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VOL. IX. NO. 46 -
ROBERSONVELE NEWS ITEMS
Opening of Tobacco Market, Latpe Crowd in At
tendance; Baseball; County Candidates; School
Opens August 31; Death of a Citizen; To
v bacco Barn Burned Personal Items
' By JOHN D. EVERETT
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Tuesday Aug. 4. *9°®-
Tobacco Day at Robersonvjjfe
People were here from, (it seems
almost everywhere ) Among the
towns represented were Wishing
ton, Greenville, Williamston, Beth
el, Hamilton, Hassell, Oak Citv,
Gold Pomt, and Parmele. The
best bright tobacco country in the
United States was well represented.
It would be vain to attempt to
name the host of people.
Why were they here? Some were
here to sell their tobacco, because
they wantthe hightest market
price. But the greater number were
attracted bv the reputation of the
market. It is the place to observe
men, skilled in the tobacco trade,
handle the tobacco in the interest
of the customers.
Let us see who these men are.
They are men who stay with the
market and increase in popularity
from year to year as they become
known to the tobacco trade. The
chaff has blown off and those who
are left are the genuine article.
In the Planters' Warehouse, N.
D. Young is manager. He was
„raised on a tobacco farm, and has
been a buyer. He has several years'
experience as a warehouseman and
therefore understands the business.
Mr. W. Z. Morton is auditor in the
Planters'. He began with the
market here and understands every
detail of selling tobacco. Mr. Ed.
James is assistant book-keeper and
Mr. W. A. James is drummer. The
auctioneer is R. E. Cuto, who hat
sold on the markets at Kinston.
Rocky Mount, and Smithfield.
In the Adkins and Bailey Ware
house we find the men whose name
the house beaas. They are princes
amoung warehouse managers.
They have stuck to the business
until tfarmers know their worth.
Mr. Adkins has had 18 years ex
perience, seven of tbem on
this market. He merits his title
"Rush", for he rushes for the
tobacco and then rushes the prices,
Mr. Bailey began with the market,
He also has seven lucky years ex
perience as a warehouseman. HU
customers- stick to him, because
tbey are satisfied. Mr. J. C. An
drews will do valauble service for
Bailey and Adkins. To him, more
than to any one man, belongs the
credit of establishing the market
here. He worked for the markel
and then worked for the people.
His-experience as a warehouseman
both here and in Virginia eminent
ly fit him for valuable service. He
knows the tobacco from the seed
to the factory. Mr. R. E. Grimes
is also a valuable member of this
force. His experience in tobacco
is long and varied. Mr. Boden
hammer can hammer up the prices
up to the top of the market with sc
much ease that you would imagine
his vocal machinery on ball bear
The buyers on the markets hav«
beeeo here for years. They have
an interest in the success of the
market, therefore they are willing
to give the farmers the limit. Mr.
J. W. FerrelJ, for the A. T. C. and
Mr. Ferrell for the Imperial have
made friends of the farmers by their
fair dealings. The other buyers
have been here long enough to es
tablish their reputation.
Mr. O. L- Joyner, President of
the Farmers' Consolidated Tobacco
Company was here from Green
ville. He expressed himself as
being highly pleased with the open
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ing and the prospect for the year.
Of the 30,000 lbs. sold the averi.
age was good, considering the cor -
dition of the tobacco. The re
markable thing of it all is that
only one farmer kicked, all the
others were satisfied with the prices,
in most cases having recieved more
than they anticipated.
Robersonville Graded School
will open August 31. Parents
should try to euter their children
on the first day. It is best for all
concerned. The Trustees will
allow all children who will be six
years of age before Christmas to
enter at the beginning of the term.
Children should not enter the first
grade after the first three weeks.
All children in this end of the
County will be entitled to free tui
tion, if they can enter above the
seventh grade. All others will be
charged tuition, if they are not in
the graded school district. This is
the school in which to prepare for
| college or for business. We in
tend that it shall be second to
Mr. Chas. H. Whichard has
bought the interest nf other parties
in the market. Having installed
a nice refrigerator, he says that he
will supply his customers with fresh
beef and other meats all kinds of
weather. Mr. Whichard studied
under experienced and skilled
marketmen in Philadelphia, a'tid
will serve the trade with skill, it
dees his customers good to see the
cleanliness of the market. He
has a restaurant in connection
with the market.
Mr. M. G. Daniel had the mis
fortune to lose a fine barn of tobac
co some time ago. It was srange
that the exploson and fire did not
take place until over thirty hours
after the tobajco was "killed out."
The barn was visited by different
members of the family several
times the evening and night before
the fire, and all was thought to be
safe. They can not account for
the fire so long after it was con
Mr. Geo. Butler near this place
died last Thursday. He has been
ill for some time, ancLlaves a wife
and several children in rather des
titute circumstances. Pure relig
ion and undefield before God and
the Father will cause people to
visit them in their affliction. Surely
they have the sympathy of the
entire enmmunity in their bereave
The revival last week at the
Christian Church was closed Mon
day night, as Mr. Howard had to
return home. However, the meet
ing was continued a few evenings
at the Methodist Church by Rev.
Two of the ball games by the
Robersonville Team failed to
materialize because of heavy rains.
One with the Hamilton Team at
Hamilton, the other with Turkey
Swamp on the home grounds.
Misses Ella Davenport of James
ville, and Caddie Burnett of Oak
City were the company of Miss
Emma Roberson last week: Little
Miss Nolie Roberson accompanied
Miss Davenport home. _ ' v
Miss Pearlie Roberson returned
from her visit to Mr. Sam Bur
roughs' last Saturday. Mias Norma
Burroughs is spending this week
at the home of Mrs. J. C. Robert- 1
Mr. A. E. Smith has added the 1
latest and most improved Benthal
WILLIAMSTON, N. C., FRIDAY, AUGUST 7. 1908.
Peanut Picker to his already large
stock of machinery. He had one
Benthal Picker already, but he
wants to give his patrons the best.
Roberson & Brown are putting
improvements in their store. They
are also making their displays more
attractive. Skill in display Is a
large factor in a merchants suc
Mr. t Roy Carson's smiling counte
nance greets all customers at the
drug store now. He spent last
year at the State University study
Among the tobacco men who
arrived hut week were F. J. Jef
fress, W. L. Ferrell, VernflnSper
rell, J. W. Ferrell, NewmAn/Tur
•Mr. W. H. Adkins returned
from Wilson Monday evening,
where he witnessed the opening
sales of the tobacco market.
It is reported that there were
thirty-six county candidates in
Robersonville on the fourth, and
several prospective candidates.
Messrs. John Smith and John
■ Keel have a Benthal Peanut Pick
er, and will help the farmers house
• their peanuts next fall.
Mr. Harvey Roberson has re
turned from his vacation trip to
' some of the summer watering
Messrs. N. D. Young and Ed.
1 James spent Monday in Greenville
on the tobacco market, opening
NEWS FROM THE COUNTY
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As Furnished by Our Regular Correspondents at
Everetts, Gold Point and Dardens
Mr. J. B. Burroughs was in town
Mr. Clayton Keel was in town
Sunday on business.
Mrs. A. S. Coffield is spending
, some time in Tarboro.
J. L. Gurganus spent Sunday
i in the country with his parents.
Burras A. Critcher of Williams
ton was in town Friday 011 busi
Rev. Mr. Andrews filled his reg
ular appointment here Sunday
Miss Alma Congleton is spending
some time with J. E. Roberson on
Hon. J. A. Whitley, J. T. Barn
hill and J. B. Barnhill spent Wed
nesday in Williamston.
Mrs. J. S. Peel and sou left this
morning to spend some time with
her sister in Battleboro.
Mr. H. Thomas Riddiclc has re
turned from his trip through the
Western states. He reports a fine
A large crowd from here attend
ed the opening sales of the tobacco
market and ball game at Roberson
Miss Claudice Harrison and Miss
Fannie Bell Manning sr>ent a few
days last week with Miss Miss
Mrs. P. D. Everett and daughter
of Panway, Fla., left this morning
for Robersonville where they will
spend a few days and then return
Miss Elizabeth Watkins Morton
of Bullocks who has been
the past week with Mrs. A. S.
Coffield, leit for her home Satur
day morning. $ y
GOLD POINT ITEMS
Mr. Harvey Roberson of Rober
sonville was here Sttnday.
Miss Vivian Roberson is visiting
friends in Elizabeth City this week.
Miss Hilda Powell of Roanoke
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Miss Bessie Roberson is spending
the week here with her cousins,
Mrs. Fannie Roberson's daughters.
Dr. Caldwell, President of the
Wilson Christian College, was
here Monday soliciting students.
Mr. W. A. Ross spent Sunday
in Oak City, attending the revival
meeting at the Baptist Church.
Mr. Thomas Roberson was home
last week from Charleston to spend
a few days with his family here.
Mr. A. O. Roberson was quite ill
Sunday, but his friends are delight
ed 1 o see him out this week.
Mrs. Be trie Whitley, of Wash
ington, is the guest of Mrs. J. C.
Robertson this week.
Miss Julia Salsbury,.of Hassell,
is spending this week with her sister
Mrs \V. Z. Morton.
Miss Lillian Smith is spending
the week with Miss Minnie Which -
i ard netir Bethel.
1 Mrs. Grey Corey and Miss Nan
' nie James of Pitt were in town
1 Messrs. John Ross and Richard
Jenkins spent Sunday at Gold
M iss I.illie Buntiig, of Btthel,
is with Mrs, Dr. Nelson this week.
, Mr. J. C. Robertson made a
buaiiH is trip to Greenville Monday.
M iss l.ydie Roberson and Leyta
, Tayl«»r were in town to-day.
\ Miss Allie G. Little spent Mon
day in town.
Rapids is visiting Mrs. J. L. Weaver.
Mr. John Williams has had his
house painted 011 the Williamston
Miss Melissa Coburn was the
gu,est here Saturday of Miss Min
Mr. Ltwellyn Whi taker and
Miss Marina Jackson were married
a few days ago.
l'rof. R. J. Peel and Mr. L. B.
Wynn of Williamston were here:
last week 011 business.
Some of Our tobacco farmers are
nefily though curing tobacco and
report fine cures so far.
School commenced here a few
da>s ago with Misses Lucy Man
ning aud Addie Coburn teachers.
Mr. Ed. Howell who was quite
ill Saturday night and Sunday
we are glad to learn in convalesc
The tobacco barn of Mr. L. A.
Taylor near [Spring Green was
burned Saturday while curing to
Rev. S. W. Summerell filled his
regular appointment at the Chris
tian Church here Sunday. Quite
a large crowd was out to hear him.
Work began on the school build
ing this week.
Miss Lena Phelps is the guest of
Miss Delia Hardison.
Mr. aud Mrs. Levi Ange were
here Sunday guests of relatives.
. Mrs. Mittie Barden and children
of Norfolk are guests of'relatives
Miss Sarah Hudson spent Tues
day afternoon with Mrs. Courtney
Mrs. Jodie Mizell of Bertie is
viatitiog Eer mother, Mrs. A. B.
Mrs. Pattie Peel of Buell, Va.,
is visiting her mother, Mrs. David
(Continued 011 fifth page.)
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SEVENTH OPENING "
A Large Crowd From All Sections of the County,
and Visitors hrom Adjoining Counties—
-49.000 Pounds of Tobacco Sold
Wednesday was tobacco day for
Williamstou It marked the sev
enth opening of this market. The
day was an ideal one, the crowd
large and friendly, and the farmers
were thoroughly satisfied with the
results. The tobacco was mostly
first primings, and viry common,
there was some good tobacco and it
brought a good price. The prices
paid by the various buyers were as
jgocd if not better than was paid
for the same tobacco last year c n
the opening day.
The first sale was at the Farmers
Warehouse, Tuggle & Gravely
proprietors. There wtre about
8,000 pounds 011 this floor, and the
sale was good and lively. The
crowd following the sale was at
times so dense that the buyers
could hardly get through it, buj
the best of feeling prevailed. The
second sale was at the Dixie Ware
house, J. S. Turntr proprietor.
Here there was about the same
amount of tobacco that was 011 the
There was some difference in the
looks of the tobacco 011 this floor, a
number of piles being extra goad
for the season and the kind of to
bacco. The proprietors of these
two warehouses, while new men on
our market, are old experienced
men in the business, and it is evi
dent that they will make good. k
The sales for the day were wound
Window Glass Hsr Tsst.
"Some people study the architecture
of house* under construction or com
ment on the building material employ
ed," aaid the woman. "That's all jery
well, and I try to appreciate these
things too. But somehow I can't get
pay (Dlud 9ff 9115 'letnil cyucernlng new
building#. [ look atlfe;
o gland put In. -- - : -v -f
"The windows in n house seem to
me to Indicate whether the building is
cheaply put up or the reverse. If the
glass Is of good Quality— lt needn't be
plate, though that of course Is the su
preme mark I know that pretty much
everything regarding the structure Is
Intended to be first class. Poor glass,
on the other hand, inspires me with
suspicion. I feel that with such an ad
vertisement everything within and
without is apt to be shoddy. At least
I have my doubts until convinced oth
erwise."—New York Press.
Molding Tallow Candlos.
Try out the tallow, add a little sail
and a little powdered alum dissolved
In the hot tallow. Then pour into wet
candle molds. This Is the way In
Which eur great-grandmothers molded
randies when they discarded the prim
itive mode of "dipping."
Tomato Removes Ink.
If you happen to spill Ink on white
wash goods, before yon launder it take
red tomatoes (the canned ones will do),
nib well on the ink spots, let It dry
overnight, then put It In the boiler
with the other clothes to boll. It will
come out beautiful and white.
Mulch of Snow.
There Is always something about a
mulch of snow that farmers like to
see. Not many of us know the ma
nurial value of snow, but past experi
ence has shown that it is a good thing
to have on the ground, as It assures
moisture and Is more or less a protec
tion to winter wheat and rye. Mis re
garded as the "poor man's fertiliser,"
to say nothing of its value In getting
op the supply of Wood for next sum
A child may be given a teething ring
or pacifler as soon aa the teeth begin
to trouble, which Is usually at five or
six months. The best kind of a teeth
ing ring is a rubber one. An ivory
ring Is apt to make the gums hard, and
thla makes it harder for the teeth to
Orino Laxative Fruit Syrup is
sold under a positive guarantee to
cure constipation, sick headache,
stomach trouble, or any form of
indigestion. If it fails, the manu
facturers refund your money.
What more can any one do. C. C.
Chase; S. R. Biggs.
sr.oo a Year in Advance
up at the Roanoke Warehouse
where the buyers found a floor
covered with the weed. The brake
here amounted to close to 25,000
pounds. The buyers were all
eager for the weed and the bidding
was lively, the voice of theproprie--
tor of the warehouse could be
heard often runfaiug the price up
and making the buyers pay the
full worth for the tobacco. The
salts lasted until nearly twoo'cloclc^
The auctioneer for the market,
Mr. Cole, who is a good oue,
was assisted by Mr. J. T. Pishel,
who was auctioneer here last year,
but, who is now with the Wilson
The buyers on the market this
year are: Messrs. J. S Thomas
for the American Tobacco Co., C.
A. Jreffress for the Imperial Tobac
co Co., Meadows & Staton buyers
on orders and speculation, T. S.
Graham buying on orders and spec
ulation, T. J. Smith, who was with
the A. T. Co. last year, buying on
orders and speculation and Leggett
& l'oole buying 011 orders and spec
ulation. The proprietors of the
Dixie and Farmers are not buying,
they are looking strictly after the
I warehouse busiutss. ...
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' With the buyers that are on^'this
1 market there is every reason to
look forward to the best year in the
f history of the market.
EARLY MORNING FIRE
The Dwelling: Occupied by Mr. J. C.
James ana Family Destroyed
"WeduesJay morning about three
o'clock the town bell sounded the
alarm df fire. When the sleepy
citizens had sufficiently aroused
themselves they found the dwelling
occupied by Mr. J. C. James and
family was burning. The fire is
supposed to have caught in the
kitchen, and before the family was
aware the building was burning the
fire had made such headway that
they barely escaped.
and its contents were completely
distroyed. The fire engine was
there promptly, and the fire fighters
did good work in keeping the
flames from spreading to other.'
The building was owned by Mrs.
S. H. Newberry, and was insured
for S9OO. with the agercy of Mr*
K. B. Crawford. Mr." James' had;
his furniture insured for S4OO with,
the agency of Mr. John E. Pope.
The Board of County Commis
sioners convened at 10 o'clock
Monday with every member pres
ent. The usual orders were passed
and several petitions granted. J.
& Co., were given li
cence to retail liquor in t he store
formerly occupied by J. C. James.
Several petitions for repairing
bridges were heard and after a
clear survey of the situation, same
The analysis of the stomach of
the negro, Handy Page, which has
been deferred on account of failure
to get Into the labaratory of any
state college, was finally turned
oyer to Mr, Jas. M. Whitfield of
Richmond, Va., and Dr. Warren,
acting coroner at the time, was in
structed to attend to the master at
A jury was drawn for the Sep
tember Court, and the Board ad
De Witt's Little Early Risers, safe;
easy, pleasant, sure, little liver pills.
Sold by Chase's Drugstore; Biggs'