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THE STATE PORT PILOT
Southport, N. C.
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY
JAMES M. HARPER, JR., Editor
Sintered as second-class matter April 20, 1928, a
the Post Office at Southport, N. C., under
the act of March 3, 1879.
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Wednesday; December 4, 1935
Now we know that "talking coI<
turkey" means getting down to real busi
Buy Christmas Seals for your Christ
mas package and help those who are les:
fortunate than you.
The time to terminate a visit is whih
you hate to leave and your host hates tc
see you go.
And the next milestone for the school
children is the beginning of the Christmas
If you don't want to get lost in the
woods at night, don't walk behind the
If you want split-second service,
dont wait until the last minute to do your
There isn't any doubt that the farmer's
are the backbone of the nation, but the
professional grafter's usually astride it.
If Mussolini suddenly called all his men
home, Duke, State and Carolina wouldn't
have a football team.
Some fellow says sulphur is odorless.
Try to convince anybody who ever tried
to cure the itch of that fact.
We extend our congratulations to
students and members of the Waccamaw
school faculty for their 100 per cent enrollment
in the Red Cross.
We are glad to see the movement
of repairing and repainting local proper|
ty continuing. Money spent for upkeep
is a good investment and well-kept homes
give an impression of prosperity.
A fine place to start a local clean-up
campaign is down near the depot where
several worn out locomotives and railroad
cars are slowly rusting and rotting away
Not only does this out-of-date rolling
I stock present an ugly background foi
more modern views, but it gives a depressing
impression of broken down transportation
facilities that is not at all fair tc
the service being rendered by the W. B
I & S. railroad.
If the officials of the railroad are approached
in a proper manner by representatives
of some civic organization ol
Southport, we believe they will be glad
to co-operate in removing these rusting
Anyone reading political comment or
recent elections must have felt confused
Democratic spokesmen hailed the vote as
as an endorsement of the Administration
Republican spokesmen were equally jubi
lant, said it showed that the GOP had
matters well in hand.
The truth, acording to unbiased commentators,
lies between these extremes
In the words of Time, the elections "proved
merely that the Democratic majoritj
is: in New York, not so big as it was i
I year ago; in Kentucky, still bigger; ir
Philadelphia, not yet a majority." In oth
er words, they proved next to nothing
And next to nothing will be proved unti
next November, in the opinion of most ex
perts, who are thoroughly up in the ai:
as to the political outlook.
Menace To Safety
Because of the dangers involved ii
driving a school bus across the floatinj
bridge over the inland waterway, loca
school officials have been forced to dis
continue transportation service for school
(children who live in that section.
.1 During high tide, signs are erected at
each end of the bridge warning motorists}
!that they cross at their own risk. After}
t'due investigation, the school officials de-|
jcided that they were not justified in tak-)
-ing the responsibility of running a school
0 bus over this precarious structure four
0 times a day.
5 We have been informed that the bridge j
- was erected as a temporary affair, andj
(that original plans call for the construe-!
rtion of a permanent span. When it comes'
(to a question of providing safe transpor-J
itation for school children, we think it is
time to do something about the present
"! condition of the bridge. I
' Real Service
| The modern motorist is beginning to
" appreciate more and more the courtesies
3 shown him when he stops at an up-to-i
date service station for gas and oil.
By the time the automobile has come
> to a full stop the alert attendant is wip,
ing off the windshield. Quickly he finishes
this job and checks the radiiator
to see if it needs any water. If you
1 want him to, he will test the anti-freeze
mixture in it to see if it is safe for un
usually cold weather.
Then he comes around to the question
of gas. Usually in appreciation of this
i service he is given a chance to 'fill her
up.' Before you leave he checks the oil
and asks if you want him to check the
tires and battery. i
You just can't get around service like :
, that. Every one of those items is ompor- !
tant for safe driving and protecting the '
life of an automobile, and the service stations
who render these special courtesies 1
are gradually running the 'there's your !
gas, now pay me' men out of business.
i Of all the weapons being used to
| combat motor traffic accidents, law enforcement
is after all the most important.
J This is not to minimize the vital need for
|such primary measures as education and'
! engineering, for education is a great hope
jand only through it can we achieve the
ideal of self-enforcement. Traffic engineering
is a fast-developing science which
can and does go far in reducing the probability
of motor accidents caused by '
faults in street and highway design and
construction. Nevertheless, until education
teaches the motorist better habits and a
' proper respect for the added advantages!
given by traffic engineering safety, en-,
' forcement must assume the practical lead- j
5 ership in accident reduction.
People who are otherwise law-abid-|
ing, deliberately break the traffic laws
every day. The result last year was 36,-1
000 killed and close to a million injured.
' The police cannot afford to let down in
i their enforcement efforts, rather must
I they intensify them. Probably the first re
j quisite for good enforcement is good laws
3 .to enforce. The truth of this statement is
" proved by a survey by the National Bu jreau
of Casualty and Surety Underwrit- .
" ers. This survey showed that the trend (
' in the ratio of motor accident fatalities :
' to gasoline consumption increased twenty
per cent in six years in a group of states j
having no driver's license laws, while at 1
the same time, it deceased twenty-five J
. per cent in those states with standard ]
license laws. So long as the law itself is 1
lax, not only about licenses but also j
about the whole motor vehicle code, it i
cannot be surprising that the motorist is i
| also lax. '
l| A second requisite of good enforce- (
jment is intelligent application of the law. i
1 j All offending motorists are not alike, J
j either in their attitude or the degree of ]
" their offense. No police officer has the ]
t right to abuse his authority by abusing j
a motorist where harshness is not called ,
for. The "bawling out" should be saved ]
for the extreme offender. The average '
violator, being the average man, is amen-,
T able to reason. The policeman who can 3
1 explain how the safety of the offender '
11 and of others has been endangered by
";an illegal or an unsafe practice and who 1
is equipped as well to demonstrate statis- 1
1 tically the toll taken by that particular ,
violation, is far more likely to win a con- i
r vert to the good driving idea. Correction
and not punishment is the aim of modern ,
traffic law enforcement.
Real enforcement, therefore, is self- ,
j enforcement. Death and destruction on
i streets and highways will practically
I cease when every driver and every pede1
strain becomes his own agent of enforce-,
PORT PILOT, SOUTHPORT,
Washington, Dec. 4.?Signs of
Congressional activity are noted
in the meetings of the House
Committee on Appropriations
here this week. This vanguard of
39 legislators consisting of 28
j Democrats and 11 Republicans
has one of the toughest jobs allotted
to the lawmakers. Many
pride themselves as "watch dogs
of the Treasury" and try to beat
off all raiders from official or
public life. Through their hands
pass the demands for enormous
Federal expenditures now running
into many billions. Operating
through small sub-committees,
the House Appropriations group
finds its problems multiplied with
the new assortment of alphabetical
agencies demanding money
for current and future needs. The
deficiency appropriation bill authorizing
the expenditure of one
hundred million, which encountered
the Huey Long filibuster
in the Senate in August, must be
revised to care for the expense
accounts accumulated during the
last four months.
Conscientious solons go through
the departmental estimates with
a fine comb and a pruning knife.
It is a notorious fact that estimates
submitted from bureau
chiefs to the Budget officers are
deliberately inflated with the expectancy
of deflation at the
hands of Senate and House committees.
The departmental and 8
bureau executives are quizzed by r
the sub-committees behind closed c
doors and the hearings printed
in time for reading when the bill
reaches a vote. The committees ?
have found considerable demand
for economies and fulfilment of
the Utopian slogan "balance the
budget." The betting is to the
effect that many years will elap- a
se before the Federal government ,
regulates its expenditures to re- l|
venue. In addition to prepared
estimates from the executive
branches of the government the
committees must be on the alert
for new authorizations proposed
by their colleagues. Already notice
has been given that bills will
be introduced at the next session
calling for two billions in a mammoth
building of private homes!
by the national government to
relieve the housing shortage.
The little birds perching on political
fences bring tidings of new
extensions of Federal control over J
industries. While the soft coal I
industry is staging judicial tests:
of the Guffey Coal Act, government
forces are quietly preparing i
to place petroleum and natural
gas in their embrace because
these commodities are competing
fuels. The tentative policy of the
Coal Commission is to regulate
or restrict the utilization of these
fuels so that demand for bitumi- j
nous coal will revive employment I
and increase prices. The consum-1
ers of oil and natural gas, who [
have benefited from lower costs
particularly in areas adjacent to |
oil and gas fields in the Middle
and South Western states, may
ofiftn tho pffonfg r>f tho nrn- !
Already the Federal agencies
are demanding compliance with
the Guffey coal code through a
form of coercion. Railways which
may haul mail and automobile
companies which sell equipment
to the government are asked to
forget cheaper sources of energy
and burn more soft coal to put
miners and others back to work.
The alternative is an embargo on
government purchases of their
products or services. Oddly enough,
the government through the
coal commission possesses the
power to fix prices and allocate
production of soft coal?a procedure
which anti-trust laws prolibit
when attempted by private
enterprise. The Supreme Court
may, of course, upset this scheme
in event they decree the Guffey
President Roosevelt's speeches
ire studied carefully these days
in an effort to determine the
trend of legislation. The arguments
he advances regarding policies
of the Administration are
providing a background for his
mnual message to the Congress,
rhe budget message is the first!
of formal reports which will (
reach Congress after New Year's ^
Day. The annual message deliv-1
ered either in person or writing
will contain an outline of the
New Deal's objectives. It is anticipated
that the specific suggestions
will be limited and that
the Chief Executive will follow
his usual custom of sending numerous
special messages to boys
on Capitol Hill. The Southern
p.nntincrpnt rntlfiprnwl nuor
-?'?*o~ " w "*v* jl
his utterances at Atlanta last j
week because of the implications [
on politics in the South. The mid- [
die West expects something of E
the kind when Mr. Roosevelt re- E
ceives his honorary degree at ?
Notre Dame December 9. :
Legislators cherish the hope jj
that the Administration will keep [
its pledge for a short session by [
curbing requests for new and E
novel laws. Incidentally, these E
talks in selected areas are con- C
idered part of the campaign for j
e-electlon and are treated ac- c
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