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VOL XIX. NO 5.
The Martin County Teachers
held their second meeting for
the year of 1917-18 in the Grad-1
ed School Building Saturday
December 8, 1917.
There was a heavy rainfall ,
from nine o'clock until noon, but
despite the bad conditions exist
ing. twenty-one teachers came
during the session. Ten of those,
who were the first ,
meeting and eleven new
teachers were "plucky" enough
to venture out, We know that
were benefited thereby, and they
so doing has won a place on the
"Honor Roll" for the month.
Their names will be given later.
You can count on thit teacher
who goes through rain and shine
to attend the Teachers' Meeting.
He will not fail you when the
school bell should ring, but will
be right there with his hand on
the rope, ready to ring the bell,
and ready to greet each pupil
as he enters.
The President, Prof. E"
Bundy, called the meeting to or
der and devotional exercises were
conducted by Rev. W. R. Burrell.
He read and interpreted the 46th
psalm. After he outlined our du
ty as teachers, thus "interpret
God in the subjects you teach,"
The following program was
I. School Publicity,
1. Needof it..
2. Just what to be published,
3. There published in County
11. Opportunity of the
text: "Ye are the light of
World." Prof, E M Whebbee
1. te encourage intellectual
2. to instill moral principles.
3. to uplift the commimity.
4 to set proper example for
the young, imitative mjnd.
11l Study of School Recedes.
1. Needof them.
2. Careful supervision.
3. Feting at recesses.
4. Drinking water at rocesse-i.
0. Rainy Day Program.
IV Patriotism in the bChools.
1. What is Patriotism
2 Need of Patriotism.
3. North Carolina Bo)k_
After the program was con
cluded the teachers were delight
fully entertained by the ladies of
the t»wn at a dinner served at
the Parish Hall- Each teacher
left declaring that one of the
mogt interesting and most en
joyable features of the day It is
pleasant to us to be able to feel
that people are really apprecia
tive of the work we are doing as
teachers, for the uplift of the
children of the County.
After the dinner, we again
assembled at the .School Building
to witness the demonstration
teaching by sever*! of the Wil
liamston teaeliers. We were
disappointed in only one thing.
This was that we were not able
to see the work going on in the
four rooms at the same time
The teachers present were:
Mrs. J. Eason Lilley; Misses
Nannie Lamb, Nellie Spivey.
Christine Pridgen, Beda Teague,
Gladys Ballance, Adeline Jobe,
Jessie Hodges, Maude Hodges,
Liza Love Greene, Mary E.
Mabry, Agnes Moseley, Adelia
Spruill, Ruby Lowe, Carrie Dell
White, Ara Crawford, Eva Peele;
and Mes3#s E. M. Whedbee, E.
E. Bundy, S. H. Grimes, and
Dewey S. Spruill.
It is Supt. Manning's intention
that each teacher in the County
observe Fridav Dec. 22nd, as
Carolina Day and give the pro
gram laid down in the Manual
sent out by.the State Superin
Teachers, let us be at the
place of meeting next time on
time and with a mind willing
and ready to give and receive
any suggestive help poss.bic.
Eva Peele, Secretary,
Sunday was a bitter cold day,
but the volplaning of mercury i
had nothing to do with the oper
ations of Mister Cupid, and it
took other means to keep him !
out of mischeif. Miss Pearl
Meadows, the young daughter of i
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Meadows
and Mr. Joseph Pender, had
planned to motor over to
Greenville and get married The
license had been secured by
friends who wanted to help, and
though it was well-known that
the would-be-bride was not of
marriageable age, these friends
affirmed that she was and the
Register of Deeds of Pitt County
issued th«m. Later, all the plans
of the elopers were disclosed
to Mr. Meadows who stopped
the progress of affairs.
Dec eater Term Of Superior Court
Judge Frank A. Daniels con
vened the December Term of
Martin County Superior Court
here at 9:30 on Monday morn
ing. Solicitor Richard Allsbrook
appeared for the State. The
Grand Jury was selected and
Judge Daniels delivered his
charge to them. T. R. Getsinger,
of \Villiamßton, was chosen fore
The following cases were
heard during the first davs of
Clyde Williams. L & H. Charg
ed v* ith cost and !*25.00.
J. W. Allen, L & R. Nol pros.
Gus Albritton, A. D. W Nol
Jas. E. Rogers, L. & R Nol,
Jas. E Rogers, L. & R. NoJ
Joseph Darling, Removing
crop. Judgment absolute.
Jim Mizell, A. D. W. Nol pros.
Sam Bryant, D. R C. Nol pros.
Charles Scott, Murder. Capias
Walter Godard, G. N.J Not
a true bill.
J. S. Shugar, Doing business
under assumed name, not being
registered. Pleads guilty. Charg
. Ed with cost.
Henry Rogers, Failure to work
'roads. Pleads guilty. Charged
John D Bailey, Failure to
work roads. Pleads guihy.
Charged with cost.
Elias Daniel, Murder. Capias
Joe Taper, Alfred Boston,
Ar*hut Boston, Graham Har
rington and Burt Harrington.
Alfred Boston, Graham Harring
ton, and Burt Harrington come
into court and plead guilty.
Arthur Boston pleads not guilty,
and upon trial by Jury, they
find for their verdict that Arthur
Boatoc is not guilty. Joe Boston
i« not yet taken.
Lonoie Baxter, A. D. W
Pleads guilty, required, to pay!
sl4 for Robert Gray and cost of j
E. Staton, Jesse Grimes. Af
fray. Waive bill and pleads guil
ty. Charged with cos*.
Jno. Boston. L & R. Found
guilty by a jury.
Jim Mizell, C. C, W Pleads
guilty. Fined SSO and cost.
Jim Mizell, A. D. W. Pleads
guilty. Prayer for judgement
continued upon payment of cost,
entered into bond of £IOO for
good behavior and to show to the
court for three years that he
has abstained from drinking- li
Jim Mizell. Pleads guilty.
Charged with cost,
Sylvester Wynn, Failure to
work roads. Nol pros.
Don't you want to keep a little
child from starving? Then give
some money to Elder Sylvester
1 Hassell at Williamston.
WILLIAMSTON, N. C., FRIDAY DECEMBER 14. i*t/.
Theatrical Day of the Red
Cross So2ietv was observed
throughout the United States on
Friday last. Owing to the ina
bility to secure the hall here on
that date, the Day was observed
on Thursday, December 6th. Mr.
Harry A. Biggs arranged a very
pleasing programme and assisted
by local talent, charmed a good
sized audience. Manager Gordy
in connection with the pro
gramme, presented a 6-reel pic
ture. A neat little sum was rea
lized, which will help in the
work of the local Red Cross
Chapter. Following is the pro
instrumental solo ' Military March"
Miss Helen Mavtiard Schubert
Vocal solo, "Joan Of Arc"
Mi*. James S. Rhodes Alfred Sryan
Instrumental duet, "Fanfare"
Overture from William Tell, Roaini
Mrs. Warren HiKK*> Miss Helen Maynard
Voral solo "A Dream" Bartlett
Mr. Harrv A. Big#*
Instrumental duet, "Old Oaken Bucket'
Miss Helen Maynard, Miss Mary B. Harrcl)
Vocal solo, "Mj Laddie" W. A. Thayer
Miss Irms Woodhouse
Patriotic airs Lieutenant John W. Haa
sell, Messrs. Lake Latnb, B. Duke
Critcher. P. F., Apfel, Will Foreman,
Mrs. James S. Rhodes.
North Carolina Day.
Today is North Carolina Day
in the public schools of the State.
Patriotic appeals will be made
by £fpresentatives from every
patriotic society. Especial em
phasis is to be laid today on war
Savings stamps and certificates
to afford eve-v child, every man
and woman, the opportunity to
cultivate the commendable vir
tue of thrift, even to the point
of commendable sacrifice and to
make a practical application of it
to the service of our country *and
Complimentary To Teachers.
v Last Saturday, the teachers of
s the county, who had come to at
: tend the meeting of the Teachers
• AisocTation were entertained ai
luncheon at the Parish Hall
; Misses Penelope Bitfgs and I)ais.\
I Manning, who ' were named tc
get contributions, were giver
) hearty support by rnanv of th(
, business men and the women o!
the town. Mesdames Lovet Har
rison, Edgar Bundy W. R. Bur
rell and A. R. Dunning assisted
• in the preparation and, serving
of the edibles which consisted of
• ham, sandwiches, salad, pickles,
crackers, coffee, block ice crearc
and cake. Misses Li da Cook, Mat
tie Lou Anderson, Beatrice Bur
rell and Virginia Herrick served
as waitresses Preparations were
ma ie to entertain sixty-five, but
owis*? to the bad weather, only
about half of that number were
Sotice Of Senrioes
Services at the Episcopal
Church on Sunday are as follows:
Chureh School, 9:45 a. m.
Morning Prayer, 11: a. m.,
Evening Prayef, 7:30 p- m.
The congregrational meeting
announced for Sunday morning
has been postponed.
C. H. JORDAN, Rector.
Monday, Policeman Holliday,
of Jamesville, brought a negro
man up here on the afternoon
train. When they got off the cars
the negro broke away and hiked
it for liberty. Holliday sent a
bullet after him but this failed to
stop him. The negro had been
arrested for housebreaking in
A Heavy Snow
Contrary to the usual cu#tom -
of the weather in this section, it J
Sent snow on Tuesday night. It 1
commenced to fall lightly about t
10:80, and Wednesday morning, a
the world was dressed as a bride 8
for her wedding, and still the *
flakes were falling. On the L
level it measured about seven v
inches. If the mercury nad con- •
tinued on the lower floor as two r
days previous the situation would
have been most unpleasant, but I
it went higher and so relieved '
things. School suspended and the
children found the only sport
of the season and everybody look- *
ed jolly. It was the heaviest Dec- r
ember snow that has fallen here c
in many years.
How If This For Tobacco? |
Mr. Joseph G. Godard, banker-
farmer, has Compilied his tobaccn
crop report this year, and by re- 1
quest has given it to the paper.
He is owner of the Biggs Farm
near Williamston, the Jones Farm
at Dardens, and several minor
tracts and this year planted 1(H)
acres in tobacco, which he sold
on the home market. On these
100 acres, he raised 72,223 pounds
or an average of 722 per acre;
this brought in open market,
s2l, 763. 36; average S3O 13, an
average per acre of $217.33. On
one 6-acre field, he raised $1,837.
! 95 worth of the weed, which was
an average of $306.35 per acre,,
' If Martin County tobacco had
had its usual weight, Farmer
' Godard would have almostdoubl
-1 ed his ctish pile, but the rains
' produced a lighter weight this
year, and the average on every
* farm was below the usual
j Went Hunting
Sheriff Page is a mighty Nim
rod, when it comes to bringing
in stills. Thursday evening of
f last week, he .found two ami J
brougoi them to town for safe
s keeping. Evidently the woods
t are full of them, but at the rate
that Sheriff is locating the hid
y ing places, some folks wilt have'
Dto put a great deal more
i money in copper. "Horse molas
e Hen" being hauled through the
f streets from the river dock is a
- sure index to making "monkey
- rum" and "hard up."
f " - Hamilton Items
Mrs. T. B. Slade, Jr., enter
*l tained at Bridge on Saturday
J afternoon from 2 to 6 at her
home in Hamilton. The home
j was attractively decorated with
, fail flowers and ferns. At five
[ o'clock the gueats were invitedjin
. the dining room. The table was
a very pretty with a cake for the
cenfcerpieee upon which stood
a miniature brida holding cards
announcing the marriage of Mias
Leilia P/ppen to Mr, Don Matt
l hewson December 19th. Ice
cream and cake were served in
heart shape. A toast was given
to the bride-to-be wishing her
Misses Delia and Codie Purvis
spent last week in Henderson,
where they attended the marri
age qf their brother, Dr. Purvis.
Misses Pete Riddick and Ber
tha Parrish, of Spring Hill, at
tended the marriage Roebuck-
Edmonson here Wednesday*.
Mias Marguerite Manning, of
Greenville, spent week-end
Mrs. P.. L. Salsbury and little
son spent last week in Rich
Mr. and Mrs. R B. Watkins !
and Mrs. J. P. Boyle spent last ;
1 week in Norfolk.
Saw Strange Rainbow
_ Mr. David J. Whichard, Jr.,
who is now at Camp Lee,
interestingly of a strange rain
bow which appeared there in the
sky about 3:30. He stated that it
showed red, white and blue and
the ends of. the bow "pointed
upwards, and it showed above
where the soldiers were standing
in the field waiting for the com
mand to pass in reveiw before
Secretary Baker. This strange
phenonenon showed in practical
ly a clear sky, and while the sun
was getting low in the West.
Perhaps, this was a good omen
for the American arms, or it
might have been a "sun dog,"
one of which was witnessed here
last week The "sun dog" is the
sign of extreme weather, and it
proved te be correct as far as
this section of the country is con.
cerned, for Sunday, Monday and
Tuesday brought almost zero
Hat Been Returned
The Methodist Conference
which convened in Greenville
last week and ended Monday,
has returned Rev. H M. Eure
to the Williamston-Hamilton
Circuit for another year. The re
turn of Rev. Eure is highly sat
isfactory to all four of his
churches, which have felt the
influence of his godly lif? and
sound doctrine. He is a faithful
worker along the lines of Metho
dism of which he has been a sue- j
cessful exponent in this State
and in Missouri. He is what is
termed "a four-year man" and
i this fact speaks for itself. Willi
amston and the Methodist Church
are be congratulated that,
they they are to have him an
other year to work among this
I Sunday afternoon us previous
ly a small riumber • >f men includ
ing Elder Svlvester Hassell, W.
R. Hurrell ll Jordan, W. C.
Manning, Luke Ltmb, I)r. John
, D. Biggs met. at the City Hall
and arranged for se uring the
fund asked tor the relief of the
a Armenians and Syrians, victims
of Turkey ;.nd Germany, Elder
Hassell was chosen Treasurer of
the fund and plans formulated t
can/as th* county in its interest.
For the first time, Christmas
u Saving Checks have been given
l out here, The Peoples Bank had
52,500 reported and the F. & M.
Bank about .*2,000. making a
3 total of 84,500 to be distributed.
a Quite a number of f)lks com
menced and then let the habit
} drop, and only a few cents went
, to them, when by little thrift
these same people could have
, had dollars at a time wheu
money is in such a demand. Both
banks will start another Savings
Dr. And Mrs. Fleming Hosts.
I)r. and Mrs. M. I. Fleming
were hosts at a very delightful
four-course dinner given this
week at their hospitable home
on Front Street, complimentary
to Lieutenant and Mr 3. Ralph
■Watkins. Covers were laid for
eight The centerpiece was very
attractive in eyelet embroidery,
holding a silver vase of ferns
and cut flowers;
The guests Were, Lieutenant
and Mrs. Watldns, Prof. John B.
I Rucker, Miss Minnie Joyce, Miss
; Lelia Pinpen and Mr Don
Si.oo a Year in Advance
Entertainment At Hamilton.
On Friday night, Dec. 6th,
The Athenian Literary Society
and music department of the
Hamilton High School, gave an
entertainment. The program con
tained piano solos, dueta and
trios; vocal solos, choruses, re
citations, declamations, imper
sonations and a debate
Each member of the music
class gave an interesting rendi
tion. Featuring this was a chorus
consisting of eight small girls,
which drew merited applause. A
dialogue by the primary class
was humorous in the extreme
and added spice to blie occasion.
Following this were' the recita
tions and Reclamations which de
serve special mention.
Then followed the debate pr«»-
sided over by Bryan Taylor. The
question was: Resolved, that
Washington was a geater figure -
from all standpoints than Lin
coln. The affirmative was ably
upheld by Roy Rogers and Annie
Anthony; the negative by Wade
Everett and Mary Sullivan. The
Judges, R. W. Salsbury, M. P.
Taylor and J. H. Davenport
rendered the decision in favor of
That the occasion was a suc
cess was shown by the over
whelininfc~HUrubers that packed
the auditorium. The entire pro
gram was heartily applauded,
and there is much improvemnt
already visible in all departments
of society and musical work. The
proceeds go to the development
; of athletic facilities. Those tak
i ing part were, Ethel, Helen,
I Lillian, Elizabeth Davenport,
■ Martha. Carrie D • 11, Sallie and
) Dennis Roebuck. Claud-j S uith,
L Bryan „ Taylor, Wade Everett,
Jesse, CathrLce and Myrtle
5 Everett, Roy R'Jgers, Elizabeth
ami MuUie Kogets, Anni An
thony, ' Mary Sullivan, Pauline
Johnson, Carl Sals-bury, Annie
Davis, Rolar.d Hunting and Nor
" ma Mines.
Last week in the h .rry of pre
n paration for issuing the paper,
the pri/ 't' sl'i'et >j' tlu« s.tnt« ment
0 of the Farmers Sz M'-n-i ants
e Bank was r>ot, corrected, and an
s error occurred, which was very
1 much regretted. This week the
statement appears again and is
" correct. Note also that of the
" Planters fc Merchants Bank.
Red Cross Christmas Drive,
The* Red-Cross Society will be
lS gin a vigorous campaign on the
" 16th to secure 10,000,(100 more
I members. There will be a meet
ing here today at 4 o'clock at the
Chapter headquarters to arrange
for the campaign in Williamston
Township. The following have
been appointed as campaigners:
' Mrs. Warren H. Biggs, Chair
man; Mesdames S. R. Biggs, C.
J H. Godwin, J. S. Rhodes J H.
1 Saunders, C. B. Hassell, A R.
1 Dunning, J. L, Hassell. Lovet
3 Harrison, John D. Biggs, J. G.
Staton, Wheeler Martin, Jr.,
Misses Daisy Manning, Essie K,
Peele, Irene Smith, Annie Lamb,
r■ m •
1 Martin County Tobacco Salei.
; The November sales of tobacco
r on the Williamston market
i amounted to 400,761. on
• Robersonville market, 342,230.
' To December Ist, Williamston
had sold 3.295,305 pounds and
' Robersonville, 2,536,815 pounds.
The total number of pounds for
the county being 5,832,120. There
have been small sales during
December, but the entire crop
was about sold at the close of