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Nine Months School Term Practically Assured
Only T hrough Prompt
Payment Of Taxes Will
The Present Term Of
Nine Months Be Main
At a joint meeting of the school
board and city council held Monday
night, it was practically assured that
the Salisbury city schools would con
tinue with their present 9 months term
for the year 1932-33.
The school budget has been reduc
ed to the lowest figure possible, and
if the city tax payers meet their ob
ligations there will be no question of a
nine months’ term for, next year. The
levy of 40c per $100 valuation will
adequately supply the $73,000 need
ed for the school operation next year.
Under this plan the deficit of $17,000,.
which has been existing for some time
will be cleared up. .
» The council considered its tentative
budget for the year, and formally
adopted the estimated schedule sheet.
Garland E. Martin, accountant of the
James M. Archer company, certified
public accountants, submitted the
tentative schedules, and these were
adopted. The general operating ex
penses of the city have been consid
erably reduced,, while the debt service
remains the largest item in the budget.
It was stated that on account of the
shrinkage in revenue during the past
year, particularly in the debt service
department, the city had not been able
to meet payments on some notes and
bonds, but had retired $129,000 in
notes and debts, and had handled oth
er obligations. Mayor Hedrick and the
city officials are now seeking to per
fect arrangements for refunding and
refinancing certain city obligations
which will make the debt burden eas
ier for the coming years.
The tentative budget as adopted last
night for the year ending June 30,
1933, is as follows:
General fund ---$136,628.96
Water Dept, operating- 36,560.00
Water Dept, -debt service — 18,601.62
General debt service - 285,493.58
City schools, including
deficit of prior years — 90,000.00
Total _$567,284.16
Ancient Wall
In Rowan
A Subterranean Wall That Morse’s
Geography Tells About Two
Years Ago.
In the county of Rowan, about 10
miles southwest from Salisbury 200
from the sea and 70 from the moun
tains is a remarkable subterraneous
wall. It stands on uneven ground, near
a small brook. The stones of the wall
are all of one kind and contain iron
ore. They are of various sizes, but gen
erally weigh about four pounds. All
are of a long figure, commonly seven
inches in length, sometimes 12. The
end of the stones form the sides of the
wall. Some of these are square, others
nearly of the form of a parallelelo
gram, triangle rhombus or rhomboids;
but most of them are irregular. Some
preserve their dimensions through the
whole length; others terminate like a
wedge. The alternate portion of great
and little lends aid in keeping the
work square. The surface of some is
plain, of some concave, of others con
vex. Where the stongs are not firm
they are curiously wedged with others.
The most irregular are thrown into
the middle of the wall. Every stone is
covered with cement, which next to
the stone, has the appearance of iron
rust. Where it is thin the rust has pen
etrated through. Sometimes the ce
ment is an inch thick, and where wet
has the fine, soft, oily feeling of put
ty. The thickness of the wall is uni
formly 22 inches, the length yet dis
covered is about 300 feet, and the
height 12 or 14. Both sides of the wall
are plastered with the substance in
which the stones are laid. The top of
the wall appears to run nearly parallel
with the top of the ground, being gen
erally about a foot below the surface.
In one place it is several feet. There
is a bend or curve of 6 feet or more,
after which it proceeds in its former
The whole appears to be ffamed in
the most skilful manner, but when or
for what purpose is left entirely to
conjecture.—Morse’s Geography.
Some people’s idea of a great coun
try is a land overflowing with milk
maids and honeys.—Ala. Rammer
William Henry Stewart I
(This sketch is copied from History
of North Carolina, 1919).
Employed in a profession that is pe
culiarly exacting in its demands, Wil
liam Henry Stewart, of Salisbury, pro
prietor and publisher of The Carolina
Watchman, the oldest publication of
the state, ft successfully devoting his
thought and energy to making his pa
per bright, newsy, reliable, and, above
all. clean, nothing of worth being too
small to escape his attention, and no
topic so large that he cannot handle
it with ability. Inheriting in no small
measure the brilliant intellect, cour
ageous spirit and the ready command
of language that characterized his fa
ther, the late John Joseph Stewart,
himself a noted journalist, Mr. Stew
art does his own thinking, and in his
criticisms spares no evil doer, instead
he "hews to the line, letting the chips
fall where they will.” He is a native
born son of Rowan County, his birth
having occurred in Salisbury January
17, 1870.
.ms pttucinai grantuacner, Alexander
Stewart, was born and educated in
South Carolina. Subsequently moving
to Georgia, he lived for a time in New
ton County, but later bought land in
Troup County, not far from West
Point, and there on the farm which
he improved spent the remainder of
his years. The maiden name of his
wife was Salina Bruner. She was born
at Beaver Dam, Montgomery County,
North Carolina, being a lineal descend
ing in the fifth generation of Jacob
Bruner, who emigrated from Germany
to America prior to the Revolutionary
war, the line of descent being thus I
traced: Jacob, Henrich, Henry, Hen
ry and Salina.
John Joseph Stewart was born Jan.
IS, 1837, in Newton County, Geor
gia, near Covington, and there he
spent his boyhood days. At the age of
seventeen years he came with his un
cle, J. J. Bruner, publisher of The
Carolina Watchman, to Salisbury, the
uncle having been a visitor at the
Stewart home in Georgia, and for a
while after coming here attended the
city schools. Spending his leisure time
in the office and work rooms of The
Carolina Watchman, he became fa
miliar with the art preservative and
acquired’ a taste for journalism. He
afterwards became a clerk in the book
store of ames Ennis, and later bought
out ttie interests or his employe1.
While engaged in mercantile pursuits
he established a paper, the Banner, and
continued its publication until the
breaking out of the Civil war. En
listing then in Company B, Eorty
sixth Regiment, North Carolina
Troops, as first sergeajt, and later was
twice promoted. With the exception
of a while in the hospital while re
covering from ^ wound inflicted by a
minnie ball, and a brief sick leave, he
was with his command in all of its
marches, campaigns and battles until
the close of the conflict.
Returning then to Salisbury, John
Joseph Stewart continued to publish
the Banner as a daily, semi-weekly and
tri-weekly for a while, and also taught
school a few terms. About 1880 he
published The Examiner and in 188 5
established the Salisbury Truth, a fam
ily and political newspaper. He kept
himself well informed on local and
national affairs, but did his own
thinking, and never did he hesitate to
publish the results of his mental ac
tivities, great names and exalted po
sitions inspiring him with no dread.
He was of an intense nature, and a
master of strong, trenchment lang
uage, which he could use daringly and
most effectively. Although an invalid
during the latter part of his life, he
edited his paper until his death, June
20, 1896.
The maiden name of the wife of
John Joseph Stewart was Clara Lois
Bruner. A daughter of John Joseph
and Mary (Kincaid) Bruner, she was
born in Salisbury, and there reared and
educated, with the addition of several
sessions at the Statesville Female Col
lege. Her maternal grandfather, Thom
as Kincaid, Esq., marked Clarisa Bran
don, a daughter of Colonel James and
Esther (Horah) Brandon. Of the mar
riage of John J. and Clara Lois Stew
art, ten children were born.
Having completed the course of
study in the Salisbury schools, Wil
liam H. Stewart was employed in the
office of the Examiner, a weekly pa
per published in Salisbury by his fa
ther. Having in the year of 1883 been
appointed messenger in the United
States Senate, he spent the following
two years in Washington, D. C. Re
turning to North Carolina in 1885,
Mr. Stewart was engaged in journalis
tic work in Salisbury for five years.
Going to Charlotte, N. C., in 1890, he
remained there three years, having first
been associated with the Chronicle,
now the Observer, and afterward with
the Charlotte News. In 1893, having
accepted an appointment in the fold
ing room of the United States House
of Representatives, he lived for two
years in Washington. Returning then
to Salisbury, Mr. Stewart assumed
charge of the Salisbury Truth, a week
ly paper referred to above, and man
aged it for about four years. Forming
then a company, in which he was the
chief stockholder, he conducted the
Salisbury aDily Truth-Index. Later he
purchased the plant, and at the end of
eighteen months he bought out the
other share holders and became sole
proprietor. Selling the paper to Varner
and Spillman in 1903, Mr. Stewart re
tained the presses and published the
paper for his successors for a year.
Mr. Stewart then took charge of The
Carolina Watchman, and has since de
voted his time and attention to its in
terests, making it one of the best and
most popular journals of the kind in
the city.
ivir. Stewart marnea ^nariotte A.
Davidson, a woman of culture and re
finement. True to the religious faith
in which he was brought up, Mr.
Stewart is a member of the Presby
terian Church, Mrs. Stewart is a mem
ber of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Fraternally Mr. Stewart belongs to
Winona Council No. 18, Junior Or
der of United American Mechanics,
which he represented in 1916, 1917,
and 1918 at the State Council; to Bag
ley Council No. 5, Sons and Daugh
ters of Liberty; and to the Patriotic
Orders Sons of America.”
The Yost Grange picnic will be
August 10th instead of August 20th I
as anounced last week. It will be an
all day event.
We are sory to learn the death of
little Alice Virginia Webb 10 months
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T.
Webb, died Saturday, July 23, funeral
was held at St. Paul’s church Sunday
evening, July 24th
There will be no preaching service
at S*. Paul’s church Sunday, July 31.
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Merrell, Mr. and
Mrs. F. L. Campbell and Mr. and Mrs.
M. R Fraley andfitfnilies'vmted their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. S. Stosle
Misses Mary Ellen Wilhelm, Hilda
Beck and Juanita Lippard and Messrs.
Roger Foster and Henry Swain were
Sunday afternoon visitors of Miss Es
telle Wilhelm.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Steele of Salis
bury spent Friday night with his
mother, Mrs. F. E. Stewart.
Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Wilhelm and
daughters, Joyce and Virginia, were
Friday night visitors of his father and
mother, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Wilhelm.
The Vacation Bible School is now
going on at ProVidence Lutheran
church. Everyone is invited to these
studies at 8 o’clock each night.
Miss Brita Miller of near Statesville,
N. C., is spendin gthe week with Miss
Mamie Miller.
The "Old Folk’s Singing” is to be
August 6th at Providence church.
Mrs. Lola Mae Wilhelm spent a
couple of days this week with Mrs.
Mary Bell Pence.
A fine of $1.00 each, and cost, was
imposed on each participant of the
Durham-Salisbury ball game played at
Maple Grove Park Sunday a week ago
by C. E. Fesperman, justice of the
peace, when the cases were tried Wed
nesday morning.
The cases against the umpires and
other officials were nol prossed, eight
een players being fined.
The Young Democrats of West
Ward No. One will meet in the Court
House, Friday night at 8:00 o’clock
for the purpose of electing its officers
and precinct committee. The commit
tee will consist of eighteen members,
which includes the precinct chairman,
a vice-chairman, a vice-chairwoman
and a secretary. The Young People’s
Democratic Club is being rapidly or
ganized in thg county and it is ex
pected that a very large membership
will be enrolled. No membership fee
is required to join the local club, and
every Democrat in West Ward No.
One is urged to be on hand Friday
Charlie Jones, Roy Adams and Bill
Jones, Fayetteville, and Don Webb
Rocky Mount, each admit taking
part in the holl-uup of A. C. Willis
in his Fayetteville store June 11- but
each denies filing the snot which kill
ed Willis. They fled without get
ting the $1,000 on his person.
TEEN. Although he has justl
graduated from grammar!
school, Jack Mathers, 13-year- \
old Brooklyn, New York, boy '
soprano, was starred this week
in a nationwide network radio
broadcast. Winner of a city
wide juvenile voice contest,
he was chosen from hundreds
of other choir boys to fill the
solo spot left vacant when
Clem Cutler, Barbasol’s "Old
Singin’ Master” took a vaca
gaily-colored bandanna securely
tied at the back and fastened to a
string of beads about the neck,
Rochelle Hudson, motion picture
star, Ts all set to go to the beach
and stay away from the water.
In action,_
away from
comp etitors
I n four-hun
dred metre
race in Olym
pic Finals
held at Jones
Beach State
Park, Long
Island, New
TREATY SIGNED for action by
the United States and Canada
to engage in the outstanding
^engineering project of mod
^dern times—an $800,000,000
kSt. Lawrence waterway
linking the heart of the
American continent
with sea-going Euro
pean traffic. Left, W.
O. Herridge, Cana
dian Minister; Right,
Secretary of State
Henry L. Stimeon.
Isabelle Clark of
1 Stockton, Cal., at the
wheel of her
“Baby Squeak”
I after defeating
1 male competi
tors In Red
wood Empire
| championship
regatta. Time
for five-mile
course 13.6
AMELIA EARHART, internation
ally famous aviatrix, used gasoline
at Detroit in christening the new
Essex Terraptane automobile which
caused a commotion in the auto
mobile industry because of its air
plane features and its position in
the lowest' price class. Photograph
shows Orville Wright, inventor of
the airplane, who was presented
_ with the car christened by Miss
|! Earhart (in inset).
Governor Will
Open Campaign
The democratic campaign in North
Carolina leading to the general elec
tions in November is tentatively set
to be launched at Asheboro, in terri
tory which is normally republican, on
August 6 with an address by Gov. O.
Max Gardner.
Close on the heels of that event the
democratic state executive committee
is expected to meet here to name a
new state chairman to direct the par
ty’s activities this fall.
Governor Gardner has accepted an
invitation to speak to the Randolph
county democratic convention at
Asheboro on the 6th of August if he
can leave his office here, and it is
generally understood here now that
the executive committee meeting,
postponed from this month, will prob
ably be held about August 10, though
it may be changed again.
The governor’s speech August 6th
will be the opening democratic talk,
but it is not expected that systematic
speaking campaigns by party leaders
will start until about October 1, cer
tainly not until mid-September.
The governor’s speech will follow
by exactly three weeks the opening
gun of the republican fight, fired last
Saturday at Newton by Clifford Fra
zier of Greensboro, the G. O. P. gu
bernatorial nominee.
Talk in political circles here still
centers on the selection of the state
chairman, who directs the party’s or
ganization, but the natter was receiv
ing scant consideration from the man
not actively interested in politics.
The statement of Thomas S. Coop
er, Burlington attorney mentioned in
Charlotte dispatches as the next chair
man, that he had not been approach
ed on the subject reopened the issue.
Talk still centered especially on form
er State Senator Walter H. Woodson
of Salisbury, but there were many pre
dictions that the chairman would be a
heretofore unmentioned "dark horse.”
Check Room Attendant: Did you
get the right coat and hat?
Slightly Intoxicated: No, thanksh a
lot.—Zip N’ Tang.
William V. Capps has been select
ed as assistant secretary of the North
Carolina Bank and Trust company
I. B. Grainger, executive vice preri
dent of the bank has announced. The
appointment is effective at once.
Convicted of the killing of N. H.
Perry in his Cumnock store, June 18,
Harvey Wallace negro, was sentenced
to electrocution on Septembes 23.
Charlie Myers’ with Wallact in the
attemped robbery will be tried soon.
Auugust 11 has been set as the
date for formal notification to Presi
dent Hoover that he has been nomi
nated by the Republicans for another
term. The ceremony will take place
at the capital.
Halted with a hail of buckshot as
they made a break for freedom from
the Caledonia prison farm, E. R. Cole
Mecklenburg county, and Oscar Hel
ton, Catawba county, died from their
pgj North Carolina Bonds -5,000.00 Instalment Stock _$223,920.17
5J Certificates of Deposit -1_ 8,000.00 Paid-up Stock _ 197,640.00 H
Cash in Bank Checking Account .. 5,3 54.57 Surplus and Undivided Profits 49,127.43 3
First Mortgages on Real Estates 425,385.00 Indebtedness ... NONE
Loans on Pass Book Stock _ 21,855.00
{h Real Estate __ 5,093.03 h4
Hh - - M
^ $470,687.60 $470,687.60 Cg
jjC We pay 5 per cent on investment certificates in series of $100. Jfl
to $1000. We pay approximately 6 per cent on monthly savings ^
shares matured—All non-taxable.
A. W. HARRY, Pres. . E. H. HARRISON, Sec.-Treas. 3
Office: First Floor Pilot Building "At the Square” Phone 116

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