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VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 21
Williarnston Public School's
Closing Exerciser Will Be
Held at City Hall on Friday
HaUet S. Ward, of Wash
ington, To Make
The commencement exercises of the
Williarnston Schools will be take place
Friday night, at 8.16, in the city hall.
On account of the condition of the au
ditorium, the exercises could not be
held at the school building, and no
special programs could be given as
there was no place to practice.
Hon. Hallet S. Ward, of Washing
ton, will make the commencement ad
dress to the graduating class. Mr.
Ward is well known in Williarnston
and needs no introduction to our pef
ple. He is a forceful speaker, his dy
namic personality giving life and spir
it to every word of his speeches.
The graduating class is composed
of the following young ladies: Misses
Ruth Manning, Lucille Hassell, Mary
Melissa Andrews, Marguerite Cooke,
Elisabeth Gurganus, and Trulah Ward
Pat* and two young men, Cecil
Grady Taylor and Harry Lewis Barn
Cecil Taylor, having made highest
honors in his class, will deliver the
valedictorian's remarks, and Lucille
Hassell, making second place, will
deliver the salutatory address.
Certificates will be presented the
Members of the seventh grade, who
will flniah the requirements of the
grammar schools, for entrance to the
high school next year.
Te those who have made records for
both attendance or attainments .vill be
given certificates and medals on this
Mrs. Joka D. Biggs, of Williamston,
To PrwMe; Interesting Program
, Is Prepared
The Marti County-Plymouth Divi
aion of tho V araan's Missionary Union
of the Roanoke Association, will hold
an ail day session in Kobersonviile
Thursday, beginning at 10030 a. m.,
with Mrs. John D. Biggs, of William
ston, president of the division, presid
Mrs. V. A. Ward wiil make the ad
dress of welcome and the response will
be made by Mrs. W. R. White, of Ply
mouth. Mrs. K. £. Early, of Oak
City, will lead in the devotional.
Mrs. J. H. Koberson, secretary, and
Mrs. W. R. White, treasurer, will
make their reports, and they will be
followed by the society reports. >
Mrs. E. P. Beasley, superintendent
Of the Roanoke Association, and Mrs.
L. A. Stroud, of Greenville, will make
short addresses. *
Mrs. E. W. Mason, of Robersonville,
will have a paper, "Maladies of and
Remedies for Missionary Societies."
Mrs. V. G. Taylor, leader of the
junior department, will preside at the
afternoon session. Miss Christine
Taylor will make welcome the young
people; Miss Virginia Harrison will
respond, and Miss Ethel Cherry will
lead the devotional.
Mrs. Yokely, of Oak City, will speak
on "The Importance of Missions to
Youth." The Everetts B. Y. P. U.
will give a playlet and the regular
business attended to and election of
Special music will be rendered dur
ing the session by Miss Irene Bellamy
of Hamilton, Miss Mary Adkins, and
Mesdames Bailey ft Keel, oi Rober
Mrs. J. S. Rhodes, Mrs. S. R. Biggs,
jr., Mrs. F. W. Hoyt, and Mrs J. H.
Saunders will attend a group meeting
of ladies of the Episcopal Church in
808 CUSTER in
A Mermadi Comedy
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15c and 25c
Show Begins 7.30
Robert R. (Bob") Reynolds
Candidate for U. S. Se.iate
Democratic Primary June fi
Who Will Speak at Hamilton School
Saturday Night, May 15
BOY SCOUTS COME
TO FRONT AGAIN
Success of Distribution of Flowers on
Mother's Day Due Entirely to
Local Scout Troop
The Williarnston Boy Scouts are re
sponsible for the success of the Moth
er's Day fiower program as it was
carried out Sunday. There were very
few individuals of either sex to |>e
found in the town without either a
white or red rose Sunday, and all
these flowers had been solicited by the
Scouts and distributed by them at the
several flower stations provided for
the purpose. Our Scouts have never
received the support and cooperation
they deserved from our people. Few
of us stop to think and appreciate
what a wonderful organization the
Scouts are and what splendid service
they always give the public upon any
request for aid. For instance, the
Western Carolina Scouts have done
wonderful work in the fire-fighting
campaign recently, and there has nev
er been an instance where assistance
was needed that they did not always
respond nobly to the call. There is a
great need i nWilliarnston at the pres
ent time for a greater Scout move
ment, and if.the people of the town
will buckle down and help the pres
ent Scoutmaster, who has been work
ing almost alone, and give liberally in
its support, both financially and per
sonally, a large number of problems
can be solved that are worrying the
older generation about the young boys,
for there is no better way of reach
ing the heart and mind of a boy than
through the Boy Scout work.
Held Last Tuesday
The junior class of the Williamston
High Schol entertained the 1926 se
nior class with a three-course banquet
at the Atlantic Hotel Tuesday night
at 8 o'clock. Miss Melba Wynne, a
member of the junior class, acted as
Mr. J. S. Seymour made an address.
Eli Barnhill welcomed the seniors and
Miss Susie James gave a toast, to
which Cecil Taylor, president of the
senior class, responded. Miss Trulah
Ward Page completed the program by
giving a toast to the juniors.
The guests of honor besides the se
nior class were Prof, and Mrs. J.
Seymour, Mrs. W. H. Harrell, Miss
Orene Hollowell, Mrs. Wheeler Mai
tin, jr., and Mr.,S. A. Bowden. The
class is composed of the following
members: Misses Mary Melissa An
drews, Marguerite) Cook, Ruth Man
ning, Lucille Hassell, Trulah Ward
Page, Elisabeth Gurganus, and Harry
Barnhill and Cecil Taylor. The mem
bers of the junior class present were
Misses Sophia Little, Carmel J one*.
Martha Leggett, Melba Wynne, Suiffe
James, Lettie Jones, Mary Harris,
Dorothy Thrower, and Mattie Lou
Rogerson, and Eli Barnhill, WflVani
Thomas Crawford, Bruce Whitley,
Charles Peel, John Wadsworth, and
Mrs. John D. Biggs returned Sat
urday from Asheville, where she at
tended the state convention of the
Federated Woman's Clubs.
Messrs. Eli and Roy Gurganus
spent yesterday in Tafboro.
Messrs. Harold and Joe Bverett and
Johnny Phil pot spent Sunday in Wash
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Horton motored
to Goldsboro Sunday.
Mrs. J. P. Boyle, of Hamilton, was
was in town yesterday morning.
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Williarnston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 11. J926
SwrtUry of Local Legion Post Writes
of Importance of Reinstating
I wish to call the attention of every
ex-service man of Martin County who
has dropped his war-time insurance to
the necessity of that insurance
It is estimated that about thrct mil
lion of the soldiers and sailors of the
world war have discontinued their
Government insurance, and a large
number of them do not know that it
can be reinstated without paying all
past due premiums. As a nutter of
fact, We can have our war-time in
surance reinstated in multiples ot SSOO
not less than SI,OOO, and not more
than $10,00.0 and converted into one
ci six standard forms of United States
Government insurance policies by sub
mitting a report of a physical exami
nation, together with a remittance
covering one monthly premium at the
time rate, and a monthly, quarterly,
Eemi-anual or annual premiums at the
converted rate or the amount of in
surance to be converted An illustra
tion of reinstating and converting a
£2,000 war risk '.term) insurance poli
cy by a veteran who is SO years old,
at his nearest tnrJviav, into a twen
ty payment life policy: Premium for
tronth of lapse, $1.38, plus' £4.20 for
the current month's premium on the
converted policy. The six forms of
Government (converted) insurance
are, vis: Ordinary life, 20-payment
life, 30-payment life, 20-year endow
ment, 30-year endowment, and en
dowment maturing at age 62.
It is generally admitted that the
government insurance is cheaper than
like insurance sold by insurance cont
panies. There are no profits made,
and the government pays the entire
cost of administration. The premiums
are based on the disbursements by
reasons of disability and death claims.
If there is more money paid in for
premiums than is necessary to take
care of the claims as above/ stated, it
is returned in dividends. The sched
ule for dividends payable on govern
ment converte policies for the year
1926 indicate an average of approxi
mately sl.7b per thousand.
Below 1 am quoting a resolution a
dopted by the executive committee of
the association of life insurance on
March sth, 1926:
"Resolved, That the association of
life-insurance president, in annual
convention assembled, hereby ex
presses its opinion that it is to the
advantage of every soldier and sailor
to continue to keep in force such*in
surance as he may have etfected under
the Federal war risk insurance act,
and hereby request all life-insurance
companies to impress upon all mem
bers of their home offices and agency
organizations to do everything in their
power to urge such soldiers and sail
ors to continue their government life
insurance and recommend to them
that they convert such temporary gov
ernment insurance at the earliest pos
sible opportunity into one of the per
manent plans provided for by the war
risk insurance act."
Bear in mind that your insurance
must be reinstated and converted on
or before July 2, 1926. After that
date you will be forever barred. Any
attorney of this post will be glad to
explain government insurance to you
and to prepare your application foi
reinstatement without any charge*
whatever. The physicians of this post
will also be only too glad to give you
the necessary physical examination en
tirely free. If you are not fully sat
isfied that it is to your interest to a
vail yourself of the advantages the
government offers you in the privi
lege of reinstating your war-time in
surance, be sure to make a thorough
investigation of It as soon as you pos
sibly can. it is my opinion that a few
hours spent in investigating this mat
ter would never be regretted.
Don't forget that the date for re
instating expires July 2. Make it a
point to see all the ex-service men in
your community and urge them to re
new their government insurance. Talk
about it at your chamber of commerce
meeting, at your lodge, and at your
men's Bible class. It is important.
R. L. COBURN,"
John W. Hassell Post, American Le
Juniors To Present
School Bible and Flag:
The Williamston Council, No. 22
Junior Order United American Me
hcanics, will hold a .meeting at the
graded school building Friday after
noon at 6 o'clock. At this time the
local council will present the school
with a Bible and « flag. 'l
Hon. Lyn Bond, of Tarboro, w»ll
make an address in which he will give
the ideals and works of the order.
Not only the school but everyone is
-invitoLto attend the service. Mr.
Bond, who is the youngest son df
Judge W. M. Bond, is a very able
SCHOOL MONDA Y
Registration To Be Made on Thursday
and Friday of This Week; Age
Limits Is Announced
Miss Emma Robertson, principal of
Williamston's first Daily Vacation
Bible School announces that the school
will open its first session Monday
morning, May 17, at 9 o'clock.
The Board of Education has been
asked for permission to use the public
school building, and it is expected that
the sessions will be held there.
Miss Robertson will be at the school
building Thursday and friday morn
ings of this week, from 9 to 11 o'clock,
for the purpose of enroling the pu
pils. It is important that all pupils
be enrolled during these two days.
It hap been thought necessary to
have a definite age limit, which is as
follows: All children who were five
years old on January 1 up to those
who have completed the sixth grade
In the public school will be admitted.
It is hoped that next year pupils more
advanced may be admitted.
There will be three departments in
the school, each department having its
own superintendent and teachers.
Miss Robertson has just returned
from New Bern, where she had a con
ference with a Daily Vacation Bible
School specialist, and she Is very en
thusiastic about the school.
Since this effort is being made in
behalf of the children of rrur town, it
is expected that it will have most loy
al support from all quarters.
Friday afternoon of thM week will
be "Promotion Day" for#the schpol.
And at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon all
those who have enrolled in the school
are invited to be at the public school,
from which place they be taken
for a joy ride and advertising paradf.
The citisens of the community who
are interested are invited to be the to
with their cars to take the kiddies on
their' ride. Those bringing cars will
be needed not more than one-hour.
Begins Thursday Night; Bob Reynolds
To Make Addreaa Saturday
The roittmeiKwnvMiV of Shi graMM
and high school grades of Hamilton
will begin Thursday night and con
tinue through Monday night, May 17.
.The program is as follows:
Thursday night: Recitation contest
and commencement address by Prof.
R. G. Fitzgerald, superintendent of
schools of Pitt County^
Friday night: Entertainment by the
Saturday night: "Bob" Reynolds, of
Asheville, will make an address.
Monday night: Play, "My Irish
Rose," to be presented by the high
The faculty have endeavored to
make each event interesting and have
provided for two able speakers.
"Bob" Reynolds, of Asheville, who
is a candidate for the United States
Senate in opposition to Senator Over
man, is gaining a statewide reputa
tion for his genial disposition and
Every one is cordially invited to at
tend these exercises.
Special Service At
On Thursday morning, May 13th,
there will be a special service, consist
ing of a celebration of the Blessed
Sacrament of the Holy Communion
and address by the rector at the
Church of the Advent.
Thursday is Ascension Day. That
is the day set apart from the other
days in the year- to commemmorati'
the glorious ascension of our Lord
Jesus Christ. It is the third great
day of the church yea'r. The first
being Christmas, the next Easter, ami
then the crowning glory, Ascension.
All communicants are expected to
attend, and all others are cordially
invited to be present. The hour
the service is 10.30.
At Mrs. Martin's
Mrs. I.ina Ma iin entertained the
Philathea class of tie Baptist c! ur -h
last Friday evening at h>r home "on
After the roll tali and reading cf
minutes Mrs. Lee Brewer JJHVJ a very
interesting talk of the Huiata Phwa
thea convention, which she attended
at Salisbury in April. She toi'l about
the most important in wing* and
speakers of the convention.
At the conclusion of the business
hour Mrs. Oscar Anderson and Miss
Carrie Dell White served delicious fee
cream and cake.—Reporter*.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heydenreich
returned Sunday afternoon to Elisa
beth City with Mr. Sebastian Macon,
who had been in the city visiting
TWO CLINICS TO BE
HELD NEAR HERE
Both Are to Treat Crippled Children;
One at Greenville May 20; Other
at Plymouth May 21
Any crippled children of sound mind
from Bertie and Martin Counties may
be examined at two. free clinics to be
held one on Thursday, May 20, at
Greenviihe, and the second on Friday
May 21, at Plymouth.
These clinics are for the purpose of
examining crippled children and are
held under the joint direction of the
State Orthopedic Hospital, at Gas
tonia, and the Children's Bureau ot
the State Hoard of Charities and Pub
lic Welfare. Many eastern counties
have been asked to send their crippled
children for examination, and children
from Bertie and Martin may be ex
amined at either.
Mr. K. T. Futrell, superintendent of
public welfare in Pitt County, will be
in charge of the clinic at Greenville
on May 20, and Mr. John W. Darden,
superintendent of schools and super
intendent of welfare in Washington
County, will be in charge of the clinic
at Plymouth on May 21.
Dr. Oscar L. Miller, chief surgeon
of the State Orthopedic Hospital, will
examine those brought in to the clinics
in order to determine whether or not
they may be helped by free treatment
at that hospital, which treats children
under sixteen. The new negro ward,
given by Mr. 11. N. Duke, will care for
nergo crippled children. No treatment
will be given at the clinics, since they
are for examination only, and any
who can be helped by treatment and
are eligible will be- placed on the wait
Notices have been sent out asking
those who have already received treat
ment to report for reexamination. Dr.
Hugh Thompson, orthopedic surgeon,
of Kaleigh, will assist in making the
examinations. Miss Kmeth Tuttle,
head of the children's bureau of th 6
State boa.il of* charities and public
welfare, will direct the making of case
histories. In both .Greenville and Ply
mouthi' various community organiza
tions are helping the superintendents
of welfare in arranging for the com
fort of those who come in from the
surrounding counties for the clinic.
Miss Kathleen Price celebrated her
seventh birthday this afternoon at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. T. Price on West Main a Street.
There were thirty little guests pres-'
ent who enjoyed both indoor and out
door games. Mrs. Price served ice
cream and cake, followed by fruit in
the dining room. The hostess was the
recipient of many attractive and use
ful gifts from her friends.
Guests of Mrs. Brown
Mrs. Myrtle Brown entertained the
Philatheas of the Christian church at
her home on Church Street last Fri
day evening. The regular program
was carried out and some new business
discussed. «■»—— i—.—
Misses Bridgers and Ivey were the
special guests of the hostess.
Mrs. Brown, assisted by Miss Mar
tha Harrison, served delicious sand
wiches, pickles, salad, and iced tea. •
Miss Warren Leaves
Miss Elizabeth Warren, who has
been city editor and advertising man
ager of the Washington Daily News
for the past seven months, has resign
ed her position, to take effect on Sat
Miss Warren is recognized as one
■ of the most capable newspaperwomen
of eastern Carolina and has many
' friends throughout the State. She has
accepted a position in the sales de
partment of the Susman Motor Co.
* Friends of Miss Warren in William
ston Will be interested to learn of her
change and wish her much success in
her new position.
Joe Mike and Mrs. K. Sumara were
quietly tnarried Washington last
week by Father Sweeney, of the
Catholic Church. Mrs. Sumara has
been engaged in the mercantile busi
ness here for some time, and Joe Mike
has been engaged as head clerk for
Mrs. C. D. Anderson and little
daughter, Betsy Jean, of Tarboro, are
visitng Mr, and Mrs. J. H. Britt.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ruffin and chil
dren spent Sunday'with Mr. and Mrs,
J. H. Britt.
Messrs. Carr and Jones, of the Car
olina Telephone Co., of Charlotte, and
Mr. S. H. Mullin, of Rocky Mount,
were in town Sunday.
HISTORY IN CAKE
This replica of historic Independ
ence Hall ill Philadelphia Is a flue ex
ample of the baker's art. It was made
by the clief of Philadelphia's
leading hotels to advertise the Seaquf-
Centennial International Kxposltlou.
which will open In that city June I
and run to December 1 to celebrate
the 150 th anniversary of American In
dependence. The "State House"
stands on a table at the entrance u>
tb® main dlulnx-wm of-the hotel.
Says The Farmer Can't Stand Much
More Help Like That He Huh
- ' Heen Getting
Will Rogers, national humorist, in
one of his recent Hull Durham "ads",
had the following to say about the
help the farmer i.s (retting from Con
gress (there is so much truth and so
little "ad" in the article that we are
giving it front-page space): >
Congress say they are helping the
Farmer. They are in Washington ON'
salary. He is home trying to pay it.
Farmers have had more advice and
less relief than a wayward son. If
advice sold for 11) cents a column,
Farmers would he richer than ilooi
And when they get all through iid
vising, there is just on# thinit will
help the Farmers. 'That is eliminate
•onie of the middlemen and let the two
ends meet. The Consumer and the
Producer are two men in America
have never even seen each other,
Cut out the middle ami tie the 'wo
When a steer starts from the fwd
pen to the table, there i.s about lit to
take a bite out of him before hi'
reaches the fumily that pay for him.
Who wears the best clothes o:
drives the best car, the fallow who
raises a bushel of wheat, or the work
ing fellow who goes up to buy a sack
of flour? Why, neither one of them :
The ones in between these have tin 'r
private Tailor and "Straight Eight*
The Government just told AjfHcul
ture, "You are in a hole." They did
n't offer to pull them out, but they did
say, "We will get down in there with
I want to tell you right here, I don't
know what would have happened to
the poor farmer if it had not been
for his old friend, "Hull" Durham. It's
the only thing he has been absolutely
able to. rely on. And I want him to
know that myself and "Hull" Durham
are with him right to the poorhouse
Seniors Hear Sermon
At Baptist Cliurch
Sunday night the class of '26 of the
Williamston High School went to the
Memorial Baptist Church, where the
pastor, Rev. C. H. Dickey, delivered
the commencement sermon.
Tlie subject presented wat "The
Fixed Heart." The preacher suggest
ed three points of fundamental im
portance on which the heart uhculd
be fixed early in life—on the abiding
reality of God; on the ultimate su
premacy of righteousness; una un the
idea that character constitutes Ihe
greatest good in life.
A splendid audience was preW-it
The church and its pastor was very
happy to he host to the class, then
teachers, parents, and friend..
The Christian Missionary Society
was entertained Monday afternoon by
Miss Eva Peel at the home of her par
ents on Haughton Street. A Mother's
Day program was enjoyed after whit*
the hostess served sandwiches and
fruit punch to her guests.
Watch Label on Your
Paper; It Carries Date
I-'rank Fagan, Now of Rocky Mount,
Elected President; W. H. Woo lard
On Executive Committee
Martin County people stood well at
the bankers convention at Durham
last week. Frank F. Fagan, formerly
of Martin County, and for several
years cashier of the Farmers & Mer
chants I tank, of Willijimston, was
elected president of the State associa
tion Mr. 'Fagan is now president of
the National Hunk of Rocky Mount.
Mr. W. 11. W'oolard, of the Green 1
viUe Hanking 4; Trust Co., a native of
Martin County, was elected a mem
ber of the'executive committee.
General approval of a service charge
for handling small and unprofitable
accounts was given by the bankers,
although no definite action was taken,
except that a series of advertisements,
leading toward putting on a service
chrge, may be furnished all member
banks, and the}*, if they desire, may
run them in theie- local papers. - A
report of investigation showed that
about NO per cent of the depositors in
126 banks in til) counties had less than
$20(1 balance in the banks and that
their deposits totaled less than 5 per
cent of the total deposits of the banks.
The argument was advanced that han
dling these small accounts costs more
than they amount-Jo for the bankers.
Half a dozen or more towns and cities
in the State have"put on a service
charge, it was reported.
The resolutions committee's report
included recommendation that the
North Carolina Corporation Commis
sion name and have charge of receiv
ers of defunct banks, instead of judges
of superior colirt. This would give
continuing supervision and possibly
better myfi as receivers. Legislative
action would lie required.
"W. L. Harnhardt, vice president o!'
the National Surety Co., New York,
told of methods used by crooks to
raise, alter, and print checks to de
fraud; and l.eroy A. Mershon, secre
tary of the trust company section of
the American Hankers Association,
explained the operation and iesponsi
bilites of a trust company.
The largest ever to attend one of
the conventions registered, reaching
about 635. Several bankers from all
over the country who attended the.
meeting of the.executivc council of the
AmeHcun Hankers Association in
I'jnehurst the first half of the wl'ek,
stopped in Durham for the State
meeting for a day.
The stock of merchandise of Ander
son, Crawford & Co.was" sold today
at auction. The undertaking mater
ials, including coffins and caskets, were
sold to P. S. H. Harpeiv of Kinston,
ami brought about $636, which was a
bout 511 per. cent of the cost.
All the other merchandise was sold
for $4,25>, to S. Ilrill, of "Norfolk,
bringing the aggregate to $4,885.
The stock inventoried about $15,000.
The sale, which brought about 33 1-3
cents on the dollar, was considered a
fair price by most merchants who are
acquainted with mercantile stocks.
It is not known at present whether
the stock will lie sold here at retail
or removed in bulk.
Dies At Hookerton
Dr. G. C. Edwards, 68, died at his
home in Hookerton Friday night a
bout 12 o'clock, after an illness of
about three months. Dr. Edwards hud
practiced medjeine in the vicinity of
Hookerton for 45 years. He was a
member of the Masonic Order. 110
graduated from old Trinity College-,
and studied medicine for a while in
New York. He is survived by two
brothers, If. C. and J. A. Edwards, ol
Kinston, and six children, Rev. G. L.
Edwards,Me thoilist minister of A
hoskie; Mrs": Stephen M. Hroderea, of
South Hen, liul.; Mrs. Henry Tyson,
Farmville; and Herman, Alonzo, and
Christine, all of Hookerton. The fu
neral services were conducted by Rev.
Mr. Harrison, pastor of the Hooker
toil Methodist Church, Sunday after
noon at 2 o'clock, and interment was
made in the family burying ground.
Dr. Edwards was an uncle o' Mr.
F. L. Edwards, of Williamston.
Miss Rita Norton and Mr. L. H.
Wynne, of this city, and Miss Ernes
tine Johnson, ,of Robersonville, wit
nessed a marriage ceremony which
took place at the Baptist pastoriuui
late Saturday afternoon when Rev.
C. H. Dickey united in marriage Miss
Lela Mae Jones, of New Hern, to Mr.
Paul Johnson, of Martin County.
The parties drove here fn>m R«4>-
ersonville, and returned after tne cer
emony. Miss Jones is twenty, and
Mr. Johnson twenty-one.
The ceremony was very simple and
only the three witnesses present.