THE STATE PORT PILOT
__ Southport, N. C.
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY
JAMES M. HARPER, JR., Editor
Sintered as second-class matter April 20. 1928, al
the Post Office at Southport, N. C., under
the act of March 3, 1879.
ON? YEAR J15C
SIX MONTHS 1.W
THREE MONTHS -71
Wednesday, December 9, 1937
Verbal barbs are more amusing when
someone else is the victim.
Wives are handy to have around tc
help find the tilings they put away foi
Comes now the season of the yeai
when parents are able to use the Santi
Claus threat effectively on their unruh
^ 11-- thpil
?>OITie TUIh.s twmcjit v\s lunnv
living from the sweat of someone else's
Some people profit by their mistakes
others just make tliem a habit.
You'll never get a square peg to fit i
round hole, but a square peg is might}
useful for stopping a square hole.
The word "if" is the standard prefac*
to an alibi.
The only time the pessimists are wronj
is when the optomists are wrong.
Tobacco (< iof)
Up to November 1* a total of 550,155,
531 pounds of tobacco had been sold oi
warehouse floors of North Carolina fo
an average price of $25.43.
The selling season on some of the up
state markets is far from over, and it i
estimated that farmers of this state stil
have more than a hundred million pound
of the golden weed to sell.
These are big figures, and the prio
average for the season is also very favor
able. With these same figures year ii
and year out, prosperity would long bi
with our North Carolina tobacco growers
The trouble with this picture is tha
the farmers already are on their way t<
their own ruin. According to official re
vt/vf+c? vnov'c nrnrhipfinn PYCPPtieri 111'
I'Vl to Ulio ,T VWi jy?
1936 poundage by 26 percent. It was 2!
percent greater than the production ave
rage during the five-year period fron
The appearance of new tobacco barn
and other arrangements for raising mor
and more tobacco shows a definite trem
toward increased acreage, and there i
every indication that a surplus is in th
We look upon it as unfortunate tha
tobacco growers aren't content to let wel
enough alone and apparently are deter
mined to kill the goose that lays th
A Tragic Error
Incurable illness that strikes an indiv
dual down in the prime of life, is one o
the worst tragedies of mankind. But :
pales to insignificance when compared t
the case of an individual who, upon fine
ing that lie is suffering from an illnes
which public dogma has erroneousl
taught him to believe is incurable, hope
lessly does nothing about it.
For example, there is the young ma
who dropped out of college in his thir
year because he was not feeling quite u
to par. lie drifted from one job to ai
other, and finally became convinced th;
he had tuberculosis. Feeling that his daj
were numbered anyway, he shipped oi
as a deckhand to see as much of th
world as possible. lie struggled algng f(
two years, but the inevitable finally lai
him by the heels. Only then did he di
cover his horrible mistake. If he ha
sought competent medical aid two yea
earlier, his illness would have been coi
sidered little more serious than an appei
dicitis operation. Even now medical sciei
ce may pull him through, but it will be
long tough battle.
The wise individual?if he is wiseprotects
his health through sane livin
and intelligent attitude toward medici
aid and advice.
Hogs For Cash
Slowly but surely raising hogs for ma:
ket is becoming a principal cash crop foi
Brunswick county farmers. A short trip
through the rural districts brings convincing
evidence of that fact, for in practically
every field are several well-conditioned
porkers rapidly rounding intc
Recently there has been a serious
' threat of hog cholera in several sections
, of the county, and County Agent J. E
l Dodson had his hands full preventing ai
i epidemic that might have resulted in seri
ous loss for many farmers.
Commenting upon the magnitude of thi
hog industry in Brunswick, County Agen
Dodson said that farmers of this count}
will probably realize more than $100,
000.00 from their hogs this year.
, The downtown district of Southport i
ablaze with colorful Christmas decora
tions these nights as storekeepers an<
, city officials collaborate to make thi
, year's Yuletide dress the most elaborat
Again this year the Southport Wo
man's Club is sponsoring a contest fo
Christmas trees and home decorations
1 Prizes will be awarded for the best liv
ing tree, for the best cut tree, and fo
Announcement of this contest this yea
is a challenge to Southport citizens ti
' match with their decorative efforts thi
interest that has been taken by merch
ants in the downtown district.
In our opinion, nothing inspires thi
Christmas spirit more than sight of j
beautifully lighted tree. The h^ppy par
1 about this is that joy comes oat only ti
: i those who have a part in planning am
doing the work, but also to passersb;
whose hearts may be made glad by thi
2 symbol of the Yuletide.
Of all the items turned in to us fo
the school columns none gives us mor
pleasure to run in The Filot than th
Rigid requirements are laid down fo
1 membership in this select group, and an;
r boy or girl who has maintained his at
tendance, deportment and scholarship a
- the standard prescribed for the hono
s roll deserves every bit of recognition, an
1 every boost that comes his way.
Most recent addition to the busines
1 life of the community is an eel smoker
8 that plans to prepare large quantities c
' these "country cousins" of the finny trib
t for sale on northern markets.
0 Offhand, the taking of eels and thei
" preparation for table use never woul
e have occurred to us as a business. It i
J a fact, however, that there is a strong d<
~ mand for eels in some sections, and th
local plant expects to employ in th
1 neighborhood of ten persons.
s There also is rumor of a bullfrog rar
e ch-to-be, and there's another strange ei
^ try for the local business directory. W
s have noticed, though, that many peopl
e make their fortune from specializing i
unusual things. It matters little whethe
t we have ever heard of an eel smokerj
" or if we ever visited a bullfrog ranch. 1
' ' ^ liu'll tMIAITI/1 A i aV
inese are inu usuries unau win ijiuhuc jui
e for our people and bring new revenu
into our community we are for them, on
War And Annexation
Germany has upwards of 850 person
'f to the s<iuare mile of territory. Italy lik?
II wise is over-populated.
0 Without adequate resources, expansio
seems inevitable. When one country b<
iS | gins to look with longing eyes at th
-v green pastures of another, war usually i
| in the offing.
Yet we raise the question: Why slioul
III it be so? It seems highly lamentable tin
f' the only apparent recognized method i
PI territorial acquisition should lie in am
Arbitration or outright bargainin
seems one solution. America purchase
't the territory of Alaska?numbers of th
Ie j states were purchased for a given prici
>rj Right now Germany, considered th
most militaristic of the European nation:
s" and surely one of the most serioi
d | threats to the peace of that continen
i'sj looks with watering mouth at the coloi
ii-J ies which were lost during recent conflic
u- Ilerr Hitler says within five or si
ii-; years there will be no program of expat
a; sion, and then?
England seems ready and willing t
? accede to some of Hitler's demands ft
return of colonies. Surely, friendly, peaci
l'ul negotiations in this regard would pe
haps save a lot of needless bloodshei
because it seems hardly likely that six!
million people can forever survive on te
ritory three-fourths the size of the stal
r- of Texas.
THE STATE PORT PILOT.
5 (BY YV. B. KEZIAH)
1 Former Sherrif E. L. Lewis
owns the land on which is
located probably the best
spot for drum fishing, with2
out a boat being necessary,
t in Brunswick county. The
f locaton is on Waldens
Creek, three miles from
Southport, but you have to
drive around about five miles
to reach it. Many years
ago two brick yards were
operated on Waldens Creek
and the product shipped by
S water. One of these yards,
perhaps the oldest one, was
i south of the river road.
s The other was some three
g hundred yards east of the
road and directly on the
creek. Millions of brokep
brick were dumped into
r the creek at the landing.
Oysters formed on these
j bricks and on the east side,
! about three or four hundred
r yards of the stream now has
either an oyster shell or
broken brick bottom. At
r; this point drum, 2 and 3
0 pounders, congregate by the
B j thousands and when the
tide is running in or is full
they are not slow to take
all offerings in the way of
e shrimp. Individuals are said
to have caught as many as
1 50 of the big fellows on a
11 single afternoon or forenoon.
31 Sherriff Lewis, himself an
, J enthusastic fisherman, never
j raises any objections to the
i' public fishing at this point
s j and is frequently found there,
fishing with his wife and
family. Among the many
Southportcrs who arc frequently
out there are Postmaster
L. T. Yaskell, Dr. L.
C. Fergus, Rufus Dosher, R.
r M. Wolfe, Sergeant Leiner,
e R. Will Davis, Mr. Myers,
George Galloway, W. E. Dose
her Leiner Furpless and dozens
of others. As many as
j- 50 persons have been observv
cd there at one time.
POOR LUCK SHRIMPING
t | The past week has brought the
' poorest returns that the shrimping
fleet has had since the sea|
son opened. Many of the boatmen
are holding to the view that
the season is over. A few are
taking the opposite outlook and
persist in thinking that there
may be a lot of the product
taken before they definitely go
lS into winter quarters. It is rey
membered that one winter, three
,f or four years ago, shrimp were
found fairly numerously, all
through the winter. The present
scarcity here and further south
r I has resulted in the price jumping
^ I from $1.50 to $4.50 per bushel
to the boatmen,
>-1 LOOKING TO 1938
e Most of the up-state fisherj
men have apparently gone
e 1 into winter quarters, but a
good sign of the interest that
, j will be taken in fishing at
Southport next year is found
in the fact that a group of
e 9 sportsmen from Chapel
e Hill is already negotiating for
the charter of boat for a ten
n day period beginning the last
11' of March. During the past
1. r\ ? rMo r-Lr
r I W6CK V^Uii^icooiiian v<?>n
r 11 has also taken the trouble
to write from Washington
?S and make the request that
e some of the fish be saved
for him next year.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Worth
Mr. Worth New York State Man
ager for the United Motors
Services, Inc., a branch of th<
IS General Motors Co., arc spend
i. ing this week with relatives wh<
recently moved here from Nev
York. The visitors plan to pu!
11 in most of the week fishing. Mr
?. Worth is the youngest in a familj
of 16 children. One of his oldei
,e brothers, T. O. Worth, movec
IS here last week from Long Islanc
to establish the Southport Ee
'f- FISHING FOR VOTES
>f It is a very short time
now until the dawning of a
new year, incidcntly it is believed
that the new year
g will produce much political
(| fishing. This early, nobody
knows much about the sort
e of bait that will be used by
2. cither party, but the present
e general indications arc that
there will be plenty of vigorous
angling for votes in
IS 1938. For once in his life
( the writer of this column is
' counting on being an absolutely
neutral spcctor in
t. the county angling for jobs.
SMALL SHRIMP STRIKE
Boats front Southport, pro
Bpecting at Little River Satur
0 day, made sonic fairly sizable
catches of shrimp. Reports of the
11 strike started a pretty genera
2- movement of trawlers from hen
C_ to the South Carolina water!
j Sunday and Monday. The mosf
of these boats began to conn
-y back in Monday night and Tues
p. day with generally unsatisfac
I tory catches. The shrimp taker
in South Carolina are said tc
SO'JTHPORT, N. C.
W. R. Lingle announces the
honor roll for the third month
of school?First honor roll between
93-100; second honor roll
First Grade; Mary Lou Brown,
Dot Watts, Mary Frances Floyd,
Marie Lancaster, Mary Sue Wallace,
Barbara Prince, Jane Furgeson,
Johnie Hazelton, Richard
Brendle; Second honor roll; Joseph
Cox, Jimmie Cox, Jack
Swan, Jimmie Fullwood.
Second Grade: Betsy Jane Galloway,
Joyce Lancaster; Second
honor roll: R. E. Sellers.
Third Graae: Billy Bowling,
Kenneth Stiller, Louis Newton
Dorothy Mae Price, Bess Miller
Plaxco, Margaret McGee; Second
honor roll: William Wells, Dorothy
Lee Ward, Evelyn Muncy.
Fourth Grade: Sally Ann McNeil.
Fifth Grade: Dorothy Cox,
Elcise Lancaster, Edward Newton;
Second honor roll: Norma
Sixth Grade: Annie Jean
Weeks, Mae Swain, Inez Phelps,
Claude Ford; Second honor roll:
Lulu Marie Swan, Mary Florence
Moore, Muriel Lee Jones.
Eighth Grade: Second honor
roll: Roderick Bellamy, Henry
Ninth Grade: William Selers;
Second honor roll: Marion Frink,
Doris Lewis, Josephine Moore.
Tenth Grade: John Hall, W. T.
Fullwood, Earl Bellamy.
Eleventh Grade: Edward Taylor,
Louise Niernsec; Second honor
roll: Katie Cox.
SENIOR CLASS PLAY
Next Tuesday evening, December
14, the seniors of the Southport
high school will present,
"The Haunted Castle", a mystery
comedy in three acts.
Although the seniors and the
coach of the play, Mrs. J. Marshall,
are very secetive about the
plot of this mystery story, it is
understood that the play abounds
in thrills, chills and laughs.
The cast has been working
hard to make this presentation
a success. It is believed that all
who attend the performance will
shudder and chuckle in turn, as
the Haunted Castel reveals its
j "spooks", neurotic aunt Martha
with her smelling salts, a giggling
princess, two confused American
college boys, and the pompous
Duchess and Baron.
Tickets will be placed on sale
Thursday. The public is urged to
attend this play.
SIXTH GRADE PARTY
Two days before school was
out for Thanksgiving holidays,
the sixth grade had a nice party.
Some of the girls brought candj
from home which they made
Some of them brought peanuts
The party was a great success.
Election of cheer leader was
j held during activity period Mon
J day. Mary Hood is cheer leader
' Egan Hubbard, is assistant
Through the leadership of the
cheer leader Southport high sch
ool hopes to inspire their teams
to victory during this years basketball
The high school song was practiced
for the opening game Tues
day night, December 7.
At the beginning of this bas
ketball season, we give the cod(
of a sportsman.
Every player should play th(
game not for himself but foi
his team. A good sport always
plays the game for the sake ol
the game. The best player ii
not the best winner, the losei
must take his defeat as well a:
"When the one great Scorei
! "To write against your name,
j "He writes not that you won 01
"But how you played the game
, ?TOM KAENEY
The boys basketball team has
\ been practicing very hard latelj
r to get into shape for their open
I ing game against Bolivia, Tues
I day night. All the boys are plan
I ning on winning this game.
Southport has a fairly gooc
team and members hope to wit
plenty of games this year. Mem
hers have not elected a captair
for this year. The coach is go
ing to appoint one for each game
Charles Gaylord and Alvin Dresser
were selected in a tryout fot
the county-wide debating contest
others will bo selected for finals
Two teachers arc acting as
A mass meeting was held Friday
in the school auditorium tc
discuss ways and means of converting
the old tcacheragc into
a. gymnasium. Enthusiastic citi
/.ens from the community ex!
changed views and made speeches
! Last Tuesday, Professor Ply1
ler, during chapel period, pinned
; insignia on the pupils of the high
i school. Of the 100 pupils enrolled
t sixty are wearing white ribbons
for perfect conduct, about thirty
are wearing blue ribbons for gain
ing the honor roll. Some pupils
i wear both ribbons.
> The basketball teams of Leland
high school played 2 prac
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tice games with Delco last Thurs- SPECIALTY
iday night. Results: Girls 16-10.
favor Delco. Boys 36-16 favor Le- n , ?
tumor roll for the Leland school: ^PCCS3.lt]
First Grade: Bettie Williams, | TlT
Elnora Skipper, Gloria Potter,
| Jeannine Fouchton, Walter Biggs
Delmas Core, Herbert Long, Ella jyew Store 0
Lee' Brings Mc
Second Grade: Helen Doris j Facilities
Meshaw, Billy Skipper, Eddie J -y. . y
Potter, John Thompson, David j ur 1 ,s ~
Potter, Lavern Hickman, Wilma ~
Joyce Lewis, Willa Mae Willets. . The sPee'alt>
TTiird Grade: Shirley Adams. mt? the a"rac
.. ? < i ??? ? * j on Moore strec
Mary Reynolds, Kathenne Fields, , . ,
Frances Katherine Plyler, Lewis , .
J been stocked f
1 j Fourth Grade: Donald Bowden, son.
Tilnn Rnner Louise Potter. Cal- s?v?rth 0l.n
vin Sullivan. Kirby Sullivan. , , ..
* , ' .,J . Gwendolyn kra
Graden Hughes. Alene Benton,
Dorothy Gray Powell, Jacqueline honor I
Reynolds. tha Mae Peter
Fifth Grade: Joyce Benton, Potter.
Oneil Long. Margaret Mintz, Do- Eighth Grade
1 loics Roper, Gala Williams, Jo- Emma Lee Wil
seph Mintz. . sett.
Sixth Grade: "A" honor?James Ninth Grade:
Earle Clemmons. Beck Allen, Gei
1 "B" honor?Mary Burns Peter- sa Mintz.
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7W BUILDING litirs t0 rosidents ?f Southport
?. The building is located on tl
it ifirj same lot where it stood before
Jf 1 /llv/JJ was destroyed by fire two yea
n *1 1* ago. In remodeling the store,
y 55UlJOmff attraetiee colored-glass front h
? 1 replaced the usual bold-face brie
Spacious display windows give tl
n Moore Street final touch of smart appearam
idem Shopping Elsewhere in today 5 paper
^ To Residents ,m advertisement announcing tl
Community opening of the store in its in
quarters, and included is an ofl
Shop has moved 0f souvenirs for the children ?1
tive new building ca|| at the Specialty Shop Fi
;t, and the new da?
handise that has |
or this store has L h. Ray, Yancey Coun
1 grower, has secured good resul
? i from planting sericea lespede
de: A honoi on steep land which was sub)
hnke. to severe erosion,
tildred Clark, Re- ?
son, Marjorie Lee Ten tanners ni uu- i
section of Yancey County hi
>: Lillie Williams, ordered 150 tons of ground lir.
liams, Rachel Bis- stone for soil improvement p
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