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VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 25
LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY
OFFICES; NOMINEES TO BE CHOSEN
AT PRIMARY SATURDAY, JUNE sth
Most Important Races
Are for Register of
Deeds and Sheriff
ONLY 1 STATE OFFICE
Reynolds and Overman
Fight for Senatorial
Th« primary to be held June sth
promises very little excitement except
in local affairs, there being only one
State contest of importance; that of
United States Senator. Hu>. Lee a.
Overman and R. R. Reynolds being
the aspirants for that high office.
There are no contests for Con
gress the State senate nor for solici
The candidates who have filed for
the several county and township offices
of this county are:
For clerk of superior court: R. J.
Peel and W. H. Crawford.
For sheriff: H. T. Roberson, W. J.
Taylor, and A. L. Roebuck.
For judge of recorder's court: J. C.
Smith and J. W. Bailey.
For county commissioner from
JamesviUe and Williams Townships:
L. P. Holliday and J. N. Hopkins.
For county commissioner Irom
Griffins and Bear Grass Townships: J.
L. Coltrain and T- C. Griffin.
For commissioner from Williamston
and Poplar Point Townships: H. M.
Burrass and J. E. Pope.
For commissioner from Cross Roads
and Robersonville Townships: J. G.
Barn hill and J. L. Bailey.
For member of the board of educa
tion from Williamston and Poplar
Point Townships: T. F. Harrison and
K. B. Crawford.
For road commissioner in Jamesvilh
Township: J. F. Martin, Luther Har
dison, P. M. Holliday, W. B. Gaylord,
and H. L Davis.
For road commissioner in Griffins
Township: J. J. Roberson, Jno. E. Grif
An. N. &• MantUßtf. B. K. Manning
Geo. C. Griffin, J. R. Corey, Jas. A.
Roberson, Mc D. Hardison,
The voters of Jamesville Township
will vote for three while those of
Griffins Township will vote for five
There will be a small square at the
left of each name on the ballot and
the voter will make a cross mark rn
the space opposite the name for whom
Son of Mr. and Mrs.
Edwards Operated On
Mr. and Mrs."F. L Edwards were
called to Kinston late Friday, where
their oldest child was suffering with
an acute attack of appendicitis. The
child was spending some time with
his grandparents, and going to school
When Mr. and Mrs. Edwards ar
rived the little fellow had already
been rushed to a hospital and oper
ated on, and he is now doing well.
List to Close
Books Next Monday
The time for listing taxes expires
May 31st. Mr. Oscar Anderson, the
local Uot taker, says a largo number of
property owners hsve not yet listed
their 1926 takes.
After June 1 the listing, according
to law, Will have to bo before the
board of county commissioners.
Mr. Anderson will keep his books
open at his office In the Peoples Bank
Building up to and including next
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A PARAMOUNT PICTURE
« "THE PONY
Betty Compson, Ri
cardo Cortex, Ernest
lams Craze's Bacc—nr to
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SITE OF THE FIRST PHONE MESSAGE
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Walter S. Glfford (left), president of the American Telephone and Tele
graph Company, aud Leonard H. Kinnard (rixht), president of the Hell Tele
phone Oompanv of P»nn»ylv»nla and Associated Companies, are shown
•landing on the exact spot where Alexander Graham Hull first talked over
bis Invention at the Centennial Exposition 50 years ago. In the background
tan be seen Memorial Hall, relic of the Centennial, and which is now being
used as a museum. It wsb on this spot that Don Pedro; then Emperor of
Brasll, met the 29-year-old Inventor and exclaimed, "My God, it talks!" when
he beard Hell's voice come over the wire. The exhibits to he staged by the
organization these men represent will ho one of the great features of the
Sesqul-l'entennial International Exposition, which opens lis Philadelphia June
J and continues to December 1 to celebrate the 15'lth anniversary of the
Signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Women Voters of Pitt
Hold Mass . Meeting
From three to five hundred of the
leading women of Greenville, Bethel,
and surrounding territory met in the
high athool auditorium at Greenville
on Friday afternoon for the purpose
of discussing the coming election.
Never before have the women of Pitt
County felt so keenly the need to be
stir themselves about this matter of
voting and letting their voices be
heard by cooperating with men and
putting into office the best candidates
for .their public affairs. Everything
that touches the homes of these Wo
men and because they want in office
God-fearing respectable morally
straight men to handle the public af
fairs, to protect their children from
the many evils prevalent today, they
The names of the candidates were
read, but no candidate was endorsed
by the women—it being left to the
common-sense intelligence and inter
est of each woman present to vote for
the best man as she saw him, after
investigating his record in the past
public offices, his treatment of his
wjfe and family, his standing on pro
hibition and his moral character.
The is the real organised beginning
of the women voters of Pitt County.
It was quickly arranged before the
registration books should be closed,
and few people were reached by tele
phone, but the meeting far exceeded
the expctatioßS of the instigators and
next election year will find the wo
men of Pitt County a real working
force, a force to be respected by the
Infant of Mr. and Mrs.
Wilson Griffin Dead
Wilson, jr., the infant son of Mr.
apd Mrs. Wilson Griffin died last week
apd was brought to the home of its
grandfather, Buck Brown, near James
ville, for interment The child was
only five months old and died follow
ing an attack of bronchitis.
| The services were conducted by
I Reva. Omar, of Geldsboro, and A. J.
Manning, of Williamston. The par
ents were accompanied by Rev. and
Mrs. Omar, Mr. and Mrs. Winstead,
and others of Goldsboro.
Arrest Negro With
Deputy SherifT Luther Peel and
Chief Barcil Daniel became suspicious
of a pert young negro named Henry
Purvis, who strutting around the
down-hill end of Main Street Sunday
and placed him under west. They
found he had a big automatic pistol
on him. This was taken and he was
placed in jail on a charge of cartying
concealed weapons. Purvis
the Robersonville section.
Williainston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 25, 1926
Woman's Club To
i The regulaf Meeting of the
, Woman's Club will be held tonior
> row afternoon at 4 o'clock, rhtre
i is important business to ronie he
> fore the club at this meeting, and
it is hoped that every member, if
t it is possible, will attend. It will
be brought up for derision wheth
er the meetings shall be continued
! throughout the summer,
I and in case they are not held
i there are some changes to be
t made in the departments, if the
club is to accept the I'ederated
i club standard before the ,'une
i meeting, and u good attendance
is especially urged.
Mrs. J. O. Peel, of Cross
; Roads, Died Saturday
! Mrs. Lizzie Peel wife of James O.
Peel, of Cross Koads, died early Sat
urday morning from Hright'B disease,
r from which she had suffered for a
' long while.
* Mrs. Peel was 56 years old, the
daughter of the late George James and
wife. She leaves four brothers, Julius,
f ttuk.'tum., and D. L. James, and oner
' sister, Mrs. Ida James. She also
® leaves one son, Mayo Peel, and on-
» daughter, Mrs. Jackson.
The funeral was held Sunday even
' ing at the James grave yard. The
' service was conducted by Rev. A. J.
f KTrs. Peel had been a member of the
5 Christian church at Everetts for a
number of years. She was a woman
of true worth to both her family and
her neighbors, who bear testimony of
her upright and unselfish life.
I In addition to the sadness of the
death of Mrs. Peel, her husband v
. stricken with paralysis Thursday and
[ a grand-child had an arm broken on
■ Friday before her'death Saturday.
3 Mrs. Henry Beach Died
Mrs. Eatha Wynne Beach died at
her home Sunday afternoon after suf
j fering constantly for nearly a year
with pellagra. The funeral service?
took place yesterday afternoon at 3
o'clock in the local cemetery, with
Rev. James, of Tarboro, officiating-
The deceased was the daughter of
1 George Wynne and hia wife, the late
Elisa Wynne, and is a native of Mai
d tin County. When quite a young wr>
s man she married ]. Henry Beach, also
y of this county. She is survived by
e her husband, two daughters, Mr*.
y George Buifth and Ada Beach, and
y three sons, George, Marshall, and Si
>l mon Beach.
s Some time ago she united with the
x Holineaa Church and has been a de
n vout member, as well as a faithful
wife, mother, and friend.
DRAW BIG CROWDS
Services Being Held • Methodist
Church by Rev. T. W. Lie, Pastor;
J. C. Cooton Leadia^Binging
The revival services being held at
the Methodist church being at
tended by crowds. The pastor, Rev.
T. W. Lee, who i« preach
ing, is being ably supported by the
churches that he serves. The other
churches of the town held no services
Sunday night, and thq Methodist
church was filled, even to the aisles.
The meeting began with a great a
mount of enthusiasm and great re
sults are expected.
Miss Eva Peel is pianist. She and
Mr. Coston are putting q.great deal
of life in the music and song service
and are adding thereby much to the
Rev. Lee, in his Sunday night ser
mon, "The Need of a Revival of Re
ligion," gave the reasons for having
a revival, likening the Individual to
an engine; it needs fuel systematically
to make it go; and unless religion is
revived at intervals it di«. Mr. Lee
also differentiated between religion
and Christianity. He said, that those
who have true Christianm' have no
desire for worldly thingsi but enjoy
giving to and helping oth«rs.
The sermon was a leader to the ones
that the minister will preach during
this meeting and the moral
needs of this particular community.
Services are being held ut 8 o'clock
each night and at, 10.30 easii morning.
C. R. Clark Killed Near
Mr. ( . R. Clark, a travel
ing salesman, drove to Hf, death on
the highway a few nor th of
Mr. Clark was u salesma lor P. O.
Gwaltney, Jr., & Co., of Norfolk, anil
left Norfolk about 4.80 Mo iday morn
ing in company with Mr Gwaltney.
When they reached Alyskie Mr.
Gwaltney stopped and Mr. Ckuk cum,'
on to call on his trade 03 the south
side of Roanoke River. Hj" was driv
ing alone and out of sight of all peo
ple except a man plowing'l|t a near
by field, who saw the cur it turned
over, from all appearances, three
times. The car had run for some dis
tance practically otr the pavement, as,
if the driver was either asleep or had
some heart trouble. No one knows to
tell the story.
He was said to have spoken a few
words after he was reached, though he
was very badly bruised and broken up.
From various receipts from lijs Ma
sonic lodge and other lodges and in
surance companies it was found that--
his people lived in Wakefield, Va. They
were soon located and made the jour
ney to Windsor by automobile, where
the body had been prepared for bur
ial. He was taken through the coun
try to his home in Wakefield, where
he will be buried.
Mr. Clark was 32 years old, a man
' of splendid reputation and very popu
lar. He leaves his father,
mother, two brothers and five sisters.
Ford Coupe Is Stolen
Hefe Saturday Night
I Mr. P. H. Brown's Fort! coupe wa.-i
stolen Saturday night between !) and
[ i 1 o'clock. - The xar vuuL parked ,on
t Main Street, between Culpepper Hard
, ware Store and the Tar Heel Build
The key was not in the car, but the
, thief seemed to know the cur business
so well that he was able to get it from
a crowded street and get away unde
, tected. There is no clue whatever as
f to who did the stealing nor which way
, the co* went.
j- The car was nearly new. The motor
f number was 12,767,061, and fhe .Stale I
license number was R-3295,
Man Killed in Auto
J Wreck Near Bethel
Dan Pollock, of Trenton, N. C., was
killed in an automobile wreck Sunday
night on highway No. 90, one mile
j west of Bethel. Mr. I'ollotk was driv
ing a Ford car and from appearance
t was almost off the road When he was
struck by a Chrysler car, driven by
Andrew Jenkins, who lives in Beau
? fort County. Mr. Jenkins was accom
j panied by Albert Warren »nd Joe Ter
-1 ry ( two young men of his section.
Mr. Pollock was taken to a hospital
f in Tarboro but was dead when liu
B reached there.
V Mr. Roy A. Peel and Miss Ruth
1. Carrawan were married at the resi-
J dence of Elder W. B. Harrington, of
- Smithwicks Creek, last Saturday
e Mr. Peel it the son of Mr. ami Mrs.
- H. B. Pool, of Griffin* Township.
I Miss Carrawan is from Hyde County,
from the Swan Quartos wtion.
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Commissioners Decide On
Location For Almshouse;
Agree On Salary Schedule
"Bob" Reynolds to be
in Town Tomorrow
R. R. Reynolds, better known
as "Bob" Reynolds, will , be in
Williamston tomorrow for a short
time. Mr. Reynolds is making an
extensive tour of eastern Caro
lina in his campaign for United
State Senator. He is from Ashe
ville and is well known in western
Carolina, where he is extremely
He was in the city last Sunday
and was the guest of Mr. Z. H.
Rose, who was a schoolmate of
his while at the University.
(vrimesland Is Killed
Dr. C. M. Jones, of Grituesland, was
run over and killed at that place Sun
day night about B.lb by Earl Gallo
way, also of Grimseland. Dr. Jones
was crossing the street on his way to
attend church when Galloway, driving
a Dodge car, came around a dark cor
ner into the light and was blinded
Dr. Jones was dragged about 20 feet
end rendered unconscious. He was
taken to the Washington Hospital suf
fering greatly from shock. Severe
cuts were found on his head, both
arms, and all over his body. He died
at 12 o'clock, never regaining con
Dr. Jones was 60 years of age, was
prominent in business and church life
of the town and had been a practicing
pnysician in 'irimesland for between
30 and 40 years. He was regarded as
one of the town's best citizens.
Dr. Jones is survived by his wife
and four children. One son, Fred, of
Houston, Tex., was advised of his
father's death over long distance. He
is now on his way home for the fu
neral. Three daughters, Misses An
nie Ruth, Virginia, and May, also sur
vive in addition to ii)any relatives
scattered throughout Pitt.
The funeral will piulmbljf In K«Mi
some time - Wednesday in Greenville.
Dr. Jones was a member of the Chris
Many Operated on
at (Children's Clinic
Many operations for the removal of
tonsils and for other diseases of the
-eyes, ears, nose, and throat are made
each day at the cliriic now being held
here. Monday Dr. Carter operated on
25 cases, antl from all indications he
will have the maximum number each
day, with a certainty that be will not
be able to reach a large number of
cases that have been approved and
People from every section of the
county gather here with their children
early in the morning, and after they
are operated on they are kept under
the constant watch of doctors and
nurses for about 24 hours before they
are permitted to go home.
-New Motor Fuel
The entirely new motor fuel recently
developed by the Standard Oil Co., will
be available to motorists this week.
This new fuel is more powerful than
gasoline, and besides giving greater
efficiency to present motors, will make
possible further practical use of high
er compression motors.
According to a statement today by
Frank Howard, head of the develop-
I merit department, and who was respon
I sible for it» production, the new fuel
will be marketed under the name of
Esso. It is red in color and will be
dispensed only from silver pumps at
"Standard" stations and dealers.
"This new fuel," said Mr. Howard,
"is not intended to displace the reg
ular 'Standard' Gasoline, but it hao
been developed and will be manufact
ured to meet the special motoring con
ditions'.such as motor knocks, carbon
accumulation, high-comfffression mo
tors, old cars and engines operating
under excessive loads.
"The continued use of Esso will giVe
n motor greater flexibility, less gear
shifting, freedom from crank-ca
lution, instant starting, faster pick up
better speed, and pull on the hills,
more power and longer life.
"It is our aim to put the test of
Esso's efficiency directly up to the mo
torists. After a trial he can deter
mine whether his car needs Esso or
whether he should continue to use the
During the past throe weeks, all of
the Standard Oil Company's refineries
have been busily engaged in the pro
duction of this new motor fuel and
, now report that they are ready to dis
tribute U in their respective territories.
All Candidates for Local
Offices Agree to go on
Salary December 1
ERROR MADE IN LAW
The Hoard of County Commissioner* ,
met in .special session Monday for
the purpose of considering the final
location of the county home.
The location selection is on the lands
now owned by the county and which
lies just west of the fork of the
Greenville road and the highway to
Everetta, Route No. 90.
The building will be erected 100
yards south of the highway and 100
yards west of the Greenville road.
The board also received replies to
their inquiry as to the willingness 01
the various candidates for the several
principal offices of the county to go
on a salary basis December 1, 1926.
By an error in the date of the bill
authorising the board of commission
ers to fix salaries, they could not make
it effective until December, 1927.
All the candidates having answered
the inquiry in the affirmative makes
the salary basis, as fixed by the com
missioners, operative at the beginning
of the new term on December I.
The full report of the board of com- '
inissioners as to the inquiries follows:
There appears in the public local
laws, chapter 661, session of 1925,
General Assembly of North Carolina,
an act authorizing the commissioners
of Martin County to place certain of ,
fleers on a salary. There was an er
ror in the drafting of this bill. It
was iiitTftui and intended to be effect
ive the first Monday in December, 1926
instead of the first Monday in Decem
ber, 1927, as the law now reads. I
The board of county commissioners,
being desirous of placing certain off! |
cers on a salary, passed an order in (
session Tuesday, March 2, 1926, flu- j
ing the salaries of the officers of Mar-, |
tin County, as follows:
Clerk of superior court for all serv- i
ices, |ni year.
Sheriff, for all services, $6,000 per
Register of deeds, for ull services, ,
s.',ooo per year, with an allowance of ,
$1,200 for helper. I
Treasurer, for all services, $1,200
per year. .
Said law Jo be effective the- first
Monday in December, 1926;- it being ,
intended and expected to have the law '
amended in the next session of the
General Assembly to read in accord
ance with that date.
It was not the intention of the ,
county commissioners to confiict in j
any way with the general luw now In
effect us applies to collection of 1926 |
A questionnaire was submitted to
the various candidates fling for office,
requesting them to signify their will
ingness to abide by the above salary
schedule, which they have answered
K. J. Feel—Yes.
W. H. Crawford—Yes.
J. Sara Getsinger—Yos.
C. D. Carstarphen- Yes.
H. T. Hoberson—Yes.
■ W. J. Taylors-Yen, ■———.
A. 1«. Koebuck—Yes.
By order of the board this 24th day (
of May, 1926.
HENRY C. GREEN,
Chairman, Hoard Co. Commissioners
Attest: J, Sam Getsinger, clerk to
the board. *
No Relief Seen From
Very Severe Drought
No prospects of relief from the un
precedented drought is seen by the
Raleigh weather bureau for the next
few days. Chances of ruin following
the temperature rise predicted for to
day were reported as being very slight.
Although the drought is continuing,
for duration it has already far ex
ceeded all records for this period of
the year of the Raleigh weather bu
reau which date back 40 years. The
dry period, which started in April,
: has already caused a deficiency in
rainfall for April and May of 6.18
i inches, and of 3.67 inches for the year.
This figure is lowered because of an
excess of rain during January and
> March. During the last 41 days, but
, .43 of an inch of rain has fallen in
Raleigh. This was scattered over a
number of showers, any one of which
was little more than enough to settle
the dust . '
i Messrs. A. Hassell, jr., and W. H.
Williams, jr., left this morning for
Asheville, where they will work for
i some time.
I Mesdames Whit Purvis and Leslie
■ Fowden are spending today in Bel
. haven with Mrs. J. H. Purvis.
Watch Label on Your
Paper; It Carries Date
THREE IN TROUBLE
FOR STEALING MEAT
Don I'urvis Accused of Breaking in
Smokehouse of W. M. Perry; Two
Other Negroes Also in Jail
Don Purvis, who may be properly
called Williamston's hard-luck negro,
is again in jail. This time on account
of the stealing of Mr. W. M. Perry s
meat last week. Don say 3 that a
friend of his stole the meat and that
he is an innocent man; but Chief oi
Police Daniel, who worked up the case,
is not convinced of the truth of this
Rod Rogers, a young colored man
'•ho-lives near Sic .varku>, and Waltei
Hassell, jr., i voioied b'»y. ptcved
'.'•l i "ives '.O !» >B'»
. uiig farina . liil.ty. !',•> nue
>:''g hams - it mi t,r meat ull a
round town. Chief Daniel bought threu,
hams and observing the boys closely
concluded to go out to the home of
the Hassell boy. His father, who is
a man of honor and truth, informed
him that there must be something
wrong, us the boys had no meat. Chiel
Daniel then arrested Rogers, who told
him the meat was stolen from the
smokehouse of a colored woman on
the C. S. Price farm.
Rogers and Hassell each attempted
to lay the fault at the hands of the
The stealing of meat is only a
common thing in and around William
ston of late. The smokehouses ol
Messrs. A. J. Manning, Eli
W. C. Manning, and W. M. Perry have
all recently been broken into.
Colored School To
The Williamston colored school will
close its most successful year's work
Wednesday night at the courthouse,
with exercises by the graduating class
Ami nn uiUti'w.w by llr. C. fcs. Hrown, of
Whiton, N. C.
The exercises began Friday with a
program by the primary grades.
The annual sermon was preached b;,'
Rev. J. Henderson, D.'D., pastor o f
the colored Methodist church at Wash
ington, in the colored Haptist chuich
The grammar grade exerciser will
l »" huld tonight.
1 lie |mun i|*m - —...
J. Hayes, has shown his efficiency not
only as a well-trained teacher and a
willing worker but as a gentleman as
well, ami commands the respect of the
peope of tlii' town.
The school invites white viator* to
all the exercises.
Believe Haugeu Bitt*
Should he Modified
Washington, May 22.—Despite "the
defeat of the Haugen farm relief bill
in the House of Representatives yes
terday, meihbers friendly to price sta
bilization measures and representa
tives of farm organizations conferred
today in an effort to frame similar
legislation with some of the more con
troversiul features left out. Several
House members from the Middle West
said that they still believed that such
a bill could pass if it were modified.
Conferees hope to get a Compromise
bill before the agricultural committee
j early next week and will press for a
favorable report. ~
Little of Interest In
Recorder's court Tuesday was with
out much interest, though it netted the'
lounty school SIOO.
Henry I'urvis was convicted of car
rying a concealed weapon and fined
SSO and the costs of the action.
Roscoe Clemmons was charged with
(jriving an auto while drunk. He was
convicted, and fined SSO and the costs.
Don Purvis, one of the town's recog
nized thieves, succeeded in nullifying
the State's testimony with doubt, ren
dering the State unable to connect
Don with the stolen meat. He was re
leased for luck of evidence.
Rod Rodgefs, another smokehouse
break, asked for a continuance until
Editor Made Member of
Governor A. W. Mcliean tias ap
pointed W. C. Manning, editor of the
Enterprise, a member of the State
Committee in connection with the ses
qui-centennial celebration in Philadel
phia from June 1 to December 31,
Of Conoho Chapter
There will be a special communica
tion of Conoho Chapter, No. 12, of
Royal Arch Masons, Thursday night,
May 27th, at 8 o'clock. Work in the
Past master degree. All members are
urged to be present. '
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