Denton Journal from Denton, Maryland on December 31, 1938 · Page 3
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Denton, Maryland
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Saturday, December 31, 1938
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Page 3 MELVTN JOHNSON, Inc., Publishers tfeBSV ttBY UY iv\\ i n M A N Saturday Morning. December 31, 1933 NEW YEAR on WHEELS By Helen Morion UST one more mountain range to cross," Mac said to his sister, Josephine, as they got into their car one clear bright morning. They had been traveling forever, it seemed to her. They wanted to reach California and restore Mac to health. "If we can start the New Year on the coast, everything will be all right," Josephine had told her brother, and she really seemed to have a superstitious feeling that if Mac was to get well, they must accomplish their trip by that time. "Stiff wind blowing through here," Mac exclaimed, drawing his scarf more closely about his throat as they approached a grade. "Mountain Springs grade," Jose phine told him. "I hope the wind doesn't mean a storm. This is the last day of the old year." They hadn't climbed far, however, before they knew they were in for it. Josephine, at the wheel while Mac rested from his morning of driving, had to grip- the wheel with fierce intensity. The car was climbing with difficulty. The snow was blurring the windshield. "We've got to make the coast," Josephine was muttering to herself, when she realized that Mac had Dr. Wilfred Felletier. of New York City, la a penguin collector/ WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY? wnrre PAVE ELIJAH, NBC, new wan "Here's luck," she said. "A bouse --lie first I've seen in an hour." wakened from his restless sleep. Abruptly she became animated, alert. "It's lovely and woodsey around here," she exclaimed. "Awfully narrow road," Mac rejoined. "Are you sure you're on the highway?" "I'm not sure of anything," Josephine replied. "Do you think we'd better stop and inquire?" "I sure do," Mac agreed emphatically. "Your gasoline gauge isn't any too encouraging. We don't want to be stalled in this blizzard." "You're getting tired, too, I know. I didn't count on this storm when I suggested stopping early yesterday. Here's luck," she interrupted herself. "A house right here, the first Tve seen in an hour. I'll pop in." She was back in a few moments, with a uniformed figure in a big slouch hat and high leather boots. "Mac, I'm miles off the highway. I've been following the trail of Mr. Baseman's car. Oh, this is Mr. Boseman, a border patrolman, and this is my brother, Mac Silver. Mr. Boseman lives in this house here. He wants us to stop with him until the storm is over," Josephine explained, looking troubled. "See here, Mr. Silver, I have plenty of room, and it will be a job trying to make the nearest town in this storm. In the morning I'll pilot you back to the highway and on to the coast." The young patrolman was very much in earnest.^His eyes wandered from Mac to Josephine. There really was no choice. Nothing ever tasted so good as the beef stew that was simmering on the back of the wood stove. It was hard sledding next morning, getting through the drifts to the highway. But from then on it was only a' matter of a few hours until they were descending the mountain. It was after a hearty lunch together in a rustic tearoom that Jerry Boseman got up to leave them. "No, not good-by. I don't mean to let this be the end of our acquaint- ·ance It's only the beginning," he insisted, looking at Josephine. "Here's hoping this New Year will mean a lot to you." "New Year! Sure enough, and I forgot all about it," Josephine exclaimed. "And we are in California for it. Thanks to you, Mr. Boseman. Here's wishing you all the happiness in the world!" "I know where that is to be found," he said, as he looked into her eyes. C--WNU Service. FARMER'S FRIEND THE BARN OWL. Is fie champion rodent killer of the biid world, and by the tune these four eggs devulop into full-grown owls, mania and papa will have killed a large number ot rats and mice.--Photo from National Wildlife Federation. MERCHANTS WISE A d v e r t i s e ! Ifs Open Season For Resolutions; Made Yours Yet? CHICAGO.--It's again time for New Year's resolutions and psychologists have something to say about it. "Humbug," is the comment of Dr. Robert N. McMurray, executive secretary of the Chicago Psychological corporation. "He's wrong," answers Dr George W. Crane, noted psychologist with Northwestern university. Although most scientists admit the average resolution lives no longer than a May fly, they claim this old American habit does have merit. Dr McMurray sees no more logic in using the first day of January for making resolutions than in v^-afr^^-- tne °ld southern k ^-r'jHggm Custom of shoot~ A^^Mi ing off fireworks at Christmas, but he admits that people most meticulous about their obligations are more likely to keep New Year's promises. "A good resolution," he says, "becomes a compromise Solution to the conscience conflict. The man who makes one says to himself, 'I will make a resolution not to do this or that which I should not during the forthcoming year.' Although it's not the same as refraining from such actions, it does have some vaiw in quieting the conscience's e- proaches." But Dr. Cra« is more hopeful. "It is wise to make resolutions," he says, "since the first step in progress of any sort consists of formulating the plans." For those without «ins to expiate, he suggests the following ideas: "Pay a sincere compliment to your wife or husband, your children or neighbors. "Don't wait for death to tear the selfishness from your eyes, after which, in remorse, you heap extra bouquets on the coffin. "Resolve now to pay at least three sincere compliments every day in 1939." A PRACTICAL WAY TO DEFEAT COMMUNISM AND OTHER "ISMS" During the recent regular election when American voters were given an opportunity to elect a new body of Representatives and Senators, it was interesting to read and to hear by radio opinions of political aspirants, representing many different schools of thought. One of our outstanding statesmen, has said, "What we need is more mass buying power", a fact which no one will deny, but how to bring this about is what fills the newspapers and makes the air-waves static with the jumble of voices, each one eager to explain his own particular route to reach a common goal. Every intelligent person who is interested in making this a better world to live in (and every normal person should be so interested) should realize, that with the widespread use of machinery for both farm and factory we have mass production in every line of industry and consequently, thousands of our good citizens have been left jobless through no fault of their own; surely, this fact alone is proof that our whole economic system needs overhauling and adjusting to suit the times. No, I'm not upholding communism or any other "ism". I am a "rugged individualist", was reared in that school and still believe in its principles and in the principles of Democracy and am willing, if necessary, to help in defending those principles. In doing so, however, our first step should be to correct those errors in our system which are responsible for our widespread unemployment and "poverty in the midst of plenty." In olden times, before the machine age, the great problem was, how to produce enough to sustain life--our problem of today is, to know what to do with the surplus which science and invention have enabled us to produce so abundantly and which, owing to our unwillingness to meet new conditions, have become a curse instead of a blessing. It is true, our Government has experimented with many, many treatments in efforts to remedy our financial and economic ailments but none are practical or permanently sound because in most case?, one group of people--many of them shiftless and irresponsible -- are deriving benefits from the taxpayers and the more responsible class of citizens. We have the so-called Social Security system of old age pensions, which, by the way, those who are now past fifty years of age, will never live to realize any Social Security because, if they're lucky- enough to ever get a pension, it will be so small as to be almost negligible, even this class of citizens have experienced the worst depresson on record and in many cases, have seen their investments sink into oblivion. Just how did this so-called Social Security derive its name? Perhaps some future generation can give the answer. Being- a staunch believer in Democracy, I am also a believer in free speech and freedom of the press and I count it time ill-spent, if, after reading a column of cleverly written ' criticism, I find no suggestion of any plan or policy to supplant that which the writer is so freely criticising and so, I am offering my readers a plan, which if adopted, would not only solve our unemployment problem but would do more toward remedying our financial and economic ailments and creating a perm ament prosperity than all the far-fetched schemes that Congress has labored with during the past six years, creating at the same time, an unredeemable National debt and leaving us in the worst muddle in the peacetime history of our country. My plan in brief, is to give to eviMy good Amei lean citizen, a peiiMon of $50.00 per month after reaching- sixty years of age, providing be or she i-^ willing to cease further gainful employment, the tax fund to be raised-not by sinking the country hopelessly in debt, but by a National Sales Tax to be started six months previous to the pension. The Social Security tax would cease to exist inn] the Social Security funds--if nny exiit, would be turned into the geneial pension fund. Replying to the question--why give a pension to those who aheudy have a liberal income, I would give them the same pension as those who had no income, but, when making application for their pension, I would have an inventory taken of their asbets and another inventory taken at death and besides the regular inheritance tax, I would impose a 76 per cent tax on any increase in the value of the estate from the time the pension started. This is my suggestion, and its merits arc open to debate but it would answer a two-fold purpose,' it would add considerably toward the pension fund and it would eliminate quite a n u m - ber of elderly people who need no pension ami who wouldn't apply for it under those terms. 1 I am setting the pension at §50.00 because even with a ^lightly higher cost of living, one person can live very comfortably on that amount, and a couple can live quite well on $100 per month, especially in any of our small t o w n s and because of that, thousands of pensioners would leave tin- huge cities anil live in the t-mall towns, theieby helping to solve the cities' housing problem and also helping to build up the small towns where i living conditions are much pleasanter, especially for older people. Space will not permit mention of the numerous benefit-, which would follow immediately if such a pension (find unavoidable, but I have tried to sj stem were adopted, but it would I point out that our pieseiit .system of undoubtedly be the quickest and most] relief is unjust, u n f a i r and h u m i l i a t fair and practical way to solve our ing to thousands of good citizens, it ! unemployment problem and it is the [only method by which we can adapt ourselves to this machine age which is here and here to remain with us. And, while we consider thrift and industry and provision for old age us one of our greatest virtues, jet, what answer can we give to t h a t g i c a t ' wliu-h will automatically open tho iirmy of so-called midilk-cl;uh peo-|dooi.s of opportunity .to youth and make h i e .seune anil pleasant for the a g e d and w h i c h would stinuil.-ite ev- c i j h i a n c l i of busiii's anil industiy hecause ol the ^teady flow of money into t v e i v c o m m u n i t y and almost e v c i y i.-iniiJj. If Mich a ]ien.sion were adopted, oil] inn s pui chasing powei would be v a s t l y int.leaded and we w o u l d have no fin tiler nerd of the WPA or an\ other foim of Government lelief. Old people w o u l d tiavel Noith in r-um- nu'i and South in winter und woultl seek those psuts. of our coiintty which aie best suited to their health and const quentlj, the laihouds would take on new life and once moie pay dividends, povei ty woultl practically disappear and u\en crime would bo matei lally leduci'd as would also the nunibet of patients in ho--piLals and mental institution*- because we would then leally SecuiiLy. W. E. A. McWILLIAMS, Denton, Maiyland. ple. thrift and industry loundcd America, who r-,ived money for tin-Hold age and invented in J a n u s and home.s, in bank and m i l u a y stock and other investments ·ui.icli i . u i i considered at the time ;is ' oiind ,f- gold itself and which p i o v i d i d a l i \ - ing for old ago, frequently foi moie than one geneiation but w h i c h , o w i n g to our changed mode 01 living, all these securities have shrunk in value to such an extent that many of them have long since failed to pi ovidt a family sustenance and otheis hav no value whatever, again I a-,h -what is your answer'.' I am not criticising oin Govein- ment for adopting a relief policy; some form of iclief was rirces sary tical, pas-ris-you-'»o plan, which, w'll meet our present day requiiemenls, is not nor cannot be permanent and so far, ha* utterly failed in w i n g i n g about any real improvement in oar · economic and financial conditions. To keep the dust off your merchan- Then why not adopt :i sound, piac- | disc, use printers' ink--then it will not be on your shelves long enough to | gather dust. 'ITH every sincere good wish in extending- Greeting for 1939 I want to personally thank you for your friendship and patronage during the past year and assure you that my best efforts will again be with you throughout the New Year. GUST A V GOOD Phone 6 Watchmaker Jeweler DENTON. MD. 1939 1939 ST WISHES NUTTLE Lumber Coal Co. J. H. NICHOLS AND CO. NUTTLE MILLING COMPANY D. Ralph Horsey Hardware ~S E A 50J£§-/el[EETlg5§/'7 CAROLINE ICE CREAM CO. T. R. BENSON, Mgr. Phone 78-J Denton, Md. OiDHIOUS Xne Denton National Bank Denton ||S)| Maryland Member Federal Reserve Syitem C. H. STEELMAN SHOE REPAIR Franklin Street Phone 76-M PRIMROSE GRILL TEA ROOM Mrs. Ruth Walker Reynolds DENTONIA THEATRE H. EARLE SMITH General Insurance The Bamberger-Craig Co. GARAGE A "Foot" of Comfort is a "Mile" of Pleasure Mayer's Shoe Repair DENTON ' TOWNSEND'S CONFECTIONERY ON THE CORNER" FOX'S §c to $1 Store MISS MARSHALL'S . Beauty Shoppe DENTON K. W. SHORT Interior Decorator and Painter JEWS PA PER I HE ' WSPAPERI

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