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Hu^eraoBvillt N*wi EstabNsbed io 1S#4 Headersourillo Time# E»t*blisbe<f io 1811 Published every afternoon except onnday At 227 North Main street, Hendersonvillw, N .C., by The Times-News Co., Inc., Owner aud Publisher. TELEPHONE S7 J. T. FAIN Editor C. M. OGLR » —. .Managing Editor HENRY AT KIN - City Editor SUBSCRIPTTON RATES By Tinaes-Newa Carrier, in Hendersonville, or else where, per week 10c By Mail in Hendersonville, per year $5.00 Due to high postage rates, the subscription price of The Times-News in Zones above No. 2 will be based on the cost of postage. Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office in Hendersonville, N. C. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1933 BIBLE THOUGHT THE EXAMPLE OF MACEDONIA "This they did, not as we hoped but first GAVE THEIR OWN SELVES to the Lord." (2 Cor. 3:5). * * * The high spot in Macedonian liberality as set ting an example for us is in the text: "First they srave their own selves to the Lord." Our Lord doesn't ask money from the unconverted.—Howard A. Banks. CONFIDENCE BY COMPULSION (By BRUCE CATTON) A couple of public-spirited New York state legislators, who seem to have been going to the movies pretty regularly of late, have introduced in the legislature a bill designed to buttress the confidence of the public in its elected representatives. The bill would ban any motion picture which tended "to create a false and untrue impression of the conduct of public office by any public official, or would without warrant or cause tend to undermine public confidence in public officials." The legislators complain that several re cent movies have displayed public official; as crooks, nincompoops, grafters and fat heads, and they want matters set right. And the obvious thing to do, they feel, is to put aH such movies under the interdict. Now this piece of silliness wouldn't be worth noticing, except that it does re-open the whole question of the public's relations with the people it puts in office; and at this particular moment that question is worth a bit of study. Probably there isn't much question but that the public today has a lower opinion of its elected officials than it has had in generations. And that isn't because of the influence .of scurrilous movies, muck-rak ing writers or the insidious machinations of Mqscow, either. It is simply because state and federal legislators have made a holy show of themselves so often that nobody can over looO. For a sample, there is the way the sen ate dropped everything recently to waste a lot of valuable time castigating a chap who remarked in print that only a few men in congress actually do take bribes. There is the way in which this lame duck session at Washington has dilly-dallied with im portant issues. There is the way state and federal assemblies have proven their al most complete inability to do anything about economy. These are the real reasons for the cur rent low estimate of elected officials. Now that a i>12-pound hog has been given star-rating in a movie, maybe more film test3 and less fertilizer will improve the farmer's plight. NEWSPAPERS' OPINIONS GOLD! GOLD!! GOLD!!! PEOPLE CAN'T EAT, DRINK, WEAR OR USE IT—BUT IT RULES THEM Many smart people have no faith in God because God is invisible—yet the same people will place full faith in gol-d, which is equally invisible. Nobody ever sees gold any more—and still it dominates the 1.800 million population of the earth. Absurd—but true! The other day a man handed a merchant a $5 goldpiece which he had been "hoarding for many years. He was arrested, charged with trying to pass off a shiny penny for $5. The American poultryman wonders why eggs have taken a drop in price. He doesn't know about the invisible power of gold. He doesn't realize that the" price of eggs throughout the United States is regulated by an inner circle in London. This again is absurd—but true! John Bull demands for his breakfast two soft boiled eggs.- When businc;-» is good throughout the world and John Bull, the world's great butter and egg man, is enjoying his customary rake-offs, he eats two egg" for breakfast. When trade slumps, John ''manages" with one egg instead—as he is novr doing. v And John sets the style in eggs, just as he sets the style for the language used by many of our college professors, collegians, radio announcers and other Anglophile copy-cats. You can now see that when egfcs are "quiet" in London, this means that the for eggs as a <*rtk>le is poor. raough a perishabl®-foo<i, are now a world product. Eggs which are produced at very low cost in foreign countries and canned, dried or otherwise preserved, are dumped on the market and they are used in vast quantities by big- baking and other concerns in the United States. Eggs are cited here merely as one example of th<? J'ar reaching, though invisible, powers of gold. There is a world war going on right now. The issue is not democracy, armament, universal peace or I anything ideal—it is gold. There is riot enough gold in the world to serve the purposes of trade. Hence gold is grabbed, gold is hoarded, gold is never seen by the common peo ple. Gold is the only product now which is worth more than it costs. You can buy diamonds by the truckload for a song—because nobody wants them. Everybody is afraid to wear them and they are no prettier than 10-cent store glass beads anyway. But gold is scarcer than ever. That is why every day we hear of new finds of gold, in various parts of the world. Everybody is out hunting for gold. There is even a proposition that Uncle Sam should "grub-stake-' the gold-diggers of the West. This would be fair enough, as he is already doing a lot more than that for the gold-diggers of Wall Street. The gold production of the United States rose to nearly S50.000.000 last year. Eut what is $50, 000,000 in these times? It would give only 40 cents apiece to our population even if it was divided evenly—which it never will be. California is still our best gold-producing state, "but South Dakota is a close second. The world production of gold in 1932 was the biggest in history. It totaled almost $500,000,000. Not only the United States but South Africa, Can ada and the other big gold producing countries boosted their output. The international gamblers have just lately transferred their operations largely from Wall Street to South Africa, because the United States has been drained of its gold, and South Africa is a better bet. There is a great rush for gold shares. The United States is now the only important na tion that is still on the gold standard, and the other nations are profiting by this. Uncle Sam is paying the piper, ss usual.—The Pathfinder. THE DEVIL FOR THE WITCH If it becomes imperative that the legislature in voke the sales tax in order to produce sufficient revenues for the maintenance of the government, the farmers of North Carolina who raised such an outcry avsrainst the property tax that the Demo cratic party promised them to take it off. will like ly find that they have swapped the devil for the witch. A sales tax, as contrasted with a farm property tax, will not prove beneficial to agriculture nor a relief to the farming classes. 7t might accrue to their advantage were it not for the fact that North Carolina farmers are such inordinate buyers, but so long as their purchases constitute so large a percentage of the total merchandising done in this j state, the sales tax will bring no comparative bene-l fit to them. The party in power doubtless wishes to its lucky j stars that it had never committed itself to the re moval of the 15-cent property tax. That levy was not producing such a mountainous amount of reve nue, but it was bringing in enough to have fore stalled the necessity of levying a sales tax if it had remained, and, then, too, it is being discovered at this late date that, so far as the agricultural popu lation is concerned, removal of this tax on farm lands and substitution of a sales tax is going to be far more provocative with them than had the status quo remained. Freely admitting the desirability of relief in the field of property taxes, it is, nevertheless, a fact that, in proportion with other states, the property tax burden in North Carolina is not only confisca tory, as its opponents have claimed, but property in this state pays a lower ratio of the total cost of government than property pays in any other state with the possible exception of Delaware. The total tax bill in North Carolina in 1911 was about 96 million dollars from all sources and for all governments, state, cities, towns, counties and districts of all descriptions. Property paid less than 48 million of this amount. In other words, prop erty paid about 50 per cent of the total load, but property, land and real estate, represents about 70 per cent of all taxables. The real estate tax, there fore, in North Carolina is about 34 million dollars. In many states property pays between 70 and 85 per cent of the total bill. Our thinking along this line has allowed another misconception to creep in as regards the amount of taxes farm property pays as contrasted with all other forms of real estate. In 1929-30 when the property tax bill was at its height, reaching 63 million, property listed within the bounds of incorporated towns and cities paid nearly 40 millions of the 63, while manufacturing properties outside of cities and towns paid five mil lions, so that agricultural, timber, railroads and power companies owning farming lands paid only 19 millions. With the property tax reductions as effectuated by the 1931 general assembly figured in the equa tion, it begins to look as if farm properties during the past year paid only 13 million of the total bill, or 13 per cent of all taxes paid in the state. If, therefore, the farmers of the state are now paying on the basis of their property holdings only 13 million dollars, it is obvious that, from the vol ume of goods and commodities they customarily buy, a sales tax would extract from them a far greater amount in the way of annual toll than they are now being compelled to pay under the pre vailing rate upon property.—Charlotte Observer. Yet once in a while, even now, you find a girl who tells her parents where she is going. Uncle Sam made his big mistake when he loaned money where the Marines couldn't land to collect. But never yet have crooks victimized a law-abid J ing citizen who didn't want something for nothing. Now they say that lifting the hands above the head makes you grow taller. But you're usually short after it's over. Americanism: Educating boys to search in vain for white-collar jobs; training no carpenters ov other craftsmen to serve when the old ones are gone. A Son in College Comes in Handy ROOSEVELT MANAGERS CONCEIVE NOVEL IDEA OF SUMMONING ELECTORAL | COLLEGE TO CAPITAL FOR INAUGURATION — /vfu/s irervj— .1 HOVJJ'S A FELLft GOIN' TO ATTEND HIS COLLEGE REUNION WITHOUT i\ "RACCOON COM? AH •vj t*S e-Cj /si QrT^ Ui British Figures Show They Lead World as to Disarmament LONDODN, Feb. 20.—(UP).— Little or no actual reduction in the world's navies has been made, despite the treaties calling for it, judging by statistics contained in the 44th issue of "Brassey's Na val and Shipping Annual," recent ly published. Commenting: in the preface on this, the book says: "At the end of the year in which there was held the first international con ference on disarmament, the na tions showed no immediate inten tion to reduce their sea forces. Although proposals for limitation ere both numerous and varied, the task of reconciling them into an agreement satisfactory to even a majority proved insuperable. WORLD UNREST "As the needs of each country for national defense differ, so did the degree of importance which each attached to the particular arms or standards of strength. Nor did the events of the year tend to support the assertion that armaments are the primary cause of war. There was unrest in many parts of the world. . . . "In these circumstances, it is hardly to be wondered at that governments were reluctant to exchange the substance of their tried means of defense for the shadow of reliance upon interna tional agreement, especially when history shows so many examples of the disregard of paper pacts." 47 PER CENT CUT The statistics show, however, that Britain probably has reduced her navy more than any other nation. Reckoned in total tonnage, by the end of 1036, the navy of the British Empire will have been de creased by 47 per cent; that of the United States may nave been increased by 29 per cent and that of Japan by 37 per cent. In personnel Japan has 80,000 men. Great Britain, 01,410, the United States, 107000. This last figures does not include 11,866 professional man-of-war's men in the coastguard. For reserves, the United States has 42.508. Japan 50,000, and the British Empire, 33,S06. u u North Blue Ridge 0 > o NORTH BLUE RTDGP', Feb. 20.—Quite a few people had the misfortune to fall during the sleet and ice storm in this sec tion. Among those who fell were Mrs. Weldon King who received many bruises, Jim Marshal a broken leg and Hen Merrill re ceived many bruises. Mrs. Raymond Pace called to se£ her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Justus Monday. T. H. Hyder's baby is ill with pneumonia. Mrs. Carl Bui'giss and little son, Walter, visited Mrs. C. N. Allen Wednesday of last week. Benson Cole has been out of school for the past week on ac count of influenza. He is re ported better today. The friehds of Mrs. Floyd Justus will be glad to learn her health is improving. Theodore King called at the home of Mrs. Susan Stepp's Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pace had as their dinner guests Sun day, Mr. and Mrs. Knox Hydev and children. E. A. Allen and Mr. Roberts made a business trip to Brevard Friday. There no substitute for newspaper advertising. !Highway Patrol Not To Be Put Under Governor The Tiinos-News Iliimui Sir Walter lfotcl RALEIGH, Foli. 20.—Tho fate of the state highway patrol, which has boon tho target of so many bills this session, now seems to be pretty well charted, the reorganization committee i having given its approval to the bill introduced the other day by Senator Ingram of Randolph and others to transfer the patrol from the highway commission to the department of revenue. The committee, at the same time, rendered an unfavorable report on the bill of Senator Kirkpatrick of Mecklenburg to •transfer the patrol to the gov ernor's office. The reorganiza tion committee, a.s a part of its program recommended to the j legislature early in the session, proposed the removal of the pa trol to the department of reve nue, the patrol also to take over inspection duties now-performed by the department of agricul ture. The Ingram bill did not differ materially from the committee's original recommendations. There is not expected to be serious ob jection in either house to the proposal to put the patrol in the revenue department, but there i sone blrc which will fight the plan on the ground that the pa trol cannot take over any large amount of new duties and do its job as efficiently as now is the j case. j The joint appropriations com mittee is now studying a sub-! committee's proposal to consoli date the highway patrol, the mo itor vehicle bureau, and that this bureau be placed under the di rection of the highway commis sion. This plan, it is claimed, would result in a saving of $23, 000 under the combined sum recommended for these depart merits by the budget commission. It is believed that the appro priations committee will approve the sub-committee's proposal and that both of the plans will get to (the floor of the general assem bly, where they will be threshed I out. Amateur Radio Workers to Speed News March 4th WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. (UP) Those pioneers and short-wave communication, amateur radio en thusiasts, who many times in the past have proved their worth dur ing hurricanes and earthquakes, are planning to co-ordinate their activities in a nation-wide Inaugu ration Day program. The American Radio League, the official organization of the amateurs, has set aside a 24-hour period, March 3 and 4, for ama tr-urs of the -18 states to relay to the amateurs of Washington mes s-ages of congratulation from tho various governors to Mr. Roose velt. Washington amateurs, in turn, will deliver the radiograms to the White House. Amateurs here already are making schedules with operators in other states to insure quick handling of the 48 messages that will fill the air. Rov Corderman, owner of 'ta tion W3ZD, a high-powered trans mitter known in amateur circles throughout the world, is expected i to bear the brunt of the traffic handling at the Washington end of the air lanes. Harry Strang, | W3IL: Burke Edwards, W3BKZ: | Miss E. M. Zandonini, W3CDQ; I and C. A. Briggs, W3CAB, also will participate. Admonition Love all, trust a few, do wron? to none. There is no substitute for newspaper advertising. BEHIND THE SCENES IN WASUINGTON WITH RODNEY DUTCHES BY BODNEY DUTCHER NBA Service Writer ASHINGTON—The good old. J ever-more-popular policy of "blame it on Congress!" has been given an especially arduous work out over the land since the House defeated a proposal to cut con gressional salaries to $7500 a year and another proposal to cut them to $5000 a year. Perhaps it would be difficult to And 435 employed persons anion',' whom as large a proportion would vote to reduce their own incomes as did in the House, but when other citizens start thinking, up reasons why congressional sala ries should be cut and congress men start thinking up reasons why they shouldn't the American I mind seems to be revealed at a j high poak of fertile activity. 1 propose to summarize the argu ments pro and con for whatever they may be worth: FOR T AST year's reduction from $10.-' 000 to $9000 wasn't deep enotigh, being neither in line with the general drop in salaries and wages or with the Democratic) promise to reduce federal ex penses 2<~ per cent. The country is going through a period of unrest and its people i need "a tonic of self-sacriticing example." If Congress cuts its own sala ries it won't be so hesitant about cutting other federal expenses. It avoids other economies because it doesn't want to hurt itself, i The" last increase of congres , sional salaries — in 1!»27 — was $2500, so why not a $2500 cut | now. sincq $75^0 goes as far as $10,000 . j Actual srt'vinfffi'Ir snTCries Were reduced to $7509 would be about $800,000 a year, but might lead to other federal salary cuts aggre gating as much as $80,000,000 Living expenses in Washington would be lowered if salaries were lowered, thereby eliminating the argument about the expense of living here. THITHER proposed cut would make Congress a "rich man's club," its members subject to domination of and reward by spe cial interests. A cut to $75JO would reduce federal expenses only one ten thousandth of one'per cent. Salaries have been cut too much for the good of the country and Congress shouldn't set a .'ur ther bad example. The congressman who doesn't think he is worthy of his hive should quit or return the excess to the treasury. Business men and lawyers must sacrifice their own interests to come to Co.ngress and usually have to finance their own cam paigns. The additional living costs and the necessary standards of living in Washington make it easier to live on $4000 at home than $10, ooo in Washington. Most congressmen must main tain homes both in their districts and in Washington. Moving fam ilies back and forth is expensive and so is the cost of keeping children In school regardless of session dates. Congress already has reduced its salaries, mileage, clerk and stationery allowance and multi plied income tax on its salaries nes, besides passing means tWA months less Day.. AC, A INST amendment whici >4 Awaits Ruling Upon Her Death Keystone Electric Chair May Claim Murderer By JOSEPH S. WASNEY United Press Staff Correspondent SUNUURY, Pa., Feb. 20. (UP) The last tribunal t.o pass on life in prison, or death in the electric chair, for Mrs. l\iarv Stancavage, 4!) hammer slayer of her 70-year old husband, is the state prison board. Tho swarthy Italian-American calmly sits in her cell "waiting news" of whether she must die for the brutal slaying. Clement Kiselefski, 52, step-son of the slain man, who now is serving 10 to 20 years for par-1 ticipating in the crime, has evi-; denced little interest in Mary's fate. Jacob Stancavage, an examiner, j was beaten to death by his bride and step-son so they could have "his home t<> themselves." They endeavored to blame burglars. CLAIMED WITCHCRAFT Mary claimed witchcraft had something to do with the murder. She contended Clem, a hopeless cripple who struggles around on knee-pads, threatened to curse her with "black-magic" and strike her blind within six weeks unless she killed her husband. Forty-five days must elapso be tween the death sentence and the date to be set by the governor for execution, to allow appeals. I Mary, however, pleaded guilty to tjie murder. FIRST WOMAN Just two years ago the j woman to ,be executed v.alked through the little grwen (|oor • Jt Kockview. She was ire Schroeder. blonde jrun-jrirl. V.C with Glenn Dauge, killed a Ptnn| •jylvania highway patrolman in tempting to evade arrest after a robbery. Mrs. Stancavage may h0 tfc» second Pennsylvania woman t "walk the last mile." Mitigating circumstance . ;m the plea of the woman'.- at ome in seeking executive rk-mcncv The y contend she wa- Jndc-r the influence of Kieselfski. • he •, contends, however, that she'.Ui nated the step-son and ,,ian 'i the entire crime. Fiddlers Contest Set Friday Night An old fiddlers convention wiij ho held at the Flat Ilock school on Friday nijiht at 7 :•''() o'clock sponsored by the Pari-nt-Tvacher association. All fiddlers are invited and cosh prizes will he awarded to winners. All fiddler? are ure^ to register witlj Ernest Justus, superintendent, or Mrs. Horner McKhan, hut registration i< Bo. necessary, it was explained. Proceeds will so for the ben?, fit of the Hchool. This event i5 the one which had boon sche<bl. ed for February 10 hut was post, poned because of inclement weather. THE! ► Story by < HAL COCHRAN Pfctuns by CSBORGE SCAPftfl L tV & R25. U. G. PAT. Off. -O tun s/ mia y.:< .ice. :nr. (HEAD THE STOltY, THEN COLOR THE PICTUliE) TIII2 big grasshopper cried, "Ilcy, hey! I'm ready for come fun today. I'm glad to see all cl you lads. Now, watch me do some trick'. "I'll very gaily hop around, high in the air, then on the ground. Of course, if I land on my i.ack, I'll be in quite a fix." "Go right ahead!" cried Scottv. "You can likely show us some thing new. We've often seen grasshoppers, but we'll bet you are the best. •"Let's see how high up you cm Jump, but don't land on me, with a thump. Perform a little while for us. Then you can take a rest." 3 * «r rpHEN into space the hopper flew. The-next thing that tho Tinies knew, it disappeared right o'er a tree that towered in the air. "Where has it gone?" one Tiny cried. Then it came down right by his side. "Don't hop so far away," said Duncy. "That gave us a scare." The fiddler ant then smiled and cried. "What say we all go for~a ride?" "On what?" replied Windy. "On the hopper," sail the ant. j "Upon its back we all will climb land, maybe, have a real jrooj time. I know that it cua urry l us, tuougli you think it can't." t! tt » rpiIE hopper shouted, "'Course * -®- can." Then up to it the Tiui'j ran. Wee Srouty said. "Nov, don't be foolish. We weigh quite ja bit. "However, if you wish to try to | take us 'way up in the sky. we're ! same to travel with you. On your back we'll gladly sit." • "Hop on then," said the hopptr. "You will soon fin,.! cut what I can do." The Tir.i>s all sat straddle, with the fiddler up i# front. The next thing that the Tinier knew, right un into the air the? Hew. "Hurray for us," cried Coppy. "This is quite a th'.'illin? stunt.'' (Copyright* 1C33. XK.V S\rvie>, Inc.) (The Tinios jump into Big l'uZ J.and, in the ue.vt story.) THIS CURIOUS WORLD The KINGBIRD CHASES HAWKS, CROWS, ANO EVEN EAGLES, VET IT FLEES FROM THE ATTACK k HUMMING i& B/RD. na^al l 1 WAS \ ra^^--r40ED \ 6/ I ARMy■ \ OFF1CSfS. IF AN INSECT REMA'NS" •absolutes/ MOTiONLES?, A FftOG OR TOAD WILL MOT ' EAT r./ |W C 1933 BY NCA SOWCC, INC. Z'ZO FROGS and toads prefer living food, and the more lively (fl *ect, the more attractive it is to them. A frog would star*, death, sitting in the midst of a swarm of inflocts, If thsy c'jnt ^ ^ to remain motionless. Insects are -juptured by the suapfr-'k' 0 ^ a long, sticky tongue which is attached at the front ol froii's mouth.