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VOLUME XXXVI—NUMBER 85
NEGRO WOMAN IS
SOUGHT IN FATAL
James Hines Shot To Death
At Home In Leggett's
Lane Christmas Day
James (Cootie) Hines, colored, was
instantly killed while he apparently
slept in his bed in a house on Leggett's
Lane here about 8 o'clock Christmas
morning, the killing coming as the
culmination -of- much lawlessness,
bootlegging, and debauchery carried
on over a long period of time.
Annie Brown, colored, with whom
Hines is said to have spent much
time, is accused of the killing, hut her
arrest has not been effected.
Mines, generally described as a "bad
nigger" by members of his own race,
was about 30 years old. He apparent
ly died instantly when a load of gun
shot was fired into his neck at clost
Hides and the Brown woman had,
been in fights and had served time in
jail and on the roads, l.ast Saturday'
night other occupants of the Mines'
apartment heard a disturbance be- J
tween the two and sent for officers. |
Sheriff C. B. Roebuck and Chief Dan- 1
tel went to the home hut were told :
upon their arrival thai there had l>cx-n J
no trouble, that they (Hines and the
Brown woman) hail only been play
ing. Sunday the woman went to the!
sheriff and asked him to jail Hines,]
but when ordered by the officer to
procure a warrant she refused to take !
any a.'tion The officer explained that
without a warrant she would go into I
court and exonerate Hines.
Sundav night, the wayward lover
visited another of his concubines, it,
is said, tli act apparently enraging
the Brow n woman. F.arly Christinas!
morning sfie met Hines and they went |
to her lartnunt. carrying oil a heat- 1
ed quarrel lor ,i —ln»rt while He lat
er went lo bed and to sleep. She left
the shack and went I > the home oj
a neighbor, where vhrHiad left a suit
case mine time before. She took sev
eral gun shells from the suitcase and
returned to her home A report of the
gun was heard within a short time,
ami win n neighbors asked Tier what)
the shot was for, she rrrtd them that I
she threw a firecracker into the stove,'
and that she was going to the 1 home of j
a certain neighbor and would be back
within a few minufes
The killing was not discovered un-!
til some minutes later, when one of!
Hine's believed liquor customers call
ed at the door. Receiving no answerj
the man called to others, and they en
tered the hut, finding the body.
Coroner S. R Biggs was called, ami
he summoned a jury. Alter making
inquiry into tlvc happenings, the jury (
returned a verdict that Hines had been
killed with a shot gun in the hands ot >
The Brown woman made a jiiyster-j
ious getaway, and was seen by a very:
few people immediately after the shoot,
ing. It was said that she had tried
to hire several to carry her to Ra-j
leigli, saying that she had done a bad
thing,and wanted to get away. Offi-:
cers believe she found a friend with
car and made her escape with him
NEGRO MAN DIES
Ed Moore Found Dead In
Dardens Section Last
Ed Moore, 28-year-old colored man,
■was found dead along a little-traveled
road in*the Dardens section of James
ville Township about midnight last
Saturday, his death being the first un
timely one reported in the county dur
ing the holiday season
Said to have been drinking, Moore
was last seen alive in Dardens about
10 o'clock that night. When officers
made an investigation several hours
later they decided that the man died
as a result of too much liquor and ex-
Moore is said to be about the third
colored man to in that sec
tion within the past few years from
Examining officers stated they found
no signs of foul play, that when the
man was found he was stretched out
alongside of the road wtih his cap on
his head. , •
Approximately SI,BOO Paid
for Fireworks This Season
Approximately SI,OOO was spent in
Williamston for fireworks, this Christ
mas season, it was reliably learned
today. In addition to that amount
numerous orders were shipped direct:
to purchasers and a large quantity was
sold near here, the total sales running
close to SI,BOO, it is estimated.
THE ENTERPRISE %
Christmas Holiday Season
Passes Quietly in County
Christmas, 1933, in Martin
County was one of the quietest in
years, reports from all sections in
dicate. While there were three
untimely deaths dining, the sea
son, the general observance was
marked by peace and quietness. As
far as it could be learned only one
arrest was made in the county on
Christmas Day, and the violation
in that case was of a minor na
ture. No one was hurt, at least
not very badly, by explosions of
fireworks, and not a single hunt
ing accident was reported.
Officers, both county and town,
referred to the celebration as one
of the quietest they had ever seen
in this county.
MORE THAN 1,000
IN THIS COUNTY
Expect Tobacco Reduction
Drive To Be Completed
Early Next Week
Approximately 1,000 or just about
three-fourths of the tobacco farmers
in Martin County have already signed
tobacco reduction contracts for the
years 1934 and 1M35, it was learned
from the office of County Agent T.
B. Brandon here yesterday afternoon.
1 lie work is progressing very rapidly
in most of the tne districts in the
county, and a complete sign-up is ex
pected not later than the latter part
ill next week.
While the sign-up has created some
peculiar problems to a few individual
farmers, most of (In- difficulties have
been ironed out, and the work is re
ceiving a marked, -npporl, ii was
Scycial growers have asked various
questions in connection with decreas
ing the number of their tenants' and
retaining those recognized as expert
'"hacj;f raisers When it was explain
ed that the government i> trying to
do all it can to help the farmer and
that it was no more than right for the
farmer to do all be can to help the
tenant there lias been a very en
couraging result with no particular
objection registered against the con
Robersonville and the Bear
Grass Schools To Open
Later In the Week
All Martin County schools with the
exception of two, Bear (>rass and
Kohersonville, will re-open after a
brief suspension of activities during
the Christmas, season, next Monday
morning at the usual opening hour, it
was learned yesterday from the office
of the county superintendent here
( ertain repairs are being made in the
two schools where delayed openings
arc scheduled, it was said.
'1 he holiday for a number of the
schools is the shortest in years, the
faculties deciding it was advisable to
make up the time lost for Thanksgiv
ing now rather than next spring.
Price Agreement for Peanut
Gets Approval of Officials
An agreement fixing the ■ minimum
price of peanuts has been tentatively
approved by authorities, and the plan
is now before the millers, according
to information received here a few
days ago. No details or particulars
could be learned in connection with
the plan other than that it calls for a'
price not lower than 3 cents for what
are called U. S. Standard No. 2 grade.
Christmas Weather Here
Warmest In Many Years
While many part* of-the eountry
were gripped by wintry winds and
freezing temperatures,' this section]
had one of the warmest Christmase*
in years. The mercury was well above ■
70 during much of the time until Tues
day night when it dropped to the
No Preaching Services In
Methodist Church Sunday
No preaching services will be held
i in the local Methodist church Sunday,
it was learned yesterday. The pa>tor,
11 Rev. C. T. Rogers and Mrs. Rogers,
: are visiting in Newport and will not
! return before about the middle of next
. j week. Other services ii! the church
I will be, held as usual that~4ay. iL was
j announced. f - t
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, December 29, 1933
Only 12 cases have been docket
ed so far for trial in the county
recorder's court next Tuesday,
and eight of the number were con
tinued from a previous session.
Originally, cases are numerous fol
lowing a holiday of the court, and
more particularly so following a
holiday just at Christmas time.
Several communities were sad
dened by deaths during the holi- J
day season, and the good cheer so
marked at Christmas time was
pushed into the background for a
few in whose homes sickness was
The season, as a whole, was
marked for its quietness and good
will toward all men.
Postoffice and Bank Will
Observe New Year's
As a Holiday
Other than the suspension of serv
ice in the postoffice and bank, business
will go forward as usual here next
Monday New Year's Day. No de
liveries will be made either in the vil
lage or in the rural sections by the
postal authorities that day
While no important business has
been scheduled for consideration, the
boards of education and commission-'
ers will meet as usual, the two meet -'
ings being regular ones. County of-
including those of the register
of deeds, clerk of court, board of ed-'
neat ion, sheriff's, farm agents', wel
fare and employment bureau, will goi
ahead with their operations as usual, 1
it is understood. Municipal opera
lions will be in order that day, the'
town authorities bidding their regulai'i
meeting al 7 45 Monday night, Mayuij
J• >li■■ I Hasscll announced this morn-'
Local Stock Company Buys
Chevrolet Agency Here, |
Effective January 1"
The Roanoke Chevrolet Company,'
a stock company owned aiTiT opcrarnrd'
l.y I oral people, lias purchased the Wil
liamson agency of the Better Cliev-j
tulet ( "ontpany and will take over the
active management next Monday, it
was officially announced today.
Mr John Henry Edwards, a Wil
liamston hoy, lint for the past two or
three years associated with the Het-|
ter Chevrolet Company in Koberson-|
vill;-, will he lie manager of the new
company here lie will lie assisted
by Mr. S. Collins Peel in the sales
department Mr. J'eel has been con-!
nectid with the agency here for sev
eral years. Moth young men are. well
known in this section.
The company will display the new
model Chevrolet* as soon as the car
is placed on the market. In cuiine*-
tion with their sales organization, the
new company will maintain a general
repair service, employing experienced
Special Service for College
Students at Baptist Churchy
A special service will lie held at the
Baptist church here Sunday morning
at II o'clock in honor of the young
men and young women who will be
leaving the community for the various
schools, colleges and universities at
the first of the year. These young |
men and young women, together withi
their families, arc- invited to this serv
ice Sunday morning if their coming
does not conflict with services in their
A short New Year's service will lie
held Sunday night at 7:30 o"clock,
lowing the sessions of the young
people's meetings at 6:30.
The sympathies of this church and'
congregation go out to the family of
Mrs Joe Taytnr in their recent and
The pastor and people extend good'
wishes for a happy New Year to the'
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Highly Respected Colored I
Woman Died Yesterday
—* — !
Lizzie Booze, highly respected col-'
ored woman and a faithfwl servant,'
died at her home here yesterday"morn
ing about 4 o'clock. She had been
sick during the past month.
Funeral services will be conducted
MRS. EMILY, C. |
IN CROSS ORADS
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Funeral Services Are Being
Held from Home There
Mrs. Etnily C. Laggett, highly re
spected woman of the l.eggetts sec
tion of Cross Roads Township, died
at her home there at 7 o'clock yester
day morning from heart trouble. Al
though she had been in delicate health
much of the time during the past fivej
.years, she suffered a relapse about a
week ago, the end coming gradually.'
The daughter of the late J. H.l
Wynn and wife, Mrs. Leggelt was
horn in this county (>1 years ago the
10th of last September. In early wo-'
manhood she was married to Mr. McJ
I>, l.eggett, who, with five children,'
Mrs. V A. Parker, of Halifax; Mrs.!
N. 1). Gurganus, of this county; Au
gustus Legged, of Greenville; John
l.eggett, of Williamston, R. F. 1). 2;'
and J. Robert l.eggett, of William
ston, survives. She also leaves one
sister, Mrs; H. 1.. Roebuck, of Scot-!
land Neck; and one brother, Mr J. W.
Wynn, of Niles, S C.
A member of the Free Will Bap-'
list church, Mrs. l.eggett manifested|
a great interest in church work, and,
was recognized as a good friend and;
I'uncral services are being conduct
ed from her late home this afternoon
at 2 o'clock by Rev W. T. l'ollard, of
the Free Will Baptist church. Inter
ment will follow in the family plot
at Ihe home place.
TO TEAR DOWN
Workers To Move Timbers ;
To High School Ground
Workmen will start tearing down
t ur«larphen's old store building, one*
of the section's oldest landmarks, next
Monday, according to plans announced
by ( \VA authorities here this morn
ing, The material will he moved to
the high s.liool grounds fur use in
the construction of a gymnasium
I'he project was one of two ap
proved yesterday, the other calling fori
the construction of two rooms at the
Hear (irass school. Work will bej
started on the latter project within the!
next lew days, or a- soon as material]
can be placed.
I he office of the Norfolk, lialtimorej
ami Carolina Boat Line, located in the
building since the line was organizedj
years ago, has been moved to the old
I Vim is Simmons Lumber Company'
Building, adjoining the office of At-'
toriiey- 11. (i. llorton.
('instruction of a swimming pool
here lias Iwn temporarily postponed, j
as funds are about exhausted. The 1
project may received consideration in!
the earl) part of February, provided
additional funds arc made available at
Fire Creates Excitement
Here Christmas Day
h ire of undetermined origin gutted j
lite garage and storage house of the|
G W. Mount Variety Store just off
of Sniithwick Street here shortly alt
er the noon hour on Christmas day,
the blaze climaxing the holiday ex
citement in the immediate business I
section of the town.
When discovered the fire was burn
ing in nearly every part of the build
ing, but the volunteer fire company
made a hurried answer and soon hadj
the fire under control, limiting the
damage to a small figure.
It is believed that the fire started
from a lighted fire cracker or a cigar- (
ette thrown by careless hands. The!
owner stated he could not determine,
the cause of the fire, but stated he'
planned to tear the shell of the build '
The unusually warm weather during
the Christmas season in thi ssection
is believed to have been responsible'
tor the small number of fires.
No Presbyterian Preaching
Services in County Sunday
Sunday, December 31, 1933:
Church schools will be held as usu
laL 9:45 at Williamston, 3 p. m. at
| Roberson's Chapel, and 9:30 a. m. at;
| Bear Grass. There will be no church'
I school at Ballard's Farm.
There will be no preaching services I
lat either point due to the absence of j
'the pastor. All services will he re
' sutned as usual on January 6, 1934.
'lnasmuch as there will be no church
services, all members are urged .to at
tend the church schools.
Close the old year right—go to
WHEN STRUCK BY
CAR NEAR HERE
W. B. Dickerson Instantly!
Killed Near Here Last
Monday Evening • |
W. B Dickerson, is-year-old white I
farmer living on the Biggs farm, nearj
Skewarkcy church, was instantly killed,
when struck by a car driven by B. I'. I
Nicholson, Halifax County man, nearj
he Sunny Side Inn on he W as hing-j
I on road abou 0 o'clock Wednesday
evening. Mr. Dickerson, partially par-j
I alyzed and very feeble, started to cross
I the highway and stepped from behind!
a parked car into the path of the.ma-J
chine driven by Mr. Nicholson, eye
witnesses to the accident stating there
was no carelessness on part of
the driver. Mr Nicholson was driv-f
nig about 30 miles an hour, Sheriff C.
B. Roebuck learned in investigating
the accident. However, it was decid
ed advisable to hold a hearing, Mr.'
Nicholson voluntarilv agreeing to ap
pear before Justice of the Peace J.
L, Hassell here this afternoon.
I he accident victim was originally
from near Oxford, coming to this
county on! ya few years ago. Mrs.'
Dickerson di.d a year or two ago,'
leaving two daughters, Mrs R. M.j
I'crry and Mrs. Benny, l.illey, of Wil-j
liamston R. F. D. 1, and -six sons,
James Henry, Robert Lee, William-
Burton, Davie T,, Samuel and Her
The body was carried to the old j
home in Granville County Tuesday J
afternoon, where funeral services were
conducted Wednesday Interment
tollowed HI fhe family plot.
While Mr. Nicholson was held in
no way responsible, he willingly agreed |
the to accept' the funeral and burial
."osts, it was learned.
MUST HAVE TAGS
BY JANUARY IST
Failure To Display State
Tags Will Subject Car
Owners to Arrest
Below is a letter to Chief of I'olice)
VV. It Daniel from Mr. 11. I
Harris, director of the motor Vehicle!
bureau of the N l Department oil
Revenue, which sets forth the fa t
that failure to exhibit 1934 license
lags on motor vehicles on January 1
I subjects the driver to arrest.
The la«s have been on sale since
I December Land the organization lias
I been intact to forward to each car!
I owner a new tag, and it is no respon
sibility of the State that some have
| failed to purchase the new, tags be 1
| fore it is too late No extension of!
time will be granted.
| "The Governor and the Commission
I er of Revenue of tne Slate of North'
1 ( arolina have positively ordesed that !
the eiifosccmcnt ol the M.otos Ve
hicle laws of North ( arolina, pertain
ing to tin use of 1933 tags after De
ceniber 31, shall begin at sunrise on
1 "The laws of North arolina ifiake
il the duty of every peace officer,
whether he he slate, county, city or,
J township officer, to enforce the tno
] lor vehicle laws, and I am writing
| you to urgently request your com
j plete cooperation in this work.
I "I'he Stale automobile inspe tors
I and State Highway patrol will lie or
j ilered to arrest each and every per
I son found operating a motor vehicle
ion and after January 1 without 1934
lags being displayed on it
"You can he of invaluable assist- 1
ance to the Stale in bringing about
! the enforcement of this law by seeing
'that the officers under your jurisdic
lion are properly instructed and com
j nianded to arrest each person found
violating the law after sunrise, Janu
' ary I.
Until noon today the local bureau
| hail sold 1,275 sets of licenses, or just
about one-fourth of the expected sales
| for this territory. s '
! License Bureau Reports
I New Sale Record Here
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, All records"in the Martin I ounty
| marriage license bureau have been j
| broken, J. Sam Getsinger issuing 51
' licenses so far this month. Eighteen
I white and thirty-three colored cou
] pies figured in the license issues up
I until yesterday afternoon.
A daily record issuance was report
ed the Saturday before Christmas,
' when 10 licenses we're, 501 d,,.
The number of licenses issued so
far this month is nearly half as many
as was issued during all of 1931 and
about one-third as many as were sold
last year. And the month is not spent
| yet. ,
i W. Joe Taylor, Prominent
Local Tobacco Man, Died
Early Thursday Morning
!f REMOVE LIGHTS 1I
;v ; /
| Williamston's gala holiday sea
son decorations, including nearly
900 lights and more than two doz-
I en Christmas trees, will be re
j moved from the streets next Tues
| day, according to present plans,
j. The lights made a very favor
able impression on thousands of
visitors and ~ren'!y added to the
Christmas spirit here. '•" l
TO GET UNDER
WAY NEXT WEEK
People Urged To Take Big
Part In Checking Large
Number of Rodents'
Weather permitting, the William- 1
ston anli tat campaign \\ill ml under,
'way next week, Maviii Joint I Mas '
!-oil announced this morning
j Several hundred pounds of poison
art- available fur use tier oi charge fo
property ofcners «hn are troubled by
the rodents, lite pui-tin \,ll be .lis- 1
Ibutst'd friiiii the link's office -in tlie
j' In make the drive as .effective a's
possible, tlu mayor is asking the pen
'pie tn buy traps and use poison and
jtake other stvps to free the town >f'
the destructive rats I lie'"poison, re
1 otimietidcd In he Ciiitcd States l)e-
Iparttuent of Agriculture, will not kill
other animals or human beings, and
I there is no danger Iloni the wide-'
| spread n c •■ ! flic matei ial
It is important lira I the drive be
| carried on simultaneously and the poo
i pic are d Intake an actue pail
I next week in this very important work,
j Special employees w ill be available to
handle the eradication work in public
places and aid innate property own
\ ei s when necessary.
Three Persons Badly Hurt
When Cars Collided
I An autoiuobjle wreck on the IJani
| iltou-Williamsioii road, one mile south
| of Hamilton, last Wednesday . night,
I came near proving fatal to the o tti
i pants of two cars which ran head first
j into each other, according to reports
reaching here yesterday.
I A Mis. (iiirganus, accompanying (i.
j \ l ow an, driver of a Model A Ford,
i suffered a broken leg and othei m
juries and is now in a hospital. Mr
t ovvan was cut and bruised, hut not
seriously hurt Mr W (i Anthony,
driving a \ K l ord figuring in the
I wreck, is. confined to Ins bed with
painful bruises. A colored matt, Jero
Jones, .accompanying Mi Anthony,
i was knocked unconscious and was be
I lieved dead tor a few minutes. Me
lalet recovered,, but is suffering with
| I lie Model A I'ord belonging to
Mi A \\ Hoyil was virtually demol
OVER 200 DEATHS
Carolinas Probably Led En
tire Nation, With 38
Early reports placed the country's
untimely deaths during the ( hrisltna-i
holiday season at more than 200, with
many others probably unreported. The
Carolinas, with around 38 such deaths,
apparently led the list A train auto
mobile wreck at Greensboro took five
lives ami others were scattered tliru
olM the two Stales.
Martin (.utility reported three un
timely deaths, one by murder early
Christmas morning, another by ex
posure and a third in aii automobile
wreck late m the afternoon on the
With the thermometer registering
a marked drop tlimuyhout the coun
try, sections of the Midwest were re
porting scores 'd deaths front cold
Twelve Person County farmers re
port an average yield of 29.52 bushels
of corn an acre following lespedeza
last year while that grown on similar
land without the lespedeza produced
1802 bushels Kesiilts with wheat were
j even greater
] LEADING FIGURE
' MANY YEARS IN
' ■ $
Last Rites Being Held This
Afternoon from Late
Home Near Here
W Jne Taylor, prominent Martin
tt innitv farmer, and well known lliru-
I out Eastern N'orlli Carolina as a to
j bacco warehouseman, ilicil, in a Wash-
I ingtoii hospital yesterday nrorniug at
; I 30 o'clock from an attack of pneu
monia Suffering with ostomolitis,
, an infection in the knee bone, Mr.
. I aylor was removed to the hospital
! about three weeks ago. An ailing
. heart made an operation impossible,
1 and he lingered near death during se'v
| er.rf—davs before the end came.
the son of the late Eli and Jennie
Mobtey lav lor, he was born in Wil
■j lianiston lowiiohip, about tour miles
| troin here.' He lived all his life until
lie was removed to the hospital at the
i old home place, where lie successfully
1 engaged in funning' in addition to his
' .connection with the operation of tor
warehouses here lie was only
,•47 years old and during the. last 24
' "rears o! that time he was connected
j with the Williatiistou Tobacco Mar
'kcl, gaining a wide circle of friends
"jfthioughout the section
' lie was interested in the betterment
, oi his community, having served as a
J member of the road commission in
j his district, and at the time of his
death was a member of the William
! ■.ton District School Committee,, in
i which lapaeity lie had served several*
terms \bout a year or two ago he
lojned the local Baptist church, al
i though In had been attending services
there lor vear-. -
i Ltl early lite he married Miss Mamie
1 (ireen.' wli >, with hve •."hildren, three
I sons, I red M , Ralph, Eli Marion, and
:'two daughters, Miss Jennie Circcii and
' Mamie t Ivde Taylor, survives,
j lie also leaves one brother, John
I aylor, of Kohei soiiville; and five sis
| lers, Mrs I! | llariilnll, of Durham;
' Mrs I lit her Waters, oi Wake Forest;
1 Mr- W II Edwards; Mrs J J
Manning, "and Mis. Daisy l'urvis, all
Lmreral-j»eivice» are being eoiiducX-
I ml from the late home this afternoon
at 2 o'clock by lc\ Charles II Dickey
ol the local Baptist church Inter
ment will follow in the family plot at
' the home place.
ON DISPLAY SOON
New Car Will Be Placed on
Display in Showroom
I lie new Plymouth car, carrying
several major changes in its Construc
liiin, will he placed on display Satur
day, January 1,1, in the showroom of
t the Ply mouth DeSoto Agency in Rob
( crsoiiville, it was officially announced
tcrday by Mr E. (i Anderson, the
( l manager of the agency there The
I showing, tin first of the 1934 Ply
; iih nith models, will he held in the new
j home of the Kobersonville agency on
Railroad Street, next to A. E Smith
| Hardware Company, in Kobersonville.
r llu new car is expected to attract
unusual attention with its individual
wheel springing plus floating power,
• it- 75 horsepower engine, new radi
ator, new style skirted fenders, ini-
I proved ventilation, valve seat inserts
laud other improvements.
I he Plyiuouth-DrSoto Agency, car
bine- additional information in an ad
i vertiseinent appearing in this paper,
i* and cordially invites the public to the
, initial showing there.
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L Morning Service at Church
j of the Advent Here Sunday
"Tins being the fifth Sunday, there
will be just the morning service at
the Church ui the Advent. The subject
of the sermon at this service will be:
I "Some Objectives for 1934."
| There will be a service at the Holy
s Trinity Mission near Bear Grass at
, St. Martin'*, Hamilton
There will be evening prayer and
sermon at St. Martin's Episcopal
:- Church, Hamilton, Sunday evening at
s 7 o'clock.
r Ambrose Cline of Lincoln County
d reports harvesting 900 pounds of
c 1 common lespedeza seed an acr* fro*t
one field this fall.
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