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VOL. XXIX. BOONE WATAUGA COUNTY, N. C, THURSDAY MARCH 21, 1918. NO. 25. Tbi Decisioi Rests With thi Artillery. With the French Armies in the Field . lieu the offen si ves begin on the French front whether they be allied or German they wi'l be preceded by the greatest ,and costliest artillery prepara tion the world has ever seen. Du- rine everyone of these prelim'ma ry artillery battles millions of . ..i,i' .nni, ..,:n (lOliarS Ol llie wumu 3 nruitii Mill disappear in smoke, gas, explo sions and iron fragments. The battle will roarK the culminating point in the concentration and power of artillery since the first months of the war demonstrated that the decision must resilarge- ly with heavy artillery, the al lies have been carrying out a steady program of increase that has now reached its full develop, uient. The allies will enter the 1918 campaign with the highest concentration of artillery that it is practicable to utilize. It has been demonstrated that to destroy an enemy battery five or six miles behind the lines a 155-millimeter gun must fire no less than 800 shots. It cost- a bout $ 45 a shot. In other words it costs about $36,000 to silence a single enemy battery. In past offensives it -has been nothing uncommon for the Ger mans to concautrate 500 batte ries on a 10-mile front. This means 121.000 000 for this one item alone on a frqnj of that eizo. But it is not impossible that actions may Occur thin spring on fionts of 160 miles, which would increase thw one item to moie than f2l6,000,00p. Another task of the artillery is to cut away the euemy's barbed nireentanglements. Barrage fires are also terrible shell eaters. Thousands of shells of shells are consumed in a minute in this wny. And sometimes the barra ges will last for hours. Ski lls will largely win the war this year. The allies are already assured of a superiority. But an ever and ever increasing superi ority in shells that can come on ly from America will shorten the war as nothing else. . Four Groups of German Gas Projectors Destroyed by American Artillery. An Associated Press 'dispatch says that four groups of Cr--nmn gas projectors, in addition to the group)! :200 projectors ulready reported destroyed, have hem discovered and - likewise hlowu to pieces by the American artillery. Probable ? German pluns for gas attack pn a com paratively large scale against the American positions north west of To'ul have thus been up set. V . The new groups of projector? were discovered from aerial pho tographs taken by American ob servers in French airplanes. The effective action -taken against them was due to the quick work (f the observers,- the intelligence offl oers and the artillerists. The American artillery has berni umi8ally active on this front and its shells also found lodge ment in a numberof ammunition dumps, which were blown up. The American artillery ' also tore great gapB in the enemy Wireund IpvpIIpiI vniintisnmtionH . . . : ui i ue nrst ana second line tren ches, forcing the enemy virtually to abaudon them. Try ThiB For Sour Stomuch tVl. , . ... siowiy, masticate hod thoroughly. Eat but your little hua none at all at i If Vri n . tin 4. ii i SU(! iper. - jvu am nun trouuieu' oiir atoumch take ouh of t Dfliilllii'ifT.. v. ; ith a Chani- goinn to tod. Adv. I v STATE'S FARMERS ON THEIR METAL Must Be Depended Upon for Full Requirements Food or Feedstuffs. PAGE REVIEWS IKE SUM Coming Wheat Crop Far Short of World's Requirements. Corn and Other Food or Feed Crops Must be Produced in Larger Quantities if Suffer ing is to be Prevented Bet ter Cultivation and Heavier Fertilization Urged Ralel. "The vorld-wld food .It nation and tftelr own Individual intr. esti demand that the farmers of North Carolina plant durinc the anoroachlns season the largest acreage of corn and other food or feed crona In the history of the State and that thev alt such crops the best possible cultivation ana the heaviest possible tertilixa Hon," declared State Pood Admlnu trator Henry A. Page In an Interview witn newspaper men today. The coming wheat croo will minnlr not more than half the normal needs of the world, which must continue to be largely supplied by this country until the end of the war and for a con siderable period bevond. This mean that the demand for corn and other grains for human consumption will oe more than double during 1919. Must Raise Own Acquirement. "The, transportation situation Is such that our farmers have no assur ance of being able to secure any food or feed stuffs from any other section of the country next Fall and there- arter ana lr they do not produce suffi cient food and feed croos for this section our people in all probability will have to do without. A large pro duction of cotton is desirable and necessary and no particular reduction in the acreage of tobacco hi being urg ed, but any farmer will be foolish to plant either tobacco or cotton to the exclusion of sufficient food, and feed stuffs to run his own establishment and to provide his part of the surplus that will be required by the markets fn our cities, towns and industrial communities. 'Tew people have the Imagination to conceive of the .actual want and suffering which was prevented in our State by the increasead cultivation of gardens and track patches and In creased production of staple food and feed crops last year. We are Import ing this fiscal year a comparatively small proportion of the thousands of carloads of canned goods and other food and feed products that we nor mally Imported during past years. It we had not produced the stuff at home we would be going without at this time. We shall be able to secure even smaller Imports of food and feed stuffs during the coming year. ' "Every acre of wheat In North Carolina which has not already been heavily fertilised should be top-dressed with stable manure, wood mold and leaves or with commercial -for tiliier. Every acre of food and feed stuffs should be manured or fertilised more heavily than has been custom ary in the past. Farmers Upon Their Mettle. "Our farmers are nr-on their mettle! More depends upon them than upon any other class of people with the ex ceptlon of the soldiers In the rankr themselves. I am dure that the patri otic farmers of North Carolina may be depended upon to do their full duty." NEED TO CONSERVE WHEAT MORE URGENT Consumption Must Be Reduced 80 to 60 Per Cent to Feed Allies and Pre vent Flour Famine at Home. Raleigh. The Food Administration ts tearful lest the recent announce ment that meatless meals and pork less Saturday need not be observed during the next few weeks should give consumers the Impression that there also might be a let-up In the conserva tion of wheat flour. On the contrary Food Administration officials an nounce that even more strenuous ef forts for the conservation of wheat flour should be made If our people, to ay nothing of our armies and oar Allies, are not to go through a period of flour famine before the next liar rest There will be no flour famine It the suggestions of the Food Adminis tration are followed and the consump tion of wheat flour Is reduced by 30 to SO per cent, but this reduction ! absolutely necessary. The Food Ad ministration Is not only using the substitution of other cereals and po tatoes for bread, bnt Is requesting consumers to eat lass bread. t, D UNDER 8 III POLAND ALL HAVE SUCCUMBED TO STAR VATION, WHICH WE COULD HAVE ALLEVIATED. CRYING FOR BAM MSI Editor Clarence Poe Seta Forth Need of Informing Our Rural Popula tion of True Conditions. (Clarence Poe In Progressive Farmer! She was a good woman and she talked much about how good the Lord had been to her and to her children. ut at the same time she said: "No meatless and wheatleaa davs for mat I've got wheat enouch and I've cot meat enough laid up in my pantry, and my children like It, and they are going to have it as often as they want it and as much of It as they want" , After hearing , this -well-meaning woman talk, the writer nicked nn that night a European paper that comes to we nome ajd read this nararrinh It is said that there U not iiui child. In Poland under eight years of "Not a living child in Poland under eignt years of aae " With iim les nnable to endure the hardships and starvation of a war-ruined land, they have died by thousands and tens of thousands. Thousands and tens of tnousands of mothers as aood ihm woman who made this thonhti. rn. mara, mothers who loved their chll- aren as much as this mmw in.. hers they with heait.hrttnlrlt.. t..l lessness have seen their . children alowly starve before their eyes, while American mothers sav. "No. I win not even vary my diet la a harmless way, i will not even make substitu tions to save meat and wheat, in Ant.. that part of It may save the lives of starving babies and little ones In Eu rope!- No, we dont mean that anv AmrL can motner is saying this in words. Certainly the .good WODIAII fit wKniti we write would not ti '..m i mought it-and yet by her acts, that was what she was saying. If someone could have shown her a nhntnmnt. - w a, vi of one starving Polish child, with wan, pincneo race and hollow eves, irvin to Its mother for bread she did not have-oh, how quickly this American moiner would have said: "Yes, nave plenty ol wheat and I h.. plenty of meat and 111 gladly uivme my last crust to uta th of little onee like that!" With such a picture before her vn hn ..i..v. ly would this American mother have called to mind the Last Judsmant. awful curse on all tl uncaring and hard of heart, "I waa an hungered and ye gave me no meat!" uut sne aidnt know. An it.... again the Lord she tries to worship might lament as of old over His peo- pie, Israel doth net know! n pie doth not consider!" To this good woman the Hoover rules for mtio.. days and wheatless dav WPra llmnl -government regulations simply offl- ciai rea tape. She didn't know they were meant to save the lives of littu ones once as fair, as merry, as bright- eyea, as love-lnsnirina as hor nwn dear boys and girls! And today there are thminandi r others like this mother who do not know I Well-intentioned neonle. rood- hearted peoplo. God-fearing pwple! uut tncy simply "do not know." Friends and readers, it Is our dutv (o help these people know! Let us give of our money, but let us also alve of our time and effort for. a campaign of education In these matters to show the jieed of food regulation, War Savings Stamps, Liberty Bonds. Red Cross work, T. M. 0. A. and Y. W. C. A. campaigns! We must save food for the starving; we must give money to protect the wounded and to nrovida wholesome moral recreation for our soldiers Instead of nnwholesome and Immoral dissipation. And If our farmers as Is so often charged have not supported these movements as they should, It ts not because they are more selfish, more hard-hearted, lesa patriotic, than city people. It Is onlv because they have not been Informed. And all of us who do really under stand must here and now resolve to help Inform them. Ia every school, In every Sunday school, In .every farm ers' club, in every farm woman's club, and even as a part of almost every church service, our men and woaan of light ad leading mast do their part to arouse rural America. In the Revolutionary war it was the "embat tled farmers" at Lexington who "fired the shot heard around the world!" In the Civil War It waa the stubborn courage of our farm men and the steadfastness of our country women that won the world's apilause for Confederate tieroism! - Because this war la a little farther from our doors Is no reason why we NOT A LUG CI Art You Feeling the Wai? (News and Observer.) Dees the average man or wo man who earns a substantial salary or gofod wages have any idea of the eaci ifiees made by the Miill investors in Thrift Stamps io do their "Lit" iu the war? It is often a story of silent heroism. Ifthoso in fairly easy circum stances emulated the very poor whose eoulb aie filled with un yielding resolution to do their share to win the war, what a boom theie would be in the gov ernment's receipts from the seiles of W ar Savings Certificates, War Stamps and thrift stamp?! New ork Times. There are great numbers of the people who have not felt the war ILey have given to warpurpose and bought war securities out of an abundance, but they go right on enjoying all the luxuries ol life. Actual sacrifice of their de desires and wishes has not been made. They have not been mov- el by the urgency of the warcalls as have a great many of themore tfponsive and more suscfDtible poor people. But, as the New York Times urges, it would be a great nis take and a grave injustice to de pend on the small savers to bin all the Thrift Stamps. Because n man is able to buv a block ol Liberty Bonds is uo excuse for uot buying Thrift Stamps, too Ho must put his big savings in to Liberty Bonds ai d his loose change into Ihrift Stamps. Tht man in good circumstances ieun; der some obligation to give and buy until it hurts that the pool man is under. v Forgot What He Needsd. From the Iteiiuhlicun. Mr, Cil iad, Ohio. The editor had an in terestiiig experience some lime ago. wuen a vounc gentleman came to this office aud asked foi copy of the Morrow t'ountv He- puoncan. tie scrutinized it care fully when a codv was handed him. and I ben said: 'Now I k. "What is it you are looking lor,'" we enquired. "3iy wile snnt mi nftera bottle uf Cbanihtrlaiu't Cough Kemd.y, and I foigol tin uunie. i houc ia several stoie and the clerks named everything ID the line Oh tliP shelf exrenl 'chamberlain's. Til irv nn-ain wl I'll Dever go home without inamtierliuii s Couch Remedy.'' Tim Iteuublicau would kupiVsi w the proprietors of kIiups ilun thev post their tleiks, him) n vei ennein suitntiiiite. (Just omen one laith in stoees win re nubti utmii is pi i mil ted. to con notJ. Hi! of the il ilJhtiec to ninkera r rood (roods and the riipnnt r.ini OMitof luslomeis. Adv. SALE OF BROILERS NOT INTERFERED WITH Raleigh. Announcement hn hnnn made by the Food Administration that trade In broilers weighing un to two pounds Is not oi will not be affected oy the recenr order of the Pood Ad ministration prohibiting the kllllnr n kens and pullets except for strictly locals trade by unlicensed dealers. Bad Taste in Your Mouth. When you have a bud taslp in your mouth you raiv know thai wnr digestion is faulty. A dose h cnuiuueriam'B Tubleis will u- ually correct the dfcnrdpr. Thev il muse a uenlli movement, nl the bowels. You will find this to e one ol the bent medicines von have everK become arnuBinted "h-Adv.: slould play a lesa noble nart. And there is little Ume to lose. Many peo ple think that twelte months hence pecao Will be in slcht. It n nmln therefore that during the coming year onr rural people inevery county will maae a record of patriotism that our sons and grandsons will mention with pride even as we take nrlde In the - ptolts O? our ancestors of the no' What we do In the next twelva months will fix our place In history. THE GRAVE. For The Democrat. There w something very effect ing in looking iuto the cold and silent grave, iu seeing our friends laid there, and iu witnessing the earth heaped uponth'eirreranins. Especially is this so when we consider that ere long we, too, must be placed in the same situ ation. As the grave is appointed for all mankind, it would be wise for us to be prepared for ourlast home. - But what is to be under stood by being prepared for the grave?. It is to be deeply convinc ed that we are sinners; it u to feel our need of an interest in Christ; to believe and trust in Him; it is to live under the tea ching and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit; it is to love the Sabbath, the Bible aud pray er, if such is our character and experience theu we are ready f jr the grave whenever (iod may call us, and we may look at our last home with pleasure and say: My flesh shall slumber in the ground Until the last trumpet's joyful sound, Then burst the chains with sweet surprise And iu my Savior's image rise. ' Butif not in possession of the above blessings, you may well tremble at the grave, nor should you rest until j ou haveobtained them. Repent of your sins, be lieve ou Jesus Christ and you are thus prepared for this great cuange, .J. V.MASTIN. Matney, N. C. We have received a neat little p imphlet entitled "Technical Ed ucation at State College" which his ,'just been issued from the II 'gistrar's office in West Ral eigh. 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