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VOLUME 15.____ROANOKE RAPIDS-ROSEMARY, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 6th, 193(7 ~ NUMBER 47.
Driver Cleared After It 1=
Shown Bov Jumped
From Behind Car
Winston Cook, 7 year old colored
boy darted in front of a car nnd wae
horribly mangled in front of his horn >
at Halifax late Monday afternoon. He
died in the local hospital a few min
utes after being brought here by I'.
L. Bland, auto salesman of Ro.ky
Mount, whoso car struck the boy.
Mr. Bland was exonerated of all
blame by a coroners jury which met
at Halifax Tuesday morning. He was
cleared by the testimony of C. L. Al
ston, negro, in whose car the boy had
been riding just prior to the accident.
According to Alston, he ha.1 stop
ped in front of the boy’s house and the
boy had alighted. They saw the Bland
car coming and cautioned the b'»y,.
Just before the ca rpassed, Alston
says he saw the boy crouched as if
to jump out in the road and he yelled
at him to stop. The next minute he
had sprung in the path of the car.
Mr. Bland applied his brakes and
jumped from his car while it was still
rolling. He ran back and went for a
A quick examination showed that
both legs had been broken in two
places: above the ankles and above
the knees; the skull had been frac
tured from a blow of the radiator
front; the chest had been crushed
when the wheels ran over the body.
The other cat was not running
last, but had slowed down for pass
ing, according to Alston. Mr. Bland
testified he saw the other car parked,
blew his horn and slowed down, but
did not see the boy until right at the
car and too late to stop. The rest of
his testimony was the same as Al
The inquest was held at the request
of the driver. Coroner Billy Williams
was called on the night of the acci
dent and the story related to him
However, the father of the dead boy
was inclined to blame Mr. Bland and
the inquest wras demanded by the iat
ter to clear himself.
The jury consisted of T. E. Kirby,
H. B. Ferguson, J. A. Wood, E. F.
Cagle, A. P. Dickens and B. B. Boy
High School Seniors
Have Weenie Whoopee.
The senior class chaperoned b>
Miss Mary Kessler had a most delight
hike and weiner roast on Wednesday
afternoon. The hikers left the high
school building in the early part of
the afternoon and walked up the riv
er bank to the site where the new dam
is to be erected. Not long after ar
riving at their destination a fire was
built and the usual procedure for a
weiner roast followed. This delightful
occasion was enjoyed by the follow
ing boys and girls, Misses Annie Ken
non Taylor, Priscilla Mullen, Ollie
Powell, Virginia Hobbs, Elsie White,
Jesse Davis, Margaret Wood, Laura
Nell Thrift, Lurline Hardy, Annie
Fitts and Lililan Bell Jenkins. Mes
sers Edwin Akers, Graham Lynch,
“Micie” Shell, Harrison Gi’es, Ikie
Donate To College
The regular monthly meeting ot
Missionary and tld society of the
Rosemary Methodist Church was held
on Tuesday night at the home of ifivs
A. D. Glover. Mr*. C. W. D ivis led
the devotional and gave a most in
teresting talk on “Inner Attitudes
fri True Worshin.,: The regular ol
der of business followed with .interest
ing reports fr»m til commiNci*:1. K
wsa decided to apply the money from
rainy day tags to the Swindell Me
morial at Scarritt College. Plans
were made to have a Bible class to
begin in the near future. At conclus
ion of business the hostess assisted
by Mrs. Viola Glover and Miss Hazel
Cobb served a delicious salad course.
Those present were Mesdames Paul
Read, Marion Hudson, Raymond Pur
dy, Sam Thompson, Lewis Cannon,
C. T. Thrift, Nellie Scales, C. W. Dav
is, Hurley King,. J. C. Butts, Susie
Gooch, Charlie Speight, N. D. Cox, R.
I. Starke, A. D. Glover and Mrs.
Hickory—First National Bank and
Consolidated Trust Company plan
LOCAL R. R.
Alliance of Seaboard With The
The posibility of an alliance of the
Seaboard Air Line with the powerful
Pennsylvania system is suggested in
recent developments before the Inter
state Commerce Commission.
The commission is speeding up its
investigation of the Pennsvlvama’*
control of the Wabash and T nhieh
Valley to determine if the anti-trust
laws are being violated.
Under the com n\'«s ton's consoli
dation program, the Wabash v ould
he the northern oufht ft r the Sea
board. hut that would moan elimina
tion of the Pennsylvania control. and
it also contemnlat.es inclusion of the
Norfolk and Western, which for man"
; °ars has hpen allied with the Penn
Recent.lv railroe/l? in the K*is+ have
been seeking to work out oonsoli 1 itim
programs that would meet rmp”o"al
of the commission. A compromise
proposed for Pennsylvania would jpve
that system the Norfolk end West0 n
if it disposes of its holdings in the
Wabash and Lehigh *Val!ey, and also
Alliance of the Seaboard with such
such a powerful system as the Penn
sylvania would make its financial fu
ture secure and would assure it of
adequate outlets to the north and
West. Such a compromise would
mean that the proposed Wabash con
solidation woul lose both the Norfolk
and Western and the Seaboard, but
other line have been suggested as sub
All of these speculations are un
official, and no negotitations to make
them real are expected unless the In
terstate Commerce Commission in
dicates its approval.
Mises G. Chadwick, M. Gunn, B.Pat
terson, G. Hunt. Mr. and Mrs. V. C.
Matthews, Mr. and M^s. C. L. Kellv.
and Mrs. Crawley and Messrs C. W.
Jackson and R C. Hatley at tended the
oratorical contest h'IJ in Rii'-igO last
Saturday night. Mr. Lore *1:0 Pittard.
the representative from Aurelian
Springs, was awarded Hrst p1a>o ip
the contest, $50.00 and a gold medal.
The Senior play given at A. S. H.
S. on Saturday night proved to be a
Mrs. Perkins Taylor entertained the
faculty at her home Wednesday night.
Miss Virginia Insco spent the week
end in Richmond.
Miss Dorothy Cook of Dunn spoil*
the week-end with Miss Annie Pearl
There will be a “Womanless Wed
ding” given at A. S. H. S., March 7.
Admission 15c and 5c. Time 7:30 p.m.
Laughs for all. Everybody come.
Last Wednesday night the Aurelian
Springs basketeers defeated Severn
37 to 14. The boys from Aurelian
Springs started the scoring tor a ieaa
which they were able to maintain all
the way thru the game. The game was
just a little slow in the first quar
ter but Morris, center for Aurelian
Springs found it easy to score for
his team; and by the end of the first
half the score stood 14 to 7 for Au
relian Springs. Liles also aided great
ly in making points for Aurelian
Springs, while Stephenson and Long
counted for Severn. Not being satsi
fied about the results of the first half
Crawley, the diminutive forward, scor
ed five filed goals for Aurelian
Springs to ishare honors with his
mate, Liles. Captain Morris was the
high scorer for the evening, adding
13 points to his credit. Butts, guard
for Aurelian Springs, sank a beautiful
long shot from mid-court. Long star
red for Severn with six points and the
other boys shared about even in
rounding out the teams.
Liles (10) Long (6)
Crawley (10) Stephenson (4)
Morris (13) Glover (3)
Thorne (0) Britt (0)
Butts (2) Parker (1)
• eft Forward
5 ubstitu’ions: A i Mian S rings—
Warren for Butts; Hawkins f'*r Liles;
L ies for Tnino. Severn—Man i for
Britt. Rfev'*;, F’.nsdson.
and Hirin'* Man; Chari
The Town Board of Roanoke Ra
pids, thru Its Fire Department chair
man, Geroge N. Taylor, is investi
gating the pr :babk raving- ir fir.
insurance premiums to the cit'zcns
if it should in vest in a pumner for
the Fire Department truck and cm
rdoy a full time man who would on
<Iuty the do. k around.
At monthly meeting Tuesday
tlm R nrd was informed that a pump
c.* ami a full time man won! ? mrl.e
Y>< to lower the insurance, rate
ab' tit fifteen .er cent.
It was estimated that $22 000 is
paid out annually for fire protection
m the city limits, exclusive of ir.il<
property. A 15 per cent reduction
would mean a reduction of about
$1,000 a year. Many citizens seem to
t) ink it would be a good investment
and savings to property owners tr•
buy Ihe pumper and hire a man . t
$'00 per month, who hi.d s *v> ex
perience in »h i line, could keep the
jtilick and equipm*n< in shape, and
(sleep near the truck at night, so as
to be ready at all tioms Mr. Taylor
was instructed to get all th? neces
sary data and report back to the
Board at the next meetin:.
It is claimed the above require
ments fulfilled would change the fire
rating of Roanoke Rapids from fourth
class to second class.
Rev. J. N. Bynum appeared before
the Board, requesting a representa
tive from the Board be delegated to
meet with the churches and other civ
ic organizations relative to the forma
tion of an Associated Charities for
the Twin Cities. Mayor Long was
chosen to represent the town.
The plan as outlined by Mr. Bynum
is to have a central charities body
with an investigating committee to
investigate ar;d report on all charity
eases. All persons who felt inci nrd
would donate their charity funds to
this one organization, thus stoppirg
the haphazard methods employed now,
with many unworthy cases getting as
sistance while many worthy cases S'
All persons begging for help would
be sent to the committee; while many
cases needing assistance, where he5p
had not been requested, could be re
ported by interested citizens to the
Wilmington—Roanoke Bridge and
Iron Works received contract for con
struction of permanent bridge* aero.-*
inland waterway on Big ivaj No. !0,
rMolina Beach Road
WIN ATTENDANCE PRIZE
The Aurelian Springs School is the
proud owner of a big silver loving
cup for the best attendance in the
primary and grammar grades of the
Pictured above is the splendid prize
being held by little Misses Catherine
Carter, age 6, in the black dress and
Jane Glasgow, 6, dressed in white.
These two are of many in the first j
The cup will be presented at Com-1
meneenvent time to the class with the
best attendance record for the year.
The name of the class and the teach
er will be engraved on the cup with
the year. Each year, the cup will be
held by' the previous champions until
another class has the best record,
when it will pass on to the new own
Attendance in rural communities
is a real problem and this contest has
served to gain the interest of parents
as well as children. The Parent
Teachers Association is sponsoring
the contest and the handsome silver
cup comes as a gift from that public
spirited citizen of our community,
Coroner Billy Williams. The entire
Aurelian Springs community has ask
ed THE HERALD to express its ap
preciation of the gift which will he
carefully guarded and highly prized
in the years to come.
Btijr Pasture Seed
Cooperative orders for 335 pounds
of pasture grass seed, 319 pounds of
lespedeza, 3,905 pounds of May peas,
and 204 pounds of Aliskie Clover seed
were made by the farmers of Halifax
County during the past week, accord
ing to County Agent J. B. Britt. The
seed were ordered to be sown for soil
improvement and grazing purposes.
Halifax farmers, Mr. Britt stated,
1 also are interested in protecting their
soils through terracing as well as
the use of soil improvement crops.
During the past week demonstrations
were held on three farms and 105
acres were terraced, he said. Soil
tests to determine the kind and
amount of fertilizer necessary were
made on 75 acres, the county agent
REPUBLICAN HARD TIMES
By C. T. THRIFT
There is a cry of hard times abroad
in the land. There are perhaps mil
lions out of in ployment hero in
American and this unemployment is
still on the i*cvease. But this is by
no means the first time there have
been hard times in the Unit id States.
There are many who can remember
the year 1893 when Cleveland was
President. We are constantly remind
ed of that and the fact that the De
mocrats were in power. Nothing like
so many can remember 1873 when
U. S. Grant was President *m<1 the
Republicans, as now, were in power.
It may be worth while to refresh our
memories on these thing* lest we
forget. Our country survived gh.ii
ously those trying times. What has
been done can be done again, so we
may look for the dawning of another
and, let us hope, a better day. I h*ve
just finished reading “The Tragic
Era,” by Claude G. Bowers, a book
which every preacher and every teach
er and if possible everybody in the
South should read. Here is what is
said about 1873 on pages 412-15-17:
‘A dismal winter, one of the several,
turned its bitter blasts upon the un
employed. Men, women, and children
were soon walking the streets in fruit
less search of work, and the employ
ment agencies of cities were jammed
from morning till night. The placards
at a mass meeting at Cooper Union
in December (according to the New
York World of December 12, 1873)
did not exaggerate:
10.000 homeless men and women in
7,500 lodges in the overcrowded
‘charnel’ station houses per week.
20,250 idle men from all trade un
ions, while only 5,950 are employed.
182.000 skilled workmen belonging
to trade organizations of the State
110,000 idle of all classes in New
And there were other placards hav
ing political significance:
Civil Rights have passed, now for
the Rights of Work.
Freedom for Labor, Death for Mo
Does Speculation or Labor produce
We demand suspension of rent for
When workmen begin to think, Mo
nopoly begins to tremble.
Hard times had seemingly come to
stay, and there was prostration in
business and suffering among the
people. Financiers were urging the
resumption of specie payment. But the
clamorous multitude was passionately
demanding more paper money.Great
was the astonishment when he (Grant)
returned the measure with a vigorous
veto vote.There was no rejoicing
among the unemployed, and suffering
among the masses threatened sinster
possibilities. The silk workers of Pat
terson, N. J., in mass meeting were
demanding an immediate tariff le
duction of twenty per cent.
(Continued next week)
Power Officials Here
Officials of the Virginia Electric
and Power Company from Richmond
visited the Carolina properties of the
company this week. Those in the
party included Mr. Joseph Bowes,
vice president, Mr. H. C. Leonard,
general manager of operations, chief
engineer Tabor. They were here for
Member of Liquor
Gang Is Arrested
Held on three charges. Mon is
Lynch was bound over to Superior
Court by Magistrate Thompson Tues
day night. The charges are con scaled
weapon, obstructing an officer in the
performance of his duty and liquor
transportation. Bonds totaled $850.
It is charged that Lynch is one of
the gang who took Joe Williams away
from an fficer near Aurelian Springs.
Duke and Tom Shearin. as well as
Williams, were later arrested, all said
to be members of the gang. It is said
Lynch sat in a car with a drawn gun
and held a crowd at bay while oth
ers proceeded to shoot up some evi
dence at the Crawley store: namely
several demijohns of liquor.
It is also charged that it was his
car, liquor laden, which turned over
and wrecked near here last Sunday
night week. When the car could not be
started, it was burned, later identi
fied as Lynch’s. Williams, once res
cued, later retaken, is on the road.
Civil War Veteran
Dies at Halifax
Major Wilcox of Halifax died last
Tuesday mroning after several weeks
of illness. Mr. Wilcox w-as born in
Halifax and has lived here all of his
life. He fought in the Civil War. He
leaves surviving him two sisters, Miss
Bettie and Miss D. Wilcox and three
brothers, W. A. Wilcox, Charlie Wil
cox and Willie Wilcox all of Halifax.
Miss Doris Vaughan and Mr. Hu
bert Collins were married here Tues
day evening with Reverend J. N. By
num performing the ceremony. Only
a few close friends were present. The
young couple left at once for a bridal
trip to Washington, D. C., and on their
return will reside in the Twin Cities.
Miss Vaughan is a graduate nurse
and has lived here for several years.
She is very attractive and popular
here. The groom is a local boy, well
known here and has been employed at
the Roanoke Pharmacy for over five
Watch Your Chicks
Here is a notice from police head
quarters: Everygody must fasten up
their chickens so they will not get on
other people’s property. Those not
observing this law will be indicted in
the Mayor’s Court.
G. F. GRAY, Chief of Police
“MINSTREL MIMICS” NEXT FRIDAY
NIGHT IS TALK OF THE TOWN
Mr. D. Mac. Johnson of Enfield,
was here on business Saturday.
Mrs. 11. B. Ferguson returned t<
her home here Sunday after spend
ing the week with friends at Eden
Misses Clemie Read and Vera Bob
bit spent the week-end in Littleton
Mr. Geo. C. Green of Weldon war
here Monday on business.
Messrs Julian Allsbrook and A1
len C. Zollicoffer of Roanoke Rapids
were here Monday on business.
Mr. Willie Jennings and w-ife of
Fremont, spent the week-end with
hteir mother, Mrs. Annie B. Jennings.
Mr. and Mrs. Edw-ard Hamill of
Woodland spent Sunday with Mrs.
Annie B. Jennings.
Mr. J. B. Hall of Scotland Neck was
here on Monday.
Mr. Rudolph White of Tillery was
i here Saturday.
Mr. W. J. White spent Sunday in |
Mr. J. W. Harvey of Littleton was
here on business Monday.
Mr. Walter Allen was here Monday
Mrs. Elizabeth Stedman Boyd who
is attending Wake Forest College,
spent the week-end at the home of
her father, Mr. N. L. Stedman.
Mr. Hunter Pope of Enfield was
here on business Monday.
Friends of Miss Nannie Gary are
glad to have her back home after
spending a few days in the hospital
in Richmond, where she went for an
We are glad to have with us again
Mr. W. T. Clement, Register of Deeds
of Halifax, who has been in the hos
pital at Rocky Mount for the past two
weeks. Mr. Clement seems to be much
improved in health.
Mr. W. L. Long of Roanoke Rapids
was a business visitor here Monday.
Womans Club To
Give Flower Show
The Womans Club held its regular
monthly meeting on Monday after
noon in the vocational building of the
Junior-Senior High School. Mrs. F. M.
Brown, president, presided over the
meeting and the regular order of
business was conducted. About JO
iaoies were present n^d a most in
teresting pr fiam wa.» given under
the supervision of the Gav.u a f)tj jrt
1 ent. Mrs. C. A. Wycr e g.ivi a most
helpful talk >n bulbs illur.tt atod with
slide pictures. The Better Homes
Department of the club is stu-r:ng a
Womans Exchange and anybody h:\v
::.g food or fancy work ft.: sale can
notify Mrs. P.. P. Be:kw;th r.r Mrs.
A. L. Taylor and they will help dis
pose of same for 10 per cent of the
sale price of the article sold. For fur
ther information call Mrs. Taylor or
Mrs. Beckwith. Notice was given that
the Garden Department will hold a
flower show some time in Apri’.
Please keep this in mind and send
what flowers you have at that time
to the show'. Prizes W'ill be given for
various collections. Full notice will be
given at a later date. Members and
friends are always welcome at all
meetings of the Departments and
The Welfare Department of the
Womans Club will meet Monday af
ternoon with Mrs. T. M. Jenkins at
3 o’clock. Better Homes Department
will meet with Mrs. R. P. Beckwith
Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Civics
department will meet Monday after
noon at 3 o’clock with Mrs. V. T.
Lamm. The Garden department will
meet Monday afternoon with Mrs. 1\
Rosemarv M. E. Church
The pastor, Rev. C. T. Thrift, will
preach at both services. Sunday
morning he will speak on the Revo
lution in the Ministry which would
lesult from a Baptism of the Holy
Spirit. At 7:30 he will speak on “The
Influence of Jesus Christ in Educa
tion.” All teachers in the Twin City
schools are especially invited to this
service. Professor Davis’ class which
is growing at a marvelous rate will
welcome all yc^ung men who will come.
Mr. Hehe will be glad to see a large
number of the older men. Sunday
Schoool meets at 9:45.
Minstrel Mimics next Friday nite.
Everybody Planning To
See Kiwanis Benefit
Preceded by a regular old
rime minstrel parade at noon,
the Kiwanis Club will present
“Minstrel Mimics of 1030 ’ on
next Friday nigbi, .March 14th.
The curtain will rise at eight
o'clock sharp at the huge H. S.
Auditorium and the ;nt:re sho v
will consume two hours exactly,
so that out of town visitors may
return home at a reasonable
No amateur performance this,
according to visitors at rehears
als. but a professional show chru
out with the best local tr lent
in the Twin Cities whipped into
the keenest form by Lyle Wil
son, director for the John B.
I Rogers Producing Co., Fostoria,
Ohio. Stage costumes, parade
costumes, scenery and properties
are furnished by the producing
The parade will be held at noon on
Friday of the show unless rain n
tervenes. A full band of 26 pieces will
lead the march with at least 30 min
strels in full parade costume. The
hour is picked at noon so that school
children and employees of the mills
may see the home town boys strut
their stuff. The business sections of
both towns w'ill be visited and a visit
to Weldon is possible.
Rehearsals started this Monday and
have been under way every afternoon
and night. They will continue thru
next week until the big night on Fri
day. The first hour of the perform
ance is a regular old-time A1 G.
Fields-Coburn-Honey Boy Evons min
strel, with a circle of twenty one male
voices singing and acting the latest
and snappiest numbers, six black face
end men full of fun and frolic, male
soloists and a regular big-time or
chestra in the pit.
The second act will include special
ty numbers, dancing, singing, jokes,
banjo playing, and the like by the best
talent in town. A 30 minute skit en
j titled “The Isle of Never Known” is
a scream farce. The action takes place
on a cannibal isle ruled over by a gi
gantic black queen. A young naval
officer and two black-face sailors are
marooned on the isle and things hap
thick and fast when the queen takes
^a shine to the sailor boys. A beautiful
| chorus of ten snappy little girl dan
cers serves to add to the attractive
ness of the skit.
Then there is another clever skit
of young girls which will catch the
eye with its beautiful costumes, popu
lar songs and ballet dancing.
Among those to be seen ir. action
in the first part are Sam Peace, How
ard Pruden, Ned Manning, Hugh T.
Smith, Roland Johnson, Carroll Wil
son, Joe Chase, Leslie Towe, Wick
Ross, Hurley King, Bob Myrick, Mur
phy Jackson, Alonzo Akers, Charley
Davis, Hugh Bradley, Bob Allen, Wil
son Mullen E. A. Tellega, Dave
Traynham, Red Mason, Dick Martin
Altogether it will present two hours
of as much fun and entertainment as
ever witnessed in this part of the
state. The entire net proceeds go-to
the work of the Kiwanis Club with
the crippled children of the communi
ty and Boy Scout and Girl Scout
and reserve work.
Admission is $1 with school children
at half price. The High School audi
torium seats over 2,000 so there will
be seats for all and none have been
Advance sale of tickets is being
made by members of the Ki.vanis
Clubs here, at Emporia, Scotland
Neck, Enfield and Warrenton, with
the Comunity Club at Weldon interest
ed in helping the neighboring Kiwanis
club put across its first big endeavor
in this line.
Members of the local Woman’s Club
Study Club and P. T. A. are interest
ed and out selling tickets for the good
of the cause. The hope is to fill ev
ery seat so that this might become an
annual affair in the community, the
only time in the year the public will
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