VOL. 33^-NO. 38 SIXTEEN PAGES SOUTHERN P1NE6. NORTH CAROLINA^ FRIDAY. AUGUST 8. 1952 SIXTEEN PAGES PRICE?TEN CENTS
Church Is Planned ;
Plans for an educational build
ing for Brownson Memorial Pres
byterian church, tentative until
a short while ago, became defin
ite last Sunday with the approval
of the executive chairman and
four working committees.
The nomination of F. M. Dwight
as executive building committee
chairman was adopted by the
congregation in meeting after the
morning service, also of the fol
Construction?J. W Causey,
chairman; Hubert Cameron. C. J
Simons. Howard Butler, C. L
White, Donald Case.
Finance?A H. Grant. Harold
Collins, co-chairmen, Henry L
Graves, J. M Pleasants, W. E
Blue, Mlrs. Claude Reams, Mrs.
Promotion?Paul C. Butler,
chairman: Walter F. Harper, Clyde
G. Council. Maxwell R. Forrest
Mrs. Dorothy Avery, Mrs. Dan R
McNeill. Mrs. George Heinitsh.
Women's Interest?Mrs. C. L
White, chairman; Mrs. Walter F
Harper, Mrs. Joe Marley, Mrs. Ha!
Adams, Mrs. Joe Steed.
Tentative plans as presented tc
the congregation early this montl
called for a one-story building
though it is understood thesr
plans have now been changed anc
it is hoped to build a two-storj
edifice, finishing each floor a:
needed. The committees 'are now
at work on specific plans and cos!
estimates and it is anticipated
that construction will begin with
in a short time.
Billy Hamel, defending
champion, and Deryl Holliday
have been seeded No. 1 and
No. 2 respectively in the
boys' division of the ping
pong tournament, which will
be held next week as part of
the summer recreation pro
About 25 boys have entered
the tournament, and about
eight girls, said Director Irie
Leonard. Pairings of unseed
ed players were to be drawn
Thursday. Play will be held
from 10 a. m. to 12 noon at
the Fox Hole every morning
next week, starting Monday,
with finals probably Friday.
This will be the next-lo
last week of the summer pro
gram', which will wind up
with a big picnic Friday. Au
Time marches on?lhe first
call for football practice is be
Coach Irie Leonard an
nounced this week that prac
tice will start Tuesday. Au
gust 26. All high school boys
planning to go out for foot
ball are asked to be at the
High School Memorial field
at 10 a. m. that day ready tfor
work. Practice is expected to
be well under way by the
time school begins Wednes
day, September 3.
1 Post For Lockey
A movement in support of For
rest Lockey of Aberdeen for ap
pointment as Sixth District high
way commissioner gained impetus
Monday when r large delegation
of prominent Sandhills citizens
t appeared before the county com
imissioners in his behalf.
' Three members of the Aberdeen
town board presented a resolution
from their board in support of Mr.
Lockey, who has been mayor of
Aberdeen for the past 11 years.
' To their appeal the commission
ers responded by a unanimous en
i dorsement, passing a resolution of
i their own for good measure. The
, two resolutions, and others which
> may be secured later, will be
I handed to Governor-Nominate W.
? B. Umstead in hopes he will ap
! point the Aberdeen man following
r his election and inauguration.
: It is anticipated the Southern
I Pines town board will pass a simi
lar resolution, with more expected
from other governing bodies of
the county and district.
Aberdeen town commissioners
, presenting their resolution were
A. J. Smith, N. A. Pleasants and
M. B. Pleasants.
Composing the delegation in
support of them were:
Carthage?Sheriff C. J, McDon
Southern Pines?Mayor C. N.
Page, W. Lamont Brown.
Pinehurst?W. A. Loland Mc
Keithen, chairman of the Moore
County Democratic Executive
Aberdeen ? Rep. H. Clifton
Blue, Judge J. Vance Rowe, G. C.
Seymour, A. F. Dees, F. D. Sham
Pinebluff?Mayor F>. H. Mills,
N. L. VanBoskerck.
Mr. Lockey is vice-president
and assistant to the president of
the Aberdeen & Rockfish rail
road, with offices at Aberdeen.
He started with the Aberdeen and
Rockfish about 34 years ago as
Aberdeen town agent, while liv
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Ross Trial On Calendar Next Week; I
Two Murder Cases For Grand Jury *
i 4.1 * 1
Judge Will Pless 11
Will Preside Over
With 56 cases calendared for
superior court next week, 10 more
to go up before the grand jury
and several added since the cal
endar was completed, it looks like r
a full week at Carthage for Judge ,
J Will Pless, Jr.
Several cases of unusual inter
est are due to be tried before the ,
Marion jurist, sitting in Moore J
county for the first time in six j
Attracting much attention will11
be the trial of Dr. W. H. Ross of t
West Southern Pines on a charge .
of performing an abortion, for
which a true bill was found |
against the Negro physician at ,
the May term. Dr. Ross admitted ?
performing the abortion on a .
young whit" woman of Southern!
Pines, married and a mother. It!
is not known as yet what defense ,
will be offered, if any, in behalf of
Dr. Ross. It is considered likely
that he will throw himself on the f
mercy of the court, since in pre
liminary hearing last May he ad- ,
mitted the act, and testimony was
taken also from Mrs. Ada Jean- ,
ette Goodhue as chief witness for
Facts concerning the abortion
were brought to light when Mrs.
Goodhue became ill, and had to
be taken to Moore County hospi
tal, where she told doctors what
had been done.
Most of the rest of the court
calendar is taken up with high
way safety violation cases, with
I some assault and liquor cases, the
majority coming up on appeal
from county recorders court.
On the warrant docket for
grand jury action are two murder
cases, those against Robert Leroy
Alston, charged with shooting
Charles James, and William Mc
Gregor, charged with shooting
James Blue. All are Negroes.
Also waiting grand jury action
are Grady Martin of Joanna, S. C.
and Donald Herbert Hendrix of
Pilot, Va., both charged with
careless and reckless driving and
manslaughter in connection with
fatal highway accidents in June
Three principals in a prolonged
grudge fight which brought mem
bers of two families into court
?three or four times will go up for
indictment for aggravated assault
They are Charlie Ritter, Eulis Rit
I ter and Harvey Kennedy.
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"Shooting Stars'1 Tonight i'
The two-night run of the big lo
cal-talent variety show "Shoot
ing Stars," opening Thursday
night at Weaver auditorium, will
come to a smashing climax to
night (Friday). Curtain time is
8:13 p. m.?that's right, 8:13.
Tonight's big feature will be
the crowning of the King and
Queen with other royalty in the
Baby Contest. This will be held
first, so the young contestants can
be home by bedtime.
The show is being staged for
the benefit of the Church of Wide
Fellowship building fund, with
Miss Nyla Anne Jester of Indian
apolis as director.,It has a dozen
acts plus specialty numbers, rep
resenting a television show with
all the big stars.
Musuic is by Mrs. L. D. McDon
ald at the piano and Jimmy Law
son at the Hammond organ. Stars
scintillating in the various acts
will be as follows: Milton Berle,
played by Lloyd Woolley; Jack
Bailey, by Duke Whiting, heading
up a real "Queen for a Day" show
complete with candidates from the
audience, quiz questions and
prizes; Roy Acuff, by Gurney
Bowles, old-time fiddler from Ni
agra who is probably more fa
mous in these parts than Acuff;
Kate Smith, Miss Merva Benjamin
(with stuffing); Fred Waring, Bus
ter Doyle, and Joanne Wheatley
singer with the Waring band, Miss
Loyton Hall will contribute
Specialty dances will be by Pat '
Starnes, Robert Speller, Janie 1
Bello, Donald Fobes and Craig !
Members of the "Jubilee Cho
rus," a remarkable singing aggre-',
gation. are listed as follows: R.j,
W. Tate, Bill Benson, E. J. Aus-j'
tin, Bruce Warlick, Alex McLeod,!,
W. N. Benjamin, Tom Shoekley,
Jimmy Hobbs and Charles Austin.
Children appearing in a cute
pnatomime, "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs," are Nancy Wiggs,
Cherry Slaughter, Eddie Ormsby
Patty Patch, Becky Traylor,
Rocky Langner, Jerryl Langner
Sandv Woodell, Kenny Holliday
and Danny Flaherty.
Adding charm to the show is a
chorus of schoolgirl lovelies?
Jackie Haines, Judy Parker, Jean
Parker, Delores Maready, Suzann
Burns, Barbara Page, Nancy Jo
Traylor, Craig White, Ginger
Woodell, Mhry Matthews, June
Bristow, Jean Godwin Joan How
arth. Lucy McDaniel, Lillian
1 Clerk, Janice Holliday, Betty
I Weatherspoon, Carol Arey, Becky
Blunt, Joy Crosby, Dovle Ann
Pigg and Ella Phillips.
Revue acts are listed as follows:
1, Television Coast to Coast; II,
Tell-a-Story Time; III, Singing
Commercial; IV, Backstage TV
Queens: V, Haopv Hayride Show;
VI, Kate Smith Hour; VII, Fred
Waring Show; VIII, Singing Com
mercial; IX, Queen for a Day; X,
Milton Berle; XI, Show Business
is Lots of Fun.
, Will Be Major
Tennis Event Here
The Fourth Annual Sandhills
Invitational Tennis tournament
will be held here Wednesday
hrough Sunday, August 20-25, ac
;ording to announcement by An
gelo Montesanti, Jr., president of
Lhe sponsoring Sandhills Tennis
Invitations went out this week
Lo players in the 1951 tournament,
also a number of others who have
indicated interest, in Raleigh,
Sanford, Durham, Wilmington,
Chape' Hill, Rocky Mount and va
rious other North Carolina towns,
also some in South Carolina. Play
ers interested in receiving invita
tions are asked to contact Harry
I^ee Brown, Jr., tournament chair
man, at Box 745, Southern Pines.
South Carolina net stai-s went
off with the top trophies last sum
mer. These were Mrs. Sara Rush
ton Walters and Frank Spears,
both of Greenville. It is antici
pated they will be on hand to de
fend their titles, with several oth
er players from that city.
Events scheduled include sin
gles and doubles in both men's
and women's divisions, also mixed
doubles. There will be no junior
division as the juniors have just
held their own highly successful
tournament on the Southern Pines
The Southland hotel, Colonial
Inn guest home and Southern
Pines Cottages are offering spe
cial hospitality to the visiting
i players, and the three town res
taurants are joining in with dis
counts on their meals, as a cour
tesy to the "tennis crowd," which
is always welcome and a center oi
attention while in the Sandhills
Oldest Warehouse j
hi Morning Blaze
Firemen Aided By
New Truck Save
Fire breaking out about 2:30 a. r
n. Wednesday razed the McCon- r
lell tobacco warehouse at Car- *
hage, causing loss estimated at c
between $40,000 and $50,000.
W. D. Carter, one of the owners,
;aid the loss is only partially cov- t
ired by insurance. Along with i
he 32,000 square feet of floor 1
?pace, a large number of tobacco 1
baskets, a dozen or more hand <
aucks and a set of weighing
scales were lost. I
This was the second large ware
louse fire at Carthage in 33 '
months. Smothers Brothers
Warehouse No. 1 was destroyed in
i spectacular fire the night of j
December 6, 1S49, also the equip
ment of tiie Penn Premier Shows
which was in winter storage there.
In a way, the second fire was
more disastrous to the owners of
the building, as things were being i
readied for the start of the selling i
season, due to open September 2.
However, a sizeable addition was 1
recently built to the McConnell i
warehouse, Carthage's oldest, and ?
Mr. Carter said sales would go
forward there, though the space
would be somewhat constricted.
McConnells is operated by yW.
D. and George D. Carter, Jr.
The new addition was saved, al
so several other nearby buildings,
including the Farmers Exchange
store and the Ginsburg apart
ments, by strenuous*efforts of the
Carthage volunteer firemen, aided
by their large, new, modern fire
truck. Water sprayed in great
white plumes of steam through
the high-pressure hose proved ef
fective in combatting the flames.
A shower which came up was also
helpful i/i getting the blaze under
control by about 6 a. m.
In the 1949 warehouse fire, vol
unteer departments of other
Moore towns were called in. This
tune, no outside help was found
Defective wiring was believed
to have been the cause..
The fire was first seen by a
passing motorist, who sounded his
horn vigorously in the night as ,
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Local Group Will
Play At Raleigh
A good delegation will repre
sent Southern Pines at the sev
enth annual Eastern Carolina ten
nis Association championships at
Raleigh Wednesday through Sun
day?but the brightest star of
them all will be mising.
Audrey West Brown will not
be present to defend her title as
| women's champion. What's more
it is considered unlikely that she
will defend her thrice-won singles
crown at the N. C. Closed cham
pionships at Greensboro in Sep
tember, where she is also a four
time winner in women's doubles.
Audrey West has been working in
Burlington since last fall and says
she has not been able to practice
enough to resume tournament
play this summer
Also missing will be her broth
er Harry Lee Brown, Jr., holder
with his sister of the mixed dou
bles title at both the Eastern Car
olina and N. C. Closed. He is do
ing summer work on his Ph. D
degree at Columbia university.
Southern Pines has other East
ern Carolina champions, however
who will be right there defending
?Page Choate and Frank dr
Costa, 1951 winners of the vete
rans doubles (39 years old and
up), who are expected to retair
Angelo Montesanti and Malcolrr
Clark are also entered for th<
men's events, while Moore Coun
ty Champion Mildred Gruebl anc
Millie Montesanti will play it
Among local entries for junioi
; events are Kenneth Tew, stati
boys' champion, and Steve Choate
? junior boys' champ in Moore
? While no girls' events are sched
1 uled, county winner Lillian Bui
? lock and others may go along a
entries in thode for vvcrr.cn.
Robbing Mills Back On Full Week;
Orders On Hand For Rest ol Year
I May Be Ended,
All Robbins Mills plants are
now at work on a five-day or six
day week, for the first time in
well over a year, and prospects
are good for continued full em
ployment at least until the first
of the year, said William P. Saun
ders, president, this week.
While he would not go so far
as to say the recession i; definite
ly over, he said, "Things look bet
ter for us now than they have in
a good long time." Orders now in
process and on the books are suf
ficient to keep the plants going
full tilt for at least the next five
months or so, if no more should
come in ?and moie are ceriainly
expected in. *
The recession which hit the en
tire U. S. textile world, begin
ning some 18 or 20 months ago,
slowed production down at Rob
bins Mills to the place where
many departments went on three
day and four-day weeks. Though
this was not so bad as in num
erous other textile plants, it caus
ed employee hardships and con
cern among officials. These now
seem to be over for the time be
All types of textiles put out by
Robbins Mills, covering a full
range of modern synthetics, are
in demand, Mr. Saunders said,
with nylons topping the list. Lim
ited only by the available yarn
is the production of such mate
rials as orlon and dacron, which
rose high in popular demand fol
lowing their development by the
DuPonts. Completion of the great
new dacron yarn plant now being
built by DuPont at Kinston is ex
oected to relieve this bottleneck
and open a new era in textile pro
Robhins Adds Plant In Merger
Merger of Hego Fabrics, Inc
nto Robbins Mills, Inc., was an
tounced in New York City Wed
nesday by Karl Robbins, chair
nan of the board, who said that
vhile Hego will become a Robbins
livision it will continue to oper-i
ite as an independent unit.
Herman Goodman, former bead I
>f Hego, has been named a di
rector and vice-president of Rob
ains, a post formerly held by Wil- j
iam P. Saunders, who last Mayj
vas elected president of Robbins.
As a result of the merger, of- j
icers said, the company has a po
tential volume of about $75 mil
lion a year and will rank among
the first five sellers of better
Robbins owns weaving mills in
Aberdeen, Raeford, Red Springs
and Robbins, all in North Caro
lina, and will take over operation
of the Rocky Mount mill formerly
controlled by Hego. Robbins also
owns Clarksville Finishing Co.,
Before he started Hego Fabrics
in 1933, Goodman was vice presi
dent of Colonial Mills, Inc., prede
cessor company of Robbins.
Lauds lit Jail
A bold masked robber who held
up a Deep River storekeeper Sat-,
urday night, making off with an
undetermined amount i# cash and
checks, was not so bold the next
day when he was easily recogniz-|
cd in his home town, and landed
in Carthage jail for lack of bond.;
Homer Phillips, 24, young mar-]
ried ex-serviceman of Siler City |
father of a young child, admitted
the robbery, said Sheriff C. J j
McDonald, but claimed that the!
$90 cash and $67 check officers;
found on him were all he had!
taken. Wiley Gaines, the robbed
man, said he thought the amount
was about $240.
Gaines called Sheriff McDonald
as soon as he could reach a tele
phone after the robbery. Going to
the scene at once, the sheriff
heard the following story:
Mr. and Mrs. Gaines, with Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Gaines, and Mr.
and Mrs. Spinks Phillips, were
sitting around talking in Wiley
Gaines' store near the talc mine
when they saw a car stop across
the road outside, and a man got
out and came bursting into the
store. He wore a blue bandanna
kerchief tied across his face, with
holes cut for eyes.
He pointed a pistol at Gaines
and demanded to know where the
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I Mrs. Menoher Are
The annual Moore County
Championship for men and wom
en is under way at the Pinehurst
Country club, with both defend
ing champions on the ground and
listed as winners of their opening
C. Brook Wallace defeated Ken
iGiesler 4&2 in his first round, and
Mrs. Laura Menoher did the same
for Mrs, Giesler, 5&4. to stay in
the running and most likely head
ed for the top.
In qualifying rounds played in
the period July 15-31, Barrett
Harriss of Southern Pines was
i medalist with a score of 74 in the
I men's division, while Mrs. Meno
her was medalist for the women
with an 82. This is the second
year the tournament has included
a women's division.
First match winners were list
ed this week by Eric Shroeder,
tournament chairman, as follows:
Men's Division?C. Brook Wal
lace df Ken Giesler 4&2; Joe Car
ter df Clifford Smith 4&3, B. C.
Avery df W. L. Wiggs, 1 up on the
19th hole; Carlos Frye df W. W.
Simpson, 1 up on the"20th hole:
Graham Grant df J. F. Carter, 1
' up; Erbie Medlin df Tommy Cur
! rie, 3&2; R. D. McLeod df J. P.
1 Garrison, 7&5; M. C. Hufford df
1 O. T. Parks 5&4; H. W. Chatfield
' df Dan Mangum 5&4; Colin Smith
df W A. Wright 1 up; Carl Kivetl
i df E. J. Austin 34t2; T. E. Shock
i ley df A. L. Sneed 3&2; Louis
- Hunnecutt df Rudy Womack 5Jc4
1 D. L. Madigan df James Collins
i 2 up.
Women's Division?Mrs. Pear
r son Menoher df Mrs. Ken Gieslei
; 5&4 (1st match); Mrs. M. Fores'
. df Mrs. W. Russ 3&2; Mrs. Carlos
' Frye df Mrs. M. Jackson 1 up
- Mrs. F. H. Underwood df Mrs. G
? Redfern 9&8; Mrs. Pearson Meno
s her df Mrs. M. Forest 7&5 (2nc
E. T. McKEITHEN
Of Moore Hospital
The resignation of Edwin T.
McKeithen as administrator of
Moore County hospital was an
nounced this week by Norris L.
Hodgkins, chairman of the board
of directors. The resignation will
take effect October 1.
Mr. Hodgkins said the board
has appointed Thomas R Hower
ton, assistant administrator dur
ing the past year, as successor to
Mr McKeithen's resignation
was accepted with regret and with
the passing of a resolution of trib
ute to his able and devoted serv
ice during the past 21 years.
He assumed the position in
1931, when the hospital had only
33 beds. His period of service cov
ers a time of great growth and
expansion for the hospital, during
which its capacity has been in
creased almost fourfold. It now
has a capacity of 120 beds and is
one of the largest and most pro
gressive such institutions of the
His resignation was occasioned
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I Little Leaguers
In Finals Today
The Aberdeen-Raeford All-Stars
in the District 5 Little League
won their preliminary playoff
Tuesday against the Norwood All
Stars at Raeford, and will meet a
Durham team in finals to be held
it Aberdeen today.
The game will take place on
the Colonial Heights field start
ing at 5 o'clock, following a con
solation game at 3:15. Teams
playing in the consolation will be
the Norwood All-Stars and a sec
ond team from Durham, which
has had three in the League this
If the Tuesday game was any
indication, today's event will see
a record crowd in attendance.
About 1,500 were at the Raeford
playoff, which was accompanied
by considerable civic pomp and
ceremony in honor of the two
Aberdeen-Raeford won by ta
; narrow 7-fl score. Jimmy Davis
was the winning pitcher, while
Wilson Teal scored the winning
run, with a four-bagger in the
I eighth innir.g The crowd went
Sea well Campaign
As Political Spice
"Seawell Adding Spice to Cam
paign," said a headline in the
Charlotte Observer last week,
over an editorial commenting on
the activities of the Carthage at
torney who is the Republican can
didate for governor of North Car
Mr. Seawell is probably the
only candidate for this office in
the state's history whose father
was also once a candidate. The
late Judge Sea.well, also a great
Republican leader in the state,
once campaigned as his son is do
The Observer's highly compli
mentary editorial is reprinted be
low, as of special interest in
Moore county: also Mr. Seawell's
characteristic reply. (For more on
Mr. Seawell's campaign see Page
"Herbert F. Seawell is devoted
to the political concepts of Abra
ham Lincoln. To him, the rail
splitter turned debater is the epi
tome of things to be desired in a
chief executive: intelligence, sym
pathy and patience, all turned
with the spoon of Christianity.
"Seawell, as perhaps many
North Carolinians don't know, is
running for governor on the Re
publican ticket. He knows it'll be
quite a trick to turn back Demo
crat William B. Umstead, but he's
[having a lot of fun in the attempt
The basis of his campaign, aside
from the usual cry of Democratic
domination for 52 years, Is what
he calls the inertia of the state
Democratic party, its desire to
keep the skeleton hidden In se
He is a great story-teller, one
of the best to come down the po
litical pikes in many a day in this
state. Better yet is he a mimic,
and there's no better forte of his
than a take-off on Senators Clyde
Hoey and Willis Smith. But un
derneath is a seriousness, mellow
ed with wit.
"Seawall's campaign won't be
a vicious one. He figures his party
can't progress that way, for, he
says, the people are tired of antics
like that. Besides, he holds Um
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