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VOLUME NUMBER SIXTEEN
Sam Byrd, Son Of Duplin, Says
He Can Do It, And He Will
Sam Byrd, noted playwright and
author, a son of Duplin, was in
Kenansville Monday morning. Sam
was here in the interest of celebra
ting the 200th anniversary of the
founding of Duplin County, which
is scheduled to be held some time
next year. Mr. Byrd was born near
Beautancus. raised there and in
Mount OUve. He wrote "Small
Town South" a book whose back
ground was laid in Mount Olive,
Seven Springs and Duplin County.
If you haven't read ft, you should.
Also Sam produced and played
the leading tola in "Tobacco Road"
in New York for about 8 years.
lie is interested in writing a
pageant for Duplin which will de
pict the history of the county and
bring out many of the leading fam
ilies. Also he wants to direct the
show. He has in mind about a three
day and night affair. To put it over
as he thinks it should be, it will
take six months or more to write
and produce it. He wants to use
all local talent. He says he can
get reporters from four leading
newspapers in New York, maybe
two from Washington and Life
Magazine to cover it. He thinks
it if strong enough to attract the
President of the United States here
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other attractive enticements. Sam
sayg it is something that will give
nation-wide attention to Kenans
ville and Duplin.
Register of Deeds A. T. Outlaw,
who has the history of our county
very well written up, has agreed
to allow the author to use his notes.
When arrangements have been
completed Author Byrd will take
a three months leave of absence
from the College of Charleston, S.
C, where he is now professor, and
come to Duplin to do the work.
Noted playwright Paul Green of
Chapel Hill, author of 'The Lost
Colony", has offered his cooper
ation. Mr. Byrd says that he plans to
write the pageant in a manner that
his publisher will print it in book
form so that everyone who wants
it may have one.
The Duplin Times is beginning
to make plans for a 100 page edition
on the celebration. Miss Gertrude
Carraway, noted historical writer
of New Bern, will probably have a
hand in the Times' edition.
(Special to the Times)
To Act Now
.Elizabeth town, N. C. Leaders
Of seven county Farm Bureaus met
here Aug. 24 and were told that
"lour gains will be temporary un
less we act now to safeguard them".
; A. C. Edwards, of Hookerton, N.
Farm Bureau Vice-President and
embership Chairman, was the
speaker and added: "We must work
-in-hand. We must pun to-
' MaMw it tun aviuM tn maintain il
decent-living for ourselves and our
families on our farms."
The meeting, presided over by
games Monroe of Elizabethtown,
RFC, and attended, by mors than
SO persons was one of five district
sessions being hel at that time in
preparation for the annual state
wide membership campaign. Farm
Bureau members will open the
e the first week' in September.
' Counties represented at this
Tjiantinc were Bladen, Brunswick,
lin, Columbus, New Hanover,
The Rev. John Cline of Kenan."
yiue, has recently participated in
p seminar sponsored by the General
Hoard of Education of the Method
i t "Church and Duke University at
N. C. on the theme,
asi for Political
Members of the
Noted Evangelist Be
Rev. G. G. Lanter, Baptist mini
ster and Evangelist of the South
em Baptist Convention Home Mis
sion Board of Atlanta, Ga. will
conduct a revival meeting at the
Dobson's Chapel Church Septem
ber 5th, through September 12th,
1948. The first sermon will be held
at 8 o'clock Sunday night.
Mr. Lanter was reared in Ash
land, Ky. After finishing college.
he attended the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary, Louisville, j
Ky. for three years. In manner he
is quiet, dignified and scholarly.)
Never-the-less, he has great power
and his eloquent messages are de-;
livered with much zeal and fervor. I
Residents of Rose Hill may recall
that he held a meeting in the Rose
Hill Baptist Church several years'
A cordial invitation is extended
to everybody to hear this fine and
successful preacher in his great
messages. Come early ana enjoy
good singing and fellowship. Re-1
We like to pass bouquets, but
not too frequently. We have been
observing Rivers Johnson for quite
a while. As we observe the progress
of the Pinyatello case we see much
more. Rivers is undoubtedly one of
the greatest criminal lawyers
North Carolina has ever. produced.
His knowledge of the law is almost
unsurpassed but his knowledge of
human nature goes even further.
It is very interesting to observe
Rivers defending and Judge Henry
Stevens sitting oft the bench. This
writing is on Wednesday, before
jury has been completely selected.
Duplin can be justly proud of its
Yes, Mr. Torquemada, I have
read Ecclesiastes and I have x'ead
Voltaire. I think I get your point.
Your quotation from Ecclestiastes
is contradictory to my point of
thought. We all need and want
money but when we put money
first it brings on other thought.
As I aid I may be a hypocrite but
if so I am the one who will have
to pay for it. We enjoyed your col
umn and hope you will continue it.
I Agree with you that a newspaper
should give both sides and let it
fall v here it may. But there is one
pleasure, if there is a pleasure, in
being a newspaperman, you can
print what you want to. Don't we
all have this certain amount of "I
It's been an old and traditional
custom in this section for folks to
"come to town on Saturday." In
days gone by it worked out best;
consequently the tradition.
In recent years the merchants
have recognized that their clerks
needed some time off besides on
Sunday and began giving them
Wednesday afternoons off. If they
wanted a garden they would have
a half -day during the week to work.
As post-war readjustments begin
to present themselves itppeari: to
us that if a half-day is going to be
taken off it could be done on Sat
urday as well as Wednesday. This
would give everyone concerned a
full day and a half off in whioh
they could do their work or make
trip, or do what they pleased.
This business of closing a half .ay
during the middle of the week is
becoming a nuisance to the mer
chant, his clerks and the farmers.
What do you think? Business is go
ing to be done whether it is an
Monday or Saturday.
I knew a newspaper reporter
once. He would have made a good
editor but he loved reporting. He
was a member of the' fire depart
ment of Wilson and leading frater
nal orders. He worked hard. HI.
soul wss in his work. He had i
dream to write something that
would have become -permanent to
the world. He was a dreamer with
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KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
At Dobson Chapel
member the first service will be
at 8 o'clock next Sunday night,
REV. G. G.. LANTER
Kenansville. N. C.
September 2, 1948
To The Principals of the Schools:
There are three now cases of
Polio in the county, and Dr. Good
ing, after talking with several
other doctors of the county has
suggested that we delay the open
ing of school until September 16.
You are instructed to delay open
ing until that date.
It will be a big help to us in
setting up our books if you will
forward to us by return mail a li;
of your teachers We need this in
formation at once, and your promo t
attention to this request will be
I have been advised that sorae
of the Negro Veteran Schools star
ted classes yesterday. Your school,
including instructors, will ' t
nothing until you arc author ,:.d
to start from this office. Also the
veterans will not get subsislance
until our contract is appioved by I
the Veterans Administration. Yc
expect this to be done in time lot
us to start on September 20.
This year, we will pay no in
voices for the Negro Veteran
Schools unless we have approved
the purchase. We will place all
orders for supplies, etc.
O. P. Johnson. Supt.
Grand Jury Ask For
The Grand Jury in its Report
Tuesday recommended luat tne
court room be air conditioned. The
jurors were thanked by Judge Ste
vens for agreeing with him that
this was necessary. They were fur
ther thanked for their splendid
work and dismissed.
A true bill was returned in the
case of the State vs Leaham Hous
ton charging murder in the first
Clinics formerly held each Wednes
day afternoon in Beulaville and B.
F. Grady will be held each Monday
beginning August 30.
Beulaville - 11:00 to 12:00 Noon
B. P. Grady - 1:00 to 2:00 B. M.
Dr. G. V, Gooding, Health Offi
cer, announces that school teachers
in Duplin County may obtain their
health certificates from the Health
Department in Kenansville etch
Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 to
Duplin Is On The Way
Kenneth Taylor Named National Secty.
Mail Carriers Association
At the National Convention of
Rural Letter Carriers recently held
in Saint Paul, Minn., Mr. Kenneth
Taylor of Magnolia, H. C. was el
ected unanimously as National Sec
retary of the Association. He has
served two years as National Com
mitteeman. His new assignment
will make it necessary for him to
live in Washington, D. C.
Mr. Taylor has served as Rural
Carrier at Magnolia for about 30
years and his knowledge of the Ru
ral Service "from the ground up"
will be of great assistance to him
in his new work.
His election is a great honor to
him and the other Rural Carriers
of the state, yet his many friends
will regret to see him leave the
state and the good wishes of all
will attend, him in his new work.
Weil Known Pink Hill Theatre Operator
Named Director of New Organization
C. B. Hayworth, resident of Pink ,
Hill, and owner of the Drive In
Theatres in Pink Hill and Clinton,
was named a member of the board
of directors of the newly formed
"Drive In Theatre Owners Associa
tion" at a meeting held in Charlotte
on August 30th.
"Sea Bee" says 50 theatre oper
ators from North and South Caro
lina were present. It is the first
organization of its kind ever. form
ed in this section. The following
officers were elected: R. O. Jeffress
of Charlotte, President; Hoop Jer
nigan of Lancaster, S. C. Vice
President for South Carolina; L. L.
Theimer of Charlotte, Vice-President
for North Carolina; and A. W.
Duplin Votes Overwhelmingly Dry
The dry forces of Duplin county
joined eight other counties in Ecor-
ing a sweeping victory Saturday
in beer-and-wine referendums, ac
cording to unofficial returns.
The dry majorities ranged from
12 to 1 in Madison county to 2 to 1
Results in Duplin county showed
that of the 20 precincts, three vo
ted wet and 15 voted dry.
Drys won five preceding elect
ions held last winter in Bladen,
Drys Ys Wets At Magnolia Election
By Miss Macy Cox
At least one hundred and eighty At the meeting in the Baptist
six voters are rejoicing over the Church Friday night. Miss Macy
election held Saturday in Magno- Cox read the article Mr. Bob
lia and many other who did not Grady wrote in the Duplin Times
vote. Eighty-four voters are npt of his refusal to print articles in
so well pleased. We consider the his paper for the Beer and Wine
election a great success and fair supporters. The entire congrega
in everv wav. There were no unfair , tion stood in expression of their
piays in me county, iiuimug uu
criticism, nothing the least bit
sneaking, no untrue facts present
ed and the whole thing is a credit
to the County. It was managed in
Orders Being Taken
Now In 4-H Baby
Orders are now being taken for
4-H Baby Beef calves. Any 4-H boy
or girl desiring to feed beef calves
for one of the Fat Stock Shows next
spring may place their order for
calves at the County Agents Office
in Kenansville by September 15.
A $10.00 deposit is required with
This should be a good year to
feed a calf since meat is scarce
and feed is cheaper than it has
been. We don't think there will be
as many calves in the shows next
year and they shiuld sell good. eW
plan to buy calves weighing Be
tween 400 and 600 pounds, and
they will probably cost 28 to 30
cents per pound
The final date for taking orders
was extended to September 15, be
cause the beef cattle growers were
not ready to sell on September 1,
i. Ml A. a., kin
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 1948
Bell of Charlotte, secretary-Treasurer.
Directors named were: C. B.
Hayworth of Pink Hill; Fred Sess
oms of Winston-Salem; Ben Allen
of Charlotte; Howard McNally of
Fayetteville: Ben Pless of Ashe-
ville; Bob Rogers of Cheraw, S. C;
and J. Frances White of Charlotte.
The next general meeting of the
organization is scheduled to be
held in Charlotte on December 6.
The Board of Directors will meet
in Charlotte on September 6.
Duplin should be proua that C. B.
Hayworth is on the Board of Di
rectors. He is an outstanding show
man and is making quite a contri
bution to the town of Pink Hill
Graham, Pender, Robeson. Swain
county is still under litigation.
The recent elections, on beer
and wine, will be the last to be
held this year as the law provides
that such referendum cannot be
held within 60 of another election,
and the general election is coming
up on November 2.
The Duplin Times predicted a
majority for the Drys of 75. It
went dry 71.
appreciation ol nis retusai, ana to
inform him of their act. Good for
you, Mr. Grady. Thanks to Mr.
Teachey. County Chairman, and to
Mr. Wood, County Secretary and
For Baby Beeves
Watch Out Drivers
Raleigh. Sept. 1 Forty-seven
new State Highway Patrolmen
were sworn in here today in cere
monies in the Hall of the House of
The new men graduated last
week in a class of 61 from a six
weeks' Highway Patrol Training
School at Chapel Hill. The remain
ing 14 graduates are being held on
reserve and will be called as soon
as vacancies occur.
In addition to careful selection
-given each applicant prior to en
trance into the Patrol Training
School, the Patrol also demanded
rigorous physical and intelligence
Murder Trial Of Joseph And Tony
Pinyatello Called On 2nd Day Of Court
By Emory Sadler
The case of Joseph and Tony
Pinyatello. of Bovvden, was called
Tuesday morning. They are charged
with the first decree murder of
Harry Anderson, also of Bowden.
on February 2nd of this year. Ex
amination of pnispective jurors
was begun at about 10:30 o'clock.
After the regular jurors for the
term were called, examined and all
excused without getting a juror.
The calling of the Special Venire
of 275 was begun and it was not
until the 39th man was called that
the first juror - J. W. Johnson -was
accepted and sworn. The next
to be accepted and sworn was the
88th man examined - Simpson Har
per; then quickly the 90th man
called - B. F. Evans - was accepted
and sworn. At this time the three
jurymen were ordered locked up
for the night and court was ad
journed until 9:30 Wednesday
morning. All women on the regular
jury and on the special venire had
been excused by Judge Stevens
early in the afternoon. The sum
moning of the 'Special Venire
brought to light an interesting
fact: We have in Duplin County
an old Negro woman - Liza Branch
- who is an ex-slave and who was
twice sold on the auction block.
At 3:30 Wednesday afternoon
the last name on the Special Ve-
i nire was called and. only three
jurors had been accepted ana
sworn during the day's session:
McKinley Lloyd, the 96th name
called; Henry Quinn. the 12.1st
name called and Lloyd C. Jones
the 188th name called. Thus there
were now six jurors accepted and
sworn. These out of 301 names on
the regular jury lor the term and
the Special Venire. At this time
Judge Etevens recessed court and
called into his chambers the at
torneys for the defense and the
prosecution. A few minutes later
the Judge returned to his bench,
called the Court to order and an
nounced that he would adjourn
court until 9:30 Thursday morning
while he took under advisement
his future course of action. The
six jurors were ordered locked up
for the night.
The rumor quickly spread that
Judge Stevens would order a
change of venue and send the case
By EMORY SADLER
In Superior Court. Criminal
Term, which opened in Kenans
ville on Monday. August 30. .fudge
Henry Stevens of Warsaw, presi- (
ding, the case of State Vs D. D.
Ramsey, of Rose Hill, charged with
Assault on a Female with intent
to commit rape, ws n.ille prosed
at the suggestion of L. A Wilson
of Rose Hill, attorney for the pri
vate prosecution, Elmoi e Teachey."
father of Jerry Teachey. aged about
9 years. I
Mr. Ramsey, aged 62, is a highly
respected citizen of the Rose Hill
community and his arrest on the
above charge was a great shock to
his many friends. The charge grew
out of Mr. Ramsey's asking the
hiid to come into a theatre, oper
ated by his son in Rose Hill, so
that he could give her some candy.
The theatre was not open at the
time and it was alleged that he
kissed her and otherwise made im-
Four Killed As Auto Wrecks
By IVEY BOWDEN
Four persons were killed and a
fifth seriously injured early Tues
day of last week in Mobile, Ala.
when the car in which they were
riding left the road and went
down an embankment due to a
faulty steering gear. ,
The dead were Mr .and Mrs.
John Otis Barnes, John Travis
White and Virgil G. Rawlins. The
survivor is George Thomas who is
suffering from a brain concussion.
Funeral services were held for
Mr. and Mrs. John O. Barnes on
Sunday evening at four o'clock ii
the Kenansville Presbyterian
Church. Services were conducted
by the Rev. John M. Cline with in
terment in the Golden Grove Cem
to Pender County for trial. This
rumor was proven to be in error
when Judge Stevens announced at
10:30 that he would call another
Special Venire of 150. The names
were speedily drawn and officers
were dispatched to summon the
venire. It was not until 4:30 pjn.
that examination of this venire was
begun. It is estimated that 35 to
40r of the prospective jurors ex
amined on Tuesday and Wednes
day disqualified themselves by
saying that they did not believe
in capital punishment. When five
out of the first six men called from
the second Special Venire announ
ced that they were opposed to cap
ital punishment Judge Stevens ad
monished the others of the Spec
ial Venire who had not yet been
sworn and explained that they
would perjure themselves if they
falsely stated that they were op
posed to capital punishment in or
der to escape sitting on this jury.
He said: "This is the oath which
the Cljerk administers when you
come up here and are sworn 'Do
you Solemnly Swear that you will
True Answer give to the Court or
anyone under its direction (That is
the lawyers) touching on your fit
ness and competence as a juror. So
Help You God.' If you come up here
and tell a wilful lie to keep from
sitting on this jury you commit
perjury which is punishable by
law." After this statement by the
Court there were only two to be
excused for this reason. The next
man called - Joseph Thomas, No. 7
on the Special Venire - was ac
cepted and sworn; Quickly then,
O'Neil Pickett, No. 10; John W.
Brice. No. 16; William R. Harper,
No. 21; J. M. Harrison, No. 29; and
Wayne Quinn, No. 47, were accept
ed and sworn to complete the
jury. At 7:58 p.m. the 13th man and
Alternate juror - A. G. Sholar, No.
50. was accepted and sworn. It had
taken only 50 of the 150 veniremen
to gel seven jurors, whereas, only
six had been accepted and sworn
from the first list of 301 names. At
8:05 court was adjourned until 9:30
Friday morning and the jury locked
up for the night.
Judge Etevens announced that he
would hold court tomorrow and on
Saturday until one o'clock when he
would adjourn until Monday morn
( CONTINUED ON BACK)
I proper advances. That sober
thought and consideration has
caused the father. Mr. Elmore Tea
chey and his attorney. Mr. L. A.
Wilson, to ask that the charges be
dismissed by the Court would seem
to indicate that they exonerate Mr.
Ramsey of any intent to do wrong.
Since from their action it would
appear that there was serious doubt
of Mr. Ramsey's wrong intent, Dltn
" Mr. Teachey and Mr. Wilson are
to be congratulated for stopping
the matter without further ado.
The writer believes that there are
i no truer words than these of
Shakespeare's - "Good name in man
and woman, dear my Lord, is the
immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash;
'tis something, nothing; 'Twas mine,
'tis his, and has been slave to thou
sands; but he that filches from me
my good name robs me of that
which cannot enrich him, and make
me poor indeed."
Mrs. Barnes was the former Miss
Estelle Shaffer. She has been living
in Mobile for the past few years
and celebrated her second wedding
anniversary on August 6. She is
survived by her mother, Mrs. Nora
B. Shaffer and five sisters, Mrs.
H. E. Blake of Burgaw, Mrs. L. F.
Rouse of Kinston, Mrs. James Tuck
er of Kenansville, Miss Lila Shaffer
of Burgaw and Mrs. Ivy Bowden of
Kenansville. Mr. Barnes is survived
by a daughter by a former marriage
Mrs. W. C. Thomas of Portsmouth,
Virginia. . ;
CARD OF THANKS
The family of Mrs. Nora Shaffer
wish to express their appreciation
for the many kindnesses shown
durinz their recent tragedy.