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As your aur .or truck enters the
aafety lane, which is approximately
Iff) feet long, aa inspector will be at
the entrance to check your opera
tor's or chauffeur's license and vehi
cle registration card. It is necessary
to show these credentials before an
inspection can be made. You will
then pay your $1.00 fee and the in
spector will fill out an "inspection
card," which will be checked through
out the lane for all types of mechani
cal defects, this card becomes yonr
personal property, and will be used
later to aid garages and repair sh
in correcting defects on your car.
You then proceed with the inspec
x tion card to the wheel alignment and
steering tenter. It is very important
that these vital mechanisms of your
car be kept in good condition at all
times. You will be asked to drive the
front wheels of your oar across the
wheel alignment tester, end the read
ing will be recorded on your insn
tion card.. Then the front ena of
the vehicle will be jacked up to check
the wheel bearing and steering me
chanisms. After that, the car is
dropped from the jack and the rear
wheal alignment is recorded.
At this second post the inspector
will also check the tie rod, dmg links,
mountings, joints, tires, horn, wind
shield wiper,'rear view mirror, wind
shield and other glass, license pistes,
muffler, and brake drag to see that
they all come up to the minimum re
When this check is completed, you
will proceed to post number three
where the lighting equipment will be
checked. The inspector will test your
parking and driving lights, lens and
.reflectors, headlights, stop light, tail
light, and signal light Special
equipment will be provided for test
ing lights.
After the lights have been check
ed thoroughly and the inspection
. card has been punched accordingly,
you will proceed to the brake tester,
where your hand and foot brakes will
be checked, and the grading will he
recorded on the inspection card.
Now your vehicle is ready for the
final grading. So you drive to the
end of the safety lane, where an in
spector will examine your inspection
card and tabulate the results. If
your vehicle measures up to the min
imum requirements, a 1 wight bine
approval seal in the shape of the
State of North Carolina will be stock
in the corner of the windshield. You
can drive away happily, knowing
your car ?is 'in good, safe operating
However, if a vehicle fails to
measure up to the minimum stand
ard requirements, its owner will be
given a red, diamond-shaped stick
er, bearing in black letters these
words: "This vehicle must be deliver
ed to -a N. C. Mechanical Inspection
Station on or before (date}." This
vehicle must .not be operated or
parked on any street or highway
after the date dnwa unless it car
ries an approved safety inspection
Once a vehicle has been rejected, it
is thea up to the owner to take H to
a garage or iipair shop and get' his
meted. It the owner is a
or has thk ability, he'may
repairs himself. When the
defbets have been emacted, the own
er then returns to the inspection sta
tion for another test, and if the car
is found to be tn good oader, its
owner will be iseeed an "approved"
sticker. On this second visit, only
the part that to paai
tion the first time will be checked,
and there will be no additions
Your inspectors trill be ss
as possible at the beginning of the
r, if they
: a vehicle that is in
that it is definitely a
property, they will
with a large 8 by
deer, bearing a red
that vehicle CON
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Christian Church To
Dedicate Memorial
Gifts Sunday, Jan. 4
The Farroville Christian Church
will have a special service oa Sunday,
January 4, to dadie^r several memo
rial gifts recently donated to the
These gifts include: an electric or
gan given fay James Y. Monk, Jr.,
Mm. R. V. Fiser and Mrs. H. L. Wat
son in memory of their mother and
father, the late J. Y. and Reide Lang
Monk; a pulpit Bible by Mrs. Wini
fred Lang and the Opportunity Class
and other friends In memdry of James
Lang; a desk for the study given by
Mrs. Fred G. Smith in memory of
her huband; a light for the study giv
en by C. H. Flanagan in mefaory of
his mother; a gas stove given by
Mrs. Hubert Sugg of Shaoar Hill in
memory of her mother.
The church has been redecorated
and many improvements have been
made. oTheee include a new roof, en
trance to the basement, an enlarged
vestibule with new steps and new
front doom. The basement has been
redecorated and n new kitchen and
two new lavocateries bans bean in
stalled. The pulpit has also been
moved from the center to the left
side of the auditorium.
The Enterprise hopes to publish a
history of the Christian Church on its
church page next week.
Local Firms Express
Season's Greetings
Farmville business firms are using
this issue of The Enterprise, their
newspaper and yours, to egtend sea
son's greetings and to orpines their
appreciation for the patronage they
have received.
With these greetings go their beat
wishes and a desire that good luck,
good health and prosperity may be
youm throughout 1948.
First Santa For U. S.
Sketched By Artist
Thomas Naat, the famous cartoon
ist who created oar conception ' of
Uncle Sam, the Republican elephant
and the . Democratic donkey, is also
credited with giving America its
first modern pjctorialisation of San
ta Clans.
Nut first sketched his notion, of
Santa Clans in 18T8, This Santa was
a rollicking, chubby old man 'smok
ing a pipe and dressed in what look
ed like a nighty riu^t with for collar
and cuff8. fence that dpy he
grown taller and rounder, hu devel
oped a full white beard and mustache
aftd above all hu uqntod the tradi
tional red suit bordered In ermine.
The story of how our American
veesjon ad Santa dans everted is in.
(treating. According to legend, chil
dren of Lapland sad Siberia, raised
on tales of the good and generous St
Nicholas, thought of their buedactot
u dressed in fbrs and traveling in a
reindeer-drawn sleigh, just u they
did *?
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&eagtm'g Greeting#!
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of life** little'm
eortaiattee and worries has all hut
r-ir, L and
the traditional season of
Geed Cheer is upon ua. Somehow
the Quintains season esasea Asm
many of the past year's;
that we wonder ? why we
ever worried at all! ' I
specific gifts m _
the Magi as Caspar,
m ? ? a :r7??."rri
It will be good to gather around
the kparth again with, family and
friends. The banter' of grownups,
the Is lighter of children, the opening
of preeeate?wel}, it all add* up to
& We know again that Life has been
good, that every day has been worth
while they watched for the ?**. i
?on or kinsman would take his place.
Finally the .-j?5 -T?
the form of a efcfid be
neath the-similitude rf ? ero?*. -<d
Tfie Siyn spoke to them and cova
wo to Judefc~ .Zh*
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is Mid to hate
living, and that many mora happy
holiday seasons are owning. It's time
for good wishes and good cheafc-and
for the warmest, finest greeting wf
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publish your newspaper
wish you and ytrtlrs
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Rollins, president,
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Fields told the dramatic etery
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Other Lands Hare
Their Own Ways Of
Observing Christmas
/i eh?a Holt festival
The celebration of Christmas la
gradually becoming widespread in
China as mora and mora families arc
converted to Christianity.
. Sheng Dan Jieh?literally, Holy
Birlh Festival?is the Chinese name
UL Christmas. Private homes are
decorated with large white posters
inscribed with Chinese characters
meaning Peace, Good Will, etc. The
Christmas tree is also popular: sym
bolically called the Tree of Light,
it is usually made of paper mache
and. trimmed with paper flowers and
ornaments, it i| net artifically light
Gifts are exchanged within family
circles and there are "surprises" for
the children: American lead pencils,
picture books and even cast off
Christmas .cards are exceedingly
Early service an Christmas morn
ing is the focal point of the relig
ious observances, ban tern-lit pro
cessions enter dark church*" before
dawn and, after'service, wend their
way home singing Chinese transla
tions adapted to the original melo
dies of "Hark, the Herald Angels
Stag," "Silent Night," mad other
traditional Christmas carols.
St Lucy's Day, on December 3.
inaugurates the Christinas season in
On that day the prettiest girl in
the household is chcieen to imperson
ate Lucy; very early. Christmas
morning she will go ? through the
house awakening the household and
giving each person a cup of coffee
or some sort at sweetened beverage.
Her costume is traditionally a white
draes with a sed sash, and she wean
a wire crown entwined with bilberry
twigs?similar to the American cran
berry?studded with nine candle*.
Litnrglcaily, St Lucy was martyredi
about 800 A. D. The story goes Oat
Lucy gave her dowry to the Chris
tians?whoee courage she admired?
instead tit turning it over to her
fiance. The enraged young man in
demned to be burned at the
with a
Lucy to commemorated somewhat
diversely in Switzerland where she is
the legendary wifi of Father
mas. Wearing a round dkp over her
long braids, a lafced bodice end a silk
apron, she marches around the vill
age with Father Christinas and dto
gifts te the girls
looks after the boys. - f
When Christmas rolls agpnad in
Holland, it ia quietly and religiously
St. Nicholas Day, Decem
ber ft, is the day of gift-giving and
For w^k?, life-sised figures of St
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XMicnoias nave (leco
dows and men
have stood in
tabHshments, and driven anownd in
hornet-drawn carte delivering parcels.
At last the great day arrives
there-are several children in the
household, sometimes they are gath
ered together from neighboring
households. Bishop Nicholas (<
in full vestmentd and accouipannied
by his Moorish servants) attends the
children's party and impresses them
by his knowledge ef tiwir shortcom
ings sad chides them feherly before
the trinkets and gifts he
their fun, the grown-ups sit around
s festive tsMe and
prises. Small gifts
of bread, packed
! While most of Farm?!lie will kf ?"
bidding farewell? to Christmas and
getting back to mural attar what -
we hope will fee a happy YulatMe.
the newly-org?ni*ed inmior Chamber
Chamber of Commerce will be col
lecting scrap ppper and carrying oat .
its first project. - ?
Trucks will eettect the paper Sun
day afternoon a* 2 o'clock and nil in
the community, are idaj to pile
their nauero. metrelinee ??i card
board in orderly fashion is front of
stores And 'homes whose it will he ?
picked up by trucks. , Y .
Proceeds from the sale of the paper --
will go to Girl Scouts.
Magazines and cardboard are what
the Jayveea want most These are the
heaviest items and since the paper
is sold by the pound, thane items will
bring the greatest inconro .
The truck will make its rounds at
2 o'clock. In the meantime, arrange
ments have bean mad* to gather up
scrap paper in the business district
The committee in charge of the
event is composed of Red Newton,
Jr., Frank Harris, Jack Dardan. ted
Vaasar Fields.
At The Kiwanis Qua
T- K. Fountain of Falkland, who
served m a Ueuteaant-eoionet in the
Army during Worid War B aid is i
former State Cbmmiadoner of Safe
ty, spoke to the Kiwanis club Mon
day night OB the value of omr free
dom. . ??'
Mr. Fountain was introduced by
Dan' Jones, hie brother-in-law. who
bad charge of the program. V
Zeb Whit-hurst reported on play
ing Santa Ctona, is the club's
to one of the oonunmaty*e tees
tunate families ? Bod Williams
marisod a iiieding he recently at
tended in Greenville.
Howard Harris was the guest of
Frank Harris. j
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Alton W. "Boots" Thomas, son of
Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Thomas, gradu
ated from Skate 'college Friday with
a degree in ceramic engineering, He
will leave December 27 to be
dated with Servel, lac, in
ville, Ind., es
high school he completed hie freah
naan end eopheaexw yean at Stele
before entering the Air Corps where
he served two and a half years.
He was a member of the student
council hit junior and senior yean,
held membership & Phi Kappa Thu,
social fraternity; Keaaaa
eional fraternity; the
council ami Mu Beta Pel,
fraternity and was on- the <
staff before the
el meditation on the i
tor lives today, was
pupijs at the P. T. A.
day ai
ing of
were naed back
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The Christmas story ftoa
was reed by Be*. E. R. Qegg,
dosed the devotioaal with a pn
Featuring the
kt the. Eastern Star moating Thtuf
day night ww. ? talk on the origin
Roy Roll

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