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VOLUME XXXVI—NUMBER 44
BOARD TO STUDY
BUDGET AT MEET
HERE ON MONDAY
A County-wide Tax Rate of
$1.55 Will Likely Be
Necessary in 1933 '
The study of the budget for the new
fiscal year will be the main business
of the Martin County commissioners
at their regular meeting here next
Monday, it was learned yesterday.
While a tax rate for the year 1933 will
be discussed, it is not expected that
the authorities will determine a levy
at the Monday meeting.
The commissioners, in preparing a
budget for the new year, will find prob
ably one of their greatest tasks of
the year. Two or three increases in
debt service and health funds are al
most certain, but there will be marked
decreases in school costs to the coun
ty, including the 17-cent state-wide
school tax and that for special dis
A marked increase in the rate will
be reflected by all departments as a
result of the decrease in property val
ues . However, the apparent increase
in rate will not mean that taxes will be
higher. It it safe to say that they
will be considerably lower in nearly
every case. Last year a $1.25 rate on
the SIOO property valuation was in ef
fect in this county. This year it is
estimated that the rate will be between
$1.50 and $1.55, basing the estimate
on the 1933 valeut that were tabula
ed and published in this paper June
It goes without saying that the
commissioners will do everything in
their power to hold taxes to a mini
mum in this county for the current
year, and every item in the budget will
be carefully examined before approv-l
al is granted.
The only other business scheduled 1
for the authorities at their Monday'
meeting is the selection of a jury fori
the September term of court, and then I
there will be tax complaints and re-J
quest* of the poor to be considered,!
BULL CAUSE OFi
D. M. Roberson and Animal
Race Down Haughton
David M. Roberson, owner of Rob
erson's Slaughter House here, made
news with the aid of a bull last Tues
day evening about 9 o'clock, when he
chased the animal from the Lindsley
Ice Plant up the A. C. L. Railroad to
Washington Street, from there to
Haughton Street-Extended and on to
Warren Street, a distance of several!
blocks. At the Warren Street inter-j
section, Mr. Roberson gave up the 1
chase, for after running donw the mid-j
die of the long paved street hia feet |
began to burn and the animal con-|
tinued to increase hia speed.
The slaughter house owner bought,
a load of cattle, the big bull included, |
and was weighing them on the floor (
scales of the Lindsley Ice Company,
when the bull twisted the ring from)
,his nose and dashed away. Mr. Rob
erson, playing the role of a weatern
cowboy, lasaoed the neck of the ani
mal with a 30-foot rope and held to
the end. The bull furnished the rito
mentum and Mr. Roberson swung on,
and the more he pulled the faster the
Later in the evening, the animal was
caught in Watts Grove.
County Canning Program
Announced tor Next Week!
Martin County's food preservation
campaign will be carried into nearly
every section of the county next week, I
it was announced today by Miss Lora
Sleeper, home agent.
The following program is noted:
Monday: Williams Lower colored
school, Corey's colored school.
Tuesday, Williamston colored
school, Robersonville white school.
Wednesday: Oak City white school,
Ev«retts colored school.
Thanday: Sandy Ridge white
school, Oak City colored school.
Friday, Hassell colored school and
Robersonville colored school.
Board of Education Will
Meet Here Next Monday
A study of the budget for the com
ing school term and the appointment
of local committees will feature the
work of the County Board of Educa
tion in its meeting here next Monday,
it was learned this morning from the
county superintendent. Several other
nutters will be discusted, but they are
considered of routine importance only.
The Ipcal committee appointments
will be limited to three members to
the district in accordance with a re
cent interpretation of the law hand
ed down by Attorney General Brum
County and Town Tax Sales
Are Halted by Injunctions
The sale of land for 'unpaid
taxes in this county was post
poned this week when an injunc
tion was signed by Judge M. V.
Bam hill, of Rocky Mount, re
straining Sheriff C. B« Roebuck
from proceeding with the sale as
scheduled on the first Monday in
The restraining order, signed
last Wednesday by the resident
judge, is returnable before him
on August 22 for a hearing. How
ever, by agreement between B. A.
Critcher, attorney for the peti
tioners, and E. S. Peel, attorney
for the county, it has been agreed
that the case be continued until
the September term of the Martin
County Superior court, conven
ing here the 3rd Monday in that
month. At that time that sheriff
will be directed to advertise the
delinquent list the first week in
October and proceed with the
aale on the first Monday in No
BUT EIGHT CASES
Few Cases Accumulate in
Past Two Weeks'
Eight cases were called in the coun
ty recorder's court last Tuesday, the
number being comparatively small,
considering the fact that no session
of the court had been held in "two
weeks. The session went unfeatured.
Judge H. O. Peel passing out one or
two road sentences and imposing one
or two small fines.
John Rawls was sentenced to the
roads for a period of two months in
the case charging him with violating
the liquor, laws.
Ransom Whitehurst drew an eight
months road sentence in the case
charging him with being drunk and
disorderly. A nol pros resulted as to
Mary Ampy, who was charged in the
same case with the same offense.
The case charging J. P. Harris with
an assault with a deadly weapon was
continued two weeks.
The case charging Jesse Bullock and
Killie Warren with being drunk and
disorderly was non-suited.
William Rogers was fined $lO and
taxed with the costs in the case in
which lie was charged with violating
the liquor laws.
Fined $lO and taxed with the costs,
Fred Boston appealed to the higher
courts in the cases charging him with
violating the liquor laws. Bond was
fixed in the sum of $75. The case
was nol prossed as 'to John T. James,
The case charging Jesse Bullock
I with operating a car while intoxicat
ed was nol prossed.
The case charging Junipr Wjnn
with an assault with a deadly weapon,
was continued until the first Tuesday
l in September.
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Making Improvement To
the Town's Water Lines
The town is making prepartions to
extend its water mains from the pump
ing station down Sycamore Street to
the intersection of Washington Street
and from there to the plant of the
Columbia Peanut Company. At the
present time the water supply goes
|to the plant in a "dead-" head line,
Extending from Main Street out
Street. The new line
I will complete a circulation unit and
increase the supply and pressure at
It is understood that a company
handling sprinkling equipment is
paying for the material and the tojirn
is to lay the line.
Mrs. Woodburn Elected
Treasurer oi State Group
Mrs. T. M. Woodburn, of Parmele,
was reelected treasurer of the State
; Federation of Home Demonstration
| Clubs at the annual meeting of the
j organization in Raleigh last week.
During the past several years, Mra.
Woodbnrn has been very active in
club work in the county as well as in
the service of the State federation.
Parmele also gained added recogni
tion when two of its women, Mrs.
Woodburn and Mrs. E. G. Whitehurst,
were awarded diplomas for efficiency
in the four-year course given by the
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Vegetables Make Profit
For Catawba Farmers
Catawba County truck growers re
port unusually good prices for all veg
etables grown this season, due to the
dry weather injuring most gardens a
|bout local towns and citiea.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, August 4, 1933
The petition for the delay car
ried the names of Messrs. E. P.
Cunningham, C. H. Godwin and
A similar order has been served
against W. B. Daniel, tax collec
tor for the Town of Williamston,
thereby delaying the sales of land
for town taxes until the second
Monday in November.
The last legislature reversed it
self so many times thst many of
the laws it passed are still a mys
tery. The assembly passed snd
repealed the same law ss many as
25 times, according to the state
ments of some good lawyers who
have examnied the stautes. And
the tax laws seem to be among
However, with a good market
ing season, it is believed that a
majority of the taxes now unpaid
in both the county and town will
have been paid before the first
week in October.
! 2 STOLEN CARS
Found In Bear Grass Town
ship, About One Mile
from County Road
Two automobifts, one belonging to
the Harrison Wholesale Company and
stolen from the streets here several
week ago, and another whose owner
could not be learned, were recovered
this week in a woods about one mile
from a main road in Bear Grass Town
I Many parts, including the radiator,
lights, starter, were removed from the
Harrison car, a Ford coach driven by
Gaylord Harrison, a salesman for the
j wholesale company. The other car,
i a Ford coufce, apparently hafl not
been damaged, but the engine. number
had been changed. Officers are try
ing to identify the car, but up to noon
today they had not been able to learn
I the name of the owner. Members of
the highway patrol are assisting coun
ty officers in the effort to find the
owner of the coupe and to arrest the
guilty party or parties. While it is
believed the officers have two or three
.clues that might lead to one or more
' arrests, they would make no state
; DRAWS TO CLOSE
I Will Probably Play Finals
In Tournament About
j Middle of Next Week
[ The Martin County tennis tourna
( nient, after dragging over a period of
two weeks on account of unfavorable
1 weather and first one thing and an
other, is now nearing a close with
;Only four games left before the doubles
'champions are determined.
Eliminations were numerous ,Ih|rs
week. M. D. Watts and Joe Godard,
111, eliminated King and Robt. Co
burn in a second round match and
later advanced to the quarter-finals by
the default of a Robersonville team
| which they were scheduled to play.
1 Crockett and Bondurant put Joe
Godard, jr., and Hardy Rote out of
| the race. Hix and J. C. Manning were
j ousted by Goodmon and Anderton,
and Anderson and Jack Manning elim
j inated a second team from Roberson
i ville. Spivey and Booker lost their
second-round match to Green and
Cone in straight sets Tuesday morn
i Cone and Green are to play Bon
; durant and Crockett, the winners of
i this match going direct to the finals.
! Anderson and Manning are scheduled
j againit Anderton and Goodmon, the
| winnert to play Watts and Godard,
111. The winners of that match will
go to the finals against the winners"
of the Cone and Green-Bondurant and
| Charles Whitle To Preach
at Baptist Church Sunday
Charlet Whitley, a Williamston
born boy, will occupy the pulpit at the
Baptist church Sunday morning.
Young Whitley has been away from
Martin County for several years, a
part of which time he has been en
rolled in a Christian school in South
Hit youthful appearance, his Chris
tian zeal, and the fact that he it wide
ly connected in thit section will se
cure for him, it ia believed, f splendid
bearing at the Sunday morning serv
The union service will go to the
Episcopal church Sunday evening at
the 8 o'clock hour.
i NUMBER PLAN TO
ASK LOANS FROM
HOME LOAN BANK
D. R. Everett, V. G. Taylor
and G. H. Harrison On
While no applications haje been ac
tually prepared, several Martin Coun
ty people have already planned to bor
row money from the Government
through the Home Loan Bank for the
refinancing of their homes, it w>s
learned yesterday from Elbert S. Peel,
attorney for the bank in this county.
Arrangements for handling the ap
plications and making the loans were
completed in the district this week
when advisory committees were ap
pointed in the several counties com
prising the first district. Messrs. G.
H. Harrison, of Williamston, V. G.
Taylor, Everetts, and D. R. Everett,
of Robersonville, were named mem
bers of the Martin County advisory
committee, it was officially announced
Wednesday. Mr. K. B. Crawford, of
Williamston, is appraiser, and E. S.
Peel is attorney for the bank in this
The Home Loan Bank was created
to aid home owners, and its opera
tions will not be extended to farm
land, it is understood. Land owners
will be aided through the land banks
under more advantageous arrange
ments to the borrower.
The bank will consider loans on
homes against which mortgages were
given prior to June 13, 1933, and will
limit loans to $14,000. It is under
stood the bank will lend up to 80 per
cent of the appraised value, charging
interest at the rate of 4 1-2 per cent.
The purpose of the Home Loan
Corporation, as it is understood here,
is to aid those owners who are unable
to meet interest payments and ma
ture the principal due on their homes.
In%othei* words, the home owner ow
ing $2,000 on his $2,500 home and is
about to lose the property, can go to
the home loan bank and borrow the
$2,000 and retire the immediate debt,
and at the same time get more time
for retiring the principal and at a low
er rate of interest.
Believed To Have Bitten A
Number of Dogs In
A dog, believed to have been mad,
was killed near the home of S. K. Bul
lock on the McGaskey road in Wil-'
liamston Township yesterday morn
ing shortly before noon.. The lanine,'
said to have attarked a number of dogs
in that section, was killed when hej
started to attack C. B. Bullock, son
of Mr. S. R. Bullock.
A number of people saw the dog
Wednesday night, and they were al
most certain it was mad at that time.
The dog'* head has been sent to Ra-
jleigh, but no report on the findings!
has been received. All dogs attacked
by the believed mad canine are being
■ confined, the boy said yesterday.
| Mad dogs have been numerous in
parts of this county this year, and a'
number of people have been attacked'
by them. It is understood that 15 or
20 people, including small children, j
have taken the Pasteur treatment to 1
guard against rabies.
A. Hasset 1 Appointed To
Court Clerk Assistanship
Mr. A. Hassell, prominenet Martin ,
County Democrat, was this week ap
pointed assistan clerk of the Martin |
County Superior court, and entered '
I upon his new duties immediately.
Mr. Hassell, when a young man,!
I was a clerk in the courthouse to the
I late Jim Teel for nearly four years, I
j,and is acquainted with the work. j
It is understood that Mr. Hassell
' will not be a candidate for the office
. in the next primary.
' Local Fire Company Gets
j Call Tuesday Afternoon
The local fire company was called
out last Tuesday evening shortly after
6 o'clock when fire threatened the
home of Bill Bailey, colored, on the
corner of Pearl and Railroad Streets.
The fire, starting from a kitchen stove,
j was brought under control by the use
' of buckets in the hands of neighbors.
I Some damage resulted when the
' neighbors tore burning paper from the
i walls and freely dashed water in all
parts of the kitchen.
Union Service at Church oi
Advent Sunday Evening
This Sunday evening the union serv
ice will be at the Church of the Ad
vent. There will be no morning serv
ice at this chQrch, but the service at
the Holy Trinity Mission near Bear
Grass will take place at 4 p. m. as
Merchants Turn To Study
Of Law and T
Merchants of the county are
busy these day* studying law,
weighing cotton cloth, counting up
their flour stock and keeping books
preparatory to filing sales tax re
turns, and paying the wheat and
cotton processing tax.
The law requires all retail mer
chants to pay a tax of 4.2 cents a
pound on all cotton goods, includ
ing the manufactured cloth and
that made into clothing from cot
ton provided the goods were in
their stores prior to the first day
of this month and unsold on the
31st day of August. The process
ing tax on all goods coming to
AT OAK CITY
Community People To Can
Wednesday for Needy
i A hi# community canning day lias
scheduled for the Oak City school dis
trict next Wednesday, beginning at 8
I in the morning and continuing as long
as in necessary in the school build
ing. Special canning equipment will
be carried there by county welfare
heads and others, and an eventful day
is predicted, according to Professor
H. M. Ainsley,
Ihe undertaking, arranged in an
effort to provide hot lunches for un
dernourished children during school
next term, is wtfrthy of strong sup
port, and it is believed the women of
that community will carry large quan
tities of fruits and vegetables and take
part in the program of the day. All
the women of that entire section ate
J urged to support the undertaking in
one way or another. A basket lunch
will be served, and a congenial good
I time is expected, while the prepara
tions go on for aiding the less fortu
nate children during the cold, bleak
I days of the coining winter.
| AH those women who wish to at
j tend or send vegetables and fruits
and have 110 conveyance of their own,
are asked to notify Professor Ainsley
| immediately, and he will arrange for
Grand Lecturer P. C. Stott
To Start Series of Talks
Here Next Monday
I Assistant Grand Lecturer P.
I Stott, of this Masonic division of the
State, will start a series of lectures in
| the Skewarkee Lodge hall here next
I Monday evening, the hours to be an-
I nounced later. It is likely that Mr.
Stott will make three addresses daily
during the week he plans to be here.
| All members of the Masonic order
| in this section are urgently requested
| by the local lodge secretary, M. J.
jMoye, to attend the lectures as often
as it possible. The lecturer will deal
J with the work and symbolisms in each
A regular meeting of Skewarkee
'lodge will be held next Tuesday eve-
I ning at 8 o'clock, and all Masons are
I asked to be present.
Kiwanians Lose 'Hot One'
To Bear Grass Ball Team
The Bear Grass baseball team out
played the local Kiwanis club sports
men here la c t Wednesday afternoon
to win by the large score of 20 to 14.
Even though the Kiwanians went
down in defeat they showed some
promising material in the various field
Wynn pitched a good game for Bear
Grass except for one inning, when the
Kiwanians landed on him in full blast
and, aided by some miscues, scored
10 runs before being retired. Cortez
Green's Mase-runulng proved lb be
one of the big features, especially when
he tried to slide all the way from first
to second. Dr. P. B. Cone provided
some bright -,pots in fielding, while
Kay Goodmon performed around first
base like a veteran—of the Civil War.
Key. Z. T. Piephoff .twirled for the
Kiwanians and, assisted by the other
members of the team, managed to
get three men out somehow each in
ning. Mr. Piephoff and Kax Good
mon collected two hits apiece to lead
the Kiwanianb with the stick.
Anyhow, everybody had a good
time, and liniment makers are expect
ed to declare an extra dividend.
the retail merchant afttr August
1 will be paid at the tame rate by
the manufacturer, the jobber, or
, Retail merchants who had flour
on hand the 6th day of last month
and unsold on the 7th day of this
month will be required to pay a
processing tax of $1.40 a barrel.
All flour bought by retail mer
chants since the Bth day of July
was taxed against the miller, job
ber, or wholesaler. Neither cotton
products nor flour are taxable a
gainst the retailer if they are sold
prior to August 31 for the cotton
products and August for flour.
BETTER; WIN 2
OUT OF THREE
One and One-half Games
from Top in Albemarle
Williamston'* baseball team won
two of the three names played so far
this week to tie for third place with
Ahoskie and to trail the Albemarle
League leaders, Elizabeth City, by on
ly one and one-half games, and renew
its hope for leading the league at the
end of the second half three weeks
The locals lost to Ahoskie here last
Tuesday, 11 to 9, but reversed the or
der of wins and defeats the following
day at Ahoskie by a 4 to 2 score,
t lierry worked on the mound for the
locals here Tuesday until the eighth
when Kngler relieved hint, the
registering 15 hits. The Martins, re
deeming their batting average, made
16 bits, with Brake, Gaylord, and. (i 1 od
nion leading with three hits each, fol
lowed by Herring and Taylor with two
I'roctor, recently added to the Mar
| tins' pitching stall, held Ahoskie to
six hits Wednesday and led at the hat
with two hits to win the game, 4 to 2.
I I lie strong Windsor aggregation
went down in defeat here yesterday
by a 10 to 3 score, the locals touch
] inc Morris, Harris, and Edwards for
| a total ot 1.) safeties. Brake led at
• bat with J hits, and (iaylord, Good
Imon, Herring, I.atliani, and Uzzle ac
counted for two each.
I I lie game scheduled with Edenton
and postponed last Friday will be
played here Monday week, August 14,
it was announced this morning by
Manager V. J, Spivey. Next Monday
the Martins will play Greenville at
(.reenville, dividing the gate receipts.
Windsor and Willianiston will play at
Lewiston Sunday afternoon at 3:30.
Battle Yearby To Make
Two-days Visit Here
Battle Yearby, popular representa
tive of the Storrs-Sbaefer Company,
tailors of note, will make a two-days
visit at Barnliill Brothers' store here
next Monday and Tuesday, Mr Barn
bill announced today.
WHERE THEY PLAY J
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
William»ton at Windsor.
Edenton at Elizabeth City.
Ahoskie at Colerain.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8
Williamston at Colerain.
Ahoskie at Elizabeth City.
Windsor at Edenton.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9
Colerain at Williamaton.
Elizabeth City at Ahoskie.
Edenton at Windsor.
( RESULTS 1
Tuesday, August 1
Ahoskie 11, Willianiston 9,
Windsor 15, Elizabeth City 2.
Wednesday, August 2
Elizabeth City 5, Windsor 4.
Willianiston 4, Ahoskie 2.
Colerain 5, Edentom4? —
Thursday, August 3
, Willianiston 10, Windsor 3.
Ahoskie 9, Colerain 7.
Elizabeth City 3, Edenton 1.
I CLUB STANDINGS
Team W L Pet.
Elizabeth City 7 4 .630
Windsor ...... S 4 .556
I Willianiston 5 5 .500
Ahoskie, 5 5... .500
Colerain 5 6 .455
I Edenton 3 6 .333
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IS MAIN OBJECT
Body Would Have Contact
Man Placed In Capitol
At Washington City
At a meeting of a few business men
sponsored by the Eastern Carolina
Chamber of Commerce here last
Wednesday evening, several matters
of much importance to this section
were discussed, the body passing reso
lutions advancing its position on each
A stabilized price for peanuts, sup
port of the National Recovery Act,
and the workings of the 3 per cent
sales tax were the main topics of the
discussions which resulted in a bet
ter understanding of each of them for
the representatives from Edenton,
Windsor, Hamilton, Washington,
Kinston, and this place.
Mayor J 1.. Hassell welcomed the
visitors, Mrs. R. C. Holland, of Eden
ton, in the absence of Z. V. Norman,
making the response. Mr. J. B. Fear
ing, of Windsor, told about the num
erous meetings held in several peanut
counties and with farmers in Virginia
and factory people. In his opinion,
the cleaners and shellers, as well as
the farmers, are anxious to see thty
price of peanuts advance.
Discussing the sales tax, Mr. Harry
McMullan, representative of the State
revenue department, stated that he
believed the particular tax will solve
the tax question in the state and that
it will grow in popularity. He ex
plained that North Carolina was the
only state levy a sales tax and requir
ing the merchant to pass it on to the
consumer rather than have the sellers
Secretary N. G. Bartlett pointed out
the need of a closer contact with the
various Federal departments control
ling matters of especial interest to this
section. The following resolutions
were passed at the meeting:
"Whereas, the National Recovery
Act recently passed by Congress has
for its aim the abolishmeht of the de
pression and the restoration of pros
perity, in that it provides for the put
ting back to work of at least 6,000,000
woi*kers in his country, by shortenkig
hours and increasing pay;
And whereas, in order for this act
to get the desired results, the people
of the United States will have ito lend
their whole-hearted cooperation to the
('resident in the execution of this »jt,
even down to the smallest business in
the smallest hamlet in this land:
Now, therefore, be it resolved that
it is the sense of this meeting, repre
senting the business and professional
interests of this part of North Caro
lina, that every business house, every
office, and every employer of any kind
whatsoever, that copies under this act,
be, and is hereby, urged to cooperate
with this movement 100 per cent and
that the secretary of the Kastern Car
olina ( lianiber of Commerce, Inc., be
instructed to send a message direct to
President Roosevelt at once, pledging
the full ami complete cooperation of
this section to his program.
Resolved, second; That the Eastern
Carolina Chamber of Commerce be
requested to place a "contact" man at
Washington to look out for the inter,
est of Fastem Carolina in matters
coming up and to serve as a medium
of approach for delegations going
from Kastern North Carolina to the
National Capitol in the pursuit of mat
ters of interest to the various com
munities in the east, and that the lo
cal communities be called upon to co
operate with this movement, in the
matter of arranging for financing this
"And this meeting authorizes the
presklent and secretary of Eastern
( arolina Chamber of Commerce to
write every board of county commis
sioners of the 46 counties and ask that
-each county make available $5 per
month for the six months beginning
September Ist to assist in defraying
the expenses of this representation in
Washington, D. C., and that a sched
ule for each incorporated town in the
46 counties running from $1 per month
up to $5 per month be worked out
and that these towns be asked to
make this amount available each
month for six months, beginning Sep
tember Ist for the same purpose. And
further that local committees be ap
pointed to raise money to supplement
this fund to an amount necessary to
carry out the project."
To Viait Get singers
Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Gttsinger
and children, of Washington CUy,
are expected here tomorrow to visit
Mr. and Mrs. J. Sam Getsinger and
other relativA in the county tor a