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FOR NAIIV RECRUITS CALLS UPON PEOPLE OF STATE TO FURNISH QUOTA OF EN LISTED STRENGTH. DISPATCHES FROM RALEIGH Doings and Happenings That Mark the Progress of North Carolina Peo ple, Gathered Around the State Capital. Raleigh. Governor T. W. Bickett qualified as naval recruiting officer when he ad dressed to the people of the state an energetic appeal for the state’s full quota of 400 men for the United States Navy. Governor Bickett calls atten tion to the slowness with which the •naval enlistments are progressing in the state and urges a campaign from April 23 to April 30 in every town of the state with as many as 2,500 peo ple for providing men for the nation’s first line of defense. He suggests a patriotic mass meeting on Monday night, April 30, when the campaign closes. ; “I cannot conceive it to be possible,” says Governor Bickett, “that the state that has had five secretaries of the navy will fail to do its palin duty in this crisis of the Nation’s life.” Governor Bickett’s appeal reads: “To the People of North Carolina: “The Nation has called upon the state of North Carolina to furnish four hundred men for the United States Navy. This is a modest demand and ye^ only about fifty men have thus far volunteered. I am persuaded that the failure to enlist is largely due to lack of knowledge of the work of the Navy and of the supreme necessity for ad ditional men at this time. Therefore I call on all the people of the state to give earnest heed to the needs of the nation, and urge that in every town in the state containing as many as twenty-five hundred people there be commenced an active campaign for the Navy beginning on Monday, the 23d and ending on Monday night, the 30th of April. On the night of the 30th let the campaign be closed with a great patriotic mass meeting in which the paramount importance of the Navy as our first line of defense should be set forth. At these meet ings the actual work of the men in the Navy with the chances of promo tion should be fully explained. “Piecruiting stations for the Navy are now located at Asheville. Char lotte, Winston-Salem. Greensboro, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Wilmington. Officers will be sent to any town in the state upon request made to the nearest recruiting station. It is necessary for North Carolina to raise her allotment of men not later than May 5th. I cannot conveive it to be possible that the state that has had five Secretaries of the Navy will fail to do its plain duty in this crisis of the Nation’s life. “T. W. BICKETT, “Governor.” Fertilizer Famine is Reported. Commissioner of Agriculture W. A. Graham has taken up with the North Carolina delegation in Congress the matter of some action by Congress to relieve the terribly congested trans portation conditions. Especially as to the shipments of materials entering into the manufacture of fertilizers. He mentions one fertilizer concern as an illustration of the conditions, which has for three months been unable to get four carloads of cyanmid shipped from Chicago to Raleigh, the conse quence being that although they have large orders for acid phosphate they are not able to make a ton. The Commisioner points out that in any law which may be enacted as to the railroad’s authority should be given to have goods of this kind promptly shipped. He says the fertilizers must be distrubted now or they will not be of any value. Large quantities will be used, he says, if the suggestions of the new North Carolina Food Com mission are adopted and the quantity of the food raised will depend very largely upon the amount of fertilizers used upon the food crops. Produce Foodstuffs on Farms. Because of likelihood in the short age of ration crops this year, Maj. W. A. Graham, Commissioner of Agricul ture for North Carolina, is recom mending to the management of the North Carolina test farms that atten tion be turned this year to the amount of food crops that can be grown, es pecially corn, beans, peanuts, Irish and sweet potatoes. He does not dis courage the continuance of those ex periments necessary for the state’s agricultural workers to conserve what has been done in experimentation. Teachers Express Appreciation. By dircetion of the executive com mittee of the North Carolina Teachers’ Assembly resolutions have been for warded the chairman of the commit tees on education of the house and senate in the recent session of the general assembly, Messrs. L. P. Mc Lendon and John A Oates, for their efforts in behalf of the educational leg islation. The committee, likewise, re affirmed in resolution the confidence of the teachers of the state in Dr. Joy ner and pledged anew their co-opra tion and support. Apportionment of Highway Funds. The State Highway Commission an nounces the opportionment of the sec ond installment of Federal aid funds for co-operative road building in this state, amounting to $228,000, the most of it going to counties along the Cen tral Highway, Morehead to Asheville, to assure immediate completion of the highway. These apportionments, which must he in some instances doubled and quadrupled by the coun ties receiving the air, are as follows: Carteret $5,000; Craven $10,000; Le noir $10,000; Wayne $15,000; John ston $5,000; Wake $15,000; Durham $10,000; Orange $5,000; Alamance j $5,000; Guilford $15,000; Rowan $10,-! 000; Iredell $1,000; Caldwell $3,000; McDowell $5,000; Burke $10,000. There are also apportionments for roads other than Central Highway in counties as follows: Pamlico $2,000; Rockingham $10,000; Surry $10,000; Cumberalnd $5,000; Sampson $10,000; Alexander $10,000; Caldwell and Ca tawba, for a joint bridge, $10,000; Caldwell $7,500; Davidson $8,000; Halifax $5,000; Watauga $10,000; Lee $5,000; Vance $3,000; Union $2,500; Polk $10,000. The commission directed Doctor Pratt, as secretary, to comply with a request from the newly formed high way commission of South Carolina and attend the organization meeting of that commission knd suggest the or ganization plans and work. The North Carolina commission an nounces readiness to carry out the provisions of a special act of the re cent Legislature in providing a fund of $5,000 for rural engineering in as sisting farmers in laying out tele phone lines and developing small wa ter powers. sstate engineer rams, jusi Daca from Washington, reports Federal agreement to allot funds for special projects that include $10,000 toward a Catawba bridge project by Meck lenburg and Catawba; $10,000 for maintenance of state convict work on the Hickory Nut Gap Highway; $10, 000 for the Swannanoa Highway. Settles Matter of Road Tax Funds. The confusion which has resulted from the passage of two bills by the general assembly, partly identical, but which vary in time of operation, affec ting the distribution of the automobile license tax funds, has been settled, so far as the attorney general can settle it. Attorney General Manning has ruled that of the two measures one of which was ratified on March 5 and the other on March 7, the one of March 7 rules. Those measures, among other things, provided for the use of the remainder of the automobile funds, after expenses of handling were paid, as road maintenance fund. Seventy per cent of the remainder, it was pro vided, should be expended in the va rious counties under the direction of the highway commission, according to the pro-rata share of those counties in the tax. The thirty per cent, it was held, should bfe expended by the highway commission for general main tenance work throughout the state. One of the measures, that ratified March 5. declared that the bill should be effective immediately upon its rati fication. The other ratified on March 7 held that it should become effective after July 1st. As a result of this, and the ruling of the attorney general that the last to become ratified rules, none of the 1916 17 license tax money is available to the highway commission and must be distributed among the counties as heretofore. The highway commission will not come into its share of the fruits of the general automobile law until the next fiscal year beginning with July 1st. Discharge Men at End of War. Men wh ohave enlisted in the regu lar army and the National Guard since the declaration of war will not be re quired to serve the United tSates any longer than the war period, regardless of the time for which they enlisted, ac cording to instructions received here by the adjutant general. This tele gram read as follows: “Secretary of War directs that you be informed that it is the policy of the war department to discharge all men who have enlisted since declaration of war upon termination of emergency. This to apply to regular army and na tional guard.” Delegates Appointed by Governor. Delegates to represent North Caro lina at the annual session of the Na tional Conference of Charities and Corrections, Pittsburg. June 6-13, were named by Governor Bickett and the commissions issued as follows: Miss Gertrude Weill. Miss Sallie S. Kirby, and Mrs. Thomas O'Berry, Goldsboro; J. B. Ivey, Mrs- Vinton Liddell, Char lotte; John Sprunt Hill, Durham; Miss E. Grace Miller, Asheville; Miss Annie Grogan and W. A. Blair. Winston-Sa lem; Miss Carrie L. Price, Wilming ton; E. D. Atkins. Gastonia; Miss Daisy Denson, Raleigh; Mrs. Walter Woodard. Wilson; A. W. McAllister, Greensboro; M. L. Kesler, Thomas ville. New Enterprise Were Authorized. There is also a charter for the Brock Electric Company, of Trenton, Jones county, the capital being $25, 000 authorized and $2,500 subscribed by Fernifold Brock, Myrtle Brock and others. There is also filed the certificate of domestication for the Virginia De velopment Company, of Richmond, Va., the principal North Carolina of fice to be at Oxford with R. G. Lassi ter as special agent. The capital is $500,000. OLD HORTHSTATE NEWS Brief Notes Covering Happenings in This States That Are of Interest to A!! the People. Four Oaks in Johnston county, is soon to have electric lights. “The Great State Fair is going to make a dfive this year for poultry pre paredness,” said Colonel Joseph B. Pogue, secretary of the fair. The North Carolina State Nurses’ Association will hold its fifteenth an nula convention in Fayetteville May 22-25. All nurses are invited to at tend. Mrs. Georgia T. Boddie, of Louis burg, has the honor of furnishing four sons, all she has, for the service of her country. The board of aldermen has empow ered the city of Durham to employ a whole-time sealer of weights and measures and 5,000 copies of the or dinance are being printed for distri bution. • Pay checks are being delivered this week to members at Spencer of the four brotherhoods—Engineers, Conductors, Firemen and Brakemen—for back time during the month of January. In the face of the checks it is stated that this is for time made under the Adamson eight-hour law. In a letter to the editors of the state, Mr. M. L. Shipman, Commis sioner of Labor and Printing, is call ing attention to the grave danger of a serious shortage of labor on the farm and urges co-operation between! may- j ors and industrial organizations in cities for the aid of the farmers. Mr. R. L. Huffines, general manager of one of the largest insurance and realty companies in the state, has of fered every school pupil of Rocky Mount under ten years of age, who will volunteer to tend a garden, enough seed of any kind and variety to plant the garden. The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, a military organization which has kept its integrity through the generations since the Revolution, has made application to the National Guard authorities of the state for ac ceptance as a unit of the state troops. Fire of unknown origin at Tyro, Davidson county, destroyed the large roller mill owned by Baxter Leonard, a large amount of grain, Hour and feedstuff, also a sawmill, lumber yard and much lumber owned by Mr. Leon ard and a store building and contents owned by J. C. Davis. A tremendous effort will be made by the Agricultural Club agencies to enroll a great many more members in the various clubs in the state during | the next two months, the purpose be ing the stimulation of the production of food and feed crops. An enroll ment of two hundred boys and girls in each county in the state would mean an army of 20,000 industrially | inclined, productive young men and ycung women. Already 5,071 club members have begun their activities, i Last year the boys’ corn crop increas ed the assets of the state by $29,000; the pig club work produced $10,056 worth of pork; and the poultry clubs were responsible for raising 35,000 birds for egg production. _.__ i A notable session of the North Car olina Medical Society closed at the ' Battery Park Hotel here. The last ' hours of the sixty-fourth annual gath i ering were 'devoted to papers and dis j cussions of children’s diseases. Ear lier session the house of delegates reported on the election of new offi cers as follows: President, Dr. I. W. Faison of Charlotte; first vice presi dent, Dr. ffm. D. B. McNider. of Chap el Hill; second vice president Dr. Joseph B. Green, of Asheville; third vice president, Dr. Ben F. Royal, of 1 Morehead City. The secretary. Dr. Benjamin K. Hays, of Oxford and the treasurer, Dr. W. M. Jones, of Greens boro, hold over until the next meeting which will be at Pinehurst next April. A. Blanton, of Marion, was instantly killed, midway between Shdlby and Kings Mountain, when the big auto mobile he was driving was over turned. While few recruits have been en listed for the Army and Navy from this city, Concord has the distinction of being one of the first Southern cities to send a woman recruit to the war. The recruit from this city is Miss Cooper Miller, who writes that she enlisted at Philadelphia. Wake county farmers have passed resolutions to increase food crop acreage. “Our country is at war—every pound of non-perishable food produc ed, every pound of loss or waste pre vented—is a help.” This sermon, in red letters, now appears on the sta tionery of the State Department of Agriculture. In every letter going out from the office of Major W. A. Gra ham, Commissioner of Agriculture, is an insert with a two-word heading— ‘ Produce—Save.” NATIONAL GUARDSMAN WEARING COMPLETE WAR EQUIPMENT A National Guardsman with his complete equipment ready for a call to tight. A soldier's equipment consists of a great number of articles skillfully packed so that they make a small bundle comparatively to the number of articles. The kit includes a blanket, rifle, bayonet, kit bag, cartridge belt, canteen, pan, plate, knife, fork, spoon, tent, spikes, a rubber blanket, and several other miscellaneous articles. I’hoto shows three views of the National Guardsman, side, front and back, with his equipment attached to him. HIGH-SCHOOL BOYS LEARNING GUNNERY (iroup of high-school hoys, ardent preparedness advocates, standing beside one of the mortars in the Thir teenth Coast Defense command, Brooklyn, N. Y. These are students of the Boys’ High School of Brooklyn, and are part of the military organization of that school. They are uniformed in regulation khaki, puttees, hat, etc., and drill with rifles, going through maneuvers and tactics. WOMEN’S MOTOR CORPS ANSWERS MASSACH USETTS’ CALL Motor corps A, composed entirely of women and the only organization of its kind in the country, has responded to the Massachusetts call for troops and is now on duty in Boston. The members of the corps drive their own autos and provide transportation for the National Guard officers. IMPORTANT UNIT OF OUR NAVY i The United Stages navy hospital ship Solace. j URGING RECRUITS FOR NAVY Miss Margaret M. Crumpacker urg ing a crowd of men to join the United States navy, in Greeley square, Neu York city.