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The Leader In M'Dowell Territory MARION PROGRESS Marion, A Good Place To Trade And To Live A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF MARION AND McDOWELL COUNTY ESTABLISHED 1896 MARION, N. C., THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1933 VOL. XXXVII—NO. 31 PEOPLE IN MEETING DEMAND THAT STATE BUDGET BE PRUNED 'Want It-Balanced But Say Lop It Off All Along The Line Rather Than Increase Taxes That drastic reduction in govern ment expense is imperative if the people of the county, state and na tion are not to face ruin was the sense of an enthusiastic meeting held in the courthouse Tuesday night. Called by the Chamber of Commerce and Marion Merachants Association, the meeting was atten ded by representative citizens, busi ness men and farmers, some of whom freely expressed the opinion that a halt must be called on what was described as extravagance and un necessary waste in all departments of government. Aftet-a number of citizens had ad dressed the meeting upon invitation of Chairman C. A. Workman, the proceedings were brought to a head by remarks of W. T. Morgan who said in effect that drastic reductions of expenses must come, in any am ount necessary to balance the budget To ascertain the sentiment of those present, a vote was taken on the question of agreeing with the de mand for reduction. Practically the entire audience stood up to indicate their support of the proposition. Chairman Workman was directed to send to Governor Ehringhaus, Senator Dunagan, Representative Neal, and Secretary Dowell of the State_ Merchants Association a tele gram offered by W. "R. Chambers in the form of a resolution reading as follows: "If possible balance the budget by effecting economies and not resorting to any new form of taxes." Upon opening the meeting', the chairman asked for reports from the public meeting held in Raleigh Thursday, opposing a sales tax. Mr. Blanton and Mr. Eckerd responded with the information that the meet ing, largely attended, called for a reduction in government. Mr. Eckerd told of the difficulties merchants are having in carrying on under present conditions of low prices, small prof its, and expenses of operation. Fol lowing these, W. R. Chambers, S. L. Copeland, ** Eugene Cross, J. H. Greenlee, L. J. P. Cutlar, T. W. Wil son, and R. L. Greenlee addressed the meeting briefly.,The general ten or of their speeches was that reduc tions could be made and have be come a necessity. Mr. Chambers call ed for a balanced budget to keep the state's credit good. He expressed sympathy with Governor Ehringhaus, a man with a clear head, he said. He was glad, he said, that Marion and McDowell county have maintained good credit, much more fortunate than many others. Mr. Copeland and Mr. Cross spoke of the manufactur ers and their difficulties but said they are carrying on and are hopeful of improved conditions. How they can meet payrolls under stringent banking conditions is a problem, they said, but believed it will be worked out shortly. Mr. Morgan began his speech by saying the income of the people of the country has been reduced by two thirds. He was not satisfied, he said, with recent legislation of the state and nation. Fixing of the budget by -these legislative bodies in recent years is not in accord with the wish es and condition of the people. There is no necessity for new sources of taxation, he said, except where some one has escaped taxation. "There has been no real effort to balance the budget," Mr. Morgan said. "Such budgets as have been offered are not mine, nor are they satisfactory to the people. So far, there has been noth ing but play. Political expediency has too much to do with our government Our debt service cannot be reduced, but in other departments «f the state expenses drastic reductions can be borne. A little matter of fifteen to twenty-five percent cut is nothing. He is not a good patriot nor a good citizen who would complain at this time because of a fifty percent cut. The people have been cut by two thirds. A sales tax saddled«*upon the people is a crime, and should be re sorted to only for debt service if it is needed, but it is not needed now. "We have politicians and not GROUND IMPROVEMENTS MARION SCHOOLS ARE CREDITED TO MR. TATE Transformation from an unsight ly, ungraded back yard into a gently sloping, sand-covered play ground; connecting the athletic field with the school grounds proper by filling in the old entrance from Court street and the construction of a new sand clay entrance is the result of the work that has been in progress on the Marion school grounds for the past jive weeks. * The new entrance to the grounds is from the end of West Fort street and runs between the Presbyterian church and the graded school build ing. From this entrance cars can en ter the athletic field and obtain plenty of parking space for games on the newly graded grounds to the rear of both buildings. This entrance has been extended in width until it has the aspects, of a regular city street. On the side next to the ^hurch a rock wall is now being con structed that will protect the bank that was necessitated by- cutting the entrance through this property. I While these improvements were made possible by the R. F. C. loans made to this community the local school authorities are giving to Mar- | ion's practical mayor the credit for: the piece of engineering that has j brought about this transformation in the appearance of the school grounds Mayor Tate has been in charge of the force that has been working throughout the period the work has I been in progress and the test given his engineering ability by the recent torrents of rain that have descended in this community is proof of his knowledge along this line. Not only has Mr. Tate been vitally interested in the recent improvement project but it is recalled by the school au thorities- that he has taken an active part in all the ground improvement effected around the school property since the construction of the high school building. This has included the sodding of banks and planting of grass along with the construction of walks around the present high school plant. HOME COMING AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY MORNING Next Sunday morning the congre gation of the First Presbyterian Church will observe the 22nd anni versary of the pastorate of Rev. J. C. Story. This will be a Home Com ing Service and all those who have been members of this church and who have moved away are requested ] to return on this day and worship with the mother church. Every mem ber is asked to do all they can to se cure the presence of former mem bers at this service. This service will : be of interest to all who were once ; members and whq have moved be ; yond the bounds of this congrega tion. An account of the former mem i bership will be given and a brief record of the achievement? of th; church in these years will be re counted. All those who are now members of the church urged to be at t-lvs ser ! vice. FIFTEEN CONVERSIONS AT CLINCHFIELD REVIVAL j The revival meeting at the Clinch field Presbyterian church closed Sunday night. The meeting was well attended and good interest was, manifest from I the start. The climax of the meeting came Sunday night, when about half of the large congregation reconse crated themselves to Christ and His work of the Kingdom. There were about fifteen professions of faith in Christ. The spiritual power of the | meeting" %will continue to be felt in the community for many years. Dr. 1 E. E. Gillespie, the visiting evangel ist, returned to his home in Greens boro Monday. statesmen. The people stand for too much. Agriculture is ir» such a low state it is becoming a curse.. The farmer is imposed upon because he is not organized and has no influence. The people should demand tax reduc tion before their property is confis cated by taxation. It is startling* to witness the number of people whose land is sold for taxes. It is bad enough in this county; in many j counties it is worse. We ahve heard no demand for tax reduction from Raleigh. It is time for the people to demand drastic reduction in expen ses of government." FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Inaugurated Saturday, March 4, President Roosevelt is organizing all the forces of government to meet the financial emergency facing the country. ROOSEVELT'S FIRST ACT TAKEN TO MEET A NATIONAL CRISIS People Applaud His Calm Courage as He Moves Swif.t ly To Avoid Disaster* Hardly had Franklin D. Roosevelt become president of the United States before a national crisis in fi nancial affairs claimed his immediate attention, and that of his cabinet whose work was already cut out for them. After allday conferences Sun day, the president called an extra session of congress to meet the emer gency in the nation's banking sys tem and has prepared measures de signed to meet the country's dire needs. The congress meets today. Inauguration of President Roose velt Saturday was witnessed by many thousands, ^he great event marred only by a note of sadness due to the sudden death of Senator Thos. J. Walsh, of Montana, who had been named for attorney general in the new cabinet. Homer S. Cummings, of Connecticut, was appointed to fill i the cabinet office temporarily, he I having been selected for appointment j as governor general of the Philip pines, the place now held by Theo dore Roosevelt, Jr. Senator Walsh died last Thursday J morning near Wilspn, N. C., as he I and Mrs. .Walsh, a Cuban woman of : wealth and social position to whom he was married in Havana five days previously, were en route to the na tional capital. His death is regarded : as a great loss to the new adminis tration, his long experience in the 1 senate and connection with govern ment prosecution of fraud cases mak | ing him peculiarly well fitted for the department of justice. A precedent was set when the pres ident sent to the senate the names of his cabinet officers who were con firmed on the same day, the first time in history that a new cabinet has been put into office March 4, the day of the presidential inauguration. President Roosevelt immediately called the newly appointed heads of departments into formal session. Henry T. Rainey, of Illinois, a veteran of twenty-eight years in congress, was named at a Democrat ic caucus to be speaker of the House. Speaker Rainey will "be elected and preside at the extra session meeting today at the call of the president. John N. Garner relinquished the speakership of the House and moved over to the Senate where he relieved Charles Curtis as vice president. Former President Hoover left the White House with the goodwill of the nation, and is standing by in New York to serve if opportunity comes. COUNTY COMMISSION NAMES MRS. BURGIN AS TAX SUPERVISOR Subject to New Legislation Af fecting Re-valuation. Conley Is Marion Township Lister. Mrs. Mary G. Burgin, county ac countant, has been appointed super visor of taxation for McDowell coun ty for the year 1933. The county commissioners made the appointment immediately upon opening for busi ness Monday morning, announcig the appointment as an economy meas ure. Mrs. Burgin will discharge the new duties without "additional com i pensation. She will continue to draw I salary as county accountant only, ac | cepting the added responsibility of : tax supervisor without additional I pay. No assistant nor additional clerk hire will be provided, the chairman ! of the board said. i Mrs. Burgin's appointments of tax i listers for the various townships were offered to the commissioners and confirmed without delay. They are the following: Marion T. B. Conley Nebo L. C. Parks Dysartville C. E. Jarrett Higgins C. Rex Wilson Bracketts __ Mrs. Miles P. Flack Glenwood J. M. Haney ] Montford Cove _ Oscar Morgan j Cr-ooked Creek __ Marvin Bird Old Fort E. T. Burgin j .North Cove _ Robert Carpenter Chairman Snipes of the board of commissioners stated on behalf of ; the board that any change made by ! the present session of the legislature j affecting re-valuation of property j this year, would necessarily bring j about a change in the set-up of the tax listing and assessment of prop | erty. It has been expected that revalua tion will take place this year. The matter is before the legislature.'If a new act is passed requiring the coun ties to re-value property, changes in the county set-up will follow. Other wise, Mr. Snipes said, the work of listing and assessing property in Mc Dowell county this year will be in the hands of Mrs. Burgin and the listers appointed Monday. ARBOR DAY In connection with Arbor Day, March 17, it is announced from the state highway office here that high way engineers will cooperate with communities and citizens interested in planting trees along the highway. Information will be cheerfully furn ished at the highway office, second floor north in the court house. See [John A. Poteat or R. F. Barnes. TEACHERS, STUDENTS STUNT-ING MARCH 16 END BEAUTY CONTEST Are you interested in "stunts"? and do you really know what the definition of "stunt" is? If you do or if you do not you no doubt will get a new "slant" on the meaning of this term if you attend "stunt night" which will be held at the high school auditorium next Thursday night, March 16. You will get ideas from most of the teachers in the Marion schools along with the ideas of sev eral hundred school pupils. As £ means of explaining this en tertainment the following lines will be employed: Each teacher in the system from the first grade through the eleventh will give some form of stunt with the children in her room and in order that the show may be held inside of a regular evening of entertainment each performance is limited to ten minutes. Already prac tically all of the stunts have been taking some little time on the side in order to perfect their feature of the evening's entertaoinment. All forms of "stunts" will be presented as teachers are not restricted to any particular type. The only restriction is the ten minute limitation. In addition to the evening of en tertainment this will be the culmina tion of the "Beauty Contest" that will be held in the high school the first four days of next week. This is expected to elicit a great deal of in terest as it will not be known until this program is given who is elected. All high school girls will be eligible for entrance in this contest and it is expected that there will be several in nomination by Monday of next week when the contest starts. Both these events are being given in the interest of the athletic associa tion and all funds raised will be used to defray the expenses of baseball in the high school this season. [ MARION THEATRE TO STAGE BEAUTY CONTEST MARCH 16TH AND 17TH An unusual attraction which is ex i pected to cause much local interest ; will be presented at the Marion The atre next Thursday and Friday nights, March 16 and 17, when Mar ion's most beautiful girls will appear on the stage to vie for the honor of being selected Marion's "1933 Queen Of Beauty". This Revue will be spon | sored by the leading merchants and business firms of the city who will be represented on the stage by Marion's most beautiful girls. The winner of the Revue will be decided by the vote of the people at I tnding the theatre on these two nights. There will be a complete change in the Picture Program to be shown on the second night and | those attending both nights will be allowed to vote on each night. On the | first nights the? votes will be taken up as the patrons leave the theatre and ! on the second night they will be col lected in the audience immediately after the appearance of the girls on the stage, and the result of the two nights voting will be announced, and the winner awarded a beautiful tro phy before the patrons leave the theatre. MARION, GLENWOOD WIN FIRST HONORS IN THE GOLD MEDAL TOURNEY The Basketball Tournament got under way at East Marion Tuesday night. Marion High met the strong Nebo team in the first match. Root ers from the two institutions were keyed up to the highest pitch when the gong sounded with the score tied In the playoff Marion won by a sin gle point. : Line-up and score: Marion Nebo Bell, f 4 R. Jaynes, f 4 Burleyson, f 15 Gray, f 11 Johnson, c Houston, c 7 Settlemire, g, c. 6 A. Jaynes, g 7 Broome, g 5 Gibbs, g Substitutes for Marion: Winborne and Hansel. The second match was between Glenwood and North Cove. Glenwood |won, 18 to 14. The score: Glenwood North Cove Smith, f Hollifield, f 1 i C. Poteat, f6 McCall, f 4 Haynes, c 3 McCall c 6 F. Poteat, g 2 Swofford, g Morris, g 3 Batter, g 2 Subs. Rabuoi 2 Marlowe 2 Boyd 1 Some mighty entertaining pictures at Marion Theatre the coming week! Also extra good short subjects along with them. See the program. MARION BANK OPEN UNDER REGULATIONS OF U. S. TREASURY Further Modification May Fol low Termination of the Bank Holiday Thursday Midnight Marion's First National' Bank op ened Wednesday morning' under reg ulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury to function as fol lows: 1. Accept new deposits which ;hall be segregated "in special trust ac counts and shall be subject to with drawal on demand at any time with out restriction. Deposits received un der similar conditions prior to the nation-wide modified banking holiday may also be paid on demand. 2. Conduct an^ regular banking operations essential to the shipment and delivery of food and feed. 3. Make change. 4.Cash checks drawn on the Treas urer of the United States. 5. Permit free access to safety de posit boxes. 6. Accept payments on obligations due the banks. 7. Return intact without restric tion all cash, checks, and other items delivered for deposit or collection but received after the last closing hours and not entered on the books. In making payments or disbursing cash under any of the above authori zed operations, the banks were for bidden to pay out any gold or gold certificates. J. E. Neal, vice-president and cash ier, said yesterday that the bank will adhere strictly to these regulations until the conclusion of the four day national bank holiday terminating; at midnight Thursday, tonight. It is problematical whether an extension will be prescribed or the bank will permit withdrawals on the five per cent basis in force Saturday, preced ing the holiday ordered by state and national authorities. The Marion bank will be governed by regulations prescribed, officials said. President Roosevelt has called the congress to meet in extra session to day at noon to enact remedial legis lation necessary to put into opera tion an emergency program directed to meet the present monetary crisis. Remarkable calm and orderly pro cedure of business has prevailed since the crisis arising Saturday morning, following runs on banks in Asheville, Charlotte, and other North Carolina cities, as well as the steady run on banks throughout the country during the past two weeks, nearly a billion dollars having been withdrown from Federal Reserve banks in the week ending March 1. Considerable difficulty was experienced by some industries in meeting payrolls. Most of Marion's industries paid off Fri day, preceding the action of the First National effective Saturday moining which permitted depositors to with draw only five percent of their funds , Greater difficulty resulted in the i handling of checks, many local firms | having checks from out-of-toWn firms which could not be cashed. This has ! resulted in a temporary halting of j shipments made heretofore by Mar ; ion hosiery mills and others shipping to outside customers. Mills and busi ness houses, all classes of citizens are j going about their affairs in the best possible way, making the best of a bad situation with the means avail able. FIVE HURT IN SUNDAY WRECK AT MUDDY CREEK After their car turned over the embankment at Muddy Creek Sun day morning, five High Point people were brought to the Marion Hospital where they were treated for bruises and cuts but no serious injuries. The party consisted of Miss Clara Hollingsworth, Hazel Farrington, Mamie Green, Mrs. Rosa Mitchell and Lester Greene. At the hospital they were patched up and the fol lowing day proceeded homeward. TAX MAN COMES 13TH A representative of the state de partment of revenue will be in Mar ion March 13, next Monday, to as sist in preparation of income tax re turns. Ten of the 56 signers of the Decla ration of Independence weie born in ■ Massachusetts.