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Carolina’s Only TABloid NEWSpaper
The Roanoke Rapids Herald
FREE “HONOR SLAYER”
UP AND DOWN
WITH THE EDITOR
The County tax delinquent
list appeared in this paper last
week, and the school and city
delinquent list as appearing
this week. The law provides
that the County list shall be
published beginning the week
of the first Monday in Aug
u. and that the School and
^ city list shall be published be
ginning the week of the sec
ond Monday in August.
Among others who helped, the
High School Alumni Association
wishes to thank the four Boy
Scouts who put out the car and
window stickers concerning the
school election. They were Scouts
Eugene Shell, Jack Vincent, Fran
cis Fisher and George Nethercutt.
Miss Letha Blythe and Mr.
Leslie Garner, of Roanoke
Rapids, were married August
12th, at Lawrenceville, Va.
The young couple will make
their home in Roanoke Rap
Somebody had been systemati
cally stealing gasoline from one
of the ditch diggers of the Fiske
Carter Construction Co. The other
night, the gas thief was inter
rupted and fled leaving his five
gallon can. Those who found the
can claim it had the Mayor’s name
written on it and his friends have
been making life miserable since.
NEW H. S.
A new High School building for
the Manual Training Department
will be erected soon and the pres
ent department in the Junior High
School building will be turned in
to class rooms to take care of the
The new building will be of
brick construction, one story, plain
ly finished inside. A notice to con
tractors runs in this issue calling
for bids to be opened Friday, Aug
The new structure will be in the
rear of the main High School
Mr. and Mrs. H. Kaplan, of Bos
ton, Mass., are spending several
days with Mr. and Mrs. Mooney
Greenberg of this city. Mrs. Kap
lan is Mrs. Greenberg’s sister.
Says Roanoke Rapids Schools
Leaders In State; Asks
Supt. of City Schools, C. W.
Davis, made the following state
ment to the citizens of Roanoke
Rapids following the school elec
“On behalf of the children and
the teachers in the Roanoke Rapids
Schools, I wish to thank you and
to congratulate you for the splend
id way in which you stood by your
schools in the election last Tues
day. By your action you have
placed-the Roanoke Rapids Schools
in a position of leadership in this
State. You have shown to the peo
ple that you are not willing for
your children to have less than
the best. Your loyalty will give
each pupil and each teacher cour
age, inspiration and a determina
tion to make your schools worthy
of your confidence. I hope that you
will visit the schools often dur
ing the year, try to know the
teachers and help them render to
your children the best service pos
“I should like to take this occa
sion to express my appreciation to
those of you who encouraged your
friends and neighbors to register
and vote. I especially wish to
thank the Parent-Teacher Organi:
zations, Alumni Association, the
Junior Order, Boy Scouts, those
who furnished cars and drove
cars, for the effective work you
did. All of you rendered a real
service to your community.
“To those of you who for vari
ous reasons could not vote for
better schools, I hope that you
will accept in spirit and in reality
the verdict and join hands with the
rest of us in making your schools
a real asset in a growing, progres
sive community. The children and
the schools are yours. The teach
ers want to do for you the best
job possible. Let us all work to
gether and get the best results.
“C. W. DAVIS”
Funeral services were held Mon
day, August 14th, for the infant,
11-day old child of Mr. and Mrs.
R. R. Robinson, at their home in
Interment was in Roanoke Rap
ids Cemetery. The funeral was con
ducted from the home by Rever
end V. H. Grantham.
Bill Duke was a Rocky Mount
visitor Tuesday evening of this
On Second Degree
G. T. Garris, farmer living 5
miles from Enfield, was freed
Wednesday afternoon of the mur
der of his cousin, Henry Lewis,
young Edgecomb county farmer,
whom he murdered by slashing his
throat in an “honor killing” on
July 12th, 1933. Evidence pointed
to the fact that Garris killed in
self-defense, and to protect the
honor of his home. The jury was
out one-hour and a-half.
It sems that on the night of
July 12th, Lewis, the slain man,
and Seth Adcock, his companion,
came to the Garris home bringing
with them the younger Garris boy.
The three had been on a drinking
spree, it is said, and young Garris
was put to bed.
Lewis and his companion stayed
around the house for an hour or
so, and at length, Garris’ lf> •year
rid daughter, the father and the
slain man engaged in an argu
ment. It appears that Lewis had
been keeping company with the
girl, and had on many occcasions
kept her away from home later
than her farter”s wishes.
In his drunken stupor, it is al
leged that Lewis was insistent the
girl accompany him, against her
wishes and those of her father. A
violent agrument ensued, in which
it is said Lewis threw the girl
down on the bed, choked her and
drew a big knife from his pocket.
The elder Garris was called to the
assistance of the girl, and her at
tacker turned on him.
Testimony brought out the fact
that the father did not want to
argue with the man, but sought
the protection of his daughter and
his home. He backed out of sever
al rooms in his efforts to escape
Lewis, and picked up a straight
edge razor when he passed a table.
Finally, being backed into the
yard of the home, and after Lewis
had struck at him several times
with his knife, once cutting Gar
ris shoulder, he drew the razor
and slashed Lewis’ throat.
Lewis was rushed to a doctor’s
office in Enfield, then to a Rocky
Mount hospital where he died a
few hours later. Officers investi
.gated immediately after the trag
edy, and returned and arrested the
senior Garris after the boy’s
The jury was composed of a
special venire, selected from free
holders of the county.
Miss Eileen Fisher is a patient
in Roanoke Rapids Hospital, hav
ing undergone an operation for
Major Ernst Udet, Germany’s
greatest living war ace, who will
participate in the International Air
Races to be held in Chicago Sept.
1st to 4th.
In Home County Since Being
Appointed Judge; Crim
2 MURDER CASES
Superior Court convened Mon
day with Judge R. Hunt Parker
holding court in his home county
for the first time since his ap
pointment as Superior Court judge
The week is confined to criminal
cases, including two murder cases.
Judge Parker made a strong
charge to the grand jury and his
instructions to trial juries in vari
ous cases are being widely quot
Robert Jones and E. B. Shaw
pled guilty to breaking and enter
ing and larceny and were sentenc
ed to two years each on the county
roads. A capias was issued for
Patrick Coleman who failed to ap
Frank Bell was found not guil
ty of a charge of assault on a fe
male. The bond of Charles Cleary
was forfeited on his non-appear
Henry Jones, bondsman, who
gave a cash bond of $100 for Whit
Wade in 1929, got his $100 back
when it was shown he found Wade
after bond had been forfeited and
brought him back for trial.
Lessie Mae Reville was granted
an absolute divorce and custody
of the children from G. T. Reville.
Those For Better and Longer
Schools Swamp All
90 PER CENT VOTE
Voters of the Roanoke Rapids
Graded School District are over
whelmingly for maintaining the
high standard schools of which this
city has been so proud.
In Tuesday’s election to decide
whether or not to supplement the
State’s eight months term and to
provide for an additional month,
a five to one vote favored the sup
Of a total of 1,464 ballots cast,
the tally was as follows:
Six ballots were thrown out as
defaced or wrongly marked, mak
ing the total of 1,464, and giving
those for the supplement a voting
majority of 956.
The great danger for those for
the supplement lay in those who,
after registering, failed to vote
as their registration counted a
gainst the supplement.
There were 276 who failed to
come to the polls and vote after
registering. This number must be
added to those who voted against
the supplement, making a grand
total of 527 against. The total
registration was 1,740. It took 871
votes to carry the supplement.
Opposition, which was pretty
strong a few weeks ago, petered
out during the week before the
election, particularly after the
local Junior Order and High School
Alumni Association became active
for the supplement and better
In Greensboro the same day,
those opposed to the supplement
simply stayed away from the polls,
their votes thus counting against
and less than half the registered
voters voted. The supplement auto
matically lost from lack of voters.
The same thing happened m
Concord where two thirds of the
registered voters stayed away
from the polls.
North Wilkesboro voted for the
supplement the same day and
Southern Pines a week ago. Char
lotte lost the supplement when less
than half the registered voters
went to the polls Tuesday.
Roanoke Rapids holds the record
so far on percentage of votes cast,
90 per cent of the registration go
ing to the polls.
RETURN FROM FAIR
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jeffers re
turned Friday from Chicago, where
they attended the Century of
Progress Exposition. They made
the trip overland, also visiting Mr.
Jeffers’ former home in Iowa.