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Official Washington believes that
the nation has not only entered
upon an era of economic recovery,
but that something resembling a
real "boom” is imminent.
Thar outlook, while encouraging
in many ways, is not, however, to
the liking of folk who have a keen
recollection of the great boom of
1926-29, and of the crash which
followed its collapse.
How to control the tendency to
ward rising prices and prevent the
boom from developing into such a
speculative wave as that _ which
swept the nation ten years ago is
the problem to which many of the
ablest minds in the Administration
are giving very serious thought.
The best opinion expressed here
is that efforts to control prices
and curb speculation, either by
Government action alone or by
closer co-operation between Gov
ernment and business, will be und
ertaken when the new Congress
gets under way.
The recovery which is definitely
here will be of little benefit to the
great mass of the people if its result
is to increase the cost of living by
sending commodity prices sky-high.
Official Washington is more appre
hensive of that than of the recur
rence of a speculative boom on the
Stock Eschange.
ine powers already granteu 10
the Securities and Exchange Com
mission are regarded as being suffi
cient, if intelligently used, to pre
vent any such "runaway” market
as developed in 1929; though the
stock market naturally reflects in
creased business prosperity, and the
price of stocks is based, in the main,
upon the business outlook.
What Washington fears is that it
may be found difficult or impossi
ble to prevent drastic rises in the
prices of the ordinary commodities
of life, especially in view of the
growing strength of the demand
for higher wages and shorter hours i
for workers in industry. I
There is a very real conflict now
in progress on a number of fronts
between those who accept the view
that high wages and free competi
tion are not incompatible with low
prices to consumers, and those who
still believe in the price maintenanre
policy which underlay the N.R.A.
Those who hold that the general
welfare is best served by fixing re
tail prices to consumers received
considerable encouragement when
the Supreme Court unanimously
declared constitutional the laws of
Illinois afid California permitting
manufacturers of trade-marked
goods to fix the price at which re
tailers must sell them.
A) similar law in New York State
had been declared unconstitutional
by the State Court of Appeals, but
the Supreme Court of the United
States now holds that any state has
authority to abolish price-cutting
to consumers by his means. Four
teen states now have laws of a sim
ilar nature. It "is anticipated here
that the project of a Federal resale
price-maintenance law will be re
What is looked upon as a move
in that direction, if not actually a
revival of N. R. A., is the trend
developed at the recent conference
held here under the direction of
Major George L. Berry, the Presi
dent’s Coordinator for Industrial
, Cooperation.
Even though a definite plan did
not come out of this Council for
Industrial Progress, and many im
portant leaders of business and in
dustry were not represented, resolu
tions were adopted recommending
the reestablishment of something
like the old N. R. A., with agree
ments between labor and employers
on wages and hours, and on fair
trade practices among business in
terests in the same lines.
This cannot be accepted as the
Administration’s plan, but it is the
basis upon which, it is believed, the
Administration will attempt to re
establish N. R. A.’s basic principles.
The major weakness, as many
large business enterprises see it, is
that its control and direction are
under a labor leader. Major Berry
is president of the International
Pressmen’s Union. As a result very
few of the important industries of
the nation took part in the confer
ence. While that conference was on
the National Association of Manu
facturers was staging a Congress of
American Industry in New York
A new spirit in the thinking of
(Continued on page four)
Steel, Auto Strike Set For February*First
Wages, Hours
Demands To
Be Pressed
Labor Chiefs Warn Gen
eral Walkout Impends
W ashington.—Leaders of the
"rebel” Committee for Industrial
Organization have set February 1
as the deadline for their showdown
fight in the steel and automobile
industries, it was announced here.
Unless their demands for sub
stantial boosts in wages and sharp
education in working hours are
met by that date, they will carry
out their threat of a general walk
out in one or both industries,
sources close to John L. Lewis, C.
I. O. head, disclosed.
In addition to possible tieups ot
the steel and automobile industries,
the C. I. O. is lining up its power
ful "army” of mine workers, unit
ed almost 100 per cent behind the
"rebel” outgrowth of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor, as another
weapon in its three-pronged attack
on the mass-producing industries.
Miners will meet with operators
in New York City on February 17
and that conference also may be
the signal for a fresh outbreak of
industrial strife. Operators are of
fering the miners a 40-hour week
at the same wages they are now
paying for a 3 5-hour week. The
new schedule is necessary, the op
trators declare, because of compe
tition from other fuel-producing
- Meanwhile, witnesses parading
before the National Labor Rela
tions Board continued to accuse
the U. S. Steel Corporation and its
subsidiary, the Carnegie-Illinois
Corporation, of interfering with
workers’ rights of collective bar
gaining. The steel firms are on
"trial” before the board on charges
preferred by the C. I. O.
N. C. Primary
Law Discussed
With Com.
Advisability of Changing
Primary Election Day
From Saturday.
N. C. Press Association
Suggested Change at
Waynesville Summer
Discussion of the advisibality of
changing the state primary law to
provide for the first Tuesday in
stead of the first Saturday in June,
comsumed the most of the time at
the meeting of the committee ap
pointed by the Democratic state
executive committe, in session in
Raleigh. In addition to the change
in the day for the primary elections
the special commite recommended
that the voting hours be set be
tween 6 a. m. and 7 p. m., con
forming as much as possible to the
hours observed in general elections.
The shift from Saturday to Tues
day was asked by the North Caro
lina Press association at its summer
meeting in Waynesville, and very
general support of that plan has
been given by the press. It was con
tended that the Saturday primaries
cause the loss of a cky after the
voting in that incomplete returns
sent in Sat. night are little sup
plemented on Sundays. The news
papers can tend" that they could
give a much better news service by
this change.
"Recommendations to the state
committee were tentatively adopt
ed as follows:
' (Continued on page Four)
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[Everybody Knows There Is A'
Santa Claus Now and Forever
We take pleasure in- answering
the communication below, express
ing at the same time our great
I gratification that the faithful au
thor is numbered among the
friends of The Sun:
"Dear Editor. I am eight years
old. Some of my little friends say
there is no Santa Claus. Papa
says "If you see it in the Sun, it’s
so.’ Please tell me the truth: Is
there a Santa Claus?—Virginia
OTEmlon, 115 W. 95th St.”
Virginia, your friends are wrong.
They have been affected by the
skepticism of a skeptical age. They
do not believe except what they
see. They think that nothing can
bs which is not comprehensible by
their little minds. All minds, Vir
ginia, whether they be men’s or
children’s are little. In this great
universe of ours, men is a mere in
sect, an ant, in his intellect, as
compared with the boundless world
about him, as measured by the in
telligence capable of grasping the
whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia there is a Santa
Claus. He exists as certainly as
love and generosity and devotion
| exist, and you know that they a
| bound and give to your life its
highest beauty and joy, Alas! iHow
dreary would the world be if there
were no Santa Claus. It would be
as dreary as if there was no Vir
ginias. There would be no childlike
faith then, no poetry, no romance
to make tolerable his existence. We,
should have no enjoyment except |
in sense and sight. The external
light with which childhood fills the'
world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You
might as well not believe in fairies!
You might get your papa to hire
men to watch in all the chimneys
at Christmas Eve to catch Santa
Claus, but even if they did not see
Santa Claus coming down what!
would that prove? Nobody sees1
Santa Claus. The most real things
in the world are those' that neither
men or children cen see. Did you
ever see fairies dancing on the lawn
Of course not, but that’s no proof
that they are not there. Nobody
can conceive or imagine all the
wonders there are unseen and un
seeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby’s
rattle and see what makes the
noise inside, but there is a veil
covering the unseen world, which
not the strongest men, nor even
the united strength of all the
strongest men that ever lived,j
could tear apart. Only faith, fancy,
poetry, love, romance, can push
aside that curtain and view and
picture the supernal beauty and
glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah!
Virginia, in all this world there is
nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he
lives and he lives forever. A thou
sand years from now, Virginia;
nay, ten times ten thousand years
from now, he will continue to
make glad U* heart of childhood.
—Editorial from The New York
Sun, 1897:
H. L. Dalrymple
Passes In
Salisbury Hospital
H. L. Dalrymple, Southern Rail
way carman at the Spencer shops
for 37 years, died Dec. 20th in a
Salisbury hospital. The funeral
was held Tuesday at 4:30 o’clock
at Coburn Memorial Methodist
church. He is survived by his
widow, one danghter, Mrs. Anna
Wheeler of Macon, Ga., two sons,
Myrtle and Warren of Salisbury.
A'nkle high bootees with me
dium built-up heels set a new
style pace in feminine footwear.
Warm tones of wine and forest
green are color favorites.
Woman’s Death
Is Investigated
An investigation was pushed
into the death of Mrs. Bessie For
tune, 40, who was found dead Sun
day night outside the screen door
at the rear of Brunei! Whirlow’s
home at 414 East Horah street.
Ramsey Euart of near Rorkwell,
last person seen with Mrs. Fortune
is being held in jail pending fur
ther investigation. Mrs. Whirlow
and Joe Peeler, who had been a vis
itor in the home during the eve
ning, found the body. The wo
man’s neck had been broken, but
in what manner it was not deter
Euart told officers that he took
Mrs. Fortune, at her request, to an
other home near the city, and they
then returned to the Whirlow
house, where she left the car and
went into the house, while he drove
away. Other occupants of the
Euart home disclaim any know
ledge of the woman’s activities
from the time she left until her
body was found an hour or more
Funeral services were held Tues
day at 10:30 a. m. at Wright’s fun
eral home, and burial was in St.
Paul’s Lutheran church cemetery
in eastern Rowan. Her husband,
Tom Fortune, from whom she had
been separated for four years, six
children and several brothers anc
sisters, as well as her mother, Mrs
Bill Troutman, are the immediat<
Auto Thief Is
Caught In Act
Robert Miller, negro, who was
involved in robberies of homes in
Salisbury several years ago, was
captured Monday night while at
tempting to steal an automobile in
front of the home of B. V. Hed
rick, city councilman. The car be
longed to Hedrick’s daughter. Mil
ler was seen in the car, the house
hold was notified, and Charles E
Brady, a son-in-law of IHedrick,
held Miller at the point of a gun
until police arrived.
Funeral Services
Held For Billy
W. Wrenn, 17
Funeral services were held Dec
21 at a local funeral home for Billy
W. Wrenn, 17, who died Dec. 20
He is survived by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. L. W. Wrenn of 521
South Caldwell street; a bnJcher
Charles, and a sister, Gypsy, all ol

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