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VOL XVIII. NO.
A Mysterious Affair
Much excitement prevailed in
town Monday, when about 1
o'clock, a phone message was re
ceived by Sheriff Page from Pop
lar Point, saying that an attempt
ed criminal assault had been made
on Clara Edwards, a 17-year
old white girl living at the home
of W. F. Nicholson at the Ballard
farm. By 2 o'clock, there were
about 50 people on the scene,
most of them armed with rifles.
The story of the girl is that
she went to a tobacco barn to
get some letters which she had
left there, and while standing
and reading same, some person
slipped up behind her, threw his
hands over her face, and at the
same time cutting herwith a knife
or some sharp instrument over
the right eye until it bled, tho
only skin-deep. She avowed that
she was not able to distinguish
whether it was a white or colored
person. She further stated that
on Saturday night August 18th,
and on Wednesday night, Aug.
23nd, that some one attempted to
enter her room, and threw writ
ten notes in. and on Wednesday
night they succeeded in remov
ing the screen from the window
beside the bed, and reaching in
cut her forehead with some
rough or blont instrument.
About 4 o'clock, Sheriff Hyatt,
Mr. Martin, Road Supt., the
Chief of Police of Tarboro, Mr.
Leggett and serval citizens of
Edgecombe county came with a
blood hound, which was unable to
run any trail. A3 BO many people
had been on "he grounds.
If the gixl's statement is true,
it is quite a mystery. But many
people seem to doubt her state
ment, and think that there was
nu assault. but for some reason,
she did the cutting herself.
Friends and relatives of Miss
Mae Bennett were surprised on
Tuesday when a telegram was
received announcing her marri
age to Dr. James Allen White,
a a - , the Ghent Methodist Church,
at 2'oclock on that day, Miss
Bennett with Miss Anna Pope,
Joseph Bennett and little Miss
Gladys Bennett motored to Hob
guod about 11 o'clock Mondav,
where Mr. Bennett and daughter
were to board the cars for Norfolk
and from there to Welch, W. Va.
Dr. White was there and it was de
cided that the entire party go to
Norfolk. En route, the contract
ing parties decided to get married,
after reaching the city all ar
rangments were made. The wed
ded pair accompanied by Miss
Pope left on a late train and
returned to Hobgood and went
out to the home of the groom,
where they will reside.
The bride is one of the most
popular and estimable young
women in this section, and has a
host of friends who will rejoice
withLherinher new-found happi
nesr. For a number of years, she
has been in the office of the
Williamston Telephone Company,
and the patrons of the company
will regret to lose her service,
which has been of the most dil
igent kind. *
Dr. White is well known here,
where for a number of years he
successfully practiced dental sur-,
gery. Possessing several farms
in Halifax county, he decided to
give up his practice and devote
his time to farming, and is one
of the largest planters in Halifax. |
The union services closed here
on Sunday night at the Christian
Church, and with next Sunday
the usual services m all the
churches will be resumed.
Begin To Save Now
Never have there been so
many sermons preached from
the pulpit, the platform and by
the newspapers as in this year of
1917. While people spend money,
they are also appreciating the
saving habit, and getting into it.
But still there are many who
have not formed the habit of
systematic saving, and to this
class the Building and Loan Ass
ociation should especially appeal.
The Martin County Assocation
opens another series of shares
tomorrow, and those who have
no share should invest right now.
The Association has had re
markable success, and many
shareholders have built homes in
this way. It means systematic
saving every week in the year at
26 cents the share, and most
people can take two or more
shares if they would only con
sider the matter from a business
point of view. Very few small
counties have as prosperous
Association as the Martin County
one with headquarters at William
ston. It is one of the big assets
not only of the town but of the
countv, and was organized to ex
tend its benefits to every part of
Martin. If you have not bought
a share, see John E. Pope at the
Martin County Saving and Trust
Company's office, or C. H. God
win, President, at the Peoples
Bank, or Wheeler Martin, Sec-
Treas. Don't miss this oppor
tunity to begin to save for the
proverbial rainy day.
Sale For Scuppernongs
For the first time in years,
there is a sale for scuppernong
grapes. Garrett & Co., will pur
chase a large number of barrels,
extract the juicfc and ship to New
York, where it will be made into
wine. People in thi3 County who
grow these grapes can find a
good market for them this years,
They should be carefully handled
and in good condition before
selling. Garrett & Co., have an
ad in these columns each week
now asking that the crops be sold
to them. Last year, many grapes
were allowed to ruin or were
given to hogs, because they could
not be consumed and there
was no market for th#» luscious
fruit. Read ad.
Will The Merchants Close?
September begins tomorrow
and with it comes the question
of closing the stores at 7 o'clock
throughout the winter. It must
be settled quickly or not at all. In
places no larger than Williams
ton, the stores close at noon Fri
day and do not open until Sat
urday morning, and the hour for
closing each day is 6 o'clock.
Why not prevent the waste in
light and fuel, not to mention
the drain on the strength of the
clerks and the proprietors? Why
cannot Williamston get in line
with other towns? As much
business could be done, and the
work would be lighter and the
saving in dollars great.
The 36th Annual Session of
Littleton College will begin on
Wednesday September 26th. We
have an ideal plan by which
pupils may at their own charges
in our main -dormitory building,
thus saving about $75 during the
scholastic year. For futher in
formation address J. M. Rhodes,
Lake Junaluska, N, C. till Sep
tember sth and after that at
Littleton, N. C.
Don't forget to bring your to
bacco to Williams ton, where the
very hightest prices remain, add
where it can be taken care of.
WILLIAMSTON, N. Q., FRIDAY AUGUST 31. 1917.
The heat and tobacce price
are racing to see which can tm&i
the greatest height right here ii»
Bring your tobacco each (toy
to Williamston, where the high
prices are still climbing. Come
to a real live market every time*
The dimentions of the truh
■cart should be incraesed three
fold for there is something to
to haul off in this town, and then
It was pleasing to note that many
of the visiting women and child*
ren enjoyed the rest rooms in
the F. & M- Bank building on
The town was almost depopu*
lated on Sunday for so many
people went out to Smithwick
Creek Church for the Yearly
Meeting. Most of these remained
for dinner at the house of some
friend, and as the high cost of
living does not affect the folk!
in Griffins, feasts were spread
fit for a king.
| ' STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
U Wft Vl GOVERMORS OFFICE |
®» ! -sh\! RALEIGH JE3
y A PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR y
* North Carolina is about to Mod twenty-five thousand ;f '
men into battle. These men are making the supreme sac- j
rifice that forever hereafter th« wisdom of the many shall
jga determine the decrees of natfoof. Thty go to make war on M
33 war. They go to destroy wi» lha tword the government Hj]
P? that maintains that the sword in. and of right ought to be,
[ I the final arbiter of a nation'sirigbts.
When the government that dafi«s the war shall perish
in war then war will come no more upon the earth.
It is fit that these guarantors of the world's peace ji jj
should be sustained by the love and prayers of all good
Now, Therefore, I, Thomat Walter Bickett, Governor ! 11
of North Carolina, do request the people of the State:
; First. To assemble on Saturday, the first day of Sep
tember, in township and school dittr'ct meetings, and hold ! '
patriotic exercises in honor of tha niuj we are sending to
. ji the front: I jj
Second. On Sunday, September 2nd, let special re- ; i i
itJJ liginus services be held in all the churches in the State, |LJj
and let all good men prav for the safety and success of the
''it, men who are going into battle peace may come
W-jj upon the land; * T
Third 5 , That on Labor I)»y, B«pWmber 3rd, appropri- j&j
£2 ate patriotic exercises be held in every county seat in the Eg}
f]| State and let the men who have been drafted into the *1
, public service he the guestp of honor at these exercise.s
[L i Done at our citv of Ralngh this the twenty-fifth day
JSe of August, in the year of ourLordone thousand nine hun- £3
dred and seventeen, and in the on« hundred and forty- Si
'' ! second year of our American Independence.
yT. W. BICKETT, Governor. !
(Great Seal Of The &
State Of North Carolina)
By the GOVERNOR: W\
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Edmonson
arrived Monday to visit relatives
Mrs. M, VV. Ballard and Mr 3.
Harry Waldo and daughter have
returned from Ocean View.
Gordon Hines and Lerov
Everett went to Suffolk Sunday.
Misses Maggie B. Jones and
Martha Council have returned
Mrs. S, D. Matthews is at home
from Virginia Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Edmon
son, Misses Lillie and Hattie
Floyd went to Rocky Mount Sun
Mrs. Martha and Miss Delia
Purvis have returned from a
visit to relatives in Norfolk.
Mr. and Mrs. J. P, Boyle are
at home from Va. Beach.
Dr. and M. I. Fleming
and children araspending a week
at Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
Asa J. Mnning, Supt. of public
instruction of Martirr County, at
'tended a meeting ojlhe superin
tendents of the State at Manteo
Watson Sherrod, of Enfield,
•nd Dick Perrv, of Hamilton,
have been installing more fix
tures in the postoffice this week.
The Woman's Auxiliary of the
church of the Advent ( Epis
copal ) will hold its regular meet
ing at the home of Miss Mayo
Lamb on Monday afternoon at
4:30, Septembr 3.
I desire immediate correspond
ence with four young men who
wish to work their way through
•chool either here or at Littleton,
N. C. J. M. Rhodes, Lake Juna
luska, N. C
Warning. —Daniel and Staton
wish to warn the public that they
are not responsible for parties
picnicing and bathing at the Big
Mill. The dam boards are unsafe.
"September Morn ' next, and
cotton will be whitening in the
fields, where the merry songs of
pickers will be heard throughout
Mrs. Chas. Calhoun and fam
ily left Tuesday for their home in
Rocky Mount after a visit to rel
Miss Thelma Taylor is the
guest of Miss Maggie J. Daven
Misses Pauline and Louise
Johnson are visiting in Rocky
Miss Elizabeth Davenport has
returned from a visit to relatives
Mrs. Everett, of Belhaven, is
the guest of Mrs. B. B. Sherrod,
The store to be occupied by
Rutenberg & Adler is being put
in proper shape for them. Large
show windows with plate glass
front will add greatly to the build
ing and give a fine display of the
gobds therein. Read ad in this
Scupperncng grapes are ripen
ing in this section, and soon ship
ping will begin.
Busy Day In Court
Wednesday was the busy day in
Justice's court here, five cases
having been disposed of during
the morning by Justice Manning,
who gave each offender what
was coming to him. The cases
mainly were scraps between neg
roes, whose fighting-blood is al
ways up unless you say "war."
then the temperature goes down
to zero. However, the par
ticipants in some of the cases
were women. The case of Eu
genia Rice and husband where
one used a razor and the other
his foot, v(jsent up to the
Superior Court, wihch convenes
Shooting At Night
Citizens of town are being an
noyed by shooting at night around
the town: whether some one is
practicing for war or not has not
been determined, but the chances
are that such is not the case. The
night police should investigate
whenever he hears the sound of
gun or postil. For a long time,
this nuisance has not existed but
it is becoming frequent again It
may be that some folks who ride
late coming into town on streets
remote from Main, may be turn
ing aloose some surplus ammuni
tion. The question is, why do
people slip into town so late at
In Honor of Misses Speir.>
fhe home of Mr. and Mrs.Ralph
House, was the scene of much
pleasure on Monday everting from
8:30 to 11:00, when their sister
Miss Jefferson House and Miss
Virginia Martin, delightfully
entertained a number of their
friends in honor of Misses Fannie
Lee and Elizabeth Speir of Win
terville, > T . C. who are visiting
Mrs. I>. M. VVorseley.
The quests' were met at the
door by Miss House, who ushered
them into the nark-r which was
decorated with potted plant 9.
There were five tables arranged
for th« purpose of entertaining
the guests by playing progressive
cards and rook. At the close of the
game Mr. Skvles proved to be
the prize winner, and received a
beautiful box of handkerchiefs
which he presented to the guest
of honor. The Missfes Speirs. The
consolation prize was won by Mr,
James Rawls, which proved to be
a small box of powder, this af
forded guests much fun.
The guests were then invited
to the porch where they were
served with water-melon. The
guests left promptly at 11: 00
voting Misses House and Martin
very charming hostesses.
"By one of the guests."
Oak City, Aug. 28
A Valuable Book
The Peoples Bank is giving a
way a book of valuable infor
mation that any farmer will pro
fit by reading as it contains over
100 practical suggestions that
will save both Time and Monev.
The next time you are in town
go by and get one as they are
Free for asking.
Miss Ethel Britt is visiting in
Tarboro this week.
John Cherry and little daughter
and Miss Lillie Whitfield, John
Barnhill and son went to Wash
Extremely cool weather has
prevailed for several days this
week, and summer clothes had a
scared look, tho most people wore
them as fall goods are not pre
si.oo a Year in Advance
A iMiiiiiiiiilimil.uliiif ll#b - r nil rj- ti
T l, yy yyig-'v^-'p
F. K. Hodges went to Balti
Henry Gardner, of Suffolk,
visited his parents here Sunday.
Vance Bunting, of Bethel,
spent Sunday in town.
Hon. J. B.Coffield was a visitor
here here Monday.
A. D. Mizelle went to Ashville
this week on business.
Fitzhugh Robertson went to
Suffolk Tuesday on business.
Lieut Elbert S. Peeieleft Mon
day afternoon for Columbia. S. C.
Miss Lalla Wynne spent Tues
day night in Plymouth.
Walter Shepherd, of Farmville,
was a visitor here iast week.
Miss Hattie Lou Ward is at
hofne from a visit to Clayton,
Dr. John D. Biggs went to
Wilson yesterday on business.
Miss Mary Wadsworth, of
Greenville, is a visitor in town
this week. •
Mr. and Mrs. Lovett Harrison
and children left yesterday for
Atovvah, Tenn.,-to visit relatives.
Miss Elizabeth Burras went to
Tarboro Tuesday to visit rela
W. Slade Roberson. of Hope
w ell, is visiting relatives here
and in the county this week.
Mrs. Joseph L. Robertson and
daughter, Minnie, left Wednes
day for Dunn to'visit relatives.
Miss Julia Jordan, who has
been visiting Miss Lalla Wynne,
left lor Plymouth Tuesday.
Mrs. James Elmore and little
son have been visitors in town
Miss Marv Louise Carstar
phen was in town a short while
Stantey Horton, of Seattle,
Washington, is visiting friends
here this week
W. T. Ward and Miss Delia
Kate Ward left Tuesday for
Rev. Edward Burrell is in
town this week after a visit to
relatives in Virginia.
Mrs. Thomas Whitfield, of
Goldsboro, visited her sister, Mrs
Vernon Godwin, here last week.
J. Gus Godard, of Dunn, has
been the guest of Joseph G.
Godard this week.
Dr. and Mrs. Highsmith, of
Enfield, were the guests of Miss
Lela Hadley the past week.
Jack Biggs spent several days
in Norfolk this week, where he
visited his brother, Robert Biggs,
who has enlisted in the Navy.
. Leroy Anderson left Saturday
afternoon for Ft. Oglethorpe,
Ga., to enter the training camp \
C., D. Carstarphen, H. W-
Stubbs and Louis C. Bennett have
been visiting Northern cities for
the pa3t week.
H. Irvin Coffield, of High
Point, who is visiting his father
in the country, was in town Mon
Joseph Bennett and daujjht?
with Misses Mae Bennett and
Anna Pope went to Norfolk Mon
Mrs. James Grist Staton left
this morning to visit her sister,
Mrs. Gilbert Chase, at Kew_
Gardens, Long Island.
Miss Elsie Respass, who haa
been visiting near here, left yes
terday for her home in Pantego
accompanied py Miss Lillie Belle