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Ml' Hi j II B. H. McCOMMONS, Merchant Mar., July B, 1942 WILLIAM H. CAMP, JR., Navy, Nov., 1942
HIM lEHHHHHnBMHaBHHHMaHHHHHnH THE ROANOKE RAPIDS !N. O.’s TABloid Picture NEWBpaper ! — AH Home-Print — •\_/ VOLUME XXVIII _ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1943 NUMBER 28 RATIONING BOARD ROBBED Ji _ a i i . —- - . _ - . __ I AT HALIFAX; THOUSANDS OF BOOKS STOLEN Acetylene Torch Used To Get In Big Vault; Leave Part Equipment MAY CALL FBI Gasoline Books Taken Total Nearly Million Gals.; Leave Fuel Oil Thieves broke into the No. 2 Ra tioning Board Office in Halifax, which office acts as custodian for all rationing books used by the three county boards, some time during the night Wednesday, and successfully escaped with thous ands of rationing books. At press time no progress was reported as to their apprehension. Representa itves from the State Bureau of In vestigation arrived in Halifax shortly after noon today to assist local officers in their search for the robbers and it is rumored that the FBI will be called in in an ertort to eaten tnem. The theft was discovered short ly before time for the office to open this morning by Roy Long, colored, son of the janitor of the new county building in which the rationing board office is located. Employees of the rationing board left the office at five o’clock yes terday afternoon as usual, and ac cording to Mrs. Frances Burch, chief rationing clerk, the office was double-checked before closing. The robbery was reported to Chief of-Police G. D. Wheeler, who, im mediately ordered the premises roped off in the hopes of preserv ing any valuable clues which might aid the FBI and other of ficers in their investigation. Hun dreds of curious have visited the scene of the robbery today. Entrance to the large vault con taining the precious rationing books and coupons was made through burning a hole with an acetylene torch. The thieves gain ed access to the office, which is located on the ground floor of the county building, through opening a rear window, mey leu nemna them their gas and air tubes for the operation of the acetylene torch, two wrecking bars, tool kits containing various and assorted tools, a pair of gloves and a quan tity of black oil cloth, obviously used for “blacking out” the win dows while the acetylene torch was used on the vault. Officers say it was undoubtedly the work of well organized, professional crooks, as the equipment left behind and the manner in which the bold robbery was executed belied any touch of amateurs. THOUSANDS BOOKS STOLEN A check-up revealed 26.000 conies of War Ration Book No. 2 miss ing. This is the new war ration book, intended for the purchase of canned goods and other commodi (Continued On Page 7—Sec. A) "REP. EVERETT t DROPS BILL YESTERDAY House Bill 388, to create an ABC %oard in Halifax County, was in troduced yesterday by Representa tive Ben Everett. The bill would set up a three man board for two years consist ing of Clyde D. Liske of Roanoke Kapids, David L. Suiter of Wel don and G. H. Johnson of Scot land Neck. The members would receive the same pay and mileage compensation as members of the ijounty Board of Commissioners. Duties of the ABC board would include the control and sale of alcoholic beverages in Halifax County, employment of manager and other employees and fixing J;he pay of those employed. The *ill was referred to the House committee on counties, cities and towns. This was the original set-up in Halifax and other counties under jthe Pasquotank Act as passed by ^Senator Julian Allsbrook several years ago. At a following session of the legislature, the ABC board was abolished and its duties and functions given to the County -Board of Commissioners, which ^Doard has been acting in a dual capacity and meeting twice a month, one time as County Com missioners and the other as an ABC board. IS KILLED t INACTION Lloyd Heptinstall, seaman first class in the Coast Guard, Little ton RFD, died on January 27 of gunshot wounds received in line <D>f duty, according to notice re - ceived this week by his father, J. W. Heptinstall of Halifax County. The Navy Department stated the body would be buried in the locality where death occurred. Other details are lacking at this time. Change Hours Of c Mayor's Court Effective next Monday, the hours of the city court, presided over by Mayor Kelly Jenkins, jQ will be changed to convene at 1:30 p. m. Instead of 10:00 a. m. as it has in the past- The move is being made in order that of ficers on the night shift may be able to attend court Monday (ft with more convenience. ^ POLIO DRIVE HERE DOUBLES THAT OF 1942 Reports of the tenth annual ap peal for funds with which to fight Infantile Paralysis, show that the city this year more than doubled the amount of money raised for the 1942 drive, according to Gra ham Lynch, head of the Roanoke Rapids township committee. The drive in the city netted $1,136.02, compared to 1942 profits of $482.96. Howerton Gowen, chairman of the county drive, re ported that first figures for the drive on a county-wide basis re vealed it had netted approximately $1,450. although all of the figures had not yet been tabulated. A de tailed report of the county drive will be available, and published in next week’s issue of the Herald. Various new methods of raising money for the drive in the city were resorted to this year, with splendid results. A report of the total amount of profits, showing the source of revenue, is as fol lows: Dance at Armory_$345.31 Tag Day _ 59.67 Banks in business section_201.50 “March of Dimes” (at schools) _117.29 Special Gifts _412.25 Total Net Revenue_$1,136.02 One-half of the amount raised will go to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Inc., while the other half will be retained in Halifax County for fighting the dread disease. The Roanoke Rapids drive was sponsored by the Lions Club, which organization has carried out the drives here annually since their start some ten years ago. Members of the local civic club were dubious as to the results whiph might be accomplished for the 1943 drive because of the WPB order forbidding “pleasure driv ing.” It was decided not to stage the annual President’s Ball on a large scale for this reason. In stead they staged an “indoor cir cus” at the new Armory building, with a square dance and round dancing to the tune of recorded music, but the result was probably the largest crowd ever to attend a dance in the county. Even with the smaller dance program, the profits from the venture almost totalled those of last year’s dance with a big orchestra engaged. The biggest gain was through the “special gift fund,” with Gowen largely instrumental in raising this money. Capons To Northern Markets Above is shown Carl H. Tower, marketing specialist with the State Department of Agriculture, inspecting capons before sending them to northern markets. The average capon weighs approximately two pounds more than a rooster and brings a profit of up to $1.50 per bird to the producer. HOLD YOUTH IN STABBING CASE SUNDAY Thomas Mulligan is being held in the city jail in default of bond n the early morning stabbing of William Thompson, at the park across the street from the bus station about 3 a. m. last Sunday. Both youths are said to be in their early twenties. Young Thompson was discovered in the yard of a home several blocks from the bus station about 3:30 Sunday morning by city po lice. Mulligan aided the officers in their search for the youth, whom it is reported ran from the scene of the stabbing soon after the trouble started. He was bleed ing profusely, from a deep stab wound under his left arm, and was taken to the hospital, where he was released late Tuesday af ternoon. Mulligan was arrested and lodg ed in the city jail to await trial, which will probably be held in Su perior Court. He is charged with: “Engaging in an affray in which a deadly weapon was used.” It is reported the two men had an argument, resulting in the stab bing at the park. Thompson is reported to have run away. Mulli gan, later becoming alarmed over his safety, reported the incident to city police and aided them in their search for Thompson. SIX CHARGED RUNNING TIP BOARDS HERE Warrants summoning six small city merchants to appear before Judge Chas. R. Daniel at next Tuesday’s Recorder Court were served Tuesday noon by Deputy Sheriff Frank Gray, on a charge of operating “tip boards,” a petty form of gambling. The warrants were sworn by Wade Dickens, county solicitor, “on information and belief.” The six men were not required to post bond, but were released upon rec ognition to appear before the court. Solicitor Dickens, it is said, act ed upon information brought out at the Recorder Court hearing Tuesday of Donald Gray, who was charged with stabbing Troy Allen, in an altercation several weeks ago occurring in a small “pop shop” operated by S. C. Cook on East Second Street. Testimony at the Gray-Alien trial, which was continued, tended to show that the argument between the two youths resulted from their playing “tip-boards” and their tes timony brought out the names of several alleged operators of the gambling devices. The solicitor acted on this information in sum moning the men to court next week.