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A. L. ROEBUCK DEFEATS
ROBERSON FOR OFFICE
OF SHERIFF BY 45 VOTES
Official Count Reduced
Majority From 58
To 45 Votes
A. L. (Baldy) Roebuck won over
H. T. Rohereon, the present sheriff,
in the County primary last Saturday
by the small mapority of 45 votes.
The primary was one of the most
hotly contested and one the most
evenly' balanced political contests
ever staged in the county.
The largest vote ever cast in the
County, 381 more people voting in
the second primary than in the first
primary, when only 2,640 votes were
The long term in office was the
biggest item at issue in the final
drive, Sheriff Kobereon having held
the office for seven years. Many vot
ers like occasional changes of officers
and usually vote on the principal.
The final vote taken from the offi
cial figures changed the vote as re
ported from 68 to a 45 majority.
When the campaign was over, all
were friends, not only the best of
feeling prevailing between the two
competing candidates but their lead
ers and friends alike were found to
be standing together for the winner.
Mrs. JVL H. Peel
Dies Near Here
Health Had~Been Bad
for Several Months;
As the shades of the silent night
were growing darker, the soul oi
Martha H. Peel was called from its
mortal abode at her old home on
- Wednesday night. For many months
her health has been bad, and for weeks
it has been evident that her day was
nearly done, as she lay lingering on
her sick bed.
Mrs. Peel was the daughter of the
late Noah and Eliza Godard, of the
Smithwicks Creek section. She was
just past 78 years old.
She married W. H. Peel more than
50 years ago. He died about 16 years
Of a large family of brothers and
sisters, she leaves but one, a sister,
Mrs. E. J. Green. She raised six
children; one daughter, Mrs. Martha
Coltrain, died several years ago. The
others are Mrs. Walter Griffin, of Elm
City; Mrs. A. F. Manning, of Middle
sex; Mr. Louis H. Peel, Williamston;
yMoah Peel, of Fort Bragg; and
Homer Peel, auditor of the State
Highway Commission, Raleigh. She
also leaves thirty grand children and
several great-grand children.
She had been a member of the Prim
itive Baptist Church at Smithwicks
Creek for many years. The funeral
was conducted by Elder W. B. Har
rington, her pastor; and she was
buried by the side of her husband at
the Noah Peel burying ground Thurs
UNION CHURCH SERVICES
TO BEGIN SUNDAY NIGHT
Union Sunday evening services will
begin for the summer season this
Sunday with the' servce at the Chris
tian church. Rev. C. H. Dickey of tfee
Memorial Baptist church will preach.
The people of the town are cordial
ly invited to this church and tc hear
The Sunday school and morning
church service will be held at the
A. J. MANNING, Pastor Christian
SATURDAY - 10th
Eileen Sedgwick in
'Girl of the West'
Episod No. 14 of
Clyde Cook Comedy
Official Returns of
The official count of the
votes, by townships, cast in the
Primary Saturday follows:
Township Rober- Roe
Jaaesville 176 162
Williams ; 67 84
Griffins 324 10
Bear Grass 121 104
Williamston 410 179
Cross Roads 35 265
Robersonville 103 317
Gold Point 50 41
Poplsr Poiat 47 61
Hanilton 55 159
Goose Nest 76 156
Totsl 1493 1538
Only Business of Minor
The business to come before the
Board of County Commissioners at
it* last meeting was of 'a minor na
ture. A few relief orders for pay
ment of taxes were granted. Cor
rections were made in several instan
ces in taxes listed.
Failure to work on the part of the
County's dear friends, Messrs. James
Beecham, Simon Beecham and James
Kobereon, oftiered a problem to the
Commissioners. Upon motion of J. G.
Barnhill, seconded by H. M. Burras,
it was ordered by the Board that thesa
three inmates be discharged from the
County Home unless they perform
such duties classed as reasonable that
may be assigned them by the keeper
of the home.
It will be remembered by the citi
zens of this section that these three
went to the home not so very long a
go and prior to their going they con
stituted a regular nuisance by begging
on the street*. A talk with the boy,
Simon Beet ham, revealed many things
to as. He stated that he had to do
no work, that he was living high, and
surely he was compared to his ex
istence before going to the Home.
But now that the line has been drawn
we trust that the three will gather
enough energy to fulfill their duties*
and remain at the Home.
W.W. H. Gray was reimbursed by
the Board in the sum of SIO.OO for
money expended by him to detectives
of Norfolk in the capture of Ed.
Upon motion of H. M. Burras, sec
onded by J. G. Barnhill, it is ordered
that a road be laid out in Williams
township and that Sheriff Roberson be
giien a warrant to lay out same.
T. E. Cox was released from pay
ment of tax on SIOO improperly list
ed in Williams ton township.
Upon motion of H. M. Burras,
seconded by J. G. Barnhil, it is or
dered that the County lend to W. L
Stalls from the County sinking fund
the sum of $2,000 on real estate.
Relief orders were granted reliev
ing from the payment of 1926 taxes
to the following:
W. R. Nelson, SB.BO, in William
Lucy Mizelle, $61.07 in Williams
Eugene Price, $14.11, Goose Nest
charged twice. >
G. F. Roberson, $12.90, Hamilton
J. G. Staton, receiver, $4.90, Wil
The followig members of the Board
were present, H. C. Green, H. M.
Burras, T. B. Sade, Jr., . N. Hopkins,
and J. G. Barnhill.
With Big Barbecue
Mr. W. L. Jones served a barbe
cue dinner Monday in celebration of
the fourth of July. There was a large
gathering of neighbors and friends.
* In additon to barbecue there was
plenty of stew, ham, cake,
pickles; in Oct, almost everything
good to eat appeared on the table.
GEOKGR H. GUBGANUS
IS MUCH IMPROVED
George Hatton Gurganus, who re
cently underwent a very serious op
eration in a Rocky Mount Hospital,
in reported as doing well at this
time, Ms many friends will be pleased
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, July 9,1926
Lease of Brick
to 4 Local Men
S. C. Griffin, W. J. Taylor
B. D. Stalls and Dr.
Biggs in Firm
A new tobacco firm will run the
Brick Warehouse this season. The
firm name of the new organization
will be the Brick Warehouse,' and is
composed of S. Claude Griffin, John
D. Biggs, W. J. Taylor, and D. D.
Stalls. They have leased the ware
house property from the Brick Ware
house Co. for the 1926 season and
will. enter into the active warehouse
The members of the new firm are
all well known not onlf in Martin
County but in the whole eastern to
W. J. Taylor has been associated
with Harry Meador for several years
at the Dixie S. C. Griffin
was one of the partners in the man
agement of the Roanoke Warehouse
last year and has had experience in
warehousing for the past 10 years.
I>. D. Stalls has been a buyer on the
Williamston market for several years.
Dr. Biggs has not been actively con
nected with the tobacco business. He
is president of the Farmers & Mer
chants Bank. andwill perhaps give
more attention to financing the mar
ket than to the actual sales. This is,
of course, one of the real essentials
to the success of any warehouse.
This arrangement fills all the local
warehouses and rounds up 3 strong
teams, all with the ability and capaci
ty to handle a large market.
Some say the market will sell 12,-
000,0)0 pounds this year. Nobody
guesses below 10,000,000.
The tobacco is here; the warehouses
are here; and the warehousemen are
here. Why should we not sell 12,000,-
000 pounds ?
Sunday Program at
The Baptist Church
Sunday morning the pastor will
have for his theme, "The World Holds
Out the Golden Scepter to Its Wo
This is based, of course, on the story
of Esther. It was suggested to her
that perhaps she had come to the
throne for just such a time. This is
one of the most "needy and critical
generations in history, when a shak
en civilization is trying desperately
to get on its feet again." It so hap
pens that women have come to power
it a way never known before; and it
may be they have come to the throne
for just such a time as this.
This service, with the Sunday school
at 9.45 o'clock, will constitute the
program in the Memorial Church. For
this church has joined in the move
ment for the evening union service;
and the first such service will be held
with the Christian Church Sunday
evening at 8 o'clock, the pastor of
this church preaching the sermon.
Annual Field Day
The Annual Field Day of the Pitt
County Group of Episcopal Churches
met at Greenwreath Park, near Green
ville on Tuesday. The program was
quite full with many interesting speak
ears of note. Mr. B. E. Brown of Tar
bor spoke on Evangelism, Mrs. Guy
Madara of New Bern spoke on his
missionary work in Alaska.
The Rev. George Cameron of Ay
den read a full paper on the Prob
lems of the Rural Clergyman.
Mrs. B. T. Cox the Mother of the
Group Meetings read a paper on the
benefits of such meetings.
Mrs. Staton substituted for Mrs.
Henry MacMilllan and Mrs. W. 0. S.
Sutherland who were unable to be
A picnic lunch was served under the
trees and we note that Martin County
haim maintained its reputation.
' Starts Improvements
The Carolina Telephone and Tele
graph company began setting new
poles in town today. They will be
ging within the next few days to
string cable." Several miles of lead
cable will be installed, some as large
as 600 pair, equal to 1200 wires in
one sheath. The longest line will ex
tend from the river hill up Main
street almost to the Coast Line un
derpass at the western end of town.
The distance is some over a mile.
Two or three months will be re
quired to complete the work.
AT BIDDICKS GROVE
The regular services will be held at
Riddicks Grove Baptist Church Sun
day by the pastor, R. L. Shirley. A
cordial invitation is extended to all.
Found July sth
Mh Ed f|arrell, who farms on
the Anderson farm near town,
was the first to send a cotton
blossom to the Enterprise this
He presented us with a white
bloom July 5, which is about
five days behind the average
The second bloom was sent
in by Tom Johnson, a colored
tenant who lives in town and
claims to have the best field of
cotton in this section. His was
a July 5 blossom also.
Lesson in Brief
July 11.—Child and
Education of Moses.—Ex.
2:1-10 and Acts 7:22.
By C. H. DICKEY
We snatch open our newspapers and
hurriedly scan the headlnes for the
big news features, forgetting that the
biggest events are in the neglected
birth columns. That's where the real
news is found in any paper.
"Unto us a child is born"—these
are the greatest words. We can not
know what is coming to us and to
the world-with the phild just arrivod.
One night in Wales when a poor wo
man sent for the doc tor, «he considered
not going out into the pight to servo
a poor family who -coujri never pay
him. But the baby born that night
was Lloyd George. The birth of an
other roving Gypsy could not affect
the world one way or another. But
it did, for the little Gypsy became
the great Gypsy Smith, who has
preached the everlasting truths of the
gospel for half a century. A mere
washerwoman—what her chUdl
amount to? But he became William
the Conqueror. The butcher's wife—
her child would only be another meat
cutter; but he wasn't^—he was Wil
The father and mother of young
Moses are nameless. We do not
know who they were. But just here
is the point: An unknown father and
mother may bring to the world a
Moses, a Milton, a Shakespeare, or a
Lincoln. Every child born should be
looked at from the standpoint of po
tentiality. What is in it, what it may
become, God can tell, and nobody else.
The new ruling powers in Egypt
were trying to hold in subjection the
ever-multiplying Hebrews. Slavery
had been tried, and it f&iled. Now
the Pharoah issued an edict for the
slaughter of the innocents. It was
his order that all male Hebrew chil
dren be put to death. Amen, says
Herod, and orders the slaughter of the
innocents in Bethlehem centuries af
ter. But just as the Baby Jesus slip
ped through the fingers of old Herod,
tiny Moses escaped the slaughter of
the crafty old Pharoah.
The peculiar thing is that the
daughtetr of the very Pharoah who
ordered" the slaughter was the person
who prevented its operation in the
case of Moses. Man proposes, but
God disposes. And he moves in a
mysterious way. The cry of a little
bairn went straight to the heart of
Pharoah's daughter; it aroused the
mother-instinct; and she could not toss
him back into the Nile as though he
had been a mere crocodile. She de
sires a nurse, and Moses' sister, and
the Lord sent to her the very own
mother of Moses, who is employed to
nurse her own child. What a story!
You must work hard, now, mother of
Moses, for you won't have him long.
While he stands at your knee and
looks to you for everything—this is
the time to get in your master strokes
And she did.
Arrived at the proper age, the Pha
roah's daughter takes Moses into the
palace and adopts him. For if Mo
ses is to deliver great nation, he
must be tTsined ancf drilled in all pos
Moses, then, having been nursed
by his own mother, now takes a fur
ther course in the courts of the rulers,
and then passes into the university,
where he is trained for whatever
events the future may unfold for
To be born of unknown parents is
all right; but this does not insure
success, by any means. Those who
are to occupy places of leadership
must first prepare themselves. An
insect may live its lifetime in 24
hours, but it takes a man many, many
years to become qualified for lead
This child we have seen today in
his steps from the cradle to the uni
versity—one day he will show us what
these years have meant to him.
Chamber Commerce Plans
Benefit of Tobacco Market
Also Appoint Committee to Confer With Near-by
Towns and Officials of Power Companies
About Running Line Here
The chamber of commerce met last
night, July 8. The meeting was called
to order by the president, who ex
plained that several important mat
ters should be taken up for consider
ation, among them the promotion of
the Williamston tobacco market and
the tentative proposals frqm the Caro
lina Power company and the Virginia
Power and Light company to run
lines to Williamston.
There was much discussion as to
the best methods to follow in boost
ing and building up the Williamston
market. Warehousemen, buyers and
citizens of the town were many in at
tendance and took a leading part in
the dscussions. . . ,
Two committees were appointed to
handle these matters as follows:
The first committee is composed of
10. P. Cunningham, Dr. J. 1). Biggs
and W. C. Manning, jr. The second
composed of Robert L. Coburn, J. W.
Watts, jr. and F. M. Manning.
1 rmele Storel
L Destroyed by
Fire Last Night
Drug Stroe and Cafe of
J. T. Stokes Complete
I»ss; Part Insured
The cafe and drug store of Mr. J.
T. Stokes, at Parmele, were complete
ly destroyed by fire this morning at
2 :(M) o'clock. The exact cause of the
fire cannot be determined but it is
thought since no trace of the slot
tiachines can be found, that some one
Woke into the store, set fire to it,
and carried 1 away the machines. The
two machines- were well loaded with
nickles and quarters, it is under
The roof of the structure had fallen
in before any one detected the fire
and besides the Joss of the cafe and
drug store there was 89me damage
tu the Coast Line depot, but not very
The loss suffered by Mr. Stokes is
estimated at seven thousand dollars
with only three thousand insurance".
This is the second fire that has vis
ited the buildings of Mr. Stokes with
in the last five years, and in both
fcases the result was a total loss.
11l Health Prevents
Return to Alaska
The many friends of' Archdeacon
Fred Drane are much distressed to
learn that he had to postpone his re
turn to his mission field of Alaska
and enter a sanatorium at Aslieville
for lung trouble.
Archdeacon Drane has addressed
congregations in Wiliamston and is
remembered here With pleasure.
His father, the Rev. Kohert Brent
Drane will have been Rector fifty
years of St. Paul's, Edenton, on All
Saints Day T926 (November J). The
Kev. Stephen Gardner of Washington
is chairman of a committee to ar
range a program to pay tribute to!
Dr. Drane on All Saints' Day. Mrs.|
Staton wil represent the women of
East Carolina on that committee.
Masons To Install
Skewarkee Ixjdge A. F. A. M. will
install its newly elected officers at
its regular meeting Tuesday night,
The officers to be installed are A.|
T. Perry, Worshipful Master; Luther
Peel, Senior Warden; N. C. Green,
Junior Warden; C. D. Carstarphen,
Treasurer and C; D. Carstarphen, Jr.,
Two Cases Before
Two cases came before Mayor Co
burn last Monday night. William
Crew, colored, was charged with as
saulting a female, Annie Faulk being,
the prosecuting witness. Crew was
bound over to the Recorder's court
Mack Price was up for allowing
stock to run at large. Price pleaded
guilty to the charge and was fined
$3.00 and the costs of the case.
Andrew Hoard whose property and
crops had been destroyed, was the
complaining witness in the Pries
These committees are empowered
to stage such advertising campaigns
as may seem wise. Several proposals
were offered to the meeting, but the
exact ones to be followed ami the
details will be announced later.
The officers of the Chamber of
Commerce and the two committees
will secure necessary funds to prop
erly advertise the tobacco jfiarket and
I>r. John I). Biggs, representing the
business interests of the town and
W. C. Manning, representing the
chamber of commerce were appoint
ed to confer with similar committees
from Plymouth and Windsor with of
ficers of the Virginia Power and
1 ight company at a meeting to be
held in Willimnston Thursday night,
July 15. The purpose of the meeting
i.s to hear any definite plans that the
power company may have to present
to the several towns of this section.
Why You Didn't (iet
t he Enterprise did not go to
its readers Tuesday because the
boys stopped to catch their
You see it is like this, the
newspaper calender only two
days on it, the Ith of July and
Christ mas. Then the force
catches its breath and the sub
scribers lose a paper. We thank
the hundreds of people who have
expressed their regrets, some by
Word, some by letter that they
failed to get the Fourth of July
It was stated in our last issue
that the Tuesday edition would
not appear, but many failed to
sec the notice; so we are offer
ing; this explanation.
Farm Agent for
Month of June
Tobacco Fertilizer Test
Following is the report of County
Agent T. B. Brandon for the month
of June, as submitted to the board of
county commissioners at their ineet
21-days spent in field.
5 days spent in office.
!)(> conferences with farmers.
84 telephone calls.
19 tetters written.
47 farms visited.
714 miles traveled on official du
2 articles written for local papers.
255 head of hogs were treated dur
iug the month. ..
At present there is no cholera in
the county, hut the .greater part of
the agent's time has been spent in
treating hogs, probably account of
the present high price of hogs.
There is being a tobacco fertilizer i
test conducted by Mr. Walter (Jur
ganus near his home on the road
from Williamston to Washington. iu
this test we have used" eleven Ttam
| plete fertilizers, and 1 would be very
glad for every farmer to visit this
demonstration and observe the differ-'
ence in the color and stand, in a
few days-there- wtll he Tharkers tell
ing, the exact kind of fertilizer used
under every row of tobacco.
PASTOR, DEACONS AND
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Flemniing
entertained the pastor, treasurer ami
deacons of the Memorial Baptist
church at a seven o'clock dinner party
last Tuesday evening.
After the lovely meal an hour or
more was spent attending to busi
ness matters Qf the church.
CALLED TO SOUTH CAROLINA
TO BE WITIWNJURKI) SISTER
Mrs. T. B. Bifcndon was cdtled to
Greenville,'South Carolina, Wednes
day to be with her aister, Mrs. John
ston who was seriously hurt in an
Mrs. Johnston, who visited here
last summer, was one of the city's
most charming visitors for sometime
and her misfortune ii deeply re
gretted by her friend* here.
First Service Will be in
Out of consideration for Brother A.
J. Manning) who has been ill at his
home, the Methodist and Baptist
congregations will meet at his church
Sunday, night for the first of the
union services to be held each Sunday
night during the summer.
The pastor of the Baptist Church
will preach the sermon and his text
will be 1 The*. sft9, which simply
says, "(Quench not the Spirit." .
It i.s believed that these evening
union services for the'summer months
will be a fine thing for Williamston.
They promote good' church fel
lowship, tolerance, and brotherly
love. These services will be educa
tional for the community in some
what the same way as the I'aily Va
| cation Bible School experiment w*is
educational. We need unity, harmony
and community effort.
It is with genuine pleasure that the
.Methodist ami Baptist congregations
unite in Mr. Manning's church for the
purpose of this service while he, is
not able to preach.
Routine Work Disposed
Of; Audit to.be INlade
I'lic Town commissioners met in
their regular monthly session last
Tuesday night, July 6. Town prob
lems and the usual routine work of
the Hoard, was augmented by i few
trival matters of individual interest
upon which the commissioners claim
ed they had no jurisdiction. After
much wrangling and discussion, a few
questions of minor importance were
The motion to close the pool room was
passed, but the law will not become
I effective until th'e first of September,
the time the-present license issued
The Board also ordered thai clocks
In purchased and placed in various
sections of the town which will be
punched syMi'inatu'ally by the night
A committee was named to audit
the town books and present a condens
ed statement of the condition of the
town's finances at the-next meeting, of
Offer Low Prices
Harrison. Brothers are offering for
ten days wonderful prices on stable
merchandise, such as shrts, hose, un
derwear, materials of all kinds by the
yeard and many-other things.
The most outstanding bargains,
however, are to 'be had in dresses and
suits for men. These will be one-half
I rtee, and many lovely articles -of
clothing are there from which selec
tions may be made.
Fdwards Ferry Bridge
To Iteopen Tomorrow
The bridge at Edwards Ferry, which
las been closed for a few weeks for
the purpose of putting the asphalt
covering on it, is now completed and
will he opened to the public. Saturday.
The bridge serves quite a la,rge ter
ritory of Halifax and Northampton
Counties, especially in the Scotland
Neck sections, and puts the Rocky
Mount section a little nearer Norfolk
than doea route No. 90, by-William
UK. WARREN ATTENDS ■ V
* MEDICAL MEETING
Dr. Win. E. Warren and Harry A.
"Biggs attended the Tri-County Medi
cal mee'tng which was held in Green
ville last ,night. The banquet was
held at the Greenville country club
and the meeting was held there also.
Drs. C. J. Ellen of Greenville and
John Cotton Tayloe of Washington
read papers that were vety interest
IU HAL JCARRIEKS RETURN
FROM STATE MEETING
Jim Ed Haiiell, carrier on R. F. D.
No. 1, and John A, Ward, carrier on
Route 5, report at fine time at the
State conventon of Rural Free Deliv
ery Mail Carriers, held in Sanford
They not only enjoyed the conven
tion but the courtesies of the San
ford people as well, who were so lav
ish in their entertainment