Don't Let Our Boys Down Get In Your Scrap!
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JWESS ASSOCIATION Ji)J
TUESDAY, OCTOHKK 20, 1942
Should Be Arrested
Swairi County held an all-day drive for
scrap the other day, and got in more than
half a million pounds. That is far more
than a small county was expected to get,
and Swain deserves much praise for their
In an editorial following the drive, The
Bryson City Times said the "scrap drive
proved the spirit of the people." It went
on to say how young and old responded,
white and colored, laborers and professional
In the last paragraph, The Times had a
sad note, and one which might act as a
warning to Haywood. The paragraph read:
"The only mar or cloud on the entire day's
operation was the fact that there was a number
of young, able-bodied boys and men sitting on
the streets laughing and making remarks."
There are some people that poke fun at
every worthy cause. There are some people
who fail to see good in anything.
We would like to see the mayors of the
Haywood towns, and the sheriff of the coun
ty make it a point to instruct peace officers
to arrest any person who sits idly by on
Wednesday making fun of those engaged
in the gathering of scrap.
This is a serious matter, and not one to
be laughed at. Such inconsiderate persons
are a menace to our welfare; and have no
right to enjoy liberty. They should be
We noticed during the week that Joseph
B. Eastman, defense transportation director,
is calling on the nation's schools to curtail
their bus schedules wherever it is possible,
in the interest of rubber conservation.
The curtailment, he said, should be effect
ed on the assumption that the physically
able child can walk two miles to and from
school where ; weather conditions permit.
A former country boy himself, it is said
that Mr. Eastman has no compunctions
about boosting shank's mare to American
youth. He once said, "the legs of the Amer
ican people are by way of becoming atroph
ied." Four million children are said to ride to
and from school in America today. Here
in our own county children are brought in
to the Waynesville district school as far
away as twenty miles.
The situation is already giving the state
educational authorities a problem that we
understand they have not as yet worked
We think it is a fine thing for Fire Pre
vention Week, fall clean-up week and the
scrap drive to come at the same time. They
make a wonderful combination, for they tie
While we are hunting scrap we run across
a lot of rubbish and fire hazards, for with
the same gesture we collect scrap, we can
collect debris that will be hauled off by the
city trucks, just as our scrap will be.
When the drives are over, certainly our
community should be thoroughly "dry clean
ed." It is amazing how much useless ma
terial can clutter up a place. Much of it
. we save thinking we might use it later, and
a great deal' just the overflow from our
daily living, of newspapers, boxes and such
We Hand It To Youth
We adults might as well admit it, the
Haywood County boys and girls have taken
the lead, once they were directed in the
great scrap campaign. They have worked
hard and have done a splendid job of war
As the superintendent of one of the
schools stated in speaking of the boys in
his school, "they have worked so hard, that
none of them would have put out so much
labor even for money, but the spirit ana
sentiment back of the campaign appealed
to them, and they have gone after it."
Aside from the vital need of the scrap
collected, an effort that touches every citi
zen in the country, has a powerful unity
drag that brings to the surface a spirit thai
matches the need for the material.
Whether goals will be reached or not the
leaders deserve a rising vote of congratula
tions tor the manner in which they have
carried on the defense program.
Take It Slower
A nation-wide speed limit of thirty-five
miles an hour has been established. Gov
ernment agencies have explained often and
long the vital necessity of preserving tho
stockpile of tires, which is the stockpile o?
rubber, we possess in this country for va"
and war production,
The state highway patrolmen serving
this area report that a surprising number
of drivers seem unable to remember the
government rulings about speed limits and
drive at the old anti-war speed unless they
are called down.
There is no fine for this type of speed
ing, but the patrolman when he stops you
takes down your name and it is sent to the
The National Safety Council has made a
recent suggestion that might prove to be
very effective, There is still that driver
on the highways who will persist in pass
ing others, and when they do so they nat
urally have to speed up beyond that set
rate of thirty-five miles.
The Council suggests that the conserva
tive driver who is trying to follow govern
ment instructions take a hand, and turn
policeman. It proposes that as this defiant
driver whizzes by, or "makes jack-rabbit
starts, or bucking-bronco stops", the pa
triotic driver give him three shorts and a
long blows on the horn. That, of course, is
Morse code for "V" for victory
Since a lot of the fast driving is from
habit and thoughtlessness, the "V" signal
might well shame many of the drivers into
a slower rate of travel.
"NOT A SLACKER IN THE LOT
iEiE and THERE
HILDA WAY GWYN
If a soldier in Australia called
ioh tonight and asked if you 'had
dove all in your power to aid in
the scrap drive, what could you
Just a pile of junk . . . did you say? . . . Nothing of
any value . . . discarded old articles of iron . '. . of metal
and of rubber . . . Old flues rusty with use . . . pots and
pans . . . thrown aside by the housewife . ... a tire . , .
jld scrap . . . everything including the proverbial "kitchen
stove." . . . Not so long aro . . . nothing perhaps offered a
more unsightly or a more dilapidated appearance about the
nrcmisps of a home . . . a public building ... a schoolhouse
. . . or a vacant lot about town.
iiiciiibin ,v-"- 1 jter had me searching the place for
back to the days when we were watching the nght across two evenings after I reached home
the seas with a smug air . . . and a shrug of the shoulders 1 after my day's work, for her to
, , ,(T4. x cu Rolr turn in at her school."
. . . as much as to say . . . It is not our tight. . . . tacK
in 1940 ... do you remember ,;,7lI)mi,.w . . ,. .
our place clean as a whistle. I tell
a towering pile the children when we find even
J. M. Garrison "Well, I have
Rut suddenly the picture turned in al the scrap I had on
. . for the first picture dates My seven-year-old daugh-
Measuring by today's emergency
We appreciate the fact that Kate Smith
possesses a voice that pleases, but last week
she proved to be a super salesman. She
went on the air last Tuesday morning in a
New York studio to sell war bonds. Her
plan was to send forth a plea every half
hour, and her goal was set at $1,000,000.
Twenty hours later when she went oil'
the air she had sold $1,964,900 worth of
bonds, and the orders were still coming in.
She had one call for a $50 bond from Ta
Just a junk pile, did you say? . . . Perhaps its greatest
beauty lies in the fact that it represents the concerted effort
of every citizen of the country . . , with no age limits ...
in its drafting . . . for up and down the land people are
bringing their offerings ... the young and the old . . .
to dedicate them on the altar of the junk pile . . the big
gest salvage drive in history . . . it represents the first con
sciousness of citizenship and love of country in the little
child ... who has offered his bit to war effort . . . it rep
resents the youth of America . . . even in its teens . . .
willing and ready to take any chance for their country . . .
it represents maturity and old age clinging to the things
that have made life sweet for them.
Just a junk pile . . . did you say ? . . . it represents the
things that we mean when we speak of the liberty of the
American people . . it represents that son . . . whom the
We are going to win this war not only by
the things we do, but as time goes on, by
the things we do not do or have. There
will be many ommissions as well as com
missions. It will be won by the sacrifices we make,
by the complaints we don't make, by the
food we do not waste, by money we do not
spend on ourselves just now, but lend to
Uncle Sam to use for the next ten years.
Government authorities tell us that it will
be the small things as well as the big things
that will win this war. Things that may
seem very insignificant to us- in our daily
lives when multiplied by the population of
this country count into a tremendous effort
Not So Q. E. D.
A woman columnist who enjoys quite a
vogue among several million newspaper
readers argues that a nation that can spend
one hundred billion dollars for war in 1943
"will be able to invest one hundred billion
dollars in instruments of reconstruction in
. 1945." .
By the same token, we suppose, the lady
would say that if she had cash and credit
of $2,000 and blew it all in one year on
fireworks, this would prove that she had
another $2,000 to put into productive effort
after the show is over. The Haywire School
of Economics is still doing business at the
same old stand. Nation's Business.
of junk on the landscape of an American home or village -
, . . is a thing of beauty ... on the schoolhouse grounds it 1 -
is an object of pride ... 'its significance takes roots back
in the founding days of our country .
towers skyward as an altar upon which the incense of
patriotism burns like a flaming torch.
Mrs. Frank Ferguson "Yea, I
that pile of junk ' have done all I can, even collecting
the"-"smallest btts of rubber and
HAWUf A 80M8ER UKE A PURSUIT JOB
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Fied Martin "No, 1 nave not
vet done all I can, but I will by
Mrs. O. H. Shetton "I am
afraid I'd bv.vc to tell him I had
not done all I could, and I believe
I have plenty of company."
J. Raymond Stovall "No, I have
not done all I could, and I think
if most of us are truthful, they
would give the same answer, but
if a Soldier called me Wednesday
night I could give a different answer."
John J. Shelby "1 haven't yet
done what I could, but by Wednes
day I can tell you something else."
Alvin Ward "I couldn't tell him
but one thing and that is no, but
111 be in better shape by Wednes
day than I am today."
L. N. Davis "My answer is no,
but I hope to redeem myself in the
next two days."
John W. Boyd "Well, if a sol
dier called me and asked me that
question I'd say we are not through
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of thi.. that aL
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thunder" ttZ. ""W
on the war PfT,;: We w
less than three mi'. . H
take hbj ;
on their tw ' .: . mmi1
1-ge to the 'c 'Tha?
taken, and a coul'S' a"
for collecting scrap' on'
within a minute rM
underway, and ril t?
v ib was a tn.
that the CubwouldTS
Committees were nam
said they were to buT ..
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throiID-ri T .
.avuig DUSlne I
out organising for
the day pf days f ,r
scrap. 6 ;
Several trucks w,.rt off
use in hauling the matwJ
ors agreed to roll up ,heir;,
and get after the scrap
..J.l,'.it.onejob to' bed
that is to get scrap
. The whole thing was ore,
m just a few minute
Frankly, We ,,t ,
of thinirs sn f-J0t .t ,
agreeu to get out thi
""' .utIl"e we tartly had tii
itvuwe. tne vast amount ...
took. . But that i.s all riEht 1
member of the staff pitchJ
.0 ,a war, arid .those in cl
"'..neea ot getting yorrJ
r,P,c..via a special edition
so a special edition it i.
cares about extra w,.ri, -
muse DOVs on tho fSw.
"avc a ciock to go by.
Those brave aviate
lnnlrrnf fn. ... , .
enemy snips can
" ey a miles from sM
inose poor helpless souls
m prison camps, under the
scant guard and stare of the
eyes of the Jans Can stnn I
for the day when they can
enjoy ireedom a freedom
being able to live one
without a gun over their he J
.those boys are sacrificing
More will be soon. And J
nation continues to put morel
under arms, there will be
ing list of those who wi!
know a freedom on this
Sad, you say.
Sure. Makes your
Makes you sick at heart
What can we do about it
.Just what this special
is asking-get out and gt
scrap together. Get it to
depot. Some "soldier can
good use of it protecting th;
And who knows, you y
might be in there soon on
front, under fire, and what
ference it would make tin
. The men under fire don'
much, They do think a lot.
Wonder what "they, .would
if they should make an uhexj
visit back home and see a
, They still wouldn't talk,
would still think a lot.
. And what a crushing bH
would mean to a man, to
that his loved ones his l-'
had not thought enough to
and dig up scrap that stuff
is of such little value to civ
but priceless to the man
shot and shell.
When the final count is mal
are confident that every man
Haywood, now serving his co
will smile and his breast w
with pride, when he noar
"Haywood Did Her Part U
ting In Scrap.
We can't do less for those
. with ronl
mother told goodbye . . . maybe with a smile on herj
. . . but tears in her heart . . . for she knew he was
vC JVMl ilVJ VUW llllrV. VArf . tv - -
junk represents the love of a sweetheart . .
cut short. V tViat nila nf innV Vpnresents
rlaA nt aiwnannn'a oK1a o rontlior'd nraver Wafted a
the ocpati . fny tlio eafstv nf f Vint son who serves m$
trv and vnn fhp rilpa nf iunk in Havwood Coun?
resent her two thousand men ... scattered all o1
world . . . on far flung battle fronts . that yoU
might continue to live in this free land.
Just a iunk nil . . . did vou sav? . . but it groffS
day to day ... what have you added to that .pile. '
. -L-j - fnr n ciece oi
uu nuiiLeu in every noQK anu cwuci fjouli
io maKe tnat altar or patriotism niguci j
face that boy in uniform with a clear conscience l
that you had done your best . . V while ne wi36v
Wake Up The Mighty
Prepare war, wake up the mighty fflen,J
all the men of war draw near; let them com
Beat your plowshares into swords, an
pruninghooks into spears: let the wea
strog. . ; : mi.