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? Chemical Analysis
.Expectation Is That
Vill Be Approved
,r twenty-five promi
* ministers and lay
i ?n inspection of Fort
bturdav afternoon. In
o inspecting the build-,
ving the property a;
?ing over, they took)
ll;e bathing water at |
points on the beach, j
-ples have already been i
v the State chemists for |
-lysa of the Caswell |
j-d Caswell water is no1
if. Powell, one of I
of Caswell Beach I
,-rtHS Fort Caswell, says
fte waters analyed last
' that they showed no pol
Sams Nelson, prominent
jj-Sfray textile industra
B r. analysis made year
ist and got the same re
H Mr Powell. There was
:on then and the analysis
_^made for the Baptists
eqxeted to show any.
very probable that the
CtoUna Baptists will have
I a definite step looking
.[cthase of Fort Cahwell,
?je end of this week. They |
lite what is termed a rea-!
Us. The WAA officials j
ara time ago that they
*C the property in a way
idibenefit and be pleas
it people of the nearby
pr d the rest of the
?prospect of the Army
Ifie property for a big
S( center, it now appears
? area surrounding Fort
Is solidly united in the
the Baptists will be j
iiy the place. Not' only'
sympathy all for the;
. Mi entire North Car-:
Cwressional delegation in!
ftn has endorsed the sale
pserty to them. Should
weed :n purchasing it I
t to turn the historical1
into a great seaside as
Prad for the use of the
*li over North Carolina.
'? it will also be open to
ral public, according to
?t of one of the minis
'*'13 in the inspection
H M Baker and W. B.
Southport were with
Kt>ng party Saturday.
Mr Baker is largely
fir the interests of the
1 tong attracted to Fort
Wallace Moore home
??'er Road was destroy- '
J?5 ?f undetermined origin
[ *'ePJlar meeting of the
r t?ons Club will be held
U Tkursday) at the C0"1*
I ?,'llnS at 1 o'clock. New
res'dents who wish
5 f' Wlt'1 the department
fe-M spra-vinS residences
J! :n^s 'n an insect con
15jam way contact Mrs.
. I-,avis and make the
L^Posit with her.
^? slight reduction in the
N UvT and the fact
r,?. ?. been elimated
hL . is '"tended for
tractors and in to
. * resulting in cheap
keM^re purP?ses- The
est T"* 1S 12-cents
^'??S-cents in 1948.
'?"lionr r-BaId Head Sun*
""Wrton attB"tIer Thomp*
^?on., i ey' and sev"
"ipinc f," aaw a huge tar
V Th?m. tke water ear
1 b*in. y described the
Uj." 0Vl?r seven feet in
?M oth?"mm?r Bertram
*"? wr ulhPort sports
?*here * b'S tarpon in
%av. w une was ?e?n.
&1 broke their lines.
WINNER?Halstead Holden, Shallotte youth, is shown receiving the Bill Hendrix
trophy following his victory in the Southern Conference Track and Field meet in Chapel
Hill recently. The Brunswick county boy is conference champion in the half-mile
event.?(Wilmington News Cut.)
Counted On To
Keep Up Work
By Jake Wade
(Special to the State Port Pilot)
Cruising somewhere in a
UnitedStates Naval Reserve Unit
is Halstead Holden, A Brunswick
county boy, and while he's enjoy
ing the ride, he's thinking right
now of his best sports love,
Halstead a few days agc> wrote
Dale Ranson, one of his track
coaches at the University of
North Carolina. At the time he?
was in Portsmouth, England. His;
next destination, he said, was j
Cuba. He's wondering about Car- j
olina's cross country team next.
Holden whose home is at I
Shallotte, is a letterman ih both j
cross country and track. His j
specialty in track is the 880 j
yard run, at which he worked
faithfully this spring, but never!
quite came up to expectations un-j
til the Southern Conference |
championship meet late in May.
Then he hit the jackpot.
He ran the 881; in a fine 1:56.8
to win the title, dethroning Frank j
Magill of V. P. I. It was his best
job of the year and it earned him
a place on the Southern Confer
ence team in the inter-conference
meet with the Southeastern Con
He's young, ana a junior, so
Coach Ranson and the other Car
olina track coaches are counting
on him next year. He has a lot
of natural ability, is an earnest
workman and is a good compet
Winnabow Man j
Dies In Wreck
J. R. Walton, Greyhound
Bus Driver, Died In Acci
dent Monday Near Smith
J, R. Walton, whose home is
at Winnabow, was killed instant
ly Monday morning when the
Greyhound bus which he was dri
ving was in head-on collision with
a milk truck on Highway No.
701 near Newton Grove.
This highway accident, describ
ed as the worst tragedy of the
holiday week-end in North Car
olina, ~ claimed the lives of two
other persons, both of them oc
cupants of the other vehicle in
Following the collision, the bus
burst into flames, and only heroic
work on the part of members of,
a crowd which quickly gathered
prevented further loss of life.
Walton's body was jammed be
hind the wheel and efforts to
extricate it before the fire took
over proved fruitless. However,
reliable reports from persons at
the wreck are that he was dead)
before fire ever reached his body.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs.
Virginia Clemmons Walton, to
?whom he was married about a
t year ago; his parents Mr and,
j Mrs. Henry M. Walton of B?llvia',
(Continued on P?ff? five)
August 2nd Set As
Date For Opening
Georgia - Florida Belt To
Open On July 26 To Get
1949 Season Underway;
Dates For Other Markets
BOARD ADOPTS ONLY
ONE NEW REGULATION
Warehousemen And Grow
ers Get Ready For Sales
In Twenty-Three Co
lumbus County Ware
The chant of the tobacco auc- j
tioneer will be heard again in
Columbus County's twenty-three
tobacco warehouses on Tuesday
Announcement of the opening
date paved the way for ware
housemen and growers to get
ready for the 1949 season.
Flue-cured sales will get under
way on July 26 when auction
markets in the Georgia-Florida
belt will open.
The North Carolina Border Belt
and South Carolina Belt open
ings on August 2 will be follow
ed by other belts as follows:
Eastern North Carolina on Au
gust 18; Carthage, Aberdeen,
Sanford and Fuquay Springs on
August 29. and the remainder of
the Middle Belt on September 1;'
and the North Carolina and Vir
ginia Old Belts on September 12.
The 1949 opening dates for the
flue-cured tobacco markets were
set in Raleigh Thursday by the
Board of Governors of the Bright
Belt Warehouse Association in an
executive session at the Sir Wal
ter which followed a public hear
Growers and representatives of
growers' groups attended the pub
lic hearing, presenting their re
quests and recommendations with
regard to the opening dates for
the forthcoming marketing sea
Continued On Page Four
Still Patient i
Roger W. Willetts Recover
ing From Serious Injuries i
Sustained In Automobile
Accident In Virginia
Still in the Kings Daughters j
(Hospital at Stanton, Va., Roger
IW. Willetts, son of Mr. and Mrs.!
J. F. Willetts of the Mill Creek
community, is slowly recovering
from injuries received in an auto
mobile wreck about a month ago.
Reports from the hospital are
to the effect that it may be over
I two months before he can be dis
' charged. Both he and his wife
'suffered broken legs and other
injuries, thftse of Mr. Willetts be-j
ing much the more serious. It is
| expected that Mrs. Willetts will j
be discharged from the hospital)
in a few days. I
| Mrs. Willetts is a native of
IStanton. The couple had beenj
home to visit Mr. Willetts people
and were on their way back to (
Yorktown, Va., where Mr. Willetts |
is erriployed as a Naval instructor,
when their car was wrecked with
the resultant injuries.
Street Paved With
Blocks Of Ice
Visitors to the waterfront in
Souttiport- ? Tuesday afternoon
rubbed theii: eye?', in disbelief
when they sfiw tlje section in
front of Mack's Cafe, literally
paved with blocks of lice.
Some of-, the idle onlookers
might have thought this was
a unique way to beat the 90
plus heat, -but not the employees
of Southport, Coal & Ice Com
pany. Those fellows were trying
to retrieve as much of their
spilled cargo as they could sal
vage. ? <?
The impromptu paving" project
resulted when a side of oil'e of
the big trucks gave way while
the vehicle was on the way to
make a delivery to one of the
shripm packing houses, spilling
fore than a ton of ice in the
C. D. Potter Goes
Soil Conservationist For
Brunswick County Given
Transfer From Shallotte
Office Effective July 1
Clifford D. Potter, soil conser
vationist for Brunswick county
for the past 18-months, has been
transferred to Belzoni, Mississippi,
and had only short notice to re
port for duty on July 1.
He and Mrs. Potter left their
Continued On Page Pour
W. B. KEZIAH
Some months aero WAA officials Baptists.
personally advised us that they
| intended selling Fort Caswell to
' the interests that would, make
the best 4 use of it, use that would
j benefit Brunswick county. No sale
j has been made yet although a
number of different interests have
I been interested in getting the pro
jperty. Thus far we have not been
i committed as favoring any poten
tial buyers. But we have recent-1
fly been learning more and more
of the plans of the North Caro
j lina Baptists. They want the pro
perty for a seaside assembly J
grounds. In their hands much of j
the history and tradition of Fort
Caswell will*be preserved. At the
same time their plans will, we
, believe, be very helpful to tho
; development of Brunswick county, i
Thfct being the case, we hope
that the government will sell Fort!
Caswell to the North Carolina I
Mayor Ronnie Cheers and for
mer Mayor Leon Galloway of
Shallotte, when seen together this
week were unhesitating In saying
that traffic over Route 17 during
teh holidays was the heaviest they
had ever known. Everybody seem
ed to be bound somewhere and
just as many people seemed to
be intent on getting away from
there. The cars, according to the
two Shallotte men, were just
shooting by in both directions.
One class of Brunswick county
people gave little observance to
the holidays and they probably
never vrill. They are the tobacco
growers. Their main crop is re
quiring their day and night at
tention along about the 4th. This
year was no exception. The to
Continued On Pftgfe Four
Thousands Of North Caro
linians Trying To Escape
Heat Visited The Various
Brunswick County Resorts
Holiday Festivities Were
Free Of Serious Accident
So Far As The Resort
Areas Are Concerned
Brunswick county beaches at
tracted thousands of visitors over
the holiday week-end as scores
of would-be . vacationists were
turned away because of lack of
At Long Beach all available
cottages and rooms were in use,
and hundreds of visitors came
down just to spend the day
swimming and fishing. Three
dances during the week-end per
iod drew a record number of peo
ple. A traffifc count probably
would reveal a new high in motor
traffic at this beach.
At Caswell Beach all facilities
were filled to capacity.
Holden Beach was a bee-hive
of activity as holiday crowds
took advantage of the improved
road to reach their favorite beach
resort. This play-ground as usual
featured unusually fine fishing
Reports from Shallotte Point
and from Gause Landing and Sea
side indicate that the holiday
rush was general, and that any
one with accommodations for
guests over the week-end had
plenty of demand for them.
Lucky Pehom Trying Their
Luck From There Have
Had Very Good Success
Recently Wit hSeveral Va
The 300 foot Caswell river dock
and the pier leading out to it
is credited with being the best
fishing spot along the coast where
the use of a boat is not entailed.
The Baptists or whoever else buys
the Caswell property will find
themselves the owner of a very
substantial fishing pier over wa
ters that have the fish.
Mrs. H. G. Radcliffe, an ardent
Southport fisherman, demonstra
ted the fine sport that is to be
| found at the Caswell dock on the
I afternoon of the 4th of July.
Using live minnorws for bait
I Mrs. Radcliffe caught four floun
'ders, the largest of which weigh
ed five and a hp.lf pounds while
the smallest tipped the scales at
3 pounds and 9 ounces. She also
got 3 gray trout, the largest
weighing 3% pounds and the
smallest 1 % pounds.
With all of these f?sh in her
^arm-size basket, Mrs. Radcliffe
modestly admitted that seven or
eight more very large flounders
and trout were hung and that
they broke away. She says that
all of the fish that, got away
were larger than Any she caught.
Soldiers and sailors who have
been stationed at Caswell in times
past have a better idea than any
jone else about the fine fishing
j that exists at the Caswell dock.
1 Continued On Page Four
Averted In River
Clerk Of Court Sam T. Bennett And Three Companion*
Clung To Capsized Craft 4 Hours
A Sunday fishing trip to Bald
Head Island intended to last two
days came near being disasterous
to Clerk of Court Sam T. Ben
nett his brother, G. L. Bennett, of
Wilmington and Joe Crispens and
Hank Olnick of Greensboro. Their
boat swamped and turned over
in the backwash of the Gulfland,
an oil tanker owned by the Gulf
Oil Company. The four men are
said to have drifted for 4 hours,
holding to the overturned skiff,
before they were picked up by the
boat of Marshall Hill of South
The party was using a 16-foot
j skiff belonging to Mr. Bennett,
j In addition to the four men it
: carried an outboard motor, a tent,
fishing tackle and food for two
! days on the island. They were
between Fort Caswell and the is
land when the tanker passed them
and they were caught in its back
wash when it was some 75 yards
ahead of their small craft. The
swiftly moving vessel was bound
The overturned boat with the
four men clinging to it drifted
into the bays north of Bald Head
Island and finally up Cedar Creek
where they were found by Mr.
Hill, who was returning from a
fishing trip with Mrs. Frances
Young, Mrs. Riley Willis and
others. Some of the men still hold
ing to the boat were almost ex
hausted. They are reported to
have lost about J600.00 worth of
equipment, including a new tent,
fishing tackle and valuable
Camp At Shallotte
Big Bill Sent
To Capt. Woortman
As he was master of the Ro
land on which he, his wife and
daughter and 14 other Estoni
ans made the three thousand
mile voyage from Sweden last
summer, Captain John Woort
man has received a bill from
the U. S. government amount
ing to slightly over twelve
This charge is made for the
transportation of all on board
the Roland to Ellis Island, and
for their food, clothing and oth
er expenses incurred while they
were detained there pending a
decision as to whether or not
they would be allowed to re
main lri the United States.
Captain Woortman and three
other men who made the lbng
trip with him are working here
on shrimp boats. They are do
ing well, but Captain Woort
man sadly admitted to a news
man Monday that it will be a
long time before he could save
enough from his earnings to
pay the twelve thousand dollar
Post - Holiday Session Of
Brunswick County Recor
der's Court Is Crowded
With Traffic Violators
This week's session of Bruns
wick county Recrder's court was
postponed until Tuesday, but on
that day Judge W. J. McLamb
and other court officials were
greeted with a lengthy docket
which featured many cases grow
ing out of holiday weekend traf
fic violations. Following is a re
port of these cases:
John Grant Reed, speeding, con
Dranford A. Sneed, reckless
Horace C. Sutton, reckless oper
ation, not guilty.
Robert H. Sutton, reckless oper
ation, not guilty.
Harwood B. Cox, speeding, fin
ed $10.00 an dcosts.
John Bowie, no operators license
fined $25.00 and costs.
Leon Lindsey Huls, reckless
operation, fined $35.00 and costs.
William F. Sacks, speeding, fin
(Continued on page Ave)
Man Dies Friday
In Auto Accident
Kernersville Man Killed
When Car Overturn* On
Curve Near Hickman'?,
Brunswick county had only one
fatality during the holiday week
end that occured Friday when
Floyd O. Phillips, 31-year-old
Kernersville man, sustained fatal
injuries in an automobile acci
dent near Hickmans Crossroads.
Eye-witness reports indicate
that the Guilford county man was
traveling at a high rate of speed
when he lost control of his car.
on a sharpe curve. The machine !
turned over three or four times
and Phillips suffered severe head
He was brought to the Dosher
Memorial Hospital in Southport
where he died Friday afternoon.
His body was returned to his
home for burial.
Shallotte Camp No. 160 I*
Placed On* Working Basis
With Fitting Ceremony
Thursday Night At Legion
Visiting Woodmen From
Clarkton Help To Install
Officers For Camp At
Shallotte Camp No. 160, Wood
men of World, which was organ
ized in 1905 was reactivated
Thursday night with a fish supper
and appropriate ceremonies.
A storm drove the fish-frying
activtties indoors, and the meal
was served in the old REA office
at Shallotte; but nothing had dull
ed the appetite of the Urge crowd
who enjoyed this portion of the
From this point the meeting
adjoured to the Shallotte Legion
Hut for installation of newly
elected officers and for inspira
tional talks by WOW leaders and
old members of the Shallotte
Camp. Among the latter was John
W. Russ, a charter member, who
told what it has meant to him
to be associated with the Wood
man organization through the
The ceremonies at the Legion
Hut were presided over by Roy
Helms, Cousul Commander of the
Clarkton Camp. Frank Gardner
was captain of the degree team
which installed the officers. E.
R. Meares, financial secretary of
the Clarkton Camp, made a brief
talk and recited a narative poem
in his inimitible manner. J. C.
Gree, field representative of the
WOW of Clarkton, spoke on the
fraternal side of the organization,
and A. A. Dennis, a former resi
dent of Brunswick county who
now is supervisor of boy's activi
ties for the Clarkton Camp, re
ported on this phase of the work.
Installed as new leaders of the
Shallotte Camp were H. T. Ben
nett, counsul commander; R. E.
Continued on page four
Famed Drama To
Be Here Monday
"Pruoner At The Bar" Will
Be Presented In Trinity
Methodist Church Under
Auspices Of Churches Of
"Prisoner At The Bar" will be
given in the Trinity Methodist
church Monday evening, July
11th, at 8 o'clock under spon
ship of the churches of South
This is a drama portraying a
court trial of a prisoner for a
capitol offense, which crime is
committed by a drunken husband.
The feature actors In this drama
have been giving this portrayal
in churches of all denominations
under direction of the Board of
Temperance of the Methodist
Church for fifteen years. Two of
these artists will accompany the
drama and take the parts of Dis
trict Attorney and the Prisoner.
The remainder of the court
scene will be made up of local
talent from the churches care
fully selected for their ability.
The entire court will number
about twenty actors. There Is not
a dull moment during the pro
gram. These characters will in
clude J. T. Denning, Judge; Rev.
Mr. Wilkenson, Prosecuting At
torney; L. D. Hayman, Defense
attorney; G. D. Robinson, 8heriff;
C. E. Blake. Baliff; R. B. Thomp
(Continued on Pftft fJv?)
Shrimp South To
Product It Of Inferior Grade
And Commands Small
Market Price Except To
Canneries In Louisiana
FAIR CATCHES OF
THIS SIZE MADE
Giving Work To Headers
And To Workers Around
Houses As Well Rs Re
turns To Men Who
Go Out On Trawl
Five or more tons of headed
shrimp are now moving out from
Southport daily. The product, al
most too small in size to be very
good for the green pack that
is sent to eastern markets, goes
to New Orleans, La., and is eager
ly bought up by the canning
As canned shrimp some of them
may at some time find their way
back to Southport.
All local dealers, Paul Fodale,
W. S. Wells, Dallas Pigott, Lewi?
J. Hardee, J. A. Arnold and T. B.
Smith combine to form the daHy
truck load of shrimp to Louisiana.
Such shipments are of little worry
to these producers. Their boats
bring in the shrimp, the product
is headed and packed in boxes
with ice. Paying so much pet
hundred pounds, Joe Thompson,
young Wilmington fish dealer,
sends one of his trucks in daily
and the shipment pulls out for
Louisiana as soon as the boxes
can be collected. The dealers here
are paid on delivery of the box?*
to the trucks.
The small shrimp now being
taken bring a good price per
bushel to the boatmen, with the
heads still on. Colored women
get their cut at the picking tablfe.
The boxmarkers and the iceman!
also get their's. So does the dea\- ?
er. It takes about three and la
half bushels of shrimp with their
heads still on to make a 100
pound box of headed shrimp. After
the other costs are added up to
the 100 pound boxes, it can easily
be seen that the five or more
tons of little shirmp, pulling out
from Southport daily for the can
ning factories are leaving a nice
little sum behind them.
To 4-H Camps
County Agent And Home
Want Brunswick Bfcgri
And Girls At Summer
County Agent A. S. Knowles
and Miss Corrine Greene, the
home agent, are calling attention
to the fact that it is time to be
gin arranging for the 4-H Club
Camp which is to be held at
Millstone 4-H Camp near Roch
ingham on July 25-30th.
Only 17 boys and 17 girls can
be taken from Brunswick, but
the agents think that more than
that number will be wanting to
The week of camp will be filled
with work, fun, education and
recreation. It promises to be a
very enjoyable accasion. The acti
vities are designed to build citizen
The camp fees for each indlvldr
ual will be $2.50, food J9.00, in
surance coverage 50c, transporta
Continued On Pag? Four
Following Is the tide tstl)e
for Southport during the nest
week. These hours are approxi
mately correct and were furn
ished The State Port Pilot
through the courtesy of the
Cape Fear Pilot's Associate?.
High Tide Low Tide
Thursday July 7,
5:05 A. M. 11:19 A. M.
5:65 P. M. 0:00 P. M.
Friday July 8
6:03 A. M. 0:14 A. M.
6:47 P. M. 12:12 P. M.
Saturday July B
6:5? A. M. 1:05 A. M.
7:37 P. M. 1:01 P. M.
Sunday July 10
7:4? A. M. 1:52 A. M.
8:23 P. M. 1:48 P. M.
Monday July 11
8:38 A. M. 2:86 A. M.
?:06 P. M. 2:88 P. tti
Tuesday July 12
9:21 A. M. 3:18 A. M.
9:45 P. M. 3:16 P. M.
Wednesday July 13
10:03 A. M. 3:59 A. M.
10:24 P. M. 3:57 P. M.