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VOL. 3*?NO. 41 ~ EIGHTEEN PAGES SOUTHERN PINES. NORTH CAROLINA. raiDAY." SEPTEMBER 3. 19M EIGHTEEN PAGES PRICE?TEN CENTS
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Schools To Open
Regular Classes To
Siari Friday; New
Kigii ocliool Hetf y
School bells will ring Wednes
day morning of next week for i
what promises to be the largest i
number of children ever to attend !
the schools here.
Supt. A. C. Dawson, Jr., said
that the elementary and high
schools will open at 9 a. m. Wed
nesday and Thursday and will j
close early on both those days, let- J
ting out about noon.
Bus schedules will be adjusted
to the later opening and earlier
closing, he said.
Friday will be a regular school
day, with opening at 8:25 a.m.
The regular schedule calls for
first and second grades to be re
leased each day at 1:45 p.m., third
and fourth gr ades at 2:30 and the
remaining elementary grades and
the high school at 2:45.
The school cafeteria will not
operate on Wednesday and Thurs
day but will operate Friday.
Again this year, the Pilot will
carry cafeteria menus one week
in advance to help mothers plan
meals at home. The Friday lunch
menu is: tuna fish salad, french
fried potatoes, garden peas, fruit
ed gelatin, rolls, butter and milk.
In West. Southern Pines, Prin
cipal J. W. Moore said that the
schedule also calls for a 9 a.m.
opening on Wednesday and
Thursday with a regular school
day, opening at 8:25 on Friday.
The West Southern Pines cafete
ria will not operate for a couple
of weeks, he said.
Supt. Dawson said that the pre
school registration was the largest
ever held in the white schools and
that-an increase in attendance is
expected. Principal Moore said
also that an increase in pupils at
West Southern Pines is likely.
The "Phase A" unit of the new
Southern Pines high school is
completed, furnished and ready
for use Wednesday, Supt. Dawson
said. The entire high school will
be accommodated in the new
building, he said, by using for
classrooms rooms that will be
used for other purposes when the
"Phase B" unit of the school, to
be built on an adjoining site, is
The elementary school is short
four clas irooms. One class will lie
held in the teachers' lounge, two
in the home economics cottage
and one in the gymnasium office.
Rally October 12
The 8th Congressional District's
Democratic rally, to be held at
the Lee County Courthouse, San
ford, will take place Tuesday.
October 12, it was pointed out this
week by W. Lamont Brown,
chairman cf the Moore County
Democratic executive committee.
An announcement in last week's
Pilot incorrectly listed the meet
ing for October 8
Exact hour for the rally, to
which Sti te party leaders, nom
inees and office holders have
been invited, has not yet been
announced, but it is presumed
that it will be an afternoon meet
ing as customary. Democrats of
this county are urged to attend.
Thers will be a general
closing of stores and office*
bare Mcnday in observance of
a Labor Day holiday.
The post office stamp and
parcel post window will be
open from 10 to 11 aun. Mail
will be distributed to boxes
and dispatched as usual, but
there will be no home deliv
The Citizens Bank and
Truai Co. and other banks
throughout the county will be
The courthouse at Carthage
will close. The regular meet
ing of the board of commis
sioners will be held Tuesday.
There will be no session of re
corders court next week.
Judge J. Vanes Rows baa an
The Southern Pines Library
will be closed Moodey
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MR. BURT ... at ranch in Wyoming several years ago.
Struthers Burt, 71, Dies In
Wyoming After Long Illness
Noted Writer Had
Spent Much of life
In Southern Pines
Struthers Burtj, movelist and
poet, who was for some 30 years
a beloved part of Southern Pines
community life, died Saturday at
a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming,
after a long period of declining
health. He was 71.
Mr. and Mrs. Burt spent last
i winter and spring in Southern
Pat Morrison, 15,
Is Town's Second
1954 Polio Case
Pat Morrison, 15, daughter of
Mrs. Pauline Morrison, 865 N.
May St., was listed this week as
Vr ore County's fifth polio case of
1954 and the second case from
Her case was diagnosed at
Moore County Hospital Saturday
and she was transferred to the
nolio ward of N. C. Memorial Hos
pital, Chapel Hill.
A member of the family said
Thursday that, a paralysis of the
girl's right leg was noted Tuesday
5iigh1, but later reports from the
hospital indicated this was work
ing out and that Miss Morrison
could move her leg Thursday.
The popular, attractive teen
ager would have entered the jun
ior class of Southern Pines High
School next week.
The town's first polio case of
1954 occurred in July when Car
son A. Lemons, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Carson L. Lemons, became
ill. He is now at home and re
Run To $343,604
During Past Year
Joel Q. Stutts, who served lor
nearly a year as acting building,
plumbing and zoning inspector
prior to the recent appointment
of William J. Wilson to a newly
created town inspector's post, said
this week that 61 building per
mits issued in the last 12 months
had a total valuation of $343,604
The permits covered the esti
mated value of new huildingR and
Mr. Stutts, who is supervisor of
the town water distribution sys
tem and sewage treatment plant,
became acting building, plumbing
and zoning inspector September
t. 1953, in addition to bis regular
town work and served until Mr.
Wilson took over the job Monday
of last week. Mr. Siutts pointed
out this week that while he was
Inspector he assisted aevcrr.1
plumbers in obtaining their state
Pines, planning to return this fall.
Mr. Burt, whose health had seem
ed to improve in the spring, be
came ill on the train going to
Wyoming in June and was taken
directly to the hospital when they
reached Jackson, Mrs. Burt
stayed in a hotel to be nejtr him.
He never saw again their Three
Rivers Ranch at Moran, near
Jackson, as he remained a
patient at the*hospitti until his
Funeral services for the dis
tinguished author were held Wed
nesday afternoon at St. John's
Episcopal church in Jackson.
Tne Burts were to have return
ed to Southern Pines September
13, planning to make their per
manent home here.
Maxwell Struthers Burt was
born in Baltimore, Md., October
18, 1882, the son of Horace
Brooke and Hester Ann Jones
Burt. He grew up in Philadel
phia and graduated from Prince
ton University in 1904. He stud
ied for a year at Merton College,
Oxford, England, also at the Uni
versity of Munich in Germany
and was a reporter for a short
while on the Philadelphia Times,
He returned to Princeton as in
structor in the English depart
ment. It was there a close friend
ship formed between the instruc
tor and one of his pupils, the late
James Boyd, which led in later
years to visits here and then the
purchase *cf a winter home in
Southern Pines, adjoining Wey
mouth, the Boyd estate.
The families were closely as
sociated during the most produc
tive veers of the two authors'
lives, the 1920s and 1930s, when
each reached fame in the Ameri
can literary world. They publish
ed novels and poems, and their
short stories appeared in leading
magazines. The families formed
a nucleus for a literary circle
which brought to Southern Pines,
as visitors and residents, many
others among the leading literary
figures of their time.
Struthers Burt and Katharine
Newlin of New York were mar
ried February 9, 1913. They home
steaded in Wyoming, undertaking
(Continued on page 8)
Reject Beer Sale
With 311 of about 600 registered
voters going to the polls, Carthage
citizens voted against legalized
beer. 245-166. In a referendum
Carthage has not had legal sale
of beer since 1951 when a county
wide referendum outlawed both
beer and wine sales. Towns of
1,000 or more population may
vote on beer and wine sales after
i the county in which they are lo
cated votes dry. Beer and wine
ijsalee have thus been restored in
' Southern Pfhea and Plnehurst..
Of Row Arburaior
The Moore County board of ed
ucation has accepted "with re
luctance" the decision of Clerk of
Court Carlton Kennedy, statutory
arbitrator in the school capital
outlay fund dispute, that gives the
board $277,359.50 for the coming
The board had asked for $422,
471.43 but $269,000 had been ap
propriated by the county commis
sioners when the budget was
made up. The school board re
jected this allotment and put the
matter before the clerk as arbi
trator, as provided by law.
Gordon Cameron, chairman of
the county commissioners, said
this week that he had not discuss
ed Mr. Kennedy's decision with
the other members ot the board
and that he could not say wheth
er or not the commissioners would
likewise accept the decision.
The commissioners have oppos
ed an increase in the tax rate that
more capital outlay funds would
require if no other school or other
county appropriations are cut.
The additional $8,359 allowed the
board of education by Mr. Kenne
dy would increase the rate a frac
tion over two cents per $100 of
property valuation. However, the
amount might be absorbed in the
budget as it stands, if revenues
do not fall.
Members of the board of educa
tion, which is headed by J. A.
Culbertson of Bobbins, went on
record with ine statement that:
"It is the feeling of the board that
any amount of increase that could
be expected through a favorable
court decision, ir an extended and
expensive court action, would not
be sufficient to compensate for
the delay and confusion that
would result therefrom."
j Mr. Kennedy said that capital
| outlay funds for the county sys
| tern and also the Southern Pines
l and Pinehurst units will remain
I frozen until the matter is settled
[either by acceptance of the deci
sion by the commissioners or fur
ther court action.
The board of education formal
ly asked the clerk to make capital
outlay funds available as soon as
During the month of September,
Mrs. Elliott Shearon will assist
Miss Elsie McKenzie at the desk
of the Southern Pines Library, it
was announced this week.
AT EASTER SEAL CAMP?Two Route 1, Cameron children
arc shown during a handicraft period with their counselor. Miss
"Dan* Frazor of Ashcboro, while they were spending two weeks
at the First Annual Easter Seal Camp for Crippled Children at
Camp New Hope near Chapel Hill. They are, at. left, Doris Jean
Medlin, daughter erf Mr. and Mrs. John Curtis Medlm, and Mary
Oakley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs M. S. Oakley. Fifty-five chil
dren attended the camp which placed special emphasis on physi
cal and recreational therapy. The camp, designed to introduce
children who have had to spend much time tr.doors or in hospi
tal* to a healthy and friendly outdoor environment, is made pos
sible by funds from the annual sale of Easter seals by the North
Carolina Society f - Crippled Children
250 Persons Expected For 8tli
District YDC Meeting Tonight
IN DISTRICT RALLY?L. Y. (Stag) Ballentine, State com
missioner of agriculture, will be the guest speaker during the 8th
District Young Democrats' rally at the Country Club tonight
(Friday). Voit Gilmore of Southern Pines, general chairman for
the event, is being promoted for YDC national committeeman, a
post to be filled by election at the State YDC convention in Char
lotte, Sept. 16 18. Assurances of considerable support for Gil
more's candidacy were being received here this week from
Lions To Gather
For Ladies Night:
Broom Sale Set
Two top events of the year with
the Southern Pines Lions Club
ere scheduled for next week?a
Ladies Night supper meeting
Monday at the Country Club and
a broom sale starting Tuesday,
to run through Saturday, for ben
efit of Lions work for the blind
and sight conservation*
Herbert F, Seawell, Jr., of Car
thage will be the featured speak
er at the Ladies Night gathering
which will include a chicken sup
per, with wives of club members
and other guests invited.
Also on the program will be a
film in color, with Sam Beard
of Raleigh as narrator, showing
various activities in rehabilita
tion of the blind throughout the
Mr. Seawell, who was Republi
can candidate for governor in
1952 and for the past year has
been at odds with the administra
tion in Washington in regard to
treatment accorded individuals
and the party in this state, is
known as one of the most enter
taining speakers in the state.
(Continued on Pgge 5)
Negro Girl, Shot
A 14-year-old Negro girl, Carol
Wells, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James Wells who live in the 1300
block of West Indiana Ave., was
I in gocd condition at St. Joseph
of the Pines Hospital Thursday
after she was shot in the mouth,
apparently accidentally, at hei
home Wednesday morning.
The attending physician saic
Thursday that the girl was "very
much alive" and recovering sat
Police Chief C. E. Newton, who
investigated, said the shot was
fired from a .22 calibre rifle in
the hands of the girl's cousin,
Ssndell Hcwerton, 15, of Bal
timore, Md., between 10 and
10:30 a. m.
The boy, a visitor in Southern
Pines, was sitting on a bed in the
Wells home, while the girl was
seated about 15 feet from him
shelling peas, Chief Newton saic
he was told.
Reenacting the incident for the
police chief later, the Howertor
boy showed how he picked up the
rifle, leaded and unloaded it sev
eral times and how it fired during
this procedure. Only one bullet
Chief Newton said that the
shooting appeared to be an acci
dent and that no charges had
17 Farmers On
Seventeen farmers from the
nine townships in Moore Coun
ty have been selected to become
members of a "Board of Agricul
ture" for the county.
They are: Carthage, Clinton
Campbell, James Fulk; Green
wood, L. B. McKeithen, J, B. Mc
1 .cod McNeill, J. M. Davis, Rich
ard Matthews; Mineral Springs,
T. C. Auman, W M Thompson;
Rensalem, H. R. Harrison, Cran
ford Hussey; Sandhill, Paul
Troutman, Lane Kirk; Deep Riv
er, Carr Paschal; Sheffield, D.
A. Dunlap, Fletcher Ritter; Rit
ters, G. H. Purvis, Norman Pur
These men, along with the
county agents and Gordon Cam
eron of Pinehurst, chairman of
the county commissioners, will
meet the last Monday night, in
each quarter, beginning in Janu
ary. The purpose of this Board
of Agriculture is to help develop
the kind of agricultural program
in Moore County that the farm
Dr. D. S. Weaver, director ol
the North Carolina Evtonsior
Service, was speaker at a meet
i ing held Monday night wher
! plans for the board of agriculture
(Continued on Page 5)
About 250 persons from the 12
counties of the 8th Congressional
District are expected at the South
ern Pines Country Club tonight
(Friday) for the annual gathering
of Young Democrats from
throughout the district.
Voit Giimore, newly elected
president of the Moore County
YDC, who is general program
chairman, said that large delega
tions are expected from Rich
mond, Scotland, Anson and
Wilkes counties, as well as groups
from the other counties of the
sprawling district that runs from
the coastal plains to the moun
Tickets to the affair are avail
able on an advance sale basis
from the office of W. Lament
Brown, local attorney.
The program will open with a
social gathering at 6:30 p.m., to
continue with an outdoor supper
at 7 on the Country Club grounds,
using the facilities of the South
em Pines Elks Club,
Featured speaker of the eve
ning will be L. Y. (Stag) Ballen
tine. State commissioner of agri
culture. Mr. Giimore said he is
expected to talk about YDC polit -
ical activities in North Carolina.
Pat Taylor, Jr., of Wadesboro,
| district chairman, will preside.
Invitations to attend have been
i extended to a number of Demo
, cratic office holders of the state
i and state YDC officials. It is an
i ticipated that several out-of-dis
l trict visitors and high-ranking
? party members will be present.
Two committee reports are ex
j peeted at the gathering?one from
H. Clifton Blue of Aberdeen who
j heads the group planning the 8th
, District YDC's part in the State
YDC convention to be held in
Charlotte: and another from a
( committee planning 8th District
, activities for the year ahead.
A native of Varina, Commis
sioner Ballentine has served as a
State senator and as lieutenant
governor, 1944 48, and is one of
the state's most familiar political
figures. He is frequently men
' tioned as a gubernatorial candi
: date in 1956.
Sandhills folks on an arrange
' ments committee for tonight's
' event include J. A. Phillips, R. N.
Page III and Paul C. Butler.
On a reception committee are
1 W. Lamont Brown, J. Hubert Mc
' Caskill, J. Douglas David, Mrs.
Ruth Swisher. Miss Dorothy
'? Swisher, John Beasley, Jr., Mrs.
'? Mary Grover, Mrs. W. Lamont
Brown and Mrs. Voit Giimore.
! Boh Priest is expected to pro
? vide some entertainment with his
1 little "Democratic" donkey and
wagon, details of which have not
Butler Heads Local
Meeting Thursday night of last
week, the Southern Pines Young
Democrats Club elected Paul C.
Butler president, succeeding W.
, Lamont Brown. Other officers
chosen were Dorothy Swisher,
first, vice - president; J. Graves
Vann, second vice - president:
Louis Scheipers, Jr., secretary;
. and Bert Pretno, treasurer.
The group unanimously en
dorsed Voit Gilmore for presi
dent of the county YDC, a post
to which he was elected the fol
lowing night at Carthage.
PRICES GOOD AS
Tobacco markets of the
Sandhills Warehouse Associa
tion, Ineludli.y markets at
I Aberdeen and C?'th*ge.
opened Tuesday after e sales
holiday pending arrival of lull
sets of buyers.
Prices were good al both
Moore County markets as
II sales were resumed. Sale*
| continued heavy this week
?l with farmers Wringing In to
bacco cured while the mar
i | kefs ware dosed,
i ] The market w?l> suspend
smloe for Labor Day ?? Moc
ij day and thereafter will eon
i limse selling dsT.v txcspf