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ELIZABETH CITY, N. G; FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1919
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WHISKEY GASES BRING
TO MIND POLITICAL EVILS
Elizabeth Gity Has Its Filth and Disorders Probably
Because of The Rotten Methods of Its
Selfish Political Bosses
A number of cases in the Re
corder's Court in this city Tues
day morning did not result in
much of a triumph for the police
department in trying to break
up the illicit sale of whiskey in
Elizabeth City, but in all the
cases there was evidence that
there is plenty of liquor being
sold in Elizabeth City and that
much of the traffic centers in the
district on Matthews street be
tween Poindexter and Martin
In this locality one" finds livery stab
les, pool rooms and pop snaps frequent
ed by the vulgar herd. There are a lot
of decent folk doing business in the
same neighborhood, but the decent ones
never seem to lift a finger or raise a
voice against the other class and it is
in that locality that one finds most
evidences of drunkeness and "boot
legging." One can tell the character
of the neighborhood by the looks of
the class of bums who lounge around
the various resorts, seeming to have
no other occupation than waiting for
The cases Tuesday morning grew out
of the arrest of Whit Wilson, a notor
ious booze fiend and generally worth
less fellow who runs -a cook-shop on
South Poindexter street. - Wilson was
charged with having sold a quart of
whiskey to two old fellows, Whitson and
Haskett. Both testified to having pur
chased a quart of whiskey between
them, paying Wilson therefor ?10. -
When examined by the police and
Prosecuting Attorney Sawyer after his
arrest, Wilson told them that he had
bought the whiskey for Whitson and
Haskett, from McKinley Sawyer who
runs a pool room on Matthews street.
He said that he had made other pur
chases from Dewey Hayman, a waiter
in the Busy Bee Cafe, and from D.
Walter Harris, the City Tailor. War
rants were sworn out against the three.
When placed., on the - witness' stand
Tuesday morning Wilson swore he had
never bought any whiskey from Mr.
Harris or had. any conversation with
him about whiskey. He stoutly main
tained however that he had made pur
chases of Dewey Hayman and McKin
ley Sawyer, stickingto his declaration
thru a grueling cross examination. But
his almost insane accusation of Walter
Harris on Monday, followed by his con
tradictory statement under oath Tues
day discredited his whole testimony
and all three cases were thrown out
of court. Mr. Harris says-he had re
cently bawled Wilson out over an ac
count and that Wilson had sworn to
"get even with him."
Wilson was sentenced to six months
on the roads for his transaction with
Whitson and Haskett: He took an
It was brought out in the trial that
Chief of Police Holmes found a quan
tity of whiskey bottles in the rear of
the pool room which is operated jointly
by James Barkley and McKinley Saw
yer. It was also brought out in the
trial that much drunkness is observ
ed in frequenters of that pool room
and that fist fights occur there. There
was a fight there Monday.
This Reminds Me
All of this recalls that at a meet
ing in May 1918, the Board of Alder
men adopted and published the fol
"Whereas the Board of Aldermen in
regular session on May 17, 1918 felt
it THEIR DUTY TO GOD and in re
sponse to the desire of the people of
the town to discontinue the pool rooms
in the town after January 1, 1919; We
now further IN ORDER TO SAVE
THE BOYS OF THE TOWN FROM
BECOMING GAMBLERS, ask the
board of trustees of the Y. M. C. A.
to discontinue the use of pool tables."
Previously the Alderman had served
notice that all pool room licenses would
be revoked. But they haven't been re
voked and there are more pool rooms
in Elizabeth City to-day than ever.
In view of the fact that a campaign
for the election of a New Board of
Aldermen is under way it is well for
voters to pause here and question why
the pool rooms were never closed; es
pecially in view of the fact that the
Aldermen last May were so impressed
with their DUTY TO GOD and their
desire to SAVE THE BOYS of the
town, that they even asked the Y. M.
C A. to discontinue pool tables under
the clean, refined, Christian influences
of that institution?
I am going to bring up a few remind
ers, because it all has to do with the
rotteness of politics in Elizabeth City
which tolerates so many evils.
In the spring of 1918 the Mack Saw
yer family had acquired complete con
trol of the business of the Owens Shoe
Co. The Owens Shoe Co. was occupy
ing crowded quarters on Main street
and needed a larger store.
One of the best stands for. a shoe
store on Main street was occupied by
James Nash as a pool room. Nash
liked his stand and was sticking to it.
But as soon as the Mack Sawyer Board
of Aldermen served notice that they
would revoke pool room license "be
cause of their duty to God" Nash
threw up his lease. And in favor of
the Mack " Sawyer controlled Owens
THESE ARE THE MEN
HERE are the boys who are putting over the Fifth Liberty Loan in Elizabeth
City, Pasquotank County and the first district. To the left is District Chair
man Harry G. Kramer. In the center is County Chairman W. P. Duff. To the
right is O. F. Gilbert, Chairman of the City Subscription Committee. They were
caught by THE INDEPENDENT camera just as they were coming out of a
conference at the Savings Bank & Trust Company Saturday morning.
Shoe Co. who almost immediately mov
ed into the building. Shortly after that
poor old Mathias Owens who founded
the Owens Shoe Co. hanged himself
with a piece of string. With Owens
out of the way and in their new quar
ters the Owens Shoe Co. is doing busi
ness. And so are the pool rooms.
Of course the Sawyerites claim that
the bluff about closing the pool rooms
last spring had nothing to do with get
ting a stand for a Sawyer shoe store,
and maybe it didn't; but it will always
seem strange to hones folk that the
Aldermen should have lost interest in
"their duty to God" as soon as they had
got one pool room out of the way and
created a vacancy for Owens Shoe Co.
The case in the Recorder's Court.
Tuesday morning opened up the old
stink and. was reminiscent of. theiwa y
things have ""Been "conducted by th
boss system of politics in this town
The voters of Elizabeth City have an
opportunity to get rid of that system
on May 13, the day of election of a
new Board of Aldermen.
CONFERENCE TO STUDY
One Hundred Leading Men To
All Day Conference Here on
An all day conference for the con
sideration of the hundred and one re
construction and after-war problems
now confronting this city, this section
and the country generally, will be held
at the Y. M. C. A. in Elizabeth City on
Thursday, May 1. One hundred lead
ing men of this city, county and sec
tion have been invited to the confer
ence and they have been assured that
no campaign is to be started and no
funds to be raised. There are grave
social and economic problems confront
ing every community as a result of the
chaos and upheaval occasioned by the
country's participation in the world
war. The best men m every community
have got to face these problems and be
prepared to discuss and deal with them
Throughout the entire South the
leading citizens of the various com
munities are being called together in
County conventions for the purpose of
carefully considering some of the "After-War
Conditions" which are now
confronting us. At this time some "of
the pressing questions of the day will
be presented by capable men who have
given careful study to the conditions
now confronting us. It will be well
worth the trip to hear any one of the
speakers who have been secured for
the day. The Convention begins
promptly at 9:30 (New Time) and will
close at 5:00. Dinner will be served
free of charge. One hour and a half
will be allowed for dinner and relax
ation. At this time men from the coun
ty will have an. opportunity to attend
to shopping or business in the city.
This Convention is being held at the
request of the United States Govern
ment. Three leading men of the coun
ty who recently attended a special
conference dealing with the program
which will be given are fully convinced
that nothing more important could be
considered at this time. Quite a few
men are devoting their entire time and
energy to presenting the plans sug
gested. The committee having in hand the
organization of the conference in Eliz
abeth City is composed of A. B. Houtz,
Rev. J. W. Bradley, V. R. Gilmore, Rev.
Rufus Bradley and Preston S. Vann.
There will be a number of speakers
here from distant points.
STRAYED From Weeksville, 2 cows.
One pretty Jersey and one red and
white spotted with bob tail. Reward to
finder. M. MAGAHAN, Weeksville, N.
New Corned Croatan Salt Herrings
Special price on large quantities. D.
R MTTNDEN & SON, Poindexter St.
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MAKES COLLEGE MEN THINK
A professor in one of North Car-
.olina's leading colleges writes W.
0. Saunders this week,' saying:
"One of our brightest men a man
in the senior class told me that
he had been reading your paper for
some time and found it more
thoughtful and suggestive than any
North Carolina paper.'
BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN
WITH THE AMERICAN
ARMY OF OCCUPATION
1ST. LIEUT. ALFRED G. PAGE
LIEUT. PAGE is with the. 47th in
fantry of the famous "Figthing Foui-th"
Division. of the A. E. F. which did such
decisive work in the second phase of
the Argonne campaign last October.
He is now with the Army of Occupa
tion in Germany. Lieut. Page was in
the contracting business in Elizabeth
City prior to the entry of America into
the World War. He was 38 years old
and not subject to draft, but he had
had advanced technical and military
training and the War Department found
him out and made him a Lieutenant.
He entered the service in March, 1918.
He has many friends in Elizabeth City
and corresponds regularly with Mrs.
Mollie Fearing, with whom he boarded
'while in Elizabeth City.. The accom
panying photo was supplied by Mrs.
Fearing who is always proud of "her
U. S. NAVY DISCONTINUES
USE OF LOCAL HOSPITAL
Will Send No More Convalescents to
Elizabeth City Hospital Since
Norfolk Can Care for Them
Elizabeth City will no longer provide
hospital service for convalescent U. S.
sailors and marines. The last of the
saliors and marines quartered at the
Elizabeth City Hospital will be trans
ferred to Norfolk or other points some
time next week and the hospital will
close unless some other arrangement
is made with the government.
Dr. John Saliba, owner of the hospi-
ta.l nrnnprtv marie a. pnrtract uH tv
government last fall to open the hos- '
pital here to convalescent sailors,
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ment needed such a. hnsnitnl n Via 1
time; the U. S. Naval Hospital at Nor
folk was especially overcrowded. But
recently the Norfolk hospital has been
considerably enlarged and is now ade
quate to meet the government's needs,
since the cessation of hostilities has re
duced the number of hospital cases in
Fifty to seventy men have been
quartered at the hospital here for the
past five or six months. They have
contributed much to the life of the
town and spent most of their allow
ances on tobacco, cold drinks and girls.
They were usually cheerful, red-blooded,
decent fellows, good to have around.
- The hospital received $4 a day for
each man boarded there, or about
$1,500 to $2,000 a week.
The marriage of Miss Achsa Broth
ers to Mr. J. Bryan Venters was solem
nized Wednesday morning at the home
of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
T. Brothers, in Weeksville. .
Mr. and Mrs. Venters left on the
morning train for Washington, N. C
where they will make their home.
Elizabeth. City Implores You to Strike The Fetters of Partisan Politics From Her
Arms in the Coming Municipal Election
ALDERMEN CAN FORCE
BUTCHERS INTO MARKET
The Supreme Court Shows That Offi
cials in Elizabeth City Have Been
Lying Down on Their Job
The machine politicians in Elizabeth
City have been telling the Elizabeth
City public that they couldn't force the
butchers into the City Market. The
machine politicians have let a $40,000
market house in Elizabeth City go to
rot, running the city to a dead expense
for several yeaers, pretending all the
while that they had no power to make
the butchers use the market. They
have permitted dirty, rotten, stinking,
unsanitary meat stands to flourish in
every quarter of the city.
And now the Supreme Court of
North Carolina shows them up. High
Point has an intelligent City Mana
ger, just as Elizabeth City would have
an intelligent City Manager if Eliza
beth City had an intelligent and honest
Board of Aldermen. The City Mana
ger of High Point makes High Point
butchers use the City Market. One
butcher tried to set up a stand to suit
himself. The case went to the Su
preme Court and was decided last
In the case of Mclntyre v. Murphy
et al. from Guilford, the court affirmed
the judgment of the court below, sus
taininS municipal authorities in the
"gnt to reruse "cense ror a meat
market under the police power of a
W. W. Mclntyre of High Point
sought mandamus to require T. J. Mur
phy, city manager, of High Point, to
issue a license for a meat market at
No. 115 Main street, after the license
had been refused' by the manager and
city council upon the protest of seventy
six citizens. It was in evidence and
found as a fact that the plaintiff was a
man of good character and an experi
enced meat dealer. However, it was
maintained that the establishment ot
a market would be a nuisance at this
Writing the opinion of the court,
Chief Justice Walter Clark says: "The
granting or refusing license to retail
meat is an exercise of the police power
of the city. , While there must be no
arbitrary discrimination in the exer
cise of such power the city is author
ized to say where the market may be
located, having due regard to the ap
propriateness , of the locality and
whether or not it would be a nuisance
at the point desired."
New Corned Croatan Salt Herrings
Special price ' on large quantities. D.
R. MUNDEN & SON, Poindexter St.
TO HER, MR.
IN ELIZABETH CITY
THE PRICE OF PEACE, a 5000 foot
official war picture accompanied by
Cy. Thompson lecturer, will be
shown at "the Alkrama Theatre on
Tuesday, April 29, matinee and
WAR TANK exhibition on Main street
Wednesday, April 30, showing one
of the monster machines that helped
smash the Hindenburg line.
WAKE FOREST COLLEGE GLEE
CLUB appears at Alkrama Theatre
Wednesday evening, Apjil 30.
TROPHY TRAIN, Tuesday, May 6, a
special train of five coaches carry
ing a big and interesting exhibit of
modern implements of warfare and
hundreds of-curious things captured
by victorious American troops -in
VICTORY LOAN SPIRIT
AS SEEN IN BETSY
If Every Fellow Will Be a Real Sport
Like These, We'll Go Over
Before May 10
Here is an incident that may be typi
cal of the spirit with which Elizabeth
City greets the Victory Liberty Loan.
A. B. Houtz and G. F. Derrickson of
the subscription committee called upon
a certain down town professional man.
His name is Dr. Walter W. Sawyer;
there's really no need of concealing his
"I have already pledged .a subscrip
tion of $200;" said Dr. Sawyer.
"That isn't enough", said Mr. Der
rickson. "Well, what have you subscribed?"
replied Dr. Sawyer.
"I haven't entered my subscription
Here Dr. Sawyer. reached out . his
hand to Mr. Derrickson and said, "Put
her there for a thousand a piece!"
Out went the hand of G. Frank Der
rickson and he almost shouted with
a glad shout, "It's ago!"
Mr. Houtz wrote them both for $1,000
each and got their signatures on the
spot. And the three men looked as
happy as newly deloused soldiers just
back from France.
I hereby announce myself a demo
cratic candidate for Alderman for the
Fourth Ward. Any support will be
cA25-tf J. P. GREENXlEAF.
MILITARISM THE ENEMY
OF THE RISEN CHRIST
Elizabeth City Pastor Takes A Bold
Stand Against Military Training
In Public Schools
"The military spirit is the greatest
enemy of Jesus Christ that is abroad
in the world today," declared Rev. J.
M. Ormond, pastor of First Methodist
Church, South, in the course of his
sermon Easter Sunday. Mr. Ormond
was preaching on the subject of the
Risen Lord and stressing the all im
portant need of carrying the promise
of this Resurrected Christ ever in the
human heart. But opposed to the
meekness, gentility and brotherliness
of Jesus was the philosophy of force.
"We must not think that the fighting
of this great world war has solved all
our problems" continued the pastor;
"It hasn't. Ijven before the final terms
of .peace have been agreed upon we
see militarism taking a fresh hold on
the world and efforts are being made
to fasten military training upon our
public schools. You can not do a boy
a more harmful thing than to dress him
up in military regalia, place a gun up
on his shoulder and implant in his
brain the idea that he has got to de
fend himself by force against the ag-
' gression of some potential enemy. A
people professing to believe In Christ
should rely upon the simple faith of
Christ rather than upon force of arms.
Germany rejected Christ for a God of
Force and failed. We must not follow
in the footsteps of Germany."
FOR SALE 5 passenger Ford car, first
class condition. Good tires. Apply to
G. G. MARKHAM, City. cA25-tf
If you wear glasses, have
your eyes and glasses both
examined from, time to . time,
and go to the place where you
can afford to pay a reason
able price for real professional
work. Remember your eyes
are your bread-winners. Take
care of them.
You have your te,eth ex-,
amined twice a year. Why
not your eyes? They are
DR. J D. HATHAWAY
Phone 999 Bradford Bldg.
Elizabeth City Raises Half of
County's Victory Loan Al
lotment in 3 Days
Elizabeth City showed her
patriotic colors with true Eliza
beth City "pep" this week.
Chairman W. P. Duff of the City
had already subscribed half of
the county's allotment in three'
working days, and not a town
ship outside the city heard from.
Pasquotank's allotment is
$351,000. More than $100,000 '
was subscribed in Elizabeth City
the first day and there is a prob
ability that the county will make
the unprecedented record of go
ing over the top in a week.
Chairman Duff has marshalled
his forces in great style. Duff is
one of the livest wires in the
state. He has shown it in his
own business and he has put in
to this Victory Loan campaign
all of the enthusiasm, energy,
initiative and ingenuity that has
made him an unique business
success. ,. i .
One thing in favor of this
Loan,, aside from patriotic con
siderations, is the attractiveness
of the . bonds themselves. They
bear 4 per cent, interest and
if paid for before Mayl, 1919
they are tax free. Far sighted
investors with surplus money
are putting their surplus into
bonds. There have been sever
al subscriptions of $25,000 each
in Elizabeth City.
The campaign was launched
in Elizabeth City Monday in a
spectacular patriotic parade
which is said to have been quite
city. The parade was under the
direction of Frank -Kramer
whose military training and na
tive genius as an organizer
stood him in good stead in as
sembling and directing a .big
parade of this sort. '
None of the big attractions to
be furnished by the government
to stimulate interest in the Vic
tory Loan could be secured for
this week. Elsewhere on this
page is given the dates of com
ing events, all of which probably
will he pulled off after Elizabeth
City has "gone over the top".
Instead of using the Army Tank,
the Price of Peace and the
Trophy Train to advertise with,
Elizabeth City expects to use
them in celebrating her achieve
ment of the $351,000 assign
ment of bonds for this county.
MOREHEAD CITY AIRMEN
WANT TO PLAY E. CITY
Elizabeth City May See Ball Team
Come in Airplanes Some Fine
Day Real Soon
The men at the U. S. Naval Air
Station at Morehead City, N. Cwant
to play ball with Elizabeth City and,
if it can be arranged, Elizabeth City
may witness the unique spectacle of
a team of ball players visiting Eliza
beth City in a fleet of airplanes. Sec
retary Gilmore of the Elizabeth City
T. M. C. A is in correspondence with
Ensign Herbert V. Person, manager of.
the Naval Air Station team at More
The aviators claim to have a fast
team and expect Elizabeth City to put
up the same sort. Secretary Gilmore
says he can take the material in the
four teams now organized in Eliza
beth City and make up a team to meet
Morehead City is a little more than
150 miles in an air line from Elizabeth
City, or about a two hours flight for
To The Patrons of The Norfolk. &
Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Co.
On and after May 1st all bills due
the Telephone Company must be paid
at the Company's office 509 E. Fearing
St. on or before the 5th of each month
to get the 25c discount. - After that date
five day 8 will be allowed to pay phone
bills and on the 10th of the month those
that have not paid, service will be dis
continued without further notice until
bill is paid.
When the 5th of the month comes on
Sunday the time will be extended until
Monday the 6th to get the discount.
C. W. GRICE, General Manager
R. M. DEWEY, Acting Supt. .
New Corned Croatan Salt Herrings
Special price on large quantities. D.
R. MTJNDEN & SON, Poindexter St.