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VOL. X. NO. 27
An Interesting Letter to
iniscences of Foster's
I have not forgotten your request
to .send you some recollections of
the affair of Rawls Mill. It was
not importaut enough to be digni
fied by the name of battle, but it
was much more than a skirmish.
It looms especially large in my
remembrance, as it was the first
time that 1 heard the whistle of
bullets intended for me
My regiment was the44th Mass.,
and was composed largely of boys
from business life in Boston, and
from college. Although not hard
ened by the outdoor life of country
boys, we had a store of nerve force
that served equally well, and after
a hard day's march, the "Kid
Glove Regiment," as we*werecall
ed, showed a condition even better
than supposedly tougher men from
Maine and Vermont. Soon after
enlistment we were assigned to the
Department of North Carolina with
lieardquarters at Newberu. We
reached Mo'rehead City on October
26, 1562, and after a ride 011 open
cars iu a drenching rain, we arrived
at Newbern the same evening. We
were fairly well settled in camp
day, and with bright skies and
plenty to eat, war did not seem a
very terrible thing. This content
was of short duration; on the 30th
we broke camp early, and were soon
aboard a transport headed for Little
Washington, I was interested to
find on my trip this past Fall that
residents there do not like this form
of expression, and I do not blame
them, for there is certainly nothing
little about Washington now, and
it bids tair to become one of the
finest oities in the State. We
reached there the next day, and on
the 2nd of November we started on
what your people called "Foster's
Raid". We knew nothing about
tW object of our march, only hear- 1
ing iu a general way that we
to see Plymouth and Tarboro be
fore our return. About a mile out
011 the road we halted and loaded
np; evidently our officers expected
to shoot something. ' Loading up"
wasa reil term then, forwecartied
Enfield rifles and our ammunition
was the old fashioned paper cart
ridge, torn ty the teeth, and pushed;
into the gun with a ramfod. Per
cussion caps were then put 011 the
little nipple, and we v\ ere ready for
business. All day long we marched
by the uortherly road, until about
six o'clock artilWy fire in front
showed that our advance had found
somethiug. Two companies were
ordered and after meeting
with some decided objections to
further advance, they were recalled
and out batteries began a vigorous
shelling of the woods whence thes£
objections had come. Our company
was then reque-ted by our Colonel
to cross the stream and see what
they could find. This was uot a
very euticing plan, but we had been
soldiers long enough to learu that
orders must be obeyed. It had
grown quite dark by this time, and
marching down into a. cold stream
waUt dec p, aud about a hundred
yards wide, with thick woods on
Ik each side of the road, and the pro
bability that a lot of fellows on the
other side with loaded muskets were
waiting to give us the contents,
was not a, pleasant evening's enter
tainment for men fresh from the
comforts of home. We had re
ceived but little drill,, and what
* "Deploy as skirmishers!'' iceant
was not quite clear. We just scat
tered into the woods on each side of
the road, and moved up the slight
i slope before us.
I can recall that three ot us,
I whose place fell in the road instead
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of the woods, came upon a wounded
horse, and I suggested that we put
him out of misery. when the woods
ahead of us lighted up with flashes,
i bullets whistled about our ears, and
we all dropped. I recall feeling
myself all ovtr to see il there was
a hole in me; finding none. I turned
to one of my companions and fonnd
him dead; a bullet had struck him
in the eye, and the end pame at
once. I turned to the other, who
reported that his heel was goue, but
he thought he could struggle back.
Later I heard that reaching the
rear his bo )t-hee! was found to be
gone, but 110 real harm done. I
kept pretty close to the ground,
crawled on, with occasional inter
change of sho\s with unseen enemies
in front. I heard a bugle cal', but
did uot know enough to realize that
it was a rectll I found then that
the musket flashes in front seemed
to be coming nearer, and just as I
concluded that prudence called on
uie to retire, a loud shouting be
hind me and the ru-.li of many men
showed that an advance had been
ordered, and, falling in with the
crowd, I kept on,op the slope.
What it all meant was not clear to
me then. Later I learned that we
had pushed the Confederate force
back towards Williamston, and that
we were in possession of their aban
doned breast works. Tired, wet
and hungry we went to bed*i 11 a
cornfield, and a more bedragled,
forlorn lot of men than those that
got up iu the morning, stiff with
cold, I never saw. Without wait
ing for any breakfast we started off
for Williamston, which we found'
partly deserted. We freely indulg
ed in foraging, and managed to
gather a fairly good "picked up"
dinner. Several gunboats had ar
rived with rations, and finding
quarters in abandoned houses, we
passed a very comfortable night.
Early next morning we started
again, and reached Hamilton about
noon. But the further events of
the "raid" have little to do with
the story of Rawls, Mill*, and my
first sight of Williamston. I find
-the following items in a diary kept
at that time.
"Williamston is a very pleasant
town, streets are broad and fiuely
shaded, bordered with residences
having enclosures containing fine
trees and shrubs, and an abundance
of fl >wers." Such 1 again found
Williamston forty-seven years later,
but what a difference in the people!
Instead of frowns and forbidding
looks, I foUnd outstretched hands
and a cordial welcome, which made
me feel that I had found friends,
not foes. One flag now floats over
us; we are proud of our united
country, and I am sure that the
mutual Respect that brave men on
both sides now feel has united the
nation more than if there had never
been a war.
li. R. Blanchard.
Providence. R. 1.,
March 12th, 1909.
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The Lurid Glow fit Doom
was seen in the red face, hands and
body of the little son of H. \l.
. Adams, of Henrietta, Pa. His
awful plight from eczema had, for
five years, befi- d all remedies and
baffled the best doctors, who said
the poisoned blood had affected his
hums and nothing save him.
"But." writes his mother, "seven
bottles of Klectric Bitters completely
cured him '' For Eruptions, He
zema, Salt Rheum, Sores and all
Blood Disorders and Rheumatism
Electric Bitters v is supreme. Only
50c. Guaranteed by All IhrtggistF.
The Annual Council of the
Charitable Brotherhood of Martin.
County will meet with the William
ston Lodge on April 6th. A cordial
invitation is extended to Broth
erhood men in the County. It is
designed to make the meeting one
iV WILLIAMSTON. N. C., FRIDAY, MARCH 26, IQOQ.
People Coming Going--As Gathered By Our
Mr. Joe Barnhill went to Everetts
Miss Allie G. Little went over to
Mrs. Delia Ross is on the sick
list this week.
Mr. W. H. Adkins spent Thurs
day in Williamston.
Master Shepherd Morton went to
Williamston last Friday.
Master Laurence Hunting has
been ill for several days.
Mrs liliza Cox has returned from
a visit to friends at Mildred;
Mr. Arthur Johnson, of Gold
Point, was in town Sunday.
Master Herl>ert Rawls visited
relatives at Hassell last week.
Mr. W. H. Adkins made a busi
ness trip to Evereits last Fiiday.
Mr. and Mrs. Cummings, of Tar
borp, are visiting in town this Week,
Resolution of Respect
Hall of Skewarkee Lodge Niv 90,
A. F. & A. M.
Death has again invaded our
ranks and taken from us our oldest,
and one of our most devoted mem
J. H. Hatton was born in Beau
fort County, N. C , December 1 ith.
1840, and died in Williamstou, N
C , November 29th. 1908.
Brp; Hatton was made a Mastct
Mason about the year 1863.' He
was a -constant attendant at the
meetings of the Lodge always do
ing all he could for the advance
ment of Masonry and for the better
ment of the Craft.
111 his daily life among thebreth
reu, did he best teach the great
principles of our ancient institution,
for 110 improper motive ever in
fluenced hirm in any of his dealings
with his brethren.
He was modest and unassuming,
always putting the interests of his
brethren and friends ahead of his
own. He had filled every station
in the Lodge, several times being
Master of the Lodge His mature
judgment and fatherly counsel will
be much missed by us all.
Resolved: —Ist. That Skewar
kee I.odge deeply mourns the loss,
of Bro. Hatton, and thnt every
member of the Lodge wear the usual
badge of mourning.
2nd. That we extend to the
family of our deceased brother our
deep sympathy in this hour of their
3rd. That these resolutions be
spiead upon the minutes of the
4th. That a copy, under the
seal of the Lodge, be senthis daugh
ter, Mrs. George N. Guiganus, and
that a copy be furnished THK EN
TERPRISE with the request that the
same be published.
H. W. Stubbs,
S. S. Brown,
R 1. Peel.
~-*-xse= I uformation has bt en received
here that the A. C. L. R.. R., will
soon make a schedule so that pas
sengers leaving Norfolk in the
morning will be able to reach
Parmele in time for'the U:T J_
train. This jvill be a most conven
ient arrapgelrnent for a large num
ber of people, heie and elsewhere.
Business men are urging this change
in schedule, for it mean? a saving
of six hours in mail facilities, and
will avoid the necessity of spend
ing so much time at Hobgood.
Should the change be made, the
special will reach here at 12:30 10
ROBERSONVILLE NEWS ITEMS
Bv JOHN D. EVERETT \
Mrs. K. V. Everett went to
Everetts last Friday, returning
Mrs, S, W. Outterbridge has been
spending a few days with friends
Misses Chandler and Malone
vi itfd Miss Ainu Fleming at Has
sell last week.
Mrs. Julia Roberson who has
been ill for some time, is still con
fined to her roAm.
Mrs. R. ). Nebon went to Bethel
■Monday to attend the funeral of
Mr. George Giiities.
Miss Emma Robertson visited
Miss Mary WhiehurM Siturday
ami Sunday at Giindool.
Miss Susie Ro/s who is teaching
in tin. graded school at Stokes,
visited friends and rel itives.
Resolution of Respect
Hall.of Skewarkee LolgeNo. «>>,
A. F. & A. M.
Hir Lodge is again force 1 to
mourn the loss of another of our
de voted.aud conscientious members.
Oile in whose heart Free Ma-onrv
ever held tlis first place.
James Wiley Roberson was born
ill Martin County, September 12th.
ix.so., and died in Warren County,
January 2tst 1900.
Bro. Roberson was initiated as an
Entered Apprentice, June 13th.
1893 —passed to the degree of a
Fellow Craft, June 27th , and rais
ed to the Sublime Degree of a
Master Mason, July 11th. 1X93.
Bro Roberson never lived near
the Lodge, therefore he could uot
regularly attend its. meeting; but
by his upright walk and generous
spirit, ke won the love of all-the
brethren. He was faithful to every
trust imposed upon trim by our
noble Order, and was ever rpady
to do what lie Could to advance the
cause of Masonry, lie wassuatch
ed away from us in an untimely
way, anil the brethren mourn.
Resolved: 1 st. That Skewar
kee Lodge deeply and sincerely
mourns the untimely death of Bro.
Roberson, and that the usual badge
of mourning be worn by the entire
membership of the Lodge.
2nd. That }ve extend our sin
■ ere sympathy to the bereaved and
grief-stricken family in this their
3rd. That these resolutions be
spread upon the minutes book of
4th. That a copy of these res
olutions, With the seal of the Lodge
attached, be sent to the widow of
Bro. koberson, and that a copy be
furnished THK KNTKRPRISK for
S. S Brown,
P. H. Brown,
Kills Would-Be Slaver
A merciless nmrdepef is-Appen
dicitis with many victims. But Dr.
Kiqg s New Life Pills kill it by
prevention. They gently stimulate
-tomach, liver and bowels, prevent
ing that clogging that invites ap
Biliousness, Chills, Malaria, Head
ache and Indigestion, 25c at AH
™' I Rev. jobn W. Tyndall
There will be services both morn
ing and uight at the Chnrch of
Christ on Sunday by the Rev. John
W. Tyndall, of Kinston, N. C.
The public is cordially invited to
attend each service.
"The herrings have come nt
last."—Santa Anna in Cambridge
There's a gleam light now in Santa's
A radiance growing tast,
The shades of autumn's hazy clouds
The dread of winter past;
A cheery smile lights up his cheek,
Displacing signs of pain.
And his step grow* quick,
His forehead slick,
The herrings have come again.
They're glul words now which
Rewarded faith at last,
And the sad, sad hours of autumn
Go down with the thought of the
And a brand new cheer awakes his
Where lately a sorrow has lain;
Oh!" a man would die soon
Oil 'possum and.coon,
lire the herrings come back again.
So Santa proclaims aloud to the
With the force of a fish-fragrant
"I choose for myself, though others
'Twixt the meat of the herring and
W'liat's kildee-n soup and sassafras
The glory of/PucKham shall wane.
Go away, Bill Nye,
With your huckleberry pie,
The herrings have come again.
S> glad is the news which Santa
With a freedom attended with cheer
"Say, boys," he said, "its been
But at last the herrings are here."
And a laugh is on where a sigh has
The fact most patent and plain,
For now he's alert
Iu a bone-proof shirt;
The herrings have come again.
Most women who .have bad
complexions haVT 11yspesi , & or at
least indigestion, which eventually
will become dyspepsia. To have
fine, fair skin and healthy, rosy
cheeks you have to have first of all
good, healthy, perfect digestion in
order that yon may have rich red
blood. Keep y«ur stomach well by
taknr; Kodol for Dvspeps aand in
digestion occasionally—just when
you need it. It is pleasant to take.
Sold bv Chase's Drug Store; Bigg's
St. Patrick Entertainment
St. Patrick's day was made the
occasion of the nnd-Lent festivities
iu Williamston, N. C., when a Saint
Patrick entertainment, under the
management of Miss Annie Mizell,
took place at the Roanoke Hotel
for the benefit of the Methodist
Church. An admission fee of seven
teen cents was charged. The pro
gram was very attractive and well
rendered. Rev. C. L. Reed, pastor
of the Methodist Church, gave an
interesting sketch of Saint Patrick's
career, this was followed by a vocal
s'olo, "Kathleen Mavotiriieen," by
Mrs. S. Atwood Newell. Mrs. J.
S. Turner gave a reading in Irish
dialect called "Jerry," Mr. Harry
Biggs sang "My Wild Irish Rose,"
and Miss Delia I.nniet read "Kitty
Malone on the Chinese question.'
The concluding feature was a song
and dance by little Miss Clorine
Smith aud Master Reynolds Smith,
"Since Arro Warner s Man ied Bar
uey." Shadow pictures were pre
sented later in the evening.
The occasion was a verv enjoya
ble one, and Miss Mizell was warmly
congratulated 011 her success.—
News & Observer.
Sick headache, constipation and
biliousness are relieved by Rings
Little Liver Pills. They cleanse the
system. Do not not gripe. Price
25c. Sold by Chase's Drug Store.
SI.OO a Year in Advance
ment in the Job Print
The American Press hasTejently
published several papers written by
influential editors protesting strong
ly against the policv of the govern
ment in entering the job printing
field. What the (government .'S
now doing is serious enough in
itself to warrant a vigorous protect
from every one interested Hi
printing—and that means every
newspaper publisher —but it should
also he remembertd tint there i.*J
grave danger of the government go
ing even further in this field. ]f
it is permissible for the p mtoflfi »
to atte'mpt to increase the volume >.f
their by printing i»«»M d
cards free, it would abo !>e p ruLs
sible for them to enero.ich ~.ii 11 fur
ther in the job printing field aud
offer to print circulars and v>ampb
lets free. As a matter of faet, tli"
policy of the government in tliii
matter is entirely wrong and in»
disable. The post office is run as
i public convenience and necessity
and is not intended to com; etc i.h
(any business. Publishers through -
out the country are interested net
only in the fact that the government
is pursuing a wrong policy, but the
fact that it is depriving t-hem of
a deal of legitimate business.
The American Press joins with tho».e
who are fighting this government
competition and intends to do *ll
it can to bring the government o a
realization of its grave mistake*
If each press association would reg
istei through its congressmen a \ik'-
orous and emphatic objection, the
government could quickly be
brought to a realization of its mis
We say without hesitation that
De Witt.s Kidney and bladder Pi.ls
are uneqnaled for weak kidnev*,
backache, inflammation of the blad
der anil all urinary disorders. They
are antisepte and act protnptly. W 4 *
sell and recommend them. Chase's
Drug Store; Hrigg's Drug Store.
A Card of Thanks
I desire to publicly express my
appreciation and that of my ent
family for the tender sympathy
and many thoughtful acts extended
to us during our recent trial, :>y
friends and acquaintances in th"
town and community The reniem
brance of those loving ministra
tions will ever be sweet to nie a'd
I the other, and 1 shall realize uicie
fully that friendship bear-. the
marks of Divine Love voiichaftd
to all who stiller.
Mrs. S. R. Higgs.
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Near Death In Big Pond
It was a thrilling experience .f
Mrs. Ida Soper to face death. 'F«-r
years a severe lung trouble give
me intense suffering," she writes,
"and several times nearly caused
my death. All remedies tailed an.l
doctors said 1 was incurable. Then
Dr. King's New Discovery brought
quick relief and a cure so perm:,
-nent that 1 have not been troubled
in twelve years.'' Mrs Soper liven
in Hig. Pond, Pa. It works won
(lets in Coughs and Colds. Se>re
Lungs, Hemorrhages, LaGrippe,
Asthma, Croup, Whooping
and «i]l bronchial affections. 502
and #I.OO. Trial bottle free. Guar-»
auLetd by All Jkuggists. jj—
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Telephone M p:tlD£
The annual r.jootittg of the stock
holders of The Williams-ton Tele
phone Company was. held Tuesday
afternoon. Mr,. W. C. Manning
was reelected President and S. A.
Newell Secretary and Treasurer.
A dividend of 0 per cent was de
clared. A rmmrber~ofTiew 'pljones
has been put in during the past
year, and a Telephone Directory
will soon be issued to subscribers.
Weather reports will be given upon