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Final Exercises
This Morning
Dr. Wright Speaks; Cer
tificates and Prizes
Are Awarded
Dr. Robert H. Wright, president of
the East Carolina Teachers College,
niade the commencement address be
fore 16 young graduates and a large
audience this morning, bringing to a
close a most successful year in the
Williamston school. While Dr. Wright
carries a full line of silver gray in
his hair and has for many years been
president of a college, he began his
adress with the salutation, "fellow
students." He talked on the enlarge
ment plan of doing the besUyou can.
He advocated the plan of consolida
tion, providing a better opportunity
to cooperate in work. The question of
taxation was also discussed and while
ht was willing to admit that the
school tax is expensive, yet he re
gretted to have to say that the crime
of the country 4s costing three times
as much as the schools. He said many
people regarded taxes a tribute rath
el than a contribution which was a
mistake when we count our tax bless
ings. He, by illustration, called for
those fathers and mothers who would
not gladly give their children a bet
ter opportunity than they themselves
Commencement Outstanding
In no year before a commence
ment of the local school been more
outstanding and unanimous opinion
has branded it as unusual. Follow
ing the commencement sermon Sun
day mosning, the grammar grades
presented "The Hrownies' Band," a
cantata that was greatly enjoyed by
a packed house.
The several clubs, dramatic, liter
al y, and music, rendered a most
pleasing program Wednesday night to
another capacity house While all
the numbers on the Wednesday even
ing program were excellent, the ghost
story, by Booth Tarkington, was un
usually good. The graduating exer
cises last night, unusual in their pres
entation, marked a new type and one
tiiat iu«rt with plnurtng: approval.
The program this morning includ
ed an address by Dr. Wright, special
music, awarding of medals by Mayor
It. Coburn, awarding of seventh
grade certificates by Prof. K. G. Phil
lips and presentation of high-school
certificates by Principal L. H. Davis.
The honor roll certificates for per
fect attendance for the year were
given to Fred Orleans, Joseph Ham
hill, Grace Manning, Hilly Griffin, Ben
Manning, Wheeler Manning, Itutii
Norton, Charles Manning, Edith Peel,
Charles Fleming, jr., Hazel Blown.
Seventh grade graduation certifi
cates were given to Lina Mizelle, Al
ibert Clark, Hazel Brown, Ellen Ben
nett, Edith Taylor, Charles Fleming,
jr., Gladys Moore, Elsie Gurganus,
Charles Manning, Dora Mae Stalls,
J. S. Whitley, Ruth Norton, Edith
Peel and Delia Harrison. Prizes for
the best kept rooms went to Misses
Darden's, Ivey's, Harpers' and Ram
sey's rooms. The chamber of com
merce prize offered to the best all
round student, including all activities,
was awarded to Jessup Harrison. The
prize offered by the Daughters of the
American Revolution for the best
work in history was awarded Henry
After announcements, the final cur
tain of the 1926-27 Williamston school
session fell and 16 young graduates
left the halls to make history else
Sunday Services at
Methodist Church
Sunday school, 9:4.5 a. m.—E. P.
Cunningham, superintendent.
Services at 11 a. m. and 8:00 p. m.
Preaching at Vernon at 3:30 p. m.
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A He-Man's Country
Comedy—Serial V
"Just Another
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Always a Good Show
p armer Near Here
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Commits SuiClde
Expecting Another
light-Power Offer
The exact nature of new de
velopment, now beinK made rel
ative to the local light and pow
er plant could not be learned
this morning- Few details could
be had other than those stating
that another proposition was a
bout to he submitted, along with
the three now lie,fore the board
of commissioners. v
~ One of the commissioners
stated this morning that defi
nite information could not be
had until the new proposal was
officially submitted. It was slat
ed, however, (hat things were
brewing in the light and power
business here.
Flood Sufferers
Benefit Dance
Two Dances Have Been
Suggested as Way to
Raise More Funds
The charity aspect to the flood j
situation in the course of the Miss
issippi river has been dropped; it is
recognized by every one outside the
stricken area with the exception of
a few, as a solemn duty to render as
sistance to the unfortunate ones.
Williamston and many other towns in
the county have raised the quotas as
signed them. Hut, in truth, our people
have not giyen in proportion to their
moans, and it stands out as a fact
to be ashamed of when the cry of the
homeless, so pitiful, is heard from •
away across the states.
A suggestion has been made by
several citizens of the town to ar- j
range some kind of entertainment j
• hat might result in funds for the j
sufferers. The most popular plan yt I
advanced calls for two dances some
time the middle of next month. It
has been suggested that an'/old-fash
ioned square dance be held along j
with a, modern one. It is understood
the commissioners will permit a small j
admission charge, and will be glad
to offer any other assistance reason
able for town officials to render. Thf
warehouse is far'use free of charge,
and several people have pledged their
support in~rfl&king the undertaking n
success, but a), present no one has
been take active charge
oi' 'he undertaking. —"T
There is no doubt but what the
people living outside of Williamston
would support to the fullest aft eld
time square dance, staged not for
profit but for the help of the un
fortunates in the Mississippi valley.
Many of the townspeople have offered
'their help, and all is lacking now is
someone to take the lead and put the
undertaking over.
Demonstrates New
Ways of Salad Making
To those women who were pres
ent yesterday when Miss Trentham,
county home demonstrator, pleasing- j
ly instructed in the making of salads I
from the common fruits and vege- |
tables found in the average garden '
of the county, the occasion furnished
not only new ways .of appealing to
the inner man, but the contact with
the demonstrator and each other made
ho hour enjoyable. Miss Trentham's
combinations were unique in thp ex
treme, and by the addition of mayon
naise and other dressings were even
better than they appeared in the at
tractive serving dishes. .Punch made
with whey, lemonj and sugar was a
now drink and was most refreshing
on the extremely hot afternoon. In
the demonstration, cabbage, turnips,
or.ion.-i, cucumbers, pickles, apples,
cottage cheese, tomatoes, etc., were
combined so that there were five dif
ferent salads. French mayonnaise
and cooked dressings were used as
desired. The only regrettable circum
stance was the fact that the women
either have poor memories or were
engaged in social pleasures, and the
number present was too small.
Jamesville Christian
Oiurch Announcements
J. F. Pipkins will preach Sunday,
both morning and evening, at 11 a.
m. and 8 p. m., at the Jamesville
Christian Church.
The morning sermon subject will
be, "God's Word and Man's Heart."
The evening subject will be "Invit
ing Jesus."
Sunday school at 9:46 a. m.—The
public is cordially invited to thqee
services. v
Williamston, Martin County, Nortl Friday, May 20,1927
Thomas Revels Shoots
Head Off; Family
Troubles Cause
Thomas W. Revels committed suicide |
at his home in lleur Grass township, |
near here, yesterday mornitu?*about |
7:30 o'clock by shooting the top of
his head away.
Mr. Revels who was; at home with
his five, youngest children had gone
out to work in the field preparing
to-plant peanuts and from all ap
pearances at that time he seetged to
be all right. He sent his youngest boy,
10 years old, to the home of a near
by neighbor to borrow a gun to shoot
a cat which he had seen catching
t mall chickens. Whin the boy return
ed with the gun and two shells he
gave them to his father who was still
in the field. •Mr. Revels then went into '
Dip packliouse and closed the door l>e- i
hind him, but he soon came out from !
there and went to the house. When j
entering the front door he told the \
children not to come in. He closed the I
door and in a very few minutes the I
children heard the gun fire. They {
were frightened ami did not go into ,
the house, but called to Mr. J. W. I
Green who lived nearby. Mr. Green '
went in'o the house where he found
the lifeless body of Revels lying a
crosß the bed in a shed room with the
head blown off from a (mytt about an
inch below the eyes. The man's j
brains were scattered all over the
room. The muzzle of the gun was I
still clinched in his left hand and
both fee were on the floor with the
right foot bare and the left shoe
still on.
He evidently the side of the '
bed, pulfal (tiff his shoe and wltile sit
ting there leaned his head over the
muzzle of the gun and fired, pulling
the tricker either with his toe or with
his right hand. The force of the
charge knocked him so that he fell
backward across the bed.
Sheriff Roebuck and Coroner S. R. j
Biggs were called to v4ew the body. -
They found the circumstances too
plain to suggest ary Iden of foul
Family Trouble Cause
Family trouble was evidently the
foundation of the tragedy.
Revels was almost 46 yeurs old,
reared on u farm near Smithwick's
Creek church. He grew up in a day
that did not give him many of the
advantages so much needed in life.
He was, however, a very industrious,
hardworking and honest farmer. He
had a weakness for drink and oc
casionally took too much which seem
ed to engage his wife and cause many
family troubles. On several occasions,
y temporary separation had come
bout, but the old way of forgiving j
and forgetting always carried them
buck under the.same roof. Two week.' j
ajm the trouble grew worse and two
of his older boys took up for their j
mother in a family quarrel and as- ,
saultcd the father. Revels took his
Hvo sons before the court here last
Tuesday and they were required by
tie court to remain away from home
a;, they were free men in age.
The court's decision, requiring the
boys to stay away, did not please
Mrs. Revels and she refused to. go
home,- sending won I that she was
never going l to return.
This caused Revels 'to Arrange the
sale of his crop as it was planted in
the ground, his corn, hogs, tobacco
wcod and tobacco sticks and rent his
| land for the. remainder of the ytear.
He saw the buyer Wednesday and
told him his wife was not coming
hack, that he could neither live with
nor without her, that his two girls
were old enough to take care of them
selves as were his three older boys,
and that he wanted to get good places
j ft r his three youngest boys, the baby
being 10 year§, old. He further stated
, he would do something but no body
! knew what it would be, that it made
n.o difference how or what he did.
Taking all circumstances connected
with the case, it would appear that
there was too much trouble for a
I weak mind to bear.
Sunday Services at
The Baptist Church
There will be the two regular
preaching services at . the Baptist
Church Sunday; morning, at 11 o'-
clock, ami evening at 8. At the Sun
day morning service the sermon sub
ject will be: "The Eyes of God"; and
at the evening hour the theme will
be, "How We Are Saved."
Sunday school Sunday morfawig at
9:45 o'clock, as usual.
Wednesday night, at 8 o'clock,
tlx're will. be St he regular mid-week
Bible Study class, when all the peo
ple are invited to be present.
The pastor has been away on a
week's leave of absence, and'is very
to the church for making
this possible.
Law Retires
Hand Ij&nals
[ Ist
Motorists Ai% Urged to
l*ractice atid Adopt
Signals Nov.
Although the law requiring motor
ists to'give the standard hand signals
before starting, stopping, or turning
from a direct line does not go into
effect until July, Charles S. Wallace,
of Morehead City, president of the
Carolina Motor Clulv joins with state,
county, and munic'ipaloflicials in urg
ing drivers to adopt the signals and
practice them now.
Under section 17 of the uniform
motor vehicle code adopted by the re
cent legislature, operators of motor
vehicles intending to turn left or
right or to stop on the highways af
ter July 1 will be required to signal
with the hand and arm from the left
side of the vehicle during the last 50
feet traveled.
The signals required follow:
Left turn: Hand and arm horizon
tr.l, forefinger pointing.
Right turn: Hand and Ann
Stop: Hand and arm iHßnted down
"Adoption and of these
signals should result in ac
cidents and save many fenders hard
knocks," said Mr. Wallace. "Besides
the safety feature, North Carolinians
motoring in other will save
themselves untold embarassmcnt
from, 'pawling 'outs' by traflic officers
and irate motorists as the standard
hand signals are in use in a majority
of States."
Faculty Members
Leaving fok 1 Homes
The week end will find few of the
members of the 1926-27 local school
faculty in our mMst. Misses Annie
Hooper and Lucile Allen leave this
afternoon for Miss Harper's home
Wilson, where Miss Allot will visit a
few days before her home
if! liisg M -pah Steed
leaven tomWrow .#fer?Wir for Rich-
lands, where she will spend a few
weeks with her parents hefote going
north to spend the summer with rel
atives. Miss Lucy Ellis goes to her
home in Wilson tomorrow afternoon.
Misses Norma Ramsey, Mildred Har
den, Eleanor Stan back, and Lillian
Sample leave Sunday morning; Miss
liumsey for her homr in Marshall,
Miss Stanback for her home in Mount
Gllead, Miss Harden for Kenly, and
Miss Sample for Roxhoro, where she
will visit her sister before going to
her home in Davidson. Miss Lucy
Claire Ivejr will wait over until Mon
day afternoon, when she will go' to
Scotland Neck, her home. Mr. K. G.
Phillips leaves tomorrow afternoon
for his home in Siler City; and Mr.
L. H. Davis—well, he doesn't know
just when he will leave.
SIO,OOO Fire in Plymouth
Fireman Is Badly Hurt
Plymouth, May 19. (Special to The
Enterprise.)—A fire originating in u
negro theater from faulty electric
appliances caus»'«l a damage estimat
at about $lO,llOO at midnight last
night. Four business ,houses on Wa
ter Street were damaged, two .being
almost completely destroyed. A mar
ket and store combined operated by
John W. Jackson, a theater operated
by Harry Chopick, Has ; ell Hros. Bak
ery and Miss Ixmise Ayer's millinery
shop were damaged.
Itobert (Bob) Tarkenton, local pos
tal clerk and member of the volun
teer fire department, received a seri
ous scalp wound when the roof fell
in and some loose bricks hit him [
Rev. A. J. Manning, Pastor of Christian Church
"Delivers Sermon in Baptist Church
Before 17 young graduates of the
local and a large number of
townspeople, the annual commence
ment sermon was delivered by Kev
A J. Manning at the baptist Church
last Sunday morning. At the request
of several parties we are printing the
sermon as follows:
Text: "This one thing I do: For
getting those things which are behind
and reaching fprth unto those things
which are before, I press torward the
n'ark for the prize of the high call
ing of God in Christ Jesus."—Phil.
Somy>ody has well said that the
proper study of mankind is man. The
study of biyfraphy, therefore, is al
ways ft most fascinating and helpful
sludy. Everybody who is normal is
interested keenly in the Jives of peo
ple who have succeeded..,. We would
New School District
For Williamston
Electric Siren Installed Ihj
Town; To Be Tested Today
(Guaranteed To Carry Sound Three Miles or More
Under Any Conditions; Owe 'flullon Control
The electric siren, bought by the
town at the suggestion of the local,
fire company, arrived a few days ago
and is now being installed by Super
intendent of lights, M. S. Moore. The
new fire alarm is located on the bal
cony of the City Hall, and Ls in full
view of the passerby on the street
below. The first alarm, false of course,
is expected late this afternoon. Mr.
oere thinks he will have it connected
by that time, and the people are warn
ed not to get excited when the test
is made.
I'nder all conditions, the sound from
the siren is supposed to carry for a
Recorder Has Many Guests at
Several Cases Kiwanis Meet
Suicide was Prosecuting Kocky Mount Men Are
Witness in Case Speakers Kiwanis
Tuesday Luncheon
Recorder's court Tuesday had few I
cases, and the few on docket were of j
little consequence. Judge Itailey j
cleared the docket in a short while,!
end few cases were carried over.
The cage in which William Stokes J
was charged with false pretenses was
col prossed with leave.
Solicitor Horton took a nbl pros in |
the case against Romulus Lilley and j
Clemmie Revels, who were brought j
into court on a simple assault charge.
Romulus Revels and Alonzo Revels, j
involved in th.; same charge, plead,
guilty and were required to pay the
costs, judgment was suspended in i
theft- case on the condition that they
do not in any way molest Thomas !
Revels, the prosecuting witness, and j
that they do not go to his home or.
near his premises for 18 months un- I
h-s,s in case of sickness. Romulus
and Alonzo had only one day to car
ry out the condition, for Thomas shot
himself to death yesterday morning.
C v C. Hoggurd plead guilty in the
case charging him with violation of |
the liquor laws. He was fined $125
and had a 6-months road sentence
imposed upon him, the road sentence
b'ing suspended upon condition of
-his good behavior
Judgment in a case of larceny and
leceiving, against Robert (ijreen, im
post't] during thi* session May 10, was
stricken out and prayer for judgment
continued for fit) days.
The case ugainst Dan Moore and
John'Yates wus nol pressed. The de
fendants were charged with hunting
without permission.
.Sidney Edwards, charged witli vio
lation of the liquor laws, hail his case
Snake Bites Small
Cliild Near Here
While working in the garden at the
'home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Xoah I'. Roberson, little six-year-ftld
Catherine, was bitten by a large
poplar leaf moccasin snake yesterday
| afternoon, The snake's bite, just a
[ bove the ankle, is considered very
serious by attending physicians.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberaon live over
the creek near here on the llardison
Mill road.
know nil {hat we may about them,
about their beginnings, their habits,
their struggles, about their viewpoint
in life.. Thin morning, I would direct
j our attention for a little while to
the most remarkable Christian of the
centuries, the Apostle Paul. He was,
and is, the greatest single credential
that the Gospel of Christ has pro
One day, in writing to his favorite
church, the Philippian Church —in a
burst of confidence, it would seem—he
lets us into the secret of his mar
velous life, and may we study that
threefold secret for a little while this
morning. 1
Mark his words, "This one thing I
dc, forgetting those things which are
behind and reaching forth urito those
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distance of at least throe miles. On
a clear and calm nigUt it might be
heard at a greater distance. A five-
I horsepower motor on a 220-volt line
| drives the blades of the siren at a
speed of 1,6(10 revolu ions per min
ute. Failure to hear an alarm is not
likely when the new device is put in
r to use.
Only one control button will be
I used ut the present, and it will be lo
cated in the fire house in the city
: hull. It is understood the firemen are
planning to add to the signal system
l and eventually place tire boxes in
i many of-, the blocks of th 1 town.
With visitors from Rocky Mount,
Elizabeth City, and many from right
here in town attending, the Kiwanis
Club meeting last Wednesday was an
enjoyable affair, Mr. C. R. Pugh, of
Elizabeth City, distiict governor of
the Kiwanis clubs, spoke for a few
minutes before the meeting. Messrs.
Frank F. Fagan and Frank P. Sprujll,
of Rocky Mount, at the r quest of the
club, made short talks. Mr. Fagan,
for a number of years a resident of
our town and the first cashier of the
Farmers & Merchants Bank, spoke on
Kiwanis principles and for what they
standi Mr. Spruill, in his talk, dealt
more particularly with the duties of
citizens. It is the duty of the citizen
to take greater care in the selection
of officials, men 'of comprehensive
power, men woh have an interest in
the a (fairs of institutions such as
schools, county homes, courts,, and
other things of importance to the
public, according to the speaker. ......
The talks were enjoyed by a large
representation of the club's member
ship and many non-membert w ho as
sisted in the Kiwanis minstrel, and
who were special guests of the club.
Miss Frances Colt rain
Dies Here Thursday
Yenterlu.v, ut the home of her
i t phew, Mr. William Gurpunus, Mi.s.s
Fiances Coll rain died following a
hug illness. She hail lived with Mr.
tr.d Mrs. Gurgunus for several years
and they hail given her every care
and attention, hut she had (Missed hy
fifteen years her three-score and ten
allotted years, and the infirmities of
eld age caused her death.
She was the daughter of the late
Kenneth and Ferebee Woolard Col
train aixt was a sister of James Col
train, who died recently. In early life
slii- joined the Christian church at
Old Ford hut was a member of Mace
donia at her death. She was consid
ered-, a nohle and good woman by both
friends and relatives.
The funeral took this after
noon with her pastur, Rev. A. J. Man
ning, officiating. Interment was'made
in the local cemetery. v The deceased
is survived by one sister, Mrs. Gur
ganua, and five nephews.
Baptist Sunday Schools
To Meet at Hamilton
The Martin County-Plymouth >Uap
j tist Sunday school association will
( meet with the Hamilton Baptist
j church at Hamilton Sunday afternoon,
May 29, at 3.80 p. m. The church
\ji» ople of Hamilton are looking for
each pastor and .Sunday school sup
j crintendent with a large delegation
I from their Sunday schools to be pres
| ent. A banner will be awardel, on
an enrollment basis, to the Sunday
1 school having the largest attendance
|al the meeting. ' Everybody is invit
ed to attend and take part in the
Boy Painfully Hurt
When Kicked by Mule
"Buddie," 16-year-old son of Mr.
Gillam Rogers, was hurt this morning
when kicked by a mule. Mr. Gorma
Harrison, who lives near the Rogers
family „ t in Boar Grass Township
brought the boy here, for treatment.
The boy was painfully but not seri
ously hurts 'l,O
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Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Owr 1600
Home* of Martin County.
Subject to Approval of
People at Election
In June
At jj, joint meeting of th-> board of
county commissioners and the county
board of education held here yester
day. a special school district was cre
ated which embraces the Williamston,
Hurrouglw, Biggs, and the Whitley
school districts. The new territory,
r.dded to the local school district in
cludes all uf Williamston Township,
with the exception of a small strip
of land near Beaver Dam Swamp,,
which is now served by the Everetts
school, and is bounded as follows:
Beginning at Willow Point, on Ro
anoke River, thence a straight line
to the Pasture Nick bridge over Con
oho Creek; then up Conoho Creek to
the mouth of Little Conoho Creek;
then up Little Conoho to Mobley
Mill; then along the Everetts Spec
ial Tax District line to Black Swamp;
•then following the Evt>retts Special
lax District iine along the Noah
Slade and Askew Farm line to the
-Askew and Hob Rogers farm line at
VV ildcat Swamp; then following the
Everetts Special Tax District tine a
cross Wildcat Swamp, with the W r . T.
Cullipher and Surah Manning farm
lines, to W. T. Cullipher and Tom
Roberson farm lines; then along the
Cullipher aiid Roberson lines to Al
len Williams line; .then along the
Allen Williams line to Cow Branch
and southwesterly alum: Cow Branch
to the Williamston Township line at
the head of Reedy Swamp (so as
not to territory of the
; Bear Crass Special Tax 'District);
I then down Reedy Swamp to the Gor
ham Mill; then down (iorham Mill run
to Peel & Bros, mill; then down that
mill run to Little' Creek; then down
the creek to Coltrain's Mill; then
down l,eggetts Creek to Itoanoke
River, and then up the river to the
Th^district was created upon peti
tion being made to the boards to es
tablish a larger high-school district
b> the levying of a special tax not
to exceed 35 cents and to insure an
eight-months school term in the en
tins district.
The petition must be ratifed and
approved by a majority of the quali
fied voters of the entire territory
| served. The election will be helu in
; June, under the laws provided for
| finch purposes.
Roy T. Gritßn war. appointed reg
istrar, and" W. 11. Edwards and Hay
i wood Rogers judges of election.
The Williamston school building
has been overcrowded for the last few
! and be necfessary to
i either Increase the size of the pivs
 nt building or erect a new building
! if the proposetl enlargement of the
I district is approved.
County Farmers Are
Still Feeding Worm
Fanners in practically all the sec
tions of the county are still feeding
the cut worm with newly transplant
ed tobacco plants. Many farmers
have transplanted several times, and
in each case the cut worms have de
stroyed the young plants. While the
damage is not expected to cause any
rmtieeftlble decrease in the yield, it is
causing the farmer additional work.
Where the worms are causing the
most damage, it is understood the
farmers will continue, transplanting
until the first of next month.
Local, Colored School
: Finals at Courthouse
The exercises at the court house
tonight bring to a close the 1926-27
session of* the local colored school.
Various programs have been rendered
by different grades of the
throughout the week, and in eachsin
stance large crowds have been in
tendance. These exercises have been]
unusually good throughout the week, \
and the climax is expected tonight \
when pupils of the high school pre-/
sent an opera. J
Rev. C. O. Pardo., of the local E
piscopal church, is delivering an ad
dress before the school this after
Principal E. J. Hayes states that
marked improvement in the school's
work has been most evident this year,
and that continued progress is ex
pected during the next year.
Winton To Buy Power
From Virginia Company
The town of Winton signed a con
tract this week to purchase all its
power and light from the Virginia
Electric and Pow*r~-«ompany. The
contract was made by officials a few
hours after the proposal had been
presented by the Virginia Electric
and Power company.

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