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i Published Every’ Friday Morning At SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA E. W. G. Huffman, Publisher J. R. Felts,_Business Mgr. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Payable In Advance One Year-$1.00 Three Years_$2.00 Entered as second-class mail matter at the postoffice at Sal isbury, N. C., under the act of March 3, 187?, _ ^ The influence of weekly news papers on public opinion exceeds that of all other publications in the country.—Arthur Brisbane« POLICE RADIO NEEDED The slaying of Sheriff Godfrey C. Kimball, of Iredell county, is eloquent and tragic evidence of the fact that the racketeer and gang ster are not solely products of the large northern cities. The slayer, Ralph Davis, was a native and resi dent of Davidson county, North Carolina. He was a boy who went wrong, served a "hitch” in the penitentiary, and became a "rat” with homicidal tendencies. High way robbery became his specialty. Equipped with highspeed stolen automobiles and armed with deadly weapons he plied his trade on our splendid streets and highways. Cornered near Elmwood, he shot his way to temporary freedom by killing one officer and wounding another. With half an hour’s start he eluded the dragnet of officers and civilians spread out for his cap ture. His escape can not be attri buted to any lack of diligence or ability on the part of those in his pursuit. No braver men or officers breath North Carolina’s air than those who took part in the chase. The fault lies not with the officers but with the lack of proper crime fighting equipment. With the increase of highways and high-powered motor vehicles the day of the old time town mar shall has passed. It takes more than a horse pistol, a police badge as big as the top of a tomato can, and a black stetson hat to effect the arrest, if not extermination, of the type of outlawed criminals such as Davis. The sooner the people of North Carolina realize this, the sooner we will be free of such murderers and outlaws. W© can not fight organized crime with XIX century methods. If the vari nnc nffirprc 1-laH haH tfip zA-vanticrp of a state wide police radio last week, Ralph Davis would never had escaped. Long after he crossed the state line into Virginia, police of ficers from half a dozen counties were still searching the length and breadth of the Yadkin Valley, seek ing the desperado, unaware that h« was in a neighboring state. Hence because of a lack of vital equip ment, he wiggled through the cor don and escaped. It has been argued at length ir some of the state newspapers thai the sum of one dollar, deductec from the price of each automobile license tag, would be an adequate sum to give North Carolina sucl state-wide police radio equipmeni as is now being so effectively usee in other states, particularly Michi gan. The editor was recently in formed that in six late bank rob beries in the latter state, five of the gang were captured before the] escaped from the state. The sue cess of this triumph of the law wa solely due to the splendid polici operating radio equipment in tha commonwealth. It is time fo: North Carolinas to wake up! Thi next session of the general assem bly should provide this necessar] equipment without delay. The dol lar deducted from the license tag will not bankrupt the state, but i will help exterminate "rats” liki Ralph Davis from North Carolina ENCOURAGED Southern farmers, particularly those in North Carolina, may well feel encouraged as they approach the end of the agricultural season. Tremendous losses were suffered this year in the west and mid-west because of the drouth, and faimers there must buy what they formerly sold to us, if they have anything left to buy with. It is manifestly certain that the demand for farm products will hold the price close to normal years, and with almost bumper crops the North Carolina farmer should be able to hold up his head and smile. The cotton yield in this state is expected to exceed the quota estab lished in the acreage reduction pro gram, and with cotton selling around 15 cents as against five and six cents a year ago, the cotton farmer has little to grumble about. The tobacco crop in both belts in this state is reported as unusually good, and with the price hovering around 15c average, the tobacco farmer is in a fair way to make more money on less acreage and less effort than was the case last year. As a general thing, corn has nev er shown better prospects at this time of year and threshing reports indicate a satisfactory yield for wheat, and the price of each has advanced to a reasonably fair level that should show a profit above costs of production. Much of this favorable aspect may be credited to the efforts of a friendly government that has reached down in its pocket and helped the farmer along with everybody else, and if the North Carolina farmer will take a new start, build upon the experiences of the past few years, and set his face toward the sunrise, all will be well again. THE WORLD GROWS BETTER Perhaps there are readers who will like this. A certain well known woman summoned two men to cut down two trees for her. They felled one and announced they would come back some day .later and take care of the other. Not understanding the need of de lay, the woman asked for an ex planation. "Well” one big strong man told her, "there’s a bird’s nest in that tree and the eggs are just about ready to hatch. We’ll wait until the little fellows are gone.” A simple enough story. But it is revealing. Many of us can recall when men would have been less thoughtful of a bird’s nest. Folks generally have come to know the value of beauty and comradeship of birds. It is not a weakness when strong men are mellowed toward the small animate things of life. Somehow such instances as this tend to show that the world is get ting better. TODAY AND TOMORROW —BY— Frank Parker Stockbridge DOLES .... and elections I have just seen some startling figures of the amount of money which the Federal Government has been paying out for direct relief benefits. Not counting the three thousand millions of loans and al lowances direct to state govern ments, more than $3,500,000,000 has been distributed in "doles’’ of one sort or another, as against $2, 600,000,000 collected in Federal taxes in the same period. That leaves a good deal less than nothing out of the tax receipts on which to operate the Government. I have heard of a good many candidates for re-election to Con gress boasting about the way that they have "taken care of” their constituents by getting so much money for them out of the Federal Treasury. I have not heard of any of them telling his constitutents that much of this money has been pure gifts to people who did not really need it, but I know that is true in many casas. I am far more concerned about the habit of reliance upon Govern ment to help people out of their troubles than I am about who gets elected to Congress or anything else. Nothing could be more of a calamity than that, s UNEMPLOYMENT .... today I have never had the slightest '——-1 confidence in any of the so-called j "statistics” of unemployment, j Many of them, I have felt certain,; were greatly exaggerated. Every body who had ever had a Job, was listed as "unemployed.’’ That in cluded stenographers who had got married,' men who had saved up enough from their wages to retire on, and all of the great fringe of unemployables who had had occa sional jobs but couldn’t hold any of them long. I am inclined to take more seri ously the figures recently put out by th© Chamber of Commerce of the United States, indicating less than seven million persons unem ployed "for all reasons,” than the Federation of Labor’s statement of more than ten million. If the ac tual facts could be obtained, it pro-' bably would be shown that not fnore than three or four million workers who are able and willing to work are out of jobs today. * * * PRODUCTION .... normal So much has been said and writ ten these last couple of years about "overproduction” that many peo ple have the idea that there was a great surplus of everything people consume. That was true, however, of only a very few commodities, and those mainly raw materials pro duced everywhere in, the world, such as wheat and a few other agri cultural products. We actually imported some $600,000 of food in 1929, because we were not producing enough to meet th© demands of our people. And when it comes to manufactur ed goods, carefully-checked statis tics prove that for a long period of years the production of men’s clothing, to take one example, a mounted to less than one-third of a suit per year for every man in the nation. •!■ » » INFLATION .... looms I happen to owe some money to a bank. I dropped in the other day to pay the interest on my note and arrange for a renewal of part of the principal. My banker advised me not to be in too much of a hurry to clean up the debt. "I’m talking against my own in terest,” he said, "but I think in a few months you’ll find that money to pay debts with will be a lot cheaper than it is now. This is no time to sell anything; it is a time to buy commodities of real value. I am recommending to my friends to put their money into houses and land, run in debt for them, or if their means don’t go that far, to buy cotton, wheat or corn futures, or even canned goods or other dur able commodities.” Inflation, he predicted, was on its way. Cheaper money and higher prices for real goods. I have heard many such predictions in the past few weeks, in Washington, in New York and in New England. Some folks say that it is the only way out, since the Government has de finitely abandoned the idea of de flation. } YOU’LL BE able to pick out the sp >P IP | COUPLE ABOUT whom our story >> » IS CONCERNED today because ^ *p THEY LIVE right here in town. =!• * • * "NOW,” SAID the bridegroom » » «• AFTER THEY had returned from iP IP ■> THEIR HONEYMOON, "let us sp >P »P HAVE A clear understanding. Are sp »r sp YOU PRESIDENT or vice SP 5P * PRESIDENT OF this »!• s» »P ESTABLISHMENT?” HIS little »P * »P WIFE LOOKED up at him sweetly "I WANT neither. I will be »P >P * CONTENT WITH a subordinate sp sp sp POSITION,” SHE replied. "And WHAT POSITION is that?” sp sp IP HE ASKED. Looking him straight IN THE eye, she told him, "Treas urer.” I THANK YOU NO-MOUNT AIN-SCALING FOR MAMA Charles E. Long and daughter, Doris, climbed to the top of Table Rock mountain Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Long accompanied thorn to the end of the road. —Valdese item, Morganton News Herald. RAY! CASEY’S GONNA PLAY! Bill Lane agreed late last night to play left field for the New Bern In dependents against Pamlico all-stars here this afternoon in Kafer Park. —New Bern Tribune. WHAT! NO FLY-SWATTER? Well, I have something to tell you: John D. Harwood has a fine Guernsey male calf in his heard of cattle without any tail. I have seen the calf—a strange freak of anmal nature. —Mission item, Concord Tribune. ALSO ON VACATION, WE RECKON There will be no services in Red Springs Presbyterian church until the second Sunday in September. Rev. J. B. Black will be on his vaca tion, until then. —Red Springs item, Lumberton Robesonian. GOOD OLD DAYS—YEH, FOR THE HORSE In the good old days, young folks had to get in earlier so the horse ^ could get some sleep. —Cleveland St|»r. WELL, WE GOT AN EVANGE LIST COMING - The threshing machine is in our community now. —Green Valley item, Caldwell Re cord. WHAT THEY GONNA USE FOR BAIT—APPLET? We have some of the salt of the earth in our settlement; but there are all kinds of traffic on the high ways. I met some parties not long ago who had four barrels on a trail er and a cider mill on the rear end of the old car, and their answer was, without asking them, that they were going fishing. Best policy. Always tell the truth or remain silent. —Mission item, Stanly News & Press. SPORTY IS AS SPORTY DOES A sporty looking gentleman from another state approached us in a local drug store a few days ago, held out his hand and wanted to know if our name was Strowd. We acknowledged the fact. This gen tleman was no stranger to us. Fact is, we sent him The Record for a long time on his promise to pay us, but up to this good hour he hasn’t come across. Such things as this is what makes editing a country newspaper worth while. —Davie Record. WHAT’S IN A NAME Miss Lora E. Sleeper, Martin home agent, had an unusually busy month in July, according to the monthly report filed recently with the county commissioners. —Williamston Enterprise. QUICK, WATSON! THE FLIT! A Tiny Feather from the wing of love- in the form of a baby girl, arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Irvin, Jr., August 12. The girl has been christened Robin ette Lee. —Reidsville Review. WELL, IT COULD’VE BEEN WORSE Note from Spy No. XYZ (even Editor Didyap doesn’t know who he is) saying that three people from North Carolina were sighted riding around town in bathing suits, one of the persons being a lady, and one of the men having on merely a pair of trunks. —"Did You Happen to See?” Charleston News & Courier. ADD: SUNDAY SPORTS The meeting at Pleasant Ridge closed Monday night with five con verts. They were baptised Sunday at the Carswell pond. —Burke Free Press. TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED E. W. Stevens drove into the city Saturday after an absence which he said he had spent in Canada. He said he was pulling out immediately for Union county where he is hav ing some mining interests examined. —Thomasville item, Lexington Dis patch. THE ETERNAL MALE . . . There were only about six club women who failed to get there —some of those were waiting for their husbands to return home and they arrived too late for attendance. —Harmony item, Statesville Re cord. I r-— | WITH OTHER EDITORS ! ALL ABOUT KISSING There’s no telling who invented the art of kissing, but it is a safe assertion that no other inventor ever saw his example so universally adopted or so "gosh awfully” en joyed. Kissing is a pleasure, a habit, an ecstacy, a duty, a sin, a crime—depending altogether on the circumstances. Kissing a baby is about the sweetest kissing on earth, but is mighty hard on the baby. He gets such a lot of it. Pretty gilds kiss him, married women kiss him, old bachelors kiss him; everybody’s doing it. If he were big enough to assert himself he wouldn’t stand for it—not all of it, anyway. But then if he were bigger no one would want to kiss him. Kissing a girl whose' lips are warm like velvet and whose cheeks are as soft as the dove’s breast would be about the nicest thing, except for the fact that no one gets to kiss that girl ex cept raw boys who haven’t learned how to kiss. Kissing one’s wife is about as near perfect enjoyment as a mere mortal need hope to get, but it’s a custom not universally fol lowed. Some mm never kiss their wives, and of course some men kiss other men’s wives. A man whc doesn’t kiss his wife at least ten times a day doesn’t deserve her. The woman who doesn’t want to be kissed at least ten times a day doesn’t deserve a husband. And yei if the old man keeps a quid of cut plug is his jaw the wife who stand: for ten kisses a day deserves a hale and a cushioned seat alongside ol Job in the New Jerusalem. There are many ways to kiss. A little baby just opens his mouth and slobbers A coy madien closes her eyes anc lips and lets some one else do the kissing. An old maid ties her lip: like a woodpecker. An old bachelor in a. knot and pecks at her victirr puckers up and smacks like thi dredge of a steam shovel. Wives— real wives—kiss like the lingering clasp of hands between men friend: who know how to love. And moth ers? Ah, mothers kiss like the soft beating of angels’ wings—like th< soothing notes of some celestia harp through the twilight—like God’s benediction whispered ovei one’s bowed head.—Fountain Inr (S. C.) Tribune. PENALTY FOR MURDER No effort should be spared t< bring the murderers of Willie Reev es to justice, and justice for then could certainly be nothing less thar a seat in the electric chair. News paper accounts of the murder indi cate that it was nothing less thar a cold-blooded assassination, care fully planned and executed withoui the least bit of feeling. A civilized nation has reached ; low level when two men can go tc an honest man’s home after dark shoot him down without provoca tion, and then escape punishment There are many citizens of th< state who contend that no mar should be put to death even if h< has taken the life- of another, bui what punishment have they to offc: for the men who killed Mr. Reeves: Putting a man in the electric chaii and taking his life is certainly no: pleasant, but neither is it pleasani to see an innocent man shot doWr in such a cold-blooded manner. W( believe that it was Carl Goerch wh( said that the death penalty wouk be abolished if the judges had t< witness the executions, but it i our opinion if the judges could wit ness all the murders which taki place there would be more electro cutions, even if the judge had t( push the switch. The great troubli , today is that we forget the murder ed man too quickly.—News 8 Press, Albemare. iSay "I Saw It In The Watchman.’ _ Lightning Is Considered To Be Beneficial As Well As Harmful Now that we are in the midst of the summer season when a thunderstorm is likely to put in an appearance at any hour of the Say it is well to consider that power ful magnet which accompanies it— lightning—says the Pathfinder. It is so well known for its destruc tive capacity that we seldom think of it in any otjher light, especially after we have dodged about seeing a place of safety during an electri cal storm. However, lightning is of a great benefit to mankind because it de posits nitrogen in the ground for plant use, say electrical research engineers who are able at will to produce a 10,000,000 volt dis charge of artificial lightning with in their laboratories. Nitrogen is one of the more important ele ments which are necessary for plant growth and in some soils this element is sadly lacking. Air, on the other hand, has an abund ant supply of nitrogen, as it is practically made of four-fifths of this element. A great deal of free nitrogen is captured from the air and returned to the soil by legum inous plants and others. But every year lightning captures and deposits jin the earth about 100,000,000 .tons of free nitrogen—and at no cost to the farmer. Possibilities of lightning in this respect are more readily under stood when we find that in a nitro genfixation plant discharges of electricity are used to create a spark only 15 or 20 feet in length while a natural lightning discharge pro vides a spark 2,000 feet or more ir ' length. Hence real lightning it more effective as a nitrogen-con verter than man-made discharges. ♦ In considering the destructive side of lightning almost everyone is interested in the safest place ir which to be during an electrical oi thunder storm. In the country many people rush for the nearest tree, which is certainty poor judg ment, especially if it happens to be a tall one or stands alone. The electric charge in the air, which |causes the flash of lightning by its [discharge, constantly seeks a con jductor to the ground, and a tree always offers great attraction. The'' cannot carry a heavy volume of current and consequently the charge is apt to blast the tree trunk and leap in any direction Most dwellings are considered reasonably safe. They are—if wo stay away ’from open windows, deors, fireplaces, the telephone, radio, bath tub or large metal ot jects. The average* city home is usually safer than the rural be cause there are various outlets for lightning to get to the ground —radio ground, wiring system, water pipes, etc. Nevertheless it is best to stay away from the open ings mentioned during a severe storm because a discharge on its way to the earth is liable to leap several feet in any direction. Build ings with steel framework are con sidered safest of all. Lightning rods at one time1 were all the rage and the lightning rod salesman with *bis hoise and bug gy was a familiar sight in the country. But unscrupulous high presure salesmen killed the market for those who were honest in their efforts. Farmers were gyped out of a lot of money through buying worthless rods with fancy orna ments and useless trimmings. Con sequently lightnining rod salesmen were viewed with great suspicion and shunned like a plague. But the electrical experts have a good word for the maligned lightning rod. They say that good rods pro perly installed will protect a struc ture from fire or other damage caused by lightning in 99 cases of of 100, especially in the case of buildings which stand out by them selves. ! Bank Deposits Are Up Three Billion A three billion dollar increase in 1 bank deposits in 12 months is re ported by J. O. O’Connor com ptroller of the currency. Other sources attributed the rise to two major factors—first that more than 500 banks re-opened during the year ended June 30, and, • second, that the new deposit insur ance law had stimulated confidence in persons who felt unsure after the 193 2 financial crisis. O’Connor’s review, based on the last national bank call, showed the deposits had risen $1,142,173,000 since March 5 and $3,15 8,545,000 in 12 months. The number of banks licensed on June 30 stood 5,422 compared with 4,902 a year previous. 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