"KING OF GOLF"
"KING OF GOLF"
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Missing Girl Found Brutally Slain
In Lonely Forest Grave; Man Jailed
Discovery Climaxes Week of Intensive Search;
Former Lover Maintains Silence At Graveside
Mrs. Louise Dowd McLaughlii
25, of West Southern Pines, wh
had been missing from her horn
since Friday, November 7, wa
found dead Tuesday afternoon i
woods one mile west of Aberdeer
her body barely covered with san
and pine needles, in a shallov
There were wounds about he
face and head. The body was clai
in a pink dress, underwear am
anklets. Missing were her coal
shoes and poeketbook.
Watching the disinterment a
he stood handcuffed to a Southeri
Pines police officer was Melvii
Morrison, 31, former sweethear
of the dead girl, who is suspecte<
of the slaying. His composuri
was complete as he watched th<
disinterment, and he maintaine<
the silence which had baffled po
lice during three previous days o
Discoverer of the grave wa
Charlie Monroe, brother-in-law o
Louise, one of a party of searcher
headed by local and county poliei
officers who were fine-tooth
combing the area for the third oi
When the burial place was
found, in the middle of an aban
doned fire lane off a narrow road
between the Linen-White and
Robbins Mill plants, Chief C. E
Newton told all present to remain
there, leaving it untouched. This
was done, he said later, for two
purposes; first, to secure neces
sary and wanted witnesses, and
second, to keep knowledge of the
find, which might serve as a
warning, from spreading.
To Richmond County
With Deputy Sheriffs A. F.
Dees and H. H. Grimm, and Offi
cer Smith, he drove to Richmond
county and picked up Deputy
Sheriff Heeney. They went to
the farm home of the Randolph
Morrisons in the Capel Creek sec
tion near Windblow. There they
found the Morrisons' son, Melvin,
whom they had previously dis
missed after prolonged and fruit
Sheriff also notified Coroner
Ralph G. Steed, who summoned
in ambulance. Aberdeen Chief
Archie Phillips was notified, and
joined the group.
The young woman's body was
Drought to a funeral home here,
where an autopsy was performed
Morrison was lodged in Moore
:ounty jail on open charges, with
>ut privilege of bond, pending av
ion by a coroner's jury. The in
juest date will be set as soon as a
?eport on the autopsy is received,
aid Coroner Steed.
The find climaxed several days
if intensive search and days and
lights of investigation by the po
ic::, also mounting suspense on
he part of the general public,
lie certainty grew that the girl
iao been murdered and her bodv
lidden. Where it was, constituted
his community's first murder
nystery in a dozen years.
Louise McLaughlin was the
vidow of Rufus McLaughlin, kill
d in World War 2. With their
wo little girls Susie and Lauretta,
ged nine and eight, she shared a
ome on Stephens street with her
rother and other members of the
i, Her mother, Mrs. Ella Mae
10 Dnwd, reported to police last
t Tuesday that her daughter was
,s missing. Louise had gone uptown
n Friday morning, she said, to mail
i. j a payment on her television set,
d j and hud never returned.
v j Friday, police picked up Melvin
j Morrison, a janitor on the third
r I shift at Robbins Mill at Aberdeen,
i t In Mortal Fear
1 Melvin and Louise had gone to
t, gether for a year. Lately, though,
they had broken up. In October,
s the girl had Morrison indicted for
0 ! molesting her, and police gave j
1! him a warning to leave her alone,
t Since then, it was reported to po
1 lice, he had threatened that he
> would "get her," and the girl was
? in "mortal fear" of him.
I They found out also that on the
- day of Louise's disappearance,
f! Morrison had borrowed the car of
I Worth Morgan, white, of South
ern Pines, also a Robbins Mill
s' worker. He said his own car was
f | in the shop at Aberdeen, and that
i1 he wanted to use Morgan's for
?' "about 45 minutes" to keep a date
. with a girl. He did not return it
- as promised and Morgan recover
ed it from Morrison at his room- i
j ing-place in West Southern Pines ?
' some two and a half hours later.
II There was blood inside. <
lj Noticing wet blood on the steer
I ing wheel, Morgan inquired what !
i had happened and Morrison said I
ijhc had pinched his finger. <
il Later, though, Morgan found!'
.'there was blood also on the back '
1 i of the seat, and flecked on the '
;' Too Polite" i
I Other evidence piled up against t
| Morrison, who continued to re
jmain cool and calm under ques- 1
tioning at the police station. A r
[slight, soft-spoken Negro, des-'e
oribed as "almost too polite," he!c
'denied all knowledge of Louise'sj(
i whereabouts, or what had hap-A
j pened to her. j1
He said, though, he had seem
her Wednesday at the depot and A
, she told him she was "going toll
| Jersey." j'
j Mrs. Dorothea Monroe of,v
'Brookljn, sister of the missing|a
woman, who arrived last weekend 11
on receipt of a distress call froinjv
| her mothc. revealed that she had A
received a telegram from her sis-] R
jter October 23. Louise had wired|V
to ask her to "find a room for me jc
land my kids as I got to leave!
home before Monday night." Mrs.|G
'Monroe wired back for them toj?
jcome, but they did not, and there!1
w;s no further word.
! Saturday afternoon. Morrison,| ?
during a brief respite from ques-|s
tioning, dashed out of the police r
?station and ran for two or three;v
blocks, through back a'leys ?ndlH
I streets almost to Millen park.;
!Titer Officer Smith, hct in pur i
suit, caught up with him and1,
brought him back
Refused Lie Test
! The Negro agreed at that time!!
to take a lie detector test., and!'
(Chief Newton made nrrmgemont-j
|for one with the SB1 headquarter, .j,
at Raleigh Saturday night theyj|
j drove to Raleigh but once there, i
the man refused to go through j|?
I with it, claiming, "I had a friend ij;
i who took one cf those tests oner ||
and it mixed him all up, and hurt j|
He was released Sunday after- I
noon and Chief Newton gave himjl
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As searchers pushed the pine needles aside from the lonely
burial spot, they saw the trice of the murdered girl. Arrow at
left points to her head, arrow nt right to her hand, just visible
among the needles
clay, will b? observed as a
general holiday here as else
where in the United States,
its possessions and battle
Stores, banks, city and
county offices will be closed.
Local schools will close Wed
nesday at noon, not to resume
classes until Monday morning.
The Southern Pines post of
fice will have a partial holi
day. The stamp and general
delivery windows will be
open from 10 to 11 a.m. There
will be normal distribution of
mail to boxes and despatching
of outgoing mail, but no city
The Pilot will go to press
Wednesday instead of Thurs
RohhiiiH Is Fatal
To Mrs. Maness
Mrs. Katie Garner Maness, 48,
was fatally injured Wednesday
evening when the Ford car in
which she was riding with her
husband, Hobart Maness, was in
volved in a head-on collision with
another automobile about a mile
outside Robbins. Taken to Moore
bounty Hospital, the injured
ivoman died without regaining
consciousness, a little before 8 pm
shortly after arrival there.
Also taken to the hospital were!
Mr. Maness and Cpl. Reeves
Slack, a Negro soldier, one of the
>ccupants of the other car. Mr.
Maness was suffering from a knee
njury and severe shock and will
be hospitalized several days. The
ioldier was trerted for lacerations
ind bruises and will be transfer
ed to the hospital at Fort Bragg.
The two other soldiers, oeru
>ants of the second car, an Olds !
nobile, accompanied their injur
id comrade to the hospital but
lid not remain for treatment. Ac- |
lording to the State Highway Pa
rol, they are now in the hospital,
it Fort Bragg
The fatal accident took place
icar the crossroads where the;
lobbins road joins the Carthagei'
lighway. Mr. and Mrs. Maness,,
vhose home is between Carthage;
nd Robbins, had started to drive i
o tne Moore County Hospital,:
vhere their son-in-law, Claude
Vallace, was undergoing emer
ency appendectomy. Mr. Maness
/as driving when the crash oe -,i
urred, at about 6 pm. ji
A third cor was slightly involv-.i
d, that of John Donald Marshall i
f Spartanburg, S. C , who came i
ipon the wreck suddenly as he.i
rove over the hill. Applying his ]
rakes, Marshall slowed down (
ufticientlv so that, though his car!<
oiled into th< tangled mass of ;
wreckage, little damage was done t
(e posted $500 bond and is book- <
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| Turn Down Biggest
I No Okay For Jail.
Southern Pines voters number
ing 403, out of a registration of
1,406, went to the polls Tuesday
to approve three proposed civic
projects, and turn thumbs down
rather emphatically, on a fourth
Approved in the $160,000 bond
issue election were the following:
enlargement and extension of the]
sewer system, to cost an estima
ted $10,000, by a vote of 224 to i
146, purchase cf a new and mod- j
ern fire truck, $20,000, 245 to 150;
remodeling of the present fire sta- j
tion and the building of an annex!
to house the new fire truck, $34,
000, by 197 to 192.
Turned down was the combin
ation police headquarters and jail,
with space for the ABC store on
the first floor and public offices
on the second, by a vote of 212 to
Cost of the building, to be con
structed on the site of the present
police station, had been set at an
outside figure of $96,000.
Defeat of one building and ap
proval cf the other (which just
squeaked by) will not necessarily
mean abandonment of the consol
idation plan proposed by some cit
izens, Mayor C. N. Page gave as
his opinion following the vote.
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Union Service On
The Annuel Union Thanksgiv
ing service of Southern Pines
churches will be held Wednesday
night at 8 o'clock at Emmanuel
Members of all churches, as t
well as those unaffiliated with any
church, sre invited to attend and s
share in the service of thankful- r
ness to God. jj
Scriptures will be read by Dr.j?
W. C. Holland, of the First Bap-|(
tist church; the sermon will be
preached by the Rev. C K I.igon.l
of Brcwnson Memorial Presbyte-i
rion church; and prayers and an-',
nouncements will be by the Rev.ja
Z. V. Covell of Emmanuel church ).
The offering will be devoted to),
UROP the Chiistian Ruial Over-ij
seas Program, by which churches)j
ill over the country arc offering,
opportunity at this time for Amer
icans to share their abundance c
jvith people cf less fortun?te'v
ands. The money given will be *
.?unveiled to food, to be channel-)'
?d through church agencies to the,?
stricken people of Korea. India '
he Middle East countries andj^
ithers where war and famine aiv;r'
.; king toll.
Melvin Morrison, suspected slayer, handcuffed to Officer La
mar Smith watches with apparent impassivity as the body of his
former sweetheart is disinterred. Officers said, "His expression
never changed "
i i ri rnrrrsiiirrr ~~atrrTfr r nn i r^?Hir-jiTr
Three-Day Tournament, Banquet
Will Honor "King" Julius Boros
Crews Start Work
Work started Monday on the
lew road to Fort Bragg.
Timber crews cf the Gulf Creo
;ote Company are hard at work
>n the Boyd property along the
?oute where it leaves the old road
it the top of the ridge beyond the
1 rover and Csrdy lands.
The Gulf Creosote Company, cf
vhich Howard Butler is presi
lent, has the contract for taking
he timber off all the property
liong the route, some of which is
he old Butler homestead, Valhcl
a, first developed by Bion H.
lutler, where his daughter, Helen,
Hights of way have been so
ured by the state along the
chole route which crosses the
Irover property end the Boyd
and and follows along the hack
f the Bowers and Butler hold
ngs, skirling the edge of the
.heldon Smith property near the
It is thought that couple of
leeks will see the end ol the tim
ering along the ro; dbed, marking
ie arrival of bulldozers on the
?one. Bee us.- of (lit- fine natural
rftde of the line laid out, a quick
ih is in sight according to the
Carl Daniels of Sanford is in
narge cf the timbering operation,
ith Weymouth Estates' John M.j
oldsmith acting as supervisor for
Will Start Dee. 2
First games of the new Moore
County High School Basketball
Conference will be held Tuesday,
December 2, it was learned from
Coach Irie Leonard cf Southern
Pines High school.
A (raster schedule for all high
schools of Moore county is now in
process of preparation, and will
be published next week.
The Conference is being spon
sored by the Educo club, compos
ed of superintendents, principals,
coaches and men teachers of all
the schools. They have elected
Harry T.ee Brown, Jr.. of the
Southern Pines faculty, to handle
information during the conference
series, sending out weekly bulle
tins on games, scores and team
At the local high school, as else
where in the county, basketball
practice is now in full swing, and
Coach Leonard said prospects look
tine for a highly Interesting sea
jln Car Accident
Near His Home
| Rupert C. Dalrymple, 64, brcth
'er-in-law of Sheriff C. J. McDon
ald, was severely injured when
ihis car collided with mother
about 8 p. m. Thursday.
| Mr. Dalrymple, who is employ
ed in the office at Moore County
hospital, had just started off from
his brother-in-law's house, where
.he lives, near Carthage, to drive
to the hospital. Mrs. McDonald,!
,said that she saw him start off
and draw to a stop as he reached:
the highway; she had just turned
away when she heard the crash.'
A violent collision had occurred
between the Dalrymple cv r and a
Dodge pickup truck, driven by,
Paul Matthews Nelson, 35, of car-,
thage Rt. 3. The car was rated,
a total loss while the truck w?.s
, damaged to the extent .1 about!
$400 thought the driver was re-i
ported unhurt. No arrest wasj
made but investigation is contin
j Mr Dilrymple was taken to,
i Moore County Hospital, where it!
iwas fc-und that he had suffered,
a fractured pelvis and probable;
; back injuries. Patrolmen calledi
to the scene of the accident, had
hardly completed their investiga
tion when they were summoned to',
cover another accident in this ter-j
ritory; details of both were un-i;
available at presstirne. I
Of Next Week In
This c- mmunity is paying honor
to a famed "adopted son" next
week, and in so doing is giving it
self a great big treat.
The occasion is the Julius Bo
ros Testimonial Tournament, to
be played Sunday, Monday and
uay over the Mid Pines
The treat is that everyone is
invited, free cf charge, to join the
gallery, in which Boros himself,
1952 "King of Golf," will lead an
Approximately 100 invited play
ers, both professionals and golf
ers, including some of the best
known names in golfdom, will tee
off in threesomes for a total of
54 holes, 18 to be played each day.
The State Highway Patrol will
handle the traffic.
Plenty of parking space will be
available, with members of lo
cal organizations serving as park
ing marshals and in other capac
ities as required to handle the
crowds. Food and soft drinks, both
hot and cold, will be served from
refreshment stands along the fair
Climax of the tournament will
be a banquet to be held at the
Mid Pines at 8 p. m. Tuesday, an
|invitational affair with some seats
i available to the public at $10 each
As the tournament is planned to
be a top sporting event, the ban
quet will be a brilliant social
Sam Snead, who preceded
Boros as "Professional Golfer of
the Year," will be the principal
speaker. Last year, Snead was
golfdom's tcp money winner. This
[year it was Boros, a pro only
three years and comparatively un
known until mat summer.
Boros will be presented a gift
from the Sandhills communities
in appreciation of the favorable
publicity he has brought them in
winning the two top tournaments
of the year, the National Open in
June and thf Tam O'Shanter
World Championship in August.
Nature of the gift is a secret, well
kept by the local committee.
A reemctment of the Wcrld
Championship presentation will
be a feature of the banquet pro
gram, with the same trophy, same
recipient and same donor, George
nt;y, sponsor of the Tam
Other awards will be the prizes
for professionals, from $1,000 or,
down, totaling a $5,000 purse rais
ed by public subscription in the
Sandhills c mmuniiies and troph
ies for tile snvfrur winner and
A unique presentation will be
that of certificates from the State
of North Carolina to the Tar Heel
quartet of champions " These are
J,,nnic Palmer, Harvie Ward,
Dick Chapman and Bcros, who
among them have corralled all
the top championships of the
year. Their achievement is inter
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I Ferrell H. Brown Elected Chairman
i Of Moore Red Cross Al Annual Meet
F. H. BROWN
Ferrell H Brown, of Aberdeen*
Wis elected chapter chairman of
the Moore County chapter. Ameri
can Red Cross, at the annual
membership meeting of the chap
ter held here 1; st Friday night.
W. A. Lei and McKeithen of
Pinehurst v as elected chairman
of the March 1953 fund drive at
the meeting, which was held in
the fellowship hall of Brown?on
Memorial Presbyterian church
Presiding over the meeting was
L. L. Hallman, Aberdeen, retiring
chapter chairman who, on instal
lation of his successor, automati
5 rally became a delegate-at-lnrge
on the board of directors.
Other officers elected were:
Garland McPherson, Southern
Pines, first vice-president; J B
Edwards, Aberdeen, second vice
president; Mrs. O. D. Griffin, sec
retary, and Harry Menzel, South
ern Pines, treasurer (a reek- "on)..
Community delegates elected
were Miss Blanche Monroe, West;1
End; Jerc McKeithen, Aberdeen,!
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