THE W A. YNESVTLLE MOUNTAINEER
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1931.
Churches Serious In
Carrying On Wrok
B - CA.KL GOKRCH
1 went to church Sunday.
Not to one of those services with
which most of us are acquainted, but
to a real," genuine, honest-fro-goodness
church meeting that started at 10:30
-jjtil 3 o'clock that afternoon.
A most unusual kind of a service,
from point of view, but when it came
toa close I felt that I'd realy been
to church. I enjoyed every minute
of it, despite the fact that I am one
of those individuals who get all peev
ed and nervwus every time the pastor
of my ovn church goes five minutes
beyond his legular schedule.
I shook hands witli scores of peo
ple. I heard discussions un subjects
pertaining to 'agriculture, politics, re
ligion, business conditions and the
best way to raise hogs and babies. I
listened to singing that sounded as
though it came from happy hearts,
and I had ne of the finest dinners
that I've had in a long, long time.
I didn't know that there were any
more meetings like that,
It was altogether different from the
accustomed. You see, t.ir- regular
schedule is to stait at 11 o'clock and
wind up piomptly at 1 12:00. Most of
the church people with whoju I'm ac
quainted usually get to church exactly
on time or else they arrive 10 or 1")
minutes late. I've neve)1 heard of
anybody beinfr as much as !" minute
ahead of time. I've seen people wait
' ffc- two or three hours for a football
game to start, and 1 ye seen them, sic
calmly in their seats for an hour or
so while waiting for a prize-fight to
get under way, but I've never seen
anybody sit in a church 15 minutes,
waiting for the service to1 start. As
a general rule, we slink into our seats
and .sit there until the benediction is
pronounced. Then we get up, bow
and smile at a few folks, shake hands
with two gfr three others, and quickly
depart for our homes. In five minutes
after the service, except a Mrs. Frank
church is empty. I've never heard of
anybody being in a church 15 minutes
ofter the service, except a Mrs. Frank
Pearce, of Orange, Texas, . who lost
a broach during morning service -at
the Episcopal vhurch and had to hunt
around for 30 minutes before she
fojind it. That, of course, was an ex
ception to the rule.
That's the kind of a church meet
ing most of us are used to. A long
time ago 20 oV .'!() years things
were different. People used to ln;k
forward to going t church, They'd
get up early Sunday morning and take
pleasurable anticipation in the 'fact
that they would have an opportunity
to go to church. After finishing
breakfast and dressing, the whole
family would set out for Sunday
school and church. They wtjldn't
wait until the last minute to get
there; they'd plan their arrival so as
to have halfan hour or more in which
to mingle with friends and neighbors
tutside the church. Some way when
the meeting came to an end. They'd
stand around and chat some more.
Everybody seemed glad to see every
body else, and they wern't in such
an all.fired hurry as they are today.
This particular meeting the one I
attended last Sunday took place
down at Winsteadville, which is lo
cated in the lower part of Beaufort
county. Frank Winstead had spoken
to me abchit it one day last week and
had invited a number of Washington
citizens to attend. Charlie Flynn,
Edmund IHickman and I went down
The services were scheduled to start
at 10:30. We got there at 10 o'clock
and found a couple of hundred folks
31 tr'EJTL' "! More Effort Made
To Live At Home
they're better thar they were the (
week before. Don't you think so,
"Looks like it to me. Hello; there's
Frank! Mawniu, Frank."
"Ma inn fdlks. How're y' all?"
"Been up to Raleigh, ain't yctu
"Yeah. Went up Friday."
"What's going on up in that part
of the State?"
Several others joined that particu
lar groi.'i. Frank told them about his
trip, what he had heard about the
race fV Governor, his' conversation
on business conditions with some of
the people he had met up there, and
a number of other topics of interest.
That's the way it went fojr half
an hour or more. They talked about
the progress being made in aviation,
commented on President Hoover's ad
ministration of national affairs and
also gave their views on the present
status of the gold standard. I wan
dered about the grounds and observ
ed that the wjmcn, In there little
were gathered in little groups, while i gatherings, apparently were injoying
the women alsi were congregating in themselves as much as were the men.
small circles. There was no formality.
A number of those present knew me
and came up and shook hands. A
whole lot of others didn't know me,
but they came u)( introduced them
selves and also shook hands.
There's a real art in handshaking.
Some people clasp your hand not be
cause they particluarly want to do it,
but because they think it is a social
rite which has to be put no with. It';-.
a fojrced gesture on their part, and
they and you, too are glad when
it's over. The people, at Winstead
ville, however, .'hake hands'different.
from that. ' They manifest, a
sincere pleasure in- seeing us and
there was nothing put on or artificial
abojut their greeting'.
Nobody was in a hurry and nobody
was impatient. Everybody took the
attitude that they had the whole day
ahead of them and that there was no
place where they could find greater
pleasure or enjoyment than right there
The church, which recently had been
rebuilt and enlarged, is located in a
beautiful grove by the side of the road.
Huge oak and pine trees shade the
building and the surrounding grounds,
helping to make the scene truly de
lightful. The people arrived in automobiles,
in buggies and in carts. They drove
up, parked their vehicles, alighted and
joined .the-groups nearest them.
"Sold all yur tobacco yet?"
"I ain't. Expect to take a load to
town Monday morning, though. How
was prices last week?"
At 11 o'clock the notes of an organ
sounded forth and the people made
their way inside the church. It
wasn't one of those highfalutin' pipe
organs that cost ten or fifteen thous
and dollars; it was a small cabinet
organ that had to be pedalled vigor
ously while being played. Just the
same it gave fdrth mighty sweet
The presiding elder, Rev. J. II. Mc
C'racken, was in the pulpit. Also the
circuit pastor, liev, J. W. Sneeden.
Members of the congregation found
seats. They weren't in any particular
hurry about; it. Occasionally some
Ixiily would see a friend whom he
hadn't seen before, and they'd stop
and Vhake hands. There was a' spirit
of friendly and simple cordiality in
the air which was rather difficult to
define but which, nevertheless, was
very much in evidence.
The opening hymn was announced.
In most churches where I've been
lately, the choirs dj( all the singing
while the congregations stand or, sit
in dignified silence. Not so at Win
steadville, however. The hymn was a
familiar one, and everybody opened
their mouths wide and sang. They
sang as though they realy enjoyed
it. No trained voices to take the
different parts; no attempt at special
vocal efforts; no piercing tra.la-la-la
or profound bum-mum-te-bum. Noth
ing like that at all. Just good old
fashioned singing, with everybody
carrying the tune and everybody do
ling the best Hhey knew how,
I Prayer and Scripture reading. A
I baby, fretting in one coifrner of the
At county-wide meetings of home
demonstration club women in Jones
Onslow and Duplin counties last week,
the women expressed a determination
to redouble their efforts for living at
home next year.
"We will sit on the porch and rock
before we will help to grow cotton
and tobacco for giving away next
year," Some of these women said.
"We have put part of our own lives
and those of our children into these
crops and must now sit by and see
them given away. We will not do it
At each of the county meetings the
club women said they would try to
persuade their husbands and friends
to cut their acreage of cotton and to
bacco by 50 percent in 1932. For
their part the women said they would
practice more stringent living at
home, would practice thrift and would
endeavor to find some means of earn
ing additional income largely through
the sale of material at curb markets
and in other, ways.
Because of the success attending the
operation of the 29 curb markets in
North Carolina last year, the number
has been increased by ten this season
Some of the new markets have had
excellent success and though the price
of produce has been low, the women
have sold enough to provide a steady!
source of cash income. An aveiage
of between -10 and 50 producers have
sold on the Durham and Goldsboro
markets throughout the summer with,
the average sales amounting to about
$-100 a week. The Hocky Mount mar
ket has continued to enjoy good sales.
New markets at Morhead City and
at White Lake have opened inco.mo 1
sources to farm women living about
these popular vacation resorts and the
market at Asheville has also been suc
cessful, .eport State College home
demonstration workers. ;
MEN WANTED for Rawleigh Routes
of 800 consumers in Parts of Hay:
wood County, Waynesville, Ashe
ville. and Brevard. Reliable hustler!
can start earning 135 weekly and
increase every month. Write im
mediatly. Rawleigh Co., Dept.
NC-AR-5-S, Richmond, Va.
FOUNTAIN PENS REPAIRED
THE WAYNESVILLE PHARMACY
I. H. Thackston
REWARD offered for
leading to recoyery of b
er coat taken from
locker Friday aftern
Glasses and other art!;-,
to ewner in pockets ,f
40 or communicate w;.
FREIGHT KILLS H
Sausanville, Calif. - aa
thur, 15, known as tl. bjv
told his gang he wa. aeadr
to see the folks. He n h
fell beneath the whet's ..
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freight train, and
New Hardware and Sportiag
I am getting new goods every day and inter.fem
that this store shall;give you what you want vhe:e '
you want it. ' la
I am putting more than twenty-five years e.e'rj
perience in the business, buying for spat cash an-0u
prices. are from 10 to 50 PERCENT LOVEfr
THAN EVEN TWO YEARS AGO.
Special orders for particular things will
given prompt and careful attention.
Don't forget the place just across the
from the First National Bank.
W. T. DENTON.
21 oz. Pullman Q'A
Washington A missionary in Kan-1
'u Providviice, China, reports that ai
handful of potatoes sent from Amev
rica 25 years ago, intensively propa-i
gated along the Tibetan border, saved !
the lives of a million Chinese from j
famine following the drought.
Une cent per mile in each direction lor distance. Q
150 miles or less. Good for transportation iiiave
coaches only and to return prior to midnight
date of sale. .
To All Points in the Southeast
Fare and One-Fifth for the Round-Trip
On Sale Each
3: ilQGii: t
Encore Canned pan - ft-Ready-to-Serve
; church, but nobody paid any atten-
tion. Some late-comers strolling down
(the aisle. They pause to shake hands
with friends in a pew near the frofrt.
Another hymn, sung with even great
, er fervor and gusto. And then the
V j sermon. The subject was "the Pre
eminence of Christ." A 'sound, .'con-1. ,
! . . , . . ... Fin
; vincint!', logical scrm.m wittutat any
frills to it. The congregation li.-t-eiied
.with appreciative1 attention.
At .12:30 the service came to a close.
The congregation was dismissed and
mice more went out on the grounds.
The men again gathered . in groups
and talked. They discussed the sermon
and commented freely about the state
ments which Mr. McCracken had
made. The wotmen made their way to
a long table which had been improvis
ed out of fence-wire. They spread
cloths on the wire and then began
taking vast quanities of food from
boxes which previously had been plac
ed underneath the tables. Fried chick
en, country ham, sweet potatoes, sal
ads, biscuits, cornbread, pickles bar
becue and about seventeen different
kinds of cakes. Mr. McCracken .re
turned thanks, and for the next half
hour or so everybody was kept busy.
There was more than enough focrd,
there always is at gatherings of this
kind. 'Folks wandered from one end of i
the table to the other, pausing to chat
with friends and selecting such articles
of food as appealed o them. No elabor
ate banquet in your big cities could
compare with the lay.put which those
country people had provided themsel
There was a time when church ser
vices even in some of the, larger
cities, used to conform in a larige
measure to the one which I have
just described, but such is the case no
longer. We've last that neighborly
friendly feeling which used to afford
so much pleasure and enjoyment.
Those people at Winsteadville actual
ly got a lot of fun out of their atten
dance at the njeeting; the rest of us
look upon church services as some-
ing which it is our duty to support
by our presence. Something solemn,,
ritualistic, dignified and sober.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY
To reach original starting point prior to midnigh:,
Tuesday 'immediately following date of sale. BJrv
Take A Train Ride And Visit Your Friends
"Safer Than Staying At Home"
ASK TICKET AGENT
V AL or GRITS 2
Np. 2 Cr
OCTAGON SOAP su 1 0 cakes 25c
i. 1 1 ii 1 1 ir '
AtlAntec & R4cmFiic
Another half-hour of social contact;
then the afternoon service which
proved to be just as interesting as
the one held earlier in the day. So
far as I could see. not a soul left
the grounds after dinner had been
served. They returned to the church,
listened to the second sernjon . and
apparently -enjoyed 'it .as much as they
did the other, one. After dismissal,
they took their time about stating
for home. It was atlmost an hour before
the last vehicle left the grounds.
A leisurely, calm, quiet Sabbath.
The kind that folks who live in town
don't know much about. We're in too
-) big a hurry td go places and do things.
We Appreciate Your Business
. Service Station
Opposite New Court Hou