FIRST IV NE\VS, CIRCULATION & ADVERTISING THE A Paper Devoted to the Upbuilding VOL. 16, NO. 11. putTHAoe fcACL.* SPAINC9 --i'' 4LAKEV/I6W WfcST E.NO MAHl-KV SOOTMBRM PINSS ASHLSy MClCXTS AeCRDCfX ^PINEBUlFr -Ca;? PILOT MOORE COUNTY’S LEADING NEWS-WEEKLY of the Sandhill Terri. ^ North Carolina ^ ^ ^ Souihern Pines and Aberdeei, Ncrth Carolina. Friday, February 7, 1936. V*^ FIVE CENTS DAVIDSON WILL CASE TO OPEN IN CARTHAGEMONDAY Impressive Array of Counsel to Appear in Fi)?ht For Statler Fortune JUDGE PHILLIPS PRESIDES Reynolds Blocks Army Promotions Because Me Closkey Not on List Senator Hurls Bombshell in De manding; Hearing Over Fort Bragff’s C. O. Overlooked When Superior Court for the trial of civil cases convenes in Carthage , e * 1 to.,*- rEcommendations of the Secretary of' on Monday of next week, important I: Because Brigadier General Manua j McCloskey, commanding officer at' neighboring Fort Bragg, was not ^ among those promoted to major gen- | eral, U. S. Senator "Bob" Reynolds threw a bombshell in the Senate this ' week by refusing confirmation for all | personages from far and near will be present for the first hearing on the docket, which appears on the court calendar as ‘‘3326 -In the Mattre of the Will of Elva Statler Davidson, Deceased--Caveat.” It is expected that the hearing will consume a week •or more. In this proceeding, relatives of the yui'ng heiress who died in Pinehurst, will s*'ek to show that she was in duced under undue influence to make the will by which the bulk of her War for general rank promotions. Among those on the list, for promo tion from brigadier to major gener al, was General McCloskey’s prede cessor at Fort Bragg, Henry W. But- ner, brother of M. F. Butner of Pine- bluff. Both General McCloskey and General Butner are well known here. Senator Reynolds, a member of the Military Affairs committee, said he held up action on the nominations pending a hearing, since the Secre tary of War, upon recommendation of General Milen Craig, chief of staff. BRIG.-OKN. MAxifs McCLOSKKV do with the making of the will, Which was written by W. Barton Leach of Boston, who, along with the witnesses to the will, Livingston Hall, a pro fessor in the Harvard law school, and Victoria L. Mercer, secretary to Leach, will be here to testify. An impressive array of counsel has been retained by both sides. The propounders will be represented by Mosley G. Boyette of Carthage; Reade and Filler of Durham; Sea well and Chapman of Carthage, and Vic tor Bryant of Durhan:. Attorneys for the caveators are U. L. Spence of Carthage; Moot, Sprague, Marcy, Carr and Gulick of Buffalo, N. Y.; Ladd, Garono and Jaeckle of Buffa lo; J. Melville Broughton of Raleigh, and Richardson D. Barrett of Min neapolis, Minn. Judge F. Donald Phillips of Rock ingham will preside, and the follow ing men have been drawn for jury service for the term: W. W. Gurney, H. C. Maness, D. E. Brown, C. C. Melton, H. C. Bullington, E. E. Moore, T. E. Short, J. G. Freeman, W. A. Lewis, W. H. Eaton, J. R. Mc- Innis, J. S. Kanoy, Lonnie Blue, Wal ter Caviness, C. A. McCallum, W. C. Hannon, M. A. McNeill, A. L. Wilson. Pete Dowd. W. G. Wicker. W. M. Black, J. B. Kennedy, D. Wade Ste- vick and C. J. Simonds. wealth was bequeathed to her hus. ^ , band. H. Bradley Davidson, to whom'McCloskey in she was married a short time before, i ^ Senator claims, de- and the propounders are expected to I ® ® McCloskey had contend the reverse of that and to i be = n recommended for promotion by * t I. J n.- ^ ' the Promotions board. A hearing ha.s state that Davidson had nothmg to i, ^ ^ been set for today. Friday, and Sec retary of War Dern and General Craig are expected to testify. Said Senator Reynolds; “I am not so much interested in the others as I am in General Mc Closkey. who. by all the rules which have governed promotions in the army in the past, should have been promoted from brigadier general to major general,” said Senator Rey nolds today. “I shall block ccnfirma- ti&n of all the promotions until there can be a full and complete investiga tion of the matter,” bf* added Senator Reynolds’ efforts are be ing watched with close interest in both army and congressional circles. The army »i8^ always frowned on what it termed “political interference” in regard to promotions, especially those in the higher grades. The idea is supposed to be especially repug nant to General Craig, who will probably be called as a witness be fore the Senate committee. Senator Within Rights | On the other hand, the Constitu-1 tion says that army and navy offi-; cers shall be promoted upon nomina- j tion by the President to be confirmed ! with the “advice and consent of the , Senate,” and in times past high army j officers have missed the goal owing; to opposition that developed in the Senate. Brigadier General Henry W. But ner, a native of Pinnacle, Stokes county. North Carolina, heads the list to become a major general to suc ceed Major General Emmett Callan of Knoxville, Tenn.. who retires Jan uary 31. The careers of Generals Mc Closkey and Butner have run parallel since they were both "shavetails” just out of the military academy and, while Senator Reynolds has no fight to make on any one, he wants to know why the Fort Bragg command er-in-chief with a fine army record ■>vas left at the post when he was due: to go higher. I A. & T. College Singers Appear Here Sunday Community Hour Takes Cogniz ance of Race Relations Day in Arranging Program Colored musicians from the Agri cultural and Technical College of North Carolina at Greensboro, will give a musical program at the Com munity Hour at 7 ;45 o’clock this Sun day night at the Church of Wide Fel lowship. Bernard Lee Mason, pn in structor in the college, graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a violinist of great ability, will play a number of violin solos, and a mix ed choir will sing spirituals and oth er selections. A pianist of distinction accompanies the group of musicians. There will be no admission charge but an offerinii ^rill be taken for the Student Aid Fund of the college. This Sunday. February 9th. is na tionally observed as Race Relations Sunday. A special message for this Sunday has been sent out by the Rev. Edwin McNeill Poteat. Jr., pas tor of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, who is the pres ident of the Commission on Interra cial Cooperation of the F'ederal Coun cil of the Churches of Christ in America. His message closes with this exhortation: “On this special day let every Christian resolve to under stand his black, white, red, yellow or brown neighbor in a fashion never before undertaken.” APPLICATIONS FOR BONUS READY FOR SANDHILLS VETS Legion Committees Named To Aid Applicants in Various Sections of County Application blanks for the "Bonus Bonds” are in the hands of those listed below. wh3 will be glad to as sist veterans in properly filling them out. To properly fill out these applica tions, it will be necessary for the veterans to have their rtl'jcharge from the service, and their adjusted service certificate, or if they have secured a loan—the pink slip sent them when they received their check. Cer tain delay will result if veterans are unable to find these papers. However, assistance will be gladly given in helping to straighten out these diffi culties. The following will aid the veterans: Southern Pines—L. L. Wooley and L. V. O’Callahan. Aberdeen—J. Vance Rowe. Pinehurst--John Hemmer and K. E. Wicker. West End -J. F. Sinclair. This service is offered by Sand hill Post of the American Legion without any charge, to all veterans, white and colored, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Legion. The officers of the Post wish to call attention to the fact that it is necessary that the vsteran bring his adjusted compensation certificate with him when he comes to fill out the application. This applies to the veteran who has NOT borrowed on his certificate. They also wish to emphasize the fact that the veteran {Please turn to page 5) FRANCIS DEATON DIES IN SANFORD OF HEART ATTACK Leading Surveyor of This Sec tion, Native of Moore Coun ty, 111 Two Weeks 9 • Upper Moore County Scene of Murder of Young Girl by Alleged Jilted Suitor Lays Down Sextant New Apparatus Tested by Fire Department Booster Pump Capable of Throw ing 500 Gallons of Water, Per Minute Historic Month A Little Bit of Everything in the IJne of Weather Here During January Miss Mary Johnson of Aberdeen is seriously ill at the Moore County Hos pital following a stroke suffered ear ly this week. During the early part of the week Chief L. V. O’Callaghan, and mem bers of the Southern Pines Fire Com pany tested the latest addition to the fire fighting apparatus of the town, an America - LaFrance 150-gallon booster pump capable of throwing 500 gallons of water per minute through the standard one-and-one- half inch nozzle. With a capacity of 1,200 feet of hoae, additional equip ment also includes two extension lad ders, scaling ladder, searchlights, hose connections, nozzles and all the newest pertaining to a superior fire machine. The old chemical tank that has served so efficiently for so many years has been sold to Biscoe. Thirty teams have been busy on the Kndllwood Airport project all week. January past and gone will go down in the state as the historic month of freakish weather. From fog to rain to snow to wind was added a new low of an average temperature of 25.06, nearly 19 degrees less than the long time normal of 44. When it snowed on Bald Head Is land in the mouth of the Cape Fear River for the first time in this long history anything might have been ex pected, and we had it from a low of six degrees above zero on the 31st, to a high of 61 on the 18th. We also had two inches of rain, high winds, and a bright sun (thermometers exposed to its rays registered 75) on Sunday, January 19th, and four inches of snow on the 29th. The total of 6.65 inches of rainfall was 3.23 inches more than th? normal average. Here are the official figures: Long time Max. Average 54.6 1935 54.2 1936 43.19 min. Aver. 33.2 44 31.1 42.7 27.02 25.06 A EUREKA RESIDENT Francis Deaton, 67, original survey or of Pinehurst for the late James Tufts, died at his home in Sanford early Monday morning from a sud den heart attack after a two weeks' illness of influenza. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Noah Deaton, he was born in Moore county and resided in the Eureka section most of his life time. Surviving are his wife, three broth ers, James, John and Charles Deaton, and one sister, Mrs. H. B. Wr.dsworth, all residing in this county. Funeral .services W'ere held at 2:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Rogers Funeral Home in Sanford. A civil engineer for 40 years, Mr. Deaton was generally regarded as the best informed man on land boun daries in this section. Some time ago he was seriously ill and not expected to recover. Fearing that his death was imminent Bion H. Butler, the late editor of The Pilot, wrote this obituary. Francis Deaton has been one of the foremost surveyors of this part of North Carolina. As a boy he inclined toward work of this character, but his father rather discouraged his in clination. The young man said that he intended to be a surveyor, and at every opportunity he took up with men who were doing work of that character. He had slight chance to study in school, but what he lacked there he made up in the .study of the compass and then the transit and such mathematical tables and sug gestions as are to be had for engi neers and surveyors and in course' of time he found employment. His work was so accurate and so quick ly accomplished that he found him self established as a factor in not only land surveying, but in develop ing engineering works. After finding himself here he went to Florida to do engineering work with th= railroads building there. La ter he returned to the Sandhills in time to begin on the m>re precise work that has since characterized this section. He never was satisfied with a job until he could give a map that was complete in its measure ments and in its closings, and he be came familiar with the old lines and corners of property all over the sur rounding counties. His testimony in a disputed case in court was almost the equivalent of the law, and as a witness he was rarely on the wrong side. He did much of the work in the plans and surveys of the whole Pinehurst and Knollwood country, a great deal in Southern Pines, and in all the adjacent territory. Although not a graduate of any technical school Francis Deaton was one of the engineers to be reg istered in Ncrth Carolina under the present law which establishes the status of engineers and surveyors, and his license was granted with the assurance that his ability and thoroughness left no doubt a.s to his right to be a registered and rated en gineer. He had friends wherever he worked, for he was among the kind liest and most genial Of men and his work made his acquaintance wide. JOSEPH E. SYLVESTER HT5DS IN NEW YORK Miss Frances Virginia Marx, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Arthur Marx, of 1175 Park avenue. New York City, and Joseph Edward Syl vester of Southern Pines, were mar ried on Tuesday night, January 28th, in the ballroom of t^e Hotel Pierre in New York by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. A reception followed the ceremony. The bride attended the Dalton School. Mr. Sylvester is a graduate cf Johns Hopkins University and passed two years at the University of Berlin. He is a son of the late J. E. Bernstein, former president of the Citizens Bank & Trust Company here, and Mrs. Bernstein. FRANC IS DE.VTON 1935 SEAL SALE TOTAL OF $1,392 BEST IN HISTORY With County’s Contribution Over $2,000 Available To Fight Tuberculosis MRS. CHEATHAM REPORTS The 1935 Seiil Sale for the fight against tuberculosis nettdd $231 more than any previous annual sale, Mrs. T. A. Cheatham, county chairman, reported this week. The to tal collections in the county were $1. 392, as against $1,161 in 1934, the best previous year. Of the total collections, the County matches dollar for dollar the 75 per cent which is retained for the tuber culosis campaign in the county, or $1,044, which means a grand total for use in the county this year of more than $2,000. The National and State associations will receive $348.00 of the Moore county collec tions. “This generous response on the part of the public will make it possible for us to continue the elimination of tuberculosis in the county, Mrs. Cheatham said. "And most of the money can be utilized far prevention this year, from present indications. We have very few active charity cases now. The people will be inter ested to know that 75 percent of our cases cared for at the State Sanator ium during the past year have re turned home cured. This is most grat ifying.” Mrs. Cheatham spoke in high praise of the work of the col:>red population of the county in the Seal Sale drive. Returns were received from all but one of the colored schools, and one school, that at Taylorville outside Pinehurst, went “ever the top,” that is, collected more than $25.00 and earned the ten percent bonus offered for its own school health fund. Three white schools, Aberdeen with a collection of $77.00, Pinehurst with $42.64 and Southern Pines with $25.00, also earned the bonus. Report of Colleotions The collections in the various com munities as revealed by Mrs. Cheat ham’s report listed with the names of (Please turn to page 8) RICHMOND PASTOR TO PRE.VCH HERE SUNDAY i The Rev. C. I. Calcote of near Rich- ] mond, Va., will hold the following ! services in the county this Sunday, j February 9th, according to an an- '■ nouncement made by J. R. McQueen, chairman of a pulpit committee nam ed by thcise churches which are at present withrut a pastoi: Vass, 11:15 a. m.; Union, 3:00 p. m.; Manly, 7:30 p. m. Presbyterians in these communities are urged to hear Mr. Calcote and the public in general is invited to at tend the services. Geneva Crabtree. 22-Year Old Nurse, Shot Down With Baby in Her Arms TOY N'ALL UNDER ARREST F’elled face downward to the snow- covered ground by the full load from a twelve guage shot gun as she started arnn.nd the corner of the borne of her employers with their baby in her arms, Geneva Crabtree, 22-ytar-old Moore county girl, came to her death early Monday night in a tragedy which shocked and incens ed the countryside as no other mur der has. The baby was picked up bloodstained but untouched by the shot. Eight-year-old Billy Mace, brother of the baby, named Toy Nall, a white man of the Putnam section, as the slayer of the young woman. The tragedy occurred at the Clay Moore heme about six miles above Carthage on Highway 27, where Earl Mace and his family live. Mr. and Mrs. Mace are employedl in the silk mill at Hemp, working from three . ’clock in the afternoon until eleven at night, and about a week previous to the murder had engaged Miss Crabtree to look after their three children. Nall, who was divorced from Beulah Stultz Nall at the December term of court, had been going with Miss Crabtree some, it is reported. Her parents objected to his attentions to her and a few days ago had ordered him away from their home. He had called on the girls at the Mace home and she is said to have tcld him that she could not go with him and re quested him to stay away. According to the story told by lit tle Billy Mace just after the tragedy, Nall visited the home Monday night and wanted the girl to go off with him, which she refused to do. He said that Nall picked up his daddy’s gun and took a shell from his pocket and shot her. The girl had gone outside the house carrying the baby and a flashlight and it is thought that she had started to a nearby filling sta tion. By her side was found an ash shovel which she had probably picked up while in the house. Following the shcoting, Nall got in his automobile and drove away. Billy picked up the baby and taking it and the other small child, he hurried to the filling station about a quarter of a mile away w’here the Moores reside and told them that Nall had killed Ge neva. Nall Ih Arrestwl Officers were notified and were soon at the scene. They found that the girl had been shot in the back at such close range that powder I burns were evident. The load cf shot itore through just under the left shoulder and came out through the 1 middle of her chest. I Nall was located at a house neai' < his father’s home and lodged in jail ! Monday night. He denied doing the j shooting, but admitted being at the ' Mace home at the time. He said that the girl had gone outside to tell him I goodbye and had been shot 'bush. ; Coroner D. Carl Fry called a hear- : ing for 2:00 o’clock Tuesday after noon with the following to serve as a jury: E. R. Brown, W. L. McLean. W. L. McLean. Jr., C. F. Poteet and W. R. Kennedy. Dr. W. M. McDuffie, T. N. Slack. H. H. Grimm, Raymond Barber, J L. Field, Mr. and Mrs. Mace and Billie Mace, J. L. Phillips and Grady Stutts were called to appear as witnesses. After hearing the tes timony the jury held Nall without bail for the Superior Court. Miss Crabtree is said to have been a nice looking girl and of gcod char acter. Nall, w'ho is about 30 years old. Is described as being of the "dare-devil type,” and he has been in trouble a number of times. He did not show any sign of being intoxicated when ap prehended. The Thistle Club weekly bridge tea wus held in the Southern Plnfs Coun try Club last Saturday, with eight tables playing.

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