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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume X. Number 8.
Hertford, Perquimans County, orth Carolina. Friday, February 19, 1943.
$1.50 Per Year.
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I HIS WEEK'S
Intense fighting began on the Tun
iskn front this week when Axis tank
forces struck at American positions
near Gafsa and advanced 20 miles into
' Allied territory. American troops
. counter-attacked on luesday and re
gained six miles of the territory, ac
cording to Army reports. iSemmtng
ly, the Axis hope to widen the cor
ridor between the Allied lines and
, the sea to permit German General
Rommel's forces to join the other
-.Axis troop3 in Northern Tunisia.
The British 8th Army entering Tun
"j isia from Tripoli have arrived at the
Mareth Line and General Alexander,
it is believed, will attempt to circle
this line to cut Axis retreat to the
'' t The Germans continue to retreat on
he Russian front. The Red Army
his Week captured the important
, cities of Rostov and Kharkov, taking
'& many German prisoners and claiming
' thousands killed. The loss of Khar
-ot is major blow to the Axis, as
this was one of the most important
supply bases the Germans had in all
Russia. It is believed the Germans
will be forced to retreat in Russia to
the Middle Dnieper River, approxi
mately 100 miles to the west, with
, "little opportunity to defend them
j selves against the Russian advance.
.However, some authorities believe
the Germans are retreating in order
to shorten their battle lines in Rus
V' sis, relieving men to be shipped to
V" 1 the tunisian front, and that the Rus-
sian advances, while spectacular, are
" merely refraining the territory can
") tured by the Germans during their
f 190 push.
' la connection with the bed news
from Russia, Berlin on Wednesday
reported as false the announcement
that Hitler was giving Up the post as
commander of the German Armies,
erlin continued that Hitler would
ntinue as chief of their Armed.
U9 lurtner news has been an
..:unced concerning the statement
r,4ade last week by , War Manpower
Commissioner McNutt that all mflB
must work or fight' However, it is
; understood that nsen employed in
;-snch Jobs must register with the
i. . United iStates Employment bureau 'by
April 1, in order that they might be
placed pi war industry, if possible.
The Japanese lost 6,066 men killed
", nd 12f captured in the final battle
for Guadalcanal, the Navy Depart
' ment disclosed this week. American
casualties were' not ated. Since
the Jap evacuation of this position,
little news of action has been forth
' coming from the Pacific area.
. , Congressional committee hearings
i on the pay-as-you-go income tax plan
1 is expected to be concluded this week.
Just what action Congress will take
aa this subject is merely guess work.
However, one thing is certain, re-
. gardless of what action Congress
takes, all individuals must pay at
least their first quarter income tax
by March 15.
A remnant of the French fleet
made a voyage across the Atlantic
recently to land safely in American
ports where it will undergo repairs
and later join the Allied forces in the
battle against the Axis. The large
French battleship Richelieu, damaged
almost a year ago by the British, and
,ix smeller vessels arrived in Ameri
can ports about ten days ago. After
reoairs are made, the small fleet
will, under French commanders, take
its place with the other Allied battleships.
J Wh'te Withdraws BUI
On Judge Appointment
Representative W. W. White, be
fore returning to Raleigh Monday,
stated that he. intended to withdraw
a bill he had presented to the Gen
eral Assembly calling for the ep.
4 pointment .of the Recorder's Court
Judge by the County Commissioners.
Mr. White stated the bill is now
. , before the committee, but that; ' a
large number of citizens of the coun-
',;ty Jiate' protested against fk meas
ure which would have done' away with
the election of the office, and - he
deemed it best to withdraw the
rm t BANK CLOSED MONDAY
'JB M. Riddick, cashier of The
nertrora Banking Company, an
nounced Thnrsday that the bank will
be closed Monday, February 22, in
observance of George WsW1iton,s
birthday anniversary. Patrons are
atari lA an-nns that? affal-M "1
cordingly. The bank will fee open
Tuesday morning for business as
For Teachers To Be
Held Friday Night
Public May Attend to
Hear Explanation of
An important meeting of all the
teachers, both white and colored, of
the couiily will be held at the Court
house in Hertford Friday night at
7:30 for the purpose of explaining
and holding a school for the regis
tration work to be do,ne in connection
with point rationing, F. T. Johnson,
School Superintendent, announced on
Mr. Johnson stated that the pur
pose of the meeting would be to ex
plain the detail work to be done in
carrying out the registration for War
Ration Book II, and in connection
with this he said that the public was
invited to attend the meeting to learn
of the point ration system. He es
pecially urges all persons who expect
to assist in issuing ration books to
With the registration scheduled to
last six days, and with sites for
registering planned for Belvidere,
Winfall, New Hope, Hertford and at
every colored school in the county, a
Marge number of volunteers will be
needed to assist It is hoped that
many citizens will come forward end
volunteer for this work. Those who
will assist should advise Mr. Johnson.
There will be several important
point? regarding the registration
brought out during the meeting to
night' and Mr. Johnson is anxious
that pach clerk know thoroughly the
duties to be performed.
The most important 'point to be
discussed at the meeting is the rules
governing the issuing of the ration
books' Householders must have war
ration books I with them when they
appear at registration sites; they
must know exactly the number of
cans of rationed articles they have
on hand, and they must know the
number of pounds of coffee on hand
November 28. Unless this Informa
tion is produced no ration book II
wilt- tarns: ' . -
Readers o'tftfi hewapapAr will save
time and effort if they will clip the
declaration coupon appearing in this
issue and make out 'the form before
going to the registration site.
Local Draft Doard
The Perquimans County Draft
Board is seeking information as to
the whereabouts of Columbus Edward
Layden, who is listed by the local
board as being delinquent. . Layden
has disregarded two notices of in
duction mailed him by the board,
which 3eeks to clear up his case be
fore his name is given to the Dis
trict Attorney for aotion.
Any person knowing the draftee's
present address should notify the lo
1 board and give such information.
Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk of the
board, Stated this week that .Tanner
Layden has been accepted for service
Dy tne Army at Fort Bragg. It was
previously announced, unofficially
that every man in the contingent
leaving here on February 4 had been
rejected. Layden's papers were re
turned here this week showing he had
been accepted. He was one out of
Thirty Nesrro selectees
Wednesday for Fort Bragg to receive
tneir final physical examinations
prior to beinsr inducted. Thns. nana.
ing will return home for a seven-day
iunougn and those failing to be ac
cepted lor service will be classified
Indians Down Chowan
By One-sided Score
The Perquimans Indians .defeated
the Chowan High School ' basketball
night by a one-sided score 2(kto 7.
The Chowan quintet failed to dis
lajr the smooth' team wo shown
here earlier . this year and the In
dians rode through to victory in
aav style.? The fame wait rough
throughout and many fouls were
Tailed ' on ibpth" sides. :
The Perquimans teams wjjjl jour
lev to Edenton Friday night to play
return games witb the Edenpn bovs
and; girls, on the Armory tgfixt. ., Ja
fame; played here 'earlier, the Per.
quiinah . Squawsdefeated the Eden
ton girls and the Acaf won over the
Vidians. x" '
E. Leigh Winslow, chairman of Ijh?
Perquimans County Ration Board,
stated this week that several viola
tions of the ban on pleasure driving
had been reported to the local board,
and unless the rules are more strict
ly adhered to, the local board will
begin taking drastic action toward
Mr. Winslow stated that unless the
ban is more strictly observed, names
of the violators will be published and
their gasoline ration cancelled.
"These violations must stop," he
said, "we hive been inclined to be
lenient with 'nose thus far reported
but if violations continue, we are go
ing to enforce the ruling to the full
Special War Crop
Secretary of Agriculture, Claude R.
Wickard, today announced a program
of special aid to farmers to encour
age additional production of specified
war crops and to insure producers
against loss in the case of high risk
crops or crops which they would not
otherwise undertake to grow.
The aid will be in the form of
"special War crop advances," to be ex
tended through the U. S. Department
of Agriculture County War Boards
and the Regional Agricultural Credit
Corporation of the Farm Credit Ad
ministration. Farmers making extra efforts to
grow the vital war crops and assum
ing the added risks of production in
cases of crops which they ordinarily
would not grow, will sign a special
form of note limiting the obligation
to repay the value of the crops pro
duced, provided certain requirements
are met. These include a finding
by the County War Board that the
farmer has used the money in the
production of crops for which it was
advanced; that he diligently applied
the principles of good farming to the
production of the crops; that he has
harvested the crops tv .the extent of
his ability, and that he has applied
the full proceeds of such crops to the
repayment of the advances.
In making these loans to help
farmers finance other production ac
tivities than the special war crop ad
vances, the USDA County War
Boards and the Regional Agricul
tural Credit Corporation will require
full personal liability and a first
lien on the crops, livestock, or equip
ment financed, and farmers will be
responsible for the full amount of
the loans, in any event.
Loans will be repaid when crops or
livestock financed are sold, and such
loans ordinarily will not exceed one
year. Unpaid balances of loans for
livestock, machinery, etc., may .be re
newed or extended but at least one
third of the amount advanced for
necessary war production capital
purposes should be repaid the first
Woman's Club Offers
Prize For Best Essay
Written By Student
The Hertford Women's Club, at a
meeting held last Monday afternoon,
voted to sponsor an Essay Contest
for the students of the Perquimans
High School and will offer a $5 War
Stamp to the writer of the winning
essay. The subject of the essay is
to be announced later, and the win
ning essay will be read at the com
The Club also voted to donate the
sum of flO to the Red Cross War
Fund Drive, which begins in this
county on March 1.
The program for the meeting was
under the direction of Mrs. J. G.
Roberaon, chairman of the Perquim
ans County Woman's War Savings
Division. Mrs. Roberson was assist
ed by Mrs. C. A. Davenport, end the
program concerned the purchase of
war boids end stamps.
W. C. T. U. MEETING
WEDNESDAY AT 3:S0
The Women's Christian Temperance
Union will meet next Wednesday af
ternoon at 3:30 o'clock, at the home
of Mrs. J. R. Jarvis. All members
are urred to be present.
fVtT! g - ibens. S(i of Mr. and
Wr. C. O. 3:enhens. has been nro
""tfed fom the rank of second; lieur
tenant to first lieutenant, according
to an announcement received . here
this week. Lieut. Stephens is - sta
tioned St Davis Monthan Field, Aris.
Red Cross Chapter
To Open War Fund
County Requested to
Contribute Sum of
$3,600 In Drive
The Perquimans County chapter of
the American Red Cross has com
pleted plans for the Red Cross War
Fund drive which will get under way
nere Marcn 1, according to Mrs. (J. i. 1
Morris, who will serve again this
year as chairman of the drive.
Assisting Mrs. MorriR in the drive
to raise a sum of $3,600. which is the
tmiuuub icqucsLcu lo raised mJre,
will be Miss Frances Maness and A.
W. Hefren. Mrs. Morris, in an
nouncing the opening date for the
War Fund drive, pointed out that the
drive this year combined the annual
Roll Call and the War Fund drive, as
conducted last year. This drive,
starting March 1, is not a Roll Call
campaign. It is a campaign to
raise, nationally, a tremendous sum
of money which will enable the Amer
ican Red Cross to carry out its gigan
tic task in rendering assistance to
the fighting forces of the United
The two drives conducted in th
county last year, the annual Roll
Call and the War Fund drive, raised
a total of $1,800. This year the Red
Cross has adopted the slogan: "This
year, I'll give double," thus each
county throughout the nation was
asked by the Red Cross to double the
amount of the two drives last year in
setting a quota for 1943.
The committee in charge of the
drive will announce the names of
each tow.nship committee next week.
These township committees will serve
as canvassers during the drive and
full reports will be made to the gen
eral committee. Mrs. Morris stated
that the campaign in Perquimans will
open March 1st, and will close March
15th. &he urges all to be ready to
contribute generously to this great
The duties and obligations of the
Red Cross have greatly increased dur
ing tVemonths since we hqh - been
at war and in order to care for the
many men whom it serves in various
ways, and solve the problems needed
to be solved calls for a large outlay
of money . . . the only means of
raising money that the Red Cross has
is for each individual to contribute so
that the work may be carried on.
County High School
Concludes 2nd Bond
For the second time within a few
months, the students of the Per
quimans County High School have
successfully concluded a war bond
sales drive which netted over five
thousand dollars in sales of war
bonds and stamps.
During this campaign, as i,n the
onf conducted during December, the
school did not receive credit for any
salcu made unless a student was
named as an owner or a co-owner
of the bond so'"1.
The 10-A CldiSt, sponsored by Mrs.
George Barbee, won the distinction
again for the highest sales recorded.
During the campaign last month this
class reported a total sales of
I According to the report made this
I week by Wizj Edna Turnage, who had
1 charge of the drive, the sales, as re-
' 1 , . J 1 . i. 1 . o . Hff
ourieu uy me classes, were; o-i, mis.
Holmes, teacher, $74.15; 8-2, Miss
V'illoughby, teacher, $55.85; 9-A, Mr.
Crifasi, teacher, 'U58.40; 9-B, Mrs.
Jessup, teacher, $9; 10-A, Mrs
bee. teacher, $5,018.75; 10-B,
Black, teacher, $351.25; 11-A, Miss
Evans, teacher, $108.75.
The total sales made during
second drive amounted to $5,912.15,
according to Miss Turnage.
In Short Session
Only one case was heard by Re
corder's Judge Charles Johnson in a
short session of Recorder's Court
here Tuesday morning. Alphonzo El
liott entered a plea of guilty to a
charge ' reckless driving and re
ceived .-. 50-day suspended sentence
unon payment of a fine of $25 and
cots of cortrt.
Hugh Bryson, charged with being
drunk on the streets of Hertford,
failed to appear for trial and his
bond of $25 was ordered forfeited.
, The State took a nol pros in the
case of Willie Albridge, Negro,
Wged Alh obtaining beard unlaw
fully. , ' "
Price Panel Board
A Price Panel Board, an auxiliary
of the Perquimans War Price and Ra
tion Board, has been named by the
local officials to begin active work
assigned under the Office of Price
Members of the local board will be
Trim Wilson, chairman; J. H. New
boH and W. G. Hollowell.
Tliis board will meet Friday with
A. A. Chappell, Field Price Official
of Raleigh, who will explain the du
ties of the Board to the local mem
bers. The local Price Panel Hoard
will check ceiling prices reported by
local merchants and see that tnese
prices as filed are being observed.
The above-named members have
been notified of their appointment by
tin- local office.
Week Of Dedication
To Be Observed In
Lavmen of the First Methodist
church of Hertford will participate
in a nation-wide observance of Lay
men's Day on Sunday, February 21,
as part of the preparatory program
for Methodism's Week of Dedication
which begins February 28.
"Methodist Men in World Recon
struction" is the theme which will
be used by lay .speakers in every
state, according to the Rev. B. C.
Reavis, the pastor, who announced
Emphasis will be given by the lay
speakers to the importance of rededi
cation of "self, service and sub
stance" on the part of Methodists
during the Week of Dedication, which
is to be a spiritual and financial re
sponse of the 8,000,000 members to
the needs of a war-torn world.
In addition to the more than 40,
000 laymen who will take leadership
in church services next Sunday, many
more will speak from pulpits on the
following two Sundays. Thousands
of laymen also have spoken in local
church pulpits since the first of the
year as "minute-men" for the Week
of Dedication. It has beeA'-'estimated
by Dr. George L. Morelock of Chi
cago, executive secretary of the
Methodist Board of Lay Activities,
that 86,000 laymen have participated
in this program.
On March 7, when the Week of
Dedication will close with personal
commitments, every one of the 42,
000 Methodist churches will be open
for services, with laymen occupying
pulpits in churches on circuits where
the pastor is unable to be present.
"The world crisis of the present
hour," declared Mr. Reavis, "demands
a new sense of stewardship and con
secration of self and money on the
part of Methodists and members of
all Christian bodies. Laymen's Day
provides the opportunity to the lay
men of our church to make their
voices heard and their infltffnce felt
for the building of a better world."
The following layrien will be the
speakers in the local Methodist
church next Sunday evening:
"An explanation of Dedication
Week," by Charles F. Sumner.
"The Church in These Strenuous
Times," by J. S. McNider.
"Christian Stewardship," by W. G.
Beginning on February 28, and con
tinuing through March 7, special ser
vices will be held in the church each
evening at 7:30 and every one is cor
dially invited and all members of the
church are uiged to be present every
The pastor will preach at 11 o'clock
Sunday morning using "The Lay
Preacher and His Message for Today"
as the subject of the sermon.
Baptist Church To
Note Burning Feb. 28
The Hertford Baptist Church will
hold a dedication and note burning
service on Sunday, February 28, the
Rev. H. G. Dawkins, pastor of the
church, announced this week. The
principal speaker for the service will
be M. A. Huggins, State general sec
retay. The public is cordially invited
to attend the service and join with
the members of the church in the
spirit of the note burning.
The Intermediate R. A. will con
duct prayer meeting on February 24.
The group will present a radio pro
gram on Home Missions. Members
having part in the program are
Broughton Dail, Bobby Holmes, Col
on Butler, Edward Mayes, Sidney
Broughton and Bobby Jordan. All
members of the church are urged by
the Rev. Mr. Dawkins to attend.
War Ration Book II
Set For Next Week
Sites Named By Super
intendent tof School In
Point rationing- will be introduced
to the ten thousand residents of Per
quimans County with a six-day reg
istration period, beginning next Mon
day, February 22, and lasting through
Saturday, February 27, during which
they will get War Ration Book II
one for each member of the house
hold. During the six-day period, all re
tail stocks of rationed goods will be
frozen to allow storekeepers to get
their stocks in shape before the day
point ration shopping begins. In
other words, you will not be able to
buy any rationed foods during this
period, but you will be able to buy
other unrationed foods.
The registration will be handled by
the Educational system, along with
volunteers. Several simple rules
must be followed in registering and
tl'fse must be observed completely.
Any adult member of a family may
register for all members of the
gToup. However, in order to register,
this member must have with him
Ration Book I (sugar-coffee book)
for each member he is registering.
Next, he must fill out a form for the
declaration of the number of contain
ers of the rationed canned goods at
home. Just one figure need be given
. . . the total number of containers,
less the allowance of five 8 ounce cans
per person. Then he must report
how many pounds of coffee were on
hand November 28, less one pound
for each adult.
Superintendent of Schools F. T.
Johnson announced that registration
sites for the books will be set up at
Winfall, New Hope, Belvidere and
Hertford, and at every colored school
house in the county. Residents are
urged to appear at the registration
point nearest their homes for apply
ing for War Ration Book II.
Volunteers to assist in the regis
tration for ration hooks are badly
needed. It will take a large number
of clerks to handle the job and resi
dents are urgetly requested to vol
unteer to help with the work. If you
wish to assist, you are requested to
leave your name with the local ration
board or with Mr. Johnson imme
diately. Advisory Committee
Formed To Render
Aid Food Shortage
In an effort to render aid to re
lieve possit!r food shortage which
may arise i"i this community in the
future, local grocers have formed an
advisory committee to work in
agreement with the Elizabeth City
Chamber of Commerce and hope
through their work to gain additional
allotments for this area.
The local grocers met Tuesday
night and chose V. N. Darden as
chairman, and Arthur White as sec
retary of their committee.
The local committee will make sur
veys from time to time and make re
ports of the same to the group in
Elizabeth City, all of which will be
turned over to the proper government
officials in an effort to relieve the
situation if it does arise.
Local merchants, through foresight,
stocked up on merchandise and thus
far have had sufficient quantities for
local consumption. There has been a
shortage on some items here, and it
is possible that the shortages may in
crease in the future, but at the pres
ent time local stores have a large
supply of most staple items.
Shown Pictures Of
Plane Spotters' Work
Staff Sergeant John C. Jones, of
the Norfolk Ground Observer Sta
tion, was the speaker at a public
meeting of citizens held here last
night in the Courthouse.
Sergeant Jones spoke on the work
of the Civilian plane spotters and
their importance to the Army. He
also showed sound pictures of the
work being done in connection with
the Observer Section. J. S. Vick is
the chief observer of the Hertford
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ward, of
Bethel, announce the birth of a
daughter, Mary Lee, born February
12th. Mother and baby are doing