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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
-VolumeX Number 16.
HertfordrPerquimans Countyj North Carolina, Friday, April 9, 1943.
$1.50 Per Year.
IfJ FIRE OF UNDETERMINED ORIGIN
When Authorities In
vestigated on Sunday
Two aged Perquimans County resi
dents, Charles Lutz and his sister,
Elnora Lutz Wood, were accidentally
burned to death when a fire of un
determined origin destroyed their
home in the White Hat Community
early Tuesday morning, March 30.
The tragedy was not discovered un
til Sunday morning, when Luther
Uimphlett, a resident of Camden
County, who was visiting his broth
er, Seth Umphlett, on hearing of a
fire at the, Lutz home went to investi
gate. On arriving at the scene Mr.
Umphlett discovered the house burn
ed to the ground and saw a few
bones, all that remained of the cou
ple, lying beneath the debris. He
came to Hertford immediately and
notified Sheriff J. Emmett Winslow
and Coroner Dr. C. A. Davenport,
who investigated the deaths.
The authorities found little at the
scene except complete destruction of
the house and one out-building. The
bodies of the two had been cremated
and little remained of the skeletons.
Dr. Davenport, however, was able to
ascertain from several pieces of the
bones found that two bodies were
found in he ruins.
Dr. Davenport stated this week that
death of the couple was accidental,
caused by the fire of undetermined
origin. " - ' ' ' ' ' 1
The first that was known of the
fire which" destroyed the home was
when John Broughton was working
his fishing nets in the Perquimans
River, off the land owned by the
Lutzs. He noticed smoke coming
from the direction of the house and
missed seeing the house . . . noting
only that the two chimneys of the
old house were standing. Thinking
that the fjr yas generally known
about, Mr. Broughton did not report
it, and on Sattrday talked with some
neighbors of the Lutzs regarding
the fire. The neighbors were surprise
ed on bearing the news for they had
not known of the fire. Mr. Umph
(" kJ1IWifcwm the nelghl
bore, and' his investigation followed.
Sherjff Winslow stated that an
employee of the Major-Loomis Com
pany had since reported he saw a
fire while on his way'fo wprk early
Wednesday morning, but did lot ret
port or investigate, It was
being patched. ?' A ;
Although the aged counle were be-
1Snil 'V.. Itl . .
kjt ueignoon 10 nave had a
house caught fire sometime between
midnight and morning and burned,
trapping the two before they &uld
Inasmuch as the house was com
pletely destroyed the officials could
find no evidence of foui play. Every
thing in the house, including some
farm implements, was burned. The
officers fonnd six pennies and one
nickle and picked up some paper,
which may be burned money, to be
sent to the Treasury Department for
Mr. ntz and his sister lived a se
cluded life on their farm, which is
located some distance off the high
way and little was known about
them. They did not care much for
visitors and neighbors bothered them
very little. Authorities, at the pres
ent time, are trying to locate possi
ble relatives. It is believed that Mr.
Lutz, who was an adopted son of the
Lutz famflv, being Charles Daniels,
has a brother livinir somewhere. It
is reported that besides the farm
here thev owned property In Pasquo
tank and Camden Counties and in
Hh School To Get
For meritotfof service In connec
tion with thesle of War Bonds and
Stamps; the, ferOmans County High
School fa to W awarded a Jeep W
jJJt.&? U A J t .
tuicii acconungr w wora receivea
here from C. H. Robertson, State.
Administrator of the War Savings
staff. t n'.'wsr?'
The local high school entered' the
Jeep Campaign, when it started its
War Savings program last November,
and in order to jujdify for a $eftif
cate a school must ' sell at least nine
hundred dollars worth of bonds and
stamps. That sum represents the
cost of one Jeep.
During the two campaigns conduct
ed at P. C H. S. the students sold
more than $12,000 worth of bonds and
stamps. Mr. Robertson highly prais
ed the officials and students for this
fine work, in his letter notifying
them of the award.
considerable amount of money locat
ed in the Iwuairgrdluut
were committed. ; It B Itffev J,l
BURNED TO DEATH
To Conduct Revival
REV. J. L. WHITE
Be Conducted Here
Rev. J. L. White Will Be
Guest Minister at Bap
The Rev. J. L. White, Jr., pastor
of the Blackwell Memorial Church of
Elizabeth City, will be the guest
minister in a series of evangelistic
services' to be held at the Hertford
Baptist Church, beginning Sunday
night, 'April 11, and continuing on
threugh Wednesday, April 22. There
will be two services daily, at 8:29
&grtfflmg T 8 p.'Qjpck eain
The Rev. Sir. White is well-known
in this community and is known as a
lister of .the gospel.
imp. . Irr8t
a special inviia
in this aeries of
tion to all to join
It has been announced that the
jreiujg; eyjficoi ot- pie cnurco, wnicn
was out of order for sqme time, has
been 'completely repaired and those
attending these services may be as
sured the church will be heated if
To Reclassify Non
On orders received from State Se
lective Service headquarters, the Per
quimans local draft board will, on
May 1, begin reclassifying registrants
engaged in non-essential work.
National Selective Service officers
have advised registrants, subject to
the draft, to find employment in es
sential jobs or face possible military
service. This warning has been is
sued in an effort to aid the serious
shortage of manpower in essential
jobs, such as farming. In connection
with this notice, headquarters have
announced that henceforth men in the
armed services who have reached
their' tliirtv-eithth birthdaV will be
retained oh an inactive list without
ben$ discharged. They will be re-
Mrs. Ruth Sumner, clerk "of the
local board, announced that the Per
quimans Board will take up the work
who are now in Class 4-H on May 1.
These men will be classified accord
ing to their WCUDation. Rstrlrts
In this group engaged in non-essential
activities are subject to 1-A
No definite word has bee:
there to besrin induction
men wiui tcniiaren, out m is
from announcements made
al Selective Service officii
such registrant will be dri
Wf "9T are engaj
Revival Services To
Red Cross War Fund
Hundred Dollar Mark
Solicitors Urged to Sub
mit Final Reports to
Additional reports, made this week
to Mrs. C. P. Morris," Perquimans
chairman of the Red Cross War Fund
drive, have swelled that fund to
nearly thirty-five hundred dollars.
Mrs. Morris stated that it is believed
there are still a few more final re
ports to be made, and she urges all
solicitors who have not made a final
report to her to do so as soon as
Reports handed Mrs. Morris up to
Wednesday afternoon raised the fund
to $3,259.53. The State Theatre, in
its cooperation with the Red Cross
program, collected an additional
$188.05, Littleton Gibbs, manager of
the theatre, said. This would make
the Perquimans total $3,447.58. It is
very likely that when all reports are
in the county's total may be close to
thirty-five hundred dollars.
Mrs. Morris announced additional
reports from Chapanoke in the
amount of $14; New Hope, Mr. Dail,
$36.50, Mrs. Mathews, $25.10; White
Hat, 15; Belvidere, $lj Hopewell,
$1, and Mrs. W. H. Oakck $6.
The State Theatre railed its sum
through a series of collections taken
tip during the week. All theatres
throughout the nation cooperated In
this program and' the Red Cross
drive was reported most successful.
Perquimans County's quota for the
drive was $2,700, thus' a goodly suni
was raised here for aiding the Red
Cross to carry out the work ahead.
Mrs. Morns highly praised the work
ers who assisted in the local drive
and stated that the response of the
public was splendid. She expressed
her thanks to all those who had a
part in making the drive a success.
It is expected that a final report
will be made by next week and names
of contributors will be published as
rapidly as they are compiled.
J. P. Crafasi Resigns
J. P. Crafasi, wno nas taught
science classes at Perquimans High
School during the past year, resign
ed Tuesday as a member of the local
iacuity. rue resignation is to be ef
!eftive as soon as Superintendent F.
Johnson is able to secure a teacher
fill; the vacancy.
APRIL Ml OF SUPERIOR COURT TO
CONVENE HERE ON MONDAY MORNING
Judge falter Bone to
Preside; Short Session
Five criminal and fourteen civil
cases are on the docket for hearing
when the April Term of Perquimans
Superior Court opens here Monday
morning, April 12, according to W. H.
rttt, clerk of court.
Judge W. J. Bone, of Nashville, will
be the presiding judge.
The docket, as released this week
includes, on the criminal docket, the
oases of Daniel Hurdle, charged with
manslaughter; Wilson Ferebee, charg
ed with assault with a deadly weapon;
(iaither Chappell, charged with rape,
and Sherman" Copeland and Percy
Winslow, charged with assault with
The civil docket holds fourteen
cases, most of which are hold-overs
from previous terms of court.
The Hurdle case, growing out of
an accident which occurred near Bel
videre and cost the life of one per
son, and the Chappell case are ex
pected to consume most of the time
durinjg the term of Court.
Chappell, Winslow and Copeland
will be tried on serious charges com
ing up from a probable cause hearing
in Recorder's Court. The trio were
charged by two Edenton girls with
assault on the night of January 19.
Juren chosen by the County Com
missioners to serve during this term
Quit aret A. D. Weston. Ben
H.' P. Long, W. W. Spivey,
F. T. Mathews, A. W. Hefren, Nixon
Hollowell, J. E. Turner, C. E. Lane,
permit WifislofW. C. Lassiter, Ju
lian White, Albert White, Raymond
Winslow, Alphonzo Williams, B. F.
Lane, T. R. Kirby, E. A. Goodwin,
Sammie Riddick, J. M. Sutton, Thos.
S Chappell, J. W. Jackson, James
Rountree, J. T. Tadlock, Trim Saw
yer, Reuben Stallings, Willie R.'
Chappell, Freeman Umphlett, Meador
HarreU, A. M. Godwin, A. P. Stall
ing gliomas Mathews, C. El Sutton,
W. L. Madrey, G. W. Jackson- and J.
Has 10 Dollar Day
Commenting that "this is my ten
dollar day," Recorder's Judge Charles
E. Johnson meted out fines of ten
dollars and costs of court to seven out
of eight defendants given hearings in
Recorder's Court here Tuesday morn
ing. Seven of the cases were tried
for traffic violations.
As a result of fines handea uuvn
by the Recorder's Court Judge, the
clerk of court collected $ho in fines,
in addition to the court costs, which
were assessed in each case.
Wilson liateman entered a plea of
guilty to driving with insufficient
brakes and was taxed with court
Jim Johnson, Negro, plead guilty
to being drunk and disorderly. He
was fined $10 and costs.
James Foreman paid a fine of $10
and costs, after pleading guilty to
driving without an operator's license.
Thomas Rogers, Negro, entered a
plea of guilty to driving with im
proper lights and was fined $10 and
costs. A sentence of 30 dayB was
suspended upon payment of fine and
Clifton Hardy, Negro, was given
a 30-day road sentence, suspended
upon payment of $10 and costs, for
driving without an operator's license.
Samuel Tucker, Negro, was given a
similar sentence for allowing his car
to be driven without an operator's li
cense. Sentence was suspended up
on payment of $10 and costB.
Kenneth Jordan was fined $15 and
costs of court for driving without
an operator's license. This was Jor
dan's second trip to the court charg
ed with the same offense.
-Ernest Lilley, Negro, was fineaV
$10 and costs for driving with im
J. J. Godfrey was given a 30-day
suspended sentence for driving with
improper lights, upon payment of $10
Recorder's Court will recess next
week during the April Term of Su
perior Court, Judge Johnson an
nounced this week.
Board Of Education
Makes Petition For
Nine Months School
F. T. Johnson Re-elected
As Superintendent of
The Perquimans County Board of
Education, at a meeting held Monday,
petitioned the State Board of Edu
cation for a nine months term of
school in this county, to begin with
the opening of school next fall.
Inasmuch as the General Assembly
has approved the nine months school
bill, it is very likely that Perquim
ans will be given the nine months
The local Board reorganized for
the coming year, re-electing T. S.
White as chairman of the Perquimans
Board of Education, and re-appoint
ing a(l school committee?.
F. T. Jjjhh8on waf re-electe by the
Boanj" $ tfjrve as JJounty Superinten
dent pf $10018.
Mr. Johnson announced today that
County sdhools will close ' tWi year
dh Mte X By curtailhie
ffi vine' and Christmas holida
School officials are now able M clo3
the cony schoolj earlier h year
tan usual. ' Commencement exer
cises for the class of 1943 will be
held on Tuesday night, May 4.
Details of the commencement exer
cises will be announced later, Mr.
MASONS HOLD MEETING
Perquimans Lodge, No. 106, A. F.
& A. M., held its regular meeting in
the Court House Tuesday night
Interest in the lodge has been on the
upgrade of late, several new members
Fare Badly; Judge
Bond Drive Starts Monday
PERQUIMANS WAR FINANCE COMMITTEE
MAPPING PLANS FOR HISTORIC DRIVE
The Hritish 8th Army, after cap
turing Gabes and consolidating its
position around that port, has again
launched further attacks against the
forces of the Axis General Kommel.
Meanwhile, the American troops in
the El Guetar sector are tightening
the pincers on the Axis troops and,
no doubt, a junction of the liritish
and American Armies will he made
in middle Tunisia soon. In Northern
Tunisia the Hritish 1st Army is meet
ing with success and is pushing the
Germans backward toward liizertc.
Hitler has told his troops in North
Africa to fight to the last man. The
final battle for Tunisia now seems in
the making and there seems to be)
some doubt that Rommel could eva
cuate his men in an "African Dun
kirk." The Axis do not have suffi
cient boats or protection to with
draw the large number of troops now
in Tunisia, so it seems a terrific bat
tle will take place before the Allies
will occupy and control the territory.
Berlin, according to radio reports, j
this week finally admits to the severe
damage done by American and RAF
bombing raids. The Axis sources
concede wide-spread damage to
property and heavy loss of lives,
when the Allies raided Berlin, Parrs
and Antwrep. More than 2,000 pei
sons were killed, according to Berlin,
in the Antwerp raid alone. The
American planes were credited with
destroying the Erla airplane factory.
Secretary of Navy Knox, this
weeK, reveaiea mat tne u-Doats are
again ative in the Atlantic andaa
mitted the battle of the sea-lanes
had grown worse. The Subs are
striking hardest in mid-Atlantic,
along the supply routes to England
The Army, this week, announced
that no member of the service could
become a candidate for public office
while on active duty. It was be
lieved the action was taken in view
of possible election campaigns next
year, on the part of soldiers. Only
exception made was that a soldier
holding office when he joined the
service couia run xor re-eecuon on
gaining permission of the War De
partment War Manpower Commissioner Mc
Nutt, this week, told a conference of
rarm leaders that sufficient labor
will be found so farmers may plant,
cultivate and harvest crops. McNutt
did not go into details, but stated
the Food Administration's Land
Army will contain mobile units.
The OPA announced "cents per
pound" ceiling prices for beef, veal,
lamb and mutton. The prices were
set according to various zones, and
forbids stores to reduce point points
of any rationed meats without also
cutting prices. The OPA predicted
the new ceilings will mean, in most
cases, less than the prices consumers
have been paying recently.
Housewives To Obtain
Adequate Amount Of
Sugar For Canning
Housewives will be able to obtain
adequate amounts of sugar for can
ning this year's crop, E. Leigh Wins
low, chairman of the Perquimana
County War Price and Rationing
Board, assured them today.
Under sugar rationing regulations,
one pound of sugar may be issued for
each four quarts of finished fruit
Home canners must furnish the locaj
Rationing Board with a statement of
the amount of fruit they have to te
canned, and the correct amount of
sugar will be issued to them.
When they have canned this and
have more fruit on hand, additional
sugar rations will be granted, Mr.
For preserving purposes, an allow
ance of one pound of sugar per per
son will be made.
Mr. and Mrs. John Henry New-
bold announce the engagement of
their daughter, Miss Jeanne Vernon,
to Lieut, (jg) William Edward Grif-
n, Jr., USN. Lieut. Griffln is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Griffin of
House to House Canvass
To Be Made to Aid
Treasury Raise 13 Bil
K. M. Riddick, Chairman of the
War Finance Committee, an
nounced Wednesday that Per
quimans County's quota in the
Second War Loan Drive, which
opens Monday, will be $125,900.
This total is exclusive of any
amounts purchased by the local
bank, and Ls the sum expected to
be raised through sale of bonds
The United States Treasury will
launch the largest bond-selling cam
paign ever conducted in this nation
on Monday, April 12, when the 13
billion dollar Second War Loan gets
underway with county war finance
committees playing a leading role In
helping Uncle Sam raise money for
the Victory Drive sure to come.
The Perquimans County committee
has completed plans for conducting
its drive here. A final meeting of
the committee was held Wednesday
night, when it was decided to hold a
house-to-house canvass during April.
Seven different types of bonds are
being offered by the Government in
this drive to raise 13 billion dollars,
and it is estimated that sales will
have 10 five times as great the
usual mommy sates ot series r
bonds if the goal is met.
People of Perquimans will be put
to the acid test during this drive, it
was announced today by R. M. Rid
dick, County chairman. "The U. S.
Treasury must raise 13 billion dol
lars during the Second War Loan and
a substantial part of this money
must be loaned to our government by
people in ordinary walks of life," Mr.
This staggering sum of money,
necessary for the Victory Drive of
ithe Americans and other alHfcd"rmle
and navies, the task and costs of
foods, transportation and munitions
for millions of men, over and above
the costs of planes, tanks and ships,
must be borne in a large measure by
the people on the home front.
North Carolina has been given a
quota of 112 million dollars for this
Second War Loan Campaign. The
people of the State are urged to buy
62 million dollars worth of bonds,
while the banks are requested to pur
chase fifty million dollars worth.
Residents of Perquimans are urged
by the local committee to buy every
available bond during this month.
Each local solicitor will be well in
formed of the types of bonds avail
able, and can give buyers Informatidlf"
All members of the War Finance
Committee are urged to be present at
the courthouse Friday evening at
8:30 to hear complete plans for the
Second War Loan drive. R. M. Rid
dick, chairman of the committee, will
present the plans and it is essential
that all members of the committee
be present to hear them.
Five Days Remain For
Candidates To File
For Town Offices
With less than one week in which
to file for an office in the coming
Town election the Town Clerk, W. G.
Newby, reported Wednesday that the
candidates are conspicuous by their
Thus far there are no candidates,
but it is expected that the present
Mayor and Board of Commissioners
will file their names with the clerk
before the deadline next Thursday,
April 15. It has been reported that
the present officers will all Beek re
election. Interest in the election is at low
ebb. Tact is there is no interest in
the election at all and it can be ex
pected that the voting will be viiry
Persons who wish to vote in the
election and who are not registered,
must register with Mrs. B. G. Koonce
before the books are closed next
week-end. The primary will be held
on April 26 and the election on
In addition to electing Town offi
cials, the voters will also vote on the
tenure of the officials. A bill pass-
ed in the last General Assembly calls
for the officers to remain in office
for a period of four years instead of
two. A majority of the voters in
the election on May 4 must vote for
this bill to main it law.