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Extensive Air Raid Warning System Ready For Action
Save Old Bags To
Halt Bulk Skipping
"A bag saved today keeps bulk
The shortage of bags, while caus
ing some concern, is well on its way
to this section of the country, and
possibly the Irish potato producer
will recognize it first. Approximate
ly 60 per cent of all textile bags
are used for agricultural purposes,
and approximately half of those used
are made of burlap imported chief
ly from India. Imports have been
stopped by Hirohito for the present.
Raw cotton stocks for the manufac
ture of bags are sufficient, but the
cotton manufacturers are far be
hind with war orders. It appears that
there'll be a serious shortage In bags
ARE YOU THERE?
Hardly a night panes but what
the air raid warning headquarters
in this district receives a call di
rect from the Interceptor Com
mand in Norfolk, asking, "Are
you there?" The calls come in dur
ing all hours of the day and night
to make certain that the warning
system is on the alert and that an
alarm could be sounded without
and that bulk shipments will be the
order of the day.
Possibly a shift in the use of con
tainers will result, but the trend is
not definite. It is possible that Irish
potatoes will go back to the barrel
or a special type of basket will be
manufactured for the potato.
WIN WITH A DEFENSE BOND PLEDGE
Frvm Lot Anftiot Kromtom
Thit S juice Contributed By
R. L. Smith & Sons
ROBKRSONYILLE, N. C.
Civilian Defense Is
Job To Be Handled
By Each Community
Government Will Do All It
Can To Prevent Attacks
Upon the Population
The United States Government
has planned and virtually complet
ed an extensive air raid warning sys
tem for nearly every nook and cor
ner in the country, and it will do all
within its power to safeguard the
population and property, but if the
enemy should break through and in
flict damage, the individual com
munity possibly the the aid of the
Red Cross and other organizations
will have to dig out by itself for the
most part. It is impossible for the
Army to establish individual de
fenses for every community, and
should the enemy pierce the main
defense lines then it will be up to
the people to accept the consequences
in the best way they can.
It is with this understanding that
extensive civilian defense programs
have been formulated and set up.
Up until a short time ago little prog
ress has been made in this county
toward perfecting a strung organi
zation to meet any emergency that
may come this way. Today, the coun
ty lias been well organized, but the
organization is not yet complete and
there is an urgent need for more vol
The air raid warning system has
been just about perfected. The Wil
hamston Warning District, serving
parts of Bertie and Martin Counties
and all of Washington and Tyrrell,
is functioning very well. Tests, num
bering as high as five in a single day,
are being made by the Interceptor
Command at Norfolk. It is fairly ap
parent that the warning system will
function perfectly in an emergency.
In making the tests, the command
chefks and sees that every man vi
tal to the aerial defense systdki is at
his post and ready for service. Fre
quently the calls are received in the
late hours of the night.
If enemy craft are sighted within
150 miles, the air raid district cen
ter is notfiicd, and key men are con
tacted. If the enemy craft continues
in this direction, the warning cen
ter is again notified, and key men
are warned to report to their assign
ed stations. Should the enemy craft
continue in this direction and when
it reaches a point within a certain
area, a general air raid alarm is
sounded. The general public is ex
pected to turn out all lights and re
pair to their homes if they can be
reached immediately, or at least
Civilian Defense Proclamation
We are facing a critical hour in
the history of our republic.
This world battle going on today
is for the preeervation of the free
dom and the liberty which we <
Americans enjoy and prize. Not even
in the dark days of the Revolution
when our forefathers turned the tide
of battle toward American freedom
at King's Mountain has our country
and its institutions faced the peril
which now confronts us.
Unless our civilian population is
willing to make the same sacrifice
which we know our soldiers and sail
ors must make to win this war, then
we as a liberty loving nation are
We talk about security for the fu
ture but there Is nothing facing us
but insecurity unless Hitler and his
Axis partners are defeated.
We all know that sending our
boys to the front will not alone win
the war We must produce the things
necessary for our forces to wage this
This is not only a war of combat,
it is a war of production. What we
do behind the lines in producing
supplies is just as important as what
our soldiers do on the battle front.
This is total war and every man
and woman has got to be a soldier.
This is the time to give all our sup
port to our CoDimander-in-Chief.
This problem of Civilian Defense
is everybody's business and we as
Mayors of the towns in Martin Coun
ty earnestly call on every man. wo
man and child in Martin County to
cooperate with those who are seek
ing to put Martin County 100 per
cent behind the war effort. Salvage
everything that is required by the
Government, buy all the War Stamps
and Bonds that you possibly can.
Plant Victory Gardens. We appeal to
you to awaken yourselves and real
ize as never before that every citi
zen has a duty to perform in this
crisis and it is your duty to enroll
in every department of our Civilian
Bred deep into our body and soul
are the freedoms which came from
the pen of Jefferson and were won
by the sword of Washington.
We reaffirm the battle cry of Lord
Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar.
'Today England expects every man
to do his duty."
Today, Martm County expects ev
ery man, woman and child to do
their duty and by so doing we will
aid in perpetuating liberty not only
for America, but for the world
J. L Hassell, Mayor, WilUamston
11. S. Everett, Mayor, Kobersonville
Nat Johnson, Mayor, Oak City.
Ben Kiddick, Mayor, Everetts.
W. W, Walters, Mayor. Janiesville
USO Campaign To
Open In 3 Weeks
In three weeks USO will open its
sucund campaign in an appeal to the
people of tlie nation to back up its
work for the men of the fighting
services and the forces behind the
lines by giving the funds necessary
to carry on for the coming year.
On May 11 hundreds of thousands
of Americans in communities across
the country will observe the opening
ceremonies of the USO War Fund
Because there has been a longer
clear the streets. In Williamston, five
blasts uf the fire siren signal for a
blackout. One long blast signals the
all-clear. Test blackouts, similar to
the one held in the district same
weeks ago, will be held only at the
direction of the War Department.
Already there is an extensive air
craft spotter system functioning over
wide areas. In this county there are
a number of spotters, and they are
doing an efficient work. They report
the movement of all craft and their
work has been going on for months.
ff'PB Prohibits Vse Of
Rotenone On Many Crops
The War Production Board has
issued an order prohibiting the use
of rotenone or products containing
rotenone (except those already pre
pared) for treating cotton, tobacco,
cranberries, eggplant, onions, pep
pers. sweet corn, and such crops as
cucumbers, melons, squash, and
pumpkins. The use of rotenone in
household insecticides is also pro
hibited. Imports of rotenone from
Malaya and the Netherlands East
Indies have been cut off, and Latin
American sources are not expected
to supply the country in sufficient
quantities to overcome this loss.
period for preparation, plans for this
campaign have been made with more
thoroughness than was possible last
year. More communities are ready
now than were organized at the
same date in 1941 and will get away
I to a running start in their effort for
| the service men.
' It is planned, wherever USO is
known?and that is every place now
?to spend the coming 21 days in
perfecting plans, tightening lines.
setting up fighting organizations
Tells Of Growth
Of Armed Forces
Writing informally a few days ago
from his home address, 68 Harvard
Road. Fairhaven. New Jersey, Lieu
tenant Marvin M. Roberson, young
son of Mrs. Mamie Roberson and
the late Theodore Roberson, offer
ed some idea of the growth of the
nation's armed forces.
"Fort Monmouth," he writes. Mis
quite a busy place now. The officer
candidates' school which was only
250 strong when I entered in Decem
ber. has been growing continuously
since then and now the new class
which begins today is over 1,000 j
strong. Approximately 300 became.
2nd lieutenants when one class was
graduated last Friday. The class !
jraginaUy had 500 candidates. Fv
cry six weeks a new class of 1,000
candidates begins. However, the
course is still thirteen weeks long,
the classes overlapping by six weeks.
"The aircraft warning school of
which I am now a member Is be
ing transferred to Florida due to
crowded conditions here. Howetier,
there is a possibility that I will rtt
main here as a member of the afy
"The weather is following its true
Jersey tradition?80 one day and al
most freezing the next.
"Buddy Tallman (Samuel V? and
a former engineer with the V. E. P.
Company in Williamston) is now a
captain and head of the supply for
the officer candidates' school."
We hear people say: "It looks like
we'll all be in something before it's
over" We are tempted to say. "Get
in something now and get it over
PLEDGE TO VICTORY!
UOBKKSOMVILLK, IN. CI.
YOU HHP WIN
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Join in the Salvage-for- Victory
Save every piece of scrap metal, paper, aluminum, and other need
ed material and deliver them to agencies which will
insure their use for war purposes.
and Keep Buying War Savings
Bonds and Stamps
Doing YOUR Part?
Wait a Moment Before Answering
and Consider the Following:
Hundreds of young men are going from this eounly into the military nervier, leaving rel
atives ami friends. They are being prepared to fight and, if need he, to give up their
lives in order that you uiay continue to enjoy the liberties and freedom of this nation.
Thousands of men have already made the supreme sacrifice for our country, many of
them dying in agony in foreign lands, on the seven seas, and in the air ahove the earth.
L)o you remember Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Butuau, ami the Dutch Fast Indies? Many
Americans?just as good as you are?who were there will never return.
Millions of our allies, including British, Russian, Chinese, Free French, Creek, Polish,
Yugo-Slav, Dutch, Belgian, Danish, Norwegian, Czech and Filipino soldiers and civilians
have untlergone, and are undergoing, hardships we cannot understand here, where no
boiubs bave yet fallen, no invader set foot.
Wbat sacrifice have you made that can possibly compare with those being made by oth
er peoples who are fighting with us and for us uguinst the same cruel, cunning, und pow
Now . . . Think It Over . . .
ARE You Doing All You CAN?
The Most Yon Can Do
Will Be Little Enough!
This Advertisement lsfA Contribution To The War Effort By The
Martin County Board of Commissioners