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VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 27
MRS. ALMA BROWN KILLS HUSBAND
SUNDAY AFTER HE HAD BEATEN HER
SEVERELY; RELEASED UNDER BOND
Mrs. Brown Is
Mother of Four
Follows Him from House
And Shoots Twice As
( He Gets in Car
LIVED FOUR HOURS
One i/0«d From Double-Barrel Shot
gun Blew Of l art of Skull; Other
Load in Right Shoulder
Sunday night at 12 o'clock Mrs. Al
ma Brown closed a chapter of her
life, covering a period of nine years
that she had been married to Will
Brown—who, she claims, had during
intermittent drinking spells cruelly
treated her since three months after
her marriage—when she followed him
76 yards down the avenue running
from her father's home and unloaded
two barrels of a shot gun in his head
and, shoulder, the man dying about
four hours later.
Mrs. Brown, who is the 24-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ausbon,
had spent Sunday, with her husband
and four cluldren, whose ages range
from 2 to 8 years, at the home of her
parents on the Geo. L. Robertson
farm, four miles from Robersonville.
They had come from their home near
Stokes, in Pitt County, on their car,
run by gasoline that her husband bor
rowed, stated Mrs. Brown in an inter
view with the Enterprise representa
Mrs. Brown's Story
Her story, related while Bitting on
the cot in her cell at the county jail
here, is heartrending and was recited
between sobs, while she constantly
dried her eyes. Her blood-spattered
clothing enlivened the gruesome sur
roundings that she pictured in her
After dinner Sunday her husband
left her father's house to visit his sis
ter and his father, George Brown, car
rying his little 4-year-old son with
him. The little boy told his mother
that his father left him at his grand
father's and went "aver the creek"
several times during the afternoon,
presumably to get liquor.
Brown, his child and brother-in-law
returned to the Ausbon home about
12 o'clock Sunday night. When he
got there he yelled to his wife, "Come
on, let's go," and while she was get
ting the three sleeping children up, he
called the same thing, prefixed by a
vile oath. Then he came into the
room, and she accused him of drink
ing and when she told him not to "lie
about it," he hit her in the mouth.
She returned the blow, and he choked
her so that she could not speak for
several minutes, signs of finger prints
on her throat being visible while she
was telling her side of the affair.
While this scuffle was going on, her
mother was trying to help her, but
a sister was getting a gun loaded,
which they all fought over, but finally
it got into the hands of the mother.
Beat Her Frequently
Brown went back to the car, and
his companion came in to tell Mrs.
Brown that he had not been off with
any women, as he seemed to think
that was what had caused the trouble.
She, however, strongly denies that out
side women have ever entered into
their domestic troubles. She Baid that
since three months after their mar
riage he had been beating her when
drinking, and had been doing that
quite frequently of late. He has
been indicted several times for that
MEET AT KINSTON
Eastern Carolina Warehouse Associa
tion Annual Convention To Be
The Eastern Carolina Warehouse
Asso; iation will hold its annual con
ventitn in Kinston tomorrow at 11.80
-p'clo.k. The meeting will be held at
xhe country club and after the pro
gram a laibecue dinner will be served
by tne •tsiociation.
The local tobacco market will be rep
resented by Messrs. Parry Meador,
iV'raitk Bennitt and Hubert Morton.
At this n.ecting the Warehousemen
of Eastern Carolina will vote on the
opening date and discuss the eljfii
naticn of the trucking system, which
has been used by the various ware
houses of the section for the last sev
eral years. Kinston and Wilson have
put up a forfeit of several hundred
dollars to do t.way with the truck
method of mumming tobacco and the
other warehouses of eastern Carolina
are expected to follow in enforcing
this rule if .sdoplud.
Mrs. Biggs Named on
Committee of Awards
• Governor A. W. McLean Saturday
named the committee which will select
u boy of high school age, a girl of
hig! school age, and a woman teacher
to represent the State of North Caro
lina at the S&qui-Centennial exposi
tion at Philadelphia. The expenses of
those t-eLkted will be borne by the ex
Mrs. John D. Biggs, of Williarnston,
was named as a member of the com
mittee. The complete list follows:
Senators F. M. Simmons and Lee S.'
Overman, and Hon. Zebtilon Weaver,
Hon. Lindsay Warren, of Washington,
D. C.; Mrs. W. N. Reynolds, Winston-
Salem; Hon. A. L. Brooks, Greensboro,
Hon. E. E. Culbreth, Raleigh; Prof.
T. Wingate Andrews, High Point; Fe
lix Harvey, Jr., Kinston; F. W. Orr,
Charlotte; Rev. R. J. Bateman, Ashe
ville; Father Vincent Taylor, Belmont;
Rabbi Milton Ellis, Greensboro; A. S.
Bethune, Clinton.; Mrs. Edwin Gregory
Salisbury; Mrs. E. L. McKee, Sylva;
Mrs. Phil McMahon, Charlotte; Mrs.
Burke Hobgood, Durham; James Gird
wood, Rocky Mount; Miss Flossie Mar
tin, Winston-Salem; Mrs W. B. Mur
phy, Snow Hill; Mrs. John D. Biggs,
Williarnston; Mrs. J. A. Hartness,
The purpose of this committee is
to select the boy and the girl of high
school age adjudged the best repre
sentative in the State of "American
ideals in youth." Likewise select the
woman school teacher accomplishing
the greatest good for her pupils.
reason, costing him money that was
needed in the home, and on one occa
sion had been given a jail sentence.
"But he was just as good and kind
as he could be when he did not have
liquor in him," she added.
The brother-in-law, George Weath
ersbee, and Mrs. Brown became en
-gaged in a -quarrel and he started
cursing. When he attempted to come
into the house three times successive
ly, she knocked him down with a
chair, and three goose-egg knots on
his forehead were in evidence yester
day, stated the coroner, F. L. Edwards.
About the time Weathersbee turned to
go Brown started to enter the house,
cursing his wife, her mother and sis
ter; the father having gone off in the
afternoon. The mother told him to
leave or she would shoot, and he did
as she told him; but his wife took the
gun, followed him 75 yards down the
100-yard avenue leading to the home,
and, as he was attempting to get in
the car, she fired both barrels of the
gun at him; one load struck him in
the head, tearing the upper part of
his skull to pieces, the other load went
in his right shoulder.
Lived Four Hours
Death would have been instantan
eous, but the liquor kept his heart
beating for four hours. Mrs. Brotfn
stayed by his body until he died, nev
er registering any nervousness until
it was all over. Yesterday morning
in the jail, where she was carried im
mediately after her husband died, she
went to pieces for several hours. She
is in a very delicate state of health
at this time, which makes the situa
tion even more deplorable.
Mrs. Brown, her mother and stste*
say that her husband said he was go
ing off to get a gun to shoot her
before she slept. Weathersbee, it is
understood, claims this is not so, that
Brown was going home with him.
A preliminary hearing was given
Mrs. Browh Monday afternoon, and
she was bound over to the June term
of the superior court under a SI,OOO
bond, which waa raised immediately.
Williarnston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, June 1,1926
Ward Home, 10 Miles
From Here, Destroyed
By Falling Sparks
Was Home of Mrs. Bettie Ward; No
Insurance; Most of Household
A blaze which started on the roof
as a result of sparks falling from the
chimney spread rapidly over the
whole structure and burned to the
ground one of the oldest homes in
Martin County Sunday about noon. It
belonged to Mrs. Bettie Ward, who
occupied the place with her foster-son,
Ben Ward, and family. The house was
located about 10 miles from Williarn
ston on the Washington Highway.
Mr. and Mrs. Ward were spending
the day with relatives in Enfield, and
his son and daughter, Roy and Carrie
Ward, with their grandmother, were
the only ones in the house when it
caught. When they found the blaze
it was so strong that nothing could be
done except to remove much of the
furniture from the lower floor, saving
the piano Snd other valuable pieces.
Their presence of mind caused them
to save all available water for the
outbuildings, which, with the help of
neighbors, they managed to save, with
the exception of the smokehouse, from
which the meat had been removed,
The insurance had expired in March
and on account of ill health Mrs. Ward
had neglected to have the policy re
The building was of the best ma
terials and was built 118 years ago
by the Ward family, where some mem
ber has always lived.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ward were no
tified by telephone at Enfield, and
they arrived home in the afternoon.
They have the sympathy of their
friends in the county in the loss of
Shows Much I*rogress
Bayview, the only big project that
is being developed right at our own
door, is becoming a reality by leaps
and bounds. Our representative was
astonished to find out that so much
had been done in such a short time.
The 200-rooni hotel is nearing comple
tion, and it will be one of the finest
resort hotels to be found anywhere
Lots are going so fast that the nulen
manager is surprised, and he has been
associated with the Hollywood Corpor
ation, which did things in record time.
The writer was in yes
terday and heard that 14 lots had al
ready been'sold that day.
-Seme of the most 'successful busi
ness men of eastern North Carolina
are backing Bayview, and they have
decided to build up a b«ach that will
be as good as the best.
But, speaking of the natural ad
vantages of Bayview, one can talk
indefinitely. It is on the Pamlico
River, the water salt but not briny
and abundant in sea foods. Mr. John
Hoyt told us what a delightful day
he had spent at Bayview recently. Oy
sters were brought in, he went crab
bing and got several dozen crabs, and
croakers they caught by the hundreds.
When they came in they made a fire
and had a most delicious meal of sea
food of the most delectable quality.
The winters are warm enough for
out-door sports, and the hunting
grounds surrounding the resort are
not to be excelled anywhere. This
alone will make it a winter resort.
If you have not driven down to see
what they are doing at Bayview, you
are missing something.
To Give Play At
Thefe will be a play given at the
Everetts school building Friday night,
June 4, by the Bear Grass High School
pupils. The title is "The Wren."
Everybody is cordially invited.
To Meet Tonight
The members of the confirmation
class are requested to meet tonight
and Thursday night at the rectory at
7.45. _ « -
Bev. C. O. PARDO.
On Air Last Night
The East Carolina Chamber of
Commerce pulled off a good
stunt Monday night by radio
from Richmond, with a fine pro
gram, consisting principally of
music and an address by Paul
Frizselle, of Snow Hill. Wash
ington, Greenville, Tarboro,
Farmville, Kinston and Smith
field people furnished the mu
sic. A number of those partici
pating are well known in Wil
liarnston. The Ayden male
quariet was one, of the leading
r umbers on the program.
•More Cases Than Uqual At Session of
CouM This Weef; Verdicts of
Guilty in Foiir Cases
Recorders court opened this morn
ing with more interest being shown
than usual, several coses being up for
Jack Purrington, a Poplar Point ne
gro, was the first man tried. Jack had
either through cowardice or impudence
been carrying a pistol, and paid the
whole cost of today's session of the
court, including salaries of the judge,
solicitor, clerk and sheriff", and then
, sent some to the county treasurer to
go to the credit of the school fund—r
a case of high-priced folly.
The next case was against Roger
Rogers and Walter Hassell jr., for
breaking in the house of Hilnnah Has
sell, a colored woman' and stealing !>
hams and selling them to several cit
izens of the town, claiming they be
longed to Walter Hassell, sr., the
father of one of the boys, The two
young negroes, from appearances at
the trial, did not mind the stealing
so much, and displayed great willing
ness to lie to try to get-out oi it.
Rogers plead guilty to his presence in
the car with Hassell when he went
to the Hannah Hassell home and broke
in and stole the meat, and said that
he was with him when they sold the
meat, but that it was Hassell's car
and that Hassell took he money for
Hassell claimed that Rogers went to
Skewarkee Church and got the meat
out of the woods.
Hassell was adjudged guilty. The
court, through a Hood of sympathy,
fined Hassell $25 and all the costs,
.and sentenced him to 20 days in jail.
Rogers was sentenced to jail for the
term of 20 days.
J. 1,. liallard was up, charged with
an assault with a deadly weapon. He
was found guilty and fined S2O and
charged with all costs.
S. B. Saunders, assault with a dead
ly weapon. Guilty., Judgment sus
pended and defendant charged with
Pamlico Beach To
Announcement is made in this issue
of the reopening of Pamlico Heach on
Friday, June 4th. This popular re
sort, situated some thirty miles below
Washington on Pamlico Sound, has
been liberally patronized by the peo
ple of this section; and they will
doubtless be pleased to know that it
will again' be operated by "the sarW
management as heretofore.
Pamlico Beach boasts of many nat
ural advantages. It is in cloße prox
imity to the best fishing .grounds on
the cost, making it headquarters for
fishermen from all sections of the
State. In addition, it is blessed with
an unexcelled bathing beach, where
the advantages of salt water bathing
is combined with all the safety of a
swimming pool. The Pamlico Beach
Hotel has made quite a reputation for
the excellence of its dining-room serv
Another successful season is confi
dently expected for this resort during
the coming summer.
Here Sunday Night
On Sunday night at 8 o'clock, the
Rev. W. J. Loaring Clark, D. I)., gen
eral evangelist of the Episcopal
Churcfi, will preach here in the
Church of the Advent. Dr. Clark is
considered one of the really great
preachers in the Episcopal Church and
is the only general evangelist of the
church in the United States. The op
portunity of hearing Dr. Clark even
in one sermon is a genuine privilege
Small Fire at Home of
J. G. Staton Monday
The fire company responded to qn
alarm from the home of J. (». Staton,
corner of Haughton and Main Street*,
yesterday afternoon about 4.80, and
found a small blaxe, caused by a de
fective flue. The Are was extinguish
ed with a garden hbse, practically no
damage being done.
Seventy-Seven of Uncle
Sam's Postal Workers
NINE (10 FROM HERE
James K. Harrell, of This City, Elected
President of Rural Carrier's
Uncle Sam's mail hands in Martin,
Beaufort, and Pitt Counties quit their
jobs yesterday, Decoration Day, a le
gal holiday, and all gathered at River
side, a few miles from Washington,
where they held a get-together meet
ing, where many of the little things
which can only be accomplished thru
personal friendship ami cooperation
van be accomplished.
The meeting was presided over by
Postmaster H. R. Mumford, of Green
ville. Mayor E. T. Stewart, 6f Wash
ington, welcomed the visitors. Post
master M. 11. Prescott, of Ayden, re
sponded to the address of welcome.
In the absence of H. S. Ward, who
had been advertised to speak, Edward
Stewart addressed the meeting. His
speech was warmly praised by all his
The roll of ,town in the three coun-.
ties was called and 770f Uncle Sam's.
Postal employees were present. Ber
tie County was received as a member
of the association, and Postmaster W.
I'. King, of Windsor, and three of his
rural carriers, who were present, par
ticipated in the meeting.
The rural carriers perfected an or
ganization, with J. E. Harrell, of Wil
liarnston, president; J. 11. Dempsey,
Windsor, vice president; and Milton
McGowan, of Washington, secretary.
J. E. Harrell was elected a delegate
to the State rural carriers' meeting,
which will be held in Sanford July 4
A committee of postal employees,
or welfare council, was organized with
Jesse T. Price, postmaster at Williarn
ston, chairman; W. P. King, postmas
ter, Windsor, vice chairman; W. 0.
Ellis, assistant postmaster, Washing
The next meeting will be held in
Williarnston May 30, 1927.
After the business was over, din-'
ner was announced, and a great din
ner was spread by the wives and
daughters of the postmasters and car
The day was not only a success
from the standpoint of promoting good
service as officials, but it was just
as good to niingle together as friends.
Those attending from Williarnston
were Postmaster J. T. Price and wife;
Assistant Postmaster Mrs, R. F. Pope
and husband; Mr. John A. Ward ami
family; Mr. J. E. Harrell, Mr. Bob
l.eggett, Mr. M. 1). Watts, Mr. O. S.
Green, and Capt. T. W. Thomas.
Have Fair Season
•Southern truckers are enjoying fair
results from their efforts so far this
season. The strawberry crop brought
fair prices the season through.
The May pea crop was not large.in
ymtii, OTt fafr prtc-fK piTViritrd through
out the entire season, and has brought
hundreds of thousands of dollars to
Eastern North Carolina farmers..
Washington and Tyrrell counties
shipped many carloads.
The Elizabeth City section has sold
more than a* 1 third of a million dol
lars' worth of truck.
The South is now sending new po
tatoes north. More than 221 cars were
delivered to the northern markets yes
terday, selling as high as sll on some
markets for the finest grades, and run
ning generally from $8 to $9 per bar
rell. North Carolina reported three
cars sold on the 27th,
Shipping will begin in the Aurora
section next week and perhaps in Co
lumbia, followed the next week by
Washington and Bethel.
The dry weather has evidently cut
the yield, jjret the promise is for fair
prices to prevail.
Still And Outfit
Sheriff Roberson and one of his
deputies answered a call Tuesday to
a point in Bear Grass Township,
where they found a still which had
been recently operated, from appear
ances not- more than a week before.
The still and all equipment were de
The still w£s very near a home
with a beaten path leading from the
back door to the still. No arrest has
yet been made.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ruffln and chil
dren, of Tarboro, spent Sunday with
Mrs. Ruffin's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Britt
A FAIR COLORIST
This young woman ascend* a giddy
ladder every day to put tin lulling
touches lo the "Rainbow citv"—the
Sesqul-rentennial International Expo
sition, opening in Philadelphia June 1
and coniinuUig until December 1, (o
celebrate the 1 :10 th anniversary of the
Declaration of American Tndepond
enee. Sli" i i one ef mm army of young
who ,rre making the Sesqui a
l iilucky Number, 13, Issued; Most ul
Them to Couple Outside of
May marriage* were liOt HOint'rous,
numbering the .lucky 13.
Of the five white marriages, only
two of them- were to Martin. County
girls; there' was one from Illinois, one
from Craven County, and one from
Hytle County. We do not know wheth
er it,is that the Murtin County girl
l is losing Iter sweetness anil beauty oi
not; still the fact that a majority ot
the marrying' men prefer to bring
their brides here from other localities
may have some significance. Only two
of the girls are voters this year, be
cause they are away below 21. -
Among the negro marriage* a third
of them were about 60. We failed to
find the number of second or third
marriagea and the number of di
The list follows:
Archie Mizeil, 20, Nellie Slap Cher
ry, IK; Paul Johnson 21, Lela Mae
Jones (N'ew Hern) 20; Ralph Sullivan
22, Emma Simmons" (Illinois) 22:
Mayo Price 3", Collie Craft 24; Hoy
A. Peel 21, Ruth Carawan ( Hyde Coun
James Williams 21, Julia Ann Hryant
1H; JuliuW4.ee 54, Ophelia Whitley 4•">:
(ieorge Uainor 68, Jennie Chance i,o,
".Ease" James 21, Huttie Uorham 17;
Thurston Little 22, Helm Perry 2i;
George Rogers 21; Reatrice Harrow 20.
Paul Harris lit), Carrie Williams ii»;
Japies Slade 61; (iatsey Lloyd 60;
Bishop Darst Completes
Tour of, Unitecf States
The Rt. Rev. Thomas.C. I hirst, D.D.,
liishop of East Carolina, has just con
eluded a nation-wide tour. Hishop
Darst visited all tlu; larger cities in
the United States as the personal rep
resentative of liishop Murray, the pre
siding bishop of the Episcopal Church
in the United States.
' liishop Darst is the chairman of the
National Commission on Evangelism
in the Episcopal Church and spoke
on the subject of evangelism before
large and responsive gatherings in
the course of his journeys.
The Church of the Advent will Rave
the Hishop here next Sunday, when he
will administer the rite of confirma
tion to several candidates and will
preach at the 11 o'clock service.
Special Services at
Sunday, June 6th:
41:00—Holy Communion and con
firmation by the bishop;
B:oo—Even prayer and sermon by
Dr. W. J. Loaring Clark.
The public is cordially invited to
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Paul Feel, of Hamilton, ,
(ioes In Business Here
Mr. Paul Peel, of Hamilton, has
moved to Williamston , and has gone
into business wjth Whit Purvis, who
has a soda fountain business and
pressing club combined on Washing
Mr. Peel is very popular in Hamil
ton, and has been very successful in
all his lines of work.
Watch Label on Your
Paper; It. Carries Date
W. T. Meadows
Jr. Died Early
Succumbs After Months
Of Intense Suffering
Had Been to Number Hospitals and
Specialists Who Could Do Noth
ing to Uelieve Him
There occurred one of the saddest
deaths that Williamston has ever
known when \V. T. Meadows, jr., died
this morniftg at S o'clock after suf
fering for three months of sarcomo.
In February he spent some time in
the Washington Hospital arid soon af
ter returning home he was taken to
Baltimore for .examination, but noth
ing could be 4ofie and during the past
three months his life has Quickly ebbec.
mt frftfte lie suffered the most ter
rible pain known to medical science.
The thoughtful, patient kindly spir
it that has been present during his
illness characterizes his'daily walk in
life, lie would have been twenty years
of age the sixth of the coming Oc
tober, and to see a young man smit
ten so shortly before reaching the age
of maturity calls forth the sympathy
of the whole community.
During the pastorate of Dr. W. R.
Burrell, be joined the Baptist church,
anil has received much more joy out
of his church life than th«; average
young man of today. He enjoyed to a
great degree associating with his
young friends, but his habits of life
were extremely clean, and he enjoyed
the confidence of all who knew him
intimately, both young and old.
"W. T." was the youngest child and
only Mm ot Mr. and Mrs. W. T. AJead
ows, and the sorrow of the surviving
parrots and sisters, Mrs. L. C. Ben
nett and Mrs. Joseph I'ender, has ex
tended: to a host of friends: He was
horn in Williamston, attended the lo
cal school and summer schools else
where. lie was particularly bright on
mathemuUcH, und wit* planning to fol
low his father in the tobacco business,
having worked in it last year.
The funeral services will be held
from the home tomorrow afternoon at
:s„'in o'clock, with Rev. C. H. Dickey
officiating, assisted by Rev. T. W. Lee,
of theMethodist-Kpiscopal Church.
.Interment will take place in the Bap
tist cemetery beside IHS sister, Mrs.
>l lie Meadows Whitley.
Following is the jist of pallbearers:
Active: H. I'. Cunningham, J. ft.
I'eel, M. S. Moore, Harry Meador,
Jodie Barnhill, and Dr. I'. B. Cone.
Honorary: J. l. Staton, C. D. C'ar
starplveii, A. *ilassell, J. W. Hight,
George Harrison, C. O. Moore, B. S.
Courtney, Leslie Fowden, Roy Gur
gumis, and J. A. Teel.
In Rodman Case
Washington, N. C., May 27.—A judg
ment has been handed down by Judge
H. A. Grady in the suit of Mrs. Theo
dora G. Rodman vs. Attorney W. *C.
Rodman, of this city, for subsistence
and allowance without divorce. The
case was heard in chambers on May
14, wiUi built pailfos pieseul ■nd. i ut i;
tended by counsel.
The judgment states that the couple
have four children and that 'some
weeks ago the plaintiff, Mrs. Rodman,
left the Fast Main Street home of the
couple. The judgment further states
that Mrs, Rodman was caused to leave
the home by the "inexcusable acts of
The judgment allots the wife SIOO
per month from June 1, also the right
to live in and occupy the family home.
The defendant is further required to
pay the taxes thereon. The judgment
bears date o'f May 19.
Attorney Rodpian refused to give
out a statement for publication today.
It is understood he is about to leave
the city and that Mrs. Rodman is now
Two Freight Cars Are
Ditched by Derailer
Monday morning two box cars
standing on the Harrison Bros, sid
ing took a down-hill flight on tho
riv.-r spu-r track until they struck the
derailer below thev, buggy factory
ditched them, and the wreck train
from Rocky Mount had Ui be lyrought
down to lift them out of the ditch
and place them on the track again.
It, of course, cost the raftroad com
pany considerable money to place the
cars on the track, and it will neces
sarily cost something to repair them.
It is reported that the cars Were
on the siding with locked brakes and
that two colored boys loosed the
brakes, causing them to get a atart.
All boys, whiteo r colored, should
be taught to keep hands off at. .things
of this kind.