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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
(One Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Main Street Phone 187
Waynesville, North Carolina
The County Seat of Haywood County
W. CURTIS RUSS Editor
MRS. HILDA WAY GWYN Associate Editor
W. Curtis Ross and Marion T. Bridges, Publishers
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' NATIONAL DITOr.lALL
Oonji Carolina V4y
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1944
(One Day Nearer Victory)
We have noticed an increasing number of
baskets and improvised containers to carry
home groceries during the past few weeks,
due to a large part to the scarcity of paper
bags. We might as well get ready to take
our own paper with us, as far as news from
Washington goes as to the paper situation.
We are told that paper was ahead of the
game prior to the war, but that now it is
"underbuilt", from the viewpoint of use by
the consumer. Paper is made from pulp
and pulp from wood, and since there is a
greater shortage of wood there is of neces
sity a greater shortage of pulp. This is due
in large part to the lack of manpower and
the large amount of wood that the armed
forces are needing.
So it is up to the folks who are shopping
to take their packages unwrapped. On the
other hand the men on our Haywood county
farms who can cut more pulp wood should
also lend a hand. We realize that many of
these men who formerly handled the wood
are now scattered in t Service and at other
jobs. Those who are left will have to double
up, so that the paper shortage will not be
too acute before peace comes.
While on the subject we wonder if the
propaganda that comes through our mails
each day is as necessary as its senders may
think. Certainly some of it does not aid
the war effort in any direct manner.
Let's Change Our
Since the Allies scaled the cliffs in France
most of us have been living in an expectant
state of mind, hoping that overnight we
might hear the glad tidings of the surrender
of Germany. Now the time has come for us
to stop such day dreaming.
Every man who returns to thus commun
ity from combat duty overseas is amazed at
the cheerful attitude we here at home have
of conditions on the battling front and our
optimistic ideas on the length of the dura
tion. Now these men comin from the Euro
pean war theatre and the Pacific area may
not have any official dope on the subject, but
they know a good deal more about condi
tions than we do here at home.
We have decided that we had better listen
to these men and change our viewpoint about
how soon it will be before Germany give
up. We seem to forget how long Germany
has been planning this war and how more
than ready they were, with reserves of which
Vve apparently knew nothing about stored
up against this very day.
. It isn't fair to our men in the combat
areas to keep thinking that it will be over
tomorrow. Let us settle down with more
determination than ever to keep pace in
sacrifice with our men. Let us learn to do
without things with better grace, and not be
dreaming that we will wjake up some morn
ing soon Jand it will all be over. When the
last shot is fired does not; mean that we will
suddenly: be sunk in the: luxury of a coun
try once again at peace. .Our army and navy
will be on the job long after hostilities have
ceased and it will mean, that' many of our
men who. have been expected ;home will be
in uniform sometime after. ;
Let lis! be practical over the situation and
face the fact that we don't know just what
is going on in Germany in war any more than
we evidently knew when the people were
supposed: to be at peace.
It has been said that often it takes trouble
and hardships to bring home the realization
of blessings. Perhaps it is true with us in
America today. We have lived so long in
a land of plenty and freedom that we lost
somewhere along the years our proper value
of things. The past three years however
should have taught us what we had to be
grateful for, even though we often forgot
our blessings in the past in the very multi
plicity of them.
Today we know as never before that there
is a price tag and a high one at that on
our American heritage. This Thanksgiving
Day cannot be like those of other years.
Perhaps it will find us with more under
standing of the gratitude with which the
pioneers observed the day back in the be
ginnings of our country.
They learned the meaning of Thanksgiv
ing Day the hard way, just as we are be
ing forced after years of countless blessings.
There will be few homes throughout this
nation where the family circle will be com
plete. Yet there will also be greater grati
tude among'those families who have not suf
fered casualties than there was last year.
Through the suffering of others we have
learned a deeper meaning of our own bless
ings. The closing verse of a poem by Grace Nell
Crowell expresses better than we our senti
ments at this season:
"Only Thy might has stayed us, God,
Only Thy mercy kept us sane.
Unfailingly Thy love has sent
The dawn, the sun, the stars the rain ;
For every good unmerited award
We kneel today to thank Thee, Lord."
"RECOMMENDED FOR THE ASIATIC PLAGUE-"
jpj SNXADTBE 3E1?MAW MEASLES
1 Be,n c" -
Fear Nazi May Demolish
Dutch Industrial Set - up
Special to Central
WASHINGTON Considerable concern la hpi .
ton circles for Holland as a result of the thorn , I 1 ta vl
did in demolishing Italian industry UJeh Job Q
ine reason is mat uie uermans have ha.i more
programs of demolition in large parts of I' ,ninl t0
France. France escaped the thoroue-hn. . . , thai th, k.
program because the Nazi hordes were run.- tnC,rnan "fl
But in Holland. Allied t " ' .
down, and this recalled what harm? beta
the. Germans had time to cam - , ?. H.
mqlitlon program. oro
The Job they did there, govern,
'as a model of diabolical
was a model of dihrn,.0i 11 0(Scu
wrecked practically every Dower Dlant in th ..;? nu't)f The
k. k. i- .... 1 . -uu"-ry, and
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
Tax Revision Movement
The Charlotte Observer, leading the move
ment in North Carolina for revision of the
taxing system, reiorts steady progress. The
latest report on the movement made by the
Charlotte newspaper shows that it has been
heartily endorsed by the North Carolina
Cotton Manufacturers' Association, State
Association of Real Estate Boards, the North
Carolina Association of Commercial Secre
taries, the Western North Carolina Weekly
Press Association and the Sandhills Kiwanis
Other organizations and individuals had
previously taken action or spoken in favor
of the proposal.
Governor-elect R. Gregg Cherry is report
ed as approving the movement to give study
to the taxing system and the problems 'of
taxation, with a view to making such changes
and revisions and improvements as it is be
lieved will encourage the industrial and busi
ness growth of the State.
The Western North Carolina Weekly Press
Association, of which the weekly and semi
weekly newspapers of about 25 mountain
counties are members, adopted the following
resolution at its meeting in Asheville Octo
"Whereas, it is the conviction of the mem
bers of the Western North Carolina Weekly
Press Association that postwar conditions
will brign to our state unprecedented opor
tunities for industrial and business expan
"Whereas, it is our judgment that the fu
ture prosperity of our people and of our state
; i -nds in large measure upon the procure
ment of more industries in order that more
wealth may be created, more jobs provided
for our working people, and greater reve
nues derived for the extension of the public
services for the benefit of all our people;
"Be i,t resolved, by the Western North
Carolina Weekly Press Association that we
heartily indorse the movement now gaining
such state-wide recognition looking toward
a complete reexamination of the tax struc
ture now in effect in North Carolina with
a view of placing North Carolina in a more
advantageous position to complete with our
sister states in the South in bringing new
industries and encouraging outside capital
to locate and to invest in our other abundant
opportunities and resources."
Evidently, the tax revision movement is
steadily gaining endorsement of the State's
citizenry and it is expected that the Legis
, lature will give earnest consideration to the
: matter when it convenes next year. The
; proposal is a movement in the right direc
tion and is calculated to encourage and lead
to industrial and business expansion of vast
volume in the years fololwing the war.
Questioning your wife's judgment is a
reflection on yourself. She used it when
she selected you.
Often we find ourselv 3 counting
the improvements in our commun
ity. During the past few years we
have observed our steady progress
in the light of a great panoroma,
with pride and intenst, as it has
been recorded i" the pages of The
Mountaineer. Look back yourself
and you will get a thrill out of
it as you consider the expansion
of industry how it has given em
ployment to hundreds of persons
who might have had to seek jobs
away from home -think of the
growth of business in general, of
the new buildings. It is gratify
ing to note that our cultural life
has not been overlooked in this
growth. Look at our fine civic
groups, alive, working for the bet
terment of our community. The
county library with its growing
circulation is another proof. The
carillonic bells which sent their
melodious notes through the com
munity on Sunday afternoon give
further evidence that the cultural
growth is going along with the ma
terial. We would like to commend the
donors on their generosity and
their choice of a memorial. While
the gift was made to the First
Methodist Church the very nature
of it makes it community-wide in
its service. We have the feeling
that each time they are played they
will help someone, untighten some
body's nerves, give a moment of
spiritual uplift that will feed some
listener's soul. They will give
deeper meaning to special days,
like Christmas, Thanksgiving and
Faster, when we understand they
ii to be i.l.i ed. They will be an
asset to our community, that we
will enjoy as well as the visitors.
We have the feeling that the play
ing of the bells will become tra
ditional in ur community, a me
morial that u ill be part of our lives.
I'ride and love reflected on the
human face are hard to put into
words. There is a poignant some
thing that does not lend itself to
expr ssion. Yet often recently we
have had a desire to paint such a
picture in writing. Last week we
dropped by Massie's Department
Store to speak to Mrs. Jarvis Mor
row, to get some information about
one of her sons. The paper had
received a notice that he bad been
awarded the Croix de Guerre, that
much valued recognition from the
Kreni'h .rnv rnmcnt We wanted
sonie information about him for
the story, how long he had been j
overseas. v e referred to tne great
honor in our conversation and she
tad not heard the good news. While
we can't tell you how Mrs. Mor
row looked we guess any mother
or father could picture here ex
pression blinking her eyes to
squet ze back the tears. What
mother wouldn't? News travels
fast. Later in the day a sweet
little blond shyly stopped us on
the street and said, "Mrs. Gwyn
is it really true about Donald Mor
row getting that French award?"
And we said, "Yes, and are you a
special . . ." and before we could
'".nish, she said, "Yes'm we are."
youngsters that the school authori
ties decided to give a full holiday
on Thanksgiving. What difference
will one day make next Spring?
The game between Waynesville and
Canton teams has become a local
classic and the rivalry between the
two is like a good healthy tonic for
both sides. It makes the boys give
the best they have for the honor of
their home teams. While we are
all for taking the war seriously,
we believe that our Haywood boys
in camps in this country and over
seas would like to think that this
annual event is taking place back
home , whether they are here to
enjoy it or not.
It is a little hard for most of us
to realize that our customs and
current events make history for
the future. The State Historical
Commission however, is just as
busy, perhaps more so, trying to
save the present for future gene
rations as to collect the past for
the present. Mrs. F. H. Marley
has been named to collect current
material for the commission. We
asked what she meant for current
material and this was in part her
answer: "I was told to collect pro
grams of civic organizations, pos
ters made by school children; to
borrow letters their families receive
from men overseas of special inte
rest that they may be copied by
the State Historical Commission;
to collect church bulletins; to get
clippings of special interest from
papers that give information about
life today in the community. I
mysi If did not quite realize at first
until it was pointed out, that a
hundred years from now this ma- j
terial will show how we lived and i
our ideas about things." Mrs. Mar- j
ley is asking that any person who :
has material they would like to ;
contribute to the commission to !
leave it at the Haywood County !
Library for her or get in touch j
with her at Oak Park.
. - - - r. .... ui uic countn
Italian industry waa virtually destroyed compiet''
For example, time bombs were floated down sew' 'U10Clted
would explode in the most inaccessible her,
planned demoliUon Is much more thorough than bo h?
a comparatively hit or miss proposition m wb
w v. vi "oaiungion, war um, I
is under way. The War Production Board, for Inatanr "l
to cut down by 10 per cent in November on it. r. . Hul
eliminated some divisions anj bureaus and is planning uJ
The first move In this direction among the war a?.
late In the summer when Rubber Director Bradley Dew
mended that his rubber office be abolished Sept I a m bLT
unit and Incorporated as a division In WPB. "
Although most of the rubber employes were retained und
the move was a telltale straw in the wind. Other agencies wtl
become less Important as the war moves toward lu i-Tr
elude the War Manpower Commission, the Defense TranmZj
Office, Office of CivUian Defense and Offlc of War Inomjml
Tha rtrnw nf Trlj Ailm n atHtliui I. .1
.... - - gency, However,,
more Instead of less work appears Imminent as pece dn
OPA Administrator Chester Bowles has found that rUoniu
slackened considerably within his agency.
However, the load on the price staff of OPA has Increaied We
of the job entailed in putUng prices on civilian goods which wili
be appearing after VE-day in Europe.
PENNSYLVANIA CENTRAL AIRLINES discloses that C
rick plans to give up her Job as a motion picture star
alter uic war ttiiu return vj siuuymg law.
Miss Patrick Is known in private life as the wife
of Lt. Arnold D. White who Is learning to fly naval
transports at PCA's transitional school at Roanoke
The war interrupted White's legal education and Hollywood J
uau s uiiai vrturung. coin Will go Dack to School p.jjt.wir
FORMER DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR ntiDiN -J
New Jersev ia believed to hnva fnnnr! Hiafaw, ,.,uu imn ... 1
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bmntly informed the president that New Jersey will go for Def
iuiauji sun 01 me laie great inventor, Thomas ju
son seeks no New Deal favors. His frank statement probably J
me ucyot imc in tuiuiner one-lime party worker rrom the Deraoci
Edison told FDR that the Hague political machine had driven J
in- pcnueni voters inio uie Kepuwicaa camp.
Voice Of The Fed
Do you think that civilians in ,
general are taking the war ser-1
iously enough today? I
Rev. J. Clay Madison - "General-!
ly no, and many who are taking
the war with due seriousness are
not expressing their seriousness in j
the right way." !
Mrs. James R. Boyd, Jr. "I '
think that people who have rela-!
tivt s in the war are taking it ser-'
i"iis enough today, but those who:
ar.' not directly concerned are not
Mrs. Carroll Bell "Yes, I do."
Mrs. (iladys liurgin "I certain
lv do not."
Ralph I'revost "I don't believe
YOU'RE TELLING ME!
By WILLIAM RITT
Central Press Wtiter
Cel. J. Harden Howell contri
buted the following story for use
here this week, supposi illy true
-tory from the Pacific war treater.
A Marine in the Makin Island as
sault, accidentally sat in a large
can of red paint on one of the
landing barges, and a large red
-splotch was left on the V at of his
pants. The landing effected the
Marine laying on his stomach firing
at Japs, when a medical man hap
pened along and mistook the paint
for blood. He began snipping with
scissors while the Marine contin
ued firing. It wasn't until the en
tire seat of his pants had been cut
out that the Marine in the heat of
firing laid down his gun, looked
over his shoulder and growled,
' What the Hell are you doing?"
We are glad for the sake of the
JAPANESE sailors have at
least this satisfaction: From
now on their ships probably will
be sunk so close to home they
can swim for it.
I ! t
Htrohito to his admirals:
"Congratulations it took 'em
nearly three years to catch you."
i I t
Plastic paper it now promised
(or the walls of the post-war
house. If it hat walls.
! I !
Some German industrial
cities, we read, have abandoned
the blackout and keep their
lights oa at night. Probably to
show the world that there's still
a little left of them.
t t I
An eastern doctor runs movies
tor his patients in bis waiting
room. What, no tree china
I I !
Tho Jap navy, polntt out
Grandpappy Jenkins, used lo do
its own hiding until the Allies
gov it o better on.
t ! I
The Russians have seized one
of Fatso Goerlng'a estates in
East Prussia. Bet they found
the icebox empty.
THE OLD HOME TOWN
U S War" 0'-
WHEN I FOUND OUT
f MF A TAP CuaKW-re
1 fUl HIM ON BOTH
V T W Am 1 Sjr I-A W I I i I
TisE EAKtr AAOtcrMtN SHlFT-
KEEPVAGr M MOWs
they are. I am just back
business trip to Chicago
do not siem to be vjcIi
about the war "
Paul Martin "No, excel
who have men in service fral
own families. The general
the public do nnt take it
Dan Walkins Yej, I
average person is taking
seriously. The Am'can pi
not go arouni in a awumint
Joe Davis "I think ".he
it-t.- r.f trip neun'.e are tat
war pretty s.rtouslj.
J. E- Massif "1 a"1 re4''
they are net. I believe
too optimistic about the i
the neo pie !i i erally
rakim? the w:ir serioM'
Question: How'l""g c
mv hoes fnnw
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m his hoP
pijrs are no
fourths of an
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lo eat all of th. J t
Th- grazing crop
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amount ;'; ;- u h n
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pasture ana . ,
term ine this. -' Sl,-;H
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bandry ai ti, sheo
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allowed tol" Z ' df
the fall- 11 ''V-n.
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cnnlementarv ' . j,
;- Vheaperto ho.u ;
flesh MthfT tna t
thin and then
back on them.