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- Moon Rises This Morning 8:03
Moon Sets Tonight 6:10 p.m.
Sun Sett Tonight 5:13 p.m.
Sun Rises Tomorrow 8:31 a.m.
A linger of THE BEADTOST HEWS (Established 1912) and THE TWIN CITY TIMES (Established 1936)
38th YEAH NO. 49.
MOREHEAD CITY, AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1948
PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDAY!
Think Then Cast a Ballot
Today the people of North Carolina will go to the polls to
elect local, state, and national governmental Officials and to ex
press their opinion on four proposed amendments to the state con
stitution. Three of these amendments should be approved. These
are 1, 3, and 4, as listed on the ballot. The other amend
. roent, number 2 on the ballot, carries with It potential ca
tastrophe similar to that experienced in many countries dur
ing the depression. If approved, it would lift the limit now
set on the amount of money a county can borrow. The pow
er to decide how much money should be borrowed would lie
solely in the hands of the county board.
The amendment listed as number 1 on the ballot, if passed,
will increase the pay of state legislators from $600 to $1,200 tor
the year in which the General Assembly meets, with a propor
tionate increase in pay for 20 days of a special session.
At the rate our representatives are being paid now, a man
with an average yearly income, or slightly lower, cannot af
ford to serve. Only a relatively well-to-do individual can
go to Raleigh every two years and spend more than he is
paid for his job.
It is not amiss to think, either, that these men who can afford
to spend about three months away from their business every two
years have interests peculiar only to them and their strata rath
er than an interest in the needs of the average citizen.
Amendment number 3 would increase the county tax from
15 cents to 25 cents on the hundred dollar valuation, in
creasing the amount of money obtainable for operation of
the county government.
If this amendment is approved, it does not mean that the
tax will automatically be increased immediately by 10 cents, it
merely means the counties will have permission to increase by
this amount when and if needed.
With the tremendous rise in the cost of living, most counties
cannot pay salaries or meet the cost of other necessary ser
vices at the present tax rate. (As far as Carteret county is con
cerned, the tax rate would probably remain at IS cents, for our
county commissioners in monthly session many times have ex
pressed their objection to tax-raises).
However, rising costs warrant the opening of a new source of
revenue. Whether the various counties take advantage of this
source is their concern, but they should not be bound by a sta
tute put in the state constitution many years before county gov
ernment has reached the proportions it has today.
The amendment listed a awssier 4 da the ballet would,
abolish the ruling that special iaies or band issues could be
voted against merely by staying' away from the polls. Ail
that is required under the present law to constitute a nega
tive vote in such a referendum is registration.
In other words, the results of special elections should be de
termined by majority vote.
Voting for the amendment listed as number 2 on the
constitutional amendment ballot would mean that the only
safeguard against excessive county debt would be removed.
It would permit unlimited borrowing without a vote of the
citizens who would be paying off the debt
Under the present ruling, a 1936 amendment to the consti
tution provides that borrowing without permission of the voters
must be( confined to twotthirds of the amount of debt the county
retired the preceding year.
To abolish this amendment now would make it possible for
counties to do what they did in th'e lush 1920's when they bor
rowed to the hilt, running North Carolina's per capita debt to the
highest in the nation. And there is no guarantee that the pres
ent period, similar to the 1920's, will not be followed by another
depression when local government units defaulted and credit
ratings went flooey.
To vote 'officials out of office after they have incurred a tre
mendous debt is like locking the stable door after the horse is
stolen. Then it's too late.
All four of these amendments are of vital importance, and
with the exception of this one, listed second on the ballot, war
rant the approval of voters.
Don't neglect to go to the polls today. Democracy is not
self -perpetuating. To function it must be practiced. Quali
fied voters who fail to cast a ballot undermine democracy
more surely than any communist or fascist ever can.
Carol Chadwick and Charles
King reigned as king and queen at
Beaufort Hallowe'en carnival Fri
day night and Leslie Feagle and
Shirley Keith reigned as king and
queen at the Morehead City school
festival the same evening.
Winners of the baby contest
were Gaynelle Felton, first prize,
and Clem- Woodard, second prize.
At the Morehead carnival the
grammar .school, prince and prin
cess were Douglass Taylor and Ann
Hardy, while the primary school
prince and princess were David
Neison and Sarah Goodwin.
A net profit of $908.14 was rea
lized at the Beaufort carnival. Fi
nal figures were not available yes
terday on the Morehead affair. At
the Morehead City Teen-Age club
Hallowe'en ' party recently, $106
.was made. -. '-v,
Prince arid .princesses for the
. various .rooms in grades one
through eight at Beaufort school
are the following! George Huntley,
See CARNIVALS Pag 0 .
First Baptist Church
To Construct Annex
The First Baptist church of
Morehead City will consider a
bid aiext Sunday for the con
struction of an educational build
ing. Dr. John H. Bunn, pastor,
A bid has been received which
In likely to be acceptable to the
church members, Mr. Buna said,
and the. board of deacons will
submit the matter to the church
The proposed plant will be
complete and modem through
out, Mr. Bunn said. It will con
tain 35 class rooms, a dining
room,-recreation room and of
fices. FCC Makes Investigation
Cf Eaybsro Cost Owners
Use of ship radios for personal
conversations, failure to keep com
plete and accurate logs, and varia
tion! in transmitting frequencies
has caused the federal communi
cations commission to crack down
on boat owners in regard to opera
tion of marjne radio-telephones in
the Bayboro area, it was reported
Polls Open for 12 Hours
Association Adopts Resolu
tion Against Both Legal
and Illegal Types
The Atlantic Baptist association,
meeting at Swansboio Baptist
church Thursday and Friday, took
a stand against all gambling legal
and illegal and appointed a com
mittee to state its position in the
form of a resolution. Discussion
preceding this action centered pri
marily on gambling at the dog race
track near Morehead City.
The committee was instructed
to bring the resolution to the per
sonal attention of the senators and
representatives of the counties in
cluded in the Atlantic Baptist as
sociation. These are Carteret,
Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamli
co. Appointed to draft the anti
gambling resolution were the Rev.
Winfrey Davis, Beaufort, chair
man; the Rev. Thomas W. Fryer,
New Bern; and the Rev. II. B.
Hines, Oriental. The Rev. Thomas
W. Fryer was also named to carry
a notification of the association's
action to the state Baptist conven
tion, which meets Nov. 16-18.
A pressure petition aimed at the
revision of the Carteret county law
which permits pari-mutuel gamb
ling at the dog race track near
Morehead City is still being circu
lated among church groups in the
the petition, sponsored by the
Coastal Ministerial aisodationfhas
been circulated in all except two
churches of the County, the First
Baptist church of Morehead City
and the St. Paul's Episcopal church
Dr. John H. Bunn, pastor of the
Morehead City First Baptist
church, stated that he was in a
greement with the anti-gambling
resolution passed at the Sept. 13
meeting of the Coastal Ministerial
association but that he did not cir
culate the anti-gambling petition
in his church.
The resolution put the Coastal
Ministerial association on record
as "opposed to all forms of gamb
ling, legal and illegal." Dr. Bunn
said he brought this action to the
attention of his church members
and psked for alt who were oppos
ed to gambling in any of its as
pects in the county to register
their opinions personally.
The Rev. W. L. Martin, Episco
pal rector in Beaufort, when asked
to state his position with respect
to the anti-gambling petition, re
plied, "1 have no position. Vou
might say I am a non-combatant."
He said he had not asked the mem
bers of his church to sign the pe
tition and added, "I am not going
Hears Oil Dealer
The -prospects for an adequate
supply of fuel oil through the win
ter in Carteret county are better
this winter than last, T. T. (Tom)
Potter, Sinclair agent, told More
head City Rotarians at their meet
ine at the recreational center
With care, we might be able to
squeeze through, he said.
Mr. Potter's inventory of stock
shows 150,000 gallons of fuel oil
more than his inventory of Nov.
1, 1947, showed. . He is just one of
the distributors of the county,
- Fuel oil supplied him in October
represented a 105 per cent in
crease over October of last year,
Mr. Potteralso stated that the
increased demands made on Sin
clair this winter will not be as
great as the increase in his inven
tory. He eplained that his inven
tory has been increased because
as many customers as could have
supplied themselves with larger
storage tanks and filled them al
George McNeill,. Rotary .vice pre
sident, presided at the- dinner
meeting in the absence of L. D.
Gore. Robert Taylor led in the
ainging offjmiliar songs before
Robert G. Lowe, Jr., presented the
County Home Demonstration Clubs Will Observe
Achievement Day with Program Thursday
Polio Strikes Again,
Salter Path Child HI
After a lapse of 46 days, the
county's 1Kb polio case. of 1948
has been reported to the health
Roy C. Salter, aged 2, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Salter, Salter
Path, was stricken Saturday, Oct.
23, and taken to James Walker
hospital, Wilmington, Thursday.
The case reported previous to
this, was that of Clarice Mason,
11-year-old Atlantic girl who
died. This was the only summer
polio fatality in the county.
G. E. Gillikin
Faces Trial In
George E. Gillikin, owner
operator of Gillikin's store.
and Shepard streets, Morehead
City, was placed under $1,500 bond
yesterday afternodn in mayor's
court after probable cause was
found in a case charging him with
willfully and maliicously burning
Mr. Gillikin's store partially
burned Thursday night. The fire
alarm was answered by the More
head City Fire department which
put the flames out in about three
quarters of an hour.
Mr. Gillikin will be tried on the
arson charge at the next term of
superior court in March.
Police Officer Hubert Fulcher
was the first to testify in mayor's
court, which was held in the audi
torium of the municipal building.
Fulcher said that he was informed
by Fire Chief Vernon Guthrie and
James Smith, first lieutenant,
that the store had been deliberate
ly set ef ire.
He learned, the witness contin
ued, that Cecil Guthrie had been
at th6 scene drunk and later that
evening he arrested Mr. Guthrie
who had been causing a disturb
ance at the fire house.
The officer said that at the time
he made the arrest Guthrie was
drunk and was wearing a coat sat
urated with kerosene.
Police Officer Herbert Griffin,
following Fulcher, stated that he
assisted in an investigation of the
fire. He related a conversation he
had with Cecil Guthrie in which
Mr. Guthrie told him that Mr. Gil
likin talked all day about burning
Officer Griffin told the court
that Guthrie, in this conversation,
said that he and Gillikin drank a
bout two and a half pints of whis
key that day and that Guthrie tried
to talk Griffin out of his idea about
burning the place down.
According to Guthrie's story, as
related by the policeman," Gillikin
put a candle on a gas-soaked blank
et and ordered Guthrie to watch
it until the blanket caught fire.
When the blanket caught fire,
Griffin said that Guthrie told him
he went out the window into water
about knee-deep (the store is lo
cated in the sound), waded about
a . half block away, then changed
his clothes and returned to watch
Guthrie, when asked if he want
ed to testify, declined, but after
Claud Wheatly, attorney for the
defendant, asked that the case be
dismissed on the grounds that
Griffin's testimony was hearsay,
Guthrie took the stand and said,
"George set the store afire, I didn't
Guthrie told the court that Gil
likin poured kerosene all over him
and the store,
'Toured kerosene over
too?" auestioned the mayor.
See GILLIKIN Page 6
Tuesday; Nov. 2
8:46 AM 2:25 AM
9:02 PM 3:15 PM
Wednesday, Nov. t
9:31AM 3:10 AM
9:48 PM 4:06 PM
Thursday, Nov. 4
Friday, Nov. 5
OK Re-Check On
Morehead Board Resumes
Meeting Thursday; New
Street Lights Approved
Morehead City town commission
eis, at a continuation of their Tues
day meeting on Thursday after
noon, voted to conduct a survey of
sanitary facilities to check up on
the compliance of citizens with a
survey made last year and to re
quire the compliance of slackers.
A. I). Fulford, county sanitari
an, and Doil Hancock, superinten
dent of Moehcad City streets, will
make the survey.
The commissioners also voted to
start enforcement of an ordinance
passed June 1, 1944, requiring
every resident and place of busi
ness to maintain a covered recep
tacle for garbage.
Action was also taken in favor
of extension of street lights on
Arendell beyond 'third in the vi
cinity of the yacht basin. Five
more lights will be placed there.
The commissioners approved a re
commendation 'on lighting in that
area presented by Tidewater Pow
er Co., with certain alterations.
An ordinance passed by the com
missioners Oct. 20 will require
owners of bicycles to secure bi
cycle license plates and install and
display them for one year from
Jan. 1, 1949. A fine of $2 will be
imposed on violators, each sepa
rate day that the ordinance is
violated to constitute a separate
offense. The sale of licenses will
begin Dec. 1.
A. D. Fulford reported that "un
believable" conditions are existing
at a shack north of Bridges st. be
tween 10th and 11th sts., without
sanitary facilities where an old
man is in ill health.
County health, sanitation and
welfare officers have visited the
old man, who receives an income
from the insurance of a deceased
veteran son, and have reported a
lack of cooperation from him in
improving his condition.
The man is in need of hospital
ization, and neighbors reported
that the conditions in which he is
living constitute a public nuisance.
Struck By Bus
" The condition of Tucker Smith
of Marshallbcrg was reported fair
yesterday after he was hit by a
Seashore Transportation co. bus on
the Smyrna to Marshallberg high
way near Marshallberg Sunday
night shortly before 7 o'clock.
Mr. Smith was rushed to the
Morehead City hospital by the
Adair funeral home ambulance,
State highway patrolmen and
passengers on the bus declared
that the accident was unavoidable,
according to Harry Hill, manager
of the Beaufort bus station. Mr.
Smith, who is partially deaf, was
reported to have started across the
highway just after a truck passed
him ahead of the bus. ,
Mr. Hill said that Donald Gilgo,
driver of 'the bus, blew his horn,
applied brakes and ran completely
off the highway to the left, at
tempting to miss the pedestrian:
He said that Mr, Smith, however,
continued to cross the highway
without heeding the bus and that
the right corner of the bus struck
There was also fog at the time
of the accident, Mr. Hill stated.
The bus was the regular Smvrna
to Marshallberg run leaving Smy
rna at 6 o'clock and due in Mar
shallberg at 7 o'clock. The place
where the accident occurred is
Carteret county has been placed
in district two by the American
Cancer society In its grouping
of county, units of this , state, it
was announced today.
If I 111
Beginning at 6:30 A.M.
Carteret County Home Demonstration clubs will observe Achieve
ment D?y with a program Thursday night in the Beaufort school
Presiding will be Mrs. B. F. Copeland, president of the county
council. The meeting will begin at 7:30. Delivering the main ad
dress will be H. I.. Joslyn, county superintendent of schools.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Ted Spivey,
pianist, and Ann Spivey who will
dance. Dr. John II. Bunn, pastor
of First Baptist church, will lead
the devotionals, Mrs. W. A. Smith,
Beaufort RFD, will give the ad
dress of welcome and R. M. Wil
liams, county agent, will also bring
A review of home demonstration
work (lining the year will be pre
sented by Mrs. Hugh Pake, Bcttie.
Awards will be made to the most
outstanding club of the year and
to the one that travels the farthest'
with the most members to attend
Thursday night's meeting.
Each member who has attended
11 meetings during the year will
also be recognized and given a
small award by the home demon
stration agent, Mrs. Carrie Gilli
kin. After the meeting refreshments
will be served.
On display in the hall outside
the auditorium' will be five ex
hibits, on arts and crafts, house
furnishing, food preservation,
clothing, and flowers.
Clubs in charge of the Achieve
ment Day program are the fol
lowing: decorations, Crab Point;
program and report on accomplish
ments, North River and Bcttie
clubs; refreshments, Wire Grass
and Core Crcck-IIarlowe clubs;
courtesy and welcome, Camp
Glenn, Wildwood, and Williston.
The first formal meeting of the
Christmas trade promotion com
mittee of the Morehead City Cham
ber of Commerce was held Thurs
day in the form of a luncheon at
the Jefferson restaurant.
It is planned that this commit
tee will act as a steering committee
for the merchants division of the
Bernard Leary, chairman of the
promotion committee, explained
that mercantile promotion has
been carried out by Chamber of
Commerce members at large. It
is now believed, he said, that the
effort has advanced to the point
that a merchant division is need
ed. Serving on the committee with
Mr. Leary are the following More
head City businessmen: W. D.
Chalk, Bruce Goodwin, W. C. Mat
thews, Walter Morris, Frank Mo
ran, Jim Wheatley and Alfred
Cooper. Robert G. Lowe, Jr., is
Proposals for Christmas trade
promotion were considered at the
initial meeting Thursday, and Mr.
Leary said that an annoucemcnt
will be forthcoming.
Gulf Oil Honors
Awards in recognition of 10 or
more years association with the
Gulf Oil corporation were present
ed to six independent service sta
tion operators of the Morehead
City area at a meeting at the
Jefferson restaurant Thursday.
The observance was one of the
many being conducted this fall
throughout the company's sales
area to honor station operators
with pioneer records in its service.
Awards were personally present
ed by J . J. Bowden, manager of
the company's Goldsboro sales dis
trict. They consist of a plaque
bearing the operator's name and
a message of appreciation from
the company. The plaque is de
signed to be hung in the service
station. Of dealers in this area
receiving awards, five have been
associated with the company for
10 to 15 years and one from 16 to
20 years. .
The five are V. T. Fodrie, Beau
fort RFD. A. M. Garner, Morehead
City, L. H. Hardy, Merrimon, J. G.
Taylor, Bogue, Joe Davis, Davis,
and D. Ira Garner, Newport, P. H.
Geer.t Morehead City distributor,
See GULF OIL ,Pafe
The Rev. L. Grady Burgiss,
Jacksonville, Leads Services
The Rev. I,. Grady Burgiss, Bap
tist minister from Jacksonville,
will preach hi.s second sermon of
the revival at Beaufort Baptist
church tonight on the subject, "A
Future Event." Evangelistic ser
vices are being held at 7:30 o'clock
each night this week and well con
tinue through Sunday.
"The Needed Revival" was the
topic used by the Jacksonville
preacher last night, and he will
base his message tomorrow night
on "The Serpent of Brass."
The revival services began Sun
day, with the Rev. Winfrey Davis,
pastor, preaching. Special music is
being provided each night by the
Mr. Burgiss has been pastor of
the Jacksonville church four years.
For six years prior to that he was
pastor of the Magnolia Street Bap
tist church in Greensboro. He be
gan his ministry at AffM(nTtan.
list church near Elkln, serving
The revival preacher is also ac
tive in his church association. He
is now vice-moderator of the Wil
mington Baptist association. While
in Greensboro, he was clerk of the
Piedmont association for three
years and was secretary and presi
ident, successively, of the Greens
boro pastor's conference.
While at Elkin, he led in erec
tion of the church building there.
Mr. Burgiss has journalistic side
lines in addition to his pastoral
work. Formerly a reporter for
the Elkin Tribune, he is now a
newspaper and radio columnist.
"The Village Parson" column, of
which he is editor, is heard over
the Jacksonville radio station
weekly and also appears in The
News and Views, Onslow county
The Jacksonville minister stud
ied at Guilford college near
Clubs io Hear Discussion
On 'Art oi Slaying Young'
"The Art of Staying Young" will
be the topic of discussion at two
demonstration club meetings this
week, Mrs. Carrie Gillikin, home
demonstration agent, has announc
ed. The Bettic club will meet at
7:30 tonight at the home of Mrs.
Hugh Pake. The Core Creek Har
lowe club will meet at 2 o'clock
Thursday at the home of Mrs. Roy
Gull Men Receive Awards
J. I. Bowden, district manager of the Gulf Oil Corporation';
Goldsboro district, extends his congratulations to three of the slx
dealers, each with ten or more years association as a dealer with?
the company.. P. H. Gcer, Morehead City distributor, has been as
sociated with Gulf for 19 years. Left to right above are Mr. Geer
i. G. Taylor, Bogue, Joe Davis, Davis, D. Ira Garner, Newport, and
h i. Bowden. ' . . . , . '.;,'
Polls opened at 6:30 this morn
ing and will close this evening at
With the choice of President a
foregone conclusion, Kerr Scott's
election as governor certain, and
little doubt as to the outcome of
county elections, Carteret county,
like the nation, expects a calm
election day today.
In the county, H. S. Gibbs and
William J. Bundy are unopposed
to succeed themselves as represen
tative to the General Assembly and
solicitor of the superior court, re
spectively. A Progressive party candidate,
Mis. Gertrude Green, Negro, is
contesting one of the two senator
ial scats of the Seventh district.
Democratic nominees are I). L.
Ward and John D. Larkins, Jr.
For clerk of superior court, A.
I.. Wilson. Republican, has chal
lenged Alfonso II. James. Demo
cratic incumbent who succeeded
the late I), li. Willis and is now
running to fill the unexpired term.
F. K. Hyde, Republican, and
Prilchard Lewis, Democrat, are
contesting the office of coroner,
which Mr. Lewis now fills. Philip
K. I'all, Democrat, and George J.
Brooks, Republican, face each oth
er for enmity surveyor.
With Harry S. Truman practical
ly alone in predicting a Democratic
presidential victory, nothing shirt
To assist voters who would
find it difficult to go to the polls
today for luck of transportation,
the Seashore Taxirab co. of
Men-head City is offering a free
ride to any voter in Morehead
City who will call 5721 and re
quest it. The free ride service
is being offered in connection
with the Jayeee sponsored "Get
Out the Vote" campaign, Josldh
Bailey, Jr., announced.
of one of the nation's major po
litical upsets in history appeared
likely to keep Thomas E. Dewey
i'i,VX tPe ttffaVfwcy.'x,
. v . .-
Progressive candidate Henry' A.
Wallace and States' Righter J,
Strom Thurmond were allowed
four per cent and two per cent of
the popular vote, respectively, in
Gallup poll results announced yes
Candidates for governor .'of
North Carolina are W. Kerr Scott,
Democrat; George M. Pritchard,
Republican; and Mary Price, Pro
Four proposed amendments to
the state constitution require the
voters' attention. The first a
mendmcnt would raise the salaries
of members of the General Assem
bly and presiding officers. The
second would remove debt limita
tions upon the state, counties and
municipalities for necessary .ex
penses. . 1 j
The third amendment would in
crease the amount of total state
and county tax which may be lev
ied on property by changing the
limitation from 15 to 25 cents en
the $10O valuation.
The determination of results -of
special elections by majority vte
to rule out the provision that reg
istered voters may cast a negative
vote by simply obstaining frc-nt
voting is the object of the fourth
proposed amendment. - foa
Meeting Postponed i f
The Army Reserve unit, sched
uled to meet tonight at the Rec
reation center, will meet two weeks
from tonight. The meeting ha
been postponed because of election.