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UitAfeNS A LATCHKEY TO 1500
iOKhS "OF MARTIN COUNTY
VOLUME XXTV —NUMBER 100
& HCLAL TERM OF
J: d 2C. C. Lyon To.Pre
o. c; ic Mist Two
wil. be a special term of the
. u er.or Court of Martin county be
i -ext Mo day, Fe. rviary 4.
uxt is called for the trial
/ ; ties o ly and there ure many
. i cases. Some of them have
.:> g no. (he docket for nearly
■x -aer ton waiting their turn for
C. C. Lvon, o Elixabeth
\.ti aJI preside.
1 Aii, erm of court was :ia le possi- |
hie by ha onte of the co? a issioners j
a,' ciwnty to the Gove vmr passed i
rt ct* f their meetings lofe-yoar. j
'' - >-dar »ad become o crowded j
wit" c\M C -e*. that somet it g htsl to j
te tne rnd so ft w»». rhc County'
>*o d f Onmm'fpieners pcs eil the'
;:g for the sp :i..l term.
• *i' • i; a two full w« -k to dis
j. o th' c: j*s on dockt,
- - ORACLE OF
M/. Ponder Hails From
Tarboro, N. C.
1 e D We .der Grocer* Company ia ]
e' r ' t thb week •h4 t werty-flfth
e i.t: ol the David
i onder, its pre. dent, into iwld of
business. , 'S f \
V > eft ration is #»otu'tfe. because
' r Jim. of llie
i -t ; tdmema development; of its kind
i he «Dlled States. It t ecurds the
riee of a Scuth Carolina b>y from the
po.ilio- of a grc«try derl to that of
. ne of the foremost mercl .nts of the
SomK, all in the course of a quarter
of a ceeUtry, and through tlse pem6Whi
engigy and initiative of that boy who
. heg*n Ma «mhr With $2 OO he had
borrowed tnm a MeajTSrithodt se
curty. y *
Mr. hrtukr went to~Nor.>lk twenty- -
six years ago from Tarboro. his home,
got a job as a clerk in the g-ocery
tt e operated by the Wcodaru and
GcH>dndge Co. of that city. The next
>e*r he borrowed $2,000 fr m a friend
and stj.rted a small groceiy store of
14.» own. FYom that time forward his
grew consistently, the racord
showing that therrf- neve rwaa a
pause in the upward climb of the con
The story of the grow h of the
Pentier grocery enterprise ha.s been
sM (town aa one of the most pictur
esque chapters in the history of
Sou*hem busine S. Five years ago,
when the business had been establish
ed as one of the most important in
Virginia, Mr. Pemler began establish
ing "cash and carry " grocery stores in
Norfolk far the foundation of what
.has developed into one of the largest
chain store propositions in this part
of the country. .
He bega business for' himself Jan-1
uary 29. 199. and the celebration be
g*i: last Tuesday.
Cart of Thanks
As we cannot thank personally each
of our *ti «hls we take this method of
'• expresatag ear appreciation for the
kindly acta shown us awLetor
failer during his recent and
death. } ■
The thoughtftdneas shown us will
never be forgotten. , ,
W E STUBES. . »
O. L STI'BBS, _
W. H. STUBBS,
JESSE STI'BBS, C
DKRAH STI BBS,
MRS. MARTHA GARDNER.
■.i — 1
Dr. nnd Mrs. John D. Riggs, Mr. and
Mrs A. T Crawford, Mis. Carrie B.
Willianaa and Mr. Harry Biggs at
tended, the faneral of Mr. Plttman, one
«f Seotlnnd Neck's mail prominent
citiiens which took place in that town I
jnriei 'l■ j after-con. Mr. Pit'owurmar
ried the daughter of the laU Noah
- r- -
Mia. B, A Criicher is ia Park View
HnspHil. Rocky Meant where she isi
receiving madknl treatment. A speedy
ns»ti| is wiabrd her by her nanny
friends hero. \
Misses Hattie Thiowar nnd Clyde
Hassell will leave by motor tomorrow
for Littleton to npend the week end
- with Mr. nnd Mrs. John Henry Throw
er. They win take tittle Mill nnd f
Henry Thrower, Jr. home after a visit
ta (hear grandpnrentn. Mr. and Mrs
FM and WWrier
THE ENTo P^iSB
MARRIAGE LICENSE ;
ISSUED IN MONTH 1
R'ore Th?~ Hlf The Num!
ber Under 21 Years
The January marriage licenses Is
sued in Martin county would seem to
indicate tha( young folks do still fall
Of '.he thirteen white couples two
young men under 21, unable under our
law to muke any legal contract, ex
cept marriage, became husbands. One
jof the two was 19, while the other
*« o"l> 17. Of course, he should
' fl'-d no trouble to lead and diiwct the
household as his life'a partner ia only
1 16 -
More than half of the women wore
I under 21 years of age, one being 15,
one sixteen and four 18. It is evident
ithat several of the so-called eighteen*
1 are much younger for it Is a fryquent
1 but unfortunate occurence to stretch
the are of people when applyingyfar
license lecau.-e 18 is the age limits
I The apes of the eight cu! >red cou
| pies show two of the males under 21
and ? of the females under that age.
I Following is the list ixaued for the
month of Janu.iry:
James I). Hollis, Alice*L. Roberson;
: Walter W. "Whitehurst, of Beaufort
[county, E=telle Bullock: Charlie Hoel,
Martha Whichard; Jesse D. Rogerson
j Dora! Bennett; Doss Williams, Rosa
j Kvans; Perlie B. Ulley, Myrtle F.
Griffin, Reubin L Bailey, Viola Whlte
hurst, Roliert Neal, of Edgecombe
county, Thelma Neville; Bonnie Leg
'Ot*. Hilda Burras; Hugh Cherry, of
Beaufort county, Lucy Ho wen; A. B.
Rogerson, Flora O. Hampton, of Ban
combe county; Zebulon Brown, Polly
Stills; Geo. Columbus Jmnes, Sadie
COLORED ' , .
Joe Henry Chance. Beulah L Wilkes
James leathers, of Edgecombe county,
Mary Chance; Cecil Henderson, ofl
Halifax county, Golctlf Andrews;
Stephen Rollins, Maggie Jones; Julius
Armstrong. Mildred Roseoe. of BtKie
enwtv;. Sylvestw Dealel, Chßtfoaf
Re»MWc; flfo. It Hendrtx, of fkjlV
county; I'aulene Brown, Purvis,
OF OAK CITY
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Early an dfamily
have moved from Oak City to Florida.
Their many friends regret 1o see them
Parent-Teachers Association Meets.
The Parent-Teachers Association
met at the school building Wednesday
evening at 7,:80 for the purpose of re
electing officers. Refreshments were
served bf the faculty.
Locals Play Farm Life School
The Oak City Itaaket ball team play
ed the Farm Life team Tuesday a/tor
noon. The score resulting in favor of
Ott City i*to i«. —
Misses Jordan ami Sal lie
Adams spent Wednesday night with
Mrs. R. A. Haislip.
Several of the teachers of the local
school hiked about four miles in the
country Tuesday afternoon to ?Mt
some of thfe school children.
Christian Endeavor Mss^ffcg
Christian Endeavor «M Thursday
evening. A very interacting program
was given by the young folks.
The teachers attended the teachers
''meeting at Williamston Saturday.
A recital was given in the school
Heditoriam Thursday evening at 8:00
by tho music pupils.
B. T.JP. U. Meets
B. If. P. U. will meet at the Baptist
Chij/rh Sunday night at 6:45. An u*-
,teresting progiam will be given by
group number 4.
Mr. Bill Starr was a visitor in town
TOe Christian Endeavor social that
Was given at the town hall
eight, January 27, was enjoyed by all
Mr, George C- James, of Evaretta,
and Hiss Sadie Griffin, of Jameaville,
were married Wednesday evening at
the reeidenoo of C. B. Reddick in
Everetta, _ , * -
Their marriage, which was expect
ed by their frlta# to take plaee later
in surprise and was
witnessed by-only a few friends.
Mia. James Is the daughter of Mr.
i and Mrs. James Griffin, of Grifflna
' township, but she has spent the past
I few yea -s in Jamesville where she was
a popular and efficient operator for
the Williamston Telephone company.
; Mr. Jones is a -prominent planter of
the Cross Roads section of the county
and they will be at home after their
• bridal trip.
Williamston, Mai-tin County, North Carolina, Friday, February 1, 1924.
I TRUE FACTS PUT
1 BEFORE PEOPLE
' BY DR. JNO. BIuGS
! $300,000 Received By
Martin From Corpor
We take the following article
from the Herald written by
Dr. John D. Biggs. President of tie
Farmers ami Merchants Bank and
President of the North Carolina
This letter was written for the
purpose of setting the true stateme.it
of facta to the people. W1 en men see
statements made distorting the facts
they are to be commended for speak
ing out that the truth ma- be known.
The artWe fellows:
WHliain ton, N. C.
January 21, 1!»24.
Mr. W. H. Miseße. Editor. Roberson
Robenmnvßie, N. C
Dear Mr. MiseUt:
I read, with a great deal of interest.
,the attack made in your jiaper upon
the record of Mr. A. W. Mel ean as |
a member of the War Finance Corpor
ation. Of course I do not know all
about the workings of the War ( Fi
nance Corporation but 1 do know of
my own personal knowledge that the
War Finance Corporation did come to
the aid of every hank in Martin coun
ty that asked aid. My understanding
isthat both the banks in your town re
ceived help thni this Corporation and
thru the banks the fanners, merchants
and others wore helped. 1 know also
of my own knowledge that men re
presents the War Finance Corpor
ation visited every section of the State
and instructed bank men hf w to muke
out application blanks. The War Fi
nance Corporation did not loan direct
ly to individuals because they were
not allowed to dp so under the law,
but at least SBOO,OOO was loaned to
the people of Martin County thru the
banks, by the War Finance Corpor
ation. 1 am not particularly interested
In the fight/rfW on between the candi
dates fop'uevernoiship of our State,
imt.-1-4R Ulu> Jfcjgg fair play and t®.
wjF own attack made
on the record of Mr. McLean is not
true and is unfair and unjust.
JOHN D. BIGGS.
Pupils Of Secon dftrade
Give Small Play
The Williamston school is
now having the large* attendance in
its history. The spirit manifested in
both class work and ftthhtties is the
best seen for several years,
The first class entertainment since
the Christmas holidays was given in
the auditorium Tuesday by Mrs. J. L.
Williams' second grade, when the pu
pils gave the play "Snow White and
the Seven Dwarffe."
The characters were taken ss fol
lows: Snow White,~BSf&l> Frfenutn
Cone; The Wicked Queen, Jennie S.
Mpore; Gypsie Girl, Myrtle Woolarl
Brown; Liga, Grace T. Barnhlll; Prince
Billy Watta. The a sen dwarfs were
boys of the elaaa. All characters play
ed their pelts well sad showed good
The play was enjoyed by the er tire
school and s good number of visitors
and was inspiring to those who take
interest In the training of the rising
men and women. —,— /
OAK CITY SCHOOL
, For a pupil t» make the honor roll
a eeore of ltt peiati is necessaryyThe
scow ia made at the end of each
semseter. The honor roll is read in
pr««imc« of echaol and published in a
1 Rep. Boeiety ia debate * 25
2 Rep. eorioty in - ™
8 Making one or mora class teams 15
4 Making one or more school teams 40
5 General good behavior fO
0 Spending two bom per week in
7 A grade of M on two subjects .. 20
8 An average grade of 90 on all
aabjerte - P0
• Not being tardy daring semest
10 Net being nbeent daring n se
Tbono making above are as fellows:
Eleventh grade: SyUe Rom 186,
Ruby Moye 170, Ira Aiaaiey 140, Ru
dolph Whitley 140.
Tenth grade: Virginia* Hires 140.
Ninth grade: Hazel FDand 215, San
Long Johnson 180, Lillian Haislip 185,
Ss*** - *
! HINTS FOR A \
CLE ANII >|
-yt • v !
Rake The lards Ar '
Gardens And Be x
"If winter conies, can sj rfcg he far'
behind ?" This ques'ion ha it.; answer t
in every year. The duty. dirk drah j
days come; all fruit and Hewers., leaves
grass and vegetation die, ami ell
thiiigs have a sombre lock. iiu% thej
air pure and crisp, an 1 ihe birds j
chirp lustily even with snow flake*,
flying. These feathei**i creatures |
know tliat somewhere, somehow a I
warrtjer sun will shine, and begin t» j
plan for their loves nests to be bui't
when the leaves return.
Can we 1* mare l'oolish thnr they ? ;
During the cold dark days, thing;
have been neglected which if allowed '
to remain in that state will present a. 1
most unsightly aspect when the buds
begin to open. Now is tne tinie 16'
commence planning for a spring |
up and a more extensive bei.utify inp
scheme around each home and about |
the streets qf the town. Wit all .lie j
rubbish In a pile and ' urn it; rake?
the yards a"d gardens, so that when j
the griuss conies it will hiive a clean!
background. Repair or i ake away |
broken fences; plant a tree or shrub,,
and the result will lie marvelous wlie%;
spring and summer pa«a cur way.
To the City Father.-., 1 would sug- I
gest that wherever there is a repair!
shop or garage in the town, there one |
will find old outo«, and ever v carceiv
able piece of machinery thrown abou*,
making a most unsightly >n a'
scene which otherwise wotfltfae at
tractive. To clean these places Should
be an easy job-put the trash #en to
work along theway, ami when ltra"ir
er.» ride about the streets they wilt
fail to see the unattractive, as they
Main atreet has been paved, and this
has added greatly to the appearance
of the town —why not keep pace with
this improvement all through the
various sectleria? Ke.p this in mind:
qjjjfr apTtnn topmw.JHl ♦* aU her
heMyty and iria our Avty' to lie in a
state *ftC prepareilnf s to m#et her
W. n, GIRKIN,
Chairman of Henutiflt.ition Committee
'■ /V " "»v .
MRS. PEHL rai-
• HONOR OFBRIDI'
On Tusday evening at, tye home ol
Mrs. J. W. Maiuung on Church street,
Mrs. Klhert I'e.'l entertained at a
bridge and rook party complimenting
Mrs. H. Marriott Mritt whose mar
rii'ge has recenty lieen announced, and
who is one of the most popular brides
of the season.
~.;The reception hull, the mu-ie e«om
and the dining room wew opened to
gether and were decorated with winter
greens. The guests were received by
the hostess and the honorre who was
charming in an old rose heade ll
There were five tables of bridge and
two of rook. Mrs. James Staton made j
high score in bridge and M.s Myrtle!
Brown in rook and they were given
dainty handkerchiefs and the guest of
honor was presented a silver gift. I
Fancy cakes and ices were served
by M isses Margaret and Ruth Man-1
ning and Carrie l-ee Peel. The color
scheme of pink and whi'e were used
The guests included beside.- Mrs. Hritt
Mra. C. B. Hassell, Mrs Titus t'ritrh
e'r, Mrs. Roy Gurganus, Mrs. Francis
Eagan, Mrs. Oscar Anderson, Mrs. J.
G. ;>dard. Jr., Mrs. John W. Man
ning, Mrs. A. Hassell, Mrs. C. I>.
Anderson, of Tarboro, Mr*, l.uke
Lamb, Mrs. Myrtle lirown, Mr*. Hugh
Horton, Mrs. J. D. Woolard, Nfts. C.
A. Harrison, Mrs. G. M. Harrr on, Mu
Walter Orleann, Mrs. U Duke Crtich
er, Mrs W. B.*WatU, Mrs,. J. G.
S'aton, Mrs. A. R. Dunn ng, Mrs H.
D. Long, Mrs Cortex Green ar.d Misses
Vella Andrews, Daisy Wynn, Nelte
Wynne,- Elizabeth Burra->, Pj»ato!i.
H asset I, Margaret Everett, M: ry at 1
Lyda Cooke, and Nina Up'on
CELEBRATES 10TII j
BIRTH I) A Yj
ENTERTAINS IN HON OF 10 BIRI '
Yerf-erday afternoon from three toj
Ave at the home of her parents, Mr j
and Mra. Theodore Rolierion, on
Simmons avenue, Mis* I flliwt Ruth
Roberson wan at home to
hundred guests. SV is a
lar little girl and hai> a lanre tittle
of friends and they p*amted her with
numerous birthday remftnbr; nee*.
They spent the after—ea i» pusying
outside games until they fram invited
into the dinjng room wh*#e W err m
up* ««ka were .erred.
I HAW: MEICTIM;
I IN JAMESViLLi;
Report Shows («ood Gain
In The Bank's
I Th annual meeting >•". the stock-
| holders oi the el i-Jmosville wa -
: iieUl in that city lust Tuesday. Jaini- j
'I. he report of t!;e oth.eis showed a
'galli in the hank's assets with a
i substantial growth in defto-itS.
[ During ilio great pa' ic small hanks
ft\nuf it hard - to ox.i t ami several
found it unprofitable to operate and j
liquidated The Hank -of .lamesville, i
; however, stuck u> the job and ha
'served 'its conimuiiity ami i-s now i« i
, position to tvfTer more hccomodaitions*
Ito its patrons that ,it any time since t
'the panic came.
! A.> n ti>ken t'f tile 'u!> confidence' of
the stockiiolth • s ii the manageinent
hex reelecfej the - inje e|''u 'is Dr.
|J• 1". Smthw iek v.i, r'iH"ted.Pies'dent. |
Dr. Snuthw i-k ha net i>nl> helpod the |
| lank as an m 'initio", but ir so doing
j has enal 'ed the ban kto ' elp and serve
» >.hers. Mr. li. () Martin and Mr. 1..
tV-.; Micelle were aiain eh- ted \ire
i president s. .Tl ey ate : 1.-.o u ml-ers of
| toe ftiy nce coliimiHee ai d rr be ile
■ |iende I on to give cuieful attention
.to the loans nunle . ,li.y the bank.
I Marian (' Jackson was elected cashier
j and Andrei'' j. llulliv : n\, assistant
| cashier, boih of who n" a e caieful in
I ti.e det.:il> of the banking business
aiul keep '.fn-.gs up to the minute
T\e . i'ii' I nerd of oiiectors »vn.
' reelected a • '"yi'ows: • / *
J. E. .Nil til*: ik, I YV Miie'le, R.
0 Martin; .?. t; („l:nl, M. C .1 iek
senf E. !l A" iff, C A. Askevv. A*. K
Dunning, N. K. Man i»g. W llardi
•sm,. W. C. \l: iiuiinir. A* F.. Siallit-gs,
W. W. Walters, li tl. Sexton
WILSON INI C A
_ n ~
The Williams.tun Town Basket I'ill
team defeated the VV.ltoir Y team I ere
Tuesday in the* most thrilling
and exciting game witnessed here tl.i.
season to the count of .'!!) toUX. The
game wan slow but haul fouebt from
l>egfnniig to einl. 1,.. a! wi:e
doubtful CiMieerning victory th.
final quarter \\! en Wolf a-id Ins wor
thy mates rushed the Wilson boys oIV
their feet, lloth teams rliowrd lark
of,team work, but at no I me .as the
giinie void of "thrills. Fumbli ig and
|Mior p..:,s work kept the >ro e doiyn
on both lides. Uhabje to deposit tiie
The good repute of the Will rimstoii
tealn continues in fix*e, as~nit y to dale
have not been fairly beaten.
The Williamson io\.it le.-t tn jthryeif
well as a whole with Wolf .ii the out
. standing st.. r.
'I be Ijneup follows:
1 W ilnuii (2H) \\ liliainslon (:)ii)
Ross.. Has ell
l(. F. . '
j Turnage >i leans
j Moore Wolf
Davis ' M, rgolis
Thomlinson " v Taylor
i I. ;.
SERVICES AT THE
BAPTIST C HURCH
SKKVICE3 AT HAI'n.ST CHI RCII
Rev. W.. T. Bducom, of E kin, N. C. I
will preach at the Baptist c iureii here
Sunday morning ,ir, i evi ni n r and at |
I lied, lick's (iiovo.in IhtL.afn riio .n
J Sunday school at y:4fi a. in —J.
You are invited to tittend these
ii?CFnrMr'~v \ \ in' vmrrvr —
I On the night of February Bth the
[National Trio will present a program-
Jin Windsor consisting of' two 'short
I plays and musicT Mr. Elial "Way 7
J famous as a producer of one-a'ct plays,
I has »electe«i the artists who are to
I appear in this program and a real en
-1 teilainment is pronii-sed. The music
| will be of such a rharacled as to: lend
character to the plays.
Show begins at B;.'U», lie.Cross
f • * J i ■ ■
*' ■ f
Mr. John Alfred I'hili>ot caught the
early coast line train this morning for
VMiss Mary -White left yestertiay af
ternoon for Greenville wbese she has
accepted a position with L. G. Cooper,
TO OPEN HERE
IN NEAR FUTURE
Such A Store Is Badly
Needed In Our
I , j
!>i a l ive \t issue of The Knterprise
in vtio i was made of the need for a:
■ guo l hardware store in our city. We
t ;te informed ihat such a thing is to'
jbe a reality in the very near future. j
' r'.t present most merchants carry a,
»uiail .stovk of hardware such as meet*
the eve'y day calls, hut no ones pays
t nt> ugh attention to it to carry a
I com pie e line. We mean when
a complete line a line that will draw
' |H»ople here'to have their needs filled,
, - iot a line that will make them dis
-usted and send them elsewhere,
j It is riot know definitely just where
Itlie istore will lie located, but it is
I understood that the store will be locat
led on Washington street,
j Williamston needs such a variety of
|stores that people here will s not have
| > go away to supply their needs, but]
that people from afar might come here
The Memorial ltaptist . urch gave
their retiring pastor, Rev. A. V. Joy
tier a public * reception Wednesday
evening from '9 to 11 at the beautiful
I home of Mr and Mrs. Wheeler Mar
j liev. Mr. Joyner, with Mrs. Joyner,
accompanied by the other city pastors
and wives received the large number
of citizens of the town who i>*id then
tribute of love to the retirfng pastor
, for the good work he has done in the
town and community.
Mr. Joyner has been pastor of the
I'.aptist church here for four years
a d has not confined his activities to
his church only, but has gone out in
every field where go,id might be done
and has helped in civic work as well
t*-in church work. He is ready to 1
carry his share of burdens as well as
drink of the pleasures. He goes away
TroTii us To - S hew work" yith the
testimony from his own church that
he.is a good pastor, fiom all a goojl
preacher and from the public, a good
Citizen and the people generally re-
J.gTet to see him go.
. | His iew pastorate .will be with the
,1 Temple Church tit Wilmington which
, j is. a .splendid chtm h. We are sure this
| church will find a faithful leader in
[their new pastor Mr. Joyner is of the
■ temperment to make friends quickly
.ind io hold them fust when made
whiei i a great us.et to ; preacher
I a w '! sto a j>olitican >r any pro
i fesj■ " t>". incs-
_ MENT IN THIS __
" j We are printing in this issue part
rot" the .statement of expenditures for
' Mnrtin county f.om December 1922 to
1 to December 1923. In the statement
' can be seen where every penny of the
j county's niongy was spent dtiring that
' time. ' * t,
The people are always anxious to
know how theii; mouev is spent and
will find it interesting to study this
The County commissioners author
ize tlie.se expenditures ami they have
|to do just like an individual does ffn
j his expenditures. The commissioners
have to care for the poor, the courts
j the bridges and the many other things.
SERVICES AT THE
I EPISOPAL CHURCH
•Sunday school, U :4& a m. —II .M.
| Htuhbs, Supt.
Holy Communion X a.m.
Morning prayer and sermon II a.m.
Kvenif.g prayer and sermofti7:Bo p.
I m. -
I'uhlie conliajly inbited to attend
I these services,......
TF K WKKVHSK—
I SER VICES AT THE
Sunday School 9:46 every Sunday.
Preaching by tb«* pastor even- first,
third and fourth Sundays, 11. a. m. and
7:30 p'. in.
I'rayer meeting every Wednesday
evening to 8 p.-m.
E. D. DODII, Pastor.
Mrs. liettie Graen and Misses Bessie
(Jreen visited friends in town today.
Mr. Charles Sawyer, Jr., of Wiad>
sor, was in town yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Morton have
taken an apartment in the Tar Heel,
Building. . |
WATCH THE LABEL OJT YOUB
PAPER. IT CARRIES THE DATS
YOUR SUBSCRIPTION EXPIRES
COURT HELD HERE
No Recorders Court For *
The Next Two
I Recorder's court had only one visitor
last Tuesday and it being of a civil
j variety there was little to be done,
j This court was one of the shortest
I hel by Judge Smith in some time.
| There will be no Recorder's court
next week or week after next, because
of Superior Court will be in session
duri.ig the two week*.
The teaching of vocations has been
a legitimate objective in the school -
system of our State for some time.
Particularly have the high school
teachers been informed that their work
was the preparation of children for
j the vocatiors thaj: they intended to
i fit themselves for in the society of the
time in which they would live. The
writer has no intention of taking issue
with this purpose of high school teach,
Nevertheless, enthusiastic rural
teachers who under the pre -ent condi
tions are conducting one, two, three
and four room schools, have inad
ver*ently fallen into the idea that
domestic science, vocational agricul
ture, and manual training- must be
taught in their schools. Other subjects
such as industrial ait and instrumen
tal music are felt to be obligations.
Also the local commit eeman has
persuaded one of the teachers in such
schools that his son or daughter must
have special high .school instruction.
But the State has said we hand you
a register in which is an elerruitary
list of books adopted for pupils' use.
> This coune must be taught first.
Permit me to say that the time for
select ion of a life's work is hardly in
an elementary school of seven grades,
pailicularly• rural elementary schools
suph as i* described rbove. Nor can
we 1m• certain, that the time is ripe
for choosing a vocation for life when
children attend a small high school of
al guidance can l>est be offered when
physical and mental ages ripen the'
subject in to a "cause and effect"
reasoner. Hut that is aside. What
shall we do with the vocations in the
.The first duty in these elementary
one, two, three and four-room schools ""
is to give our boys, ami girHT the min
imum essentials of,a liberal training,
the tools with which to attack and the
spirit of attack and subject matter.
The teaching of reading, writing and '
arithmetic in a thorough manner,
while not the sine qua non nor the
ne plus ultra, make up TIOW and will
constitute the bulk of the material
suhjpet matter. The capacity to read,
write-iuid 'calculate with reasonable _
facility 1 , therefore, should be the aims
of our rurnl elementary schools before
attempting some other task. How may
a teacher e cape theso numerous de-
mands ? The answer is make no ef
fort to escape but make capital of the
situa' ion. She should study carefully
the occupations practiced in her com
munity and the occupational ambi
ti»*is of her children. Then utilize this
information in teaching the"adopted
subject matter. That is any informa
tion of a pupil relative to the occupa- ,
tions practiced in the community is a
valuable means of interpreting similar
( ideas that will be found in the new
texts. For example, a pupil thorough
ly familiar with the procedure of sow
ing fertilizer would he more readily
learn to add and divide if his examples
in arithmetic dealt with so many
pounds of guano to lie distributed on
an acre plot of so many rows. In a
similar manner each phase of making
a I wful living in your school district
ma> well be capitalized. Do. not let
the aim to make farmers out M of ele- \
nenlary school pupils embarrass you
hut rather use farming in such a way "T
as to teach the adopted subjects. An
effort to teach everything requested in
rural elementary schools can only re
sult in poor teaching of the essentials,
a neglect of one part of the work for
the emphasis of another and fintUy 4
the contempt of those humored. There
is raaJi-ai?"ii job in every rural school
of our county. ,
I confes4 litle sympathy with the
Idea o"f compelling the son of a farm
er to become a farmer. It ift too much
like' Germany. Develop the sons of
' farmers to the reasoning age sad let
the soul of each express itself in the
choice of making «n honorable living.
Self-expression should be the sonl of
Mr. Bruce Wynne, who is attending
(Trinity College, Durham spent fe«
I days here this week. He left yesterday
afternoon for Greenville where he will