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VOL. 15A, NO. 33.
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of the Sandhill Territory of North Carolina
Southern Pines and Aberdeen, North Carolina, Friday, July 12, 1935.
FIVE CENn
ESCAPED CONVICT
SHOT TO DEATH
AFTER KIDNAPING
Trio From State Sanatorium
Hold Fp Aberdeen Negro,
Steal His Truck
New United States Postoffice in Pinehurst
1 KILLED IN McCOLL, S. C.
One convict of a trio which escap
ed from the State Sanatorium prison
camp is dead as a result of the kid
naping in Aberdeen on Tuesday of
Nathan Watson, colored, with his
motor truck. He was shot down by
Policeman Norman Bullock in Mc-
Coll, S. C„ Tuesday afternoon when
Watson eluded his captors and tip
ped off the authorities as to their
whereabouts. The two other convicts
escapc J.
Watson drives a .truck around
Aberdeen, picking up odd jobs here
and there. On Tuesday morning he
was stopped near his home on High,
way No. 1 between Aberdef^n and ■
Pinebluff by three men on a State I
Sanatorium truck. They asked him to i
take them into Aberdeen for some oil ;
for their truck, which he did. After
getting the oil one of the men said |
he had an uncle living a short dis- !
tance out on the Laurinburg road |
and asked Watson if he'd drive him I
out there for a minute. When Wat.!
son had reached the outskirts of i
town he felt a gun thrust against
his back and was ordered to stop.
One of the convicts took the wheel
and proceeded south, Watf^on was
threatened with his life several times
on the journey.
Watson Gives Alarm
They drove to McColl where the
men left the truck for a few min
utes, warning Watson against giving
any alarm. The colored man saw
some State Highway employes near
by and rushed to them with his story.
They drove him to police headquar
ters in McColl and Officer Bullock i
joined them. Two of the convicts
were found waiting near the railroad
tracks for a passing freight, and
when ordered to stick up their hands,
they reached for guns, Bullock fired,
one of the men dropping dead. The
other made a getaway.
A check-up at the Sanatorium re
veals that Eugene Ross, Luther Nor
ris and Gorman Williams were the
absentees at roll call Tuesday night.
WTiich one was killed in McColl and
which two escaped had not been as-
certained when this was written. All
were patients in the prison ward of
the institution.
Watson was brought back to Aber
deen Tuesday night by a McColl po
liceman and went back to McColl
Wednesday for his truck.
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Tentative Budget Shows
Three-Cent Increase in
Moore County Tax Rate
‘The Rebel” Here
South’s First Streamlined Air
Conditioned Train Visits
Southern Pines
The South's first streamlined air-
conditioned train passed through
Southern Pines yesterday after
noon, making a short stop for in
spection by a number of leading
citizens. The train, called “The
Rebel,” will soon be in operation
over the Gulf. Mobile & Northern
Railroad'.s tracks between New
Orleans and Jackson. Tenn. It is
the last word in passenger com
fort and won high piaise from
those who went aboard here as
guests of the Seaboard Air Line
Railway, sponsors of the train on
this trip.
I (’ommi.ssioners Release Esti
mates Revealints .lump from
70 to 73 (’ents
NAME COI NTV OFFICERS
Modern in Every Detail, the New Pinehurst Postoffice i:- now open for business. (Photo by Hemmer)
LACHINE HOUSE IN
WEYMOUTH HGTS.
GUTTED BY FIRE
To Inaugurate Peach Auction
Sales in Sandhills Next Monday
Mrs. Clara V. Lewis
Passes Away at 77
Highly Esteemed Resident of
Southern Pines 111 But
Short Time
Following an illness of short dura
tion Mrs. Clara V, Lewis, aged 77
years, much beloved and highly es
teemed resident of Southern Pines
died in her home on Bennett street
early Wednesday morning, Mrs. Lewis-
daughter of the Rev. Donald McKay,
was born in Nova Scotia, April 28th,
1858. and came to Southern Pines
with her husband, the late Rev, John
Lewis, in 1906 following his acceptance
of the pastorate of the Baptist church
which he served until 1910.
Since his death on January 2nd,
1926 Mrs, Lewis has lived a retired
life though keeping the old home
open happy in welcoming her friends
among the church organizations. Fun.
eral services will be held in her late
home at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon,
Friday, her pastor the Rev, Mr. Har
ris of the Baptist Church of Aberdeen,
officiating. Interment will follow in
Mount Hope Cemetery.
Attractive Residence Believed
To Have Been Struck by
Lightning I
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Southern Pines suffered its most j
serious residential fire in some time on
Tuesday night when the Lachine j
house on Arbutus Road, Weymouth j
Heights, was gutted by flames. The '
origin of the fire is not known, and I
there is the possibility that it was [
struck by hghtning during the
storm late that day. The house was
unoccupied, but contained the person
al belongings of the Louis Lachine
family. The Lachines are living in the
Highland Pines Inn during the sum-
mer months.
The alarm was given around 11:30
o’clock after the discovery of the
fire by Miss Catherine Pierson, who
lives nearby. The firemen were com
pelled to lay out 2,000 feet of hose
to reach the flames from the naiarest
hydrant. It was a stubborn and dan
gerous fire to fight, the building
largely of wood construction, brick
veneered, with a heavy tile roof. Dur
ing the fire 16 tons of tile crashed
from roof to basement. The same
house has been the scene of two pre
vious fires. j
The house was one of the most at-
tractive of those built over a period
of years by Mr. Lachine. It nestled in
a grove of trees, barely visible from
the road. It has been rented during
winter seasons at various times, one
year by Mrs. David Sloane of Mill-
brook, N. Y., two winters by the
Schumacher family, another by Mrs.
J. D. Harden. It was built about sev
en years ago.
Mr. aud Mrs. Lachine and their
son lost practically all of their cloth
ing in the fire. The building was in
sured through the Barnum agency.
G.VRRETT <Sr CO. ABANDON
ABERDEEN WINE PLANT
Drivers’ Licenses
State Will Be Ready To Issue
New Pasteboards Next
Month
The new Division of Highway
Safety to be set up for administer
ing the new drivers’ license law
will be ready to issue drivers’ li
cense probably in August, Arthur
D. Fulk, newly appointed director,
announces. Machinery for address
ing and numbering the permanent
licenses has been ordered. Licenses
are not required until November 1
and cost nothing before that date
for those who have been driving
cars as long as a year. After that
$1 will be charged. Chauffeurs,
who will use badges, will pay $2
for the licenses. The State High
way Patrol will enforce the law.
Captain Charles D. Farmer and his
officers are now training about
150 men and from these enough
will be added to make the patrol
121 strong, men and officers.
Daily Sales To Be Held at Pack-
houses Throughout Section;
2,500 Car Crop Estimated
A three-cent inriease in Moore
county's ta.\ rate is foreca.st for the
coming year in the tentative budget
passed upon by the Board of County
Commissionei s on M >nday. The rate
is expected to be 73 cents as against
last year's 70 cents. A copy of the
tentative budget will be published in
The Pilot n'^xt week.
The hoard had numerous matters
before it at its Monday session. It
voted to ask Governor Ehringhaus
to call a special term of Superior
Court for the trial of criminal cases,
to Vjegin August 5th and continue for
one week, commissioning a Superior
Court judge to preside. This term
would be followed by the regular
tei'm which is scheduled to begin on
.August 12th. At the request of Aber
deen's Boaid of Commissioners it ap
proved the application of Garrett &
Company to manufacture and sell
wines at its Aberdeen plant.
Reappoint Officers
Various appointments to county
officers were made. John C. Muse was
reappointed county auditor at a sal
ary of $83.33 a month. Miss Maida
Jenkins was given another term as
county accountant at a salary of
LIFE TIME JOB AT $6,000.00 , $135 j>er month. Commissioner D. D.
McCrimmon voted “No” on this ap-
ROOSEVELT NAMES
THADS.PAGETO
IMPORT ANT POST
Secretary to Sen. Bailey Nomi
nated Administrative Secre
tary of National Archi\es
Murdoch M. Johnson
Weds in Camden ,S. C.
Miss Annie Etelle Thompson of
Aberdeen Bride of Former
N. C. State Senator
CITIZENS B.4NK TO CIX)SE
AT NOON ON WEDNESDAYS
The Citizens’ Bank and Trust Com
pany of Soqthero Pines will close at
twelve noon, beginning next Wednes
day, July 17th until September 1st.
The bank will remain open until 2
o’clock Saturdays.
After rebuilding their plant in
Aberdeen for the manufacture of
light wines, Garrett & Company of
Brooklyn, N. Y., this week decided to
abandon plans to operate here and
cancelled all arrangements. The rea
son given is that wines of more than
13 percent alcoholic content are al
legedly shipped into the state for
sale contrary to the law, and that
the Garrett company feels it cannot
compete with its line of legal wines
without protection.
The abandoning of the local plant
came as a great blow to Aberdeen
which has seen the old winery stand
vacant and idle for many years. It is
also a blow to grape growers in the
section who anticipated a ready lo
cal demand for their fruit.
Announcements w-jre received here
this week of the marriage of former
State Senator Murdoch M. Johnson,
formerly of Aberdeen, now a resident
of Camden, South Carolina and a
member of the South Carolina Legis
lature. and Miss Annie Belle Thomp
son of Camden, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. I. A. Thompson of Aberdeen, on
last Saturday in Camden. The cere
mony was performed in the presence
of a few intimate friends in the
bride’s home, after which Mr. and
Mrs. Johnson left by motor for Wash
ington, D. C., and other northern
points.
Mr. Johnson is now practicing law
in Camden. .He was for several years
a member of the law firm of John
son & Johnson in Aberdeen, prominent
in Moore county Democratic party af
fairs, serving one term as Senator
from this district, was president at
various times of the Kiwanis Club
of Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Cham
ber of Commerce. Miss Thompson
has been associated with Mr. John
son in his law work both in Aber
deen and Camden for a num-ber of
years.
P. H. McDonald has received his
commission as postmaster of Carth
age, and has taken over the office.
He succeeds R. G. Wallace, who held
the office for the last 12 years.
The inauguration of the auction
method of sales for the disposition of
the large crop of peaches in the Sand-
hills area is scheduled to take place
in Ellerbe next Monday, July 15, with
daily sales being held from that date
until the total crop, said to total ap.
proximately 2,500 cars, is entirely
cleared.
Sales are to be held under the sup.
ervision of A. C Wilkins of the firm
of A. C. Wilkins, Inc., which has of
fices in Ellerbe, and will start at 1
p. m. daily at the John Lentz pack
ing house. From there the auction will
proceed towords Norman, then on to
Candor and around to West End and
Pinehurst orchards, winding up in the
Hoffman district.
Selling will be held at all the pack-
ing houses in the above mentioned
areas at time intervals of from five
to ten minutes, following the start of
selling at 1 p. m. As the season pro-
gresses additional sales at towns
around Hoffman, Marston, Hamlet
and Rockingham, will be held from 5
to 6 p. m„ points to be designated by
the auction managers.
Unusual interest is being displayed
by growars and buyers in the new
method of selling peaches in this ter
ritory, according to Mr. Wilkins, who
states;
“It is seldom that such unusual in
terest is displayed in connection with
the auction system of selling peaches
to be used over the Sandhills of North
Carolina this season. The growers
have become so desirous of selling
their peaches cash track that they
are greeting the buyers coming into
the territory cordially. In turn the
buyers say they will be pleased to buy
direct from the growers. Recent rains
over the territory now assure size and
quality, not particularly on Hileys,
which, however, will run easily two
inches, but on Georgia Belles, El-
bertas, Hales, etc., which all are like
ly to be of sizes heretofore unequall
ed. It is expected that the average of
many orchards will be above two and
one-half inches."
Mr. Wilkins stressed the point in
favor of auction sales that growers
will be paid immediately upon deliv
ery and buyers and growers share
profits previously made by associa
tions. He stated that he is also ar
ranging for central auction markets
for growers off the regular route.
Hereabouts, Hiley Belles are mov.
ing now, with Georgie Belles schedul
ed to move from the 15th to the 18th
followed by Elbertas around the 22d.
Local glowers are encouraged, by re
cent reports of small peaches and a
decreased crop in Georgia. The crop
here looks good.
pointment. Miss Flora McDonald was
re-appointed home demonstration
agent, her salary to be $800 for the
year. E. H. Garrison is again farm
demonstration agent at $1,200, and
President Roosevelt sent to the
Senate this week the nomination of
Thad S. Page of Aberdeen( secretary
to United States Senator Josiah W.
Bailey, as Administrative Secretary
of the National Archives. The posi- Kennedy warden of the Coun-
tion is expected to pay from $5,600 ^ f
to $6,500 a year as against Mr.!'''‘^^ a month allowed for cook
Page’s present $3,900 salary. “rs- Estelle Wicker was ap.
Thad Page, son of the late Robert assistant to the county ac-
N. Page, former member of Congress countant and the tax collector at a
from this district, has been secretary. of $ 5 a month,
to Senator Bailey since March, 1931. | ®0 cents per
He is well known throughout North i ^nd Sher-
^ I. .u 1. w . I iff C. J. McDonald given a $50 a
Carolma, both through his secretary-, ®
. . -.ul month allowance for travelmg ex-
ship to his father when he was in the . . , ,
.... - pense. The court house janitors sal-
House of Representatives from 1913 ^ . ..
1.1- 1. ary was fixed at $36 a month,
to 1916, through his connection with _
the campaign of his father for Gov-1
ernor in 1920, and through his one
time managership of the peach grow- i . _ , , .
ers’ cooperative association here. At ^ satis actory n in e amoun
A. R. Laubscher was reappointed
constable for McNeill township, to
become effective when he has posted
the time he was appointed secretary
to Senator Bailey he was operating an
automobile agency in Hamlet. Thad,
who is 43 years old, married Miss
Patsy Hinton of Raleigh and they
have two sons.
Popular in Senate
Mr. Page is easily one of the most
popular secretaries at the Capitol and
is probably known personally to as
many or more Senators than anyone
serving in a similar capacity. His
nomination will undoubtedly be con
firmed promptly by the Senate, says
a Washington despatch.
The position is expected to be per-
of $250.
“Captain” Yates Dies
at Home in Aberdeen
Former Railroad Man Moved to
Sandhills From Cary 43
Years Ago
A. F. Yates died at his home in
Aberdeen on the night of July 3rd
at 9:20 o’clock, following a long ill
ness. He was 75 years old,
Mr. Yates came from Cary to Aber
deen to make his home 43 years ago,
and bad made a host of friends to
manent, along with that of the Na- ^ whom he was known as “Captain”
tional Archivist, Dr. R. D. W. Con- Yates, gaining his title from his long
nor, who, like the librarian of Con- years as a railroad conductor. First
gress, holds on regardless of admin- j he was associated as conductor for
istrations, and was not appointed on the old Moore County Railroad, and
political considerations. j later he served in like capacity for
Senator Bailey indicated this week ^ the Aberdeen & Rockfish. He was a
that he will not be in a hurry to se- i member of the Order of Railway
lect Mr. Page’s successor, but will, Conductors. After he left the service
survey the available men Cdiefully
before making a choice. It is under
stood that Thad Eure and LeRoy
Martin have both been sounded out
in connection with the position and
have indicated they were not interest
ed.
16 OF 17 COUNTIES VOTE
WET; ROCKINGHAM DRY
Of 17 counties which have voted
thus far on liquor control, only one,
Rockingham, turned down the plan
for the opening of legal stores. Greene
county voted wet on Tuesday, Pas
quotank, Martin, Halifax. Onslow,
Pitt, Lenoir, Nash and Warren last
Saturday. Previously Edgecomb,
Wilson, Beaufort, Vance, Franklin
New Hanover and Craven had gone
wet. A majority of the qualified vot
ers of McNeills towTishlp, In which
Southern Pines is located have sign
ed for a legal store here.
of the railroad he operated a cabinet
shop in Aberdeen until his health fail
ed some six years ago.
In early life he married Miss Ag
nes Holleman of Cary, who survives
him, with four sisters, Mrs. W. B.
Upchurch of Apex, Mrs. A. W. Sor
rell, Mrs. J. K. McCain and Mrs. A.
W. McCain, all of Durham.
Funeral services were held at the
Aberdeen Baptist Church Fourth of
July afternoon. It was most fitting
that his funeral should be held in the
church of which he was a faithful
member so long, and where for many
years he had served as treasurer and
trustee. His pastor, the Rev. E. M.
Harris, was assistsby two former
pators. Rev: D. H. Ives of Spray
and Rev J. B. Willis of Hamlet. Mr.
Harris read several selections of
scripture and Mr. Ives led in pray
er, after which Mr. Willis spoke in
a beautiful way of the useful life of
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