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IHE SMITHFED HERALD
Published Every Tuesday and Friday.
BEATY & LASS ITER
Editore and Proprietors,
Smithfield, N. C.
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Entered at the Post Office at Smith
field, Johnston County, N. C., as
THE C ALL OI THE RED CROSS.
On June fifth the nation called for
its young men to march to the regis
tration booths and register for ser
vice in the army.
On June fifteenth the nation railed
upon the people to purchase Liberty
Bonds and furnish the sinews of war.
Last week the nation called on the
people to give of their money in or
der that the wounded and sick sol
diers might have the proper attention
and care on the battlefields and in
The response to these first two calls
was noble and generous. Almost ten
million of the young men of the coun
try enrolled for military service. And
three billion dollars were offered the
government to furnish the means of
prosecuting the war.
The response to the third of these
calls is no less noble and generous.
One hundred million dollars was call
ed for and like the Liberty Loan it
will be overscribed.
The call of the Red Cross is a call
to a service that every one may have
a part. Every person cannot respond
to the call for military service. There
are hundreds of thousands, yea, mil
lions, who were not able to buy Liber
ty Bonds, but when it comes to the
giving of our money for the support
of the Red Cross, every one may have
a part. There are few so poor that
they cannot give something to help
this most worthy cause.
The representatives of the Red
Cross, as angels of mercy, hovering
over the bloody battlefields where the
wounded and the dying lie, are render
ing a service of the most noble kind.
Forgetting self and remembering on
ly the suffering of their brothers who
go to fight their country's battles,
they are found where shells are fly
ing thick and fast; they are found
where the life's blood of the wound
ed soldiers is fast ebbing away, be
hind the trenches on a hundred bat
tlefields; they are found in the im
provised hospitals behind the lines,
soothing and comforting the wound
ed and dying soldiers. These men and
these women who leave their happy
and comfortable homes and go out to
aid the suffering and dying with no
thought of their own danger, even in
many instances losing their lives for
the sake of those who are no kin of
theirs, only belonging to the great
brotherhood of man, should have the
very best support of the people back
home. And this is the call of the Red
Cross. Plan and provide that they may
be able to render the greatest service
Up to Sunday, Smithfield has had
small part in this groat and noble
work. Following: the addresses made
at the Methodist church Sunday af
ternoon a collection was taken and
the sum of something over six hun
dred dollars was subscribed. The work
was further carried on yesterday by
the representatives of the Red Cross
class here with the result that the
sum totaled about $800. Smithfield
should not be satisfied with anything
lesa than $1,500 for this cause. The
people of the town are able to give it
nid we trust that the solicitors will
meet with a ready response and that
the sum raised will go beyond fif
teen hundred dollars.
MORE SOLDIERS ARE NEEDED.
The President has called for 70,000
more soldiers to bring the Regular
Army and the National Guard up to
their war strength. He has set apart
this we?k by proclamation for this
purpose. He wants the number to en
list before Saturday night. North
Carolina is expected to furnish her
part. Johnston County may have a
place in this call. Young men between
the age of eighteen and 21 and ''1 and
40 now have an opportunity to answer
their country's call. They have a right
to enlist in their own company where
the company is not yet full. The call
has come and those who may have
some objection to being conscripted
have now the opportunity to volun
teer. Young man, the call is before
you. How will you answer?
"JUST AN ENTHUSIAST."
Here is an editorial written by the
other fellow and should be read by
every live man:
One often hears the expression,
when referring to another who has
waxed eloquent on some subject near
to his heart: "Oh, he is just an en
thusiast; you must not take him
Yes, just an enthusiast, but what a
wonderful thing is enthusiasm! Dead
men have it not. It is the exclusive
possession of Live men? of men of
power, of dynamic force.
It is hard to imagine what this life
would be without enthusiasm. Perhaps
the warden of Sing Sing prison would
have a clearer perception than most
people of a world devoid of enthusi
The quality we call enthusiasm
ha done much for the world. Colum
bus had it, and he discovered a conti
nent. Fulton had it, and we have the
steam engine. The Wright Brothers
had it, and as a result the currents of
the upper ether are almost as well
known as those of the deep. Marconi
had it, and the wireless has eliminated
the element of distance on this earth.
And what shall we say of Edison, the
greatest enthusiast of them all? What
would be our condition today even
without his inventions?
You call it genius. But who ever
knew a genius who was not an en
thusiast on his hobby? What is a
genius, anyway, without enthusiasm?
A mere visionary!
Be an enthusiast in your daily busi
ness, in municipal, State and National
affairs. Be an enthusiast in everything
you undct u.ke, in everything you ad
vocate. And above all, be an enthu
siast in upholding the government in
its prosecution of this war, and in the
end we will reap the reward of the
Enthusiasm is not a gift. It can be
acquired by any normal person. It
does not take the place of will pow
er, but is the legitimate child of the
will. Given the desire to succeed, en
thusiasm can be cultivated, and when
once acquired its power is limitless.
Enthusiasm is not the exclusive
power of youth. Some of the bright
est minds the world has ever known
has carried it down to the Valley of
Neither is it the peculiar heritage
of genius, for many of the world's
greatest benefactors have been people
of mediocre gifts, but obsessed with a
burning enthusiasm for accomplish
Therein lies its greatest lesson. All
may possess it, and with its magic
power no life need be a failure.
The strenuous days through which
we are passing call for unbridled en
Be an enthusiast! Only the dere
licts and failures will sneer.
The End of the Rainbow.
There may be a pot of gold at t,he
end of the rainbow ? but nobody has
ever come back with it. On the other
hand, it is pretty certain there is a
pot of gold, of some size or other, in
every honest, well-tended business. In
the game called Success you are only
sure of to-day ? of here ? of yourself.
Mako the most of them; rainbows
are very irregular and transient af
fairs. ? Publishers Auxiliary.
OOMMl NITi BL1LU1->U i
Be a community builder and not a
drone or a knocker. A drone in use
less, and the knocker is entirely out
of place in community building.
? ? ?
Getting all you can out of a com- J
munity and giving nothing back is 1
living like a sponge. The sponge 1
takes in all it can and ne\'er, of Its 1
own accord, gives anything out.
? ? ?
Most people think the community
owes them a living. They are just
a little bit mistak<n. It's all the other
way. They owe the community much.
It was in the community that they
made what they have.
* ? ?
The prosperity of a community or
town meens prosperity for all living
in that community, if all are co-op
erating as they should. The carpen
ter cannot live in a community where
there are no houses to build.
? ? ?
The men who buy all their good>
from the mail order house are not
'community builders. They make the
money with which they buy the goods 1
<n the community where they live and
they owe it to the community to
spend that mony in it. When any
legitimate business in a community
suffers, every part of that community
suffers to some extent.
I ? ? ?
The spirit of active, hearty co-op
eration is the real life-blood of the
community. When every hand is
clasped with every other hand in the
building up of the community life ?
the schools, the churches and the
social and business life ? life-giving
power is given to that community
just as the blood that circulates
through the arteries gives power to
the physical life.
Irish I'otato Raining.
The Smithfield Herald tells of a bit
of intensive farming within the cor
porate limits of that town which is
worthy a second serious thought as in
dicative of the possibilities of agri
culture on small pieces of ground.
"When it comes to making a crop of
Irish potatoes," says The Herald, "T.
S. Ragsdale, of Smithfield, has the
lead so far as we have heard. He
planted a garden spot of one-tenth
acre and yesterday he dug them, get
ting ten barrels of the finest potatoes
ever seen in Smithfield." It is stated
that the potatoes were grown on a lot
f0x88 feet by actual measurement and
at a total cost of labor, seed, fertilizer,
etc., of $19.97. The ten barrels were
sold at a net price of $8 per barrel or
$80 for the yield, leaving Mr. Rags
dale a net profit on his one-tenth acre
There is a record of accomplishment
for the "city slacker" to ponder. We
have been talking about back lot
gardening, canning, producing and
conserving and all that and no doubt
the results will show that much has
been accomplished ? that vast quanti
ties of foodstuffs has been and is still
being produced and that this year we
will come nearer feeding ourslves than
ever* before. Rut the limit has not by
any means been reached. There are
still plenty of "city slackers" ? owners
of lots from a 50 foot square to ten
times that? who have planted nothing
this year and who will reap only a
, crop of regrets.
Had all the hundreds if not thous
ands of one-tenth acres now idle been
planted to Irish potatoes North Caroli
na would have raised a crop in cities
and towns alone that would have fur
nished cither an amazingly large '
amount of food for the producers or
i added materially to their bank ac
counts. It is almost criminal to waste
Pleading for the Barbecue Pig.
A few days ago Governor Bickett
was invited to a picnic and barbecue,
i He asked that the pig be saved and
let him grow into a hop. He let the
folks understand that this was a time
when meat producers should be saved
; and not slaughtered before they had
; served their place. The people re
I sponded nobly to the Governor's ap
peal and many a pig who was doomed
to be slaughtered on altar of barbecue
and pleasure will be saved and grow
into a hog and feed many people who
need him. Even the pigs will bless
jthe Governor for a longer lease on life
Italy In New York.
Arriving in New York, the Italian i
Mission finds itself in a city which
has a greater Italian population than I
Genoa, Florence, Venice, or Messi
na. The largest of these cities, Genoa. 1
had a population in 1911 of 272,000,
but ^here are 341,000 Italian-born
people in New York, or the same as
Palermo had in 1911. Naples has 723,- |
000, Milan 599,000, Rome 543,000. i
Turin 427,000, but no other Italian ?
city outranks New York. ? New York (
r?ew .Automobile l,awn.
There are some very strict laws in
regard to driving automobile* in
North ? Carolina. The people desire to
observe these laws, but in many in
-tances they are ignorunt o ? them.
Perhaps many people do not know
hat there is a law against persons
jnder sixteen years of age operating
. motor vehicle. But such is the case.
Section 13, of the Automobile Law of
N'orth Carolina, which is Chapter 140
I'ublic Laws 1917, reads rs follows:
"That no person shall operate a
motor vehicle upon the public high
ways of this State who is under the
age of sixteen years and who is not
competent physically and mentally,
nd no person shall operate a motor
ve-hicle when intoxicated, or in a race,
or on a bet or wager, or for the pur
pose of making a speed record: Pro
vided, nothing herein contained shall
prevent racing on private race
courses or tracks."
Another Hot Spell.
Sunday was a real summer day in
Kmithfield. The thermometer reached
!t(?. Only one other day, on May 18,
has the mercury climbed as high. It
stood at 81 Sunday morning at 8
o'clock. The lowest point was reached
Sunday night after the rainstorm
when it registered ?57. Several clouds
passed over during Sunday night ac
companied by much electricity, but
the rainfall was not very heavy, .54
of an inch. The rains for the past few
days have been heavy and have a
tendency to put the farmers behind
with their work.
"My idea of the greatest orator
in the world, is the man who can
make a speech in the shortest pos
sible time, say something, and quit
without making a fool of himself."
That is the remark of Bruce Crav
en, who is something of an icono
clast, but The Landmark holds that
it is the best definition of an orator
it has ever seen. The common idea
of an orator is one who has the
"jrift o' gab wery gallopin' " ? one
who is fluent in speech, has a ready
command of language, can quote lib
erally from the best writers and
speakers and make "well rounded
pt riods." But many of this type can
run like the brook and never say
anything. The man who knows how
to condense, who can leave off the
vain repetitions, who can say some
thing ,or at least say what he has in
mind to say and have an end, is a
real orator; and the biggest item in
the whole business is to have a pe
riod, to know when to put on the
The time that is wasted in talk
that amounts to nothing, if put to
some useful purpose, would revolu
tionize economic conditions. It is the
American custom, that wherever two
or three are gathered together, one
must "make a speech." Almost any
sort of public gathering is considered
incomplete without talk by somebody
and usually that is the chief or the
only form of entertainment. That be
ing so, the speaker who is put on to
interest and entertain ought to give
some thought to what he is going to
say ? should make some preparation
and try to say something that will
instruct and entertain. But a very
large number of the regular speak
ers give little advance thought to
their remarks. They get up and run
on and ramble and bore until the
greatest concern of their thinking au
ditors is that they should have an
end. Not a few of them know any
thing worth while to say and they
think, or seem to think, they can put
almost anything over and get away
with it; and they usually do just that.
Editing a Newspaper.
Editing a newspaper is a pleasing
business ? if you can stand it.
If subscribers want to bawl out
anybody? the editor's the goat.
If business is bad ? it's because the
editor wants too much money for his
If business is good ? advertising
hasn't anything to do with it, but
conditions arc right.
If we print what pleases people ?
that is our duty and we deserve no
If we print what displeases ? we are
a grouch, and a crape-hanger, and
don't deserve the patronage of the
If we print the news as it is act
ually ? people call us over the phone
and tell us to stop their paper.
If we garble it ? they tell us we are
subsidized by the corporate interests.
Editing a newspaper is a pleasing
business ? we like it. ? Bristoe (Mo.)
Tis the good reader that makes the
good book; a good head cr.nnot read
amiss; in every book he finds passages
which seem confidences or asides hid
den from all else and unmistakably
meant for his car. ? Emerson.
Statement at Close of Business June 23rd-17.
Loans $ 155,782.79
Cash on hand and in Banks 65,765.77
Capital stock $ 25,000.00
Undivided profits 1,448.66
Bills payable 20,000.00
We are preapered to accommodate your Banking
Needs, and respectfully solicit your business.
W. M. SANDERS, President. W. W. COLE, Vice Pres.
T. C. EVANS, Cashier.
An Ambition and a Record
THE needs of the South are identical with the needs
of the Southern Railway: the growth and success of one means
the upbuilding of the other.
The Southern Railway asks no favors ? no special privilege not
accorded to others.
The ambition of the Southern Railway Company is to see that
unity of interest that is born of co-operation between the public and
the railroads; to see perfected that fair and frank policy in the manage
ment of railroads which invites the confidence of governmental
agencies; to realize that liberality of treatment which will enable it
to obtain the additional capital needed for the acquisition of better and
'enlarged facilities incident to the demand for increased and better
service; and, finally?
To take its niche in the body politic of the South alongside of
other great industries, with no more, but with equal liberties, equal
rights and equal opportunities.
" The Southern Serves the South."
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SMITHFIELD, North Carolina