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We see so many fires. Some of them rage over wide areas in Hal ifax County. But few of us ever actually see them. That is, as fires are seen in the mountains. —o— I remember once during the World War No. 1 the Sauratown ranges caught on fire and burned for weeks. At times the blaze would get into a heavy bit of tim ber and sweep upward with great vigor and much billowing of smoke, the flames fanned by the upward currents of air formed on the mountain slopes by the warmer lower air levels. As I remember it, it was rather horrifying to me. And on top of that I was afraid that the Ger mans were behind the fire. We went out on a hill near the house one day to look at it when it got to be the worst. I cried in terror. —o Then I was on the Pilot one Easter Monday fighting a forest fire when the smoke came upward and enveloped many sightseers . who were on top at that time. They were frightened but not in jured. We fought the flames and kept them from our homes, letting them burn upward all they wanted to. And then there were those nights when we could watch the fires from every hill top. In the dampness, the blazes were small in compari son with those of the daytime. But they were the object of watchers all over the country. —o— When I got a little older, I went with father at night to fight the fires. I remember the fire trails that we raked around the mountain side, over rocks, around fallen trees, down into the ravines, and up the steep slopes. At night, with only the immediate ground ahead of us, the fire, the rocks, the slopes were not so bad, but to see them in the day time would make us believe tnat we were almost superhuman to negotiate the trails as we did. Af fi m oy Tiro Timiil 1_ _ _ I stand, watching each way to see that the fire did not cross the raked path, when suddenly here would come a crashing of timber and a blazing chunk would go hurtling down the mountain, strew ing fire as it went. Shouts would go up, ringing throughout the mountainside and bringing overall ed farmers with blackened faces hurrying up and down the trails with garden rakes and pitchforks, anxious to stop the new blaze be fore it got underway. —o—• Then there were the fires on the longer mountain ranges higher up in the blue ridges. These I nev er attended, but I have heard the inhabitants tell of holding lines through the still nights and wind swept days—lines that led among the crags, across the tumbling streams, down into the valleys, and over the hills again—trails that on ly the sure-footed, hardy men of the locale could follow. These fires were sometimes set by vandals who got a certain pleas ure out of watching them and the excitement they sometimes created. There was a certain pleasure in it for all of us, Dut we did not dare sacrifice the timber and endanger the homes of our neighbors in or der to realize that pleasure. I haven’t seen one of the moun tains on fire in years now. For one thing, people are more careful Another thing: CCC boys are kept at the ready in order to put down the blazes. The law too is more ready to arrest and punish a fire setting vandal. Hay Rightmyer and Bob Moore of State College spent the week end here with their parents. Herald Follows Soldier On Tour The letter below from Staff Sergeant Russell P. Lampley, of this city, was received at the Herald office this week. The writer, who joined the army sever al months ago, states that the Herald has folowed him to vari ous stations where he has been located since enlisting. The letter follows: Fort Jay, N. Y. Dear Mr. Wilson: May I be pardoned for the un pardonable? That is, the writing of a letter that according to every courtesy and convention, should have been written long ago. I have recently graduated from the Coast Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., and have been ap pointed Staff Sergeant, Electrical, C. A. C. I am now attending the school sponsored by the Sperry Gyroscope co., which is chiefly concerned with the mechanical and electrical construction of the Sperry Searchlights and Sound Locators. Let me get back on the beam. This letter is noL meant to be an autobiography. It's sole purpose is to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the Herald which I received weekly during my tour of service in Puerto Rico. I grew to look forward anxiously to it’s arrival and I can assure you that it helped brighten what would have been a rather drab existance. Cordially yours, S-Sgt. Russell P. Lampley P. S. Please let me inform you that I am just rationed and quartered at the Band. I wouldn’t for the world, want anyone to think I enlisted in the army to be a horn tooter. Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Joyner, Miss Margaret Joyner, Francis Joyner and James Joyner of Goldsboro were week-end visitors in the city. Turner Renamed Superintendent In Northampton N. L Turner was named as Superintendent of Schools of Nort hampton County for an additional two-year term at a meeting of the County Board of Education last week. The board met with seven mem bers instead of nine, two of the former members retiring after their term and the board being decreased in membership in ac cordance with a bill passed at the 1939 Legislature. One new member, B. F. Ricks of Conway, who defeated Claude Deloatch, ex-member, in the June primary and elected in the Nov ember election, took his seat on the board. R. V. Beal of Potecasi, and W. F. Nelson of Lasker were the retiring members. Other mem bers of the board are: Dr. J. W. Parker, Seaboard; J. A. Shaw, Gaston; W. Harry Stephenson, Pendleton; Guthrie Madrey, Rich Square; Fulton Bradley, Jackson; and Dr. D. C. G. Parker, Wood land. Dr. J. W. Parker of Sea board was reelected chairman of the board. FINDS JUMPING SPIDER Bennie C. Jones, 104 Monroe Street, found a jumping spider in his garden this week. It had ten legs and looked very much like a poisonous tarantula found in the southwestern part of the United States. It was over an inch across and could jump about two feet, Mr. Jones said. It was black and vicious looking, with a big body similar in form to that of the black widow. The dictionary was consulted at the Herald office, after which it was decided that the insect was quite similar to the trap-door spider, so known because he bur rows in the ground to make his home and leaves a trap-door over him for protection. He is be lieved harmless, while the taran tula cause great pain to a bit ten person. Mr. Jones discovered the crea ture while working in his garden on the Roanoke Mills Company gardening section west of the city. HOLD ALUMNI W EEK-END The Augusta Military Academy will hold its second Annual Alum ni Week-end on April 25 and 26, according to an announcement Private Matt Ransom, III, of Roa noke Rapids, who is a student at the academy. It will be held in conjunction with Founder's Day. r,. ...... v.*.v. v.;.;.v.;-;.x-T\:Tv:vTv? 11 ■ howcEMi^^-m'mSM i: .-111.”.."I C^Jjfeka u ^ '..'.tt^'SM .. „ titWtoMttk TRI-CITY MOTOR COMPANY, INC. Roanoke Ave. at TenthRoanoke Rapids, N. C.