The Kings Mountain Herald ? ^/wjas^AsfilciJ
A weekly newspaper devoted to the promotion of the general welfare and published
for the enlightenment, entertainment and benefit of the citizens of Kings fountain
and Its vicinity, published every Thursday by the Herald Publishing House.
Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Kings Mountain, N. G., under Act
of Congress of March 3, 1873
Martin Harmon ; ??'. Editor- Publisher
Charles T. Carpenter, Jr. ........ Sports, Circulation, News
Mrs. P. IX Herridon ! Society
Miss Ellzzabeth Stewart ....... Advertising, News
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And she shall bring forth a son, and thou ahalt call his name Jcsut: for he shall save his people
from their sins. St. Matthew 1:21.
The Christmas season is another of
the holiday seasons where radios blare
forth throughout giving the latest com
pilation of the death toll from automo
. bile accidents.
Though unpleasant, the obvious ef
fort is to get surviving drivers to slow
down and to observe the rules of the
To the regular road hazards, includ
ing crowded streets. and highways, road
hogging drivers, etc., is added frequent
ly as the Christmas season the hazard
of bad weather, including snow, ice and
The statisticians still report, however,
that the big'portion of accidents, though
sometimes aided and abbetted by me
chanical failure, weather hazards, and
related causes, are predominantly caus
ed by driver error.
Speed is one pbaze of driver error.
Chance-taking comes in too, including
passing on curves, on hills, and. in con
gested areas. *
Take it eas-y on the highway and loojk
forward for Christmas '53. .
Just about everyone assumes that
President-Elect Eisenhower has already
made up his mind concerning a new po
licy for prosecuting 'he Korean War. -lie
has visited Korea, ho has talked to
Generals. Clark and Van Fleet, and he
has talked w;1th Genera I Mae Arthur, '
w ho. got fired for expanding his views
on expanding t he war over a presidential
veto, ? \
Hut General Ike is keeping quite mum
on what his.deCjsians are. and the Amer
ican people can only guess wh.it are/ his
Intentions It is als, i nivstnnod that the
Chinese Communists," the enemy in the
field, and (he Russia!) Communists, mas
ter-minds. of the u hole business, n re also
i'ltcssillg too. ?' . . ? ?
f-'oi; more than a" ye;u; f he I'niied Na
tto;ys (principally the Cnited States
when 'matters ? of fielding troops 'and
makidg sfrrvt-e *v decisions -are concern
ed >? h,i '"olioujnl in Korea a sh'ilemaj'o
poliex -.While conduct ins: talks on t he'
w ill-o-t he-w. isn ' t ruce art Ion has .been
limited The hope from the t'N s le..
w is th.it t.lii' -attrition of air at'- irk
, -v >tdd r iu-e. tltr ('omiDiirtiil s to seek,
peace. .The hope-was -in vain.
M,tn\ are guessing that Ike. lifelong
soldier, w ill have as lit tle patience w ith
?a piecemeal. sta,1cmale v\ i'r as General
MacArt pur. The\ say the war will he
expanded. though none can indicate the
matter (>f direction or degree.
It is a tact that the American people
are tired of 1 he stalemate. They are not
accustomed to fighting wars that can
not be won in the field. At first, the po
licy hail considerable support, principal
ly among parents of servicemen. and pa
rents ?> of potential servicemen. Nov
many of these parents are agreeing that
it was false hopes they were depending
In effect, most agree that the Korean
War must first get worse before it can
The Korean War is Ike's biggest proh
. lem. Others, though great, are pale -by
Secretary of. Commerce S a w y c.r .
speaking of the foreign aid. programs,
says "loo many people and too main
agencies". That's w hat a lot of folk have
suspected all along'... Funny thing is that
Secretary Sawyer became a lame-duck
cabinet member before he discovered it.
There are some differences about
Christmas 1952, though they are per
haps not too major.
Folk celebrating the Christmas holi
day season are a year older, for. one
thing, there's still a war going on in
Korea, and this nation and the world is
awaiting the oath-taking of a new presi
dent of the United States.
Christmas 1952 is to be a prosperous
Christmas for the vast majority of
Americans, where employment is at a
record peak, where jobless rolls are at
a record low, and where plenteous goods
are available to satisfy the material de
mands of any and all who wish to do a
personal piece of Santa Claus work.
But in spite of the hurly-burly, busy
activities of the season, the spiritual
part of Christmas always comes into its
own as by far the most outstanding part
of the annual observance.
. Thousands of church services are de
voted to repeating in wonderful detail
the everlasting story of the Prince of
Man is imperfect and seems incapable
of attaining the high goals set by Jesus
Christ nearly two thousand years ago.
But the observance of His birthday on
Christmas, this year and every year,
cleanses the spirit and lifts the hopes of
people all over the globe. " .
All should strive and work and pray
that the world will more nearly practice
the teachings of Jesus in their daily deal
ings with their fcllowmen.
Our congratulations to Rev. Vance
?Daniel who has been ejected president
nf the Kings Mountain Ministerial asso
President Truman's special Health
( \ immfssion. ' which announced its plan
last week for providing medical care- to
all. could almost be called a "'lame-duck"
outfit, and it is 'doubtful that the plan,
regardless i.f its merits, '.will get much
attention from the next Congress.
Tlie voters changed the tune this year
and the word is out that the majority
\ iew will be ."Let's digest the social pro*
grams we already have before launch?
mg ;iiij more." ? .
??That altitude, it' it- prevails, means
? 1,1 it; medical care wivn't be added to the
social security program.
There are several areas of agreement
on medical care. One is that few can. af
ford long "periods- of- illness. But there is
little agrot menr on how to handle the
At an\ rate, medical care programs
comes under the social welfare field, and
it was general ly understood that the Re
publican party did not offer further ex-;
pepiments along this line. And the Re
publican party got more than H3.000.000
Votes, It can also he assumed that some'
of the Democratic" votes were east in
spite of certain programs, rather than
because of them.
Medical care programs won't get
much attention from the Congress which
convenes in January.
It' you haven't already, drop some
cans of food into one of the many bas
kets stationed at groceries all over town.
It's a good way to do a little Christmas
Civ i tic hi the most needy spots. The Jay
cees, through their "Buy A Can, Leave
A Can Program", are going to help fhe
need\ of the community enjoy a Christ
mas season they might otherwise rather
forget.' The Jaycees are doing all f he
work, and it's no easy task. As you buy
for Christmas dinner, drop a portion in
the nearby basket.
YEARS AGO ftems of news about Kings Mountain area people and events
THIS WEEK taken from the 1942 files of the Kings Mountain Herald.
Kings Mountain is nisi about
ready for the annual visit of the
jolly old man from the North
Pole, and citizens anticipate to
morrow, Christmas Day. with
much excitement and pleasure,
even though many1 families are
short in number with male, mem
berr serving in the armetl forces
of Ulicle Sam.
Social And Personal
Mrs. Charles A. Goforth, grade
mother of the graduating class,
was hostess to the twelfth grade
and several invited guests at her
honpe on Wednesday, Dpo. 9.
Mrs. J. H. Art hur entertained
members of Circle Number Two
of the VVSCS -of Central Metho
dist Church at her home Tuesday,
Pvt. Foley Cobb. Jr. of Fort
Bragg has l<oen transferred to
Miami IJc.vh, Florida.
Pfo. John H. Moss, who is sta
tioned at Island Heights, N. J,,
is at home for the Christmas hol
Pvt. Odell Bennett of Camp
(Waters, Texas, .Is visiting his wife t
and other relatives here.
Pfc. James Long, who is sta
tioned at Ft. Leonard Wood. Mo.,
is visiting his parents. Mr. and
Mrs. Cletus Long. /
Littie Miss Libhy McOUl of Al
bemarle has been visiting her
grandmother.. Mrs. Lona McGlll.
George Thomasson of David
son College and Charles Thomas
son of the University of Florida
ar?? spending the holidays with
th. :r ? Tents,! ^r. and Mrs. C. F.
By Martin Harmon
Ingredients'. bitn of news,
uAadom, humor, and comment.
Direction*: Take weekly, it
possible, but avoid
It's hard to believe, but here
? it is again. . , .even harder lor
me to believe than usual. All
those good resolutions about
getting shopping done early
and having .everything ship
shape went to pot and I'm as
unready this year as ever. Can't
even remember getting off a
letter to Santa Claus. If I didn't,
that's bad. If I did, it wouldn't
be dale to post another ....
Speaking of letters to Santa
Claus, a few. of them from
Kings Mountain children have
passed by the medicinal desk
en route to the North Pole and
I have been right much im
pressed with several features
of them. For the most part, the
youngsters have been reason
ably modest in their demands,
and, also for the most part,
1 they either report very excel
lent conduct In the past, or hold
out high hopes for clean re
cords in the future.
Cowboy attire and shootin'
irons seem high on the list
again among the youngsters I
know, which means there may
have been a few changes in
models and heroes, but no basic
changes since the days I was a
youngster and had to be drag-,
ged out of the movie house af
. ter sitting excitedly through
; three runs of Tom Tyler. The
cowboy stuff took the eye in
those days, too. One improve
ment, locally, seems to be the
general coring at Kings
Mountain stores of cowboy
boots. I can't recall any such
luxuries In my day.
I've had a lot of fun lately
asking some older girls (usual
ly with a Mrs. tag in front of
their names) what Santa Claus
is going to bring for their
stockings. Without exception,
they deprecate the matter and
say Christinas doesn't mean
much to them anymore. When
I say, "You know your old man
won't pass you up on Christ
mas", they chime in, "He'd
better not". Word to the wise, ?'*
they say, is sufficient.
The medicinal wants for
Christmas this season are not
too great. However, though the
usual complement of size 12
socks will ;!o, it would be real
nice if Santa Claus and his
aides did a little- concentrating
on the shirt department. My
. shirt stock' has developed "split
iti*" lately, and I find this (lis- .1
' ease the most fatal of all for I
the .shirt- family.
Another item which I any hcv
| inn iltreateijed w ith. and which
t hope i don't1 receive," is if book
\ -? ? f ierosijWotil puzzles. r*e.-ne\er
I been any good nt working cross-'
' word puzzles ami hev <v prac
] ticed Hie p>TMtim<? very much,
i until one (fay recent fv. Acciden
' t.Ufy. -I soetne'd Vo ."pot along
i PKi'.tty well with i.iir, and since
I have tackli'd ewry ?To.ss?'ord
| obi titrable. 1 1 ' > ^ i h>''M ible-thne
|- waster. and very disooricerting,
for tiu> first day speed proved
j v l>e beginner's luck. The
? benuisihat broke Tin- back ap
pear in the New York Times.
A g?iy w ho van work thetn
could iptalify in my books for
the genius 'departments
Christmas notes':*. The funny
' we-ather turned funny again
last weekend, to make that
character who predicted a white
Christmas from the Texas Pan
handle to the Mason-Dfxon line
look like Wrong Way Corrigan
but the weather is suffi
ciently strange to change back
again by the time this appears
in print apologies are in or
der for last week's note about
the firecracker department. . . .
Bang. bang, they've started, in
dicating that some people have
discovered the South Carolina
fireworks "stands" and that
youngsters are still practicing
an old Southern .custom, which
seems as foreign to Christmas
as it can possibly be. the
North Carolina law says "no
fireworks" and it should be en
. forced, says I. remembering the
blue fingers of youth... it
once was practice here among
the sm&Jl fry to fir*e firecrack
ers on neighbors' porches early
on Christmas morn.... now
who could have dreamed up a
foolis"h sport like that?.. ..the
Christmas music emanating
from a loud speaker at City
Hall didn't suit an inmate in
the City calaboose. . . .he yelled
to the cops to "cut that stuff
off", or so the tale goes . ...
Christmas is hard work for
a lot folk, causing many to
wonder "is It worth it?". . . but
It's always worth it. .. .half the
fun is In doing anyhow. . . .
Christmas is one of the nicest
seasons of the year, /or young
and old alike, and everyone .
should quaff its spirit to the
May Christmas 'Z7 be a hap
I py one' for each and all !
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Viewpoints of Other Editors
i ? it iii?
. J ? Rancor
7 ? SpanWh affirmative
12 ? Satirical
1 5? KicUnuInn of diHUlt
1 1 ? PUjrku card
1 ?? Nourhlxd
19 ? Pronoun
20 ? Out fixedly
2 1 ? Stmt railway .
22 ? Man'* akknuH
24 ? Printer'* mtMum
J6 ? Comparative itillli
2 g ? Btcom acquainted
}| ? A transitory ?tate
31 ? Gaseous element
34 ? Fur-hearing animal
J J? Comf orted
*4 ? Abbreviation iof
smallest U. S. tttte
4 I ? Toothed wheel
14 ? Born
2 5 ? Scorche*
J7? Bamboo-like grasae
M ? Abbreviated rrply
30 ? Incline the bead
1 ? Kind of electric current
?? Easily moved
1 ? Com pass direction
4? To chatter
5 ? Arranges in layer*
6 ? Comparative luffii
7? Mover sklewise
? ? Roman numeral
1 1 ? Never!
13 ? Belonging to
32 ? Malt beveraee
37 ? Flexible covering for
head and neck
3# ? Performed a ? imnrr
41 ? Pursue
4 2 ? Aquatic bird
4 J ? Girl's nam*
47 ? Comume
49 ? Oreek letter
SI ? Mutical note
5 2 ? Esist ?
53 ? Unit of weight
55? Army officer (abfceev.)
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GOLD RUSH TO
Stanly News And Press |
The movement of Republicans
to Washington since November
4 th has been likened to a gold
rush. After 20 long, lean and
hungry years those who have
been faithful to the Grand Old
Pprty ire determined to have
some of the thousands of soft
Jobs which exist in the city on
Despite the fact there seems to
be about one and one-tenth jobs
for every person now employed
in industry and ^business, the
dream of a government salary
lures thousands who somehow
are fascinated by a job with
At this particular juncture in
American history, an excellent
opportunity is presented to the
incoming administration to' elimi
nate literally thousands of jobs,
and help to bring the national
budget into balance.
However, if the news of the
"gpld rush" is correct, each Re
publican has picked out a job,
and is pointing out to his Con
gre.- sman. saying: ."That's the job
I want. Move that Democrat out." I
I Incidentally, some of the wo- j
men -who have marched on the j
nation's capital within the past
thit'ty days are declaring they!
| will not go homo until they gel
I a, mink coat.
The pressut ? on the Republi
can members of Congress will be
so strong that jobs must be avail
able to the faithful. During the
past twenty years, the Democrats
have been diligent in putting as
manV jobs as possible under civil
.service, and filling them with.;
Democrats. This means that the j
present holders cannot be remov
ed withotit sufficient cause.
We have never been a stror.p:
believer in civil service, for it
protects too many inefficient and
undeserving persons. While we
cannot wholeheartedly support
the "spoiis system", we do believe
that the civil service regulations
should be revised to such a point
that persons may be removed
from jobs without too much ef
Giving a man or a woman a
life time job, without regard to
ability and diligence, is not right,
and is one of the principal rea
sons that our government has be
come hogged down with too many
HOW FAST A BUS RUNS
The State of Virginia has a 4
lane highway ieading frpm Rich
mond to Washington, known as
U. S. Highway No. 1. It is a well
engineered and a well built road,
with few curves and no hills to
speak of. In North Carolina a
highway like that would probably
be something of a speed way,
with many motorist unable to re
sist the temptation to step on the
gas and see how fast they could
But coming from Washinton to
Richmond the other morning we
noticed that there were no speed
ing cars. Everybody was cruising
along at about 50 to 55 miles an
hour, or at slower speeds. And
there was a big passenger bus,
one of the well khoWn lines, tak
ing it in stride. And strangely not
passing everything on the road
or showing any great hurry to be
on its way to the next stop.
And in that stretch of a hun
dred miles or a little more we
didn't see a highway patrolman,
or a uniformed officer of any
kind. And We wonder how it is
that Virginia can maintain such
decorum and such uniformity if
speeds on a highway like that,
when likely as not if the same
road were, located in North Caro
lina, motor vehicles would be
rushing along at speeds anywhere j
froVn sixty to eighty miles an ,
In the absence of some explana
tion. we are guessing that the
courts and the law are more rigid
in Virginia, and that most drivers
know if they are caught they will
not get off with a fine or a lec
ture from a traffic offlccr. And
we are also convinced that with
half tlte highway patrolmen there
are in North Carolina, and a few
traf 'lc courts which meant busi
tws. we could stop most of the
speeding and the reckless driving
at half the cost we are now pay
ing for policing the highways.
We'd favor the abolition of the
civil service if it were possible to
abolish one-half the gove?rnent
jobs at the same time.
Harry Mallios, University of
Miami back, has gained more
yardage in his first two years
than all except seven Hurricane
backs gained in their entire Mia
mi grid careers.
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The value of our friendships is ap
preciated mqre and more as we
go further and further on our busi
ness journey. To our old friends
and new acquaintances we extend
our sincerest wishes for a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
C. E. WARUCK
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