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A Horger ol THE BEAUTC3T KEWS (Established 1912) and THE TWIN CITY TIMES (Established 1936)
38th YEAR NO. 13.
BEAUFORT AND MOREHEAD CITY, NORTH CAROLINA TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1948
PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
.Power Failure Causes Thousands of Dollars Loss
Group to Deal
With Power Co.
Citizens Collect $161.84 to
Finance Committee Op
One hundred fifty Beaufort cit
izens met last night at the court
house and elected a committee to
deal with Tide Water Power com
pany in regard to its srrvice to
Beaufort and down-east communi
ties. Claud R. Wheatly, Jr., heads the
committee and Pritchard Lewis
was elected treasurer. Donations
. collected at the meeting to finance
the committee's operation totaled
$161.84. Fifty dollars of this a
mount was contributed by Beau
Dr. S. F. Greco, of Beaufort
Cannery, made a short address in
which he remarked that Beaufort
Cannery was a tremendous eco
nomic asset to the community but
that without electric power it
would have to cease operation.
Members of the town committee
who will meet this afternoon to
plan a course of action are J. O.
Barbour," Jr., Leslie Moore, George
Brooks, Sr., Hugh Hill, Paul Jones,
and Elmer Willis, of Williston.
Mr. Wheatly said yesterday that
plans will probably be made to ob
tain signatures for a petition to be
presented to the State Public Util
ities commission requesting effi
cient service to Beaufort and the
eastern section of the county. .
Elected temporary chairman of
last night's meeting was Graham
t . W. Duncan, Jr. .
Lions Mil Meet
At Former (ISO
Morehead City Lions club will
'meet at 7 o'clock Friday night at
the Carteret County recreational
center for its regular weekly meet
ing, Ronald Harpe, secretary, an
nounced today. . Guest at the meet
ing will be the district governor of
Recently-elected officers of the
Lions club are as follows: David
1 Battle Webb, president, Glenn
Rose, vice-president, Fred Lewis,
first vice-president, Duffy Roe,
second vice-president, D. J. Hall,
third vice president.
Mr. Harpe, secretary, O. N. All
red, treasurer, Lester Willis, cor
responding secretary, Joe Devon
schic, Lion Tamer, and Joe Rose,
Jr., Tail Twister.
Mr. Webb succeeds Victor Wic
kizer as president.
Safety Committee Head
Studies Traffic Problem
, . i '
Clyde Jones, chairman of the
public safety committee of the
Morehead City Chamber of Com
merce, has undertaken the task of
easing the heavy traffic to Atlan
tic Beach on weekends. The ulth
mate coal of committee is to have
stoplights put at busy intersections.
The reason for this movement
is that the traffic situation could
get so out of hand that it would
nullify all the benefits that the
businesses at the beach are now en
joying. Mr. Jones was instrumental in
securing the aid of the state high
way patrol in handling the 'traffic
in the past two weeks, and he will
work with state and city agencies
for future improvements.
Guilford Pilots Make
Flight to Morehead City
Thirty-one pilots of the Guilford
Pilots association, Greensboro and
High Pplnt, flew to Morehead City
Sunday morning in nine planes.
The group, under the direction of
Flight Commander Hemphill, stop
ped for breakfast) here and some
spent the day on the beach.
The reason for the flight is that
some time ago one of the pilots
of the association had' been shown
such courtesy, at the local airport
when be developed engine trouble
that he decided he would return to
enjoy the same ' courtesy once
more Not only did he "return, but
he brought 3dther airmen with
him, .' '
Elected by Morehead City Teen-Agcrs as their king and queen
are Ottis Jefferson, Jr., of Beaufort, pictured above right, and Ann
Dale, left. Below them are the prince and princess, Denny Law
rence, right, and Ellen Ray Gaskins, left. These four teen-age club
members had their titles bestowed upon them at a coronation at the
recreation center Tuesday night. Photo by Guy Paul Dixon
Schooling Races Will End Tonight,
Track Opens Officially Tomorrow
Tonight will conclude the three
nights of schooling races at the
dog track west of Morehead City
and the 100-day racing season will
officially open tomorrow night, the
first race scheduled at 8:15.
Schooling races went off much
better Saturday night than Friday
when the power failed and the
dogs, probably much to their
amazement, caught up with the
One dog who actually made con
tact with" the leaping lure, Mr.
Long Ears, hit the steel bar which
holds the rabbit and broke his leg.
I,. . The (tagV-tlot - Js V. ctraerf by
Robert Townsend and Valued at
$500, was taken to a veterinarian
where his leg was set, but his
racing days are over.
Because the lights along the
track were not ready for use Fri
day night, the, races began at 7
o'clock in order that as manv as
possible could be run in daylight,
Paul Cleland, manager, said.
Power at the dog track is sup
plied by Tide Water Power com
pany, but to guard against any
future occurrence similar to Fri
day night's, an auxiliary plant will
be installed, according to Ed Hoe
bel, contractor and engineer.
Neither was the track complete
ly illuminated Saturday night.
There were lights only on every
other pole around the track but
this in no way reduced the en
thusiasm shown by the crowd, esti
mated at about 2,300.
At the first annual meeting of
the board of directors of the Car
teret County Recreation Associa
tion, Inc., Thursday night at the
Recreational , center, Morehead
City, the directors appointed to
serve when the association was or
ganized early this year ' were re
elected, W. C. Matthews, presi
dent, announced today.
Also discussed were means of
interesting civic organizations to
use the center's facilities. Mrs.
Harold Sampson, director of the
center, will remain in that posi
tion, Mr. Matthews said.
The directors, besides Mr. Mat
thews, are Mrs. Sampson, Victor
Wickizer, , ffony Seamon, Harold
Sampson, W. L. Derrickson, M. T.
Mills, W. C. Carlton, Walter Free
man, all of Morehead City, Ken
neth Prest, C. R. Wheatly. Jr..
both of Beaufort, and Harry Mi
Ulrich Hester, Motorist;
To Appear in Court today
Beaufort police court yesterday
found probable cause in the case
of Ulrich Hester involved in a mo
tor vehicle accident Thursday
morning in Beaufort. The case was
bound over to recorder's court to
day. Hester was driving east on
Broad street shortly after 12 mid
night Thursday morning and Del
mas and; Ray Mitchell Willis,
brothers, were riding on a motor
cycle south on Live Oak street
when a collision occurred.
: Hester took the two boys to the
hospital where they were treated
for minor injuries.
In Front of bin
Work on the swimming platform
being constructed by the Beaufort
Junior dumber of Commerce in
rtrone-flf the Inlet inn on Fron
street, Beaufort, is scheduled to
be completed by the end of this
week, according to James Potter,
co-chairman of the Jaycees' com
mittee in charge of the project.
The platform is being construct
ed on the edge of the channel and
will have one section built especial
ly for small children and another
for older ones and advanced swim
mers. Some time in the future, the Jay
cees hope to add a soring board
and a diving tower so that when
the tide is high swimmers will be
able to dive.
The work on the platform has
been going on for the past two
weeks and it will cost the Jaycees
from $300 to $400 when it is com
pleted. Ordinarily, the cost of such
construction would run up to $2.
500, but much of the work and
materials are being donated.
Mr. Potter voiced special appre
ciation to B. H. Stephens of the
inn for permission to build the
platform and to N. F. Eure, con
tractor, for donating his services.
The money being spent on the
project is what was left from the
profits of a Jaycee dance about
three months ago. The Jayccs
spent the first portion of it in
cleaning up the waterfiont, and
this, combined with ths building
of the swimming platform, repre
sents a total of .700 tnat the Juni-
r Chamber has spent along this
The other cochiiirman of the
Jaycees' committer dire .-ting, the
work is J. 0. Barbour, Jr.
JCs to Install Officers
Tomorrow at Core Creek
The Beaufort Junior Chamber
of Commerce will install officers
for '48'49 at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow
night at Core Creek. It will be a
ladies' night, and a picnic supper
will be served.
The new officers of the Jaycees
are Claud Wheatly, president; Ce
cil Harrell, reelected vice-presid
ent; Gilbert Potter, recording sec
retary; Osborn Davis, correspond
ing secretary; and Odell Merrill,
Stepping down from the top po
sitions will be John Butler, presi
dent; Frank King, recording secre
tary; Charles' Cheek, correspond
ing secretary, and Alex Erickson,
To 83's Over Weekend
Friday Saturday, and Sunday's
temperatures hit the 90's, E. Sta
nley Davis, official weather nhsor-
ver, reported yesterday. There was
no rainfall on these three days. .
Maximum and minimum tem
peratures were as follows: J
Friday . 97 77
Saturday M '
Sunday vv r 91 78
Denies Road Sale
New York Firm Has 60-Day
Option to Buy Mullet
The Mullet Line, running from
Goldsboro to Morehead City, offi
cially known as the Atlantic and
East Carolina railroad, has not
been sold, according to reports
from Harry P. Edwards, New Bern,
one of the four major North Ca
Mr. Edwards late last week, how
ever, confirmed reports that nego
tiations were in process with New
York interests in regard to sale of
operating rights, according to a
dispatch from the Associated
Seventy-two per cent of the road
is owned by the State of North
Carolina and the operating fran
chise is controlled by Mr. Edwards,
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Buehan,
Kinston, and J. A. Bolich, Jr.,
Mr. Edwards stated that A. W.
Bankert and Company, New York,
has a 60-day option to buy the
operating rights. He and Matt Al
len, general counsel for the road
were in New York farly last week
negotiating for sale of the fran
chise. Affiliates of the banking firm.
C. P. Lowe and Walter Keers, and
Charles Pinkerton. president of the
Detroit and Mackinac railroad
were in Morehead City and New
Bern Saturday inspecting the road,
shops at New Bern, and docking
facilities at Port Terminal.
Mr. Keers, spokesman for the
Bankert firm, on Saturday con
firmed reports that the road had
not been sold. Local employees
state, however, that they have been
informed the line has changed
hands and they will be retained
in their present positions.
W. Kerr Scott, prior to his win
ning the democratic nomination for
governor Saturday, stated that the
operating rights were being sold
because of "the realization of
banker creditors of the railroad
. . . that Treasurer Johnson hasn't
a chance to win and that they
wanted to get the railroad lease
in the hands of management of
their selection prior to the change
Mr. Edwards denied a statement
also made by Scott that the road
had deteriorated. Since the opera
ting company took it over under
lease Sept. 1, 1039, he declared,
more than $1,000,000 has been
spent in improvements.
The road in 1939 had 60-pound
rails and "rotten ties" which limit
ed speed to 15 miles per hour,
Edwards said. But now it has 90
pound rails and full trains run
over it at 40 miles per hour. He
added that the property is "several
hundred per cent better" than it
was in 1939.
Police Tag Tide Water
Trailer lor No Lights
Phillip Thomas was ordered to
pay $10 fine and $5 court costs
yesterday afternoon in Morehead
City police court for having im?
proper lights on his trailer. The
vehicle belongs to Tide Water
Saturday morning at 1:30 a.m.,
when the company was attempting
to meet the power failure emer
gency in Beaufort, Thomas was
transporting a light pole for the
company and did not have any
warning light on the end of the
pole, according to police. At 5th
and Bridges streets the pole da
maged the car of Dr. J. 0. Baxter,
In two other cases handled by
tne court, Konald Henry Brizell
paid $25 and costs of court for
peeping and trespassing, while
Bonner Guthrie and Roma Wade
each paid $20 and $5 costs for be
ing drunk and disorderly. .
Tuesday, June 29
1:05 A.M. 7:35 A.M.
1:51 P.M. 8:17 P.M.
Wednesday, June SO
1:56 A.M. . 8:23 A.M.
2:43 P.M. 9:15 P.M.
Thursday, July 1
2:53 A.M. 9:15 A.M.
3:18 P.M. , 10:14 P.M.
Friday, July 2 "
3:51 A.M. 10:05 A.M.
4:32 Pit ' 11:09 P.M.
Beaufort Without Power 14 Hours;
Morehead Businessmen Complain
To the 15 businessmen who met
with Mr. Jones yesterday afternoon
in the chamber of commerce of
fices no assurances were given that
immediate steps could be taken to
improve the power supply in More
"I'd rather not make any prom
ises," said Mr. Jones, "until 1 re
ceive a report at the end of the
week from our electrical engi
neer." Mr. Jones assured the men that
the local power plant, beginning
last night, would go into operation
night and day.
In answer l the question involv
ing danger of fire in homes and
businesses when the voltage is re
duced and motors burn out, Mr.
Jones said there was no danger.
Ray Garrett, of the Blue Hibbifn
club, countered with the fact that
during one failure a thousand gal
lon pump burned out. "If I hadn't
discovered it smoking in time, the
whole place would have burned
down," he remarked.
The vice president of the power
company said that adequate pro
tective equipment would prevent
"That's why our men arc here
this week, to see where we can
help you stop these lowes," said
J. A. Wright, electrical engi
neer, arrived here yesterday to
study the situation.
George It. Wallace, of Wallace
Fisheries, addressing Mr. Jones,
said. "In 1945 we signed a con
tract with you people to provide
us with power and we pay you for
electrical service we never get."
J I stated that because of power
inadequacies one of their three fish
plants has been shut down.. Power
failures have caused a tremendous
loss of fish and inability to pro
cess the menhaden has made a
nauseating stench in vicinity of
the Wallace plants.
Throughout thp discussion, Mr.
Jones' main defense was that
Morehead City is growing so rap
idly that the vast needs of this
area now were not thought of in
Tide Water's long-range planning.
He cited the growth at Atlantic
Beach and location here of the
roofing plant and the race track
as creating unprecedented de
mands on the city's power facili
ties. He stated that the 1.200 kilo
watts required by the felt plant is
50 per cent of the entire needs of
Morehead City in 1944.
In answer to questions about
power surges, Mr. Jones said that
nothing can be done about those
when an interconnected system is
in use. He said that lightning
trouble in Goldsboro or Raleigh
would cause a power surge here.
Mr. Jones'said that as far as he
could see at the moment, no perm
anent solution to the situation
cnuld be made until new equip
ment, ordered more than a year
ago, comes through.
He stated that present plans pro
vide for erection of a power line
from Cherry Point along route 101
to Beaufort, providing a line du
plicating the one now in use from
Cherry Point to Morehead City.
But this line would not be in op
eration before Februaury or March.
Morehead City Firemen Made State Hose
By F. C. Salisbuuruy
Pictuured here are the members
of the City Fire department who
in 1914 established a hose race
record at the firemen's convention
held in Winston-Salem that year
that was never equaled in the
state. , Y
Attending a firemen's conven
tion in Fayettevile in 1912 the
Uam took part in .their1 first con
Failure of power in both Beaufort and Morehead City during the
past seyeral weeks brought action yesterday on the part of citizens
in both towns.
Mayor Lawrence Hasscll, Beaufort, announced a meeting at the
court house last night, and Morehead City businessmen met in cham
ber of commerce offices yesterday afternoon with A. E. Jones, vice
president of Tide Water Power company.
Ringing Power Goes
OH on Telephones
Telephones in Beaufort have
been out of order several times
during (he weekend.
The ringing power went off
shortly after 6 o'clock Saturday
night and was nut restored until
shortly before 8. I,. A. Daniels,
manager of Carolina Telephone
and Telegraph company, said
yesterday morning thnt he didn't
know what the trouble was but
that thev were "working on it."
Yesterday afternoon the ring
ing power went off again for a
short time. Dialing certain
Beaufort numbers brought no
thing but crackling and roaring.
Plant Lice Attack
R. M. Williams, Agent, Rec
ommends Spray Method
Tobacco fields throughout Car
teret county are rapidly becoming
infested with plant lice, "R. M
Williams, county agent, commented
This pest has attacked tobacco
earlier this season than it did last
year, he remarked. The lady bug
is a natural enemy of plant lice;
however, the lice reproduce more
rapidly than they are being con
sumed by the lady bug. No re
commended insecticide on the
market has proven very effective
in controlling the aphid.
Mr. Williams recommends the
Tetracthyl phosphate is suggest
ed as a control measure and is
sold under the trade names of
musifos and vapotone xx. It should
be applied when the plants are dry
for best coverage.
If aphis infestation is spotted
in the field, hand sprayers may be
used. If the infestation is general,
horse-drawn sprayers can be used.
A barrel type sprayer mounted on
a tobacco truck with eight spray
nozzles is required to do a good
job if tobacco is large. Four noz
zles should be placed low with
two directed at an angle to spray
the sides of two rows.
Two nozzles arc directed paral
lel to the ground to spray higher
up on the plant and two are direct
ed downward. A sprayer rigged up
in this manner should be driven
down each middle row in order to
get complete coverage on both
sides of the plant.
Tetracthyl phosphate must be
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test, winning second prize. At the
convention in Wilmington the next
year they did not compete but
when they went to the gathering
at Winston-Salem they were ready
for all comers. ' '
After .running the regular sche
duled race and setting an unpre
cedented record the judges were
of the opinion that the stop watch
es were at fault. They were re
quired to make another run. Just
A survey yesterday morning of
only a few Beaufort merchants re
vealed a loss of almost $5,000 as
a result of I he power stoppage Sat
urday night and Sunday. This, with
spoilage of food in home refrigera
tors and deepfreeze units, stores'
closing early Saturday night and
resultant loss of business, runs the
estimate of cost to Beaufort for
14 hours without power well ovjer
Places of business down east,
also in darkness, withstood losses
swelling this figure.
Cause of power stoppage was
due to failure of the cable across
Gallant's channel that a deep draft
tug, passing through the draw at
low tide Saturday, may have dam
aged, but this has not been defi
nitely determined, George Stovall,
manager of the local Tide Water
According to Mr. Stovall, the
power went off at 8:10 Saturday
night and didn't come on until
9 53 a m. Sunday. Source of trou
ble was not located until 1 a.m.
Sections of the line were cut out
until the difficulty was found.
When the cable was tested it was
learned that one phase was
At present power is going into
Beaufort through an overhead line
Repair to the underwater cable
would. feqair. ai Jfit twq weeks.
Mr. stovall said. TwWlO-foot patss
were erected on each side of the
channel and aluminum wire, light
enough for ovehead use, was truck
ed here from Wilmington Saturday
By the time the truck arrived
at 3:30 a.m. the poles were up. Two
crews, Tide Water crew, and men
from the Z. A. Sneeden Contract
ing company, New Bern, worked
all night under portable flood
lights. The auxiliary plant In Beaufort
went on at 9 a.m., providing pow
er to pump water and power for
street lights. Because machinery
there is not in perfect condition
and spare parts will not arrive un
til next month, Mr. Stovall said
that a heavy load was not put on
the plant for fear it would fail
completely, making it impossible
to supply water.
Because of the overhead wire
across the channel, both the rail
road and draw bridge are closed
to water traffic. Mr. Stovall com
mended Chief George H. Meekins,
commander of the Beaufort group,
United States Coast Guard, for
sending out warnings regarding
closing of the bridges. J. B. Hut
chins, New Bern, district highway
engineer, also notified bridge tend
ers throughout the state.
Power service was interrupted
again Sunday night, however, when
a craft went through the draws, da
maging the overhead line.
The line passes directly over
Noe's fish house to a pole set in
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to show up the judges, they beat
their first record, establishing a
time record of 27 35 seconds.
That record holds to this day.
Besides the driver, seven men
took part in the race. A flying
start was made 50 yards from the
starting line, then a run by the
horse and. cart of 200 yards to a
hydrant, from which point 288
feet of hose" was laid to the finish
line, the time being recorded when
In 2nd Primary
Winning Candidate, Scoti,
Receives 1,053 Votes,
Although Kerr Scott carried the
state and won the Democratic nom
ination for the governorship, which
is tantamount to election, his op
ponent, Charles M. Johnson, swept
Carteret county by almost a 2 to-1
margin. A total of 3,0-17 votes
were cast at the polls Saturday,
which is 1,000 more than were
counted in the first primary sev
eral weeks back. There are 9,000
Caileret county gave Johnson t
total of l,f)94 votes, while Scott re
ceived 1,053. In the first primary,
Johnson received 1.625 and Scott
was credited with 657. Apparently
the vote given to Mayne Albright
was pretty well split up between
the two candidates in Saturday's
election with a slight edge going
to Scott, with several precincts
cither unanimous or nearly unan
imous in Scott's favor. There was
an increase in the agricultural
vote, and the best part of this also
went to Scott.
Johnson, however, took the vote
where it counted the most, in the
larger communities of Morehead
City, Beaufort, Harkers Island,
Johnson swept Atlantic by a
219-lo-8 vote. He also took Sailer
PtuflaomouMy bjrHng all
116 ballots cast.
Hot- (c hnu tha PonHirlarm tarmA
in each of the 27 precincts of Car
Atlantic, Johnson 219, Scott 8;
Beaufort, Johnson 390, Scott 255;
Bettie, Johnson 26, Scott 30; Bogus
Johnson 1, Scott 40; Broad Creek;
Johnson 65, Scott 3: Cedar Island,
Johnson 49, Scott 14.
Cedar Point, Johnson 0, Scott
35; Davis, Johnson 67, Scott 10
Harkers Island, Johnson 175, Scott
94; Harlowe, Johnson 27, Scott 21;
Long Pine, Johnson 0, Scott 12;
Marshallbcrg, Johnson 71, Scott U.
Merrimon, Johnson 29, Scott 19;
Morehead City, Johnson 417, Scott
235; Newport, Johnson 72, Scott
B8; Otway, Johnson 29, Scott '21;
Pellctier, Johnson 1, Scott 37. jj
Portsmouth, Johnson 9, Scott fl;
Salter Path, Johnson 116, Scott 0;
Sealevcl, Johnson 74, Scott ,20;
Smyrna, Johnson 28, Scott 8; Stacyj
Johnson 11, Scott 13. h. - .
Stella, Johnson 9, Scott 9;
Straits, Johnson 57, Scott 39; Wild,
wood, Johnson 17, Scott 31; Wil- ,
union, jonnson 10, ocou o; wire
Grass, Johnson 17, Scott 24.
1 1 -A I m a. .
The Beaufort fire department i
was called out at 2:30 p.m. Sunday
afternoon to put out a grass fire
on Ann street extension. The fire
men wero at the scene about one
hour. No damage to property was
Members: from left
to right, ChlefG. L. Ar
thur, John Webb, Clar
ence Taylor, George ;
Smith, Manny WllhV
Earl Piper, horse "Gib,"
Charlie' Smith, Elijah' ,
Willis, Charles Styrww '
Vannle Willis, Fred.'
Royal, Charles Wallace,'
Jr., Richard Fodrla. ' -'
the stream of water came front
the nozzle. .
John Webb was hydrant Jumper:
His duty was to connect the hose
to the hydrant while Elijah Willis
stood by to turn on the water by
the time the nozzle was connected.
George Adams who was the nozzle
man fed out the hose to the slack
catchers, Richard Fodrie, Charles
Wallace and Vannie Willis. When
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