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VOLUME NUMBER SIXTEEN
f Aint I cot a nice friend? Imagine
wife receiving the following:
J "Re: Times, Dec, 3, 1948,
. K Why haven't you murdered him
' long ago? If you haven't any poison,
jpaybe I can get you some. This
lame the deed warrants the act for:
ft Whether it's poetry
Or whether It's Just rhymes
f Bob Grady' will publish It
- fIn the Duplin Times."
' j Now I ask you gentle readers.
.'hat should I do In a case like,
i tat, when my very-life seems to be
v.treatened. ' - . I
tlf you will loo!: your issue of
ta Duplin Times of Dec. 3, and
reud the poem my wue wrote you
will get what the writer is driving
' it. Incidentally the writer is a
, former newspaper editor and one
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Of me grnawt peniuns i nave
1 ever knowm .
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I WANT A HOME
By J. B. Grady
I want a home '
. In Old Fashioned home
Like the one my mother gave me
Where you can flop down
On the softness of the down
Of that old time
Where you can comt in at night
Without any light
: When you have been courting
Where Mother and Dad
listen silently -
And pretend not to;know.
When you fall in thatiieather bed
: Without any show v N
And your snoozles
EJgin to grow. . ; i ' -
I want a home
When at the burst of day
You dress in the cold gray dawn.
- And you wash your face
In the old wash pan
And go milk the cow
And don't give a damn.
I want a home
That recalls to mind
The glorious days of childhood,
'And one that will give to mind.
' A recollection of days gone by
And a promise to the future
That one cannot buy,
I want a home
That will give to my own
A hope to the future
And a sense of security.
If I can do this
I can die happy.
And look to the future
With my Pappy.
v- When it comes to absentmlnded
' hess I have established a record.
As a rule when I undress at night
I have a special place to put my
iclothes so that when I get up in
the morning (not wake up), : I'll
know where they are.
r. This morning I got up before
completely waking up. I followed
my usual procedure in dressicg -
" when time came to put on my trou
sers I couldn't find them. I looked
: the room over carefully, but no
trousers - I searched the hall and
very room upstairs. No trousers.
' jNot wanting to give myself away I
went down stairs : and casually
.'looked through the living rorm,
din'ng room and kitchen. No trou
pers." 1 started to go to the basement
but; gave up. -My wife was out
Humbly I asked' my cook, Anrle,
if she knew where my trousers
ere. "Why, Yes, they are on your
n wife's desk." Weill that 'would
.have been the last place X would
have looked. Suddenly it dawned
on me that last night I asked my
' wue to sew a button on the open
: ing part of the trousers, which of
course necessarily had to be done.
:It being late she- just folded the
trousers and laid them on her desk,
Now, at long last I can complete
my dressing, and, incidentally, I
have my breeches ohjiow. '
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j Mrs. Ira Ezzell, Jr., of Warsaw
has reported that the body of her
ew, Roland Edwards of Golds'
Z" ? of ITr. and Mrs. Wayne
' '' ' " i I'cr'c, ws re-
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A. C. HALL
Board of County Commissioners
The Blood Hounds
(Being the docs of Sheriff
Ralph J. Jones)
By: E. W. SADLEB r
If you doubt the efficacy of Blood
Hounds in the tracking and catch
Ing of criminals, you can easily be
persuaded to change your mind by
talkmg to L. R. Hollingsworth, 17-
year-old Negro, of Pensacola, Fla ,
who same here eight months ago
wun tne Silas Green Shows. "The
Blood Hounds of Duplin'.', owned by
Sheriff Ralph, Jones, have .tracked
him twice from the scene of a crime
and landed him behind bars. The
first time was about, four months
ago when a laundry was broken in
to in Clinton. The tracks of the
criminal were plain and Sheriff
Lockerman of. SamDsoh Count t
called Sheriff Jofces d asked for
the use of his dogs. Sheriff Jone.-,
took the two dogs to Clinton where.
aftersnifflng the tracks, they trail
ed Hollingsworth for some three
miles to where officers arrested
him. He was tried and convicted
and placed on probation. You would
think that this would have instilled
in' him a respect for the meth
ods of criminal apprehension em
ployed in these parts - but such
seems not to have been the case.
For "The Blood Hounds of Dupliii"
have again Just recently been called
upon to follow the tracks of this
man. Needless to say that they led
the officers to him and that he is
now behind bars.
The events leading to the seconJ
chase had their beginning in Wil
mington where Hollingsworth had'
made his home since leaving Clin
ton following his first race with
The Blood Hounds of Duplin".
In Wilmington it seems that Holl
ingsworth worked at the Eight
Ball Pool Room. One day a custo
mer Save him a twenty dollar bill
to go out and get changed. It is re
ported that Hollingsworth forgot
the way back to the pool room and
that the customer is still waiting
for his money. From Wilmington
Hollingsworth traveled to Clinton
for the purpose of getting his pro
bation papers signed, after which
he started walking toward Warsaw.
Along the way he is said to have
met up with one Norman Lee Mor
risey a1 colored youth of about
his own age who asked him if he
had any money. It is said that Hol
lingsworth stated to Morrisey that
he was without funds. Whereupon
Morrisey told him that if he had
any sense that he (Morrisey) could
tell him (Hollingsworth) where he
could get some money. Hollings
worth evidently Could not find
anything wrong with this and the
two went to the home of Mr. Dew
ew Potts, a short distance away.
Morrisey having told Hollingsworth
that Mr. Potts and Ms family were
away and that he thought that Hot
lingsworth would find some money
in the house. According te Sheriff
Jones, ' Hollingsworth entered the
house and took a $20 bill, four i
bills and some change from the
purse of Mrs. Potts, two packs of
cigarettes and a naspugni irom
the house. As he was leaving Mor
risey .having left beforehand - Mr.
Potts returned and saw him run
ning toward some nearby- woods.
Sheriff Jones was sent for and went
to the scene with his blood hounds.
They were shown the tracks of the
fugitive which they .followed for
more than seven miles, through
woods, across fields and into the
town of Warsaw. Here the dogs
iraeked him to the store of Leonard
Moore - which Hollingsworth re
ports he ran around six or seven
times In an attempt to confuse the
dejs. This trick did not work for
t' 9 dv"J v. -re still on his trail when
' 1 : -1 a-rted by an c."i-
Here is our editorial for this week. It is . rom a clipping inserted
in "The Atlantic Coast Line News" this week. ; uthor unknown, but we
believe it is sufficient for the time.
- "Christmas Carob"
Each year the Christmas season is ushered in by the sing
ing of Christmas Carols and hymns, and we hear again the
familiar and ever beautiful songs of Christ mas which have been
handed down through the centuries.
An ancient and lovely custom is the singing of Christmas
carols, and it barkens back to the' days of old when carols were
sung in the streets by waifs and minstrels, when the Yule log
burned on the hearth, holly and mistletoe gleamed among the
Christmas candles and wassail songs made glad the festive
and joyful Ctiristmastlde.
We like to think that the first carol ever sung was by the
angel chorus on that first Christmas eve, nearly two thousand
years ago. But, it was not until the thirteenth century'that we
find the beginning of the true Christmas carol and Italy its
birthplace. Ffom Italy, the carol spread to Spain, France, Eng
land and other European countries where it retained its folk
song qualities of legendary lore and childlike simplicity with
a strange mingling of reverence and genial mirthfulness.
The beginning of the eighteenth century marks the tran
sition from the true carol to the more dignified and solemn
Christmas hymn. The nineteenth century brought the beauti
ful "Silent Night, Holy Night"! an(j also "O Little Town of Beth
" lehem" written by our Phillips Brooks and inspired by a Christ
mas eve spent by him in Bethlehem.
Thus, Christmas carols have lived through the centuries.
Incidentally, wouldn't it, be nice if a group in every community
went around this Christmas, caroling? It's great fun. J. R. G.
By: JOHN SIKES
Just in case you ever get around
to doing a radio program, you'll
want to know right now you'll get
a spiritual uplift from your chore
if your sponsor puts in a good word
every now and then.
' Dec 5 I started such a program
with The Duplin Times as sponsors
That makes me twice up to now -
since the program is on once each
iiwk -from 2:15 to 2:30 D.m. every
Sunday afternoon over WRRZ, 880
on your dial - - the program has
Each time, the moment Judson
Gregory, who announces the com
mercial on the "show", signs the
program off, a telephone call from
Robert Grady in Kenansville is
awaiting me, if telephone calls can
Each time -- and I've got my
fingers crossed while I write
Robert Grady, who as publisher
of The Duplin Times, the sponsor,
sounds mighty happy over what
I've Just finished broadcasting.
Last Sunday, for instance, I dm
a lot of rambling cnamng sdoi'.i
boogie-woogie and barber shop
auartet singing. Now, to me, bar
bershop quartet singing is the fin
est of music because, I reckon, it'.i
so ruggedly sentimental. On that
program I had with me four Wal
lace High School boys who hope
to become famous as foremost ex
ponents of such singing. They sang
for us "Sweet Adeline".
When Editor Grady called he
said, and I quote, "The . program
Editor Grady went into a lot of
other things, among which was
praise for the quartet.
Each Sunday I want to present
at least one number taken frcm
the past. A hymn, a roundelay, or
an ehriavorite that sort of bring?
back the dear, dead days beyond
When he called, Editor Grady
mentioned a couple , of numbers
he'd like personally to hear this
quartet - . which calls themselves
The Four Squires and is composed
of Max Morrison, James Faixes,
Bill Hood, and Jimmy Lockamy -
ing "The Bridge" and "White
. Do any of you all know where we.
can get the words and music for
"The Bridge" and "White Wingc"?
Editor Bob mentioned they were
favorites of his mother. The Four
Squires, happy over the good word
that came from the sponsor, said
they'd be glad to sing the two num
bers ht they could find the music
and words. Any help? -
These Sunday afternoon pro
grams are chat about little items,
and related topics, my kind of
folks talk about amongst thcin-
selves when they get together overi
r-ws marvelin? at the trs '.!;"
a good Sunday dinner, or
around the old homestead.
I'd like for you to drop me a
line --or better still, come and
see me in my office back of the
Post Office in Wallace -- andjet
me know whatever, might be on
your mind. These on-your-mind
items might be woven into one oi
the chats. Too I'd like to know
wmti sunga juun '"
I'm not" fishing. Isi honestly
wanting to krow whether It's worth
Editor Gracy's and The Duplin
Times' time to sponsor these pro
grams. Your response will answer
my wanderlt g.
Kenansville Lions Club met on
Wednesday night of Dec." 8 at the
Kenansville Cafe. Steamed oysters
were served to -the members pres
ent plus three visitors, Vance Gav
in, Ralph Jones and Perry Smith.
The Lions Club will again spon
sor a turkey shooting match on Sat
urday, Dec. 18, beginnlg at 10:30
A.M. and continuing until 4 P.M.,
same location and same committee
Lion Lacy Weeks led a discussion
on Friendship train. The club voted
to spend $15 to purchase grain i"
help fill the Friendship train if
the county quota is not met other
wise. The club also voted to pay $60
on the salary of a driver for Miss
Viola Titus, blind case worker for
Duplin and Wayne countiees.
Kenansville Lions are again of
fering a prize of $10 for the best
Christmas decorations in the town
of Kenansville. -
The club also voted to donate
$100 to Duplin County Historical
Association on condition that the
contract is let for writing and pro
ducing the pageant.
Dr. B. Frank Hall
To Preach At
On Sunday, December 10th, at
11 a.M. Dr. B. Frank Hall will be
the guest minister of the Hallsville
Presbyterian Church. For. the past
eleven years Dr. Hail has served as
nmetnr nf th Central Presnvtenan
church of St. Louis, MO. ' ! r
A cordial invitation is extended
t- Ir f 's ov.tr.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 1948
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Gi mer J. Beck, for over three
ye&is Aisociational Missionary for
the Eastern Association, hes re
signed, effective January 1, 1949
to beg:n serving a field of churches
near Henderson, N. C, He is a na-
tiye of Dav:dson county, attended!
nurcniana mgn scnool, received
his B. A. degree from Wake Forest
College, attended the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary, and
served as Associationa Missionary
in the Stanly Association before
coming to the Eastern Association.
The new field contains two large
country churches in the Tar River
Association. Both churches are n
the process of building new church
uildings and Sunday School plants.
Mr. and Mrs. Beck plan to occupy
new parsonage near Henderson
the first of next year. He will re
main in Warsaw to assist the East
ern Association in securing some
one to succeed him.
Jr. Hi. To Present
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im junior vihss oi me uenia
vine mgn acnooi win present a
three act play in t-c school audi
torium on Saturday uight. Dc. 18
at 7:30 o'clock. Adi lission will be
25 cents and 35 ce its. A'! Come
Letters To Sinfa - -
Mt. Olive, N. C
Route No. 2.
Dec. 10. 1948
Dear Santa Clans:
How are you getting-along? I am
fine. Please bring me what I list
A drawing book, a bis; box of
crayons, a doll baby, a pair of
boots, a pair of mittens, a book
sack, a box of sparklers, a bill fold,
a necklace, 'and fruit.
Maiy Elizabeth lim ing
It's Now Or Never
The overseas -car of food that
Duplin is jiving to the starving
people of Europe, will leave War
saw Monday Dec. 20, loaded or un
loaded. At present it is very much
unloaded. Duplin is asked for one
car load. Duplin, as a rule, never
falls down on Its obligations. This
is an obligation to life. Even though
we went to war against an enemy,
people must be fed, whether ene
mies or allies. The war is over and
Enrope must be saved if mankind
is going to be saved.
In a conservation with O. P.
Johnson Wednesday we learned
that the Magnolia, and Rose Hill
Negro Schools had passed their
quota; by this time Calypso will
have reached Ms quota. One of the
Albrittons in Calypso gave 25 bu
shels of corn.
If you haven't made your dona
tion, take It to your Sunday School
or church Sunday. The Churches
will see that It fa delivered to the
train in Warsaw In ample, time on
Monday. It's Christinas; let's all
give a Christmas present. The story
could be reversed; but by the mer
cies of God, it could be us. ' JJt.G.
Coroner C.-B. Sitterson 'held an
inquest into the death of Frank
Thompson, age 79, of Sneeds Ferry,
at three o'clock Thursday afternoon
of December 16th, "in Kenansville.
The Jury 1-eturned.a verdict of "Un
avoidable accident, caused by Frank
Thompson running out in front of
the bus.-, -if
I Mr. Thompson as struck by a
Queen City Bus ierated by Mr.
J -ips Kimmon Shepherd, Jr., Jf
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Child KilledMan Seriously Injured
In Automobile Accident Tuesday
Michael William Young, age 20
months, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. A. Young, of Hampton, Va., was
instantly killed and Mr. W. J. Rooks
age 80, father of Mrs. Young, was
seriously injured when struck by
an automobile driven by Mr. Albert
Clinton Brown at about 5:30 Tues
day afternoon on Hi-way 41 west
Coroner C. B. Sitterson, of Ke
nansville. reports that fn,;n his in-
vestigation it appears that Mrs.
Young, her father, Mr. Rooks, and
the child had just alighted from a
bus driven by Mr. E. C. Herring, of
Wallace, and had begun to cio s
the highway behind the bus just as
it started off. They were enroute
to visit Mr. and Mrs. James Murphy
sister of Mrs. Young and daughter
of Mr. Rooks. As Mr. Rooks, carry
ing the child, stepped to the right
side of the highway, the car, driven
by Mr. Brown, struck him, break
ing his left leg and causing severe
lacerations about his head. The
child's head was crushed, kiilin
him instantly. Mr. Brown stopped
and gave every possible assistance.
Mr. Herring, driver of the bus, con-
The Bells Ring Out
Are Invited To
The Light Are On
In Kenansville Tonight
The Story of The Christ Child
Will Again Bring to Light
A Story of Delight.
Street light in a" various colors
are beaming. Two huge Christmas
trees are standing on the Court
Ali churches in town have banded
together for a Community Christ
mas Tree on the courthouse lawn at
6 p.m. Wednesday evening. Dec
ember 23rd. Santa will be here.
Bring your gifts and place them
under the tree. Christmas carois
will be sung. It will be an evening
for the elders as well as the young
sters. It's Christmas again in Kenansville.
Duplin School Busses Will Collect
Friendship Train Contributions
By: D. H. MILLER
' O. P. Johnson, county supeririten
' dent of schools, was appointed di
' rector of Duplin's Christian Over-
seas Program, at a meeting held in
Kenansville last Tuesday. Meetirc
' was attended by farm, church and
; civic leaders from every comniun
1 ity in Duplin and thes- men save
I unanimously their approval of the
proposal to fill a Duplin car lo hook
onto the Friendship Train, that v:l! !
1 take food and clothing to destitu?
i people overseas.
- The Friendship Train which is
to be loaded with food and clothing
is to be made up by every Stale in
the United States. Forty-eight
trains in all.
To follow the Duplin plan. Mr
Johnson has requested that farmers
place their contributions by the
side of the roatds that pass in front
of their houses. During the week
of December 13-18 the school bus-ses,-on
their regular runs to and
from school each day, will pick up
these contributions. These will be
shipped to Warsaw where the Du
Library Tea Celebrates 26th
Anniversary County Library
The Kenansville Library vas in
a festive mood last Friday aftei -noon
from four to five o'clock when
it celebrated its 26th anniversary.
The quaint little library gracefully
donned its Christmas greens be
decked with berries, and unique
accessories of Santa Claus candles.
Even though the local library is
called the Kenansville Library, it
is in fact a county library. Nearly
1000 volumes are on the shelves.
The mobile truck which serves the
county emlnates from the so-called
Kenansville1 ; Library. Should the
Pageant prove a success and a
November 29th, about three miles
below Beulaville. on highway 24. He
was Instantly killed. ,'';
Evidense of witnesses at the in
quest was to the effect that Mr.
Thompson ran out of Cole's store
and into the path of the bus in an
attempt to hove it stop so that he
con' I I "-I it, and that fie d-ivpr
tinued to Wallace where he learned
of the accident.
Mr. Albert C. Brown says that he
was blinded by the lights of the
bus and did not see anyone until
he passed the front of the bus and
that he was then right on tbem. He
applied his brakes but could not
avoid hitting Mr. Rooks. According
to Coroner Sitterson, Patrolman
I, B. Lane, who investigated the
accident, measured the skid marks
of the tires on -the highway and -found
that the car skidded sixteen .
steps. Mr. Rooks was taken to the
James Walker Hospital at Wil
mington and the child's body was
taken to the Williams Funerat
Jlome, in Wallace. At the time of
the accident Mr. Brown says that
he was driving at between forty
and fifty miles an hour.
Funeral services for the child
were held at 2:30 Wednesday after
noon at Wells Chapel west of Wal
lace. Coroner Sitterson says that an
inquest will be held later.
Mrs. Young, who escaped injury
in the accident, is suffering from
Hear Xmas CaroP
All Duplinites are invited to at
tend. It will not be a gala show but
something simple in commemora
tion of the Christ-child.
The Kenansville churches ai"
preparing a pageant depicting t'l
Manger Scene. A committee from
the churches and the Woman's
club are in charge of the pageant.
It will be a presentation that any
one will enjoy. We invite you all.
. Beginning Saturday niglil. Dec;
18. Christmas carols will be broad-a.--t
owi ijun from the Court
House. They will be recordings
over a loud speaker system andtthe
be!ls of the town will tie in. This
will continue each night through
Dee. 25th. The plans are for an
Old Time Christmas in Kenans
ville - your county seat Come!
plin car will be loaded.
Ninety of North Carolina's 100
counties have been organized for
participation in this venture in
Duplin farmers are asked to con
tribute corn, peanuts, pecans and
canned foods to the unfortunate
Corn must be shelled and in 100
Peanuts and pecans, of course,
unshelled. must also be in 100 ,1b
Remember, have your contribu
tions, packaged as specified, on the
road in front of your house any
day this week so the school busses
can pick them up. Or take your
contribution with you to church
In addition to the above method
of collection, on Sunday. Dec. 19,
all the churches in the county will
accept contributions from their
members. F,ach church will arrange
to have its collections ifood) truck
ed to Warsaw to be loaded into th
profit be made, the profits could
contribute to the construction of a
World War Memorial Library build
ing. The books in the so-called Ke
nansville Library will be the foun
dation of this memorial. Also other
libraries in the county, it is as
sumed, will make contributions. It
is believed that the intelligence ol
the county will contribute to build 1
a library in Duplin County second
to none in' the state.
Dear readers, use your own Judg- :
ment and act. accordingly as your
pocket book will allow. : , J.R.G.
hitting him. The speed of the bus -at
the time was said to' be between -45
and SO miles an hour. Mr.
Thompson had been, visiting rela tives
near Beulaville and was re
turning -to his borne in Snc-ds