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Carolina Watchman
Published Every’ Friday
Morning At
E. W. G. Huffman, Publisher
J. R. Felts,_Business Mgr.
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«
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
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
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.
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,
I have never had the slightest
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.
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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
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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. }
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IN THE eye, she told him, "Treas
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
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.
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
—Mission item, Concord Tribune.
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
In the good old days, young folks
had to get in earlier so the horse ^
could get some sleep.
—Cleveland St|»r.
The threshing machine is in our
community now.
—Green Valley item, Caldwell Re
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
—Mission item, Stanly News &
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.
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.
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.
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.
The meeting at Pleasant Ridge
closed Monday night with five con
verts. They were baptised Sunday
at the Carswell pond.
—Burke Free Press.
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
. . . 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
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.
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
! 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.
It is claimed you can’t trust
human nature very far, but it us
ually behaves pretty well when
| somebody is looking.
| It takes some effort to win prizes
at the flower shows, but manv grr
dencors could make an excellent dis
play in a weed exhibit.
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