FRIDAY, NOV. 25, 1921.
THE INDEPENDENTfELIZABETH . CITY, N. C.
W. O. SAUNDERS, Editor
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FRIDAY, NOV. 25, 1921.
AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFE TIME
MERICA is harvesting a three billion bushel corn crop
this year for which we can find no adequate market De
cause there are not enough hogs and cattle to consume it
i i a,,.oA he Vinman familv to eat corn. Corn
an ana we navcn t cuuv.an.u
that should be worth a dollar a bushel is selling around 65 cents
on the Atlantic Seaboard and as low as 25 cents in some parts of
the West. Corn is so cheap that the Hon. Henry Cantwell Wallace,
U. S. Commissioner of Agriculture tells the people to burn their
corn for fuel. Many newspaper and magazine articles have been
written to persuade the farmers that corn as fuel is as cheap at
present prices as wood or coal. This in America.
In South Russia twenty-five million people are starving. More
than a Hundred million other Kussians are living on miuu
Tn the p-reat famine district of Russia to-day gaunt men and shrun
ken women, eves hollow from famine, the skin drawn tight about
their facial bones, plead incessantly for bread; and when bread
does not come yearn for death to end their misery and forever stop
their ears to the piteous cries of their famished children.
Russia, an empire of one hundred and sixty million hungry hu
mans, twenty-five million of them starving to death, eating grass
mixed with earth, eating the bark" of trees, eating locusts, eating
field mice, eating aay srt of filth to keep alive! And the Commis-
sioner of Agriculture of our own great, prosperous country telling
his wards to burn their corn for fuel !
The Secretary of Agriculture has missed the biggest oppor
tunity of his life to do a monumental thing for humanity and insure
the prosperity of millions of American farmers. Maybe it is not
too late. Maybe there is still time for Cimmossioner Wallace to
recall his. advice to burn corn for fuel and take this surplus corn
eff the 'American market. 1
Here is the opportunity of a life time. We are burning corn
for fuel or selling it at a loss because human beings haven't been
educated to the wonderful possibilities of corn or maize for human
food. We depend upon the hogs and the cattle and the moonshin
ers to consume this wonderful cereal, rich in fats, rich ki protein,
delicious, wholesome, nutritipus food, fit for gods to eat. - -
The world had lived on wheat so long before America gave it
Indian corn that it had become accustomed to wheat as a cereal
and saw no need of a change. Human beings are slow to adopt
changes of any sort, except in trivial things like female toggery,
hat bands and jazz steps. The human family had grown used to
wheat and we haven't bothered much to alter or vary their cereal
But now is our opportunity. A hundred and sixty million hun
gry Russians, twenty-five million of them starving, would be glad
to eat corn. Right now. we could ship millions of bushels of corn
to Russia and win those Russians to corn. -Here in the South,
when we were stripped to the bone by the War Between the
States, we turned to corn and found it a most wholesome and nu
tritious grain. On its starch, its fats and its ash we developed a
stalwart race that has made the reconstructed South the marvel
of the modern world. Driven by hunger, we turned to corn and
found it good. We found it so good that corn bread and corn muf
fins are the 'daily diet of millions in the South to-day and there
isn't a family in the South too rich or too great to include these
in its menu.
Think of what it would mean to the future of the American
farmer to convert a nation of a hundred and sixty million people tc
the consumption of corn in a season! Think what it would mean
- in dollars and cents to American farmers right now to" take our
surplus corn and ship it to Russia, relieving our glutted home mar
ket and congested granaries! Was there ever in the history of
American agriculture such an opportunity to help suffering humans
and help ourselves? For God's sake, can't we put this two an.
two together and make four!
In this brief monograph I haven't the space to discuss the ob
stacles that would be presented to any plan to send corn to the
Russians. But I know of no obstacle that can not be overcome.
It is true the Russians haven't mills to grind the corn after
they get it. We can send the mills with the corn.
It may be true that they would not know how to prepare it
for food. Depend upon the Bolshevik press, the most effective
propagandists in the world to teach them.
We have the corn. '
We have the idle ships to send it over.
e nave the idle men to man the ships.
Have we enough vision, enough foresight and enough of Christ
in our hearts to put it over? We. can overcome every obstacle to
. any scheme except stupidity and selfishness. In this case let's give
the kibosh to stupidity and selfishness, rescue twenty-five million
fellow humans from starvation and create a new and permanent
market for one of our greatest agricultural commodities !
iH Ir' Hover, what about it?
SHOWING OURSELVES UP.
HE author of the scenario for the cinema oroductinn nf
the first settlement in North Carolina which was recently
completed by the State Deoartm
- X V m. Vl, fc. A Wii U11U
I 1 A 1 " -
,uwu "ere tms wee certainly had a fine sense of historical values.
vvilu omy me o,uuu to expend on the picture and with only the
rawest amateurs to take the many parts, it was necessary to omit
many dramatic details and incidents in filming the tragic story of
the Lost Colony, But one striking scene was produce with much
r Tljg white men just ianded on Roanoke Island were celebrating
the occasion in the usual way. One of the rollicking colonists toss
es down a cup of wine and in his "gyrations drops the silver cyp
from Avhich he drank.
The cup rolls into the grass near whefg a group of friendly
Indians lying on the ground are observing the'white men's antics.
Those Indians had never seen a silver eup, TO them it was a prec
ious relic tp be greatly desired-. The eup rolled near the hand of
one of the Indians and he secreted it under his scant garments. '
The white men missing the tup presently suspected the Indian
and demanded the return of the lost trifle. None of the Indians
would confess havinp- th nm ivViProi, .f.:A . , , ,
. o r "".iv-uuu me wmie men proceeded
to the Indian village and burned
proceeded to the corn fields of the Indians and destroyed their
j"'vviuua oiii or maize. j
That was' in the year 1584 That'is the wa.y We settled Amer- j
ica. s. one, writer has facetiously put '. it, "we fell first upon ''our
knees and then upon the aborigines."- There were exceptions in
great souls like George Durant who settled in Perquimans County
and in' William Penn who settled in ' Pennsylvania. " - .
And we: haven't 'progressed much in the more' than three cen
turies mce we took possession of this great land. Only' a few
years ago we celebrated our taking over the Philippines by giving
the natives the infamous water cure, and within recent months our
Marines have ruthlessly killed hundreds of humble Haitians with
out even so much as giving them a farce of a trial by Court Martial.
The remarkable thing is that we have-the courage to hold' the
mirror up to ourselves in pictures such as those filmed on Roanoke
Island this summer and then circulate the slanderous truth with
such confounding equanimity. It must be remembered however
that thepicture was designed for home consumption. Let us hope
that it will not be. shown .to the Japanese, the Chinese the Indians
and other colored peoples of the earth.
25.000.000 ' RUSSIAN PEOPLE
WHO ARE OUT OF LUCfc
THE FUTURE OF OUR TOWN
VERY now and then, some good citizen button holes me
on the street or drops into the shop to tell me that what
Elizabeth City need is more factories. . And then fol
lows all the argument about factories giving employment to labor
and turning loose money to be spent in the stores. I listen patiently '
and then sit down and write about something else. .
I -am not strong for factories and factory towns. IF factories
employ a lot of labor and pay out a lot of money to be spent in
the stores, that is about all the good they do. They bring with
them much grime and smoke and they increase the number o
buildings in the city by strings of cheap, unsightly tenements that
can not be called homes. Tamake dividends, in competition with
the factories located in largr manufacturing centers,- they must
pay the lowest possible wages and work, the longest possible hours
The employes of factories as a rule never have time to take an
active part in the civic and social life of the town; they contribute
little to the essential progress of the community.
Factories may be" essential to our civilization and we must
have factories to develop bur raw rnaterials, but a community that
can get along without a considerable number of factories is, in
my humble opinion,. the thrice blessed community. .Elizabeth City
can get along very well without more factories and will be a
healthier, cleaner, prettier and in every way more desirable town
Elizabeth City's greatest future lies not along industrial, but
along agricultural lines. It is in the back country that our future
lies. The finest agricultural lands oh the Atlantic seaboard are
found right here in these Northeastern North Carolina counties of
which Elizabeth City is the metropolis. The world's greatest mar
kets are within twelve to fifteen hours of this Elizabeth City ter
ritory Elizabeth City's greatest opportunity for service and self
betternjent to-day is to make this town a better warehouse and
marketplace for the farmers of these Northeastern counties.
Elizabeth City needs both dry and cold storage warehouses for
the handling of potatoes, pork, poultry, eggs, etc. Elizabeth City
needs cotton warehouses for holding the farmer's cotton. Eliza
beth City needs a fish freezer ad better transportation facilities
for the profitable handling of fish od the greatest possible devel
opment of our fisheries resources. These are Elizabeth City's great
est industrial needs. As we acquire these things we will make farm
life in these nearby counties more attractive and more profitable
and tie this great agricultural population to us for all time. The
recent census shows that with less farm acreage in cultivation we
have doubled our agricultural productivity, thru better methods o
farming, nearly one hundred per cent in ten years. We are learn
ing how to produce. Our problem is to make the next ten years
double the "farmer's profits -by affording him better marketing fa
cilities. And . from this vast potential agricultural wealth lying at
our very doors we will build here a beautiful city of attractive
homes, schools, churches and stores, with good roads leading out
into every nook and corner of the richest, happiest agricultural art
fc. .... ... ,rt..
We respectfully invite the attention of
home-makers to an arrival of new' dining--room,
bed-room and living-room suites of
unusual beauty and worth. This store is un
dertaking; to place the best possible furniture
before the Northeastern North Carolin
trade. We are selling; much fine furniture at
an actual loss, marking- these finer suites at
the very lowest possible prices to introduce
and promote the sale of furniture that gives
a life time of satisfaction. Drop in and see
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of certain statements Jof
facts concerning ussia published editor
ially in this issue of THE INDEPEN
DENT, ' here is part of an account of
Russian conditions by Sir Phibp Gibbs,
published in the Baltimore Sun and oth
er - capers .this week. Sir Philip says
"It js unlucky -for 25,000,000 peas-
j-. .i ; . -r : ' 4.1tn4. li rrc
ants in oouinem n.usiau mai , ."j
Tiave no. food to eat at a time when
the world is tired of ; tales of human
misery, sick of it's " own troubles, and
busy, with passionate selfishness,: in try
ing to cure its . own maladies. Those
Russian peasants have been very uh
luckv! First the fireat war came and
their sons were taken from ploughs and
fields to fight the ; Germans. They
obeyed because they were Russian peas
ants, even when theyJiad to advance
upon German artillery and machine
guns withqut rifles or without ammuni
tion, and were slaughtered, in . droves
like silly sheep.
Why Should We Fight?
"Years later after long slaughter
and the harvests were not -o rich down
on the Volga and , the Don because
young . labor was scarce- some of them
murmured, "Why should we fight men
against whom we have no hatred? Why
should we fight endlessly at the com
mand of men who grow rich out of war,
who do nothing for our comfort, who
rob us of our very boots? Jit is
better to make peace.'
"But it was not a good peace, and
the ussian peasant were again unlucky.
Revolution broke out in the great cit
ies, the old regime was overthrown, the
new gospel of Bolshevism was pro
claimed as the hope of . humanity. And
the Russian' peasant hoped for a little
while. He hoped for peace, he hoped
to get back to the land now free and
his little home where all memories of
war would be blotted out by peace and
happiness. But he was unlucky again:
The Red armies called for recruits and
took the last reserves of grain to feed
them. In vain- the old peasants said,
There will be famine again if our barns
are emptied.' Russian was invaded by
'White' armies paid for by French and
British money. They "so loved 'Russia,
these White armies, that to save it they
destroyed many things along' their line
of march house sand barns, and rail
ways and bridges and the very standing
corn. The Russian peasant were un
lucky the' old people and the women
and the little ones. They were caught
between thet ides of Red armies and
White- armies and flew, if they could,
from advancing terror on this side or
that refugees without a refuge.
"Peasants Always Unlucky."
At last, when Kolchak and Tudenitch
and Denikin and Wrangel were finished
there was peace in Russia. But the
peasants were unlucky again. It seemed
that God now had declared war upon
them after all the cruelties of men. No
rain- fell to swell their seed corn in the
soil and give it life. Month 'after
month no rain fell. Even from the black
earth of the Volga, so rich and fruit
ful as a great granary of the world,
there came up only thin crops. And
the sun was fierce and pitiless and the
Russian peasant praying for rain, weep
ing for rain, had no luck.
Nature was merciless, it seemed, as
man had been without mercy. For hun
dreds of miles, east and west, north and
south, from Nijni Novgorod to Astra-
chan, the soil was baked hard under a
blinding cruel, ruthless sun. and 25,
000,000 ussian peasants wbo had no
luck, no luck at all, groaned over their
pitiful harvesting and had no bread for
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