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A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER WORCESTER DEMOCRAT EST. 1896 THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE EBT 1880 “Chirps’f^t from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, I started to write my col- j umn last week, and the office boy,, looking over my shoulder, asked me, what I was going to do, and I told him he ought to know the answer to j that, unless he was suddenly struck blind, he was looking very hard at my pencil and paper. But, I satisfied him by saying: “I am going to try to write ‘Chirps’ ’; “Well, stop where you are,” he came the big idea?” I wanted to know. “No room for that stuff, this week.” “Where’s all the room got to?” “It’s out in the back room, and they are howling for more for advertise ment space.” “Well,” I replied, “I can stand that fairly well; but I would like to get in a few words to let people know I'm still alive. Couldn’t I make a sort of compromise?” “What’s that mean?” he inquired. “Well,” I ventured, “if I do away with the editorial, thus making a sort of ‘dim-out,' couldn’t I get by with that and do my best to let it be known just how it is?” “No, Sir, it’s a ‘black-out’ for you this week, so far as your ravings. People can Right here, blest if there didn’t come the screech of the fire siren, fol lowed by the long blast indicating an air raid, either real or pretended, I didn’t know which. These days it’s easy to get jittery, and I did. To be safe, I put out several lights in the composing room, thinking they might make old “Sol” look dim. But I was doing my best to abide by the rules. I poked my head in my safe door, the nearest thing to a helmet I could find, and I staid right where I was put, [ till the siren once more, eased my j nerves. You know, that shows just what a| good soldier I’d make, if some of these air birds should decide to drop some of their eggs from the ethereal blue. Now, some people showed their per fect indifference to danger, walked the streets with rare nonchalance and seemed to say that if a bomb should drop in their way, they’d pick the thing up, take it home, and see what the blamed thing looked like as to its “innards.” I ain’t built that way. The place I thought I’d like to be, was out on the golf course. I heard they had a lot of holes out there, but somebody told me recently they were hardly hig enough to accommodate corporos ity of my lateral and vertical dimen sions. I think a submarine would be a good thing to have in times of raids, especially with the Pocomoke river available. If one of those crafts ever peached the bottom of this stream, it would have to be careful how it settled, because there must be a very narrow strip of land be tween the floor of this and Australia. This is some deep pool, you can take it from me. Well, the air raid is over, and where was I at? I started to tell you peo ple that I’m in a position very much like Jim Canonn’s houn’ dog. I’m all the time being kicked around. If any matter is bounced out of the paper, it seems to be that which comes from my fertile brain; it doesn’t seem to be estimated by the office boy, et al., at a very high value; and it shares the fate of the old “houn’ dig”—it’s kicked out. Now, of course, there’s just one compensation. Most all the time, one can find consolation; most all the time there’s a silver lining behind the darkest clouds, so the poets tell us; so when my simple utterances turn up missing they have given space for something that pertains to the mater ial upkeep of the creature man—an advertisement. And in these days of rationing (or is it raytioning ?), I don’t find any coupons issued by local boards, that can be exchanged for a comfortable dollar bill. If you are like I am, them things is getting scar cer and scarcer. So, if I can sell some space for a dead-head Chirps column, who blames me ? I believe I can stand a little kickin’ aroun’ if the kicks are not too muscular, and the toe of the boot is padded with a bank note or two. Let’s all look forward to a better and brighter time. The Christmas sea son is on us, and this is no occasion for anything but rejoicings. the COPY ROTARIANS OF COUNTY SEAT GET CHARTER Jas. H. Merritt, District Gover nor Presents Credentials Of Permanent Organization SNOW HILL HAS 15 MEM BERS: INCREASE IN VIEW Last Wednesday evening was a very : important and delightful date for the Snow Hill Rotarians, inasmuch as the recently formed club in that city, pas sed from a probational state into a chartered body. The meeting was held in the Hotel Purnell, now under new management,; and Raymond C. Dryden, presided; since the Pocomoke club was sponsor of the new organization in the county seat. Rotarians from Salisbury, Prin cess Anne and Pocomoke City; and, although Crisfield had no delegate, the Snow Hill members were present ed with a very large floral bouquet. Joseph H. Merritt, District Gov ernor, was present and presented the charter to President Howard Rogers, accompanying it with a neat speech. In the course of the program, Presi dents Bennett and Coulbourne, of Sal isbury and Princess Anne, respec tively, made speeches of congratula tions and encouragement to the new body. Snow Hill had its full member ship, and Pocomoke had 18 members present. A most interesting feature of the evening was the presentation of an i oil painting of Paul Harris, founder I of Rotarianism, to Snow Hill. The! presentation was made by Governor (Continued on Page 5) USED TOYS ASKED FOR THE EMPTY STOCKING All persons who may have any used toys which may be made over into acceptable ones, are requested to leave the same, as soon as possible, at the new fire engine house on sth street. If the door of the building should be fastened, leave the toys on the pavement outside. The Christmas season will soon be here, if not already arrived. These toys, the repair work of which is being attended to by Rev. Mr. Leister, of Bethany Methodist Church, will bring many a thrill to homes where Santa Clause may not have time to visit. The public is asked to cooper ate often and largely. APPEALS JUDGES ARE SWORN IN BY GOVERNOR Ceremony Was Public, And Was Unique In The Annals Of Maryland Judiciary Annapolis, December B—ln8 —In a pub lic ceremony, the like of which seldom has taken place in the annals of Maryland’s Judiciary, Governor Her bert R. O’Conor today administered the oath of office to six members of the Court of Appeals, elected in No vember, in the State House here. Only the illness of Chief Judge Car roll T. Bond, of Baltimore, who was unable to qualify, prevented the es tablishment of a unique record in this respect. Records of the Courts of Appeals show that, once before, during Gov ernor Ritchie’s Administration, in 1926, six judges of the Appeals Court ! were sworn in at one time. Those to whom the Governor ad ministered the oath today were: Chief Judge D. Lindley Sloan, of the Fourth Judicial Circuit; Chief Judge Stephen R. Collins, of the Second Judicial Circuit; Chief Judge Edward S. Del : aplaine, of the Sixth Judicial Cir- I cuit; Chief Judge Ogle Marbury, of the Seventh Judicial Circuit; Chief Judge C. Gus Grason, of the Third l Judicial Circuit; and Chief Judge Ridgely P. Melvin, of the Fifth Ju dicial Circuit. POCOMOKE CITY, MD., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1942 MRS. E CALLAHAN DIED FRIDAY AT HER HOME HERE Was Widow Of Henry W. Calla han And Was Born In Pied mont, W. Va., 75 Yrs. Ago Mrs. Ella M. Callahan, widow of Henry W. Callahan, died on Friday of last week at her apartment on Sec ond street, after rather an extended illness. Mrs. Callahan was born in Pied mont, W. Va., 75 years ago, being the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bell. The deceased is survived by three sons and three daughters: John M., Mark C., and L. Griffin Callahan, all of Pocomoke; Mrs. E. Marvin Merrill, of Pocomoke, and Edna B. and Edith V., both of Atlanta, Ga. Funeral services were held from the Dennis and Watson’s funeral par lors on Sunday last, Revs. H. V. Clary and John A. Ditto officiating; inter ment in the cemetery of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The pall bearers were: Messrs. Henry Merrill, Marshall Merrill, Homer Merrill, Edward Mer ill, Alan Merill and Fuller Walters. LOCAL FARMER DIED IN HOSPITAL SATURDAY William Grubbs, local farmer, died Saturday night at the Peninsula Gen eral Hospital, Salisbury, following a stroke of paralysis. He was born near Pocomoke in 1876. At the age of 5 years he w*V5 left in the care of Mrs. Sarah Gootee and her husband, the late Peter J. Gootee, where he made his principal home until the time of his death. Mr. Grubbs was a diligent hard working farmer who lived a quiet secluded life and was never married. Services were conducted from the Bradshaw Funeral Chapel, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock by the Reverend Mr. MqKay. Interment was in the Gootee plot of the Remson Cemetery. Pallbearers were, Milton Payne, Ralph Gootee, Milton Ward, Harrison Denston, Stephen Payne and William Ward. He leaves a half-brother, Geo. Hen ry Mason, of Norfolk, Virginia. PUBUCSCHOOLS ATTENDANCE IS LOWER THAN’4I ! Contagious Diseases Whieh Most Children Are Heir To, Af fects The Averages POCOMOKE SCHOOLS TOP TWO OF THE GROUPS According to the report for public school attendance in Worcester Coun ty, submitted by Mrs. Lucy S. Pilch ard, Supervisor of Attendance, Po comoke schools returned most credit able averages, leading both the high and the grade lists. The general average fell below that of the same month in 1941 in both high and ele mentary groups. In 1941 the general average of the high schools in No vember was 92.6; this year, 89.4. The mark for all elementary schools was 92.4 in November 1941; this year, 90. The supervisor gives as a reason, the prevalance of certain contagious dis eases, which are common to all chil dren—mumps and chicken pox. Pocomoke leads the high schools with 90.9; Snow Hill, 89.5; Ocean City, 88.7; Berlin, 88.3. Graded schools: Pocomoke A, 91.6; Stockton, 90.7; Berlin A, 90.6; Bishop ville, 90.5; Pocomoke B, 90.2; Snow Hill, 89.9: Ocean City, 89.3; Berlin B, 88.1. Two-teacher sdhools: Whaleyville, 92.6; Newark, 91.2; Girdletree, 88.6. One-teacher school: St. Martin, 94.4, exceeding by 1.6 its record of 92.8 (Continued on Page 5) AND THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE MORALE IN WAR-TIME We hear a lot these days About Morale. Morale in the armed forces, Morale in industry, in business, Morale on the home front. They say that a good healthy Sound morale on all fronts Is vital and essential To winning the war. What is this thing They call Morale ? ** * * Morale is how we feel and think About things. Morale is our all-round “slant” On the whole situation. What we actually do, How we really act And react to situations; t Is an expression, a result Of how we really think. What do we think about America, i How do we feel about Hitler, About the Japs, About England, Russia and China, And all our other Allies? Is this war tough or easy? Will it soon be won, Or will we be fighting for years Before Nazism is destroyed, Before Adolph Hitler’s last tooth Is knocked down his throat? How de we feel about Our responsibility To our country, to our community, To our children and their future? What am I doing To help win this war? Am I thinking straight About all these things? *** * < Am I still having a jolly time, Enjoying myself without restraint, Am I sacrificing or hoarding, Am I buying war bonds, Am I damning the government And cursing F. D. R. About this and that? Am I kicking about rationing? Or am I taking everything in stride With a smile and a grin, Doimr my part, As our boys are doing theirs On Guadalcanal, In China, in Australia, In Africa and New Guinea, All over the world, On sea, on land, And in the air? ** * * How do we feel about this war? How’s Morale on the old Home Front? Are we tough? Can we take it? Are we willing to pay the price? Can we grin and bear it? Are we worthy of our sires? Do we love liberty enough? Do we hate slavery enough? Do we hate murderers and liars enough ? Do we feel that international pirates And tyrants and aggressors Must be utterly destroyed No matter what it costs, No matter how long it takes, If anyone anywhere Is to feel safe and secure, If civilization is to endure, If life is to be worth living, If the earth is to be fit to live in? Or are we weak and flabby And selfish and decadent And degenerate, As Hitler claims all democracies are? ** * * Morale is how we feel and think. Morale on the home front Is what will finally beat Hitler, Destroy the Nazis and the Japs. One way of thinking and feeling, One, united purpose, One hundred million Americans, Thinking alike, feeling alike, Thinking and feeling the same thing: ** * * This is a total war, This is a tough war, This is a global war. We must win it completely! To hell with discomforts, To hell with privations! To hell with taxes and rations! These are small things, They count not, they matter not. I’m willing to pay and pay and pay! And do without. Whatever it costs It’s a small price for freedom For the American way of living. It’s a small price for putting Assassins and dastardly brutes Where they belong. ** * * There’s only one issue in this war. Nothing else matters. It’s the issue Between universal liberation And universal slavery. On this issue Every true American (Continued on Page 4) PIERCE ELLIS, JR., RECEIVES HONORS AT RICHMOND, VA. Is The Son Of Rev. Pierce Ellis, A Prominent Clergyman, j A Native Of Pocomoke * Richmond, Va.—Pierce Ellis, Jr., of j i Tallahassee, Fla., was the only Uni-i versity of Richmond junior to be hon j ored by election to Omicron Delta Kappa, national honorary leadership i fraternity, in the annual fall elections of the society. Ellis was tapped along with six ; seniors for membership in the fra ternity which bases its membership on campus leadership and outstanding ! scholarship. He is a member of the honor coun cil and president of Mu Sigma Rho literary society. He is a member of the university band and treasurer of j i the junior class. He is consistent | dean*3 list man, and a member of | Theta Chi social fraternity. He has i made grade A, consistently. He is j | also in “Who’s Who” among college! ! and university students, j Young Ellis is the son of the Rev. I Pierce S. Ellis, D. D., pastor of the 1 First Baptist church of Tallahassee, Rev. Ellis being a native of Poco moke City, being the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ellis. TRUCK RUNS WILD AT SIXTH STREET; TUESDAY _ - - Early on Tuesday morning last, a truck, owing to a broken steering gear, became uncontrollable, crashed into an iron lamp post, corner, Sixth and Market, breaking it off, and then proceeded into the yard of 'W. S. Bowen’s house, wound itself armind a tree, where it came to a halt, rather the wprse for its jamboree. The truck, showing a New York • license tag, was driven by a Negro, j who had evidently picked up a sail jor hitch-hiker. Neither was seriously hurt, and after a few first-aid ser vices both found their way north. Their names, nobody seems to know. Another accident occurred Wednes ; day near Costen’s Station, when a i parked truck was rammed by another i on-coming one. Nobody hurt, but both > j trucks badly damaged. EASTON EDITOR DIES WHILE AT OFFICE DUTIES I Samuel A. Shannahan, Of The Star-Democrat, Died Sudden ly On Monday Last FUNERAL SERVICES ON THURSDAY AT 2 P. M. j In the death of Samuel E. Shanna han, of Easton, Md., the State loses j one of its foremost journalists, church men, and public-spirited citizens. Stricken while attending to the newspaper job, he has held for forty six years, Samuel E. Shannahan, 69-, year-old editor of the Easton Star- j Democrat died on Monday last. Mr. Shannahan was alone in his; . office noticing he was i ; ill, summoned physicians. He was! taken to his home, where he died. ’ Funeral services were held at 2 P. M. i 1 yesterday (Thursday) at the Trinity! ! Cathedral. The editor was a Talbot county ! civic leader. He served approximate- j ’ly sixteen years on the State Aid Charities Board, part of the time as I chairman. Mr. Shannahan was editor and publisher of the Star-Democrat from i the time he founded the newspaper, a weekly, in 1896. He also founded the Easton Rotary Club and had j been secretary of the Easton diocese i l of the Protestant Episcopal Church for a quarter of a century. He was treasurer of the Talbot County Free Library and of the (Continued on Page 6) $1.50 CARD AND DOMINO PARTY DECEMBER 18 The Pocomoke members of the Worcester County Women’s Club will! sponsor a card and domino party Fri- j day night, December 18th at the Fire-, men’s Hall on Sixth Street. The price j will be 25c* per person and any one I wishing to play or arrange a table | may do so by contacting Mrs. A. H. Stevens, telephone 254-J. Prizes will be donated by merchants' and business men of the town and the i proceeds will be used for the Coast; Guard Recreation Center in Ocean City. Those participating, besides deriv-; ing enjoyment from the affair, are contributing to a worthy cause. Do nations will also be accepted from any one who wishes to contribute but who does not care to pax*ticipate in the games. IRA if TULL,I7 IS KILLED IN TRAIN CRASH Funeral Services Were Conduct ed At Miona, Va., On Wed nesday, November 18 (Contributed) Ira E. Tull, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Tull, of near this city, lost his life about 10:30 o’clock Saturday night, November 14. He had been employed at Southern Farms chicken ■BBpi- IlifSIS ! plant since it started business in Feb ruary', and had made many friends both in Maryland and Virginia. He J was always ready to help one in need. : He had with him *two Virginia boys, Dorsey Dix and Harvey Wessells, the j former of whom lost his life; the Wes sells boy was badly bruised and ren dered unconscious and was removed to Nassawadox Hospital at once. I When last heard from he was im ; proving rapidly. The car in which they were riding j was owned by young Tull but just ! which one of the boys was driving it j at the time of the crash by the freight train, is not known. The deceased is survived by his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Tull; by i two sisters, Ruby and Juanita; by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene j Tull, and by his grandfather, Thomas | J. Addison. Funeral services were conducted at Pittsville Church, Miona, Va., at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Novem ber 18, Reverands R. E. Forrest, R. F. Bryan, W. O. Estes and R. Cephia Purdue, officiating. Interment in Nelson’s cemetery. The active bear ers were John Bagwell, Walter Wat son, Jr., Weldon Esham, Irving Pow ell, Gilbert Perdue, Vernon Smack. The honorary bearers were: Jay Frost, (Continued on Page 6) XMAS DINNER-DANCE IN WASHINGTON, D. C. The annual Christmas dinner-dance of the Eastern Shore Society of Wash ington will be held at 7:45 P. M. on the night of Monday, December 14, at the Shoreham Hotel. All former residents of the Eastern Shore now residing in Washington, D. C., or environs are invited to at tend. Telephone Miss Virginia Dashiell at Randolph 5455 after 6:00 P. M. for reservation and other information. CTURE SERVICE VOLUME 62 NO. 50 DIM-OUT IN POCOMOKE NOT SATISFACTORY Inspectors Find Much To Criti cize, And Drastic Changes Are Forthcoming SIGNS POINT TO A PERFECT DARK TOWN Col. Barrett, of Gen. Record’s staff, Civilian Defense; Judge France, Ex ecutive Director, Maryland Council of Defense, and Mr. John Timmons, chief air warden, visited Pocomoke on Wednesday evening, on an inspec tion tour, relative to dim-out condi tions in this city. The report is that they did not find the city up to their i liking. So far as the homes were con cerned, there was no unfavorable criticism; the householders seemed to be living up to requirements. The street lights on Market street were unfavorably judged, and every other one was ordered to be turned out; the bulbs in those remaining were re quired to be reduced from 400 watts to 250 watts; and the top of globes to be painted according to instruc tions already passed out. The “goose neck” lights on the poles must be furnished with 100-watt globes and in addition to be hooded. With regard to exterior signs of whatever kind, neon or others, must come off; and so far as store windows are concerned, they are to be ma terially darkened. Much unfavorable criticism was directed against one brilliantly lighted window on Mar (Continued on Page 5) POCOMOKE STORES OPEN FROM DECEMBER 16TH Beginning Wednesday, December 16th stores in Pocomoke City will keep open nights until Christmas. While there will be no special display of lights this Yuletide the Christmas i carols and chimes will be heard as. usual. Merchants here have increased their salesforce so as to take care of the | holiday trade; all stores feature splen . did displays of Christmas merchandise and everything possible will be done to make this Christmas an enjoyable j one to the shopping public. Shop in the daytime or shop at night and enjoy the Christmas music. Pocomoke welcomes you. ! TO^ THE BUTCHERS AND TO THE SELLER Meat Restrictions Of October 1, Refer To Slaughterers And Deliverers To Others Every person in the United States , who slaughters and delivers to others £ven so much as one animal of the sort listed in the meat restriction order of October Ist is subject to the restrictions of the order and to its penalties in case of violation, OPA has advised. Farmers who slaughter animals only for their own use are exempt, and are not subject to any fine. Animals covered are cattle, calves, sheep, lambs and hogs. De livery of meat from these animals to civilians is limited so that there shall be enough for the fighting forces of the United States and its allies. Records of all slaughter for deliv ery to others must be kept and be available to inspectors of the OPA, by everyone from the country butcher, or the farmer who slaughters meat for others, to the larg est packing houses. False statements of the number of animals slaughtered and delivered, or other violations of the restriction or der, subject offenders to fines, or im prisonment. Further information as to records that should be kept can be secured by writing to the Office Price Adminis tration, Food Rationing Division, Meat Division, Washington, D. C.