THE DANBURY REPORTER
Established 1 Q 72
Echoes Ftom Tearl Harbor
In the first place, it appears with a
reasonable degree of certainty that the
McDonald forces in Stokes were licked.
Being 1 one of the licked, 1 wish to say
that we are taking it like dead game
sports, or rather game dead sports.
The Old Guard dies, but never surren
The one-sided difficulties of the Greeks
at Thermopylae, Napoleon at Waterloo,
Pickett at Gettysburg, Custer at the
Little Big Horn, the marines at Correg
idor, —these were lead pipe cinches as
compared with the odds which McDon
ald's crowd faced last Saturday and
won three out of nine townships. Snow
Creek, Meadows and Danbury stood as
Stonewall stood, having some represen
tation on the election precinct staffs.
Now, in the first place, we and every
body else knew we never had a chance.
The cause was hopeless from the start.
But, believe me, we had 'em scared to
death for awhile. We enjoyed the game.
Do you wish to know a few of the ob
stacles the McDonald crowd went up
against? Here are a few:
Ninety-five percent, of hostile election
precinct officials. Only a few precincts
had any McDonald representation at the
polls. Only a few weren't all Cherry.
Thus were stacked the cards against us.
Several county candidates, very, very
active for Cherry. Of course, this was
their business. This is a free country.
This is a democracy. This is a day of
the smashing of precedents. This is a
day to throw overboard political proprie
The State Solicitor, with his ostensible
The chairman of the Democratic ex
ecutive committee, elected by the whole
executive committee, with his palpable
The chairman and the Democratic
members* of the Election Board.
The organized State highway camp, all
The organized County Home, superin
tendent Cherry's manager, everything
Two-thirds, all tne Democrats of the
Draft Board, with their potential power.
The Dry Forces, mink ot that, ihe
Dry forces, i'he Anti-Saloon o .
the State, led by Liuii. qiKer lanaiic, l\a!"
K. Ln . The guy who ha* so otten
, ' iv to kill J.iv demon rum
.>. all J s VA\S '. end a ch el-, to 'oelp the
(.• ' L i':e had turned, fv m I me in
fluenc , let him explain what. He is un~
del* A Sandy Kidgo preacner
lebuked a Danbury McDonald leader,
because he was on the "wrong side. An
gels and ministers of grace, defend us.
A wj;k before the primary McDon
Dannurv, N. C., Thursday, June 1, 1944
aid's State chairman wrote the Stokes
chairman: "Get this advertisement fi
nanced by some local McDonald people.
We are out of funds here." A Mountain
View McDonald supporter lowed: "Hell's
bells, whoever heard of a man running
for Governor of North Carolina and out
of money a week before the election.''
One of the best posted politicians in the
State has said that no man was ever
nominated for Governor on less than
Raleigh stood on the hill, waved its
blessings. They sang "Blest Be the Tie
That Binds." The great interests helped
all they could —but who said it was nor
substantial help. Ninety-five per cent
of the contributors to the Cherry
fund voted for Wendell Willkie. This is
not a lie.
Well, that's that.
There were some funny inconsisten
cies, incongruities, abnormal
ities and fuzzy situations that lent cu
rious angles to the battle.
For instance, the dry people voting fo>*
one that had the reputation of not only
looking on the hooch when it sparkled in
the fruit jar, but guzzling it in his
private life and going rampant at con
ventions and parties. He never denied
it. This trend seemed to increase his ma
jorities. There are said to be many very
dry people at King and other sections of
the county. It is interesting to know
this report is without confirmation. Now
is the time to have some liquor store
elections and give the saints more exer
Another instance: McDonald is the only
candidate for Governor that ever visited
Stokes county except to make a palaver
ing speech, who expressed a personal in
terest lfi our problems. McDonald came
on a social visit, knew all about our raw
deals in roads, said if he became Gover
nor he would c~n":'.*n*y stand for a fine
completed straight hard surface road
from the Surry line to Rockingham, go
ing byway cf Francisco, Danbury and
Dillard to the Rockingham line, agree
ably with the pledged word of the State
that every county seat should be con
nected with hard surface roads. Thi
Frisco people were so appreciative m
this friendly gesture that they gave him
2 votes, while according Cherry only 2-
But Dillard was not uinte so generoiw.
allotted McDonald an even ">«). but re
served 01 for the other man.
Another instance: T- e 1 ••••■iV mvs
were receptive, too. T 'oy
gratitude to Mr. Cher." for i • ; \
19o(5, and his egr e- insult at
Winston convention, .-imported ! hvi a',
most solidly. The mothers, father-, sis
ters, brothers, sweethearts and friends
of the lonely boy so far away, evidently
decided they would vote Cherry and for-
PUBLISHED THL P.SOAY3
The Pope of Rome implores that the
Holy City be spared from the bombs of
It seems to us that we remember when
the Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist and
Methodist ehurche» of London, Coven
try, Southhampton and other cities were
being pulverized from the air by the
Hun, yet we do not recall that His Holi
dess evinced any special interest in the
appalling destruction of the Protestant
The people of the United States and
England feel a profound reverence and
admiration for the Beautiful temples,
cathedrals, historic cloisters, monu
ments, statuary and other works of art
that were the grandeur of Rome in medi
eval days, now glorious monuments of
the dead past.
Yet they will not allow these relics of
Roman and Papal grandeur to become
barricades behind which German sol
diers may hide to shoot down our boys.
If the Germans think they can impose
on the humaneness and the credulity of
the democracies by inducing the Pope to
furnish through his subtle finesse and
his experienced Latin diplomacy, a place
to stall the onward sweep of our armies,
they have another think coming.
The Fifth army now has its cannon
trained on the Holy City, distant about
as far as from Danbury to Germanton.
When the time comes, fire. ,
get to send the boy a paper showing the
big majority the State awarded the vic
tor. So sweet was Cherry pie. , v
But the outstanding highlight of
the campaign was the busting of the tax
bubble. The theory that people hate
taxes is a fallacy. It is simply not so.
They like 'em. They love the embargo
laid on thorn at the stores when they
buy. What the 'ell? Many merchants
who have kick« d on the sales tax are nice
gentle liars. Maybe some i-f them are
:na!-.iag monoy out of '• Charg
ing t'iK poor ■] cents on *. o alar. What
can head taw always know ..IK,lit owvy
liule i 1 •••»!.' Don't pennb do colons?.
lull - *.. is politics and -Ucii is people.
T ui• 1 reu. one. are by r> .■ •.•••?>-
por-n 1 Cherry bo?
i'rie ul •. .ue good De 1 ! . us.
g :s. .»y are oppov.u.:: ■.
Tiie McDonald crowd have . -I .
tion left: They voted and ■ .ul io;- t
man who is eminently fit'i iin *e: / way
for Governor, of pure uik; u,
capable, accomplish ]. ho:i■ t ..:■„ V er.