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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 50
New York Conce
To Take Over
System; Being Considered
NEGOTIATIONS
NOT EXPECTED
TO LAST LONG
Representative of Company
Here Recently Discuss
ing Matter
NOTHING DEFINITE
Large Holding Corporation Asks for
Information as Preliminary to
Submitting Proposition
Mr. William L. Eisert, of the North
American Water Works Corporation,
of New York, was here recently lis
cussing with town officials the pos
sible purchase of the town's water
works. The possible purchase is in its
• infancy, and while the matter might
* develop, it is not expected that the
> proposition will reach any great
•C*
The discussion of possible purchase
was brought about when the North
American Water Works Corporation
learned of the negotiations between
the Virginia Electric and Power com
pany and the town relative to the
selling of the electric system here.
A letter received by town officiab
recently follows, showing the begin
nings and developments in the mut
ter:
"Our representative, Mr. William L
Eisert, visited you recently and dis*
cussed with you the possible pui
chase of the municipal water work;.
We take this opportunity of thank
leg you for the courtesy extended
Mr. Eisert. The data which he has
sent us covering your city is very in
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RATTLESNAKES
ARE INCREASING
Law Requiring Stock to be
Fenced in Cause of
Big Increase
The stock law, requiring all stork
to be fenced in, has caused an in
crease in rattlesnakes in many sec-,
tions of the county. Or rather this is
the cause assigned to the increase of
the ratters by people in the Smith
wick Creek section.
last week, Mr. James E. Rober
son in that section killed a rattler
having nine rattles and a button. The
snake was over four feet in length,
and Its body was thought to be 8 to
10 Inches in circumference. Mr. Kin
cheon Hardison, who also lives in the
neighborhood, killed a good-sized one
last week. Mr. Roberson killed one
in his front yard last year, it hav
ing sixteen rattles and a length guess
ed to be over Ave and a half feet.
It is almost a daily occurence dur
ing the summer season to hear where
someone has killed a ratte snake.
Sacco and Vanzetti Die
Aiter Long Legal Battle
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Van
setti were electrocuted this morning
shortly after midnight in the Charles
town, Mass. prison for the murder of
a paymaster and his guard at the
Slater and Morril shoe factory in l
Sooth Bralntree on April 20, 1920.
For seven years a fight for the
Lves of the two men has been waged.
The case has been reviewd by high
officials of Massachusetts and presi
dents of colleges and universities,
but in spite of the seven year battle
the two men met their fate this
morning. i
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STRANH
theatrel J
WEDNESDAY
TOM TYLER
in
"Splitting the Breeze"
Also
"RUN TIN CAN"
Comedy
and
FREE TICKET
FOR FRIDAY
Always a Good Show; .
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THE ENTERPRISE
LOCAL SCHOOL
WILL OPEN ON
SEPTEMBER 12
Several Teachers Remain
To Be Secured for
Lower Grades
FEW TEACHERS BACK
Only Three Return to Primary and
Grammar Grades and Two to
High School
According to statements made by
members of the board, the local school
will open the second Monday in
September, the 12th. Several of the
schools in the county will open on
the sth of next month, but local au
thorities decided the 12th would be
tetter after considering the weather
and other conditions.
The faculty, while not ready for
announcement at this time, will be
made up this year of many new mem
bers. Not more than tffree teachers
in the primary and grammar grade
departments will return, while only
two will return to the high school de
partment. All contracts are expected
in the superintendent's office this
week, and everything will be in readi
ness by the 12th. *
"SCARLET LETTER"
STRAND THURSDAY
Lillian Gish Stars in Picture Said To
Be One of Best of Season
Many people here will want to see
the- "Scarlet Letter", a Metro-Gold
wyn-Mayer production here next
1 hursday night nt the Strand theutre.
Several people here have already
seen the picture and they say it stands
out as one of the best pictures shown.
Lillian Gish stars in the attraction.
MRS. MINNIE *
GREEN DEAD
Died Early Yesterday; Had
Been Partial Invalid
For 10 Years
Mrs. Minnie Green closed her life
at the early dawn yesterday morning
after just a few days over the long
span atloted of three score and ten.
Mrs. Green was the daughter of
Whitmel Leggett and was born in
Heaufort county, July 27, 1867. In
early life she married Mr. John M.
Green.
She had been a partial invalid for
10 years, the last half of the time,
however, she was able to get around
without aid. She was not confied to
hei bed until about a month ago when
she suddenly grew worse.
She leaves two children, Henry C.
and John W. Green.
For nearly 55 years she had been
a faithful member of the Christian
church. She was a gentle, kind- and
faithful nsighbe., nd her home was
full of hospitality.
The funeral was held from the
home this afternoon at 2 o'clock by
Rev. G. V. .Saunders, her pastor. In
terment was made beside hor husband
on the home farm.
ROTARY CLUB
BACKS CLINIC
Washington Rotarians Are
Sponsoring Orthopedic
Clinic in That City
The Washington Rotary club Is
sponsoring an orthopaedic clinic
which will hold its first session next
Friday. The clinic will be held in the
office of the county health officer of
Beaufort county. The clinic will hold
on the fourth ijriday in each month
throughout the year.
The Rehabilitation Buresu, repre
sented by Mr. C. M. Andrews, 'of
Raleigh, has made all necessary ar
rangements for the work which will
be under the direction of an expert
orthopedist.
The clinic is open to cripples of
all ages and color who will be given
both examinations and treatment free
at (he clinic.
Any case which may require longer
attention will be treated in the ostho
paedic hospital at Gastonia.
Every person who is crippled in
ai.y way should be taken to these
clinics for examination and abserva
tian.
A member of the State Board of
Educal'cn will be present co Inter
view ciipples who need v.K-Vionul
'.raining in order that they acij be
given r.n opportunity.
These. clinics ar« open no; only to
Beaufort, county, but to any adjoin
ing rrunlles. t* >
Williamstoiu Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, August 23, 1927
START BRINGING
TOBACCO HERE
FROM DISTANCE
W. M. Hardison Brings
Truck Load of Fine
Quality Weed
FROM NEAR EDENTON
Parmer* in Thia Section Busy Grading
Their Crop; About Fifty Graders
At Work Here in Town
Farmeis from u far away as E
denton have already started bringing
their tobacco here. A truck load
brought in here yesterday by Mr. W.
M. Hardison from near Edenton 10 bo
graded, carries those qualities that
are hard to beat Several who have
seen the load of tobacco state that
it surpasses any they have seen thus
far.
Mr. Hardison brings his tobacco
here long before the market opens to
get it worked, knowing well that when
the time comes to sell he can get as
much for his tobacco here as he can
anywhere.
Farmers all over this section are
1 busy preparing their crop for the
market. Around flfty graders are at
work right here, and if the weather
clears and remains favorable from
now until to sixth o# next month, a
large quantity of the crop will be
ready for sale when the market
opens.
EXPECT ANSWER
FROM V. E. P. CO.
Directors Now Considering
Town's Counter-Offer
To Their Proposal
The proposal made by the town
commissioners, offering to sell the
town municipal power system for
SIOO,OOO to the Virginia Electric and
Power company is now before the
directors of that company, and an
answer if expected within the next
few days. No opinion as to the out
come of the proposal has been made
public by either officials of the town
cr power company, and it is a mat
tei of waiting until the director! re
port back.
Proposals and counter proposals
have been made, ranging from flfty
to $160,000 for the system during the
past few months, and in each case the
offer has been through the regular
channels of acceptance or rejection.
It could not be learned just how
long a time would be required for
the directors of the power company to
get to and pass opinion of the SIOO,-
000 proposal. However, it waa Stated
in a letter from Manager J. 'i. Chase
to Mayor R. L. Coburn that the
proposal was before the high officials
of the company and that an answer
could be expected within the next,
few days. It was'only a few days
ago that Mr. Cobu*n heard from th«
power company's manager:
TOLER TO BUILD
GUANO FACTORY
Contract Calls for Comple
tion in November; First
Story of Concrete
S. S. Toler and Son, of Kocky
Mount, have been given the contract
for the construction of the factory
building for the Standard Wholesule
Phosphate and Acid Works. Contracts
for the two other buildings have not
been let.
The factory proper will be 88 by
220 feet and three stories high. The
first story will be solid concrete.
The contract does not include ma
chinery which will be installed by the
company's special plant engineer.
A rush job is called for and the
buiding is expected to be completed
, by November. This will give the com-
I pany time to prepare for the trade
during the early trucking season as
well as handle the regular business
in the coming year.
MRS. SIMON COREY
DIED LAST FRIDAY
Well-Known Woman of Smithwicks
Creek Dies After Brief Illness
Mrs. Simon Corey, of Smithwicks
Creek, died Friday at her home after
a brief illness. She leaves a husband
and eight children, ranging in age
from 18 down to 2 years old.
Mrs. Corey way the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. H. 3. Manning. Her
mother, three brothers, W. D., B. R.,
and Stephen E. Manning and three
sisters, Mrs. J. A. Roberson, Mrs. J. 
G. Peel and Mrs. George C. Griffin
survive.
Elder W. B. Harrington, her pas
tor, eo&ducted the funeral ceremony
and burial followed at the Tice burial
ground Saturday afternoon with a
large number of friends and relatives
present.
CITIZEN WANTS
DRAIN CLEANED
It it-is the duty of the town
to clean the drain in the rear of
the Atlantic Hotel, the time is
now for doing somethfcg. The
condition of the drain may not
cause sickness, but it is nause
ating to look into it when pass
ing. The public place it occu
pies makes matters worse, and
it should be attended to it once.
If not today, why not tomor
row? A. CITIZEN.
SCHOOLS OF OAK
CITY WILL OPEN
ON SEPTEMBER 5
Pupils Urged to be Present
on Opening Day and
Bring Parents
I
ANNOUNCE FACULTY
Oak City School Trying to Provide
Rural Children Equal Instruction
Provided Children in Cities
Oak City, Aug. 21.—The annual
opening of the Oak City high school
will be held in the schoot auditorium
Monday, September 5, uz 10 a. m.
A'.l pupils arj" urged to be present
on the above date. Mothers brinir the
children, father? cfcnie with your sans,
see that fhey are classified and leuin
the requirements of your cchooi. "De
mocracy and education po hand in
hand." Ouk City school's motto; E
quality of your child.
The advantages, towards; and honors
ere offered to all alike.
Oak City rural school »y tryitiff to
meet a big problem as follows: At
tempting to provide as udequate in
struction in both the elementary and
high school subjects, for the country
children as is now provided for the
city children. This, of coftrse, means
just as good a school environment,
just as well qualified teachers, equal
supervision, sume provision for play
and physical development. With this
aim in view the following teachers
have been elected for school year
1927-'2B.
Miss Hettir R®e Taylor, section A
first grade; Miss Leona Newton, sec
tion U first grade; Miss Alice Mallard,
second grade; Mrs. Emily Bell, third
grade; Miss Trixie Jenkins, fourth
grude; Mrs. W. I). Smith, fifth grade;
Miss Annie Woodley, sixth grade;
Mrs. Glennie Eake.s, ieventh grade.
The high school, Miss Winifred
Dcsier, English and P'rench; Mr. H.
B. Russell, history and science; Miss
Thelma Praizer home econmoic-i; Mirs
Lila Compton, public school music and
piano; Principal H. M. Ainsley, math
ematics.
The principal will be In his office
from 8 to 10 a. m. on the opening day
for consultation and suggestions as
( to grades, promotions, transcripts,
Conditions made up during the sum
mer, and course of study.
Supt. Pope, local board, principal,
teachers, truck drivers und janit. r
will be present for service. May we ex
pect you?
REPLY TO PETITION
FOR EARLY OPENING
Carrington Says It IK Too Late Now
To Change Opening Date
Mr. A. B. Carrington, president of
the United States Tobacco associa
tion who has recently been besieged
with thousands of petitions to set
an earlier date for opening the tobac
co markets of the east says he sees
that September the 6th is too late but
the time is too short to make the
change now.
It was generally thought by most
of those who signed these petitions
that the change could not be made
this year. Yet they signed in the hope
that they might receive some consider
ation in future years.
REGULAR MEETING
MASONS TONIGHT
Officers-Elect Urged To Be Present
For Installation Ceremony
Members of Skcwarkee Lodge, No.
90 are scheduled to meet tonight in
the hall at 8 o'clock. All 'members
•re urged to be present so as to per
mit the complete installation of of
ficers.
Expect Law to Prevent
Future Long Air Flights
(High officials in the naval depart
ment at Washington predict that the
next Congress will pass| a law pro
hibiting long flights in the air with
out first complying with rigid re
strictions.
There also comes many unofficial
predictions that the destruction of
three out of five planes attempting
to fly theJPaciflc will greatly restrict
tho flights. 1 " ;
CLEAN CARNIVAL
IS PROMISED BY
FAIR'S MANAGER
Nat Reiss Shows Also One
of Largest Touring in
South This Year
SEPTEMBER 27, 28, 29, 30
One of Owners of Nat Reiss Shows
Active in Organisation of Agency
To "Clean Up" Carnivals
Mr. J. L. Rodgerson, manager of
the Roanoke Fair states that besides
having one of the largest shows
traveling South this year, this section
is to have one of the cleanest it ever
hud.
Harry G. Melville, one of the own
ers of the Nat Reiss Shows, engaged
to furnish the amusement features at
the fair here, September 27-30, is
one of the youngest owners of a big
carnival organizations in America. He
was active in the organization of the
carnival clean-up agency and has al
ways favored the providing of decent
amusements in every community.
His policy, based on a square deal to
all with whom his organization comes
in contact, has won many friends for
the Nat Reiss shows and has stamped
it as one of the most successful show
companies in the country .successful
because it is always able to play re
turn engagements in every city where
ii exhibits.
FARMERS ENJOY
TOUR OF EAST
Rockingham Paper Carries
Long Article About
Farmers' Tour
That th • Richmond county farmers
had a most enjoyable tour through
this section recently is evidenced by
en account of their trip appearing in
the Rockingham Post Dispatch. In
more than three columns in that
paper the trip is well "covered" by
Mr. Dove, one of the managers of
the trip.
In his article, Mr. Pov? praises the
farmers of this section for their
jplendid crops, und makps a note of
appreciation Air the hospitality dis
played by those towns where the
party of farmers stopped.
The trip well paid for itself and it
did not stop when the members of
the party returned home; its happen
ings were passed on to the neigh
bors. One man writing iii the Post
Dispatch and who had so.ne of the
details of the trip told him, says, "It
is; interesting to fellows
tell of the good tinfJis theyhad on
their tri|y~over tMe fifty counties;
they had UtVgood time. They tell of
the fine crops they have be.«n "
BIG COLLECTION
SNAKES AT FAIR
Loathsome But Interesting
Is Way Press Agent
Describes Exhibit
One of the greatest collections of
.makes imaginable will ebe brought
here September 27 when the Roanoke
Fair association opens its sixth an
r.ual show.
Snakes are loathsome creatures,
but to many persons they are interes
ting, and its history thut a snake is
blamed for the outing of a certain
apple by two of our remote ances
tors. It must have been a king of
snakes to tempt Adam and Eve to
disobey orders and forfeit their pal
atial garden home, and if it was a
king he must have been an ancestor of
a snake that will be on exhibition here
during the fair.
There are boa-constrictors and py
thons, both of which reach enormous
size but the snake that will be here
in one of the attractions of the Nat
Reiss shows is raid to be the largest
pythos ever imported to this country.
He weighs more than 400 pounds and
i. past his second century in age.
Chester Smith, who will be in charge
of this regal reptile, is a native of
Calcutta, India, and the mammoth
python was shipped direct to him for
exhibition purposes. It is indeed a
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RAINS ARE CAUSING
DAMAGE TO COTTON
Cotton Shedding and 801 l Weevil
Increasing in County
The heavy rains in the eastern half
of the State are causing cotton to
shed and the boll weevil to spread,
according to reports coming from
farmers around the county.
The rains have been unusually
heavy in the Gatesville, Elizabeth
City sections this week. The long* wet
season is also giving some tobacco
farmers in this section much trouble
about their crops getting in too
high order. I '
BREAKS OUT LOCAL JAIL;
LEAVES ADDRESS, BUT
SAYS WON'T BE AT HOME
CREW HERE TO
BEGIN WORK
ONSPURTRACK
Will Require Force of 20
Men About Month To
Complete Job
WORK BEING RUSHED
Now Clearing Old Track of Vines,
Bushes and Trees; Additional
Material Ordered
Mr. A. C. Joyner with a large crew
cf men sturted work on the spur
track to the river last Saturduy. The
clearing of the right of way will be
about completed tomorrow but enough
of the track has been clean? I .-.o as
| not to interfere with the work of the
additional men that came in last
nigh. Mr. Baker, who has been work
ing on the main line of the A. C. L.
and who arrived last night with 20
men, will have charge of placing the
cross ties and track work. Mr. Joy
ner will have charge of the trestle
work after he finishes clearing the
track of vines, bushes and trees.
The exuet time that will be re
quired to put the track in shape for
trains to run on is not known, but
according to Mr. Joyner it will not
be less than a month.
After a close inspection of the tres
tirs, Mr. Joyner states that many of
the old timbers can be used. It will
take longer to rebuild the trestles
than it would under ordinary circum
stances, however, since many of the
timbers will have to be removed and
seme cut off and spliced.
Additional cars of cross ties are
expected to arrive as they are need
ed within the next few days. The
vork will be rushed to completion, but
at the best, it is thought .that, more
than a month will be required to put
the track in shape.
EVERETTS LOSES
TO CRESWELL, 4-3
| Creswell, Outhit, Profits by
Poor Base Running of
Everetts Boys
Creswell's ball club won a four to
three decision at Everetts last Sat
urday which was a pitcher's battle
throughout the entire nine innings.
Pond for Creswell gave up eight hits
while Cherry dished out only the.
Gaylord and Brown for Eveietts
featured in hitting, euch connecting
for two and three bases respectively.
Guylord attempted to lengthen nis to
three bases and was thrown out on t
close pluy. A slide would have pos
sibly left him on third to score on
lfrown's three base wallop anil thus
a tie and extra innings would have
teen in order.
Everetts was slightly off on base
running which mainly accounts for
the loss.
Wynnfe, playing centerflelel, made a
rumber of splendid catches which aid
ed Everetts in contending for the
j;ume until the last out was register
ed
Everetts goes to Creswell today
atid Creswell comes to Everetts Fri
day of this week.
LOSES TOBACCO
BARN BY FIRE
Barn Owned by J. G. Godard
Burned Late Saturday
Afternoon
A tobacco barn belonging to Mr.
J. G. Godard and located on his farm
near here on the Washington road,
burned lust Saturday about dusk. No
one was at the barn when it first
started to burn, and no cause could
be assigned as to how the fire start
ed. Frank Scott was at the barn
about 25 minutes before it burned and
he stated that the tboacco leaves were
not more than half dry and that th«
hea was a little below 140 degrees.
So far as is known, very few to
bacco bams have burned in the county
thjs year, and this is the second one
in this section to be lost by fire. No
insurance was carried on the barn
burned Saturday.
OAK CITY MAN IS MADE
GAME WARDEN FOR MARTIN
Mr. J. W. Hines, of Oak City, was
appointed game warden for Martin
county yesterday by Wade H. Phil
lips of the Department of Conserva
tion and Development.
Mrtr H. D. Taylor and son, Ray
mond and Cecil, spent Sunday in
Greensboro.
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Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes of Martin County
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ESTABLISHED 1898
PICKS LOCKS BY
MEANS OF KEY
MADE OF SPOON
Is First Man to Break Out
of New Jail; Was Held
For Making Liquor
SAYS HE'LL BE BACK
Leaves Notes {or Sheriff Expressing
Regret for Leaving "Like This,
But I Couldn't Get Bond''
The first delivery from the new
Martin county jail came early this '
morning when (irover Pauley gained
liis freedom after picking two of the
locks. His escape was unaccompanied
by noise, and it came as a surprise to
both fellow prisoners and officers this
morning.
Officers think Pauey started plan
ning his escape last week when he
asked one of the jail helpers to al
low him to see the jail keys. . It is
thought lie secured a pattern of two
I of the jail'keys by pressing them in
| ii bar of soap, later making two keys
I from spoon handles. According to
I Simon Shepperdj a colored prisoner, -
| Pauley tested his keys late yesterday
J afternoon .and found that they work
ed perfectly. It was then that Paul
ey asked Shepperd if he wanted to es
cape, Pauley offering to make a key
j that would fit the door's lock behind
which Shopper was held. The colored
J prisoner refused, stating that he pre
ferred to serve his term. Pauley stat
ed to Shepperd that he would not *
mind staying, but he had more than
(Continued on the back page)
DEPUTY GRIMES
WINS HARD RACE
Fell Down Several Times,
But Finally Caught
His Man
Deputy Sheriff Grimes Won the
hardest race in his official career last
Friday when he and Deputy 11. O.
Daniel, of Everetts, visited near tie
Staten Peel plantation between Hear
Crass and Everetts. The officers ob
served three men at a still for a while
and later saw two others conic up.
Vet, the deputies wtW'not ablff to
recognize a singl,. one of the on M.
They drew up within about 20 yard,
and rushed them. Grimes say he
selected the one that hail been doing
most of the work at the still. The
chase carried Grimes across a C4i.nl.
in a circle and back across the can:'!,
In the run, Grimes says he got
tangled up in his own boots and fell
three times, but pushed on and
finully after a run of several hundi ' l
yards overtook his man, who gave lis
name as Hert Wynn, a youiu; mar
ried man not yet 20 years old.
Wynn claimed the still which wa i
a 60-gullon copper kettle, lie found
iii« liquor, but there was eight bar
rels of beer by the still.
The officers thought the still had
been run on this stand before. Mr.
Wynn was required to furnish bond
for his appearance before the record
er here today.
Deputy !imes says it was by odds
the hardest moonshine race he has
I ever taken part in and that when the
catch was made, both he and Wynn
had to rest for some time before they
I could return to the party.
On Saturday, the deputy got an
other call to the (>old Point section
where he found six barrels of beer
and hot ashes, but ho still. He fourd
the still's cap and worm, however.
About a mile and a half away he
found more beer und a place where
a still had been run during the day.
No one was seen at either place.
S. D MATTHEWS IS
TOMATO GROWER
And Not D. G. Matthews, As Reported
In This Paper Friday
The title of champion tomato grow
er given Mr. Don Matthews should
have gone to Mr. Matthews' father,
Mr. S. D. Matthews. We thought it
a bit strange for a young man like
Don to know how to raise such big
"tomatoes.
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JUNIOR ORDER TO
MEET THURSDAY
• /
Members Urged To Be Present at
Important Session ,
■ *
There will be a meeting of the
Junior Order here next Thursday
night at 8 o'clock. All members at.
the order are urged to be in attend
ance upon the meeting.
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