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Tuetday, September 22, 1942.
Playing With Dynamite
Despite the costly lessons learned during and
immediately following the last war, opposing
groups are again insisting on playing with dy
namite in the form of inflation. We, in our fee
ble efforts to prevent a recurrence of a com
plete break in our economy, are not considering
the cost and danger of inflation, but rather we
are worrying and growling because we think
the other fellow has a larger piece of candy.
Surely, there is enough unselfishness in this
land of ours for one group to volunteer its sup
port in stopping the upward spiral in prices. So
far we have been engaged in condemning in
creases for the other guy and howling to high
heaven when such a thing as a ceiling is men
tioned for us. And strange as it may seem the
fellow preaching the loudest for stabilization
is the same fellow who growls the loudest when
the program points in his direction.
If we will remember the trials and tribula
tions resulting from inflation of nearly a quar
ter of a century ago, we would now at least
consider action after a give-and-take fashion.
The following is a brief review of World War
I inflation and its costly results:
Incomes skyrocketed in the last war too, but
the rocket carried hardships and disasters in
its trail for workers, for farmers and for all:
Living costs rose 63 per cent between the
summer of 1914 and the armistice. By June 1920
they had more than doubled. At that time a 10
pound bag of sugar cost $2.67; a 10-pound bag
of flour, 88 cents; a pound of butter, 67 cents.
By December 1920, a dozen eggs cost 92 cents.
And when these prices fell, they went down
fast and far. Farm prices dropped 54 per cent
between May 1920 and May 1921, and other
prices fell 25 per cent in 5 months. Hundreds
of thousands of farmers lost their lands, homes
Five million workers lost their jobs.
The total bankruptcy loss was twice that in
any previous year.
The rise in living costs added 13 1-2 billion
dollars to the 31 billion cost of the last war.
In this war, appropriations and contract au
thorizations already total more than 200 bil
lions. If prices in this war get out of hand as
they did in the last war, the added cost of the
war due to rising living costs may amount to
as much as 75 billion dollars.
It's Enough To Shame III
Drawing $16 every two weeks as a WPA work
er, a patriotic soul, reliable reports declare, has
just bought her second war bond. The purchase
was not made possible by giving up pleasures
and comforts, for they were virtually unknown
before even the first call to the country's de
fense was heard. By actually denying herself
actual necessities the patriotic woman has add
ed her bit to the American way of life. She has
done far more, in comparison, than so many
more of us have done or even offered to do. Her
patriotic step should be sufficient within itself
to shame many of us.
Such acts, limited though they may be, are
recognized as the true foundation for the cre
ation of the WPA and other relief agencies. It
was to help such earnest souls as these that the
administration in Washington called forth a
day for them.
While one humbly takes up the march for
her country there are so many who are still
playing around, squandering golden opportun
ities and demanding every pleasure even when
such demands threaten the war effort. More
money was spent in Martin County in August
for liquor than for war bonds. We are burning
up more money joy riding than we are invest
ing in bonds. We are still throwing away more
than we are saving. Yet, an humble worker
finds it possible to buy bonds from wages hard
ly self sufficing. It is enough to make one
'For High Achievement'
Wot "high achievement in production" the
American Red Cross Blood Donor Service has
i awarded the Army-Navy "E" pennant and
No better ilcet i lpiion of the accomplishment!
Service, which is collecting
blood for the nations' armed forces, can be found
than the words of the Army and Navy citation.
The fact that the Red Cross was able to exceed
the quota of 380,000 pints of blood which has
been requested by the Army and Navy is in
deed a "high achievement."
But as Norman H. Davis, chairman of the
Red Cross, has pointed out, that achievement
would not have been possible without the coop
eration of the hundreds of thousands of Ameri
can men and women who have given their blood
that others may live.
It is probable that few of those who gave
blood to the Red Cross looked upon their con
tribution as a "high achievement." In the man
ner typical of Americans, they undoubtedly
minimized its importance. To them the contri
bution was small in comparison to the sacrifices
being made by the me nin uniform.
Yet it is fitting, as Chairman Davis has said,
that the award pennant be "dedicated to the
thousands of volunteer donors whose generous
cooperation has made possible the record on
which the award was based."
The job of collecting blood for the armed
forces is not yet ended. At the request of the
Army and Navy the Red Cross is collecting an
additional 2,500,000 pints of blood. The order
is a large one, but it will be filled.
And yet there are those who dig deep to
pick out minor errors to supply such flimsy
arguments as "they charged me for a five-cent
bar of candy one time."
By Ruth Taylor.
We have a new word in our dictionary, a
word that is on everyone's lips, that comes in
to every conversation, that hangs over every
purchase, that is taking an unprecedented part
in our daily lives. It is the word "priority".
Just what does priority mean? The answer is
very simple. Priority is simply putting first
As a nation and as individuals, we have one
job today?the job of winning this war. This
must come before anything else, because, if we
don't win it, there won't be anything else. And
defeat would be unthinkable to any of us.
The quicker we win the war, the sooner can
we return to the way of life we want to live,
to the full enjoyment of the advantages and
happiness of the democratic way of life. The
quicker we win it, the sooner can our factor
ies revert to the production of those things
which make life easier and more enjoyable. The
quicker we win it, the sooner will our boys
come home, our families live again as families
should, in peace and prosperity ,free from fear,
free to plan again for the future.
Here is where priority comes in. Priority
means that we must put the war effort first.
We must ask ourselves before we buy any
thing, whether or not it is essential. We must
use our money for war bonds, not for luxuries.
War bonds have priority on all spare cash ?
and spare cash means all that is not needed for
bare living expenses. We must remember that
non-essentials not only take money, but they
take man-power to make and transport; they
taek space needed for war materials; they use
up steel and rubber and gas to move them from
place to place. Luxuries do not have prior
ity. They are "out"?for the duration.
Priority means that we must work hard at
those things which are essential. In industry,
if we have the strength. In civilian defense, and
other volunteer war tasks ,if we cannot give
all our time. We must remember that there is
priority on our ability to work ,and because of
that priority we must keep fit and ready to do
Priority means that we have no time to in?
dulge in hatred, prejudice or discrimination, or
in the spreading of ill-feeling toward any group
of our fellow citizens. All of our energies, men
tal as well as physical, must be devoted to the
one end of winning the war quickly. There is
no priority on personal dislikes and morale-sap
ping grudges?and above all, in passing on sub
versive rumors. There is no priority on care
Let's not cavil at the discomforts of priori
ties. Let's use the word for what it is?a help
in winning this war speedily. We can win it,
if we bend every effort to the task?and if we
put first things first.
We're Fighting For ldeal$
When the war is over, whether it is of short
duration or lasts several years, we of America
can look back upon our entry into it with pride
and satisfaction. We did not rush into it heed
lessly. We did not go into it for material gain,
to add new territory, or to build up our indus
We went into it with clean hands to preserve,
what are to us, real spiritual values. We went
into it to preserve for ourselves and for oth
ers liberty and freedom from aggression and
oppression. When we emerge the victors, as we
will, it will be the greatest triumph for the cause
of human liberty in all the history of the race.
The sacrifice we will have laid upon the altar
of liberty will be great, great in treasure, great
in blood, great in spiritual values. We have not
underestimated the thing for which we are
fighting, and we have not underestimated its
cost. We are a great people, with great princi
ples, great ideals and great courage.
Our ideals are founded on liberty and our
courage is born of liberty. For such there can
be no defeat.?From the Titusville (Fla.) Star
"NEW SECRET WEAPON"
? / JT,C$
Big Supply Of Seed
For Farms in South
Record-breaking volumes of win
ter cover crop seed, which will help
farmers beat the threatened nitrogen
shortage and bolster production of
important war crops, are now mov
ing into the South and South east
from production areas in the Pacific
Northwest, the U. S. Department of
Agriculture announced last week.
This year's production of such
seeds as winter peas, vetch and crim
son clover, which will be measured
by trainloads, comes at a time when
the Nation's soil resources will be
taved severely to produce the vital
but soil-depleting war crops includ
ing peanuts, long stable cotton and
soybeans, and when the imports of
nitrate of soda, an essential plant
food from Chile, are uncertain be
cause of shipping difficulties.
Leguminous cover crops store con
siderable quantities of nitrogen in
the soil besides adding several tons
of organic matter per acre when the
crop is turned under in the spring.
Farmers in the Pacific Northwest
launched a wholesale program for
production of cover1 crop seed this
year under the department's guar
anteed price plan, which assures both
producer and consumer an equita
ble price. Farmers in the South and
Southeast may obtain cover crop
seed through their county AAA com
mittees and have the price of the
seed deducted from their future
Visit in Scotland Neck
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnhill spent
last week-end in Scotland Neck.
The 1942 production of map beans
for processing is indicated to be 180,
700 tons, or 37 per cent larger than
the 1941 crop, reports the U. S. De
partment of Agriculture
Agriculture rpnks fifth in the list
of occupational deferments from Se
lective Service, being led by pro
duction workers in aircraft, ships,
ordnance and ammunition.
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