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VOLUME XXXII—NUMBER 15
AT SCHOOL FOR
.. Students Are Handicapped
By Lack of Space in Old
Large Percentage of 460 Grammar
Grade PupUa To Take Part in
In spite of the lack of room in the j
present building, that is in some de- I
gree serving both the grammar and
h'gh schools, plans for commencement
exercises are being carried out, and
the practice of some of the various
parts of the program is being held-on
the grounds. is no room for
practice in the building, as the audi
torium is being used for classrooms;
the present music room is
used for getting the different parts
started before the teachers take up
the practice outside.
This outside practice is possible be
cause of the type of exercise that is to
be given by the jcranunar and primary
grades as their part in the finals. The
custom of using every pupil possible
in these performances, as has been the
case for the past two years, will be
followed. In place of the usual oper
etta given in the auditorium, a May
Festival is to be presented on the
fgroundt with by far the greater per
centage of the 460 lower grade pupils
taking part The crowning of the May
queen and the Maypole dance will fea
ture the festival. The various aes- .
thetic dances and rhythmic drills will
I demonstrate phases of work that is
l.cing done in all moderit schools un- *
der the name of public school music
and physical education, branches of
elementary teaching that are very
much neglected in the schools here,
as there are no teachers employed to
d>i this work.
Because of the same crowded con- ]
dition, Mrs. L. H. Davis has been
f reed to take the high school seniors
to the city hall for practice on their
play which they are to give in the
new high school auditorium Friday !
night, May 3. There will he no class ]
day exercises, but the commencement j
sermon will be preached the following .
Sunday morning by Rev. S. H. Craig- |
hill, of Rocky Mount. The graduat- 1 ]
ing exertises will be held Friday t
nuiiil, Way 10. ! 1
To all of these closing performances |
the public is very cordially invited.
Dr. Burrell To Preach
To Baptists Sunday
• ".. .
Dr. W. R. Burrell will preach in the |
local Baptist church Sunday morning
Dr. Burrell is well known here, j
where he served for some scyeral i
years as pastor of thf local, church. I
Hit many friend* in and out of the
church will welcome this opportunity
ot hearing him again. *
At the morning hour he will speak
especially to the young people of the
congregation. .He will preach again
at 8 o'clock in the evening.
The pasTor wiH hold the regular
Wednesday eveniug service in the
church as usual.
This has been a busy week at the
Baptist church. „The pastor has been
teaching a class in Sunday school (
teacher training In addition, the
church has been very busily engaged
in making due preparation for the
V convention which it now assembling. |
\ The Memorial Baptist church it .
bringing to Williamstoii, frcjpn time to ,
time, a rather impressive group of
public speakers; and the general pub
lic it invited to hear them when they
R. A. Pope Reelected
Mr. R. A. Pope, auperintendent c
schools in this county, waa reelected
for another term In that office yes
terday by the cotftityNboard of educa
tion in special session here.'
T T THEATRE
Saturday April 20
MONTANA BILL ],
"Secrets of the Range"
Also COMEDY and
*The Vanishing West"
Special Matinee -
3 P. M. 10c and 25c
——»—p- ' 1
Show* at 7:15 and 9 P. M. Daily
MUSIC BY PHOTOTONK
Sunday—Church Cooperation Day
AH clergymen of the city will make special announcement of the
following days of the campaign:
Monday—Fire Prevention Day
10:00 a. m.—Ringing of town bell; starting active drive against
uncleanliness and fire hazards.
10:05 a. m.—Parade of white school children.
Tuesday—Front Yard Day
Cut lawns, prepare gardens and flower beds for planting, clean
walks and gutters, exterminate ants.
Wednesday—Flower Bed Day
Exchange plants, plant flower beds and trim shrubbery.
10:00 a. m.—Parade of colored school children.
Paint and inside and out, |>orches, fences, woodwork,
screens, and porch chairs. Downtown business houses clean windows
and replace old awnings. "A little paint works wonder^."
Friday — Back Yard Day
Clean alleys, repair fences and sheds, screen garbage cans, put fly
traps on garbage cans. Put up screens, plant thrift gardens.
Saturday—Vacant Lot Day
Everybody join in and help school children clean vacant lots and
remove tin cans, paper, and dead weeds. Plow and plant garden
plots wherever possible.
All Old Members of Board
IS VERY CLOSE
N. C. Green To Get Place
Of E. P. Cunningham
On New Board
R. L. Coburn Gets Nomination By
Acclamation; 110 Citixent Attend
Approving in the main the admini
tration of the present town official!
110 citizens of the town attended the
convention held In the Olty Hall Ish
evening and offered for reelection
with one exception, Mayor R. L. Co
burn and his board of commissioner
to head the town's affairs during th
next two years, beginning June
Apparently remembering the oi
come of the town convention in 1027,
the women of the town offered no
candidates, and aside from a business
like method of voting, the conventioi
featured nothing out of the ordinary.
The convention was nearing a hasty
close when Mr. A. R. Dunning adde
to the list carrying the names of the
present board members nominated bj
Mr. L. T. Fowden, the names of N. C.
Green and W.H. Biggs, "just for fun,'
he stated. Once the ice was broken
by Attorney Dunning, the number o
nominees increased rapidly until tl
convention had twelve of Ihe town'*
leading citiaens from which to choost
Shortly after the convention wi.
opened, nominations for a mayor wen
asked for by Judge Clayton Moor
the permanent chairman. Mr. L. '•
Fowden nominated Mayor. R- L. Cc
bum, and nomination waa made by ac
Mr. Coburn made a brief acceptance
speech, stating that he enjoyed th.
confidence of the people, that during
his stay in office he had worked un
tiring for progreaaive measures yet
ones that were conservative in theii
nature. He pledged hia willingness U
handle the affairs of the office witi
care, offering hia support to a pro
gressive administration during hir
next two years in office. The term
begginning June SO is Mayor Coburn'i
third successive one.
Accepting "the uomination of Mayoi
Coburn, the convention busied itaelf
with the method of procedure, an
once it was ruled that the Ave highest
should win, the nominations for
commission*rs were entered rapidly.
Mr. L. T. Fowden's list of condidates
Messrs. G. H. Harrison, C. 0. Moore,
L. P. Lindaley, E. P. Cunningham
and W. T. Meadows was apparently
aecpetod when the ice was
Mr. A. R. Dunning. The nominations
followed: Mr. Dunning nominating
Messrs. N. C. Green and W. H. Biggs;
Mr. Luther Pee) offering the name
of M. S. Mr. H. G. Horton
enterting the name of Mr. John L.
Rodgerson; Mr. D. D. Stalls nominat
ing Mr. Theodore Roberson; Mr. C.
H. Godwin, after withdrawing!)!*
nomination of K. B. Crawford at Mr.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, April 19, 1929
Few Cases Disposed of De
spite Untiring Work of
Baffled by long-drawn out and stub
born caMi, the special term of super
ior court for the trial of civil cases i.
progress here this week has disposed
of very few issues .although Judge
Moore and the court attendants have
worked untiringly on the docket.
The caae of Slade, Rhodes 1 and com
pany against Joe Purvis, colored, call
ed last Tuesday noon was completed
late yesterday. The case involved set
ting aside a deed made by Joe
Purvis to his wife, criUlrcn and others,
the plaintiffs charging that the deed
was made by Purvis to his family in
an attempt to avoid paying Slade,
Rhodes and company a legitimate
debt. It was pointed out that after
the deed was given, Purvis then gave
Slade, Rhodes and company a deed of
trust to cover the debt, which deed
they took in good faith. The land was
sold under the deed of trust and
Sladfe, Rhodes and company bought it
in. The amount involved was about
The jury found that the deed was
void, and the plaintiffs recovered the
The Coltrain versus Roberson case
was called yesterday aijd came to an
end suddenly when a call for a new
survey of a piecj of land was made
Crawford's request, nominated Mr. L.
T. Fowden and just before the nomi
nations closed, Dr. H. B. York offered
Mr. Hugh G. Horton as a candidate
for a seat on the board.
Ballots were diatributed and a
count was underway within a few
minutes. The count was close at the
beginning, first one and then the
other of the candidates securing a
marker. And then from the hat would
come a volley of votes for first this
one and then the others. Mr. E. P.
Cunningham, a member of the present
board, miaaed reelection by only nine
votes, while Mr. C. O. Moore led thi
ticket with 68 votes, followed closely
by Mr. G. H. Harrison with 67 votes.
Commissioner Lindsley was next with
66 votes and Mr. N. C. Green, the
new board member, wai fourth with
63 votes. The official results of the
C. O. Moore —— 6f
G. H. Harrison 67
L. P. Lindsley 6f
N. C. Green 68
W. T. Meadows _Ju
E. P. Cunningham 4O
H. G. Horton 3!
W. H. Bigrs 8
S. C. Griffin 22
J. L. Rodgerson If
Theo. Roberson ... 16
L. T. Fowden 1
Although the convention practicalh
determines the town administratis
heads, an election will be necessar
the first Tuesday after the first Mon
day in May to make the eonven
proceedings conform to election laws.
BODY OF WHITE
IN RIVER HERE
Had Been in Water for
Several Weeks, It Is
NO CLUE TO IDENTITY
Wat Discovered Lodged in Pile of
Brush by Party of Fishermen
Partially decomposed by a sev
eral weeks' stay in the water, the
body of an infant girl was removed
from Roanoke river here this mom
ing by Lula Peel, Mary Walker and
Phyllia Smith, colored women who
were Ashing along the stream's bank
and saw the body lodged in a pile of
floating trash. Coroner S. K. Biggs
was summoned to the scene and an
investigation waa started at once.
The baby, a well-developed white
girl, measured 18 inches and weighed
approximately seven pounds. The
back of the skull was gone, indicat
ing that it had been crushed. Other
parts of the body were intact. The
condition of the body made an exami
nation difficult, Coroner Biggs stating
that it was impossible to tell whether
the child's skull had been crushed be
fore the body was thrown into the
stream, adding that the body might
have been thrown from a bridge and
the skull mashed when it hit some
object in the stream.
It is believed that the body had been
in the water for several weeks and
that it had floated a number of miles.
Apparently the child was not dressed
when thrown into the water as there
wasn't even a rag on the body when
it was found.
The body was buried in Potter'
flald here after a thorough examina
tion of it had been made by the au
Plans for Commencement
Exercises Are Now
Plans for the Jamesville High
School annual coinnicncbuu-nt arc
complete. One section of the grade
commencement has already been giv
en. Grades one, two, six and seven
gave a delightful operetta, "Sunny
Side," which was enjoyed by a crowd
The senior play was given last Fri
day night before, a large and apprecia
tive audience. The play presented by
seniors was "Professor Pepp."
' Coming attractions ,'ire as follows:
April 23—Grade commencement
( Grades three, four, and fiye) pre
senting a Japanese program and play,
8 o'clock p. ni.
April 28—Baccalaureate sermon, by
Dr. Fletcher, of Washington Collegi
ate Institute. II o'clock a. in.
• April 27—Music recital, 8 o'clock
May and. declamation,
contests, 10 a. ill. Seventh grade class
day exercises, 11:15 a. m. Dinner on
the grounds, 12:30 p. in. Literary ad
dress by Professor R. C. Deal, of F-ast
Carolina Teachers College, Greenville, j
2p. in. Graduation exercises, award- i
ing dipl mas, certificates, and medals,
3:15 p. in. Baseball game, 4 o'clock.
High school play, "The Road t> the
City," 8:15 p. in.
Oak City Play Presented
Wednesday Is Success
The three-act comedy, '44 Flappers,'
played to a packed house in Oak City
Wednesday night aw was declared
the outstanding v/elit in ttye school
during the year. The school auditori
um was packed, people from a half
dozen surrounding towns attending, in
addition to the large number in the
community. Principal H. M. Ainsley
stated that 50 complimentary tickets
were issued, and after deducting that
number, the receipts amounted to. morl'
Following the presentation, those
taking part in the program were en-
I tertained by the school's social com
Prof. Pollock To Speak
At Jamesville Church
Professor A. L. Pollock, of the
Jamesville schools, will fill the pul
pit in the Jsmesville Baptist Church
Sunday evening at 8:00 o'clock, It
was snnounced yesterday by
B. Harrington, the pastor. Rev. Mr.
Harrington will conduct the morning
service at 11 o'clock. The public is in -
vited to each of the services
Local High Baseball Team
Defeats Scotland Neck, 6-4
The local high school baseball team
registered its first win of the season
here last Wednesday afternoon by de
feating Scotland Neck's nine, 6 to 4.
The local are playing Morehead City
here this afternoon.
Plans Complete for Clean-Up
Paint-Up Drive Next Week
PEOPLE ,BE GIN
Sessions Begin This After
noon; Continue Thru
DR. GAINES TO SPEAK
President of Wake Forest College Is
Principal Speaker Tonight; Other
Noted Workers on Program
With large numbers of Eastern
Carolina's finest young men a.ul
young women in attendance, the
Regional Convention of Baptist
Young People opened here this aftei
noon in the Baptist church, wit
record sessions forecasted 'for th*
evening and tomorrow. Registration,
started shortly after the noon hour
continues at the church, the delegate:
being assigned to the various homes
where they will be entertained to
night. The delegates to the conven
j tion are being given a hearty welcomi
by the Baptists and members of othei
religious denominations, pointing to i;
j very successful meet, the first of
! kind to be held here. y
Mr. James A. Ivey, general sec re -
] tary of the Baptist Young PeopleV
work in North Carolina, will be pres
i ent at all the sessions, and will givt
: direction to the entire program. Mr.
| Ivey is a cultured young man, and
amply capable of leading the hosts ot
young people in their program of ac
tive Christian work.
Dr. Francis P. Gaines, of Wakt
Forest, James A.- Ivey, of Raleigh and
Dr. Gerald 11. Payne, of Elizabeti
City, constitute the "pig Three" "t.
the program tonight and tomorrow.
These are all men of ability in their
respective fields and will make theii
certain impression upon the conven
tion when they address it.
Dr. Gaaines, , r President of Wuk
Forest College, is the feature speakei
tonight in the church at 8:00. The
public is invited to hear him. It i
thought that the commodious churcl
auditorium, and all the opening wing
will be taxed to the limit in seatini
the great throng of people who wi
attend the convention when Dr. Gaine
There will be three sessions held
tomorrow, one in the morning, a sec
ond in the afternoon and the last i
the evening when Dr. Payne bring.*
the convention to a close with a fina'
This is probably the largest con
vention Williamston has ever atte- •• '
ed to handle, and the young people
are warmly welcome here. ->
■; »■■■ •
Attend by 123 Women
Attended by 123. women of the
community, the electrical demonstra
tion held in the Woman's club hall
here yesterday afternoon by the Vir
ginia Electric and Power company
was declared to be very successful by
Mr. R."'H. (JoodAan, the company's
salesmunager, of Roanoke Rapids.
During the meeting Mrs. Orpha ('.
Hill, home economist for the West
inghouse Electric company, demon
strated the use of the electric range,
giving valuable information as to cost
and service to the women. Mrs. Mil
dred V. Martin, home service directoi
for the Virginia Electric and Powi
company, assisted in the\demonst'
tions, pointing out the improved and
modern use of electrical apparatus i,
Several prizes were given to indi
viduals and the societies of tlu' sev
eral churches here.
The, .school, the first to be planned
here by Salesmanager- Goodman, u
sisted by Messrs. Jack flreen, H. B.
Speight, J. R. Griffin, 0. S. Anderson
and Prince Purdy, was greatly en
joyed by the 123 women,, according to
repqjgs of the meeting.
Boy Is Unconscious Two
Days After Blow on Head
Rendered unconscious when hit on
the head by a pole, last Tuesday, the
eight-years-old son of Mr. Rober
griffin in William-i towship, revived
I yesterday and is reported to be get
ting along very well-~at_ this time.
The child was playing on a load oi
electric light poles at the home of Mr
Joshua L. Coltrain, near here, when
a pole fell and hit him on the bead,
it was stated.
O., ■ ■ _—,— .
Program of Services at
Church of the Advent
Rev. Arthur H. Marshall, Rector
, Sunday school at 8:45 a. m. y,v ,
Vesper service and sermon at 5 p:
You are cordially invited to' atWWd
all these services.
Know all men. women and
children by these presents:
That, Whereas the National
Clean-Up and Paint-Up Cam
\ paign has resulted in.many ad
vantages to community life
throughout the United States in t
. safeguarding health, in promot
ing thrift, in furthering fire pre
vention, in stimulating civic pride
and in making the home and city
beautiful; Now. therefore,
1 Be it know that plans have
been perfected for a thorough
clean-up and paint-up campaign
in Williamston. beginning April
22. This date to mark the opne
ing of a real campaign of per
sistent and constructive effort in
cleaning up and keeping it up.
In this worthy movement of
cleaning, painting, planting, re
pairing and general rehabilita
tion I urge each citizen to do
his or her best part to make our
community clean, healthy, safe,
thrifty, and beautiful.
R. L. COBURN.
Mayor, Town of Williamston.
IS BADLY HURT
IN AUTO WRECK
Tom Carson, of Hobgood,
Expected To Die After
Accident in Oak City
I nni Carson,, aged white man of
I Inligjiod, was seriously hurt last
Tuesday afternoon when his car, a
lord "roadster, was hit by a truck
driven by William l.utlier Davenport
-at a road intersection HI (>a4c t ty,
.VwordiiTß to reports ot the wreck;
Mr. Carson was driving down the high
way when the I4,year old boy drove
(lie truck from under a tilling station
into the road and ljit the hold, caus
ing it to turn over several times. I>r
I'rttjnan was-called tu the scene and
upon finding*that the man's Mas
badly broken up, he had him rushed
to a Tarboro hospital.. The Ford was
badly, wrecked, the damage resulting
to the truck being negligible The boy
•Rendered unconscious at the time,
Mr ( arson's recovery was considered
doubtful. At the hospital $575 was
found oil the man's person, $103.50 of
the amount being in gold, the re
mainder in paper bills:
At .r«l I.K to reports, received from
tin- hospital late lasf night,' Mr. t ar
son had developed 'pneumonia, and
recovery was considered impossible,
Modern Methods in Local
School Are Highly Praised
This week, a general representatm
of (!inn and company, one of the 'arg
est school books concern in the
United States, with headquarters in
New York City, visited the local
High School and stated that it is tin
only school visited in this section o.
the State where the teachers are
scientifically approaching the problem
of pupil classification. In fact, he had
visited only one other in his travels.
Principal Davis and his faculty are
putting modern teaching methpds in
every grade, and the results lire be
Art Masterpieces To
Be Exhibited Here
Reproductions of works of artist;,
of many generations will be placed
on display at the new high school
building here Monday, April for
showing; during the entire week, ac
cording to an announcement mad
This collection consists of 150 mas
terpipces, representing the French
Italian, Flemish, English, Dutch, Ger
man, Spanish and Amreican school.'
of art. Most of these are the master
pieces studied in the schools.
Famous portarits, landscapes, ma
rine and pastoral scenes in the colors
of tie original canvasses will be in
cluded in the display. .
A small charge will be made to off
set the cost of bringing the exhibit
here, it was stated.
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Farm Life School Is
Having Finals Today
One of the largest crowds In the
school's history, is attending the final
exercises of the Farm Life commence
ment today, according to reports re
ceived here at noon.
Dr. Maynard Fletcher, of the Wash
ington Collegiate Institute delivered
the principal address. The session will
close with a play tonight.
I Advertisers Will Find Our Col
! umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
I Homes of Martin County
Starts Monday Morning at
10 O'clock With Ringing
Of Old Fire Bell
Complete Program for Entire Week
Is Prepared; Monday Is Fire-
With plans completed and the sup
port ot' evyry man, woman and child
"jClean Up and l'aint Up" campaign
next week promises to be the town's
most marked event in years from the
standpoint of health and cleanliness.
Sponsored by the Woman's cUib and
supported whole-heartedy by th».
town as a whole, next week's clean
up and paint up movement is expect
ed to establish)a custom that will be
closely followed in the years to come.
And it is an undertaking that every
one can take a part in; for there is
no unnecessary burden to result in
joining the ranks of those who are
striving for jn cleaner and healthier
place in which to live.
The officials and civic organizations
have set aside routine duties for each
day during the campaign week in an
effort to carry the work into every
nook and corner.
Starting with the ringing of the old
town bell at 10 o'clock Monday morn
ing, the campaign will stress th
prevention of fire during the first day;
The town's fire loss has been unusual
ly large this year, and while the loss
it not attributed to negligence, it i
an accepted truth that a large number
of fires is tracable to collections 01
rubbish and trash. Chief H. I). Mat-'
rison, of the local fire department, —-
urging a general clean up in base
ments, attics, and store rooms when*
trash, paper and oily rags have ac
cumulated over the winter season.
All during the week the activities
will be centered in an effort to beau
tify the make it a more
healthful place in which to,live. Tin
cans must go, the campaign leader
declare if the mosquito and fly are ti
To make the movement a success,
practically every business house in
the town has been visited by one 01
more of the campaign heads, and tli
merchants and others visited ar
pledging a UK) per cent support to thv
undertaking* The appeal is being ex/
tended to all, both white and colored ,
and it is the expressed wish of. thi
Woman's club that each individual
take an active part in the drive foi
I a cleaner and more beautiful town.
Posters will be placed in practically
nil the store windows next Week t
i remind one of the campaign. TI
I schools will parade during the week.
\ the white children opening the drive
Monday morning at 10:00 o'clock \\
i a parade through the principal streets.
I The colored schools will parade at tht
| same hour Wednesday. The scho: I •
children, numbering almost' a thou
' and, arc planning an active part in
the clean up and paint up movement,
| and splendid results are expected
1 from all quarters next week in th
J. R. Manning Supervisor
Of Weights and Measures
J. Raleigh Manning, of Jamesville
has been appointed as supervisor of
weights and measures for the First
Congressional District, it was learned
yesterday. The newly appointed super
visor will begin his duties about the
middle of next month.
By an act of the last legi-lature
the State was divided into t( i dis
tricts with a keeper of weights and
measures for each district. O. P. Shell
of "Dunn, was made the State super
Methodist Women To
Meet Next Monday
The Woman's Missionary society o'
Methodist church will meet Mond
afternoon at 4:00 o'clock at the hon
of the president, Mrs. W. C. l.ivet-"
man. All members are urged to be
present to discuss, plans submitti '
the society by the Missionary Con
ference recently held in New Bern.
Sell Truck Load of Hogs
On Richmond Market
Raising a surplus of swine, Messrs.
Lester and Haywood Rogers, farmer- *■
of ndar here, found a ready market
for. 21 hogs in the Richmond stock
yards last Tuesday. The Messrs.
Rogers delivered the 8,400 pounds of
live meat to the Richmond market by