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The Carolina Watchman "The Watchman Carries a Summary of ^All The T^ews” Founded 1832--100th Year SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 22, 1932 Vol. 27, No. 30 Price 2 Cent* Nominees Favor Vote On Dry Law Repeal COUNEL "SALARIES Weddings Decline, Divorces Climb, In County DEM. DELEGATION EXPRESS VIEWS ON WET-DRY ISSUE Local Delegation Favors Submitting Question To A Vote Of The People. STAND UPON THE PARTY PLATFORM ON PROHIBITION State Law Not Involved; Dry Law Slated To Be Leading Issue In 1932 National Political Cam paign. Kowan county s delegation to tne next General Assembly, granting the democratic slate wins, favor the sub mission of the prohibition question to a vote of the people, in accordance with the national Democratic plat form, in a special election called to settle the issue. This fact was revealed in a survey made by a Watchman reporter. The Turlington act, the state dry law, is not involved in the present po litical prohibition issue, and the nom inees were not questioned as to their attitude on this statute. All three nominees opposed the re turn of the saloons, as does the Dem ocratic platform. All favored temperance and the proper control and regulation of li quor. The statements of the Rowan coun ty general assembly nominees follow: Senator Hayden Clement: "I favor a submission of the ques tion to the people, and advocate the declarations of the Democratic Par ty’s Platform which outlaws saloons and prohibits importation of liquor in the states that desire to remain dry. The platform makes it mandatory on Congress to enable the people of the various states to exercise their suffrage in relieving themselves of any restric tive legislation hedged about their per- ] sonal liberties by statutory law.” Representative Walter Murphy: "I stand upon the Democratic plat form. The Democratic platform fa vors the repeal of the 18 th amend ment.” Representative J. W. Bean: "I favor a submission of the prohi bition question to a vote of the peo ple. I am personally and politically dry, but think the people should al ways have the right to rule them selves.” PUBLIC UTILITIES CALLED TO CONFER ON RATE CUT Public utilities companies operating on North Carolina were ordered to have tepresentatives confer with the state corporation commission "with a view to effecting such immediate re ductions in rates as may be legitimate ly possible under present conditions. The commission’s order stipulates that "all electric, gas, and telephone utilities operating properties” are in cluded. There are 53 electric com panies, 10 gas companies and 109 tel ephone companies; but only 13 electric companies, 10 gas companies and 12 telephone companies jre listed as ma jor utility operations. Dates for the conferences have not been set. WRECKED PLANE FOUND St. Johns, N. F.—Wreckage of a plane picked up near Cape Norman, northernmost part of Newfoundland, was identified as part of the plane in which a pleasure flight was started by Arthur Sullivan and Dr. Karl Kuen hert on Memorial Day. Good Mo rning WHAT IS IT? Economy, economy! In Congress they debate it And some there be who woo the thing And some there be who hate it. It’s talked about in corner stores And at the breakfast table, But is there really such a thing Or is it just a fable? I mean nobody seems to know Just how you go about it; One says economy is this Another dares to doubt it. "Appropriations must be cut,” Says one. And says another: "It’s not economy to wreck Efficiency, my brother.” Economy, economy! Oh, will some one explain it; Just tell us what the heck it is And how we can attain it? It can’t be this and also that, Somebody is mistaken. Come, come! Our faith in statesmen’s minds ) Is being badly shaken. ON THE KING'S HIGHWAY These are the gifts I ask Of Thee, Spirit serene: Strength for the daily task, Courage to face the road, Good cheer to help me bear the trav elers’ load And, for the hours of rest that come between An inward joy in all things heard and seen. —Henry van Dyke. Robinson: Who was that man sou just raised your hat to? Green—That? Oh, that was iny barber. He sold me a bottle of hair grower a month ago, a fraud, he is "You used to call me Sweetheart before we were married. Now you don’t call me anything.” "That just shows my self-control.” Professor X—Who’s there? Burglar—Lie still and keep quiet. I’m looking for money. Professor X—Wait and I’ll get up and help you. Jealous Damsel (to rival who is walking with a very thin boy friend): Hello, maisie, I see you are planning to have a new boy. Maisie—What do you mean, plan ning to? Well, you’ve got the frame-work. Maud—Did Norman tell you he proposed to me before you accepted him? Mabel—Oh, I can’t remember half the silly things he said to me. "Where’s father?” "Upstairs.” "Where’s mother?” "Downstairs.” "I thought is seemed quiet!” "They tell me you’re working ’ard day and night, Sadie.” "Yes, I’en under bonds to keep the peace from pulling the whiskers out of that old bum of mine, and they said that if I come for him again or laid me hands on the old man, they’d fine me forty shillings.” "Oh! You’re working ’ard to keep out of mischief.” "Naw. I’m working hard to get money to pay the fine.” OH, THOSE YOUNGSTERS! Town Child—Auntie, why are the hens making such a noise? Country Aunt—They want their food, dear. Town Child—If they are hungry, why don’t they lay themselves some eggs?—Lustige Joiner Xeitung. Sign on garage: Cars washed $1.00. Austins dunked—twenty-five cents. ROWAN MARRIAGE MARKET SUFFERS SEVERE SETBACK 1931 Marriages 21 Shy of 1930 Record While Di vorces Show Increase Of 9 In Number. MARRIAGE SLUMP ALSO FELT OVER THE ENTIRE STATE Total Of 1,53 5 Divorces Granted In North Caro lina During The Year 1931. The Rowan county marriage mar ket suffered a decline in 1931, ac cording to a report issued by the bu reau of the census, Washington, D. C. On the other hand, divorces increas ed. Statistics reveal that there were only 208 marriages performed in Rowan county in 1931 while in 1930 there were 229, representing a decrease of 21. Thirty divorces were granted in Rowan in 1931 as compared with 21 in 1930, showing an increase of 9. One marriage was annulled in 1930; ('Please turn to back page) Double Endorsement Norman Thomas, presidential nominee of the Socialist party, is in fact a two-time candidate. The League of Independent Political Ac tion, in convention at Cleveland,— also named him their candidate as “infinitely preferable to those of other parties ” TWO FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS Stamey Holdbrooks, Cabarrus coun ty, was instantly killed Monday after noon when a car occupied by five per sons crashed into his filling station. The five are held on charge of man slaughter. Elijah Oakley, 20, died at1 Burlington, Sunday, from injuries tak en when he fell from the running board of a moving car. — i ■ i . 20 DRQWN IN W. VIRGINIA A death toll of over 20 is estimated in 12 mining villages in West Vir ginia, as result of floods along two creeks early Monday. One hundred and fifty houses were swept away. ■ 81 Per Cent Of County’s 1931-32 Taxes Collected Collection of county taxes for the year 1931-32, now delinquent, has passed the 81 per cent mark on a to tal levy of $479,001.14, according to a statement of J. E. Haynes, county auditor. Collections to the present amount to $386,334.60, leaving an uncollect ed balance of $192,666.54, or 19 per cent. Although the 1932-33 tax rate for the county has not yet been establish ed, officials of the county tax collec tor’s office are receiving payments on next year’s taxes, based on last year’s rate, of 57 cents per hundred dollar valuation, allowing a discount of two and one half per cent during July for advance payments. Approximately 25 to 30 thousand dollars have been re ceived on next year’s taxes and offi cials expect about 50 thousand more to be paid this month. Quite a few are taking advantage of the discount allowed for the ad vance payment of next year’s taxes. During July a discount of two and one half per cent is allowed. This dis count will be reduced to 2 per cent in August and will drop at the rate of one half per cent each month until December when no discount will be allowed. When the rate is set those who have taken advantage of the discounts be ing given will receive a rebate from the tax office, provided the rate for next year is lower than that of the past. Collection of taxes is being rapidly pushed under the direction of Sheriff Cal L. Miller. Every effort is being made to get as much as possible of the delinquent taxes collected before August 1. On that date the sheriff will make his rounds of the county and will levy against personal prop erty for unpaid 1931-32 county taxes. With a total of 81 per cent of the 1931-32 taxes collected, Rowan .ranks third highest among the counties of the state in financial standing. MOTOR EXPRESS TO FIGHT RAILROADS The first step of a prospective legal battle to keep the railroads out of the trucking field was taken before the corporation commission in the form of exceptions to the order issued last week authorizing the Seaboard Air Line to operate highway freight ser vice between Hamlet and Monroe. The exceptions were filed by Ed win Bridges of Charlotte, attorney for the Miller Motor Express company, holder of a trucking franchise over the route. Should the commission over-rule the exceptions, the next step for the truck line would be to appeal to the superior court. The order gives the Seaboard au thority to transport the truck on Route 60, between Hamlet and Mon roe commodities delivered to its ware houses. STRIKERS REJECT MILL WAGE OFFER A committe of strikers have an nounced they had voted to reject the offer of hosiery mill owners to restore the wage scale effective until about 10 days ago, reduction of which re sulted in a general shutdown of in dustry in High Point, and to demand the scale in effect April 1. The committee’s action must be ratified by the employes of the mills concerned. A final decision will be made at a general meeting called for 7 o’clock tonight. .. — — i News Briefs BALTIMORE PIERS BURNED Damage of $1,000,000 was done in Baltimore in a fire which destroyed the Pennsylvania railroad piers and 1$ box cars. WOMEN AUTOISTS DIE IN FIRE Two. women burned to death and a companion was badly injured in the destruction of their car near Senaca, S. C., after it collided with a truck and burst into flames. YORK LEADS IN ESCAPE Clark York, serving 30 years for the murder of Jim >Burrus, Mt. Airy, led nine men who stole a state high way truck at Mocksville, in prizing a way from a prison camp, after they had cut a hole through a plank floor. CHILD DIES IN CRASH June Dorton, eight, was instantly killed in Salisbury, Sunday, in the col lision of a car driven by her mother with one Willis Thomas, Spencer ne gro. 8 5 PASS MEDICAL TEST Eighty-three men and two women passed the recent state medical board examination for license to practice medicine in North Carolina. Frederick M. Dula, Lenoir, made the highest grade. URGES VOTES FOR DRYS Without indorsing any presidential candidate, the national prohibition board of strategy, at Washington, urged member organizations to sup port "those candidates who believe that prohibition ought to be the law. BANDITS LOSE BATTLE One bandit was killed and two cap tured at Greenville, Ga., when they fought it out with a posse who had cornered them after a bank robbery had netted $1,700, most of which was recovered. CHADWICK IS INDICTED David N. Chadwick, Jr., former city commissioner of Wilmington, his brother Julius, and Richard Gillman, were indicted on 43 counts in federal court at Jacksonville, Fla., in connec tion with a $131,000 forgery. MAJOR CROPS DECLINE A strong decline in volume of ma jor crops for 1932 is indicated in the federal report estimating a drop of 157,000,000 bushels in wheat, 29 per cent in tobacco and 9.5 per cent in cotton acreage. Corn alone shows on estimated increase, 438,000,000 bush els. $100,000 GREENSBORO FIRE A Tuesday night fire in Greensboro caused loss of $100,000 in six mer cantile shops and a number of offices Origin of the flames is not known. NEW RULfiR FOR ELKS Election as grand exalted ruler of the Elk was at Birmingham, Tues day, of Floyd E. Thompson, Illinois Supreme court justice. MANY DIE IN GERMAN RIOTS Battles between German fascists and communists in Berlin, Altona and oth er German cities during the week-end resulted in death for more than 1 $ and injuries to hundreds. N. C. FIRST IN SCHOOL BUS North Carolina, with 200,000 chil dren transported daily, leads the na tion in public school transportation, reports State School Facts. The cost is 7 cents per pupil per day. TOBACCONISTS NAME MORTON The Eastern Carolina Tobacco Warehouse association named W. Z. Morton, Greenville, president, select ed a full slate of officers and laid plans for the auction season. ORDER REDUCTION TO MAKE POSSIBLE LOWER TAX RATE County Expenses Also further Curtailed; To Spend Only What Is Ab solutely Necessary. ROWAN’S TAX RATE NOW 4TH LOWEST IN N. C. Hope to Reduce Tax Rate To 55 Cents Despite Shrinkage In Property Values. In the hope of further reducing the tax rate in Rowan county, the board of county commissioners Wednesday ordered cuts ranging from 10 to 20 per cent in the salaries of county of ficials. Orders were also issued to further curtail all expenses of the county. On ly expenses that were considered ab solutely necesary will be permitted. Despise a Uws **so jjjite !■>; [of approximately $'2,000,000 in the shrinkage of property values, the county commissioners are hopeful of effecting another tax reduction. The commissioners have met a number of times this month and have been study ing the tax problem from every angle looking toward a reduction in taxes or keeping the tax rate at its present fig ure. The tax rate at the present time is 57 cents on the $100.00' valuation. This is the fourth lowest tax rate in the state. The commissioners hope to reduce the rate to at least 55 cents, if possible. The presen tax rate of 57 cents is made up as follows: General fund -:.15 County debt service --175 State school levy .157 School debt service - .065 School capital outlay - .01 School supplements .013 Total_ 57 cts. It will be recalled that the tax rate has undergone several large reductions in recent years. Last year the rate was reduced 28 cents. Other reductions ranging from 10 to 15 per cent have been made since 1924. The board is being aided in its de liberations by Garland Martin, certi fied public accountant. The matter of the budget and tax rate is still incomplete and the board will convene again in the near future to make a final decision. Century Edition Of Watchman To Appear Next Week On next Thursday, July 28th, The Watchman will publish the Century Edition commemorating the 100th an niversary of the paper. This issue is also the first anniversary under the new management. The Century Edition will carry many pages of historical data of Sal isbury, Rowan county, and also a comprehensive sketch of the history of The Watchman and interesting # facts relating to its editors of the past and its policies. The publishers of The Watchman will welcome historical contributions to this issue; however, a special re quest is made that such material be turned in at the earliest possible mo ment. A special advertising section will be carried and many of the advertisers of Salisbury and Rowan county are availing themselves to the opportunity to have their copy appear in this issue.