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.. ' - ,. , . - . , FRIDAY. AUGUST 15 i0,
THE INDEPENDENT, ELIZABETH CITY, N. C , . 1910
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W. 0. SAUNDERS, Editor
At an enthusiastic meeting of the Cho
ACcn,;.Hnn held in Edenton
. , i w? C t O Pacf Par-4!.- -to- Trivott was elected Presi
frndayby w. v. sauuuw. - -r-v, N Grifln.Tp. w
Hobbs was re-elected Secretary and Trea
A7;c committees were ap-
n 1 1 1 1 ...Air
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AUGUST 15, 191?
Too Many Grocers
,-,Vc in KHzabeth City.
HERE are sixty seven rnau . - -
Let us assume that Elizabeth Uty nas a popui-- .
(XX), which is about ;300 more aUowed by the
r-r trur mvr us tx j-
census nine yww , pthincr like every
persons in i?.iizaDetn vivy, sr . - , r;
thirty five families. The figures for Elizabeth City will
trurty iivc ay rit :s iust an average town.
a The r ma rtipliof ril groceries is in a large measure re
JUtYl? t nf livin- The average bob-tail village
'enough, in spoilage and bad ac-
grocery will waste enoug u - - -.7 - f of its
several iamwics m .- - ,
for the mistakes ana mismaiidgcii.
proprietor, llie puDiic pas
of these wasteful little grocers.
-w . 1 - nrhPtl O Til , 1 1 I.N LUU Liiiiiiis,
It nas Deen idiu tucxu v. tmi; f tV,ern
hat i not true, luiinuno.
too trifling for anything
educational qualifications for the min-
else, he enters the ministry,
who can't tass the mediocre
istry fall into the grocery trade. ssiblv
Of the sixty seven retail grocers in Elizabeth City possibly
twenty are good business men, rendering the public a good and use
ful Service and receiving therefor no more profit than they are en
tit led to But there are&forty seven others that serve no other pur
pose than to keep their., proprietors out of useful labor and to add
to the bisrh cost of living.
Seven groceries 'could serve this town as well as sixty seven
now serve it and with one fourth the labor, clerical expense and
overhead. In fact the town would be better served by seven Dig,
clean, well stocked stores than by sixty seven compet Jf 7'
none of which has the nerve to carry complete stocks in the face
of so much competition.
. It is high time people were given thought to these things.
But why pay a profit to any one for the necessities of life.
Pood is an elemental necessity. Without food we can not have life
Food is the fundamental public utility. The only man who should
be permitted to tax us for the food we need is the man who pro
duces the food. The producer should always be paid in full for his
produce. But between the producer and consumer stands a vast
chain of middle men, many of them mere speculators who render
no form of service in handling or distributing. And it is these who
make the cost of living burdensome and terrible.
Some day a sensible people will wipe out the organization of
middlemen'and communities will handle their own foodstuffs. We
shall see here in Elizabeth City, for instance, one great food distri
buting center conducted by the municipality instead of sixty seven
little groceries conducted by individuals for individual profit.
It may not come in a decade, but it will not be many years
before we will have real city markets. A generation hence a town
the size of Eliaabeth City will have two or three municipal markets,
located at points accessible to all the people. These markets will
be managed by trained men taken from mercantile li'-es. These
markets will buy all the meats, poultry, vegetables, fruits, fish,
flour, sugar, lard, soap, coffee, tea, vinegar, spices, cakes, biscuits,
canned goods, etc., consumed by the community. They will buy
direct from the producers, eliminating the profits of all middle men.
And they will sell to the community direct, charging only enough
to cover the actual cost of the provisions plus a reasonable operating
expense. . - .
I know that profiteers call this Bolshevism; but calling it
names will not head it off. It is hither we are heading. If we had
headed that way a quarter a century ago the country would be
spared the serious situation in which it finds itself to-day.
CHOWAN FAIR TO BE
HELD OCTOBER 28 TO 31
.. Priwott President of
. tlon Directors Promise A
pointed and arrangements are bemg made
to hold" the biggest and best fair yet
held by the Chowan Fair Association.
They are working out plans and arrang
ing many attractions. . They say we can
expect the finest Horse Racing any
County Fair has produced in this sec
tion. The purses will be many and lib-
eral. , .
The Committee on exhibits say their
part of the fair will surpass any held
heretofore. The premiums given in aU
these departments will be liberal and
The Committee on Attractions are
planning to have the ' best and biggest
attractions that can be secured in the
way of a carnival, tent shows, seaplanes,
etc. The Fair Grounds, Buildings and
Race Track, which are now the best in
this part of the State, will undergo many
changes in improvement to make this
fair the most instructive and attractive
to the people of this -and adjoining counties.
WILSONIANS PLAN TO
MEET HOUSING PROBLEM
Investors In That City Plan To Build
Group of 75 or 80 Attractive
The housing problem 'is becoming dai
ly more acute, not only in Elizabeth City,
but also in other cities in the State and
Nation. In an effort to relieve the sit
uation in Wilson, N. C. a company known
as the Wilson HousiMg Association has
been formed, which has recently pur
chased an 18-acre tract in that city for
around $25,000, on which will soon be
erected 75 or SO houses.
The recent rapid growth of Wilson
and its importance as the center of a
big tobacco and cotton belt, have made
the housing problem there particularly
pressing, and the progressive venture of
the Housing Association is being watched
with great interest, since it gives pro
mise of early relief from a state of af
fairs that is seriously impeding the pro
gress of the city.
Wilson is a town nearly as large
MRS. BOETTCHER'S BUSINESS
COLLEGES OPENS AUGUST 18
The Elizabeth City Business College
will open for the fall and winter on Mon
day August 18, according to information
furnished by the Principal, Mrs. Wm.
Boettcher who is at present taking a va
cation at Swannanoa, in the mountains
of Western North Carolina.
NEW DRAINAGE SYSTEM
FOR ELIZABETH CITY
Swallowing The Camel
HE W. C. T. U. will now wage war on tobacco and the
I threat is made that "ten years hence milady Nicotine will be
laid in a grave alonsr side the remains of John Barleycorn.
This newspaper may as well make its position clear in this subject
now. THE INDEPENDENT will not support the crusade on to
bacco until the W. C. T. U. has done the consistent thing and mad'e
war on drugs and patent medicines.
I thought that when the last saloon had been driven out of
the country and the manufacture of beer, wines and spirituous liq
uors prohibited, that the W. C T. U. and the Anti Saloon League
would turn their righteou energies to the desirable task, of cleaning
up the patent medicine evil.
But prohibition is an accomplished fact, so far as law making
is concerned; there isn't a bar room in the U. S. A., the distilleries
have gone out of business ; breweries are making soda fountain bev
erages and thousands formerly engaged in the manufacture and
distribution of booze are lying in the shade wondering if hell is any
place like this. But with the booze evil outlawed, we are left with
a drug evil that has been given a boost and not a handicap. The
patent medicine manufacturer has had his greatest competitor leg
islated out of lawful existence and is now permitted to thrive as
never before. Patent medicines containing a high alcoholic con
tent and certain opiates are taking the place of booze. AND HHE
W. C. T. U. INSTEAD OF WAGING A LOGICAL WARFARE ON
THE SUCCESSOR OF BOOZE, JUMPS CLEAN OVER THIS
MOST FLAGRANT EVIL AND PURPOSES TO WAGE' WAR ON
A MILDER VICE.
Enlightened humanity will eventually throw off tobacco, just
as it is surely throwing off strong drink. But we are not done with
the drink evil yet. The W. C. T. U. and other temperance organi
zations have a life time of work ahead of them putting down the
illicit brewer, distiller and bootlegger. If they have other money
and energy to expend, both can be well applied to the drug evil. To
take tobacco away from a nation that has just been deprived of its
hitherto lawful liquor, without taking away the harmful liquor sub
stitutes, would be to play the nation further into the net of the
drug manufacturers. I am convinced that to deprive the people of
both booze and tobacco and permit the drug evil to flourish as it is
would make for a nation of drug fiends;
Prussian Militarism Imported
RUSSIAN militarism seems to have been transferred from
Berlin to Washington. Even Secretary Baker, once a pro
nounced pacifist has been converted to the Prussian idea of
compulsory military training. Some idea of what we are slated for
is contained in revised estimates of the permanent military policy
recommended by the war department. The new estimate calls for
standing army of 576,000 men and universal military training for al
youths of 19; years- The program calls for 900 million dollars a year,
798 millions of which would be for the upkeep of the standing armv
Those who complain that we have just spent 30 billions on a war
to end war and make the world safe for. democracy, forget that
there are those in power who think that America should be made
saie lor plutocrats:
(Editorial Concluded on Page 5)
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Let us show you
City Manager Simohds is now engag
ed, in making a chart of Elizabeth City
with a view to laying out a brand new
drainage system which will really drain
the city. When this plan is completed
and carried into operation it is probable
that a series of main sewers will be laid
some following the courses of the pre
sent insanitary ditches which go by the
misleading titles of canals. These main
sewers will be installed with a view to
the future as well as the present needs
of the city, and so constructed that new
auxiliary sewers may d connected with
them at a minimum of labor and expense
from time to time as they are needed.
The City Manager staves that the first
sten in the carrvine out of a new scien
tific drainage project in this city will be
the making of a topographical survey of
the entire city, which will cost "three or
four thousand dollars. This survey will
give accurate figures as to the grades
of the various streets in all parts of the
city, and will obviate the danger of lay
ing main sewers where they are not need
ed, as well as assuring the proper depth
of sewers laid. There seems little reason
for doubt that the present Board of
Aldermen will act in accordance with the
Gity Manager's suggestions, and that the
proposed survey will be made at an early
When the new drainage plan for the
city is completed and is carried out, all
the present "canals" will be covered,
those which are available for the pur
pose being converted in to streets. Thus,
the proposed scientific drainage system
for the city wil serve a threefold pur
pose, viz., complete drainage for Eliza
beth City, the reduction of disease and
death resulting from better sanitation,
and the opening up ox valuable property
in the heart of the city. In the absence
of definite data pending the completion
of the drainage plan, HD estimate as to
the cost of the undertaking can be given
at the present time.
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13 WAS AN UNLUCKY DAY
FOR CHOWAN CELEBRATION
The great home coming -celebration
and welcome to returned soldiers, sail
ors and marines, which was to have been
held at Small Cross Roads in Chowan
County, Tuesday, Aug. 13, was indefi
nitely postponed because of the severe
rain and wind storm which visited this
section Tuesday niglrt. Chowan people
had expended about $500 to make the
celebration a genuine success. The J,
H.'Ziegler Band of Elizabeth City had
been employed to furnish music for the
ocasion. The band got as far as Hert
iora weanesaay morning, wnen it was
turned back by a telephone message from
Tyner saying the picnic had been called
I have recently been dis
charged from the service
and have located in Hert
ford to practice Law. My
office is over Stokes and.
Hillary G. Window
Aug 8 2t Attorney-at-Law
Annual Report Directors'
July 17th, 1919.
According to the requirements of the By-Laws
of this Bank, we have this day completed an. ex
amination of its affairs, made a detailed list of all
notes and assets, compared these with the Books,
and found them correct.
We have made a critical examination of each
note, counted the cash, examined the balances re
ported by other Banks, and find them correct.
In our opinion, the loans and other assets of the
Bank are good and of equal value to the amount
at which they are carried on the books.
We consider the affairs of the Bank in a good
and prosperous condition, its records kept in a
satisfactory manner, and its business conducted
J. W. FOREMAN, Chairman.
C. E. KRAMER,
W. J. WOODLEY,
Directors Composing the Examining
August 11, 1918
August 11, 1919
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