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VOL XVI. NO. 4
One of the most important and
interesting conventions of the
year is to be held at Wilson, Nov.
18-19, by the North Carolina
Drainage Association to discuss
the question of the reclamation
of the swamp and overflowed
lands of North Carolina. Since
the organization^ of this Associa
tion the drainage "bf these lands
has reached large proportions,
the area drained, or now being
drained, being in_ the neighbor
hood of 800,000 acres: and a care
ful estimate sbows that there are
within the State 2,800,000 acres
of unreclaimed wet and swamp
lands. The reclamation of these
lands means millions of dollars to
the State in increased agricul
r tural values and the elimination
of malaria from these sections.
An interesting program is being
arranged, and among those who
' are expected to speak at this
Convention are Governor Locke
Craig; Hon, John H. Small, Con
gressman from the Frst District;
Mr. M. V. Richards, Land and
I Industrial Agent of the Southern
* Railway; Mr. H- M. Lynde, of
the U. S. Office of Drainage In
vestigations; Mr. B. E. Rice,
Land and Industrial Agent of the
Norfolk Southern Railway; Judge
. L. R. Aiken, President of the
Georgia Drainage Congress: re
presentatives from the State Uni
versity, the Agricultural and
Mechanical College; and others.
The program is not yet complete,
but speakers are expected to take
up all sides of drainage problems.
One of the interesting features
will be the reports from commis
sioners from districts in
the swamp areas and the 34 dis
tricts in the overflowed areas, re
presenting an area of 942,121
acres. Tile drainage will be dis
cussed in considerable detail.
Too Much Property
The property list of any show
is an item with which the mana
gers of the Opera House have to
reckon, and must arrange to
have every article on hand when
needed. This was the case on
Friday when "The Virginian"
was to be presented that night.
But the members of the company
very foolishly (as later develop
ments shdwed) decided to add a
couple of bottles of "red eye" to
the already full list, so they either
saw a local saloon keeper (they
are too open here to be called
blind tigers) or brought the stuff
from Norfolk, at any rate it was
Virginia booze. Fred Raymond,
Jr., "the American with rich, red
blood in his veins." took a dose—
his first, they said. All those
who believe that are requested to
deposit a quarter with the man
at the box office. Any way,
Freddie's feet were not large
enough to balance his head, and
the scenery almost got the same
knockout that Freddie did. The
audience became disgusted (a
creditable condition,) and """The
managers announced that the
"Virginian" was sick. A doctor
was called, but as he does not use
the gold cure, said that his ser
vices were not needed. The
price of tickets purchased was
returned to the audience and the
lights went out, and so did the
"Virginian" with his company of
The incident was regretted be
cause Managers Martin & Fow
den have brought the best here,
and the people appreciate their
efforts to please the public. This
is the first thing of the kind to
happen, and was brought about
by no one except the company,
who decided to "tank up" and
were caughtjin their own net.
New moon on Tuesday next at
10:02 in the morning.
Thanksgiving Day on the2(»th.
Remember the widows and the
Movies every night - LuciTe
Love on Wednesday nights and
the Mutual Girl on Fridays. Both
are interesting the public. Go
and see why
FOR SALE. -One buggy in use
since August Cheap for cash.
Bruce Whitley, City No 3.
After days of summer-like
weather, a cold rain accompanied
by a strong wind pushed the
mercury down until warmer
clothing and fires were in demand
Monday. The dust in town and
on the roads had been something
The whistle of peanut pickers
can be heard early and late around
this section, and soon the Martin
County kind will be on the mar
Since the open season tyr squir
rels commenced, there have been
none for sale. Demonstrating
the fact that people break the
law for pure meanness, and not
because they can gain more by it.
It is reported that there were
many drunks in town Saturday
night. The lockup is convenient
and rather roomy, get the nuisan
ces off the streets. What is
needed is not more law but better
Mrs. Morrison Bethea was hos
tess to the Daughters of the
American Revolution at the Rec
tory on Thursday afternoon of
last week. The honor guest was
Mrs. Theo. Bethea, of South
Carolina, who is visiting Rev.
and Mrs. Bethea.
FOR SALE. One 7 room house
on Church near Haughton Street.
See L. B Harrison, Williamston,
Saunders & Fowden have re
ceived a lot of articles suitable
for Christmas gifts, and many of
them are on display in the cases
and windows. There is no need
to .forget your friends and loved
ones because of the war in
Fox hunting by moonlight is
one of the pleasing sports of
several of Williamston citizens,
and much fun is reported by
The annual Conference of the
Methodist Church meets next
Wednesday at Washington with
Bishop Waterhouse, of California,
presiding. Rev. J. T. Standford
and delegates will attend from
Remember John F. McCarthy
at the Gaiety on Nov. 16th.
Lucile Love will be here again
on Wednesday night next. She
will expect you—don't disappoint
her another time, but go.
On Friday night of last week,
Miss Carrie Dell White and Leon
White celebrated their birthdays,
the former being sixteen and the
latter eighteen. Quite a large
number of their young friends
were guests and the hours were
pleasant ones. Many pretty gifts
were presented the host and
W. Z. Morton with a corps of
men arrived here Monday to be
gin work on the Watts farm pre
paratory to the sale on Novem
ber 23rd. This will be the big
gest sale ever held in this com
Don't miss Lucile Love next
week. It is clean and interest
WILLIAMSTON, N. C.. FRIDAY. NOV.. 13.1914
Dr. Cobarn Hoyt Dead
A telephone message was re
ceived here on Saturday morning
telling of the death of Dr. Coburn
Hoyt at his home in Washington.
His brother, Mr. Fred W. Hoyt,
accompanied by Mrs. Hoyt left
as early as convenient for Wash
ington by auto.
The death of Dr. Hoyt was not
a surprise to relatives, as his
health had been very bad for
months, and no hopes were en
tertained for his recovery. He
was a young man with brilliant
prospects for a successful career
in his chosen profession, and his
death is an unusually sad one.
He leaves a mother, sisters and
brothers, who have the deepest
sympathy of friends throughout
Whiskey and a Gun
Sunday afternoon, Randall
Purvis, a negro living in the
Poplar Point section, shot the
top off the head of his grandson.
It seems that Purvis following
his usual custom filled himself
with mean whiskey (there is no
other kind manufactured) and
taking a loaded shot gun proceed
ed to boss his household, a habit
that boozers have, because the
stuff gives them a brutish courage
and they intimidate the helpless
ones at home. Purvis was re
monstrated with by his daughter
and in the struggle, the gun was
,ired and the load entered the
head of his grandson, taking the
entire top off. Purvis was brought
to Williamston and placed in jail
after Coroner H. B. York had
held an inquest over the body of
the young negro.
The change of the date of the
unveiling of the monument to
the late W. H. Martin near
Jamesville, was made too late for
publication and the error was re
gretted by the W. 0. W.\ Camp.
The exercises will be held on
Sunday, Nov. 15th, at 2 o'clock,
and the public is cordially invited
to attend, and also members of
other Camps are asked to be
present and participate. Mr. J.
E. Evans, of Greenville, will de
liver the address.
Oak City Items
Mfss Lila Philpot is spending a?
few days in Williamston this
J. W. and family spent
Sunday near Scotland Neck.
J. C. Ross and family motored
to Enfield Sunday.
Robt. Salsbury and Miss Rob
erson were in town Sunday,
Services will be- held in the
Baptist Church on Thanksgiving
pight at 7:30 o'clok. A collection
will be taken for the benefit of
the Orphanage. By liberally res
ponding, we can show forth our
thank* for blessings received this
C. C. Weeks and family were
in town Sunday.
L. T. Chesson and wife spent
Sunday at the home of Mr. Peter
T. E. Browne, State Manager
of the Boys Corn Club, will lec
ture at the Hif#i School building,
Tommy and Marion Burnett
Roy House spent Sunday in Rob
Miss Minnie Whichard spent
Sunday at Bethel.
Prof. Dimmette, Misses Reid
and Snow went to Williamston
Saturday to attend the Teachers
. ' John F. McCarthy
Hefwrnod? bank .robber who ap-1
pearj at the Gaiety Theatre Mon-1
day night in "Sentenced for!
' 3L -- —— : - - - -v !
It is aimng the possibilities
that when John F. McCarthy, the
pardoned, reformed anil repent
ant bank robber appears before
the audience at the Gaiety thea
tre next Monday night, he may
be recognized, but it is hardly
likely, since a dozen years or
more, have elapsed, when a
mere lad, he made his headquar
ters with other don izens of the
underworld at the old Kmmett
House in Norfolk.
Then, McCarthy was about
fifteen years old, and now he is a
fine looking, genteel ami manly
chap of thirty, and no one would
ever suspect for a moment that
he ever handled burglar's tools.
Several terms in different state
prisons including Raleigh, have
Convinced' McCarthy "that it- is
never too late to-mend, and he
has gladly accepted the kindly
offices of a well known and prom
inent woman at the head of a
league for the uplift of the erring,
to travel and to tell in person,
how he first started on "The
Wrong Koad," and how glad he
is to realize what the "straight
road" means afteryearsof crook
The vehicle chosen for Mc-
Carthy is the four part photo
play, "Sentenced for Life" dur
ing which he delivers his talk on
"The Wrong Road" The ex con
victs narrative has all the fasci
nation of a genuinely human
document, for this outlaw, turned
philsopher, shows a satiric dis
cernment of the fears and foibles
of his law abiding enemies, and
a humorous pity for his own,
which lends to his story a simple
realism generally lacking in the
history of famed crime experts.
certain the curiosity to
see, McCarthy will assuredly re
sult in a packed house next Mon
day night at the theatre.
Oak City High School
Honor Roll for Eighth Week
grade: Edward House,
Hazel Piland, Mildred Davenpo.t,
Pauline "Davenport, Margaret
Hines, Lucile House, Myrtella
Hyman, Sarah Long Johnson.
Second grade: Rudolph Whit
ley, Clifton Hyman.
Third grade: William Francis
Brown, Howard Brown, Paul Sav
ege, Virginia Hines, Syble Ross.
Fourth grade: Wheeler Dan
iels, Heman Piland, Louise Brown
Annie Hurst, MarjOliee Savage.
Fifth grade: Bertha Piland,
Edgar Dimmette, Blanche Bunt
Mrs. Joanna Tetterton has lo
cated here for the purpose of
nursing in the sick room. She
can be found at phone number
Mrs. Paxton Badham and little
I daughter, who have visiting Mrs.
S. R. Bigas, Jr., left Sunday
night for Edenton.
W, C. Manning has been in
Bertie County for several days
this week extending a telephone
line to Windsor from Plymouth.
S. M. Darden was here from
Dardens on Tuesday.
Seth Williams was here from
near Robersonville Tuesday.
Hon. R. H. Salsbury spent
Monday in town on business.
J. Dillon Simpson was in town
Clayton Moore and C. H. God
win spent Sunday in Greenville.
M. M. Smiths, of the Rober
sonville Herald, was in town last
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Boyle were
here from Hamilton Wednesday.
David C. James, chief engineer
and.Geo. W. Kelly of Greenville
advertising agent are in town ar
ranging for the sale of the Watts
Miss Emily Whitley, who has
been in Chicago for the past
fourteen months, arrived home
Tuesday night via Richmond.
Walter Taylor and family are
visiting Mrs. J. L. Rodgerson.
October Tobacco Sales
The North Carolina Depart
ment of Agriculture gives out
the report of amount of tobacco
sold on the markets during the
month of October, making the
total to be 62,901,881 pounds.
The amount on the Williamston
market was 1,007,232* and that
of the Robersonville market, 833,-
773, totalling 1,841,005 for the
county markets. During Sep
tember the two markets sold
1,029,453 and for the two months,
2,470,458 pounds, the Williamston
market selling 2,012,585 of this
In the State Wilson led in sales
during September and Kfnston in
October, Greenville retaining
second place in the two months.
Archer Brown was in Green
ville with a load of tobacco last
Mrs. Jesse Martin went to the
hospital last Saturday to be oper
Mr. and Mr 3. N. P>. Stark, who
live near Williamston, stopped
here en route to Geese Lake, N.
C.- where they will visit their
Leon Hack has a mountain
pear which wears 50 lbs, so he
says. If one sees them growing,
he will not doubt the size. Mr.
Hack has some for sale.
The W. 0 W Camp will unveil
a monur&ent to the late W. H.
Martin at 2 o'clock on Sunday, at
the home of Geo. W. Martin near
Tsbacco Selling High
J Owing to the harvesting of the
| peanut crop, the farmers have
j not been preparing tobacco for
the market as rapidly as before
peanut time. But the sales here
this week have been, good with
prices higher. Many piles brought
more money than the farmers
even hoped for and satisfaction
was general. It is estimated that
at least 60 per cent of the crop
has been sold already and the
remaining 40 per cent
be exhausted. The Williamston
market is still the place to sell
that 40 per cent.
SI.OO a Year in Advance
Boozer Knocked Out
Saturday afternoon, a negro
from Everetts went into the A.
C. L. station to boy a ticket.. He
was "loaded for ducks" and any
old thing that was cpwdy," and
proceeded to make himself obnox
ious to Agent Ellison, who asked
him to get out of the enclosed
Hpacp where a temporary office
has been made. The negro re
ceived the ticket but continued to
hurl impudent words at Ellison,
whereon an inkstand was thrown
at him, which struck the jaw of
the negro but did no damage.
The rowdy would not move out
or pay for the ticket which he
claimed not to have received.
When Ellison saw that he was
reaching for his knife or perhaps
a pistol, he secured a quart ink
bottle and with "accuracy struck
the negro on the head, knocking
him Hat on the floor. After this,
Mr. Nig went out the door, and
failed to come back, though he
Saturday night. a whit* 1 man
was taken into custody for using
vile language at the depot in the
presence of women. He a(so had
some of "hell's potion" which
the emissaries of the devil, des
pite the law and the forces for
good, dispose of here at all hours
of the day and night.
What The Fanner Did
A city man recently visited hks
"country cousin". ' The man
from the city, wishing to explain
the joys of metropolitan life, said:
"We have certainly been having
fun the last few days. Thursday
we autoed to the country club,
and golfed until dark, thentrolli
ed back to town and danced until
morning." fhe country - cousin
was not to be stumped in the
least, so began telling of some of
the pleasures of the simple life:
' We have had pretty good times
here, too. One day we buggied
out to Uncle Ned's and out
to the back lot, where we base
balled all that afternoon In the
evening we sneaked up into the
attic and pokered until morn
ing." A sturdy old farmer who
was listening, not to be outdone,
took up the conversation at this
point and said: "I was having
some fun about this time myself.
I muled to the cornfield and gee
hawed until sundown. Then 1 sup
pered until dark, and piped until
!» o'clock, after which 1 bedstead
ed until the clock fived, after
which I breakfasted until it was
time to go muling again."
Literary Club Organized
In response to an invitation ex
tended by Mrs. Wheeler Martin
on November (!th, 1914, the fol
lowing ladies assembled at her
home for the purpose of organiz
ing a book elub. Those present
were, Mesdames Bethea, Home
Biggs, Warren Biggs, B. E. Cone,
Leslie Fowden, C. R Hassell, F.
W. Hoyt, J. T. Jerome, Wheeler
Martin, H. T. Warren, A. I).
Mizell, -J. S. Rhodes. J. J. Staton,
Wheeler Martin, Jr., S. F. Will
iams; Misses Penelope Biggs,
Mayo and Annie Lamb. Annie
Mizell, Irene Smith.
Mrs. Wheeler Martin, tempor
ary chairman, called the meeting
Ito order. The following officers
were elected. Mrs. Wheeler Mar-
Jtin, Jr., President, Mrs. F. W-
Hoyt, Vice-President, Mrs. Whee
ler Martin, Sec'y, Mrs. Warren
Biggs, Treasurer. Committees
to draft By-Laws and to select
term subject were Appointed.
The hostess served a delicious
salad course to the enjoyment of
every one present, after which
the club adjourned to meet with
Mfs. Bethea on Wednesday, Nov.