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THE DANBURY REPORTER
Reviewing The News
THE EYE-OPENING OF AN ISOLATIONIST
Senator Taft, who wants to run for President,
has evidently abandoned the fatal philosophy
he and Wheeler and Bob Reynolds and
Johnson, and the other isolationists preached so
vehemently before Pearl Harbor.
In a late speech Senator Taft says:
"Punishment and disarmament of the Axis,
after victory by the United Nations, will insure
peace for many years, and that the safety of the
United States can be assured by maintaining so
large an Army, Navy and Air Force that no na
tion will dare think of attacking us."
Since America has been atfacked, and thou
sands of our young men have met their deaths —
due to our pitiful unpreparedness—the gang
who voted against every measure of sensible de
' fense are now becoming chauvinistic in
their belated patriotism.
j It was the policy cf President Roosevelt and
, his administration, and of all forward-seeing
Americans, before we got into this terrible war,
to make the army, navy and air forces so strong
110 nation would dare attack us.
But every gesture made toward adequate de
fense was opposed strongly in the Congress by
Taft, Bob Reynolds, Hiram Johnson, Vanden
This Roosevelti-hating clique of synthetic
statesmen voted consistently against increasing
the army, building a great air force, enlarging
the navy, lend-lease, arming the merchantmen,
fortifying Guam—voted consistently against
anything to make America the strong nation
that Senator Taft new desires.
i Led by the vengeful Wheeler and the malicious
Nye, the isolationists became a defeatist bloc
whose record will go down in history to the eter
r nal infamy of its members.
Japan would never have attacked the United
States if we had been even on the way to the pow
erful preparedness now being sponsored by the
Senator Taft who hopelessly aspires the
Presidency, and Senator Reynolds who would
now be glad if patriotic North Carolinians coulcl
forget his record of misrepresentation in the
Congress, will do well to "keep in mind that bale
i'ul line in the Book of Daniel which reads:
"MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN."
At least that part of it which says something
about being "weighed in the balances."
t THE BOY FAR FROM HOME
* Next to a letter from home folks, the boy in
camp or far from home in distant lands, had ra -
ther see the old home paper and read the news
from old Stokes, than anything else.
The Reporter is now being sent to a large num
[ ber of our boys and they write us that it is im
Whether your boy is in camp or in the Pacific,
Iceland, Africa or whatnot, the Reporter will be
sent to him a year for one dollar, or six months
..+>ior fifty esris.
Danbury, N. C., Thursday, Sept. 2, 1943 * * *
WHAT ABOUT THE GERMAN PEOPLE ?
As the war swings into its fifth year of horror
and sweat and tears, of blood and nameless de
struction, and as the Axis is unquestionably soon
to face its approaching doom, you begin to hear:
What about the German people when the set
tlement comes—shall they escape their responsi
One European writer says:
"The millions of German people cannot be
brought before criminal courts as collective ac
complices in Hitler's crimes," etc. And that,
moreover, "would be false politically."
A dispatch from London says:
"The issue of whether or not the German peo
ple are to be held equally responsible with the
Nazi Party for the war and for war crimes is ex •
'pected to be one of the most hotly debated at the
jTrade Union Congress which opens Sept. 6."
We hope and we believe it will be the policy of
the Allies that the German people
it he sponsors of practically all wars in the lasc
'century to enslave other people—should pay to
their last farthing, over centuries of enforced
labors, the cost of the war, by the money they
save through complete disarmament and by a
system of relentless taxation imposed by their
The Kaiser and the Fuehrer could never have
launched their campaigns to subjugate free pop
ulations if they had not been backed to the full
est measure by the German people.
Let the chief criminals who have led the ruth
less murder of Poland and France and Denmark
expiate their crimes on the scaffold or before the
firing squad and let their sponsors pay in goods
and chattels and taxation for their one hundred
per cent, complacency.
And let the proud and insolent Prussian spirit
be brought down to the dust and forever incapa
citated to again stab the peace of the world.
SEPTEMBER HATH ITS CHARMS
It is true that September is tinted with amber
and tinctured with melancholy;
j The locust leaves begin to slowly flutter to the
ground, and the lovely companions of the last
rose of summer have faded and gone; the jay
bird in the blackjack shrieks of early frost, and
as we look over the quiet autumn field "tears,
idle l ears rise in the heart as we think of the days
that are no more;"
Yet there is charm in the visit of this ninth
month, which is 'he month of fullness and ripe
ness and of satisfying fruition.
For now is the time of purple muscadines clus
tering in the thicket, and of ripening pumpkins
down m the bottom. Squirrels romp through the
big woods'and rabbits scamper in the hedges.
And now soon is coming the harvest moon in all
its glamour and glory. And 'possums—ah, me.
The fodder is pulled and the corn is hardening
in the shuck. The hay is in the stack and the
taters are dug. The gold leaves are safely hous
ed, and the fires banked in the flues.
Soon the big warehouse doors will swing ajar
hs the trucks and wagons crowd in, and the song
of the auctioneer will send a thrill through the
hearts of the happy farmers.
Y:e, hath its charms.
THE CEILING COMMITTEE FLOORED?
The committee who went to Washington last
week to get the OPA to raise the ceiling on to
bacco from 41 cents to 48, did not brilliantly suc
The high-ups told them they (the high-ups) were
not in position to do much about it, hinting that
lo raise the ceiling on this tobacco might cause
)ther ceilings to want to be raised, if they raised
one they would be asked sure to raise others,
they were trying to keep the door shut on
inflation, etc., etc.
I The committee was not deeply impressed by
rhe courtesy and consideration handed them by
Mr. Hutson, who was rather too busy to bo fool
jmg with it, anyhow.
Seems like a case of beaureaucratic indifference
and hautuer, or the "insolence of office" mention
ed by Hamlet.
But it was a distinguished committee that went
up and did their best for the farmers. In the
: crowd were Congressmen John Folger and Cool
ey, the Governors of North Carolina, South Car
olina and Virginia, Sheriff John Taylor of Stokes,
Warehouseman Everett Matthews of Forsyth
By the way, the meeting between the three Gov
ernors was said to be very cordial, especially that
between the Governors of North Carolina and
South Carolina. But whether their felicity
reached the traditional and historical degree, we
do not know.
The Governor of Virginia is dry.
A ÜBIQUITOUS PEST
Changes of season often go a long way toward
eliminating pains to the anatomy suffered by
tired and oppressed humanity.
For instance the advent of cooler weather must
happily necessitate us no longer to listen to that
monotonous and pestiferous question:
"Is it hot enough for you?"
But it i.- feared that no weather conditions or
jany other innovation of thing, time or space can
lever provide us alleviation from the acute gripe
| bestowed by the cheerful and optimistic crea-
Iture who so perpetually, and automatically ara!
moronically, even if you favor him ten thoi.-uid
time a day, answers:
| "Thanks a lot."
AN 8-MILLION MYTH
t* ~ -
The Axis report that Hitler has 8 million sol
diers massed on his fronts to meet an Allied in
vasion is a big lie.
The Germans are on the defensive every
where and on a fast retreat out of Russia where
they are being terribly smashed.
Why does not Hitler use some of his boasted
reserves to stop the Russian steam roller?
* * * Number 3,717.