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W. 0. SAUNDERS, Editor
Published every Friday by W. 0. Saunders at 505 East Fear
ing St., Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.
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c a .. PnH a,.M matter at the po. office t EI.betT75ity, N. C, June 9, 1908
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1010.
WHAT is the population of Elizabeth City? In round num
bers it was 3,000 in 1890; 6,000 in 1900; 9,000 in 1910. I believe
my memory serves me right in the absence of exact census figures
Wm the population of Elizabeth City be 12,000 or 15,000 by next
-year's census. It's anybody's guess; this newspaper only feels
certain that it will not be under 12,000.
The Shame of Our Town
HE Chamber of Commerce of Elizabeth City gave its an
nual dinner last Thursday night. Nearly 150 represen
ts t ritizpns of the city sat down to the feast. The
guests of the occasion were City Manager Ashburner of Norfolk,
,r Monnrpr RntPs of Portsmoutn, lvioe ievy, pie&mcut
Norfolk Rotary Club and W. S. Bensten, secretary of the Tide
water Automobile Association.
The City Manager of Norfolk spoke. The City Manager of
Portmouth spoke. Those gentlemen told what the City manager
form of government is doing for those Virginia cities.
But the City Manager of Elizabeth City did not speak. He was
not even present at the banquet. He is not even a member of the
Chamber of Commerce. And had he been there he couldn't have
told a single, solitary thing that his office has done for the better
ment of the town. Neither was the Mayor of the town there. And
maybee it was a good thing that neither the Mayor nor City Mana
ger attended that gathering of the town's best citizens. Elizabeth
City has an opportunity next Tuesday, May 13 to elect a city ad
ministration that will fitly represent it on occasions like that of
the annual dinner of the Chamber of Commerce, and on all other
Elizabeth City can have officials in whom it can take pride if
Elizabeth City will refuse to elect politicians to office. There
should be no politics in the administration of this city's affairs.
We should live together as neighbors and work together as neigh
bors and the government of this town should not be the sport of
politicians or used by selfish men to further their own selfish ends.
This newspaper sincerely trusts that the citizens of Elizabeth City
will go to the polls next Tuesday and elect a clean set of Aldermen,
iepudiating every candidate who makes a business of seeking
GERMAN CANNONS FOR 3
STATES IN THIS DIST.
Chairman W. P. Duff of the Pasquo
tank Victory Loan Committee receiv
ed a wire yesterday advising him that
the War Department had allotted three
captured. German "War cannons to the
Richmond district, to be awarded to
the three states in this distict making
the best showing in the Victory Loan
Campaign now about to draw to an
end. Chairman Duff says he will not be
satisfied if North Carolina doesn't get
one of those cannons.
A CHILD'S PARTY
Little Miss Evelyn Miserere Hettrick
gave a deugntlui party to a numDer
nf little friends last Friday afternoon
in honor of her seventh birthday. The
dining room was decorated artistically,
the color scheme being in red with cut
red roses. Numerous games were
played and refreshments served. She
received many beautiful presents. Mrs.
r tt! nvcrman assisted the little host
ess' mother in serving the little guests.
Those present were jviisses leucine
Gregory. Marion Munden, Evelyn Prit
chard, Mary Byrd Saunders, Mary
Martha Barnes, Millicent Grant, Rosa
Twiford, Margaret and Mildred Con
way, Myrtle Hill, Delma ward, JViar-
jorie Long, Francis iettncK, jacn
Tasker, Norman Gregory, naroia .munden.
Norfolk, Va., May 8. 1919.
Reported especially for THE INDE
PENDENT by Jarvis & Fentress,
The following prices represent act
ual sales made to-day:
Items not quoted were not sold to
day and the Food Administration pro
hibits quotations other than actual
Hogs, small, dressed
, .. 20c to 22c
$6.00 to $7.00
Old Leaders Are Lost
OVERNMENT ownership of rail roads, telegraphs, tele
phones and mines was once an issue m national pontics.
Government ownership is no longer an issue. Millions
of eood citizens of this country once believed that .their govern-
ment should own and operate these things. rroDaDiy a majority
of people in this town believed it; but one night this week the Vice
President of the United States told an audience in this town that
government ownership was not desirable and the audience ap
plauded thunderously. People haven't the same faith in their
government; people are suspicious of government and resentful
of the centralization of authority at Washington.
I asked Vice President Marshall what the administration is
doing, if anything; to restore the confidence of the people in gov
ernment and allay the great unrest. He said the cabinet members
now on foreign soil are devoting their studies to the subject and
might have something to offer when they get back home. He also
said the country needs about twenty five first class hangings to
silence some who are voicing the unrest.
The Vice President evidently thinks that all the unrest in this
country is expressed by a few loud-mouthed foreigners of Bolshe
vik tendencies and that hanging these would settle the problems
of the old leaders. The Vice President has missed his guess. The
unrest, the discontent, the distrust and the resentment is deeper
than that; it is smoldering in the breasts of the erstwhile thought
less, harmless, happy-go-lucky multitudes. Political leaders of
the old school to which Mr. Marshall belongs are living in a world
which they can never interpret or understand. The Vice Presi
dent's declaration here that he would like to set the calendar back
to the year 1840 was pathetic in its personal significance. He
knows, as many another of the old leaders knows, that he belongs
to the past and that new forces are about to supplant him.
A Bigger Lesson Needed
ECRETARY of the Navy Darnels was quoted m last bun-
day's dispatches as advocating the sinking of the der
man fleet. Mr. Daniels thinks that to take this once
great imperial armada out to mid-ocean and blow it to smithereens
would be the greatest object lesson that could come out of the
world war. He thinks such a scene would make a profound im
nression upon humanity.
Secretary Daniels probably has said as much as he dared
say; even a cabinet member can not say very much, especially
when there are cabinet members of other countries sitting around.
Sinking the German fleet would not be much of an object lesson.
A greater object lesson was the delivery of the fleet to the Allies,
the shameful surrender. Everybody knows how bad Germany
was licked and sinking the German fleet wouldn't make the fact
biereer than it is or more significant.
A greater moral lesson would be to take all the battle fleets of
all the countries of the earth out into mid-ocean and sink the last
vestige of them. That would be a real, impressive, re-assuring
demonstration. That would spell something like peace on earth
and good will to men, to all the peoples of the earth. Sinking the
German fleet would simply be a demonstration of what superior
fleets could do to one inferior fleet. It would be more of a boost
for "Preparedness" than all the Hiram Maxim moving pictures
What earthly good can be accomplished by sinking the Ger
man fleet and leaving the British fleet, the French fleet, the Ital
ian fleet, the Japanese fleet and the United States fleet? Just so
long as two fleets exist, just so long will the menace of war exist.
Just so long as a single battleship exists, just so long will the peace
and safety of the world be in constant jeopardy. Sinking one de
feated fleet will be a sorry spectacle and a sad economic loss. A
better disposition of the German fleet under existing conditions
would be to junk the whole mass of steel and iron, melt it down
and recast it into plowshares, tractors and other implements for
the reconstruction of war ravished Europe. That would be no
fool's dream, but would be literally a fulfilment of the scriptures
which so many of us pretend to believe.
Widows Exceed Widowers.
Widows outnumber widowers in the
Dnited States three to one. Indian
Market dull on Sweet Potatoes.
REDUCING TYPHOID DEATHS
Since 1914 typhoid fever has been
reduced wonderfully in the State. The
reduction in the deaths is shown by
the following figures: 1914, 839 deaths;
1915, 744 deaths; 1916, 700 deaths; 1917
628 deaths; and in 1918 only 514 deaths
770 lives have been saved during the
past four years. If we allow ten cases
(n onnservativp estimate) for each
death, there have been 7,700 cases pre
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HE Parcel Post System was installed for the
benefit of people living on the Rural Routes
and it has never been taken full advantage
of or appreciated.
It is said to be operated at quite a loss
to the Government and it consequently must
be an advantage to those who use it.
We do not know iust how much it costs you to
lump in your automobile and come to town to get
that prescription refilled or. for a quart of Kreso Dip,
but counting gasoline and time wasted we are sure
it is many times five cents.
WE CAN SEND ANY PACKAGE IN OUR STOCK
TO ANY R. F. D. CUSTOMER AT AN AVERAGE
COST OF 5c POSTAGE.
Think it over and phone us or send a postcard, unless
you iust want to come to town anyway.
You may be sure that we will give your Parcel Post
order as careful attention as though you were to come
The City Drug Store
H. S. OVERMAN V. K. OVERMAN
(BOTH REGISTERED PHARMACISTS)
Cor. Water & Matthews Sts.
If you want any other little items not in our stock mailed out with
your Drug Order we will gladly do your shopping and pack it for you.
I Troubles I
Are often due to the shaving soap. All shaving soaps 1
are not suited to safety razor shaving. CALISTO
shaving cream or MENNENS shaving cream turn the
S trick. These soaps were made for safetys. Some-
times a man gets the wrong kind of safety. The
5 safety that suits one type of beard will not suit others.
We carry eight different types and can give you a
safety that will shave YOU. You really ought to get
the safety habit, because it saves time, saves money
and is the sanitary way.
Commercial Checking Accounts
Savings Department pays 4 per cent
Financial reports and information
Financial Advice and consultation
Collection of items everywhere
Safe keeping of your bonds and val
Every facility for caring for your
funds or lending you funds
Personal service and courtesy
We stand behind the merchant, farmer or indivi
dual who makes this Bank his banking home,
whether his account is one dollar or a thousand.
This Bank is more than a mere depository for
money it is in reality "The Bank That Service
Elizabeth City, N. C.
CHAS. H. ROBINSON;
DR. L. S. BLADES, -W.
C. GLOCER, - -
President. W. G. GAITHER, - Vice-Pres. & Cashier
Vice-Pres. M. R. GRIFFIN - - Asst. Cashier.
Vice-Pres. M.H.JONES, - - - Asst. Cashier
WILL GIVE SOLDIERS v
AND SAILORS DINNER
The Daughters of the Confeder-
acy invite all soldiers and sailors,
who have served in the present war
to join with the Confederate Veter-
ans in a luncheon to be given in
Elizabeth City at the Y. M. C. A.
building on Saturday the 10th of
May at noon, as a part of the
Memorial Day exercises. There
will be exercises in the morning
and also in the afternoon. Col.
Fred Old, of Raleigh, will be the
speaker of the day.
All soldiers and sailors are re-
quested to notify Mr. J. Kenyon
Wilson in the Hinton Building
whether or not they will be present
in order that proper provision may
be made for their entertainment.
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Having: qualified as, administrator of
the late William H. Overton I hereby
give notice to all persons indebted to
his estate to come forward and make
immediate settlement, and those hold
ing claims against the same to present
them for payment within twelve
months from the date of this notice,
or it will be pleaded in bar of their
ERNEST L, SAWYER,
May 6th, 1919. 6t.
CEMENT ROAD EXPERTS
SPEAK HERE SATURDAY
llustrated Lecture And Motion Pictures
Free To Public At Alkrama
Hinton Bldg. Eliz. City, N. C.
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DR. JOHN H. BELL
OFFICE PHONE 1021 RESIDENCE PHONE 1022-J
Dr. Bell is a native of Whitakers, N. C. Graduate of Trinity Park
School, Durham, N. C, Des Moines College, and the Still College of
Osteopathy of Des Moines, Iowa. Was assistant obstetrician of Still
College of Osteopathy for one term. ; Practiced with Dr. Guy B.'-'
Owens, of Topeka, Kan. five months. -Eight months army service
in Ortheopedic and Physiotherapy departments in Reconstruction
Hospital at Port Des Moines, Iowa.
306 HINTON BUILDING ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.
Geo. A. Ricker, Secretary of the Uni
ted Cement Association, and his' as
sistant, Mr. Rowell, will appear at the
Alkrama Theatre, -Saturday morning,
May 10, at 11 o'clock, under the aus
pices of the Elizabeth City Chamber
There are perhaps no greater experts
on .road building. . in the United States
than Mr. Ricker and Mr. Rowell, and
they are bringing to Elizabeth City a
motion picture, and a set of beautifully
colored steropticon slides. Such an op
portunity is . seldom offered the people
of a town the size of Elizabeth City.
The Chamber has long been in corres
pondence with Mr. Ricker, and only
recently succeeded in pursuading him
to visit this community.
Both of these authorities on good
roads, their construction, maintanence,
etc., will not only speak, but answer
any questions that our citizens may
The meeting is open to the public,
and every resident of the city or coun
ty is invited to attend. No admission
will be charged, and no collection tak
en. The meeting is .being .held solely
for the purpose of informing our peo
ple, who are about to spend thousands
dollars on road construction. " .
After the public meeting at the Al
krama Messrs Ricker and .-Rowell will
have a conference with the Pasquotank
Hot Days Ahead
Pick Your Comfy Suit While
I have more than 600 Zephyrette, Kool Kloth, Mohair
and Palm Beach suits especially tailored for the best
trade. Pick one of these or let us tailor one to your in
dividual measure. I can suit you, either way.
D. Walter Harris
THE CITY TAILOR HINTON BLDG.
You Can Have I
I Ice Creasi This Summer J
E Last year's sugar shortage put many a freezer out of g
commission, but there's plenty of sugar this year and you
can make your own ice cream and make as much and as g
often as you like if you have a good freezer. Jf you get g
your ice cream freezer here it will be' dependable and the g
5, price will be right ."
E 117 No. Water Street. ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.
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Highway .Commission. ;