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English and Italian profanity that belched forth like a volcanic eruption, Tony
suddenly stopped and gave sorta‘•self-conscious griji and said, "That Koosolean*
is nothing but big-time gangster, and is not only going to ruin ItaJ;y, but maybe
plunge the whole world into war.” Kt’owing Tony served in the last War on the
Italian side, I asked him, if Italy declared War, would he go back and fight for'
his native land. Tony gave me to understand that he was born arid reared in Italy,
but that he was just as much of an American as the product he sold and that the
only condition upon which he would fight, in another War, would be when Uncle Sara
became involved. He elaborated upon the faci; that he came to this country, after
the last'war, started the business of his choice and was raising a faroily of nine
children, that they were free to worship as they chose, and had the opportunities
of a high school'education - in Tony's own words, "Tliis she the greatest countree*
on face of earth, my children have just as raucha’ da opportunity as roech* man's
child, if my children want to go in modest business, it can be of their own choos
ing, if they wanta' be roech* man, they gotta' the brains, the guts, the anibish* -
nobody tella* them they no can do,"
At this time, no one was giving liussolini much serious consideration and I
thought Tony wgs doing a little extra flag-waving - in fact, I had forgotten the
whole episode until I road the account of Tony receiving his American, citizenship
papers. In my opinion, this true story bears out one important point, that this
forei^-born citizen and others like him, are much more appreciative of the many
blessings and privileges of our great country than v/c native Americans, who are so
prone to talce these things for granted. Lob us all strive to be more lilce our
friend, TDny, ever grateful for the unlimited privileges that America offers.
We have received some very fine letters this past-month, one from the Chief-
©cecutive of our State, Governor J.M. Broughton, one from Co?.oner J.Vf. Harrelson,
and one from Judge A.A..Powell of Shelby. V/e are indeed proud of each of these
letters,but especially are we proud of Colonel Harrelson's, for he v;as born out
in the country near Lawndale and lived here practically all of his boyhood. As a
boy, he started worlcing in the Mill,, during summer vacations and became imbued
with the desire to study textiles, this he did, completing successfully a corres
pondence course, before entering college. He graduated from Piedmont High School
with highest honors and later entered N.C, State College. There he studied Mechan
ical Engineering, and his outstanding scholastic records won for him a Professor
ship in this institution. Later he became President of this same college, then for
a period of years was Head of the N.C. Department of Conservation, after which he
returned once more to serve as President of State College - from this position he
was called to active duty as Colonel with the U.S. /irmy. Starting from this little
mill village. Colonel Harrelson has risen to one of the highest positions this
nation h as to offer - as Tony would say, "He hada* the brains, he hada» the
aMbish', he hada' the guts? V/e take off our hats to him. You will find these
three mentioned letters in other parts of our magazine - wo know you'll enjoy
As a personal message to our homo readers, we wish to gratefully aclinov/ledge
suggestiona and contributions, that arc given us from time to time. However, it is
not always possible for us to publish them in the order received, as our space is
liioited, but we are holding such material until sorac future date.
Next month is our first anniversary in publishing this little bulletin, and,-
at that tLue, we shall try to give you the history of the Hoover Rail. Until then.
Good Luck, Good Fighting, and God Bless You,
Hot Off the Hoover Rail
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