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A Merger c! TEE EEACTC3T EEWS (Established I9l2) and TEE TTO CITY TMES (Established 1938)
38th YEAR-i-NO. 54.
MOREHEAD CITY, AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1948
PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FR1DAY1
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Sailor, Charged with Auto Larceny,
Captured Tuesday at Broad Creek
Jack Wiley Eagan, 19, appren
tice seaman, USN, is in Beaufort
jail today charged with auto lar
ceny and speeding at 75 miles an
State Highway Patrolman W. E.
Pickard, who arrested Eagan at
about 4 o'clock Monday one mile
west of the Broad Creek bridge,
said that the sailor will probably
be turned over to the FBI.
At the time of his arrest, Eagan
was driving a '41 tudor Ford sedan
which was reported stolen in Nor
folk, Va. The owner has been noti
fied that the car, undamaged, has
been recovered. .
Prior to taking the car at Nor
folk, Patrolman Pickard said Ea
gan stole a car in Maryland and
ditched it in Norfolk where a
felony warrant has now been
fcworn out against him.
The highway patrolman overtook
the sailor when his car ran out of
gas. Eagan had the car gassed at
Hall's service station, highway 24,
but drove off without paying for
it, the patrolman said, and he was
attracted by the speed at which the
Ford was traveling.
Patrolman Pickard gave chase
for about four miles, at 75-80 miles
an hour before the Ford came to a
halt. The sailor had gotten in the
patrol car when he was asked for
his leave papers. He told the of
ficer that they ware in his car. In
stead of going to the car to get the
papers, however, he ran into the
woods and was not found again un
til noon Tuesday. Twelve officers
combed the Broad Creek area Mon
day afternoon and Tuesday morn
ing. car and was not found again until
noon Tuesday. Meanwhile 12-15
fleers were searching $4iJto
the &roMCneek area,: -
According to information from
Broad Creek community, the sailor
spent all night in the woods, then
swam across Broad creek and ask
ed an oysterman to take him across
the sound. Later, the story from
Broad Creek goes, Eagan gave
some money to another man to go
to the store to buy him cigarettes
and food. It was then reported to
the state patrolmen where the sai
Eagan, whose home is in Ken
tucky, is AWOL from Norfolk.
Menhaden plants and the Beau
fort and Morehead City chambers
of commerce telegraphed a request
for Immediate investigation of
nearby channels used by fishing
vessels to Col. H. R. Cole, district
engineer, at the U. S. Engineers
office, Wilmington, Tuesday,
The attention of the engineers'
office was directed to waterways
at and near Ocracoke, especially
'Wallace channel, and to water
ways serving menhaden processing'
plants in this area, particularly
Taylor's creek and the cutoff chan
nel from Inland water channel to
Gallant's channel. f ,
One menhaden boat went
aground 'in Wallace channel this
week and one in Taylor's creek hit
The telegram requested that the
investigation of these waterways be
undertaken before Dec. 15.
Ia the Ocracoke area, before
the war, the "Nine-Foot" channel
was used and a maintenance-fund
set up for it, but during the war
the Navy wanted Wallace chan
nel which was dredged then to 10
feet at the center line, narrow
width.,.; v - .
. According to Dan Li Walker,
manager of the Beaufort Chamber
of ; Commerce, the maintenance
fund for the Nine-Foot channel has
not been used and it was not
transferred to the Wallace chan
nel, so now neither one of the
See MENHADEN Page I
Morehead City Firemen
.Extinssish Eszt ia Car
Morehead City firemen extingu
ished a fire In r Ford parked in
front of D. M. Webb's, Arendell
staeet, at 2 o'clock: Tuesday after
; noon. -' ;';: '' v. .'-' v; ,
A small bole was burned in the
upholstery, according to Mack Ed
i wards,! fire truck driver. The alarm
was turned In from box 12. '
Support on Potatoes
Jaycees To Repair
Group ,Will Also Give Cash
Prizes for Home Yulelide
Morehead City Junior Chamber
of Commerce has undertaken a
Christmas toy repair program,
Bobbie Bell, chairman of Christ
mas activities announced yester
day. They will also award prizes
for home decorations.
Families with second hand toys
which they can contribute should
put the toys in boxes on their front
porches the night of Friday, Nov.
Beaufort firemen are repair
ing used toys for Christmas. If
notified, they will call for them.
After they are put into condi
tion, they will be distributed to
needy families in Beaufort. The
fire station number is 4371.
28, and turn' their porch light on.
The boxes Will be picked up by the
Jaycees. After being repaired
JUjt-UU be distributed to needy
families n Christmas.
'The Jaycees will cooperate with
Morehead City firemen in the toy
repair project. Firemen will pick
up toys at any time if they are
notified. The phone number is
Last year the Junior Chamber
distributed toys to 19 families in
which there were from three to
eight children. Furnishing the list
of needy families was the senior
chamber of commerce. '
Cash prizes will be given for the
most original home decorations
and for theonost beautiful. There
will be first and second prizes in
each classification. v i
Assisting Mr. Bell in the Christ
mas program is Luther Lewis.
At Monday night's Jaycee meet
ing Walter Morris and Skinner
Chalk Save a report on the second
quarterly board meeting at Ra
leigh last weekend.
Is Needed Now
The campaign for North Caro
lina Symphony memberships is
progressing satisfactorily, Mrs. B.
F.' Royal, membership chairman,
has announced, but there is yet
quite1 a distance to go.
There are promises to buy tick
ets but the money has not yet been
turned in. Beaufort, however, has
almost reached its quota, Mrs. Roy
al said, v
A little better than one half of
Morehead City's quota has been
attained and there, is doubt that
Atlantic and Newport will sell, be
tween them, 50 in memberships.
The county goal is $750. v
Date of the little symphony's
appearance this spring has not
been announced as yet. The con
cert will be given in Morehead
Urgency is placed on - buying
memberships now because the Lit
tle Symphony must be guaranteed
of the 9750 before it will Include
Carteret county in its tour. -
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Monday, Nov. II
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Guarantee Reduced From 90
To 60 Percent of Parity;
WASHINGTON (AP) The
government Wednesday reduced its
price gliurantee on next year's po
tato crop by one-third.
It also recommended a substan
tial cut in potato acreage.
Both moves are designed to dis
courage overproduction anu save
some of the money which has been
paid to farmers for producing
more potatoes than the country
would cat. About $100,000,000 has
been paid out in potato price sup
ports so far this year.
The lower support level at 60
per cent rather than 90 per cent of
narity makes lower retail prices
for potatoes possible, although not
Officials of the Department of
Agriculture, which announced the
new policy, explained that the low
er production goal and reduced
guarantee should result in a small
er crop of potatoes than was har
vested this year. And if supply
and demand are in balance, they
surmised, retail prices might not
Nevertheless, consumers, who
also are taxpayers, are bound to
benefit. Not so much of (heir
money will go to support prices.
The support at 60 per cent of
parity is the lowest level allowed
under the long-range farm bill
passed bv the 80th Congress. Un
der the old farm law, potatoes were
supported at 90 per cent of parity.
This means that if the market
price goes below that figure, the
farmer can sell them to the gov
ernment at the guarantee level.
Parity is a price calculated to
give the farmer a return equal in
purchasing power to the price he
received in a base period. It Is
calculated under a formula set up
by Congress, and changes from
month to month.
Next year's potato acreage goal
was set at 1,938,000 acres, or about
200,000 less than the 1948 plaited
acreage. The national goal was
divided into state goals, which in
turn will be broken down into
goals for counties and individual
farms. In order to be eligible for
price supports, producers must
stay within their acreage goals.
Secretary of Agriculture Bran
nan said he was "extremely reluc
tant" to cut the support price of
potatoes to 60 per cent of parity.
See PRICES Page 8
Typhoid Fever Paiieni
Confined lo Hospital
Mrs. Elaine Herndon, 25, ' resi
dent of an apartment in the Sea
View apartments, located west of
the road to Fiver's island, is con
fined to Morehead City hospital
with typhoid fever, the first tase
of typhoid in the county this year.
The onset of the case was Nov.
6 and it was reported to the health
department Nov. 15.
Dr. N. T. Ennett, health officer,
reported that source of the infec
tion has not been determined as
yet Samples of water in the house
have been taken and sent to state
laboratories ' for analysis. Resi
dents on the same water line have
been requested to boil their water
and some .have gone to the health
office for typhoid vaccinations.
Newport Seniors Select
MoUo, Colon, Jewelry
' The Newport senior class is pro
gressing very rapidly. The seniors
chose as their motto the same one
they had their junior year, "With
in ourselves our future lies." Pink
and green are the class colors and
pink roses the class flower. Little
Mary June Merrill and Buddy Nor
ris are the class mascots.
The seniors are presenting then
senior play, "Sprinf Fever," Dec.
10. They have ordered their class
rings and everyone is looking for
ward anxiously to the day when
they shall arrive, y .'." V s
The class was honored when
their queen, Peggy Mann, and king,
Herbert Diffee, were crowned at
the Halloween carnival recently. '
... Cleo Garner, Reporter
Farmers To Elect
Thursday, Dec. 2
County Council Names Poll
Holders, Designates Polls
Agriculture Adjustment Admi
nistration community committee
men will be elected throughout the
county Thursday, Dec. 2, and the
AAA county council will be elected
at a county convention Friday Dec.
3, in the AAA office.
Delegates to this convention will
be elected also on Thursday, Dec.
2, B. J. May, AAA administrator,
announced this week following the
monthly meeting of the county
At this meeting poll holders for
the election and polls were design
ated. They are as follows: White
Oak community. Unitarian church,
Pelletier, Leland Morris, poll hold
er; Newport, town hall, Cecil
Pringle, poll holder; Morehead
City, Lee Murdoch's store, Wild
wood, Fred L. Bell, poll holder;
Beaufort-Harlowe, Gaskill's Feed
store, Gus Lancaster, poll holder;
East Merrimon, Cleve Gillikan's
store, Bettie, Oscar Salter, poll
On the day prior to election,
Wednesday, Dec. 1, meetings will
be held in four of the districts
named above to nominate commit
teemen and delegaes. In the Beaufort-Harlowe
district the meeting
will be Nov. 30.
The meetings wilfce as foUr:
Unitarian church, Pelletier, Tpjri.;
Newport school, C. S. Long's de
partment, 7 p.m.; Lee Murdoch's
store, Wildwood, 7 p.m.; and Cleve
GUlikin's store, Bettie, 7 p.m. The
Beaufort-Harlowe meeting will be
at 8 o'clock Tuesday night, Nov.
30, at the court house.
Delegates to the county conven
tion Dec. I will elect county conv
mitteemen, three regular commit
teemen, and two alternates. Pre
sent committeemen are Sam Ed
wards, chairman, Roland Salter,
vice-chairman, and D. W. Truck
ner. Alternates are Herman K.
Norris and L. A. Garner.
Mr. May has requested that all
farmers attend the meetings to
nominate the committee and also
vote Dec. 2. Men elected will ad
minister the AAA program for
Mrs. Carrie Smithwick, 97,
Visits Daughter at Davis
Mrs. Carrie Vail Smithwick, 97
years old, of the Mt. Olive section
of Hyde county, has come to spend
the winter with her daughter, Mrs.
A. B. Davis, of Davis.
Known as Hyde county's oldest
woman resident and "still going
strong,'' Mrs. Smithwick held a
prominent place on the front page
of Dare County's Coastland Times
recently. Because we are proud
to have her as resident of Car
teret county for several months,
we reprint her remarkable story
here Ed. . -(
Last year Mrs.' Smithwick pieced
bed quilts, without the aid of
glasses, to raise her preacher mon
ey. "I thought I ought to be doing
something, so I made $14 piecing
quilts for neighbors," Mrs. Smith
wick .said. .
"I would do a lot of cooking, if
the children weren't afraid I would
fall down and get hurt," she said.
"There's nothing I like better. I
began cooking in the fireplace
when I was a girl helping my moth
er, and there hasn't been any bet
ter cooking done' since." -
We found Mrs. Smithwick sit
ting on the porch enjoying the
sun at the home .of her son, Ed,
prominent farmer of Mount Olive.
She has eight children, and leaves
her home, about a mile from son
Ed's, to visit about occasionally.
Her mind is as keen as ever, her
voice as clear as a bell and it's no
trouble to get her to talk.
In fact, she was soon in conversation-,
mostly of the days of the
Civil War when the Yankees came
to Mt Olive and destroyed about
everything they could set their
hands on and punished everybody
who wouldn't take the oath of al
Mrs. Smithwick was born July
25, 1850, and has lived her entire
life in thia community, being
Another Child rails Prey
To Inlantile Paralysis
Another child fell victim to
Barbara Allen Davis, 12,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Davis, Harkers Island, is con
fined to James Walker hospital,
Wilmington, with a mild case of
infantile paralysis, (he health of
fice announced yesterday. Her
illness was diagnosed as polio
Dr. N. Thomas Ennett, health
officer, reports that this ca-
occurred 22 days after the onset
of the Ray Salter case, Salter
Path. Ray, who also is at James
Walker hopitnl, Wilmington, is
reported to be getting along
The Davis home has been
Body Of Beaufort
Remains oi S-Sgl. Roy H.
Austin Will Be Interred
In Local Cemetery
The body of SSgt. Roy H. Aus
tin, Beaufort paratrooper killed in
France, has been returned to this
country aboard the United Slates
Army Transport Carroll Victory,
the department of the Army has
Sergeant Austin was the son of
Mrs. Mabel Austin, 312 Ann street,
and J. F. Austin, New York. He
vwa 43 at the -timo of his death
on Jan. is, at Basiogne ana
was serving with the 101st airborne
Sergeant Austin, in line for a
field commission when he was
killed, entered the Army team
in 1942 and received his training
at Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, Ga.,
and Rort McCall, N. C. He played
on the football team while a pupil
at Beaufort school.
Surviving besides his parents are
two brothers, John Paul, Spokane,
Wash., Julian, at home, and three
sisters, Lorraine, Violet, and Flo
rence, all at home.
The body has not yet arrived
here and funeral arrangements are
Remains of 211 North Carolina
soldiers were returned on the Car
roll Victory from France, Belgium,
life member of the Church of
Christ. She has reared eight up
standing children who are leading
citizens of Hyde and Beaufort
counties. She lost her first child
at the age of two when it contract
ed measles. There were no doc
tors handy in those days of 75
But Mrs. Smithwick has never
needed doctors herself. Her sons
did coax her to go to 'Washington
last year to the hospital, to get a
wart burned off her face.
. You'd take Mrs. Smithwick to be
in her seventies. Her son Ed, who
isn't 70, has more wrinkles.
The old lady likes to talk about
the way folks had to live when she
was a girl. She entertainingly tells
of making candies, and spinning
thread for sewing, of tanning
leather which made all the shoes
they wore. It was hard getting
along; women and. girls did men's
work, followed the plow even.
Children were taught that noth
ing was honorable or worth while
unless earned with honest work.
No one minded working then.
: A word of caution she gives the
people of this day: Don't worry
if things seem to be going to the
dogs, if timet look tight and prices
are high. She has lived through
many depressions, and there have
been time in her long life that
were far worse than any1 this gen
eration has known! A little hard
ship may do us good 'she thinks.
The mischief young folks get in
to is mostly because they have an
opportunity, and not enough at
tention - from their 1 elders, who
should bring them up better.' She
says dont blame the young folks,
just don't shirk our own responsi
bility in showing them the right
wiy to go.
She has 19 living grandchildren
See MRS. SMITHWICK Page f
R.S. Garner, Newport, Brings
Champion Boar to County
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R. S. Garner, Nine Foot road,
Newport, tells his grand champion
Duroc boar lo look pretty for the
Mr. Garner purchased the pedi
greed pig at the recent North Car
olina Duroc Show and Sales at
Rocky Mount, paying $310 for him,
highest price a Duroc boar, has
ever brought in a state sale. . ,
The grand champion's owner
says that he's interested in raising
the best quality swine possible. R.
M. Williams, county agent, remark
ed that constant efforts are being
made to have good quality live
stock in the county.
The audit for the fiscal year,
194748, for the town of Morehead
City was presented to the board
of commissioners at their meeting
Tuesday night by L. R. Ausbon,
accountant with Williams and
Town expenses during the recent
12 months exceeded income by
$7,834.54, a deficit smaller, how
ever, than in previous years. Of
the '47 tax levy, 93.31 per cent was
collected. In going over the audit,
Mr. Ausbon pointed out that many
residents of the town did not col
lect meter deposits made when the
town owned its own water and
Taxes on property belonging to
Duffy Wade were adjusted, Alvah
Hamilton, attorney, reported that
the town had the legal right to
extend sewer lines where neces
sary . and charge property owners
Mayor George W. Dill reported
that the 60 town firemen have been
Insured and will receive payments,
if hospitalized or injured, while
going to or from a fire, using town
-fire equipment or while in the fire
station. If death results while
serving as a fireman the family
will receive $3000.
that the 80 town firemen have been
if hospitalized or injured while
The policy was taken out with
the John Crump agency.
Two LSTs Bring Marine
Equipment Into Port ' '
Two LSTs, carrying heavy Ma
rine equipment from Barin field,
Ala., docked at Port Terminal yes
Loaded at Pensacola, Fla they
brought back to this port equip
ment for Cherry Point which could
not be flown back- after training
maneuvers of air group 14 at Sarin
field. , Seventy-five per cent of the
equipment has been, returned by
air since Nov. 10.
AU of the planes of air group 14
are operating now from Cherry
Recorder's Court Today '
Recorder's court will be held
this morning at the court house at
10 o'clock. It was not held Tuesday,
at usual, because the solicitor, M.
Leslie Davis, was attending the
Baptist State convention at Char
lotte. - , . . , -
Photo by R. M. Williams
"I think we have a good start,"
Mr. Williams commented. "There
are quite a few farmers now with
Five hundred persons attended
I he sale at Rocky Mount sponsored
by the North -Carolina Duroc
Breeders association. On the aver
age, bred gilts rbought $200, an
unusually high price, according to
Jack Kelley, extension animal hus
bandry specialist at etaU college.
The grand champion was -consigned
by Preston- Harper of Deep
Run. A number of people at the
sale informed Mr. Garner that they
wished to purchase the prize boar's
To Go On Market Soon
A "corsage preserver," invent
ed by Mrs. Eddie Jones, Beau
fort, owner and operator of the
Beaufort Florist shop, will be
on the retail market soon, Mrs.
Jones said this week.
The preserver, a curved plas
tic tube, will hold orchids and
all types of flowers. It is ex
pected to sell for 10 or 13 cents.
Mrs. Jones' Invention has been
patented and the mold was re
cently completed by the manu
facturer. The tube has been ac
claimed throughout the commer
cial world and was sponsored by
the Thomas Young Orchid com
pany at a recent flower show.
Speak On Culture
The Rev. W. Y. Stewart, pastor
of Core Creek church, spoke on
culture Tuesday night at the Beau
fort Rotary club meeting in the
Mr. Stewart commented on the
spiritual world as compared with
the material world and pointed
out that without God as a focal
pbint of life, materialism, gains as
cendancy. "Chaos, such as that
which occurred under the fascist
regimes in Germany and Italy, re
sults," he declared. ' .
, Members of the Beaufort plan
ning board attended the meeting.
In addition to Rotarians W. L.
Woodard and N. T. Ennett, who
are members of the board, W. II.
Potter and Mrs, Helen Hatsell
Rotarians will meet Tuesday
night at the Scout building, Pol
lock street, With the district Scout
committee. Morehead City Ro
tarians are also expected to attend
Smyrna School to Serve
- To obtain money to pay ' lot
equipment in the school lunch
room, Smyrna school ia sponsoring
a Thanksgiving supper in the
lunchroom from 5 to 7:30 p.m
Thanksgiving Pay, Nov. 25.
Tickets are on sale at Gu,thrie
Jones Drug store, Beaufort -
Soon the cloud of darkness ovet
Morehead City. will lift.
The board of commissioners, fh
regular session Tuesday night at
the ' municipal building, approved
a new street lighting plan propos
ed by Tide Water Power company.
James Gallagher, lighting engi
neer, and George W. Conant, com
mercial manager for Tide Water
Power company, conferred with
the commissioners. .
The new system will replace the
one now in use which is rusted,
broken-down, and obsolete.
Cost of installing the new sys
tem, which will be borne by Tide
Water Power company, will be ap
proximately $24,000, Mr. Gallagher
Cost to Morehead City per year
will be $6,672, slightly more than
the present bill, according to the
A 10-year contrart with Tide
Water will he signed, to be effec
tive as soon as the new system
woes into operation, which will not
be for approximately 12 months,
Mr. Conant said, depending on
when materials can be obtained.. ,
Under the new system, lights
will extend from 3rd street, (east
of the Jefferson hotel), westward
alone Arendell street. Power of
the lights will be 6,000 lumens. .
At intersections throughout
town, lights of 2,500 lumens with
radial reflectors will be installed.
Additional lights will be placed at
the front of Morehead City school,
it the northwest corner of W. S.
King scliool and around the recrea
tion building on Shcpard street.
The power company representa
tives said they didn't know what
would be done with the old con
crete poles, that they didn't know
to whom they belonged.
Mayor George W. Dill Informed
them that they were purchased by
Tide Water Power company when
it purchased the old town lighting
To Elect Officers
Annual Meeting to Be Held
Tuesday Night at Beau
Officers for 1949 will be elected
at the annual meeting of the Car
teret District committee, Boy
Stouts of America, at 8:30 Tues
day night in the Scout building,
Pollock street, Beaufort.
By special invitation Beaufort
and Morehead City Rotarians will
meet with the committee. The Ro
tarians are sponsors of Scout .
troops in both towns.
A barbecue supper will be serv
ed, followed by the business ses
sion. After election of officers,
operating committees will be ap
pointed, reports on 1948 activities
will be made, and plans and ob- .
jectives laid for 1949. There wiU
also be recreation.
In charge of arrangements is Tl ,
R. Hassell, Beaufort. James" D.
Potter is district chairman. At
tending the meeting Tuesday night,
In addition to local district com- :
mittee members will be W.C. -Wall,
New Bern, field Scout execu
tive. .,,.r '
Counties included in the East
Carolina council, of which Carteret
is a part, are Beaufort, Bertie,'
Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Hali
fax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir,
Martin, Nash, Northampton, Ons
low, Pamlico, Pitt, TyreU Wash
ington, Wilson, and River and Jud
kins townships in Warren county.
School Snperinlesissi , 47 '
Attends Raleigh Hading
H. L. Joslyn, superintendent of
the county schools, will return to
morrow from Raleigh where he at
tended the annual winter meeting
of the division of superintendents,
North Carolina Education associa
tion... ... , . V, :
The meeting began Wednesday
and will end today. Presented at
this session was material prepared
for the summer session which was
cancelled because of the polio epi: '
demic. ' " ';".';, V..;
Governor-Elect Keer Scott spoki
to the superintendents Thursdr-'
night on needs for better educ
tion. The opening address
made Wednesday afternoon by Dr.
M. H. Plemmons, executive seer
tary of the state education co:
mission. . v
Club to 'Meet. Tuesday '?
' There will be a call meeting
Beaufort Junior Woman's clu'
8 o'clock Tuesday evening in
Ann Street Methodist church
.national building. This me
was originally scheduled lor :