Washington County News
PUBLISHED EVERT THURSDAY
in Plymouth, Washington County.
The Roanoke Beacon Is Wash
ington County's only newspaper
It was established in 1889, consoli
1ated with the Washington County
News in 1929 and with The Sun
Payable in Advance)
Six months_ .75
Advertising Rates Furnished
Entered as second-class matteT
at the post office in Plymouth.
N. C., under the act of Congress
if March 3, 1879.
PPESS ASSOCIATION Y .
January 8, 1942
“ 4 cracked bell can never sound Hell”
8—Two governors inaugu
rated in Louisiana 1377.
9—First South American
*> postal congress meets at
/ Montevideo. 1911.
10— Allied governments state
v terms of peace. 1917.
11— Francis Scott Key, author
Star Spangled Banner,
12— Pennsylvania R. R. Hud
(son River tunnel excava
tion completed, 1908.
13—Charleroi Colony of New
Plymouth granted. 1629.
14—First wireless telephone
message, New York to
Rationing oi Tires
Only the Beginning
The tire - rationing program now
getting underway marks the first real
effect of the war on many persons.
Before the war is over there will very
likely be many other items we daily
use which will be strictly rationed.
Rationing of this sort is a new ex
perience for most Americans, but it
is a very necessary thing: and most
of our people w 'il §*> alohg without
a murmur in the definite knowledge
that it makes for the preservation
of rights we have long enjoyed, even
if it means forfeiture of them for
some time to come.
The character of the members of
the rationing board set up in this
county is assurance that everyone
will be given a square deal in the al
lotments to be made. There are few
tires available, and the board mem
bers are governed by inflexible rules
which make it necessary to deny
many worthy requests.
If hardship is caused—and it very
likely will be—it will be well to re
member that there are others who are
laboring under the same difficulties.
It behooves all of us to realize that
whatever sacrifices we are called upon
to endure, there are others who are
sacrificing even more.
In order to provide our army, navy
and air force with the equipment
needed to win this war, it is necessary
that we do without some of the things
we have been accustomed to having.
That is the essence of the entire sit
of every product in
the market place is
the honor and integ
rity of he who makes
it and sell it. Buy
from your home
town merchant, who
knows you, and
whom you know.
uation, and the answer to \**y com
plaint or grumble.
There can be no flinching at this
stage of the game. We will be called
upon for far greater self-den ia! and
sacrifice ere we are through with this
undertaking. Remember the words
of John Paul Jones, “WeVV have not
yet begun to fight."
Direct Your Attention
To The Job At Hand
In connection with our war effort,
it is patently evident that entirely
too many people are concerning
themselves with matters about which
they know absolutely nothing; and,
as a consequence, the job at hand is
being neglected. Matters of military
and naval strategy and execution are
better left to the men who have been
trained for these tasks, while our
everyday jobs should command our
own individual attention. In such
manner each person will be doing far
more to win the war than he will be
standing about displaying his ignor
ance bv offering free advice on sub-j
jects foreign to his nature and ex
Of course, everybody wants to help.
And we firmly believe the best way
to help is to go about our business
in our normal manner, performing
whatever tasks are assigned to us as
quickly and as well as we know how.
Those who are needed in the military 1
services will be called soon enough,
and there will be other ways to serve
for the rest of us. Our money and
our time will be needed for various
phases of the war effort, and we will
be notified when it is neded. Until
then, let us perform our usual work
in the usual manner and leave mili
tary and naval affairs to those who
are a mite better qualified.
Farmers’ Outlook Is Bright
The farmer faces the best economic
outlook in many years, reports the
United States Department of Agri
culture in its latest roundup of the
The chief causes were given as the
billions of dollars of purchasing pow
er resulting from the expanding de
fense program, high levels of prices
and incomes and the earmarking of
more than $1,000,000,000 of food
products for Great Britain.
The department’s economists fore
cast “a continying good demand for
farm products! increased government
buying of food and government loans
and other supports to prices” in the
The results of the agricultural sur
Cattlemen and hog producers were
urged to increase marketings.
Income of cotton producers may
exceed $1,000,000,000 for the first
time since 1929.
Poultry production in 1942 may
top all records with prices at good
The outlook for fruit and vegetable
growers is the best in a decade or
Fall harvests assure ample feed
needed for the vast production of
livestock and dairy products.
Secretary of Agriculture, Claude
R. Wickard was quoted as saying:
that the “most urgent need’ is for in
creased production of milk; that “we
need to consume more dairy products
in this country for improved health
and strength,’ and that “the British
will need enormous quantities of
cheese, evaporated milk, and dry
The Hole in Your Sock
“Hidden around this country in
private purses now is the astounding
total of more than $6,000,000,000,”
writes Paul Mallon. “Much of it is
in mattresses, socks and private safes.
The evidence is clear that a hoarding
era . . . has reached suspicious pro
portions since the first of this year.”
Many of these hoarders believe
that they are protecting themselves
against either inflation or a govern
ment fiscal policy which might force
them to invest their money. But, as
Paul F. Cadman, economist of the
American Bankers Association points
out they have little chance of success.
“Hoarded currency is a practically
useless method of protecting the hold
ers of property against the arbitrary
acts of government,” says Dr. Cad
man. “Early attempts to hoard mon
ey in continental Europe to avoid
governmental levies during and after
the first world war were met by
blocking bank accounts and suspend
ing transactions on the exchanges.
Outstanding currency ceased to be le
gal tender or to have any validity un
less it was presented to a government
agency and stamped ‘o indicate that
a tax had been paid or imposed con
ditions had been met. The holders
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Individual Opinions of People You Know About
Current Matters of General Public Interest
Which of Life's Little Everyday Annoyances
Bother You Most?
Frank E. Nobles, insurance man:
‘ Don't know anything that particu
larly bothers me. These little items
that annoy one should never prove
too serious. Usually I try to take
both the large and small annoyances
in stride and make the most of ev
ery situation. I think that the small
things that bother people are some
time magnified into large ones. This
is not a good condition."
T. A. Wilkins, colored school teach
er of Roper: "Getting up on cold
mornings. There is none of the
small things that cause me so much
discomfort as having to leave a good
warm bed in the morning and then
to have to go out into the cold to
my duties. X can stand many of the
other such trivial annoyances more
than this kind.”
R. D. West, local barber: “Yes,
sir, I like my warm bed on cold
mornings. If there is anything that
annoys me it is having to get up on
cold mornings. I don't mind many
other trivial annoyances as much as
I dread this one. It is really pleasant
to be able to sleep mornings when it
isn’t necessary to crawl out of bed.”
Mrs. Carl Roberson, housewife: *'I
don't know. There are so many an
noyances that a housewife has ev
eryday that it is hard to single out
one that is more offensive than
another. So I try to take life's hap
penings as they come and do the
best I can."
W. J. Ilighsmitli, sanitary inspect
or: “As a public health worker, what
bothers me most, is since I am trying
to go forward as hard as possible,
why is it so hard to keep from go
of currency found themselves in ex
actly the same position as the owners
of bank deposits.”
The hoarding of currency is about
100 per cent futile—and, on top of
that, hidden currency is always in
danger of being burned, stolen, or
otherwise lost to the owner. Put your
money i nthe bank or invest it. You
will sink or swim with the rest.
The stampede to grocery stores in
many sections—mostly metropolitan
ones—right after war's outbreak has
slowed down considerably. The cause
of such customer rushes, and the
hoarding ideas they have in mind,
usually is consumer concern regard
ing availability of goods and fear
of rising prices. Government offic
ials were quick to give assurances as
to plentiful supplies of food, while
food retailers gave similarly reassur
ing word about the price picture.
John Hartford, the A & P president,
covered the ground thoroughly in a
public pledge on behalf of his com
pany to “cooperate unhesitatingly in
every effort of authorized govern
ment agencies to prevent unwarrant
ed rises in food prices.” Other points
in his pledge were: continued help to
farmers in the orderly marketing of
their products; constant efforts to re
duce the spread between prices paid
farmers and those charged custom
ers; and maintenance of inventories
at the lowest point consistent with
good service (because “hoarding,
whether by wholesalers, retailers or
consumers will cause higher prices.”)
What Is the Pattern?
By Ruth Taylor
There is a pattern to life. Some
times it seems vague and indistinct.
Sometimes we cannot see it at all.
But it is there—clear and sharp if
we can attain the proper perspective.
Sometimes we have to get up in the
air in order to look down upon our
selves. Not “down” in a derogatory
sense, but from “above” in order to
get the full view of where we are
When we look down from a plane,
we see the whole countryside neatly
spread out before us. The small ug
linesses disappear. What we see is
beautiful in form, geometric in out
line, a shading of colors, each dis
tinct, yet creating a harmonious
whole. We see the brown ribbons
I of the roads, threading through the
countryside, converging and diverg
ing with relentless logic. There is a
sense of oneness, of completeness.
There are no state lines or man-made
barriers of prejudice visible from the
So it is in the present crisis. We I
need to lift ourselves above the stress
of hatreds, the fever of conflicting
beliefs, the horror of the pestilence
that is war.
We need to look down upon all
this turmoil. We need to see it for
what it is—a blazing, searing cruci
ble in which we are being forged
itno a united nation of loyal citizens
who have at heart the survival of
our nation, the good of all, regardless
of class, race, creed or color. We
need to rise high enough so that the
By THE RAMBLER
Uncle Sam has set out to do a
tremendous job in the winning of
this war. What this nation must do
to stem the Axis tide is to accomp
lish a large and hard task that has
been mapped out.
The goal this year:
To build more than 40.000 airplanes
and increase the production rate well
beyond 50,000 per year.
To produce 25,000 tanks and gear
production for the greatest tank ar
mada the world has ever known.
To launch approximately 150 fight
ing ships and speed construction on
To add about 600 merchant vessels
to the "bridge of ships.”
To increase our highly-trained, ful
ly-equipped army to more than 2.
To train 70.000 warplane pilots.
To enroll more than 1,000,000 civ
ilian volunteers for emergency duty.
To enlarge the army of workers in
arms factories by 3.000,000.
To increase more than double the
output of vital machine tools.
To produce arms of all kinds at
least five times faster than in Iy41.
To mobilize 80,000 industrial plants
available for war production.
To produce an ample supply of food
for the United States and all its
To contine and increase aid of all
kinds to all enemies of the Axis na
Geting out this publication is no
If we print jokes, people say we are
If we don't, they say we are too
If we stick close to the job all day,
We ought to be out hunting up
If we do get out and try to hustle
We ought to be on the job in the
If we don't print all contributions,
We don't appreciate genius;
If we do the paper is filled with
If we make a change in a fellow’s
We are too critical;
If we don’t we are asleep.
dividing lines will fade out and the
pattern of democracy become plain.
When we come down to earth, we
must keep this vision with us. For,
while we have national unity forged
in the heat of emergency, we must
take steps to protct and preserve that
unity throughout the dark war-torn
days that lie ahead—so that when the
hour of crisis has passed it will be a
living force binding together all the
peoples of our nation.
If we clip from other newspapers
We are too lazy to write it ourselves
Now, like as not someone will say
We swiped this from another paper
I resolve to be a careful driver . . .
to help in every campaign for the
reduction of fatal accidents in this
community ... to be especially care
ful when driving around or near a
school house or school district ... to
keep my car in mechanically perfect
condition to prevent accidents.
I resolve to be a careful pedestrian
. . as my part in helping to reduce
the accident toll ... to refrain from
jaywalking ... to remember that I
can stop more easily and quickly
than a car ... to look both ways
before crossing a street . . . and not
to take unnecessary chances in an
effort to save a few seconds.
I resolve to support worthwhile
charities ... to aid in the Red Cross
drives ... to support any local drive
for funds including the Christmas
Joy Fund next Christmas . . . and to
take an active interest by my individ
ual efforts to see that charities wor
thy of my support accomplish the
program most necessary for my com
I resolve to take an interest in civ
ic affairs ... to follow closely the
actions and doings of this community
• ■ • to support civic institutions and
activities ... to make myself heard
on matters of community interest . . .
to help city officials in the perform
ance of their duties as specified.
I resolve to boost my own town . . .
in order to spread the fame of its
resources so that my own town will
be known and highly respected over a
wider area ... to support the clubs
and other organizations that are op
erating to make my town a better
place in which to live ... to do my
part as a citizen in the perfection of
good government ... to function as a
good citizen to my community's ad
I resolve to do my duty to my God,
to my church and to my community
. . . aiding in all defense efforts with
my labor, my money and my all . .
to do whatever little bit I can to help
defeat the Axis nations that are ene
mies of this country
Suppose there wasn't any county
Who would publish the volumes of
school news which are important to
people of this community but drab
and uninteresting to others? Who
would advance and discuss school
problems only of interest, to the peo
ple of Washington County?
Who would publish the weekly
church notices and numberless arti
cles about the churches only of local
Who would publish accounts of
clubs, societies and other such or
ganizations which are so necessary to
maintain interest and good will?
Who would advertise the products
the advertisers have to sell? Others
have tried to get away without adver
tising but found that it was the best
way out. Yes—you could advertise
in the larger papers but it would cost
you from five to 10 times as much.
Who would publish the countless
legal orders of the county and town
The rates in the Beacon save the
people of Washington County hun
dreds of dollars annually which
means economy and good government
Who would provide the readers
with better and more local news?
Where else coluld you get the full
picture of community life, the joys,
the sorrows, the activities, the prog
ress. politics, pleasures and social and
Who is going to be loyal to the
best media in Washington County?
Only four out of every 100 low-in
come farm people are in first-rate
physical condition, the U. S. Depart
ment of Ariculture found after a
health survey of FSA families in 17
The Virginia Electric and Power Company
has a limited number of openings for Street Car
and Bus Operators in Norfolk and Portsmouth,
Virginia. Applicants must be between 23 and 35
years old; preferably married; between 5 feet 6
inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall; able to pass physical
and mental examinations. High school educa
tion or its equivalent preferred.
Application must be made in person between
10:00 and 11:00 A. M. at the office of R. H. Good
mon, Manager, VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND
POWER COMPANY, Williamston, North Car
Inspect This Marvelous New Bakery ... See How
BAMBY BREAD Is Made. You’ll Enjoy It!
Yes—every oue of the many friends of the Royal Baking Co., is
Invited to attend the great housewarming festivities in Raleigh
January 14 and 15, when the new home of Bamby Bread will be
formally opened. Make your plans now to be here. Guides will
be on hand to take you on an escorted tour of this marvelous,
modern new baking plant. You’ll see for yourself how carefully
Bamby Bread is baked—why it’s so good, so tasty, so popular.
rhere’ll be music, prizes and souvenirs-—everything to make this
the greatest housewarming ever held in Raleigh! Remember—
make your plans now to be in Raleigh on Wednesday or Thursday,
January 14 and 15th to attend this Interesting event The lime
Is 6:31) to 10 P. M. Be sure to be ou hand.
Make Plans Now To Be In Raleigh
Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 14-15
6:30 to 10 P. M.
•^Colored People—Friday, Jau. 16
6:30 to 10 P. M.
Raleigh, North Carolina