"3, EENANSkVIlXE, N. C THURSDAY, APRIL W, 1954.
1 wonder what tort of psychological quirk it Is that makes
ke places, people, things without really knowing anything ,
t them. Could it be that we believe It is more sophisticated to
al of everything, caustically critical? Are we afraid of being
i naive if we are enthusiastic? " ' "
'the next time you say you don't like a place (or ai person or a
,ig) ask yourself why. Isn't it too often a preconcleved prejudice
hout any foundation In fact? Wouldn't it be more honest and'
j ore accurate if when asked how you liked a place to say you
(ion't know enough about It to judge rather than to state firmly that
you hate It? x
- Maybe we have lost the spirit of adventure. We have sunk into
such a rut that we dislike anything with which we are not familar.
A new experience is just too much effort so we shy away from it
. When we are forced to go to a new place we don't really see it with ',
epen eyes.' Our vision is obscured by our own limitations. We see
neither clearly nor deeply contenting ourselves with a glance that
just skims the surface. What Is beneath we haven't taken the trouble
.' I am guilty myself, but I grow less and less proud of that guilt.
For years I have said in no uncertain terms that I loathed several
places, none of which I knew well at all. Usually I had been there,
tut merely passed through on my way elsewhere. The life of the
eity, the pulse of the city, the rhythym of the city escaped me com-
pletely. Toe often if I did stay a day or two or even a week I was
merely a tourist, a superficial sightseer.
It you label a place as dull thinking even if unconsciously that it
shows that you are blase and wordly-wise, it may really show that
you are rather dull yourself. You just have lacked the perception to
, anderstand the place, or worse, have lacked a zest for life itself.
. ' ' Now for years I have said that I loathed Boston. I found it ex
cruciating dull, cold, uninteresting. I even stuck my neck out about
the place condemning it over the air as being so tradition-bound
that no new idea could ever take root there, the soil was too hostile,
, ' too Sterile, too conservative to encourage growth. I thought the
4 people inhospitable, unfriendly, unimaginative, well, just plain dull,
' too. They went to Symphony on the right night or the correct after
- noon, applauded at the proper places with the proper amount of
applause. They said and did what was expected of them in the
station of life in which it had pleased their God to call them.
Everything they did was proper and traditional. They wore the
same kind of beautifully tailored clothes, conservatively cut, with
' no nonsense. There was none of the chi-chi to be found in New York
clothes. Their shoes were of the best leather, impeccably polished,
and so very sensible. Their hats might be of the finest felt, but would
differ in no respect from the hats of all the other Beacon-hillers. A
: really pretty hat, a hat with enough daring to be a conversation
niece? My word, no. That would be conspicuous.
About proper Bostonian clothes, I may be partly right. But about
proper Bostonians I couldn't have been more mistaken. And it could
well be that one of these days I shall find that I like Boston very
much and hence be hoist by my own petard. It would darned well
serve me right for being so overbearingly opinionated, so stupidly
What made me open my eyes and look discerningly around me
, was a trip I took to Boston alone. Usually when I had been there,
I had gone with others, stayed at a hotel, driven where I had to go,
met only those people I had known elsewhere. This time I went to
Boston by subway, found my way around by asking questions, and
' talked to Bostonians themselves. I couldn't have found more interest
ing, non kinder people anywhere. And I met a proper Bostonian
under the most proper circumstances who was so charming and so
very enthusiastic about her booth at the flower show that every
preconceived notion I had about Boston and Bostonians fled. For
the first time in my life I was reluctant to leave the city. When '
I did I took with me a feeling of warmth and friendliness that makes
me eager to return.
Almost lost in the bewildering array of flowers tucked away
m a most inconspicuous place was the exhibit of the Boston Mycolo
gical Society. That more people visited it than any other on the second
floor is a tribute "to the personality of Mrs. Franklin Hammond who
. presided over it. Tall and lovely and most aristocratic, her eagerness
to share the lore of mushrooms with anyone who stopped made the
booth the high point of the flower show. In a most delightful voice -she
told of the respect and devotion members of the Mycologieal
Society have for mushrooms. They have regular mushrooms walks
in the woods and fields to learn all the edible varieties and those
that can be lethal as well.
One of the great pleasures is the discovery of new edible types
which should be exactly identified before trying needless to say.
Mrs. Hammond said that most accidents from poison mushrooms arise
from carelessness, and over-confidence. "One mushroom," she warn
ed, "can be told only by the sort of cup underground. It looks like
an edible one. If you cut if off at the stem, you don't know that the
cup is there. Be suspicious of all mushrooms with bulbous stems until
you know exactly what is what."
The edible ones grow all over, even on trees. One of the most
delicious is that big orange one you find on stumps, another grows
en elm trees. Mushrooms fall into color categories, the color of the
spores they bear. They can be black, brown, purple, pink or white.
The color has nothing to do with their being edible. The manner of
growth is very important as is the place, time or season, character
of the cap, the gills, even the taste.
Poison mushrooms operate in two ways, one type attacks the
stomach and intestines, the other and more dangerous attacks the
. siervous system. The old idea that if you cook them with a quarter
and it doesn't turn black, the mushrooms are safe is a deadly error.
The most poisonous of all, the amanita nuscaria, is one of the most
Some of the poison amanitas are used in the Salvic countries as an
, intoxicant. The people used to go on weird jags for a week at a time
using them. The Aztecs used a mushroom that rendered its addict
completely senile by the age of thirty, Mrs. Hammond said.
Even the delicate coral-like one that grows under trees is edible.
But before you try any, you ought to know what you're doing. The
only way I know of to be sure is to become a member of the Boston
Mycologieal Society yourself. You can join for a two dollar member
ship fee sent to the club secretary, George S. Coffin, 257 Trapelo
Boad, Waltham 54, Mass. I can't imagine a more fascinating way of
spending two dollars. Maybe you'll even find one that will keep
your eyes open, and keep you from condemning places and people
without just cause. Let me know.
HELEN CALDWELL CUSHMAN
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N. C. Travel Notes
Fishing Schools Popular
North Carolina State College's
summer fishing schools are popular.
Registrations already have exceed
ed half the strictly limited capacity.
The fresh water school will be at
Fontana Lake in the Great Smokies
May 3-7, and the salt water session
at Morehead City, North Carolina's
largest sports fishing port, June
14-18. All-inclusive cost, including
boat charters, is $100. Registration
forms and full information from
E. W. Ruggles, Director, Extension
Division, N. C. State College, Ral
eigh. Tolls Opposed
There are no tolls for use of State
or National parks, highways, brid
ges or ferries in North Carolina,
and the North Carolina National
Park, Parkway and Forests Devel
opment Commission intends to keep
it that way. The Chairman,' Kelly
E. Bennett of Bryson City, has re
iterated North Carolina's opposition
to entrance fees and tolls for use
of such public facilities in a state
ment following a widely publicized
proposal from Carlos C. Campbell
of Knoxville, Tenn., that a fee be
charged for entrance to the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park on
U. S. 441.
Great Smoky Tours
Package tours of the Great Smok
ies and Blue Ridge Mountains of
North Carolina began in April and
will continue through October. Con
ducted bus tours of from three to
nine days, ranging in cost from
$50.50 to $165, originate from Ashe
ville. Motor courts are being used on
some of the tours this year for the
Sencba Fisherman's Service
A new service is being offered
fishermen along North Carolina's
southeastern coast, where a survey
made recently by the Sport Fishing
Institute of Washington, D. C, indi
cated that more salt water fish per
pound per sport fisherman are
caught than in any other fishing
areas along the Atlantic, Pacific or
Gulf coasts. Secretary Jack Farrell
of SENCBA, address Wilmington,
N. C, is getting up a complete and
double checked monthly tide table,
which he will send free on request,
with other current fishing informa
tion from Southeastern North Caro
North Carolin's slogan, "Variety
Vacationland", adopted in 1937 and
used continually on North Carolina
travel literature and in advertising
since, is enjoying wide popularity.
Kentucky is using it In the 1954
travel edition of its state magazine;
Ontario is using it in its 1954 travel
booklet, and New Jersey used a
variation of "Variety Vacation" as
the keynote of its 1953 travel litera
ture. The expression was coined1 to
describe North Carolina's multiple
attractions - Mountains, coast and
Mid-South winter resorts.
Cruise From N. C. Port
The new Swedish-American line
Motorship "Stockholm" will inaugu
rate Atlantic cruise service from the
newly developed port at Morehead
City, North Carolina. The M. S.
"Stockholm", 525 feet long, will be
the first trans-Atlantic liner to dock
at the North Carolina port. It will
sail Oct. 16 on a 7-day cruise in
cluding calls at Havana and Nassau
under the sponsorship of the North
Carolina Academy of General Prac
tice, which will hold its annual con
vention aboard ship. J. D. Holt,
Morehead City port manager, will
Swap Shop for Square Dancing
A "Swap Shop" square dance
clinic will be held at Fontana
Village, North Carolina, April 28 to
May 2. Callers, leaders, teachers
and dancers will gather to exchange
repertories of Western and Appalachian-style
dancing. As there will be
no beginners' classes, those attend
ing will be expected to know the
basic figures of the four-couple
square dance and join in the group
dancing. Fontana is an appropriate
setting for a square dance clinic.
FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER
I hereby announce my candidacy for County Commissioner
from the 5th. district Kenansvllle, Magnolia, Rose Hill Town
ships. Your vote and support will be appreciated.
J. B. STROUD
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as it is located in the Great Smokies,
a region in which a rich heritage
of traditional folk, music an danc
ing has been preserved . ;
Candy Package Advertises State
'A brand new .. North " Carolina
Variety Vacationland novelty is go
ing on he tourists market this year
tor the first time in the form of a
package of candy, decorated In color
with a map showing, points of In
terest with : brief descriptions of
them. It is produced in Elizabeth
City by the W. H. Weatherly Co,
which obtained the cooperation of
the State Advertising Division of
the Dept of Conservation and De
velopment in developing the pack
age. Two of the packages feature
candies made from North Carolina
peanuts. , ' ' , ,
' Big AsheviUe Convention
Upward of 1,600 delegates from all
parts of the United States and out
side its continental limits are ex
pected to attend the annual conven
tion of the International Association
of Personnel in Employment Secur
ity in Asheville, May 31 to June
4. This is the second time this far
flung ' ' organization . has selected
Western North Carolina tor its meet
ing place, the other meeting being
in the mid-1930's and also in Ashe
N. C. Scenes In Travel Show
North Carolina scenes, from coast
to mountains, were shown In the
International Travel and Sports
Show in Washington. D. C. March
27 to April 5, as a part of the elabo
rate Trailways exhibit, conspicu
ously located near the entrance, of
the huge National Guard Armory.
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