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The Hoke County News
The Hcdn County Jomudi
VOLUME XEXVnL NO. 25
RAETORD, N. C, THURSDAY, NOV. IMh, 1S42
S2.M PER TEAM
ALEX HARRIS GOES ON TRIAL THIS
MORNING FOR MURDER OF EUGENE,
ESTELLE AND MRS. E. A. BILL; 150
CALLED ON SPECIAL VENIRE
JUDGE JOHN J. BURNEY PBESmiNG
TERM HOKE SUPERION COURT
MURDER TRIAL IN WEE|K.
TO HEAR THHtD
i. *- : ■
Hoke Court Cleared
By STRUTHERS BURT
Alex’-JIanis will go on trial this
mornii^ in Hoke County Superior
Court for the murder of Eugene Bill,
his sister Mrs. Estelle Wilson, and
their mother, Mrs. E. A. Bill, in. a
sensatkmal ti^le footing at the Bill's
Place, se^ and store on
Fasrettf^t^ .m Aoguid 27fh.
A i^iec^' -^sl^'pf ISd men have
been. sihdm^Md'^'and selectidn of a
jury will begin when court convenes
tlm morning at nine o’docfc. It is
expected that the selection of the
jury wiU^nsume the greater part
of die day.
Agisting Solicitor. ErtelCarlyle in
the proi»cution will be W. C. Down
ing, Fayetteville attorney, and mem
bers of thioi defense battery of law-
ers are H. McNair Smith, E. D. Gavin,
of Sanford, and L. R. Varser and
Osmer L. Henry of Lumberton.
Harris, a farmer on the Crawford
Thomas* farms, gave himself up to
officers here a short time after the
shooting, stating at the time that he
had “killed them folks, and he just
had to do it.”
Eugene Bill, first of Harris’s three
^Hctims, had been released from Hoke
county jaU. on Tuesday before he
Was killed on Thursday on bond of
$2,500 posted by his family. Young
Bill was charge with the slaying of
Johnny Harris, eldest son of Alex,
on the Sunday night prior to the
•_ According to officers the eldest
Harris admitted that he had been
brooding over the death of his son
ahd, after returning fipip a tf^acco
market late Thurs^y afternoon, had
gone home, got his pistol, and driven
the Bill Store and tavern. He wait
ed until Eugene had put gas in a car
for some negro customers and then
followed Bill into the store wherre
he immediately shot down the three
members of the Bill family. The
Negroes fled, to return to the station
after reporting the shooting, to
officers to investigate.
is is then said to have driven
is home, stopping m the way to
give the pistol to a neighbor. He
is supposed to have remained there
but a few minutes before returning
to Raeford where he surrendered
himself to spledal officer W. R.
Saimders who was preparing to enter
the court house whtn Harris parked
his pickup truck across the street.
Feeling ran high throughout the
county as word of the killing spread
rapidly. The killings took place at
about 5:30 o’clock, and before 7 p. m.
Harris was removed from the county
jail by Sheriff D. H. Hodgin and
Patrolmdn J. Barnes to"
Cumberland county. He
d here for a magistrates
ay, and he has remained
ty jail since.
nothing else left prudently to do but
adjourn and plan to re-hear the case
at the coming January term when,
most likely, the bar will once more
postpone part of its civil docket to
accoixunodate urgent criminal cases.
We^ At Hoke
The feature of Book We^ at Hoke
County Library will be 'a Picture
Book. Hour for tbildr^ of kinder
garten ajge on Thursday, Nov. 19th
at 4 PM. On Fridsgr, Nov. 20, at the
same hours, there will be a story-
hour for children from grade two
through grade seven. All children
living in Hoke County are invited.
Small children are especially asked
to come on Thursday.
Book displays have been designed
around timely subjects, and new
books are available for people of all
ages. Men and Womenof Raeford and
Hoke County are cordially invited to
visit their library since it has been
enlarged; their suggestions for further
better service will be welcomed
by the librarian and the staff.
Old Stockings Are
Needed In The War
ourt Adjourned Till
January. Unable to Get
Jiiry for Harris Case
The local bar waived its usual pri
vilege of aUottihg only the first part
of Court-week to the hearing of crim
inal cases, and at the current No
vember term gave way entirely so
nothing would obstruct the hoped-for
clearing up of all jail cases, and par
ticularly on account of the Harris
trial. However, and notwifiistanding
no- civil cases were docketed,
court abruptly ended Thursday af-
^.temoon after the special venire of
150 Hoke citizens failed to furnish
but six acceptable Jurors. Had
complete jury been obtaii^ed, it still
^Seemed entirely out of question to
hope to go tiirough with so importynt
X case in the remaining two da^ of
this week. There was, therefore^
“Old silk and rayon stockings of
ficially became a war salvage item
on Monday, Nov. 16”, says Josephine
Hall, Home Agent. The War Produc
tion Board is asking for the assistance
of the women of the county during
this week, and continuous through
the duration, in the collection of silk
and rayori hjise for the production of
After the silk fiber has been re
claimed, it will be woven into pow
der bags to carry the explosive
charges in big-calibre guns of the ar
my and navy. Silk bums completely,
making it imnecessary to clean the
gun’s breadi before reloading. Re
claimed nylon also has important mil
The War Production Board asks
that the stockings be carried to col
lection centers being established in
retail stores having women’s hosiery
departments. The stores will pay all
costs of handling the hosiery until
shipment is made collect to the De
fense Supplies Corporation, Green
Island, N. Y., in minimum lots of 100
pounds. The hose are to be washed
before being tum^ in to the mer
chant. ' -
The local salvage eommittee asks
that the women of Hoke County dig
up their old hose immediately and
send them on their way to the front.
Listen, Americans! We don’t have to be told this.
We’re a lucky nation. We’ve been lucky all through *our history. We be
gan to be lucky the moment our ancestors decided to come here. We’re still
lucky. But don’t let’s crowd our luck.
Our cities are still unbombed; our children can still walk in safety; not yet
have our wives or daughters been enslaved or insulted or raped; none of us
have as yet been shot as hostages, but it’s coming closer—^the red real hor
ror of war, and! already on a score of far-flung battle fronts our young men
stand at attention or are already engaged. So let’s finiRh it off. Let’s have
(faxie with it. Let’s put ttxe murderers and gangsters bade where they be
long, where we put Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dellinger. And let’s make
sure this time. • Let’s make this as speedily as possible a world where de
cent men ana women can live and bring their children up decently,
lets bring our young men back as speedily as we can, and let’s bring as
many as we can back whole. ’
It may take a year; it may take 2 years; it may take long», but let’s fin
ish it off. You toow we can. Everyone knows we can. Even Hitler knows
we can. But it’s going to take every oxmee of strength and brains ard
patriotism we have, and IT’S GOING TO TAKE LOTS OF MONEY. And
that’s where we older people—we mothers and fathers, And friends and
relatives of all kinds—can help directly, and keep on helping, no matter
what else we are doing, |ind where the young people hot yet of age or \riio
can’l go to war or who are essential where they are can help. Day by
day, week by week, we can help. Bonds buy bombers, stamps buy ships.
A dollar today is worth two tomorrow. Machine guns and high explosives
don’t wait. Neither' do submarines.
How much is a young American worth? Each stamp or bond yqy buy
may be saving his life, emd the lives of two million like him. Nor will
tomorrow do. It takes only the fraction of a second to kill a man.
Buy, and buy, and buy, and keep on buying. Buy regularly what you
can. Ten cents, twenty cents, a dollar, five hundred, five thousand—^buy
and keep on buying. Put so much aside each week. You’re investing in
lives, in the future, and . in your country.
Shut your eyes and imagine. Watch the great tidal wave grow, your
ten cents or dollar in- it; 'watch it turn to tanks and planes and guns and
ships; watch it roll closer to Berlin and Tokio and curl and' break. 'What
a lovely use for money! What a lovely hoi;r! *
With every cent you invest you save a life and hasten the end of this
horror. With every cent you keep blood-red war away from these shores.
Our young men will win on every battlefield, as they have before, if wo will
support them. And the thought of that and the thrill of investing in your
country—how’s that as a reward?
U. S. TREASURY DEPT.
Fish Fry Friday
Night For Fire Dept.
Crawford L. Thomas and Ernest
Campbell of the Hoke Motor Company
are to give a fish fry for the members
of the Fire I>epartment Friday Night
at the armory. They are giving the
fish fry to show their appreciation
of the efficient work of the fire de
partment dxiring the Hfice Motor
Convpany’s fire last winter when the
timely efforts of die firemen^ saved
the che'volet building, and probably
the whole block.
“The Catherals of Old England”
That the paper la late warn be
yond onr eontnd as the Undtype
Operator mu “~-imftiMrd for the
■anrie lory and loat a whole day
waiting to be ealled/— Editor
Attention Is Given
The Quail Hunters !
The quail season opens on Thanks
giving Day. Hoke County has Join,
ed the ranks of Cumberland and Ro
beson in observing Lay Days during
the season, Nov. 26 to Feb. 10.
Open days for taking quail will be
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
. Rev. JJohn Everington, world
trave ler and lecturer, will show pict
ures of the Old Cathedras of Eng
land at the,Raeford Methodist Church
Sunday Evening, 7:00 P, M.
Mr. Everington showed the “Gard
ens of England” at Raeford a few
months ago, and all who saw those
pictures will want see his second
program. Mr. Everington is accom-
paned by his daughter who also
part on the program. Public is cord-
ialy in'vited to attend this program.
There will be no admission charges.
Service In Presbsrterian
Mrs. Mary S. Pegram Field Re
presentative of the American Red
Cross met 'with the Executive Com
mittee of the Hoke County Red Cross
Chapter on Nov. 17th.
At this time a tentative budget for
the i>eriods 10| 1| 42 to 2| 28|43 and
3|1|43 to 2|29|44 was adopted.
"The 1943 Red Cross War Fund and
Roll Call will not be conducted in
Nov. as usual but will be conducted
in March 1943. The purpose of the
campaign will be to raise all the funds
requied by the National Organization
and the local chapter for one year’s
activities. The Central Committee of
the American Red Cross .has.ajdopted
the policy that future campaigns and
membership appeals of the Red Cross
are to be conducted independently of
all other fund raising efforts.
William F. Lentz
Dies In Hospital
William F, Lentz, passed away
Sunday night at 11 o’clock in a Fay
etteville Hospital where he had been
desperately sick for fifteen days. He
had been ill for sometime before going
to the Hospital and his condition was
never considered satisfactory for X
ray in order to complete a diagnosis.
All of his children were with him at
the time of his death. Slgt. William
Lentz, his oldest son, who is stationed
in the Caribbean Area arrived by
plane about 24 hours before his father
The body was brought to fhe home
near town from which place the fun
eral was conducted on Tuesday morn
ing. Rev. E. C. Crawford, pastor of
the Raeford Methodist church and
Rev. W. F. Trawick, former pastor
conducted the services. '
A mixed quartet sang two favo
rite hymns “Abide With Me” and
“Old Rugged Cross” and Mrs. W. R.
Barrington sang, Sun Down by Ira
Wilson. Intermeiit weis in Raeford
Pall Bearers were, H. L. Gatlin Jr.
Jfulian MdLeodl Border Niven,
Chester Wade and Sam and Spec
Will Lentz was born December
13, 1?3.t in Anson Counts’’, the son of
Franklin R. Lentz and .Annie R. Lsntz.
Both father and mother were from
well known families, his father being a
native of Stanley County and his
mother of Anson. Mr. Lentz moved
to this section before the founding
of Hoke. He became identified with
the farming interests of his adopted
county and was considered a good
farmer. He married Miss Ina Thomas,
who survives with tine following
children, brothers and sisters, Sgt.
William Lentz of theU. S. A. stationed
in .the Caribbean Area, James Lentz
of Randolph Macon, Front Royal, Va.,
and Jack Lentz of Raeford; Three
daughters, Mrs. Clyde Meinnis of
Baltimiore, Mid. Mrs. Harold Meu
Diarmid of Wilmington, and Mrs.
Jack Morris of Raeford; and the fol
lowing brothers and sisters, W. H.
Lentz of Carthage, J. H. Lentz of
Southern Pines, Leon Lentz of Ral
eigh, Boyer Lentz of the Army, Mrs.
E. E. MeSwain of Ansonville, Mrs.
T. W. Pope of Strother, S. C. and Mrs.
Henry McCormack of Indiana.
C. A. White c,nfl .John Hines
Convicted of .'.iaaslaughter;
Number of Minor Cases Were
The family agreed to an Autopsy
the doctors in attendance were
unable to diagnose the case. A report
from the Autopsy has not been
Hoke Grand Jury
Clerk of Court
A 'Union *niairiisgiving service will
be held 'Hiankagiving Day in the-
Presbytierian Church at 10 o’do*.
Rev. E. C. Crawford, Pastor of the
Methodist Church 'will preach.
Die Union Thanksgiving service
has been a custom in Raeford of long
standing and the people of all the
churches in town and coimty are in.
vited to attend this service next wedc.
With the 'World at 'war with
our armed tohoee^loyad acrossIhe
world and with inany of our sons
and brothen in ttesc forces; it is a
time when CSod’s people must take the
time to pray. The Thanksgiving ser
vice ilk an opportunity for the people
of ttiis community to express their
gratitude to God for His many bless
ings upon us. The diurdhes are anx
ious to make this service a county
wide \mion seryice and invite the
members of all churdies to join in
this hour of worship.
Any one fotmd hunting on other days
or with a bag limit of more than ten
birds will be prosecuted It is also
a violation of the law to Aoot quail
H. R. McLean,
County Ganie Protector.
Miss ns Graham, is
mented in Report.
In a supplemental report the Hoke
Grand Jury comm^ded Edgar Hall,
retiring Clerk of Court, for his ser
vice. The report reads as follows:
In view of the fact that the term
of Edgar Hall, as Oak of the Super
ior Court of iHoke County 'will ter
minate on December 1, 1942, we the
Grand Jury of Hoke County 'wish to
express otur appreciation for the ex.
cellent manner in which he has con
ducted the affairs of his office. He
has long been a faithful and efficient
servant of Hoke County and he 'will
leave the office with the best wiriics
of ^ members of this. Gnmd Jury
and. the pec^e'ot Hoke Cbu^i
We also want to oompllii^t Miss
Ha Graham for the courteous and
efficioit manner in which she has
disdiarged toe dutiss of Deputy Cleric
and wish for her continued success
in the future.
We request that this supplemental
report be recorded in the minutes
of the Court and a'copy given to the
News Journal for publication.
J. M. McGougan, Fncman.''
F. A. Keith, Clerk.
Mr. and Mrs. Hudson Graham of
Pilot Mountain announce the birth
of a daughter Nov. 5th, Sandra Lav-
Consurn'CT rationing of Fuel Oil and
Kerosene will take place this week
on Thursday from 3 to 8 P. M.; Fri
day 3 to 8 P. M.; and Saturday from
9 A. M. to 5 P. M. at the following
places: Antioch white School, 'Ariie
mont, Mildouson, Raeford Graded
School, Rocklsh white School, and
Little River Community House at j
Lobelia. Stamps will be issued only
for fuel for cooking and lighting pur
poses. Application blanks will be
supplied for all other purposes but
these will be Uled out by the user and
mailed to the Fuel Oil Rationing
Board in Raeford.
The first ration period will be from
November 10 to February 10, 1943.
All applicants should come prepared
to show the registrars the exact
amount of oil used during the same
period last year. This will facilitate
the speed in handling the applica
All persons (or families) who use
oil of kerosene for any purpose sudi
as lanqis, cooking, heat^, tractors,
stationazy engines, washing madUnes
refrigerators, etc., must register. Do
not fail to do tois as 3nou: will be n-
able to purchase oil if yoii do not
have the ration stamps.
Cooperate with the Ration Board
and the teachers by coming early to
your most convenient rationing point
as named above.
Excepting the trial of .Alex Harris,
charged with the tripl-e slaying of
members of the Bill family, the
criminal docket of the Hoke Superior
court was cleared before noon Wed
nesday, it was stated by Solicitor
Ertel Carlyle. The trial of Harris will
begin ffiismoming. Judge John J.
Burney, WilmingtoD, is presMhng over
the November term.
C. A. White, indicted for murder
in the death of Wesley Hamilton,
which resulted from an auto wreck
near hoe June 23rd, entered a plea
of nolo centendere and was seotaaced
to served 12 months in jail. The sent-
.ence 'was suspended by Judge Burney
on’good behavior for a period of two
John Hines, colored, charge with
the shooting of Barrett Turner, was
tried on a second degree murder
coimt. During the hearing his at
torneys entered a plea of guilty of
manslaughter which was accepted by
the prosecution. He was sentenced to
served five year in state prison. With
commitment not to issue, though he is
to serve a 4 months term in the
coimty jail and was placed on pro
bation for five years.
Tommy Edwards, 14, colored boy
was sentenced to an indeterminate
term in the Morrison Training school
upon conviction of having carnal
knowledge of a colored girl of^like
Rufus McRae, charged with the
theft of S700 from Gaoby McMillan,
was found guilty. William Cobb was
found not guilty in the same case.
Judgement was withheld by the court
to be pronounced today after McRae
has accompanied officers to a place
where the money was supposed to
have been hidden. Judge Burney
told McRae that if a sizeable portion
of the money was recovered this
would probably lighten the sentence.
David T. Morgan, driver of the
bus which stopped abruptly and
caused numerous injuries to soldier
passeengers when two other buses
crashed into the bus driven by Morgan
was ordered to pay the court costs and
his case was remanded to toe Re
corder’s court for final dispositioa.
Morgan had appealed from toe de
cision of Judge W. B. McQueen.
Guy Taylor, charged with killing
a female deer^ was declared not
guilty by the court Judge Burney
also ordered a degree of not guilty
in the case of John Henry Purcell
who had appealed a gambling charge
from the recorders court. Jerry Mc
Neill, indicted on two counts for
forgery, pleaded guilty and was or
dered to pay the costs and 'was put
•Wilk Tho.qias, charged -with the
larceny of $120 from Cecil Laeene
was found guilty and was sentenced
to prison for 18 months A charge
against him for carrying a concealed
weapon was nol pressed.
Turn In Rent Forms
Mrs. Kate Blue Covington insists
that all those who have new tenants
fin in the blanks and return to her
at once. This is the order of the rent
Area Director. •
Kiwanis Club Met
I The Raeford Kiwanis Club met
in the Kiwanis Hall on the above
date with 24 members present and
in the absence of the president, J.
L. McNeill Vice President, presided.
The club voted to meet on Tuesday
night of Thanksgiving weric, at ton
usual hour 7:00 o’dock. The
has not missed a meeting this year
and win meet on Tuesday of toat
week in order not to miss-
Bob White was in diarge of toe
program, introducing as speeker. Dr.
Cooper of toe Sanatorium. Dr Cooper
made a most interestoig and in
structive talk on Eifikpsy.
The meeting was then adjdumed*