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It's Spring Again
Saturdav. the sun, on its annual mmu.
northward, crossed the equator, an event
that marks the end of one season and the
beuinninq of another, whatever the weath
er may be. by the calendar it will be .spring.
It is spring in minds and hearts, too4 For,
whether the mountains be gilded by sunshine
or the earth be white and icicles hang from
caves, all of us will know that there can't be
much more winter that spring, in fact, is
just around the corner.
And just around the corner with it are
existing, and contradictory, things; the beau
ty of the first spring flowers and the. disil
lusionment of icy rains; the delights-and
backaches-of gardening the thrills and
harmless lies-of the fishing season.
n, who hasn't experienced the mental
and phvsical contradictions of spring! It:
stimulates our minds to ambitious plans for!
what we ll grow-and paralyzes our bodies j,
with the most pleasant of all diseases, spring
fever: the lellow wno uwugin- nuuu6 -
so rare as a day in June surely never had j
tried just being lazy on a day in late April
or earlv May The Franklin Press.
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Tl'KSDAV. MARCH 23. 1M8
The Average Accident
A t.i'.:stical study by the North Carolina
. . i ' L 1 i nrtil A a r t C
I). ,i;:i lir.ent 1 Motor enieies ui ".l.uw.
he vear 1947 compiles all the data nom
wr.'i-stiuatinu reports. n siuuvm n. v -
,i ..witifius. as with a bodily disease, a more
i;i. .t -.d appr.H.ch can be taken towards
',t"rv-nti!K them. Here are some of the facts
!.;um H um the 'rather lengthy study which,
i. i war.: of a better name, may be called the
l.ut.cs involved in "the average accident".
The driver is male, white, and between 25
:-;4 years of age. He resides in an urban
and the accident occurs within 25
,.f his home. He has had 11 years or
mm'.o .-nving experience. Before the accident
j.'.. t.,,r was travelling between 21 and oO
ni.ies pn hour. He had not been drinking (in
!4 i,ei cent of cases studied), and apparently
v..;'. -n normal phvsical condition. His pas
car was in generally good condition
d : :. "tit "f 10 cases).
T'ie average accident occurred on a
Mi.,:gr.: level hard-surfaced road, during dry
w.ather coiuiitmns. with road defects rare
;. u contributing factor. Chances were high
;,t that it occurred on a Saturday or Sun
:., Che fewest happened on Tuesdays), and
Wtv.een the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. (4 tn 6
a m. are found the 'safest" hours).
Ti.e most likely traffic regulation that was
Vj.,!ate(i was in driving on the wrong side of
raci not in passing another vehicle.
Other major violations were exceeding speed
hruit. driving ahead without having the
ii: ht-of-wav. and failure to signal or by giv
ing improper signal
As to the number and results of accidents
on public roads, the study reports that:
-there were 836 persons killed and 6,524 in-
the result of 12.511 accidents on
the streets and highways of North Carolina.
This record is not good, but we take some
.at:sfaction in the fact that it is better than
n was last vear,(1946). while the traffic ac
cidents show' a 22 per cent increase. There
was a 19 per cent drop in fatalities. The
increase in the total accidents for the State
during 1947 was due to a 31 per cent increase
in accidents pertaining to property damage,
while the non-fatal accidents increased 17
Havwood, with eight deaths, ranked 38th
among the 100 counties in the number of
traffic fatalities for the year.
The Same Opinion Still
The affects of the coal strike have hit
here, and perhaps the most noticeable thus
far was tie removal of the passenger train
on the Murphy Branch on Sunday.
As will be recalled, the Southern attempt
ed last year to get the North Carolina Utili
ties Commission to permit the railroad to dis
continue operation of the trains. The com
munities along the Murphy Branch issued
formal protest at the hearing held by the
commission, but to date no decision has been,
handed down by the commission as far asj
we know. Vet the action of the railroad to,
include the Murphy Branch train among the;
25 per cent curtailment of coal burning trains;
as ordered by the government, leads one to ,
think that the railroad still considers the
local passenger train service as "among those
not too essential."
This newspaper has argued all the time
that the area served by the railroad and the
communities would lose jointly when the
train was discontinued. Of course, we are
not critical of the action taken by the South
ern during this coal emergency.
The railroad's action, however, proves
without a doubt, just where they still stand,
and their feelings in the matter.
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Bits Of Human Interest News Picked Up By Members
Of The Mountaineer Staff
Should marrid pt?p'
Answer: No especially In pub
lic. There is no mere common or
more justifiably ecragipg form
of rudeness than the habit which
so many wives and husbands have
of finishing one another's en
tences or oi breaking in on each
other's stales. Back of this lie an
unconscious Jealousy not often
recognized rage at another per
son getting more attention than
you. Only one thing warrants in
terruption bet-ween married part
ners, and this should be under
stood beforehand your remem
bering that the story has been told
before to the same people.
interrupt each other?
Can you cure yourself of
Answer: Simple as this may
sound, tt is a pretty tough job.
This is because uncontrollable
blushing means so much more to
you than you realize. You would
say you blush because you are
"embarrassed" end of tourse,
...i.iut uness n.ay bj,
rn t r .1 ; ...l .
Eht out distuctinjj
""i"' ions. But
i-miM.,11 dislike of
you have to payaitj
thing except m J
dim wishes. Youm,
wrung subway tni
where you are supp,,
ing, but it also naT,
resent the fact ttut'fc
noi run lor your hwJ
Just as we passed, we saw a
very embarrased laily telling her
sister companion that her slip was
showing only to be informed that
it was the new look and meant
to be that way.
... a charming young lady tak
ing a huge bite of apple and
really enjoying it . . . just as the
telephone on her desk rang loud
ly. i ... voluminous slacks i ncasing
i I he limbs of a north-bound tourist,
i flapping incongruously above a
pair of high-heeled sandals
... a solicitous lady hurry
. ins to the telephone to assist a
1 traveler running for the bus.
I didn't wait for the operator but
! spoke directly into the 'phone as
she lifted the receiver: "Please
hold the bus about five minutes."
The operator understood the
predicament and helped matters
... a venerable automobile
hustling along importantly, looked
a bit spooky as the driver stuck out
a signaling hand through an open
ing in the window that had been
broken and pitched with adhesive
tape in many places.
h looked like an ani
mated rose petal, garbed in deli
cate pink from toe to topknot ,
and her friendliness was contagi
ous. Not much over 18 months
(w are guessing her age) she was
the personification of spring and
youth cuddled into one.
. . . groups talking earnestly af
i Continued on Page Three!
' OF THE
Do you think Cnogress should
enact the laws to revive Selective
Service and start Universal Mili
Charles fnderwood: "Yes I think
they should. In face of the Russian
situation, we should be prepared;
and I don't think it would hurt
any young man to have a year or
two of military training.
Last Wednesdav President Truman called
for universal military training as one of his
three proposals to preparing this nation
against the present international crisis.
This newspaper feels that military train
ing for all young men would be of much ben
efit to both the men and the nation, provided
the training could be given in high schools,
and not take the young fellows off to Army
The training given in high schools would
-ive militarv men an opportunity to "screen"
the young men, classify them as to their
natural trends and in what phase of military
life they would best be suited.
Every young man can derive much benefit
from the discipline demanded in military
training. He would learn to cooperate, he
would learn to take orders, respect superiors.
Such a program could easily be tied in with
the present school courses.
The training given in high schools would
afford the vouns men the advantage of mili
tary training, and also the home life which:
they need at that age.
J. T. Noland: "Yes, 1 certainly
By THOMPSON GREENWOOD
Joe Cline: "I think the United
States should be prepared for any
emergency, and this is the only
way to prepare fur it."
R. I.. Burgin, Jr.: "Ordinarily I
am opposed to a peacetime draft
and military training, but u'ider
present conditions I think it is the
FILIPINOS HAVE THE
NEW LOOK, BI T
ENGLISH IS NOT NEW
By JANE EVPS
WASHINGTON Pretty Trophy
Oeampo of the Philippines Em
bassy is astonished and not a lit-
amused at how little most people
here know of her country.
She says she's always running
into folks who are amazed because
Filipinos speak English. Until the
Philippines gained their inde
pendence in July 1940. they had
been under American influence for
nearly a half century.
Even at the big diplomatic balls
land official receptions Trophy
meets capital dowagers who ex
claim: "My Dear, wherever did you
learn to speak our language so
well? Hew long have you been
I When she informs them she
came to the city four months ago
to serve as assistant press attache
at the embassy, they are even
i more amazed.
I "Many think Manila is the capi
tal of Cuba." Trophy says,
j ' Lots of the GIs got a surprise
'when they came to the Philippines.
! I'm sure they expected the natives
' to be dangling from the trees by
William Medford: "I think in a
time of crisis. Congress should up
hold the President. "
Sebe Bryson: "Sure, I certainly
approve of Congress passing this."
"They'd say 'Spikka da Eng
lish''' Then I'd bowl 'em over
with 'What do you expect, Bud
Trophy. 26, is the convent-educated
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Jesus Oeampo, both of whom are
lawyers in Manila. She says the
"O" in Oeampo must stand for
some Irish in her and that her
slanting oriental eyes must have
(Continued on Page Three)
NOTES The Charlie Johnson
forces, at odds with Lt, Gov. L. Y.
Ballentine, have been urging O. S.
run against Ballentine for this of
fice . . . They figure that Mr. Bal
lentine will hit the trail for W.
Kerr Scott for Governor after
Saturday, March 20 Hast day for
filing) if he doesn't have someone
to tie his hands Although there
has been much talk about Col
trane's making the run, this col
umn feels sure he prefers a bird
in the hand . . . that is, assistant
to the new Commissioner of Agri
culture next year, L. Y. Ballentine.
He has been promised this
nnsitinn. which pays $6,600 . . .
A nrominent Asheville attorney
tore into the office of an official
of the Merchants Association there
last week and accused it of siding
with Communism ... He was pro
testing bitterly the organization's
plans to have Dr. Frank Graham,
nresident of the Greater University
of North Carolina, as speaker for
the annual meeting on April Zi.
. . . He will speak, anyway, in his
own charming way . . . But this
shows you how people are think
ing. these days . . . Although a lot
of Raleigh young things are af
ter, Dick Dickey, the ace forward
of the Wtjlipack b,
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Looking Back Over The Years
It had never occurred to us but that the
business of making money at the U. S. mints
and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
was almost all clear profit. Of course, we
knew that the government couldn't just run
its money presses and pay its expenses. That
has been tried from time to time in some
other countries and it has never worked. But
we had never thougnt making money as
costing some of the same stuff.
We were brought up short on the lack of
reflection by the request of President Tru
man for about $2,000,000 for making two bil
lions of dollars in new currency.
The special paper which the government
uses for making money has risen IVz cents
a pound and it will take $361,000 to buy the
.necessary supply. In addition it will take
$1,650,000 to pay for the printing costs. This,
too, involves higher costs of plates, presses
So it goes. The old high xost of living
grinds on us from every angle.
Uncle Sam cannot even make us a new
dollar bill without billing us, for a few extra
charges. Shelby Daily Star.
Poll Tax Query Answered
A recent editorial in the Raleigh News and
Observer gives what we feel is a timely ex
planation of North Carolina's, poll tax as
compared with other Southern states. The
Raleigh newspaper's article was prompted
by a number of inquiries as to why North
Carolinians have to pay poll tax when the
state is not a "poll tax state."
Here is what the Raleigh paper has to say:
North Carolina, along with approximately
20 other states, does have a poll tax, some
times called a capitation tax. North Caro
lina is not one of the seven states still, having
a poll tax as a prerequisite to voting. Prior
to 1920 there were 1 1 such states, ail of them
in the South. North Carolina, was. the first
of the 11 to repeal the requirement. In addi
tion to removing the poll tax from any con
nection with voting, the constitutional
amendment adopted in 1920 linuts. the. state
poll tax to two dollars and that of cities and
towns to one dollar. The state lax, under, a
statute, actually goes to the counties.
Since 1920 the poll tax as a requirement
to voting has been repealed, by Louisiana,
Florida and Georgia. Payment oi the tax
(usually for a period of six months or. more
before the election), is still a requirement for
voting in Alabima, Arkansas, Mississippi,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vir
ginia. Morganton News-Herald.
15 YEARS AGO
Employees of the Suncrest
Lumber Company hold farewell
party. W. A. Bradley is master of
Congressman Weaver believes
Roosevelt's plan to put several hun
dred unemployed men to work in
national forests and government
parks would be of great benefit tc
Western North Carolina.
Mass meeting is scheduled to
discuss District Chamber of Com
merce. Miss Helen Medfo.tl. freshman
at Woman's College, is invited to
join the Playliker's Cluo ol the col
10 YEARS AGO
Haywood County Ministerial As
sociation completes plans to stage
an active campaign against estab
lishment of liquor stores in Hay
Three inch snow falls in county
on Monday, thermometer drops to
Lillian Wyatt, student at West
ern Carolina Teachers College, is
winner in Better Speakers Contest.
Mrs. J. R. Boyd is given birth
day party by her six daughters.
5 YEARS AGO
Aux. Nell Campbell is now sta
tioned at Camp Shelby. Miss.
I Carmel Hollingsworth, member
of senior class of the high school,
, is chosen to enter Lenoir-Rhyne
I contest in modern oration.
: Howard Clapp tells Woman's
Club of Victory Gardens.
, The following attended the
I spring dances at Davidson College:
Miss Carroll Louise Bell, student
at Salem College, Lester Burgin,
student at Mars Hill, Dick Brad
ley, and Chailes Isley.
Mrs. Hub Pressley and sister,
Mrs. Hobert Duckett are spending
some time with Mrs. Ducktft's
nusband in California.
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