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The enterprise. volume (Williamston, N.C.) 1899-201?, May 12, 1942, Page 5, Image 11

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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 shipments away!" 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 delay. 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 SyfAfGsJ 1Tb 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 unteers. 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 ice. 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 doomed. 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 war successfully. 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 Defense 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 Campaign. 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 warning unit "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! BvSf. A.O.Roberson Co, UOBKKSOMVILLK, IN. CI. YOU HHP WIN ##< ? "i-; s? ' ? ?* S\ im? Join in the Salvage-for- Victory Campaign 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 Are YOU 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 erful enemies? 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

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