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VOL XVIII. NO 50.
CfHt Was la Bear Gratt.
Since publishing the finding of
the copper still last week, it has (
been learned that the same was
located in Bear Grass Township
instead of Griffins. The lines are
so close together that the mis
take was made inadvertently.
The people in Griffins are perfect
ly willing to carry their own bur
dens, but are not looking for
others, and so this explanation
is made. It is creditable to them
not to want to be accused of
harboring such a menace to the
good of the people.
Properly Stamp Your Letters.
The new postal law concerning
the mailing of letters and postal
cards went into effect today.
No doubt, there are many people;
who will be so careless as to for
get the law, and hinder their let
ters from a quick transit. Years
ago postage on letters was
cents, and the new law is only a
return to that for war tax. Pos
tal cards must have an extra 1
cent stamp on them. There is no
use to argue about the matter,
for Uncle Sam does not stop to
explain. What he says goes with
out -question. If the proper
amount of postage is placed on
letters and cards, the delivery of
them will be facilitated.
The number of bales of cotton
ginned in Martin County prior to
October 18th, 1017, was 417;
number of bales to same date
last year was 2,956. This makes a
difference of 2,539 in the total
number of bales for the period
to the above date. John S. Cook
has been appointed to secure the
Ginners' Report for Martin
The women of Williamston and
Martin County registered for ser
vices on Saturday. It happened
that the Chairman of Registra
tion for the State. Mrs. Waddell,
of Henderson, sent only 350
cards to Miss Mayo Lamb for dis
tribution, and this number was
wholly inadequate Many of the
women went to their respective
school houses and signed the
cards for service either at home
or wherever the government
wanted them to go. It was a pa
triotic duty cheerfully performed.
Storm Prevented Show
There was a disapointed crowd
of Williamston folks on Tuesday,
for despite the rain and wind,
dozens closed themselves in cars
and went over to Washington to
see Barnum & Bailey's show.
The weather was 60 bad that the
managers of the show were
afraid to attempt to erect their
tents, and so there were thous
ands ofe'sick" folks in the town.
Any set of people who would
brave a storm like that were sure
ly entitled to a show of some
i r - v.
The pupils of the -Graded
School wish to thank the people
of Williamston for helping them
buy a Liberty Loan Bond. The
Bond has been purchased and
will be used for the benefit of
the school. The sehool wishes to
mention Miss Sallie Brown for
faithful work; she raised $ll.OO.
The eighth and ninth grades
conbined raised $21.00
See "The Birth of a Nation"
at the Opera House on Nov. 14th.
Tke Liberty Bowl fsmptign.
Though Martin County did not
make up its apportionment of
$238,140, the campaign was wag
ed vigorously by both men and
women. Every banking institu
tion in the county was earnest in
its endeavor to serve the people
in the purchase of bonds, and
loaned the money whenever re
quested. Hamilton. Robersonville
Jamesville, and Griffins were vis
itied by Liberty Loan Bond cam
paigners, these being Mrs. J. G.
Staton, W.C. Manning, Dr. John
D, Biggs, C. H. Godwin and A,
R. Dunning. At each of the
places, enthusiastic citizens
greeted them, and the talks
mack by the members of the
party were heartily endorsed.
While a large number of the citi
zens took one or more bonds,
there yet remain many, who
have plenty of surplus cash to
have invested heavily in these
bonds which are to help America
safe for humanity,
k The amount subscribed in Mar
tin County totals $176,000, Wil
liamston taking the greatest
number of Bonds. This amount
i5[563,140 short ofjthe apportion
Witk Apologies To Snyder
Where, oh where is the trash
Oh where, oh where is it?
With its creaking wheels and
It must have decided to quit.
The trash piles grow in all the
And munds are made of tin
The housekeeper waits for the
old trash cart,
And she never understands
That it is too slow for a
town the size of Williamston.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Martin
and children, of Spring Hill,
spent Sunday here.
Miss lrma Hines went to Rocky
Mrs. J. P. Boyle with friends
spent Thursday in Tarboro.
Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Everett
went to Washington Tuesday.
Mrs. T. B S'ade with friends
spent Tuesday in Washington.
Jimmie Council, of Oak City,
was in town Mouday.
Miss Mary Smith, of Williams
ton, spent last week here.
Mrs. John Staton, of More
head City, Mrs. Minnie William
son and Mrs. Pender, of Tarboro
were guests of Mrs. F. L. Glad
John Martin, Jr., Mesdames
Boyle, Watkins ajjd Grimes
spent Sunday afternoon in Wil
Mrs. T. B. Slade went to Wil
Mrs. R. A Edmondson and
daughter are spending the week
in Rocky Mount.
Mr. and Mrs, P. H. Daven
port went to Spring Hill Sunday.
L. R. Everett, Gordon Hines,
Misses M. J, Davenport and
Ruth Pippen went 16 Washing
E. R. Matthews, of Camp Lee,
Petersburg, was in town last
Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Sherrod, Jr.
went to Robersonville Thursday.
Mr, Hopkins, of Williamston,
and Miss Thelma Taylor spent
W. S, Rhodes went to Rober
WILLIAMSTON, N. C., FRIDAY NOVEMBER, .^1917.
WON FIRST PRIZE AT COSTAL PLAIN FAIR
AT TARBORO THURSDAY
County Demonstrator J. L.K
Holliday shipped the Martin .
County exhibit to Tarboro last
week, where it is being viewed
by the hundreds at the Coastal
Plain Fair this week. Last year,
Martin brought home the second 1
prise for the best exhibit, and '
'tis said that it should have been
the first, and it is confidently ex
pected that the first %ill come
this way this year. Anyway, the
exhibit is a credit to any county,
whether it gets a prize or not. If
the apples grown by Mr. Alfred
Gray Griffin are an ipdex to the
exhibit, then the place Martin
will secure will be an honored
one, The trees from which these
apples were taken _ have been
treated scientifically until the
fruit is perfect and some "»f it as
large as saucers. Ihe cast full of
fruit was a beautiful sight as
shown at the store of Saunders
& Fowden, as were other exhibits
of grain, clover, etc. People with
farms should raise orchards more
extensively, and Martin County
soil is adapted to fruit trees.
Patriotic Meeting At Hamilton
IrLthrilling and inspiring ad
dresses to the people of Hamil
ton on Friday night of last week,
patriotic workers from William
ston presented the present needs
of the National Government,
and outlined definitely the
means by which the people of
Martin County may help meet
these needs, and in this wav
quicken the sucessful culmination
of the war which is being waged
for the freedom of the world
meeting wa3 held in the school
auditorium and presided
over by Prof. J. B. Rucker, who
introduced the speakers.
Mrs. .James G. Staton.' chair
man of the Martin County Liber
ty Loan Committee,made an elo-!
quent appeal for the purchase j
of Bonds by the citizens of the
county, it was a patriotic duty.
Mr. W.C. Manning, County Food
Administrator, presented a plan j
for conservation of food so vital to!
the sucessful waging of the warj
and the lives of people at home.
In stirring words, Mr. Clayton
Moore spoke of the menace of
German militarism, and praised
the American people for enter
ing and vigorously waging a
war for the sake of humanity.
Mr. C. H. Godwin and Dr. John
D. Biggs spoken enthusiastically
and greatly pleased the audience.
Among other features were
songs by the school, and patri
otic selections by Miss Minnie
Joyce and Mrs. W. T. Grimes.
Rarely have the Hamilton peo
ple had such an opportunity of
bearing logical and talented
The citizens here have bought
$28,000 worth of Bonds, register
ed nearly all women in the town,
organized a Red Cross Chapter
and celebrated "Liberty Loan
Bond Day'' with a huge bonfire
and mass meeting.
Hurrah for America, Martin
County and Hamilton!
If you want to have your soul
stirred to its depths, aee *"Jhe
Birth of a Nation" on the 14th
at the Opera House.
Winners At The Community Fair
A list of the prize winners at,
the Community Fair at Oak City
iMt week, which was obtained
too late for the last issue, appear
» Best draft colt, blue ribbon,
" roadster colt, red ribbon,
M. L. Burnett;
Potatoes, Florida Yams, blue
ribbon, L F. Goodrich
Potatoes, Hymans, red ribbon,
F. M. Edmondson,
Soap, Blue ribbon,
Mrß. N. F. Brown
Corn, Prolific, blue ribbon,
L. F. Goodrich;
Corn Prolific, red ribbon,
J. R Ayers.
One ear, blue ibbon,
One ear, red ribbon,
Dr. B- L. Long:
Ham, blue ridbon,
W, J. Johnson;
Ham red ribbon,
N, F. Brown
Cotton, blue ribbon,
Cotton, blue ribbon,
Peanuts, blue ribbon,
N. F. Brown
P4£per, blue ribbon
L F Goodricl
Velvet beans, blue ribbon
' J. M. Johnsoi
Apples, blue ribbon
F. M, Edmonsui
W. J, Johnsoi
Pears, blue r ribbon
John Ben net
J. W. Hine
Pop corn, blue ribbon
" red ribbon
W. O. Counci
Cow peas, blue
Mrs. 11. 1 Sveret
Tomatoes, blue ribbon
Mis 3 Chloe Burnet
Okra, blue ribbon,
L. F, Good rick
Walnuts, blue ribbon,
Collard, blue ribbon,
J. W, Hines
Rutabaga, red ribbon.
Chickens, Rhode Island Redi
Mrs. F. M. Harrell
White Wyandotte, red ribbon
B. F. Goodriek
A Fine Record
G. A. Roberson, of Griffin*
Township, age 13, who is a mem
ber of the Martin County Cort
Club, has just gathered from hii
prize acre 133-5-7 bushels of corr
The actual cost of growing this
acre including land rent wai
$35.21. The price of corn de
livered today in Williamston is
$2.40 per bushef, making this
acre worth $320.25, and net prof
fit of _
The Martin County Teacher:
Association will meet at th«
Court House in Williamston, Sat
urday*. 10th, at 9:30 A. M
A. J. Manning.
Died Suddenly Today.
The community was shocked
this morning to learn of the
death of Capt. W. R. Fowden at
the residence of his son, Mr. Les
lie Fowden. Mrs. Fowden notic
ed that the electric lights had
not been turned off in the room
adjoining her bedroom, and go
ing in found Capt. Fowden seat
ed in a chair partially dressed,
and slightly breathing, She hur
riedly called her son and his
wife, who came in quickly, but
I it was too late to jfive medical aid.
Mr. Fowden was employed at
the store of W, J. Hodges, and
usually went early to his work,
and it was about 6:15 when his
wife found him.
As we go to press, the news
reached the office and further
details will be given later.
We Are In The Trenches.
I America must feel more deeply
concerned about the war now
'than ever before, for our boys
'are in the trenches on the West
iem front. That they were eager
to get into action, shows thet*-ue
spirit of American ma lhi >1
There will be no sh.rkiu* jn
their part, and the ugh the n .1-
' ner of fighting is strange to a
people who have successfully
'! waged wars differently, they
have been quick to adapt them
' selves to the training given them.
The Nation at home must stand
' 1 firmer now; there must be no in
\ difference, but earnest work to
' 1 support everything that is need
ed to bring glorious success to
' American arm.v The pacifist and
the pro German should have no
'• place in the workings of the gov
ernment The country i« in tfn
war to win for the democracy ol
the world, and there can be 111
n I September Sales In The County
n As stated once before, the
amount, of tobacco sold on th(
n Willhmston market during th
- monthof September wasij,o34,o4]
pounds first hand; including
dealers and resold, the amoun
>s was 1,003,835; Robersonville was
a close second with 1,294.332
P pounds. The two market sole
together 2,928,973 first hand,
il and a total of 2,998,557 pounds
At an iverage of 28 cents, ihi
-t placed ¥839,595.90 in -;he hf* idi
of the farmers, during thenrioiUl
t of September. The bank state
ments show what the farmer!
are doing in Martin County in
year of 1917, and there are great
er things in the future, if the
gold in the soil is properlj
mined in the raising of tobacco
corn, cotton, peanuts and pota
8 ' ~
Bought A Baby Bond
, f Following the example of othei
Sunday School pupils in North
Carolina, those of the Episcopa
School here morning
voted to purchase " A Bab}
c Bond" of $50.00. A part of th(
i- amount will be paid out of the
II funds already on hand, and the
a other part is to be made from
n offerings on the fourth Sunday
s of each month, and this day will
s be known as "Liberty Loar
1- Bond" day in the School until
s the required amount is reached
3 Last week, it was stated thai
" John A. Manning had parchasec
the Jones farm at Dardens. It
should have read "the Barder
farm," as the Jones farm is own
ed by J. G. Godardand is notfoi
s sale at the present" time. R. E.
3 Roberson of the firm of Harri
;• son, Bros & Co , is partner ir
. in the purchase of the farm,
it is learned.
si.oo a Year in Advance
"The Birth of A NatW
The next big attration at the
Gaiety will be D. W. Griffith'!
mighty spetacle "The Birth of a
Nation." The engagement will
be on Wednesday November 14
and is for one night and one
This is the greatest production
which is still making a record
sum of 000 performances in New
City where it created the sensa
tion of the season. It is estimat
ed that over two million people
have seen the production since it
was originally brought out in the
east. It has other sensational
runs in Boston, San Francisco
and Los Angeles to its credit
Mr, Griffith was eight months
making this wonderful story. He
employed 18,000 people and 3,000
horses and the total cost of the
work reached the enormous fig
ure of over a half million dollars.
The story is one of romance and
adventure linked to the most vi
tal periods of American history.
It records its facts with the ra
pidity of lightning and yet never
departs from the fundamentals
c * tru 3 drama; lov? and cr iflki v .
a i iti basic them but a n -riai
o' i Dtails ill.imine -he nar tiv«
a..vi iif' it s:- far b;„ ondan} jint
our stage has ever '.nom lat
the usual avenues o 1 n orison
do not offer a road - fcMjw in
* this instance. Linke \ich tl «
drama is an operati.e sco
which carried recurrent them
with every vital scene and cha.
' acter in the epic. This wonderfu.
score which is synchronized to
| the drama is in itself an i#coir •
parable work of art. An orcl f* •
tra of forty travels with the
traction to handle the rau a ,
features xrf~tke ptfesepifcti&n.
That part of hi«TOfy„ dealing
} with the rise and fall of the
slavery problem is the vital spark,
upon which Griffith has built his
story. The conflict which this
question caused i- reproduced in
' a great battles and in all the thrill
e ine thi» , o r -» wh'"'i i.*"" a 'v'- 1 - of
1 Monkey Rum Caused Accident
, Wednesday nik'ht. about 11
j! o'clock, a car without liirhts
started through Hamilton at a
rate of thirty miles per hour,
buta lamp p.)3t happens'l to be
,j in the way : and theif- vas :
tre nend:.i.3 s.nasV vp of t. A:,
the four cccupants werv nurlec
g out. Two of them were -■verelj
j hurt, but after severr.; bnart
were able to go to Spriir "will,
j their destination. Men we/j tier
y the only things in the car then
were gallons of monkey rum
[ which had been secured it sup
pose this side of Hamilton. Jule
Riddick and a man named Moore
were with the party. They vjsre
arrested, and gave bail foi tbsii
r appearance in Hamilton
i morning. All of the rum wayoct
,1 in the kegs-- much of it had been
f inbibed--hence the accident,
a ~ "*
, There will be a meeting of the
f Martin County Council of Defense
I at the Court House in Williams^
, ton, on Monday afternoon, Novj
j oth, at 2 o'clock. Every wore??
in the county is cordia ly invit'. '*•
t to attend.
I * * r" r> /■»
i. i/. v. r. lonve mon
] The District Convention ol (,di \
r Fellows % will meet atßelhai'e*
Thursday Nov. Bth. The District
comprises 14 Lodges including
1 Robersonville and Williamaton,
There will be splendid entertains
ment and everybody will have a
good time. *