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THE INDEPENDENT, ELIZABETH QITY,
W. 0. SAUNDERS, Editor
Published every Friday by W. 0. Saunders at 505 East Fear-
1112 Ol., OlzaDCUi vnyt qh"
Subscription Rates: 1 Year $1.50; 6 months $1.00; 3
months 5Uc; rayaDie m Aavance.
Entered as 2nd class m
atter at the pos office at Elizabeth City, N. Cm June 9, 1908
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 1919
THE face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off
the remembrance of them from the earth. Fsaims.
IF any man is able to convince me or show me that I do not
think right, I will gladly change, for I seek the truth, by which no
man was ever injured. Marcus Aurelius.
THE uneducated masses are not to be condemned for seek-
-i 4-1 .iinnfail nlaccoc rfl
ing relief in wrong directions, so long as c,
not offer relief in any direction.
-Thos. G. Shearman.
GOD ALMIGHTY in the beginning gave sunlight, air, water
and land to all his children in common. Selfish, greedy, contriv
ing men have taken title to the land and government supports
them in their fraudulent title. I have no doubt that were such a
thing possible, the strong (those who pompously calls themselves
the "brain of the world") would corner sunlight, water and air
just as they have usurped the land. And were it possible for them
to do such a thing we would find government supporting them in
what is government out tne servnoi ui we
Does It Pay to Quit School?
TABLE prepared by the United States Bureau of Educa
tion shows that boys who left school at 18 years of age
K V are earning annually $900 a year more than boys who
ieftschool at 14 years of age. The Bureau selected two groups
of boys 25 years old. In one group it placed all those who had left
school and gone to work at the age of 14. This group had received
in 11 years a total in wages and salaries of $5,112.50. The other
group, that had left school at 18 years of age, has received a total
of $7,337.50 and had been at work only seven years. At 25 years
of age the boy who had stayed in school until 18 had received over
$2,000 more salary than the boy who had left at 14, and was then
receiving over $900 a year more.
Here in a nutshell is the great economic argument why the
boy should stay in school. But the argument seems to have had
little weight with parents of boys in Elizabeth City. There are
only 85 boys over 14 years of age in the public schools of Elizabeth
City, There should be 200 or more. The parents of these boys out
of school think the boys are bettering themselves by going to work
early in life. Instead of bettering themselves they have absolutely
handicapped themselves in life's work. The boys who stay in
school will outstrip them in life's race before they are 25 years old.
those who burn, tear down, devastate and kill. We pension the
man behind the gun and -provide a potter's neld tor tne twenty
who toiled to keep up the one behind the gun. .
I know that .a lot of you do not like to read this.' It sounds
like Bolshevism. You call yourself Christian. Life has been very
easy.for you. You have never fceen up against it. You can't see
to save your life why any one should be up against it. But my
heart goes out to the weak, the illiterate, the ignorant, the improv
ident, the unfortunate, who don't know what real food is, or a
clean bed, or an all-over bath. And I think Jesus was interested in
that kind. And I think if he were here to-day he wouldn't be sit
ting around the Peace Table where selfish interests are scrapping
for selfish ends, but would be out among the proletariat, loving
them, helping them telling them they are just as good as anyooay
else, and telling the idle rich that they stood as much show of
heaven as a camel. Indeed, I think if he could see some of our
modern rich he woukhA even bother to tell them how to get to
heaven, by dumping their wealth, but would look at them with his
big, brown, limpidriinderstanding eyes and tell them to go to hell.
BIG PARADE HERE
If the Easter Parade that is
scheduled to come off here
next Monday is anywhere in
keeping with the one the Neg
roes pulled oft here last week,
it will be worth any intelli
gent person's while to take
the dav off, and drive titty
miles to see. For it will be
one of, if not the biggest thing,
of its kind ever pulled off in
Eastern North Carolina.
A Circus without an Elephant
would be a poor show, wouldn t
it? And likewise, an Easter
Parade without the presence of
a whole lot of well dressed peo
ple would be a very poor thing!
Notwithstanding the tremen
dous good trade we've enjoyed
for the past several days, we are
now in great shape to dress you
Men, Young Men and Boy's up
to the Queen's taste.
Our New Model Waist-line
coat Suits for Young Men, are
just elegant. And they are sell
ing like hot cakes. Better buy
now! For they will not be any
cheaper this season. And the
chances are that should you
wait, you will not be able to get
them at all, as they are exceed
ingly scarce and hard to get.
Men's and Young Men's Suits,
$15. to $40. Boy's Suits, $7 to
HIS newspaper never has believed that the war thru which j $20.
we have just passed would make the world any safer for
democracy, give the mall nations of the earth any great
er rights and privileges, or that it would end militarism and end
war. I have repeatedly stated this unbehef during the past two
years and have had my patriotism questioned by simpering syco
phants who have no opinions they could call their own.
We are about to see whether this newspaper has erred in its
progonostications. The signs are that THE INDEPENDENT wi
be vindicated. I get no satisfaction out of this; I would prefer to
have it said that I was wrong all the time. But I will have this ad
vantage over so many of my neighbors: I will suffer no disappoint
ments when the Peace Conference has concluded its labors and
left things just about as they were before. I have not fooled my
self with vain expectations.
There is really no excuse for any one being misled. We know
as well as we know anything that Money rules the affairs of men
and nations. We have only to ask in any contingency what will
Money do? to find the answer to a problem. The most stubborn
the most arbitrary and the most forceful personality in the world
today is, perhaps, Woodrow Wilson. And Woodrow Wilon is but
a pigmy, powerless under the crushing weight of predatory wealth.
He talks and talks and Money silently directs every play of the
game and emerges conqueror of every idealist and every idea
Tolstoy tells the story of one Ivan the food who succeeded in beat
ing the game. He wouldn't recognize money as aching of value.
What Would Jesus Do?
'HIS newspaper is informed that numbers of working men
in this town who suffered attacks of Influenza during the
recent pandemic have been left with tuberculosis, Brights
; Disease and other incurable ailments. These men, dependent sole
ly upon the labor of their hands for the support of themselves and
families have only poverty and death to look ahead to in this world.
They will work as best they can while their strength holds out,
while they are able to compete with their stronger fellows and then
they will lay off and become charges upon their families, upon the
community and upon the state until their tired clay is carted to a
cemetery the only piece of God's green earth they, may occupy
undisturbed by a landlord.
Modern industry will have no place for these men when their
health is finally so broken that they can not do a full day's work.
There are stronger men to take their places.
Only yesterday I met a man coming from one of our mills,
his' hand done up in a rag. A saw had taken off three of his fin
gers, leaving him only a stump. The mill will pay his doctor's bill
and he will get a little money for his injuries; but he will never be
the same man again; he wiU never be able to do the same work
and earn the same money again. , -
It is from the ranks of such that Bolshevism and every other
form of Utopianism is easily recruited. They have trjed capital
ism, government, Christianity, obedience and being good, for all
these years and get little out of it except large families of acci
dental offspring and a promise of a crown of glory in some neb
We must do something for the handicapped members of this
great human society. . We must guarantee the worker employ
ment and relieve his mind of the fear of poverty and premature
death. We must pension and rehabilitate the soldier wounded in
the battle of life, just as we pension and rehabilitate the soldier
, wounded on the gory fields of war. We do everything backward.
The greatest rewards of life are for those who neither toil nor
-JBpin. Our medals are not for those who do useful labor, but for
And mir line of Rental, and
Endicott Johnson & Co. line of
Shoes, are right up to the very
dot. Prices, $3. to $10. a pair.
By all means see them before
buying elsewhere we'll save
you money. Silk Sox, Neck-ties,
Come and see us.
Our line of Hats and Caps are
one of the most complete to be
found in Eastern Carolina. We
are today opening up about six
hundred dollars worth of
Panama's and Straw's, which
we are going to sell at -an un
beatable low price. Straws,
$1.50 to $5. and Panama's, $3.
Come to see us.
C. A. COOKE,
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Insects Costlier Than Fires.
Insects cause the " destruction of
more timber that would otherwise be
available for building purposes than
do fores, fires, according to investiga
tions mafle by the bureau of entomol-,
ogy at Washington. People's Home
FEDERAL Tires with
the exclusive Double
Cable -Base construction
are especially built far ex
i tra service. Made in white
"Rugged" and .black'
'"Traffik" treads, both
skid types of excep-
, service efficiency.
D. M. JONES CO.
Elizabeth City, N. C.
POPLAR BRANCH HONORS
ITS MEN WHO SERVED
One of the most enjoyable celebra
tions ever held in our community, took
place Saturday evening, April 5, 1919
in the auditorium of Poplar Branch
High School, when a banquet was
given, in honor of our returned soldiers
and boys in the service, under the aus
pices of Poplar Branch Red Cross
chapter. " '
Dr. J. C. Baum presided as master of
ceremonies, and his introductory re
marks were greatly enjoyed.
All young men who had taken part
in any branch of the service were asked
to come forward and occupy seats on
the stage. Seven were present, which
were as follows: Capt. Milton Poyner,
Privates Earl Griggs, Jesse Parker,
Bennett Walker, Victor Ragland, Louis
Ross and Grover Sawyer, the first four
mentioned having recently returned
The exercises opened with the singing-
of the Star Spangled Banner, fol
lowed by an invocation by Rev. M. W.
The Roll was then called of all stud
ents of Poplar Branch High School
who- had taken part in the service, and
for whom a service flag is displayed
on the wall of the auditorium.
Rev. C. B. Mashburn was orator of
the evening, and as usual, gave us a
brilliant and eloquent address, extend
ing a hearty welcome to all returned
soldiers, and praising them for their
fidelity and bravery, reminding them
too, of the sacrifice's that were made
by those whom they left 'behind. ,
Rev. M. "W. Dorgan made a brief ad
dress on the work of the Red Cross,
and its wonderful activities, . weaving
into his remarks, a little wit, all of
which was enjoyed.
The program was interspersed ap
propriate music with Mrs. Mrs. Harry
Walker as pianist..
Every one deeply regretted that Dr.
be present to perform his part of the
Griggs was called away, and could not
program, which would have been an
excellent speech, such as he is capable
of making, and would have greatly
added to the interest and pleasure of
After the closing song "Dixie" all
present were invited to the dining room
where a bountiful spread had been pre
pared the table was arranged in the
shape of a large cross, with a red cross
in the center.
The banquet as served was excellent,
consisting of oysters the generous gift
of Dr. Baum, turkey, pig, ham, chicken,
sandwiches of various kinds, potato
varieties, furnished by the Red Cross
and chicken salad, pickles and cakes of
members of the different auxiliaries of
Poplar Branch Township Chapter. The
last course being ice cream and was
presented by the High School students.
Paper plates and napkins were kind
ly donated ( by Capt. Yeomans.
Eighteen 'ladies acted as waiters and
were donned in the Red Cross uni
form. Miss Ethel Gregory favored us with
Victrola music while all were being
The mothers and fathers of our sol
dier boys were also guests of honor.
Rarely, have there been, brought to
gether so large a number of inter
ested, enthusiastic and patriotic peo
ple the spacious auditorium being
filled, and the Red Cross spirit seemed
to be overflowing in the hearts of
Thus ended one of the most enjoy
able events ever happened in Poplar
THE INDEPENDENT continues to
do tire best job printing.
We will go get your stoves,
take care of them in summer
put them up when wanted and
polish stove, nickel work and
piping, for price quoted below:
Residence Stove ... $1.00
Store Stove $1.50
Stove with over 7ft.
Any repair to Stove or
E. J. COHOON
COHOON & JACKSON
Two Old Tires
One Good Tire
Bring or send me two worn
out tires and I will make
you one good tire, stronger
and more durable than your
old tires when they were
No tire job too big or too
small for me.
W. T. DEANS
City Garage, Elizabeth City
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filled cheerily brimful of Prince
smoke peace I For, P. A. will
sing you a song of tobacco joy that will make you wish your
life job was to see how much of the national joy smoke you
could get away with every twenty-four hours!
You can "carry on" with Prince Albert through thick and thin.
You'll be after laying down a smoke barrage that'll make the
'boys think of the old front line in France!
P. A. never tires your taste because it has the quality! And,
let it slip into your think-tank that P. A. is made by our exclu
sive patented process that cuts out bite and parch assurance
that you can hit smoke-record-high-spots seven days out of
every week without any comeback but real smoke joy !
"R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, N. C
Distributors of Pictorial Review Patterns
Main Street, Bank and Plume
Weavers of Silks Have Provided Our
Counters With Many Charming Sorts
You can take our word for it that Silks are eoine to be mighty capillar with
good dressers this season if you question our reasons for saving so you have the
answer in the splendid weaves, handsome pattern effects and beautiful colorings.
In the following items we are telling you of some of the style leaders that are es
40-inch "Fan-Ta-Si" Silk, a most pleasing novelty
for suits and skirts. Shown in plain and fancy effects.
Priced at $6 to $7.50 a yard.
36 -inch Chiffon Taffeta, the best all silk quality. It
makes lovely coats and dresses for the children. Priced
at $2 and $250 a yard.
40-inch Printed Georgette Crepes in all the newest
designs of the season and a wide variety of styles.
Priced at $3 a yard.
36 -inch Satin Messaline, an extra heavy quality of
all satin shown in all the wanted shades. Priced at
$2 a yard.
36 -inch Printed Lining Satins in all the newest and
most effective designs and most suitable colorings.
Priced at $2 a yard.
36-inch Fancy Taffetas in plain and striped effects
correct for the spring sport skirts. Priced at $2 and
$2.50 a yard.
Peblette Silk, 40 -inch, a soft and lustrous quality
in a full line of the most wanted shades. - Priced at
$3.50 a yard.
40 -inch Crepe Meteor, all silk of an extra heavy
quality shown in navy, Copenhagen and black and
white. Priced at $3 a yard. ' - .
40-inch plain Georgette Crepes so very popular for
waists and dresses. "We have all the wanted shades.
Priced at $2 and. $2.50 a yard.
36-inch Dress Satin, aa extra fine quality, very
popular for dresses and stylish suits. Priced at $2.50
10 -inch Foulard Silks in the most modish printed
patterns which you are sure to see in all the stylish
garments. Priced at $2.50 and. S3 a yard.
33-inch Natural Shantung Pongee of all Silk in the
natural color only. It will be much used this year.
Priced at $1.25 a yard.
Plume Street First Floor
C. W. Stevens
Your support will be appreciated
Said the almost philosopher: "When
a man is the picture of despair natu
rally he is in an unhappy frame of
I wish to announce that I am a
candidate ' for Alderman from the
1 have served only the unexpired
term of Mr. W. G. Gaither during
which time' I have labored to serve
the best interests of my ward and
; Owing to the War and the scar-
city of materials and labor I have
been handicapped in my efforts to
do all that I wanted to do for the
benefit of the ward and city.
And if elected I shall continue to
promote the welfare of our city.
I AM NOT CONNECTED WiTH
ANY FACTION AS MY PAST
RECORD SHOWS, AND I STAND
FOR ALL THINGS TENDING TO
UPLIFT THE INTEREST OF
THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.
. Yours truly,
H. G. PARKS.
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To do that successfully you
must have a
The perfect view fades quickly; the ideal expres
sion soon vanished; so you must have the Quick
Camera and that's the Seneca. New Senecas have faster
lenses, quicker shutters, make better pictures. The whole
tribe is here in our store- come and see them.
We Are Fitted up to
Cameras ;; Shutters
Any make Films and Supplies
carried in stock.
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