North Carolina Newspapers

Advertisers Will Find Oar Col-
UUU ft Latchkey to Over 1600
HOBMS of Martia Coaaty.
Redrying Plant Is
Sold to Tobacconists
Now Owned by
W.I. Skinner
and Jim King
Brings Two of Country's
Foremost Tobacco
Men Here
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Messin. W. 1. Skinner, of Green
riUe, aad Jim King, of Washington,
bought the rodrying plant of the Im
perial Tobacco Co. here this week. Thi |
amount involved in the transaction •
could no. be learned at noon today.
During the past two years the plant 
has been known and operated by the
W. L Skinner Tobacco Co. Whether'
or not the plant will operate under j
that name in the future has no; been J
announced. The plant will continue i
its operations this year as in the past,
but will do *o on a larger scale. To
bacco will be furnished the plant from J
this and surrounding markets.
Mr. W. 1. Skinner, one of the part
ners, is well known here. For the past
two jraars he has been one of the
market's greatest assets, as well as an
influential citizen in the community.
Mr. Jim King, Caswell
County, this State, is also well known
hare. During the past four years he
has been manager of the Washington
Tobacco Co., at Washington, which
position he resigned a few days ago
to enter the transaction here. Al
though Mr. King is a young man, he
is a capable tobacconist, having been
in that business practically all his life.
Th* sows of the tranaactigp—haj*
bean well rcx.'ejyt*( m tSustneiw circles
_jf hstafWfif the town will welcome Mr.
King aad hi family, who expect to I
f move here about June 1.
Friends of Mr. Skinner will be glad
to know that he has purchased the
plant from the Imperial, which he ha*
£ successfully operated for the past two
years. With this combination of two
of. the most capable tobacco men in
eastern Carolina, the Williamston
market may expect great gains as a
tobacco center.
Sunday Services at
the Baptist Church
"The Man Who Stole the Lord's
Money" will be the theme of the Sun
day morning sermon, while the text
at the evening hour will be "Not by
might, not by power, but by my Spirit,
aaith the Lord." This text is found
in Zechariah 4:6.
This church feels very grateful for
the community support it has had in
the operating of its church school of
missions. It feels very kindly to
wards the churches who did so much
to make it a success. Nothing is lost
which tends to bring men and women
closer together about the central and
irAgnetic figure of the Man of Nazar
It is to be hoped that the people
will arrange their affairs so that it
will be possible to give Dr. Vann a
great hearing Tuesday night at the
church at 7.30 o'clock.
Bill Up to Permit Heavy
Trucks on Highways
A bill before the Legislature which
would permit trucks weighing 20,-
000 pounds to run on the State high
ways is being pushed by the Standard
Oil company.
The State Highway commission is
fighting the measure in the interest
of the roads which the
find* we damaged more by heavily
loaded trucks than by any other thing.
Tom Tyler in
"Tom and His Pals"
"Don Key, Son of
Last Chapter of
"Casey of the Coast
Also new Serial
Always a Good Show
County Banks Will
Have Holiday 22nd
The banks of the Couaty will
not open for business next Tues
day, it being Washington's
birthday. All the clerks, cash
ier* and officials will take the
day as a holiday.
There will be a meeting of the
Group One Bankers' association
at Hertford that day and many
of the county'* bankers are
planning to attend the meet.
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Week's Work
in Legislature
Bill Creating Hospital
for This County
is Passed
The work of the Legislature this
week at Raleigh took on a more im
portant aspect when several bills
of significance went through and
other matters were settled.
The Senate bill, increasing the
number >of superior court districts
from 20 to 27 was killed iti the
last night by a vote of 68 to 46.
The question a-s to the need of
seven more judge*; and seven more so
licitors was hotly debated, many lead
ers of the body lining up on oppggito-
sides of the question. -•'HfC optnion
that fl&tXf more judges, but
Tfiat we do not need more solicitors
seemed to be admitted. About half of
the time of the superior courts of tho
state i« taken up with civil courts
which do not require the attention of
solicitors. For that reason it is claim
ed that we need more judges and few
er solicitors.
It was also claimed that the bill
would add about SIOO,OOO a year to
our present court expense.
The Senate sent the $2,000,000
Great Smoky Mountain Park Bill to
the House, every senator present vot
ing for the measure except Lloyd
Lawrence of Hertford county.
The bill presented by Senator W. S.
Clark, of Edgecombe county, authcr
izing Edgecombe, Halifax and Martin
counties to establish a general hos
pital for the treatment of tuberculosis
as well as other diseases, was passed.
The committee on appropriations
bos approved an increase fcr improve
ments at the East Carolina Teachers
Training school of 400,000. The
liudget committee had recommended
only $280,000. A personal visit to the
Greenville college by members of the I
Assembly who saw the needs of the j
institution, was the cause of the raise. l
Square Dance at Local
Warehouse Wednesday
With no admission charge, thetdd—
time square dance at the Roanoke-
Dixie Warehouse here next Wednes
day night promises to be well attend
ed. Even though the dance has not
been advertised no more than through
personal conversation, it is under
stood that a large number will takv>
part '
One was held last Wednesday nighi
on the farm of Mr. Leamon Taylor
near here, and a large number at
tended The same musicians, with
one or two exceptions, will play her"
next Wednesday.
Methodist Church
Services Sunday
Preaching; services 11 a. m., and 7.30
p. m. at the local church, and at Holly
Springs at 3 p. m.
The Woman's Missionary Society
will meet at the church Monday at
3.30 p. m.
County Teachers To
Meet Here Tomorrow
According to Supt R. A. Pope, one
of the largest teachers' meetings of
the year will be held tomorrow in the
local high school building. The meet
ing will be held at 2 o'clock. "
Father of Murdered
Man Died Wednesday
Rev. A. L. Ormond, a prominent
Methodist minister, stationed at Ox
ford died in Philadelphia Wednesday.
Rev. Mr. Ormond was the father of
young Ormond, the mln who was shot
down by W. B. Cole in Rockingham
late in the year 1926. ;
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Haislip, of H*»-
sells, weit here Thursday.
Williamston, Martin County, North CarolinarFriday, February 18,1927
Daugherty Again fl ""
r«nn«r Atty. - Osn. Hanv M
to face rttrlal for allsgod fnui j
Can Talk From
Here to London
Williamston People Can
Talk to London at a
Rate of S7B
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Williamston was put in touch by
telephone with England, Scotland,
ami Ireland Wednesday morning at
8.80, when arrangements
ploted by telephone in
might call any tele
phone in Great Britain and carry on
a conversation with "Sir George," or
with any peasant in that country who
has a telephone or access to one.
If the conversation should be of
such a nature that it would require
but three minutes, the charge would
only be |7B; but if it become* social
and require* several minutes longer
than the initial 3 minutes, then it
would cost $26 per minute for each
additional minute.
tf a telephone subscriber in Wil
lianjston wishes to speak to a person
in London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, or
Dublin,* all he has to do is to call the
operator in the usual way; the opera
tor then passes the ticket to tfte New
York operator on the regular (7-1 •*
plwne line. The New York operator
then calls London; ami the Ixnxlon
operator (Hisses the call on to the lo
cal station called. When the circuit
is completed, then the conversation
commences just as if a call had been
completed to Windsor or Plymouth,
except that the New York operator is
required to keep constantly on the
watch to see that the radio apparatus
is in perfect, order.
The message travels for tha first
1,000 miles on wires; then it is shot
into the open and is carried through
the ether waves 3,000 miles over the
roaring ocean, where it is caught by
a radio receiving set and again placed
on wires and passed on to the resi
dence or office of the subscriber
called. One of the wonders of the
world, electricity, is truly being mas
tered and simplified.
Many Visitors at
Masonic Meeting
Conoho Chapter, R. A. M., of Wil
liamston, held a special meeting Wed
nesday night and was host to the
Moye Chapter, R. A. M., of Washing
ton. Many members from the Wash
ington chapter were in attendance,
and their degree team assisted in the
Royal Arch work.
Dr. John B. Griggs, grand secre
tary of North Carolina, of Elizabeth
CRy, was also present. Other visi
ters from Plymouth and Oak City
were also present.
At the close of the meeting a lunch
con was enjoyed by all.
Dance Here Next
Tuesday Nigrht
Next Tuesday night will be a busy
J one at the Brick Warehouse; the
, town basketball team meets thfc Naval
Air Station team and Frank Carstar
phen holds a Washington's Birthday
\ dance. Stub Johnston's orchestra will
' furnish music for the dance.
Peaches Bloom Here;
People Freeze in West
While perspiration is popping out
of the folks on the Atlantic side of
the country and peaches are almost in
t bloom with dry weather prevailing,
- the people on the Pacific side arc
■ freezing to death and being washed
f away by the heavy flood rains pre
t vailing there.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Waldo, Miiu
Lfhe Waldo, and Mrs. Don Matthews,
■ of Hamilton, were visitors in town
h :
Ask Extension Bishops' Crusade Begins
Boundaries of in: Local Church Monday
School District 1
Crusade to Williamston the week
Committee Appointed to of February 21, beginning Mon-
Investigate Such an £**
Undertaking in the F.piacopal church.
The Parent-Teachers Association
held its regular meeting- in the school ;
auditorium Wednesday afternoon. The
attendance was fair, in fact, larger
than usual.
The principal question discussed was 
the enlargement of the district boun
daries to embrace all of Williams ton
Township. At present we have three!
small rural schools in this territory
with only One teacher to each school.'
There are about 200 pupils of school I
age within those three districts, only!
82 of them being enrolled as pupils,:
If the township is to be made a ;
high-school unit, it will require an
election for all of the voters of the
A committee was appointed to pre
sent the question to the people of the
entire township for their approval. If
hey act favorably on the question,
lien an election will be ordered fey the
•oard of county commissioners for the
urpose of levying a uniform school
ix for the whole., township, the same
h is now levied in present Wil
amston school district.
In case of a consolidation it will be
fccessary to build a new building or
...crease ttie sise of th«? present build
ing by the addition of at ittart Tout
more rooms. , ii-wtlTaKo become nec-
the pupils In by truck.
There has -been a general expres
sion of approval of thfci plan or some
thing that would enable the pupils of;
the small districts to enjoy better
schools than they now have.
The consolidation plan would also
lengthen the term for tin' children of
the smaller districts as they now
have but six months, whereas if they
were to come to the Williamston
school they would have the advantage
of the eight-months tfljrm.
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Dr. R. T. VarifAo Speak
Here Tuesday Night
As the closing feature for the local/
school of missions, Dr. R. T. Vann,!
former president of Meredith College,'
v.ill speak here next Tuesday night at
7.30 o'clock. The place will be at the
Haptist church.
There wil be no class recitations or
lectures at this-service—only Dr.
Vann's lecture.
This is an opportunity for the peo
pie of the entire community to hear a
most remarkable man. And the gen
eral public is invited to the service.
Big Still and Outfit
Captured Last Night
Sheriff Roebuck and his deputies
made a rich haul last night, when they
accidentally ran upon a big liquor
plant, consisting of a new HO-gallon
copper still, a worn-out still, and 8
vats 6 feet long, 2 feet wide, ami 3
feet deep containing about 230 gal
lons of meal and sugar beer. The en-;
tire plant was destroyed and the still|
taken away. This was the most com
plete plant that Sheriff Roebuck has
cuptured since he has been in office,
lie did not know whose land the out
fit was on, but says it was about 2
1-2 miles southeast of Bear Grass.
No one was at the s ill, and appar
ently the beer was not ready to be
Revenue Man to Be in
Williamston Monday
The State Department of Revenue
will be represented at Williamston,
Monday, February 21st by Mr. Ed
James. Mr. Jariie» will be at the
Hritt hotel for the purpose of helping
any tax payer in the county to proper
ly file his income tax. All unmarried
person* who had an income of SI,OOO
and every married person with an in
come of $2,000 will be required to file
a return to the State Revenue De
partment on or before the 16th of
Prospects Bright for Best
Herring Season in Years
According to the Roanoke's old
est and most experienced fisher
men, the approaching season wiit
be a good one for the fishing in
dustry in that river. No definite
date-has been set when the seines
at Jamesville will begin work, but
it will be in the early part of next
month. Already repairs are being
made to ' the two fisheries at
Jamesville, and it is thought the
nets will be at work not later than
the 10th.
The hut few days have seen
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Rev. E. \Y. Halkck. of Wil
mington, will the Bishops'
The Bishops' Crusade in the
Episcopal Church is a great move
ment in evangelism and is at this
lhe Hi shops Crusade in the
Episcopal Church is a great move-
I ment in evangelism and is at this
Recorder Has
Number Cases
Judge Particular Strong
I- Against Drunken
Auto Drivers
j Judge Bailey and Solicitor Horton
had a good-sized docket Tuesday, and
while it did not produce as much cash
| income as af some previous sessions it \
took care of itself and carried a good j
balance to the treasurer. Judge Bailey J
jis particularly strong on drunken
drivers, yet not too much so, for one!
of the most dangerous things in the
country today is a drunken man driv
ing un automobile.
Nine cases were tried; one was
bound over for want of jurisdiction;
one continued under bond, and one nol
pressed, as follows: ■
G&inor TfSflty~ to a
charged «>nTTfle~~assault. Judgment
-' Vas"s us pen ded upon payment of the
The case against Paul Hollkluy for
assault with a deadly weapon was nol
Tom Moore was found guilty of non- j
support of his children. Judgment
! was suspended upon payment of the
| costs.
BiAhel Clemmons was foumi guilty
of reckless driving and was relieved 1
of $20.00 ami the cost of the action.
Jesse Bryant plead guilty to a
| charge of manufacturing liquor. He
| was fined $75 and the costs and sen- '
j trnced to the Edgeoombe County
I roads for four months, sentence not
to begin until capias is called for.
The case against Herbert L. Brewer,
| for driving an automobile without a
! license, was continued under bond un
f til next Tuesday.
Crissie Clark was found guilty of!
an assault with a deadly weapon and
tiixed with the costs.
A verdict of not guilty was return
ed for J. A, Wynn, charged with as
suult witli a deadly weapon.
Charlie Kpruill, who will he remem
bered as the first inmate of the new
jail, faced two charges before the
recorder, assault and resisting an offi
cer. He was found guilty on both
counts arid sentenced to the Edge
combe county roads for 80 days on the
assault charge and two months for re
sisting the officer.
Edgar Edmondson was found guilty
of driving an automobile while intoxi
cated. He was fined S6O and his right
to drive an automobile revoked for
nine months.
W. V. Ormond and Mary Hyman
wore charged with forgery. They
waived examination and were bound
over to the superior court at the
March term.
Pictures of Town to
Appear at Expositions
Secretary N. G. Bartlett rf the
Eastern Carolina Chamber of Com
merce was here last Wednesday get
ting pictures of the Main street and
several business houses to prepare a
loop/ Each loop carries 36 pictures
and of that number Williamston will
liave twleve. It is possible that of the
twelve, part of them will give way to
advertising slcgans. "s
These loops, as they are called, will
appear at the Eastern Carolina ex
position and also at other shows in
pertain parts of the United States.
The Carolina Telephone & Telegraph
Co., have put their lot in apple-pie or
der r planted hedges ami lawns and
fixed up the walks around the yard,
adding greatly to the beauty of the
building which they have recently
moved into.
many fishermen on the river, and
es many as three to four thous
and herrings are being landed
each day. At the present time
only ekim nets have been used in
the catch. 
The season this year has seen
i the earliest, run of fish up the Ro
anoke in vrnrs. Many fishermen
say it is the earliest they can re
Meaarf. C. C. Fleming and J.
-M Hpis'll will operate the two
fisheries at Jamesville this year.
time beinK conducted all over the
United States.
Williamston is forfunate in hav
in« Mr. Halleck here for this com
ing week, as he is a forceful and
inspiring preacher. It is hoped
that the people of Williamston
will attend these services and
that many may be helped by
State Has Best
Tobacco Crop
Careful Study of Con
ditions is Vitally
A review of the tobacco situation in
North Carolina shows that for the
first time in the history of the "tobac
co industry, North Carolina produced
'more tobacco in 11)26 than any ether
: i.ate and the value of the £ro|) was
over twice that of Kentucky, over
four times that of Virginia, and many
millions more than any other pro
ducing state. *"
A close similarity appears between
the period fer the past throy —jxmTtr"
ami that betl9l7 and
191i^__iU>4rT5erikIs have bepn marked
"tTy substantial increases in acreage
with enormous Increases in production
and in both instances, prices- have ad
vanced with the increased
Should the 19527- season l>e a repeti
tion of that of 1920, a most unfortun
ate situation would be the result, es
pecially since it follows, so close upon
the heels of the disastrous experiences
with the cotton crop of 1926.
The State's 1926 tobacco drop was
the third most valuable crop ever pro
duced, being to that of
1918 ami 1919. It was second largest
crop ever produced, being only 40,000-
000 pounds less than the 1920 crop.
The acreage was the second largest
ever grown, being exceeded only in
1920. The average of prices during
the season was only exceeded in 1919.
While the foreign" situation in re
gard to exports is considered favor
able, it its much mure so for the dark
hurley types than for the bright flue
cured, (cigarette type). The reduced
acreage of hurley last year with the
consequent lowering of stocks has
created a favorable situation for this
type, whereas the increase in the
bright belt and the decrease in the
exports to China and the United
Kingdom, our two largest purchasers,
with the large stocks on hanl of this
type havo created a condition that
should caution the bright tobacco
grower. These facts are,Wor|,h careful
study by the tobacco farmer at this
time when possible disaster may bo
so osaily prevented by an understand
ing of the conditions that he must
He Who Laughs First
(iets a Lautfh, Anyway
While walking behind the line of
spectators ut the Parmville-Ahoskie
basketball game here last Tuesday
night, Police J. >S. ('> ok wfts hit when
one of the players missed a hard-!
thrown ball and it landed on the po
-1 iceman's forehead. Mr. Cpok was
dazed for a few minutes, but soon got '•
all right. The w|rst part, for him,
however, was when I't-te Powden, the
insurance man, blurted out with a
hee-haw laugh. It was in the best o'
spirits though.
The very next night Pete attended a
square dance near here" and ffll out
the barn steps when his foot caught.
Mr! Cook expressed his regret witli a
retaliating laugh and said how *orryj
he was that Pete had T»ot broken his |
neck. ' . J
Okk City Senior Play
Next Wednesday Nitfht
The play, "An Adopted Cinderella,"
will be presented by the senior class
of the Oak City High School in the
Oak City High School auditorium at
7.30 p. m. Wednesday, February 23,
Every one is cordially invited to
be present and weep and laugh with
the orphaned Cinderella and follow
the career of the talented prince, who
is also a violinist. A small admission
will be charged.
The Ambers I'resing club this week
added a Ford truck to its ' business.
Regular trips will be made around
this and other towns in collecting and
delivering clothes. Mr. Ambers, the
owner of the pressing concern, has
recently installed modern equipment
in the plant and has secured the serv
ices of expert workmen. He has now
one of the most modern and best e
quipped cleaning and pressing plants
in this section.
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Watch the Laferu OB Your
Paper; It Carrie* the Date
Your Subscription Expires.
County Schools
Plan to Enlarge
Their Libraries
Local School Now Has
Over 1,000 Volumes
in its Collection
One of the most commendable re
ports tominjf from the office of the
fporintendent of county schools re
ft'ly, and one that i.* deserving of
special mention, deals with the inter
est and work in school libraries. At
present there are four schools in the
county ha\injflibraries that are rated
by the S'ate, To this "liumber will be
added two more within a short time,
lor they are at work building .up li
braries that will meet with the State
In the local .school library, a special
committee, composed of Mrs. Wheeler
Martin- ami Misses Or pah Steel and
Lucille Allen has been doing exten
sive work in the past several weeks
classifying ami cataloging the books.
A' the present time there have been
almost I.OdO volumes catalogued and
classified into certain groups. The li
brary is handled partly by the _
dents, and a growing.JjiAciiaaT-tir the'
building and—cafe of the library is
-wwSTevident. » '- —'
Oak City has at present some 800
Volumes. The handling of the library
is worked on a highly efficient basis —-
and is proving a great success.
Jamesville and Hobersonville each
have around 51)0 volumes. The work
for a greater library in the latter
oityjs most intensive, the parents arid
teachers are interested in the project
and are doing much to add to the li
Hear Grass recently ordered JIISU
sjorth of new books to go into its
library, and the people of that com
munity are bijsyirtg themselves wi. h
the task of securing more. EveretU
is preparing to build to its collection. time in the past has there
been a greater interest shown in the
building up of libraries in the various
schools of our county than there is
now. The interest, while it is not
complete, covers practically all parts
of the county, ami it is understood
that several of tht other schools are
making plans for book collections.
100-Uallon Still and
Outfit is Captured
Sheriff Roebuck and Deputy Grimes
anwsered a call yesterday and found
a big copper still near the~Eli Powell
place near the lioaufort County line.
'I he still was not in operation when
found and no one was near.
The outfit consisted of a complete
100-gallon copper still, properly
equipped, four barrels of beer, and a
few buckets, funnels, etc.
Signs around the place indicated .
that much business had been done
there. ■
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Otto Wood, Jail Breaker
Extraordinary, Caught
S. Otto Wood, the famous one-arm
prisoner who has escaped our State
penitentiary three times, the last
time in November, 1926, has been cap
tured in Indiana. He is under a 30-
year sentence for murder, and though
he has but one arm seems to be able
to break jail and drive an a£ito with
more ease than a person with two
Resides his escapes from the North
Carolina penitentiary, Wood has also
made spectacular get-aways from
both Ohio and Tennessee prisons.
When he made his last escape from
our prison, Governor out
lawed him and offered a reward of
S6OO for him, dead or alive.
,He stole an automobile in Roanoke,
_Va., and did several daring robberies
and hold-ups in Indiana before he was .
shot down while robbing a drug stordM
in that State. He recovered and was
identified by finger prints. /
Domestic Science Class
Entertains Officials
The domestic science class, Miss
Selma Frazier, teacher, of the Oak
City High School, had as its guests
at a luncheon yesterday Supt. R. A.
Tope, several other school officials,
and other special guests. That the
class is doing real work was evidenced
•by the delicious meal served. There
are 30 enrolled in the class, and the
department is making splendid prog
ress. i
Road Commission Force
Improving: Town Streets
The road commission's work on the _
streets of the town this week is meet
ing with hearty approval on every
hand. For the past several months
many of the streets of the town have
been in an unbelievably bad condition,
and the work comes m a relief to
local residents. y

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