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    Watch Um Laboi On Your
Sabacription Expiree.
Plan Big Day for School Representatives Here Friday
Only One Change
In Town Officials
L. P. Lindsley Succeeds
C. B. Hassell As
At the town convention here last
night the present administration was
allowed to remain practically the
same when one of the largest gath
erings to attend a convention here in
several years nominated for re-e'ec
tion R. L. Cobum, mayor, and C. 0.
Moore, G. H. T. Mea
dows ind E. P. Curlrttftgham, ( ?0.i.-
missioners. Mr. L. P. Liirdsley v.a*
•nominau-d by the convention for 'i:s
first tenn as commissioner.
The meeting was called to order by
Mayor R. L. Coburn and with one
or two exceptions it was harmoniour.
A. R. Dunning was elected chairman,
and YV. C. Manning, secretary with
A. T. Crawford, Alonzo Hassell, 1.. T.
Fowden and W. H. Carstarphen, tell
There were only two candidates for
mayor, Miss Hattie Thrower and
Robt. L. Coburn. The candidacy of
Miss Thrower centered the town's
attention on the convention and the
nomination was perhaps not so
much a question of honor, or dishonor,
popularity or unpopularity but was a
feeling prevalent among u few of the
old liners who were afraid or could
not bear to see a woman mayor. Miss
Thrower is one of the county's most
popular and brightest as well as the
staunchest Democrat in America. Mr.
Ooburn's majority attests his popular
ity in the town and his second,nomi
nation gives a stamp of approval to
his work during the past two years.
There were twelve names placed be
fore the convention for nomination for
town commissioners. Upon a motion
with ih« approval of the function
the live highest were to be declared
nominated. Voting by ballot went off
smoothly, and L. T. Fowden, teller,
began his task counting the votes.
It was one, two, three order in the
-majority of cases up until more than
half the votes were counted. At that
point the votes began to center more
to the members of the old board in a
part. More than an hour was re
quired to check the votes.
The results of the convention:
, For Mayor
Miss Hattie Thrower 49
Ilobt L. Cobum ___l62
For Commi*Hioners
C. p. Moore 153
G. H. Harrison 140
L. P. Lindsley 117
E. P. Cunningham 116
W. T. Meadows „ 111
W. H. Crawford 110
C. B. Hassell 90
N. K Harrison 79
Mrs. Lucy Biggs , 46
Mrs. Fannie C. Staton 34
Mrs. Esther Stubbs 10
Mrs. A. R. Dunning was nominated
a candidate for commissioner. She
withdrew her name, however, and yet
two votes were cast for her.
The election of the nominees will
be held the first Tuesday of next
Protracted Meeting:
at Jamesville Church
Rev. Geo. D. Liggett, pa*tor, an
nounces that there will be a protract
ed meeting at the Jamesville Baptist
Church beginning Monday night, May
a, and continuing for 1& or 15 days.
Rev. H. G. Bryant, pastor of the
Kannapolis Baptist Church, will do
the*p reaching.
The public is cordially invited.
Lefty Flynn in
"Mulhall's Great
Two - Reel Comedy
Trooper 77
and Free Ticket for
Always a Good Show
Railroad Hearing is
Put Off Indefinitely
The hearing in regard to the
removal of trains 56 and 57, op
erating between Plymouth and
Tarboro, has been postponed at
the request of the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad. Mr. J. I).
Woolard received a letter from
the commission this morning
stating that the railroad had re
quested the hearing to be post
poned indefinitely. The hear
ing was scheduled to have been
held here next Thursday at 11
Just what prompts the rail
road to postpone the hearing is
not known, and no reasons could
be learned.
Seize 2 Cars for
Hauling Booze
'Marriage Oak' in Gawk
Is Noted as a Liquor
Delivery Point
The "marriage oak," in the Gawk
section is about, as distinguished as
a liquor delivery point as Joppa was
in the exchange of ancient commerce.
The "marriage oak" is a large ouk
tree under which a runaway couple
plighted their troth more than half
a century ago. It is located in the
famous Freen Union, or Gawk, section
•f Unr county, and stands at a cross
roads, where liquor deliveries have
been made to ait north south,
east, and west.
iSaturday afternoon, Tom Bailey, a
F'tderal prisoner, being held in the
Martin County jail f° r his appearance
in the court at Washington Monday
to answer the charge of manufactur
ing liquor, was taken to his home in
Gawk to get his clothes and wind up
his business affairs. Just as Depu
ties Grimes and Uallard reached the
forks of the road they saw two sus
picious-looking cars standing up one
prong of that road. They rushed In,
where they found three men. Bal
luid had to hold the prisoner Bailey,
leaving Grimes to look after the three
men and two cars. He succeeded in
gaining a foothold on the running
board of the Ford roadster and pulled
the switch, juat as the driver, Manse
James, was attempting to speed away.
He held James and his car, 10 gallons
of liquor, some pint jars and a siphon,
(which he held in his hand. He also
held Teddie R. Jackson, a would-be
customer, who" had come to the ex
change to purchase his Easter supply.
In the skirmish the third man had
made his escape, carriykg a pair of
jugs. The officers captured the jugs ;
but failed to get the runner. They,
however, seized his Ford touring car.
together with his coat, and brought
them to Williamston. They found
from names in the coat and other evi
dence that the coat and car belonged
to Abraham Pierce.
The capture of two cars and at
least one man, Manse James, who is
to face Judge Bailey on a charge of
transporting liquor, and the seizure
of a 10-gallon keg of liquor was a
fairly good haul when they were not
even looking for liquor.
Sunday School Workers
To Meet in Burlington
' Between 1,000 and 1,500 -fiunday
' w4hool workers from all parts of the
State are expected to attend the annu
al convention of the North Carolina
-Sunday school association in Burling
ton on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thuro
day, April 26, 27, and 28. The con
vention will open on Tuesday night
with an address by Governor Angus
W- McLean and close* on Thursday
The convention headquarters will
be the First Christian Church, where
all general sessions will be held. Gen
eral sessions of the convention will be
held Tuesday night, April 26, and
Wednesday and Thursday mornings
atnd nights, April 27 and 28. The af-
Iternoons of these last two day* will
be given over to departmental con
Arrangements have been completed
for entertaining all delegates free for
lodging and breakfast in the homes of
Burlington people. All Sunday-school
porkers of all denominations are in-
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, April 19,1927
Greatest Natural Highway in the World
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Results Group
Center Meet
At Jamesville
Certificate of Awards
Won by William ston
in Group I Contest
Jamesville was host, and a most
hospitable one, too, last* Fric.ay when
it entertained all the schools in the
•eastern townships of the county at
the second group-center commence
nient there last Friday. To the call
of Professor J. L. Jones the pr»ip|j in
*.hat community prepared a big lin
ner for the visitors, and according to
many reports the day was a great sue '
cess in every way. Jamesville com-'
pared most favorably with Hamilton i
ill the extent of its welcome to her |
visitors, for every detail to make the,
p ues&s feel at home was attended to, j
and for that the members of visiting
rchools expressed themselves in no un
certain term*.
Conflicting dates prevented several
schools from taking part, but even at
that there were around 500 visitors
present. It is understood that these
schools will be able to take part in the
final commencement here next Friday.
The results of the two group-center
contests favor the one held at Hamil
ton in that there were 109 points
wore at Hamilton as against 74 at
tc the fact that several of the schools
in group II could not take part on ac
count of conflicting dates. As to its
other features, the contest last Fri
day was equally as good as the one
at Hamilton, thus assuring strong
competition here next Friday at the
final commencement.
The schools winning the certificates
of award last Friday were Dardens
v/ith 15 points in group 111, and Wil
liamston, with 12 points in group I.
liear Grass was second with 10 points,
and Jamesville third, with 8 points, in
group 1, while in group 111 Griffins
was second, with 10; Macedonia and
lilleys tied for third place, with 8
points each; and Poplar Run took
fourth place with 3 points.
Following are the returns from
Group I (6 or more teachers) con
Dora Mae Stalls ami Edith Peel, 'if
Williamston, tied for first place in the
spelling contest, while Eloise Holliday,
Jamesville, won second, and Mildred
Ayers, Bear Grass, took third. In
the story telling contest, John Flem
ing Thigpen, Williamston, was first
v/ith 6 points; Elizabeth Keel, Bear
Grass, second, with 3 points; Mary
Wells, Jamesville, third, 2 points. In
the arithmetic contest, Nossie
Taylor, Bear Grass, took first; El
wood Ange, Jamesville, second, and
Charles Manning, Williamston, third!
All the schools in this group are eli
gible for the pageant and choral con
tests at the county commencement
here next Friday.
(Continued on the back page)
Car Turns Over in
Flat Swamp Sunday
Mr. Gray Corey and wife narrow
ly escaped being drowned in Flat
Swamp, near Roberspnville, Sunday,
when Mr. in some way lostcon
trol of his car and it jumped into the
creek. Mrs. Corey was painfully hurt.
She had one finger practically cut off
and was otherwise bruised and hurt.
Passing people got the car off of
them and prevented their being
drowned in the creek.
Walker Bros. Circus
Here Tomorrow
Walker Brothers, a circus, is billed
to ahow here tomorrow on the Wash
ington road, near the Standard Oil
tanks. The show operates on a small
scale, and very little is known about
An Easter dance with Frank Car
starphen at its head will be held here
tomorrow night. Stub Johnson will
furnish the music.
Seniors of Local School to
Present Play Friday Night
"The Charm School" Has Very High Rating; Has
Been Presented in European Theaters
Members of the senior class of local ater, London, and also in other thea
achool'are planning to make a last-' ttrs in Ktigland and the .United States
ing imp Tension on their colleagues and " lC P' a V comes from Samuel French's
patrons and friends of the school next' rtttnd " nl library edition ' an,i hus a
Friday night when the> will appear I u
, , I'urmg the past several weeks,
in the play, 'The Charm School," The Misses Orpah Steed and Annie Mar
play, a comedy in three acts, carries; per and Professor L. H. Davis have
yith it a very high rating, and has i been coaching the cast's 15 members
been successfully presented by many with the hope of pleasing a large au
schools throughout the country. It dience the night of the plav's presen
las been staged in The- t.ition.
Forest Week
April 24 - 30
To Be Observed by All
Educational and Civic
The following proclamation was is
sued by Mayor Coburn Saturday:
"The week of April 24-JjO ha been
set apart by proclamation of Presi
dent Coolidge ant l Mcl/ean
as American FoiWt Week, to be ob
s«rved by all educational and cfvk or
ganizations by wide publicity and by
c3ii;i„ a ....
"The forests of North OaivHnn
form the basis of several of our im
portant industries. They regulate the
streams which furnish electric light
tmd power; they help protect from
pollution our domestic water supply
and furnish recreation areas and in
spiration to our citizens. It
fore, most fitting that the residents
of the cities of North Carolina pay
special attention to this now interna
tional observance and devote soma
pert of their time, thought and difl
cussions to this moft improtant sub
ject, remembering that each one,
whether dwelling in the city or liv
ing in the country, hag responsibili
ties as well as privileges in the use
and perpetuaton of our forest re
I, therefore, recognizing the re
sponsibility which rests upon me and,
following the example of the Presi
dent of these United .States and the
governor of this State, do hereby pro
claim the week of April 24-.' tO, inclu
sive, as American Forest Week, and
urge all citizens of Williantston to
make special efforts in their various
ways to impress upon each other, and
especially upon the young people the
economic and aesthetic values of our
trees and forests to us all as citizens
of this county, .State, and Na
"In witness whereof, I have here
unto set my hand and the seal of this
city this 16th day of April, 1927.
Judge Moore Is Given
His First Routing
Judge Clayton Moore has been given
his marching orders, iieginning Mon
day, May 2 he will be in Raleigh
V)ere he will qualify and take the
oath of office. He then goes to Wind
sor where he will hold a week's civil
court for Bertie county which begins
Tuesday, May 8. The second week in
•May he goes to Raleigh to hold a
one-week term. The third week will
find him in Durham, going from that
place to Winston j Salera for a two
weeks' term for Forsyth county.
Elizabeth City is next on the schedule,
where he will preside one week over
Pasquotank cases.
It is possible that there may be
some exchanges in this circuit. It may
be possible that an exchange will be
made with Judge Henry A. Grady who
t will be in Bertie at the close of the
lirst week of civil court which is fol
lowed by a week of criminal cases and
then another week of civil cases. If
th|s arrangement is effected, then
Judge Grady will hold the Raleigh and
Durham courts on the 2nd and 3rd
weeks In May and Moore will fill the
three weeks' term of Bertie court.
Negro Is Badly
Hurt in Wreck
Body Cut Half in Two at
Stomach When Boy
Hits Windshield
VV illis Pierce, colored, turned his
Ford roadster over a mile below
Jhinesville last night. I He escaped
•serious injury, but his nephew, Timo-
Itlij Keys, who was in the car with
I im, was so naut; i— 1..
Dr. Smithwkk half the nitcht to re
ptiir the rents in him. According to
tl„. \o«o«i information, the boy was
pitorhmi through the windshield ami
fill on tlie broken windshield aim
cut him apparently almost half in
two across the stomach. Reports to
day are that his recovery is very
The township constable, J. R. Man
ning, was directed to examine the
cai and upon investigation found a
lb-gallon keg of liquor and a five
gallon keg in the wrecked car, which
he destroyed.
Pierce, the owner of the car, was
taking the litjuor to some up-country
place. He was apparently taking the
boy along for company and not as a
helper, fierce was not thought to
have been drinking. He has acquired
some reputation as a rum runner. The
cur which he was driving was practi
cally new, and he had only a week
ago bought a new $2,000 car, which
indicates that he was doing a big
Pierce be haled before the
courts for reckless driving and trans
porting liquor, and if the Keys boy
dies he may have to face the graver
charge of manslaughter.
Will Attend Meeting in
Raleigh Tomorrow
J. Sam (ietsinger, register of deeds.
•C D. Carstarphen, treasurer; E. S.
Fed, county attorney and seve.ral
members' of the county board of com
missioners will attend a meeting in
Raleigh tomorrow at which time there
will be instructions given to the offi
cers of the various counties as to
their duties under the new County
Governrrvent Act recently passed by
the legislature.
The act requires a specific rule by
which each county must govern it
self. There is some little latitude as
to which special choice it makes.
Once chosen it is then similar to the
school regulations, a state board tells
you what to do. It appears that this
meeting is for the purpose of telling
the various counties what and how to
Non-Resident Hunters
Favored by New Law
Our North Carolina legislature
smiled on non-residents when it pass
ed a law allowing New Yorkers, or
any other persons outside of the State
ti~ hunt in all of the 10) counties of
the State for the sum of ~515.25, while
a citizen of our own State will have
to pay $125 for the same privilege.
The local license is $1 in each coun
ty, with a 25 cent fee, ma lsig 11.25
for any person to hunt in his own
county. A non-resident gets license
for sl6 covering the entire State.
Woman Fatally
Hurt in Wreck
Saturday Night
Driver of Car Removes
Car License Plate and
Makes His Escape
On Saturday night, about 9 o'clock,
las Mr. Charlie Whitehurst, his wife
| Wild six children were on their way
home from (!old l'oint, on the road
between Spring Green Church and Hut
lers Brklge, they were struck by a
car driven by a young colored man;
both cars were torn up; Mr, White
hurst was thrown out and lay un
conscious for a time. When he re
gained consciousness he found that I
his wife had been thrown through the I
windshield and her throat cut. Sev- !
oral of the children were bruised and i
scratched but not seriously hurt.
Mrs. Whitehurst waS taken on a
passing car and rushed to Dr. Edgar j
| l ong at Hamilton and was mot by the |
doctor be/ore reaching his office. The j
physician rendered temporary relief |
and took tho. patient to his office,
where he found it necessary to give
| muc !i surgical attention to stop the
flow of blood. She was then taken
; to her home on the Crisp farm, where
site died Sunday afternoon.
; to John Henry Kborn, a colored man.
I Tho driver lomoved the licence plate
'and made his escape soon after the
accident, leaving his victims to their
| own futj.. Blum's 19-year aid son,,
accompanied by another boy, was on i
the car when it struck the one be-1
longing toMr. Whitehurst. The only I
cause so far assigned to/the accident
i 1; that the negro was driving on tho
wrong side of the toad.
The driver of the Kborn car has!
not yet been arrested.
Mrs. Whitehurst, who was a Miss I
Crisp before her marriage, was buried |
near her home yesterday,
Sheriff Captures
Steam Still and Outfit
Last Friday Sheriff Roebuck cap
tured a large liquor plant of the steam
variety in Hear Grass Township back
of Aaron Whitaker's field. Thirteen
barrels of beer and a vat containing
around 300 gallons were destroyed.
'The jdant had in all probability been
operated the day before the sheriff's
arrival, and the beer would have been
leady, about next Friday for running.
No one was seen near the still when
thi officers arrived.
Baptist Philatheas to
Have Baby Show,
All local people having childrei. Un- ,
der two years of age are invited to
enter them at the baby show cqntest |
next Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock !
in the store next to J. O. Manning i
Grocery company. The show is undei J
the direction of the Baptist I'hilathoa I
clax.i A small admission will be
charged. Refreshments will be serv
ed by members of the.cluss.
There will' bti a basket party at
Mrs. John Gray I'eele's home Wed
nesday night, April 2(1. The proceeds
will go for the benefit of the church.
The public is respectfully invited.
Tf Explain Steam-
Pressure Cooking
The American Home Depart
ment of the Williamston Wo
man's Club will meet Thursday.
April 21, at 4 p. m., in the home
demonstration kitchen in the
courthouse annex.
This will be a "food prepara
. w tion" program. A demonstra
tion will be given
sure cooking.
Visitors will b« welcome to 
this meeting.
■ 5
Advertisers Will Find Oar Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Mxrtin County.
Perfect Plans
j for Providing
Guests Dinner
Program Expected To
Be the Best Ever
Seen in County
that VV ifliamston would lag be
hind in entertaining its school visi
tors at the county commencement here
I'riday wan corrected in no uncertain
terms today when the merchants, par
ent-teacher association, and Kiwanis
Club backed to the [ullest decree the
suggestion to prepare a dinner on that
day.. The announcement that a bas
ket dinner would be held came, when
it was thought that the entire county
would be here that day, and when the
'task of feeding that many thousands
of people was considered, it was just
too much lor any one organization to
■Sponsor. It was later learned that
' no such crowd is expected hero Friday,
and in that case the town and com
munity heartily indorse the feeding
of the visitors here next Friday.
Ihe congest., an the program at the
commencement are expected to be the
tiest yet, as they mark the "best the
school : of the county offer. Schools
flo;i: all over the county .will be repre
sented in cases where there are con
testant's to enter. It is understood that
all the schools wiil not close Friday
arid that around HK)u visitors will be
here tiiat day.
Members of the parent-teacher as
sociation were very busy this morn
ing calling on the patrons of the
school and asking assistance in caring
lor the visitors. The response was
gieat in every case, patrons pledging
their support to the fullest. A table
will be prepared on the campus, and
the social committee of the parent
teacher association will have charge
ud serving the dinner.
Judging from the interest already
manif'nstj>l hv local uevule, WilLiam
a host as our neighboring friends,
Hamilton and Jamesville. All who at
tended the group commencements in
those two towns stated, that nothing
more could be done than was done by
the two towns in the way of enter
taining the visitors.
Several Hurt in Wreck
Near Kobersonville
Mr. Charles Sullivan, of Knlield, ac
companied by his wife ami three cnil
dren, turned his car over late^Sunday
evening near Kobersonville, as they
were returning home from a visit to
Mr.-,. Sullivan's sister at Columbia.
The ear, a Willys-Knight, apparent
ly turned a complete somersault when
Mr. Sullivan had to make a quick
turn to avoid hitting U car which-sud
denly approached from a side road.
The wheels of Mr. Sullivan's car were
all standing in the air and the cat
was resting on its top,
(Every member oi was
hurt, a daughter, Miss Jeannette, was
seriously hurt, apparently suffering a
fractured skull. After being given
temporary treatment by Drs. Ward
and Ward, she was hurried to a
Reeky Mount hospital. The injuries
of all the others were treated, and one
of the boys was also placed in a hos
pital, but was able to be taken home
Monday. Mrs. Sullivan is still in bed
at her home.
Last reports were that the daugh
ter was resting easily and expected
to recover. All others of the family
are also getting along nicely.
It is not known who the driver of
the Dodge car was, which apparently
rushed out on the road carelessly,
causing the whole trouble.
No Prospect of Profit
in Low-Grade Tobacco
Some of the wide awake tobacco
growers say they are finding too
much competition in low-grade to
t'ucco, and that unless a farmer can
raise a good quality tobacco he had
better let it alone.
The darker and coarser grades of
tobacco are finding keen competition
in foreign lands, and foreign coun
tries are becoming very stringent a
gainst our darker-grade tobacco traf
The dark Kentucky grades for the
past year gold very low, in fact at
the same old starvation prices. The
foreign markets on good grades of
(bright flue tobacco are much more
litfpfful than any other typos. Yet
the farmer who has to go in the low
class, from the general outlook, will
stand a poor chance to make a profit.
Too much tobacco generally meant
poor tobacco, because it can not be
properly cultivated, housed and grad
ed. .

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