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rOne Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY j, b
THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
Published By '
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Main Street Phone 137
Waynesville, North Carolina
The County Seat of Haywood County
W. CURTIS RUSS Editor
MRS. HILDA WAY GWYN Associate Editor
W. Curtis Ruas and Marion T. Bridges, Publisher!
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1944
(One Day Nearer Victory)
The Trend In Air
The Civil Aeronautics Board is said to
have applications for permission to establish
new routes, domestic and foreign lines, of
100,000 miles as compared with 81,000 miles
before the war.
Domestic air travel with a little over 1,
000,000,000 miles in 1940. It is estimated
that it will be 10,000,000,000 miles by 1955.
In 1940 there were 400 commercial planes
in the United States out of 1,200 in the
world. It is estimated that by 1955 there
will be 15,000 commercial planes in the
iu hi jtvuMx
As one who gave Curtis Russ his first
training in the newspaper business, I have
to take off my hat to him and his associate,
Marion T. Bridges, of Waynesville. At the
State Press Convention in Chapel Hill last
week the paper which they recently pur
chased and rejuvenated at-Sylva was award
ed a war bond for being the best weekly
with a circulation less than 1,500 and their
older paper, The Mountaineer, at Waynes
ville, took second place among the better
weeklies of the State with circulations over
1,500. They also received honorable men
tion for the splendid special edition in mem
ory of the men in service that they publish
ed a few months ago. Congratulations for
such honors that don't come a publisher's
way every day The Tribune, Henderson-ville.
There are some mighty good weekly and
semi-weekly newspapers published in West
ern North Carolina and this fact is given
further proof by reason that several state
press association prizes were won by papers
up here in the hills. Our next door neigh
bor, the excellent new "Sylva Herald", steps
out and takes first award in the General
Excellent Contest in the weekly division of
under 1,500 circulation. Then comes along
The Herald's publishers, also publishers of
The Waynesville Mountaineer, and take sec
ond award in the weekly division for papers
over 1,500 circulation. The first prize in
this division was won by The Elkin Tribune,
also a mountain published weekly.
Congratulations, Mountain publishers!
Bryson City Times.
Honor To W. N. C.
The Sylva Herald has just been awarded
first prize for general excellence out of a
group of weekly newspapers with a circu
lation under 1,500. The award was made by
the North Carolina Press Association in
Chapel Hill last week, during the annual
mid-winter institute, being annnual event
sponsored by that Association. The Way
nesville Mountaineer, also published by W.
Curtis Russ and M. T. Bridges, received sec
ond prize for weeklies with circulation over
We congratulate our neighboring counties
of Jackson and Haywood on the high stand
ard of the county newspapers which they
enjoy. And especially are we happy to
i,v?totfl nnr -nod neiehbor. Mr. Russ, who
has won and deserves the honor wmcn nas
been bestowed upon the newspapers of
ha In editor. The Franklin Press.
We read with relief that the last "bad
penny" of steel has been minted by the gov
ernment. It seems that there have been
so many protests from business and private
citizens that the government decided to
stop the minting of this confusing piece of
The 700,000,000 steel pennies which are
now in circulation will remain so until after
the duration. The" "bad penny", born o!
wartime shortages of copper are not exactly
a hardship, but they are very annoying.
They have also caused a lot of wasted time.
Watch somebody try to pay for something
that calls for a dime or a penny and they
will look and finger the steel coin to make
certain, and if they don't take that precau
tion, they are more than likely to get the
coin back from the clerk, with the sym
pathy about the mistake made.
They Are Watching Us
Did it ever occur to you how many angles
there are to the success of the Fourth War
Loan Drive? Naturally we all think of the
fact that the government is needing the
money to continue the fight for world free
dom and the safety of our great nation, but
there are many other reasons why we should
go over the top with high figures.
The manner in which the American peo
ple come across in this drive is being watch
ed by men all over the world, by the boys
from every state in the union, from North
Carolina and from our own county. They
are serving in the air forces in the navy;
they are marching in mud in North Africa
and Italy; they are fighting from fox holes;
but they are watching to see what you and
I back home in comfort are going to do
about raising this large sura asked by the
The invasion of Europe will be the cost
liest affair the government of this country
has ever undertaken, according to the auth
orities. It will cost also much in the figures
of human life, but if we are generous even
the la3t will not be so great.
These men who are watcning us, they
ieed assurance that we will not fail them.
The way we meet this obligation will either
discourage our fighting forces or will boost
their morale. Let us show them how we
feel. Let us give this new evidence of how
solidly we support and apreciate their ef
forts. Let us take advantage of this latest
opportunity to serve our country on the
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
A local minister asked that we reprint
the following editorial from the Christian
The professional wets those whom the
liquor people hire to conduct their organiza
tions and to disseminate propaganda attack
ing the cause of temperance frequently re
fer to the taxes paid by the makers and dis
tributors of intoxicating beverages as though
this were a primarily constructive effort
rather than a mere salvage from a gigantic
"Our industry," said a speaker at the
national Tavern Keepers' Association con
vention in Cleveland last week, "paid the
Government over a billion dollars in taxes
in the last fiscal year."
A billion dollars sounds like a lot of money
even in this day of astronomical calculations
at Washington but consider this:
The gigantic sum of $4,750,000,000, it is
estimated, was spent by the American drink
ing public for alcoholic liquors during the
Nearly five billion dollars!
Think of what might have been done with
this sum if devoted to the war effort.
It would have bought more than one-third
of the entire Fourth War Loan bond issue.
It could build and equip 47 battleships
the size of the new super-sea fighter Miss
ouri the chief weapons depended upon to
It could pay for 19,000 giant bombers
the chief weapons now employed in battling
Germany into submission.
The professional wets can be depended
upon to put the emphasis on the wrong set
Seventy per cent of the American women
were wearing silk underwear before the war.
according to statistics. Aren't some statis
ticians the nosey guys!
Lots of girls are becoming pharmacists's
mates in the WAVES. Guess almost any
girl can turn out a pretty good sandwich.
It's strange how a lie can travel so fast
when it hasn't a leg to stand on.
COMMANDER JOHN ELLIS EDWARDS, with Mrs. Edwards
and their son. John Kllis. Jr. The photograph was taken at their
home in San Diego about a year ago.
Wp have found out that if you
can keep up your spirit of d -termination
long enough, you can
usually whip Fate into giving you
what you want. . . For sometime,
naturally more keenly since Pearl
Harbor, we have be.n wanting to
interview Jack Edwards. Waynes
ville high school football player,
who has carried his ability to noid
back his opponents on the local
gridiron ... on to Annapolis,
with the same winning; ways . . .
and during the past fourte:n years
to many tough and out 01 tnc way
spots of the world. . . He has been
so modest about it all, that .most
of us here don't know that he Is
a hero. . . That is the reason we
have had so much trouble track
ing down any information about
the present Commander Edwards,
II. S. Navv. . . We have met his
mother time after time . . . and
we would say, 'Now Mrs. Ed
wards how about telling us some
thing about Jack. . . I hear he
Vih haH nromotion ... or
that he is nw ln the. South
Pacific area" . . . and her answer
would always be, "Now, Mrs.
Gwyn, I would love to tell you. . .
Yrrn know how mothers are, but
Jack won't let us even put his
picture in the paper with th; other
:oys, much less tell what he is
doing. . . " (Right here we want
to inform you that when the torn
the above picture he
is headed for one grand surprise.
He hasn t the faintest idea we have
it. Wp wouldn't dare take ad
vantage of his feelings if the
picture did not include Mrs. hd
wards and their young son, taken
a year ago . . . but we believe under
the circumstances hell have to
forgive us). . .
Commander John Ellis towards.
son of Mrs. Lily Gouge Edwards,
and the late Tom Edwards, ol way
nesville, has recently been granted
a 50-day leave from his duties in
combat areas. He asked for 30
days and the Navy added 20 be
cause they felt he deserved it. . .
Commander Edwards is a grad
uate of the local high school . . .
after which he atttended Annapolis
preparatory school prior to enter
ing Annapolis, from which he was
oraduateH in the class of 1930. . .
During the 14 years since, with
'Vip pxcentinn of two vears in which
he did post graduate work at
Annapolis, he has been on sea
duty. Today we find him in com
mand of a destrover . . . and he
has been in the thick of things as
attested by the array of ribbons
nnrl stars on his uniform. . . He
is eligible to wear nine stars, for
participation in nine major com
bat areas . . . including the Yang
tze Valley -Campaign, of 1932. v .
Asiatic-Pacific theatre . . . Ameri
can area . . . and a bnze star for
service before Pearl Harbor. . .
Knowing how we would like to
share the interview with the public
. . Commander Edwards said at
once. . . "You know Mrs. Gwyn,
there is little I can tell you about
things, at least to appear in print,
because we cannot be too careful.
You don't realize that small-town
papers are combed through for
information that might be used by
the enemy. . . As an example,
during the First World War, an
English agent wanted to set word
back to England where a certain
German General was stationed. . .
He got the story in a small-town
German paper, regarding the deco
ration of a man in service by the
General, giving the location. . .
In less than a week that news
leaked back to England . . . and
the German General's hiding place
was known. . . It is the same way
with information about our ships.
Of course I can tell you lots, but
not to go in print. . . "
"The American people think the
war will soon be over, but they are
wrong. . . I think their attitude is
duo to the general American spirit
of optimism. . . I believe that this
war will be the toughest, however
on the mothers and the wives. . .
From the time I 1 ave harbor until
I come back to the homeland shore,
I know my family worries about
me. . . While we in the service are
so busy that we don't have time to
worry. . . One thing, I would like
to warn the public is about . . .
that is to prepare for heavy cas
ualties, for we are ging to have
them before it is over."
We asked him about the most
dangerous and hardest spot he had
been insince the war started and
this was his answer. . . "It was a
decision I had to make, and it hap
pened only a few months ago in an
important combat area. . . We did
not know where the front lines
were . . . Headquarters did not
know. . . I had to decide whether
or not to fire ahead ... it might
be into our own lines, or it might
be our enemirs. . . The time wa3
short ... we must act. . . But
somehow I felt it right to fire . . .
and we did . . . and it turned out
to be the enemy lines. . ."
Record-Breaking Production I Jap Fleet', Reluctant.
Of Ships, Plane This Year Clash With Us a ReQj .J
Special to Central Press
0 WASHIINUlUn IvOOtung aiicau uilu una new year of il
Washington can promise the American people continued
breaking production of planes and fighting ships, about u,t
amount, oi ioou uirj nau ui iui., uu v .vtwi u ongiu. easing k
tight supply of consumer goods. 0
The heaviest accent on war production as the nation entn.
thjrd full year of conflict will be that on planes and naval vd
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WniCn WlU aci'UUIll lur auuui miruuiua ii cui uamc '"an UtactUf.
i icuito cm- -v-"'-'- - - r-utnuni,,
for a 120,000-a-year total, compared with 85 to 86 thousand behJ
maae in Aniiiery ammunition and heavy i
truck production will be up.
Production of equipment for the ground arm.
be reduced In 1944, according to plan, and consj
tion of Army bases and installations will droo
a third of the 1942 rate because most of thu J
now nas ueen uune.
As lor iooa, uie war iooa aamimsirauon insists mat Ameria
diets in 1944 will equal nutritionally and quantitatively that of u
when Americans remained the best-fed people In the world. Tin
will be slightly less meat, butter, cheese, canned fruits and v
tables; about the same amount of fluid milk, more eggs, poultry ,
tatoes, sweet potatoes, citrus fruit and cereal products.
The WPB has promised that any time critical metal becomes aw
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UL'ze 11 WlU uc milieu uvtri in Atria iv wvtiicui uses. IMectTlC LfQj
washing matmnes anu mecimiucai rvi ngerawrs, nave Deen promu
in strictly limited production thia year and the WPB office of civil,
requirements is expected to do something about the lack of aUi
AS SHIPS OF ALL TYPES slide down the ways and join J
united states iavy in unprecedented numoers, American fleet
premacy in the Pacific becomes more marked day by day.
Refusal of the Japs to come out for a major engagement of t
main fleets has served to aid the American Navy. Even the k
authorities admit there could be no major engagement without km
losses on both sides.
Thus, under a building schedule that allowed for losses that hii
not occurred, the Navy has expanded faster than expected, n
Japanese, of course, are probably building, too. but experts 6V
they can build, launch and commission combat ships as fast ai u
United States does.
The Jap high command must know this, but apparently u helpJ
to do anything about it. Meanwhile, the American fleet is itchj
for the final, big show-down battle any place any time.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, the Office of Price Administration Is J
In quite so bad with. the people as it was some time back.
Price Administrator Chester Bowles himself is authority for ttuJ
"While the public still dislikes rationing." Bowles say, "it
beginning to ask itself what conditions would be without reitrictioJ
of any kind. Complaints against rationing are on the down-gnij
But mail complaining about prices has gained."
In Divorce Statutes
RALEIGH The Attorney Gen
eral's office and a letter from a
representative of the Red Cross in
far off Burma asking about North
Carolina divorce laws. A soldier
out there wanted to know what
steps he would have to take to get
released from the wife he married
not long before leaving this coun
try. Hughes Rhodes, assistant Attor
ney General, said there was noth
ing unusual in the request. It is
almost a daily occurrence for some
soldier or some soldier's wife to
ask a similar question. Mr. Rhodes
sees in the situation a good deal
of tragedy. While there is nothing
in most of the letters to indicate
how long the couples have been
at sea until Commander Edwards
told of his first news of the birth
of his son. . . A friend of his was
on off shore patrol duty. . . The
latter in making his circling about
. . . passed the Commander's ship
. . . they usually sent teasing mes
sages back and forth. . . Coming
near port one day he saw the signal
light of a ship and found it to
be the one commanded by his
friend. . . He sent out a message
saying, "I would like some news.
Have you any? . . . My curiosity
is great" . . . and the reply came
back. . . "Yes, I know what you
want to hear, congratulations
papa on a 7 ton son. . . " The
signalman told me my chest ex
panded a good 14 inches, the baby
was then a month old," said Com
mander Edwards. . . .
What is the most intent
book you read during 1943!
Rev. H. G. Hammett"l w,
say 'The Robe by Lloyd Don?
Ar8. Johnny Cuddeback
Is Your War' by Ernie Pylt
the book I enioyed reading
than any other."
Mrs. W. L. McCrarken-'
Robe' by Lloyd Douglas."
"I think the American blue
jackets are the grandest bunch of
men in the world. You can't beat
them in any country. . . They are
doing a swell job," he said in com
menting on the American sailor.
Mrs. William Hannah" 'M
Russia' bv Morris Hindus
be my first choice and my w
would be 'Under Cover .
Afrs. Ben Sloan ' I pie
would be 'The Robe'."
John Taylor "I liked
Errors' by Tucker b.st with
Autohioeranhv of Mr. Tut1
Mrs. William Mdorrf-"I
say 'So Little Time' by John
His latest award was the silver
star medsl given him for conspic
uous gallantry in action in the
Attu invasion. As Sk'pper of a
rlptrover. Cnmdr. Edwards waa in
charge of the, fire-control vessel in
one area where landing craft were
being guided through fog and
hazardous waters to the besches.
Later his essel provided effective
close-range bombardment in sup
port of American ground troop
advancing against the Japanese
(this information incidentally was
given ns bj nit family from official
"You must have lu.k with you,"
we said. . . "Yes," he answered. . .
"As long as my wife prays and I
k:ep my lu?k piece I will make it."
We inquired about his lucky token
. . . and he showed it to us. . . It is
a silver locket, with two pictures,
one of his wife and the other of
his son. . . "When we are in combat
I get out this luck piece and hold
it in my hand. . Sometimes two
or three days after the battle is
over I find a green stain left from
my holding on to that piece so
tightly. . . My men understand . . .
and in the thick of things, some
one will call to the bridge and say.
'Skipper have you got your luck
piece with you. . . ' it seems to
give them courage. . . "
In speaking of the Japs ... he
said. . . "They are smart fighters,
but I think the Americans are go
ing to be a match for them . . .
and there is no doubt but that we
will be able to hold our own with
'hem. . . It will be a long hard
In speaking of Attu he told how
the U. S. Fighter planes going
into action dropped their extra
fuel tanks when 18 Jap planes
attacked their ship and how a red
headed signalman saw them drop
torpedoes and remarked ... he was
glad he was not on the island, for
they were going to get Hell . . .
and then he said, "My God, they
Wo did not realit how cut off a
man can be from his family when
But with all the fast moving
experiences of the past several
years . . . across the world . . .
Commander Edwards still keeps
green in his memory the days of
his boyhood here . . . and during
his recent visit accompanied by
his wife and young son with his
mother and sister ... he spent
lots of his time out in East Way
nesville where the family lived,
hunting up the neighbors he had
known ... In fact we were sur
prised at how well he had kept up
with things ... we wonder if
most people here at home have
read the local news for the past
years as he has. . . He has kept
up with us here . . . and when the
day arrives for his retirement from
the Navy, he expects to turn his
car in this direction, or perhaps It
will be his plane ... for coming
into port will mean home back in
the mountains, according to the
tsommander. . .
Mrs. J. Clav Mad'son"
say 'Thirty Seconds Over Toty
Capt. Ted W. Lawson.
Mrs. Ben Colkitt "I e.'
'Crescent Carnival' by Fr
Parkinson Keyes and it 'tl1
mv first choice in fictn.n r
non-fiction 'Long, Lone
e ..ii.lda written
mon-avinpci hv thp late AleXl
married or what caused the W
for separation, it might res'j
be assumed that most oi m
This may be just one of W
KPniienr.pa of wartime r.yster
wnmintr. uHniit hping more '
ful before entering n - - i
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many protestations against n
ing divorce laws it is s"" .""j
easier to get marn-u .
Carolina than to get divorce!
ml 1J hud Tl v
ine Burma , u
there wasn't much help 1
Soldier (flattering) Yot
prettier every day.
Girl Yes. I'm living os
of brown bread and water
prove my complexion.
Soldier And how long
keep that up?
Girl Oh, lnaenniveij- .
let's get married.
v.. t . pif-made H
, . ... m.ii fa
ooasiea vne m6" . .m
The quiet gentleman mvy
ly. Sir," he said, "you igj
Lord of great respond
Ex. . r . .
Boy War Bonis d st