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VOLUME XXVIII _ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1943 NUMBER 28
RATIONING BOARD ROBBED
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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
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"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.

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