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CARTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES
Cartarat County'* Newspaper
FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 1958
Making the Future Secure
The county presented a comprehen
sive report to Army engineers this
month at Beaufort on damage caused
by hurricanes in the county in 1964,
1955 and 1956.
The total loss, over $24 million, is
staggering. When one considers the
loss of beach area, damage to build
ings, boats, farmland, timberland and
loss of income which followed because
revenue-producing resources were de
pleted, it is amazing that the county
has survived so well.
The danger lies, now, in repetition
of such loss. We can pull out of it
once, twice, and maybe even three
times, but after that?
Is all of Carteret to become a Dia
mond City? Diamond City was the
town once located on Shackleford
Banks. It was abandoned by its inhabi
tants because storms swept away their
property and means of livelihood.
In the hope of preventing such catas
, trophe on the mainland. Army en
gineers are making a study of the sit
uation along the North Carolina coast.
Reports such as those presented at the
Beaufort hearing show the extent of
loss. They also make suggestions as to
how loss can be lessened in the future.
In a few months the hurricane sea
i son will be upon us again. The federal
government moves slowly and nobody
should be harboring the illusion that
damage-prevention measures can be
carried out before this fall. But we
hope Uncle Sam realizes the enormity
and gravity of this problem.
The Hurricane Rehabilitation Com
mittee of Carteret County asks the help
of the federal government, not only for
those of us here now, but for future
Coastal Carolina bids to be the great
future playground of the metropolitan
east. It offers a Florida climate 500
miles closer to the New York-New Jer
sey area than Florida itself. It is closer
to the Ohio-Indiana-Illinois urea than
any other ocean resort.
The population of the nation is ex
panding. Its people have more leisure
time. They are buying' boats and other
vacation items in greater quantity than
ever before. Where is the nation going
to accommodate the added millions of
pleasure-seekers if the federal, rtate
and local governments do nothing to
combat nature on its rampages?
The estimates of damage in the Car
teret hurricane damage report are fair.
Some persons have taken issue with
them, saying they are too low. Perhaps
The important thing is that steps
MUST be taken as soon as possible to
cushion future blows that boil up out of
the Caribbean. Doing such is not "mess
ing with nature", it's building the
The postcard situation around here
is a little better, but not much.
After an editorial last summer, sug
gesting that it would do Morehead City
some good if the town got rid of a
1900 postcard view of Arendell Street,
a few new color picture postcards
came into being. One is a picture of
the golf course, three are church pic
tures, one shows a partyboat catch, one
shows a headboat and one a view of
The situation in Beaufort isn't ipuch
4 better. The etchings of old Beaufort
homes on postcards are wonderful.
They, and perhaps that ancient shot of
the menhaden fleet, are Beaufort's only
saving grace when it comes to post
A postcard scene of Front Street
looking west from Marsh and Front
is an antique. In the foreground are
two little kids with a wagon. They're
probably Will Arrington and Jim Rum
ley. The light poles pictured have long
rusted into history.
The scene of the "U. S. Bureau of
Fisheries and Biological Station" is, in
deed, a gem. The old building, torn
,down three years ago, is still pictured,
s as well as the old water tank and a lit
tle shack near a dock. A picture post
card of Cape Lookout light is, prob
ably, the same picture taken when the
camera was invented.
This js what. Picture postcards are
one of the cheapest methods of publi
cizing a resort area. The cards are
bought by tourists and mailed at their
expense. Tourists and vacationers ?
especially the women ? are postcard
fanatics. Before they left home, every
one said, "Send me a postcard." And
so that's what they do. A vacationer
?tarts out sending just Ave, then she
decides to send a few more, and soon
the number of postcards sent reaches
a fabulous figure.
On the waterfront of Morehead City
the only kind of postcards you can buy
are those cartoon-type gaudy, crazy
things. Some smart waterfront busi
nessmen have postcards of their places
of business or their partyboats and give
them to customers. Other than that,
you've got a limited selection if you
want to buy any.
The Chambers of Commerce would
do well to look into this picture post
card situation. As one vacationer said,
"We want to send back home pictures
that make this look like a wonderful
place. We don't want our friends to
think we came to some place they
never would want to visit!"
(The Lamar, Mo., Democrat)
The one who follows the writing pro
fession or who engages to a consider
able extent in public speaking must
find himself considerably handicapped
j without a good knowledge of the Bible.
The reason is simple. Make a quota
tion or reference to Je^us, Paul, Moses
I or Solomon and even the most unlearn
ed listener or the most narrowly in
formed reader knows what you are
On the other hand quote or refer to
great figures in secular history and
your readers or listeners will lose inter
' est because they don't know these char
acters. You mention Demosthenes,
Cato, Pericles, Pompey or Machiavelli
and they won't know whether they are
members of the Yankee baseball club
or some of those birds that Mr. Truman
is always calling liars or lambasting.
Stay away from mere temporal things,
stick to the Gospels and the Old Testa
ment, and everybody will have at least
a glimmering of what you're getting at.
"Five great enemies to peace inhabit
with us: avarice, ambition, envy, an
ger, and pride. If those enemies were
to be banished, we should infallibly en
joy perpetual peace, and the world
would rise in civilization."
? Petrarch, Italian poet (1304-1374)
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THE ELEPHANT THAT DIONT REMEMBER
Security for You ...
By RAY HENRY
You and your wife need about
$200 a month to retire and live
modestly these days.
The figure could vary (20 or $30
a month either way, depending on
a number of things. But, it's about
as close as anybody is going to
come as an average. I arrived at
it after wading knee-deep in gov
ernment statistics, budgets and
The $200 could go higher if you
need unusual medical care. It
could vary some, depending on the
size of your home, whether you
live in a city or a farm area,
whether you rent or own your
home, whether you can grow some
of your own food.
Here's a rough idea of how your
monthly budget would look with
$200 to spend:
Item $ Cost Budget
Food $64 32.0
Clothing 12 6.0
Rent or home upkeep S3 26.3
Utilities 7 3.3
House furnishings ? 3.0
Laundry, cleaning sup
plies 6 3.0
Transportation _ 4 2.0
Medical care 14 7.0
Life insurance 5 2.3
newspapers, books .. 20 10.0
Personal care 4 2.0
miscellaneous 3 2.5
Of course, this budget shouldn't
be taken as rigid. It docs, how
ever, offer guidelines for what is
necessary today to live "modest
It would be very unusual if any
retired couple were able to fit iti
money needs under the budget in
exact dollars and cents.
For example: One couple may
have to spend more on food be
cause special health food is neces
sary. Another may be able to get
by on less for housing because
home upkeep is low. The budgeted
allowance for tobacco may not be
necessary for another couple be
cause neither smokes.
Here are some factors which
may make it possible to live on
less when you retire than while you
1. Taxes will be lower. Your fed
eral, state and social security
taxes will be reduced or wiped out
because of special breaks in tax
laws given to persons over 63.
2. Lower transportation costs.
You won't have to travel to and
from work, cutting down bus or car
costs.| You may even be able to
sell your car and use public trans
portation when you want to go
3. Work expenses will stop.
You'll no longer have to buy your
lunch it work, tools of your trade,
or pay the expenses of belonging to
business associations or clubs.
4. Gothing costs will be smaller.
You will no longer have to buy
the expensive clothing you needed
for work or attending parties or
Chances sre you can think of
other ways to save. They all add
up to the possibility of getting by
on less in retirement.
(Editor's Note: Yon may con
tact the social seenrity repre
sentative at the coorthoose an
nex, Beaafoit, from t:M a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Be will
help you with your owb particu
By BILL CROWELL
WHO'S FAULT ... Not too long
ago, an automobile driven by the
16-year-old son of City Councilman
W. B. Myers of Tampa, Fla., went
out of control at high speed. One
high school student was killed and
five others were hurt. The Tampa
Times asked Mr. Myers to write of
his reaction to the tragedy, both
as a father and a city official. Ex
cerpts from his statement follow:
, It was a wholesale tragedy. We
realize that Tommy must face the
fact that the boy lost his life in the
car Tommy was driving.
There is nothing in the world to
compensate for the loss of a life.
If I could I would give my own
life for that boy's. I surely would.
I feel that with all my heart.
Whatever charge they place
against Tommy he is going to have
to take it . He was wrong. I'll
stand by him as a father, but not
as a public official.
If every parent of i teen-ager
who drives could stand by helpless
ly In a hospital and see their chil
dren lying on an operating table,
wondering if they will live or die,
I'm sure they would wish that' the
automobile had never been invent
Yet you realize that you can't
lock yiur children in tha house and
tell them they can't be a part of
society. And you can't be with
them every minute. So what it the
I know that much of the problem
is centered around speed. Ever
since we have bad a television set
in our house, all I can remember
seeing on automobile ada U power,
speed, pick up . . .
How can you explain to a child,
or even an adult, that be has to go
under 40 (the limit wber* this ac
cident occurred) whea he is con
stantly shown examptea of cars
which go more than lot?
My aoo had been told not to drive
fast, not to exceed the speed Unit,
to be careful and look out for the
One of tlx problems mafrnctim
me now la whether to let him drive
again. Frankly, I don't know if
I'll ever let Tommy drive until
he's IS. But it will be a long time
before I have to make that de
cision, due to the extent of hia in
I think that except in extreme
cases a boy probably should not
be permitted to drive until he la
IS. The two-year difference be
tween 18 and IS will give him much
more maturity and common sense.
The law gives a child 16 years old
the right to drive. But 1 feel that
each parent should examine his
own child as an individual and de
termine whether the child is fit
from the standpoint of maturity
and common sense to operate a
lethal weapon such as the modern
SUDDEN THAWT . . . Some driv
ers, it seems, can find a difficulty
for every solution.
TRAFFIC CONTROL ... Out in
Missouri, a school bus had stopped
oo a heavily-traveled road to dis
embark some children. A 13-year
old monitor took up hia regular
poaition with a red flag to help get
the youngsters aafely across the
highway. A big car, approaching
the bus rapidly, wasn't slowing
down at all despite the red flag
and the flashing red lights of the
The young man carrying the flag
sensed that the car was not going
to stop. He took things into hia
own handa when be picked up a
rock from the side o I the road and
lambasted the windshield of the
car. The rock fell In the Up o <
the errant driver but b? stopped,
finally, and emerged unhurt.
1 suppose ail of us have had the
urge to resort to such dynamic
methods of traffic control but
somehow lacked the impulsive
courage of the young flagman.
Fog: Stuff dangerous to drive in,
atpoftalUr ? it's ?atsl
Smile a While
A mountain in Nevada jumped
four inches when an atomic blast
was set off inside it. This is com
parable tq the effect of a cub den
meeting in the basement of a nine
? Florida Times-Union
Comment . . . j. Keiium
If we have any convictions at
all, there come times when it is
necessary to take sides. That is
not to say that we seek controver
sy. It is to say that there is such
a thing as approving an evil by
permitting it to-exist uncontended.
And it is not uncommon for wrong
to be encouraged by the mere ab
sence of help to the right.
Neutrality tends to risk that se
curity, which we mean to save, by
earning us the scorn of our friends.
Who knows, if Hitler had been un
hindered by us and Britain, would
be not have taken Sweden, too,
neutral though she was? And the
Communists. who have publicly
advertised for at least twenty-five
years that they intend to conquer
the world, can they not use Hun
gary as a jumping-off spot to get
at the rest of us?
Richard Armour drew a tartly
witty picture of the perfect neutral
ist in this poem published quite
some time ago in the Saturday
The neutralist stands on the side
Which for his sake we hope are
And cheers both sides with equal
(Impartiality's his treasure).
He cannot tell the wrong from
Black always looks the same ai
And free and slave and gay and
Are very much the same to him.
There he stands, all happy-sad,
Aiid waves hi* banner, which it
loulf Spivy >
Words of Inspiration
All of u* are ((miliar with the word*, depression ? recession. We
bear them many times each day. II talking about this condition will
make it come true, our country bas a pretty good cbance at both.
The other day I came across a Salesman's Parable by an unknown
writer. I thought it quite interesting. All of us are a bit like one of the
salesmen. Read the rest of this and decide where you might fit in such
"And it came to pass that a green salesman read in black and white
that business was bad. And lo, when he beheld these tidings, he be
came blue. For he was yellow.
And he spake saying, "Woe is me ? and likewise, whoa ? for I am
stop't. Behold the wheels of industry are at a standstill. And there are
none who will buy my wares. Thus let me sit upon my brief case and
don sackcloth and ashes. For the evil days are upon me." And it was
But there was in the same land another salesman who passed that
way saying, "Brother, why sittest thou thus in sackcloth and ashes with a
countenance blue even as indigo!"
And the salesman made answer saying: "llast thou not heard? Lo,
business is bad! Tbe wheels of industry are stilled and there are none
who will buy my wares."
"IIow gettest thou that way?" responded the passing salesman. "And
where dost thou procure that stuff? For behold. I have this day gone
and sccured four contracts, each decorated with the customer's Jehn
Hancock. For lo, this is a season which promiscth much Prosperity for
the Willing Worker. Be thou not dismayed by talk of Depression. For
it is but the croak of him who hath a Calamity Complex.
And when he had pondered these sayings, the blue salesman arose
and shook off his ashes saying: "Now I will procure a shoe shine and
a shave and fare forth to break a few sales records. For lo, I have
seen that there is business to be had!" And it was even so.
NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU
When you been workin' a long, long time a-doin' the best you can,
And you start to think about the day when you'll be an old, old man.
And you'll want to fish and hunt and golf or whatever you love to do,
Nobody's going to save that money, nobody else but youl
Ain't no use to sit and dream about that pot of gold
Or about the things you'd like to have when you find you're growing
Human nature ain't changed a bit, there's really nothin' new,
Nobody goin' to send you 'round the world, nobody else but you!
No use standin' along the road, tryin' to thumb your way,
Or stickin' your dimes in slot machines a-hopin' they will pay.
'Cause the guy who owns them slot machines, he had ideas, too.
Ideas of making tome profits, off nobody else but you!
Now if you're inclined to speculate. Oh, Oh! You wanna lookout,
'Cause the guy you speculatin' with knows what it's all about.
And when the speculatin's over and the propaganda through
You know who's gonna be holdin' the bag, nobody else but youl
So I been smokin' and wonderin' about a lot of fancy schemes
Where I could get rich without work, and I'm sure they're all just
'Cause you'll find out as you go along and see things clear on through.
Things worth while are the things that are earned by nobody else but
? W. L. Miller
From the Bookshelf
TV Death of a Nation. By Clif
ford Downey. Knopf. 13.
Aa the Civil War centennial
draws eve* nearer, can antici
pate that the war's campaigns
and battlea will undergo search
ing reexamination. By common
consent, it seems, Gettysburg ia
getting the initial acrutiny. A half
dozen books dealing with that cri
tical battle have been issued in
the laat two yeara. Now comes
"Death of a Nation" to set a high
standard for centennial acholar
Dowdey'a book ia a study of
Robert E. Lee and the Confederate
army at Gettysburg. The title, in
itaelf, ia indicative of the impor
tance of the battle in the author'a
view. There, he feels, waa the
Confederacy's laat opportunity, not
for military victory but for mili
tary stalemate that would have
won independence for the South.
The reaaons for Confederate fail
ure at Gettysburg were complex.
They began in Richmond with Jef
feraon Davis' policy of defense by
diapersed forces, as opposed to the
concentration which Lee desired.
Jeb Stuart's abaence on a raid
which Dowdey saya he undertook
Times Have Changed
By MRS. H. M. COX
My husband put new batteries
In our flashlight and handed me
the old ones.
"You want these?" he asked.
Somewhat perplexed, I an
swered: "What in the world for?
They aren't any good any more."
"No, they aren't any more
good," he said. "I Just thought
perhaps you mi|ht want to save
them for some of the grandchil
dren to play with."
I simply couldn't help from
"Well," be continued, "I would
have given anything to have bad
them to play with when I was a
boy. But I keep forgetting bow
things have changed."
Time turned backward for me
then and I thought what a change
indeed. Our children played with
pretty little boxes, brightly col
ored strings, and I would save the
spools, run a string through them
and my babies bad a play toy. You
could also take a broom straw,
put a spool In the middle of a abort
piece, turn up two bandies, tie It
together with a string and the child
bad a nice cart tbat be could play
with as long as It lasted.
Ob, the ingenuity of people in
the days of long ago, and especial
ly of mothers. Tbey saved every
thing, made it over into something
else, and it worked fine, because
tbey never bad anything with
which to do better.
When I see babies dressed so
breath -takingly beautifully nowa
days, my beart actually aches. 11/
babies wore dark colthes, made
out of percale, or often from old
shirttails. Moat mothers worked
real hard to have one white dress
for Sunday wear and apecial occa
sions. These dresses were made
out of plain cloth and uaualljr
tucked elaborately across the yoke,
because tucks were much cheaper
than any bought trimming.
How about corn cobs and light
wood splinters? The corn cobs
made houses, the splinters made
pig pena and a few gratna of corn
made the people and the pigs to
live inside. I am sure my children
built a million castles in Spain
right in the middle of the kitchen
floor before an open fireplace. In
the back yard, they erected ano
ther million toad-frog bouses out
of the clean, white sand.
Today it Is a different story.
Everything is either store bought
or factory made. The arts at sav
ing and making went out of the
window when progreas walked In
the door. That la why the next
generation of people will never
have any such memories as these
at the close of their lives.
Admitting * mistake.
Telling the plain truth.
Settling quarrels before bedtime.
Saying "No" and being dene with
Thinking only of what you are do
ing at the moment.
Uavjng ? lew minutes earlier to
catt* a train of keep a data.
to win vindication (or the brawl
it Brandy Station added another
handicap. The reorganization of
command, necessitated by the
death of Stonewall Jaekaon, proved
coatly in terma of inter-corpa liai
son and coordination.
The battle itaelf waa a tragedy
of Southern errors. From Dick
Ewell'a costly indecision in the
twilight of the first day, nothing
went right. Lee himself was not
without fault: He fought the battle
as he had fought in the days when
Jaekaon waa his assault arm? and
Jackson was dead.
The importance of Dowdey's
book, however, lies in his study
of James Longstreet, the "old war
horse" of Confederate corps com
manders. Longstreet's behavior at
Gettysburg long has been a topic
In recent yeara, there has been
a tendency to make out that Long
street did not behave aa badly as
had been painted. Dowdey will
have none of that.
Dowdey has gone back to the
original records and based his ap
praisal on confirmed accounta of
what waa aaid and done on the
battlefield. The process discounts
much of what Longstreet wrote in
Dowdey finds that Longstreet
was in a sullen and stubborn mood
that made him nicapable of com
mand; that, willfully or not, he
shirked his duties and responsibili
He was irked because Lee did
not rely on him as Lee had relied
on Jaekaon; because Lee had
shrugged off his strategic concept
of the campaign; because, as he
saw it, Lee was blind to the Long
This probably will revive the
Longstreet debate in all its fever.
By 8TD H0N1SH
Responding to in urgent appeal
by the United Nations General As
sembly (or increased contribution*
to the UN Relief and Works Agen
cy for Palestine Refugees, the
Dominican Republic haa over
printed a commemorative issue.
Tbe surtax will go to the refugees.
Stamp Notes . . . New Zealand
plana to issue a commemorative in
September to mark tbe 100th anni
versary of Nelson as a city ... A
valuable collection of Israeli phila
telic items aaaembled by tbe lata
David Remez, first Minister at
Posts, waa given to tbe Hebrew
Union College? Jewish Institute of
Religion In Cincinnati. It will be
oo permanent display there . . .
Vatican City announces a four
value commemorative sot to hooor
the 200th anniversary of the birth
of Antonio Canovs, creator of the
new Italian statuary art