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A Merger of THE BEAUFORT NEWS (Established 1912) and THE TWIN CITY TIMES (Established 1936)
38th YEAR NO. 16.
BEAUFORT AND MOREHEAD CITY, NORTH CAROLINA FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1948
PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
Hawkins Leads Eastern Team
To 7-3 Win in All -Star Contest
The Eastern All-Stars, comprised of players from Morehead City,
Beaufort, Harker's Island Straits, and Marshallberg, defeated the
West team, 7-3, in the Tidewater League all-star game held at Beau
fort Wednesday afternoon. On the West team were players from
Swansbcro, Jacksonville, Newport, and Havelock.
On Fence Problem
The Beaufort Cemetery Resto
ration association would like per
mission to have some unsightly
fences removed from the grave
yard unless there is someone with
a heart interest who wants to res
tore them, Mrs. D. F. Merrill,
chairman, announced today.
Where thrsc lots can be identified,
permission has or will be asked,
but the committee has been un
able to identify the following:
Near Purvis Chapel, a long nar
row rectangle with old fence on
three sides. Within no marked
grave except for one wooden slab
bearing the initials MAM.
Near the above, one grave sur
rounded with small fence. Within
is a cypress marker with letters
North, near Craven Street, a
fence in bad state of repair. With
in are graves with wooden mark
ers but no initials.
Near graves of Abigail and J. P.
Willis, east of the center, a small
enclosure, tumbling down, no
In removing such fences, iron
markers will be driven to define
the boundaries when requested.
The committee will he grateful
if anyone having information on
these lots, will telephone B-542-6
and report It , i... v...-, v -
On Tanker, Niobe
Sailing one week ago from Aru
ba on the Panamanian tanker, Ni
obe which docked at Port Termi
nal, Jack Bachelor arrived at More
head City July.' 4, and became the
first known passenger to land at
Morehead directly from ocean voy
age. He is on his way now by train
to St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Bachelor, an Englishman, is
employed as a marine engineer by
the Standard Oil company in Aru
ba, and the purpose of his travel
to St. Louis, it is believed, is to
spend a five or six-month vacation
there, said Captain George W.
Mayne, commander of the 7,153
Although the big German-built
ship hailed from Aruba, a Dutch
speaking isle xAl Venezuela, every
one aboard was English.
The Niobe unloaded at the Esso
dock from the 4th to the 7th of
July, and is believed to be one of
the largest tankers to come to
Morehead City. Beside j her one
passenger, the 33-yearold ship car
ried a cargo of 76,000 barrels of
asphalt and a quantity of fuel oil.
She is now on her wny to Chile,
South America, to pick up cargo
and carry It back to Aruba.
The Niobe is owned by the Pa
nama Transport company.
CapU Tom Gaskins, 93, Dies
By, John A. Pan-it, Jr.
OCRACOKE ISLAND, ,N. C, July
5 Captain Tom Gaskins sailed to
day for the Islands of the Blessed
and tonight the ghost skippers of
the Seven Seas gathered to wel
come him into their celestial har
bor. The long shore-leave cha nit age
had imposed on him Came to an
end at noon when his heart stop-,
ped beating and he crumpled to
the ground of the oak shaded yar.d
of his home when he had lived
rb.'e tor a dozen :ars or more.
Only an hour before, the 93-year
old one-tine' skipper of schooners
and clipper ships had been sitting
down on the quay spinning yarns
of a bygone era when sailing ves
sels with two and three raking
masts, their topgallant and royal
sails furled, stood in the roadstead
off Ocracoke. '
Perhaps he had a premonition
of what was to come only a short
time later, for he talked of build
ing himself a ship so that he could
go down to the sea again,
The sea was his life and ' his
love, so perhaps in the Blessed Is
Chiefly responsible for the East's
victory was the booming bat of
Lefty Hawkins, star first baseman
for Harkers Island Straits. Hawk
ins had three hits in four times at
bat and batted in five Eastern
tallies with a single, double, and
Another standout offensively for
the East team was Ben Hester of
Beaufort, who batted 3-for-5, in
cluding a double and two singles.
Pitching for the East team were
Jim Webb of Morehead City, Moe
Willis of Harkers Island-Straits,
and Stanley Johnson of Beaufort,
each of whom did three-inning
stints. Webb started and received
credit for the win.
The starting and losing pitcher
for the West team was Fred Tay
lor of Havelock. He was followed
on the mound by Melvin Aycock
of Newport, Floyd Williams of
Jacksonville, and Arthur (Pappy)
Diem of Swansboro.
The East team broke the scor
ing ice with a run in the first in
ning. Elvin Davis of Marshallberg
walked and stole second base. A
few seconds later, Hawkins brought
him in with a single.
The East added two more in the
third inning. With two strikes on
him, Webb singled into eenterfield,
and an error by centerficlder Char
lie Odum, of Swansboro, in hand
ling the ball allowed Webb to take
second. Hester doubled him in and
Hawkins followed with another
doue to make the score 3 0.
Singles by Myron. (Ace) Harris
and Billy Davis, both of Marshall
berg, and another hit by Ray H&s
sell of Beaufort brought in another
run in the sixth inning and made
the score 4-0 in the East's favor.
The East's offensive was climax
ed with a threg-run outburst in the
levtnth iraiM. Hester singled and
Dm Yotnna tf, Hf ten Jsland
Str'alu got a life via ,a miscue by
siortstop Rill Holt of Swansboro.
With l-e West's defense shifUd to
the right for a leftiunded batter,
Hiwkins then sent a long, high
blast into left field, going for a'
home run and scoring three tallies
before it could be recovered.
In the meantime, the West had
been thoroughly tamed by the
three Eastern hurlers for the first
seven frames. They had been al
lotted only three hits, all off start
er' Webb. Willis no-hit th West
erners for three frames, and John
son duplicated this treatment in
After striking out Williams to
start the eighth, Johnson also fan
ned Holt, but backstop Johnny
Willis of Marshallberg dropped the
See ALL-STAR Page 3
In Cmsade lor Children
. Mrs. O. H. Johnson, chairman of
the United Nations Appeal for
Children, announced today that
contributions are mounting, but
that there is still quite a distance
to go before reaching the county's
Checks or money orders should
be made out to "AOA United Na
tions Appeal for Children," and
sent to Mrs. O. H. Johnson, 2711
Contributions may be sent also
to the campaign headquarters, Ca
rolina hotel, Raleigh. These dona
tions will be accredited then to the
county from which they come.
Island July 5
lands where the sea s stormless
and the winds are full but gentle
he will find his old ship the An
Born on Ocracoke Island Dec.
19, 1854, Captain Tom took to the
sea when he had barely reached
For almost 40 years -he sailed
up and down the Atlantic coast,
but he never got down into the
He sailed the rice and corn
route. The Carolinas and Georgia
were his ports of call. His schoon
ers carried the corn of Hyde coun
ty to .Charleston and Savannah on
the outward voyage and came back
loaded with rice.
The two ships of his life were
the Annie Wahab and the Paragon,
both two-masted schooners. .
And both cracked up in storms
off the North Carolina coast.'
"Big Ike" O'Neal who is a living
legend along , the Carolina Outer
Banks, recalled today that both
the Annie Wahab and the Paragon
i See CAPT. TOM Pag X ..
It Was a Happy Holiday
For Morehead City Area
It was a happy holiday over
the Fourth of July weekend as
far Morehead City was concern
ed, reports Robert Lowe, secre
tary of the Morehead City Cham
ber of Commerce.
There was. a record crowd, a
record amount of money spent,
and furthermore, there were no
There were over 15,000 people
here for the weekend and esti
mates of money spent range
from $250,000 to $500,000, Mr.
Seeks Four to Fill
Four teacher vacancies exist in
the county for the 1943-49 school
torm, II. L. Joslyn, superintendent
of schools, informed the board of
cfUicitmn at its July mee'in;' Tues
day '1101)0011 in his offic.
Vacancies are as follows- math
ematies teacher at Smyrna, hgih
school teacher and co.u h -it At
hntL. principal at Cntv Wlenn,
and ;hird grade teacher ul Umkers
H. D. Epling, of Little Mountain,
S. C, will fill the position of prin
cipal at White Oak school, replac
ing H. Leslie Chadwick, and Mrs.
Rosalie Davis, of Davis, will teach
heme economics at Smvrna. Also
required is a matron at the teach
erage in Newport.
Thirty-six fire extinguishers
were recently delivered to the
county and will be placed in the
schools. Mr. Joslyn also reported
that repairs are being made at
Newport and Smyrna schools and
that the new roof on White Oak
school has been completed. SptiC
tanks were recently installed al the
' . Plan are heia nujdtwjmprw
the school building at Harkers
Island also. These include laying
a new roof.
Pay Heavy Fines
Three drivers paid stiff fines
Tuesday morning in recorder's
court on charges of drunk driving,
heading a light docket of 23 cases.
Judge L. R. Morris was on the
The three defendants were
James Willis Moody, John R.
Blackman, and Vina Wetherington.
and all were ordered to pay $100
fines pnd costs of court.
Moody pleaded guilty to charges
of driving drunk and without a
license, and Miss -Wetherington
pleaded guilty to the charge of
driving drunk and doing damage to
personal property. Blackman plead
ed guilty to a lone charge of drunk
William Peterson, charged with
hit and run, doing damage to per
sonal property, and driving with
out a license, pleaded guilty to the
no license charge, while the state
reserved the right to prosecute the
defendant some time in the future
in regard to the other counts.
In another case Milton Lewis
was charged with assault, but the
court found malicious prosecution
and taxed the plaintiff with the
costs of court.
The state also reserved the right
to prosecute in the case of Elzy
Guthrie, who was charged with
abandonment and non-support and
assault on his wife.
Obelia Wilson, charged with pub
lic drunkenness, was found guilty
and ordered confined to jail for 30
See DRIVERS Page 2
Four Conventions Will
Be Held Here This Month
Four conventions, scheduled for
Atlantic Beach this month, will
brine approximately 500 persons to
the Morehead City area.
First will be the N. C. Dairy
Products association July 1516,
Approximately 300 delegates are
expected. On July 23 and for four
days the N. C. Utilities Coordina
ting committee wfll convene on the
beach with approximately 50 re
presentatives in attendance.
On July 25, the American Insti
tute of Architects, (N. C. Chapter)
will convene at the Atlantic Beach
Hotel. One hundred and twenty
five delegates are expected. .Start
ing on July 26 will be the summer
meeting of the Department of Con
servation and Development which
will, bring a large number of of
ficials and citizens, interested in
fishing commercially, to the Morr
bead City area.:
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Islanders July 5
'Nine Old Men' Defeat Coast
Guard in Game of Softball
OCRACOKE ISLAND, N. C , Ju
ly 5 Dozens of Island visitors
joined with Ocncokers today in
a lusty celebration of Indepen
Streaming here from the heat
ridden cities of the mainland, the
holiday weekenders gathered at the
Coast Guard base with some 400
islanders to participate in the fes
tivities. The celebration got under way
at 1 p.m. when young Clifton Aus
tin, son of a Coast Guardsman, ran
up the Stars and Stripes on the
Still standing at attention, the
crowd sang the first verse of the
Star Spangled Banner, which was
led by Harvey Wihab of the Coast
Dr. Charles J. Tilley, pastor of
the Ocracoke Methodist church,
then offered a prayer and made
a few .brief remarks befitting the
The gathered crowd also bowed
in silent tribute to Captain Tom
Gaskins, whose death had occurred
only a few minutes before.
Highlight of the program was a
Softball game between Ocracoke's
"Nine Old Men" and the Coast
Guard. The "Nine Old Men" won
by a score of 22 to 15.
Hunter Robinson, one of the
guiding hands of' the occasion, had
rigged up swings and a merry-go-round
for the children.
John Parris was master of ceremonies.
State Sets Deadlines
In Car Insnaction Program
Because the mechanical inspec
tion lane program has been lagging
the past several months, officials
of the state motor vehicle depart
ment have set deadlines for the
various models of cars.
There are only six month.; left
in .n car inspection program and
only 250,185 of the state's 862,252
vehicles have passed through the
The deadlines are as follows:
1. All vehicles of models up to
and including 1936 and vehicles of
models 1947 and 1948 must be in
spected by August 31.
2. Models 1938, 1939, 1943, 1944,
and 1945 must be inspected by Oct
4. Models 1940 and 1942 must be
inspected by November 30.
5. Models 1941 and 1949 must be
inspected by December 31.
In passing the law requiring in
spection of vehicles, the 1947 Gen
eral Assembly set no such dead
lines. However, officials point
out that, the low does give the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
the authority to promulgate rules
and regulations that he deems ne
cessary to the administration of
By setting these deadlines, Direc
tor Arthur T. Moore of the Mech
anical Inspection Division said, the
department can be assured that all
registered vehicles have visited in
spection lanes by the year's end.
"In this way," he added, "the
lanes will not have to undergo
such a tremendous rush at the end
of the year."
The law requires inspection of
all vehicles once this year and
twice a year hereafter.
The new deadlines, officials
pointed out, won't prevent vehicle
owners from taking their cars and
trucks to inspection lanes earlier
than the specified times. For in
stance, if the owner of a 1941 ve
hicle wants to have his car inspect
ed during July, that will be fine,
even though the actual deadline
for inspection of 1941 models is not
until December 31.
The operation of any uninspect
ed motor vehicle after the time
Three Commissioners Fail
To Show Up at Meeting
Although county commissioners
were notified by letter last Thurs
day that the board would meet at
10 o'clock Tuesday morning only
Wallace G. Styron and Dr. K. P. B.
Bonner showed up.
These commissioners waited un
til 11:30 for C. Z. Chappell, Tilton
Davis, and Lionel Pelletier, then
gave up and went home. Only one
more commissioner was necessary
for a quorum.
The board had planned to take
final action on the 1948-49 budget
Dr. Bonner announced that they
would attempt another meeting,
Monday, July 12, at 10 o'clock.
Bound for Philadelphia
Irvin Davis, pictured above, Car
teret county's register of deeds, is
scheduled to leave today for Phi
ladelphia where he will attend the
Democratic National convention.
Mr. Davis is one of lour dele
gates from the Third Congressional
district. From New Bern ho will
motor with John Lai kins and Lib
by Ward, state senators, to Wash
ington. From there they will take
a train to Philadelphia.
When asked who he was going
to vole for, Mr. Davis replied. 'Pre
sident Truman W'.ic else is thew 7"
Pclletfer Club to Meet
The Pellet icr Home Demonstra
tion club will meet at V!:30 lo-lay
at the church. Topic will be "Tne
Making of Wills."
limit set for inspection of the va
rious models will be a violation
of the law, officials emphasized.
A provision Is made, howevpr,
that a motor vehicle which is ac
quired after the time limit foi its
inspection and which docs not have
a seal of approval may be -.'resented
for inspection within 20 days
after the date of acquisition. The
operation of the vehicle within this
20,-day period will not be deemed
a violation of the law. Any person
operating such a vehicle must have
with him during this period a bill
of sale or other evidence showing
the date and place of acquisition
of the vehicle and from whom it
Rules for '4!.
Officials yesterday also announ
ced regulations for the semi-anu-nual
inspection beginning in 1949.
The first period in 1949 will be
from January 1 through June 30.
the second from July 1 through
The regulation slates that "any
motor vehicle required to be in
spected during a semi annual in
spection period shall not be in
spected earlier than five months
nor later than seven months fol
lowing the preceding inspection."
It also states that vehicles in
spected during 'the first six months
of 1948 must be submitted for the
first semi-annual inspection in 19
49 on or before March 31.
Moore said that the reason for
the five to seven months period
between inspections was that some
motorists might wait until Dec
ember 30 to have their 1948 inspec
tion, and then might rush back to
the lanes on January 2 for the
first semiannual inspection. He
added that such an inspection so
close behind the first would be of
Beginning with January 1, the
owner of a vehicle will be given 30
days from the date of acquisition
to have the vehicle inspected. The
owner must have with him at al)
times and produce for the inspec
tion of any lawful officer or ern
ploye of the Mechanical Inspection
Division a bill of sale showing the
date ' and place of acquisition of
, ' "Friday, July
' Sunday, July
- Tuesday, July
1:11 a.m. ,
Morehead City's first antique ex
hibit and sale will be held Thurs
day and Friday of next week in
the Carteret County Recreational
center, the former USO, on She
The exhibit will open at 11
o'clock Thursday morning, July 15,
and close at 10 o'clock that night.
Luncheon will be served at 1
o'clock Tuesday and reservations
should be made by phoning M 8511,
it was announced today.
On the following day, the show,
which is being sponsored by the
Morehead City Women's club, will
be open from f) a.m. until 1 p.m.
The exhibit and sale is under the
direction of Bess Hyman Guion, of
Aero Club Tour
The welcome mat will be out to
members of the North Carolina
Aero club at Morehead City air
port this afternoon. Earl Taylor,
manager of the Morehead City
field will fly to Rocky Mount with
several other local pilots for the
opening luncheon of the annual
The group, comprised of approxi
mately 50 member pilots, their
wives and guests, will leave Rocky
Mount and land at Morehead in
time for an afternoon on the sands
of Atlantic IV-aeh. Taylor has plan
ned a reception at the airport prior
dinner Friday night.
The management of the Carolina
Racing association and the Surf
club have offered their facilities
for entertainment of the group this
Owners of the private planes will
assemble tomorrow morning at the
airport and proceed up the Outer
Banks to Ocracoke, where they
will be entertained for luncheon.
The group is then expected to
split up, some winding up the
weekend with a return to More
head City for fishing and a week
end at the beach.
This is the second annual tour of
the North Carolina Aero club and
it is hoped will become an annual
affair. Approximately twice as
many pilots and guests as were en
last year's tour arc expected this
To Present Revue
"The Gay Nineties Revue," a
musical show of the decade term
ed the Naughty Nineties, will be
presented tonight and tomorrow
night at the Roda Theatre by the
Camp Morehead Players. Camp
Morehead is a summer camp for
boys located on Boguc Sound west
of Morehead City.
This Gay Nineties Revue was
first produced August 11, 1947 in
the camp gymnasium as one of
the features of a new drama group.
The group really got its start with
the Revue, and now the Camp
Morehead Players plan weekly
program,- dances, and a major
production each month.
The idea for the Gay Nineties
Revue was conceived by Bill Trot
man, of Winston-Salem, when he
came to the camp to help wiMi
dramatics in 1947. In collabora
tion with Billy Barnes, of Wilson,
the complete plans were drawn up,
and the ten different numbers
went into rehearsal.
A cast of over 20 people rang
ing in age from 6 to 20 met daily
to put the finishing touches on
the can-can, the barber shop quar
tet, and the various other num
bers. Then on August 11 the show was
a finished production, and the
opening night audience acclaimed
it as a hit; so the Revue was pro
duced one more time that season
with the same favorable result. Al
though the cast was young and in
experienced, it was agreed that
each boy, doing his best, put over
a show that Camp Morehead was
Cargo Transport Unloads
Marines al Port Terminal
' Two hundred six Marines of the
second division, Camp Lejeune, re
turned to their base near Jackson
ville Wednesday afternoon after
the cargo transports USS Vermil
lion docked at Port Terminal.
The transport left yesterday
morning for Norfolk. The Marines'
six months' sea duty which ended
Wednesday, included training in
the Mediterranean area.
Beaufort Police Receive
Thanks from Salesman
The Beaufort police depart
ment recently received a pat on
the back from a visitor who was
impressed by the efficiency of
the local gendarmes during his
stay here. Sharing (he laurels
with the policemen is L. W. llas
sell, mayor of Beaufort.
The satisfied "customer" is
Joe L. Young, southern sales
manager of a company in St.
Louis, Mo., who wrote the fol
lowing letter to Mayor llasscll:
Hon. L. W. llasscll,
Beaufort, N. C.
My Dear Sir:
Please let me thank you and
your efficient police department
for making my first visit to your
lovely city a pleasant one.
It's a shame we don't have
more cities like yours, that
haven't forgotten the true south
Joe L. Young
Ball Game Nets
Lions Club $165
The Donkey Baseball game,
sponsored by Morehead City Lions
netted the club $165.40, it was re
ported Friday night at the organ
ization's meeting at the Carteret
Recreation center. This amount
will he applied to the club's year
round program of aid to the blind
and the physically-handicapped.
Speaker at Friday night's meet
ing was Gaither Beam, retired dis
trict governor of district 31C. Mr.
Beam, from Lewisburg, is making
his 72nd official visit tr"LlfMH
clubs throughout this district. Thus
far these trips have totaled 11,000
miles, he remarked.
The next regular meeting of the
Lions club will be at 7:15 Friday
night, Fort Macon hotel. To be dis
cussed will be the establishment of
a Lions auxiliary.
Flag Pole In Front
Of School Snapped Off
The flagpole in front of More
head City High school, near the
street, was snapped off cleanly
three feet from the ground early
Thursday morning. '
No one reported having seen the
incident but an unidentified per
son said he heard a noise at 2 a.
m. which might have been the
pole falling, according to E. J.
Willis, chief of police.
Morehead City police state that
upon examining the metal stump
it appeared the pole had already
been split halfway through the
diameter at the breaking point
and whatever struck it above the
split finished the job neatly.
Purse Boat Makes Rescue
A purse boat from the Slck'e,
menhaden boat owned by David
and Calvin Jones, picked up three
men and a girl, all unidentified,
who were floundering in the water
when their skiff overturned Tues
day in the Straits. All were un
injured. He Manages Large Coastal
Wiuton WahabTwbo recently
Virginia, is shown here talking to a client of Coastland Realty Co,
In Manteo. He is the son of R. 8. Wahab of Ocracoke Island, wh
recently established the firm which is operated by his children,
Wilson Wahab U the secretary-treasurer of the firm and also its
(etldent manager In Manteo and along the Outer Banks; Tne firm
specializes in real estate and homesites on the Islands of the Outer
Banks, (Phot by Aycock Brown)
Jaycees to Meet
Weekly at Center
Power Siiuation Discussed;
Prospects Reported Dull
For the first time Monday nignt
the Morehead City Junior Cham
ber of Commerce held its regular
weekly meeting at the Carteret
Recreation center. They will meet
at the center for four consecutive
Formerly, meetings were held
at the Fort Macon hotel. The
Junior Chamber has not decided
us yet to return to the hotel at the
termination of the four week pe
riod or to continue holding their
meetings at the Recreation cen
ter. At the next meeting a roast tur-
key dinner will he served, and
Miss Morehead City of 1948 will
provide entertainment. .
The Tide Water Power situa
tion was discussed. Steps are be
ing taken to rectify it and final
results of a recent survey by A.
II. Jones, vice president of Tide
Water company, will be forthcom
ing shortly, it was announced. -
The committee appointed lo
look into the possibility of estab
lishing another hank in Morehead
City reported that the prospects
did not look very bright at pres
ent. Lawrence Austin, Jaycee, from
High Point, was guest speaker at
the meeting. He gave pointers on;
the waste paper drive to he made
in Morehead July 25. The pro
ceeds of the drive will go to civic
On District Meet
B. JV'May, ncwIy-installViP'preii
dent of Beaufort Rotarv club, gave '
a leport on the district asTobIy
a!. Wrighlsville Beach at Tuesday
night's meeting at the Inlet inn.
Mr. May named members. of his
committees and told the club that
the ceunm; Rotary yea.-, with their
cooperation, should br the best
(he have yet eNpeni'iiccd y
He announced th.it the J8fh
district convention would he hell
in May of next vear ana that the
Rotary International convention
will be held in June, PM9, in New
York City. N. F. Euro wis named
chairman of the committee on in
ternational convention information.
Guests at the meetine were Dn
vid Murray, Morehead .'ily Hot Bri
an, James Alexander, of Green
ville, Grant Leonard, of Detroit,
Mich., and Thomas 11. Carrow, of
At last week's meelini; Mr. Car
row, whose scries "Memories of
Beaufort in the Nineties," is run
ning in The News-Times, was
speaker for the evening.
Dr. J. 0. Baxter Attends
National Elks Convention ;
Dr. J. O. Baxter of Beaufort li
now attending the annual national
Philadelphia convention of the
Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks as an alternate delegate,!
Lou Gore of Morehead City, Ex
alted Ruler of local Elks, is not
attending the convention because
of a recent death in his family. '
graduated from the lnienny i,