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The State Port Pilot
Southport, N. G.
Published Every Wednesday
JAMES M. HARPER, JR. Editor
Entered as second-class matter April 20, 1928, at
the Post Office at Southport, N. C., under the
Act of March 3, 1879.
ONE YEAR $1.50
SIX MONTHS 1.00
THREE MONTHS 75
Wednesday, January 5, 1949
We Add Two Features
On the front page today you will find
the Tide Table, which gives a schedule
of tides for the coming week at South
A few years ago this was a regular
feature of The Pilot, but during the war
it was discontinued. Lately there has
been a growing demand for a resumption
of this service, and from today we plan
to include the tide table in each issue of
Another war casualty of The Pilot was
Not Exactly News, a hodge-podge of mis
cellaneous items that we enjoyed collect
ing. Usually this column included infor
mation which either did not quite come
up to the full requirement of news, and
many times there was more of a free
advertising angle than is good for
straight news columns.
Like all persons who start a column,
we realize that there will be many weeks
when it will make pretty dull reading;
but our readers can help a lot with this
by furnishing us with a choice collection
of the stuff of which the column will be
We would like to say, too, that this
feature is being resumed by popular de
mand. However, we suspect that we will
get more fun from it than our readers
will. Be that as it may, you will find the
first column in the new series on this
page this week and every week until the
source runs dry.
We think that it is appropriate that
the Estonian group headed by Captain
John Woortman has been permitted to
return to Southport, the destination of
their trans-Atlantic crossing, to seek
gainful employment and to establish
These folks impress local citizens with
their willingness to work and their de
termination not to be a burden to any
body. It is significant that one of their
first acts upon arriving in Southport on
Sunday was to attend services at a local
church that evening. Although only one
member of the group could understand
the words of the minister, the-attitude of
worship was there, and it marked a good
beginning for these people in their new
The one sour note we have heard in
connection with the return here of this
refuge group had to do with the condi
tion in which they found their boat, the
Roland, when they went aboard Monday
with the idea of using it as temporary
living quarters. They discovered that
this small vessel which had born them
safely across the ocean had been strip
ped of all of its removable gear, includ
ing several items which would add great
ly to their comfort while they are getting
established here. The Estonians themsel
ves made no complaint about this discov
ery, but we have a feeling that our sou
venier-hunting fellow citizens should
have the good grace to return these ar
ticles to these men and women who have
come to live in this community.
This loss was partly compensated
when a representative of the Wilming
ton Chapter of the American Red Cross
answered the emergency call of the lo
cal Executive Secretary and brought
down some blankets and other bedcloth
es for the men to use while living aboard
A New York foundation allocated one
hundred thousand dollars for a study of
educational conditions in North Caro
lina. With rare thrift and with nothing
more than the good of children of this
State in their thoughts, leading educat
ors and business men followed through
on the survey and produced a report
with something like 500 pages of infor
The record is voluminous but not bias
ed. The minority had its say as well as
The day came when this report was
submitted to the State administration.
Bear in mind that there was $83,000 left
from the foundation grant.
Nobody expected anything but the
prompt publication of the report. The
money was in Raleigh. The foundation
had given it in the interest of North Car
olina education with no hope of reward
except the possible service it might ren
der. The $83,000, unless spent, goes
back to the foundation: But we have the
spectacle?the disgraceful spectacle?
of a North Carolina Governor refusing to
authorize the expenditure of foundation
funds to let the people of the State know
what a commission of leading citizens
had to say about the educational system.
Governor Cherry proved by his actions
that he had rather that the grant be re
turned unspent than to let our citizenry
know the facts about education.
We have this record on the authority
of A. C. Dawson, Jr., of Southern Pines,
president of the North Carolina Educa
tion Association. And here is the most
disgraceful thing of all: North Carolina
teachers, who are paid?and paid meag
erly?to teach the children of the State
?not to sell education to the parents?
had to dig into their pockets for the pub
lication of the report for which Cherry
still has the money he refuses to spend.
Is Cherry a friend of education? Or
have we reached a new low in political
leadership ? We leave the answers to the
electorate in the event that the present
Governor should ever offer for public of
Let There Be Light
The caption, "Let There Be Light,"
frequently puts in its appearance in
these columns. It means that we are at
tempting to puncture a fallacy or nail
a falsehood that is spreading or has been
This time we apply it to the issue of
socialization of services such as render
ed by the medical profession. The Mar
ion Star recently quoted a radio com
mentator as saying that "medical ser
vices are now free to all the people of
Great Britain." We join tThe Star in its
observation that "nothing is free."
The simple truth is that every govern
mental service, in whatever form and in
whatever guise, costs money, and that
money comes from the taxpayers. It is
fallacious to contend that the socialized
medicine is free in Great Britain or any
The fallacy that we would like to punc
ture is that any we can at any time or
any place get something for nothing.
That preachment should not be encour
The issue is not that something is free.
Rather it has to do with method. We
have yet to be convinced that the gov
ernment can do a better job than busi
ness and the professions.
Stories We Enjoyed Writing
Naturally in mirroring a community,
there are numerous stories a reporter or
editor does not enjoy writing and yet
must write if he is to do his job honestly
and adequately. And there are others
that he enjoys writing.
Glancing over the history of the past
twelve months in this county, there were
many developments in the enjoyable
In connection with music, we must
mention again the beauty and splendor
of the fine programs given in the various
churches and other groups during the
holiday season. They were heart-warm
We liked to write the story of the ef
forts of our citizenry to spread Christmas
cheer to the less fortunate.
It was a pleasure to write the stories
of new church buildings which grew out
of the reverence of man for things Di
vine. Perhaps there were not enough of
these, and yet every one was a story of
progress in the right direction.
The list might be continued. These are
the stories we prefer. These are the de
velopments that must go hand in hand
with our school program in order that
the stories of homicides, drunken driv
ing, robberies and other less pleasant re
porting may be overshadowed in the
It may be well to remember that the
head of no totalitarian state ever pro
claimed at the beginning that he inten
ded to control the lives and businesses of
the people over which he was to rule.
The Rovin' Reporter
(Continued From Pago One)
work was not finished, the place
was ready for the storage of
fertilizers. It is understood that
the Trading Company, which also
operates from Whiteville, Chad'
bourn and Tabor City, will begin
the delivery of fertilizers from
their new Shallotte house this
The term "watching the old
yearout" is accepted generally as
an appropriate and correct figure
of speech. On New Years Eve a
small friend, in the 7-year old
bracket, strayed into this office
and was asked if he intended to
stay up that night and watch the
old year out? "I don't know what
that means," said he. "Well, he
was advised, "suppose you get
your mother to explain to you
what is meant by watching the
old year out." "Aw," he said,
"She is too dumb to know what
it mean." Owing to the possibility
of his being called upon to ac
count for his remarks, the idenity
of the young visitor is not being
We met up with Mrs. Roderick
H. Holden of Wilmington down at
Holden Beach Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Holden is one of the prime
backers of the Cape Fear Girl
Scouts Area, which organization
bought Pretty Pond and consider
able surrounding land last sum
mer. Interested in what the girls
are doing and pl&nning to do, we
asked regarding development at
this beautiful Brunswick county
spot. Mrs. Holden said she would
write us something of interest
Instead of having a captain of
the boys or girls teams for the
entire backet ball season, Coach
Grahl of the Shallotte school is
following the custom of design
ating this and that boy or girl
for this and that game. In that
way all of the players who put
forth ernest efforts stand a
chance of getting a deserved hon
or. It is not known if the practice
is followed in other schools but
it seems well worth trying.
Meeting up with Attorney and
Insurance Agent J. B. Hewett at
Shallotte this week, we recalled
that he had just finished a nice
new brick home on his farm near
Shallotte. Naturally, he was ask
ed of he was adding farming to
his various lines this year. "Yes,"
was the reply, "but only to grow
three crops. Corn, peanuts and
potatoes." When he was asked of
hogs were not a logical part of
such farming operations he ad
mitted that hogs were also being
given their just Consideration.
Leaving Brunswick county
twenty-three years ago, Eunice
E. Holden, son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. W. Davis Co.
210-13 N. Water St.
Distributors of Quality Foods
Catering to the retail grocer,
hotels, cafeterias, restaurants,
hospital institutions and baker
ies. We also cater especially
to dredges, boats, and outgoing
ships. We carry a full line of
No. 10 canned vegetables, No.
10 canned fruits and Juices of
all kinds. Mayonnaise, salad
dressing, mustard pickles and
sauces. Also dried fruits. Lay
er raisins, package raisins,
bulk raisins, citron, fruit cake
mlx.Mince meat, pail Jelly and
pie fillings that are ready pre
pared. Toilet tissue, wrapping
paper, table napkins, paper
bags, paper towels and wax
paper. We are factory repre
sentatives of show cases, all
models. Get in touch with us
for your new show case. We
also carry a full line of soda
fountain supplies. We also car
ry all popular sellers in 5c
candy bars We Cater Especial
ly to New Grocery Stores on
Their Opening Orders . . We
Give You Prices. So You Can
Yes?no wives. More than 30,
000 husky men have made a
solemn promise to God never to
marry?in this day and age?in
the United States; and thousands
more of them are training them
selves right now in self-discipline
so that they'll be able to keep
that promise, when they're allow
ed to make it. It's an oath by
which they vow to keep them
selves, with God's help, from
every sex-pleasure in body and
They do this so that they can
be free to serve God more com
pletely in the Catholic priesthood.
"He that is without a wife, is
solicitous for the things that be
long to the Lord, how he may
pleasg God. But he that is with a
wife, is solicitous for the things of
the world, how he may please his
wife; and he Is divided" (1 Corin
They are leading a life apart,
a life dedicated to God and neigh
bor. Theirs is not a profession
but a vocation, calling for heroic
selfsacrifice. There must be no
element, no natural force in them
selves, of which they are not
"For there are eunuchs who,
were born so from their mother's
R. D. Holden of Supply, has been
back this week for one of his
periodical visits. Mrs. Holden and
their young son "are with him.
Now a resident of Merchantville,
N. J., Mr. Holden has made good.
For twelve or thirteen years he
devoted himself to getting
acquainted with everything about
airplanes and for the past ten
years he has been an instructor
in the Rising Sun School of;
Aeronautics at Philadelphia, Pa.,
where he still is.
The Brunswick Plumbing Ser
vice at Shallotte is a fairly new
enterprise for that section of the
county, although neither of the
partners to the business are new
to such work. H. V. Gore and
D. L. Bowen, both practical
plumbers, are the partners of the
business. It used to be that plum
bing was confined almost entirely
to towns. Now hundreds of far
mers have plumbing and fixtures
and this service plans to go any
where and everywhere that they
find plumbing in need of repairs
or new fixtures to be installed.
The first of January has come,
and that without a report from
any farmer to the effect that he
has sown his tobacco plant beds.
With the sort of weather prevail
ing for the past two weeks it is
doubtful if any beds have been
sown. By the tenth of this month,
at least, quite a number of the
early birds among the tobacco
growers should have their seed
in the plant beds, the first start
towards planting the 1949 tobacco
With the coming here of the
Estonian refugees to work and
try to make an honest living un
til it is decided weather or not
they are to be allowed to remain
in the United States, it is sort
of up to everyone in Southport
to give them a friendly hand in
every way possible. A Southport
man offered them the work that
brought them here. To a large ex
tent he is responsible for seeing
that they can make good. This
fact does not release the general
public from also having respon
sibilities in the matter.
Stories and pictures of the
Reigel Paper ? Companys Brahma
cattle have been widely distribut
ed throughout the United States
in recent weeks. Look at it in
whatever way you want to, it has
splendid advertising for Brunswick
and Columbus Counties. The pic
tures made and used were good,
but it would have been possible
to have obtained much better
ones of the cows had been in the
coraTs, where they are sometimes
placed during the winter months.
On the open range it was im
possible lor the cameraman to
get near them, and in some cases
dangerous to try. An effort will
be made to get better pictures
sometime when the cattle are
Continued From Page One
ments on Jan. 15 instead of wait
ing until March 15.. The regular
return then serves both as a re
turn and an estimate, and a
separate estimate is not needed.
Another advantage of filing the
regular return by Jan. Is that
if you have a refund coming you
will get it sonner than if you
waited until March 15 to make
your tax report.
If your income has been in
wages subject to withholding tax,
you have a good prospect of gett
ing a refund because of over
That's because the tax reduc
tion last summer came after sev
eral 1948 months during which
withholding was at the old, high
er rates. The tax cut was made
retroactive to January 1, 1948.
SOUTH PORT WOMAN
(Continued From Page One)
Surviving her are her husband
and a young daughter; her moth
er, Mrs. Charles Easley, a broth
er, Capt. William Styron, all of
Southport, and a sister, Mrs. Wil
liam L. Searle, of Rockland, Mass.
Funeral services will be held
here Thursday afternoon. The
complete arrangements had not
been made this morning.
What !?No Wive? ?
womb; and there are eunuchs,
who were made so by men; and
there are eunuchs, who made
themselves eunuchs for the king
dom of heaven. He that can take,
let him take it" (Matthew 19:12).
Our Lord never married, and
the apostles, when they followed
Him, were called away from their
families. "Behold, we have left all
things, and have followed thee"
It isn't that Catholics don't
think highly of marriage. No in
deed! With us, marriage is one
of the seven sacraments, to be
solemnized at a special Mass. It
is a union which lasts until the
death of either party. We have no
such thing as divorce with the
right of remarriage, and we hpve
suffered in hewing to that stan
dard, first raised for us by Jessus
Our priests hold marriage in
the highest regard. For them
selves, they have elected to follow
as closely as they can in the
footsteps of Our Lord, who honor
ed marriage without Himself hav
ing a wife.
If it's anything Catholic, ask
For further information write
P. O. Box 351 Whiteville, N. C.
Not Exactly Netes
We are reminded that this column started off
a good many years ago as the brain-child pf Gene
O'Brien, who since has deserted the newspaper
field for the greater security of postal employee
in the Wilmington Postoffice . . . Gene's older
brother, Frank O'Brien, hung on more grimly
and now is a member of the sports department
of the News and Observer in Raleigh.
Capt. Charlie Swan and his black dog Gyp are
inseperable companions as they go about South
port during week days. "The only way I can get
her to stay home," says Capt. Charlie, "is to put
on my good clothes and tell her that I'm going
to Sunday School. Gyp never tries to follow me
there." . . . Undertaker-contractor G. C. Kilpat
rick has still another field in which he is a top
hand. He served for twelve years as register of
deeds of Transylvania county, and that was back
in the days when you had to run for that office
every two years. He says that his father's record
puts him to shame, as the elder Kllpatrick served
Transylvania as its Sheriff for 16 years.
Although several hunters have seen geese in
this vicinity recently, the only fellows we know
who have bagged one of the honkers are Game
Protector H. T. Bowmer, Principal.H. T. Sanders
and E. C. Blake .... And along with' ihu"
nimrod report comes news that County
tendent of Schools J. T. Denning uj^ ^
Year's holiday to bag his first buck-^,
Is ... . Southport residents, posses^
chronic distate for staying at home in the "
ings, have little choice in the matter no* t
Mack's Cafe is closed for an indefinite period
Our nomination for the biggest btume*
provement of the year is the face-lift^ ^
the Waccamaw Bank & Trust Co. i?
. The most interesting new project lauriC
locally during 1948 was the Southport
which conceivably might become a real i
place ... We can't remember a year when
ceasful shrimping and menhaden fishing ^
tions still were going on in January. But wt
all for It, and for the weekly pay-roll that t
We used to have someth. ig to say about
radio, but the only thing we listen to nov
the quiz programs; and we don't have any mg
notes because we haven't been able to go &
the baby started staying up until 10 o'clock ev
night. . . . Maybe later
A eolBnm dedleatedto opIbIom jl
the pobile. A jaonUipleee for the
Tlewi and obeetTBQOBt of o?r
friends and reader*, for wWek w*
accept ?o re?poB?lblllty. Coatrlbn
tloDB to tula eoloma nail aot
exceed three haadrad word*.
that they and their children can
be x-rayed for a deadly disease.
Hoping that more letters will
come to The Pilot in a campaign
for better health for the people
of Brunswick county.
Following a dull holiday
son the menhaden boats o(
Brunswick Navigation Coir.J
broke Into large catches J
this week. The fishermen
that catches will continue
as long as good weather lad
Editor, State Port Pilot
Southport, N. C.
Dec. 31, 1948
In reading the January issue
of "Liberty", I came across an
item, "Saving the Teeth", which
is sponsored by the U. S. Public
Health Service. When requested
by the State Health Department.
This item goes on to tell that
the U. S. P. H. also sends teams
to local areas when requested by
State, county and city health de
partment, for chest x-rays.
. This program has been in oper
ation for some time and has been
in nearby areas, but never in our
county or local schools.
As we do not have an active
health department could it be
that our county health depart
ment is not up to standard and
cannot meet the requirements of
the U. S. Public Health? If so
what can be done about this ?
Everyone knows for a fact that
before a child can start to school
they have to be innoculated and
vaccinated for certain diseases.
Why not X-ray for T. B., for all
when it can be had for asking?
- I know this letter will bring
arguements for and against. It
will also bring to the attention
of the people of Brunswick county
W. B. 8C B. BUS LINE
Southport, N. C.
EFFECTIVE TUES., JAN. 20,19?
LEAVES SOUTHPORT LEAVES WttJUINGTON
?? ' 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 Lea Yes Winnabow at 6:10 Daily.
- SUNDAY ONLY -
LEAVES SOUTHPOBT 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 PROPERT1
DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY
All property owners and tax payers are required by law to return to the List
ers for Taxation for the year 1949, all the Real Estate, Personal Property, Etc., ?
they own on the first day of January. x
All male persons between the ages of 21 and 50 years must list for Poll Tax
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 Per5
Property, and/or Poll Tax will be guilty of a Misdemeanor and subject to a fineor
prisonment upon conviction.
LOCAL LIST TAKERS WILL POST NOTICE Of APPOl>
MENTS IN PUBLIC PLACES-WATCH FOR SAME ! !
The Board of Equalization and Review will meet at the 1 a*
fice at Southport on March 14,1949. Any complaint about \al
tion should be taken before the Board at that time.
PLEASE LIST YOUR PROPERTY WITH The LIST TAKI
IN YOUR HOME PRECINCT
W. P. Jorgensen