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FRIDAY, APRIL 14th, 1950
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fV'BrVA. M. DAVIS
: He was just a little ordinary
country lad not unlike to many of
us. He liked to run through Hie
woods, wander along the creek
banks, flab, play ball and do all
the other things a normal healthy
country boy likes to do. He had
never seen much pain or suffer
ing. His was a happy. . carefree
life - - not too many cares or wor
ries --not too many thought about
what the- future held In store for
him. . , -
Perhaps many of you know this
lad. Many of you knew him back
then. He did not live far from
here, Just out beyond Mr. Mosley
Bowden'a farm. Many of you liked
his and played games with him.
Many of you remember the tragedy
that struck this happy carefree
lad of only 13. You can remember
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it but not a distinctly as he. Every
little detail seems to him as if It
happened only yesterday. He de
scribed It to -me yesterday and very
few of jus who have never been
through such can visualize the
suffering and agony put upon the
shoulders of this lad of 13. But
he did not complain as he told It
It was in April about 35 or 4b
years ago. In spring when the
flowers are Just beginning to bud.
The time when people are planting
and getting ready to plant on the
farm - a time of happiness and
cheer and hopefulness in the
hearts of all of us who gamble
with nature and the soil as a
means of sustainance. It is almost
time to shed our shoes. Many of
us still get that urge in April after
many years of living where our
social habits will not permit this
People in those days did not
burn off the waste lands and break
for planting as early as they do
now. We can remember the thrill
we got when a broom straw patch
was. fired. The lingering March
winds would whip the flames across
the field at a terrific pace, rab
bits would run and you could hear
the crackling of the hungry flames
as they licked at the dry grass.
Oh, what a thrill it was to us as
a lad of 13. What a thrill it was
to this lad when his father gath
ered the boys around that morning
In April and told them the old briar
patch had to be burned, never
dreaming of the impending trag
edy. Never dreaming what it
would mean to this lad of 13.
Plans went as they should at first.
The fire was started and each boy
would grab a hand full of the dry
grass and s trow the fire- along the
edge of the broom straw patch. The
fire leaped and roared the rab
bits ran - - the boys yelled. Every
body was happy, but not for long.
It seems that the lad of 13 lost the
assigned pith as he ran along
spreading the fire. Instead of run
ning the edge he ran into the mid
dle of the patch of straw and briars.
The flames met and he was directly
In the path of each coming sheet
of flames. They licked at his body
and seared his flesh and passed on
leaving him in his agony.
His father and brothers found
him after the fire had gone. He
was laying face down on the earth
clutching the briars so hard that
thorns had passed clear through
He was blind and remained so
for 3d days after the fire. And the
akin had burned off the back of
his hands and then Or. Falaon
wanted to amputate his hands but
the lad wouldn't let him.
It was September before ha
could go back to the briar patch
and find the place where he had
been found on that fateful April
day. His little pearl handled knife
and old snap pocket book with the
change his father had given him
was still there. In his mind a hor
rible memory that time could never
erase. But he never complained.
That lad of 13 grew Into man
hood, worked, married, a fine fam
ily, and got along well until about
10 years ago. Fate struck again.
This time in the form of another
heart rending tragedy. Arthritis
set In with all its cruel after ef
fects. It crippled his hands and
legs to the place where he cannot
walk around and lead a normal
life like other people. But he nev
You can see him any day now.
He always has a smile and a kind
word for his friends. He has never
given up. He continues to make
a living for-his wife and daughter!.
We wonder how many of us could
have done as much for our fami
lies with the memories as tragic
dating back to a lad of 13.
We know this lad as John . L,
Oats, our local magistrate and seed
merchant and we feel indebted to
him for teaching us how to live
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a normal uncomplaining lite re
gardless of the heart rending trag
edies that may upset us at times.
This brings the admiration of.
nnf t. ne man n mImm. V. hav
very little concerning the boyhood
of this man to tell. We know him as
a young man some years ago. He
was well to do and could afford
all the necessities of life for he
and his wife. The depression came
and took most all he had. But he
did not give up. He continued to
struggle along. His health was
good and he would have come
along if tragedy had not struck.
This time it was in the form of
blindness and failing health. In the
past few years he has lost the sight
of one eye and is totally bllnd in
the other. But he hasn't given up.
He asks no one for anything and
we never hear him complain.
We know this man as Frank
Byrd. To him we owe a great deal.
He also is teaching us a lesson.
When we come In contact with
people who always grumble about
hard times, no business, minor
aches and pains we think about
these fellows. We never, bear them
complain yet their luck has been
running out for years it seems to
us and I am sure it must seem so
These men are teaching us a
lesson --a lesson for which we
should all feel grateful. It is a
shame that they should- have to'
suffer as they should have to suf
fer as they have to get it across
to us. But I ame sure that in the
end they will receive their Just
The Exchange Club of Clinton
presented a wheel chair last week
to Mrs. Ben Turner, an invalid ,of
near Outlaw's Bridge.
An attack of arthritis has pre
vented Mrs. Turner from walking
for about two years. She and Mr.
Turner have five small children
and her condition has caused kirn
to have to stay at home much of
the time and wait on her, hence
their financial condition has not
been too satisfactory.
The. presentation of the chair j
came about through the efforts of.
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Norden Bowden, a member of the
Exchange Club. Mrs. Bell became
acquainted with the case when she
visited the recent tonsil clinic in
Kenansville. She saw one of the
Turner children and noticed that
none of her people were with her.
She asked permission to take her
home. When she went to the Tur
ner home she saw the condition
the family was in and noted the
need for a wheel chair for the
When she came back to Falson
and was discussing the family with
a friend, Mr. Bowden.representa
tlve of a bakery in Clinton, over
heard the conversation and offer
ed to take the matter of a wheel
chair up with his club. The Ex
change Club's main project is the
care of crippled children. Recently
it is sponsoring Indoor Sports for
The Club was able to locate a
used chair and presented it to Mrs.
Turner. Mr. C. B. Robinson, chair
man of the committee In charge
of the project, made the presenta
tion last Friday afternoon.
A freak accident completely de
stroyed a tractor-truck owned by
Jim Thompson, a Faison trucker,
in Richmond, Va. last week. The
driver, C. B. Taylor of Faison, es
caped with only minor bruises and
a slightly singed head.
The tractor with trailer was going
north through Richmond and as It
approached a part of the street
being repaired it was forced by
an approaching car to make a sharp
turn onto the torn up part ot we
street It hit a bank of sand and
damaged the gas tank. Immediately
after it passed over a lighted flare
and the tank exploded. The truck
was almost Instantly In a mass of
flames. Taylor broke open a door
glass, Jumped through and was
fortunate to escape with his life.
The tractor was a complete loss,
estimated at $3,300, and the
trailer was saved by the Richmond
fire department with the loss of
the tires and a badly burned paint
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first Ball Game
The Faison semi-pro raitiall
team, a member of the Produce
League, will play a practice game
with Calypso on the Falaon dia
mond at 3 oclock Saturday after
noon April-15th. There will be a
return game on Sunday, April 16
Both teams have been practicing
each Saturday and Sunday for
some time. This game will give the
fans a preview of what they can
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REV. CROSSNO TO
ASSIST REV. WARREN
Rev R. L. Crossno, pastor of the
Warsa wMethodist Church, will as
sist Rev. Fred F. Warren in a re
vival at Epworth Methodist Church,
9 miles south of Clinton on the
Garland highway, beginning April
17th and continuing through April
23rd. Services will be held each
evening at 7:45. The public is cor
Rev. Warren filled his regular
appointments at Epworth and Trin
ity Easter Sunday to near capacity
Rev Dennis Kiniaw, pastor of the
Methodist Church in Faison, will
be away for the next three weeks.
He is attending revival services in
the State of Iowa.
charge. He isRurvived by his wife,
Mrs. Mattie Hizzell Adams; two
sons, Henry Hizzell Adams and
Bobby Adams; one daughter. Mrs.
.vl.ylan Cartel-; and two grand
iliildren, all of the home; two sis
ters, Mrs. Hicks Pipford of Caly
and Mri. W. tv Lewis of Fai
son; two brothers, P. G. Adams of
Faison and II. K. Adams of Tampa,
JAMES L. ADAMS
DIES HEART ATTACK
James L. Adams, 55, died sudden
ly at his home in north Clinton
Friday at 1:30 p.m. Funeral services
were held at a Clinton funeral
home Sunday afternoon, with his
pastor, Rev. C. Freeman Heath of
the Clinton Methodist Church, in
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