North Carolina Newspapers

A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding
VOL. L5, NO. 13.
of the Sandhill Territory North Carolina
Southern Pines and Aberdeen, N^»rIh Carolina, Friday, February 23, 1934.
Southern IMncs Man, Prominent
in American Legion, Honored
by Senator Reynolds
Scene of Tuesday’s Fire in Southern Pines
John H. Stephenson of Southern
^ines was nominated by Senator Rob-
frt R. Reynolds this week to be dep
uty United States Marshal, to serve i
under United States Marshal William ^
T. Dowd of Sanford in the middle;
iistrict of North Carolina. Mr. Ste-
fiheniHin will serve in five of the mid-;
'(lie district counties, including Moore. ;
In a telegrram received by Mr. Ste-
,'henson on Monday Senator Raynolds
“Pleased to advise that I have en-
v'iorsed and recommended you for ap
pointment as deputy marshal for the
middle district of North Carolina and
!hat I have given this statement to
"he press and feel confident that you
•vill serve with credit to yourself and
entire satisfaction to the government.
Stop It wa-s a genuine pleasure for
me to have been availed an oppoi tun-
'ty of evidencing to you my appre-
iation of your loyalty and my high
■•egard for your ability and qualifi-
ations for the position to which you
nave been selected.”
The deputy marshalshtp was a
Tftuch sought after position through
out the middle district and Mr. Ste
phenson has been justly congratu-
?ated on all sides this week. The po-
.-itlon carries a substantial salary a-s
well as honor and prestige. Other
.middle district appointments made
oy Senator Reynolds to serve under
Mr. Dowd are:
James Rivers, newspaper man of
Boone, chief deputy; Mrs. John W.'
Simpson, Jr., of Greensboro, niece of
Pierce Rucker, clerk and stenograph
er; Dr. Fred Patterson, of Greens-
ixiro, federal physician; Charles Van-
Story of Greensboro and Lawrence
Huffman, R. F. D., of Burlington, dep-
ities with Mr. Stephenson.
Mr. Stephenson is a prominent
member of the American Legion here
And active in civic and political cir-
Led Fire Fighters
Building in Hear! oi ''<»rn Pines
Business Section Destix. ^d by Fire
Firemen Confine Threatening^
Flames Within Walls of
McBraV^ Building
Photograph of the Burned Building: Taken a Few Ye ;rs After Erection
Many Former Slaves Residing
in County, Pilot List Revealsi
I.. V. O’t
('hicf, Southern Pines Fire Dept.
Rev. Murdoch McLeod
To Leave Saudhills
Presbytery Grants Permission
to Accept Call to Nash
ville, Tenn.
The Fayetteville Presbytery in ses
sion at Raeford Tuesday dissolved
the pastoral relationship between
the Community Church of Pinehurst
and the Rev. Murdoch MacLeod ef-1
fective March 31, 1934.
This action came as a result of,
■•ubmitting to the Presbytery for de
cision the question of releasmg Mr.
MacLeod from his connection with
the local church. ■
The latter part of last year Mr.
MacLeod after a great deal of deli-
l>eration refused a call to the pastor- •
ate of the Moore Memorial Preaby-
lefian Church of Nashville, Tenn.,
and determined to remain with the,
church here. However, a second
urgent call from the Nashville
church was received early in Jan
uary, the Tennessee church emphasiz
ing their reluctance to accept his
first "no" as final. Mr. MacLeod
again looked over the field and
finally came to the conclusion that
lie should accept the second and more
urgent call of the Moore Memorial
Upon presentation of his resigna
tion to the members of the Com
munity Church Sunday morning,
^however, they refused to accept it
on the grounds that they (elt they
would be doing the local community
an injustice, but agreed to leave the
decision to the Fayetteville Presby
tery which met at Raeford yester
day. The Presbytery decided that the
rail from Nashville was in order and
should be accepted by Mr. MacLeod
and thereupon dissolved the local
pastoral relationship.
A committee fron. the UtrI church
will be named to seek out and recom-
(?end a pastor for the congregation
“Old Slave Day” in Southern
Pines In April Should Prove
Historic Occasion
Names continue to come into The
Pilot office of colored people of this
section who lived hereabouts during
slavery days, and there is every evi-
lence that Southern Pines will be the
scene of an unparalleled event on
"Old Slave Day,” to be held the week
of April 9th under the auspices of
The Pilot and the Chamber of Com
merce. Plans for a suitable program
for the day are well under way, with
prominent speakers, white and color
ed. the singing of negro spirituals,
a»Ki other features which will enter
tain both the former slaves and the
many visitors expected here on that
Some interesting information conies
to The Pilot with the names that are
being sent in. Here’s a card from E.
L. McNeill of Vass, a few weeks be
fore his death;
"I know an old darkey, George
McCrimmon, born in slavery. Says
hp’s at least 84 years old. His moth
er belonged to the McLeod's that
were murdered in 1870 and Uncle
George, then about 21 years old, wa.s
there at the home of the McLeod's
the day of the murder and saw it all."
H. P. McPher.son of Cameron
"I have a very reliable old timer
living in a small house in my back
yard. He is up at daylight every
morning feeding the stock, getting
the stove wotxl, etc. His name is Troy
Shaw; says he was 10 years old when
set free. He belonged to Neill Gra
ham, who married a Miss Shaw and
lived a few miles southeast of Aber
Ootd Ploker at 7X
“Another of the faithful few is
Elias Hooker, who lives near
Cameron. He belonged to Captain
Robert Hatch and was reared in
Chatham county. Says he is 78 years
old, yet he picked over 100 pounds
of cotton a day on my farm one
week last October.”
Readers of The Pilot are asked to
continue to send in names of col
ed persons residing in the county who
lived during the slavery period, with
their ages and addresses.
Names received by The Pilot to
date of persons living in slavery and
now residing in or near Moore coun
ty include the following;
Dennis Taylor. 108, Taylortown;
G. B. Mason, 85, Taylortown; Amy
Williams, 90. Caithage Route 1; Alice
Kelley, 80, Carthage; O. B. Ray, Vsuss
Route 1; Lovely McKinnon, Carthage
Route 3; Ida Kelly, Carthage; Caline
Caddell, Carthage; Eva McLeod, 90,
Vass; Bill Kelly, 90, an<J his wife,
Vass Route 2; George McCrimmon,
84, Vass; Bertha Portervine, South
ern Pines; John Watson, 77, Camer
on; Dave McDonald, 74, Cameron;
MatildP. Harrlngfton, 95, Southern
Pines; Harriet Haaty, 90, Southern
Pines; Martha Matheson, 80; Caro-
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Tag Day
Boy Scouts to Aid Salvation
Army in Drive for Funds
Here Saturday
Tomorrow, Saturday, is Tag
Day in Southern Pines, being spon
sored by the Salvation Army. The
local Boy Scouts are giving their
aid for this worthy causf, and the
citizens of the community are urg
ed to make their contributions as
generously as possible. Charles
Cook, representing the Charlotte
branch of the Salvation Army, is
here and will assist in the drive.
Lii^ SALES '
’On This Basis County Will Pay,
i ^;9<>,000 Less Than Under
Ad Valorem Tax
Pinehurst Winter Resident Sues
Students of University of
North Carolina
Laing- Rides Two
Winners at Camden
Southern Pines and Pinehurst
Horses “in the Ribbons” at
Huntier Trials and Races
Southern Pines and Pinehurst play
ed a prominent part in the annual
hunter trials and races of the Cam
den Hunt at Camden, S. C., on Wed
nesday and Thursday of this week.‘ At
least 100 persons from the Sandhills
witnessed the events.
Noel Laing of Southern Pines was
the leading winning rider of the day.
He won the Cherokee Steeplechase,
two miles over brush, on Mrs. Ver-
ner Z. Reed’s Our Friend, a bay geld
ing which Laing has been training
here this winter. In The Mulberry,
one mile on the flat, Laing rode Mrs.
T. E. Proctor’s Star Wink, another
Southern Pines trained horse to first
place over a fast field. The Proctors
spent last winter here, of'cupying the
John Y. Boyd house, ana ineir horses
have been here all this season in
charge of Noel Laing and James
War E)agle, a Man of War colt, was
too much for Oliver C, Mrs. T. H.
Somerville’s ’ chestnut, ridden by
Laing in The Bloomsbury event, two
miles over timber, and he failed to
finish in front with his own horse,
Kanem, in the last event, six furlongs
on the flat. In this race a filly train
ed in Southern Pines this winter, Cy.
polim, owned by B. A. Tompkins of
The Paddock, was second after a
beautiful ride by John Vlossopolous,
Ernest I. White’s trainer.
The races were on Thursday. On
Wednesday at the hunter trails Mr.
White’s Allure was second in the
lightweight hunter class after a splen-
di«I ride by Miss Margaret Kiely, one
of the whippers-in of the Moore
County Hounds. Acclaim, another of
Mr. White’s horses, was third in the
model class. Among those riding In
these events from Southern Pines
were Mr. White, Miss Klely, Almet
Jenks, Noel Laing and Nelson C.
Jackson H. Boyd was among the
judges in the race meet.
Mcore county’s sales tax paid for
the six months amounts to $22,215.00.
That amount doubled would be $44,-
130.00 for a year. The property tax
rec’uction for 1933 should amount to
$140,234.00, by which it is seen that
this county should pay $95,804.00 less
in sales tax than the total reduc
tion in property tax afforded by the
1933 General Assembly. In only two
counties, Caldwell and Pitt, is the
■sales tax shown to be larger than
the reduction made in property tax.
Property tax relief of $11,461,595
granted by the 1933 General Assem
bly was only partially made up in
the sales tax collections, which, on
the basis of actual collections for the
first six months of operation of the
tax, indicate the sales tax will be
56,835,586 which would still leave
$4,826,099 ill total relief, according
to tables issued by Director Harry
McMullan of assessments and collec
tions of the Revenue Department.
The sales tax total is twice the
amount collected for sales in the
first six months of the operation of
the tax, or $3,317,745, which, offi
cials say, may be somewhat increas
ed when collections for the full 12
months are recorded.
Big Expense K^'duotions
Included in the property tax reduc
tion are four items, 15-cent state
wide ad valorem tax; current ex
penses for special charter schools,
special tax districts and for county-
wide levies. The first three were
eliminated entirely and the last item
except for charges for maintenance
of plant and fixed charges for which
some of the counties made levies. Re
ports so far received indicate that
two-thirds of the county-wide levies
for current expenses was eliminated.
Also, Mr. McMullan points out, the
table does not include supplements
voted in a few counties since the
1933 legislature. Also, he states,
taxes on sales for chain stores, paid
at one point or outside the state, are
prorated to the several counties in
W’hich sales were made.
Mecklenburg paid the highest tax
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Col. Edward C. Carey, retired U.
S. Army officer, has purchased
through E. C. Stevens the residence
of Prof. William F. Allen at the cor
ner of Pine Grove Road and Massa
chusetts avenue on Weymouth
Heights, Southern Pines, and will take
possession within the next two weeks.
The house is an attractive Colonial
bungalow. Col. Carey commanded a
regiment in the World War and is a
veteran of other campaigns. He spent
some trime in Southern Pines sever
al years ago.
As a result of an automobile ac
cident which occurred near Hemp on
January 20, T. C. Drake, prominent
Pinehurst winter resident, has this
week started two civil actions agai>'i3t
two University of North Carolina
juniors, John Mclnnis, Jr., of Clio,
S. C., and Francis Don Breazeale, of
Henderson county, N. C. Summons
have already been served and return
ed. Mr. Drake charges negligent and
unlawful conduct and in one case
prays jadgment for himself in the
sum of $3000, being $1000 for prop
erty damage and $2000 for mental
and physical pain and anguish. The
second case is brought by Betsy Gor
don Drake through ■ T. C. Drake as
her next friend, and seeks to recov
er $20,000; $10,000 for injuries and
$10,000 punitive damages.
The accident occurred on Route 74
about 4 ;30 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs.
Drake, his sister and ten-year-old
Betsy Gordon Drake, a granddaught
er, were returning from a visit to
Jug Town and had entered the high
way and crossed to their side of the
road when their car, a Buick, was
struck by a Plymouth coupe occu
pied by three University students. Mc
lnnis, the owner of the car; Beazeale,
the driver, and Donah Hanks, who
were en route to Rock Hill. The
coupe, it is said, struck the Drake
car with great force and landed up
side down, pinning the young men
underneath. Little Betsy Drake, who
was riding on the front seat with her
grandfather, was thrown through the
windshield and was badly cut while
other members of the party suffer
ed from shock. Both cars were badly
The three young men were tried in
this week’s Recorder's court on
charges of reckless driving. Mclnnis
and Beazeale were found guilty and
the case was nol pressed as to Hanks,
The three are said to be young men
of fine character and among those
who appeared in their behalf at the
trial were the president of the Uni
versity student body, the sheriff and
the supervisor of Marlboro county,
S. C.. and the clerk of the district
court, also of Marlboro county. Thfe
Judge had not rendered his judgment,
but still had the case under advise
ment at our latest report.
For over four hours Tuesday morn
ing the Southern Pines firemen, aid
ed by men and apparatus from Aber-
den and Pinehurst, battled in the In- cold with the smokiest aiitf
most persistent fire in the town's
Starting shortly before 8 o'clock
in the basement of the McBrayer
Building, also known as the Grey
Building, on West Broad street and
fanned by a brisk wind ^'rom the
west, the fire spread rapidly up
ward and through- -it the building to
which the firemen confined the
flames. The fire fighters suffered
severely from the cold, the tempera
ture registering only 18 above, and
the smoke was so dense in the im
mediate front of the building that
men on the hose lines were driven
out repeatedly.
Apparently under control by 10
o’clock the flames gained new head
way inside the building and broke
through the metal roof, and the men
I of the three companies with seven
! streams of water under high prea-
[ sure had a hard fight to keep tije
I fire out of Jack’s Grill.
I The building, erected in 1923 by
I John McPher.son for Congre,«sman
j'Oscar Auf der Heide of Jersey City,
1 passed first into the possession of
* Cha.=i. M, Grey and of late years has
I been owned jointly by Dr. L. B. Mc-
, Brayer, and Charles Bingham, of Lit-
i tleton, N. H.
The offices on the upper floor
! were occupied by Dr. McBrayer for
: the North Carolina Medical Associa-
I tion, and the North Carolina Tuber
culosis Association; the doctor also
occupied an apartment as did Mr.
I and Mrs. Claud Hafer. Two of the
! stores on the ground floor were va-
' cant, the others housed the Western
Union teleghaph office, and Wil
liam Roth’s barber shop. Mrs. Hafer
lost all of her personal effects and
furniture including a piano. Dr. Mc
Brayer also lost his personal effects,
hi.s loss also including a library in
the Association offices, which with
their contents were entirely destroy
ed with the exception of the books
and papers in the safes. Mrs. Hom
er Maim and Mrs. Carey Blue of the
VV'estern Union office lost personal
effects, and Mr, Roth the entire con
tents of his shop. Insurance on the
building was carried by the Steven’s
The clouds of dense smoke rising
above the burning building attract
ed a great throng of spectators
through which Jack dodged hither
I and yon serving hot coffee to the
fireman, hi.s efforts being supple
mented by Garland Pierce, Shields
Cameron and others with coffee and
soup from the Coffee Shop.
The Western Union is now located
in the old Telegraph building on Ne'w
Hampshire avenue. Dr. McBrayer has
secured quarters in the former Tel
ephone building on West Broad
, Street, and the Roth Barber Shop is
next to the Coffee Shop on Bast
Broad street.
Long Time Resident Of
Southern Pines Dies
Mrs. CHara Hotoombe Johnson DiMi
Wpdne«day Night—Funeral In
Aberdeen at 3 p. m. Today
Policeman Newton and his dog
“Roscoe” captured two young men
early Monday morning transferring
gasoline from a car parked in front
of the Jefferson Inn to their Pontiac.
Brought before Mayor Stutz later in
the day they gave their names as
Robert and Charles Wallen of New
York. They have been sent to Cat-
trage for triaL
Mrs. Clara Holcombe Johnson, for
30 years a resident of Southerm
Pines, passed away W’ednesday night
at the home of her son, Frank Hol
combe in Fayetteville. She was 84
I years of age Mrs. Johnson was born
I in Worc<«ter, Mass.
I Sincc the death of her husbaiKl
I about two years ago, she has macto
I her home with her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. 'noiM
j Johnson of Aberdeen.
Mrs. Johnson had an unusQSlIf
I wide acquaintance with her contact
I of country and town life, which t>-
cluded Aberdeen. With the years of
her residence in the neighborhood,
the presat generation grew ip
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