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Advertisers Find Our Columns a Key to 1,600 Martin County Homes 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 Small Children 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 tive. - 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 •tory. 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 STRAND THEATRE THURSDAY ■ RUDOLPH VALENTINO in v "COBRA" •3 THE ENTERPRISE WAREHOUSEMEN TO MEET AT KINSTON Eastern Carolina Warehouse Associa tion Annual Convention To Be Held Tomorrow 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 position. 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, Stategville. 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 Fire Destroys 113-Year-Old Home Sunday Ward Home, 10 Miles From Here, Destroyed By Falling Sparks SAVE OUTBUILDINGS Was Home of Mrs. Bettie Ward; No Insurance; Most of Household Effects Saved 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, however. The insurance had expired in March and on account of ill health Mrs. Ward had neglected to have the policy re newed. 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 their home. Bayview Development 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 near. 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 Everetts Friday 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. Confirmation Class 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. Eastern Carolina 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. REGULAR SESSION RECORDERS COURT •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 hearing. 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 all sales. 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 the costs. Pamlico Beach To Reopen Friday 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 ice. Another successful season is confi dently expected for this resort during the coming summer. Episcopal Evangelist 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. Postal Service Employes Had Picnic Monday Seventy-Seven of Uncle Sam's Postal Workers In Attendance NINE (10 FROM HERE James K. Harrell, of This City, Elected President of Rural Carrier's Organization 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 hearers. 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 and 5. 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 ton, secretary. 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 riers.- - 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. Southern Truckers 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. Sheriff Destroys 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 stroyed. 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 £ LP. 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 Colorful 6'lCieaA FKW MARRIAGE LICENSES ISStJKI. l iilucky Number, 13, Issued; Most ul Them to Couple Outside of Martin County 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 vorcees. The list follows: White 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 ty> 17. Colored 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 Episcopal Church Sunday, June 6th: JB.4s—Church school. 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 these services. • ■ . . ---.-V 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 ton Street. 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 Subscription Expires ESTABLISHED 1898 W. T. Meadows Jr. Died Early This Morning Succumbs After Months Of Intense Suffering From Sarcomo ISURIAL TOMORROW 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. Judgment Filed 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.defendant." 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 in Washington. 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.