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(One Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, sept
THE WAYNES VILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE WAYNESVILLE PRINTING CO.
Main Street phone 137
Waynes ville, North Carolina
The County Seat of Haywood County
W. CURTIS RUSS....... -Editor.
Mrs. Hilda WAY GWYN .............Associate Editor
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1942
A Lost Art Revived
One of the nation's leading newspapers
has recently asked the following question
"is letter writing truly a 'lost art' or will
gasoline rationing and other current events
The question comes at an opportune time,
for everywhere one goes shops that carry
stationery seem to be enlarging stocks and
the writing of letters is brought to one's
mind. It is said that the men in the service
have multiplied our letter-writing at least a
There are other reasons as the paper point
ed out- "One no longer drives 150 miles or
so of a week-end to visit Cousin Joe now
that such a trip means giving up three gas
coupons. Cousin Joe gets a letter instead."
"Long distance social calls are out of the
question now for anyone with hall a con
science. Even local calls much be curtailed
to the minimum' to make way for urgent
government and military business. So, again
one decides to write a letter.
"But friendship one discovers can be kept
as green by correspondence as in person.
Greener sometimes. There is something
leisured about a letter. And in that leisure
one has time to put things in the proper
phrases, time to mention how glad one is
to have heard from a friend, time to say,
How are you, and how are the children, and
to write and tell me all about the family.
"Maybe the somewhat inarticulate public
will make a virtue of necessity and become
good letter writers not perhaps as Madame
de Sevigne was good or Lord Chesterfield
but at least better than before."
Harvest Time Again
The harvesting season is upon us again
In Haywood County nature seems to have
done her best as well as the citizens to
meet the emergency this year. She has
rallied around to do her part in our efforts
for increased production of food as asked
by our government.
While it is impossible to obtain exact
figures on crops at this time, it was learned
from the county farm agents office that in
every instance of quotas asked in the great
nation-wide program for increased produc
tion, Haywood has exceeded her quota.
This has not been easy in many cases,
for the labor shortage on our farms has
been keenly felt. Right at the peak of the
harvesting season, the draft quotas shot
up for this area to the highest calls re
quired since the inauguration of the selec
tive service system.
j Young men have had to leave farms from
Jill sections" of the county to enter the ser
vice,' yet somehow those who were left have
managed to meet the emergency.
Guilty, Stop Today
Are you one of those .persons who are
forever saying, "You people around here do
not seem to realize there is a war going on?'.'
If you are guilty stop today and consider
what you have said, for the facts in the
case will at once condemn you as a "care
less handler of the truth."
If the people of Haywood County did not
know there was a war going on, do you
suppose that -from every mountain cove in
this county, from every walk of life, our
boys would have flocked to recruiting sta
tions and offered their services to their
country- The record on this can be read
with pride. When military authorities state
that we have more men in the service in
proportion to our population than any coun
ty in the United States, there is no argument
left. So you can take that off your list.
The mountaineer is a natural patriot.
When the quotas for the sale of war
bonds and stamps are assigned this county,
how do we respond? We go over the top
with a bang good margin to spare each time
the call comes. We do more than we are
When the appeal comes from the Red
Cross how does the community react? They
go to bat and see that every last cent asked
by headquarters is in "the bag" before they
stop that driving.
With the USO they have gone the limit
with some to spare. They feel for that
boy in service, for there are too many of
their own for them not to understand what
the USO is doing.
Visit the Haywood county farms, and see
at first hand how the call has been answer
ed by the farmer and his wife, and in many
cases with their son, their right hand, so
to speak of last year, "somewhere over
seas." Yet they have carried on.
It is true we. are far from the teaming
centers of actual war activities, We are
not brought in daily contact with the men
in the service as they train and as they
take off for foreign duty.
At night we are not reminded by a black
out, as those who live on the seacoasts are
of what might happen at "anytime." We
do not have daily contact with realities of
war that give one nerves and "jitters."
But we know here in Haywood County
that there is a war on, and we are doing
a fine job of cooperation with our govern
ment. We also know that we have only
touched the surface, and that before peace
reigns again we will be called upon to make
sacrifices of which we do not know. But we
are ready to do our part.
The following contribution was
made to us by a very charming
summer visitor -.from rort Lauuei
dale .-. it appeared in a Tampa,
Fla,, paper . , . we hope you enjoy
it as much as we (lid . . . this war
s such a grim affair that it some
how broke the spell of its horror,
at least temporarily for us
the soldier who wrote it had that .the anchor"
saving grace that helps tide us
over so many tough spots in life
. a sense of humor . . ,
I was one of those fellows that
made the world safe for demo
cracy . . . What a crazy thing t,hat
was . . .1 fought and fought . , .
but I had to go anyway . , I was
called in Class A . .. . the, next time
I want to be in Class B . ; . Be
here when they go and Be here
when they come back ...
We were interested in a recent story about
a pistol law applying only to Durham and
Alamance counties. You know sometimes in
Haywood County we have been knoJt kto
be a little careless about how we use our
firearms. We have often been too free with
The law was first put on the books in
1935 and it required the registration of
all pistols, automatic pistols and revolvers
(but not shot guns and rifles) and a permit
for the purchase of new weapons of the kind
to be signed by two persons of good char
The officers in the two counties are much
pleased over the law. They claim that by
means of the registration law enforcement
officers have a knowledge of who has a
weapon and that it aids them in disarming
There is at least no harm in calling the
matter to the attention of our represent
tives in the coming State Legislature.
Camden Solves Problem
Women are. beginning to fill many places
left vacant by men, but we were a bit sur
prised to see during the week that Camden
County, facing a shortage of school bus
drivers, has solved the problem by women
Mothers of school children have qualified
for the work of driving the buses. This is
part-time work and many women are able
to do it who would not be able to accept
full-time employment of any kind.
Our own county has been faced with the
same problem, but they have met it with
high school boys over sixteen, who have
taken courses authorized by the state school
Acquainted By Proxy
Dr. Thomas Stringfield in his various in
teresting talks on his recent experiences
in England, where he served with the Emer
gency Hospital Service of the English Min
istry of Health, has done much to create
a friendly interest in our cousins across the
We were particularly impressed with what
he had to say of the conservative attitude
of the Britishers, and yet their admiration
for the initiative capacity of the Americans
They seem to have forgotten that we
Americans are here today because our an
cestors were an adventurous type, and upon
that SDirit established a new country. In
that struggling environment against the
odds of nature, in building a nation they
naturally lost some of their old world cul
ture, that we have perhaps never since
On the other hand we are prone to feel
that what we lost is negligent in compari
son to the rich heritage of the strength and
virility of our founding fathers, who gave
us freedom and liberty.
"NEW SECRET WEAPON
H E R E and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
(he middle of my best lean, the
Captain rushed up and said ... . .
''What company are you in?" . . .
I said, "I'm air by myself." . ....
He said, "Has the Brigadier come
up yet?" . . . I said, "If I swal
lowed jt, it's up." . . . Talk about
dumb people . . . I said to one of
the fellows . . . "guess we dropped
"I knew they would lose itit's
been hanging out ever since we
left New York." ...
Well, we landed in Australia . . .
we were immediately sent to the
trenches . . . After three nights
in the trenches . . . the can
nons started to roar . i. . and the
shells started to pass . . . I was
shaking with patriotism . . . I
tried to hide behind a tree, but
there wasn't room enough for the
officers . ' .' the captain came
I remember the day I regfstered around and said . . . Five 0 clock
. .1 went up to the desk and , and we go over the top . . . I
,." In' "rW- was mv milk- k"i "Captain, I d like to
the man in charge was my milk
man ... he said, "What's your
name?" . . . he barked so . . . I
nld him "." . . August Childs" . . .
e said, "Are you an alien?" .
'No, I said I 'feelfine" . . . He
sked rnS wStSre Ii was born . . ;
and I said Pittsburgh . . . Then ho
said . ; . "Where did you first see
the light of day?" . . and I said
when we moved to Philadelphia
. . He asked me how old I was
and I said 25 on the first of Sep
tember ... He said . . . "The first
of September you will be in Aus
tralia and that will be the last of
August" . . .
The day I went to camp I guess
they didn't think I would live
ong . , the first fellow I saw
wrote on my card . . . "Flying
Corps" . . . (CV . . . I went a
little further and then some fel-
ow said . . . "Look what the wind
blew in" . . I said "Wind nothing,
the draft is doing it."
On the second morning they put
these clothes on me . . . what an
outfit . i . as soon as you are
in you think you can fight any
body . ". . They have two sizes of
everything in the army . . . too
small and too large . . The pants
are so small I can't sit down
and the shoes are so big I turned
around three time and they didn't
move . . . What a raincoat
they gave us '. . . it strained the
rain . . .1 passed an officer all
dressed up with a funny belt and
all that stuff . . ; he said calling
after me . . "Didn't you notice
my uniform" . . .1 said ... "Yes,
what are you kicking about . .
Look what they gave me." . .
have a word with you" . . . He
said, "Well, what is it?" ... I
siid, "I'd like to have a furlough"
He said . , ''Haven't you any
red blood in you?" . . , I said, "Yes,
I ut' I don't want to see it." . . .
Five o'clock we Went over the top
.;...', Ten thousand Japs came at
us . . . The way they looked at
me you'd think it was I who started
the war . . . Our Captain yelled
Fire at will" . . . But I didn't
know anv of their names
guess the fellow behind me thought ' maj times."
I was Will , . . he tired nis gun
and shot me in the excitement
By W. CUBTIS RUSS
- Bits of this, that and the other
picKea up nere, mere and yonder
Sure sign that SCWU
ed ,s the u-ritin-
eiAtmrr. 1 1.
OI the elements,. u U
first thing a vQnnLmi-
world to knn-.ii"rl 'M
resort to the silu-a'v.
Admitting that politics has ser
iously impeded the proper proseeu-,
tion of the war, xn the nope of
avoiding a recurrence of that sit
nation in the future, would you
favor a constitutional amendment
suspending, in the event of war,
all national elections?
Johnny Ferguson "No, I would
not approve. It might be all
right for the president, but not for
the senators and the congressmen."
oeen in passine-a ' V. J
6 '" 'Vlnai' siste VJ
After living- un,3. ,
a painter's brush, tYL Zr
the office, we found ft?
one thing the war has Z$
ople s ,11 don't belief .
that reads; .ffet Pai V
have to feel he frw5
DUIic"-e anu see for thetnWVJ
Noises in the niehUtt.
thud of a falling apple
.-,A renching tire that
--: j ic Lue Degmnmg wail of t'J
T-... n XT C.-t IT ,nU ..v n ' v.m
no, even though our politics might r A howling: doc in t-he" di
be rotten, I still' believe' in the,that sounds almost human.
principal of the government of me
people and by the people."
W. Clark Med(ord"l think in
a national crisis line mis we nugin, -- io nre sin
do without rational elections."
O. H. Shelton"! think all na
tional elections should be eliminat
ed, and that all politicians should
lend all their efforts to ending the
war, instead of trying to get elect
ed to office and playing politics."
Miss Winnie Kirkpatrick "I
think in the case of the president
it might be eliminated, but I
would approve electing the sena
tors and the congressmen-"
A TTavwnnrl nit;- ,
..-iwm ""K-eye" rifle j.
urns uiai me presKient have
tne enemy. The offer has been
xu me cniei executive. If (or;
icam ne cannut place it
orancn ot service, why not of
at auction to the hi
uiuntr xor war bonds. In
words, give ,' to the per
will agree to buy the most ho
Mrs. Doyle Alley "I do not feel
that improper prosecution of the
war .can be charged directly to
the politicians, but I think it has
been due to the complacency of the
people of this country in general."
H. Phelps Brooks "No, I would
not approve. I think it would give
too much power."
Now is the time to bejrin tj
lng-aDout wnat you arc mi.,
. ,i ,
isena me Doys "over there'
1 . J rw,t
'Lnnsimas. 1 ne post office ii
ing that all packages be mil,
October 15th to assure deli
on or before Christmas.
C. F. Kirkpatrick- "I would ap
prove of the constitutional amend
ment under question, as I do not
feel that we need any elections dur
ing the war." . ,
Captain W. F. Swift "If the
right crowd happened to be in it
would be fine, but I believe that
under most circumstances it would
be better to give the people a
chance to make a change in the of
ficials, if it is needed."
T. L. Bramlett "I think we
should have national elections even
T think the ETOV-
I ernment should function as in nor-
t. i 1 1 .
Oh, it was nice . . five below
one morning when they called us
out for underwear inspection . . .
you talk about scenery , . . red
flannels . . . B. V. D.'s and all
kinds , . The union suit I had
on would fit Tony Galento . . .
The lieutenant lined us up and
told me to stand up . . . I said
"I am up, sir . . . This underwear
makes you think I am sitting
down." . . , He got so mad he put
me out digging a ditch . , . a little
later he passed and said . . .
"Don't throw that dirt up here'"
. . . I said. . . . "Where am I
going to put it?" . . he said .
"Dig another hole and put it in
TEN YEARS AGO
Soco Gap road is assured by
chairman Jeffress and work will
The new cutting plant at England-Walton
will be completed in
J. Z. Cleveland, of Zirconia,
wins sweepstakes in dahlia show
More than 1,000 persons attend
ed dedication of courthouse here
New sanitarium to be opened
here in October, with newest treat
ments and diets yet discovered in
Europe will be given.
Forty lawyers from 11th con
gressional district gather here for
Waynesville is now destined to
become principal Park City.
County might get federal funds
for needy this winter.
Three days later we sailed for
Australia . . . Marching down the
nter I had some more luck
I had a Sergeant who stuttered
and it took him so long to say
"Halt" that 27 of us marched
overboard . . , They pulled us
out and lined us up on the pier
and the Captain came by and said
..'."Fall in" . . . and I said, "I
have been in. Sir." ... I was on
the boat 12 days . . . seasick 12
days . . . Nothing going down and
everything coming up . . . Leaned
over the rail all the time . . . In
FIVE YEARS AGO
Haywood county has good grade
of burley tobacco this year.
Mayor's court collected '. a total
of $618 in the month of August.
Haywood Boy Scouts will hold
rally here on Saturday. :
Large neon sign is erected at
the Park Theatre this week;
Teachers in state are given a
ten per cent raise in salary.
Balsam Weavers get big order
from large department store in
New York City. .
David Stentz is named president
of the freshman class at Brevard
. David Palmer is named junior
auditor with the state revenue de
Twenty-two students from Hay
wood are at Brevard College..
A cow must be trained to back
away from an electric fence; her
impulse is to jump through it.
Lemurs, more primitive than
other primates, are believed to be
relatively unmodified descendants
of one of man's early ancestors.
THB OLD HOME TOWN
. , -v- 41 r. I
WCrPV IS -THROW BLACK TW (Mrl J
One Haywood mother wd
bought five plugs of tobacco.
sent it air mail to her son hi
4. t: ml. i
n aim. ine posiaee was overi
Someone tried to persuade Id
send it by straight parcel oost.
she replied: "My boy wants toll
above everything else. I mnt'
to have it, and to have it in
ry. It's my money, my boy,
his tobacco. So a matter of
dollars doesn't matter." The
age was airmailed.
A recent issue of Charity
Children explained the origin
long fingernails in this article
Chinemen no longer wear
curling fingernails. It was
the custom of the rich Chine;
wear long curung fingernai
show that they never worked
their hands. The long finger!
were the badpe of honor,
were, supposed to work their
They looked down on the poor
pie who worked with their
Working with the hands
sign of inferiority. The ffi
have cut off their fingernail!.
oeoDle of this country are
tantly cutting off theirs. The
ity to memorize what ome
else wrote in a hook has been
sidered the aristocracy of
A pupil who made high mark!
school and college was consi
the highest type and was
at Hip head of the class. We
one of the. outstanding edncal
of the state say that in
years in a college class rooni
nnA not come upon 8 nan
dudHs who could think, am
person in the group asxea nun
become or the nan uw
miestioner wanted to know
had been expelled from
It was agreed by the scno
and lavmen bresent that tne
onH -nllpirp courses Kt
vised for thinking but for bJ
izing. Students are not on
to think. The ohly place
they actually think are m
Mnnns' and not in class i
uf what u?p started to j
that the long fingernails
.- ;mmoH n this couiiuj
the man who can do thing
longer looked down upo"-
ic-norine him. We like t"1
NOTICE SERVING ! MMO!
BY PI BLICATIOT
IN THE SUPERIOR COUSj
NORTIT ' CAROU
TOWN OF WAYNESMU'
. .. TVS'tlTT.T.S rf
LUCY WELLS, and l
ana wue, lu-.- .- , .
n action entitle "
ior uoun . .pec
sessmem nei" .
and the saw f vtl
therteke notice ttat W J
quired to aPPf".,8' Z H
the Clerk oi 001
said County i" V'V ,ln '
w.,ville. North CaW'i
in thirty days after t
of October, 1942.
demur to the comP'a.M.
in aaid complaint- . j94t
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