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000 To The Hogs
This is an advertisement addressed to the Tax Payers of Elizabeth City who will
pay more than $300,000 of the $500,000 to be spent in building permanent roads
in this county during the next twelve months. r
You are bearing the largest part of the burden of building roads in this county. Many of you will never
ride on the roads. Are you willing to soak your money into good roads to benefit the farmers of tnis
county and then let a few short-sighted farmers in the county turn their hogs and cattle loose to
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HOW HOGS RUIN GOOD ROADS
This is a low, wet, swampy country. A concrete or brick road laid in
g our soil will not stand up five years if it isn't properly drained. You can't
1 drain a roa.d without open ditches. AND YOU CAN'T KEEP OPEN
I DITCHES WHERE HOGS ARE PERMITTED FREE RANGE,
g Put down a brick or concrete road in this county today and leave the
jj hogs to run at larg e and they will keep your ditches choked justas they are
W now. The result will be that water will get under your roads and they will
W rot out before you have finished paying off your bonds.
H Before you can have good roads in this county you have got to get the
hogs and cattle off your roads. You people in town are not permitted to
j let your chickens run at large on your streets. But in this county any
j farmer is permitted to turn his hogs and cattle out, to obstruct the roads,
l destroy drainage and forage on everybody's lands. These free range
j hogs and cattle are a menace to the health and safety of the people, as well
l as a menace to good roads. They spread the deadly fever tick and the
deadlier hog cholera. They make driving on roads . an annoyance and
often a danger. But they do greatest damage to your roads and drainage.
A "POOR" ARGUMENT INDEED
H You will be told that lots of poor people in this county can't afford to
H feed their hogs and cattle and have to let them root for themselves. You-
will be told that a lot of hogs and cattle in this county are not worth keep-
U ing up and feeding. The answers to these questions are obvious. People
U who can't take care of their dumb animals shouldn't have dumb animals.
U And if a lot of live stock in this section is not worth feeding, it is because
it has run down by being left to run at large. You can't have good hogs
j or good cattle' in a free range territory.
I DON'T BE DOUBLE TAXED
1 But to get back to the original proposition. You are going to be taxed
1 to pay more than 60 per cent, of the cost of the roads to be built in this
( county. You do not want to ,be double taxed to rebuild those roads before
i you have finished paying for them. That is exactly what you will have to ,
1 do if you don't get the hogs off your roads before they are built.
You can get the hogs off by going to the polls in a special election to
be held in this city and county on Tuesday, August 5. Don't let some un
informed man from the country tell you that you have nothing to do with
this election. - You have everything to do with it. Your money is building
the roads and you have a right to safeguard your investment. Go to the
polls in this city on Tuesday, August 5 and put in a vote FOR STOCK
LAW. If you don't do this you will live to regret it.
IN LINE WITH PROGRESS
No progressive state and no progressive county any longer tolerates
free range hogs and cattle. If hogs and cattle are worth raising they are
worth taking care of. It is as easy for a man to fence in his hogs and cattle
as to fence in his corn. Free range is an ancient evil that is tolerated be
cause no one ever paid much attention to it. People always fight anything
that makes for change and progress. After progress has been forced up
on them they are thankful for it. , .
There are men in Pasquotank county who maintain wire fences around
their corn fields and won't spend a cent to fence in one acre to take care
of their few mangy hogs. They have to keep( their farms fenced to keep
off the hogs and cattle. You will actually do them a favor by shutting up
hogs and cattle and saving them the enormous annual expense of keeping
their farms fenced.
THE BEST FARMERS FAVOR STOCK LAW
The better educated, the more thrifty and the more progressive farm
ers in this county are in favor of Stock Law. They want Stock Law because
it means better live stock, better protection for their growing crops AND
THEY KNOW THEY CAN'T HAVE GOOD ROADS WITHOUT IT.
Vote for Stock Law. A few rich men who have more woods range
than they want to fence and a lot of poor men who haven't enough hogs
and cattle worth keeping up, will tell you not to vote for Stock Law. Use
your own good judgement. Don't be fooled by the talk that this Stock Law
election is none of your business. It is altogether your business.
IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION
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AUGUST 5, 1919
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