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27 Convicted As Special Court Sits;
Other 17 Bootleg Trials September 23
Rowe Metes Out
Stiff Sentences;
Suspends Many
Twenty-eight of 44 defendants
chcrged with violation of the pro
hibition laws were tried in a spe
cial session of Moore County re
corders court Tuesday.
Judge J. Vance Rowe gave most
of the offenders suspended sen
tences and directed payments of
fines that ranged from $25 to S'OO
One man was found not guilty.
Remaining cases will be tried
at another special term of record-;
ers court on Tuesday, September]
22. Solicitor yr. T,e!and MoKeftheftl
announced at the end of the long}
session this week.
All 44 defendants, facing from
one tc four charges of illegal pos
session and sale of beer, wine or
whiskey, were arrested in a
round-up of alleged bootlegger;,'
recently, afler five months of in-1
vestigation by ABC officers and'
their "undercover agents."
Three other persons arrested in
the round-up will be tried in Fed
eral court.
One of the stiffest sentences
meted out Tuesday by Judge
Rowe was that of William Hughie
Sheffield, 70-year-old white man
of Steeds, who was sentenced to
eight months on the roads, to be
assigned to work suitable to his
age and physical condition, with
sentence suspended if he pays a
fine of $300 and the costs and
does not violate the law for two
Unable to pay the fine, Shef
field remained in jail Tuesday
but an effort was begun to pay
the fine and costs which amount
ed to $404.80. The defendant walk
ed shakily with a cane and was
obviously in poor physical condi
(Continued en Page 5)
Schools Open With
Good Attendance
School enrollment on opening
day Wednesday in the two South
ern Pines schools was only nine
below last year's record figure of
820, superintendent A. C. Daw
son e nnounced yesterday.
The white school had a first-day
enrollment of 517, as compared
with 530 in 1951. Four hundred
and six of these were in the ele
mentary school, and 111 in the
high school Last year's break
down was 407 and 123.
West Southern Pine.- showed
294 pupils. 229 of those in the ele
mcntary school and 65 in the high
school Tt. is expected th; ! this fig
ure will so up considerable wfi*r.
needs on the farms permit.
The schools operated on a half
day schedule Wednesday and yes
terday. and will go cn a full
time basis today when the cafe
teria will be open for the first
The incomplete figures on the
county schools, es reported by II
Lee Thomas, superintendent of
schools, are as follows:
Cameron, 87 high school and
364 grammar school, total 451:
Vass-Lakeview, 120 high school
and 480 grammar school, total
600; Rabbin.'. 187 high school and
722 grammar school, total 909;
High falls, 34 high school and 222
grammar school, total 286; Aber
deen, 154 high school, 500 gram
mar school, 654 total; Westmoore,
94 high school, 330 grammar
school, total 424; Carthage, 191
high school, 487 grammar school,
total 678; and Farm Life, 169 in
the grammar school. The Negrc
Berkeley school had 68 in the high
srhool, 307 in the grammar school,
for a total of 375.
Those extra whittles
screaming through the middle
of town this week belonged
to Norfolk and Southern
trains re-routed from their
normal Siar-to-Raleigh run
by high water.
Hurricane - inspired ifleeds
between Star and Colon, a
small town north of Sanford,
caused the N ft S officials to
arrange for use of Seaboard
tracks from Aberdean to
Colon. Trains from Star are
now running through Pine
hunt tc Aberdeen, srtd error
SAL trades to Colon, where
they pick up the regular route
to Raleigh again.
To give parents of school 1
children an opportunity to
meet the new teachers, the
Student Council of Southern
Pines High school will hold
Open House at the Southern
Pines Country club from S to
10 o'clock tonight (Friday).
The affair will be strictly in
formal. and all parents are
urged to "come on out and get
The high school pupils will
remain for dancing from 10 >
to 12.
One Killed, Four
Hurt, When Auto
Hits Parked Truck
One person was killed and lou?|
injured when their automobile hit1
a parked truck on U. S. Highway!
15 near Carthage at 4:30 last Sat- j
urday morning.
Raymond L. Mathis, 58, of Route;
1, Hopewell, Va., died instantly;
in the crash.
in critical condition at Moore,
County hospital is his wife, Mrs. j
Odell Mathis, 55, who received a!
I fractured pelvis, crushed chest,
land several fractured ribs. She
also suffered a mild stroke.
Miss Helen Mathis, 15, has a
fractured left thighbone and
lower left leg, but is not in criti
cal condition.
| Mrs. Ida Hughes, 55, also of
| Hopewell, suffered injuries to her
right knee and a mild concussion.
Her condition is reported as
Robert Mathis, 2G, ceived only
lacerations -of the., gfrmtricr. and,
has beer rriea^edhy the hospital
Lamont Mathis, 4, was not injured
in the wreck.
Lt.-Gov. Taylor
Tells Democrats
Of Party's Aims
Lt -Gov. H. Patrick Taylor told
the Young Democrats of the
Eighth District Saturday night at
Lakeview that "the one thought,
one hope, one prayer of the Dem
ocratic Party is that we can find
and lead the way, eventually, to
a just and lasting peace in the
The lieutenant-governor was
given a standing ovation by the
more than lot) pri-e - 1 .. ,he railv
at the end of his lteyncle address
"Under the present policies of
the Democratic Party and with
the overwhelming support of the
people, our country has chosen
the only road to eventual peace,"
he stated.
Presiding over the district rally
was Nelson Gibson, chairman of
? th" district's cc-twcs 'era repre
sented at the rally, under the di
rection of W. Lamont Brown,
Southern Pines attorney and sol
Others taking part in the pro
gram included W. W. Staton of
Sanford, state YDC president;
John Lang, secretary to Con
gressman C. B. Deane; and Rep.
H. Clifton Blue of Aberdeen.
The meeting "commended" Miss
j Edith Marsh, YDC national com
imitteewoman, for her outstanding
I work during the past two years,
>iand heard a report from Henry H.
i Wilson of Monroe, Eighth District
organizer. J. Douglas David, re
cently-elected president of the
Moore County YDC, announced
a rally scheduled for Aberdeen
on October 11, with gubernatorial
nominee William B. Umstead as
the principal speaker.
Among others who spoke brief
ly were Mrs. Ruth W. Swisher of
Southern Pines, an alternate to
the Democratic convention in
Chicago; Bedford W. Black of
Kannapolis. candidate for state
YDC president: former Senator
Oscar Richardson; C. H. Causey,
Richmond County party chair
man; Paler Nicholson, Richmond
County commissioner; Rep. R. C
Riser of Laurinburg; Senator J
Benton Thomas of Raeford; Sol
icitor V" O Boyette of Carthage
Senator J. H. Poole of West End
and Jeff B. Wilson of Biscoe and
Audrey Wins Again
Miss Audrey West Brown of Southern Pines garnered further
tennis aeeiaim Monday when she successfully defended her State
women's singles and women's doubles titles. She is pictured
above with Frank Spears of Greenville, S. C., as the two received
their awards for singles triumphs in the recent Sandhills Invita
tional Tennis tournament.
Audrey West Brown Adds To Net
Laurels With Greensboro Triumph
AiidrwKtet Brown added to
her tennis laurels Monday with
her third straight Stat? women's
championship in the tournament
at Greensboro, where she scored
a triple victory last year.
Miss Brown also teamed with
Mary Ruth Davis of Robhins and
Greensboro to once again take the;
doubles title. Her bid for another
clem sweep was halted by the!
weather when the mixed doubles;
slate was washed out. She was;
!entered with her brother, Harry!
I,ee Brown, Jr,
Miss Brown staged a great re
covery to cop the singles title,
turning back the very serious
challenge of Greensboro's Ann
Carlson, the State junior cham
pion, 7-5, 6-0. Miss Carlson threat
ened to dethrone the defending
champion with a great start.
Two weeks ago, Miss Brown
was the only local winner in the
fourth Sandhills Invitational
tournament, when she defeated
Mary Johnson of Wilmington, 6-2,
6-1. '
An Eisenhower Nixon meet
ing will be held at the Soulh
| ern Pines Country club (Elks
I club) next Tuesday evening i
' at 3 o'clock, Charles S. (Bus
| ter) Peich, Jr., announced
: this week.
The meeting is'Loins called j
for the purpose of electing an
executive committee to meet j
i state Eisenhower-Nixon or
| in the near future with the
j ganization.
Jviwaiviaris Hear
! Talk Oil Education
"The Bigness of Education in
Our State" was impressed upon
members of the Sandhills Kiwanis
club at their meeting on Wednes
day in the Lakeview hotel. The
speaker was J. E. Miller, assistant
superintendent of the North Car
olina Department of Public In
A half century ago, he told the
Kiwanians, there were some 40,
000 children in the public schools
of the state. Today there are over
900,000. There were 30 high
schools then, 958 now, and in them
in 1902 were 2,000 seniors as
against last year's 30,973.
North Carolina had 1,190 one
room log schools when Governor
Aycock launched the state on its
campaign for universal education.
Toda ythere are none. The aver
age value of a school plant in
' those days was $158.65; today it is
$64,000. There are more than 30,
i 000 teachers today, as compared
! with 3,320 in 1902, and their aver
: age salary of $2,832 now compares
? with the $83.05 they received an
, nually then. The average term at
? that time was 70.8 days per year;
1 it is now 180 days.
Fifty years ago not a single
. child was transported to school.
Today the State has 7.000 school
; buses in operation, hauling almost
; half of the total number of pupils,
! and traveling the equivalent each
(Continued on page 6)
Treal In Store For
Boys On Kids* Day
There's a great treat in store
for the younger boys of Moore
county. National Kids' Day is to
be observed hero on Satui day.
| September 27, with the United
[States Air Force their hosts.
There'll be exciting movies, thrill
ing talks about the adventure of
fighter pilots, models of planes for
[them to see, and each boy present
will be presented with a glossy
| photograph of a jet fighter.
I National Kids' Day is sponsored
'thronehoor .ne country by Ki
wanis International and the Na
tional Kids' Day Foundation, of
North Hollywood, Calif. And at
, its meeting on Wednesday at the
ILakeview hotel, the Sandhills Ki
i wanis club voted to accept the
| Air Force invitation for an "Open
! House" at the Air Ground Oper
j ations school ifl Southern Pines
;and give the boys of this area.
Ithose ranging from nine years old
I to high school seniors, an oppor
tunity to enjoy a rare treat.
Dr. Bruce Warlick, of Southern
Pines, was named chairman of
the committee on arrangements
for the occasion, and serving with
him will be J. Hawley Poole
West End: J. B Edwards, Aber
deen; B. U. Richardson, Pinehurst,
Roy Phillips, Carthage, and Harry
Pethick, Paul Butler and Dr. j
W. Willcox, Southern Pines.
Superintendents and principals
of all schools in the county will
be contacted and given the infor
mation about the Kids' Day pro
gram. and asked to ascertain how
many boys will be coming to the
"big show" from their schools
This is in order that Brig. Gen.
William M. Gross, commanding
officer of the Air Ground Opera
tions school at the Highland Pines
Inn, and Capt. Harold Logan, pub
lic relations officer, can have the
necessary number of favors in the
form of photographs cf modem
jet fighters ready for them. Also,
the Kiwanis club plans to serve
refreshments to the boys.
Sandhills Tobacco
Marts Open Ahead
Of Rest Of Belt
Five Local
Markets Gel
4-Day Jump
The chant of lohaeeA auc
tioneer was in full cry in five
markets of the Sandhills Ware
house association yesterday. Ab
erdeen, Carthage, Ellerbe, Fu
quay-Varina and Sanford all op
ened yesterday, four days ahead of
the rest of the middle belt mar- i
The other middle belt marts, to
open Monday, are Durham, Hen
derson, Loursburg, Oxford and
Warren ton.
The Sandhills markets last year
accounted for 60,642.351 pounds of
the belt's 186,419,891 pounds and
of the state's 1,059,852,257 pounds.
Last year's average price was
$53.38 per hundred pounds.
Aberdeen, which sold 6,058,234
pounds last year with two ware
houses, opened yesterday with
three, all built within the last few
years, and each operating inde
The Planters Warehouse is own
ed by Gene Maynard and operat
ed by Mr. Maynard and Btli Maur
er. The Planters Warehause is lo
cated near the intersection of the
iRaeford and Laurinburg high
ways on the paeford road.
The New Aberdeen Warehouse
this year is operated by John Mur
ray, Bernard Morrjs and Clyde
Morris. The New Aberdeen Ware
house stands where the old brick
warehouse was located between
U.S. Highway 1 and the Seaboard
A.berdeen's newest, and third
warehouse is the Bass Warehouse,
[being operated by Taft M. Bass of
iClinton, and is located just south
[of Aberdeen on Highway 1 to- I
(Continued on page 5*1
V an Benschoten
Buys Chandler
Holt Business
Announcement is made this!
week of the purchase from Carl E j
Holt of the Chandler-Holt Ice and
Fuel plant by Chester VanBen-j
schoten, who recently moved to ?
Southern Pines from Stanford
ville, N. Y. Nathan H. Adams,|
j brother-in-law of the new owner
and for eight years in the employ
'of The Pilot, Inc., will be affilia
ted with the new owner at the
! plant.
i No changes in the policy of this
long-estabhshed business are con
templated. it is said, and every
j effort will be made to continue
the same efficient service to the
I Sandhills.
i The business was first estab
lished by Tom Kelley, and in
, 1919 the lale I. F. Chandler be
Icame the owner. In 1943 Mr. Holt
bought a half interest, and three
|vears late** became sole owner
He gives ill health as his reason
^for selling.
Get Your Season
Ticket, say Lions
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
of this week are "Season Ticket
Days" for members of the South
jern Pines Lions club, who are put
Iting on a special selling campaign
for the benefit of the athletic
program of the local high school,
which is said to be beginning the
season a full $400 in the red.
Tickets are for the six home
football games, and the price is
50 cents below the amount single
tickets for the six would cost.
H. M. Patterson is heading up
the special ticket committee, with
Walter Harper and Marvin Beas
ley as associate members, but that
is only the beginning of the story:
every Lion is supplied with tick
ets and the will to sell them. They
remind that school tax money
can't be used for athletics.
Proceeds of the sale will be
used for getting the athletic pro
gram on its feet financially and
: for the purchase of needed equip
So, if you haven't bought your
season ticket, the Lions urge that
i you see one of them members to
, day, then go out and boost the
: Blue and White to a victorious
When Herbert F. Seawell, Jr.!
sent -long hi. c ticial .-uipgignj
pic ture, he noted that ''most news
papers in North Carolina don't
publish a picture of a Republican
unless he has been shot at, as- j
sauited. or in some way humili
ated to the great advantage of ,
pointing out the purity and glory ,
cf the word Democrat. Please put .
this in the official file of your ,
photos. Nobody can tell what
might happen these days."
"Chub" hasn't been shot at, as- :
saulted or etc., but he has
swung his campaign as Republi
can candidate for Governor into ;
high gear with his recent speech
Sea wel 1 Decries
"Ring Politicians"
Herbeit F. Seawell, Jr., of Car
thage, OOP nominee for Gover
nor of North Carolina, will speak
in Roanoke Rapids tonight. The
address will be Mr. Seawell's 47th
of the campaign, which began
soon after his nomination in Char
lotte last March and has carried
him into 56 of the state's 100
Last Saturday, the gubernato
rial candidate told the Piedmont
Republican Club at a rally at High
Point that the North Carolina
GOP must unite to "rid the gov
ernment of hide-bound ring poli
ticians," or else North Carolina
"will always - be a second-rate
Mr. Seawell charged that the
Democrats are "carrying politics.
| into education, health, and high-!
i way programs." He said that the
Democrats have spent over a bii-;
! lion dollars on education and that)
; North Carolina still ranks 43rd.
| in the nation.
As for the national scene. Sea-!
well depicted Gov. Adlai Steven-!
'son, Democratic presidential nom-j
inee, as "just a new handle for
la wornout broom. There must be!
[a new broom."
Jim Besley Cops
| County Golf Title
| Jim Besley, of Southern Pines, j
i a former city golf champion of
| Rome, N. Y., defeated Barney
j Avery, also of Southern Pines, 2
| up, for the Moore Ccunty Golf
j championship in the final round
! over the No. 1 course at the Pine
| hurst Country club this week.
The match, which saw many
pars, some birdies and one eagle
started with Avery taking the
first two holes, the second with
an eagle two. Besley evened the
match with pars on the third and
fourth. They halyed the fifth in
Besley went ahead for the first
time on the short sixth, holing
a 30-foot putt for his par. They
both parred the seventh, and
then Avery evened the ntbteh with
a 3 on the short eighth. The ninth
was halved, and they made the
turn all even, Avery out in one
over-par 36, Besley in 38.
Avery won the tenth for a
short-lived lead when Besley
missed a short putt. But the lat
ter came back on the eleventh
with a birdie two, dropping a
long putt. Besley won the twelth
but Avery fired a birdie and they
were all even again at the end of
thirteen. They halved the next
two holes.
(Continued on page 5)
County Hoard Approves
Moore's Largest Budget
Tax Kate $1.35
Per $100 Value
Meeting ac Carthage Tuesday,
nsteaci of Monday because of the
,abor Day holiday, Moore county
commissioners set their formal ap
proval on the biggest budget in
he county's history, calling for
expenditures of $1,111,863 during
,he fiscal year from July 1, 1952,
hrough June 30, 1953.
The budget, which sets a tax
ate of $1.35 per $100 of property
/aluation, had been tentatively
tpproved several weeks age and
lad remained open to public in
ipection, but was not formally
idopted until this week.
The tax rate is based on a prop
erty valuation of $37,000,000 for
:he entire county. Allowing for
commissions, uncollectable taxes
ind discounts, this rate is expect
ed to brine the oour.ty $440,795
from the tax levy, The remaining
amount of estimated income,
$671,069, will be raised from ABC
store profits gnd other sources.
Road Bequests
Road petitions, which have been
numbering a half dozen or more
each month, eased off and only
two were presented to the com
missioners Tuesday,
One petition asked for stabiliz
ing and surface treating of 450
feet on Forrest Drive, running
north from the Aberdeen city lim
its. The road serves five homes
and, the petition said, the Town of
Aberdeen is surfacing the street
up to the city limits.
The Resort Investment Co. of
Carthage, operated by N. W. Phil
lips and T. Roy Phillips, asked
State maintenance on Valley road,
running between Morganton road
and Hill road for .7 miles in the
company's real estate develop
ment on auMut of the former
Southern Pines Country club
property just out of Southern
Pines. The petition says the com
pany built the road and that five
homes are completed on it and
more planned.
The two petitions were approv
ed and passed on to the State.
State Foresters
Acclaim Welcome
Extended Here
Southern Pines, through the
Chamber of Commerce, put out
its best welcome met tor over 50
members of the Forestry Division
of the state department of conser
vation and development, here for
a four-day convention last week
at the Southland hotel.
A 12 nuinh :r floor show Wed
nesday night in the decorated
main room of the Southland was
arranged by the Chamber of Com
merce, with tiie cooperation of
many talented local performers.
Miss Dorothy Ann Swisher, for
mer beauty queepjof the Veterans
of Foreign Wars and a Miss North
Carolina finalist, presented the
Hawaiian dance number which
she performed in the state beauty
pageant. Miss Martha Aden and
Pat Starnes did several dance
numbers as well.
Bobby Speller and Doris Hamor
of Pinehurst. performed a charac
ter dance, and Jimmy Larsen gave
an electric organ recital. Bob
"Buster" Doyle performed on his
electric guitar, while Harold Mc
Allister, president of the Cham
ber of Commerce, emceed the
show, lauded by the Rangers as
the finest reception they have had
in their conventions throughout
the state over the past years.
K. M. Sears, an official of the U.
S Forest Service from Atlanta,
Ga., told the group of North Caro
lina's fine record with forest fires,
pointing out that while the South
as a whole had an average of 450
fires per million acres, this state
has had only 193.
A field trip to Hoffman Wed
nesday afternoon was included on
the program, but cost the group
the services of one speaker. Ar
nold Bosswell, a state forestry of
ficial, was bitten by a rattlesnake
and had to be taken to Moore
County hospital for treatment.
Other local and state officials
who spoke during the convention
included: George Ross of Raleigh,
Mayor Chan Page, Postmaster
Garland A. Pierce state repre
sentative H. Clifton Qhie of Aber
deen, county commissioner Gor
don Cameron of Pinehurst, and
state senator J. Hawley Poole of
West End.

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