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The Romance Racket by MARIE BLIZARD CHAPTER 1 THE lIANDri that held the pearls were waxen and trembled with ague. Their touch sent a chill through Carol Kennedy as she half turned and leaned forward to have them vlasped about her slim white throat. Straightening, she touched them briefly as though to feel their beauty. The touch of their cool smoothness on her fingertips brought a light for an instant to her eyes. Aunt Helen begat, to speak. Cyn thia dropped her hand to har lap. “Matilde’s pearls. Howard, how generous of you to give them to Carol. Quite a gift, my dear, for a girl on her twenty-fourth birthday. What have you to say to your Uncle Howard, my dear?” “Suppose 1 stand up and te’.l him what I think of all ot you ard his pearls," Carol thought grimly. "Or. perhaps. I’m expected «• make a lit-, tie courtesy and kiss him on his yel low old brow.” For a moment she couldn’t speak. Her hands crept toward her throat. The pearls seemed to be coiled* about it. More gifts, more bonds forging her to The Family! Slowly she looked at each of them In turn. The aunts and cousins sitting around the lavish table in the great dining room of the old house where even the candle-lights dared not dance in shadows on the walls. So this was her birthday dinner, was it? Well, she knew they had come not to do her honor but to lay down the rules of her life for another year. They’d done it now ever since her mother had died. However, this was the important year! Her vast fortune becomes entirely hers with this birthday. What would they have to say about that, she won dered. Plenty! Uncle Howard was waiting to be thanked for the pearls! Or was he? Carol smiled at him dutifully and saw no answer in the sardonic grin on his parched face. What enjoy ment did he get out of giving her the pearls that belonged on the throat of a woman as soft and beautiful as Matilde had been? Carol was neither soft nor beautiful. She was a plain girl and suddenly the truth of it stabbed through her heart. “Well, Carol, has the cat got your tongue?” Uncle Fred tried a light touch. “Oh! Oh. no. of course not. I mean . . . well, I mean. ... I hadn’t expected such a beautiful gift. Thank you. Uncle Howard”—and turning to the rest: "And thank you all for this birth- j day party.” “It's nearly over, Cousin Carol. I ; know you won’t mind if Owen and I | leave. We’ve promised to show up at the Meacham’s party tonight.” i Carol felt disappointment sweep i over her like a child when told that the party Is over. She said: ] “Os course not, Kathy. It was aw- ] fully nice of you to come and thank i you for your gift . . . and thank you, i Dr. Craig, for the flowers.” « For a moment Carol’s eyes fixed i on the stern dark face of her cousin’s i fiance lit now with kindness as he ] bowed over her hand. “The pearls are very becoming to i you. Carol. They add to the air of ] regality about you tonight with your i hair coiled in braids like a crown. [ < hope this year will bring you many happy things,” he said with deep 1 resonance that brought a flush of i pleasure to her plain face. i “Don’t be afraid to use that little i lipstick, dear. You’ll find it will help 1 enormously.” Kathy said, gathering i cigaret case, vanity and gold-mesh bag together creating a little flurry 1 tn the midst of the family that ad- j mired but did not approve of her, Soon she was gone and what little sparkle had lighted that dull dinner ] party left with her vivid red-clad fig- ‘ tire. “Now, I’m In for it,” Carol thought < and sat back in the shadows of her chair. i Uncle George cleared his throat. 1 “M” SYSTEM STORE Free Delivery Service Phone No. 177-J New supply of home grown tomatoes, crisp firm lettuce, veal, * fresh dressed fish and select oysters. Cup and Saucer Free With Each 24 lb. Bag: Ballard’s Flour SALAD DRESSING, Crescent, 32-oz. jar 25c SANDWICH SPREAD,Crescent,32-oz. jar 2sc PICKLES, Quart Jar, Sour.... WORCESTER SAUCE, Full 5-oz. Size 15c MUSHROOM SAUCE, Delicious 27Vzc CHEESE, Full Cream, lb 22V6c BUTTER, Armour’s Cloverbloom, lb. . . 33c PINEAPPLE, No. 2 Sliced, 2 Cans 35c POTATOES, No. 1, 10-lbs 15c SNOWDRIFT, 3 Pounds 52c CRISCO, 4 Pounds 68c WEINERS, Choice Fresh, lb. . . 22V2C BACON, Fresh Sliced, lb 40c TOILET TISSUE, Sani-Silk, 4 Rolls 24c In that moment Carol Kennedy became a new girl. His wife, Aunt Helen, glanced at the others quickly and warningly for silence. Aunt Grace folded her nap kin and waited. Uncle Fred resigned himself to listening. Cousin Martha sipped .her wine. Uncle* Howard, the ancient one, studied the stem of his brandy glass and looked back into his memories: there was nothing anyone in his fam ily could say to interest him. The silvery chimes of the clock sounded the hour of 11 before Uncle George began: “Carol, you know this Is the most important of your birthdays and . . .” “Yes, my dear, and we. your fam ily. are worried about you . . .’* Aunt Helen Interrupted her husband. He fastened a reproving glance upon her and continued. “Worried isn’t exactly the word. You are alone in the world —except for us, of course faced with the responsibility of your wealth. You are, it is true, not a child but you are unmarried and we feel that we should take a more pronounced part in advising and guiding your welfare.” Carol wondered If he meant order ing the groceries or selecting her reading material. "As a matter of fact. Fred and I have a proposal to make to Carol .” It was Aunt Grace speaking. “I am frank to admit that I haven’t done my duty by my favorite niece” —she didn’t notice the slight lift of Carol’s eyebrows—“although I did so want to give you a coming-out party—you know, Carol, you wouldn't hear of *t —and now that KatSy is going to be married Fred and I would like to have you close up that big house of yours and come to live with us as our daughter.’’ •It wasn’t often Second Cousin Martha contributed her opinion. It wasn’t often it was welcome. Now, gathering her courage and making nervous little gestures at the velvet band on her withered throat, she ven tured: “I thought perhaps I might offer to go and live with Carol. In that great house she must be very lone some." Uncle Howard ceased his contem plation of the dregs in his glass. "Splendid, my dear. You and Carol would be great company for each other.” A slow flitch rose tn Carol’s cheek. Anger—how odd the word seemed to her—rose in her throat. Carol was HENDERSON (N. C.) DAILY DISPATCH, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1935 1 finding new emotions within her this night. So Uncle Howard thought Cousin Martha who reeked of moth balls would be good company for her! A desperate longing for escape, from them all. from this room, from herself, rose within her. She who had been so mild, so amenable, so pliant to their wishes all their life, longed for words to startle them into silence, to leave them aghast! Steadily she brought her head about to, face Uncle Howard. How eyes were! The mocking had gone. They were like black beads in his parched face yet they seemed to be sending a message to her. They seemed to be saying, "Courage! Spirit! Have you none?” And looking back at him, she saw another younger pair of eyes, dark and kindly, bent over her own hand. In that moment Carol Kennedy be came a new girl. Inwardly she trem bled but unconsciously she straight ened her shoulders and addressed them all: “It is. as always, most kind of you. to want to help me. But I’ve plans of my own. I’ve . . —she was a lit tle breathless —“I’m tired of being the ugly duckling of this family. . . . I’m . . . well . . . you’ll see. . . . I’m giving my house to Uncle George and Aunt Helen. That’s what you w mt, isn’t it?” The candles sputtered—as they all would later. "What Aunt Grace wants Is a trip around the world at my expense. You may have It. Aunt Grace, and take Cousin Martha along for com pany. “I’d appreciate it if one of you will take Nanny and the servants. They won’t be able to stand the kind of life I am planning.” She paused and looked at them brightly. “I’m taking an apartment in New York. I’ve work to do and . . . and cocktail parties to give . . . and life— do you all understand —life to learn about! I mean to do it!” In the speechless silence that fol lowed, she turned wordlessly to Uncle Howard. “You’ll help me." her glance seemed to say. “You won’t need help,’ his glance answered her. There was the merest hint of des peration In the slight nod she gave them all as she rose and walked gal lantly from the room. (TO BE CONTINUED) HURRICANE FRINGE I RAKES HENDERSON Very Little Wind, But Drenching Rain Thurs day Afternoon, Night This city and section were raked Thursday afternoon and night by th*. outer fringes of the tropical hur ricane as it blew out to sea after ravaging the lower Florida peninsula with a terrific toll of life and pro. perty. Very little wind struck here, but a drenching rain fell intermittently dm ing the afternoon and evening hours. There was no information today as the extent of the precipitation, but it is estimated that an inch or two fell in a short period of time. Skies had cleared and there was generally fair weather today, with promise inthe forecasts of a continua tion of it to the week-end. The rain was really needed for fall crops, which for the past several days have been retarded in growth by lack of moisture. Everybody To Help Pay Federal Tax Load Soon (Continued from Page Onp.l and not from th United States Mint. So at this time, when millions of boys and •t•:)s are returning to schools and colleges, I want to make a personal suggestion: Urge the necessity 6f get ting a thorough grounding in three vitally important subjects—history, government and economies. One of the outstanding troubles with the ratior today is ignorance, among business men and investors, of those three subjects. The great cam paigns for rau : ca ; and costly reforms convince me of this. This Congress probably passed more extravagant, wasteful, and unsound destructive le gislation than any other in the history of the nation. The Social Security Act alone calls for annual taxes of around .$2 500,000.000 within six or seven years which will nearly double our present tax bill. Yet voters unwittingly favor the extravagant measures and will vote for congressmen who support them because they think that “big business” and the “rich” will pay all the bills. Invisible But Inescapable Taxes. I have here on my desk tjie income and expense statement of the Federal government for the fiscal year whiefi ended June 30. Receipts from items such as cigarettes, gasoline, electricity and the like amounted to $1,657,000,000 For the sake of illustration, let us take a man earning SSO a week and see what taxes the “untaxed” really pay. If he smokes a package of cig arettes a day, he pays a tax on them of about S2O a year. Every time he buys ten gallons of gasoline he pays a combined Federal and average state tax of fifty cents which which would amount to S3O at the end of the yeat. In addition to his license and regis tration fees of $5, he pays a federal sales tax of sls to S2O on his new car and then he receives a local ex cise of $lO to S2O annually. The average United States electric ity user knows that his annual hill runs around $35 but he probably does not know that one-seventh or $5 of this represents faxes. Likewise, the gas and elephone bills of an average consumer include taxes totalling at least sls per year. In 1933 the pro cessing tax was added. This took an additional *521,000,000 out of consum. ers’ pockets last year. The tax &- mounted to 3 1-2 cents on each shirt, 8 cents on each sheet, 1-2 cent on each pound of sugar, and 3 cents on each pound of fresh pork. Receipts from this source average $4.50 pe»- capita each year, or $lB per family head. And remember everybody must be clothed, fed, and sheltered so no body was in the tax-exempt class as far as this excise was concerned. Two-Thirds Rent; One Third Taxes. The above does not nicliide taxes which real estate owners pay and pass along as rent. Let us say that Nice Choice Country Hams Cured to the Queen’s Taste M. G. EVANS Phones 162 —163 DIXIE CKCTALS I /youcantbuy\ „ ~ « / m -Dixie Crystals Sugar is If FRESH HR Sugar ) refined in the Southeast, C 1 / / only an overnight run m from most Southern mar gjL TW kets, so that it reaches you shortly after it leaves m %** Y /-# ~7v the refinery. That is why m vk /djgp A \ Dixie Crystals is so good J Jjjl jJ reaC^CS U • our average citizen is living in a $5- 000 on which the tax is around $l5O a year based on a S3O per thous and tax rate. His rent is $45 per month. The landlord should impress upon the tenant that he is charging •jnly S3O for his rent and that the other sls represents real estate tmC other taxes. Adding the above itmes w"mch just begin the list of invisible taxes, we see that the average man who pays no rear estate or income taxes really pays at least S3OO per year or six weeks salary in invisible taxes. And it is this invisible tax which is now rapidly increasing. Twenty-five per cent of the total revenue of the federal government for the past year came from income taxes. If you are lucky enough not to have paid a direct income tax in 1931 “don’t kid yourself” that you escap ed paying a tax. For instance, do you suppose that General Motors dug into its jeans and paid its $15,000,000 in_ come tax itself? Certainly not! Your share of that income tax $lO on your new automobile —was hidden in the sales price. So before congratulating yourself that the spending spree :n Washington and elsewhere does not hit you just r,ead the above again and remember that you are footing he tax bill along with John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford, —but it hurts you more! Thirty Cents Out of Every Dollar. Now to cap the climax, Congress has passed the Social “Security” Act which will double federal taxes in a few years. The SSO per week worker must soon hand over S7B of his an nual salary to the government. His employer must contribute $156 —- which will also come out of his mon thly pay cheek in one way or another. Not one voter in ten realizes that taxes, even if paid by "big business,” must be passed on ithr to stockhold ers in the form of smaller dividends, to workers in the form of lower wages, or to consumere in the form of higher prices. Some day voters will discover that “soaking-the-rich” sim ply means “soaking-the-poor.” The total income of all people in the United States increased from $44,- 400,000,000 in 1933 to $49,400,000,000 in 1934 —"a gain of eleven per cent. But in the same period Federal taxes paid by American citizens increased twenty per cent. The total tax bill of the nation, including Federal, state, and local taxes, equalled one-third of the annual income, or thirty.three cents out of every dollar—and still MOVED Across The Street, Next To Farmers Warehouse Larger quarters, more complete stocks and better facilities for serving you. Blue Belle Flour, Feeds, Lard, Sugar, Salt, Coffee, Meat and Heavy Lines. Shell Gas, Oils and Kerosene. Dickson & Co. Horner St. Phone 659 See Us For Best Meats —and — Service TURNER’S MARKET Phones 304 and 305 the Federal government had to bor row money to pay one-half its bills! Some day somebody must pay the* piper. The great trlism—"No one ever got anything for nothing”—applies to legislation and nations as well as to men and women! Business, as registered by the Bab sonchart, is now only 19 per cent be low normal, and 12 per cent above a year ago. Breathing Spell For Indus try Now Here, Letter Says (Continued from Page One.> mass of our population in the sound ness of our economical life, and in the honesty and justice of the purposes of its economic rules and methods.” Howard discarded hostility from “financial racketeers, public exploit ers and the sinister forces spawned by special privilege,” but asserted that many business men “of patriotism and a sense of public service believe the wealth tax hill a revenge on bus iness,” and expected a “recess from further experimentation until the country can recover its losses.” Wl W* s BIRELEY/ OMNSMDE When you're the thirstiest . • • it tastes the finest! 54 At all drink stands. Insist on Bireley’s! Made from real, luscious orange juice. Bottled fresh daily in our own dairy. Order by the quart for your home! 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