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UNITED STATES ' DEFENSE 9 BONDS AND STAMPS U|l' A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER WORCESTER DEMOf'RA T EST. 1898 THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE EST 1880 “Chirps*’^* from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, you know we—and when I say “we,” I don’t mean you folks —we give these post office guys Hail Columbia once in a while. We are ex pecting a leter, and they won’t bring it to us as quickly as we think they should. We order merchandise, and it sometimes goes all the way round the north pole before it gets here. We find the mail of all the folks in our vicinity thrown into our box, and vice versa —that is, our mail takes up room in somebody else’s two by four cubicle. And I don’t know what else, but there’s plenty. How-some-ever, you got to hand it to ’em, they come across sometimes in great shape and you just wonder how they do it. As an instance I re ceived a letter last week with this so-called direction on the outside of the envelope: The State News Editor, — Woster Democrat, Woster, Maryland. I suppose the word “Maryland, ’ was the key word in that wonderful attempt at superscription. Otherwise I just don’t know how the initial post master knew’ whether to start it on its ways to Alaskan climes, to the Phillipines, to India’s coral strand, to Gape Horn, to Patagonia, to Califor nia’s Golden Gate, to British Colom bia; across the western continent, or to the South Sea Islands. But it got to Pocomoke City all the same, and right side up with care. Now, it might be that the “Democrat” was the favorite paper of somebody who knew just where it was publish ed and what sort or reading matter it contained. The letter reached here with, “Try Pocomoke City,” written below the enigmatic “Woster” sym bol, and Pocomoke was the destina tion. You people may have read the item that was type written on the sheet inside the envelope. It was con cerning the promotion of a Stockton boy who had answered the call of his country for service and, apparently, was giving a good account of himself. He wanted the people in “Woster” to know about it. There may be just another explana tion: The letter went to a little vil lage up in Kent County by the names of Worton. It may be that the post master in that burg knew something about a man who has spent 35 years of his life in that section, and may have known he was in the newspaper business in “Pocomoke City—hence, “Try Pocomoke City.” Anyhow the post office department is responsible for the letters reach ing its proper destination, and I reck on when I feel disposed to cuss the officials out again, I’ll just manufac ture a slogan and paste in my hat: “Remember the Woster,” or some thing like that, similar to /‘Remem ber the Maine,” or “Remember Pearl Harbor” —although those two would make a man cuss, rather than make ■him count ten before he does. Everybody makes mistakes, how ever; we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. I made a big mistake a week • r so ago when I didn’t lift my foot high enough to escape a curb, and I landed on the inside of the pavement with my head trying the resisting power of a show window’s base. I think that curb must have been just a little higher than usual. It reminds me of that story about that young fellow who took his girl out riding in one of those Austin cars. He drew up on the side of the street, and his girl asked: “What large building is this, I can’t see the top of it?” “That’s no building,” the young fellow replied,” that’s the curb stone.” I think that curbstone 1 struck must have been, at least, as high as the Austin car. I felt like I was fall ing from the Eiffel Tower, Washing ton’s Monument, or Pike’s Peak. Next time, I’m going to “Watch my step.” And, just byway of closing, this is a time when everybody should watch his step. This country is faced with a big proposition; it’s costing big money: it’s costing big loss of life and territory; it’s going to take a big ©fort to preserve us from Old World despotism jit’s a bigger job than any defender of Democracy ever conceiv ed it; we are fighting to save the big gest ideas in government ever born in the brain of man; it’s going to take (Continued on Page 10) WORCESTER DEMOCRAT FARMERS’ NIGHT; STAGED MONDAY BY ROTARIANS About Seventy Persons In At tendance At This Annual Social Function PROF. STEWART S. SHAW SPEAKER OF THE EVENING The Pocomoke City Rotary Club j staged its annual Farmers’ Night on Monday last, at which about 70 per sons were present, including the mem bers and guests. Prof. Stewart S. Shaw, of the Uni versity of Maryland, was the speaker of the evening and his speech was di rected to the farmers concerning their tomato crop and their contracts with the canners. He advised they a dopt a straight forward plan during these troublous times, and make ear ly contracts instead of taking chances on prices. Two of the Future Farmers of (Continued on Page 10) - - - REHABILITATION FOR SOUTH EASTERN SHORE The State Commander has authoriz ed a Rehabilitation Conference for the South-eastern Shore District to be held Friday, March 20th at 8 P. M., at the American Legion Headquar ters, 208 Broad Street, Salisbury, Md. If you have any problems in con nection with claims, etc. Richard C. Manning will be there Friday after noon, March 20th and gladly assist you with them. Mr. Joseph A. Cantrel, Membership Chairman, will address the meeting that evening. FIREMEN WILL STAGEftDEFENSE MOTION FILMS Will Hold Meeting In High School Auditorium On Tues day Evening Next The Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Department has arranged for what will, no doubt, prove to be a very in teresting and educational defense program, to be staged in the Auditor ium of the High School building on Tuesday evening next, March 17, at 7.30 o’clock. Everybody is invited and j there is no charge for admission. I The feature of the evening will be a sound motion picture showing the appearance, construction, and opera tion of the fire bombs, now in use by the nations engaging in modern war fare. No one wishes to be an alarm ist, but all who know anything a bout geography realize that Worces ter county has an exposed line of sea coast, and also that the enemy is waging his fight very near the shores. Pocomoke City, in an air line, is close to the water, and it is plain, might, see some of the real action of the war. It behooves everybody to (Continued on Page 5) MD. STATE GUARDHAS SET-UP FOR ALL RUMORS During these times, rumors are be ing spread abroad, many of which can do harm. The Maryland State Guard has in its organization a set up to investigate any subversive activi ty. It is of the utmost importance that,should any person be legitima tely suspected of any unpatriotic ac tivity, he should be reported to the proper authority immediately. Should any activity out of the ordinary take I place in your particular section, the same should be reported to the prop er authority. It is requested that all citizens liv ing in the vicinity of Pocomoke be on the alert for anything to the detri ment of the country and report the jsame to: The Intelligence Dept., Co. A. 4th Bn., State Armory, Pocomoke ■City, Md. the OL COPY LEAGUE PRESIDENT IS NOW IST LIEUTENANT 1 Harry S. Russell, editor of “The i Enterprise,” a weekly paper publish ed in Chestertown, Md., has been com missioned a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army, and will leave for active duty on March 18. It is understood that his brother, Emerson Russell, will take over the business end of the newspaper business while Calvert Jones, student editor of the Washing- ton College ELM. will edit the paper. ( Mr. Russell, as all base ball fans ( and many others know, is president of the Eastern Shore Base Ball Lea gue, which has suspended operations “for the duration.” Harry is to be commended for offering his services to his country, and it is to be hoped he may not be exposed to balls any j more dangerous than those which fur- | nished the ammunition for the dia- 1 monds of the Shore League. H. T THORNTON OF NEW CHURCH * LOSES HIS LIFE Crashes Into A Truck Stalled By Reason Ot Its Battery Sud- \] denly Going “Dead" j Mr. Henry T. Thornton, a promi | nent citizen of New Church, Va., was j instantly killed on Wednesday morn-. ! ing last, when the car in which he! | was riding and which he was driving ! crashed into a truck loaded with pi-; j ling. It is said that the battery in the i truck “went dead” suddenly and the i truck came to a practical standstill ! causing the two machines to collide, i (Continued on Page 5) REPORT OF THE 1 TUBERCULOSISi ASSOCIATION 12 Clinics Held In Worcester County; 241 Patients Were Examined; 123 White DEATH RATE THOUGHT TO BE MUCH REDUCED 1,000 more patients were examined in the diagnostic clinics of the Mary- j land Tuberculosis Association during 1941 than in the previous year, it was announced at the Association’s head- ! quarters today. Also, in 1941 30 addi tional clinics were held. These free clinics are held in all of the counties of Maryland by the Maryland Tuberculosis Asociation in cooperation with the State Depart- ( ment of Health and in every county 1 with the exception of four, there was at least one clinic per month. During the year there were a total of 352 clinics in which 7,002 patients were examined. Of the total number 1 (Continued on Page 10) MISS V.T. JONES BECOMES BRIDE OF MR. MATTHEWS Pretty Wedding Solemnized At The Home Of Mr. And Mrs. Bryan Groton The home of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Groton was the scene of a pretty wed- , ding on Saturday, March 7 at 8 o’- clock, when Miss Virginia Lee Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Jones of Stockton became the bride < of Mr. William S. Matthews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Matthews of Girdletree. Miss Jones was a student of Stock ton High School and Mr. Mathews < graduated from Stockton High School, class of 1938. i The home was decorated with ev-11 ergreens and lighted by candles. The < j marriage took place before an arch j] of evergreens. < Preceding the ceremony, Mrs. Har-j< (Continued on Page 5) EHE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE POCOMOKE CITY, MD., FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1942 AND AIR-RAID TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE SIRENS Information Of Valuable Sort Passed Out By Messrs. Child \nd Bunting By order of Godfrey Child, Com mander; and Leslie C. Bunting, Direc tor of Signals, the following informa tion concerning air raid signals has been compiled and should be carefully ! noted by the public: Air Raid Signal Until further signals are installed, Pocomoke City will blow both fire sirens for an air raid signal. The fire siren on the new fire house (Fifth Street) will not be used as a fire alarm until further notice. When ever this siren blows, it is an Air Raid Signal. In the event of an Air Raid or Prac tice Blackout, the fire siren on the new fire house (Fifth Street) will start to blow, followed almost imme diately by the fire siren on the old fire house (Willow Street). Signal Ror An Air Raid Or Practice Blackout Both sirens will bltw for two min utes or more with a slight waving or warbling sound. All Clear Signal Both sirens will blow for two min (Continued on Page 6) HOME NURSING CLASS WILL ATTRACT JOINERS It isn’t too late to join the Saturday night Home Nursing Class held from 7 to 9 o’clock. This course is abso lutely free and you will not be called upon to r go outside or do any outside j nursing. It is simply for the protec tion and benefit of your own family. Any person interested in this Sat urday night Home Nursing Class is asked to call Pocomoke 250. sandTpoint IS ACQUIRED FOR A TERMINAL Annapolis Deserted Since Ter minal There Is Bought By Naval Academy j The State Roads Commission has 1 completed negotiations for the acqui sition of a site at Sandy Point for the Western Shore terminal of the State owned Chesapeake Bay ferry system. Governor O’Conor, announcing that negotiations were for 1,400 foot of frontage on the bay and about fifty acres of right-of-way toward the Gov ernor Ritchie Highway said the Roads J Commission indicated it would ask for bids on the project by the end of (Continued on Page 5) ORGAN RECITAL ATTRACTS MANY MUSIC LOVERS Bradshaw’s Funeral Parlors Capacity Tested On Thurs day Evening, sth THE HAMMOND ORGAN AN ELECTRIC WONDER I The “S. R. O.” sign had to be dis played at Bradshaw’s Funeral Par lors on Thursday evening of last! week, the occasion being an organ re cital and the instrument used being the Hammond Electric organ; and the organist being John H. Elterman, former Dean of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Frederick Stieff, of Baltimore, connected with the old and well known piano people, was in charge of the recital, and at the beginning had Mr. Eitermann show the audi ence the many wonderful tones that could be produced on an organ with (Continued on Page 10) SHORE CHEMIST SHOWS FORMULA MAKING RUBBER Homer Pilkinton, 44, (Jets His Experimental Training At Heidelberg, Germany I Necessity is the mother of inven- j tion and, as there is a necessity for j rubber, the invention is forthcoming, j According to the story a cook-stove, chemicals and a common plant may provide the answer to the rubber shortage. With chemistry courses at Heidel berg as his background, a kitchen as his laboratory and a common Eastern Shore plant as his material, a Wicom ico county farmer has produced some thing that feels, looks, and acts like rubber. The inventor is Homer Pilkinton, 14, a native of Missouri and an East ern Shore farmer since 1932. Two crude samples of his product have been sent to the National In- i ventors’ council in Washington to de termine the discovery’s value in the ! war effort. The samples were crude, he ex plained, because of his makeshift equipment. He said he used the com mon plant as the base and easily ob (Continued on Page 10) MASONIC FRATERNITY TO j HEAR HON. T.R. McKELDIN Honorable Theodore R. McKeldin, Baltimore City, will address the Ma sonic Fraternity of the Eastern Shore of Maryland on Thursday evening, March 19, at Coats Lodge, Easton, Md. A large group of Master Masons from all the counties of the Shore will be present. This meeting is sponsor ed by the Pastmasters of the Shore. AUTO CLUB TO ! GIVE REWARD FOR THIEF ARRESTS One Hundred Dollars Paid For Conviction Of Robbers Of Club Members’ Cars A reward of SIOO will be paid by ; Keystone Automobile Club for the arrest and conviction of any thief who steals tires from the cars of Club - members. In posting the rewai'd, which ap , plies to all territories served by the ' Club in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Colum bia, Keystone issued the following i statement: i “Tires today are not just an article (Continued on Page 5) MRS. BRANNER DIED MARCH 9 BETHESDA, MD. Body Brought To Pocomoke On Wednesday And Interred In Presbyterian Cemetery WAS SISTER OF CLAYTON T. DAVIS, OF THIS CITY Mrs. Clara Maybelle Branner, wife ! |of Claude E. Branner, passed away Monday, March 9th at her home in | Bethesda, Md. Although she had been ill for sometime, the news of her death came as a shock to relatives and friends here. The body was brought to Pocomoke Wednesday and funeral services held from the Presbyterian Church at 2 p m., the Rev. Robert B. Stewart of ficiating. Interment was made in the j cemetery of the same denomination, j The pallbearers were brothers of Mr. Branner: Cecil G., Harry J., B. 8.,, John C., William Z., and Kenneth L. Branner. The deceased is survived by her 1 (Continued on Page 10) NEWS AND PICTURE SERVICE $1.50 T ™ QUIET WEDDING AT SNOW HILL CHURCH! A quiet but very pretty wedding was solemnized Thursday, March 5, at 9 p. m., when Miss Ada Virginia | Phillips, daughter of Mrs. Emma Phillips of this city, became the bride of Mr. William Linwood McDaniel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward McDan iel also of this city. The ceremony was performed in the Parsonage of the Methodist Church ; in Snow Hill by Rev. Elmer Shields, j and was witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. | Linwood Niblett. The bride wore an ensemble of foam blue with matching accessories, i ! Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel will reside' in Pocomoke where Mrs. McDaniel is employed as cashier in the J. J. New bery Store and the former operates . the Dryden Poultry Market which ! was opened by the Dryden Milling Company in September of last year. CONGRATULATIONS TO SNOW HILL’S FIRST CITIZEN | Mr. Benjamin T. Truitt Is Chosen For The Honor By The Men’s Civic Club Congratulations are due and ex tended to Mr. Benjamin Truitt, of I Snow Hill, who was chosen by the Men’s Civic Club as the outstanding citizen of Worcester’s shore town. Those who know Mr. Truitt realize that the club made no error in their choice, and that he constitutes a fine pattern by which future aspirants for (Continued on Page 5) SCHOOL RECORDS OF ATTENDANCES SHOW DECREASES I Slightly Less Than In February I Of Last Year. Pocomoke A Tops The Graded List 1 STOCKTON SHOWS WAY . TO THE HIGH SCHOOLS School attendance records for the month of February, 1942, show all groups fell slightly behind the grades made for the month of February, 1941. The general average for the high schools in ’4l was 91.8; this year 90.8. Graded schools, 89.7 in 1941; in ’42, 87.5. Two-teac'her ’ schools, 92.4 in ’4l; in ’42, 88.5. One i teacher, 94 in ’4l; 92.2 in ’42. Stockton leads the high schools this year with 90.9; Ocean City; 94.8; j Pocomoke, 91.7; Berlin, 89.2; Snow Hill, 88.4. The first three in this list improved their 1941 mark and, there fore, are decorated with a “scar.” Pocomoke A tops the graded school list with a mark of 93.1 Ocean City, (Continued on Page 10> QUINTON S CLUB OF HOMEMAKERS AT MRS.j .PAYNE’S “Build Health By Nutrition Yardstick," One Of The Mat ters Discussed The regular meeting of the Quinton Homemakers Club was held at the home of Mrs. Emory Payne, March 5,. The president, Mrs. Ralph Gordy, opened the meeting with “An Irish Love Song,” the Londonderry Air, followed by the Lord’s Prayer. The minutes of the last meeting were read by the secretary Mrs. Stanley Lank ford. After the salute to the flag, Mrs. Lumma Matthews read a paper on j “Defense of Our Democracy.” The home demonstration agent, Miss Top fer presented the topic “Build Health by nutrition yardstick,” seeing that our families are properly fed in view iof the new adjustments that must be (Continued on Page 10) gZESM UNITED STATES DEFENSE BONDS AND STAMPS VOLUME 62 NO. 11 MARLIN FISHING NOT STOPPED BY THE WAR DANGER Fleet Of Vessels Has Been Giv en Clearance By Order Uni ted States Navy FLEET TO BE SMALLER THAN IN PAST YEARS There’s a Marlin fishing fleet be ing assembled at Ocean City, Md., in preparation for the coming season. The resort has been given a clearance Order by the United States Navy in ! commercial and sports fishing in Maryland waters. Perhaps it would be a good idea to put a gun or two on these boats and let ’em go fishing; for subs. Commercial fishermen, predicting record catches, are placing their ocean pound nets in position for the hauls between March and November. The marlin fishing fleet, usually thirty-five cruisers, will be smaller (Continued on page 10) COUNTY ICHOOL TEACHER JOINS COUNTRY’S SERVICE Mr. George Ewell Dryden, 48-year old World War veteran and principal of the Stockton High School for the past 18 years, is today with the Uni ted States Navy again. Mr. Dryden resigned his post as school principal, as president of the Stockton Fire Department and as commander of Worcester Post No. 93, American Legion unit of Pocomo ke City. He is now with the Naval Supply contingent. He served in the World War as a lieutenant, Sr. Grade, in the United States Navy COMMITTEES FOR SALVAGE ARE ANNOUNCED F. VV. C. Webb, Esq., Of Salis bury. Appointed Chairman Of ' The Eastern Shore Region The chairmen of the Salvage Com mittees for the nine Eastern Shore ’ Counties in the ‘‘Salvage for Victory” ' program were announced by H. Find lay French, Chairman of the Mary land State Salvage Committee of the Maryland Council of Defense ,at a meeting held Thursday evening, March sth, at Easton, Maryland. Frederick W. C. Webb of Salisbury, is Chairman of the Eastern Shore Re gon. The sub chairmen named for Worcester and Somerset counties are as follows: John S. Whaley, Snow Hill, Maryland, for Worcester Coun ty; and Frank M. Layfield, Princess Anne, Maryland, for Somerset Coun ty. Mr. French explained that although various salvage activities have been started by the Boy Scouts, U. S. D. A. War Boards, including the County (Continued on Page 4) CALVIN DONAWAY IS BURIED HERE THURSDAY Funeral services for Calvin Dona way, 42, were held yesterday, Thurs day, from the home of his brother, Walter L. Donaway, Rev. John A. Ditto officiating; interment in the cemetery of Salem Methodist Church. Mr. Donaway died in Cambridge, Md., at the age of 42 years. He was born in Whalevville, Md., and moved to Pocomoke in 1908. He is survived by three brothers and two sisters: Walter L., of Poco moke City; Thomas H., of Powellville; Burton, of Berlin; George F., of New port News; Mrs. Jennie Hickman, of Pocomoke; and Mrs. Isaac Wootten, of Salisbury. The pall bearers at the funeral were : members of the fellowship class of the Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J. T. Nock: B. F. Moore, Willis Hall, C. T. Howard, C. K. Howard, Vaughn Wilkinson, and D. K. Hancock.