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Town Will Get New
Post-Office Building
Located Next to the Tar
Heel Apartments
On Main Street
According to information given out
ly the Post Office Department, Wil
liamston will have new postal quar
. ters within the next few months,
when a new building is erected next
to the Tar Heel Apartment building
on Main Street. The proposal of Mrs.
J. G. Staton to erect a new building
and to lease it for a term of 10 years
has been accepted. The lease will go
Into effect October 1, this year, but
the building will not be ready,,just
at that time, but soon afterwards, it
is understood. Postmater J. T. Price
hag been instructed by the depart
ment to move into the building when
the structure is completed.
The plans for the new building, as
understood, call for a structure 25 by
80 feet, with a flat roof plate-glass
windows and a gray brick front. The
roof will be arranged so as to serve
the tenants in the Tar Heel Apart
ments, New equipment will be in
The present* building housing the
post omce Has been used for a little
over 20. years, it was in 1907 that
Mr. Joe Sitterson moved into the
building. That was in March, ami the
following month he left for the James
trwn Exposition, and Mr. J. R. Mob
ley was made postmaster. Mr. Mob
ley was in the oftiee for around nine
years, when the late L. H. Wynne
took up the duties of the office. Fol
lowing Mr. Wynne,' the present post
master, Mr. J. T. Price, went into the
tfflce, and he will move to the new
building. »
Different Reports on
Crops of Tobacco
Mr. I- Gardner, while visiting in
town today, said that the tobacco crop
iii his Miction is not very good this
y ««r, especially where the hail struck
•n the early part of the season. Asked
about the rains, he stated that they
apparently had about the right
seasons. Mr. Gardner is one of the
most successful farmers in Williams
Mr. F. M. Edmondson, of Goose
Nest Township, says his crop is the
best he ever had; that his 60 acres of
tobacco is all so good it hardly needs
grading, as it is all good alike. Mr.
Kdmondson also said his corn was
very fine and advised his friends to
take a lantern with them if they at
tempted to go into his corn field. He
Baid they would find the growth so
dense that it would be dark effough
to need a lantern. ,
Mr. Edmondson talked as if tobac
co men from several counties have
been wallowing around eating his
nice peaches and fine watermeons, and
now they seem to want to get their
hands on that fine tobacco.
Atiked about rain, he sayssetaoinenu
Asked about rain in his section, he
said that every time it thundered they
have had a heavy rain in Goose Nest.
So we don't have the same seasons
even in one small section of the coun
Few Tobacco Barns
Burn in the County
The number of tobacco barns to
bum this year ir the county has bean
•txteedingly tmi !■ as compared with
the number buinco last year, accord
ing to information coming from sev
eral sections in tiie county. The cause
of so many bam fires has been « ll
mii.ated by building better furnace.-;
according to seme. Not more than a
doyen barns ha-.e burned so far as
it is known in the county this sei«nn
when generally th number is mu.-h
A battling Thrillinß
Mystery Picure
"Whispering Wires"
Two - Reel Comedy
"Do* Shy"
Always a Good Show
in ■ »
Tobacco News
From Georgia
Reports Vary Giving the
Average Price at
14 to 20 Cents
News coming from the Georgia
tobacco markets appears to conflict
more or less. Some farmeps say the
report of the very poor crop is only
a way of saying that prices are good
but tobacco is low. Farmers declare
that no crop of tobacco ever suits
the buyer.
The reports from various sources
tfive the opening average at a price
ranging from 20 to 14 cents. ,
Sorry grades of tobacco are wing
ing very low prices, while the better
grades are said to be selling about the
same as they did last year.
tions and be in keeping with the as
Melons grown by our farmers are cociation's policy of furnishing worth
urrivinif here by truck loads. > while and pleading free acts.
Enterprise Crew Has Had
Enough nf Mnv
It For a Lnng,
More Than Two Weeks iq Mavriorrac
Will He Neede to 10 iUdITId|Jt»
Complete Plans Dlirmg Jllly
The members of the Enterprise _
force R-rew older much older, and I
wiser during the week when they; __ , /-i_2 ty,
moved the tons of machinery, paper, Month (illin OviT oll6S
und other equipment from the old of- J|| July of Lust eilF
fice on Smithwick Street to the Uigg*
buildinK on Main Street.
Last Fjiday, when the first «anK
way was placed, u passer-by suggest
ed that it be turned.end-for-end. Sug
gestion after, suggestion was offered
since then; some were used and gome
were ignored, but heaven all
the suggeators; their offers to help
are appreciated just heaps and heaps.
To the three persons lending a physi
cal helping hand, we extend special
The first piece of machinery was
moved in last Friday afternoon, and
the last piece rolled in at
11:30. The crew of eight men (and
"Snowball") has worked anywhere
from to 211 hours each day, and
there remains a large amount of
work to be done yet. Kverything is
in operation at this time except the
ntw type-setting machine and the
casting box. I'art of next week will
be required to put these two into op
eration. The operators will start the
e:-ection of the type-setting machine
tr morrow and finish it up Monday, it
is hoped. The electicians will have
tht casting box wired by Tuesday.
On top of that, the entire office equip
ment will have to be arranged and
the many other details attended to.
It goes without saying that each
or the force is sick °f moving, and
thit tanother moving day is not hoped
for any time if ever.
This is the first issue of the paper
to be prepared and printed in our
new home. It leaves the press a lit
that another moving day is not hoped
would not allow us to get back to the
regular schedule in time to prevent
the tardiness. Two more weeks and it
in hoped the shop will be back to nor
mal and under better conditions.
Naval Conference
Comes to an End
The Naval Conference which the
United States, England and Japan en
gaged jn at Geneva for several weeks
finally ended with nothing whatever
According to Hugh S. Gibson, the
Amerian delegate, neither the United
States nor the Japanese representa
tives could understand why Great
I'ritian was so anxious for armament
Nothing was accomplished further
than finding the position of the coun
tries represented at the conference.
Soy feean Association -
Meets Here Thursday
The American Soy Bean Associa
tion will hol(] a short session in Wil
liumston next Thursday morning,
August 11.
As many Martin county farmers as
cen are urged and expected to at
tend the meeting.
The time for the meeting has not
bfen set at this timp, but knnounce
n:ent will be made before the day
for the meeting cornea.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, August 5, 1927.
Morales Family
One Feature of
Fair This Year
Family Appears in Six
Separate and Distinct
Thrilling Acts
One would have to travel very far
to And a family that could ever dare
to hope to equal, for versatility anil
Cleverness, the astounding numbers
presented by the Morales Family who
will appear in the free acts at the
Roanoke Fair here this year, Sep
tember 27-30. The family appears in
six separate and'distinct acts, fea
turing tight-wire walking, 60 somer
saults in 60 seconds; a comedy tram
rolin act, trapeze act; iron jaw act;
rip-roaring comedy and lightning
tumbling act and sensational slides.
This remarkable group of artists
run the whole gamut of circus fea-
I tures during the course of their en
i icrtainment, and every number is an
i outstanding feature. Manager John
' L. Rodgerson stated that this fam
i iiy is costing the association no small
amount of money, but even at a high
j cost, he stated that it would furnish
amusement desired by the fair's pa-
The number of marriage licenses is
sued last .nonth shows that Cupid
trailed just a little behind the June
record, for lar.t month there were 13
licenses issued, while there were 14
issued in the month before. For the
month of July last year there were
only 9 licsnsa.i issued, indicating that
(\ipiii,is watnim? in the long run.
The licenses issued during tha
mi nth of July follow:
Charles Augustus Carr'away, lUj
IxJla Cray Williams, 18. Daniel (iray
Griffin, 26; Annabell Chesson, 18.
William Mat*. Myers, 21; Susie Lanier
Keel, 20. Sebasiiaij. fylucon, 28; Kliza
b- th lturra.4, 23. Coy Dock Lanier,
2i; Anna Bell Grimes, 18. James
lichcrt Leggett, 30; Dorothy I*
Thrower, 18. Haywood .Stalls, 24;
Ethel Whitley, 18. \ >
Kdgar Blount, 23; lioxie (lay, 18.
Eugene Bell, 20; Annie Bell Speight,
18. Sam B. Brown, It*; Lula Ura
htim, 18. W. Hoyt Jenkins, 80; Laura
Moure, 18. John Jasper Black, 22; Vi
oli; Brown, 18. William It. James;,
£2; Annie Louise James, 18.
Thieves Rob Chicken
Coop Saturday Night
Thieves entered the chicken coop of
Mr. John M. Bowen on Main Street
Ei me time during the early hours on 1
Sunday moaning and walked away
with 18 nice Plymouth Kocks and a
number of broilers. The rogues were
very quiet in their raids, for nothing
out of u.ual was heard, and it was
rot until early Sunday morning that
the flock was missed. 
Mr. Bowen followed the.tracks of
the thieves through his garden and
over the back fence, but could not
determine the dit%ctio|i the rogues
went. Judging from the tracks, the
thl/eves mad;; three trips to the coop,
carrying away as many fowls as 1 pos
sible each trip.
(iiven Life Sentence
For Entering Home
Quince Summer, of Iredell county,
yas given a life sentence by Judge
T. B. Finley at Statesville this week
■ on the charge of second degree bur
Summner entered the lw»me of his
son-in-law a few weeks ago by crawl
ing over a window sash in the kitchen
and went to the room in which his
daughter and fier husband, A. W.
. Johnson were sleeping where he shot
Johnson while he slept. Just au the
E'stol fired a brilliant flash of light
ng enabled Johnson to see his fath
er in-law. Johnson was sleeping with
his arm over his head and the ball
passed through it, preventing the
man's death.
Summer had threatened to kill his
. son-in-law and after he had entered
I the home and shot him he announced
that it was his intention to kill him.
State Purvis
Dies Following
Long Illness
Body Interred in "Little
Greeh Hill" Near
Old Home Place
Mr. State Purvis, a«ed 6. r », died at!
his home near Robersonville early
last Sunday morning, following an
illness of several months, although he
was confined to his bed only a few
before the etui came. Mr.
Purvis had resided in Hamilton Town
ship practically his entire life, with
tlu exception of a very few years af
ter he had moved to Robersonville;
but the love of the dear old country
home was strongest, and he again re
moved there, where lie spent his re
maining years. With his wife and
daughter, he was a member of the
Missionary Baptist Church, and the
family have been dovoted to their
church and its pastor, but their reg
ularity of attendance it services- has
been impossible, due to Ahe long-con
tinued illness in the home.
Surviving him, in addition to his
beloved wife, are Miss Marie Purvis,
tl eir only living and his four
brothers, Jack, Ed-, Hannibal, and
Cicero Purvis, and two sisters, Mrs.
T. Jones Taylor and Mrs. W. A. Ijiib
eison, the latter 6f Jielhaven. *
Funeral services were conducted at
the home Monday afternoon at '£ o'-
clock by Kev. K. W. Mason, pastor of
the Robersonville Baptist Church.
The rites were brief, owing to the
serious and continued Illness of the
daughter; hut scores i»f friends pros-
ent from over the totwty, together
with liberal floral were evi
dences of the wide esteem in which
Mr. Purvis was held.
On a rise near the home, a bit of
God's aere, which Mr I'urvis called
the "Little Green Hill," earth's dear
est spot to him, whore also rest the
a..hes of others of his family, he was
interred with the concluding services,
Rev. R. L. Ilarrell, of the Roberson
ville Christian Church, assisting Kev.
The pall bearers were: Active,
Messrs. H. C, Normmv J- A. Cottield,
Will Rhodes, Walt Salsbury, Herbert
Hopkins, Lester Kverett, lister
lirown, Serwood Roberson, J. Keel,
l)crwood Kverett, Zander White and
Jess Horton; Honorary, Messrs. Jack
I'urvis, Kd Purvis, Hannibal Purvis,
Cicero Purvis, Andrew Kverett, Joe
Kverett, J. H. Roberson, sr., Tom
Taylor, and Purvis Taylor.
Two Big Hands Willi
lteisg Shows at Fair
If "music hath charms to -yoothe
the savage beast," as «ome poet one
time said, all the beasts in Martin
County shoud be southed the week nl
September 27th, for that week there
will he two'biff bands and a number
/ orchestras in the city to keep the
throngs merry at tha biff fair to be
'stiffed by the Roanoke Fair Associa
tion at the fair grounds.
The principal band will be directed
by l'rof. Frank Meeker, old-time cir
cus musician, l'rof. Meeker is musi
cal director of the Nat lleiss Shows, j
engaged to furnish the midway at
tractions, and he promises the local
music committee daily concerts rang
ing from grand opera to jazss; Meek
i r's band is composed wholly of solo
All of his artists have
had years of experience.
The other band, led by Jimmy
Simpson, is a revival of the old "Alex
i eder's Hag-Time Hand," famous in
song a decade ago. It is an all-col
ored organization, and they play rag
time as only a colored musician can
play it. Their trombone soloes, it is
said, are marvelous in the amount of
music a leather-lunged black boy can
get out of a "slip" horn, and the
other musicians are just a.s gooif as
the buttery of trombonists.
Music will not, however, be the sole
feature of (he big doings, for thei>e
v.'ill be a midway of 20 high-class
.shows, eight monster riding devices,
free-acts galore, and numerous other
Two Stills Seized By >
Sheriff Wednesday
Sheriff Roebuck found two stills in
Bear Grass Town.ship a few miles
west of the hard-surafced road on the
Johnson tram road Wednesday.
The first was an 80-gallon copper
still on a stand with 760 gallons of
beer, in vats, almost ready to be run.
The vats were buried in the ground
with the tops about level with the
top of thc k ground and were so se
curely built that this sheriff was un
able to tear them up and was forced
to dip the beer out with a bucket in
order to throw it away.
The other was a srpaller copper
still a short distance' away, but no
material was found near it. Both the
stills were cold, and no one was seen
about them.
Power Company Raises Bid to
$75,000 for Power Franchise
i Jb* *' ■ J
Furnishing a part of the Five Ac is at the Roanoke Fair here Septe
bet 127-30, the Morales family is the greatest ami most versatile combil
tion ever presented.
100 Farmers of Rowan,
On Annual T
Guests of T
Local People To Serve
Luncheon to Visitors
Here That Day
One hundred Rowan County farm-j
ers will tour eastern North Carolina
.next week. Their schedule brings
them to Tarboro, Monday, Aug. 8,
where they will visit the Kdgecombe
test farms and many other places of
interest in Kdgecombe County. They
will spend the night in Tarboro.
They will reach Williamston Tues
ot.y, August !>, at lif o'clock, where
they will be served a luncheon by a
number of Williamston people. They
will then spend a few hours visiting
several fertilizer and seed test farms 1
in Martin County.
They are to be shown the William- j
ston bridge, in which they seem to j
lit greatly interested.
From Williamston they will no to |
tile meeting "to be held by the Anieri- i
(Mil Soy Mean Association, which '
will be held at Washington begin- ;
nirsg Tuesday night.
This is the annual tour made by
Rowan County farmers.
Willing Workers in
Meeting Tuesday
The Willing Workers Class of the
Christian Church met f6r a business
and social gathering with their teach
i i' Miss Velinu Harrison, at her home
Tuesday night.
Class officers elected for the next
six months were Josephjne Harrison,
president; Virginia llardison, vice j
president; Johnnie Kdmondson, secre
trrjr; -Margaret Brittoir, treawut'er;
Ollie M. Roberson chair of social
committee; Kula llaye Uailey, chair
man of relief committee; .Josephine
Harrison, chairman of flower commit
The class enjoyed a hay ride and
watermelon party at Kobersonville
(ai t night.
Visitors Numerous
From Across Chowan
That the new Chowan bridge u do?
| ing a thriving business has be/n
| evidenced by the hundreds of visitors
j from that section to this one in the
past few days. Sunday arouhd
, 75 cars from Edentoii, Hertford, K
lizabeth City tnd other towns across
the way were seen on the streets
* litre during a part of the clay. Where
we used to see one cur from across
the Chowan, we now see six t|»eigiit.
The traffic going across! the irridgo
from this side is said to .he equally
Town Audit Suffers
Another Short Delay
The audit of the town's books by
the commissioners several months
ago met with further delay when the
auditor had to go to Raleigh to get
data on certain things relating to the
tax rft'eipts.
No definite time was set for the
•completion of the audit and the
auditors arc not working on the books
of the town all the time. The report
is expected, however, to reach the
commissioners within the next few
Recent Rulings
By Commission
New Ruling Provides
Oysters Fifteen
Days Earlier
North Carolina tables will be graced
by oysters 15 days earlier this fall
than in previous years, the season
opening on October I, instead of the
n iddle of the same month and extend
ing the same number of duys later
April I.
This change is one of those made
in commercial fishing regulations for
the benefit of the industry by the
board of conservation and develop
n.cnt at its last meeting.
Another recently adopted resolution
provides that all oysters tak 'ii from
Pishing Shoals or adjoining rocks
fihall lie culled und all oysters with
shells measuring less than inches in.
h ngext diameter and all shells taken
vtl h.such oysters shall be returned
to the grounds from they are
taken. Marketing of oysters and
i.hells containing more than ten per
ci nt below the minimum size is pro
Sale of , oysUrs from any public
grounds of the State without first re
pelling to an inspector and the pay
ment of the legal tax rate upon de
mand is made unlawful.
Taking of escallops is limited by
action of the board to three days of
each we k, Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays between January I ami
May 1 of each year, but the fisheries
commissioner is empowered to allow
the taking of this -shellfish on Tues
days and Thursdays, at his discretion
during the open season. The commis
sioner is also empowered to allow the
taking'of escallops-on Tuesdays and
Thursdays between June I ami Aug
ust 15 for "local or home consump
A general minimum size limite of j
two and one-half ini'hes from tip to'
tip of spike is set for soft-shell crabs j
and shipment of any crabs between I
October I and March | of the follow-j
ing year is prohibited. However, the!
rule makes if nexception to the two i
on,d .one-half inch limit rule between |
March 1 and April JO,- during which
time, two inch crabs may be mar-1
keted. , It also allows for the use of
one crab float, four by four feet, to
'each man to April 15 and after that
date two cr.ab fhiuts of the same size
to each man for the purpose of float
isK fat crabs only.
A summer pound or other net closed
fishing season is set between May 1
and June 20 with the following pro
visions: That in that part of Albe
marle Sound and it stirhutaries north
of a line drawn from UatU Island to
Laufcls Point Lighthouse, pound nets
used exclusive for taking shad and
herring may be set until May 10 of
eurh year; that pound nets may he
set. near Ocracoke, Portsmouth, and
Hptteras at any time except from
May 1 to June 10 of each year; that
nothing herein contained shall be
construed to apply to pound nets set
in the Atlantic Ocean.
rule substituted for old rule No.
1 provides: Ft shall be unlawful for
any person, firm, or corporation to
Advertiser* Will find Our Col
! umn* a I.atrhkey to Over 1600
Homes of Martin County.
Company Will Report
Hack Within Next
Thirty Days
Officials of the Virginia Electric &
I'ower Co. were here yesterday in a
meeti llK with the town commission
er . The counter-proposal submitted
the power company by the town
some time ago Jias been rejected; and
another, offering the town $T5,000,
was made by the company to t!\e
town. This is the third proposal, the
first coming several months ago when
the Virginia company offered the
town sf>o,ooo for a 30-year franchise.
The town made a counter-proposal
(.ailing for sl.jO,uoo for the franchise
and plant.
Mr. J. T. Chase, manag"r for the
V irginia company, w>nt over his com
pany's offer the comini -sioners
yesterday, mentioning many features
ol g&heral interest. With the $75,001)
otter, his company will furnish tOO
street lights and pump the town's
water free. His company will, how
t ver take over the Kveretts business.
The contract in the main part, with
the exception of price, remains prac
tically the same.
In a meeting of the town commis
sioners later, it was decided that if
the Virginia company offers SIOO,OOO
lot the franchise Ui£ s )naltor will be
referred to popular vote. Should this
offer be refused, the commissioners, it
is understood, will not recommend the
seling of the franchise.
If the matter reaches final settle
ment, the Virginia I'ower & Klectric
Co. will construct a line through here
carrying fill,ooo volts. The line is
i. expected to form a connecting link
with its other lines. It was previous
ly planned to bring only .'4.1,000 volts,
but" after considering future needs,
tiie company thinks it wise to prepare
tor the higher voltage.
Ilev. C. 1). Trammel at
Haptist Church Sunday
In the absence of the pastor Rev.
i Charles H. Trammell, of th 6 (.'race
I'aptist Church, of Washington, N. ('.,
will preach at the Mi morial liaptist
Church .Sunday morning at II o'-
Kev. Trammell is a young man who
has been in the section for only a
year, lie lias done a very line piece
o f work in the new Washington
j church, and the people of William
| :.ton will lie interested in hearing
, him Sunday morning.
I'lie regular Wednesday night serv
ic» will be cared fur in the pastor's
absence by the ladies of the I'hilathea
Sunday school class. It is hoped that
th'i people will give them a good bear
ing next Wednesday night.
The pastor will be in the pulpit the
second Sunday in August.
New Law Provides A
Discharge for Convicts
Many prisoners of the State are lie
ing nisei urged from the prison camps
anil jails under a law passed by tin'
I lust-General Assembly. The law pro-
I vides that all prisoners shall be class
ed as "A"s "li"s and 'C"s, All &_
| j'rade prisoners get 104 days per year
off their terms;—li-grado prisoners
I get 70 and the (' grade get
I nothing off t 'ndor the rule an A grade
I prisoner may lose his standing and ge
I back to the C grade when his con
. duet is bad. It Is also possible for
| either a I! or C grade pris iner to so
conduct himself that he too may at
tain the higher grade.
The law applies to countc jails
and county road prisoners.
The law whi It was effective July
1 seems not to have been known anil
many prisoners were kept in prison
overtime. , .
UM ill th ewnters of North Carolina
any .seine, net or other appliance for
cotching lish having a bar of less size
than one and one-quarter, inches or a
rr.esh of less than two . and one-half
inches: provided that seines having.a
bar of not less than one and one
eighth inches may be used for catch
ing mullets from August 15 to No
vember 15; provided further that it
.• hal not be construed to modify or
change -any existing law prescribing
larger mesh or bar: provided further
that pound nets having not less than
one and one-eighth inch bar before
tarring may be used in all waters of
the State where pound nets ,are al
lcwed by law: provided further, that
the above does I 'not apply to skim and
dip nets.
Kule No. 154. It shall be unlawful
to flsh wire traps in any of the com
mercial waters of the State not cov
ered by Rule No. 8. jj.
Rule No. 155. Where'a fyke net
is attached to a pound net lead or
heart instead of to a pound, it shall
be construed to be pound-net Ashing.

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