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ELIZABETH CITY, N. C FRIDAY OCTOBER 3;' 1919.
NEW ZEALANDER SEES
Joseph Dixon Will Try New Zealand Flax Culture
On Lowlands Near Elizabeth City
Methodist Throngs A ttehd Ground 'Breaking Celebration
SAVINGS BANK 4 i
BUYS BUILDING I
The United States is importing
annually about $50,000,000 worth
of sisal hemp and manila fiber
from Yucatan, the Philippines,
Xew Zealand and Australia, and
there is one New. Zealander (-vho
bi.'liovt.-s all the fiber required by
ti e r ; e. bag and twine industry
in r-;- country can be g-ovii oni
the i -v. lands of eastern - North
C;.r '-.a. Joseph Dixon, late of
Xcw Zealand, but at present a
r.s:"' :r of Tampa, Fla. was in
E'i"r.l'eth City yesterday pro-
spceTing- for a small tract of low
land upon which to start an ex
periment in the propagation of
New Zealand Flax, technically
known as pharmenum phenax.
In an interview granted this
newspaper yesterday Mr. Dixon
sail that he had found the .soil
and climate of this part of the
United States not nlike that ot
his native home, New Zealand.
One of the greatest industries in
New Zealand is the cultivation of
Kew Zealand Flax, from 'which
rope, twine, etc. is made. The
fiber of this flax s worth $200
a ton. An acre of lowland will
in five years produce 100 tons of
green flax from which five tons
of the fiber can be obtained.
The pharmenum phenax or
New Zealand flax .requires little
labor. The seed are sown. in low-
yjands and Brapesth;Jresti;
y About five year's" are' required for
the flax to attain its maximum
growth. It is then ten or twelve
feet high and ready for harvest
ing. It is cut down with heavy
knives, carried to the mill and
stripped for its fiber. The strip
ping mill requires an inyestment
of only a few hundred dollars
and ten common laborers can
strip many thousands of pounds
a day. For fve years, from
plantng to harvejstng, the flax re
quires no attention whatever.
And after the crop has been
harvested, the roots remain, putting-
out stalks that will yield
another harvest in five years.
Mr. Dixon has brought seed of
the Xew Zealand flax with him
and is expecting another lot of
seed from New, Zealand within
the next few weeks. He is not
trying to organize a stock corn-pan-
to do big and wonderful
things, has nothing to sell, and
only wants to purchase or lease
about ten acres of lowland to
start with. He can tell in a year
Tvheher the flax will thrive in
this soil and climate. He tried
it oi:t in Tampa, Fla. It took
root and started growing alright,
tut the intense tropical heat kill
ed it off after the tender stalks
got a few inches above the
Mr. Dixon in company with E.
Walker, of Currituck C. H.,
'eft Elizabeth City yesterday af
ternoon to look at lowlands in the
vicinitv of Snowden station.
f Y"'i like a story full of pep read1
Tho fflW puncher which begins in this
J 'io not make exaggerated state-r-!-nrs
about my work. Very re-;:-rki(hle
results often follow the
'ovrer-tion of bad vision by proper
ty fitted gh Kes. It does not fol
iov that bad eyes are responsible
trp a.l iHs and that the fitting of
f f glasses is a panacea for every,
ailment. My especial claim to your
Patronage is based upon my long
experience coupled with my unusual'
facilities for testing the vision, grind
ing the lenses and fitting the glass
es on the premises. Upon investi
gation you will find that I can give
e same service you would expect
t0 find in a metropolitan city. '
DI. J. D. HATHAWAY
Bradford Bldff. i
TO ORGANIZE FOR
Branch of American Cotton Assn.
To be Formed Here To
Morrow Farmers, business men, bankers and
others interested in cotton will attempt
the organization of a branch of the
American Cotton Association in this
county Saturday, Oct. 4. Tlans for the
organization are in the hands of County
Agent G. W. Falls who is anxious for
all the interested parties to meet him
in this city to-morrow.
The organizaion to be effected here
to-morrow will be follewed by a county
wide membership drive. The North Car
olina Division of the American Cotton
Association will have speakers at the
Riverside Community Fair in this county
on Oct. 14 and at the Fork's Community
Fair on Oct'. 15. A county wide mass
meeting of farmers, bankers and busi
ness men will be held in this city " on
Thursday, Oct. 16, by which time it is
planned to have every cotton farmer in
the county enrolled in the organization.
The primary object of the cotton as
sociation is to enable the farmer to hold
Ms cotton tm he sets his price for it
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.Liie odicis are omerwise siaiea in tne
1. Protecting the interests of the
cotton prolucer and improving his con
2. Promoting the' economic regulation
of cotton production so that the sup
ply shall be adjusted to demand, and
so that the producer will not be com
pelled to sell his product at less than a
fair and reasonable price.
3. Promoting intelligent diversif ica
tions ,of : er.ops, and developing markets
4. Improving and enlarging present
existing warehouse facilities, and secur
ing additional facilities, so that the pro
ducer may carry hs crop at the minimum
expense and physical damage, and at the
maximum security and financibility.
o. Broadening the market for raw
cotton, and enlarging the uses of cotton
and cotton goods.
G. Improving and increasing trans
7. Collecting information as to both
domestic and foreign consumption of
cotton the state of trade, the extent of
acreage, supply and condition of crop
and all other information of practical
interest to the cotton industry, and dis
seminating facts and data through the
several sub-organizations to every mem
ber of every community, together with
directions and suggestions as to what
course to pursue, from all viewpoints,
in order to secure the very best results
8. Maintaining a unified and solid ef
fort for retaining permanently a fail
and equitable price for cotton.
' 9. Unifying and coordinating all the
cotton interests of the South, in the in
terests of the south, in the interest of
a greateri business South.
. 10. Doing collectively all and every
thing that may be conductive to the sta
bility and profitableness of the cotton
B. To develop the temporary organ
ization, growing out of the membership
campaign into a permanent American
Cotton Association, with a division in
each state, a subdivision in each coun
ty, and a still further subdivision in each
township of the 72 cotton growing coun
ties of North Carolina, cooperating with
similar organizations in each of the
cotton growing Southern States.
U. S. GOVT. CONDEMNS
HAND SHAKING HABIT
Could Have Gotten The Idea From
Saunders Himself When Flu Raged
A laugh went up from all over the
state last winter when TV. O. Saunders,
then in the North Carolina General As
sembly, gave out an interview in which
he declared that there should be a law
to abolish the unsanitary, filthy, disease -carrying
habit of hand-shaking. As us
ual Saunders was just a little ahead
of the times. ' . The country at large is
now beginning to recognize the hand
shaking evil. The United States Sani
tary Corps at Washington has recently
come out with the statement that al)
great "epidemics have oe.n brought abou
by and fed upon hand-shaking. The Phil
adelphia Press, one of he mcs,t wide
awake newspapers in PhiJadilphia, is
running a daily sympoM.u of articles
By prominent public men condemning t!fe
practice of hand-shaking. And so the
laugh is not on Saunders.
In iustice to North Carolina it should
i be stated that not every one laughed
when the Saunders' attack on hand-snaking
went to the state press last winter.
The State Board of Health took note
of the articles and officials of that or
ganization personally thanked Mr. Saun
ders for his timely attack upon a nag
rant evil. .'. ...
. But 'woe unto,the poiticians when tne
public recognizes - toe hand-shakins eviL
METHODIST throngs attended the Ground Breaking Celebration of the First
M. E. Church South in this city last Friday, Sept. 26. The accompanying ph o ,
gives some idea of the crowds and some
Hinton Brothers Grew Bellicose
After Hearing Speeches in
The suit of the John Cleveland
Hinton heirs to break the will of
the late John Louis Hinton of
Pasquotank county, which con
sumed all of last week's term of
the Superior Court in this dty,j
second, time a Pasquotank jury
has failed to agree on this sensa
tional case. Attorneys for the
plaintiffs say that the case will
be brought into court again.
The case went to t? jury Saturday
evening, Sept. 27 and the jury was not
discharged until 3 o'clock Monday after
noon, after the foreman had announced
that the jury could not reach an agree
ment Three jurors are said to have held
out in favor of a verdict for the defon
dents. the wealthy Hinton brothers, who
inherited the vast estate of their father,
while the children of their deceased bro
ther were left destitute.
The case brought out much sensation
al testimony bearing upon the queer
ways, of the late John Louis Hinton and
gave the attorneys for the plaintiffs
much rich material for their speeches
to the jury. The Hinton brothers were
visibly annoyed by the speeches of Col.
I. M. Meekins and Hon. J. C. B. Ehring
haus. After court adjourned Saturday
evening, Lucian' -Hinton approached Col.
Meekins and told him to remove- his
Col. Meekins wanted to know what
moved Mr. Hinton to this unusual re
quest Mr Hinton replied that he under
stood that there was a heavy penalty
for hitting a man with glasses on. Col.
Meekins. removed his glasses and Hin
ton struck at 'turn. Col. Meekins dodged
the blow, Hinton struck a second time,
again missed his mark, also lost his
equilibrium and fell sprawling to the
"Oosh!" said the Colonel, when Mr.
Hinton picked himself up.
Xo other blows were passed, Col.
Meekins satisfying himself by asking Mi. J
Hinton if he didn't feel like a fool?
Col. Meekins in Ms speech to the 3ury;
Saturday afternoon had gigged the Hih-!
tons severely At one point in his.
speech he held their bachelorhood up t0j
scorn. Pointing to the women plaintiffs,
in the action, he sad: ,"I would notj
iraae one 01 inoe nuuie wuuiexi, mu- r
thers of children, making the world a
better place to live in, for all the he-'
goats between here and fewland." New-
land is the home of the Hintons.
In meantime .it seems that Ernest
Hinton, another of the brothers, w",
hunting Mr. Ehrmghaus and demanding;
an "apology or satisfaction". He is said
to have gotten neither. - I
The jurors in the Hinton case were
Wm. Randolph, S. J. Bateman, E.' L.
Rodgers, M. S. .Cartwright, B. F. Mercer,
James B. Williams, N. H. Caroon, J.
L. Davis, Tbos. Garrett, R. Is. Jackson,
A. J. Jennings and M. W. Berry.
. W. BROWNE RIGHT, THERE
WITH GENUINE LYNNHAVENS
North Carolina visitors to Norfolk this
fall and winter will find E. W. Browne's
Liynnhaven oyster bar doing business at
the same old stand, 113 Washington St.,
opposite D. Pender's Grocery. Browne's
is a favorite resort of hundreds of North
Carolinians who have a fondness for real
Lynnhaven oysters. Browne handles the
real Lynnhavens, much of his stock com
ing from his own beds. . He serves them
1 raw on the half, shell, - cooked in any
style, or will supply you by the ; quart
or by tlie.b
barrel. ' '
ideas also ot tne extern qt ine U:,j lot, ccr-,
PROMINENT FIGURES IN THE FIRST M. E . CHURCH
GROUND BREAKING CELEBRATION LAST FRIDAY
HERE theh are1the
left5 is Rev. J. M Ormonde the sunny
Presiding Elder, Rev. R.' H. Willis; looming large in the center is that towering
personality. Bishop U. V. W. Darlington. The photo is by H. C. Mann of Norfolk.
MAKING GOOD ON A
FARM AT AGE OF 69
Single Handed He Carried on 140
Acres During the War
J. W. MACKEY
J. W. Miifkov ff Mmvck Pnrpitiick
County, is a gray-headed example of
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- lfarm mnv . . thI lnW rnhlpm.
and Mr Mackey is 69 years oltj.
w. ,,- unn n,na . , - tha
draft in 191? when war industries
had drainif1 h5s sp(tion of onmmnn lflhor.
Mr Mackey was left with a arm of 140
clearpd norps flnd onIv- himseif tn work
it Rn. a -r hnrsanv nlnw flnd
w 00 mflu;r,0 v,0 tn
wopk . mB' n . hl-msAlf -TTe
. , of wheat and 7 1-2
acres of rye. He made good on every
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a c . that wafj when hfi came to har.
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rhpn ana Iia srnt n woman. le and tne
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peated the experience again this year
and single handed has carried on bis
farming successfully,- having paid out
only $1.25 for labor to date. . Recently
his son has been discharged from the
army anL3Ir. Mackey will have help
in harvesting' his crops this fall. He is
none the wose off for his experiericee
and, in spite of his 69 years, is. pink and
frisky. The accompanying photo - is
from a snapshot by W. O. Saunders.
Vho Owns the rVng?
That an ensagment ring is no long
er the property of a young lady who
breaks her engagement Is the recent
verdict of an English court. The girl
In the case had broken off the engage
ment,, but decided to keer) the tokens
of regard as souvenirs until the court
JJnterf eredSavannait;.Jle:4 )
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- r of Road and Church streets, where
that w.M cost not less than $100,000. It
Rew cj:urCf, call's ,f or .rte best equipped
pastor of the 'churCTiTTo the right is tnfr
IS HARD UP AGAINST IT
Its Defeat Threatened by Apparently
Harmless Denatured Wines and
Tlie temperance forces in America are
beginning to discover that national pro
hibition has no permanent terrors for
the ingenuity of the devil of alcholic
drink. National prohibition is finding it
self defeated on every hand. And it is'nt
threatened by the ordinary illicit distil
'er and bootlegger so much as by a new
:nd subtle way of undermining the law.
Within the past few weeks -there have
ippeared on the market scores of non
alcoholic wines. These wines are made
by the ordinary vintners process, fer
mentation and all. The alcohol is re
moved before the wines are offered for
sale. And the method of removing the
alcohol is very simple. You see, alcohol
doesn't freeze. By freezing these beve
rages, the alcohol is readily taken out.
The frozen product when thawed con
tains every element of the original bev
erage . except the alcohol.
"Now to restore these non-alcoholic
wines to their original alcoholic state
and make them just as intoxicating as
of yore, it is only necessary to restore
to them a small quantity of alcohol. Al
cohol in small' quantities is easily mar
keted and its venders are not easily ap
prehended. - "-.
It only remains now for science to put
the active principle of alcohol into a
pill or a capsule and the fight for nat
ional, prohibition will have to be waged
all over again.. And science, aided and:
abetted by the ingenuity of the devil j
himseir. may De expecieu 10 nuu owmc
way of providing a readily available and
lawful "kick" in a small package that
can be added to any, of these denatured
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wines -and coraiais, restoring mem tv i
their original potency.
In meantime, moonshine stills flourish
in the woods all round us and thousands
of otherwise harmless citizens are brew
ing various aiconoiic concociioxis m mc
nr.Vacv of their own homes. Wherever!
there is a demandf or booze, .corn meal,
molasses, raisins, prunes and
d red devil ,
lye are at the disposal of amateur moon- (
IN NEW QUARTERS
The First and Citizens National Bank
is now occupying its new building, and
the extensive remodelling and enlarging
which have been going on for several
months are now practically completed. Inl
a short time this reliable long-established
banking institution will have one of
the finest banks in the State! It s bet
ter equipped than ever for the best sort
of service to its many customers.
;. ; "Pieces of Eight." '
Th piece of eight was tha Spanish
piastre or peso, now called a dollar,
thus known throughout the Spanish
main In. the days of piracy, because it
silver coin worth $1 ln tbe UnltM
1 States. ;
the First Church is building an edifice
has been stated that the design for this
church in Southern Methodism.
SUGAR BEET MAY
BE GROWN HERE
Experiments Show : Successful
Production on Pasquotank
Samples of the "first" syrui) made ' from
sugar beets' grown in Pasquotank county
are being shown here this week by Gro
yer W. Falls, County 'Agent. The beets
were grown of the farm of J. P. Eves,
near S eeksviMe, In i lower Pasquotank.
The beets grown on "the Eves farm are
from Michagan- seed. The7 same " seed
planted' in various ' types of soil 'in'.dif
fe'rent parts, of the county have produced
experiments is the unqualified statement
of Mr. Falls that the sugar beet can be
successfully grown in eastern North Car
olina and should become a staple crop.
The sugar beet is easy to grow, re
quiring little cultivation. It is easily and
cheaply harvested. Syrup from the' beet
is obtained by slicing the beets and boil
ing them for one or two hours. .The sy
rup is extracted from the cooked mass
by pressing and straining. It has the
color and appearance of sorghum , or
cane syrup and has a decidedly pleasant
Mr. Falls will supply information to
any interested farmer in this county and
will aid in procuring seed.
LOST HIS TEMPER
Lost His Head When His Negro
Servant Was Bound Over
Attorney E. F. Aydlett of this cit.
!ost his temper in the Recorder's Court
he're 'Tuesday morning when he failed
to secure the acquittal of his handy man,
Joe Willoughby, accused of robbing Mit
chell's Department Store.
Attorneys for the State in the case
against Willoughby asked-that Willough
by be held for the Superior Court under
a bond of $500.
"Why don't you take him out and hang
him?', exclaimed Mr. Aydlett, growing
red. in the face.
Ana turning to tne aerenuaui. ne &um. .
i "Never mind. Joe; I'll stand your bond,l' . . w , Wnn(,1(l
no matter what it is, and theyll not.
put you in jail now or later."
. Mr. Aydlett does' not usually defy the
law with such a Show of temper and his
conduct created a distinct sensation m!yp COW PUNCHER IS
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The State charges that Wnlougbby has
ystematically and for months robbed I
Mitchell's department sstore, naving ac-
An.nn 4.. 4-1. n cf-AWA flitn a fli-YA." a rS Q 1
Mitchell's Department Store, having
t-" oic "
room connected with Aydlett's offices. O
F. Gilbert, proprietor of Mitchell's, es-
HmntAs his losses at $2,000 or more. '
Willoughby has been in Mr. Aydlett's '
nuiuvj iui a. j ,
Willoughby was bound over under a
J. U. LAMBERT
J. IT. Lambert, for many years super-'
intendent of the Norfolk & Carolina "
Telephone & Telegraph Co., of this city,
died at his old home .in Clarksville, Ga.
lat " Saturday.
Mr. Lambert had been physically un-"
sound for several years and had lived ' Readers of this newspaper will follow
much in the west and southwest in hopes the adventures of The Cow Puncher, with
of regaining his health. More than a year increasing interest.
ago he left Elizabeth City for the last ! ' .
time. The telephone company here val-! A REAL ESTATE MARKET
ued his services and so esteemed the This newspaper is the greatest real
man that his position was held open for estate advertising medium in north
him, in the hope that he would recover. J eastern Nof fb . Carolina. Many subscri
Mr.. Lambert is survived by two bro-J bers have told us they find the paper
thers in this city, E. J. Lambert and , invaluable for the real estate advertis
W. R. Lambert. He is also survived ' ing it ' contains. Many splendid farms
by a wife and three sisters.- ' I are advertised in this week's issue.
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If vou like a story full of pep read If you like : a story full of pep read
The Cow! Puncher which . begins in this
issue. . . k . . '-..
Will Odcupy S. R. StfFs
Strategic Corner On
. Main Street
The Savings Bank & Trnst Co.,
of Elizabeth City,'once facetipus- ;
ly designated as "the r little bank' ;
around the, corner? is now to as--
sume the role of "The Big Bank 1 V : :l
Bank & Trust Co. has purchased;
of E. F.. Aydlett, the handsome
three story brick building, cor
ner of Main and Poindextef Sts. ,
now occupied by the S. R. Siff Co.
The purchase -price was close to
$50,000. A handsome sum will
be expe'nded in remodeling the
building to adapt it. to banking"
purposes atid many thousands of
dollars more will be invested in
modern .banking fixtures "and
equipment. -.. - . v .' ,
The building in question is one
pi the handsomest business build-;
ings in Elizabeth City and locat-'
ed on the best business corner;::
in the city. ; f
The Savings Bank & Trust Co. .
yill not require ; the entire build-
ing. There are 4,600 feet of floor':
space on. the ground floor alone
and as much space on each of the
two upper floors. By putting,
their directors' room on the mez
zanine floor and using rooms on,
the third floor for stationary and
storage, the bank will need only
about two thirds of the first floor
space. ; Part of the first floor onr
Main tstreet and all of the second
floor will, be -sublet to the S. R ;
Siff ; Ca: wtfo now: occuppy : the v- i
entire Duilding. - : - ' '
The Savings Bank & Trust Co. has
been in need of larger quarters for sev-?
eral years. Negotiations for the build- f
ing just acquired have been under way
for many months. Some idea of the phe
nomenal growth of this bank is con
tained in a comparative statement of re
sources published elsewhere in this
newspaper. On Sept. 30, 1905 its re
sources were only $109,000. On Sept.
30, 1915 its resources were $478,000, a
remarkable growth, but not comparable
with its statement of $1,384,000 resour
ces on Sept 30, 1919.
Much of the marvelous growth of this
back is due to the tireless personal ef
forts and enterprise of its cashier, H.
The Savings Bank & Trust Company
was organized in 1903, with a capital
stock of $25,000.
In 1915 the capital stock was increas
ed to. $40,000 when the Mercantile Bank
was merged with the Savings Bank &
Trust Company. .
On July 1st, 1918 the capital stock
was increased to $100,000 and the pre
sent resources of the institution aggre
gate about one and a quarter million
Besides Mr. Kramer, the Cashier, the
other officers' of the Savings' Bank &
Trust Company are: P. H. Williams,
President; E. F. Aydlett, Vice Presi
dent; and W. -H. Jennings, Assistant
The directors arer'B. F. Aydlett, Lu
S. Blades, H. E. Banks, J. W. Foreman,
J. B. "Flora, C. E. Kramer, W. T. Lo
J. T. McCabe, W. W. Newbern, L. Selig,
Hoop. T tt whife. P. H. Williams.
m, o,w0 nab Xr Tm,.t Comnanv
expects to occupy its new quarters on
or about Jan. 1, 1920
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ac-iThis Newspaper Secures Serial Rights
to Robert J. C. Stead's New
THE INDEPENDENT has secured
the serial rights to a new and fascinat-
uig ocimi vwm.j, , -
first installment of which appears this
The author of The Cow Puncher is
Robert J. C. Stead. This is his latest
literary" triumph and book- reviewers
everywhere have proclaimed it "one of
the best pieces of fiction of recent years.
it is not only a good story, but carries
with it a vein of wholesome phUosophy
that makes it more than an entertain-
ine niece of light fiction.
The Cow Puncher- which begins in thi
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