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The News-Journal
Nof !h CsrolinrtTl
Telephone 3.121
Published Every Thursday by
The Estate of Paul Dickson
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(In Advance)
In Mcmoriaiii
1880 . 1033
Entered as second-class mail
matter at the post office at Rae
fcrd, N. C, under Act of March
3. 1870.
Community Opens
Houses To Army
And Defense Wives
bad before I came fate to face with
an actual case. I probably never
would have known the urgent need
for housing accommodations, had I
not met this girl and heard her story.
If my good neighbors could really
know what was going on in their city,
I knew they would gladly help with
this emergency, just as they were
helping in the Red Cross and other
war projects.
That gave me an idea. I would in
vite my neighbors in for tea and 1
would have some of these unhoused
visitors as guests of honor. I tele
phned the L'SO Traveler's Bureau and
explained my plan. It was delighted
to co-operate.
The next afternoon, when my neigh
bors arrived, thev met my "honor
! guests" who had come out with the
USO worker, and heard their stories.
1 One was a mother who had three sons
i One son was missing in action: the
youngest was a Japanese prisoner
and her oldest boy was in camp here
in our city. Nothing could keep this
mother from being with this third son
while he was training. She told us
that, the night she arrived, she sat in
the depot all night. The second night
she waited in a hotel for a room that
might be vacated and wasn't. The
third night, she slept on a lounge in a
USO club room. It was then the most
By Ardis Relwald
San Antonio, Texas. If you live in
an army or a defense town, what are
you doing to help relieve the housing
problem? Are you sitting smugly in
your big house unaware that hun
dreds of women and children are
tranmping the streets trying to find a
place to live? Or, have you awak
ened to the fact that it is your duty
as a patriotic citizen to open your
home to some of these unhused
I was in the former group, uncon
scious of the critical need for houses.
I knew the Chamber of Commerce
and other organizations in the city
were making a plea for rooms and
apartments, but I did not realize the
seriousness of the situation, until one
night when I was sitting in the lobby
of a hotel while my husband attended
a war bond rally. The lobby was
swarming with people. I noticed a
young woman with a fretful baby,
pushing through the crowd to the desk
clerk. He glanced up at her and
shook his head. She hesitated, then
turning, came over and dropped down
on the divan beside me. She was a
pretty girl, but there wore dark cir
cles under her eyes and her clothes
were rumpled. "I spent last night on
this couch." she said more to herself
than to me. "and I guess I'll have to
stay here again tonight."
I was horrified. "Do you mean to
say you can't get a room anywhere?"
She nodded, too tired to speak and
gave the baby his bottle.
"Then why did you oome to a town
so crowded?" was my next tactless
questiun. She turned her head slow
ly and looked at me for the first time.
There was a sort of "you-wouldn't-1
understand" look in her eyes. "Be- i
ause," she said with finality, "I intend
to be with my husband just as long as '
he is in the L'nited States." j
That is the attitude of these young :
wives whose husbands are in the ser- j
vice or in defense work. They want
to be with them just as long as possi- j
ole. And who can blame them?
Of course, I took this girl and her
baby home with me that night The
next morning I telephoned several of
my neighbors, but none of them was
willing to rent her unoccupied rooms.
These women were not accustomed to '
having strangers in their homes. I
They were a little too smug, too se- j
cure, and untouched by the war. Sud '
denly, I realized I had been just as ;
paper a year after I entered this pub
lishing game, and founded my second
periodical "The Trojan" I found I
could not get the attention of the peo
ple of the town, so I resorted to ridi
cule to arouse the people. I lived to
see an-up-to-date town, and live pub
lic spirited citizenry.
I thought at the tune, two years af
ter I went to that town to live, that
the town government "hid out." I do
not believe that there ever was a town
where "Rowdyism was in bloom" as
I saw it there. I have read quite a
good deal of the "Wild and Wooly
West" when you see a town with not
less than three thousand men, who
strive to make every thing so hideous
ly wild and wiered. boisterous and
wicked, that none of them cared a
continental what happened, you have
a picture of that town.
But I lived to see good government
in Troy refinement and order. I saw
a town under as good government as
any I have known. I spent ten days
in St. Louis, Mo., once, and I do not
recall seeing but one or two police
men. They were at a ball game.
Race riots are regretable. I never
expect a race riot in Raeford Oh,
there may be different colored people
in fights such of ten always have oc
curred, but here, the colored race are
friendly, well-mannered, as a rule,
conservative neighbor on the street but some of them are mistaken as to
who invited this dear mother to be her what constitutes their rights,
guest while in the city,
An expectant mother told of com
ing to be with her husband, as he had
made arrangements for her in the base
hospital when the baby was born. But
she had no place to stay until that
time. The woman who lived across
the street was going away for a
It is the duty of every good citizen
to provide for himself a living and as
many human comforts as is possible
but too easy a life does not bring out
what is best in us. "A sir loth sea,
never makes a successful mariner.
I believe the world is being purified
uprified as by fire. Rights must be
month's visit, so she offered her a- i defended; the worship of the true
partment to this young wife. God; the defense of homes and hap-
My party that afternoon was a real 1 piness, the constant and thorough im
success. The neighbors learned that ! provement of our surroundings, must
my "honor guests" were women in
their own circumstances with the
same social background and had left
comfortable homes to be near their
beloved husbands and sons as long as
they were in this cuntry. More than
half of them listed their spare rooms i must be radicated before final victory
with the USO worker. And they are I is achieved in this war. Selling and
using the rent money to buy War : drinking liquors in bringing about an
not be prevented. Were our enemies
to gain control of our country, there
is no describing of the horrible con
ditions to which we would immediate
ly descend.
We have some national sins, which
One friend, who lived several
blocks away, said she was going to
hae a similar tea and invite her
neighbors in order that they might
learn the real conditions and open
their homes too. That was the way a
series of "housing teas" started in our
home town and the result has been
most gratifying.
The above article clipped from
The Christian Science Monitor needs
no introduction. But it applies right !
here in Raeford as much as in San
Antonio. And mnybc in San Antonio j
one of these very women is planning !
to take Katherine Blue and Children
so that they may be with Major Buck '
Blue. The Kdit-ir. !
awiui siaie. i iremoie 'o meanaie i
upon this condition brought about by i
the sale of intoxicants. This produce, j
and this money involved is bringing
about such a reversal in the charac-
ter of the people. !
Nothing stands still. We are not 1
the same old seven and six. We are ,
either better or worse with each pass
ing day. We should live our lives one I
day at a time, and we will live better
lives. We should not undertake so :
much at once.
Juvenile delinquency has jumped
nearly 50 per cent in Britain since the
war started.
On Saturday, July 24th, the tobacco growers arc again given the op
portunity to go to the polls and express their approval of tobacco quotas
for the next three years.
Under the National Emergency,' quotas ou all other commodities hive
been suspended. We owe a debt of gratitude to Congress for preserving
our program.
We think that the economic value of quotas has been demonstrated be
yond a reasonable doubt to the farmers of this State.
This is the most important tobacco referendum that we have ever held,
and we urge every landowner, tenant, and share-cropper to go out and vote
in this election. If we as tobacco growers, who receive the benefit of this
legislation, through neglect or indifference, fail to go out and overwhelm
ingly register our approval, then we will greatly handicap our Congress
men when they attempt to pass additional legislation in the future.
Let's keep our program, modify it to meet changing conditions, and go
into the post war period with a program that will guarantee to us a decent
standard of living out of the production of flue-cured tobacco.
Let's all do our duty next Saturday and obtain 100 participation in
this referendum.
' President
Lumber Bridge, N. C.
Raeford, N. C.
Lumber Bridge, N. C.
"Manpower at home is essential to support fighting-power overseas" . . . E. C. Grace, president, Bethlehem Steel
There may be an excuse for pover
ty, but none for dirt. Everybody can
be clean, honest and indubious, and
have an abundant living in Hoke ooun
ty, who deserves such. It is positive
disgraceful and wicked in a time like
These recent heavy rains will, and
have, belated late planted crops and
doing without these will give us all a
poorer living, so we should all plan
to grow some other crop, if the rains
prevent the growing of our favorite
truck. ,
A newspaper can help a community,
and most of them do, and I am one
who believes the work of the local
publisher is fully appreciated. How
ever the newspaper publishers have
made this unheaded complaint since
I can remember.
I found Troy, the county seat of
Montgomery county, without a news-
1 Manpower
Home front
may COAL Kfow
Next Waeteir
We have a limited amount of good COAL on hand and we
urge you to buy NOW.
The mines are rationing COAL to the dealers and we can
not contract for as much as we bought last year.
No orders accepted for future delivery.
Dial 2401.
Raeford, N. C.
Thousands of men arriving for work in a Bethlehem shipyard. Down (his yard's busy shipwayi slide many of (he nation's cruisers, destroyers and
aircraft carriers. Bethlehem repeatedly has made records (or delivering vessels well ahead of schedule.
Poland invaded, September 1939 100,000
Fall of France, summer 1940 120,000
Pearl Harbor, December 1541-190,000
Tunisia, May 1943 390,000
This is the story of manpower in Bethlehem steel
mills and shipyards, of men and women who have
come by the thousands from all walks of life to
do a job in backing up our fighting forces with 1
continuous flood of materials. These men and
women are vital to the battle of production.
Manpower at Bethlehem Steel has been multi
plied three times in three and a half years. Here
are the figures:
Facts About Bethlehem Workers
Manpower is the heart of Bethlehem's current production of a ship a day. Manpower makes
possible the meeting of its large commitments for ordnance and other war-steel products.
All other problems such as materials and supplies are secondary the essential dependence
is on manpower.
Thousands of men from non-essential trades are toining Bethlehem war-work armies.
More than 13,000 women are employed at Bethlehem plants and shipyards, and the num
ber is constantly increasing.
Veteran employees are zealously teaching the newcomers, so that they can quickly handle
their appointed tasks.
New employees earn while they learn, in special training classes and In on-the-job training.
Sympathetic study of each person's abilities puts "square pegs in square holes.'
Wages are die highest in the history of ship&iilding and steel, and in the top group of
ill industries.
Promotion is rapid, as opportunity to advance comes far more swiftly than under normal
Bethlehem employees are friendly, high-grade people. The great majority have education
in the high school grades, and thousands are graduates of colleges, crafts and professions.
More than 50,000 Bethlehem employees are now serving in the armed forces, a fact which
gives added seriousness of purpose to those working to produce the supplies.
To work in Bethlehem shipyards and plants is to be in the front line of industry, doing a
real job to help win the war.
Somi New Bethlehem EunoYm Mom Various Occupations
Employment in Bethlehem's shipbuilding and ship repair
yards alone has grown from 15,000 in 1939, to nearly 180,000.
The enlistment in our manpower army continues from
week to week and from month to month. The total of
Bethlehem employees will exceed 300,000 by the end of
the year. To reach this total force, and provide for re
placements of those going into the armed services and
others, many thousands more men and women will
be hired.
Bethlehem workers come from virtually every walk
of life to serve in these war-work armies. Here are 60
instances of former occupations of men and women
who are now producing ships and combat materials.
Antique Detltt
Race Diivtf
Beaut icuri
Bond Salesman
' Bui Boy
But Drives
Coal Mine
Coot racial
Lhe Maker
Dmf ir
Dry Cleaner
flecti tcian
Elevator Operator
Football Coach
CariK Mechanic
Gas Station
Housepa inter
Insurance Salesman
Interior Decorator
Land war Architect
Linoleum Layer
Maaiine Editor
Mail Carrier
MotKM Pirtun
Radio Comnvfitiror
Real Eate Dealer
School Tearhet
Sirn Manufacturer
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Soda Fountain
Stme Clerk
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