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AGE TWO THE I.~ST WAR THE COMMON DEFENSE By Ruth Tayl~n" Right To The Depths. Even in the midst or ,battles, men's minds are troubled by the thought --In looking over recent pronounce- "Is this the last war? Will the nextments by prominent people in this generation have it all to do over country, our attention is drawn to a again ? What can we do to put an endwidely circulated statement by one to the s.uccessive wars between the ty- who said that "the spirit of liberty is ranny of autocrats and the self-rule of the spirit which is not too sure that democracy? it is right". We established the American way of It is this assumption, too common- life by the War of Independence. We ly accepted in America, that a free reaffirm these principles by successive man does not know what is right and wars. But - if this is to be the last that democracy itself is something so war, we have not only to reaffirm it vague as to defy esseutional defini- again, but to put it into practice in tion that makes it so difficult 4or the our own lives. American people to create a more The other day I heard a speaker perfect uuion during these crucial days say: "No dictator usurps power. Po- when a decision either for liberty or wer always comes by default." War enslavement nmst be m:~de. always comes when democra*zy grows This statement of affairs is some- weak. First Greece, then Rome. And thing of a mockery among a people now twice in the past generation we whose forefathers stated the prin- have had to fight for our lives, ciples of liberty in the Declaration of We say we believe in the principles I'~ependence, calling them "self- set forth in the Declaration of Inde- evi~e4at truths", and who staked theil pendence and in tl!e Constitution of lives,~heir fortunes, and their sacred the United States. But do we always honor on these principles in the con- remember that America is the proving viction that they were right. And the ground of what these principles may certainty of our forefathers concern- be made to meaaa - of the practical ing the nature of liberty suggests, at ideal of brotherhood. We have most least, that our churches and schools of the national, racial and religiousspeud more time examining the basic groups represented among our citizens, principles of liberty and more effort How we work out the every day living teaching them to the American people together of these groups is the test of so that free men in this country may how the world can work out coopera- know what they are talking about lion, of whether or not this will be the when they say that they are ffree. last war. it is important that this be done. Unless we can work together, within For we are daily faced with the neces- lhe confines of ou- own country, giv-sity of. contending with the propa- ing to all an equal opportunity to ut- ganda of the dicta.toTs who deny the ilize their God-given talents, we areprinciples of liberty utterly. If, how- not true America~ns. Unless we can ever, we are not sure of our own afford to give all the chauce to (level- position, if we do not know on op as individuals, inspired and not reasonable and morale grounds that handicapped by their backgrounds, nat- we are right, how can we say that ional, racial or religious, we are rex- faithful to our past heritage and we are preparing the ground ~for ;mother war. The first place in wtiich to demon- strate our beliefs in the ideals of dem- ocracy is in our own lives. We must g, uard our own thoughts. We must set a seal upon our own lips. We nmst learn to seek the good - not the evil in our neighbor. We must try to un- derstand him. Above all, we nmst judge him as a fellow American npon his own merits, not as a member of any group. America is not any one class or re- ligion or group. America is all of .us - incorporated. If we wauld realize that we are all shareholders in democracy and that it is up to each of us indiv- idnally to see that it works, we would give a d~nonstration of concerted ae- tion that would prove so completely the power of our way of life that sub- versive movements would fail by corn- pari,s0n. It is up to us to decide whetlier this is the last war! --&~lO.kDi~ 04. No-- HELP SAVE A LIFE The circus fire tragedy at Hartford, Conn is ,unusual in only one respOct --- it caused the death of an unusual number of people in one fire, And yet death was no more definite ~for each of those victims than it is for the individual who perishes in a farm- house, or for one or two or three children who meet death in home fires almost every day. Because some 150 people meet death from a single fire in Hartford, the tragedy is given page headlines across the nation. But when 10,000 people burn up annually by ones and twos, .you never see the fact blazoned to ,the world in large type. Circus and night club tragedies, and ~wnost other ~fires, could be prevented if each individual appointed himself a ,committee of one to see that every lime he lit a match, smoked a eiga- ~rette or had anything to do with any ~appliance that caused heat, it was out ,or properly safeguarded, when he left it. Oar 10,000-a-year fire de~thtoll could be largely eliminated if we would all learn a lesson from the Hartford disaster and be individually careful. the dictators are wrong? It is this indefimteness, this lack of certainty as to what a liberate nla~ can know to ~be right that, in some quarters, still makes it possible for people to get a hearing who say that Nazism has its "good points". We. shall never be free of the threat of Nazism until we are sure that it is system of society which is wrong -- wrong at the core, and wrong to its depths. Neither shall we ever build the strong and united America for which we hope until we know what the basic principles of this republic are and that they are right -- right at the core, and right to the depths. ON xo VICTOrY - BALANCING THE SURPLUS During two months, May 1st to July 1st, the War Foods Administra- tion sold into civilian trade channels more than !fifteen million dollars worth of food from Government-owned stocks. Sales have included canned fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, dairy products, eggs, beans, peas, rice, fish products, and Irish potatoes for starch. This food, no longer needed to meet the requirements of the mili- tary forces, commitment to our Al- lies, or Ifor other war agency use, was released from stocks which may ,be roughly divided into three categories. After inventories are checked against requirenlents of the various Govern- ment agencies, it happens there ~re lots of food which will not be needed. The Government agency does its 'best in turning over stocks in good con- dition at all times. Some stocks have been built up as a result of price- support programs. Prices have been supported on a number of commodi- ties to encouage production and as- sure adequate supplies. --ON TO VICTORY MANPOWER One does not need to go to a hi~ factory, or a "bip; anything", to dis- cover a shortage of manpower. It's everywhere, from the home to the post office, printing office, restaur- ant, hotel, and in large and small of- !flees and shops. Maybe all of us should ask our- selves: Are we filling the shoes of those who served before our time? BUY .~N EXTRA BOND Sell Catalina--Buy Avalon. THE CATALINA o because those Long Distance calls mean so much A soldier has to line up for a lot of things but we don't like to see him wait too long for a Long Distance call. Would you mind helping a little by saving the wires from seven to ten for the serv- ice men? That's when thousands of soldiers rush to the telephones at the camps and we'd like to give them first call on Long Distance. Buy War Bonds for Victory SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TELEPHONE ( 13S WHITTLEY AVE. The Catalina Islander Subscription Subscription Rates: Annually $2.011 Three Months 50 Nix Months 1.013 Three years, in advance 5.00 / )ate "" Publisho of The Catalina Islander Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cali/ornia Please enter my subscriiOtion /or 7he Catalina Islander/or commencing /or which I kay you $ in advance. Nanlc i Address "'" Fear of the future is keeping "ven- ture capital" in hiding in the nation's banks. The largest .sum of money in history will come out into circulation after investors are sure that: govern- ment will not become overcentralized, uneconomic tax system will not contin- ue, and there will be real opportunities for the successful employment of cap- ital. * lit The herb balm was introduced into England by the Romans and has be- come native to the south of that country. It has a soothing effect and is much used in pot-pourri. Under the skin of the a layer of blubber-like ~fat, them to withstand the icy habitat. Constantine was con Christianity in 313 A. D baptized on his death . ~, lit The first time an airplan~ in combat was during a bellion in 1912. lit * 11 Columbia University in. gives a short course for custodians.