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List Civil Cases
Disposed of in
Superior Court
Two Days Given in the
Hearing of uitch
Obstruction Case
The second week of Martin County
superior court ended yesterday at X
o'clock. The cases which took up
more time than any other during the
week mm Etheridge vs. B. F. Myers,
the controversy being over obstruct
ing a ditch. After a long and tedious
hearing continuing through a good
part of two days the jury found that
the dPch had been unlawfully ob
structed, and the defendant was or
dered to remove the obstruction. The
contention wm bigger than the dam
age, just as ia the case in many sim
ilar hearings.
While only a few cases, either crim
inal or civil, were heard by a jury,
many were disposed of by compro
mise or by default.
The following cases Were finally
disposed of and judgments signed in
State 4 City Bank & Trust Co. vs.
Peoples Bank Guarantors; judgment
for $3,183.61.
Atlantic Bank A Trust Co. vs. Peo •
plea Bank Guarantors; judgment for
110,500. .
Slade, Rhodes & Co. vs. W. C.
James; referred to J. W. Bailey for
Mrs. E. S. Stalls vs. J. F. Warren;
judgment for plaintiff for the sum of
Corey va. Lilley; land suit settled
in favor of Corey.
Augustua Ayers vs. Wesley Bell;.;
the defendant being dead, the case
was stricken from the docket.
Mrs. Leia Etheridge va. W. J. Eth
eridge, administrator; judgment for
R. L. Coburn, receiver, vs. W. J.
Holliday, at als; judgment of $392.10
for plaintiff.
John T. Daniel, executor, vs. W. E.
Davenport, et als; order entered to
appoint a commissioner and sell land.
A. B. Consolvo vs. Julius S. Peel,
et ala; judgment ordering a hearing.
Peter Thompson vs. Penina Thomp
son ; divorce granted.
Levi Boston vs. Mattie L. Boston;
divorce granted.
E. Gurgahus, et als, vs. J. B. Cherry
A Bro.; judgment in favor of plain
R. L. Cobum, receiver, vs. W. T.
Ward; judgment aurainst defendant
for $1,136.69.
The cases of James vs. Taylor;
James vs. Planters A Merchants
Bank; Planters A Merchants Bank vs.
Rice, et als; and the R. E. Roberson
will oa»e were all set for hearing at
the June term of court.
C. L. Cannon va. C. S. Smith; judg
ment for plaintiff in sum of $2,009. 1
W. R. Grace vs. W. J. Holllday,
plaintiff failed to appear and case
was non-suited.
Ri/th Andrews vs. D. Andrews; di
vorce granted. . ,
Hughes va. Speigh; remanded to
justice's court.
Metropolitan Discount Co. vs. Cher
ry; judgment for plaintiff for $29H.00.
Parents-Teachers Have
Biff Meet Robersonville
Around 260 parents and teachers of
the Robersonville school attended a
meeting of their organization there
ltyU night. The large attendance with
in itself speak* well for the school
and the oommunity in which it is lo
cated. The association there is sup
porting the school in its undertak
ings of advancement, giving aid in
practically all the phases of school
Miss Evelyn Harrison, student al
Louisburg college, Is spending a few
days with her parents.
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Seventh Episode
Always a Good Show
To Discontinue Two
Williamstonian Is
Aide to Commander
Commander I). C. Godwin,
chief of staff for Admiral Wil
liams, who is-in command of all
the United States forces in Chi
nese waters, including the Ma
rines who have been landed in
Chins, is a North Carolinian and
a native of Williamston.
Commander Godwin command-,
ed a submarine during the early
part of the World War, and was
later in command of a destroy
er. His wife snd daughter are
with him in China and have been
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Series Services
Closes Sunday
No Service Will Be Held
at Local Church
The evangelistic services at the
Episcopal church this week will close
Sunday night. The Rev. James E. W.
Cook, who is preaching, has delivered
some splendid sermons to appreciative
Wednesday night, Mr. Cook preach
| od a special sermon, choosing his text
1 from Nehemiah 3:6 and using as his
i subject, "Building."
Ft is safe to ssiy that the. sermon
was one of the ablest preached in this
j town for a long time. The description
lof the rebuilding of the walls of
Jerusalem was almost a perfect de
scription- of what we see on every
l«nd today. The fellow who can do
w\d will not do is as true today as it
was in Nehemiah's day when the
"nobles did not put their necks to the
work of the Lord."
Last night the Masonic lodge at
tended in a body snd heard a splendid
sermon on the Patron Nirint of their
order, St. John.
Tuesday night Mr. Cook addressed
a fine sermon to the young people,
but unfortunately the persons to
whom the sermon was addressed were
busy with other affairs.
Sermons will be preached in the
church tonight and Sunday morning
and evennig. There will be no services
School Notes
The trip to Raleigh planned for to
morrow, April 2, has created much
leal enthusiasm and interest. Several
huve thtir munes on the waiting list,
not exactly hoping that others will
have to miss the trip but hoping that
if such does o«njr they will be able
to secure,, the tickets of the unfortu
nate ones. In other words, the tickets
are too few.
At 5:30 the bus will leave Grimes
drug store. Those who hold tickets will
be expected to be there " on the dot."
At present the ones who will make
up the party are: Carrie Lee Roberson
lliusie Morris, Frances House, Glenn
Norman, Millie Williams, Gladys
Aunbon, William Evereitt, Hattie Ross,
Margaret Ross, Sherwood Perkins
Kliiabeth Shaw, Mary Johnson, John
Robert Jenkins, Mae Hargrove, Ida
Whitehurst, Bertha Krider, Leona
Moore, Eva Irene Peele, R. I. Leake,
Vernon Jenkins, Susie Jenkins, Vir-|
ginia Ilarnhill, Hattie Lou Roberson, •
Paul Roberson, Vernon A. Ward, jr.,
Mary Adkins, Alma Murray, Staton
Williams, Harry H. Roberson, John
W. Wynne, Irving Mason, Louise
"Mammy's Lil' Wild Rose" promises
to be everything that you could ex
pect of a comedy-drama of the Sunny
South. The seniors will be at their
best. Each character is well fitted for
hhf"part and all are working zealously
to give you a good production. So
don't fail to see "Mommy's Lil' Wild
Rose" on Tuesday evening, April 6.
Mrs. John A. Manning
Guest of Honor of Club
Thursday evening at the Woman's
club, Mrs. John A. Manning wai the
gueet of honor at a banquet of her
card club, she having made high score
in the club during the pest season.
The husbands of the members were al
so guests.
The I*ll was prettily decorated for
the occasion and a five-course dinner
was served.
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Mrs. litrttie Harrell returned last
night from Norfolk, wheer she under
went an operation several ago.
Her many friends are glad to learn
of her return.
Williamston, Martin County, North Ottolina, Friday, April 1,1927
'Civic Clubs-> Ask for a
Hearing Before „
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i The two Atlantic Coast Line trains
running between Plymouth and Tar
boro will be discontinued next Friday,
April 8, unless something steps in and
prevents such action.
The application for the discontin
uance of the two trains has caused
many inquiries, but, according to in
formation gained from correspond
ence between Mr. J. D. Woolard, sec
retary of the Williamston KJwanis
Club and the North Carolina Corpor
ation Commission, no date has been
set for the hearing relative to the re
moval of the two trains, Nos. 56 and
57, now operating between Tarboro
and Plymouth. It was slated in the
correspondence, Ivowever, that a hear
ing would be arranged within the next
few days, and that all parties inter
ested would be informed as to what
tifne it would be held.
Mr. Woolard called officials of the
chambers of commerce and Kiwanis
Clubs in practically all the towns
served by the trains, and stated the
situation to them. In every case the
officials stated that the towns they
represented would send several men to
| the hearing whenever it was called.
The application filed with the Cor
iwration Commission by the Atlantic
, Coast Line was dated March 21, and
! follows:
I "We have been considering for
some time the question of discontin
uance of our Trains 56 and 57, operat
ing between Tarboro ajul Plymouth,
N. C., on account of the money we are
losing in the operation. The passen
! jjer revenue for these trains for the
I year ended February 28, 1U27, aver
' aged 29 cents per train mile. Train
56 averaging for the period mentioned
27.3 cents per train mile, and Train
57 avei aging 30.6 cents. There is no
direct connection at Taiboro with
either of these trains. The mail and
I express on these trains is very light.
I Calculating on the operating cost of
$1.25 per train are losing,
ticking into consideration the maif and
passenger revenue, about 83.3 cents
per train mile. The express revenue
is small, and we are not including that
in this statement.
"There is a hard-suhfiace road from
Tarboro to llymouth, and there is
bus service to accommodate the peo
ple. We are therefore ipaking formal
application to discontinue these
The letter is signed by W. H. New
ell, general superintendent, Rocky
Mount, N. C. - i
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Firemen Respond to
Second Call in One Day
The local fire company answered a
second call on one day last Tuesday
when a. trip wtvs made to a small
tenant house ju*t beyond Robereon'a
market on the Washington road a few
minutes after 11' p. m. When the a-
was given, Ijela Graham, colored,
and several children were sleeping
while the fire was burning the roof
over their beads.
Little damcge resulted, for the fire
was put out in u very few minutes
after it was discovered.
Henry Ford Hurt in *"
Automobile Wreck
The a lAo mobile magnate, Henry
Ford ,was badly injured when his
car, a Ford coupe, was pushed over
an embankment SuYiday night.
Mr. Ford was driving alone and
I tad just crossed the River Rouge
bridge when a heavy car supposed to
be a Htudebaker side-swiped his little
Ford and knocked the two Fords off
the road and down an embankment.
Mr. Ford was bruised from head to
foot and seriously hurt. He will be re
quired by physicians to remain in an
hospital for at least two weeks.
There is a mystery about the ac
cident, there being a strong suspicion
that the driver of the big car at
tempted to wreck the automobile
magnate's car and kill him. A com
plete investigation is being made to
try to find both the car and the cause
of the accident.
Ford Company Will
Announce New Car
Information which looks to be au
thentic says that the Ford Motor
company will announce a new car on
Sunday April 8.
The car ia said to be a six cylinder
wi'ih shift gears and will sell at popu
lar prices. This will still keep the
Ford at the head of the motor world.
William ,C. Durant says ne ia going
to staitU the'.motor world on April
7th, and it appears that Ford is rush
ing to get his announcement to the
public first. ,
Current jNews
of Activities in
County Schools
Encourage Keeping of
Flowers in Schools;
Beautify Grounds
A certain school of the county is
encouraging the keeping of flowers in
large quantities by taking for sale
keeping flowers grown by parents till
the weather moderate*. There was
doubt expressed by aose of the par
ents about advisability of this pro
R appears to the Writer to liold
splendid possibilities, , granted the
premise that constant Association with
nature is conductive teCharacter mak
ing, that poots are incited to write
through having lived a*l enjoyed the
mountain scenery, that sang writers
and music composers are influenced to
produce classical music by familiarity
with wild and ceaseless surging of
the briny deep, one is obliged to be
lieve association with flowers and en
joyment of their perfume will draw
out ami encourage finer qualities of
thought and emotions in,the pupils.
It a great pot, yard or scales
will assist in teaching -mathematics,
why will not flowers {typist in teach
ing biology, English, «gr -ulture, and
wen poetry. "Fair DaffqcM, why waste
ye away so soon," "Lilflo that fester
smell far worse than w wis," "Yet
cnce more oh ye ivy sere, Fhou
poor leaf so sere and frail J'—these
and many other (jiiotaitions show the
possibility of concrete iilustratjoas of
what poetry teaches through the use
of flowers. Some of out, schools have
the beginnings of flowers and lawns,
but many need more «U*ntien in this
respect. It would be a flpe expression
of community spirit for Martin coun
ty if the pa rents-teachers associations
would take up the matt it of laying
off the school yards with John J. Hlair,
director of school-yard planning,
Raleigh, N. C. and once advised begin
work on beautiflceition of school
grounds. Could we not soon have the
most beautiful school yards in the
The laboratory method of teaching
! which to make the lesson practical
and more impressive will, in the
t'l/ture, encourage the use of flowers.
With the poet,
"If I knew what thou were, little
Root and all, all in aJI
1 would know what God is."
(Continued on the back page)
Rev. J. E. W. Cook to
Preach in Hamilton
Rev. J. E. W. Cook, who is conduct
ling special services in the Church of
the Advent, Williamston, will hold a
m rvice in St. Martin's Episcopal
Church, Hamilton, Saturday night, at
I*upils of Sixth Grade
Had Picnic Yesterday
Miss Stanback, teacher, and the
sixth grade pupils of the local school,,
enjoyed a picnic at the river yester-1
clay afternoon. Marshmallows were
toasted ami served along with pickles,
cakes, and Dixie cups.
Baptist Church
Mr. Moore will preach his first ser
mon in the two-week's revival Monday
Preparatory for this meeting, the
following services are announced: The
pastor will meet with the children of
Hie church for a short service Satur
day afternoon at the church at 4 o'-
clock. In addition to the r&gular serv- 1
ices Sunday, the pastor will preach a
special sermon to the women of his
church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
And Sunday night, at 7:15, there will
be two prayer meetings in the church;
one for and by the women, the other
for and by the men. Following these,
the pastor will preach at 7:30 o'clock.
Mr« Moore is coming to give this
community his full-time services for
two week». It U desired by the peo
ple of the Baptist Church to make
these services community-wide in their
scope. Everybody is invited, and the
choirs of the other churches are es
pecially wanted to assist in the music
for these meetings.
Beginning Monday night, all preach
ing services for the meeting will be-
I'in at 8 o'clock.
Sunday should be a great day in the
church, and to make it such the people
ere invited ot come out in large num
bers, and to come with prayers for
the meeting.
The people over Martin County are
invited to come into these services as
much as la possible.
Mr. Moore is a plain Gospel preach
er, and is heartily commended on this
one statement.
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Rev. Arthur O. Moore, pastor of the First FSaptist Church, of Salisbury
N. C., who will preach his first sermon at the Memorial liaptist Churcl
here Momlay TVtjfcht, at" 8 o'clock, in a series of meetings which will con
tinue uirtil Raster.
Announcement of Municipal
Election for May
to Set Political
Town Convention Might
Be Called to Take
Place on 18th
At a call meeting of the Town Com
missioners hero yesterday afternoon,
u {special town election was called for
May 3. No date for the.holding of a
town convention was decided upon, but
Monday, the 18th was mentioned as ti
time for the nomination ol
the candidates. /
No new regiiitratiortNif voters will
Im> required this year, but all electors
whose names are not 011 the books aro
-firgod to register when the books arc
opened the 22nd of this month. Mr.
J. E. Pope was appointed registrar,
he will have the books open in his
office in the old Farmers and Merch
«ii»U Uuik from April 22 to
30 inclusive.
While town politics have witnessed
lutle if any action up until this time,
1 things are expected to warm up when
several possible candidates for may
or and commissioners are mentioned.
[ The status of affairs in the old camp
is of a very quiet nature, and it is
not known whether any of the prgsent
administration will consider renomi
i.ation or hot.
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C olored Schools Hold
Group (Commencements
The colored schools of the county
will hold two group commencements
one at Jamesville on April 14, ujtd
the other at Hamilton on April 15.
Preliminary commencements were held
on tlie 16th and l7Vh of last month in
Williamston and Hamilton. The work
as done in the colored schools and an
brought out in the, pieliminary com
mencements was very good and show
ed a decided improvement over con
[ dition* of several years back. Tl.*
schools were divided into three classes
S-months class, regular-term clas ,
and Rosenwald class. In every case
I competition was held within the
classes and included the seven grades
of the elementary system.
School winnings in the preliminary
group-center contests were:
Flash-card reading: Willlanuton
and Jpmesville tied; Wililunis Lower
Hash-card number work: Williamston
and Jamesville tied; Williams Ixiwe?.
Dramatisation: Williamston-James*
ville tied; Biggs and Spring Hill tiell.
Silent reading Biggs, Jamesville.
Spelling: Woolard, Jamesville. Com
position : Biggs, Jamesville, William
ston. Arithmetic: Jamesville, Wool
. and.
Hamilton (>roup Center: Flash-card
reading: Parmele. Flash-card num
ber work: Hamilton, Parmele. Dram
atization! Robersonville, Salsbury,
'Hamilton. Silent reading: Roberson
! ville, Whichard. Spelling: Roberson-'
! ville, Jones, Everetts. Composition ,
j Robersonville, Oak City, Salsbury.
■ Arithmetic: Robersonville, Hamilton;
1 (a second;high score with James.)
I Schools entering the Williamston
group are as follows: Jamesville, Dar
dens; Keyes; Piney Woods; Williams
Lower Rosenwald; Smithwicks Creek;
Woolard; Biggs; Spring Hill; Bur
roughs, Cross Roads; and Williamston.
.Schools entering the Hamilton
group are as follows: Parmele, Rober
sonville, Gold Poipt, Everetts, Smith,
White Oak, Spring (did not enter),
Salsbury, Poplar Point, James, Which
ard, Oak City Rosenwald, Hamilton
Rosenwald, Jones, Bower.
This is the fourth year that the col
ored schools havtf held such contests.
Each year standards of achievement
ltave been set, and each year the
schools tiy to better them.
Meet Friday
Hamilton Extending to
All Schools Most
Cordial Welcome
A hearty welcome was sent out by
Mr.' W. W. Clarke, principal of the
Hamilton schools, aiul a committee of
V luit district this week to all the
schools t!»at will take (>urt in the
group center commencement in Hamil
ton next Friday, In a letter suggested
by the committeemen of the Hamilton
, school, Mr. Clarke states, "Prepara
tions are now going forward looking
toward the provision of a dinner on
ttre*School grounds for all visitors. The
people of Hamilton school district
are most desirous of having all the
schools of group center I as well
represented as possible."
All the schools in the western
tcwrufhipH of the county will have a
holiday that day and wil journey to
Hamilton to take part in the program
which starts at 10 o'clock. The schools
that will take port taht day are Oak
City, Hassell, Roanoke, Cross Roads,
Kveretts, Gold I'oint, Smith, Keels,
Parmole, Uohersonville, Hurst and
The group commencement for the
.schools in the other townships will be
luld in Janunville April 15. While no
announcement has been made, it is
expected that, the school there .will
royally mtertajji its visitors on that
New Electric Shoe
Repair Shop Opens
The Salsbury Shoe Shop opened
here this week in the Rowen building
on Washington Street next to the Wil
liamston Motor Co. Mr. W. W. Sals
bury, proprietor, moved his equip
ment, which is modern in every re
spect, here recently and is now oper
Juniors and Seniors
Banquet Tonight
The juniors of the high school will
royially entertain the members of the
senior class tonight with an elaborate
banquet at the hall of the Woman's
Club. Toasts for the occasion have
been prepared by two of the juniors,
William Cooke and Kuth Peel, Eli
Harnhill will be the main spokesman
for the seniors.
Christian Philatheas
To Meet Tonight
The Philathea class of the Christian
church will meet tonight at 7:46 o'-
clock at the home of Miss Esther
Harrison, All the members are asked
to attend as delegates to the State
convention which will be held at Mt.
Airy t))is year, will be elected.
Methodist Program
of Sunday Services
Sunday school, 9.46 a. m.
Regular preaching service, 11 a. m.
Preaching at Holly Springs, 3 p. m
Owing to thp revival services at the
Episcopal Church the night service at
the Methodist church will be called off.
It Js hoped that the Methodist peo
ple.will avail themselves of the oppor
tunity that is theirs and hear Rev. J.
E W. book.
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Martin County.
Martin County
Vital Statistics •
Report for 1926
Martin County Had 294
Deaths and 673 Births
During La§t Year - *
The annual report of the Bureau of
Vital Statistics for.the year 1925 has
just bfeen received and compares very
favorably with the report of an un
joining county that has one of the
best health departments in the State.
It it* no reflection on that county,
however, for her rates are a great
honor to it, and with such an excel
lent iyid high grade health depart
ment they will continue to come down.
It its to be hoped that Martin's rate
will sh*iw a reduction from the fig
ures of last year. The comparisons
are shown below to try to impress up
on those who have the responsibility
of bettering conditions that these sev
eral people saved are worth much to
a county.
There were no deaths from measles,
smallpox, seiurlet fever, or whooping
! cough reported by the bureau of sta
[ tlstics.
The report and comparisons follow:
Martin County had 673 births; rate
29.8; adjoining county I ~">!);>; rate.J 1.4.
must start it at the school. Spring is
here. A committee of Hear Grass
purents have recently raised a neat
"sum with which to purchase stage
scenery. Mr. John I'hilpot has been
employed to paint and install same.
Everett#, Gold Point and I'urniele
schools need stage setting's and will
probably arrange for such before
many seasons pass. Tl'ie standard high
sclhjol stages are fairly well providtd
for. Kverythinig for the ennobling of
the lives of our school children should
be encouraged.
In the issue of the Enterprise car
rying an accouji of the program given
fur the Jteneflt of committeemen. a*
Kobersonville, one number was run
nentioued- I am sure everyone was
delighted with the splendid examples
of dramatization given by the Bear
Grass school. Mr. S.' M. l,ee and his
teachers are to be congratulated for
their excellent service in offering tlys
work. Keep it up Bear Gras*; for, to
irnderstand a subject, one must place
himself in the "shoes" of the author.
It has been reported that Martin
county is going to lose some of her
teachers. When approached by school
Martin hail 294 deaths; rate 13.0;
adjoining county, 656; rate 12.9.
Maternal deaths; Martin, 2; rate,
2.!); adjoining county, 17; rajte 10.6.
Infant deaths (under 1 yeari: Mar
tin, 66; rate, 98.0; adjoining 'county
161; rate 100.6.
Typhoid fever: Martin, 7 deaths;
rate 31.; adjoining county, 13; rate
.••Malaria: Martin, I death; rate 1.1;
adjoining county. S: rate. 15.7.
Diptheria deaths: Martin, 7; rate,
ol.O; adjoining county, 8; rate, 15.7,
TubeEculo&iii deal lis : Martin, 12;
rate 53.2; adjoining county, "52; rate
Deaths from Diarrhea and Enteritis
—Martin, 16; rate 70.9; adjoining
county, 53; rate 104.3.
County Health Officer.
Standard Stations Here
Under New Managers
The two Standard oil filling stations
located on Main Street underwent a
change in management this week
when the Messrs. llarnhill Bros, took
the business in charge. The station
on the corner-of Main and Haughton
Streets will be operated by Mr. Ben
kiddick, formerly -of Everetts. The
station next to the Tar Heel Apart
ments will be managed by Mr. Charlie
Windsor People Plan
to Erect Modern Hotel
At a call meeting of the Windsor
Chamber of Commerce last Friday
night, plans weie offered to launch a
movement to organize a stock com
pany and buikl a modern hotel for
that town, dispatch from that
town states that the need for a mod
ern hotel has long been felt there,
and that with the opening up the
bridge across the Chowan a larger an I
better hotel-would be necessary to
handle the tourist tiattic.
Sunday Services at
Church of Advent
Rev. C. 0. I'ardo, Hector
Sunday, April 3, 1926.
8 o'clock—Holy Communion.
10:00—Church school.
11:00—Holy Communion and ser
mon by Rev. J. E. W. Cook.
3:00—Holy Trinity Mission.
B:oo—Evening prayer and sermon
by Rev. J. E. W. Cook.
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Miss Myrt Wynne, of Wilson, is ,
visiting friends here.

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