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THE SIGN OF THE RED CROSS
Millions and millions of stricken people in devastated Europe
must depend on the activity of the Red Cross society alone for the most
meager necessities of life ? just enough to keep body and soul together.
The Red Cross organization is the universal helping hand. But in
order to extend this hand to the sorrowing and afflicted, it must have
your support. In fact, if you would do your part to relieve the suffer
ing in the world, you can do It most directly and efficiently through th?
Red Cross. Become a member today. Give one dollar ? two dollars
five dollars ? as much as you can.
RED CROSSNEEDS FUND
"Drive" for $100,000,000 Opens
New York and Chicago Will Qlve at
Least $40,000,000 ? Every Region
Must Be Generous Now.
Uncle Sam Is calling for u Red Cross
fund of $100,000,000 to enable the Ite<l
Cross to give the proper care to the
filck und wounded, the homeless and
the desolate when his men get Into
the fighting In earnest. New York city
has promptly pledged Itself to "raise
one-fourth of whatever sum Is needed,"
and Is now collecting the money. Chi
cago will be nsked for .something be
tween $5,000,000 and $10,000,000, the
levy based on population and credit
Mr. O. R. Towne has been appointed
by Washington as director of the Red
Cross war fund campaign, for the cen
tral division, and will open a drive
for the money In nine states as soon
as It has been determined Just how
much he needs.
The money will be raised by sub
scription among the various chapters,
and It has been arranged that each
chapter shall have one-fourth of what
ever sum It raises. Mr. Towne hopes
that the country will raise enough to
give the national organization Its full
$100,000,000 over and above what the
The Red Cross Is compelled to raise
its fund from the people because It has
bo small an endowment fund ? less than
$2,000.000 ? while Japan, for lnstnnce,
has more than $13,000,000 In her fund,
the Income from which pays all ex
The money Is necessary to keep up
the supplies and equipment of the base
hospitals, and for relief work In war.
In all of the American Red Cross
hospitals and American ambulance sta
tions In France are to be found in
genious contrivances to save the lives
and limbs of badly maimed soldiers.
One such apparatus, apparently a tan
gle of weights and pulleys and rubber
bands, holds up the legs of a patient
whose lower limbs have been broken
In three or four places by shell explo
sion, and prevents the bones from
growing together improperly. Another,
which looks like a mass of small rub
ber drain pipes suspended from a bag.
Irrigates deep wounfls which have be
come Infected and which must be con
stantly drained and cleaned with an
antiseptic solution if the patient's life
is to be saved.
Patriotic Americans who hnve been
helping the Red Cross hnve of late
been making anxious Inquiries as to
whether the humanity and the neutral
ity of the Red Cross would constrain It
to send food, medicines and hospital
units to Germauy.
"I want to give to help our boys, and
the stricken people of France and Rel
gtum and Serbia," many a one has
written in; "but 1 don't feel like doing
anything If the Germans get part of It."
Americans need be under no appre
hension. Not a cent of Red Cro*? con
tributions is going to Germany, or lias
gone there since the war was declared
by the United States. General Per
shing has gone to Europe to convey to
the kaiser Uncle Sam's compliments lu
the form of shells and American bay
onets. but the Red Cross has no part In
that except to care for such of Gen
eral Pershing's men as may need care.
The matter of sending Red Cross
supplies to Germany was brought up
In the recent Red Cross war council In
Washington. Charles D. Norton, one
of the members, answered Inquiries
"The answer Is exceedingly simple.
We do not purpose to be tried for trea
son. We do not purpose to lend aid
and comfort to our enemies. We mean
to attend our own American Red Cross
Former President Taft, who Is chair
man of the executive committee, sup
ported this view. He said that when
wounded Germans fell Into the hands
of the American Red Cross they will
get the same treatment as our own
men; but that It would undoubtedly
be treason to send supplies to Germany
as we did before we were forced Into
So Americans can give freely, know
ing that every cent is for our own and
our allies' wounded, anQ not for the
Red Cross Trench Work.
Red Cross surgeons and orderlies
give first nld to the wounded In little
underground dressing stations In the
front line trenches. In these dark, wet
places, cold and 111-ventllated, it is
sometimes necessary to perform major
operations ? such as an amputation, for
Instance. War records In France show
that as many Red Cross workers as In
fantrymen Hre killed by enemy fire In
th*> trenches. Red Cross field service
requires courage of the highest order.
Soldiers have the stimulation of fight
ing and giving the enemy shot for shot
and blow for blow. The others don't.
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POPLAR SPRINGS ITEMS.
Come to the singing at Poplar
Springs every first and third Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Mr. and Mrs. John Langdon visited
their daughter, Mrs. Chester Smith,
Mr. Luther Johnson, accompanied
by Mr. John Morgan and Mr. and
Mrs. I). B. Woodall, spent Sundaj '
afternoon in the Bentonville section
Master Carl Grant, of Goldsboro,
is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. S. W. McLamb.
Mr. John Smith and family, of
Benson, spent Sunday afternoon at
the home of his brother, Mr. Chester
Mr. S. W. McLamb returned Mon
lay from a visit to relatives in
Mr. W. A. Byrd returned Monday,
ufter visiting his father, Mr. Alex
Byrd, of Pleasant Grove section, who
is very ill.
Mr. Clarence Woodall and wife
spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and
Mrs. Chester Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. McLamb at
tended the funeral of Mr. H. T. May
nard, in Sampson County, Saturday.
Miss Elsie Flowers, of Bentonville,
is spending the week with Mrs. D.
Miss Irene McLamb and Mrs. Lil
lie Allen were the guests of Mrs.
Elijah Holmes Sunday.
Owing to the high cost and
scarcity of food products, take
no chances this season in can
ning your fruits and vegetables
such as, Berries, Juices, Apples,
Tomatoes, Beans, Corn, Etc.,
without a preservative. As you
know, there are thousands of
dollars worth of canned goods,
such as. Fruits and Vegetables
Spoiled each season that seemed
to have been canned with the ut
Take no chances this season!
Go to your Merchant or Drug
gist at once and get a package
of YERKfiS SURE KEEP
FRUIT POWDER, which is ab
solutely harmless and one pack- |
sufficient to preserve forty
;ige is sufficient to preserve
forty pounds of fruit.
For sale by all Merchants
Prej ared and guaranteed b>
Yt i kes Chemical Company, Inc..
YERKES CHEMICAL CO.
Winston-Salem, N. C.
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that you are hard to fit and must pay a tailor a big price to main
tain that conviction.
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Getting a fit in our Clothes is a certainty. Slip on the Clothes.
The mirror, or your friend, will tell you if they fit before you buy.
$10.00 to $17.50
will put you into as fine a Suit of Clothes as a tailor ever asked
you $25 to $50 for. No waiting; no going back for a try-on; no
obligation to pay unless you are absolutely pleased at the time.
Haberdashery and Carhartt's
Overalls and Gloves
j. f. Thompson
Fine Level, N. C.
THIRD ANNUAL CONVENTION
BAPTIST SEASIDE ASSEMBLY
WRIGHTS VILLE BEACH, N. C.
LOW ROUND TRIP FARES
will be made for the above occasion to Wilmington from
all points in North Carolina, South Carolina, Augusta,
Ga., Norfolk, Suffolk, Boykins and Danville, Va.
Rates from Johnston County points as follows:
Smithfield - - ? 4.20
CHILDREN HALF FARE
Tickets will be sold
June 26, 27, 28 and 29 ; and July 2, 3 and 4, limited return
ing to reach original starting point until and including
midnight of July 10, 1917.
For fares, schedules, tickets and any further informa
tion, call on,
J. A. CAMPBELL, Ticket Agent,
Telephone No. 5 ? One Ring, Smithfield, N. C.
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East Carolina Teachers Training School
A State School to train Teachers for the public schools
of North Carolina. Every energy is directed to this one
purpose. Tuition free to all who agree to teach. Fall
Term begins September 26. 1917.
For catalogue and other information address,
ROBT. H. WRIGHT. President.
Greenville, N. C.
What Does An Acre of Oats Cost?
A gocd crop of oatt will yield 60
or more bushels per acre while many
growers throughout the middle west
harvest yields of 100 bushels or more.
The tei^-year average yield of oats in
the United States from 1906 to 1915
was but CO bushels per acre. The an
nual average yield of oats in most
States is between 30 and 40 bushels
per acre, but few go above 40 bush
els while many go below 30. This
makes a wide margin between the
average yield and that secured by
many growers, and represents all
the difference between profit and loss.
The point is this, in order to make a
profit you must raise above the av
erage crop. Many farmers grow oats
at an actual loss if all costs are in
eluded, but with proper methods this
need not be so. The Illinois Experi
ment Station estimates that it costs
14.45 to grow an acre of oats, not
including interest and money invest
ed in land and taxes, items which
should be counted. Minnesota Experi
ment Station perhaps has the most
exact data on the cost of producing
this farm crop. There, taking all con
ditions into account, it cost $7.97 to
grow an acre. A careful farmer in
Missouri figures out that not includ
ing the fertility removed from the
soil, it cost him $7.66 an acre to grow
a crop. The average cost of growing
oats on 14 other Missouri farms was
$10.87 per acre. While the cost of
growing oats is naturally rising year
by year it is not increasing as rapid
ly as prices for grain have increased
during the last few years. Better
seed, a better seed-bed, early and
more careful planting, and a liberal
supply of available plant food for
early spring use, are the most essen
tial factors in profitable oat produc
tion. ? J. W. Henceforth, in Indiana
Summer Cover Crops Are Needed.
A great deal has been said, and very
properly, about the need for and val
ue of winter cover crops. At the same
time, we believe relatively too little
has been said about our need for
summer cover crops.
Southern summer sunshine is hot,
and Southern summer rainfall is
heavy. In other words, because of our
climatic conditions, chemical changes
in the soil are going on very rapidly
plant foods are being made soluble
and, once our heavy rainfall soon leac
hes them unless they the held by
by growing crops. Over most of the
South our soils are sandy and open
and this too greatly favors the rapid
loss of fertility through chemical act
ion and leaching.
Still another reason why our soils
should be protected in summer lies
in the fact that our very high degree
of summer heat may on barren soils
prove fatal to certain kinds of benefi
cial soil bacteria. The experienced,
observing farmer knows that any
piece of land that is left bare to
bake all summer in the hot sun is in
bad shape for crops the following
year ? many of the bacteria in it have
probably been killed and no vegetable
matter to maintain bacteria life has
been produced. On the other hand,
cover a field thickly all summer with
a growth of cowpeas, velvet beans or
lespedeza, and note the difference. It
is spongy, mellow, moist, ? in a word,
a soil in fine shape for producing
This matter of summer cover crops
is one to which we must give mpre
attention. Of course with certain
crops, notably cotton, it is impossi
ble to keep the land protected as it
should be; but we daresay there are
few farmers who are using the sum
mer cover crop to the extent they
should. Certainly there can be no ex
cuse for leaving the stubble land
barren and idle, or the com fields
without cowpeas or velvet or soy
beans. ? Progressive Farmer.
Seventy Thousand Men Wanted.
The War Department is calling for
70,000 men between the ages of 18
and 40, who have no dependents and
who are not engaged in trades or
professions vitally necessary to the
prosecution of the war, to enlist in
the regular army before June 30. If
there arc any men in Johnston who
object to conscription, they have an
opportunity now to volunteer. North
Carolina is in need of more vol
Sweden's Special Mission.
A commercial mission from Swe
den headed by H. de Lagercrantz and
Axel Robert Nordvale is in Washing
ton looking after interests in which
both countries are difectly concerned.
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