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OICKNESON COUNTY HERALD
Published Every Thursday at Clintwwd.Va. F. C. Raines, Editor The Dickenson Couuty Herald is inde pendent in politics and it’s columns are open to all parties at the regular rates. Subscristion, $1.50 a year, in advance. Six months, 75c. Advertising Rates: —Classified adds, •cents per word,minimum charge, 50c. Reading notices, 2 cents per word. - 4rd of thanks, obituaries, lodge reso lutions on death, 2 cents per word, min jtnum charge $1.00. Legal advertising, 10c per line for 8 point type for each insertion, payment before proof of pub lication is issued. Divorce notices $10.00, payable in advance. National Bank Statements $7.50; State Banks $5.00 Communicans will not be published without the name of the author is known ,o the publisher. Entered as second class of mail matter February loth 1927, at Clintwood, Va., under the Act of March 3, 1819. WHAT CLINTWOOD CAN BE Nothing is in such bad taste as that form of community criticism that is pure and un niulteratd "knocking” without a semblance of constructive re view. It is especially unbecom ing issuing from a business man. Constructive criticism, may find fault with existing condit ions but it always is said in a way that sounds like “boost ing.” Knocking is talking too much about what the commun ity isn’t. “Boosting*’ is talk ing about what Clintwood is and can be. The man in business, whe ther or not he deserves it, gets most of the credit or blame for what his community is. If he critizes adversley he is, in the public’s' eyes, just belittling his own work. But it is never un becoming for him to boast of the many good qualities poss essed* and acquired by his home town. i That community which is without faith in, itself is with out hope. And if its business men lack faith in it how can the community expect to enjoy the faith of the lay citizen? However,, the faith Clintwood demands of its citizens is not the blind faith required of cit izens of less fortunate towns. The wise business man never knocks, regardless of how bad business may be. He knows the “hammer” may re bound and strike him. know ing an optimistic public is a buying public and, that consum ers tighten their purse strings with the first cry of hard times he exhales optimism with every breath. MAKING SHOPPING EASY. This isi truly the age of ad vertising, and ever expanding advertising. One, whoi; counts himself among the “common people,” on reading the adver tisements in his newspaper re marked that it is dangerous to the purse to read the advertise ments too carefully because you cannot even scan them without finding something you want and at a price and of a quality you can’t iafford not to take advantage of. It cannot be charged against newspaper advertisements that they force upon the public un wanted merchandise. They do, however, inform the public where their merchandise wants can be fulfilled and at lowest cost.) The public, with the as sistance of newspaper advertis ing, is now able to buy intell igently and expeditiously. Be fore the buyer enters the store he or she knows where desired articles may be purchased and where the most favorable prices are obtainable. News paper advertisements have er adicated the hit and miss and the hurry and scurry, from shopping, . . HOME TWEETS. Clintwood’s Declaration Of Independence. The Fourth of July fires the on- j thusiasm of every citizen. It marks the celebration of the cel ebration of the adoption of a < great document in the story ot | Nor.h America. But the needs of the old Declaration have passed into history. No longer uo the people of this great country fear or deride a foreign king. Rather do they think of the Mother coun try across the sea in a spirit of harmony and close a 11 i a n c e in Anglo-Saxon kinship. What Clintwood needs is a lit tle “D e c! a r a t i o n of Indepen dence” of its own against King Apathy and Indifference. Para phrasing the memorable docu ment of 1776, and applying it to our own community; we say to such a “King:” He has refued to assest to our Laws, whereby the Public booct has suffered smartly, while oth ers have escaped a well-deserved term in ye bastile. . He has forgotten to paint up and clean up in many and divers manners, even while ttiere was the wherewithal in ye Exchequer. He has plundered our streets and highways, -nd ravaged our sidewalks, leaving his spoils of rubbish in places wmnt to be clean and free of tire punctures. He is at this time transporting large armies of house flies and perchance mosquitos to complete the works of d'eath, desolation and tyranny! He has constrained our fellow citizens not to meet together and to bear arms against cooppera tive effort, whereby small atten dance has resulted at meetings for public weal. He has incited domestic insur rections amongst us, where sev eral civic improvements and pub lic works have beep delayed be cause of his renting our minds of dissension and discord. He has endeavored to suppress support of local business, and has permitted the merciless savages of peddler’s competition to ring our door bells and turn the pages of ye mail order catalouge! He has criticised without facts, slandered without proof, and at this time seeks to errect a roulti titude of new but unfounded rea sons why CHntwood should not grow and develop and enjoy ye fruits of prosperity. Therefore, we the people of Clintwood assembled, appealing to the civic conscience of our cit izens for the rectitude of our in tentions, do in the name and by the authority of the good people of this town, solemnly publish and declare that Cljntwood is and ought to be free and independent from old King Apathy and indif ference, and all connection with the old bird from henceforth and forever be totally dissolved; and that we are just as progressive and up-to-date and ambitious as any other baliwick in ye realm; and that business hereafter will flourish, friendships will he ce mented, boosters will organize, schools and churches will advance homes and buildings will contin ue to be erected, and all the community round about will make our town their town; and for ourselves as well as for posterity in support of this declaration, with a firm reliance in ,alb we mutually pledge to each other our asperations, a little of our fortunes and considerably more of our civic honor! President Coolidge said in his Hammond speech that the num ber lacking in religious devotion is altogether too large. Right; and we might add that it’s hard to tell whether they remained that way from associating with others who have none, or got that way from following some of those who profess to have it. Does “skilled labor” mean skilled in getting out of hard la > bor? DverHeael. ing Zlite Rights. The claim of fedrnl control cf water rights i J #n example of g'-adr.al encre a ahirent on the states. In an able editorial. the Portland Oregoni an < >f May 3 says “The gov^rnm controls nav igable rive's for purposes of nav igation only, and piemits construc tion of dams for t h: . p u r p o s c. As the same mams' e nvelop water power, it assumes authority tv license construction of power plants, and logically that of dams for both uses. In many ca=es it owns the shore lanes for build ing-',and thus has direct as well as inairect control ove» use of water for power. Thcgove rnmentowns land along unnavigable streams flowing through public domain and controls power development owning the power sites. In law, the states are sovereign ever the water for all purposes except navigation, but tl cir control is rendered ineffective by federal ownership cf chore land and by federal authority to license dams. “In the Colorado basin,the state strives to hold in substance a right on which only the shadow remains to them. By attempting to draw them into a compact the federal government recognised their law ful rights. Arizona and Utah dissent, and the nation now un dertakes to supplant the shadow with ihe substance,which it holds, A similar compact is sought be tween Oregon, Washington and Idaho regarding the Columbia Basin project, and 1 ere the gov ernment’s hold is stronger, for reclamation by use of federal funds is proposed. A contest in the courts is threatened in the Colorado case, and if the three Columbia River states should fail to agree, the government pa a y proceed in spite of them, and may be blocked by another lawsuit. A final definition of federal and state authority over rivers and of the manner in which water shall be apportioned among states may be given by the supreme court as the outcome.” Splitting Legal K airs. The American Association for advan cement of Atheism is fighting thru the courts to have chaplain appointments discontinued in the army on the ground that the con stitution provides that no religi ous test shall ever he required as a qualification for public office. But the A. A, A, . will not win. The “religious test” clause merely provides against possible denominational or sectarian dis crimination, and was never in tended to prohibit the employ ment of men and women whose services would include the giving of spiritual counsel. And while it can not be said that the United States is a Christian nation from a legal stand point, it is such a nation from a practical and his toric standpoint; and unreserved ly it is a nation whose citizen,s mainly adhere to religion of some kind, It certainly is not an athe ist nation such as would give common consent to the claims of the atheist’s doctrine. The atheist are not mui h wor ried over a violation of the con stitution as they are over their attempts to pry loose re! i g j o n from its foundation and overturn spiritual ideals. In this they seek to use a technical army regula tion as a handle. Good Neighbors. A woman iq the tenament dis trict of Paris has started & “Hood Neighbors” club. She wants to restore old-fashioned neighborli ness and friendship among people living door to door, Shy wants to be able to borrow a spoonful of coffee for the breakfast cup and a teacup full of sugar for supper and have both parties to the transaction feel alright about it. More power to her! All of us feel that the old time neighbor is becoming extinct. As an in stitution he is losing ground. Communities are getting too much like hotels, especially those in the large cities, Ihe people dc n’t k now, anddo n’t cr re to know who the fellow is that lives next door. We are thankful that this condition is rot so pronoun ced in Clintwood. But if this neighborhood spirit ever finally vanishes, there’s no telling' what’s to become of us or our nation. ACCIDENT PREVENTION Compelling every automobile owner to carry liability insur ance will not in itself prevent accidents. Indeed, there are those who contend that a reck less driver to operate a car to m.ore reckless than before. Instead of constantly striving to make it easier for the reck less driver to operate a car to the detriment of the public, why not make it more difficult by imposing obligations based on character and ability to drive. During 1926, there were 7, 000 accidental injuries and 246 deaths every day in the United States. Motor cars were the largef/t s ingle contributor 'to the death, hospital,and the $4, 000,000,000 money loss. Some accidents seem unav oidable but by far the greater majority are easily avoidable: by car inspection, bv reasonab* <e driving, by fair consideration of others, by pedestrian decen cy and care. The speedster and the jaywalker are twin perils; the foot hog and the car hog are other twins, alike deadly; the get-out-of-my-wiay driver and the don’t-you-dare-touch me pedestrians run neck and neck in the fatality list, for themselves and for others. Safety is largely an individ ual matter; it must be taught to every person, every succeed ing generation there is no her editary or racial caution to save anybody. The best contribution any man can make to public saf ety is to be careful himself, and to demand caution in his own family whether it walks or rides. This loss of §4.000,000, 000 a year in accidents, most of them avoidable, is every body’s business; and until ev erybody does his' part, the slaughter and the loss will con tinue. Camming Out 0f The Mud One of the chief benefiis the farmer derives from really good roads is that of being able to move his farm products to market over them, quickly, cheaply and without ir.convenince. the far mer’s crops are his stock in trade. If he ca i market them with out delay when the price is up, he is the gainer; if, because of bad roads, he is unable to get his products to the market until after the price has declined, he loses. in the old days when roads wore good only in good weather, the farmer could do little satis factory marketing, He was for ce:] to take a chance of getting his products to the buyer on a rising market. One decided advantage in good roads is tqat they encourage he use of motor vehicles by the far mer, effecting a saving in time and worry in crops, and in get ting his family to church and chi.dren to school. Thousands of miles of poor roads which act as feeders for main highways are being made practical for modern traffic at & minimum expense, by protecting the old base with a waterproof wearing surface, Thus farm land is made available for use, which would otherwise be isolated due to distance from schools and markets and prohibitive cost of building standard types of state highway pavements, The modern tractor and road machinery plus the waterproof ing qualities of asphalt are ena bling hundreds of communities to come out of tho mud. Good roads are probably next in importance to newspapers in S unifying our people. - ^ Begin Now to Have Money! RIGHT NOW, no matter how old or young you may be, is the time to begin banking your money or making the balance to your credit grow. Someone else profits by the money you spend; YOU gain by the money you put in the bank. Start Saving Regularly NOW. We Invite YOUR Banking Business RESOURCES, $380,000.00. THINK! HAVE MONEY! THE CLINTWOOD BANK (INC.) Clintwood, Va. THINK! HAVE MONEY! THOROUGH DEPE^DARiLITY Oldsmobile dependability is the direct result of strictest standards, rigidly maintained and extending to the smallest hidden part. They provide thorough fitness for the trials of months and miles—thor ough stamina—thorough dependability. Come to our showroom and see for yourself ... for Oldsmobile quality can be seen and recognised. FOUR-DOOR SEDAN $975 F. O. B. LANSING Dickenson County Motor Co. Clintwood Va. ) I Giinchfield Lumber and i Supply Co. Inc. > "BUILDERS SUPPLIES" > Turck Delivery Direct j TO THE JOB. I Frick Phone No. 8. Mantels ) Cement Lime Wall Board | Crates Plaster Paint ) St Paul, Virginia.