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The Danbury reporter. (Danbury, N.C.) 189?-current, August 24, 1944, Image 1

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THE DANBURY REPORTS? tiStablisiicHl 1872 Of People and Things Guam and the Pathos Of It It was on the 21st of February, 1939, and the scene opens in the House of Rep resentatives. Speaker Rayburn is in the chair. The House is considering- an appropriation of $5,000,000 to fortify the Island of Guam. Representative Hamilton Fish, rank ing member of the Rules Committee, is speaking: "Mr. Speaker, President Roosevelt is the one who has been advocating Guam as an air base from the beginning and that is why it is before the House today. "We are supposed to goose-step in sup port of the proposal because the Presi dent wants Guam fortified as a part of his program to quarantine the world. I)o not make any mistake about that. "I want to appeal to my fellow Repub licans and emphasise that there is n > country in the world thinking of attack ing us. "There is no country that has the abil 'ty or the capacity to attack us even if ' hey wanted to do so. "All this talk about an attack or inva sion from a foreign nation or nations is part of the war hysteria and fear beimr created in America by the New Pea! Ad ministration . . . merely political bunk and eyewash to cover up the change in our foreign policies from neutrality, nonintervention, peace and no en tang! inir alliances to collective security, economic sanctions, aggression and war." Representative Carl Vinson, the chairman of the naval affairs commit tee, Representative Patrick Henry Drewrv of Virginia, and Speaker Ray burn defended the appropriation; many other Democrats defended it. Represen tative Ralph E. Church, Representative John Tuber. Representative Charles Gif ford and various other Republicans spoke against it. The vote came: The Guam resolution was defeated by 205 to 168. The Repub licans voted practically solidly against fortification, quite a sprinkling of isola tionist Democrats voted with them. Five years later the epilogue came on August 9, 1944. Admiral Chester W Nimitz gives the result: "Casualties suffered by American forces on Guam Island through August 3 (W. longitude date), the day on which organk'vd -Japanese resistance ended were: "I*2ll killed in action. I "5704 wounded in action, and "329 missing in action. "Elimination of the enemy continues " WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS OF AMERICAN BOYS IN THE REDEMPTION OF GUAM? Volume 72 Danbnry, N. C., Thursday, Aug'iist 24, 1944. EDITORIALS fc.. The Resurrection of France Paris, the pride of France, is now free of the Hun. Countless thousands of the capital's patriots, who have been held in leash by the Hun armies quartered in and all around her, rose this week under the protection of Eisenhower's armies now thundering at the gates, ran the Ger mans out and proclaimed Paris free aft er four years of slavery to her beastly conquerors. And now Roumania, Germany's most powerful European ally after the smash of Italy, has renounced Hitler and comes over to the side of the Allies Bulgaria is trying her best to do like wise, but the Allies do not listen, as the Bui gars came only when they thought it was time to save their necks. Put un conditional surrender is the only terms offered to the Bulgarians. One by one the props are falling from under the Axis. With three-fourths of Italy conquered by the Americans and British, with France fast crumbling un der the thundering legions of Pat ton and Bradley and the Canadian armies, with the Russians 011 the frontiers of East Prussia, with 300,000 German troops in a fatal trap in the Baltic area, with unnumbered reinforcements pour ing into France for the onward sweep to Berlin, the days of Hitler and his gang are numbered. It may be in 30 days, it may be October*, it may be by Christmas, but the German strangle hold on Europe is giving l way to the blasts of the avenging democra cies. The time is surely close at hand when Right shall triumph over Wrong. Watch pray and listen for the bells of victory. * _ Roo?e* e!t Front National polls to get the sentiment fo» President have recently been closed, one hv Fortune Macazine. the other by Cal -11113. Both polls plac. Roosevel* {*:r in tN lead, with the soldier vote uncounted which is expected to be overwhelminv for the present occupant of the \\ hi;. House. It is about two and a half months t:; ! the election, and changes can take placv in the attitude of many voters before the final count is made the first week in November. But an analysis made by EI-* mo Roper, the Fortune poll taker, indi cates that Roosevelt's popularity with the voters has increased 3.3 percent in the last four weeks, while Dewey's has increased by only 1.2 percent. This in the face of the fact that Mr. Dewey has been very active in the last four weeks, while the President has been PUELISHED THL R-^.W • « . L.f The Last Pose of Summer It is with poignant regret we an nounce to our readers that Summer is waning— Like the proud contour of Mary Queen of Scots before she bared her neck to the axe—or Cleopatra smiling as she invit ed the asp to sink its fangs into her heaving bosom. Ah, beautiful, "sad, fleeting life, sym bolized by the dying summer. In the poplars the fatal tinge of saf fron. to the ground the first leaves of the 1oc11 st falling, in the bottoms jaundice on the pumpkins. The golden rod hills bring a nameless suggestion of dream and pause, and un heard yearning of hearts that can neve) attain again— The tuberose with its subtle scent and its recollections of the nuht when you pinned it on his lapel, pinned it to the setting of a sweet geranium leaf But on the hills the light from a thou sand blazing flues lends allure to the landscape. And over there the har vest moon is rising in its glory. There is the tobacco barn, the sound of jolli ty, the roasting ears, the late water melons. the fried chicken, the banjo talking in the moonlight, the shouts of carelessness and frivolity. Laughter in the antics of the young, but tears in their hearts. They watch the m>on ri.-e. The glamour of the per fect night somehow soothes the fancies. Revelry is »ampant. But some stroll off to hide then tears. Oh. Moon, where were you last night? Looking over the blood-stained strands of Normandy, sending your quiet stray beams into hospital windows, or were you lighting the swilling yellow waters of Pacilu isles? rid you see my boy, what he doing, was he well, or was he sitting on his bunk wondering why letters did not come from home? Did he send a mes sage to me, when is he coming back? The mute moon smiles down, a bene diction. The dawn evolves like a million dia monds fktshin y in the eastern sky, t 1 :-» mornine* glory laughs from the torn, the sunflowers look Fast with wv.rl'-r ing eyes, there is a triumphant ' on-v ! i the emerald skies, there is ho* e in the russet da^'n. TITe second coming of t' «• h. suckle decks the highwv.s. birds sing in the trees, the s ;iiir: 1 'V-tto in the hickories. practically unheard from. It is going to be mighty hard to defeat the man of t 1 e people—the man who has done so much for the people as Roose velt has done. His record in peace and war needs na defense. Number 3.7(55

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