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v - 1 olume VIII. Number 4 ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C, APRIL 15, 1921 Subscription $2.00 a Year in Advance orthampton's "Grand Old Man" Peacefully Passes to the Great Beyond lath Claimed. CaDt. Thomas Williams Mason Yesterday ( Morning at 10:00 o'CIock at His Home, "Longview", Near Garysburg. Family at His Bedside ineral Services This Afternoon at ;." , Garysburg. M E. Church erment Will be Made in ChuYch Graveyard, His Pastor, Assisted by Rev. Lewis N. Taylor, Officiating Captain Thomas Williams Ma- i, one of the most noted citi is of Eastern North Carolina, dat his home. "Longview w Garysbure yesterday morn at the aee of 83. Funeral ser ps will take place at Garysburg p afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. Chosen five times to represent county in the General Assem L Captain Mason was univers r considered the most belovec; h in Northampton county and I whole of his life was spent me service of his State. jcessful lawyer, he was also of the largest land owners of section. olunteering in the Civil War n but a boy he served pughout that bitter struggle, bg attached to the staff ot eral Robert Ransom as cap- laptain Mason graduated from University of North Carolina studied law at the University Virginia. In 1885 he was elect- !0 his first term in the State pte and was a member from I to 1895 of the North Caro I Railroad Commission, upon uuiiuauuii yi wiui uuuy. 1885 Captain Mason was the mee ot the Democratic party the United States' Senate. g defeated in the election by per Senator Marion Butler. 896 he was also the candidate, is party for Lieutenant Gov- Ir on the ticket with Cyrus Ison, of Winston-Salem. ven in his latter years" Cap- Mason was actively interest- h public affairs, and in 1915 represented his county for the the fifth and last time in the feral Assembly,, sitting in the se beside his grandson, Sen- William Lunsford Long, of fax, president pro tempore 1921 Senate. Although then fceble heath, Captain Mason, deeply stirred by the cause is count in the war with nany and was a leader in his tty in all patriotic movements. hp tain Mason was born in nswick county, Virginia but bved to Northampton county tly after his marriage, when ung man to Miss Rettie Grav thter of Major William Gray, I ortnarcpton county, lie is ived hv twn daughters. Mra . , ...... 11. Long and Miss Ruth Ma- and the following errand pen: Senator W." JL Long Dr. T. W. M. Lone, and Mrs p. Jarman, all of Roanoke ids. and W. J. Long and L. Long, of Garysburg. DLDEN-HEARTED GENTLEMAN (Raleigh Ntwiand Ob..nrr) Biere passed to the Better d yesterday Capt. Thomas :iams Mason, of Northampton hty. full of years, full of be,, full of everything that kes a gentleman, a Datriot. a blar, a Christian. Recalling long and useful and unselfish it may be truly said of him i he was a "suncrowned" i who ' lived, above the fog ublic duty arid private think " Gracious in manner, lov in disposition, without a e of self seeking, he had nered to himself a wealth of p and confidence and esteem. e had one fault it was that acked the ambition to sten l places for which he was em- kitly fitted, standing aside It friends more desirous of preferment should realize their ambitions.' But, while others held positions of more promi nence, Captain Mason won grati tude and distinction for service in war and in peace. He enter ed the Confederate Army as. a boy, All his life the Cause was dear to him, indeed sacred, and no man incarnated the spirit of Robert E. Lee more than Thos. W. Mason. Captain Mason served long as trustee of the University of North Carolina, as member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, often as delegate to great gatherings of the Metho- dist church, of which he was a devoted member, several times as member of both branches of the General Assembly, as Rail road Commissioner and in other positions of trust and honor. 'ublic position brought no dis tinction to him and he was not dependent upon official status. He conferred honor by public ser vice and every honor given him came unsought. Integrity. was of his fibre and love of country made up the warp and woof of his being. In 1805 he was the caucus nominee of his party for United States Senator. He look ed the part, and it was a mis fortune to the State that a Fus ionist secured the toga which semed made for him. In 189(5. the year when Russell was elect ed, Captain Mason was the Democratic candidate for Lieu tenant Governor, and when Mr. Watson became ill his canvass of the State was brilliant and uplifting. Few men have lived in the State who possessed such elo quence. At his best, for he had to feel deeply to reach theheights, he spoke with a spirit and com pelling eloquence which moved all privileged to sit under the spell of his utterance. Three speeches made by Captain Ma son, recalled by this writer, stand out among the noblest de livered in North Carolina in a generation. , The first was at the celebration of the Centennial of the Univer sity. A score of the State's first citizens spoke. When Cantain Mason rose to speak- the years fell from him and the in-rush of memories and the passion of love for his alma mater so possessed him that as he spoke his audience felt a thrill such as only once in a lifetime swavsanaudienee. Tt. was electrical and the cadence ot his rich voice has not vet died away. The second effort which will abide, for it was written. was his address at the laying of the cornerstone of the Confederate monument on the west front of the Capitol Square in May. 1894. The love and de votion of the Daughters of the Confederacy had made possible its erection and there gathered a great concourse of people to wit ness the foundation of a memor ial long desired. The theme and the man met. Mason was the young Confederate in heart that day. He envisioned and glori fied his comrades. Their deeds were immortal. He made a fit ting eulogy, and as the throngs left the Grounds there was a deeper appreciation of the men in gray than youths had felt before. That masterpiece of eulocv was alone enough to give distinction to one gifted to speak his com rades "fair in death." The third speech that lives in the mind of this writer was what was truly the most inspired speech heard in the Senate Chamber in half a century. The temperance forces were fiirhtino- f -i - tn for the initial measures which opened the door for the State and National emancipation from the drink evil. The fate of important measures hung in the balance when Captain Mason, State Sen ator, rose to speak near the close of the morninc session. Sooni the galleries were thronged and the floor crowded, the House be ing deserted. Poets have sung of Home, but rarely, if ever, such a tribute for the home and the protection of youth fell from the lips of man. Certainly no one who heard it can ever forget that the Senate Chamber seemed transformed into a santuary and when he ended the cause for which he had spoken was trium The' State of North Carolina needs that a double portion of the spirit of that golden-hearted gen tleman shall fall upon it in the days that lie before us. He had the dignity and philosphy of Bal four, whom he resembled, and the sweetnes and serenity which befits one whose life has been "gentle," "with the elements so mixed in him That nature might stand up to to all the world and say This was a man." WITH THE CHURCHES METHODIST CHURCH Rev. L. B. Jones, Pastor Sunday School at 9:45 W. V. Woodruff, Supt. Preaching by the pastor at 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. A. M. Voluntary, The Lord is My Light. Offertory. Duet God is Love. P. M. - Voluntary, Watchman What of the Night. Offertory, Spirit of Faith. All are cordially invited to these services. ROSEMARY PERSONAL LOCAL ITEMS AND! POWELLTOWN ITEMS spent All Saints Church (Epiicop.l) Rev. Lewis N. Taylor, Rector Roanoke Avtnui Miti Mary Duke, Parish Visitor Nixt Sunday is the Third Sunday after Easter. Services: 7:30 A. M. Holy Communion. 9:45 Church School T. W. Mul- len, Supt. Morning service at 11 Night service 7:30. The Church with a welcome ' Presbyterian Church Rev. Stanley White, Pastor Mr. Stanage, Orgtniit Mr. J. H, Harrison, S. S. Supt. Historical Pageant The rural and city schools ex pect to present in Weldon on the sixth day of May a joint pro duction of Halifax County's picturesque history. The page ant will be impossible without the absolute co-operation of the community people in each croup. The hearty support and loyal service of each town and com munity will be needed greatly in the interest of making our pictorial presentation of Halifax County's history worthy of her glorious past, .her ennobling present, and her future great ness. The Pageant has been divided into four periods as follows: 1. Indian and Pioneer Period. 2. Revolutionary Period. 3. N Civil War Period. 4. Modern Period. Roanoke Rapids will furnish the attendant water sprites of the Spirit of the Roanoke, a chorus, also soldiers and citizens for the Revolutionary Period. You can assist to a great extent by helping to locate and plan suit able costumes for men, women and children of the above men tioned periods. The chairman of the costume committee for your community is Mrs. J. M. Jackson. Report to her at your earliest convenience what defi nite help may be expected of you along this line for your Group. No doubt you can get in touch with a numher of original dresses, uniforms, hats, swords, guns, flags, Indian relics, etc., that could be used in other pe riods than your own. If this is possible, report same to your chairman. Other communities will share with you likewise. In this way, we can be of mutual J benefit not only to our own Group but to the County as a whole. Sunday School 10:00 A. M. Morning Service 11:00 A. M. Christian Endeavor 7:00 P. M. Evening service 7:45 P. M. Prayer Meeting on Wednes day 7:30 P. M. The sermon Sunday morning will be on "What I Can do to Kill the Church," and on Sunday night "A Recipe for a Trium phant Life," Special music is arranged for each service by Lucy Crisp, choir director. Grammer Grades vs Emporia Second The Grammer Grades played their first baseball game Wed nesday afternoon at Emporia. Through the fifth innijig it was very interesting for Roanoke Rapids. In the last half of the sixth Emporia gained three mak ing the score 0 to 5 in favor of Roanoke Rapids. Excitement ran high then until the last in ning when Emporia scored 4 runs making the final score of 9 to 8 in favor of Emporia. Roanoke Rapids played well especially Billy Brown, first baseman and Wi he VniKrhnn short stop. Clyde fiargrove, pitcher struck out sixteen and walked one. Briggs, pitcher for Emporia struck out nine and walked six. The line-up forR. Rapids: Catcher, Willie Glover: Pitcher Clyde Hargrove; First base, Billy Brown; Second base. Willie Mincher; Third base, Edward Vincent; Short stop. Willie Vau- ghan; Right field, George Smith; Center field, Roy Medlin: Left field, Sam Jones. The game will be returned next Wednesday the 20th at 3:45 on the grounds adjoining the central school. The public is invited to come out and help us defeat Emporia. They will play Jackson on the 27th.- We hope you will keen these games in mind and give the team your interest and sup port. A Warning The individual or individuals who have been disturbing the property of the Presbyterian Church are hereby warned that their activities will be no ' longer tolerated. The police have been notified, and the offenders if caught, will be dealt with through due process of the law. Honor Roll For Seventh Month ROSEMARY SCHOOL The Ladies Aid Society of the First M. E. Church will have a white sale Saturday in one side of W. G. Lynch's Jewelry Store from 12 o'clock on and will serve chicken salad, tea, ice cream, and cake. Grade 1-A Eva Mav Roberts. James Daniel, Elmer Daniel, Montie Williams, Blanton Har grove, Ruby Conn, Elizabeth Parks, Nellie Parks, Effie Simp kins. Grade 1-B Esther Smith, Elva Kendrick, Earl Coker. Grade 1-D Arleen Batton, Ethel Bullion. Florence Carr. Ruby Garner. Baulah Miller. Virginia Ogletree. Phala Vick. Yates Brown, Francis Cobb. Grade 1-E Julia Crutchfield. Lois Smith, Nina Harriss, Fen- (Continued on back page) Mr. C. L. Maness. of Norfolk. spent Monday in Rosemary. Mr. George Swartz, of Lester, Penn., was a visitor in town this week. t Miss Pearl Fleming Monday in Rocky Mount Mr. Monroe G. Jenkins is spending the week in New York City. Mr. T. M. Dobson. of Rich- mond spent Tuesday and Wed nesday in town. Hon. D. II . Tillett, Grand Mas ter of the Odd Fellows Frater nity of North Carolina was the guest of honor at a social gather ing of the fraternity held in the local lodge rooms Saturday nicht. He made an illuminating address on the principles and work of the order. A large number of guests were present in addition to the members of the Iodcre. Several shortaddresses weremade follow ing the principal address and at the close of the meeting refresh ments were served.- ' Mr. Fred Peck left Monday morning for Greensboro. Messrs. L. G. Shell and G. L Hayes, Jr., left Wednesday for New York. Mr. Charles Goodrich, of Rich mond, was in town Wednesday. Mt.ssrs. E. J. and J. D. Bald win, of Chattanooga, Tenn., were in town this week. Mr. N. H. Johnson, of New York City was here Tuesday. Rev. Chas. M. Lance, Mrs. S. H. Huff and Mis3 Annie Medlin left Thursday night to attend the Womans' Missionary Council in Richmond, Va. Mr. W. S. Davis, of Norfolk was here Tuesday. Mr. Edward T. Alston, Jr of Henderson, spent Tuesday in Rosemary. Mr. Ben M. Pugn, of Thelma, was here Wednesday afternoon. Mr. R. E. Jerome, of the U. S. N., visited friends here this week. Mrs. H. M. Poe, of Rocky Mount, was the guest of her sis ter, Mrs. A. G. Carter, Saturday. Mr. Harry Wood, of High Point was in town Wednesday. Misses Bessie and Edmonia Wilkins, of Northampton County, were in Rosemary Wednesday. Rev. Chas. M. Lance is spend ing several days in Raleigh. Mrs. A. B. Carr, of Norfolk. was the guest of Mrs. W. C. Williams this week. Mr. C. L. Peele, formerly with the Coburn Motor Co., of Nor folk, has accepted a position as head mechanic of the W. F. Joy- ner Motor Co. Mr. John L. Patterson, of Richmond was here Tuesday. Mr. Reginald H. Joyner, of Northampton County was in town Wednesday morning. Mr. E. C. Kendrick. of New York City, spent Tuesday in Rosemary. H. II. Smith, of Norfolk, was in town Tuesday. Mrs. Virginia Dromgoole was a visitor in Rosemary Wednes day. Mr. N. L. Walker, of Raleigh, was here Monday. Mr. Russell Moody, of North ampton Co.', was here Wednes day. Mr. R. D. Jenkins went to Greeesboro last Friday to place an adopted child in its new home. Returning home he left immedi ately on a like mission for Gates County. ' Mrs. J. M. Beckwith is attend ing the meeting of the Presby terial of the Albemarle Presby tery which meets in New Bern, April 13th. 14th and 15th. Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Hayes and son, Mrs. Charlena Hart and Mrs. J. M. Grizzard motored to Mr. Hayes' home. - Palmer Springs, Sunday returning Mon day. The Presbyterian Woman's Auxiliary will meet with Mrs. S. r. Scott on next Tuesday. I The host of friends of Mr. Davis Hawkins are sorry to hear that he is very ill at the home of his son, E. R. Hawkins, in South Rosemary. Mrs. Burler White and her lit tle son, of Norfolk. Va.. were in South Rosemary the past week end. Mrs. White was called tn the bedside of her father, Mr. Davis Hawkins. The debate on the "League of Nations," which was to have taken place at South Rosemary on last Friday evening, was post poned on account of the incle ment weather. Rev. Lance will preach at Smith's Church Sunday morning at eleven o'clock. Sunday School at 10 o'clock. ROANOKE RAPIDS PERSONAL AND LOCAL ITEMS GARNER SCHOOL ITEMS Miss Haddly Lewis spent the week-end with Miss Lillian Fra- zier. Dr. Dallas Zollicoffer will make an address at Garner School Sun day P. M. at 3:30. Everyone is invited to be present. Mrs. T. A. Cooper of Weldon. spent Sunday with her brother in Roanoke Rapids. Miss Katie Collier returned home Friday on account of ill ness. Miss Sue Bett Overstreet snent Sunday in her home at Enfield. Safe at S. A. L. Station Blown Wednesday Night The safe in the office "of the Seaboard agent was cracked Wednesday nignt, evidently by professional yeggmen. The door was literally blown tn pieces. Mr. Eubanks, the agent and Mr. White, the express man, lef thet office about nine o'clock. The safe was blown about one. A Mr. Parker was passing the sta tion just as the safe was blown and heard the noise, which was not sufficient to attract his at tention, or either too - significant for him to investigate alone. Fortunately there was net verv much money in the safe, probably $100. However there were checks given by local firms amounting to over $10,000. People living across the street from the building did not hear the explosion and the discovery was not made until Thursday The yeggmen left no clue, how ever blood hounds were brought in an attempt to locate the crimi nals or at least trace the direct ion in which they departed. Work on New Telephone "Central" Being Pushed At last the new switch board for the local telephone exchange has arrived. Linemen and cab e splicers have been busy here now for some days. The switch board man i3 here, and in a few days other gangs will arrive to pusn tne work ot changing over to the automatic svstem as fast as possible. The chance to the Antnmatie svstem will reauirethe re-wiHntr of the entire system which means a lot oi work to be done before the new central can be cut in. Although Mr. Porter, the gener al manager of the company hope to have the work completed by the 15th of next month. FRATERNAL NOTES Carolina Lodge No. 225 1. O. O. F. at its regular meeting Monday night, April 11, 1921, in W. O. W. Hall, Rosemary, N. C. referred -one application to a committee. Several of the Bros, made interesting talks under the head of the good of the order, which was enioved hv their no. ual attendance, and esneciallv the remarks by Bro. J. H. Daven port, who has been awav fnr the past two years. On next Mon day night April 18, the degree Cantian will drill the team for the initiatory degree on Apru to, so every member of the decree team in nro-ed tn at. tend promptly at 8 P. M. Visit' ors always welcome at the meet ings of this lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Garthriarht have left for Portsmouth to make their home. Misses Verna Davenport and Louise Grooms, of Richmond, spent the week-end here visitinc Miss Lena Rivers Jones. Mrs. E. A. A. Parker and children left Sunday for Tarboro after spending some time here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Bounds. Messrs. J. T. Stainback, J. R. Manning and W. T. Councill at tended the ball game at Wake Forest Saturday. Mrs. T. M. Stone, of Hender son, is spending some time here , in the home of Mr. and Mrs.' G. E. Williams. Mrs. J. P. Wrenn and children, left Tuesday for their home in Henderson after spending a few days here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Williams. Miss Alice Coleman spent the week-end out of town with rela tives. Miss Ethel Leatherwood spent the week-end at Snow Hill visit ing friends. Mr. Fred Peck left Monday for his new home in Greensboro. Mr. W. W. Kidd and family of Warrenton, spent the week end here with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Outland and daughter spent the week end in Richmond. Miss Louise Smith, of Bethel. spent the week-end here with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Cohen, of Enfield, spent Sunday here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. Marks. Misses Ethel Kelly, Elizabeth Moore and Pettick and Mr. Long, of Jackson, spent Mondav here on business. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. House and Mrs. Hale, of Wilson, spent a few hours in town Sunday. Mrs. J. M. Rice is soendine some time in Raleigh with her daughter. Dr. and Mrs. Job Taylor are spending some time in New York. Miss Ruth Rainey spent the week-end in Northampton Coun ty visiting Mrs. B. F. Byrum. Mr, J. H. Harrison spent Wed nesday in Richmond on business. Mrs. R. B. Lawson left Thurs day for her home in South Bos ton after spending several davs here with her parents. Mr. Herbert Brantlev SDent several days here this week with relatives. Mrs. R. M. Hudson and child- ren, of Henderson, are visiting relatives here. Mr. and Mrs. B. Marks and Mr. Abe Norinsky snent a few days in Richmond this week. Mr. J. R. Mannine spent a few days in Richmond this week on business. Mr. James R. Matthews Mr. James R. Matthews, well known citizen of the countv died at the State Farm Friday morn ing of pneumonia. He had been a guard there for twenty odd years. A devoted wife and four children survive. He was an un- cle of Mr. J. T. Garner, of Rose mary. The body was brought to Mr. Garner's home Saturday and tuneral services were held in the afternoon. Rev. A. G.. Carter of. ficiating. Interment was made in Cedarwood Cemetery. McKinney-CuIbreath Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wynne request the honor of your pres ence at the marriage of their sister Evelyn Isabelle McKinney to Mr. Clarence Evans Culbreath on Friday evening, April fifteenth ' nineteen hundred twenty-one at the hour of eight at the First Baptist Church Tampa, Florida St. . . ,1; n 5-'. II a I ' -L I -- .L ' ------'jv