North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL. XXXIV, No. 74
Published Moedays and Thursdays ’ NORTH WILKESBORO. N. C.. MONDAY, DEC. 8th, 1941 $1.50 In the Stftte ~ >2.00
Jap Bombs «Japs Make Dastardly Attack On U.
Jap Parachute
Troops Landed
In The Philippines
Washington.—Casualties on the
Hawaiian Island of Oahu in yes
terday’s Japanese air attack wUl
amount to about 3,000 including
about 1.500 fatalities, the White
Hounse announced today.
- The White House confirmed
the loss In Pearl Harbbor of "one
old battleship” and a destroyer,
which was blown up.
Imperial Tokyo headquarters
declared today that two Ameri
can battleships had been sunk,
four others damaged and four
heavy cruisers damaged at Pearl
Harbor, Honolulu, and Japanese
parachute troops were reported ^
to have landed In the Philippines
as the two-day-old battle of the
Pacific flamed over a vast area.
Great Britain formally declar
ed war on Japan, allying herself
with the United States.
Simultaneously, Australia de
cided to declare war as Japariese
forces attacked the tiny British-
mandated island of Nauru.
An Italian broadcast quoted
Domel as listing 33,100-ton U S
S. Pennsylvania and the
homa as the
ships sunk.
Ronda Citizen Is
Killed By Auto At
Ronda On Sunday
Harvey Roberta Dies In Elkin
Hospital From Injuries
Received Last Night
Harvey Rol^rts, age 25, citisen ^
of the Ronda community; died at j
12:30 a. m. today in Elkin hospi- j
tal of injuries received Sunday j
night when he was hit by a car
on highway 258 at Ronda.
According to incomplete reports
of the accident received here, the
car which hit Roberts was driven
by Billie Church, of Roaring‘River.
, _ I Church did not see Roberts, who i
Okla- ^v-as walking, because he was blind-
American battle-1 ed by lights of an approaching
Two United States car.
destroyers and two oil
were also reported lo.*=t.
The Tokyo announcement as
serted that there were no .lapa-
Funeral services for Roberts
wil be held Tuesday, 2:30 p. m.,
at Ronda Baptist church.
He is survived by his widow.
nese losses in striking the heavy ; Mr^- Scott Roberts and one
blows against the Untied States child. He was a «on of the late
fleet at Honolulu. {Mr. and Mrs, John Robeits, of
While Americans waited for , Ronda.
some word from Washing on of It was not learned here whether
united States counter hlow.s. the!or not any charges have been
Japanese reported that ->0 or 60
U. S. planes had been shot down
in air combats over Clark Field,
in the Philippines, and another
40 over Iba, Si* miles north of
Only I wo Japanese planes were
acknowledged lost.
The Japanese also announced
.an Agwement Japan »nd
Thailand for transit of .Japanese
troops through Thailand- presu
mably for an attack on British
Malaya, site of Bri ain’s ,giea' Far
East fortress of Singapor.-'. or
British Burma. Both adjoin Ihai-
Japanese troops were reported
to have landed at two points on
the Gulf of Siam, far down 'he
That coast near Malaya.
An official British announce
ment at Singapore said Japanese
war craft which landed troops at
made against Church.
Defense Council
Here Busy With
-War Regulations|j-
County Chairman McElwee
Gets Instructions and Calls
Meeting Of The Council
Wilkes County Defense Foun-
c11 today under instructions from
Theodore S. Johnson, of Ralegih.
director of civilian in
North Carolina, began taking iti.'
{necessary steps to carry out i's
, its dutie,; under war conditions.
America United To Do A Job
The dastardly attack by Japanese military for
ces on United States possessions and troops in the
Hawaiian islands, Guam and the PhUIipines causes
The United States and allied intereafa to unite as
never before in a common cause.
Now there is a definij;e objective to which all
can strive unitedly for victory—that is the defeat
of Japan.
The United States was on Sunday insulted as
never before in the history of this great republic.
Even while a special “peace” envoy was in Wash
ington supposedly trying to iron out difficulties and
preserve peace, Japan’s despicable militaryforces
were getting into position to kill.
Such action can be compared to keeping a
person busy in his office while having someone to
set fire to his home.
Japan’s big mistake was in going to war with
the United States and the way she entered the war
is mistake number 2. Such treachery served to
arouse and incite America to unprecedented action.
The immediate task for America is to defeat
Japan. All other objectives now are secondary.
It may take time, more timei than some who do not
know the situation would expect. But Japan will
be ingloriously defeated and will never again be a
world power. No one can attack Uncle Sam and
Regardless of former opinions on foreign poli
cy of this government, the people now stand as
one, solidly determined to defeat Japan and to hold
high the honor of America. There is no doubt
about the outcome of this w'ar' and there will be no
doubts. We have a. job
Congress In Session Today Makes
Formal Declaration State Oi War
Wilkes People
United In Stand
Against J^s
All Favor War and Ultimate
Defeat of Japan; No
Division Here
First Wilkes
Wilkes county .people today,
whose forefathers were outstand
ing in the flght for freedom and
whose more immediate ancestors
fought valiantly in every conflic*
to defend liberty, are nnited
against Japan.
Conversation everywhere was!
Plan Expansion Of Boy
Scouting In Northwest
two Places in British Malaya. 1 Attorney W. H. McKlwoe..
two fyrxn'ipv had chairman of the Wilkcs defence
near the Thailand iron lei naa
been put to flfli?ht.
reports elvrby today
Japan waged war against the
United S'ate.? with concerted at
tacks upon Hawaii. Guam, and
the Philippines in an cITort to
deaden nerve centers of Ameri
can defense in the Paoifie.
eonnsel, today ordered 'be North
Wilkesboro airport closed, ac
cording to instrnetioiis received
fi jiii the state director, and a;k-
cd tha' any person hearing er
seeing planes report to No.'th
Wilkesboro police. Aircrafl ob
servers at various points wor.- or
dered to lemain On alert.
n-ho United States fleet and i The following telegram '.va.s
scores of warplanes based lit the : received by  hairman McElv.-ee
' ba tle with the I’v Hirector Johnson.
Pacific joined
Heavy damage
of life In Hawaii
by Washington
President Roosevelt
great lo^.s
wore reported i COUNCIL OKGANIZ.ATION. AR-
tTiPists af*er range FOR MEETING LOCAL
by telephone with Governor Jo- ■ ^ r c I A L INSTRUCTIONS
seph B. Poindester " ^ I REACH YOU TOMORROW. NO
who talked wi h the White no AIRCRAFT OBSERVERS
torpedo planes and
as a second
dive bombers,
pursuit ships awarmed in from
tbe sea over Pearl Harbor and
the city of Honolulu.
The army estimated on a pre
liminary basis that 104 soldiers
had teen killed and more than
SCO wounded at Oahu. It was
emphasised that these were mil
itary casualties and gave no In
dication of the extent of civilian
dead and wounded.
pror Nippon Sabs Sunk
Six Japanese planes and four
submarines were reported to have
been des'royed In the initial sta
ges of the Havralian fighting.
Canada immediately declared
war on Japan and Britain sped
swiftly through formal prepara
tions last night to join her do
minion and the United States in
the defense of the Westen Hem
isphere. Costa Rica with Canada
were the first to announce an of
ficial declaration of war on Nip
Watson, Mo., Nov. 21—When the
Watson Banking Company closed.
Chairman McElwee .said a meet
ing of the Council will be held
tonight at his office.
.Alleghany And
Wilkes Compose
1 of 4 District!
on the ,'ame topic—war with Ja
pan—and nowhere today was
there a dissenter from the con-
ensus of opinion — that Japan
should be thoroughly defeated as
early as practical. No doubts
about the outcome of the war
were voiced anywhere and there
was the generally expressed
thought that th war will be car
ried to a successful conclusion
regardless of time or cost.
The_very few who might have
’non-interventionlste" today
were Just as firmly denouncing
Japan as those who had for
for months favored war against
Germany and Paly.
At Mountain View school today
the student body went to the audi
torium to hear the address of
President Roosevelt, after 'which
thi'v saluted the flap and gave the
pledge of allegianoc.
Wilkes draft hoard 1 liad one
volunteer today. He was In such
a hurry that the lady clerk did
not get his name. He asked to
volunteer and when he was in
formed that 'he next call was on
January 16 (unless the date is
changed) he said he conldn'i
— wait. He announced his intei’ -
ludget of $15,000 Set Up for tion of going today to the re
cruiting office in Wins'on-Salom
Program In Seven North
western Counties
Recently a survey of the Bov
icout tnnvenient in Forsyth. Yad
to enlist and immediately left the
draft office, presumably on his
way to enlist today.
Wilkes draft borad number
lit 111 J t/l rtj till A
kin 3nrrv. Alleghany, Wilkes.; one received a call Friday for 15
Ashe, and Watauga countie,^ was i men on January 16 and hoard
made by a group of leading husi number two 26 on the same
ness and professional men. head
ed by Judge Hastings of Winston-
Salem. This report recommends
tha' all these counties have a
challenging opportunity to orga
nize on the Standard Scout Coun
cil basis and make Scouting and
Cubbing available to at least 500
Miss Bettye Hill, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley S. Hill,
ha.s] lieon selected as the out
standing student in the Noiili
Wilkesboro senior clasis and is
winner of the D. A. R. medal.
Tlie award is baaed on loyalty,
patriotism, .'jcholarfdup, leader
ship and popularity. She will
rr-present this school in state
Beshears Resigns
Of Prison Canip subject-. “WHAT can we do to HELP AMERICA”
to 1.000 addi'ional boys lannu-
ally in this area.
At a meeting on December 2,
1941, of the Winston - Salem
and a number of leading busines-s
men from Mt. Airy, Elkin, North
Wilkesboro and Boone, plans
were adopted ‘o organize a Scout
district committee for
county., one for Eikin-Yadkln,
one for Alleghany-Wilkes. and
one for Ashe Watauga. In orga
nizing these districts it will be
necessary for the citizens of these
(Continued on page four )
Judge Sink Talks
About Japanese
Theodore Cliurch, 11), foii
Chnrdi, of' Puriewr, wa.s tlie
first Wilkes casualty lu the
armed defense forcc.s. Cliurcli,
a marine, was killed in a Na«.s
dive bomber era 4i at Sail Die
go, California. Tlinrsday.
Several Wilkes
Men At Scenes of
Attacks By Japs
Senate Vote Is 8Z
To 0 On The War
Resolution Today
Many Lives Lost and GrestI
Damage Done By Jap
anese Attacks Sunday
Wilkes Well Represented In
.4miy and Navy Forces At
Pacific Ocean Bases
Expresses Complete Confi
dence In Ultimate Victory
for U. S. and Allies
The Wilkeshoros and
par'.c of Wilkes have many y.iiivi
men in the army and navy at
posts in the Pacific, scenes of 'h.:
first engagements in the wn-
with Japan, which started ?iiti-
day when Japanese a'taokel tie
Hawaiian Islands. Philippine?
and Guam Island.
Highest ranking officer from
Wilkes is Lieut.-Commander Et-
inest M. Eller, who .-soiled a week
ago from San Diego. Califarnta.
presumably to join the Pacific
fleet at Hawaii. He sailed on the
TT.S.S. Saratoga, aircraft carrier.
He spent the spring and summer
mon'hs in London as asststan*
to the U. S. Naval attache, where
he observed war conditions. He
is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. (sh Empiife
America’s answer to air and
sea attacks by Japanese Sunday
and today was a declaration of
war by congress this afternoon.
Already a state of war had teen
declared to be existing between
Japan and the United States fol
lowing the first of a series of at
tacks on United States outpostn
In the Pacific which took hun
dreds of lives of United States
soldiers and civilians and did
great damage.
The house of represents’iven
and senate met in Joint session
at 12:30 today. Present were the
members of the cabinet and the
supreme court as President
Roosevelt advanced into thn
chamber amid tumultuous ap
presented by House.
The President solemnly told of
attacks by the Japanese air and
pea forces Sunday, oven while a
Japanese envoy was in Washina-
•oii on the pretense ot pre.serving
pi'ace in the Pacific.
On Japan he clearly pla.-eil tlie
I'lame for the conflict and said
tiiat the United States in righ'-
eou.s might would win the victo-
' tie flowed by’i- congresa
i foi a rteclariUion of war.
i' lUon je:; III,, address of 'he
chief e.xecu'ive the houses mot
j .separately to act on the resoln-
tioii dechinng war. It wa.? tho
.same words, with the exception
of snhs'itn'irn Janaii for Ger
many. of the declaration of war
in HI IT,
The senate voted S2 to >) in
favor of the declaration of war.
There are 96 senators tint some
were not presen' for the session.
In the house of represen'atives
lliere was one dissenting vote to
the diedaralion of war. She was
Mrs. Rankin, of Montana, who
also voted again-f the d-'ciam-
ion of war in 1917.
Isolationi’ts, including Repre
sentative Hamilton Fish, an ar
my colonel in the reserves, and
Senator Burton K. Wheeler,
were emphatic in their remarks
favoring -war as an answer "o the
dastardly attacks by Japanese
Earlier today Prime Minister
Winston Churchill, of the Brit-
told the House of
Says He Is Absolutely Inno
cent of Charge In Dis
trict Federal Court
Corporal Saylors Writes From Hawaii,
Scene of Japanese Attacks On Sunday
Judge Hoyle Sink, of Greens-
,SGtruL •
Surry *** charge to the .grand
Jury in Wilkes court today, talk-
E?d at length about Japan, where
he spent some time earlier In life.
The Jurist expressed 'he o,'ln-
ion tha* the Japanese have con
siderable strength militarily and
cautioned people against expect-
. Ing to defeat Japan In .1 few
days. However, he expressed
comple'e confidence in an iiltl
mate and complete victory for the
United States.
I Conrt opened a two-weeks ses-
Eller, of North Wilkesboro
Dr. John R. Bumgarner, who
practiced medicine here before
he was called into service as a
first lieutenant in the reserves
about a year ago, is .serving in
Sternberg General Hospital at
Commons tha' war had been de
clared on Japan. Because of dif
ferences in time, England beat
the United States to the declar
ation by about four hours.
Last night Costa Rica and Nic-
arauga in Central America de-
Manila in the Philippines. He 's, dared war on Japan. Today Cu-
Edd H. Beshears Friday sub-
mi ted his resignation as super-
Fort Euger, T. H.
November 23, 1941 a charge had been placed
against him in federal court, al
though he protested that he was
Innocent of the charge. He was
depositors were told they ^®nld > perjury in federal
receive every cent due. They did. j court In connection with teetl-
Intendent of the Wilkes county Editor of The Journal-Patriot
prison camp. North WilkesDoro, N. G
Beshears said he was resigning Dear Sir: ' snoject wnjen is lar more impor-
" J to te]ie this Moravian Falls, on Main street
opportunity to thank tne editor ^ ^ „ here two weeks ago. Ward has
and his'co-workers of this paper. Help Amenca. Par be it from me without prlvl-
' sion today and began work on
the islands where I am stationed, a lengthy calendar of mora than
I hope you have enjoyed them as 200 criminal cases. |
much as I have writing them. i 1’he case of major In'erest is
rm.- T . the murder chargh against Jesse
r ® Ward. 20, of Roaring River, for
subject which is lar more impor- ’
OllU kXiO ws-v? vaiaxiao vr* wxaxtfi ^ » . •
for publishing these articles of to give advice, but, in my own
mine. I realize of course that they humble way
are not written as they should be,
- ■ The government, m my opinion,
T • lege of bond following the death
I can give my opmt-
'The battle between the Monl-
y ctwLii. uu^. lu wiiu^wwu wivu twii- are not wmien as tney snouia oe,
The stockholders were promised mony In a commissioner’s hearing but I have tried to give you a faint *“f i xne oaiue ueiwowu
fhev would get their money back, in Winston-Salem relative to the j idea of what we are doing and to doing a magnificent job of hold- *he Merrlmac was March
) (continued on page four) 'describe to the best of my ability (Continued on page four) la ig«*
They did.
[9, 1862.
a son of Rev. had Mrs. J. L. A.
Bumgarner, of Millers Cre."tk.
In tbe army and ata'loited at
Hawaii are many from Wljkes.
including the following whose
name? were immediately avail
abls today; Luther Saylors and
Baxter Davis. Schofield Barracks;
Lihu W. Gudger in the air corps
at.Wheeler Field; Arnold W’n.g-
ler at Port Huger; E. D Wa'-
son of Summit, wl'h the U. S. S.
Helena at Pearl Harber; Kermit
Felts, of Union Grove, at army
post in Hawaii.
Vance coun'y has a 1 r e a d y
reached the goals set upi in the
farm defense program for 1942,
with 14 per cent of the farm
families still to be seen, reports
Assistant.. Farm A^nt J. T.
Richardson. , .
ha was expected to take the »ame
Canada has already declared
war on Japan, as have Australia
and the Du'ch East Indies in tho
Japanese nationals are being
held In custody throughout the
United States and In other coun
tries which have declared 'War.
Steps have been taken to pre
vent sabotage of industries, ntll-
ities and communications sys
tems and in Pacific Coast states
air wardens have been ordereA.
to 2 4-hour duty.
Edgecombe county farmers art
practicing better orchard mooagef
ment so as to produce more ffutt
tor the food-for-fre^om . oan^
patgn, reports C. M. Jaek6i^“
aaristant farm agestt,.) -
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