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The State Port Pilot
Southport, N. G.
Published Every Wednesday
FAMES M. HARPER. JR Editor
Catered m eecond-claaa matter April 20, 1928, at
the Post Office at Southport, N. C., tinder the
Act of March 3, 1870.
DNE YEAR $1.50
SIX MONTHS 1.00
THREE MONTHS 75
Wednesday, December 29,1948
The New Year
As we stand on the threshold of a new
year we find ourselves wondering what
the next twelve months will bring, par
ticularly as it affects our own commun
ity and our own interests. And even as
we wonder, we find ourselves convinced
that if much is to happen, we must aban
don our position of waiting and wishing
and take some positive action of our
For instance, if we are to have a mod
ern hotel in Southport this time next
year, some of us should start now to
make arrangements to build it.
If we really are concerned with what
happens to Ft. Ca^vell, then the thing
to do is to replace our local curiosity with
genuine local interest and see what can
be done about acquiring the property
and putting it to its best possible use.
And this goes for whatever else we
have been complaining about or dream
ing of. There are three-hundred-sixty
five days of opportunity ahead for those
who will use them.
Perhaps it is a mistake for one to start
out to enumerate the things which made
this Christmas one of the happiest occas
ions ever celebrated in this community,
because to overlook one event or one pro
gram is to fail to give credit where it is
We will just settle by passing along
two remarks heard by two new citizens
of our community.
One said, "I have spent my first
Christmas in Southport, and I do not be
lieve that there is any town of compar
able size in North Carolina where every
thing was done as completely and with
as much good taste as it was right here."
Another said, "I see in some of the
newspapers where a list of the outstand
ing this and the tops of that are being
compiled. Well, when we make up our
list for Southport I don't want anybody
to overlook our churches. This was a fine
Christmas and we had many things to
enjoy, but none of these was more enjoy
able than the programs and special
events that were staged by our various
Verily, it was a fine Christmas in
which everyone seemed to cooperate ex
cept the weather man?and even he
conspired to make it a quiet day at home.
A Lot Depends
We were at one of the seafood houses
the other day and were surprised to see
that much of the day's operation had to
do with making new nets.
"These will be used for trawling for
fish offshore after Christmas," someone
explained. "You will be surprised at the
difference it will make in business in
Southport throughout the remainder of
the winter if these operations are suc
cessful. It is going to mean the difference
between a weekly payroll in which
everyone will share and just another
cold, hard period during which there is
little or no work."
That is one reason why we have writ
ten so much about the prospects for this
fishing; that is one reason why we shall
be anxiously awaiting news from these
first fishing trips.
No doubt you have heard of thp girl
who dated the soldier and found he was
A. W. O. L. F.
Pray every night for help to keep your
nose out of other people's business.
The man who thinks he knows it all
rarely has a big idea.
Don't feei sorry for yourself. F?el sor
ry for the people who have to live with
"In wisdom, as well as in humanity,
the United States should warn the Rus
"That we now have enough im
proved atomic weapons to immobi
"That we can deliver those weap
ons in sufficient quantity to kill or
maim, in the first raids, a staggering
proportion of the people of Russia's
"That the targest have been se
lected, our planes readied, our
"And that this terrible retaliation
will come if Russia attacks us or an
other free nation."
So declares William Bradford, Huie,
student of air power and confidant of
U. S. Air Force generals, in an exclusive
article in The Reader's Digest for Janu
"These facts are published," Huie
states, "in the hope of averting aggres
sion based on misunderstanding. The
aggressors in World Wars I and II were
misinformed as to American capabilities
and intentions. The Russian rulers must
be convinced that, if they grab for Wes
tern Europe, the American retaliation
will be immediate, atomic and decisive."
Huie sees danger of war in the "cur
tained minds" of a handful of Soviet of
ficals, who may rely too strongly on
their enormous ground armies while
measuring the extent of American retali
ation by the small number of Allied
troops in 'Europe. Danger lies, too, in
widespread propaganda that the atom
bomb is "overrated", that its advocates
are "visionaries," and that wars will still
be decided by old-fashioned armies and
While some of this propaganda stems
from Communist sources and some from
uninformed U. S. citizens, most of it
comes, Huie charges, from "battleship
admirals and the Maginot minds in the
Denying the validity of arguments be
littling American atomic power, the au
thor declares that our bombers could de
liver atomic loads upon any city in Rus
sia within a few hours of the issuance of
orders. The amount of explosive force
we could pour upon Russian cities in one
raid would be comparable, he states, to
that released by all the powder and
TNT exploded by the combined armies,
navies and air forces in the last war.
Since Hiroshima, the world's greatest
nuclear scientists have been working
night and day, with the world's finest
equipment, to improve America's atom
ic weapons. "Does anyone imagine that
all these mountains have labored to pro
duce mice?" Huie asks. "Anyone fami
liar with American zeal and ingenuity
cannot doubt that the 1949-model bomb
is several times as destructive as the
The 50,000 Americans and 360 first
line bombers of the Strategic Air Com
mand compose the most destructive
fighting force in history, Huie states. It
is the first organization ever possessed
by any nation which, within hours after
the outbreak of war, can assault the
heart of any enemy on earth. The men of
this force talk as easily of Moscow and
Magnitogorsk and Sverdlovsk as they do
of Pittsburgh and Detroit and Seattle;
they know exactly the route to their own
assigned target if they are suddenly or
dered to attack.
And despite Russia's possession of ra
dar, our bomber planes and crews are so
efficient that our losses in men should
be light. Air Force generals believe that
95 per cent of our bomber personnel over
Russia would return safely from atomic
The people of the United States and
of Europe should take heart in American
atomic power, Huie states, provided
America does not dissipate her resources
on massive armies and navies which Rus
sia need not fear. "We must enter and
win the fratricidal war between the arm
ed service in Washington," he urges.
"For the threat to our air-atomic super
iority comes not from Russia but from
our old entrenched bureaucracies, the
Army and the Navy, whose spokesmen
dispute the air-atomic claims .... The
American people must choose the one
arm most certain to keep the peace?or
win a war. We play into Russia's hands
if we pursue the futile and economically
disastrous policy of providing more war
ships for the Navy and more divisions for
The boss was sore. "You've already
had leave," he shouted, "to see your
wife off on a trip, for your mother-in
laVsf uneral, for your daughter's mea
sles and your son's christening. What is
the excuse for time off this time?" He
replied, "I want to get married, sir."
The Rovin' Reporter
(Continued From Pag? One)
A visitor with us this week was
interested in the shrimping and
fishing industry and will likely
return soon. Pending some busi
ness matters, he prefers that his
name and business connections be
not revealed until he returns here
shortly. Among other things this
visitor told us that his father
was one of the very first men
to engage in shrimping at South
port. This was in 1913 and 1914.
In those days very small boats
were used, most of them sail
powered. The average length of
the craft was about 20 feet. As
this visitor put it, "They used
wooden boats and iron men in
A bright spot or being in the
hospital for two weeks last Aug
ust were the nightly visits of
Dr. Thor Johnson, conductor of
the Cincinatti Symphony Orches
tra. A note from Dr. Johnson this
week said he had been thinking
over the many pleasant memories
of last summer at Southport. He
takes the State Port Pilot.
Among our personal Christmas
things Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fox
wrote from Lexington, sending in
a year's subscription for The Pilot
to be sent to Mrs. Fox's uncle,
M. W. Brinkman in New York.
She said for us to tell him the
paper was from her and Alex.
She also said that Christmas this
year was not like it has always
been. It was the first Christmas
in 21 years she had spent away
from Southport. Mrs. Fox is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Loughlin of Southport and the
family moved back here from Wil
mington 21 years ago. We hope
that from this Mr. Brinkman
will know how come he is gett
ing the home town paper.
New Year's day will bring one
regret to us. On that day County
Agent J. E. Dodson will step out
after being in the service of the
farmers of Brunswick county
since 1921. He tells us that when
he quits the agents office he tims
to just up and be a farmer in
his own right. He coupled up this
information with an invitation for
us to visit him after the New
Year starts. Mr. Dodson has per
formed a distinctive service to the
farmers of Brunswick county, a
greater service than anyone can
realize. He has been our farm
ing people step right up into bet
ter homes, better living and bet
Dredging operations on the Cape
Fear bar at this season of the j
year is welcomed a great deal
more than, it would be in the (
spring, summer and fall. At such
times millions of shrimp are j
dragged up with the hundreds of j
cubic yards of mud. The mud \
taken out on 'the flats and dnmp- j
ed kills millions more shrimp. At!
this time of the year only a com- ]
paratively few shrimp are killed
by the operations. It would be ]
a nice thing towards preserving]
the local fishing industry if the;
Army Engineers would make it [
a practice to carry on local dredg
ing only during winter months.
Going through a lot of pre
Christmas mail this week we
found a mid-December letter from
Memory Ward of Freeland. The
letter had somehow got buried
under a lot of other stuff. This
late it may not be exactly news,
but Mr. Ward told of how he
had taken his faithful dogs, Bill
and Rock, out hunting. In a very
few minutes they treed a coon,
which he shot. Immediately fol
lowing this the dogs jumped a
fine 4-snag buck, which Mr. Ward'
also shot. Between the coon and i
the buck and his gun, he had
quite a load to carry out of the
woods and to his home. However,
when he was at the Makotoka
Lake bridge two of his good
Neighbors, -J. B. Gray and Melton
Little, came along in Mr. Gray's
car and hauled him and his game
Talking with Glenn Tucker,
Carolina Beach real estate man,
one night this past week, he
thinks that the year now ap
proaching will be an unusually
good one. "The year 1946 was
good for beach development," he
said, "1947 was not so good and
1948 started out with indications
of being good, but the polio scare
came along and knocked out ex
pectations." We are not a beach
property developer like Mr. Tuck
er, but our observation has been
that 1947 was the best year we
have had locally. We are inclined
to agree with him that 1949
should be good. The polio epede
mic hurt things everywhere this
past summer. At the same time
a lot of people found out that our
beaches were the safest places
to stay during polio epedemics.
So far we have been able to learn
there was not a single case of
polio within 20 miles of any of
tHe Brunswick beaches during the
(Continued from pare one)
these employees came directly to
their homes when the Lyman ar
rived at Jacksonville. They will
return to work this week.
Now working on the Southport
bar and with a three months job
ahead of her is the Hyde, sister
ship to the Lyman. The Hyde is
commander by Captain Fred Tar
bor. The ship had been working
at Morehead City before coming
Pumping Station May Solve
(Continued from page one)
is as complete and modern as
that to be found in any small
town. The tank for the water is
at the Fort and water is pump
ed in it from the wells Jwo miles
away. The water mains, fire hy
drants and everything about the
Fort and in the buildings provide
as good or better service than
that of the average town of a
thousand or more people.
Located only a few hundred
yards from the Long Beach pro
perty and with its mains already
traversing Caswell Beach, the
Fort Caswell wells and water
sygtem offer possibilities for un
limited expansion. Long Beach
wants water. The place will like
ly be incorporated during the
coming year with a modern water
system one of the main ideas
back of the move.
Far less expensive than drilling
wells, buying pumping machinery,
tanks and constructing buildings
would be for Long Beach to make
arrangements for getting water
from the Port Caswell system.
The construction of a few hund
red yards of water mains would
bring the water to the Long
Beach property. Filling these
mains could be done with a turn
of a value as soon as they are
It would appear to be advant
ageous for both the Long Beach
and Caswell Beach people to in
terest themselves in the pending
disposal of Fort Caswell, this With
a view of seeing if they can come
in for securing water from a
modern water system that is al
ready at their doors.
At the very last it appears
that both of these growing beach
resorts should be able to get an
abundance of pure water for all
purposes at little if any more
expense than that of building
mains and seeing that pumping is
done for themselves and for the
Fort Caswell property.
Continued From Page One
tentative arrangements to procure
a large housing section for other
members of the group and mem
bers of their families.
He says that not only will he
provide jobs and housing, but that
he is ready to guarantee a living
to each of these men who accept
employment with him.
"I understand that President
Truman has become interested in
the case of these people," Wells
said, "and that special Congres
sional action will be introduced to
legalize their entry to the United
States. If the President feels that
he oan vouch for them, I certain
ly do not hesitate to do what I
'can to make it possible for them
to make a living in the town
which they chose as the termina
tion of their dangerous voyage."
(Continued from page, one)
that he wanted his wife let out
of jail, that "the shooting was
just an accident". A telephone
call to Solicitor Clifton L. Moore
resulted in directions to Deputy
Robinson to release ^Mrs. Wescott
under $1,000.00 bond, with the
provision that she be locked up
again in the event that her hus
band's injuries prove fatal.
Mrs. Wescott was freed Mon
day morning, and visited her hus
band in his hospital room several
times during the day and until
the end of visiting hours Monday
The warrant sworn out against
her charges assault with a dead
ly weapon with intent to kill, and
a preliminary hearing has been
set for Wednesday, January 5,
before Judge W. J. McLamb in
Brunswick county Recorder's
BALD EAGLES ALREADY
Continued From Page One
rush of air as an angry bird
sweeps by him, or as it hovers
directly over him, beating the air
The nest on Beaver Dam is
about ten feet tall and six feet
or more in thickness. It is sup-!
posed to be about 10 or 12 years
old and to have been in constant]
use all that time. Eagles rear
their young- in the same nest:
year after year. They may start
out with a comparatively small
nest and this is added to each;
year. The nest becomes taller, i
thicker and stronger, before each
A very old nest may be a
tremendous affa'ir. Many of the
sticks that go into the building
may be two or three inches thick
and as many feet in length. This
heavy construction is chiefly on
the outside. The inside is lined,
with moss and other soft mat-!
erials, all woven into the heavier;
substantial outside and holding!
everything firmly together.
It is illegal to kill an eagle |
in any manner at any season of
the year. The penalty is a $500.00
fine. Contrary to some popular
impressions the birds are not
vicious, except when their nests
are being molested. They are not
destructive in their feeding or
damaging to the interests qf man
(Continued From Pace One)
Carson led the Christmas games.
The prizes for the game "Christ
mas Wrappings" was won by Mrs.
W. G. Butler. After the games
the guests drew gifts from a
large basket in the center of the
room, followed by the serving of
the refreshments of ambrosia and
Those attending the party were:
Mrs. M. T. McRackan, Mrs. Ivan
Ludulm, Mrs. v G. D. Robinson,
Mrs. Vera McKeithan, Mrs. J. W.
Hewett, Mrs. D. p. Garrish, Mrs.
E. C. Blake, Mrs. Mrs. James
? "cMie r
Mrs. W. F. Jones, Mt? rv ?
Arnold, Mrs. Homer McK^
Mrs. Lee Hewett, \(rs
Danford, Mrs. Alia \v r r
Mrs. J. S. Oliver, Mrs. r*
Beker, Mrs. Lewis J. Hard* v
Dolores Hewett, Mrs. h. a i
ingston, Miss Lucy Sellers u"
Minnie F. Smith, Mrs. Ma\iw 1 I
Fulcher, Miss Louise p,Pe5 ..
George Gregory, Mrs. Janies a i
old, Mrs. Lizzie Southerly ]
Laney Southerland, Mrs. l/j; I
S. Williamson, Miss <w7
Loughlin, Mrs. Ruth P.. Car y I
Brady Lewis. Mrs. W. g. b.>
Miss Annie May W'oodside uJ I
G. C. Kilpatrick, Mrs. p. j '
Daniel, Mrs. Robert Carson.
(Continued PTom Pajt ont)
Trust Company was organize! it
Whitevllle in the spring o( isjj
with capital funds of $25,000. TV
i bank now has a capital strutti? I
I In excess of S 1.000.000.00 aat]
total resources of around $23,000
1000.00. It operates commercial
banking offices in Whitev.ii, I
Chadbourn, Tabor City, CUrta^l
Southport, Shallotte, Fiirmws I
Kenansville and Rose H01.
(Continued from page one)
funds derived from from this
source play a major role in u*
fight against tuberculosis, a
large part of the money remaiM
here at home, and is used it
health work in Brunswick county,
particularly to help in x-ray and
other efforts at early diagnosis.
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Nazis, was an ancient Jewish re
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Southport, N. C.
EFFECTIVE TUES., JAN. 20,1918
LEAVES SOUTHPORT LEAVES WILMINGTON
?? 7:00 A.M.
7:00 A.M. *9:30 A.M.
9:30 A. M. 1:35 P. M.
?1:30 P.M. 4:00 P.M.
4:00 P.M. 6:10 P.M.
6:00 P.M. 10:20 P.M.
*?These Trips on Saturday Only.
???This Bus Leaves Winnabow at 6:10 Daily.
- SUNDAY5 ONLY -
LEAVES SOUTHPORT LEAVES WILMINGTON
7:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
10:50 A. M. 1:35 P. M.
4:00 P. M. 6:10 P. M.
6:00 P.M. 10:20 P.M.
1949 Tax Listing
LIST YOUR REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY
DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY
All property owners and tax payers are required by law to return to the List Tak
ers for Taxation for the year 1949, all the Real Estate, Personal Property, Etc., ?hie
they own on the first day of January.
All male persons between the ages of 21 and 50 years must list for Poll Tax dur
ing the same time, except those exempt by law for physical disability.
All persons to whom the foregoing applies who fail to list their Real and Personal
Property, and/or Poll Tax will be guilty of a Misdemeanor and subject to a line or
prisonment upon conviction.
LOCAL LIST TAKERS WILL POST NOTICE Of APPOINT
MENTS IN PUBLIC PLACES-WATCH FOR SAME ! !
The Board of Equalization and Review will meet at the I a* ^
fice at Southport on March 14,1949. Any complaint about \a'ua
tion should be taken before the Board at that time.
PLEASE LIST YOUR PROPERTY WITH The LIST TAKER
IN YOUR HOME PRECINCT
W. P. Jorgensen