W. Fitcher and C.L. Johnson of Jacksonburg, W.Va., who were
business visitors in town last week, had the following to say of our county upon
their return to Parkersburg, says the
Dispatch-News of Saturday morning:
“W. Fitcher and C.L. Johnson of Jacksonburg, who were visitors
in Parkersburg for several days, returned to this city yesterday after a trip
through several of the adjacent counties. They came here from Calhoun County,
where they were given an agreeable surprise by the prosperous condition of
things in general, and the apple crop in particular. Both gentlemen state that
Calhoun has been much maligned, as the impression prevails in most places in
West Virginia that it is the least attractive and flourishing part of the
“They state that in no other locality which they have visited
did they become more cognizant of the horticultural, agricultural and other
productions of West Virginia. As evidence that, in the course of development, it
will rival the eastern panhandle counties as an apple raising center. The
gentlemen exhibited an apple weighing a pound, taken from a tree bearing even
larger fruit on the farm of John L. Evans of Mt. Zion, near Grantsville. All the
fruit on the tree was uniformly large and excellent, and among the apples picked
were several of the jumbo variety, one weighing over 17 ounces."
Reports from Red China indicate that the Communist Chinese may
soon begin testing nuclear weapons in North Tibet. This report may be a clue to
the action of the Chinese, when they invaded and occupied Tibet.
This note from the Far East is a grim one as far as the Western
democracies are concerned. It has been widely believed that when China acquired
nuclear weapons, she will be seriously tempted to bring about a showdown with
the U.S. on Formosa.
All of this brings to mind the urgent need for some sort of
world agreement on the use of nuclear weapons. France is the latest country to
acquire them, China appears about ready to acquire them, and soon many other
nations will have them--and certainly, unless there is some world agreement on
the use of nuclear weapons, some mistake, or some hot-headed decision, could do
more to arrest the progress of civilization than anything that has happened
since the Dark Ages.