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THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Main Street Waynesville, N. C.
Published Every Thursday
Phone 137 '
1 Year - ?2.00
6 Months 1.25
3 Months , .65
Subscriptions payable in advance
Entered at the post office at Waynesville, N.
C, as Second Class Mail Matter, as provided un
der the Act of March 3,1879, November 20, 1914.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER, 31, 1931
Bless the Lord, 0 my soul; and all thati.s within
me, bless hjs holy name. Bless the Lord, 0 my soul,
and forget n;t all his benefits. Psalm 103:1-2.
CONFIDENCE AS A BUSINESS ASSET
Some times wc go a long way from home
for the thing We need. W. J. Billow, a political
curiosity in the shape of a Democratic United
States Senator from the State of South Dakota,
the first one of the kind in many years from
that state, put:, the business situation as it
exists to-day in a light that is needed in the
west as well as the east. . '
Senator Bulow chews his tobacco vigorous
ly, spits accurately, and hits the nail on the
head whenever he speaks. When asked his
opinion a few days ago about how to end the
depression and bring about a revival of busi
ness, he. was concise and plain enough to be a
"Out in the agricultural area," he said, "we
have a surplus of crops and, live stock, but a
shortage of shoes, clothing, and all sorts of fac
tory products, and the east has a surplus of
shoes, clothing and factory products, and a
shortage of farm products. We in the west
would like to trade our surplus for the east's
surplus and no doubt the eastern folk would
like to trade their surplus for ours. Well, Why
don't we do it? We can't somehow; nobody
appears to know just why not". v
And why not? There's the situation as it
exists between the agricultural areas and the
manufatturing centers. It's the same old nril
lery that has popped out every now and then
since the days of Thomas Jefferson and Alexan
der Hamilton. The badinage between the two,
however, has generally been good natured, and
is, yet. ' ' ; ,. ' , '
As the squirrel said to the mountain after
being badgered for being so small,
"No, I'm not as big as you, but then you
are not so f;tle as I." j
Big business and the farmer have no more
right to jeer at each other than the mountain
and the squirrel. The squirrel could climb a
tree, but the mountain could not.
Reduced to the. final analysis, the trouble
with business at the present is t-.? lack of con
fidence. It may not appear between man a,d
man and yet be apparent in the s. .item.
But why is it that the surplus of the farm
er cannot be traded for the surplus of the manu-far-'
urer? Upon the proper answer to that
question rests the welfare of all classes in the
Farmers in Haywood 'County'-will gain or
lose in proportion to their ability to trade their
surplus crops in a fair and equitable manner
for what they need. The question of economics
can go on deeper than that.
Business integrity is being tried as never
before. There is no question but that square
dealing between man and man is needed worse
that at any time in the past.; Business promi
ses should be kept to the letter, or a satisfac
tory explanation given. ''
If the real old Scotch honesty, that our
people were once noted for, would return as in
the old days, it is almost sure that the Scotch
thrift would again be pur heritage despite the
lack of confidence that seems to prevail in other
WHEN WE LOOK FOR BETTER BUSINESS
WE'LL FIND IT
Today is the last day of the year 1931,
which will go down in history as being the
year of the 'great depression." It is true that
the old year brought forth new problems to
this country and individuals that never before
have come to light. Thousands of words, have
been written, thousands of speeches made,
thousands of causes have been given, hundreds
i . i i
of thousands of remedies, many, many com
plaints and an innumerable number of alibis
used to keep from paying of honest debts, have
been made about these "hard times."
We seem to have enjoyed the opportunity
to express our opinions, causes, remedies and
dig up our foolish alibis, but what have we
accomplished by doing all this? To many peo
ple, good times will never come again. During
a period of good times people have to work
harder, longer and more steadily, to keep up
with the demands of the public.
It seems that if this country is to get back
to so-called "normal conditions" that we must
follow the advice of business men who have
studied the "real" cause and the "only remedy"
instead of listening to the chronic knocker on
the street corner, who would not admit con
ditions were better if silver dollars were rolling
down the middle of the street. He would want
five dollar gold pieces instead, so he would not
have to stoop over so much.
The "brainest" mt of this nation, predict
1932 as a better business year than the last
two. Why not from this day on think less and
talk less of hard times, buy more and do more
to really make 1932 a prosperous year?
Last week this community was saddened by
the death of Mr. George Sherrill. He will be
missed, of course, but his influence remains.
Although, frail in body, he was a giant men
tally and spiritually. No one was a stranger to
him but once. No task was too great or too
small, no job complete until it was a master
piece and almost perfect. What better
example could we want to inspire us to
accomplish more in 1932?
. About the poorest excuse a business man
could make for not advertising is "they all
know where my place is.' So does the old
cow know where the milking gjall is, but few
will leave a fine field of clover in the middle of
the day to come to dry shucks without being
induced. The same applies to the buying pub
lic you can't tell 'em unless you tell 'em.
One of the greatest hinderances to the av
erage business today is the lack of a genuine
smile. More customers can be driven from a
place of business with a "sick" frown than
with a loaded shot gun.
Greet 1932 with a smile.
A GAS TAX RACKET
When, twelve y. ais ago, the first State gas tax
of one cent a gallxn was imposed and applied honestly
to roadbuildlng, could it have been imagined that this
system, too, w-iuld lead itself to the purpose, of .'the
racketeer? Yet such, apparently is the fact, with the
gasoline tax now the center and stimulus of agroup
of fundamental transactions in which the States them
selves, to a certain extent, are parties, if we are to
consider a breach of faith with the public as a symbol
of wrong. Fjromihe modest one cent a gallon, collect
ed with the cooperation of the companies and applied
to the statu! purpose of providing, the chief users of
gasoline with better roads, we now have taxes running
as high as six and even seven cent.-v and their proceeds
. used .tp meet other municipal expensesfor which pro
vision .should be made by other means. Worse than
that, in some States a special gas tax is levied for
general revenue; thus penalizing one class of citizens
for the benefit of another.
Perhaps it is not realized how far the evil of un
lt'strieted taxat; n of gasoline has gone. A list of no
fewer than eight seperate and distinct i Tenses' against
'decency' and fair play have been listed. These include
demoralization of the retail gasoline markets in many
cities; the entrance into the system of distribution
gasoline of racketeers, criminals who have been prey
ing upon honest business in other lines; operation, for
the promise of illegal profit, of carelessly constructed
and hadly managed bulk plants; a new source of direct
financial loss to refiners and other sources of supply
through firms which operate only to beat the tax laws;
division to other purposes of money collected from
motorists who assented to taxation under an explicit
understanding that the funds were to go for roads;
selling of inferior goods as a means of evading tax;
fraudulent claims for exemption by some consumers,
on whom the tax bears heaviiy, and other ills which
have flowed from an originally admirable system which
has been abused. -' - ' '
It is no less true of gasoline taxation than of any
other form of taxation that if it is overdone, the in
vitable result will be loss of revenue, evasion and
fraud. Bootlegging of gasoline is as much a iolation
of law as bootlegging of liquor. It has been suggested
that the oil industry and the motorists should work
together to secure inclusion in various State laws of
such safeguards as licensing and bonding of all dealers,
adequate provisions for checking shipments and sales,
more severe punishment, including imprisonment, for
those found guilty of violations, and so on. These are
all right in their way, and should be incorporated, but
the basic trouble is abuse of the tax privilege, with
which some j States and communities have run wildV
Indeed, it is stated by no less an authority than the
Oil and Gas Journal that "the profits from the racket
have been So attractive that they have been divided
with conniving officials, with the usual result of wide
spread corruption, as in the liquor racket." Liquor
bootlegging is a national scandal, but more condoned
in fact, becaue of peculiar conditions, than swindling
of the public through improper use of the power to
impose taxes on gasoline consumption ever will do
20 Years Ago
Misses Olive Boone and Lillian Allen
are at home from Meredith College,
Misses Marguerite and Helen Briggs
are here from Virginia Institute in
Bristol, Virginia for the holidays.
Misses Jennie Ray and Margurite
Sloan have arrived from Converse
College to spend the holidays.
Mr. Hugh Abel is here from Weav
John Martin and Troy Wyeh are
here from Trinity Colleege for the
Mr. D. M. Cagte of Clyde was the
guest of Mr. W. T. Lee Tuesday.
Mrs. E. J. Hyatt arrived this week
from Nevada on a visit to her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Shelton, for seve
A picture of Miss Hernia Medford,
winner of the Courier Popularity Con
test appears on the editorial page.
Mr. W. C. Allen, Superintendent,
announces that school will open Wed
nesday, January 4, and that Jue to
limited seating capacity no pupils will
be taken after January .9.
Mr. E. P . Martin advertises Staple
and Fancy Groceries, and Cheap and
J. A. Francis
and is one of the
in Haywood county.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Waynesville, "N. C, Dec.
The Richland Baptist church of
Waynesvi le feels very thenkful to
our det.r Lord for His past blessings
jf the gone by. year. God is surely
WJiking with the good people of this
church. We enjoyed a great revival
'.'.I the n :. fail which many souls
.'. 10 . s:;v.l and added to the church.
Oui hc'. 'ved pastor, Rev. L. F. Clark,
did some strong preaching and great
work in this meeting. Vt are thank-
ui "or . the great increase of the
.nurch ami Sunday School and the
j,ocd f'el cwship "of ihe Christians.
We i'eel very thankful for the faith
t'ul efforts of Brother Hawkins
Freeman. Superintendent of Sunday
School, 'who; we now have preaching
Uv'iiv a month first" arid third Sun
J.iy.s. We have a board of faithful
; V.ic.Hi : and we ie 'striving to do all
v. cm for our faithful pastor and
the cause of Jesus Christ and feel
hat Go.l will reward us all in the
end..: - We ask the prayers of all
Christian churches that we may do
giv'. tor things in the new year.
You are invited to attend this
church and find a welcome waiting
all. '"I was glad when' they said, Let
us go unto the House of the Lord."
FROM THE CHURCH.
jvlote. Mr, Francis lives in the
section ot tne coumj
Mr. Francis has
promised to write for I he moun
taineerhis articles are always m
spring, beneficial and welcome.
The year nineteen and thirty-one
is drawing to a close and going down
in history as one of the most unset
tled conditions in the annals of our
country. There have been tragedies
of the most outrageous nature, be
trayal of public trust, misappropri
ation of both private and public
funds, conspiracies in office for the
purpose of defrauding the govern
ment and public institutions, dishon
esty in almost all departments cf our
government, intimidation and bribery
in our courts of justice, officials fail
ing in the performance of their of
ficial duties, depression of a serious
nature, lot, of confidence in all de
partments of government in hu
manity, and to a great extent in the
But when we view the situation
from an optimistic standpoint we
have many things for which we should
be thankful and rejoice that condi
tions are as well with us as they
are, especially we people of the moun
tain section who have been wonderful
ly blessed in many ways- First, we
should be thankful for the Providen
tial care that has been extended to
us and for the bountiful crops which
have blessed our county with sup
plies for man and bea.st. .During
another year we halve not been visit
ed with any disastrous storms,
floods, or epidemics and no serious
draught. The continual dry weather
during the fall months retarded wheat
sowing to some extent, but this was
an advantage to the maturing crops
and gave the farmers ample time to
gather in all their crops in good con
dition. The only serious problem facing our
people is the tax situation. It is very
evident that unless some relief is ex
tended many of our people will lose
their homes ad all they possess.
Hasty Ev t
Alfred: I hear -.: s
haunted house last n'&h
Casper: About 12 'el
came through the wail
there was no wall tlvre.
Alfred: And what u'd
Casper: I went th:,rjs
wall the same way.
She: I've had a doien
He: Chiropodists, 1
A small admission wi
ed for the men, all ladies
Editor of The Mountaineer:
Sir: Everybody is familiar . with
Paul Revere's Ride. In the first ar
ticle in the October Historical Re
view mention is maue. i.f Captain
Jatk's Ride, and in Old Time Sto
ries by MjCorkle we find an account
of that Ride by Mrs. McNincli ex
cellently done in poetry. Paul Revere
carried some news Captain Jack
carried th!- Mecklenburg -Declaration
of Independence! Captain Jack' -himself
nearly fifty years later toid about
He said it was -in June, and the
first place he struck was Salisbury.
Court was in session there. The peo-
"They say that marris
life. Do you believe it?'
"I do. I know seven
who wwuld have starwvi
it hadn't been for th- wc
Two London cabmen
at each other.
"Aw, what's the matte:
"Nothing's the matter
"You gave me a 'narsh
sisted the first.
"Well," responded the
you mention it, I see th:
tainly have a narsty loot
.not give it to you."
pie had not heard of whs
lenburg folks, had done a
So Captain Jack furnishc
with a copy and it was
There was a great hurrah
ought to be made of tha
the reading of the Meckl
laration in the Salisbury
The proceedings of th
Salisbury in June, 177 ." ,
in the 10th volume of C
cords, and also a letter fn
an Committee to the i
Committee- ; But what
Jack carrying in June? f
Mecklenburg Declaration o
the only one that was w
No one had ever heard s
of any "May 20th " The
one meeting one declai
Who will draw the pic
tain Jack having the
Declaration read in op
Salisbury and amid greai
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