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PBESS ASSOCIATION V
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1938
DREAMS COME TRUE
For more than fifty years the people of
this section have dreamed, have talked, and
have done all in their power to bring to pass
the realization of the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. Hack in the 18'JO's prominent
citizens of Western North Carolina organized
into a group for the purpose of promoting the
idea to have the present park area taken over
by the government and thereby preserved for
With the authorization of the establish
ment of the Park by an act of Congress approv
ed May the 22nd, 192(5, and the generosity of
the Rockefeller family, the dream began to take
a very definite form. Now after twelve years
of anxious .yaiting we are to see the final dedi
cation, of this vast and primitive area, to the
enjoyment of future generations.
Like most things of great and permanent
value it has taken years of work to make the
dream come true. W'hen ollicials of the North
Carolina Highway and Public Works Commis
sion met recently in Washington in conference
with Secretary Ickes, and the National Park
Service, the last obstacles which stood in the .way
of the official opening of the Park area, were
The idea started by a hand full of citizens
has gained momentum through the years, until
the park has become a reality. Many of those
who conceived the plan are gone, but it is grati
fying that a number of those who attended that
first meeting at the old Battery Park in Ashe
ville have lived to see this development.
What the completion of the Park, the
routing of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the con
struction of the Soco Gap-Cherokee road, will
mean to Waynesville and Haywood County, is
hard to predict.
"If we only had the Park" "When the
park is completed" have been bywords in this
section so long that most of us 'have used the
expressions with a parrot like manner. Now
it all will soon be true. What are we going to
do about it ? Are we going to let other coun
ties and communities not so fortunate in their
location carry forward a program of progress
and development that will leave us out of the
As the summer season passes on, and we
look with renewed hope into the future, we often
have suggestions put to us as a community, for
improving our tourist business.
It is a mighty poor business mairwho won't
listen to suggestions, whether he takes them
or not. But during the past few weeks, we
have heard dozens of suggestions for providing
entertainment for the summer visitors. This
newspaper realizes the need of entertainment,
and believes that the community should do
more than is now being done.
But, for the life of us, we can't see why
people still insist on comparing Miami's meth
ods of entertaining with Waynesville; or sug
gesting that Waynesville draws such crowds
as St. Petersburg.
Waynesville can never hope to put things
on in a way comparable to Miami or St. Peters
burg. Several Western North Carolina towns
have tried it, and have almost gone into bank
What Waynesville needs in the form of
entertainment, is not to copy that staged by
other places, but to devise something entirely
new and different, and a plan that will fit in with
the size and finances of the town.
What is needed, ia something original
and the profits will be far greater.
NEW ROADS, OLD ROADS, BAD ROADS
Haywood County would do well to join in
a celebration when the first shovel of dirt S'
moved on the 13-mile stretch of road from
Soco Gap to Cherokee.
This road is going to mean the shortening
of the distance from Cherokee by about 14
miles, and will make Cherokee a prospective cus
tomer for all of Haywood County.
Besides the business to be gotten from the
Indians, and others, the road will afford another
scenic loop from Waynesville.
While we have every reason to be elated
over the routing of the. Parkway from Wagon
Road Gap, via Tennessee Bald, Balsam, Soco
Gap and Ravensmord, we have equal reason to
be glad of the news that the Soco Gap-Oherokee
road will be constructed.
But, we must not overlook the fact, in our
moments of happiness over the new road, that
there are several roads right here in the county
that are essential to our progress that need im
mediate attention. We refer to the Fines Creek
road, and the improvement of the road from
Waynesville to Bethel.
THE WEDGE IS BROKEN AGAIN
The dry forces of Orange County broke
the edge of the "wet wedge" last week, when
the voters of the county defeated a measure
which would have established liquor stores in
Durham County is still the most westerly
county in the state with legalized liquor stores,
and the reason we repeat this fact, is that the
last time we made similar mention, the word
"legalized" was not used, and several of our
most technical and careful readers called the
"error" to our attention, pointing out that they
could prove that there were scores, of such places
in operation, west of Durham.
PUBLICITY MAN, REYNOLDS
The heated senatorial campaign last spring,
seemed to have inspired Senator Reynolds to
higher realms in the capacity of North Caro
lina's senator-publicity man.
The tanned senator is back from a hunting
trip in Alaska, and with him comes an influx
of publicity .including pictures in national maga
zines of 'the Tar Heel traveler standing over a
;,000-pound bull walrus, which he shot.
In his usual style, and manner, he gave the
meat to Eskimos for a feast but we bet it
wasn't given them until "Our Bob" had told
them what a fine country they had, and how
glad he was to be their friends.
Back in the states, he is advocating more
national defense for Alaska, but did take time
off to suggest that North Carolina needed more
It can be handed Senator Bob, he is North
Carolina's number one publicity man. And his
ability to pick subjects "to be for" is making
him popular with the masses and what more
can a politician ask?
Is whittling becoming a lost art, asks the
Christian Science Monitor in a recent editorial.
The Boston editor continued:
"Not until vacation time when we watched
a countryman leisurely and deftly reduce a pine
stick to curly shavings with his jacknife did
we realize how long since we'd seen a whittler
before. In our boyhood' most everybody, man
and boy, whittled and kept his knife sharp and
s'hining. You sat on the milkstand by the barn
or on the porch of the farmhouse or crossroads
store and whittled sometime alone and often
as you conversed with companions. If a neigh
bor pulled up beside the road with his horse and
buggy and stopped under a shade tree, you put
one foot restfully on the hub of a front wheel,
and found a stick.
"Most of the whittlers we remember, except
a few who whittled out paddles, watch charms
or other articles, seemed to whittle just for the
pake of whittlingjust plain, pure relaxation,
and let the shavings fall Where they would.
Not all whittling however, was as simple and
guileless as that. When Hiram Stebbins was
cogitating a horse trade or wanted to buy your
bay colt, he Would whittle so nonchalantly that
horse or colt seemed the farthest thing in crea
tion from anything that he wanted to possess
that is, if you didn't know Hiram.
"Maybe a census of whittlers would show
more of them left in villages and on farms than
the city man thinks. If so, 'tis well. If whit
tling passed, something very American, neigh
borly, and leisurely would go with it. It is need
ed to temper the tempo of today and continue
its contributions to serenity and contentment
as in simpler days."
The Mountaineer does not know where the
Boston editor spent his vacation, but we feel
that if Ihe had been around George Miller, at
Bethel, or Chief Jim Stringfield here in Way
nesville, that the editorial on whittling would
have been four times as long, because when it
comes to making curls fly, those two know how
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HAS A PICNIC VlTH A DOWN STATE
BY D. SAM COX
After Blackie yot settled iu his
new home, he .started out one day b
look around and see who lived in his
neighborhood. After a while he came
to a little field that had one of those
old fashioned zigzag fences around
it. Blackie was always mighty cart
ful about letting people see him, and
so he crept up right easily towards
the fence, and peeped through a
crack. And he saw a little cabin that
had a garden back of it, and certainly
somebody lived there, for the back
door was about half open, and there
were chickens in the little field the
other side of the house. But there
wasn't a hit of noise, and he wonder
ed if the folks had all gone away.
Nobody has any more curiosity than
a bear, and even if Blackie hadn't
wanted to find something to eat, he
was curious to know what was in
that little house. Blackie waited a
little longer, but there still wasn't
any noise, and so he climbed over
the fence, without making a bit of
noise, and began to creep around a
fig tree that was between him and the
house. And now just look! Lying
tiu'ie on the little back porcn was
a nice, big cat, and that wasn't all:
there were six little kitties, and every
one of them seemed to be fast asleep!
And what was that on the table in
the kitchen? A big bowl of honey,
sure as you live wild honey, taken
from a tree, for just look at that bis
ragged piece sticking away up! If
anybody had asked Blackie what
were the two best things in the world
to eat, he would have said: "honey
and young kitties they just go to
gether." This was Aunt Linda's cabin, and
she lived with her boy, Tom, who
was twelve or thirteen years old.
She was a Negro woman, fifty years
or more old, and she made her living
on the little place, and she and Tom
went to town about once a week to
sell eggs and chickens and other
things, and bring back what they
needed from the store. And this was
a day when they had gone to town.
Aunt Lindy knew there were foxes
and coons and other varmints in the
woods, for sometimes they had corn"
and caught a chicken at night; but
she never knew them to come in the
daytime, and so when she went away
she didn't bother to shut her kitchen
door, but left it open so Sallie Cat
What's the Answer?
By EDWARD FINCH
WiHY ARE THREE BALLS
THE S16N OF A PAWNBROKER
"p HE first pawnbrokers were from
the famous Italian family of the
Medici. The name Medici was de
rived from the medical profession
and the family coat of arms was
thre golden pills. When the first
loan office was opened for the pur
pose of lending money on goods
which the banks would not accept as
security, the Medici coat of arms
was used as a business trademark
and it has been maintained in its
somewhat corrupted form of the
thre gilded balls.
Waatara Nawapaper Union.
and the kitties could come in if they
i wanted to.
Well, when Blackk saw that nica
fat cat and all those kitties lying
there asleep, he smacked his lips and
licked his tongue just like he was
tasting kitty and honey, and began
creeping up nearer and nearer, so he
could jump in and slap the whole
bunch over while they were asleep.
But Sallie Cat had heard about
Blackie, long before he canu! to the
creek, for he was the very fellow that
had slipped up on her husband. Tom
Cat, one day when he was on a hunt
ing trip to the mountains, and had
slapped him over and killed him and
eaten him all up. When Sallie was
sleeping out doors this way, or when
her kitties were sleeping, she always
kept one eye about half open, and
nobody could come without being seen.
So when Blackie came around the
fig tree and started towards her,
Sallie jumped up and humped her
back like a camel, and squalled to
Blackie: "Don't come any closer!"
All that did was to make Blackie
laugh. What could that little thing
do to him? She was no bigger than
a rabbit, and he could just slap her
head off, and then he would eat her
and her kitties too.
So Blackie just licked out his red
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and he would tell you that h
around and started ior luiitu
faster than he had come. He is
the fence and thought that
shake Sallie loose, but it rliJn't.
but she was scratchmi; his no;
ribly! "Get down, Sallie, ar.
never bother your kitties agam
er, never," Blackie roared to her
"All right: hero's good-bye,"
lie said, and she gave him one
g-ood scratch, and then jumped
and went back to her kitties aM
didn't know a hour had been
them til thev woke for their M
and Sallie told them how sti
tongue again and started on towards i whipped a big hear t keep him
Sallie. Now Sallie remembered that eating them,
her grand-mother, Tabby Cat, had (To he continued. i
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