By Matthew Durkee

From the Pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1937:

For smoking in a forbidden area in a national forest, Andrew Nilsen and Phillip Peacock were prohibited from future smoking when they appeared before Justice of the Peace J.P. Crawford Monday.

Merle S. Lowden, of Gasquet, district ranger, issued a warning that similar offenses will be prosecuted vigorously hereafter. Monday’s case was the first of its kind in the local courts.

News Notes from Klamath

The snagging of salmon in the Klamath River, which has been such a bone of contention among sportsmen and sporting clubs for the past year, was definitely ended on Aug. 28 when Fish and Game officials through the local game warden, Mr. Tate Miller, put a stop to it for all time.

Quarantine officers as official greeters?

That representatives of the Bureau of Plant Quarantine, of the State Department of Agriculture, be trained to act as “official greeters” at the state’s borders, where they are stationed in the discharge of their regular duties, was the request this week of the Redwood Empire Association in a letter to A.C. Fleury, chief of the bureau.

The plan recommended by the association is that bureau representatives be trained to act as information clerks, disseminating folders and other literature descriptive of points, routings and facilities for the traveler in various parts of California.

The association’s letter to Mr. Fleury pointed out that such service will result in prolonging stopovers, cause travelers to drive more miles, thus increasing gas tax revenues and result in the greater spending of the so called “tourist dollar.”

Bearskin is reward for all-day vigil

Curry County is shy one bear, and Zonie Crockett, who lives 15 miles up Pistol River, is ahead one bearskin.

The reason is that Crockett’s faithful hunting dogs are very determined animals.

The dogs lit out after a bear one morning recently, and upon investigation Crockett found they had treed it. Without a gun, Crockett started back to his house for his trusty weapon, but when he got there he remembered he had some business to attend to down at the river.

When he returned home that evening his dogs were missing, so he took down his rifle from over the fireplace and went looking for the dogs.

He found them still at the foot of the tree with ol’ bruin still growling.

And that’s how Zonie Crockett happens to have a bearskin.

Labor Day editorial

In the current issue of America’s premier shirt-stuffer, the Saturday Evening Post, is an article by Jesse H. Jones, R.F.C. Director, in which he relates case after case of Federal financial assistance to distressed banks, farms, factories, merchants and workers, loans ranging from a modest sum of $28.50 to rebuild a blacksmith’s forge, ruined by the Ohio River floods, to millions for industrial concerns caught unawares by the economic debacle of 1929.

It is not the the sums loaned, nor the worthiness of the recipients that is most impressive, but the fact that our government has come to the point in social progress where it assumes the responsibility of lending a helping hand to any member of society, regardless of class or station, in time of trouble.

Taking the broad view of government as being, in effect, a copartnership of all citizens, organized with the primary purpose of “promoting the general welfare,” we conceive the helping-hand attitude of government as being a reflection of our own spirit of neighborliness, rather than the whim of a distant, aloof, autocratic power, inflexible and indifferent to the popular will.

We, then, the people, have loaned our collective credit to individuals and corporations until, in effect, many of the largest industrial and commercial concerns in the land are but trustees, responsible first to their principal creditor, the government, for faithful and efficient performance of their duties to society at large.

It is conceivable that the next development in social progress may be the regulation of such trusteeships as to require more and more liberal distribution of the wealth created by them, until business as a whole shall be conducted primarily for the benefit of the entire people rather than for profits to a few. When and if such a condition shall eventuate, the prime objective of business shall be to produce the goods requisite for human comfort and happiness and the jobs whereby their cost may be earned by anyone willing to perform his just share of the labor required.

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY has successfully weathered the most intense storms of adversity imaginable, and emerged strong and vigorous as a result of the test. Politically we have a condition of stability far more substantial than that of any nation on earth. And in meeting the contingencies of economic upheaval broader concepts of democracy have been thrust upon us. The next logical step in the development of free government is democratizing of industry; giving to the individual member of the concern the same rights to profit from his labor as he has to express his political convictions.

Call it what you will; industrial democracy, cooperative democracy, or plain economic common sense, the trend is definitely in that direction, and points the way to a classless society, where each enjoys that which he is willing and capable of producing from the common heritage of the earth’s resources.

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