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VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 11
Rules And Regulations For
County And Group-Center
Schools Divided Into 3
Groups, According to
The county commencement to be
held in Robersonville Saturday, April
24, is not for the purpose of having
a tinsel or tin-foil parade, a show, or
anything of that nature; but, accord
ing to those in charge, will be held
with an endeavor to show fathers and
mothers and friends results obtained
the school year. The com
mencement is to offer an opportunity
to live teachers a chance to compare
the results of their teaching with those
of like teachers in similar situations.
Two preliminary contests will be
held, and those winning in these con
tests will take part/in the commence
ment in Robersonville. The first pre
liminary will be held in Oak City April
10, and Goose Nest, Hamilton, Pop
lar Point, Cross Roads, and Rober
sonville township schools will take
part in it The other will be held in
JamesviUe April 17 when schools of
Jameßville, Hear Grass, Williams,
Griffins, and Williamston Townships
will take part. Those winning in these
contests will go to the county-wide
meet in Robersonville April 24.
The schools have been divided into
three groups, placing them all on a
same competitive basis.
The general rules and regulations
for the contest as announced by the
county superintendent, K. A. Pope, are
aa follows: ' t
» All schools are provided for and ex
pected to participate. Actual results
growing out ol the year's work in
each teacher's class room should be
presented in the commencement. We
are not to neglect class-room work,
nor to prepare a tinsel or tin-foil pa
"rade nor to piesent a ehuw or parade,
but we are lo endeavor to show
lathers and mothers and friends re
sults obtaiued during the year. This
commencement is to offer an oppor
tunity to live teachers who wish a
chance to compare the results of their
school teaching with that of like
teachers in similar situations.
Therefore, the schools are grouped
Group I. Contains schools of six
or more teac iters: Jamesviile, Rober
sonville, Williamston, Oak City, Ever
ett*, Hamilton, and Bear Grass.
Group 11. Contains schools of three
teachers, not to exceed five teachers ■
Parmele, Has.sell, Sandy Ridge, Farm
Life, and Gold Point.
Group 111. Contains Bchools of two
teachers or less, viz: All other Bchools
of the county not mentioned above.
Mo school in Groups 1 and 11 will be
allowed to compete with schools in
Group 111, except in spelling contest
A, arithmetic contest C, and story
telling contest B. Success in the above
mentioned contests depends more on
the ability of the individual pupils
than on the size of the Bchool.
Each committee shall purchase rib
bons as follows for awards: For first
place, blue and white; for second place
red and white; and for third place,
green and whit*. These awards shall
be made for group-center contests, and
the county-wide contests. At group
center or county-wide contests the
winning school shall be determined for
each group of schools. At county
wide commencement the winning
school in each contest shall be award
ed 6 points, the second order of choice
shall be awarded 3 points, and the
third order of choice shall be awarded
2 points. Blank tabulation of score
sheet* will be furnished both for de-
"Not So Long: Ago"
With Betty Bronson
and Ricardo Cortez
Yakima Canutt in
Also 2-Reel Comedy
Two Shows—7 and 9
■ ■ i
Huge Crowds Attend Opening Day;
Will Rogers and Beaaty Queens
Were Chief Attractions
East t i n Carolina displayed its best
in the exposition, which was formally
oper.ed Monday afternoon at 3 /-
clock. The things and the crowd
showed that N. G. Hartlett knows his
we;!; when it cornea to showing East
ern North Carolina to its best advan
tage. Whrn the folks all got in the
big expositian hall, it looked like every
pretty gH Jin the East was there.
Every seat was taken at both the af
ternoon and night performances and
hundreds were turned away. The floor
space was jammed with the products
of the eastern section.
The main events for Monday were
the pretty girls, who were brought on
the stage in the queen's contest, and
Will Rogers, who is humanity so you
car understand it; nature just as it is.
. Of course, the De Reske quartette
was fine and much enjoyed.
So far the exposition is the most
elaborate of any heretofore held. The
decorations are elaborate and the
lighting makes a most beautiful ef
Anna Case will be the chief draw
ing card tonight Every program dur
ing the week is rare and high class.
Will Rogers and his rope were
worth the price of a whole season
ticket, even if he had not opened his
tail contest scores and for the sum
mary of score*.
Rules in Common for AB Contests
at Group Centers and County-
I. Any group-center contest is a
preliminary in which contestants in a
group are to be eliminated, thus en- I
titling the best to entry in the county
wide contests at Robersonville. Thus !
winners from the initial contests at
group centers should enter the county
wide contests. AU schools shaU par
ticipate in the spelling contest A, in
the primary story-telling contest B,
and in arithmetic contest C. Each i
school should enter five contests if it I
hopes to win the highest honors. A 1
school of Groups 1 or II (defined
above) should enter spelling contest
A, primary story-telling contest B,
arithmetic contest C, pageant contest 1
D, and choral contest E. A school of
Group 111 should enter spelling con
test A, primary story-telling contest
B, arithmetic contest C, grammar
grade recitation conUst F, and singing 1
contest G. Schools not placed in a
group center will be entiUed to send j
representatives directly to the county
All contests at group centers and at
county-wide commencement begin at
11. Contestants—ln all contests)
each student must be a bona fide stu-1 1
dent of the school which he repre- 1
gents, must have been in school 60 per] 1
cent of the entire school year, con- '
Misting of fall and spring terms
(whether 6 or 8 months terms), and 1
must have made passing grides in
four subjects of his school work. The
names of students desiring to enter
county-wide contests should be for- 1
warded with the particular contest
they wish to enter to some member of
such contest committee before the 21st
of April, 1926.
Special Rules for the
Coanty-Wide Contests (
Grammar Grades (4-7) Spelling Match
1. All schools will participate in this i
2. Representatives of grades four,
five, six, and seven will enter same.
3. At the group-center preliminaries
every school will be allowed one rep
resentative for each teacher, not to
exceed five for each school. The two
best spellers in each school winning
out over its Group I, 11, or 111 com
petitors will represent the group at
the county-wide commencement. That
ia, the two best spellers of the school
in Group I who win out over other
Group I contestants at the group cen
ter shall represent the Group I schools
at the county-wide commencement.
There being no opposition, the two
representatives of the group enter the
county-wide commencement The
same applies to eUmination of schools
in Group II and also in Group 111.
4. The Mastery of Words, Book 11,
shall be used, but after the first 16
minutes the judges may, at their op
tion, use other spelling lists.
6. These rules apply to both com
6. Designation of meaning is neces
sary when two words are prononnced
alike yet hare different meanings. Be
fore attempting to spell a word pupil
must pronounce it Pupil failing to
pronounce the word correctly, the
Williaiitslon, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, April 6,1926
• HERE WEDNESDAY
Memorial Baptist Church To Be Host
to Regional Convention; Good
Speakers on Program
The Baptists of this section of the
county are to gather here in the Me
morial Baptist Church Wednesday for
an all-day session.
These regional conferences are be
ing held all over the Baptist State,
in the interest of their 1926 coopera
Baptists in North Carolina have
made great and rapid strides in re
cent years. Soon the convention year
will end, and as our hosts gather in
Fort Worth, Texas, for the capnual
meeting of the Southern Baptist Con
vention, the entire body is anxious
that North Carolina make a good
These conferences have to do with
the status of the Bsptist work in the
State and in the convention. A great
deal of time is given toward inform
ing the constituency about the pro
gram—what has been done, what is
being done today, and the plans for
There will be some good speakers on
the program all the Baptists in this*
section are urged to be present; and
the general public is cordially invited
to participate in the sessions.
The ladies of the Memorial Baptist
Church will serve lunch durinv the
hour of intermission at noon.
Williamston Baptists are happy to
be hosts to this gathering of Chris
tian men and women.
Wallace, The Magician,
Pleases Large Audience
Wallace, the magician, gave an en
tertainment at the Strand theatre last
night which met with high approval
by a large audience.
After opening the entertainment with
a series of baffling tricks with hand
kerchiefs and coins, Wallace displayed
an uncanny gift of true showman
ship by catching live pigeons from
midair and the disappearance of a
Wallace says as other magicians
have said, "The closer you watch, the
less you sea.' The audience sees all it
is intended it should. Watching a
magical performance is good exercise
in perception, and after seeing Wallace
catch flying pigeons from nowhere in
an empty net, one would hesitate to
hang any man on circumstantial evi
The world of magic is not unlike
the great world itself and all its move
ments and activities, for the seen is
of the unseen.
only a pail, and a very small part
Magic fundamentlly harmonizes
with the schemes of our "veiled intel
ligence" and will therefore always en
Several County Schools
To Close This Week
The commencement exercises of the
Macedonia School are being held this
week. Superintendent Pope made a
talk today, stressing the need for
more interest on the part of the par
ents of the school children. Mr. H.
M. Stubbs made the address.
The school has witnessed a most
successful year, and falls short only
in one respect tftat being the short
The Farm Life school is having its
commencement this week. Poplar
Run and Ange schools closed last
Messrs. Clayton Moore, C. D. Car
starphen, and H. T. Roberson attend
ed the exposition in Greenville yester
Mrs. A. R. Dunning motored to
Greenville Monday with Mrs. Godwin
Dunning to attend the exposition.
Mr. W. H. Coburn, student at the
State University, is visiting his bro
ther, Mr. Robert L. Coburn.
Mr. Harry C. James leaves in the
morning for Washington, D. C., where
he will work for the Peoples Drug Co.
aa drug clerk.
party giving out words ahould pro
nounce it correctly the second timer
thus relieving the teacher of further
pronouncing the word. Child failing
to pronounce the word but proceeding
to spell at once relieves teacher from
giving a second pronunciation; but
child may try to spell the same word
twice just the same. Obligation is on
the pupil to understand the peculiari
ties of the voice of the pronouncer.
7. See paragraph on awards.
Primary Grades (1-4) Story-Telling
1. Every school in the county will
take part in this contest
2. Contestants must be selected
from grades one, two and three. In
a 6-month school any child in the first
four grades is eligible.
(Continued on the back page)
Scotch Highlanders To
Furnish Music tor Fair
A contract bring the MacDon
old's Royal Scotch Highlanders
Band here for the odanoke Fair
this year has just been closed by
the asanageaiient of the associa
tion. The band haa been greatly
enlarged since its appearance here
last year, and will again be ac
companied by Mr. Steele, the
Scotch tenor soloist
The management had many re
quests for the return of this fa
mous band, and it ia with pleas
ure that they can announce the re
turn of these famous Scotch musi
cians. The band met with high
approval here last year, and will
be as highly received this yesr.
This band will again flay the
larger fairs of the Stat* -s it did
AT FARM LIFE
Exercises Begin Tonight snd Continue'
Through Fridsy; Public Invited
« The Commencement exercises of the
Asa Manning Farm Life School will
begin Tuesday evening, April 6th, at
8 p. m., with the program by the pri
mary department. Wednesday even
ing at the same hour the sixth and
seventh grades will give their pro
gram, and Thursday evening the music
class will give their recital.
On Friday morning, from 10 to 12
o'clock there will be several speeches
by men of prominence in 7 and out of
the county, after which dinner will be
served on the campus.
Beginning at 2.30 Friday afternoon,
there will be a declamation contest by
the boys, and u recitation contest by
the girl:*, ait*r which prizes lor the
contest andd certificates of promotion
will be avardid. This wil bv follow«v1
by a basketball game at 4.&0.
Friday night the high school will
give their phi/, "Home Ties." Tiie
public is cordially invited to attend
these exercises throughout the week.
Issued in March
The number of marriage licenses is
sued by Register of Deeds J. Sam Get
singer fell below that for February
and decided under the number listed
in January. Only 12 licenses were is
sued lust month, 6 for white und C
for the colored people. Those issued
are as follows:
John F. Early, 28, Bertie County;
Hazel Midgett, 18, Dare Conuty.
John W. Watkins, 28, Wake Coun
ty; Nadine Simons, 20, Pitt County.
Chas. H. Cowen, jr., 21; Beulah Wil
liam, 22, Beaufort County.
David S. Williams, 24; NetUe Har
Nunnie Huislip, 21; Ada Beach, 18.
Frank Hopkins, 21; Kutie Mue
Gabriel Wiggins, 22; Janie Purvis,
Tobc Purvis, 49; Roxunnu Scott, 38.
Moses Carr, 22; Susie M. Shields,
Handy Grimes, 56; Annie Hurdison,
E. D. Jones, 40; Eliza Williams, 23.
Leßoy Little, 21; Vivian Sherrod, 18.
Woman's Club To
The Woman's Club will hc.ld Jta
regular mon.hly meotiig tomorrow
afternoon at 4 o'clock in the club
rooms. A very pleasing program has
been prepared, and all member* of the
club are urged to attend. Some plans
pertaining to beautifyir.g the town are
to be brought up before (he club also
at this meeting.
The Twentieth Century Club will
postpone its Wednesday meeting until
Wednesday, April 14, on account of
conflicting with the Woman's Club
meeting tomorrow. Al l members wilt
please take notice. The next meeting
will be held with Mrs. W. K. Parker.
Mrs. W.'H. BIGGS,
Local Pastor Conducts.
Service in Robersonville
Rev. A. J. Manning, pastor of the
local Christian Church, conducted the
Easter services in the Robersonville
Christian church Sunday morning and
evening. Both services, which were
well attended, were very enjoyable. At
the morning hour there was one con
fession, and baptism followed that
Editor W. C. Manning and Mr.
Barcil Daniel attended the East Car
olina Exposition yesterday.
FOR TWO MONTHS
Carload of Cottonseed Bought for
Martin Farmers; Carload of
Following iB the reports of County
Ageht T. B. Brandon for the months
of February and March, as submitted
to the county commissioners:
16 days spent in field work.
8 days spent in office work,
93 conferences with farmers in re
gard to farming.
77 telephone calls in regard to work.
86 letters in regard to the work.
50 farms visited on official duties.
843 miles traveled on official duties.
6 articles written in regard to work.
It>U hogs treated for cholera.
1 car of tile ordered and delivered,
orders for two cars are being taken
1 car of cottonseed is being ordered.
1 car of Tyratol has been ordered
Have ordered permanent pasture
seed for farmers for 220 acros.
60 pounds of tobacco seed have been
treated for farmers.
The greater'part of this month has
i been spent in getting farmers to plant
a better variety of cotton. In a cot
ton-variety test conducted in this
county last year the local varieties
yielded on the average of 950 pounds
of seed cotton, while pedigreed varie
ties yielded us high as 1,600 pounds
per acre. According to this test, the
farmers are losing too much cotton
by not having better varieties.
24 days spent in field work.
3 days spent in office work.
13 conferences with farmers in re
gard to farming.
190 telephone calls.
434 letters written.
50 farms visited on official duties.
921 miles traveled on official duties.
8 articles written for local papers.
73 hogs treated during the month.
2 cars hf farm drain tile were de
livered to farmers this month, muk
inga total of 4 cars since January 1.
Car of cottonseed was delivered to
farmers. This seedl is the Wannamak
er Cleveland, from the original breed
er at St. Matthews, S. C., the variety
that yielded the highest in the variety
test here lust yfcar.
Seed for 250 acres of permanent
pasture were ordered for farmers.
9,937 pounds of poultry were sold
in one car, which was 4 1-2 cents a
bove the local market. This poultry
loading is done during this season to
keep the local market from being glut
ted, rtlaking the price fall.
Car of Pyratol was delivered dur
ing the month.
T. B. BRANDON,
To Be Paid Salary
The change from the old fee system
to a straight salary to be paid the
solicitor of the recorder's court, made
hy the county commissioners in their
lant meeting, is a most worthy one.
Little by little this old system is pass
ing, and each step to the better should
be hailed by all those who favor jus
thousands of pages have been writ
ten condemning the fee system, but in
the rd all this disapproval, it has
contin ea, but with its passing we can
expect better courts.
Schedule of Operating
Costs of County Schools
The schedule showing the operating
ctsts for the schools of Martin Coun
ty presents some very interesting flg
uies for the 1924-25 term. The table
shows that it costs u little more to
operate the larger schools than the
one-teacher ones. However, the cost
is very little more, and when the dif
ference is measured in terms of val
ue the smaller schools are at a de
The schedule was prepared in the
office of the county board of educa
tion and appears on page 4 of this
paper. It should prove to be of much
interest to the patrons of the various
sihools in our county.
Mrs. Estelle Causway
Dies at Hamilton Home
Mrs. Estelle Causway, wife of Frank
Causway, of Hamilton, died Monday
night following an illness of several
weeks, embracing a complications of
troubles, among them pneumonia. She
'had a young brother to die of pneu
monia about 10 days ago.
She was the daughter of Mr. Hugh
O. Pittman. She leaves an infant son
3 weeks old. She will be buried at
Tarboro Wednesday at 1 p. m.
Mr. Harry A. Biggs attended the
Moravian Easter service in Winston-
Mr. Clayton Moore attended the
exposition in Greenville last night
Board of Commissioners Puts
County Solicitor on Salary;
Salary of Recorder Reduced
The Parents-Teachers Associa
tion will meet Thursday afternoon
at 4 o'clock at the school build
in):- Another interestinK program
has been prepared and everyone
is especially "urged to attend.
Tho Drutnutic club was delightfully
entertained at the home of Mrs. l)aura
Martin Monday night by Miss Varioi
Hairr, a member of the faculty of the
Jamesville High school.
The enrtanco was attracively decor
ated with clinging ivy and pink and
white creations. An arch covered with
Ivy was placed at the front entrance
and as each guest entered they regis
tered and was ushered to the back
hall where another attractive booth
was placed and punch was served by
Miss Dorothy Carson. Then each guest
was accompanied to the reception room
where delightful games were played
•and enjoyed. All were favored with
selections played by Misses Camille
Fleming, Edith Stalling*, Dorothy Car
son, I'autine Askew and Callie Waters
In tho reception room fudge, ice
cream and cake were served with
dainty Easter favors. Misses Fannie
Martin and Lillian Jones were pre
sented with prizes as winners in the
question and answers c ontost. A very
delightful evening was enjoyed by all.
Miss Hairr making a very charming
and entertaining hostess.
Those present were: Misses Horn ice
Williams of Roper, Camille Fleming,
Callie Walters, Ella Moore Davonport,
Irene Tetterton, Kdith Stallings, Fan
nie Martin, lnna Knowles, Mary and
Kuby Gurkin, Blanche Davis. Carrie
V. Davis, lallian Jones, Miss Face,
Hilda Summerill, Hazel Martin, Doro
thy Carson, Pauline Askew, Jane
Davis, Carl Martin, Harry Martin,
Wallace Fleming, Oscar, Davenport,
Kaymond Bailey of Norfolk, James
Mizelle, Hugh Davis, ltobby Walters,
C. B. and Russell Martin, Paul Sykes,
Paul Walters, Watson, Mr. Bachelor,
Carl Brown, C. A. Askew, Howard
Gaylord, Onward Gaylord and Charlie
Few Cases Are Appealed
From Recorder's Court
In the seven years that the Martin
County recorder's court has been in
existence there have been only four
cases won on appeal. While the num
ber of cases appealed from this court
to the superior court is not known at
this time, it is thought the cases will
not exceed 26. The record clearly
shows the efficiency of the court, and
the number of cases certainly indicate
the need of such a court.
The University News Letters, report
ing on cases in the superior courts,
gives the number for this county as
being 29 for the year endding June 1,
1024. Of this number, 27 per cent
were liquor cases.
This county ranks 67 in the News
Letter's list, and when this is con
sidered we see that the recorder's
court has greatly assisted the super
ior court in disposing of cases.
School Debaters Win
At Home; Lose Away
The high school triangle debate at
the courthouse Friday night was fair
ly well attended. Hon R, L. Coburn,
mayor, presided. The judges were
Mr. Wallace Lee, of Durham; Prof.
J. L Jones, of Hamilton; and Mr. H.
L. Rider, of Charlotte.
The speakers for the Williamston
School, who held up the affirmative
were Ruth Manning and Marguerite
Cooke. The question was "Resolved,
That the State of North Carolina
should adopt the eight-months school
term instead of the six-months term."
Misses Ruby Warrell and Reba Col
lier represented the Weldon school on
the negative side of the question.
It was-soon seen that one of the
greatest obstacles that the affirmative
side had to overcome was the unpop
ularity of taxation, while the negative
side did little else but stress taxes.
The affirmatives, however, did go
further, and upheld the great princi
ple of public "education, stressing the
make it general to all the
people rather than exclusive to those
who have the best opportunities.
The judges voted unanimously in
favor of the affirmative aide of the
The Williamston negative team lost
at Scotland Neck to the debaters of
Watch Label on Your
Paper; It Carries Date
To He Hacked Hy
In their regular monthly meeting
yesterday the county commission
erAreduqed the salary of the judge of
the recorder's court and changed the
method of payment of the solicitor
trom'a fee basis to a llat salary of
$760 per year. The salary of the
iudge was decreased from $1,500 to
4 .*901). ' ""
In the meeting the commissioners
pledged the cooperation of the county
in an anti-typhoid campaign this year.
'I he campaign will be managed under
I the supervision of the county health
ollker with the assistance of the doc
tors of the county. The county is to
pay 25 cent* for each case, the State
paying tie remainder. A similar cam
paign wa - staged last year and proved
The board ordered the admission of
James, Debbie and Simon Beecham to
the county home. Such an order was
passed some time ago, tut was met
with llat refusal by those concerned,
rnd for the past several years, they
jhave depended on what little help a*
* as ofTeiviT hy of the town
Only this week the boy, Simon, was
pleading for a permit from the may
or to allew him to bee on the streets.
His stor> was most pitiful and the
step by the commissioners was a most
needed one, _
The other business transacted fol
The estate oT Mrs. Augusta Wool
aid was released from the payment oi
lax on sl,i>»o, on house and lot dnu
Me-taxed in Williamston.
Joe Riddick .was released, from-.Uil
payment of poll tax and dog tax in
\\ illianiitou township; non-resident.
Miles Riddick, of V\ illiamston town
. f'.lip, was also released from the pay
ment of $2 poll tax and dog tax on
account of being a non-resident.-
J. D. Bond was released from the
puymunt of ft dog tnx in Williamston
John Price was released .froiji. t(i
payment of $2 poll tax in Williamston
Township; listed through error.
R. C. Clemmofi.s, of Cross Roads
Township, was released from the pay
ment of taxis on S9OO, listed by or
J. W. and C. L. Leggett were re
*K ased'from, the payment of taxes on
jSOO worth of property, on account of
house being burned,
J. I>. le ggett, of Cross Roads town
ship,, was rcloased from the payment
o! poll ta\ on acconut of the loss of
E. li. Turner, of Goose Nest 'l'own
. .ship, was refunded taxes on SBOO
worth of property, listed by error.
Eli Rogerson, of Williamston, was'
released from taxes on $97 'aluation,
listed in rrror.
11.' 1,. Hopkins was released from
the payment of poll tax in Poplar
Point township, he having listed ami
paid in Hamilton.
The R. 11. Hargrove estate was re-..
leased from the payment of taxes on
$10,365, which was listed by error.
W. J. Taylor, presented his resigna
tion as loud trustee of Williamston
township, which wus accepted.
John M. Bowen was elected a mem
ber of the board of trustees of Wil
liamston township roads.
H. P. Leggeft, of Griffins Township,
was released from the payment of
taxes on- $l5O, listed through error.
J. L. Roberson, of Robersonville,
was appointed county tax supervisor.
It was ordered that the property
of Mrs. Ma (iodard, of WiiLiamston
Township, lie reduced $250 on account
of road damage. A
It was ordered that lumber be/fur
nished for a 12-foot bridge in Gnffins
Township near L. B. Peels.
John Mayo, of Hethel,
Victim of Pneumonia
Mr. John Mayo, of Bethel, died at
hip home at that place Sunday. Mr.
Mayo was 76 years old, and was for
many'years one of the leading farm
err of Edgt-combc County, living a few
miles north of Bethel. He moved
itorn the farm to Bethel a few years
He was a member of the Primitive
Baptist. Church. The fjineral was held
by Elder W. B. Harrington Monday,
end burial took place at the Rolfrr
Comes Up Roanoke
"Paquippa," a boat of the engineer
ing department of the U. S. Govern
ment is inspecting the Roanoke River.
It docked here lata yesterday after
noon and left this morning for Ham