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' V. ! 1 ft ft ft II lume VIII. Number 12 ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C, JUNE 10, 1921 M SHARPE AND BURLESON DRAW HEAVY SENTENCES Iden Climax in Most Sensational Halifax County Crimi nal Caie for Years Comes With Submission of Accused to Charge of Kidnapping Jim Sharpe Gets 15 Years, Alonzo Burlenon.10 Years, Mitchell Sharpe ivionms BURLESON BREAKS DOWN IN COURT ANOKE RAPIDS PERSONAL AND LOCAL ITEMS Lti.ss Eunice Baker has left home in Capron, Va. kiiss Mary Wilson, of Warren. I, spent the weeK-enu nere liting Miss Cammie Vaughan. ilr. U. F. Pope left this week Portsmouth to visit his mom- t Mr. Gaines Thomas spent sev- I days here this week visiting brother, Mr. n. V. l nomas. Miss Julia B. Harry spent the ek-end in Greensboro. Misses Nell Jones, Bessie dometh and Minnie Daughtry Ive returned home from Greens- o. Misses Ethel and Helen llarri- of Krinklevville. spent the ek-end here with their hrot h"r, J. II. Harrison. Misses Ella Grant and Eugenia Rae. of Littleton, visited in home of Mrs. W. S. Hancock week. Miss Mary Ervinleft last week her home in Darlington, ft. i.. Mr. and Mrs. Outland and enter have returned to bull oik Miss Mary Coble left this week Guilford College. 4iss Catherine Campbell has jirned to her home in Miss- ippi. Wr nnd Mrs. A. E. Akers are liting relatives in Wilson. Master Charles Stainback has turned to his home after spend- several months in school, was accompanied by Miss lura L. Arbaugh, principal of school. rfrs. E. C Few and son, of isheville. N. C. are visiting the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. Weeks. x. Ned Manning is visiting h sister, Mrs. C. A. Wyche. lMr. K. C. Towe spent a tew ys in Durham this week. Miss Florine Lewter has re- h-ned to her home in Durham. IMiss Millie Pearson left this ek for her home in Bailey. Mra J. Ceeil Crank, has re- med from a visit to relatives Greensboro. Miss I)ia Wooten eft Mon ty for her home in Chadbourne. Miss Annie Laurie Patterson rt this week for her home in itterson Springs. Miss Edna Lattimore left Sat day for her home in Shelby. Mrs. Stadem and children, of inston, are visiting in home of rs. B. Marks. Mr Sevmore Hech of Balti- ore, spent Sunday in the home Mr. and Mrs. a. Marks. Misses A. A. Hardaway and itherine Smith and Mr. Sea- hook Jones spent Sunday at tony Creek. Mr. J. M. Huggins spent a few hys in Lexington. Miss Glenn Ross, of San ford ent several days here with her ster, Miss Hattie Ross, tnis eek. Miss Addie Lipscomhe, of mrham. sDent the week-end We with her friends. Revs. E. M. Snipes, Wm. Towe hd L. B. Jones attended the raduation exercises of Trinity I Intro Durham this Week. If. Wm. Towe. Jr.. graduated here this year. A Bnopijil niiartet will be t'ndered at the First Methodist lurch at the evening service Inndav hv Mra V- P Harrison. Jlirts Mary Nicholson and Messrs. M. (jibba, ofLittleton nnd Mr. L. Price, of this City. WORK ON HARD SURFACED ROAD TO BEGIN IN JULY Commissioner W. A. Hart Slates it Will be Built Through Roanoke Rapids to River Bridge. Exact Type Not Yet Decided. RE LOCATION ALREADY COMPLETED Mrs. Mattie L. Reynoltlt MrS. MflttlA T. TJounnMa nf -- - J IH'llllli Ui Patterson Town, died last Thurs- l.iv after a hri'pf illnnoa V,n tives three young children and pernusDanu, Mr. H. u. Reynolds. nc nau nveu in rauerson village .)Ut a year and during this time ad endeared herself to many of er neigfVbors. The funeral wis fid by hfcr pastor. Rev. A. G. urter. of the Baptist Church Katurdav afternoon and inter- hont took piece in Cedarwood emetery. The brothers Jim and Mitchell Sharpe, and Alonzo uurieson, all of Albemarle, in. v.;., eniereu a plea of guilty to the crime of kidnapping to-day in the Halifax Superior Court and weresentenc or! hv Judire Cranmer to terma of from one to fifteen years. Jim Sharpe and Alonzo Burleson, obviously and confessedly the most guilty of the trio, received the heaviest sentences, Jim draw ing down fifteen years of hard labor for the State and Alonzo Burleson being sentenced to ten years. Mitchell Sharpe, who was guilty only as an accessory, was sentenced to twelve months in the State's Prison. The action of counsel for the accused in submitting them on a charge of kidnapping and that of counsel for the State in accepting a submission on a charge much; lighter than that of which they were accused in the original bill of indictment was an entirely un expected denouement. The public had looked for a hard fought legal buttle for the lives of Jim Sharpe and Alonzo Burleson Mitchell had never been consider ed guilty of the graver charge. During the hearing of testi mony for the purpose of fixing the degree of guilt of the accus ed, the unsavory character of the Sharpe Brothers was brought out by counsel . for the State without rebuttal of any kind by the accused. Introduced in tes timony was a telegram from the Charlotte Associated Charities to Chief of Police R. 11. Jackson, ot Ranids. as follows: "Sharpe brothers noted charac ters here. Jim been guilty 01 horsestealing, desertion of wile and children, bigamy, drunk eness, disorderly conduct, im morality. Has worked tor salva tion Army, American Rescue Workers and others. W holly un reliable. Mitchell charged with drunkenness and disorderly con duct. Both men continously in trouble. Glad to be of further service to you." Little fourteen vear-old Lilla thp witripss introduced by the State, acquitted herself anliinriifllv on the stand. Without hpsitntinn and almost word for word, she reiterated the story p vqo tnlil sinrp the mornine after the night of the automobile ride with Jim Sharpe and Alonzo Burleson. Severe cross examina tion by counsel for the defense failed to shake her story at all, and it is significant that the de fense did not try to impugn ner character in any way. When questioned by counsel tor the defense as to why she had made no outcry when passing through the towns of Rosemary and Weldon, she atotoH that thp two men were drunk, that they had twisted her arm unmercifully and threatened her with death if she made any alarm whatever. A most pitiful and pitiable witness whose testi mony was corroborated as far as humanly possible by that of Dr. D. F. Fatchin, who examined her after the crime was committed. Theweakest point in the State s attack was their failure to put the other girl, Anna Gillespie, upon the stand at all. Counsel for the defense read to Judge Cranmer an affidavit by the Chief of Po lice of South Boston, Va., who arrested the Sharpe brothers, Alonzo Bur'eson, and the Gilles pie girl, to the effect that when he arrested Miss UUiespie sne flrnnlf that she stated to him that two men, known to him and now residing in South lios tnn hnd civen her the whiskey; that she expressed surprise at Burleson's arrest, declaring mat he was only the chauffeur and "had a right to take people in his car anywhere they wanted to go"; and that she made no claim of having been forcibly assaulted. Mitchell Sharpe, placed upon the stand by the defense, dis played a determined effort to save his own hide, regardless of what fate might befall his twin brother and Alonzo Burleson. He testified that he knew noth inir of the affair until after its occurrence ;that he was awakened by his brother and Alonzo Bur leson at two thirty in the morn ing and informed that they intended to leave at once; that he accompanied them and that the Gillespie girl voluntarily got in the car with them; that she The State Highway Commis sion is now advertising for bids on the construction of an eigh teen foot hard surfaced road from here to Weldon. Estimates are called for on several different types of surfaces and a definite decision as to the type of the construction has not yet been readied by the Highway Com mission. Mr. W. A. Hart, Highway Commissioner for this Road Dis trict, came through Roanoke Rapids Monday morning and conferred with Messrs. J. T. Chase, of the County Highway Commission, W. L. Long, and others in regard to the proposed road, and announced that it would be built through the cor porate limits of the town of Roanoke Rapids to the foot of the bridge across the Roanoke river. The monev for the road is to be advanced to the State by the County Highway Commission, to be repaid at a later date, and thp funds will be raised hv the sale of the remaining $250,01)0.(10 of road bonds voted by the nnimtv some time airo. Hie w . . - , nronpr roso utions authorizing construction work have passed both by State and County High way Commission and there is pverv Drosnect that actual con struction work will begin in July. The road has already been re Inpntpd with the danererous curves atChocoyotte creek cross- itig near Weldon eliminated, ihe new road will follow the old quite closely until Bass' crossing. From there it will continue on the right of the Seaboard Air T.inp tracks, eliminatine the crossing there, and enter Weldon through the street leading hy the Post Office. WITH THF f HI IRfHFS I ELEVEN GRADUATE II U 11 rnAM hkiii (.oimni mum niun duiuui. METHODIST CHURCH Rev. L. B. Jones, Pastor Sunday school at 9:45 A. M. Sermon at 11 A. M. Subject Rainbow and Clouds. At8P M illustrated lecture ermon, subject, The Shadow of the Cross. There will be special music at hnth spruipps. All are cordially invited to attend these services. Graduating Exercises Beginning Last Week Close Tuesday Night With Address of Dr. C. E. Brewer, Pres ident of Meredith College. Much Clothing Given for Armenians The community's response to the appeal for clothing for desti tute Armenians and Syrians was very gratifying. Two large boxes and a large bag of clothing were shipped from Roanoke Rapids and we understand that the cloth ing donated at Rosemary exceed ed the very gratifying- amount given at Roanoke Rapids. The Ministerial Union wisnes to thank all of those who aided in this work. Mra. Matfie Hasty Mrs. Mattie Hasty, of Rosemary died Sunday afternoon at live o' clock. She leaves a devoted hus band, Mr. Scott Hasty, and a son and daughter, twins, who were born Sunday. She has been a resident of Rosemary for several years and by her genial disposi tion and lovely traits of character had won many friends. Accom panied by several friends and relatives the body was carried to her old home at Swan Quarter Monday morning and interment was made there Wednesday. All SMnts' Church (Epiicopil) Rev. Lewis N. Taylor, Rector Roiooke Avrnue Mr. Leonardo Andrei, Lay AiiiiUnt WHAT IS IT? A State of Mind? No. A System of Teaching? No." A Beautiful Theory? No. A Way of Life? Yes. That's What the Christian Gospel Is. Take it and Try it. IT WORKS. All Saints' Church invites you next Sunday. Next Sunday is the Third Sun day after Trinity. Service 7:30 A. M. Holy Communion. 9:45 Church School, T. W. Mullen, Supt. Morning service at 11. Night service at 8. A most cordial welcome is ex tended to you. An Appreciation The school year has come to a close in Roanoke Rapids, and once more the teachers who have formed a part of the com munities of Roanoke Rapids and Rnspmnrv for nine months are saying goodby to their pupils and friends, co-laborers. Some of us expect to return to continue our work when the doors of the schools open again; some of us will go out in September into new fields of endeavor. To all of us, however, comes a sense of grati tude. We are gratetul to you wno are citizens of the community hprp for what von have done for your teachers this year, for what you have meant to them as tney hnvp trone about their daily work and Dlav among you. You have made us feel that your town was our town, your homes our homes; you have made us see that our comfort and happiness were matters of real concern to you; you have given us, in our work, both in the school room and in the outside community, your sincere interest and co-operation There is real gratitude in our hearts for these things. Those of us who go away to return to vnu in the Fall, look ahead to another happy year in which we hope to know and love even better the community we consider our own. ihose ot us wno go away into new places, take with us happy memories of the year with you, and a renewed strength and vigor from our contact with you. We wish for you a happy summer! ' One of your teachers. High School Honor Roll PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Nearly Eighty Cases on Calendar Violations of Prohibition Law Predominate Judge Cranmer Severely bcores Blind Tigers and Pistol Toters in Grand Jury Charge was a willing passenger all the way to South Boston, Va., and he kne nothing or saw nothing to indicate that her abduction was against her will. Mrs. Coley, of Roanoke Rapids, whose daughter was to have married Jim Sharpe, was put on the stand bv the defense. She tPRtifipd that Miss Gillesoie in formed her early Sunday after- noon that her brother had siap ned her and that she "was going to leave this town if she had to walk". It was brought out by the State that when the search for the missing girls first began and Mitchell Sharpe was ques tioned by Miss Gillespie's brother at Mrs. Colev's home as to the whereabouts of the two girls, (he was cautioned by her not "to talk too much". The sole character witness for any of the accused was introduc ed in behalf of Alonzo Burleson, who broke down comDletely dur ing the speech of counsel in his behalf and wept protuseiy. Bur leson has a wife and five small children, whom he has supported up to the time of his getting into this trouble, and sympathy for them was feelingly expressed by Jndge Cranmer when passing sentence. Eighth Grade - Harvey Speight, Fred Vaughan, Myrtle Anderton, Mattie Askew, Mabel Braswell, Grace Brown, Marjorie Cannon, Nellie Crutchfield, Verna Freeman. Ninth Grade - Lawrence Vausrhan. Mildred Taylor, Hazel Cobb, Louise Jack son. Mamie Sheflield, kmma Stance!!. Tenth Grade-Josephine Hege, Rosa Pearson, Eva Sadler, Nor fleet Vick, Thelma Mills. Eleventh Grade Mary Nor fleet Grizzard, William Jackson, Fannie Marks, Ruth Mason, Mabel Moore, Robert Taylor, Robert Daughtry, Paul Harris. Senior Class Entertained The members of the senior class of the, Roanoke Rapids High school were entertained in the hnmp of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Hancock bv Mrs. W. S. Hancock nnd Miss Beadie Clark on last Inv niirht from 10 to i n'flnn The house was beautifully dec orated in red and white sweet peas. Favors consisting of small red and white books with the prophecies of the individual mem bers of the class illustrated were nrosnntpd to the quests. The color scheme throughout consist ed of the class colors red ana white. Refreshments of red and white block cream with white cakes decorated with red roses in the center were served and music and singing fully enjoyed by all present. , The High School commence ment began last Thursday night, June 2, with a concert by the Girls' and Boys' Glee Clubs. This work for the year has been under the supervision of Miss Lucy Crisp. The school authori ties feel quite gratified at the results of the work. On Friday afternoon the annual athletic contest for the associa tion cup, presented by Mr. C. A. Wyche, took place. First, second, and third prizes were given for each entry. The cup was won by the Freshman class who made 37 points, the Sopho more class being a close competi tor with 35 points. On Sunday, June 5, the Rev. W. W. Way delivered the Bacca laureate sermon to the gradua ting class at the Methodist Church. The theme of his sermon was Liberty has Limits." His deve ODment of this theme was very inspiring. On Monday afternoon the class day exercises of the senior class took place. Marion Saunders, president of the class, opened the exercises with a few words of greeting to the parents and friends. This was followed oy the class song, the word9 of which had been written by bailie Saunders and the music com- nnspfl hv Miss CnsD. Class statistics were given by Robert Taylor; the class poem oy Kooert Daughtry; the class propnecy oy Fannie Marks; and the Last Will and Testament by Birdie Williams. In the absence of the class historian, Mabel Moore, W illiam Jackson, the secretary and treasurer of the class, read the historv, The exercises closed with the singing of the farewell song. . . , Monday night the senior ciass unrlpr thp direction of Miss Mar jorie Mendenhall gave the play, A Scrap ot raper. On Tuesdav night the gradua tion exercises took place. Dr. C. E. Brewer, President ot Meredith College, delivered the annual address. He feDoke of the changing conception of edu cation and warned against narm ful tendencies. Diplomas were presented to the following pupils: Robert Daughtry, Mary Norfleet Griz zard, Paul Harris, William Jack son, Fannie Marks, Ruth Mason, Mabel Moore, Marion Saunders, Sally Saunders. Robert Taylor and Birdie Williams. The prize winners for the year urorp also announced at this time. Robert Taylor won the prize of $25 given by Mrs. S. F. Patterson for the best attendance record during the four years of high school. The $10 prize given by Mrs. Patterson for the best sen- ior essay was won Dy iviarion Saunders, who chose for the title of his essay the late capi. Thomas Williams Mason. The girls' scholarship ot $iuu at the North Carolina college for Women, given by the wo man's Club was awarded to Ma bel Moore. . . . The three $100 scholarships for hovs with the best high school rpenrd. one eiven by Mr. C. A. Wyche, and two by the Univer sity Alumni of this community, were won by William Jackson, Marion Saunders, and Robert Taylor. Subscription $2.00 a Year in Advance HEAVIEST DOCKET IN YEARS FOR JUNE CRIMINAL COURT BOOT-LEGGERS GET ROAD SENTENCES HUT fLESTON HELMS A very quiet wedding of much local interest wa3 solemnized in the Methodist parsonage in Em poria Wednesday night at 9 o'clock when Miss Nora Helms, of this town became the wife of Mr. J. H. Huttleston, of Weldon. The young couple were attend ed only by several witnesses who were from Emporia Mrs Huttleston is well known here, having been employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company as their local agent. Rhp has made manv friends dur- inff her stav here through her attractive personality ana atten tpntivp husiness traits. Mr. Huttleston is a young man of many sterling quali ties, is well known in Weldon and in this town. For some time he has been encraired in the in surance business in this com munitv The vounar couDle will be at home to their friends in Weldon. Facincr the larirest criminal! docket in years, the June term ROSEMARY of Halifax County Superior Court convened Monday morn- imr. with Judge Cranmer pre siding. His address to the Grand Jury was one ot tne most thoughtful and impressive ever delivered at Halitax. Judge Cranmer's diction while calm and dispassionate is never the less direct and incisive. His con ception of the government ol North Carolina, as being lounueo upon and having as a corner stone the "acknowledgement of the sovereignty of Almighty God" and his development of the fundamentals of government were very impressive. But for the good government which we now enjoy, he told the Grand Jury, "none of you would have been willing to have left your home this morning. You could not be certain that the lives of vonr loved ones or the property which vou have amassed would have been safe while you are hprp." Hp tironcrht. hefnrp the Grand Jury only three classes of law breaking: violations ot the nrohibition law. nistol totinir. and selling of cigarettes to boys un der seventeen years ol age. A man who is not a prohibitionist is not a good citizen" he told the Grand Jury. "Two classes of people walk about with a gatling in thpir nnrkpts: fools and cow ards" closed his vigorous denun ciation ot the pistol toter. Dur ing his charge he referred to the "splendid school building" he had seen on last Sunday after noon and identified the building as the Roanoke Rapids Junior-Senior High School with the statement that standing upon the steDS of the new buildine he could see two other creat school buildings erected upon the same street. He concluded his charge with an exDression of Dleasure at being again in Halifax county and a tribute to tialiiax county citizenry. The DrinciDal cases disposed of up to three o'clock Thursday afternoon were as lollows: Lennie Williams, larceny, twelve months upon the county roads. J. H. Harris, larcenv. twelve months upon the county roads. Will Garret, larceny, twelve months upon the county roads. Jessie Sledge, illicit distilling, twelve months upon the county roads. Walter Taylor, selling whiskey, six months upon the county roads. Clarence Whitaker. selling whiskey, four months upon the county roads. Robert Moore, of Rosemarv. carrying concealed weapons and gambling, six months upon the county roads. R. M. Lawrence, selling whis key, eighteen months upon the county roads. This case came from Roanoke Rapids and was worked up by Policeman R. H. Jackson. Claude Williams, carrying con cealed weapons and selling a pis tol, hrst twelve and later in creased to eighteen months upon the county roads. Williams has every appearance ot being a ' bad negro in the worst sense of the term. His truculent and enraged deportment in the Court room gained an additional six months from Judge Cranmer. LpnnarH Alston, assault and battery, six months on the coun ty roads. Wi .lovner. illicit disti line. eighteen months, Albert Nether- cutt, twelve months, bam ren ner, Asa and Julius Manly, colored, all for illicit distilling, twelve months each on the county roads. These five were the resu t of a raid made by the police force of Roanoke Rapids several days ago, in whicn a sun and hve hundred gallons oi masn were captured. Sam Lvnch. chareed with using a car for immoral purposes, was found not cuiltv hv the iurv. The evidence against him was so flimsy and his character was proven so high by numerous wit nesses that this verdict was a forpcone conclusion a most 'from the beginning of the trial. Coley Vaughan, charged with using a car for immoral pur poses, nol prossed by solicitor. Reno Allsbrook and Lewis Newsom charged with selling whiskey, did not appear for trial PERSONAL AND LOCAL ITEMS Mrs. Clias. E. Finch, of Nor folk, was in Rosemary Wednes day. Mr. W. W. Barnes, of Rich mond, spent Wednesday in town. Mr. Chas. M. Smith, of the Internal Revenue Department, spent several days in town this week, Miss Sue Watkins left this week for her home in Middle burg. Mr. Wm. F. Horner, of Hen derson, was here Monday and Tuesday. Miss Elizabeth Davis has re turned to her home in Southport. Mr. W. Rea Parker, of Raleigh, was in town Tuesday. Mrs. J. P. Hewitt and Miss Jean Hewitt left yesterday morn ing for a visit to Washington, D. C. Mr. II.B.IIart.ofRockyMount. was a visitor in Rosemary Tues day. Mrs. Virginia Dromgoole, of Brunswick County, Va., is spend ing the week in Rosemary. Mr. R. T. Jenkins, of Peters burg, was here Tuesday. Rev. Chas. M. Lance is attend ing the Summer Conference at Trinity College, Durham. MrJ. A. Taylor, of.Oxford, waa in Rosemary Monday. Miss Elise Bradley, of North ampton county, was a visitor in town this week. Mr. J. L. Patterson, of Rich mond, was a visitor in town this week. Mrs. Wm. C. Williams is snpndinff the week in Norfolk. Mr. W. M. Smith, of Norton, spent the week end here. Mrs. Berta Murry, of Stony Point, was in town Monday. Mr. L. R. Allsbrook, of Nor folk, spent Monday here. Mr. A. L. McCaller, of Fred ericksburg, Aas in Rosemary Monday. Mr. Leonard Andrea, of South Carolina, who was associated in the work of All Saints' (Episco pal) Church here last summer arrived this week and will spend two months here giving most of his time to work among the boys. Mr. E. E. Marion, of Norfolk, spent Monday in town. and their bonds of $1,000.00 each were forfeited. Harrison Faulcon. assault and hnttprv finpd $10.00 and costs. : Buddie Johnson, larceny, six months in jail - to be hired out. Tom C. Richardson, secret as sault, prayer for judgment con tinued upon payment of costs. Hilliard Peters, J; B. Jones, Randal Johnson, and J. E. Tay lor, gambling, prayer continued upon payment of costs. Jesse Hutfstickler. slapping wife, prayer continued upon pay-' ment of costs. Lee Hockaday, assault and battery, judgment suspended upon payment of costs. Daniel Cotton, assault and bat tery, prayer continued upon pay ment of costs. James Powell. larceny, prayer continued upon payment of costs. Plummer Thome, assault and battery, judgment suspended upon payment of costs. f.harlie Mason, carrvincr con cealed weapons, fined $50.00 and costs. Harlow II. Gray, larceny and receiving, six months in jail -to be hired out if the navy does not want him. Luke Whitaker, carrying con cealed weapons, fined $50.00 and costs. Tom Daniel, selling whiskey, found guilty will be sentenced later. W. J. Ham. indecent exposure. judgment continued upon pay ment of costs. N. G. Iludgins, J. P. Fowler, C. L. Garner, Jim Mosely, gam bling, Hudgins and Mosely did not appear for trial, Fowler and Garner found guiltv, judgment suspended upon payment of costs. III casea uuicu ymjrci vim.v...- ued upon payment of costs" the appearance of the defendant at the August and November terms of court to show evidence of ood behavior is required. . Other cases will be published in our next week's issue. ' E r V I 1. i. ' ' i: h :(;.-. -:.-i: ... v- i , -1 .1 .. "-fl'-ln-i nm I'mm mi u n L .111111 X '