VOL. 33?NO. 37 SIXTEEN PAGES ~ SOUTHERN PINES. NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY. AUGUST 1. 1952 SIXTEEN PAGES PRICE?TEN CENTS
To Cooperate In
Directors of the Southern Pines
Chamber of Commerce, meeting
Tuesday night, took steps to help 1
local merchants protect their
places of business better, and
passed n resolution which may
mean a Community Chest or Red
Feather organization, for Southern j
President Harold McAllister j
read a letter from the local police j
department informing him of the
resplts of a security check made j
recently in the early morning.
Back entrances of 43 places in the j
main downtown district were
checked, the letter said, and a few
were found in pretty poor shape,
others only fair.
While well over half rated clas
sifications of "good" to 'excel
lent." the police asked aid in get
ting the other owners to improve
their protection. Old-fashioned
locks, broken windows, need for
bars over windows, more secure
window screens were specific sug
gestions that were made for va- ij
rious places of business.
Crime On Upgrade
"We hope that through your or
ganization it can be impressed on
the local merchants and business
people that there are many ways
they can help us help them," the
letter said. "Breaking and enter
ing is on the upgrade over the en
tire nation, and no cerjain place
has immunity. Therefore the offi
cers in this department are con
cerned about the security in the
The list, while not entirely com
plete, covers most of the business
es from the middle of the block;
south of New York avenue to thej
middle of the block north of New
Hampshire, with some on the side;
Ratings are: poor, 7; fair, 8; fair!
to good. 2; good, 10: very good, 5; j
good to excellent. 1; excellent. 10.! j
The directors decided to leave) fl
the list with Mrs. Emily Redding, j 4
secretary. at the Chamber of II
Commerce office, and to request
through The Pilot that interested
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Cabin On Hill May Be "Little White House"
"The Cabin" at Paint Hill Farm, home of M*.
and Mrs. Ernest L. Ives near Southern Pines.
Mrs. Ives' brother, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson
of Illinois, will be President of the United States
if the Democrats win in November. "The Cabin"
has been one of his favorite vacation spots for
years, and may become a "Little White House."
(Photo by Emerson Humphrey)
MRS. ERNEST IVES
Next White House Hostess?
"Buffie" Would Take Flavor
Of Tarheelia To White House
By VALERIE NICHOLSON "*
Southern Pines residents know
that, if "Buffie" Ives goes to the
White House as hostess for her
brother. Adlai E. Stevenson, some
thing new. gay and sparkling will
have been added to the Washing
Also, there will be a genuine
flavor of Tar Heelia?and the
Ernest Ives and his wife, the |
former Elisabeth Stevenson, have |
been residents of this winter re- i
sort from November to May for J
about 20 years. During "the sea ?
son" she is a spark plug of activ
ity and community service in the i
fields which are her major inter
Those who have participated in
these projects with her know her
as an all-out worker?"all-out" is
the only way Buffie ever does
anything. She was a founding
member of the Moore County His
torical association, and is now
serving her second term as its
president. She >s an active work
er in the Southern Pines Garden
club, which is devoted to civic
beautification. The two organiza
tions cooperate in numerous pro
Moore Man Killed
In Robeson County
Turner Clinton Williamson. 30,
of Carthage Rt. 1, was killed Sun
day afternoon in an automobile
accident r.car Fairmont. No de
tails of the areident were learned.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday at the Summer Hill Bap
tist church, with burial in the
Surviving are his mother, Mrs.
F. T. Williamson, and a sister, Miss
Ida Mae Williamson, both of the
home on Carthage Rt. 1; three
brothers, Ellis, of Newport News, ;
Va.: Herbert, of Carthage Rt. 1, j
and Gilbert, of Greensboro.
> ? I
jects, notably the spring garden
tours, and Buffie has been an out- i
standing planner and doer foi
The present hullabaloo over her !
brother, and herself as his sister. 1
may be bringing her a special sat- j
isfaction for a reason the politi-1
cians would never suspect. She is ?
always alive to the best possibil-,
ity for securing "good publicity"
for Southern Pines and Moore
county. She never suspected un- j,
til recently that she herself might ]
be the means of achieving this in
a strictly supercolossal way.
Bulfie does not regard herself
as an adopted, or occasional. Tar
Heel. Her roots arc sunk deep? ;
as deep in North Carolina soil as 1,
in that of Illinois, and her interest
in them has broadened to an eager ?
and active devotion to things his- |
torical in this state. j i
Cannon Cup Winner i
In November 1949 she was ;
awarded the Cannon Cup, given i
by Mrs. Charles A. Cannon of ,
Concord, for "distinguished serv
ice to North Carolina history." 1
The award was made at the an- '
nual meeting of the N. C. Society <
for the Preservation of Antiqui- t
ties held at Raleigh, which she ]
regularly attends and before i
which she has been a speaker.
At the association's meeting of i
November 1950, she was respon- ?
sihle for the main program fea
ture, a pageant staged by South- i
em Pines eighth graders depict- i
ing rural life in the Sandhills 100 ?
years ago. i
The pageant was originally pro- 1
duced at the Shaw Iiouse. the res- i
toration of which by the Moore
County Historical association was :
the chief reason for Buffie's win- <
ning the Cannon award The ac- ;
quisition of the quaint old cottage, i
first houae to be built (1821) on
the present site of Southern Pines,
and its development (so said her 1
citation) as "one of the finest ;)
restorations in the state" were
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Adlai E. Stevenson Is Choice of Democratic Party;
"Reluctance" Laid Aside At Last, He's Out lo Win
Moore Leaders See
Ticket As Strong?
The whole nation participated,
hv TV and radio, in the tense
drama enacted at Chicago last
week, where at the Democratic
National convention Adlai Ewing
Stevenson, Governor of Illinois,
became his party's nominee for
President of the United States. j
Known for the past few months .
as the reluctant candidate who ,
would not consent ever to let his
name be placed in the running, :
-tevenson's acceptance was not
made till the third ballot deter
mined the choice, past midnight j
From then on, one dramatic;
scene after another played itself
out before those watching and lis
toning all over the country?in- ,
eluding friends in the Sandhills,
who have felt for a long time that
Governor Stevenson is sort of an |
In his brief speech on appearing :
at the door of a private residence ,
to be taken to the convention hall. ;
his dignified entry into the am-1
phitheatre; his superb, sincere,
humble and resolute acceptance j
speech made before that huge
crowd, suddenly quiet and atten
tive, Stevenson commanded the
utmost in homage and respect.
Not impressive to look at, neith
er tall nor imposing, occasionally ,
flashing a smile which seemed al
most boyish, he yet attained to a
high stature through his actions ^
and words. ::
?One ot the finest acceptance
speeches in the nation's history. ,
was the verdict everywhere. From :
the moment he held up his hand
and smiled, ready to begin, 'you ,
could have heard a pin drop, re- .
ported Jack S. Younts of Southern ..
Pines "It was the first time the j
place had been utterly quiet andi,
at attention since the opening ses ?
sion." . . . r
Local people also were interest- |(
sd in seeing Governor Steven- (
son's sister, Mrs. Ernest L. Ives.,
who lives here, in the procession
oeing taken to the convention hall,
and seated later with Mrs. Tru
man, Mrs. Alben Barkley, Mrs_
Perle Mesta and other women ol
top prominence, to hear the ac
In the spate of publicity which ,'
has followed on the nomination, <
Buffie" Ives is being swept along i
with her brother If he goes to
the White House, which seems a ]
highly probable event, she will i
most likely serve as his hostess. (
The limelight is beating on both <
af them, and they are showing up .
Once he put his reluctance
aside, Stevenson became an all- (
aut candidate, entering the lists to ,
win Opposed by a figure of
mighty glamor, General Eisen
hower, he and the party know J
they have n fight ahead
That valuable assistance will be -
rendered by the running mate <
chosen Saturday, Senator John -
Sparkman of Alabama, was the 1
consensus expressed here.
While the split in the Democrat- t
ic partv is far from healed, it is i
believed that Stevenson and ;
Sparkman came the nearest to be- <
ing a team behind which most of i
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BOTH MAY COME
It is possible that both can
didates for president may visit
Moore county during the com
If a promise made some
months ago by President Tru
man and National Democratic
Chairman Frank McKinney is
adhered to. the Democratic
candidate will start his cam
paign in North Carolina. A
large gathering at Haw River,
home of Governor Scott, has
been planned, but the sugges
tion is being made about the
state thai Moore county might
be more fitting, almost quali
fying as "home ler-!tory" for
C. S. Patch. Jr.. chairman of
the Moore County Eisenhow
er for President club, said this
week he has a letter from
General Eisenhower thanking
him for a congratulatory wire
on his nomination by the Re
publicans, and adding, "I ex
pect to campaign in North
Carolina, and hope to visit
Moore county while I am
1 -overage BvWEEB
Radio Station WEEB was the
inly local station in North Caro
lina. and one of the few in the'
nation, which gave direct coverage!
'or the folk- back home from the
floor of the Democratic National
Programs were transmitted to
Southern Pines over a leased wire,
md eight times WEEB fed the
Mutual network, said Jack S.1
founts, general manager. Mr.
founts flew to Chicago July 19
0 supplement the work of Arch'
1'oleman, WEEB commentator. -
a ho covered both conventions via
lirmailed tape recordings.
At the convention, Mr. Younts
vas constantly on the floor with!
1 portable tape recorder, snatch-1
ng every opportunity for inter-;
.dews of special interest, which
ould then be fired back to WEEB|
ir over the Mutual system in a J
natter of minutes.
He scored a scoop in getting'
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Ives onj
he air, as the certainty mount-;
?d that Adlai Stevenson, brother
if Mrs. Ives, would be nominated.
Thev gave no other interviews, i!
?adio or otherwise.
A chief objective was complete;
coverage of activities of the;
Vorth Carolina delegation.
Among others interviewed were
Mrs. Ruth W. Swisher of South
ern Pines, an alternate delegate:
Senator Richard B. Russell, candi
late for president; Senator Willis;
?mith, Rep. C B. Deane, Gov W.l
Cerr Scott, v ernor-Nominate
f,'. B. Umsteaci, Mrs. O. Max
Gardner, Lieut Gov. W. P. Tay
or. Lieutenant Governor-Nomin
ite Luther Hodges. Former Gov
ernor Cameron Morrison, chair
nan of the delegation; and a
lumber of others.
Junior Net Stars
Meeting On Local
Courts This Week
Finals Set Sunday
Finals in the Fourth Annua) j
Junior Sandhills Invitational ten
nis tournament are scheduled to I
be held Sunday afternoon and
night on the local courts, despite
postponement of the initial match- i
es from Wednesday to Thursday ?
on account of rain.
Thursday dawned clear and i
bright. Work began on the courts j
at 6 a.m. to return them to good
shape, and tournament play was
due to start at 10.
Chief interest so far centers on j
the boys' singles in which the No. j
1 and No. 2 seeded players, Tew
and Lee, are state champion and
runner-up, respectively. Seeded \
Junior boys?No 1. Tommy
Holder, Charlotte: No. 2, Richard
Makepeace, Sanford; No. 3, Bon
nie Shain, Wilmington.
Junior girls?No. 1. Joanne Cau
sey. Davidson: No. 2, Pat Davis,
Boys?No. 1, Kenneth Tew,
Southern Pines; No. 2, Finley Lee,
Charlotte; No. 3, Jack Lowe,
Girls?Lillian Bullock, Southern
Pines, only seeded player.
Seedings for doubles were to be
About 30 young people are en- j
tered in the tournament, about
half from Southern Pines, with
the rest from various places about I
A number of out-of-town play-,
ers arrived Wednesday and are ]
being furnished accommodations
at the Southern Pines Cottages
and in the homes of members of
the Junior Sandhills Tennis asso
ciation, sponsors of the tourna
ment. The JSTA planned a swim
ming party and picnic for the
guests for Thursday evening.
In Six Months
Building permits totaled $136,
370 in Southern Pines for the first
six months of 1952, it was learn
ed from Everett V. Walker, cityi
This represents a considerable
falling-off from the half-million
dollar marks set in practically
every six-month period for the
past three or four years.
However, it shows a continued
healthy construction rate in the
residential and small-business |
fields. The decrease is due to the,
fact that no permit was issued for
any major piece of construction,
such as those which have pushed
up other recent totals?the Church
of Wid" Fellowship annex, Knoll
wood Apartments, the auditorium,
gymnasium and elementary:
school and the remodeling of thei
Seaboard passenger station.
Biggest permits issued in the]
period January I - July 1 of this
year were for two residences of i
$13,000 and $12,000 respectively
also a $12,000 duplex.
A total of 48 permits was issued
according to Mr Walker's list. Of
these. 17 were for new residences,
most of which are now completed
or are under construction
West Southern Pines accounted
for a total of 22 permits, adding
up to $23,325
Seven permits were issued for
business construction, and five of
these were for alterations and ad
ditions to existing buildings. New
business construction included the
John Underwood office building
on East Pennsylvania avenue and
W E. Bushby's warehouse on
South Bennett street. Business al
terations and additions were: A
P Supermarket, additions; Dom
mic DiFatta, store addition (North
Mav street l. Hollywood hotel, ele
vator; Norman C ha vis. We.i
Southern Pines, store addition, j
Jesse Graham. West Southern ;
Pines, store alterations.
Permits for new residences
from $3,500 to $13,000 were secur
ed by Joseph Matthews, South
Ridge street; Alfred Chiswell
Weymouth road; Earl Hubbard
Delaware avenue Ralph Chand
ler, Jr. Highland road; J. W. Cau
sey and L. V O'Callaghan. Ridge
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"Flying Saucer" Seen
In Prolonged Display
Over Southern Pines
Wins Third Place
In Beauty Pageant |
Dorothy Swisher of Southern
Pines, "Miss Aberdeen" in the
Jaycee beauty contest held last!
weekend at Winston-Salem, was
third place winner among the 38
The 19-year-old brownette won!
first place in the bathing suit con-j
test held Saturday afternoon J
rating a position among 15 semi-!
finalists chosen on a point system.'
Following further eliminations.;
she remained in the contest as
one of the five finalists and prize
Crowned "Miss North Carolina"
and slated to enter the "Miss1
America" contest at Atlantic Citv
was Barbara Anne Harris, 22,'
Clarie Craven Cox,,of Burling-'
ton, was No. 2; Mary Susan Up-|
church, Raeford, No. 4, and Mary!
Ann Taylor, Charlotte, No. 5. |
A special guest and member of;
the judges' panel was Colleen Kayj
Hutchins of Texas, Miss America j
Besides her top rating in the
bathing suit division, Dorothy
won special mention for her tal
ent display, described by W. C.
Burton, Greensboro Daily News
reporter, as "a wonderfully weav
ing authentic hula." This was the
same dance, in the same sparkling!
costume of amethyst cellophane
streamers, Dorothy wore in the
summer of 1951 when she won na-|
tional beauty honors'for the Vet
erans of Foreign Wars.
Will Be Produced |
Here Next Week
. ; ? ?
"Shooting Stars." a local-talent
show, is in process o( whirlwind |
preparation, for presentation at I
Weaver auditorium next Thursday |
and Friday nights for the benefit
of the Church of Wide Fellowship
Miss Nyla Anne Jester, a prdfes
sional director, is here whipping.
up a cast of more than 50 ama-!
teurs of all ages for comedy acts, j
singing, dancing and no telling \
' "Shooting Stars" has everything
including a real "Queen for a
Day" quiz show with prizes ga
lore. and a baby contest being op
erated in conjunction with the
Described as "behind the scenes
in a television studio," the show
presents such famed persons as
Kate Smith, Fred Waring. Milton
Berle and others known to mil
lions. It will also have a chorus
of high school beauties, and a pan-!
tomime, "Snow White and the)
Seven Dwarfs." with a bunch of 1
Casting is proceeding at a great
rates, and at midweek the follow
ing had been selected: Merva Ben
jamin as Kate Smith: Bus Doyle
as Fred Waring; Caroline Hoskins
as Joanne Wheatley, vocalist with
the Fred Waring band; and Al
gene Hoskins as Fran Allison of .
Kukla, Fran and Ollie.
There will be a male chorus
billed as the "Jubilee Singers," '
and Pat Starnes, local dancer, will '
give a specialty number. '
For the "Queen for a Day" show <
three contestants will be chosen
on each of the two nights, and the <
winner will be selected by the 1
audience just as on the popular 1
radio program She will be show- <
ered with prizes donated by local 1
The show is being sponsored by
the Fellowship Forum of the i
Church of Wide Fellowship, and I
committees are being made up of '
the members and iheir wive*
Advertising?W. E. Blarkweld- i
er, chairman; C. H. Worsham, Will <
Wiggs, Earl Parker. ]
Casting?Miss Algene Hoskins, I
chairman; Tom Shockley, Pat ;
Starnes, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hub- i
bard. Stanley Austin, Bob Strouse. i
Ticket Sales ? Miss Blanche ]
Sherman, chairman; Mrs. Will -
Wiggs, Mr .and Mrs. O D. Griffin,
Mrs. Harry W. Chatfield, Mr. and 1
Mrs. C. H. Worsham. -
? There are at least three people
here who are convinced that "fly
ing saucers" are real, not imagin
ary. They saw one in the wee
small hours of Thursday morning,
performing countless antics right
over Southern Pines.
"The thing stayed in the air for
two or three hours at least," said
young Mrs. Dick Kobleur, of 445
North Bennett street. "I watched
it a long time, before 1 finally
dozed off. It was real, all right!"
She happened to wake in the
middle of the night, glanced out of
the window and glimpsed a
strange movement in the eastern
sky. There was a big, bright,
brassy-yellow light moving across
the darkness. It was elliptical in
shape, clear of outline and stead
Mrs. Kobleur, the former Cissy
Patch, woke her husband and her
mother, Mrs. C. S. Patch, and all
three stared in gape-mouthed
amazement. Each is able to cor
roborate the happening in every
Now, these aren't fanciful or
publicity-seeking people. They are
among the town's first citizens,
and if they are given to having
visions, it's something brand-new
for each of them. Sgt. Kobleur
is an airman on duty at USAFA
GOS, at Highland Pines Inn. His
wife is a sensible girl. Mrs. Patch
is one of Southern Pines' most re
They saw the thing jerk from
side to side of the sky, go spiral
ing downward and spinning up
wards as if a strange dance: some
times it stood still for quite a long
time, then started moving slowly,
ducked and spun.
Several times it went extremely
high .n th<. sky, diminishing to
pinpoint size, though never
twinkling like a star. The light
stayed steady and bright How
ever, as it grew smaller it became
rounder in shape, more'reddish in
hue, and put out a glow around
the edges. Once or twice it seem
ed on the point of disappearing?
then back down it came, resuming
its brassy-yellow color and ellip
They agreed that its movements
were not like those of any aircraft
any of them had ever seen?in
fact, that no plane now known to
be in use could perform such
stunts. "A bright specter," Mrs.
Kobleur called it
Her mother and husband finally
went back to bed and to sleep.
Mrs. Kobleur, watching as long as
she could keep her eyes open,
tried to estimate the object's near
ness to the town by its relation
ship to nearby trees. Sometimes
it would be far to one side of the
trees, then right on top. She fig
ured it was close.
They planned to sit up Thursday
night and watch out for a possible
The phenomenon fits in with
stories which have come out of
eastern airports and radar instal
lations. especially in the vicinity
of Washington. D. C, in the past
few days. Radar "blips" were
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Rigsbee Death Is
10th Fatality On
Latest in a rash of accidents
which has killed seven men in six
weeks on Moore highways had as
victim Warren Rigsbec, 55, Negro,
if West End Rt. 1
The accident, on the Beulah Hill
Church road near Pinchurst early
Friday evening, was a one-car
wreck, like four of the others, oc
curring when the car left the
highway and overturned several
Total distance covered in four
ir five long somersaults was about
300 feet, said Patrolman C. G.
Wimberly, who investigated.
Rigsbec sustained a fractured
skull and died soon after the acci
fent. David Robinson. 18, of West
End. driver of the car, was taken
to Moore County hospital with in
juries said to bo serious, though
not believed critical. A third man
in the car, Roy Epps, 28. of West
End. was also hurt. All in the car
Robinson was indicted for care
less and reckless driving, facing
trial wnen tie leaves the hospital.