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I1 Brunswick County
Bar J Of County
fgnnnissioners In
Medal Meeting
Bgjl Friday For Purpose Of
Attending Hearing Con
jufted By Members Of
jute Highway Coramislion
Blkst Important Was ApI
aointment Of D. L. Ga
?v And 0. P. BelI
lainy As Rural PoI
licemen For Brunswick
jtfibers the Board Of
Ll session here Friday. The
K-; had planned to attend the
. committee
- .ay commismeeting
matters were
the apI
Ganey as fullrural
policeman for BrunsKt
county His salary was set
H(!" - per month, with an adallowance
of $25.00 per
for expenses. O. P. BelKit
ws put on as part time
; i:o . . at a monthly
^Eyi.'c " with and additionKiToaance
of $12.50 per mon
ftr ?:* .".si s. The resolution
fir board was that the fees
o-p paid arresting officers be
to the clerk of the court
cippiied to the general fund
f hi county.
ibe board issued an order to
' K B. Hewett
1h : : ' i snu in mnu in
It There was a
t : yarding the J. D.
n U'accaniaw
IjLirtie Bits
Of Big News
le*i Events Of State,
| Hi'ion and World-Wide
laterest During Past
W/its' Passage
Tet leaders in the general
isr..b!y predicted confidently
T?iay the county option lift:
bill, approved last week
!? 2e house of representahts.
would be passed by the
sate Drys, however, far
ta admitting defeat, rallied
fees militantly for a march
Raleigh to protest the mea s
at a public hearing, cal*1
for 2:00 o'clock Thursday
o senate judiciary committee
Mier one. Officers of the
toed Dry Forces said they
?pscted 2.000 prohibitionists
hi ?U.. Tr^v-v-,-,?T
Ii inc oeaoiuii.
Cameron Morrison
otte, long an oppon[juor
legalization, may
g the speakers, they
winds, bright weathfalling
water relieved
of Mississippi valley
above Memphis Tuescheered
orkcrs preparing for
ling flood crests. The
the torrent apparentpassing
Memphis. For
s. the level of the rivlined
nearly constant
liming to record heiBut
Army engineers
"The crest of the
very flat and the stage
river will remain near
iroportions for several
?r Victim
oticologist Tuesday rethat
the body of Mrs.
Mason Smoak, second
' Edgar L.-Smoak who
er indictment at Wiln
in the poison death of
lighter, contained "posiridence"
of strychnine
ng. Dr. Haywood TayDuk'
Hospital completimination
Monday night
viscera of the woman,
since 19,"5, whose body
xhumed last Friday on
from Solicitor John J.
1- Smoak, a 39-year-old
Hi shop worker, is sche or
trial during a specie-week
term of New
'er Superior Court beg
February 22, on charf
murdering his 15-yearaighter.
Annie Thelma.
prl died last December 1,
Pulsions, which a later
'nation by Dr. Taylor reProbably
were caused
atrychnine dose.
IUa?i on Page four)
2. 4-1
Local Coast G
i Home From 1
Captain W. H. Barnett,
Who Was In Charge Of
Coast Guard Detachment
From This Area, Returned
The Men Admit They Are
Mighty Glad To Get
Back Home; Plenty Of
Food Available, They
Said, But Drinking
Water Scarce
Captain W. H. Barnett and
three men from each of the two
, local coast guard stations returnled
Monday from the flood area
' of the Ohio river valley where
j they spent the past two weeks
. j aiding the relief forces in rescue
Captain Barnett was in charge
, of a group of more than twenty
men and seven motor surf boats
sent from coast guard stations
along the North Carolina and
' Virginia Coast.
I The first destination of the
group was Louisville, where the
| men spent several days. When
. I waters receded there they moved
down-river to Evansville, Ind.
j While on duty in Louisville the
(Continued on page four)
j To Conduct S\
Local Y(
Telegram Received Last
Week By Secretary Of
Civic Club From Congressman
Clark Indicates
Quick Action
Purpose Of Survey Will Be
To Discover Approximate
Cost So Amount May
J Be Included Jn
propriation Request
It is expected that the survey
work for the purpose of making
| a report on the construction oi
the yacht basin at Southport will
begin within the next few days.
But for the illness of Col. Earl
11. Brown, chief of the U. S.
i Army Engineers of this district,
[at his home in Richmond, Va., it
is understood that the work
' would already have been done
i In a letter to the Civic Club Colonel
Brown was very favorably
disposed to the undertaking, as
I was the War Department and
[ the U. S. Department of Com1
WTn oViinrrfon LnfVt nf
nieit'c lil vv aouui^ tun, mvui wj
, which agencies wrote interesting
letters of W. B. Keziah, of the
Civic Club, expressing their abil,
ity to start work on the survey
just as soon as legislation was
, passed by Congress in Washington.
At Mr. Kcziah's request, Congressman
Clark had a resolu,
tion passed by the Rivers anc
Harbors Committees, authorizing
the survey. This will require
hardly more than a week or ter
| days and the information is thai
| it can be completed and the rel
commendation made in time foi
| the Rivers and Harbors Commiti
tee to ask for funds for the con
j struction work in their this
| year's budget. The survey is, ol
I course, to determine the cost ir
1 order that the necessary appro
j priation may be asked for.
I The Rivers and Harbors Com.!
mittee very seldom fails to get
(Continued on page four)
Skipper Burns R
Interest i
Captain M. L. Burns, of
Miami, Fla., who was removed
from Southport a few
i months ago after being stationed
at the Quarantine Station
for two or three years,
is still very, loyal to Southport,
as is evidenced by a
letter written the Civic Club
just a few days ago, extracts
of which letter are
given below:
"I just happened to be
thinking of you and Southport
and the many fine friends
I have there. When I
first went to Southport I
didn't think I would be able
to live there at all, but after
meeting the many fine people
there and living among
them, I got to where I hated
to leave.
"I know that this will interest
you. The fishing at
Southport is just as good as
here in Florida and most of
the time it is better. I'll admit
they catch a few sail
? ? ^
A Go<
uards Return
"looded Regior
I ilggll v?.s;'
urvey Of
i . ?\ n _
icht tlasin Sitt
The illness last week of Ross
Sigmon, member of the committee
appointed from the
, State Highway Commission to
come here for a hearing in
s (he Southport-Whiteville highway
matter, made necessary
the postponement of the hearing
to Friday of this week.
In the meantime, the scene
of the hearing has been ehanI
ged from the Brunswick county
courthouse, at Soufhport, to
Rourk's store, Shallotte. The
hearing has been set for 12:00
i Due to the intense interest
in the improvement of this
1' highway, it is exacted that a
large group of citizens will
attend the hearing Friiay.
Man Seriously
Surned Sunday
Hobson Sellers Is In Bruns
wick County Hospital Ii
Serious Condition Fror
Burns Sustained Whei
Gasoline Burns On Him
Hobson Sellers is in a critic;
. condition in the Brunswick Cour
ty Hospital suffering: from burr
I sustained Sunday night when
: | companion splashed gasoline ove
, his body and set fire to it.
II Erman Clemmons was arreste
11 a short time later by Deput
| Sheriff Doughtridge Tripp .and i
| being held in the Brunswic
county jail without bond. He i
charged with setting fire to Se
i ers, but denies that he is th
' guilty man.
11 Sellers, it is said, was sic
from eating ice cream and drinl
ing beer and was lying in th
road in front of Buster Robir
;j son's home, at Supply. It is re
(Continued on page four)
etains His
4 nd Faith In City
fish here, and now and then
a tarpon, but I want to tell
you that it costs money to
go sail and tarpon fishing . .
"I want you to keep after
those Sea Scouts there and
boost them up. Its a fine organization
that Southport
I doesn't appreciate to its full
value yet, but let some disaster
like storm or fire visit
your town and you will be
surprised at what they can
and will do.
"Now, don't let anybody
fool you about Southport.
You have a regular sportsman's
paradise and a swell
playground for rich Lnd poor.
Some day a lot of people are
going to find out that the old
town has everything that you
have been-believing in and sacrificing
yourself for during
the past dozen years. Although
I do not live there
now I shall look forward with
joy to see the old town come
into its own."
id Newspaper Ir
Southport, N.
Report Letters
1 Received From
Flogging Band
i Three Unnamed Residents
Of Hickman's Cross Road
Community Are Latest
To Receive Threatening
Letters From Band
Missies Appeared To Be In
Same Handwriting As
Those Received By
Freeland Residents
Several Weeks
Sheriff J. A. Russ this week
told newspapermen that other ,
threatening letters have been re- ,
ceived by Brunswick county citi- ;
zens from the self-styled band of '
"Christian" floggers.
Three unnamed residents of the I
Hickman's Cross Road section, <
about nine miles south of Shal- <
lotte and fourteen or fifteen miles
from Freeland, have received J1
threatening letters from the lash-! 1
ing band of mobsters the sheriff! i
said. <
The letters appeared to be j
written in the same handwriting j i
as that used to threaten three j 1
resiuenis 01 trie r reeianu section 1
- shortly before Christmas the i
Sheriff said, and one or more of t
them passed through the U. S. ?
mails. I
The letters were of the same 1
J tenor as the other letters in the 1
Brunswick county floggings, of
~ which there have been nearly a i
dozen during the past fourteen I
Minor Cases In
Court Wednesday
Numerous Cases Of Minor
Importance Were Disposed
Of Here Last Wednes~day
Before Judge Joe W. 6
Ruark '
Several cases of minor importance
were disposed of here in
Recorder's Court Wednesday before
Judge Joe W. Ruark.
W. T. Langston, white, pleaded
guilty to charges of operating a
motor vehicle while under the influence
of liquor. He was given
6 months on the roads, this sentence
being suspended upon pay~
ment of the costs, a fine of 550
and the 12 month suspension of
his drivers license.
J. C. McCoy pleaded guilty of
a traffic violation. Judgment was
I suspended upon payment of the
General Lee Brown, colored,
' was charged with traffic violaa
tion. He was called and failed;
n capias was issued and he is now
n in jail here waiting for trial
Wednesday. i
James Ballard, colored, pleaded
11 guilty of violating a traffic law.
l- Judgment was suspended upon
1S payment of the cost.
a (Continued on Page 4)
d Civic Club Will
I Meet On Monday
Meeting Monday Night In
'e Courthouse Is Open To
General Public, As Invi,
tation Is Extended To
c" Visitors
[" In the belief that a stronger,
get-to-gether spirit, will be very '
helpful to the City of Southport
and Brunswick county, the Southport
Civic Club will hold an informal
meeting at the courthouse
Monday night, February 15th. '
This meeting, says the secretary,
will be open to the general
public and they, as well as the
members, are invited to be present,
join in the discussions and
make suggestions of a constructive
and helpful nature.
One object of this meeting is 1
to increase the usefulness of the '
club. It considers that it has an >
exceptionally fine membership 1
and an extremely worthwhile pro- J
gram, still, there are many mem- I
bers and citizens of the city and
county who have valuable ideas, i
or these ideas would be valuable <
if they were passed on to the 1
(Continued on page 4.) 1
Teachers Receive
5th Month Checks
Teachers in Brunswick county
schools received their fifth month
pay checks this week. The total
amount paid to white and
colored teachers, truck drivers i
and janitors was almost $12,000, i
according to word received at the <
office of Miss Annie May Wood- 1
side, county superintendent of 1
schools. 1
i A Good Comi
, C., Wednesday, Febru
New Equipment j
Is About Ready
At Light Plant1
Only One Or Two Minor
Parts Remain To Be Installed
Before City May
Have Advantage Of New
Power Unit
It Is Expected That City
Electricity Load Will Be
Transferred To New
Unit By The Last
Of Week
New machinery for the Southport
power plant has been installed,
hitched up and a trial
run of the motor has been made;
and with the arrival this week
3f one or two minor parts for
the switch board everything will
be ready to put the electric powir
load of the city on the new
As soon as the parts arrive,
tvord will be sent the Westingiousc
Electric Co., who is sendng
an expert here to check all
The new power unit is housed
n a brick annex to the old power
ilant. Because of the size and
veight of the new machinery the
notor was installed and the _
nick walls were later built
iround it. Unskilled labor for the J
iroject and part of the skilled A
abor was furnished from the
Good Progress
At Ft. Caswell
Work Of Cleaning Up The
Grounds And Making ,
Outside Improvements
On Buildings Is Coming i
Along Nicely
A representative of the Pilot
ipent -Monday afternoon- at Fort
Caswell and was much impressed
it the progress of the prelimilary
preparations to recondition
he big property and convert it
nto a big summer and winter relort.
Twenty to thirty men have
>een employed constantly during
he past two months. These were _
nostly laborers, engaged in the ~
ask of removing shrubbery and |
efuse, trimming trees and get- f
;ing everything in readiness for
ictive work on the many fine
mildings with the coming of
ipring weather.
At present plumbers are en- .
jaged on the old hospital buildng
which is three stories in
leight and has a well lighted
jasement under the whole of the
ower floor. This building is a
arge one and it is expected to
:omfortably sleep around 60 persons
and have a large dining hl
-oom, kitchen and other essen- al
dais to a complete home. This c
DUilding will be known as the
fisherman's Club House. As soon fi
is the plumbers finish, some 111
slight breaks in the plaster will
se repaired and the ceiling of ?
>ne small room will be entirely
replastered. This work will be
followed by painting inside and
)ut and the structure will thenj
De ready for furnishing and oc:upancy.
Other buildings will undergo a
ike process in turn and by early
summer accommodations will be
(Continued on Page 4)
Bolivia Girls
Suffer Defeat
Hobucken Lassies Turned
Back Brunswick County
Invaders Last Saturday
Night By Score Of 47 To
16 Score
The record of the Bolivia high
school girls of not having lost
i basketball game this year was
iroken Saturday night when the
ed-garbed Brunswick lassies
journeyed to Pamlico and the
ftobucken girls took them in to
die tune of 47 to 16.
It was a very bad night, but
:empering Bolivia's defeat is the
:laim that the Hobucken girls
lave only lost two games in the
past nine years. The team that
:an lay claim to such a record
nust, of a necessity, be way up
(Continued on Page 4)
Lenten Services
At St. Phillips
During Lent there will be services
each Wednesday morning
it 10:00 o'clock and each Friday
svening at 7:30 o'clock at St.
Phillips Episcopal church. The;
Rev. A. H. Marshall will conduct,
the services.
r Pii
iary 10th, 1937 PUBL
\mateur Sailc
Fo Be Used F
'retty Weather And A Fi
Parties Out Sunday Ri
Citizens Become
As a result of the knowledge
that Southport is to
have sailing races this summer
various and sundry experiments
are already being
made by amateurs, folks who
have no particular intention
of entering the event but
who are sharing the general
S. I. Burris, who acquired
one of the lifeboats of the
Mount Dirfys, Greek freighter
that was wrecked out on
Frying Pan Shoals recently,
sailed this rather clumsy
looking craft all the way to
Wilmington and back. The
boat has no motor but with
its singla sail it can hop
about the harbor in a lively
manner and various fellows
are getting a kick out of
exercising it in this manner.
Allen Ewing, Jimmie Harper
and W. B. Keziah, all
members of the Civic Club
and all naturally interested
in the coming races, concluded
Sunday morning that
they would sail Ewing's 50
foot sharpie over to Bald
Head, Fort Caswell and diRenewed
In Scow
Word has been received here
that officers of the 321st Infantry
are planning another
contact camp similar to the
one held last .March at Fort
The encampment last year
was such a marked success
that everyone who attended
was in favor of returning to-Southport.
Fort Caswell afforded
an ideal spot for illustrated
lectures, and instructors
were aided in their work by
their militaristic setting.
Definite dates for the camp
will be announced within the
next few days.
lonor Roll For
Southport High
i Order To M=?ke Firs)
Honor Roll Student Mus
Make At Least "A" Oi
All Subjects, Including
Following is the fifth montl
31101- roll of the Southport schoo
mounced this week by Principa
. A. Ledford:
Tn ondor to hn olicrihlp fnr thi
rst honor roll a pupil mus
lake "A" on everything?con
(Continued on Page tour)
Yeoman Of U. S
Message From j
According to the Southport
Civic Club, "The whole crew
of 'em liked their visit to
Southport." This is in re the
recent visit of the U. S. S.
Submarine Perch to Southport.
From Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, where the Perch now is,
VV. B. Keziah, the Civic Club
secretary, received the following
letter from P. W. F.
Jones, the Yeoman or Ships
"I had originally intended
to write you and tell you
how much Mrs. Jones and
myself enjoyed our brief
visit to Southport while the
Perch was there. Since our
departure, however, a good
many members of the crew
have asked me to write you
in behalf of the entire crew
of the Perch and to thank
you for the grand time you
and the citizens of Southport
showed us while we were
"Frankly, we were not at
all enthusiastic over the prospect
of stopping at Southport?our
idea being that it
was just another small town
with nothing to do. We all
know now that Southport is
not 'just another small town,
and we found that there was
plenty to do there. I don't
believe that any one could
ever stop there and not like
it. I know that every man in
the crew hated to leave and
feel sure that at whatever
ports we may call during the
>rs Test Course
or Yacht Races
lir Breeze Had Several Local
inning Before The Wind;
s Sail-Boat Minded
vers other points. Ewing was
captain of the venture and
Harper was sworn in as
first mate. Keziah was to be
deck hand. H. H. Thomas
was to be taken along as a
passenger and utility man,
but he got cold feet and deserted
the ship at the dock
before the officers and crew
could get her unmoored.
All went well on the outward
voyage, and the ship
made a very acceptable stem
first landing at the Oak Island
dock, as its first port
j of call. This feat of docking
[ was accomplished by making
two trips, the second one being
to get out in the harbor
| and turn around.
The journey home was all
under sail and found officers
and crew two hours late for
lunch. The feat of lowering
the sails was accomplished
without the boat hitting either
Battery Island or a dock.
But that night the Coast
Guard made a somewhat sarcastic
inquiry of Keziah as
to whether there was plenty
J of life preservers aboard the
rest Shown
t Work Locally
First Meeting Of Cub Scout
Troop Held On Monday
Night With Large Group
Of Boys On Hand To Become
Regular Members
Boy Scout Troop Has Been
Allowed To Go Down
For Want Of Leader;
L _C, A. Ledford Willing
To Help The
It is purely coincidental, but
there has been an awakened interest
in Scout work in Southport
this week, which is being
J celebrated as National Boy Scout
"! The first official meeting of
' the Cub Scout troop was held
Monday night with more than a
! dozen boys on hand to take part
I fin the plans for re-organization.
Skipper M. L. Burns was in char|
ge of the troop before he was
t transferred from the local Quart
f antine station last fall.
I i Most of the Scouting activities
r1 of the town centered around
I Skipper Bruns while he was here,
I for in addition to the Cubs, he
i! headed the Sea Scout troop, one
II of the most active organizations
I j in Southport. Mayor John Ericksen
has taken over duties as
e leader of that troop.
II The Cubs have a new leader,
-! but the Boy Scouts have been
(Continued on Page 4.)
i. S. Perch Sends
Members Of Crew
remainder of our cruise there
will always be heard the
same words: 'I wish we
were in Southport,' and we
all hope that some day we
will be fortunate enough to
"I personally hope that I
will be able to return soon
because I feel confident that
Southport has all the making
of an important seaport town
and that it won't be long before
it 'grows up'?then it
won't be the same Southport.
"In behalf of Mrs. Jones
and the crew of the U. S. S.
Perch, I wish to thank you
and every member of your
community for a very pleasant
and entertaining stay at
the most hospitable town we
have ever been fortunate enough
to visit.
"Hoping that at some time
in the near future I will be
able to personally thank you
for everything you did for
us, I am,
"Very sincerely,
"P. W. F. JONES."
(Note:?When the Perch
embarked from New London,
Conn., for Southport, Mrs.
Jones, a very charming
young woman, put out overland
for the same place and
since ladies could not live on
the ship, the Civic Club arranged
for her to secure
rooms. From here she went
to Key West and there took
ship for Gunatanamo Bay, in
order to be near her hus;
Most Of The News
All The Time
l $1.50 PER YEAR
? "
Veteran Woman's
Worker Resigns
| As State Official
Dr. Janes S. McKimmon,
State Home Demonstration
Agent, Gave Notice
Last Week Of Her Retirement
Will Continue Position As 5
Assistant Director Of Extension
Service Of The
The retirement of Dr. Jane S. ?j
McKimmon as State home demonstration
agent for the State
College extension service, after
25 years of loyal service to the
rural women and girls of North
Carolina, was announced late
last week.
Although she is relinquishing
her work as State home agent,
she will continue as an assistant
director of the extension service,
in which capacity she will have
less exacting duties of an advisory
The announcement was made at
a meeting of the home demonstration
staff by Dean I. O.
Schaub, extension director, who
said Miss Ruth Current, district
agent and extension specialist in
4-H girls' club work, will succeed
Dr. McKimmon as State
The dean read aloud the letter
in which Dr. McKimmon asked
to be relieved from the arduous ''I
duties of administering home demonstration
work, now grown Increasingly
complex and exhausting.
"X do not believe a person as
he grows older should stop
(Continued on Page 4) j|
G. W. Kirby Dies
Monday Morning
Leading Brunswick County
Citizen Died Suddenly*
Monday Morning At His
Home In Supply; Funeral
George W. Kirby, one of
Brunswick county's most promi-"
nent citizens, died suddenly Monday
morning at his home lit'
Supply. He was 78 years of age,
and death was ascribed to a1
heart attack.
Mr. Kirby conducted a successful
mercantile business at Supply
for years before retiring about
10 years ago and turning his
holdings over to his sons. He was
widely known throughout this
section and was thoroughly res-,
pectcd by all of his business as- j
He was a man interested in)
the religious, civic and educati-;
onal affairs of his community.
He served several years as a
member of the Board of County
Commissioners and the record he l|
made then still is a matter of
pride to his friends.
He is survived by his wlfe.j
Mrs. Dora Kirby; three scmS.J
Floyd, Hobson and Elbert Kirb,;( j
two daughters, Mrs. T. C. Bat -r
son, Wilmington, and Mrs. G. P>
! Thomas Henderson: two sisters,. i
Mrs. John Holden and Mrs. R. Af;
Styron, and two brothers, W. K.i I
Kirby and Lee Kirby, also sunvive.
' j
Funeral services were conduct
ted Tuesday afternoon at the
Concord Methodist church in
Supply by the Rev. F. V. Spence.
The body was laid to rest in the
church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were: J. J'. '' j
I Hawes, Luther Holden, Herbert
(Continued on Page 4.) i
Tide Tablet
Following Is the tide table
for Southport during the next
week. These hours are approximately
correct and were furnished
The State Port Pilot i
through the courtesy of the
Cape Fear Pilot's Association.
High Tide Low Tide
Thursday, February 11
8:05 a. m. 2:12 a. m.
8:26 p. m. 2:40 p. m. j
Friday, February 12 '
8:43 a. m. 2:55 a. m.
9:06 p. m. 3:18 p. m.
Saturday, February 18
9:25 a. m. 3:37 a. m.
j 9:50 p. m. 43:55 p. m.
Sunday, February 14 i
10:12 a. rn. 4:20 a. m.
10:38 p. m. 4:34 p. m.
Monday, February 15
11:03 a. m. 5:05 a. m.
11:32 p. m. 5:15 p. ra.
Tuesday, February 16 ~ '
11:58 a. m. 5:58 a. m.
6:05 p. m. '
Wednesday, February 17 '
12:30 a. m. 7:06 a. m.
12:58 p. m. 7:13 p. m.

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