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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 17
ist Takers and
More Care Should Be
Exercised in Putting
Autos on Books
The board of county tax assessors,
composed of Sylvester Peel, 3. T.
Barnhill, and Henry S. Everett, met
at the courthouse here Monday for
the purpose of instructing the town
ship list takers. The list takers were
all present, except Mr. Crisp, as fol
O. W. Hamilton, of Jamesville; J.
L. Coltrain, of Williams, Ephraim
Peel, of Griffins; B. S. Cowing, of
Beat Grass; R. T. Griffin, of William
ston; C. B. Roebuck, of Cross Roads;
J. Haywood Everett, of Robersonville,
Leroy Taylor, of Poplar Point; W. S.
Rhodes, of Hamilton; and J. T. Crisp,
of Goose Nest.
A general schedule was agreed to
for values on all property, which will
nat vary so much from the previous
schedule, except on automobiles. Since
a large part of the wealth of the
county has already been put in auto
mobiles, and ail the income is being
sp».nt for their upkeep, the assessors
think more care should be exercised
in putting automobiles on the tax
books at a fair value. By putting
them on the tax books at a reason
able value, it will help reduce the
taxes on horses and land*.
The law requires that every per
son owning property "phall list it for
taxation during the month of May.
The tax list blanks have not yet
been delivered to the register of
deeds by the State. This should be
done in time to get all the necessary
books and papers in the hands of the
list takers by next Monday, at which
time they will begin their work.
Oak City Makes Good
Record in Contests
Oak City, April 26. —(Special to The
Enterprise.)— The Oak City High
School made a good record in the
group-center and county commence
ments this year, wining the event at
Hamilton by a comfortable margin
over all opponents and doing credi
table work at the county commence
ment in every event to which they
The primary story tellers, coached
by Misses Newton, Everett, and Tay
lor, and Mrs. Bell, carried off two
points at Hamilton,
In the grammar-grade arithmetic
and spelling contests, Ouk City won
at Hamilton and scored heavily in the
county-wide event. The contestants
in this group were coached by Miss
Jenkins, Miss Woodley, Mrs. Snath,
and Mrs. &ks.
AA pageant, "The Brotherhood of
Man," was staged by Oak City at
Williamston, and was second to none
in perfection of dramatic significance
and excellence of costume. All the
details of the pagent were handled by
Misses Jones, Dozier, and Frazier.
Superintendent Ainsley and his
corps of teachers worked tirelessly
on the various events, and it is felt
that Oak City did its full share to
ward making the county commence
ment a success.
Senior Play Is Well
Received Here Friday
The "Charm School" presented by
seniors of the local school here last
Friday night wus well received by the
160 spectators. While the play was
»rather long, the leading characters
Ff-rved well and rendered their pnrts
in a moat successful manner.
The staging of the play Friday
brought to a close a period of much
'Work on the part of the members ol
the cast and teachers who coached the
Why Not Come to the
Picture Show in
SEE THE BEST
WESTERN ON THE SCREEN
ALSO GET A
For the Friday Program
2 Tickets for 1 Price
Always a Good Show
Election to be Held Tuesday
More Than 100 Names Added In Past Three Days
Brings Total Eligible Voters To Date to 372
Friday and Saturday of last
week, and Monday of this week
saw 100 new names go on the
town's registration books, a num
ber which assures an interest in
the election here next Tuesday.
There are, to date, 460 names on
the books. The list of 460 goes
back to 1921, and includes the
names of many who have either
moved away or died. A a check
of the names showed that 31 peo
ple have died in that time and 57
have moved away, leaving 372
eligible to vote.
Success Despite Rain
School to Close
Judge F. Winston Main
Speaker at Exercises
Sandy Ridge is planning an unique
commencement for its school closing
this week. Starting Thursday night,
the lower grades of the School will
appear in the first number on the
commencement program. On Friday
morning Judge Francis D. Winston, of
Windsdr, will deliver the main ad
dress. Following the address a pic
nic dinner will be served on the
grounds of the B , hort! l,,^■, ■ l,l,i ■^ l *■
Friday night the program will be
brought to a close when the school's
talent presents "Bashful Mr. Uobbs,"
a farce comedy in three acts. Mr.
R A. Floyd, principal, expresses the
will of the people of the community
ir. extending the public an Invitation
to witness the entire program.
Better Homes Program
at Williams Chapel
A very interesting program was
rendered by the William Chapel
Home Demonstration club last Friday
at Williams Chapel, near Oak City
The idea upon hich the program was
build was for "Better Homes in
The following is the program ren
d red with Mrs. W. R. Everett at
the piano and Miss Margaret Everett
The Better Homes in America move
ir.ent explained—Miss Anna Trent
itoll call responded to with quota
tions relative to the home.
News notes on the Better Homes
movement—Miss Annie Harrington.
Reading, "Home Recreations" —
Miss Mollie Harrington.
Song, "America, the Beautiful."
Reading, "America's Greatest As
set"—Mrs. A. M. Perry.
Reading, "Beautifying the Farm
stead"—Mrs. D. B. Harrison.
Reading, "Clubwork Helped to
Beautify the Room"—Mrs. Louis
Paper, "Foods Necessary to Physi
cal Health,, —Miss Hattie Everett.
Talk, "Labor-saving Devices"—Miss
Reading, "Labor Savers in the
Home"—Mrs. Mayo Price.
Reading, "Our Weekly Sermon"—
Mrs. Joseph Early.
Hymn, "Home Sweet Home".
Electric Fire Alarm
To Be Installed Soon
The Williamston volunteer fire com
pany purchased last week en electric
siren from the Federal Siren company
in Ohio. The alarm signal will arrive
ii the coarse of two weeks and will
be installed on the City Hall's roof.
The firemen at their meeting last
night donated SIOO from the com
pany'g general funds to help meet the
cost of the siren. All members of the
company were present except one,
and a good practice was held after
various business matters were set
In a game featured by (iron,
Everetts school boys defeated the
Robersonville lads 9to 7 yesterday
afternoon at Everetts. James and
Rogers pitched and caught for Rob
bersonville and Cherry and A. Roe
buck served in the main positions
for Everetts. \.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday April 26,1927
The offset of 88 is more than
cared for by the present registra
tion, and there are yet manv
more names to be added to the
list. Those who are not r.ure their
names appear on the registration
books are urged to call by the
place of registration, Pope's
office in the old Farmers & Mer
chants Bunk building, and be sure
;hat they will' be eligible to vote.
The books will be closed next
Saturday. After that time they
will be' open for inspection and
challenge l .
and Smith Schools Win
the County Awards
With J. Pluvius threatening to de
prive 2,500 people of a picnic dinner
anil the cold wind sending shivers to
many who had to stay outside, there
being no room within the school build
ing, the fourth county commencement
for Martin County schools convened
in high spirits here Friday morning.
After an invocation by Elder W. B.
Harrington, of Farm Life School
neighborhood, the glad hand of wel
come was extended by the very ap
propriate remarks of Mr. J. L. Has
sell, of WHliamston. Sandwiched be
tvveen the response of Superintendent
Pope on behalf of the teachers and
pupils, the stunt quartet of Farm Life
School entertalncd'With several volun
tary offerings, among them being
"Carve dat 'Possum," worthy of spec
The same fine cooperation of teach
ers, committees, judges, and patrons
i ttended this program as indeed has
been the case at the group centers.
In no case does it appear that the
sclwiol is us much impressed with what
the contestants won as with how
the y won.
Some splendid sacrifices were made
for the spirit of harmony. Schools
whose choncfcs for taking the county
award were.excellent for having won
group-center awards, found success
somewhat selipc.?d by schools whose
opportunities for winning appeared
doubtful after mi;.sing the group-cen
ter awards. It was almost impossible
to secure judges for the contests
from outs'Je the county in accord with
thi* plans; however, there were some
( ut-of-county judges. Judge Francis
I). Winston held the attention of the
audience, for one hour while praising
the results of schools and the general
assembly. The judge seemed to en
joy the humor of the youthful story
tellers better than his own fun fac
—*• Group I Awards
In the largest type of schools, Rob
crsonville received the group I award
by a score of 13 points; Williamston
receiving 11 points for second place;
i i.m' Farm Life 10 points (pr third
place. In the spelling contest, Elsie
Hardison, of Farm Liffl, won first
place; William Davenport and Larrj
Ballard won second and third plac*s
respectively. In the story-telling con
test, Frances Ward, of Robcrsonville,
was given first place by the judges,
and John Fleming Thigpsn, of Wil
liamston, second place; and Carol Col
train, of Farm Life, third place.
In the matter of calculation, Thelma
Peel, of Everetts, was considered the
most rapid and accurate calculator;
the next beat was Lester Griffin, of
Farm Life; and the next was Nossie
Lee Taylor, of Bear Grass.
In pageantry, first position was a
warded to Robcrsonville; second to
Williamston, and third to Oak City.
In choruses, Williamston rendered
that which appealed to the judges
most; Robersonville suited the judgeß
next best; and Jamesville was *he
Group II Results
Among the school of three to five
teachers, Hassells rolled up 10 points;
Gold Point 8 points; and Parrnele 5
points, the certificate going to Has
sell School, which won also in group
center at Hamilton.
In spelling, Cottie Weaver missed
the least number of words, and Oma
Fae Whitfield was next. Both of
these pupils were from Gold Point
anu had no opposition from schools in
the lower end of the county. Like
wise, in other contests the schools of
this size in eastern end of the county
made no entriea.
In story telling, the story of great
est popularity was related by Hugo
Carson, of Parmele. His selection was
"Brother Coon's Dinner." There are
these who believe this pupil and se-
(Continued on the back page)
To Hear Power
Man This Week
Oil Engine Bid Deferred
Until Monday of
The opening of sealed bids for the"'
purchase of MI oil engine was defer
red by the board of town commis
sioners here last Friday night at a
meeting scheduled for the purpose of
receiving the bids. The matter was
deferred until Monday, May 2. Be
tween now and then tfce proposal of
the Virginia Electric & Power Co.,
will be considered, and the opening'
of the oil-engine bids .fill depend on
the decision made at the hearing this
week. No definite date has been set
for the hearing of the proposal to be
made by the high-power company, but
it is understood the matter will come
up this week, probably on Thursday
Mr. J. T. Chase, ofthe Virginia
Electric & Power Co., has been in
Richmond for the past several days
with officials of his company, prepar
ing a contract to be submitted to the
tcwn, and it Is understood he will be
ready to place a contrp.i before the
town within the next day or so.
Messrs. Elam, of the Virginia Kn
gineering Co., Richmond, and J. T.
Cross, of the Fairbanks-Morse people,
wi-re here last Friday night ready to
have their bids opened. They, how
ever, consented to submit their bids
Monday, May 2, giving the board an
opportunity to go over the Virginia
Electric & Power Co.'s offer before
making final decision as to purchas
ing an oij tngine.
Martin Boy Dies in
Linville, youngest son of John A.
and Miriam Darden, die! last Thurs
day in Biloxi, Mississippi, tn'eriwent
v.u-s made in the Episcopal church
yard at Scotland Neck lust Sunday
afternoon, Uev. Theo. Partrick offici
Mr. Darden lived in - Hamilton In
his early boyhood and went from
there to Norfolk about 20 years ago.
During the past several years he had
been working in Mississippi. He was
a nephew of Mrs. Irene' Smith who,
with Dr. and Mrs. J. 11. Saunders and
Miss Mary Smith of this place, at
tended the funeral.
The mighty wonders of the floral
kingdom produced by the late Luther
Burbank, of California, have been e
clipsed by an unknown person right
herein WllllaThstoh, North Carolina
Yesterday afternoon, some young
girls found a bottle of whiskey in the
midst of a hedge privet. With the
true instinct that most humans
possess, that of desiring to destroy
that which is harmful whether it bi
a snake or poisonous w>orm, these
girls broke the bottle and allowed the
contents to trickle down the gutter.
Looking at the privet, one would
suppose it to be that planted by every
body in town, but evidently it is a
freak creation bearing what may be
lotanically named "luna monksonia"
ir. clear glass receptacles. Shoots
from the shrubs should sell for an
enormous sum on the local market,
and then be introduced elsewhere.
Former Martin Man
Suffers Stroke Monday
Mr. W. B. Daniel received a tele
gram yesterday morning stating that
his father, Mr. Ed. Daniel, suffered a
stroke of parlysis at his home in
Interlachen, Fla. The seriousness of
the stroke was not stated in the mes
sage. Mr. Daniel moved to Florida
from this county several years ago.
Mr. Charlie Daniel, of route 4, left
yesterday to be at the bedside o( his
MAYOK COBIIRN RECOVERING
FROM RECENT OPERATION
Reports from St. Vincent's hospital,
Norfolk, state that Mayor R. L. Co
burn is getting along nicely after an
operation for appendicitis. He is ex
pected home within the next few
Misses Estelle Crawford and Mary
Fletcher, teachers in the Belhaven
schools, spent the week end here with
Miss Crawford's mother, Mrs. Fannie
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Parker of
Henderson and Mr. Ed Perkins of
Greenville visited Mr. and Mrs. W.
J. liodge.s, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Carter, of Kil
marnock, Va., will arrive Saturday to
epend Sunday with their brother and
sister, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Staton, at
of Relief Fund
Robersonville Begins a
Williamston's quota of the flood re
lief fund was more than raised here
yesterday and today, when $l6O were
given by merchants, business men,
and citizens. The amount was raised
as a result of a call sent out from the
flooded area along the Mississippi
Ri\er and its several tributaries. A
nation-wide call has been made with
the country's highest officials assist
ing in the raising of $6,000,000.
The Red Cross chapter at Rober
fonville sent SSO to the sufferers yes
terday and will begin subscription
\v rk this week. At this time it is
not known whether subscriptions will
be made in other towns of the county
since there are but two chapters in
the county, the one at Robersonville
and the one here.
Donations and donors in William
s', on are as follows:
John I). Biggs, S2O; F. U. Barnes,
$10; Culpepper Hardware Co., $5;
John I). Simpson, $5; Albert Perry,
$2; N. K. Harrison, $1; B. S. Court
ney, $5; l)r. Saunders, $1; D. D.
Stalls, $2.50; Luther Peel, $1; Mrs.'
Anna Harrison, 25c; H. D. Harrison,
$1; Stanley Sessoms, 76c; H. G. Ilor
ton, $5; Barnhill Bros. $1; H. A. Higgs
$5; B. A. Critcher, $2; Clayton Moore,
$5; J. (). Manning, $1; Ned
house, $5; J. D. Leggett, $1; Mar
golis Bros., $2; C. 11. Dickey, $1; J.
W. Biggs, $2; E. S. Peel, $5; Moses
Alexander, $1; A. K. Dunning, $1; C.
D. Curstarphen & Co., $3; Fannie S.
Biggs, $5; Pattie B. Crawford, $1;
Carrie B. Williams, $2; J. D. Wool
ard, $1; J. 10. Pope, $1; H. If. Hollo
man, $1; Will iiaislip, $1; John P.
Thigpen, $1; C. O. l'anlo, $1; Dr. P.
B. Cone, ST; Mrs. John 1). Biggs, $5;
V D. Godwin, $1; J. H. Harrell, 75c;
Harrison Wholesale Co., $6; It. H.
Smith, $1; W. G. Peel, $3; C. D. Cat
tilarphen, jr., $2; L. 11. Harrison, .$1;
Sol Orleans, 26c; J. W. Watts, jr., 50c;
Mrs. W. E. Dunn, 30c; W. J. Hodges,
$2; F. K. Hodges, $1; A. Anderson,
$1; John E. Williams, 26c; John A
Manning, 60c; C. B. Clark, $1; N. C.
Green, $1; W. D. Jernigun, $1; C. E.
Jenkins, $1; P. P. Peele, 25c; Simon
I.illey, $1; Farmers Supply Co., $2;
Jesse Melson, 26c; C. O. Moore, $1;
J J. Gregory, 60c; Bill Ed Bailey, $1;
W. C. Manning, $1; W. B. Daniel, $1;
G. W. Blount, $1; Lawrence Linds
ley, $2; C. B. Harrison, $1; S. O.
Perkins, $1; S. B. Bacon, $1; miscel-
Publicity U> any other donation.'
made in the county will be gladly
fi'.'vun in these columns.
The. flood situation along the Miss
issippi from Missouri to l»uisiana, at
a glance, finds more than 9,(KM) square
miles of fertile lands in Mississippi
und Arkansas luid waste by the great
At least one hundred are known to
be dead in the flood areas in seven
States, and some officials engaged in
telief work .said the minimum esti
mate of the dead in the Mississippi
delta alone was 200.
With 15,000 already marooned in
the Mississippi delta district, urgent
warnings were issued to all others in
the wake of the flood in that area to
fler for their lives.
In the meantime, a renewed appeal
was made by the Mississippi State
authorities for more boats to take
out to the marooned, many of whom
have been without food or water for
24 hours or longer.^
With the floods spreading at a rap
id rate, additional thousands have
been rendered homeless and the loss
of crops, livestock, and property is
Two more breaks in the Mississippi
levees are threatened, one 30 miles
below Helena, Ark., and the other 8
njiles above Vicksburg.
li'ackwater from streams in north
ern Louisiana is beginning to drive
people from the homes in Concordia
I'urish and others will be driven out
as the Arkansas River flood waters
move into that State. j?
Evacuation of refuges to safe places
continues, with precautions taken to
prevent further spread of disease in
the concentration camp».
Hand Is Obsolete
That the old method of trans
planting tobacco by hand has
been practically caat aside is
evidenced by the fact that more
than 25 transplanting machine*
have been sold here thia year.
Several orders are yet to be
filled, and it is expected the
number of machines sold will
reach 30. In tfce majority of
cases, the machines "were bought
cooperatively by farmers in cer
tain communities in the county.
For Local Market
Play 54 Innings
To 100-100 Tie
A record in believed to have
been net recently in base ball
when the Everett* school and
Everetts town teams played .">4
innings in one scheduled meet.
The winner was never decided,
for in the last several innings
the score was tied at 100 all and
dark prevented further play.
The game was carried on for
more than six hours with er
rws, goojl plays and fun featur
ing; in itjost every inning While
several sets of fans were wore
out, the players held to (heir
posts with a few minute* out
every now and then to take time
to drink cca colas.
Four White Men and
Two Colored Are
Deputy Sheriff S. H. Grimes and
l'aul llallurd made a short hunt and
a bijj haul late Saturday afternoon
When'the ollkers found located a
bout a Miilo and a half south of Hoar
Glass; a steam still of about .'JO gallon
capacity aud""900" barrels of beer and
a gallon of liquor they trapped a
lt'rge number of visitors, four white
men and two colored. They were Cole
Cowan, Ezra Whi taker," Dane Cowan,
Stanly Mollis, all white %nd John
tfigg* and Clinton Davis, colored.
All the men started to run except
Dana Cowan. Deputy Grimes caught
Biggs and placed him in jail. Cowan
gave bond and appears before Judge
liailey today. The other four have
•iifce been arrested and placed under
bond for their appearance before the
The officer# were not fully satis
fied with their .short hunt, so they
went two hundred yards further and
found a copper still of about 75 gal
lon capacity. At the plant they de
nt royed 17 barrels of beer and two
large vats. The still was cold and
E. S. Feel Is Elected
Clayton Moore, chairman of the
County Democratic Executive Com
mittee called a meeting of the com
mittee today at 10 o'clock. At the
meeting Mr. Moore tendered his
resignation as chairman, stating his
duties as superior court judge would
begin next Monday and that it would
be impossible to serve longer as
llis resignation was accepted and
Elbert S. Peel was elected chairman
of the committee.
at Club Here Tomorrow
The "Better Homes" progiam which
the Americun Home depaitment of
the Woman's club, Miss Anna iXlfint
ham, chairman, will give tomorrow
afternoon at 3:30 promises to be very
Mws Trentham always has interest
ing anil snappy meetings and this one
will be no exception to the rule. Mrs.
W. Robert Evertt, of I'almyra, will
talk on "Better Hooks in the Homes"
and this will be well worth every
mother's time to hear. All the women
and men of the town are invited.
Bible Study Class
» At Baptist Church
Each Wednesday evening at 8 o'-
clock there is held a period of inten
sive Bible study at the Memorial Bap
The method employed in to take,
each evening, one book of the Itibie,
and give a rapid survey of its con
tents. Such study, while it can not
be exhaustive, does give one u Home
what comprehensive view of the book
studied|. It attempts to ask and an
swer the questions: By whom was the
book written ? To whom was it writ
ten ? ' When was it written ? And for
v/hat purpose written?
In the past those attending have
covered the entire Old Testament. At
the present time, the studies are en
tirely on the New Testament.
The book for Wednesday evening of
this week is Second Corinthians. The
people of the church are asked to
cttend, and the studies are open to
ti»e general public.
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Martin County.
Government Report for
Last Season Boosts
Williams lon has good possibilities
as a tobacco market. It we examine
its geographical location, we at once
see the large tobacco acreage logically
in our territory. The new Chowan
bridge, to be completed in July, wilt
put us within 30 miles of Edenton,
which is now producing a consider
able quantity of tobacco. We are the
logical market geographically for all
of Washington County, half of Ller
tie County, half of Halifax County,
three-fourths of Martin County, and
half of ISeaufort.
Apart from our geographical ad
vantages we have the advantage of a
good history. The final sales report
given out by the government last
week, for last'season, places William
ston tenth in the 37 North Carolina
markets in number of pounds sold.
We are exceeded by Wilson, Green
ville, Winston-Salem, Kinston, Rocky
Mount, Durham, Farmville, Oxford,
Third in Price
In price, Williamston stands third
in the new bright-belt markets, and
fifth in all of the 37 markets of the
State. We are exceeded in the east
by Greenville, by $1.15 per hundred,
and by Farmville, by 99 cents per
Williamston's average was $27.09,
while Ahoskie was $26:20; Windsor
$24 88; Kobersonville, $26.91; Tar
boro $25.91. Enfield, s2's.f2; Uocky
Mount, $25,43; Wilson, $26.86; Golds
bo ro, 23.08; Kinston, $25.23.
'I h» average for all the oast Caro
lina markets was $26.57, putting Wil-
Itamsion 52 points above the aver
age- ' , '
Tlie final report on sales forNortK
Caiolina lor last season showed 370,-
320 185 poinds, agdtnVt 341,903,793 in
l iom the present indications, it ap
p»iirs that North Carolina will in
crease its acreage over last year by
about 111 per cent, which will carry
the acreage up to 631,000 acres, the
largest acreage the State has ever
planted. It is estimated I hat the Wil
liamston area will be increased at
least 15 per eertt in acreage.
Catch Many Carp >
A barn yard implement, the pitch
folk, was brought into play last week
wh 'ii fishermen made a Vaid on Ger
man carp in the Roanoke law grounds.
The river overflowed its bank and
tin German fish roamed tb'J swamps
tir large quantities. Tly- carp held-"
thi ir heads too high ami attracted
thi attention of travelers along the
highway till. Several local people
carried guns ,but piCi'hfoks were used
in the main for trapping the fish. The
nmn carrying the pitchfork, would
walk around 111 ♦he swamps where the
water was about knee deep ,and every
few minutes a two-foot carp would
come sailing by and it was an easjt*
matter to gig him with the fo-k's
One man ,after gigging 14 of the
fish ,tired and left the swamp. Weigh
ing from 3 to 12 pounds, and varying
from 12 to 30 inches in length, the fish
are regarded as almost worthless, ami
it was a hard matter to dispose of
Washington to Buy
New $40,000 Turbine
C., April 22.—Au
l thorization was given the light and
water commission by the board of al
dermen at a joint meeting last night
to purchase an additional turbine for
the light and power plant, costing not
to exceed $40,00(1. The new turbine
will be either 1,000 or kw. At
present the plant has two 625 kw.
turbine*. This means that if the
i,S£GO kw. turbine is bought, it will
double the present power capacity of
Ship Second Car Hogs
to Virginia This Week
Martin county wil ship its second
load of live hogs ,to Richmond this
week. The car will be made up by
farmers from .different parts of the
county who have hogs to ship.
Last week several farmers sent a
car to tthe Virginia city where the
meat brought the highest price paid
on the Richmond market.
All farmers who have tried oat hog
raising in this section seem much
pleased with results, finding a sub
stantial net profit in the undertaking:.
Mr. Brandon says the shipments
from this point for the season will
run up to about a half dosen cars.
Each .car nets about $1,600 to the