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Simon Williams Has
. Long Been Able to ;
NOW IN JAIL
Locked Up For Ihtimi
. Simon Williams, Negro bootlegger
and the King Pin of King Street
night, life, who appears to have ter
: Torized, Goobo HoUow residents, and
. whosje ''activities were the' object of
a sweeping investigation, conducted
by local officers last week, is in the
Perquimans County Jail where he is
held : under a iousand dollar bond,
haying been arrested by Officer M.
G. Owens, on Wednesday, afternoon.
Willfams is charged with. Interferfalg
with , and intunldaang witaesses. He
will be tried in Recorder's Court on
Tuesday, on this charge and also on
a charge of possessing liquor for
That Simon Williams' cafe on King
Street, the scene of so many affairs
which sooner or later found their
way into Recorder's Court, was the
big bootlegging headquarters of the
Negro section of the town has long
been known, but officers have, never
been able before to catch Simon with
the goods. Somehow, he has man
aged to keep his operations under
cover since his return from " the
federal prison at Atlanta some years
ago. His shop is said to be equipped
with the most ingenious devices to
protect his operations, including elec
tric bells, sliding doors which open
only from the inside, to protect those
who drink in especially arranged
booths, And other equipment
- - Nobodoioiight iiqutr from
Simon, would ever tell. JMBcen have
searched " the ; premises ' time and
again but have' been unable to get
the evidence. Their efforts were re
aewe& over the - week-end, however,
and their determination was reward
ed with success.
J. T. Britt, Chief of Police, secured
evidence against Simon last Saturday
night and Simon was arrested for
selling liquor, - but when the , ease
came up for trial on Tuesday wit
" nesses reversed the sworn statements
previously made and signed before
officers.. Two women," Roberta Jenk
ins and Cora Martin, were sent t
'jail for perjury by Judge' Oakey,
both being unable to provide the
thousand dollar bond under which
ach was ordered placed As a re
sult of no evidence the case against
Simon u noxnited.1
Bight then' began the investiga
tions, when Silas. M. Whedbee, acting
prosecnting attorney, ' interviewed
and secured sworn statements from
numerous men and women whom Mr.
Whedbee believed had knowledge of
the case. The investigation continued
turoqgh Tuesday afternoon and Wed
Tiesday, resulting in a bench warrant
against Simon ; Williams, ; charging
him with interfering with and intimi-dagng--
witneBses..."vi: $f,tt:: S&yij
Meantime, ' on Tuesday night,
Special Night Officer M G Owens,
secured a searcn warrant, aeterminea
nd the liquor .which he. felt sure
m had hidden. - Mr.? Owens took
along Officer Britt and Deputy Officer
C. E. Walker, and the three men
searched for a long time before the
cache was located.: Simon ' " had re
. ,built a large writing desk, concealing
cleverly arranged compartments, and
in each . one reposed ' v gingefTfle
bottle i filled with whiskey. Thirty
eight of these were found, each in its
own pigeon hole. ; The " liquor was
" taken to .the Court House to, housed
: Simoiu wa;i arrested - and released
. tmderfnb'IZolOlJMk j ?; .
' It was after? this toe as'sjaiied
:i in default of a thousand dollar bond
on the charge of interfering with and
WOMAN'S CLUB TO -MEET
: Meeting ' Week i Earlier Due 'To The
Chrigtmaa Holidays; Will Give J ;
' '. The December meeting of the Hert
ford Woman's Club" will be held on
, Thursday, December W, ; which is a
week in advance of the regular meet
, ing time.. The mettirj . is held, a
week earlier because tie regular
meeting time falls ia the Chricimas
tszla st t!.:
'A time t i
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School Holidays Be
Dec 20 To Jan. 2
. Christmas holidays for the
schools of Perquimans County will
begin on Friday, December 20, and
will last until January 2, accord
ing to an announcement made this
week by F. T. Johnson, Superin
tendent of Education.
RED CROSS SIGNERS
LAGGING IN DRIVE
Less Than 50 Percent Secured in the
County According to Mrs. C. P.
Morris, County Chairman
Mrs. C. P. Morris, chairman of the
Red Cross Roll Call, reports that
less than fifty percent of Perquimans
County's quota of one hundred dol
lars has been collected up to the
.The campaign has been extended to
continue through next week, and
everybody who wishes to join the
Red Cross is. asked to do so whether
or not a personal call has been made.
Any one who desires to make a con
tribution may, if it is more conven
ient than to give the dollar to one of
the canvassers, leave the money at
the office of The Perquimans Weekly.
As has been previously stated, half
of the money collected remains in the
county for local work. The matter
of using this fund to help to finance
a course, in home nursing for the
senior class in the Perquimans High
School, Is being discussed, but as yet
no definite plan has been made as to
Following are the names of those
who have joined the Red Cross Roll
Call up to the present Additional
names will- be published next week: -,(
Mrs. D. S. Darden, Mrs. Guy New
by: Mrs. TV J.- Nixon. Jr.. Mrs. Trim
Wilson, Mrs. R. M. Fowler, Mrs. J.
R. Stokes, Mrs. Isa Tucker, Mrs. V.
N. Darden, Mrs. F, T- Johnson, Hotel
Hertford, Mrs. T. P. Brintt, Mrs. R.
T. Clarke, Mrs. R. M. Potter, Mrs. C.
C. Winslew, Mrs. A. W. Hefren, Mrs.
E. E. Payne, Mrs. T. S. White, Miss
Mae Wood Winslow, E. T. Jillson,
Mrs. E. T. Jillson, Mrs. R. A. Perry,
Walter H. Oakey, Jr., Thomas Nixon,
Mrs. Thomas Nixon, Charles Whed
bee, Mrs. Charles Whedbee, J. E.
Morris. Central Grocerv. Mnnran
Walker, J. Broughton & Bro., John
son, wmte Vr. L-uther H. But
ler, Simon Rutenberg, Mrs. J. E.
Winslow.-; Mrs. Mittin Mater XVh
Fred Winslow, Mark Gregory, J. c!
wanenara go., Davenport A
BlanchardV Mrs. C F. Sumner, Jr
Mra. C. F. Sumner, Sr, Mrs. G. T.
Hawkins, Mrs. C P. Morris, Mrs. V.
A. Holdren, Mrs. E. L. Reed, Hollo
well Chevrolet Co.. Momn'a Mmtorn
Grocery, Mrs. P. H, Small, W. M.
morgan, Mrs. Clyde McCallum, Mrs.
C. G. Stephens, and Miss Kate M.
Blanchard. v r
Contributions were made by Miss
Esther Evans, Miss Scott Mrs. J. C.
Blanchard and Miss Evelyn Riddick.
Jurors Drawn For
January Term Court
; The following jurors were drawn
Monday by Master Howard Brough
ton for Hie County Commissioners,
the jurors to serve at the January
term of Perquimans Superior Court,
which will be. for the trial of civil
cases only: ' ' .
:.H. P. Hollowell, Wallace Bright.
A. R. Window, Jr., H; G. Swain, J. P.
Elliott " J. ,B. Whedbee, B. F. Bray,
G. R. Tucker, Lr R.' Webb, W. F.
Hollowell, i E V Lee . Hurdle F. N.
Mansfield Nathan Mathews, Joel F.
HollowelL Demnsev A- Winslow. ..N.
REHIott, T- R, Ward, Elvin Spivey,
w;i . jLong, JosBua; C. : Winslow H.
G. Baker, Arba Winslowi and R. Lee
Layden. .. 'X. s; .y-.
Sunday School Class .
Meets Tuesday Night
; :The . Judson '' Memorial Sunday
School Class of the Hertford Baptist
ChurclL :held ltrf,, ,xejgar meeting' '-at
the- home of Miss Marie' Fowler on
Tuesday night ; ' .'. '' " '
- Mrs, Josiah Elliott had charge of
the program, Dainty 'refreshments
were "served. ' dujring the aocial.hour
followmg. . : i;. t?i,mx '
Those present y were Mesdames
Charles. Johnson; Josiah Elliott, Sid
ney i Layden, Tommy ? Miller, Bill
Boyce, Klarie Whitei Kermit Lane,
and - Misses Elizabeth Wood, Lucille
Cotton, I's.-a Powell, Katherlne
C J " i Cl7'M, Arry Lane,
Ovic Clubs Aid In Beau4
tifying Streets In
PLANT 100 TREES
Mrs. B. W. Thach Con
tributes 50 Mimosa
Mrs. B. W. Thach is contributing
the mimosa trees which will be plant
ed in Hertford next week.
A hundred trees are to be set out
by the town of Hertford on the high
way through the town, from the Per
quimans River Bridge to the Perqui
mans High School, Hf ty mimosa
trees and fifty dogwood trees
A committee from the Civics De
partment of the Hertford Woman's
Club, under the' direction of Mrs. R.
T. White, is designating spots at
which the trees are to be planted,
the Hertford Rotary Club will sret
the trees and the Town will have
There are large quantities of dog
wood trees on privately owned prop
erty throughout the county, but it is
probable that the trees will be taken
from the county-owned property near
A number of the home owners on
the highway who wish to have crepe
myrtle trees planted have evpressed
the intention of putting out crepe
myrtles in front of their homes, at
their own expense, and it is believed
that many will do this, thus adding
much to the beauty of the highway.
School Raises Fund
To Buy China-Silver
The china-silver project went over
big at the Perquimans High School.
A campaign was instituted recently
to provide china and silver for the
high-school to be used in the many
affaffil given each year by the school.
Heretofore it has been 'necessary to
borrow the china and silcer, which is
a great deal of trouble to those re
sponsible for the articles.
The children were each called upon
to contribute a small sum, and a very
generous response was given, and sil
ver and china to serve 150 persons
will be purchased immediately.
Miss Jessup Expected
Return Home Sunday
- Miss Katherlne Jessup is conval
escing satisfactorily after an opera
tion for appendicitis.
Miss Jessup, who had been stricken
for a few days, was taken to the
Protestant Hospital in Norfolk in the
afternoon of Thanksgiving Day,
where she immediately underwent an
She is expected to return home on
Session Of Recorder
Court Held Tuesday
Pauline Ryan, colored, plead guilty
to the charge of assault with a dead
ly weapon in Recorder's Court Tues
day. Prayer for judgment was con
tinued upon payment of one-half the
Joseph Harrell, colored, plead
guilty to larceny and was sent to the
roads for thirty days. X';K-
Sadie Grisselle, colored, plead guil
ty to the charge of being drunk and
disorderly! and was sentenced to thir
ty days on the roads, the sentence tc
be suspended upon payment of a fine
of ten' doUeM;
v Weldon Mabin and Mock Rountree,
charged with affray,: were, found not
guilty;'-;.;, ;ufMi4'''; '
Elihu Key, colored, plead guilty to
the charge of. assault, and was ' sen
tenced to the roads for thirty days,
the road f sentence to be suspendec
upon, payment of a fifteen dollar fine
William Reed was found guilty o!
assault with a deadly weapon. Prayer
for 'judgment was continued for She
year upon"" payment V of the court
costs.;'vS;Sf .K SvtXy- :.
1 Roberta Jenkins and Cora Martin,
witnesses in the case agafast Simon
WilUams,-' who made statement on
tiie witness J stand contradicting j
previously sworn statement signed be
fore officers, were ordered sent to
jail by Judge Walter H. Oakey, Jr.,
to await trial at the Atfrfl: term of
Perquimans Superior Court for per
jury. Bond was fixed in the sum of
J1CC3 each. Roberta Jenkins was
l '-r r :i from JsO, following
f-tCirr krtrt'-i'-an Ey e ourt. .
Attorney Tells Commis-
sioners They Have No
Claims Oakey Acted Il
legally; Whedbee Now
In spite of the vigorous protest of
W. G. Edwards, through his attorney,
J. R. Edwards, of Greenville, the
Board of County Commissioners, at
their regular meeting on Monday,
made a temporary appointment of a
prosecuting attorney for Perquimans
Recorder's Court, to serve in the
place of W. G. Edwards, who was for
bidden indefinitely to serve as prose
cuting attorney by Judge Walter H.
Oakey, Jr., on November 19, said ap
pointee, Silas M. Whedbee, to act as
prosecutor until the Superior Court
acts upon the appeal of Mr. Edwards
in the matter now pending. The
next session of Perquimans Superior
Court will convene in January.
W. G. Edwards was elected prose
cuting attorney in 1934 and served as
such until November 19, 1935, at
which time Judge Oakey read an or
der in open court which set forth
that, whereas W. G. Edwards had
appeared in open court on November
12 in an advanced state of intoxica
tion, and that despite warning from
the bench his condition became pro
gressively worse during' the day un
til it became necessary to adjourn
court before the business nf the ses
sion had been completed, and because
or several similar occurrences during
the past year, that great discredit
and unfavorable reflection had been
cast upon the court, that the said W
G. ftdwards was adjudged in con
tempt of court and forbidden indef
initely to practice at the bar of Per
quimans Recorder's Court. Silas V
Whedbee, the former prosecuting at
torney, was requested by Judge
Oakey to act in the capacity of pro
secutinsr attorney nendinc the nation
of the Board of County Commission
ers, which Board was requested to
fix the compensation of Mr. Whed
bee. Upon the reading of the order by
Judge Oakey, J. R. Edwards, repre
senting his brother, noted an appeal
to Superior Court. At the -next ses
sion of Recorder's Court, on Novem
ber 26, J. R. Edwards, representing
the former prosecuting attorney, ap
peared with his brother and tendered
W. G. Edwards' services as prosecu
tor and requested Judge Oakey tc
find as a fact that Mr. Edwards was
not intoxicated on this occasion, and
to further find that he was not in
toxicated on November 19, when the
order was made? Judge Oakey re
fused to go into the matter and
again requested S. M. Whedbee tc
prosecute the docket.
The position taken . by the attor
ney for the former prosecuting at
torney, as he stated his case before
the Board on Monday, is that Judge
Oakey had no legal right to forbid
the prosecutor to act indefinitely ae
prosecuting attorney; that he could
only forbid him for one term at the
time, and that the Board of Commis
sioners had no right to take any ac
tion in the matter. Mr. Edwards
stated and reiterated the statement
that it was a matter which was not
the responsibility of the Board and
that the Board was merely borrow
ing trouble and taking into consider
ation something they did not have
anything to do with.
Before making any statement in
the matter, Mr. Edwards asked the
Board if theyf intended removing his
brother from office, stating that un
less they did so he would have noth
ing to say'. The chairman, E. M.
Perry, answered that, . as Mr. Ed
wards had already been removed
from office i by Judge Oakey, the
Board would not find it necessary to
do anything further in the matter
than to make the appointment of e
Charles .Whedbee. attorney for the
Board, after Mr. Edwards' statement
that it was hot the Board's responsi
bility to make .; such 1 appointment,
said, "I will, advise the Board that it
is up to them and their duty to do
so." - ' , .
During the rather lengthy discus
sion, of the matter before the Board
of Commissioners, when Mr. Edwards
was insisting . that it was . the Re
corder's privilege only to forbid the
prosecuting attorney v to practice at
one term at a time, Chas. ? Whedbee
remarked that.it would be a very
unpleasant; situation if the Judge of
Recorder's -Court were placed in the
(Continued on Page Four)
Woman's Club Is
The. Hertford Woman's Club is
offering prizes for Christmas dec
orations. A prize will be given for
the prettiest outside, living Christ
mas tree; a prize will be given for
the most attractively decorated
window or door, outside decora
tions, and a prize for the most at
tractively decorated store window.
LOCAL POST OFFICE
BEST OF SERVICE
Postmaster Morris Offers Timely
Suggestions To Patrons That
In an effort to render a better ser
vice to the hundreds of people mail
ing Christmas packages and greet
ing, Postmaster J. E. Morris and the
Post Office force are asking that the
patrons of the office also help in
making the service they receive this
Christmas the very best, and is offer
ing the following suggestions to thp
patrons, which if followed will abso
lutely insure a better service to every
person sending or receiving Christ
Don't wait until the last week to
mail your packages. The volume of
mail increases more than 200 percent
during Christmas, which makes it
impossible to render an efficient ser
vice if everyone waits until the very
last to mail.
Wrap and tie your parcels well.
Use strong twine and heavy paper.
Always tell the postal clerk whether
your package contains perishable or
fragile articles, so that he may so
mark the package, which will insure
better handling. Parcels 100 inches
in length and girth combined, and
weighing not over 70 pounds can hf
mailed. After the parcel is securely
wrapped then comes the most impor
tant part of the senders duty, which
is a well written or printed address
which is easy to read, and also your
If the parcel you are mailing is
valuable it will be well to insure or
register the package or letter. Th
fee for insurance and registration i
veVy small, but protects you againsl
loss. Dressed fowl may be sent in
the mails for short distances, provil.
ed they are well packed so that no
leakage will occur. It is strongjy
suggested that a special dftlivexy
stamp be used in mailing such arti
cles. A special delivery stamp guar
antees delivery of the article imme
diately after it reaches the office
In order that the patrons, might
familiarize themselves with the rules
governing the mailing of Christmas
greeting cards and letters, the rules
are quoted below:
Greeting cards not in envelope,
Greeting cards in envelopes not
sealed, and bearing only the name ol
sender and a simple greeting,
Any card or letter with any writng
except as quoted above, n envelopes
whether sealed or unsealed, 3 cents.
It is especially urged by the Post
master that patrons wishing to either
mail or get parcels from the Post
Office, avoid the hours between 12
o'clock Noon and 2:80 P. M., as much
as possible, as the heavy incoming
mails between now and Christmas
makes it necessary that the windows
to the Post Office be closed for at
least an hour between these hours
Always bring your package notice
when calling for a package.
Rev. D. S. Dempsey
Has Special Sermons
Rev. D. S. Dempsey, pastor of the
Hertford Baptist Church, has an
nounced two interesting topics on
which he will preach next Sunday:
"How To Get Rich" is the subject
of the sermon to be delivered on
Sunday morning, and in the evening
the subject is "How To Be Happy."
The public is cordially invited to
attend these services.
WEEK OF PRAYER
The Week of Prayer service, was
held Tuesday afternoon at 'the Bap
tist Church at ' Chapanoke. A very
interesting program watt given by the
following ladies t Mrs. Johnnie Bray,
Mrs. J. -C. Wilson, Jr, and Mrs. Ar-J
tnur uogue. - : ; ,
Would Increase Capaci
ty at Belyiaere Win
fall and New Hope
Plan Would Eliminate
Three big schools to take the place
of the numerous small schools scat
tered throughout that section of the
county north of the Perquimans Riv
er, is the present plan of the Board
of Education, the members of which
appeared before the Board of County
Commissioners on Monday and re
quested the BOard to approve the ap
plication for a loan of fifty thousand
dollars, instead of the forty-six hun
dred and fifty dollar loan previously
It is the purpose of the Board of
Education to build larger buildings
at Winfall and Belvidere-, where two
new buildings are necessary, than
was previously provided for, and to
improve and enlarge the school at
New Hope, and to have these three
schools take care of all the children
in that section of the county north
of the Perquimans River.
This plan will' make the New Hope
school a six-teacher school; instead of
the three-teacher school' it now is, and
the three schools; Wbodville, Snow
Hill and White Hat, will' be consoli
dated with this school'.
The Whiteston school wiH be con
solidated with the Belvidere school,
and the Chapanoke schoot will be
consolidated with the Winfail School.
The Board of Commissioners ap
Only One Donation
For Will Rogers Fund
Mrs. R. T. Clarke has made the
only contribution made in Hertford to
the Will Rogers Memorial Fund, according-
to information given out by
the Hertford Banking Company,
which is custodian fbT the fund in
The campaign which originally was
announced to end on Thanksgiving'
Day, has been extended to December
IB, so there is stilT time to contri
bute to thi& fund if arry so desire.
Turkey Supper At
Parish House Friday
The- annual bazaar and turkey sup
per will be served at the Parish
House on Friday at 6 o'clock.
There will be the usual turkey
supper, also a chicken salad plate,
with hot coffe, at attractive prices.
Home-made pound cake and devil's
food cake will also be served. Home
made candies will be sold, as usual.
Hand-made articles, including prac
tical things such as pillow cases, ap
rons and other plain articles, will be
The public is invited.
Bishop Darst Be At
Holy Trinity Sunday
The Right Reverend Thomas C.
Darst, of Wilmington, Bishop of the
Diocese of East Carolina, will make
his annual visitation to Hertford
next Sunday and will preach at Holy
Trinity Church at the 11 o'clock ser
vice on Sunday morning.
Bishop Darst is always given a
warm welcome in Hertford, where he
has preached regularly each year for
the past twenty years, and where he
has many friends.
A cordial invitation to hear Bishop
Darst is extended to the public.
Move To Hertford
Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Elliott. Mrs.
R. D. Elliott and Darius Elliott, for
mer Hertford residents, who have, re
cently been living at Weldon, moved
Dack to Hertford last week. Mr. El
liott, after spending a few days - in
Hertford, left Monday for California
to begin work on the job he recently
accepted with the Frits Ziebarth
Electrical Engineers, which company
is constructing a transmission line
between Boulder Dam, on the Colo-;
rado River, and Southern California.
Mrs. Elliott will join her husband
in the West sometime in the spring.
' s. :
Visits Parent at Bethel
ss Annie Wilma Curtis, of Nor
folk, Va," spent the week-end with,
her parents, Mr. and lira, W. E. Cut ;
us, at Bethel '. -; . , " - -; .