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THE FOUR COUNTY NEWSPAPER—WAKE, JOHNSTON, NASH AND FRANKLIN
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J MRS. THEO. B. DAVIS +
Every now and then as I dash
around town about as fast as a per
son of my age and size can reason
ably be expected to dash someone
asks, “Are you ready for Christ
mas, Mrs. Davis"?” Sometimes they
vary it by asking if I’m about
ready. I am not, nor am I likely to
be. I was never ready for Christ
mas in my life—nor for that mat
ter do I recall being entirely ready
for anything except the advent of
a son who delayed his appearance
for weeks after he was expected by
all concerned. And I can recall few
weeks that held less pleasure.
But back to Christmas. On the
farm when I was a girl getting
ready for it meant kililng hogs
and boiling great pots of meal to
be baked later; baking cake after
cake —cocoanut, caramel, chocolate,
Lady Baltimore scouring the
kitchen and maybe whitewashing
its inner walls; getting ready piles
of wood and kindling, for fires
were kept hours later at night than
usual; seeing that every pillow
case, sheet, tablecloth and napkin
on the place was clean; sweeping
yards until the woodpile was
pushed way bacT? from where~Tt had
sprawled since fall; bringing ever
greens for decorations; sew r ing
frantically to finish a new dress
for a certain —or uncertain—occa
sion; wandering how any one could
manage to appear unconcerned
when Christmas could actually be
Years have brought changes, but
still Christmas and birthdays thrill
me. I do not scurry about in quite
such a rush for the trappings of
the season and have learned not to
let my soul be too severely tried by
the gift exchange theory which
spoils Christmas for many.
Time forbids even the sending of
cards to dozens of friends I’d love
to remember that way.
But among the things that must
be done in preparation for Christ
mas is the buying of seals. I mean
those little ones the school children
bring to our door and try to ex
plain. The ones that sell for a
penny each, all profit being used to
fight tuberculosis. The children
can’t tell it very clearly at times
and they are not such persistent
salesmen as we often encounter;
so we frequently ease our con
science and get rid of the children
by purchasing five cents worth of
seals. It is true that they are not
quite so gay and festive in appear
ance as Mr. Woolworth’s seals; but
they mean so much more.
And did you know that tubercu
losis is increasing in our country?
It may be an after-effect of the
depression; it may be contagion;
it may be ignorance or neglect that
is the cause; but tuberculosis, or,
as we used to call it, consumption,
is by no meang defeated in its war
upon health. Indeed, it is we who
seem more nearly defeated.
It may be true thaf there have
been times when none of our
friends had tuberculosis and wo
had no personal reason for buying
ZEBULON, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th, 1936
....The Woman’sXlub met on Tues
day afternoon with a good attend
ance despite inclement weather.
Mrs. F. E. Bunn, chmn. of the De
partment of Literature, presented
pupils from her seventh grade at
Wakelon w T ho gave an interesting
program based on Christmas. Billy
Green and Jean Flowers gave read
ings. Dickens’ Christmas Carol as
dramatized by the children them
selves wa« directed by Virginia
Bridgers. The Bird's Christmas
Carol also dramatized by the chil
dren was directed by Cleo Glover.
Mrs. F. L. Page told the story of
The Other Wise Man by Van Dyke
and Mrs. Wallace Temple related
O. Henry’s Gifts of the Magi.
During the business session it was
decided to rent the club house for
parties to others than members of
the club for one dollar and fifty
cents, members paying 1.00 for the
The Senior and Junior Women’s
Clubs will again give a prize of
two dollars for the best outdoor
Christmas decorations.. Those desir
ing further information about this
are requested to call Mrs. R. H.
Bridgers, chmn. of Civics.
During the conference the hos
tesses, Mesdames M. T. Debnam
and R. H. Bridgers, served refresh
Members of the Home Demon
stration Club hereby reminded
that the next meeting will be held
on Dec. 30 instead of the regular
time which is Pec. 23.
The Junior Woman’s Club met
on Tuesday night. Famous Women
in Music was the subject and the
lives of Grace Moore and Janet
McDonald were studied. Misses Beth
Kemp and Ruby Dawson were in
charge of program. Misses Nellie
Bordeaux and Hazel Carrowan, hos
tesses, served a delicious salad
course. The Club voted to share
the expense of a prize for Christ
A special effort is being made to
see that no child, aged person or
sick person is forgotten by Santa
Claus in this section this year. For
Zebulon and immediate vicinity
Mrs. R. H. Herring is in charge
of listing names of the deserving.
Those who wifi help are to
get in touch with Mrs. Herring.
Already a number of individuals
and families Have been promised
donations by organizations or per
sons, but many more are needed.
It is hoped that many will add to
their own cheer by providing it for
others less fortunate.
the little seals; but we in Zebulon
can’t say that this year, if it can
be said elsewhere. Therefore, let
us not forget to make ready for
Christmas in part by surprising
some child with the number of seals
we buy, letting that number be so
large it may surprise ourselves. A
Christmas gift to humanity and to
Him who said “Inasmuch.’
Another of the town’s young
er business men is this week’s j
Public Character. His enterprise
is the second of its kind in
Zebulon and is growing rapid
ly, due to the efforts of those
connected with it.
He graduated at Wakelon and
afterwards for a while was play
er of professional baseball. We
are glad to accompany this
sketch with his picture.
Name George Worth Hin
Native of Emit Johnston
Domestic Status Married
Miss Janie Cawthorne of Zebu
lon May 12, 1934.
Church Affiliation Baptist.
Business Owner of Zebulon
Dry Cleaners Establishment.
Has been in this Business
Came to Zebulon ln 1934.
The district governor of Rotary
Intrenational is expected to attend
the local club supper tonight and
Zebulon Rotarians are looking for
ward to an enjoyable session.
Two weeks ago the club enter
tained the faculty of Wakelon at
supper.' Fifty-five plafe*S were serv
ed. A special program had been
prepared and provided amusement
and pleasure for all present. Dr.
L .M. Massey was in charge.
To Be Resumed
Work on the gymnasium at
Wdkelon will be resumed shortly,
according to news from headquar
ters. Funds will be provided from
a WPA allotment supplemented
from other sources. It is thought
that the building may be complet
ed before work ceases again. This
is good news for the school and
community. At least 21 men will
probably be employed on the pro
Heard on Zebulon street:
Has your wife been entertain
No, not very.
The Raleigh Sunday School As
sociation met on last Sunday af
ternoon in the Zebulon Baptist
church. The session was presided
over by Rev. Tom Lawrence, pas
tor at Cary. Special Christmas mu
sic was rendered on the harp by
Miss Mary' Peeßles of Raleigh,
accompanied at the piano by Mrs.
Tom Lawrence. Miss Peebles also
led the singing. i
Dr. I. M. Mercer of Meredith >
College faculty addressed the au- ;
dience on Opportunities in the Gos
pel of John, stressing the teacher's j
responsibility for careful study in
the lessons of the coming year.
Ten churches "in the Association
were represented, Calvary, Raleigh,
having the largest attendance ex
The next meeting will be held
the fourth Sunday in January with
the church at Knightdale.
Young persons of The Baptist
congregation met on Monday night
for practice in singing Christmas
songs and choruses.
The regular preaching services
will be held at the Baptist church
next Sunday. There will be special
Wakefield lYiilatheas met on
Thursday night, Dec. 9, with Mrs.
Glover. Fifteen were present. The
president, Mrs. Henry Hood, con
ducted the business session with
Mrs. Willie Bullock, secretary. Tak
ing part in the program were Mrs.
Percy Pace, Mrs. Alvin Bridges,
and Miss White and Mrs. Valen
tine of the school faculty. Miss
White also led in singing Christ
mas carols. The hostess served re
freshments during the social hour.
The board of stewards of the
Methodist church met with the
pastor, Rev. J. W. Bradley, on
Monday evening for organization
and such other business items as
were expedient. E. I). Finch, was
elected chairman for the ensuing
year; R. D. Massey, Treas., Mrs.
S. G. Flowers secretary.
Shortly after dark on. last Sun
day evening two cars collided just
in front of the W. B. Bund home
on the highway in West Zebulon.
One car left the road, went down
an incline into the yard of the J.
A. Cawthorne home and crashed
against the porch, tearing up a
good part of the flooring and also
breaking some of the windows of
the house. The occupants of the
car were hurt, but it is thought
the injuries of none were severe.
One of the cars was from Warren-*
ton. Its driver was taken to the
hospital after receiving first aid
here. The car was almost a com
BUS DRIVER HELD
J. H. Gibbs, driver of the truck
which collided with a Cumberland
county school bus, causing the
deaths of four pupils, has been ar
rested. The truck was owned by
Howard-Bobbitt Co. and the driver
is said to have been at work for 37
of the 62 hours of the week that
had passed when the accident oc
curred on Wednesday.
Christmas is just around every
where and people in Raleigh, Wil
son, Zebulon and other big cities
are beginning the annual snatch
for the last items on each list.
There are hundreds of tyes of
Those who buy all during the
year and around November first
sit back with their hands folded
and say with a proud ‘ain’t I grand’
expression “I’ve finish all of my
Then the’re those who give you
presents any time after June first
stating that there it is and it’s all
There are those who give for the
joy of seeing the happiness it
brings others, and those who give
something to get by; to get some
thing better in return.
Without a doubt, hundreds of
young couples have agreed that
times are too hard to give anything
so the young husband and young
wife look wistfully at bathrobes,
pajamas, jewelry, everything and
finally give in and slip something
under the bed, in the closet or back
of the book case or radio.
I don’t know why, but I can’t get
out of that wake-up-early-Christ
feeling. I never finish shopping un
til the last minute. Everything has
a glorious look from the tired clerk
to the lady who sits in her car
while the ehaffeur goes in to get
gifts she ordered over the phone.
I don’t care what they cost, if
people give for the fun of giving,
and receive in the same frame of
mind, happiness is the answer ev
The commonest trick I’ve ever
heard of was when Santa Claus,
with the aid of the child’s father,
brought a ten-year-old boy a large
hunch of switches. The father and
other members of the family told
everyone in the neighborhood and
laughed loud and long as the child
stood embarrassedly in the corner.
No other season brings with it
such joy and at the same time such
pathos. Ragged children staring in
at frosted windows, fascinated as
a toy train tore around a track by
which stood doll passengers at a
miniature depot. That sight in Ral
eigh recently made me stop, and
watch their reactions. They seem
ed not to care nor consider that
their Santa would bring no fine
toys. Probably at best a Salvation
Army basket loaded with food and
a couple of ‘‘theater ticket toys”
I don’t often, and fight against
writing flowery, high-flung phrases
in this or any other column, but
brother, there’s something touch
ing about it all that somehow
makes it all go round and round
and when it comes out—in spite of
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