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Tueiday . February 24, 1942.
Enemy Or Ally
To road the American press and hear the
prattlers, the average man is confused over the
status of Britain in this war. Is she enemy or
ally? he would probably ask if he had not been
around when England declared war on Japan
after Japan had all but skinned us at Pearl Har
We should remember that this is a war against
Japan and Germany and Italy, and that Britain
is our ally
Because the British cannot fight everywhere
on the seven seas at the same time, send sup
plies and aid to all who would resist the Axis,
and successfully fight land battles 011 nearly
half the spots on the globe we get fiery mad and
lambast the British They have made mistakes.
They value the lives of the soldier and the sail
or. They have shown they are willing to do
their part and more
We should remember that after France caved
in, England faced the furious Germans alone.
The British did not whimper when Hitler sent
his mightiest planes over by the hundreds, yes
by the tens of hundreds. Fifty thousand Brit
ishers died. Old landmarks fell and London
burned But the British did not sue for peace,
even though at that time she had no ally. She
could have sued fpr peace and withdrawn from
the continent and left millions of defenseless
people at the mercy of tin German murderers
for years to come. England had few or 110 anti
aircraft guns and her an force was all but de
stroyed Did the British say give up? No, they
suffered, bled and died As many as fifteen
hundred Britishers were buried in a single grave
on more than one occasion Impartial observers,
ready to admit the giant task undertaken by
Britain, point out that Englishmen, yes, some
of those who have kith arid km in this country,
fell in battle in the burning sands of Libya, there
to lie and rot
It is apparent that we have been too critical
of Britain, that we have listened to those who
have created problems for the diplomats. For
instance, there was the lady with a Siamese cat
who complained because the British did not
have ample anti-aircraft guns to protect her in
Penang when all hell broke lost' and overflow
ed Malaya. What the lady with the lap-cat con
veniently and very obligingly overlooked is that
she was carried to safety by a British boat man
ned by Englishmen Now that the lady and her
little cat are safe she could and should by all
means take some part in the defense of her land.
^Jt her join the air raid precaution service, go
to the Red Cross production center, and stop
hoarding those things for her own comfort and
pleasure. If she and The rest of us Americans
fail in our own mission, can we blame the Brit
ish? Some would likely do just that out of habit.
We should remember that if Britain goes, the
end for Western Civilization will be plainly in
sight. If England decides to throw up her hands
and quit, it will be in vain if the fight is contin
ued by us. And the outlook would be hopeless
if Russia were ot throw up her hands and quit.
Yet; there are those of us who are spending all
our time criticising the British and condemn
ing Russia, leaving ourselves, no time to aid the
Blind To The Consequences
In New York the authorities go a far way in
trying to learn why folks die. The town's au
topsyist works over time and performs thous
ands of autopsies. There's nothing wrong with
lief that the authorities and others, too, don't
care who dies, that they only care why, not be
fore but after the end. It must make a forgot
ten, unknown Bowery bum feel good as he hud
dle* in a doorway with a southern exposure for
the last long sleep to know that he will sure
ly get as serious and thorough an autopsy as
if he were a millionaire.
The New York autopsyist is not alone. A
good many of us Americans are just that way.
We eare little for the living, but go to the ex
tremes with our autopsies, possibly to satisfy
our curiosities even though we act in the name
at science. We so often perform autopsies when
a little prevention could have made an autopsy
f. It is a bit like our investigations
happenings as Pearl
Harbor, the Normandie and countless others.
If humanity cared it would know the Bow
ery bum. It would know why he died, and In
that case no costly inquest would be necessary.
No, we prepare the setting for the play of life,
and then offer to correct the mistakes or work
for a thrill or the sensational after the main
character is dead. We blunder and bungle along
unmindful of the consequences of such indiffer
ent if not criminal action. Many of the heart
aches in life could be eliminated by forethought
and by not depending on so much of the au
ff hal Will We Do?
So many of us ask, What can we do to aid
the war effort^ Quite a few of us while loudly
propounding the question, silently hope no one
will enlighten us as to just what we should or
First, we can buy savings stamps and bonds.
They are on sale from ten cents up at the post
office and many of the stores and banks.
There is the Ked Cross sewing room. If it is
not convenient to spend a day in the room once
and prepared there.
There is the scrap iron collection program to
There is an opening for many in the victory
There are openings in defense work for hon
There are calls for conserving essential prod
ucts, including rubber, tin, sugar and numerous
There is need for supreme sacrifices.
And there are so many other ways for us to
take part in the war effort without even leav
ing home or altering our main efforts to make
a living for ourselves.
But what are we doing? We are buying a few
stamps with the money left after we have sup
plied our every want, including an extensive
pleasure schedule. Consequently, many never
buy stamps, not even a ten-cent one.
Comparatively few patriotic souls darken the
doors to the Red Cross sewing rooms.
The scrap iron collection in this county is pro
gressing fairly well, possibly because it offers
a cash return.
The lazy will stand idly by for someone else
to produce the food, and then plead for a hand
" out at t(ie welfare door.
There are still many who could study a little
bit and qualify for defense jobs: But the effort
is too great for them. *
A few persons yanked their cooking pots off
the stove to support the aluminum drive, but
casual observation will prove that few have
even thought of sacrificing a single pleasure,
not to even mention a necessity.
. We are burning our timberlands, possibly not
intentionally but certainly as a result of crimi
nal carelessness. We are hoarding everything
we can, even to johnny paper, according to a
Charlotte News columnist.
It is no longer, What can~we do, but what will
Iii Time Of Danffer
By Ruth Taylor.
Out of the air rani shelters of London has
come a prayer which each of us should learn. It
is a prayer born of the unity of free men, a un
ity forged out of common ideals in the white
heat of common danger.
"Increase, O God, the spirit of neigh
borl iness among us,"
The spirit of neighborliness, the kinship of
those who share in the hope of freedom for
all, regardless of classr race, creed or color; the
acceptance as fellow citizens of all men, asking
only allegiance to the credo that all men are
created equal in the eyes of God, and entitled
to an equal opportunity for life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. Only when this spirit of
neighborliness is among us can we present a
united front to the powers of darkness which
seek to engulf us. ?
"that in peril we may uphold one an
other, in calamity serve one another,
and in homelessness, loneliness or ex
ile, befriend one another."
Not in groups of differing faiths and tradi
tions, but as individuals, one with the other,
holding out the hand of friendship, to uphold,
to serve and to befriend in all the trials and
"tribulations that may come upon us in the days
"Grant us brave and enduring hearts
that we may strengthen one another."
Brave to face danger, resolved to stand firm,
unshaken by the insidious propagandas of hate
and prejudice that seek to divide us into groups
suspicious of each other.
"til the displicine and testing of these
days be ended, and Thou give again
peace in our time;"
_ Through all the hour* nt l""4 ?myhia u??
til peace comes again to a new world?a world
in which the spirit of friendliness reigns among
the nations and the law is love?and love, the
fulfilling of the law.
"through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."
In the name of Him who said, "This is my
commandment, That ye love one another, as I
have loved you. Greater love hath no man than
this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Let the motive be in the deed and not in the
event Be not one whose motive for action is
the hope of reward.?Kreeshna.
"What would you call a man who deceives
his wife for 12 years?" asked a woman in court
recently. A magician.?The Humorist.
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Over 300 New
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Many new arrivals for
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Tailored styles! Jaeket
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In a lar|(e eollection of
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Iu a large variety of
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These come in all the
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All Sizes 12 to 40
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ISetc shapes including pom
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BLACKS AND NEW
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ARRIVALS FOR THIS
Pastel Plaids and Wool Shet
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Plenty of new styles.
Satin and crepe slips in a var
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$1.98 $2.98 I
Pastel Plaids, solid Shetlands
ind Coverts. Box pleated back
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