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Moscow Says Soviet
Army Dealt Heavy
Blow To Nazis
*- Hoaoo'tr.—^The Rttsslans re
ported tod&y that air-borne tank^
laden -with Red army intantrymer
landed deep -within the German
lines and dealt a slashing blow
in a continuing series of counter
attacks while a similar Nazi str.--
tagem wsts crushed by Soviet “ex
Red SUr, the Soviet army
newspaper, said these Russian
counter-attrcks on the central
front already had broken three
German defense line;* and recap-
. tared five population centers, the
flying tank troopers and foot sol
diers sailing down tc decide the
tsene at the third German line.
The Soviet information bureau,
while ignoring this account said
the Germans landed large para
chute forces and three tankettes
behind the Russian lines at an
undlscloeed place b-ut that the
whole *arty was smashed.
The communique listed the ma
jor battle areas as Novgorod.
Klnglsepp and Staraya Russia, all
in the Leningrad defense zone
from the Estonian border to the
Lake Ilmen region about 140
miles south of Leningrad: Gomel.
In the central zone where Red
Star told of success; and around
Odessa, the Big I'kraine port on
the Black Sea in the sector where
the Germans have made their
Tries To Mend
U. S. Relations
the Vichy government had been
unjui-Tly accused of planning tc
surrender ‘the fleet and Atlantic
naval bases to Germany, Gaston
Henry-Haye. French ambassador
sought yenerdcy to repair the
frayed relations with the United
I States resulting from new cvi-
*‘dence of Franco-German collabo
What success he had was not
immediately apparent for Secre
tary of State Hull declined to
make any comment on their con
ference. It was believed, however,
that the ambassador was told
that future Franco-American re
i'laitlons depended itpou the acts of
-Vtchr gwrament in cMryiar-.
' out its ’collaboration decisions.
Jones To Put Cash
At Call Of Reds
When They Need It
Washington. - - Tite United
States may lend Rtfs ia motte> to
p.TV for war supplies purchased
here “if she oftierwise is imahle
to pav” for them. Federal Loan
Administrator Jesse Jones said
He emphasized that there had
|li}>een no definite talks ,=o far re
garding a ioan, hut rddeii.
“If it becomes a matter of ad
ministration policy to help Rus
sia. and if she is unable to pay
for things she needs from thi..
country. I imagine some way will
be found to help her."
He doubted that Russian rid
would he extended through the
lend-lease act, hut said it Pi'> >-
ablv would be transacted as r
loan on which he • guessed- a
promisory note would he accept
ed by this country as security.
Gas Reserves For
Ten Days Remain
In East Coast Area
Washington.—Only a 10-day
reserve of gasoline for public
use was left on the Atlantic Sea
board as cf last week and the
“danger point” is approaching
rapidly. Acting Petroleum Co-or
dinator Ralph K. Davies revealed
^ The reserve dropped 893.000
barrels last week. Davies said,
warning that “thU is the begin
ning of the sharp and serious
drop in supplies that we fore-
He said there is nothing
“phony” about warnings of an
impending shortage and called
upon consumers to conserve care
fully on present stocks if a dras
tic shortage this winter” is to be
He said that persoms who con
tend that no real shortage exists
In the East are using figures on
supplies which include re.serves
that have been set aside for de
' Four Divorces Are
Granted In Court
* During the August term of
Wilkes superior court fottf
vorcee were granted In the follow-
inx cases: Mrs. Ruby Staley ver-
oward Staley: Maggie R.
sten versus C. B. Edmln-
Nettie Cardwell versus Al-
ardwell: B. H. Queen ver-
iry Pearl Queen.
Proigram For Annual Moose
Convention Here Is Outlined
Open August 30;
Close Sept. 1st
Larg'est Convention In His
tory of North Wilkeaboro
New U. S. Fighter in Flight
Loyal Order of Moose lodge
and Women of the Moose here in
meetings this week laid plans for
the annual conclave of Carolina
Moose Association to be held
here August 30, 31 and Sep
Charles .A. Kirby, regional di
rector. met with both organiza
tions and it was found that plans
are well under way for the con
clave, which is exipected to be the
largest convention in North Wil-
Women of the Moose met on
Monday evening with a large
delegation from Charlotte pres
ent. Among them were Mrs. Gol
die Dean, the state dean, Bessie
Lineberry. graduate regent, Mrs.
Perrl Smith, Katherine Mindes
and many others. Another meet
ing will be held on Monday night,
to which all members are invited.
W. n. Diihling. of North Wil-
kesboro, is president of Carolina
Moose association and will pre
side at the conclave. Hundreds of
dele.gates from all parts of the
Carolinas and from Tennessee
and Virginia are expected to at
An attractive 30-page program
for the convention is off the press
and is being distributed to lodges
in the Carolinas. Virginia and
Tennessee. The convention will
open with registration rt ten a.
m. on -August 30 at Hotel Wilkes.
Standing commit'ees will meet at
the Moose hall en C otr«©fc,at oa«»
The conclave will open at 6:30
in the citv hall. .After that meet
ing the North Wilkesboro Junior
Chamber of Commerce l>all for
the convention delegate.- and oth-
ei. will be held.
At 8:30 Salurdry evening will
lie class initiation of Moose at
Hotel Wilkes and Women of the
Moose at the lodge hall.
Ritualistic contests will fe.sture
the Sunday morning program
f,-om nine a. m. to 12. At 12:3
the Moose iiincheon will he at
Hotel Wilkes and Women of the
Moose at the T.egion clubhouse
with Mrs. Mery Hooper, of Bal-
limove. third grand dean repre
senting the chancellor, presiding.
At two p. m. will he a motor
cade to Bluff Bark on he Blue
Ridge Parkway, where a water
melon slicing will he enjoyed on
the picnic grounds. At five o-
clock will he Legion of the Moose
initiation, followed hy a fellow
ship dinner at Hotel Wilkes and
frolic at the lodge hrll.
Monday morning programs
will be featured by addresses by
Past President Robert L. Col-
lingsworih. of Baltimore, and
George EuTanks, deputy supreme
governor, of Mooseheart, Illinois.
Monday afternoon will have
.several activities, including a
street parade, baseball game
•banquet and at ni.gbt a farewe
ball. . ,
Charles A. Kirby, regional di
rector with A. Jack Mount, mem
bership director, in charge o
convention plans, will attend the
national convention and return
in time for the conclave here.
Stafford Is Head
Frank Stafford Supervisor of
WPA Defense Efforts In
District 33 Counties
Frank Stafford, well known
young man of North Wilkesboro
has bteen appointed supervisor of
a district of 33 counties in a new
division of the WPA.
The new division of the agency
was formed a.3 a part of the na
tional defense program. Mr. Staf
ford has 33 counties in his dis
He was formerly connected
with the district WPA office in
this city before it was combined
with the Winston-Salem district
Shown here «n Bight for the first time te the newly developed CnrtiM
Hawk P-40D pursuit plane, now being produced in Bnflals
pUnt of the Cnrtiss-Wright corporation. The new sWp ‘s ir.ore stream-
Uned than the original Curtiss Hawk P-40 model. Details concerning de-
lign are withheld,
Front Yard Home
Near Union Grove
Reports of killing rattlesnakes
in the mountains this year have
been more numerous than ever
before but this week the un
usual happened when a rattler
was found in the Union Grove
E. H. McCarter found a rattler
in his front yard at noon Wed
nesday rt his home in the Union
Grove community some distance
from the nearest mountains. Tlie
snake was about three and one-
half feet in length and had eight
rattles and a button.
Grand Jury Says
Cricket Is In Need
of School Building
Says Present Building Dan
gerous; Tubercular Pati
ent Makes Complaint
Grand jury at the August term
of Wilkes court de?cribed the
Cricket school building as “con
demned” and “dangerous” and
recommended that a new' school
building there be erected at the
earliest possible moment.
The report, as filed by M. J.
Beardslee, foreman, said that
badly in jnped,
of’re’palrf Is not large enough to
adequately house half the enroll
Crowded conditions were also
reported at Ronda school, where
a number of minor improvement.?
were asked and it was recom
mended that the stale building
inspector inspect the building be
cause of settling in .some parts.
Few recommendations were
made relative to the courthouse,
jail, county home, prison camp or
school bus garage. A new ctmk
stove for the jail, inside painting
tor the county tubercular ho?^
pital and painting the downstairs
part of the jail wore recommend
Attached to the report of the
grand jury was a letter of com-
, plaint handed a member of the
Ijiirv hy a patient at the Uibercu-
Ilar' hospital. The patient, Mil
dred Gilbert, s^id that the pa-
tienus were not receiving suffici
ent food and alleged that the sup
erintendent was not giving the
patients the care and attention
thev should have. The grand jury
recommended that the conditions
described in the complaint be in
The grand jury examined lJU
bins, found 98 true hills, eight
not true and four were continued
for lack of evidence.
Many Will Attend
Boone Short Course
J B. Snitpes, Wilkes farm a-
gent. said today that several farm
men and women in Wilke,? county
are planning to attend the two-
day short course to he held at A.
I S. T. C. In Boone August 26 end
Meals and lod.glng may he ob
tained for the two days for $1.75,
Mr. Snipes said, and a proffram
covering practically all phases of
p.griculture has been planned for
the two days. A cattle sale will
be held on Wednesday afternoon
as a supplement to the regular
Board Named By Chairman
of State Board Will Meet
G. T. Scott, head of the United
States Department of Agriculture
State Defense Board, haa appoint,
ed a board for Wilkes 'X)unty, ac
cording to information received
today from J. B. Snipes, Wilkes
The Wilkes board is composed
of the following: J. M. German,
representing the Triple A; J. B.
Snipes, extension service; Paul J.
Vestal, Farm Credit admlnlstrar
tlon; J. B. Hlghsmlth, Farm Se
curity admlntstrakion; Sanford
Prevette, Rural Electrification
administration; J. H. Jolnes,
Emergency Crop and Feed Loans;
P. W. Edwards, soil conservation
I First meeting of the commlt-
' tee will be held on Monday, Au-
Igust 25, 7:30 p. m. Subject for
discussion will be “making the
best possible use of available seed
[for winter legumes and Increas
ed acreage of cover crops.”
Man With Hole In
Commie Hayea On Road To
Recovery Following Seri
ous Brain Injury
Mr. J. B. Snlpee, Wilkes coun
ty agent, was a visitor in Concord
81 *t Division To
Have Reunion Soon
National reunion of the famous
81st (Wildcat) division, which
won-fame in the World War, will
be held at Carolina Hotel in Ra
leigh October 4, 5 and 6.
Many World War veterans In
Wilkes were members of the 81st
and it is expected that a number
of them will attend the reunion.
Many Interesting features are
planned for the occasion.
Mr. John A. Cashion has a po.
sition in Dumtartonshire, Scot
Children Must ■
Helath and .school authorities
I have called attention to the laws
.which require that children be
immunized against diphtheria and
vaccinated to prevent smallpox.
The law requires that babies
when they reach the age of six
months be iniimunized against
diphtheria and that those who
I have not been immunized have
I the immunization before they
ror.ch school age.
j In many places certificates
from a physician or health offi-
cer giving the date of vaccination
land immunization are required
before entering school. In prac
tically all Cfses. .smallpox vacci
nation is required before begin,
niiig work on a jobs where oth-
I ers ai" employed.
Many From Wilkes
■ Can Be Enrolled
! In C. C. Camps
Wilkes youths will he enrolled
in the G. C. Camus early next
' week, Charles McNeill, welfare
officer and who is in charge of
selection of enrollcs, said today.
I The welfare officer said that
I several applications are on file
i but the quota is unlimited and
I others interested ere asked to
make application at the welfare
I office not later than Monday, Au-
Igust 2 5.
About the only requirements
j other than age and physical con
dition U that the applicant be
unemployed, Mr. McNeill said.
Three Bound Over
On Liquor Charges
Federal alcohol tax unit in
vestigators on Saturday arrested
three In connection with a still
raid in the Call community.
Those arrested and placed under
bond for appearance at the No
vember term of federal court
were Charlie Love, Noah Shatley
and Daniel Shrtley.
Federal officers taking part In
the raid and arrests were Roy
Reece, C. S. Felts, J. H. White-
.»ides, Charlie Steelman, G. H.
Gilbertson and Walter M. Irwin.
Preliminary hearing was held be
fore J. W. Dula, United States
Commie Hayes has returned to
hla home on the Brushles, appar
ently well on the road toward a
miraculous recovery from a brain
injury received on the night of
August 1 when he was hit on the
head hy a hoe in the hands of Ray
Davis, of Congo.
Surgeons at the Wilkes hos
pital found Hayes- In a desperate
condition wltb a-hole In hfa skull
and-^mplete poralySls of- -hte
right arm and leg. A piece of
skull fragment was removed from
his injured brain tissue.
Hayes did not die. Instead he
began early to improve slowly
and now his head injury has heel
ed and he has recovered partial
use of his right arm and leg.
Complete recovery i? anticipated.
Davis was jailed for assault
with intent to kill. Officers were
unable to learn details of the
cause of the as.sault. Hayes, with
Warren Hendren. were carrying
Davis to his home at Congo.
When they arrived there they dis
covered the car had a flat tire.
Davis. Hendren said, volunteered
to go for a light in order that
they might see how to repair the
tire. He returned with a hoe and
began u.ring it on Hayea.
Davis told officers that Hryes
a.’d Hendren were trying to "run
something over him.”
W. R. Absher, for almost
half a cemtary a prominent citi
zen of this city, died Tuesday.
W. R. Absher, A
Died Tuesday In Charlotte;
Funeral Service Held
Mrs. Huff Wil' Sing
At Methodist Church
A special feature of the Sunday
morning service at the North
Wilkesboro .Methodist church ■will
be a song by Mrs. W. N. Huff,
widely known singer. Mrs. Huff
is a sister of Mrs. Genlo Card'well.
Being Used Here
J. B. Snipes. Wilkes county a-
gent, said today that his office
has i-eceived $1,800 in cotton
stamps, which are being dis-
t7".)uted to the cotton farmers.
The cotton stamps may be used
same as money for the purchase
of American manufactured cotton
Farmers are warned not to lose
or destroy their stamps because
no duplicates will be issued.
The county agent said he had
reports that some merchants 'who
have not signed the pro.per blanks
for handling the stamps, are ac
cepting them and that only those
who sign the blanks and receive
their supplies are allowed to ac
cept them. He said that merch
ants who hr.ve not signed may
yet do so If they desire.
Many Pay Taxes
To Avoid Costs
Additionail Costs To Be Add
ed To 1940 County Tax
es Not Paid Before 1st
Those who have not paid
their 1940 taxes due Wilkes
county can reaUze .‘tabstanflal
sarin^ by paying before Sep
Real estate on which taxes
for 1940 have not been paldHs
advertised to be sedd on
SeptembOT 1, when cogte of
sple wfll be added to the a- ^
mount of tfie taxes. I
William Rowan Absher, 76,
pioneer citizen of North Wilkes
boro whose life contributed much
to the business, church and edu
cational progress of the cHy, died
Tuesday morning, eight o’clock,
at Mercy hospital- in Qhartotte.
> -ilr: '‘Absher h«d^ tefiiWHihne - an
operation there .several days
previously but was apparently
well on the road to recovery and
had planned to return home yes
terday. Ho was .suddenly stricken
on Monday and never rallied.
He was born in Ashe county
and received his higher education
at the University of North Caro
lina. He came to North Wilkes
boro in IS9.3 and accepted the
position as principal of North
Wilke-sboro school. He served in
that capacity for a number of
His first business venture in
the mercantile field was with the
late John Horton. Later he join
ed W. M. Absher in the clothing
business. Then he, w’ith E. M.
Blackburn and Joe Hayes, form
ed Absher, Hayes and Blackburn
firm. Hayea withdrew from the
firm, leaving it Absher and
Blackburn, which for decades
was one of the heat known stores
in this part of the stale.
'fhe business we.? divided sev
eral years ago and Mr. Absher.
with hia son. W. F. Absher. ope
rated Ahahers store for a nnm-
her of yeara. More recently Mr
Absher had been engaged in the
real estate busines-?'.
He was a member of the North
Wilkesboro Methodist church and
wi's a leader in church activity,
being a member bf the boards of
stewards for many years and he
held that position at the time of
his death. He was also a Sunday
Mhool teacher over a long period
of time. .
He had taken an active inter
est in public life, supporting ev
ery movement wheih he deemed
to he in the interest of progress
and welfare of his community.
He served for a period of time
as member of the city council and
had often been called upon to
fill positions of public trust.
He married Miss Kate Fletch
er, of Ashe county, r daughter
of'Rev. J. F. Fletcher, and sister
of Major A. L. Fletcher, head of
the Unemployment Compensation
Commission, and A. J. Fletcher,
Surviving are Mrs. Absher, one
son, William F. Absher, and one
daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Lott, all
of North Wilkesboro. Also surviv
ing are three grandchildren. Bill
and Michael Absher and Anne
Lott. _ , ,
An impressive funeral service
was conducted Wednesday efter-
noon at the North Wilkesboro
Methodist church with the pastor,
Rev. A. L. Aycock, in charge.
Business houses in the city clos-
ed during the hour of the funer
al. _ .
Pall bearers were Eugene Tn-
(Oxitinaed on page 4)
One Change Made
In Principals IV
Zeb Dickson Replaces Ralph
Miller As Principal Of
With but few exceptions schools
of Wilkes county sy.stem will open
on Wednesday, August 27, C. B.
Eller, county superintendent, said
Mulberry and four small
schools will not open until Mon
day, September 1. The schools to
open on September 1 are Mulber.
ry. Rock Springs, Burke, Friend
ship and Shepherd.
There will be only one change
of district principals this year,
Supt. Eller said. Zeb Dickson,
formerly a member of the Wilkes
boro high school faculty, replaces
Ralph Miller as Mountain View
principal. Other district principals
are as follows: Wilkesboro, Wm.
T. Long; Ferguson, Mack Prof-
fit: Mount Pleasant, P. W. Greer;
Millers Creek, R. V. Day; Trap-
hill, W. V. Nix: Ronda, E. R.
S'pruill; Roaring River, C. P.
Farmer; Mulberry, Grady Miller.
J. R. Edelin Is principal of Lin
coln Heights, colored high school.
Schools will operate during the
first four weeks on'daylight sav
ings time and will open each
morning at 8:30. This will en
able the children to reach their
homes in the afternoon in time to
accomplish some work, Supt. Ell
School equipment has been
placed in good condition. This
week a school bus drivers school .J
was held with drivers of puhUe^^^.^>
and coiUraet^iJgfii) by'
Some 'increase is expectM‘''Tfi
school enrollment, which passed
10,000 in the county system last
9 Polio Cases In
Wilkes This Year
Health Officer Reports All
In Eastern Part County;
Nine ca';es of infantile paralys-
i-i have occiired during the past
seven ! weeks in the eastern part
of Wilkes county. Dr. A. J. Ell
er, health officer, said today.
However, practically all the
case.? were discovered during the
severe hot weather and there
have been no new cases in the
past two weeks, the health offi
He described the case.; cs being
in mild form and hopes are held
.for complete or near complete
recovery of all of them. All were
quarantined end the usual pre
cautions have been taken to pre
vent infection to others, the
health officer said.
Cases listed on his report were
as fallows: Ruby Je.-n Mastin,
daughter of Eugene Mastin, of
Elkin: Edna Key, daughter of
Garfield Key, Imogene Crabb,
daughter of William Crahb, Nan
cy Lee Hudler, daughter of Mrs.
Genevia Hudler, Donald Billings,
daughter of Che-ster Billings, all
of Roaring River; Jacky Von
Carter, son of M. L. Carter, of
State Road: Marion Frank Hin
son, son of J. D. Hinson, of State
Road: Cothren Johnson, son of
J. O. Johnson, of Thurmond;
Tyre Sldden, son of C. C. Sidden,
Cooler weather and the fact
that there have been no new oas
es lead health authorities to be.
lieve that the danger of spread of
the disease has greatly dimin
Rifle And Pistol
Club To Be Formed
On Friday Evening
Plans for organization of a
rifle and pistol club will be tak
en uip In a meeting to be held at
the city hall here on Friday
evening, seven o’clock.
Interested parties today made
announcement of the meeting and
asked all who are Interested in
rifle and pistol shooting, regard
less of their respective abllltlea
for accuracy, to attend the meet