Washington County News
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ington County's only newspaper .
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Thursday. April 9, 1942
“Sotitud* sometimes is best society"
— Vi Iron
11—Germany Invades Nor
^ way and Denmark by
^ air, sea and land. 1940. •
16—Senate approved treaty
with Russia for purchase
£> of Alaska 1867.
11— Revolutionary War end
12— Supreme court upheld
Wagner labor relations
> act. '1937.
13— Construction ordered of
Erie canal, 1815.
14—President Lincoln assas
^15—SS. Titanic sunk by ice
Hi XV fervtW
Checking the Kind
Oi Mind You Have—
Want to know what kind of mind
you have It is remarkably easy to
find out. Think back over the kind
of talking you have been doing for
the past few days or weeks, then con
sider the following little motto, which
hangs on the wall in an office of the
War Production Board. Washington:
‘Great minds talk about ideas:
average minds talk about events: and
small minds talk about people.''
Most of our minds will register
"small'' when measured by this yard
Having A Field Day—
From a casual scanning of the
daily press—and even some of our
weekly exchanges—it seems that this
nation has made horrific blunders in
choosing its war leaders How in the
world all of our strategists happened
to wind up in columnist's commenta
tor's or editor's chairs is past under
standing. Any one oi a half dozen |
we have read in recent weeks has the
campaign to defeat the Axis all figur
ed out: and it wouldn't require any
three or four years to do it, either.
They are severely critical of all
our war efforts to date. We are not
fighting enough to suit them: we are
not producing; we are always on the
defensive; and if. purely by chance,
of course, we happen to blunder into
a local victory, then they criticize
Army and Navy officials for not mak
ing the news public pronto. The fact
that premature release of such news
might cost a great many men in the
armed forces their lives apparently
does not matter.
These all-wise boys not only know
all the answers and consider them
selves pastmasters in the field of mili
tary st rate gem. but also they must
fancy themselves as magicians of no
inconsiderable caliber. They would
either jail or put all labor in the army
and yet increase the production ot
war materials. Despite the shortage
of ships, they would hold off the sub
marine menace with on° hand, while
tliey transport overwhelming num
bers of non-existent soldiers, planes,
tanks, guns and munitions to every
point of the globe practically instan
taneously with the other.
Since they do not have any too
much confidence in Stalin, they would
cut off all supplies to Russia and tell
him to take his soldiers back home,
while they finished off Germany
Italy. Japan and a few minor satel
lites: topping it off with elimination
of Communionism on their way back
I to the I' S.
The one thing th.u puzzles us is]
why these armchair strategists are
not in the Army and Xavy. where
'their advice—or anyway, in this day
of shortage of essential materials,
their brass—can be utilized to ad
vantage. If their counsel proved of as
little worth as we think it would, they
could contribute to the war effort by
peeling potatoes, at least ,and thus
give the long-suffering public a wel
come respite from having their opin
ions aired on every conceivable mili
tary topic under the sun.
However, we expect no relief, since
second-guessing is our foremost na
tional pastime. And it must ever have
been thus. When Xeanderthal man
first tackled the huge saber-toothed
tiger or other beasts of his day, no
doubt some member of the tribe was
hanging around—up a tree or in some
other safe place—to offer a lot of
gratuitious and useless advice as to
how to deal with the foe. We know
it was so some 2.110 years ago. be
cause Consul Lucius Aemilius Paulus,
who led Rome's legions against the
Mecedonians in 168 B. C.. became so
fed up that he delivered himself of
the following speech, which was pro
perly recorded and handed down to
"At every table there are people
who lead armies-into Macedonia . .
If anyone thinks himself qualified to
give advice respecting the war . . .
let him come with me into Macedonia
. . Rut if he thinks this too much
trouble and prefers the repose of city
life, let him not . . . assume the office
The city in itself furnishes abun
dance of topics for conversation; let
it confine its own precincts."
Walt Disney and the authors of
Superman and Mr. Mystic have bare
ly scratched the surface in the realms
of the fantastic. For really novel
ideas, they should listen to our radio
commentators to read some of the
columns and editorials in certain
By Ruth Taylor
In one of his prophetic tales of the
future Kipling envisioned a world
ruled by the Aerial Board of Control
whose law was that there were no
laws “except what interferes with the
traffic and all that it implies.”
That is what this war is—an at
tempt by an organized gang of road
hogs to interrupt the traffic of the
world. And this is one thing we can
not and will not endure.
In some respects it is immaterial
that the Japs waged war upon us.
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The end would have been inevitable.
We must be able to send our ships to
Malay and Singapore. We could not
and cannot let the Japanese or any
one else bar our ships from the seas.
We could not and cannot permit an
infringement of our rights to free pas
sage to any part of the world.
Unless we keep the sea lanes open,
we will have to change our manner of
living. We will have to set the clock
back and halt the progress of civili
zation. It will cost us a lot of money
to win this war—but it will cost us a
lot more money to lose it.
What is the answer? There is only
one. We must put out every effort
and win this war. That is the first
ta^k and one to which every man, wo
man and child must devote himself if
the way of life we call American is
to endure. Then will be the time to
win the peace, and to set up a work
able way of life for the world.
We must never compromise with
evil. That would be both weak and
wrong. Hut we must strive in every
way to reach a state of mutual co
operation and a willingness to work
together. We must do this not only
between our nations and those other
nations who place the rights of man
above the rights of the state—who,
in short, subscribe to the four free
doms—but among ourselves. We
must see to it that our minorities are
so assured that their rights are not
to be overrun, that they do not need
to give a thought to anything except
the main purpose for the moment—
It isn't is difficult as it sounds. We
have already worked it out in our
handling of the steady stream of cars
pulsing along our highways. Traffic
rules are designed not to take away
rights from anyone but to adjust
these rights so that all may have
\\ hen we set up and enforce similar
rules for world problems, then we can
keep the peoples of earth free to go
about their business, the law-abiding
protected and the reckless drivers
barred forever from the roads.
For truth and duty it is ever the
fitting time; who waits until circum
stances completely favor his under
taking, will never accomplish any
By THE RAMBLER
Now that Spring Is here, the time
when a young man's fancy turns to
love and all those things, the story of
the old mountaineer from North
Carolina, 88 years old, to whom the
city doctor had just given a thorough
physical examination comes to mind.
Tire doctor was truly amazed to find
the old man's heart beat perfectly
normal, his lungs, blood, kidneys, etc.,
were all in practically perfect condi
"There's nothing at all wrong with
you, my friend,” declared the doctor.
"In all my practically thirty years of
practicing medicine, I have never
seen any man 15 years younger than
you in such perfect condition. How
old did you say you were?" asked the
"Eighty-eight,'' said the old man,
"And to what do you attribute such
long life and good health?” asked the
"Well, I'll tell you. Doc. When me
and my wife were married nigh on
to 50 years ago, we made sort of an
agreement that we, would not have
any arguments. If she ever got mad
around the house she promised she
wouldn't say anything but would just
go on back to the kitchen, until her
mad spell was over; and if I ever
came home mad or got mad at home
I wasn’t to say anything but just keep
on walking right on out the back door
and into the backyard.”
"Yes," admitted the physician, ‘‘but
what has that got to do with it?”
"Well, Doc." drawled the old man,
"as a result of that agreement, I rec
kon I’ve led what you might call
somewhat of an outdoor life!”
As She Heard It—
Stenographers play an important
part in the life of the business man.
Here is a poem written by Strickland
Gilliland that shows just what the
hearing, and the typewriter can do in
preparing a message.
"To Phyllis" (as dictated)—
Phyllis, up in the morning.
Spirit of love and Spring;
Phyllis, light as the willow,
Voice like the birds that sing.
Phyllis, full of the sunshine.
Sparkling like drops of dew—
Phyllis, Phyllis, O Phyllis,
This is a song for you!
Phyllis, why do you linger?
Why do your feet remain?
Phyllis, we wait your coming
Over bloom-decked plain.
IN The HOME
Whether it is a large or small home,
there is no difference. You want a place of
your own where you. can invite your friends
—and the Plymouth Building and Loan As
sociation will help you build a new home
or repair the one you now have.
Begin saving now for a home. Stock in
the 18th series, dated April 1, is now on
sale. A few cents each week matures at
$100 for each share in 338 weeks. Stock is
25 cents per share per week.
Each individual deposit or investment
-AES pMapsj am 000‘S$ o; dn pajnsui si
ings and Loan Insurance Corporation.
Building and Loan Association
M. W. Spruill, Secretary Town Clerk’s Office
Phyllis, a brimming beaker
Now your health we quaff.
Setting our hearts all leaping
Lighter than windblown chaff.
"To Pill Us” (as stenog took it> —
Pill us up in the morning
Spirits of loving Spring!
Pill us tight as a pillow
Boys like the birds that sing.
Pill us full of moonshine.
Sparkling like dropsy due—
Pill us. fill us, O fill us.'
This is too strong for you.
Pill us! Why do you linger?
Why are your feet in pain?
Pill us! We wait your coming
Over the gloom-necked plain
Pill us a brimming beaker
Now to your healthy graft
Send our heartshone leaping
Light as a ringboned calf!
Man comes into the world without
consent and leaves against his will.
During his stay on earth, his time
is spent in one continuous round of
contraries and misunderstandings. In
his infancy he is an angel: in his
boyhood he is a devil, and in his man
hood he is everything from a lizard
up. If he raises a family he is a
chump: if he raises a check, the law
turns around and raises hell with
him. If he is a poor manager, he has
no sense: if he is rich he is dishonest,
but considered smart. If he is in poli
tics he is a grafter and a crook: if
he is out of politics you can't place
him because he is an undesirable citi
zen. If he goes to church he is a hyp
ocrite; if he stays away from church
he is a sinner. If he donates to for
eign missions, he does it for show: if
he does not he is stingy and close
Wr *n he first comes into the
world, t -erythlhg wants him: when
he goes out everybody wants to kick
him. If he dies young there was a
great future for him. but if he lives
to a ripe old age. he is in the way,
only living to save funeral expenses.
Life is a funny road, but all love to
travel it just the same.
Apple - Peach - Raisin
Mince Meat - Cocoanut
The horse and mule live 30 years
And nothing know of wine and
The goat and sheep at 20 die
And never taste of Scotch and rye;
The cow drinks water by the ten
And at 18 is mostly done;
The dog at 15 cashes in
Without the aid of rum and gin:
The cat in milk and water soaks
And then in 13 short years its
The modest, sober, bone-dry hen
Lays eggs for nogs, then dies at 10;
All animals are strictly dry;
They sinless live and swiftly die:
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men
Survive for three score years and
Library at School
Gets 15 New Books
Fifteen new books have recently
been donated to the Plymouth High
School library by the Junior Wom
an's Club, it was announced today by
Principal R. B. Trotman.
Tncluded in the list are "The Ox
ford Book of English Verse,” "Inside
India,” by Gunther: ‘Inside Latin
America,” by Gunther: “Young Man
of the Caracas,” by Ybara: “Famibar
Quotations." by Bartlett: "I married
Adventure," by Johnson: "Concise
Biographaical Dictionary,” by Fitz
hugh; "Three Centuries of American
Verse.” by Van Doren; "Scout to Ex
plorer." by Siple: "Twenty Years at
Hull House," by Adams; "Boys Life
of Robert E. Lee," by Horn; "Madame
Curie." by Curie; "Thomas A. Edi
son,” by Miller; "Etiquette.” by Post.
Mr. Trotman said that the faculty
and pupils of the school are grateful
for this excellent contribution of new
books, who further explained that
the school library is rapidly offering
a widder range in reference materials
and beneficial as well as entertaining
reading matter, and we hope the pub
Pc will use the school library when
DICK FORAH *
(It’s her ranch
y —and does
she run it!)
THE PEPPER RANGERS
6 singing cowhands,
with a whole herd of tunes?
Hear this sparkling 15 minutes of
Western songs, mirth and melody,
presented by DR. PEPPER, the
exciting, taste-delighting bever
age that picks your energy up!
fij WRRF 12:45 p.m. .
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THE SIGN OF
FOR ANY CAR OR TRUCK
Today, more than ever before, this sign beck
ons all car and truck owners who want the
skilled, reliable service that comes withs (1)
trained mechanics, (2) quality materials; and
(3) reasonable service rates....You can expect
this kind of service from your Chevrolet dealer
because, for years, Chevrolet dealers have had
the largest number of “trade-ins” and there
fore the widest experience In servicing and
conditioning all makes of cars and trucks.
"CAR CONSERVATION PLAN"
FOR "SERVICE THAT SATISFIES
-SERVICE THAT SAVES’?
1 Check and Rotate Tires
2 Get Regular Lubrication
3 Service Engine—Carburetor
4 Test Brakes
5 Check Steering and Wheel
6 Cheek Clutch, Transmission,
7 Check Cooling System
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PLYMOUTH, N. C.