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THE WAYNES VILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Main Street ' Phone 137
Waynesville, North Carolina
The County Seat of Haywood County
...... ... Editor
W CURTIS RTJSS
MRS. HILDA WAY GWYN. Associate Editor
W. Curtis Russ and Marion T. Bridges, Publisher!
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THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1942
A Southern Leader
Haywood County is indeed fortunate in
having the opportunity of hearing David E.
Lilienthal, chairman of the TVA board of
directors, to address citizens at the court
house on Friday evening at 8 :30.
Mr. Lilienthal is vitally interested in the
agricultural development of this area. His
plans for Friday include a personal inspec
tion of several Haywood farms that have
been experimenting with triple super phos
phate, which is provided by TVA through
the extension department.
The chairman of the board, often termed
as the key man of the South, is also inter
ested in industry and recreation in addition
to the agricultural developments of the area.
In fact Haywood's three main sources of in
come are the same things TVA is also most
Mr. Lilienthal was one of the original di
rectors of TVA and served as general coun
sel during the authority's initial period. As
chairman of such a. growing organization,
that is now operating in seven states, he
has a message of vital importance to all
The information and inspiration he will
bring Friday night will prove valuable for
time to come.
A Fact To Be Faced
There will be no new tires for civilian
use in 1942 or 1943. Two years ago such a
statement would have sounded like the rav
ing of some demented person.
Now it is made authoritatively and finally
by leaders of four war agencies who are de
termined to make the people realize the
present emergency and face the facts in time
to make the most of what the future holds
It is surprising how often one meets a
person who seems to think that the present
situation will be cleared up in a few months.
But the kidding stage is long since passed
for Mr. and Mrs. General Public and their
family might as well be reconciled to what
the officials who are directing the emergency
There has been a time in America when
money and enough of it could get anything,
but before this is over Americans will realize
that even money in hand will not buy a new
While World War number two is even a
grimmer , affair than World War number
one, and the war theatre covers a more ex
tensive territory, and the issues will be more
far reaching and affect more people, Amer
ica is getting better prepared than in Num
ber one, we are glad to note.
The community meetings being staged
in the county under the sponsorship of the
county farm agents office to support the
aims of the work to every nook and corner of
Haywood is proof of the improved approach
to a situation that we know will not improve
in some time to come. ;
This effort to control the price of living
and to acquaint the people of conditions re
garding the rising tide of cost of daily living
will have a tendency to steady them in their
attitude in taking a normal viewpoint of
certain definite and alarming tendencies.
We feel sure that in this concentrated
effort to fight the insidious inroads of infla
tion, the cost of living will be kept in bounds,
that we may escape some of the economic
disasters of Number one world conflict.
A Better Tax System
In a letter to the editor this week, Chas
M. Johnson, chairman of the local govern
ment commission in Raleigh, is again urg
ing county and town officials to collect de
linquent property taxes. He cites that more
than 17 millions of delinquent taxes "remain
on the books of counties and towns in the
state. Of course this places a burden upon
the person who pays taxes each year.
Some months ago Haywood County start
ed a campaign to collect delinquent taxes
and much progress has been made in clear
ing up many past due accounts on the books,
This work is being done by William Medf ord,
Collecting past due taxes involves many
technical angles, and it takes a lot of time
but by working late at night, the Haywood
delinquent list, prior to 1939, is being re
duced to a minimum.
In addition to clearing up the delinquen
lists, the county is installing an additiona
bookkeeping system in the tax office, that
will aid in keeping tax accounts up-to-date
A similar system was recently put into
use by the towns of Hazelwood and Canton
The plan provides a ledger sheet, covering
a ten-year period, for each taxpayer. Al
information needed by the tax collector is
on that sheet for each tax period. Unpaid
balances are brought forward, rather than
left in the book of the preceding year.
It is truly a progressive, and forward
movement on the part of the county and
towns that put in such a system.
We have always maintained that every
piece of property should carry its proportion
ate part of the tax load of the town and
county, and when the owner of the property
is financially unable to pay the justly assess
ed tax, then such legal steps as are necessary
should be put in force to relieve the owner
of the tax responsibility by getting him to
dispose of the property.
With their new systems, and the deter
mination to collect taxes, or foreclose on
the property, as is how being done, the
number of delinquent taxes carried over
year after year will be cut to a very smal
Those who have been dodging their just
tax obligations had better check on their
past due accounts, or be prepared to face
WHFRE TJGELS FEAR TO TREAD
Give 9 Em A Lift
One writer has recently pointed out that
it is the patriotic duty of every citizen to
share his automobile with others. He states
that right at home, without hardship or
sacrifice, all those who own cars and ride
can help to save rubber by giving those who
need to get to work a lift in cases where
the routes coincide.
It is claimed that the lifetime of our na
tional tire supply can be tripled by sharing
rides systematically, intelligently and uni
versally. No such system could work per
fectly, yet even an attempt would seem
worth the effort to beat Hitler.
Our production has to be based on the
automobile, for without it the war workers
cannot go to and from work. It is said that
in a year or 15 months, if we ignore the
present warnings and continue to waste
rubber, many motorists will find themselves
walking. By sharing rides the available
tire supply can be made to last between three
and four years, according to authorities.
The matter is not merely one of courtesy
to a friend or neighbor. It boils down to a
patriotic duty, for in this urgent need a
bigger element than the personal angle is
involved.. -' ''':'
The situation offers an opportunity to
individuals and organizations, civic groups,
Women's clubs to organize 'share-the-ride
groups" to save rubber and to shorten the
The idea is being universally promoted.
The National Association of Manufacturers
is cooperating with the office of defense
transportation, as well as a number of large
industrial plants and highway departments
in various states.
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
Saturday will be Flag Day
and in view of the oecasion and
ts significance of this year in the
history of our nation a patriotic
woman of the community nas
handed us the following informa
tion, asking that it be a reminder
to us of our flag . . . "The Ameri
can flag is the third oldest of the
national standards of the world
. older than the Union Jack of
Britain or the Tricolor of France.
. The flag was first authorized
by Congress June 14, 1777. . . . This
date is now observed as Flag Day
throughout America. . . . The flag
was first flown from Fort Stanwix
on the site of the city of Rome,
N. Y on August 3, 1777. . . . It
was first under fire, three days
later in the battle of Oriskany,
August 6, 1777. . . . It was first
decreed that there should be
star and a stripe for each state;
making thirteen of both. . . . For
the states at that time had just
been erected from the Original col
In 1794, Vermont and Kentucky
were admitted to the Union and
the number of stars and stripes
was raised to fifteen in corres.
pondence . , . as other states came
into the Union it became evident
there would be too many stripes.
; So in 1818 Congress enacted
that the number of stripes be re
duced and restricted henceforth to
thirteen representing the thirteen
original colonies . . . while a star
should be added for each succeed
ng state,. . . . That law is still
in effect today. . . .
The flag was first carried to bat
tle at the Brandy wine, September
11, 1777. . . It first flew over for
eign territory January 28, 1778, at
Nassau, Bahama Islands. . :-.
Fort Nassau having been captured
by the Americans in the course of
the war for independence. . . . The
first foreign salute to the flag was
endered by the French Admiral
LaMotte Piquet off Quiberon Bay,
February 13, 1778.
The flag first rose over thirteen
states along the Atlantic seaboard,
with a population of some three
million people. . . . Today It flies
over forty-eight states extending
across the continent, and over
great islands of the two oceans . . .
and more than one hundred and
thirty millions owe it allegiance.
. It has been brought to this
proud position by love and sacri
fice. . . Citizens have advanced it
and heroes have died for it .
and are still giving their lives for
'.'.It is the sign made visible
the strong spirit that has
brought liberty and prosperity to
the people of-America . , . it is the
flag of us all alike ... let us
accord it honor and loyalty
and long may it wave . . . over
this nation . . . today let each of
us swear anew our allegiance
and pledge our all to keep it safe
lor the things it reoresents are
life to us
came out with "nearly a hundred"
. . . we caught our breath . . . we
know it must be thread worn when
the 99th person hands it over to
number 100. . . . We doubt if The
Mountaineer has ever been read
with keener interest than at the
present . . . we have always had
a good list of out-of-town subscrib
ers . . . but mostly they have been
folks who have been residing away
for a number of years and are not
in such close touch with the daily
life of Haywood county . . . as
our boys in the service and the
defense workers who have so re
cently left this area . . . and then
we are quite certain that never
has The Mountaineer gone to such
far flung places as today ; . ". .
even up in Iceland . . . it is being
read . down in the Canal Zone
, . . and before mails were dis
continued . . . it found its way
out to the Philippines . . . where
our boys far from home, we are
told, read even the ads with as
much interest as if they could walk
into the stores tomorrow and buy
some of the merchandise publiciz
ed therein . . . and then at Pearl
Harbor . , . a number have been
and are now receiving our weekly
review of Haywood news . . . so
we are following our boys "in the
service" in more than one way . . .
Voice of the Peopl
Every week The Mountaineer asks a question on .
in this column the readers give the answ?' tepit.
What d0 you think of.
wide rationing 0f 8aN l
Letters To The
Editor The Mountaineer:
I want to take this opportunity
of thanking the Waynesville fire
department for their prompt and
efficient work last Wednesday night
in answering a call to my place of
business at Lake Junaluska.
We are indebted to them for
such services, and I take this means
of publicly expressing my sincere
appreciation to them.
Yours very truly,
H. S. WARD,
OW IS TIME TO COLLECT
Editor The Mountaineer:
On January 15, I directed a
communication to chairmen of
boards of county commissioners
and to the mayors of cities and
towns suggesting that . operating
costs of their local governments be
kept at a minimum and that out
standing debt be reduced during
the period of the war rather than
additional or new bonded debt be
contemplated. I consider this a
sound policy and of such import
is necessary." "Wfor
Paul MartinvZ ,
i uu not think it f r1
strict one seeti - J ?.a" td
to continue as in p
trie government is ca'
cding such thiL aS'-'
than T o t ",ULQ
. win, au i nm riA
mg to abide by
S. Queen '-v.. .
prove of the nation-
"." lu unserve rubber'
David Feldniaif V
.muon-wme rationing 0
, Chrest George-" Yes I J
is alright, in frt i ' tti
dred per cent, as I fee,
onlv wflv 1 11 Bi
R.lnl. n . ,
rrvosi "I unu ..J
a -.natiAn.nritto . M
n vulu uui an sections nf ,k.
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"jr an equal looting,"
rk.. itj . . ..
UIIUCrWOOQ "Vps I
annrove hppanoo t t:, ...
fair to ration som ... I
""7. .7;:;: r , uuv mueti
jestioii lor yuui cuusiueiaiiuu av , as tiiey pieasea.
this time: the matter of delinquent I
Rufus Siler-"If it talM ,
as nation-wide rationing of pJ
wic tuuiiiry io Qo tile job in j
i wouia approve it."
Mrs F. H. Marlej-"I do
approgr of a nation-wide nM
01 gas. I do not feel that it
Mrs. Mary Moore, of Lake Juna
luska, had a very thrilling time
. . . during the past week as she
attended the reunion of the first
class to graduate from the Wom
an's College of the University of
North Carolina . . . there were
176 girls in that class of 50 years
ago . . . the story of the college
is a reflection of the era in which
it was established and in which
it has progressed to be one of the
leading institutions in the coun
try . . . not until 1892 was the
For years the matter of delin- J
quent property taxes has been a
problem in the administration of
local government created more or
ess by the local governments
themselves. Some local units are
much less affected than others but I
.1 , i u 1
on tne wnoie 11 is a common proo-1 . . . , , ,. "i
lem. Information in the files of , " ' n7:u
the local government commission W0l!ld be j
pnmnilorl a rf Juno 3(1 1341 rliau . " I
..r - rationing apples in Western M
Alnaaa ha nnnn laif aA rovoa 1 n . UM '1
levied by counties for 1939 and I
prior years amounted to $11,683,-
170, all more than a year del in-1
quent. For cities and towns this
figure was $5,365,787, a total over
all of more than $17,000,000. The
results of such delinquency are
obvious. Less cash revenues are
available for defraying the neces
sary expenses of government and
for application to the reduction of
debt. It means also that the tax
payer who pays his taxes promptly
is having to pay more. lie, there
fore has a moral right to demand
that other taxpayers be compelled
to pay likewise so that he may I
eceive the benefit of a reduction
of his taxes. From the delinquent )
ij. u. it liners i am lor j
anything that will win this
If it takes such, I approve."
, FIVE YEARS AGO
:."'':. ' 1937 '; '..
Town officials are working
plans for lowering power rati
Civic groups are asking col
such that he is unable to pay
promptly or to avoid his taxes be
coming delinquent. To enforce his
law of the state interpreted to
mean girls as well as boys when
it spoke of providing higher edu
cational advantages for the youth
of North Carolina . i . then Dr.
Chas. McKiver . . . a teacher, be
gan to mold public sentiment . . ,
and times changed . , . in the great
est advance of education in the
state . . . all of which is one of the
most inspiring stories in the his
tory of our great state.
YOU'RE TELLING ME!
-By WILLIAM RITT
Central Press Writer
BOSTON newspapers are us
Ing. horses to deliver the news.
An excellent Idea, which would
haye been applauded by that fa
mous old Bostonian, Paul Re
vere.' ': !'!. !,''
Zed ok Dumbkopf says that
when he Erst heard of the Bong
of Woag.be thought folks were
referring to a new big. league
borne run king.
- ! ' !:!
Most of us would be pleased
If there was a way to ration the
words of those endless telephone
conversational is ts.
'.'.! . ! t :'
A new ink glows In the dark.
This should be an efXecUve
j , , , .1 n.J
taxpayer's standpoint, , I realize ! commissioners to proyrae .
that circumstances are sometimes iauuluon t0 a'wooa tounij
Miss Josephine Holtzclaw I
music scholarship award itl
Catherine s school, Richmond I
Miss Jensie Underwood, whof
been teachinc in Gastonia sci
for ten years honored by !ta
Waynesville group to partici
in pageant at Asheville Festivl
"New" party might i'l
Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1
Park visited by 54,83 pel
last month, an increase of 111
cent over last year.
Swain county will celebrate I
anniversary of formation of coi
TEN YEARS AGO
Spring flower show held here!
Friday bv Community un,
hundreds of perennials showtj
Junaluska summer scnooij
have successful year with E
G. Childs as director.
Hundreds receive election rel
from The Waynesville arI
TVio urAi'lf of Dr. Frank I
is praised at unveiling of 'A
in his memory. .
Old records show that uj
Haywood county sold lor
means of preventing one stum
bling over the wastebasket at
;-; ! I;'':- ' "v
Fashion writers refer to a
static silhouette. This is as un
intelligible to us as that other
kind of static the radio va
riety. , ;' j
The boss says we have a statie
silhouette here In the - office'
the shadow of that new office
boy.' ; . -.,., .'
! ! t ' !
Another reason the Japs have,
failed to pull off their ".spring
offensive" against Australia may'
be the fact that it's autumn
Down Under now.
THE OLD HOME TOWN
Other Side Of Picture
Watching the crowds making their way
into the commodity office nW the depot
during the week made us feel very sad and
We thought of the fertile fields and gar
den plots of Haywood County, that with
even a small amount of labor would yield
food for our people for their own consump
tion and even for sale on the market.
We think we're smart people, but it took
half a century for salesmen to learn not
to ask the woman customer what size shoe.
We hear that the British are
to have "double war time" this
summer . . . they turned their
clocks . . . as we have done up one
hour at the beginning of the great
conflict ... and now they plan to
move up another . . . now we don't
want to be unpatriotic . . . but
we hope that they don't move us
up another hour in America . . .
we find that we keep in mind the
old time ... and that as long as
it is daylight, we can 'Jr remember
that it is nearly bedtime . ..'..so
it would be just too bad to have
another daylight evening hour.
Meeting Dave Cabe on the street
this week . . . he said . . . "Mrs.
Gwyn, guess how many people read
my Mountaineer down at the ship
yards in Wilmington.' . . . We
made a poor guess, for when he
MnrTL"0 3 VOTEY there gSbs" I
jW HANDU AAlORiA the fVfo champion LrluTiq
KEEP EM PLViM ( DRILO. PRESS OPERATORs) ASEKN'VDO
! '1,1 I' W OP THE WHOLE l T7H5 ,
William B. Ferguson
high school students during
mot mr.nt.Tia J
Lt. Mint Reed flies from
utA f ieiu. in., t" w"-: -
to visit Miss Estell Craif
iw;. Maro-aret Hy" p
her diploma from Duket
ro,.wnnt tnieht taP1
due hardship upon him. " I
sonable, however, that this J
taxpayer should be one j
few isolated cases.
taxpayer to let his toJ-l
lauure 01 a - ,tk(i
comply with-the intent rf I
but is actually con.."-- j
. . . ii... fovnaVer u l
justice 10 vne ---- M 4
Such accumulation of un M
is much harder v.mj
they are an encunu,.-- 5
his real property, which M
quidated witn f""
can ever convey clear n
property. , ;
Now is the best f
we have naa "''..,
erning bodies of ,
take positive action w
collection ana wiu---
income of tbe-",
is higher now, due
directiy to war pen
it is during prdinan ' 9
eral government tt
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