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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPEIl DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, Friday, July 19, 1935.
$1.25 Per Year
Life of Alec Wheeler
Saved by Artificial
Man Thrown Into Per
quimans River When
Prompt action on the part of Bus
sell Winslow in administering aJtft
cial respiration after he and Ben
Thach had pulled Alec Wheeler out
of the Perquimans River on Monday
probably saved the young telephone
lineman from death by drowning af
ter he 'had almost miraculously es
caped death by ele&rocution. Except
for very painful burns on his body,
Mr. Wheeler was not seriously in
Mr. Wheeler, who la employed by
the Town of Hertford, climbed a pole
on the causeway near the Perquimans
River Bridgs on Monday afternoon,
and while strapped to the pole carry
ing 2200 volt wires, cut the guy wire
which held th pole. The pole broke
and pole, man and wires fell into the
As the wires struck the .water a
short circuit blew a fuse at the sub
station of the Virginia Electric and
Power Co., at Winf all, cutting off the
current, which saved the victim from
electrocution. Rendered unconscious
from shock, the ma&, would, have
drowned but for ther quick rescue by
young Winslow and Thach, who were
working near-by with the force en
gaged in -repairing the .. causeway.
After dragging j the man from the
water, which was some five or six
feet deep at the point where he fell,
Winslow administered artificial res
piration, and hurry calls were sent
for physidans.':Dr."C. A;; Davenport
and Dr. T. P. Brinn. both responded.,
but before they could reach the
scene Mr. Wheeler had regained con
sciousness and had been placed in an
automobile. After the man was tak
en to is home physicians made an
examination and found that he had
sustained very painful burns on his
chest and on one hip.
His condition is improving.
Has Arm Broken In
The report that the arm of Leroy
Spruill, colored, who is in the Albe
marle Hospital in Elizabeth City as
the result of injuries received in an
automobile accident on Friday night
has been amputated is an error.
Spruill will not lose , his arm, which
was badly broken. Severe abrais
ions and lacerations will, however, be
some time in healing.
The accident occurred on Friday
night, when the car in which Spruill
was riding was in collision with a
truck loaded with fish and driven by
a white man, Thurman Maddrey, of
Thurman, who was arrested by
Officer Melvin Oweas, failed to ap
pear when his case was called in Re
corder's Court on Tuesday, and a ca
pias was issued for his appearance on
Judge Oakey Curbs
Nuisance At Jail
A warning was issued oy judge
.alter H. Oakey, Jr., in Recorder's
Court on Monday, when he suspend-
ed sentence on a colored man and w
man who had been brought into court;
for violating a recent court order that
loitering about," the -jail enclosure
must cease. V " r - .,-:
It developed that the two persons
who had been ' locked up . by special
night policeman ; Melvin Owens on
Monday night had not been disorder
' ly, but the officer locked them up be
cause he-had been ordered -kr-place
in jail ny one found talking to Jail
Inmates. - j .
.There has been, a good deal ' 'of
complaint At , the nuisance of noisy
conversation and laughter going on
' between inmates of the jail and per
sons loitering On--the outside, at all
hours of the day and at night.
Judge Oakey stated that in the fu
ture all persons would be locked up
who were found talking t to jail in
mates. "If ny one wishes to talk to
any one In the Jail", he said, "find
the sheriff or some other officer and
a for permission to do so." , , "
' NEW OFFICE ASSISTANT '
' yMrs. Fenton Britt has accepted a
position tfk office as-'-'t in the of
fice of Dr,' C. AVEi.-.jort lira.
Britt took over Yr r-,v duties on
HIT OR MISS I
By M. L. W.
Monday must have been Alec
Wheeler's lucky day.
But for the fact that a fuse blew
out at the sub-station of the power
company just in the nick of time,
Mr. Wheeler would inajl probability
have been electrocutedWhen he was
thrown into the wateY-s the pole
which he had climbedbroke, That
was one lucky bre;
If Ben Thach and Russell Winslow,
or somebody else, had not been near
enough to see the accident and take
him out of the water he most cer
tainly would have drowned.
Moreover, if Russell Winslow had
not' known how to resusticate drown
ing persons he might have died even
after being removed from the water.
- Finally, had the pole fallen on the
concrete road instead of into the
water, he would most likely have been
killed by the impact.
How little we know what is going
on in the minds and hearts of men
and women! It is hard to tell by
looking intt the faces of our friends
of what they are thinking, what they
may perchance be suffering.
Take the case of Mrs. V. N. Dar
den, prominent young Hertford ma
tron, for instance.
It was observed " some days ago
.that there was something strangely
unfamiliar about the expression on
Mrs. Darden's face. Her friends
wondered. It wasn't a thing you
could exactly put your finger on.
It was difficult to place. But it was
apparent that there was something
Some times it appeared that the
good lady was merely preoccupied, as
though her thoughts were on some'
thing remote and unrelated to the
present. At other times she appear
ed to be coldly aloof, and now and
then her face took on a rather super
cillious expression, not unmixed with
It was only when sne appeared to
be merely puzzled one day, appar
ently pondering some difficult and
weighty problem that a friend ven
tured to suggest that perhaps there
was something she could do. And
then the simple truth came out. The
lady had a new tooth! Just that
It had just been bridged in and the
feeling of strangeness had produced
that mysterious series of pained ex
pressiona which had been causing
everybody to wonder.
I say you never can tell.
"POETS WITH POWER"
"Twinkle, twinkle, little Star"
The poet said, and lo!
Away above the earth so high
The stars a-twinkling go!
"Blow, blow, wild winter wind,"
Another spoke command,
And every winter now we hear
It blow to beat the band!
"Thou, too, sail on, Oh Ship of State,"
A poet once did sing,
And ever since the Ship of State's
Been doing that same thing
"Roll on, thou deep and, dark blue
Another voice was heard;
And the ocean rolls, obedient to his
, mandatory word.
" ' Selected
rfoavv Rain a Flnnrl
V V JJ"l 1WU
. - Boys swimming - in the road on
Monday afternoon, after the heav
iest rain residents of the Hickory
Cross section of Perquimans County
have ever seen, was reported in
Hertford on Tuesday. , j . ;t
4-TlKLwad,,. known. ."Jthe A !ow
Ground Road'' . located north - of
Hickory . Cross, was inundated after
a rain which lasted thre hours, if ol
lowing other heavy" rains which , had
fallen over, the week end,? '; ' . .
E. T. Stallings, who Uvea on ,he
road leading from Nkanor to Sandy
Cross,' and keeps store bear hi$
home, reported that' the water was
knee deep in places between his store
and his home and in order to; reach
his home he had to remove his vhoes
and wade. j ,t'i-r ,j (
Mr. Stallings also said that 'the
water was so - deep that William C.
Chappell, .mail carrier., had to leave
his car, and walk a quarter of . a
mile up the road to deiivr mail.
Heavy r' i -neral all
over i section
t t rain
Architect's Estimate of
Cost Is $75,000 to
Project Includes New
Plants at Belvidere
From the architect's estimate of
the cost of the school buildings and
repairs and improvements to school
buildings in Perquimans, the nfty
thousand dollars applied for by Per
quimans school authorities from the
PWA is not going to be adequate.
Two new schools building are nec
essary in Perquimans, one to re
place the Belvidere school which was
burned this spring, and a new build
ing at Winfall, where the building in
use has for a long time been inade
quate. Among the necessary repairs and
improvements is a new roof for the
New Hope school, as well as an audi
torium for that school; a garage for
the Perquimans High School, and
more class rooms for the Hertford
G rammer School.
The architect's estimate is that the
cost of these items will amount to
seventy-five or eighty thousand dol
lars. Judson Bass Kills
Snake In Room
The kerosene had all burned out of
the lamp and only three matches
could be located by Judson Bass, who
lives near Yeopim, in this County,
late one night last week- when he
heard a rustling spund in the ad
joining room. He didn't like - the
sound. The room was supposed to be
unoccupied. In fact, Mr. Bass lives
He struck one of the matches and
it went out before he could see any
thing. Striking the second match
he had the same luck. But by the
gleam of the third and last match
he spied a big copperhead snake
wriggling its ugly body across the
room. He had his gun in his hand,
and dropping the match, he took aim
in the direction he had lately seen the
snake and fired. It was a lucky shot
snake and fired. It was a lucky shot.
The snake was killed.
Darden Bros. Putting
On Summer Sale
Darden Bros, is putting on a special
summer sale this week. The adver
tisetoient in this issue of The Perqui
mans Weekly lists a large number of
articles such as every one is interest
ed in buying right now at very
The old idea of waiting to put on
a sale until the end of the season
seems to be out. The progressive
merchant announces his special
prices while there is a demand for
SOCIETY HOLDS MEETING
The Woman's Missionary Society
of Woodville Baptist Church held its
regular meeting Tuesday afternoon
at the home of Misses Myrtle and
The meeting was opened by the
president, Mrs, M. R. Griflra. After
the opening hymn was sung Miss
Myrtle - Ownley led in prayer. Mrs
M. R. Griffin led the devotional
Mrs. Ralph Mercer gave a very in
teresting reading, - "Changing Af
rica "Lifting the Cross in Africa"
by Mrs. E. C. Spruill of Norfolk.
- Miss Myrtle Ownley gave a very
interesting talk, ."New Problems In
Africa."- Mr. Murphy gave a very
The next meeting in August will
be held-with Mrs. "Edward Gregory.
The noatesB served a delicious-Ice
course. ' , . ,
Those vresenff were Mrs. C W.
Gregory, Mrs. M, ' R. Griffin, Mrs.
Henry Stokley, Mr. and Mrs. O. Jack
Murphy, Mrs; E. C. Spruill of Nor
folk, Mrs. ;H. G. West, Mrs. W.R.
Mercer,;, Mrs. Edward Gregory;" Mrs.
G. W. Alexander, Mrs. J. C. Wilson,
Mrs. Johnnie Gregory,' Myrtle Own-
ley, Visitors, Miss.' Mamie Stallings,
Anna Belle ; wood, Novella Bray of
Elizabeth City, Gussie, Lee White
hurst, Geneva Ownley, Ruth Wilson,
Mr. Stokley and Mr. Ownley.' , ; "- -
' ON SICK LIST ' :l ' V
street, Is on the sick lit this week,
FRIDAY HO HEAR
BISHOP J KERN
First M. E. Bishop to
Visit Hertford In 40
LIVED IN ORIENT
Churchman Makes Ear
nest Plea For Mis
The Rt. Rev. Paul B. Kern, bishop
of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, in the two Carolinas, address
ed a large congregation at the Hert
ford Methodist Church on Friday
night, portraying in vivid and color
ful language conditions as he has or
served them in the Far East during
the four years that 'he was a mis
sionary bishop and lived in the Ori
ent. He made an eloquent and earn
est appeal that the missionary work
of the church should not be allowed
to drag at a time when more than
ever in the history of the world the
gospel of Jesus Christ is needed.
Bishop Kern, who is the first
Methodist bishop to visit Hertford in
forty years, was accompanied by
Rev. J. H. McCracken, presiding elder
of the Elizabeth City District, in
which district the two ministers have
worked for the past live days, visiting
most of the churches in the district.
This is the only district in the four
conferences under Bishop Kern's jur
isdiction which he has visited. He
took occasion' to refer to the fact
that this is -the only district in the
two states which support its own
That. the gospel of Jesus Christ is
having today in Asia its fundamental
test as to whether or not it will be
able to turn' toward God the vast
streams of Asiastic life and bring in
the . Kingdom of Jesus Christ, nob
only in the Eastern world, but in that
plastic world on the other side of the
Pacific, was pointed' out by the
speaker, who stated that the center of
interest is rapidly shifting from
Europe and from America to the
"I am not discussing some problem
that is not related to your own im
mediate life," he said. "I am
speaking about one of those great
economic problems that ha3 to do
with your life and mine, for somehow
or other, this world is rapidly be
coming a neighborhood."
"I thought," he said, when I went
to the Far East that I should find
ourselves as representatives of the
Christian religion in immediate con
flict with these old world religions,
such as Buddhism, Mohammedanism,
and Hinduism, but I was not long in
discovering that our conflict in these
lands is not with these ancient reli
gions, but with the great forces of
materialism and utter paganism."
Referring to the fact that the
modern educated youth of the Far
East no longer is being drawn to the
superstitious beliefs in the heathen
gods, Bishop Kern said, "No civiliza
tion has been able long to endure af
ter its religion collapses."
Pointing out the particular need
today, the speaker said, "You will
find in all these lands an increasingly
large number of young and middle
aged men and women who have for
saken these old gods which no longer
hold any charm. They are being re
leased from the superstitions which
held them, but they are being releas
ed and set free in a world in which
the old gods have tumbled from their
lofty places, where the old moralities
no longer dictate, and where there is
a fast increasing multitude who have
no religion unless they shall find then
way to the Christ that you and I
One of the contributions which re
ligion ought to make to life, accord
ing to Bishop Kearn, is an adequate
conception of God. "TheseoldJAuths
no longer present to their peaple any
worthy and adequate conception of
This is an hour of destiny in those
lands," the speaker said. "The rear
battle over there is with an emerging
materialism." In this connection he
stated that "Janaa is becoming : edu
cated. 'Ninety-three per cent at her
people can read and write and proba
bly within the next ten .... years she
will become the only completely lit
erate nation on earth."
One rather startling statement was
that there are more book, stores in
the city of Tokio than are in all of
our Southern states put together.
Referring to the fact that these
people are studying religions, philo
sophy, theology, 'Bishop Kern said,
"I believe that you and I, with the
gospel of Jesus Christ, have the only
answer to their problem. -' i : 1
"With these forces coming to birth
Twentv- Six Enrolled
In Swimming Class
Works At Winfall
The city fathers of Winfall met
on Tuesday night in a called meet
ing to devise plans for securing a
water works and sewage system
for the town.
Most of the citizens of the town
are reported as being much inter
ested in the project, it being
pointed out that the town at pres
ent has no fire protection.
Court Resumed After
( Adjourned Abruptly
Recorder's Court was adjourned
very abruptly by Judge Walter H.
Oakey, Jr., on Tuesday morning after
a brief session when no cases were
tried, due to the fact that certain
court officers and parties necessary
in cases called for trial were not on
Oakey announced that court
would re-convene at one o'clock, at
which time the cases called were
J. T. Lane, convicted of the charge
of speeding, was fined five dollars
and taxed with the court costs.
The case against William H. Rid
dick, colored, charged with bastardy,
was continued to October I.
Capias was issued for Thurman
Maddrey, of Enfield, charged with
reckless driving and with driving
with improper lights, the capias re
turnable on July 30.
Judgement was suspended in the
cases of June Irvin and Ida Elliott,
who had spent the night in jail where
they had been placed when found
talking to inmates of the jail.
To Sail For China
Rev. Phillip E. White, pastor of
the Leaksville Baptist Church, and
Mrs. White, both natives of Hert
ford, will sail from San Francisco
for China late in August, to resume
their work as missionaries from the
Southern Baptist Convention which
was interrupted seven years ago
when they were sent home after three
years in China because of war con
Mr. and Mrs. White are in Hert
ford now, where they will spend sev
eral weeks visiting Mrs. White's
mother, Mrs. L. W. Norman, and Mr.
White's parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. A.
Mr. and Mrs. White will be accom
panied by their two little daughters,
one of whom was born in Shanghai.
Tour Northern States
A party of six Perquimans Coun
ty school teachers left Wednesday on
an eighteen-day tour of New Eng
land States and Canada.
The party, which is composed
chiefly of summer school students of
East Carolina Teacher College, of
Greenville, who make the trip in lieu
of summer school work at the college,
will visit a number of interesting
points in Canada and in the New
Those from Perquimans in the
party are Mrs . T. L. Jessup, Miss
Helen Morgan, Miss Bertha Chappell,
Mrs. W. F. Morgan, Miss Lucille
Long and Mrs. A. R. Winslow, Jr.
Eight pure Guernsey calves have
been purchased recently by 4-H
club boys of McDowell County.
in Japan, there is the question of
whether or not they shall be carried
toward Christianity, or whether or
not we shall stand by and see them
carried in athiestic communism, until
the land shall adopt the doctrine, the
materialism, of athiestic communism,
which shall not stop there, but
which shall drift to our own shores
and destroy those things for which
our fathers died in this land." '
The Bishop paid a glowing tribute
to the missionaries. "The mission
ary," he said, "interprets one people
to another and builds international
After relating incidents m the lives
of the loyal and faithful mission
aries with whom he has been in con
tact, the speaker made the state
ment: "I am glad to have the privi
lege of telling you how well worth
while it all has been. I am glad to
tell you how Christ has come into the
hearts and transformed -the lives of
men and women obr there and made
them over in his own. image, and now
for; it all they love you with love
that you can never undersdmd."
Fourteen Beginners and
12 Swimmers Taking
PAYNE IN CHARGE
Bad Weather Holds up
Forming of Life Sav
ing Class .
Fourteen beginners have enrolled
in the swimming school which is be
ing conducted this week in Hert
ford, and twelve swimmers are being
given additional instruction, learning
the various swimming strokes.
Because of the rainy weather the
life saving class, which was to have
commenced on Monday afternoon, has
not yet been organized.
Richard Payne, who is in charge of
the school, which is conducted under
the auspices of the American Red
Cross, said Wednesday that he would
be very glad to conduct this class
next week, or when weather condit
ions are more favorable.
The beginners enrolled are Adalia
Winslow, Alton Britt, Julian Felton,
Jimmie Felton, Helene Britt, Elmo
Cannon, Francis Blount Nixon, Doro
thy Strange, Jane Strange and Ida
Members of the more advanced
class are Ruth Hollowell, Anne Tul-
lis Felton, Florence Darden, Shirley
Elliott, Maywood Pierce, Mary Field,
Bobby Cameron, Leigh Winslow,
Jack Winslow, Hillry Winslow, Pat
Edwards and Edward Simpson.
Johnson Applies For
Loan Of School Busses
F.T.Johnson, Superintendent of
Education of Perquimans County,
looking ahead to next fall when the
schools open, has applied to the State
School Commmission for the loan of
busses which will be needed to trans
port the school children of Belvidere
to the Hertford High School, where
three class rooms are to be set aside
for this school until such time as the
new school to be built at Belvidere
will be ready for occupancy.
Former Teacher Weds
In South Carolina
Of interest to Hertford and Per
quimans people is the announcement
of the marriage of Miss Mary Carson
of Stokes, and Mr. Glenn Norman of
Robersonville, which took place at
Conway, S. C, on July 4th.
Mrs. Norman taught history in
the Perquimans High School during
the last semester, filling the position
made vacant by the resignation of
Miss Mary Glasson.
Go To Junaluska
There will be no services in the
Hertford Methodist Church on next
Sunday and no prayer meeting ser
vice on next Wednesday night.
Rev. B. P. Robinson, Pastor of the
Church, left Tuesday for Lake Juna
luska, to attend the Pastors' and Lay
men's School which is in session
there. The school lasts through next
Mesdames G. T. Hawkins, R. T.
Clark and T. B. Walters will leave
on the 29th of July to attend the
School and Missions at Lake Juna
luska. This school also lasts two
R. A. WHITE INJURED WHILE
WORKING ON CAUSEWAY
R. A. White was quite painfully in
jured on Saturday while engaged in
the road repairing work which is be
ing done on the causeway. Mr.
White had the misfortune to stick a
cant hook in his foot. Dr. C. A. Dav
enport rendered the necessary Atten
tion and Mr. White is back on the
MB, COPELAND IMPROVING
The condition of L. J. Copeland,
who has been confined to his bed for
the past three weeks as the result
of injuries sustained when he slipped
in a bathtub at hie home in Hert
ford, is improving. Mr, Copeland
sustained, among other injuries, a
MISSIONARY SOCIETY MEETS
; MONDAY WITH MRS. NIXON
The Minnie Wilson Missionary So
ciety of the Methodist Church will
meet on Monday night at the home'
of Mrs. t. J. Nixon, Jr. . "
AH members are - urged to be
present. ' '