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The Carolina "The Watchman Carries a Summary of oAll The l^etvs” -:_ SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING. MARCH 3. i<m w ^.. ___VOL- 100 NO. 31 PRICE 2 CENTS - Clement Estimates Tax Yields Production Tax $50,000 Less Figures Compiled For Two Per Cent Sales Tax And One Per Cent Production Tax Revenue From Rowan And Sur-j rounding Counties Given By Watchman. , A two per cent sales tax—as pro- - posed in the General Assembly— would cost Rowan county the sum 1 of $261,640.00 annually. 1 The production tax—as propos- ! ed by Senator Hayden Clement— 1 would cost Rowan county the sum 1 of $210,818.03 annually. Substracting the two estimated yields, Rowan county would_ pay . in taxes the sum of $50,821.97 less under the production tax bill. The above estimates of tax yields were prepared by Senator Hayden Clement, of Rowan, showing a comparison of general sales tax and production tax yields, the data having been compiled for him by the Department of Conservation; and Development. I The figures, which are based on statistics of the United States De partment of Commerce for 1929, the last year available, show that the yield from a two per cent gen eral sales tax or a one per cent pro duction tax would each have yield ed approximately $13,000,000 in 1929. The department estimates that there has been a 40 per cent decrease in each tax since that year. While the yield from each tax is approximately the same for the state as a whole, the yield from the general sales tax would be greater in 82 counties and that from the production tax in 18 counties. Estimated tax yields under the two plans for nearby counties fol low: Counties 2% sales 1% produc tax tion » Cabarrus 190,160.00 303,519.26 Davidson 168,560.00 234,713.96 Davie 34,040.00 32,356.28 dreded 185,300.00 1/5,741.25 Randolph 82,740.00 116,748.36 Rowan 261,640.00 210,818.03 .Stanly 112,020.00 230,304.14 Inauguration Program Following is the presidential in auguration program:. 11 a. m. to 12 noon—Garner takes oath as vice president. 12 noon—Roosevelt inaugurat ed, Chief Justice Hughes adminis tering oath. Roosevelt’s inaugural speech. 1 to 4 p. m.—Inaugural parade. 8 to 9 p. m.—Fireworks, monu ment grounds; airplane maneuvers over monument before and after fireworks. 10 p. m. to 2 a. m.—Inaugural ball. HIGH POINT COLLECTOR FIRED Robert Brockett, 70-year-old High Point tax collector during the past four years, was relieved of bis duties by City Manager E. M. Knox, who gave as his reason for the action apparent recent discre pancies in the records of the office. S* NEWS ' BRIEFS $2,03 8,000 FOR N. C. RELIEF The Reconstruction Finance cor poration has authorized $2,03 8,000 relief funds for March and April distribution in North Carolina and the state’s relief chiefs are allotting the funds to the 100 counties. CHILD BURNS TO DEATH Pattie Ruth Myers, five, Thom asville, died of burns sustained at her parents home the day before. BOY KILLED IN CAR CRASH R. V. Stowe, nine, son of a Ca barrus farmer, was killed on a road near his home. An automobile 1 riven by an older brother turned >ver and threw the boy to the road. MTILLERY MANEUVERS General Manus McCloskey and he field artillery board at Fort Iragg demonstrated before a large ;roup of congressional war depart nent and army observers last week he efficiency of trucks in replac ng horses for drawing light artil ery batteries. A complete chang“ to trucks may result. tmuy. FOR MANSLAUGHTER Claude McLeane, of North Wil kesboro, is held on a charge of manslaughter in Maryland due to the death of a man who stepped into the path of McLeane’s truck near Laurel, Md. KILLS WILE AND SELF Enraged at his wife’s threat to leave home, Clarence McDowell killed her with three shots into her back and then sent a fatal bullet into his head. A daughter foun 1 both lying dead in the yard of the home at Skyland near Asheville. DISASTROUS STATESVILLE FIRE A loss of around $300,000 re sulted from the burning of the Statesville Furniture company. In surance coverage totalled $225, 000. Two hundred men had been employed by the concern. FORMER BANKER KILLS SELF William D. Harris, 38, director of state conservation under Gover nor McLean, banker at Asheville until ruined by failures, shot him self to death at his stepmother’s home near Sanford. LARKIN KIVETT SLAIN Larkin Kivett, 3 5, Under parole for liquor law violations, was kill ed by Leach Wood at Wood’s home near Liberty. Wood said he had warned Kivett^ to stay away and that he shot Kivett with a shotgun when he returned at noon and found Kivett with his wife. FORD OFFERS BANKING AID Henry Ford brought his millions to bear on the Michigan banking crisis last week-end, offering to subscribe total capital stock of $8, 250,000 for two new banks to take over liquid assets of the First Na tional and the Guardian National banks. Banks say the plan would permit payment of about 35 per cent to depositors. Call Declined By Dr. S tire wait Dr. M. L. Stirewalt, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran church, has de cided to continue in his present work, declining to accept the pro fessorship chair to which he was recently elected at the Lutheran Seminary, Columbia, S. C. His decision was announced to church council Wednesday night. J - inline THIRTY-FIRST PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES k - ■ * | OUR NEW PRESIDENT | We take this occasion to extend our compliments to the new Presi dent of the United States and to wish him, the greatest possible meas ure of success in his efforts to lead the nation out of thfc! slough of despond. It is a Herculean task which Mr. Roosevelt and the new Congress face. There has not been, iff recent times at least, such an opportun ity as lies before the new Administration. At the same time, no new Administration has come into the control of our Government, since Lincoln’s time, which was confronted with such perils. We give President Roosevelt and his advisers credit for the highest motives of patriotism. We think no one can deny that Mr. Roose velt’s record of public service, beginning with the Legislature of the State of New York, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Great War, and as Governor of New York for the past four years, has been a record of forward-looking aggressive and intelligent effort for the common good. 1*1 r « . - . . -- wmui tne new Aamimstration is one filled with pitfalls and uncertainties. We think that the nation at large realizes, as it never has realized before, that our desperate situa tion in America is on all fours with the economic distress which is felt in every quarter of the globe. We do not believe, and we do not think that Mr. Roosevelt believes, that the United States, in this critical juncture, can lift itself by its own bootstraps. And one of the great uncertainties is how far the nations of Europe will go in cooperating, along lines which our nation can accept, toward bringing about an econpmic readjustments on a world-wide scale. That is not to imply that there are not many serious phases of our domestic situation which cannot be remedied by intelligent and cour ageous action at Washington. It seems certain that, in the beginning of his Administration at any rate, our new President will have the whole-hearted and effective support of our new Senate and House of Representatives, and that sort of team-work ought to result in speedy action, so far as legislation can be of benefit. The country is still in the dark as to the exact methods and! policies which the new Administration will undertake to make effective. Hut we believe there is a very general desire to give the new President the freest possible hand, and to clothe him with authority beyond that which has been bestowed upon any Executive, except in war time, in the sincere hope that he will thus be able to act swiftly and effectively. We do not think, as we intimated, that any new President tak:ng office f'or the first time has ever had the opportunity which is offered to President Roosevelt. At the same time, we are not unmindful, and we are sure Mr. Roosevelt is not unmindful of the tremendous responsibility which the nation is laying upon him. We most heartily wish him the best of luck. “ ' \ 4 Dollar Days Here Friday And Saturday Today and Saturday are Dollar Days in Salisbury. Merchants of the city have maJe extensive preparations for this semi-annual event and bargains will be offered at prices probably the lowest in history. Sacrifice prices will prevail at the local stores on these two days and the marking-down price pro cess has been in vogue this week with Salisbury merchants. Two Chinese' Cities Fall The two great Chinese strong holds which blocked the path to Jehol City, capital of Jehol pro vince, fell to the Japaneses invad ers Wednesday.' Shortly after nightfall Gen. Heijiro Hattori’s 14th brigade en tered the city of Linguan, only about 75 miles from the capitol. Brisk fighting, the Rengo (Japan ese) News agency correspondent reported, proceded the occupation. Earlier in the day the Japanese announced that the fourth cavalry brigade, commanded by Maj. Ken nosuke Mogi, had seized Chihfeng, which is about 100 miles northeast of the capital. GOOD MORNING WHAT "THE WORLD NEED A little less knock A little more ease A little less rock A little more please. A little less spite A little more dear A little less might A little more cheer. A little less tax A little more right A little less axe A little more light. A little less stick A little more fun A little less kick A little more sun. A little less take A little more give A little less fake - A little more live. \ A little less law A little more love A little less claw A little more dove. ’ A little less pull A little more rope A little less bull A little moreTiope. "Right now,” confessed the dapper, as she gazed into the eyes of her escort across the table, "I’m sitting on the ragged edge of "des pair.” "My goodness!”. gasped her startled companion. "I didn’t even know you tore ’em. I’ll buy you another pair.” A motorist had just crashed 1 telegiraph pole. Wire, 'pole and everything came down around his ears. They found him unconsci ous in the wreckage, but as they were untangling him he reached out feebly, fingered the wires and mumured: "Thank heaven, I Lived clean— they’ve given me a harp.” Minister (closing Sunday ser mon)—And, brothers, don’t motor around with other men's wives. Man in the congregation jumps up and snaps his fingers. (Later, after church). Same Man—Preacher, I’m sorry I made that commotion in church, but that sentence of yours remind ed me where I left my umbrella last night. "Smith is a cheerful fellow. Did you notice he was whistling as he loaned me ten dollars?” "Yes. He was whistling Tosti’s 'Goodby, Forever’.” Mother—Would you like to come and rock the baby for a bit, Tommy? Tommy—Rather! But I haven’t got a rock! Wifie—I suppose now you wish you were free to marry again? Hubbie—No—just free.. Blackmer Case Is Dismissed A charge of assault brought a gainst Sidney Blackmer, motion picture actor who is a native of Salisbury, by Bernice Bach, 17, was dismissed by Municipal Judge B. J. Scheinman in Los Angeles Wednesday. "If this girl’s testimony were to be believed by this court,” said Judge Scheinman in dismissing the charge, "it would open th$ door to the use of the courts to purposes which might smack of blackmail and extortion.” Many Local -Citizens To Make Trip Special Train Is Chartered Brilliant Ceremonies Will Make Up Program In The Capital . City Roosevelt First Democratic Presi dent In 12 Years, Hue ceding Wilson Hundreds of Rowan residents will leave today—by auto and train—for Washington to witness I the inaugural ceremonies for Presi dent-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt scheduled for tomorrow in the Capital city. The Southern Railway company is sponsoring a special excursion, leaving Salisbury at 8:50 p. m. to night and leaving Washington on the return trip at 1:50 Sunday morning. The £dst “of “the WlfTTs ~ 1 nominal. Ihe special train will be made up at Charlotte. Several cars will come into the Queen City from Greenville, S. C. and these will be hooked on to the excursion proper at Charlotte. Ticket Agent Anderson states arrangements have been made to handle the large crowds which are anticipated to take advantage of the low rates offered for this event. Others will make the trip by bus and in their own cars, it is stated. Several plan to go to Greensboro and board an airplane there for Washington. Elaborate plans have been made by the inaugural program commit tee and the event will be staged with much brilliance and fanfare. Franklin D. Roosevelt will be the first Democrat to become pre sident since Wilson who relinquish ed office 12 years ago. The program will begin in Washington around 9:30 a. m. and conclude about 4:30 p. m., it is an nounced. It -is forecast many thousands will witness the ceremonies. Senator Walsh Dies Suddenly While On Train Sen. Thomas J. Walsh, of Mon tana, who had been selected by President-elect Roosevelt as attor ney-general in his cabinet, died from a heart attack aboard an At lantic Coast Line train near Wil son --yesterday while enroute to Washington with his bride whom he married in Havana Saturday. Senator Walsh died at 7:10 a. m. while Conductor Herbert Weatherspee held his pulse. Only Mr. Weatehspee, Mrs. Walsh and her Cuban maid, and a porter were present. The Senator was 74 years old. Last week, Senator Walsh flew to Havana to marry, Senora Nives Perez Chaumont de Truffin, wid ow of a wealthy Havana business man, and the couple were continu ing their honeymoon to the United States. HALTS MORTGAGE FORE CLOSURES St. Paul—An emergencv procla mation, halting mortgage foreclo sures in Minnesota until May 1» pending legislative relief action, was issued by Gov, Floyd B. Olson.