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VQLT^4?NO 5 TWfENT Y^KIGHT PAGES SOUTHERN PINES. NORTH CAROLINA. FI?IMY7 DECEMBER 19, 1952 TWENTY-EIGHT7AGES PRICED-TEN CENTS
Christmas Holiday i
Will Be Observed
Sparkling with colored lights,
busy with Christmas shoppers,
Southern Pines along with other
North Carolina towns is looking
forward to a two-day holiday next
With Christinas falling on a
Thursday, practically all business
es and offices will close for both
Thursday and Friday. This has
been declared a legal banking hol
iday by Governor Scott.
Stores which usually close Wed
nesday afternoons will stay open
all day Christmas eve. j
A few businesses will take the j
"long weekend" ? among them
The Pilot, which will publish
Wednesday for distiibution Fri
day. The office will be closed till
Monday morning, December 29.
Public schools close at noon to
day (Friday), reopening Monday,
The Cttixens Bank and Trust
Co. will remain open for one hour,
7-8 p.m., Wednesday, to receive
late deposits from the merchants. '
Some stores plan late closing
hours from Saturday through
Christmas eve. Pinedene, Inc., on
US Highway 1 south, is staying
open till 10 p.m. Thursday of this
week through Tuesday.
The town offices will close lor
Thursday and Friday, and in Car
thage, the courthouse will start its
holiday early -Wednesday noon,
reopening Saturday morning.
Court will be held Monday as us
Federal offices will close Thurs
day through Saturday, reopening
Monday, by order of President
Post Office Ncars
End of Yule Rush
Post office employe**, deluded'
with mail, ate looking forwtrd to
a long Christmas holiday, though
certain minimum services will be
Closing hour every day (Sun
day excepted) till Christmas is
6 p. m , with the parcel post win
dow staying open till 7 Christmas
Christmas day, delivery of
late-arriving gift parcels, special
delivery and perishables will be
made. One outgoing dispatch will
lie made of airmail (closing time
3:15 p. m.) and first class mail
(6 p. m.) There will be no hox
distribution, window service oi
Friday, there will lie distribu
tion to boxes, also city delivery
and parcel post delivery, white
the Sunday schedule of outgoing
dispatches will be observed Par
eel post, genertl delivery and ,
'.p window- will be open from
10 to 11 a. m. _nd 5 -3 y. m. (Monav
order and , ostal savings windows I
Normal schedules will be ob, .
served Sslui'day arid Sunday.
Itegular employees will eninyj
a four-day holiday, according to
P, si lent Truman's order for fed-it
ersl employees, said Postmaster !c
Garland Pierce-. Services listed Is
above will he rendered with thel(
use of substitutes.
? ? ?
Gifts, Glee Club I,
?No More School 1
The traditional "White Christ
mas" and a program by the school c
glee club at 11 a, m. Friday will s
mark the clcsc of the Southern.<
Pines school for the Christmas!'
Parents and friends of the ?
school are invited to attend the I
observance at Weaver auditorium, c
said Supt, A. C. Dawson.
For the 'White Christmas," each 1
boy and girl brings a gift of food, s
or some other useful thing, wrap- s
ped in white The grades march t
forward one by one, starting with t
the smallest children, and lay f
their gifts at the foot of a Christ
mas tree. t
These constitute part of their t
Christmas sharing, in the true
spirit of the season, for the gifts 1
are placed in baskets for distribu- 1
tion among the needy. c
Favorite carols will be sung by v
the schoolchildren, teachers and f
guests filling the auditorium t
while this is taking place.
Other Christmas songs will be <
presented by the glee club, di '
iecteu by Winifred Douie 2
in this group's first public appear :s
ance of the year. 1
The annual Christmas dec
orative exhibit, opening the
yearly aeries of shows in the
Fine Arts Room of the South
ern Pines library, will be on
view, starting Monday.
The <;al" ry will be decked
wah Christmas greens as a j
background for the religious !
art on display. The exhibit
will continue through New
Barhfn B, Bass,
Veteran of War,
Killed In Wreck ;
Barney B. Bass, 31, , -ir-r of j
he Caiw-n section ar.d v ' Tan
if many campaigns in World W:ir'
!, was instantly killed Saturday j
>vcning in an automobile accident!
n Harnett county, just over the
rfoore County line.
Taken to Moore County hospi- I
;a), and released a few days later,!
vere Mack Oakley, 35, and Char j
ie Stewart, about 50. All arc listed '
torn Cameron Rt. 2.
The accident occurred on a
:ounty road on Cameron Rt 2
vhen Oakley's ear left the road
md overturned several times into
i braneh. The three occupants
vere thrown from the car into the
itream, from which they wcrej
lulled by passersby. Bass wasi
lead of a fractured neck
The accident was investigated'
ly Moore Patrolman Wimberly
md Shomaker, who, however,
vhen they found they were over
he county line radioed for Har
lett Patrolman Ward who com
peted the official report.
It was not determined at the
ime of the accident just which of
ho men was driving.
Funeral services for Bass were
letd Monday morning at Cyoress
'rcsbyterian church in Hoke
ounty, with the Rev. Mr. Cars
veil officiating Burial was in the
amily plot in the church ceme
He wis born in Hoke county
Ictober 16, 1916, and scent four
mars in the Army in World War
I, serving three years with an
irmoreri division oversees.
(Continued on Page 6)
Santa Delivers Gifts By Helicopter,
With Helpers W earing Air Force Blue
f .. ? ?**
oania emus is riamg a nencop-"*
ter about the state this week, ac-:
companied by helpers in Air Force :
Starting Monday at Asheville
and working east, the big Air
Force "whirly-bird" stopped at 32
orphanages, delivering gay pack
ages to 4.500 shiny-eyed kids, in
the biggest Christmas operation
ever to take place in North Caro !
For "Operation Christmas" the
north pole" is Pope AFP, Fort
Bragg, where men of the Ninth
Air Force put in months of pre
liminary woi k, and donated or
collt-< more than $40,000 in
New Racket Takes
From Aged Negro j
A g? rig oI a new type of rack
eteer robbed an old Negro Tues
day of the money he had saved
up for Christmas this week.
The victim is John Wilson,
known as "Uncle John," who has j
lived for the past years on the j
Goldsmith farm out towards the,
Fort Bragg reservation.
Perpetrators of the crime, which
Police Chief Ed Newton called j
"one of the meanest things 1 ever
heard of' are thought to be twoj
men who spent Monday night at
the Belvedere Hotel, registered
with two other men. all u^der
name of Harris, giving the fic
titious address of Peters Street
Notified of the occurrence earlv
Tuesday afternoon, the local of-'
ficer called the sheriff, the!
location being outside his ?ctnhlj
jurisdiction, and joined deputy i
sheriff T.ambert at the scene of
The officers found the old man'
in c sad state He related that two!
men had come to the place th t
morning, driving a "brownish
truck," corresponding to the truck
noficvd by poiiee.on tbeii earlv
rounds, parked outside the Bel
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cash plus many merchandise gifts.
The well-planned and nobly
executed strategy included the se
curing of lists in advance from
every one of the state's orphan
homes, containing the personal j
Christmas wish of each child. ,
Then e-me a vast shonping serer;
in which all the lists were check
ed off name by nr.me. Wrapping I
and tageing was another major!
project. The result?the flying j
Santa, looking very like Frank
Edwards of New York, Mutual!
network commentator, is deliver
ing to each child just what he or
she asked for.
The shopping list included su^h ,
items as 456 dolls, ?o~ cowboy
hoister-and-gun sets, 24 windupj
trains, 236 teddy bears, 57 wrist
watches, and quantities of skates,
costume jewelry, athletic equip- j
ment. model airplane kits and
even 15 Bibles.
One orphanage received a spc
cially built model railway on a
large table donated by Maj. Gen.
E. J. Timberlake, commanding
general of the Nil th. Each was al- j
so given some needed major ap
(Continued on Page 8)
The Pilot this week carries
throughout its pages news of
eight highway accidents,
ranging from minor all the
way up to one which was fa
Injuries range from a
child's broken nose to a brok
en neck. Property damage
runs well into the thousands.
It's a grim record for a pre
holiday week. Word from the
State Highway Division is
that, during Christmas and
New Years, the accident rate
can be expected to be dou- j
Many of the accidents in
volved Just one car which
"went out of control." High
speed was involved in some?
too many. Read?and. on
YOUR holiday trip, remem
Don't iat death taka your
Moore (]o. Hospital
The officers and board of direc
tors of the Moore County hospital,
with one exception, were re-elect- .
ed for the coiring year at the an
nual meeting Monday night at the
Nurses Home, Samuel P. Allen of
Pinehurst was a new director add-.
ed to the board.
Two changes in the medical
staff were voted at the reeommen
dation of the active staff: Dr. John
C Grier of Pinehurst was elected
to the active staff and Dr. Riley
M. Jordan of Raeford appointed
to the courtesy staff
Twenty-five out of the 30 direc
tors were present at the meeting,
making the largest attendance
ever recorded hv the group. Also
present were Hospital Director
Thomas R. Howerton, Director
consultant K. T. McKeithen and
Dr. Michael Pishko, representing
Reports of chairmen of commit
tees. the chairman of the pvfni
tive committee, Mrs. Kstherine
MeColl, the officers ana siaif
members present gave a compre- j
hensive picture of conditions in
the hospital. Mr. Howerton called
attention to the fact that the
shortage of nurses continued, with
considerable pressure to change
the hourly schedule to 40 a week
instead of the present 48. He es- i
timated this would increase the
payroll by 10 nurses and about
$22,000. The step was being push
ed by the national and some of
the state nursing associations and
several of the largest hospitals
had changed their hours accord
ingly, he said. Mr. Howerton has
undertaken a study of the situa- ?
tion, including comparisons with
hospitals of similar size with
Moore county, at the suggestion of i
Mr. Dana gave the treasurer's
report, showing that the hospital
had already benefitted to the tune
of $5,280 from the appeal rent out j
a month ago. but .only 90 re- |
sponses have been received to j
date, to the 1000 letters sent. He!
cited Dr. Matheson of Raeford as \
tr,y only phyUc.ar. who hod re :
spoo led and said tnal very few ?
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Town Will Play Host
To Thailand Governor
On Three-day Visit
These two characters, tak
ing it easy in true Sandhills
Christmas spirit, are straight
from the penknife, by way of
woouolock, of another Sand
kills character. Glen Rounds.
Gien took pity cn The Pilot
this week. Said it was a shame
we couldnt do any better;
said we needed a few old
timers. hanging around to
make things lively, like Mr.
Hugh Dave Mc Whirr, who
used to frequent these pages.
That's what we thought,
too. we said. Put him on a
spot, a hard thing to do with
that fellow. He had to come
through, and he actually did.
"exercising due restraint," he
told us. We heie to admit it
but these oldtimers and their
hounds are getting The Pilot's
vote for Best Present of the
Speaking seriously, we are
confident our readers will
share The Pilot's pride that
their local paper carries an
original woodcut by this na
tionally distinguished local
artist and writer.
Hoke Citizens Will
Fight Loss of Vast
Acreage To Bragg
(Earlier story on Page 16)
A mass neeting will be held in
K: etord Saturday night, called by
die Hoke County commissioners
nd Raeford town board, to or
ganize for the fight against the
Army's projected move of taking
over xorpe 50,000 additional acres
of Hoke County land.
A citizens' committee has al
ready been formed to carry the
fight as high as possible, and
Congressman C. B. Deane's inter
cession is being sought. The Con
gressman met with Defense De
partment officials at Fort Br; gg
Monday for a briefing on the mat
ter, ; nd was shown over the area
involved in a heliccpter.
Hoke county, smallest and
youngest of all North Carolina's
100, has already given up 92.00C
acres of its 265,000 to Fort Bragg
and fears that the loss of the ad
ditional acreage will mean it will
be unable to carry on as a govern
Army plans revealed e st week
sh w that 52,370 acres are wanted,
designated as the "corridor" be
tween Fort Bragg and Camp
Maeksll, for expansion of the
present training area, and tiiat
most of these acres lie in TTokc.
fcome acreage ;n Cumberland and
Tic'.nnOud counties, and possibly
a small amount of land in Mcore,
re also involved.
Engineers from the Savannah
District Engineers office are now
working in Cumberland, and ex
pect to move over into Hoke
within 90 days. If the proposed
land acquisition goes through, it
is expected to take from one to
three years to complete.
Engineers emphasized, however,
that their surveys are purely pre
liminary, and that authority for
toe final moves must await ac
tion by the Defense Department
. nd the House and Senate Armed
A record of hearings before the
House committee, sent by the of
fice of Senator Willis Smith to
Moore Representative H. Clifton
Blue on his request this week,
show that the Army is anxious to
expand the maneuver area and to
provide for airborne training and
large-scale tank firing.
Undersecretary of the Army
Bendetsen appeared before the
committee May 29 in the move to
sfecure an appropriation and au
thority to purchase the 52,370
In the testimony before the com
mittee it was shown th9t the Gov
ernment already owns 130,640
acres in the Fort Bragg territory,
and hes leased 5,451 acres more.
A Colonel Whipple, speaking to
the Army, noted that this is th ?
principal maneuver area for the
Third Army and Tfiiu, :,V- .najo.
fCord+nued or. page tp
j Wants To See
Ilorne Town of
| American Friend
Southern Pines is to have an
interesting and distinguished vis
itor, who will make a special jour
ney here the fust weekend in
January on account of his friend
ship with a local boy.
Lis Excellency the Governor of
Songkhla, a province of Thai
land, is at present making his first
visit to the United States as a
guest of the State Department,
observing government ;1 opera
tions and the Americrn way cf
He is a friend of Lewis Pate,
who went to Thailand last May as
a Fulbright exchange teacher, and
is tearhing in the high school in
Mr. ruang Suwrnarath, Son
gkhln's governor, has informed
those arranging his tour that he
wants to visit his young friend's
home town of Southern Pines. He
wants to meet Lewis' people, and
in effect they will be his hosts
? hen he is here January 3, 4 and
Guest of Mayor
Mrs. Fred Woodruff, Lewis'
sister, with whom he makes his
home, hes relinquished her claim
rn him as a house guest, however,
nd he will stav at the ho"-" of
Mayor and Mrs. C. N. Page.
He is anxious to stay in a private
home, it is understood, rather than
i hotel, in order to know Ameri
Plans are being made for him
to sec sll the sights of tho Sand
hills. to meet the lrcal people and
to visit the schools, the library
and any other place he may wish
Mr. Puang will be here for most
of the day on which the schools
reonen after the holidays. Supt.
A. C. Dawson has said he will ar
(Continued on page 8)
For Items Stolen
In Daylight Entry
The home of Col. and Mrs. John
Dibb, at South Ridge street and
Morganton road, was broken into,
ransacked and robbed in broad
Missing are a silver service and
a quantity of table silver, a set of
women's matched Betty Jamison
golf clubs; a man's daik blue
double-bigStsied pin-striped suit
(Storrs-Sehaefer label), and nam
erous other items, not all of them
identified as yet. Colonel Pihb Is
offering a reward ibi informal ion
leading to their rrce.-ory, ->r.d the
arrest and conviction of the 'thief.
The sheriff's department is in
vestigating, with the aid of the
SBI. Fingerprints were taken and
several clues have developed, it is
Smashing the glass of the french
doors leading onto a terrace at the
rear, tKi* intruder or intruders en
tered the house and went into ev
ery room, pulling out drawers, go
ing through cabinets and closets
and helping themselves to what
No one was home, as Colonel
and Mrs. Dibb had left at 11:15
a.m. to return to their home at
Lynchburg, Va., after a short stay
W. N. Benjamin, who is domg
some upholstering for the Dibbs,
and had been loaned a key so he
could bring back furniture he had
completed, came in by the front
door at 5:15 p.m. to observe a
scene of carnage. He notified the
sheriff's office (the house is just
over the city line) also the local
police, and phoned Colonel Dibb
at Lynchburg. The colonel im
mediately returned to Southern
"It is impossible to tell just
what is gone, or how much." he
said after checking the damage.
"It would require a complete in
ventory of our belongings, which
will take some time."
He is a reserve officer, with a
business in Lynchburg, and he
. and his wife divide their time be
'tween tv two towns, coming hate
i for rest and frequent vacations.