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VOLUME XX3fr—NUMBER 65
LOdAL MARKET i
September Sales Here Av
eraged $17.46; Belt
PRICES BETTER NOW
All llarksts Below Averages Made
Last Year; Crop Estimated at
The Williamston tobacco market
was |1.46 per hundred above the aver
age for the new bright tobacco belt
according to a State report just made
public. The belt average was $16.01,
while the local market's was $17.46.
The highest average was made in
Windsor when that market sold 891,-
676 pounds at an average of $19.88
per hundred pounds. The various aver
cges made in the bright belt for the
month of September were about the
>ame ,a:id in all instances were far
below those made last year. In some
caes, the drop in prices this year
amounted to $lO. per one> hundred
pounds. Not a single market averaged
30 cents this year, while the lowest
average made last year was above
The report showing the averages
for the State included the September
sales only. An increase in the average
can be expected in the next report,
but in comparison with that of the
same month last year, it will in all
probability be lower. There has been
an increase iu prices during the past
few daya on (he markets in the belt,
but the increase will have,to go con
biderably higher to compare favorably
with that of last year.
In reporting the present situation
of the crop, the State and Federal
Departments .of Agriculture state:
"The present situation of the to
bacco fanners, with relation to the
low prices being received, is apparent
ly tht result of over production, as
the bright flu# cured types hav« very
little comptition from foreign pro
ducera. Last year's 393,000,000 pound
crop was the third largest this State
over grew. This year we produced
est crop ever grown. Last year prices
417,#4M,000 pounds, the second larg
were satisfactory—-this year they are
toerHow. This situation is very similar
to the year 1919-1920, and also 1922-
"It is doubtful if excessive daily
sales are responsible for lower prices
as farmers are not in a position to
store their crop for any great length
of time and the buyers have a fairly
clear conception of the sise of the
crop they will be expected to handle.
"Season's sales to October 1 have
totaled 130,670,166 pounds producers',
at an average of $17.82 per hundred,
or a total value of about $22,600,-
000. Those sales are about 81 per
cent of the total crop, aa compared
with 28 per cent, sold to October 1
lust year. " * _ j
"The 106,684,096 pounds producers'
sales during September averaged
$16.81 per hundred pounds as com
pared with an. average last Septem
ber of $24.80. The quality of the of
ferings were reported by warehouse
men as poor to average, having fair
ly good color, but rather light in
"The condition of North Carolina
tobacco on October 1 this year was
riO per cent, of normal, aa compared
with 78 per cent, last October and
a average of 77 per cent."
Tarboro Municipal Plant
Claims Large Earnings
■ J. H. Jacobs, city clerk of Tarboro,
in a letter to Mayor W. C. Hargrove
of that town, showed the nt earn
ings of the municipal light and power
plant there over a period of ten years
ending May 81, thia year to
The rate charged by Tarborf/s plant
was not mentioned in the letter.
THEATRE I J
Tenth Episode of
« RETURN of the
Always a Good Show
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"Spice of Life" At
The "Spic* of Lift," to be giv
en at the opera house here next
Tuesday night, promises to be
one of the best productions of
its kind given here in some time.
Practice ia being held daily, ana
the "twenty chorus gists under
twenty" will make a big hit next
Tuesday. ' \
The Williamston Woman's
Club ia sponsoring the play, and
the proceeds will go toward buy
ing scales for the local school
and for other needs.
NEWS ITEMS OF
Much Interest Shown in
Interest in various clubs and organ
isations in the local school haa roach-1
ed a high point during the past few i
uays and now the school has aeveral
clubs and societies functioning.
The Literary club held its first meet
ing this morning, with twehty mem
bers enrolled. This club will be under
the direction of the teachers in the
The Dramatic club resumed ita work
two weeks ago and has an active mem
bership totalling SO or more. Miss
Josephine Harrison is the club'a presi
dent and Edwin Peele, ita business
manager. The club's work is under
the direction of Miss Mary Fletcher,
of the English department.
Thirty-five pupils have attended
each of th« four meetings of the
music club. Officers will be named at
a meeting next Wednesday. Mrs. W.
O. Manning, jr. is the club's director.
Membership in at least one of these
clubs is required of each high school
student. Provision is made for each
student to be affiliated with as many
'f the three as he wiaheß. Several
atudents ware members in two of the
clubs last year and they ranked high
in all phaaea of scnool work.
The cluba welcome all effort put
forth by the student and only one fee
Students in ail the grades are show
ing much interest in athletics. Espec
ially is thia true in football. Most of
'.be players are taking practice on thu
field and taking blackboard work
seriously. Girls, under the direction
of MiBB Elisabeth Willdns, organized
yesterday and will begin basketball
practce immediately. Mr. Hood will
take over the work after the close of
the football aeason. In the meantime
the girls are expected to show mark
et! improvement under Miss Wilkins.
The honor roll for the month just
closed suffered greatly on account
of the large number of absences at
the bginning of school. Many pupils
were one or two days late entering,
and since a pupil must attend regular
ly and avoid being tardy as well as
average 90 on all school work, the
roll is small. According to the reports
of the various grade-teachers the list
would be three times is siic should
one absence be allowed.
First grade—Miss Peacock, teach
er—Grace Barnhill and Reginald Man
Second grade —Miss Ivey, teacher-
Ella Wynne Critcher, Fannie Spain
Holliday, Lois Taylor, Carlyle Hall,
Secoad grade— Miss Darden, teach
er—John Boyd Fleming, Ellis Wynn,
Jean D. Watts, Marjorie Lindsley,
Third grade—Miss Ramsey, teach
er—Milton James, Ben Manning.
ThM grade—Miss Wilkins, teach
Feurth grade—Miss Sample, teach
Fifth grade—Miss Allen, teacher-
Needleman Suits Not To
Be Tried Next Week
The Neodleman civil suits against
a number of Martin and Lenoir coun
ty men, ordering them to trial at
Washington Monday, October 17, will
not be heard at that term of court.
The court there next week is for the
trial of criminal cases only.
It is poaaible that Needleman's
lawyers will move for some special
date for the hearing of the cases. The
next regular term of the court in this
division will not be held until April,
1928 and it is understood that Need
leman will aak for a special term.
Seek Indictments Against
31 Magistrates in Wake
Wake county is seeking the indict
ment of thirty-one magistrates who
have failed to make reports to the
superior court of that county. Judge
Sinclair ordered the procedure.
While the law requires all justices
of the peace te report all eases heard
before them to' the superior eourt, in
many cases they Rave no trials and
do not make any reports, thinking it
Williamson. Martin County, North Carolmm, Friday, October 14, 1927
Speak* to Club Memberd'on
Broader Meaning of
I "We Build"
The Williamston Kiwanis club had
as its guest at the Wednesday lunch
eon, Dr. Maynard 0. Fletcher, of
Washington, who addressed the club
members on the broader meaning of
the alogan "We Build."
Dr. Fletcher likened the progress
of men and naUons to a fleet of ships
■ailing through the course of time,
some good and some bad. The worst
of all, according to the speaker, is
the warship, -the weapon of hatred,
distrust, want of faith. This is a ship
that might be destroyed very easily
by other strong ships; that k, if we
liad a friendship strong enough to
bind men together and which could
embrace the nations of the world.
This ahip would be backed by a serv
ice ship which would make each man
and each nation as willing to help
others as they are to have others
help them. '
Another ship , mentioned by Dr.
Fletcher as important in the building
program is salesmanship which should
run into every heart and mind anionic
i ll men and natons until they possess
the idea that there is a better way
lor men to settle disputes and show
ing heir bravery than being shot
down like dogs in muddy trenches.
Leadership is also one ef the essential
things to destroy the warship. This
leadership must be in men who are
willing to lay aside personalities and
prejudices and forget their own sel
fish ambitions for the common good.
The speach was said by club mem.
bers to be the best delivered since
the organisation of the club. It touch
ed the important things in our citisen
Dr. Fletcher thinkii our past history
is a poor index to our future history,
that with the advent of a better un
derstanding between nations and peo
ple, we will have a league of friends
that will be unwilling to kill. Yet, he
thinks if we are to be good friends
with our neighbors across the
wo must first cultivate and practice
a stronger friendship with our near
neighbors, the folks at our own doors.
BIG DECREASE IN
Less Than Fourth As Much
Cotton Ginned in County
This Year As Last
There was le»H than one-fourth as
much cotton ginned in Martin county
this SEUHJN up to October 1 UH there
was frinned up to the wme time laat
year. Uertie county ginned about ene
flfth aa much up to the same time
thia year as it did laat year. Every
county on the east side of a line
drawn across the State from Warren
to Robeson county wan behind the
1826 report in number of bales gin
ned. A few counties west of the
line were a little ahead in their gin
ning aa compared with that of 1926.
The report does not mean tliat the
shortage will be that laige thia year,
but it indicaleß that th« countiei eaat
of the line from Warren to Robeaon
are late with the crop. The reppjrt
also indicates a poor crop.
The cotton crop in the State has
been reduced to 1,787,000 acres aa
compared with 2,028,000 acres for
1926. The yield this year ia expected
U> average 226 pounds to the acre
as against 292 pounds for last year.
In 1926 there were 1,218,000 balea
harvested in the State, and Judica
tions point to only 846,000 for thia
Orthopedic Clinic in
1 Washington Monday
A third meeting of the orthopaedic
clinic will be held in Washington next
Monday. These clinics are held with
out cost to all cripples who are not
able to pay f»r treatment. The clinic
.'n Washington has done much during
the past two months for cripples in
Beaufort and surrounding counties.
According to reports very few crip
ples from this county have attended.
In a letter addressed Xo the press,
H. L. Stahton, supervisor, Vocational
Rehabilitation, states that cripples in
this county as well as Beaufort and
other surrounding counties are invited
and urged to attend the clinic. r '
Sunday Services at,
Regular services, U a. m. and 8
p m. Morning sermon subject, 'The
Need of Method in Religion." Even
ing subject, "The Kingdom of God."
The public is eordially invited to
attend these services.
ENTERTAIN TETCHERg TONIGHT
.. The numbers of the local school
faculty will be the dinner guests of
The Atlantic hotel this evening.
Each year. Mr, and Mrs. Z. H.
Rose nentertain the teachers at their
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Citizens and School Officials
Work Out Plan to Pro
MEMBERSHIP "FEE $5
Membership Card Entitle* Owner to
' See All Games Played by School
Teams Here This Season
Plana to effect a high school athletic
association here were made ihis week
when school officials ami several
citiiens met and discussed Uie future
of athletics in the local school. Tu
establish the association no small
amount of work hai to be done, and
the assistance of those interested in
the school/and the children 's welfare
Memborsship cards have been pre
pared and were put on sule today.
Triced at $5, these cards entitle own
ers admittance to all athletic events
participated in by a Williamston
bchool team in WiUiamaton. In de
termining the price of the cards, the
rthletic committee figured out the
propoaod schedules for all athletic
events here this season an*l found the
membership charge in the association
•to be about half the price fur admis
sion to all the games.
The association, young oa-lt might
be, is not asking charity, but it is ask
ing the cooperation of parents, pa
ts ons and citiiens liera ki helping to
bring about a type of attileUcs that
the town will be proud of. Many peo
ple of the town have already ex
pressed their willingness to help
make a real association possible, ami
results can be expected within the
next few days.
While the funds will be used in
part to purchase equipment, the main
purpose of soliciting them is to pave
the way for a real system of athletics
when the new building is erected.
Officials are very much pleased with
the present outlook, and i * poet the
ttale tf membership carda to reach
around two hundred. *k
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Services for the Week
Sunday school, 9:45 u. in.
Preaching services, 11.00 a. m. The
Ei-imon will be based on the following
text. "Beer "ye, one another's bur
dens", Gal. 6:2.
Preaching services at Holly Springs
" mi p. m.
Regular preaching service, 7:30 p. m.
Woman's Missionary society at the
church, Monday at 3:00 p. m.
We urge a large attendance at this
meeting, and we especially request
those who joined us through the local
department to be with us.
Junior Epworth league, Monday
4:00 p. m.
Senior Epworth leagua, Monday
7:30 p. in.
Intermediate Epworth league, Wed
Prayer Meeting, Wednesday 7:30
Rev. T. W. LEE, Pastor.
Has Narrow Escape
-* Gaylord Harrison was badly but HOT
s riously cut about the head last night
when ho ran his Ford coupe head on
into a highway truck a mile north of
the Roanoke river bridge.
Gaylord, traveling salesman for the
Wcrrison Wholesale company, was re
turning from the Indian Woods sec
tion of Bertie county when his iightu
went out. Under the conditions, he
could do nothing but continue on his
way here without lights. He was guid
ing his car by the white railing along
tlie All when he met the truck also
■without lights. The driver of the
truck stopped and claimed he went
ahead to signal Harrison, but it did
no good, for the Ford toupe hit the
, big truck and turned over several
' times, badly bruising its driver.
Both the car and truck were badly
j damaged. v.
Fifteen Boys Arrested for
Stealing in Greenville
Fifteen colored boys, ranging in age
from ten to eighteen years, have been
arrested in Grneeville this week charg
ed with house breaking and robbery.
During the past several weeks, a
number of houses have been entered
in that town and various things stolen.
Plan To Move To New
Post Office Next Week
Finishing touches are being made
to the new postofltc this week, and
it is understood that Poetmaater J. T.
Price and other members of the postal
force here will move into their new
[quarters the early part of next
The office is taking on a more
pleasing appearance each day, and
completed it will be very at
Over Half Million Pounds
Weed Sold Here
Jamesville Man Sells Forty Pounds for SI.OO Pound
Several 50-Cent Averages Reported .
Today's sales on the local to
bacco market will bring the total
sold this week to arpund
600,000 pounds, and judging from
the averages made the first four
days of the week,' a little over a
twenty-three. cents average will
Today'a sale is the largest held
here in several weeks, and some
ihink it is a little off in price.
Others report the market about
the same as far as price ia con-
Local High School Eleven
Playing in Aulander
The local high school football eleven
left at noon today for Aulander to
meet the high school team of that
town in }i game this afernoon.
Coach Hood has carried the boys
through a heavy schedule of prac
tice this week, hut- he enters them
in the game today under slight
Tuesday afternoon, Columbia will
send its squad of football players to
meet the local boys in a game here.
The game will b e called at 2:80 at
the fair grounds. „
That the members of the high school
are greatly interested in football and
pro deserving of able support has
been shown by their practice work 1
(luring the past few days.
Bores Holes in Iron Safe at
D. D. Stalls Warehouse,
But Fail to Open It
Would-be robbers gave up in despair
when they entered the D. D. Stalls
warehouse here early this morning
and bored three holes yi an iron safe
there in attempt to open it. The
guilty parties devoted their energy
t the safe, for there was nothing
liloodhounds were called, and they
took the track and follovyed it to a
little shack near the railroad at the
end of Maint street. Informaion gain
ed there indicated that two young
nogros in Bertie county were con
nected in the attempted robbery.
At noon today no arrests had been
made, and officers refused to disclose
the latest devlopements in th case.
Regular Services At
Local Baptist Church
The pastor of the local Baptist'
church will be in the pulpit for both
At the evening hour, the sermo:i
_At ttrS" mid-week seryice next
Wednesday night, the subject followed
will be, "The Day of Pentecost". The
second chapter in the Book of Acts
will constitute the lesson. Those who
were not present at the last service
will please read both the first and
The Roanoke Baptist Association
has just held an important session
with the Enfield Baptist church.
There were several hundred people in
httendance from alt »ver the associa
tion, and the programs were good.
The next meeting goes to Farmville,
with the pastor of this church preach
ing the sermon. , „
Sunday morning and evening, there
should be a large number of people
at the services.
Sixty-Five Farmers at
Field Meet Near Here
An interesting field meet was held
yestreday when around sixty-five
farmers met at Mr. Robert Lee
Perry's near here and took part- in
a contest staged by the Nitrate Ag3n
Farmers as far away as Jamesville
were there and took part in the con
tent. 'Several prices were given the
best judges of production.
Mr. H. H- B. Mask and County
Agent T. B. Brandon are tabulating
the results of the fertiliser lest. These
data will be ready in a few days and
will appear in this paper. They should
L« of particular interest to corn
growers in this section. ' \
Special Meeting of
There will be a special communi
cation in the local lodge tonight at
7:SO o'clock. Work in the first de
gree will be done. All masons are in
vited to attend.
■p cerned. Several farmers who vis
ited the market this morning, but
I who did not have tobacco on the
floors stated their intention to sell
| .as soon as they could prepare it
for the market.
Sales ran as high as SI.OO per
pound this week, when Major
Gardner, of near Jamesville, sold
around forty pounds on the floors.
| Averages as high as 50 cents
a pound have be*n made this
HAS BUSY DAY
One Defendant Demanded
Trial by Jury; Revolting
Case Is Aired
The Tuesday term of recorder's
court here followed after the style
of the superior court when it culled
in a jury to hear u case. ln this, how
ever, it went only half way and se
lected six men, W. L. Taylor, J. H.
Gurganus, Henry D. Harrison, K. O.
Martin, H. C, Green and Joshua L.
Coltruin. The jury heard only one
case, that of State versus Harvey L.
(iardner who was charged with as
sault with a deadly weapon.
The case was of a very degrading
nature and caused women to leuve the
courtroom before the session was com
pleted. The alfair started when Tom
Askew, a colored man, flatly refused
16 execute UMommand made by Mr.
Gardner. For his failure to do the
kidding, Askew came very near los
ing his life when he suffered a dan
gerous knife wound on his neck. Th
evidence in thp case varied, but the
jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Judge Bailey sentenced the defendant
t the Edgecombe county roads for a
period of fifteen months. From thii
sentence, the defendant appealed his
case, and he was resuired to enter
into bond in the sum of $350 for hts.
appearance at the next term Martin
County Superior court.
Tillie Smith and Sepora ifuckett
were brought into court charged With
disorderly conduct and violating the
liquor laws. Their trouble started last
Sunday when they came into this
county from near Plymouth and dis
turbed the peace at Dardens. The col
ored women plead guilty to the dis
orderly conduct charge but denied
the violation of the laws
churge. Judgment was suspended upon
the payment of the costs of the case
and upon the condition that the two
women leave the county und not re
The assault charge against Willie
Wynne wa snol pro.sued.
Dewey Manning, of near Hassells,
came into court and plead not guilty
to u reckless driving charge. After
hearing the evidence in the case, the
ccurt found that he was not guilty
of reckless driving, but found that he
was violating the "rules of the road."
Judgment was suspended upon the
defendant's paying the cost# of the
case. *"•""* *" —
Nornum Williams plead .jguilty
when he was charged with carrying
a concealed weapon, and was fined
$lO and reauired to pay the costs of
Anthony Skyles plead guilty to an
assault on a female charge. Judg
ment was suspended upon payment of
the costs of the action.
Herbert Stalls entered court and
plead not guilty of violating the liquor
iaws and denied a larceny re
ceiving charge. After hearing the evi
dence, the court agreed with him on
the second count, but differed with
him when he said he was not guilty
of violating the liquor laws. He was
fined S6O for selling iquor, and was
required to pay the costs of the case.
He was allowed 30 days in which to
pey the fine, but was required to en
t»» into bond in the sum of SIOO un
til 'November 15, 1927, the last day
the fine may run without affecting the
bond. ' —-v . .
Two suits brought by,J. H. James,
of Kobersonville, were tried and the
plaintiff was allowed |6O and interest
thereon from August 20, 1926 to
date in one action and $33.34 with in
terest thereon from July 9, 1926 to
date. These suits were against the
A. C. L. Railroad company, and were
brought into court by Mr. James to
recover damages to cows shipped over
the defendant's railroad. Notice of
appeal was filed in both cases by the
defendant in open court.
County Teachers To
Meet Here Tomorrow
The Martin county teachers will
meet hare tomorrow afternoon at 2
o'clock in the sckool building. This
1b the second meet of the county
teachers thiß session.
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
- jumns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes ol Martin County
IN BANK CASE
County Wins in
Suit Brought by Bank's
$2,400 NOTE INVOLVED
Lucian J. Hardison Gets Judgment
«■ Against Handle Company in
The North Carolina Supreme court
reversed Nunn' decision this
week in u case, Coburn, receiver a--
gainst C. D. Carstarpiien.
The controversy grew out of a case
wherein Receiver Coburn undertook
to collect $2,400 in notes from Car
sturphen who- had oh deposit as coun
tv treasurer a larger sum in the Mar
tin County Savings ami Trust com
pany at the same time the bank held
the notes. The lower court held that
the county treasurer could not use
the depo^rcas an offset. The Supreme
court found, however, that Carstar
phen was individually responsible-for
his deposit as treasurer, and was
therefore entitled to a credit on his
note for the full amount'/
Lucian J. Hardison a de/
osion handed doyn in his favor by
the Supreme court this week. Hard
it on* had brought suit against the
National Handle company, of Ply
mouth to recover damage done to
h'hing machines in Roanoke river by
I'oating rafts of logs belonging to the
handle company. He ttrst brought
suit in a J. P. court in this county,
and found that he could not collect
from the company's agent. He went to
Washington county, the hom e of the
company and tried the case again be
fore a justice of the peace. He lost
a second time. He then appealed to
the superior court and won a judg
ment of $37. The Handle company
then appealed to the State Supreme
court which sustained the lower court
in its decision upon the ground that ~
the handU company was not entitled
fc> a of the river, and that"
Hardison was not obstructing free
passage up and down the river. The
high court further showed that there
was ample room for all fiver traffic.
NEW FORDS SOON
More Than 125,000 Orders
For New Car Booked
between 66,000 ajid 75,000 men are
working in the Ford Motor plants, ami
assembly of the new model car will
start in a few more days, according
to a statement made in Detroit last
Tuesday. Major parts of the new car
l'ave been under production for sev
icrrl weeks, the announcement said,
and the first assembly of the new
bodies was stalled "some days ago",
The announcement also revealed that
tha assembly line has been removed
from the Highland Park plant to the
River Rouge plant. The Highland
l'ark plant will be used for the manu
facture of parts. , •
Just when the first of the new model
cars -will be. distributed still remains
unknown to the thousands of dealers
throughout the Mr. J. I).
Woolard, one of the managers of the
local agency, stated yesterday that
the information gained from various
automotive journals and olier sources
indicates that deliveries will be made
within the next thirty days. He ex
pressed hope, however, that deliveries
would be made earlier than that
An announcement made by Ford
officials a few days ago showed whero
135,000 customers' orders have been
placed with the various dealers in the
Stutes for delivery of the new model
cars as soon as they make their ap
People generally have almost for
gotten that there is a new Ford "just
around the corner", and are content
ing hemselves by just waiting. It will
be just like the automobile magnate
to send his contraptions around when
they are least looked for.
Greenville Votes to Issue
SIOO,OOO in School Bonds
Greenvflle, . Oct. 14.— Greenville's
SIOO,OOO school improvement bond is
sue was carried in an election held
here yesterday by an overwhelming
majority. Out at .ja registration of 630
there were 460 votea cast, 441 for the
issuance of bonds and only 19 against?
While it was conceded that the elec
tion would be carried in favor of the
project, the small vote against the
measure waa a surprise.
Between *BO,OOO and *90,000 will be
spent to replace the building destroy
ed by Are during the early spring,
while the remainder will be used in
general improvement to some of the
Juat as soon as the bonds are ad
vertised and disposed of work will be
gin on the new building.