A R TERET COUNTY Astronoaical Dsla Moon Rises Tomorrow 4:15 AM Moon Seta Today S:22 PM Sun Rise Tomorrow 7:99 AM Sun Sett Today 4:58 PM 10c A Merger el TEE EEACFC3T NEWS (Established 1912) and THE TWEI CITY TMES (Established 1938) 38th YEAR NO. 61. MOREHEAD CITY, AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1948 PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDAY! 1L It's Laughable to Call That Strip Of Mud Leading to Merrimon a fRoad' CROP Receives $221 In Donations Congregations Contribute Food; B & M Railroad Provides Box Car Two hundred twenty-one dollars in cash has been contributed to the county Christian Rural Over seas program, B. J. May, chairman, announced yesterd?y. Fifteen dollars has been con tributed by i the First Baptist church, Beaufort, in addition to food, $45 came from the Woodville Missionary Baptist church and the Welcome Home Freewill Baptist church at Bettie, $1 from North Rivei colored school, and $160 has been contributed by the First Methodist church, Morehead iCty. Food was collected at all church es throughout the county Sunday. Contributions have' already come in from Salter Path, North River and Bogue colored schools. Can ned foods and other foodstuffs packaged in cartons or cellophane will be collected today at More head City school. Through the courtesy of the Beaufort and Morehead City rail road, and James Fodrie, freight agent, a box car will be placed on the siding at S. M. Jones ware house this week and remain there until the food is ready for ship ment to Norfolk. Contributions from throughout the county should be in the ware house no later than Saturday. Food items at the various collection points in Beaufort and Morehead City will be picked up Friday or Appliance company an Whiteway laundry, Morehead City, have of fered the use of their trucks in the collection. . Mr. May requested that store owners save corrugated ; cartons and contribute them to CROP so that they may be used for packing the food.;;-;. ,- . :- - ; The ' secretary of . agriculture, Charles F. Brannsn, said recently in regard to overset relief "pro grams, '"Despite the Improvement that has taken place, the people of many lands still need our help help in the form of food to sup plement their own production. Al though grain production in West ern Europe this year is up to pre war levels, the population in this area has increased so that, on a per capita basis, production still is 10 percent below prewar. "Average food consumption in Europe now, in terms of calories represents recovery to a point a bout halfway between the very low levels of last year and the av erage consumption before the war. "There Is still a long way to go and many countries must continue, to look to the United States for as See CROP Page 4 Atlantic Han' . Herman Blythe, Atlantic, re ceived a severe back injury earlj Thursday morning when the cat in which he was riding collided with another car parked on high w'sy 70 two miles east of Beaufort Crissie May Gaskill, Sea Level, also in the same car with Blythe received minor lacerations about the mouth, but was discharged af ter being treated at Morehead iCty hospital. Blythe Is reported to- be in fair condition.' ; Driver of the 1948 Kaiser in which the injured man was a pas senger, was Garland Mason Morris, Atlantic. The Kaiser, proceeding to Beaufort,1 rounded a curve, skid ded, went off the left side of the road, returned to the road, turned completely around and crashed in to the 1948 Chevrolet parked . on the shoulder of the highway. Driver of the Chevrolet was Aubrey Grayden Lewis, Marshall berg, who had stopped to pick up a pedestrian, Andrew Ipock, of Beaufort route U Neither Lewis ' nor Ipock was Injured. ' The Chevrolet was damaged ' slightly and the Kaiser was dam aged to the extent of $179 Beaufort police removed the In jured to the hospital . R. M. Fowler, state highway pa trolman who investigated the. acci dent reported that it was raining and h?.;hway conditions were bad at the time of tv wreck. In jured In Wreck By Kutn reeling .Soon after coming to Carteret county in the early spring of 1946, I learned of the Merrimon "road," a strip of sand, mud, saltwater, muck, and mire intended to serve as i thoroughfare from Hardesty's corner on route 70 to Merrimon and the South River section. Time after time residents of that area have gone before county 'ommissionern and requested that late aid be obtained to make the road at least usable, if not hard surfaced. During the past summer Mile trucks have been working a long the road, hauling dirt and dumping it here and dumping it there. In the length of time this activity has been going on it seems w though nothing, absolutely nothing, has been accomplished ind the road is. far from being passable. Appearing below is a letter from a resident of Merrimon, Mrs. Mil dred S. Lawrence, one of the lead ers in the fight to make govern ment officials recognize that Mer rimon is a part of Carteret county and a part of the state of North Carolim. and that therefore the citizens of that community are en titled to all their rights including good roads. To those of you who arc not fa miliar with the Merrimon road, I can assure you that Mrs. Law rence's statements below are not manufactured out of thin air. On a trip from Merrimon in August, my car had to be pulled out of mire one foot deep less than one mile from Hardesty's store. All the way to and from Merrimon I expected to bog down in the goo any minute. It took service sta tion attendants two hours to clean the car, remove mud that had even covered the engine and spattered Inside through the windows. Tun waWb man mitmnioA an. "frTOfiir7Merrt but-m up when the car, slithered danger ously through the muck and close to the ditch at the side. With hope, hope that we believe will not be in vain, THE NEWS TIMES is forwarding this issue of the paper to Governor-elect Kerr Scott ' We think he would have to look far throughout the state to find a "road" such as the one to Merrimon that has been in deplor able condition as long and for which so much has been promised and so little done. Following is the letter received by THE NEWS-TIMES from Mrs. Lawrence: " '. . . we were told by county officers several years ago that a federal appropriation hid been made for the hard-surfacing of the Cedar Island, Harkers Island, and Merrimon roads.. Mr. Jimmie Guthrie published a dissertation ir your paper more than two years ago on our road. He had been mis informed that our road was being surfaced before Harkers Island's was completed and was asking what sins the Islanders had com mitted to deserve such treatment. I answered Mr. Guthrie's article. I evidently relieved his worries, for I received no answer. I as sured him that the equipment placed on the North River end of the road was only pre-election promises again. The equipment was removed on election day! But going back to that federal aid, there were three or four coun ty officers who would speak to me concerning the road every time 1 vould see them. Then about a ear ago when a group from here ippealed to the county commis Uoners they had forgotten thai such a subject had ever been men Joned. . , ; I'm going to skip the pest now ind come up to the present spurt A number of trucks have been hauling dirt for months and plac ing it on the road. During the fry summer months it was hard enough to get, through the road but we endured and hoped for iidn't happen. Each week a new rumor came out: "We're going to start pouring next week." That week hasn't come. No surfacing has been done yet. Then the rains started. On No vember 4, Mr., George' Tosto wss shot. In a dying condition he had See ROAD Page t 11 ; t:u c::?j:tl:.:s ' r CROP Provides Them With MS;; r 7 0 Unable to conceal their anticipation, these youngsters, at a dis placed persons camp in Germany, crowd eagerly around the brick sided stove in the school feeding center to watch the large pot of soup cook. Several such food centers in various parts of Western Europe are made possible by the contributions of church people in America through the Christian Rural Overseas Program which is sponsoring the North Carolina Friendship Train. Inspection Lane Dne In Morehead City Friday Owners of 1941 and 1949 mo del vehicles must hnve them in spected by Dec. 31. 1948, accord ing to the state department of motor vehicles regulations. Inspection lane No. 36 will visit Carteret county this week for the last time this year. It will be in Morehead City Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, opening at-S a.m. each day and closing at 5 p.m. with the ex ception of Saturday when it will close at noon. It will be located ia front of the Municipal building on 8th street. TB Field Worker Visits In County Conferring with health officials today in the health department of fices will be Miss Lulabelle High smith, field worker for the tuber culosis division of the state health department. She will discuss pre parations for the proposed mass X-ray in this county which will be undertaken if sufficient funds are obtained in the current tubercu losis Christmas seal sale. Dr. William A. Smith, director of the tuberculosis division of the State board of health, will visit the local health office this week. He will meet Saturday with Dr. N. Thomas Ennett, county health )fficer, and Stanley Woodland, president of ' the Carteret county uberculosis association. They, too, will discuss the , free X-ray pro ?ram. -:.:. : ' . ,; .' The mobile unit, a trailer equip ped with X-ray machine, is expect 3d to come to this county early in 1940. -:.v.; Mrs. Leota Hammer and Mrs. Mildred Spivey, public health lurses, went to New Bern yester day to attend a conference on nurses' work in tuberculosis control.-...-; : t . To date collections in the county tuberculosis fuad campaign are be low those for the same period last year. Collections as of yesterday amounted to $752.90 as compared with $804.85 last Christmas season. Salad 1943 Vehicle Tajs teller Than Last Year's i The sale of 1949 vehicle' tags Is better than last year at this time, according to Mrs. W. M. Dye, in charge of the sales at the W. M. Dye garage, Arendell street," More head City. . : ... License tags are issued each weekday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday' from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The office will close from Friday, Dec, 24, to and Including Wednesday, Dec. 29. , . j . - 51948 'j Buy TB Christmas Seals Food r V-l' :,i:ww,!f'ifl'" ww' ...... Mil Lawyer Comments On Editorial View In NEWS-IMS Wiley Taylor, Jr., attorney of the v Beaufort Athletic association, commented yesterday on the edi torial which appeared Friday in THE NEWS TIMES in recant-to -the lease presented U) the JpoattK of lid urn (inn for their annrnval I 1 w i - - -. i The lease provides for the ren tal of the Beaufort ball diamond, located on school property, by the Athletic association at $500 plus 9 per cent of gross receipts over $10,000. THE NEWS-TIMES editorial pointed out certain weaknesses in the lease and recommended that the county attorney be consulted in regard to what action the board of education should take. Mr. Taylor stated that "peculiar interpretations' were put on the lease by the editorial. He said in regard to the newspaper's com ment that the proposed stadium could burn and the debris left for the school to remove that a con crete and steel stadium and fence could not burn, and if it did there would be sufficient insurance car ried to cover suueh. loss, thus en abling the damaged property to be rebuilt. The editorial pointed out that the lease did not stipulate whe ther the lessor or lessee would de fine what use of the property would be "unlawful or offensive." The attorney said that the uses to which ' the property would be put were agreed upon verbally be tween the Athletic association and the Beaufort school board of trus tees before that body signed the lease and recommended its ap proval by the county board of edu cation. The county board stated Monday a week ago that it would make' its decision on renting the property to the Athletic group at its Jan uary meeting. Rotarians Hear Marine Officer Lt. L. T. Iglehart of the public Information office, Cherry Point Marine Air base, spoke to More head City Rotarians Thursday night on the necessity for better ing relationships between More head City and the air base. ; ; He emphasized that there isn't a particularly poor relationship now, but stated thatnore could be done by both to establish a feeling of neighborliness. Because Marine personnel are transients, he said that they want to experience as much as possible the feeling of permanency, where they ire stationed, even though may be for only one or two years. Efforts are being made, tha lieu tenant remarked, to .have more ci vilians attend sports events at 4he base. Following the meeting Ro tarians expressed approval of Lieu tenant Igleshart's remarks and ef fort will be made to better rela tionships, they agreed., n 2V I County Leaders Attend Meeting At Hotel Kinston Representatives to General Assembly Hear Explana tion of Ports Program Dan L. Walker, manager of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, Robert G. Lowe, executive secre tary of the Morehead City Cham, ber of Commerce, Dr. John Morris, and Dr. B. F. Royal, Morehead City, attended a meeting at Kinston last night where state legislators were informed of the state ports deve lopment program. Col. G. W. Gillette, executive director of the State Ports author ity, and Sen. J. M. Broughton at tended the meeting which followed a dinner in the Hotel Kinston. Sen. Clyde R. Ilocy, of Shelby, former governor, commented in a recent letter to Colonel Gillette that expansion and modernization of North Carolina's natural ports facilities "will broaden the stale's economic scope and react to the distinct advantage of every class and every region." The letter reads: "I am greatly interested in pro posals to expand and modernize the natural ports resources of North Carolina, and believe that all forward-looking citizens should support the project, for the bene fit of every section of the state, lt is my opinion that a compre hensive and competently adminis tered ports program will broaden North Carolina's distinct advantage of every class and every region. "Surveys have been made and statistics gathered by those active ly engaged in furthering the port .pspcram. k which sUaw, ihst ot many years our sister slates on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have been reaping a golden harvest of dollars at North Carolina's expense, be cause they saw long ago the ad vantages to be gained by furnish ing their port cities adequate and modern facilities for the handling of water-borne commercial traffic." lusters Plan Legislative Action The Rev. C. Maness Mitchell, chairman of the Coastal Ministerial association's social action commit tee, reported at the meeting of the group yesterday morning in the civic center, Morehead City, that plans are being made to obtain the name of every legislator in the general assembly and work through them to obtain the action desired by the ministers on the state's gambling, beer, and wine laws. At present no petition is being circulated by i the ministers in re gard to eliminating the ABC stores in Carteret' county,- an official stated following the meeting. The association endorsed the Christian Rural Overseas program and members pledged their full Kiipport in collecting food during the coming week. The. Rev. H. L. Harrell, presi dent, appointed the following to serve on the committee to draw up bylaws and rules for the organ ization: Rev. L. A. Tilley, chair man, the Rev. J. C. Griffin, and the Rev. R. L. Lawrence. The morning's talk was given by Mr. Griffin who spoke on "The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Holy Scriptures." Jet Plane Makes Forced Landing at Beaufort Field . . . i - Capt. Daniel H. Johnson, USMC, escaped injury Wednesday after noon when the jet plane he war piloting made a forced landing at Beaufort airport. The engines cut out on Johnson approximately 10 miles northeast of Beaufort and he came in at 5,000 feet in a glide. The right gear came off the plane, nose, and right wing were damaged and the fuselage wrinkled. The, pilot was unscathed. The plane, a McDonald FH2, was removed from the field Friday morning and taken to Cherry Point air base. Auxiliary Makes $100 The woman's auxiliary of Jones Austin Post No. 2406 cleared $100 on their recent Christmas bazaar. They held their annual Christmas party Wednesday evening at the American Legion hut and recently sent money to the hospital at Fay ettivUle for gifts for veterans. Little Theatre will Present Comedy 'Dear Ruth' Important Christmas Official Arrives RiiwiMiignTimwimMrninfiTliTiiiriiMi -UimiinnTi miiri tmi r n mm jJjH iT - T - T - Santa sails Into Beaufort On his yacht the Mistletoe. Piled on the cabin behind him are some of the hundreds of toys that will be distributed to the boys and girls in Carteret county on Christmas Eve. As for the parade in Beaufort Wednesday afternoon, he chuckled, "It was the 'royalest' welcome I've ever received!" Photo by Roy Eubanks Jaycecs, Nurses Clear More Than $500 on ( Capers9 Show 360 Pound Bear Shot At Newport One of the biggest bears ever taken lit Carteret county was shot by Walter and B. G. Foster, both 3f Tennessee, at 0:30 Friday morn ing at the head of Deep creek in the Newport section. The black bear, weighing approx imately 300 pounds, was dragged out of the woods by the hunters ind taken to Newport where it drew crowds of spectators. B. G. Foster was using a .32 Win Chester Special and Walter Foster a .233 Savage. Three shots felled the animal which was running on all fours, chased by three dogs. The shots entered his back, left side and head. Other members of the hunting parly were Britt Foster, Roger Foster, and Carl Storey, all of Lynn, N. C, H. V. Plott, Bill Plott, Gecrge Plott, Boone Scntclle, Har ry Sentelle, Gwyn Scntclle, all of Waynesville, and W. D, Allen and Sidney Hill, Newport. Walter Foster is a resident of Columbus, Polk county, Tcnn., and B. G. Foster lives at Gatlinburg, Tenn. A picture of the bear and hunt ers will appear in Friday's paper. PTA To Hear Christinas Music Members of the Beaufort Parent Teacher association and others who wish to attend the regular meeting at 8 o clock tonight in the Beaufort school auditorium will hear Christmas music presented by the school's choral groups, under the direction of Mrs. Charles Has- sell, music instructor. The glee club will appear In their new maroon robes which were purchased the latter part of the 1047-48 school year. The graded school choir will wear white robes. In the glee club are 53 students and in the choir of younger pupils are 43 boys and girls. The glee club will visit homes of shut-ins and sing carols for them the evening of Monday, Dec. 20. Names of sick persons who would like the group to pay them a visit khould inform Mrs. Hassell at the school or at home, B 394-2, as soon as possible. After carolling, the group will go to the Scout building on Pol lock street for a party. , Boberl L Lacks Awarded Two Prizes Saturday Robert L. Hicks, 3107 Arendell, was double winner Saturday when Morehead City merchants awarded Christmas cash prizes to shoppers. ' Mr. Hicks one a $10 and a $20 prize. George Lawrence, 1401 Shackleford street, won $50; Mrs. Minnie Gaskill, 1309 Bay street, won $100 and Jame't'W. Salter. Newport route I won $20. at 8 Tomorrow Night "1r - irtr - i i-ffi Approximate figure on the pro fit made by the Morehead City Jaycees and the County Register ed Nurses' club on "Hollywood Capers" is well over $100, accord ing to reports made yesterday. Morehead City school auditori um was packed to overflowing. By curtain-time the "Standing Room Only" sign wan out Every "actrese tuYneVf in alel lar performance, but Betty Grable, played by Skinner Chalk, won the beauty contest and was presented with a bouquet of red roses. Dr. John W. Morris, president of the Chamber of Commerce, was then accorded the honor of a dance with beauteous Betty, climaxing the evening that was as much fun, apparently, to the actresses as it was to the audience. Opening member was a song and tap dance duet by Paula Jones and Ann, Owens, Beaufort. In the cast were the following: master of ceremonies, George W. Dill, Jr., rockcttes, R. W. Stamper, Dalton Adams, George Adams, Charles Willis, Quincy Stimpson, Cecil Adams, Colie Hepler, Alfred Cooper, Sam Guthrie, and Dave Battle Webb. The Ziegfield Girls, who came closest to stealing the show as any, were Duffy Roe, McDonald Willis, Sr., Alvin Garner, Sam Ad ler, Clyde Jones, and John Mema kis. Mills Brothers, Bobby Bell, Ethan Davis, Stamey Davis, and James Willis. Other stars were Red Skelton, Ethan Davis, William Powell, Mac Collins, Al Jolson, James Willis, Cary Grant, Ben Alford, Ray Mil land, Bill Flowers, Tyrone Power, Paul Branch, Fred Astaire, Walter Morris. Mickey Rooney, Ansil Chapin, Van Johnson, James Murdoch, Gary Cooper, Kenneth Wagner, Clark Gable, Bob Williams, Henri, Floyd Chadwick, Pierre, Charles Stanley, Kate Smith, Bobby Bell. Yvonne de, Carlo, Jack Stallings, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nick Gallan tis, Lana Turner, Bill Chalk, Do rothy Lamour, Dave Styron, Betty Grable, Skinner Chalk, Carmen Mi randa, Walter Lewis, Hedy La marr, Jerry Willis. Hazel Scott, E. M. Dewey, Myrna Loy, Arthur Lewis, Ginger Rogers, H. S. Gibbs, Jr., Ingrid Bergman, Sam Hatcher, Paulette Goddard, Frank Moran, Lauren Bacall, Coo lidge Merrill, Veronica Lake, Lee Parker. Rita Hayworth, Bernard Leary, Greta Garbo, Frank Hatton, Esther Williams, Warren Beck, Margaret O'Brien, Joe Hall, and Judy Gar land, L. G. Dunn. The play was directed by Miss Tressa Vickers, president of the Nurses' club. . . Tide Table HIGH LOW Tuesday, Dee. U 6:29 AM 12:08 AM 6:41 PM 1:02 PM Wednesday, Dec. 15 ?:12 AM - 12:03 AM 7:26 PM 1:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 1$ 7:35 AM , 1:33 AM 8:14 PM ' 2:31 PM Friday, Dec. 17 8:40 AM 2:18 AM 9:01 PM ' 8:17 PM Norman Krosna's smash comedy hit, "Dear Ruth," will be presented at 8 o'clock tomorrow night in the Morehead City school auditorium by the New Bern Little Theater under the auspices of the local Little Theater. The play, in two acts, takes place in the living room of the Wilkins home, Kew Gardens, Long Island, and covers a period of two days. Members of the cast are at follows: Dora, Eleanor Carr; Mrs. Edith Wilkins, Grace McDaniel; Miriam Wilkins, Dottic Allen; Judge Harry Wilkins, Frank Fa gan; Ruth Wilkins, Janet Latham. Lt. William Scawright, James Lucas; Albert Kummer, Tuck Tuck er; Martha Seawright, Apple Bol ton; Sgt. Chuck Vincient, Jimmie DisscI, and Harold Klobbermeycr, George Smith. On the production staff are the following: Barbara Brock, director, Sibyl Jenkins, stage manager; Eva Jarvis, assistant stage manager; Betty Aberly, stage sclting; Bever ly Benners, properties; Kay Tur ner, George Smith, and J. B. Daw son, publicity' Gerald Colvin, tickets; Jack Carr, lighting; Oliver Jacobs, make up; Joe Pinner, call boy; Theresa Sliipp. Lydia Allen, Lillic Willis, and Virginia McSorlcy, hostesses". Patchwork WiU Require Two More Weeks On Evans The patchwork on Evans street, Morehead City, will consume more time than wriginaHjrplanned and patching alone isnt expected (b be complete for two more weeks, men on the job reported this morning. Removal of the bumps in the street began a week ago at the east end but the bumps grow pro gressively worse with each block westward, workmen say. Bulging seams are first removed by a drill and then filled in to street level with asphalt. A large patch of asphalt has been laid di rectly east of 8th street to bring a depression there up to grade. ; Tile drain pipe is being placed along the north side of the street where water drains from Arendell and then lies in puddles, causing deterioration of the present street surface. ' One day has been lost due to rainy weather since work began on .the street. i Superintendent on the job is'O. L. Russ. Contractor is Z. A. Snee den's Sons, New. iBern. Cost of the paving will be met with Morehead City's share of re venue from the dog race track which closed its first full season early last fall. Heal Official To Speak Here .- . . On their tour throughout the state to North Carolina's various medical societies Dr. J. W. Norton, state health officer, and Dr. J,. F. Robertson, president of the state medical society, will visit Carteret county tomorrow night. tii; They will attend the December , meeting of the Carteret County Medical society at 8 o'clock in the Morehead City hospital. Dr.: Nor ton will be the speaker and will discuss trends in public health as well as the need for expansion-pf local public health services. He will point out that this ex oansion can - be obtained onjy through an increased appropria tion from the state at the 1949 meeting of the legislature. V. Guests at the meeting will in clude Roscoe D. McMillan, Red Springs, secretary of the State Me dical society, Mayor G. W. Dill, Morehead City, Mayor L. W. Has sell, Beaufort, H. L. Joslyn, county superintendent of schools, and D. L. (Libby) Ward, state senator from the seventh senatorial dis trict v Dr. N. Thomas Ennett, county health officer, will introduce Dr. " Norton. President of the local me-. dical society is Dr. John W. Morris, Methodist Stewards Meet ii rj Stewards of the Ann Street Me thodist Church met with Mr. m V Mrs. R. M. William for their monthly meeting on Tuesday. ,. , After the business discussion a social hour was held with refresh ments of fruit cake and coffee, . .