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VOLUME XXVI—NUMBER 26
Williamston High School
Closed Doors Last Night
With Graduation Exercises
Dr. H. M. Poteat Makes
Fine Address; Prizes
Are Presented 7
The graduation exercises of th« lo
cal high school were the most bril
liant held here in years. The gradu
ating class, composed of Misses Viv
ian Taylor, Ellen Cowing, Frances
Hoyt, Margaret Manning, Laura Or
leans, Pattie Edmondson, Josephine
Sykes, Messrs. Gsylord and Bill Hsr
* 'fison, Robert Manning, George Harris,
jr., Benjamin Courtney, Fred Taylor,
and John Booker, Here presented di
plomas. It is one of the largest
classes in the history of the school.
Those graduating from the gram
mar school and receiving certificates
were Katherine Hardison, Anne May
Williams, Virginia Harrison, Margar
et Rodgerson, Thelma Cook, and
Mary Carstarphen, Homer Barnhill,
Alton Daniel, Edwin Peel, Hibbel Liv
erman, William James, jr., Claude B.
Clark, jr., A. J. Manning, jr. and Paul
Certificates of honor were given all
students who had not been tardy nor
missed a day daring the past session
of the school.
Special mention and prolonged ap
plause were given little Miss Kath
erine Hardison ai\d Robert Brown, jr.,
each of whom have not been tardy
or missed a day from school in seven
In behalf of the chamber of com
merce, Secretary R. L. Coburn pre
sented Miss Margaret Manning with
a medal which is given annually to
the best all-round pupil in the high
. school. In' a few very flattering
words he made the presentation.
The program for the occasion was
attractively arranged. After a
verse of "America, the Beautiful,"
was sung, invocation was made by the
Rev. E. D. Dodd. The address of
welcome was made by Miss Margaret
Manning, then a chorus "Voices of the
Woods," was rendered before Prof.
J. S. Seymour introduced Dr. Hubert
M. Poteat, of Wake Forest College.
Dr. Poteat, making a ftWT>uhgent
remarks in his preliminary, one of
which was that he thought there
should be a law passed which would
forbid graduating speeches, especiallj
the serious ones, when the young peo
ple were so joyful and happy, brought
the audience to his feet and everyone
present followed him constantly for
the 30 minutes that he a poles.
He said that the trtmpet had
sounded the call to war not long since
and we had nobly responded. But
that there were other calls to war
which we are bound to respond or
oar great nation will /all.
First, he mentioned the call to the
war on ignorance. He gave statis
tics that were not boresome but awe
some in their vastnoos, comparing the
amount spent for education with that
spent for nonessentials and luxuries.
But "Education not built upon char
acter is a heinous counterfeit,'" he em
phasized with all his power. Training
for service the faculties God gave us
is education, and this educstion should
come from the schools, the homes, and
the churches," he said.
Dr Poteat gave the evangetlsts who
are joing over the country now and
denouncing education and educated
men and women a rap, declaring it an
outrage against society that they
should be allowed to go abroad and
preach ignorance instead of learning
from the pulpits of God's houses.
Another war to be fought is against
vice, the double standard of morals
for men and women and strong drink
being two things fliat every man and
woman should arise and say, "I will
go and fight."
"Filth and disease sKould be stamp
ed out," and a war raged against
them, said the speaker, and ha showed
, how lax in ess and ignorance spread dis
ease. The rat, fly, and mosquito
should be fought against, because they
are the greatest germ carriers.
The fourth war, against graft and
corruption, can be waged successfully
only when our people are educated a
long the lines of cltixenshlp. He said
that eitisenship is just as ilTOh a pro
fession as law and medicine.
This thought was closely fllied with
the next, which was developed on the
need of alUgiance and loyalty to our
. government "There are Tt uewspo
pers, 40 propaganda organisations,
and 28 national societies at work- a
gainst our government," declared the
speaker, and unless our American peo
ple arise to light against them they
will undermine its foundation.
Perhaps no part of the learned doc
tor's speech was more stranger put
than his indictment against Intoler
ance and bigotry. "No mfn las a
| Campfire Speedster
"Radio", Campfire Girls' message
carrying pigeon, safe on the
shoulder of Katherine Hay Jen, af
ter a flight from Chicago „to New
York hi which he equalled the time
i*i!u "Ti.f iHtii C.T'.ury,, train.
SENIORS CLASS DAY
Seniors Made Defendants in Mock
Court Scene at Graded School
' At the graded school aaditorium
Wednesday night a representative au
dience of the whole town heard tlie
class day exercises of Williamston's
largest graduating class.
Planned and gotten up by Mrs. W.
H. Harrell and Miss Eva Peel, who
have helped the sniors in their work
and in their play and many times
given them hours and hours of extra
time to help them over the rocky road
to graduation, the exercises were thor
oughly enjoyable. Especially so to
those intimately associated with the
members of the class.
The exercises carried out through
the court play, the "The Court of .Edu
cational Adjustments," were unusual.
Judge Benjamin Courtney, Attorney
Robert Manning, "Foreman of the
Grand Jury Laura Orleans, Clerk Mar
garet Manning, and Sheriff Fred Tay
lor held court and found of
wasting time, Ulking too much, tim
idity and bashfulness, chewing gum,
heart smashing and many other sim
In the procedure of the court the
judge and every officer became involv
ed in the cases. The judge gave sen
tences and fines. Bill Harrison, as a
prophet, was ordered to foretell the
future of the members of the class.
Miss Frances Hoyt, the class poet, had
to read the class poem.
right to dictate and force his beliefs
on noother, for no man is infallible,"
ha said. The fact that the church
schools and the State schools are be
ing criticised for their teaching* |
brought a clear-cut answer from Dr.
Poteat as to what Wake Forest andj
the ether schools of Norih Carolina f
arc teaching, in the following words:,
"Almighty God made the heaven and
earth. The Bible is the inspired word
of God. ..Jesus, His only Son, died for
our redemption." He also stated that
colleges, aside from the churches and
the homes, were tl>? trreatest educa
tional forces. /
Lost but not least was a call to tKe,
young men and women starting out in;
their lives to enlist in the war agSinst
sin. "One is for Him or against Him,"
and many, even preachers, are
Him, because they are not doirig God's
work. It is the only life US' lead, and
a definite task should be undertaken,
not as a means of a 'living," but of
building a character.
In closing, very impressively he
"The Son of God goes forth £o war
A kingly crown to gain;
; His blood-red banner streams afar,
Who follows in His train?"
Professor Seymour gave a brief res
ume of the year's work, and paid a
loving tribute to the teachers and the
boys and girls who have made the
work so successful. He has the love
of his pupils and throtigh the heariy
cooperation of all concerned the school
has accomplished great results. ~
Miss Lours Orleans, winner of the
first honors, made the valedictory ad
dress. This feature of the program
was also very enjoyable.
After a chorus, "Out With the
Tides," good-hlghf was sold by Ph>-
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, May 15.1925
ON GRAND JURY;
Editor of Washington Daily News:
Overlooks Fact That Grand Jury
Investigated Officers *
It was the hope of the people of |
Martin County that the humiliation of
the recent unfortunate happening j
which occurred in our county might
be allowed to pass away and that its j
citizens might live in the sunshine- of
charity. . But, apparently, not so. 1
Even our friend and neighbor, the;
Washingto/i Daily. NeW.s, continues to
sandpaper and salt us.
In an editorial of' the 14th they |
bitterly assail the office of Martin i
The Enterprise had purposely in-1
tended to "open not its mouth'' in the
matter, and certainly not until'the
trial was over, because it, like all
other Martin County citizens, was
anxious to see justice done and every j
man brought to justice.
We feel now that it wilt not be the
maijly .thing to stand by and see in
justice done. The editorial states that
"There, was some surprise Hint the
sheriff and clerk of tourt did not efiir.o ,
in for a reprimand and even disnjis-f
- Now, the Daily Nows may have been
surprised, but the honest and intelli
gent citizens of Martin County wye j
not surprised. And they
ple who select and eletit officers
of their county end ywclt their acts
and hold them for what
tliey do t>r fail to do.
Again, the News say "The
slate will not/have been wiped clean
until these £Wo officers arfe discharged
anil men of courage and honesty of
purpose appointed in their places
Then, and only then, will the people
of Martin County l.ave done their full
Well, Mr. Editor of the Daily News,
have you made a true and exhaustive
investigation of the whole matter, jus
as the court and grand jury ciiil, or
have you filled your mind with the
office-seekers' propaganda, which fills
the air, until you are, liable to full in
It might be well for the News to
inquire about the character, standing,
integrity,'courage, and. honesty of- R.
J. Peel and Sheriff Roberson. There|
are 20,000 peopla in Martin County,:
most of whJhn know both of these!
officers. ,iAsk them.
The grand jury of the £ounty should
take the sayings of the Daily News
us an insult. They examined every!
man who claimed to know -anything!
against the officers; nor did they stopj
there, they sent for every person sup-j
posed to know anything pertaining to
the case, either ,near or remote, and
made a long and tedious investigation,
lasting a week. At all times Ihe jury
was keeping close to the judge and
solicitor for all necessary advice. i
We submit that the Daily News
might be able to get some informa
tion by consulting the IK Martin Coun
ty citizens drawn as grand jurors,
sworn and duly charged with the sa
cred duty of preserving the peace and
dignity of the Stgte. They have made
a report satisfactory to the court,
but will gladly give the Daily News
any information it wishes.
The officers in question do not gam
ble nor get drunk. They stay close
to their duties and are highly respect
ed by the people of their county.
Now, the Daily News can find that
propaganda has been heralded from
"Goose Nest to Gauk" by ollice seek I
irs jtr ying toi plunrw+.if it will go to
the bottom of the case.
Martin County frankly admits many
but,still claims the sense Of
justice nnd honor to want right to
prevail. It also claims suflcient in
telligence to distinguish risrht fron
j Do Yba Want » Boykfa Figure? * 1
Do « Won Uta Bvew* d U»
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Alfred P. Griffin
Sentenced by Error
Alfred I'. Gurkiu's name ap-f I
pea red in the list of those sen
tenced to prison, which was an
error of the tourt. However, the
judge found Ue h.td made Jhe mis
take in names and convened his j
sentence to a tuu\'
Griffin nei.her raised a"'hand nor
v \had „a voice in the nialtei, leav
ing the crowd as soon t as hi' found
that Violence was threatened.
Be Thou to nie a rock of habi
tation, w hereunto i may continu
ally-- resort *- * * for Thou
art my rK'k ami my fortress.—
j By REV'. C. O. I'ARDO
i JTliis present day in the affairs of'
conization is thy day when men are
\yotit to reduce most everything to-the
By investigation and research, study
And experimentation, mankind husj
/been able o discover some of the most j
j fundamental truths and causes which j
have long been hUUUui from man. For
i instance, in the field of science, men
: have discovered the basic principles
j govei ting the earth's activities in the
solar system. Today we may know
what phenomena will-occur among the
planets 2b, even a hundred, years be
fore the event lakr.s plate ;
In the field of invention, which is
closely allied with 'science), man has
overcome time and space by the per
fecting of telegraphy, telephone, and
radio. Transportation has shortened
the time of traveling tli ■ distance of
tiO miles—which used to require at
least five or six hours by a fast
hoi'se—to a matter of minutes by au
tpmobile and airplane.
MedH'al and scfence have so
far progressed, until by plastic sur-
Kt'ty, a man's middle finger is taken
from a band and grafted onlo his face
and it becomes a nose.
| -I read an account this morning of;
a scientist, Dr. Oscar Riddle, of the
I Carnegie Institute, who has. a young!
pigeon which started life a,s a female, j
laid eggs, hatched, and mothered!
I young. Then, after an infection of a|
I gland, it hist i's female characteristicsi
I and is now a male.
Dr. -C. E, Seashore, of the State J
I University of lowa, has succeeded in
| photographing the air disturbances
j eaused by the human voice in sing
j ing. The fact is, science today is ac-
I complishing the impossible of yester
| day and realizing just a glimpse of
In the field of religion, however,
man has made lit tie progress. Per
haps the reason for this is that re
i ligious investigators have confined
' their investigations to God, and not
to man anil MS" relation to God. The
Bible—the Scriptures of the Old and
New Test aments —contains a wonder
ful record of human expcrlence.f-*with
God. Not one single glim'pse of Godj
not one word from Goil, a
knowledge of God inive that given us
by men; men like Abraham, Jacob,
Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Isaiah,
We who are Christians believe that
the only rwelation of God to man
was I hrough the Sob of God, who took
upon Himself human form, in order
thai we could comprehend Rod. There
! fore, If yofi wan' to know more abput
| God, you must learn through the hu
manity of Jesus; ihe human experi
ences of His Apostles; our own ex
periences in applying His ways, His
word, His fraca to our every-day hu
man lives. The man who would know
God must -experience God. "You be
jBJT human, can not investigate God,
who is divine.
The writer of 'he psalm cried out!
BEGIN MAY 24
Christian Federation Again Reminds
Public of Stewart-Goodchild
We desire to again call the atten
tion of the public to the evangelistic
services to be held in the Roanoke
Warehouse, beginning May 24 and
lusting through June 7th, being two
weeks. These services are to be con
ducted by Rev. William Stewart, of
lturlington, N. C., and the song serv
ice will be under the direction of Rev.
li. C. Goodchild, also of Burlington.
This meeting is to be non-denomina
tional, and the cooperation of every
church and the Christian people of the
town and surrounding country is earn
estly requested and sought. It is our
desire and prayer that the name of
Christ shall be magnified and glori
fied by a great ingatherjnig of souls
into His Kingdom and a general re
vival and rededication of . Christian
people, and this alone is our earnest
and heartfelt prayer.
We have just seen the terrible con
sequence and result of sin. How it
not only stins the guilty, but how its I
penal'y is visited upon the innocent;
and guiltless. Oh, how we ought to |
liate the devil ami sin and how we I
ought to fight it with*all our strength
and might, and the only sure and ef
fective victory is through Jesus Christ.
The devil has won a mighty victory
for the time being over Christianity.
Are we, as representatives of Christ,
going to allow sin anil the devil to
continue victorious? God forbid.
Christ is calling His people t'o arms,
to take a Arm stand for the right and
truth, to uphold His name, to proclaim
His unsearchable riches to a lost
world. Are you going to answer this
call, Christians? If so, will you be
gin to pray earnestly for this me'et
ing? Ask Gpd to revive our own
hearts and to anoint us afresh from
on high, and that the blood-stained
banner of Christ may be held aloft
that Williamston and Martin County
may see the Saviour nailied tto and dy
ing upon the cross for the remission
of sins.—(Williamston Laymen's
C lass of 1925 Is Being
The graduating class of 1926 is be
ing exiensively entertained. A veri
table round of gaieties liegan Tues
day night when Misses l'attie Ed
mondson and Josephine Sykes enter
tained the class at the home of Miss
Sykes on Church Street.
They served a delicious salad at
the conclusion of a very pleasant even
Thursday evening immediately af
ter th.fe program the olass was invited
by Mrs. F. W. Hoyt to her home on
Muin Street. For the occasion the
lovely home was made more beautiful
by the use of quantities of sweet peas,
Hie class flowers.
An ice course of cream and home
made cake, anTTmlnts and salted nuts
Tonight Mr. and Mrs, B. S. Court
ney will entertain the yountf mem
bers of the class in honor of thei/
son, Benjamin, who is a member of
the class., Monday they will go to
Kay's Camp and Tuesday night they
will be the guests of Miss Eva Peel,
a member of the high school faculty,
at the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. R. J. Feel. ,
CHURCH OF THE ADVENT
Itev. C. O. Psrdo, Rectoi
8 III) a. m.—Holy Communion.
9.48 a. m.—Church' school.
, 10.00 a. m.—Advent Bible Class,
Hon. Clayton Moore, teacher;
11.00 1. m.*—Morning prayer and
8.30 p. m.—Ho|y Trinity Mission.
8.00 p. m.—Evening prayer and ser
mon. , .
"Thou art my rock and my fortress."
How did he know? He had experi
The religious man or woman, «?ho
lives in thejitate of complacent assur
ance that God is their rock of defense,
their fortress against sin, the world,
and the devil, are men and wowen who
in the weakness of their humanity
have thrown themselves upon the di
vine love and mercy of God. They
fave not investigated the incarnation
of Christ, nor understood, perhaps, the
mystery of the resurrection, much less
have they comprehended the Holy
Spirit, who like the winds of heaven,
"bloweth where it listeth," but dreamy,
assurance from the experiences of
other men and women who hsve trust
ed in God. They, too, hsve thrown
themselves upon God's love and mercy,
and repentant but trustingTlkve cried
"Be Thou to me a rock of liabltation,
whereunto I may continually resort;
Thou has given commandment to save
me, for-Thoo art my rock and i»»y-for
tress." • *
Bethel Policeman Injured
In Attempting Arrest of
Noted Negro Moonshiner
1 Btst U. S. Athlete
'ky. orbet rgA UnivM^
Wy. won the fsmous Decathlon
ehsmpionship M the Penn Relay
femes, stamping himself tbe kes
*ll-«round sthelete in the U. &
TAKEN TO JAIL
Sherifl and Four Deputies Take Nin
iuoh Members to Penitentiary
at ItaleiKh Today
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The nine men convigted in the 1
Needieman case were taken to Kaleigli
this morning by Sheriff Koberson and
After all the excitement of jthe crimei
and the long bitter trial and the smoke!
of prejudice hus lifted, it would not]
be amiss to say that the Stute of
Nortii Carolina has never in i}.s his
tory received in a body nii>e better
prisoners. It is true that they slipped
from the true line of good citizenship
and performed a terrible and unlaw
ful act, but when it comes to honesty
of purpose and faithfulness to duty
these prisoners will stand true. They
will obey the regulations of those who
are appointed over them, and so far
as being workers, North Carolina will
find them amoiiß the" best. k
Impulse ted them into the commit
ting.,o£,an awful and dangerous crime.'
Most of them made due confession and
impressed, those who saw and heard
them with their honesty, frankness
and truth. . \.
The sheriff thut no mem
bers of tbe families of the men visit
the jail this morning to bid them
good-by. Having let each and every
friend or loved one that really want
ed to tell their good-by visit the jail
yesterday, be was very firm about
their coining unywhere near the jail
this morning. In deference to the of
ficer they did us he said, and there
was no one there to make the leave
fakinx harder on'the men. When they
passed through the main thoroughfare
of the town Elder rttoije waved a
feeble farewell to friends in thfe'ir
places of business. There was no ex
citement and commotion connected
with their leave taking.
Kinds Pistol in Street and While
Plsyiag With It Gets Shot
Last night Maud Tankard, a colored
woman while going to her home, on
West* Main Street, found a pistol in
the street near tbe home of Mr. W. T.
Meadows. She picked it up and start
ed to her home a few blocks away,
before going in the house she shifted
it to her other band arid was'playing
with it when it fired. The ball enter
ed the' top of her foot, inflicting a
painful and perhaps a dangerous
The law does n|t seem to lessen the
pistol-carrying habit. Some person
must have accidentally lost he pis-J
to| ifl passing along the street.
NOTICE OF MASONIC
There will lie a special comniunics
tion of Skewarkee I»dge, No. 90, A.
F. A A. M., tonight at 8.00 o'clock.
Work in the Master Mason's degree.
All Master Mssons In good standing
are cordially inivlted to attend.
Mr. W. T. Hunter Home
Mrs. W. T. Hunter, who has been
-spending -several months in -Florida,
has returned to her home.
**DVERp'SER.S WILL FIND OUR
COLUMNS A LATCHKEY TO 1600
HOMES OF MARTIN COUNT!
L. H. Martin Attacked
With Knite; Has to
Wednesday evening Mr. L. H. Mar
tin, liethel policeman,* accompanied by
Dean Jones, entprci .1 targe tract of
woods' near the l'te-Manin County
line, where they found a still and sev
eral barrels,.of b#er wjiich was in a
condition to run. I ptfti this evidence
they hid, and'within a short time* John
Eddie I'itt and his brother appeared
on the scene artel proceeded at on**; to
make preparations fui the .operation
of the still. The brother of John Ed
die placed the cap on _the jilill while
he built the tire. 1
After watting for several -mihutea
uiitil could jnake cSftAideiabte
progress, in the tnanuPucture of the
liquor Martin and Jone-T "walked up,'
e; cti going for - one man. Jones fol
lowed his man into the .woods aim soon
it»Ußht ami returned with him, but
when Martin told hi* uegrq to put up
hi* hands he jumped on him ami pro
ceeded to carve him with a knife. Mar
in was heavily clad, wearing a coat,
sweater, and vest, preventing the ne
gro from cutting him severely, tliaugh
"Hi-Nut Tils coat practically off. "Oilier
than \he cutting of his coat, Martin
was not injured, with the exception
of a slight cut in the back.
Hcfore the fight was over, Martin
succeeded in freeing his head from
the firm grip of the negro's arm, af
ter Which I'itt grabbed for an axe ly
ing near the scene, but before he
could reach it Martin shot him through
the back, the ball passing through one
of hfs lungs.
The negro fell and begged Murtin
not"-to shoot him again, as he had"'"'
killed him. Soon thereafter Jones .re
turned with his negro and they ,were
placed under arrest. A curt and mult
were summoned to carry the supposed
dying man home, but before the "am
bulunce" arrived I'itt recovered suffi
ciently to walk home with his brother.
Dr. Garrington, who. is attending
the negro, says his chances for re
covery are very good, and unless com
plications set in he will recover.
The lift family, which lias a no
torious record as liquor manufacturers
have been in the business'tor several
years on a lurge scale. John Kd Firt
is now under an indictment in the
United States court for operating a.
moonshine still on the 1" h -of No
vember. He would have been tried
at the recent term of the Federal
court held at Washington, but all the
witnesses could not be reached.
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Dust Rose Hushes to
, Raleigh, May 12.—I'owdery mildew
and blotch, two very common diseases
of the rose, is now beginning to ap
peur, but may be controlled effective
ly by dusting with sulphur-arsenate,
made by mixing ll> parts of finely
ground -sulphur to one part "of dry
powdered arsenate of leud.
dust material amounts almost
to a specific for the two rose diseases."
The material should be thoroughly
mixed "before applying and dusted on
the pluntis with a dust gun. If a dust
gun is no tuvailable one may use the
homemade device of a cloth sack on a
Dr. F. A. Wolf, plant disease investi
gator for the North Carolina Experi- ,
ment Station, recommends that the
dust be put oh when the plants are
damp with dew or rain. Several-ap
plications at intervals of a few days
may be necessaiy to bring the disease
under control, but best success.always
follows where the dusting* is started
with the nrst appearance of the dis- '
Dr. Wolf states that .the rambler
group of roses is subject to mildew,
but it destructive to bush roses!
on the other hand, blotch is confined
almost entirely to bush roses ami near
ly all ramblers are free from its at
tack The mildew is characterized by
,1 frosty or' powdery on the
1 aves, young stem. and flower buds.
The nffected buds eiiher wpen
or the flowers are imperfect. Ulotch
shows itself by the presence of targe •
black patches on the leaves. As the
blotches develop, the leaves a
Ught. green, then yellow, and finally
drops off.~**This will so weak-n the
vigor of the plant »hut few flowers
will be formed.
"Dusting is better than *jjr»."intf,"
says Dr. Wolf, "because the liquid
sprays discolor the foliage and flow
efs with the dried coettng." ' ~j
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Siceloff and Mr*.
J.-D.—Thrower are spending today in