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WORCESTER DEMOCRQ A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER Vir. v**-y ■■ - ■■ ■ •—j.ga"-aw= ■ 5c c T o“ E v POCOMOKE CITY, MD„ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1941 $1.50 SL VOLUME 61 NO. 47 “Chirps”^ from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, not so many years ago, some enterprising firm thought it a good advertising stunt to get the peo ple—that is, the crazy people—to send in a lot of answers to the old conundrum: “Why does a chicken cross the road?’’And any one who sent in a reply which would be con sidered, by competent judges, to be worthy of it, received a sum of mon ey—just how much, I don’t know. Being a little short of cash, as al ways, and also a little bit crazy, as al ways,, I sent in the following bit of Terse: The answer to this question once Was, “To get on the other side.” To try it now, the bird’s a dunce; Its carcass will tell where it died. I thought that was pretty good, don’t you? But I must have been a way from home when the man called to pay me my prize money, as I have not seen, up to date, just what the size of the bank notes were. Of course, I was referring in my “pome” to the dangers of the highway and the propensity of the feathered tribe to get “on the other side,” if that side means home to the biddies. And I was reminded, some weeks ago, of my abortive attempt to get rich as the result of a favorable opinion by “competent judges,” when a nice fat gobbler took a notion to cross the road. He reached the middle just as the bumper of my car decided to oc cupy the same central point of the concrete. There was some eort of an argument between them which, as far as I could make out, resulted in a gobbling up of Mr. Gobbler. I heard a thump which was rather ominous.. I looked into the mirror and it reflect ed the dead end of Turkey. Now, I’ve often heard that this sort of fowl had about as little sense as any other specimen of bam yard den izens, and I believe it. I don’t know whether any of you people read the little item I clipped last week and put into the column headed: “From our exchanges.” Well, over on the other side of Chesapeake Bay there occurred a little incident which occasioned no little surprise to me. I didn’t think the trans-Chesapeakian climes pro duced anything but the “rara aves.” I thought everything in the land which held the august presence of H. L. Mencken, et al, had been blessed with a superior sort of intellect. It didn’t matter whether it was bird, beast, human, or reptile, it paraded its knowledge with such assurance as to indicate wisdom beyond compare. I thought it was left for the Eastern Shore to produce the dregs of human-’: ity and the morons of all other divi-' sions of organic matter. We have, over here, according to H. L. scarcely sense enough to walk the streets straight even if we are sober, which couldn’t be very frequently since this same Mr. Mencken called us a rum guzzling set of hybrids. How-some-ever, over in Baltimore county—and Mencken should have taught them better—it is related that an honest family of farmers noticed that two suspicious looking automo biles approached their peaceful dwell' ing. The inmates of the household put off just a little late investigating; for when they did, they found that the inmates of their turkey pens had decided to be A. W. O. L. Either that or were idling their time walking a round the enclosure when they should have been intelligently roosting on their virtuous perches. Twenty of the strutters had taken leave; others had aot yet made up their minds. But here comes the funny part a bout the matter. The next morning eleven of the strayers had decided to return to the fold, ask forgiveness, and promise never to go on another rampage. Now, what intrigues me is, how a Western Shore bird could be so ignor ant as to return to its barnyard, af ter once being free, when not only was there one Thanksgiving Day in view, but two of ’em. You might sus pect that of the Sho’ egg which hatch ed a half-crazy animal, afterwards fed on corn produced in a land from which sprung no good thing. Indeed, Mencken should look after his deni zens better, be they fish or fowl. Those birds were no credit to the land which prides itself on being models for us here by which to shape our lives. Well, I reckon it takes all kinds of (Continued on Page 12) CONGRESSMAN DAVID J. WARD MAKES REPORT Six Water Projects For Shore Adopted And Seven Are Slated For Surveys HARBOR AT PUBLIC LANDING AMONG LIST Congressman David J. Ward ad vises that the Rivers and Harbors Bill, reported from the Committee on Rivers and Harbors, House of Repre sentatives, November 21, includes for the Eastern Shore of Maryland, six projects for adoption by Congress and provides for preliminary exami nations and surveys of seven other projects as follows: Black Walnut Harbor, Talbot Coun ty—estimated cost $21,000 with an nual maintenance of SI,OOO. Town Creek, Maryland— estimated cost $25,000 with annual maintenance of $1,500. Duck Point Cove, Dorchester Coun ty—estimated cost $19,500 with an nual maintenance of SI,OOO. Lower Thoroughfare, Deals Island —estimated cost of $22,000 with an nual maintenance of SBOO. Crisfield Harbor, modification of the existing project, to provide re | location of the authorized anchorage basin and connecting channel without change in the authorized cost for new work and maintenance. Pocomoke River, modification of the existing project, to provide ex tension of channel above the bridge at Snow Hill—estimated cost of SB,- (Continued on Page 12) ONLY FEW DAYS NOW TO SHOP BEFORE XMAS Advertisers Are Calling Atten tion To Fine Holiday Stocks. Read This Paper’s Columns There are only twenty-two shop ping days between now and Christ mas. Three short weeks in which to , enjoy the pre-Christmas fun and en tertainment and do all your shopping. The time is indeed short and shoppers should not put off longer their, intend ed purchases. I Advertisers this week are calling attention to their splendid Christmas stocks and the Worcester Democrat will, in the next four issues, present many attractive offerings from the finest Christmas stores including ev ery phase of holiday merchandise. Be sure to read each page and shop through the columns of the Democrat. The real Christmas spirit prevails in this little city. Merchants have ; made elaborate plans to entertain all j visitors and the Christmas street lights will be turned on Saturday night, which event marks the open ing of the Christmas program here. Merchants and business men join in welcoming residents of the Shore | and others to Pocomoke. See the vast holiday assortments displayed in ev , ery window and every store and watch for the various announcements in the Democrat. DINNER MEETING TO DIS CUSS PUBLIC LIBRARY Representatives from various or ganizations in town have been called . to attend a dinner meeting of the Po comoke Public Library this evening at 6:30 o’clock at the High School i Building on Market St. The meeting ■ is for the purpose of discussing plans • for the continuance of the Library i and financial support of the project, i Ways and means of obtaining an in , crease in membership and other bus ■ iness relating to the library will be . discussed. I Mrs. L. G. Callahan is chdirman of ! the committee sponsoring the din • ner meeting .It is hoped that repre sentatives from the various organiza : tions will respond as the Library is | desirous of having a good attendance. YOUNG BUSINESS MAN WEDDED TO , NEW YORK GIRL Miss Beverly Ruth Berman Be comes The Bride Of Mr. Leonard Scher, Friday A wedding of interest here took place in Salisbury Friday morning, November twenty-first when Miss ' Beverly Ruth Berman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Berman of New York City, was married to Mr. Leon ard Scher, son of Mrs. Phillip C. > Scher and the late Mr. Scher, of this 1 city. The ceremony was performed Fri ‘ day morning at 11 o’clock in the Syn : agogue, by Rabbi Stephen Sherman, and was witnessed by members of the two families and a few intimate friends. The bride was given in marriage by her father while the groom was at tended by his brother, Mr. Irvin Scher. Following the ceremony the happy couple returned to Pocomoke and lat er left on a motor trip over the Sky line Drive which would'include stops in Baltimore, Washington and New" York. Both before and after the ceremony the bridal couple were entertained by friends. Mr. qnd Mrs. Scher will make their home in Pocomoke where the former is connected with the Scher store in a 1 managerial position. HOUR OF FIRST AID COURSE IS CHANGED Attention is called to a slight change in the hour for those attend- , ing the First Aid Course under the instruction of Dr. Helen Llewelyn. This will be held as usual every Wednesday night in the Municipal , Building but the hour has been changed from 7.30 to 8 o’clock. The change has been made in older not | to conflict with church activities. ] GOV. O’CONOR REVIEWS LOCAL HOME GUARD >' x i ■ Is Highly Pleased With The I Fine Appearance Of This 3 Unit’s Membership After the banquet on Tuesday eve r ning at the joint meeting of the lo- i 3 cal Lions and Rotary clubs, Governor | t O’Conor reviewed a special drill of! t the Pocomoke City company of the 2 State Home Guard. The Governor - expressed himself as immensely I j pleased with the local outfit, and his 1 j estimate of it is wholly in line with ~ many competent judges of military 3 affairs. i The make-up is specially to be re -1 commended with regard to morale t and its “intelligence quotient.” The j forty members, all present on Tues _ day evening, included a large percent age of high school men, and others, and this is evidence that they knew * just what the whole thing meant, and " they were there for no foolishness. C In any call for duty, this bunch look j ed as if it could give a good account 3 of themselves. The drill given before the Chief Ex ecutive showed unusual skill and pre cision. The boys looked like real sol diers in their natty uniforms, and good judges proclaimed the excellence r showed in the way the guard went through the manual of arms. Poco moke should really be proud of the - company. 1 And the officers who come in for - their share of commendation should ? not be over-looked. The commanding 1 officer is Captain L. Griffin Calla-1 l han; his first Lieutenant is Elmer s Brlttingham. The organization is 7 fortunate in having two such capable - leaders. Capt. Callahan is a promi nent American Legion man; and - Lieutenant Brittingham, for some e years, was commanding officer of the National Guard unit here, which, f some months back was mobilized in - to the regular army. He was reject - ed because of a slight defect in his - hearing. These two men have work s ed up the locals to a wonderful de i. gree of military efficiency. GOV. HERBERT R. O’CONOR A PALM BEACH PAINTER SHOWS * LANDSCAPES Mr. Paul E. Schick Will Be In Salisbury In December, At Open Club Meeting HAS EXHIBITED IN COUNTRY’S MAIN CITIES Mr. Paul R. Schick, whose exhibi-, tion of landscapes, paintings in oil will open with a Tea, following an open meeting of the Wicomico Wom en’s Club in Fellowship Hall at Salis bury, Md., December 2-3-4, is from Palm Beach, New York and has his summer home at West Redding, Conn. He was born in Bellairse, Ohio and at .an early age his father, who was a glass manufacturer, moved his family to Marion, Indiana, during the gas boom days, where he spent his early life, and where most of his fam ily still reside. He lived for some time in Western Canada, and since his return from the first World War, has resided in Indiana and the south (Continued On Page 6) wllfjPl %JSm v sjm ■*>s*&" %Vi£“ ' /*'" i.-- , - ' ’ *' , <■ T?' | ,!,;r ' 1j H raL \1 |P "^^rtPbuaiiiiWl^ 1 IH MR. AND MRE. EARL C. YOUNGMAN * DIRECTOR OF CUBBING SCOUTS AT SALISBURY Will Speak At A Testimonial Dinner To Be Given At Teachers* College, Dec. 9 [ANNUAL REPORTS FROM NINE DISTRICT CHAIRMEN William C. Wessel, National Direc tor of Cubbing, Boy Scouts of Amer ica, will address the Annual Scout leaders’ Testimonial Dinner of the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula at Maryland State Teachers College, Salisbury, Tuesday, December 9. More than 200 Boy Scout and Cub Leaders with their ladies are expected to attend. Scoutmasters, Sea Scout Skippers and Cub Leaders will be guests of the Del- Mar-Va Council according to Frank C. Evans of Wilmington, President. Annual reports will be presented by the nine Peninsula District Chair men: Cecil-Wallace Williams, Elk ton, Md.; Dorchester—Charles E. Brohawn, Cambridge Md.; Dover—J. (Continued on Page 12) IGOV. HERBERT O’CONOR ADDRESSES COMBINATION MEETING OF CIVIC CLUBS Meeting Held In Community Room Of The Salem Methodist Church Where Over Two Hun dred Members And Guests Assemble To Hear The Chief Executive SPEECH DEALS LARGELY WITH THE STATE CIVILIAN DEFENSE SALEM CHURCH IS SCENE OF A LOVELYWEDDING On Thanksgiving Night, Miss Edna Belle Parsons Was Mar ried To Mr. E. C. Youngman Salem Methodist Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding Thanksgiving night at 8 o’clock when Miss Edna Belle Parsons, talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Par sons of this city, was married to Mr. Earl C. Youngman, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Youngman of Charleroi, Pa. The church was decorated with au tumn foliage and lighted by cathedral candles. The couple took their mar riage vows before an altar banked with autumn leaves and chrysanthe mums; the Rev. John W. Wootten, (Continued on Page 12) ELKS LODGE IS SPONSORING A CHARITY DANCE To Be Held On Tuesday Eve ning, December 9. Music Fur nished By The Cavaliers ' The Pocomoke City Lodge of Elks ’ is sponsoring a Charity Dance at the I Armory in Pocomoke City on Tues- I I day night, December 9th. Music will ■ be furnished by the Maryland Cava -1 liers. All expenses incident to the dance • will be paid by a group of Elks, con ’ sequently all proceeds from the sale of tickets will go into channels of charity. The cost of tickets is SI.OO, per per son. Table reservations should be made through Mr. Ralph Mathias — phone, Pocomoke 178. Last year the Pocomoke Lodge of Elks, from proceeds of their Chari ty Dance, distributed more than S2OO in Christmas contributions of food to the needy of Pocomoke City and vi cinity. Cash contributions were also made to the King’s Daughters and other charitable organizations. Very often people hesitate to pur chase tickets for charity affairs, be cause a portion of such contributions is used for expenses. That is not the case with the Charity Dances spon sored by the Pocomoke Lodge of Elks—every penny received from the sale of tickets goes to charity. INVITATIONS ISSUED FOR WEDDING IN CATONSVILLE Mr. and Mrs. George William Coff man, of Catonsville, have isued invi tations to the approaching marriage of their daughter, Betty Willa, to Robert Harlan Robertson, Jr., Second Lieutenant in the United States Ar my and son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Har lan Robertson of this city. The marriage will take place on Monday, December fifteenth at two o’clock in Salem Lutheran Church, Catonsville. The ceremony will be followed by a reception by Mr .and Mrs. George W. Coffman at ‘'Bentwood,” Bloomsbury Road. ► One hundred and forty persons at tended the banquet in Salem Metho dist Church on Tuesday evening, this company comprising members of the Lions’ club, and of the Rotary club, the joint session being held at the suggestion and invitation of the Lions who had engaged Governor Herbert R. O’Conor as speaker of the evening. After the dinner which' consisted of turkey and all the “fixin’s” and served efficiently by the ladies of the church, a program of music and ora tory was put on with L. Paul Ewell, acting as toastmaster. This program was opened with prayer by Rev. J. W. Wootten, pastor of Salem Church. A welcome address followed, delivered by Norris M. Young, Lions’ president, to which a response was made by Rotarian pres- ( ident, B. Fuller Walters. Next came ' a vocal solo by Mr. Horace W. Evans, of Crisfield, accompanied by Mrs. Roy | Woodland, of Marion. Miss Bernice Hall favored the audience with some elocutionary readings, and Mia. Will iam Dyott accompanied Mr. George S. Matthews in a vocal rendition. This was followed by the speech of Governor O’Conor, which was the fea ture of the evening. Prior to the speech, Toastmaster Ewell introduced several of the - guests of the evening, who responded with short talks. i These included Judge James M. ( Crockett, Mayor J. O. Byrd, of Snow Hill, Senator Thomas Johnson, “Jack” Pruitt, Godfrey Child, Esq., Mayor ■! E. W. Ross, Ex-Senator Milton L. jveasey, and Ralph Shockley. A pleasant feature of the evening was the distribution of flowers to six i ladies who were present; the bouquet * on the speaker’s table to Miss Bertha Walters, sister of the Rotary presi j dent; and the flowers on the other tables to Miss Hall, Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Woodland, and to Mrs. Norris Young, wife of the Lions’ } president. The entire evening was pronounced most successful and en k lContinued on Page 12) WORCESTER CO. BANKS : TO DISTRIBUTE SBB,OOO The banks of Worcester County * will distribute nearly SBB,OOO as a re -1 suit of the savings made possible by * the Christmas thrift club. The above named amount is made j up of the following items saved in the different banks: Calvin B. Taylor, Berlin, $18,500; Citizens, Pocomoke, $17,202; Pocomoke City National, $15,000; Commercial National, Snow ’ Hill, $13,000; Ocean City, $7,000; County Trust Snow Hill, $6,900; First National Snow Hill, $5,000; Ex change and Savings, Berlin, $3,000; and Newark, $2,000. Other banks not feature the savings project. PICTURES TO BE TAKEN AT LOCAL RESTAURANT r. , * / All mothers with babies or child ren up to 6 years are invited to visit I Venable's Wednesday, December 3rd, I I have their child’s picture taken by a 1 noted children’s photographer, and receive free a large beautiful Silver j tone portrait. There are no strings attached to i this offer. You ard under no obliga- t on nor do you have to make a pur . j chase in order to obtain this free gift, j Read the announcement elsewhere i j in this paper and visit their store ear . ly cr telephone fof appointment. This ' photographer will he in Venable’s one day only, Wednesday, December 3rd.