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VOLUME XXXIV—NUMBER 6
STATE TO TAKE
ROADS JULY 1
Legislature Passes Connor
Road Measure After
TAX GOES ON APRIL 1
FT *• Labor Will B« Used Only la
ThoM Case* Whtrt It Ii
ftspg than Convicts
The Connor Road Bill, providing
State maintenance of all county roads,
was pasted in the legislature this week
but it'll be the first of next month be
fore ha passage is generally known, for
at that time the gasoline tax jumps
from five to six cents per gallon. All
gasoline now in storage in the State
and all future shipments will carry the
No announcement has been made by
oil compaineffas to whether they will
(nalce a priw change on the first of
April or not. All revenue resulting
from gasoline will go into the road
fund, four cents for State highway use
and two cents for the upkeep of the
The details of the road }>ill are not
fully known at this time, but it is un
derstood that road operations in the
various districts will be handled by
the present road commissioners or
trustee* until or probably a short while
after July 1, the date the State is
scheduled to take active charge. How
ever, the additional gas tax goes into
effect April 1.
The bill, recently enacted into law
by the North Carolina General As
sembly, closely follows the major re
commendations of a report just pub
lished by the United State bureau of
public roads following an investiga
tion of the financing and administra
tion of county road work in North
The major recommendations of the
public roads bureau were: Limiting of
expenditure of gasoline taxes return
ed to the counties for the construction
and maintenance of the county roads,
avoidance of further increases in tax
levies until a financial plan can be
developed for road improvement based
on traffic importance and a pooling
of convict labor forces and road ma
The connor bill law create* a new
sible to file application* for the relief
for »U(( maintenance of all county
road* lod »et» up a system for work
ing convict labor on road*. State
maintenance al*o provide* for tiie state
to take over all county highway ma
chinery. The district iy*tem i* abolish
ed and the construction of road*
"baaed on traffic importance" is*to be
County maintenace of road* waa
condemned in the *urvey. This investi
gation revealed, it *ay* that under the
county and township organisation*,
road fund* are, in many instances,
expended without regard to traffic im
portance of the particular road* im
FARM LIFE WILL
CLOSE APRIL 10
Athletic Association Will
Present Play There
The Farm Life School will end the
1930-31 term the 10th of next month, it
was announced yesterday. It wa* also
•tated that "arrangement* are being
completed for an intensive though
modest commenccnmcnt program."
Next- Tuesday night, the Farm Life
Athletic association will present "The
Chocolate Wedding," consisting of
forty, comical negro characters. The
play should appeal to the working
people in that ito playing time is only
one hour and a half, due to the fact
that it is all in one act with, no time
taken in changing scenes. The per
formance is benig givpt to defray ex
|>enses incSred by the school during
the past basket ball season, and it is
hoped that there will be a goodly
number in attendance.
Sunday Services At The
Local Christian Church
The Christian Church jwifl hold its reg
ular services Sunday. At the night
atrvice the pastor will conclude, the
teries of sermons on "The Call of
Jesus" by using the- subject, "The
Leadership of Jesus." Monday eve
ning the last meeting of the pastor's
instruction class will be held. All the
children who have been coming are
urged to be present. At the mid-week
service the pastor will tell how, Jesus
prepared His disciples for that event-
M Friday. Other services are as fol
Sunday school, 9:45
Morning worship, 11.
Christian Endeavor, 6:30.
Evening worship, 7:30.
The public cordially invited to
Superior Court Hears Many
Criminal And Civil Causes
TO THE COURT
Make Several Recommen
dations; Inspect All
Directed by Judge W. C. Harris,
presiding officer of the current term
of Martin County Superior Court, the
grand jury made a thorough- investiga
tion of the county offices, county home,
and all school trucks, the
finding conditions in some cases bad.
in others fair, and still others okeh.
The jury offered a number of recom
mendations, directing the home agent
to visit the county home at least once
each month and act as dietitian. Sev
eral of the school trucks were found
to be in bad condition and repairs were
The report, addressed to Judge Har
We have examined and passed on
all cases placed before us for consid
We have examined all the county
offices and found them in good condi
tion. The jail is in good condition,
and the prisoners are well cared for.
We fourttt. tfie -ctfunty home in fair
condition, and the food is well pre
pared, but we recommend that the
home agent, Miss Lora Sleeper, visit
the home at least once each month
and act as dietitian.
We have examined the various of
ficers' bonds and recommend that the
commissioners require corporate surety
in all cases. We learned that the
treasurer holds depository bonds from
banks in wheih sheriff's and treasur
er's funds are deposited.
Reports were received from Justices
of the Peace James E. Roberson, jr.,
J. W. Hines, B. B. Sherrod, J. L.
Hassell, C. L. Nelson, and C. B. Rid
Report on Tracks
The real work of the jury members
was the inspection of thirty-four school
erucks. Dividing themselves into
groups, the jury members completed
'the work in one day, finding condi
tions bad, fair, and good. The report
indicates negligence on the part of
drivers and the various principals.
However, strict economy has been
practiced, and that, in part, is believed
to be responsible for some of the ex
The report in detail:
Corner Taylor, driver, truck o.k.
Clayton McKeel, driver, truck unsani
tary; Clarence McKeel, driver, 1 bad
tire on truck; Raymond Gurkin, driv
er, truck o. k; Woodrow Jorfes, driver,
brakes on truck need relining; Sutton
Burru*, driver, truck 0.k.; Tyre,
driver, truck o.k.
Oak City School
Donnel Hyman, driver, truck 0.k.;
Charley B. Council, driver, truck ok.;
Rhodes Bunch, driver, radius rod of
truck loose; J. C. Johnson, driver,
brakes of truck bad; John D. Ether
idge, driver, truck 0.k.; Woodrow
Ty»on, driver, steering gear of truck
Le; Andrews, driver, truck in bad
condition; Charley Forbes, driver,
brakes need tightening; Elmer Strick
land, driver, truck in bad condition;
Luther Ward, driver, truck 0.k.; Wil
liam John*on, driver, brake* need
i driven by Lee An
drew* and Elmer Strickland have been
Both truck*, driven by Sydney Mai
lory and George Hopkin*, were o. k-
Bear Orui School
Leroy Harrison, driver, truck has no
brake* and steering gear is out of or
der; Joe H. Brown, driver, truck has
no brakes; Alton Harriss, truck has
no brakes; Irvin Terry, driver, truck
Fun Life School
Jesse Griffin, driver, truck in very
bad condtiion; Thomas Manning, driv
er, truck is fair condition.
[ Louis Etheridge, driver, truck has
i no rear light; Jasper Silverthorne, driv
er, brakes on truck no good; Alton
White, driver, brakes on truck no good.
Ha—lis School - r ;"
C. C. Rawls, jr., driver, brakes on
Mack Ange, driver, truck in bad con
dition; Charles Martin, driver, truck
j has no emergency brake, no windshield
wiper or mirftor, needs greasing; Tom
. my Brown, driver, truck in bad cond
ition; Dan Campbell, driver, truck
needs windshield wiper and greasing:
Daniel Manning, truck has been dis
continued, six-months school.
When yon invest in building and
loan, you help yam* ad by asking a
good, sound and legitimate investment
and, at the same time, ran b«N> build
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, March 20, 1931.
Court Now Working On A
Baffling Case Involving
Ownership of Land
The wheels of the superior court in
session here this week have been op
erating rapidly under the direction oi
Judge W, C. Harris, turning out aU
criminal cases Monday and Tuesday
and clearing a large number of causes
from the civil docket.
As a whole the criminal proceedings
have been of as little consequence as
any group of cases scheduled for trial
in a Martin County court in many
mouths. Proceedings recorded since
The case, charging Jane Powell with
larceny, was continued.
E. J. Edwards, tailing to answer
Monday, in the case charging him
with an assault with a deadly weapon,
entered the court Tuesday and pleaded
guilty. Judge Harris sentenced him
to State's Prison for two years, the
sentence to run concurrently with a
former one of eighteen months OHI the
roads. The second sentence was im
posed by Judge Harnhill when Ed
wards was found guilty of larceny of
N. S. (iodard, charged with seduc
tion, failed to answer.
Osxie Crowell was found guilty of
simple assault and was fined $lO and
| taxed with the costs. A 30-day jail
sentence was suspended.
Johnson Corey was fined SSO and
taxed with the costs for operating a
car while under the influence of liquor.
He. was givena twelve months road
sentence, suspended upon his good be
Will Worley was sentenced to pri
son for not less than eighteen months
and not more than four years when
he pleaded guilty in the case charg
ing him with house breaking.
Capias was issued and the case con
tinued in which Mote Mills and Fur
ney Coley were charged with an as
sault with a deadly weapon.
James Bullock and Harry J. Jones
pleaded guilty of larceny of less than
S2O, the court imposing a SSO fine and
one-half the costs as to Bullock. Judg
ment as to Jones was suspended upon
his paying the costs.
The grand jury failed to find a true
bill in the ca it charging Julian Rober
son, Linwopd Roberson /and Mayo
Wynn witfi house breaking and lar
The following cases were nol proa
I Hugh Jones, assault, operating a
car while intoxicated and resisting an
Robert Neal, Jr., Kelly Neal and
Sam Stephenson, larceny.
Golden Godard, cruelty to animals.
T. S. Hadley, house breaking and
larceny and receiving.
Joe Wiggins, abandonment and non
H. D. Rogers, seduction.
j The civil docket continues as dry asj
ever, attracting about the usual size
crowds. Several cases have been re
affirmed and one divorce has been
| granted. The proceedings up until
| The case of Roebuck against bond
ing company having been heard and
the judgment confirmed by the State (
I Supreme Court, it was reaffirmed and j
ordered off the docket. The old Mar
tin County Savings and Trust
pany was Roebuck's guardian. The,
bank failed, and Roebuck started suit,
to recover amount of money held by,
bank. Judge Moore held the surety j
| company liable, the Supreme Courts
'confirmed the judgment, and the court 1
| this week re-affirmed it.
! The case of Coburn, against stock
holders was ordered off the docket.
, Divorce was granted in the case of
Catherine Smith against Jasper
Defedants were charged with the
costs when the case of John T. Daniel,
executor of the Jno. T. Hyman estate,
against W. E. Davenport et als., heirs
at law, was dismissed.
! Former judgment of the court hav
ing been confirmed by the Supreme
Court, the case of Fannie M. Peel a
gainst Corey et als was re-affirmed.
Farmers and Merchants Bank vs.
Jesse Keel, non suit resulted, nunc
pro-tunc (without investiga
tion or something to that effect.)
I J. S. Peel v*. J. A. Warren, case
compromised, the ca*e going off the
'docket with the defendants paying the
The case of J. E. King and others
against Town of Williamston in con
nection with an old paving restraining
order, was settled and ordered off the
docket. •. , j -
The case of Janfes S. Peel againit
Mrs. W. P. Bowen wa* compromised,
the defendant paying the costs.
Case of New York Cordage com
(Coatimed om peg* tow)
Adequate Supply of Appli
cation Blanks Available
At Local Postoffice
The number of veterans applying for
government loans here is inci'easing
almost daily, but the number receiving
checks continues very small. A new
supply of application blanks has been
received by the local postoffice, and
there'll hardly be another storage, it
The checks received here so far will
not number more than a dozen, it is
believed. Reports from other sections
indicate that the loan money is pouring
into the pockets of the vets by the
hundred of dollars.
Veterans, failing to apply for their
insurance policies until recently, were
'disappointed this week when they
learned that they could not borrow
on their policies. The law makes it
necessary for a policy to be at least
two years old before a loan can be
I negotiated. There arc very few vets
however, who did not file their
applications for a policy several years
Reports Indicate, However,
That Border Sections
Realizing a mutual benefit to be
! derived front small production, ban
kers, merchants and manufacturers in
many parts of Eastern Carolina arc
visiting the many tobacco growers-and
jurging them to limits their acreages
|this year. Organized efforts have been
'made in some sections, it is under
It is said that it is better to make
a profit on unc acre than it is to lose
money on two acres.
Recent reports from the border
country indicate that there'll be in in
crease in tobacco acreage in those
parts this year. Conflicting reports
have been made in many of the coun-
ties in this section, some indicating
thaf there'll lie an increase, and some
indicating that there'll be a decrease.
No great change either way is expect
ed in this county.
New County Educational
Boards Take Office
The omnibus bill providing the elec
tion of members to the various county
boards of education by the legislature
was reported out favorably by the
house committee on education this
Messrs; J. Eason Lilley, Javarti Rog
ers, John Getsinger, J. T, Haruhill,
and W. O. Griffin were nominated in
the Democratic primary last June, and
their election is expected this week.
The new board takes office the first
Monday in next month, when the old
members complete their work.
Northerners Coming To
Aid 0/ Relatives Here
That relatives in the North are com
ing to the rescue oj colored families
in this section was learned yesterday
at the local postofficc where money or
ders have been cashed for people
favored with a loan or gift from their
northern friends. The amounts could
not be determined.
It was also leraned that acquain
tances have been forwarding food to
friends and relatives in this communi
ty. Why they would forward small
quantities of sugar all the way here
front Philadelphia, via. parcel post ra
ther than forward cash for local pur
chase is not known, but it was learned
khat a small quantity or sugar was
lost when the container was liursted
On Northern Markets
Mr. Garland Barnhill with Messrs.
W. G. Peel, J. L. Hassell and G. W.
Harden left last night for Baltimore
where he will purchase additional new
goods for Barnhill Brothers, local mer*
Q. What art the five main causes
of absences in the public school*
of Martin County?
Q. What ia the average instruc
tional coat per pupil per year in
the Martin County achools?
Q. How many practicing den
tists are there in Martin County?
Q. Is the number of people to
each doctor in Martin County
greater or less than the number of
people to each doctor in the Unit
Urge Counties to
NO BLANKS FOR
Several Farmers Express
Their Need for Aid
While many farmers in this county
have expressed their needs tor loans
from the forty-five million - dollar
drought fund, no loans have been
made so far, it was learned this mor
ning. No blanks have been received by
the local agent, and it will be impos
state highway commission, provides
until they come.
Blanks have been received in neigh
boring counties, and loans have al
ready been made in some of them, it
MAN FALLS DEAD
WHILE AT WORK
Bud Latham, Colored, Suf
fers Heart Attack In
Railroad Car v .
Hud Latham, young colored man,
dropped dead early this morning while
unloading a carload of cement for the 1
Brown Paving Company on the Atlan-j
tic Coast Line siding near the station:
Latham went to his job at the usual
hour ami had worked onlya short time
when, without warning, he dropped
dead. Three other men, Neal Ross, I
Edgar Watson and Harry Richard,
were in the car with Latham at the
time, each of them stating, that the
man suddenly dropped to the floor of !
the car and died suddenly. Mis death '
resulted either from heart failure or
CLUB HAS MEET
Held With Misses Hattie
and Margaret Everett
The regular monthly meeting (if the
Williams Chapel Home Demonstra
tion Cluh was held Thursday March
19 with Misses Ilatl'e and Margaret
Kverett. Remodeling spring liat.s. was
the principal work'nt'the meeting and
a number of huts including one seven
year old model were changed to he
coming present day styles. Miss Sleep
er Home Agent i Iso gave an interest
ing talk on "Dress Fabrics" exhibiting
to the club women a display of cottons
which could be obtained from N. C.
mills and froiii New York, explaining
at this time the action taken .by tlie
Gaston County Demonstration Clubs
iii promoting the use of Cotton and
cotton products. This action taken for
the purpose of increasing the price of
Cotton given the farmers and thus cut-
ting down the prices on wearing ap
As all the club members arc very
interested in gardens at this season
many of them exchanged garden seeds
and all wen* favored with rambler rose
roots COTtributed by Mrs. Julia
Mizelle. A social hour followed in
which all enjoyed a number of piano
solos by Miss Christine Piland who
has been a student at the Southern
Conservatory of Music. MisSes Hat
tie and Margaret Kverett hostesses
served home made grape juice and tea
cakes. The twenty one women pres
ent at the meeting were also favored
during their meeting by a visit from
Mr. Tom Brandon, Farm Agent.—
Services In the County
Sunday March 22nd 1931
'The Church With An Open Door."
True Sayings: "A good way to
climb high is to stay on the level."
Church School at 9:45 A. M.
Worship Service and Sermon II A.
"Christ, Pilate, and You."
Sunday School 2:30 P. M.
Prayer Meeting every _ Thursday
nißht at 7:30 P. M. t""
. Bear Grass
Song service, Study Period, and Ser
mon at 7:30 P. M.
A warm welcome awaits you at each
of these i services.
GO TO CHURCH SUNDAY.
Midget Salesman Call on
Trade " Here Yesterday
In this world of overproduction and
after hearing so much about a surplus,
it was pleasing to the eye to see H.
T. Bartlett, cigar salesman, of Rox
boro, on the streets here yesterday,
Built low to the ground/the midget
salesman is 32 years old and weighs
only 49 pounds.
Spring Will Officially
Begin Saturday, 21st
Springtime, the inspiration of
poet* and the buty season for
farmers, w»ll officially get
way tomorrow morning, Satur
day, March 21, at exactly 7 min
utes past 9 o'clock, according to
the old reliable Turner's North
Carolina Almanac. This is the
season when the days and nights
are approximately the same len
gth, with the days gaining a few
minutes each day over the night
Last Tuesday the sun rose at
6:09 a. m. and set at 6:09 p. m„
which made the day exactly 12
hours long. And the "old
timers" are now holding their
breath for the equinoxial storms,
which are supposed to temper
our enthusiasm for the arrival
Price of Colored Hens for
Loadings Next Week
Two Cents Higher
Prices, varying from one to three
cents higher than those in effect here
last month, will lie paid for poultry
at -the cooperative car operating for
Martin County towns next week, it
was announced yesterday by County
Agent T. 11. Brandon. The .bureau of
markets, Raleigh, prepared the con
The price of colored liens advanced
two cents per pound. Leghorn hens
will command 15 cents per pound, a
three-cent increase. Number one tur
keys are listed at 2J cents per pound
instead of 20 cents, the price paid last
month. Guineas will seel at the same
old price, 30 cents each.
The Lindsley Ice Company
Brings Poultry Special
ist Here at 7:30 P. M.
In order to help the poultry raisers
Jn surrounding counties, Lindsey Ice
Co have secured the services of an
expert poultry specialist who will con
duct a. free poultry clinic at the
ice plant this evening it 7:30 o'clock,
to.which all interested pourltymen are
cordially invited. This specialist is
continually conducting clinics all over
the country. He will explain how the
pstlltryinan may recognize symptons
of various diseases, which occur from
time to time, diagnose any individual
troubles correctly and advise the pro
per treatment to prevent future ail
ments as well as any other problems
which may confront the poultryman.
Such clinics and services as these, are
absolutely free, and this offering of
Lindsey Ice Co will be of great bene
fit to the entire community. It is
expected that a large number of in
terested poultrymen will be in atten
Society Holds Meeting
The Woman's Missionary Society of
the Methodist Episcopal Churcfi,
South, met on Wednesday afternoon,
March 18th at 4 o'clock at the church
for its regular monthly meeting—l 6
ladies being present, which was one of
the largest crowds that we have had
for several months. The topic for dis
cussion was on Stewardship, which
was ably discussed by our President,
Mrs. C. T. Rogers. Mrs. William
Manning beautifully sang the "Ninety
and Nine." Reports were given from
all the officers, after which we were
dismissed by the Society benediction.
Mrs. R. A. CRITCHER, Reporter.
Sunday Services At The
Church of the Advent
Rev. ;H. H. Marshall, Rector j (
Sunday School at 10 a. in.
Morning Prayer and Sermon 11 j
a. m. ' y
N. P. S. S. at 7 p. m.
Holy Communion at 3:30. 1 »■
Evening Prayer 7:30 p. m.
Efforts Made To Have
State Fair Continued
• i 1
Raleigh, March 20.—Continuance of i
the State fair will be insured if the I
amendment submitted in the House
yesterday to the Agricultural Depart- j 1
ment bill by Representative Upchurch
passes the Senate.. The bill require* I
}hat the State hdld the fair or lease it
|to outside enterprise.
Watch the Label On Your
Paper Ai It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expire*
Stay at Posts
MOVEMENT IS ON
TO FREEZE OUT
THE LITTLE MEN
Urges Counties To Pay the
Expenses of Members
ABOUT SIOO.OO NEEDED
Eastern Carolina Chamber of Com
merce Asks Members To Stand
By Mac Lean Bill Supporters
Failing in open warfare to have
favorable legislation for big corpora
tions continued, some of the wealthy
members in the North Carolina Legis
lature who oppose the Mac Lean
School Bill are said to he forming a
movement in an effort to freeze out
the. less fortunate members that are
not iii a position to remain in Kaleigli
indefinitely at their own expense. That
the starvation tactics advanced by
these certain wealthy legislators might
he defeated, Eastern Carolina Chamber
of Commerce officials are cal.ing upon
the various county commissioners who
are favorable toward the Mac Lean
Bill to arrangements whereby the pro
ponents, of the bill might continue at
their posts. .
In a letter this week to Mr. I). G.
Matthews, a member of the trade bo
dy, an official stated:
"The proponents of the bill are very
much exercised over this situation and
it was suggested to*us that we write
each of our County members to imme
diately get in touch with your Coun
ty Commissioners and have them gua
rantee to pay the actual expenses of
the Representatives and Senators from
their counties who are favorable to the
McLean bill it they are called upon to
do so. It is estimated that th.s can all
be done within two or three weeks and
the expenses will not he more than
$11)0.00 per man."
A majority of the senators and re
presentatives will find it possible to re
main there at their own expense, hut
there are a few who will .find it dif
ficult to do so. It is stated that the
members who are fighting for trust
protection will he able to bang oil all
the summer at somebody's expense.
Information coming from Raleigh
states that the game will he to starve
out the senators and representatives
who are standing for the people.
It was pointed out in the letter
directed to Mr. Matthews that there
are some members who have very little
income, that they are losing their time
and business at home, and that the
county should come to their rescue.
Similar appeals are being directed to
other counties, it was pointed out, and
it is believed that if there is any starv-'
ing, but rich and |>«>or in the assembly
will share alike.
The matter has not been placed be
fore the county officials here, and it
is not known that it will be, hut the
people are behind their representatives
and will accord them any support
Dr. Osborne, of India, Talks
of Various Societies
Fifty women, representing church
societies in Robersonville, Washington
Greenville, I'anteKo, -Belhaven and
those in several other towns in this
section, held a district missionary
meeting here today.
Mrs. H. H. Settle, secretary of the
State society, opened the meeting at
10:30 in the Christian church.
Dr. Osborne, a resident of India
for a number of years, addressed the
society members, telling them of con
ditions -in India. His talk was very
interesting and instructive. He told
of the social conditions there, stating
that there were only a few lords but
many hungry servants who brought
forth sympathy for the down-trodden
and superstitious millions.
The visitors of the various churches
were served lunch at the Woman'i
Club hall. Special music was render
ed by Mrs. Wheeler Martin and Mrs.
]. S. Rhodes, accompanied by Mrs.
W. C. Manning, jr.
State Teachers' Meeting
Will Be Held In April
| The State Teachers' meeting, sche
duled to be held in Raleigh next week
j has been postponed until next month,
' it was learned in the office of Superin
tendent R. A. Pope here yesterday.
The teachers will so to Raleigh the
!9, 10 and 11 of April, according to
I The meeting was postponed pend- - „
ing certain developments in the Stat*
• Legislature, it is understood.