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ANTI-SALES TAXERS HAVE UPHILL TASK Reaction to Greensboro Meeting Seems Not Very Enthusiastic Daily Dispatch n arena. In Ike *lr Walter Hotel. Raleigh, Feb. 22. —While the meet ing of the North Carolina Fair Tax Association held in Greensboro Wed nesday of this week, was undoubtedly intended to be a State-wide mass meeting of anti-sales taxers and the opening gun in its campaign to re peal the sale stax in the 1935 Gen eral Assembly, the impression here is that the meeting was not as success ful as it appeared on the surface. The Greensboro News said that 300 peo ple were present there are more than 29,000 registered retail merchants in the State. A man to whom this cor respondent talked today who attended the meeting said that the most lie counted at. any one time was 150. The avowed purpose of the meeting, according to J. Paul Leonard, of Statesville, executive secretary of the association, is to see that the only men elected to the 1935 general as sembly are opposed to the present sales tax and any kind of a sales tax and to prevent the election of any candidates that may be favorable for it. The meeting did not discuss any ways and means of raising the ap proximately $8,000,000 a yeai- which the sales tax is expected to bring in and refused to e% T en consider any on the grounds that this was a question for the general assembly to decide and also that even if it did make any suggestions to the general assembly, STomi^pFJff •-ih:- Cthet Wl-Dell RF.AT) THIS FIRST: i Capt. Tip (tic Turner, returning to i England from India, finds pretty ' Viola Norman on shipboard, deserted I by her husband and friendless. After i frustrating her attempt at suicide, he learns she is to Income n mother. Tie ] •introduces her to friends of his on , hoard, the Rutherford family. When « they reach England, Viola goes with < the Rutherfords for a i isit and Tin• j yie proceeds to the home of his sister, Janet, realizing he is deeply in lore , with Viola. Janet's husband, Harvey Gilmore., an artist, shows Tin yie a painting of a dancing girl he had found in a cabaret on the continent. Amazed, Tingle recognizes her as Viola. He (irons morose as she fails to write him. A s Harvey and Tipple hare for a visit to London, Turner receives n letter from Grierson d to, laagers, with a cheque in pay ment for * loan he had advanced Viola, tn London he makes an ap pointment villi (lrierson. ’the lawyer refuses lo give Tigpie Violas ad dress. drier son tells Tipple Viola i.s not married and that she is his step sister and now in his care ; Turner tuns into Spot Rutherford at his alub and learns he and his family are taking a cottage at Fame, and that he, too, is searching for Viola who left the Rutherfords to go to her brother's near Putney. Tipple and Harvey pd to Putney only to learn from Grierson's housekeeper that the lawyer is not there. She insists that no stepsister of Grierson has been there. Turner finds Harvey missing us he leaves the Grierson house and wails for him under a tree. Harvey rushes up to say he has found Viola and Tingle catches sight of her en tering the garden of the. Grierson home. /ROW (JO O V WITH THE STORY) CHAPTER 25 TTOrjTE WAS trusting blindly to luck now. It was a type of adven ture that held no appeal for him, but necessity compelled him to carry it out. If he were on a wrong scent, and encountered a total stranger, his confusion would he comjflete, but he did not atop to ask himself how he would deal with the situation. lie would simply have to take his chance of making out some sort, of case for himself. The path he followed led In the de sired direction parallel with the road until It came out beside a wide stretch of lawn. This he quickly realized was in full view of the houße, and he paused for a moment before fully exposing himself to its staring windows. But in that mo ment he caught a distant glimpse of a figure moving among some trees at the end of the lawn, and instantly resolution stiffened within him. He had got to risk something, and after all, even if he were making a fool of himself, the penalty could not be a heavy on«\ The worst that could happen to hvm would be the loss of hie dignity, and he was too simple minded to attach any serious Impor tance to that. So, with quiet boldness, he stepped forth into the open and walked across the lawn. Before he reached the sheltering treos he had lost sight of the dis tant figure, but. he pursued his way unfaltering in the direction in which he had seen It, until arriving at the end of the lawn he stopped lo recon noiter. He looked back at. the house, and smiled a little as he saw that all the windows were shaded hy sun blinds, so that if his progress had been visible tam them at all it could not have been for long. Standing where he was in the deep shadow of some fir trees, he was quite in conspicuous, but with the exception of that elusive figure there was ap parently no one but himself in the garden. A winding path led away among some nut trees, and this he decided to follow since there seemed nothing to be gained by standing still. There was no sign now of anyone near or far, and lie began to wonder If the figure he had seen had turned hack again Into the road. If so, he would do the same, but he would search the place thoroughly first. Now that he had gained access to it, he would not abandon the quest uu HENDERSON, (N. C.) DAILY DISPATCH, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1934 it would disregard them. This is un doubtedly what Leonard meant when he said: “Let me urge you not to go astray in your deliberations to the extent that you will undertake to perform here today the functions which should be left to the General Assembly it self. Let us resolve in the beginning that we will ‘stick to our knitting’ which is our resolve that the sales tax monster must die. And we should set ourselves to the task of bringing about its death without delay.” In taking this position not to re commend anything to the General As sembly to Like the place of the sales tax. but im-reiy to seek its repeal, most of those in political circles here credit Leonard and his association, ns well as the North Carolina Merchants Association and Willard L. Dowell, its executive secretary, with using good head work and playing good politics. It is pointed out here that A. D. Mao- Lean, now assistant solicitor general of the United States in Washington, and who in the last three legislative sessions led the fight for more money for schools and in the 1933 session for the successful fight for a State supported eight months school term, at no lime attempted to suggest where the money was to be found with which to do the things he advocated, lie merely secured the passage of the laws he wanted and then let the den eral Assembly sweat in its effort to find the revenue with which to pro vide it. It. is now generally agreed that the enactment of Maclean law for a Stall wide eight months school term was largely responsible for the enactment of the sales tax, since after five months* effort to find some other means of getting enough money to operate the schools for eight months, the three per cent sales tax was de cided upon as the. only only possible way. Most of the people in the State now realize that. Leonard, Dowell and their following of merchants know it. -tn he had satisfied himself that it was vain to continue it„ He left the wide lawn with its well-ordered flower beds and entered the green shrubbery beyond. lie found it deserted save for a loud-voiced thrush who seemed to be emulating the errand boy whose whistle was again audible as he took his departin'* by the tradesmen’s gate. After a few yards another path bisected it, and he came to a further pause considering whkh way to turn. The sight of an ivy-covered sum mer house on his right decided him. Tie would look here first, though hope was fast dwindling. ( He was not sure that he had really ‘expected to find her even At the outset, and now he began to feel that It would need a miracle to make his long search end in success. She could not be hiding in this empty suburban garden with the roaring traffic at the end of the road, she who had stood with him in the fiery eastern dawn ing and watched the sun rise ewer the desert! He drew near to the summer house, still telling himself that It was ab surd to look there. It was probably only a tool shed, and he would dis cover no more than a gardener en joying his siesta. Somehow that thought made him tread lightly. lie had no urgent desire to disturb any official slumbers. A mere glance was all he needed ere he resumed his search of the rest of the garden. So, with as little noise as possible, he approached, and halting behind the screen of ivy leaned forward to peer within. For a second or two he stood so, his sight, accustomed to the glare outside, finding the dim space within hard to penetrate; then there came to him one of those moments which stagger the senses like a blinding flash of lightning—and pass, leaving an indelible mark behind. He drew a deep hard breath and slowly straightened himself. The search was over. m m m She was sitting In the deep shallow of the arbor, white-faced, stony, her eyes downcast, her hands gripped tightly together. It was evident that she was wholly unaware of him, and her attitude was ©ne of the most complete despair. Only the occa sional fluttering of the drooping eye lids gave evidence of the suffering behind that mute endurance. And Tiggie, dumbly watching, felt the old fire kindle and spread within him. u was the most poignant picture of anguish upon which he had ever gazed. Her very immobility made ft the more arresting—the more intol erable. lie would have been shocked in any case by her general appear ance, for she looked terribly ill. There was no hint of color in her face, and the cheekbones had begun to show m a fashion which made her almost unfamiliar to him. The eyes—those fixed, veiled eyes—were deeply sunken. Somehow she gave him the Impression of a being starved, lost, and near to dying, in a strange land. It came to him that he could not Atand there any longer without mak ing himself known. The sense of trespass which had been banished by the shock of his discovery returned 1 upon him, spurring him to action. He realized that he was looking upon - that which ho was not meant to see, and he cast about for a means of revealing himself to her without 1 startling her. 1 And then, even as he stood there > debating the point, afraid to speak, ’ she moved, turned her head slowly, ■ and saw him. 1 Her whole body went rigid in a second; her eyes widened till they - had almost a sightless look, gazing, f startlingly blue, out of her death ; pale face. Rhe spoke no word, made • no attempt to speak; only it seemed • to him that a nameless fear stared 5 at him out of the, stunned silence of f her soul. 1 It was In answer to that fear that • Tiggie made his first blundering 1 effort to reassure her. “I say,” he . said, “I'm awfully sorry—to butt in . on you like this. Do make allow ■ ancM If you can! I simply had to (Copyright by Qthel Mary Havago) They also know that they have no plan to present to raise the equivalent amount of revenue. So they are noi even going to attempt it, maintaining that this is the function of the next General Assembly. But the anti-sales laxers are not go ing to have such an easy push over in the June primaries as they seem to think, for they already have some well organized opposition, according to opinion here. The North Carolina Education Association, with its more than 200 superintendents, several thou sand principals and 23,000 school teach ers hice waked up, as have the ap proximately 1,500,000 parents in the parent-teachers associations of the State, and are spreading the word a mong the children and parents and all they can reach, that if it were not for tin* sales tax the schools probably would not bo running this year and that in the next General Assembly it must not only be re-enacted but in creased, if possible. The meeting held here Friday of last week is now re garded as nothing more than she opening pep meeting of the school forces to retain, and if possible in crease, the sales tax and elect to the General Assembly only those favor able lo il. So Ihe fight is on. Wife Preservers Save the leftover coffee from breakfast and plan to make a cof fee cake or coffee dessert of some «ind to use it un come. You don’t mind, do you?* She continued to stare at him as though she failed in some way to take him in, and there was that in her look that cut. him to the heart. He saw that once more she was afraid. But it was not his fault this time; he had done nothing to frighten her. unless his persistence were the cause. It was that thought that emboldened him to draw a little nearer to her. “I say, what is it?" he said. “You’re not upset by my coming like this —not sorry to see me again?” She made a stiff, mechanical moPba mem and to his relief her staiinpt eyes fell from his. They seemed to close for a moment, and then the strangest smile that he had ever see* crossed her face. Rhe spoke in th« soft, half whispering voice that h 4 remembered so well—the voice that was like a child’s. “Why have you come?” she said. “Why!” sold Tiggie. He came up to her and suddenly he was trem bling; all that he had endured for her sake rose up overwhelmingly within him goading him to action. He stooped over her. “Why have l come? Why, to see you—because I’ve got to see you, that’s why! Do you think I'm to be put off with a wretched lawyer’s letter —and a cheque? Viola!” His voice broke oddly on her name, and he stooped and repeated it with a vehement* that challenged his own weakness. “Viola! I’m not like that—if you are! Why did you do it? Why didn’t you write to me yourself?” He was close to her now. He could have touched her. but he did not. For she made a shrinking movement of withdrawal. *. "It’s no use asking me things," she said. "Philip’s letter—must have told you.” “Do you think I’m going to believe anything—Philip—says?" demanded Tiggie scathingly. “Or anyone else for that matter? You are the only person I’ll listen to In matters con cerning yourself. That’s why I’ve come to you like this. Can’t you understand?" "Oh yes," she said. **T under stand.” And again the strange smMe was on her face—such a smile as a martyr might have worn. "I hoppd you wouldn’t. I tried—very hard--- to prevent you. But—oh, yes—1 un derstand." "Are you sure you hoped I wouldn’t?” said Tiggie. She nodded quietly, not looking at him. Her hands were no longer gripped together; they lay folded or her lap. “Yes. I did hope you wouldn’t,” she said. "You see, it can only hurt you. And—it can’t, help me.” “That’s got to be proved,” said Tiggie, with a certain doggedness. ”! don’t know of course, but I should say—it might help you.” "That’s because you don’t under stand," she said. "You can make me understand,” said Tiggie. He paused for a mo ment or two, but he was master of himself now. Perhaps her com posure had served to restore his own. "You can refuse, of course, but 1 shall find out somehow. I mean to know.” "That’s so like you,” she feaid with a little shiver. "And it isn’t—as if it could do any good.” “Never mind that!” said Tlggte "You’ve done your best to frighten me off, haven’t you? And you haven’t succeeded. So far e. I’m concerned, we’re—exactly as we were." "It’s no good saying that,” she said; "because we never were—any where, were we?” "I don’t know so much,” shkl Tig gie, with that curious mastery which seldom characterized him save in iMr presence. "I think we used to b* friends anyhow.” "Board-ship friends,” she said with her wistful smile. “That never lasts afterwards, you know.” “Oh, doesn’t it?” said Tiggie. She shook her head. “It doesn’t count anyway. You yourself said that —you said you were only foolish when you were at sea. 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State, Near Bankrupt Year Ago, Now One of Soundest in Country (Continued from Page One.) nomically as possible without com pletely destroying essential govern mental services. t ‘‘To make this cut of 32 per cent in operating expenses it was necessary to cut the salaries of school teachers and other State employes to far be low what they should receive,” John son pointed out. “The legislature gave the governor power to raise their sal aries 10 per cent if the revenue justi fies it. It. is, of course, too early to tell now whether or not it can be done, but I hope it will be possible to do so. They (teachers and State emi ployes) are the poorest paid class of employes 1 know of according to ser vices rendered. I can say this since no pay increase would affect me, since I am a constitutional officer and my salary cannot be raised, so I am nor speaking selfishly. “Bu this big cut of 32 per cent m operating costs, which included the schools and the pay of the teachers, balanced the budget and get the State’s credit back un to the top. The State has .been at meet all its obligations as the ive come due without having to borrow any money at all on tax anticipation notes—some thing which it. has not been able to do in years. The notes which the New York bankers did not want to renew at all a year ago at six per cent have since been renewed easily—or the bal ance. still due, since many of these have been paid off at 4 1-2 per cent. The saving in interest alone has a mounted to more than $30,000 a. year, or enough to operate some of the State institutions for a year. “The balancing of the budget has also made North Carolina the State in the Onited States in whi, } ' 1 ’ eight months school has been 111 an teed to every child and j„ the teachers have been paid ic ,o n! . IK ‘" and in full each month, f,., )rri v State treasury. For, while mote n " 1.000,000 children in the United ;si '' are unable to go to school ree'i"' the schools have been forced to cu " not a. one of these lives in North 'c*" olina.” A. year ago a, floating debi j„ ~| 10i term notes amounting to sl2 230 fry was owed with $7,063,000 to n ( , w Yu , banks, and they were clamoring f 0 (. immediate payment and some w e ,! ? objecting to renewal even at six cent. Since that, time $4,460,240 worn, of these notes have been transferred lo North Carolina banks, although New York banks did not want o, o-ii the notes, Johnson said, and are now asking for all they can get.