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"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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
A Son in College Comes in Handy
— /vfu/s irervj—
t*S e-Cj /si QrT^
British Figures Show They
Lead World as to
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.
"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."
The statistics show, however,
that Britain probably has reduced
her navy more than any other
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,
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North Blue Ridge
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Love all, trust a few, do wron?
to none.
There is no substitute for
newspaper advertising.
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:
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
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
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..
amendment whici
Awaits Ruling
Upon Her Death
Keystone Electric Chair
May Claim Murderer
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
► Story by <
Pfctuns by
R25. U. G. PAT. Off.
-O tun s/ mia y.:< .ice. :nr.
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
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
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#
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?
(Copyright* 1C33. XK.V S\rvie>, Inc.)
(The Tinios jump into Big l'uZ
J.and, in the ue.vt story.)
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•absolutes/ MOTiONLES?,
EAT r./ |W
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.

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