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Mamie Bailejr C: I hIJiII
SELMA, N. C, THURSDAY, MAY 10, 1945.
IB. A. Henry
There were 425 votes cast in the
town election here last Tuesday, 25
less than was cast two . years ago.
There was no opposition against
Mayor Henry, and yet he received 321
votes for re-election.
Voting was spirited among the
eleven candidates for town commis
sioner, which resulted in the election
of two new men on the board.
The official vote stands as follows:
B. A. Henry - 321
J. C. Avery'..:. 204
C. S. Hicks - 192
R. E. Suber 193
R. H. Griffin 194
E. J. Sasser 160
E. V. Deans 156
L. O. Davis -'. 134
G. C. Hinton .'
Robt. L. Ray - 75
Ira T. Rains 30
Leon Ricka - 15
The two new men on the board are
J. C. Avery and C. S. Hicks, replac
ing E. V. Deans and E, J. Sasser.
Mrs. J. C. Standi Found
Dead In Her Home
Mrs. J. C. Stancil was found dead
in her home in Smithfield shortly af
ter eight o'clock Wednesday evening
and she is thought to have suffered a
heart atack around 8 o'clock. She
was 67 years old the 6th of last
November. She was the widow of the
late J, C. Stancil, who died from a
heart attack several years ago.
Mrs. Stancil wa3 up all day
Wednesday and her friends who saw
her say she was busy with her house
hold duties. She was seen sitting on
her front porch about 6:30 P. M..
Due to the uncertainty of the ar
rival of some of her children, funeral
arrangements have not been com
pleted. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs.
N. L. Perkins, of Smithfield; five
sons, John L, Stancil of Richmond,
Va., Norwood Stancil, thought to be
a prisoner of the Japanese in Shang
hai, China; James Stancil, a surgical
doctor in a federal hospital at Colon,
Panama; Mose Stancil, with the army
in Kansas, Charlie Bill Stancil of
Denver, Colorado; two sisters, Mrs.
Katie Stallings, of Selma and Mrs.
J. H. BMe of Benson.
Mrs. 'stancil was a sister-in-law of
M. L. Stancil, editor of this paper;
May Day Festival
At Selma High School
Observance of May Day festivities
is being planned for Thursday, ''May
seventeenth, at ten . o'clock in the
morning. The program embraces the
primary, grammar, and high schools
and includes the toy orchestra, folk
dancing, the minuet, various dramat
iTatinna in costume, many choruses.
There will be the crowning of a May
Queen elected by the high scnool stu
Festivities will be staged on the
lawn. This program is presented in
Vi ahsenre of the traditional com
mencement exercises, there being no
graduating class here this year. Pa
trons and friends of the school are
cordially invited to attend.
Sgt. fcoht. G. Parker
Promoted To Staff Sgt.
Robert G. Parker, son of Mrs. R.
L. Parker, Selma, N. C. was recently
promoted to the rang of Staff Ser
geant. He is a ball turret guner on a
B-24 Liberator and has been with the
&th Air Force operating out of Eng
land since last November. Before
going overseas, Sergeant Parker re
ceived training at Keesler Field,
Miss., the Univ. of Vermont, the A.
A. F. Training School," . Nashville,
Tenn., Buckley Field, Denver, Colo.,
Laredo Army Air Forces Flexible
Gunnery School, Laredo, Texas, Ham
ilton Field, Calif., and Walla Walla,
Washington. He received his wings
at Laredo, Texas.
San Francisco, May 9. Surrender
t v..: rLoOTnomr til Jenanese cabi-
Vi . ,
net announced today, will not make
the "slightest change" in Nippon
war objective, which "lies in the in
terest of her (Japan's) self-existence
. Tha rahinet reached this conclusion
at a special meeting convoked by
Premier Kantaro Suzuki, the Tokyo
LEADS TICKET FOR TOWN
J. C. AVERY
Charter Night Observed
By Kenly Kiwanis Club
Last Friday night was Charter
Nierht for Kenlv's new Kiwanis club.
when high Kiwanis officials rom the
neighboring club gathered at the
Kenlv hisrh school evmnasium for a
full program. There were around 250
visiting Kiwanians present including
their wives and other lady friends.
The nroeram started off with a
barbecue supper, served by the Kenly
home demonstration club.
The invocation was. given by the
Rev," Howasd: Newman, Presbyta
rian pastor of Kenly and Selma Pres
byterian churches, v,
The Enternrise Quartet of Smith-
field sans Negro spirituals during
the snipper hour, which were greatly
DnrwarH Creech, nast lieutenant
governor of the fourth division and
a past president of tne bmitnneia
club, presided during the business of
Governor Sam D. Bundy of the
Carolinas District, whose home is at
Tarboro, N. C, presented the char
ter and made a good toastmaster of
the evening with hia humor ana
wit. : -:"
Tha charter was accepted by J.
Dobbin Bailey, president of the Ken
The principal spaker of the even
ing was Dr. Charles W. Armstrong
of Salisbury, past district governor
and a present trustee of Kiwanis In
ternational; who made a very force
ful and impressive address, during
which he stressed some of the prin
ciple obiectives of Kiwanis. and told
tfcnee nrenent that unless the Kenly
club strives to carry out some of these
objectives it ha.d as well adjourn ana
The address of welcome on behalf
of the Kenly club was delivered by
Hon. Jack Hooks. Solicitor of the
fourth judicial district, who is also
one of the charter memDers oi me
Certificates were presented to the
An .n.tu.m nf the Kenlv club by
Hector McKethan of Fayetteville,
lieutenant governor of the fourth di
vision of the Carolinas District.
mi.lv.ni nrara nreoented to the
1VIVUUHB I ,
three annnanrinir clubs. Smithfiela,
Selma and Wilson, by Governor Sam
Gifts were presented the Kenly
.lnh hv neighboring clubs through
.V.: fflniol renreoentativeS as fol
Marvin Etheridee president of
the Wilson club; R. E. Batton, secre
tary of the Smithfield club; m. l,.
cf.n;i nraaMant of the Selma club;
""""I f- . . . ...
j n XX nmiatnn. nrasident 01 the
Bliu -. 1 m
Harry Johnson, field representative
of Kiwanis International, was pres-
tnA the noun that the Caro-
Unas District was leading in ouo ex
tension work throughout tne enure
ci j f ITiwoma 1nurnBtlonal.
liciu wi ... " - .
Music and dancing was the order
of the hour following the business
CAP Cadets To Stage
Dance Friday Night
The Selma Civil Air Patrol will
stage a square dance tomorrow (Fri
day) night at the Selma Gymnasium,
beginning at 8:45 o'clock. Music will
be furnished by a string band. The
public is cordially invited. See fur
ther announcement elsewhere in this
I V . if
By J. WADE BAKER
Selma needs a community spirit!
If this proceeding statement is
more abrupt than the situation war
rants, let it then be said that Selma
needs a better community spirit. The
temper of a community is expressed
like that of an individual in
thought, word, and action. So is the
spirit of Selma manifested, in its
interest, disposition, and activity.
These are the qualities by which
Selma is judged; and Selma should
be willing to see itself from within
just as it is seen from without.
In order to create a better spirit in
the town and community, it is herein
proposed that a much needed recrea
tional and civic program be provided.
Stop and think! What is done by Sel
ma to provide recreation . for its
youth, and what are the facilities to
make it possible? A few days, ago a
teen-age youth in town said that
Selma did not provide means of rec
reation for its young people, but just
let one get in trouble and all are
ready to criticise and condemn. A
soldier, at home from the European
battle front, hearing the above state
men, and recpgnjzjng certain condi-'
tiohs in SeMafw asking businesd
men over town why something can
not be done about it.
The energies and enthusiasm of
youth, if blocked and not directed in
proper channels, will break out in un
desirable ways. The means of right
direction is that with which we are.
concerned. The gymnasium at the
American Legion Hut is the only rec
reational facility available, and that
inadequately used. It is reported that
boys have broken in this gymnasium
and abused it. At iirst glance mis
looks bad. But take another look.
Energetic and undirected boys, seek
ing needed recreational activity.
break into a place to play. Breakinat
ant antarinr a not to be condoned.
but provided and directed recreation
will eliminate the jimmying of gym
nasium doors and windows.
Whan a neonle lose their initiative
and fail to take an objective position,
they begin to rely upon secondary
tftnra far siinnnrt and well-being.
This has happened in regards to rec
reation and amusement, in mat
Colma rasnrta tn the tawdrv carnivals
which frequent the town, for much of
its social entertainment. is en
couraging to note a growing protest
among the town's people against
such amusement. Certain carnival
features are entirely acceptable, but
unlimited gambling in a carnival is
liv litis. xy--r
.lunrhKH in tfc state. Some ' who
ia mnrA onoonrflnip man khiuuiuik
iin1r 5 ia finite nermissime for tne
past type of carnival to visit Selma,
UU IlUb w"
.;n.fA s. manv nf the carnival fea
oiinur their rnuaren to uarn
vipcv ... J ---
t.a FiiThormnr. the amount oi
mAnav a rnrnival takes out of this
.nminrul tn the nercentage re'
tained by local carnival sponsors, is
not in keeping with good Dusiness.
what ahnnlrl Selma do? The fol
lowing are some suggestions for pro
viding fac lities and a recreational
m n ji jtiiritf nmmni!
t T.,. int or cTounds large
enough to provide a Softball diamond
and tn house certain iwreauw
2. Ruild a swimming pool.
8. Buy and operate a merry-go-
v.j Thi. rnvAA he done for five
cents ride instead of the present
twenty cent carnival price).
4. Erect swings, seesaws, and other
similar equipment for play and exer
cise. . .
r RniU hnntha and stands for con
,nn nn nnacial amusement ano
6. Hire a recreational and amuse-
Tnih'ai mat and maintenance would
come from the operation of facilities
at a nominal nnce.
A mmhination recreational and
amusement center would be for the
tmrA nf all in creatine civic pride and
initiative. There are organizations
in tnwn. aa Kiwanis. American Le
gion, Woman's Club, and others which
r,nA it niwffiurv to oromote certain
attractions in order to raise money.
With a town amusement center, these
organizations could sponsor festivals
and attractions, with concession on
amusement facilities. The use of local
talent in creating amusement would
help develop civic spirit and initia
tive. Also the town should sponsor a
community fair once a year that
would be of interest to the whole dis
trict. This would be vital to the pro
motion of business and in making
Selma a center of attraction.
With post-war planning, the gov
ernment, national and State, is tak
ing into consideration the need of
recreational activity. This is neces
sary to combat juvenile delinquency
that is increasing now and will con
tinue to do so after the war. Already
in North Carolina a Recreational
Tnmmittee has been appointed by the
Governor. In all probability this Com
mittee will later become a Kecrea
tional Commission. At such a time
appropriations will be made ; and
funds available for the towns and
communities that have taken steps to
nrnmnta recreational activities. Selma
should be ready for such appropria
tions. If juvenile delinquency becomes
nuvoUnf in Spina a. it will be. due
& tn Selma's delinqany"ih meet
.-nrV tha"-' situation. A' well-known
motto says, "It is better to light a
candle than curse the darkness." Let
Saimn licrht a candle! Let this com
munity eradicate the undesirable by
creating that which is gooa.
Dr. Lassiter Tackles
Disease On Okinawa
From James B. McCumber, Lt.
Colonel, CAC Commanding all per
sennell, 604th AAA Gun Bn. in the
Pacific theatre of war, come the fol
lowing commendation of Capt. Will
H T,asaitpr of Selma and Smithfield:
1 . A rather comnlete survey of
the personnel of one battery of this
battalion was recently made wixn a
view to determining the extent of a
Schistoamiasis Infection. The survey
was made by the Battalion Medical
Officer, Capt. Will H. Lassiter, Md.,
with the assistance of local Clinical
Laboratories and malaria control
2. Capt. Lassiter is to be com
mended for his initiative, patience,
and labor in this work which was
nrnmntad bv his interest in the health
of officers and men of this battalion.
a A ranort submitted by Capt.
T.aaaitar has been forwarded through
command channels and it is expected
that the survey will be expanded and
carried to a conclusion as soon as the
military situation permits.
Negro High School
Here To Present Debate
rn TlmraHav eveniner. May 10. at
8:30, the Eleventh Grade or Kicnara-
R TTarriann School will present
pvii ' t - . -
a debate. The question is, Resolved
that, The Legal Voting Age Should
Be Reduced To 18 Years..
The debaters are: Affirmative, Ma
ry Batts, Ejveiyn casu",
Hastimrs. Negative, Mamie veonam,
wniio Mm Ttames. and Vivian row
oii ckarman Fatman is chairman of
the debate. There is no admission, and
the public is invited.
War in Brief
Pnctsinna rantured Prague; last
German armies try to flee to Ameri
American casualties on Okinawa
mnimf ifi.125; Marines and soldiers
mass for final assault on Japs south
Allied forces in Borneo seize hill
north of Tarakan airdrome, move to-
nranl Tlinata nil fields.
Americans make amphibious leap
from Davao area of southern Minda
nao to Mamal Island in Davao Gulf;
continue mop-up in northern Luzon
Truman Proclaims Nazi Defeat, Serves Notice
of Japan's Doom President Emphasizes
Half Victory as He Galls Nation to Crush
Washington, May 8. President Truman, in words of stern
triumph and dedication today proclaimed defeat of a crushed
Germany and served grim notice , upon Japan that her doom ia
A nation at war picking up
on with the matter-of-fact business of making war without
breaking stride to celebrate the victory in Europe.
"This is a solemn, but glorious hour," said the Chief Executive
in a 9 a. m. Eastern War Time, radio address as he joined Prime
Minister Churchill in announcement of Germany's defeat. Premier
Stalin, who had been expected to speak simultaneously, was
Killed in Action
,; -Pvt.'' Julian- Roy Godwin,
tJSMCC son of Mr." arid Mrs."
Julian Godwin of Benson, 'was
killed in action in the Pacific,
his parents have been informed.
He entered service in May,
Memorial services will be
held in the Benson Baptist
Church Sunday, May 13th at
Selma Kiwanis Club
Enjoys Fine Program
Tha Selma Kiwanis club enioved a
very fine program on last Thursday
evening, put on by frogram t-nair-man
H. H. Lowry.
Resides Kiwanis members Dresent,
special guests of Mr. Lowry included
about 15 lady friends, most of wnom
were wives of local kiwanians. Also
present to take part on the program
was M. L. Wilson, nrincipal of Rich
ard B. Harrison high school, who was
introduced by Superintendent u. a.
Since all the Kiwanis Clubs in the
United States and Canada were ob
serving "Music Week" last week,
Prof. Wilson's talk was on that sub
ject. At the conclusion of his talk he
introduced the members oi nis iacui
ty, who gave the club members and
guests one of the most delightful
miiaipnl nrocrams heard here in a
PROCESSED FOODS: H2, 32, K2,
T.9 M2 exnire June 2. N2. P2,
Q2, R2, S2. . . expire June 30. T2, TI2,
V2, W2X2 . . . expire July 31. Y2,
72. Al. Bl. CI . . . expire August i.
MEATS ft FATS: Y5, Zo, az, bz,
C2, D2 . . . expire June 2. E2, F2, G2,
H2 J2 . ." exnire June 30. K2, L2,
M2. N2. P2 . . . expire July 31. Q2,
R2, S2; T2, U2 . . . expire August 31.
SUGAR: Sugar Stamp 3o . . . gooa
fnr five nnunds . . . exDires June 2
Sntrar Stamn 36 . . . good lor live
pounds . . expires August 31.
SHOES: Airplane Stamps 1, z, ana
3 now good.
FUEL OIL: Period 4 and o uast
season) and Periods 1, 2, 3. 4 and 5
(this season) valid for 10 gallons
RENT CONTROL: All persons
renting or offering for rent, any liv
ing quarters whatsoever must regis
ter each dwelling unit with rent con
trol office in their rent area. Persons
who feel that they are being over
charged for rents may submit com
plaints to OP A. Complaint forms are
available at the local War Mice ana
Rationing Board if your area does
nnt have a rent control office.
Rationing rules now require that
each car owner write his license
number and state on each coupon in
his possession as soon as it is issued
to him by his local rationing board.
the cue from its President went
"T nnlv wiaVi tnat ITratilflin
Roosevelt had lived to witness
this day, the President said.
Mr. Trtiman made nn mentinn
of a "V-E Day" celebration and
cautioned the nation that its
war iob is not finished. Later
the White House made clear
that the omission was intention
al that, r horo ia in Vo nn nffi-
ci?l V-E Dav celebration.
lnstean the President caued
linon all Americans to offer
"their jovful thanks r Go" on
Sundav he termed it 'f'ttinsr
th"t the d?v is MotVir's Dav
arid to tnrav foFormriet peace.
The? pronouncement closed out for
Americans the mmor wnba ' phase
of three "ears, four months and seven
davs of European and African war
which has cost this nation at least
732 270 Army casualties alone, in
cluding 139,498 dead.
It came while the guns still
rumbled deep in Eurone where fa
natical Nazi holdouts held pockets in
Prague and in Moravia and Bohemia.
Americans nf General Georse S. Pat-
ton, Jr's., third Army were reported
still fighting there.
Throuehout the President's words,
in a oriel speecn, an omciai procla
mation and less formal remarks to
newsmen in the White House before
hand he treated the dav's history-
making event as only a half victory.
Repeatedly he put it in precise
In the speech "Our victory is but
In the proclamation "The whole
wnrlH must, he cleansed of the evil
from which half the world has been
A statement, issued at the news
conference, but not read on the air,
emphasized the same point with an
implied call to the Jaoanese people
to follow the Nazis in surrender be
fore H is too late.
"The longer the war lasts," the
statement said, "the greater will be
the suffering which the people of
Japan will undergo all in vain."
The President emphasized the bene
fits of freedom from the domination
of tyrannical leaders and from "pres
ent agony and suffering" which the
Japanese would gain from laying:
down their arms. He asserted that
"unconditional surrender does not
mean the extermination or enslave
ment of the Japanese people."
The President's words throughout
were read carefully, solemnly, with
out oratorical flourishes.
His one departure from a tone of
measured gravityand that only a
mild one occurred in the news con
ference. There he mentioned that is
suance of the victory proclamation
was a happy way to celebrate his
61st birthday. He joshed reporters
whn have been complaining about
his early of ice hours which get them
out of bed at unaccustomed times,
telling them he had really gotten
them up early today.
Turning grim again, he commented
that the Nazis once called as soft
and weak, and he wondered what
they think about us now.
The capital took its V-E Day cue
from the President, with nothing of
jubilation in the observance. Govern
ment workers sloshed through a dis
mal rain to a regular day's work
while Mr. Truman spoke. Sodden
flags drooped at half-staff, silent
tribute to the memory of the late
Mr. Truman's proclamation was
the signal for a one-night relighting
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