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THE WAYNES VILLE MOUNTAINEER
Reynold s Seniority
Writer In Atlanta Journal
Cites Instance When Senate
' Overrode Rales In Such
Editor's note Ralph Smith, spe
cial writer of The Atlanta Journal,
wrote the following: interesting: ar
ticle recently, about Senator Rob
ert R. Reynolds r:
RARELY, perhaps never, has
tne senate laced a more serious
problem than arises from the va- jn anv wav affectine the United
cant seat at the table around which states Armv and the activities of
and generally he had joined with
the isolationists in criticizing- poli
cies designed to strengthen the po
sition of the United States in com
bating the spread of Naziism and
In the present crisis the Military
Committee ranks along with the
Naval and Foreign Relations Cora-
I mittees. It writes all legislation
sit the members of the Committee
on Military Affairs in shaping the
policy of the War Department. The
vacancy results from the recent
untimely death of Senator Morris
Shephard, of Texas. The prob
lem springs from the fact that Sen
ator Robert Rice Reynolds, of
North Carolina "Our Bob," play
boy gallant is in line for succes
sion to the vacancy, under the so
called seniority "rule" that applies
in filling committee vacancies.
Reynolds' fitness for the chair
manship is doubted bf a very con
siderable group of his associates,
regardless of party affiliations. He
is unacceptable to the administra
tion. He is rated as unsympathetic
toward the foreign policy of the
Government. He is lukewarm to
ward aiding the democracies in
their fight for survival. He voted
against the lease-lend bill after
having voted favorably to report it
In the Foreign Relations Commit
tee. He voted against and snoke
the War Department in its civil
-. The chairman of the Committee
on Military Affairs, like the chair
men of other Senate committees, is
a powerful figure concerning every
bill and resolution that under cus
tom, practice and rule relates in
the remotest degree to the Army
and the National Guard. It is a
simple thing, and not uncommon,
for a committee chairman indefi
nitely to delay important legisla
tion by deferring meetings and, on
occasions, absenting himself from
Washington at inopportune (or op-
Lportune) times for submitting re
ports to the Senate on essential
legislation. The clerical staffs of
the standing committees, without
exception, are the personal appoint
ees of the chairman, and in the
handling of legislation pending in
committee they do his bidding.
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fense program of the administra
tion, while rated a major factor in
marking him as unacceptable in
the present emergency, isn't the
only objection advanced against his
elevation. He has played truant
so frequently and for such pro
tracted periods at critical moments
that there is doubt as to his fa
miliarity with the works of the
War Department and the activities
of the Army.
Barring only the activity and
interest he displayed in the con
sideration of the lease-lend leg
islation and before that the consid
eration of the selective draft and
repeal of the arms embargo, Reyn
olds has devoted mnut nf his
me unsympathetic attitude of thought and voice to immigration
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Elected for '41-'42
Green Is President
(From The Wayneevillt Hi-Lift)
The election of Student Council
of the Waynes ville hight school
Officers for 1941-42 was held Mon
day, April 21. The nominations
were made by petition and secret
ballots were used for the yoting.
Those elected were as follows:
President, Marion Green.
Vice-President, Mary Frances
Secretary - Treasurer, Charles
The nominations were as fol
President, Patsy Gwyn, Marion
Green Anne Osborne.
Vice-President. Velma McClure,
Jarvis Brock, Mary Frances Shee
han, Virginia Matney.
Secretary - Treasurer, Charles
Way, Dorothy Greer, Virginia Jack
Chief Marshall, Hazel Frances
Wright, Grace Wilburn, Mary Al
lison. . . -
The girls who were nominated
but not elected to an office will
serve as marshalls for next year.
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A further Criticism of the North
Carolinian concerns the uncertain
ity and indefiniteness of his posi
tion about legislation. He is re
garded -as "unpredictable" -
word, by the way, that was used
today by one of his colleagues, who
pointed to the record made by
Reynolds on the lease-lend bill.
During the hearings he was
rated, from his manner, against the
legislation, and then, to the sur
prise of everyone, he voted favor.
ably to report it to the Senate, and
thereafter twice addressed the Sen
ate lengthily in opposition to the
measure he'd helped to perfect and
which he'd voted to report with
the recommendation that it be pass.
ed. And finally he voted in the
Senate to kill the bill.
' THE "INSURMOUNTABLE"
The Reynolds problem is aggra
vated and I mean aggravated
by the seniority "rule." The pur
pose and effect Of this "rule," has
ever been, to eliminate from the or
ganization of the Senate intraparty
politics and rivalries. Committee
advancement rests on seniority of
service among Democrats and Re
publicans alike in the composition
of the standing committees.
When a senator is removed from
office, via death, defeat or resig
nation, the man next below him on
a particular committee advances
notch, under the "rule." In time,
if his party remains in control of
the Senate, a member reaches the
top rung a committee chairman
That is how "Cotton Ed" Smith
attained the chairmanship of the
Committee on Agriculture. It ex
plains, also, Carter Glass' chair
manship of the Appropriations
Committee, Pat Harrison's seat at
the head of the Finance Committee.
senator Oeorge as chairman of
the Foreign Relations Committee,
ana so on down the line. ,
Committee chairmen "got that
way" by virtue Of the so-called sen
RULE WAS UPSET ONCE
It is now said there has never
been an exception. That statement
doesnt square with the facts. I
recall, and very distinctly, that
wnen the Democrats organized the
Senate in 1913. Senator "Pitch
fork" Ben Tillman made an awful
fuss because he was denied the
chairmanship of the Appropria
tions Committee and the place
given to Tom Martin, of Virginia.
But, getting back -to the thread
of my story, Reynolds' claim to the
chairmanship tf the Military Com
mittee is supported by the sen
iority rule," and bv that alone.
Since the Senate regards the "rule"
with such reverence and respect
Reynolds' claim hangs by no slen
How to get around the seniority
"rule." That's what is bothering
the Senate sages just now. If and
when they read about "Pitchfork"
Ben Tillman's experience theyH
see the light maybe.
Last Will And
(From Tke .WaynetvUU Hi-Lift)
Waynesvaie, N. C.
We, the senior class, of 1941, be
ing of sound mind and disposing
memory, but realizing the uncer
tainty of life, hereby make, or
dain, publish! and declare the fol
lowing our last will and testament:
We give and bequeath: to our
beloved faculty, all the amazing
knowledge and startling informa
tion that we have furnished them
from time to time on our various
To the freshman, our ability to
survive through all unfavorable
conditions which is made evident by
our present standing.
To the sophomores, all our waste
paper, pencils, stubs, and other
refuse in hopes that they will add
To the juniors, our dignity, intel
ligence, and sublime self conceit.
We're sure they will be proud of it.
To Miss Ethel Craig, the balance
of our class treasury to be used to
buy a pair of rubber shoes for de
tective work. We feel that she
will need them in dealing with the
class that is to be our successor.
Clarence 'Arrington leaves his
studious ways to Oliver Yount.
Dot Ledford leaves her place on
the basket ball squad to Susie Shee-
Joe Tate leaves his ability to
provoke his teachers to rightous in-
uignation to anyone wno Has tne
nerve and hardheadedness to risk
a chance at trying it.
Iris Jaynes and Ruth Rider leave
their generosity to Pasty Burgin.
Jim Milner and Robert Mahaffey
leave their indifference to Jim
Lola Wilson leaves her position
in the library to any capable un-der-classman.
Apply early and
avoid the rush.
Margaret McRorie leaves her
motto "Better Late Than Never"
to Janette Burgin.
Luther Buff leaves his theme
on girls and Louise Liner her theme
on boys to the next year's English
Ruth Anders and Mildred Rhine
hardt leave their brown eyes to
Edna Ferguson and Mary Ellen
Nell Allen leaves her smile to
Edith Queen leaves Ted Cham
bers to any able bodied female who
will take good care of him.
"Did" McCracken leaves his way
with the women to Dick Hall.
Catherine Davis leaves her
sweetness to Mary Noland.
Harry McCracken leaves his
stop, look, and whistle attitude to
Lula Frank Medford leaves her
age of innocence look to Helen
Charles Leatherwood leaves Miss
Withers his deepest regards.
Mildred Collins 'and Louise Gad-
dy leave Dot Moody their gift of
Charles Hartsell leaves his place
as manager to Bub Teague.
Dot Richeson leaves her person
ality to Sugie Belle.
Arthur Fuller leaves his French
book to Miss Terrell. .
Ida Mahaffey leaves her blonde
curls to Mary Allisou.
Thurman Smith, Bonner Rabb,
Roy Davis, John Carver, Ralph
Gets Nine Yes
Stanley Lubinski, twe
Baltimore, has become
year man" in the Man.?,
The judge, in CrimiJ
seuLencea mm to serve l
each for the holdup of d
drivers, the sentenm. J
currently. The holdups'
ted in 1936, netted LubiJ
Boyd, William Cochran
est uavis leave their coj
seats in English class w)
have slept so soundlv u 1
who feels sleepy after lutf
Arbie Howell leavp. vJ
Besides these enf amaA
leave our tender memoiii
pleasant associations togj
our forgiveness for anytl
we may not have exaetl
a tea in tne past, and a
friendship henceforth anj
We, the senior class
have here unto set our
affixed our seal this 2sa
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