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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
The Mountain eer
THE WAYNESVILLE. PRINTING 00.
Main Street Phona 137
Waynesville. North Carolina
The County Seat of Haywood County
W. CURTIS RUSS
MRS HILDA WAY GWYN . . Associate Editor
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1941
The Gas Shortage
It would now appear from all reports that
Secretary Icke3 got all excited about a gas
shortage on the Eastern seaboard without
really investigating the possibilities of the
situation. It might have saved some un
necessary alarm if Mr. ickes had only look
ed into the matter before taking such def
It seems that there is plenty of oil in the
country and sufficient refinery capacity to
handle it. J. J. Pelley, president of the
Association of Railroad Presidents, gives
testimony that the carriers have facilities
in the way of tank cars to haul and properly
distribute the oil.
However Mr. Pelley does state that the
use of 20,000 idle tank cars while available
for the purpose may add a bit to the cost
of gasoline. This is good news, for most
people felt that they would be restricted
beyond the point of convenience and even
at that have to pay a much higher rate per
gallon. Now we learn that if properly handled
there will be plenty of gasoline.
Certainly there are enough genuine prob
lems for this country to solve without being
scared into a panic oyer gasoline, so we hope
Mr. Ickes will know the true conditions the
next-time he wants to impress the American
people with his foresight.
Welcome New Arrivals
Haywood County kept pace with the state
- in its records of new birth? from January 1
'to June 1, for in both there was a decided
In North Carolina there were 1,973 more
babies arriving during the same period than
in 1940, and 40 more births in Haywood
Pnnntv ncrnrAmv to the State Board of
In 1940 there were 32,571 births in the
state, in the five months period from Janti-
uary to June, and in the current year there
were 34,444. In Haywood County in the
same period in 1940 there were 400 births,
while in 1941 there were 440.
There is an increase in the birth rate, but
the mounting toll of deaths from prevent
able accidents shows an alarming increase
in the state. From January through May
vital statistics figures show that 709 per
sons in North Carolina were accidentally
killed as compared with 543 for the same
period a year ago an increase of 166. Most
of these deaths resulted from traffic acci
dents. However in Haywood County, ac
cording to the state records, shows an in
crease of only one fatal accident, six in 1941
and five in 1940 in the period under consid
eration. There were during the period of compila
tion, 104 fewer deaths from pneumonia in
the state than occurred a year ago, 39 fewer
deaths from tuberculosis and 23 fewer
from diphtheria. Up to June 1, there had
been only 28 diphtheria deaths in the state.
Last year there were 51 during the first five
months, 27 of these occurring in January
alone, as compared with nine in January
More Park Highways
The American public's appreciation of the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is
growing more rapidly than the National
Park Service and its related agencies can
build highways into the park and provide
adequate accommodations for visitors. This
fact was impressively presented at the
Chamber of Commerce dinner at which Ashe
ville and Western North Carolina honored
Newton B. Drury, Director of the NatSonal
Mr. Drury said that more than a milHon
visitors already this year have made the
park journey 43 percent above the record
this time last year and the travel year has
another month to go. The successor of thv
late Arno B. Cammerer expressed the hop
that protection of the great park will gradu
ally assume as much importance in the peo
ple's minds as access to the park possesses;
On the North Carolina side of the divide,,
the main highway to Newfound Gap can
no longer meet the traffic demands, Park'
Superintendent J. Ross Eakin reported. On.
the Tennessee, side, he said that additional
tourist accommodations are needed. .
Mr. Eakin's proposal of another park en
trance through the Pigeon River Valley in
stantly impressed the conference as of first
rank importance; and President Don E. Elias.
jf the Chamber of Commerce appointed a.
committee to work with the Park Service onr
the problem of highways and tourist ac
commodations. As the meeting was in session, dispatches
carried the reports on the park's travel rec
ords for August, and they break all the rec
ords of all the parks up to this time.
All these reports on the popularity of the
park doubtless surpass the expectations of
the most optimistic among those who years
ago set for themselves the goal of a great
national Park in this region. And the meet
ing can be expected to mobilize public and
official action for making the park accessible
in every way not contrary to the equally im
4T55rtant interest of protecting the reservation
. for the benefit of future generations Ashe
WHy no vou
PUREBRED MEN TAKE
SUCH GREW PRIDE IN
mil mamm m
OF THE j
We have noticed that since the announce
ment of the 1,000,000 record of visitors in
the Park that the towns in this section of
the state through the press are showing
distinct signs of waking up to their potential
In fact we have heard for the past two
decades of the "returns" from the Park,
but even so the possibilities matured before
most of us realized, and in spite of all our
anticipation it found us without the proper
facilities for accommodations.
Another feature that the towns are wak
ing up to is the benefit of through traffic.
If a town looks attractive to motorists, even
though they plan to spend the night else
where along the route will stop and spend
some money, and might be so impressed that
they decided to change their plans.
There has been a lot of talk on this sub
ject before the possibilities became realities,
now it's time to put our words into action.
There is one town in Western North Caro
lina that did not especially want an overload
of traffic through their main thoroughfare.
Now they are planning to bend every effort
to get this travel which was more or less
diverted by an addition of another highway,
back into the old route. They are doing this
because of the profit they feel they are miss
ing through the casual motorist just "pass
ing through town."
We were told a few years back unofficial
ly, by an official that the government or
perhaps we should be more definite, the Park
Service was going to watch and see develop
ments outside the area of the Park before
making plans to offer extensive accommo
dations in the Park.
In other words we are to be given our
opportunity and it remains up to us whether
or not we profit by it. It is not too soon
right now for every hotel, guest house, shop
or business that contacts the tourists to plan
for an improvement based on the needs of
the season just passing. It is poor business
not to do otherwise.
HER E and THERE
, HILDA WAY GWYN
Henry Troutman, Jr. . . senior I there are only 40 miles of paved
hio-h school student ... of Atlanta, roads . . . Henry incidentally
son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Trout
man . . ... who is now the guest
of his aunt, Mrs. Jonathan Woody,
. . . is destined to be somewhat of
a hero . . . we believe . . ... when
school opens this fall in Atlanta
...... and he joins his classmates
.. i at least in history we can pre
dict that he will prove an authority
on current events . , . for Henry
saw one of the most dramatic
scenes in American and English
history enacted in the North At
lantic waters somewhere near New
foundland ... this summer ... .
while in regular line of duty in
his work with a construction com
pany on the U. S. naval base at
Argentine, Newfoundland . . . in
fact Henry had what you might
call a box seat for the perform
ance . . just imagine causually
looking up from your work ... .
and gazing out on international
history in the making . . . through
the telescope used ' in their sur
veying . . . the Crew saw me naroor
filled with ships . . . gold braid
and colorful uniforms moving
about on deck '.: . . the great lead
ers of two great nations . . . . .
meeting on the seas to discuss prob
lems of world wide gravity . . .
all surrounded with great secre
cy and protection . . rumors Of what
might be taking place .... and
what might happen any minute
spreading like wild fire about the
island . .. . many of them back and
discounted before they had barely
started. . ,
is very entertaining ... and being
a good American citizen naa to
cross off the record of the things
about the event that he felt Uncle
Sam would not like to see in print.
We had a perfect example dur
ing the week of the old adgage . . .
"Keep a thing 7 years . . and you'll
be sure to find it useful" . . . we
were making jelly . . . we had to
have a good strong stick on which
to bang a bag of fruit for the
dripping process . .. . we sent to
the basement . .. and you would
never guess what was brought to us
. , . a walking stick . . - a good
strong- one . . that would be very
useful in holding the bag of fruit
, . . and on the stick . . "Stick
to our Bob" ... we smiled as we
recoernized it . . a
campaign of Bob Reynolds for the
U- S. Senate . . , we well recalled
that; at the time we had wondered
what good the thing would ever
be . ... . we suggested to the head of
the house that he might use it
for a cattle stick . . . but he said
no . .. . it was to short . . . none
us were old enough for a stick or
sporty enough to adopt a cane for
walking . . so we agreed that it
would make an excellent piece of
kindling . . . the years passed and
it was tucked away in a corner . . .
you can count them since he ran
against Governor Morrison . . . (and
now the blooming thing was serving
Why Uncle Sam
Needs To Keep
Eye On Dakar
By CHARLES P. STiEWART
Central Press Columnist.
ALTHOUGH Dakar isn't in Lat
in America, it's about as important
to the western hemisphere as if it
were on pur side of the Atlantic, so
strategists are saying, not only in
Washington but in the capitals of
most of our southerly neighbors.
Diplomats and visiting military
men, in this country from the La
tin new world's direction, stress the
situation emphatically. Dakar, they
point out, is a spot on the map that
it behooves Uncle Sam to keep 'a
sharp eye on, with a view to his own
good, and to their own republics'
good also the latter consideration
perhaps being what they have in
Well, Uncle Samuel has Ms bi
noculars turned Dakarward, all
right. Presumably it was one of
relic ol the prime Minister Churchdll discussed
Henrv arrived in Newfoundland
on June 14th and was there until
August the Ifth ... he was a rod
man with a surveying crew . . . .
of a construction company ... .
working on one of the naval bases
. made possible for the United
States through an agreement with
Great Britain . . . in exchange for
50 destroyers . . ; for ten days the
island of Newfoundland was cut
off from the outside world . , . no
mail . . . no radio communication
. switchboards closed . . . no
one allowed to leave the island . . .
U. S. Marines everywhere . . . .
the waters filled with ships . , .
coming and going . . . battleships
crowding the sea . . i airplanes
constantly buzzing overhead . . .
protection Of every description. . .
Sounds Like War
. From the casualties on the streets and
highways of North Carolina the state might
have been in a warring district during the
month of July, according to the Highway
There was a toll of 84 lives in accidents
during the month. The number included
27 pedestrians, 25 killed in collisions of two
motor vehicles, 17 killed in cars that ran
off the highways, five' riding bicycles, and
three killed in cars that overturned.
Wisdom has the habit of developing in a
person at the time of life when it is not
Consider the flea all it does is jump
around and it goes to the dogs.
In a dramatic course across the
harbor ; . . four impressive de
stroyers steadily plowing their
way . . . making a pattern of an X
, . protecting the waters from
any submarines that might De
lurking ; ... about . . . . no one
knowing just what was taking place
, . sailors coming ashore mat
mg stories , . . that were later
denied . . . word went the rounds
that President Roosevelt would
come ashore from his ship out at
sea . . . then denial . . . . and what
young Troutman and his fellow
workmen witnessed . . . even they
did not quite understand until af
terward ... when they had the
privilege of reading the newspa
pers . . . then the details flashed
back to them of what they had
seen ... the signficance of the
launches plying their way back
and forth between the Tuscolusa
and the Prince of Wales. . . .
a purpose v . , as far as" we were
concerned) . . . the stick is just an
ordinary piece of soft wood in
natural finish ... and' after the
juice "dripped" we seriously con
sidered sending it to the Senator
as a bit of amunition to start his
next fight with . . . but then we
suddenly realized that in all pos
sibility he would have no use in
the next conflict for such a homely
article . . . Our Bob should hand
out nothing less than gold-headed
canes in the coming campagin .
under the circumstances. . ,
YOU'RE TELLING ME!
-By WILLIAM RITT
Central Press Writer
GRANDPAPPY JENKINS be
lieves a fellow's embarrassment
when he first appeara in his first
pair of long pants, is almost
equal to that when,, years later,
he appears In his first pair of
A real old-timer a a fellow
who can remtHnber when movie
newsreels talked to you instead
of blowing up- is your face,
A small town t m group of
buildings surrounded by empty
space. A Kg city Is another
group of moldings surrounding
empty space downtown park
t t f -The
circus tight rope walking
act appears tame stuff to us
who now for two years have
watched Switzerland maintain
: i ' I t y ;.V
A medical article says hay
fever sufferers should avoid
"disturbances." O. Kbut wha
ever heard of a silent sneeze?
. I I 1
Mussolini once worked as
movie extra for $2 a day. Bet
he sometimes now wishes he'd
kept that good job when be
i r .!' )'.
Shirley Temple emerges from
retirement to return to movie
work. Gosh, she must be having
a grand time at the studio, chat
ting about the good old days.
Who ... .
lines first j lret
funnie ""U W ' H
Mrs P I 7 T
regular news morernf7UI I
other kinH nti
the tim, t" " T 68 . M
" l ail.)"
Mrs. J r '
of people, though I ll
hu "nrst thing.
Mrs. Chas. M. FrierJ
Tu V ,y lnat leaves aJ
V to read of
crime and abnormal thig;
T. J Cathey-0rdinarili
more attpnt rn ,7
than anything else, but J
am rOQrl.'v, 1U '"'I
...... unicr leature.'
Miss Dphrn vlo r: L
11 - .-i- 1 ianer-1
ally read the headlines, J
wucu uusy 1 get no further,
Walter FrarrHsM J
read more war news thai
James S. Queen-"I pi
read stories of human inter
Mrs. Claude C. Haynes
the local news stm-io. ;. .
that deal with the people a J
iney are aoing."
S. J. MoHv"l liu
about improvements that u
made in a locality, k
to read about the war lik
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT FOR THE DURATION
Henry did not know the great
sympathy he aroused with us when
he told us how the village editor
bemoaned his fate . . . that he had
the biggest scoop in all the world
and couldn't print it. . . .
Henry says Newfoundland is just
too cold for his Southern blood
but we think he feels that his
summer's work was well worth
wearing a couple of sweaters and
knee high boots . . one thing be
sides the weather we found to be
a disappointment was the fact
that on the island of Newfoundland
at their recent ocean ronfi
I don't think the avetagl
kee ever heard of Dakar ur.rl
the nresent war started.
South American east coasl
all about it. because it's so
that waterfront. Today w
Americans know about it, i
figured so much, at least tj
m the news lately.
However, maybe, a hn
eoncernine it wouldn't be rri
pos, for the benefit of tl
readers who. nosslblv. haven
ered to locate it on their i
It's a Tjort on French
soil in Africa, iust where tn
Continent bulges farthest
westward into the Atlantic
western hemisphere and
ablv south, the South Al
continent bulges to the ea
At its extreme bulge is tte
ian port of Permambuco,
Tt.'s 'a comnartivelv shorl
onal hop from Dakar to r
buco about as far as fro
Vni-lr tn Omaha.
By Plane and Pancnj
Now. it's no news that thl
want to horn into Latin .J
Not having much sea si
thev need a narrow sua
nopnn to rross. to land H
Tlnrlcar-Permambuco IS 11.
even be done by plane anj
Chute. And if Herr Hitler!
French navy, he might Del
make himself pretty trou
on the watery surface 01
tleneck- True, we and w
have navies of our own, W
ticvaKTTr hnsv elsewhere.
Auuu a ic
r rtrinnpstionably C0U1
over a large scale invasionj
America at the presem "
The Fuehrer's evw
though, is to precede W'
-t iWeIm bv stimw
epidemic of Lat.n-Amerj
rations, gciui.s .j
i,,,; The exisW
American bv . ,j
don't fancy being revoht
the discard, Unde
ed to observe that they"
drastic steps to prevent
au aiong, out j.v -- .
think the southern folk"
... . T,,rlrmore)
11KM us. ." - .l. tid
blame 'em. Many's W
been very tactless -of
ler wouia on,
headed on. ,
And Dakar's the ,
That nas -
the first, .""V r"'ttaB ei
acute considerate S3
Dakar is Vichy T"J
Those su" .-el
t-. ,...nr Lape v rJ
Azores Islands or X
ho as sat'""
Ewhor as Dakar,
Ttin A"1! I
the trouble .. ...t M
his standpoinc, hiJ
ISLANDS, and, s4
the French i-a
mean joo i"1
ut he can ach D
overland. ' .ff?.
tr'il have to .-
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