Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 14

August 9, 1889 (Part 2)

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Come to see us.

Moonlight nights.

Look-out for bears.

Artesian water is needed.

Lots of watermelons in town.

Don't throw trash in the street.

Read the ad of L. C. Marriner.

Mr. Alf. Garrett has a tame bear.

Talk for the interests of the town.

Only 14 boarding houses in Plymouth.

Read the Sheriff's notice in this issue.

Country Commissioners met on Monday.

Henry Walker and Seaton Dunston are in town again.

Notice the change of the ad of O. Newmann this week.

The girls were out in full force on Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. W. C. Ayers returned home from Washington on yesterday.

Mr. J. F. Norman and wife and Miss Hope Hunter are at Ocracoke.

If you want good flour for little money T. W. Blount (Lee's Mills) is your man.

Mr. B. F. Owens is selling lots of horses, he sold three on Friday and one on Monday.

Mrs. E. Ludford is visiting in Hertford, as the guest of her son, Mr. Louis Norman.

Mrs. J. E. Vincent and little Irma are off on a visit to the parental home in Gates county.

Miss Mary Wright, of New Berne, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Geo. Edwards on 3rd street.

For sale - Tenpin Alley Outfit, (tenpins balls and bed) apparently new. Apply at this office.

Miss Fannie Manning spent the past week in Martin county, the guest of Miss. Inez Smith.

Several of our young ladies and gentlemen attended church at Mackey's Ferry on Sunday last.

Messrs. J. W. Pieroy and W. H. Midgett left on Monday to get a "whif" of the sea breeze at Ocracoke.

Mrs. Dr. U. S. Hassell and children, of Jamesville, were the guests of Mrs. S. M. Jackson, this week.

Another car load of flour just arrived at T. W. Blount's (Lee's Mills). The second one in "twenty days."

Miss Fannie Carstarphen, who is now teaching school near Mackey's Ferry, was home on Saturday last.

Mrs. Dr. Ward and Miss Carrie Hilliard after a pleasant visit at friends at Lewiston returned home Wednesday.

J. H. McCarty says if you wish Painting done with neatness and dispatch he is still in the field. Give him a call.

Miss Eloise Pritchard, one of the most beautiful of the female loveliness of E. City is the guest of Mrs. J. O. Midgett.

If you want Cementing, Plastering, White-washing, or any kind of Brick Work done, call on W. H. Pettiford.

While fooling with a horse on Sunday afternoon last, Willie Best, a boy living near town, was kicked in the temple and seriously injured.

Mr. E. Ludford has sold his house and lot, adjoining Mrs. Thompson, to Mr. J. E. Vincent, who will paint and otherwise improve the property.

The angry waters of the once quite Roanoke, whose peaceful bosom is heaving under a terrible overflow, is rushing by our town at a rapid rate.

An excursion will be run from this place, Edenton and Mackey's Ferry to Nag's Head by Str. Haven Belle to-morrow night (Saturday). Who's going?

While at his post of duty at the mills of R. R. R. & L. Co., Mr. J. B. Willoughby was struck on the head by a belt which broke, and seriously injured him.

The Hon. Thos. G. Skinner and wife, of Hertford and Miss Lydian Palin of E. City passed through Plymouth on Friday afternoon last en route from Ocracoke.

See the "ad" of Mr. H. H. Brown, agent for monuments and fire insurance. Mr. Brown can be found at the store of Messrs. Davenport & Pieroy, on Water street. Give him a call.

The church grave yards are about filled up in town. Why not have a cemetary on some lonely hill near town, instead of filing the town lots with dead bodies. What say the citizens?

Some of the people don't like our saying that the town presents the appearance of a cow-pen. Just petition the Councilmen to prohibit the cattle off the streets and we will take it back - but at present such is true.

Mr. J. M. Reid has moved his family from Whitemarsh to this town where he has lately engaged in the mercantile business. They occupy the Louis Latham house corner Main and Maderson streets. Welcome.

The strong water in the river caused the boom log to give way at Walker's mills on Tuesday night, setting adrift all the logs in the pound. After hard work they succeeding in catching quite a number, but at least 1,000 were lost.

After trying in vain to make the trip from here to Windsor as a daily mail carrier, the Str. Bettie "gave up the ghost" on Monday last. The Str. Ranger has taken her place and will make daily trips until the "Bertie" arrives, if ever.

As our jail is no good we would suggest that the town build a lockup for its own use. If we need anything it is a place to confine men who are drunk and disorderly. The jail is not fit, even if it was safe, for it is not decent. Give us a lockup.

We were pleased to meet on Wednesday our old friend, Mr. Geo Crabtree, who is so well known in this town as a successful salesman of Fink & Bro., but who has recently connected himself with the Ralph Scotch Snuff Company of Baltimore.

Among our exchange we find that several parties have come to an untimely death during the past week from the use of impure water. Is not what we say about the artesian well true? Act at once, ye citizens of Plymouth. See article on editorial page.

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The largest cucumber we ever saw was sent us last Saturday by Mr. L. C. Marriner, a prosperous farmer and successful merchant at Mackey's Ferry. It was 5 feet 8 inches in length and 11 inches in circumference, and has a flavor equal to any we ever ate.

James Walker, charged with an assault upon Asa A. Bowen with a deadly weapon, was arraigned before Justice Armistead on Wednesday last, at the Court House, who after hearing the evidence and views of Council bound the accused over for appearance at Superior Court.

Mr. W. C. Ayers, after an extended tour through the United States, stopping for a while, at Niagra Falls, steps over to Canada and back to his home in Plymouth, making the trip in 18 day. Mr. Ayers says he has touched the hearts of the flour men with his Garlic Machine.

A bear made a tour through the streets of Plymouth on Wednesday night. It came into this town on the Conby road, taking down Main street to Washington, where the dogs attacted it and run it down Washington to Water street, at which point it decided that town was no place for bruen so it took to the swamps opposite the town.

Send your boys to Vine Hill Academy, Scotland Neck, N. C. They will receive thorough instruction, will be taught the value of time, and receive first class advantages in every respect. Board in family of Principal, including washing and all necessary expenses only $40.00 per session of five months. Write the principal.

After the recent heavy rains, which has caused the water to stand on the streets of our town, the Mayor, who is ever awake to the interest of our people, has decided to put down sewers on the most important streets. That's right Captain, drain off the rain water, bore the Artesian well and give us nothing but pure water to use.

The Board of Supervisors of Public Roads of Plymouth township met at the Court House on Saturday last and attended to business required of them at this meeting, viz. Appointing road overseers, allotting hands, &c. Mr. L. L. Fagan was elected chairman of the Board for the ensuing year, to whom all matters pertaining to the road in this township must be referred.

We again call the attention of the public to the advertisement of the Plymouth High School. In our last issue we did the Principal a great injustice by making two or three typographical errors. This school offers equal advantages to any preparatory school in this district, and it should be liberally patronized by our entire community. Let us have a fine school and it will add greatly to our town.

Two parties, white and colored, became involved in a fight in the bar of Messrs. Brinkley & Co., on Saturday last, but before any damage was done Mr. Brinkley, who is ever anxious to keep a quiet house, parted the men in the quietest manner. The parties were at once arrested and taken before the Mayor, who imposed a fine of $3.00 and cost upon each, making $7.90. If you have no money Plymouth is a bad town to raise a fuss in, as our Mayor gives you no favors, but enforces the law.

     For the past four days the water has been so high that all work along the river has been suspended.
     The Str. Plymouth has not been able to carry the mail further than Jamesville since Tuesday. The wharves at this place have been under water for two days and the lower part of the town is submerged. The occupants of houses on lower Monroe street have had to move up stairs.
     The oldest citizens say that the river is higher than ever before known. The low lands of upper Roanoke are a sea of water and the crops are completely ruined and much property has been destroyed.
     But for the Thoroughfare and Middle river, which takes off a large quantity of water, Plymouth would be submerged.

The following named persons were registered at the Lathum House during the past week:
     G. C. Speight, J. W. Walls, R. H. Reed, W. S. Dunston, C. S. Austin, L. P. Hornthal, J. S. Higgs, J. B. Chesson, M. W. Barney, J. W. Johnson, L. J. Yackel, J. W. Price, Theo. Ralph, H. D. Smith, J. F. Wilkins, E. P. Woolfelk, A. H. Enliss, J. A. Lyon, B. F. Stern, G. E. Crabtree, J. D. Hofheimer, W. L. Blanchard, H. C. Walker and Chas. Gehrman.

     As we are not to have a Fair in our county we would suggest that our citizens take an interest in the Edenton Agricultural and Fish Fair, which is to take place in November next, and which promises to be such a grand success. Lay aside the old aunimosity which seems to exist between the two towns, without cause, and let us throw our influence with the people of Edenton, in trying to make that Fair the most successful in the State.
     Let us bury the past and forget, if possible, the unpleasantness which has existed between the two towns. Instead of looking upon each other as enemies, let us be as sister towns should be.

     Mr. Thos. S. Armistead has been requested by Dr. W. R. Capehart, President of the Edenton Fair Association by letter from Newport, R. I., to name three young gentlemen from this county for Marshals at the Fair to be held in Edenton in November next.
     Mr. Armistead has named Moss Clarence Latham and Jas. H. Smith of Plymouth, and J. H. Clark of Lee's Mills.

     While the parents were at church on the 3rd inst., two girls age 12 and 14, daughters of Wilson Sheppard of Beaufort county, were burned to death. While pouring kerosene from the can on the fire the can exploded, setting fire to the children's clothing.

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     Clinton Flemings, colored, who was committed to jail at this place for burglary on the 1st inst, broke out on Monday night at 12 o'clock and left for parts unknown, adding another to the list of criminals who have broke this house used as a jail.
     What is the use of having Courts to convict men of crime if we have no place of confinement? It is necessary that the county build a reliable jail so that when a prisoner is once within there is not chance of escape.
     The old jail was, but little service and when it was burned, about a year ago, instead of having a new and safe one built, the county only had the old walls repaired, making it but little better than none. There is only one room in it that is any good and it is not safe.
     We say if the county is in debt and not able to build, put up a tax and get the money to build a decent and safe jail, do not let such a trap be used any longer.
     We are informed by the Deputy Sheriff that only one brick had to be removed before Flemings was a free man. Is such a prison fit to confine desperate men in, who are convicted of crime and placed there for punishment? - the answer must be NO.
     We ask the Commissioners to see to this at once, as it is important that we should have a safe jail. Such a thing as we now have is a disgrace to the county.

FOR SALE. - One 12 Horse-powered eclipse Engine and boiler. One 50 saw Gin, Feeder and Condenser, been in use about five years. One close condenser only used about ten days. Reason for selling, no use for same. Address L. C. Marriner, Mackey's Ferry, N. C.

     By virtue of an execution issued by the clerk of the Superior Court of Washington county, bearing teste Spring Term, 1889 of said court and returnable to Fall Term, 1889 of said Court, in favor of W. H. Hampton and against J. H. Gaylord, I will sell at Public Auction for Cash at the Court House Door in Plymouth on Monday the second day of September 1889, the following property, to-wit: a tract of land in said county, adjoining the lands of J. W. Gaylord, J. H. Downing and others, containing forty acres more or less and known as the Dr. John Gaylord homestead. Time of sale 12 o'clock M. - John B. Chesson, Sheriff Washington County.

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