Last wek, as you knew, President
Truman ordered that' the 'steel mill
be seized and operated by the govern
ment. , ibis was ft very serious ana
Very questionable move by Mr. Titi
an an. ; It involves the fundamental
question of the right of the President
to seize private property.
Most Senators are of the opinio
that the President does not have the
right, either inherently or by statu
tory enactment, to seize private prop
erty and operate it for the advantage
of one group over another which is
certainly the case now. '
' If he can seize steel mills, then he
can seize flour mills, for example,
to get flour for the armed forces.
That leads to the question of whether
he also has the right to seize the
farmers' land on which the grain is
So, you see, this is an important
situation. If the President's act is
upheld he could, if he desired, move
. on and on until we find ourselves com
pletely socialistic and perhaps even
Of course everyone hopes ithat the
present crisis can be eliminated with
out harming our established institu
tions and form of government. And
naturally you will see great joy in this
move by the President, on the part of
those inclined to be socialistic in their
thinking. They seem to yeam for
the day when they can put into ef
fect in America a totalitarian regime.
It shou.d be l Je. no r to pi..t mt t
warm-season vegetal.e crops any
where in the State eart of the moun
tains. It is true that I have had to
mato plants killed by frost in Wake
County as late as April 25, .but that
is unusual. Also, if the plants have
been well hardened light frost will
usually not harm them. Tomato, pep
per, and eggplant plants should be
hardened by withholding their water
supply that is, by keeping them on
the dry side. Cabbage and lettuce
plants are hardened by subjecting
them to cool temperatures 'for ft few
days before setting. '
. Try some of the new bean varieties
in the garden this year. Contender,
Ware, and Topcrop are all excellent
tax money, and seldom is any protest
raised. This committee, if approved
by the House, would protect the tax
payers. 1 hope H is a step in the
right direction to reduce government
spending. The committee would be
The President did not cite any au
thority for his action in seizing the
steel plants. And he refused to use
the Taft-Hartley Act, which if the
President had utilized it would have
taken care of the situation. Mr. Tru
man has never found the Taft-Hartley
Act very palatable. He perhaps
likes it even less now that one of its
authors is a candidate for the Presidency.
Last week the Senate passed, and
sent to the House, a bill sponsored
by Senators McClellan and Hoey,
among others, which would Set up a
joint House-iSenate committee to in
vestigate the requests made by gov
ernment officials for large sums of
The department heads of our gov
ernment can always give detailed rea
sons why they need more and more
War Powers Act
The extraordinary powers granted
President Truman to cope with situ
ations arising during the recent war
were extended reluctantly last week
by the Senate. The House had voted
to extend them to July 1, but the
Senate insisted that the deadline
should be June 1.
The President does not seem to
recognize, however, that a state of
war exists in Korea. He calls it a
"police action." Everybody else up
here knows that a war is still going
on. And it seems to be an increas
ingly unpopular war as far as the
people are concerned.
Dr. Sockman's Visit
Last week- I had the pleasure of
entertaining at lunch, in the Senate
Restaurant, Dr. Ralph W. Sockman.
He is a very famous Methodist minis
ter of New York, who has broadcast
for many years over a nationwide
His radio sermons' have meant so
much to those unable to attend his
services in person.
Dr. Sockman saw many of his old
friends while he was here, including
Dr. Frederick Brown Harris, chap
lain of the Senate. Dr. Sockman has
visited North Carolina many times,
and particularly Duke University. He
is one of the greatest preachers of
the world and I was very glad to spend
a short while with him.
(varieties and they are almost immune
to mosaic, which sometimes reduces
.the production of Tendergreen; con
siderably. ; improved strmgieos Blue
Lake is an excellent pole bean, es
pecially for canning and freezing, and
it is absolutely stringless. For real
flavor though, its hard to beat Ken
tucky Wonder even if it is sometimes
stringy and is very susceptible to
bean rust disease.
The perennial argument now comes
up about the advisability f planting
cucumbers and squasn next to musK-
melons. Some folks still believe they
will cross and give the inuskmelons
a cucumber taste or flavor. That is
not true. Cucumbers Will not cross
with muskmelons bt the field nor
will either of these crops cross with
Dumnkins or squash. However, one
variety of cucumber will cross with
another variety of cucumber. The
same would be true of different varie
ties of muskmelons or watermelons.
But even so, there would be' no effect
on the variety this season. If you
saved the seed and planted , it next
year, the effect of cross-pollination
would show then.
The onlv vegetable crop in which
you see results of the cross during the
current year is sweet corn. White
and yellow sweet corn planted side
by side will give you ears a mixture
of white and yellow kernels this year.
Fire Destroyed Home
Near Winf all Thursday
A fire of undetermined origin com
pletely destroyed the home of Her
bert Boyce, Negro, near Winfall. on
Thursday morning of last week. When
discovered the fire had gained con
siderable headway. The Hertford Fire
Department was called to the scene
but on arriving were unable to extin
guish the blaze, which by that time
could be seen from Hertford.
Loss from the fire was estimated
around $7,000. It was reported a large
part of the loss was covered by in
The E hel , Home Demonstration
CL held its rezular monthly meet
ing' on April 11, at tJie Community
House with Mrs. E. L. Goodwin and
Kiss Blanche Goodwin as joint-hos-
ter33sw'.':.v;';;-?-:l vyv :'vf. ':ry) th
The meeting opened by singing
-'ae urn -Nortn State," lol'owed by
the devotional by ilrs. C. It. Ward.
Minutes of the March meeting and
treasurers report were read and ap-
rroved. The X '1 rrs c "oi with 11
members prec .
i Mrs. Nina B. Tvllte, Home Agent,
gave an interesting demonstration on
Floor Finishes." , . .
Mrs. IS. "Lt tJWwin, Poultry Lead
er, gave a report
Mrs. JE. T. Phillips was in charge of
air interesting "quiz with Mrs. J. P.
Ward winning the prize.
' The meeting closed by repeating the
Club Collect, after which delicious re
freshments of bottled drinks, sand
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gar Lc , J. C. Holbs, L. A. r.
tor, E. -t Lory and W. P,.Lor-
I wish to express my sincere &?
to my friends and neighbors for w.
lovely flowers, cards, toys, prayers
and all other acts of kindness shows'
me while I was a patient in the Al
bemarle Hospital. ; ' ,
MRS. GEORGE JORDAN
ON HONOR LIST
Rosser Bunch, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. F. R. Bunch of Tyner, won rec
ognition as an honor student at the
University of North Carolina for the
last school quarter. He was congratu
lated by C. P. Spruill, Dean, for his
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