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The enterprise. volume (Williamston, N.C.) 1899-201?, September 20, 1929, Image 1

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Watch th« Label on Yow Paper Ai It Carrie* tb* Data Whan Your Subscription Expiree VOLUME XXXII—NUMBER 59 ALTERATIONS TO UNDERPASS HERE ARE CONSIDERED —,, a . Railroad Is Making Investi gation Now That May Lead to Changes MANY WRECKS THERE f lv Is Only Underpass in This Part of State Which Has Center Support; Scene of One Fatal Accident . ♦ An investigation started here a few weeks ago m an effort to alter the bridge over the highway at the west end of Main Street here is progressing rapidly. Mayor R. L. Coburn stated yesterday afternoon. It is understood that the State highway system has nothing to do with the bridge, and ' whether or not the Coast Line will al- ( to the bridge depends upon an inspec tion that will be made within the next few days, it was stated. According to information gained rel ative to the matter, the railroad com- , pany constructed the bridge by speci fications prepared by the highway peo ple, but in spite of that fact, the Coast Line officials have stated that they will have the district superinendent inspect the underpass. Just when the repre sentative will come here to investigate ' the construction of the present sup port was not stated. During the past several months, sev eral automobiles have been wrecked at the underpass, one wreck taking the life of a preacher only a few weeks 1 ago. As far as it is known, the under pass here is the only one in this part of the State having a center support to the bridge. While,the roadway per mits traffic, it is a menace to the safe ty of every automobile driver, even tht most careful one. BROTHERSPUT IN JAIL HERE John and Simon Shepard Arrested for Different Offenses Same Day Jailed hers for violating the liquor laws, John Shepard, colored, pleaded with oflcers to- call his brother, Simon, down from Hamilton last Wednesday that they might talk over some business matters. Sheriff Roebuck, accommodating all prisoners held in the jail here as far (SU it is possible to do so, assu/fed John that Simon would be notified. Joit about the time the sheriff started to fall for Simon at Hamil-| toa, a message came from the town, requesting the officer to watch out for Simon as he had entered a home on| tta* Jule Bunting farm and stole , clothes and other articles. It was, about ten o'clock Wednesday evening, thftt Sheriff Roebuck and Policeman A&sbrooks found Simon perched on I a suitcase along the highway near thifc river. was very much pleased when his brother talked into the jail but was greatly surprised to learn that he did not enter upon his own free. ♦ ■ ; Rpbersonville Football Team Prospects Fine Twenty-five young boys in the Rob erfonvile school reported for football practice there at the call of the coach, alt'-of them showing a marked interest in the sport and making a strong bid fof a berth on the first squad. Coach Ira Ainsley is earring the boys through a hard practice schedule, pre paratory to the first game of the sea son to be played with Washington at Washington next Friday afternoon. At a meeting of 'he team's members this week, Jesse Bunting was elected captain, John Warren and Herbert Ptpe acting as field generals. According to a report the members of the team are in good physical condi tion and are rapidly preparing them selves for the first battle of the season nckt Friday.' ________ _ |W ATT S f f THEATRE ** ■ Saturday September 21 TIM MXOY in "The Desert Rider" I Also COMEDY and SERIAL I Monday-Tuesday Sept 23-24 ft. ALICE WHITE •, in "BROADWAY BABIES'' ■ Also FABLES and NEWS\ I MUSIC BY PHOTOTOME THE ENTERPRISE Sawyer Convicted of First Degree Murder SENTENCED TO T DEATH IN CHAIR ON NOVEMBER 1 ! —«— Jury Stays Out Overnight In Deliberating on Evidence MRS. SAWYER FREED i ——a Sawyer I* First White Man Ever to be Sentenced to Electric Chair Prom This County a ( Twenty-four hours,after his case! was called, John Sawyer, white, was ; found .guilty of murder in the first > | degree and sentenced by Judge W. A. 1 Devin in the superior court here yes-j ' terday morning to die in the electric 1 chair November 1, SawyeY being the firat white man to be aentenced to die in the electric chair from this county. For two hours Wednesday morning the defense and State attorneys were busy examining the special venire of 75 men, the taking of evidence be- j gining promptly. Examining eight witnesses, the prosecution rested the case early in the afternoon. Sawyer went on the stand in his ! own behalf, giving a varying account of the facts prior to the shooting and denying certain charges. "I remem ber the shooting, "he said, telling how he had thought things over and concluded it was necessary to shoot to protect hia life. He told of the trouble originating over the housing of a tobacco crop, how he suffered for something to eat and the dis turbances between he and John I. ! Britton, the victim. Mrs. Sawyer, charged with abetting in the crime but who was released when the grand jury failed to find a true bill against her, took the f stand in behalf of Sawyer. Unable to offer any worthwhile evidence in the behalf of her husband, she merely described the incidents prior to the killing. Benjamin Roberson was the last witness put on by the defense, The State then reopened and called I three more witnesses, the attorneys. making short speeches the case went | to the jury late in the afternoon. According to unofficial reports, a . verdict of guilty would have been re turned within a very short time had ■ it not been for one of the jurors who debated fervently in b«half of the ac | cused man. After an argument of ( several hours and a night's rest, the I jury reported ia verdict at 9:30 yes |- terday morning, Judge Devin passing I sentence shortly afterwards. —' Announces Services For Three Episcopal Churches Rev. Arthur H. Marshall, Episco pal minister, announces service* for three of hia churches Sunday, aa fol lows: Church of the Advent—Williamston Sunday school at 9:46. —Mr. Mau rice Moore, superintendent. Evening Prayer and Sermon at, 8:00 o'clock. You are very cordially invited to! these services. Holy Trinity Mission —Bear Graaa , Sunday' school at 2:30 p. m. Even- j ing Prayer and Sermon following. | All seats free. You are welcome. St. Martin'a Church—Hamilton Sunday school at 10:00 a. m. Holy Communion and Sermon at .11 a. m. You are very welcome to these serv ices. » Parmele Women Meet - > And Organize Club The Parmele women met Monday at the schoolhouse and organized their club. They will meet the third Mon day in each month. Thi* makes 25 clubs in the county, one of which is a beys' club at Everetts with an enroll ment of 32. The boys are much in terested in club work over the coun ty,' but this club is the only one the agent is able to carry owing to lack of time. The boys are enrolled in poultry and plan to do better work this year. a Supreme Court Orders Retrial oi Hassell Case a A new trial wai granted last Wed nesday by the' North Carolina Supreme Court in the suit of C. B. Hassell, lo cal peanut buyer brought against the American Peanut Company in the su perior court here last March. Th; points of law giving the defendant a right to a new trial were not an nounced. The plaintiff was given a judgment of $1,212.08 when-the jury decided the case, in his favor last March. It is un derstood that the case will be refer red to the civil docket of the superior court hetf for trial at a future term .af.. the court. V v" Williamston. Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, September 20,1929 PROCEEDINGS IN | SUPERIOR COURT 1 # Thirty-Seven Cases Cleared From Docket; Civil Term Next Week • Thirty-seven cases were cleared ( ' from the criminal docket by Judge ' W. A. Devin, of Oxford, in the su- ,' perior court here this week, the jurist 1 completing the work, recessed court 1 late yesterday until next Monday morning when the trial of civil cases ,' will be started. The rapid handling of cases mark- ' ed the session, while there were sev- !' ! I | eral cases attracting an unusual in- 1 I terest. Two or three cases were con- | 1 tinned and only one case is said to i 1 have resulted in an acquittal. The proceedings beginning last' Tuesday: Sylvester Taylor, young white man ~ was sentenced from two to three years in the State's Prison when his t > j guilt was established in the case i charging him with entering a store and the depot at Jamesville. Luther Clark, pleaded guilty in the same case, and was sentenced from j 21 to 30 months in the State's Pria- ' on. Perlie Coltrain and John Hanry I Biggs were given four months each ' on the roads, they having pleaded 1 guilty in the same case. Archie Lee, found guilty of adul tery, waa given fbur months on the roads. Don Purvis, pleading guilty in the case charging him with stealing chickens, was sentenced to six months on the road. John Sheppard was given a 12- months jail sentence when he plead ed guilty in the case charging him with manufacturing liquor. The last eleven months of the sentence are to be suspended upon the good behavior of the defendant. Charged With manufacturing liquor Willie Brooks waa given eight months 1 on the roads and Robert Whitehurst, | brought into court under the same | charge, was turned over to the juve ! Nile court as he was under age. I Henry Dave Daniel, pleading guil- Ity to three separate charges of housebreaking and larceny and receiv ing, was given a 12-months sentence on the roads. The sentences run con currently. Thirty days on the roads was the sentence meted out to Penlan Bland when he was found guilty of an as sault with a deadly weapon. Lawrence Lilley was fined SSO and taxed with the costs in the case charging him with operating an au tomobile while he was under the in fluence of liquor. He was released un der a suspended sentence. The case charging Tilghman Carr with attempted rape waa nol prossed. Arthur Morgan was given twelve months on the Edgecombe roads in |an assault with a deadly weapon case. Isaac Ample, found guilty on a I larceny and receiving charge, was j sentenced to the roads for a term of ! six months. A suspended sentence resulted in I the case charging W. H. Perry with I passing a worthless check. | Oyheus Price and Garland Rodger- I son pleaded guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, and prayer for judg ment was continued. John Yarrell and Alonzo Biggs, found guilty of assault with' a deadly weapon, were given four months each on the roads. William Bell waa fined S6O and tax ed with the costs in a case charging him with an aasault with a deadly weapon. | Presbyterians Announce Their Program of Services ' Sunday school, 9:45 a. ni, 't Worship services, 11 a. m:—"The i ' Law of the Harvests." 1 So often we hear people complain ' i»K abgut the unfair distribution of 1 goods here on earth. The unprincipled Ket on in life, the saints are kept back. The riches and rewards of this life fall to the lot of the undeserving. The i rich man has the good things and- Laz aius the evil. Do you know why this is true? 'lf not, would you like to : know? Then come and hear this sub ject discussed at the Presbyterian. ' church held in the Woman's Club Sun day morning at 11a. m. A cordial wel '• come it extended to each individual 1 in Williamston, large or small, saved i or unsaved, to meet and worship with u». E B«ar Grass - The regular Sunday .night services of > the Presbyterian church will be held in r the school house auditorium at Bear i Grass Sunday, September 22, at 7:30 Ip. tnr A *ttfm welcome awaits *8.«« I SAYS FARMERS MUST WORK OUT OWN SALVATION Federal Farm Board Mem ber Says They Can Not Help Leaf Growers MUST BE ORGANIZED ' Stone Sayi Board Is Helpless Because There Is No Parmer Organization Among Tobacco Growers Only a few hours after Senator Simmons appealed to the President and conferred with J. C. Stone, mem ber of the Federal Farm Board, rel ative to the present low prices being received for the tobacco crop, comes the statement from Mr. Stone that the farmers must work out their own salvation this year. "Until they or ganise the Federal Farm Board can do nothing," was the text of Mr. Stone'B answer to Senator Overman who took up the tragic plight of the tobacco farmers with the powers of ' the federal government. The only remedy suggested by Mr. Stone was the one that he suggested while in Raleigh some time ago. He urges tobacco growers to start now )in a systematic, intelligent way to work out and develop a better system j for marketing their tobacco than they 1 now have. He thinks that it will be i best to have a committee of fifteen ■ j for each State. | Farmer-owned and farmer-con , trolled co-operatives is the slogan up- j jon which President Hoover based ( J chances for relief for many months, I and Vice-chairman Stone takes up sad refrain again. Farmer-owned and farmer-controlled have become the perfect alibi. As there are no farmer-owned and farmer-controlled tobacco coopera tives in North Carolina, it is inferred that the federal government is pow- hog-tied and ham strung. Mr. Stone does not believe that any relief can be given to the present price situation, because the selling season is now in full swing and there I is no organization of any kind on the I part of the growers.. TO DISCONTINUE 2 MOR? TRAINS A. C. L. To Take Off Mid- Day Kinston-Weldon Trains Claiming they could not compete with the highways, Atlantic Coast Line officials, Wednesday, were given permission to discontinue two trains plying between Kinston and Weldon. The date when the service wili be dis continued was not given, but it will be only a matter of a few days be fore the two trains will be stopped, it is believed. Hardly more than a year ago, the railroad was given permission to dis continue two of the trains running through here. With the passing of a few more years, a passenger train in this section will be as great a curos ity as an ox cart is today. While the removal of the trains will affect all the towns along th£ route, Parmele, at one time the most popu lar railroad center in this immediate section, will probably miss the trains more than any other town as it has long served the few passengers and trainmen with sandwiches and apple jacks. But months ago, the cafe own er and champion maker of the much talked-about apple jacks, suspected the change and moved to the high way. At the hearing last Wednesday, the order was shortly forthcoming when the railroad presented figures show ing that duing the last fiscal year ,the trains turned in total revenue of (23,901.85 and cost of operation was $71,991.16, showing a net deficit of 148,089.60, and indications that ar arngements could be made by October 20 to provide mail service by star route and express service by local ' freight trains. Dr. R. H. Wright Will Preach Here Sunday | Dr. R. H. Wright, president of the East Carolina Teachers College, Greenville, will preach in the Metho- Idist church here Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, according to an announce ' ment made here yesterday. There will be no evening service as Dr. FltrGerald, the pastor, is en gaged in a meeting at LaGrange. .The people of the town and com . munity are cordially invited to hear Dr. Wright at the morning service. No Whisky Raid Made in I County During This Week | For the first time in several months no whiskey raids were made in this ' county during the past few days, of ficers being engaged in court. County ! officers have been busy with the court i here, while the federal agents have been in Fayetteville during the past I, few days attending court there as ■|"wKw— e« in several cae e»; • Over 500,000 Pounds Tobacco On Local Market This Week HIGGINS' CONCERT BAND One of the free attractions booked for the Roanoke Fair here November 4to 9. The band includes sixteen musicians and an accompanist and ren ders a full program of classical and popular selections. 16 PRISONERS BEGIN TERMS «. 13 Go To Road Camps and Other 3 to Raleigh; One Sentenced to Die Sixteen prisoners were removed j from the local jail this morning, • thirteen ' going to the Edgecombe road camp, near Tarboro, and three ' 1 going to the State's Prison, Raleigh. ■ 1 The majority is off to serve short sen tences, two are to be held for around ' two years, while one will puy the supreme penalty. i The thirteen going to the ronds in Hdegcombe accepted their fnte as a' matter The trio, leaving j for the State's Prison wertK more iserious, and apparently accepjwitheir fate with regret. Sheriff Rmiuck, Deputy Grimes and Mr. Rouse left this morning for Raleigh with John Sawyer, sentenced to die November 1 ( Sylvester Taylor and Luther Clark. The Edgecombe authorities called for the other prisoners given sentences on the roads. *" The prisoners and their sentences: John Sawyer, electric chair, Novem 'ber 1; Luther Clark, 21 to 30 ipotiths in the penitentiary; Sylvester Taylor, two to three years in the peniten tiary; John Yarrell, four months on the roads; Alonsa Biggs,, six months on the roads; Elijah Grice, twelve months on the roads; Arthur Morgan, twelve months on the roads; Henry Dave Daniel, twelve months on the I roads. Willie Brooks, six months on j the roads; Don Purvis, the noted ' chicken thief, six months on the roads; Isaac Ample, four months on j the roads and nine additional months i of an uncompleted twelve months' j term-; Robert Edmonds, (white)* 12 months on the roads; Penel Bland, (white) thirty days on the roads; Archie Lee, (white) four months on the roads and John H. Biggs, (white) four months on the roads. • *• » Boy Given 12 Months on Roads for Attack on Girl a i Charged with, rape on a 4-year-old white girl, Elijah Grice, 17-yearlold colored boy, of near Oak City, was sentenced to twelve months on the j Edgecembe County roads by Judge W. A. Devin in the superior court . here yesterday when the jUry return ed a verdict of guilty of an assault on a female. While it is said the evidence in the ; case tended to substantiate the j charge preferred in the case, it was ] pointed out to be too indefinite for conviction, resulting in the introduc tion of the assault charge. Christian Churches to Meet in Robersonville a The Roanoke District convention of the Christian Church will be held with ' the Robersonville church, there begin ning Saturday of next week, accord ing to a program recently prepared for the meeting. Thf first sessipn will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, j followed by meetings in the afternoon and evening. The convention will close Sunday noon following a sermon by Rev. Richard Bagby, pastor of the First Christian Church, Washing ton. There is a goodly ° number of churches in the district and many rep resentatives are planning to attend, it i« understood. a State Fair Boosters to Pass Through Here Next Week a Approximately 100 Raleigh citizens, boostjng the State Fair, will pass - through here, next Thursday morning, Recording to a schedule announced re cently. No stop has been announced for Williamston. The boosters will travel in busses and cars, it i» understood A tour of prac tically all of Eastern Carolina is | ing made by the booster* in an effort |td~fmerest the people of the section in J the State Fsir. BIG DECREASE | IN AUTO SALES Repair Work at Garages on Increase While New Car 1 Sales Fall Off * -According to reports coming from! automobile dealers in this sccfion, tliere have been fewer cars sold in the! past few weeks in certain parts«of East-' ernVarolina than lias been the case j for A period in a noni-i btr ( f years. One dealer reported three sales made during the past twelve ' days, as compared with, around twen ty-five for a corresponding period last j year. \\ tilt* automobile plants are running full time and showing an in- I crease in. production, the cars are not j being ,soll in the sections where to- ! hacco is selling below the cost of pro duction. With the exception of a few | immediate sections in this part of the State,'the sales are reported to he in creasing elsewhere. As a general ride, business is report ed to-be much quieter than it usually prior to* the opening of the tobacco markets. While many obligations ei>; tered into earlier in the. year "are be ing settled rapidly, new are j progressing slowly, merchants report ing gooil business, considering the out rageously low prices being received fur the tobaCco crop. Owners, of/old cars are repairing their machines, limiting the sale of the u« w cars and increasing the repair bus iij'ess, it was stated. • GRID SEASON TO BEGIN TUESDAY Local High School to Go to Windsor; Play Farmville Here Next Friday With two games scheduled for next"! week, the local high school football j te.-.m is going through a heavy practice | daily at this time. The eleven meets j the Windsor squad there Tuesday aft- i I eruooii, Farmvill£ coming here next] Friday. While the regular line-up has not been selected at this time, I'wach H. E. j Hood has about effected bis organiza- j , tioii, withholding any comment as to what .may be expected from the team this season. Several hoys, regulars in tlu squad last year, are not iii the game this season, forcing Coach Hood to 1 make a few changes in the line and | bnckfield Manning, last-year-quarter- I back, is in bed at the present time, run ning temperature,, and it is not likely that he will be in the game next Tues ~ , 34 In County Jail Here At One Time This Week Another jail record wis establish ed here this week when Sheriff Roe buck and his jailer cared for thirty four prisoners con-fined in the jail at, one time. Many of them, out on bond,| were called in, increasing the number of boarders to the unusually large number. Judge W. A. Devin came to the res cue of the jailer, and this morning there were only eleven in the cooler, two federal prisoners, two serving regular aerttences, and seven await ing the next term of recorder's court. During the month, forty-six pris oners have been held in the jail here, the number at the present time be ing the smallest held in several months. * Program of Services At Christian Church William Weigman, Pastor Sunday school, 9:45 a. m,, - Morning service, 11 a. m. Evening service, 7:30 p. m. * Every one cordially invited ito , at tend all these services. All Sunday school members are urged to be present : as Sunday will be observed as promo i j tion day and a full membership is 'greatly needed to make it a success.' ! Advertiser* Win Pind Our Col. umm a Latchkey to Over 1,600 Homea of Martin County ESTABLISHED 1898 PRICES LITTLE STRONGER ON SOME GRADES' Are Approximately 125,000 On Warehouse Floors Here Today PRICE CENTS Eale of Tips Has Been Very Large Throughout Week; Low Prices General Throughout Belt ' 9 The local tobacco market, showing more strength, this week js witness ing- increased .sales, the offerings g >- ing beyond the 500,000 mark for th«'" period, according to estimates fur nished by the tobacco board of trade today. In spite of the dull day Wed nesday, the day of the rain, the Hales have increased steadily, the farmers marketing almost as much tobacco this week as they did during the first two weeks the markets were open. The sale of tips has been * marked on the market here practically every day weekj the best break of the season coming yesterday when around 125,000 pounds were sold. Al though the large offerings of tips is holding down the general market av erage,, all the warehouses reported good sales yesterday, pointing out that the better types of tobacco were, from three to six cents higher jfi price. That the prices are continuing low throughout the entire belt is seen from the various reports, several mar kets claiming fourteen-cent averages, others giving theirs as a little below. In many r sections the quality of the weed is exceptionally poor, and tbe poundage is said to be far less than I that of the last season. .. . Sales on the local market ha*?* been carried on with much vigor, and the warehousemen and buyers are going their limit to push the price as ! high as it is possible to do so. OFF ROADS^BACK IN JAIL SAME DAY —•— Comes Home in Morning, Beats Wife, Headed Back To Roads That Night Heber Roberson, colored of Has sell, completing a six months sen tence on the Edgecombe roads yes terday morning, was back in the jail here last night, charged with beating Coming from the roads yes-' terday, Roberson was the source- of information for the thirteen prisoners I sentenced this week. For more than I an hour Roberson answered questions I and described the life followed in the 'Edgecombe County road camp. "It in j a safe "bet," Sheriff Roebuck state.' j this morning, "that those boys will | know the ropes when they get there,' j they asked so many questions of" j Roberson. J Captain Harper, calling , for tha j prisoners this morning was much 1 surprised to see Roberson in the jail. "Never mind, Mr. Harper," the 21- year-old nego stated, "just tell the I boss to reserve my old bunk, for I'll be back just as soon as they hold re corder's court again," Roberson is said to have ottempted , to hit his wife with an axe soon aft er his return from the camp yester day. ' .. Baptists to Have But One ' Preaching Service Sunday *—— ■ v There will be but one preaching service at the Baptist church Sunday, . and that will be at the morning hour. Sunday school and B. Y. P. U. will meet as usual. The pastor will con-, duct the mid-week service next Wed nesday evening at 8, o'clock. 1 The general public is welromed Fertilizer Plant Unit Is Nearing Completion Completing the erection of/'thiX) heavy timbers') this week, workmen are progressing rapidly on the new unit to the plant of the Standard Fertilizer (Company's plant an the Roanoke river here. With favorable .feather the contractors are planning to complete the third unit by the middle or latter part of next month, it is understood. W. H. Coburn Sworn in Before Judge Devin William Hubert Coburn, brother to Mayor Robert L. Coburn, of this place, was admitted to the bpr this week, taking the oath before Judge W. A. Devin in the superior court. Mr. Cobum studied at the Univers ity of North Carolina and Wake For-, est College, passing the bar examina tion last August. He is associated with the law firm of Coburn and Co- burn. „

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