THE ELKIN TRIBUNE
i' Published Every Thursday by
ELK PRINTING COMPANY, Inc.
Elkin, N. C.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1937
Entered at the post office at Elkin, N. C., as
C. 8. FOSTER. .President
H. F. LAFFOON Secretary-Treasurer
SUBSCRIPTION RATES, PER YEAR
In the State, 91.50 Out of the State, $2.00
But it is not related that that "cotton
road" has been approved by the neckers.
The coal dealer who would be pestering
a fellow with last winter's fuel bill this kind
of weather, ought to be shot at sunrise.
When a farmer turns politician he
learns a lot about the necessity of keeping
the machinery in repair.
"Before the average man can get mar
ried these days he has to show his girl two
licenses —marriage and automobile."—Ex.
This bit of fine philosophy is from
Philander Johnson's Uncle Eben: "Mind yoh
own business, an' iffen yoh ain't got no bus
iness, make it yoh business to get some."
Those who contend that the bathing girl
at the beach doesn't look like she did ten
years ago, should remember that much time
is calculated to show on anyone.
Congressmen who overrode the Presi
ident's veto in order to keep low interest
rates for farmers must not have paid for a
square meal lately.
In The Senator's Defense
The Charlotte Observer would keep his
tory straight by reminding that the North
Carolina Federation of Labor at its recent
annual meeting did not put its stamp of op
proval on the resolution condemning Sen
ator Bailey for his desertion of President
Roosevelt and the New Deal program in
As the Observer points out., such a res
olution had been prepared but not passed,
the State labor body contenting itself to go
on record as approving Roosevelt policies
without singling out his foes for criticism.
The Observer with understandable en
thusiasm defends Senator Bailey this way:
"Along with a large number of other Dem
ocratic senators, Mr. Bailey has not been able
to see eye to eye with the President on all of
his policies ... It always happens when a
strong man, with the courage of his convic
tions, takes a decided statesmanlike position
against a popular figure in public life, he in
curs the enmity of the partisan, who, some
times for diplomatic reasons only, takes the
other side of the question.
"In the judgment of this newspaper, Sen
ator Bailey by his Independent attitude, has not
only won the favor of thousands of North Car
olinians, but at the same time, on account of
his courage, has won the respect of many Dem
ocrats who did not support him in the last
Evidently The Observer forgot to men
tion that the Senator was serving a "holy
cause," and by all means that should not be
As for increasing the Senator's stature
in the eyes of voters in North Carolina, it
would take an election to determine that, and
an election with Senator Bailey as the cen
tral figure would make the Observer mighty
nervous in its boots, despite its boasted con
fidence to the contrary, as the editor now
very well knows.
Doesn't Make Sense
When former Governor Ehringhaus
turned down a government assignment of
fered him and gave as his reason that some
lawyer nearer the scene of the litigation
ought to be able to do the job as well and
cheaper, North Carolinaians felt rather
proud of him, for was not here a man who
was above trading his prestige and influence
for a mess of political pottage?
But evidently we were rather previous
in our appraisal, for the news columns tell
us that Mr. Ehringhaus has just been paid
a SIO,OOO fee as "special" attorney for the
government in some sort of suit that if it has
taken him away from Raleigh for any great
length of time, his neighbors didn't notice it.
As lawyer fees go, doubtless Mr. Eh
ringhaus came as near earning his ten thou
sands as any other of the "special" assist
ants of the attorney general, and we are glad
to see him get it. Doubtless as Governor he
experienced an interruption in his earning
power, and needed to revamp his finances.
But it must be remembered that this check
is more of a retainer fee than anything else
for the case it involves has not yet been
tried, and it is reasonable to suppose that
before it is through with there will be still
other remittances, that will run the ex-gov
ernors earnings into real money, and it is
probably true too, that there are other at-
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torneys assisting on this special assignment
who will fare equally as well.
In this case the former Governor has
earned as much in a few months as is paid
our congressmen for the year, and no elec
tion expenses involved, which goes to show
that not all the gravy is dished out into one
Whatever may have been the merits of
this right considerable fee, it looms the big
ger when one considers that there are any
number of young men and women
working in clerical positions in Washington
afid for this self-same government, who are
being denied salary advances that are jus
tified by increased living costs, simply be
cause some of these higher-up are pleading
economy, it doesn't exactly make sense.
Living On Forever .
Most of us have learned not to become
too wrought up over the promises the scien
tists have from time to time held out to us,
particularly as regards our physical well
being. Researchers have accomplished
wonders and interfered with our traditions
to our own good, but many of their promi
ses remain unfulfilled.
But now comes a doctor in California
who declares that "it is now within the re
alms of theology, philosophy, science and
sanity to consider the possibility of human
ity living on forever." No, he is not extolling
the wonderful climate of California and
claiming that to be necessary to this desir
able achievement, but actually believes what
Furthermore Colonel Lindbergh and
Dr. Alexis Carrell have gone beyond their
"artificial heart" and have designed ma
chinery to test the theory that the life of
human organs may be restored. This may
serve to bolster the claim that eventually
a way will be found to revive an animal ap
parently dead for years and bring it back to
life for lengthening or even indefinitely pro
Even Marconi, who discovered the prin
ciple of air communication, did not envision
the radio of today and few of us can antici
pate the developments of tomorrow. And
while these theories of our scientists seem
so ridiculous and impossible, it is not safe to
brush them aside simply because they vio
late our every sense of reason.
• According to Dr. Carrell's investigations,
people who seem to die of "old age" or from
natural causes are not laid low by lightning
or other such accidents, but the "accidents"
are there none the less. He says we die
simply because we do not know how to avoid
This continuity of life may be a glorious
conception with which our children's chil
dren will play and piddle, but it should not
encourage our undertakers to curtail their
service in this present day, looking to the
final salvaging of their investments in equip
ment for laying us away as cosily as we can
afford. We reckon they will be safe in going
to' the expense of a fresh coat of paint for
the old hearse, and new straps for the din
kus that lowers our bodies into the grave.
And besides, with all these strikes, and
legislatures and mosquitoes, who wants to
live on forever anyway?
There May Be Surprises
Gradually but inexorably Japan has been
cutting: into China, taking a slice at a time,
picking opportune moments when other na
tions were occupied with their own prob
lems. Having borne no part of the cost of
the world war, Japan has been readier with
her resources to work her will with cumber
some and unwieldy China.
Years ago some one predicted that the
great Chinese dragon would awake and woe
be unto the foe that got in its path. Perhaps
that time is not yet, but there are signs that
tell of a China aroused and united, and the
present conflict may bring its surprises.
Nippon's fighting machine is modern in
every particular, her soldiery trained to per
fection, and she is capable of striking swift
ly and mightily, which is the only way she
can win and her generals know it. That's why
Japan is about the business 1)f cutting anoth
er comprehensive slice out of China to ap
propriate to her own profit and use.
Chinese soldiers, like the Japanese, are
fatalists, and "fighting to the death" means
just that to them. Add to their patriotism,
the continued smarting under Japanese op
pression* and you have a worm turned that
may put in some deadly work before this
unofficial war is over.
The Chinese people are not as dumb as
some are inclined to regard them. It is sig
nificant that China's financial structure is
in good shape. Her leaders have arranged
for a loan from England of $100,000,000, plus
$50,000,000 from America. Thus the Chinese
Central Government has fortified its finan
cial position while that of Japan is described
as growing steadily worse. The Japanese
trade balance has reached a record adverse
figure and new domestic bond issues in To
kio are considered certain as the conflict in
Given a reasonable hope for success,
world financiers will respond favorably to
China's plea for co-operation, for there is
general world sympathy for the Chinese un
derdogs that are having to defend them
selves and are so inadequately prepared to
And so it appears that there is the bar
est possibility that cocky little Japan has
become over-ambitious; that she has been
too insistent and persistent with her carv
ing knife, and that she may have a number
of surprises coming to her. And secretly
deep down in our hearts, that is what we
Americans are hoping.
THE ELKIN TRIBUNE. ELKIN. NORTH CAROLINA
(By C. M. Dickson)
Grapes that we cannot easily
reach are usually sour.
When Sampson lost his hair, he
almost lost his head.
I wonder if more people besides
Romulus and Remus have not
been nursed by she wolves.
Claiming recognition because of
sits on the
not be com
By nature a man's a man, but
if he functions as a dog, what
would you call him?
Some people's minds are like a
terrapin's head—hard to find.
Many homes have been con
verted into tourists' camps and
A ram usually uses his "head"
when he goes to butt.
The raising of Poodle Dogs bids
fair to be an important industry
in this country. So far, no one
has figured that birth control will
figure in raising them.
Sometimes a very tough nut is
cracked to find a "colonel."
Why should a person who goes
to "cawlidge" make either a
"high-brow," a "frill," a "fanatic"
or a "furbelow."
For the benefit of society, it
might be better if some of our
larger institutions were "Gideon
I had rather be a little man on
top than to be a big man under
A medical student when asked
to name the bones in his head
said, "I am confident they are
there, but I do not remember, for
the time being, just what they
are called." It is possible that the
sutures in this particular case had
not only "ossified," but "solidi
fied," and thereby made Just one
A pet sin may be caressed un
til it becomes a millstone.
If a light does not shine, some
thing is wrong with either the oil
or the vessel.
Education is to liberate as well
as to subjugate.
One had better be unarmed
than to shoot wrong.
Tis said that we should not an
tagonize nature. If not, where
does grace come in?
Climb high and drink deep to
To think much and say little is
often the easiest way out of
A knife that's dull ought to be
An honest confession is often
a cure for Indigestion.
Rev. i. c. Woodruff of Moun
tain View will fill his regular ap
pointment at Shoaly Branch Sat
urday evening and Sunday. Our
Sunday school is gradually im
proving, we are glad to note.
Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Gentry and
son and Mr. and Mrs. Arvil Gen
try were the Sunday guests of Mr.
and Mrs. A. T. Gentry.
Miss Susie qrace Hemric of El
kin, was the Sunday guest of
Misses Anna Lee and Sallie Gil
liam. They also visited Miss Ma
Miss Ruth Pettyjohn and Lytle
Tulbert returned Monday from
Lynchburg, Va., where they vis
ited their sister and brother, Mr.
and Mrs. Worth Pettyjohn.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spencer
have been spending a few days
with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lyons at
their home in Elkin.
Mr. and Mrs. Mack Adams and
daughters, were the Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Poplin of
Maryland, spent last week the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bur
The farmers in this community
are glad of the fine showers for
the last few days.
A 'Wobbly Terek by A. B. CHAPIN
ALASKA . . . new gold rash
Forty years ago, in 1897, the
discovery of gold in the Klondike
started the greatest "gold rush"
since the California excitement of
1849. Now a new gold rush to
Alaska is beginning. A new gold
"strike" on Goodnews Bay has
brought hundreds of prospectors
into that region, and reports come
in of scenes which duplicate those
of the wild days when "Dangerous
Dan McGrew" and other legend
ary heroes of Alaska's first gold
rush held sway.
Not only gold, but platinum
and palladium are said to have
been found in paying quantities.
Naturally, everyone who can do
so is trying to get all he can for
the least amount of work; and
naturally thieves and gamblers
are there, trying to get the lucky
ones' treasure away from them.
This) modern gold strike, how
ever, has some new aspects. For
one thing, goldseekers are going
In by airplane instead of dog
sleds. But in all other respects,
the drama of human greed and
sudden wealth is the same as it
has been since the world began.
ARGOL . ... motor fuel
"Agrol" is a new word which you
are going to hear more of. It
means motor fuel produced from
farm products. The development
of agrol Is one of the objectives of
the chemists who are trying to
find ways of making agriculture
more profitable, by utilizing farm
products and farm wastes for in
in Europe they are using alco
hol made from potatoes, corn or
what-have-you, to mix with gas
oline for motor fuel. Alcohol is
cheaper over there than gasoline.
So far, we buy gas cheaper than
anyone can afford to sell alcohol,
but the time may come when we
shall have to resort to European
Meantime, there's a plant in
Nebraska where they are making
agrol, and folks who know about
it tell me it works.
SEASERPENT here a fain
A sure sign that Summer is
at hand is the recurrence of sea
serpent stories. It is no longer the
fashion to laugh at sailors' tales
of strange sea monsters. Scien
tific expeditions have brought
back so many specimens of queer
things which we used to think
were impossible, that I, for one.
am ready to believe that anything
may live in the sea.
This year the first seaserpent to
reappear is "Cadborrosaurus," the
seaserpent of Vancounver Sound.
The crew of a tugboat out of Vic
toria, B. C., reports a good look at
"Caddy," who is described as be
ing about 18 inches thick, striped
brown and yellow, with a mouth
full of teeth.
Seaserpents, or the tales about
them, used to be among the real
terrors of the sea in the days of
small wooden sailing craft. In
these days of steel steamers they
are merely curiosities.
METHODISTS . . . 280 ymgf
Two hundred years ago John
Wesley, a clergyman of the
Church of England, started a re
ligious revival which developed in
to the Methodist Church, now al
most, if not quite, the largest of
the Protestant denominations.
The whole Christian world is cele
brating Methodism's 200 th anni
versary this month.
John Wesley had no idea, at
first, of starting a new church.
His aim was to bring his fellow
students at Oxford into a better
way of Christian living. The other
students gave them the name of
"Methodists" because Wesley and
his group were so methodical in
their religious observances.
To me it is interesting that so
many religious movements have
had their roots in the ancient
English university of Oxford. The
latest, the so-called "Oxford
Group Movement," is beginning
to spread all over the world. Like
Wesley, its founders have no idea
of starting a new sect, but merely
hope to lead people to better ob
servance of the teachings of
whatever church they belong to.
ACCIDENTS . . and discoveries
Many great scientific discover
ies have been made by accident.
Charles Goodyear accidentally
dropped soma sulphur into a pan
of melted rubber, and found he
had a new subtance, rubber that
could be molded Into any shape.
An Italian workman dropped a
piece of cheese from his lunch in
to a tub in the DuPont laboratory,
and solved the problem the re
search scientists had been work
ing on, how to make a lacquer
which would dry quick and hard.
Failing to find a glass vessel
handy, a research worker at the
Mellon Institute used a tin can
and got what he was trying to get.
He couldn't duplicate the product
of that experiment until he re
membered the tin can. Salts of
tin proved to be the essential in
Accident alone does not often
accomplish anything useful. It
takes the seeing eye and the un
derstanding mind to grasp the
significance of the accident.
A revival meeting is In progress
at Roaring Gap church this week.
We hope much good will be ac
We are sorry to note the condi
tion of Mr. H. O. Blackburn is not
improved. He has been right sick
for several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Woodruff
and Mrs. A. A. Woodruff of Glade
Valley, were Sunday visitors of
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Woodruff.
Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Gentry and
family of Hays, N. C. were week
end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. J. N.
Mrs. W. R. DeJournette and
Mrs. J. N. Gentry, who are at
tending the summer session at
Catawba College, Salisbury, N. C.,
spent the week-end at home.
Mrs. I. S. Gambill, Mr. Billie
and Johnle, Miss Bettie Gambill,
of Elkin, were Sunday visitors of
Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Gentry,
It is yet quite dry in this sec
tion. The farmers need rain very
We enjoy reading The Tribune
and wish it continued success.
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An optimist is a person who
thinks you a pessimist ft* not
sharing his enthusiasm for the
Thursday, Aagmt 12, 1987
"Uncle'Mose, your first wife
tells me that you are three months
behind with your alimony "
"Yes, jedge, dat am so. But it's
dis way. Dat second wif,i of mine
ain't turned out to be de worker
I thought she would be."
Lost: $14.00 in bills Friday after
noon. Finder return to Billy
Sparks, Elkin, N. C. and receive
FREE! If excess acid causes you
Stomach Ulcers, Gas Pains, In
digestion, Heartburn, Belching,
Bloating, Nausea, get free sam
ple doctor's prescription, Udga,
at Turner Drug Co. 6-3p
MAN WANTED for Rawleigh
Route of 800 families. Write to
day. Rawleigh's, Dept. NCH-64-
SA, Richmond, Va. 8-19p
For rood, dry, sound milling
wheat testing 59 pounds and
over $1.20. Lower grades are
disc oun ted proportionately.
Statesville Flour Mills Co.,
Statesville, N. C. tfc
See the New Myers Traction
Sprayer. It is a one-man, one
horse, two-row Sprayer. It
sprays from 10 to 15 acres daily.
Casstevens Hardware Co., El
kin, N. C. tfc
Wanted: AH grades poplar, oak,
pine, maple logs, seven feet
long, delivered to our unkip
plant. Can us them as small as
six inches in diameter; also
oak and poplar lumber. Oak
Furniture Co.'s Elkin plant, old
Biltrite site, Elkin, N. C. tfo
Squibbs Mineral Oil, quart du
89c. Antacid Powder, large size
50c. Nyseptol, pint 49c. Gallon
Mineral Oil $2.25. Turner Drug
Co., Elkin, N. C. tfn
Do you want plenty of eggs from
strong, fast growing young
chicks? If so feed Panamin. We
have 'it. Abernethy's, A Good
Drug Store. Elkin, N. C. tfn
We buy scrap iron and "***■'*
Double Eagle Service Co., Elk
in. N. C. tfc
Wanted to repair radios. Our
expert thoroughly knows his
business. Prices right. Harris
Electric Co., Elkin. N. C. tfc
HOMES FOB SALE
Rooms, West Elkin ... *
6 Rooms, North Elkin jL...51650.
8 Rooms. East Elkin sl7st.
6 Rooms West Elkin J. SI2OO.
8 Rooms, Gwyn Avenue . SSBM.
Good Terms May Be Had.
See Us (for Foil Information.
REICH A HUNT
For Sale: 45 acre farm, 5-room
house, good as new, good feed
barn and other out buildings.
Extra good young apnle or
chard. In high state ox culti
vation. 1 mile from hardsurface
mad. Price $1750. $750. cash,
balance in 5 annual payments.
Also 50H seres adjoining the
above tract with 6 acres good
bottom land, orchard and tern.
Good springs and branches all
over same. Price SI,OOO. SSOO
cash, balance over period of 7
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