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Cole Faces Charge Of
Raping Young Waitress
J. B. Cole, 34-year-old white man,
#j in Halifax County jail without
privilege of bond, awaiting trial
at the January term of Superior
Court on a charge of raping Jessie
Whitley, 16-year-old white girl
waitress. The attack is alleged to
have been committed late last Fri
day afternoon.
The girl told officers that she
was on her way to work at the
Weldon Hotel about 5:30 p. m.,
and that Cole, yard engineer in
Weldon for the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad, stopped his automobile
and asked her to go to ride with
him. She hesitated, then recognized
Cole as a boarder at the hotel, she
told police, and only consented to
go on condition that he stop at
the school and pick up her sister.
Cole, she said, consented to do
this. Instead of going toward the
school, the girl charged that Cole
gjlrove in an opposite direction,
turned off on a country road, and
proposed immoral relations. She
stated that when she tried to get
out of the car, he pulled her to the
back seat and raped her* despite
her attempts to get away.
The girl also told officers that
she could not get Cole to drive her
back to town until she had prom
ised to spend the night with him
in his hotel room. She stated that
tflvhen she got to the outskirts of
town, she asked him to stop so
that she could go to a drug store,
and when she got out of the car
she ran home and told her mother
what had happened.
Mrs. Annie Whitley, her motn
er, swore out the warrant, and
while she and her daughter were
en route to police headquarters,
it was stated, Cole drove up beside
ihem and she pointed him out as
Whe man who had raped her.
The girl was examined by a
Weldon physician and also by a
staff physician at the Roanoke
Rapids Hospital, and the'ir exami
nation, it is said, showed the girl
had been criminally attacked.
Cole was arrested at his hotel
room and vehemently denied anj
connection with the crime. He
was given a hearing, however, Sat
urday night before Justice of the
'(jflPeace D. C. Johnson, probable
cause being found, and he was
bound over to Superior Court for
Cole, whose home is in Rich
mond, is married and the father
of two children.
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Violators Of
«Game Laws
Are Arrested
Several men were arrested last
week near Scotland Neck for
hunting on Sunday and other vio
lations of state game laws. A drive
is being conducted by W. O. Ab
bitt and E. P. Keen of the Depart
ment of Conservation and Devel
opment in cooperation with C. M.
llPettitt, county game warden to
break up Sunday hunting.
Pettitt said that other violations
are being curbed. The men arrest
ed recently, he said, ran into
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Stolen Goods
Recovered By
Low Officers
Roanoke Rapids police and
Sheriff’s pfficers yesterday recov
ered a number of articles, alleged
to have been stolen from Rochelle
Realty Company building. Included
in the recovered loot were one keg
of 60-penny nails, two heavy duty
tires, one used tire, one bus or
truck tube, said to have been
taken from the Rochelle ware
house; seven kegs of unidenti
fied nails; 44 bags of lime, one
keg of nails, one wheelbarrow,
one Stilson wrench, alleged to
have been stolen from the Dairy
Company’s building.
The stolen property was found
in a tobacco barn near Aurelain
ISprtngs after the police and the
sheriff’s officers had worked long
into last night.
Arrested this morning in con
nection with the case were Joe
Lampley and his son, Jake. Both
men are being held on charges of
receiving stolen goods. Bond for
each has been set at $400. The
break-ins occurred about two
weeks ago.
Stamps Taken
From Home
Of MaeKirdy
The Weldon home of Lawrence
MaeKirdy, Patterson Mill employee,
was entered sometime Tuesday by
unknown persons and $5,000 in
postal savings stamps were stolen.
Mr. and Mrs. MaeKirdy had
spent the day in Richmond and
returning home discovered the
break-in and theft of stamps.
Yesterday morning Johnny Jack
Wilkins, negro, found $3,000 in pos
tal stamps at the intersection of
Second and Sycamore streets and
turned them over to proper au
Three Men Given
Stiff Sentences
Drunken Driving
Three white men, George B.
Miles of Weldon, G. R. Rawlings
of Lawrenceville, Va., and Charley
'Pulley of Brodnax, Va., were tried
this morning in Roanoke Rapids
Recorder’s Court on charges of
driving while under the influence
of intoxicating beverages. They
were found guilty and sentenced by
Judge Charles R. Daniels to pay
fines of $50 and costs each and had
their driver’s licenses revoked for
12 months.
W. Z. Mitchell of Skippers, Va..
faced the court on charges of
driving with improper brakes and
coasting downhill. He was found
guilty and ordered to pay a fine
of $20. Mitchell, it was brought
out, ran into the rear of a Caro
lina Trailways bus because of bad
Above is Corp. Willie F. Gib
son who recently returned home
after serving two and one-half
years overseas with the Army
Air Force. Gibson is a graduate
of Roanoke Rapids High School.
He has been given his honorable
discharge and is now with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie
Gibson, of this city.
Facilities at
Post Office
Being Taxed
Facilities of the Roanoke Rap
ids Post Office are being taxed
to the utmost in the handling of
collect-on-delivery parcels, and
space in which to store these par
cels is jammed to overflowing, ac
cording to L. G. Shell, postmaster.
Mr. Shell has asked that persons
expecting collect-on-delivery par
cels, or having such parcels now
in the post office, accept delivery
at the earliest possible moment. It
was pointed out that every incom
ing mail brings many additional
parcels of this sort and that there
is not available space in the post
office in which to hold them over
an extended period, especially at
this particular season of the year.
The postmaster also pointed out
that all train schedules have been
resumed and that limitations in
size and weights on parcel post
have been removed.
Due to the great volume of mail
expected to be handled by the post
office, it is suggested that all par
cels be mailed as early as possible.
This, of course, particularly refers
to Christmas gift parcels. It is
also noted that Christmas greet
ings should be enclosed in an en
velope and mailed at the first
class rate in order to insure
prompt handling and delivery.
In addition to mailing early and
looking after prompt acceptance
of parcels, Mr. Shell urged patrons
to see that all parcels are wrap
ped in heavy, strong material and
tied with strong cord.
Special Paper By
Local Paper Mill (
Above is K. F. Adams, resi
dent manager of the Halifax
Paper Company here, whose
concern manufactured the spec
ial paper which will be used by
the News & Observer next Sun
day in a special section featur
ing the paper mill and Roanoke
Rapids. Negotiations between the
Raleigh newspaper and the
manufacturers of the paper were
handled by H. W. Ellison. The
paper is auramme (a kind of
golden color) and has been made
by the paper company before but
not for newsprint use. The
amount furnished the News &
Observer was 39 tons, which will
aid it in the present acute short
Merchants To
Close 2 Days
It was announced today that
the merchants of Roanoke Rapids
will celebrate the Christmas sea
son by closing their places of busi
ness for two days — Wednesday
and Thursday.
“The merchants feel,” said a
spokesman for the organization,
‘•‘that the clerks need a little rest
after the strenuous days just be
fore Christmas day.”
The stores, it also was announc
ed, will be open at night until 9
o’clock only on Monday and Tues
day of Christmas week.
Business will be resumed as
usual Friday morning. The pub
lic is urged to cooperate in the
closing of the stores on these two
Close Schools Two
Weeks Christmas
The Roanoke Rapids schools will
close Friday, December 20, for the
Christmas holidays and will re
open on Monday, January 6, it was
announced today by Superintend
ent I. E. Ready.
Trappers, Buyers
Licenses Now Due
Licenses and permits for trap
pers and fur buyers, which have
been due since December 1, mu3t
be bought, said C. M. Pettitt, coun
ty game warden.
X-Ray Survey
Mobile Units
On Streets
Until Dec. 20
Two mobile units of the tuber
culosis X-ray equipment brought
here for the Halifax County X-ray
survey are scheduled to be on
the streets from now until Dec
ember 20. One unit is located on
the corner of Roanoke Avenue and
10th Street in front of Fred For
est & Company in “uptown” Roa>
noke Rapids, and the other unit
will be “downtown” at Second
Street and Roanoke Avenue. These
units are located there for the
purpose of X-raying all persons in
the business district, shoppers and
workers, and any other visiting
individuals over 15 years of age
who have not had the opportunity
previously for an X-ray.
Members of the Business and
Professional Women’s Club of Roa
noke Rapids have canvassed the
stores and offices urging 100 per
cent attendance of employers and
employees from each establish
ment. They also furnished them
with X-ray cards to be filled out
in advance so they would be away
from their work only a short
length of time.
To date approximately 6527 Roa
noke Rapids people have had their
lungs examined through the X-ray
process. About 3149 have already
received reports on the condition
of their chests.
Only a few minutes’ time la
necessary to have an X-ray made.
The valuable information about
the condition of the lungs—or
heart—may be obtained through
the simple process of stepping be»
fore a camera, fully clothed.
Women Now
Eligible For
Jury Service
It’s constitutional now.
Women now have the right to
serve on juries in North Carolina.
They gained it at li a. m. yester
day when an amendment approved
by the voters on November 5 wa*
enrolled by Secretary of State
Thad Eure upon certification from
Governor Cherry.
The amendment, which inserted
changes in several articles of the
constitution intending to guarantee
women equal rights with men, was
adopted by a vote of 186,540 to
However, before it became aae
official part of the constitution,
the favorable vote had to be cer
tified by the State Board of Elec
tions to the Secretary of State,
who in turn certified it to the
Governor. The Governor then sign
ed a proclamation directing th®
Secretary of State to enroll the
amendment, and sent it to Eure's
office at 11 a. m., Tuesday.
New Bus Schedule
New bus schedules between Roa
noke Rapids and Weldon were an
nounced today by the Carolina
Trailways. The schedule is now
in effect and the complete change
in time Is made in an advertise
ment appearing on page
section A of today’s paper.

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