Friday, January 19, 2018

Flexible Flyer, The Sled That Steers

Boys', Girls' Clubs Can Help Win the War by Raising Pigs, Says J.M. McClung, 1918

“Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs” by J.M. McClung, County Agent, from the Jackson County Journal, Sylva, N.C., Jan. 18, 1918

Boys and girls, years after the war some little boy or girl may ask you: “What part did you take in the great world war?” What will your answer be? Will it be that you did nothing, or will it be that you “did your mite” by raising a pig, chickens or an acre of corn to feed the hungry soldiers who are willing to give their lives is necessary, for you and their country?

Germany has more hogs than she had at the beginning of the war, while the hog herds of the Allies have nearly all been consumed, even many of the breeding animals. The number of hogs in the U.S. has been reduced. Illinois which usually produces next to the largest number of hogs of any state in the U.S. will have a very small surplus next year.

North Carolina has been asked by the U.S. government to increase her number of hogs this year by 120,000. This means that Jackson County should raise at least 1,500 more hogs next year than usual. The boys and girls should respond to this call by joining the pig club.

The agricultural colleges have shown that hogs can be raised and fattened cheaper in the South than in any other section of the U.S. In this mild climate expensive houses are not needed, but in the North stoves are used to keep the pigs warm. Moreover, quite a variety of grazing crops can be grown, thus reducing the cost of pork production as the growing season of the South is much longer than in the North.

Since the U.S. Food Commission has given assurance that the price of hogs next fall shall be governed by the price of corn, there is no possible chance to lose in this game of raising pigs, for it means that hogs will sell for 26 cents per pound when corn is worth $2, that is 13 to 1.

Any boy between the ages of 10 and 18 years may become a pig club member, but he must procure at least one pig and care for it himself, keep a record of feed and pastures used. The pig must be weighed when it is bought as well as when sold in order to determine the gain and cost of the gain.

Each member of the club must agree to study the instructions sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Each member should send one pig to the County Fair. The winner at the County Fair must send pigs to the State Fair. Either pure-bred or grade pigs may be provided as the club member may desire. It is important to join as soon as possible.

The Poultry and Corn Clubs are very similar to the pig clubs. As it is impossible for the County Agent to see all boys and girls of the county, this announcement is given in order that those interested may see him at his office at the Sylva Court House any Saturday or write him as Sylva for other informatio

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Army Nurse Corps Needs Nurses, 1918

“Corps of Army Nurses Must be Increased Nearly 1,000 Per Cent in Year,” from the Jan. 24, 1918 issue of the French Broad Hustler, Hendersonville, N.C.

According to estimates based on an army of 1,500,000 men, 37,500 nurses will be needed. The present strength of the army nurse corps of the medical department is about 3,800. To increase this number by nearly 1,000 per cent in a year is the task faced by the corps.

Hospitals at army camps and cantonments still need nurses to bring the quota for each up to the minimum of 65 considered necessary, although since the urgent need for nurses was made public in December nearly 2,000 requests for application blanks have been received.

In order to get the enrollments up to the needed number some of the requirements heretofore imposed have been waived. According to the estimates there are between 80,000 and 90,000 registered nurses in the country and about 200,000 other graduate and practical nurses.

Five Arrested in Connection With Murder of John Testerman, 1910

“Five Landed in Jail,” from the Farmer and Mechanic newspaper, published in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 4, 1910

Charged With Being Implicated in the Murder of John Testerman

Jefferson, Dec. 31—In connection with the murder of John Testerman, J.Wesley Parsons, C.C. Parsons, Enoch Parsons, Robert Parsons and Granville Brooks have been committed to jail. It will be remembered that Testerman was found dead by the road side recently and an investigation revealed the fact that a drunken row had taken place. Following up the investigation lead to the arrest of the above parties, all of whom have court records.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gargle Listerine to Avoid Colds, Flu, Ad Claims

Alcohol Is Poison That Shortens Drinker's Life by Three Years, 1915

“Nine Million Lives Lost in a Year…Mr. Boyce’s Talks,” from the Albemarle Observer, Edenton, N.C., Jan. 8, 1915

An average of over nine million lives lost! That is the estimated toll of alcoholic poison in the United States and colonies in a single year. More than have been killed in any war; more than will be killed in the present war, great as its losses are.

We shudder when we read of thousands of men killed in battle. Yet alcoholic poison has been taking more lives every day, under the American flag, than have been lost on Europe’s battlefields. An average of over nine million in one year! It is a staggering statement and one which we ourselves refused to believe at first. But its truth has been forced upon us.

Alcoholic poison shortens the average life of the American people three years. Any schoolboy can work out the rest of it. Taking the 100,000,000 population of the United States and its colonies multiply that by three, the number of years cut from the average life of the American people by alcoholic poison. That gives 300,000,000 life-years annually. The average length of human life in the United States is 33 years. Divide the 300,000,000 by 33 and you have the average loss of possible life in one year. In the United States the average value of a human life is given by $5,000. Multiply the 9,000,000 by $5,000 and you have $45,000,000,000, or more than the great European war will cost if it runs three years.

In the midst of its war, Europe is better off than ever before, for the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks have been curtailed to the lowest point. No wonder Russia was willing to enter the war, with its alcoholic traffic abolished. By cutting out the drinking of alcoholic beverages, Russia saved a loss of 13,000,000 lives a year, while in the war the great empire cannot lose more than 2,000,000 lives a year.

When a war ends, the killing of men is over. The warfare of alcoholic poison against humanity will not end until the manufacture of all alcoholic drinks is suppressed. Nation-wide prohibition for the United States has grown much nearer within the past year. That such a proposal should receive a majority vote in the national House of Representatives in 1914 was a fact unthought of as recently as five years ago. The vote taken last week is the greatest prohibition ever scored in this country. At the next session of Congress the question will be up again. It will be an issue in the next presidential campaign. Within a few years the traffic in alcoholic poison in the United States will be totally ended.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mrs. Gamble Ends Business Career in Lumber Manufacturing, 1918

“Mrs. Gamble Ends Long Business Career,” from the Hickory Daily Record, January 2, 1918

After a career of 21 years as bookkeeper and right bower of Mr. J.A. Lentz, president of the Hickory Novelty Company, and after learning all there is to know of the lumber manufacturing business, Mrs. Carrie Gamble has retired, her resignation taking effect Monday. Mrs. Gamble has the distinction of knowing more about the timber manufacturing business—prices for the finished product, rough lumber, and all—than any other woman in the United States. She has been in the business so long that she may not be content to remain at home, but she will try.

Mrs. Gamble was more than bookkeeper for the Hickory Novelty Company. While Mr. Lentz was mayor she was his private secretary and has held a position of trust all the 21 years that she has watched and assisted in the growth of his business. Her connection with the company was marked by conscientious service and she retired with the regret of all connected with it.

A fact that makes the mother happy on the occasion of her retirement from business is that her son, Mr. Connolly Gamble, on the same day became acting general agent of the Southern and Carolina & North-Western passenger and freight stations here. If he knew telegraphy, it’s a cinch that he would be asked to continue as agent in successor to Mr. W.B. Southerland, and in the meantime he is holding the place.

Mrs. Gamble’s many friends are interested in her career and they will watch to see if the lure of the office is not too strong for her. And she doesn’t really know that herself.