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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, ij.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1942
One does not always have to go to mili
tary centers to find military authorities and
good soldiers. ,
Right here in Waynesville we have some
men who have demonstrated their ability
as military leaders, and only last week a
flock of promotions poured in for local men.
Major J. H. Howell received a commis
sion from Adjutant General J. Van B. Metts,
assigning him the duties of commander of
five companies of State Guardsmen in West
ern North Carolina. Each company, com
prising fifty men, is made up of specially se
lected local men. The companies are in
Waynesville, which Major Howell organized,
Canton, Asheville, Morganton and Ruther
ford ton. y
Major Howell, upon his promotion, had to
give up his post as captain of the local State
Guard of which he is so proud. Succeeding
him as captain is W. A. Bradley, with Frank
Byrd promoted to first lieutenant, and Ralph
Prevost to second lieutenant.
All of Waynesville shares with Major
Howell the deep pride in the local company;,
of the State Guard, and the comiaunity like--'
wise shares with the State Guard their ad
miration for his ability and military lead
ership of Major Howell.
This newspaper is proud of the State
Guard, from their new Commander Howell
on down the ranks.
Open Your Pocketbook
The Red Cross drive which is now being
launched must not be confused with the an
nual Roll Call drive, which was conducted in
November, that by virtue of recent events
seems very far back on the calendar.
The present quota now being asked by
national headquarters is our part of the
$50,000,000 which the Red Cross is asking
the nation to raise.
America faces the greatest peril in its
glorious history. Its manpower and re
sources coupled with the united efforts of
its great citizenship must be used to over
come this peril.
The men who make up our armed forces
are ready and willing and are being trained
to go any length to win the conflict, for
themselves and those back home. "
- The American Red Cross has a large part
in this war. It will do perhaps the greatest
piece of humanitarian work in aiding the
suffering. We should all feel that is is a
privilege to have a part in this great work,
by making a contribution to this drive.
Our viewpoint has changed considerably
since that drive for members back in No
vember. Where we were willing to give
one dollar yesterday today we should find
ourselves glad to give two, even at a per
sonal sacrifice. So when you are called upon,
don't say, "Why I have already contributed
to the Red Cross, ' for the drive this month
is "another story". : r ;
In fact there should be no necessity for
even an explanation on the part of those
soliciting funds, for the raising of this quota
is your responsibility as much as the person
soliciting. So give in a hurry, for we are all
having to "step up" in the days to come, for
there will be increased effort expected of us
"The flying snake is found only in Java
and Malaysia." News item. Now we can
Everything comes to him who waits
if it is only a tip.
Into the Mountains
A Raleigh correspondent recently said that
several state officials were seriously con
templating moving tneir families Irom Ral
eigh to Asheville, as they feared air raids
on the state capital.
This news;aper has not read elsewhere
of the moving, and peihaps the officials de
cided not to go through With their plans.
Any way, that is beside the point. Western
North Carolina will welcome them, and any
other good American citizens that may come
The fact that these mountains are being
looked -upon as a haven of safety carries
with it a cheerful note in that next summer
the tourist business in this section should
increase instead of decreasing as some
pessimists have ah eady suggested.
This is no time for this area to lose sight
of the fact that new opportunities have been
brought by the war. It is up to Western
North Carolina to make the most of these
"DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS!"
From the Band To the
The enlistment of L. T. New, Jr., who
volunteered recently in the United States
Army, and left here on Monday morning
with the group of draftees going to Fort
Bragg, leaves the Waynesville Township
High School Band without a director. At
least we have not heard of anything but a
Starting with a group of untrained stu
dentsthe greater majority never having
had in their hands before a musical instru
ment, Mr. New has built up by persistent
work and honest effort a creditable band.
We would hate to see the work interrupted,
for there will be occasions during the months
and years ahead that our band will be need
ed, aside from the musical training of our
boys and girls.
Mr. New has built for the future in his
organization of students, so that when the
graduates each year leave there are others
to take their places. In the elementary
schools now are band students who are be
ing prepared for membership in the High
School band. -
While we congratulate Mr. , New on his
patriotism for offering his services to his
country we regret the necessity of it at this
time. We wish him the same success as a
soldier that he has made here as a band di
rector.: We trust that proper provision will
be made for continuing the work and study
of our high school band.
While the great defense program must
be carried on unstintedly with every possible
cooperation, we must also keep normal as
nearly as possible .the lives of the children
now growing up, who tomorrow will be the
leaders of this country. Their education is,
if anything, more important than ever.
Mr. New has done an excellent piece of
work with the high school band. He has
laid a sound foundation and has set a high
standard not only for the band but for the
director who will follow him.
During 'the war, do you think
the country's sports program
should be cut down or kept up as
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
No young man . . . fired with the that is the way you feel . . . you'll
spirit of patriotism who has vol- never make the grade . . ... of mat-
unteered his services to the armed rirrwny . . . because it is a steep
forces of this coun' ry has any- climb at. the best . and no faint
thing on Joan Ratclitfe , ..'.'. young heart ever made the top . . ; if
eight year old daughter of Mr. you begin the journey with Such
and Mrs. Fred Ratcliffe . . . Joan , sentiments youH shie at the first
is fl student at St. John's Private sign of trouble in the road ... so
A Responsive Answer
America's answer to the treachery of
Japan has been a responsive one. For since
the declaration of war in America recruit
ing stations throughout the country have
been virtually on a twenty-four hour basis,
so it is reported.
All branches of the defense service are
being affected. It is said that the volunteers
have ranged in age from high school boys
to men in their fifties, the latter in many
cases World War veterans, who have earned
their right to stay at home.
This is significant of what American
freedom symbolizes, and this quick and ready
answer to the enemies' challenge to liberty
and to their assault on the Stars and Stripes
and on American soil, shows how willing
the American citizen is" to fight to hold his
privileges. ; '.' - '...'
The Christian Science Monitor points out
that aggression against American property
has done what many attacks on the Ameri
can way or life have failed to do. It has
centered public opinion of all degrees of in
formation and understanding into one solic
It ha3 made clear to Americans that the
United States is under attack by a world
wide gang of aggressors just as other na
It has dissolved the dangerously cocky
assumption of a minority that no aggressor
would dare to attack the United States
It has erased the supposition that distance
or oceans can be a barrier between the
United States and war.
That the United States will defend itself
with all the vigor to be expected of it is
certain from the tone of the public ex
pression and response all over the country.
School . . . the Sisters had given
her a part in a play to be pre
sented at Christmas .. . . Joan was
quite pleased to have the role of
doll ; . . a Japanese doll . . . .
there were rehearsals . .. . Joan did
well . . . in the meantime Japan
lowered her wings over Pearl Har
bor . ." . and war was declared
against the United States . . . .
Joan told the sisters she was sorry
. . . but she had decided she could
not' be in the play . ; . they urged
. . she was told that , if she drop
ped out . . . the whole play would
be ruined . . . her parents and her
grandparents begged her . . . but
to no avail . .:. then the truth came
out . . . and Joan confessed . . .
"I won't be a doll from a country
that has attacked the United
States . . . my own country" . . ;
a compromise was reached .; . .
the Japanese doll was turned in'o
a Chinese doll ... and the show
went on, . . . .
An unusual record on the books
of the register of deeds was re
cently filed - when Miss Fannie
Noland became the bride of Fur
man M. Noland . '; . every sir name
tn the marriage licenses was that
of Noland . . . the two fathers
happen to have the same name . .
Charlie ... and the mothers have
only one letter different in their
names , . . one is Lura and the
other is Laura. . . . .
A young person with a fixed
ambition in life . V . and the de
termination to follow a definite
course . , . and the will power
to see things through . . . and
really work has always won our
respect arid admiration . ... . re
cently we have talked with such a
person . . . Eileen Massie . . . .
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim
Massie .... who is now a student
at the Pasadena Playhouse . . . .
a dramatic school where many of
the known figures on the legitimate
stage and the screen are discov
ered by talent scouts . . . (one in
which we are locally, interested is
Byron Barr , . . son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. E. Barr . . . who spent three and
one-half years at the Playhouse
. v . and his acting there brought
him to the attention of the powers
that be) . , . Eileen has no illu
sions . . . . neither does she think
ihe can crash fame over night . . .
3he is willing to work ... and m6st
important of all she wants to be
ready through study and practice
when her hour does arrive . . . .
We recall that back in her high
jchool days she always had the
leading role . . and everyone then
predicted if she developed her tal
ent she would go places . . . well
she seems to be headed in that di
rection now . . . iEileen has had two
years at Converse College . . . a
year of music at Peabody Conser
vatory in Baltimore . '. . a year
at the American Academy of. Dra
matic Arts in New York . . and is
now at Pasadena . . . . she talces
her work very seriously . . . in
fact it is her entire life at present
. . . with talent, such application
usually wins out . . . we f1
-ure that her reward will be reaped
in blazing letters someday over
Maybe we are hopelessly old-fashioned
. . . but when we hear a young
thing who is flaunting a new en
gagement ring . . . carelessly say
. . "Yes, I am thinking of gettine
married ... of course I don't know
whether or not I'll like it ... but
I'm game to make a stab at it
. . . for you know you can always
get out of it, if you want to" . . .
we invariably have a desire to
put out our hand on her arm . ,
as a warning "Stop" signal
and say . . . 'Now sister . . . if
Fred Campbell "I think it
should be cut down a certain per
cent, as everything now should be
concentrated on the war."
Joe Liner "I think it should be
kept up both for reasons of its
benefit mentally and physically to
the people of this country."
C. F. Kirkpatrick "I do not
think the sports program should
be reduced, but carried on as usual."
mi Never Forget-'
HUMAN INTEREST STORJES
CONDUCTED BY UNCLE ABE
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Asoury aoweu, 76. well L. I
Waynesville citizen and orj
county eommisttoner, relate iJ
interesting experiences as 0 J
in his teens and before; sovu
them, Mr. Howell says', r 1
most vivid recollections of his
evenijui nje. .
Hi First Pair Of Shoes
"I never will forget." u
"the day I got my first pai,
shoes. I reckon I was about
or nine years old (a boy done ,
w fivv u0 msi. yan ux BDOeg ftt O
age back then), and Dock J
brother, was a lift la
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lived on Crabtree at the time Q
where Albert Walker now lies 3
to maice me ana JJock each
of shoes. .
C. E- Weatherby "Personally,
I think the program should be kept
up. for it is one of the finest
things for the morale of the young
people in this country, and there
are thousands who will be too
young for service."
this week when we commented on
a new engagement ring . . . that
must have been brought by Santa
Claus (and he seemed to have 1 Mrs.iWm. Hannah "I think ev
been mighty generous in the com-' erything should go on as usual
munity; this year with such trink
ets) .. . and the response came
quickly back . . . "Oh, yes, and I
am so much in love ... he's won
derful . . . and I know it will last
forever" . Y . it was positively re
freshing . .:. there seemed to be
no doubts along the horizon.
unless it interferes with the de
fense program. "
The boys who left this week . . .
considerably more serious . . . and
those gathered to bid them good
bye were not quite as gay as other
groups that' have crowded about
the buses on Depot street that
have been bound for army camps
. . . for the boys leaving this
week, were the first after the,
declaration of war . . it was 410
promise of a year's military train
ing for them ... there was a defi
nite reason . , . they left not only
for training . . . but for fighting . .
for the duration and the answer
to which no one knows . . , the
departure of L. T. New, Jr., . . .
band director y . a fine illustra
tion of "blessings brighten as they
take their flight" . . . the band
students suddenly seemed to real
ize that he had taught them . . ;
and despite the bitter cold morn
ing ... they played with fire and
spirit ... "Our Director" .'.."and
"Legionnaires on Parade'! in honor
of their departing instructor. . . ,
W. L. Hardin, Jr. "I think it
should be curtailed to a certain
extent, but I also think it should
be kept up as much as possible for
it will help the morale of the peo
ple."': ' .:..'.'
John L. Reitzel "I think where
it is possible, it should be kept up
as usual, for it will help keep up the
morale of the people." , ;'..,
J. W. Cole "I believe that the
sports program should be kept up
as much as it call be uiider the cir
cumstances because of its aid in
keeping up the morale of the peo
Many a young man who claims
he's climbing to success is merely
being boosted up the family tree.
Dr. G. M. Davis-i-"No, I tninK
with few restrictions programs
should be earned on, for clean
sports are an aid to health, and
will do much to keep up the morale
of the people."
"The day Uncle Billy ...
bring them, me and Dock wattW
iui nuuu uii menage Dove (
house for Uncle Billy to com.
sight, comin' down the creek, 4
ee. r many we ueciaea He WJstf
goin' to bring our shoes that J
A UnAl. t. 1 1 1 1
aim wcub uata w tne nouse,
we was so anxious to eet J
shoes we went back to watch M;
1m me next aay. '(Jourse, 1
knew Uncle Billy Sanford as li
as we could see 'im a short, stock
man with a beard and he rode i
old white horse. At last wo m
Rufus SHer "I think it should nim come in sight. We waiw
he modified to suit the occasion, anxious to see 11 ne was a-eoin1
for necessarily it will be affected." 1 turn into the road leadin' to J
house and he did!
."Uncle Billy got off, hitched
his horse, and said, 'Come in. bojl
1 warn ra see 11 these shoej St
They fit, I reckon 'course i
wouldn't a-knowed the difference
they hadn't, bein' our first We
me and Dock was the proodi
boys, I guess, on that creek."
. Sees His Frst Train
"It was about then I saw
first train at Greenville, S01
Carolina. My daddy wagoned n
lar to Greenville and other plai
and would sometimes take me r
'im. I remember it was mosi
woods 'round the old Air Linei
pot at Greenville then, and 1 1
member runriin' through the won
from where we stayed to git
see the train. It was an old m
burner engine an' of all the aw
an' noise an' rattle, it made it
"I was afraid to get close toll
train, so stood off at a distancei
looked in wonder until the tn
First Nice Suit
"I was sixteen almost i
enough to spark the girls, wha
had my first tailor-made suit
was made of jeans cloth that 1
TYIiSf llCtl VtO1 nrATA a n A sl..nJ - V).
Shake-up In Hawau w color-, w,e11- ri d,ddy a
a , nnr.h-mct nnH rha ninth olnn. f
one of his trips to As
have me measured for
suit. I remember how Asto"!
looked back then all spread
in the woods, and wasn't as
as Waynesville is now. And I i
see now just how that big,
tailor looked and how partidar
was in measurin' me for the soil
Here Mr. Asbury paused 11
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110ms riane iiigmy
By CHARLES P. STEWART
( Central Press Columnist)
Aviation" not only has developed
itself, since World War No. 2 start
ed, into a fighting arm at least as
important as land armies and sur- said, "An' how much do you 'sp
face navies, and Jnaybe even more . he charged for makin' that sui:
important than they are, but also, I told him I had no idea. "&
to judge by airmen's predictions, j he charged twenty-seven doM
it's destined to make railroads as and fifty centsj mind you, for, 1
extinct as stage coaches after the , makin' the suit mv daddy ft
YOU'RE TELLING ME!
By WILLIAM KITT-
Central Press Writer
WHEN the Mikado ceremoni
ously notified his defunct ances
tors that the Japs had attacked
the. United States, it's a blllion-to-one
bet that their ghostly an
swer was typically Japanese
"So sorry1" And how!
'!':. ! !"
: The Vichy government, we
read, wishes no one wins-the
war. Misery sure does love
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So Hitler wanted to be anoth
er Napoleon! Latest news from
Russia Indicates he's on the
right track homeward bound.
In Russia it's too cold, and in
Africa too hot for the Germans
to fight Next time (there won't
be any) those birds start a war
they'd better first make certain
that It's weather-proof
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. Horse racing has been banned
in California. Now. it's win.
place and "Nor
'v,' '! ,!";'-;-;;.-.,:-V.;
Grandpappy enldas epinea '
that when you see a red nose the
chances are it was not produced
by water color.
The shivering Nazis in Russia
probably have their own version
of that popular song, something
Uke this: '1 don't want to set
the world on fire I Just want to
be warm again!'
THE OLD HOME TOWN " - By STANLEY
f he'd Smoks onlycnE J ' :
PO Mt ANBW TEAM
nished the cloth."
present strife's over.
The selection recently of A
hard-boiled flyers, Generals M
C. Emmons and C. L. Tinker,
virtual command of Hawaii's
fense forces, in connection witilj
military shake-up there, testified
Washington's estimate of
planes' conseauence in the
of today and the future. The Jj
waiian reorganization didn't i
off bupreme Justice Owen J. '
erts committee's investigation!
the previous management of jj
islands' defensive equipment, J f
it did emphatically stress
tion of the vital necessity of A
petent control overhead, both I
tective and offensively.
.Warplane requirements, ho'
have done more than supply0
needed for belligerent purjw
They've shown to plane
what they're capable of in the I
duction of huge vessels suitable
the transportation of enorn
loads, of freight as well as I
Just now their plants are n
than fully occupied in filling fl
ernmental nrders. hut they're'
ing ahead to a tremendous
sion in their industry for 1
quent peacetime utility.
Planes As Carriers
Presidpnt. Pfiilin Johnson 0'
Rnpincr Airi-off nnmnnnv
has suggested aviation's P05-'
ties as carriers in developing P
tically transports tionless cou:
which are only awaiting sum
ilitiea tn ho ooMpA tjd. Bai
and highway building is so J
8ive and takes so long that cap 1
difficult to find for it Furl
more, it would take quite 1
for it to begin yielding retur
I've had occasion to refer
to South America's dependenl
on aviatorial travel. The fi
ent's scarcely tapped by
its highways are of the mo
mitive sort Besides, over
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