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INDEPENDENT IN POLITICS.
Established in 1878 by H. A. London.
Entered at Pittsboro, N.C., as Second
Class mail matter by act of Congress.
One Year, $1.50.
Colin G. Shaw, Owner and Editor,
('has. A. Brown, Associate Editor.
Advertising: 25c. jfoc. and 35c. net.
Thursday, April 26, 1923.
THE FIRST PERSON —PLURAL.
When John Jones writes something
and signs it John Jones,” what he
writes is merely the expression of
Nobody credits it with being any
When Mr. Jones writes something
and does not sign it or signs it In
dignant Citizen,” or “Vox Something
or Other” or “A Bachelor” his writ
ing is still the opinion of one indivi
When he says, “I do not believe”,
readers know that only one man is!
refusing to believe. When *he says,;
“The taxpayers will not submit,”
readers are seldom excited.
They know that tax payers •
are the champion long dis-1
tance submitters of the universe and
that this one writer is apt to be mis
But when John Jones is an editor,'
how different his writing becomes,
If people stopped to reason it might;
occur to them that only one person
can use the same typewriter or hold
the same pencil at the same time.
But Editor Jones never lets them i
think this. His writings have the au
thority of the voice of a multitude.
He doesn’t sign his writings “John
Jones”; he signs it “The Editor.” Or
he puts it on his editorial page,
which is the same thing as signing
it. And he uses the first person, plu
He says “we.”
Kings* emperors and editors say
“we.” Monarchs say “we” because j
they want it remembered that they
are rulers by divine right. They are
the Lord’s anointed, and the “we” in- .
eludes not only their own personality,
but their dynasty, father and son—
the king who was, the king who is |
and the king who is to be.
Kings are passing, and editors are
surviving and multiplying. Before
long only editors will use the first per
Most of them have a right to say
“we.” It all comes back to the ques
“What does the editor edit?”
He does not edit his paper. He edits
the things which are printed in his
paper. From many things which he
might publish he chooses the things
that he will publish. He rates the
importance he will give to these
things both as to amount of space and
position of space.
And he cannot write everything
that appears in his paper. If he is a
good editor he knows better than to
He is a funnel through which pours
the thoughts and observations of
many eyes—a funnel with a strainer
that keeps out every impurity and ev
erything lacking in interest.
The good editor is more of a “they”
.than he is of a “he.” When he pub
lishes sports he is a youth. When
he reports events he is a young man
, with a brain as hungry for facts as
:his muscles are hungry for exercise.
When he speaks of farming he is a
farmer, a stockman, a dairyman, a
When his paper talks of fashions
the editor is a Frenchman—or would
you say a woman? When he prints
a bedtime story, he is a child.
]ln fact, f*om sentence to sentence
his appeal may switch from the point
,of view of the man to that of the wo
man, from the child to the senator,
* from the worker to the lounger, from
neighbor to world-citizen, from author
to musician, to preacher, to politician.
tK a newspaper hss only three read
ers, its editor cannot be all things
to all those readers unless his
paper speaks of more things than can
come w the ken of any one man. It
is even -doubtful if a father could by
his own efforts publish a paper that
would interest his own children.
And if children in their interests
are sometimes as strangers to their
,own .own parents how can any edi- 1
tor claim that he really knows all the'
Interests of hundreds of readers?
W, H. Fish, president of the West
ern Newspaper Union, is the author
.of. the foregoing. It was in a letter
to this paper advertising features as
furnished by that firm for weekly
newspapers. It is so full of gospel
truth that we have passed it on to our
•- ~ •.
“Has Woman Arrived,” headline' in
The Greensboro Advocate. Yes, she
has arrived, and been arriving ever
Ft*** v ar n a~d she
on arriving, in fact she’ll never stop
arriving so long as the world lasts-.
VICTORY OR DEFEAT.
Last week we had a short para
graph in The Record relative to an
attempt to organize a Ku Klux Klan
in or around Pittsboro, stating that
a preacher had given the attempt
some consideration. Since that time
there has come to our office many ex
cuses and statements regarding the
Victory does not lie in the power
of K, K. K. as to law enforcement,
neither does defeat follow the path of
the individual attacked by a mob of
the members or the Klan as a whole.
No hooded organization will ever
thrive anywhere in Chatham county,
because there are not enough people
that will countenance the covering up
and disguise of any public necessity.
It may be true that a Law and Or- !
der League or a Law Enforcement;
League could well operate to advan
tage in many instances in Chatham.
But then, members of an organization j
of either of the last named do not
shield their identity or blacken the
reputation of any community or muni
Justice is too frequently put to rout
by technicality. Merit has lost its
standing in the administration of our
laws and minor defects in the serving
of papers or the flimsy excuse of one
thing and another calls for action by
the citizenship and it could be done
by organization better than in any
Is it to be wondered that bootleg
gers and the criminal element gen
erally are coming more and more to
mock the courts and treat law as a
joke? Many of the laws are wrong
and should be remedied, loopholes
should be plugged and procedure re
medied as fvell.
One cannot consistently blame the
courts for flagrant miscarriage of jus
tice for they must track the law and
the procedure prescribed by the law
Chief Justice Taft says: “There is
something greviously wrong with the
system—with the law itself, and until
that system is changed and legal loop
holes removed from it, it is useless
to expect the courts to operate in a
way that will discourage crime and
| Therefore, folks, aKu Klux Klan is
not necessary. An organization would
but add fuel to the flame. It is not
needed and will not be countenanced
by the better elemnt of people.
SCARED Hfitf ALL RIGHT.
I By reference to another column on
this page it will be seen that a loyal
subscriber clipped the article from our
paper, written by Palmer Phillips, and
sent it to our personal friend, O. J.
Coffin, editor of the Raleigh Times,
asking that he further its circulation.
Just like we were Coffin pretended to
1 believe it a fake pure and simple, yet
he was afraid to leave off the latter
paragraph wherein the injunction was
served to “he that keeps it quiet.”
Automobile drivers will never learn
any sense, it seems. In order to beat
the train to a crossing at Columbus,
Ohio, last Friday, eight lives were
lost, three killed when the automobile
was struck by a fast train and five
more killed in the wreck of the en
gine and four or five passenger cars
when they jumped the track and were
torn to pieces. If only the dare-devil
drivers were Hie only <ones to suffer
it would not matter much.
It is almost impossible for a wo
man with a number six foot to wear
a number four shoe, but many of
them try it. Pride is a great tiling.
It is not often that a man is tried
on five different cases and is convicted
and sentenced in each case to be
hanged, but that is the fate of Roy
Mitchell, a negro ,at Waco, Texas,
who was convicted of murder last Fri
day and sentenced to be hanged. And
still there are other cases charged
against the negro.
In these days of taxes and more
taxes it’s one blamed thing after more
taxes and* then some. All the Insur
ance concerns in this State have got
to take out licenses if they care to do
business ni North Carolina after Ap
ril 1. Then only a few weeks from (
now all automobile owners will havej
to come across with their dollars for
tax tags for their cars. Is life worth,
living these days?
FIGURE IT OUT.
The Raleigh Times copied our arti
cle from last issue relative to the
Commissioners and Mayor of Pitts
boro, and says editorially:
“Over in Chatham at the county
seat there is to be an election held
early in May. A mayor and some
town commissioners are to be chosen.
There will be many town elections
lield in North Carolina at the same
season, but we find the situation at
Pittsboro as reported by The Chatham
! Record decidedly interesting. The
i community seems to be satisfied with
its government, and that’s unusual in
this day and generation.
‘Ht may be that Pittsboro is easier
to govern and that the government
receives less for its. work; but think
of the difference in the feeling of
Pittsboro for its government and Ra
leigh’s sentiment towards its ditto..
There the folks seem to actually be
proud of their commissioners; here a
meeting is held of so-called “good
government” forces whose big idea
appears to defeat two of the three
city commissioners for re-election and
to let the third shift for himself.
Apparently one community or the
other knows too much or too little
about its government. Do you feel
like saying which is which?”
j A Curse That Comes in Springtime.
Raleigh Times, March 28.
1 Spring, we think, has come to Chat
ham, also. i
We have received from Mrs. M. L.
Barker, of Apex, a clipping from The
; Siler City Grit. Nothing of spring
time in this, say you ?
j But yes; The Grit is reprinting, for
the ’steenth time, no doubt, the an
cient, disreputable and vicious chain
i letter purporting to have been written
, by Christ, signed by Gabriel or some
other notable and containing an in
junction that those into whose hands
it comes must publish it or subject
themselves to a curse. Every spring
over in Chatham, Randolph, Montgom
ery and Davidson the letter is brought
• forth and sent to the county papers.
We aren’t sure what brings it forth
in Chatham; but we’ve always notic
ed that in Randolph it turns up about
j the same time that the Strieby folks
j start in on spring onions, between
| one’s very own digestion and t’other
■ fellow’s breath it is easy to believe in
1 curses at such a season.
Come to think of it, believe we will
publish the paragraph of the- letter
| containing the injunction to publish.
It reads as follows:
“And he that hath a copy of this
letter, written by my own hand and
spoken by my own mouth, and keepeth
it without publishing it to others
shall not prosper, but he that pub
lished to others shall be blessed by
me and if their sins be as many as
the stars by night, if they truly
believe, they shall be pardoned, and
they that believe not this writings and
mv commandments will have my pla
gues upon you, and you will be con
sumed with your children, goods and
cattle and all other worldly enjoy
ments that I have given you.”
Having accented the curse several
times before without ill effect, we are
glad to relieve Mrs. Barker of respon
sibility for publication, and extend the
same offer to anvbodv and everybody
desirous of passing it on. In fact, the
grounding of chain letters is one of
the best things we do.
THE HARVEST 6f LIFE.
A Single Sowing Nets a Single Re
(By Henry Ford.)
Experience is the harvest of life,
and every harvest is the result of a
sowing. The experience which young
people most crave is that of success
in some service for which they are
naturally fitted. And they wish it
at once —immediately. Youth wishes
to touch a magic button and command
success without apprenticeship. But
nothing ripens that is not first plant
ed, and the very desires, the impati
ence , the dreams, the ambitions of
youth are byway of a planting which
shall come to fruition—sometimes af
ter these desires are abandoned and
forgotten. For the sown seed goes
on growing whether we remember
it or not. The wisdom of life is to
keep on planting. Some men never
plant after youthful imagination dies,
and they reap only the one crop which
they planted in youth. Plant every
season and life will be a succession of
THE STEADY SUBSCRIBER
From the “Liberal News.”
How dear to our heart is the steady
Who pays in advance at the birth of
each year, .
Who lays down the money and does
it quite gladly,
And casts around the office a halo of
He never says: “Stop it. I cannot af
I’m getting more papers than now I
But always says: “Send it; our people
all like it —
In well think it a help and a
need.” **! - *
Ho a welcome his check when It
reaches our sanctum,
How it makes our puise throb; how it
makes our heart dance.
We outwardly thank him, we inward
ly bless him—
The steady subscriber who pays in ad
HOW DO YOU TACKLE YOUR
How do you tackle your work each
Are you scared of the job you find?
Do you grapple the task that comes
With a confident easy mind?
Do you stand right up to the work
Or fearfully pause to view it?
Do you start to toil with a sense of
Or feel that you’re going to do it?
. You can do as much as you think you
! But you’ll never accomplish more,
; If you are afraid of yourself, young
j There’s little for you in store.
' For failure comes from the inside
It’s ihere if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the
i If you leei that you’re going to do
1 Success, it's found in the soul of you,
■ And not in the realm of luck!
; The world will furnish the work to do
i But you must provide the pluck.
' You can do whatever you think you
1 It’s all in the way you view it;
It’s all in the start you make, young
You must feel that you’re going to
■I do it.
‘ j How do you tackle your work each
• j day.?
*! .With confi dence clear or dread ?
r y° urself y° u stop and say
a new task lies ahead?
; mat is. the thought that is in your
Is fear ever running through it?
, If *°’ , tacl s ! . e the next yo« find,
By thinking you’re going to do it.
Edgar Guest, in Detroit Free Press.
I LOOK AT YOUrTaBEL
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O —O —O —O 1 - o o—o —o —o —c
A druggist can be a good mixer and
yet short on social qualities.
If you want your rights don’t go at
it in the wrong way.
It is impossible for a woman to
have a shoe that is both stylish and
Politeness of some men will cause
them to be looked upon with suspi
It’s easy to be good-natured if ev
erything is coming your way.
A man may not know one note from
another and yet get next to things
that are going for a song*.
Let a woman tell a man that he is
smart and he will think she is good
The man who wants the earth is in
variably the first to howl about his
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION.
Having qualified as-the administra
trix of the estate of the late Joseph
T. Henderson, deceased, this is to not
ify all persons holding claims against
the said estate to exhibit same to me
duly verified on or before the 23rd
day of March, 1924, or this notice will
be plead in bar of their recovery.
All persons indebted to said estate
will please come forward and make
This the 23rd dav of March, 1923.
Mrs. ANNIE B. HENDERSON,
W. •P. HORTON, Administratrix.
Attorney. May 4-R-C.
OF LAND SALE.
Under and by virtue of an order
of the Superior Court of Chatham
County made in -a proceeding entitl
ed “W. A. Harper vs. M. F. Helms,”
the undersigned will on
Saturday, the 21st day of April, 1923
offer for sale at public auction to the
highest bidder for cash at the court
house door in Pittsboro, N. C., the fol
lowing described tracts of land, to
First Tract: Beginning at a stake
in Edmond Jordon’s line, near spring
running north with said Jordon’s line
70 poles to a stake—line; thence west
with bird’s line, Oscar Thomas line,
and J. M. Womble line 130 poles to
a post oak corner; thence south with
heirs of C. E. Thompson line 70 poles
to a stake in Thompson’s line and cor
ner of M. F. Helms line; thence east
with said M. F. Helms line 130 poles
to the beginning, containing 57 acres,
more or less.
Second tract: Beginning at a stake
in Edmond Jordon’s line, northeast
corner of R. J. Yates tract; thence
north 87 degrees west with said Yates
line along the road 137 3-4 poles to a
stake, Yates comer in Thompson’s |
line; thence north 3 1-2 degrees east !
with Thompson’s line 21 poles to a
stake, M. F. Helm’s corner; thence
south 88 1-2 degrees east with M.
F. Helm’s line 137 1-2 poles
to a stake, Helm’s comer in Jordon’s
line; thence with said line south 2 1-2
degrees, west 23 1-2 poles to the be
ginninv, containing 19 acres more or
Time of sale,. 12 o’clock noon.
Terms of sale, Cash.
W. P. HORTON,
Apr. 19-R-p. Commissioner.
Williams - Belk Co., I
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NEWS FROM MONCURE.
Sunday School Class Picnic at Hay
Mon cure, Apr. 2. —Last Sunday was
a very cold day for Easter, but it was
a day that made people feel the pow
er of our Lord Jesus Christ, which
was manifested to the diciples the
first Easter morning.
Monday was a holiday for Moncure
school. The day was a bright sunny
one and not a cloud was to be seen in
the sky. It was enjoyed by‘ every
girl and boy. Some went fishing, pic
nicing and egg-hunting.
The day was closed with a baseball
game between Pittsboro and Moncure
school boys. The score was an 8-8 tie.
Mrs. E. E. Maynard, one of the
teachers of the Baptist Sunday school,
carried her class on a picnic. They
invited the other classes of the Sun
day school and all carried baskets to
Haywood where they played games
and spread dinner which they enjoy
ed very much.
Mrs. Mary Barringer gave her .Sun
day school class an egg hunt to which
every one looks forward to every Eas
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Self spent Eas
ter with his parents near Siler City.
Miss Reda Umstead, the primary
teacher, spent Easter with her par
ents at Stem, N. C.
Mrs. W. W. Stedman’s pupils held
FEELING GOOD I
Since we began a cash basis on aMrch first our trade J|
has increased at a wonderful rate. There are two reasons ||
The first and most important is that we are enabled to
sell goods at a Much Lower Price than heretofore and the
other reason is that we have Increased Our Stock so that g
one can find just what they want at the Lowest Cost.
Join the Happy Feeling Band now and give us a Call. 1
We want to surprise you with some Real Cash Values.
Specials this week are Sugar 11 cents and Flour $7.50. 1
L. N. WOMBLE,
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chapel exercise last Wednesday m
ing. The program consisted of
Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day, and Spris
time. After the exercise the s X
and seventh grades planted a ml i
tree on the school campus. ape
Miss Connell Cain’s music c i
gave a musical last Friday ? Ss
from 4:30 to 5:30. The
well rendered and showed a great d & i
of music talent in the girls of ]u! a
cure school. oll *
Miss Virginia Cathell, who i s
member of the Senior class of Ca a
High school spent Easter with }/
parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. E.
Misses Catherine Thomas and Will '
Boston accompanied her as far l 6
Cary, but caught a train and retnr?
ed to Moncure. rn '
Miss Nellie Dickens, who will
ish her business course at King’s Bu«
iness College at Raleigh in j UTl ''
spent Eastor with her parents, Mr
Joe Dickens, at Haywood’
Miss Clara Bell, who is a student
at Oxford college, spent Easter vitn
her sister, Mrs. Will Utley.
Misses Altie and Myrle Poe, of Dur
ham, spent Easter with Mr. and Mrs
L. N. Crutchfield, of Lockville.
Mr. J. K. Barnes, the popular cash
ier of Moncure bark, spent Easter a t
Elm City. Great is the attraction for
such a business man to leave his work
here to spend Easter so far away.