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"The Best Little Town
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VOL. No. XXX. No. 5
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IN and
AT A MEETING of the Elk
in Merchants Association here
Tuesday, it was decided that
local stores would begin stay
ing open each night until 9:00
o'clock starting Friday, Decem
ber 20, and continuing the
practice through Christmas Eve.
Amid intensifying efforts to
speed up the defense program,
the war department ordered 30
regular army units to new sta
tions today and announced that
approximately 20,000 addition
al reserve officers probably
would be called to active duty
by next June. Although the
army exepects to have about
30,000 of its 110,000 eligible re
serve officers on active duty by
the end of this year, officials
said thousands more would be
needed t* train recruits who
will be potting into the service
i n ever-increasing numbers
when the draft program gets
in full swing next month. Thus
far, only about 20,000 of the
800,000 draftees to be called
by next June have been in
Herbert Hoover's plan for feed
nig the civil population in Ger
man-occupied countries was
rejected by the British govern
ment tonight with an an
nouncement here that it would
refuse permission "for the pas
sage of food through the block
ade." The statement by the
Marquess of Lothian, British
ambassador, apparently ended
the prospect of any extensive
American food relief to Ger
man conquered nations, includ
ing France. Lord Lothian
however, expressed his govern
ment's willingness to facilitate
the passage through the block
' ade of "medical supplies des
tined for distribution in terri
tories occupied by Germany
and in unoccupied France by
approved bodies."
The busiest Christmas in many
years and possibly in the his
tory of the country, from a bus
iness point of view, is being
ushered in on the wings of the
national defense program. The
background is war and the pur
pose in preparedness to fight,
but the nation's factories are
humming, and money jingles
in the pockets of hundreds of
thousands who a few months
ago were jobless. The New
York Times index of business
has passed the highest point in
history. The national income
stands at 76 billion dollars, tile
best level of a decade, and is
headed up to 80 and perhaps to
« 90 billion^.
NEW YORK, Dec. 10.—An
inventor exhibited a rocket mo
tor at. New York university to
day which, he said, may revolu
tionise warplane speeds and
give the United States world air
supremacy. The army has ac
cepted the device as a subject
for further experimentation.
The engineer-inventor, 50-year
old E. B. Myers, of New York,
whose work has been supervised
by Dr. Alexander Klemin, head
of the university's school of
aeronautics, said he would "not
to see an Ameri
cak warplane equipped with
such a motor within a year. He
talked freely about the possi
|AUties of rocket propulsion for
airplanes which would permit
much greater speeds and carry
ing power, but conceeded that
his motor had not actually been
tested in flight.
—The retreating Italians suf
fered "heavy blows" along the
northern front today, a Greek
•government spokesman said to
night, and left more prisioners
In Greek hands. Over the en
tire front, the spokesman de
clared, H was a familiar story:
A continued fascist retreat, with
rear guard fighting by the Ital
ians "overthrown" as it devel
oped. At Dehrlno, he said,
"large quantities of all kinds
of materials" abandoned by the
Italians were collected by Greek
Is Executed
General Argentianu, former
Premier and War Minister un
der King Carol of Rumania,
has been executed with 64
other ex-government officials
accused of responsibility for the
slaying of Cornelia Codreanu,
Iron Guard leader.
Are First from This Draft
Area to Be Called into
Nation's Service
Three Surry county young men
under the supervision of Surry
draft board No. 2, left Dobson
Wednesday for Fort Bragg for in
duction into the United States
army as the first draftees from
this area. Three other men, it is
understood, also left for Fort
Bragg from draft area No.l, which
includes Mount Airy, Stewarts
Creek and Long Hill townships.
The men to leave from this area
were Worth Barnard Folger, Wil
liam Larrick Trevathan and Jesse
Floyd Holyfield.
Due to the fact that one or more
of these men may not be inducted
at the induction station at Fort
Bragg due to physical, or other
reasons, it was pointed out by the
draft board, the following men
may be required as replacements:
Herman Anderson Simpson,
Paul Ivan Badgett and John Dan
iel Bowman.
In case any one of these three
should be required to report as a
replacement, five days notice will
be given, it was said.
Thirteen Are Arrested Here
as Elkin Police Have a
Busy Week-End
Elkin police had a field day here
during the past week-end, locking
up a total of 13 men in the new
town jail, it was learned from
Chief of Police Corbett Wall and
Night Policeman J. L. Darnell.
Of those locked up, eight were
in the jug at one time, it was said,
crowding jail facilities to capacity.
And of the 13 arrested, the major
-1 ity were said to have been drunk
on wine and beer.
According to police, a ten cent
glass of wine and a bottle of beer
provide a jag that is high, wide
and handsome, and this, accord
ing to evidence disclosed at the
jail, is followed by a hangover
containing all the deluxe elements
of headache and nausea.
Those arrested for drunkenness
were kept in jail until they were
in condition to be freed, and were
then fined by Magistrate J. L.
Hall, it was said.
No arrests for speeding were
made during the past week, police
Beginning next Monday, local
police will start checking cars on
Market street from the Pilgrim
church to the new bridge, and on
North Bridge street from the ho
tel to the square, Corbett Wall,
chief of police, said Wednesday.
Acting under instructions from
Mayor J. r. Poindexter, Chief
Wall said that a two-hour park
ing limit would be in effect on
these two streets. The parking
limit on Main street Is one hour.
The first silver money was
struck in the U. S. In 1792.
Prominent Elkin Dentist Dies
in Local Hospital
Pneumonia and Heart and
Kidney Ailments Are
Cause of Death
Dr. Thomas Roy White, 43,
prominent Elkin dentist and son
of the late George Thomas White
and Mrs. Mary McCollis White,
of Yadkin county, passed away at
the local hospital early Monday
morning, following an illness of a
few days from pneumonia and
pleurisy, complicated by a heart
and kidney ailment.
Dr. White was a veteran of the
World War, having enlisted in
the U. S. Marine Corps in 1918.
He was honorably discharged
from service at the close of the
war and immediately afterward
entered Southern Dental College,
Atlanta, where he was graduated
in 1923. Since that time he has
practiced dentistry here. He
joined St. Paul Methodist church
in Yadkin county, in early boy
hood and later moved his mem
bership to the Elkin Methodist
• In 1927 he was married to Miss
Mary Thomasson, who survives
him, with four children, G. T.,
Jocelyn, Selwyn and Lelon. He is
also survived by four sisters, Mrs.
W. F. Reece, of Elkin; Mrs. V. F.
Couch, pf Winston-Salem; Mrs.
Addie Jennings, of Mount Airy,
and Mrs. W. G. Brown, of Bur
lington; three brothers, W. F. and
N. D. White, of Hamptonville, and
Charles S. White, of Fort Worth,
Texas, and his stepmother.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
St. Paul church. The rites were
in charge of the pastor, Rev. S.
G. Brawley, assisted by Prof. Z.
H. Dixon, of this city, former
teacher of the deceased. Inter
ment was in the family plot in
the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were: Jack
Allred, Z. Johnson, Ray Shore,
Tuttle Allen, Homer Allen, Brae
Madison Dewey Allred and Lum
Shore all of Yadkin county, and
honorary pallbearers were: Dr.
M. O. Fox, Dr. E. G. Click, Dr. H.
J. Johnson, Hugh Royall, Dr. L.
C. Couch, Dr. J. W. Jolley, Dr. J.
G. Abernethy Dr. W. R. Well
born, F. W. Graham, W. M. Gray,
M. Q. Snow, Parks Hampton, Dr.
M. A. Roy&ll Dr. I. S. GambUl J.
O. Bivins and Dr. R. B. Harrell,
all of this city.
Mrs. Carlena Viola West, 53,
died in the local hospital last
week, following a lengthy illness.
She was well known here, having
been an employee of Chatham
Manufacturing company for a
number of years and also having
served as housekeeper for several
families in Elkin and Roaring
Gap, She made her home with
her sister, Mrs. Clay Burchette,
and Mr. Burchette. at State Road.
In addition to her sister she is
survived by two nephews and
three nieces. She was a devout
member of East Elkin Baptist
Funeral services were held Fri
day from Pleasant Ridge Baptist
church. The rites were in charge
of Rev. J. L. Powers, pastor of
the deceased, assisted by Rev.
Grant Cothren.
Cash income from American
farm marketings and government
payments in October totaled sl,-
125,000 as compared with $908,-
000,000 in SeptembA- and $1,042,-
000,000 in October of last year.
Aid For Greece Sought
By Organization He»i
Cooperating with similar
groups in the county and nation,
an organization was begun here
Tuesday to give aid to the civilian
population of Greece. People are
asked to contribute to the aid of
Greece and the Greek people In
their fight against Italy and the
totalitarian allies. Mrs. Gavin
Dortch, Jr., was named chairman
of the group and Mrs. Ruth Byrd
Crater, secretary and treasurer.
u/11/ji IXllil UlxlVu they would see the liner
America on the high seas again after she was consigned
to a graveyard in a Virginia port. But here she is again,
going into drydock in New York before being commission
ed as aU. S. Army transport. The ship was formerly the
Hamburg-American liner "Amerika." She was. seized
during the last World War and used as a transport.
School Holidays
To Begin on
December 18-20
Elkin high school will close
for the Christmas holidays on
December 18 and reopen on
January 2, 1941, according to
a statement Tuesday by J.
Mark McAdams, superintend
ent of schools.
The elementary school will
close on December 20 and re
open on December 30, in or
der to make up the week 6t
school lost at the beginning of
the session when the school
building was under repair.
Thomas William Edward
Hemric, 95, Passes Away
at His Home
Thomas Willilam Edward Hem
ric, 95, died late Wednesday night
at the home of his son, Harrison
Hemric, on the Shacktown road,
two miles from Yadkinville, after
an illness of three days. Mr.
Hemric was one of the oldest men
in Yadkin county and was active
until Monday preceeding his
He was born in Yadkin county
and had spent his life in the
county and in Elkin. He was a
soldier of the war between the
states. He celebrated his 95th
birthday June 23.
Survivors include five sons,
Harrison, with whom he lived.
Wade of State Road; Clay of
Ronda; George of Elkin; Robert
of Kimball. W. Va., and one
daughter, Mrs. Fannie Counch of
Jonesville; 48 grandchildren and
57 great grandchildren.
He was a member of Pleasant
Hill Baptist chuuch, where the
funeral was held Friday afternoon,
with Rev. Carl Clanton and Rev.
Murry in charge. Grandsons were
pallbearers. Burial was in the
church graveyard.
Continuing a study of the New
Testament, Rev. Stephen Morri
sett will preach on "Luke—A Por
trait of the Son of Man," at the
evening hour of worship at 7:30
Sunday at the First Baptist
church. The subject for the
morning service at 11, o'clock was
not announced.
The church extends a cordiftf
welcome to the public to attenfl
services. /
A committee composed of repre
sentatives of various civic organ
izations in town is being formu
lated to aid the work. Contri
butions will be received at/The
Tribune office and the 11 it of
donations will be published each
Similar organizations havd been
perfected in Mount Airy, Pilot
Mountain and Dobson, with'W. L.
Olancey, of Mount Airy, as poun-1
ty treasurer.
Letters and Stars Are Pre
sented Outstanding Play
ers by Coach
Members of the 'high school
football squad were guests of the
Kiwanis club at their weekly din
ner meeting Thursday at Hotel
Elkin. The visitors were welcom
ed by L. S. Weaver, president of
the club. Hugh Holcomb, cap
tain of the squad, was introduced
by J. Mark McAdams, superin
tendent of the school, and Bobby
Chatham, team manager, intro
duced members of the team.
Letters and stars were present
ed outstanding players by Coach
J. S. Bumgamer. Letter men are:
Eldon Burgiss, Tom Whatley,
George Stockton, Monroe Free
man, Gaither Burch, Clifford At
wood and Fred Baker. Stars
were awarded Charlie Fox, Max
Sparks, Russell Johnson, Donnie
Harris, Hugh Holcomb, Reece
Shugart, Joe Windsor, and man
ager, Bobby Chatham. The let
ter men elected Joe Windsor and
Max Sparks as co-captains of the
1941 team.
Coach Bumgarner, who will be
married during the Christmas
holidays, was given a Chatham
blanket by members of the team.
Jimmy Parks, president of the
Reidsville Kiwanis club, was a
guest of the club.
Members of the first and sec
ond line players, who have turn
ed in an excellent record during
the season are: First eleven:
Sparks, Holcomb, Harris, D.,
Whatley, Fox, Johnson, Burgiss,
Windsor, J., Stockton, Freeman,
Shugart; second team: Windsor,
C., Burch, Transou, Cockerham,
Baker, Atwood, Daye. McNeill,
Norman, Eddinger, Mills, Har
ris, B.
iVeu) Officers
Of Lodge Here
At a meeting of the Elkin Ma
sonic Lodge held here Tuesday
evening, officers to serve during
the year 1941 were elected, it was
announced Wednesday.
New officers are: Worshipful
Master, M. C. Whitener; Senior
Warden, A. O. Bryan; Junior War
den, Ajeslie Reinhardt; Treasurer,
E. El Harris, and Secretary, French
Graham. Mr. Whitener succeeds
Hugh Royall; Mr. Bryan succeeds
(himself; Mr. Reinhardt succeeds
O. E. Boles, and Mr. Harris and
Mr. Graham succeed themselves.
Other officers of the lodge will
be appointed by the Worshipful
Master, it was said.
Thurmond Chatham* president
of the Chatham Manufacturing,
Company, of Elkin,. will preside
at one of the sessions of the Con
gress of American Industry in
New York Friday morning of this
week, it has been announced by
the National Association of Man
ufacturers, sponsors of the con
The congress will be concluded
Friday night at which time Wil
liam S. Knudsen and Dr. Will
Entrant will be the feature speak-
I ers at the annual banquet at the
Two Crack Italian
Divisions Trapped
By British Troops
Turnip Weighing
Three Pounds Is
Sent to Tribune
Although as yet no freak
country hams have been sent
in to the editor of The Tribune
Freak Department, an exceed
ingly large turnip was brought
to The Tribune Tuesday by H.
E. Beamer, of Elkin, route 1.
A notation which accom
panied the turnip contained
the information that it WM
"from old land." The scales
showed it to weigh three
The turnip was nicely shaped
and of smooth texture. Haw
ever, no one should visit The
Tribune to see it because the
editor of the Freak Depart
ment had it for dinner today.
Somewhere there must be a
freak ham!
E. E. Harmon Dies Instantly
in Unavoidable Accident
Edward E. (Ed) Harmon, 66. a
farmer of the Bethany township
of Iredell county, was instantly
killed Saturday afternoon when
he was struck by a car driven by
Miss Florence Harris, of this city.
The accident occurred on the
Statesville-Turnersburg highway,
4 miles north of Statesville.
Harmon had just alighted from
a northbound car and walked be
hind it into the path of the car
driven by Miss Harris, which was
going south.
C. L. Casey, owner of the car
driven by Miss Harris, and who
was a passenger, in the car, stated
that Miss Harris ran into a ditch
to avoid hitting the man but the
left fender of the car struck him,
resulting in head injuries and
multiple fractures of both legs.
N. D. Tomlin, Iredell coroner,
held an inquest Saturday night,
the jury completely exonerating
Miss Harris from any blame in
connection with Harmon's death.
Harmon, who was unmarried, is
survived by two brothers and a
Will Mathis, of Surry, Third
Victim of Shooting With
in Past Six Months
The death of frill Mathis, 50,
tenant farmer of near Mount
Airy, Friday night, was the third
fatal shooting in the county in
the last six months. Mathis died
from gunshot wounds, allegedly
inflicted by Alf Thomas. 55, own
er of the farm on which Mathis
and his family lived.
The shooting occurred, accord
ing to an investigation by Surry
officers, about five miles south of
Mount Airy \*(hen the men were
discussing the settlement of their
crop. It was several days before
Mathis died from the wound and
he made a statement to the ef
fect that Thomas drew a gun and
shot him while they were settling
the crop.
Following the shooting Thomas
surrendered to Surry officers. He
told officers that he and Mathis
both had pistols and that he shot
Mathis in self-defense. He also
said that he threw both guns into
a field beside the road.
Thomas was held without bond
pending the outcome of Mathis'
wounds, and following his death
a charge of murder was preferred
against him.
The other two fatal shootings
in the county were Oscar Under
wood and Clifton Burns, the lat
ter a negro. Underwood was shot
by Howard Pickett, the shooting
taking place at Mount Airy, and
Burns was shot by another negro,
William Eaton, this shooting oc
curring in Pilot Mountain.
14 Pages
English Attacking Series of
Italian Forts
London Calls Upon R. A. F.
to Patrol Atlantic Sea
Lanes for Raiders
London. Dec. 11—British forces
have trapped parts of two crack
Italian .divisions in the Egyptian
desert and have hopes of sur
rounding the entire divisions,
numbering perhaps 30,000 men,
military informants said tod»y.
The chance of the Italians to
escape encirclement depends on
the extent of their motorization
—the speed with which they are
able to withdraw—provided the
British are able to hold their new
positions, it was said.
For the present the British
were reported to be attacking a
series of defensive forts in prep
aration for a drive against the
main Fascist army in the coastal
zone between Sidi Barrani and
Solium, on the Libyan frontier, it
was reported.
British attacks on some of
these forts, called perimeter
camps, around Sidi Barrani, al
ready have succeeded, military
informants said.
Fighting was proceeding today,
they said, in the neighborhood of
the important camp at Maktila
15 miles west of Sidi Barrani.
British Empire motorized units
had driven a wedge through the
Italians south of Sidi Barrani, it
was reported, and in that way
trapped thousands of men by
cutting them off from the main
Italian body farther west.
Pockets of Italian troops, still
resisting in the remaining desert
forts, are now under attack, in
formants said. •
London, Dec. 11—Britain today
called upon its young airmen,
credited with having saved it
from invasion in September, to
patrol the Atlantic sea lanes and
save it from the threat of starva
tion at the hands of* 1 U-boats, sur
face • raiders and ocean-flying
bombing planes.
Prime Minister Winston
Churchill announced yesterday
that the admiralty was overtak
ing operational policy of the
coastal command of the Royal
Air Force because it was neces
sary to use bombing and recon
naissance planes to guard mer
chant ships and convoys.
This was interpreted as Bri
tain's 1940 answer to the subma
rine and raider menace. The
convoy system was the answer in
Churchill announced a week
ago that he personally was tack
ling the problem of dissipating
the new threat to Britain's life.
Hunters and Fishers Group
to Be Formulated at Sup
per at Elkin 63ml
A picnic supper and business
meeting will be held at the school
gymnasium this evening - (Thurs
day), at 7 o'clock for the purpose
of organizing a local chapter of
the North Carolina Hunters and
Fishers Association. All sports
men and farmers who are inter
ested in the movement are cor
dially invited to attend. Attor
ney John L. Laughlin, of States
vine, member-elect of the State
Legislature, will be the principal
Similar clubs have been organ
ized in Surry and surrounding
counties and membership has
proven profitable both to sports
men and land owners. The pur
pose of the organization is for
the conservation of game in this

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