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VOLUME 16. ~ ROANOKE RAPIDS-ROSEMARY, N. C. THURSDAY, MA«effl7th. 1930. _ _NUMBER 1.
CONVICT KILLED IN
PRISON FARM RIOT,
FIND MANY WEAPONS
Who Is Exonerated By
Coroner’s Jury; Mur
Death of one of the ring leaders
and the discovery by Coroner Billy
Williams and other County officials
of murderous weapons of every type
hidden in the cells are the latest de
velopments in the convict riot at Ca
ledonia Prison Farm near Scotland
Keck, Sunday night.
Theodore Lewis, one of the eleven
injured during the riot, died Tuesday.
Dr. C. L. Jenkins, camp physician,
said that death was due to heart
failure. Lewis was shot in the hip
by guard Clyde Lane who fired four
times with a riot gun at the feet of
a group ganging Corporal Harry
Tuesday night the body of the dead
man was brought here and an inquest
held by Coroner Billy Williams. Dr.
Mitchell, County Health officer, and
others, performed an autopsy before
the jury which brought in a verdict
of death by accidental shooting by
guard Clyde Lane.
Although the man was shot in the
thigh, it was apparent he had been
struck by a shot which hit the con
crete floor and rebounded, entering
the thigh and ranging up through the
abdominal cavity into Ae thoracic ca
vity causing death 48 hours later.
Prison officials made a search Mon
day and reported no weapons found
in the dormitories at the Prison Farm
but a later search by the Coroner and
party revealed an arsenal of instru
ments of every description. They were
found in the mattresses and bed pads,
secreted under the double bunks and
in other spots cleverly concealed.
Deadly dirks and knives seemed to
be the favorite weapon, any one of
which would have brought instant
death. Butcher, kitchen and hunting
knives had been filed down to sharp
pointed and keen edged instruments
Other instruments were very crude
ly made, such as clubs of hickory and
striking instruments made from
wrenches. Home made sandbags and
black jacks were found, any of which
was a perfect “sleep producer.”
Several battle axes had been made
from hatchets, with one particularly :
ivil looking weapon for skull cleav- j
ing made from a bush axe. Saws,
files and similar devices were in great
abundance. Part of the equipment
was brought here by the coroner and
have been seen by hundreds of citi
One club still has the blood on it
from the wound received by Corporal
Jones, who was struck from behind
and knocked to the floor. It was soon
after this incident the shooting occur
It all seems to have started about
two weeks ago when the ring leaders
r>egan gelling the weapons ready.
They planned to kill the guards, take
their weapons, go to the officers’
quarters and gain possession of all
the guns ar.d make a wholesale deliv
ery of irfie prisoners.
Two weeks ago, it is reported a con
vict stepped from the ranks and told
a guard a certain prisoner was plan
ning to kill the foreman with a knife
The foreman told the abused man
to stand out of line, searched him
and found a long knife tied to his leg.
From this time on, the prisoners be
came suspicious of one another. They
were divided in opinion as to doing
murder and making a get-away. Those
who did not want to see bloodshed
arc said to have revealed some of the
plans of the others.
The trouble Sunday mg'it realty
started among the suspicious prison
erf fighting each other. When the
guard came in to quiet the disturb
ance, one of the ring leaders nailed
him with a club. Lane came to the
rescue with the riot gun and fired
lew to frighten the convicts away
from the other guard. He was exon
erated by the Coroner’s jury consist
ing of Jack Weissner, W. E. M« ody,
Norris Harnon, S. B Jone3, Buck
Taylor and R. M. Hudson.
Eleven were wounded instead of
eight as was first reported. None are
serious except the fatality. King
leaders are in solitary confinement
and will be dealt with later.
Below is printed an early account
which has been changed is some de
tail in the above report.
All was quiet at Caledonia Prison
farm near Scotland Neck, after the
first serious outbreak in three years
Seven prisoners were in the prison
farm hospital, three with buckshot
wounds and four with injuries re
ceived in a free-for-all among them
selves, but none was regarded as in
serious condition. Harry Jones, guard
who was beaten when he attempted
to quell the rioters, did not remain in
“Everything is quiet here. There
wasn’t much to it and we are hav
ing no rtouble at at all,” said Captain
N. E. Raines, camp supervisor, over
long distance telephone Monday night.
Chester O. Bell, assistant to Supt.
George Ross Peu, who was aroused
at 5 o’clock Monday morning to speed
to the scene of trouble, returned and
reported that no further trouble was
lhe ring leaders, he said were seg
regated—-either in the hospital or in
dark cells—but that disciplinary mea
sures had not yet been decided upon.
“It was just a struggle among
themselves,” said Mr. Bell, who with
Superintendent Pou investigated the
Pending the arrival of officials
from Raleigh, Captain Raines kept
the 553 white prisoners locked up all
morning, but Supt. Pou ordered them
returned to work at noon and they
went without protest.
Supt. Pou praised Guard Clyde
Lane for his quick and cool-headed
action in quieting the rioters after
they had beaten Corporal Jones.
Lane rushed in with a shotgun and
fired low, wounding P. D. Cannon in
the hip and Theodore Lewis and Rob
ert Hyson in the leg.
The riot started about nine o'clock
Sunday night in one of the cell house
sections of the main dormitory hous
ing over 500 convicts. There were 200
prisoners in the section when a gen
eral alarm was spread by disorder
from throwing sticks and shoes,
breaking out window panes and dam
The three men wounded by buck
shot were all Class “C” prisoners and
all were sentenced from Buncombe
County. Cannon began serving a five
year sentence for breaking and enter
ing in May, 1928; Lewis was sent up
in January, 1928, to do five to six
years for housebreaking and larceny,
and Hyson came to the prison in April
1928, to do five to seven years for
The last serious outbreak at Cale
donia was in May, 1927, when prison
ers went on a destructive riot, dam
aging property and tearing up water
lines. Tear bombs and guns were
rushed to the scene but the mutiny
was quelled without bloodshed.
B. Marks Store Open
As Usual Tomorrow
The B. Marks Store will reopen for
business this Friday morning, accord
ing to manager Abe Norinsky, after
being closed for several weeks. An
announcement is made in the adver
tising columns of this issue regard
ing the opening. The biggest store in
this section of the State, located on
an important corner of the town, has
caused that portion of the business
section to look mighty dark, but the
lights will be on every night starting
Friday, says thb management. A
more detailed anouncement will be
made in this paper next week con
cerning future plans.
NO DAM NEWS
No news of the dam situation is
forthcoming this week although Pow
er Company officials are hopeful of
getting matters settled with a State
department in the next couple of
weeks so that the Federal permit from
the Power Commission may be issued.
Citizens of Halifax end Northampton
Counties are ready to do anything in
their power to help expedite matters
but the question at present is in much
better shape so far as technical prob
lems are concerned than it has been
for several weeks.
Miss Helen Brown visited friends
in Red Oak last week.
ON AIR THIS
Goes to Richmond for
Broadcast Starting at
The Rosemary Concert Band goes |
on the air again this Saturday noon
at 12 sharp for an hour of concert
and popular music over Station WR
VA at Richmond, Va.
S. T. Peace, president of Roanoke
Mills Co., and of the Roanoke Bank i
and Trust Co., will make a five min
ute talk during the program, telling
the world about the Twin Cities.
More than one agency is cooperat
ing in making this broadcast a suc
cess. Manager J. T. Chase was in
Richmond this week and arranged
with officials of the Virginia Electric
and Power Company to furnish one of
the larger Power Company busses to
take the band to Richmond and bring
the boys back. The big bus will ar
rive here from Richmond late Fri
day afternoon and will leave here at
7:30 Saturday morning. Officials of
the Power Company will meet the bus i
on its arrival in Richmond and will
probably show the boys the times of
their lives. Photographers will be on
hand to take pictures of the band and
The boys made a big hit with radio
fans all over he country when they j
broadcast over WPTF at Raleigh
some weeks ago. Fan mail and re
quests still come in to the station
and to the director R. L. Martin.
We publish one letter in full from :
an admirer in Durham who wants to
know if Rudy Valle is with the band.
We have a feeling this refers to Dick
Martin who has been doing solo num
bers with the band. Another fan says
| the band is as good as Sousa's, which
is going some.
Tune in on the boys this Saturday
noon. Below we print some more of
the favorable comment received from
Program ?in& Please play “Caro
lian Moon.” Mrs. Earnest Fleming,
I Roanoke, Va.
Music fine. Wish I could be with
I you. Thos. Harper, Erwin, N. C.
Please play “Tip-Toe.” Mrs. Milton
Wilson, Warrenton, N. C.
Listening in on your program. Con
gratulations. H. A. Jordan, Hender
son, N. C.
Band concert is fine. Enjoying it.
T. L. Kimery, Durham, N. C.
Enjoying program very much. It
is beautiful. Mrs. Whitehead and
family, Enfield, N. C.
Program equal to Sousa’s Band.
(Continued on back page)
Hunt Parker Out
To the Democratic voters of Hali
I hereby anounce myself as a can
didate for renomination as solicitor
of thsi district, subject to the cation
of the Democratic Primary, June 7th,
In sincere appreciation of the trust
you have reposed heretofore in me
by electing me as solicitor I have
tried without fear or favor, to guard
well your every interest and to see
that in the courts justice was done, to
high and low, to rich and poor. I
shall greatly ap^brciate your vote
R. HUNT PARKER,
For State Senator
We are authorized to make the fol
lowing announcement, given to this
newspaper this morning by Allen C.
Zollicoffer, prominent young attorney
of this city.
I hereby anounce myself a candi
date for the office of State Senator
of North Carolina from Halifax Coun
ty, subject to the action of the De
mocratic primary, June 7, 1930.
ALLEN C. ZOLLICOFFER,
Rosemary, N. C.
j PRISONERS’ MUTINY ARSENAL'
** 4hl< thurderouS collection of weapons, smuggled into the main 3ormi-k
lory at Caledonia Prison Farm, was unearthed by Coroner W. C. Williams
of I£i)ifas ..County following the riot Sunday night in which 11 Convicts
were shot, one fatally. Prison officials after their own investigationJ&on-[
Say said that no knives or other weapons were fotftxd in the convicts’ quar
ters. Factional differences because of leaks in mutiny plans led to tbej
disturbance, Ihp first of consequence at the prison in three years* 8upt.
fitorge Bess Jon. 11 lwas quint at Cajedonia yesterday, It was reported!
at thjp prisdlC (The jury empanelled by Coroner Williams late Tuesday!
light'rda&dfld Verdict thgt. Convict Theodore I^wis died of gunshot wounds!
Prison' Phyiigian V. L.Jenkjnf had stated he flied[
Strong Bailey Sentiment
In County; Local An
The political pot is warming up
slightly in Halifax County, which
many still speak of as the Banner
Democrtaic County of North Caro
lina. In the Presidential elu -
tion, when other counties were trail
ing like sheep behind Sheep Shearer
Simmors, reconstruction day I'emr
crats point to price and joy to the
enormous majoritv polled in Habfax
for Alfred E. Smitn..
Local leaders say that the party
members were never more uni-;ed as
on that November day and they pre
dict that while a lighter vote will be
cast in the Democratic Primary in
June 7th, the majority which Josiah
W. Bailey will get in Halifax Osj-.iy
will manitain jus-.: about the same 1a
tio. They also predict his victory ov
er Senator Simmons for the nomina
tion with the surmise that Simmons
can’t make a heated fight and Bailey
won’t. The vote will be light, they say,
but an overwhelming majority of
those who do vote in tne primary w.u
be staunch old Democrats and young,
who will vote for what they term “a
real Democrat.” They als oexpect a
goodly number of those who strayed
to the other side to return and wipe
out an “evil deed” with a good one.
It is talked around here that Sen.
Simmons, instead of making an is
sue of Easkob by demanding his re
signation as Democratic National
Chairman, has simply made out a
worse case for himself because it
was necessary for Mr. Simmons to
join in with Republican leaders who
were seeking to put Mr. Raskob in a
bad light. In fact, it is the opinion in
Banner County Halifax that Editor
Josephus Daniels, who has been play
ing neutral in the Bailey-Simmons
(Continued on back page)
WHAT WILL YOU WEAR EASTER?
If you use the advertising columns of THE HERALD as
a shopping guide, you will have no trouble in finding
what you have been wanting for Easter—and where to
buy it. Tie merchants of the Twin Cities send you their
Easter Messages through this issue of THE HERALD.
You cannot afford to overlook what they offer for the
gay Spring Festival.
Civic Department of Wo
mans Club Sponsors
The Civic Department of the Wo
mans Club of Roanoke Rapids met on
Monday afternoon at the home of
Mrs. Harvey Hazlewood to complete
plans for Clean Up Week, April 28 to
May 3. Mrs. W. F. Joyner, chairman
of this department enthusiastically
led the discussion of these plans.
The department plans to improve
the appearance of Roanoke Avenue by
planting two flower beds, one in Em
ery Park, the other in the vacat lot
adjoining Joyner Motor Company in
Rosemary. The boy scouts have vol
unteered their services in preparing
these flower beds for planting, and
various members of the Civic Depart
ment have donated cannas, zinnias
To aid in the advertising in this
Clean-Up drive, The Herald Printing
Co., donated to this department card
board for fifty posters. The local
teachers with the assistance of the
students will design these posters in
attractive and original patterns. These
are to be displayed in the store win
dows of Roanoke Rapids and Rose
Friday, May 2nd, has ben set aside
to clean up the cemetery. Everybody
is asked to lend a helping hand to
this urgent need.
A committee was appointed to call
on the merchants to enlist their hearty
cooperation in removing all rubbish
on theirs and adjoining lots. Mayor
Long has issued a proclamation print
ed elsewhere in this issue.
The civic department makes an ear
nest appeal to the Town Board, Rose
mary Merchants association, Kiwanis
Club, schools, churches and all other
organizations to assist in making this
a successful and profitable Clean-Up
The best advertisements to any lo
cality are cleanliness and beauty. In
order to make this favorable impres
sion upon travelers and passersby,
the Civic Department urges everybody
to clean up streets, alleys and yards
as well as vacant lots, making the
Twin Cities a place of health and
Mrs. P. A. Cook, Mrs. B. O. Coop
er, Mrs. J. G. Copeland and Mrs. Mor
ris spent some time last week visit
ing friends and relatives in Rich
Whereas, this being the time
to designate a week known as
“Clean-Up-Week” for the Town
of Roanoke Rapids; and where
as, it is very necessary for the
health and well being of the com
munity that there should be a
general cleaning of all yards and
premises, streets and alleys fre
quently, and especially during the
Now, therefore, I hereby desig
nate and set aside the week be
ginning the 28 day of April, 1930,
and endnig the 3rd day of May,
1930, as ‘Clean-Up-Week” for the
Town of Roanoke Rapids, and ask
that all citizens clean up all of
their yards and premises and
place all trash and debris in the
alleys so that the same will be
convenient for the trash wagons,
and that they cooperate with the
Town authorities in cleaning up
the streets and alleys of the town.
This the 17th day of April, A.
T. W. M, LONG,
Mayor, Town of Roanoke
Members Present Road
Ask Him to Reconsider
Decision Not To Run
The four members of the present
Halifax County Highway Commission
in a joint letter, a copy of which was
sent to THE HERALD, ask J. T.
Chase, Chairman of the Board to re
consider his decision made and recent
ly published in this paper not to run
for the office again.
Two weeks ago this paper received
a letter from Mr. Chase in which he
stated he would not be a candidate to
sucoeed himself as a member of the
Highway Commission. He gave the
press of other business matters as his
reason with the explanation that he
had given ten or more years to public
office in the county.
In addition to his county office as
chairman of the Highway Commis
sion, Mr. Chase is a member of the
City School Board, a member and of
ficer of the Roanoke Rapids Hospital,
a director in one of the local banks,
and holds other public and business
offices which take much of his time,
in addition to his regular work as dis
trict manager of the Virginia Elec
tric and Power Co., for the State of
However, the members of the Road
Board are insistent that Mr. Chase
continue as a member of the Board,
stating that his experience both as an
engineer and a past htember of the
Highway Commission makes him
much needed on the board.
The letter received by this news
paper was sent by C. F. Gore, super
intendent for highways for the county,
and was signed by Messrs P. V. Ran
dolph, F. M. Taylor, W. L. Bailey, and
J. W. Harvey, the other four mem
bers of the commission.
Mr. Chase asked in his recent let
ter that a good man be selected from
this township to take his place. As
yet there has been no announcement
for the office.
The letter to Mr. Chase is as fol
Dear Mr. Chase.—
We have noted your letter publish
ed in THE (Roanoke Rapids) HER
ALD stating that you will not be a
candidate to succeed yourself as a
member of the highway commission.
As co-members of this commission,
who have served with you and know
your fitness and ability for this office,
we do sincerely regret this decision.
We realize that every man has the
privilege of declining to continue in
public service whenever he so choos
es, we also realize that there are oth
er men who have the qualifications
for this office but we believe that, at
this time, with your past experience
in highway matters you are needed as
a member of this commission, and we
do sincerely request and urge that you
reconsider this matter and allow your
name to be placed before the voters of
With very best wishes,
J. W. HARVEY,
F. M. TAYLOR,
W. L. BAILEY,
P. V. RANDOLPH.
Copy to (Roanoke Rapids) THE
Ernest Cross, 11, Falls
Into Deep Water When
Feet Slip Saturday
Unable to get a foothold or. the
slanting bottom of the reservoir of
Roanoke Mill No. 2, his feet slipping
and slid.ng in the slick ooze, Ernest
Cross, age 11, plunged headfirst to his
death Saturday afternoon.
While his 8 year old brother and a
man who could not swim watched
horrified, the boy, who slipped into
the shallow water near the edge tried
to reach the concrete bank, his feet
flew out from under him and he
plunged into twelve feet or more of
water near the center of the reser
Troy Holloman, working on tne sec
ond floor of the mill, heard the boy
scream and looked out a window to
see him apparently jumping up and
down in the shallow water. He call
ed to him to get out for as Mr. Hol
loman explained to Coroner Williams,
no one was allowed around the reser
voir which is surrounded on three
sides by the U shaped mill buildings
and on the fourth side by a boiler
When he saw the boy lose his bal
ance, Holoman ran to the elevator and
hurried out to the water. Bob Wilkins,
mill watchman, heard the com:motion
and ran out to the reservoir jus: in
time to see the boy’s feet disappear
ing in the middle cl the pool. Mr Wil
kins could not swim and the boy never
came to the surface again. Holloman,
Tom Yates and Bob King dived into
the water and found the boy on the
bottom of the pool. He was rushed
to the hospital but was dead on ar
The brother, Zalph, says he was sit
ting on the steps of the pool and his
brother was sitting on the sloping
side. Both were washing their feet.
He says he told Ernest to come over
and- sit on the steps with him and
when he started to get up he slipped
into the pool.
The drowned boy was the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cross. Funer
al services were held Sunday and bu
rial was in Roanoke Rapids Cemetery.
GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER
On Friday from 12 to 1:30 o'clock
there will be a service in commemo
ration of our Lords’ crucifixion. The
public is invited.
Services Easter 7’30 A. M. Cele
bration of Holy C jmwumon.
11:00 A. M., special music, sermon
7:30 P. M., evening prayer and ser
Easter is the greatest day of the
church year and we trust all people
of this church and our friends will
come for worship on th’s day.
There will be a special out of town
speaker at the monthly meeting of
the Men of the Church thi3 Friday
night. Every man is urged to be pres
Special Easter services have been
arrange i fct the Suiduy inor» ing ser
vice at 11 o’clock. The prog* am will
include Communion Service and spec
ial Easter music by a large choir. The
public is especially invited to attend
this Easter Morning service.
The regular Sunday night service
will start at eight o’clock insteaid of
7:30. This, time will be used the rest,
of the Spring and Summer.
The pastor, Rev. C. T. Thrift, will
preach at 11 A. M. and 8 P. M. In
the morning he will use as his subject
“Did the Body of Jesus, which was
Crucified on Friday Come to Life
Three Days Later?” At night he will
speak on “Prohibition.” The public
is cordially invited to attend both ser
vices. Rev. Frederick Fredericksan
will preach at Smith’s Church next,
Sunday mors tag.
Boy Scout Troop One, Roanoke Ra
pids, met last Friday night at the
High School. After roll call they went
down to the gym and played games.
Troop Two met Tuesday night and
agreed to dig flower beds fro the Wo
mans Club ^o beautify the towns in
the approaching Clean-Up drive.