The enterprise. volume (Williamston, N.C.) 1899-201?, August 16, 1932, Image 1
Watch ik* Lab*! On Yoar ftaar Aa It. Carries the Data Whan Tew Ribacriptioa Expiree VOLUME XXXV—NUMBER 49 Taxpayers School Budget Items EXTENDED TERM TO BE TAKEN UP NEXT MONDAY Give Education Board Vote of Confidence at Meet Here Yesterday The costs of the six-months school term in this county were Approved here yesterday morning, when about 40 taxpayers, representing nearly every district in the county, met with mem bers of the board of education and spent about three hours reviewing the various items of cost appropriated for operating and maintaining the next term of the schools. And following the review, a resolution was intro duced and carried without a dissenting voice extending a vote of confidence in the members of the education board for their diligence in handling the county'a school system. But the taxpayers attending the meeting, or moat of them, are not through with their work, for they ar ranged to hold another meeting next Monday to give the extended term the "once-over." The county board and all the local committees are scheduled to meet in the courthouse Monday, August 22, at 10:30 o'clock, when the public 'is cordially invited to attend and take part in the discussions. As it is understood, the business of the joint meeting next Monday nar rows down to one question: Whether the schools can be stopped at the end of six months or not. It was sug gested that the opening of the schools be delayed until November 1 in case there are no extended terms. No ac tion was taken in connection with the suggestion. The matter of limiting the school terms to six months has been dis cussed in other counties of .the State, but in no case, as far as it could be learned, has an extended term been discontinued except by a vote of the people or bjr act of the legislature. Juat how many will attend the meet ing next Monday can not be deter mined, but outside the education board members and committeemen, a large crowd is not expected. MARTINS BACK IN LEAD AGAIN ♦ Team* Enter Last Week of Play with Determination To Win Second Half • The Albemarle Baseball League teams enter the last week of play bunched, Williamston leading Eliza beth City and Colerain by a onehalf game margin, and Edenton trailing the leaders by only one whole game. Some upsets art >» order as all the teams make a strong bid for leadership in the second half, - No official announcement has been made, but the "little world series" will; start next week with Williamston play ing the winners or rtftners-up in the second half. This afternoon Elisabeth City comes here and Colerain goes to Edenton. Tomorrow Williamston goes to Eliz abeth City, and on Thursday the Mar tina go to Edenton. The Colonials come here Friday, and Elizabeth City and Williamston will play a rained out game here Saturday to end the regular season. Home Demonstration Club Women Meet at Macedonia » 1 - The Macedonia Home Demonstra tion Club held their regular meeting at the schoolhouse Wednesday with 17 members in attendance. Canning frnit was the project for the meeting, but owing to the dry weather, it was impossible to carry out definite plans. However, methods of making tomato ketchup were outlined. During the business sesion further plans for the county field day were made. At this meeting the clubs will make their reports of work done since May, and each club is expected to par ticipate 'in the program. The hostess dab is planning to make this the very best field day for the council. Plans for attending the „ short course were discussed, and the Mace donia club, though new, plans to have three represent them in Raleigh this ymtj—Un. J. D. Griffin, Reporter County Farmers Kill Hog Weighing 70S Pounds Messrs. Lester and Haywood Rog ers, fanners living near here, killed a hog weighing 705 pounds last week, and Mr. Rogers declared the animal was not grown. "We had to kill bar UttpfTT she Ulled and ate so many chick**." Mr. Rogws explained. _ THE ENTERPRISE WHERE THEY PLAY ) TUESDAY AUGUST J6th Elizabeth City at Williamston Colerain at Edenton WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17th Williamston at Elizabeth City Edenton at Colerain THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th Elizabeth City at Colerain Williamston at Edenton FRIDAY, AUGUST 19th Colerain at Elizabeth City Edenton at Williamston • SATURDAY, AUGUST 20th Elizabeth City at Williamston.* STEAMBOAT DAY DAWNS AGAIN ON ROANOKE RIVER Modern Steamer Is Added To Equipment by Nor folk Boat Line The day of the steamboat has dawned again on the Roanoke, the Norfolk. Baltimore and Carolina Boat Line having recently added a modern steamboat, the 400-ton capac ity freighter "Emblane" to its equip ment. With Captain George Wise as iti skipper, the boat made its sec ond trip to this point last Wednesday morning, and will nuke two trips be tween here and Norfolk weekly, ac cording to present plans. Since the old steamboat "Hamilton" went to the bottom of the Roanoke several miles above here fifteen or more years ago, river freights have been handled principally on motor ships. But now the "Emblane" with its two 250-horsepower boilers and four-cylinder steam engine, gives re turn to a pride that was so marked when the "Hamilton" and other steamers used to navigate the stream. Unlike the old "Hamilton", the new boat is propelled by steam from boil ers using Qil as fuel. Certainly, the steamer uses large quantities' of oil, — almost a gallon a minute—but when the machinery is turning full ahead, the boat completes a trip from-"this point to Norfolk in a little over 12 hours. The engine and storage rooms for oil and water occupy nearly one-half the space in the steel hull, and the first deck is used for freight and quarters for the crew. There are ac commodations to sleep twenty-four people on the second deck, the state rooms having built-in-furniture and baths, both shower and tub.. A large observation room, located to the front of the boat, adds to the comfort of the erew members while they are off their watches. A spacious diningroom and a convenient kitchen managed by a Norwegian cook, com plete the ideal arrkngements on the second deck. With a commanding view from all sides, the pilot house is located on the third deck, and just to the rear of that are the captain's quarters. The boat is one of the most modern and up-to-date to ever run up the Roanoke, and is a connecting med ium for freights shipped to and from Williamston, Norfolk, Baltimore and Philadelphia, Wilmington, a number of other inland points and many for eign ports. About twelve years ago, the Nor folk, Baltimore and Carolina line ran its first boat, the "Albemarle," to this point, bringing a few bags of poultry and cow feed as the first shipment. Captain Wise was on the "Albemarle" at that time, and up until now he isays he can't adequately describe just how crooked he found the stream on that first trip. From that beginning, the boat line has developed into one of the largest transportation systems plying the in land waterways and Chesapeake, Bay. It has hauled thousands upon thous ands of tons of freight to and from this point, saving eastern North Car olina shippers many dollars. ■ • ■ ' Young Local Boy Breaks Arm While Playing Ball J. D. Bowen broke his, arm while playing baseball here yesterday after noon. He was sliding into third base and caught his arm under liini in some way, breaking the right forearm be tween the wrist and elbow. An X-ray picture is being made today. He is the yoang son of Mrs. John N. Bowen. • ATTENDING STATE MEET ' OP SHERIFFS THIS WEEK Sheriff C. B. Roebuck left early to day for Wrightsville Beach where he will attend a several-day convention of North Carolina sheriffs. Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday 16, 1932 164 APPLICATIONS FOR WORK FILED HERE MONDAY County Unemployed Hop* a To Get Work on State Highways Soon Receiving notice only last Friday that work would be given unemployed within the next few weekp, 164 men had filed their, applications' with Coun ty Superintendent of Welfare J. C. Manning up until 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon 1 . Many more applications are being received here on nearly every mail, and it is believed that more than 500 applications for jobs will havi been received by tomorrow or next day. Nineteen unemployed from the Jamcsville section presented their applications in person, and it was estimated that 50 more are pre paring or have already prepared their applications there. One hundred and twenty of the ap plicants live in Williamston or in the outlying rural districts, upon which 225 women and childfen are depend ent. Some of the applicants reported as man? as ten children, and some stating they were married failed to list a single dependent. Forty-two of the .120 applicants are white. The 44 unemployed asking work from Hamilton, Everetts, Roberson ville, Parmele, Oak City, and James ville listed 135 dependents. There were 6 white applicants from Ham ilton; 3 white and 4 colored from Ev eretts; 7 white from Robersonville; 3 white from Parmele; 2 white from Oak City; and 16 white and 3 colored applicants from Jamesville. The applications are being forward ed to State welfare workers for con sideration and future developments will be announced as soon as informa tion is received from Raleigh, it is understood. • Just how the * applications will be handled, it could not be learned, but it is understood that the most needy will receive every consideration pos sible at the hands of welfare workers. HOLD NEGRO ON THEFT CHARGES James Brown Charged with Stealing Chickens and Meal at Hamilton James Brown, colored, was arrested in Hamilton last Saturday for steal ing. Brown was first charged with taking meal from the home of Ed Bunting near there, but when ques tioned at a hearing, he admitte4 the theft of chickens and said that Bruce Autrey, also colored, had assisted in the chicken thefts. Officer John Ayers immediately placed Autrey under arrest, and while papers were being procured against the colored man he escaped from-the town's municipal building. Autrey was still at liberty yesterday morn ing, as far as it could be learned. Brown, apparently not very bright, was'placed in the county jail here by Deputy Grimes to await trial in the county court today. NEW BUILDING & LOAN SERIES Martin County Association Opens Its Thirty-first Series Next Month Opening its thirty-first series the third of next month, the Martin Coun ty Building and Loan Association of fers one of the surest and most profit able methods of saving yet introduced. For the person who would save sys tematically, there is no better way to accumulate savings little by little than by tHa building and loan way. And for the person planning to build a home, there is no better agency than* the building and loan association to fi nance the project. Savings have been made regularly in the local organization by hundreds of small investors ,and today they are getting the greatest return to be had on any investment. The association continues to grow, and is now in a position to render aid to prosjjective builders. There is no better time to build than now, and it is Relieved that pros pective home owners will find it to their advantage to get in touch with the officers of the organization and make plans for the future. "Red Headed Woman" at the Watts Here This Week The "Red-Headed Woman" at the Watts, Williamston, this week is one of those pictures you don't want to miss. The picture, with Jean Har low and Chester Morris, is based on the book that thrilled millions of read ers, and it is even superior to the book, critics say. The first showing will be Thursday afternoon, two more programs to fol low, one that night and another on Friday night TOBACCO PRICES ARE SLIGHTLY HIGHER TOBACCO YIELD 104,650,000 POUNDS OFF IN THIS BELT Reduction In All Belts In This State Estimated at 266,560,000 Pounds With an estimated reduction of 104,- 650,000 pounds in the tobacco crop of this belt, there fotlows a brighter hope for higher prices this season. But before the farmers can realize a dif ference, they will' have to receive a price almost twice as high as the 7- cent average received last season. Figured at 7 cents a pound, the pound age reduction amounts to $7,325,500. In other words, before the farmers can realize as much money this year for their crop as they did last year, they are obliged to receive a price suf ficiently high to offset the reduction. According to the State Department of Agriculture in a recent report on crop conditions, there is an estimated reduction in the tobacco crop this year of 266,560,000 pounds. More than half of the reduction is reported in this belt. The report offers the following com ments as to the condition of the to bacco crop: "Beginning with the plant beds, the tobacco crop has experienced unfav orable seasons. the icultiva tion has been excellent, the lateness of setting much of the crop combined with dry conditions has offset the fav orable factors and is expected to pro duce low grade quality. There are spotted areas of "very good and ex tremely poor tobacco. The plants have not grown as tall as usual, and the leaf texture is relatively thin. The leaves will be considerably lighter than usual, On August 1 the report ed conditions average 49 per cent of normal, compared with 57 per cent a month ago, and 76 on August Ist last year. The folfowing table shows the August Ist estimates for tobacco, with revised estimates for 1931: 1931 1932 Old Belt 179,016,000 87,860,000 New Belt 251,850,000 147,200,000 S. C. Belt ...... 43,222,000 27,300,000 Burley Belt 5,438,000 - 4,200,000 State 479,526,000 266,560,000 HILTON BACK IN THIS DISTRICT Is Field Representative of Cotton Cooperative Association JM fjb. .»■ Greenville.—C. C. Hilton, field rep resentative of the North Carolina Cotton Growers Cooperative Associa tion, after a year of service in Meck lenburg and surrounding counties, has been transferred back here and is now located in his old office in the Re flector Building. Mr. Hilton, who said he was very glad to get back in this section and work with his old (riends, will repre sent the cotton association in Pitt, Greene, Martin, Beaufort, and Wilson counties. I He said he planned to be out in I his office on Saturdays for the benefit of farmers coming to town who might want to see him. He brought his wife and child back svith him and they will make their home here. BIDS TOO LOW FOR MAIL ROUTE • • Bonding Company Refuses To Stand For Any Bids Considered Too Low Rated as the largest project of its type in the country, the Norfolk-Wil son star mail route is receiving quite a bit of attention up Washngton way, according to reports received here. A contract is to be awarded today, but it is understood that the bonding com pany refused to sell bonds to many bidders, as their bids were considered too low. The present carriers, who have been maintaining schedules fairly regularly during the past two weeks, stated they would not be on the route after this month. Mr. H. H. Cowen and sons were in Washington last Friday and Saturday in the interest of their bid, which was said to have been turned down as it was considered too low for the proper handling of the project. Cal Coburn Arrested for Being Drrijnk on Streets Cal Coburn, white man of Poplar Point Township, was arrested on the streets here last Saturday for being drunk and disorderly. He is being held in jail awaiting a hearing in the county court today. » Ask Completion of Two County Roads PAVING NO. 11 TO BETHEL URGED IN GREENVILLE Believe Completion of No. 125 Is Due the First Consideration While it is not known that Martin County will be granted any highway construction work during the next few weeks or months, two petitions have been carried before highway au thorities, one by Martin County citi zens asking the completion of High way No. 125, and another by Green ville and Pitt County citizens asking for the hard surfacing of Highway No. 11 from Bethel to Oak City, the latter project being in both Pitt and Martin Counties. A favorable receiption was given the Martin County citizens when they ap peared before highway officials in Ra leigh recently asking for the comple tion of No. 125, and according to a report from Greenville, the delegation from that town was heard by Com missioner I.eland Kitchin in Scotland Neck last Friday, when the petition was presented and discussed inform ally. "While he did not commit himself," the Greenville Reflector in its Satur day edtiion said, "it is understood that •he appeared favorably disposed to ward the project (No. 11) and would take it up with the proper authorities in the near future." The Greenville paper continued "Members of the delegation today stated that a second delegation would be sent to Raleigh in "the- near future to present the matter to the highway commissioners. Another petition will be presented at that time, and it will contain the names of leading busi ness nten and organizations not only of the city but of surrounding com munities. "The Bethel-Oak City route is the most important between this section and the north, and its improvement would play a big part in the economic condition of this part of the state, sup porters of the paving movement be lieve. Although the importance of paving this link has been realized for years, this is the first time any defi nite action has been taken, and pro moters were hopeful of seeing their ambition becoQie an actuality." The question now arises whether the highway commission will undertake both projects, or complete No. 125 and not contract work on No. 11, or vice versa. And then it might be that the commission will not contract any work in the county at all. Probably the matter will be offered for solution next Tuesday, when the commmission is jcheduled to meet in Raleigh. It is understood that citizens from Hassell will go the board that their rights might be guarded. Ac cording to information received from unofficial sources, Commissioner Kit chin is said to have considered the re quests of the Hassell people, but later he is said to have withdrawn any sup port ever pledged the routing of No. 11 through the town. Legion Team and Firemen To Play Here Tomorrow The baseball team of the John Wal ton Hassell Post of the American Le gion will play the members of the lo cal fire department on the high school diamond tomor'ow afternoon at 4 o'- clock. The Legion representatives have developed into a strong team, and the firemen have been practi'.ing some themselves, and the boys are expected to offer r splendid xhibition. Only a small admission fee, 10 cents is being charged. Telephone Cable Laid Across Roanoke River * A telephone cable several hundred feet long was laid across the Roan oke River here today to replace the overhead wjres torn down last Fri day by a 70-foot derrick mast on" a' boat. Workmen will complete the job tomorrow or Thursday, the cost of the projejet being estimated at SI,OOO. STANDING OF CLUBS i * W. L. Pet. Williamston 8 7 .533 Colerain 7 7 .500 Elizabeth City 7 7 .500 Edenton 7 8 .467 [ FIRST 1932 COTTON ] The firit of the 1932 cotton crop in this section was picked this morning by Farmer E. P« Cunningham on one of his farms near here. The harvest, the earliest known here, was limited to one boll thathad opened and poured forth a medium grade of staple. Mr. Cunningham was inspect ing the crop when he noticed the open boll and plucked it. Cotton picking hardly gets un derway in this section before the middle or the latter part of September. ROAD BONDS ARE ONE OF COUNTY'S CHIEF BURDENS Highway Bonds Represent More Than Half All County's Debts If the next General Assembly deals fairly with the several governmental units, approximately $625,000 bonded indebtedness will be lifted from the shoulders of Martin County taxpayers, it was learned from a study of the county's debt schedules this week. More than one out of every four dollars collected from Martin County property owners is used to pay bond principal and interest incurred back yonder for the construction of a bridge across Roanoke River, the paving of Highway Route No. 30 to the Beau | f(srf County Hire and part of No. 90, and the building of No, 125. Approx imately $46,000 of the 1932 levy is scheduled for the payment of these bonds and the interest, That amount represents about 33 cents of the $1.26 rate proposed in the tentative budget for the current year. Mr. A. I). Mac Lean, of Beaufort j County,, hinted in a speech made be fore a state meeting of county com ' missioners in VVrightsville last week, that he would introduce a bill in the next General Assembly callng for the State to take over the debt service for roads. He was quoted at first as saying that he would introduce a bill calling for the State to take over debt service for both roads and schools. Mr. Mac Lean corrected the statement, ' saying that he did not include debt ' service for schools. If the General Assembly favors such a hill, then Martin County would be relieved rf more than half of its in debtedness, which jumped $625,000 when bonds were issued for the con struction of the three projects already mentioned. I This obligation accepted by the county in the early days of road build j'ing( it has been pointed out, is the State's, and the burden should be lift [ed from the people of this county, and it has been declared as no more than right that the state should take [over the bonds issued for those roads that are opened to every vehicle in the Union. Since the state turns hack none of the revenue collected on gasoline, the county iq now forced to place the bur den of paying ofT the bonds and inter est on real property, and it is gener ally believed that the gas tax in this county alone is far above the amount spent on Martin County roads. It is said that many counties ad vanced the state nothing back yon der, and today they have as many, if not morr, roads than there are in Martin County, population and sixe Considered. The people in those coun ties where money was advanced the State are said to be justified in their demands that the state take over the bonded indebtdness incurred for the construction of highways. Might Combine Rural Routes Out of Here While a goodly number of applica tions have been entered for carrying the mail on R. F. D. No. 1 out of here, no definite arrangements for handling the mail over that route have been made so far. Substitute carrier Dar rell Price is working on the route at the present, time. Postmaster Jesse T. Price has no tfied the department of the vacancy, and it is believed that the government will combine the route wijli two and five. Many consoldations are being made all over the country, Mr. Price •aid, but h« did not know what the government would do in thU case. Advertiser* Will Fnd Our Col mns a Latchkey to Over Sixteen Hundred Martin County Hones ESTABLISHED 1898 AVERAGE PRICE IS ABOUT 9 CENTS IN BORDER BELT Inferior Grades Are Selling Higher; Dissatisfaction At Darlington, S. C. Tobacco prices reported on the six North Carolina border mar kets and several in South Caro lina this morning were slightly higher than those received last year on opening day, but even then the price increase was not up to general expectations. The combined average re ported on the Lumberton, Fair mont, Kingstree and several other markets was nine cents, an increase of one to two cents above the figure reported on the opening last year. The quality of the offerings was declared slighly inferior to that on opening day last year, and the poorer quality is said to offset the price increase by about one cent. Average size breaks were reported. While the prices received today were not up to the expectations of the farmers, 110 Kreat dissatisfaction was reported except at Darlington, S. where many tags were turned. An eight-cent average was reported at that point!' The common grades were said to be jelling' some better than they did a year ago, and the better quality grades were commanding about the same price as they did last year, it was learned. While*the reports were not com plete, early reports indicated that the prices would range from -one, l|o twenty-four cents a pound. Messrs. Ingram and Bartihill, lo cal tobacconists attending the safes at Lumberton, offered the following re port: Lumbertun—Average nine cents as against seven cents last year Large sales and good quality." No anyone company was mentioned as the heavy buyer, reports indicating that the buyers were watching the activities of their competitors. BARNHILL BOND IS SET AT SIO,OOO Unable To Raise Amount, Aged Man Continues In Pitt County Jail Jiamhdl, arrested a few weeks ago in connection with the mysterious death of his ward, Jesse Barnhill, in the-Flat Swamp secton several months ago, was offered bond in the sum of slo,ooo last Saturday afternoon, the law of personal liberty having been introduced in the aged man's behalf. As. far as it could be learned here to day, he had been unable to raise the amount, ami he continues in the Pitt County jail at Greenville. Habeas corpus proceedings were held before Judge W. C. Harris in Raleigh, llarnhill was given a preliminary hearing before a justce of the peace in Greenville a few days ago, and at that time he was dented bond. Unofficial reports received here from Pitt County indicate that ad ditional evidence has been gathered in the case and will probably be pre sented when court convenes in Green ville next week or in September. TOBACCO MEET AT KIWANIS CLUB Warehouse Invited and All Members Are Urged to - Be Present Tomrrow ™ 11 # " The annual tobacco meeting num ber of the local Kiwanis Club will be held at the regular luncheon hour on Wednesday at 12:30 o'clock. For a number of years i( has been the custom of the Kiwanians to dedi cate orte of their meetings to the in terests of the local tobacco market. Accordingly, representatives of the several warehouses will be invited as guests of the club, and a program will be carried out, the purpose of which will be to bring even closer together the tobacconists and the members of the club, and through them the town. Since the local markets are to open so soon, it it thought that this meet ing should mean much to WiUiamston at this particular time. An«t the full membership of the Kiwanis club is urged to be present.