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THE DANBURY REPORTER
Of People and Things
Over the Top Again
It cannot but be a keen pleasure and a
touching- pride for the boys overseas to
learn of the loyalty and the patriotism
of the folks back home who have in ev
ery great bond campaign shown their
appreciation for the fight that is being
made for them and for their freedom
and the safety of their homes.
It is with keen pride and gratitude
that we are able to say North Caroli
na and Stokes county have always stood
true, and both have far oversubscribed
their quota/, in every drive.
Stokes county has never yet fallen
down on a great moral obligation, where
the conditions were clear and under
stood. This consciousness must be ex
ceedingly satisfying to our people.
But when we say "our people" it is
with reservations, for it is a well known
and disgraceful fact that many of our
citizens who are financially able have
not invested a dollar in war bonds, when
they know that this money is being
spent for the arming and feeding and
clothing of the young men who have
given up their all in the stupendous ef
fort to save this nation, many of them
now making the supreme sacrifice.
This is not the worst of the situation.
Many of our citizens have not only re
fused to buy a bond, but have used their
influence, both positively and indirectly,
to disparage buying by others, and to dis
courage those who have bought.
Such action or attitude brings these
slackers and saboteurs into a sinister
light, and in its encouragement and
comfort to the enemy amounts to trea
son to the country.
.Not all of us can offer the government
the tribute of the Bob Simmonses, with
five boys in the service; of the Buck
Cardwells, with five boys in the service;
or the Roy King : s, with four boys in the
service; of many other families with one
or more boys now at the dangerous
fronts of battle.
But everybody can do something. Ev
erybody can buy a bond lo take care of
the boys the best that can be done.
Those who do nothing, and are even at
work trying their best to undo what is
being done by others, are inexpressibly
contemptible in the sight of true Ameri
L When the boys come home to stay how
unenviable will be the position of those
who have betrayed them at home.
Nearly every high authority says now
the war in Germanv will be over in 1944,
and some even predict the end in 30 to 60
days. The Huns are reeling on every
front. The Russians are blasting the
German "sacred soil" at East Prussia,
with 11 armies along the line. The Amer
icans are within 70 miles of Paris.
Danbury, N. C., Thursday, Aug. 10, 1944.
Razing the Hell-Raiser?
Unreasonable opposition born of sense
less hate on the part of Senators and
Congressmen of his administration has
been an annoyance with which Presi
dent Roosevelt has had to contend dur
ing his terms of office to a greater ex
tent than possibly any other President
of the United States since Andrew Jack
It must be quite a distinct relief to the
President, as it is an unalloyed pleasure
to his friends and supporters of his ad
ministration, to see the ranks of the
Haters gradually but surely crumbling
as one after another of'them is relegat
ed to that political oblivion from which
he should never have been removed.
For instance, Senator Bennett Clark,
whose pro-German vote in St. Louis was
unable to save him from a crushing and
ignominious defeat in the late primary.
He is one of that isolationist coterie
whose efforts have held down the na
tion's preparedness for war.
And old man Cotton Ed Smith who
disgraced his State of South Carolina
with his frothing animosity to every
thing the President advocated—no mat
ter what it was. He was overwhelming
ly and hopelessly laid on cold storage
Dies of Texas and Reynolds of North
Carolina —each reading the handwrit
ing on the wall, each refrained from
running again, and their seats will be
taken by progressive and patriotic suc
Rufus Holman of Oregon, and Worth
Clark of Idaho, rabid isolationists, sense -
less obstructionists, both beaten by lib
Jim Farley, ejf-Tnmmany Hall chief
tain, disgruntled because the people
didn't want him for President in 1940,
tried again, got one vote at Chicago, dis
gusted and foaming, retires consoled
Coco Cola people. He is effectually
Senator Bvrd. illusioned by his fool
friends, disillusioned by the delegations
who swept the deck for Roosevelt, may
retire to economical spasms, sadde»*
but infinitely wiser.
While they didn't get Wheeler and
Nye—the arch Haters and Isolationists
—each was renominated by the skin
his teeth, both will undoubtedly be
feated in the fall elections.
So passeth the Hell-Raisers.
Reports from the border belt tobacco
openings this week are calculated to'
make farmers smile. The price is high,
at Lumberton, at Taylor's warehouse,
the highest average in the history of the
market was made. Lumberton market
sold 495,006 pounds at an average of
$43.43. Growers were paid $214,982.74.
Road Commissioner For Stokes
When Governor Cherry comes into his
office, it will be very appropriate that he
appoint a Stokes county man as High
way Commissioner for this district, in
order that Stokes county may share iri
the State's new program of good roads
soon to be installed, either after the war
is over or before.
When has Stokes county ever been
honored by an appointive office of con
sequence? Other counties on every side
of us have had this honor, and other
counties on every side of us have been
benefited by fine systems of good roads.
In the great highway program of the
State there is an unwritten law, if not a
statutory obligation, that a direct hard
surface road shall connect each county
seat with its neighbor. But this obliga
tion was disregarded in the case of
No road in the district is needed worse
than a direct hard surface connection
between the county seats of Stokes and
Rockingham. To reach the county seat
of Rockingham, the traveller from
Stokes must go some fifteen miles out of
his way over a good road. A modern
highway should be built directly east
from Danbury to Madison. No other ar
rangement will be carrying out the
State'? obligation, which has been ob
served in most other counties. This neg
lect is clearly due to the fact that while
other counties have had representation
on the State Highway Commission,
Stokes has not.
If Stokes county has no one capable of
serving in the capacity of road zo umis
sioner, we should unite on either a Surry
or Rockingham man. j
But Stokes county has plenty of tim
ber from which an able and conscien
tious Commissioner could be selected,
for instance Lawrence Macßae of Wal
nut Cove, Harvey Johnson of German*
ton, John L. Christian or E. F. Slone of
Pinnacle, O. O. Grabs of King, and sev
A road from jCapella to Mead ws
should be built, the road from Walnut
Cove towurds Belews Creek is ladly
needed, and No. 89. from West field to
Hardbank should be complete >.
y£e shall be glad tcJ see Gov, i nor Cher
ry contacted in time if or t 1 « most urg
ent need for our county, wi/iith may cer
tainly, we believe, be achit .!.
The increased ceiling of . _'o on tobac
co will make mary extra :! liars for the
farmers. On the bordei belt leaf is
bringing up to 48 dollars per hundred.
The Stoker farmers are in for a killing
—it looks now. Congratulations to the
fellows who deserve what they get. May.
they get what they deserve.