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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1941
Western Center .
Representatives from twelve counties met
here 150 strong to work out details for a
"Food for Defense" program one day last
week. In the group also were a number of
state officials, representing various state and
Two hundred dentists, wives and assist
ants from the Western district, along with
a number of out-of-state dentists spent the
greater part of three days here in their an
nual meeting during the week.
We were happy to have had these groups.
We are pleased that more and more this
community is becoming recognized as a logi
cal meeting place for groups in this section
of the state.
It also offers other possibilities that with
greater hotel accommodations how easy it
would be to widen our scope and have state
as well as district meetings here. We trust
that the day is not far distant when our
accommodations will be such that we can
be hosts to larger groups.
Saturday as we were walking on Main
Street we heard the roar of planes above.
Some of the pedestrians on the street stop
ped and strained their eyes to locate the
Bpecks in the sky. Others knowing that it
meant only a "make belief ' air raid over
Haywood, paid not the slightest attention
and went about their business. They felt
safe, there was no cause to worry.
The thought came to us as we gazed sky
ward how utterly powerless a community
would be against a genuine raid. A person
in an airplane is beyond ordinary control.
He can go from place to place without de
tection; see everything and leave a trail of
destruction in his path.
The authorities charged with national de
fense realize these facts and have taken
cognizance of them in our great defense
Imagine the consternation and terror of
our own people here had this country been
at war, instead of peace, on Saturday. That
roar in the sky would have sent everybody
on the street hurrying to "shelter". As we
listened to those planes Saturday we felt
a kinship for England we had not had before.
Navy Day, which was celebrated Monday,
the 27th, no doubt made more impression
on the citizens of this country than ever be
fore. The very idea brought up a number
of serious problems.
For today a navy means protection in a
way it has never before meant to this
country. One cheering thought of this Navy
Day in 1941 was that it found the Navy
of the United States the most formidable
striking force in the world.
A lot has happened since the American
Navy was founded 166 years ago. The ques
tion of freedom of the seas has involved
many things during those years.
During the First World War President
Woodrow Wilson demanded "absolute free
dom of navigation, alike in peace and war".
And now President Roosevelt says, "No
nation has the right to make the broad
oceans unsafe for the commerce of others."
HERE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
A Lost Opportunity
We realize that the summer season of
1941 is past history and that it was pro
nounced good. Yet we believe that as far
as advertising this community is concerned,
that last week we were offered as good, if
not better opportunity to impress strangers
with our hospitality and advantages, than
we had at any time during the summer.
Three hundred members of the American
Steamship and Tourists Agents Association
held a five days session in Asheville. . A
feature of the entertainment was a trip
into the Park. It was said that the ma
jority had never been in this section before.
The president of the group was from
New York; the first vice president from
California ; the second vice president from
New Jersey ; the treasurer from New York.
These people are constantly dealing with
tourists, advising them where to go. It is
their business. They met to discuss the
problems in which we right here are inter
ested. Incidentally they wanted to see first
hand a section that is annually increasing
in popularity with tourists.
We understand that they were entertain
ed in Asheville on a grand scale. They were -guests
at Lake Lure, and after leaving the
Park on the North Carolina side, were lav
ishly entertained in Gatlinburg and Knox
ville. En route back to Asheville they were
guests at Tapoco Dam and in Robbinsville.
We understand that they passed through
Waynesville unnoticed, just like any traveler
passing this way.
Of course they might have been in a
great rush when traveling our way, but we
feel that the local citizens should have at
least handed them out one of our famous
Haywood apples. Maybe if the proper pres
sure had been exerted they might have been
persuaded to detour to Beech Gap and seen
a section that we are sure they would never
But they passed our way with "nary a
welcome or how-do-you-do."
A golden opportunity we let slip through
our fingers. Advertising that would have
cost thousands of dollars to be had for little
An editorial in the Sunday edition of The
Charlotte Observer takes exception to the
use of the word "inevitable" by Secretary
Knox in referring to the break between the
United States and Japan. We would like to
add our vote to that of The Observer.
The paper pointd out that the Navy sec
retary may be entirely right in his views
and justified in his opinion of the tense sit
uation, but the word "inevitable" is a bad
word to be used while there is the semblance
of a chance that the two countries may in
some manner or other refrain from jumping
at the throats of each other.
It does look like a poor time for us to
give up before we start so to speak. Right
now we have plenty of trouble brewing oh'
the other side. We hope that Secretary
Knox is wrong and that fate will take an
A Good Match For Hitler
There were a lot of good speech
es made at the AAA county com
mitteemen's barbecue which was
held in the Waynesville Armory
on last Thursday night ... , when
the farmers were hosts to town
groups , . . one of the hits of the
evening was the talk made by farmer-lawyer
T. L. Green . . . who
seemed to resent the surprise of
some of the younger farmers that
he classed himself as an agricul
turist . . , but when he finished his
talk . ... they knew that he was
an old hand at the game . . . ex
cerpts from Farmer Green's speech
will no doubt bring back memories
to the older generations on Hay
wood farms . . .in part, said Mr.
Green . , . "I did not expect to do
any talking this evening . . . I
came down here as the guest of
my good friend Jarvis Allison . , .
however I'm glad to be here and
enjoy the fellowship and I assure
you that I am in sympathy with the
spirit of the objectives of your or
ganization ... now ordinarily, I
would close my remarks . . . right
here . . , but in view of certain re
marks which have been made since
I came into the armory tonight . . .
I feel compelled to address myself
to a question of personal privilege
.. in defense of my reputa
tion as a farmer." ,
Can you imagine the judges in a "Long
Island bathing beauty contest being so old
fashioned that they turned down the best
looking entry because she couldn't swim.
Hitler is recognized as a world menace, but
right here at our own front door is another
destructive force, that is gaining momentum
in an alarming manner, that generally speak
ing is not noticed as much as Hitler's latest
conquests. We speak of the toll on our high
ways. We learn from officials that since the first
of October there have been twelve cars
wrecked on the Balsam Road and' a number
of persons injured, some very seriously. We
admit there are times when accidents are
unavoidable, but in a number such as this
in the length of time given spells reckless
driving and careless disregard of life.
We also understand that there have been
more accidents in this county in the past
three months than during the first six
months of the present year.
We notice that the problem is iiot con
fined either to Haywood County or to the
State of North Carolina, but is nation-wide,
We see where the traffic problem has be
come a grave and likewise alarming matter
in Washington, D. C, and that officials of the
capital are giving the subject a thorough
We recently heard an official say that in
nine cases out of ten, motor accidents were
not due to faulty mechanism of the motor
vehicles, as is often given as an alibi, but
to carelessness of those driving.
"About every other one of these
well dressed young farmers has
said to me," continued Mr. Green
i . "Why, when did you get to
be a farmer?
"Why bless my soul," said Mr.
Green, "I was a farmer before
half of you fellows were born . . ,
and while the other half were wear
ing four-cornered underwear . . . .
Why I was born only three and a
hall miles from Waynesville . . ,
in the 'Milk Sick Cove' , . . we
farmed under great handicaps and
hazards,. . , if you did not get
milk sick . . . from the use of milk
and butter of the cows . . . you
were in great danger of death from
the bite of a rattlesnake . . , ,
Shucks, did any of you fellows
ever follow a great big bull or ox
in new ground . . . hitched up to
an old home made wooden stock
single footed plow? . . . if you ever
got him started from the shade
at the end of the field he wouldn't
go far till he'd hang the plow under
a green poplar root about the size
of your arm . , . the root Would be
gin to stretch and the louder you
yelled 'Woa' . . , the more the
old bull pulled forward . . . well,
you know from past experience that
something was - bound to happen
. . . the root was sure to break
any moment ... and one or both
ends would fly back and hit you on
one or both shins . . . just alove
where your shoes were supposed
to be ... so all a fellow could do
was to keep lifting one foot and
then the other . . . close his eyes
and trust in the Lord. . . . ."
"This is a very fine meeting al
right . . . but most of you fel
lows never saw a real farm meet
ing . . . . Talk about not being a
farmer ; . . why I was a member
of the Farmers Alliance over fifty
years ago . . . I remember we had
an Alliance meeting here at the
court house over fifty years ago
. . , and we had four or five times
as big a crowd as this . . . Col.
L. L. Polk or some other big farm
er . , . made a speech in the fore
noon . . . at noon they adjourned
for dinner . . , and every fellow
who had ten cents , , . bought him
a ginger cake and a glass of cider
from Granny Mull . . . while the
bigger follows went to St. Charles
Restaurant , , . where they could
get 'biled" cabbage, pork, biscuits
and coffee. , .
"Then when the meeting finally
adjourned in the afternoon most
everybody went to the disensary
and spent what money they had left
for corn liquor . . , and then for
got their troubles ... and felt
good . , . before starting home
they went to the stores and bought
a pound of Arbuckle coffee, a sack
of flour . . ; a few pounds of fat
back . ... 25 cents worth of Brown's
Mule . . . or Reynolds Double
Thickness ... and a box of snuff
for the madam (on credit). . .
and then started home in great
droves in all directions . every
fellow singing at the top of his
voice . . . 'The Farmers is the
man who feeds them all! . , , . and
then you fellows ask me when I
got to be a farmer? ...
A member of the:ity police force
stopped us Saturday morning and
said i . . "Mrs. Gwyn, I have a favor
to ask of you" . . . and considering
the fact that we call all the city
police force our friends we readily
agreed . . . (and when we found
out the favor we were happy again
, to comply) "Won't you please give
the state guard a glad hand in your
column next week . , there was
a big crowd here for that Hender-sonville-Waynesville
night ... and the way those fel
lows helped us handle traffic . .
you would have thought it was their
regular job . ; We are all for the
state guard in our department , . .
they are an asset to this com
munity.",. . . . v
The ships in Uncle "Sam's Navy
are outfitted with libraries which
are supplied with books by the Bu
reau of Navigation. About 40
books are allotted quarterly to bat-
tlesips, 30 to cruisers and lesser
numbers to the smaller vessels.
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By W. CURTIS RUSS
Bits of this, that and the other
picked up here, there and yonder.
OF THE :
If you were suddenly left a hun
dred dollars to spend as you pleased
what would yon do with it?
Edwin Poteate "First I'd faint
then when I started coming to, I'd
begin paying my obligations then
it would all be gone before I had
time to realize that I had had the
money." . 7 , . '-
Miss Carmen Plott "I'd take a
trip and go as far as the money
would take me."
Miss Sylla Davis "Vd improve
Hugh Leatherwood "I'd hunt up
the president , of the First Na
tional Bank and you can guess the
rest and the president of the bank
would understand just why I would
go first to him."
Ennis Sentelle "I'd go to Bruns
wick county on a fishing trip and
eat all the mulletts I could possi-
Mrs. Ralph Ensley "I'd go to
Miss Annie Dee fllrkpatrick "I
would buy some clothes for some
children in my grade at school.
There are twelve or more who are
badly in need of clothing and shoes.
If I had any money left over I'd
like something for myself,"
Mrs. Lester Burgin "I imagine
I would apply it on expenses of
education for my children,"
George Ball "I'd take $50 of
the amount and buy fuel and food
and the rest I'd take and buy gov
ernment bonds with it."
Mrs. J. Wilford Ray "I would
apply it on an antique pie crust
At War's End
Concerns U. S.
By CHARLES P. STEWART
(Central Press Columnist)
Licking Hitler is recognized by
the state department as today's
most important business. The de
partment is at a deal of pains,
however, to emphasize its opinion
that licking him is no more im
portant now than the job of fix
ing up the right kind of world
wide peace will be, after he's lick
State Undersecretary Sumner
Welles does most of the public
speaking on the subject, but there's
no question that he expresses Sec
retary Cordell Hull's views as well
as his own.
Secretary Hull's thesis during
his whole career, in the house of
representatives, the senate and the
department of state has been that
it's a fatal mistake for nations to
try for economic advantages over
one another bad for 'em collec
tively and, in the long run, bad
for the nations, individually, that
actually succeed in gaining seem
ing, but inevitably temporary ad
vantages in their own apparent
That's exactly the doctrine that
Undersecretary Welles is preach-
ng. at present. He remarks that
it wasn't the ;prevailing interna
tional philosophy after the last
war, though, and that, he says, is
what made such a fizzle out of the
ensuing so-called peace. And what
he fears is that, at the current
conflict's end, "special interests and
pressure groups in this country
and elsewhere again will selfish
ly and blindly seek preferences
for themselves and discrimination
Don't I know what happened in
'.he late 19-teens and early 1920's!
I was living in Latin America in
those days, running an English
language weekly newspaper of my
own. It was dependent upon local
Yankee traders' advertising, and it
iad a lot of it, for the war had
driven all the Latins' buying in our
lirection; they couldn't get their
necessary imports from anywhere
alse.,' ' ' '.'v
We Closed the Door
If we'd had the sense of a jack-
nipe we could have kept all those
'ustomers , in perpetuity. Instead
ve passed the Smoot-Hawley tar-
ff, closing our markets against
Latin products, correspondingly
naking it impossible for the Latins
o pay for what they needed from
is, knocking inter-American ex
hange rates into a cocked hat and
nding the whole thing. Thereupon
iy paper busted arid I came home.
Now we're straining ourselves to
ebuild in that same field, but we
We bavo i. .
line on th 7" 4
newspaper last week
morn fl,.. 4Uur -4
been taking J '
where he got hi, 1
livestock RW m l
r '. T ta"le so muck I
that they are restl .J
ing indoor. hl
First it ii. I
more n.ghtS) and
State Fair, for seven J
nights " ",an0Ue h H
The boys have put J
soul " the work, irJ
uui- wun the cattle I
01 meir job. nj J
ast ones on earth J
Both of them vow they J
taken in a sinoOo 1
of the several places whe
Ihere are two thinpf
have in common, and tiuti
Dands, and loyal supporter
ihe two bands are 1 (
the towns,' and their ,
and playing here Fridil
would have been a credit i
from large collepes.
Somehow we feel tkl
people that can accomnliJ
these have in just a few yes
something in them that 1
them a far ways towards
H. G, Hammett lists
one of his hobbies. So sew!
ago he acconiDanied 1
Lake Junaluska for 1111
of trying their luck. The
pastor fished patiently, u
out a bite, and had lhnnt
the conclusion that 'tie A
unsurpassed as a scenic
as for fishing it wasnt n
ideal until his companion
three large fiehtine fish a
hole where Mr. Hammeti
lay idle. fHe tried to cons!
self with the fact that Ml
fish don't like Baptist ha
he realized his companion!
leader in the Baptist churl
is going again, someM
he feels lady luck has smiL
hats which Cover one eye
considered chic, but thev
for women motorists, the
society in Philadelphia j
who is man, that he dW
woman what to wear, ml
women, those who dme!
The society, however. pl
fllaf fi vnmfln CRn t watcl
with one eye covered. Al
to O. R. Roberts, local
natrolman. every motorisa
to do double watching N
to get by without wm
Kni'linir t nil down. KH
mean that weTl need tkl
of eyes for safe driraf-l
our car, one for the ounri
and one to make upfortl
ionable eve-covered W
But even at that, we l
cept back-seat driving tf
to the problem.
' Two negro soldier A
. i-. flnriilj
Camp Hianaing, "--1
boasting a doui uk..
glers , . . said one:
yo, boy, you ain't gt
We is got the boogler."
dat boy wraps his W
sounds iest like a sP
all right; but effenyM "
. f nii wans
in- 10 io"" i"" ,.t, 4
wit' a hypnotic
, u At. koiir oW 1
Boy, wnen n y
Ah JooKe ai '' . )j
says: 'StrawDerr, t
selves. YO' is ru
ped cream ouronjj
wouldnt na "
; hadn't. torn dowa , l
in the a.pi-'.d
jfoHq what I
His obvious sc. ,?j
any more 7 ,
advance. Ana Dr-,d
. it- last Wr ,1
cause uio t -KW,
be iorgoiuj. yi
vised to rub nu, "
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