.
It is, admittedly, a question which will be difficult to
solve with mutual satisfaction, particularly so when it is re
membered the high reputation Davidson has in collegiate
circles and when it is recalled, at the same time, that the col
lege w-as one of the first to successfully place the matter of
conduct and associate regulations in the hands of the stu
dents themselves. Without definite statistics at hand it is
presumed that among the Davidson students, as among other
student bodies, a fair percentage of the number dance. In
view of that circumstance the stand of the group saying that
since they are going to dance anyway the dancing should be
an the campus where it can be properly supervised seems
reasonable. On the other hand it is not known how many
of the'parents of students who do dance really approve danc
ing. Then, too, it should not be forgotten that Davidson is a
church school and, as a consequence, will, as it should, be
governed by the church. The dance question is merely one
of a series of questions in which the past and present must
adjust themselves to the best interest of all those concerned.
IS “SNOOPING” BENEFICIAL?
THOSE WHO HAVE ATTENDED Federal courts here in re
cent years or have read of Federal sessions elsewhere
know that a major portion of the cases tried are worked up
by undercover men, known by some as “snoopers.” These
undercover men employed as Federal agents purchase whis
key, or employ similar tactics, to get the goods on an offend
er before he is hailed into court.
For some time that method of capturing violators has
been a topic of controversy, and likely will continue as such.
Recently, while presiding over district court at Char
lotte, Federal Judge E. Y. Webb, of Shelby, was asked his
opinion of the Federal undercover work. The Shelby jurist
replied by endorsing it as the only successful way to catch
violators of the prohibition law.
Here, there and everywhere opinions differ on that
point. Many ardent prohibitionists say that they do not ad
mire and cannot respect snooping methods because they low
er the general respect for all law. Those who uphold under
cover work point out that fire must be fought with fire;
that there is so much money and shrewdness in the illicit
bootleg traffic that cunning and trickery must be employed
on the other side if the traffic is to be curbed.
On which side is the stronger sentiment it would be hard
to say, except.that it is a natural human inclination to look
down upon snooping in any form. In a statement made re
cently, George W. Wickersham, head of the now famous Law
Enforcement Commission which made the equally famous
dog-fall report, declared the existing crime wave is largely
due to a tolerant public attitude towards criminals. To this
view he added that law enforcement officers stoop "to attain
their ends by means as illegal as the acts they seek to punish
or suppress.” Such procedure, it was intimated, results in
the general public being more tolerant toward crime than it
would be were the methods of suppression and punishment
An incident coming out in the evidence at a recent court
session here is typical of the methods Wickersham refers to.
An undercover agent, presumably posinj? as an imbider, vis
ited a mountain home in an adjoining county and purchased
a quart of whiskey from a young white man. Some time
later he returned to find the man away. His wife, however,
was at home and after the undercover agent reminded her
that he had purchased whiskey from her husband she sold
him more whiskey. In her simplicity she took him to be an
other drinking man whose supply was exhausted. Both were
hailed into court. Back among the spectators sat an elderly
man, a known dry, listening at the evidence. “If I were on
that jury,” he said, "I would not convict either one of them.
Not that I don’t believe them guilty, but because I do not ap
prove that way of catching them.”
Yet those who know the cunning methods employed in
the liquor traffic will readily admit that the law would be
near helpless in combatting the traffic without the use of
undercover men. The one unanswerable criticism, however,
that might be laid to the door of the snoopers is that nine
times out of ten the man they get is a little fellow—one who
has sold a pint, a quart, or perhaps a gallon. Seldom ever
is the big dealer caught, perhaps because he lets the little
fellow hold the bag. Here it should be said the Judge Webb
never misses an opportunity to get at the big man behind
the scene when he has the little bootlegger in court. Always,
or nearly always, he offers the pint peddler another chance
if he will tell the name of the big dealer or manufacturer.
Usually, however, the little fellow is too loyal. Perhaps it is
because he is so loyal and unsuspecting himself that the it
tle fellow always sooner or later slips up and sells a pint to
the wrong man.
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The Home Through The Star—You Will Get
That Will Satisfv.
If you want to find some real
poetry, blank verse, prose and
Idioms, just pick up a hymn-book
in most any old church, and read
thou. Almost every square Inch ol
the inside covers and the fly-leaves
are smeared with enlightening writ
ings—and art is setforth in many
flggers and drawings.
I looked through a copy of "Gos
pel Hymns” not long ago. On the
first page I found the following in
teresting stuff. "Our preacher is
long-winded, but short-sighted."
"Turn to'page 66.” I turned, and
this what I found: "You are a fool
for turning." So I started all over
The second fly-leaf was chock
full of love, affection and admira
tion. as follows:
"I love Sallie,
Sallle loves me.
When we get older,
We are go-nej- mar-ree."
“Marry is my sweetheart,
I love her every mirmet.
But when I want to kis-ser,
She's always a-gin-it."
I began to look In other places.
AU through the book were endear
ing statements following the title
of near every song, for Instance:-:
"I love to tell the story—to ma.” "I
shall be whiter than snow—after 1
bathe.” “Meet me there—If possi
ble.’’ And on and on.
On page D9, I found this written
under an ugly dame; drawn by- the
author: “Our organist wiggles pow
erful when she plays.” On page 123,
this met my gaze: “Wonder, what
Deacon Brown is crying about:
reckon he swallowed his cud?” Page
145 said—"Look at old Mrs. Smith’s
hat—ain’t it a scream for 98 cents?”
But page 177 sounded a little bit
better: “Keep quiet—you are dis
turbing the preacher,” However,
-page 188 blated right out: "John
Brown's hair has departed this
life.” But listen at page 201: "Is
Simple Smith singing or crying or
both?” “Ans: Both, and gargling
her throat to boot.” Page 288 wound
WITH APOLOGIES TO
Well, we are showing the old
B BOSS himself today. Will
Rogers, in "A CONNECTI
COT YANKEE,” and it’s a
sereani. They were laughing
themselves double on the first
show, and what a picture! It
did $7,500 in Charlotte, in
three days. See it and enjoy
many good laughs
Had another round with my
side kick, but this time I knew
better than to talk so much,
so he bested me on the last
two holes. But you just wait!
We are getting stronger and
stronger ea^h day and we will
soon take him for another
ride, (we'll make sure the old
mashie is in his bag.r then
we’ll give him the Works.
Watch this column for our
spring and summer announce
ment. It won’t be long now.
We see that EL BRENDEL
and Fin DORSAY, that fun
ny Swede and the little
French girl have made a pic
ture, “MR. LEMON OF OR
ANGE," and it will be here
soon. We understand that
you will be in for another
laugh, as you can always dc*
j pend on El and Fifl for plen
ty of these. You will remem
ber the Swede ill "JUST IM
AOINE," who always wanted
"THE GOOD OLD DAYS.’
and you will remember Fifr
as the vamp in Will Rogers
"THEY HAD TO SEE PAR
IS.” This is a comedy of the
; gangster type.
Be good and we will see you
P. S. Don't forget to cal]
446 for one of our programs.
WE THANK YOU
up with—"Gosh, Mamie—I'm sit
ting on a quid of chewing gum."
(When I came to, the preacher was
pronouncing the benediction.)
News Item No. 1
The net earnings of the tobacco
manufacturers of the United States
for 1930 were $89,500,000.00, being
an excess of $42,567,888.00 over 1929.
These immense profits came about
by reason of the fact that the manu
facturers paid only about half as
much for their raw tobacco in 1930
as they paid in 1929, yet they were
jalbe to maintain 1929 prices through
! 1930—and are still doing so.
News Item No. 2.
The net losses of the tobacco
j growers of the United States for
11930 were $42,567,888.00, the said
; losses having been brought about by j
reason of the fact that their raw
tobacco sold on the market at about
50 percent less tha nit sold at in
1929, yet the cost of producing- it
was slightly more than the cost ol‘
producing the 1929 crop. (Puzzle.
Who meat the farmers out of $42,
He tooted his horn,
And stepped on the gas,
And so did the fool in front:
He was making 85,
But he coulddent pass,
So each got killed by the stunt.
I More Poetry.
There was a girl in the drug store,
Who had a pair of lips that were
She kissed the soda jerker,
Who was a hard worker.
And now he is at home in bed,
With a very sore head—with a
New York. April 120.—Liverpool
came in as due, but eased off to a
new low for the month when Wm.1
Wrigglcy swapped 75,000 boxes cl
Juicy Fruit for 84 bales of middling -
tinges, and gave 2,000 boxes ol
Spearmint to boot. It looked so
much rain in Texas last night in’
sympathy with the farm board—
who don't know what in the hell to,
do either. Brokers are advising De- i
cember straddlers to go long or.;
spots and borrow .call money at 1
percent from the federal reserve,1
but the weather seems too chilly lor j
that, therefore we advise southern
April has gone thus far In a ver>
satisfactory manner to "the Hoover- j.
followers, who are peeping aroynd,
the corner at where prosperity i
said to be. The tariff makers are .
still willing to admit that they are ;
Republicans. Well, they might as
well admit it—they certainly can’*
get into our Democratic party. Bread j
lines are getting shorter at one end i
and longer at the other. Times will
be hard until after the 19 and Si j
election, and then we will straighten
things .out. At present, I still think ;
Hoover is a first-class—engineer, i
Then there's the Scotchman who
sued the Athletics for damages, be
cause during the World series he
fell from a tree. j
ed May Queen
Mi's Ann Elizabeth Melting
(above 1, pro tty brunette co-ed al
Pennsylvania State College, has
been chosen as Queen of the May,
During her college years she had
many honors, including the hon
orary lieut.-eolonelcy of the college
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