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THURSDAY, MARCH 17
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Waynesville, N. C.
Published Every Thursday
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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1931
The God of heaven, He will prosper us,
Have you ever stopped to think of just
how much beauty the people that do not live
in the mountains really miss?
Farm experts told us last week that the
snow and cold weather killed most of the bugs
and insects that have survived the previous
cold weather. Maybe so, but there are plenty
of hum-bugs that'll get by.
The Iiocky Mountains with their towering
snow-capped peaks afford little competition to
ih Inanity of these ever-changing mountains
of Western North Carolina,' especially after a
WAYNESVILLE. THE GATEWAY TO THE
(J HEAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN in.ihi-PARK
''Tonight one of the largest civic meetings
ever held in Waynesville is scheduled to be
held in the banquet hull ot th2 Methodist cnuicn
rha niirwi nf Ihis meetim? is to got the un
'divided cooperation of every public spirited
W.ivnpjvilU- to back the three out
standing projects now before the Chamber of
Commerce. They are, make Waynesville the
gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains Na
tional Park; the tourist center oi ine mono
tjiins! Jin d develon industrial possibilities.
The officers" of the Chamber of Commerce
:i I'd in lip f fill crrntnlatfld for not sterjmng Oil
and trying to undertake some project that would
be an almost impossibility to pur over, im-y
h:ivp nspd sound iudtrment and have placed be
fore the citizens of this conimurv'ty three goals
that can be reached provided -we 'do what we
are called upon to do and not try to pass the
burden on to our neighbor.
These three achievements are linked hand
in hand and if one is put across successfully
the others will be much easier to add to the
list of accomplishments before many months.
The outlined program will take some time to
perfect but the day they 'U'c accomplished you
will see that the city of Waynesville is entirely
a different place in which to live and that the
whole world will be pointing with pride to "the
city in the midst of nature's, playground,"
Nature has -'wonderfully blessed our com
munity, perhaps more than any other City of
like size in America, and it seems that even if
we lacked civic pride, we would have enough
praise in our hearts to our Maker fr giving us
these unmatched advantages, and - u out ana
spread the news of our good fortunes to the
wide world and let them know of the things
we have been keeping to ourselves for years,
yea centuries. Nature has done more than her
part, and the citizens of Waynesville are made
of such calibre that they will do the rest.
In looking over the proposed projects, it
seems to us that the most important M making
Waynesville the gateway to the park. We be
lieve that if this is accomplished the others
will follow in due time.
The park is our main "special" in this
tourist sale, and once we get the public sold
on the Tark and it's beauty, it will be rather
easy to sell the public on the other two matters.
What The Mountaineer proposes in this
matter, is for every person in this community
to work for the same goal, Waynesville The
Gateway To The Great Smoky Mountains Na
inn;il Park The first thinor necessarv toward
reaching this goal is to know what we are try
ing to sell before we present it to the public.
We must have all the advantages firmly fixed
in our minds so that no matter what question
arises it can be answered quicKiy ana correcu.
TVio nvprnffp citizen will no doubt say.
that is a job for the secretary of the Chamber
of Commerce, to answer all questions ana sena
mh ?nfnrmatinn about Wavnesville beino: the
gateway to the park. That is true, it will be his
duty to do this along with hundreds of other
matters that no one but the secretary coma ao,
but the average citizen is in a better position
to give out this information than the secretary.
We say that for this reason, the secretary
' knows only a small precentage of the people
living away from here as compared with those
ahown by every citizen in Waynesville. Then
take it upon yourself to mention the park and
the advantages in every letter you send out of
Waynesville, even if it is only a dozen words
Write to friends that would likely go else when
to spend their summers. Tell them about the
Bark and we believe you will be pleasantly su
jprieed at tne results uiw inowiy ucwo
mtf' letters will do.
If we only had the faith of the old maid
who lip-sticked' her lips and looked under the
bed expecting to be kissed.
Everything comes to him who waits. We
waited all winter for the snow, we got it. Now
let's wait patiently for better times, we'll get
The Mountaineer's mineral selection is con
tinually growing. The latest addition is a pure
sheet of mica. The following statement might
make some old fogy smile and say the editor
is crazy but who knows but what some day
Haywood county will be one of the richest min
ing centers in America?
A stranger dropped in the other day and
sarcastically asked if the court house was a
new post office. We unexpectedly took him up
and replied that it was ; explaining that Hay
wood County was receiving so many orders for
apples and other farm products that the gov
ernment had to build a larger post office to take
cart of the extra mail. He took it as the truth
and trudged over to inspect the building and
perhaps look for the stamp window.
Perhaps it would be worth while for par
ents to remind their children that it costs the
taxpayers 22c a day to send them to school,
and Impress them with the fact that they are
doing themselves, their parents, and the state
an injustice if they fail to make the most of
Twenty-two cents a day for each school
child amounts to millions of dollars every year,
but then at that price it is one of the best in
vestments a state can make. The more money
we spend for schools the less we will have to
spend on building prisons.
The total true wealth of North Carolina is
$ 1,(;98,000,000 or $1,482 per capita, according
to an item in the University News Letter.
Everybody admits that North Carolina is rich
but the individuals that will admit, that they
have money, are hard to find. People who have
very little money are always talking of being
rich, while the rich seldom refer to anything
but hard times; which leads us to believe that
practically the entire population of North Caro
lina is rich.
WE SHOULD HE PKOU1) OF HAYWOOD
James F. Barrett, editor and publisher of
The Brevard News and Western Carolina Tri
bune, two of the best weeklies in the mountain
region, recently carried an editorial that throws
a compliment to Haywood County that many
of our own citizens hesitate to admit He terms
Haywood County as one of the very best coun
ties in all Western North Carolina. What more
could a non-resident of the county say?
We are reprinting this editorial and would
give almost anything we own if every knocker
of this county would read it.
Fine Word Comes From Western Carolina
"Reading of exchanges coming to our desk
from many towns in Western North Carolina
bring cheerful news, indeed. Over at Sylva
the bugle sounded and word comes forth that
'business hums' these days, with wider opera
tion of the tanning industry, increases in opera
tions of the paperboard factory, the resumption
of operations of the big plants at East La Porte,
and elsewhere about Jadkson County. Mer
chants and hotels report increased business,
and there is cheerfulness on every hand.
"Down Morganton way one hears the justi
fiable boast that that city is among those at the
top of the list, being given that place by at least
. three state and federal agencies, as result of
good business conditions and satisfactory in
dustrial activity. Lenoir, another of Carolina's
best centers, is in enviable place among those
cities of continuous business activity and in
"W. C. Ituss, editor of The Mountaineer,
never tires of telling of ever increasing activity
in Haywood county, where farming and dairy
ing, fruit growing and the cattle business give
constant indome to the farming life, while the
big industries, like the Champion Fibre company
at Canton, the big tannery at Hazelwood, and
other industrial activities added to the fine
agricultural activity makes of Haywood county
one of the very best in all Western North Carolina.-
"So from all sections comes word that busi
ness is good."
The newspapers 'vnd public spirited citizens
of this county have tried every' w&y possible
to convince some "doubting citizens" that,
without a doubt, Haywood County is now en
joying better business than almost any other
section of the state. Regardless of all this
persuading some still fail to grasp the full
meaning of it. The best method would perhaps
be to have these "doubters" visit another sec
tion of the state and be convinced first hand
that "there's no place like Haywood County."
Every day we hear residents of this county
express themselves as being dissatisfied with
the conditions here. A similar remark was
made recently in the company of a county offi
cial who immediately took up the remark and
said, "there's dozens of roads leading out of
this county if you don't like it, and if you are
too lazy to walk and can't afford to ride, I'll
buy yau a ticket or carry you out myself." To
this "perfect, suggestion" we said with a loud
voice. Amen. -
We honestly believe that this method would
be a "sure cure" for the dethimental chronic
In behalf of the loyal citizens of Haywood
County, the Mountaineer thanks Editor Barrett
for his word of cheer.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
Political and Otherwise
The North Carolina 1931 General
Assembly did at least two mighty line
pieces of legislating titfmng the
road system over to the State and re
lieving the property of the burden of
mointsininrr the school exnenses above
15c- They marred a very fine pic
ture of an ideal system by wtaming
the 15c ad valorem tax, but the spe
cial interests with their high priced
lobbyists proved too much for our
solons. One poor, all but pauper
ized industry in the Piedmont section
had cleared only the measly sum ol
$35,000,000 the previous year, and of
course could not stand a fair tax.
In fact, it was so badly off that it had
to raise the price of manufacturing to
bacco 15c on the pound, and pay
about one-half the previous year's
price for leaf tobacco. The wails
and the lamentations of the manufac
turing interests were so loud that
the solons did not have the heart to
take them in proportion with the
The farmer will stand just any
thing that put upon him. Not so
the manufacturer, or in fact, any
other class of people. He will en
dure a raise in hin taxes year after
year until he can no longer pay, then
he meekly stands by while the sheriff
Bells his property. But he will prob
ably come into his own sometime, if
it is a fact that the meek shall in
heiit the earth.
In transferring the schools n ml the
roads to the State, the lawmakers
made a drastic salary cut for rf the
teachers and employees, which was
right and proper for the period of
this depression, or oppression, which
if uom; tn mu to bo a more proper
term. In fact. I believe all on the
State payroll had to take a salary
cut. But what I cannot understand
is, why did the county machinery in
tu' MM ,.,,inHj pc;m(' this ('.it?
Surely their nerve failed them, or
va it the lack of somethiiiK Josephus
told them (if in a spco;-h before that
body during the stormy session last
I see the candidate;' aiv beginning
to announce themselves in the press,
They will begin shaking hands soon
Some will have to nrac-tiir on the
pump handle in order . to get the
ir usdos h".-k in trim. Wonder if
they would not iust volunteer to take
i, reduction, provided they arc nomi
nated and elected
The say Bob Hipp:' will make the
race again. Bob is a safe bi t when
it comes to doing his best for the tax
payers. Still there is a lot more need
ed' to be done down at Raleigh next
winter. Bob and Sam would make a
fine team if they could agree upon a
m.ni.uivi lniiK-inp- to the eoualdistii-
bution of the tax burden. Of course 1
the power and tobacco companies art' I
entitled to u square deal, but th
farmer and other property owners are j
entitled to a like deal. !
Prof. Wm. C. Allen ha.- had some
very fine articles on the tax .situation.,
and I hope to sec more from time to
time. Perhaps if he will keep ham I
mering the tax payers will w-ik. m j
to their danger and demand justice, j
TAX T KB
. tt:.j Ctate nro nav'inir ac
oi tne " ' wmnn in
cording to Biawsww
taxest which would amount to U a. d
one quarter billion dollars. Add o
t0h?s the ten billion which it cosU O
.V, nt;irnmlnt i)l I.U1 101 U
! eight states and you have a total
I twenty three arm one wumi
j dollars. According to our statistician
Uhere are ten million persons in the
i United States, not including the one
and one half mUlim pensioners, who
I are supported entirely or in part uy
I the government. This would amount
i to millions of dollars coming out of
the tax payers' pocket and not one
(dollar would find its way into the
Li..ili .f tjivHtion.
With these facts before us. how long
will our Government stand up under
such strain? under tnese conations
is it any wonder that our people are
in the financial condition they are?
Did it ever occur to you that the pro
ducer has to pay the cost of Govern
ment first and the consumer -econd?
This is why the farmer is s imanciai
i,. mhimii9iH and unless w can re
duce the coist of Government of both
state and nation, he will nnaiiy oe
closed out because h is being choked
out of existence.
How is this reduction to be brought
ubout? The tax payers wiil never
refoim themselves. No chance of tha.
The more tax money to spend means
more jobs to out; it means more
power, more prestige for the tax
spender. The tax payer has protested
and accomplished nothing. He relied
'on the promises of the politicians and
mot with rlisannointnient. So it BD-
' " - ...... - r i (
nora that if there is anv reduction
accomplished, the tax payers will have
to get togetner and tio some real nara
intelligent study. Most or our enorts
f- reduce taxes began at thR top but
the place to begin is at the bottom.
The school tax is the biggest we
have to pay and from what we hear
talked on the streets and throughout
the country, there is some need of
reform in that line. 11 that be true,
if i- tVin Intv nf rnnh tnv nnvp to
dig into the proceedings of the board
of education and county commission-
I eis. iuvn. inio me cla m- s.' j
nam iroww ftniuvhr
Only by getting at facts wjj?
l'4tll LUC tA UttiCl niatJM 'in..
in reducing the level of taxe0
a jit. wtvi mine wner. aT1j
taxes can be reduced and I..,";
Jnur no. 1 Iia irin ....
!-"""") is onl-.i
nmnthc nff Jin1 Qnn , i- , ' '
V Z . . loauiaatto I.
tkiniDn flloil- linto :.. .. it.
others have been snnW.-n ..'.r-U
be necessary for the taxpayer l '
candidate. Ls he a good citizen Li1
tmp apnsp of tho u.iivl' t . " i
- y-.u; is ne if
with any corporation? Is v
,What we need at the presents
is men iiu aie real men-rr.
cannot be swayed by any ring
- i 1 - -uu 'IBVg
tiK.mKplvpa t-ne to tK.;w
Mil nf itfl rp.nuirmpntk. ...k
- . - - - --- niiu nay. ..
confidence of their fellow citiimj"
looking over the Held I can'tL
anv man who wouLl mi-nt n .i-
T oil UIIK
Fir J P Ahlp a if 1 p ;.,tL'
one of the people, public epiritaU
nus CTiiinuuieu Breaii" m the ml
con-vent to enter the race, he
pull a good vote and if elected t
make t 'deal reDresentative,
J. A- FRANCIS
WATCH FOR "HELL Dim
NEXT WEEK, ITS ONE $
tU.MlMUUS AVATION TBI'
TH AT YOU WON'T FORGET s5
Reasonable Prices on both o
dise and services
Lady Assistant - Amr-nlam Scl
uay j nones i & iw - .Night
31-t t a. in
M n toi
There is much, being-said'. and "dis
cussed about ways and means of re
ducing taes. Now the only way to
n,i..in ikiwi ii tn snend less. This
simple fact is often overlooked by the j
tax paver and ignored anu tieiueu u
tax spenders. Tax reform generally
implies the shifting of taxes. It in-
volves taking taxes off orio irroup and
placing on another; nnd while the t;i" j
payeis are scrapping about who is to!
pay the taxc. the tax f pendei s go ;
mc'rvily n spemling the money onrt .
devising moans of spending move. j
Now these are facts that cannot V1,
denied and to piovo the assert io:i .i t
u-. look into the expense of the y- v-,
ernment nf our country which ha
creased from seven and one quarter j
million in 191 1 to four and ono iu:u t- r
ci billion in WM. If we incres- ? our
expenses the next twenty yinrs at tne
same ratio we will be paying nintecn
and three quarter billion to in.ur.tain
our government. '
Now if we were payintT fiur and
nfta ruin ptpi- hillinn last veni- to main
tain ou:? government and th . pconlc fjj
When friends and others wish to get in touch ij
you, the first place they look is in tho teleptwl
directory. Will they find your name listed tdnl
Everyone expects to be able to reach you by m
Think how much your name in the telep
directory will mean to vou and your family.
business, social and family activities, your on
tunities to enjoy life require that you be il
within auick and easv reach of vour friends i
i - g - - i
business associates. A telephone in your home in
yoa in arm s reach ot relatives and friends reg
less of where they live.
In fact, the advantages of a teleohons m'
horns are so numerous and the cost so small
it really doesn't pay to try to do without it.
Jmi e phone a nd Telegraph Company
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