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VOL XVI. NO. 5
Died in Plymouth
A former resident of James
ville, Mrs. Emily Mizell, died at
the home of her daughter, Mrs.
B. S- Edwards, in Plymouth,
November 14th, at 2:30 p m.
She had been an invalid for years
and was seventy-five years old
and a native of Martin County,
where she had spent most of her
days. For a long period she had
been a consistent member of the
Primitive Baptist Church, and
showed forth in her daily life,
the marks of an earnest Chris
tian Previous to living in Ply
mouth she had made her home
with her eldest daughter, Mrs.
S. L. Wallace, at Jamesville.
On Monday, Nov. 16th, the
funeral services were conducted
at Jamesville by Elder Sylvester
Hassell and the interment waj in
the family cemetery.
Gose of Conference Year
Elder R. H. Willis, of the War
renton District, was in town Sat
urday, Sunday and Monday. He
preached at both services Sunday
and the next day met the Ste
wards of the Church, it being the
last Quarterly Meeting of the
year. The financial report of
the pastor was made up and he
went to the Conference on Wed
nesday with the expressed desire
of the congregation that he be
returned next year. This ends
the second year of Mr. Stand
ford's pastorate and the people
irrespective of creed hope that he
will serve here again.
Last week, a mistake was made
in the statement of the Bank of
Martin County, which appeared
in these columns. The Surplus
Fund should have been $25,000
instead of $2,600. The mistake
was inadvertently made in chang
ing figures and not found in proof.
This error was regretted and the
statement appears in another
column, where one can see the
splendid showing of the County's
Saturday afternoon, Sam How
ard all year old negro boy, and
a son of Riley Spruill, a negro
living in the vicinity of the Joe
Williams farm above Hamilton,
were out in the field with a gun,
and young Howard was shot in
stomach by the other boy. Dr.
B. L. Long was called to the
wounded boy but the wound was
too severe for medical skill, and
he died early Sunday morning.
Before dying he said that Spruill
was pointing the gun at him and
he protested, whereupon Spruill
put the gun against his stomach
and pulled the trigger.
Spruill was held for trial
fore a justice of the peace, but
was acquivted on the plea of ac
cidental shooting. The Howard
boy was buried a Cor
oner's inquest. It developed at
the trial that the two boys had
always been good friends and
there was no unkind feeling be
tween therfi. This is the second
nego shot in Martin County with
in ten days.
' Col. Wilson G. Lamb, Chair
man of theJState Board of Elec
tions, has been receipting for the
election returns were difficult to
get this year*on"account of the
vote on the amendments, which
were sojscattering throughout the
State. These were lost by a ma
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Tobacco sold higher than ever
on the market here last week.
Thanksgiving Day on the 26th.
No rural route carriers on that
FOR SALE.—One buggy in use
since August Cheap for cash.
Bruce Whitley, City No 3.
Some one reported that the
stock law had been repealed.
Perhaps he judged from appear
ances. It does look that way
very often, but country cows like
At a meeting of the Commis
sioners on Friday night, Messrs.
Patrick and Edwards were ap
pointed policemen in the place of
G. G. Sawyer who resigned.
From the work being done in
the shops and garages here, one
would not guess that money is
tight. Extra workmen have been
employed and everybody is busy.
FOR SALE. One 7 room house
on Church near Haughton Street.
See L. B. Harrison, Williamston.
N. C. • -v
Rev. Jesse James closed a meet
ing of two weeks on Sunday
night. Good crowds heard him
each night and many went for
ward for prayers.
Sunday was one of the worst
days of the season. It rained all
Saturday night, and a driving
storm held up for hours Sunday
morning. In the afternoon, it
For more than two hours after
sunset on Sunday, there were no
street lights. At the hour for
Church services, a Stygian dark
ness prevailed. The only conso
lation was that behind the clouds
the moon was still shining.
Every lover of horsemanship,
splendid horses, ponies, cattle
and all that goes to make inter
esting Western life should see
"The Roundup" at the Gaiety
tonight. It is enchanting, thril
ling and holds the attention to
the finish. Don't miss it.
Mrs. J. G. Staton left Friday
for Richmond and from there
went to Raleigh, where she join
ed Bishop Cheshire and a party
who went to New Orleans to at
tend the meeting of the Fourth
Province of the Episcopal Church,
which assembled in the Cathed
ral there on Tuesday. Mrs. Sta
ton responded to the address of
welcome before the Woman's
Auxiliary, and Miss Kate Ches
hire delivered an address before
The Gaiety has closed with the
exception of Wednesday nights
when Lucile Love will be present
ed. The features Neptune's
Daughter and Lena Rivers will
appear on the dates arranged
Lucile Love has attracted so
much interest that the people de
sire to witness the end. If you
have not seen it, go next week.
John F. McCarthy was ill in
Baltimore and could not fill his
appointment on Monday.
Rev. J. A. Morris, who has
been at Ahoskie this year, start
ed to Washington Monday to at
tend the Conference. He came
oyer the ferry and began the trip
by auto over the river road, which
was rendered almost impassible
by the Sunday rains. His car
became fast in the mud, and Mr.
Morris arrived by foot in town at
four o'clock seeking aid. J. P.
Simpsqn went to the rescue and
brought the car out.
Mrs. Walter Brown and chil
dren left last week for Peters
burg, Va., where she wiH make
WILLIAMSTON, N. C.. FRIDAY, NOV., 20,1914
First in North Carolina
Some Carolina Club Findings
Bertie, first in miles of improv
ed public roads—4ll miles.
Scotland, first in per cent of
public roads improved—Bß per
New Hanover, in density of
population—l4B persq. mi.
Gaston, in density of rural po
pulation 84 per sq. mi.
Guilford, in increase of popula
tion, 1900-1910—54 8 per cent.
Guilford, in increase of rural
population, 1900-1910 —4l per
Scotland, in per-acre value of
Pamlico, in per-acre increase of
farm land values, 1900-1910 321
Scotland, in average per-acre
crop yielding power- $42.02.
Alleghany, in per capita wealth
of country population—ss6o.
Alleghany, in per capita food
and feed producing power— $lO6,
Ashe, in cattle per l(MH) acres
Johnston, in hogs per 1000
Robeson, in total cotton pro
duction 1913 -54,039 bales.
Scotland, largest per cent of
cultivated acreage in cotton—s7
Pitt, in total tobacco produc
tion— 10,973,950 lbs.
Greene, largest per cent of
cultivated acreage in tobacco -12
Robeson, in total cereals pro
Burke, largest per cent of cul
tivated acreage in cereals—s6
Johnston, in total corn produc
The home of Mr. and Mrs.
John W. Leggett near Macedonia
Church, was the scene of a very
quiet marriage Sunday morning
at 10:30, when their daughter,
Christine, wedded Mr. J. Octavi
ous Manning, of Williamston,
Rev. Asa J. Manning, perform
ing the ceremony. Owing to a
recent bereavement in the family,
only a few friends were present.
The bride wore a becoming suit
of white, which was changed for
a travelling dress before leaving
fpr the home of the groom's
father, Benj. M. Manning, where
an elegant dinner served.
Later the bride and groom ac
companied by friends, motored to
Williamston and will be at the
home of W. C. Manning until
they go housekeeping in the
residence lately occupied by Mrs-
The bride is a very attractive
young woman of Martin and
will be welcomed here, where
the groom is well known and a
popular salesman for Anderson,
Crawford & Co.
Wednesday afternoon, Wiley
Green and son attacked W. M
Perry at his home and severely
beat him with a piece of plank.
It seems that Mr. Perry had
some difficulty with Green over
land rentals, and the Greens were
armed with an axe and gun, the
youngbr Green threatening to
shoot Mr. Perry. Mrs. Perry
phoned, for Sheriff Crawford as
quickly as she could, but the
negroes had gone off down the
road. Mr. Perry is a member of
the Board of County Commission
ers and a prominent citizen of
the county. The bruises inflict
ed upon him while not serious
Mr. B. E. Pope
On Sunday, Nov. 15th, death
came to B. E Pope at the home
of his daughter in Jamesville.
His health had riot been good for
some time ahd his strength was
not sufficient to battle with the
disease in his last hours. He
was seventy years old and had
come to Jamesville from Scotland
Neck. For years he had been a
memller of the Baptist Church
and tile Masonic fraternity. Four
children survive him, Mrs. G. T.
Johnson, of Jamesville; Mrs. Ed
Holoway, Port Norfolk: B. E.
Pope, Denver. Col.:W. C. Pope,
The body was taken to Scotland
Neck and interred in the Baptist
Cemetery, Rev. J. D. McFarland,
Last week and that before the
statements of five banks in the
county were published in this
paper. It is interesting to note
these and see that despite the
general depression, the figures
show exceptionably good. The
bank of Robersonville, which
published in its "home paper makes
the sixth institution in the county
and has a creditable showing.
With a little addition, one
readily sees that the Bank of
Martin County and the Farmers
and Merchants Bank, of William
ston, have combined deposits
amounting to over twice as much
as the other four in the county,
and either one alone has as much
as those outside of town. The
combined assets of these two
banks are $648,011.05, with de
posits amounting to $406,854.14.
The eptire assets of the six Mar
tin Couhty banks approximate
one million dollars. The people
may well be proud of its institu
tions which mark the prosperity
of a town and county.
Tuberculosis is the most terri
ble disease in the world. The
medical profession and leading
scientists of all nations are con
tending against this enemy of
mankind. All the people should
lend their earnest cooperation. I
hope that Sunday, November 29,
will be a day in which the people
may become more alive to the
ravages which this disease is
making, and stimulate them to
renewed effort for its prevention,
The following pupils have not
been absent or tardy for the past
Margaret Manning, Evelyn
Harrison, James Herbert Ward,
Frank Carstarphen, Pete Cherry,
Hallie Sawyer, Charles Peele,
William Rogers, Roscoe Cov/per,
Haywood Cherry, Ellen Cowen,
Charlie Edwards, Pattie Harris,
William Hodges, Evelyn Sparks,
Charles Wynne, James Glenn,
Thurman Cowper, Ellis Sparks,
Sallie B. Wynne, Herbert Peel,
Carrie Lee Peel, Herschel Daniel,
Arthur Britton, Esther Harrison,
Bonner Gurganus, Minnie Robert
son, Mittie Brown, Lyda Cook,
Ethel Harris, Derah Stubbs,
Louise Harrison, Maggie Sparks,
Sarah Harrell, Sallie Harris,
Mary Cook, Shelton Woolard,
Sallie Harris, Francis Manning,
Virginia Herrick, Gladys Bal
lance, Louise Robertson, George
H. Kent, Carrie Dell White,
Daisy Leona Page,
Alma Sparks, Robert Peel, Clyde
Mr 3. Grover Hardison and
little daughter left Monday for a
visit to relatives in Tarboro and
Nathan E. Mizell, of Malvern,
Pa., is visiting his native county,
and was a pleasant caller at the
office on Tuesday, accompanied
by Alonzo Roberson of the James
Mrs. T. B. Slade with a party
of friends motored here from
Hamilton on Tuesday and spent
D. S. Powell was here from
Parmele on Monday.
Julius S. Peel is at home with
his father, who has been sick for
the past week.
B. T. Cowper was in town Sat
Miss Anna Maria Crawford is
spending several months with
Miss Anna Beth Purvis near
Mr. and Mrs. S. H. 'Hatton, of
Windsor, are visitors in town.
The twentieth Century Club
held a business meeting with
Mrs. M. E. Bethea, Wednesday
afternoon, Nov. 11th. The com
mittee presented the proposed
By-Laws, tind after some discus
sion they were adopted.
The members enjoyed the
tempting refreshments served by
Miss Hazel Bethea. The Club ad
journed to meet with Miss Pene
lope Biggs, Nov. 25.
Delegates From Williamston
The National Rivers .and Har
bors Congress is to meet in Wash
ington on December 10, 11.
Governor Craig in naming del
egates from North Carolina, ap
pointed Dr. John D. Biggs and
Asa T. Crawford of Williamston.
This meeting will be of unsual
A Baby Dead
Edward Bryant, the little child
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin,
of Jamesville, died November
15th, after a short illness. For
only seventeen short months had
the sweet little babe been given
to the earthly parents, and then
God called it home with Him
"above the bright blue sky."
The body was laid to rest in
the family cemetery after the
committalservice by Rev. C. T.
Plyhon, of Whitakers.
The Atlantic Coast Realty Co.,
have divided the Watts farm in
to small farms, and are laying out
the large grove in front into nice
building lots. They will sell the
farm lands on Monday, the 23rd,
and the lots on Tuesday, the 24th
The sale of the lots will mean
much to the town, as lots have
not available here for some
time. Streets have been laid out
through the lots, and they arc
high and well drained.
The following announcement of
the approaching wedding of a
popular young couple of Williams
ton, will be read with interest by
friends here and throughout
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Meadows
announce the marriage of their
Mr. »Charles Bruce Whitley,
the marriage to take place,
January the sixth,
nineteen hundred and fifteen.
Si.oo a Year in Advance
A. M. E. Zion Conference
The annual Conference of the
colored M E. Church will con
vene here on Tuesday, the 24th.
Bishop C. R Harris will preside,
and a number of prominent min
isters and laymen will be present.
The congregation here assisted
by others, has made elaborate
preparations for entertainment,
and the meeting promises to be
Special music to be furnished
by several choirs will be one at
tractive features of the confer
ence. The Church edifice here
has been greatly enlarged and
beautified and is very creditable
to the congregation. Mr. W. C.
Manning has consented to de
liver the address of welcome on
behalf of the town, and the col
ored ministers of the other de
nominations will deliver addresses
of welcome. *
A Young Man Dead
After a brief illness, Henry
Griffin, the son of George W.
Griffin, of Martin County, closed
his eyes upon scenes of earth and
his soul passed into that Heaven
ly land where no sorrow or sick
ness is found On Tuesday, the
10th, he went to Washington and
en route home was taken ill and
gradually grew worse until the
end came. On last Sunday morn
ing. Dr. H. B York assisted by
Dr. D. T. Tayloe, of Washington,
performed an operation on him
for appendicitis, but his strength
could not endure, and so at 7
o'clock Monday morning he died.
Thus passes away one of the
county's promising young men,
industrious, popular and beloved
by his family and friends. He
had not quite reached his major
ity, having been born in 1804 in
Griffins Township, where he made
his home with his father.
Tuesday at 1:30 the funeral
services were conducted by Elder
John N. Rogerson, who delivered
a sermon while a large crowd of
sympathizing relatives and
friends stood with bared heads
in the presence of the dead. The
interment was in the family
The bereaved family have the
deepest sympathy of the neigh
borhood and mahy friends else
where. A number of Williatffs
ton people attended the funeral.
Basket Ball Team
, Very attractive post cards have
been made of the Basket Ball
Team of the Graded School. This
team was organized in Septem
ber and is doing good work.
Miss Annie Parker assisted by
Prof. Jerome is coaching the girls
who are responding with spirit.
It is hoped that they will give a
public exhibition of their work
on Thanksgiving or some day
soon. Athletics should always
be a prominent feature of the
school life—they are brain and
muscle tonics for growing boys
Entertained Embroidery Club
Tuesday afternoon Mrs. K. B.
Crawford was hostess to the
Embroidery Club at her home on
Smithwick Street. Besides the
members of the Club, Mrs. Craw
ford had as her guests a number
of other friends in town. This
added much to the enjoyment of
the hours, which spent in
working on fancy articles and in
pleasing conversation. Later the
hostess served a salad course,
sandwiches, pickles, olives, hot
chocolate. This was one of the
most pleasant of the meetings
during the fall.