NOVEMBER 17, 1930
I have given full and deliberate consideration to the arguments in the petition of the committee of representatives of the North Carolina Tax Relief Association asking that the governor call the General Assembly into special session in December. I am impressed by the facts presented in the petition, and am conscious of the conditions described and the relief sought by the committee. At the same time, I also clearly realize that in a twenty-day session the Legislature would not be able to organize and handle the questions which would be presented to it, and that a special session in December would so interrupt and interfere with the orderly making of plans which are now in progress for the regular session in January that the effect would be two sessions without adequate, organized preparation for either. I have reached the conclusion that it would not be wise nor in the interest of the public welfare to call the General Assembly into extraordinary session in December, and therefore cannot comply with the request made in the petition.
NOVEMBER 20, 1930
There has developed in recent months many petitions from strong and influential sources applying for clemency for prisoners now confined in the State Prison for violation of the banking laws, positions of public trust, and for breaches of fiduciary relations. While I recognize that there is no uniformity in punishment