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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 90
Primitive Baptists Acquit
Preacher of Charges oi
Practically All Charge* Considered
Unfounded by Council of Church
At Hearing Wednesday
Differences were settled and peace
was made to reign again in the Ke
huk.ee association of the Primitive
Baptist Church last Wednesday when
ministers and members of that body
met at the Smithwick Creek church
to hear certain charges that had been
brought against one of the Church's
leading elders, Mr. W. B. Harrington.
The charges, originating over a
five-year period, it is said, reached a
f climax a few weeks ago, and Wednes
day was mentioned as the day when
both Elder Harrington and his ac
cusers might be heard. The accusa
tions varied, certain members stating
that Mr. Harrington was too greatly
interested in the up-building of the
church, others holding that he follow
ed too closely the style of other de
nominations. To sum the situation up,
it wap said he was accused of preach
ing the Armenian Doctrine.
In the main, all the charges were
considered unfounded by the Council
of the Church, and the only demand
(UMde of Mr. Harrington by it was
for him to discontinue the use of
those words that were confusing to
the minds of those brethem who were
not well founded in the Scriptures.
At the meeting, Elder Harrington
answered all questions readidly, mak
ing clear his beliefs and assuring the
r - * people that It was his earnest desire
to do anything for the future good
of the Church.
Mr. Harrington has been in the
ministerial service of the Primitive
Baptist Church for twelve years, and
• during that time he has rendered an
' able service to his people. However,
he stated that should his remaining
in the Church cause any further dis
cord among itr. members, he would
fell it is duty to withdraw.
County High School Cham
pionship Series To Get
Martin county's basketball cham
pionship series will get underway
next week when Jamesville meets
Bear Grass, Farm Life meets Wil
liamston in Group One and when Rob
ersonville meets Everetts and Oak
City meets Hamilton in Group Two.
The schedule was arranged at a meet
ing of athletic coaches here several
weeks ago so that official basketball
champions in the county might be de
termined before the season ends.
During next week each of the paii
teams will play two games and the
following week a third game will be
played if necessary. During the week
of January 30, the winner of the
Jamesville-Bear Crass series will play
J the winner of the Williamston-Farm
, Life series. A similar schedule will be
followed by the winners in the Ever
etss-Robersonville and Oak City-Ham
ilton series. Two games are scheduled
during the week of the 30th, and if
* necessary a third game will be played
during the week following.
Hie first game of the finals will be
played during the week of February
13 by the winners in the eastern half
of the county, either Jamesville, Bear
Grass, Farm Life or Williamston and
the winners in the western half of the
county, either Everetts, Robersonvillo,
Hamilton or Oak City.
The exact dates for the games and
where they will be played were left
for settlement to the coaches
"The Thrill Chaser" .
Clyde Cook Comedy
Theatre Well Heated
REBUILDING KILNS DESTROYED BY FIRE
Murray & McCabe Co., whose mill is pictured above, are rebuilding
tbe kilns dtstroyed bv fire last fair and expect to finish the first'unit to.
morrow. The mill will resume full-time operation as soon a sothe kilns are
restored. The town's water mains havbent extended to the y mill site sTiiie
the disastrous blaze which threw a number of men out of work.
HEARING ON REMOVAL
OF TRAINS TO BE HELD
WEDNESDAY, JAN. ,20th
KIWANIS CLUB TO
Civic Clubs of Town Affect
ed Plan To Protest
MAY GET BUS SERVICE
Railroad Will Probably Show That
Franchise Has Been Granted
For Bus Line
At the request of tl\e Plymouth
[ Chamber of Commerce and civic or
ganizations in the various towns af
fected, a hearing on the applicuUon
of the Atlantic Coast Line railroad
to discontinue two passenger trains
from Tarboro to Plymouth, has been
set by the Corporation Commission
for Wednesday, January 25 at 10 o'-
clock a. m. %
This is the second application that
has been made by the Coast line
within the pas teight .months for the
discontinuance of trains 56 and 57,
and opposition to this request is con
sidered much weaker than it was to
the first one which was filed with the
Representatives of the several
towns along the route served by the
two trains are planning to attend the
hearing, but so far very few objec
tions have been made public, opposing
the .railroad's proposed action. Messrs.
John D. Biggs and Elbert S, Peele
have been appointed by the Kiwanis
club to represent this town at the
It was unofficially announced here
yesterday that the railroad company
is investigating now existing bus
schedules in this section, and the
possibility of additional ones. The
findings, it is thought, will be used
by the company in its argument be
fore the Commission January 25.
It was given out by the office of
the Commission when the first applica
tion was made for discontinuing the
trains that a charter to a bun com
pany to operate along the route now
served by the trains had been grant
ed. The name of the person to Whom
: the charter was granted was not dis
MEET IN SOUTH
1928 National Convention
Will Be Held in Hous
The National Democratic Conven
tion will slip away from the quarrels
of the North and West and nestle in
the bosom of its friends, the Solid
The national committee met in
i Washington yesterday and selected
Houston, Texas as the convention city.
Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City and
iSan Francisco were asking for the
convention and had been saying a
great deal about their peculiar fitness
as the best place to hold the conven
tion, but had not done much. Houston
said nothing but when the invitations
were extended, it came forward with
$200,000 for the comforts of the con
vention. Her invitation was accepted
on the fifth ballot with San Francisco
the nearest competitor. The conven
tion will be held the last week in
Everetts Play To Be
Given At Jamesville
'lSaved by the Woodmen," a comedy
drama in four acts will be staged in
the Jamesville school auditorium next
Tuesday night by an Everetts cast.
The play has been presented in Ever
etts and Bear Grass and it goes to
Jamesville highly recommended.
Williamston, Martin County, Hotth Carolina, Friday, January 13,1928
First Unit Expected To Be
20 Men At Work
With twenty carpenters from all
parts of the county at work, the first
unit of the dry kilns of the Murray-
McCabe Lumber Company will be
practically completed tomorrow, Mr.
McCabe, one of the plant's owners
stated this morning. "We ure trying
to put our pl&nt back to full-time
operation, and to do this we are rush
ing to completion the first unit of the
kilns," Mr. McCabe further stated.
Several weeks ago, a fire costing
approximately twelve thousand dol
lars, destroyed the kilns of the lumber
plant anil caused the mill to close
down. Since that time workmen have
been busy clearing the thousands of
feet of pipe from the.lot, making
room for the new kilns.
The layout of the plant has been
slightly changed to meet insurance
requirements and lessening4.he danger
of fire. The kilns are now located near
the house where the lumber is placed
prior to its shipment. The single unit
/will handle several cars of timber
and will make it possible for the own
ers to put the mill back in operation.
Three Days' Raids Net
Officers Lot Material
Federal Agent C. P. Alexander and
J, R. Murium;; c.iiitvred an eighty
rtve gallon copper still and sin barrels
cf beer near the Big Mill pond in
Griffins township Tuesday in a
ikuL i , "
Leaving that township, the officers
went on the Beur Grass road, a mile
/west of Corey's store where they
fi'Vnd a seventy gallon copper still i
and about one thousand gallons of j
Wednesday, the officers went to Free
Union, near Dardens, where they
captured two copper stills and about
fifteen thousand gallons of sugar and
meal beer. Doth of these plants had
been in operation the night before as
there was fire around them when the
officers arrived, j ,
Thursday, the officers again re
turned to Bear Grass township where
they captured a 75-gallon copper still,
•two cooling worms and about seven
hundred and fifty gallons of beer. The
still was cold. The office is found more
signs of gay life arpund this still
than at any place they have ever vis
ited before. Although the still was in
: the wild woods and along way from
1 any home, marks of women's fancy
high-heel shoes were all around the
After leaving this plant, the officers
went a half mile behind the Bear
Grass high school where they found
and destroyed four barrels of beer.
From that place they traveled an
other mile and a half in a northerly
direction and found a 75-gallon copper
■till and about five hundred gallons
The officers in their three days'
raid, found many kegs, jugs and other
Meet Here Next Week
The Roanokef Tobacco Warehouse
Company is expecting a large number
of its almost two hundred stockhold
ers at its meeting here next Thurs
day. The company, during the past
several years, has paid profitable
dividends to its investors, and It is
the opinion of many that this year
will be no exception to the rule.
I GOOD TOBACCO |
County Agent Reviews
Tobacco Farming in
URGES EARLY START
Many Farmers In County Now Pre
paring Plant Beds and Seed Will
All Soon Be in Ground
Although the tobacco season in
1927 was not ax profitable as it was
in 1926 many farmers nevertheless,
made large profits last year on the
tobacco crop. They succeeded by put
ting into practice ~the best farming
methods, stated County Agent T. B.
Brandon yesterday while reviewing
tobacco farming in this county.
Here are some of the things they
are putting into practice:
Preparing a good seed bed; treat
j ing the seed for diseases; cleaning
! the seed to get rid of immature and
smalt seed of low vitality; keeping out
insects-by making the seed bed tight!
and by using poison.
"All of these' practices tend to j
| give them atf early start. They fer
1 tltize properly with complete fertil- j
i izers, they" cultivate thoroughly, and
| they harvest and market their crop j
i in a business-like manner," Mr. Bran-
I don went on to say.
"The one thing that tends to pro
j duce a good crop of tobacco more than
I probably any other one thing is the
use of an abundant supply of avail
able plant food. This insures a large
crop grown evenly, tending to pro
duce quality. The tobacco plant is
a heavy feeder and has to be grown
On sandy soils, state departments
of agriculture recommend from 800
to 1,200 pounds of a fertilizer an
alyzing 8 per cent, phosphoric acid;
4 per cent, nitrogen, and 6 per cent,
potash be used. On the heavier types
of soil, the same amount of fertilizer
analyzing 8 per cent, phosphoric acid,
about 3 per cent, nitrogen, and 3 to
6 per cent, potash, may be used.
Many farmers in this county are
making preparations for their plant
beds, and by the middle of next t
Jnonth the seed for the year's crop i
1 will practically all be in the ground.
NO ROOM FOR
Local School- Will Not Be
Able To Care for Any
After a reclassification of the pupils
in the lower grades of the local school,
it was stated this morning by the
Principal that it would be impossible
to admit additional children to the
Just before the holidays, Mr. Davis,
principal stated that a reclassifica
tion of the children in the first, sec
ond and third grades would be made
during ths early part of this month
and that it might be possible to add
several names to the first grade roll.
Several new pupils entered the sec
ond and third grades, causing the
over-crowded condition in the first
grade to remain practically unchang-
I ed after reclassifying the children in
' the three grades.
Miss Peacock, the teacher of the
I first grade, reported that during the
| fall months the average daily at
j tendance was just below fifty, and that
it was next to impossible to successful
ly instruct a larger number.
Blaze Here Yesterday !
Destroys Storage House'
The storage house of the Staton j
i cotton gin was practically destroyed j
yesterday afternoon when fire of an I
' Undetermined origin charred the tim-1
I ! bers and damaged a large quantity i
- of cotton seed and hulls.
i The volunteer fire company turned .
II two streams of water on the flames
' and soon had them under control, but
» the alarm was turned in too late for'
the firemen to prevent the near de
i struction of the building,
r ■ i i
1 Miss Sleeper Called Home
Account Brother's Death
[ Miss Lora Sleeper, home demonstra
tion agent, left yesterday afternoon
for Concord where she was called on
, account of the death of her brother.
Miss Sleeper arrived here last
Tuesday and since that time she has
been very active in arranging her
work. The unexpected news came as
a shock to her and will necessarily
cause her to be from the county a
. 1 Farm Life Wins Over
Bethel Here, 24-21
Farm Life added to its basketball
i victories here last night by defeating
i Bethel, 24 to 21. It was one of the
1 best games the lads from Griffins had
! played this season.
Begin Shipments of
Fertilizers by Boat
The first shipment of fertil
izer leaving the Standard Fer
tilizer Company's factory here
by boat, was tuade last Wednes
The shipment was billed to
points along the Alligator river
in Tyrrell county. The boat was
' loaded almost to its capacity, 65
Name Two To Go To Hear
ing; Brandon Winner in
"Best Baby" Contest
Under the leadership of Dr. 0. P.
Fitzgerald, the Kiwanis club held one
of its best meetings in some time last
Wednesday. . i•i; .
Representatives were named to at
tend the hearing on the discontinuance
©f trains 66 and 57 to be held in
Raleigh January 26. Messrs. John D.
llifCKs and E. S. Feel were named as
the club's representatives.
The program reached a climax when
Tom Brandon, Gus Harrison, Iti 1
Manning and Cortez Green went back
to the style of early days and with a
nipple over a coca cola bottle they I
meed for nourishment. Cortez Green, j
, when he saw he was a few drops b«; j
h.nd, bit the nipple off and put him
s»»lf out of the race. Mr. Harrison wa. e
Reading in the race until suction caus
ed the nipple on his bottle to fly off.
The contest continued with Tom "and
Mill in the race, but in spite of his
Brandon proved that he
could be the best baby.
Several Road Sentences and
Number Fines Meted
I Several road sentences were handed 1
. down and a few fin£s were imposed by I
Judge Builuy here last Tuesday when
eight cases came before "his court for I
trial. Several of the cases had been
on the court's docket for several'
weeks, but had been continued for
hearing until Tuesday.
Annie 11. Stokes, charged with as
sault, was found not guilty after her
case had been through the Mayor's
court and continued from week to
week in the Recorder's court.
Alexander Smallwood, larceny and
receiving, was found guilty a»id sen
tenced to the Edgecombe county roads
far two months.
C. M. Bullock, charged with pimple
assault, plead gnilty to the charge.
Judgment was suspended upon pay -
ment of the cost.
James Uufliin, assault with deadly
weapon, wus called but he failed to
Emma Crowell, assault with a dead
ly weapon, plead guilty before the
court and was sentenced to the county
jail for thirty days. The sentence was j
suspended for two years upon guod
behavior of defendant.
W. M. Baker plead guilty to a
larceny and leceiving charge and was
sentenced to the Edgecombe roads j
A jury trial was ordered for next I
Tuesday to hear the case of W. G. 1
Anthony, charging him with the dis
posal of mortgaged property.
Haywood Brown plead guilty to a
simple assault charge and was fined
S2O and required to pay the costs.
A four-months' road sentence was
! DIES WEDNESDAY
Had Been ira Poor Health
For Number Years;
\* * 9
Mrs. Bettie Lanier Daniel died at
her home at the Daniel mill, four
miles from here early Wednesday
For a long number of years, Mrs.
Daniel had been in poor health and
in July 1926 she went to Pinecrest
for treatment. After remaining there
a short while she went to the State
Sanatorium where she was a patient
until September of last year when
her case was ' pronuonced incurable.
She returned to her old home near
here where she got along very well
until last Sunday when she .coßapsed.
After suffering several hemorrhages
she gradually became weaker until
the end came.
She leaves one brother, Joseph B.
Lanier and one sister, Miss Mamie
Lanier. She married W. Henry Daniel
who died about two years ago.
The funeral was held at the home
yesterday afternoon by Elder B. 8.
Cowing and interment was made in
the family cemetery on the home farm
by the aide of her husband.
EPIDEMIC OF SMALLPOX
THREA TENS IN COUNTY;
Local School, Board
Holds Public Hearing
"At a public meeting held this
efternoon in the school auditor
ium here, the Martin property on
Highway No. 90 was elminiated
as a possible site for
ed new school building, and at
tention of those present was cen
tered on the Rhodes, Slade and
The piece of property just back
of the home of Mr. J. L. Hits sell
received favorable mention and
so (lid the Godard-Leggett proper
ty. Should the Slade property be
selected, it was explained that an
athletic lield would be built at J
some other point.
Local Market Gets in Select
List In Associated
Williamston una pla"J m the ,i?t'
of big markiV.s in a r°por» of the'
Associated Press recently. The
gressivo Farmers says:
When the 36 North Carolina tobac- j
co markets closed for the holiday
season, it was estimated by the As-1
sociated Press that over 400,000,000 '
pounds of leaf had been sold in the
State. One-fourth of the markets!
sold over two-thirds of the producers' I
sales. The sales in November alone'
brought more than $.'10,000,000, which '
was $3,000,000 more than growers
received the same month of 1926. Wil J
son, Greenville, Winston-Salem, King
ton, Rocky Mount, Farmviile. Dur
ham, Oxford, Henderson and William
ston sold as much tobacco as w.v« sold
by all the 36 large markets last sea
son, When the Wilson market closed
for the holidays, 72,299,692 pounds
fur wftich the growers received ifD?,-
301,718.20 had been sold. The jtvenige
price was $23.06 a hundred pounds.
HARRISON OIL CO.
Building Two New Storage
Tanks To Care For
With the demand for Texaco pro
ducts growing rapidly, the Harrison I
Oil' Company is ,this week, udding to
its present equipment for storing ami
.handling purposes" by erecting two
new tanks at its river plant. A boat
from Norfoik afri-veil here
terday, bringing the tanks and erec
tors, and the first construction work
was started this morning.
During the past eighteen days,
ieleven cars of Texaco gasoline and
motor oils have been unloaded at the
plant of the Harrison Oil Company
here. The shipments of gasoline have
practically all beeii handled through
one main storage tank at the river,
and while the boat pumped the gas
into the tank at one end, the three
trucks of the company were drawing
it from the other and distributing it
to the more than eighty dealers in
the county. But with the sales increas
ing rapidly, the company found that
the 22,000 gallon tank was entirely in
adequate, so two additional tanks are
being erected. When these two tanks
are completed, the equipment of the
company will haiity£ easily between
eight and ten cars of gasoline at one
Two boat loads of Texaco gasoline
and motor oils were unloaded this
week, one Tuesday and the other one
yesterday, at the wharf of the com
Plans are being made for the erec
tion of another huge tank at the
river plant, but details could not be
learned this morning.
Sunday Services At \
- The Baptist Clmrch
. The pastor will be in the pulpit
At the Sunday morning service the
pastor will set forth the platfornl up
on which he hopes to work witfi the
church in the year 1928.
From the standpoint of the "year's
work, this should be an important
service. The pastoi} desires that a full
congregation T>e present at this serv
This church will observe Commun
ion at the evening service, S«nday
. night at the usual hour. The Lord's
Supper is impressive at anytime, but
should be more so at the evening
The people are invited to come in
large numbers to these two services—
the flrßt services held by the pastor
in the New Year.
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes oj Martin County
Health Officer Says Law
Does Not Require
THREE CASES HERE
Pitt County Also Having' Large Num
ber Cases Reported Daily ; Doctors
According to u statement made lust
night by County Health Officer \V. E.
Warren, only eleven cases of small
pox have been reported in the county.
Six of the eleven cases are in Hamil
ton, three, are here and two 'Were re
ported in Robersonville. The report
included yesterday, and if additional
cases have developed, they have
not been called to the attention of the *
Much has been said about members
of those families where the disease
has been reported, going about the
streets, attending church aiuLwbfking
in the factories. Dr. YVairen stated
that there was no law requiring mem
bers of a family where the disease is
present to remain ut home and not ap
peal in public places. The disease can
bo controlled by vaccination and that
being true, Dr. Warren stated there
was 110 just - cause for quarantining
homes where tile disease is found.
Unofficial estimates place the num
ber that has been vaccinated lit very
small per.cent, of the total. That be-'
ing true and with church congrega
tions and factory employees exposed
to the disease, a real epidemic is very
likely to follow.
In l'itt county, reports show that
on air average three easiest • have .been
reported daily to the department of
health in Clrcenville. A Greenville.
t mper says editorially, "In the face
of these facts, we cannot understand
why people will decline to be vaccinat
ed Of course if you are vaccinated and
it takes, you'will have a sore aim for
a while, but a sore anil is preferable
to a' case of smallpox."
September 10 to the first of
the year, 31 cases of smallpox were
i'eporttd in Heaufort county, and the .
first case was said to have been car
lied there from Greenville. lJut in con
nection with the disease there, the
'health department has carried on a
splendid work. Under the leadership
of Misses Harriet Carr and EVa Cratt, •
a former Martin County girl, 1
persons have been vaccinated in that
county. The Washington Progress, re
viweing the' work of the health de
partment in lieaufort states, "There is
no question but that the work done by
the department has prevented "Kim
dreds of additional cases of small
A law, passed by the Hoard *if
Health, this county, two years ago,
made it unlawful for a child to attend
public schools in tjiis unless
he had been vaccinated. The percent
age of children violating this law is
generally believed to be large. After
checking the records in the local
school, Principal L. 11. Davis stated,
that practically all the children hen
had been vaccinated. Hut, it is under
stood that ths does not.h'old true for
the entire county.
The Town Hoard of Commissioners
have considered the situation, but with
the law as it is, they were unable to
take any steps in preventing the
V. E. P. OFFICIALS
Inspect Light Plant With
View To Making Town
Data were collected by Mr. J.
T. Chase, general manager of
the Virginia Electric and Power Com
pany, on the power system in Ply
mouth this morning preparatory to
making ihat town an offer for its
light and power franchise.
No-figures were mentioned this
morning, and it is'not known ijust
how much the power confpany will
offer the town. It was announced,
however, that recent regulaUons
adopted by Jhe company would not
permit free water pumping and street
lighting as considerations in future
franchise purchases. The contract en
tered into between Williamston and
tho power company was the last one
to include the free water pumping
and free street lighting clause, aud it
will be the last one, it was staled to
day. "And we could not possible of
fer it to Williamston again," Mr.
J. T. Chase stated.
From here the power company of
ficials went to Windsor where they
will discuss the power and light situ
ation with cititens there.