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FOUR THE HIGH POINT BttBtKISE CCNTER or «DUSTMT HIGH POINT, NORTH CAKOIINA Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1941 HIGH POINT ENTERPRISE R. B. TERRY. DL A.RAWLEY Sec'y and HAMMETT A. CECIL Gen. CAPUS M. WAYNICK E*t« Potat «B4 Cwrtm U to ooU«ct IB tor Tb» **^ fl "^'- (or repubUcatlon •* •* to tt or not otfcar- joctf MTC publlfbM tt>*2£ or AUDIT VOBKAB or OIBCULATXOH the 14 absent from the chamber when the vote was taken. The vote he cast may lessen the distaste of many of his constituents for the Reynolds' stand on national policy, but we v doubt whether it will answer the questions of those who think he is the wrong man for the chairmanship of the Senate's Military Affairs committee. Reynolds is miscast in that role. We need direction of legislation to be in the hands of chairmen •guiltless of the folly of obstructing the program of this nation as ti sought to prepare itself for what now obviously is ahead of -it. Reynolds was a bombastic if relatively trivial impediment; he may prove to be one even now. I? Hieb Point, M. C» of u*rch *. urn. A4T. THS JOB* BDDC OO. 430 LexlBgtoB AT*. M«w Tort Ottf WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1941. & O Ix>rd God, thon BMt begun to •bow thy »erv*nt thy gre»tn«*», »nd , thy mighty hand; lor what - God to there in heave* or earth, that can do according to thy worlu, and according to thy might?— Deuteronomy 3:24. There is a God! The sky His presence shares. His hand upheaves the billows in their mirth, destroys the mighty, yet the humble spares. —Charlotte Cushman. WE SHOULD DECLARE WAR ON GERMANY T HE UNITED STATES should declare war today on Germany. . Nothing is to be gained by wait- Ing; there's some value in taking the initiative now. While the news of disasters in the orient is echoing, a forthright war declaration would be the correct answer of a nation resolved to see the struggle it now is in through to victory. Despite the damages inflicted by Japanese in their surprise attack on us, we have gains that we can score alongside the losses. Greatest of them is the unification of the people of this country in a mood of cold resentment. We are consolidated for the march. But nothing would be gained— much would be lost—by awaiting a similar German blow. We should take the initiative. We should give to the enslaved peoples of the old world what encouragement, what stimulation to . resistance, can be wrapped up in definite; unqualified action. This Japanese attack of Sunday was made in Germany. The defeat of Japan will occur in Europe or the Near East. We must not be lured into desertion of our Atlantic commitments by Pacific needs.- Let us not be blinded to the dreadful danger of a southern drive by Hitler, who says he has immobilized his invasion of Russia. He miscalculated the Soviet. The Russians have forced him to a standstill there or better. The Russians should be encouraged and strengthened for continued assault on their foes. German forces should not be allowed to intrench themselves and have a winter's breathing spell in Russia. They should be harassed as Rusians more than a century ago harassed Napoleon's Grand Army. Extreme efforts should be directed to turning their retreat into rout. Hitler must not be permitted to move his forces now in Russia for an attack south that would carry them through Spain and into Africa. That would mean disaster. American naval and air .forces should be ranged alongside the British to prevent that development. That's why we favor an immediate declaration. .NO DISCOUNTING THE EXTENT OF DISASTER We would not minimize the disaster that the naval and air successes of the Japanese constitute. The sinking today of two great British warships, including the battleship Prince of Wales we regard as a greater blow to the democratic cause than would be the capture of Manila. The Japanese have struck"* hard and effectively at the naval power of the Allies upon which they must depend for anything like a quick decision against the foe. In sinking the British ships, the Japanese have inspired the speculation that they have an aerial torpedo or bomb of tremendous destructiveness. They have done what Germany failed to do in sinking a first-line battleship from the air. These disasters point the President's warning of last night that we probably have long years of struggle ahead of us, years that will take heavy toll \>f both the material resources and the manpower of the nation. tion to hemispheric solidarity. We fail to see how, there can be solidarity with Argentina doing business with Japan. The Danville (Va.) Register says: "There was reassurance for every American who felt the need for it in the address of the President Roosevelt last night. . . . Americans are a sturdy people. Now is the time to show our sturdiness by not permitting anything, good or bad, to interrupt our appointed tasks. Such a course will enable us to make good the President's promise." Yes, the President's promise of victory was predicated on his confidence in the American people rather than on material equipment for war. And, if we are true to the traditions of our fathers who forced, "heart and nerve and sinew" to serve their turn on many hard-fought fields, that liberty might not perish from the earth, we shall not fail that confidence. PRODUCTION WILL BE SPEEDED NOW Business as usual is not the order of the day in the emergency in this country. Business much bigger than usual, business on an unprecedented scale, is essential. Men and women will go about their customary tasks unless their own ideas or those of their government enlist them in some special tasks for the national defense. But all along the home front, even in the remotest agricultural areas, activity will be on a grander scale. The President has announced a 24-hour, 7-days a week production schedule. Nothing less would be sensible. With bickering over hours past, the forces of the United States will be marshaled to the huge undertaking of beating down the greatest menace to American liberty that has arisen. Fortunately, despite the clinging hands of isolationists and worse, the nation has done much in the past two years to get ready. We have learned how obsolescent our warplanes were and are produ > • ing uptodate ones now on assembly lines. The re-tooled plants are .to be vital in the defense program. There will be more such plants. Finally the country has an objective. Heretofore we have been doing fairly well without the pressure of universally recognized necessity. This nation will produce immensely better since all now see the necessity. The war will not be won or lost by brilliant coups that inflict dramatic damage. Victory will be grubbed out on the fronts of .a ghow-down war. A testing of the stamina of people who never have failed to exhibit stamina when put to the touch is ahead. DALE CARNEGIE r — I like to carry with me and read, whenever I can, snatches from an amazing book. The book is 240 years old, but is as alive today as when the goosequill first wrote it. That book is the dairy of Samuel Pepys. (By the way, his name is pronounced Peeps.) In this book Samuel Pepys tells about going to Tower Hill in London to see a man's head chopped off. It was a sort of holiday and people came from near and far to see the execution. Before the knife was to do its grim work, the man was allowed to make a speech. In the speech he made a profession of his religious faith and, of course,, defended himself for the deed that was about to bring the executioner's axe on his neck. It was a. political crime, so he told all the details leading up to the sentence that • had been imposed upon him. During this talk, he complained more about a boil on the back of his neck than about the fact that his neck was going to have a knife slashed through it. And he had complained in his cell about the boil—far more than about the sentence of death that had been imposed on him. When the moment for the stroke came, he walked forward and put his neck on the block without a moment's hesitation. And so it is with us almost every day in life. We complain more about our little fears than we do about our heads being lopped off. The important thing about little fears and big fears is how we can conquer them. Well, here are ten ways to help you overcome your fears. If you will follow them—if you will follow even one of them—I guarantee that you will in some measure overcome your fears: 1. Up to a certain point, you can congratulate yourself on having fears. People with strong minds are more prone_to fears than those with weak minds. 2. Remember that fear is an inheritance and that your reactions are, in - part, racial. 3. Analyze your fears. Ask yourself, "Just what is this thing I am afraid of?" When you realize the basis of your fear, your fear will be lessened. 4. Determine what your next step will be. A soldier who knows where his second line of trenches is will likely stand off defeat. 5. Cast out small fears. This w;ll show that you can also eliminate the big ones. 6. Contact other people and learn how they have met the same problems. "You can literally take years out of your troubles by listening to other people's afflictions," says Dr. Fosdick, the famous New York minister. 7. Either decide to do something, or else decide to do nothing. Don't, teeter-totter. 8. Determine how much of your thinking is directed toward solving the problem and how much is squirrel-cage. 9. Act as if you are not afraid. 10. Have faith in yourself. Brevities Hitler turned to a war of grab because he figured there no no wrest in peace. NOT THE ROLE FOB SENATOR REYNOLDS After greeting the news of the attack on the United States with the remark that he would not express himself on the subject of war until he had heard the facts on all sides, Senator Reynolds cast his vote with the 82 for the declaration. He was not one of IN THE NEWS The impractical joker who turns in a false fire alarm has his counterpart in the fellow .who falsely reports that he has ,seen enemy air raiders. The former is apt to be a moron; the latter is usually the hireling of a propagandist bureau. The Only Coarse—The Only Outcome WALTER WINCHELL .... On Broadway THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF A CUB REPORTER Karl Decker, who died the other day, made his rep on a spectacular piece of reporting, back in 1898. He grabbed Evangelina Cosio y Cisneros, daughter of a Cuban revolutionist, out of a Spanish prison and whisked her to New York. He was then a staffer on the N. Y. Journal, and his stunt is still marveled at in the city rooms. It gave Decker the name of a daredevil reporter. But Decker had a greater talent: He was one oC the cunningest writers who ever whacked a keyboard. His wordage sizzled and painted pictures. He was good at any style of. tale telling—laughs, sobs or straight news. But he was at his best dishing the hell fire. His coverage of the Leopold-Loeb trials should be bound in a book. He was running the Morning Telly then and never even went to Chicago. He rewrote the wire copy that came into the old cowbarns, opposite Madison Square Garden, where the Telly lived then. He called the murderers everything the law allowed, and a lot that if didn't. His story on their sentence, which excused them from the gallows, almost set the mail bags on fire. In his later years Decker preferred the frivolous sheets to the dignified dailies. He had lots of contempt for some of the biggies running the sheets, an.d he liked the horse papers, where he could have his crackling say-so. Toward the last he worked with the late E, -Phocion Howard on the New York Press, a racing weekly. It was one of the most readable sheets in the country. Howard was a genius at slangy writing, and Decker gave the paper its wallop. Decker never mingled with the B'way and track set. His interest was world news. Every now and then he'd write an editorial on one of the absorbing topics of the day. It staggered the horse players. They plowed through it, hoping it contained a "code horse" or something, but the piece was invariably admired in the managing editor's offices. Howard said the editorials represented Decker's guilty conscience—he felt he should be busying himself with better things than the trivia of the BVay and racing sheet. Sloppy reporting used, to enrage Decker. The phony about a thief stealing the Mona Lisa out of the Louvre drove him nuts. The explanation was that the stealer rolled up the canvas and hid it down his pants leg. Decker explained, in a Satevepost expose, that the painting was not on a canvas, but on a; solid surface that couldn't be rolled. A week after his Post piece appeared, one of the pipe- dreamers in Paris revived the oldie about the pants leg brigand. Anyway, a lot of talent died with Karl Decker. Russell Swann, the magician who became a comedian, was offered a job by the Mugic Corporation of America booking dep't . . . Swann thought the salary too small and turned it do\vn. "I don't mind your offering me such a small salary," he said, "but aren't you ashamed to work for such a small commission?' 1 A Broadway actor wrote the gov't saying he'd like to know what he could do to help the men in the service. They told him they'd like him to go to Ics- land and tell some jokes to the men there. "Iceland?" he exclaimed. "Away up there?" "You'll only be gone for forty days," the voice said. "I can't go," he replied, "I don't look good in a life preserver!" roars, laughs and holds its sides. From the colyum of January 25th, 1940: It is supposed to have happened in one of Broadway's shadier joints. A cagey chorus girl, slightly tippy, had an equally tippy gent at a table and was giving him a sobby saga . . . Rent due, an ailing mother, an unemployed father and brother, etc., rah-rah . . . And so the hiccuppy listener slipped her §50 ... An hour later she met the same guy at the bar and started to unfold her story . . . "Hey," he interrupted, "you told me that story an hour ago!" . . . And so the gal took out her lipstick and put an "X" on his forehead and zig-zagged away. jy Jolson's intimates caution you about mentioning the name of Ruby Keeler, his ex-wife. "He isn't carrying any torch for her," they explain, "but it reminds him of a heartache' he has gotten over." A moment later in one of the elevators at the Hotel Lord Tarieton in Miami Beach, Jolson started teasing one of the pretty girls who operate the elevators. "I'll bet I can guess your name," he said. "It is Flo, Flossie, Fredericka, Fanny, Fay or Franasi?" "It's the nicest name in the world/' she said. "It's Ruby." Never-Give-Up-the-Ship Dep't: Several years ago a young author became discouraged about a sea novel he was trying to write. He told his agent, Ed Bodin, that he didn't think he could finish it ... To which Bodin wisely counseled him: "The strongest boats in any harbor are the tugs. And the word tugs is a true anagram for guts. You'll never dock without same." -The discouraged author was Richard Sale. The advice helped him finish his manuscript which Simon & Schuster published under the title: "Not Too Narrow, Not Too Deep" ... On the screen it was called "Strange Cargo." How to Writ* Movies in One Easy Lesson: In "Sun Valley Serenade" Joan Davis meets Milton Berle in a resort. She asks him for a contribution for charity and he donates a dime . . . A few hundred feet later on in the film, Miss Davis again encounters him and requests another contribution. "Hey," heys Berle, "I gave you something before!" . . . "So," Joan exclaims, "you're the guy!" . . . And so saying she puts a Huge "X" on Berle's sweater and zigzags from the scene while the audience Speaking of torch-carriers, the same Mr. Johnson was arguing the subject with a chum, whose wife went to Reno. "I suppose," said the chum, "the best way to get oven the 'torch* is to go out and look for another love." "You can't look for it," said Mr. J., "you've got to find it." Fibber BIcGe* relays the one about the horse that went up to the Mutuels window at the race track and said. "I want to put two dollars on myself in the next race," it said . . . The teller got as white as a sheet. "I don't believe it," he exclaimed. "I just don't believe it!" "Don't believe I can talk, eh?" said the horse. "No," sneered the teller, "I don't believe you can win." A refugee, noting the American flag flying from the Waldorf, remarked that our national emblem was a bit peculiar. "The red and white stripes," he observed, "look like 'a peppermint stick." "Yep," yepped a cab driver, "the kind of peppermint stick that makes everybody sick who tries to lick it." PAGING FAT HER .TIME None of her business is what excites a w.jman most. Argentina, the nation that has declared neutrality toward both Japan and Great Britain, evidently has in mind commercial profits from both sides in the present war, though she has granted the use of port facilities to United States warships as her contribu- We must divide the. economic pie fairly enough to make all people and groups producing the ingredients for the pie continue in their effort of production. —Albert W. Hawkes, president, U. S. Chamber of Commerce. We have to be tough in our business. The men's hair is turning a little bit curly with all this attention from the women. —Sgt. Donald L. Truesdale, Marine at the Quantico station. National security, the preservation of a representative democracy, with free enterprise as an instrumentality of national progress—that is what we are fighting for. —Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., chairman, General Motors. TEN YEARS AGO Local News—The Rotary Club was entertained today by six of its own own members, who put on a play with a moral. It showed the routing of the depression by commonsense methods. The title: "The Stranger." The players: Fred N. Tate, Capital: Logan Porter, Management; John Abels, Labor; Wingate Andrews, Depression; Edgar Hartley, Stranger; Ed Lyon, Secretary. — The V.FAV.'s arc ready for a big parade 'and celebration tonight. — Local manufacturers favor reciprocal workmen's compensation insurance. About People—Mrs. A. E. Taplin en- 1 tertained the Wednesday Book Club yesterday afternoon at her home in Artlyn Hills. — Mr. and Mrs. Hoylc T. Hartley announce the birth of a son, Hoyle T., Jr., at the Guilford General Hospital, December 9. — Miss Julia McSwain is undergoing treatment at the Charlotte Sanitorium. News Briefs—Japan and China have adopted the peace plan of the League of Nations. — Mary Hughes, who many years ago had a little lamb that followed her to school, has followed the little lamb in death. Mary was 90 years old and blind and lame, before she passed on at Worthing, England. But she continued to tell her story of how she was the Mary whose little lamb in the nursery rhyme became known around the world to children of three or four generations. However, Miss Sarah Buel, later Mrs. Horatio Hale, noted American ethnologist, wrote the verses. prize of 55 to the boy or gTrl that makes the most useful, unique or ornamental gift in all the schools. The prize will be in the form of a thrift savings account. — The State senate has given authority for the extension election here. — The American Legion discussed plans for a membership campaign last night. About People—Mrs. Grace Bedford lias returned from Raleigh where she visited the Wade Marrs. Mrs. Blanche Carr Sterne of Greensboro has been here this week on business. — Mrs. Charles Holton has gone to Raleigh for the week-end as the guest of her sister. Miss Helen Muse, student at St. Mary's. Peter Edson In Woshington Last year Peter Edson made an extensive air tour of the present war, arena in the Far East. » * * WASHINGTON, Dec. 10. — Now comes blitz warfare at sea. And the question arises as to what it will be like—a question that will be answered by developments of these first few days or weeks of the war between the United States and Japan. First blow struck at Hawaii by the Japanese navy indicates that the old limits of range—the preconceived ideas of distances at which naval vessels could safely operate from their bases—have been greatly extended. Previously, it was thought that no fleet could operate more than 2500 miles from its base. Yet the distance from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands is 3500 miles. From San Francisco to Yokohama is 5200 miles. Aud the Japanese bombed Honolulu and torpedoed a transport off the California coast. The whole strategy of "a naval war in the Pacific has for years been talked of in terms of this theoretical safe. 2500-mile radius at which fleets might operate, and of .a maximum 1000-mile radius at which bombing aircraft might operate from their air bases. Even the German bombing attacks, while deadly up to 700 and 800 miles from their channel ports, have done little damage at 1000 miles. So the Pacific chess board of war was measured off on 2500-mile circles for sea power and 1000 miles for air. From Manila to Yokohama is 2000 miles—a difficult if not impossible distance by air, unless the new naval aircraft can navigate it and return. From Canton (now held by th« Japs) to Manila is 800 miles, an easy distance for bombers. From Vladivostok to Tokyo and Yokohama, a mere 700 miles. 'From Yokohama to Singapore, th« British Gibraltar of the Orient, is 3300 ; miles, up to now thought too far for an air or sea attack. ; From Yokohama to Batavia, Nether- -, lands East Indies, is 3600 miles, mak- : • ing the Dutch reasonably safe. : From the Alaskan mainland to Yo- ,j kohama is 2600 miles and from the tip " : of the Aleutian Islands to Yokohama j is less than 1500. ~ : , From Formosa, southernmost main -' island of the Japanese archipelago to •' the northernmost of the Philippine Is- .'; lands is a mere 78 miles. And Formosa ' is fortified as a Gibraltar of Japan far stronger perhaps than the defenses of" the Philippines. ONE WERE GERMAN Upsetting factor in all these calculations are the Japanese mandated islands—more than 600 of them—form- •ing^' the Marshall and Caroline and Ladrone groups, extending over an area -2500 miles from east to west and 1000 miles north and south. They lie roughly in the 4800-mile stretch of ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines. Until the Worid War they belonged to Germany. They were assigned to Japan by a \ League of Nations protectorate as a '! reward for Japan's participation in the", war as an ally, but today they are the most dangerous trouble spots in this " Pacific war. At least six of the is- ' lands—Papua, Yap, Truk, Ponape, Ja- lull and Saipan—have been fortified • by Japan and they serve as the advance bas^s from which submarines and aerial patrols can be dispatched to harass the operation of our fleet : west of Hawaii. Only Japanese ves- -. sels have been permitted to cruise in the waters of these mandated island! / and only Japan knows what threats i they hold to the Dutch East Indie*, the Philippines, to Singapore and even^. to Australia and other British posses-" sions in the south Pacific, which theyN threaten at distances of less than 1000^ miles. ; ; In a short naval war, if a knockout" blow could be struck against Japan proper, then the importance of these i islands is not so great. But in a long war, the necessity of cleaning out the Japanese naval bases in these islands is obvious. And it is here that all the highest strategy of the two great n*- vies almost evenly matched, must be brought into use. Navigation is unknown and treach- : erous, refilled channels, aerial patrol.- over vast expanses of tiny island and atol-dotted ocean, subamrine opera-': tions under the most hazardous con-" ditions, landing expeditions on un-: known territory—these are but a few of the prospects of this new blitz warfare at sea. WASHINGTON BONFIRE Diplomatic immunity is one of the strangest phenomena of the relations between nations, but it was never used to more startling advantage than by the Japanese embassy staff in Wash? ington after the Japs bombed Hawali.v . . . Though diplomatic courtesy had. arranged for the police protection ol the embassy and its staff, there was no ; U. S. police or espionage organization on the job to prevent the destruction'I of important embassy documents. . . ..J Photographers rushing to the embassy. < after the news broke found Japane attaches burning their "papers" in open bonfires on the embassy grounds, smoke rising lazily in the clear bright ] air of a late Indian summer Sunday | afternoon. . . . What were the Japr doing? Burning love letters, said the I inscrutable yellow men in their best J English, and they shooed the photo-[ graphers out in the street, barring their iron gates. . . . There wasn't •{ cop in sight. T\VENTY YEARS AGO Local News—The school children of High Point are being encouraged in thrift by the local banks and mercantile firms. One bank has offered a News Briefs— The Anglo-Japanese alliance has passed into history, Japan agreeing to a new treaty with the United States, England and France.— A bill to abolish capital punishment has met with disfavor in the specii session of the State General Assembly.! — The Nobel peace prize for 1921 hail been awarded jointly to Premier Bran-1 ting of Sweden and Christian Lange,! secretary of the inter-parliamentary j union, Norway.

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