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Southern Ptnr 'orth Car .ina
' 1941?JAMES BOYD. PublUhar?1944
CATHARINE BOYD Editor
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templated. We will try to keep this a good paper.
We will try to make a little money for all con
cerned. Where there seems to be an occasion to
use our influence for the public good we will try
to do it. And we will treat everybody alike."
?James Boyd. May 23, 1941.
TV Brings Political Drama Home
The magic of television brought the hu
man side of politics into American homes
for the first time during the Republican
National convention, and will do the same
next week for the Democrats.
Millions of viewers hung over their sets
to watch the "Big Show" and many of
them, we have no doubt, saw more than
numbers who were actually present. The
roving eye of TV could pick out significant
scenes, provide close-ups at revealing mo
ments and focus at will on big-shot and
For those without access to TV, radio ?
performed also a yeoman service, and pro
vided almost as much illumination and
The net effect, wc feel, was a wonderful
ly good one, and the continuation of such
intimate views of political affairs will be
immensely beneficial for voter and candi
The interest in politics thus generated
should lead to greater understanding,
greater participation and more widespread
democracy through increased use of the
It should also show plainly, as was re
vealed to a considerable extent last week,
that "politics begins at home"?that it is on
the precinct and district level that a party
and its policies have their source and be
Never before was it so clearly spotlight
ed before so many how precinct meetings
can affect the end result, and never before
was the voice of the delegate?Mr. Jones,
Mrs. Smith and Mr. Romani?heard so
plain in the land.
Court Needs Must Be Met
The study now under way as to whether
Southern Pines could, or should, set up its
own recorders court poses a question of im
mediate importance to the county as a
Should the county commissioners set up
the Moore court on a basis adequate to take
care of the load, or must individual com
munities?this one, at any rate, as the larg
est in the county?be forced into setting up
The time is long past due for expanding
the Moore court's term to more than one
day a week. The court has not been ex
panded since its establishment in 1928,
while the load has more than doubled, or
perhaps tripled, in 22 years.
Everyone is familiar with instances in
which defendant, witnesses and officers
have had to return to Carthage Monday af
ter Monday, with the court still not able to
reach their case. There they sit all day, at
their cost and inconvenience, only to en
dure further continuation. This amounts
to injustice, if not downright persecution,
of the innocent along with the guilty. It
wastes the time of our officers when they
should be on duty, or, in the case of night
officers, getting needed rest. And the ease
of continuing cases opens the way to fur
It is to the credit of our judge and solici
tor that, in the face of such circumstances,
they have been able to maintain the repu
tation of the Moore court as a good one.
This is a reputation to be jealously guard
ed, which can hardly be done if the admin
istration of justice becomes hopelessly re
One evidence of the current injustice is
in the large number of cases of traffic vio
lators from other states and counties, most
of them arrested on US Highway 1 while
passing through Moore. They post a cash
bond of $50 to $75, then forfeit the bond
rather than come back for the one-day
court, with no guarantee their case will be
heard event then. This is piling on costs
and penalty with a vengeance, and it is this
evil, as much as any other, the holding of a
local court would be designed to correct.
If the court is expanded to two or more
days a week, court officials must be paid
more in proportion, but they are earning it
anyway, with long hours and extra work
and in any case a good court pays for it
self. Moore recorders court is not only
paying for itself but all expenses of the
superior court also, with a goodly amount
left over for the general county fund
Which brings up another question: Should
the court do more than actually pay for it
self, and if there is much of a surplus
should not the commissioners ask them
selves if they are giving value received?
While the matter is being studied, we be
lieve consideration should be given to rais
ing the level of the Moore court from tha'
of a recorders to a county court. This ha:
been done in many counties of the State
The county court has a broader jurisdi
tion, covering civil cases as well as criminal
up to a point, lightening the superior court
load and speeding up the notoriously slug
gish processes of law in this regard.
Times move on, and there is no way in
which it is more important to keep abreast
of them than in the conduct of the courts?
no way in which greater evils can arise
than in their neglect. The court personnel
may be the ablest and most efficient
known, yet if work is such that it cannot
be handled in one day, then more than one
day should be provided in which to handle
Our Jail?Good News. And Bad
It is good news, and also bad, that the
Southern Pines jail is no longer to be used.
All persons arrested here are being taken
to the county jail at Carthage, whether for
a few hours or a period of days, in the
interests of safety.
The local "pokey"?and it rates no bet
ter name?has been condemned by the
Maj or, the Chief of Police and public opin
ion, with the last-named leading the way,
as is proper.
It is good news, for we have all along
known that our poor little old jail was a
shame and a disgrace to the community. It
is bad news, because it means we have got
to do something about it, and that right
soon. 1 hough our percentage of lawbreak
ers be small, a town can't go very long with
out a suitable jail.
Entirely aside from its inadequacies and
discomforts as a building, our jail was left
far behind by modern thinking and prac
tice. No one holds any brief today for the
isolated lockup far from police headquar
ters and fulltime supervision. Suffocating
fires, suicide attempts, sudden illness, van
dalism, sometimes resulting in lonely,
cruel death, have made headlines in North
Carolina several times in recent years.
They have pointed up the need for com
bining the jail with police headquarters,
with an attendant on constant duty.
The State Department of Public Welfare
has a bill all ready for introduction at the
next General Assembly to make this a
law. Though twice defeated by adherents
of a false economy, it is very apt to go
through in 1953. Whether it goes on the
statute books or not, the laws of humanity
and common sense dictate it.
GOP "Re-Born" For Fourth Time
Whether or not the Republican "Old
Guard" has been sat so far back on its heels
it will never come back is a matter for in
terested speculation by Republicans and
Certainly it appeared so, as the whole
nation sat in, via radio and TV, on the
spectacle of Taft, Mac Arthur, et als being
washed down the drain by the upsurgent
and exuberant Eisenhower faction. Speech
es on party principle and regularity by the
conservatives were nullified as soon as
spoken by opposition speeches, or rather
shouts, that "We want to win in Novem
What happened at Chicago, climaxed by
the landslide for Eisenhower and Nixon,
has been hailed as a "re-birth of the Re
publican party" and indeed this may be so.
It true, it is an event long overdue.
What should not be forgotten is that the
party has been "re-born" no less than three
times before, in 1940, 1944 and 1948. The
conservatives in those convention years got
smacked down just as hard by the same
sorts of resounding shouts, and two out of
three times it was "the Taft machine"
which was taken apart, just as this time.
If the shouts resounded lots louder in
1952, that may have been because this was
the most extensively aired and viewed con
vention in history so far?in fact, the first
one on television; and there were some im
mediate issues of intensely dramatic ap
peal, those of the contested delegates, tc
point up the progressive victory and keef
the whole nation in suspense.
It made a wonderful show.
However, despite a few new puppet
faces out in front, there were revealing
glimpses of the same old wire-pullers be
hind the scenes, and the plot itself wasn'
Scolt For Senator?
Despite his expressed intention to rc
turn to Haw River and give his time to hi
farm when his term expires, Governo
Scott has been considered a hot prosper
as an opponent for Willis Smith when th
Senator comes up for reelection. In Golds
boro recently the Governor indicated it'
quite possible he may make the race.
Senator Smith scarcely has been a raf
ing success as a representative of the pec
pie of North Carolina in the Senate, an
he had the experience of hearing himse
booed when he appeared before the Stat
i Democratic Convention last month, an ui
usual experience for a Senator. Scott woul
be a strong candidate in his own right, bi
in addition he'd be able to capitalize c
Smith's unpopularity with many thousanc
of North Carolinians, an unpopularit
which grew out of the bitter Senatori;
: campaign of 1950 and which Smith's pe
formance as a Senator has not material!
j Those w ho would regret to see Scott b
come a member of the Senate ought to 1
looking out for a candidate, and if th?
can find a strong one they ought to 1
t thinking about persuading Mr. Smith,
5 he needs persuading, to retire of his ov
volition when his term as a Senator e
c- Pires. ?DURHAM HERAL
No. 13 ? Do You Know Your Old Southern Pines?
Picket fence ? cupola ? wide inviting front
porch?here is a typical Southern Pines home of
a half century ago. another in The Pilot's series
of old cuts for which it is asking identifications.
Who recognizes this pleasant home? Who built
t, who lived there and is it still standing today?
We hope one of our faithful "Old Timers" can
Grains of Sand
So many people were kind
enough to tell us they enjoyed our
story on the N. C. Writers Confer
ence at Edenton last week, and we
have so many nice memories left
over just crying to be used, we
thought we'd make them up into
a column this week.
So, if you aren't interested in
writers- North Carolina writers?
nass on, gentle reader. But if you
are, gather round!
Most writers we know sort ?f
fumble and grope their way along,
feeling out this, that and the other
thing before they know just
where they're going?but not
James Street, one of the most
positive personalities we've ever
known. He's a package of dyna
mite, who has exploded?and
keeps exploding?into authorship.
Plot holds no difficulties for
Jimmy, who admitted, "I'm a plot
tin' fool. Before 1 start a story I
know just exactly how it will end.
What's more, I know what para
graph three on. page 17 is going
to say. It's complete, line for line,
in my mind.
"I've got enough plots to last 10
ordinary lifetimes. Want one?
"The main trouble I have is
with romance. Oh, I'm romantic
enough, but it's hard to write
that's all. My principal charac
ters cause me trouble, too?nevei
the minor ones. And somehow lh<
minor ones always come out the
"Do I have fun writing'' Heck
no, it's no fun. It's work!"
Frances Grey Patton, smooth
haired like a madonna, demurrei
gently?but conceded, "It isn'
ever so much fun once you star
making money at it. Tha
shouldn't intrude?but it does."
On agents?the writers presen
agreed that to sell, you must hav
one. also that "the good one
don't advertise." A novice want
ed to know, "But how do you fin
one?" "Well?when you start sell
ing, they seek you out." An ol
impasse?no one's ever found th
T Vi, ?,, J Citir-V fripmpr fiction od
; tor for American Legion magi
zine, gave an editor's-eye-view <
agents' services: "We would coui
the agents, not wait for them t
court us?take them to lunch ar
all that, and let them know ot
' needs. We knew they'd see v>
' got what we wanted.
"Many unsolicited manuserip
came in, of course, as they do
all magazines?and all were rea
; you can be sure of that. Mayl
some weren't read all the w;
t through?often the first page
two will tell you all you want
"In a year, out of about 6,0
unsolicited scripts, we were at
to cull two we could use."
David, a strikingly handsor
s young man, dark of mien and fi
r of brow, and his pretty you:
. wife have chosen an appeali:
way of life. A few years ago th
e cut all ties with the world
?- streets and cities, and moved
'a Kitty Hawk, on the North Cai
lina coast. There, says Dav
r. "during the summers we run
). handicraft shop, sell our own ha
(j dicrafts, sell real estate and
II anything else we can to make
"The other six months of 1
t- year, I write."
id And, he revealed, he writes ji
it what he v?ants, without regard
,p whether it will sell or not. I
|s first two books, one of them
small tome on Dare county,
s published at his own expense. 1
third came out just last montt
"Graveyards of the Atlantic,"
1>' publication of the University
North Carolina Press,
e- David is being hailed as
)g strong new voice in North Ca
lina literature," and we belii
' it; also that his voice will be hei
again and again, saying things
,-n The Sticks came to the Confi
X- ence in a high-riding red je
D which caused the Burke Davi
to become childless parents, as I fc
their young son and daughter im- n
mediately abandoned them to ride e
with the Sticks. n
Bernice Kelly Harris of Sea- v
board, author of "Purslane" and v
"Portulaca," suffers from that uni
versal complaint of writing folk? f
she has a hard time finding time
to write. "There always seem to j j,
be so many community service 11
I calls," said this gentle grey haired \ 'r
little lady, with serene girlishly
face, "and of course I was a part
of the community before I ever
became a 'bookwriter.' I'm learn- v
ing to say 'no' but sometimes I
just can't. You see?it's my '
friends who ask." She revealed c
that, before she ever sold a book, ?
she always wrote the obituaries 1
for the paper, and she still does? '
"they expect that. When I go '
l back home now, I have to write 1
? up a garden party. 1 went to it,
so of course I must write it up. ]
Maybe I should just tell them j
I can't?but you know, I like to!"
j "It's other writers who inter
; rupt me more than anybody else,"
1 ? put in Jimmy Street, with a kind
ly glare about the room "I can !
| handle the others, but it's my 'lit
' erary' friends who always walk in
' with such wonderful ideas about
^ things for me to do?if 1 did 'em
all I'd never get time to write a
? word. You'd think they'd under
? stand but no?they're always
j And it was Jimmy who spoke
j |up again, with a pungent commen
; jtary following a discussion on the
: I problems of the Southern writer,
;' who finds himself classified as j
("regional" no matter what he |
(writes. "How can the writer from!
: the South be accepted as just any
1 writer, from anywhere?his work ;
0 judged without reference to his
place of origin? the writers want
^ ed to know. "The editor says, 'Oh,
1 yes, the Southern school,' and
j right away you're tagged." After
some disgruntled talk in this vein,
c Jimmy cocked his head on one
side and remarked, "And if you
throw that away?maybe you're
~ pitching out one of your best as
?0 His new book, "The Velvet
lCj Doublet," will be published by
lr Doubleday next spring.
"I'm not bothered about being
ts 'regional,'" revealed Elizabeth
[0 Boatwright Coker of Blowing
d Rock, who is completing her third
novel. "I'm afraid my books aren't
4y what you would call 'significant'!
0"r They're written for entertain
(0 ment?and I believe," she said
firmly, "there's a place for that
00 sort of book, too." There was a
,je rousing chorus of agreement.
Iie Beauty honors were probably
ne divided between the aubum-hair
ed Mrs. Coker and Mebane Holo
tlg man Burgwyn of Jackson, author
ey of juveniles?her new book "Pen
0[ ny Rose." for teen agers, will bf
tc published in October. Mrs. Bur
?o- 8wyn. looking like a teen-agei
lfl, herself with her schoolgirl ova
a of a face, and sweet candid smile
n_ deplored the lack of training ir
d0 the schools in fundamentals of th<
a English language. Writers of chil
dren's books, she revealed, fee
the responsibility of giving thi
youngsters something valuable 11
lis Charming, hospitable and ear
a nest Inglis Fletcher, author o
he novels of North Carolina's begin
lib nings has in her Albemarle serie
1 ineffably enriched both the liters
a ture and history of the State, wa
0f the consensus. It bothered he
that she couldn't plot like Jimm:
?'a Street, but, said he in tribute, "
ro_ couldn't begin to do what yo
,ve have done. You have given us
3rd regional history such as has neve
0f been done before."
Nor could we think of anythin
?r- comparable to Inglis' gret
ep, achievement, unless it is the noi
ses els of Mary Johnston laid in Vii
inia's colonial days.
After the storm which blew up
le last night of the Conference. ]
rcaking the heat-wave which had
auscd us all to suffer, it was
jund that the power was off?
ot only in Edenton, but for sev- ]
ral counties around. Or so the
lanager of the Joseph Hewes
otel told us, as he provided each (
/ith a candle fastened by its own !
rax to a cardboard holder. '
This was after we had returned !
rom Bandon Plantation, after a j
wonderful swim, upper on the
awn and talk session?by cardie
ight. Edenton's streets were
mdnight-black. The hotel was a
ave of shadows.
And of course?the elevator
My last memory of that story
>ook night is of two dignified la
lies. Margarette Wood Smethurst
md Charlotte Hilton Green, tak
ng their flickering candles in
land and starting the long climb
;o their fourth-floor room. "Good
light?and pleasant dreams!"
The undersigned, having quali
fied as Executor of the Estate of
Mabel A Goldsmith, deceased,
late of Moore County, North Caro
lina, this is to notify all persons
having claims against said estate
to present them to the undersign
ed on or before the 20th day of
June, 1953, or this notice will be
pleaded in bar of their recovery, i
All persons indebted to said estate
will please make immediate pay
ment to the undersigned.
This the 11th day of June, 1952.
JOHN MOORE GOLDSMITH,
Executor of the Estate of
Mabel A. Goldsmith.
Pollock & Fullenwider,
Old Picture No. 12
Thrrr ladies identified last
week's picture, "The House of a
Hundred Pines"?and aH three
said something different.
Mrs. Claud* H y*s thinks it
was the old home of Mr. and Mrs.
George Monroe, parents of the late
Mrs. C. H. Collester, on the
southeast corner of May and
Massachusetts. It stands there to
day, she said, considerably remod
Mrs. W. F. Morris is quite sure
the house is the old Southworth
home, later torn down to provide
a site for the present one on Or
chard road, bey ond Ridge street.
It was known as "The House of a
Hundred Pines," but?
So was Captain Berry's home,
remembers Miss Ella Huntington,
and it looked like the one in the
picture, too, little balcony and all.
The house stood on the Boyd
place near where the entrance is
I now, and was torn down after
I Captain Berry's death. The ladies
on the front steps she thinks are
Mrs. Berry and a relative who
ilitrofj with them.
Paging Charlie Maeauley ? or
nyone else who can help us out I
VI rs. Kurtz Dies
16 Days After
Passing Of Son
Requiem mass for Mrs. Adam
2. Kurtz of Pinebluff, 75, was
?ung Tuesday morning at St. An
tony's Catholic church, conduct
id by Father Donald Fearort Bur
ial followed in the family plot in
Pinebluff cemetery, where Mrs.
Kurtz's only son, Jack, had been
buried just 16 days earlier.
The mother died Sunday at her
home, after a lingering illness,
without knowing that her son had
preceded her in death.
Pallbearers for her funeral were
Frank Kaylor, of Southern Pines;
Glen Rounds, N. L. VanBoskerck,
Bud Henderson, Cadwallader
Benedict and Lewis Marts of
On Friday, June 27, Jack Kurtz,
51, suffered a fatal heart attack
just after visiting a neighbor's
home to telephone for a doctor
for his critically ill mother. On
account of Mrs. Kurtz's condition,
the knowledge was withheld from
She was the former Miss Helen
Flaughter, daughter of Shannon
and Julia Flaugher of Port Clin
ton, Ohio, where she was born
November 1, 1876. With her hus
band, a merchant of Port Clinton,
she came to the Sandhills for the
winters several times during the
past 40 years, first living at
Southern Pines, where they own
ed a home, then Pinebluff. About
a year ago, on Mr. Kurtz' retire
ment, they became year-round
residents of Pinebluff, where they
purchased the Manly Wade Well
Surviving are her husband and
two daughters, Mrs. William Laus
ten of Pinebluff and Mrs. Russell
Fishack of Toledo, Ohio.
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