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VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 67
County Dies at
r A hos. E. McCaskey, One-
Time Populist Leader
Thomas E. McCaskey, formerly of
Martin County, died in Norfolk Tues
day. Mr. McCaskey lived near Dar
dcns until 26 years ago when he
moved to Norfolk- He married Miss
Mary L. Waters, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. A. B. Wrters, of Dardens. She
and three sons and three daughters
Mr. McCaskey was prominent in
politics and fraternities, being a mem
ber of the Odd Fellows, Woodmen of
the World, an Ku Klux Klan. He was
a member of Old Corinth Free Will
Baptist Church near Dardens.
For many years he had been a jus
tice of the peace in Norfolk and for
some time was one of the city coun
Mr. McCaskey was leader of the
Populist party in Martin County
# wlien that party was organized. He
had been active for some time as sec
retary of the Farmers Alliance, and
when Populism began to build up he
arsumed leadership for this section,
and had much to do with shaping the
policies of State politics.
He was elected a member of the
State Senate in 1896 from the bee
end district; and it was he that bolt
ed the caucus in" the legislature and
walked out with the words, "My
fiiends, follow me," causing 21 others
to leave the caucus.
It was this legislature that elected
Marion Butler fusionist and Jeter
C. Pritchard to the United States
Senate. The coalition which he and
his bolting allies formed with the
Republicans wrs responsible for the
election of Pritchard to the Senate,
and to McCaskey more than any oth
er man did Pritchard owe his elec- 1
Al.hough he was considered a bit
tei partisan in politics, he was re
garded as a gentleman by his neigh
bors and friends.
He was buried at Forest Lawn
Cemetery yesterday afternoon after
the funeral service at his residence
CD 26th Street.
Mr. McCaskey was 69 years old,
ai.d leaves a large number of rela
tives in Martin and Washington
counties.' He is an uncle of Mayor
R L. Coburn of this place, Mrs. An
nie Beatrice Coburn, being his sister.
He was educated at the University
and taught school for a number of
yeurs. He was a "school master" and
all his pupils knew it. As a hard
worker, he was always pushing the
job and his pupils advanced under his
leadership. His' interest in the church
and social uplift was great and he
Kuve much of his time to the spirit
ual and moral uplift of his commun
Democratic Canvass in
Full Swintf in County
The Democratic canvass of the
county is now in full swing with two
appointments practically every night
up to election. Every voter in the
county will have an opportunity to
hear the speakers discuss the is
So far only the local candidates
have appeared before the voters of
the county. They are meeting much
encouragement at their appointments
where they are generally having
large attendance of both men and
There will be a meeting tonight,
-~at Dardens and Gold Point.
On Monday night the speakers will
visit Li I leys Hall nad Parmele.
Tuesday night, October 26, the cam
paigners will visit Robersonville.
'Her Second Chance*
A Real Race-Track
Western, and •
"The Green Archer"
Spuds Are Scarce Again
YOU will not be able to eat so many
potatoes thin year and on an aver
age you will have to pay more for
what you eat, according to the Seara-
Itoebuck Agricultural Foundation.
While there will be 25,000,000 bush
els more potatoes thai*, last year,
the prospective crop of 3(12,000,-
000 liasfiel* Is still 50,000,000 ihort
of the live-year average. Farm
ers devoted 3,202,000 acres to po
tatoes this year, the Foundation linda,
and according to the latest of
Miss Ella Lilley
Funeral at Home in Grif
fins Township Home
Yesterday morning relatives were
summoned to the bedside of Miss
Ella Lilley who was stricken with
paralysis about 6:45 and died in a
bout an hour. She had been in bad
health for many months suffering
fiom kidney trouble and heart dis
ease. She had helped prepare break
fast and was at the time she was
stricken, on the porch. She fell to
the ground andd when they reached
her she was unconscious.
Miss Lilley was one of the best
women that ever lived, her life was
a shining light and an almost per
fect example of the Christian teach
ings. Always doing for others and
demanding little for herself, she will
be greatly missed by her family and
The funeral was held at the home
where she was born and reared in
Griffins township' this afternoon at
two o'clock with Kev. A. J. Manning
and Elder W. B. Harrington officiat
She never was united with any
church but believed very firmly in
the Primitive Baptist creed. She was
the oldest child of the late William
Henry and Gahrilla Lilley and one
brother, Bennett precededd her to the
giave. She is survived by two sisters,
Mrs. W. S. Barber and Mrs. Stubbs
Lilley and three brothers, Messrs. S.
J, Simon, and W. W. Lilley.
Oak City Teachers
Make "Blanket Visit"
Oak City, Oct. 21.—(Special to The
Enterprise.)— Monday afternoon the
teachers of Oak City school made
what may well be termed a "blanket
visit" for attendance. Three cars
went out over three different routes,
each with a party of teachers. The
homes of all students who had been
irregular in attendance were visited,
und a careful check-up made. Super
intendent H. M. Aiflsley was in charge
of one party, while the other two
groups were piloted by Mrs. W. D.
Smith and Mrs. Qlennie Eakes.
The teachers found the parents
willing and eager to do their best in
cooperating for regular attendance of
the children. Since visiting the homes
the teachers understand conditions
better and feel that they are better
equipped to cooperate with the par
Aged Man Killed by
Falling Tree Limb
Mr. John Meeks, a 74-year-old
fstrmer, was killed at his home near
Conetoe in Edgecombe county Wed
nesday afternoon while sitting in a
chair under a tree in his yard.
A large limb fell from the tree
without the slightest warning and
struck him on the head, crushing
his skull. His son, who lives at the
same place, reached him before he
fell from his chair, but he never
regained consciousness and died im
mediately. His body was buried yes
terday in a near by cemetery by the
side of his wife.
Under the same tiee, three years
ago his wife fell dead while she was
sweeping the leaves from under the
Mrs. James E. Harrison, a daughter
of the deceased with Mr. Harrison
and friends iushed to the home near
SUNDAjY SERVICES AT
A. J. Manning, Pastor
Sunday schol, 9.46 a. m.
Morning services, 11 a. m.
Evening Services, 7.80 p. m.
Ladies Aid Society, Monday after
noon, 8 .80.
Prayer service, Wednesday even
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina. Friday. October 22,1926
ficial reports, these should yield on
the average 110 bushels per acre. In
1825 the yield was only 103.0, while
lu 1024 It was 127 bushels. The pres
ent prospects are for a crop 15 per
cent helow normal. Based on studies
over a period of 23 years, the Depart
ment of Agriculture indicated that
price* will be about S7A per c«*t .tliaw
normal, ai)d while prices are ex|>ected
to be higher, the extreme high prices
of a year ago are not likely.
Miss Hattie Thrower Is
Mr. Clayton Moore, chairman of the
Martin County Democratic Executive
Committee, has appointed Miss Hat
tie Thrower, of this city, vice chair
man of the committee. Miss Thrower
ii a woman of ability and has a very
strong personality. Under her lead
ership it is expected that the Demo
cratic women of the county will at
tend the Democratic speakings being
held over the county in large num
bers and that an even greater num
ber will rally to the support of the
party on election day.
Interest of women in government
should spyr on to greater activity
that part of our male citizenship
which has been so indifferent to po
litical questions; and the continued
success of the Democratic party in
particular is, in a large measure, de
pendent on the teamwork of the men
arid women comprising it. For this
reason, it is indeed gratifying that
Miss Thrower has been appointed to
work with our county chairman in
promoting continued good government
in our county and State.
A special sermon will be preached
Sunday morning directed especially to
the parents of our Sunday school boys
and girls. At the evening seivice,
7.30 o'clock, the aubject will be, "The
This church is highly pleased by
the many, many people who constant
ly and regularly come to its services
from the other churches, when they
have no services of their own. "The
pastor deems it a rare privilege to
preach to these people of other com
munions. Their coming manifests a
fine and wholesome spirit.
This church, officially, says nothing
which should in any way offend the
denominational sensibilities of thene
other churches. Rather, an effort is
made at all times that nothing ema
nate from the pulpit except the sim
ple preaching from the open Scrip
for Women Monday
On Monday morning of this week
at ten o'clock, in the Church of the
Advent, members of the Woman's
Auxiliary attended a celebration of
the Holy Communion with Rev, C. O.
Pardo, celebrant It was the occasion
of the presentation of the United
Tliank-offering for the second half of
the Church Year, another offering hav
ing been made in the spring. The
Thank-offering of the women of the
American Church is presented at each
Tri-ennial Convention, which will be
held next in the City of New York.
The amount of the offering at this
service on Monday was $186.77, and
the acting Treasurer, Mrs. Fannie
Carstarphen, reported that more en
velopes have been received since to
iccreasd* that amount. Mrs. James G.
Staton is Treasurer of the Thank
offering of the Diocese of East Caro
for the Next Week
Sunday school, 9:46 a m.
Preaching service, 11:00 a. m. and
7:30 p. m .
Junior Epworth league, 2:80 p. m.
intermediate Epworth league, 8:00
Preaching service, Vernon, 8:00
Senior Epworth league, Monday
7:30 p. m.
Prayer meeling, Wednesday 7:80
Lesson in Brief
Oct. 24.—"Joahna, Israel's
New Leader.—Number 27 : i |
12-23; Joshua 1,1-17.
V_ ' i
By C. H. DICKEY
The nation has lost its great leader
—Moses is dead! It is a real cause
of mourning when a great man goes, j
Emerson said that we can not let our
angels depart. But thsj will depart.,
However, the Lord Arries out His !
piomises. And while He is depend '
ent on humanity, He is not limited in.
His dependence to any one man. If j
Moses dies, there will bp another to,
take up the torch and lift it high.'
And whom shall it he? None other,
Two things about Joshua: He was
the Lord's choice; and he was for-,
tunate in having been Moses's pupil.
The Lord's choice is always import
ant; and, His choice not always
be the people's choice. Joshua sal
at the feet of a great teacher. It is
a red letter dry with young man
v hen he sits at the feet of a mastet
Joshua had leen serving an appreu- \
tiicship undo- Moses— >•«> was a coil,
of /unior p,.», l(l, und.»r Moset. An.l
wher Mow, departed, there was :o
>ne else ipprenticod ?; "1 train i to
take his place but Joshua, and by a
force of natural circumstance, he came
to power. This works out even today.
The world is looking fotfnen, and it
generally hits upon the oiy best iiuali
fled. Your time, younp man, may
seem a little slow in cowing; but If j
you have been apprenticed, if you.j
have been in school stucMng for an I
important place that is tb.be tilled,'
you will "arrive" name day- you
must arrive/-for somebody will be'
Itoking for "the man," and there
won't be many lyith the qualifications.'
Joshua's work was laid out for him.
In this he was for unata. God had
made it known to him «*aotlv what
was to be done, exactly Kfc#re he was
to go, and what he was to do. lie
was also charged, and the heart of the
charge was this, "He strong and of
good courage; be not affrighted,
neither be thou dismayed (for f am
t|iy God, and will still give thee aid);
only be strong . . and ob
serve and do according to all the
l ft w . . turn not from it to
the right hand, nor to the left, that
tliou mayest have good-success where
soever thou goest."
Having Joshua's call of the. Lord,
his own personal response to that call;
he next secured the fealty of the peo
ple—they promised to obey him as
they had Moses. r
With this sort of "line up," there
was nothing left for them to do ex
cept go forward to the task; and this
they immediately proceeded to do. |
Something for us of the twentieth
century; 1. If Ood is in what we are
trying to do; 2. If He has designated
the leader; and 3. If thai loader
knows where he is going, he must
have the 4. Fidelity of the people, j
This is a religious maxim; If God,
the leader, and the people are agreed,
they may assume victory!
The building of the Carolina Tele
phone & Telegraph Co. is"" nearing
completion, there being a few minor
details to be done before the job is
accepted by the company. The Wet-t
--ern Electric Co. has been awarded the
contract for the installation of the
switchboard and its equipment. Ma
terial will be shipped here in the
course of the next few days, but ac
tual work on the new board will not
start before the middle of December.
I'lans call for 'he completion of the
job about the last of December, giv
ir.g time to transfer all lines to the
new board by the first of the year.
The building will house the mana
ger's office, operating room, besides
serving as a home for the manager.
The Carolina company arranges its
offices of this size EO that the man
ager and his wife can live right in
the building and handle the night op
erating as well as attend to the other
regular business of the company.
A singing content between two col
ored male quartettes will be held at
the courthouse here Monday J night.
The Church City Four Quartette, of
Norfolk, and the Alfour Quartette, of
Edenton, will be &e contestants.
In the recent contest between the
Norfolk and Greenville quartettes, the
Greenville singers were not even in
it It is said by those who claim to
know that it will be another thing
with the Edenton four.
Lester Meeks Badly Hurt
When His Car
Underpass Support Here
Capt. George J. Stud
dard Died in Wil
Cr.pt. George J. Studdard died in
Wilmington last Monday and was
buri"d in Hyde county, the aid' home!
o f Ms wife's family and where his |
wife was buried about 5 years'ago. |
Capt. S. u ' lard was an Irishman of:
the full,blood, a hard fighter but fair'
and a good friend. He had lived in!
.America since his boyhood and was
•' thoroughbred American in princi
ple, a Democrat within and without.
H" spent the greater part of his
lite in Washington. He served in the
Sta'.e senate for one trem from this
district. He was a licensed lawyer
bfrt "did not do a regular practice.
For the past several years Mr. Stud
dard- has been employed in the auto
mobile license service and has travel-,
od from place to place investigating'
the license dodger*.
The death of Capt. Studdard,
makes the number stand at two for
one week of ex-State senators from
this district, the other being that of
Thox E. \V., Caskey, who died in
Man Died Tuesday
"* * * and what if thou withdraw
In silence from the living, and no'
Take note of thy departure?",
Tom lioberson (colored) died Tues
day afternoon at one-thirty o'clock
at his home at the old John T. Per- i
ry place about four miles from town,
and wa. buried in his privae buiral
"round Thursday at four o'clock just
across the road in front of his home. I
He was in his fifty-sixth year. He,
had for many years been troubled
with his heart, and it war, the sudden
stop without warning of this organ
"that cauV.ed "his death, while he was
Seated in his chair.
Tom's death brings back recollec
tions of youth. Since boyhood days
I haye knwn him. It was he and his
brother John who organized the col
ored baseball team here years ago,
and the way these black athletes play
ed the game excitgfl, the admiration
the boys of that- day. Tom and
John, each could pitch or catch with
enual facility. One would pitch un
iil he had hursted the hands 01 the
other; 'then the other would pitch
until he had done likewise.
No heavy padded mils in those days.
The catcher used a gentleman's driv
ing glove into which he placed u
, piece of beef steak to lessen the force
u f the impact made by the swift hall.
They were truly great players.
Tom was the son of Jesse and A
manda lioberson. Jesse was a sturdy
athlete himself, and his prowess
was directed at the huge timbers—
being known as the best wood cutter
ii the vicinity, and his wife was
famous for the good old persimmon
| beer she made.
This worthy couple were bitter an
| Uigonists of what is called in our
day, race suicide, they having fetch
ed into the world 19 children.
1 want to say that I have never
known a colored man who was more
honest oy reliable, or had a better
character. It was always a pleasure
• t" do-business-with him. He was fair
and square, and put up his produce
I in honest fashion and you could al-
I ways rely upon what he told you
The writer dealth with him for
twenty-five years, in large and small
ways, in adversity and prosperity,
when prices were low and when they
were high, and can truthfully say
that he never caught hire in the sem
blance of a falsehood.
He was deeply religious, and has
no doubt gone the way of the faith
Coastal Plain Fair
Booster Party Here
The young folks as well as many
of the older ones of the town
corned boosters of the Coastal Plain,
fair here Wednesday to as great an
extent as they do Santa Claus al
most. The boosters brought various
novelties along with them, and of
course these attached the good-will
of the children to the fair.
The booster tour~~~fir~coverin(j a
large territory this year, and its ef
forts will, no doubt, result in thous
ands of visitors at the fair in Tar
| boro next week. >
Other Occupant of Car
Another miracle happened last
Wednesday morning when Lester
Meeks and Frank Nelson escaped
death when their car was guided in
t i the cement support to. the Alian
tic Coast Line tracks at the West
ei:d of street. Meeks is now in
r Washington hospital with a broken
te;;, several bad cuts and a large num
Lor of his teeth missing. N lson, who
was. riding with Meeks, escaped in
jury except for a few cuts and
bruises. After the wreck it looked a
if Meeks would be burned; for when
those living near the scene of the ac
cident reached there the car was burn
ing. Meeks was removed with much
difficulty through the top, and .the
lire was extinguished..
As soon as he could, Nelson rati to
the Garden Terrace dance hall and
called for aid. A colored man crawled
from his bed and no sooner than ho
had done so, Nelson crawled in. Hi'
remained there until the ambulance
called and removed him with
\leek* r tu the Washington hospital.
The colored man went to the wreck
ed car and helped to remove Meeks
t the side of the road where local
doctors offered first aid treatment.
Meeks was most desirous of being
carried to Dr. Ward at Robersonville,
but after learning just how bad his
condition was, he asked to be carried
to the hospital.
Ihe two men left here after mid
night to go to their ho men near Kob
ersonville and l'artnele in a Ford
touring car when they ran head oil
into the large cement pillar. Just how
fast they were going when they hit
the post is not known, but, judging
from the wrecked car, they must have
been going at full speed. The signs of
the impact were to be s-wm at the
rear of the car as well as at the mid
dle, there being™ tittle of the front
left for signs to hpptar. One wheel
was completely missing; the radiator
was bent back almost to the re.ir of
t!ie engine; walls of the engine were
shattered;. the'gas tank was knock
ed half "way from Its seat;' and at
the rear of the car the leaves of the
spring were jarred out. The steering
wheel resembled the brake on a
freight car, for it was standing
straight up with tfle gas and spark
1 vers wrapped around the rod, and
of course the windshield was shatter
ed and the top torn off.
Is Held at Windsor
Sanatorium, Oct. &I.—(Specail t.o
Iht' Enterprise.)—"ln every one hun
dreii patients we examine in the clinics
there will always be some who have
t überculosis," Dr. S. I'j. Lee, traveling
clinician for the North Carolina San
atoiium says; Dr. Ue was just back
1 turn very good clinics at liayboro, in
I :imlico County, and Windsor, in
Lertie. At Windsor the doctor exam
ined 102 persons and 45 at liayboro.
Dr.-. J. t. Smith and I). A. Dees, the
physicists under whom the clinics
were h*d, were very helpful to the
(Iftiidan and had worked up splendid
Those cases who are contacts, that
in, those who have associated with
active cases of tuberculosis; persons
suffering from any ailment, the ori
gin of which ha. not been deter
mined and other persons in whom for
any reason tuberculosis is suspectud,
the clinic physician says, «re the peo
ple who should attend the State clin
"A number of people, 'curiosity
M ekers, always atiend our clinics
that have not been well worked up.
E\en among 'curiosity seekers' we al
ways find some tuberculosis," Dr. Lee
staled. "Another thing is the people
who come to these clinics who do not
have tuberculosis. When they have
some trouble that i.s not tuberculosis
we always refer them to their family
physicians, but frequently the persons
do not follow up these troubles and
have them corrected as they should."
A clinic Is now being held in Hali
fax County and clinics will be conduct
oil in Wayne and Gaston Counties at
an early date. „
Mr. Joe Taylor Able
To Be Out Again
Friends of Mr. Joe Taylor will be
glad to learn that he i* able to be
out again after being confined to hIN
home for Beveral day#. Mr. Taylor
has been guttering with rehumatlsm
j and while not completely well, he will
be at the service of his customers at
■ the Brick warehouse in so far IB he
is able to apply himself.
Watch the Label On Your
Paper; it Carries the Date
Your Subscription Expires.
Disposed of in
Most of Cases Were for
Violation of I iquor
The session of Federal court held in
Washington this week ha; taken up
numerous offences, a majority being
—-The hardest fought case was that
againstx.L.lL Curry, Assyrian mer
chant of Greenville, which was heard
Wednesday and Thursday. Curry was
charged with the use of the mails
for the purpose of fraud. He rented
a store in Greenville under his own
name, hu' seemed that lie u ed sta
tionery cvf "The",Voirue" which is a
of Greenville, S.
C. Many firms extending credit on
the ground that Curry was connect
ed with the Vogue company.
There were many witnec.-es front
all over the country to testify against
Curry. A number of Greenville
people were present who gave Curry
a good character The defendant was
represented by Josiah William Railey
of Raleigh, who is general council for
North Carolina Assyrians. Mr. LSail
ey was assi ted by Albian Dunn of
Greenville and II S. War.l of \V,. h
iugton. A verdict, of "not guilty"
was rendered by the jury.
.Another case of considerable note
was that of Karl Godard of William
ston, charging him with interstate
traffic in stolen -automobiles.
The jury convicted him an.l he was
sentenced to the Atlanta prion for a
term of three years.
lom lioston, Fleetwood I,»rooks and
Louis Keys, who were caught in the
very yet of making liquor lust week,
were all found guilty. lioston was
sentenced to Atlanta for two years;
it rooks and -Keys were each >entenc
eil to jail for the term of four "month .
In Serious Condition
At Rocky Mt. Hospital
Mr. Andrew Summerlin was rush
eil to the Park View ho pi-'al. Rocky
Mount, last Tuesday where he was
operated on for appendicitis. Reports
from, the hospital this morning were
very unfavorable, doctors saying that
his condition was very serious. The
doctors further stated that "a turn
in his condition either for the better
or for the worse could be expected
some time today.
Solid Carload of Hoivs
Arrived Here Thursday
Leaving the southern part of Geor
gia last Monday, a box car parked
villi hogs arrived here last night bill
ed to Mr, J, (J. Staton. Thousands of
hogs are fattened in the peanut fields
in this section every year, and it is
a paying propo ilion to plat**' theni
there .even if .the initial cost is high
along with a hiifh freight rate. The
rapidity in growth ami increase '£■»>
weight brings this about.
Mr. Staton wi.il place the most of
the shipment in his poanut fields,
where they jvill he fattened and rea
dy for the slaughter pen in the course
of a few weeks.
I'enjamin Daniel Jll
in Raleigh Hospital
Ilenjamin, the '5-year-old son of
Mr an I Mrs. Noah T. Daniel of
Griffins .township, sucked a peanut
into his windpipe Wednesday after
noon. The child was rushed to the
\V ashing ton hoaplalj hut being un
able to treat the ca e, ' physicians
advised the parents to take the boy
to Dr. West at Raleigh. Dr. West rt
nioved the peanut with instruments
Wednesday night, hut found that
pneumonia had already set up.
The latest reports from the liny -
hospital, Raleigh, where the little fal
low is, say he i.s getting along very
well and indications point to his re
MRS. STATON ATTENDS MEET
OF EDENTON CONVOCATION
Mrs. J. G. Staton has returned from
Greenville, where she attended the
one hundred and eighty-fifth meet
ing of the Edenton Convocation of
the Diocese of East Carolina, which
was held in St. Pauls Episcopal
Church, beginning Monday and end
The woman's auxiliary of the con
vocation met during the sansion. Mrs.
Htaton, who for so many years was
president of the auxiliary of the East
em Carolina Diocese and is now chair
man of the United Thank Offering, at
tended all the auxiliary meetings.
Mrs. I. P, Ormond of Goldsbopo is
visiting her daughter, Mrs. Lee Ed
wards and Mr. Edwards ' »