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Tuesday. October 27. 1942.
It just doesn't make sense when the loafing
places are crowded and the filling stations have
their visitors in numbers from morning until
night for us to talk so much about a labor short
age. There may be a maladjustment in the dis
tribution of labor, but one thing is doggone cer
tain and that is the time spent in loafing, run
ning around doing nothing, and tinkering with
less important tasks could have harvested ev
ery leaf of tobacco and cleared every peanut
from the fields without any one being burden
ed with too much work.
One of the chief causes for the reported la
bor shortage in this immediate section is trace
able to the striking fact that too everlastingly
many of us have not yet realized that it is im
perative for the everyone of us to settle down
and go to work in earnest. There are exceptions,
of course. For instance, there is the aged father
of a son already reported missing in action. That
man, despite his advanced years, is taking up
the slack of his farm with his own hands, and
he is not grumbling about it. Too many of us
are idling away valuable time talking about
the labor shortage and doing nothing about
it. We talk a great deal about the weather, but
we cant' do anything about it. We can do some
thing about this so-called labor shortage, but
we prefer to merely talk about it.
Many of us have loafed around until we are
scared to death that we will really have to go
to work. We have piddled at odd jobs, occupy
ing our hands and accomplishing little. Where
we once "kidded" ourselves into the belief that
we were accomplishing something, we now
have got to recognize the facts and really ac
complish something. That something does not
have to be startling; it will only have to fit in
to the one great plan for winning the war. For
instance there was the farmer who piddled
around on the tobacco market as a hired hand
and left his peanuts in the field for the hogs.
That's his business, to be sure, and it suits us
all right, but the fact remains that he accom
plished little as a tobacco market piddler and
lost much when he left his peanuts in the field
on acocunt of that thing they call a "labor short
One thing about the reported labor shortage
stands out in bold relief and that is the folks
who do the most talking about it are, in a ma
jority of the cases, doing the least about it,
while those who talk little are doing a whole
lot about it. There are some cases right here
in this county where all the manpower has
been stripped from the farm, but so far no com
plaints have been heard from those remaining
And while the labor supply may be dwindl
ing on the farm, little businesses are closing up
by the tens of thousands, possibly more as a
result of priorities than on account of labor
shortages. This war is not making it hard for
the farmer alone; it is affecting everyone, and
it will be interesting to watch and see which
individual or group is going to throw in the
sponge and go all-out for complaining and com
mon ole bellyaching.
Surely, there is sufficient leadership in this
and other communities to recognize the mal
adjustment in the distribution of labor and to
get busy and do something about it even to the
point that a mass movement will be led to the
fields and to the sweat shops.
Go Higher Up
N?wi tad Observer.
"It is & sin to steal a penny or a pin" applies
to the case of an officer who was court-mar
tialed because he did "knowingly and willful
ly apply to his own use and benefit 12 gallons
of gasoline of the value of about 65 cents." Con
gress, evidently feeling that if everybody who
cheated on gasoline was convicted the jails
would be overcrowded, passed an act "to re
store Lieutenant Tepsic's commission." Proper
ly, the President vetoed the bill.
The precedent of convicting the man who
used <6 cents worth of gasoline "to his own
use'' is one that ought to be broadened. It ought
to reach the profiteers who are worse in Wash
ington than the locusts of Egypt. The medicine
given Tepeic ought to go to those higher up who
Liquor And The Draft
Maybe Secretaries Stimson and Knox were
right in urging that the prohibition amend
ment be removed from the bill calling for the
drafting of eighteen- and nineteen-y eai-old
youths for armed service. They do not state
their position for or against the evil, but sure
ly the two men realize the danger that the lib
eral use of alcohol is creating within the arm
ed forces and without, also.
!f the nation must have the teen-age youths,
let the draft bill pass. But in a separate move
let something be done about the liquor traf
fice inside and out. Millions have been spent
building up morale of the American people, but
saturated service men are tearing morale down
faster than the designated agencies can build
it up. Instead of having the service man be
lieve he is off on a spree, it will be well for
him and the everyone of us to recognize the
seriousness of the situation and act according
ly. When service men are allowed to operate
high-powered motor vehicles while under the
influence of liquor, stagger in the public streets
and go to jail to sober up, the confidence of the
general public is shaken in those who are in
charge of our war effort despite all the morale
building agencies. If the reports reaching here
from the war fronts are true, it will take a
hard-hitting sober force and not a hard-drink
ing, indifferent group to handle the task.
This country will do well to banish liquor
from both its war effort and civilian life. In
stead of spending billions for liquor, the amount
spent for bonds and stamps or in clearing old
debts from the books would create a greater
hope for peace and serve as a bulwark in main
taining the peace after war.
Those who remember the depression period
back in the thirties, should act now to protect
themselves when the next depression strikes.
The dollars we are throwing away for liquors
now, may mean much in the future when it
comes to saving our homes.
Senator Lee recognizes the danger lurking
around the youth of our land, and in an ef
fort to lessen that danger he offered the amend
ment to the draft bill. Let Senator Lee make a
separate plea and let the masses support him in
advancing that plea for a saner approach to vic
tory and peace.
"Except The Lord Build The House"
By Ruth Taylor. - s-s:
I wonder how many of you listened to Lord
Halifax on the air as he described in such a
humble, moving way the new appearance of
St. Paul's in London. Now, enemy bombs aim
ed at it have leveled the shops and commercial
buildings, leaving it standing "clear, majestic,
its great cross of gold above the city, sharp cut
against the sky."
1 know that many of you who listened remem
bered as I did the towns in which we were
brought up. They were little towns all over
this country?North, South, East and West, on
mountain or in valley, by sea or river or on the
great plains. They had one thing in common
?they were built around a church.
It does not matter what ritual was followed
in the church we remember. It does matter that
religion?a belief in the Fatherhood of God and
the brotherhood of man?was the focal point
of both the settling of this country and the
founding of its cities from coast to coast.
We have not yet had bombs to clear the rub
ble of material things away from the symbols
of our religion. War, however, is the great re
finer. Only those things which are enduring can
stand up under its withering blasts.
Now above all we need to have faith in the
Eternal Goodness?in the Father of all Man
kind. Now we must prove that religious free
dom has been the bulwark of all religions, and
that under tolerance we have grown in faith.
We know that no matter how brilliant in
mind and education our neighbor is, no mat
ter how skilled in craft or profession, if he does
not have the motivating force of idealism, the re
sponsibility of brotherhood, if he does not grant
allegiance to a Divine Power?however he may
choose to worship Him?he is not a good neigh
bor. And the same applies to us.
We are getting back to first things at last.
As we shear away the dross of the material, we
are at last remembering the words of the Psalm
ist: "Except the Lord build the house, they la
bour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep
the city, the watchmen waketh in vain."
Not Carried Out
Sampson (Clinton. N. C.) Indapandani.
Seeing so many able-bodied men (young and
old) loafing on the streets of this and other
towns during working hours has moved us to
wonder what happened to the decision of the
powers that be that all men must either fight
(in the armed forces) or work.
Like announcement was made here and in
several other towns several weeks ago. And yet,
with the almost alarming cry for cotton pick
ers, we have not noticed any thinning of the
ranks of loafers hereabouts.
It was a good and commendable decision, and
one that should be put into effect, at least for
the duration of the war. This is a time for more
work and less play.
Every whistle of a locomotive maens some
thing, says the Digest So does every honk of
i horn, but you can't print it?Minneapolis Star.
THE WINNING NUMBERS!
Sets New Record
In War Industry
One of the reasons why United Na
tions' planes are dotting the world's
battlefronts in ever-growing num
bers is Gus Sellberg, 54-year-old
potman in the Vancouver. Wash.,
plant of the Aluminum Company of
America. A native of Denmark, Sell
berg waged a one-man "war" against
the Axis recently by voluntarily
working 112 hours?seven consecu
tive 16-hour shifts?in a single week.
In completing what is believed to
be a work record in the aluminum
industry, Sellberg produced enough
aluminum, according to plant sup
erintendent David H. Beetem, to
build nine modern fighter planes.
"I can't fight; I can't march," said
Sellberg, "but I can produce alum
inum Nine more planes today might
end the war one day sooner I have
a son in the Navy, so I'm going to
do everything in my power to see
that he and the armed forces of the
United Nations are supplied with all
the bombers and fighter planes they
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that under
and by virtue of the power of sale
contained in that certain deed of
trust executed by L. B. Culpepper
and wife, bearing date July 15, 1936,
and recorded in the Public Registry
of Martin County in Book T-3, at
page 30, same having been given to
secure the payment of certain in
debtedness therein described, and
default having been made in the
payment of the indebtedness for
which the same was given as secur
ity, and at the request of the hold
er of said note, the undersigned
Trustee will on the 21st day of No
vember, 1942, at twelve (12) o'clock
Noon, at the Courthouse door of
Martin County, in Williumston, N. C.,
offer for sale, at public auction, to
the highest bidder, for cash, the fol
lowing described real estate, lying
and being in the Town of Williams
ton, N. C., and bounded and describ
ed as follows, to-wit:
Beginning at the Southwest cor
ner of the Anderson lot on Simmons
Ave , running North 30 degrees West
along Anderson's line 240 feet;
thence South 57 1-2 degrees West
78 feet; thence South 30 degrees East
240 feet; thence North 75 1-2 de
grees East 78 feet to the beginning,
containing one-eighth of an acre
more or less. Being same land con
veyed to S. A Newell by H W.
Stubbs by deed dated November,
1907, and being recorded in the Pub
lic Registry of Martin County in
Book SSS, at page 228.
This the 15th day of October, 1942.
EDWIN M. CULPEPPER,
PAYING MARKET PRICE
W. I. SKINNER
WILLIAMSTON, N. C.
EVERY MAN HAS
rjpilE gleanings of some are small?
of others great in fruitfulness.
But every man has his harvest?as
etery man has his riches. He who
has saved irregularly amasses less
than he who has saved as much as
possible throughout his earning days.
Have you a Savings Account?
Branch Banking & Trust Co.
WILLIAMSTON, N. C
"THE SAFE EXECUTOR"
NOTICE OF SALE
Under and by virtue of the power
of sale contained in that cetrain
Deed of Trust executed to the un
dersigned Trustee by Lelia Gainor,
dated the 24th day of March, 1938,
of record in the Register of Deeds
Office in Book P-3, page 490, to se
cure certain notes of even date there
with, and the stipulations in said
Deed of Trust not having been com
plied with, and at the request of the
holder of said bonds, the undersign
ed Trustee will, on the 9th day of
November, 1942, offer for sale to the
highest bidder, for cash, in front of
the Courthouse door, Martin Coun
ty, at 12 o'clock. Noon, the follow
ing described land:
A tract of land in Hamilton Town
Redden Gainor Farm, containing 78
acres, more or leu; bounded on the
South by Vance Robereon land, on
the East by H. C. Norman land, on
the North by R. H. Weaver land and
on the West by Cleve Taylor and
This 7th day of October, 1M2.
R. L. COBURN,
B. A. Critcher, Atty. olJ-4t
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Pontiac dealer! are doing everything PI RSI they're Paying in husheatt for
possible to help preserve year car and the duration and maintaining staffs
tires so America can kaep rolling to svork. of factory-trained mechanics.
SECOND, they're offering regular
FREE inspections to help forestall
serious damage to car or ttres.
~ FULLY subscribing to the
fact that a man cannot build
a gun unless he can get from
his home to his iob, Pontiac dealers
are staying "on the job" to keep
America's war workers rolling.
No matter what make of car you
drive . . . whether your service re
EASY PAYMENTS ON I
CHAS H. JENKINS ft CO.,
Aulander, N. C.; Windsor, N. C
THIRD, to encourage you
service work done when needed
EASY CREDIT TERMTare ojfered.
quirements he large or small ? your
Pontiac dealer is ready 10 serve you.
To protect those precious miles of
unused transportation in your car,
to keep rolling in the interest of
America's war effort, form the habit
now of bringing your car to your
nearest Pontiac dealer for regular
inspections and necessary sorrier.
JILLS OF $25 OR MORE
111 ITER IN 6 IMPORTANT
0 Staves money
?Assures prompt, co-operative
?Includes special free <
.on by a trained motor <
q He prescribes only
You pay only for what you i
when you need it
lengthening car life at ibIbI
Williamston, North Carolina
; Ahoakie, N. C.; Edenton, N. C.
If Your Property is uborth
Insuring against Fire
IT IS WORTH INSURING
AGAINST AIR RAIDS
do you know ?
that your fire insurance policies ao not protect you
against loss if your property is destroyed or damaged by
that you can now buy War Damage Insurance
that does protect you against loss resulting from enemy
attack, including any action taken by our military, naval
or air forcea in resisting enemy attack.
that War Damage Insurance is issued by the War
Damage Corporation, an agency of the Federal Govern
ment which operates in cooperation with leading fire
insurance companies and their agents and brokers.
that War Damage Insurance is so priced that you
cannot afford to be without it? For example, the rate
for dwellings and contents is only 10< per $ 100 of in
surance per year.
hut ? you cannot obtain War Damage Corporation
Insurance against raid damage after it occurs. For this
reason, we suggest telephoning or writing today for par
ticulars on this important new type of insurance.
Martin County Insurance
K. B. CRAWFORD H. C NORMAN be.
J. E. POPE Ins. Agency Robcrsonville
Harriaon & CarsUrphen CEO HAISLIP, H--~li
H. P. MOBLEY
PAUL BAILEY, Everett. Nat JOHNSON, Oak City