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VOL XVI. NO. 34
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TWO MURDER CASES TRIED
~ A Great Many Cases On
Docket Disposed Of
This Term Of
The June term Martin County
Sup. court, Judge Frank' Carter,
presiding, convened Monday, So
lictor R. G. Allsbrooks, represent
ing the State docket.
The following named persons
were drawn as grand jurors: B
> F. Godwin, foreman, J. L. Peel,
J. A. Bryant, Jno. A. Griffin, S.
Peel, J. J. Manning, S. R Man
ning, Jno. T. Bennett, W. E' Da
venport, F. W. Hoyt, J. S. Ayers
W. A. Perry, B. B. Siierrod, J.
W. Edmondson, Ruel Turner. J.
Peel, C. M Hurst, W. J. Crof
State vs Jno. Albritton, for
adbandonment, continued under
former order. „ ' _
State vs Hart Dixon, L. and R.
nol pro 3 with leave.
„ State vs Clarence Taper, as
sault, nol pros.
State vs Will Bridger, a. d. w.,
nol pros with leave.
State vs S. A. Roberson, re
tailing, capias instanter.
State vs W. E. Rogerson, c. c.
w., nol pros with leave.
State vs W. E. Rogerson, a, d.
w., nol pros with leave.
State vs Will Bridges, c. c. w.
nol pros with leave.
State vs Jas. Cherry, Sully
* Smith, Wm. Smith, affray, ca
pias and continued.
State vs Jas. Taylor, Sully
Smith, Wm. Smith, disturbing
religious worship, Wm. Smith
pleads guilty, judgement sus
pended. As to other defendants
State vs Frank Cox, forgery,
* continued under former order.
x State vs road Trustees Wil
liams township, nol pros.
State vs Jno, Ross, retailing,
State vs (5 Roberson, abandon
ment, capias and continued.
State vs A. S. Simmons, re
tailing, pleads guilty, charged
wfth all cost and required to en
ter into bond for appearance at
March term 1916 for two years
Stafe vs A. S. Simmons, retail
ing, pleads guilty? fined s33*ana
State vs A. S. Simmons, v. ?r
'and s. j. waives bail and pleads
guilty, fined SIOO and cost.
State vs C. B. Blount, waives
bill- and pleads guilty, charged
with the cost of the action.
State vs Amos Fauk, retailing
1 State vs Isaac Murphy, c. c. w
* State vs W. E. Moore, false
prPtense. not guilty,
State vs Frank Jtfordeca, c.
w., pleads guilty, charged cost of
action and to be of good behavoir
3tate vs Dink Knight and F.
Mordeca, pleads guilty, and each
fined $5 and half cost.
State vs'W'm. Pearce, retailing
pleads guilty, judgement sus
pended upon payment of cost.
' Friends will be glad to learn
that Dr. Knight,who, was so ill
with smallpox for several weeks,
has been released from quaran
tine and is able to be out. There
are several others that are con
I No. 666 will cure chills and fe
ver. Its the most speedy reme
dy we know.
Attorney General T. W. Bick
ett was seen in his office on Sat
urday evening. He had just re
turned from Monroe and Union
counties where he had been
spending several days. Upon be
ing asked about the gubernatori
al situation Mr. Bickett said that
he was deeply gratified at the
warm and generous support he
was receiving in every section of
the State. He then added that
he would like to give out the fol
lowing signed interview:
"I deplore the persistent ef
forts made by sundry individuals
to perpetuate .factional lines in
the Democratic party. On ac
count of the European war con
ditions have arisen which the
Republican organization is seek
ing to convert into political cap
ital. It is plotting to inject into
the minds of the people the in
sidious suggestion that the Dem
ocratic party is in some vague
way responsible for the condi
tions brought on by the most col
losal war in the world's history.
In the face of this movement it
behooves all good men who love
justice and who are at all capa
ble of appreciating that a man
sent straight from God to guide
this nation in a perilous hour, to
bury all personal differences and
rally to the colors.
I want to say with all the em
phasis I can command that as a
candidate for the Democratic
nomination for Governor I am
not running as the champion or
exponent of any wing, faction or
division of the Democratic party,
but my hope and reliance is to
wipe out all factional lines, weld
together every discordant ele
ment in the party, and present
a solid front to the common foe.
That foe is even now girding
himself for the coming conflict.
As surely as the sun rises uni
ty leads straight to victory; as
surely as the sun sets division
In this crucial hour I call on
every Democrat in North Caro
lina to harken to the immortal
words of the immortal Aycock:
"The Doones are in. the val
ley! I pray you," gentlemen,
train your guns a little lower."
Arrangements for the campaign
next year, are being made now
by the different candidates for
the State offices. They are tak
ng time by the forelock, or their
friends are for them, and men
are expressing their preference.
The governor will coipe from the
East this time, and the attorney
general probaply from the West,
and R. A. Doughton is promin
ently mentioned for the latter.
Its a long way to Tipperary ev
en in politics, and there may be
! changes ere the State convention.
| Every good man is not, fitted for
office, and it behooves the people
to choose the best from the high
est to the lowest.
Grover C. Godwin, who has re
cently graduated at the Medical
College in Richmond, passed the
State Board of Examiners, which
was in session at Greensboro last
week. There are over one hun
dred £to receive license in the
State. Amoag those who passed
the Board of Pharmacy are two
Martin County boys, George D.
Grimes and Herbert Reeves, who
registered from Robersonville.
No. 666 wfll cure malaria or
bilious fever. It kills the germ.
WILLIAMSTON, N. C., FRIDAY, JUNE 18. 1915
In 1914 ths average crop yield
in North Carolina, the 12 lead
ing crops considered, was $20.18
per acre. The average for the
country-at-large was $16.34.
In this particular, North Caro
lina leads the South, Kentucky
Not only this. North Carolina's
average per acre crop producing
power was greater than that of
Ipdiana, Illinois, lowa, Michigan,
Wisconsin or Minnesota: nearly
I twice as great as that of North
or South Dakota.
And this leadership is no ex
ceptional thing It has been held
almost without variation during
the last five years;
And yet the per capita wealth
;of the country people in these
j states ranges from 5 to 10 times
' that of the country people in this
State. $322 in North Carolina
against $3,380 in lowa, say!
Acre for acre we produce far
greater crop values year by year.
We produce great farm wealth:
they retain it.
They are well developed foo'd
crop, live-stock states -that's
One of the prettiest marriages
witnessed in Martin County this
year, was that of Miss Emma
Clyde Gurganus and Mr. Henry
Harrison, on W&lnesday evening
at 8 o'clock, at the home of the
bride's parents at the Slade Place
on the Hamilton Road. There was
a very large crowd present, and
the room in which the vows were
given,was attractively decorated
with beautiful flowers. Rev. J.
T Stanford, pastor of the Meth
odist Church, performed the cere
The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Gurganus, and
a voung woman of charming per
sonality. She was elegantly robed
in a modish gown 1 of blue satin.
Mr. Harrison i&the son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. E. Harrison, and after
the ceremony took his bride to
the home of his parents, where an
elegant supper was served to the
bridal party and their friends.
And Yet Another
Last week in the list of .stud
ents from Williamston, who had
entered the various colleges from
the Graded School here, the name
of Edwin Ward was inadvertently
omitted. Mr. Ward is a student
of Jefferson Medical College at
Philadelphia, and will graduate
next year. He is the nephew of
j Dr. James'E. Smithwick, one
of the County's most successful
physicians, and the brother of
Dr. N. B. Mariner, of Belhaven.
If he follows them, he will meet
with success in his chosen pro
z. , s
Plymouth Talent Here.
Last Thursday evening, the
troupe from Plymouth presented
"The Enemy, Her Friend" to a
fair-sized house, The play is laid
in the sixties, and is a war Btory
with interesting plot, which nat
urally appeals to southerners.* The
different roles were well taken,
and the audience thoroughly en
joyed the presentation. If the
play had been better advertised,
there would have been a larger
crowd, but many amateur troupes
that come to Williamston fail to
properly consider the value of
advertising. The troupe went
from here to Robersonville.
The annual convention of the
North Carolina Good Roads As
sociation will be held at the Ho
tel Laugren, Asheville, N. C M
July 14, 15 and 16.
Since the last convention one
of the chief objects of the associ
ation has been accomplished, i.
e., the creation of a State High
way Commission by the General
Assembly of 1915.
At this annual convention the
work of the State Commission
I will be discussed and plans devel
oped for furthering the work and
influence ot the Commission.
The subject of "Maintenance
of Roads" will be thoroughly
discussed; also, "Organization of
This convention will be of spec
ial interest to county and road
commissioners, road engineering
superintendents, foremen and all
who want to see good roads built
and maintained in North Caro
Safe Guard The Child
The closing of the schools for
several months, brings thoughts
of the children to the mind of ev
en the most careless. So much
depends upon the proper pruning,
systematic shaping and spaying
of the young scions of the full
grown tr4es, that there is no more
weightier matter before the
American people today or ever
will be. If the State, the Nation,
the home and the Church were
things of today and gone tomor
row, then any effort to train the
governing citizens of the future
wotild be an useless expenditure
of time and money. But the chil
dren in the homes and schools of
today, will in a few years man
the ship of State, build the homes
and rear the future generations.
Shall they take up the burden
unprepared? Must they go out
to fight the battles of life like
raw recruits, handling their arms
in an awkward and bungling man
ner? These are questions con
fronting every mother and father
right here in Williamston. What
are parents going to do about this
important matter? Shall their
children grow up with selfish de
sires without industrial trainiog,
without a strict compliance with
tfye laws of health, without the
fundamental principles of tir.uth
and tost ice incorporated in their
very l\mg. Such things are not
learned on the streets, in back
lots, at late hours of the night,
when one should be asleep, but
rather in the quiet precincts of
home, whore the parent must be
the ruling head, rather than the
It is the duty of, ev,ery parent
to so safeguard the child, that in
after years there will be no tears
of regret no complaining about
neglected duties. Keep the chil
dren around the home fireside.
Do not let their feet tread unfor
bidden paths. - Keep them eTttl
dren, and not fill their heads and
hearts with those things, which
are not good even for the adult
child, for after all we are children
indeed and living in a kingdom
where there is still great lessons
Wheeler Martin, Jr., has been
picking and shipping dozens of
crates of peaches each day for the
past week. The orchard is on a
part of the Watts farm which
was subdivided and sold.
The Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet,
the best on earth- Call and see
Courtney and inspect the Hoos
ier. *,./ _ r I
The trial of Luther Walters for
manslaughter excited much in
terest. The case was called Wed
nesday, a jury being selected
from a special venire. Martin &
Martin and H. W. Stubbs ap
peared for the defendant and A.
R. Dunning and Judge F. D.
Winston assisted Solicitor Alls
brook in the prosecution. Wal
ters some time last year had
some difficulty with a colored
man named Brown over work
done by Brown's boy for Walters.
,Walters himself with a
pistol and wept to Brown's house
Ito thresh the matter out The ar
gument becoming heated, Brown
is said to have picked up a hinge,
whereupon Walters shot him, the
wound proving fatal months af
The jury was out all night
Wednesday anil stood at the set
tlement 11 against and 1 for the
defendant. It was decided be
tween the counsel and the Solic
tor to compromise by Walters
paying all cost, SIOO,OO down and
SIOO.OO each year for five years
to the family of the dead man,
and the jury was discharged in
the case. Walters has always
been known as a good, quiet man
and there was much symaathy
for him and his family.
20th Century Book Club.
The Twentieth Century Book
Club held a very interesting meet
ing with Miss Mayo Lamb on
Wednesday, June 9th. A most
profitable and enjoyable pro
gramme was carried out:
Sketch of Keats, Mrs. A. I).
Instrumental Solo, Mrs. Wil
Ode to a (irecian Urn, Mrs.
Solo, Miss Fannie B. Martin,
Intelligence and Genius. IWrs.
Vocal Solo, Miss Lamb.
A delicious salad course and ice
cream were served by the host
ess assisted by Misses Virginia
Herrick and Sarah Harrell.
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Capl. John W. Hodges Dead
A message was ueceived here
Sunday announcing the death of
Capt. John W. Hodges, of Jack
sonville, Fla. Ho was The brother
of Mrs. C. W. Keith and Messrs.
W. J., and F. K. Ho3ges ot Wil
liamston, and visited here several
j months ago. 1W was amative of
I Beaufort County and was sixty
hone-years old, and leaves a wife
and two children. For twenty
five years he had* been connected
: with the Pullman Car CO. His
body was interred in Jacksonville.
- A?"we go to press the triaTof
Emmet Wynn for the murder of
W. H. Warren is in progress.
The State did not ask for a ver
dict for first degree murder.
Dr. examined for
the S-tate; he said He was called
to see W. H. Warren immediate
ly after he was shot, and found
him wounded by three pistol bul
lets, one in the abdomen, one in
the right breast and one under
the right: that the one in
the abdomen showing powder
burns; that the man died imrhe
diately after he reached him.
WiU full details in next is
s[.oo a Year in Advance
THE ' JERAL ,
e General Outlook k
I m ft
Not So Encouraging
Right At This
The dry weaker at planting
time and the cold spell with ex
tremely wet conditions have done
much toward retarding the
growth of crops in this section.
Peanuts failed to come up, and
so very few' farmers have the
usual good stand, and the coW
nights retarded cotton to a great
degree, putting it *iear the dan
Corn is fine, however, having
both color and size. The acreafce
in sweet potatoes has been in
creased and a large majority of
"draws" haveHieen set and are
The Irish potato is being mar
ked at a low margin for good
but the acreage in the
county was greatly reduced. The
tobacco crop, which has helped
make Martin county famous, if;
not in good condition owing U
weather conditions soon after
For the past ten days, howev
er, the rise in the temperature
with clear skies has produced
wonderful vigor in the growing
plants, and nature is working her
miraclesv along lines followed
since the seed was planted in Ad
amic days. Farmers all over the.'
country are employing the latest
methods of cultivation, and the
grass is falling fast before the
machines. Even with the early
disapvantges, it is confidently
executed expected that this sec
tion will not. fall behind in pro
duction to any great degree.
Claudius Hardison together
with a party of friends motor
ed over to Washington Thursday
Miss Minnie Roberson and Tom
Roberson were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Joe Roberson Saturday
night and Sunday.
Misses Lucy and Elizabeth.
Roberson and Lizzie Hardison
spent Saturday night with Mr.
and Mrs. A. I). Griffin.
Messrs. Claudius Hardison, A.
C. Roberson and Fannie DanieJ
toured to Jamesville last Satur
day and spent the night with
Mr. and Mrs. John T). Lilley.
Joe Cray Corey, who has beer
at Washington Hospital for some
time time, has returned home af
'ter the amputation of his
Messrs. .Tanfps W. Wiggins and
Johnson Corey came very near
drowning in 'the Manning tail?
pond Saturday. They \vere float-
LUG'S LIUOTI to themiii '
when the* logs run from under
thern. Neither of the men could
swim, and the water was over
their head ■?. They were rescued
by Raleigh Manning and Jloyt
Coltrain.- One more minute and
they v ould have been drowned.
The (iaiety is giving some'good
pictures these days, and The
Perils of Pauline is being shown
every Tuesday night to good
crowds. The Master Key is on
1 am prepared to furnish dress
ed flooring, ceiling, weather
boarding cheap to my mill in
Jamesville, or on cars if desired.