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VOL. 22, NO. 2.
Moore County and the Sandhill Territory
S('uthern Pines, North CaroHna. Friday, December 12, 1941.
TO CIVIL EFFORT
E. C. Stevens Named Civilian
Defense Director for Town;
Chiefs Attend Meeting
RED CROSS ROOM SPEEDS UP
Civilian authorities and populace
were placcd on the alert this week, as
the nation prepared to go "all-out” for
Mayor Duncan L. Matthews Wed
nesday night appointed Commission
er Eugene C. Stevens as director of
civilian defense for Southern Pines.
Meanwhile, other organizations were
Retting into full swing for civilian
activities. Red Cross headquarters
were swarmed wiHi volunteer work
ers, placing their efforts at the dis
posal of this organization. Air raid
ppotters, who functioned so well dur
ing the "fake'’ war of this and last
month, were cautioned to hold them
selves in readiness for the real thing.
At the Town Board meeting Wed
nesday, the members discussed ways
for carrying out plans of the Nation
al Civilian Defense Committee. Ap
pointment of Stevens to direct the
activities in town was first step.
Fire Chief L. V. O’Callaghan and
Police Chief Ed Newton went to Ral-
eigh yesterday, along with other sim
ilar officers in other towns of the
county, to take part In the discussion
there of proper protection of water
and light utillUes and guarding
against damaging fires or sabotage.
The Air Raid Warden system will
continue in Southern Pines under the
direction of John Howarth, who has
already informed his co-workers of
the imminence of a call to 24-hour
Further pUaa for organlzlnx com
plete clvlUan defence In Southern
Plnea were beinir worked out and are
expected to be put Into operation by
LOCAI. RKD CR‘»S GROUP
WORKING AT HIGH SPEED
With a brand new set of officers,
elected last week, the Southern Pines
branch of the American Red Cross
launched into a wartime activity this
New officers are Mrs. Lee Clarke,
chairman; Mrs. Almet Jenks, vice-
chairman, and Mrs. George London,
eecretary-treasurer. Miss Pauline Mil
ler is in charge of the Junior Red
Cross: Mrs. Reid Heily In charge of
sewing and Mrs. M. G. Nichols in
charge of knitting.
While many new volunteers have
appeared for work this week, Mrs.
Clarke stated that the new progran.
makes It urgent that all who can re
port for work during open hours of
the workroom. These hours are from
10 to 12 a. m. and from 2 to 5 p. m.
every day except Sunday. The head
quarters are on the second floor of
the Strake Building on the comer of
E^t Broad street and Connecticut
Red Cross offlcials urged EUiy-
one with a sewing machine not in use
to loan It to the work room. More
chairs are needed as well as sewing
nick-nacks such as thimbles, needles,
button boxes, and other accessories.
Volunteers who lack confidence In
their ability to sew or knit or cut pat
terns will find com Detent Instructors.
Efforts are beiu^ made to get Into
operation soon work and training in
all branches of activities, including
first aid. Instruction, nursing, Red
Cross motor corps, sewing, knitting,
canteen work, and surgical dressing.
Shenck Takes Over
Norman M. Shenck arrived this
week from Evanston, III., to asaume
his duties as vice-president and gen
eral manager of the Central Caro
lina Telephone Company, succeeding
R. S. DuRant, whose resignation was
announced last week.
Mr. Shenck has been connected with
Cook Electric Company In E^ranston.
Mrs. Shenck and small daughter, Sar
ah, will .loin Mr. Sbenck later in the
month. They plan to occupy the San
born house on Pennsylvania avenue.
Display of ontstandlng news
paper photograpiw made daring
the past year will be open to the
pnbllc at the Highland Plnee Inn
lobbv beginning Friday and eon-
tin'iinr through Sunday.
Memben of The Oaroltnas News
Photographers asaoclatloa, which
meets here Snnda.v for election
of officers and annnal meeting,
have already sent in abont a doz
en excellent photographs, and
thesA wiO b« bnng for exhibit
over the week-end, said O. A.
Kinder, iooal nmdier of the
Christmas Hiah Desnite War
Axis War Girds Universe,
Local Men In Battle Zone
MAJOR KIRKPATRICK WARNS LEGION TWO VIEWS GIVEN
THAT JAPS WELL PREPARED FOR WAR OF PRE WAR SCENE
I'he Japanese have been pre
paring for this war for 20 years,
and it should not be taken light
ly, wiirned Major F. S. Kirkpa-
trif’k, speaking at the meeting
r.f the American Legion Sandhills
Post Monday night.
Major Kirkpatrick spent sever
al years on duty at Fort Stot-
senborg, Philippine Islands, and
related that he saw the Japs mak
ing maps on the various islands
and obviously preparing their
strategy for the war they were
sure would come. He is now with
79th Field Artillery at Fort
“The Japs have a powerful
Navy, army and air force, with
base's on islands throughout the
Pacific,” the Major told the vet-
eriins of the last war. “The
United States will eventually win
the War, but wo will know that
We have been in a fight.
The Ma.lor urged the Legion
naires to throw their efforts be
hind the defense, both military
and civilian, of the country. The
Legion hart been called upon to
take active part in civilian de
fense activities of the county.
Young Newton First To Enlist
In Navy After War Declaration
Captain nil! Fi.sher Anticipated
Troubles with “Brown
Brothers” in November
Like an ele>etrl<' charge flash
ing across an o[H^n circuit, blitz
war this week shot its l»olt into
Ihe western hemisphere from two
directions and sent Its slio<-k
a»Toss the .American continent.
The I'nitert States Is at war
with the Axis.
Japan, Germany and Italy, and
their minor satelUtos, declared
and began open war with this
country. The shock was felt in
tnery fiber of every American
ii; every part of the United
Prof. Frederick H. (Proff) Koch’s inimitable interpretation of the
characters in Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" will be presented at the High
School Auditorium here, Friday, December 19, ar, one manifestation of the
Christmas spirit which remains alive amd meaningful in this country.
“Proff’s” appearance is sponsored by the Junior Civic Club.
, Many Others from Sandhills on
1 Duty with Army and Navy in
Pacific War Zone Area
“Proff” Koch Reading to Herald
Christmas Spirit; Baskets
To Be Given
Despite the triple shadow of war
thrown over the country during this
week, the spirit of Christmas will not
be downed; and in Southern Pines
plans are going ahead for spreading as
much Christmas cheer as nossible.
A Christmas Bureau, clearing house
„ ^ ; „ , . for Christmas baskets and other gifts
Moore County is rallying to the needy families, began operation this
battle against tuberculosis the best direction of the Southern
Mrs. Cheatham Says Goal of $2,-
500 in Sight if Sales Con-
tinae to Remain Good
’ver, declared Mrs. T. A. Cheatham,
chairman of the Tuberculosis asso
elation, this week.
Pines Rotary Club.
Next week, the Junior Civic Club
will bring to Southern Pines the un-
Repeat requests for extra seals are stable reading of “A Christmas
conung in from all parts of the coun- Frederick H. Koch
ty. 8he Mid, some tw<, and three f ^
times. This year’s goal for the coun- ®
carol ha.s gained nation-wide fame.
This will be one of the outstanding
In getting the Christmas Bureau UU'
derway, Ernest H. Lorenson, treas
urer of the bureau, announced that
ty, $2,500, is in sight at this time,
provimng sales keep up as well as events of the season,
She attributed some of the renew-
■'d interest to the .showing of tuber
culosis pictures, ‘‘Goodbye, Mr. Germ,” .... i. « i,
,nd ‘’Let My People Uve” in many the headquarters for tte Bureau would
nlaces in the count^ by Walter Page >" his office In Professional Court
of Winston-Salem. The films were East Pennsy vanla avei^^ Bar-
shown in schools at West End. Eagle ™ls to r^elve all kinds of Christmas
=!prings, Eastwood Negro School. ^ distributed by the Bureau
Hemp High Falls, Cameron. Vass. be placed in stores throughout
and at Manly Church. I .
Plan TubercuUn Testa Gifts of food, clothing, toys—or
Mrs. Cheatham and Dr. B. M. anythmg else—for needy families this
Drake, county Health officer, con- Christmas can be made to the bu-
ferred this week on a campaign to reau which, in cooperation with other
seek out any signs of tuberculosis c‘vlc groups, will see to the equitable
among high school seniors in the distribution shortly before Christmas,"
county. Beginning shortly after Lorenson said.
^hristmas, all high school seniors will i Besides accepting such gifts as may
be given the tuberculin skin test. Al-'be made, the Bureau also would like
though a positive reaction to this to receive reports on families who are
test does not necessarily Indicate worthy and needy of receiving spec-
oresence of the diseaise, those show- ial Christmas help. A file system will
Old Mars—the God of War—
threw two naturalH this week
and. for our crap-shooting nation,
this Is our best token of good
luck, thinks Jim Simons of South
On the Seventh of December,
Japan declared M'ar upon the
linited States .and on the Elev
enth of December, Germany and
Italy followed their Axis partner,
both of which weife countered by
derlnratlons of war by the Unit
Jitn pointed odt these signifi
cant numbers in the dates, and
believes that two naturals in suc
cession can only mean quick suc
cess for the United .States.
LAST RITES HELD
FOR MRS. McNEIII
ing positive reactions will be exam-
ned under fluoroscope.
be maintained so as to assure that no
one family receives too much while
Dr. Drake also said it was planned another deserving family gets noth
to try to purchase a fluoroscope for ing.
the county use, to eliminate transpor- Churches, the Junior Chamber of
‘ation costs to the Sanatorium for Commerce, and other civic organiza-
examinations, and to give more com
plete protection in the county.
Funds raised from the Christmas
seal campaign will be devoted to
carrying on ihe fight against the di
sc The Tuberculosis Asfc;>ciation
'’a.e set as their goal the complete
elimination of tuberculosis through
irevention, cure and care of pa
PRAYERS FOB PEACE
Members of the St. Anthony’s Cath
olic Church Tuesday night began
dally meetings at 7:30 p. m. to offer
orayers for peace and for Rosary and
Litany of the Blessed Virgin. ’These
orayers will continue dally.
tions cooperate, Lorenson said, in
making the bureau a clearing house
STORKS DTSPLAYYING UNES
OF UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Having made their Christmas prep
arations long before the outbreak of
^he war, the stores of Moore County
nre offering an unusually well-stock
ed supply of Christmas gifts.
The colorful lighting and decora
tions of the stores add a cheering
spirit to an otherwise dark period.
Many merchants pointed out that
Christmas stocks of goods are goli'g
rapidly and that selections of useful
and enjoyable gifts should be made as
quickly as possible.
^Aunt Fanny^ Short Says Hitler
Will Soon Get to End of His Row
News was scarce in the welfare of
fice In Carthage Tuesday. Nothing
■vas happening until “Aunt Fannie”
■’hort, Negro of the old school, breez
ed in for a litttle chat with the
''hild” who la now head of the d-^
partment, one of the Brown "children"
vhom she nursed some time ago.
Getting onto the subject of the
var, ‘‘Aunt Fannie” exploded. If one
vlth such a gentle look can do such
‘‘Old Hit done Itt He ain’t got no
religion. Old Hit had no business both-
'ring us for we are a praying people.
Ve was getting along all right. I’
vas going to my church and you was i
going to yours; the white children waa
going to their Khool and the colored
children was going to theirs," and
everything was pleasant.
"Thev tell me he got the Japs
to d<’clare war against our president
—and we got the best president that
ever hit the chair." she exploded.
"God’s going to rule this nation,"
she r’eslared with conviction. "I
^eard them talking over the radio and
I went to praying for our country.”
i^er final words of wisdom on the
‘‘You be choppln’ on a row of cot
ton and keep on and after while you’ll
get to the end of the row. And HU
will get to the end. If they don’t
anyb<^y else put him out, God will
put him out.”
Mother of W. H. McNeiU and
Mrs. Sledge Passes; Large
Number Attend Funeral
Friends throughout the Sandhills
were saddened by news of the pass
ing of Mrs. Catherine Phillips Mc
Neill, 87, at the home of her dau
ghter, ^s. John R. McQueen. In
Fairmont Monday afternoon.
Mrs. McNeill, a native of Moore
County, with her husband, the late
Daniel McNeill, lived for many years
on their plantation two miles west
of Vass, and it was there that their
family of six sons and daughters was
reared. In early life Mrs. McNeill
united with ‘‘Old Union” Church and
her love for this place of worship nev
Both Mr. and Mrs. McNeill were
prominent In the early life of the
Vass section, giving of their best to
promote the religrious and educational
development of their community.
Mrs. McNeill was greatly beloved
for her many fine traits of charac
ter. Calm, serene and gentle, she grew
old beautifully, her face reflecting
her many virtues. She retained her
kesn Interest In happenings of the
day, and was deeply appreciative of
the loving attention showered upon
her by family and friends.
Wednesday morning, a large num-
'ler gathered at Old Union for the
final rites, which were conducted by
D/. Angus R. McQueen, Presbyterian
minister of Duim. the Rev. M. D.
McNeill of Sanford, a former pastor. I
and the Rev. T. D. MulUs of Manly.
Dr. McQueen compared the life of
Mrs. McNeill In its simplicity and
beauty to a splendid work of art, and
spoke of her great faith and con
fidence. Music for the service was
by a choir from Plnehurst
The body was laid to rest in the
cemetery near the church and the
g^rave was banked with many lovely
Surviving are two aons. John W.
McNeill of Maysville, Ky., and W. H.
McNeill of Southern Pines; four
daughters, Mrs. John R. McQueen of
Fairmont, Mrs. Alex Stewart of Fay
etteville, Miss Pearl McNeill of Win
ston-Salem and Mrs. Isham C.
Sledge of Plnehurst, and six grand
children, Lt Donald Stewart of Fay
etteville. Miss Sarah Stewart, of
Charlotte, Misses Katharine and
Nancy Sledge and Bill Sledge, of Pine-
burst. and Jack McNeill of Mays
One grandson. Alex Stewart of
Fayetteville, died about three weeks
J. E(J Newton, 21-year-old son of
Southern Pines Police Chief Newton,
was first to be inducted into the
United States Navy at Raleigh last
Monday morning, following opening
of hostilities by Japan.
Young Newton, who had just start
ed a job with the Seaboard Air Line
railway, had offered himself for en
listment last week, and was In Ral
eigh first thing Monday morning to
be accepted in the Reserve Class V-3
for aviation machinist’s training.
Although Newton was the first en
listed after the War had begun, the
Sandhills has many young men now
serving In the war zone of the Pacific.
John Stephenson, Jr.. son of Mr. and
Mrs. John Stevenson of Southern
Pines, is reportedly serving on the
battleship West Virginia at Pearl
Lt. Joseph H. Patterson, son of Mrs.
R. E. Patterson of Manly, is with the
Air Corps at Wheeler Field, Hawaii,
and Harry G. Adams of Manly is at
Four Lakeview boys are in the Air
Corps at the Hawaiian Islands. They
are Harold Eastwood, son of Mrs. J.
B. Eastwood; Ratchford Haynes, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Will Haynes; Connor
Cole, nephew of Mrs. Lou Stevens
Cole; and Bill Coore, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Coore.
Johnnie Alexander, son o'" Mr. and
Mrs. W. F. Alexander of »iear Vass,
on the Union Church road, and a
Jones boy from route 2, Vass, are also
reported in the Pacific war zone. In
the service of our armed forces.
James Spring, son of Dr. and Mrs.
J. J. Spring of Southern Pines, and
Dr. Greer Stutz, formerly of South
ern Pines and son of Mr. and Mrs.
D. G. Stutz, are both on naval ships
In the Atlantic, which since the dec
laration of war with Germany and
Italy, has also become battle area.
FINAL ROLL CALL
Total Membership in County
Reaches $2,000; Money Col
lected AmoiiniS to $3,395.49
Final results of the 1&41 annual
Red Cross Roll Call were announced
this week by George London of Sou
thern Pines, county roll call chairman,
showing a total of 2,000 members se
cured and $3,395.49 raised, some in
crease over the preliminary report
made in The Pilot last week.
The Roll Call this year represents
slightly over a 5P percent increase!
in membership and more than 25 per
cent Increase in money.
Final Community Resiiitn
Results of community .-oil calls
were given last week. Thone m whicJi
changes have been shown by '.ne final
report are given here, with the roll
Southern Pines, Carl G. Thomp
son, 1941, 755 members. $1,483.60;
last year, 435 members. $1,376.21.
(Due to an error last week, the re
port on Southern Pines was compar
ed with the total for the county. The
above is correct, to date.)
Aberdeen. Mrs. W. D. Caviness,
1941. 167 members, $217.51; last
year 99 members, $133.36.
Jackson Springs. Mrs. Herbert Car
ter. 1941. 23 members, $35.00; last
year, 18 members, $19.00.
Pinebluff. Mrs. W. D. Stewart and
Mrs. J. W. McMillan. 1941. 127 mem
bers, $166.00; last year 81 mem'
Samarcand, Miss Bethany Von Can
non. 1941, 22 membera, $23.50; laat
year, 30 membera, ISO.
In Moore County, where a "maneu
ver war’’ had just ended, the open
ing shots of the war last Sunday in
the Hawaiian and Phillippine Is
lands struck nearer home than the
actual bombing, some six and nine
thousand miles away, would seem.
Captain William Fisher of the
Army Air Corps, known as ‘‘Bill”
Fisher of Southern Pines, was at
Clark Field, Philippine Islands, one
of the first objectives of the Japan
ese dive bombers. Mrs. George Keller-
man, formerly Miss Elizabeth Roun
tree of Southern Pines, now living in
Honolulu, cabled her mother. Mrs. J.
B. Rountree, early this week with the
brief message that they "were all
The former Miss Helen Blair of
Southern Pines, now wife of Lt. John
tiender<:on Turner of the U. S. Navy,
is also in the war area of Hawaii, al
though nothing has been heard from
Fight Was Fore«eeii
Did the war come as a suiprlse?
Captain Fisher recently wrote his
friend, A. B. (Pat) Patterson. Dated
November 6, the lettter written from
Clark Field, Fort Stotsenburg, Phil
ippine Islands, said:
"It looks as though I'll he here
until we begin and finish the fun
here. Things are pouring in here now
and I believe that we will be able to
give the boys (Japs) quite a run for
their money if it ^comes necessary.’’
It has become necessary, and ap
parently it was anticipated for Cap*
tain Fisher also said:
"This Idyllic existence (in Hawaii)
broke sharply when I was ordered
down to the Hawaiian Air Force
headquarters as assistant G-3 at
Hickam Field. We . . . lived quietly
until the B-17D’s (heavy bombers)
began to arrive, at which time ... 1
was able to get attached to a squad
ron and began flying the "Flying
Fortress." All was going quite smooth
ly when suddenly the little brown
brothers over here began to get
tough and a squadron was formed
and sent over (flew) with nine bomb
ers. I am second in conimand and a
flight commander. They are wonder
ful airplanes—all you hear of them
is tnie—and our outfit is well-train
ed and ready to operate.
“Things happened rather rapidly but
before leaving Hawaii, we made ar-
rangemenU for Dorothy (Capt. Fish
er’s wife. Ed.) and the kids to re-
‘urn to the States and stay with her
folks in Clarks Green, Pa., until this
is over ... It looks as though rn
be here until we begin and finish the
But not every body sensed the sit
uation quite as keenly as Captain
(Please turn to Page 5)
E. H. Lorennon of Southern
line** is probably the first local
man to go through an air raM
,alarm. And he found it wasn’t
Lorenson was in New York City
Tuesday, coming out of the Wool-
worth Building, in front of the
CItv Hall, when the first air raid
warning there was sounded by
scr»*aming fire trucks and poikse
Alttiough it wvin not until later
that It was discovered that the
approach of enemy planes waa
only false alarm, Lornison aald
the oeo|rie on the streets didn’t
take i.he alarm sertoualy at Oe
tt^^e. He wa'i on the Staten la-
land lerry when the aeoond aiann
was sounded, and again the m-
sponse was not one of fright or
alarm among the crowds, he said.
Lorenson returned to Soatttam
Pine* Wednesday meralag.