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A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding
of the Sandhill Territory North Carolina
VOL. 19, NO. 29.
Southern Pines and Aberdeen, North Carolina, Friday, June 16, 1939.
OF INFANTILE IN
Incidence of Disease Far Below
Normal, Says Dr. Reynolds,
ONLY 8 SCATTERED CASES
Dr. Carl V. Reynolds, State Health
Officer for North Carolina, has just
issued the following statement:
“For some unknown reason, there
seems to be emanating from Florida
a false impression as to the incidence
Of poliomyeliUs in North Carolina,
and Floridians desiring to visit resort
secUons of this State, so reports
from these sections show, have been
advised to avoid North Carolina, on
the pretext that an epidemic of the
disease exists within our borders.
"Due to the above. I feel it my
duty to present a factual denial with,
out delay. Not only Is there no epi
demic of poliomyelitis in North Car
olina but the Incidence this year has
been far below the normal. North
Carolina’s average Incidence Is sixty
to seventy cases. So far during 1939,
there have been only eight cases re
ported throughout the State, among
a population of three and one-half
milUon people, five of which occurred
between January and April. One was
reported May 1 and one May 11.
None of these are In the Infectious
stages. There is only one case that
could be classed as being in the in
fectious stage and that one developed
in Greene County, June 1. The eight
cases are scattered from the extreme
western to the extreme eastern part
of the State, beginning January 9 to
"Our people know the true facts;
they Icnow that no restrictions have
been Imposed on the traveling public,
but we do strongly advise against
citisens coming out of infected sec-
> tions into uninfected sections. This Is
not a aelfish but a protecUve request
No Fear of Outbreak
"We do not fear any widespread
outbreak of poliomyelitis In North
Carolina, due to the fact that If his
tory repeats itself, as Ib customary,
the epidemic of 1935 affords us pro-
tecUon, with the excepUon of the
approximately 277.000 estimated chU.
dren living who were obm since then.
On the per centage basis, this means
that only eight per cent of our peo.
pie are suscepUble, this being far be
low ta* average number of suscepti
ble* wMch would justify us In an
ticipating any epidemic, or even an
“North Carolina had Its epidemic,
with 675 cases in 1935, that started
in January, ran into October and
reached its peak July 31. And the
world was Informed. It Is an In
justice to the traveling public for
them to havt erroneous reports as to
the situation which In truth North
Carolina affords a greater protection
Irom this disease on account of Its
Dewberry Season at
Peak; Prices Hold Up
Volume of Sales in Moore and
Lee County Reported as
Ahead of Last Year
The dewberry season in Lee and
Moore couaJttes Is reaching the peak.
The volume of sales is somewhat
ahead of last year, and prices have
strengthened considerably after be.
ginning rather low on account of
the lateness this year of the straw-
herry season which Is now about over.
According to reports from Cam
eron and Vass—the auction dewberry
markets for the section, the average
prices are ranging slightly above
12.00 per crate of 24 auarts, after
selling earlier In the season for J1.60
It Is estimated that the Cameron
market had sold through Saturday
12.000 to 14,000 crates. The sales on
Saturday were over 2.000 crates.
Weal!ber conditions have been fav
orable for the ripening of the ber
Ties and the crop this year is bet-
ter than usual. ,
Senate Confirms Frank Buchan
As Postmaster of Southern Pines
Acts Favorably on Pfomination
of Incumbent by President.
Has Served Since 1933
The United States Senate on Tues
day confirmed the nomination of P.
Frank Buchan as postmaster of Sou
thern Pines. The nomination was
sent to the Senate recently by Pres
ident Roosevelt, following the expir
ation of Mr. Buchan’s four.year term.
Mr. Buchan was appointed acting
postmaster in 1933, and poalmaster
in 1935. Since then the Congress has
passed a law placing postmasters on
a permanent basis. Mr. Buchan was
examined for this appointment in
Fayetteville, passing with a high
mark, and was recommended to the
President by Representative W. O.
Burgin of this Congressional dis
The Southern Pines postoffice has
maintained a high rating throughout
the tenure of office of its postmas
ter. Mr. Buchan also played a ma.
jor part in procuring a new federal
building for. Southern Pines.
P. FRANK BUCHAN
“Safety Sabbath” To
Be Observed July 2d
Citizens of Two Carolinas Urg
ed To Participate in Fourth
Citizens of the two Carolinas are
beng urged to participate In the
fourth annual "Safety Sabbath,”
sponsored by the Carolina Motor Club
in an effort to reduce highway ac
cidents, which wUl t>e observed
throughout the two states Sunday,
“MlnUters, the press, radio, public
officials and civic organizations are
expected to exert a powerful Influ
ence In molding public sentiment
against careless and reckless driving
at all times and the observance of
Safety Sabbath haa been set espec
ially before Independence Day In hope
that the holiday death and accident
toll of 1938 will be materially lower_
ed,” Coleman W. Roberts, president
of the motor club, states.
“Last Year 475 people were killed
and over 10,000 injured throughout
the nation on July 4. In the Caro-
llnas, 24 lost their lives, 10 dying
as result of automobile accidents.
Lack of Caution and regard for the
‘other fellow’ were the principal
causes of the fatalities."
Suggestions for Safety Sabbath
programs, research data and safety
facts have been compiled by A. M.
Huggins, safety director of the Car
olina Motor Club and are available
to all Interested parties. Mr. Huggins
anticipates unusual cooperation from
public spirited citizens and has hopes
that the Carolinas will show great
Improvement this year.
“In 15 years of war there were
244,357 casualties compared with
441,912 traffic deaths in 15 years of
peace,” Mr. Huggins points out. “In
war soldiers die for a purpose but
what purpose can there be in killing
hundreds of thousands on the high,
ways of our peaceful country. This
slaughter Is worse than war and pub
lic sentiment is the most rapid and
sure way of curbing this disgraceful
Safety information may be secured
from Mr. Huggins, Charlotte.
STOLEN BOAT FOUND
S MIL£S FROM WATER
Stored in the loft of a cabin in a
secluded spot a mile and a half
out from Putnam and three miles
from Deep River, the nearest large
stream, a stolen boat of about 22
feet In length was located Sunday by
Sheriff C. J. McDonald and Deputy
Sheriff Herman Grimm of Moore
county and Deputy Sheriff Holder of
Lee county. Two men w^o gave their
names as Ed Lamb of Greensboro
and Sanford and Ralph Caviness of
Sanford were arrested and later re
leased to Lee county officers.
The boat had been stolen from R.
E. Poe of Cumnock, Officer Grimm
stated. The officers also located an
outboard motor which they believe
had been stolen. *
HEMP ITS FIRST
LOSS OF SEASON
Local Ball Team Trims Robins
6-4 Sunday, Beats West
End Wednesday 6-3
It begins to look as if the Sand
hills has a real baseball team this
season. In its first real test the lo
cals defeated the Hemp Robins 6 to
4 last Sunday afternoon, the first
game which the semi-pnw in the up
per end of the county have lo?t in
eight played this year. Then on
Wednesday afternoon the Sandhills
took the strong West End team into
camp at the ball park in Southern
Pines, winning 6-3.
The game at Hemp, ^the first of a
double-header Sunday, was exciting
from start to finish and kept the
large crowd on Its toes. Joe Mat
thews led the bitting for the Sand,
hills, getting three In four times at
bat, while James McNeill turned
in an effective pitching job, allowing
but seven safeties. For Hemp, Mana.
ger Roberts and Terberville led the
hitting, two out of three each.
On Weonesday afternoon, with the
score knotted at 3-3 in the last half
of the eighth, the locals came to life,
bunched three hits for three runs
to put the game on ice. Pitcher Bill
Tumely was the star, holding West
End to eight scattered hits and tak
ing the Individual batting honors
with four hits out of four trips to
Vacation School in
Pinehurst Record One
Largest Enrollment, Best Aver
age Attendance in History.
Exercsies on Sunday
The Vacation Church School of the
Pinehurst Community Church will
conclude its two weeks session to.
day, Friday. The public closing exer.
cises will be held in the auditorium
of the church at 5:00 o’clock Sunday
afternoon, June 18.
The school this year has had both
the largest enrollment and the larg
est average attendance, 102 in its
history. The theme of the course of
instruction in all departments was
At the exerclaes on Sunday after
noon the school will demonstnrte
the character of the work accom.
pllshed. Certificates will be awarded
for perfect attendance and for
special work completed by the stu
JAY.CEE OOLF POSTPONED
The scheduled golf match between
the Jimior Chambers of Commerce
of Southern Pines and Raleigh for
last Saturday on the Southern Pines
Country Club course was postponed,
the course not being in condition for
play. It is expected to be played at
an early date.
OF SANDHILL POST
Veterah of World War Again
Chosen legion Commander
at Annual Meeting
OTHER OFFICERS ELECTED
Man and Wonn*/'^ ^ .'d Up
Aberdeen Branch, Bank of
Pinehurst, Get $2,948.25
Francis Pleasants, Cashier,
Faces Gun After Making
Change *’or Woman
Francis Marion Dwight was re
elected Commander of Sandhill Post
No. 134, American Legion, at the
regular meeting of the post h^ld last
Thursday night in the Legion hut in
Southern Pines. D. C.Phillips was
chosen 1st vice-commander, Charles
W. Fields 2d vice-commander^ and
Lacy Williams 3d vice.commander,
and L. D. Williams elected adjutant.
Other officers are:
Sergeant-at.Arms, Beverly L. Wal.
ters; Guardianship officer, Paul
Dana; Chaplain, the Rev. E. L. Bar
ber; Historian, Rassie Wicker; Ath
letic officers, L. V. O’Callaghan and
J. F. Sinclair; Child Welfare officer,
N. E. Andrews; Employment officer,
J. H. Stephenson, and Publicity di
rector^ D. E. Phillips.
Captain Dwight Is a. native of
Eastover, S. C., where he obtained
his early education. He attended
Bailey Military Institute at Green
wood, S. C., from, which he went to
Clemson College until June 1, 1918
when he joined up with the 'Reserve
Officers Training Qprps and went to
Plattsburg, N. Y After two mon.
Itis at Plattsburg he was assigned
as an Instructor at Camp Grant In
Illinois with the rank of 2d lleuten.
ant, and was at Camp Grant through,
out the remainder of the World War,
at the close of which he returned to.
Clemson to be graduated with hon.
ors in 1919.
Before coming to the Farm Life
School at Eureka Captain Dwight
was principal of Elliott High School
in Lee county, S. C. After managing
the Lakeview Mills for a time he ac.
ceptod a position on the faculty of
the new Vass-Lakeview School, and
It was while serving there that he de
veloped the Lakeview Nursery as a
side line which grew to demand more
and more of his time, finally necessi
tating his resignation from his school
position. He has retained his com
mission in the Army Reserve Corps
continuously since the war; was pro
moted to 1st lieutenant in 1934 and to
a captaincy In 1938. He has served
the Sandhill Post in various capaci.
ties, was commander for 1938.39, and
wiU serve again for 1939-1940.
S.\NOHILLS FIREMEN ELECT
AL ADAMS SECRETARY
Delegations representing the Aber
deen, Pinehurst, Carthage and Sou
thern Pines fire companies attended
the 13th annual convention of the
Sandhills Firemen’s Association at
Hamlet on Thursday, June 8th.
The business session of the mem.
bership, which includes 34 companies
active in the territory between San
ford. Rockingham and Fayetteville,
named Chief Tilllnghast of Fayette
ville as president of the association.
Chief Braslngton of Aberden vice-
president, and Albert Adams of Sou
thern Pines secretary. Fayetteville
was selected as the meeting place for
the convention of 1940. The annual
convention of the State association
• 'ill be held at Carolina Beach Au-
FVRNISmNOS BEDS FOR
NEW UBRARY RECEIVED
Bids fcr furnishing the new South,
em Pines Library have been receiv
ed and forwarded to the Public Works
Administration headquarters In At.
lanta where it Is probable tlie award
will be made to the low bidder among
the three concerns, all local, which
submitted estimates. The work of
furnishing the building Is expected
to get under way promptly.
The work on the exterior of the
building was completed this week
with the placing of the columns at
the front entrance.
LEFT $1,000 BEHIM)
A woman walked into the Aber
deen branch of the Bank of Pine
hurst a little before 12:30 o’clock
Tuesday afternoon and asked Francis
Pleasants, cashier and the only one
in the bank for change for a $5.00
bill. When he handed her five one_
dollar bills she passed one back and
asked for some silver.
While this money changing was
going on a man entered the front
deor and approached the teller’s win
dow. As the woman stepped aside he
thrust a gun into Pleasants' face and
ordered him to unlock the door lead
ing behind the cage. The woman was
commanded to enter and scoop up the
According to Pleasants she hesi
tated, seemed almost to swoon. “Go
on,” ordered the man behind the
gun. “I’d just as soon shoot you as
The woman then entered the tel-
T i l^r's cage and picked up all the
Time We Had an U. S. greenbacks she saw, cramming them
Supreme Court Justice was or.
j dered to lie down on the floor, and
£3 T J c. II o ■ tr- ' the man and woman left.
So Judge Sea well Says in Ki
HERBERT F. SEA WELL
wanis Talk Ab'jut Man For
Whom County Is Named
Judge Herbert F. Seawell of Car.
thage, former member of the Unit,
ed States Board of Tax Appeals,
thinks it’s about time the State of
North Carolina had an appointment
to the United States Supreme Court.
It has hart but two in history, he told
Aberdeen had had its second bank
robbery in six years, with Francis
Pleasants the unfortunate victim on
A total of 12,948.25 was the haul on
Tuesday, with about $1,000 in five
dollar bills, ones, and silver which
was partially concealed left behind
by the robbers.
The couple made good their escape.
members of the Sandhills Kiwanis
Club Wednesday, for one of whom j driving off in a Chevrolet reported by
some to be a sedan, some a coupe,
and variously described as to color.
A colored woman entering the bank
as the pair went out said it was a
black car; others say it was grey.
It left in the direction of Southern
Both the man and woman were de.
scribed as being youthful In appear
ance, probably around' 30 years of
age. Both wene fairly well dressed,
though the man was hatless and coat-
less. A suspicious looking couple had
been seen around the streets of
Aberdeen for several days, several
times in the vicinity of the bank.
It is probable that they had spent
some time studying the movements
of the bank’s employes.
Police were notified a« soon as
Pleasants jumped up from the floor
after his visitors had passed through
the front door. Federal agents were
also notified, as the bank is a mem.
OINSBURO, APPANAITIS TO i ber of the Federal Deposit Insurance
OPERATE JUNIPER LAKE j Corporation, and "G-men” were In
Aberdeen early Wednesday to start
David Ginsburg of Carthage has their investigations. No clues were
leased Juniper Lake, one of the coun- i reported yesteiday, though one man
ty’s most popular watering places, j stated he came upon a couple an-
for the 1939 season, it has juet been i swering the description of the pair,
announced, and A. C. Appanaitis of near Watson’s Lake Tuesday night,
Carthage, coach and ffeacher in the | and that they hurried off in a Chev-
Berryhill school near Charlotte, will; rolet coupe as he approached,
be manager. Mr. Ginsburg plans to j The bank’s loss is entirely covered
Moore county was named. Associate
Justice Alfred E. Moore.
Judge Seawell made an interest
ing talk about Judge Moore and
others of the bar of the state!* in
days gone by. Nor was it his fault,
he stated, that North Carolina hasn’t
representation on the highest court
at the present tir. e. He told of rec
ommending Judge John J. Parker of
Charlotte for the United States Cir
cuit Court, from which he was ap
pointed to the Supreme Court only
to fall of Senate confirmation by
one, vote due to a decision in a labor
case which alienated union labor and
led to the fight against him in the
The club met Wednesday in the
Methodist Sunday School building in
Aberdeen, and G. C. Seymour, In
charge of the program, presented
run a nice, clean place that will be
a credit to the county. Season tick
ets will be on sale and special rates
will be given to churches, family re
union groups and large parties.
FATHER WILLIAMS DIRECTOR
OF CATHOLIC SCOUT DAY
The Rev. Thomas A. Williams of
Southern Pines was the director of
annual observance of Scout Day for
the Catholic Scouts of North Caro,
lina. In Raleigh last Sunday. Sixty
percent of the Catholic Scouts of
the state, or a total of 170 youths
representing 13 cities and towns
were present, including a delegation
from Southern Pines.
Campers were up early Sunday
morning, attended mass and holy
communion, breakfasted and then as
sembled for a parade to the Sacred
Heart Cathedral rectory where Cath
olic officials reviewed the line.
It was on Friday. February 3d,
1933 at almost exactly the same time
of day that two men entered the Page
Trust Company In Aberdeen when
again Francis Pleasants was alone
In the cage. While one stood guard
at the front door the other, gun in
hand, leaped the railing into the
counting room and made off with
$400 in bills and a bag of pennies.
FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE
IN WEST SOUTHERN PINES
The Southern Pines Fire Company,
answering a call for assistance from
West Southern Pines at 3:00 o’clock
last Saturday morning, found the
home of Robert Williams enveloped
In flames and beyond saving. Tht
fire starting in an automobile in the
garage, fired the house as Williams
In an attempt to save the garage
pushed the car into the yard.