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NO. sixteen NO. so 6-PAGES today Southoort. N. C.. Wednesday. March 24th, 1948 published every Wednesday ?i.so per yea*
glton War Vet
jiifed To Death
He B. (Happy) Watson
;iain As He Attempts To
jtop Two Men From
iir MEN ARE HELD
IN BRUNSWICK JAIL
tjm Was Employee Of
ack's Service Station; j
jved With Parents At
,5:10 B Happy) Watson, 26
employee of Black's Ser
, Ration in South Whiteville,
. stabbed fatally with a knife
5 roadside inn six miles west
Wilmington in Brunswick (
Bty Friday night.
5rUns?ick County authorities1
holding Marion George Mc
?ald. 24- and Harry Frederick
r5 40. on a charge of murder
' johnny Martin Davis and J.
Seagraves as accessories to the
Yatson. a chance visitor in the
ct, was slain as he attempted
separate two men who were
owner li>hn G. Caison report-!
thi* morning that an inquest
the Watson murder case will:
h, Id on Friday night at ^ :30
?k in the courthouse at
aged in a fist fight. One blow
the knife struck Watson In
left side and another penetrat
:he heart zone. He died almost
?'atsnn had gone to Wilmington
1 J. L. Brown, another Black's
ice Station employee, and the
were returning to their homes
Bolton when Waston asked
wn to stop to look up a friend.
?n. who witnessed the slay
said Watson was not a par
pant in the fight, but inter-i
eU with the remark, "Why'
you boys quit fighting?"
irding to Brown, the slayer
a bystander who pulled out a
long knife and stabbed
Auer l&iig twice, Wat
staggered against the wall of
building and dropped to the
The four men, including the
ticipants in the altercation,
from the scene and were not 1
feed up until Saturday.
The slaying occurred about 11
ock Friday night. ?
Brown, who did not know any
the men involved except Wat
said he couldn't identify any
the men by name. He said
understood that McDonald was
he two Davis men are report- i
The slain man was an overseas
-an of the recent World War.
viving are his parents, Mr. 1
iContmued on page five)
f Ertlc Carlyle. candidate for
* Democratic nomination for
'gressman from the 7th dis
ict. was a visitor here Tuesday.
'>i v WEEK SERVICE
A Hiy week service will be
Mucted at Sacred Heart Catho
' church on Tuesday night of
-? week from 8 o'clock to 9
lock. Everyone is invited to at*
'd- On Easter Sunday morning
will be celebrated at 9
A pa-school clinic for the
Mren who are to enter school
fall will be held at the Wac
toaw school next Tuesday,
krch 30, by Mrs. Lou Smith,
"aty health nurse. Parents who
^ children that are to start to
"I in September are urged to
e them to the clinic.
A three-hoar Good Friday ser
- ?ill be held at St. Phillips
'?copal church in Southport
"% "f this week, beginning at
Th. Rev. a. L. Sturgus and
";'r Episcopal ministers will
Part. The public is cordially
to this servicc, which will
" at o'clock.
^ c"i).inunity Easter Sunrise Ser
^ ?ill be held at 5:45 o'clock
r% a m. at the Shallotte Meth
church with the Rev. Richard
'unsti in in charge. Mrs. Vir
Voung will be in charge of
'music, which will feature the!
Notte high school glee club'
'h? chain of the Methodist I
?&Ptist churches of Shallotte.
EASTER COMES AGAIN
For Long Beach Office
According To Advice Re
ceived By Postmaster Bur
nice Russ From Atlanta
MAY BE SERVED
Service Will Begin As Soon
As Suitable Quarters
And Post Master Can
The Atlanta, Ga., district of
the Post Office Department has
issued invitations for applications
for the office of Post Master at
Long Beach, a new 4th Class Post
Off we that will be established and
served from the Southport office
when and if a post master and
suitable quarters are secured.
As a 4th Class office, it is
understood that no salary goes
with the position. The Postmas
ter will receive compensation ac
cording to the stamps sold at
The invitations state that no
civil service examination is neces
sary on the part of applicants. As
usual, former service men and
women will have a degree of pre
Acting Post Master Burnice
Russ at Southport says he is not
definitely informed, but he un
derstands that the mail for the
beach office will be handled
through the Southport office.
On Road Worki
Three Of Four Miles Of
Right-Of-Way On Hodden i
Beach Road Have Been
Cleared And Grading Is
Three or four miles of the
right of way of the Holden Beach
road project have been cleared of
trees and stumps and some grad
ing has been done by the E. W;
Grannis Company of Fayetteville.
Moving in on the eight mile long
project about three yeeks ago the |
company has made fine progress,
considering the rains.
Quite a number of short
changes in the route are being I
made in order to give a much j
straighter road, as well as to I
save distance. With most of the j
road going through a fine farm-1
ing section and the route already i
thickly covered with nice hopies,'
the drive from No. 17 to Holden's
Beach will appeal to motorists.
Although no new bridge or
ferry is included in the present!
road project, the widespread popu-j
larity of Holden's Beach and the
attraction that it also offers to j
sport fishing will bring so much
traffic over the new road that a I
new ferry or bridge is only aJ
question. of time.
At Local Churches
On Sunday morning at the
11 o'clock hour the choir of
Trinity Methodist church will
present the cantata "The .Music
of Easter." The Rev. L. D. Hay
man will bring his Easter mes
sage at the 7:80 o'clock hour.
Members of the Southport
Baptist church choir will pre
sent their Easter cantata at
the evening hour ig the high
school auditorium. The music
will be "The Easter Allelulia."
The Sunday evening service
at Southport Presbyterian
church will feature special Eas
ter jnusic and an Easter mes
sage by the pastor, the Rev. J.
R. T. Woodside, Southport
Man, And Bennie C.
Williams, Shallotte Far
mer, Seek Democratic
j R. T. Woodside. Southport man
who last week announced his can
didacy for the Democratic nom
ination as member of the board
of county commissioners, has been
joined this week by another can
didate for the same office.
He is Bennie W. Williams,
prominent farmer of Shallotte and
well known throughout the coun
ty. Mr. Williams is a former
Smithville township farmer, hav
ing sold his farm near Southport
a few years ago to move back to
his old farm on the Shallotte
Point road. Prior to that for a
number of years he served as su
perintendent of the Brunswick
county home, a position in which
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Have Open House
Beautiful Plantation On
River Road Will Be Open
To School Children One
Day When Cherry Trees
All Brunswick county high
school children will be invited to
Clarendon, the beautiful home of
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Thomas on
the River Road, when the Japan
ese cherry trees and other flow- J
ers are in bloom. This will be I
some time in April.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are living i
in Salisbury, temporarily, while |
Mr. Thomas is engaged in the]
construction of housing units. I
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Of County Court
Usual Run Of Cases Tried
Before Judge W. J. Mc
Lamb In Recorder's Court
A fairly crowded docket was
disposed of here In Brunswick
county Recorder's court Wednes
day before Judge W. J. McLamb,
with the following disposition be
ling made of cases:
Roscoe Robbins, Willard Tharp,
William Tharp, public drunken
ness, 30 days road sentence sus
pended on payment of costs and
defendants to be of .good behavior.
Mary Merrick, assault, judg-'
ment suspended on payment of
costs, one half of costs remitted. |
Johnnie O. B. Oliver, reckless
James Derwood Sherman, pos- J
session, judgment suspended or
payment of costs.
Wilbur Todd, reckless operation
and no operators license, judg- i
ment suspended on payment of a'
fine of $40.00 and costs.
John W. Vereen, possession, i
judgment suspended on payment
of a fine of $10.00 and costs. |
Robert LeRoy Long, reckless
operation, $10.00 fine and costs. |
Abraham Tanker, speeding, ca
Anthony Joseph Albanese,'
John Dula, drunk driving, reck-!
less operation, continued.
Frank Miller, speeding, capias.
John Henry Jenkins, possession,
fined $15.00 and costs.
Jasper David Pellham, reckless
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Judge Q. K. Nimocks Of
Fayettevilie P r e s i d i ng
Over March Term For
Trial Of Civil Cases
CASE SCHEDULED j
Other Cases On Docket In
dicate This Will Be Ses
sion Of Unusual Spec
A one week term of Brunswick
County Superior court for trial of
Civil Court is scheduled to con
vene here Monday, with Judge Q.
K. Nimocks presiding. Only civil
actions will be heard and the
docket includes some of the most
important cases in this class that
have been heard here in years, j
In three of the cases scheduled |
for trial, all hinging around the i
Holmes will case, nine lawyers i
are scheduled to appear for the j
defense and prosecution in each |
In another case, a damage suit j
against the James Walker Me
morial Hospital, charging it with
having been negligent to the
point of causing the death of a!
young Brunswick county service |
man, four lawyers are appearing i
for the plaintiff.
Although there are less than I
20 cases on the motion and trial!
docket. Clerk of Court Sam T. |
Bennett stated this week that it |
was expected that the entire week
will be required to handle every
Road Season For Brunswick j
County's Own Show Gets j
Underway With Week
Here Under Auspices Of
Volunteer Fire Depart
Opening its 1948 season here
Monday for a week's engagement
under the auspices of the South
port Volunteer Fire Department,
the Raftery Shows are t (lis year
more than making good with their
established plan of starting out
each season with something new
For transportation this year 87
trucks, trailers and automobiles
are being used, nearly a third
more than during previous years.
The entertainment features con
sist of ten rides, eight shows, a
minstrel and various other fea
tures. Two electric power units
are carried along for use in places
where local current is not readily
Showing here each afternoon
and night through this week, the j
Raftery Shows will leave here
early Sunday morning for a
week's engagement in Goldsboro
and the show will then launch
out for the full summer route,
carrying it through North Caro
lina, Virginia and West Virginia.
The show is a Brunswick coun
ty business owned by Mr. and
Mrs. Jimmy Raftery, with the
show's winter quarters at the
junction of Nos. 17 and 74, near
the Brunswick river bridge. Mr.
and Mrs. Raftery own consider
able other property there, in
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W. B. KEZIAH
During the middle war days,
Daniel S. Grant of New York and j
~.on Rogers, of Chicago, were1
here about two months, getting
permission of lanu owners for the
use of their lands for army man
euvers. Both acquired a strong j
liking tor Brunswick county peo- j
pie and were popular in return,
ine war moved on and finally I
ended. Grant returned from som?-1
where overseas to hi? home In!
- evv -ork. Rogers returned to '
mm home in Chicago. Starting I
when they were here both the
New Yorker and Chicago man I
have been continuous subscribers j
to The State Port Pilot. This
wee k a letter from Grant with a
check for the renewal of both his
own a -ger's subscription, had
this to say: "I had quite a bit of
difficulty this winter, with
mother and dad both being ill and
the loss of one of my factories by!
fire, but in spite of this, don't]
be surprised to see me rolling
into Southport, my 'hometown'
some afternoon to spend a couple
Our good friend, Clarence Mont
gomery, of Leland dripped in on
us at the office Wednesday and
renewed the old friendship by
handing us a cigar. A year or
two ago when we often called at
Leland Clarence was always
ready with a handful of this pro
duce. We are always glad to see
Clarence, not because of the ci
gars so much as the fact that he
is a very fine fellow.
Residents of the states of New
Jersey and - ew iork are ex
ceeding those of all other states
in making inquiries regarding
Brunswick county. Some few are
merely tourists. The greatest
number are inquiring about lands
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SCHOONER ATLANTIC PUTS TO
SEA IN SEARCH OF NEW SHRIMP
Effort Will Be Made To Discover Where The Big Shrimp
Go When They Leave The Coast
With much of its preliminary i
work in planning, mapping, etc., |
completed, the Navy-owned ship
Atlantic, with several hundred |
thousand dollars worth of scienti-j
fic instruments on loan from the'
Woods Hole Oceanographic Insti-i
tute, left here yesterday to begin j
actual operations to learn some-1
thing regarding shrimp and their
habits and possibly to locate new
shrimp trawling grounds at a con
siderable distance off the coast.
Aboyt all that is now known j
regarding shrimp is that they)
spawn along the coast, reach a
considerable size on grounds thatl
are now known and can be used |
for trawling. After that, they are|
supposed to cease spawning, move j
further offshore and remain until j
they die or are devoured by other
residents of the deep.
These off the coast shrimp that
no longer spawn and which also
no longer contribute to shrimp
production, are called jumbos by
reason of their size. During past
seasons a local boat has occas
ionally caught a bushel or so of
the highly prized jumbos, but
most of them have gone to waste
because their habitation has been
The chief task for the Atlantic
will be to locate places where the
jumbos stay, supposedly at quite
a distance offshore. A necessary
part of the work will be in mak
ing a close study of the ocean
bottom and chart the places where
the boatmen can operate without
having their nets torn up by
wreckage and rocks.
William A. Ellison, widely
known North Carolina geogolist
and biologist, is in active charge
of the work. Mr. Ellis has put
in mafiy years at exploration for
oil and in various scientific re
As students at Duke University,
Mr. Ellison and Mrs. R. H. Hol
den of Shallotte were classmates.
Men Planning Market:
Red Gross Need
A telegram received here to
day from National headquarters
of the American Red' Croat* ad
vised local volunteer workers
that in view of recent inter
national developments there is
imperative need for redoubling
efforts to meet the county quo
ta in the current Red Cross
Mrs. Grace P. Ruark, execu
tive secretary of the Brunswick
County Chapter, urge? workers
in each community to turn In
their reports as fast a? possible
in order that the results of
Iter campaign may be determin
ed. Persons who have not been
contacted . are urged to mail
their contribution directly to
the executive secretary or to
Mrs. George Whatley, treasurer
of the Fund Campaign.
Ready To Launch
Newest Addition To Louis
J. Hardee Fleet Ready
To Go Down Ways Some
Time This Week; No
Name Yet Selected
The third 54-foot shrimp traw
ler built here since March of
last year by Lewis Spaulding and
his colored helpers for Lewis J.
Hardee will be launched sometime
this week, according to present
plans. The actual work on the
ship was completed yesterday.
The ways upon which they will
launch the vessel are being built
The ship will be named short
ly before launching. Ships already
built for Hardee and now working
are the Seaboys and Sea Fighter.
It is likely that this latest built
boat will also have the word
"Sea" In its name.
Three more boats, all of the
same' size and duplicates of each
other, are to be built here for
Hardee before Spaulding com
pletes his original assignment. The
only difference is that the Sea
Fighter and Sea Boys both have
slightly smaller hatch openings
over their holds. Developments in
food fishing and the taking of
menhaden this winter caused It
to be advisable to make the larg
er holds to facilitate unloading.
Will Sell Beach
Lots At Auction
Goldston Brothers Twin
Auctioneers Will Offer
SO Long Beach Building
Lots To Highest Bidder j
The first big auction sale of
building lots in Brunswick coun-;
ty in many years is scheduled fori
Long Beach at Southport on Mon
day, March 29. This Easter Mon-I
day sale is so disposed of 50
choice' building lots owned by G.
V. Barbee and will be conducted
by the Goldston Brothers, twin
land auctioneers of Sanford.
Here much of the time during
the past two weeks making pre
parations, Herbert and Johnnie
Goldston, the auctioneers, are
very much pleased at the outlook
for this sale and the prospects
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Cooperative Effort Planned
For Establishment Of
Auction Somewhere In
Possibility That This Effort
May Result In Handling
All Kinds Of Farm
Produce Later On
A committee of five prominent I
Brunswick county farmers made
preliminary examinations toward
selecting a site for a livestock;
auction sale market at Shallotte
Saturday. Several attractive lo
cations were gone over by, the
committee composed of D. B.
Frink, Houston Hewett, Claud
Gore, O. P. Bellamy dtiiT "W. iJ.
The forming of a corporation
and the construction of the mar
ket seems according to J. E.
Cooke, cashier of the Shallotte
branch of the Waccamaw Bank
and Trust Company. Mr. Cooke
stated that all of the members of
the committee and farmers
throughout the sections were en
thusiastic at the prospects of
establishing the market.
One valuable feature of such a
market lies in the encouragement
that it will give to greater pro
duction of cows and hogs, two
products that can be made very
profitable with better marketing
facilities. Plans for this market
are that It shall be cooperative. It
will be owned and directed by the
farmers themselves. The imme
diate preliminary steps are to
secure a charter, sell stock for
funds necessary for the purchase
of the site and the construction
of buildings and pens. The stock-j
holders will, elect a board of di
rectors and other officials from
Many of the farmers interested
see in the auction market a big
step towards other things needed
in Brunswick. Ultimately the cor
(Continued Oil Prffce Four)
For Mrs. Marran
Member Of Prominent
Southport Family Died
Friday Following Brief
Illness; Laid To Rest In
Mrs. Mable Price Marran, prom
inent resident of Southport, died
here Friday at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. W. G. Wells. Mrs.
Marran was 74 years of age and
had been ill for only a few days.
Funeral services were held from
the Sacred Heart Catholic church
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock,
with burial following in the old
Southport cemetery. Father
Joseph Mumlell had charge of the
A member of one of Southports
oldest families, Mrs. Marran is
survived by one brother, V. H.
Price; by two daughters, Mrs.
Claude Chadwick of Swansboro
and Mrs. W. G. Wells of Southport.
Two grandchildren also survive.
Active pallbearers were: Ru
dolph Sanders, Richard Brendle,
James Frazer, J. A. McNeil, H.
T. St. George and Dan Harrelson.
Honorary pallbearers were, J. B.
Church, R. L. Thompson, W. M.
Hayes, R. Will Davis, Chaa. E.
Gaus^, Robert St. George, J. J.
Loughlin, Lr. Landis Brown, Wil
bur Dosher, James A. Price,
James S. Craig, D. M. Davis and
Scooper Cause Convicted Of
Slaying Of H. Jim Wil
liamson, Prominent Shal
lotte White Farmer In
I SAVES GAUSE LIFE
Negro Had Previously Been
Sentenced To Gas Cham
ber Only To Be Saved
By Second Trial
For the second time Leon
(Scooper) Gause, Shallotte negro,
was convicted in the New Han
over Superior court last week of
the murder of H. Jim William
son,. Shallotte white farmer, and
was sentenced to serve the bal
ance of his life in State Prison.
He was taken to Raleigh Satur
day morning by New Hanover of
ficers to begin serving his sen
The first trial for Gause
brought a sentence of death. On
the ground that there was an er
ror in the charge of the presid
ing judge to the jury, the Su
preme court granted a new trial.
| The killing of Williamson oc
cured in February, 1946. He had
trouble with Gause, who was
drinking, one Saturday afternoon.
Later that night while he was in
his sitting room with his wife
shelling peanuts for planting,
Gause fired at him with a shot
gun through the living room win
dow. Williamson lived but a few
minutes. Gause fled and was cap
tured at the end of a tlftee-day
hunt, in which several hundred
While the killing ot Williamson
is credited with having been cold
blooded murder by those familiar
with the circumstances, the ob
vious low mentality of Gause sav~
ed him from deattu^Vhless lpg^riS'
pardoned he will spend the"' re* j
mainder of his life behind
A number of Shallotte' f
neighbors of Williamson,'
seen Saturday, expressed
selves as being dissatisfied witk
last week's verdict.
Be Cleaned Up
Work Of Straightening Up
Old Southport Cemetery
Being Supervised By Mr?.
Under the direction of Mrs.
Helen G. Bragaw, who Is giving
voluntary supervision to the job,
a force of three men began a
much needed cleaning off and re
storation of the old Southport
A survey has revealed that 27
of the gravestones in this ceme
tery are down. In addition the
yearly crop of weeds and trash
have left a very unsightly ap
pearance. Mrs. Bragaw stated
Monday that no favors will be
shown. It is planned to give the
lowly and unknown graves Just
as much consideration as any of
those that are looked after month
ly by families and friends.
Following the replacing of all
headstones and cleaning off, a
highly concentrated weed de
stroying solution will be used to
destroy this years crop of weeds.
"ftie cemetery is a large one
and filled as it is with oak trees
and graves, the task of putting
it into shape will be a lengthy
and costly one. Relatives and
friends of persons buried there
and who are interested in the
graves and graveyard having pro
per attention are ufged to rally
to the support of the Southport
woman. Either checks or direct
payments may be made to her. It
is estimated that about 1300.00
will be needed.
Organizational Meeting At
tended By Mr*. Belton
Thompson, District Pres
ident, Of Whiteville
The Waccamaw Parent-Teachor
Association was reorganized at
a meeting of teachers and patron?
at a meeting held on Monday
night of last week in the audi
torium of the school.
The devotional was conducted
by Rev. Edward Ulrlch. This wan
followed by a skit called "Gypsey
Magic," given by'the library clui>
under the direction of Mrs. Merl'j
Bennett, the librarian.
Following the program Mr*.
Belton Thompson, PTA District
I Director of White viti I*
gave a very interesting talk oi
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