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KENANSVnXE, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1954
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Wi& SAM BYRD
, THE VaOK T8 BLUE : j
. Azaltea Tcstival week got oH to
a fine attaM Monday mght at WH
: mington with a brilliant opening
: ot r. augh lHarbert'i amusing
i comedy, "The "Moon tb aiua
.Wflmlngton theatre-goers turned
. oat 4n mink nd family Jewels to
fBilaud a prfmional company
dowri from 3lew 'York. Peggy Ann
Garner, Bramwell Fletchet and
' James IBurns, local ' boy home from
, Broadway for ' the week, played the
featuMdVxnles. - . .
r JTames H. "McKoy, a -shewman of
' atany years experience, coordinat
ed tthe producMon and he -gave it a
; professional. touch. ""':'':t-i :S
H production was presented la
Thalian3aU as feature of the
fiestival through the cooperation of
The TThalian .-Association and the
' Azalea Jrettlval "Committee.
i Mttt first intermission, the flower
banked lobby pf the famous theatre
radiated aa pleasant (electric, glow
from 'the satisfied audience; and,
- relieved festival committeemen, ft
. was a n ana everybody was happy,
Some -even wentiout in the yard to
turn tweathep eye to the sky in
utfc"$n 'of coming events'
througuthe crowded week., ,.
The 'planners made h successful
, choice , in "The . Moon Is Blue."
Bramwell Fletcher, veteran Broad
; way 4a English star, romped sklU-
fully through the evening.. The play
is a breezy dissertation on serf and
the "complexities of stubborn vir
, tue. The three acts are concerned
with a young architect who meats
a ,delightful young thing on top -tft
; the Emipre State Bulldlpg. The thin
(.plot carries the girl to. the znaHAi.
'aanTonent, with , an understanding
between ihe couple, that steals, and
loiwherry shortcake are the order
Offf -evening. -i
It-jhetcher, father of the archi-
, ''-..' disgruntled flnancee, , drops
'tin for a drink and runs away with
: the next 24 hours, . ,?fj A,
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; architect gets a punch in the eye
from ihe policeman father of the
eager -young virgin," the playends
; happily on -top of the Xmplre State
'Building. ' - iis,"'-,
f Peggy Ann Garner, who' endeared
' herself tto millions of movie? goers
for her .unforgettable portrayal of
'"the young girl in "A Tree Grows in
Brooklyn,1' plays Patty O'Neill,
cause atJt aU. Patty is a delightful
chatterbox concerned with virtue
and particularly her own. Miss
Garner gets her off to a fine start
-and ends on the right note. - .
' ) .Wilmington's James Burns gives a
forthright performance as David
, Gresham, the architect " His per.
formance was well received by a
houseful -of motors. . :
'-. Joseph Hardy ' came all the way
V from New Teste to play the cop who
i pops Gresham in the eye: He did
Nokay. . ' .;;';..;.',;'.;iiA
' The play continue, through Satur
't day night and. It's worth the trip
to Wilmington for this evening of
ophisttcated fun. :ny:f' :-::-!
- Only one think bothered me dur
ing the evening: how .one . man
( could drink so many' martinis, so
much brandy in such rapid succes
' sion, and still be alive at the end
of the proceedings. By the end of
j the second act Bramwell Fletcher,
who plays ; ; the steady-drinking
1 David Slater, had the audience's
tongues hanging out v''Vrt,-!.; M' j
Thalian Hall, where the play was
presented, is the home of The
Thalian Association which was or
' ganized in 1788 and Is the oldest
Uttle Theatre Group In the United
States. While few organizations have
; so colorful a history as The Thai
; tans, there are still fewer existing
t theatres as old ss Thalian HalL
; Voices of the greatest names in
, theatrical and coneert history have
been beard within ' the splendid
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TTnrfl Tirnn NKW vrEW
,tag plant Caroltoa Power 'Light Company Is
building on th Cape Fear River- gives, Wilming-
ton a new landmark. The 200-foot stack is visible
Fund Drive Reports
n S!ovk3feveris Savs
Henry K Stevens, in, Fund Cam
paign Manager for the Duplin Coun
ty , Chapter, American Red Cross
reports that funds are being turned
In to Chapter headquarters herein
Kenansville very slowly, although
there is evidence throughout the
tnine various commumues, ana e
hopes they wOl be able to mske
final reportnbefore the 30th.
M of this date, (March 24th.) the
following funds have been recorded:
Potter's Hill $ 61.02
B. F. Grady & Outlaw's Bridge
V ' 15S.M
Warsaw ; &00
Rose H1U 108L25
Making a total of , . 1445.TS
This is less than SO percent of
Duplin's quota of $5,025.00. but st
is hoped to have better news to
report next week. t
If you have not made your con'-
tribution please do so today. If you
have already given, maybe you, can
give more to help make up the de
ficit Your help and cooperation
will be greatly appreciated by Mr.
Stevens and the other members of
the Executive Board of this Chapter.
-' The Scouts, of Duplin will hold
their first Court of Honor for 1654
Monday, March 29 at Magnolia High
School The' public is , invited to
attend . this Scouting event. There
will be awards to be given to
Scouts from every section of the
county. Let's all join forces and
show the- Scouts that we will back
them 100. - ' . '
Ceuloville Seniors Planning Annual
j Hold your hats, folks! You might
lose) them when you see the dead
men walking around' in the Mortu
ary of Mr.-Bob Nelson. Hercules
Nelson and Wilbur Maxwell are
sure that, something must be radi
cally wrong when they come for a
visit to Uncle -Sob's place. They
dldnt know that he, was a Morti
Yes, neighbors, ,you "will laugh
and cringe at the antics of Hercules
and Wilbur as they, romp through
the three act comedy-Mystery call
ed Tinders Creepers" presented by
the Beulaville .Senior Class on Fri
day, March J, at 8:00 o'clock. .
The performance, ; , written by
miald Payton, Is given with the
T'-on ,of Vie Art Craft Tlsj
. i -ny of CeOar FapL! Icrrw ,
la addition to TTur- aid J
cul you v,m. meet IZt C ' 7,
IX t-e dead man who a kU 1
a fcf-t i t "t rl r - v v
i-v. are C a . i i... .i,i, a
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The huea aenerat-
Hugn Morton.;, j
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Chief Brown Is
iivsvil rfuly v-- '
Chief pf Police ,A. R. Brown of
Richlands called 'the Times this
week and asked that we publish the
fact that some papers were recently
found on the highway between
Kenansville and West Siding,, about
half way, that came from the safe
of J. F. Mohn that was stolen in
Richlands several weeks ago. Mrs.
Joe Foster found the papers, he said,
and It is believed -the safe may be
somewhere In that area. It is about
S X 4 foot-safe. A reward is of
fered for its recovery. Anyone who
leads to its . recovery will be re
Any Syphilis In
The public is advised that there
will be a team composed 'of Messrs.
H. M. Mauldin, Ben. Hayes . and
Dickie Davis ' working in Duplin
County for. the next four weeks.
These men are making a survey
of Syphilis in this County.
The program is . voluntary and
not forced. It is sponsored by U. S.
Public Health Service, the State
Board of Health and Local County
Health Department All local physi
cians are aware of the survey and
are cooperating in helping to make
it a success. '
The 'information received from
this work will help us to know
more about Syphilis, and how to
combat tt,', '
It (is1 requested that the public
give full cooperation to this pro
gram. 1 ' v
By John F. Powers
maid and caretaker who will win
your heart from the very first '
1 Celeste Nelson and Nina Qulgley
are -the two young lasses whom
Wilbur and Hercules become starry
eyed about -'... . , .
There is Frankie, the younger
party in the Nelson family, who
reads mystery thrillers all the time
and gets in everyone's hair. ',. -
There are Madeline Qulgley and
Marry Schuster who bring some un
easy moments as well as some
laughs. Dr. Brown, the physician,
gives tha audience some uneasy
moments.- t ' . ''
Bob and Mrs. Nelson have diffi
culties in keeping this eccentric
crowd walking a straight line but
finally all problems are solved.
Coma out and join the fun! There
win also, be k'-een. act 'tut drtain-.
nt to t?"- t avsmna, A amaU
' -d'on of and Ko wd be
1 r-.t trrii t.:i rr; "y
1. i. L. a IX In tha LM,!avMa
lor miles and draws countlem visitors to tha
multt-million-dollar project. Gulls come for the
food workman throw,' out. for 4hem, '.(Photo by
RALEIGH - Driver license ex
aminers of the Department of Motor
Vehicles approved 35,334 applica
tions for permits in February and
collected $6T,OrBi50 in fees. -
They turned down 0,752 applicants
largely because of their failure to
iad teat. ; '
RALF.1T5H . 'Althmiffh Vnrth Cum.
liba isnt the first state to hsve 4
safety slogan -nn its auto license
plates, it. is the only- state using
sucn a tag tnls year the Motor
Vehicles Department said . today.
More than a half-million Tar Heel
vehicles -WOl eventually carry the
"Drive Safely" tag being distribut
ed during 1854. 'Of the 48 states, 20
have slogans or nicknames on their
RALEIGH- State Highway Patrol
men m rebnuary tagged 17,750
drivers for traffic law violations
the Motor Vehicles Department re
ported today. ;
Despite the shorter month, troop
ers arrested 4,T)o7 more alleged vio
lators than they did in January. .
Tfiey drove mearly two million
miles on routine patrols and made
spot inspections of 139,810 -drivers'
During the month they locked
up 571 drunken drivers, investigated
1,615 accidents, inspected 80,411 ve
hicles, corrected 31,968 lights, and
investigated 7,028 eomphum4'thr Seventh Annual Azalea FesUval,
otner a cu vines: itowi courtesies,
928 'equipment tickets, 7,828 warn
ing tickets, Lf Tehicles weighed,
70 stolen cars. covered.
The monthly report covered the
activities of troopers under the
command of Captain S. H. Mitchell,
Greenville; C. R. Williams, Fayette-
ville; : A. W. Welch, Greensboro;
W. F. Bailey, Salisbury; and D. G.
Lewis, Asheville . -
G. Rr (Bob) bail of Kenansville
suffered a severe hand injury to
his right ' hand Monday when he
was working on a pool table. He
thrust his hand into a ball pocket
and he. withdrew it caught on a
nail and was torn badly. It took
fifty stitches to sew it up ; 1$
rv, . . ' . "'
Group To Hear f
Sam Byrd, Editor of The Weekly
Gazette in LaGrange and Associate
of Bob' Grady on the Duplin Times
will address tho'lBth Annual Com
munity Arts Festival In Greenville
on Thursday, April 1st Also speak
ing st this meeting will be Sam
Ragan, managing editor of the News
and Observer aa others.
' Tha 'Annual ' Conunun)ty "Arts
Festival in Greenville will get under
way Sundsy, Karch 23th- with ex-1
fe!b' nd wn-cotitmue through
..J .i, aecorOg to ft reoenUy
Issued program.. Tha Fsstlval is
" '--re-i by tvt Greenville Wo
m&' Club and Tha Community
Art CU'mT. V . Ji: v - j? v ... ; ';. . -
Superintendent ot Schools in Dup
lin County since 1935, Mr. Johnson
was elected .vice-president of the
Superintendent's i Division of the
North Carolina Education Associa
tion at a breakfast meeting in the
Hotel Sir Walter in Raleigh last
Saturday. He - served as secretary
of the Association last year. Others
elected were J. C. Manning of Wil
Uamston, president and A. D. Kpr
negay of Hendersonville, secretary.
Mr. Johnson's election to the vice
presidency means he will be elevat
ed to the presidency next year.
To Meet Next Wed.
- Dr. Anderson of Chapel Hill will
be Jn . Duplin next Wednesday to
meet with the local school groups
for school improvements. He Will
have with him Doctors Phillips,
Ellis, Brown and Tar bet from the
University staff. They will meet
with the Negro grasp at Charity at
3 p.m. and the white group at the
Kenansville school, at 8 p.m. Each
member of the Executive Committee
of the Coifhly School Improvement
Committee is urged to attend. This'
program is being -sponsored by the
University of North Carolina and
the Kellogg Foundation.
At Salem Church ,
i Tb wvftfifFrgi For
regular service at Salem Advent
Chrisitlan Church, near Mt. Olive,
Saturday night at 7:30. The public
lis cordially invited to attend."
WILMINGTON. March 25 The
Azalea Festival Sidewalk Art Show
is actually a community affair.
Although it is composed of the
works of the area and Tar Heel
artists, its very existance is se
cured by the cooperation of the
people along Cottage Lane, where
the Sidewalk Art Show is held.
Cottage Lane is one of the oldest
streets In historical Wilmington and
is marked on the original .plan for
the town. It cuts through the cen
ter of the second block of Third
and Fourth Streets be ween Dock
and Orange Sreets. The lane actual
ly continues from Fourth to .Front
Streets, but only one block of the
lane is used by the show.-
The exhibition takes place during
which' cheduled March 25-28. It
opens v., noon Frhlay, March 26,
and continues until sundown each
night through Sunday, March 28.
Ten thousand people visited the
lane last year where approximately
400 works were on exhibition.' Open
to the public tree, the show is also
open to SENCI and. North Carolina
artists. Exhibits must be brought
to the lane or to the Chamber of
Commerce, Fourth and Princess
Streets, and must be called for at
either of these locations Sunday at
Residents along the lane assist
With the hanging ot the show, stor
ing of works each night and decora
tions for the block. This year the
event ' Will include several new
features: sidewalk cafe, strolling
musicians,-artists sketching carica
tures or portraits, massive candy
striped poles and bright balloons
and maybe even a monkey and an
The rules announced ' by the
Azalea Festival Art Committee in
clude: medias of oil, watercolors,
pastel, graphic art, sculpture, cera
mics and photographs. Oils, water-
colors and pastels must be framed.
Photographs and graphic art must
be matted with heavy matboard.
There will be no limit to the dum
ber of entries per artist. ,
Entries must be delivered to Cot
tage Lane Where they Will be Judg
ed for three first- prizes and one
honorable mention. Tha prizes will
bo donated by Wilmington mer
chants. Tha Jury- wOl be announced
at a' later data.-.-i-.--.J. r- ,-':'.:-".;.. i
Only original works win be ac
cepted. The Festival Art Committee
will not.be responsible tor any loss
carnage to works of art; mw
r, ra9tt cat will ba taken
I ail entnsev -t -
' COnSAGE LANE, show A here in a charcoaTdrawlng by Wilmington
artist Mrs. Virginia Hamilton MacQueen, will be the site tor the Second
Annual Azalea Festival Sidewalk Art Show. The art event will be held
in connection with the Festival March 25-28. .'. . '.
by Ruth F. Grady
The basic elements of design so
defined as line, form, texture, pat
tern and color were blended into
t ft t ftSfllflattur-g rfl? rrvrwrfrat"f
and talk as the lovely little lady,
Mrs. . John M. Nowell of Macon, Ga.,
national Judge and flower arranger
expert, blended the art of flower
arranging, charming personality and
Georgia accent into a web that com
pletely entwined her audience. The
tantalizing wit, the love for flowers,
the love of the Master who created
the flowers, and the magnificient art
of flower arranging, fell into line
so beautifully, that before the day
was over, Mrs. Nowell had made
a most wonderful line-mass ar
rangement of her listeners.
Mrs. Nowell spoke to about one
hundred and fifty people in the
Kenansville Auditorium on Satur
day, March 20, and gave an ex
planation demonstration on "Flower
Arranging and Color Harmony." At
the beginning of her talk she stress
ed several of the fundamental ele
ments of flower arranging and told
that one of the most important facts
to remember "was that "Dominant
plant material either in line, form,
texture and color must be related to
the container." Since 1929 Mrs. No
well has been hearing the best ar
rangers in the country and has taken
from them the best of each.
After .her introductory remarks
she quietly and smoothly moved
into her first flower arrangement
emphasizing a line arrangement
with a small amount of plant ma
terial and a lovely red bird as the
focal point. Her seoond arrange
ment was yellow daffodils in a
black container and her third ar
rangement was of foliage, root for
line, and camellias for color, which
emphasized the line mass arrange
ment and showed that a straight
line is not as interesting as a
curved line. Her fourth arrangement
was a lively number donewith red
Her fifth arrangement of Judas
branches and azalea was done in a
lavender container in a crescent
pattern. Another and sixth arrange
ment was a mass arrangement of
roses, which are considered formal
flowers, showing the symetrical line
with each side having the same
The Duplin County, Republican
convention met in the Court House
March 19th, with' 11 precints rep
resented. The order of business was
to nominate candidates for, a Re
publican ticket' in the coming elec
tions. The nominees are: '
Sheriff, H. B. Komegay; Coroner,
B. F. Brinkley; County Commission
ers, Lsurenc Kelley, Admah Lanier
and C L .Quinn; Legislature,. Sam
Walker and Senate, p. Ti Blanchard.
f A resolution was Unanimously a-
depted to endorse Dallas Herring
for election to the Board of Educa
tion, du to his excellent past record-
visible appearance but not the same
actual appearance. During this ar
rangement she suggested : types . of
flowers to bo used in churches and
tslbsd nil, uuint 1iin, In her seven-
th arrangement she did a twin ar
rangement for. one of the local
churches using yellow gladoli and
"ow tulips with palm ' foliage.
JJ next arrangement was also a
mass arrangement of red carnations
and apotocarpus tor one of the
local churches. .
Of much interest to many enter
tainers, who were present Mrs. No
well then . composed a horizontal
arrangement for a dining table us
ing whjte stock, and daffodils. Her
last, arrangement was a color triad
stressing .the three primary colors
of yellow, blue and red, using Iris
and tulips, neutralizing her colors
by a green vase.
A chicken salad luncheon was
served to the guests in the Kenans
ville lunch room which was beauti
fully decorated In pastel shades.
Guests present were from Green
ville, Kinston, Rose Hill, Pink Hill,
Smithfield, Rich Square, Mt Olive,
Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Carolina
Beach, Wallace, Georgia, Beulaville,
Warsaw, County Home Demonstra
tion Clubs of Duplin County and
Kenansville, also, Thomas W. Mar
tin, Jr., noted floral expert, design
er, arranger and lecturer of Fayette-
ville, N. C.
During the meeting Mrs. Moore
of Greenville invited the guests to
attend the art exhibit to be held
in Greenville, ahd Mrs. Robert Bol
ton of Rich Square expressed
thanks to the Kenansville Garden
Club for giving outsiders the op
portunity to attend the lecture.
Mrs. E. C. Thompson of Warsaw
announced the meeting to be held
by Mr. Gregory Conway in Golds
boro on March 23 and 24.
Mrs. C B. Guthrie, Kenansville
Garden Club president presided
throughout the lecture and assisted
Mrs. Nowell with the flowers.
A splendid spirit of cooperation
was shown throughout the entire
meeting. The Kenansville . Garden
Club has a membership of only
eighteen and did an excellent job
in putting on such a good show.
' The 'Cabin 1 Free Willt Baptist
Auxiliary held, its regular monthly
meeting 1 nthe church dining hall
early this month. Mrs. Flave Mer
cer, president presided with nine
teen members present Mrs. Walter
Rhodes bad charge ot the devotion
al program, ' assisted by. Mesdames
Frank Khodea, Welsl thoFrsnk
Mercer. Jr. and Itoy Kenn, Asier
the business session .,VU. X-v
Mercer served delicious . refresh.
Wilmington. ; ; North ' Carolina's .:, .
azalea city is ready for the 250,000
visitors expected there March 25 -
28 for the 1954 Azalea Festival.
The growing Tar Heel . tourist at- .
traction, in addition to an ever in-,
creasing myriad of azaleas and ,
other blossoms, is offered this year,.
it's biggest entertainment features.
Opening Monday, night for its
only North Carolina run, in historic' , "
Thailand Halt was the Broadway ,
hit, 'The Moon Is Blue,il featuring:
Peggy Ann Garner. The' show runs '
through Saturday. .-'
The Sixth Azalea Open PGA golf '.. '
tourney, with $10,000 in prizes a
stake, begtos at the' Cape Fear ;
Country Club Friday. It ends Sun
day. ,x- - :-.;;-s.f;:':?-;5-;;v;'-'f;?':s'(.!.r
Movie Actress Ella Raines will
head a bevy of beauties at the
seventh queen of the Azalea Festfa
val. She will be crowned at the -coronation
ball at Wrightsvillo
Beach's Lumlna Ballroom Saturday
night by Gen. Mark Clark. 1
Other beauties include Neva Jane
Langley, 1953 "Miss America" and
Anita Colby, beautiful "career girl,
Other attractions of the mush
rooming Southeastern North Caro
lina festival will be a huge, fire
works display Thursday night a '
four-day rodeo, the visit ot Jack
Bailey's MBS "Queen For A Day."
Saturday a 50-float parade inter
spersed with 58 marching units and
bands will wind through Wilming
ton's . azalea-decorated downtown. . .
section. . '
Other feature events include.
broadcasts Friday and Saturday by
"Big Jon and SparxW" appearances
of nationally famed folk music
stars, the General Motors Parade -of
Progress, a cottage lane art show, . ;
Thursday night street dances, the
Uf S. Air Force Drum' and Bugle
Corps. Blue Barron will play tor
Saturday's coronation ball. -,,
In addition to the . flowering
splendor of the city's parkways and .'
fabulous cypress lake, . Greenfield . .
Lake, visitors will be able to see, i
breathtaking floral displays at Or.
ton . Plantation, 'AirUe - Gardens, ,-
Pleasant- Oak : Plantation, and In
private gardens throughout the city.
TIN CAN W PKOVEDK i ''f--!
'; Wilmington, March 23 -The nauti
cal atmosphere of the Azalea Festi
val will be increased with arrival
of a destroyer minesweeper of the
Atlantic Fleet Friday at the State
Ports Authority terminal.
George T. Adams, assistant to the
authority director, said he received
confirmation yesterday from Rear
Adm. H. H. McLean, commandant
of the 6th Naval District in Charles-
ton, that the destroyer minesweep
er Thomas E. Fraser, which carries
a crew of 300, would be tied up at
the authority docks Friday and Sat
urday. This is the first naval war
ship to call at the SPA' docks. -
The Fraser augments the Wilmington-based
Coast Guard gun
boat Mendota and a Coast Guard
helicopter, both of which are sched
uled to be on hand at the SPA over
Adams said Ed Ward, president
of the Azalea Festival, indicated
that if planning would permit Hol
lywood glamour girl EUa Raines,
Azalea, Festival qt x would also
visit the port durhv le festival.
Adams is working closely with
Ward on ports plans during the"
festival, which runs Thursday
New Billie Graham
Show At Beulaville
Newest film released by Billy
Graham Evangelistic Films, "OIL
TOWN, UAA." will be shown in.
Beulaville on March 31st, in the
Beulaville School Auditorium. "
. Evangelist Graham two years sgo
amazed the entertainment
and religious world with the world's
first Christian western film, "MR.
TEXAS." More than 5,000,000 persons
saw the film in Its first two years
of showings, "and the 'Graham or
ganization reported ..that 135,000
persons made "decisions for Christ"
through the ministry of the picture. '
"OJLTOWN. U.S.A.". was filmed
during Graham's crusade in Hous-
ton, Texas, and features the young
evangelist and his team in their .
meetings in Rice Stadium where the
attendance " was as high as 60,000
for a single service.
Featured in the 90 minute, full
color film , are Colleen Townsend
Evans, Paul Power, Robert Clarke,
Georgia Lee, Ralph Hoopes, and the
stars of "Mr. TEXAS", Redd Harper
and Cindy Walker.
The doors to Beulaville. School
Auditorium will be opened at T
PA,' with the' picture beginning at
7:30 p.m. All seats are. on a "first
; One of every tavebo- s in Amer
ica Will be stois.3t1yaieer, 'aceorav;
l I to ertnaies of the AaeiiaA '
C.neer Society which is seeking
4;,:;CC for cancer control