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Democrat’s Pen
Well, Sir, I don’t know what’s get
ting into the feminine members of
tiie feathered tribe in this section of
the woods. They are certainly try
ing to outdo themselves. Sometimes
I think they are imbued with the
spirit of national defense, and ex
pressing it in the way of increased
production in the matter of hen fruit.
A few weeks ago, one of our farm
ers brought into the “Democrat” of
fice, a sizable specimen of bird manu
facture which looked like it might
have been produced by a fowl dating
back to the times when old Mother
Earth was inhabited by animals, the
like of which there are few remain
ing in these later days; such as the
elephant, the giraffe, the ostrich, the
boa, and a few others.
When Mr. Letcher Colonna brought
ka his pullet egg, with its unusual di
mensions, I was disposed to believe
my eyes were out of focus; that I
was “seein’ things”, although my
night before had been perfectly de
corous; or that he was trying to kid
me into believing it was an honest
to-goodness, cross-my-heart, absolute
ly reliable chicken manufactured ar
ticle of food. It looked more like the
afore-mentioned ostrich had done the
trick. But it was a whopper and no
Then, here comes Mr. Lankford
from Beaver the Dam, who goes the
above mehtioned oval species one bet
ter. His was heavier, and longer a
xound both circumferences. Between
you and me, I liked Mr. Lankford’s
curiosity a great deal better than I
did Mr. Letcher’s and for a very good
jefcson: Mr. Lankford presented me
with his prize and I had it served up
in nice style for my next meal; and,
If you don’t think I enjoyed it, it was
. because you were not sitting across
' tile table from me.
Now, I don’t know what was inside
the sheel of the egg Mr, Colonna ex
hibited. He said he wouldn’t take $5
for it, so you can readily see it was
too great a luxury for a country ed
itor to think about. He said he was
going to keep it and show it to some
members of a farm bureau he be
longed to, and sorta gloat over the
strain his fellow dirt workers spent
their times improving. I advised him
not to keep the article too long, or it
might set up internal workings cal
culated to offend the niceties of one’s
olfactory nerves. I haven’t heard
just what the subsequent history of
the big hen effort was.
However, I do know what was in
ode the egg of which Mr. Lankford’s
generosity made me the owner. When
It was “biled” and broken, there were
two yolks in the cover shell along
with the amount of albumen general
ly provided for two eggs; and also,
another fully developed hard-shelled
specimen—making practically three
eggs when added up correctly. That
didn’t scare me in the least. I ate
the whole three, and I haven’t sprout
ed any feathers as yet.
Of course, I was getting used to
big eggs about that time, and I didn’t
think about making any fuss regard
ing them. Indeed, I see so much of
chickens in general, I can hardly talk
without squawking. I can look out
my office window any day and see
thousands of ’em and they ain’t the
same thousand either. Where in the
ume of Sam Hill all those birds come
from is a mystery to me. To those
who don’t understand this, I’ll just
say that across the street from me
is the poultry and feed emporium of
Small and Bull. (No charge for this
advertisement). So I don’t make no
fuss about no chickens no way.
But, up in Caroline county, some
farmer thought he had something
when one of his layers came forward
with a prize egg, exactly like the one
which furnished a hungry editor a
meal. And the Baltimore Sun also
seemed to think he had something, be
cause it came out in big headlines
over the story of this big egg, two
yolks, and another egg inside, exactly
like old Worcester’s two beauties, and
not a cackle came from us folk down
here—just ordinary hen proceedings
for us.
Well, I don’t know what the feath
ered ladies were trying to do. Some
times I think the farmers’ wives
might have played a trick on the
Hampshire Red by putting a porce
lain egg of mammoth proportions in
the nest. If so, at least two hens
(Continued on Page 12)
Ocean-Going Ship On The Sands
At Ocean City Finally Floats
To Deep Water
Taking advantage of the high tide
rolling in at the Ocean City beach
Sunday night at about 7:30 o’clock
the armed Norwegian freighter, Olaf
Bergh, which went aground March
7th, was pulled off the sand bar and
started on its way to Philadelphia.
Salvage work was begun on the
ship a few hours after she went a
ground at 4:30 in the morning.
Work continued until the following
Friday night when they were able to
move the ship about thirty feet and
gained a few more feet on high tides
on Saturday.
Finally with the high tide Sunday
night a large tug with cables rigged
from the ship to three anchors placed
about a quarter of a mile out in the
water and with the help of workers
aboard the Olaf Bergh who used the
ship’s winches to take up slack in the
cables, the ship finally dropped from
the bar, and after laying over in the
Delaware breakwater for strong head
winds to slacken, the ship headed for
a Philadelphia dry dock.
They didn’t stop to pick up the 17
members of the boat’s crew quartered
in Ocean City but continued on out
to sea. Captain Phillips, of the
Ocean City Coast Guard, said that
he was waiting for word from the
Norwegian Consul in Philadelphia be
fore sending the crew to meet the
ship there.
Thousands of people flocked to
Ocean City to see the boat and it was
estimated 5,000 or more cars lined
the beach highway while two state
patrolmen endeavored to keep the line
The ship was headed for Philadel
phia to pick up a cargo of war sup
plies. Flying a British flag, the ship
mounted a stem gun and carried two
machine guns. Captain O. M. Klep
pevick, Bergen, Norway, was master
of the freighter.
Enlisted Men Are Going To
School As Are Also The Of
ficers In The 115th Inf.
Private William Schoolfield sends
the following to the “Democrat”:
Headquarters Detachment, Third
Battalion, 115th Infantry, of Poco
moke City, has students these days.
The old song “School Days”, applies
in more way! than one to life at Fort
Sgt. Preston E. Mason is attend
ing Pioneer school; Sgt. Jesse E.
Packer is enrolled in Message Center
school; Corp. McGee, Pvt. Ballantine
and Pvt. Roy Littleton who were
transferred to Regimental Headquar
ters Company, Frederick, upon ar
rival at camp are attending Radio
school with members of that com
It’s not only the enlisted men who
are going to school; the officers are
taking their turn at school, too.
Lieut. Page Chesser, with Company
I, Salisbury; Lieut. W. Dry den, also
of Company I, and Lieut. John School
field, Regimental Headquarters Com
pany, are attending a Division offi
cer’s school which will last until April
Lieut. George Benson, who took
over Headquarters Detachment be
fore coming to Fort Meade, is the on
ly officer with the detachment now.
He is a veteran at this schooling
business and although he is not at
tending school now probably will be j
in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Barban and
family, of Cape Charles, spent a part
of the week in Pocomoke, called here
by the sudden death of Mrs. Barban’s
brother, Mr. Philip L. Scher.
A marriage which came as a sur
prise to their friends here occurred in
Florida on Monday, March 10th; the
contracting parties being Mrs. Esth
er W. Taylor and Mr. J. Fred Hering.
The ceremony was performed in De
land, the happy couple returning to
this city a few days later.
Mr. and Mrs. Hering will make
their home in this city until May Ist
when they will leave for London, On
tario, where Mr. Hering will act as
business manager for ..the London
Baseball Club in the Pony League.
He, at present, operates the Town
Tavern at the new by-pass.
Both bride and groom have been
residents of Pocomoke for some time,
Mr. Hering coming to this, city in
February 1940 to act as business
manager of the Pocomoke Chicks.
Was Wife Of Mr. E. T. Hope,
Of Salisbury, And Mother Of
Mrs. W. H. Merrill, City
Mrs. Sudie B. Hope, wife of Mr.
E. T. Hope, died at her home in Sal
isbury early Friday morning, March
14th at the age of 70 years. She had
been ill but two weeks, her death re
sulting from a heart attack followed
by pneumonia.
Mrs. Hope was born in Loqustville,
Virginia, daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. William S. Bundick. She
married Mr. E. T. Hope and for twen
ty-eight years they resided at Cokes
bury near this city. For the last few
years they have been residents of
Pennsylvania Avenue, in Salisbury.
She was a member of Asbury Church
and was active in all church work.
A woman of lovely character, beloved
by all who knew her she will be great
ly missed by her family and by a
host of friends both here and in Sal
The funeral services held Sunday
afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Hill
& Johnson Funeral Parlors in Salis
bury were largely attended. The Rev.
J. W. Wootten, pastor of Salem Meth
odist Church, officiated, and burial
was made in Bethany Methodist
cemetery, this city. The floral of
ferings were numerous and beautiful
attesting to the high esteem in which
she was held.
Besides her husband Mrs. Hope is
survived by one daughter and two
sons, Mrs. William H. Merrill, of
Clarke Avenue, this city, Herbert
Hope, of Cape Charles, and Fred B.
Hope of Hampton, Va. She also
leaves three brothers: Richard and
Thomas Bundick of Locustville and
Harry Bundick, of Newport News,
Va., and nine grandchildren and two
great grandchildren.
The Woman’s Society of Christian
Service of Salem Methodist Church
will meet Tuesday evening, March 25,
at 7:30 at the church. This will be a
meeting of special interest and mem
bers of all circles are requested to at
The following named have been
called as replacement Call No. IV-A,
by the Local Board No. 1, Snow Hill,
and they are to report to this Board
at the Court House, Snow Hill, at
6:15 A. M. on March 24, 1941; where
upon they shall be sent to an induc
tion station of the United States army
at Induction Station No. 6, Fifth
Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Md.
Otis Grafton Pusey, white, No. 433;■
Alfred Justice Truitt, white, No. 462;
Eldred Landera Bounds, white, No.
465; Willie Gillis, colored, 209-A;
Roosevelt Vaughn, colored, No. 255. :
Walter Higgans, colored, No. 116A i
has been ordered to report as Re
placement Call No. 111-C at the same
time and at the same place.
Representative Of The “Triple
A” Brings Interesting Mo
tion Picture To Local Club
The high point in the program of;
the local Rotary Club on Monday!
evening last, were the films shown’
by Mr. Robert D. Moore, of Salisbury,
branch manager of the Automobile
Club of Maryland.
Mr. Moore furnished three pictures; j
one showing just how to prevent auto
accidents. This film’s object was to
teach that care for your own car, the
car ahead, the car behind, and the car
coming around the corner, would go
far toward preventing many acci
dents. The canvas also showed just
what happened when drivers didn’t
use their heads.
Another film was devoted to re
vealing the terrible loss sustained by
fires in this country every year, and
just what careless handling of ashes,
cigarettes, cigars, electric wires and
other things would result in.
Between these two pictures, a comic
was thrown in, and the three screen;
productions furnished an evening ofj
real enjoyment.
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Mr. and Mrs. Alburn C. Moran, of
Dover, Del., have announced the en
gagement of their daughter, Grace
Alee Moran, to Mr. Claude W. Out
ten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester J.
Outten of Pocomoke City. No date
has been set for the wedding.
The State Employment Commis
sioner, Harry C. Jones, of Baltimore
has issued the following “Notice of
| Tests” Conservation Department—
' Inspector; Seaman. State Patrol-
Boat Positions-Deputy Commander;
Machinist; Mate; Cook. Roads Com
mission—Automobile Mechanic;
Chauffeur; Drawbridge Operator;
j Gasoline Shovel Operator; Road
! Foremen; Road Inspector. General —
Cook, Maryland State Police; Junior
The closing date is April 7th, 1941.
Will Be The First To Inaugurate
A Community Use Of The
Park Log Cabin
Friday evening, March 28th, is ex
: pected to be a banner one for the
members of the Fellowship Class of
the First Baptist Church, this city,
i Besides having the opportunity of be-
I ing able to participate in the opening
of the log cabin in the beautiful Po
comoke Park they are also making
their semi-annual dinner a ladies
For weeks the entertainment com
mittee have been working on a pro
gram which it is hoped will be en
joyed by all present and the dinner
committee promises that all will be
supplied to enable each one to feel
that he has been satisfied as far as
eating is concerned.
This class, taught by Dr. J. T.
Nock, has the distinction of being the
largest class of its kind in this vi
cinity with an average attendance of
between 45 and 50 each Sunday morn
Twice a year these dinners are
served the class and always before
they have been an evening of good
fellowship and enjoyment. With the
innovation of ladies night this time,
it is expected that at least 125 will be
present to enjoy the function.
This class meets each Sunday from
10 A. M. to 11 A. M. in its own class
room, where a very vivid picture of
the Sunday School lesson is drawn
for them by' their teacher.
A cordial invitation is extended to
any men of this city or vicinity, who
are not affiliated with any church, to
attend one of these Sunday morning
services and he can be assured that
he will be welcomed heartily by all
The entire town and rural sections
1 will be solicited next week for the
annual Firemen’s Supper which will
be held in the New Fire House Thurs
day night, April 3rd beginning at 5
I o’clock.
This is really a community affair
and is the only time the Firemen
come before the public asking for do
nations. In the past years people
have been most generous in their con
tributions towards this affair and it
is hoped this year will be excep
tion but that the call will be met with
i the usual ready and generous re
Solicitation will be made by both
the Fire Company and the Ladies’
Auxiliary but should anyone be over
looked they are asked to get in touch
with some member and their donation
will be most acceptable.
Was Highly Esteemed By Alt
. Who Had Business Or Social
Relations With Him
Last week, the death of Phillip L.
Seller, prominent merchant of this
city was chronicled. On Wednesday
, morning, his body was taken to Bal
timore and interred. It was, there
fore, too late for the “Democrat” to
record such .information as would re
veal the deceased’s history, either
• socially or commercially.
Since the last rites, it has been
learned that Mr. Scher was born in
Lithuania, on April 1, 1887. This
’ country was at one time a grand
duchy of Europe, and its history has
’ always been closely connected with
’ that of Poland, of which it once form
-1 ed a part. Mr. Scher’s parents were
‘ Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Scher.
’ When about 15 years of age, Mr.
Scher came to America, and, with his
• parents, took up residence in Balti
more. In a few years he removed to
| Exmore, Va., where he engaged in
the mercantile business for over 30
I years. From there he came to Po
l comoke City, where he has continued
; this work very successfully.
•i Surviving the deceased are his
I widow, Mrs. Rose Scher; one daugh
ter, Miss Sarah Leah Scher, Wash
i ington; two sons, Leonard Scher, and
! | Irving Henry Scher, Pocomoke; two
! sisters, Mrs. Rose Gall, Lexington,
Ky., and Mrs. Adam Barban, Cape
Charles; also by two brothers, Louis
• Scher, Baltimore and Herman Scher,
Pocomoke and by several nieces and
: nephews. *
During his residence in Pocomoke,
Mr. Scher, by his industry, capability,
and integrity, had won the confidence
of the public and had seen his busi
ness daily increase. He was a man
interested in community progress,
and ever ready to contribute his time
and means to local advancement.
He was a member of the Lions’
(Continued on Page 7)
Young Griffin Callahan, Jr., son ,
of Mr. and Mrs. L. Griffin Callahan,
of this city, was, a few months ago
appointed to be a cadet at West Point. ,
To receive one of these appointments ]
one must pass a rigid physical exami- (
nation. From the mental test Griff
was exempt because of his good ;
marks in algebra, geometry, English,
composition, literature and history. ,
The course of study young Calla
han will take in his four years is ;
largely mathematical and profession
al. All of his studying will be done
under strict military discipline. His
pay as a cadet will be $1,072 a year
and upon his graduation he will be
commissioned a second lieutenant in
the United States Army.
Callahan, a graduate of Pocomoke
High School, is at present a fresh
man at Washington College, in Ches
tertown, but expects to enter West
Point the first week in July.
VOLUME 60 NO. 11
Taxpayers Swarm Into Annap
olis To Influence Favor For
Free Real Estate
One of the largest delegations ever
to visit the State capitol to urge the
passage of any legislative measure,
appeared in Annapolis on Wednesday
last, to urge the passage of bill giv
ing the voters of the State the privi
lege of amending the Constitution in
such away as to eliminate the State
tax on real estate.
The foremost speakers on the bill
were Senator Dudley G. Roe, and Mil
ton L. Veasey, former Senator from
Worcester. In his remarks the lat
ter took occasion to say:
"The Federal Government and the
State are encrouching more and more,
year by year, upon prerogatives of
the municipalities and of the counties.
"Should this continue, the smaller
governmental units will be put to it
[ to find sufficient revenue to adequate
ly exist. Indeed, they are hard
pressed even now.
“What is the answer? It has been
found by more than twenty States.
The answer is to let the real estate •
i alone for Federal and State purposes,
so that the municipalities and the
counties may have this source of
j revenue for their livelihood. They
r have no other source to tap. The
State may levy what tax it pleases.
“Another reason is the inequality
( of assessment, which has never been
and which cannot be corrected. The
. frailty of human nature makes this
correction impossible. If the State’s
{ tax is abolished, the manner in which
t the counties assess their real estate
} loses its significance.
"Real estate has provided debt ser
i vice for a long, long time. The small
t home owner and the hard pressed
farmer are now entitled to relief.
, Their full duty has been performed
(Continued on Page 12)
’ Mr. S. Lee Englar States That
Pick-up In Employment
Increases Placements
Mr. S. Lee Englar, Manager of the
Salisbury office of the Maryland
State Employment Service, has an
nounced the opening of a drive for
the registration of all job seekers in
the territory served by the Salisbury
office. Mr. Englar stated that the
decided pick-up in employment makes
it possible for his office to increase
its placements of applicants, and it
is for this reason that the Employ
ment Service is making a special ef
fort to register all those persons who
are seeking jobs.
"We expect more openings in indus
trial and farm work this Spring than
at any time in the history of the Em
ployment Service”, says Mr. Englar,
"and it will certainly be to the advan
tage of all unemployed and those em
ployed at other than their usual type
of employment, to place their appli
cations on file with the Employment
The Mayor and City Council of Po
comoke are sponsoring the drive, and
have provided interviewing quarters
on the first floor of the old fire en
gine house on Willow Street. Mr.
Englar will have his representative at
this point on the following Satur
days: March 22 and 29; and April 5,
12 and 19, between the hours of 1
P. M. and 5 P. M. for the purpose of
registering those people who are anx
ious to avail themselves of the service
he has to offer. There is no fee for
either registration or placement.
The Salisbury office is open Mon
day through Friday, between 8:30 A.
M. and 4:00 P. M., and on Saturdays
between 8:30 A. M. and 12:00 Noon,
but this special interviewing point
has been arranged for the conven
ience of persons living in the vicinity
of Pocomoke.

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