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We commend the state and county school
authorities on their postponement of the
schools until all danger of the polio is over.
What are a few weeks in the lives of our
children, if the health of their friends and
playmates is in danger.
The schools might have opened and not
another case developed. While on the other
hand, one case of polio as a result of con
gregating our Haywood children in schools,
is too big a price to pay.
In the resignation of Mrs. H. B. Atkins
as assistant to the superintendent of the
Methodist Assembly of Lake Junaluska,
this church group has lost a valued and ef
ficient member of its operating personnel.
In charge of the office of the assembly she
has done an excellent job, but that has only
been part of her responsibilities. She has
been a personal friend to the people who
have summer cottages at the Lake, and has
rendered them inumerable small courtesies.
She has served the assembly through many
critical years and her work deserves the
highest praise not only from the church, but
from the people who live at Lake Junaluska.
The Myth of Little Pigs
One of the mysteries of our time is the
myth about little pigs being "plowed under"
back in 1933. The myth persists like the
fairy tale about George Washington and the
cherry tree, although you could dig up the
whole corn belt and not find any little pigs
u. What happened was that at the plea of
farm leaders like Ed O'Neal of the Farm
Bureau and Earl Smith of the Illinois Agri
culture Association, the government took six
million little pigs that the farmers couldn't
feed and killed them a few months early.
The little pigs provided 100,000,000 pounds
of meat for people on relief. Killing them
$lso saved 15,000,000 bushels of corn in a
drought year, so the net results was more
bigger pigs in 1934.
It was as simple as that. Then Secretary
of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace told all
about it on a national radio program two ,
years late. But the myth remains so strong
that Gov. Thomas E. Dewey asked the mid
west to kill its pigs so New York cows could
eat corn, he added : "But I advocate that you
eat them instead of plowing them under."
It's still a puzzle why Mr. Dewey fell for
this myth after ten years. Didn't he know
the little pigs had been eaten? Was he just
looking for a precedent .because he felt so
sorry for New York cows? Surely he
wouldn't have been so irresponsible as to
try to tag a political opponent with a crime
that had never been committed. Sullivan
Language is the only instrument of sci
ence, and words are but the signs of ideas.
To A Larger Field
it was exactly a year ago this week that
we had an editorial telling how happy the
community was that Rev. H. G. Hammett,
pastor of the First Baptist Church, had de
cided not to leave here and get his doctor's
This week, a year later, we are carrying
the news that he and family are leaving
soon for a larger church, a broader field, and
no doubt a place that offers an opportunity
for more service.
Rev. Mr. Hammett has made an excellent
pastor and citizen during his four years
here. He has taken an active part in com
munity affairs, and has become a valued
Durhum is getting a fine family in the
Their work here has been of such a nature
that their influence will be felt for a long,
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 1914
(One Day Nearer Victory)
The Same To You
A General and a Colonel were walking
down the street. They met many privates
and each time the Colonel saluted he would
mutter, "The same to you." The General's
curosity got the better of him and he asked,
"Why do you always say that?" To which
the Colonel answered, "I once was a private
and I know what they're thinking."
We see where Coach Weatherby is round
ing up his boys for fall football practice.
The war has made inroads into the talent
available for the gridiron. Many of the
boys who would be seniors this year, are
in training, but in army camps and on battlefields.
We hand it to Coach Weatherby if any
one can work wonders he can. We expect
him to turn out a first class team, despite
the number missing from his potential group
of football players.
Here's the best of luck to the Mountaineers
and their coach as they start practicing for
the football games of 1944-45 term.
Capital Ponders Possible
Roosevelt - Churchill Rift
Special to Central Press
WASHINGTON Washington insiders are Win ,
if the eossio of a rift between President r.......8 nnlnS to
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Minister Churchill, prominent several month ... oritiJh
some basis In fact after all. s ' m,eht not
As the weeks speed bv. the Dreairient i.j ,
' f'me mlm.u. . I
ik eamoiisning something new in th
ores ineir iaiiure to meet for face t "
sions. as has been their wrace
break of the war. s'nce
The two national leaders have not
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HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
Hospital Facilities In
In a recent News Letter from the Uni
versity Press detailed information was given
on hospital facilities in North Carolina at
the present time. As the state nears the
time to put into operation its post-war plans
the problem of adequate medical attention
for all groups of citizens, health authorities
are making surveys of the situation to know
how to work the program out satisfactorily.
It was reVealed tFfa?t North Carolina, the
11th largest state and the fifth most rapidly
growing, stood in 42nd place and tied with
South Carolina, in the number of general
hospital beds per thousand population and
in a comparable position in the number of
Hospital facilities are available in 06
counties with 3,015,639 population, or 84.4
per cent of total. These counties have 8,
464 beds or 2.8 beds per 1,000 population.
Thirty-four counties with 555,984 inhabit
ants, or 15.6 per cent of total population,
have no hospital facilities. Seventeen coun
ties average more than three beds per 1,
000 inhabitants; 18 average two to three
beds; 25 have from one to two beds; and
six counties average less than one bed per
In addition, it was pointed out that the
state has always had too few trained medi
cal personnel nurses, dietitians, doctors of
public health, sanitary engineers, sanitarians,
medical technicians and health educators.
The News Letter quoted Dean Davison of
Duke Uniersvity Medical School, as saying
that "the South needs twice as many hos
pital beds to raise medical facilities to the
average of those of the country as a whole
which probably will not be adequate standard
for medical needs of the state in the future."
We were surprised to learn how far down
the line North Carolina stood, in view of
the great progress that has been made dur
ing the past quarter of a century.
As a first step in a far-reaching program
of providing better medical facilities the
building of a large well equipped hospital,
initially 500 to 700 beds, in a more or less
centrally located place in the state to serve
as a diagnostic and treatment center for
indigent patients who might be referred by
social welfare agencies or private physicians
from all over the state.
Second, it was recommended that there
be built smaller hospitals in areas where
no such institutions exist and the enlarge
ment of the present hospitals.
We were amused over a recent
editorial in the Reidsville Review,
which to our mind has one of the
most interesting editorial pages
that comes in our exchanges. It
was entitled "Musico-Politics." It
brought out how times had changed
regarding presidential qualifica
tions. Oice a man scarcely dared
run for president unless he had
been born in a log cabin. The
horny hand of toil was good for
an extra parcel of votes and "such
roughly masculine habits of chawin'
tobacco or eating with the knife
were positive assets in getting out
the vote. But those days are gone,
according to the Review. Now the
election returns are showing esthe
tic symptoms. In fact, 1944 may
go down in our history as the year
in which culture and politics join
ed hands, and music really came
into its own. As proof of the fore
going we quote the following from
"Scarcely had the cheers from
the Democratic convention died
down when the papers came out
with a picture of vice presidential
candidate Harry Truman seated
at the piano. Next day the Re
publicans countered with a photo
graph of Mrs. Thomas E. Dewey
at the keyboard. Now these were
no 'They laughed when I sat down
at the piano', pictures. Both per
formers looked competent and at
ease. Mrs. Dewev, as you prob-
ibly know was a singer who ap
peared professionally in musical
tage productions.' Who knows,
perhaps the deciding factor in the
Democrats' choice of Mr. Roose
velt's running mate was the fact
that Senator Truman was the only
prospect who could slug it out,
note for note, with the Deweys.
Kor the President, though reput
ably a better than passable tenor
in an impromptu quartet, has been
yetting elected to political office
for years without raising his voice
in song. But that doesn't moan
that a large part of his popularity
isn't vocal. Through three terms
in office, his fireside chats have
won him a following of unprece
dented enthusiasm. He is, we
might respectfully suggest, a sort
of Sinatra of the spoken word. If
anybody can beat him, it will prob
ably have to be a singer."
itself. They all met for another
dinner. This time Mrs. Quinlan
was not present but instead there
was another Waynesville represen
tative, Amelia McFayden, who
holds an interesting post on a
Washington paper. This time it
was not Betsy Lane who was en
route overseas, however, bilt Mary,
who will sail soon for Italy as a
Red Cross rehabilitation worker,
The party was made up of local
folks in whom we can all have
pride, as having made good in
their chosen fields of work.
Every week or so we hear a
story of old friends meeting on
battle fronts. This week we heard
the story of haw a two and a half
year old introduced two men in
Italy. Pfc. Harry McCracken, son
of Mr. and Mrs. V. L. McCracken,
showed his captain, Harold V.
Wright, the picture of his young
nephew, Carl Edward Hagar, and
incidentajly told him hi name.
Whereupon Capt. Wright said,
"Why I know his father, and his
uncle, of Sylvania, Ga." It turned
out that Capt. Wright has known
the family quite well and had
cruised timber on the Pfeiffer Es
tate owned by the grandparents of
the young nephew down in Georgia.
It is thought, and thought alone, that di
vides right from wrong; it is thought, and
thought only, that elevates or degrades hu
man deeds and desires. George Moore.
British army policewomen are following
the invasion armies onto the continent to
direct traffic in liberated areas anJ advise on
C I.: r ...
oi)t-iMHK 01 coincidences we
heard another one this week. When
Betsy Lane Quinlan, Red Cross
recreational worker, was en route
to her post in Iceland back in 1941,
she, her mother and her sister,
Mary Quinlan, also Red Cross
worker, were in Washington to
gether, before the former was to
sail. They had dinner with Com
mander (he may have had another
promotion for all we know) and
Mrs. James Ferguson. Present al
so was Isabelle Ferguson, sister of
the Commander. They had all
grown up together here in Waynes
ville. Isabelle, incidentally, holds
a very responsible position with
the Wage and Hour Commisisoh,
and now lives in New York City.
Many changes have taken place
since the group had dinner togeth
er. Last week history repeated
man in town who is afraid
we are too optimistic about
the end of hostilities, and that in
view of this some of us might
slacken our war .time pace, has
asked us to reprint here the follow
ing "The Infantry Speaks." It
certainly brings the trials of the
men in the fighting fronts home
So you're tired of working, mister,
and you think you'll rest a
You ve been working pretty
steady and you're getting
sick of it.
You think the war is ending, so
you're slowing down the
That's what you may be thinking,
sir, but it just ain't the case.
What would you think, sir, if we
quit because we're tired out,
We're flesh and blood and human,
and we're just as tired as
Did you ever dig a foxhole, and
climb down deep inside,
And wish it went to China, so
you'd have some place to
While motored "buzzards" packed
with guns were circling
Am) filled the ground around you
with hot, exploding lead?
And did you ever dig out, mister,
from debris and dirt,
And feel yourself all over to see
where you were hurt,
And find you couldn't move, though
you weren't hurt at all
And feel so darned relieved that
you'd just sit there and
Were you ever hungry, mister
not the kind that food soon
But a gnawing, cutting hunger
that bites Into vour guts?
It's a homesick hunger, mister, and
it digs around inside,
And it's got vou in lis rlnrz-Vins nnJ
there is no place to hide.
Were you ever dirty, mister, not
the wilty-collar kind,
But the oozy, slimy, messy dirt
and gritty kinds that grind?
Did you ever mind the heat, sir, not
the kind that makes sweat
But the kind that drives you crazy
'til you even curse the sun?
Were you ever weary, mister; I
mean dog-tired, you know,
When your feet ain't got no feel
ing and your legs don't want
But we keep-a-goin', mister, you
can bet your life we do,
And let me tell you, mister,' we
expect the same of you.
FROM THE WALL STREET
Some Boston mea bought a
spring supply of a Canadian table
water, but found themselves in a
quandry when a tariff of 25 cents
a gallon was imposed upon the im
portation of the water into the
United States. . They wrote a New
York lawyer and asked him if he
could suggest a means whereby
they could avoid the levy.
"Freeze the water. Imnort it in
cakes and bottle it on this side of
the border. There is no duty on
The Van worked.
It was recalled that after the iVh
ence in whih inIani, c-., n-eran
was goss d that tho R,,Coi , ' . uuPaH
( ..... ooiait leader an pv
Winilan f hurrhill were at orirts nn tha itm . . J Wi
"'v "-iegy Q be n
war against Germanv nnri tv,. ., 1
solved the difficulties in favor of Stlinm,,nt, e Presi JeJ
The two Ene'lish-sneakiniT loarfora hm. . rCh!ll
.... 0 Mul since .t .
Meanwhile, the Ion? strides mnHo ir, , . . "l ""M.
" war ooth in p,. I
in the far east seem to provide ample bases for further si J
diplomatic discussions at the highest level ratefS
To administration supporters, who are loath t . ..
bility of differences between F. D. R. and Churchill n 1 J
for their failure to meet is offered. They Doint out th.. ,L rrl
spent much of the winter months in nina
forced to take an extended rest awav from h un.:. ..spnn8
- ..mie H0US
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w mi, hlaui "fl jp VICTORY is besinnin? t.
through Washington desnite wamino-. r ?.
nation', leaders." ' " ,U
Thjt An A -Mann fnr fh rr.ocl .
-v wv, uiviwuiE UIKCI1CV fir raonr,,
lation and the need for putting adequate safeguards into u?J
protect the country's economy during the transition period
th holla nt rnn... I. u- . IM
. .uigmg me try lnat Germany u
through and we must be prepared.
0 ".iii8wii lur optimum From
0....,.. w (v.t.imicui uciw, vttoiungionians are hciriiin.
...... vm....... v..Cj, OCT ucunany taKing more blow
me vuiiaciiaus seems w De nere mat tne Nazis will be throi?t
Christmas at least anrl norhana urithin th 1
, r -.v..... ure He!, lew months
Thev DOint out the fnllnwinir- Hirlor'. K-i. ....... ..
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erals is irreparable. The Allies are stepping up their blitzkrier li
west with deadly speed. Russia is knocking at Geimany.
the east and can pick her spot for an offensive. Nazi soldL
giving up in hordes. Fuel for Germany's war machine is beem
j unuci g i uunu movements are
add to Hitler's mounting- headaches.
TUP tovow npotvu - t . a. .....
v ...u. rMal kori iniAL, started it all, and now the rati
capital has turned its virtuous gaze upon its own bookshelvd
luniuiue in: clean up.
A a . .aault T T e . . . n. . M
- - .TO-.., xj. vuuuic mwara m. uiirran has ruled that
K .l, H TV. - . . .....
u ue oex ie oi an unmarried Adult," and "Eueenio
iisiouum, ma i&ooo ior wasnington readers.
Strangely, local dealers were "all out" when caUed upon for
DESPITE A CONGRESSIONAL ban on WASPS In the U
Army, there is a move under way to incorporate the women oi
in uiii-ic oaiu s ugming torces anyway.
Ever since being given the cold-shoulder by Con
gress early this summer, the WASPS have been
buzzing angrily, recently issuing an ultimatum of
In an 11-page report Jacqueline Cochran, WASP
director, demanded the "girls" be made Dart of the
Army or givea their discharge. The top air chief. Gen. H. H AnJ
always was rnendly toward the idea of women pilots to fill out
neea ior manpower" in Ns flying forces.
And 4f the women pilots are disbanded, Jacqueline adds,
should be given military status if only for a day so those who
served can be recognized as "veterans" of World War II.
Voice Of The Peoyl
1 yiui think that Germany ivill j forces."
resort to poison gas as a last resort?
Dr. Tom St ring field "No, be
cause mey Know we could come
back at them and kill the last one
Mrs. W. D. AVwer-'Ye-:
felt ahvavs that they wu
Jarvis Campbell "We hope not,
but I believe they will, and it will
be harder on them than on us."
"No, I do not
4. P. Ledbetter"No, I think
they are scared to try, because
they know that the Allies could
kill them all."
. James "I have thought
about the matter a great deal, but
I hope they don't, though I am
afraid they might."
Clifford Brown "I don't think
they will because of our vast air
believe thev will. They are
of the retaliation of the AIM
Prof. II'. P. Whitesida
wouldn't be surprised if "
Thev are an atrocious peoM
we can expect anything.'
C.C. ITViiVp doubt it,bj
they know we are ready to
such an attack."
A retailer, on receiving tn
delivery of a large order, m
noved to find the goods w
up" to sample, so he promptly
the manufacturer: "-ance
AnJ trip manufacturer
back: "Regret Cannot
mediately. You Will Have T
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