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(One Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER
THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
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Waynesville, North Carolina
Tk County Seat of Haywood County
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MRS. HILDA WAY GWtfN Associate Editor
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1944
(One Day Nearer Victory)
Are We Grateful?
We quote the following from the Reids
ville Review because it should bring anyone
who may have gotten a little off on things
in general back in line of straight thinking-,
with proper attitudes:
"Here on the home front we are living
in comfort and security. We have lacked
neither clothing, food nor work. We have
the greatest Navy, Army and Air Force in
the world. What we lack is gratitude or
the common decency to give credit where
credit is due. And because we have these
blessings in a world that is a howling wild
erness without we carp, complain and criti
cize and are eager to beat down the hands
that built up this miracle of production and
planning which has forged our weapons of
resistance to the enemy.
"There have been mistakes, of course. We
have spent more than we should have spent
in many instances, and the public debt is.
therefore, larger than it would have been
had more wisdom been used.
"But this is water that has gone over the
dam and we should be glad that the tax
payers of the nation have taken their medi
cine without complaint, and that most men
and women have devoted their time and
talents unselfishly to the tasks of winning
"We only get made when some cheap poli
tician proceeds to claim credit for achievements."
Cars Of Tomorrow
"We have seen several pictures recently of
some strange looking motor vehicles. They
appeared to be super-streamlined. We have
wondered about the cost of these strange
cars of tomorrow. One report states that
they will be more expensive, while from other
sources we read that they will be much
chaper, with planes rivaling the ground
We read of one car that will cost $750
after "V-E" day which would have been
priced at $1,000 in prewar days. It is re
ported that Henry Ford has designed a low
cost plain car that will serve many purposes,
and will sell for tyelow prewar prices. We
see where the United Auto Workers are
claiming that wartime production methods
will allow from 10 to 12 percent cut in cost.
It stands to reason that there has been
much learned through our intensive high
powered production era that would teach us
quicker and cheaper methods. Yet on the
other hand there comes up the problem of
increase in wages paid to workers.
OPA Administrator Bowles has indicated
that an effort will be made to keep the prices
of cars down to prewar levels. It may be
that the demand will be so great for new
cars that the volume of production will help
keep the prices down. We have a feeling
that America will get on wheels and go places
when the war is over, for with the lifting
of gas and tire restrictions the pent up de
sire to travel will find thousands on the
highways. Cars, we believe, will be among
the first purchases after peace comes.
In Record Time
Technocracy now seems just some more
water that has gone under the bridge, but
it can be said it made a trip faster than ak
most anything else on record. Nashville
During the past few years we have noticed
a tendency to recognize the youth in this
community which we feel is bound to flower
in better understanding between age group.s
As we write we have in mind the recent
barbecue staged by the civic groups of the
community and the Township high school
honoring the 4-H Clubs and the FFA mem
bers. These boys are the future farmers of
Haywood County who will carry on the work
of their fathers who have blazed agricultural
trails during the past few years.
They have been given larger advantages
along these lines than their fathers, so their
responsibility will be the greater. An appre
ciation of their efforts and ambitions by the
older business men of the community should
serve, and we feel sure will, as an impetus
to greater work on their part.
We liked the idea of having the fathers
and sons together, for the years ahead will
offer problems in our community that it
will take both youth and maturity to solve.
ARMISTICE DAY--19 18-1944
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H igh Standard Continued
We have often congratulated the com
munity on the exceptionally fine group of
ministers serving the churches here. They
are all well qualified for their work and they
hold the confidence and cooperation of their
It has been gratifying to observe npt only
their religious activities, but their whole
hearted support of worthwhile community
affairs. They have given their aid to all
movements inaugurated in the community
for the betterment of the lives of our people.
It is with pleasure that we welcome Rev.
L. G. Elliott, new pastor of the First Bap
tist Church here, who asumed his duties last
Sunday. Mr. Elliott, we feel sure, will take
his place in the community along with the
other ministers and his work will be of
spiritual sustenance not only to his mem
bers, but to the people at large.
Coming here from a pastorate in Simp
sonville, S. C, Rev, Mr. Elliott has also
served other churches. His record and ex
perience testify to the service he will give
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
They All Talk Alike
We have contacted a number of Haywood
men who have recently returned from over
seas duty. Some of them have been out of
the States for nearly three years. They have
all been in major combats. From the stand
point of experience they are seasoned vet
erans. They all some back to the thought, "the
folks back home don't understand, because
no one can who has not actually been in
combat." As one writer recently expressed
"If Americans could see the stuff of which
victories like that in the Philippine Sea are
made, there would be no reason to warn
against over-optimism. But the home front
cannot see, nor yet imagine. Every war
correspondent who comes back home brings
this realization with him only seeing is be
lieving in modern war."
The fact that we may be making gains
along the battle fronts that cheer the civil
ians seems to lull some of us into thinking
that the war is about over. The fighting
events recently have looked more encourag
ing but they have taken its toll and the fight
still goes on.
We feel sure that these men are right.
We do not understand here at home how
things are over in the Pacific or in the Euro
pean War Theatre. But, men in service, we
do not mean to seem indifferent. It is merely
ignorance on our part.
"Does motoring provide any real exercise
at all?" asks a doctor. Yes, quite a lot for
pedestrians. Passing Show (London).
It isn't a victory garden if the orchids
rrowd out the onions.
Troubles never come singly
because they are organized.
If political machines could be converted
to war use the country would have something.
There seems to be some question as to
where Hitler is but theres' no question at
all to where he is going.
Squirrels are playing havoc with the land
scape of Capitol Hill in Washington. Could
they be looking for nuts?
This week is Children's Rook
Week a leln ated throughout the
country. Despite the war it is be
ing observed wherever there is a
ibrary. Today we take for grant
ed the books for children that are
scattered in homes everywhere, in
shops to buy, in such rich variety
f subjects, and it is hard for us
to realize that just 200 years ago
the first book for children was pub
lished. It was a brand new publi
cation idea. One John Newberry
arrived in London in June, 1744 and
issued a "Little Pretty Pocket
Rook," with the idea of "instruc
tion and amusement of children."
Doesn't it seem strange, now with
such a wealth of juvenile literature,
that only such a short time ago
comparatively speaking, such books
were unheard of. The anniver
sary of this first child's book will
be marked in an exhibit at the
Haywood County Library this week
with a reprint of this first little
book also a Horn Cookbook and
Rattledoves which show the only
form provided for children's read
ing before 1744.
in primary gradis or science class
es in high school.
A visit this week to the county
library might help you solve some
of your ideas for Christmas shop
ping for the younger members of
your family in the beautiful books
for children on display.
The last year has been a record
breaking one in the little stone
building on Main Street, since
Haywood county took over the
Waynesville Library and extended
its services. If the old building
could talk wo know it must have
suffered growing pains and at times
been breathless over the manner in
which books that once were often
dusty from too little use, now
travel over the county and are
being read and enjoyed by thous
ands of people. Would you believe
it, 21,254 books were borrowed from
the county library from April 1 of
this year to October 1 Just a six
months period. During the months
of Julv, August and September
there was an increase in the use of
4,154 more books than during April
May and June.
Libraries with rows of neatly
labeled books and shelves may be
more (hcorative than empty shelv
es, but the tirst are like dressed
up dummies only valuable to look
at. Rooks to be useful must be
read and that is the thrilling part
about our county library, many
times there will be hundreds of
books missing from the shelves
tor Haywood tolks are reading as
never before. We know it must
make the old timers who started
the library going fifty years ago,
proud to see the way their offspring
has grown ud and is serving the
You might be interested in know
ing some of the home demonstra
tion women who are keeping these
book stations for their clubs in the
county. Clyde station is in the
town hall with Mrs. M. P. Haynes
in charge. 458 books have been
loaned and they have been read
1,941 times. Hyder Mountain, Mrs.
E- R. Dotson and Mrs. M. H. Kirk
patrick; Bethel, Mrs. Welch Sin
gleton and Mrs. Clifton Terrell;
Cecil, Mrs. Edgar Burnette; Cruso
School, Mrs. Hugh Rogers; Dell
wood, Mrs. Hugh Allison; Fines
Creek, Mrs. N. C. James and Mrs.
W. R. Noland; Francis Cove, Miss
Marion Boggs; Iron Duff, Mrs. J.
R. Caldwell; Jonathan Creek, Mrs.
R. W. Howell, Maggie, Mrs. O- S.
Ketner; Maple Grove, Mrs. Ed
Glavich ;and Morning Star, Mrs.
There is so much to tell about
the county library that it is hard
to get it in this space. First, since
February of this year, 1,200 more
hooks have been added to the col
lection and in addition to this the
state library commission has loan
ed the county 2,170 books to aid in
establishing the county-wide sys
tem. There are sixteen book stations
in the county, made possible
through the cooperation of the
Home Demonstration Clubs and in
terested individuals. Collections
are placed as follows; one in a
store, one in a school, one in a town
hall and 13 in homes in the coun
ties. 1,84:? books have been used
in the stations since April. Often
these books have been read by six
or seven people, and sometimes by
two or three families before they
are returned to the library.
The demand for more hooks is
steadily increasing. Recently we
had a woman to ask us what kind
of books the rural people are read
ing. We were surprised at her
question as she was at our answer
"Why the same kind you read," we
The people in the county visit
the"book stations in their own com
munity and they learn about the
library service. Later they come to
the library here to get some definite
book to read. They want things
like "Burma Surgeon." and the
"Storv of Dr. Wassell."
Teachers are using the collections
of 10 or more books in connection
with units of work, such as pets,
Nazi Hostag Threat to Many Cono,..
B. Ignored by AIII..7 , London for Qgik J
Specit to Central Press
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w .. . "uiup car a in senior,. . ,
tie terms will be one of the oldest and moat n-,... s ftn
fare bartering with hostages. tnck u
With millions of subject peoples and war pruon
lliaiijr niuo " iii.6m giais suine Ol fciUrODe m - . 1
persons for his scheme. mjst
tsopold Foremost among these is Kin UoM
?ium. wno was taken prisoner h, I I
N ' nght flank collapsed In 1940. tU 1 H
Hattoa for the British defeat at num,-.-. 6 l
Lesser Ughts Include scores of city
ernment leaders, industrialists and intellectuals from Fr '
me low wiunina. roiana. Norway and Czechoslovaks
f ' " " J wv-v twvrei "HI UUUl ini9
ri h 1 9 ni I rnnad MilitArv nhapuap, . . , . ' ni w
- r.r. . .v.j iiynrver,
Ames will ignore whatever threats Hitler may
with the hostages
NOW THAT CONGRESS IS IN RECESS, an
mane :n (
of congressmen are Invading Enp-lnnH at ih. ' 1
. o o "'r UUIUUOn Of rh C.
government Both Democrats and Republicans hsv i, .
Republicans have taken
er p:aw wj
a longer time u...
outain a .'
of a British offer to be flown to England whenevi
Once there, however, the American. nu h.
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iifliiflllv rhir riA4!flM noma r
At one time reeentlv thrc wer a .inian ,
uu(.vU Luugrrssni, n 'n i J
some stay for a few days, others for
advantage of the opportunity to visit France to
Some saw or heard German hii77..hmhi ,..i,
"iicn mese U'era ,
on London Two representatives Poage and Fisher, Texai I
pro fcnn rrfsUl v oara nH nrthQia h.kk .. i '
n uiiaiicu me- uuyci idnwajr smiiun jusi oeiore they reih j'
ai.-ivcu in nine iu neip remove ine iieaa and wounded
ALTHOUGH JAPAN MAY BE CUT OFF soon from the 0'
East Indies. American military and naval experts are n i
forward to any immediate collapse of the Nipponese war effo,
uu ittiH 01 aviciLiun gasoline ana lUDncants
Best estimates are that the enemy has a sto( k i.k ,i .,at
rale nf nnerahnna tannn'a Inr.lmlA 9 i..tv ..
. w. owvi,,,,ir ui luuii.a mg Oils is Iu!
. l. . ma 0 "Will
enougj lor io monins
Also. Japan has concentrated on the pro .u. t;- t - vTtthet
presumably because she was not sure she cou:i n-ir. ,riJ
i; di..,. . , i, ' r ""I
i'.,a,ci muica. i-iauia 111 japan. rurea ano ivianrmiria
be producing 15.000.000 barrels of this produ i , er.
her fleet close to home. Japan al, has
conserve her stockpile of oil And she
a'e to ship so many gallons of aviation
gas to her far-flung bases in the Carolines and the
One of the requirements of a
good Home Demonstration Club
member is to read a certain num
ber of books during the year and
make a report on them. The record
of our more than BOO home club
women made along this line during
the past six months might cause
some of us who live much nearer
the library a bit of embarrassment
over making a similar report.
There are today 82 counties in
the state sharing in state aid fund
for libraries. K15.000 books were
purchased from this fund last
year for the county libraries. At
the same time 37,000 books were
worn out, but even so North Caro
lina has only one third of a book
a piece for its readers. No county
in the state averages one book
a piece, while the national average
per capita for book collections is
2 books per capita. The national
average for expenditures in the
state per capita has jumped from
9 cents in 1940 to 21 cents in 1944.
Rut we still have a long ways to
get to the national standard of 42
No story about the county library
would be complete without a word
about our librarians, Miss Marga
ret Johnston and her assistant Miss
Adah Young. They are interested
in their work. Thty are therefore
interested in the readers at the li
brary. They want to help you get
just the book you want, and if they
don't have it, they will make every
"ffort to secure it from the state
library commission. Visit your j
ty imrary ana see the Minnges that
are taking place and jo.n the ' un
dreds who are reading.
These bases have been by-passed by American forces and J
is making no pretense f keeping up her air forces in the no
ss A PriPITT a A? iTorr.x'r'rryTTAM .
w . wrwi i icgaruinp Amen. ? posil
nwcnani marine seems 'o be that the much-heralde.i i.y
are to form the nucleus of our peace-time merchant ..miriM-
The fact is. however that the Victory ship, although a vasil
provement over the early war Liberty cargo ship, will give J
peace-time to t,-ls. C-2s. C-3s. and other C-type cargo earners
...411 h. .LI. . . . ,
w.,i w auie io compete wiin me new merchant navies hi.li j
sea powers will have lo build.
Voice Of The Peod
In view f recent events in the
Pacific war theatre have you chang
ed your mind about the length of
the war with Japan?
Thud Hmrell "I have changed
a little. It looks to me now that
it will be at least six months longer
than I thought at first."
Mrs. James W. Fields, Jr.
I think we will still have a
ways to go before victory,"
Earl Ferguson "I have always
thought it woul last two years after
Germany fell and I still think so."
.. Ezell "I believe that re
cent events will shorten the time
O. II. Champion "I think it will
take longer than I did two months
ago, to defeat Japan because of
the situation in Germany. "
events will I'-rtftM
Tom Lee "I feel that nil
ting into the Philippines
ened the length f the
M. G. Stamey-".'::
that the recent event in tl
rifle war theatre have M
our war with Japan a
White Friend: "What breed
chickens do you consider best?
Colored Man (after pondering a
while): "De white ones am de eas
iest to find, but de black ones am
de easiest to hide."
O. R. Roberts "The recent
events in the Philippines are bound
to shorten the time, I believe."
Sam H. Bushnell, Jr. "No I
have not. I still think it will be
more than a year before the war
with Japan is over."
Mm. Hubert O'Donnell"! think
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Letters To Tl
Editor The Mountaineer:
Will you please print this
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a number of people W
far from neighbors
telephone a nefessity.
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alone. A telephone bmm -1
...ith the men folk? in""
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enougn io kiv
them available to those
in nped of them?
tiv,r office tell "1
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dences to give up
phones, but I feel
sary to bring it ' '
and they will gl'v '
Medical (eo'. . . r'
spending a 7-da r5
parents, Mr. "'n'1
Mrs. J. V-
to Visit nci
the Woodland Bap -
day, Novemoe. - M
be conducted e. g. I
o'clock by the Re