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VOL XV. NO. 47
Invents Steel Tires
An invention which is expected
to revolutionize the automobile
tire business has been made
at Manteo on Roanoke Island.
This invention is the work of W.
S. Bailey, who originally canfe
from Bear Grass, in Martin
county. Away back in his boy
hood days Mr. Bailey was enga
ged in the menial task of shovel
ing nee with his hands intomud
Disliking this primeval method
of planting the little white grains,
he set his inventive mind to work
and conceived the idea of a rice
planter. The idea resulted in the
production of a machine which is
now in use all over the rice grow
ing sections of the United States.
Later the fertile brain of this
man expanded beyond the con
fines of the farmyard fence and
saw greater possibilities.
Walking along the railroad
track one day he saw
tage of a switch which could be
opened the engineer many
miles away with the aid of elec
tricity and after spending months
in working this idea out, Jt was
finally perfected and the inventor
purchased an automobile with a
part of the proceeds from the
gale of the invention. The pur
chase of the auto did not end the
expense, however. There were
frequent punctures to tires and
this cost money. Then it was
that Mr. Bailey began work on
an indestructible tire.
A few days ago he gave an ex
hibition of a set of tires made of
Bessemer steel which are known
as the Bailey spiral spring 'tires.
These tires are made like an ordi
nary spring except in that they
are continuous, completely encir
cling the inner tube. They are
as resilient as rubber and absorb
as many shocks- Seeing the ad
vantage of the tires a large auto
manufacturing concern has
bought the patent and will soon
put them on the market at about
half the price of the rubber tires.
Oak City Items
Miss Emily G. Cherry and L
L. Davenport, of Speeds, motor
ed over Sunday.
Miss Emily Hines returned
from Norfolk Tuesday.
Gordon House spent Sunday in
Miss Emma Swain is the gues
of her sister here.
Miss Jefferson House was the
guest ofJMiss Nannie House Sun
day. —" ~~
Miss Dorothy Burroughs left
Tuesday for Whitakers. -
■« The unvieling of the monu
ments of Charles Council and
Benjamin Casper by Woodmen of
the World toofc place last Sunday.
The ceremony was witnessed by
f a large crowd of relatives and
The Honor Roll of the. High
Schoo£for last week is as follows:
Ethel Bunting, Hazell Piland,
Mildred Davenport, Mary Med
* ford, Margaret Hines, Sarah
Johnson,|Leola Hines, Rudolph
Whitley, Christine Piland, Will
iam Brown, Livingston Harrell,
Howard Brown, Louis Brown,
HermanlPiland, Hugh Hyman,
Selma Johnson, Mary Wammack,
Alta Hines, Virginia Dare Dan
iels, Blanche Bunting, Claude
Savage, Bertha Piland, Ernest
Bunting, Norman Harrell, Bea
„ trice Daniels, Edgar Dimmette,
J Mary Hines, Clarice Cartwright,
Clyde Jordan, Mle Harrell.
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Vacation days are over.
Movies every night now at the
New Moon tomorrow at 6:03 in
Sell your tobacco right here
and get the highest prices.
WANTED:-To buy or lease a
nice dwelling at once- —R. G.
Harrison, City. - -
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The first Sunday in October
has been appointed by the Presi
dent a day of prayer for peace.
FOR SALE:--Seven good mules
These mules are well broken and
good workers. All young. For
further information, apply to the
Board of Road Trustees, William
ston township. B. F- Godwin,
Rev. J. D Howell who is hold
ing revival services in the coun
try, did not preach, here Sunday
FOR SALE:-Surry, runabout
and Brewster Trap.:—J. G.
Shipments of the luscious Scup
pernong grapes are being made
from this and other points in the
county. They bring $1 00 per
Court next week with Judge
The home market is good, bet
ter, best for everything. Buy
and sell in Williamston.
FOR RENT:-Land that will
make 10 barrels of corn, l'A
bales of cotton, 100 bushels of
peanuts, for either cash or halves
for one third and one fourth, to
suit-the renter. Apply early
J. W Watts.
Eggs are so scarce that the
hens are said to have joined the
army of vagrants around this
FOR SAL E:—Three-horse
farm; good land, #ood water,
two tenant houses, two tobacco
barns, packhouseand other build
ings. Term? easy, write or see
me at once.—J. S. Meeks.
Williamston, R. F. D. No. 3.
A large sMpment of beef from
here on Wednesday shows that
farmers in this section are pay
ing more attention to cattle rais
ing. The market here is ahvay3
LOST:-On Sept. 7th between
Oak City and Williamston, a'
leather pouch containing 'insur
ance papers. Names on inside)
P. A. and J. K. Moore. Please
return to J. K. Moore. Hobgood,
Attention is called to tfee need
of work on the river Toad. Ex
cept for a few holes, which could
be easily fixed, the road is fine
for driving, and should be icept,
in this condition all the way to
The Equinoctial period has
lasted for more than ten days
here and the weather has called
for fires and winter clothing:.
Some say that there was frost
one morning last week.
A fiu.nber of people here have
tat Ten the typhoid vaccine this
week, as havte many more for the
past month. [ The health of the
town is excellent for the month-
Miss Bertie James, who has
been visiting Mrs. J. H- Ward,
left today for her home near
F. L. Gladstone, John Martin,
and C- D. Perkins were herefrom
Hamilton Thursday evening.
Mrs. J. E. Smithwick was here
from Jamesville Thursday.
WILLIAMSTON, N. C.. FRIDAY, SEPT:, j*. 1914
On Friday evening, .September
4th, at her residence in Plymouth,
Mrs. S. A. Ward announced the
■engagement of Miss Florence
Harllee Hornthal to Mr. William
Bryant Watts, the marriage to be
| solemnized on October 21st.
This announcement is interest-
I ing to people in Williamston, as
MisS Hornthal is a frequent visi
| tor here where she has relatives
and many friends. She is the
youngest daughter of Mr and
Mrs. Louis Philip Hornthal. of
Plymouth, and is one of the most
attracticg of the younger women
in this section of North Carolina.
With an unusual talent for the
interpretation of the best selec
tions of famous musicians, she
has won recognition with com
positions of her own and enjoys
a wide popularity as a musician.
| Mr. Watts is a native of Will
iamston, but has resided in Ply
mouth for several where
he is cashier of the Bank of
Washington County. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Watts
and a young man of splendid
qualties, which have won for him
the confidence of business men
and brought success to the insti
tution, the affairs of which are
in his hands.
The total sales at the Dixie
Warehouse for the week ending
September 12th, amounted to
11*1,196 pounds for which was
paid $10,974.63, or an average of
9.87 cents per pound. The great
er bulk of the weed was common
gVades, arid the prices given were
extra good. Buyers for the Im
perial, Liggett & Myers, Taylor
and Boyd, American and Export
Companies were as hungry as
wolves for the weed and will con
tinue to bid strong. Bring your
tobacco to the Dixie. Adv.
Friday afternoon, Wiley Mizell
while driving a log cart, fell olf
and the cart, heavily laden with
a log. ran his body, break
ing l»oth shoulder blade 3 and sev
eral rfbs: He was taken to his
home in a critical condition which
has not materially improved,
though he is resting easier. It
was thought at one time that
had set in. Drs.
i Warren and Rhodes are hopeful
| that he will soon improve though
his injuries are very severe.
Mr. Mizell is a sober, industri
ous man with a wife and several
small children and much sym
pathy is felt for him aml them in
Bertie Wants Some Too
In commenting on the fact that
the banks in Wijliamston have
received some of the emergency
currency as stated in our issue of
last week, the Windsor
cannot understand why the Bertie
Banks have not availed them
selves of this opportunity, and
adds that the alertness of the
banks here may account for the
good prices Bertie farmers re
ceived for their tobacco last week
on the Williamston market.
Strong 1 basking system gives tone
to any town and its. market, and
as the Ledger surmises, that is
one thing which renders William
ston one among the best towns in
North Carolina, not only as a to
bacco market but in many other
things. If Bertie wants some of
the "Democratic Money" she
should get it, and we trust that
she may. --
Last Week's Sales
Graded School Opens
j The Williamston Graxled School
| opened at 8:30 on Monday morn
jingwithan enrollment of 2IK),
making an excellent showing for
the beginning of the term. The
exercises were .opened with a
song, and Rev. J. T. Stamlford
; read the twenty-third Psalm and
j offered prayer. Praf. J. T. Jer
iome welcomed the pupils and
[presented two new teachers,
j Misses Annie Parker and Lola
I Hadley. The presence of R. J.
Peel, former Supt. of Public In
struction, was noted and he ca*ne
forward to speak to the children
in wojrds ringing with hope for
the present and future success of
the school a success which can
come only through cooperation of
pupil and teacher in a strict ap
plication of the powers of mind
and heart throughout the term.
W. C. Manning, who since the
organization of the Board of
Trustess has been its secretary,
made a short talk in which he
urfced the pupils to work for the
attainment' of those things which
school is to furnish, and which
will fit them for life's great work.
It was fitting to close the exer
cises with "America" as every
child to be a good pupil must be
nred with patriotic zeal, for he'
must become a citizen of this
glorious Republic and bear the
burdens of government. Among
th« pupils there were many new
faces and as many older ones.
The lower grades are full as
usual, the advanced grades not
enrolling so many on account of
the hereto enter girls
and boys in the State Colleges
but ore jompleting the full cur
The faculity is unusually strong
this term and expectations are
high for the best session in / the
history of the town. The mem
bers of the faculty and the grades
they teach are:
Mrs. J. T. Jerome, Ist grade,
Miss Nannie Biggs, 2nd grad*»,
Miss Penelope Biggs, 3rd grade,
Mrs, W. H. Harrell, 4th and
.Miss Annie Mizell, flth and 7th
Miss Lela Hadley. Bth and 9th
Prof. J. T. Jerome, TOth and
Miss Annie Parker, Music.
In Berlin the firemen wear wute?
Jackets with a double akin, which thay
are able tb fill with water from the
hose. If the apace between the layers
becomes overfilled the water escapes
through a valve at the top of the hel
met and flows down over the fireman
like a cascade, protecting him doubly.
Every Wednesday Night
Ladies will call at the
box office and get a copy
of the Mutual Girl Week
ly and see the latest
Mutual Program Every
ADMISSION 10 CENTS
" The Sins of the Father "
By Thos. Dixon. September 26
Seat* on Sale at Saunders flc
Fowden Drug Store next
BBS [T— =
Mrs. Wheeler Martin went to
✓Mrs. Wheeler Martin, Jr., is in
Wake Forest with her parents
Misses Maud and Ellie Wynn
left for Louisburg Tuesday to
enter the college there.
Joseph Jones accompanied by
Dr. W. E Warren, went to St.
Vincent's Hospital Tuesday for
treatment for appendicitis.
W. B Watts was in town Tues
day on business.
J. S Thomas and family are at
the Atlantic Hotel.
Edward James was here from
Mrs. Theodore Robertson and
little child with her sister, went
to Robersonville Monday to visit
Mrs. James Elmore was here
visiting Mrs. J. D. Biggs on Tues
Mrs. Odom and children, of
Washington, are the guests of
Mrs. J. B. Harilison near town.
Mrs- J. M. Jenkins, who has
been visiting Mrs. H. M. Burras,
left Wednesday for Coi^toe.
Mr. Breedlove, head buyer for
the Export Leaf Co., and Mr.
RiceGynn, head buyer for R. J.
Reynolds Tob. Co., paid the
Williamston market a visit this
Messrs. Booth and Parker with
Misses Gladye and Martha Horn
thai motored herefrom Plymouth
Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Biggs, Mrs.
Elmor, Mrs. Asa Crawford and
Mrs. K. B. Crawford motored to
Mrs. C. B. Hassell and little
daughter are at home after a
visit to relatives in Wilson.
Maurice D. Watts has returned
from Norfolk where he went for
Misses Eva Peel, Fannie Biggs
Martin and Mary L. Carstarphen
left Tuesday for St. Mary's
School at Raleigh.
J. Dillon Simpson spent Satur
day evenmg here.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover llardison
left Sunday morning for New
York Crty. ~
Rev. W. B- Humble, of Straits,
is in the county visiting relatives,
and has been assisting Rev. J. T.
Standford in a meeting at Vernon.
I)r. John L. Letrtrett and family
and Mrs. Carter, of Hertford,
are the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. Leggett.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Rodgerson
and little daughter and Mr. and
Mrs. G. P. McNaughton left Mon
day for Elkland, Pa., to spend a
G. P. McNaughton, Jr., is here
at the home of his sister on Main
Mrs- Walter Taylor and chil
dren left Monday for Whitakers
where they are making their
Misses Emma and Josephine
ftobertson, Annie Kate Thrower
and Mary Belle Ellison returned
to Ahoskie on Sunday with
Messrs. J. H. and W. E. Rober
son via the river road to Speller's
Miss Annie Parker, teacher of
music at the Graded School, ar
rived Thursday of last week and
is making her home at the resid
ence of Mrs. Elizabeth Pope on
si.oo a Year in Advance
We Should Not Hesitate
Though peace between the
maddened nations of Europe
should come within the next
sixty days, there is an uncertain-
must be taken into ac
count on the part of the Ameri
can people. Commercially, we
are sadly alfected by the war,
and must call all our resources of J- ;
brain and money to offset the
situation. The Southern farmer •
comes in for his share of the hard
luck in not being able to place
his chief product at a profit. A .
surplus of six or more millions of
bales of cotton,-forces down the
prices to a margin that will rob
the South of her share which
labor brings each year. It is
estimated that the crop for 1914
will be 15,000,000 bales, and the
difficulty ireplacing this amounts
will be great indeed.
The problem has been solved
in many instances by the erec
tion of storage warehouses. With
many farmers this even is not
needed but there are thousands
who must have funds to meet ex
penses of making the crop.
Where farmers, as in this section,
raise tobacco and peanuts, they
can with these products meet the
present emergency and keep their
cotton in their own storage house
at home. But numbers of far
mers do not cultivate tobacco or
go extensively into raising pea
nuts. So they must look to cot
ton for relief. To these the sit
uation is gloomy, and the ware
house proposition appeals strong
On the 23rd, which is next
Wednesday, Dr. Alexander will
speak to the farmers and busi
ness men of Martin County at
Williamston. It is expedient
that every man who can, attend
this meeting and heljp to devise
means to save the cotton crop of
the county. A warehouse can^ be
erected right here in which cot
ton can be stored and insured at
a small cost per bale. The banks
have pledged best efforts to
recognize warehouse certificates
and to stand by the farmers in
the present crisis.
There is no need to take fright
and sell cotton as quickly as it is
ginned. The war cannot iast
many months and while it is on,
there is much need for cool judg
ment. among the farmers. The
world must have cotton, if not
now. *~it Will later. The mer
chants to whom the farmers are
indebted will join hands in try
ing to save the day. Meet in
Williamston on Wednesday next
and hear what I)r. Alexander has
to sav. ancLthen- fn-wide to -store
Williamston Banks Respond
Clarence Poe, Editor of the
Progressive Farmer, asked the
banks of the State to sign the
"You may print the name of
our institution in your list of
'BANKS THAT WILL STAND
BY THE FARMERS, utilizing to
the uttermost our possibilities for
securing funds to finance the cot
ton crop, and recognizing ware
house certificates to the limit of
In the News & Observer of
Tuesday, a list of the banks that
responded is published and among
them are the of Martin
County and the Farmers and
Merchants, of Williamston. The.
third one in the county respond
ing is that of the Bank of Oak
S. E. Brown, of Poctolas, sold
tobacco on the market Monday
and called at the office-