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The Oldest Newspaper Published In North Carolina The Carolina Watchman "The Watchman Carries a Summary of All The ISlews” YEAR ■ ~ SALISBURY, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 17, mi = VOL. Na „ pR,CE 2 ^ = Would Cut Automobile Tag Fees In Half ■ _ ——————— . . _ — Reduction Is Asked By Roberts State Would Profit, Claim _ Carolina Motor Club Head Says High Fees Keep Many Cars Off Highways Suggests Law To Put Half-Year Charge Into Effect For The Present Immediate enactment by the North Carolina General Assembly of a law providing for the sale now of state automobile license plates at the six-months fee was sug gested as a method of getting thousands of cars out of storage and into general use again by Cole man W. Roberts of Greensboro, • president of the Carolina Motor chib. It is my personal opinion tl»at jfjShe state would derive greater rev enue_i£.Lhe General Assembly syill , immediately enact a law providing for the sale of automobile passen ger car plates now at- the six months fee,” said Mr. Roberts. Ordinarily this half-year fee would not become effective until July 1. "If it is provided that the six months fee become effective imme diately, thousands of cars that would not otherwise be licensed and buying gas, would have license plates at once and enhance the re venue of the state through the gas oline tax, that would more than offset the quarter-of-a-year reduc tion which this arrangement would provide. "This, of course, would be a measure to meet the present emer gency. Such a law would give great relief to those car owners who have not been fortunate enough to have been able to buy their plates earlier. This measure would apply to the present year only and incidentally would give us some experience to judge just what the reaction would be to a reduction in license plate fees. "Car owners urged) the building of our great highway system and I am sure they have no desire to shirk their responsibility to pay a just tax. But present taxes on in dividual passenger cars are exhor i •. i x r ..i Ulkdm, dlXU X 1CU Uldk. LUC Cdl XJ w 11 ers are entitled to some considera tion and some relief, just as we are providing 'relief for bankers and farmers. The present gas tax alone is a 54 per cent sales tax and the car owners have carried this burden without complaint, but the time has come when consideration must be given to reducing the li cense plate fee. "It must be remembered that when an automobile is kept off the highway due to high license plate fees, that the state is not only los ing the small fee that might be easily paid, losing the gas tax, but business in general is retarded1 be cause when a person travels in an automobile, they buy hotel ac commodations, food, clothing, in surance, automobile supplies Snd entertainment. The more cars op erating greater is the volume of trade in all lines and greater is the revenue for the state.” $150,000 TARBORO BLAZE A loss of $150,000 resulted in destruction by fire of the Edge combe warehouse along wth 3, 000 bales of cotton at Tarboro on Friday afternoon. Insurance covers the loss. .oarDara '-'le£>g> Broadway stage star, has deserted the footlights to join her husband, Norman Schnei der, at the former Schwab mine near 29 Palms, Calif. She is assistant boss :o her husband ... and likes it, she says. With Our Lawmakers A resume of the week’s happen ings in the state and nation fol lows: National 1. Congress passed the presi-| dent’s emergency bill, giving the :hief executive dictatorial powers >ver banks. J 2. Congress passed the presi-1 dent’s economy bill whereby Mr. Roosevelt hopes to effect a saving af over $5 00,000,000, mainly through the reduction of veterans appropriation and reduction of sal aries. The American Legion’s national legislative committee is sued statement accepting cut for vets. 3. The house of representatives passed the 3.2 Cullen beer bill. The senate is expected to pass the measure momentarily. 4. A majority of the banks, clos ed under the state and national banking-holiday, have reopened. -5. Josephus Daniels named am bassador to Mexico. State 1. Governor Ehringhaus, appear ing before a joint session of the house and senate, urged the pas sage of a sales ta^ if necessary to balance the budget. 2. The state senate voted to give the governor veto power. 3. Economy bloc seeks $10,000, 000 reduction in N. C. supply bill. 4. Governor Ehringhaus, in his speech before the general assembly, urged the following: 1— Preserve the credit of the state by balancing the budget, even at the cost of a sales tax, and make sure provisions to keep it in balance or prevent an imbalance, by making all appropriations sub ject to budget cuts. 2— Preserve the school opportu nity in economy by the provision of a lump sum, with a board to administer it, as herein before pointed out. 3— Preserve the homes of our citizens from the foreclosures which present ad valorem taxes threaten and reduce the tax load which now weighs heavily upon them by abolishing special levies for support of extended term. 4— Preserve the highways and our great investment therein from the waste and losses which inade quate maintenance provision would certainly entail. 5— Preserve our institutions and departments from the destruction which too heavy curtailment threatens, to the end that they may continue to serve our citizen ship and prepare the youth,of our land for better service to the state. On this rock we shall build our state and the forces of ignorance, inequality, depression and despair shall not prevail against it. I MEWS BRIEFS FRESH MEAT PRICE RISES Sharply reduced marketing due to financial uncertainties in Chica go and other big live animal mar kets, has forced a material advan ce in fresh meat prices during the week. EMERGENCY BANK MEASURE A new bill drastically extending emergency powers granted the commissioner of banks and the governor of the state to enforce banking holidays in the state was passed by the general assembly on Monday. The bill approved the banking holiday for the first three days of the week and authorized its extension or renewal. It also authorized the issuance of clearing house certificates as a medium of exchange. SECOND MISTRIAL FOR WELBORN ror the second time withm the same term a Forsyth jury was un able to agree on a verdict in the action against Dexter Welborn, Fligh Point youth charged with manslaughter, andi Judge John H. Clement withdrew a juror and or dered a mistrial. The twelve men deliberated about two hours before admitting they were hopelessly deadlocked. NEBRASKA SENATOR DIES Senator Robert B. Howell, 68,, Nebraska Republican, died at Washington of heart attack. Gov ernor Charles Bryan will name a Democrat to succeed Howell. FALLS TO HIS DEATH Elbert McGee, 17, of near High Point, died there from skull frac tures received the night before when he fell from the rear of a truck. HOLDUP MEN SLAY MOTORMAN Motorman J. W. Brown was shot three times and killed by three negro holdup men at the end of a Charlotte street car line Sat urday night. They secured $15 or more and fled. In a second holdup effort the same night, Motorman E. D. Bart let snatched the pistol from the hands of bandit, Winfred Thomas, negro, and fatally wounded him.' HELD FOR OLD CRIME Fate St. John is charged in Wilk es county with the murder 16 years ago of Henry Souther, a boy who was found dead on a road with bruises on head and body. It was supposed he had been killed by falling from his wagon when his team ran away, but St. John is said to have recently implicated himself. JAPS TO QUIT LEAGUE The Japanese cabinet has voted to resign from the league of na tions because of its condemnation of . her Manchurian campaign. Pending approval by the emperor are the two years notice of resigna tion and the notice that Japan will retain the former German island in the Pacific which she hold's on a league mandate. CERMAK’S SLAYER TO DIE "I’m no scared that chair,” shouted Guiseppe Zangara when he was brought in a Miami, Fla., court on Friday to face sentence for the slaying of Chicago’s may or, Anton, Cermak. He had plead ed guilty the previous day. Fie was sentenced to die in the electric chair, the governor to set the date. Cermak was one of five shot on February II when Zangara tried to assassinate President Roosevelt. Eggs for Coat This Michigan farmer took some eggs and dressed poultry to Detroit and traded it to merchant Nathan Schreiber for some underwear and a winter overcoat. Many Detroit mer chants are doing business on the bar ter system. Zangara To “Die MafchG'i Heavily guarded by a squad of national guard machine gunners, Giuseppe Zangara, the assassin who shot five persons in an attempt to kill President Roosevelt February 15, awaits the electric chair for the murder of Mayor Anton J. Cermak of Chicago. Gov. Dave Sholtz signed the death warrant after Zangara had been secretly removed from the Dade county jail in Miami where he was convicted. The warrant sets the execution for the week of March 20, the actual day and hour to be determined by Superintend ent L. F. Chapman of the state prison farm. It was held likely Tuesday March 21 will be the date. HELD FOR EMBEZZLING $100,000 W. T. Shore, Charlotte attorney has posted $20,000 bond for free dom pending trial on charges of embezzling $100,000 ^rom Mrs. Maude B. Trotman, Winston-Sal em, for which he_was indicted in Forsyth Superior court. AIRSHIP MACON IS CHRISTENED The giant airship Macon, sister ship to the navy’s huge Akron, was formally christened at Akron, Ohio, and will shortly be commis sioned for service. GOOD MORNING ——————— THE SUCCESS FAMILY The father of Success is Work: The mother of Success is Ambi tion; The oldest son is Common Sense; Some of the older boys are Per severance, Honesty, Thoroughness, Foresight, Enthusiam and Co-op eration. The oldest daughter is Charac ter; Some of her sisters are Cheer fulness, Loyalty, Courtesy, Care, Economy, Sincerity and Harmony. The baby is Opportunity. Get well acquainted with the "old man’’ and you will be able to get along pretty well with the rest of the family. Sam: Hear about the Scotchman who was arrested for going down the street naked? Jove: No. Sam: He was on his way to a strip poker game. "Who made her dress?” "Either the police or the cen sors; I’m not sure which.” —«A - mother, testify^*# or her son, swore that he1 "worked on a -farm ever since he was bom.’’ Triumphantly the opposing law yer leaned over toward her and thundered: "You tell this court that your son worked on a farm ever since he was born?” "I do.” "What did he do the first year?” "He milked,” she answered. "Robert,” said the teacher, to drive home the lesson, which was on charity and kindness, "if I saw a man beating a donkey and stop ped him from doing so, what vir tue would I be showing. "Brotherly love,” said Bobby. Box Office Attendant: Can I give you one in the third row? Patron: No, I want one in the first row. Box Office Attendant: Very well, here’s an extra fiddle. Tell the stage manager to give you a seat in the orchestra. "Now, Robert,” said the teach er, dilating on the virtue of polite ness, "if you were seated in a car, every seat of which was occu pied, and a lady entered, what would you do?” "I’d pretend I was asleep,” was the unhesitating reply. "Did you give your wife that little lecture on economy you‘talk ed about?” "Yes.” "Any results?” "Yes—I’ve got to give up smok ing expensive cigars.” City Schools To Operate For 8 Months; Teachers Will Wait For Salaries Operation of the city schools for a period of eight months is practi cally assured. The teachers of the city schools, in a recent meeting, unanimously agreed to complete the eight months term even though their salaries were not forthcoming at the expiration of each teaching month. This action taken by the teachers will be submitted to the board of education and also to the city council for acceptance or rejection. Should this move be acceptable to both the board of education and the city council, the schools will continue to operate until the mid dle of May. Delinquency in tax payments has caused the city officials and the board of education considerable ap prehension as to whether or no: sufficient funds can be raised to meet the teachers’ salaries when they become due. However, under the action taken by the teache.rs, the salaries will be paid as the funds are collected, making possi ble the eight months term even in the absence of sufficient funds. ! An All-American Girl mirmnmc « Janet Hutchinson, one of the twenty beauties selected by notable artists as a perfect model in the wear ing of apparel, also caught the eye of' judges as being your typical Ameri can girl. 95,686 Employed In Relief Labor In State In Jan. A total of 95,68 6 men were em ployed in North Carolina during January and pa.d from relief funds, according to statistics re paid out in wages, or approximate ly 65 per cent of the $1,250,000 which was spent for all relief pur poses in the state during the month. These figures indicate that about two-thirds of the heads of destitute families in the state were working for the aid which they received. The others were given direct relief either because no one in the family was physically able to work or be cause there was no work availabe for them to do. The jobs performed by these workers vary considerably, the re ports show. Always they const!-* tuted work of one type or another which was for the public good, such as highway repairing and beautification, school house build ing and repairing, street repairs and construction. Beer Bill Is Passed By Sen. The senate last night passed the beer bill with certain amendments and sent it back to the house for its final approval. The senate changed the bill from 3.2 alcoholic content to 3.05 per cent. The upper body also added a provision to permit manufacture and sale of wine. Farm Relief Urged By Pres. President Roosevelt late yester day transmitted his message on farm relief and unemployment to the congress. The president urged) a one year farm relief bill, asking immediate action in order to aid farmers this season. The idea was advanced that the government lease certain lands and withdraw these from the production field. Several plans dealing with the unemployment situation were ad vanced. Service camps and refor estation were urged. KNOXVILLE GETS SCRIP Nashville, Teim.—An armored truck left here carrying $3,000, 000 in scrip to Knoxville. The certificates were printed here. Pick-Up Is Report’d By Local Stores Buying Is More General Substantial Increase In Business Is Found In All Branches Contractors Also Expect Upturn In Building Program Soon A revival in trade in the retail stores of Salisbury has been regis tered since the re-opening of sever al banks in the city and county. The first banks to open in the county were: nr*1 xxrr 1 • n 1 . t-w-t iixc w fvnuvid uaiiK. ana irust Company, Salisbury. The Bank of China Grove, China Grove. Uptown sidewalks, occupied dur ing the last week by slim crowds with little tendency to shop for more than the bare necessities of of ''bargain days” as the men and women of the city made purchases they were unable to make while their money was tied up in closed banks. "Trade showed a very substan tial increase over that of the last week. I believe business was bet ter than it was before the banks wfere closed under the national banking holiday proclamation of President Roosevelt,” one merch ant declared. "Our business showed great im provement over trade during the bank holiday. I would class trade as quite satisfactory, a manager of a local department store declared. "There was more buying, and I feel that we may expect to see continued improvement,” another business man stated. "It is too early to say that busi ness is good, but indications are in a much better frame of mind,” one declared. The building contractors Con tractors are very much encouraged and feel that the bottom has been hit. The needed medicine has been given, and business is now on the way up. Benefit Show At The Boyden High Tonight Tonight at 8 o’clock is Radio Review night at the Boyden High school auditorium. All the popu lar radio stars will be impersonated by local talent, assisted by the Tar Heelians, an orchestra composed of local musicians. The Tar Heelians, under the direction of W. Arnold Summey, are proving themselves popular a mong the younger set and are se curing many engagements for the coming dance season. Roy Deal, as an independent per former, will render several special numbers. An evening of pleasing enter tainment is promised! all who at tend. An admission of 10 and If cents will be charged which will be donated to the music department of the high school. DIES FROM POISON DOSE W. R. Miller, died at Hamlet from effects of a poison dose taken two days before.