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Friday, May 1, 1942.
Following In The Footstep? Of France
It is possible that this country will struggle
to victory and retain some of its civilization, but
it has been pointed out by thoughtful and ma
ture minds that we can't survive as a strong
nation for long unless we mend our ways. "We
are following in the footsteps of a degenerated
French nation," a student of history and hu
man nature was quoted as saying recently.
What did he mean? Well, we are so engulf
ed in thoughtless and harmful acts that we are
unconscious of the dangerous drift this coun
try finds itself in today.
Reporting on crime activities as they are en
gaged in by increasing numbers of our youth
and many older people, too, a peace officer
counted about forty young couples in a drunk
en condition around a dance hall in this com
munity during the course of a recent night.
Similar activities in the byways and hedges
are not uncommon. Serious things mean noth
ing to these people. They don't even try or
care about trying to balance their daily lives
by mixing pleasure with good acts and deeds;
no, unconsciously perhaps, they are burdened
with a craving desire to do the sensational, to
gamble with their very lives. Observers de
scribed conditions in France not unlike those
seen here. Possibly French "culture" was more
advanced when that once-great nation bowed
down in its degenerated state to accept the yoke
of a heathen ,a slave driver and destroyer of
that which is good in the sight of God and all
righteous-thinking men .
We have actually reached the place where
those who do not contribute to the social up
lift of their community, state and nation are
outspoken in their criticism of others of their
ilk. Could it be that we have reached the point
where we are blind to our own faults, but wide
awake to the faults and shortcomings of oth
Soldiers traveling over the country, not all
of them to be sure and possibly not a majority,
but still too many, are following the forming
lines to the liquor stores, to the gambling
joints, to the places of pleasure and to houses
of questionable repute. They are in those form
ing lines because the lines are there. It is reas
onable to believe that the soldier would fall
in line and march with the civilian to church.
The example is offered in bold relief; it does
not lead to the house of worship. No wonder
army officials talk much about building up the
morale of the soldier. The army is fighting a
fight without the whole-hearted help of the
civilian population. Wayward women, the boot
leggers, the fleecers and others of their type
have flocked to the army and defense centers,
not to support the war effort but rather to add
momentum to the surging tide that is sweep
ing us forward to an uncertain destiny.
The people of France, not all tobe sure, were
able to finance the basicThings in lile alter pay
ing the price demanded by the night life in
Paris. Today, we are spending more money for
liquor and questionable pleasures than we are
paying for education, religious institutions,
charities and civic undertakings combined. We
are talking about war. We are blowing off about
defense activities. But we are too busy dealing
the cards to find time to visit the sewing rooms
of a humane organization. We are too busy fol
lowing the races, walking the golf green, and
yelling at the ball game to take part in a minor
defense activity. We are too everlastingly lazy
to exert our rapidly decaying bodies in support
of a noble effort be it for war or peace follow
Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you
might die. That's our policy as a people, and that
policy holds poverty and want, sorrow and
death possibly not tomorrow but for some day
not far distant. Socialism, communism, grand
larceny in the high places and politics possibly
aided the downfall of France, but the people re
veled in debauchery and boisterous living and
degenerated to meet and accept regretfully with
bowed heads, the yoke that was being prepar
ed for themselves.
We may not find time to do all of the things
w? are called upon to do In the name of war
and country, but one thing is certain the peo
ple of France are finding time to do the bidding
of a ruthless heathen. We are following in the
footsteps of France.
Get Right To Looten Up The Wallet
Americans can well ger ready to louseu up
their wallets and prepare to accept their indi
vidual and fair share of the burden in financing
the war, supporting efforts associated with the
prosecution of the war, and maintaining those
undertakings advanced in the name of and for
the good of humanity.
Martin County people, beginning May 4th,
will be asked or politely instructed to buy more
War Bonds and War Stamps than they ever
bought before. They will soon be asked to raise
and give gratis $1,100 for the United Service
Organizations. They are being asked to raise
several hundred dollars for the promotion of
cancer control work. They will be asked to pay
higher taxes. Briefly stated, they will be asked
soon or later, to put the war effort first and self
The program will cost billions, but the price
we are being asked to pay is dirt cheap for
what we are getting. So loosen up the old wal
let and make certain that Martin County will
_do its part in meeting war obligations and in
supporting every organization associated With
the war effort or with the basic advancement
of all people.
IAtbor And The Prets
We do not favor a law dispossessing all in
dustrial management and ownership. We do
not believe it would serve the best interests
of the USA, now in the throes of a war with
the Axis, to deprive all industrial corporations
of control over their property. We do not be
lieve that all officers of all corporations are
racketeers and scoundrels who might better
be in jail.
Nobody, to be sure, has suggested that all
corporation owners and managers should be
jailed or even dispossessed. We merely state
our position for the record in case anybody
does. It is quite probable, however, that no
body will?at least nobody with the power to
spread his views in large type over the front
pages of mass-circulation newspapers or on the
covers of slick-paper magazines.
Indeed it is amazing how calmly the press ac
cepts and how effectively it hides the big news
out of Washington. For several days now this
news has concerned the industrial slowdown
caused by cartel agreements between reputable
U. S. industrial corporations and German con
cerns, the additional slowdowns caused by de
liberate violation of priority orders on the
part of two big steel companies, and sabotage
of production by Nazi sympathizers.
It is a little frightening to think what might
happen if the American public added up all
this news and concluded that its young men
would be killed because powerful men respon
sible for the policies of Standard Oil of Now
Jersey, General Electric, duPont, Jones &
Laughlin, Carnegie-Illinois and Brewster, to
mention only a few of the biggest, either have
placed private profits above the national good
or are actually working for an Axis victory.
But doesnt' the news about these companies
add up to something like this as a matter of chill
fact? The evidenco shows that Standard with
held information about the most promising
synthetic-rubber process from the U. S. Navy.
General Electric has limited the supply of
tungsten carbide, a substance Indispensable to
war production. DuPont has kept an improved ,
explosive-ignition agent away from the Brit
ish. All these companies have been doing bus
iness under cartel agreements with Germany.
Recent news from Washington about the
conduct of these and other companies certain
ly would be added up to a "traitorous wave" by
the newspapers if the newspapers were hot so
admiring of these companies and so beholden
to them for advertising. It took much less ad
verse labor news for the press to produce a
"strike wave" scare which still is, despite the
complete absence of strikes, keeping Congress
under pressure to pass anti-labor legislation.
Yesterday the Senate agreed to postpone con
sideration of anti-labor legislation for another
week, but it did so reluctantly.
The unpleasant conclusion that a very pow
erful part of U. S. industry doesn't have its
heart or even its brains in the war effort is in
escapable on the face of the news record. Some
industrial managers are convinces that Hit
ler can't be licked and alreaSy-arc"getting ready
to back a negotiated peace, and then to re
sume business with him under old pre-war car
tel agreements. Others think he can be licked
and will be licked quickly and they, too, want
to be ready on a moment's notice to resume bus
iness-as-usual. A very few believe Hitler will
lick us and want him to lick us on the theory
that we shall have either Communism or Fas
cism after the war and that Fascism is prefer
Some of those men doubtless should be jail
ed and may have to be before we are through.
Others, like the managers of Brewster, will
have to have their plants taken away from
them. But a majority of American industrial
managers?an overwhelming majority ? are
loyal and doing their managerial best, which
is the best in the world, to win the war.
That's why we don't want the public, the
newspapers or Congress to become so hysteri
cal that they generalise the recent news about
industrial disloyalty into a demand for jailing
all industrial managers. We know there will
be no such hysteria. The only danger is that
there will be too much tolerance of the guilty
minority?that it will be too well defended by
the newspapers and by Congress
We wish some of the same tolerance were ev
ident in their handling of what they persist in
calling "the labor problem," as in their handl
ing of "the managerial problem."?Kenneth G.
Crawford in the newspaper "P. M "
In the War
By REV. JOHN HARDY
Church Of The Advent
"Don't you think more people are
turning to religion in these anxious
days? Don't you think people are
going to church more now than a
year ago?" These questions are ask
ed us quite often by people who at
tend church regularly and who look
hopefully for improvement on the
part of other people.
By and large we find no evidence
of any decided swing toward the
church because of the pressure of
war-time anxieties. Some church
people who already have reasonably
good church habits are all the more
earnest because they are conscious
of peril to the things which they
value most. Some who have hereto
fore been careless are being brought
up sharply as the national emergen
cy enters the family circle and tliey
come in search of courage and assur
ance at the Throne of Grace. The
chaplains in our armed forces will
find opportunities to reach men who
have normally been quite out of
touch with church life. Yet against
this must be balanced those who will
curtail their church activities in or
der to devote more time to war
work; also those who will be embit
tered by loss, sorrow ancl suffering
and will turn against God in person
al resentment; also those who will
be thrown off balance byJhe change
from civilian to military life and
will come out of the services with
Jess religion than when they were
I do not believe there is likely to
be any significant migration into the
Kingdom of God in the near future.
There would be somethnig unhealthy
about it if the church acquired the
habit of watching hungrily for an
increase in its numbers every time
the conditions of secularized living
become too burdensome for the un
churched public. It is not condusive
to good Christianity for people to
drift negatively into the Kingdom of
God because life is too difficult with
out some such haven of refuge.
It is the positive drawing power
of the Risen" Christ that binds men
and women securely into the Christ
ian community. The church was com
missioned to bear steady witness to
the Risen Christ. Christian expan
sion depended on the regularity and
persistence of that witness. Some
times the response comes more read
ily than at other times, but the basis
of progress never changed. It is not
different today. The church cannot
depend on having people thrust
through its doors in "return to re
ligion" which is really a flight from
the hard realities of a war-stricken
world. If one is to question the loy
alty of fair-weather Christians, one
may not be too certain of the loyal
ty of dark-weather Christians eith
er. The church needs to be manned
with all-weather Christians.
Bible School, 9:45 a. m.
Morning worship with other
churches at the Williamston High
School, 11 a. m.
Young People's meeting, 7 p. m.
Subject, "New Jobs in a New Day.
Evening service, 8"pr m. Subject,
"The Living Church?Its Missionary
Passion." Observance of the Lord's
Monday, 4 p. m., Woman's Coun
cil meets at the church.
Tuesday, 8 p. m., Junior Phila
thea Bible Class meets with Mrs. Jim
Wednesday night's service, 8 p. m.
Subject, "What the Church Expects
of Its Members."
The Senior Philathea Bible Class
meets Friday, May 1st, at Mrs. J. C.
Manning with Mrs. H. L. Barnhill
as joint hostess. A full attendance is
A revival meeting will begin at
Bethany Pentecostal Holiness church
on May 4th. Rev. H. M. Pope will be
The public is invited to attend.
^Services will begin at 8 o'clock each
"Worn Out" Army
Shoes To Prisoners
Raleigh?Uncle Sam's soldiers are
waring nut ?hne? by the carload but
some of these shoes aren't being
Prison Director Oscar Pitts says
shoe rebuilding equipment at Cen
tral Prison in Raleigh is more than
sufficient to repair the old shoes for
use by the state's 9,000 prisoners.
W. Z. Betts, Director of the N. C.
Division of Purchase and Contract,
revealed that an initial order of 42,
000 pounds of old army shoes had
been purchased at a cost ortO cents
a pound from Fort Benning, Ga.
These shoes are in all states of re
pair, some needing new soles, oth
ers minor repairs. Most of them are
worn out only on the bottom and are
being re-treaded with the results
that they are better shoes than have
been previously issued. Another
point, these shoes are already "brok
Hugh Wilson, Central Prison Sup
erintendent, estimates that in addi
tion to figuring the initial cost of 30
cents per pair, (army shoes weigh
about three pounds at ten cents a
pound) that average repair cost will
not run over 83 cents.
Prisoner's shoes of the same type,
but of a poorer quality have been
costing $2.78 on state contract By
using the old army shoes, total cost
win average about $1.23 or leas per
CHURCH OF THE ADVEN1
. 4th Sunday after Easter.
Church school, 9:45 a. m. We are
very glad that Mrs. Bowers is be
ginning a cradle roll class and hope
that the parents will cooperate by
bringing their children.
Sunday morning for the 11 o'clock
service we will, with the other
churches in town, take part in the
baccalaureate service for the grad
uating class at the high school audi
The Woman's Auxiliary will meet
at 4 o'clock on Monday. Since Mrs.
Lewis Schenck, the Church Periodi
cal Club Secretary, of Windsor, is to
met with the Auxiliary. We are very
glad to have the new secretary with
us for the meeting.
The Auxiliary will meet with Mrs.
Titus criuher. ?
Celebration of the Holy Commun
ion on Thursday at 11 a. m.
ST. MARTIN'S, Hamilton
Evening prayer and sermon at 8
p. m. Sunday.
Dr. William R. Burrell, pastor of
the. Memorial Baptist Church in
Williamston, will preach at Cedar
Branch Baptist Church Sunday eve
ning at four o'clock, E.W.T. Dr.
Burrell held a pastorate in this
county 25 years ago, many of his
friends remembering him as a very
able speaker. He still retains that
power tdoay. It is hoped that the
membership of the church will avail
themselves of the opportunity of
hearing him, and the public is in
Williamston?Church school, 9:45
a. m. Commencement sermon at High
School at 11 o'clock Circle No. 1 at
the home of Mrs. F. M. Manning on
Monday night at 8 o'clock.
Bear Grass?Church School at 10
o'clock. Notice change of hour. Com
mencement sermon at Bear Grass
High School at 11 o'clock.
Roberson's Chapel Church School
at 12 o'clock.
Poplar Point?Church School at
3 o'clock. Poplar Point daily vacation
Bible school will begin Thursday,
May 7th, at 9:30 o'clock.
Morning service at the high school
Bible school at the church at 9:45
Dr. Burrell will teach the T. E. L.
class Sunday. All members are urg
ed to be present and visitors are wel
Baptist Training Union, 7 p. m.
Evening service, 8 p. m. Pastor's
topic: The Ideal Christian.
Prayer and study service, Wed
nesday, 8 p. m.
"All our Doors stand open for you
?for our hearts' right hand we give
There will be no preaching aerv
ice at the church Sunday morning
on account of the commencement
sermon at the High, School auditor
ium by Rev. J. W. Hardy, of the
Episcopal Church. k
Epworth League, 7 p. m.
Evening worship and sermon, 8
On account of the commencement
exercises Wednesday night, there
will be no mid-week prayer service.
HOLLY SFRING8 METHODIST
The pastor will fill his regular
appointment at Holly Springs Sun
day afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. The
community is cordially invited.
^Having qualified as Executor of
the Estate of F. L. Haislip, late of
Martin County, North Carolina, this
is to notify all persona haying
claims against the eetatc of Mid de
ceased, to exhibit them to the under
signed on or before the Stth day of
March, 1943, or this notice will be
pleaded in bar of their recovery
All persons indebted to the said
estate will please make Immediate
This the 26th day of March, 1M2.
Wachovia Bank & Trust
Executor, Estate of F. L. 1
m31-6t Deceased, Hamilton, 1
E. S. Peel, Atty.
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