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Democrat’s Pen
Well, Sir, misery loves company.'
You people who read this column once j
ja a while, may notice once in a
while, that once in a while, I have
mentioned something about man’s
best friend, alias the dog. It’s been
quite a while since I have done, it,
because I came to the conclusion that
it was not worth while—the dogs in
creased, in the mean while; and while
1 am not a cussin’ man, I found out
that too much thought expended on
the “friends”, was making me resume
old habits.
And speaking of these “men’s best
friends,” I couldn’t help noticing how
friendly some of these canines treat
ed one of my neighbors last week
end. He had, by the sweat of his
iwn brow, ploughed up a piece of
ground back of his lot, and had begun
his gardening by planting out some
seed and bulbs for future spring vege- i
tables. 1
Satisfied with his work, he took
his family off for a week-end visit.
While he was away, his garden plot
was visited by some of his canine i
“friends” —four or five of ’em—and
they immediately turned his piece of ,
nicely worked and planted earth into .
a play-ground. The dirt must have j
felt comfortably soft to their feet; •
•r they may have enjoyed the odor ]
coming from the freshly turned sod, ;
•r from the onion bulbs just covered
up; or the spring sunshine may have .
imbued them with sportive inclina- (
tions; anyhow, what they did to that
gardener’s labor was a plenty. I ,
haven’t heard any sounds coming ,
through the ozone since he returned, '
but I imagine if I had been close ‘
enough and had my good ear next to .
him, I wouldn’t have heard anything (
very pious emanating from his vocal
organs—and who blames him.
Well, it’s a tough situation. Re- '
minds me somewhat of an answer I '
received from a good lady of Poco
moke last week, when I was bewailing
the fact that ninety percent of a dol
lar bill I gave her, was going to be
spent in a manner which I very keen
ly deprecated. Her answer was,
“Well, we’ve got ’em here, what are
you going to do with ’em?” I hesi
tate to put into print just what the
"’em” were. But call around to the
office some time when you come to
pay that little bill, and I’ll tell you.
And that brings me up to where
I started, when I said, “Misery loves
company.” Here’s what they do with
dogs up in Queen Anne County, more
definitely, in its county seat, Centre
“What with one thing and an
other the streets of Centreville
have been over-run with dogs of
every variety during the past
week or so. Many of these dogs
apparently belong to no one.
Some of them, are undoubtedly i
family pets. In any event, their I
manners have left much to be
“On Monday, after vociferous
protests from several citizens, j
Hie Town truck sallied forth with
two men—one handling a huge
dip net. Up and down the streets
the truck ' charged, scooping up
here and there—ill behaved and
bad mannered canines of every
type. Yelpingly they were re
moved from the scene and taken
to some spot to be isolated for
three days. At the end of that
time—unless the owners call for
them and pay the fine of $1.50 —
the unhappy victims of the net
will be duly executed.
“Such is the “dog’s life” when
he or she is guilty of indiscre
Now, that’s what I call a splendid
■et game, and it seems to me we
should have some experts, at that
sport in this section of the woods,
seein’ as how the delicious Pocomoke
river shad are scooped in a style
that would look mighty well when
applied to lots of “man’s best friends”
But, somehow or other, we haven’t
the “vociferously protesting citizens”
in Pocomoke that they have in the
up-shore county. I’m the old cur
mudgeon—and the only one—who
seems to prefer sleep to canine sere
nades, and who prefers that his prem
ises shall be private instead of picnic
grounds for the male and female,
species of the genus “canis.”
But as long as I have gotten into,
this doggone business again—all
started by that little clipping from
a Centreville exchange item—l’d like
to suggest to our town bosses, that
an ordinance making it lawful to de
clare war on all strolling canines be
passed. Then let the Council mobi-
CContinued On Page 6)
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There Were Seventeen Present
Including Several Guests
On March 29th
The Nanticoke Chapter of the D.
A. R. met Saturday, March 29, with
Mrs. Harry Whyte, of Pocomoke,
Maryland. There were seventeen
present, Including several guests.
After the delicious luncheon, the meet
ing was called to order by the Regent
Mrs. A. T. Dashiell. The Lord’s
Prayer, American Creed, Salute and
Pledge of Allegiance to the flag fol
lowed. After the reading of the min
utes and the treasurer’s report, the
delegates to the State Conference of
the Maryland State Society and
Daughters of the American Revolu- 1
tion gave their reports and observa-1
The broadening scope of the Stud
ent Loan Fund was discussed. There
was a motion made and carried to do
nate $lO towards a memorial door
for the school at Tomasse, S. C., in
honor of Mrs. Henry M. Robert, Jr.,
retiring President General.
The observance of April 3 is the an
niversary of the day the American
Creed was adopted as the ideal ex
pression of the American Faith. We,
as Maryland Daughters, should urge
special recognition of Wm. Tyler
Page’s immortal words be carried to
our April meetings, and that we uti
lize this month of April for patriotic
Mrs. Philip Richardson was named
chairman of National Defense. The
existing conditions in the world make
it imperative that personnel and
money are needed successfully to car
ry on the investigating of espionage
and sabotage. While the club has ab
solute faith in the ability of the Fed
eral Bureau of Investigation, each
(Continued on Page 6)
On Easter Sunday morning those
attending Bethany Methodist Church
will be glad to know that Mfs. Milton
Baylis will render a solo.
Mrs. Baylis has sung here before
and those who heard her will recall
that she has a soprano voice rich in
quality and a singing technique that
comes with thorough training.
111 ■■■■■" ■ ■—
Funeral Services, Conducted By
Rev. E. L. Bunce, Were Held
On Monday Last, Home
Mr. William J. Hall, a well-known
resident of this city, died at the Un
ion Memorial Hospital, Baltimore,
Md., on Thursday of last week, April
3. Mr. Hall had been in ill health
for about a year, but had shown signs
of increasing weakness for the past
weeks. He died the day following
hfe entrance into the hospital.
Besides his widow, Mr. Hall is sur
vived by two sons and two daugh
ters: Mrs. Earle Parsons, *of Mar
ion, Md.; Mrs. Victor Holt, of Mark
leysburg, Pa.; Mr. Louis H. Hall and
Mr. William J. Hall, of Marion.
Funeral services were held from
the home on Second Street on Mon
day last, conducted by the Rev. E. L.
Bunce, a former pastor of Bethany
Methodist Church, this city, but now
of Baltimore. Interment was made
in St. Paul’s cemetery, Marion, Md.
The active pallbearers were: Earl
Merrill, Vernon Taylor, Frank Hud
son, Brice Whittington, E. C. Coul
bourne and Grover Somers.
Honorary: Allen Schoolfield, Judge
R. F. Duer, John Clarke, Everett
Messick, Maurice Costen, Dr. R. Lee
Hall and Grady Powell.
Former State Senator Milton L.
Veasey and Mrs. Veasey, of Poco
moke City, have announced the en
gagement of their daughter, Miss
Jane Young Veasey, and Dr. John R.
Stehn, son of Mrs. John W. Reynolds,
of Green Bay, Wis., and the late Mr.
Arthur Stehn.
Miss Veasey is a graduate of the
New England Conservatory of Music
at Boston and is an instructor in the
Music Department of Western Mary
land College. Dr. Stehn, who was
graduated from the University of Wis
consin, until this year was an instruc
tor in physics at Harvard University
and is now doing research work for
the Western Cartridge Company, Al
ton, 111. The wedding will take place
in June.
General Federation Convention
To Be Held In Atlantic
City, May 19-24
Over 300 clubwomen, members of
the Eastern Shore Federation of Wo
men’s Clubs, are expected to attend
the Spring meeting of the district to
be held April 17, in Bethesda Meth
odist Church, Salisbury, according to
Mrs. Samuel L. Byrn of Cambridge,
Shore president. Hostesses will be
the members of the Wicomico Wo
man’s Club, of Salisbury, whose presi
dent is Mrs. John A. Price.
H. T. O’Conor, special agent for
the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
in charge of the Baltimore office, will
be the speaker at the afternoon ses
sion. Mrs. John F. Sipple, of Balti
more, a former president of the Gen
eral Federation, and Mrs. Walter
Kriel, of Hampstead, vice-president
of the State Federation, are on the
morning program. All district presi
dents have been invited.
At 12 o’clock luncheon will be serv
ed in the Methodist churches of Sal
isbury. The Treble Cleft Club, of
Salisbury, will give a recital at the
afternoon session, to be followed by
a rehearsal of the Maryland episode
of the pageant to be presented, at
the General Federation Convention
to be held in Atlantic City, May 19-
24. Fifty women will take part in
this scene in which Mrs. James W.
Hughes, of Elkton, plays a prominent
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Bell, of
Chestertown, Md„ have announced
the engagement of their daughter,
Margaret Crow, to Ensign Phillip A.
Hickman, Jr., U. S. N. R., formerly
of Baltimore, son of Phillip A. Hick
man, of Baltimore, and the late Mrs.
Miss Bell was graduated from
Washington College in the class of
’3B. She is a member of the Alpha
Omicron Pi Sorority and is the new
ly elected president of the Eastern
Shore Alumni Chapter.
Ensign Hickman is also a graduate
of Washington College, and is a mem
ber of Theta Chi Fraternity. He is
stationed on the U. S. S. Sturtevant.
No date has been set for the wed
Ensign Hickman is a grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Hickman, of
Worcester County, and residents of
the Pitts Creek neighborhood.
According to announcement the
Carter Beauty Shoppe will install and:
demonstrate on Wednesday, April 16
their new Helene Curtis Remote Con
trol Permanent Waving Machine.
An invitation is extended the pub
lic to call, with their problems, and
seek the advice of Miss Hamm, of
the Helene Curtis Company, who will
be in charge of the demonstration.
Refreshments will be served.
Dr. and Mrs. F. W. Wilson made a
recent trip to Williamsburg, Va.
Offered To High School Of
Worcester And The Two
Counties Of E. S. Of Va.
Chairman E. W. Ross, of the Po
comoke City Lodge of Elks has an
nounced that he received word from
Chairman James R. Nicholson of the
m .
Wide World Photoe, Inc.
Former Governor Wilbur L. Cross
of Connecticut
Elks National Defense Commissioner,
that former Governor Wilbur Lucius
Cross, of Connecticut,' had ag.rteA to
act as final arbiter in the Elks Na
tional Patriotic Essay contest which
is being conducted until April 15.
This contest has created nation
wide interest among the high school
students of the country and it is
hoped that one of the winners of
the local contest will also be a win
(Continued on Page 12)
At The Meeting Of The Parent-
Teachers Association; Meet
ing In Elementary School
On Monday, April 7, when the P.
T. A. met in the elementary school
building for its regular monthly meet
ing, the audience enjoyed a talk by
one of their number on a subject in
which they are very much interested
at the present time.
Mrs. Mae Taylor, teacher of social
studies in the sixth grade of the lo
cal school, explained to her audience
just what is being done in this sub
ject. History and geography are no
longer taught as such in the first six
grades; instead, children are learning
of both of these subjects while learn
ing to live together democratically.
They do not study one textbook for
this class. Instead, they become ac
quainted with many texts as well as
well as newspapers, magazines, and
other sources of knowledge. By
guiding the children in living demo
cratically, the teachers of these class
es hope to help them to become wor
thy citizens in a Democracy. The
children plan their work with the
guidance of the teacher. Then, if
they make mistakes, these are seen
later and similar mistakes are avoid
ed in the future planning. The chil
dren, Mrs. Taylor finds, are delight
ed with the new system, and it is
hoped that it will prove as effective
as its founders expect. The units for
these classes have been worked out
by teachers of the subject with the
supervision and help of those at the
head of the department. Mrs. Tay
lor answered many questions asked
by an audience that was eager to be
come informed on any subject that is
vital to the schools of this town.
A nominating committee was ap
pointed with Mrs. Allen Merrill as
chairman and Mrs. G. S. Matthews,
Jr., and Mrs. Mac Matthews as help
(Continued on Page 12)
Will Be Held In The Bethany
Methodist Church On Friday
Evening, April 18th
The Spring Dinner Meeting of the l
Worcester County Public Health As
sociation will be held at the Bethany
Methodist Church in Pocomoke City,
on Friday evening, April 18th, at
5:30 P. M., to which the public is
invited. Tickets will be fifty cents.
The theme of this meeting is to be
The principal after-dinner speaker
will be Dr. William J. French, De
puty State Health Officer of Anne
Arundel County, Annapolis, Md. Dr.
French is well known in this County
as being an authority in the field of
public health and he comes to speak
to us on “The Ever Present Hazards
of Typhoid Fever.”
Mrs. Jean Maskrey, Executive Sec
retary of the Somerset County Wei-1
fore Board, will speak on “Worces
ter’s Need for a Baby Nursery.”
Mr. Fred Caspari, Senior Assistant
Sanitary Engineer of the State De
partment of Health in Baltimore, will
speak on “Pasteurization and Our Lo
cal Problems.”
The pre-dinner meeting will be
opened by Dr. Louis G. Llewellyn,
who will give a few remarks on the
“Community Sanitary Project” and
the recently completed Pneumonia
The meeting is under the direction
of Mrs. William Lee Dennis, Presi
dent of the Association. The Com
mittee Chairmen who will make their
reports are, Mrs. G. E. Dryden, Mrs.
Roger Lankford, Mrs. William Hill
man and Mrs. J. R. Phillips. Ar
rangements for the dinner are being
handled by Mrs. John H. Clarke, of
In Order To Participate In The
Soil Conservation Plan For
The Year 1941
This coming Tuesday, April 15th,
is the final day that the Somerset
County farmers will have an oppor
tunity to sign their farm plans in or
der to participate in the soil conser
vation program this year.
The farm plan shows the vegetable,
wheat or potato allotments for the
farm, the number of units of prac
tices that are necessary to earn the
full soil building allowance and the
maximum payment which is possible
for the farm.
Unless a farm plan is filed in the
office of the County Agent, at Prin
cess Anne, at the close of business on
Tuesday, the farm will not be check
ed for compliance later in the season
and the farm will not be eligible for
a benefit payment check. This regu
lation applies to those farmers who
were enrolled in the program in prev
ious years as well as for farmers
who wish to participate for the first
time in the program this year.
Last year 657 applications were
submitted for payment, amounting
to about $40,000. In addition 158
farmers obtained 461 tons of lime as
a grant of aid under the soil conser
vation program.
It is expected that the usual num- :
ber of farmers will again participate
in the program this year, besides a j
number of new farms have been list
County Agent C. Z. Keller urges j
all farmers to act promptly to sign
their farm plans on or before next
Tuesday as under the regulations no
farms can be listed after the 15th of
this month.
Hon. and Mrs. Clarence E. Robert
son have returned to their home in
this city, after an extended stay in
North Carolina and Florida and a
stay of several weeks in Annapolis.
$1.50 SL
Mrs. Victor Rawlins, Production,
I Chairman of the local chapter of the
American Red Cross, announces the'
arrival of materials for Pocomoke’s 1
second quota.
Red Cross workers in Pocomoke
are asked to cooperate in the produc- j
I tion of these garments, which, when
1 finished, will be sent to the British
War Relief. All types of sewing are
included, consisting of hospital
! gowns, women’s dresses, children’s
j dresses, layettes, men’s, women’s and
I children’s sweaters, etc.
! Those wishing to offer their ser
vice in the production of these gar
ments are asked to telephone 295-M
or contact Mrs. Rawlins personally
so that work on them may get under
way at once and prompt response be
made to the Red Cross appeal.
Due To Several Preceding Cam
paigns, Public Not To Be So
licited For Cancer Control
Due to the Tuberculosis, Red Cross
and various other campaigns which
have received the hearty support of
the public the local chairman of the
“Cancer-Control” fund will not make
a house to house canvass for dona
tions toward this cause but will ap
peal thru the press for voluntary con
The public is familiar with the
ravages of this diseases and the ap
palling number of deaths caused by
cancer, which, if taken in its early
stages, is curable.
America is better prepared than
ever to cope with cancer. Physicians
are more highly trained, more and
more clinics are being established,
special institutions for research and
treatment are expanding. But all
this of course takes money and the
public is urged to participate in the
1 fight against this dread disease by
| contributing liberally.
People in Pocomoke and vicinity
wishing to contribute toward this
cause are asked to get in touch with
the local chairman, Mrs. William H.
Schoolfield. Voluntary contributions
1 will be accepted at any time. Join
in this great movement, and help
f combat the spread *of this dread
On Thursday of last week, Mr.
Prettyman G. Richardson, aged 59,
left his chores on his farm near Stock
ton unfinished, entered his home,
complained of illness and succumbed
a few minutes later to a heart at
Son of the late George and Eliza
beth Richardson he had devoted his
entire life to farming on the original
tract where he was born. Of a quiet,
unassuming nature, he had many
friends in Stockton and Pocomoke.
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from Stock
ton Methodist Church, conducted by
the Rev. Gardner. Interment was
made in the cemetery of the same
denomination. The pallbearers were:
Messrs. James Pruitt, Samuel Pruitt,
Joseph Hill, Charles Redden, Owen
Payne and William A. Sharpley.
Besides his widow he is survived
by a niece, Mrs. Frank Smack, of
Pocomoke City.
Miss Peggy Lorraine Ward, high <
school sophomore and daughter of 1
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ward, of Cris- 1
field, became the bride of Mr. Edwin i
Tilghman, of this city on Monday
evening, March thirty-first. The cere-
mony was performed in Salisbury by '
the Rev. J. Leas Green. They were j
attended by friends of the bride and 1
groom. j
The groom is the son of Mr. and i
Mrs. King Tilghman of this city and ;
is employed by the DuPont Co., in i
Seaford, Del. The young couple will
take up their residence in Salisbury.
VOLUME 60 NO. 14
Held Meeting In Princess Anne
On Monday Last. Represen*
tative Ward Present
The Eastern Shore County Com
missioners Association met in Prin
cess Anne on Monday last with Rep
resentative David J. Ward as princi
pal speaker and other speakers as
follows: Senator Earl Bennett, of
Dorchester county; Senator Thomas
P. Johnson, of Worcester county; P.
Watson Webb, of Cambridge, a mem
ber of the State Roads Commission,
and Dr. H. C. Byrd, president of the
University of Maryland.
Representative Ward gave it as his
opinion that the Shore was not get
ting its share of defense industries
and asked the County Commission
ers to make surveys of their respec
tive communities as to the capacity
for handling defense projects.
State Comptroller J. Millard Tawes
was toastmaster at the luncheon serv
Senator Wilmer Fell Davis, of Car
oline county, discussing the State
Roads budget for 1942-1943, told the
commissioners at the morning session
that they lacked unity of purpose.
He pointed out that an effort made
in the recent session of the Legisla
ture to reduce the cities’ share of gas
tax funds, if successful, would have
given the nine Eastern Shore coun
ties an additional million dollars for
highway construction and mainte
nance for the year.
Senator Davis predicted the cities
would increase their percentage of
the gas tax fund even above the pres
ent 70-30 distribution, which the
counties sought to cut down to 80-20.
(Continued on Page 12)
Plenty of special music will mark
both services at Salem Methodist
i Church next Sunday.
At eleven o’clock the pastor will
i speak on the “Eloquence of the
Empty Tomb”; and at 7:30 he will
use as his theme, the “Importance
of the Resurrection.” Those desiring
to unite with the church be present
at the morning service.
FOR 1941-1942
B. Fuller Walters Advances
From Vice-President To The
Presidency. Other Officers
At the regular meeting of the local
Rotary Club, held last Monday even
ing, the following officers were elect
President, B. Fuller Walters.
V. President, Rev. R. B. Stewart.
Secretary, George S. Bunting.
Treasurer, Joseph C. Stevenson.
Directors: Raymond Dryden and
Elton Mason. Ex-officio directors:
R. Harlan Robertson, B. Fuller Wal
ters, George S. Bunting, Joseph C.
Stevenson and Robert B. Stewart.
B. Fuller Walters was elected dele
gate to the District Conference to be
held at York, Pa., May 11, 12, and 13.
George S. Bunting was named alter
R. Harlan Robertson was elected
delegate to the Rotary International
Convention to be held at Denver,
Colorado, June 15. 1?. Fuller Wal
ters, alternate.
Kenneth Wilkerson and John Dun
can, two members of the Pocomoke
City high school class of ’4l, were
guests of the club and will attend all
the meetings held in April. This is
a move on the part of the club to as
sist, if possible, the growth of the
youth into better citizenship by actual
contact with those who are supposed
to stand for the very best in many
departments of endeavor.

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