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License Plates
To Go On Sale
- Here June Ist
J. D. Woolard and N. C.
Green to Handle
License plates to go on sale June 1
J. D. Woolard and N. C. Green
have been named managers of the
Carolina Motor Club branch office
here to handle license plates during
the months of June and July, it is
announced by C. T. Matthews, assist
ant manager of the club, who is here
making arrangements for the distri
bution of State automobile tags. The
office is located at the Williamston
Motor Co.
Plates will be available June 1, and
Motor Club officials join in urging mo
torists to procure licenses as early as
pofsible after this date.
"This will be the fourth year the
Carolina Motor Club, which inaugur
ated the idea in the South, has han
dled plates," Mr. Matthews said. "The
last three years we have handled
more than 2,000,000 plates and titles
valued at between $15,000,000 and
$20,000,000. It has been our experi
ence that car owners prolong pur
chase of plates until the last min
ute. We will maintain an adequate
force at this and all other branch of
fices, but we can not force the plates
upon the car owners. If it appears
that the motorists do not want to
come after the plates the saff will be
cut, and the office closed, if neces
I ..ft'dUg
"R. A. Doughton, commissioner of
revenue, has informed the Carolina
Motor Club that there will be no
change in the system of issuing the
plates. The applicant will be mailed
a white registration card from Ra
leigh. Plates will be issued for only
six months at this time, in order that
the issuance date may be changed
from a fiscal to a calendar year ba
sis. The State has levied a service
charge of 25 cents in addtion to the
license fee, in order to absorb the cost
of changing issuance date. Effective
January 1, 1928, plates will be issued
for 12 months and the special fee
will not apply."
Baptist Church
Sunday morning, at 11 o'clock, the
commencement sermon will be preach
ed in this church for the class of '27.
Rev. A. J. Manning is special preach
er for the occasion. This being a
community service, the entire public
is invited to be present. The seat
ing capacity is ample, and many hun
dreds can easily be cared for at the
The pastor of this church has been
given a leave of absence for some
lime, through the generosity and
thoughtfulness of the church. He re
grets that he will be unable to be
present at the services Sunday morn
ing. The graduating class are more
than welcome in our church; every
one be happy to have them. And
not only the church but the entire
community will be glad to hear Bro.
Manning on this occasion.
The pastor being away, no service
has been announced for Sunday night.
Gold Point School
Closed Tuesday
Commencement exercises last Tues
day brought to a close a most suc
cesful term for the Gold Point school.
On Monday evening the primary
grades had charge of the program.
Tuesday the school presented a play
and a May Day festival. Professor
L. B. Wynne presented certificates of
graduation and attendance.
With the hearty cooperation of the
school committee of which Mr. J. L.
Croom is chairman, the school has
had a most successful year.
• in
"Whispering Sage"
Fists, fights, riding, and
everything that makes a West
ern a Western.
Serial and Comedy
| Always a Good Show
Nat Reiss Shows Ar
For Roanoke F
One of the Largest Shows to Come South This
Year; Will Play Roanoke Fair September 27-30
The Nat Reiss Shows, one of the
largest to come South for the 1927
fairs, lias been booked by the Roan
oke Fair Association to play here
September 27 to 30th. Editorially In
dorsed by the press, personally
praised by the clergy, and well pat
ronized in past years, the Nat Reiss
Shows will carry the amusement fea
ture of the Roanoke Fair here this
year to its highest peak. Fair offic
ials, when asked their opinion of the
shows for this year'spfair, stated they
felt as if the people in this entire
section would be pleased with the
amusement features.
The Nat Reiss Shows are beginning
their 28th annual tour this year, and
are better prepared than ever befon
to carry out its aim of "providing
clean amusements in every communi
ty played." The 27 years completed
last season have been most success
ful ones for the, Nat Reiss people,
Ten Cases in
County Court
Fines Total $625; Half
of Cases Appealed to
Superior Court
Recorder's court Tuesday attracted
a large number of people. Though
not very many cases were tried, sev
eral of them were hotly contested.
Most of those tried were not satis
fied with Judge Bailey's decision. Of
the 10 cases finally disposed, half of
them were appealed to the superior
court. Fines for the day totaled
The following cases were disposed
State vs. Moses Hopkins; carrying
concealed weapons. Judgment sus
pended upon payment of the costs.
Samuel Bo:"ton was found guilty of
distilling and fined $260 and the costs
r.nd sentenced to nine months on the County roads. He ap
pealed to the superior court.
Jesse Whitehurst appealed to the
superior court after he had been found
guilty of reckless driving and fined
A nol proa was entered in the case
charging Jesse Whitehurst with
transporting liquor,
Dave Rogers and John Little were
found guilty of violating tin liquor
lew. Each was fined SSO and half
the costs. \
Abner Green was adjudged guilty
of larceny and fined SSO. He also ap
pealed to the superior court.
Warren Cotanch, haled before the
recorder OH a charge of larceny, was
found to be under 16 years of age,!
and was remanded to tho juvenile
J. H. Whitfield plead guilty to vio
lating the liquor law and was fined
$l5O and the costs and sentenced to
six months cn the Edgecombe County
roads. He appealed to the! superior
J. B. Whitfield was found guilty on
two counts, assault with deadly
weapon and carrying concealed weap
on. He was sentenced to six months
on, the Edgecombe road.: on the first
charge. On the second,count he was
i;lven a 12-months suspended sentence
conditioned upon his good behavior
while serving the first term.
Cases against Dan Moore and John
Yates for hunting, without a license
were continued for one week.
Brown Will Case Now
Being Tried in Beaufort
The Beaufort County court is now
going full swing in the Geo. H. Brown
will case. Involving title to property
valued at $560,000 it required from
early Monday morning until noon
Wednesday to select a jury. It is
thought now that it will certainly
take all of next week to finish the
trial. Several of the Martin County
atomeys have been over to observe
the trial, which is attracting Stater
wide interest. ,
Buy Roberson Milling
Co. at Robersonville
The Taylor Mill 4 Gin Co., Inc.,
of Robersonville, recently bought the
cotton gins, saw mill, planing mill,
and other machinery from the Rober
son Milling Co., also of Robersonville.
The new Arm, with Mr. W. W. Taylor
as its president, and Mr. Eli Rodgers,
its secretary and treasurer, has al
ready started operation. Mr. Rodgers
will have charge of the department
making tobacco fluea, and Mr. Taylor
will have charge of tha mills, gins,
and lumber.
SoHle of Robersonville'a most
prominent citizens are stockholders in
the new firm.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, May 13, 1927.
■ and they anonunce this yenr will find
1 them with the greatest show yet of
j fered. With a train of 30 double
j langth railroad cars I loaded to the
| brim with modern wholesome amuse
! ments, the Nat Reiss company brings
! to the Roanoke Fair its largest car-
I nival. Not less than eight modern
j riding devices; not less than 20 high
! class meritorious shows will be seen
I at the fair grounds here September
27-30. Two brass bands accompany
the shows, besides the regular one
contracted for by the fair association.
With more than 360 people handling
the affairs of the show, it has been
classed as "The show with a worth
while reputation."
John L. Rodgerson, the fair's new
manager, is considering the booking
of the best free acts ever seen at an
eastern Carolina fair. These an
nouncements will be made within the
next few days.
Firemen Meet
At Greenville
Number Local Firemen
Attend; Next Meet
Here in July
A large number of the Williunr
i-ton firemen attended the regular
meeting of the Eastern Carolina Fire
men's Association at Greenville Tues
day night.
The Greenville fire company enter
tuined the association with an elegant
rock stew and other things to match,
including the Sheriff Tucker brand of
Pitt County ham. The meeting was
held in the Greenville Rotary Club
building, which, by the way, is the
only Rotary Club in the world that
owns its own building. Haywood bail
is the present president of the club,
und he expressed his delight when he,
ennouneed that the statement waii
made in the recent world conference
of Kotary in Edinburgh, Scotland,
ttfat the GreenviltS, N. C., duty was
the only one in the vWSrld that owned
its own building.
After the dinner, Mr. J. 11. Waldrop,
of Greenville, made the welcome ad
dress to the firemen. Mr. Waldrop
made a more practical talk than the
customary fancy feather and bouquet
throwing on such occasions. He sug
gested many helpful things to the or
fyrnized firemen.
The Beaufort fire company made
application for membership and was
received by a unanimous vote. Kvery
town in the association was repre
sented by large except
Snow Hill.
The resolutions committee submit
ted resolutions of respect for Captain
James .D. McNeill, who was North
Carolina's greatest fire fighter for 40
years, continuing in the service' until
his recent death at Fayetteville.
A voluntary collection was taken
for the flood sufferers, which amount
ed to $34.06, which was turned over
to the Greenville chapter of the Red
The meeting was one of the best
held by the association. The next
meeting will be held in Williamston
on the second Tuesday In July.
Pushing Wheelbarrow 100,000 Miles ]
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"Happy Jack" Caves, globe trotter extraordinary, has many thrilling stories gathered from the "four cor
ners". He has worn out 85 pain of shoes and his wheelbarrow has had 80 wheels, 28 axles and 286 roller bearngs.
Noted Walker-
Lecturer Here
For Few Days
"Happy Jack" Caves on
Last Lap of 100,000-
Mile Walk
That Williamston is on the wheel
barrow route around the world was
made certain - this morning when
"Happy Jack" Caves, globe trotter
extraordinary, pushed His wheelbar
row and 230 pounds of equipment
down Main street. Cavei is nearing
his goal, Boston, this being his last
lap of the 100,000 mile wheelbarrow
Caves was born in Lapland 60 years
ago. He came to America when he
was 20 years old and applied Icr
naturalization papers under President
Garfield which were compelted and
issued by President Cleveland. His
father, 114 years old and his mother,
113 yeals old are living in t|ie home
land. He has a family; his wife, five
children, several grand children, ami
a few great-grandchildren are living
in Boston. "Happy expects to reach
Boston in the early fall and receive
J3P.OOQ of a $90,000 prize offered l.y
a medicjd association at Johns Hop
kins university. He left his home in
Boston in April, 1J) 11» with his wheel
barrow, frying pan and a little tent.
The outfit has served as his he ii
room, office, library parlor, kitchen
and dining room for the more than
fix years on tho road, lie has worn
out 85 pairs of shoes, the style an.!
dn ss regulated bj%9+ie association.
The purpose of tho trip is to further
study man's endurance anil reliability.
Thirty wheels huve be n worn off
i.nder the load of 230 pounds, twenty
eight axles und 28(5 roller bearings
are among the other repairs made
to the' wheelbarrow.
His walk has carried him over
paved highways, mud roads, alorg
the shady lanes, yet orach of the
time he has been walking and push
ing his wheelbarrow across the sand/
of Africa, the rough reads of Jerieo,
.he vide plains of Ausuulia, up tho
steep slopes of the Alps. He has
been cn ever sea traveled by. shins.
When he left home he was penniless,
and could not beg, borrow, sell or
steal anything. He is permittid to
aslc tbi use of a telephone, and may
also ask for u drink of water. 11 is
only means of existence comes thru
lectures, for which he is generally
The rules of the contest requires
him to procure proper credentials
from the ruler of every country he
visits also from every governor of
evfery state in the In ion,. He gets
certain papers signed by some officer
of,every county he travels in. Fifteen
of those entering the eontest have al
ready fallen out, ami while "Happy
Jack" is wearying of his walk, but
hopes to complete it. He is about
0 feet 3 inches, musclar with a No.
12 or 14 foot and a powerfully large
anil honest heart. He speaks more
than 20 languages. In all the wars
the United States have fought dur
ing the past fortyeyi ars, he has hail
n part. He is a member of tho Episco
pal church and goes to Sunday .school
f rcquently.
"Truth Stranger than Fiction" is
the title of the hook he is now writ
ing describing his journey as ho goes
Rev. A* J. Manning io
Deliver Sermon at
Baptist Church
The first of the local school's com
mencement exercises will take place
Sunday morning when Rev. A. J.
Manning delivers the annual sermon
to the seniors and their friends in the
Memorial Baptist church. "The Three
fold Secret of a Great Life" will be
the topic'for the Sunday morning ser
vice, and as there will be no services
at the other churches, a large at
tendance is expected to hear the ser
mon. -
The commencement exercises were
to have started with an operetta,
"The Brownie's Band" tonight, but
conflicting dates with the Kiwanis
minstrel caused- school officials to
render the date to the Iviwanians and
have the operetta Monday night at
8 o'clock.
Tuesday -And Tuesday night will be
turned over to the student body as a
time for preparation for the session's
last ordeal, examinations. "Club
Night" was scheduled for Tuesday,
but it will be carried over until
Wednesday at 8 -o'clock. Members of
the several clubs, dramatic, literary,
and Athletic, will have the program in
Friday morning will see the parting
of the seniors when they are given
certificates of graduation at the con
elusion t|f the commencement ad
dress to be made by Dr. Robert 11.
Wright, president of the East Caro
lina Teachers College.
Hamilton School's
Finals Begin Sunday
The Hamilton school finals will be
gin on Sunday, May 15, and end on
Wednesday., May 18. At 8 o'clock
Sunday night, the commencement
sermon will be "proachcd by the Kev.
E. P. Wei.t, pastor of the local Bap
tist, Church. Monday evening, at 8.30
o'clock, the elementary school will
present "The Brownies' Whispers," a
floral coutata.
The commencement address will be
delivered Tuesday evening at 8:16, by
Dr. M. C. S. Noble, jr., director of
the division of information and Sta
tistics, State department of public in
struction. The exercises of the even
ing will also include'the senior class
program, presentation of certificates,
Wednesday evening, at 8:15 o'clock,
the high school will stage 'The Wren,'
i\ comedy in four acts. The charges
for admission to this play will be 25
and 35-cents. All other exercises of
the commencement are without charge
Elaborate costumes are being pre
pared for the floral cantata to be giv
en Monday evening. It is a musical
dramatization beautiful in its charm
and mysticism.
"The Wren" is a drama full of in
terest, action, and the heart beats of
humanity. Appropriate costumes and
•stage settings will contribute towards
a good presentatin of this play. An
excellent religious program Sunday
night and a very fine literary pro
grum Tuesday evening are being an
Everybody in the school district
and in the neighboring communities
is cordially invited to attend all the
exercises of the commencement.
Offer Plants to
Hail Sufferers
Hail in several sections of the
county late last Wednesday af
ternoon has caused a shortage
in tobacco plants in those tac
tions, according to reports
reaching here. Mr. J. T. Barn
hill stated yesterday that the
farmers in the
had an unlimited quantity ot
plants, and that they would be
very glad to give them free of
charge to uny farmer needing
Negro Makes
Chilly Journey
(iocs From North Caro
lina to Boston in a
Refrigerator Car
Appearing under a Boston,
Mass., date line, the cold article
below tells how one David Green
went all the way from this State
to Boston, Mass. No one at Ham
ilton knows a negro by that name,
and, since no trains run through
Hamilton, it is thought the place
referred to might be Hamlet, N.
('. The article follows:
Boston, Mass., May 11.—Luckily
for David Given, colored, of Hamil
ton, N. C., when he came before Judge
John Duff in Central Municipal court
this morning charged with trespass
lib, imposing white teeth where clat
tering like a set of sacements in the
hands of an andalusian
If it hadn't been for that, Judge
Duir would not have inquired what
made David's teeth chatter, and the
story of his chilly ride from Carolina
in a refrigerator car wouldn't have
lien revcule-J. • Mereover, ha would
probably have got a jail term instead
of probation.
Dances for His Life
As it now stuJtds, Duvid is the only
living person who ever Charlestoned
and Blackbottouied the whole route
from Hamilton, N. to lioston; *nd
David only did it because he was
dancing for his life. .
It was a nice balmy day when Da
vid bade his mother good-by, wrap
ped two doughnuts in a bandana
handkerchief and started out to see
the world through the icing port of a
refrigerator car. He intended to fare
| into Vlrglhtn and see whether work
on the Virginia farms was as hard
as it is in North Carolina.
Once in his sub polar parlor car.
David couldn't get out. After the
; first hour in involuntary confinement,
David cleared himself a space among
the ice caken and started to work rp
perspiration. The first hour of that
_V/an by no means the hardest.
Train Doesn't Hesitate
The train did not even stop in Vir
ginia, but kept right on to Boston.
From then on the program was all
work a,wl no sleep. Once in a while
Duvid sat down for a rest, but the
| penertating chill started him going
aguiilij "Never saw ice melt so slow
in all my life," suid David. Finally
the train t'ame to a stop in the Bos
ton yards, hut oven then David's ex
ertions were not at an end..
Nobody came to open the dooj. He
danced from daylight till dark and
was just beginning to think that the
scientists Were wrong in saying that
freezing to death was a pleasing way
to end it, when a car inspector came
along. He opened the door and there
was David with his tee'.h Hying, up j
and down like a" trap drummer doing '
a roll. So David was taken to court j
fcr trespassing. He couldn't stop his
teeth chattering long enough to tell
his story to the police. Only when-
Judge Duff asked him what he was
fihiverintf about could David tell his
.•itory and thut won him probation
v/ith orders to the probation officer
to set that David got back to sunny
Humilton, North Carolina, free.
Kiwanis Minstrel
Revue Tonight
Mr. Henry Mclver is very opti
mistic over the Black and White Mins
trel revue here tonight. Almost every
seat is reported sold. 'The local com
edians and solists promise a world of
fun when {he curtain rises at 8:30.
Practice has been going on for jthe
past ten days, and the latest dope on
the rehearsals indicates a rip-roaring
production. Some of Williamston's
best talent in in the show, and it is
!>afe to say the minstrel will be easily
worth twice the admission. .
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Martin County.
Oak City High
School Closes
Its Best Year
Ten Graduate at Closing
Exercises Friday;
Award Prizes
( The commencement address made
| by Hon. V. B. Martin, of Plymouth,
ai the Oak City school last Friday
marked the close of one of that
school's best years-. To the ten young
graduates, Mr. Martin stressed chat
acter training, staling that it was to
be desired over all wealth. At the
conclusion of the address, Supt. K. A.
Pope delivered certificates of gradua
tion to the ten seniors.
The commencement, which is al
way.-s a splendid feature of the suc
cess! ul Oak City school, was under
way Sunday, May 1, when Kev. Theo
dore Partrick, of Scotland Neck,
preached the annual sertnon to the
■ school and its graduates. Mr. Par
j trick's text, "Freely you have receiv
■ ed, freely give," was well received by
J a large audience. The Wednesday
evening program, deemed to be the
feature of the entire commencement,
I was more than enjoyed by a packed
he use. Appearing in three classical
j number*, the Ouk City orchestra that
i.ight brought praise from the audi
ence and clearly showed that markej
progress had been made in the music
department of the school this year.
Showing appreciation for the work of
its director, Miss Jones, the orchestra
presented her with a S2O gold piece,
j Miss Jones' work in the school's mu
sic department has been most effect
| ive, and few towns can boast of such
I a splendid orchestra as has been tli
| ret ted by her this year. i
Class exercises, held Wednesday
night, were well aranged and very
| successful. Seventh-grade certificates
| were presented 2f> young and promis
' ing students. Kach your' the school
has a number of pupils making splen
!id individual records. These plana,
it may be said, lire the result of
plans carefully worked out by Princi
pal 11. M. Ainsley. Miss Velma
Mines was awarded. $5 for being
I neither absent nor tardyduring the
past five years. Miss Dorothy Hines
j followed with a very close record of
four years and was given fl. TVonty
, five attendance certificates were pre
| seated, along with 10 spelling certifi
j cntes. h'rnest Etheridgc won $5 when
I he operated a school truck at less
I cost and kept it in better shape than
| other drivers. The second grade won
I 'i prize for the best order in march
ing. Mr, Ainsley gave the sixth
grade a cup when it showed the best
| progress in citizenship during the
I year. The Wilsonian Literary Soci
ety won over the Kstherian when it
furnished the'best programs through
out the year. Winners of certificates
nnd prizes were determined over a
period of a year or more, and are due
cpecial credit, along with the school
and its faculty.
Hail and Wind Storm
Does Much Damage
A strong wind storm accompanied
by hail did heavy damage in this,
i I'itt and Washington counties Wed
j nesday afternoon. The storm, cover-
I ing oidy a few miles in width, ap
| parently gathered in Pitt county,
I west of Greenville and started in a
northeastwardly direction striking
the Martin county line near the
Mount Zion section, taking a course
from that point to the Washington
county line near Plymouth. Timber,
shade and fruit trees were uprooted
end twisted otr along the path of the
storm. Several house were torn
I down and others unroofed. Near
Macedonia church, the wind seemed
to reach its greatest power wherv it
blew down Mr. J. L. Holliday's stock
barn and puekhouse, a tobacco bam
and blew a large tree across the old
t home place, damaging it badly. Other
| houses were blown otf their blocks
in seevral sections,
j Hail accompanying the storm cov
ered a streak about a mile in width
and 40 miles or more in length. It
so heavy that tobacco, cotton,
cirn and other crops were riddled,
j mojjt of the fanners finding it neces
sary to reset their tobacco. Oats and
Irish potatoes were destroyed by the
small hail stones. Lightning struck
the feed bam of Mr. W. T. Hadlcy
on the Washington road and burned
it down. The contents were burned
with the exception of a little, corn
which Mr. Hadley managed to save.
Baptist Philatheas
In Regular Meet
The Philathea Class of the Baptist
Church met with Mrs. Joe Pender last
Friday night. After the business of
the class was discussed, centering a
rcund the unnual convention to be
held in Mount Aliy in June, the hos
tess served strawberry shortcake
with whipped cream.
Mrs. J. P. Hall Invited the cUus to
meet with her next month.

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