February 15, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page, 2d column)
–Scotland Neck Still Enterprising.–Three of our most enterprising merchants Messrs. Noah Biggs, N.B. Josey and M. Hoffman, offer the following prizes to the farmers of the community: For the first bale of cotton brought to this market, a good silver watch; for the most lint cotton made on a ten acre plat in Palmyra, Caledonia, Roseneath, and Conocanary Townships, a suit of clothes worth $20. The prize for the first bale does not limit it to any particular section; but the prize for the most lint cotton on the ten acre plat, limits said plat to the above mentioned Townships. We hope and know that the farmers of the community will appreciate this spirit of enterprise, and will show the same by competition. A fine silver watch and a suit of clothes is not a bad outfit these days.