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;A EKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPBUILDING OF HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Yolume H. Number 31: j
HertfordPel'quimans (mnty, North: Carolina, Friday, August 2, 1935.
$1.25 Per Year
Complete and Accurate
Record Must Also
FEE 50 CENTS
J.. W. Ward Furnishes
License and Record
Under the 1935 Threshing Ma
chine Law, all threshing machine ope
rators, including peanut pickers and
combines, in North Carolina are re
quired to secure a 1935 license and
recard book for acres, and bushels
threshed for each farm. This in
cludes combines and "own" farm ope
rators. Moreover, "A complete and accu
rate record of the acreages harvest
ed and amounts threshed for each
farm" must be kept by every per
son, firm or corporation engaged in
threshing for others or for them
A fee of fifty cents will be charg
ed for the license, provided that, ope
rators who thresTBTtheir-own crops
only shall be exempt from, anyltv
cense cost. ,
Only a very small number of Per
quimans farmers will be exempt
from paying this license fee, as very
few machines are used only on the
The Jfcense and record book is fur
nished by the State and may be had
bylTpplying to J. W. Ward, Register
of Deeds, who is responsible for the
execution of this law fh Perquimans,
and who will be glad to give any in
formation desired in reference to the
The purpose of the new law is to
provide reliable records of acres and
production of each grain crop and
peanuts. The-informatioa!? ia-Wf
quested for Agricultural Adjustment
Act programs. ;
While those operators of threshing
machines used only, on the farms of
their owners are exempted from pay
ing the fee, they are not exmpt from
securing license or from keeping re
cords. All machines must.be licens
ed and all operators must keep ac
curate records and make reports.
Under the old law peanut pickers
were licensed , but no. " charge was
made for the license.
Colored Attacker Held
For Superior Court
Matthew Banks, the fourteen-year
old Negro arrested in Portsmouth,
Va., last week and, brought to Hert
ford in connection with the alleged
criminal attack on the eight-year-old
daughter of Mr. and MrtuBoh Ivey,
who lives near New Hope, was given
a hearing before Justice of the Peace
J. W. DardenVin his office on last
Saturday. The boy, who was not rep
resented by counsel plead guilty to
the charge and no evidence was offer
ed. Judge Darden ordered the boy held
without bond and he was sent back
to jail to await theS action of he
grand jury at the October Term of
Perquimans Superior Court. 1;;$
Banks was arrested at the horn of
his grandfather in Portsmouth, where
he had gone shortly after the attack
is alleged to have taken place on
June 30., ''.S'-v ' ilSvD-'
W. M. Morgan Back
Front Furniture Show
W. M. Morgan, who attended the
big semi-annual Furniture Exposi
tion .at High Point last week, 'reports
that, although the furniture exhibits
were more attractive this year than
ever before,, with a great variety, of
new and standard "styles, " thft prices
on furniture- nav advanced yerv.
, jlittle. Mr. ' Morgan' bought exten
sively and ; shipments; of ;. the" furni
ture which he. selected from ; the
grand displays' will snortlybegip to
arrive..-5.-f 'if W'SM'M '
v ; Mr. Morgan recently celebrated
; his twenty-first anniversary , in. busir
in Hertford I with a bhr sales
;. John Newborn, one of the county's
' ," ; 1 oldest and most highly respected cit
.'Oj izens, is .very -ill at his : home near
Hertford. ,'- , t ' '
Mi-. "NAwbold.. who ; has been '' in
a' failing health for a long time, was
." " stricken suddanly on Wednesday with
' ' a paralytic str.-e. Late in the after-
lnoon-of t!;at icy h:"i In- V stats
-bf CDnta f r' 1 er'"; f'-'-rs n erprc-ra-
. ei f 1 1 . .
X-ray Pictures Taken to Determine
Extent of Injuries; Suffering
The latest news from W. A. Wil
liams, who was injured in the auto
mobile acoident on Sunday which took
the lives of two men, including that
of Mr. Williams' uncle, Dr. G. .
Newby, is encouraging, and he is ex
pected to recover.
An x-ray examination of the
young man on Tuesday disclosed
that, in addition to severe lacerations
about the face and head, a jaw bone
and two ribs were broken. Another
x-ray examination is to follow to de
termine whether or not the other jaw
bone is fractured.
, Mr. Williams, who was rendered
unconscious by his injuries, did not
regain consciousness until two hour?
after the accident. He is still in a
very nevous condition and is suffer
ing greatly from shock.
Mr. Williams' stepfather and his
mother, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Roten
berg, who went to the bedside of
their son immediately after the mes
sage was received m Hertford, re
turned home to attend the funeral of
Mrs. Rutenberg's brother, Dr. G. E.
Newby. Mrs. Williams, who also
went to Tarbofo on Sunday, is re
maining with her husband.
John A. Harris Makes
His Likely Last Visit
It is his "last go round", he says,
and he says it with a gallant smile,
albeit his voice breaks and sometimes
a tear will fall. The trembling voice
is not surprising, nor is the tear-dim-nied,
,ey ichen one considers that the
old man js bidding goodbye forever
to the scenes of his youth and to the
friends he has loved so long.
For many, many years John A
Harris, who has reached the ripe old
age of eighty-four, has come back
home regularly for a visit among
the scenes of his childhood. He grew
u& in Durants Neck. All the old fa
milies who lived in "The Neck" back
in the old days, the Whedbees, the
Newbys, the Leighs, the Winslows,
and others, descendants of all of
whom now live in Hertford, are
among the cherished memories of
Mr. Harris, and the young folks who
bear these names now, as well as
others, are as fond of the old gentle
man as he is of them, for through
out the long years he has- kept in
touch with the" life of . Perquimans
folks. : He loves young people and is
Last year Mr. Harris did not leave
his home in Florida for his customary-
visit to Perquimans. , His
friends misled him and inquired the
reason. Many were grieved to learn
that . Mr. - Harris was not well and
that his wife was in ill health. Mrs.
Harris passed away last spring. The
old gentleman wanted to come back
home once more, so last week, in
company with his son John and his
grandson John, he came back home
to make the last "go round", He is
calling on old friends here and there,
everywhere, receiving the welcome to
which he is accustomed, everywhere
leaving a Jseling of sadness that per
haps it is for the last time that, this
friendly old man will drop in for the
cherry word, the cordial grasp of the
hand. ;!. L ' -'';,''.V .. .:
. Mr, Harris has grown very feeble
during the past two years. But his
love of life, his Interest in youth, his
devotion to his friends and to his be
loved old home, are characteristics so
closely interwoven in his life that
they will endure as long as life it
self .. endures. Vv?ry '?-,
?To Northern States
Mr. and - Mrs. R. M. Riddick and
Mr.-and -Mrs. S. P. Jessun. who re-
jturned; Saturday from'a sight-seeing
trip to ; NiagraRiNew York nd; other
ipoirits; report a most delightful week.
The somewhat inauspicious beginning
of the trip,, involving an accident on
the dirt road detour between Hert
ford and . Belvidere, ynereuf the car
was" turned bve n a ditch' where it
remained for a couple of hours, seem
ed to bearout the old , adage that ."A
bad beginning -makes a good ending."
.' ' . AT, NAGS HEAD 'J, '4
"Among the Hertford, folks who are
spending some time ' at Nags Head
sre I!r. and Mrs. W. F. C. Edwards,
rrt T ly.-.ria, : Walter1 'G.;:. Ed-w?r-.
l-t. v I In, 7'. A,'"Whitley,
s- ' I i ! I T. i ;Zzr.n,
FOUND IN WOODS
Young Man Thought to
Have Killed Self Over
Sheriff and Friends
Search Diligently For
Richard Mansfield, the 24-year-old
foster son of A. D. Thach, prominent
farmer of the Yeopim community, is
in the Albemarle Hospital in Eliza
beth City, suffering from the effects
of poison which he swallowed on
Wednesday afternoon in a second
attempt to end his life.
His mind unbalanced, the young
man was found in the woods near the
scene of his disappearance on Mon
day evening, after an all night and
an all day search for the body of
Mansfield, who was believed to have
been drowned in Bethel Creek.
Late Sunday night a report was
made to Sheriff J. E. Winslow that
young Mansfield had disappeared.
Several articles of the clothing he
had been wearing, together with- a
pipe, a pocket knife and other small
articles, had been found on the bridge
across Bethal Creek, from which it
was believed he had jumped to his
Sheriff Winslow, together with De
puty Sheriff L. L. Winslow and a
large party of friends and neighbors
of the young man, searched all night
and all the following day, dragging
the bed of the creek for the body.
Members of the Coast Guard from
Elizabeth City conducted a search
for the body on Monday afternoon.
Late in the evening on Monday
Mansfield appeared beneath a tree
near the bridge. He was in a dazed
condition and was leaning "against
the tree. He had tied a handkerchief
about his neck and had torn a por
tion of his shirt into shreds, stuffing
the bits of eloth into his mouth. He
had apparently wandered about in
the woods or hidden himself from the
A physician's examination and
other investigation disclosed the fact
that Mansfield's mind was affected
and steps were immediately taken to
have him placed in the State Hospi
tal for the Insane at Raleigh. Mean
time he was staying with his foster
parents. On Tuesday afternoon he
became ill, and the family detecting
the odor of carbolic acid, a physician
was called,. Mansfield admitted that
he had swallowed the poison several
hours previously. He was rushed to
the hospital, : where examination
failed to disclose any trace of the
acid." It is believed that, Instead of
carbolic . acid, the young man had
taken a dose; of a preparation used
for dipping cattler which contains a
small portion' of the acid.
'. ' ':i-y . "in
Prosecutor Fined '$1
Tor Showing Up Late
Misunderstanding the hour set as
the time for the re-convening of Re
corder's:" Court in the afternoon on
Tuesday, WalterG. Edwards, the Pro
secuting Attorney, was some twenty
minutes late, and upon his appear
ance Judge Walter H. Cakey, Jr., ad
judged the officer to be contempt of
court and fined him one dollar, with
the announcement that in the future
all court officers and witnesses who
are late will be fined a dollar. ' "I am
going to break up this business of
being late", stated Judge Cakey.
The time' for the re-convening of
court had been set for 1:30 in the af
ternoons When Mr, Edwards failed
to appear the other court officials
were asked what their understanding
of tne time had been all agreed that
the Judge had set 1:30 as the time.
Mr. Edwards had understood the time
to be 2 o'clock.
Only two cases had eome up the
morning, session, involving Margaret
overen ana james Aaams, cnargea
with assault These two cases were
dismissed. -' , .
: In the afternoon Tim Thach, charg
ed with the larceny of an electric
light bulb f rora M. 1 Harris, valued
at 25 cents, was found Hot guilty,
Richard Stewart, wl0was ?tped
for assault with a Deadly .Weapon,
Assault with intent to Kill and Secret
Assault, as' a result of striking- Jessie
Whedbee with an axe, was. found not
guilty. . "
- ' STUDY BUDGET FOR YEAR
:! At the meetmg of the . Board of
County Commissioners' . on Monday
the budget for the coming year will
be passed unon. W. F, C. Edwards,
County Auditor, .who', is Btaying at
Nags Head, will return home for the
mec'-lnj on Monday. , , ' '
ABOUT 1800 DOGS
(wners of Doers Not
fTreated Subject to
Campaign For Rabies
; Vaccination Closed
; July 31
The campaign for vaccinating dogs
in Perquimans for the prevention of
Babies has closed.
A. A. Nobles, vetenatian, who, to
gether with G. C. Buck was appoint
ed to vaccinate the dogs in Perqui
Bians, stated this week that he had
leen advised by Dr. B. W. Moore,
the State Vetenarian, that all owners
ft dogs which have not been vacci
nated are now subject to prosecu
tion, and that, before the final check
pp is made to determine whether or
not owners of dogs have failed to
bresent their dogs for the treatment,
such owners should come forward
and have their dogs vaccinated.
J. W. Ward, Register of Deeds,
was advised by Dr. Moore this week
that no more free vaccine would be
furnished by the State this year, but
that the orders already on hand
would be filled.
The time originally set for vaccinat
ing dogs was from April 1 to July 1,
but due to the delay in securing suf
ficient serum, the time was extended
to July 31.
The total number of dogs to which
the anti-rabies treatment has been
administered during the campaign is
in the neighborhood of 1,800. The
definite figures will be given in the
report to be made by the vetenarians
to the county.
Here Over Week-end
Edwin G. McMullan, former Hert
ford man who has for several years
been a member of the North Caro
lina State Highway Patrol, was in
Hertford, visiting relatives, over the
Mr. McMullan has for the past
three weeks been in Raleigh, helping
to train the 65 new members of the
Highway Patrol which are to be add
ed to the force in the state in the
near future, in compliance with leg
islation increasing the highway pat
rol passed at the last General As
sembly. . '
' There are, according to Mr. Mc
Mullan, 100 young men receiving
thisspecial instruction along the re
quired lines from which number 65
are to be selected.
The training includes, in addition
to instruction in motor vehicle laws
and title laws, instructions in the
geographical location of highways,
instructions in the use of fire arms
and practice in pistol shooting, first
aid to the injured training, training
In motor cyle driving and instruc
tion in drivers license laws. The men
are also given some military training.
New equipment for the force in
cludes, in addition to 100 new motor
cycles, 40 Ford V-8 Roadsters which
are fitted with emergency equipment
for use in transporting persons
wounded in motor mishaps. One oi
these special cars will be furnished
for each sub-station.
Funeral Sunday For
William M. Munden
William M. Munden, Beach Spring
farmer, died at his home on Saturday
after a long and tedious illness. Mr.
Munden was 57 years of age.
Funeral services were held from
the home Sunday afternoon at 3:30
o'clock, with the Rev. M. C. Stephen
son, pastof of Anderson M. E. Church
the Rev. J. W. Dimmette, pastor of
the Perquimans Circuit, and the Rev.
Miss, Alma Howell, Pastor of the
Hertford Assembly, officiating. Bur
ial, took; place in the family burying
ground. a Belvidere.
MrP Munden, who was a man of
fine character and a good citizen, is
survived by Ms wife, Mrs. Ella Cope
A" large' crowd of friends attended
the services." 1
Mr& tiaither Improving
From Injury In Fall
MilWr G. Gaither, prominent
Hertford woman who suffered Ser
ious Injury to her hip in a fall at her
Nags Head cottage, early in July,
and who has been a patient in the Al
bemarle' Hospital since; returned
home Thursday, While her recovery
is expected to- be tedious( it is re
ported that Mw.Gaither'is improv
ing satisfactorily. ' f - . ,
Dr. Newby Killed In
Those Present Enjoy Contribution
Made to Program by Mkw
The ladies who attended the quar
terly meeting of the Perquimans
County Home Economics Association
on Saturday at the Community
House in Hertford, were delighted
with the contribution which Miss
Kate M. Blanchard made to the pro
gram. Miss Blanchard, who is not
only an accomplished musician but
who has had much experience in
teaching music appreation, talked on
"Our Folk Music". Since all folk
songs grow out of the life of the peo
ple, she headed the list with the In
dian music, then the Negro melodies.
The oldest of the folk songs, she said,
came frim the mountaineers and the
cowboy music, which has its own pe
By request, she explained and de
monstrated the three aspects of
music, harmony, melody and rhythm.
Following the splendid talk, under
Miss Blanchard's leadership, the
group sang several folk songs.
As a result of Miss Blanchard's
appearance, the women of the Per
qoimans County clubs expect to take
up the study of music appreciation
this winter and to feature the im
portance of music in the home.
The meeting was one of unusual
pleasure for those present. Mrs. M.
T. Griffin, president, presided.
During the business session the fol
lowing new officers were appointed:
Secretary, Mrs. Neil Spruill; Assis
tant Secretary, Mrs. Charles E.
White; Treasurer, Mrs. T. C. Perry.
The nominating committee will pre
sent the names of nominees for the
offices of a President and a Vice
President at the next meeting, which
will be held in October.
The menu committee for this meet
ing was named and includes Mrs.
Preston Long, Mrs. L. J. Winslow
and Mrs. J. B- Basnight.
Mrs. Thomas Nixon, President of
the National Organization of Better
Homes in America, read an interest
ing article on "Going Home Time".
Mrs. Neil Spruill closed the pro
gram with an excellent article on
At the close of the business ses
sion and the program the ladies
gathered about a long table and en
joyed a delicious lunch which includ
ed fried chicken, vegetables, salads,
cake and iced tea.
A message sent out from the as
sociation reads "To the other clubs of
the County: Join us in October. We
believe you will enjoy it."
Will Be Remodeled
The old Whedbee homestead in
Hertford will be repaired and restor
ed by the owner, Hon. Charles Whed
bee, whose family will occupy the re
sidence. The interesting old house, one of
the old structures of the town, con
tains ten rooms and is set on a large
lot fronting on Church street, on
Punch Alley and on Front street. The
place has remained unoccupied for
the past quarter of a century.
Frank Muth, of Edenton, will be
gin the work of restoration on Mon
day. Lighted Pipe Causes
Fire In Automobile
There was such a lot of smoke that
Miss Eugenia Gregory naturally con
cluded there must be some fire. The
smoke was puffing out of the win
dows of a car parked on the down
town section of Church S street on
Saturday morning. Mack Gregory,
whose attention was called to the
smoking car, made an investigation
and found that the cushion of the
front seat of the car was burning,
with a great hole already made in
the upholstery. Mr. Gregory prompt
ly extinguished the smoulding flames
and removed the lighted pipe which
the "owner, a traveling salesman, had
left on the seat when he left to call
on his customers. , A tiny spark from
the burning tobacco had set the up
holstery on fire.,
Killed By Hunters
1 A two hundred and twentv-nound
black .bear was: killed . on Thursday
by a party of hunters in Gates Coun
ty. C. W. White, of Hertford, was
ft member of the, party. ; Mr. White
expects to join another - bear hunt
this week in the same section .
Was Returning From
Visiting His Son In
W. A. Williams Also
Seriously Injured In
The entire community was shocked
and saddened at the tragic accident
which took the life of Dr. George Ed
gar Newby, prominent physician and
Perquimans County Health Officer,
on Sunday, and caused serious in
jury to his nephew, W. A. Williams,
the only son of Mrs. Simon Ruten
berg. Dr. Newby and Mr. Williams were
returning from Rocky Mount, where
they had visited the family of Dr.
Newby's son, the visit being especi
ally in honor of George Newby, 111,
the infant grandson of the physician.
The accident occurred between
Tarboro and Rocky Mount, when a
car driven by R. L. Dunn, of Edge
combe County, sideswiped the car
driven by Mr. Williams. Dr. Newby
was instantly killed and Mr. Williams
suffered severe lacerations and
bruises and possible internal in
juries, the extent of which has not
been determined at this writing.
Both R. L. Dunn, driver of the car,
and J. E. Hull, who was with him,
were seriously injured. Mr. Hull
died on Monday in the Tarboro Hos
pital. After an investigation by the
Coronor, when evidence of Dunn's
having under the influence of liquor
was found, he was ordered in the cus
tody of the sheriff as soon as he is
able to leave the hospital.
When the news of the tragedy was
telephoned to Hertford, late in the
afternoon, it spread like fire through
the community, where hearts beat in
sympathy with the stricken families.
Mr. and Mrs. Rutenberg and Mrs
Williams left immediately for the
Tarboro Hospital, and arrangements
were made te bring home the body of
The funeral service for Dr. Newby,
held at the home in Covent Barden,
en Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock,
was dignified and simple. Rev. B. P.
Robinson, pastor of the Hertford M.
E. Church, of which the deceased was
a devoted member, conducted the ser
vice. One hymn, "The Old Rugged
Cross", was sung by members of the
Methodist Church Choir.
The casket was covered with a
pall of Easter lilies, gardenias and
other white flowers.
Burial took place in the family plot
in Cedarwood Cemetary.
The pallbearers were T. S. White,
Jr., and Zack Toms, of Richmond,
Va., Clinton W. Toms, Jr., and J. H.
Buchanan, of Durham, Duke Morgan,
of Morehead City, and W. H. Pitt,
James Evart Newby and J. E. Mor
ris, of Hertford.
Dr. Newby, who was 61 years of
age, was a native of Perquimans
County and a member of one of the
most prominent families of the sec
tion, being a son of the late George
Durapt Newby aad Mattie McMullan
Newby. Except for a few years
when he practiced his profession in
Newport News, Va., he had spent his
entire life in the county.
Surviving are his wife, who was
the former Miss Ruth Toms; two
children, George Edgar Newby, Jr.,
of Rocky Mount; and Mrs W- C. Ar
chie, of Wake Forest; one grandchild,
George Edgar Newby, 111; one sis
ter, Mrs. Simon Rutenberg, of Hert
ford, and two brothers, E. McM.
Newby, of Hertford, and1 Bruce New
by, of Los Angeles, Cal. Another
sister, Mrs. C. W. Toms, of Durham,
died several years ago.
Among the out-of-town people at
tending the funeral were Mr. and
Mrs. William C. Archie, of Wake For
est; George Edgar Newby, of Rocky
Mount; Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Toms
and Miss Isabel Toms, of Petersburg,
Va.; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Toms, Jr.,
Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan, and
Mrs. J. H. Erwin, all of Durham; T.
S. White, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Zack
Toms, of Richmond, Va.; Mr. and
Mrs., Duke Morgan, of Morehead
City; Dr. T- S. McMullan, Dr.' Moire
Bulla, Dr. Isaiah Fearing, Dr. Fay
Hussey, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Weeks;
Mrs. J, H. Aydlett, P. G. Sawyer, G.
D. Pendleton, S. W. Twilford, Mr,
and Mrs E.E. Bundy and P. W. Mc
Mullan, all of Elizabeth City; Mr.
and Mrs. Graham White, Mrs. Sid
ney McMullan and Rev. C. A. Ashby,
of Edenton; and Mr. and Mrs. CLE,
King, of Weldon.
'Alfalfa produces the highest qual
ity of hay that can be grown in North
CaoHna, say v livestock experts, v
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