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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTEMOTHE UPBUILDING.OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume V. Number 28.
"Hertford, Perquimans County, North -Carolina, Friday, July 15, 1938.
$1.25 Per Year.
Alleged Safe Oraeher Has
City Tax Elate Dili Remain
EJeGord f Long List Crimes
Soraraitted In Ten States
At $1.10 For Year Despite
Bark Situation At Times
UP THE LADDER TO FAME
Kurtweid von Wischon
Held For Probable
Prisoner Will Face Trial
Also In Pasquotank
The Federal Bureau of Investiga
tion revealed to Sheriff" J. Emmett
Winslow Tuesday that the record of
Kurtweid von Wischon, alleged safe'
cracker who was bound over to Octo
ber Superior Court by Recorder Gran-
bery Tucker, has served prison sen'
tences in th6 states of Washington,
Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Virginia, New YorkColo;
rado, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Wischon served a stretch in South
America by his own admission.
Wischon, against whom grounds
for probable cause were found at the
Tuesday session of Recorder's Court,
according to the FBI record, started
his carreer of crime in 1912 serving
in a Virginia reformatory for a Nor
folk offense. Although only S3 years
old, Wischon'B escapes from prison
number about five.
. The safe-cracker was represented
at Tuesday's hearing by P. G. Sawyer,
Elizabeth City attorney who offered
no testimony. Bond was set at
$1,000 and Wischon was released to
Edenton officers who were on hand
at the hearing to request that Wis
chon be turned over to them for the
next session of Chowan Recorder's
A set of tools and other instru
ments were also turned over to the
Chowan officers; spokesman for whom
was William Privott, Chowan County
WWischos -appeared incottrt looking
very jaunty in a fresh seersucker
suit, brown shoes, shined, white shirt
and dark tie. Although he did not
appear depressed or worried neither
did he appear over-confident or
smart-alecky. In fact, Wischon was
not called upon to utter one word
during the hearing.
Wischon was arrested in the motor
company building of the Winslow
White Ford agency last Thursday
morning by Officer Robert A. White,
who together with Cecil Winslow, of
the agency, offered the State's only
testimony in court Tuesday. The safe
in the motor company office had been
tampered with and damaged but not
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Astonishing How Little
Some Students Know
'."Something Is Radically
"My people are destroyed for a
lack of knowledge: because thou hast
rejected knowledge, I will also reject
thee, . . , seeing thou, hast forgotten
"the law of thy God, I will also forget
thy chfldren." (Hosea 4:),: quoted
Mr. Smith in his opening remarks on
the subject, "Wherojpid We Get Our
Bible 7" last Tuesday night at the big
tent located on the Grammar School
' r Mr. Smith read a number of scrip-
' tures (AmoB S-JJ: Rev. 1:1-2; II Pfit.
i 1.21; II Tim. &16) which proved that
i, the Bible is nr-ssage from God to
' the human family, t and i that "all
scripture is given by the inspiration
" of God and is profitable for doctrine,
'7 for reproof, for correction, for in
struction in righteousness; that- the
man of God may be made perfect." :
- "Something is radically wrong in
onr country today", stated Mr. Smith
' after reading some facts -recently
' made public by .the Virginia Council
"t of Religious' Edupation. Tests were
,. made in 213 high schools, and a total
ji of 13,434 high school students at- .
-, tempted to answer 20 certain ques
tions. One of the requirements was
(rJB Turn to Page Four)
About Holy Bible
THREE YEARS AGO
Three years ago this week, the files
of The Perquimans Weekly reveal
Alec Wheeler, city electrical em
ployee, had narrowly escaped death
from drowning or electrocution on
Monday afternoon when a power pole
on the Causeway broke and threw
him into the river. Wheeler was ren
dered unconscious by the shock but
quick work on the part of Gen Thach
and Russell Winslow saved him from
Fourteen beginners and 12 swim
mers had erolled to take instruction
in the Red Cross swimming class, of
which Dick Payne had charge.
A party of six Perquimans County
school teachers h$d left on, Wednes-.
day for. an 18-day tourpf the' New
England states and Canada.
" Heavy rains in the Hickory Cross
section had converted the "Low
Ground Road' into a swimming hole,
and boys living nearby were taking
advantage of the three-hour down
pour to go swimming .
Judson Bass had three matches
and no other means of illumination,
when he heard a rustling noise in the
next room of his home where he liv
ed alone. It was a. dark night and
Mr. Bass - struck one match. He
struck a second, and by the flame of
the last match he spied a huge
copperhead snake traveling across
the room. - His gun was in his hand
and dropping the last match, Mr.
Bass fired a lucky shot when the
snake was seen. It was a lucky shot
because the snake was killed.
Of County Clubs
50 Per Cent of Member
ship Is Goal Set For
75 Perquimans Women
In Competition Last
Perquimans County Home Demon
stration Club members will be given
the privilege of entering two State
and County Canning Contests in the
fall. Cash prizes and fruit jars will
be given the winners in the county
Each club member will be allowed
to enter one quart each of meat, fruit
and vegetable in one contest; and one
quart of fruit and one quart of vege
table in the other.
The prizes will be awarded in the
contest as follows: according to Miss
Gladys Hamrick, county demon stra-
Two hundred or more contestants;
first prize, $9.00; second prize, $5.00;
third prize, $3.00, and fourth prize,
Forty or more contestants; first
prize, $3.00; second prize, $2.00.
Twenty-five or more contestants;
first prize, two dozen fruit jars.
'In the second contest the winners
of the. first, second and third prizes
will receive one dozen fruit jar each.
The winners of the first prize in
each contest will enter her jars in
the State Contest
: According to Miss Hamrick, seven
ty-five Perquimans County women
were in competition at this event last
year: ; This year her goal is fifty per
cent of the county club members.
The coolest is open to all Home Dem
onstration Club members.
At Assembly hurch
The Reverend W. F, Voodre, pastor
of the First Pentecostal Church in
Pitcairn, Pa., - will preach at the
Hertford Assembly Church on Sunday
morning at 11 o'clock. Mr. Voodre
will hold services also Sunday even
big' at eight o'clock. ' The public is
W. M. U. MEETS MONDAt
The Woman's Missionary. Union of
the Hertford Bantist Church -Will
meet next Monday night at 8 o'clock.
at the church.
NEW XORK It took Ross McKee of the New ITork Daily News 35 min
utes to climb to the top of the 700 foot Trylon on the grounds of the New
York World's Fair 1939. Once up he squeezed out on a 14-inch ledge and
took panoramic pictures of the Fair grounds and snapshots of the giant 200
foot Perisphere, the framework for which is nearlng completion.
McKee was the first cameraman to accomplish this feat. He followed in
the footsteps of steel "birdmen" who had just planted the U. S. flag, mark
ing the finish of the steel frame of the Trylon.
These two structures will be covered with stucco and, as the Theme
Center of the Fair, will set the pace for the $150,000,000 Exposition.
4-H Short Course
Be Held July 25-30
Miss Hamrick Urges
Members to Plan
County 4-H Club members aro
urged to attend the short course at
Raleigh, July 25-30. Miss Gladys
Hamrick, County Home Demonstra
tion Agent, says that the girls at
tending will be required to have two
uniforms with one coat. These are
made from green broadcloth with
The boys will be required to wear
white djick trousers, white shirt and
black tie. The cost of the short
course is $5.50, which amount in-
.lii4aa vanMaffat inn -fao arA mPal.S
from dinner Monday, July 25th,
I through breakfast, Saturday, July 30.
I VIUUM 4 10W"V"
The following classes will be given:
i Crops, Poultry, Livestock and Farm
Conveniences, Recreation Leadership,
Adventuring with, Books, Handicraft,
Copper Work, Health, and Home
All delegates, according to Miss
Hamrick, may take advantage of the
following courses: Parliamentary
Procedure, Good Grooming and Good
Miss Hamrick, and L. W. Anderson,
County Farm Agent, are anxious to
have several Perquimans County club
members attend this course.
RECENT BRIDE HONORED
Mrs. Morgan Walker, who before
her recent marriage was Miss Nellie
Feilds, was honored at a lovely party
given by Mrs. Tom Peele on Wed
nesday evening at 8 o'clock.
Several .tables were arranged for
Bingo and other games.
During the evening the guest of
honor was presented with a shower
of lovely gifts. 7
The hostess served delicious Bava
rian cream, cake and lemonade.
The guests were: Mrs. Morgan
Walker, Mrs George Feilds, Misses
Joyce Harrell, Louise Payne, Eliza
beth, .': Grace, Dorcaa and Hilda
Knowles, Ruth Nachman, Jeanette
Feilds, Mary Elizabeth Feilds and
Marian Raper, Mrs. & M. Harrell,
Mrs. Arthur White, Mrs. B, O. Gibbs
and Mrs. Edgar FeildrfLvr, -
!n Raleigh Aug. 15
Rural Men and Women
Urged to Attend
Farm and Home Week for rural
men and women will be held at State
College, Raleigh, August 1-5. Every
rural man and woman should have a
vacation and this is one of the best
ways to spend it.
This year a fee of $1.00 per person
will be asked for registration. Reg
istration may be made in advance
upon receipt of money by Mrs. Nell
Meachem, State College Station, Ral
eigh, or the fee may be given to Miss
Hamrick who will reserve rooms in
The only cost of Farm and Home
Week is for registration fee, meals,
which may be had at the cafeteria,
The program includes many inter
esting features. Mrs. Bess N. Ross,
of W. C. U. N. C, Greensboro, will
conduct a class on "The Family and
Its Relationship?' Miss Marjorie
Beal, secretary and director of the
North Carolina Library Commission,
Raleigh, will teach a class on "Your
Books." Judge Lois Mary McBride.
of Alleghany County Court, Pitts
burg, Pa, will be the guest speaker
at the "Honor Day" exercises August
5, and will discuss "Problems of De
linquency" and the various laws that
tell to encourage a breakdown of the
marriage relationship and the home.
Miss Pauline Gordon, specialist in
home management of the Extension
Service and Miss Mamie Whisnant,
will illustrate the following subjects:
"(Jolor in the Kitchen," "invest in
Rest," "Bringing Your Lighting Up
to-Date"; and F. H. Jeter of the Ex
tension Service, will talk
and Money Management." He will
conduct a class on "News Writing."
Miss Frances McGregor, assistant
State 4-H Club leader, and Mrs. E.
G. Willis, southwestern district agent,
will demonstrate the following in their
class oh "The Niceties of Life";
"How Do You Do," -"Thank Yon,"
"When You're a Hostess," and "My
Quest. Room.'! Dr. W. P. Jackson of
th National Recreation Association,
New York City, will conduct a class
for leaders in recreation each day.
At Tuesday's session of Recorder's
Court, John Hondley, middle-aged
man a stranger in Hertford, was
charged with stealing and receiving
I several sets of spark plugs from the
aervice station of Mark Hathaway.
Bill Small, one of the State's chief
witnesses, testified that he spotted
the goods for stolen property when
Hondley tried to sell the plugs at the
service station where he works across
the Causeway. Hondley was arrested
in Winfall by Officer Robert A.
Judge Granbery Tucker invoked a
Charged with inflicting serious
knife wounds on the person of John
Ed. Felton, Negro, Charlie White,
King Street Negro, was found guilty.
Through his counsel, James S. Mc-
NSder, White appealed to Superior
Court and bond was set at $50.
Fleet Cooper and his daughter,
Gladys, Negroes, charged with re
sisting arrest, were sentenced to
serve 30 days, Gladys working around
the courthouse, and Fleet to work in
the city's employ. Ihe sentences are
to be suspended upon payment of the
costs of court I
Adlee Foster, Luke Bowser, John
Powell and Puddin' Winslow, Goose
Hollow Negroes, charged with gamb
ling , were taxed with the costs
Six Clubs Register
Perfect Score At
County Picnic at
Forty County and Club
Officers Present at
Six county home demonstration
clubs were present one hundred per
cent at the County Council meeting
in the Agricultural Building Monday.
A representative each was also among
those present from the Beech Spring,
Helen Gaither and Ballahack Clubs.
The Council went on record as fav
oring an annual county-wide picnic
for farm families, this year at Eden
house Beach on Wednesday, August
Each year the county federation of
demonstration clubs has been giving
to the club showing the best work
during the year, a 25-quart pressure
cooker. This year the Council has
decided to give second and third
prizes. Curtain stretchers were se
lected for the second award, and a
fruit cake pan for the club ending
the year in third place. These awards
will be given at the Fall County
Each club receiving an award will
keep it for one year, according to
Miss Gladys Hamrick, county demon
stration agent, and if the same club
wins out for three successive years
the prize becomes the property of
that club permanently.
Forty county and club officers at
tended the meeting where C. R.
Holmes delivered to the group a most
helpful talk on Parliamentary Pro
cedure. The next meeting will be held on
October third with the Belvidere Club
having charge of the program.
MISSIONARY GROUP MEETS
The Winfall-Cedar Grove Mission
on "Timejary Society met Tuesday evening at
o'clock at the Epworth Church,
Winfall, with Mrs. J. L. Nixon pre
siding. After an interesting meeting, Mrs.
Nixon served delicious refreshments.
WIENER ROAST FISH FRY
The members of the Home Makers
Sunday School Class of the Baptist
Church enjoyed a wiener roast and
fish fry on the lawn of Mrs. Tom
w - J ... it j i
Madre on Thursday afternoon.
Hertford Better Off Fi
nancially Now Than
12 Months Ago
City Council Appropri
ates $100 For Bridge
At the City Council meeting Mon
day night, the commissioners voted
to appropriate $100 toward allaying
Perquimans County's assessment in
the fund of the Albemarle Sound
Bridge celebration. This amount
matched the sum granted by the
County Commissioners at their meet
ing last Wednesday and leaves only
$93 now to be raised if this county Ls
to meet its allotted amount.
The ninety-three dollars will likely
be amassed through popular dona
tions. As a result of the Monday night
meeting the tax rate will remain the
same as last year, since the closing
of reports on last year indicate that
the Town of Hertford is in much bet
ter shape financially than it was 12
months ago. Five thousand dollars
better off, Mayor Silas M. Whedbee
told the councilmen. One thousand,
two hniwlrpH dollars will he laid aside
immediately for surveys and repair
work on some of the power lines.
This revelation of the town's finan-
cial condition calls to mind a state
ment made by Mayor Whedbee in
September, 1937, when he had estab
lished himself as one who believes in
staying within the bounds of the
"I believe," said Mayor Whedbee,
after outlining the rather dark situa
tion at that time, "that if we hold
ourselves in check and make no pur
chases other than those which are
absolutely necessary, we can raise thi
money for the bond requirements and
at the same time pay these bills, but
to do it we h;ive pot to hold our nur-
chases down during this period."
Mayor Whedbee was stressing the
j point that there should be no unnec
essary expenditures in the immediate
future, so that the tax rate of $1.10
could remain for the next year. It
did remain at a dollar ten and will
i be so again this year, although there
were times when the commissioners
i thought the rate would have to be
raised for 1938.
Offers More Hope
For County Crops
Improvement Is Notice
able After Rainy
Fairly Dry Weather Will
Help Check Work of
The past several weeks of ideal
weather warm and dry, are, putting
a better face on the county's crops as
a whole after the rainy season.
Jake White, county treasurer, says
that his cotton is looking "pretty
fair" and that it has come out con
siderably in the last ten days with
blooms now aplenty. His peanut
crop also looks good but Mr. White
forwards the opinion that the corn
crop is cut almost in half by the ex
cessive rains and general unfavorable
weather of a few weeks back.
The present weather, if it con
tinues fairly dry, wjll help to hold
back the boll weevil and also help to
offset the rainy season's damage.
Cantaloupes and watermelons are
not looking so good on his farm, says
Mr. White, whose farm usually pro
duces these delicacies among the;,:
When asked by a representative of
this newspaper if he could suggest a
way to keep farmers from faring too
badly during over-rainy seasons, Mr.
White replied that his obseryati'f
showed that lots of farmers need tj
open their lead and tap ditches.
keeping them clear, he says they will
raise better crops , In almost any