“Moral Support Greater Than Financial Aid,” from the Nov. 8, 1917, issue of the French Broad Hustler.
The thing a newspaper desires sometimes more than money is shown in the following
editorial from the Mountaineer of Newland, which was established 13 weeks ago
by F.A. Carr. There is a good moral for the ordinary newspaper reader in this
It is time the people and the editor should understand each other and either
pull together for better things or keep quiet together and let things go to the
devil as fast as they can and as far as the editor is concerned he is anxious
that the people who are really interested in improvement should come out from
under cover and get together and pull together. The Mountaineer has set the
pace and started the ball rolling and now it is your move.
We were informed last week by one of the owners of the gambling machines in
town that they had been laid away because of information given by the solicitor
that they were gambling machines and a violation of the law and that their
continued use would result in prosecution. We have evidence that both have been
in operation since court adjourned. We are told that the editor is the only man
in the county who objects to these machines running.
The editor located in Newland because he likes the people and the country.
He was told on every hand that the people wanted to live according to law, that
they wanted to suppress lawlessness and that a newspaper could help and the
help would be welcome.
The Mountaineer’s efforts have been commended by a great many people
privately to the editor, but so far we have failed to see anyone come out in
the open and back the editor’s efforts.
The editor is not the giving up kind. He has started in to go all the way,
but if he is forcing his ideas and wishes on the people of the county and none
of these people want what he wants, then he is a mighty selfish man and the
sooner he and the Mountaineer leaves Newland and Avery County, the better it
will be. He is tired of having people call him off to one side where no one
will hear and say in effect “Sic ‘em, Tige, I’m for you!” If the people of
Avery county want tee improvements the editor wants, if they want the
enforcement of the law and better moral conditions, it is their move, their
time to come out in the open before the people and say so.
It is not a question of money. We are making that in a satisfactory amount.
It is a question of the open moral support of the people.
The Mountaineer and its editor are
both wanted elsewhere, where the people understand our aims and our position
and are willing to work openly with us for things that are in the line of
public improvement. If there are any people in Avery County who are willing to
put their shoulders to the wheel and help for better things it is time for them
to say so.
The columns of the Mountaineer are
open to a reasonable extent as far, in fact, as our force can set up the type
for articles from those who oppose him. It is the people’s paper. To those who
have been asking us to do certain things, however, the time has come for you to
ask it openly in print over your own signature.
Christ opposed evil whenever he found it openly and boldly.
His disciples followed Him.
He said not those that say Father but those that do the will of the Father
will enter the kingdom, and instructs us repeatedly not only to avoid sin, but
to oppose sin. Unless we have the faith that will force us to do what He tells
us to do we may be church members but we are not Christians and we will fail of
the Christian reward.
Shall the Mountaineer and its
editor keep up the fight for law and order for a better moral atmosphere for
you to raise up your boys and girls in? It is your move. A short letter from
you printed next week will be the answer. There is not a person in the county
whom we are willing to oppose personally but wrong doing we will oppose clear
through to the end if we feel that there are enough people sufficiently
interested to come out openly for the welfare of their own children, but we
shall wait to hear from you. Don’t tell us unless you are willing to tell the world
for you don’t count unless you are willing to stand up in the open and be