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AND J • A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER THE LEDGER-ENTER PRISE 7 NEWS AND PICTURE SERVICE. WORCESTER DEMOCRAT EBT.IBBB THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE EBT 1880 “Chirps”,^ from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, I wish some of you peo ple would tell me what the word “stymied” means “s-t-y-m-i-e-d , that’s the way she’s spelled. I’m anx ious to know, because a certain lit tle sheet, published sorta “on the side”, in its latest edition, applied that term to Chirps and I don’t know whether I shall challenge it to mor tal combat or not. Nobody likes to be called bad names. Just as I had written that last sen tence, an old friend of mine came in, and I said— “ Bill, what does ‘stymied’ mean?” “I don’t know,” Bill says, “it starts •ut like it refers in some way or other to hog pens, but the way it winds up ■ort of intrigues me. Have you look ed in the dictionary for it?” “No, I haven’t, but, since you men tioned it, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.” ' So, I hunt around in the word book mnder the letter “s” until I tree the eritter, and I was so long reading the definition that Bill "asks— “ Have you found it?” “Sho’ have,” I replied. “Well, what does Uncle Noah have to gad about it?” has plenty,” I said, “but it doesd’t mean much to me.” * “W’hy?” Bill came back. “Because it seems to have refer ence to the game of golf, and what I know about that game wouldn’t be crowded if it had to take up its head quarters in a thimble?” “Do you know who wrote the ar ticle that has stirred up all this com motion?” queried my friend. “Yes, I do.” “Is he a golf player?” Well, he thinks he is. He went out the other day and scored something around 120 and came in bragging to •ae of his friends, who said:— “That’s fine, I think you are com ing fast.” “Yes,” said the golf enthusiast, “I made the first hole in 115 and I am going out tomorrow to see what I’ll do the second one in.” “Well,” Bill said, “I think he’s go ing instead of coming, and he’ll soon be out of sight, if he doesn’t pull up. But how about this word, ‘sty mied'?” “As far as I can figger it out, it that one golf ball gets in front of another and thereby prevents an easy putt for the cup, and now I think I begin to start to commence, to solve the problem. The writer of the item in question told a story on himself in the publication mentioned and thereby thought he would pre vent my taking a shot at it in this column. But, you know, I’ve heard <tf a golf player who can so hit his ball as to make it jump over the one is front and roll nicely in the cup. So, he didn’t squelch me by his ‘sty mie’ thing, I’m a good jumper.” “Well,” said Bill, “you may see some meaning to all this, but I’m not. I’m still in the dark, splanify your self.” “Well, this golf player was riding home, one night iast week, in his brand new car. Everybody but him could see that the juice was getting low, but he had a car that would go from New York to San Francisco on a quart of gas, so why worry your mind. The poor thing did its best to warn its owner not to pass the next filling station, but nothing doing. The result was that she came to a spot in the road where she thought it was best to stop, and, with a sigh, she came to a standstill, not 200 yards from a filling station. I’ll give her credit for a lot of consideration. “But even then, you couldn’t per suade our ‘stymied’ friend that there was no juice in the tank. He showed ms what the guage revealed on the dash. He pumped that throttle and he spun that starter—all to no good. Finally another occupant got out and hoofed it to the station. ’Twasn’t long before a good Samaritan came with the gas and gave the poor ma chine a good drink.” But, I can’t understand,” said our friend, “this guage shows there was gas.” “What guage?” ask.ed the filling station man. “This one,” and our friend pointed. “That’s not the gas gauge, that’s Hie heat guage you’ve been looking at,” said the man. And, sho’ nuff it was. Then he began to think things. Began to (Ccftttawed <• Page 11} CIRCUIT COURT BEGAN SESSION MONDAY LAST Judge Crockett Names Elton W. Mason As Foreman Of The Grand Jury COURT WILL PROBABLY ADJOURN NEXT WEEK The Circuit Court for Worcester County convened in Snow Hill on Monday, March 24, 1941 with Judges Crockett and Insley on the bench. Elton W. Mason was selected as Fore man of the Grand Jury. Other mem bers were: Henry R. Figgs, Robert H. Cluff, Josiah Timmons, Joshua P. Donaway, Charles J. Davis, Sidney E. Collins, Harry Savage, J. Bayard Davis, John P. Whaley, Samuel C. Bowen, James T. Rogers, Lee A. Grif fin, M. Wm. Shockley, Irving S. Mat thews, Lorah H. Hickman, Wm. H. Adkins, E. Grice Payne, J. Edward Weldon, Herman A. Littleton, Chas. C. Hudson and Samuel A. Powell. After deliberating only 5 hours, 8 true bills or indictments were re- 1 turned as follows: Ayres Cord, alias Buster Cord; Raymond Spence, alias Dude Spence; James Corbin, alias Jim Corbin; and Wilson Smith, for assault with intent to kill and assault. Chester Warrington and James E. Ardis for non-support and desertion; Walter W. Outten, Frank Paul Out ten and Roger Outten for burglary, larceny and receiving stolen goods. David Robbins and Robert Town send for burglary and house break ing; Francis Rickards for gambling. Court officials state that this is the shortest time that the Grand Jury has served on a regular panel in the history of the County. On Monday several minor cases were disposed of by continuance and being marked “Agreed and Settled.” Tuesday there was no court in session. Wednesday the case of the Uni versal Credit Company vs Blaine Bailey was tried and the case was (Continued On Page 7) SCOUT TROOP MOBILIZES FOR EMERGENCIES Treat Various Injuries For Auto Accidents As Victims Are Rushed To School Campus BOYS SHOW APTNESS IN MATTER OF FIRST AID Thursday of last week was a red letter day in the experience of the lo cal Boy Scouts and they did themsel ves proud jn meeting the require ments of the day’s events. At 4:30 P. M., the city fire alarm gave a signal which was recognized by the boys as a call for an “Emer gency Mobilization.” Immediately every Scout rushed home, donned his uniform and betook himself, with all speed to the rear campus of the high school. Here were found supposed victims of an auto crash. These were laid out on blankets spread on the ground, and were in various stages of bodily distress. Some had legs broken; oth ers arms; many with cuts and bruises; many writhing in pain from internal injuries; others insensible to whatever had happened. Harvey Bradshaw was on hand with his ambulance. Billy Walters (Continued on Page 12) DR. BURKEHOLDER GUEST SPEAKER AT THE LIONS Dr. Paul Burkeholder, Superintend ent of public schools in Kent County, Delaware, addressed the Lions Club Tuesday evening and delighted his audience as he told them what could be done in civic clubs and cited many incidents of where “the impossible” was finally achieved because of the tireless efforts of local civic clubs. C c THE COPY LIST OF NAMES SELECTED FOR ARMY* FORCES To Be Sent To An Induction Station Of The U. States sth Regiment Armory ALSO REPORT TO THE COUNTY COURT HOUSE The following named men have been selected for induction by Local Board No. 1, Court House, Snow Hill, Maryland as Call No. 6 and they shall report to this Board at Court House, Snow Hill, Maryland at 6:15 A. M. on April 1, 1941; whereupon they shall be sent to an induction station of the United States, Fifth Regiment Armory, at Baltimore, Md.: WHITE John Martin Robb, No. 487; Raymond Douglas Childs, No. 556; Roland Ber bage Powell, No. 562; David Robert Jones, No. 571; James Leßoy Has tings, No. 602; William Edward Tay lor, No. 686; Clarence Littleton, No. 687; Herman Joseph Polland, No. 694; Eldred Marshall Taylor, No. (Continued On Page 6) ijpg .as "fig MmmmmmmM > ■ WM to,. - mSm •-■'i v ■ man HHHHIi'W >■ jPIF*!* Jnii V-V EMERSON W. FOLK POCOMOKE CITY, MD., FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 1941 X Marks The Spot Where The Body Of Marie Swift Was Found Jfc> m , jjrjß; . ''■JShmr | TjJL, *1 WW JUf ' OLD FERRY BOAT IS BOUGHT BY THE STATE A bill which has been reported fa vorably in the Maryland Legislature and which enables the State Roads Commission to purchase the Anna polis-Claibome Ferry, also includes the old steamer Gov. Emerson C. Har rington, referred to in the bill as “a floating hotel.” The statement is made in the press that this old ferry boat is “owned and rented” by the Ferry Company. If this be true, then it must have been re-purchased by the company, since its bona fide purchase by Mr. Clinton K. Duncan, of Pocomoke, and a subsequent bona fide resale to an Annapolis buyer, who removed it to Annapolis and did use it as a float ing hotel. In the report of the acquisition by the State of this old craft, no infor mation was vouchsafed as to what the Roads Commission was going to do with it. It was somewhat of a surprise to the people of this sec tion to learn that the Ferry Company still were possessors of the dismantl ed old side-wheeler. TO SPONSOR PICTURE The Senior Class of the Pocomoke High School will sponsor the picture at the Marva Theatre Thursday and Friday nights, March 27th and 28th. The picture is “Four Mothers” with the Lane Sisters and Gale Page. MR. E. W. POLK DIED TUESDAY; HEART ATTACK Was In Usual Health During Day. Taken About Mid night; Soon Succumbed FUNERAL SERVICES TODAX AT HOME ON 2ND STREET The “Democrat” is called upon to chronicle the sudden death of another of its well-known and prominent citi zens—Emerson W. Polk, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emerson G. Polk. Mr. Polk seemed to be more than normally well on Tuesday last. Af ter retiring he was taken ill about 12 o’clock, midnight. A physician was called, but only a short while af terwards, he breathed his last. The deceased was born in Poco moke City on the 23rd day of Novem ber, 1871, and was therefore 70 years of age last November. With the ex ception of a few years spent in Bal timore, he lived his life in his native town. He started early in the mer cantile business, dealing in custom and in ready-made clothirig. He had a large trade on the Peninsula, being well-known in the counties of Virgin ia. Besides his widow, Mr. Polk leaves no survivors of his immediate family. Mr. Alan P. Schoolfield is a nephew, of this city; and Messrs. Polk and Lucius Kellam, of Belle Haven, Va., are also nephews; Mrs. Jay Cullen, at present in Florida, is a niece. Pocomoke loses a good citizen in Emerson W. Polk. During his career as a business man, he gained for himself a name for honest and fair dealing. In his social life, he was genial, courteous and seemed to have a real and liberal amount of loving kindness for mankind in general; he seldom spoke evil or was adversely (Continued on Page 12) JOHN FLETCHER MATICS DIES AT COKESBURY John Fletcher Matics passed away Thursday at his home in Cokesbury at the age of 57 years. He had not been in good health for some time but his death came as a shock to his fam ily and .friends. Born in Alderson, West Virginia, he had been a resident of this vicin ity for the past twenty-two years. Besides his widow he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Wanda Pusey, of Salisbury. Also by two sisters, and two brothers: Mrs. Emma Har less, Mrs. Clara Cainkaid, and Lloyd and Clark Matics, all of West Virgin ia. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Glad Tidings Tabernacle, the Rev. R. Stanley Berg officiating. Inter ment was made in the Parsons ceme tery in Salisbury. The pallbearers were: Ollie Payne, Albert Reynolds, William A. Cottman, Leonard Walk er, Burt Brittingham and Talmadge Beauchamp. $1.50 BODY OF CRISFIELD WOMAN FOUND LYING ON HIGHWAY NOT FAR FROM RESIDENCE t m i ■■■■ ■■■■■■ i ■ ■ Apparently Killed In An Auto And Thrown Out By The Side Of The Road . Shows Marks Of Rough Usage The body of Miss Marie Swift, 20 years of age, and daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Swift, of Crisfield, Md., was found lyin'? by the road side on Tuesday last, and marks of severe beat ing . ith some evidence of choking by hands, revealed the cause of her death. S " """" """ v MARIE SWIFT PERJURERS GET FIVE YEARS IN STATE PRISON William Methvin And William H. Ross Punished. Lundgren Receives Milder Sentence Last week, the “Democrat” made known the action of the Wicomico County Grand Jury in bringing in a true bill in the case of the Methvin -1 Stevens damage suit, the bill charg ing certain witnesses for Methvin with perjury, and Methvin himself for subordination of perjury. ( Since then, the case has been tried, the accused found guilty and Chief 1 Judge Benjamin A. Johnson imposed a sentence of five years in the Mary land Penitentiary on Methvin, of Westover, who was found guilty of subordination of perjury on charges growing out of a SIO,OOO automobile accident damage suit. William H. Ross, 47-year-old ga rageman, from New Church, Va., con victed of giving false testimony in the suit, also received a five-year sentence. Howard W. Lundgren, Cris field truck driver, also convicted for perjury, was given two and a half years. Lundgren testified for the State. Methvin’s son, Charles, was killed 1 in the accident involving his car and one of the company’s trucks. Lundgren testified that Methvin paid him $25 for false testimony j which he gave in the damage suit. THREE-YEAR OLD BOY DIES IN THE HOSPITAL Little Alfred Taylor, 3 year old ’ son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Taylor of Clarke Ave., this city, died Sun-; 1 day night in the Salisbury Hospital! after an illness of three months or more. Besides his parents he leaves two brothers. Funeral services were conducted in Glad Tidings Tabernacle Wednesday 1 afternoon at 2 o’clock by the Rev. R. 1 Stanley Berg with burial in Salem Methodist cemetery. The sympathy of the community is I extended the parents in the loss of j their young son. < VOLUME 60 NO. 12 The body was discovered by Clif ford Taylor, a truck driver, of Cris field, who was on his way from his home in the country to his work in town. The wood patch is on the Clarence Cristy farm. He immediately notified his em ployer, Mr. Cristy, and with him went to report the matter to Deputy Sher iff Harold Sterling. The three, ac companied by the medical examiner, Dr. William H. Coulbourne, . went back to make an examination of the place and the body. Later the body was taken to the girl’s home. The deputy called in Sheriff Fred Phoebus, of Princess Anne, to take charge of the investi gation. The deputy sheriff said that the body bore no scars except the marks on face and neck. The death scene is near the Jacksonville road, a new short-cut State highway from Cris field to the main road north. Taylor said that he was riding his bicycle along the road when he spied what appeared to be a bundle of rags or clothes. He stopped to in vestigate and found the body of the girl. The Sheriff and his deputy began questioning members of the Swift family and neighbors in an effort to determine where she was last seen and whether she was accompanied or alone. An early check of her movements revealed that she had attended a (Continued on Page 7) HRS. A. HILLMAN SUCCUMBS AFTER ; LONG ILLNESS Was Daughter Of Mr. And Mrs. George W. Bonneville, And 1 Was 66 Years Of Age • SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FROM FUNERAL HOME Mrs. Annie Lee Hillman, wife of William F. Hillman, passed away at her home on Cedar Street Sunday morning last after a long illness. Mrs. Hillman was a native of Po comoke, daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Bonneville and the late George "W. Bonneville. She was 66 years of age. Her mother, who is a resident of Princess Anne, and is 94 years of age attended the funeral. Well liked by all who knew her she was a faithful member of her church and interested in all religious activi ties. She was a regular attendant until ill health caused her to give up active work. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, William F. Hillman, proprietor of Hillman’s Confection ary Store, this city, and by one son, William Hillman, Jr., who is associa ted with his father in business. Two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Littleton, of this city, and Mrs. Blanche Pilchard, of Princess Anne, also survive. Funeral services were hejd Tues day afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Dennis & Watson Funeral Home, the Rev. John W. Wootten, officiating. The pallbearers were: Messrs. Wil lard Stevenson, Russell Matthews, William Hardester, Frank Hudson, Robert Walker and Luther Parsons, Sr. Interment was made in the ceme tery at Goodwill. Godfrey Byrd Child, student at Staunton Military Academy, is spend ing his spring vacation with his par ents in this city.