North Carolina Newspapers

    (One Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, DECEMBER
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The Mountaineer
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(One Day Nearer Victory)
The Secret Sub
The liquor industry in America is sinking
annually the equivalent of more than 200
boatloads of grain, 200 of fruit, and 13
boatloads of sugar.
The more than 4,000,000,000 pounds of
jjrain and 165,000,000 gallons of molasses
used in our alcoholic beverages would pro
vide every one of America's 40,000,000
underfed with an extra loaf of bread and an
additional quart of milk every day in the
The daily $9,000,000 U. S. liquor bill would:
Feed 1,000,000 Chinese refugee children
for nine months.
Pay for 180 bombers at $50,000.
Completely train 600 military pilots at
How long much this sabotage go on?
Oneonta Messenger, South Pasadena, Calif.
Leap Year Figures
A girl who lives in the rural sections has
a 10 per cent better chance of "catching
her man" during the 1944 Leap Year, than
the average city girl, according to the U.
S. Census Bureau which has been making
a survey of the situation. The number of
old-maids, or bachelor girls has been steaddy
decreasing since 1920.
It was interesting to learn that Nevada
is the easiest state in which to "catch a
man", and Iowa the worst. We can under
stand the first, but see no reason for the
The survey by the Census Bureau also
reveals that matrimonial opportunities are
very good in the states of Arizona, New
Mexico, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Maryland, and
South Carolina. The girls also fare pretty
well in Utah (despite our ideas of the Mor
mons), Florida, Mississippi and West Vir
ginia. The West Coast area is said to be a
"happy hunting ground", but at that the
chances for marriage license is better in
Florida than California.
The girls hunting husbands are urged to
"stick to the grass-roots of the rural Home
Sweet Home" by the Census Bureau, as
they claim that the cities are filled to over
flowing with gals on the chase, and the com
petition is mighty strong.
A Break In The Line
At this writing the country is confront
ed with two major labor strikes, the steel
industries and the railroads, both vital to our
successful prosecution of the war.
We believe in organized labor and in the
right of labor organizations to call strikes
in normal times, when all other methods of
adjustment have failed. Certainly any man
has the right to quit any job he does not like
or when he feels that he is being unjustly
In time of war it is a different story. We
believe that no man now doing essential war
work has any more moral right to quit his
job than a soldier to desert the army. And
we believe that our armies of young men
who have quit good jobs to enter the service
feel the same way.
We doubt very much if any individual or
family of the employes involved has suffer
ed real privation. Contrast if you will their
living conditions with the men who are daily
braving the mud, cold, and snow of Europe
and facing death in every conceivable form
for the sum of $52 a month. It does not
speak well for organized labor.
They Remember
We went on a record flight to Poland. . .
We ran out of gas just as we got back to Eng
land and succeeded in making a crash land
ing. No one was bruised, scratched, or even
shaken up, but the plane was. The Lord was
with us.
An American pilot, Lieut. Gustave S.
Holmstrom of Brooklyn, wrote this to his
mother after his twenty-first successful mis
sion over the European Continent. On his
twenty-second, his plane was shot down over
Germany, but he is reported safe and a priso
ner. "The Lord was with him again," said
his mother, on hearing the news.
Many a daring fighting man who exposes
himself to extreme dangers does so after
trusting himself to the Almighty. Roy Dav
enport, skipper of an American submarine,
prays daily, his shipmates say. His exploits
are legendary around Pearl Harbor.
Laughing, rollicking fighters in uniform
may maintain an outward devil-may-care at
titude, but these same men in many instances
are secretly strengthened because of their
reliance on God. Hundreds of them remem
ber those words of the Ninety-first Psalm,
"Because thou has made the Lord . . . thy
habitation; there shall no evil befall thee."
Christian Science Monitor.
No Surprises Any More
We have reached the stage in this fast
moving era in which we live that we are not
surprised or startled any more. We simply
take things as they come as part of the
changing pattern of our own affairs here at
home plus the changing influence of inter
national events.
In fact it has reached the point where our
old time superlatives, once used with pow
erful meaning are almost tame. They have
been over-worked. Take for example the
word historic. It has been used with refer
ence to the events of the past year or so, that
it does not have quite the same force.
Then there is the idea of a "precedent"
shattered. Of course the Roosevelt family
have had considerable to do with teaching
us about that word, or should we say have
given it a rather mild meaning.
What we would have thought of ten years
ago someone had told us that during a world
war our president would have left this coun
try to confer with the powers of other na
tions. We would have called it a mad dream.
Yet it did not seem so unusual when it hap
pened. We took it as a natural event in the
great series that are crowding one after
Consider our relations with other nations.
We have new friends across the seas and
strange new associations that a few years
back would have been completely out of ord
er, but not today. What tomorrow will bring
who can tell?
iiifiHi i i k ,h,i
"I'm not pulling kitty's tail. Mummy I'm only holding
The late Mrs. Josephus Daniels,
affectionately known in Raleigh as
"Miss Addie" was one of the most
remarkable women we have ever
known . . . During her summer
residence in this section she made
many friends. . . In fact she made
a friend of everyone whose life
she touched ... we were planning
to pay her a tribute in this column
when we read the following by
Margarette Somethurst in the Ral
eigh News and Observer under the
title of "An Era closes for Raleigh
and North Carolina" ... so in
stead we reprint what Mrs. Some
thurst so beautifully expressed.
"With, the passing of Mrs. Jose
phus Daniels an era closes for Ral
igh and North Carolina an era
that was better because she lived
in it.
Born in Raleigh during the days
-if Reconstruction, her life spanned
the transition of the South from
desolated militant poverty and
belligerent defeat to prideful na
tional cooperation and sectional
Mrs. Daniels grew up in the liv-
traditions of the Old boutn.
not be-
There Is Always Some
We have often heard it said that there is
no person on earth who does not have some
good impulses, no matter how low or de
graded they become in life's standards. An
exceptional example may be cited in the
giving of Christmas joy by two long-termers
in Central Prison, Raleigh, during Christmas
They saw a picture of an aged woman at
the ruins of her home in South Carolina that
had been destroyed by fire. It had been the
only home the 78-year-old woman had known
and she cherished the site. The woman had
been supported by the Department of Public
Welfare since the disaster and had remained
in the vicinity of her home. In the day time
she stayed around the spot and at night she
stayed with some of her neighbors.
The two men, both members of the prison
band were so touched, that the best came
to the surface. They each had a dollar which
they contributed. This would not help much,
so they took the matter up with the band
director and asked if he thought they could
raise some money. He told them to try.
They collected a total of $100 from mem
bers of the band and other prisoners. A
cashiers check was mailed to the sheriff of
the county in which the woman lived, with
the names of the prisoners who made dona
tions. These will be turned over to the wo
man who lost her home to help her make a
start toward building back.
The story shows that unselfishness has no
bounds, that it may be found anywhere, even
within prison walls, among those whose sins
the world may read. No doubt those priso
ners felt a kinship of a spirit of homesick
ness with the aged woman and perhaps their
reaction from punishment had quickened
their understanding.
From early morning until late at
night, they are constantly on the
go . . . many of them practicing
over the county . . . traveling miles
during each day . . . they have no
time to give to their families . . .
and yet they are giving their time
to the sick and those needing their
advice . . . listening for hours on
a stretch to the pains and ills to
which the human race is heir. . .
We have to hand it to them, it
takes patience, tact, and a toler
ance known to few of us to carry
on in such heroic manner . . . and
when we really need them, aren't
they the most welcome visitors who
could cross our threshold?
Elmer Davit Aroused
Over WMC Publicity
Suppression :
Of McNuft h
Special to Central Press
WASHINGTON Dissatisfaction of Office of Wai
Chief Elmer Davis with the manner in which Paul V
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ma oi manpu " v. vwiiuiuooiuii puuuv iciawims sian har. i .- .
the agency runs far deeper than the voicing of complaint- ,
paper correspondents.
To the OW'l head the confusion and "blind spots' in r,d-,
derstanding of the draft program represents one of the ir.f ,r
agency's outstanding failures In keeping the public apprw- .
born domestic developments. Davis' has u-.
sistent advocate of an open and above-b.f
relations policy In all government agenr.,
only disclosures of a military nature
Thus, when newsmen finally took their
of news suppression to Davis in the form ,;
j.yjtesl, he was quick to seize the opDortunity and ta!.
direct to McNutt and his staff of public relations anii-s
And. In an effort to assure a constructive change in w.nk
dling of the draft story. Davis made his complaints of -..
dling available to reporters in the hope publication would h,
sure for a change to those within the WMC who are cha.
the responsibility of keeping the public Informed on dnf: ;
ments f
McNutt smarted and fumed over the disclosures, but to r.,
the reporters concerned it represented a distinct victory in t!
ions io Keep me American people uuormeu even over the ' bstruo
tionlst tactics of some federal agencies.
Heil Move
At Victory
r ef.
CABINET MEMBERS and other high Washington ofTu ' ,
lilllcg U1IU mi cniuaiiaafliiig pvojLiuiio wiiii uiey fl dilj
on their private telephone lines and someone happens to tx- resent
who should not hear the conversation.
Recently, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox found himself m
really awkward position when the buzzer of his private line sounded
and he had to answer while at least 50 newspapermen sat arn'ind
waiting for him to resume one of his weekly news conferences In
advertently. Knox mentioned the name "Harry" as he explained he
would rather not talk because of his guests
A few minutes later ne got anomer can. mis from some other
important person, and again he had to explain why he com in i talk
The reporters guffawed at his predicament and even Knox spni,
although he appeared a trifle upset.
The secretary did not reveal who "Harry" was
THE WAR PRODUCTION BOARD has lark' ue pi.h' m of
dwindling infants' and children's clothes suppl- "ml may f.rr up
with a solution, much to the relief of haras: rents Mo'h rs
have been unable in many cases to And underw ioes. :-cks and
othei garments for their young children and bat . VPB. ' nvev-r.
now has a specialist in the Held, Mrs. ureie uu- nuer c i; !-.-r 3
meazine e.luor at work on findine out the wh;. .i vhere mes
shortages Kurt hi -rmore. WPB said, relief will c e apparen'
stores in time for this winters shopping.
Tnairman Don
Nelson thlVA'S
weeks ao.
-.. idor Joseph
ive recej tioa
nd pv" was
She saw the eraces pass;
paiwe gracious living was no long
er desired, but because our people
could no longer maintain ante
bellum standards. Much was lost
in the change; but much was also
aved, and in that hard time only
the best, the worthwhile, the real
elements of that vaunted culture
ould be salvaged and instilled in
u oV,o,Qt..r of His voung. In
lie: i,uai hvuv.
... O il.
her, the best of the old ooum,
merged with the fighting spirit of
Reconstruction and developed wnn
the times into a personality tnai
wai as rare as it was beautiful.
Her mind compassed the affairs
of a troubled world, but her heart
novpr lost intimate concern for her
community, her neighbors, and her
friends, white or colored.
Dnriner the long months of ner
last illness she kept her telephone
within reach, and her interests
I don't know Mrs. Daniels, a
woman said to me in talking about
her hero soldier son, but she was
the first one to call me when this
came out in the paper.
In historic times and important
. , . j il
ilaces, mr. uanieis met aim even
ed the demands of official life; but
she was never just the wife of an
ditor, a Cabinet Member, an am
bassador. She was always and
everywhere in her own right and
in her own personality, an am
bassador of her town, her State,
her South. Without ostenation, but
hy precept and example living and
loving, she personified all we of the
South imply when we tmnK oi
Southern Womanhood."
She will be remembered by many
for her civic achievements, for her
wit, and understanding, her gra
cious hospitality, her ready res
ponse to need; but all who knew
and loved her through the years
will bless her memory, because Miss
Addie could walk with kings nor
lose the common touch."
We read during the week that
in all the talk about the kind of
world we shall have after the war
. . . there are two kinds of folks
to watch out for. . . One kind insists
that we are going to have a heaven
on earth, and the other says the
world is going to pot . . . they
were compared to the two sides of
an electric switch one all light
and the other all darkness. . .
The writer took the theory that
we will in reality be somewhere
in between and that it will all de-
pend on how we plan as we go
along . . . and that a lot of postwar
planning is merely postwar wish
ing, which sounds just about right
to us ... it was likewise pointed
out that the human race has been
around for a couple of million
years and that it keeps plodding
aid M Nelson are impressed by the warmth of feel
for Russia as a result of his extensive trip there
Apparently as sold on the U 3 S R. as former A
E. Davies. Nelson asserts he was given the most
by the Soviets was taken everywhere he wished to k
invited to the front. Nelson refused Invitations to the
fighting zones, however, explaining to the Russians
that he didn't want to waste the time of the Red
Army commanders, that his main concern was study
ing Russian production methods and that any visit
to the eastern front would be merely to indulge his
personal curiosity. One reporter brought two paper plates to the
news conference to present to Nelson as a gag In connection with hit
now famous plate-breaking exchange of formalities with the Ru
slans A Soviet official broke one plate with a huge fist to show
Nelson the regard with which the Russians hold Americans Nelsoi
then broke two plates In return, but cut himself In the process The
vvxrn v,i nr-r-pntod the DaDer Dlates with a laugh. "Will they iplln-.
ter'" he chuckled.
Nelson Still
Raves Our
in the same direction . . . and that
the war is not going to change
that . . . wc believe that the desire
for peace has a lot to do with this
beautiful picture painted in the
minds of most people for the post
war world . . . and they feel a
kind of exultation about living once
more in a world at peace, that they
find it a perfect spot in their
minds ... we are rather inclined
Central Press Writer
We want to pay a tribute this
week to the doctor who is servmg
on the home front ... we know
those who are on the fighting lines
are doing a magnificent job . .
and they are being given due cre
dit .. . for we all honor the men
in uniform . . . but the doctor who
is at home is also doing his bit
. . . we doubt if the people right
here in our own community realize
the heavy load they are carrying,
and we feel sure, due to the fact
that there are so many now in the
service, that our section is typical.
THE LARGER telescopes
render visible more than three
hundred billion stars. And from
not a single one of them can
Hitler's astrologers now find the
least bit of encouragement
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Zadok Dumkopi thinks they
tII it the European "theater"
I war because it's about cur-
dins for Hitler and his gang
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How, asks a sports writer, can
iseball be made more popular
Jter the war? Well, they might
ry eliminating last place
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Grandpappy Jenkins doesn't
hink much ol that fashion item
vhich predicts post war cloth
ing for men may be in bright
colors. Gramp is a firm believer
In saluting the flag, not wearing
! ! !
The man at the next desk says
those medals worn by Fatso
Goering are really just a bullet'
proof vest, put on in sections.
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That absurd suggestion that in
terned Japs could show mid-west
farmers how to bathe naturally
has everybody in a lather.
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The flying fish, according to
Factographs. remains in the air
but 30 seconds. That's plenty
long enough for it to realize the
life of a bird isn't all It's
cracked up to be
Do you phi" t" "l'"c- '" '''
Year Resolution'
Mis Helen Coffin - No, I
plan to make any. beoau.-e I
if I did I would break them.
Dr. r. N. Sink "No. rnam,
mHp so manv and broken thorn
that it is no use to make an
Miss Lula Frank .V
am thinking about it."
THE old home town
SHOW" ) Ti
ID ENEBtrmiws
TT... .jJlMt"
THE EARLY MOtaMirSMlF-T 3&l,Zfi!
Alvin Ward "Heck
Miss Patsy Shc"
but I am keeping tb-:n
Mrs. Frank F-
not made any yet.
ause I think it i- '"
fcem and break ih. m
, m myself
plan to
vr to m
!h;in not
n t I i
R. M. Fie"l
K. on co t.hinors art
... l-.i..n 111
tast you can ,...(.
th thf
and there are so
Joe Liner "S
won't have
Aftss Deb
know how many,
I made one last '
c'ded next year
Christmas b e f
w T do known
,..,k when I
Rev. H. G. 11"
actly. but I a-ay
start and take :
Hugh Leathent'ood
cause I have alread
, ;'Xt
nt.TV of
to think we
,ami old troubles to
w.A that
cernea, " i
ourselves into n boil d
easy living . y , u 0 tnei
to the efforts n-l.d
Just ft-- 11 I
aiviuum. .
the war. .

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