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WILLI AMSTON, NORTH CAROLINA
W. C. MANNING
Editor ? 1908-1938
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Tuesday, February 17, 1942.
IT recked By The High Dollar
Allowed every freedom possible, the people
have about wrecked this nation in reaching for
the high dollar Few are guiltless of the crime,
but despite our knowledge of our own guilt we
salved our own shortcomings by attacking the
faults of others.
It was common practice month after month
to condemn the common laborer. Surely, the la
borer in many cases deserved the condemnation
heaped upon his. head, but we still believe that
he did not deserve the crown of thorns and the
bitter cup thrust upon him by a hasty people.
The laborer was about to wreck the country in
grabbing for the high dollar.
Then along came the Truman report, reveal
ing one of-tlie most piercing stinks ever smell
ed in a "patriotic" country Industrial profits
were pyramided almost to high heaven, but
some how -or other the American people never
grumbled about the high and outrageous prof
its coming out of taxation for blowing up new
millionaires. ' _____
The American people even after Pearl Har
bor and Singapore are still slumbering, waving
their patriotic flag only when the waving was
to be compensated by the high dollar. A few
And now the farmers are being called upon
to produce peonuts foi oil which is to be used
in making glycerine for explosives. What's the
answer? Well, preliminary reports would in
dicate that a feeble effort will be made to meet
the demand. But the farmer is already offer
ing excuses, and it is admitted that they have
good excuses. Labor is short and it'll be hard to
handle increased peanut acreages, it has been
pointed out But when the government is call
ing upon farmers for oil peanuts with which to
protect the country itself, it is also telling the
farmers they may increase their tobacco acre
ages by ten per cent. The tobacco increase is not
demanded, no, it is not even suggested that the
acreage be increased But those who so severely
criticised labor for striking are now making
reaijy to increase the main cash crop to the lim
it and they are doing it despite the labor short
age and despite the fact that much of the small
er crop burned in the fields last year because
there wasn't sufficient barn room.
The farmer may not realize it, but he is stag
ing an indirect strike against his country when
he turns his attention to a cash crop instead of
aiding his country by producing the required
oil for the prosecution of the war.
Labor had its pay increases. The industrial
ist reaped the big profits. And, to be fair, the
farmer has a right to call a sjrike of his-own, re
fuse to work for cheap peanuts and go all out
for the most the mainscash crop will offer.
It all amounts up to the kettle calling the
stove black; the fact being that all of us with
some very, very few exceptions have about
wrecked the country for the high dollar.
Making Inretligationt L'nneceitary
This country is mired down in investigations.
We throw the doors wide open for countless
tragedies, and then go to Congress demanding
vast appropriations for uwestigating this trage
dy and that tragedy; for instance, the Norman
die, the numerous plane crashes, the many fires
and countless other blots in the nation's war ef
So much investigation is dog-gone disgusting.
It is high time to take stern action and make in
vestigations unnecessary. Remove the cause for
so many- tragedies and investigations' will dry 1
up. No investigation has ever restored a loss,
and it would appear that our investigations are
proving worthless as far as checking the num
ber of tragedies.
If the powers that be were half as interested
in preventing tragedies as they are in Investi
gating tragedies, there'd be less tragedies. For
instance .the Normandie was not properly pro
tected. Workmen were employed after a hap
hazard manner and they were allowed to wan
der anywhere on the ship with no one apparent
ly earing whether the once queen of the seas
?ailed in the defense of this country or burned
as it finally did. Congress could have demand
ed those in charge to exercise a greater care in
protecting the ship. A New York newspaper re
porter boarded the ship and learning that the
ship could be destroyed, warned proper au
thorities. The officials did not even ask what
ship he was talking about, but advised the
newspaper to get its reporter off of it before he
Dreaming by day and by night in our awivel
chairs, we have allowed one catastrophe after
another to hit us squarely in the face when ev
ery ounce of energy is needed in stopping the
heathen Japs and that crazy man Hitler. It is
time to wake up and apply that ounce of pre
caution rather than appropriating hundreds of
thousands of dollars investigating something al
ready in the recorded pages of history.
The American people can aid their country
by hollering bloody murder in the ears of and
shaking their fists at those who are derelict in
their duty. But they must not wait until after
another Pearl Harbor; they must holler now
and holler loud.
Let't Stay Mad
Writing to his editor a few days ago, an At
lanta citizen said:
When we read the Truman Report we ex
pected the lightning to strike. Were weshbck-~
ed? Traitors in uniform are shot, but traitors
in evening clothes stuffed with defense con
tracts now are glorified.
I hear MacArthur calling. 1 hear the screech
of Japanese bombs. America. I hear your sons
dying, crying for planes But above their cries,
Mr. Big is lauding those who preferred auto
mobile profits to patriotism.
There's a sound of shoveling in high places,
the shoveling of war loot at defense industries.
But I hear a different sound of shoveling: Mac
Arthur is burying his dead.
When peace comes will our nation, crushed
under burdens of taxation to swell the uncon
scionable profits of war industries, remember
only Pearl Harbor? Or will it, as we stand in
the breadlines, remember too the man who kill
ed democracy by stabbing it in the back with
a dagger of gold9
H el pieii
Civilians continue to talk about the war ef
fort, but a recent report clearly indicates that
quite a few?about a million in this case?
are not quite ready to do, anything in the way
of promoting the war effort.
It has been estimated that approximately
one million women; the Lord bless them, are
asking stores every day to deliver by truck
such small items as a couple of pairs of stock
ings, half dozen handkerchiefs, a pair of shoes,
a jar of preserves, and a small one at that and
similar other items. Clerks, after pleading with
the purchasers to take the articles with them,
throw a flippant nose and blandly instruct the
store to send 'em right up.
? It is haughty for one to take a package home
and proclaim the need to the world, but we
will have accomplished something in the way
of promoting the war effort when we recognize
and do our every bit even down to carrying a
small package home.
Profit the Ever-Dependable Stint iiIiib
Whatever weight the pleas of an outnumber
ed force may have, one thing is certain that the
profit motive will turn the tide and get certain
results. While there are some exceptions, of
course, it is fairly well established that deliv
eries of scrap iron to the dealers are motivated
first for profit.
Some refer to the size of their deliveries in
terms of so much material to make so many
bullets or shells, but during the course of an
hour at a junk yard 95 per cent of the sellers
were first interested in how much they could
get for a turn of old tin or scrap iron. Surely,
the seller is entitled to an established price for
his scrap collections, but what we fail to rec
ognize is that profits in this war are secondary
to the great task awaiting to be handled.
The call for old scrap iron and other metals
is being repeated by the blast furnaces that are
now idle. Resolve to help relieve the situation
by turning in every piece of old metal even if
the task has to be handled at a loss.
tt'e Shall Not Turn Back
Greensboro Dally News.
"We have a message for them (people in the
overridden and occupied countries of Europe
who are daily risking their lives to strike their
blows from the underground for freedom). We
do not bid them have courage; that would be
carrying a cup of water to the Mississippi Riv
er. But we bid them be of good cheer. We are
now enlisted in their service as they so long
have been enlisted in ours. We shall fight for
them with arms as they have fought for us with
out them. Let them remember, 'those that be
with us are more than those that be against us.'
Fruiii the Quvi to lliu Sahara, from the Urals
to the Rockies, the sheriff's posse comitatus is
gathering. The waves of the seven seas will
bring the ships of the united nations and their
planes will come on the wings of the morning
from the uttermost parts of the globe.
"This is our message to the Underground. 'Lift
up your brave tough hearts. Our hands are on
the plow. We shall not turn back or turn aside,
we shall "not fail nor falter nor repent" until
government of the gangster, by the gangster,
and for the gangster has perished from the
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances
to do good actions: try to use ordinary situa
th" mtrhtrr ?
4-H Baby Beef Work
Is Proving Successful
Great progress has been made
since 4-H Baby Beef Club work was
stSrted in North Carolina in J 935,
reports L. I. Case, Extension animal
husbandman of N C. State College.
Farm boys are learning better |
breeding, feeding and management
of beef cattle, and adult farmers are
in turn, learning from the 4-H mem
Case said that the first 4-H Baby
Beef Show and Sale held six years
ago attracted only one steer that
graded choice. In the four shows and
sales held this fall, 85 steers graded
U S. Choice.
The four fall shows and sales were
held at the Western North Carolina
Fair at Hendersonville, at the Ca
tawba Fair in Hickory, at the State
Fair in Raleigh, and at the Southern
States Fair in Charlotte. One hun
dred and seventy-six steers went
through the sale rings at these events
and several of the calves were
shown at two or more of the fairs.
These 176 head of cattle represent
ed 146,117 pounds of beef on the
hoof, which sold for $21,831.92, or a
very satisfactory average of $14.94
per hundredweight. The average
pirce, excluding the champions, was
$14.45 per cwt.
The 85 steers grading U. S. Choice
averaged $16 56; the 66 grading U.
S. Good averaged $13.41; and the 25
grading U. S. Medium averaged
$12.25 per cwt.
Spring baby beef shows for East
ern North Carolina club members
will be held at Rocky Mount March
12 and 13, and at Kinston at a date
not yet selected. Case said 4-H club
members should keep in touch with
their county farm agents, and as
sistant agents, so that they will know
when to have their steers ready for
these shows. Swine also wil be ex
hibited at each of the Eastern North
Eighteen destroyers and 13 sub
marines were launched by the Navy
In The Enterprise
Forty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 14, 19?2.
Work on the warehouses will be
gin next week.
A meeting of the directors of the
Martin County Tobacco Warehouse
Company will be held Monday ?
On account of moving the build- j
ing occupied by The Enterprise we
are getting the paper out under dif
ficulties this week and ask our read
ers to excuse the sheet this time. Af
ter getting settled we will endeavor
to make the paper better than be
Mr. Theodore Haxsell, who has
been filling a position as bookkeep
er for a firm in Shawboro, N. C.,
since January 1st, has returned to
Williamston and accepted a position
witli Martin and Biggs.
Mr. J. D. Cowan was in town this
Miss Florence Titzel is on the sick
list this week.
Will Newberry, of Portsmouth,
Va., is at home.
Mrs. S. H. Newberry, left for Plym
Prof. W. A. Hudgens spent Satur
day in Rocky Mount.
Mr. J. G. Staton went to Rocky
Mount Tuesday of this week.
Mr. Henry Taylor returned from
Washington, D. C., Sunday night.
Mr. Av R. Dunning was in town
Tuesday evening and Wednesday.
Mr. Dennis Biggs made a business
trip to Scotland Neck this week.
There is a movement on foot to
reorganize the "Williamston Ama
teur Dramatic Troop." This promises
a treat for Williamston and the
neighboring towns in the near fu
Soldiers Send Part
Of Their Pay Home
Fort Jackson, S. C.?Exploding the
"$21-a-Day-Once-a-Month" myth as
nothing more than a song title, post
al money order receipts prove that
thrifty soldiers of the 30th Infantry
Division from the Carolinas, Geor
gia and Tennessee, are sending home
a goodly portion of their pay each
During the three day pay-day per
iod for December, money orders go
ing out from Fort Jackson post of
fice average $27,000 each day. That's
pretty good indication that the man
in uniform can save money while
serving his country.
To accomodate the thousands of
soldiers at Fort Jackson who wish to
send part of their money home each
month, five sub-post offices have
been established at various parts of
this army reservation. Under this
new system the post office can reach
and serve a majority of the troops
at Fort Jackson and do away with
the long lines of soldiers who for
merly had to wait outside the main
post office. During pay-day week at
the post, money orders receipts from
the Fort Jackson post office leads all
cities in South Carolina.
It is interesting to note that dur
ing the three day pay-day period in
1940, total money orders amounted
to $30,000. Today, the average for
just one day is $27,000.
That's rather conclusive evidence
that the men of Uncle Sam's new
Army waste little time in climbing
up to non-commissioned officers
grades with its resulting pay boosts.
Interesting Bits Of
Business In the VS.
In spite of all curtailments and
dislocations, the nation's overall in
dustrial production last week hit a
new all-time high, according to Bar
ron's index, which went up to 107
. There are reports of a whop
ping new bomber engine plant to be
built in Chicago with Chrysler oper
ating it . . . Warner and Swasey, a
big name in the machine tool busi
ness, is starting two new plants, to
increase their production by 40 per
cent; in the last two years it has al
ready uadrupled its output ... A
process celled "bonderbdng," devel
oped some years ago by Parker Rust
proof company for the protection of
automobile thin steel plates against
corrosin. may be the answer to the
problem of making tin cans without
tin?at least tor some non-food or
edry food canted products.
Handlers' Act To
Aid N. C Farmer
Raleigh?Protection for the farm
er who makes production contracts
with handlers of agricultural prod
ucts and equal protection to honest
dealers who have faced unethical
competition will be afforded under
provisions of the North Carolina
Handlers' Act this season, Harry T.
Westcott, marketing specialist of the
State Department of Agriculture,
A "bonding system" will be placed
in operation throughout the State
this year "and all handlers of farm
produce who make contracts with
growers will be required to give sub
stantial bonds to assure fulfillment
of agreements, unless financial re
sponsibility can be established to the
satisfaction of the Commissioner of
Agriculture," Westcott explained.
Handlers, "other than those complet
ing transactions with United States
currency," will be required to ob
tain a "handlers' permit." ~
Westcott said that "the 1941 Gen
eral Assembly enacted the Handlers'
Act as a farmer-protection' measure
designed to prevent unscrupulous
dealers from contracting (or produce
without giving the producer ? guar
antee that such contracts will be ful
"Legitimate handlers of farm pro
duce are recognizing the Handlers
Act as progressive legislation, es
sential in removing unfair competi
tion and necessary for the protection
of the growers," Westcott added.
Be Quick To Treat
Chronic bronchitis may develop If
your cough, chest cold, or acute bron
chitis Is not treated and you cannot
afford to take a chance with any medi
cine less potent than Creomulslon
which goes right to the seat of the
trouble to help loosen and expel germ
laden phlegm and aid nature to
soothe and heal raw, tender, Inflamed
bronchial mucous membranes
Creomulslon blends beechwood
creosote by special process with other
time tested medicines for ooughs.
It contains no narcotics.
No matter how many medicines
you have tried, tell your druggist to
sell you a bottle of Creomulslon with
the understanding you must like the
way it quickly allays the cough, per
mitting rest and sleep, or you are to
have your money back. (Adv.)
REAL VALUES ? LOW PRICES
For Large or Small Flocks
It's baby chirk time . . . and you will find your
chirk* will do better when you have the proper
kind of supplies. dome to our store today for
your complete needs.
We Have Feeders - Fountains - Wire
Cloth - Cello Class - Poultry Pow
ders and Tablets - Ami Poultry Wire
ami Netting . . .
Also Disinfoctants ? Rings ?
Markers and Leg Bands
GROW RIGGER CHICKS WITH
Williamston Hardware Co.
You Cant Go Wrong With
Large Stock Plant Bed
Fertilizer In Stock
Farmers Tob. Special .3-8-5
Farmers Tob. Special 3-10-6
Golden Pride 3-10-6
? Soil Tested
For COTTON and CORN
Crop King 3-8-3
Peanut Special 3-l(M>
Dark Horse 4-8-4
Truck Grower 5-7-5
Produce Better Crops ? Suit Your Land
For Sale By
Farmers Supply Co.
MANUFACTURED BY FARMERS COTTON OIL CO.
ARTHUR JOHNSON, Field Representative