James Ferrell of Leafbank was in town on Monday morning, having
his pension papers fixed up.
G.W. Griffin and Dr. W.H. Adams, prominent Washington District
citizens, came to Grantsville on Monday to transact some business.
Cutis Shaffer of Chicago, a brother of our townsman Bert
Shaffer, spent a few days here as a guest of his brother’s family.
Bickel and Patterson have sold their string of tools on Yellow
Creek to a Mr. Miller.
J.M. Bennett, O.J. Dulin, A.J. Pickering, F.S. Hathaway, G.W.
Taylor, C.C. Starcher, Bert Shaffer, R.L. Hamilton and Jim Huffman are attending
Masonic Lodge at Pennsboro, where most of them will ride the goat in the
“Gov. Gray” won the Latonia Derby race at Latonia, Ky.,
running the one and a half miles in
4/5, lacking but 4/20 of a second of breaking the American record for that
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Pell went to Elkins last week, where they
joined Mr. and Mrs. Holsberry, and went to the mountain streams of
County, where they will
attempt to lure the finny tribe from their haunts.
is a young country, and unknowing in many of the ways of propaganda and
diplomacy. Americans are often described as the most disliked people on the face
of the earth, because of
Part of the reason why it is hard to sell the American people to
the rest of the world is that we are too wealthy and too materialistic. When you
have more than others, it doesn’t make them love you; and when you
as Hollywood and some Americans do,
it becomes repulsive to those with values on a different level.
So that is the problem we face in the United States--that
is our public relations problem.
The problem was aggravated when a film documentary, titled
“Harvest of Shame,” was sold by a television network to the British Broadcasting
Corp. The film, which was the result of an effort to achieve something
commendable, has become highly controversial.
The new head of the U.S. Information Agency, Edward Murrow, who
did the commentary in the film, telephoned the BBC, immediately prior to the
showing of the film, and asked that the film not be shown. The BBC replied that
the film had already been too widely advertised to be cancelled.
What it all adds up to is that we Americans often export
our worst--even sometimes exaggerated self-criticism. In this case, the damage
was done by what really is a television network editorial.