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* The Daily Chowanian *
Volume 1 — Number 20
Murfreesboro, North Carolina, December 8, 1959
North Office of Wachovia Bank and
Trust Co. Robbed of $8,868
unmasked pistol brandishing
white men quickly made off with
$8,868 from the North office of
the Wachovia Bank and Trust
Co. here late Monday.
Although roadblocks were set
up by federal, state and local of
ficers in the area, the bandits
were not immediately appre
hended and a search continued
early today for them.
Roy K. Moore, special agent
in charge of the FBI in the Caro-
linas, said the entire robbery at
4:20 p.m. apparently took but a
The six employes in the office
were ordered from bahind the
counter by the men, who then
forced teller T. Blaine Marshall
to fill up a brown canvas bag
Employes told officers the men
were bareheaded and they esti
mated their ages at between 39
a d 40. Both were described as
wearing zipper jackets, and one
were blue jeans while the other
had on conventionEiI trousers.
A-SO, one was described as light
skinned and the other dark-
They were believed to have
fled the office, located in a thick
ly populated area on U. S. high
way 52, in a late model blue car.
“We’re as nervous as you are,”
employes quoted one of the mer
as saying. “Don’t follow us or
we’ll shoot you,” they warned
as they ran from the building.
An alarm was sounded as soon
as the men left.
Bank Manager J. Bynum Yar
brough, 55, said the men walked
up to the counter and pulled a
pistol. He said he advised em
ployes to do as they ordered
and Marshall, the teller, filled
the canvas bag with money from
a hand cart.
Although officially closed, the
bank was open to receive time
payments at that hour. Severa'
employes were moving record'
and money from behind the
counter into a vault at the time.
It was the eighth bank robbery
n North Carolina this year. Ar
rests and convictions have been
made in all but one of the seven
Biggest Break In Many
North Carolina's Prison
Doug Cline Fourth
To Win Trophy
RALEIGH AP —Doug Cline of
Clems?n is the fourth fullback in
a row to win the At'antic Coast
C nference’s Jacobs Blocking tro
The Atlantic Coast Sports Writ
ers Assn. picked Cline for the hon
or over Duke guard Mike McGee
anr Siuth Carolina tackle Ed Pitts.
T^ie trophy, donated by Hugh
and Bill Jac^ of Clinton, S. C.,
in memory of their late father,
William P., is given to the player
deemed the most outstanding Kock-
er in the ACC.
Cline, 6-2, 210 - pounder from
Valdese, N. C., polled 42 points
against McGee’s 39 and Pitte’ 33.
Harold McEIhaney, former Duke
fullback, won the award in 1956
and 1957. Last season, it went to
South Carolina fuUback John Saun
—• The mass
[ in North Carolina’s prison sys
tem, was apparently engineered
by Charles Yank Stewart, 52, of
Wilmington who was recaptured
on Nov. 4 after making an escape
from big, grim Central Prison.
Prison officials said that Stew
art had sawed one or more bars
to his cell. Around 12:30 he call
ed guard John Case saying he
wanted toilet tissue. When the
guard arrived, Stewart had got
ten out of his cell. He grabbed
the guard and threatened to
■‘beat his brains out” with an
The prisoners held case imtil
the sergesmt of the guard, named
Phillips, came up from the
prison control room at midnight
with a guard to reUeve Case.
Phillips was struck and he 2md
the other guard were overpower
U. s. And Britain
UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. AP
—The United States and Britain
backed France Monday in a fu
tile attempt to vote down a U. N.
resolution asking consideration
01 pjLUcal issues in French-Al-
gerian peace talks.
But the vote in the U.N. As
sembly’s Political Committee-
33-23 with 17 abstentions—was
short cf the two-third majority
required for adoption of th’ re
solution by the Assembly itself
France, which boycotted the
mceUng, was delighted by the
proposal’s failure to win a suffi
cient majority. France calls the
Algerian question an internal is
sue and no business of the United
Tha United States and Britain
contended that the resolution
might harm chances of ending
the five-year-old Algerian revolt.
The French insist that a cease
fire precede politicail talks. Al
gerian rebel leaders insist they
must negotiate on the North
African territory’s political fu
ure simultaneously with discus
sions of an end to the fighting.
1 he resolution asks the two
parties to hold informal talks
on implementing the right o;
self-determination which French
President Charles de Gaulle has
promised Algeria. The word in
dependence, which was included
in a resolution that failed by one
vote in the Assembly last year,
was omitted this year.
I I M m wt • lOne Million Dollar
Labor Agreement Being contract offered
Tried By Steel Workers
WASHINGTON AP — The ^
Stee Workers Union is trying to
complete a new lal)or agreement
covering 25,ODO members in the:
c?n manufacturing industry and I
use it to help jar loose a steel
R^resentatives of the American
and Continental Can companies
were reported near agreement to
day with Uni''n President David J.
McDonald on terms similar to the
union’s a^eement with Kaiser
Steel Corp. That agreement called
for a 22*/4-cent houry increase in
wages and fringe benefits over a
McDonald hoped to finish up the
can industry pact and turn to al
uminum industry negotiati''ns next
week in Chicago. The union chief
obviously hoped the settlemeit
covering his members in these in*
dustries would increase pressure
for a steel settlement.
Federal mediators ca'ied in both
uni-on and steel industry negotia
tors this afternoon for a joint meet
ing. There seemed to be little hope
for an early steel settlement.
GUATEMALA AP — Right
ist President Miguel Ydigoras
Fuentes apparently retained
control over Congress in Sun
day’s elections, but the vote
boosted the 1963 presidential
chances of moderate leftist
Mario Mendez Montenegro.
Final returns will not be in
for some time because of com
plicated election procedures,
but Mendez Montenegro’s fast-
growing, left-wing Revolution
ary party captured several seats
in early returns. It was be
lieved it would hold as many
as 10 or 12 seats in the 66-mem-
ber, one-house Congress.
Winter Storm Hits
LONDON AP — Fierce winter
storms lashed Europe and the
Atlantic for the third day today.
Mou“tainous seas, blizzards,
floods and freezing temperatures
took 72 lives.
The latest victims were the
eight seamen of a lifeboat crew
smashed on Scotland’s east
coast. The lifeboat had set off
to rescue the crew of a drifting
lightship and was driven ashore.
Heavy rains and high winds
battered most of the British
Isles. Snowstorms and cold again
disrupted transport on most of
the Continent. Baltic ports in
Poland were closed. Hundreds
of cars were snowbound in Den
Rain and snow continued in
most of Italy, heavily damaging
’The situation eased at Frejus
on the French Riviera where
more than 300 persons lost their
lives in a dam break last week.
Buses and two cargo ships had
been ordered to stand by to re
move persons from low-lying
sections in case of renewed
Big Blimp With
LAKEHURST, N. J. AP — A
350-foot blimp landed at the Naval
Air Station here today after high
winds kept it aloft overnight.
Ground crewB hoisted gasoline
to the big craft in a special con
tainer during the night Several
landing attempts were made, but
aU were unsuccessful because of
Eighteen men spent the night
on the blimp. None was injured.
The Navy said there was nothing [ without
dangerous about the operation.
CHICAGO AP — A whopping
one million dollars a year televi
sion contract has been offered
the Big Ten for purposes of tele
vising football, basketball, swim
ming and track events, it was
disclosed Monday night.
A Western Conference official
said the package offer has been
made by a national advertising
However, the official, who ask
ed not to be identified, stated
that the Big Ten could not re
ceive the offer under present
rules of the National Collegiate
The contract calls for one mil
lion doUars a year for three
years with option for renewal.
The Big Ten, as a member of
the NCAA, cannot accept the bid
sanction of the ruling
I collegiate body.
Then the prisoners were able
to get access to the prison con
trol room where they found an
arsenal of weapons. They dress
ed in guards’ clothing and cap
tured the guards on the towers.
They locked up the guards and
left—in a prison truck and a car.
However, the car was wrecked
a short distance from the prison,
and, apparently, all pUed in the
truck untU they reached Yancey-
viUe, about five miles away.
Ivy Bluff is the most modem
unit in North Carolina’s far flung
prison system. It is small and is
used to house incorrigibles who
frequently get in trouble at other
units. The prison’s population us
ually runs around 40 or fewer.
The mass bresik was the first es
cape from Ivy Bluff since it was
completed in 1956
Ivy Bluff is a red brick struc
ture surrounded by a high fence
topped with barbed wire. The
fence stands in 2V4 feet of con
crete to prevent tunneling.
In an isolated section 65 miles
northwest of Raleigh and 20
miles from the Virginia state
line, it is considered the state’s
State IMsons Director William
F. Bailey has described its in
mates as “incorrigibles, hard
ened crimineils—the type you
find in Alcatraz. Because they
are potenticilly dangerous, we
owe it to the public to keep them
under strict discipline.”
THE STOCK MARKET
NEW YORK AP — Motors help
ed the stock market to a moder
ate gain early this afternoon.
Advances and losses were small.
Trading was fairly active, slacken
ing off after the normal opening
Wall Street feeling was that the
Une of least resistance appeared
to be upward, although the steady,
but slow, progress was hartera'ng.
The market has risen minor a-
mounts in the past three sessions
after digesting a big spurt in the
first half of last week.
Steels showed little reaction to
the urging of Secretary of Labor
Tames P. Mitchell that both sides
in the long dispute submit it to a
third party, possibly the govern
ment, for solution. Changes were
narrow and mixed.
Advances by auto makers came
as production lines began operat
ing again in Detroit. Chrj^Ier was
best, raising nearly 2 points.
Chemicals had an upward tend-
NORTH CAROINA; Generally
fair and not so cold today and
tonight. Wednesday, mostly sun
ny, slightly colder in the moun
tains. High today 48-55. Low to
night 25-30 in the mountain, in
the 30s elsewhere.
ency with Dupont up more than 5.
United Aircraft, up around IVfe,
led a strong aircraft section. Drugs
continued to sag.
Oils and rails turned irregular
The Associated Press average
of 60 stocks at noon was up 30
cents at $226.60. Industrials were
up $1.20. but rails declined 50
U. S. government bonds im
proved. Corporate bonds were
Bus Strike Causes
PITTSBURG AP — The mass
transit system was struck n«*e
today by 1.700 bus and trolley op>
erators. ITonrs lafer mammoth traf
fic jams devrfoped.
Autos were bumper to bumper
as they moved into the downtown
business district In at least two
places, cars were backed up three
mfles. Hitchhikers by the hundreds
stood in subfreezing weather.
The walkout, coming near the
peak of the Christmas shopping
season, directly affects 115,000
All equipment was pressed into
service by 28 other bus compa
nies continuing to operate in the
metropolitan area. The big buses
on Pittsburg's narrow, winding
streets helped contribute to the
WASHINGTON AP — Senate
investigators exploring “wonder
drug” price markups sought to
team today whether an inter
national cartel figures anywhere
in the picture.
TTie Senate Antitrust and Mon
opoly subcommittee heard Monday
disputed testimony that one drug
firm, the Schering Co^. of Boom-
field, N. J., has received price
markups ranging from 1,118 per
cent to more than 7X)00 per cent
on some medical products.
Chairman Estes Kefauver D-
Tenn ordered the firm’s president,
Francis C. Brown, to produce his
company’s licensing agreements
with foreign drug firms.
“We want to find out whether
there is an international cartel
built up in the drug business,”
Kefauver said. He noted that
Schering is the only pharmaceuti
cal house which has failed to turn
over its foreign agreements involv
ing, among other things, rights
to use patented preparations.
Brown replied that he has no
objection to handing over the
agreements, but said his firm has
not 3^t obUtined permission from
the foreign firms involved to dis
Radio Ham Saves
Life of Young Boy
WASHINGTON AP — Charles
T. Wells Jr., a quick-thinking ra
dio ham operator, was back in
h i s hometown today, displaying
honors bestowed on him by the
Israeli government and consider
ing a possible trip to that country.
The 35-year-oId plant engineer
for a Greenville, N. C., bakery
was hailed here at a luncheon
Monday for relaying a radio mes
sage that directly resulted in Oie
dispatch of an American brain
sra^eon to Ghana, Africa, in mid-
November to treat an injured