THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
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Waynesville. N'orth Carolina
The County Seat Of Haywood County
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1937
"A HOWLING SUCCESS"
"A good time was had by all."
That Phrase is frequently blue-penciled
by newspapers, because they no longer con
sider it the best of journalism. We feel, how
ever, that such a phrase would be permissible to
use today in expressing the outcome of the
Labor Day celebration in this county Monday.
More particularly, the celebration staged
in this immediate community by Waynesville,
Hazelwood and Lake Junaluska.
It is significant that this being the first
Labor Day celebration in this community that
it met with such success. Every part of the
detailed program "clicked" according to sche
dule. Everyone seemed more than pleased with
As a general rule, people of this section
look on Labor Day as the last day of the sum
mer season. While it is the last official sum
mer holiday, it seems that we might well look
on it as the beginning of a big fall season.
We have said many times, that this com
munity is passing up many dolors in business
by not capitalizing on the fall season. With
ideal weather, colorful foliage, and bracing air,
vre have everything to make visitors enjoy
themselves and get a renewed grip on life.
Now that we have had it demonstrated
that Labor Day in this community can be made
a big thing, it seems that from now on we
should have equally as good Labor Day pro
grams as the first of a series of events lasting
through the fall months for the benefit of local
citizens and visitors from afar.
V INVESTMENT IN SAFETY
As motorists become more conscious of the
high tax that they pay on every gallon of gaso
line, they are demanding more safety in high
This summer, this mountain area has suf
fered from heavy and steady rains. The excess
water has washed holes along the curb of some
tf the main highways, and in some places the
ruts have been washed to a depth of over a
This past week, for the first time, we no
ticed the washed places were being filled with
asphalt, and the shoulders of the highways
It is dangerous, especially at night, to have
these gapping holes and deep ruts along the
The present method of filling in the places
"with asphalt instead of ordinary topsoil seems
to us to be an investment in safety that we have
long needed on our highways.
NO WAILS, NO CHEERS
All over North Carolina a phenomenon is
taking place. As a constant reader of the State
exchanges, we can testify to the fact that taxes
are going up city taxes, town taxes, county
taxes, taxes here, there and everywhere and
the payers give every indication of having re
signed themselves to it. ' :
Nor is that all. The people who stand to
benefit most from these increased taxes, the
helpless old, the helpless young, and the needy
of 'all ages, appear to be totally unenthusiastic
at their good fortune. In any case, they are
inarticulate about it. On those rare occasions
when they do express themselves, it is belit
tlingly at the size of the beneficence. They are
3?lad to get it, of course, but . . . i
Thus unwept and uncheered has Social Se
curity made its start in North Carolina, a State
where there has never been a superabundance
"of life's good solid things but usually enough
to go 'round, after a fashion. What this manner
of reception signifies we know not, unless it is
the grim realization upon the part of all the peo
ple that governments may help a little but that
the individual rises or falls according to his
own individual energy and capacity. That may
be it. Charlotte News.
"POOR MOUNTAIN WHITES"
Just about the time we feel that the clouds
have disappeared from the sky, and everything
is rosy, here comes another sensational, and
sob writer relating the fact that the "poor
mountain whites" are again living as uncivi
Just what these one-sided, and unfair writ
ers want to go to such gross exaggeration we
cannot understand. Certainly they know bet
ter, or should never try their hand at trying
to paint such an unjust word-picture.
Last week, one such sob-sister, by the name
of Mrs. Jesse M. Bader, saw fit to leave her
slum-fested city of New York to come to the
southern mountains, "to find conditions among
the poor mountain whites appalling.."
She sent out a series of letters to editors
ever the country appealing for help for these
poor mountain folks, and the letter read as fol
Because I have seen this week children
starving in the Southern mountains of our
country, I am appealing to you to print some
thing in your columns in behalf of these moun
As an official of the Save the Children
Fund, I am visiting a portion of the Southern
mountain field served by this child welfare
agency. This organization supplies food, cloth
ing, shoes and other help, including, with co
operation of school teachers and other local
forces, programs for educational, spiritual rec
reational and character-building development.
I am writing you from Livingston, Tenn.,
while I am still visiting the mountain sections,
because I am appalled at the great specific and
immediate needs I have seen. Large numbers
of children are so ragged that unless clothing
can be procured at once they will be kept out
of school this fall. Many have literally noth
ing but pieces of rags wrapped around their
thin bodies, These children will walk as much
as ten miles to the one-room school house, and
some, of them will sit on the floor because there
are no seats or desks. Some counties are too
poor to buy much equipment, and are behind in
the teachers' meager salaries.
These conditions of these children is most
pitiable. They are in isolated mountain sec
tions or in abandoned mining towns. Never
have I seen such poverty. Babies are ill and
dying from starvation. Older people are going
insane from slow starvation. A very few of
these Isolated people are on WPA work and
receive $20 per month ; a very few are on relief
and receive $o per month, but more than half
are in stark poverty. The situation is appalling.
I know the conditions of wretchedness in
large cities, but none parallels the poverty that
exists in these isolated rural communities in
the Southern mountains. The children need
everything: Dresses, overalls, jackets, coats,
underwear, shoes, stockings, socks, shirts, of all
sizes and for all ages. The workers for the
Save The Children Fund could find use for one
hundred layettes per month for babies who are
born without the aid of a doctor and not one
clean cloth to be wrapped in.
The Save The Children Fund serves needy
children in mountain and mining sections of
Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Vir
ginia. Any contributions that your readers
will make toward these forgotten Anglo-Saxon
children of ours will find most appreciative and
worthy recipients. A used suit of clothing, a
dress, a pair of shoes, will enable some child to
attend school. If garments are too large they
will be cut to fit by local sewing groups. A
simple layette, including two gowns for the
mother, will be a blessing. Money will buy cod
liver oil, tomato juice, powdered milk, and cereal
for starving and undernourished children.
Contributions of clothing should be ship
ped parcel post prepaid to Save The Children
Field Headquarters, 309 Market Street, Knox
ville, Tenn. Money should be sent to the Save
The Children Fund National Office, 1 Madison
Avenue, New York City.
The need is beyond words to describe. Win
ter is coming on. Clothing and food for the
children will keep them in school. A little will
help so much.
MRS. JESSE M. BADER.
Without going to the extremes, we would
be willing to wager that within half a mile of
this woman's so-called headquarters in New
York, that there is more poverty and worse
living conditions than she or anyone else can
find in the Southern mountains.
If she is so interested in doing good to
suffering humanity, why not stay in her "own
backyard" and do some work in the slums?
The mountain people, as far as we know,
have never issued a call for their help.
-THE OLD HOME TOWN
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By W. CURTIS RUSS
This week marks my sixth year
It doesn't seem like six years, yet
on the otner nana, wnen one recaiis
the many things that have happened
it seems almost impossible that it all
could have taken place in such a short
The first person I met in Waynes
ville was Tom Lee, Jr., and to say
the least, he's about as good a per
son to greet strangers that I know of
maybe it was that first hearty wel
come from Tom that made me like this
town from the beginning.
Six years ago at that time we
were looking for better times just
around the corner
Steam shovels were grading the
lot for the new court house
Court was being held in the Masonic
There were no traffic lights on Main
A $185,000 apple crop was grown,
and to me this was more apples than I
had ever heard of.
J. E. Massie was president of the
Chamber of Commerce.
Howell was Waynesville's
There were five members of
board of county commissioners.
and the chief topic of political ob
servation was "Can the Democrats
put Hoover out?"
On every hand people of prominence
were predicting that "things have hit
Lots of other things took place
right about that time. Oh, yes. The
Mountaineer : had just closed a big
circulation campaign, and had given
away two cars and a radio, a diamond
ring, and some cash prizes. (That
was the last sub campaign, too.)
A new company was formed and
leased The Mountaineer, and bought it
outright a few months later.
Of the four interested parties, it
seems that I'm the only one of the
original four w ho weathered the "de
Yes, it seems like a long time, jet,
six years is only about 2,190 days,, and
that doesn't sound so long.
Many visitors are p;a.
main for dahlia show
Judge Grimball has u
here as a summer visitor
First marriage ht;,j jR
Much building sn i, b,
People of White Oak basv
at this time.
Final plans for Labor Da
Those who have their revenue in
creased by tourist travel should be
interested in the prediction that, by
1960, the population of the United
States will reach 150,000,000.
We agree with the statement that
"General Hugh S. Johnson is outspok
en." But we can't think just now by
Natives of the Kru coast, according
to a traveler, worship gin bottles.
But you don't have to actually go to
the Kru coast to see that sort of wor
A collector has paid $39,500 for a
rare Bible. But we can read more
easily and with as much profit or
dinary Bibles that cost a dollar or two.
A Chicago man has written a hew
grand opera on the theme of the
Spanish civil war. Anyone who can
discover harmony in that mess must
be a genius.
A woman in Connecticut is seeking
a divorce from her husband, absent
from home 35 years, because she "be
lieves he isn't coming back." That's
the eternal feminine alway3 jump
ing at conclusions.
We note where a Nebraska farmer
turned his ducks loose on an alfalfa
field infested with grasshoppers, and
the ducks became so fat eating them
they could not waddle and had to be
carried home. That is a good story,
but it has a sound of fiction in it.
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Plans are fur Pra..;i
50 per cent over last is Vfy)
Varied program to feat
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lampa family are boost
district .Masons to meet here ;d
Modern girls are far more intere:
in menaing a mans ways than
menaing nis socks.
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.ivu ucici iiiuv now mucn a ni
can remember until he is called d
testily on the witness stand.
Among the things that enable a
ui men i.u uc aeii -saLisneu is 431
An egotist is the easiest persm
entertain. All you have to dt) is
One thing can be said about
school of experience you never hi
to take your books home.
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mere are very lew uarn.anagioa
days for citizens who never lears
to spread sunshine.
Whenever you buy a man's fri
ship, you always pay more than ;l
Vice President Garner is the cham
pion hard luck victim of the month.
He has been kept so busy on political
business since he returned to Wash
ington that he has had no time to tell
the boys about his fishing achieve
ments during his summer vacation.
A lot of foolish men inhabit this
world. A few days ago one of them
married a woman who can throw a
discus 143 feet.
A Wisconsin man is dead at 102 and
he didn't utter a profane word in his
entire life. Which xmakes it quite
evident that he never paid any taxes.
Massaschusetts reports a man who
refused to buy his wife a fur coat be
cause she wouldn t mend his socks.
She didn't give a darn and he didn't
give a wrap.
The two stones most commonly as
sociated with marriage are the dia
mond and the grindstone.
Maybe it would help if the high
department would try painting
stripe near each edge of the road.
the benefit of those who insist mi till
ing on a stripe.
A swift kick, administered at ji
the right time and place, freiul
is a more brotherly act than a
Automobile prices are going
something which can be chalked
The dav mav not be far fc'-l
when Russia will wish she had a
a few of her generals.
Life could be worse for you. '
instance you might bt a reflet
China or Spain.
Fashion dictates that a girl's
line must shift from season to M
son, but the boys usually mar.a?.
When grandpa was a boy helm
biiv his nattffhtv literature :
train news butcher; an J read it a ;'
In trying to balance the b
onnaiiN 4-liaf onnlpiine hilS PU 8 '
extra hricks in the wron endol-
As a result of the 1937 session of the legis
lature, Califomians have more than 900 new
laws to observe. Poor Califomians, are suffer
ing from "legislation indigestion" like the rest
of the nation.
Anyway it might seem that pfter
six years steady on one job, that I
should know better than to try end
get up such a column as this each
week :. . . . and in case you're interest
ed, do have plans for changing the
editorial page, which will perhaps
mean the doing away of this all to
gether. . . .
It took the United States 10 years to
wih back the Davis cup, International
Tennis Trophy. And then, when we
got it back it was discovered the cup
A man may be a "Dear" to his wife,
and a Lamb to his secretary, and a
"Horse" for work, but to the public
he's just a "Road Hog" when he mon
opolizes the middle of the highway.
The most improbable yarn heard
recently is to the effect that income
tax blanks are to be simplified.
Real estate promoters should have a
good knowledge of arithmetic, espe
cially "addition and "subdivision."
MORE THAN A STORE
In many ways, Alexander's is very little different
from thousands of other modern drug stores. But there
is a PROFESSIONAL atmosphere around this establish
ment that lifts it above the general run of stores. It
the same atmosphere that characterizes a hospital or a
doctor's office, or any place where serious work is tw
in a serious way. It must be evident to everyone ho
knows this institution that Alexander's fully appref'ates
the big responsibility which prescription compounding
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