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VOLUME 29—NUMBER 51
Officers Seize 9
Stills in Hunt
Lasting 2 Days
Get Three in Free Union
and Six in Leggetis
Federal agent, Thomas W. Snell
and Sheriff Roberson raided Free
Union, or Gawk, Tueaday and found
three stills, each of about 60 gallons
capacity. All were cold and no sign
of life about them.
The officers found at the stills a
bout 2100 gallons of sugar and meal
beer, all of which was destroyed.
Evidence was insufficient to justi
Wednesday the officers went to the
Leggetts Mill section in Bear Grass
township where an invitation had
been extended them. There they
found six fully equipped stills, about
8600 gallons of beer, many kegs,
jugs and other equipment used in
the manufacture of liquor.
Two of these six stills had been
run during the previous night and
were warm when the officers reached
them. All the liquor was removed be
fore the arrival of the agents. Much
of the beer found at the plants had
fermented and was most ready to be
run. No one was seen near the stills.
All the equipment was destroyed.
Mr. Snell says one of the plants
was very near the residence of one
of his old friends, Hickory Ben
Daubbs and there was a path leading
in that direction, but old friend was
not in aight.
Shortage in Material
Halts Work on Jail
Jail work is being held up for want
of material, the contractor has been
unable to procure face brick as fast
ae needed and the work has been
stopped for a week.
The contractor expects to start
work again the early part of next
The recent rains interferred with
the work at tha new County Home
which is now under construction.
Favorable weather has permitted the
work to be continued.
School Closes Today
The second session of the Universi
ty summer school closes today with a
full commencement program.
The University will confer 62 de
grees this year, the largest number
yet issued to any summer school
class. The degrees range from Pn. D.
The work of the University has
grown so large that it has become a
twelve months's school where any
pupil may get any course he wants.
Among those attending from Wil
liamston this session are Mrs. W. H.
Harrell, Miss Sarah Harrell and Miss
American Legion Meet
i;.—Goes to Washington
The State Convention of the A
merican Legion will meet in Wash
ington in 1927.
The last convention was held at
Hickory last week when the war
veterans met each other and had a
season of real Joy.
The Washington delegation pre
sented their town so beautifully and
made their plea so storng that other
invitations were withdrawn, all vot
ing unanimously for the meet to go
to Washington. Evidently they had
heard of the hospitality of the City
by the Pamlico. Surley, they made a
good choice when they selected
LOCAL TOBACCO MARKET
IS ALL SET FOR BIGGEST
SEASON IN ITS HISTORY
Improvements and Al
terations N earing
Preparations for the opening of
Williamston's tobacco market the
eighth of next month are nearing
completion, and everything will be
complete when the first load of to
bacco arrives here week after next.
The changes made in the local
market this year number the great
est ever. A warehouse with one
acre of floor space is hard to con
ceive of even in North Carolina. Such
was little dream of in Williamston.
Then on top of all that additional
space in others has been provided,
and once the smallest is now a large
one. Every house has had repairs
made on it, and now Williamston has
three warehouses just as up-to-date,
if not ahead, of many warehouses to
be found on the 30,000,000 pound
These changes are limited to the
warehouses alone, not even mention
ing the changes in the personnel of
the market. Here we find even great
er changes. Adding to a list of the
most capable tobacco men possible,
Williamston market now has eleven
proprietors, eleven that can't be beat.
Then, going from personnel to ex
perience, we find it necessary to ask
the services of an adding machine to
secure the number of years that all
these men together have worked in
the tobacco business.
Auctioneers have been carefully se
lected, and according to the proprie
tors it is worth a trip to the market
just to hear the melodious tunes flow
from he mouths of these men as
they stick to a pile of tobacco until
the final limit is reached. The force
in the offices is the most competent
ever, and the force of ,one house will
register 6, while that of another will
register a half dozen. There's no
distinction; they are all good.
Our market bids this year to sur
plus its record established last year,
and that of last year is not to be
Just remember you are welcomed to
our town and market, and the men
who are in charge of the warehouses
here this year assure you accommo
dations, courtesy, and the highest of
high prices. -
corner of the State, extending tv«the
was in town Wednesday. Mr. McMul
len was really the father of the
Chowan River bridge. He ran for
Senator in the second district on a
bridge platform, was elected and
made good in passing legislation au
thorizing the bridge. The bridge is
now being l constructed.
Mr. McMullen now lives in Raleigh
where he is superintendent of agon
ies for the Penn Mutual Life Insur
Wilson Man Kills Wife
and Father In Law
Alvester Ayers killed his 30-yeat~
old wife, Bertha Ayers, and her
father, William D. Starling, early
Tuesday morning in Wilson. Ayers
had had much trouble with his bride
of but six months and claimed his
only reason for committing the deed
was because he thought his wife bet
ter off dead than to be living in sin;
and he further claims he killed her
father who was trying to kill him.
Ayers had been threats during the
day, and his 14-year-old daughter had
hidden his gun. That night he and
hia wife were at the StarliW home.
Ayers got up during the night- and
went to his own home, got his guft
and returned, slaying the wife and
father-in-law. He then went to po
lice headquarters and surrendered,
and is now in jail.
Inmate Killed by Bull
Caswell Training School
Gustof Swenson, a 17-year old in
mate of the Caswell Training school
for the feeble minded at Klnston,
was killed Wednesday by a bull of
the school dairy herd.
rYoung Swenson, who took great
interest in assisting around the uairy
Had been warned to keep out of the
lot where the animal was kept, but
on this occasion he went in alone and
waa stamped and paughed to death
before he could be rescued.
The boy's father, a Norwegian, last
heard of in Aaheville and hia mother
last heard of in Florida, could not be
located to inform them of the death
of their son.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lilley were
visitors here yesterday.
Williamston, Martin County, lorth Carolina, Friday, August 27, 1926
of State Hold
Meet in County
Held at Parmele Wed
nesday and Thurs
days Each Week
The semi-annual meeting of the
North Carolina negro farmers con
ference was held at Parmele Wednes
day and Thursday.
The conference adopted a fine
theme or golden text for its meet
ing, "Better home through better
They had a well-prepared program
with a number of good speakers and
tiained farmers on it from all sec
tions of the State east of Salisbury
Mr. C. R. Hudson, state agent, ag
ricultural extension service, was
chairman of the executive committee
and assisted much towards the suc
cess of the meeting.
Hon. W. A. Graham, North Caro
lina Commissioner of Agriculture,
was unable to fill his place on the
program and called Judge Francis D.
Winston to fill his place. Of course,
the judge was happy in the fact that
he had an opportunity to carry a mes
sage to the North Carolina negro
farmer. There aft few people who
know as much about the negro and
his hard problems in life as Judge
Winston, and there are none who
have a deeper sympathy and a great
er interest in helping him than he does
All of which properly fits him for
duty in helping to enlighten and en
courage the negroes.
Many of the colored county dem
orstration agents, all of whom t>e
under Mr. Hudson's supervision, took
part in the program.
The address of Rev. W. C. Pope,
editor of the Union Reformer, on the
subject, "Give the young people a
chance on the farm," was full of
good sense and practical advice.
Real practical subjects such as
should interest farming people in all
parts of the world were discussed at
The women also held meetings,
where better methods for doing wo
men's work was studied and demon
Revival at Reddicks
Grove Ends Sunday
The revival services which have
been in progress at Reddicks Grove
all the week wil continue through
Sunday night. The meetings are held
each night at eight o'clock and are
conducted by Pastor R. L. Shirley.
Services will be held tonight, Satur
day night, Sunday afternoon and
Sunday night which will close the
series of meetings.
The attendance except the two rainy
evenings has been very good. A cor
dial invitation is extended to all the
people to worship with us.
Negro Is Indicted for
Three Capital Crimes
Durham, Aug. 24.—Erneat P. Walk
er, in whose veins runs white, colored,
and Indian blood, waived preliminary
examination in Recorder's court Fri
day and was held without bond for
the October 11 term of Durham Coun
ty superior court on three of the four
capital offenses in North Carolina
courts: Murder, burglary, and rape
I (criminal assault). Walker confesaed
to police that he entered the home of!
Jerries Cassicfy, negro, on Sunday
night, July 26/ while Cassidy and his
wife were sleeping; struck Casaid)
with an axe, from which he died a
few days later, and assaulted his wife.
Police said they have never before
heard of such a group of Crimea in
this State. Arson is the only other
Jule James On Tarboro
Market This Season
Mr. Jule James, connected with the
tobacco industry for years, will be
with the Clark warehouse in Tarboro
this season. Hia many friends have
read his announcement and wish him
success in Tarboro this year.
Mr. James has been in the tobac
co business in this county for a num
ber of years, having gained a thoro
knowledge of his choaen field and ap
plying it to his customer's advantage
It is with regret that the tobacco
growers of our section see him go,
His warehouse will be managed by
him with Messrs. Foxhall and Moye.
Lesson in Brief
Aug. 29.—The Tea C«»-
mandmenta: Duties to
By C. H. DICKEY
The voice from Mount Sinai will
never die out in the earth!
The migrating army of emancipat
ed slaves are about its base, and God
—through Moses—is speaking out
the "marching orders for the world.'/
Last Sunday, we studied (he first
four commandment*, which repre
sented the duties to God; today we
have the other six, which sum up our
duties to man.
1. Honor thy father and inother.
That sounds as though it were
especially written for this genera
tion. But one gceat argument for'
the efficiency and aufflciency and per-;
manent value of the Scriptures is
that they "apply."
The home is the "base." Parents
owe a tremendous obligation to the
children they bring into eatistence.
And along with it, the children can
never pay the debt of lwe they owe.
Today, in many quarters, this com
mandment would seem to be reversed,
and many of our youths would have
it read this way, "Parents, honor
your sons and daughters." Bat chil
dren are subject to parental authori
ty and should acknowledge it so long
as they remain under the roof tree
and accept good gifts from the hands
of their parents.
2. Thou shalt not kill.
Cain killed; and since then, a
streak of crimson blood has trailed
throughout the earth. An»erica is
said to be the most notorious of non
law abiding peoples. And murder is
one of the greatest offenses. More
people are murdered in New York
City each year than in the whole of
the British Isles. Human lives are
cheap in these colonies. A proper
reverence for God will breed a prop
er reverence for God will breed a
[ proper consuleratipn for His children,
I There are more ways of killing ihan
the direct process of shooting down
one's victim. "Thou shalt not kill."
3. Thou Bhalt not commit adul
Well, read the history of the coun
tries which have -been the most no
torious breakers of this Divine law.
Where Ahis commandment has been
most nearly observed, where a prop
er value has been placed on the chas
tity and the virtue of our women—
these are the countries which have
piloted that course of the nation's
Social purity is necessary for the
family, which is the unit of society.
Without it, there can be no love, no
home ties, no permanency of the
sweetest ties. Where this law is
obeyed, happiness and prosperity
reign; where it ia disregarded, terrific
consequences come to the individual
and the nation.
4. Thou shalt not steal.
Thisr hits out upon the rights of
property. We are to make our liv
ing in the perspiration of our faces;
and property thus honestly obtained
merits and has the protection of God's
laws and of the State and National
laws. But there are other types oi
stealing than that which breaks into
one's cash register. One can steal
another's time, can steal away one's
good name, can steal many things
6. Thou shalt not bear false
ness against thy neighbor.
Tale bearing, slander, undue a
rousing of suspicion, lying, and the
practices of unjust men meet severe
rebuke here in the Scripturea.
"Truth" is perhaps the eaaence of
this commandment. Do aot bear
false witness; do not make an unjust
accusation. "Do unto thy neighbor
as you would have him do unto you."
6. Thou shalt not covet. w
Desire, even ambition, ia one
thing; covetousness is quite another.
The covetousness which is forbidden
is the inordinate desire that over
rides right means, or desires that
reach after unlawful things and uses
unlawful methods. Covetousness is
desire minus conscience. It has no
respect for other'a rights, or for any
right, but only wants its own way
at any cost"
Covetousness, jealousy and envy.
These are a triumvirate of qualities
which blacken the soul and cause the
spirit of prayer to die out upon the
souls of men.
On the other hand, we are to be
kindly alfectioned, one to another, in
honor preferring one anotner. w«
are to lovs our neighbors ta Lbe same
way we lore ouraatvss. Wa are -to
do no am to Man than w aoofl
want him to do to us.
These injunctions from Sinai, or
from God, need to be re-emphasised
in our commonwealth today.
Three Booster Trips Planned
For Next Week by Citizens
Waging Campaign to
Raise $5,000,000 for
Dayton, Tenn., Aug. 26.—The move
ment to "establish at Dayton, Tenn.,
a great university ffs a memorial to
William Jennings Bryan( is daily
gaining impetus, according to F. E.
Kobinson, President of the Bryan
Memorial University Association here
Mr. Robinson states that the cam
paign now being waged to provide
fwe million dollars for buiding and
endowment, has brought the Associa
tion gifts totaling over half a million
dollars, only part of three states,
Tennessee, North Carolina and Flor
ida, having been solicited to date.
The national aspect of the move
ment is growing, Mr. Robinson says.
Friends and admirers of Mr. Bryan'
and the things for which he stood,
arc expressing their interest in the
establishment of the university. Dur
ing the past two weeks a number of
editorials commending the establish
ment of the university have appear
ed in the press over the country. One
of these, after slating the progress
of the campaign, continued as fol
lows: , .
"This is just atr embryonic start.
It will IK- most interesting to note
what comes of it. If there are enough
Christians in the land who believe
with Mr. Bryan that the. tendency
of modern collegiate and university
courses is toward a belief in the ma
terialistic production of the universe
und of life through chemical affini
ties and that there ought to be an
institution where they can send their
children where this philosophy will
not be overestimated and overempha
sized, and where the supremacy of
the Creator will be acknowledged,
then such an institution •, ought to
have a large place in American life
"Mr. Bryan tried to turn the people
toward the Divine in the Universe,
and he appeared sincere in his be
lief "that this is being too much ig
nored. It is possible that this may
become a great university.
"As a man Bryan was a moral force
ir. the life of the country and there
is at the present time a need who
tan reach the consciences of men.
I'erhaps this university will furnish
For Next Week
Sunday school services, »:4(5 a. m.
Breaching services at Hamilton,
11:00 a. m. and 8:00 p. m.
Junior Epworth Leaguef*2:3o p. m.
Mrs. J. F. Thigpen, supt.
Sermon 8:00 p. m. at Holly
Springs by Rev. S. A. Cotton, Pre
siding Elder of the Weldon District.
Following this the third quarterly
conference will be held. All official
members are urgently requested to
Senior Epworth league, Monday,
8:00 p. m., Miss Martha Leggett,
supt. . j
Prayer meeting, Wednesdy, 8:00 p.
Intermediate League, Thursday
U:00 p. m., Mrs. W. H. Booker, supt.
A series of services lasting about
ten days will begin at Vernon church
on Friday night 1 at' 8 o'clock. The
public is cordially invited.'
Gulf Storm Does Much
| ..Damage in Mississippi
A gulf storm l»eat the shores of
Louisiana and Mississippi, Wednes
day night, doing much damage. Two
deaths were reported and a very
large number of people in peril was
reported. Property damage estimated
at a million dollars or more was also
At New Orleans the s'orm had
spent much of its force and the dam
age was not so severe, though there
was one killed by a live wire which
had blown down. Several others per
sons received slight injuries.
Mr. Sam J. Toler, jr., of Rocky Mt.
has been in Williamston for several
days this week looking after the
building of the county home and jail.
He expects to remain in town until
these two jobs are completed.
Judge Walter Bailey, of Everetts,
was here yesterday attending to busi
Millions in Pearls
► * «* . % v «mt yfteh,
This pagoda, a part of the Japanese
exhibit at the Secqut Centennial Inter
national Exposition In Philadelphia,
celebrating the 150 th anniversary of
the signing of the Declaration of Inde
pendence, Is made entirely of pearls
and lta value exceeds $1,000,000. The
•xposltion continues unUl December i.
J. L. Jones Principal at
Jamesville This Year
Prof. J. L. Jones, superintendent
of the Jumesville School for- the com
ing session was in town this week.
Professor Jones is well known in our
c&unty, having been principal of the
llumilton School for two years. He
if. from Apex, but for the past few
years has lived in Wilmington ex
cept when teaching. He states that
thf; Jumesville school will open Sep
, tember the 6th, full announcement of
' which will be made at an early date.
Christians of Roanoke
District Meet 28 and 29
The Roanoke District union meet-j
ing of the Christian churches will he
held' with the Roliersonville Christian
Church Saturday and Sunday, Aug
ust 2H and/29.
The district is composed of about
•HI ehafches located in the northeast
corner of the State, extening to the
hilgecombe line on the west and to
the coast on the east.
These meetings are held on each
fifth Sunday and the Saturday before.
They rotate to the different parts of
the district upon invitation from lo
Sheriff A. C. Jackson
Returns to Greenville
.Sheriff A. C- /Jackson, who fled
from'Pitt county recently, apparently
to dodge charges of embezzlement
pieferred by the Hoard of County
Commissioners of that county, hak
returned to his home in Greenville.
Since his departure he has lost the
office of sheriff which was first de
clared vacant by Judge K. A. New
man on account of failure to per
form the duties of the office. Judge
Nunn's order for removal was only
temporary however, and another
I hearing was held last week when the
judge, N. A. Sinclair, confirmed the
order of removal, making it perma
nent. * ;
The alleged shortage of Jackson was
placed at 80,000. There were other
charges also* against him, among
them, failure, to perform dutj,
drunkedness and immorality.
Friends of the sheriff express the
opinion that he was a victim of temp
tations rather than of deliberations.
County Audit Is Being
Made by F. P. Hill Co.
The County is having an audit
made, the F. P. Hill and company of
hocky Mount, doing the work. Mr.
N. Mcßae is in charge of the job
and he is assisted by Mr. Skees.
They began last week and will be
engaged a few more days before the
audit can be completed.
The report wjll be made to the
Doard of County Commissioners as
soon as it can be prepared.
Services Tonight By
The Greenville Christian Federa
tion will conduct the regular weekly
service of the local federation at the
Methodist Church tonight at the reg
ular hour for service. Everybody is
cordially invited to attend.
Three Days to
and Friday Are
The booster trip planned by the
local chamber of commerce will set
sail next Wednesday morning, when
the 15 cars and 50 persons assemble
for the departure at 9 o'clock. There
will be three separate trips, the three
covering this section of eastern Car
olina. Three days will be required
to complete the three trips, practi
cally all of each day being required
for each trip.
i Wednesday the party leaves the
post-office corner for Hamilton, Oak
City, Palmyra, Scotland Neck, Hob
good, Hassells, Gold Pom', Koberson
ville, Parmele, Bethel, Stokes, and
W-hichards. These towns will be vis
ited by the entire party, but leav
ing Whichards the party will split,
one section returning home by way
of Everetts, while the other will come
in by Hear Grass. Lunch will be had
in Scotland Neck.
On Thursday, a second trip will be
started at the same hour and from
the same point. The second day's
visit will carry the party through
Windsor, A inlander, Kelford, Roxobel,
Rich Square, Ahoskie, Winton, Cof
field, Harrellsville, Coleraine, and
Merry Hill. From Merry Hill the
party will return home tracing from
Windsor here. Lunch wil be had at
W'hiie it is. not certain, Friday will
be the last day of the tour and will
see the party split after reaching
Pinetown. Jamesville will be the
first town visited, from there the
party will go to Hardens, Plymouth,
Pinetown, one part leaving this point
and going to Chocowinity, Mount*
Creek, Kdwards, from there back to
\\ ashington and on in home direct.
The others will leave Pinetown for
\ eatesville, Hath, Washington, and in
home by way" of S'mithwicks Creek
Speakers will be selected at iach
stopping point* and a speech empha
sizing Williamston's welcome to
everyone who might come will be
made; The speech will be most in
formal and will be of only three *or
four minutes' -duration.
The trip has created no little in
terest among the people here and is
looked forward to with much interest
I y them. The Kiwanis Club i tr lend
ing its able support to the undertak
ing, and present indications point to
a most successful tour. It is under
stood that a sufficient number of
cars have been pledget! so that it will
not be necessary for every car to
make over one trip.
This is the first real test of Wil
liamston's citizens when it comes to
supporting their * tobacco market,
town, and community, and according
t- those in charge the undertaking
will find them 100 per cent strong in
With confidence and faith in our
market high among our peo
ple, it is theirVdesire to go out and
tell others, and if "these should Bee
it to be to their advantage to visit
our town, tell them they are wel
come and that we are glad to have
them come to see us.
Frank Fagan Heads
Rocky Mount Bank
Frank F. Fagan, who was the first
cashier of the Farmers & Merchants
Hank, of Williamston, going from
here to Rocky Mount and then to
Richmond, where he spent some time,
but later returned to v Rocky Mount,
where he has held the position of
cashier and vice president and then
president of the First National Bank
of Rocky Mount, has resigned as
president of that bank and has been
elected president of the National
Hank of Rocky Mount, succeeding
Mr. Thomas H. Battle, who has been
president of that institution since it
was organized. Mr. Battle becomes
chairman of the board of directors.
Services at Baptist
Rev. C. H. Dickey will be in his
pulpit next Sunday.
Subject morning sermon, "The
Mission of Pain."
Subject, night sermon, "Jlace Im
You are cordially invited to eoae
and hear him.