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VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 19
TO LET CONTRACTS FOR
NEW JAIL AND COUNTY
HOME MONDAY, MAY 17
Both Buildings Will Be
Modern In Every
4 STORY JAIL
Will Also Contain Offices
For Register Deeds
and Court Clerk
Sealed bids for the construction of
• new county home and a fire-proof
annex to the courthouse for a new
jail will be received by the county
commissioners up to Mondsy, May 17,
at which time all bids will be opened
and contracts let for the buildings.
The jail building jrill be erected 30
feet in the rear of the courthouse, and
will be 86 by 100 feet, and will be a
fireproof structure throughout.
On the basement, or first floor, will
be the boiler room, kitchen, toilets,
and storage rooms. The second floor
which will be on a level with the old'
courthouse ground floor, will contain]
two offices and two vaults, one side
for the use of the clerk of the court,
the other side for the register of
deeds. The offices and vaults will all
be 16 by 24 feet, the vaults will be
property equipped with windows, so
that the records do not have to be talc
en out for reference, as has to be
done at present
The third floor will be used on one
side for women prisoners and -on the
other side for a jailor's home.
The fourth, or top floor, will contain
the jail proper, and will be equipped
with modern jail cells.
County Home Details
The county home, a two-story struc
ture, with basement will have a heat
ing and a cold storage plant in the
basement. The flrst floor will be con
structed so as to form four distinct
divisions; two for whites and two for
coo red people. There will be 24 rooms
averaging about IS feet square, be
sides the halls, closets, etc.
The keeper of the home will live on
the second floor.
The building will have a frontage
of 166 feet and will run back 65 feet.
It will be of brick and concrete of the
most modern type, with a heatin K and
lighting system throughout.
Closing Exercises at
The commencement exercises of the
Everetts school will be held this week.
Following is the program for the
Wednesday night 8 P- m.—Play by
the grammar school.
Thursday night 8 P- m - —Pl»y b .y
the seventh grade.
Friday, 9 a. m.—Distribution of pro
ees motion carte. mmmneea
10 a. m.—Addresses by Superintend
ent Pope and Rev. Richard Bagby, of
1 p. m.—Dinner on the school
8 p. m— Baseball game. ,
8.16 p. m.—Play by high school,
"Fair Weather Friends."
On Friday morning certificates will
be given member of the tenth grade,
who will go to Robersonville or Wil
liamston next year; also to the sev
enth grade graduates.
Messrs. John and Robert Tarkenton,
at Woodard, Were in town Monday.
They are among, the leading farmers
of Bertie and reside in the Cashie
WSggg il I t
"LOVERS IN QUARANTINE"
Bebe Daniels - - Harris* Ford
Kir hard Talsudu in
-The FIGHTING DEMON"
A 1 St John Comedy
Two Shows wad
•TOE GOLDEN PRINCESS"
With Betty Broneon and Neil
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Will Close This Week
The Robersonville schools close
Friday, May 8, at 11 o'clock, with
the address to the graduating
class by Dr. Hubert Potest, of
Wake Forest t'olege. The di
plomas will be delivered also by
I**. l'otoal. ()a Thursday night
in the school auditoriiua the class
day exercises will be held and the
public is cordially invited to at
tend both these occasions.
Washington, May 3.—Herbert Alli
good, of this city, and H. A. Boyd, jr.,
of Grimealand, were arrested Satur
day in Portsmouth, Va., by a plain
clothes man when they were trying to
pawn two watches at a pawn shop.
They had gotten their tickets and were
about to leave, when the man in
charge of the shop notified the detect
ive. Recently the Portsmouth shops
have been working ir cooperaion with
the police since several shops have
been closed up on account of selling
The two young men appeared con
fused when questioned by police and
stated they had taken the goods frffm
a New Bern store. They were carried
to jail and held in custody for several
hours, when one of the pair is said to
have acknowledged that the goods
came from the jewelry store of R. Lee
Stewart, of Washington.
They told the police they were driv
ing a car which was parked a short
distance away and had the greater
part of the stolen goods with them at
that time. This was found to be true
and the chief of the Portsmouth de
partment wired Chief Dellinger here
to come and get the two men.
Captain James H. Harrison, sheriff
of Beaufort County, E. L. Stewart,
R. L. Stewart, and H. L. Delllnger
left here Sunday afternoon for Ports
mouth. Sheriff Harris and E. L. Stew
art returned home late last night
bringing the two boys with them.
They are now lodged in jail, and a
hearing will be given thpm tomorrow
morning in recorder's court.
Lee Stewart and Dellinger will ar
rive late this afternoon driving the
car owned by Alligood. The car was
bought from the Gorham Motor Co.,
and a payment was due on it last
week, it is said.
Local Minister Holds
Services at State Farm
Rev. C. H. Dickey, accompanied by
Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler Martin, Messrs.
J. W. Anderson, Pete Hall, and B. S.
Courtney went to the State farm at
Caledonia Sunday afternoon, where
Mr. Dickey held special services for
the convicts. These services are held
under the direction of Mr. C. L.
Josey, of Scotland Neck, and he em
ploys the rotation method to procure
religious worship for the imprisoned
in that he tries to get ministers of
all faiths to assist in the work and
from different sections and communi
ties. Those in authority at the farm
say that great good is being accom
plished by the church services.
Clinic at Greenville
For Crippled Children
There will be a clinic for crippled
children in Greenville on Thursday,
May 20. Dr. O. L. Miller, of the
State Orthopedic Hospital, will be
there and also a member of the State
Board of Charities and Public Wel
fare. Martin County people are in
vited to take crippled children, white
or colored, to thia clinic.
This work is reaching many of the
unfortunate children of North Caro
lina, and the effects of it are miracu
lous. The lame are made to walk.
If you have a neighbor who has a
crippled child, or know of one, kindly
assist the officials in persuading the
parents and guardians of children to
avail themselves of this opportunity
to have children treated.
R. A. POPE,
Superintendent Public Welfare.
To Meet Thursday
Then will be a regular communica
tion of Conoho Chapter, No. 12, Royal
Arch Masons, Thursday night at 8
o'clock, May «, 1986. All members in
good standing are urged to be present
N. K. HARRISON,
Williairiston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 4,1926
W. T. Meadows Leaves Export To
bacco Company After 17 Years to
Operate Warehouse Here
Mr. W. T. Meadows, affectionately
known as "Uncle Buck" by all the
farmers of Martin County, has resign
ed his position with the Export 1-eaf
Tobacco Co., as buyer after 17 years
affiliation with the company. He has
severed his connection with the Export
Leaf in order to enter private busi
Mr. Meadows is the most pictur
esque figure in the tobacco history of
the county. He has been actively en
gaged in the tobacco business since he
was 16 years old, first working for
his father in his home town, Oxford.
He and his father, Mr. W. L. Mead
ows, sold the Ant pound of tobacco
on the Rocky Mount floors in 1894.
Captain Thomas Washington, now of
Wilson, was the auctioneer. Mr!
Meadows then owned a warehouse in
Durham and it was from that place
that he came to Williamston in 1902,
and acted as manager of the ftrst
warehouse in Williamston. Messrs.
J. G. Staton and J. L. Leggett were
the proprietors of the house.
Mr. Meadows continued to run and
manage houses here until 1909, when
he became buyer for the Export Leaf
Tobacco Co., which position he has
held faithfully and efficiently until
now, when he desires to again be man
ager and proprietor of a warehouse.
He has won an enviable reputation of
the people of the county as their
friend, and in his new capacity will
doubtless be able to do more yet for
the farmers. He bought all kinds of
tobacco and always endeavored to get
as much for the producers as possible.
His average anual purchase was a
round a million pounds, and it is safe
to say that he has bought at least
17,000,000 pounds of tobacco on the
He and Mr. J. G. Staton are the
only surviving members of the origi
nal tobacco board of trade and the
veterans of the tobacco business in
Mr. Meadows will be associated
with Messrs. Harry Meador and W. D.
Watts, and they will occupy the com
bined Roanoke and Dixie Warehouses.
Their firm will be known as the Ro
anoke-Dixie Tobacco Warehouse Co.
Election Be#an 2nd
Sunday, May 2, marked the open
ing of the nomination period of the
Jefferson Centennial Election in North
Carolina, and until May 18th, repre
sentative young women may be en
tered as candidates in the State-wide
election, which will select a number
of North Carolina young women to
be official members of a national del
egation, America's Birthday Party,
who as gUests of the Jefferson Me
morial Foundation, will tour Europe
Walter Murphy, of Salisbury, is
heading the election in North Caro
lina. Endorsements and letters of ap
proval »f the movement have been re
ceived by him from prominent lead
ers throughout the State, stating they
will become members of the commit*
tea or sponsors and are in entire sym
pathy with the- movement.
Every city in North Carolina is in
vited to participate in the election by
each city selecting a representatve
young woman to be its official candi
date, and then forming a committee
to back the candidate in raising funds
for Monticello during the balloting
period. The period for entering can
didates is May %to May 17. The bal
loting period U from May 18 to Jlfne
S. Winners of the trip will be an
nounced June 4th.
Any gill over 16 years of age re
siding in North Carolina may be se
lected as a guest of the Jefferson Me
morial Foundation for this wonderful
trip. All that is necessary is to be
come a candidate during the period for
entering nominations May 2 to MAy
17. Then during the balloting period,
May 18 to June 8, solicit funds for
Monticello. For every dollar sib
scribed to the cause a candidate Is
credited with 10 votes. The total num
ber of votes cast determines the win
ners. Those having the highest num
ber of votes at the snd of the elec
tion will be declared elected. One
candidate going on the trip tor every
60,000 votes cast in the aggregate.
Rev. W- B. Yokley, pastor of the
Oak City Baptist Church, was a visi
iter in town Monday.
Drawing ef Jury Ust For June Term
of Court sad Appointment of List
Takers Only Important items
The Martin County Bonn! of Com
missioners held their regular meet
ing at the courthouse Monday, with
the following members present: H. C.
Green, chairman; H. M. Burras, J. N.
Hopkins, J. G. Barnhill, and T. B.
Slade, jr. The drawing of * jury for
the June term of superior court and
releasing of payment of taxes were
the only items of importance to come
before the board.
The following orders were issued:
That Whit Purvis be released from
the payment of $3.20 tax improperly
listed in Hamilton Township in the
year 1926. ——*■
That James Slade be refunded $3.20
poll tax paid in Hamilton in the year
1925, the tax having bam paid in
That John R. Kogerson be released
from the payment of $1 dog tax.
That William Little be rafunded $2
poll tax listed by error in Williamston
That Mrs. L. T. Waters be released
from the payment of taxes on land
worth 82,200 improperly listed in Wil
That Alexander Cobuni bo allowed
|2 per month.
L A. Sykes was released from the
payment of $1 dog tax listed by error
In Jamesville Township.
Upon motion and vote a note of
$40,000 due Eyer A Co., was extend
ed for six months.
The jury drawn for the term of
court beginning June 21 is as follows:
Warren W. Waters, T. H. Brown,
J. W. Warrington, R. G. SexUm, C. C.
Fleming, Ephraim Peel, J. C. Coltrain
Jos. E. Griffin, Jordan G. Pesl, E. T.
Hodges, Ellis Malone, 8. H. Mobley,
R. L. Hodges, S. C. Ray, B. W. Hardy,
J. E. Harrison, jr., W. D. Ambers, W.
C. Purvis, J. N. Biggs, W. F. Craw
ford, G. R. Roebuck, E. R. Edmond
son, L. T. Stokes, P. C. Edmondson,
R. R. Thompson, E. V. Smith, E. li.
Harrell, J. F. Daniel and R. E. Early.
The following tax,list takers have
Jamesville: A. Corey.
Williams: Joshua L. Coltrain.
GrMiis: W. 11. ««rri*gtt*
Bear Grass: A. B. Ayers.
Williamston: O. S. Anderson.
Cross Roads: C. B. Roebuck.
Robersonville: A. L. liellflower.
Poplar Point: L. R. Taylor.
Hamilton: W. S. Rhodes.
Goose Nest: G. F. Crisp.
Bear Grass To Vote
On Road Tax June sth
Bear Grass Township will vote on
the question of continuing the special
road tax for that township on June
sth, or whether they will go back to
the old system at the expiration of the
term under which they are now oper
ating, which term expires this year.
The election will be held on Satur
day, June sth, the same day that the
primary will be held. All voters of
the township will be entitled to vote
in this election under the regular reg
The election is for the purpose of
authorizing the levying of a tax of
30 cents on each SIOO worth of prop
erty for the purpose of buildinfc and
maintenance of the roads of Bear
Party Left Monday
On Wildacres Trip
The second party from Williamston
to take advantage of the special rates
being offered by the Wildacre Develop
ment Co. left Williamston Monday
morning at 11 o'clock by bus for Wild
acres and Anheville via Salisbury and
Marion. They expect to return Fri
day night by the same route.
The party included Mrs. Whit Pur
vis, Mrs. John D. Biggs, jr., Mrs. G.
W. Hardison, Mrs. J. G. Godard, Mrs.
J. W. Watts, jr, Mrs. Wheeler Mar
tin, Jr., Mrs. A. K. Dunning, Mr. and
Mrs. Elbert Peel, and Mrs. Clarenct
J. Rhea, of Windsor.
Mrs. Biggs, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs.
Rhea also expect to attend several
sessions of the State Convention of
Federated Woman's Clubs which is be
ing held in Asheville while they are
Mrs. Sophia Cratt,
Of Bear Grass, Dead
Mra. Sophia Cratt, of Bear Grass,
died at her home Friday at the age
She *u Miss Sophia Harrison be
fore her marriage to the late Mc. G.
Mrs. Cratt leaven seven children,
two eon* and five daughters. She
was buried at the family burying plot
The funeral was conducted by El
der B. S. Cowing.
REPORT OF COUNTY
AGENT FOR APRIL
520 Bushels of Pedigreed Cotton Seed
Delivered to Planters; To Mnke
T'tilizer Teat This Year
Folio- is the report of County
Farm A. T. B. Brandon, as sub
mitted to che county commissioner!)
for the month of April:
23 days spent in field work.
3 days spent in office.
139 office calls in regard to work.
167 telephone calls.
216 letters written.
63 farms visited on official duties.
917 miles traveled on official duties.
444 hogs treated during the month
in order to control the outbreaks that
have appeared in the upper end of
620 bushels of Wannamaker Cleve
land cottonseed were delivered during
the month. These seed were the high
est-yielding variety in the cotton-va
riety test conducted on Mr. Walter
Gurganus' place last year. They
yielded 1,600 pounds per acre, while
the other varieties fell considerably
One car of poultry was loaded dur
ing the month with 4,853 pounds of
live poi^'' t, which was sold at 24
cents s for hens cash at the car
There . ll be conducted a fertiliser
test, leauiig 11 different fertilizers on
the farm of Mr. L. B. Harrison and
Mr. Walter Gurganus this year.
Every farmer in the county should vis
it the test grounds during the year
in order to see what fertilizer will
make the best tobacco. The different
fertiliser people have donated the fer
tiliser. Mr. E. Y. Floyd, tobacco spec
ialist, the county agent, Mr. Harrison,
and Mr. Gurganus are working togeth
er to put the test across. After the
tobacco begins to grow, there win
be cards placed in order that visitors
can see the exact kind of fertilizer
used. : r-
New Saw Mill to Start
Work Within 2 Weeks
Mr. C. D. Webb, operating as the
Williamston Lumber Co., expects to]
begin active business within two weeks
the time required to complete his mod
ern sptendidly equipped new Haw mill.
Mr. Webb'H mill is situated on the
Harrison farm near the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad, and is ideally
located for the promotion of both do
mestic and foreign business.
Mr. Webb comes to Williamston
from Edenton and has had 15 years'
experience in the saw-mill business.
He is erecting a flrst-class mill with
a daily output of 20,000 feet of North
Carolina kiln-dried pine lumber, a
type of lumber with a reputation all
over the world. He employs 20 men
on his yards alone and has a much
larger force in the woods. This ad
dition to the business life of William
ston is very promising and will no
doubt become one of the most reliable
avenues of local trade. Mr. Webb and
his family are at home on Simmons
John A. Manning Selling
Out His Grocery Stock
Mr. John A. Manning is selling out
his present stock of goods in the Man
ning Grocery Co., at absolutely cost
prices preparatory to taking over the
management of the Gold Star Gro
cery Co. store, which will open short
ly in the double building recently oc
cupied by Anderson, Crawford A Co.
The Gold Star Grocery Co. is owned
by the Abbot, Gwaltney * Co., of
Norfolk and is run on the same sys
tem as the Pender Stores, in that they
sell for cash and do not deliver as
often as the usual grocery store does'.
They expect to carry a full line of
staple and fancy groceries, and will
specialize in grains and feed, both
wholesale and retail.
Local Masons Attend
Services in a Body
The members of Skewarkee Lodge
of Masons attended the Sunday night
services at the Baptist church in a
body, where a special sermon was
preached by Rev. C. H. Dickey, the
pastor of the church.
There waa a good attendance at the
service, more than 50 members of the
local lodge being present. Besides
Masons of the town there were a num
ber from outside present.
Will End Tomorrow
Mr. C. B. Foy, of New Bern,
representing the B. P. S. line of
paints and varnishes, is giving a dem
onstration at the Culpepper Hard
ware Co. the first three day* of this
week. The demonstration, which will
end tomorrow night, also includes giv
ing all patrons a sample can of his
BEING MADE TO LOCAL
To Meet Thursday
The last meeting of the 192fi
school session of the Parent-
Teacher Association will be held
in the school building Thursday
afternoon at 4 o'clock, and every
member mad parent is urrod to
be present by the president, Mrs.
P. B. Cone.
Only Three Case* Tried, But All Pro
vided Some Entertainment for
Recorders court today brought back
some of the old-time court memories.
Though only three cases were tried
there was a peculiar interest attach
ed to each case.
The first to be tried was against
Joe Sam Davenport, who from his ap
pearance is scarcely past 20, though
he proved to be the supporter and
Provider of a wife and four children,
was charged with assaulting little
Sylvester Webb while drunk and dis
orderly. Mr. Webb stated that Dav
enport had come to his home on sev
eral occasions drunk, and on this par
ticular Sunday morning he requested
him to be quiet, whereupon Daven
port proceeded to choke him and run
him from the house, and that he was
finally forced to run under his own
house to protect his life.
Rumor has it that Davenport got
his drinks from Webb and that Webb
had no right to kick the offspring of
his own business. Judge Smith fined
Davenport $lO and the costs of the
action and required him to furnish
SIOO bond for his good behavior and
soberness for the next two months.
Mrs. Webb asked the court to make
it a road sentence, which was refused.
The second case called was a
charge of simple assault against Owen
Little, a 60-year-old negro. The pros
ecuting witness was Abner Bennett,
one of the old landmarks in the Mar
tin County courts. Abner is a negro
around 70 years old and has appeared
in court on many occasions, generally
as prosecutor. He has had marvel
ous'courthouse luck, much better than
the average man, nearly always win
ning his cases. In fact, he says that
before he suffered a stroke of paraly
sis, which almost totally disabled him
and necessitated his having to get
lawyers to attend to hiß cases, he bT
ways won. Abner has no use of one
hand, yet he says he cuts a cord of
wood a day with the other hand a
lone, though he is almost 70.
The trouble in this case came when
the negro Bennett failed to pay Little
$5, so the latter proceeded to collect
the money with rails, roots, and guns.
Judge Smith decided that ttye collect
ing methods were unlawful and fined
him sl6 and the costs.
Ed Gainor, a young negro, was
tried for assault withf'a deadly weap
on upon a young white man, whom he
struck with an axe both on the head
and arm, almost severing his arm
from his body. The defendant was
sentenced to the Edgecombe roads for
the term of 80 months.
Closing Exercises at
Gold Point School
The Gold Point Schol closing exer
cises will take place Thursday and
Friday of this week. The speaker f3r
Friday morning will be Mr. R. L. Co
burn, of Williamston, and bia address
will be followed by a community pic
nic. On Friday night the seventh,
eighth, and ninth grades present their
play, "The Old Maids Club."
The school has had a very success
ful year with the following composing
the faculty: L. B. Wynne, of William
ston, principal; Mrs. J. R. Winslow, of
Robersonville; Miss Maude Williford,
of Dunn; Miss Lela Jones, of New
Bern, and Miss Lillian Holliday, of
Issued During: April
Benjamin F. Lilley, 28; Annie Mae
Owen L. Burnett, Pitt County, 21;
Eva Highsmith, Pitt County, 21.
George Roosevelt Beach, 20; Martha
PerUe Williams, 21; Barah Keel, 18.
Humphrey Griffin, 27; Irene Gray, 23
Levi William*, 20; Bertha Peel, 21.
Sam Andrew*, 51; Bessie Bell, 62.
Grady James, 21; Mabel Lilley, 18.
Wheeler Boston, 21; Christotffell
Duggan, 28. -/ 1
Watch Label on Your
Paper; It Carries Date
Alterations To Increase
Market Capacity By
Goal 12 Million
W. T. Meadows Resigns
as Buyer and Will Run
A large force of carpenters are busy
on the Farmers Warehouse, making
the needed additions to this house for
the coming season. When completed
it will be a commodious and well
equipped warehouse and will give the
Messrs. ilunnett, Uarnhill & Morton,
who will operate the house this year,
much needed room to handle their
Workmen are expected to begin re
moving the partition between the Ro
anoke and Dixie Warehouses next
week, making one house of the two,
with a large floor space as any ware
house in eastern Carolina. It will be
under the management of Harry l>.
Meador, W. T. Meadows, and W. B.
Watts and will be known as the Roan
oke-Dixie Tobacco Warehouse Co.
It will probably be a surprise to a
great many of Uncle Buck Meadows'
friends to know that he has resigned
as buyer for the Export Leaf Tobacco
Co., and entered the warehouse busi
ness again, but Uncle Buck knows the
tobacco business from A to Z and has
always been considered the farmer's
Everything in tobacco town is get
ting in fine shape for the coming sea
son i«nd expects to be ready to re
ceive thir 12, OOOjOOO- pounds which is
Williamston's goal this year. Fur
ther mention will be made of tobacco
town from time to time until the mar
ket opens. ~
Baptist Bible Class Holds
Service at County Home
The ltible Clas.4 of thi> Memorial
Baptist Church held i's r-gul»r after
noon services Sunday at the county
j home with Mr. H. B. H dtoman con
Of Masons Friday
There will be a special communica
tion of Skewarkee Lodge, No. 90, A.
F. & A. M., Friday night at 8 o'clock.
Work in the second degree. All Mas
ter Masons in good standing are cor
dially invited to attend.
C. D. CAUSTAKPHEN, Jr.,
Open Until May 22
The Williamston Township regis
tration books are now open at the
Culpepper Hardware Co. store, with
Mr. John L. Hassell as registrar. The
June priamry is approaching and those
who are not registered should do HO
and qualify themselves to vote in the
coming primary. The books will be
closed May 22 and our people, especi
ally the women, are urged to regis
ter before that time.
Mrs. E. P. Cunningham
Taken To Hospital
Mrs. E. P. Cunningham was taken
seriously ill Sunday night, and after
extensive diagnosis it was found that
she was suffering from an emergency
case of appendicitis and that an op
eration was necessary at once, Mr.
Cunningham and Dr. H. B. York took
her to Park View Hospital in Rocky
Mount yesterday, and at this time
her condition is reported as satisfac
League Play Friday
Was Very Successful
The play, "Mammy's Lil' Wild
Rose" given by the Epworth League
of the Methodist Church at the opera
house Frfday night was very success
ful. Plenty of fun was furnished by
the cast, and the league received
ground $96 for its effort in staging
Mesdames J. S. Rhodes, J. H. Saun
ders, S. R. Biggs, and Mrs. Paxton
Badham, of Edenton, motored to
Rocky Mount and Greenville yester
Mr. Percy MacMullan, of Elisabeth
City, was a business visitor in town