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VOLUME NUMBER SIXTEEN
Officers Arrest Witchcraft Teacher
After Stealing $575; Now In Jail
Duplin officers have arrested,
and are now holding under a $5000
bond, and alleged preacher, color
ed. Evidence dug up reveeles that'
he was a witchcraft teacher who
hails from South Carolina. His
name, if he has one, is as follows:
Riley Gasden; allas.Edward Gas
den; alias, K. D. Wade; alias, How
Owen Kenan, an elderly Negro
near Kenansville had received
$575 from H. E. Phillips in settle
ment of a matter. He locked the
money in a trunk. A few days ago
when he went to get the money to
pal off tobacco hands the money
was gone. The story reveals itself,
according to officers as follows:
We'll call him Riley. Riley was
dating a daughter of Owen's and
visited his home one night. On the
third visit he decided to spend the
night there, Owen thought he ap
peared respectable 'and agreed.
Wley slept in the room with Owen.
Three or four days later Owen
want for his' money and it was gone.
A warrant was issued by C. B. Sit
terson and Sheriff Jone's officers
want to work. It was reported Riley
was in Wilmington but they failed
to locate him there. Later Norwood
Boone went to Sltterson's house
with the man. He was apprehended
and arrested in Rose Hill. They
then took him to the home of Owen
and three people identified him
as the party
Bilcy told officers that he wasJ ""V1" !u u Ji l ' c v, ,
" . .. , . .CrAgn ' jum js sentenced let
a preacher. On examining his suit
case they discovered that he wWCS to
a quack doctor and that his home fvbnc realizes this they
-,Z ..iiA.i.. - i to act accordingly. It i
WOT ucoi Hiuim a vuiuci in ouuiu
Carolina. Hit has been going over
DtBplin swindling our Negroes. Sit
tenon set his bond at $5000 and
jhe is no win Jail awaiting trial.
J)wen is still out hj ..575. '
I IWII .1
News - Argus
Neil Joseph will find a way. Some
days ago he was in New York on
.business. A friend invited him to
go for the weekend to the moun
tains of the state. He .accepted.
I Neil found the hotel one of those
three-story wooden affairs that
.were the hotel style many years
ago at mountain resorts. Neil's
room was on the third floor. There
'was no fire escape.
Before he went to his room for
the night he bought a rope long
enough to reach to the ground be
' low, which he tied to the leg of his
Sidelights recall another occasion
."when Mr. Joseph showed fore
thought. It was about 15 years ago.
Neil woke one night to find a man
going through his trouser pockets
He decided that if he called out
somebody might get shot and it
might be Neil. So Neil lets go a
more that shook the house --si m
ulated of course. The burglar drop
ped the pants like they had ants in
them and flees.
Babe Ruth Really
Thought Of Kids
New York Babe Ruth set aside
part of his estate to be used for
"the interests of the kids of Am
erica," his will showed Monday.
The will provided for the home
run king's widow and daughters
and left 10 of the remainder for
It was filed in surrogate's court
Ruth's attorney, Melvin G. Low-
emstein, declined to estimate the
Mftal value of the estate.
Through July, the Mechanical
Inspection Division of the Depart-
tnt of Motor Vehicles inspected
Latest figures show that 393,253
motor vehicles are now registered
jn the State, so this means there
jure-still 577,681 vehicles to be in
Of the vehicles thus far inspect
ed, 140381, or 47.5 were approv
ed on the first check, while the re
maining 165,007 were found de
fective and had to be corrected
receiving their seals- of ap-
Rev. Eugene Clarke of Warsaw
says that services are being re
sumed at his church there and he
cordially invites all to attend, par
ticularly those who have not been
Creech was sentenced to the
Death Chair today. Evidence show
ed, accordirg to reports, that he
was guilty of First Degree Mulder.
Do you really realize what First
Degree Murder is? Have you ever
seen a person put to death? 1 have.
When man takes a life, even thoug'i
it is in the course of so-called jus-
tice, there is something else to
think about. I am assured that
Creech killed his wife but from
the evidence presented it occurred
from a damaged mind, not drink
ing. To put a person to death on
this basis is going a pretty long
way. Society will have to pay for it.
Yes, he deserves punishment. He
should have life in the insane ward.
I just don't approve of capital pun
ishment and just as strongly I do
sentence. Wh.vi the
gly. It may result
in injustices to some but how else
are-.we going to arrive at a defi
nite ' conclusion'.'
ProseJIyteing? No, Prophesying:
"The only Thing that anger makes,
more perfect is the arch of the
cat's back" by E. W. Chidescer of
"Much can happen to what a
man has,, but nothing can happen
to what a man is as long as he is
anchored in God", by Mrs. C. W.
The above quotations were con
tributed by Rev. John M. Cline of
Grace Amundson, a noted writer,
said "The personal immortality of
influence over other people" is
what the world is searching for.
What do you think? Immortality
is a contribution to mankind. If
we can't contribute, then what is
the point of existance'
As we try to take an over-all look
at the world and recall what history
we can, we see this:
The Empire of Great Britain has
melted into the sphere of the Amer
ican Republic. France continues a
flabbergation of crossfire; Russia
really has nothing to back it up
as a great World Empire.
The German people have demon
strated a great ability in many
fields. Whether we want to admit
it or not the United States has cop
ied them in many respects. The
German race is worth world wide
consideration. They have had bad
leaders. They should be restored to
power and the way the United
States is handling it is pointing to
success. They are an outstanding
... I like a man, not because of his
perfection but despite his imper
fections. The imperfect is most
likely to be most perfect. It de
pends on the way you look at it.
After all, what Is life all about?
(originated by Emory .Sadler).
"Surfer little children to come'
unto Me". The mind of a child is
not polluted. Let's keep it unpol
luted and live according to the idea
of "doing unto others as we would
like to be done unto." The idea is
to stop and think and give in our
selves before we demand the other
fellow give in to us.
I want a dog. I want 'Scottie".
I've had quite a number of dogs
but they won't stayy off the high
way. On my wall I have a 10 X 15
plaque of two "Scottie" "dogs. Every
time I look at it I think of little
black "Scottie" Mr. J. C. Russ has
in Warsaw. Usually in the store
Mr. Russ keeps an Irish potato for
him to play with. When I go in I
begin throwing the potato for "Scot
tie" to retrieve. A few days ago I
visited our new Rev. Lauren Sharpe
in Kenansville and he has a very
KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
The Lions Club Donkey Baseball
Game went over fine Wednesday
night. More than 250 paid admiss
ions. Everyone had a good time and
no incidents were reporteed. Again
it shows that Kenansville can do
it and do it in the right way.
In Duplin Next
The new draft law goes into ef
fect Monday. Here are' the dates
and regulations as proclaimed by
the President of the United States:
"(a) Persons born in the year 19-
22 after August 30, 1922, shall be
registered on Monday, the 30th day
of August, 1948.
"(b) Persons born in the year 19-
23 shall be registered on Tuesday,
the 31st day of August, 1948 or on
Wednesday, the 1st day of Sep
"(c) Persons born in the year 19-
24 shall be registered on Thursday,
the 2nd day of September, 1948 or
on Friday, the 3rd day of Septem
"(d) Persons born in the year 19-
25 shall be registered on Saturday,
the 4th day of September, 1948 or
on Tuesday, the 7th day of Sep
s 'He) Persons born in the year 19
'26 shall be registered on Wednes
day, the 8th day of September, 19
48 or on Saturday, the 11th day of
"(f) Persons bornin the year 19-
27 shall be registered on Friday,
the iota day of September, 1948
or on Saturday, the 11 day of Sep
"(g) Persons born in the year 19-
28 shall be registered on Monday,
the 13th day of September, 1948
or on Tuesday, the 14th day of Sep
School Opening Delayed Until
Sept. 9; Polio Cases Reason
Kenansville, N. C.
August 24, 1948
To The Principals,
Yesterday two additional cases
of polio were reported to Dr. G. V.
Gooding: A twenty year old boy
near B. F. Grady, and another case
between Wallace and Chinquapin.
The boy is now in an "Iron Lung."
The Health Department recom
mends that we delay the opening
of school until September 9. We
will, therefore, delay the opening
Estelle Shatter Killed In Auto
Wreck Near Mobile, Alabama
Ivey Bowden, brother-in-law of
the former Estelle Shaffer of Ke
nansville received a telegram Tues
day stating that Estelle and her
husband," and one other person,
were -killed in an auto accident
near Mobile, Ala. It is presumed
she was killed Tuesday. It has
been impossible to lear any details
Saturday, August 28th, the voters
of Duplin County go to the polls to
vote for or against the sale of Beer
in Duplin. Being in position to know
something of the problems of the
Towns in Duplin and also the Coun
ty concerning the financing of the
many requirements required of
these governing bodies the follow
ing are some .figures which will
give the voters something to think
about whe.i they cast their vote:
This money received from division
of taxes on Beer by the State:
Received f r the .nonths of July,
August and September 1947:
NOBLE DR. G. ERICK BELL,
Potentate Sudan Temple
' Wilson, N. C.
"(h) Persons born in the year 19-
29 shall be registered on Wednes
day, the"15th day of September, 19
48 or on Thursday, the 16th day of
"(i) Persons born in the year 19-
30 before September 19, 1930, shall
be registered on Friday, the 17th
day of September, 1948 or on Sat
urday, the 18th day of September,
"(j) Persons who were born on or
after September 19, 1930, shall be
registered on the day they attain
the eighteenth anniversary of the
day of their birth, or within five
Registration will be held in the
Grand Jury room of the Court
House, located on the second floor,
to the right as you go upstairs. All
veterans at World War II are re
quested to bring their discharge
There will be only one Board in
Duplin this time and members are:
J. B. Rhodes, former member of
the Keenansville Board; R. E. WaU,
former member of the Warsaw
Board and W. H. FusseJi. A com
mittee composed of R. V. Wells,
F. W. McGowen and O. P. Johnson
has been selected to solicit volun
teer workers to aid in the registif.
tion. Anyone interested in helping
out is asked to see one of these
! of school until that date.
We are trying to set this an
nouncement in the county papers
this week and we are requesting
Radio Station WRRZ at Clinton
to announce it.
O. P. Johnson, Supt.
Duplin County Schools
P. S. Remember, conference with
Dr. Hlghsmith Friday of this week
at 9:30 p.m. in the Kenansville
School. This Is for white principals.
or the name of Estelle's husband.
Mrs. John Shaffer, mother of
Estelle, was in a Wilmington Hos
pital and the family rushed to her
on receiving the news. It is thought
Estelle will be brought to Kenans
ville for burial. The Times will
give a detailed story next week.
Approximate amount to be recei
ved by the County and Towns for
the last quarter of 1947 and first
three quarters of 1948:
Rose H1U 1,100.00
Personally I am for anything that
will make living conditions better
for the people of Duplin County.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27th 1948
Pinyatellos Will Go On Trial Tuesday
Judge Stevens Orders. Period
Rev. Lineberger Returning To Town
To Preach In Revival Next Week
I Rev. J. W. Lineberger of Chad
bourn will deliver a series of ser
mons in the local Methodist church
beginning Monday night, August
30. Hour of services will be 7:30.
He is coming to aid the local pas
tor Rev. John M. Cline. Services
will continue through Friday night.
Mr. Lineberger served the Ke
Cletus Brock Writes About
The Spirit Of Children
By Cletus Brock
In The Mount Olive Tribune
If the unselfish spirit which is
exemplified in little Betty Lou Ken
nedy of Rt. 3, Mt. Olive, and her
playmates could be manifested in
adults throughout the world, then
daily papers would not have the
crises in international relationships
for blaring headlines each day.
Betty Lou, her smaller sister,
Myrtle, and their next-door neigh
bors, Janet and Eleanor McCullen,
are now denied the pleasure of at
tending Sunday School each Sab
bath day, so, with the aid of Mrs.
kennedy, they have arranged a
Sunday School of their own, held
in the Kennedy home each Sunday
afternoon at 5 o'clock.
The hame-grawn Sunday school
is the aftermath of a ban placed on
children attending inside gather
ings by the Waynr county health
department, in an "fort to pre
vent further spread o! the dread
disease, polio, which has already
struck three children in Wayne.
That fruit is being borne by the
weekly Sabbath schools, conceived
in Betty Lou's bright, pretty, little
head, is revealed in a letter which
The Tribune received yesterday
from the Wake County Chapter of
the National Foundation for In Can
tile Paralysis, Inc., in Raleigh.
This letter, which is self-explanatory,
follows in part:
"Editor, Mount Olive Tribune.
Mount Olive, N. C.
It is now and shall henceforth be
my intentions, in these frequent or
infrequent epistles to Ye Editor, to
write what I think about such sub
jects as tickle my fancy or for more
obscure reason incite me to
thought. It has been said that
"Thought feeding on Thought de
stroys the mind, atrophies the
brain." In the future when recur
rent Thought disturb my peace oi
mind I shall pass these thoughts on
to you. What those who read think
about what I have to say matters
nothing - that they think matters
I Think ye editor has slipped a
cog somewhere along the line in the
fight for and against the sale of
beer in Duplin County. I am sur
prised that you have become a dry.
but I am absolutely amazed, as
tounded, confounded that you find
the moral issue involved to be of
greater importance than money,
and have refused to accept adver
tising from the wet side. Read
your Bible Bob, "A feast is made
for laughter, and wine maketh
merry: but money answereth all
things." - Ecclesiastes 10:19.
I Think it is the duty of all news
papers and the policy of most, to
give the facts both pro and con of
any controversial question. Have
you forgotten --or did you ever
read Voltaire? "I don't agree with
a word you've said - but I'll fight
to the death for your right to
say it." Let's have the facts from
both sides. Facts need no frills or
furbelows of oratory to hide their
nakedness -- let them trot across
the pages of your paper - naked
and unashamed. Do not arrogate
to yourself the power of arbiter
as to which is rUM or wrong
in this matter by baling one side
from the privilege of advertising
in your newspaper.
I Think that there never was a
greater failure of any lew than
that of the Prohibition Law. It
nansville church tor four years and
was very popular among the peo
ple. Many will be glad to see him
again and hear him preach. He is
recognized as an outstanding min
ister in the Methodist Church of
Eastern North Carolina.
The public is cordially invited
to come out and hear him.
Enclosed you will find two let
ters addressed to the Polio Fund
from two children in Mount Olive,
one enclosing $1, and the other
$1.50. The contributions made by
these children rightly belong to the
county in which they live
It should be an inspiration to oth
ers. Please turn the funds over to
the county chairman for the Nat
ional Foundation. .
Also enclosed were the letters
which the little girls wrote when
they sent in their contributions.
Betty Lou wrote as follows:
"Polio Fund, Rex Hospital. I am
nine years old. Mama, my sister,
Myrtle, and I had Sunday school at
home today. We are sending our
collection to the children who are
sick with polio."
Janet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Herman McCullen, who live next
door to the Kennedys, wrote:
"We had Sunday school with the
little xrirl who-S'-nt vou monev last
! Sunday. Here is our collection to
I help you."
Regular attendants at Smith
Chape! Methodist church, of the
Mount Olive Methodist circuit, the
children listen avidly to the lesson
as taught by Mrs. Kennedy, and do
not feel their Sunday is complete
without their Sunday school class.
Maybe the attitude of these four
little persons is what Jesus meant
when He said, "Except ye become
as little children . . . ."
whenever tried. Those who advo
cate it must be blind to the facts
if they cannot see that it deieats
the very ends it seeks to attain.
We had a National Prohibition
Law but it didn't Prohibit. Any
one who wanted whiskey could
buy it. Rum Running and bootleg
ging were flourishing businesses.
Gangs were formed all over the
country to handle whiskey, dope,
white slavery and every other form
ot vice. Murder was an everyday
occurrence. Every form of crime
multiplied many times. Our courts
worked overtime to fill our prisons
far beyond vheir capacity. Thous
ands of young boys and girls were
sucked into tiie maw of crime.
Many went to prison and many
others suiered a worse fate. Hov
anyone who lived through the crime
filled years of Prohibition couid
want it back is beyond my poor
powers of comprehension. NO!
Prohibition is not the answer. Du
plin County has Prohibition now
--we also have whiskey and will
have beer if we p.-ohibit ils legal
I Think that the answer can be
found in the Churches, the minis
ters and all real Christian people.
Let them lead rather than seek to
drive, to force, by law. Preachers
must become salesmen and sell
God, Christ, religion to his neck.
He must preach for God and his
teachings, and not against dancing
or anything else which - per se - is
not evil. Teach that overindulgence
in any form is a sin not only against
God but against one's self. It is
only in this way that evil can be
conquered. Laws cannot be the
final answer. In fact, the Prohibi
tion law was proof of its own fal
lacy. It was worse than no answer
Robert Joe Is Dead
Robert Joe Middleton, a vener
able old Negro of Kenansville died
last week. He was apreacher and
general laborer. He was about 80.
Robert Joe was respected by the
whites around as well as the color
John Charles Dullers who will
probably be our neext Secretary
The Pinyatello boys of Bowden
will be tried next week. Judge Ste- .
vens, who will preside over a one
week term of criminal court, has
ordered that the case begin Tues
day, according to Rivers Johnson,
defending attorney. Mr. Johnson
says everything is set and the case
will come up. Assisting the de
fense is Vance B. Gavin, prominent
attorney of Kenansville. Aiding in
the prosecution will be Attys. P. D.
Herring of Clinton, J. A. Powers
of Wallace and E. Walker Stevens
of Warsaw. The case promises to
be a rather drawn out affair and
will require several days.
The story goes back to the al- .
leged murder of Harry Anderson
in Bowden in February. It is charg
ed that one of the brothers held
Anderson in Kornegay's Service
Station while the other shot him.
One is accused of murder and the
other accused of an accessory.
It is expected a large throng
will crowd Kenansville during the
The have been in jail here since
the so-called murder. While talk
ing with them they expressed sat
isfaction with the way they have
been treated. It is assumed they
will be glad .vhen it is over with
and knew their fate. Moral: Murder
under any circumstances, doesn't
Experience, they tell me, is the
best teacher. It is evident that beer
and wine is harming our people.
In fact it is doing more harm than
whiskey is. I can see the economic
side and see reasons from that
standpoint why it should be legal
ized 4n Duplin. But as I -observe-
the conditions it should be outlaw
ed Maybe some of you will call
this hyprocracy, if you do, then
that is your opinion and I have
mine. I have had the occasion this
week to refuse enough advertising
that may have run into the hund
reds of dollars. I took my stand
and I stick to it. There is something
more to life than money. If we
don't view life from that angle I
think we are in a poor state of
circumstances. Yes, we all have our
weaknesses and we are going to
continue to have them but that is
a personal problem we will have
to work out within ourselves. Go
to the polls Saturday and vote.
Vote as you please. That's what
we are going to do.
Rev. Rogers To
Speak In Warsaw
ounces Rev. C. T. Rogers, pastor
of the Rose Hill Methodist Church,
will speak in the Warsaw Baptist
Church Friday night, Aug. 27 at
8o'clock. He will discuss the wet
and dry issue in the interest of the
entire community. Everybody is
cordially invited to come out and
hear him. You may not agree with
everything he says but you will
enjoy his address.
Road Being Paved
Paving is now underway on High
way 41 between Chinquapin and
the Onslow County line. The paving
project will intersect the Onslow
road at Catherine's Lake. The riad
it intersects goes into Jacksonville.
When it is completed it will offer
a large section of Duplin's nearer
route to Jacksonville.
We have a new columnist this
week. The writer insists that the
identity be kept anonymous so we
are doing so. It may or may nat
appear every week, just as the
writer -feels. The composer has
some good ideas, and like all of
us some bad ones. This week the
author is jumping on Ye Editor.
Well, Ye Editor can take it and we
are giving it to you as is. Read the
column and express what you think
of it It is called "I Think."
Pro-Russian said Tuesday that Rus
sia is not a country of peace. If
we are going to have peace the
politicians and the government
A J. JENKINS
failed once and will fail again
of State and whom I have felt was