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A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER WORCESTER DEMOCRAT EBT. 1888 THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE EBT 1880 “Chirps”/^ from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, I went out Tuesday even ing last to see (and hear) that picture which has received wide notice and most favorable comment —Mrs. Min iver, I believe they call it. I liked it very much, too. If anybody can view those films, and still say the war is a myth; or that there is no reason for us, so far away, to be disturbed about, it, then he needs something to open his eyes. And I reckon there was nothing overdrawn about it. Those mechaniz ed birds of the air have thrown death and destruction over many a city ot Europe. Hospitals, homes, churches, manufacturing plants, mercantile houses, public buildings all have been shattered into bits, until it seem ed human nature must break under the strain. But the British are made of stern er stuff. They are not accustomed to surrender; they value their liberties too highly to pass them over to a peo ple who know nothing of a free land and free institutions. Their dear ones died under the showers of metal rain; their homes were splintered with bursting shells; their churches were unroofed; their merchant ships sent to the bottom; the whole regime of their lives revised —but under suffer ing they grew strong; they fought grim death till help came with the Al lies; and, today, the destroyers of na tional peace and quiet may rue the day they began their reign of terror over the continental world. Americans should breathe a prayer of thanksgiving that their devoted country has been saved from ravages, such as depicted in Mrs. Miniver. The boys in khaki are now on foreign shores, giving their lives to save those at home from never-to-be-forgotten horrors. It should be useless to plead with the stay-at-homes to be the sol diers they should be, and go to the limit to bring back a victorious peace. However, if it were not for the hum orous side of life, there would be many a failure, many a gruesome age, many a miserable hour. Men in the trench es crack jokes; sufferers living in makeshift homes, turn poverty to wealth by smiles; troubles take wings when met with merriment; and he who can adopt laughter instead of tears when faced with doubt and woe, are indeed blessed of the Almighty. So, at the picture, on Tuesday even ing, I was sitting in the chair next to a lady, well known in this city. It was at a scene in the picture where the planes were roaring, cracking, and screaming; the crash of timbers an nounced the tumbling buildings; smoke and flame from burning air ships were in ghostly evidence; fire sirens were signaling the site of con flagrations; under-ground protections were being penetrated—all the hor rors of the raging conflict seemed to show their faces simultaneously. In the midst of all this, something fell—Bang!—down in the front of the lady next to me. “Oh! What was that?” she said, involuntarily turning in my direc tion. ‘•What was what?* I inquired. “Something dropped down on my foot; do you think it was —”? “No’m,” I interrupted, “I don’t think it was a pencil bomb, an in cendiary bomb, or anything like that. We may have some saboteurs inside here, but I don’t think anything came through the roof just then, nor did I see any sort of missile come over our heads. The people in front of us mere children, and they and those behind us are too close to the thing—what ever it is—to want to endanger their own head pieces— “ There it is,” interrupted the lady in question, “I got my foot on it, and Fm going to hold it till the cows come home or till help comes. Do you really think it’s like any of those (Continued on Page 10) GARBAGE COLLECTED SAT. Mayor Nock announces that garbage will be collected next week on Saturday, December 26 ,instead of on the usual day Fri day; the change being made on account of Friday’s being Christ mas day. Further notice will be given by circular distribution. C r THE copy REGULATIONS IN LOWER AREA TO BE CHANGED Painting On Auto Headlights Said To Intensify Rather Than Decrease Glow LOWER HALF LENS WILL BE PAINTED Army regulations governing auto mobile headlights in the dimout area of the Eastern Shore have proved in effective and a change has been or dered, Col. Henry S. Barrett, State director of air-raid precautions, has announced. The dimout regulations, in effect in Wicomico, Worcester and Somer set counties, pi’ovide that the upper half of headlamps on vehicles driving in the dimout area must be painted black. Colonel Barrett said that on an in spection tour of the dimout zone which he took last week he found the headlight restrictions had the opposite effect to that which was intended. Instead of cutting down the light, the paint on the top part of the lamps (Continued on Page 10) specialTervices at PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH The annual White Gift and Candle light Service will be held in the Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church Sunday, December 20, at 5 o’clock. There will be special Christmas music and in lieu of a sermon, the pastor will tell Henry Van Dykes’ famous “Story of the Other Wise Man.” At a stated time in the service the congregation will present their White Gifts which will be placed beneath the Christmas tree. A cordial invitation is extend ed to all who wish to attend this ser vice. AMERICAN RED CROSS PLANNING A UTILITY KIT Mrs. Victor Rawlins, Local Chairman, Solicits These Bags For Doughboys The American Red Cross, planning to supply each service man leaving for overseas duty with a utility kit,, urged every American woman who can afford $1.50 and a little time to join the campaign. Mrs. Victor Rawlins, chairman of the production department of the Po comoke City Chapter says each kit must be of uniform material and size and must not weigh more than a pound and a half when filled. These kits, thousands of which have already been distributed, contain cigarettes, sosp. rarer blades, tooth brushes, playing cards, needles, and other small personal comfort items. Mrs. Rawlins also said they can be filled regular drug store coun ters, and the bags themselves can be made from olive drab cotton fabric. She urged women in this area to in quire by mail or in person at Red Cross Headquarters, in the Municipal Building, Clarke Avenue, for explicit directions. LIST OF COUNTY WHITE REGISTRANTS ACCEPTED Following is a list of white regis trants in Worcester County who have been accepted at induction station: Robert Thomas Lynch, Berlin; Mor ris Raymond Jones, Snow Hill; Car man Baldwin Skidmore, Jr., Snow Hill; Norman Young Hastings, Ber lin; Upshur Hollaway Lang, Stock ton; Robbins Franklin Purnell, Ber lin; Ralph Littleton Pusey, Pocomoke City; Walter Washington Hales, Snow Hill; James Parker Baker, Bishop; Paul Rufus Massey, Jr., Snow Hill; James Straughn Johnson, Snow Hill; Charlie John Hickman, Bishopville; Walter Hamilton Bunting, Bishop. POCOMOKE CITY, MD., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1942 PROGRAM OF SERVICES AT THE SALEM CHURCH | Special Choir For The Evening Service Will Include The Appropriate Anthems On Sunday morning, during the church-school hour in Salem Metho dist Church, the children of the Beginners-Primary department will bring the message of Christmas. Fol lowing a short devotional service the other members of the school will join the children in their celebration. At eleven o’clock the church famil ies will worship together in the sanc tuary. Special Christmas music will be offered by the organist and choir. The organist will play “Gloria in Ex celsis” by Mozart, and the choir will sing “There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field” and “O Holy Night!”— (duet). The pastor will preach a Christmas sermon, using the theme “The Words of Christmas.” In the evening at 7:30 o’clock, in the (Continued on Page 4) localTotarTclub RECEIVES NEW MEMBERS The Pocomoke City Rotary Club’s membership was enlarged on Monday night by the addition of three new members—those of Rev. Mr. Shoaf, lately elected pastor of Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church; Mr. Donald Snyder, manager of the Southern Farms plant; and Mr. John Lydon, of the firm of Lloyd and Blaine. The roster of the club now contains 35 names, and the club is one of the outstanding organizations of the 18Qth district. It has a most excellent re cord for attendance. Its interest is manifested in all phases of civic wel fare, and it is notably liberal in its contributions to community enter prises. C. AND P. PHONE COMPANY ASK FOR ECONOMY Urges Patrons To Refrain As Far As Possible From Mak ing Long-Distance Calls CAUSE DELAYS IN IMPORTANT MESSAGES It is well known that after Pearl Harbor, the only regard the enemy has for holidays is to violate them. War can’t wait—not even for Christ mas. Please don’t make long dis tance calls to the war-busy centers this Christmas unless they are vital, pleads Guy S. Hicks, local manager of the Chesapeake and Potomac Tele phone Company. Long distance telephone lines are carrying the heaviest burden in their history and in order to avert the pos sibility of causing delays on vital war calls that will be made during the holiday season, civilian users are urged to make no long distance calls unless they are absolutely necessary. The friendly, festive greetings of other years must be curtailed as a very real contribution to the war ef fort. Since the needed materials, with which in normal times the tele (Continued on Page 4) Democrat Will Be Issued On Thursday Owing to the Christmas holidays beginning next week, the Worcester Demo crat will be issued on Thurs day, December 24. Adver tisers and correspondents will please take notice of this announcement an d have whatever material in prospect, in this office on Tuesday, December 22, in order to insure publication. AND THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE An Editorial j It seems to us that the time has come when the people of this community must realize our failure to grasp the full import of a situation full of importances if not danger to us, a meaning which should have struck home to us long ere this. The United States of America is at war with | a dangerous, implacable, irresponsible, dastard ly foe. A veritable madman who knows nothing of mercy nor of justice. With him, might makes right, and there is no other law governing inter national warfare . Women, children, the sick, the aged and infirm—all are made use of to add terror to the clash of arms when foe meets foe in battle array . From Japan, too, there comes a race, which presents strange double characteristics; a race whose accomplishments have indicated wonder ful capacity in the establishment and conduct of government. A comparatively new nation, they have taken their stand along side of the Great Powers of the world; they are an ingenious peo ple, quick to adopt new ideas, and make them rebound to national greatness. Yet, beside all this, there are millions of them wko appear to hhave dragged along civ ilized routes in a very unwilling way; preferring to cling to old teachings; liking rather the pa ternal ideas of citizenship; canonizing their an cestors; surrendering their bodies and souls, in a fanatical way to the service of their beloved Emperor, esteeming it a privilege to die in his behalf, and looking forward to a life of supreme bliss in another world , a reward they evidently crave as they rush headlong in a sacrificial way, into the guns of a superior foe. These then, the Germans and the Japs, are challenging Americans on land, sea, under the sea, and in the air. Our enemies, with their diametrically opposed ideas of government, are seeking to overthrow the democracies of the world. The Germans can point to centuries of strife in the effort to brand the nations with the mark of servility to a superior race. “Deutche über alles” is their war cry, and their oft used expression, “Me und Gott”, places their rank just a step ahead of Divinity. They have made a study of arms since Charlemeagne, and might well have they dominated a large section of the known world. They put their trust in the sword, and only on martial deeds to make them masters. The Japs, also, are alike imbued with the spirit of world dominion; but theirs is a less ma terial impulse. They believe in their divine ori gin. They are, in their opinion, because of that origin, entitled to supremacy, and their archives, if thrown open to the world would likely reveal that such has been their life’s aim for age upon age. No sacrifice is too great, and in the war at present engaging the world, it does seem that, before the Nipponese are conquered, it will be necessary to kill and kill, until their man power is impotent to strike back. Their reward will be enhanced thereby, when their spirits arrive to hold converse once again with those who have gone before. These, then, are the two peoples knocking at our doors. But it is hard for many of us to accept the possibility of danger to us in these war’s alarms. The South Pacific; the great con tinent of Africa; the wild steppes of Russia —all seem too remote to be taken seriously. In this part of the land, we who live and move and have our being here, hesitate to examine our maps which mark a line of coast, easily reached by the modern methods of warfare. We close our ears to all assertions that would imply we live in a danger zone. We seem to feel that our advisers seek personal publicity rather than safety to all. We seem disposed to ridicule all preparations and schemes of national defense, and sink back apparently into a lethargic, maybe obstinate, comatose pose, giving rise to the opinion that we are tenacious adherents of the old adage: “Sufi dent unto the day is the evil thereof.” We are willing to, “Let the dead past bury its dead.” (Continued On Page 4) Enoch Pratt Library Maryland Room. * <TI rn the YEAh COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 1 3 EFFECT ORGANIZATION AT MEETING ON TUESDAY ACTION OF THE BOARD SEEMS TO MAKE SHARP PARTY DIVISION The sword that has been swinging over the heads of some of Worcester County officials, fell from its hangings on Tuesday last; and, as a result, three of them were decapitated and the fourth was badly slashed. Those who lost their heads were Miss Lena H. Riggin, of SHOW WINDOW SMASHER SOON APPREHENDED James Pearson, Negro, Burglar izes Coffman-Fisher Store To Amount Of $75 CAUGHT BY CHIEF OF POLICE, BRITTINGHAM James Pearson, a 42-year old Negro, | who said he hailed from “Portsmith,” Va., his “mouth” probably couldn’t get around that word very well, thought it a good idea to prepare for the com ing winter by laying in some winter! clothing. At the present time, he is languishing in the county jail, from: which he is likely to be transported to a winter’s lodging place, where he will be furnished attire somewhat dif ferent from that he succeeded in col lecting. The clothing in the show window of Coffman Fisher’s store, coiner Market and Second, looked all right to “Jimmy,”’ accordingly he proceeded to lay one of his pedal extremeties j against it in the early hours of last Saturday morning—to be precise, 3:00 a. m. Four hours and a half later, (Continued on Page 10) CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE AT POCOMOKE HIGH The community is invited to attend the annual Christmas Candlelight j service of Pocomoke High School Wednesday afternoon, December 23, at 1:45 p. m. in the school auditorium. Hymns, old carols and social songs will be sung by special school chorus es with the entire school singing as signed parts. After the concert a short Christmas play will be presented by the sopho more class. The program promises to be an entertaining one and the com munity is cordially invited to attend. | ELKS LODGE TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS ON 26TH Event To Take Place At The Lodge Building On Market Street, This City The local Elks Lodge will again be hosts to the children of Pocomoke at a Christmas party to be held on Sat urday, December 26, 1942 (the day after Christmas) at 2:30 in the after (Continued on page 4) Pocomoke Blood Donors Solicited The Red Cross Blood Bank Mobile Unit will ar rive in Snow Hill about January 10, the exact date to be announced later. Vol unteers from Pocomoke are solicited, and those who require it will be furnished free transportation. For complete information, see Dr. Helen Llewelyn, of Po comoke City. ~TURE SER VOLUME 62 NO. t Snow Hill, for 19 years clerk to the Board of County Commissioners; Ed mond H. Johnson, Esq., of Ocean City, legal adviser to the Board for years; | and the county standard-bearer, Wil liam S. Evans, of Snow Hill. Mr. Charles L. Mason, of Pocomoke City, i a member since 1923, and president ! for 8 years, was slashed by removal ! from the presidency and is now just | a member, since he was re-elected in | the fall voting. Mr. Mason was suc ceeded by Samuel E. Shockley, Wor : cester county lumberman. Miss Lena H. Riggin, Snow Hill, was succeeded by Miss Elizabeth Warner, Snow Hill, as temporary clerk. Attorney Edmond H. Johnson, Ocean City, chief legal adviser to the board for many years was replaced by j Godfrey Child, Esq., Pocomoke attor i ney. The official Worcester county (Continued on Page 10) CHRISTMAS CANTATA AT BETHANY CHURCH A special Christmas Choir Cantata, will be presented Sunday morning in Bethany Methodist Church at 11:00 o’clock the usual morning worship hour. The cantata selected this year is “We Have Seen His Star”, a par ticularly beautiful arrangement for mixed voices and will include Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, alto and so prano solos and full choir. The text was written and arranged by Elsie Duncan Yale and the music composed by Lee Rogers. There are seven numbers. The introduction number “We Have Seen His Star” is by the choir and the cantata con cludes with Men’s Chorus “Glory be j to God on High.” The public is cordially invited to j come out to hear this beautiful can tata presented Sunday morning. E. T. JONES, 23 PROMOTED TO IST SERGEANT | / Has Had All The Grades And Ratings Up To This Present Rank. First Grade SON OF MR. AND MRS. EDVVD T. JONES, CITY Elwood T. Jones, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones, of Pocomoke City, now stationed somewhere in England was recently promoted to the grade of first sergeant. Sergeant Jones en listed in the Regular Army in Marclt, 1939, and was first assigned to Com pany A, Second Separate Chemical Battalion at Edgewood Arsenal, Md., where he was permanently stationed for more than three years. Sergeant Jones has held all the (Continued on Page 4) TWENTY-SIX ANTLERED BUCKS PREY TO SHOTS Twenty-six white tailed antlered bucks fell before the rifles of county, state, and Delaware sportsmen dur ing the six-day wild deer season in Worcester county which closed Satur day last. According to reports six deer were killed on Monday; nine on Tuesday; two on Wednesday; three on Thurs day; one on Friday and five on Sat urday.