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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1931
THE WAYNESVILIJJ MOUNTAINEER
THE WAYNES VILLE PRINTING CO.
Waynesvilie, N. C.
W. C. KUSS - Editor
W. C. Russ and M. T. Bridge, Publishers
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Entered at the post office at Waynesvilie, N. C,
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tic Act of March .'J, 1879, November 20, 1914.
THURSDAY, JULY :, 1931
SLAUGHTER 1JY NEGLIGENCE
Tiie collision of trucks on No. 10 highway,
in Catawba county, Friday night, which result
ed in ten fatalities with about a score injured,
some of the latter probably permanently in
jured, suggests to older residents the famous
wreck ol the railroad train at Iiostian bridge,
August, 18'Jl. when 22 persons met death and
21 were inurexl. The Catawba nvJision is
probably the worst of its kind in this section
in latalities and injuries. They say the col
lision occurred "on a bad curve." Clamor will
no doubt be made lor the elimination ot curves.
It may be safely asserted that it was the result
ol negligent driving and was as likely to have
occurred on a straight road as on a curve.
Truck bodies that extend lar over the chassis,
otherwise the running works ol the vehicle,
are a constant menace to passing vehicles, The
sideswipe is a constant threat with careless
drivers. Truck bodies are made verv wide of
course to carry a larger load. In one truck
human freight was packed like sardines. When
two trucks with extended bodies meet the side
.swipe is imminent unless each driver gives all
the room there is. In the instant case the ever
present potential danger became a reality
through negligence. Whether it was one' driver
or both we don't know. I Jut negligence was
the cause, not the curve in the roml. The roads
are as w"lc on curves as on straight lines, often
a little more. It is the fault of the drivers when
vehicles don't keep on their own side on curves
instead ot taking more of the road and endaiu
gering the other fellow.
If anything is to be done about it the behe
moths that try to haul so much at one turn
should be made to curtail, to ir.irrovv their bodies
Never was anv sense in permitting these com.
mercial vehicles to take so much of the high
way space to the danger ol all who pass them.
Also, all who get over on the other fellow's space
on a curve or elsewhere, as careless drivers so
frequently do, should have a soiourn in
lail or State prison when ami lung happens.
They should be punished simply for cutting
over, whether anything happens or not. Hut
under our system we wait lor something serious
to happen before doing anything about it, and
not so much, if anything, is done alter it hap.
pens. Statesville Daily.
mtEAI) HE ( R ES. AND THEY Gl E
Got a piece of bread, mister? I have been
hungrv since Wednesday morning when I went
on a l.'i.dav diet. I have been talking about re
ducing for a long time, but never before did I
entertain any serious thoughts of trying it
myself. I don't believe I would ever have start
ed it now if I had only known what it meant.
Of course, mv diet is very generous. lean
have everything I want, except bread, potatoes
and other starches, sweets and sugar for my
collee and vegetables cooked in grease. Out
side of these few exceptions, the road is wide
open. I!ut did you ever try to fill up on toma
toes and lettuce and perhaps a thin slice of lean
meat? It's like feeding an army on a package
of soda crackers and a glass of skim milk. To
say the least, it's a grave insult to one's capa.
The department of mv stomach that once
accommodated the starches feels as forlorn as
Devil's '.-(Hutch and keeps up the incessant
whine: "Much more of this denial and I'll be
modeling Gandhi shorts!" No one could ever
accuse me of being unsympathetic towards my
stomach and therefore, I, too, am miserable.
JftWge Beasley, Jr Monroe Journal.
EARLY CRIME NEWS
Iiy many the apparent tendency of daily
newspapers to give undue prominence to stories
of crime is greatly deplored, but looking back
ward we may find a similar tendency in ail his.
tory and liteiature, as well as in current news.
The Old Testament contains the records of
many crimes of every kind, beginning with
Cain's murder of his brother, Abel, though
without the minute details which accompany
modern newspaper narratives.
Before newspapers were of general circu
lation, several important financial and business
houses of Europe arranged with certain agen
cies lor "news letters," which were primarily
lor the purpose of keeping informed on com
An mte-sting collection of these letters,
from the correspondence ol the House of bug.
ger, internationJ bankers, is still preserved,
and show a decideo. trend toward news of crime,
as well as that of business.
One of these letters, dated at Augsburg,
December 2, 1585, contains accounts of three
murders, one suicide, one attempted suicide and
one accidental drowning.
In another letter, there is an account of a
scandal, with a spicy recital of details such as
no modern newspaper of general circulation
would think of publishing.
Still another letter from Moscow, depicts
the horrible atrocities being perpetrated in
Russia. It says: "The lolks are pitilessly and
cruelly killed in their thousands. They freeze
to death and perish by violent means. Corn,
cattle and all else which is needed for man's
sustenance is burnt and altogether much wan
ton damage is wrought."
Crimes and disasters loom large in history
and in the news oi the day, forming an inevit
able part of the record ol humanity. Not to
know about them would mean ignorance re
garding the realities of life. But many of the
ollensive particulars might well be omitted
Irom our newspapers. Ex.
LEGION OF DECENCY PRESSES FILM
What promises to be a nation-wide boycott
ol motion-picture theaters has begun and
Hollywood at last has flinched under mounting
The boycott, to which Cardinals, Bishops,
and priests have summoned 20,000,000 Catho
lics to pledge themselves, is being conducted in
the name of the Legion of Decency, organized by
the Catholic hierarchy of North America in
Washington last November. The Most Rev.
John T. McNicholas, Archbishop of Cincinnati,
is chairman. The pledge, copies ot which have
lxien distributed generally, binds the signers
to abstain from attending any motion-picture
except those shown in homes and Catholic in
stitutions. No member ol the Legion of De
cency will enter a motion-picture theater until
such time as the produces have been made to
see that pandering to lust and depravity will
not pay. Protestant and .Jewish leaders have
indorsed the campaign, and it is said that i
may.be taken up bv all creeds and be extended
throughout the world.
China, .Japarv Turkey, and several Euro
pean countries have complained with increas
ing bitterness against some of Hollywood's por
trayals of American hie and have wondered,
whether Amei leans actually are given over to
orgiastic enterprise. Lo Kahg, chief film cen
sor of tht Nanking dovernment, has praved
that. "Hollywood scenario-writers would ease
up on love and romance." as it is his difhcult
task to determine when romance, love, and
luxury coase to be merely, entertaining and
reach the point where they might damage the
morals ot the Chinese people.
It is estimated that the average weekly at
tendance at motion-picture theaters in this
country is 77,000,000 people, of whom 2;3.()00,
000 are under twentv-one. If all Catholics join
the Legion of Decency, and adhere to its solemn
pledge, Hollywood will be touched to the quick
in the cash register, which, say Catholic lead
ers, is the only place it can be touched. Produc
ers who believe in the starkest realism for the
screen will have a little lesson in realism them
Many ot the motion-picture tneater owners
would be glad to eliminate filth, but claim thev
are helpless under the block-booking system,
which forces them to take the good with the
bad. Literary Digest.
G LA NCE S
By W. CURTIS RUSS
There ar. few things more beau
tiful or fascinating than tv w-tch
heat lightning play among the -.-lou is
these summer nights. Aitl few
things give me the creeps more than
for a streak of lightning to Hash
For somf. reason or other I enjoy
talking to people who stamnie.
nrt these that try to over the radio
and can't, but those who jut do it
naturally. There is one thing about
it. there arP few things they say that
the average person won't try to hear.
Years ago I hud a cow in who
titammered until it was almo.st impos
sible to understand a word he said,
and some one told him if he drank
wafer from a cow bell it would cure
him. He got a cow bell that had
been in une for several years, and
being just a lad, he drank water from
it freely. It so happend that the bell
was rusty r.nd th(1 rusty water didn't
agree with his .stomach, and tor sever
al days he did not stammer at all.
and his parents were afraid that he
would pass out in spite of all they
DRIVE CAREFULLY TODAY
STOPPING AT NIGHT
If it Li necessary to come to a sun on th..
highway at night, drive otf the pavement or road
if the surface permits. It is up to you to pre
vent rear end collisions with approaching ve
hicles even if it is necessary to personally signal
all cars. This may be a matter of life or death
to other drivers who may not understand that
your car is standing still. Avoid obstructing
head or tail lights as you work on the car.
Highway Safety Committee-Club.
After recovering he stammered a
few months but soon go: well, and
he can out-ta..; three ;; maids.
The man in C harlotte who sent his
son and daughter-in-law in New
York four cans of dirt to put under
the bed posts when their baby wass
born so it could be said that the baby
was born on Southern soil, reminds
me of the riddle that went something
"What nationality Would a baby be
that was born on an American ship in
Spanish wate.s, flying a French flag,
the mother being an Italian and the
father a Norwegian.'"
To date I have never heard a sat
Bill Lampkin, head man of the local
telephone office, has a family that
would make thP Society for Protection
to Birds rejoice.
Every year for a number of years,
a pair of red-headed woodperkers have
made their home in a hollow light
pole in tront ot the Lampkin. home.
This Spring soon after the birds had
built their nest and were ready to
hatch the three eggs. .the light com
pany found it necessary to replace
th,, pole with a new one:
After the old pole was removed,
the Lampkin family insisted that a
bird house be placed on the new pole
to care tor the woodpecker .'family
This was done, and the birds moved in
It is against the rule of the light
companv tor anything to be attache
to their poles, but this request was
an exception, and thev broke the
Although the present home of the
woodpeckers seems to be satisfactory
it i.s. doubtful if they will return next
year, but will . forsake their unique
painted bi:-d hou-e for some hollow
J". very newspaper makes era, some
bad and some worse, but The Ruralite
in Sylva made the' following error
last week, in the ' article about th
funeral of Mr li.vc kerr. It read
".Mr. Kei r was elected mayo:- of Can.
tun in H-- and was- re-elected four
times, serving until i:'.;.;. m,. was
!1 vear.s old."
This paper made one in .the Metho-
d'.- church announcement' which
lead: "The Wirst ,Methodi.-t Church
'Paul Hardin has tried several times
to explain that there is not a better
.Methodist chiKvh in this town than
his. and so far he has had his way
speaking ot . Paul Hardin it vou
want to hear about how to grow corn,
see either him or Judg( Rose. They
are out for blue ribbons this year,
from their corn crop. Last week
they were about even. .
. According to all reports, thy last
election was "wetter", thon the first
Evidently the (Hi gallons Sheriff Lowe
poured out last week was . not in
tended, for this section after all. or
to it just samples. .
Next week is court week, and large
crowds will 1h here every day. I
know of no better place to'study hu
man nature than in a court crowd.
. 'Add smiles: As happy:
didate who won Saturday.
WHO WANTS TO LIFT A IUTTLESHIP?
A certain gasoline ad states that one gallon
of that particular brand will lift a battleship
so many feet, but what we would like to see is
some that will lift our flivver out of a mudhole
when we're stuck. Caswell Messenger.
This is tennis weather,, and the
tennis fans of the burg are prac
ticing almost every day. Whether
they play ..at Belle, Meade, or at the
Piedmont Hotel, it is hard for a
stranger to win you see both courts
are near the swimming pools and the
".cenery" distracts from the tennis
Wonder who thought of the idea of
continuous signs along the highway?
About a dozen signs tifty feet apart
with only onP or two words on them,
and it is necessary to read every
one to get the meaning. Once you
start . reading' them you Can't stop
until me last one is passed.
Prize fighters may comP and go.
but it took Dempsey and Tunney to
draw the crowds and the cash. At
their fight in '192(5 a total of 120.757
people paid $l,89ii,73;5 to see it. A year
later the same pair drew 104,94:1 who
paid $2,658,660. Several here Satur
day night saw some good fighting
and didn't pay anything for it.
22 Years Ag
IK.xin the"file of'Jufy 5, 1912.) '
(.lovernor Woodrow Wilson, of New
Jersey, was made presidential nomi
nee of the Democratic national con
vention when on the forty-sixth bal
lot, he received 990 votes to 84 for
Mr. Robert Osborne left Tuesday
for Cocoa, r lorida where he will en
gage in the wholesale business with
hLs brother. Mr. G Osborne.
A marriage that will be of unusual
interest to a large circle of friends
herP is that of Mias Bruce Landis and
Mr. Edwin Guy, of Marion, which oc
curred Thursday -evening..
Mr. Grady Boyd has gone to Cocoa,
h lorida where he has accepted a position-
The following young people are
spending the week-end at Ruby City:
Misses Virginia and Nannette Jonas,
Hilda Way, Mattie McNinch. Ruth
Adams, Jennie Ray, Messrs. Ban
ner Gilmer. Cola Allen, Robert New
man, Charlie Tull Earl Norman, L,
There will be a debate at the Rat-
cliff Cove school house Saturday '
night on the question: Resolved that
the United States should increase her
navy. Messrs. Charles and Robe".
Francis will argue the afftrmativ,. and
the negative will be taken by Mesr.
R. V. Leatherwood and Cleveland
"Elegance combined with everlast
ing wear" is how a customer recently
described our buggies Open and Top
Steel and Rubber Tires, Single and
Doublp Harness, W'hips and Lap
Robes. Waynesvilie Hardware Com-pany.
When Corn on High Sea
A cliild born on -the liijrli si-as ul;fj
the natlooalltr of the father and bj
a fiction of extraterritoriality in inter
nitlonal law It also takes the nation.
Bitty of the vessel on which It Is born.
Steel That Floats in Air
Cobalt steel has the unusual quality !
nf flnnHnc In tha air when nrnxfcA 1
In the form of two magnets. f
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be euro you use good, FRESH ugu.
'Insist on your grocer supplying- you with
Suteetest Sugar Iver Sold'
AFTER A TIRING GAME, enjoy a Camel. Thanks
to the "energizing effect" in Camels your "pep"
soon returns! You can smoke as many Camels
as you want . , . They never jangle the nerves.
Get a LIT with a Camel !"
When a prescription must be filled in a hurry, or there
i- urgent need of some pharmaceutical supply, ALEX
ANDER'S is the logical place to entrust with the order.
For this institution has all the resources that provide
for accuracy and speed.
These resources include complete stocks, a staff of t
two Acteran pharmacists, and the speediest delivery ,scr-.
vice in WaynesviHe. 1
ASK Y O U It DOCTOR
Phones 53 & 54
Opposite Post Office