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FRIDAY, DECEMBERJL2, 1919
. VOL. XII.
THE fact that the price of this newspaper wi 11
t 1 1Q?0 U causer an unusual number of subscribers
a year on Jan. 1, 1920 i causmf a kind
extend their subscriptions aim mjr ",.nn9
scriptions. 1 have receivcu CF
. n 4.i,,r n nnt p-e.t alone without
ten me Liiv-y v-u" - o
to renew or
words alone- with their subscriptions
trom many suubciu. o r - - rnf:fvino- words at a
-Ur nnnrrerOUS m tniS cuuuujr x.
tr.r.PQt ooinion aoout uisui.
a man ro cjtpicao - -
time when it is becoming positive
The Prophet AmM
SITING in his journal under date of March 20, 15U, Atniex
said- "No civilization can bear more tnan a ccnai. r
portion of abuses injustice, corruption, shame and crime.
1 . Knr hursts, the oalace
When this proportion has oeen reatneu, . ----- ,
1, the scaffolding breaks down; institutions, cmes, states, em
pires sink into ruin. The evil contained m an organism is a virus
which preys upon it, and if it is not eliminated ends by destroy
it And as nothing is perfect, nothing can escape death." With what
prophetic vision he muit have oreseen the present breaking down
of our own civilization!
: But if Amiel foresaw the present collapse his vision penetrat
ed even further into the future, for more than a year before he had
written: "The model state ought to resemble a great musical : so
ciety in which every one submits to be organized, subordinated and
disciplined for the sake of art, and for the sake of producing a
'masterpiece. Nobody is coerced, nobody is made use of elfish
purposes, nobd'dy plays a selfish or hypocritacal part. AH bring
their talent to the common wealth". We are swiftly moving to
the realization of that ideal. We are moving so swxftly indeed that
many are frightened and in their fright are running, hither and thi
ther and crying in a loud voice that Bolshevism is abroad in the
land They have only begun to sense what is abroad in the land
Dry New York
EW YORK, the city that is a world within itself and which
wonln know no other world than itself, laughed at tne
threat of national prohibition. I was in New York last
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April and in anticipation of the coming arougnt x uougm .
St. Paul's stomach bitters. I made my purchase at one ot the mgn
lv respectable grocery stores operated by Park & Tilford. When
the courteous, efficient and highly respectable salesman had wrap
ped my package I informed him that I probably would" not see New
York wet again. The salesman laughed. He assured me that I
would always find intoxicating liquors in abundance in New York.
The rest of the nation might go dry, but New York would always
remain New' York. The waiters at Churchill's said as much. But
.New York is dry drier indeed than North Carolina, for in North
Carolina we grow corn and grapes and apples and there are wilder
nesses in which moonshiners may brew their mash in the stilly night.
1 say New York is dry, I have seen it with my own eyes. And under
drought New York is crushed and humiliated ; for New York had al
ways entertained the complacent notion that New York is the only
world and not to be affected in any way by thatrube thing called
I say New York is crushed and humiliated under prohibition.
The New Yorker has endured New York and imagined it was the
only place on earth, only under the influence of strong drink.' With
his drink taken away he is seeing his life soberly and seeing how
drab and miserable it is.
Norfolk. December 11, 1919
Phone Norfolk 23501 l
Reported especially for THE . INDE
PENDENT by JarYis & Fentress. The
following prices represent actual saies
made to-day:) r , ;
Hens - - - - "-
I Turkeys, live J T-
, Dressed and drawn
Roosters , - -
New . Sweet" Potatoes .- ;
- Yellow. Barks
30 to 32c
35 to. 38c
40 to 45c
.Z 16 to 22c'
A 20c to 22c
"$2 7o-to $3
LIVE STOCK PRICES
- Norfolk, December 11,1919
i Phone Norfolk 21840.
The following quotations are actual
sales made, this day by Chas. R. Robert
son Co.,- wholesale commission mer
chants, reported especially for THE IN
DEPENDENT. Cattle : - f c to 8c
Veal Calves - 17c to 18c
Large Calves 10c to 12c
Fat Sheep J- 9 to 10c
Live Hogs 13c to 14c
Dressed Hogs o to'oc
Perforates and Inks
Wantedmen who have exparience
as canvassers and crew managers
To such men I have an exceptional
opportunty. Every owner of a
check book a prospect. Not a toy.
but a practical necessity endorsed
by bankers snd business
County rights given to res;
ble parties capable of den:;
-small bonus cn contract.
( Salesmen a gold mine as :
Aulander, N. c.
The subscription price of I'DE
PENDENT will be $2.00 a .vear "after
Jan. 1, 1920. Get your sub5--er1pfjo ex
tended now at the old pvire. $1.50.
Mailed Out By Us This Week
Our EIGHTH Landis Club Starts
The Original Christmas Savings Bank7
P. H. WILLIAMS, President H. G KRAMER, Cashier
E. F. A YD LETT, Vice-President W. H. JENNINGS, Assistant Cashier
11 II (rs-
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A Practical .wt,
A cook'stove may not be considered an ideal Christinas pre
sent, but in many cases.it will be most highly appreciated, espe
cially if it is an unusually good stove. The Monarch range is shown
in the above illustration is of high grade construction and low in
price. The extra large draft space gives it superior cooking qual
ities. The Monarch range was designed by expert mechanics and
built by high- class workmen. Yovrcan't better it.
D M. JONES CO.
STOVES, HEATERS AND RANGES
ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.
LAST MONTH'S SALES
BIGGEST-IN OUR HISTORY
AM a bit surprised that New York clothing manufactur
ers have not set in motion machinery for the suppression
of the play "Aphrodite," now showing at the Century Thea
tre in that city, for "Aphrodite" surely suggests a way to defeat the
clothing industry and solve the high cost of living as regards wear
ing apparel. In the second act of "Aphrodite" the curtain rises on a
Greek Bacchanale. There are a hundred beautiful, women more or
less, on the stage and the raiment of the entire number, if unravel
ed, would not knit a sweater for an overseas soldier or a winter pet
ticoat for one of our own bucolic matrons. The costume worn by
one of these dancers could fairly be described as consisting of a pair
of thimbles and a shoe string. ,
And New York packs the New Century Theatre nightly to
witness this daring spectacle without batting an eyelash or evinc
ing a shock. Indeed, New York makes no bones about it New York
likes its women as the true epicure likes his salad, without any
I must confess that I am not positive in my own mind whe
ther this is good or bad. To answer this question I would like to
know whether humanity has benefitted in morality by the wearing
of clothes? . I don't know. I do know that man of all the animals
who has endeavored fo cornceal his nakedness is the most indecent,
the most corrupt and sexually impure of all animal creations. I
do know that men who would be ashamed of flabby muscles, dis
tended abdomens and undeveloped chests and shoulders, compla
cently tolerate .such hideous unhealthy defects because they are
concealed in clothes. Would not men take greater pride and more
interest in their physical development if they wore fewer clotKes?
Wouldn't a man take as much pride in his shoulders, his chest and
his.-biceps if compelled to go about with them exposed to his fellows,
as he takes in the clothes which he dresses himself up to "make a
r;ood appearance" ? And would stark nudity in modest women be
more suggestive or provocative of obscene thoughts than the tan
talizing clothes worn by modern women ?
These are questions which "Aphrodite" suggests to" the philo
sophic mind. If we consider these questions carefully and thoughtful
ly we may get something out of them to compensate for the shock
given us by the play which lays its scenes in a city and in an age
far remote, where the human form was not considered obscene,
where men made no concealment of their true desire for women,
and where women were not unwise to the true natures ol men.
You will not be helped in finding an answer to your questions by
knowledge of the fact that Greek Alexandria, B. C. 56, was-as mor
ally obtuse as is American New York, A. D. 1919. '
Morally, you have as much
right to' know the standing of
your Clothing" Store, as you do
that of your Bank. And for mo
desty, would like xo take you in
to our confidence, and tell you
the exact amount of our sales be
ginning January 1st, up to date,
of this the fifth year of our mer
cantile experience in Elizabeth
City. And especially, that of last
But suffice to say, that this our
fifth year's business practically
doubles an previous period of
similar length, in tne history of-
our mercantile career of Twenty
Is'nt there a reason ? Our store
is now brimming full of every
thing that Men, Young Men and
Boys wear, from the soles of their
feet, to the crowns . their heads,
of the latest styles, colors and de
signs, at prices, in most instances,
50 per cent ... below the present
market price for similar goods.
We not ..only have all of the
most popular style of young men's
models in both suits and over
coats but we have some exceeding
rare values in men's worsted suits
and Conservative Model Over
coats that we are selling far be
low wholesale factory prices.
Three lots of excellent value
overcoats for men, at $12.50, $18
and $20 each. I. you want the
greatest values in clothing, fur
nishings and shoes, offered in
America to-day, for the price
Come to' see us.
C. A. COOKE,
12 N. Poindexter Street
Elizabeth City, N. C.
THE BIG MAIN STREET FURNITURE STORE
OUR STORE is absolutely filled with "Gifts Worth Giving," useful, practical gifts that will appeal to every one.
Every member of the family can find a gift here for. any other member of that family or of any other.
A look around our store will relieve any weary mind of the Gift Problem, and we consider it a favor to have you loo.
our stock over anytime, but for your sake we would urge you to dp your Christmas shopping early.
are one of the most appropriate Christmas
gifts for the Wife and Daughters. It is prac
tical, useful and will be present and appre
ciated when other presents are gone, The
prices are reasonable and make them suit
able for all.'
Our FURNITURE is up to the standard in
every way and there are many practical
gifts that can be selected from this line for
your useful presents. Let us help you solve
Blankets and Comforts
Baby Cribs & Carriages
Everything in Toys-
OUR TOY department is complete and you
will find in it practically anything you may
want in toys. Sleds, Wagons, Tricycles,
Autos, Doll Furniture' Etc.
Another appropriate Present for the entirs
family this Christmas would be a PATH--
and PATHE RECORDS. It will
bring into your home for years to come the
finest music of the world. It will be a gen
uine pleasure every day through out those
years and a sources of entertainment that
you couldn't otherwise give. Come in and let
us demonstrate to you the practicability ot
this splendid instrument. To you, friends?
who have a Phonograph, there is nothing
nicer than some new records. Give them.
FOUR MAIN STREET ENTRANCES
MAIN and WATER STREETS
-100 FOOT GLASS FRONT
A ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.