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Wiflfeai la Critical Condition
at paaftAfctaa Hospital A* Roaalt
> Of Motorcycle Wrack
William Sykes waa serious injured
aat Sunday morning when a motor
cycle in which he waa riding turned
ovar. His spine waa fractured, caus
ing complete paralysis of the lower
limb*. He was hurried to the Wash
ington Hospital where he is lying in
a helpless condition. There is little
hope of his recovery from paralysis
and #we if he survives he Is expected
to row in an invalid.
George Sexton, the driver of the ma
chine, was also hurt, but not serious
ly. The accident occurred when he
started to drive the machine into high
way No. 90 at the Ezsell filling sta
tion in Jamesville. The highway
forms a bow there, and when the ve
hicle started down it was going at a
too rapid rate of speed and somer
asulsed, the side car hitting Sykes in I
Sexton lives near Jamesville and'
Sykas was on s visit to his people near
Dardens. Reports from the Washing
ton Hospital last night stated that
Sykas was resting easily.
Large Crowds See
Bverybody and his brother, with
very few r exceptions, attended the
movies at the Strand Theatre here
last Wednesday evening. Through a
merchants association, tickets are a-,
vailable with every 60c purchase made i
in certain stores of the town. In fact,
the system gives a free show on Wed
nesdays, and, according to the crowds
attending on those days, there is con
siderable shopping going on here.
It is a real pleasure just to watch
the crowd. In fact, we enjoyed the
opportunity so much that we would
like to give a show free ence s week
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Fire In Greenville
|Wyfc6 t pQO Damage
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Greenville suffered a fire loss esti
mated at (160,000 yesterday morning
whsa the Princeton Hotel, the Horne
ft Staton Drug Co., the Pitt Shoe
Co. JMtdlng, and the Moseley Bros,
building were destroyed by flames.
Tkf AM, starting in the parlor of
the hotel, had gained such headway
that when the fire department re
sponded a little after 6 in the morn
ing a difficult task was before it The
assistance of both the Farmville and
Washington fire departments was ask
ed, and the Farmville company was
on the scene 36 minutes after the call
and the Washington department was
there in 60 minutes.
The entire business sectioi) of the
city was threatened, and had it not
bean for the visiting companies' aid
it Is probable that it would have been
New Bridge Across
Tar At Washington
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The State Highway Commission has
announced its intention to build a new
bridge at Waahington, the contract to |
br let at ita meeting on February 1.
The estimated cost is around $200,000.
The bridge may be built at the same
looutibn as the old bridge, though it
has not been determined whether it
will bo there or lower down the river.
ffa Ralph Hunter Laasitor and Mise
D«l«U were married by A. J.
Ma—big at his residence on Decem
They will make their home in John
son County, where Mr. Lassiter is a
I Strand Theatre
I DONT FORGET
I Admission: 50 Cents
I 7:45 P.M.
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±New County Home
Further steps were made to
ward getting a new county home
for Martin when the board of
county commissioners met here in
the courthouse and discussed the
matter last Monday.
The cost of auch a project is
unknown, but the board appointed
a committee composed of Messrs.
Hj C. Green, J. G. Barnhill, and
T. B. Slade, jr., to investigate the
cost of the project. The commit-
Billio RIB, only seven years of
age. lives to Loo Aagoteo and is
predict*-! to bo the "coming reniua
of the violin," by Efram Zlmbaliat >
Such words coming from so groat >
• maator Is praise Mood.
To Hold Examination
For Clerk-Carrier Here
An open competitive examination,
und#r tie rule of '' * T n!t*f states
ed for the position of clerk-village
carrier in the post office at William
ston. Receipt of applications will
close on January 6, 1926.
Applications for this examination
must be made on the prescribed form,
which, with necessary instructions,
may be obtained from the commissions
local representative at the post office
here or from the secretary of the
Fqurth Civil Service District, at Wash
ington, D. C.
All persona wishing to take this ex
amination should secure blanks and
file their applications with the under
signed prior to the hour of closing
business on the date above specified.
The date for assembling of com
petitors will be stated in the admis
sion cards mailed applicants after the
close of receipt of applications.
GIRLS AND BOYS LEAVE FOR
VARIOUS SCHOOLS NEXT WEEK
After spending the Christmas holi
days with their parents and relatives,
students of various schools of this
and other states will leave next week
to finish the 1926-26 school year.
Misses Emma Bell Harris and
Margaret Manning will return to N.
C. C. W., Greensboro) Mr. Bryant
Carstarphen to Duke university, Dur
ham; Messrs. William Hodges and
Herbert Peel, jr. „to Wake Forest;
Misses Carrie Lee Peel and Pattie
Edmondson to East Carolina Teachers
college, Greenville; Miss Sarah Har
rell to Converse, Spartanburg, S. C.
Messrs. Fred Taylor and Benjamin
Courtney to Wake Fbrest.
POLICEMAN J. C. COOK
KILLS LARGE OWL
Mr. J. C. Cook, member of the local
police force, killed a large owl last
night in front of the Strai.d theatre
on Main street.
The owl was hooting from an elec-i
trie light pole when his hoots were
ended by Mr. Cook.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Pope,
a daughter, Mary O'Neal. Tuesday,
December 29th. Both Mrs. Pope and
her little daughter are getting along
r Mrs. Erah Cobb returned this week
from Louisburg, where she spent
! Christmas with her slater, Mrs. At
CARD OF THANKS
We take this method of expressing
oar sincere thanks and appreciation
to Via K. K. K. and also Messrs. R. S.
Critcher, sr., and R. S. Critcher, jr.,
for the presentvthey presented to us
Mrs. T. A. PEED and CHILDREN.
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Williams ton, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, January 1,1926
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tee will report also on a suitable
location for the new home when
the board meets the first Monday '
When we look on the county
statement and see when the pres
ent home is valued at $3,600, we
realize ths need for improvement
With conditions as they are, the
investigation and the action on the
part of our commisaioners will be
DECEMBER ISSUE OF
Thirty-Eight Licenses Issued; Nine
teen White and Nineteen Colored;
Busy Month For Cupid
Mr. J. Sam Getsinger, register of
deeds, had a busy time of it last
month when 38 couples applied at his,
office for licenses to tie the "fatal" i
knot. No complaints were made by
him in spite of the large number,
neither were complaints heard from a!
lccal pastor when he spent almost a
day making complete the knots. The
number issued to both whites and
blacks was the same, 19 to white
couples and 19 to colored couples.
The list with ages follows:
Dallas Keel, 21; Alice G. Weaver,
C. C. Everett, 28; Bertha Price, 18.
Judie Purvis Faithful, 24; Ruth Ida
Willie L. Hadley, 25; Maggie Mor
William Noah Roberson, 64; Mamie
E. Corey, 41.
Albert Jacobs, of Bertie County, 47;
Annie Outlaw, Hertford County, 34.
Ernest Floyd Pippen, 22; Carrie
Delle Roebuck, 21.
George H. Miselle, jr., 19; Fannie
Mae Roddick, 20.
Reubin Leo Roberson, 21; Louallie
Marie Roberson, 20.
J. Henry Keel, 22; Irma Raynor, 19.
Harvey D. Moore, 30; Bertha E.
Ralph Hunter Lassiter, Johnston
County, 21; Delsie G. Modlin, 16.
Starkie E. Casper, 40; Mrs. Mary
Ira Manning, 26; Carrie Coltrain, 19
Joe T. Bullock, 23; Callie Bullock,
Pitt County, 19.
Claudius Hardison, 30; Addie G.
Oliver Harrison, 21; Martha Stokes,
Lcamon Roebuck, 22; Eula Raynor,
Silas Wilson, 30; Marie Freeman, 23
Isam Brown, 21; Rosetta Harrison,
James Rogers, 60; Dora Woolard, 66
Elijah Spruill, 21; Olivia Swanner,
Zeb Briggs, 22; Clemmy J. Rogers,
Isaac Lee, 21; Rosa Lee Hill, 18.
Henry Little, Pitt County, 22; Ora
John Teel, 60; Dora Cherry, 42.
George Purvis, 20; Dora Taylor,'2B.
George David Hopkins, 28; Bertha
Getrude Bonner, 19; Archie Horner,
Ferdinand Roberson, 23; Theoris
Henry Peel, 19; Letha Peel, 22.
Thurston Jenldps, 21; Juner Purvis,
Reddick Lynch, 23; Aludia White
George Staton, 22; Suaie Spruill,
Curtia Webb, 21; Beasie Everett, 21.
Joe Teel, 66; Emma Overton, 22.
Lonnie Roberson, 22; Willie Slade,
19. , ' I . '
The last living link connecting Beat
Grass township with the four-yeai
struggle between the states was brok
, en when Mr. William Micelle of that
township died on Wednesday, Decem
ber 28. Mr. Miselle is the last of thost
Confederates of that township whe
saw active service in the armies of the
He served faithfully the cause of the
South, and was more than 80 years of
sge at the time o£Ms death.
SAYS PRICE OF NITRATE
Or SODA IS TOO HIGH
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According to Mr. D. D. Stalls, local
fertiliser dealer, the price of nitrate of
sods is selling at too high a price.
Mr. Stalls stated that it la reasonable
to expect a drop in tfco price Inlaw
Turkey Stealing Only Evidence of
Chriatmaa Holidays Before Court;
Nine Cases Disposed of
Outside of one or two cases of tur
key stealing, the holidays had little
influence on the outcome of the coun
ty recorder's court here last Tuesday.
Only two hours and twenty minutes
were used in disposing of the nine -
cases to come before Judge Smith.
Ed Walston plead guilty to an as
sault charge and was fined by the
court (26 and the costs of the action.
Clancy Carson plead guilt/ to the
charge of driving an automobile while
intoxicated. He was required to pay
|6O and the costs of the acfion.
William Rollins, a young colored
boy carrying an innocent look, was
caught after he had stolen turkeys
from Mr. E. C. House and sold them
to Mr. Holliday of Roberscnville at
the moat reaspnable price of 25 cents
I the pound. He was required to pay
Mr. House 36 cents per pounS for the
, turkeys, besides serving 30 days time
I in jail, paying the costs of Ihe case,
and the cost of his upkeep while in
1 jail. \
I "A case charging Henry Harrell with
! an aaaault with a deadly weapon was
A charge of reckless driving against
George Cordon, jr., was dismissed
when it was learned that he was just
a beginner and when several citizens
testified to his good character. He,
however, wth George Cordon ( sr., Sol J
' cmon Cordon, and Joe Lilley plead
guilty to the charge of transporting
liquor. Joe Lilley, at the time of the
trial, was the only one aware of the
presence of the liquor in the car. Cor
don was required by the court to pay
a fine of S2O and one-fourth the costs.
' Cordon, ar., and Solomon Cordon each 1
were required to pay a fine of $26 and
their part of the costs. 3ne Lilley
paid $25 and his part of the coats and
received s jail sentence to Ko assign
ed to the roads of Edgecombe County
for four months. The other three were
given jail sentenees ranging from lit)
to 60 days, but in every case thu sen
tence was suspended by Judge Smith
' L wrtO the -W» Uy flrfitih",
Maude Lee Tumage and Ernestine
* Wood, two colored damsels of the
Hamilton section, pleaji not guilty to
1 the charge of assault with deadly
weapon. Upon the findings of the
court their plea was found to be cor
rect. The only commotion during the
session occurred during this case when
' a colored boy insisted on talking.
Judge Smith had him put out of the
' court troom until after court adjourn
' The case against Eli Rogerson,
which was sent from Mayor Coburn's
' court, because it could not not be de
cided whether or not Rogerson was
driving a car while intoxicated, was
) ended when it was learned that Mr. |
Rogerson was not drunk. Many wit-1
nesses were used in this case, and just
j when a man is drunk and when he
isn't drunk proved to be the hard
problem to solve. Evidence was in|
favor of Mr. Rogerson, and although
h wasn't a case of the "bone-dry" na
ture, it was not a case of drunken
Since Rev. George D. Leggett, who
' was to have supplied for pastor R. L.
Shirley last Sunday, was unable to
5 reach there, the regular service will
be conducted by the pastor at 8 p. m.,
Sunday. Everybody is cordially in
'' vited. Come and help us to plan for
the new year. Let every member plan
by all means to be present.
R. L. SHIRLEY, Pastor.
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. Washington Sportsmen
Have Narrow Escape
Several sportsmen from Washington
includng Dr. D. T. Tayloe, Jr., while
en route from a duck hunt Hown Pam
y lico River came near going down be
neath the waves this week when Ice
cut through the hull of their boat and
r it was hslf filled with water before it
T could be beached.
1 When the boat neared the shore the
occupants had to jump in the water
and wade oat. _
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® 1925 BIGGEST YBAR YET FOR
e NEW YORK BANK CLEARINGS
a 1926 proved New York's biggest
f year in bank clearings. The amount
passing through the clearing house
last year reached the enormous sum
of $288,619,244,636, exceeding the bus-
I inoss of the previous year by more
1 Most North Carolinians declare this
f great proaperity lodged on the north
i. aide of the Mason k Dixon line.
o Mr. C. E. Jenkins Is able to. be out
again after being ill for two weeks.
Enterprise Ad Sells
Dishes in Delaware
The George W. Blount & Co.,
have just received an order for
two sets of dishes from Wilming
ton, Delaware. This order came
through an advertisement in the
If you would mske 1926 a good
year, advertise your goods in the
WITH THE COUNTY
v JAIL'S BOARDERS
Eight Negroes Now Serving Sentence*
or Being Held in Default of
Bond; AH Living High
Resting under the tender care of
Sheriff Thad Roberson, part of eight
husky darkies are serving sentences
imposed by Judge Smith, while some
of the number are awaiting develop
ments that will come to a head in the
next term of Martin County superior
court, which convenes here next March
Free from the cold, no worry about
food, and where clothes are of little
importance the prisoners are having
the time of their lives right at the
present. But the fact that the board
will have to be paid by some while
others will have to face the judge with
his 12 "good men and true" takes part
of the joy, and after all they are wor
rying a wee bit.
Three, Robert Lee Hargrove, Roy
Ford and Weldon Ford, are sleeping
| in jail in default of SI,OOO bonds. Their j
j cases will be heard in the March term \
of superior court here. It is romcm
l be red that they robbed a safe belong
ing to Peter Everett, a colorod man
Will Roberson is serving a 30-day
sentence imposed by Judge Smith for
I stealing turkeys. And while no tur
key goes to the jail, Roberson says
the sheriff feeds plenty good and that
he has no kick to register.
Sam Raynor is being held awaiting
the outcome of an investigation into
Ihe death of a darkey in Hamilton.
It is understood that Raynor admin
istered poison to the husband of one
of his belles. However, analysis is
will be known later.
Violation of the Volstead act by
Mack Woolard is the cause of his 10-
day stay in thd county jail.
Elijah Biggs is also on a 10-day
leave of absence, spending It in jail,
however, for violating the liquor laws.
The two others are in for minor of
fenses and will be out in the course of
a day or so.
Brief Sketch of Life
Of Mrs. J. T. Hinson
Lillian Frances Hinson, the daugh
ter of W. E. and Frances Wright, was
. born January 17th, 1866, and died De
| cember Bth, 1925. She was married
' to James T. Hinson January 1, 1890.
Mrs. Hinson united with the church
of Corinth when she was about 14
years of age, and served faithfully
' until the end. She found great pleas
ure in being alone reading the Bible,
which she. loved so dearly.
Her health began to fail last April,
but she bore her sufferings patiently
until God called her home. The fu
neral was held at Corinth Church by
Rev. A. J. Manning. The choir sung
her favorite hymn, "Grace, Greater
She is survived by three children,
Mrs. J. M. Mizelle, W. W. Hinson,
both of Jamesville, and C. J. Hinson,
ol' Robersonville, and her husband.
It is sad to say ood-by to those
dear ami near us, but when it pleases
God to take them to live with Him we
how in humble submission to His will.
TEAR DOWN ONE OF
What might be considered one of
i the landmarks of the town was torn
. down this morning for fear that it
. might fall—the old belfry where the
. town fire bell hung for many years.
) It was standing in 1896, and it is
| probable that it was built before that
; date. It stood over the warehouse of
Slade's Sore, which are known now
. as the Hassell Stores. Mr. J. L. Has
r sell is having the old roof of th»
warehouse torn down to be replaced
'with a new one and - the old belfry is
being done a«;ay with, as the .bell is
, now lodged—for time to come, vepy
probably—in the city hall building.
| Four Couples Married
i Saturday By Pastor
> Saturday was a great marriage day
with Parson A. J. Manning, who mar
i ried four conplea, two white, Ira Msn
i ning and Carrie Coltrain, Joe T. Bul
lock and Callie Bullock, and two col
; All thaao marriages wars in the of
fice of the regiater of deeda.
! New Baptist Preacher
The al>ovc* picture is of the Re\\f
Clias. H. Dickey, the new pastor of
the Williamston MemoYial Baptist
Church. ."Mr. Dickey will preach his
first sermon in Williamston Sunday,
BAPTIST PASTOR TO '
Rev. Chariest 11. Dirkey To Arrive
From LaGrange, Ga. In Time !
To Conduct Services Here
Mr. Charles II Dickey, pastor of
the Memorial Haptist Church, will ar-:
| rive tomorrow from LaGrange, Ga
I and will preach his first sermon aftci
I accepting the pastorate of this church
next Sunday. Iev. Mr. Dickey comes
to VVilliamstton with outstanding sue ;
cess in his field of work. After at !
tending Carson-Newman, a Haptist
College in Tennessee, he went to the
Southern Haptist Theological Semi
nary in Ix>uisville. From-there he ac
cepted his first pastorate, that of the
First Haptist Church of I'uragould,
Ark., where he remained until the
World War, at which time he resign
ed and accepted a chaplaincy with the
American Army. He attended the
first chaplain's school ever held in this
! country. After receiving his commis
i sion he was assigned to the
.iMacluuicUuu JiidUiUvu Will >ycjil w«Ui
it to England and France. Soon af
, ter the Armistice was sijvncd he was
transferred to the 89th Division and
with it he went into Germany. .tyi
June, 1919, he was discharged froiif.
the Army at Camp Gordon, Atlanta,
Ga., and that summer was married to
Miss Hillie Hall, of Morristown, Tenn.
In the latter |>uit of 1919, Mr.
Dickey accepted the pastorate of the
First Church of Aurora, Ind., serving
there for about four years. Leaving
Aurora he went to LuGrange, Ga.,
where he was pastor of the Southwest
Haptist Church for almost three years.
It is from that church he comes to
Mr. Dickey has always placed great
emphasis on ..liis preaching, hut a
characteristic phase ofhis work in the
last several years deals with the young
people. Me organized and supervised
the first daily vacation 'iible schools
in certuin parts of Georgia. So far
as is known, the nrijy Junior church
in Georgia wus established under his
Mr. Dickey is a native of North Car
olina, horn in the western' part of the
State in 188H, and lived on a farm
nmttt he Tar eighteen yrvfrs old. Ht
is the grandson of George W. Dickey,
of Murphy, N C , signer of the con
stitution of North -C'«r«liiH( after the
reconstruction. An uncle has served
in the State legislature and his father
ir the Senate.
We welcome Mm to our town and
wish him much success in his ncAv
, Praises School Here
Superintendent J. S. Seymour, of
the Williamston High School, has just
received information from the depart
ment „of State Public Instruction ut
Raleigh saying that the only require
ments necessary to continue the Wil
j, liamson school on the accredited list
is the addition of five standard mag-
Mines and one daily newspaper.
The inspector for the department
l commends the Williamston
j school by saying, "I want to com
- mend you for one yf the best record
g systems I have yet seen." '
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Services for Week
* Sunday school at 9.45 a. m.—E. P.
t Preaching, 11 a. m.—Sacrament of
\ the Lord's Supper following.
Junior Kpworth m.
Preaching at 7.80 p. m.
Monday night, Senior Fpworth >Lea~
gue, 8 o'clock.
Prayer meeting Wednesday evening
Advertisers Find Our
Columns a Key to 1,600
Martin County Homes
Commissioners Vote Against Proposal
At .Meeting Here Monday; May
Secure One Later
The question as to whether Martin
County should hire a health officer to
C.ivo his entire time to that class of
work was settled at a meeting of the
county board of commissioners here
last Monday, when a motion was made
by Mr. H. M. Bunas, and seconded
by" Mr. John N. Hopkins,- that no ap
propriation be made for that purpose. >■
While the question is settled for the
time being it is understood that it will
j not be dismissed, but will take its
place on the sheet of improvements.
During the meeting the features of
such an oiHce were thoroughly discuss
ed by all the members of the board,
but to establish such an oflVco at this
time is impossible.
Much Suffering Caused
l»y Recent Cold Snap
The cold weather lias done much
I damage to truck throughout the South,
i Great damage has been done to water
works, almost every home complain
' ing of burs ted water pipes. The
[ plumber is the most popular man in
j Much damage has been done by
stove explosions caused, by frozen
pipes between the tank and stove,
preventing the circulation of hot wa
ter and raising steam so high that
»they burst. -No less than a dozen per
sons have been seriously injured by
flyiilg pieces of stove and hot water
i in various parts of the State^'
Family Reunion Held
On Christmas Day
For tii" first time in several years,
[ Mrs. Martha Taylor Gurganus had all
her children together-at a family re
union- on Christmas Day. Those
i tending the reunion were Mr. Jimmio
"Taylor, of Jackson, Miss.', Mr. and Mrs
lioy (I. Taylor, of Ualoigh, Mr and
t Mrs Kneelser Harrison, of Hear Grass.
( Miss Violu Taylor, of Raleigh, Mr. '
'Hiad Taylor, of Holhaven, Mjss Rsahs
Taylor, of I'antego, William Gurganus
j of Hear Grass, and her only grand
child, Joseph Malign Taylor, of Ka-
Those attending the reunion have
' ri turned to their homes.
| County Schools To
Reopen Next Week
• 'lho various schools of thy county-;
> will reopen for the completion of the
li) 2. r > Jii year next Monday. After a
vacation period,, of two weeks a fresh*
1 fvtrii't will lie made by the students for
the remaining live months.
: Professwp Seymour,- superintendent
i of tlic Ideal schools, says all thn teach
• crs will be at their posts .Monday
l morning, ready for the reopening.
Sandy Ridge Local
| And Personal News
Mr. and Mrs. ISoli Parker and son
and Miss Mary Howell, ot "liocky Mt..^ c
, vi.-ited Miss Mamie ami J 11. l.anier
'and Mrs. W. 11. Daniel during the ,
Mrs. Anderson and two daughters,
'I of. Elizabeth City, are Visiting Mrs.
| W. 1,. Jones this week.
I "Mr.' Maul Pato and "liob Jnnes have -
I killed hogs this week. They had very
cold weather to save their meat.
Mr. Willie tfitll..nd and family
.spent Christmas WHO Vtjjs sister, Mrs.
' W. J. Cherry.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo lloberson and Mr.
arid Mrs. Clyde Williams spent Christ
mas with Mrs. It. T. iioberson.
Mr. A. W. llardison was the-guest
' ot Mrs. T. A. Peed Monday.
Mrs. Clyde-'Williums and Mrs. Hut- —.
tic Leo Moldey spent Tuesday with
Airs. K. T. Koberson.
Miss Coralie Peed is speiltling a few
' days in Enfield vfciting relatives.
Mrs. Martha June- Dennett spent
.Saturday night' and Sunday with hei
I sister, Mrs. J. II: Kiddick.
- Miss Blanche Hopkins was the gurat
of Miss Marie ltiddick Sunday.,
t .. Messrs. Thad Hopkins ami Prank
II Hopkins and Misses Marie ltid.dick and
1_ Katie Mae Cherry visited Mrs. -Sam
dj mlnTqlvAry nt .Innioiivillo f!hriatfin*ff
I Day. . -
Mrs. T. ATTeed visited at Mrs. W.
H'. Daniels, Miss Mamie Laniers, Mrs.
W. L. Jones, and Mrs. Itoy Andrews
Mr. Joe Knight, and sister, M iss
planche Knight, of Enfield, visited
Miss Coralie Peed Christmas,
f Mr. and Mrs. W. 11. Thomas, of En
field, visked their sister, Mrs. T. A.
i. Peed Christmas.
Mr. J. N. Hopkins was a guest at
- Mr. W. L, Jones Saturday night
Miss Geraldiue Peed is spending this
i with h„ mother, Mr,. t.Jf
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