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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 27
Eighth District Womans
A meeting was held in the Church
of the Advent on Thursday, May 26,
for the purpose of organizing the
eighth district of the Episcopal Wo
man's Auxiliaries, which consists of
Avoca, Hamilton, Roxobel, William
ston, Windsor, and Woodrilie, for
At 10:30 there was a celebration of
the Holy Communion, Rev. C. O.
Pardo, celebrant, assisted by Rev. A.
J. Mackie. A recess of ten minutes
was then taken, after which the meet
Rev. C. O. Pardo welcomed the vis
itors, and Mrs. C. O. Panio, president
of the Woman's Auxiliary of the
Church of the Advent, made a short
After a solo by Mrs. J. S. Rhodes,
Rev. C. O. Pardo introduced Mrs. B.
T. Cox, of Winterville, who is refer
red to as the mother of get-together
meetings. Mrs. Cox made a talk in
which she made clear the purpose of
these meetings. She advised that the
meetings be held alphabetically and
also that they be held spring and fall
iwith a field day in the summer if
possible. Mrs. Cox suggested the use
of a Scriptural motto.
Mrs. Pardo was made temporary
chairman and Mrs. N. C. Green tem-
porary secretary for the morning ses
* "ions. The ladies were then invited
to the parish house, where a delight
ful luncheon was served.
Officers were elected at the after
noon sessions, as follows: Mrs. Nor
fleet, of Roxobel, president; Mrs. H.
M. Bell, of Windsor, vice president;
and Mrs. Earle Wynne, of William
After a solo by Rev. C. O. Panio,
Rev. A. J. Mackie made an address on
"The Three Important Reason for the
Get-Together Meetings: To get ac
quainted, to stimulate a spirit of co-i
operation, to formulate plans for car-'
rying out the work."
The motto chosen was from Esther
4:14: "And who knoweth whether
thou art come to the Kingdom for
such a time as this?"
October was voted the month for
the fail meeting, at Windsor, the date
of the meeting to be decided later by
It was voted that the entertaining
parish furnish the problem to be dis
cussed in that parish.
Mrs. H. M. Bell, of Windsor, sug
gested that the parishes in the eighth
district meet with the peope of St.
Thomas, Windsor, for their annual
picnic and thus form a field day for
Mr. ftirdo suggested that one wo
man from each parish be appointed
to compose an executive committee
and they decide the field day, etc.
Mrs. J. H. Saunders made a motion
that the presidents of the different
auxiliaries form this the
motion was carried.
The committee chosen to discuss
and make plans fo this field day con
sists of Mrs. Geo. W. Capehart,
Avoca, Mrs. Norfleet, Roxobel; Mrs.
B. L. Long, Hamilton; Mrs. C. O.
Pardo, Williamston; Mrs. H. M. Bell,
Windsor; and Mra. T. L. Phelps, of
A resolution was offered and the
secretary asked to write a letter to
Mrs. J. G. Staton, treasurer of the
United Tltank Offering and former
president of the Woman's Auxiliary,
expresung regret for her absence
from the meeting and the sympathy
of the entire district.
It was voted that the next meeting
begin at 10:30 a. m.
A rising vote of thanks was given
Mrs. B. T. Cox, of Winterville, for
her assistance in organizing the flrst
THEATRE I t
The Wonder Dog in
"Yes, Yes, Babette"
WITH BOBBY VERNON
Episode No. 7
for Ifco Friday show to all wtm
(Me oat Wednesday.
Always a Good Show
Registration Books Opened
For School E
Very Few Names Have Been Entered In The
Registration Books at This Time
Registration for the 'ownship
school election is going forward
very slowly, according to Roy
Griffin, registrar. Not more than
86 name* were on the book at
noon today, and there arc sev
eral hundred voters in the town
The election calls for a new
regUUralUo, and for any one to
vote at the polls on July 6, it
will be necessary that all names
heretofore registered be re-enter
ed on the books between now and
June 26. The registration books
are apen at the Farmers Supply
company's store, and it requires
Met Here Yesterday
Meet of Meth
Group Conference of
Two Counties Held
The Woman's Missionary group con
ference of Bertie and Martin counties
of the Methodist Episcopal church,
South, held its first medkng of the
year with the Lewiston on
Friday, May 27.
Mrs. Moses Gillam, president of the
organization, presided. The morning
devotional was conducted by Rev. W.
L. Glegg, who also welcomed the
Splendid reports were given by the
auxiliaries and Bright Jewel Bonds.
Miss Anna Graham, district secre
tary told in her talk thai this year
has been the best in the district.
Mrs. Joyner, of the Virginia Confer
ence, who is a returned missionary
from India, told of the great wealth i
of that country in gold and precious
stons, and of how they worship idols,
iiistead of the tirue and living God.
She showed a Buddha, prayer wheel,
beggar's bell and told of the burdens
of the women of India. She declared
that our work has only just begun.
We were served a moat delightful
lunch by the ladies of the Lewirton
Mrs. T. W. Lee conducted a beau
tiful memorial service to our recent
dead .assisted by Mrs. Puttie Morris
and Mrs. Roy Hollo well.
It was decided to f hold the next
meeting in Aulander in the summer.
Mrs. T. W. Lee was lected president
to succeed Mrs. Gillam and Mrs. Jno.
F. Thigpen was re-elected secretary.
Judge Brown's Will
Is Turned Down
The trial of the Brown will case
was completed last Saturday. The
case consumed just three weeks time,
keeping Judge Daniels from his reg
ular courts in other counties for a
part of the time. Twelve persons,
mostly farmers were kept from their
work during the most important
three weeks in the whole year. Then
there were about 200 witnesses wait
ing for the minute when they would
be called. There were constantly on
the firing line almost a dozen law
yers and the host of friends and
curosity seekers who were always in
Spectators began guessing at the
verdict of the jury, for the first week
it was 60-60; the next week the scales
began to move up and down, but dur
ing the third week the guessing had
settled down to a miati ial or break
the will. i '.if*
The jury had been accused of ignor
ance by some of the wise ones when
it had first been chosen. Yet, when
the judge finished his charge and the
jury filed out to prepare the decision,
it only took eight minutes to deliber
ate, vote and return with an answer
tliat broke the will of a great lawyer
and judge, saying in that judgment
that all earthly things will pass a
way and that the mind of George H.
Brown had already drifted into the
hase when he wrote the famous will.
Mrs. Raymond McKenzie, of Ra
leigh, who has been spending several
days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
A. Hassell, returned home Sunday
with Mr. McKenzie, who was here for
the week end.
g«t-together meeting since the for
mation of the new districts.
| Rev. A. J. Mackie closed the mcet
ing with a prayer.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 31,1927
only a few seconds for one to
In the Smithwick's school dis
trict where a simliar registration
is being held, few names have
been ,placed" on the books, ac
cording to reports from several
citizens there. Mr. W. A. Gardner
is registering "the voter* in that
district at nis homo, and he will
keep the books open until June
Hie two elections that will be
held on July 5 are called to set
tle the question of an eight
months school district in this
township and in the Smithwick
Annual Meeting Is Well j i
Attended by Employes
From Four Counties. I
The Four County Anspewion oC ■
rural mail carriers postal em- j
ployees met in Williamsto'n Monday.
The association is composed of em- |
ployees in Pitt, Beaufort, Martin, and
Bertie Counties. Originating in Pitt
County a few years ago, it has spread
until it is now an organization of
niore than 100 members, which meets
annually on Memorial Day, when the
postal workers gather together, bring «
jng their families and holding a de
lightful picnic as well as a business
Jesse T. Price, postmaster at Wil
liamston, was chairman of the meet
ing, and he asked W. O. Ellis, as
sistant postmaster at Washington, to ;
act as master of ceremonies. He, in J
a very forceful way, spoke for a few'
minutes on the vastness and complete
ness of the great postal system, and
then called on Rev. C. H. Dickey to j
formally open the meeting with'
prayer. Robert L. Coburn was next j
1 called on and welcomed the delegates
and visitors to Williamston.
Wheeler Martin introduced Judge
Francis D. Winston, who was sched- 1
uled to respond to the welcome ad- j
dress. He was also assigned to make I
rn address in place of Representative j
Lindsay Warren, who was scheduled
for a speech but who was unable to
attend the meeting.
The judge met the condition by
making a triple speech, spice, pep
per, and meat —the fun that makes
pleasant, the pausion for service
that urges us on, and the history and
facts that tell us the way.
He remembered that it was just 38
years ago since his marriage, and 88
years since the Johnstown Flood.
He then told something of the sound
of the horn blown by a man named
Parker as he approached Windsor on
each Thursday at 11 o'clock, 66 years
ago, with the one-time-a-week mail
from Garysburg to Plymouth. Next
he told about the postmaster of that
day, John Sheppard, who was also the
town shoemaker, and when the mail
was taken in the shoe shop the only
furniture there was one small table
and a shoemaker's bench.
The judge read the following de
cree, establishing the first postal serv
ice in America: "Decree of General
Court of Massachusetts, 1693. It is
ordered that notice be given that
Richard Fairbanks, his home in Bos
ton, is the place appointed for all
letters which are brought from be
yond the sea, or are sent thither, to
be left with him, And he is to take
care that they are to be delivered or
sent according to direction, and he is
allowed for every letter a penny. And
he must answer all messages for his
neglect of this kind."
Judge Winston credited Benjamin
Franklin for the organization of our
department. For a long time we had
no stamps, only the mark "postage
paid." More recently we have re
turned to the same plan in certain
cases, paying cash and marking'paid
but not using stamps.
In dealing with the perfection of
the postal system, he paid a high trib
ute to its exalted place in the minds
of the people. The governmental
regulations affecting the post office
are respected much more than the
laws against murder, stealing, and
adultery. I He said that there is sel
dom a breach of the postal law that
I is not detected and punishment meted
. out. In his own experience of five
' years as district attorney, every case
' for the violation of the postal laws
waa upheld and the violator convicted.
The first bill in Congress for rural
mail service was credited to Thomas
E. Watson, of Georgia.
The judge paid just tribute to
Hardy T. Gregory as being the beet
Former Missionary Tells
Dr. E. M. Poteat, who has recently
returned from China, spoke at the
Buptist church Sunday morning,/tak
ing his text from Luke 6:38, a
blind man lead a blind man."
Dr. Poteat has been in China for
five and a half years, spending the
greater part of the time teaching. He
hod to leave his work in Shanghai on
February 8 on account of the revo
lution in that country. He describes
China as a country of great possibili
Dr. Poteat says the Chinese people
are a fine class of people when given
opportunities and explained that he
had recently told the student body in
Wake Forest College that the 700
boys he had left in his college at
Shanghai were their equals in ability
and their superiors In desire for
knowledge—but not of football.
He stated that the finest boulevard 1
he had ever seen was in China; the
handsomest bank building, as well as 1
the most elaborate entertainment, was '
in China, he having seen New York, '
Chicago, Washington, and others of 1
tho great American places.
He says that China lost her inde
pendence when certain ports were 1
opened to foreigners; and the loss of
her governmental unit a few years
ago caused two distinct troubles in
China, war with themselves, and ani
mcsity against ail foreign invasions
of her trade.
The cry of China, which seems to
ring clear, is "Down with Imperialism
George W. Wynne
George W. Wynn died at the Pennie
Slade farm yesterday at the age of
76. He had been sick for more than
a year when the end came. He had I
been married twice and is survived by
his last wife.
He leaves three sons and four j
daughters, all by his first marriage, t
Dan ynn, of Aulander, Jule Carr!
Wynn, of Fort Bragg, Charlie U.
Wynn, of Williamston, Mrs. Pete
Cherry, Mrs. Claude Cherry, and
Mrs. Tom Harris, all of Williamston,
j and Mrs. Bill Raynor, of Hobgood.
He will be buried at Williamston t
! this afternoon. The funeral will be :
i conducted by Pastor Little, of the j
Christian Church Will
Hold Two-Weeks Meet
Prayer meeting Tuesday and Wed
Sunday school, 9:45 Sunday morn
ing and preaching by A. T. DeGaffer
clla, who will hold a meeting for two
post-office inspector that ever served
tho American government. Gregory
was born in the town of Williamston,
moving to Greensboro, and was ap
pointed to the service by President
Cleveland. - i
There are, according to Judge Win
ston, 46,000 rural mail carriers in the
United States, who visit the homes of
6,544,922 people six days in the week,
where they deliver mail to 80,116,887
people. They travel 1,266,525 miles
each day, which, if strung out in a
straight line, would go fifty times,
around the earth dailv
Rev. Stanley W. Rogers, pastor of
the Bethel Baptist Church, was Intro
duced and made a short speech on the
philosophy of life and perfection of
the post office.
The meeting then adjourned for
dinner, when the large crowd gath
j ered around a picnic table covered
with an abundance of good food pre
pared by the postal carriers, clerks,
After the dinner the business ses
sion was held, with James E. Harrell,
of Williamston, chairman, and Mr.
McGowan, of Washington, secretary.
The general business of the associa
tion was then taken up and disposed
of. One of.the most important things
taken up was the neod to better the
roads, especially the by-road# of the
country, which become almost impas
sible in the winter season. They
passed a resolution indorsing the
Reese good roads bill, now pending
I in Congress, which wouid improve the
side or secondary roada of the coun
try used in the rural delivery service.
The suggestion that the road com
missions of the counties should look
' to it to see that all roads where the
mails go should be kept in fair con
dition was heartily received.
The following officers were elected
i for tho year: O. H. Jackson, Winter
villo, president; John A. Ward, Wil
> liamirton, vice president; W. R. Bul
• lock, Bethel, secretaiy. t
Auto Licenses j
Go on Sale Here
■ ■ i
Starting June 1
Local Bureau Located
at Williamston Motor
Three thousand four hundred and
twenty State automobile licence" plates
were removed from the post office
here yesterday morning ready to go
on sale tomorrow morning ut 9 o'-
clock. Of the 3,420 plates, 3,300 are
in the E class, 100 are in the C class
and 10 each in the B and A classes.
The plates in the E class begin with
the number 213,001; in the C class
the plates begin with 96,601, in the
B class 78,261; and in the A class
with 76,651. The majority of the
plates come along about the middle
of the issue.
The license bureau here is located -1
at the Williamston Motor Co., and J
will serve a comparativey large ter- ,
ritory with the State license plates. I
According to those in charge, auto-: J
mobile owners- will have 60 days this |
year in which to purchase the State!]
tags. Last year a period of 90 days I
was used to issue the licenses. If I
the present instructions hold, and it j
is likely that they will, no extension
of time will be granted in which to j
purchase the tags. ! t
Carolina Motor Club officials along I 1
with the managers of the local ibureau 1 !
art* urging the eurly purchase of the] i
plates, not hat the plates will run i
out, but that the* eary purchase will I
avoid iconfusion and rush ri«ht at the
last minute. Local automobile own
ers are urged to buy (heir plates on
those days when the affairs of the
bureau are not rushed. - 1
The iplates this year have the num
\ orals in red on a gray background, 1
and.whife they are not so attractive
they serve their purpose and oost the
same in proportion as the ones of last
The Department of Revonue, Ral
eigh, has about completed its task of
sending out the ownership cards, and
when these are carried to the license,
j bureau it will be very little trouble to '
g*et your tag and require not more'
j than two minutes of your time.
' Last Call For the
Names of Beginners
According to Principul L. H. Davis,
twenty-two names of first-year pupils
to enter the local school next fall
t havo been handed him. Names will be
j accepted only one more day, and if
you will have a child to* enter the
school next year for the first' time, it
is urgent that you send his name to
Mr. Davis at once.
The number of pupils expected at
this time to enter will require only
one teacher for the first and
should there be any noticeable in
crease when school opens, some of the
pupils not quite of age will be forced
to wait. However, if it is seen that
there will be a sufficient number of
pupils to warrant two teachers, it is
likely that none of the first graders
will be turned away whim school
opens next fall, for it is understood
two teachers will be elected for the
Arst grade positions in that cuse.
i Today Is Last Day
For Listing Taxes
This is the la*t day for listing
taxes for t/he year and all property
owners may be charged with a double
tax who fails to list by 12 o'clock to
night. Any person over 21 yearH of
age who fials to list for the payment
of poll tax is subject to indictment.
The list-takers, in spite of this, find
many names on the 1926 lint not yet
| checked off.
JThe neglect to list [will cost the
list-takers of the county much trouble
and expense as well as time to hold
, books open.
Miss Lucille Hasselj is
Made Class l*resident
> Young people of Williamston are
• making good in the various schools
• and colleges they are attending. Re
" cenUy another Williamston girl, Miss
I Lucille Hassell, has been elected pres
' ident of her class for the coming year.
! She will be a sophomore at Salem
! College next year. Lucille is prob
" ably the youngest member of her
' class, too, being under 16 years of
! age. Another honor she has won is
r woithy of notice, being elected to the
! literary staff of the "Salemite," the
college magazine. She will arrive
• home next Saturday for the summer
; Newspaper Man Dies
at Weldon Home
1 John W. Sledge, one of the oldest
- newspaper men in the State, died in
- Weldon yesterday. Mr. Sledge had
- been editor of the Roanoke News of
Weldon for nearly B0 years.
6 Stills Captured in
Series Raids Friday
The recorder's court here thi*
morning took on the appearance
of a superior court, when the
room wan crowded With' people
from all parts of the county.
All morning was required to
hear the canes. The nature of
the court's business had not
been officially recorded press
time, but it is understood sev
eral of the cases carry unusual
Here June 6-7
Dr. Wicker, Educational
Director, Will Be
On Monday night, June 0, from 7:30 j
to 10:00 p. m. in the Masonic Hall
at WilUamston, there will be held a!
School of Instruction in Masonry. A I
roview of the secret work, instruction j
in Masonic education, and the inter- I
prctation of symbolic ami ritualistic
work will be given. The work will be
in charge of Dr. W. C. Wicker, of
the Grand I/odge of North Carolina.
On Tuesday the .same program of
educational work will be given from
iJ-6 in the afternoon and 7:30-10 at
night in the Williamston Lodge.
However, Dr. Wicker will be in the
Lodge hall all morning for individual
instruction. Fuel free to call on him
for any matter pertaining to Masonry.
He is there to serve you.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Fri
day Dr. Wicker will h these meet
ings in Tarboro. The meeting on
Wednesday will be from 7:30-10 p. m.
cnly. On Thursday and Friday he will
be in the l«odgc all day for personal
All of the lodges of the 18th Dis
trict are expected to be well repre
sented ut these meetings.
Attend the meetings nearest you.
All Masons should refresh their mem
ories and take part in this great edu
cational work. I)r. Wicker is able to
help you. Take advantage of the froe
service he offers.
'Sweet JMckles and Hot
The musical comedy drama, "Sweet
Pickles and Hot Tamales" to be stag
ed by the Kpworth League in the
school auditorium here next Thursday
ni«lit will put in line for piomotion
"Pete" Powden, the insurance man,
tvnd several other Williamston play
ers. Goodbye ole amateurs, the steady
plugging will easily place you with
the: professionals. From the hired
man in "A Bachelor's Honeymoon"
"Pete" hue.risen until he is now play
ing as the ruler of Han Salvador in
the play next Thursday night. Other
players have experienced a similar
rise, they having appeared in three
local talent plays within the past few
Mr. Albert I. Maker, director, has
been working for the past several
ilays, coaching the several choruses
and reh»«rsing the parts with the
special characters. The parts have
been well placed and a splendid pro
duction is expected.
Convocation of Conoho
There will be a regular convocation
of Conoho Chapter No. 12 of itoyal
Arch Masons, Thursday night, June
2 at 8 o'clock. All companions are
urged to bo present.
Mrs. J. O. Manning, Mrs. Henry
| Harrison, Miss Martha Harrison, and
James Edwin Harrell will leave to
morrow for Mount Airy, where they
1 will attend the State convention of
| the Baraca-Philathea Union. Miss
I Harrison is /a delegate from the Phila
j thea class of the Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bowden and
laughter, Thelis, and Mrs. J. E.
Hhackleford and daughter, Edna, of
Portsmouth, Va., are visiting Mr. and
Mrs. B. S. Courtney and family this
week. Mrs. Bowden and Mrs. Shack
leford are Mr. Courtney's sisters.
Robert Powell, of Wake Forest Col
lege, returned yesterday after spend
ing several days with-William Hodgen
Hon. John E. Woodard, of Wilson,
and Mr. Henry Wodard, of Las An
geles, Calif., spent Sunday with Mr
Woodard's daughter, Mrs. C. B, Has
sell, and llr. HasaelL -
Advertiser* Will Find Our Col- I
nrana a Latchkey to Over UN I
Home* of Marti* Coaly. I
Three Men Captured In
Raid Brought Before
Friday wa. an unluck day for Mar
till county moonshiners.
In the pleasantness of the after
noon, agents, W. H. Ashburn and P.
L. Pinchum, accompanied by S. L.
McDuffie and W. J Manning drifted in
to the Mizelle neighborhood, two
miles southwest of Bear Grass. They
first went to a still where they found
Iteva Hawkins in full possession with
liquor flowing from the worm. Hawk
ins broke for the thick w|oods in high
sear, but a foot slipped and he fell,
■to Plinchum soon pressed his hand to
his buck. Just about this time, the
officers heard a car coming down the
little road to the still. They stepped
aside and waited for a moment when
J. G. Mizelle, a young man from the
neighborhood drove up. He was also
taken into custody. He told the of
ficers if he had not had trouble start
ing his car, they would not have
caught Hawkins, moaning of course
that he bad found the officers were
around and was going to notify
Hawkins. While the officers and cap
tives were resting a moment, who
should turn up but W. Jesse Thomas.
As soon as Jesse saw the unfamiliar
faces of the officers he immediately
turned his face homeward and start
ed away in a hurry. He was called
down by Chief Ashbun and returned
to the scene of sadness.
Nothing was destroyed at this plant
until further search was made, a few
of the officers making further pur
suit iSTiile the others remained with
the captives. The searchers soon
came to a 100-galloii copper outfit
with 22 barrels, 1100 gallons of beer,
v/uiting and 7 gallons of liquor near
ready for the market. The still was
cold and no one was near. The officers
destroyed the outfit and pressed on.
A few hundred yards away they found
•still nuntber three which was planted
on the famous old battery at Public
landing. Government officers have
pulled from that site four stills and a
grape mill on previous occasions, and
county officers have also captured
several at the same site.
The. outfit found by the officers there
Friday was of the steam type and
l'i barels, 750 gallons of beer, were- 1
destroyed. It wasn't long before
still number four was found, and at
this finding 800 gallons of beer aong
still were destroyed.
The 7>7l\cers were making such un
expected progress they were unwil
ling to stop. Going on they soon
found at station number 5, a fine 100-
gallon copper still with three large
vats of beer, each estimated to hold
about 500 gallons. This stil] was hot
but its friends we.ee away. Only a
small quantity hrf—iiquor was found
at that station.
The officers, wearying of their task,
returned to the first outfit and de
stroyed the still along with 1250 gal
lons of beer, 25 barrels and between
2> and 30 gallons of liquor.
Huskies the five stills, the 5,400 gal
lons of beer and 30 or more gallons
of liquor, the officers had found
enough cross cut saws, axes, galvan
ized buckets, etc. to make a small
stock for a small town hardware
The three men were brought before
\V. Manning, U. S. commissioner,
for a hearing where probable cause
was found on charges ranging from
manufacturing, transporting or aid
ing and abetting. Hawkins who was
found to be an interloper was placed
under a SI,OOO bond, but when it was
learned he was a married man with
children and that he was the hired
man in the case, the bond was cut to
SSOO. Micelle's bond was Axed at
S6OO. That of W. J. Thomas, who
is 72 years old and was then sober,
was lowered to the minimum bf SIOO.
All of the men found bond easy as a
number of close friends had come to
In the cuse of Thomas, it was
fouijfl that he had married five times,
and it was suggested that since the
Lord had taken so many wives from
him that his bond should be made so
luge that he could not make it caus
ing him to he taken from his wife.
Since his principal realtion with the
liquor business is that of drinker
rather than maker, no change was
Following close after the govern
ment activities, Sheriff A. L. Roebuck
and Deputy Grimes drove in with a
60 gallon copper kettle which they
had found near the Powell place on
the county line, near Batts' cross
roads. Several barrels of beer but no
liquor was found. No one was in
sight when ther officers raided the
»« . a
Mr. and Mrs. Hartsfleld, Mr# *
Glens Ellington, and Mr.
Haaeell. of Kinston, visited Meads
and relatives here Sunday. »