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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 1935 IfUMBER TWENTY-SIX ~
_UP and down with thb
SEALS sold for prevention and cure of tuberculosis, to be
used on all Christmas mail, will remain on sale until Christ
mas Eve by the ladies of the Study Club of Roanoke Rap
ids. Taking a tip from the candy wagons, “Make your pen
nies help fight Tuberculosis.” Use a Christmas Seal on
every piece of holiday mail, whether mailed before or after
EUGENE Bryant Acree, crack salesman, is winner of $5
from Rexall for the best sales idea of the week. One of five
in the Nation, the idea was to send a nerson»i ieuer to bo
young gentlemen of his acquaintance regarding his Christ
mas merchandise. He traced $300 or more directly to the
letter which was signed “Ootchie”.
JUDGING of the best decorated home or yard will be done
Monday and Tuesday by a committee headed by Mrs. A.
Miekle. She will be pinch-hitting for Mr. Miekle, who leaves
Sunday for Rockingham, Charlotte, Gastonia and Green
ville, S. C. At the latter place, every Christmas Mr. Miekle
plays Santa Claus for the orphans at the Shrine Home. He
missed one year and they came near never forgiving him.
So he never misses any more. However, he plans on calling
on a few of his young friends here Saturday and Sunday be
fore departing for the South.
ANOTHER side-light on the Miekle Christmas display.
They have been turning the lights off at 10 p.m. but folks
still keep coming. _At 11:30 last night, a man asked that
the lights be turned back on. He had brought a party from
Rocky Mount to see the display. Earlier in the evening,
hearing music Mrs. Miekle went to see if someone had left
the radio on._ It was off. Outside around the Christmas
display, a school teacher had brought a flock of her young
ones. Their silvery voices were ringing clear in an old
familiar Christmas Carol:
OYSTERS roasted, that favorite delicacy of ex-service men,
will again be the piece-de-resistance when the 'American
Legion meets at the Weldon Hut on Tuesday night, Dec.
3.1st. All members and ex-service men invited, Dutch as
WHITE Gift Service by candle light, with special choir and
music, will be held at the Presbyterian Church at 4:30 Sun
day afternoon. The service will end in plenty of time to
attend the Comjnunity Singing at 5:30. There will be no
HOW I would like to spend Christmas,was the subject of a
talk by S. T. Peace at the Kiwanis Club tonight, taking
members back to the old days when Christmas was Christ
mas, a family day, a quiet day, an uncommercialtaed day, a
day of celebrating a Birth.—Rev. E. B. Fisher and Bill Har
ris were guests o,f the club.—T. J. Alford was welcomed as
a new member.
CREDIT for W.P.A. checks arriving here last week goes to
W. F. Joyner, who is now Payroll Supervisor of the First
District, WPA. Upon learning that Halifax workers might
not get their checks, he went to Raleigh last Friday and
stayed With them unil he brought the checks back. The
delay has been in sending payrolls back to foremen for cor
rections. Also to Mr. Joyner goes credit for wangling thru
a $13,000 project on sewers for Roanoke Rapids Sanitary
District. This has been approved, with the U. S. furnish
ing all the labor and one third the labor cost on material.
HOGS make headlines when big enough. Challenging a re
cent big hog tale in this column is J. D. Lang of the city
who says he has Mr. Shell beat. The Lang hog weighed
650 pounds when killed. Come on, hogsters.
YESTERDAY and today the local police delivered to every
home in Roanoke Rapids a copy of “Guides To Highway
Safety”, an important and interesting bulletin printed by
the Institute of Government of N. C. It is hoped every
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An ordinance to check free-for
all firing of fireworks in the city,
the reinstatement of Officer C. L.
Massey and a Warning that city
automobile tags are now on sale
took up most of the time of the
City Board of Commissioners at
<h« nipp(i„„ Tuesday afternoon
By unanimous vote, the Board
voted to reinstate Officer Massey
after receiving a report and rec
ommendation from the Chief of
The ordinances on fireworks
shooting puts a maximum fine of
$10 on anyone arrested and con
victed of shooting guns or fire
works of any kind in the city
limits; with the following ex
ception: it will be lawful to shoot
fireworks on residential property
between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on
Dec. 24th, 25th and 26th.
1936 city auto license tags are
now on sale at the City Clerk’s
office. After Jan. 1, a 25 per
cent penalty goes on. After Feb.
11, orders are to pick ’em up
and bring ’em to court.__
Herald On Tuesday
Of Next Week, Dec. 24
There will be a regular issue
of The Roanoke Rapids Herald
next week; but, it will come out
Tuesday night, Dec. 24th, in or
der to give our employees
Christmas Day at home.
All city papers will be deliv
ered, either by box or special
carrier, on Christmas Day. Ad
vertisers who wish to send a
Christmas greeting to custom
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columns of this newspaper, are
asked to have their copy ready
Monday of next week.
All correspondents please
note change of date of issue.
Open Saturday Til 5
In order to serve the public
more fully during the holidays,
the local post office will remain
open on Saturday afternoon un
til 5 o’clock P. M.
The postmaster urges all pa
trons of the office to cooperate
with the office by transacting
all business before the closing
Negro Gets Pork And
Bold Daylight Robbery
A half dozen cans of pork and
beans may cost Lawrence Jack
son, colored criminal, plenty of
time. He was arrested this aft
ernoon after being seen breaking
in the back of the Triple R Groc
ery Co. about noon.
He was seen by J. B. Myrick,
High School boy who reported the
break to Mgr. G. N. Taylor. Jack
son had broken off the bars of a
rear window and thrust his arm
into the building. The only thing
he could reach was a case of pork
He was arrested later by Of
ficers Green and Early and taken
to the High School for identifi
cation by young Myrick. While
Green went for the boy, the Ne
gro tried to escape from the car
and he and the Chief went round
and round until the officer slap
ped the handcuffs on the culprit.
Jackson has an unsavory reputa
tion, having just returned from
serving a sentence.
Little Margaret Martin, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Martin,
was removed to her home yester
day from the hospital after an op
eration for appendicitis.
MILLS CLOSE THREE
DAYS FOR CHRISTMAS
Patterson, Roanoke and Rose
mary mills will close for three
days during the Christmas holi
They will be closed Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday of next
week, opening for business as u
sual on Thursday December 26th.
This will give the employees,
with Saturday and Sunday, about
five days in a row to enjoy the
Christmas holidays and to do
Clyde Cumba at Large
After Theft of
Mysterious thefts from
homes in Patterson Mills vil
lage were cleared up by the
police when investigations
led the trail to tfee door of
Clye Cumba, 19 year old boy,
who is at large with five
charges of first degree bur
glary against him.
Cumba seems to possess plenty
any way one interprets it. Any
way, he had “nerve” enough to
steal an automobile Friday, drive
it to Norfolk, sell two new tires
from it and then write back here
telling the owner where the car
had been left.
The same day, he entered a
home in the village and had cloth
ing piled high on the bed when
the owner returned and caught
him at it. Cumba fled and knock
ed his cap off in the scramble.
He had “nerve” enough to send
somebody back after the cap.
In still another case, he enter
ed a home and stole five dollars
and later had the “nerve” to ne
gotiate with the owner of the
money with regard to paying
back the “loan”.
Two other charges of house
breaking are also charged to him,
which just about clears up the re
cent robberies in that section of
The car was stolen from Jesse
Allen about 7 p.m. Friday. Sat
urday Cumba was in Norfolk and
mailed a card to a relative saying
to tell the owner of the car he
could find it parked a block from
the Norfolk post office. On the
card, he explained that he had
sold the two new tires which were
on the back. He also sent his re
gards to Charles Hale, from whose
home he had taken five dollars.
Police here have the card.
Cumba, who lived at 751 B
Charlotte Street, after taking the
car entered the home of J. New
comb on that street, and was tak
ing the clothing he could find
when Mr. Newcomb entered and
scared him off. It was discover
ed later that he had taken three
dollars from the baby’s bank.
This was where he lost his cap.
Police also have that as evidence.
Chief Early was in Norfolk
Saturday night searching for
Cumba with Norfolk officers. He
was traced to some of the Beer
Gardens there but was not locat
ed. Monday the Chief went back
to Norfolk with Mr. Allen to get
the stolen car, but there was Jtill
no trace of Cumba.
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