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ELIZABETH CITY, N. C, FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1919 NO 572 vol xii - "'A : A V- ... - - - . . ... - . , . ' : ; r " -V " - -1 " PASQUOTANK COMMISSION CALLS STATE AID BLUFF bins With District Highway Commission in Petition For State and Federal Funds For Edenton Norfolk Project The Pasquotank Highway Commission has called the bluff c-- Chairman Page of the State Kini'B'ay Commission and con fided those small persons ,vso have been charging that rVs Pasquotank Highway Com mon is standing in the way 0f the proposed district high ly between Edenton and the Virginia State Line. The Pasquotank Highway Commis , this week adopted a resolution in v'-ich it joins with the Northeastern rirolina Highway Commission .application for State and Federal lid for the district hignway. K is now up to Chairman Page of -h state Highway Commission. The r,t, rommission has supreme author- t approve or reject any applica 4n for State and Federal Aid. If !L tt. Highway Commission thinks -vT-fnJk- nronosition is pntitled to State and Federa ri than county projects; if they wiil '4 the Edenton Norfolk highway in tv nroiects. then, it i5 up to the State Commission and the Pljlujunk Highway Commission is no- soing to criticise its action. rslt is the resolution adopted by the Fisiaotank Highway o"""'M'uu Tuesday, July 1: WKereaa the Pasquotank Highway Commission feel that both the Weeks-ville-Elizabeth City Highway and the Ei.r.ton-Norfolk Highway projects are srr worthy of State and Federal Aid; ka whereas applications have been mj. for both State and Federal Aid b projects, which aid we under sun can not be granted on the Eden- ftn"i?ioroik Highway unie niisvon jon in the application for such Therefore, (tho in our opinion ana. ity o f our c itizens, the county develop er- of this section is of greater im- to the counties themselves oo-tace anc t? the entire section, than the of the Edenton-Norfolk zonst'-uciion h;3"v.ay), we realize wax xnc .w. Norfjf-c highway will serve a consider ate social and economic need and in oraer to remove any technicality that rria'-i prevent the State Highway Com- fmm nassina favorably on the Edaitjn-Norfolk Highway application, zr.z s enable the State Highway Com misson to properly and promptly con siaer both applications for aid, w, , 4.1 Nnrtheastern Nu r.arftlina Hiahwav Commission i in tair application for State and Fed ' i, If jC Hiah n-Norfolk High-, era! A,d on the Edento way. w.thout withdrawing our appli- lat'o-i for aid o n our county projects This newspaper does not believe that the Stite Highway Commission will gn:-.r. state and Federal Aid to either ?Ajutink county of the district proj k:. Tin cards seem to be stacked A-rti:-.-,-; this corner of the State. T:-.-? oils are strong against the :noo.-:-J district highway because the I :..:-::-. Highway Commission hasn't o.... n.Irey to begin with. The pro- roa .l will cost a million and a The maximum amount of s- , - jt. i Federal aid that could be the city and the blue waters of the '..; ,.. .) for the road would be three ; Pasquotank, giving many people their y.ur.n-s of a million dollars, provided ; flrst opportunity to view these man restrict Commission had three j made birds of the air. V-: yr.s of a million dollar sto start.: " T; ::.,r:-i.-t Commission hasn't a cent. ; " tomiput s.,,v ago they offered half a , SUBSCRIPTIfON DANCE TONIGHT ::-::::): loliars worth of bonds for sale j A subscription dance will be given at ? ! loui j get bids on only a quarter ; th? Robinson building Friday night, oi i million. The high bidder for the JuJy Fourth The dance will start ouxrrr million never has taken up me , the District Commission y iiis certified check for $500 tc h i.. ; iV:l bjick on. The District Highway Commission probably will have to wait for -.h-? special session of tlys General Assembly in 1920, to so amend and corrict the Ferebee District Highway j 'oi'.l It i; o make the building of the road possibls. 1 NEGROES ON EXCURSION TO EDENTON WEDNESDAY .b"r City colored folk will en t? excursion to Edenton, N. C. ' -dtiesdav, July 9. The steamer Lt. V insciver has been chartered ! occ ision, to leave tins city at j -""""i - - turning, leave Edenton at 1 excursionists will have an to see a lively game of vtween the Carolina Dixies. "iTon Onirkstpns. at Eden- i 1 j - - m. Henry C. Hargraves :o. L. White will manaya the '):; -:dder Shinbone's Idea. 't ir.issonali:.-' quainted wir 'a: tio." remarked Shin'oone, A' !.;!; n 1h ain't riuffin' mo' dan '"in omnejitionaWe insec' wlv er ( ;i .v trainiu'." Boston Transcript. D" IS FOR DEFICIT WALKER D. HINES, Director Genera' of Railroads, whose middle initial .is now admitted to stand for ''deficit"; because the Government-controlled railroads under his direction continue to pile up balances on the' wrong side of the ledger. Mr. Hines is also blam ed or credited with having kicked over the government plan to maintain prices GIH EXPECTING THRONGS TODAY Airplanes and Horse Races The. Big .Events of ' The 4th. The biggest crowds ever congregated in eastern North Carolina are expect ed to be in Elizabeth City today, to j take in the biggest Fourth of July cele bration which has ever been, staged in the history of this section. Fast horse race at the new fair grounds will be a highly interesting feature of the day's events, and for the benefit of persons who may oe confused by the fact that there are two fair grounds near this city, THE INDEPENDENT suggests that the shortest and best road to the new fair grounds is directly out Martin street and the Euclid Heights road. The grounds are located a scant mile from the cit limits The racing program as outlined by the Fair Association is by far the best me QTr,T,t in this event or its riuu c ci onvu-j-.v. part of the State, and the four big races planned will take place in the afternoon, beginning at 2:30. Some of the fastest horses in North Carolina will participate in the various races and an attempt will be made to .lowei the World's track record. The race track is in the very best of condition, and record breaking crowds are ex pected to attend these races, which will be the big event of the day. At 10 o'clock in the morning the tJ. S Naval hydroplanes will arrive here, , m ive exhibition flights over at 9 o'clock, ana tne musi- will be furnisnea Dy orchestra of Norfolk. Tickets may oe secured from Kramer Davis or Latiner Commander. ALL DONE IN A DAY Out of town people who come to Elizabeth City for eye glasses can have their eyes tested, glasses made and fitted the same day by Hath away service. No need tc wait a week for some one to i , T I ' j QrcJer glaSSeS IOX yOU. 1 haV j j QIV OWT1 grinding dins plant and . ,. ,vc-rih thf CHaSSeS m Mill wiuv i. v-oj. ry you need but make and ht them on the premises. It saves a lot of time as well as lot of middlemen's expenses. DR. J. D. HATHAWAY Optometrist Phone 999 Bradford Bldg. f ' 1 . HEADS WAR INQUIRY BY CONGRESS Congressman William J. Graham, of Illinois, chairman of the House Committee on Expenditures in the War Department, will preside over one ot the most important investigations to be undert aken by Congress at thia session. The Committee, of which Mr. Graham is chairman, is to maw a crCnm8 inquiry into the way the people's money was spent in the war. TOM HAYMAN RAISES A CROP OF TOBACCO And Shows That This? Money Crop Will Grow Fine in Pas quotank " Tom Hayman of Elizabeth City, who builds yachts for a living and indulges in a little intensive farming on the side, has a patch of tobacco 5 weeks old that reaches above his waist. A Granville county tobacco grower who was down here last week says that Hayman't tobacco is prettier and more luxuriant in growth than any he had seen in hi home- county, which is in the bannei tobacco section of North Carolina. Hayman has made a careful study of tobacco culture,- and any-. farmer wbc wishes to clean up some coin on this highly profitable crop can get the dope from him. He plans to air-cure his tobacco, having plenty of shed room for the purpose. Veteran tobaccc growers claim that this is the suresl and best way to produce the clean bright leaf that has the highest com mercial value. Pasquotank county farmers have never taken hold of tobacco as a money crop. The few sporadic attempts here tofore made to grow tobacco in this county, undertaken by men who had neither experience nor knowledge oi how to care for the crop, have natur ally produced discouraging results. It remained for Hayman to go after the proposition in the right way, and show that tobacco can be raised here as well as anywhere else in the State. Per quimans county farmers have already taken up tobacco growing on a smal' scale. SIBLEY'S SUPERB SHOWS PLEASING LARGE CROWDS Biggest and Best Aggregation of Car nival Attraction Seen Here In a Long Time- Elizabeth Ciy has a real street fair this week; Sibley's Superb Shows have taken the town. And Sibley outfit is the biggest, liveliest, cleanest and most entertaining aggregation of car nival attractions exhibited in this city in a long long time. The Chambei of Commerce wouldn't have tolerated anything but a set of clean shows, The Sibley Shows, having the sup- port of the Chamber of Commerce, did not have to Ditch their tents on a sub urban show lot. They put up their ; played ball, not because he ever ukea tents in the very heart of the town, j it, but because he never could see a Beginning on Water Street at Main way out of it since it had been dis the concessions and smaller shows j covered that he could play. He thinks stretch down to Lawrence street, Thence thru Lawrence street the shows are spread out till they reach Euclid avenue. On Euclid avenue, between Lawrence and Shepard streets there is a vacant stretch of land lying along side of the Episcopal cemetery. Here the Sibley Shows have staged their big attractions. There by the little city of the dead is life and noise and merriment enough to bring the shades of the buried forth to inquire what it is all about. There are several worth while at tractions with the Sibley Shows. The Wild Animal Show, Athletic Arena, Monkev SDeedway, Motordrome, Mu seum of Wonders, etc. are pleasing large crowds nightly and the young find thrills every hour on the merry-go-round, the ferris wheel and the more exciting whip. Sibley's Superb i Shows play Elizabeth City all this week. 1 RECITAL AT DUFF'S A recital by the pupils of Miss Baker's music school, given at the Duff Piano Co. store Tuesday night was attended by a large crowd.. The program was well rendered and pleas ing. ' ! WHY ROBERTSON Former Elizabeth City South paw Likes Wholesale Pro duce Business And Hb Family Davis Robertson, once southpaw of , the Elizabeth City base ball team, who went from Elizabeth City to the, New York Giants hasjquittm 3415 set" tled down to businessln' Norfolk, Va,.' Davis Robertson quit the Giants just a few weeks ago, after having signed up for the season of 1919 and has gone into the wholesale produce business with his father, Chas. R. Robertson, at 25 Roanoke Ave., Norfolk. Davis Robertson was a great pitcher and a great batter when he was play ing in Elizabeth City. It didn't take the big Leagues long to find him and John McGraw of the New York Giants took him in hand. McGraw would have had another Ty Cobb in Davis Robert son, but Robertson hurt his shoulder and had to be transferred to the out field. As . an outfielder he . was even a greater succes than he was in the pitcher's box. Fans say that Robert son pulled down $8,000 with the Giants last year. But Davis Robertson is temperamen tal. He has a strong head as well as a strong arm and won't stand bullying. John McGraw is something of a bully McGraw and Robertson never did get along very well together. About two years ago Robertson mar- T-ifi a Richmond. Va.. girl and she has presented him with a baby. Rob ertson wanted to be near that wife and baby this summer and he askec McGraw to send him to Washington Mrs. Robertson and the baby were tc have spent the summer in Richmond.. just three hours rid6 from "Washington. But instead of sending Robertson to Washington McGraw told him to go to St. Louis. And right there Robert son kicked out. Robertson wouldn't go to St. Louis; he handed in his resig nation to Manager McGraw, packed his clothes and returned to his family. Talking to the writer of this news paper this week Davis Robertson says he is done with base ball. He says he i he will, feel more conieniea m m wholesale produce business, a business successfully established by his father more than a quarter of a century ago and to-day one of the leading houses of its kind in the booming city of Nor folk. B Jf riirap 31ulp 4 being a Hegal oitbap All Elizabeth City m QUIT THE.OANTS CITY MANAGER SIMONDSON JOB Says He-Will Not Turn Things Upside Down At Once 1 FRED W. SIMONDS City Manager, Fred W. Sim onds who entered upon his of ficial duties here Monday morn ing, tells this newspaper that he will not turn the town upside down any time soon. He sajte he shall feel his way cautiously and tackle one problem at a time until he has got his bear ings. But City Manager Simonds indicates that he may turn some things upside down before he has been here very long. The new City Manager doesn't like the condition of our streets. The new City Manager doesn't like the fact that we have 1800 ground toilets within the corporate limits of the city. The new City Manager doesn't like our public water supply. He expresses these particular dis likes without equivocation. This newspaper also learns that City Manager Simonds is in favor of com- pulsory sewerage; in favor of a wom an sanitary inspector and in favor of a Community Center building to house the city administration and-the Chamber of Commerce and to provide auditorium and recreation faculties for the whole town. Simonds comes from a section ;of the country where people are doing big things and he is not afraid of big ideas. For the time being City Manager Simonds will not disturb any of the appointive offices. He will work along as best he can with the old crowd hold ing over from the old administration and will weed them out only when he is sure of filling their jobs with better material. A CITIZEN HAS SOME VIEWS ON ROAD PAVING Says Pasquotank County Can Not Af ford to Experiment With Ex cessively Costly Concrete (A .Communication) On Monday, June 30th, the Pasquo tank Highway Commission received bids for the construction of the road from Elizabeth City to Weeksville There were several bids received on various types of construction, using all kinds of material; in fact the bids were as varied as Joseph's coat ol many colors. As this is the first road to be built by the County the Com missioners undoubtedly will be care ful in selecting the material for build ing the road. Bids were offered on brick, concrete, rock asphalt and as phalt, and these bids were sub-divided o fHfFerent types of foundation CLO - etc. The Commissioners are keen, leve? headed business men, but we believe it is beyond them to unravel the tangle of 11 3, 136, 14 and other mixtures of materials, the beam strength of brick, concrete and asphalt, the breaking strength, the tensile strength and all other kinds ol strengths, which we have heard talked about at the letting and on the street corner. Fortunately the County in Engineer Higgs, has a man who un derstands the strength of materials their proper proportions, and who will design his roads for durability and economy. Any fool can make a road - n'hridse "strong enough", by wast ing the taxpayer's money by overde cnin? it. but it takes an Engineer tc design a structure for durability an3 economy. (Concluded on page 2) Woman's Way. Sometimes a woman would rather get nervous prostration than not to have her own way at all. Galveston News. THE BIDS ON WEEKSVILLE ROAD ENTIRELY TOO HIGH Pasquotank Highway Commission Rejects All Bids For Construction of First Nine Miles of Per manent Roads in This County WHAT WILL THEY DO WITH VANN? School Board Meets Monday And Whole County Is Astir Monday, July 7 is the date upon which the Pasquotank County Board, of Education will hold its first monthly meeting . for the school year 1919-20 and the people of the entire county are wondering just what the board will do upon the Superintendent ques tion Rumors are current that at least on member of the board will change his decision of the June meeting, and if that should be the case, Prof. P. S. Vann will be re-elected to the office of County Superintendent. Not quite a year ago Prof. Hinton, then Superintendent, was compelled on account of ill health to tender his res ignation to the board, and Prof. Vann at the time Superintendent of the Gates county schools, was appointed to fill the vacancy. A few months ago Prof. Vann was informed by J. M. LeRoy, chairman of the board, that his services would not be needed' after July first, and that he might look else where for a job. During Vann's period of office the schools of x Pasquotank county pros pered as never before in their whole historv. People everywhere through his efforts began to become aroused tc the need of bigger and better schools and State high schools were voted for in HifFprri sections' of the county. , In spite of the flu and other epidemics the schools flourished and a school spirit developed, the like of which had j never been known in Pasquotank. Con sequently when Prof. Vann's dismissal for it was virtually that became .known throughout the county, at storm of protest was raisea, wa. in the appearance at the June meeting of the Board of Education,- of commit tees from all parts of the county, de manding satisfactory reasons for the surprising action of the board, and Vann's reetntion as County Superin tendent if such reasons were not given. J. M. LeRoy, W. A. Foster and W. G. Cox, the members of the board consistently refused to give any defi nite and satisfactory resaons for their course in the matter, and persistently refused to pledge themselves to any course of action, but plainly showed by their attitude that they did not pro pose to re-elect Vann. It has since been rumored that Cox has experienc ed at least a partial change of heart, and has agreed to vote for Vann's re tention, provided Vann can answer satisfactorily a mysterious question which Cox intends to ask him. In the event of an unsatisfactory answer according to the rumor, Cox will re sign from the board and permit the ap pointment of some other man to the place. In view of the fact that W. A. Fos ter will go out of office at the July meejting, and will be supplanted by jj w Morgan of Providence, an avowed supporter of Vann, it appears tnat Cox's action will virtually control the situation as to Vann's retention or dismissal, and it is certain that the j coming meeting will be a highly un- pleasant one for the County tfoara 01 Education if any determined move is made to oust Vann from the position which he has apparently filled so ably and efficiently. JUNIORS WILL FEAST AT SALEM SATURDAY Visiting Lodge Members' To Be En tertained With Old Fashion Picnic Weeksville Council No. 245, Jr. O U. A. M. will entertain visitors to the District Meeting of Juniors, with an old fashioned picnic at Salem Baptist church Saturday afternoon, July 5. from 2 p. m. to 6:30 p. m. An old fashioned picnic dinner will be served at 4:30 t). m. Seven northeastern counties will be represented at the Dis trirt Meetine Several speakers will address the crowd, including Hon Woodus Kellum, of Wilmington N. C HEAVY .TOBACCO SMOKE Two firemen were killed and $4,000, 000 worth of property destroyed when the old Garret Winery near the Berk ley Ferry, Norfolk, Va. was burned, to the ground Monday afternoon. The biggest financial loser in the fire was the Imperial Tobacco Co. who had mil lions of dollars worth of tobacco stored in the building. J The Pasquotank Highway Commission opened bids for nine miles of hard surfaced road from Elizabeth Citv to Weeksville on Monday, June 30 and promptly rejected every bid. The bids that were opened Monday called for a 15 foot road, to be built of brick or concrete. The lowest bid for brick was $2.77 a yard for nothing but brick laid on the natural road founda tion and grouted with cement. The lowest bid for concrete was $"3.13 a square yard for a monolithic mixture 7 inches thick in the center and tap ering to 5 inches thick on each side. With only $500,000 to spend this year, the Pasquotank Highway 'Commission could not see more than 15 miles of improved road in this county at the figures submitted at Monday's meet- . ing. County Road Engineer T. L. Higgs says the .bids were entirely too high and that if no better bids, can be ob tained Pasquotank should buy her own material and build her own roads, sav ing $5,000 or more per mile. The most dependable bidder on con crete was Porter-Lassiter & Co.. " o Norfolki They obligated to lay a nar- ' row gauge rail road from Elizabeth, . City to Weeksvillo to haul material . for the proposed road and to handle all material over this rail road with loco motives, thus expediting construction and insuring better construction gener ally. But they want $3.13 a square yard and there are 8,800 square yards to a mile of road 15 feet wide. That's equivalent to $27,544 a mile. The Pasquotank Highway Commis sion is getting out new specifications and will give contractors another op- t portunity to bid. If the bids don't; 1 show uf right-Pasquotank, will" steer clear of contractors. One contractor is said to have made no secret of the fact that he figured in a profit of $50,000 for himself on the construction of the proposed nine miles of road. The Highway Commission has not j committed itsel to any type of road j constrUction, but facts brought out in . -MnnAv riisriosed I the opening of bids Monday disclosed many things in favor of brick. The Commissioners are convinced that they can tell something about a -brick, but they are no longer certain that they know anything about concrete or what sort of , job they will get if they try to get a cheap bid for concrete construc tion. The Commissioners are begin ning to find out that contractors can build a concrete road to cost almost any amount one wants to put in it. It's all a matter of sifting in more sand and leaving out more cement. The high cost of construction of 15 foot roads is giving the Highway Com mission considerable pause. Again the que-stion of nine foot roads has been revived and several members of the commission are in favor of build ing 15 foot roads only within five miles of town, using nine foot construction for more remote distances. The type of nine foot road suggested would be on the right hand side of the road coming into town, with a dirt road to the left. The farmer coming into town with a load would keep to the paving; the man going out unloaded would have to turn out with one wheel on the dirt road when he met a vehicle coming in. ONLY THE LEGISLATURE CAN UNSEAT SAUNDERS Attorney General Manning Heard, From. To Unseat Saunders Would Upset the Gen eral, Assembly Busy bodies and politicians whe think they can deprive W. O. Saunders of his seat in the General Assembly , because he has accepted a commission as a trustee of the State Normal School at Elizabeth City, may find their task not so easy. In an opinion given Representative Saunders this week, Attorney General James S. Manning says: "A member of the Legislature is on a different footing with reference to the effect of his accepting another office during his term, from any other officer. Only the Legislature itself can interfere and it it did declare Representative Saunders' office vacant, the declaration would af fect a large minority of its own mem bers." As pointed out by this newspaper last week, many members of the Legis lature are serving on the Board, oi Trustees of various state institutions To unseat Representative Saunders for this technical violation of a constitu tional law, would set a precedent and disorganize the General Assembly. The Legislautre will probably let the Saun ders case severely alone and frown down the cheap politicians who are plotting this mischief. :-::-t;i'