Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 5, 1940 Page: 2 of 8
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PALACIOS BEACON. PALACIOS. TEXAS
Th ursday. December 5, 1940
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY
Advertising Rntes On Request
OWNER AND PUBLISHER -
EDITOR AND ADV. MANAGER
ASSOCIATE EDITOR - -
BUSINESS MANAGER - -
MRS. J. W. DISMUKES
- B. C. (JACK) NIVEN
JESSE V. DISMUKES
HUGH J. DISMUKES
Entered at the Post Office at Palacios, Texas, as second class mail
matter, under the Act of Congress.
In Matagorda County:— Six Months, $1.00;
Outside Matagorda County:—
One Year $1.75
Six Months, $1.25; One Year $2.00
The Beacon’s Platform for a . .
1. Completion of the Hug-the-Coast Highway to Galveston.
2. A city zoning ordinance to govern future building.
3. City Manager form of government.
4. A tax-supported Chamber of Commerce.
5. Street naming and numbering.
6. Improved streets and maintenance.
7. Modern hotel.
8. Beautification of the bay shore.
9. Municipally owned and operated trailer camp.
10. Construction and maintenance of public rest rooms.
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IN PALACIOS HISTORY
FROM OUR EARLY FILES
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10 YEARS AGO
George Frank Swinford died at
his home 4 miles north and west
Miss Edna Mae Reynolds and
Mr. Earl Mayo were married in
The Stoddard home near Buck-
eye was destroyed by fire.
The Empire Gas and Fuel Com-
pany was preparing to drill deeper
its wildcat test, Boeker No, 1, near
Russell Feather wrote his par-
ents he reached his destination,
DRAGGED UP BY THE
What Price Citizenship?
The National Committee on Conscientious Objectors, an
Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, seems to be
fuite perturbed over the fact that the eight divinity students
recently sentenced to a year and a day each for refusing to
register for the draft, or as Is known more euphoniously, the
Selective Service Act, have been deprived, by reason of their
sentences, of their citizenship.
To quote Wallace Beery:
“Now ain’t that just too bad?”
We just can’t seem to work up any sympathy for them.
Evidently their citizenship did not mean very much to them
when they refused to obey the laws of the country as enacted
by Congress. Those same laws had made provision to care
for those who held honest convictions concerning military
service and they are to be placed in non-combatant service.
Instead of meeting the requirements of the laws and ex-
pressing their conviction against military service and being
assigned to a non-conbatant status, these young men seem
to believe themselves to be above the law. They refused to
register. They didn’t seem to think much of their citizenship
then so why all the hullabaloo about it now?
It just doesn’t make sense to us.
totally unexpected situations which are constantly arising
as a result of the sudden increase in population and its
Mr. Taylor has had several years experience as a peace
officer and was the choice of a large majority of the voters
of the city for the position of City Marshal at the last elec-
tion. We believe, from the manner in which he has taken hold
of his new work, that offenders, both actual and potential,
will soon mend their styles of driving to comply with th law.
He has our fullest support and our heart-felt sympathy,
as we know from experience, that handling traffic is one of
the most difficult and thankless jobs that fall to the lot
of a police officer.
30 YEARS AGO
The Beacon began publishing a
weather chart and the daily read-
ings for three days were as fol-
lows: temperature 70, 64 and 50
degrees above and fair.
Furnishing and fixtures hud ar-
rived for the R. J. Hill new brick
building at the corner of Commerce
and 4th Street.
H. W. Dean went to Washington,
D. C., to attend the National Rivers
and Harbors Congress as a dele-
gate from Palacios.
The Red Cross Roll Call
Many and varied are the problems which have arisen to
confront Palacios during the past few weeks when it woke to
find itself, almost over-night, with a more than doubled popu-
lation and some 5000 soldiers encamped at its door-step.
These problems are being met and solved as rapidly as pos-
sible. Streets, yards, alleys and places of business are being
cleaned up to meet the more stringent sanitary requirements
imposed by more congested living conditions. City, state and
military authorities are co-operating and receiving the
further co-operation of the citizens in those matters pertain-
ing to better health and sanitary conditions.
Now there arises a new problem. That of traffic.
Traffic conditions have become dangerous. Motorists
and pedestrians alike take chances which so far have not re-
sulted in any accidents of a serious nature. Parking has be-
come a problem. Crossing Main Street assumes the propor-
tions of a major adventure during certain times of the day.
Traffic lights were installed long ago and practically
every motorist knows their meaning. If he doesn’t he has
no business driving a car. Pedestrians also know the mean-
ing of the red and green lights, but you would never know
it from the manner in which they walk casually across the
street against a red light or even diagonally across a corner,
oblivious to traffic, danger or the rights of any other persons.
Motorist who know better and never would think of doing
*uch a thing in any other town or at any other time, will
park their cars or trucks on the corner or by a fire-plug and
walk off. Pedestrians have to v alk out into the street to get
by the car and other cars must drive out into oncoming
traffic in order to make a turn, but that is of no importance
to the driver who wishes to stop. He just stops.
Cars have been seen to make a U-turn against a red
light. Anybody can do anything that they are big enough
to doi City ordinances, state laws and the Laws of Common
Sense seem to mean nothing to many of these drivers. Other
drivers are forced to do things they know are wrong and they
do not wish to do because it is the only thing left them to do.
So far speeding has been held to a minimum because the
congestion of traffic made it impossible. Recently, however,
there have been a few isolated cases where some Disciple of
Speed has suddenly become imbued with an irresistible urge
to be some place else in the shortest possible time and has
proceeded to get there, regardless of the rights, lives and
property of others.
Unless something is done to regulate traffic and stop the
policy of “every body for himself and the Devil take the
hindmost” there is bound to be an accident which will prove
serious in both property damage and bodily injury, if not
death, to some person or persons.
Tt i? not necessary that a motorist or a pedestrian know
the actual laws, common courtesy and common sense will
dictate the proper manner in which to drive.
A little touch of the Golden Rule would straighten out
oar traffic problem in a hurry.
In noting that Matagorda County has just completed
the greatest and most successful Roll Call since the begin-
ning of these annual drives we believe that Bernard Peters,
writing in the editorial columns of the Daily Tribune of Bay
City, has expressed our sentiments so exactly that we be-
lieve it is worth while to reproduce them here.
Mr. Peters, under the heading “With Quiet Pride,” has
the following to say regarding the recent Roll Call:
We read this report (the 24th Annual Red Cross Roll
Call) with a great deal of humble pride; pride in the fact
that our friends and neighbors had made such a truly re-
markable record, and humble in the sense that this work is
greater than individuals.
Lately, there has been a great deal of talk and discussion
as to whether we citizens of the United Stats could work
together, could cooperate in case of a national emergency—
an emergency that is drawing closer daily. To all those per
sons who doubt—we suggest a close reading of the Red Cross
report for this County.
Although this distinguished record of achievement made
by the local Red Cross is particularly noteworthy, that is not
the most outstanding element, in our opinion. The outstand-
ing point, we believe, is the way in which this campaign was
conducted. There were no heroics, no dramatics, simply a
quiet, efficient, matter-of-fact enrollment.
When the people of a nation contribute to a great cause,
simply, without ostentation, willingly—those people and that
nation have progressed a long way toward the ultimate goal
of the brotherhood of man.
Bay City, and the various other communities compris-
ing this County of ours, is composed of people who, evidently,
believe there is a greater goal than merely that of acquisition.
And to our way of thinking, whn an entire community has
reached this point, it is certainly a sign that, though the Old
World may be dying, this nation of ours is growing, spirit-
ually as well as financially and commercially.
These ladies and gentlemen who handled the laborious
task of conducting this Roll Call do not need the praise of
this or any other newspaper. They know that they have
done a great work, and have done it well. Their praise is
that inward satisfaction that comes only from aiding volun-
tarily in a worthy cause.
The people and business organizations who have joined
the Red Cross did not do so with a view of seeking self-adver-
tisement or because they were cajoled into it. They did it
simply as a duty to humanity that was as inevitable as
After we read this report of the 24th Annual Red Cross
Roll Call in Matagorda County, we were quietly proud to be
a part of this community, state and nation.
The best journals, even including
the daily newspapers, which print
thousands of words each day, mil-
lions of words a month, some time
make mistakes. There Is the typo-
graphical error. There is the report-
er’s honest mistake. There is the
editor’s careless slip of the pen.
Some time errors are not the fault
of the journal at all, but the fault
of some person giving the wrong
No publication escapes making an
error of some kind now and then.
Editors lose sleep over these mis-
takes. They feel that if a doctor
makes an error, it is just too bad,
but few know of it. If a banker
makes a mistake he makes it up out
of his own pocket and few know
of it. If a lawyer makes a mistake
he can blame it on the jury.
But when a newspaper or maga-
zine makes an error it stands out
for all the world to see. And read-
ers take an unholy pleasure in de-
tecting the mistakes of editors. Er-
rors sometimes are excused in pub-
“My, but it’s nice to be in
house,” u young guardsman said
the other Sunday evening. “This
is the first one I have been in since
I catne down here.” And his eyes
went about the room, gratefully
drinking in the atmosphere of an
honest-to-goodness home. We know
you really appreciate your home.
Would you share it?
• * •
Palacios folks are busier now
than they h»ve been in a long time.
Nearly every one has a job and
money flows freely, given impetus
by the substantial payrolls turn'd
loose each week. Yet, over the ho:i-
zon there is disaster, flood, famine
and privation. The Red Cross is
doing all it can to combat these
foes to mankind. We are grateful
for our flurry of prosperity. Did
you share it?
• • •
“M-m-m! That smells good,” ex-
claim the school children as they
drift along the hall past the cafe-
teria. Yes, the cafeteria has gotten
under way and is proving most
popular with the youngsters.
* • •
We haven’t picked a bouquet in
a long time, but we are going to
gather a large one, full of roses
and orchids( but no lilies!) and tie
it with a big red bow. It goes to
the Chamber of Commerce direct-rs
for their untiring service in behalf
of the community throughout this
Henry Ford Once
Said To Me , . .
“Do you know the difference be-
tween the wise man and the fool?
Well, the wise man knows a thing
can’t be done and he doesn’t find
out that it can be done until some
fool who doesn’t know that it can’t
be done conics along and tries it
and docs it.”—Edgar A. Guest.
tioner for this mistake and to de-
lete the note from their copy.”
Pardon the error! The formula
will not remove pain. It merely will
remove paint. Boy, oh, boy! Never
again will hair turn white because
“the bridal wail was beautiful,” or
because “the bottle-scarred veteran
pied from a cute attu ck.”—From
the Birmingham (Ala.) Age-Herald.
* »• DO YOUR
*• MOW! * » *
•MAIL OR tXPRESS RLKiRI NOON
lications, but they are never hidden.
Perhaps, though, we newspapers
should be thankful. At least we do
not suffer the headaches that must
have tormented the staff of The
Practioner, an English medical
Under the heading: “Local Anal-
gesia,” the British medical journal
explained in a recent issue:
“On page 207 of the February is-
sue was printed a short contribu-
tion with two prescriptions. It now
appears that the recommended solu-
tions were for removal of paint and
not for relief of pain, which was
the title of the short note as receiv-
ed from a contributor. The fact
that the note was based on an
article in the pharmaceutical jour-
nal must be blamed in part for the
error. Readers are asked to accept
this sincere regret of The Practi-
A LICENSED EMBALMERS
PHONE 8 PALACIOS
M. K. FEATHER, Mgr.
Dr. W. J. QUIRKE
Office in Connor Home
2nd Door W. of M. E. Church
Hours: 9 ’til 12 and
Since writing the above the City Council has employ-
ed John Taylor, city marshal, on a full-time, salaried basis
and Mr. Taylor has already started his campaign of traffic
regulations enforcement. The Council members are to be
commended for the manner in which they are meeting the
AUSTIN.—From now on until
after March, Dr. Geo. W. Cox, State
Health Officer, states that every
one must be on guard against pneu-
monia. Last year 3,551 Texans died
of this disease, and it is believed
that many of these deaths could
have been prevented had the pa-
tient called a physician early.
The onset of lobar pneumonia is
usually sudden and is characterized
by chills, fever, severe pains in
chest, and coughing up of rust-col-
A person who has suffered an
attack of pneumonia does not need
to be told how swiftly it attacks.
One can be feeling simply chilly
and languid. During the next day
or two these disagreeable sensa-
tions continue, and the average per-
son pays little attention to them.
If one has been coughing for sev-
eral days, he attributes everything
to the cold. Then comes a chill, and
with it comes pain—not a twitch,
but a stab, a continued rhythmic
Stabbing with every catching
New treatments for pneumonia
have been perfected, but to give
any of these methods a fair chance
of accomplishing a cure, a diagnos-
is must be made early, preferably
before the first chill or at least
soon after its appearance.
Pneumonia is spread by contact,
but this type of germ does not live
long outside the human body. There
are thirty types of this germ. Many
persons do not realize that pneu-
monia is a catching disease. Rela-
tives and friends will visit freely
the person who is convalescing from
pneumonia, although they would not
think of sitting in the sickroom of
a smallpox patient. Both are com-
municable vid dangerous diseases.
Having a physician early when any
of the symptoms appear is the best
method of stopping this needless
loss of life.
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