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A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER VOSCBSTBIt DEMOCRAT KBT. MM rBRLRDOBR-RRTRRPBIEBRBT USO “Omps”^ from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, you know David Harum rid himself, now and then, of some very wise philsophy, and none wiser ‘.than when he said: “Do unto others as they would do unto you and do it *#ost\" That is to say, if a guy comes up to you with blood in his eye, and his looks as if he would let fly a hay maker, the best thing to do is to beat him to the tape and hind on him, if possible. The stories we read of these ■ picturesque, romantic, wide-brimmed, high-booted, wild westerners; those fallows who carry a six-shooter on each hip, and one under each arm pit, always made it a point to draw first, If the atmosphere seemed a little heavy. Athletes in a foot-race, gen erally try to get a lead over the rest by Jumping first when the gun is fired. And so it is all through life, and when one gets left, there’s that consoling old adage, "Devil take the hindmost." . Mow, when somebody comes along advocating the reverse policy, I al ways think of the old warning. "Be ware of Greeks, bearing gifts;" or seme such homely saw; such as, "There’s an African concealed in the stock of winter fuel!" And what I’m getting at is, when that man Hitter comes out and says he’s ordered his ships not to fire on American craft unless our guns apeak first, I feel very much like Lincoln said of a man he was asked to recommend or do the opposite. He remarked that—there jwas a rat hole down in the comer of the man’s office which bore looking into. If I’m going to rely on what a fel low might say, to the effect that he wasn't going to hit me till I hit him, % might be lulled into a dangerous Security which w*euld -result in a bust ed- snoot, a fractured Jaw, or a wal lop on the chin sending me to dream land before I could hit first. Danger ous to be late in the matter of self defense. So, maybe, Mr. Hitler had better think one or two thoughts about this you-first-Gascoigne attitude Tou see, some of these Yankee boys already have their fingers on the trigger and are rami’ to go. And they ain’t such bad shots when you come to think of it. These old United State of America have a pretty good record on the high seas. Ask Great Britain what she has to say. And maybe those Algerian pirates might have some interesting testimony. Also the Spanish admirals might be will ing to add a word. So if ffitler gives our sailor boys a chance to fire first, there might not be any "Nasty" ship to send an answer back. Anyhow, I think the boys fighting under the Stars and Stripes, will be willing to take "first go," and Hitter bettor look out for the second and the third go, following in rapid succession. How-some-ever, as I said in the be ginning, I now repeat: "Beware of tl|S Greeks, bearing gifts." I’d take seme more convincing reports as to who fired the first shot, than what generally comes over the wires con cerning the war as the Huns see it. When a Hitlerite says, "He hit me first," such a charge needs investiga tion, if there’s anything left of the German craft to investigate. If three weren’t, that fact might or might not be' proof of the start of hostilities. There might not be anything left to tell the tale. Hut, I don’t think our lads of the deep, deep, blue, sea are going to be caught napping by such generosity. They are going to watch their enemy, aad when he gurices a motion to draw, the folks at home can rest assured Uncle Sam’s Navy ain’t any slouch in getting into'action. Further, I don’t believe they will be influenced by Mr. Hunnish - Hit ler’s secondary idea. I believe they will fire first, second ,third just as it seems fit, and I believe they will give a good account of themselves. They don’t need any previous pronounce ments from the boss of the Fader land; and, so far as they are concern ed, he can go his way and our Navy will sail theirs. And now, maybe, the boys in blue will take some good advice from me, or else rot. Go to it, gobs, and rid the seas of these under-sea pirates. Blow all others off the waves. Fly your flags from ships that make ocean a free highway. Make it possible for Europeans peoples to rid themselves of a bloody tyranny. WORCESTER DEMOCRAT SEWING ROOM NOWOPENED IN THE CITY HALL The Hoars Are From 1.30 To 4.30 P. M., When Materials Will Be Distributed IDEAL CHANCE TO FORM ORGANIZATION The War Production Committee of the American Red Cross of Worces ter County has opened a sewing room at their headquarters in the Municipal Building. This room will be open from Monday thru Friday. The hours are from 1:30 to 4:30 P. M. All ac tivities will be concentrated there. Materials for War Production will be distributed from this location and any assistance will be cheerfully given. In case you are unable to visit them telephone Pocomoke 295 M and your material will be sent to you. The quota, which is to be in by De cember 31st, consists of 168 layette pieces, 14 dozen diapers to be hem med, 12 hospital bed shirts, 6 opera ting gowns, 3 women’s cotton dresses, 10 boys shirts and 48 knitted gar ments. These garments consist of 3 (Continued'on Page 12) STATE HIGHWAY WORK GREATEST IN HISTORY Maryland will shortly be engaged in the greatest highway construction projects in its history, Governor Her bert R. O’Conor made known today after a report from the State Beads Commission. >. . , ■ A total of funds on hand and ex pected for highway constrvetlon was announced by Governor O’Conor as $30,281,788. Expenditure of such an amount, or even programming of such expenditures within a period of a single year, would entail four to five times an average years’ activity for the State Roads Commission. Among the projects provided for are: approaches to Ocean City bridge, $452,907; approaches to Her ring Creek bridge, $226,419; Yacht Basin Road, Ocean City, $45,000; and Pocomoke City—Virginia, 4 miles, $450,000. CCC CAMP, S-69 IN THIS COUNTY RE-ESTABLISHED Abandoned In July It Was Re vived By State Forest And Parks Commission The CCC Camp S-69, in Worcester County, abandoned in July, has been reoccupied, is an announcement made by the newly created Commission of State Forests and Parks, a member of which is Mr. J. Miles Lankford, of Pocomoke City. Along 'with other prominent Eastern Shore citizens, Mr. Lankford last summer made strong representation to CCC authorities a gainst the camp’s removal. Work to be undertaken by the reestablished camp will include the development of a recreational area at Melbourne Landing, on the Pocomoke River, and of several new picnic grounds within the Pocomoke State Forest, one of which will be set aside for the use of colored people. Other plans call for forest stand improvement on lands recently turned over to the Depart ment of State Forests and Parks by the Farm Security Administration. In addition to Mr. Lankford, other members of the Commission of State Forests and Parks are John M. Nel son, Jr., chairman, Baltimore; Ber nard I. Gonder, Oakland; J. Wilson Lord, Ellicott City; and Sidney D. Beverly, Bel Air. MRS. LANDING ILL Relatives and friends of Mrs. Win field Landing of Pocomoke City re gret very much to learn that she is at present a patient at the Union Mem orial Hospital, in Baltimore. It is the 1 sincere wish of all who know her that < the time will be very short before she will be home again, entirely well. C r THE COPY WILLIAM GORDY, 25 FOUND DEAD LAST WEEK William Gordy, 25, of Willards, was found dead Friday last in a hotel room in* Ocean City. The hotel room > burst into flames as an attendant opened the door to call him. Dr. John L. Riley, deputy medical 1 examiner, gave a verdict of death by smoke suffocation. It is thought Gor dy had gone to sleep and dropped a lighted cigarette which ignited the bedclothes. „ WYE OAK SEED TREES NOW PUT ON PUBLIC SALE Income From Sale Goes Into The Wye Oak Fund For Care Of Tree And Grounds The Wye Oak at Wye Mills in Tal bot County, Maryland, the largest white oak on record in the United States, inspired the Maryland Gener al Assembly of 1941 to adopt the white oak as the Maryland Arboreal Emblem. This giant white oak, standing by the side of the State Highway, has a trunk measurement of 50 feet at the base, 27 feet 8 inches at a height of 4 1-2 feet, a branch spread of 165 feet, a height of 95 feet and is esti mated to be 400 years old. The State of Maryland, (through the State Department of Forestry) purchased the tree, including the 1 1-4 acres of ground upon which it stands, in 1940, and now administers it as a miniature State Park, under the Department of State Forests and Parks. Seed from this tree was planted in a special Bed In the State Forest Nur sery, and genuine seedlings from the Wye Oak are now available for dis tribution. Three sizes are offered at the following rates, including pack ing and shipping charges anywhere in Maryland. Remittance should ac company order: 6 to 12 inches, one tree, $.75 addi tional trees, $.25 each. 12 to 18 inches, one tree, SI.OO, ad ditional trees, $.35. 18 to 24 inches, one tree, $1.25, ad ditional trees, $.50 each. Each tree bears the certificate of the State Forester that it is a genu ine Wye Oak Seedling, and with a clean bill of health. The income from the sale of trees goes into the Wye Oak Fund for the care of the tree and grounds. Here is an opportunity to secure an offspring from a giant of the species, well known for its long life and magnifi cent proportions. HASTINGS-MARRINER WEDDING ANNOUNCED Announcement is made of the mar riage of Miss Mildred Virginia Hast ings, of Wattsville, Va., to Mr. Jer mond Lee Marriner, of Pocomoke City, Md. The ceremony was performed on October 29, 1941, by the Rev. R. J. Sturgill, at Elkton, Md. They will re side in Pocomoke City, where the groom holds a position. P. AND T. ASSOC. HOLDS REGULAR MEET THURSDAY Most Important Business Was The Discussion Of A New Elementary Building YEAR PROGRAM IS THEME OF "OUR TOWN” The Parent-Teacher Association held its regular meting on Thursday evening, November 13, in the Elemen tary school building. Mrs. Dawson Clarke, President, presided over the meeting. Many patrons were pres ent, and all seemed interested in the 1 discussions. * : The most important business was : (Continued On Pag* 7) 1 AND THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE POCOMOKE CITY. MD., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1941 LOCAL PASTOR ADDRESSES THE VA. RBMTAWS Rev. R. B. Stewart, Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church, Is The Speaker At Banquet The annual Ruritan Farm Show Banquet of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, was held at Central High School, Painter, Virgin ia, Friday, November 14th, at 6 P. M. Two hundred and fifty Ruritan mem bers and guests attended the ban quet. Mr. Francis Rogers, local Vo cational Agricultural instructor acted as toastmaster. Reverend Robert Stewart, pastor of Pitts Creek and First Presbyterian Churches of Poco moke was guest speaker. Rev. Stew art spoke on “The International Sit uation And Its Effect Upon Us." The music and entertainment were furnished by Mrs. W. L. Cosby, Mrs. Raleigh Hobbs, Mrs. Polk Kellam, Mrs. John VanKestren, Mrs. Fulton Ayres, and Miss Dorothy Wise. Among the distinguished guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Downing, of Ivor, Virginia; Mr. Downing was responsible for organiz ing the first Ruritan club at Holland, Virginia, in 1928. Since that time over one hundred and twenty clubs have been chartered in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Maryland, and Tennessee, Pop Rogers, District Governor for the Shore is trying hard to organize several new clubs in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. POCOMOKE IS PLANNING FOR ’4l CHRISTMAS t Public Is Assured By Merchants That City Will Measure Up To Fqrmer Seasons DECORATIONS WILL BE PLACED AT EARLY DATE In line with past seasons Pocomoke is planning for another Merry Christ mas full of fun and entertainment for all holiday shoppers and . visitors. Christmas is a season of light, laugh ter, friendliness and faith and Poco moke merchants and business men have always entered into the spirit of the Yuletide by presenting a pro groom chock full of real enjoyment. Further anouncement of plans will be made later but the public may be assured the merchants of Pocomoke appreciate their patronage and will do all in their power to make it worth their while to shop here and will offer special entertainment during their shopping. For weeks Christmas merchandise has been arriving and is being display ed as fast as it is received. As usual (Continued on Page 12) THREE MEN KILLED NEAR FRUITLAND, MD. The highways are still taking their toll of death as was evidenced on last Saturday night when a Mount Her-j man Negro was killed on the spot and. two Fruitland men died in Salisbury's Peninsula General Hospital as a re sult of a head-on-collision between two automobiles near Fruitland. Benjamin Franklin White, 55, a contracting carpenter ,of Fruitland, died in the hospital at 8 o’clock this morning, about one hour after the ac cident. James D. Brown, 60-year old retired mail carier who lived near Fruitland, sucumbed to injuries two hours later.* Samuel Bounds, Mount Herman Negro, was found dead by police at the scene of the accident. State police said a dense early morning fog evidently obscured the view of the operators of the two cars. Injured were Fred Water, Camden (N. J.) Negro, who suffered frac tures of the ankle and pelvis and Cor nelius Bounds, Negro, of Moorestown, N. J. Both were treated at the Salis bury Hospital. i , AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MET NOVEMBER 7TH ; Members Of Worcester Post Joined Ladies In A Social Hour And Refreshments The District meeting of the South Eastern Shore District, American Legion Auxiliary took place at the Country Club House Friday evening, November 7th. The new vice-presi dent, Mrs. Thompson of Salisbury, presided. After the business meeting and presentation of gifts, Mrs. Henry | Watson entertained with several vo ! cal selections accompanied by Mrs. Anna G. McClure and Rev. J. W. Wootten spoke on “Peace" which was timely and impressive. Gifts were presented to Mrs. L. G. Callahan, Past vice-president by Mrs. Roy F. Mason, Past Secretary of the District and by the Trophies and Awards chairman Mrs. Stanley Lankford to Mrs. George Hartman, a Past Presi dent. Members of Worcester Post joined the ladies in a social hour which fea tured a humorous reading by Mr. Wootten and impromptu speeches and readings by Mrs. Thompson of Salis bury, Commander Ewell Dryden and others. Delicious refreshments were served and announcement was made of the next meeting to be held in Sal isbury. INSPECTION OF RIVER PROJECT ON MONDAY, 17 Headwaters Of Pocomoke Drain ed For 31/2 Miles Of A Pro posed 14.4 INSPECTORS FETED BY CAMP WICOMICO MEN In November of last year, a pro ject was started looking to the drain age of the upper waters of the Poco moke River, from near Snow Hill, to the line of Delaware, a distance, in the beginning, estimated to be 17.28 miles, but later cut down to 14.4 miles. The average depth of cut is about seven feet, with a bottom width, at the point of beginning of sixty feet and a top width of eighty-eight feet. At the Maryland-Delaware State Line the bottom width has been re duced to twenty feet and top width to forty-four feet. The slope of the hydraulic gradient for the lower nine miles of channel is .0275%, and for the remaining five miles, .0300%. Five survey crews, containing four to six enrollees per crew, were used (Continued on Page 12) HEALTH DEPARTMENT AN NOUNCES COUNTY CLINICS The Worcester County Health De partment has arranged the following schedule for clinics during the re mainder of the month of November: Fri. 21, Prenatal Cliific—all day, Berlin, 10:30 A. M.; Veneral Disease . Clinic, Berlin, 7 P. M. Mon. 24, Read Shick Tests in Stockton School, 1 P. M.; Tues. 25, Maternal and Child Hygiene Clinic, Berlin, 1.30 P. M.; Veneral Disease I Clinic, Pocomoke, 7.30 P. M.; Wed. 26, Maternal and Child Hygiene Clin ic, (Pediatric Consultant) Pocomoke, 1.30 P. M., Veneral Disease Clinic, Pocomoke, 7.30 P. M.; Thurs. 27, Shick and Toxoid—Pocomoke School, 1 P. M., Child Hygiehe Clinic, Berlin, 1.30 P. M., Veneral Disease Clinic, Snow Hill, 7.30 P.M.; Fri. 28, Ven ereal Disease Clinic, Berlin, 7 P. M.; Sat. 29, Nurses’ Conferences, Poco- 1 moke. Worcester County Public Health Association Birth Control Clinics, Snow Hill, November 28, 1.30 P. M. 1 1 1 IN ERROR < In the Baptist Bible school article i last week, the name of Mrs. H. H. s Appleton was omitted. The Democrat £ apoligizes to her. $1.50/.“A MORE SECOND GROWTH APPLES BY MR. ARMS [This year seems to be producing very unusual growth and among them is the second crop of apples. Mr. C. J. Ardis brings to the "Dem t ocrat" office perfect specimens of • little red apple which came off a tree which bore them on the 16th of No vember, the first crop having been ! harvested on July 1. 1 This is the second exhibit that has . been brought to the notice of this pa i Per* MOTORISTS ARE SLOW IN their INSPECTIONS . Safety Campaign Began On No vember First, To Continue Till December Fifteenth State Commissioner, W. Lee Elgin reports that only .a small percentage of motorists have responded to the call for the annual inspection of mo tor vehicles, which is compulsory by law. "This highway sefety campaign started onNovember first, and will continue until December 16th. There are approximately 660.000 car* and trucks to be checked for faulty equip ment, such as steering, tires, wind shield wiper, discolored or broken windshields, king bolts, headlights, tail lights, and brakes. "I have received an indorsement from the Maryland Traffic Safety Commission urging a more rigid check for faulty parts on motor ve hicles, which in turn will reduce the increase in accidents. I have asked all Ri the 1886 inspection stations throughout the State to cooperate , with us in ridding the highway’s un safe cars. "It is unfortunate that Maryland does not have State owned and oper ated inspection stations as does the State of New Jersey and the District [ of Columbia. During the past sever al months, there has been a large in . crease in registrations in Maryland, . due to the defense work being carried on here. In a great number of cases, , old cars that have been ruled off the ! highways of our neighboring States I are being sold here for transportation l of workers. These vehicles are not safe and should be junked, but until ; we have State operated stations, it ■ will be a problem to completely. cope ; with this serious situation. Every , used car sold here should be given a . safety test before being turned over . to a new owner, and this would be , done if our stations were State oper > ated." 1 TUBERCULOSIS CLINICS FOR DECEMBER MONTH The Maryland Tuberculosis Asso ciation has arranged the following schedule for December for the three lower counties of the Shore: 1 Snow Hill, December 6, Health De partment Building, 10.00 A. M. Crisfield, December 9, Health Cen ter Building, 10.00 A. M. Salisbury, December 19, Health De partment office, Court House, 9 A. M. ANNUAL SALE OF XMAS SEALS AFTER HOLIDAY Chance To Help Fight Tubercu losis To Be Given A Few Days After Thanksgiving ONE IN EVERY EIGHT DIE FROM THIS CAUSE “Here’s another chance for every body to help in the fight against tu berculosis,” Dr. R. H. Riley, Director of the State Department of Health said in calling attention to the open ing of the annual sale of Christmas seals for the benefit of the various services used in the care, control and (Continued on Page 7) Maryland Room. NEW* aura nuiu RE SERVtCM VOLUME 61 NO. 46 .500 SCOOTERS ! ASSEMBLE HERE IN HIGH SCHOOL 1 —— ! They Cane From Lower Penin i solt Area Including Salisbury, - frocomoke, And Virginia > - DISTRICT OFFICERS ELECTED FOR 1941-2 More than 500 Seouters and Boy Scoots in the Lower Peninsula Area which includes Salisbury, Poeomofea and Virginia Districts participated hi a Court of Honor and Bally at the Po comoke High School on Priday, No vember 24th. 76 Scouts received more than 129 a wards at one of the largest Court of Honors ever to be held in this Area. Godfrey Child, Advancement Chairman of the Pocomoke District, and Edward W. Ham, Chairman of 148, Pocomoke and Howard A. Solo mon, Scout Executive, made the a wards. Tired Tenderfoot award again goes to Troop 148, Pocomoke. Several higher ranks of Scouting were presented to the Scouts of the District. Rabbi Stephen, Sherman, Troop 186, Salisbury, Scoutmaster, (Continued on Page 12) TUBER MOTH INFECTIONS FOUND IN LATE SPUDS Considerable tuber moth infection has been found in the late seed pota to crop this fall and growers are warned to check up on the amount of the infestation in their seed. Due to the extremely dry year, tu ber moth infestation has been encour aged in this area and if potatoes are not kept in cold storage, considerable injury may result.. According to E. N. Cory, State En tomologist, the surest method of keeping down the spread of this In sect in seed is to place the seed in cold storage where the temperature is so low there will be little or no ac tivity. When the temperature is 46 degrees or above, the moth will con tinue to work. Dr. Cory stated that disinfectants did not give satisfactory, results. s. w westcoit KENT COUNTY DIED WEDNESDAY Was Known In This Section An A Stationery Salesman, Baltimore Firm I * Mr. Simon W. Westcott, a traveling salesman, well known in this section by those who dealt in his wares, sta tionery, died on Wednesday morning in Chestertown, at the home of his brother-in-law, R. Hynson Rogers, Esq., where he was stricken last week. Mr. Westcott was a descendant of one of Kent's most prominent fami lies. He was an honorary member of the Eastern Shore County Commis sioners’ Association and was one of the founders and first president of the Kent County Historiacl Society. His widow, the former Miss Elisa beth Hurtt; a.son, S. W. Westcott, Jr., and two daughters, Miss Mary Wood land Westcott and Mrs. Robert L. Bryan, of Seaford, Del., survive him Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the Shrewsbury Episcopal Church where he was a vestryman. The deceased was a man who en joyed to the full the great privileges of life. His pleasing personality gained him many friends, both in a business and in a social way. He was energetic, enthusiastic, honorable, and upright in all his dealings. He hjl achieved much success in a material way; had only recently settled him self in a country home in his native county, and seemed as a comparative ly young man just getting ready to live, when the summons came. He has been known since his early child hood by the editor of this paper, and to his family and friends we extend heartfelt sympathy.