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VOLUME XXXIV—NUMBER 28
JAIL NEGRO FOR
ATTEMPT TO ROB
John Clemmons Arrested in
Connection with Theft
John Clemmons, colored, of near
Bveretts, was arrested early yesterday
morning at bis home by Sheriff C. B.
Roebuck in connection with the at
tempted robbery of g«ods from Goldie
Johnson's store in Everetts earlier that
morning. He it now being held pend
ing a preliminary hearing.
Returning to their homes from
Greenville about 1 o'clock yesterday
morning. Dillon Peel and C. B. Clark,
young white boys of Everetts, saw a
light in the store, and when they went
to investigate, a man, believed to have
been Clemmons, ran out the back door
and away. They were unable to rec
ognize the man, but the description
they gained and gave the sheriff point
ed to Clemmons.
Sheriff Roebuck was summoned and
after investigating the case, Ite called
fcJr bloodhounds at Enfield. Taking
the track at the store, the dogs went
to Clemmons' home, three-quarters of
a mile away-, Sheriff Roebuck making
the arrest about 4:30 o'clock. At the
store, the officer found three sacks,
one of which had been filled and left
by the robber before he was chased
away by young Peel and Clark. The
sack had a tag on it with the name
of J. K. Coltrain and Company marked
on the tag. After explaining the de
tails to Mr. Coltrain, Sheriff Roebuck
learned that Clemmons had purchased
goods from the Coltrain store here a
few days ago and that Mr. Coltrain
had furnished him a sack to put them
Clemmons has been in the courts of
this county on several liquor counts.
Operated by Peter Everett, colored,
until his death about three months
ago, the store has been entered by
robber#-five times since Christinas, but
yesterday was the first time that offi
cers could gain sufficient evidence to
warrant an arrest. Since Everett's
death, his daughter, Goldie Johnson,
has operated the store.
MEET HELD HERE
Martin Club Women Plan
County-wide Dinner and
Cotton Style Show
At the women's county council
meeting of home demonstration clubs
held in the home agent's office Thurs
day the women voted for the first time
to contribute $lO to the Jane S. Mc-
Kimmon loan fund. The delegates to
the State Federation meeting will be
instructed to pledge this amount. Each
federated club member will pay Sc per
year dues instead of 25 cents per club
as has been the — *r~
The women decided to have a coun
ty-wide dinner, cotton style show, and
competitive .exhibits the first Monday
in August. Many of the counties have
had their cotton festivals earlier than
this, but the ladies in new clubs, of
which there are three, will have entire
charge of the cotton style show, show
ing new dresses. The ladies are busy
working on their dresses for this re
vue. The ladies' in the second-year
plotliing will model made-over gar
ment!, re-styled garments, and re
The next county council meeting
will be held in August as a field day
at Mrs. Dora Bowers in Parmele.
DIES IN ENFIELD
Mrs. Cottie Sherrod Die* at
Home of Her Daughter,
Mra. Raymond Wood
Mrs. Cottie Sherrod, a native of
Washington County, and (for many
years a resident of Martin, died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Raymond
L. Wood, in Enfield last week.
Mrs. Sherrod was born in Wash
ington County 69 years ago, and fol
lowing her marriage to the late Wil
liam L. Sherrod, she moved to Mar
tin and made her home Is Hamilton..
Several years ago she Went to make I
her home with her daughter in En
The funeral service* jiere held in |
the Enfield Methodist eharch and bur
ial was in'the cemetery there.
Three daughters, Mrs. M. I. Flem
ing. of Rocky Mount; Mrs. Herbert]
L. Salsbury, of Savannah, Ga-, and
Mrs. Raymond L. Wood, of Enfield, 1
aio one son, Watson N. Sherrod, of
Blight Outbremk Limits
Fruit Yield in Caswell
An outbreak of blight on pear and
apple trees in Caswell county h#s
cut the prospective yield of these
fruits oa s number of farmrf there,
reports the county agent.
Trying To Have Underpass
Center Support Eliminated
According to unofficial informa
tion received yesterday, efforts are
being made to have the center sup
port ot the railroad bridge at the
west end of Main Street here re
moved. It is understood that the
highway commission has ap
proached the railroad company in
an effort to have the pillar re
moved, but any action that might
have resulted at that time has not
been learned here. However, it is
believed that the obstacle will be
cleared from the middle of the
road some time within the next
Since the concrete support was
placed there several years ago,
more than a dozen cars have crash
ed Into it Several of the cars were
$30,000 Loaned To
Vets in This Section
95 PER CENT ARE
SAID TO HAVE
ASKED FOR AID
Majority of Money Receiv
ed Here Has Already
More than $3(1,000 has been paid to
I World War veterans in this communi
ty since Congress provided the loans
in an act passed a few months ago,
it was learned from reliable estimates.
The payment of the loans has prac
tically made complete in this section,
the hanks stating that few ex-service
men are left to borrow on their insur-
| It is believed that nine out of ten
veterans borrowing- from the govern
ment and who did not already have an
automobile bought cars, second-hand
tones in most cases. And then there
were some of the ex-service men who
'lifted old debts, cleared mortgages on
| their old homes, and financed their
farming operations. Some few squan
dered their money away, one soldier
actually taking residence in first one
hotel and then another until his few
dollars were spent.
In a majority of the cases, the mon
ey is all gone, first one veteran and
i then another checking out his last dol
llar almost daily.
| As a whole, the payment of the
bonus money to the men has boosted
business, and there ii no doubt but
what it did a marked good to this
section even though it might embar
rass Andy Mellon in Washington
ft is believed'that not more than
jfive per cent of the ex-service men
in this immediate section failed to bor
row on their insurance policies.
Home Agent Announces
Prices for Curb Market
I The curb market closed earlier last
week owing to fewer patrons coming
in after 10:30 a. m. We shall be glad
!to hold open longer if there are enough
patrons to guranatee the ladies-stay
:ing later. If you have not been pleased
with your produce bought at the mar
ket any time it will be appreciated if
you will report this with the name
[of the seller. This way atone will
inaure a better market for the peopl?
in Williaimt in. " »,
■ The following prices will prevail on
the market this week: Hens dressed,
30c; dressed broilers, 32c; cakes, 75c Si
$1.00; cabbage, 2c lb.; beets, Sc per
bunch; lettuce, 8c head; cream, 30c
pint; eggs, 19c dozen; cottage cheese,
15c cake; country butter, 32c; new po
tatoes, 3 l-2c lb.
Tax Reduction 40 to 50 Cents Probable
Martin County property owners
will get a sizeable saving from the
long and tedious fight carried on in tha
State Legislature during its Session
lasting four months and 21 days. |
While the relief, is not complete, the
savings are such that taxes will be
reduced by about 50 per cent in some
of the townships and as much as 40
per cent in others, estimates furnish- [
ed by the county accountant's office
_The saving will come through a re
duction in the school tax from .572
cents on the SIOO for general expenses
for the six-months term to 15 cents, a
saving of .422 cents on the SIOO prop
erty valuation. Another saving will
result from the State's accepting the
task of maintaining all county roads.
The savings in roads taxes will vary
as to the several townships. Those
townships where ao bonds have been
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, June 5,1931
completely wrecked, and one death
resulted, a number of other peo
ple having suffered injuries -that
were more or leas serious.
Many complaints have been di
rected against the dangerous con
struction of the bridge, and the
highway forces have, from time to
time, equipped the support with
the latest and moat modern signal
devices warning motorists of pos
sible danger there. Thousands of
motorists pass under the bridge
safely every month, but every now
and then one blindly crashes into
the big concrete pillar. The con
crete, though scarred and battered,
has come through the attacks ap
parently as strong as it was soon
after its construction.
Several Matters Held Up
The Martin County Board of Edu
cation, in monthly session here last
Tuesday, discussed a varied group of
matters, final disposition of much of
the business being held up pending ad
ditional information from Raleigh.
The several school committees in
the county were made complete for
l»oth the white and colored schools,
and other routine business was han
Sitting in joint session with the
county commissioners, the authorities
contracted with the B. E. Perkinion
Company to handle the audit of all the
county books. The contract provides
SOO for the auditor's services, the sum
of $262.50 being allowed for work on
the education books.
The appointment of a welfare of
ficer was discussed, but no selection
was made at the Tuesday meeting.
The matter will be disposed of at th*
next meeting, it is understood.
County authorities are in Raleigh
this week in the interest of the schools
of the county, ,and following their re
turn it is believed the education board
will be in a better position to make
final disposition of the matters left
open at the meeting held this week.
OF NEW BOARD
J. G. Staton, Tobacco Mem
ber of State Depart
ment of Agriculture
Mr. J. G. Staton, who was recently
appointed a member of the State Board
of Agriculture by Governor O. Max |
Gardner, attended the first meeting of
the new hoard on Monday in the of
fice of Commissioner William A. Gra
ham in Raleigh.
Mr. Staton comes to the new board
as a tobacco man, because 'of his long
experience, both as a warehouseman
No branch of our State government
is of more importance than the De
partment of Agriculture, which has
presented the need and pushed the in
terest of the farmer as one of the mod i
important of our industries.
Mr. Staton's long acquaintance and |
personal touch with the problems of |
the farmer will no doubt be of much I
value to the efficiency of the new:
|issu«d for road purposes will fare ex-
ceedingly, well, while in other town
ships the property owner* will have |
to pay taxes to offset bonds and bon-1
| In the year 1930, Martin county
paid 92 cents on the SIOO property ,
valuation school tax based on the
total abstract of listed property and'
polls of $152,660.25, to which was add- '
ed the approximately $59,000 received
from the equalization fund, making a J
total of $210,000.
Assuming that the same expendi
tures will be necessary for current
expense, debt service, and capital out
lay it will be divided up on the fol
lowing bue: debt service, 29 cent* tax
on the *OO property on $15,887,039
total of all kinds will produce $46,-
072.41; .05$ cents on the same amount
for capital outlay will raise $9,214.48;
poll tax, $4972.50; dog tyx, $1,527.00
will make a total of $61,786.39 with-
BAPTIST WOMEN ,
IN ANNUAL MEET
More Than One Hiindfed
Visitors Come Here for
The eighth annual session of the
Women's Missionary Union, Martin
County-Plymouth Division, of the Ro
anoke Baptist Association, was con
vened in the auditorium of the Mem
orial Baptist Church here yesterday
Mrs. Vernon Ward, Robersonville,
acting chairman, was in charge of the
program. Mrs. P. B. Cone, of the lo
cal"church, was the secretary.
The welcome address from the lo
cal church was given by Mrs. E. D.
Harden. In a few well-chosen words
she welcomed the women to the church
and the community. The response was
|made by Mrs. Paul Salsbury, of the
Hamilton church. The devotioiwl ex
ercises were led by Mrs. W. H. Ad
| kins, and there was a solo by Mrs.
The feature number on the morn
ing program was an address by Mrs.
E. B. Beasley, superintendent of the
Roanoke Association women's work.
Mrs. Beasley is a very pleasing speaker
and always brings with her an atmos
phere of optimism. Following her ad
dress was a round-table discussion of
women's church problems.
At the noon hour the women of the
I local church served lunch iij- the Wo
iman's Club building. This was weiU.
Iprepared and nicely served.
Returning to the church auditorium
at 1:30 o'clock for the afternoon ses
sion, the devotional* were conducted
by Mrs. B. (). Bishop, of Plymouth.
Udder the head of a report on Young
People's Work. Mrs. \V. J. Beach,,of
Hamilton, read a paper and made some
very interesting comments.
The feature of the afternoon ses
sion was a Missionary Pageant put on
hy a group of young people from the
Philathea and Young Men's Sunday
fcchool class of the Robersonville Bap
tist church. This pageant was entit
led, "Youth and Ambition," and was
directed by Miss Allie Harden and
Mrs. Joe Winslow. A number of
young people from the Robersonville
church was in this pageant and it was
very interestingly worked ou.t
After some routine work the session
was brought to a close to meet next
year with the Everetts church, the
time of meeting being changed to
April. More than a hundred persons
.were in attendance at the meetings,
and the programs were well conceived
and carried out. It was remarked by
|one of the leaders that the women of
I this district are always pleased when
iit is announced that they are to be
jentertained. in Williamston.
i It was observed by one of the
speakers that this organization was
[formed by Mrs. l.ucy Biggs, now of
I "Pay-up Day" At Local
Baptist Church Sunday
' Sunday is "pay-up day" at the Bap
tist church. A communication has
been mailed to each member of the
church, asking him or her to make an
offering to the church Sunday.
Three groups have l>een circularized;
I those who subscribed and have paid
up are asked to make an extra offer
ing. Those who subscribed and for
any reason have not paid in full are
asked to try to catch up. While those
who have neither subscribed nor paid
are asked to help out at this time.
This should be a great day in b«-
half of the church's financial program.
If every one will do a reasonable part,
it will enable the church to go on
| through the summer paying its bills
| The pastor will preach at both the
I morning and the evening hours.
| According to pJans now tentatively
: under way, the several churches will
Igo together for the Sunday evening
union services, beginning about the
'middle of June.
.out any ad valorem tax for current ex-'
| Under the new tax law, our county
will be atsessed IS cents per hundred
| dollar valuation on '515,887,039 for J
current expenses for the six-months,
I term which will raise $23,830:56 add-!
Ed to the $61,786.39 will make a total
county school fund of $85,615.95 or a
saving of $67,043.31 last yeari
j Taking our county fund of $85,-
616.95 under the new law, will leave
approximately $124,383 from the State]
fund instead of* the $59,000 furnished
These figures do not include the «x-|
tended term or aupplements in the
However, there will be much econ
omy in school management and all
down the line which will save the
State considerable money, estimated at
not less than 10 per cent it would
TRYING TO GET
CAMP IN COUNTY
Authorities Offer Highway
Commission the Use of
County Home Farm
Proposals were submitted to tl\g
highway commission by representatives
of the Martin County Board of Com
missioners this week in an effort to
have the State locate one of its con
vict camps in the county.
The meeting here
last Tuesday agreed to offer the state
the use of the county farm without
cost for any length of time required
in building and maintaining the coun
ty roads of this section. Commission
ers T. C. Griffin and Messrs. G. H.
Harrison and K. S. Peel appeared be
fore highway officials in Raleigh yes
terday and submitted the offer ad
vanced by the board earlier in the
week. No definite answer was receiv
jed from the State, the officials stat
ing that .the program of procedure to
Ibe followed in handling the county
| roads wis not complete at the time,
laud location of camps and other mat
jters would have to be determined lat-
Facing one of the largest tasks ever
placed before any highway body, the
officials are working feverishly to com
plete their road program by July 1,
when the State is scheduled to tak. 1
over the 45,(MH) miles of county roads.
Just what construction and mainte
nance methods will be followed in han
dling the roads is unknown at thi
time, but it is believed that many of
the most important thoroughfares will
be widened and otherwise improved.
LOCALS WIN O"NE
AND LOSE. ONE
Scheduled to Play Belhaven
Team on Local Diamond
The local baseball team divided the
twit gatu;s played this week, winning
from Bethel oii the local lot Monday
and losing the strong Belhaven team
at Belhaven Wednesday.
The local game was a very interest
ing one and was well played. Kobt.
"I.efty" Grimes, working on the
mound tor Williamston, held the visit
ing team well in hand until the ninth
inning when two hits, Awo errors and
a walk netted four runs and tied the
the last half of the ninth, Ralph Tay
lor and llarcuni Grimes got neat hits
score at five all. Going to the bat in
and broke the tie to win the game.
The boys met strong opposition at
Belhaven, "Red" Hudson holding
i them to a very few hits. The Belhaven
team did some heavy hitting, Eli M.
Taylor featuring at the bat for the
locals with a home run.
Belhaven comes here next Wednes
day for a return game, and the locals
are getting fined up' to offset the de
feat suffered last Wednesday.
Small Fire on Railroad
Street Here Wednesday
The local fire company was called
out a second time during the week last
Wednesday morning, when fire started
on the roof of. Kussefl Rogers' home,
the A. C. L. station. The fir'' -
was another of the type that has been
so common in the town during the
past several years. Very little dam
age was done to the roof, it was
learned from a report filed on the call
by Fire Chief H. D. Harrison. -
The house belongs to Mrs. Alice
Sunday Evening Service
fin the Episcopal Church
Rev. A. H. Marshall, Rector.
Sunday school at 10 a. m.
Evening prayer and sermon at H.
We will be glad to have you come to
these services and worship with us.
' amount to $12,500 saved to the State.
A person listing SI,OOO last year
paid for current expense for schools, '
$5.72; for capital outlay, 58 cents; for
| service, $2.90, a total of $9.20.
j Under the new law he will pay for (
| current expense $1.50; for capital out
lay, 58 cents and debt service, $2.90,
a total of $4.98 or a saving" of $4.22.
| All of the above figures are based
on the receipts and" disbursements of |
last year, which" may be changed
slightly this year.
| The saving for roads will not be so
great. Yet, it will run around 35 cent') j
I on the hundred dollars listed property
|in several townships. Jameaville,
( William*, Griffins, Bear Grass and
; Poplar Point haven't issued bonds, 1
' and as • result those district* will not
have to levy any kind of road 1 tax.
Williamston, Roberionville, Hamilton'
and Goo*e Nest, each issued $40,000
in road bonds hearing 6 per cent in-'
SPECIAL ELECTION FOR
SANDY RIDGE DISTRICT
TO BE HELD ON JULY 20
DEATH OF MRS.
Last Rites Conducted Mon
day by Elders Cowin
at her home near Robcrsonville last
Sunday afternoon following a hri.'f
[illness. Heart disease was giveffea* the
icause of her death.
The daughter of Eason Rogers and
wife, Mrs. Bell Rogers, Mrs. Everett
was born iti Hear Grass Township,
, where, she spent her early youth. Fol
lowing her marriage to Mr. Kverett a
tl>out 20 years ago, she made her home
.near here on Route No. 2. She was
|a faithful member of the local I'titm
:tive Baptist chulrh, ever remaining
] loyal to its doctrines and the duties
Funeral services were held from the
home Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock,
Elders B. S. Gowin and John Rogers
conducting the la -1 rites. Hurial
in the family cemetery.
Mr. Everett, with five children, An
nie Bell, Margaret, Juanita, Ivenia,
and Lester, survives. Three sisters,
Mrs. Joseph Wd'iaois, of Morehfrad
City; Mrs. W. S. Feel, of William
ston, and Mrs. llaude Whitehurst, of
Hear Grass, and ,one brother, Jimmy
Rogers, of l.eens, also survive.
Edward Owens Is Painfully
But Not Seriously Hurt
In the Accident
Edward Owens, Plymouth attorney,
was badly hurt when lie ran his 'Ford
sedan into the center support of the
railroad bridge at the west end of
town here early Wednesday morning.
He was badly cut on the knee and a
bout the face, and it was thought at
first that serious injury resulted to his
The young mail was apparently
flooding at the time, for he hit the
support a fair hlow, knocking the car
engine out of place and smashing ths
radiator and steering wheel. The pil
lar was hardly more than scratched.
Returning to his home in
from Greenville, Owens got out of th>'
'car after hitting the pillar and walk
Jed to a*colored home near by,, where
he is said to have fainted and fallen.
Officer Allsbrooks was summoned, and
he carried the man to a doctor's of
fice. Owens was later carried to hi«
home i:i Plymouth, where he is sai l
to be getting along very well. • .
The accident is one of nfaiiy occur
ring at the underpass during the past
' few years.
County Girl Wins Third
Place In Health Contest
j At the district health contest held in
Washington this week, Tuesday,, Mis*
Naomi Harrell, representing this coun
ty, received third place among the 12
girls contesting, losing the race by
only four points. She received a score
of 91 and the winner 95. The girl |
winning the Contest was from Halifax
County and will have the' honor of '
representing the Northeastern District '
at the State Health contest held in Ra-i
leigh during the boys' and girls' short
course. All health contestants will
learn where they fell down through j
their club in etings, and this year
puire work will he done to help the
girls learn their weaknesses and cor- '
rect them in ample time for the dis-j
trict contest another year.—Reported.
terest, except SIO,OOO Williamston
Township bonds bearing 5 1-2 per
cent. This "Will necessitate a tax suf
ficient to pay the interest and set up a
sinking fund in each township which
will be $3,000, or more each year jn
each township, and will require a
rate according to the property valu
ation in the respective township.
| Cross Roads township issued $50,-
ruad bonds and wttt have To pay $3,-
| OOO interest annually on same beside a
|* The percent amount of saving in the
township road tax rate will, of course,
be greater in Roberionville «>r Wil
liamiton township where there is 4
'greater property valuation to bear the
The total saving in township* with
'no bond hsue* and'outside of towns
will be about half, according to pro
Watch the Label On Your
Paper A'a It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expire*
Citizens Sign Petition To
Get Transportation for
(uiitiK before the Martin County
Board of ('.duration in session here
last Tuesday, citizens of Williams
Township petitioned the 'authorities
lor a special election in an effort t»i
consolidate the Sandy*' Ridge School
with the one here. The petition, car
rying the names of .15 citizens of tint
district, was favorably- passed upon
by the educational and county author
ities. and 'arrangements have been
made to hold au_election there Julv
The citizens signing the petition dijl
so in an effort to effect a better trans
portation system for' tlveir children, it
is understood. Approximately seven
teen family heads were not greatly
concerned in the outcome of the elec
tion, while forty-eight possible votes
pill likely be cast against the con
solidation plan, it is understood.
During the past year, the school re
iPorteil an average attendance of about
( K5 children, two teachers handling the
j instructional service.
Mr. l.uciahtilardison was appointed
I registrar and he w ill open the registra
tion books at his home tomorrow, the
II Wolfs to continue' (>|k-u until July 11.
| Messrs. X. R. (Iritlin and E. G. God
aril were appointed poll holders.
Hie district involved is dtrjeribed
I follows: . •
"Beginning l at the month of Sweeten
Water Greek, thence up the creek to
the mouth ot* Keeper's Branch; thence
up said branch to the Manning School
district line; thence with said school
( district line northward to the Smith
|W-ick school district line; with said lute
to the Devils lint, thence up said tint
jto the river, and up the river trf the be
BUT SIX CASES
Road Sentences Feature the
Court's Work Here
ljtoad sentences featured the short
session of the county recorder's court
held here last Teusday. Six cases were
• ailed by Judge Joseph W. Bailey,
• and five defendants were sentenced to
terms ou the roads or in jail.
Prayer for judgment was continued
upon the payment of costs in the case
barging Douglas Nicholson with vi
olating the liquor law. Dallas Price,
■' defendant jn this, was
found guilty, the court sentencing him
to the roads for four months. He ap
pealed to tlft higher court and gave
bond in the sum of $l5O.
(iussie Ford was sentenced to 90
•lays in jail and Mack I.angley 60 days
in jail, to lie worked at the county
home, for an assault with a deadly
| Judgment was suspended upon the
.payment of the court costs in the tease
j charging llruce Whitley with violat
ing the liquor laws.
| Charged with an assault with a
| deadly weapon, George Taylor was
sentenced to tjie roads for a period of
7 months. He appealed to the higher
''court, and was re|U'red to give bond
in the sum of S2IM) for his appearance
at the next term of superior court.
I Joe James, found guilty in two cases
of larceny, was sentenced to the roads
for nine months in each case, the sen
tences to run concurrently, however.
| John Jasper Black was found guilty
in the case .charging him with car-
I rying a concealed weapon.
Presbyterian Services In
„ Three Churches Sunday
Sunday, June 7, 1931: -
"The Church With An Open Door."
True sayings: "When you Ket to
the end of your rope, tie a knot in it
and hanj( on."
Church school, 9:45 a. m.
Worship service and sermon, 11 a.m.
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon, 8 p. m.
Sunday school at J p, m, \
Frayer meeting each Thursday at 8
p. m. .'
Worship service and Sermon at 3
Beef Cattle Industry Is
Started in Perquimans
Two pure bred Angus bulls have
been purchased by Perquimans coun
ty farmers this spring to begin a heel
cattle industry in the county.