VOL. 33?NO. 12 SIXTEEN PAGES ' SOUTHERN PINES. NORTH CAROUNArrmDAY. FEBRUARY 8, 1952 jUXTEEN PAGES _ " '^TmCE^ lO CENTS
TB Workers From Many States Here
For National Association Institute
Program Under Way
Al Hollywood Hotel
The 83rd institute o! the Na
tional Tuberculosis association,
tor the training of tuberculosis
workers, opened Monday at the
Hollywood hotel and will con
tinue for two weeks, through Sat
urday, February 16.
This is the second successive
year the institute has been held
in Southern Pines, the only time
n the history of the association
the same place has been selected
for this honor twice. A year ago,
also, it whs at the Hollywood.
Irving Mushlir., personnel and
training director of the national
association with headquarters in
New York City, is in charge A
full program of speakers and con
xerence leaders eminent in the as.
sedation and in tuberculosis work
in general is under way.
Attending the institute are 26
workers, professional and volun
teer, of state and local associations
in North and South Carolina,
Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Ohio,
Kentucky, New York, West Vir
ginia and Prince Edward Island,
North Carolinians enrolled are
two members of the state staff
and executive -secretaries from
Wilson, Randolph, Durham and
Pasquotank county units.
An attraction of this locality,
according to Mr. Mushlin, is its
nearness to the N. C. Sanatorium
at McCain, the staff of which in
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Climax Will Be
"New Hope For Hearts" is the
theme of the 1352 Heart Fund
drive opening this week, which
will be conducted during the
month of February, with solicita
tion by mail and the placing of
plastic hearts for coin collection
in stores and hotels throughout
This is the third annual drive
to be conducted in Moore county
soliciting funds for the American
Heart association, to finance re
search into heart diseases.
Peak of the campaign will be
Valentine's day, February 14.
Officers and members of the
county committee are Mrs. Bert
L. Premo, chairman: Mrs. Em
mett French, Dr. R. M. McMillan
and Dr. W. C. Mudgett, vice
chairmen: Mrs. R. Bruce Warlick,
treasurer, and Mrs, Lawrence
Johnson, Aberdeen; Mrs. William
Poley, West End; Mrs. Glen
Rounds, Pinebluff, Mrs. John
Beasley, Carthage, and Mrs. A. H.
Grant, Southern Pines.
It is impossible to send letters
of solicitation to everyone in the
county, therefore the committee
requests that interested people
send their donations to Mrs. R. B.
Warlick, treasurer, Box 1053,
Those who Jailed to list
! taxes at the proper time dux
j ing January wili have their
! second, and last chance next
Mrs. D. J. Blue, list taker
tor McNeills township, will
be at the town hall next
Tuesday, Wednesday. Thurs
day and Friday ten- the bene
fit ot latecomers.
For those who continue to
delay, penalties will follow.
; Damage To Cars
I Four accidents were reported by
! State Highway patrolmen to have
j taken place on Moore highways
; near here last Friday and Mon
| Four people were injured,
| though none believed seriously,
and three cars were badly dam
aged 'c n double collision on US
Highway 1 about five miles north!
of Southern Pines shortly before
7 o'clock Monday evening.
The accident caused the high
way to be blocked for about a
half hour, and Southern Pines po !
lice assisted the State Highway:
Patrol in handling the traffic.
According to the State High
way Patrol report, the accident
occurred when Ralph Calvin Mc
Craney, 17, of Lakeview. driving
south, attempted to turn into the
|J. S. Simpson driveway across
the northbound lane. Seeing too
[late that a car was just behind
him, he endeavored to get back
in his lane but instead struck
with violent impact a pickup
truck coming toward him in the
northbound lane. The truck, own
ed by the Sanford Auto Supply
company and driven by Albert
Joseph Hackney of Sanford, was
knocked some distance off the
road and was estimated as a total
The impact spun McCraney's
car around in the highway and
it was hit on the left front by
the car behind, driver of which
was Charles Woodrow Von Metz
ger of Vass. Both cars were dam
| aged to the extent of several hun
Taken to Moore County hospi
tal were McCraney, who, suffer
ing from shock, a cut face and
numerous abrasions, remained
overnight as a patient, and Ron
ald Haynes, 15, of Lakeview, a
passenger in his car, also cut and
bruised, who received emergency
treatment. Another boy with
them was not hurt.
Taken to St. Joseph of the
Pines, and later to Lee County
hospital, was Hackney, driver of
the pickup truck. His hand was
cut and several stitches had to
be taken In his scalp.
Taken directly to Lee County
hospital by a passing motorist
was J. O. Griffin of Sanford, a
passenger in the truck, who was
released after emergency treat
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Young Federal Escapees Sentenced
After Wild Chase, Three Break-Ins
A two-boy crime wave hit Ab
erdeen and Southern Pines last
Friday, involving the break-in of
three homes and terminating in a
wild chase at Aberdeen which re
suited in the capture of one youth
there and the. other at Southern
Police and highway patrolmen
were kept busy at both towns for
| several hours answering alarms
and apprehending the lads, Robert
i^ee Eary, 18, and Robert Sandlin,
18, both of whom said they were
Jailed Friday at Carthage, they
were tried Monday in Moore re
corders court and received terms
of four months on the roads on
various counts of larceny, carry
ing concealed weapon and (as to j
Sand tin) aiding and abetting.
Probable cause was found on
breaking and entering charges, for
trial at the May term of supericr
rourt. After that, it is understood,
the Fill will lake over, because of
their escape from a federal insti
tution and for two auto thefts.
with the crossing of state lines,
The boys were found to have
walked off Thursday from the Na
tional Institute, a federal reforma- ]
tory for youthful offenders at
Washington, D. C., where they
were serving terms for auto lar
They made their way south by
means of a Packard stolen at
Washington, then a Mercury stol
en at Richmond, Va.
The Mercury gave out of gas at
Aberdeen Friday morning. The
(story of their ensuing activities
| follows, as pieced together from
reports of Southern Pines Chief
Ic. E. Newton, Aberdeen Chief Ar
chie Phillips anod State Highway
Patrolmen H. F. Deal and C G.
They tried to swap an emergen
cy light from the Mercury for |
some gas at the Kellis Service sta- j
tion, but Mr. Kellis would not!
trade, so they drove the car a lit
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Mr ? V " I |
The Vass Cotton Mill, shown above, and its 33 housing units on the opposite side of the Seaboard rait- |
road, comprising approximately 45 acres, were sold late last week to Textron Southern, Inc., said to be
the fourth largest producer of synthetic fabrics. Conversion to rayon is already under way. Upper right'
is the home of H. C. Callahan, which the Rhode Island firm also purchased.
Unit Events Mark
Boy Seoul Week
Boy Scout Week, the national
observance of the 42nd anniver
sary cf the founding of Boy
Scouting in the United States,
will be marked in Moore county
by special church services Sun
day, and separate projects to lie
undertaken by each unit erf Cub
Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer
Scouts. Emphasis is being placed
on the theme, "Forward on Lib
Dr. John C, Grier, of Pinehurst.j
Moore district commissioner, said
that all churches are being re
quested to observe Boy Scout Sun
day with special mention, also
that special services arc being
held at the regular worship hour
in the following:
Emmanuel Episcopal and First
Baptist churches, Southern Pines;
Community church. Pinehurst;
First Baptist church, Aberdeen;
Pinebluff Methodist, West End
Methodist, Carthage Baptist and
Robbins Presbyterian churches.
All boys who are members of
Scout units are asked to attend
the service of their choice, wear
ing their uniforms.
Many troops are arranging
special events for the week, with
parents and friends invited. Some
will place window displays in
stores of their communities.
Boy Scout Week has no con
nection with the annual fund
raising campaign, which is held in
the fall. Its purpose is to call at- j
terition to aocompishments of the'
leaders and boys of the Boy Scout
program, and the vital role filled
by the program in character
building of youth, or. a commun
ity. council and national basis.
To Two Homes In
W. Southern Pines
A home in West Southern Pines
was destroyed by fire Wednesday
afternoon, and a neighbor home
badly damaged, despite a two
and-a-half-hour battle by South
ern Pines volunteer firemen using
all their equipment.
The first house to catch fire,
burning to the ground belonged
to Mary Griffin, who was out at
work when the disaster occurred.!
Nothing was saved despite ef
forts to enter the blazing building.
The fire was far advanced before
it was discovered by neighbors a
block away, and the alarm turned
in. By the time the firemen got
there the roof had fallen in, and
it was impossible to tell, they
said, if it was a one-stcry or two
story house. Nothing could be
done to save it
The second house, a two-story
one, caught from the first. Neigh
bors saved some of the furnish
ings. The house belonged to Ather
Cassidy and, like the first was
empty of occupants when the fire
| Town Has No Rights in Alleys, Says
| Supreme Court In Leroy Lee Case
Lower Couri Opinion
Handed Down In May
: The town board of Southern
Pines of 1892, in relinquishing its
right to the town's alleys and
center squares, committed a valid
act and the present town board
has no say whatsoever in iheir
disposition. It has not even the
right to maintain and repair
I This is the gist of a seven-page
! opinion handed down this week
by the State Supreme Court, re
versing a superior court judge's
ruling in Lee vs. Walker et al, and
denying the Town's right to with
hold from Leroy Lee a permit to
build on the portion of town al
ley which he owns.
A misconception on the part of
the Supreme Court is seen in that
it holds that there has been "no
[public use" of this alley in more
than 20 years.
However, the opinion states
that, in repudiating the alleys be
fore any formal acceptance or
dedication was made; in allowing
them to be bought and sold like
any other real estate; in assessing
taxes for them against their pri
vate owners; in granting permits
for construction on them, and in
itself using the alleys for eon
Istructlon purposes, the Town has
: forfeited any remaining right it
Also, states the opinion, which
was written by Associate Justice
E. V. Denny, "If those protesting
issuance of the building permit
requested by the plaintiff, and
owning property in the subdivi
sion, are of the opinion that they
have any easement rights in the
alley in question, the Town of
Southern Pines and its officials
are not the proper persons to en
force these rights.
"Action for enforcement of pri
vate easement may be maintain
ed only by an owner or owners of
the property, who are entitled to
have the easement enforced or
"However, unless the facts are
made to appear substantially dif
ferent from those found on the
present record, no private rights
to an easement in the alley exist."
Lercv Lee of Carthage, head of
Lee's Stores, Inc., bought the for
mer McBrayer building on West
Broad street from Mrs. P. P. Mc
Cain in the summer of 1950.
His application for a permit to
enlarge the bu.lding to cover his
entire lot, approximately doub
ling the size of the building
brought a protest from owners of
adjoining buildings who said such
construction would interfere with
, ingress and egress from the rear
of their places of business.
I On discovery that part of the,
let bad been plotted as a public!
alley before incorporation of the]
town in 1887, the town board re- j
fused a permit for the construe !
Civil action was brought by Mr.|
Lee against Everett Walker, city;
building inspector, Mayor Page!
jand members of the town board,
seeking to force issuance of the
permit. In a mandamus hearing
held at Carthage last May Su
perior Court Judge J. J. Clement
ruled that the alleys were irrev
ocably dedicated to public use
and the Town had no authority
to grant such a permit.
Mr. Tee appealed to the Su
preme court from this ruling.
The town board of 189? did, in
fact, relinquish all public rights
in the alleys and center squares,
and these were thereafter bought,
sold and used in a manner which,
Judge Clement declared, was con
trary to law.
In this he upheld the town's
attorneys in the principle of ir
The matter has of late years
become a confused one. especially
since the building-up of the
downtown district has caused the
alleys to all hut disappear. Tim
Lee case, however, was the first
in 'which a citizen protest was
made, thus bringing the issue to a
Bishop Co. Will
The employment office of the
J. Bishop & Co. Platinum Works
wilt be opened at Knollwood air
port on a permanent basis Mon
day, for the employment of all
types of workers both in the fac
tory and office, according toi
Joseph B. Simpson, employment'
manager, of Malvern, Pa.
William H. Morrow, Jr., person
nel manager, will be in charge.
Mr. Simpson and Mr. Morow
interviewed about 200 women ap
plicants at the airport Monday
and Tuesday, and expressed
themselver later as "well pleased"
with the number who responded
to the first call for workers, and
the general high type of those who
"I believe we will have no dif
ficulty in filling our employment
requirements here," Mr. Simpson
About a dozen women were
selected to .->tart training at once.
Only a few can be trained at
a time, it was learned, as only a
few machines, of three basic]
types, could be spared for use at
the airport instruction center un
til the plant goes into operation
in the spring. A high school educa
tion is required, and age limits
are 19 to 40. Selections will be
made a few at a time until the
specialized jobs Foremen will be
interviewed next Friday, Februa-y
15 (see ad in this isue).
The plant will manufacture hy
podermic needles and, later, prob
jably syringes also.
| Heart and circulatory diseases
;kill almost twice as many Ameri
cans as the next five highest
causes of death added together.
[The Heart Fund is dedicated to
I controlling this scourge.
Textron Southern, Inc.
Buys Vass Cotton Mill
For Rayon Conversion
By Bessie Cameron Smith
Royal Little of Providence, R.
I., president of Textron Southern,
Inc., late Friday afternoon an-j
nounced the purchase from thcj
Hunter I rials And
Hunt Ball Planned
For February 20
The annual Hunter Trials of the
Moore County Hounds will be
held on the Scotts Corner course
on Youngs road Wednesday af
ternoon, February 20, starting at
Events will include classes for
green hunters, thoroughbred
hunters, open hunters and hunt
teams, also the picturesque Par- \
ade of Hounds followed by the
full field in hunting regalia.
A high point of interest will be
the "short drag," in which a drag
will be laid and rut, across the
two-mile course in full 'iew of the
Most of the hunter- regularly
participating in the Moore County
tlunl will De seen in tnc trials.
Entries each year 'tI ide horses
from looal stables and also from
many other eastern states The
course presents in miniature all
the hazards of the regular hunt,
with its wooded valley, open hill
side and meadow, timber and
brush jumps along the way, and
From the wide parking area the
entire course is visible, and spec
tators may judge for themselves
how well the hunters and riders
meet the many tests involved.
Trophies are awarded in each
event, also for champion and re
The Hunter Trials will be fol
lowed by the formal Hunt Bail, to
be held this year in the ballroom
of the Carolina hotel, Pinehurst.
Not only members of the Moore
County Hunt but a large assem
blage from all parts of the county
are expected to participate in this
highlight of the Sandhills social
Parking spaces and single ad
missions to the Hunter Trials are
available at Mile-Away Farm, or
from Bob Smith, Carolina Hotel
doorman. Arrangements may be
made at the Carolina for private
dinner parties, to be held in the
Crystal Room preceding the ball,
for which tickets may be secured
Polio Goals Gained
But Work Goes On
In County, Town
Incomplete reports this week
show slightly more than $8,000
raised so far in the Moore County
March of Dimes, surpassing the
quota of $7^60, it was learned
from H. Clifton Blue, of Aberdeen,
county campaign chairman.
"We all know this is a modest
quota for Moore, which has bene
fited by many more thousands of
dollars, and much more than this
is needed," said Chairman Blue,
"I expect the final figure to be
considerably above the amount so
Of the $8,171.71 reported this
week, the sum of $7,513.10 was
contributed by the white people
of the county, with $658.61 report
ed by H. L. Bryant of Aberdeen, '
chairman of the Negro division.
The Negro report is also incom
In Southern Pines, Chairman
Paul C. Butler said the local quota
of $1,750 has been made and a
good deal more is hoped for and
expected before returns are all in.
Three communities have com
pleted their drives and have made
splendid final reports, said Chair
Howard L. Kennedy, chairman
of the Westmoore drive, overshot
his quota by the greatest amount
of anyone in the county. With a
quota of $100, a total of $372.50
was contributed by the people of
In the Roseland community,
Mrs. Hal Kirk, chairman, reports
her canvass complete. With a
quota of $30, she raised $50.
In Jackson Springs, Mrs. E. W.
Bruton has made her final report
with $161.18 being contributed by
the people of that community.
Reports from other communities
are still incomplete.
Vass Cotton Mill company of its
cotton yarn plant in Vass, oldest
and largest of the several indus
tries located in this manufactur
ing town. The amount involved
W3s not disclosed.
The purchase includes the fac
tory building and warehouses,
plus 33 housing units, two of
which are two-story dwellings,
and comprises approximately 45
acres of land. H. C. Callahan's
practically new home on Highway
1, adjoining the mill preporty.
was bought separately.
Robert Struber of Providence,
general counsel of the firm, com
pleted negotiations with A. M.
Cameron, Vass Cotton Mill man
ager. Friday at the office of Pol
lock and Fuilenwider in Southern
Pines, following a previous visit
to Vase of President Little and
The Vass plant, originally own
ed by a large number of stock
holders, had within the past sev
eral years been acquired in its en
tirety by the Cmv.v.rm in..u,y,
which includes A. M. Cameron
and his six sisters: Mrs. W. C.
Leslie, Mrs. W. B. Graham. Mrs.
C. J Temple, Mrs. H. A. Borst
and Mrs C. L. Tyson, all of Vass,
and Mrs. W. Duncan Matthews of
Plans for conversion to rayon
yarns were begun immediately,
and by Tuesday a supply of rayon
for experimental runs was on
hand, with W M. Carlyle, division
manager, at the plant directing
the affairs and conferring with
S. J. Courtenay, representative of
the Textile Equipment company
of Greenville, S. C.
Machinery with which the
plant is equipped can be utilized,
Mr. Carlyle disclosed, explaining
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GiiTs Death Starts
A coroner's report made in Jan
uary has started an investigation
of the Mother John Hospital of
the Lord near Aberdeen, uncov
ering gome amazing facts and
making it likely that the Negro
institution will be closed, The Pi
lot learned this week.
Ralph Steed, county coroner
reported that a 11-year-old girl,
Perlene Calhoun of Calhoun
Falls, S. C., died there January
27 "of diabetic coma resulting
from the discontinuance of insu
lin shots." Mr. Steed said he cer
tified the death as from this cause,
following consultation with the
county officer and another Moore
His investigation showed, he
said, that the girl had been dia
betic, and had taken daily insulin
shots since 1948, until she was
brought to the Mother John Hos
pital one week before her death.
However, he said he found that
both the girl and her father had
voluntarily agreed that the shots
should be discontinued. This
means no criminal act was involv
ed, as there is no law to enforce
medication if it is not desired,
even if it is necessary to life
Russell Mills, county sanitarian,
visited the "hospital" the day after
the girl's death, and reported he
found it operating without a li
cense; also, that "no state sanitary
requirements are being met."
Dr. J. W. Willcox, county health
officer, said the matter has been
turned over to welfare authori
ties, which have jurisdiction over
nursing homes and similar places.
It was learned that a state investi
gator is on the way.
"Mother John" has been at
Aberdeen since 1923. Site has a
home in the Broadway section and
the "hospital," or nursing home,
built several years ago some dis
tance out on the Roseland road.
Her real name is reported to be
Mary iS. John Mclver.
She is the leader of a sect call
ed the Solid Rock Holiness
Church, which has congregations
in a number of towns in the cen
tral Carolinas. A chief principle
of the sect is said to be faith Peal
ing, with prayer and no medica
tion relied on as curative agent.