Washington County News
Cl B1 ISlir.n EVERT THlTtSDAY
n Plymouth, Washington County. Ill
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ngton County’s only newspaper
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Iated with the Washington County
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February 5, 1942
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5—Roger Wi'barns, founder
cf Rhode Island, arrives
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*-'•£*n HiriB New York founded. 1863.
7— Great Baltimore fire $70,*
4 000,000 damage, 1904.
8— President’s salary fixed al
$25 000 a year, 1793.
9—U. S. weather bureau es
10— Henry Clay gets gold
medal from N. Y. citizens,
11— President signs bill cre
ating Agriculture Depart
Out Front Again
Creswell community is showing
the way to the remainder of the
county when it comes to getting be
hind and putting over worthy move
ments, whether they come under the
heading of war efforts or not. In re
cent months, not a single quota has
been assigned that section which has
not been quickly raised, and even
First was the Red Cross roll call
drive. They overscribed their quota
there before the remainder of the
county was hardly organized. Then
[long came the Red Cross war emer
gency campaign. Again the quota
issigned was quickly raised and some
eft over. Last week the community
;et about raising its share of the in
fantile paralysis fund, set at $41.50;
ind this week the report shows a tot
al of $77.52 has been collected.
In addition to that, the folks ir
that section got together around
Christmas time and sent off pack
ages to all the men from there who
were serving in the Army and Navy:
a project which might be well under
taken in other sections of the coun
ty. So far, we have received no re
ports of the amount of Defense
Bonds and Stamps sold at the post
office there, but judging from gen
eral reports, that community will not
be found wanting in that respect.
You can't beat that kind of sp rit.
It is simply a case of everyone pitch
ing in and doing his or her part ; and
t is that type of unselfishness which
will have to be demonstrated bv all
sections, counties, and states before
we have the right to hope for victory.
All honor and credit to Creswell for
measuring up in every respect.
Time To Realize We
Are in Grave Danger
There is still entirely too much
complacency in this section about our
own individual part in this war. We
are prone to feel that while sacri
fices are demanded, they should all
fall on the other fellow, while we,
ourselves, should be allowed to pro
ceed in the even tenor of our ways,
exactly a# we have been accustomed
in the past.
It won't work. Every single, soli
tary person in this and every sec
tion simply must be made to realize
that this is his war. or her war. and
that the sacrifices demanded must be
made to fall on everyone alike. Tires
are rationed, cars are rationed, sugar
soon will be rationed, among other
things, and still the elementary truth
fails to dawn on us.
A submarine sinks one of our ships
along the east coast, and we ask
"Why doesn't the Navy stop it?” A
lap bomber blasts Singapore, and we
holler. "Where is our air force?J" The
enemy forces McArthur to back up
a few more precious feet on Bataan
Peninsula and everybody wants to
know why the Army doesn't send
The Navy, the air force, and the
Army can't do all these things at
once; and they can't do it for one
simple reason. Our public state of
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On Giving and Taking—
Yes. the Axis powers that are op
posed to this country can "dish it
out," but can they "take it?"
This is what the diplomatic and
ni)i:ary leaders of the Allies want
o know. And their ability to take
punishment will determine the
length of World War No. 2. If they
an take punishment as they have
meled it out, it will be a long and
dreadful war. But if they can’t suf
fer the same horrible atrocities that
‘hev have visited on others, it looks
ike the war will last only a short
Now most anyone that knows any
hing about fighting will tell you
that a man's body and mind must
be able to suffer punishment as well
as have the ability to inflict it. No
matter how outclassed the opponent
may be. the little old opposition will
lind is responsible, just as it is re
n ns'ble for the Pearl Harbor de
bicle. even if the Roberts report does
n a measure justifiably blame Ad
m'ral Kin.mel and General Short.
Our own indifference and demand
for unessential things during the past
year or two, while far-sighted men
were crying out the dangers of things
to come, are responsible for our pres
ent plight and future disappoint
Even now, with our house of straw
falling about our ears, we are still
yelping over a few inconveniences at
a time when sacrifices of blood and
sweat are called for. We take com
fort in the negative victories being
won by our pitifully weak and scat
tered outposts and brag about what
will happen to the Japs and Ger
mans when we really get going, mean
while making no preparations at all
to go anywhere.
American soldiers are bleeding and
dying in the foxholes of Bataan Pe
n'nsula while others supposedly of
of the same breed here at home are
beliyaching because they have to get
up an hour earlier in the morning.
\ young American pilot, parachuting
:o earth after his plane has been shot
out from under him at Rangoon, is
riddled with Jap machine gun bul
lets at the same time one of our own
local patriots is beefing extensively
because he can’t get a new tire for
his car so he can go to a dance 50
miles away. Wounded American
-ailors are freezing to death in open
ihfeboats after their ships have been
j torpedoed, while their kinfolks back
| home gripe about paying increased
The big question now facing every
American citizen over the reverses
we are now experiencing—and will
continue to experience for a long
time to come—is not “What is the
Navy, Army, air force, President, or
Congress going to do about it?” It
is “What am I going to do about
it?" Upon the answer, translated
i into deeds, hinges the fate of the na
Ret in a few stunning blows every
time. This is what call- " t,,e re~
serve strength that month* of strict
living will store up.
There is no doubt that the well
organized fighting machine of the
Axis, especially the Germans, can
hand out punishment. They shower
ed bombs on little old Poland, sap
ping the defensive strength and mo
rale that the little country had. They
overran several other little nations
by sheer force of arms These Ger
mans can really hand it out.
But Great Britain has demonstrat
ed that it can take it. When the
sky over London was clouded with
Nazi planes and destruction and
death poured from the skies in show
ers. the English kept a stiff upper
lip. These brave people took it be
cause an appeasement government
had not prepared them to give it
Poor old France lost every vestige
of freedom that it had enjoyed be
cause it was not prepared to take it
nor to give it back. They built a
great Maginot Line and then instead
of building a fighting force that
could cope with the Germans they
thought the $800,000,000 breastworks
vould protect them. They had for
gotten to place revolving guns on
the line they were attacked and de
feated from the rear. They made a
mistake but they were not given time
to correct this error in military strat
Benighted Benito thought he could
dish it out. He laughed a great belly
laugh when he went into Africa and
with his dive-bombers and machine
guns dispersed the brave little fol
owers of Haille Selassie. But he
couldn't take it and the Greeks sent
his army smashing back when he
raided them. So sad it was, that the
Germans helped him take over the
General MacArthur’s little band of
Americans. Filipinos and Indians are
holding back more than 300.000 Jap
anese. Then there is a report that
he hurls them back. His bravery in
the face of the fact that apparently
little or nothing is being done to
help him, is appalling.
How long will the yellow men of
Tapan continue to give and take it?
They are giving out a lot now’. And
they are taking a lot. The guess is
by some that 50.000 Japs have been
made casualties and 70 or more Jap
vessels have been sent to the bottom
or put out of commission, not count
ing the hundreds of planes they have
There is a story going around now
that Togo jumped the gun on Hitler.
It is reported that Hitler did not in
tend for him strike at this time.
Others say this was in line with a
prearranged plan with Hitler. What
Mussolini thinks about the matter
doesn't count anyway as Germany
already has taken over that country.
So it is an undeniable fact that
the Axis powers can give it. But
what about the time of retribution?
Wrongs go unpunished for a long
time but then when the reckoning
time comes they will throy up then
hands and quit when the Allied na
tions apply the full pressure and
turn the warring hordes back to their
own homes where they must fight
to the death?
It is believed by some that the
Germans can't take it. They say
that in the last war when they had
been driven back to their borders
they surrendered before any fighting
was done on their soil. But the war
leaders today say that this will not
be permitted this year. They are to
be pushed back and then pushed fur
ther backward into the Reich, where
they will then be pounded into sub
mission. There will be no armistice
to stop hostilities. Only peace and
future security from aggression w'ill
be the terms of the peace this time.
The Russians are now driving the
“conquering” hordes back toward
home. Some say there is already
disunity among the Germans. Can
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Mr. and Mrs. Meadows
Have Three Sons in Service
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Meadows, of i
Plymouth, have three sons in the U.
S. Military Service.
The oldest son, Eugene, is station
ed at Drew Field, Fla., in the Air
Corps, having been inducted Janu
this great Stalin, With a little help
from England and America and the
other Allies trap these raiding gang
sters in their own den and make
them call Uncle Sam ‘uncle'1 and
bow their heads to England and ad
nit utter defeat to Russia?
Now' for soldiers that can take it,
you take the Australians. These
fighting men are found wherever
-he battle is the hardest. They can
ive the works and can take the
works. They know how to fight and
hey can fight and are not afraid
What about the Americans? Can
they take it? Sure, the men in the
umed forces can administer it and
can take it. But how about the citi
zens? Will we hold out for higher
wages, more profits and business as
usual? Will we cry and whine about
the lack of tires, sugar and coffee?
Will we give dollars and dimes to
emergency causes and invest in de
fense bonds and stamps?
Yes, there is the rub. Will the
civilians do their part? Will they
teep faith with the men who fight
the war? Will they keep faith with
heir government and continue their
affection for democracy. On the
aome front there are yet the appeas
ers who want to seek a shorter way
to peace and ease. But can they
Who is on our side. Let him step
forward and make himself known. A
friend in need is a friend Indeed.
Charity begins at home. And the
freedoms of this country is calling
to the hearts of men and women for
protection. What shall be done?
As for me and mine, w>e will stick
with the country.
iry 9. Edward Is a staff sergeant
;n the Marine Corps in Orlando, Fla.
He had been a Marine for five years1
aefore reelisting in July. James is
a corporal at Fort Bragg.
Mr. and Mrs. Meadows are at home
alcne now as these three boys are
the only children they have.
Mr. Meadows is connected with the
North Carolina Pulp Company.
Hake your tires last!
HERE'S HOW VOUR
ESSO DEALER WIU
HELP YOU GET
Switch Wheels Every 3,000 to 5,000 Miles-Don’t let
your spare go to waste. Your Esso Dealer will change all
tires periodically as shown in the diagram above. The
charge is trifling compared with the additional mileage.
Keep Tires Properly Inflated - Air standards at your
Esso Dealer’s are checked for accuracy — important
today when a difference of a pound or two is vital.
Properly inflated tires go more miles and last longer.
Drive Moderately — At 30 miles per hour, tires last
twice as long as at 50.
Check Regularly — Let your Esso Dealer check your tire
pressures every week. Most motorists used to neglect
this for indefinite periods. Now it is urgent that they
learn not only to watch tires, but to retard wear of every
possible part. Learn to rely on your Esso Dealer for help.
The Washington County Commissioners
have extended the time for listing poll taxes,
dog taxes, real and personal property taxes