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morr0w; colder tonifjht.
Maybe Willie didn't get thoie
new skates He wanted this winter,
but he didn't have to take piano
VOL 52—No. 39
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Regional Consolidat ions
Envisioned by Report
of Transport Body
gyhd Press Staff Correspondent :
\EW YORK. Feb. 15. (UP).— j
Regional railroad consolidationsi
'looking eventually to a single j
utional system" for the United '
fa:e> are recommended in the re
iort of the national transporta
ion committee, made public last!
The report is the first result of j
our months of hearings and sur- '
by the committee of which i
he late Calvin Coolidge was the [
The report declares that consol
.Jitions "should be hastened and, I
riere necessary, enforced."
The report was signed by Her
nia M. Baruch. vice chairman,
Clars Hov.ell and Alexander
I: urces such regulation of au
®otive transportation "as is
lecessarv for public protection."
A minority report by Alfred E.
taith, member of the committee,
ipresses "substantial agreement
rh the ereater part" of the com
littee report, but voices a num
?r of sharp recommendations in
ludir.sr opposition to the construc
ts of the St. Lawrence water
lay as "a waste of public funds."
Abolition of the interstate com
merce commission, replacing It by
"new department of transporta
ittu. headed b yone man. or a
joMin bureau in the depart
macef commerce" also was urg
es br Smith. He disapproved ex
tntiog the Reconstruction Fi
ture Corporation's power to
lite additional loans to railroads
r^nut full collateral.
While the report had not taken 1
m at the time of the death of
t'v;r Coolidge. the committee
airman, it was emphasized that
:h<" committee has tried to carrv
i in the spirit of his leadership."!
Eisr'nt major points were stress-'
1 in the final document:
1.—Parallel railway lines and
s>tems were branded as waste-1
pi Regional consolidations look
is? toward an eventual national i
[.•stem were urged.
2.—Unprofitable railroad serv
■es should be replaced by alter-,
ative cheaper transport methods.1
3.—Railroads should be permit
e-i to own and operate competing
«riees, but regulatory jurisdic
• ji should be extended to water'
Mbl ' }|
— iiovernmeniai H>.<iuui|niuii
of all or part of the costs of in-,
efficient competing transport a.s a
defense against monopoly is no,
fairer warranted and should be
abandoned. In general inland wa
terways should bear all costs ofj
amortization, interest, mainten
ance and operation; the St. Law
rence waterway should be tested i
•Minst this rule, and if it fails in
that test the Dendir.g treaty with
Canada should not be ratified.
5—-Automotive transportation)
Mould b> put under such regula
tion a> is necessary for public f
protection, but neither taxation i
nor regulation should be applied
' for »ny purpose of handicapping
(Continued on page three)
No Negligence j
Of Operators at
Quarry, Report;
^ate Geologist Submits
Statement to Governor
Raleigh, Feb. 15. — Belief,
j*®t the operators of the Blue j
Rifis:v Lime and Stone company, j
near Fletcher, had not been guilty
'"wilful or intentional neglect" 1
"f ^tate regulations as contained
•n the mining laws of North Caro- ]
!!na. in the death of seven men ,
a -»!ide there last week, was thn
;'den of a statement issued her* i
H. .J. Bryson. state geologist
reporting on the industrial
£*eedy near Hendersonvilie last
Mr. Bryson attributed the con
ations which led up to the slide
>0 inexperience on the part of the
operators. He declared at the i
Sar*ie time that if the services of
aJttininsr engineer had been avail- '
®r>'e to the State of North Caro- ;
1na. the quarry would have been
it,0sed previous to the accident.
|. Mr. Bryson made his statements
!n a report to Governor Ehring
'aus, submitted following an in-1
*D*ction of the quarrv made by
nini in company with Commission
I ?f I-abor A. L. Fletcher, fol
||f,wm^ the deaths at the qnarry.
Lindbergh Friend
Held by kidnapers who demand
J60.000 ransom for his return is
Charles Bocttcher. 2nd (above),
multi-millionaire of Denver. H»i
was seized by two men as he.
drove into his residence. His wife |
was in the motor car with him;
but could sec the two men only i
dightly in the dark. They thrust i
the ransom note into her hand and ;
?he has announced she will pay I
the S'50.000. Boettcher is a friend!
>f Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and '
:he ransom note recalled the fate ,
>f Lindbergh's kidnaped son.
These and Superintend-.
ents Would Retain Par
ent Salary Levels
The TluiM-New* Iturrit'i i
Sir Walter
RALEIGH, Feb. 15.—The eight'
months school b.il introduced in
the house by Representative Chas. 1
B. Aycock of Wake county should
in reality be entitled "A bill to
prevent any reduction in the sala
ries of county superintendents
and school teachers and to keep
all present county superintendent i
in office," for in spite of Aycock's|
claims that the bill will reduce
school costs materially, a careful
analysis of the bill fails to show
how it can or will reduce school
T*L L !• r 1 I A, 4.
A lie UC1U l (ICIW iO u v.utv
this is the bill that will be backed
bv the county superintendents and !
the North Carolina Education as-!
sociation. and that it was largely
written by persons close to tho J
school and tex'book forces. If en-'
acted, it woud save the jobs of
82 of the 100 county superintend
ents and increase the salaries of'
many of these from $3,000 to
$3,500 a year. If another basis
used in the bill should be used,,
the salaries of 21 superinten-1
dents now fretting $3,500 a year,
would remain unchanged, 22 su-i
perintendents now getting $3,000
a year would he increased to $3,-1
500 a year, while the salaries of
seven superintendents now get-1
ting only $2,500 a year would be
increased to $3,500. The salaries
of only 10 superintendents now
getting $4,000 a year would be
decreased to $3,500.
The total cost of salaries for
county superintendents under this
hill would amount to approximate
ly $287,000 a year, while the pres
ent cost of superintendents' sala
ries is only $282,000.
But the sections of the bill re
lating to superintendents are not
the only "jokers" in the bill, ac
cording to those who have been
studying it. The section relating
to teachers' salaries contains just
as big a "joker." For while this
section gives the impression thai
it will reduce teachers' salaries
five per cent below their present,
levels, or 15 per cent below the
1931 levels, the bill re-enacts the
salary schedule already adopted,
previous to 1931, and thus auto
matically restores the salary in
creases increment for experience,
which more than compensates for
the five per cent salary reduction.
So according to information ob
tained today from the budget bu
reau, this provision, if enacted,
would mean an actual increase in
salary to most teachers who have
been teaching for more than ono
year and more than make up for
the five per cent cut in salaries.
The best estimates obtainable
here today from those in a posi
tion to know, are that it would
cost the state not less than $20,
000,000 a year to put this school
bill into operation. In addition to
this, it would cost the counties
and districts still more, since the
bill does not prohibit the levying
of county and district supplemen
1 (Continued on page three)
No One Blamed for Acci
dent With Loss of
Seven Lives
A coroner's jury sitting: at the
office of the Blue Ridge Lime
company at Fletcher this after
noon decided that the slide that
took seven lives in the quarry
there last Wednesday was caused
by the added weight of water
seeping behind the rock; that the
ovei hanging rock could have anl
should have been removed by dy
namite or braced, but that failure
so to do did not render any 0/
the officials of the company crim
inally liable.
The jury heard testimony from
witnesses as follows: E. C. Rrac
kett. employe of the company
since 1910; Ab Mills, colored,
who escaped the slide; George
Cox. quarry foreman; J. Frad.v,
employe of the company for sev
en years; Henry Hair, former em
ploye; Closs Hooper, negro, em
ploye of the company for about
eiirht years; Hass Fletcher, negro,
who did dynamiting for the com
pany; Elmer Graham, colored, em
ploye for about 18 years; Frank
West, employe for about 1.3 years;
W. T. Gibson, superintendent., and
Wav Kinsland, general manager.
Mr. Gibson expressed the opin
ion that the slide was caused by
the added weight of water seep
ing into a dirt, pocket behind the
rock, and Mr. Kinsland and Mr.
Cox advanced substantially this
Testimony was largely to the
effect that there were two slides,
one a slab of rock falling near
the working men, and a second
almost immediately following,
which imprisoned the men. Tes
timony in regard to dynamiting
was that there had been no large
'shots' set off in some time, and
that the only recent 'shooting'
was on Monday, when a small
charge of about five sticks was set
off for the purpose of breaking
boulders on the floor of the
The last slide, according to tes
timony, occurred several years
ago when a rock was 'shot' and
the slide followed shortly after
ward. before any men were al
lowed to enter the quarry.
Testimony regarding inspec
tions was largely to the effect that
there had never been any state
inspection of the quarry, but that
Mr. Hammond, insurance inspec
tor, had inspected the quarry and
overhanging rock on Wednesday,
a week before the slide occurred.
Members of the jury were: W.
S. Riddle. L. Mathews. L. Melton,
E. Pressley, C. Laughter, and C.
Solicitor J. Will Pless, Jr., of
Marion, represented the State,
and Judge Thomas L. Johnston,
of Asheville. represented receiv
ers for the company.
Two Arrests in
Denver's Kidnap
Case Are Made
DENVER, Colo., Feb. 15. (UP)
Two reputed bandits were arrest
ed early today in connection with
the kidnaping of Chas. Boettcher,
second, after a second ransom
note asking $50,000 for the young
j Denver millionaire had been re
| ceived last night. The men held
are N. W. Mitchell, 35, and
I George Zarlingo, 40.
Roosevelt Due
In Miami Tonight
MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 15.—(UP).
; President-elect Roosevelt will end
| his ten day sea going: vacation
here tonight, when a great ova
I tion awaits his return from his
I fishing trip on Vincent Astor's
palatial yacht. Nourmahal. James
M. Cox. 1920 Democratic presi
dential candidate will be here to
I greet him.
At the Presbyterian church
jthis evening at 7:30 o'clock the
j congregation will continue the
study of the book of church his
I tory, doctrines and practices,
i The class for men will be in
charge of T. H. Franks; Mrs. J.
IS. Brown will have charge of the
| class for women and the young
I people will be in charge of Miss
1 Sarah Oates,
Held as Suspect
In Kidnap Plot
Hold in conection with the recenr ■
kidnap threat—which some re
ports say may force Col. and Mrs.
Charles A. Lindbergh and their
son, Jon Morrow to forsake the
United States for residence abroad
—is Mrs. Elsie Harvey, an expec
tant mother. Her husband, Nor
man. and Joe Bryant also were
held at Roanoke, Va., after Bry
ant had attempted to cash a
$17,000 check which had been
left as a ruse to capture a group
who threatened to kidnap Jon
Morrow Lindbergh.
Some Powerful Forces at!
Work Fail io Register
as Law Provides
The Tiinci-Ncws Iturrnu |
Sir Walter l!»t.*l
I RALEIGH. Feb. 15.—While 105
lobbyists have registered in the]
secretary of state's office thus far
I under the provisions of the Ewing|
lobby regulating bill passed early
| in the 1933 legislative session. J
[ some of the most conspicuous and
active lobbyists have not yet put
j their names down in "the book,"
i an examination of the register by
i this bureau revealed today.
Noticeable by their absenco
were the names of several repre
sentatives of women's and wel
fare organizations who have been
carrying on a powerful lobby
against the Bailey divorce bill,
changing: the grounds for divorce
from five to two years, and the
'house bill repealing the present j
1 requirement of a medical exam
! ination before the issuance of a
| marriage license.
It would appear that these]
j women feel that because they are
I women and because they are
[ working for a cause which they
j believe is for the public's welfare
j that they are exempt from the
provisions of the Ewing anti-lob
by ing bill, and the fact Ih^t they
take this attitude has caused no
little comment about the so-called
; liberals of the legislature who
would like to see North Carolina's I
marriage and divorce laws modi-1
j fied.
Labor, the railroads, the utili
ties, the trucks and busses, the
(Continued on page three) i
Arrival of $40,000,000 in
Detroit Eases Morator
ium Situation
MONROE, Mich., Feb. 15.—
/ j —^wo banks reopened here
today and were doing business as
usual, despite yesterday's mora
torium by Governor Comstock.
Ty„were the First National
and Monroe State Savings banks.
DETROIT. "Fob. 15.—(UP).—
Michigan began rebuilding its
crumbled financial empire today.
Less than 36 hours after Gov.
William A. Comstock acceded to
bankers pleas and decreed an
eight-day bank holiday, $40 -
000,000 aid was ready in Detroit
and relief measures were taking
form all over this peninsular
state of o,000,000 people.
_ Yesterday, when all the state's
o<150 banks were ordered closed
under an emergency decree 'for
the preservation of peace, health
?nd safety," gloom settled over
It lifted today before the
spirited gust of aroused indus
trialists, civic leaders and citi
The name of Henry Ford
through his Ford Automobile
company, flickered strangely
through the maze of events. Gov.
Comstock, from his executive of
iue at Lansing, accused the Ford
Motor company of failing to co
operate with the General Motors
corporation and the Chrysler
corporation in sustaining the
,.m"n guardian Trust company
01 Detroit. It was imminent col
lapse of the Guardian Trust that
prompted the bank moratorium
loiter the governor issued a
contradictory statement in which
he said that he had "misunder
stood the facts" and that neither
the Chrysler corporation nor
General Motors was a depositor
in the Guardian Trust and that
his interpretation of the cause
ot the moratorium was illfound
Red Cross Hours
for Sewing Room1;
Are Made Public
AH Old Wearing Apparel
Will i>e Welcomed;
Can Be Used
Announcement that the Red
Cross sewing- room will be open
cd in future three days a week,
from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. on Mon
days and Wednesdays and from
1 j° x4 ,p" m- on Fridays was
,e today. At the same time,
a plea for additional help in ma
terials was made on behalf of
the Red Cross in providing- cloth
ing for the destitute.
Mrs. R. p. Freeze said that
two sewing1 machines have been
donated to the Red Cross here,
but that the loan of more ma
chines is being sought in order
to speed up the work of making
It was said also that all kinds
of garments are needed by the
Rpd Cross. Worn-out under gar
(Continued on page three)
I Enmities Between Senator and Brother Flare as
Court Spectators Look on in Amazement;
Challenge to Fight Revealed
i>l r< vv unijrjnno, ri u, iu.
(UP).—Senator Huey P. Long's!
brother took the witness stand
against him yesterday to tell the
senate sub-committee investigat
ing charges of fraud in elections
hero that "the Huey Long admin
istration reeked with graft and
Earl K. Long, two years young
er than the famed "Kingfish,
himself a lawyer and a political
figure of the state, testified all
day to the political and private
life of his brother.
He claimed Huey Long, as gov
ernor of Louisiana in 1927, ac
cepted $10,000 in cash from Har
ry Abel, representative of the
New Orleans Public Service com
pany, to influence state legisla
"It's a damned lie," roared thr»
"Kingfish." '
Enmities flared as the court
room looked on in amazement..
I Huey Long turned to the press ta
• aim icinairvru. nicic 10 tuv
meanest white man on <>arth." Ho
announced that he intended to
prosecute his brother for perjury.
Out of the testimony yesterday
arose a "bathrobe" incident that
Senator Lone continued to discuss
as he left the hearing last night.
Earl Long charged that "You,
the Kingfish, told me Abel put
that $10,000 in the pocket of your
bathrobe and you at first told him
you didn't want his small change.''
"I saw the $10,000," Earl Long
replied to a question. "It was in
new, crisp bills, and Iluey said ho
was afraid it might be marked,
and he didn't know what to do
with it."
The "Kingfish" denied the ac
cusation. "At that time, I had
never owned a bathrobe in my
life," he declared. "I got my first
bathrobe as a Christmas present
the following year."
Earl Long was permitted to tcs
{Continued on page three).
Seated in the cockpit of his racing automobile, Bluebird, Sir Malcolm
Campbell waves a greeting to the crowds gathered at Daytona Beach
to watch him prepare lor the assault on the speed record. He hopes
to drive down the white sand course at a speed of .'iOO miles per hour
or better.
|2600 Horsepower Car
Makes Remarkable
United Press Staff Correspondent
15.— (UP).—True to his prom
ise just to "loaf along:" in the
mildest sort of a trial spin, Sir
Malcolm Campbell, Britain's
knight of speed, drove his Blue
bird racing: car over the sands of
1 Daytona Beach yesterday at
. 212.P>3 miles an hour.
Running Bluebird under her
J own power for the first time
| since the giant car was assem
i bled, and not knowing what she
I would do or how well she would
1 stand up, Campbell was clocked
:at that speed for two kilometers
I and for five miles at 17!>.282.
i The timing traps failed to catch
I him in the measured mile and
: one kilometer course.
The British daredevil said his
tachometer showed him to be
traveling at approximately 240
miles an hour as he entered the
measured mile.
| "You see,' ne saiu wnen ne
returned to the timing tower
after the run south "I eased off
the gas shortly after I entered
I the mile. For after all," I wasn't
| shooting for any record. All I
wanted to do was to loaf along
I and test my clutch."
Asked if his clutch performed
satisfactorily, Campbell said
"yes, but some parts of the car
need a little adjusting. Nothing
important, mind you, but just a
few things which will mako for
higher speed when I chance to
j open the car up."
Sir Malcolm's speed on his
one run south was considered re
markable in the view of the fact
that he used but three miles in
which to gain speed, and the
beach over which he raced was
anything but perfect. Moreover,
he was forced to buck a stiff
wind that whipped the vari-col
ored flaps that marked the
course. Veterans of the racing
game were open in their opinion
that Campbell's world's record
of 253.9 miles an hour will be at'
his mercy once he has the chancc,
to give the 2600 horsepower
Bluebird the gun.
When thi.j will be is not
known, for Campbell said after
his run that the beach was "less
than fair."
"It was like driving through
a giant saucer, because of the
many depressions in the sand.
And it was very, very heavy.
The visibility was poor, too."
Ten Communities
Of Cossacks Face
Exile in Siberia
MOSCOW, Feb. 15.—(UP).
The entire population of ten
Coifack settlements in the
North Caucasus were warned
today that the government is
considering their wholesale ex
ile into Siberia. The communi
ties have been officially black
listed for their failure to de
liver seeds for the spring sow
ing. , 1
Directors Pleased With
Progress at Industrial
I 'v
Election of officers and diroc
tors of the Green River Mills,
Inc.. was held yesterday, and the
same officers and directors will
serve for the concern for another
year. The board of directors ex
pressed themselves as well pleased
with the progress which has been
made under the new organization.
Directors for the concern, as
re-elected by the stockholders are:
R. F. Dew and Wilson Brown, of
Richmond: E. W. Montgomery and
G. F. Williams, of Greenville, S.
C.; and W. M. Sherard, of Ilen
The re-elected officers are: W.
M. Sherard, president and treas
urer; G. F. Williams, vice-presi
dent and assistant treasurer; W.
E. Bates, secretary; and Miss
Etta Stevenson, assistant t o the
The Green River Mills, Mr.
Sherard said in connection with
the announcement of the annual
election, have now been running
full time for the past seven
months. The product of the mills,
fine yarns, is sold direct to con
Considerable improvement at
the mill plant has been made in
the past several months. The mill
building has been re-roofed as
have other buildings at the plant
and improvements have been go
ing forward in that time on the
houses in the village. It was also
stated that re-painting the houses
will be begun at an early date.
Tax Sales, Police Officer,
Authorized Fire De
partment Sought
RALEIGH. Feb. 15. _ Two
pieces of legislation drastically
enlarging the powers of the offi
cials of the Town of East Flal
Rock have been introduced by
Representative Ted R. Ray, o1
Henderson county, and both arc
now pending in committee at thi^
The first bill, which is before
the committee of finance provide?
that the Town of East Flat Rock
shall be empowered through i's
tax collector to sell the delinquent
tax list for the year 1930, a
clause in the enabling bill mak
ing the sales legal despite the fact
that they have not been sold in
the time as prescribed by statute.
The authority of sale granted is
available for the institution of
sales any time before June 1,
1933 and the paragraph setting
the date by which time the sales
shall be instituted states that "the
proceedings shall have the same
yafidity as though said tax cer
tificates had been issued within
the time prescribed by statute."
The second bill provides that
'the limitation upon the powers
sf the commissioners of the town
)f Fast Flat Rock as set forth in
(Continued on page three).
3-Part Program Makes
U. S. and Russia
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15. (l;Ti
A three part program of western
powers to exert effective diplo
matic pressure upon Japan was
foreseen by American officials to
day if. as seemed probable, Japan
rejects the terms for conciliation
of its dispute with China and
withdrew from the League of Na
tions. They are:
1.—Acceptance of the Lytton
report, condemning Japan's Man
churian policy;
2.—Adoption of the Hoover
Stimson non-recognition doctrine
toward Manchoukuo that no state
shall recognize a puppet govern
ment at Changchun and no finan
cial or other material support
shall be given Manchoukuo; and,
—The creation of an interna
tional commission, probably in
cluding the United States and
Russia, in an endeavor to concili
ate the dispute.
GENEVA, Feb. 15.—(UP).—
Japan's threatened withdrawal
from the League of Nations may
involve the United States and
other powers in a serious disputn
over the possession of 1600 islands
in the Pacific, which form a bridge
of 2000 miles east and west, be
tween Japan and the United
The islands, formerly German,
are held by Japan under a man
date from the League of Nations,
acting as custodian for the victo
rious powers in the World war.
Nobody at Geneva believes Ja /
pan would relinquish the islands
when she quita the league, altlio
she would have no legal right to
retain them.
Was Wife of F. E. Curtis,
Both Long Time Resi
dents Here
Mrs. Elizabeth Burckmyer Cur
tis, wife of Mr. Frank E. Curtis,
died suddenly of a heart attack
| in Los Angeles, Calif., yesterday
I afternoon. Her passing was not
I unexpected, as she had been in
poor health for the past year.
Mrs. Curtis was a native of
Charleston, S. C., the daughter of
Elizabeth Capers Davant and
John Adams Burckmyer.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis moved to
Hendersonville about 25 year*
ago, establishing their residence
at Fourth avenue and Justice
street, but for the past ten years
have been wintering in Cali
i Mrs. Curtis had always been a
consistent member of the Baptist
church and on making Hender
sonville her home, affiliated with
the First Baptist church of thi«
Besides her husband, Frank E.
Curtis. Mrs. Curtis is survived by
her adopted daughter. Mrs. Lean
Murphy of Los Angeles; her sis
ter. Miss Mary D. Burckmyer of
Hendersonville, and several half
I sisters and brothers.
Funeral services and interment
will take place in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK. Feb. 15. (UP).—
The American Telephone and
Telegraph company, the world's
largest corporation, today voted
to continue the $9 annual divi
! dend rate in effect the past 12
I years.
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