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umn* a Latchkey to Over 1600
Home* of Martin Gouty.
Teachers Hold
Regular Meet
Here Saturday
Superintendents Jones
and Ainsley Make In
teresting Addresses
On Saturday afternoon, January 22,
the teachers of the county met in the
Williamston school auditorium for the
fifth regular meeting of the current
The meeting opened with a song,
"Onward, Christian Soldiers," led by
Mr. J. L. Jones. After the song
service, Rev. E. W. Mason, of the
Robersonville Baptist Church, con
ducted the devotional part of the pro
After the minutes of the December
meeting were read and approved,
Supt. R. A. Pope spoke of the bill
now being agitated for the abandon
ment of certain very worth-while de
partments of education. Ha»raention
ed the one relative to State aid for
home economics and the one pertain
ing to negro education; but he en
thusiastically discussed the need for
the department of certification and
the misfortune that would befall the
profession were it to be discontinued.
He insisted that each principal realise
fully his responsibility and asked that
each write Secretary Jule B. Warren
his views. It was his suggestion that
they ask that the department be main
tained and submit any recommenda
tions agreeable to themselves.
There were only two numbers on'
the general program. Mr. H. M. Ain- !
•ley spoke on "High School Discipline |
—What Is It?" By way of definition
hie said that high school discipline is
promoting the seven cardinal princi
ples of secondary education, ethical
character, citizenship, health, worthy
home membershi orthy use of leis
ure time vocatl »n«l command of
fundamental p. Each of
these he explained and applied to the
secondary child. It was his opinion
that a well-regulated school is one in
which the pupils, the teachers, and the
kame properly function. Home con
ditions must be realized; children must
be considered partners in the govern
ment; and the teacher must insinuate
themselves into the scheme in a ju
dicial and unobtrusive way. TTieir po
sition, while an active one, must be
Mr. J. L. Jones spoke on "Worthy
Qualifications Found in High School
Principals and Teachers." Prepared
cess was his key-word. The various
qualities that go to make a teacher or
principal prepared, as given by him,
(1) Personal appearance; (2) schol
arship; (3) common judgment; (4)
ambition; (6' conservative spirit; (6)
skill at "peace-making." r
Brief discussions of these were giv
en; after which Mr. Jones impressed
the teachers with the responsibility of
trying to make them increasingly
characteristic of themselves profes
Both talks showed careful thought
and preparation and were thoroughly
enjoyed by those present. The pres
ident, Supt. R. I. Leake, expressed his
appreciation to Messrs. Ainsley and
Jones for the help and inspiration that
they might be to the association.
Jiut before the general session was
Superintendent Pope ask
ed all the teachers to take the read
ing circle work seriously, to remain
tor each meeting, and to avail them
selves of the opportunity thus afford
ed for professional growth.
The Modem Woodmen will serve an
Oyster supper at their hall at Bear
Grass Friday night. All Woodmen
are cordially invited to attend.
Big Double Program
—and —
Free Ticket to the
Friday Show
—All for—
One Admission Price
Always a Good Show
New Assistant Secretary
W mm
Photo shows Carl T. ochuneman
the new assistant secretary at
U. S. Treasury. He succeeds John
B. Winston who has retired.
Lose 105 Bales
Cotton by Fire
Coast Line Platform and
Boxcar Burn in Early
Morning Fire
Robersonville was aroused by the
fire alarm early Monday morning
when a blaze was discovered at the
freight platform of the Atlantic Coast
Line Railroad station. By the time
the fire company reached the scene,
they found the roof was in flames and
the fire could not be stopped until the
platform and one box car had been
destroyed with 105 bales of cotton.
The origin of the fire, according to
reports, came from a lighted cigar
ette' thrown down by a bunch of boys
who were thought to have been play
ing cards between the rows of cotton
bales on the platform some time
Sunday, and the fire gradually ate its
way through the cotton until it fired
the timbers.
About half the cotton was already
billed and will be lost by the railroad
company, the other half belonged to
individuals who had > placed it on the
platform, but had not gotten bills of
lading for it. A portion of the cot
ton was salvaged after it had partly
burned. Some portions of a number
of bales will be saved and repacked.
Entertains Large Crowd
Courthouse Last Night
Richard B. Harrison who is doubt
less one of tfte greatest entertainers
of the colored race, appeared before
a large audience at the courthouse
here last night in a well received re
Harrison is a native of Canada, is
62 years old and now lives in Chicago
He is working under the auspices of
the Federated churches of New York
City. His purpose is to help kindle
the fires of higher ideals in the
Negro race.
The program last night was adjust
ed to his hearers. Keeping very close
I to his audience, he rendered readings
from Paul Dunbar, Moses Camp
Meeting and other sources that both
teach a lesson and touch the heart.
"When Malinda Sings," was pos
sibly the best received of his reatTTngs,
but "Little Brown Boy", "In the
Morning" and half dozen others
were well given. *
The speaker seemed to be master
of the finest English complete with
the most homely of the Negro dialect
ut the same breath.
Rehearsals on Parent-Teacher
Association Play Begun; to be
Presented Friday, February 4
Play is George M. Cohan's Big Musical Comedy
Success, "A Bachelor's Honeymoon"; to
Have 40 Local People in the Cast
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mclver, of the
National Producing Bureau, Omaha,
Neb., arrived here Sunday and start
ed directing George M. Cohan's big
musical comedy success, "A Bachelor's
Honeymoon" last night. The play,
which is being staged under the au
spices of the parent-teacher aasoia
tion here, has gained a most favorable
record in the eyes of the people of this
section. It has been staged at Green
ville, Wilson, Farmville, Kinston, and
Fayetteville, and many other towns
have it booked for future dates. At
each of the places shown it met with
hearty approval.
The National Producing Bureau
stands high in the peoduction of plays
throughout the country, and only re
cently has it been in this immediate
While the cast has not been d*fl-
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, January 25,1927
Local Tobacco
Market to Close
Season Friday
Approximately 100,000
Pounds Sold Since
the Holidays
N. ——.
The Williamston tobacco . market
will close for the 1926-27 season next*
Friday, after maintaining a splendid
record established last year.
Since the reopening of the market
following the Christmas holidays, ap
proximately 100,000 pounds of tobacco
were sold. The price paid for this
amount is said to be a little better
than that received a few days prior
to the market's closing before the
Tobacconists throughout
this; section were badly off in their es
! timates as to the amount of tobacco
to be sold after the holidays. In most
casus only a very small percentage of
the estimates has been sold. The lo
cal market only got one-third of its
after-Christmas estimate, a much bet
ter percentage than most of the mar
kets have gotten so far. *
According to those who have long
been acquainted in the tobacco bus
iness, the amount of tobacco held over
after Christmas for sale was the
smallest ever known. The statement
is very correct, as far as this county
is concerned, for Martin County farm
ers have been about as scarce on the
warehouse floors in the past few days
as teeth in a chicken' head.
The record made by the William
ston market here this year has been
most favorable, ami indications are
that the town is in a position to build
j a much larger market than it now has
and one that will rank with the lead-
I ina: markets of the State.
Crusaders to Visit
Washington Church
Bishop Johnson, of Missouri, will be
the speaker and Rev. Mr. Klowman
will be the conference leader when the
Bishop Crusaders visit Washington
February 6th to 11th.
There will be three meetings of the
general crusaders in the Diocese of
Eastern Carolina, Wilmington, Wash
ington and Elizabeth City.
The program will begin in Washing
ton Sunday morning, the (ith at 7:30
with holy communion. At eleven o' :
clock there will be the regular prayer
service and sermon. A mass meeting
will be held each night at K o'clock
except on Sunday, at which time the
meeting will be held at 7:30.
There will be a men's noon day
service at the theatre each day except
Sunday. Conferences will be held at
3 o'clock each week day.
Colored Burroughs
School Burned Friday
The Hurroughs school building, No
9, was burned early last Friday morn
ing, the building and its equipment
being a total loss. When the fire,
supposed to be incendiary origin, was
detected, the building was almost con
sumed, and there was nothing to be
done in the way of saving it or any
of the equipment.
The building housed a one-teacher
colored school, and was located sev
eral njjiles from here on the old Ever
etts Road. At the present time, and
until other arrangements can be made,
the children will be cared for in a
church not far from the place of the
The building was a very cheap one,
and the loss was practically covered
by insurance.
i nitely decided upon, there will be 40
, local people to take part in the play.
The producing company has an elao;
: orate display of costumes and other
i material necessary in the production
i ot the play.
Rehearsals will be held every day
thia week and until Friday night of
1 (he next week, when the play will be
> shown. - • '
During the past several days lqcal
officers have been warning minors to
stop driving automobiles. Up to the
i present time, however, no second of
■ fenaes have been brought to the at
! tention of the police,and it ia thought
the warning will be respected genera
Crew Is Here to
Start Installing
New 'Phones
) Hope to Complete Work
By Latter Part
of This Wesk
tl Mr. S. H. Baker, of'the Carolina
t>j Telephone and Telegraph comp .ny ar
-11 rived here this morning with a crew
of 20 men ready to effect the change
t j from the old magneto system to the
I-! common battery one. Early in the
o morning employees of the company
s ! will start work on Main street, re
r ' placing old telephones with news ones,
r; There will be two groups of installers,
e i onu going up the, main street and the
t other one .down the street Piactic#l
i- j Ij all the rural lines will be switched
o! through the new office late this after
-11 noon. Approximately fifty town sta
f j tions will be working on thediew sys
-1 tem tomorrow night, while it is hoped
s a complete change will be made ,by
-i the latter part of the »eek.
The change is under the supervision
iof Mr. Mullins, chief construction
r manager of the company.
,1 Miss Guanila Hough is now instruct
r ing the operators, in the use of the
e new board. Several days will be re
,t quired for the operators to become
y thoroughly acquainted iwth Che new
,- switchboard, but everything "'possible
e is being done vo effect a -smooth
s change. There will be some confusion
at first, no doubt, and the cooperation
i- on the part of the subscribers in
n agisting in making the change will
e ! be appreciated by the officials of the
d company.
Fined for Speeding
On Main Street
mrnmmmfr: |' —.
(i. J. Sherman, f Baltimore, was
fined .$25 in Mayor's court here last
Friday when ho was m tried before j
l\jayx>r Coburn to face a speedinr
charge. Sherman, according to eye
witnesses, drove his car down the
town's main thoroughfare at a rate j
of 30 miles .ait. hour dodging traffle
land turnniß torners,
The Mayor reconsidered the fine
j and decreased*it-several dollars.
Mr. Sherman is in the employ of
the Western Klectric company and
I assisted in the installation of the new
telephone swtich hoard here.
His case was the first to come be
fore the Mayor in tlv\ past several
f Ovei'speeding is a common occur
rence here, very few paying any re
spect to the auto law* of the town and
There will be a regular communi
cation of Skewarkee Lodge, No. 90,
A. F. & A. M., tonight at 7;16 at "the
Masonic Hall. * All Masons in good
standing are cordially invited to at
Members of the third-degree team
are especially urged to be present for
practice work.
{'lay Smith field Here
Tuesday v February Isi
Tuesday, promises t>
be another big day-in basketball
here. The Srriitjilield National Guard
will be here that night to face the
town team, and a good (fume is as
sured. The WilUamston team has had
gto many victories, this season that it
i., afraid of nothing; so the challenge
v,us readily accepted.
The visitors will bring with them
three college players, but yet the
locals ate unafraid. At any rate, the
people who wattt to see a real (,'ame
of basketball will have that opportun
ity when thene two teama meet on
February Ist.
T. Gray Coburn Farm
to Be Sold at Auction
j Mr. A. F. llhurles, of the Atlantic
| Coast' Realty Co., was in town yester-
I (iay advertising the sale of the T.
| Cray Coburn farm, which will be sold
!at auction next Saturday. Th«-* Co
-1 burn farm, probably one of the best
j developed farms in eastern Carolina,
is being sold in order to effect a set
tlemenet of the estate.
The farm has been subdivided into
20 tracts in size from 1 to 99 acres.
During Mr. Coburn's lifetime he spent
approximately improving the
land and property, and the farm is
said to be one of the most modern
The Atlantic Coast liealtyCo., sell
ing agents, have just completed large
bales in South Carolina, and they
come from that State to auction the
Coburn farm. TheMand is loclled in
Washington County, just four miles
below Plymouth at Westover SUition.
County Commencement Plans to
be Made at Steering Committee
Meet in Robersonville Saturday
Plans for a county school com
mencement will be made next
Saturday when the steering com
mittee meets in Robersonville a:
10 o'clock. The members of the
committee, Professors Ainsley,
Davis, Leake, Jones, Lilley, and
Wynne, represent respective com
mittees, and they will map out
the program for the event. The
meeting is open to all teachers of
the county, and those who are in
terested in the working out of a
Teacher Hurt Mission School
in Auto Wreck Again Tonight
Three Pinned Under Car Hope to Hold Up Good
When It Turns Attendance Record
Over Made Last Week
Prof. 1,. IS. Ezell, of the Oak City 1
High School, suffered sevefe v injuries-j 1
Friday night when a Ford driv i
en by Kelly Hunting, in which Ezell '
and Abner Brown were riding, turned j
over at Hassells after striking an- i
other car. The young men were re- 1 i
turniiJii from Robersonville, wherj i
they had attended a basketball game, m
Just as they reached Hassells, where
there is a sharp curve in the road, j!
they met a colored man driving with 
only one dim light, causing them to 
strike the negro's car and turning;;
their own car over; pinning all three j 
of them underneath the machine. The Ij
colored man was so badly frightened I 
that he ran to .Hassells, a few-hun- |
dred yards away, for help, and left
the young men with the car on them, i
In the meantime,- other people came i
up and the ear was taken oir the men.
Mr. Ezell says he would not have been i
able, to stand the weight on him j
much longer. He suffered internal in-:.
juries about the breast and a frac
tured collar bone. Brown .suffered
bruises on the hip, while the driver
et-.caped unhurt, although he was,,
caught under the car and the top and
the windshield were crushed on him.
The car driven by the negro was!
not damaged much, except a wheel
was crushed dotvn. No special blame
was charged to any one, just a case
| of failing to see in time.
Jamesville Ixises to
Red Oak, 19 to 15
| Jamesville lost one of the prettiest|
i games of the season here last Friday
night when Red Oak walked away l
I with 4 more points than Jamesvillel
carried home, the score being 19-15.
The two teafns offered a brand of
basketball that is hard to beat. Mem- j
ber.s of both teams played a clean i
gume. Of the two, Jamesville work- j
ei 1 the harder; but Red Oak worked,'
too. The team work of the Red Oak
i boys gave them the victory, but even
at that they were not sure of their
win until the last few minutes of
play when a substantial lead was built
j up by them, a lead that Jamesville
, found impossible to overcome.
The first half saw the score tied
! several times; Snd it looked as if tho
tournamonjj winners were out for an
j other win. In more than one instance
! both teams would offer the spectators
tlfe type of ball commonly seen on
college courts only.
Jamesville was not quite up to its
best form, bujt Red Oak had the
in that its players were taller ami ap
parently older at the game.
Ir. . . " Y
| County Officers Have Big Day
Raiding Stills Monday; Over
2,600 Gallons Mash Destroyed
Two Stills Found Within 500 Yards of Each Other;
- Beer Poured (Jut and Equipment I)e
--stroyed but No Operators Caught
Sheriff A. L. Roebuck and Deputy
J. H. Roebuck made a pretty good
haul Mondays morning, when they
made several raids, which nett'ed them
2,600 gallons of beer mash.
They first went to a point 2 miles
west of liear Grass, where they
found 29 barrels of meal and sugar
beer, two empty 10 gallon kegs, and
2 water barrels. A still had been op
erated either Saturday or Sunday
night, but had been removed, evident
ly jyhen a three-gun signal had been
fired by a neighbor.
The beer was poured out and the
barrels destroyed. Twelve of the bar
rels were new Coco-Cola barrels.
The officers then found a still run
ning red hot about F>(')o yards away
from the first stand. The still was a
PO-galloh copper outfit. The opera
program and plans for the com r
mencement arc cordially invited
to attend. The meeting will be
held in the school building.
While no definite date has been
decided upon, the event will be
held some time in April at a point
to be determined later.
It is important that the mem
bers of the committee attend the
meeting and since there are many
details to be arranged, they are
urged to be there promptly at 10
The second session of the Church j
School of Missions will meet tonight
in the rooms of the Baptist church *t
7 :.'io o'clock.
The attendance a week ago was 1
most gratifying. Many people were
unable to attend that first session, j
and will want to come tonight. There j
will be a place for everyone.
It was especially gratifying to have
so many people from the other
churches last week. Surely, anything
which will promote good fellowship
and tolerance amongst us is worth
while. And this is one thing this
school is doing. For while it is won
derful to see the way in which the
people are rallying to this school, it
is. also remarkable to note the ftne
spirit which characterizes the whole
effort. F»W men, women and children,
from all churches, and from no
churches are at work, studying the
great fundamental, not of any tine
church, but of the Kingdom itself.
It is a good day in'this community
\vhen we can join in a common effort
] like this.
The school will open promptly at
the above hour, and the itession will
! last sixty or seventy minutes.
Runs Ford Car into
Electric Light Pole
What almost resulted in a very
I serious accident happened Sunday af
j tcrnoon when a young man from Suf
j folk, accompanied by his mother and
i sister, ran his Ford coupe head on
I into an electric light pole near the
| Texas service station.
The elderly lady (who wanted her
J name withheld) suffered a cut over the
I eye und a bruised knee. The others
Lescaped unhurt. The windshield and
several other parts'of the car were
I broken.
The driver complained at the pole's
being in the way and suggested that
| a very heavy suit might follow.
To all members of Martin Council,
No. 122, Jr.'o. U. A. M.: Thursday
night, January 27, is regular meeting
night, and all members are expected
to be present. We have several can
didates to initiate, after which an oy
ster feast will be held. Please make
kit effort to be with us. Council opuna
at K o'clock.
liy order of J. Marshall Rogerson,
Councilor, ""''-J.,.,
Recording Secretary.
tors hud run all of the li
|Uor except a small quantity which
had run from the still after the oper
ators hal gone. There they found 14
barrels of beer, an axe, a brace and
Lit, Tunnels,.buckets and a good break
After destroying everything at this
plant, the officers pursued a due west
erly course, where they found a stand
of two barrels of beer, but nothing
else. , ,
The 'next search was made near
Rear Grass Swamp, where they found
7 barrels of beer and an oil stove.
The beer destroyed would have
made about a thousand dollars worth
of liquor at the prices prevailing. II
will save many drunks, much loud
talking, and perhaps a few fights, pos
sibly a few automobile accidents. Af
ter all, it was a fine day's work.
Watch the Lab-... OB , Your
Paper; It Carries the Date
Your Subscription Expires.
Discuss School
Problems Here
at Class Dinner
Faculty Entertains Civic
Club Heads and the
Class of 1927
\ —————
The class of 1927, the school board,
mil presidents of.the Kiwanis and Wo
nan's clubs here, last Friday evening,
kery fittingly entertained when the
faculty of the local school had them
M guests to a Wild-duck dinner at the
Woman's Club.
Mr. Davis, toastmaster, In announc
ing the purpose of the dinner and in
troducing other speakers, spok oi *
mating conditions in and around our
town, and showed that a larger school
would give the much-needed relief.
He suggested that the larger percent
age of college diplomas held by our'
people are indicative of an uduca el
citizenship, and wondered if we were
true to the cause of education when
we were calmly sitting by and th re
by denying our younger people in anil
around town educational opportuni
ties commensurate with the times.
He asserted that other towns were
dcing these things and setting he
pace for our State, whereas William
ston was in danger of letting the
State, which has always been behind
the towns, set the pace for it. He
showed that a large percentage of
town students were dropping .TQV of
school between the 7th and IHh grh les
because of our exclusive school cur
riculum, and that hundreds of our rur
al neighbors' children, who ought to
be coming to . Williamston school,
were given only a six-months school
opportunity. He suggested that a
laigei* school district would take them
ill and enable the school to offer a
.more varied course of study, which
was the crying need of William ton.
He warranted a greater Williamston
economically, socially, and politically
as a result of a more varied and more
inclusive educational policy.
Mr. Elbert Peele, president of the
Kiwanis Club, responded with the as
sertion that Williamston was at the
bottom of the list in Martin County
a;' regards adequate school plant.
"Even Everetts has a better build
ing and Hear Grass leads William
ston." He reminded the seniors i hat
only few peo'ple can sit on the pin
nacle af fame, that the lots of the
masses was to live, to serve, and to
die irk a small town, but leave, the
town a better placi For others who
would follow. He urged that the most
successful life was devoted to only
one thing and that thing done.well.
Mrs. Martin, vice president of the
Woman's Club, represented the club-,
a;- the president was behind the cur
tain helping other members of the
club prepare the delicious dishes, and
gave a resume t>f the educational
work of the club. She joined Mr
I'eele in pledging to the board of edu
cation the support of her club for
larger and better schools in William
John Wadsworth, repfesen'ing the
senior class in the absence of the pres
ident, ■ Eli Harnhill, assured the far
"\ilty that the class appreciated Its
having them as its guest to the din
ne.r, and pledged . the support of the"
class in giving Williamaion a lanrer
ti'chool with more variety in the course
of study. .
Mr. C. D. Carstarphen, chairman of
the school board, was introduced as
the clean-up man—the allusion being
to handling the baseball ba\ and no'
weilding the knife, fork, and spoon
: who spoke in behalf of betted school
He stated that th«* board had on foot
plans that looked promising for great
er school opportunities in Williant
ston. After Mr. Carstarphen's re
marks, the third course of the dinner,
consisting of delicious ice and cake
was served.
Citizenship Department
to Hold Meet Thursday
' u
The department of good citizenship
of the Woman's Club of Williamston
will meet for its first program Thurs
day, January 27, at 8.30 p m. The
meeting will be held in the Woman's
Club room. Thtf topic for discussion
will be "The Influence of the Home
on Good Citizenship." Four good
speakers have been arranged for, and
the meeting will last only an hour.
The public is cordially invited.
Mrs. T. W. Lee is chairman of the
department of good citizenship.
A second card party will be held
next Thursday night in the Woman's
club rooms from 8:30 to 11:80. Tke
party la under the direction of a
committee of the club and those !•-
siring to have tables arranred should
see either Miss Frances Williams,
Mrs. T. B. Brandon or Mrs. S. H.
Biggs for tickets.

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