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Tuesday, September 15. 1942.
The Meaning Of ff'ar
The meaning of war is at last breaking
through a mist of selfish pleasure, business-as
usual and downright indifference
First, the seriousness of the rubber situation
has been pointed out in clear, ringing tones, ac
companied by timely warnings. There are, to
be sure, numbers of "C" cards doing business
on Sundays and reaping the fruits of the sav
ings effected by others, but the meaning of
war is gradually grinding its way into our
minds as friction grinds away the treads of
Then there is a report from down in little
Dare County telling about the return of a sol
dier's body from the battlefields, directing a
cold challenge to us to exert every effort and
do every thing possible that the lives of oth
ers might be saved and that others may not
have made the supreme sacrifice in vain.
We have a way of counting the missing air
men today and forgetting the count tomorrow
In addition to the loss of human life, there is
another loss that is challenging our ability to
finance the all-out fight. According to an offi
cial report from Canada, the cost of training a
pilot under the British Commonwealth Air
Training Plan is estimated at $20,000 and the
cost of other members, such as observers, wire
less operator air gunners and others, is calcu
lated at $22,000 each.
Coming closer home we are experiencing la
bor shortages in nearly every field of endeavor.
We see our young men leaving in large num
bers We are being warned about taxes, and we
are told to expect sacrifices.
What more will it take to wake us up? What
more will it take to make us realize that it is
our duty to support the war program in every
Surely, the meaning of this war should be well
understood by now. Then, why are we waiting
to be forced to recognize that meaning? If we
are to wait until we are forced to stop riding
and whiling our time away, it is quite possible
that we'll be stepping the goose step to Hitler's
Helpinn Win The War
Here is what your War Savings Stamps and
Bonds will buy for the U. S. Army:
Ten cents will buy 1 set insignia.
Twenty-five cents will buy 1 dozen bandages.
One dollar will buy 1 arm splint.
Six dollars will buy 1 anti-tank shell.
Ten dollars will buy 1 tent.
Ninteen dollars and thirty-six cents will buy
one 81-mm trench mortar shell.
Three hundred and seventy dollars will buy
17 surgical beds.
Five hundred dollars will buy 1 motor trailer.
One thousand dollars will buy 1 reconnaisance
Fifteen thousand dollars will buy 1 pontoon
One dollar and a half in War Savings Stamps
pays for a first aid kit.
Two dollars in War Savings Stamps is what
one blanket costs.
Expand The Program
The schools of this nation have a wonderful
opportunity to help relieve the serious situa
tion we now find ourselves in and to cushion
the future for a tremendous shock that is cer
tain to follow the present debacle. The school
program should be expanded, and in addition
to teaching the little ones how to figure and
earn, let the schools teach them the import
ance of saving, and let them know that it is
good to recognize the principles of fairness.
The schools will fall down on the job if they
do not stress the importance of savmg now for
the proverbial rainy day in the future. The
dimes and nickels from the approximately 6,
000 school children in Martin County would
make an impressive showing if they were con
verted into war stamps and bonds. With the
aid of the parents, the schools can do much
toward ousting the reckless spending program
that's holding so many down by the neck to
day and substituting for it a policy that will
prove beneficial to our nation today and to
ourselves at some later date.
The schools of this county, state and nation
have never had a greater opportunity to ac
complish something than the one now before
them. Not only is there a demand for a greater
interest in things scholastic, but there is also
a demand for a greater recognition of thrift,
basic principles and the other foundation stones
that go to keep a great nation great and to help
maintain peace once peace is established
It .4II Itf/H-ndx On Me!
By Rtilh Taylor.
The other day a friend who had just return
ed from England showed me a poster he had
brought back. The background is a stormy sky,
through which the sun has broken to illuminate
the figure of a woman standing with outstretch
ed arms, her hands grasping the hands of oth
ers on each side. The other figures are not shown
?just the hands. Beneath is a strong chain of
single links, emphasizing the feeling of un
countable thousands holding hands. Across the
poster is the line, "It All Depends on Me."
1 have felt very humble ever since I saw that
poster. This was 110 challenging "It's Your Job.
It's Up to You. This Is Your War." This was a
confession of personal faith, a recognition of
personal responsibility. And it has made me
Am I facing the fact that this is my war? It
is my way of life that is at stake I would not
want to live in a world that denied those sim
ple virtues in which I believe, freedom of con
science and speech, the right to worship my God
according to my own belief, the sanctity of the
home, the freedom of the individual, the honor
of the pledged word, the governing of action
by right rather than might. This is my way of
life. If it is to be retained, it all depends on me.
Am I working where I can be most useful in
this, my war? Am I shirking the job that I
should do because it is tedious, or because it will
interfere with my accustomed routine? Am I
serving 111 the place where I can be of most
good? I must make the most out of my work
ing strength and time, for?it all depends on
Am 1 mobilized for this, my war? Or am I
clinging to non-essentials? Over and above my
job, have 1 assumed my proper responsibility
as a citizen in my own community? Have 1
streamlined my life, made wise use of my time,
and conserved my health? Am 1 putting all
my resources to work? Am I taking care to
conserve that which I have, to give up that
which can be used for war-effort and am 1 buy
ing 110 more than is absolutely necessary, in
order that my dollars may help fight the bat
tle? Money and goods are needed. This is a to
tal war?and it all depends on me.
Am I keeping a soldierly self-control? Am
1 seeing to it that the whispered rumor stops
when it reaches me? That I do not pass on any
divisive thought? Am I living my faith? Am I,
who talk of the glory of democracy, holding out
a friendly hand to my neighbor, keeping from
my heart and mind all prejudice and hatred tow
ard any one, regardless of class, creed, or color?
Am I putting into daily practice the ideals to
which I give lip allegiance? Only in this way
can democracy endure?it all depends on me.
I cannot close this self-searching with a mor
al?but only with the prayer, in the words of
the Psalmist, "Hold up my goings in thy paths,
that my footsteps slip not." It all depends on
Eight dollars in War Savings Stamps will
buy two steel helmets.
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NEXT WEEK - END
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THE WIND IS WHISTLING AMONG THE (S)PINES
The 39th Week
Of The War
Purchase of War Bonds
The Treasury Department an
nounced sales of War Bonds in Au
gust totaled $697,255,000 in bonds
through the ten per cent payroll sav
ings plan, compared with 18.000,000
persons and $200,000,000 in July.
Treasury Secretary Morgenthau an
nounced State War Bond quotas for
September, totaling $775,000,000 for i
the country. t
Taxation and Profits
The Treasury Department recom
mended to Congress a reduction in
I individual income tax exemptions to
$500 for each dependent. The Treas
ury also proposed a ten per cent tax
uii consumer spending and high pen
alty rates for luxury spending. At
the request of Congress, the Treas
ury outlined a sales tax levied
against the retailer who would pass
it on to the consumer War expendi
tures in August were $4,900 million,
more than three times greater than
the amount spent for National De
fense a year ago. Income payments
to individuals in July were 21 per
cent more than July 1941 and were
at the record annual rate of $114 bil
lion a year, the commerce depart
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