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.?.'-U'h:-V- .' A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Volume LNurriber 3.
.-Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, November 30, 1934.
$1.25 Per Year
. Colored Man Owes life
Tcf Bag: of flour Which
, J. H. Browj, - ot Chowan County,
tried in Recorder's Court Tuesday,
' charged U viO, reckless driving, was
found guilty 9nd fined $25)0.
Henry Whedbee, colored, of New
'Hipe Township, probably owes his
life W the bag of flour he was carry
ing home to his family on the night
of the 9th of this month when the
shot aimed t his head only caused a
alight flesh wound because he threw
- up the bat, of flour in front of his
- face as he Aw his assailant raise the
Run. ' ,
" Bill Sessoms, also colored, and also
of Ntsw Hope, charged with shooting
Henry Whedbee with attempt to kill,
'wb held for probable cause by Judge
" Walter H. Oakey, Jr.. in Recorder's
Mourt on Tuesday, after a hearing.
'.The shooting i alleged to have oc
curred at the home of EUis Hoffler, at
New Hope, where both men were
visiting on the evening of the 9th of
November. According to WhedbeeV
"Testimony, he stopped in at Ellis
Hoffler's house and Sessonu was
there. Sessoms left shortly after
; wards and probably half an hour af
' terwards Whedbee started home. As
he stepped on the front porch from
the door of the house he saw Bill
. Sessoms standing beside the steps at
- the edge of the' porch and saw him
- throw up something in his hands,
and ne held the lag of flour he was
' carrying Up before hi3 face. He said
he didn't hear the discharge of the
' pistol but felt the burn and (hat he
- r EUisvHofller testified tiiat he heard
something like the sound of sBot is
Whedbee fell and called out "l am
shot Bill shot me."
Mr. 8. D. Banks, prominent New
Hope resident, testified that he
brought Whedbee to town to the doc
and that he saw a place which
looked like where the .bullet entered
and another place which looked like
where it came out
1 Sheriff J. E. Winslow testified that
' he visited the tcene of the shooting
that night and saw blood on the
floor; that Whedbee pointed put to
him where he was standing and also
showed the spot; where' Bill Sessoms
. stood, and stated positively that he
could identify, any one he knew at
thai distance. '- t
Sheriff Winslow further .testified
that he had talked with Sessoms on
v several occasions since his arrest the
day following the shooting, and that
r, Sessoms has told two different tales,
as to where he1 was at the time of the
It was also testified by Whedbee
that he and Sessoms had had some
trouble last summer, and that ft was
. only this fall that Sessoms had com
v menced to speak to him.
When Mattie ': Eason, . a , colored
. woman of the New Hope .section, ap
peared in Recorder's Court on Tues
r day charged . with . perjury, , things
' looked pretty bad for Mattie just at
' first 1 seems that sometime ago
Mattie appeared before Justice of the
reace J. W. Darden and swore out a
v warrant against - John Ivey, stating
: that John threatened to blow- her
; heart out with a pistol,-showing her
, the "gun, and "that en John Ivey
; was brought before the Justice of the
Peace for hearing, Mattie refused to
: testify to the statements, resulting in
John Ivey's acquittal. ;
-. her; although It &s explained to her
that upon convictibn ' she would be
'1 isenfto the "penitentiary. r, i . A . .
? Mattie took the 'stand . and told a
' straightforward stdry of fear of John
' v. ivey, who threatened her,, before ' the
"arrant was sworu'- out, and whq she
M, afterwvjl. oM ner- what "Tie
vould do ijf ' she testified in. court
against him. it",.' .V-" . 1
Judge Walter H. Oakey, Jr imme
'. -dlately took -. steps .:to n have Ivey
Hlrought into court j and a bench war-
. rant ,wa issued against him. John
I Ivey it seera3, has for some time
! r - terrorized the neighborhood, ' with
everybody :n afraid : to testify against
him in court. But there is a suspend,
ti sentence of 80 days against him.
John Ivey was brought into court
1 Judge -Os key informed him that
case pending - against him -wtt
ued until next Tuesday,.' and
v e suspended sentence imposed
st 14 tf SO days on .the road
t into e' iect- Ivey is held in
;n, tried in Recorder's
'y morning for assault
, loth colore.!, was
is.:: v7n c. 'v.
irt on Tuer
Early This Week
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday
coming on Thursday, the Perquim
ans Weekly this week was printed
on Tuesday instead of Thursday
as usual, in order that our readers
in the country would receive their
copy before Thanksgiving. Other
wise, due to no mail delivery on
Thanksgiving, the paper would no:
be received in time for readers to
take advantage of the advertise
ments offering tempting merchan
dise for the holiday.
In our desire to get out the
paper early, we necessarily have
sacrificed the news content, but
we assure subscribers that this
will be unproved upon next week.
Bishop Darst To Preach
Here Sunday Evening
The St Rev. Thomas C. Darst, of
Wilmington, Bishop of the Diocese of
East Carolina, will make his annual
visitation to Hertford and will preach
at Holy Trinity Church next Sunday
Bishop Darst, who needs no intro
duction to Perquimans County peo
ple, is always received with a glad
welcome in Hertford.
He is a - forceful " and eloquent
preacher and always has a message
which is helpful and inspiring.
The public is cordially Invited to
hear Bishop Darst on Sunday night.
To Vote On Bankhead
Act On December 14th
The date of the referendum to de
cide whether or not the Bankhead
Act shall continue in force for anoth
er year has been set for December
14th. The time for voting will be be
tween the hours of 8:00 A. M. and
6:00 P. M., and the special voting
places will be announced later, with
the names of the pollholders.
Thanksgiving holidays for the Per
quimans schools will begin Wednes
day afternoon and last through the
week. Only one session will be held
Special Eighth Grade
Renders Good Program
Eleanor Jordan had charge of the
ehapel program put on by Special
Eighth Grade of the Perquimans High
School, the teacher of which is Mrs.
T. L. Jessup, on Monday morning.
The Scripture reading was by Anna
After the devotional exercises, Mrs.
W. E. White gave some humorous
readings, and an imprompteu speech
was made by William Hardcastle on
There was a lot of inspiring sing
ing by the entire school.
Many Attend Heinz
The Heinz supper served at the
Community House on Thursday night
by the Hertford Woman's Club was a
delicious meal, both palatable and
nourishing, and there were expres-
S' ms of appreciation heard on every
nd. Between sixty' and. seventy
were served and the number would
probably be v doubled if the affair
could be repeated.' , . ,
"Morgan's Modern Grocery was the
sponsor of the affair and the entire
proceeds were turned over U) the
Woman's Club, who served the meal.
Ah entertainment program in
charge of Miss ' Kate M. Blanchard,
included a solo by . Mrs. Charles-E.
Johnson, . popular contralto, a tenor
solo by Ji M. Newbold, a, reading y
Mrs, W. IS. White and ongjnal rem
iniscences charmingly related by Mrs
nowara ntt -r - "
TO GO TO DUKE HOSPITAL
J. N.. Twine, "Route One farmer;
will go to Puke Hospital this week
for treatment Mr. Twine expects to
be able to return home in a week or
ten days. s I A . V "
tion, the sentence to be changed-to a
road sentence of 30 days upon failure
to pay the fine, i J 4. ' '
James Llghtfoot and Johnnie Nixon,
colored youths, convicted of an af
fray, were found guilty. , Prayer for
judgment was continued - -upon pay
ment of costs, to be divided between
f-.e two, and upon, good behavior for
l years. , ., . '
I HIT on MISS I
High up on the list of things I have
to be personally thankful for are my
friends, all of them. My friwds
mean a lot to me. But at this
Thanksgiving season I believe 1 am
more particularly thankful for those
friends who have given or sent a
subscription to The Tenjuimans
Weekly. It works two ways. I am
thankful for such friends and I am
grateful to the friends.
You know that is ore thing abso
lutely essential to a newspaper, sub
scriptions. You've just got to have
subscribers or else there isn't any
newspaper. So in my efforts to have
a real newspaper in Perquimans
County I certainly do feel a lot of
gratitude to those of my friends who
have helped me on the way.
One of the pretty young things
looked up from her newspaper to a3k
"What is an octogenarian, anyhow?'
"I don't know," answered her com
panion, as she smoothed on another
layer of lipstick, "but they must be
a sickly lot. I never read of one in
the papers that he ain't passing out"
Somebody is always reminding a
certain woman of Hertford who likes
to whistle that "A whistling woman
and a crowing hen is neither fit for
God nor men." But there is another
line which runs "A whistling woman
and a flock of sheep are the best
property a man can keep."
I've never planted cotton in my
life, and I couldn't plant any next
year if I wanted to, so I cannot vote
in that referendum to decide whether
or not "to continue the Bankhead law,
but if I were eligible to vote I should
certainly vote for its continuance. It
seems to me it is a whole lot better
not to be able to sell all of your cot
ton tax free and get a really good
price for what you can sell, than it
4S to have a tot of iotton, tax-free,
and get no "price for it. Cotton
farmers have realized so much more
this year than they did two years
ago, even after paying that tax.
One woman told me there was only
one objection to The Perquimans
Weekly, and that was it took her too
long to read it Well, I hope that
will be the mildest of the kicks.
The funniest thing I have seen
lately which wasn't meant to be fun
ny, is Joe Towe, Jr., snapping his
finger at his puppy. The youngster
is about nine months old, and those
soft fingers won't make one bit of
sound, but when he calls the pup he
tries to snap his fingers.
Now and then a witness or a de
fendant in court, when called upon to
take the Customary oath, takes the
Bible as it is handed to him, and im
mediately kisses the Book. This in
variably provokes the mirth of the
old and seasoned attendants. It is,
however, a rather refreshing indica
tion of no familiarity with court pro
ceedings, which somehow reflects cre
ditably upon the man who makes the
Through Capitol Keyholes
By BESS HINTON SILVER
LIFE AND LIMB While sentiment
for a State automobile drivers' license
law is growing as a result of in
creased accidents taking tolls of life
and property, there is one big obstacle
confronting legislative -action. It is
money." Senator. Allen Kl. G'wyn, of
Rockingham County, introduced such
a; bill in the 1988 General Assembly
but it didn't get to first base. The
reason was that Raleigh, Winston
Salem and other, cities have drivers'
license laws for revenue purposes.
Enactment of a State law would have
knocked the cities out of their ma
znma and some of them were then in
default. The same situation will con
front the coming . legislative session
and supporters of the drivers' license
are agreed that it must be designed
for safety and without thought of
money beyond the cost of Operation'.
BIG QUESTION How many eligi
ble voters in North Carolina? You
gues8.v Here's what a brief check of
the registration book in one. Raleigh
precinct showed. Of 444 'names
Checked 99 of them were found to be
either duplicates or the names of per
sons dead. The Capital City " - to' to
have a new C registration soon but
what about books in other cities jma
counties of the State?. ' The 4esii6n
has been raised in Raleigh. n to iow
many persons m tne state nave their
names on books at two.or.more "Voting
Highway Route Through City
Planned To Relieve Traffic
Of Miss Lucille White
At a beautiful party given by Mrs.
Julian A. White, at her home in
Hertford, on Friday night, the en
gagement of Miss Lucille White, of
Hertford, and Mr. J. F. Jemigan, of
Norfolk, Va., was announced.
The house was tastefully decorated
with cut flowers and potted plants,
and five tables were arranged for
rook. Mrs. G. W. Barbee was the
winner of the high score prize. Miss
Lucille White won the prize for low
score, and was also presented with a
When the hostess served a delicious
salad course there was found attrac
tively arranged on each plate a pea
nut shell tied with white ribbon, and
in the shell was a slip of paper con
taining the announcement.
Those present, besides the honoree,
included Mesdames Howard Pitt,
Claude Withrow, Charlie Skinner,
Sammie Sutton, Cecil Winslow, L. L.
Winslow, Oscar Felton, Durwood
Reed, Hurley Hoffler, J. L. White, J.
H. Towe, Jr., G. W. Barbee, A. R.
Winslow, Jr., Chas. E. Johnson, Craf
ton Mathews, Tommy Sutton G. R.
Tucker, Carlton Cannon, Fenton Britt,
and John Hill, and Misses Blanche
Everett, Catherine Britt, Nellie
Fields, Edna Fields and Naomi Div
ers. The bride-elect is the only daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin White, of
Hertford, and is very popular with a
large circle of friends. She is ;
member of the school faculty of the
Belvidere school. Mr. Jernigan, who
is manager of an A. & P. store in
Norfolk, Va., is a native of Suffolk,
and has many friends in Hertford,
where he formerly managed an A. &
Nathan Trueblood Hurt
In Motorcycle Accident
Nathan Trueblood, who lives near
Bagley Swamp, was slighttly injured
when thrown from his motor cycle on
Saturday night on the highway near
Morgan Walker, of Hertford, who
was driving along the highway about
7 o'clock, saw a light in the ditch by
the roadside, which he found to be an
overturned motor cycle. A short dis
tance down the road the young man
was found, unconscious. He was tak
en to the office of "Dr. C. A. Daven
port, where he was given first aid
after the physician had ascertained no
bones were broken.
He regained consciousness on Sun
day. THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT
BAPTIST CHURCH THURSDAY
There will be special Thanksgiving
Day Services at the Hertford Baptist
Church on Thursday morning, at 10
o'clock, with the pastor, the Rev. L
M. Dixon, conducting the service.
places and how many deceased per
sons are still recorded as eligible
voters. Out of it all may grow a
movement for State-wide registra
tions at regular intervals.
MONEY AND MUD Advocates of
diversion of highway funds point to
the large surplus in cash on hand
while farmers and others, living on
the secondary roads point to the mud
holes, bumps and dilapidated bridges
over which they must drive. The sur
plus came about because of limita
tions placed on the highway depart
ment by the last Legislature and not
because motorists are paying more
money than can be spent in building
and maintaining roads. The money
was collected to provide a highway
system for use by those who kicked
in but as a result of the legal re
strictions motorists are having to pay
about all they can and ride as best
; SPILT GRAVY?, The executive
order from 'Washington commanding
the Home Owners Loan Corporation
not to accept additional applications
for loans on homes has thrown the
fear of unemployment in the hearts
of many employes of the HOLC hired
help will find themselves with noth
ing more to do . than . twiddle their
thumbs without the ? accompanyment
, (Continued on Page Two)
"Business of congratulating Mrs.
Mattie Lister White upon the appear
ance of Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Perqui
mans Weekly, a sprightly eight-page
newspaper filled with Perquimans
County news and advertisements. It
is a most creditable paper. Mrs.
White, editor, is an experienced and
capable newspaper woman who has
the confidence and well wishes of her
town and county. That she is a
woman of courage and enthusiasm
of a high order is evidenced by her
determination to undertake the publi
cation of a weekly newspaper in a
town noted for its newspaper failures.
May her industry, her ability, her
courage and enthusiasm be rewarded
with success, is the cordial wish of
Chapanoke P. T. A.
Meets With President
The Parent-Teacher Association of
the Chapanoke school met on Thurs
day afternoon with Mrs. C. P. Quin
cy, president, presiding, and with
inrs. J. -. wuson acting as secre
Jn the program, which was most
interesting, were Miss Cora Layden
who gave an interesting reading.
This was followed by a reading by
Mrs. C. P. Quincy, after which Mrs.
J. C. Wilson read a poem Written by
Mrs. B. G. koonce, of Hertford.
Following the first part of the
program several school children en
tertamed. Louise Bright read
"Thankful," and "Our First Thanks
giving" was read by Minnie Elliott.
After this there was a song by the
school, and a story "Wee Little
Pumpkin" by Mattie Meade Alex
Several boys and girls took part in
a most interesting Thanksgiving
There were a large number present
at the meeting.
Belvidere Garden Club
Holds Regular Meeting
The Garden Club held its regular
monthly meeting Wednesday after
noon, Nov. 21, at the home of Mrs.
F. C. White. Miss Olive Layden
gave the devotionals. After the bus
iness was transacted the following
program was given: The First
Thanksgiving, Mrs. J. M. Copeland;
Poem, Thanksgiving, Dorothy White;
Riddles, Miss Emma White. Mrs.
Elwood White, of Bagley Swamp,
gave a demonstration on rug making
Those present were Misses Clara,
Margaret, Lucy and Emma White,
Olive Layden, Dorothy White, Anna
Forbes, Vivian Maude Chappell,
Bertha Smith, Mrs. S. M. Winslow,
Mrs. Nathan Ward, Mrs. Linwood
Winslow, Mrs. Norman Winslow, Mrs.
F. C. White, Mrs. Elwood White,
Mrs. J. M. Copeland, Mrs. D. P. Lay
den and Mrs. W. T. Smith.
Rev. B. P. Robinson
Returned To Hertford
Rev. B. P. Robinson returns to the
Hertford M. E. Church for the fourth
year of his pastorate, and Rev. J. W.
Dimette returns to the Perquimans
There were no changes in the min
isters in this immediate vicinity, with
the return of these two ministers and
of Rev. M. O. Stephenson to the
Chowan Circuit, which includes An
derson Church, near Hertford.
r 1. . . i . i ' .
iviucn gratincauon nas Deen ex
pressed that the Conference did not
transfer either of these ministers to
other fields thi3 year.
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Raleigh Engineer Rec
ment That Dobb Street will be paved and
a portion of Church Street widened to
provide a highway route through the
Town of Hertford of a sufficient
width to take care of the traffic more
adequately, in the near future, is
S. H. Williams, of Raleigh, an engi
neer of the State Highway Depart
ment, which body has recommended
the improvement, was in Hertford on
Friday and appeared before the
Board of Town Commissioners, which
met in special session.
After going into the matter thor
oughly it was agreed that the most
feasible route was to widen Eden ton
Road Street from the entrance of the
highway into the town to the inter
section of Dobb Street, to pave Dobb
Street to Church, make a wide swing
from Dobb into Church Street at the
intersection, and to widen Church
Street from the Postoffice to the Per
quimans River Bridge.
This plan will provide a highway of
a minimum width of 30 feet all the
way through the town, and will divert
much of the through traffic from the
The Town Commissioners passed an
ordinance granting the State High
way Department permission to con
struct the highway as outlined above.
Mr. And Mrs. Wheeler
Entertain At Home
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Wheeler enter
tained at a delightful party on Sat
urday night at their home on Eden
ton Road street.
Novel and interesting games were
played, after which dainty refresh
ments were served.
Those present included Mrs. Wheel
er's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Trotman
Miller; Miss Virginia Boyce, Miss
Myrtle Boyce, Mrs. Marie White, Mr.
and Mrs. Tommie Miller, Mrs. Ab
sulla Miller Mrs. A. H. Spivey, Mr.?.
Elizabeth Ridolfi, Mrs. Dick Potter,
Johnnie Howell, Buster Copeland.
Out of town guests were Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Bass, Miss Mildred Bass
and Rowland Bass, of Norfolk; Mr.
and Mrs. Charles White, of Elizabeth
City, Jolland Bosewell, ol Ocean
Dr. Richardson Speaks
At Ballahack School
Dr. H. R. Richardson, of the State
Board of Health, was the principal
speaker on a most interesting pro
gram of the meeting of the Ballahack
School P. T. A. on Wednesday night.
Dr. Richardson was introduced by F.
T. Johnson, Superintendent of Perqui
mans County Schools, who with Mrs.
Johnson was present at the meeting.
Mrs. Singleton Lane, president, pre
sided over the short business session,
with Mrs. Palen Lane acting as secre
tary. The program included a reading by
Mrs. Bennie Monds, a solo by Miss
Ruth Hurdle, and a Thanksgiving
Health play by school children.
During the delightful social hour
at the close of the meeting, the social
committee, with Mrs. Ruby Lane as
chairman, served ice cream on banana
split and games were played.
HOLY COMMUNION AT HOLY
TRINITY CHURCH THURSDAY
There will be the celebration of the
holy communion at Holy Trinity
Church in Hertford on Thursday
morning at 10 o'clock, when the reg
ular Thanksgiving Day Service will
be conducted, with the Rector, the
Rev. E. T. Jillson, conducting the
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