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Tuesday, June 30, 1942.
Look For Fast Change$
It may sound bad to some and it may be
branded as socialistic or worse, but a marked
change in our economic system is already un
derway. Many observers declare that such a
system will have to come into its own before
a lasting peace can be had. The change is not
noticeable in this land of ours as yet, but it will
be well to study the trend and prepare for the
Instead of calling one another names and
branding some as socialists or communists, it
will be well to understand that the common
masses are not asking anything more than a
fair chance in life, the chance that you would
want your son and daughter to have if and
when they have to face a cruel world without
friends or prestige. Surely, the new system will
be based on initiative and profit, but it will
hardly tolerate monopolistic stealing or per
mit the few to take advantage of the many.
Rather than being socialistic, this system has
been described as the "minimum condition for
a Christian way of life," and was suggested in
a joint pastoral-letter signed by the Aiclibiahops
of Westminster, Liverpool, Birmingham and
Cardiff, and read in all Roman Catholic
churches in England and Wales recently. The
ten points of the system are:
A living wage based on sufficiency for com
fort and for saving.
This should be the first charge on industry.
Determining factors would be an agreed stan
dard of work, the capacity of industry to pay
and an agreed minimum for an average family.
When the employer could not pay the min
imum, the difference should be made up by a
share of a wage percentage pool or by the state.
The wife should not have to work to insure
a minimum living income.
No one should have to sleep in a living room;
there should be satisfactory sanitation and a
bath room for each family; slums should be
A ban on commerce in birth-prevention ap
A ban on obscene books by a board of pub
Religious education meeting the wishes of
parents available to all children.
The enormous inequality in the distribution
of wealth and control of the lives of the masses
by a comparatively few rich people is con
trary to social justice.
Confuting But Not Amusing
It is admitted that a picture of the war ef
fort can't be gained as easily as that gained by
the small merchant when he goes to the cash
register and checks his sales to the penny for
the day, but reports coming from the various
department heads are so confusing that they
just don't make sense. Those conflicts are not
Some months ago, President Roosevelt estab
lished a production goal. One would gather to
day that we are approaching the goal, but go
ing back to the reports he doesn't know wheth
er we are ahead or behind the goal, whether
we are making progress or actually losing
ground in the production field.
We were told by the steel and aluminum
trusts months and months ago, that their mon
opolies could and would meet the demands.
Now as the war effort moves out of a prepara
tory stage into an all-out production stage ser
ious shortages in aluminum and steel present
themselves. But despite this admitted handicap,
some department heads tell us that we are ap
proaching the goal, some say we have reached
it, and still others say we have passed it None
of them bothers to mention the shortages and
the fateful part the shortages are certain to
play. Could it be that we will be called upon
to tear out steel fixtures, aluminum gadgets,
and copper fittings from our homes and
Btial businesses to feed the hungry war
s? It is fairly certain that the general
public will have to give up more and sacrifice
i if production goals are reached and main
are the daily reports. One head
i favorable event, while another on
(ha same page Wis about the grave danger of
the Suez Canal and how far the Germans have
advanced in Egypt. The general public is urged
to conserve anything and almost everything,
yet the cheaters are active for a greedy share
of this and that. We are told about the neces
sity for rationing by some, while others tell us
there is a plenty of everything. They tell us
about price ceilings, but the weekly salary goes
only half as far as it did a while back. They
tell us about the great increase in cash farm
income, yet potato farmers got and are still
getting comparatively low prices and truck
farmers in general have been and still are sell
ing their produce for little or nothing. We are
told that a motor vehicle excise stamp must be
bought before a gas rationing card may be had,
but others tell us that no $5 excise or use stamp
is necessary when registering for a gas ration
ing card. Some say gas may be had only upon
the presentation of a rationing card while oth
ers apparently buy all they want and more
without a card. Some say that we can't con
tinue our reckless splurge and win the war and
gain a lasting peace, but most of us are still en
joying an endless spree.
it's ail so confusing, but one oi these days it
won't be a bit amusing.
Maybe There'* Rationing After All
"Thousands of dollars worth of North Car
olina 'victory' truck crops are rotting on the
highways and at markets because truckers can
not get gasoline," so says Marketing Special
ist George R. Ross of the State Department of
Mr. Ross doesn't tell where the crops are rot
ting, but apparently gas rationing is taking ef
fect some where. While the crops are rotting
"some place," farmers in this section are still
driving high, wide and handsome, taking in
the pictures, visiting here and there, fishing
and doing a lot of traveling that will peter out
sooner or later. Objections? No. But it is dif
ficult to understand why travel is so free in
one section and there isn't enough in other sec
tions to keep crops from rotting.
Dean Schaub, of State College, warned that
crops would rot on the farms while people in
the cities went hungry. But no one expected
the crops to rot so quickly.
Maybe there's a need for rationing after all,
and it is sincerely hoped that our people will
recognize that need and save gas a fid tires now
that they might be used in cases of emergency
The Fir?t Front
Christian Science Monitor.
Amid all the speculation about a second front,
the peoples of the United Nations will do well
to look to the First Front?their own thinking.
Public opinion can help to win the war, but
not by guessing, not by jumping from extremes
of elation to the depths of despair, not by emo
tional agitation to overthrow informed mili
tary judgment, not by turning its hostility on
friends and allies instead of the enemy. Bad
news?such as the fall of Tobruk, Nazi gains
at Sevastopol, and Japanese advances in China
and the Aleutians?always tests the First Front.
In such times steadiness of thought and con
secration of purpose are doubly needed. Men
and women who understand the moral and spir
itual issues in the war will waste little time
wondering what Mr. Churchill and Mr. Roose
velt mean by saying that they are planning the
"earliest maximum concentration of Allied war
power upon the enemy." They know that the
chief architects of United Nations strategy are
not giving away any military secrets. They
know that so long as the First Front is active
and united, the necessary military measures
will be wisely designed, properly timed and
vigorously carried through.
Nor will men and women who want to main
tain their own liberties and help other peoples
win freedom and justice play the enemy's game
by squabbling among themselves.
Recently a group of psychologists made a
cross-section survey of opinion as expressed in
editorials and letters in average newspapers.
They found that half of the material dealing
with the war was directed against the enemy,
but the rest of it was aimed at some ally or
some economic or political group within Am
In other words half the hostility and ener
gy in this opinion was turned toward Britain,
Russia, Congress, Jews, labor unions, ration
ing officials, corporations, Republicans, Dem
ocrats, liberals, conservatives, etc. Often these
divisions were directly encouraged by Axis
propaganda. Anyone listening to the short
wave from Berlin or Rome can quickly see
how too many Americans are parroting enemy
propaganda against other Americans or their
v Freedom of speech must be retained. And
the people will inevitably form opinions about
the conduct of the war, either political or mili
tary. Public opinion can, by a positive, pray
erful attitude greatly improve the conduct of
the war. But the more devoted the purpose,
the less idle speculation and irresponsible crit
icism there will be. Does anyone imagine that
the embattled men and women of Sevastopol
are guessing about a second front or denounc
ing the British failure at Tobruk or the Amer
ican failure in the Aleutians? We cannot all
fight as they are. But all of us can help hold
the First Front of steady purpose and conse
The most cheering news since Midw
the word from deep in the heart of Texai
watermelons are ripe. Ah, a fruit that d
call for sugar.?Exchange.
N. Y. Dark Horse
Mentioned as a compromise demo
cratic candidate for the goTernor
ship of New York is Alfred J. Mc
Cosker, president of radio station
WOR. Political bigwigs cant seem
to make up their minds between
T ;?..t r,.? rViarlo. ?nH At.
torney General John J. Bennett.
When questioned regarding the can
didacy, McCosker refused to
ment to reporters.
To the Editor:
The first groundswell of war rum
bled over Willlamston almost two
years ago with a mild upsurge of ta
ble-top conversation and nothing
more. As grasping totalitarians push
ed onward, townspeople read and
talked about lend-lease, selective
service, OPM, OPA, civilian de
fense and "those sinkings off Wilm
ington and Morehead."
Little perspiration was expanded,
for like Americans everywhere, we
went through the dress rehearsal
stage with rosy optimism, little per
turbed by the forthcoming main per
Then between Pearl Harbor and
Manila, it happened. Williamston
awoke to the war?awoke to the fact
that ita defense preparations were
a vital factor in the future of the
State and nation.
Today, in solidarity, we are meet
ing the challenge.
Local volunteers sacrificed social
activities and other pleasures to
learn first aid, prerequisites of a per
fect home defense. Through a maze
of bandages, dressings and treat
ments the men and women emerged
as qualified instructors and are
ready to carry their trainnig to
Knitting classes sprang up and the
popular Bundles for Britain turned
overnight into Bundles for Blue
jackets. Nutrition instruction was
given in an effort to promote health
ier families?backbone of any war
Concentrated drives for metal and
"over the top" in war stamps were
held. Boy Scouts signed up for mes
senger service during the blackout
and more wardens are being recruit
ed for our next test.
Our fields are producing the food
our pine woods are producing the
pulp, our town is producing the man
power, but nevertheless, our swift
flowing river of war effort is slack
ing up and might backwater.
This was evidenced at the recent
Civilian Defense meeting when only
a few scattered handfuls turned out
to hear Army representatives give
the true facts on our progress. Hie
most important part of any defense
is sadly being overlooked.
They reported that Williamston,
as yet, has not responded to the call
for airplane spotters?the most vital
point in a 100 per cent home defense.
A few hours weekly is all that
is needed to churn the defense pro
gram into a swirling maelstrom and
boost Williamston into the forefront
of the State's most critical war pro
The Germans have mined the Vir
ginia coast. Let's be prepared if they
decide to come a little bit further
South. Let's do what the Air Corps
asks us to do?"ou spot 'em?we'll
Williamston, N. C.
Veterans Return To
Work For Duration
On factory production "front
lines" this is less "a young man's
war" than any previous one. Hie re
are frequent reports of oldster* re
turning from retirement to lend
their "know-how" to the work in
war plants. In a New Jersey wood
shed a 7-year-old retired foundry
head and his aide, 73, are turning out
sirens for the Navy.
Mr .Tice, I'm tending my hope* and
That you may aoon be on the ground.
For I mitt your kindly voice,
When everyone it around.
Your walking cane it patiently
In the comer it aita.
But aometimes we teem discouraged,
But we don't go into fits.
Even your pet dog, Jock, is lone
He knows what is wrong.
And the birds in springtime
Are not even in song.
The tree tops are whistling:
He will soon be back,
With that big smile on his face,
Even finer than silk, satin, or lace.
Unlucky isn't it?that it had to be
But don't go on feeling
So homesick and blue.
But I haven't forgotten you, Mr. Tice.
If you are sick, sad and blue;
Just remember I'm praying hard
CARD OF THANKS
Mesdames Mary D. Smith, Mittie
Purvis Everette. and Messrs. Frank
Bell and Samuel Everett* wiah to
thank tha town at large for all aid
and kindneu rendered to Jack Ev
erette during his recent illness. To
Drs. Rhodes, Llewellyn and Early,
we especially extend our apprecia
tion. And to his friends, colored and
white, we express our sincere grati
Having this day qualified as ad
ministratrix of the estate of the late
J. S. Ayers, deceased of Hamilton,
Martin County, this is to notify all
persons holding claims against said
estate to exhibit them to the under
signed for payment oa a
June 39. 1943, or this notice will be
pleaded in bar of their i ecu racy. All
persona indebted to said estate aril]
please make immediate settlement
This the 29th day of June, 1941.
MBS. CHABLOTTE AYSBS,
Administratrix of the late
jnJ0-6t J. S. Ayers Estate.
Between the agea of 18 and
55, to come to my office,
over the Williamrton Cafe,
Saturday, July 4
J. E. BtfYKIN
JUST ARRIVED ? CASH ONLY
For Farm Maintenance Only
Williamston Supply Co.
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WILLIAMSTON, N. C