Roanoke Beacon Newspaper

Washington County, N. C.

Vol. No. 1 - Issue No. 15

August 16, 1889 (Part 2)

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Paint your house.

Boom everything.

Do good for evil.

Shut up the cattle.

Clean up your back lots.

Whitewash your premises.

Send in your orders for job work.

Subscribe to the Beacon to-day - - now.

Thunder, lightning and rain yesterday.

Miss Gertie Woodward is visiting friends at Windsor.

The married ladies at Ocracoke must be very charming.

What have the Councilmen done about the street lamps?

Mr. J. E. Vincent is on a visit to his old home in Virginia.

Mr. W. L. Sherrod, of Hamilton, was in the city this week.

Mr. A. J. Leggett spent a few days at Palmyra this week.

$5.00 reward for a man that will attend to his own business.

The latest with the down-town boys. Let's go see the bear.

The good weather during the past week makes the crops look better.

When will the instruments arrive for the Plymouth Cornett Band?

Miss Lucy Waters, of Washington, is the guest of Mr. W. H. Stubbs.

A Mr. Clark has opened a boarding house at the depot of the R & L. R. R.

Mrs. Chas. Corble, of Knotts Island, is the guest of Mrs. J. A. Willoughby.

Messrs. J. W. Piercy and W. H. Midgett returned from Ocracoke on Monday.

The colored Baptist of this town are holding a BIG protracted meeting this week.

Thanks to Master Orward Legget for a basket of the most delicious peaches of the season.

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

Owing to the illness of the pastor there was no services at the Baptist church on Sunday last.

See the advertisement of the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Fast freight and passenger route.

The town has been run over with travelers during the past week. They come and go on every boat.

Quite a number of our young people went to Nag's Head on the steamer Haven Belle Saturday night.

While Plymouth is cursed with cattle on the streets, mosquitoes and geese, yet she has many attractions.

Mr. C. J. Norman, book-keeper of the R. R. R. & L. Co., is off on vacation with his family at Bay, N. C.

A crazy woman was arrested at Lee's Mills on Friday last and brought to this place and committed to jail.

Mr. B. F. Owens sent a pair of horses to Chowan county this week to be used by surveyors on the N. S. R. R.

Mrs. John Stocks left on Tuesday for Kinston, where she will remain for several weeks, as the guest of friends.

Mrs. A. Manning is at Williamston, to which place she was called by the illness of her sister, Mrs. J. N. Robertson.

Miss Maggie Beasley and Mr. Levin Bowen left on Wednesday for Bertie county where they went to attend a pic-nic.

The Presiding Elder preached to a large and appreciative congregation at the Methodist church on Sunday night last.

The water has gone down so that the mills have resumed work and the trains on the R & L. R. R., are running on time.

Mr. Louis Schultz is at E. City this week, in his absence his brother, Mr. Abe Schultz, of that town is in charge of the store here.

Mr. J. W. Reid was summoned home on Wednesday by the illness of his wife. We are pleased to note that she is convalescent.

There is one young man in town who is so much in love with one of the fair sex that when the "Boss" calls him he answers MAM.

Mrs. S. M. Wrighten, of Edenton, paid our town a pleasant visit this week as the guest of our Post Mistress, Miss Fannie Melson.

Mrs. Jennie Bluford and little daughter of Richmond, and Mrs. Jos. Pritchard of E. City, were the guests of Mrs. J. O. Midgett this week.

Mr. M. W. Newberry, photographer, of Edenton, was in town this week. While here he photographed the depot and train of the R& L. R. R.

Mrs. David Alexander and son, Arthur, after a pleasant visit of two weeks to relatives in this city returned to their home at Creswell on Wednesday.

"Crazy Mariah" attacked Mr. J. A. Willoughby, in his store one day last week, and but for his strength she would no doubt have injured him.

No little excitement was caused by the escape of a pet squrril on Tuesday last. It was chased up Main street by a score of boys, where it was captured.

Mr. G. L. Houston and wife, who was called to the bedside of his sick mother, at Salisbury, Md., two weeks ago, has returned and reports her convalescent.

Rev. J. T. Davenport, (colored), wishes us to state that there will be services at the colored Baptist church by the Rev. S. P. Knight every second Sunday.

Thanks to one of the prettiest little girls in town for the beautiful tuberoses given us this week. The Beacon force was sporting them on Wednesday night.

Mr. Shiloh Gordon, one of Washington's popular society gents, spent a few days in and near Plymouth this week. Come again Joe, SHE will be glad to see you.

While J. T. Pettiford was away from his store on Wednesday night, some one broke in through a window and stole 37.00 in cash, besides some goods. No clue to the guilty party has yet been found.

We made a mistake last week, when we referred to our friend, Mr. Geo. E. Crabtree as representing the Ralph Snuff company and in justice to him we make the correction and will say that he is with the Gail & Ax Tobacco Works, of Baltimore, Md.

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     Mr. Jos. Tucker, who has served the town of Plymouth so faithfully for the past three or four years as Chief of Police, tendered his resignation on Monday last which was accepted.
     Mr. J. F. Ayers has been elected to fill the vacancy.
     Mr. Tucker has ever done his duty and given universal satisfaction, and in his resignation our town looses one of its most efficient officers. He has been given a position on the Albemarle & Raleigh Railroad, as Section Master. We wish him every success in his new work.
     Mr. Ayers will no doubt make a good officer. He was for a long time Deputy Sheriff of this township and filled the office well.

     Our sister town, Edenton, has passed a law prohibiting cattle from the streets. We hope that it will not be repealed as soon as it was in Plymouth.
     We are informed that a petetion to repeal the cattle law as taken around this town by some men who owned cattle, and that it is filled with the names of colored people. We are sorry to see our colored friends have such little interest in the town, they should take more interest in trying to improve their home.
     It is true that it is some trouble to keep cattle shut up, but it is less trouble than for the general public to have to contend with them. Some one said, "They don't get in the way of anyone only the young courting couples." If he will walk down Third street or Washington street and notice who are troubled, we know he will change his opinion.
     We have spoke of this great nuisance several times before and will keep it up as long as the people complain.
     If the town is to be run by petitions start out the next best - how about horses and hogs running at large.

     As the time is near at hand for the appointment of School Committees for the various districts, both white and colored, throughout the county, I desire to call the attention of the patrons of our public schools to the following section of the present school law touching on this very important matter:
     "For each white and colored school district there shall be elected biennially by the County Board of Education of the respective counties, on the first Monday in September, a School Committee of three persons, whose term of service shall being the first Monday of October following, &c."
     In the first place it is especially desirable that committeemen should be selected who will give their personal attention to the school interests in their districts, and secondly, that intelligent men may be found to act, this avoiding the necessity for witnesses to their signatures and the troubles resulting therefrom.
     The office itself being a responsibility voluntarily taken - for the law gives no authority to compel its acceptance by any one - it is earnestly recommended that present school committees give proper notice that meetings will be held in the various districts throughout the county, at the respective school houses or some other convenient place on some day during the present month, when the selection of school committees to be recommended for appointment, be made - a majority of the patrons deciding who they prefer.
     In all cases have it understood that the parties so recommended will accept if appointed, as no little inconvenience is thereby saved the Board in making repeated appointments for failure to qualify on the part of the named at the September meeting, and much injury done the schools in not having properly organized committees to begin work, as the law directs, on the 1st of October following.
     The adoption of this method I am quite confident would give best satisfaction to all parties and avoid the complaints so often made, and unjustly, when the proper information as to who should be suitable appointees is not furnished the board in time, of objectionable committeemen.
     Name your committees now in meetings assemble for that purpose, be assured that they will accept, and the task of complying with your wishes on September 2nd will be rendered a comparatively easy one.
 Thos. S. Armistead
 Chm'n Board of Education.

     Str. Roper, Capt. Partridge, was in the harbor on Tuesday evening.
     Str. Comet, Snow, master, sailed on the 14th.
     Schr. O. Coke, Midgett, captain, sailed on Wednesday with a cargo of shingles.
     Schr. Wm. Henry, Capt. James Henry, sailed on the 14th with a cargo of lumber from Walker & Meyers mills for Baltimore.
     Schr. Southern Cross, Harris, captain, in port on the 15th, with a cargo of corn.
     Schr. Jennet, Chelton, master, sailed from Walker & Meyers mills on Wednesday with a cargo of lumber for Baltimore.

The New Berne Journal says: "The ambition to bring up boys without the necessity for work leads them to acquire a taste for dress, style, luxuries, and amusements, which cannot form any solid foundation for manly or gentlemanly character."

     At the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 5th 1889, among other, the following proceedings were had:
     A petition having been filed before the Board of Commissioners praying said Board to call the Magistrates together in joint session with said Board to take further action concerning the school funds of Washington county lost by Dempsey Spruill, late Sheriff and Treasurer of said county, by the failure of the Exchange National Bank of Norfolk, Va. A majority of the Board ignored said petition.
     The vote standing in favor of the call was Messrs. Wm R. Chesson, Chairman, and H. J. Star, Opposed. Messrs. Levi Blount, A. M. Johnston and Dempsey Spruill.

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