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VOL XV. NO. 25
(by Cecil F. Outlaw)
On Friday April 9th, at two
thirty o'clock, Can Manning, C.
H. Ayers, Jesse Ben Roberson
and W. D. Gardner were reigned
up before Mayor J. C. Smith,
charged with having ordered
more spirituous liquors than the
law permits. The Mayor told the
defendants that, inasmuch as
they had no attorney that he
would be explain to them, before
entering their pleas, that they
would be guilty, if they made a
statement, under oath, admiting
that they had sold any of the
liquor. Each of the defendants
plead guilty to having ordered as
much as ten or more gallons at a
time, but swore that they had
not sold any of it. The court,
thereupon, gave the- defendants
and visitors present a charge, in
which he took occasion to say
that he had been severely criti
cised both pro and con. The
Mayor stated that he may not
have done his duty, and left the
impression if he had there would
have been - about seventy three,
instead of four, before him.
Mayor Smith said he found the
names of farmers, merchants,
magistrates, aldermen, church
members, non church " members,
deacons and preachers on the
express and freight books of this
town, who had ordered more than
one gallon of spirituous liquors.
He also stated that he had made
a rough calculation and was as
tonished when he found that
about twenty three thousand gal
lons had been shipped here with
in the last twelve months.,
The Mayor told the defend
ants that he was going to start
over again, and warned them
that they were treading upon
dangerous ground, saying that
they were liable to be prasecuted
by the solicitor, even after they
had been dismissed bf the muni
cipal court. Mayor Smith also
said people of Roberson
ville were not satisfied with him
as Mayor, and one third of the
men, or women, would' sign a
petition asking him to resign, he
would do so. The cases against
the defendants were dismissed.
R. D. Woolard of Everetts sec
tion was in town Wednesday,
visiting his son J. D. Woolard,
Asst. Cashier of the Bank of
An Easter Egg Hunt was given
by the Bible School of the Chris
tian Church Monday afternoon.
All participants thoroughly en
joyed the occasion.
Prof. R. J. Peel of Williamston
was in town one day last week.
| i Messrs. G. A. Crofton and H.
A. Rogerson are having a large
frame building erected on Rail
road street for a garage. These
gentlemen say they will do all
Spring is Clothing
Earth with Gladness
And we«are prepared to clothe women in the beauty of
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Easter is near and our Millinery Department is stocked
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Nature at the Eastertide was a
changling in the manner in which
she handed out the weather.
Caster even (Saturday) was full
of bloom, sunshine and melody,
making the heart glad because of
the promise of a glorious day to
follow. But during the early
hours of the morning, clouds
gathered and instead of letting
fall April showers, there came
down something more akin to
August rains dnring Dog Days
Only a few ventured to attend
the different Sunday Schools,
but those whb did entered into
the spirit of the day forgetting
the darkness in the recital of the
story of the Risen Lord. Ther-e
were services both morning and
night at the Episcopal and Bap
tist Churches, at the latter bap
tism being administered to two
candidates at the night service.
Easter Monday all Nature was
glorious again, as if. to make
amends for the day previous.
The High School closed and the
holiday spirit entered into the
life of the town. The Christian
and Episcopal Sunday Schools
had egg hunts, where refresn
ments were served and souvenirs
given to all present.
kinds of automobile repair work
and carry all kinds of automobile
Wiley Rogerson & Co., County
agents of the famous Ford Auto
mobiles, sold four new Fords last
week, three of the number be
ing sold on Saturday.
One of the new residences of
Dr. R. H. Hargrove, recently
completed, will be occupied by
Mr. Leinster, Supt. of the road
force of Robersonville township.
S. H. Prichett's new residence
is about ready for occupancy.
* In all, we are told, there will
be about thirty-five new residen
ces erected here this year.
The High School Ball Team of
Williamston and Robersonville
crossed bats on the local ball
park Monday p. m. The score
was eleven to ten in favor of
The machinery of the Robei>.
sonville Light & Power Co. is be
ing rapidly installed. Mr. Co
burn is rushing the work at the
plant while Mr. Melton is look
ing after the wiring of the city.
Messrs. Coburn and Melton, by
request of the promoters of the
Bethel Light & Power Co., met
in Bethel one evening last week
to submit a proposition by which
Bethel could connect with the
power house here,- but when
Messrs. Coburn and Melton could
not be prevailed on to move the
power house to Parmele, the deal
was called off.
Mrs. W. H. Craw ford and neice
Mary Gladys Watts, were the
guests of Mrs. Jas. W. Andrews
one day last week.
' WILLIAMSTON, N. C.. FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1914
Martin County's Reputation
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Mr. W. C. Manning, Editor,
Williamston, N. C.
In looking over your issue
of yesterday, two items on your
front page in Robersonville col
umn attract my attention—one is
that the town officials have been
examining the express records
and as a result, warrants will be
issued, and the other is that the
Mayor will call a mass meeting
of citizens for the purpose of or
ganizing a law and order I eague.
This prompts me to write a line
for your columns. When people
throughout Martin begin in this
way results will be secured; homes
will be protected and blind-tigers
will be sent to the roads, It is
the duty of £ity and County of
ficials all over this State to be
constantly examining these re
cords and whenever evidence will
justify, to present bills of indict
ment against parties whom they
believe are selling liquor. In
securing the Search and Seizure
law, this record was made public
so that evidence could be secured
for the prosecution of blind
tigers and the fact any man had
received more than five gallons
in four consecutive weeks was
made a prima facie case so that
a trial officer or jury in the ab
sence of other evidence could
convict on this evidence if in his
or their judgment he or they
thought that the receiver of these
liquors was engaged in the liquor
business beyond a reasonable
I am anxious to see citizens of
Martin County get busy and clean
up the blind-tigers.
lam sure that in the past six
months I have heard more com
pliant about liquor selling in Mar
tin County than in any - other
County in the State. A month ago
a very prominent lawyer in East
ern North Carolina said to me
that in his judgment Williamston
was the most lawless place in the
State. I have also heard some
complaint against the officials.
The records in the office of the
Collector of Internal Revenue
show a bad state of affairs
throughout the County. Is there
any reason why these conditions
should continue? If a few citi
zens and the officers will deter
mine that Martin County shall be
clean it will not take long to ac
complish the job, but as long as
the cry "personal liberty" and
"prohibition wont prohibit" shall
Continue to be sounded on the
streets by those who desirf; per
sonal liquor and who do not want
prohibition to prohibit, your fcon
dition will grow worse and worse.
Already Williamston has given
one martyr to the cause of law
enforcement at the hands of this
lawless element, and if the good
people of that County allow this
lawless gang to dominate, dic
tate and write states much lon
ger nothing less than a revolu
tion will free your County from
the liquor grasp. I speak out of
a heart of love and a head, pf ex
perience and I warn the people
who love old Martin and tfho are
concerned for her churches, her
schools and her homes to cease
crying "peace, peace" and to
remember that when Jesus Christ
came to this world to establish
peace he brought a sword. He
knew that the only way peace
could be established was by the
Soldiers of righteousness enter
ing into warfare to destroy the
liquor traffic and other evils that
menace the peace, jeopardize the
happiness, and paralyse the acti
vities of the church.
For sometime Hhave been try
ing to arrange a • trip to your
County.®! have even .written to
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tilden, of
Pittsburg, Pa., are the guests of
their sister, Mrs. K. B. Crawford.
J. Dillon Simpson is at home
Miss Many Dare Brown spent
the week-end at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Hill, of Eure,
spent Easter with Rev. and Mrs.
J. T. Stand ford.
Grover C. Godwin spent the
Easter holidays with hie parents
Miss Sallie Hadley came home
from Wilson to spend Easter.
Mr. and Mrs Willard Teel are
here from Farmville.
Mrs. W- Godwin and
little daughter are visiting rela
tives in town.
Fred M. Shute was in town
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Boyle were
Rev. M. E. Bethea and Mrs. J.
G. Staton motored to Plymouth
Tuesday enroute to Elizabeth City
to attend the Convocation which
convened there Tuesday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. John H Thrower
visited relatives here this week.
Harry A. Biggs left last week
for a visit to Raleigh and Wins
Mess. H. W. Stubbs, H. D.
Taylor and W. A. James have
been in Washington City this
W. E. I)a'*6npot, of Hamilton,
has been he» # s this week on busi
Ensign and Mrs. Donald C.
Godwin arrived here from New
York on Wednesday afternoon,
and are at the home of their par
ents, Mayor and Mrs. B. F. God
win, on West Main Street.
Mr. and Mrs. G. P. McNaugh
ton went to Tarboro Thursday.
Mrs. Minerva Everett spent
Thursday in Everetts.
Miss Josephine Robertson a•-
jcompainedby Mary King Ellison,
went to Kinston Tuesday and
returned Wednesday with her
sister. Miss Emma Roberson,
who has been a patient in the
hospital there for several weeks.
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Price 10 and 20c
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Ministers and others regarding
such a trip but as yet I have not
met with that spirit of co-opera
tion that would give assurance
that my trip would be a success.
I stand ready to fully co-operate
with any good citizens for the
cleaning up of the county and I
am sure that with my experience
I can tell them how to proceed to
drive out the blind-tigers.
R. L. DAVIS, Supt.,
N. C. Anti-Saloon League.
April 11, 1914.
The Biggs Iron and Motor Co.,
who manufacture the famous
Woolard harrow and cultivator,
made the largest shipment of
them one day last week, which
has ever been seen here. This
tells the story better than words.
Buy your tobacco trucks frOm
the Martin County Buggy Com
pany in time for the big crop of
the golden weed. %
Farmers can get no better ser
vice and none so prompt as that
given by Biggs Iron and Motor
Co., when tobacco flues are want
nted. Place your orders early
and avoid the rush.
Mr. M. W. Brabham, the Sun
day School Field Secretary of the
North Carolina Conference, will
lecture at the Methodist Church
Sunday morning and night. The
publie is invited. '
Rev. J. L. Cherry will preach
at the home of Miss Polly Pulley
on Sunday at 2 o'clock.
Mr. Vernon Godwin and bride
arrived here from Weldon on
Wednesday evening, having been
married at 3 o'clock. Mayor B.
F. Godwin and Master Charles
Godwin accompanied them.
Six Reels at the Gaiety tomor
row night. Next Wednesday
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The road force under Supt.
Hines has graded the river hill,
which means a great saving in
the strength of teams which haul
to and from the wharf. But the
grading has made the sidewalks
much higher than the roadway,
which necessitates some work on
the part of the town commission
ers. If these walks are not pro
tected, there will be an great
damage to them. They should
be attended to before the heavy
rains come in the summer.
Mrs. M. I. Fleming left thurs
day for Enfield where she will be
the guest of her mother, Mrs.
W. L. Sherrol.
Miss Ruth Floyd spent Easter
Misses Margaret Johnson and
Vivian Davenport, of Rocky
Mount, spent the week-end here.
_ Mrs. W. A. Peel spent Easter
Jack Sherrod was in town last
Mrs. Harper Peel and Miss
Martha Council spent Wednesday
Misses Lillie Way Baker .Lillie
Floyd, Fannie Matthews and Mrs.
R. A. Edmonson went to Rober
Mrs. S. L. Ewell spent a few
hours in Oak City Wednesday.
Mrs. Martha Ballard was the
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Mr. Cardweli, AgriK
cultural andlmmigration Agent
of the Atlantic Coast Line R.
Company with headquarters at
Willimington, made our office a.
pleasant call while in town Wed
The Coast Line has become
one of the leading roads of the
country in the matter of adv«»r
tising the resources of the sec
tions through which it passes.
They have for some time been
carrying trains of exhibits of the
products of the South through
the North, West and into Canada.
Nothing helps a community more
than advertising it, and tbe
railroads have done more along
that line than any other single
Mr. Cardweli has a pleasing
manner, which easily impresses
one with the fact that he has the
interest of the
through which his passes,
at heart. We hope that ou»-town
and connty will fall in line and
help promote community indus
try. Our farmers should select
a few bunches of prize peanuts,
some stalks of cotton, several
ears of corn and some specimerw
of the golden weed for which
Martin County is famed. The
railroad and the fairs will gladly
show them to the world i for USL
Athletics on Monday
A team of the younger boys nor
town went to Robersonville on
Monday to play ball with the lo
cals there. The game was called
in the afternoon and was nearing
completion when an unfair ruling
of the umpire oaustd the Wi!l
-iamston team to quit the field
with the score lacking one point
,to a tie. Other than this unfort
unate circumstance the day was
pleasantly spent in the town ami
most hospitable treatment was
accorded the visitors. Jiut the
decision of the umpire was judg
ed to be partial, and this fact
will cause a lack of good feeling
between the two teams, arid
operate against the arrangement
of future games.
Prof. -J. T. Jerome accompani
ed by several boys in the track
team of the High School, spent
Monday morning in Bethel where
they engaged in an exhibition
with the team there, making the
best record in every feature ex
cept the forward jump.
guest of Mrs. J. T. Waldo Wed
Henry Edmonson and Mr. Shep
pa?d came home from Win tcrvill«
Misses Rachel Edmonson and
Mary Anthony spent Friday in
E. A. Council Spsnt Sunday