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Friday, Dec. 8th, 1916.
USE AUTO LICENSE MONEY
TO BUILD ROADS
With nearly thirty-five thou
sand automobile licenses issued In
the state within the first five
months of the fiscal year, and
probably another ten thousand
will be issued before the year is
out, June 30, 1917, is it not per
tinent to ask the question what
becomes of this money the state
gathers in from this new source.
Let us figure that the average
cost of a license is six dollars and
a half, that will make on the
thirty five thousand licenses a sum
of nearly a quarter of a million
dollars. What is done with it?
Does it go to the general fund of
the state, and if so, why?
The logical and proper dispo
sition of this money is upon the
highways of the state, the better
ment of the roads, and, thus re
turn to the original owners of the
money, improved highways.
Let us suppose that a license
tax of .$10.00 per car was the state
tax on automobiles, which, with
a conservative estimate of 45,000
cars in the state, would bring in
$450,000, and, let the legislature,
which meets soon in Raleigh, pass
a law that this money is to be used
exclusively for road improvement,
is it likely that there will be a sin
gle objection to the tax?
Every owner of a car would
cheerfully contribute his quota
when he knows that the money
would go to the improvement of
the roads that he daily uses, and
often complains about.
The plan would have to be
worked out scientifically, of
course, but it would seem that a
bill could be prepared for presen
tation to the next assembly along
THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
President Wilson's message, de
livered at the re-convening of Con
gress, Tuesday, will be found in
full on the front page of this is
Businesslike almost to the point
of abruptness the message reads
of things to be accomplished
which Congress, in view of the se
rious conditions, dare not evade.
First and foremost is the trou
ble between the railroad magnates
and the union representing the
men, and while the tenor of the
president's remarks are along the
lines of regulation, compelling
obedience to the law by the rail
roads, it was evident also that the
union would also be placed under
supervision, if the chief executive
has his way.
The elimination of the possibil
ity of strikes tying up the coun
try, by the mere say-so of some
union executives, is a crying need
of the country, a tthe same time
the men should be properly pro
tected, and, they will if the pow
ers of the Interstate Commerce
Commission are extended as de
The recommendation to broad
en the laws governing Porto Rico
brought forth an immediate pro
test from the suffragists, for when
the president read the words "The
present laws governing the island
and regulating the rights and pri
vileges of its people are not just"
the women unfurled the silken
banner of suffrage yellow, upon
which was enscribed in black let
ters the inscription, "Mr. Presi
dent, what will you do for woman
suffrage?", which fluttered down
upon the heads of Senators and
The president smiled and turn
ed back to his manuscript and
continued his address.
Another recommendation is for
the passage of a bill to regulate
the expenditure of money in elec
tions, commonly known as the
Corrupt Practice Act, which the
president wishes extended. .
Another important recommen
dation is the extension of freedom
to those engaged in promoting
the foreign commerce of the coun
try, that is now thought by some
not to be legal under the terms
of the law against monopoly.
After the president retired the
members discussed the message in
formally, and it was the general
opinion that congress will enact
into law what the president has
asked for, but it also was the opin
ion of many that there was a pos
sible bitter clash with labor dur
ing the early part of next year.
So well was the president's mes
sage received that the republicans
joined with democrats in cheering
The matter of general education
in this country has reached a point
where more serious consideration
will have to be given the question
of fural schools.
Of one fact there can be no
question, our country has reach
ed a period in its history when its
people must be given education.
Ignorance and illiteracy are no
longer compatible with twentieth
Every person familiar with
conditions under which the coun
try schools are maintained, knows
that under these conditions it is
absurd to even hope that a child
may obtain a competent education
therein. With a school house to
every two or three miles of terri
tory, dividing up the attendance
and multiplying the number of
teachers, two unavoidable conse
quences result terms are shorten
ed and inferior teachers are em
It is a fact, patent to all intelli
gent observers, that to attain to
any proficiency in teaching, the
person must choose this as his or
her life work, and must labor to
equip themselves for efficient ser
vice. To this end there must be
sufficient inducement. The utter
absurdity of a three of four
months term at $25 or $30 per
month furnishing that inducement
is plain to all.
One of the greatest possible de
triments to the proper education
of a child is an incompetent teach
er, and that the conditions just de
scribed are fast flooding the land
with a lot of incompetents is plain
to all. And the child is the suf
ferer. Where he should be right
ly and thoroughly grounded in all
the different branches, in realitv
he frequently has but an imperfect
and sometimes even a wrong
ground mark to build on, the re
sults of which are seen in the woe
fully inefficient lives of so many
of our people.
Again, it is too plain even for
argument, that no community can
educate its children on three and
four months terms of school. Prac
tically the entire accumulations of
the short term are forgotten dur
ing the long vacation.
There are, then, two indisputa
ble requisites to the proper edu
cation of our rural population
competent instructors and school
terms sufficiently long. Of courw,
in the densely populated districts
schools can be maintained of suf
ficient size to guarantee the length
of the term, as this depends almost
entirely on the per capita, and giv
en the term, with an adequate sal
ary, the competent teacher is eas
ily secured and the children's best
But in the sparsely settled dis
tricts this is not the case and here
arises the imperative need of con
solidationreducing the number
of schools, thereby increasing the
funds available for each, thus in
suring the desired results of a
longer term and more competent
As to just how consolidation
may best be accomplished, must
be left almost entirely to local con
ditions to determine. The public
conveyance plan is working well
in many sections. The develop
ment of good roads is also having
a beneficial effect and aiding in
the solution. But as we stated,
this is entirely a local question and
must be worked out locally.
The important point is that the
people be brought to see the abso-
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We hope you are one of the many who have our magnificient 144
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The Southern Commercial Congress meets in Norfolk Decem
ber llth., to December 14th. Don't fail to come.
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ENTERTAINMENT WHILE YOU
WHEN YOU WAKE
UP DRINK GLASS
OF HOT WATER
Wash the poisons and toxins from
system before putting more
food into stomach.
Says inside-bathing makes any
one look and feel clean,
sweet and refreshed.
WftRh rnnrsolf vr v, t -i , - "
. r r c iiisiue Deiore
breakfast like you do on the outside.
Tbis is vastly more important because
the skm pores do not absorb impuri-
Itn irtl ihe blood' causing illness,
while the bowel pores do.
For every ounce of food and drink
taken into the stomach, nearly an
ounce of waste material must be
carried out of the body, if this waste
material is not eliminated day by day
L?17 ferments and generates
poisons gases and toxins which are
absorbed or sucked into the blood
c?a,m' thr,ouSh the lymph ducts which
should suck only nourishment to sus
tain the body.
A splendid health measure is to
drink, before breakfast each day, a
glass of real hot water with a tea
spoonful of limestone phosphate in it,
which is a harmless way to wash
these poisons,, gases and toxins from
the stomach, liver, kidneys and
bowels; thus cleansing, sweetening
and freshening the entire alimentary
canal before putting more food into
A quarter pound of limestone phos
phate costs but very little at the drug
store but is sufficient to make anyone
an enthusiast on inside-bathing. Men
and women who are accustomed to
wake up with a dull, aching head or
have furred tongue, bad taste, nasty
breath, sallow complexion, others who
have bilious attacks, acid stomach or
constipation are assured o pro
nounced improvement in both health
and appearance shortly.
Harvey Oil Co. Cleveland, Ohio
Lubricating Oils, Greases and
Prepared Paints. Prices
& Terms Right.
AN EASY WAY TO REDUCE FLESH
lute necessity for sufficient consol
idation of our schools to accom
plish the desired results, ftivpn
this conviction, we have no fears
I but the solution of the problem of
ways and means will be worked
Drink Hot Water and Take Tassco
Haven't you often wished for a me
dicine to reduce your flesh ? Something
that does not require dieting or i-alis
thenies? Well, right here you have a
5-grain tassco tablets, which you may
secure at any good druggists.
They are pleasant to tak?, perfect
ly harmless and cause no restrictions
of habit or eating, and reduce the fle?a,
little by little, until you are down to
the. number of pounds you wish to
weigh. Too much flesh is undesirable,
as most quite stout people will readilv
admit, and it detractss from one 's good
appearance; makes one clumsy and
short of breath.
There isn't any reason why anyone
should be stout when there's this much
tried, perfectly satisfactory remedy at
any good druggists. Tassco tablets
(don't forget the name) are recommend
ed by physicians and are guaranteed
to be perfectly harmless; Refuse sub
stitutes, if you will not come to our
store, we will mail Tasseo to you.
50c. BOX FREE
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Send me by return mail a 50c.
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We Are Doing Our Very
Best to old Down Prices
For the past two months the markets of the world have all but run
away with themselves, but we had lots of things bought right, so have
sold right many things at lower prices than we could have afforded
had we bought on the then market.
We will always do the VERY BEST POSSIBLE for our cus
tomers. Prices will be made as low as possible and we will see that
you get the VERY BEST to be had in QUALITY, SERVICE and
When we are forced to advance prices it hurts us several hun
dred times as much as either one of our customers, for we feel it for
Your patronage is ALWAYS appreciated.
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Now begins the holi
day shopping season
Our great Christmas stocks
are ready for you
Throughout the entire establish
ment Christmas readiness is su
preme. Our preparations are
complete. We are ready to
serve you with vast stores of
gift merchandise in greater as
sortments than ever before.
We urge the public to do their (hrisinMS
shopping early before the rush
We have just received some pretty ladies'
one-piece dresses in oil shades,
Ladies' plush coals, something different
than we had earlier in the season
offman & Bro.
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NOTICE OF ADMINISTEATIX
HaviLj this day qualified as A.dmH
istratix of John H. Ausbon, deceased,
late of Scotland Neck, tfnrt.h n.av...
I hereby notify all persons having
claims against the decedent to present
the same to me duly verified on or be-
iore the 25th day o f October. 1Q17
or this notice will be pleaded in bar of
tneir recovery. ,
All persons indebted lo said estate
will please make prompt payment to
( This 25th day of October, 1913.
j Mrs. Cottie Everett,
! Administratix of John H. Ausbon
S. A. Dunn, Attorney.
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HOW TO PREVENT CROUP
In a child that is subject to attacks
of croup the first indication of the
disease is hoarseness. Give Chamber
lain's Cough Eemedy as soon as the
child becomes hoarse and the attack
may be awardea off and all danger
and anxiety avoided.
London, Dec. 7. London's long
faced element tossed up its hands
today with the discovery that
Tommy is a violent "cusser".
"Foul and blasphemous words
are, as it were, common in camp
speecn said a prominent church
goer who hopes to wash Tommy's
vocabulary. "To hear such con
versation first shocks young and
sensitive minds and ears but grad
ually these horrible expressions
slip into the average soldier's vo
cabulary. ' '
' A large number of soldiers haw
enlisted from Billingsgate market
and Covent Garden, the two cei:"
tres of superviolent cussing i'!
The reformers suggest gentl;!'
language from the officers as oik
means of uplifting Tommy-speech.
The Mexican pot is again lue
for its periodical bubble.
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