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"In tak;ng over The Pilot no change* are contemplated. We will try to keep this a good
paper We will try to make a little money lor all concerned. Where there seems to be an occa
sion to use our influence for the public good we will try to do it. And we will treat everybody
alike."-James Boyd, May 23, 1941.
The School Budget Controversy ? III
There are those who deplore as unseemly and
unwise the controversy between the county
commissioners and the hoard of education on
how much money tor school plant construction
and equipment shall be allotted in the 1954-55
The argument seems to be that county offi
cials should not permit themselves to become
involved in open controversy and that every
thing should be settled quietly without the em
barrassment of having to hang up the washing
where the public can see what officials' opinions
In the sense that the controversy has brought
many facts into the open that might not other
wise have received publication, the public is the
gainer whatever the outcome of the arbitration
or possible court decision that will eventually
settle the matter. ,
Although we realize that compromise is an
essential of the art of government, entirely too
many public matters?involving the public's
money and the welfare of public institutions
such as the schools?are smoothed ovei, kept
quiet or "compromised" at all levels of govern
It is to the credit of both boards that the atti
tude of each, and the reasons for their attitudes,
have been stated openly in public meetings with
representatives of the press notified and present.
As a close observer of recent joint sessions of
the two boards, we are frank to say that we
have learned more about school financing and
school law in the iast few weeks than in many
years of association with public officials.
The board of education is to be commended,
we think, for insisting on a strictly legal hand
ling of the school money dispute, given the fact
that both boards are inflexible in their own
honest opinions on the matter.
It is a much healthier situation to have a pub
lic dispute aired out and submitted to an im
partial judge, as provided by law, than to form
ulate agreements behind closed doors that are
then given with a smile to a bewildered and un
Youth In Court: A County Problem
A large number ot young offenders?youths
aged 16 to their early 20's?appear as defendants <
on the calendar for this week's term of Superior i
Court in Carthage. !
' One 19-year-old is charged with participation
in a $500 robbery and break-in at a store while 1
he was free on bond awaiting trial on several '
forgery charges. :
If we didn't know that the cause of delinquen
cy usually lies deeper than obvious, superficial 1
influences, we'd say that the automobile is the j
chief disrupting agent in the moral lives of
these young people who were to go on trial this
From our observations during court sessions,
we have seen that many acts of lawlessness ap- ]
parently start with a gang of boys or young men .
riding around in an automobile with nothing to
do until the bolder or more unprincipled mem
bers of the group lead the others into some
crime that often no doubt began as a search for j
entertainment or adventure. ,
Frequently, the offenses have to do with the i
cars thernsejdfc?stealing gasoline or tires, for
instance. jBpT tragic series of events that led i
j? the fatarehooljrtg of Police Chief Bunrt Cam- 1
jimTon at Carthage several months ago, started i
7gjffvith a group of young men riding around in a i
flashy car, acting mean and arrogant and appar
ently looking for trouble, getting into an argu
ment with attendants when the car went to a
filling station for gas.
But we cannot rightly blame the automobile
for human folly, although we sometimes wist
fully think that the world would be happier
and certainly a lot of dead people would be
alive, if cars had never been invented. In these
:ases of delinquency, cars simply offer the one
sure, immediate answer to the question of what
to do in young people's spare time. You can
always take a ride?and, as you speed down the
road, it makes you feel pretty good and pretty
important, but riding gets boring and that's
when you get into trouble. It seems so easy to
break in a country store and get away, fast and
far, in an automobile.
Law enforcement officers have done their
share in controlling juvenile delinquency in
Moore County and have a fine record in track
ing down and arresting offenders. They are
ioing their part and doing ? weii. Ii is now up
to good citizens in all parts of the county to
recognize their responsibility in helping to cre
ate, in both towns and rural communities?in
homes, churches and schools?an environment
that will make available to young people legiti
mate and constructive outlets for their energies.
The McDeedPs Creek Highway Proposal
Mayor Clark told the council that South
er' ern Pines is an extraordinarily fortunate com
munity in having a highway "by-pass" route
available that may enable No. 1 to be re-routed
through the town on an adequate 200-foot right
For most communities, including nearly every
North Carolina town and city of any size on No.
1 highway, a "by-pass" means just that?a com
plete avoidance of the community. Howls erf
protest going up from some of these towns are
understandable, but the fact remains that the
highway must be re-engineered to modern traf
fic standards, if it is to continue to serve as a
major north-south traffic artery
The route through the McDeed's Creek ravine,
as we understand the situation, still is not final
ly adopted by the State?and may not ever be
adopted, although the highway department will
consider it favorably if this route is endorsed
by the community, speaking through the coun
cil. The final choice, however, lies with the
Slate, not with the town.
While we are not blind to the advantages of
this route in pulling tourist traffic our way,
there is some question in our mind whether this
200-foot barrier should be laid down through
the community. Certainly, provision for ade
quate access between East and West portions
cf town including both Knollwood and West
Southern Pines, should be made. ?
If this involves several overpass or underpass
intersections, the task may prove too compli
cated and expensive to the State. Yet without
several crossings to Wert Southern Pines and
Knollwood, would the new highway act as a
barrier or deterrent to development rather than
a 100 per cent blessing?
Also to be considered is the fact that a 200
foot right of way all the way across town re
moves from business or residential development
a very targe area, although it would also stimu
late development, largely commercial, nearby
and it is true that the ravine itself i unsuitecf to
either business or residential purposes.
Modern highway construction is open to in
dictment, in one sense, as a ruthless business.
AU over the nation, super highways are pushing
over the land like voracious reptiles, gobbling
up and pushing aside all that gets in their paths.
Yet such highways must be built and it is al
most inevitable that some one somewhere must
suffer in the process.
The other side of the coin, of course, is the
very real damage to businesses such as restau
rants, service stations and tourist homes that
will be undergone by property owners along the
abandoned route of No. 1 highway on May
Street and in Pinedene.
Whereas the property of persons along the
new route, however much they might think it
would be damaged, will probably actually in
crease in value, there is a real and urgent prob
lem for the persons who may be left high and
dry in a business way after the main stream of
No. 1 traffic is moved off May Street.
Yet here, too, the "greatest good for the great
est number" must be invoked. The town will
be relieved of the traffic peril that took a wom
an's life on May Street not long ago snd which
offers hazards at some 15 street Intersections,
and residents along this primarily residential
street will be relieved of the noise and fumes of
heavy highway travel.
There appears to be no doubt that No. 1 high
way will be moved off May Street. The question
of where it is to be placed should be studied
Born Twenty-Five Years Too Soon
14 ? (a CAA,.<, ^4 OK IK 4?^^* *U?. V.??W. ?1 t ' J
m? M< ?|l|nM?IW* ?/ Wl-MWJ I^VVWW Ui ??u, ?v u?
even 10 yew* ago that Scouting today is a vast
ly mere fascinating business than it used to be.
Not that there wasn't plenty of fun long ago
when the guy who was lucky enough to own
a Scout uniform?or sometimes half or two
thirds of a uniform?was likely to be elected
patrol leader on the strength of sheer admira
tion for his outfit
As we recall it, the big item was a hat?a
stiff-brimmed affair, dented on four sides in
the tmsner at those worn by World War I
doughboy*. If yen had a hat, you really rated
Waiting until you were 12 years old to join
the Scouts was tarter*. Now, not only can you
become a Scout at 11, but for two at three years
prior to that you can be a Cub No such luck in
like old itrr.y A boy ntoe. JO or 1.1 ymi* old
is former times just hung around wistfully,
practicing the three-fingered Scout r.tlutc tr
ui, uic [Muiiwiii iiarivi, until w mt'ocg
the magic age of 12.
And by the time he had outgrown hit 12
year-old shirt at 14 or 15, he wag for all prac
tical purposes through with Scouting. There
wss no Exploring in those days.
Now, look at the world of glory open to boys.
Several Southern Pines Explorers ? IS and over)
recently took a week's cruise on a 2,000
pasjuinger Navy transport out of Norfolk, Va.
It's the accepted thing in Exploring today.
A couple of other Moore County Explorers
made a bus trip to the Notional Scout Ranch,
127,000 acre* of It in the state of New Mexico,
where horseback trips an the mountains, so
help us, are daily elfalr*. Other Moore County
boys are junior staff member* there?spending
most of the cummer at that heaven on earth
for a teen-ager.
Bfan 25 years text Sometimes we think
DEFENSE AGAINST DEATH?To help avoid
accidents like the one shown here, Jackie P.
Hunter, 19, of Wake County, demonstrates an
idea Motor Vehicles Commissioner Edward
Scheldt hopes will catch on throughout North
Carolina. It's a simple homemade red flae
snagged securely to a cane pole Hying five feet
above the young farmer's slow moving vehicle.
Tractor operators are being asked to voluntarily
mount similar warning devices on their equip
ment when it is being used on public highways. 1
Consideration Given By Officers <
Slow Driver Is Unique Road Hazard
By ED SCHEIDT
Motor Vehicles Commissioner
In October, J 953, the North
Carolina Department of Motor
Vehicles and its enforcement arm
the State Highway Patrol, deci-j
ded to give increased attention to i
the problem of the excessively
slow driver. This decision, made'
largely in response to public!
opinion, was the outgrowth of an1
intensive program, to enforce the
speed laws. The more pressure
put on speeders, the more point
ed became the comments that
Slow drivers were also a menace
?and something should be done
about them too.
The important thing is for mo
?orists tc- drive neither too fasti
nor too slowly, but to drive in ac-1
coraanee with the flow of traffic. I
or motorists who have some!
particular reason for driving i
slowly, Scheldt said the patrol-1
men would suggest that thev null I
off the road and allow the speed- '
ic-r traffic to get by.
What Is a Slow Driver?
A slow driver is an excessively
slow driver or one who unneces
sarily drives appreciably slower
than the normal rate at which
traffic flows. This definition pre
supposes that road conditions
wan-ant faster speed and that!
traffic flow xs within the lega)
limits. A test of slow driving is I
whether the car tends to accurnu-1
late a line-up behind it
The North darolina enforce
ment program has afforded the
opportunity to find out from
large numbers of slow drivers
why they poke along. It must be
admitted that many of them have
good reasons, in fact even the en
forcement official plagued by de
mands that he do something
about the slow pokes can often
sympathize with the point of
view of the leisurely motorists
who interfere with the forward
progress of others who are in a
bigger hurry. One wouid also
sympathize with a blind pedestri
an who would like to get across
a busy highway, but sympathy
should not oe carried to the point
where dangerous practices are
encouraged or tolerated.
It's up to the patrolman to keep
traffic moving. In prodding the
slow driver, situation may arise
reminiscent of the story about
the New York policeman who
was clearing the sidewalk during
* Communist demonstration.
"Don't shove me, I'm an anti
Commumst," said one man in the
crowd. "I don't care what kind
of a Communist you are; you
can't block traffic, replied the
Take the case of the slow driv
er who is riding around for the
purpose of enjoying the scenery.
I! s really a pity to have to inter
fere with such innocent pleas
ure; unfortunately his desires
conflict with those of a larger
number of motorists ' who have
destinations to reach. The patrol
*T"B" can appropriately suggest
to him that he choose less heavily
traveled highways and that he
jkeep his weather eye open for
tears behind hjtn and help them
I pass Or get out of the way when
the road permits
yuiu* slc-vv" drrvcis *?hcsc
point forts iTierit include:
Elderly persons who nay that
their interior eyesight and llow
reacticiyi make slow driving man
I Dr/vers of obsolescent autom.v
; biles Who maintain that merfiani-!
cal o*. age pzeviuxts or mate* in-,
reivumoio psetn inoad. (Worth!
Carolina at present does not have
a mechanical inspection lav?.) a
Farmers traveling short dis- t
tanr.es between fields and farms ?
or inspecting their crops from 3
an adjoining highway. Some in- e
spect their fencing from slow- '
Peracns suffering from tem- 1
porary illness or nausea.
Inexperienced or beginning t
drivers who lack the confidence t
to travel faster. *
Motorists driving in unfamiliar s
territory, particularly where the t
roads are narrow and winding. I
Persons apprehensive of speed 1
laws who play it safe.
Good judgment must be exer- "?
cised in dealing with the above or *
comparable cases. By making d
these people more aware of the
effect on others of their actions it "
should be possible to reduce the ::
amount of their interference with c
traffic, as they are for the most 0
part well-intentioned persons. ' d
Less Justification a
Slow drivers with less justifies- e
tion for their actions include: a
Daydreaniers, who are simply
not aware of blocked traffic. ti
Young people courting as they i<
drive along. t
Drunks trying to compensate 1
for their impaired faculties. c
Chronic laggards with no ex- h
cuse at all. They say "I always
drive slowly." f
These people have little or no f
i regard for the rights of other us- \
I era of the highways and some- s
I times exhibit a belligerent atti- s
An Excuse for Others a
Any discussion of the slow driv- c
jers should take into consideration
|that not all of the complaints e
against them are vabd or even j p
isincere. It is not unusual for a in
speeder or reckless driver, when e
arrested, to demand "Why don't a
you do something about the slow s
poke? If it weren't for him I s
wouldn't have taken chances."
^Sueh statements are in reality .
ittempts to distract attention from
he offender's own wrong-doing,
["here is no logical, moral or legal
ustification for this attitude. Ev~
iry driver owes the duty of obey
ng the law and driving safely in
iccojdance with existing condi
Although slow drivers don't jus
ify speeders or reckless drivers,
he realistic traffic administrator
vill take human nature into con
ideration in his enforcement pro
;ram. The trouble with the slow
>okes is that they create c-ondi
ions which result in more chances
>eing taken by other motorists.
Die other motorist is wrong in
aking these chances, but he still
loes it and will keep on doing it
intil the driving public is a great
lea! more safety-conscious than it
s today. Safety promotion and
ducation can reduce the number
if people '"goaded" into improper
angerous passing but we might
s well face the fact that it won't <
liminate them or ever cut them ,
n half in the foreseeable future. ?
We must also real ize that a mo- <
orist thrown behind schedule by 1
ntolerable delays has a tendency <
o try to make up lost time when i
le gets the chance and might
omrnit speeding violations when i
ic wouldn't otherwise do so. i
On d four-lane highway, two i
or each direction, the slow-driver i
iroblem is insignificant.. It is to <
>e hoped that there will be a i
teady increase in the mileage of
ueh highways, as traffic war- 1
ants, thereby reducing the mile- !
ige in which slow-driving diffi- 1
ulty is inherent. i
It seems clear that under pres
nt conditions, the enforcement !
ihase of the slow-driver problem
oust be approached from both
nds: A violator who takes risks
nd then attempts to blame the -
low driver should receive no
ympathy but should be judged i
(Continued on Page 3) ,
| About Mr*. Eadie i
W. T Rawcliffe of Riverside, R.
11., son-in-law of Mrs. Elizabeth ?
[Eadie, former Southern Pines res- '
ident who died recently at the i >
home of Mr. and Mrs. RaweHffe, 1
I writes with additional informa
tion about Mrs Eadic, the letter ?
arriving after The Pilot's obituary ?
had been printed. f
He recalls that she was a native c
of Scotland and came to Southern v
Pines in 1922 and that she owned
and operated the Quality Grocery <i
Store, formerly the l>. C. Smith '
"She dearly loved Southern a
Pines, as she loved the beauty of;
the outdoors," Mr. Rawcliffe re- '
Mr and Mrs, Wallace Irwin; *
weil known Southern Pines win- *
ter residents for many years, have
been at Sunnyside Inn, Asheville, '
Recently, Mrs. Irwin, whose e
name is l^etitia and is known to c
her friends as Tish, had an abcess "
under her right thumb. This 'ed, h
as described in a letter from Mr. *
li wui which was forwarded tc us
by the recipient, to the following ti
The other day (Mr. Irwin wrote)
when Tish was on the way to the h
Medical Center to brave her thumb *
operated, a policeman sauntered n
through tie traffic and offered to ?
have her arrested for jaywalking, t
He said, "What's jour nana? <
low do you spell it?"
She obliged and he said, after
i while, "I guess it begins with an ]
j. Do you want to be killed? The
wiiy you butted into traffic looked '
Tish put on her softest South
ern accent, bemg diplomatic, 1
while the cop pointed a gold pen? !
?il toward the police station. A 1
Towd gathered. The argument 1
went for 22 minutes, elapsed time. ,
Then, wearied by his own elo
luence, the gendarme said, "I'll <
et you gc this time, Mrs. Irwin, *
>ut the next time it's the jug and -
There must have been a repor
ter in the crowd, for the Evening
Jews came out with the illustrat
d headline: MRS. WALLACE IR
FIN. THE ONLY WOMAN WHO
:VER TALKED A COP OUT OE .
L TICKET. I
l^bort Eshinstf I
John Gilchrist of West South- <
rn Pines, who was pictured re- 1
ently in The Pilot standing be- |
dath a huge fig tree from wfcidh
e said he expected to pink around j
00 quarts thia year, told us this ,
reek that the actual harvest of
he tree, with picking practically
ompieted Is 573 quarts c
From another smaller tree in .,
is yard, the local man and his S
rife have gathered 305 quarts, ?
taking a total of 038 quarts as the
ummer'i harvest in his yard at -
he corner of Henley St and Wla- *
oils in Ave
Agree Wiih 'Taxpayers'
To The Editor:
We appreciated the letter to the
citizens of Southern Pines printed
in the August issue of The Pilot
about the Golferest contract and
We had understood that the
present council policy had repudi
ated the former council procedure
of paying taxpayers' tmney for
the accommodation of out-of-town
dev-lopccs ui the mutter if wat .tr
and sewage pipes, and were puz
zled by the seeming reversal of
We are grateful to "Taxpayers"
for clarifying this issue and con
sider their points very well taken.
We agree that no town funds
should be used for these or other
municipal services to finance any
real estate development.
Letter to Mayor Clark
To the Editor:
I am em-losing an open letter,
?he second of a series, to the Hon
orable Lloyd T. Clark, Mayor of
Southern Pines, North Carolina:
Mr. Mayor: A part of your oath
pf office states that you "will well
and truly execute the duties of of- (
'ice of Commissioner according to
Ihe best of your skill and ability."
[n view of this let us take a look
at the record.
A talkative Councilman stated
i long time ago that it was against
ihe law for him to furnish our '
town with uniforms for our police
officers. Therefore it cannot be
assumed that you, Mayor Clark,
were unaware of the legal restric
tions of a public official's con- I
trading or doing business with
himself. Evidently you failed to
consult our town attorney, whose
services are gratis to you, before
acting as agent, or representative,
of the company selling hospital
insurance to the town for its em
ployees and their families which
cost our taxpayers about $600 ev
ery three months to carry. Had
you done so, very probably you
would have been advised that
your actions were contrary to G.S.
14-234 Director of Public Trust
Contracting for his Own Benefit -
State v. Eugene Williams 153 N.C.
Enquiries at the Town Hall fail
sd to disclose the length of time
you, Mr. Mayor, had heen the
igent or representative of the
:ompany selling insurance to the
:own, therefore the amount, in
iollars, you received is unknown
st this time.
I am informed that you are no
longer profiting from this situa
tion, but it would be appreciated
if you advised the citizens of this
community to what extent you
Jid profit from it while in public
I repeat the statement I made I
last week, it is situations such as I
this that disclose your lack of 1
eadership, therefore you should 1
?esign as our mayor. 1,
A. R. McDANlEL
southern Pines. ?
About Mental Illness
To The Editor: ^
Serving as a memlier of the- ?
Worth Carolina Hospitals Board ?
if Control since 1949 is one of the I
privileges for which I am most I
grateful. Through the association ?
with the staff of our mental hospi- V
:als I have myself become more B
objective and less emotional in I
bought and action. Through the I
problems of the more than eleven B
housand disturbed patients I have ?
pecome familiar with mental ill- ?
peas. The percentage of volun- B
ary admissions to our mental hos- fl
pitals is increasing, thereby im- I:
proving the ratio of recoveries, fl
jnfortunetely, some cases which fl
night be helped by early treat . B
nent wait until legal commitment I
s necessary, and the possibility of B
-ecovery is impaired. I am al- I
ways available to any who wish B
?urther information. dti
JOHN S RTJGGLES fl
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