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5c c T o H p E v POCOMOKE CITY, MD., FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1941 $1.50 T ™ VOLUME6O NO. 16 “Chirps”^ from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, I have had, within the past week or ten days, some very in teresting visitors come to my office —all men, I want everybody to dis tinctly understand; I don’t want any Whispering going on that might be ftnid enough to reach across the street; so my interesting visitors were absolutely harmless and mem bers of the stronger half of the hu man family, maybe. The first caller came in and asked: “Are you the editor of the ‘Demo erat?” “I try to be,” I replied, “what can 1 do for you?” “Well,” he said, “I have made up my mind to subscribe to a Worcester County paper, and, of course, I want to get the best one. I have given a good deal of thought to the matter, and I have come in to subscribe to the ‘Democrat’.” Now, people, talk about flowers before the time comes to pat you in the face with a spade; talk about handing you out a bouquet of rarest buds and perfume—that’s the real candy cane, I can tell you. It was so different, you know. We poor ink slingers aren’t used to any such sur prises as that, and if I hadn’t been the possessor of a pretty strong old ticker inside my ribs, I’d have keeled over. A great many times when your 'doors are darkened by a manly fig ure, he cOmes with blood in his eye and wants to know what in “L” did you put that measly article in your paper for, and you have to do some quick thinking. But this man was all peach and honey. So,>4s soon as I had come to, sorta, I said: “I observe, my friend, you are a gentleman and a scholar, and a good judge, of wh— I mean of what con stitutes good journalism, and I wel come you into the fold, trust you’ll stay here many years and be always in as good a humor as you are now. The price is $1.50 “per.” He paid it and went out. Whew! that was an episode in a poor old newspaper man’s career as he pursues his way down the highway of life. I certainly recommend his example to the general public and ad vise them to come and do likewise. 1 don’t want any of you people to think all this is funny business. What 1 have related is true blue. I could give you the man’s name and address, but he has not authorized me and I refrain. Between you and me, he made no mistake. Another visitor I had was a rather distinguished looking chap; talked well, dressed well, and looked to me, pretty soon, as if he knew how to tell a good lie. As he came in he bowed and ask ed— •“ls this the editor?” . I repeated my answer to the first man: “I try to be.” “Well,” he began, “I happen to be a member of the journalistic profes sion, and am associated in a manager ial way with a large printing and pub lishing house in Terra Cotta, New Frisco. lam making my way to that point just now, have reached your fair city, and find myself somewhat lacking in that medium of trade which would carry me some further miles down the road. I thought you would react favorably to the situa tion and cash me a check for a moder ate sum.” i Un-huh! I thought. Here are some more flowers, but they smell sort of fishy. I began to do some of that qoick thinking, I spoke of above. I wanted to be as polite as he was, so I said:— "I would be very glad to accommo date you. I frequently hand out suchi favors to the ships that pass in the night. Very often I have more mon ey than I know what to do with, and* I go out in the highways and byways to find some person to whom I can do my daily dozen good deeds. I have an idea, a perverted one, maybe, thab I am laying up treasures in Heaven" by so doing—or in the other place. -I have an old-fashioned idea that a lit tle hand-out is like bread thrown up on the waters and that it might re turn to me a hundred fold. “You seem to be a man worthy of anybody’s confidence. I don’t know when I ever met one whose personal ity was so pleasing. You are won derfully endowed with those charac (Continued on Page 12) WORCESTER DEMOCRAT SPRING MEETING PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION Was Held Last Friday Night In Bethany Methodist Church, In Pocomoke AFTER-DINNER SPEAKER WILLIAM J. FRENCH The Spring Dinner Meeting of the Worcester County Public Health As sociation held last Friday night prov ed to be a most interesting and en tertaining event. The meeting was well attended and particularly note worthy were the number of out-of town guests who came to Pocomoke for the occasion. The dinner arrange ments were handled by Mrs. John Clarke, Pocomoke, and it can truly be said that the dinner was one that would help hold high the reputation of the Bethany Methodist Church in serving delicious meals. The main after-dinner speaker, Dr. William J. French, proved to be most interesting on a subject rather diffi cult to handle before a lay group, that is, the subject of “Sanitation.” It is felt that every one present was very fortunate to have had Dr. French as his talk was not only instructive, but interesting and entertaining. It is hoped that at some future date he may again have the opoprtunity to address the Association as it is felt the Association was very fortunate in having a man of such varied exper iences so close at hand. The pre-dinner meeting was open ed by Dr. Llewelyn, who spoke on the Community Sanitation Project. Mrs. Jean Maskrey, the Executive Secretary of the Somerset County Welfare Board 1 spotcerAfti ~a' subject which has caused considerable specu lation here in this County, that is, the “Needs for a Baby Nursery.” It is known that her subject will be looked into fully as the need for a nursery in this County is quite apparent when it is considered the number of young mothers who have to go out and work and also the great number of deaths amongst the young infants. The subject of “Milk Pastueriza (Continued on Page 12) ANNUAL MEETING OF PRESBYTERIAL HEREON TUESDAY Mrs. Charles F. Eastman, Elect ed President. Mrs. E. W. Polk, District Vice-Pres. The Twenty-third Annual Meeting of The Presbyterial Society for Mis sions, notice of which was given in last week’s issue of “The Democrat”,' took place on Tuesday last, in Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church, this city. Mrs. Charles F. Eastman, of Wil mington, Del., presided over the more than one hundred Delaware and Mary land delegates attending the opening session. Those named at the annual election of officers, were: President, Mrs. Charles F. Eastman Wilmington; vice-president, Mrs. J. E. Fuller, Wilmington; district vice president, Mrs. H. Poor, Wilmington; Mrs. Charles H. Morris, Northeast, Md.; Mrs. S. J. Thackaberry, Smyrna, Del.; Mrs. Joseph Pearce, Milford, Del.; and Mrs. Emerson Polk, Poco moke City, Md. Treasurers, Mrs. John B. Moore, Mrs. Greta Ott and Miss Lottie B. Stoll, all of Wilmington, a treasurer of national missions, foreign mission and contingent fund, respectively. 1 Secretaries: Recording, Mrs. Wil liam Montgomery, Wilmington; cor responding, Mrs. William Oesterle, Wilmington; boxes, Mrs. Harold E. Tiffany, Newark, Del.; literature, Mrs. W. H. Pierson, Hockesson, Del.; misisonary education, Mrs. George McCoy, Wilmington; membership, Mrs. Willard Purdy, Wilmington; missionary correspondent, Mrs. Wil lard S. Springer, Salisbury, Md.; Na tional missions, Mrs. S. C. Evans, Milford, Del.; stewardship, Mrs. Frank Hanby, Wilmington; spiritual life group, Mrs. Alphonse Humes, Milford, Del.; children’s work, Mrs. (Continued on Page 12) DR. J.T. NOCK ADDRESSES THE LOCAL LIONS CLUB The Lions Club of Pocomoke City, was favored by an address of one of its members, Dr. J. T. Nock at its meeting on Tuesday night last. The speaker used as his theme> “Home” and his message was very well received. The attendance was good and president Bill Bunting urged all mem bers to make much of the meeting with the Pocomoke Rotary Club next Tuesday evening at the Lions Club Room. SENIOR CLASS WILL PRESENT ANNIE LAURIE On Thursday Evening, May 1, The Play Will Be Given In School Auditorium On Thursday evening, May 1, at 8 o’clock the Senior Class of Pocomoke High School will present in the high school auditorium a romantic play in three acts, “Annie Laurie”, by Wall Spence. Perhaps you have' always pictured Annie Laurie as some vague abstrac tion; but quite to the contrary she was a real person, a lovely lass who lived in the middle of the nineteenth century on the bonnie banks of Max welton in Scotland. Although engaged to Lord Fergu (Continued on Page 7) STOCKTON WOMAN LOSES LIFE IN AUTO ACCIDENT , i-i-Vj, ..*tW 1./-*. '* k ' T&’’ . v Mrs. Bessie Bromley, aged 46, of Stockton, was killed and two others seriously injured in an automobile accident two miles south of Snow Hill Friday night of last week on the Snow Hill-Girdletree highway. Mrs. Bromley died instantly from a skull fracture. In a Salisbury Hospital are Louise Mason, 23, with a fractured right arm and facial lac erations, and Ella May Johnson, 38, fractured right leg, fractured nose and facial lacerations. State Police Officer Newton J. Lloyd said the accident was caused when Mrs. Bromley lost control while attempting to pass a machine driven by William Adkins of Berlin. The of ficer said no charges would be pre ferred. The dead woman and five compan ions, three of whom were unhurt, were enroute to their homes in Stock ton from work in a Snow Hill sewing factory. Mrs. John Powell, of this city, is a sister of the deceased. SHOWER GIVEN FOR MR. AND MRS, OSCAR JOHNSON Many Beautiful And Useful Gifts Were Presented And Many Attend The Event A miscellaneous shower was given Friday evening, April 18, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Taylor, of near Pocomoke, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Johnson. They received many very beautiful and useful gifts. Those present were: Mrs. Lida Wil son, Mr. and Mrs. John Ditto, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Appleton, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Hall, Mrs. Herbert Smith, Dr. N. E. Sartorius, Sr., Mrs. Cora M. Pickhardt, Miss Katherine Henderson, Miss Ruby Wilson, Miss Annalee Aydelotte, Miss Ruth Ayde-' lotte, Mr. Grayson Ditto, Mr. William Taylor, Mr. Ralph Taylor, Mr. Herman Taylor, Mr. Earl Taylor and Mr. Granville Taylor, of Pocomoke, Mr. ! and Mrs. Elmer Taylor, of Dover, Del., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Webb, Mrs. Samuel Johnson, Miss Virginia Johnson, of Girdletree, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Pusey, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Ward, Mr. Har old Griffith, Mr. George Wilson, Miss Elsie Wilson, of Snow Hill and Mr. (Continued on Page •) THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE DR. R. LEE HALL IS HONORED BY MEDICAL MEN Is Elected To The Presidency Of The Medical And Chirur gical Faculty Of State ANNUAL MEETING OF FACULTY IN BALTIMORE Dr. R. Lee Hall, of this city, is in attendance upon the one hundred and I MfSI **n 11 • jj forty-third annual meeting of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty, of Maryland, which met Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, in Balti more. The officers are: President, Harry B. Stone, Baltimore. Vice-Presidents, Guy L. Hunner, of Baltimore; Charles R. Fontz, West minster; R. Lee Hall, Pocomoke City. Secretary, Richard T. Shackleford, Baltimore. Treasurer, J. Albert Chatard, Bal timore. Of the three vice-presidents, Dr. Hall has been selected as president, and was elected to that office on Wednesday last. This is a signal mark of the estimate in which the new president is held among the medical profession of the state. Dr. Hall has also been a member of the Legislative committee for some years, (Continued on Page 7) HOME WEDDING IN POCOMOKE ON SATURDAY LAST Miss Laura Anne Wilkins Be came The Bride Of Mr. Tim othy Laughery, West Va. A pretty little home wedding took place in this town at noon Satur day last, when Miss Laura Anne Wil kins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wilkins, became the bride of Mr. Tim othy Wilson Laughery, of Clarks burg, W. Va., in the presence of the immediate family and a few intimate friends. The Rev. Mr. Fields of Prin cess Anne, officiated. The bride wore a blue crepe dress cut along graceful, flowing lines with full skirt and three-quarter-length sleeves. A hat of the same color and a corsage of white orchids, completed the attire. The home was beautifully decorat ed with spring flowers. 'A luncheon was served immediately after the ceremony. Miss Wilkins, a graduate of Poco moke High School, also attended Uni . versity of Maryland. Mr. Laughery was graduated from University of Michigan in 1939. Upon their return from a wedding | trip to Virginia Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Laughery will reside in Baltimore. Mr. Laughery is a bacteriologist and is employed in the Chemical Depart ment of Glenn L. Martin Airplane factory. A regular meeting of Crescent Chapter No. 44 O. E. S. will be held Monday night, April 28th at 7:30 o’clock. AND COMMITTEE IS APPOINTED ON TRIBUNE FUND Mrs. George S. Bunting, Former Chairman, Will Again Be Head Of The Committee THOSE DESIRING CHILD GUEST WRITE TO HER A committee has been appointed in Pocomoke for the Tribune Fresh Air Fund, sponsored by the New York Herald-Tribune, making an appeal for free hospitality for boys and girls from the tenements of New York City. Mrs. George S. Bunting, formerly on the committee and a Fresh Air child’s host for several summers, will be this year’s chairman, with a com mittee as follows: Mrs. Harry School field, Mrs. Herman Scher, Mrs. Hen ry Watson, Mrs. Willis Hall, Miss Alice R. Young and Mrs. William Up church. Rev. Robert B. Stewart, Rev. John W. Wootten, Rev. G. E. Leister and Rev. John A. Ditto will give their cooperation through the church es for this fine humanitarian work. Now starting its 65th year on be half of the tenement youngsters, the Fund aims to send out as many as last year, which was approximately 14,000. Pocomoke took a small group and this year the committee, The Fresh Air Fund, the children themselves, (Continued on Page 12) 115TH INFANTRY OFFICERS ENJOY CAMP DANCES A Dance Orchestra, Chosen From The Regimental Band Provided The Music Two hundred selected non-commis sioned officers of the 115th Infantry af the 29th. Division danced in their recreation hall at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Thursday night with 100 pretty Baltimore girls. Two weeks ago the privates smiled. They had a dance and the non-com missioned officers were not allowecj. But the non-coms had the last laugh. They had the next dance and the pri vates were on the outside looking in. The men chosen to attend the dance were admitted by pass—no pass, no dance. And none forgot their cards. It’s not often that 100 girls are seen at one time and one place on this military post. A dance orchestra chosen from the regimental band provided the music —good music too. Most of the per sonnel of the orchestra were former professional dance band musicians and they could swing on down with a boogie beat or play it sweet or solid. Thirst was quenched with light re freshments during a brief intermis sion and then the couples danced a gain over a smoothly waxed dance floor until the girls departed whence they came. MRS. H. C. NOTTINGHAM MEETS WITH ACCIDENT Mrs. H. C. Nottingham, resident of Cedar Street, this city, was pain fully and seriously injured when struck by an automobile Saturday night as she alighted from a bus at Eden. Mrs. Nottingham had gone to visit ( her son, had stepped from the bus in front of her son’s home and started across the street when she was struck by an approaching car. She was removed to the Peninsula ( General Hospital in Salisbury where it was found she was suffering from , shock and a badly crushed leg. The ( limb was placed in a cast and every- thing possible will be done to save it. j She is resting as comfortably as can be expected considering the se- ‘ vereness of the shock and the con- j dition of her leg which is badly crush- . ed. 1 Miss Betty Coffman, of Catonsville, 1 has been a recent visitor in this city, j NAMES OF THOSE FOR REPLACEMENT CALL The following named men have been selected as Replacement Call No. 6-B by the Local Board No. 1, Snow Hill and they are to report to this Board at the Court House, Snow Hill, Md., at 6:16 A. M. on April 29, 1941; whereupon they shall be sent to an induction station of the United States Army at Induction Station No. 6, Fifth Regiment Armory, Balti more, Md: James Eugene Stevens, white, No. 1142; Roland Tingle, colored, No. 344; George Ralph Long, colored, No. 380. POCOMOKE GIRL TO BE CROWNED COLLEGE QUEEN Miss Anna Catherine Appleton Has Been Chosen For Honor At Teachers’ College Miss Anna Catherine Appleton, who is from Pocomoke City, and who is a senior at the Salisbury State Teachers College, will be crowned as May Queen by Mr. Edward Hayman, of Marion, on Saturday, May 3. Mr. Hayman, who is President of the Sen ior class, was selected Best All A round Man in a recent student elec tion. Mr. Awdrey Christopher, of East New Market, will escort the Queen. Miss Jean Nock, of Salis bury, is Maid of Honor. Princesses include: Miss Helen Johnson, of Baltimore; Miss Marie Steffens, of Bryantown; Miss Evelyn Vincent, of East New Market; Miss Shirley Powell, of Fruitland; Miss Betty Carey, of Prineess Anne; and, Miss "Barbara Wililng, of Salisbury. Princes include: Mr. William New comb and Mr. Goldy Tyler, of Cam (Continued on Page 12) SCOUT BOARD REVIEW HELD HERE MONDAY 21 A board of review held Monday night in Pocomoke for the Pocomoke Boy Scout District qualified for hon ors, Scouts from Snow Hill, Poco moke and Princess Anne. Godfrey Child, E. W. Ham, John son Payne, and Lacey F. Dryden, con ducted the board. Field Scout Execu tive Howard A. Solomon assisted. Awards were as follows: William B. Blank, Snow Hill, star badge; Hen ry F. Fitzgerald, Princess Anne, life; William P. Ross, Jr., Pocomoke, life; Verlin Krabill, Pocomoke, life; Wil liam Schoolfield, Pocomoke, life; Leo nard H. Flax, Pocomoke, eagle gold palm; L. Griffin Callahan, Jr., Poco moke, silver eagle palm. The awards will be presented in ceremonies in the respective towns. c. wTpilchard DIED MONDAY IN GIRDLETREE Funeral Services Were Conduct ed On Wednesday. Burial In Girdletree Cemetery i Mr. Clarence W. Pilchard died at ’ his home in Girdletree, Monday, after 1 an illness of about a week. He was 1 65 years of age. J Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 P. M., by the Rev. j Arthur Hudson, of Powellville, Md., > and interment made in the Baptist y cemetery at Girdletree. i Mr. Pilchard was well known and 5 highly respected. His death came as \ a shock to family and friends. t Besides his wife, Lavinia Ellen Pil chard, he is survived by three daugh- i ters and three sons, Mrs. Paul Robin- c son and Miss Elsie Pilchard, of Gir- f dletree, Mrs. Milton Stant of Chinco- v teague, Va., Mr. Milton Pilchard of 1 Pocomoke City, Mr. James Pilchard ( and Clarence, Jr., of Girdletree. He also leaves one brother and five sis- f ters: Mr. Russell Pilchard, of Girdle- t tree, Mrs. Burl Jones, Mrs. Nolan Pil- a chard, Mrs. Lee Pilchard, Miss Ethel S Pilchard of Girdletree, and Mrs. Chas. t Neale, of New Britain, Conn, Four £ grandchildren survive. t NEWS AND PICTURE SERVICE PROSPECTIVE GRADUATES OF HIGH SCHOOLS One Hundred And Forty Pupils To Receive Diplomas At June Commencement POCOMOKE WILL HAVE THIRTY-FOUR GRADUATES The Worcester County Board of Education has released the following names as those of prospective grad uates in the high schools, which will close on Friday, June 6: WHITE SCHOOLS POCOMOKE Academic: Kenneth Lee Wilkerson, Minnie Mable Butler, Shirley Edna Denston, Charlotte Anne Gordy, Em ily Louise Henderson, Margaret Clarke Merrill, Maria Manuela Nunez, Pearl Marion Pierce, Violette Marie Scott, Norma Lee Vane. Commercial: Frances Irene Brit tingham, Agnes Mable Bundick, Myr tle Amelia Ennis, Vivian Lorraine Godwin, Jessie Louise Hall, Irene Ber tie Holland, Dorothy June Marshall, Edna Belle Parsons, Lois Virginia Redden, Josephine Blanche Tayloir, Pauline Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Car olyn Townsend, Betty Rose Tull, Ed na Mae Williams, Lloyd J. Duncan. General: Orris Parks Bacon, Jos eph Melvin Byrd, Orville Satchell Dix, James H. Hayman, James John Mulvenna, J. Truman Parks, Alice M. Hooks, Irene Rose Sharpley, Ann Louise Talton. SNOW HILL Academic: Wm. S. Hancock, Rich ard A. Leonard, Ralph T. Riley, Wil liam R. Hudson, Jr., Rosemary Eliza beth Corddry, Helen H. Dryden, Ber tha Mae Johnson, Mary Alice Wim brow. Commercial: Lester C. Atkinson, O; James Cooper, C. Francis Flemming, Jr., William G. Scott, Lula Elizabeth Evans, Leatrice Marian Gaskill, Gladys Etta Powell, Ruth L. Sturgis, Janet Ann Haddock, Wilsie Mae Carmean. General: Robert S. Barbley, J. Huey Brown, Howard Edward Dry den, Granville L. Hall, Leroy Has tings, Paul L. Mcßoberts, Paul Mc- Sheffry, Jr., John E. Marriner, Da vid D. Skidmore, Howard W. Taylor, Jr., Gilbert F. Perdue, Beatrice A. Adkins, Doris E. Ball, Virginia L._ (Continued On Page 7) POCOMOKE RIVER GIVES UP BODY OF J. PILCHARD Stockton Man Found By David Truitt In River Opposite Methodist Cemetery } LATER—The body has been identi fied as that of John Pilchard, of Stockton. Whether the wounds in the head would indicate any tragedy which resulted in the death of the man, and afterwards, a consign ment to the river, has not been, at this writing, decided. The body of an unidentified white man was found floating in the Poco moke river, early Thursday morning, by David Truitt, a shad fisherman, who notified the police, and the body was brought to the undertaking es tablishment of Dennis and Watson for preparation and burial. The man appeared to be about 40 years of age, and had been in the water, apparently for three days. It was clothed in dark gray working pants, blue striped shirt, and brown zipper leather lumber jacket. It was in a very good state of preserva tion, and would be easily recognized. A long cut was observed on the head, which, it was decided, had been caused by some instrument used be fore the body was in the water. This was the only mark of violence found. The shore back of the Methodist Cemetery was the location of the find. While the man has not been identi fied, State’s Attorney Kerbin, inves tigating the case, thinks it might be a party by the name of Purcell, of Somerset. At this writing, the au thorities are awaiting the arrival of Somerset officials, who may be able to throw some light on the affair.