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Friday, Augutl 14, 1942.
Not knowing their excuses or reasons, we'll
not heap condemnation upon the fair members
of the Martin County Red Cross Chapter, but
when only three persons volunteer in five days
to aid in an urgent project the indifference to
the war effort stands out in bold relief against
a background formed with bridge tables, teas,
outings, and the entire social calendar. That
some diversion is necessary in our high-pitched
schedule is admitted, but it is also necessary
that we limit the diversion and tackle the task
It is prayerfully hoped that not one of the 35,
000 surgical dressings this chapter is asked to
make will everbe needed, but if they are tieed
ed and the women have failed in their task the
blame will be traced indirectly to them. It is
far better that the bandages should be made
and thrown away if not needed than to need
them and not have them.
ed, Chinese women repaired to the hills and
caves and there with handlooms and crude ma
chines they made cloth and pieced bandages to
gether for their wounded and dying Ov?r here
the cloth is made and partly prepared for mak
ing the same little dressings, but in this chapter
only three volunteers in five days report to of
fer their services.
Our hats are off to thosy volunteers, and we
humbly trust they will not suffer faint heart but
continue at the all-important task to encourage
others to follow in their train.
f,(u/y Astor'x Blunder
Lady Astor. American turned British parlia
mentarian, blundered recently, and Miss Nell
Battle Lewis in "Incidentally" appearing in a
recent issue of the News and Observer, calls
her hand, so to speak, as follows:
. . Last week in a public speech Lady Astor
said something which was not only contempti
ble but, from my point of view, inconceivable,
and for which the British press properly reprov
ed her roundly. It was indicative, it seems to
me, of a callousness, an ingratitude, that the
public did not know that Lady Astor had. Tact
less she always has seemed, yes? everybody
knew her to be that?but most people took her
lack of tact merely as a part of her native frank
ness and spontaneity which usually were at
tractive. But callous?that was a surprise.
For more than a year the Russian army and
the Russian people have been putting up one
of the most magnificent defenses in all history.
Perhaps it is the most magnificent. Some mili
tary men think so?General Douglas MacAr
thur, for one. Giving to the rest of .the world
an unparalleled example of national unity and
burning patriotism, the Russians have been
saving our civilization for us. That sonorous
phrase is here an exact one, the only one to
use: the Russians have been saving our civiliza
tion. They have been heroically engaging the
German hordes which, otherwise, would have
been turned in far greater force against Britain
?and against us. They have given us in Amer
ica time?most desperately needed?to prepare
to strike against the Axis, which for eight years
has been preparing, tooth and toe-nail, to strike
us down. If you have the slightest doubt as to
what the Russians have done for the cause of
the United Nations, then imagine what the
plight of us in this country would have been
had Russia been swiftly conquered?by the Fall
of 1941, as Hitler had planned?and with all
the resources of Russia then available to him,
his armies had been free to fall upon Britain and
America while the Japanese struck in the west.
At a time when heroic Russia was In a most
desperate situation, when its very life was
threatened, when its allies seemed unable to
come to its aid in time,-and when the hearts of
its friends were bleeding for it, what does the
sparkling Lady Astor say? This: The Russians
are not fighting for us; they are fighting for
To me it is simply astonishing that a Virgin
lot whose forebears fought for the Confeder
acy could ritow no more appreciation of gal
lantry than Lady Astoria ungracious, unkind,
md ungrateful remark indicates that she does.
It is perfectly astounding.
AH nations at war are fighting, first at all,
for themselves. Everybody knows that. Brit
ain is fighting for herself; China is fighting for
herself; America is fighting for herself. But
that does not keep a nation from fighting at the
same time for its allies. Of course Russia is
"fighting for itself," but with equal certainty, it
is fighting for us, too?for Britain, for China,
for all the United Nations, for the freedom of
the whole world, including that of the ungra
cious and ungrateful Lady Astor.
It is not surprising that Lady Astor's words
were immediately applauded in Berlin, as over
the air Goebbels praised them as "wise and un
derstanding." It is not surprising?but it is very,
very nauseating. It brings Nazism entirely too
near home for me. To have those Nazi savages
in Berlin applauding the attitude of a woman
who has her loots in Albemarle County, Vir
ginia, that love-from-Berlin-to-"Mirador" idea,
does something to me which only one phrase can
describe: it turns my stomach.
The Capital'* Social Problem
The following, coming from a reliable source,
reflects a serious social problem in Washington,
and is offered without comment:
The vice squad of Washington's metropolitan
police has noticed in the last few weeks the re
appearance of unhealthy signs reminiscent of
world war I.
Thousands of soldiers and sailors are foot
loose in Washington every day. And hundreds
of young women are arriving every day ? many
to work, but not all.
Ray H. Everett, expert in Washington's so
cial problems, told a congressional committee
that "there is far too much street solicitation
and disease-breeding activities by members of
the 'oldest profession.' It was reported not long
ago that 31 soldiers named one Washington
prostitute as their source of infection. If any
considerable part of this report is authentic, cer
tainly a whole Japanese regiment could not do
much more damage."
A survey of the first million men inducted
into the army showed that there were 45.2 cases
of syphilis per thousand for the country as a
whole. But for ^Washington, the rate-for 403.1
per thousand ?the highest rate among the cities
of 500,000 to 1,000,000 population.
This age-old problem has taken on a new ur
gency in war-time Washington?with new com
plications. Chief of these is the influx of great
ton on the rebound from parental restrictions at
In an effort to solve this complication, Wash
ington police have asked civil service not to hire
girls for work in Washington if they are under
18 years old.
Devotion To Our Caute
The Common Defense.
The propaganda front is our front. Every Am
erican citizen is on it. On the propaganda front
our minds and our hearts, our reason and our
emotions are enlisted. What we think and feel
and say is counting everywhere for American
victory or defeat. The Nazis want us to feel their
way and talk their way. They want Americans
who are Christians to hate Americans who are
Jews. They want us to quarrel and waste our
strength fighting each other rather than to use
it fighting them. The Nazis did not spend 400
million dollars on this kind of propaganda for
nothing in America. They intended that it
should prove effective ? against us, and for
But we cannot be loyal to America and yet
think the thoughts and speak the words of Nazi
propaganda. For loyalty to America is more
than fondness for a certain geographical area.
It is a consuming devotion to a body of ideals
and aspirations which have transfigured this
land above all other lands on the face of the
earth. Loyalty to America is passionate love for
a country where a way of life is being develop
ed in which the dignity of each man is recog
nized and respected by the whole community;
where man's rights are jealously safeguarded
by the State; where opportunity is open to him
for the development of such talents as God has
given him; where those who, by reason of sick
ness or weakness, are not economically profita
ble to the State, are protected in the right to life
and happiness; where liberty is for all, and jus
tice is for all. America is a community of neigh
bors, self-governing and self-respecting. This is
America. And this is what Hitler, with the help
of our native fascists, thirsts to destroy.
We all have the responsibility to bring to the
American pepole in every village and hamlet,
and city, and farm, and factory, and home, and
school in this land the knowledge of the great
American ideal for mankind. We must learn
to pledge allegiance to the flag with enthusiasm
and zeal, and when we say, "One nation, indi
visible, with liberty and justice for all," we
must know with feeling what we mean. Liberty
and justice for all. For Christians? Yes. For
Jews? Yes. For Protestants, for Catholics, for
white men, for Negroes? Yes. A powerful af
firmation of faith in the American creed must
shake this country to its depths. This is the
faith which makes an invincible army of free
men on the military front, and this is the faith
Which makes a determined army of successful
managers and workers on the production front,
and this is a work for America in which every
citizen can take an indispensable part by appre
ciating his neighbor's virtues and defending his
If Uncle Sam is really going to requisition
his car, says a friend of ours, he hopes it will
not be just after he has spent all Saturday af
ternoon waxing it
Tattoo Tells Tale
R. J. Shaeftr of St. Clair, Pa., a
- .nnnftwlT S destroyer Hnm
mann, torpedoed and sunk during
the battle of Midway Island, has
had the data on the sinking tat
tooed on his arm, an everlasting re
nr'mbrance o! one of the greatest
sea and air battle of the war.
In The Enterprise
Forty Years Ago
AUGUST 15, 1902.
Farmers are busy pulling fodder
and curing tobacco.
The town cart is busy hauling dirt
and filling holes on the walks.
Tomorrow promises to be the larg
est day yet at the warehouses.
Mr. S. S. Brown has moved into
his new home on Haughton Street.
Did you see Messrs. Wheeler Mar
tin and Dennis Biggs buying tobac
Mr. G. W Blount is preparing to
pave the side walk in front of his
Williamston needs more dwelling
houses. There are several families
that want to rent now.
It is rumored that Mr. Dick Martin
will erect two handsome brick stores
on his property on Main Street.
The storm Monday night did con
siderable damage near Roberson
viRe.'Have btdKronuble to gel-par
ticulars at this office.
Mr. G. R. Carson, of Bethel, one
of Pitt County's prosperous tobacco
farmers, was on the market yester
day with a nice lot of tobacco.
It has been reported to this office
that the bridge over Conoho Creek
is nearing completion rapidly. It will
only be a short time now before the
ferry is completed.
Tilt- sales at the warehouses this
week have been exceedingly fine
Tobacco has been coming in from
Beaufort, Washington. Pitt, Edge
combe, Bertie and Hertford. The
farmers are in high spirits.
The Tobacco Board of Trade was
organized at the Roanoke Warehouse
on last Monday evening, Mr. T. J.
Smith, president; A. C. Monk, vice
^^uoun U*M. HUVt. MOM BOSS
president; D. W. Morris, secretary
and treasurer. About a hall dozen
committees are to be appointed by
the president, and these will be an
nounced in our next issue together
with the names of the members.
Mrs. Nannie Simmons and son,
Leslie Williams, left Monday morn
ing for Drake's Branch, Va., where
they will make their future home.
Mesdames A. S. and J. C. Rober
son, of Robersonville, spent last
Friday at the home of Mrs. J. C.
Mrs. Delia Clark, of Roper, and
Miss V. Dare Hassell, of Jamesville,
are visiting Mrs. J. C. Crawford.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Simpson, of
Everett*, were in town Tuesday.
James Quartermus went to Green
A method of reclaiming from dish
water large quantities of solid fat
which can be passed straight to in
dustry has been devised by an 18
year-old laboratory assistant in Eng
North Carolina. Martin County. In
The Superior Court.
The defendant abort iwnml will
take notice that an action entitled a?
above has been commenced In the
Superior Court of Martin County.
North Carolina, to secure an abso
lute divorce based upon two years
separation; and the defendant will
further take notice that she is re
quired to appear before the Clerk
of the Superior Court of Martin
County within thirty (30) days and
answer or demur to the complaint
in said action, or the plaintiff will
apply to the Court for the relief de
manded in said complaint.
This the 28th day of July, 1MX
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you'll be amazed at the
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able to help you get.
'ITw odds ore not just figures we have pulled out of
a hat. They are the result of tests made with a new
method to increate tire mileage among customers at a
number of Esso Dealer stations. 16 out of every 17 ear
owners were astonished at the mileage made possible.
Because the preservation of tires is so vital to the coun- -
try in the present emergency, we are making every
effort to introduce this new service at Esso Dealer sta
tions with the utmost speed. It requires both equip
ment and training and we are supplying both as rapidly
as possible. As soon as these are available your own Esso
Dealer will be able to help you get the greatest possible
mileage from your own tires short of retreading. Fur
ther announcement will be made in newspapers shortly,
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