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THE PILOT, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, North Carolina
FFrlday, August 23, 1935.
Published each Friday by
THE PILOT, Incorporated,
Southern Pines, N. C.
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Grains of Sand
Despite the abnormal lack of
rain through July, and far into
August the shrubbery presents
its usual pleasing aspect, and
our parkways are bright with
vivid greens. Here and there, in
noticeable numbers, house own
ers are taking advantage of the
dryi spell to paint and decorate
their homes in anticipation of
the coming Fall season, with
its southward hegira, not so far
off now.
In just two weeks school
opens for the term of 1935-
1936, and in one week the town
will be host to the Seaboard
Golfers and their guests, com
ing several hundred strong for
their ninth annual tournament
over the links of the Southern
Pines Country Club—an inva
sion of courteous sportsmen
most cordially and heartily wel
comed to Southern Pines every
Labor Day. And with that day,
marking the end of summer va
cations, and bringing an early
return from the mountains and
the shore of cottagers with chil
dren of school age, we awake
from the short siesta of the past
month, ready for a season which
numerous inquiries for houses,
and apartments promises to be
unusually early, and exception-
allyi favorable. —C. M.
Occasionally a bouquet drifts
back to Charlie Picquet in the
way of general appreciation. It
is worth any slight effort, as
he is constantly putting forth a
much greater effort to enter
tain the community at large. He
is just as considerate of sum
mer residents as winter guests
and untiring in his endeavors.
The new pictures reach us
quickly. We have realized that
for a long time. Any trip away
from home will emphasize that
fact. Very often such cities as
Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Phila
delphia will flash headlines on
billboards that have Jiirea'ly l)e-
come an old story with us. Re
cently in a little industrial city
of about twenty peo
ple in an cidjoining state their
attractions were new to us six
months ago. But it isn’t always
the old timer or the newest pro
duction that is always the out
standing feature. A great deal
is to be said about the manner
in which they are handled. !Mr.
Picquet is sharply discriminat
ing in regard to harmony, both
from the stage and his audience.
P>om the stage it is all that a
good machine can produce jn
skillful hands. From his aud
ience he has in some tactful
and diplomatic manner implant
ed a regard for (luiel and crder.
You hear no undercurrent of
restless movement that is dis
turbing to those who appreciate
silence in a theater.
Then Mr. Picquet proved
something last week. We aren’t
anj/vvhere near as bad as we
like to think we are. We aren’t
interested in the sensational
and emotional world of crime
and g-men and all the other un
wholesome irregularities of life,
as first thought. A small six
year old girl with a smile and a
curly head dievv a full
throui^f'h four successive per
formances. Theatre goers were
not tricked into going. They
knew beforehand what type of
a picture it would be. A young
ster without any, wiles or cun
ningly misled motives. A sim
ple little girl.
We can’t be so far wrong,
w’hen we are still attracted by
the same old story, “A little
child shall lead them.”
—H. K. B.
“To everything,there is a sea
son, and a time lo every pur
pose under the heaven;—a time
to plant, and a time to pluck
that which is planted/’ A wise
old preacher figured that out
Signs of Fall—yards being spaded
up preparatory for green lawns. Wilt
ed summer rainment going at great
ly reduced prices. Merchants drift
ing towards New York. Hints of win
ter clothes. The return of migrant
birds, the first increment of tour,
ist life.
The Burden of.
The Complaint
“Haven’t seen hardly any snakes
this summer,” an old timer remark
ed. Not that it came altogeher as a
complaint, but merely wondering if
the snakes weren't hanging on as
well as they might, along with the
rest of the struggling world.
“Perhaps reptilian life will pick
up a little after the new liquor store
gets into action,” he concluded the
The tragic end of Will Rogers is
felt universally. He came into the
Sandhills thiough the newspapers,
the screen and on several occasions
was here in person. While talking to
an audience in the Pinehurst thea
tre one evening, he was interrupt-
ed by a late comer. “Now don’t all
crane your necks to see who that is.
Just soma one from the country
whose collar button rolled under the
bed and kept him late.” The tardy
one was Jim Boyd, and many a smile
rippled through the building.
When the Hilton-McKenzie pair
left Pinehurst for England they had 1
stowed away in their heads a lot;
of information about English rulers,
they had been imbibing prior to their
jaunt, so were prepared to talk about
the Norman Conquest with any sur
vivors, should they meet any or of
any other affairs through those elev
en hundred years. When the S. A.
L. official meets them on their re
turn at Norfolk, as was intimated,
hope he hands them J. McN. John
son’s “A Thousand Years With Roy
alty,” so there will be no confusion
‘n their minds as to whom the pres
ent kin^ of England is. They could
get this straightened out between
Norfolk and Manley.
To many who have tried to hold up
the President’s hands certain of his
recent action have been very dis
turbing. It should not be counted un
friendly in them to say frankly what
it is that so deeply disturbs them.
They have been made to feel that
the extraordinary powers intrusted
to the President for meeting an e-
mergency are being abused. This
feeling, which might otherwise be
dismissed as vague and insubstan
tial, has been crystalized by the story
of the tax bill. In presenting his
budget last January the President
had said that no new taxes were
called for this year. In June he sent
a message to Congress outlining the
general principles of new taxes. But
this message contained no specific
recommendations for legislation, and
it was soon made clear that the
Treasury had not prepared a new
tax program. Then suddenly, under
political pressure, the decision was
taken to pass the new laws in six
days, and when this coup was frus
trated by the public outcry the de-
cision was taken to railroad a bill
through the weary Congress, with
out serious hearings, with no more
than perfunctory debate.
Now a tax bill which deals dras
tically with very large incomes and
very large inheritances is an impor.
tant measure. It will have great con,
sequences over a long period of time.
By no stretch of the imagination
can it be described as having any
direct and immediate relation to the
economic crisis of 1932-33. That it
has nothing to do with the present
financial needs of the government
is demonstrable from the fact that
it is not related to the budget and
that the immediate yield of these
for us long before we had need
for such advice.
A great many? amateur gard-
ners get discouraged over their
results when they turn out in
exact opposition to their hopes.
We absorb the flower catalogs
and information on the seed
packets and plant with cheerful
expectancy. Usually they are
jfor northern climates where en-
Itirel;.' different circumstances
I enter into the growing and de-
'velopment of many things. Our
!niild winter is not to be compar-
|ed with the severe freezing of
^the north, nor are our warm
and usually dry summer con
ditions to be reckoned with, in
^ the cool moist months that a
great many plants need, in or-
jder to thrive. Flowers are hap
py under natural conditions and
:the bulk of them seem to need
'cooler localities. Wo can o.:r-
;Come that b;' reversing the s.a-
; son of planting, and barkening
;back to the man of wisdom who
1 established his argument ages
ago. “To everything there is a
Complaints are heard occa
sionally that so few flowers
are grown in local gardens be
fore our winter residents leave.
Thi.-; could be accomplished and
bring just as satisfactory ef
fects as our fall preparation of
winter lawns, which has meant
acres of green yards scattered
over the villages and country
homes of the entire resort com-
niunit.s'. Grass seed will soon be
offered for sale in huge quan
tities and grounds will l)e turn
ed into activity by plough or
shovel. The results will be of
our most attractive features.
Pansies and English daisies are
plentiful in cool climates, and
survive for several years. They
can be treated as annuals if
planted here now in flats or
small boxes where they can be
carefully taken care of and wa
tered, and transplanted to the
{garden before frosts. They will their root growth be
fore winter and with slight pro
tection make steady progress
and be among the first bloom
ing flowers of the early spring
months. Many of the seeds
marked hardy annuals can be
planted here in the fall after
our first frosts. A number of
them require a long period of
germination such as poppies,
corn flowers and petunias, but
will s;prout in the late winter
months and have roots that can
withstand warm weather, with
more fortitude.
W’^e have a great field for a
land of flowers and greenswards
if planted at the right time with
a little care and intelligence.
H. K. B.
taxes is negligible in relation to the
By every conceivable test this tax
measure is not an emergency meas
ure. Yet it is being driven through
Congress as if it were an emergency
measure. This is a grave abuse of the
extraordinary powers with which the
country intrusted the President in
order to meet the crisis of 1933. He
is using bis command of a great
majority to prevent the adequate in-
vestigation of and a sufficient debate
on a major measure of far-reaching
The issue which this raises is much
greater than the tax bill itself. It
is whether all the other major re
forms which Mr. Roosevelt may have
in mind are to be announced as
suddenly and are to be railroaded as
summarily, or whether he is going to
be able and willing to return to the
orderly proceedure of democratic de
bate. Under the normal procedure
refor»^is are announced, are consid
ered over a long period, and are
passed or rejected when the people
have had time to understand the
question and to decide it. Public o-
pinion has its day in court. During
wars and in great emergencies, even
in free countries, this slow procedure
has to be cut short or even sus
pended. But it is the Tery essence
of a free government that the Ex
ecutive shall not legislate for normal
times until the people have had an
oportunity to hear the argument and
give their rjnsent.
I do not mean to imply that I
think Mr. Roosevelt has the ambi
tions of a dictator, or that he is not
a loyal defender of free institutions.
But I do think that he has let zeal,
political calculation, the Intoxication
of power, heat and fatigue, confuse
I his grasp of a very simple but very
fundamental political principle. This
coimtry will have to undertake many
far-reaching reforms. But in under
taking them there is such a thing £ia
due process, not merely in law, but
in morals and in democratic meth
ods. The manner in which this tax
legislation has been handled violates
the very spirit of due process.
It is possible, I think, to put one
finger on the reason why Mr. Roose
velt has departed from this princi
ple. The traditional practice of Amer.
lean Presidents is to lay their whole
program before Congress at the op
ening of each session. This enables
the country to consider the program
.IS a whole. It puts everyone on not
ice. It means ample time for inves-
tigation and debate. Except in un-
forseen emergencies, it means that
men can look ahead for at least a
year knowing .all that is in the mind
of the President.
In the 1933 crisis, it was impracti
cable to announce a complete pro
gram at the outset. Mr. Roosevelt I
had to act, as he himself described
it, like a quarterback in a football
game. Instead on one comprehensive
message at the outset, he therefore
sent in a series of terse recommenda
tions without previous notice. This
was the sound method for dealing
with a crisis. The trouble is that Mr.
Roosevelt, having found that it work-
ed well in the crisis, continued to
use it when the crisis had passed. It
does not work well for ordinary leg
islation and especially for longtime
reforms. It creates precisely that at
mosphere of uncertainty and unpre
dictable excitement, of improvisation
and haphazardness, which are fatal |
to confidence and orderly govern, i
ment, I
Months ago, many of us urged him
to return to the traditional practice
of the President, to outline his whole ■
program in one message and to give .
up the sudden announcing of great
new projects. It was supposed that
he had done that in his radio address
last April. But apparently, upset
by the Supreme Court action in
the NRA case he reverted to his e.
mergency methods, revised his
“must” program from day to day
without notice, and then, to cap the
climax, thrust the whole tax business
suddenly on a weary congress and
an unprepared people.
This procedure will ruin him if he
continues to follow it. The country
will become increasingly uneasy as it
is taught to believe that something
wholly unexpected may he proposed
at any moment from the White
House. It will be impossible for any
but blind partisans to support the
President if he pfuses them the
right to know in advance and as a
whole what they are asked to sup.
port. The government becomes per
sonal, arbitrary, and capricious when
at any moment and without notice
major reforms are announced, and
without due democratic process are
railroaded on to the statute books.
The President is to make some
speeches when Congress adjourns.
Let him tell the country what to
expect. Let him see what remains to
be done in the near future. This Is no
unreasonable demand. It is a demand
that the President of the United
States take the people of the United
States into his confidence. It is their
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