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VOLUME XXXVI—NUMBER 89
AT POST OFFICE
HERE LAST YEAR
Also Tremendous Increase
In Amount of Money
While Postmaster General Jim Far
ley was reporting a sizeable deficit in
the post office department throughout
the country, Postmaster Pete Fow
den was figuring a marked increase
in receipts at the local office in 1933
over the previous year.
In 1932, the receipts at the local
office totaled $11,627.92. Last year the
receipts from the same source, that is,
stamps, envelopes, and postal card*,
amounted to $12,520.06, an increase of
Mr. Fowden, after accrediting the
increased receipts to improved busi
ness conditions in these parts, casu
ally mentioned the efficiency of the
new postmaster and his assistants.
The startling part of the report com
ing from the local office is the huge
amount of money orders and the al
most unbelievable increase during the
latter part of 1933 over the year 1932.
In 1932 money orders totaling $63,-
674.99 were issued at the local office.
Last year the amount jumped to $133,-
052.05. While money orders were
drawn for transferring seed loan mon
ey to the government, a large portion
of the $133,052.05 went to mail order
houses, crippling the exchange of bus
iness at home and doing no good what
ever to local enterprises. As the mon
ey order total was increased by $69,-
377.06, the fees were increased from
$599.75 to $1,013..15, an increase of
While all that money was fleeing
front this trade territory forever, the
fairly large sum of $38,774.74 wai re
ceived here in money orders from oth
er points. The incoming receipts
were increased $8,861.77 last year over
The country as a whole reported a |
postal deficit in the amount of $112,-'
374,892. "Even before the depression
began," Farley said in his annual re
port, "the period of constantly in- j
creasing receipts was approaching an ;
end, the record of the department ,
clearly indicating it was probably due i
to changed methods of advertising and
Saying the Post Office Department
was "the largest single employer of
labor in the country, if not in the
world," the Postmaster General re
ported the number of employee* a* '
235,573 persons, a drop from
of 254,946 reached December 31,
Expenditure* for the year were ,
$700,006,256, a decline of $93,716,277.
Revenues totaled $587,631,364, a de
crease of $540,558. The gross defic
tc»:y or revenues was $112,374,891, as i
compared with $205,550,611 the previ
An attack on the deficit was made
through subitantial reductions for
transportation, rent, lupplies, and
equipment, but the principal saving
wa* made in expenditure* for personal,
service*. Approximately $80,00,000
was saved in pay rolls, with $58,000,-!
000 of it attributable to reductions I
through the economy legislation. The
remainder wa* through normal reduc?
tion in personnel.
MAKE SURVEY OF
Hugh M. Burras To Begin
Taking Business Census
Mr. H. M. Burras, recently appoint-J
ed census taker, will start today or
early next week on a survey of busi
ness conditions in Martin- County.
Mr. Burras was in Washington this
week receiving instructions for con
ducting the survey, which will con
tinue through,the greater part of next
month, it is believed.
The government it asking about 40
questions of each business operator,
Mr. Burras said, but all information
will be kept secret, he added.
Mr. Tom Johnson was appointed to
assist in the work, but it could not
be learned whether he had accepted
the appointment and when he plans to
start the survey if he had or does ac
cept the task.
Methodist Sunday School
Head Urges Attendance
There were "Ninety and Nine" in
the Methodist Sunday school again
last Sunday, but there was more than
"one" who' did not go and who should
Will all you Methodists who read
this make an effort to go next Sun
day? Maybe the superintendent and
other officers are not what you want
them to be or do. They can be and
do more if you will come and help
them. Com* next Sunday and help
them. Come next Sunday and help
us. Thank you,—H. L. Swain, Supt.
THE ENTERPRISE 1
CLEANING SEED I
Farmers are keeping one man,
Arthur White, busy most of the
time these days cleaning tobacco
seed at the courthouse.
There might be a reduction in
the tobacco crop, but it is be
lieved that the farmers are mak
ing preparations to plant every
hillside with seed that they might
be assured of plenty of healthy
plants next April and llay.
Very few farmers are having
their seed treated this year, Mr.
Northeastern Baptist Pas
tors' Conference at Local
The Northeastern Baptist Pastors'
Conference will hold its first meeting
in the new year in the local Baptist
church here Monday of next week.
There will be both a morning and an
afternoon session. The morning ses
sion begins at 10:30 o'clock and final
adjournment is set for 3 o'clock in the
This quarterly meeting of Baptist
pastors embraces the ministers in sev
eral Eastern Carolina counties, and
the meetings are held in Williamston
because of its central location. It is
expected that the meeting Monday
will bring a large • number of pastors
to Williamston for the day.
Interesting subject matter has been
arranged for the sessions and some of
the leading pastors in the section are
on the program. The Rev. E. R.
Stewart, of Hyde County, is the pres
ident; and among the speakers for the
day are Rev. A. J. Smith, of Golds-*
boro; Dr. J. L. Peacp:k, of Tarboro;
and Dr. W. R. Cullom, of Wake For
est. The sessions are open to the gen
eral public, and the ministers of all
communion* in this vicinity are in
Sunday Services At
Baptist Church Here
Last Sunday marked a red letter day
I in attendance upon the services at the
Memorial Baptist church. There were
| 1 56 at the Sunday school, of which
Harrison is superintendent,
! and the morning and evening church
services were unusually well attended.
| I he young people are carrying on in
their Sunday evening programs, and
this church has met the new year with
a fine spirit.
At the Sunday morning church
strvi.-e the communion will be ob
served, and the. membership should
try to be present in large numbers.
At the evening hour the pastor will
preach on "The Hunger for Certain
ty." The people in general are in
vited. The Sunday school and B. Y.
P. U. will meet as usual). The pastor
requests that any who are contem
plating uniting' with this church be
present Sunday morning for their re
Announce Examination j
For Postmaster Here
The United States Civil Service
. Commission, at the request of the
Postmaster General, announced this
week an examination for postmaster
in Williamston. Applications will be
received through the 30th of this
month, the announcement stated.
The examination is held under the
President's order of July 12, 1933, and
not under the civil service act and
rules. Competitors will not be requir
ed to report for examination at any
place, but will be rated upon their
education and training, business ex
perience, and fitness.
Application blanks are obtainable
from F. E. Wynn, civil service exam
iner at the local office, or from the
•jL'ivil Service Commission, Washing
ton, D. C.
Civil Service Examinations
For Federal Positions Soon
The United States Civil Service
Commission will accept applications
until February 2 for positions of As
sociate Social Economist and Assist
ant Social Economist to fill vacancies
in the Children's Bureau, Department
The entrance salary for Associate
Social Economist is $3,200 a year, and
for Assistant Social Economist $2,600
a year, less a deduction of not to ex
ceed 15 per cent as a measure of econ
omy. , A-
North Carolina has received leal
than Its share of appointments in the
apportioned departmental service at
Full information may be obtained
from F. E. % Wynne at the post office
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, January 12, 1934
About 50 Citizens, Including
Teachers, at Meeting
The organization of a local parent
teacher association was perfected here
yesterday afternoon when about SO
citizens, including the several teachers
and a few mothers and fathers, met
in the old school building and elected
officers for the term.
After calling the meeting to order,
Principal D. N. Hix outlined the
schedule of activities and asked for
the election of officers. Mrs. E. F.
Moseley will head the organization as
president, and she will be assisted by
Mrs. J. C. Manning, vice president;
Miss Josephine Harrison, secretary;
and Mrs. J. E. Pope, treasurer.
After a short discussion, the group
agreed to liold future meetings on the
first Tuesday of ;ach month at 3 o'-
clock. The many business and social
activities made it difficult for the as
sociation to select a convenient meet
ing date and hour.
After perfecting the organization
and handling other business for its
continuance, the association passed a
motion calling for improvements in
the lunch room. Another motion was
passed asking the town authorities to
designate and rope eft a section of
s >me street each day for the children
The association agreed to sponsor
a playground program for the school
children of the community.
LOCAL BOYS WIN
Defeat Farm Life Team In
Ragged Game Here
Opening the season'here last night,
\\ illiamston High School's basket-'
ball team registered a 20 to 15 victory
over Farm Life's battling five. While
both teams gave promise in the open
ing encounter of the season of de
veloping into smooth working outfits,
the game last night was a bit ragged.
The locals held the Farm Life boys
10 to 2 at the half, but the visitors
came back strong in the last period
and scored 13 points while Anderson
and Cook added 10 more markers to
the count for the locals.
(iriffin and Peel, with six points
each, led the scoring for the visitors.
Anderson, with 14 point*, and Cook, 1
with 6 points, did all tire scoring for
Williamston. - |
Tonight at 7:45 the locals play
Columbia in the Farmers warehouse
Negro Escapes From
Prison Camp Near Here
S. L. Woolard, colored man sen
tenced to the roads for a period of 18
months for shooting Theodore Free-'
niiyt last year, escaped from the road
camp near here this week.
Woolard had made a model prisoner
up to a few days ago, when he became
upset upon learning that his old girl, 1
Hattie Williams, was to be married
the latter part of this week to another
man. And while she was' escaping
from him, Woolard escaped from the
State hoosegow. Woolard, a county
negro, had not been captured accord
ing to last reports from the camp-
His departure made very little dif
ference as far as population is con
cerned, Superintendent Mobley said
yesterday, as there are 103 prisoners
left there now. The population in the
camp is about the largest it has ever
been, the superintendent said.
Program oi Services
At Methodist Church
C. T. Rogers, pastor.
"Good intentions will not help a
man on his way if he takes the wrong
road.' There is only one right way,j
but many wrong ways. Try attend- 1
ing church for all ailments. It works.'
Meet withp-us at 9:45 Sunday morn- 1
ing for school, 11 and 7:30
o'clock for church services. Bring
I your visitors, invite your friends, for
I milch good is to be bestowed on all*
I who will receive it. Regular services
during the weelc. !
I The public is cordially invited to
meet with us.
Regular Services At
Sunday, January 14, 1934:
The regular services, church school,
worship service and sermon, young
peoples' meetings, will be held at *ll
point* ( this Sunday. These services
are held for you. Come and make
Go to church somewhere every
The town's first concerted attack
upon cat-slsed rats here was
launched last Tuesday evening
when a large quantity of poison
was planted at frequent intervals
throughout the business district
and along the railroad tracks to
the river and trash pilea. Just
how succeasful the attack was
could not be learned, but appar
ently the firat effort to rid the
town of the rodents was very suc
cessful. A number of the rats
were swept from the main atreet
the following morning, and nearly
all the poison bait was consumed
by the rats, it was learned follow
ing an inspection on Wednesday
Another attack upon the rata
will be made within the neat two
weeks. In the meantime, the cit
izena are urged to cooperate in the
eradication movement by setting
traps and getting a supply of the
poison bsit from the town office.
CWA WORK FOR
Projects Providing Work
For 13 Women Are
Projects providing for the employ
ment of 13 women in this county were
approved in Raleigh yesterday. Six
of the number will probably go to
work the early part of nejjt week tak
ing a complete school census through
out the county, it was learned from
CVVA headquarters here this morning.
Four women will be employed to do
library work in the county, their activ
ities to center around the libraries in
the various schools, it is understood.
Three others will do office work in
the schools, it is planned.
The census takers and office secre-
taries will be paid 35 cents an hourj
for a 39 hour-wick. The librarians j
• will receive 45 cents an hour.
Most of the appointments will come'
from the list of unemployed teachers
1 1 in the county.
'j There are eight women already em-j
• ( ployed in handling soup counters in
> | the county, and after the appointments j
| are made for the projects announced)
i today, there will be 17 more jobs avail i
. j able under the allotment for women
I j *
Initial Showing Plymouth
1 Car Unavoidabley Delayed
' . A delay in the shipment of the new 1
• model Plymouth will necessitate the I
postponement of the initial showing of
(the car scheduled in Robersonville for!
'jtomorrow, Mr- E. G. Anderson, repre- ,
'■ sentative, said this morning. Prepar-1
lations had been made to put the car
|on display for public inspection to
j morrow, but last-minute information
, from the manufacturers stated that
la delay would be unavoidable,
j Mr. Anderson, representing the
! company in this section, said this
• | morning that he did not know just
when the car would go on display, but i
he hoped the initial showing could be
held sometime next week. The date j
for the showing will be announced
1 probably the early part of next week. I
I Much interest the
r introduction of the new model car in.
f this section, and it is believed many j
: people will be present for the initial 1
Less Moving Than
Usual This Year
i —• — . I
While there is much moving going
' on in this section, it is generally be
', lieved that there is less shifting of pop
ulation this year than in several sea
sons. In some sections of the coun-,
ty there are few or no families mov
ing to new homes. In others there is
II quite a number seeking new homes for
\ Tobacco Market Here To i
c ; Be Open All Next Week
• j ♦
■ Although sales have been unusually (
small this week, the local tobacco mar
ket will continue operations next
' week, it was learned today. Only a
t few thousand pounds have been of
r fered each day this week, with prices
I ranging abound the 15-cent mark.
Contract Is Let for New I
*1 Sinclair Filling Station
The contract for the erection of a
j Sinclair gasoline service station at the
i corner of Main and Smith wick Streets'
here has been awarded Irving and
West, Statesville contractors, it wasj
, learned here yesterday. Detail* in
I connection with the cost of the project
1 and when work would be started could
i not be learned.
e CWA worker* are fast removing the |
wooden (tructure from the *ite, and
Y the lot will be cleared by the lattel
part of next week, it it believed.
61 LICENSES TO
IN PAST MONTH
New High Mark for Both
Year and Month Set
The year 1933 was certainly one for
marriages in Martin County, Register
of Deeds J. Sam Getsinger issuing 269
licenses during the period. One hun
dred and three were issued to white
couples and 166 went to colored appli
cants. A few over 200 licenses had
been issued in this county in otve
year, but the license sale broke all
records in 1933.
The peak month was in December,
when 22 licenses were issued to white
and 39 went to colored couples.
Licenses were issued to the follow
ing during December:
Leslie Karl Hardison, of Griffins,
and Ruby Ward Miz?lle, of J antes ville.
Perlie Alfred Gardner, of Poplar
Point, and Elizabeth Wilson, of Wil
Ernest George Anderson, of the U.
S. S. Mississippi, Portsmouth, V]a„
and Mary L. Moore, of Williamston.
Bernard D. Simpson, Robersonville,
and l leo Reason, of Jamesville.
Edward Roberson, of Poplar Point,
and Ethel White, of Poplar Point.
William Paul Harrington and Delia
Marie Lilley, both of Griffins.
William Lcamoti Roberson, of Bear
Grass and Eunice Thompson, of Rob
Ira Woolard and Pauline Etheridge
both of Hamilton. '
Lorie Haislip and Virginia Martin,
both of Robersonville.
E. H. Beasley, of Plymouth, and
Hattie Cutler, of Williams.
Lewis H. Latham and Eula May
Ellis, both of Goose Nest.
Henry Hurst and Maggie Pierce
both of Poplar Point.
Willie Bradshaw and Lillie B
wuiie nrausnaw ana miie «.
I Moore, both of Scotland Neck.
Nathan L. Hyman and Pauline Dav
| enport, both of Goose Nest.
| Charlie Warren Ward and Evelyn
i James, both of Robersonville. i
Edward Earl Alligood, of llamil-!
i ton, and V'iviau Hope Knowles, of
I T. .Marvin Britton and Mary Leg-1
'gett, both of Williamston.
| Dr. Joshua Tayloe and Mary Ann |
Jamison, botji of Washington.
Paul Brown and Annie Belle Brown '
both of Goose Nest.
Alfred P. Griffin, of Griffins, and i
Minnie Rogerson, of Bear Grass. j
Willie Hubert Harris and Louisa
.Gibson, both of Griffins.
| Judson H. Jones and Olivia Gray i
| Griffin, both of Wiiliams.
I • Colored
| William Henry Little and Connie'
1 Roberson, both of Martin County.
Vernon Land and Eva Rodgers,'
both of Martin County.
George Roberson and Carrie Page, I
j both of Robersonville.
Fred Andrews and Carrie Lee Coun-,
cil, both of Robersonville.
Matthew Little and Ella Mac Spruill j
both of Cross Koads.
Samp Hopkins, of Pitt, and Vir
ginia Page, of Robersonville.
j Zachariah Briley, of WilJtamston, J
and Lizzie May Eason, of Roberson
i Louis Harris and Gracie Boston,
jboth of Martin County,
j James Edward Gray and Laura Et
-1 |ta Kuffin, both of Jamesville.
(Continued on page four)
New 1934 Chevrolet Trucks
JOn Display Here at Garage >
A carload of new 1934 Chevrolet
!trucks were placed on display in the 1
showroom of the Roanoke Chevrolet 1
! Company on Washington Street here j
Yesterday, Mr. John Henry Edwards, I
manager of the company, stating that'
the new cars would be on display
j New Grocery Store
Begins Business Here
( A new grocery store for William
ston was opened last week by Mr. J.
: S. Holliday. Mr. Hollidayfwas form
erly employed by the I). Pender
■ eery Co., and the Atlantic & P»cific |
Tea Company. While employed by,
' these companies he worked mottly in
Mr. Holliday is the son of Mr. Joe j
, Holliday, a prominent Martin Coun-,
: ty farmer, who lives near here.
Two Services Sunday at j
i| Church of the Advent
l| , _«
II There will be morning and evening
> prayer with lermon each time at the
t Church of the Advent this Sunday.
I'The cubject of the sermon at the
morning hour will be "The Reality of
i.God." At the evening service the rcc-
I tor will talk on missions and give in-
I teres ting news from work in foreign
Approximately 75 per cent of
the alips prepared for tobacco
growera have been delivered to
the owners here, it was learned
this morning. After tomorrow the
slips remaining undelivered will
be carried to the office of the coun
ty agent in the courthouae. It is
believed the move will cause some
confusion, and it ia advisable that
thoae farmers planning to call for
their slips do so not later than
tomorrow. The salea slips or rec
ords of sales are being distributed
from the Roanoke-Dixie Ware
| ARE REQUIRED
Have Until 15th of January
To Make Report on
| Mr. Edward James, deputy collector
|/for the State Department of Reve
| nuc, having in charge the sales tax
| work in this territory, calls attention
( to the sales tax law, which requires
I that every merchant who is registered
j under the sales tax act must file a re
, turn as of the last day of December,
Under the sales tax law merchants
who have made monthly returns are
required to file a monthly return for
the month of December, those who
have made a quarterly return on Oc
tober Ist are required to file returns
covering the business since that date;
those who have filed no returns are
required to make returns covering bus
iness and sales since July Ist, 1933; if
a merchant has made no returns at
all he is required to file a return show
ing this fact.
This return on the part of the mer
chants in this locality is a necessary
feature of the sales tax law and every
merchant in the territory will be ex
pected to make his return covering
that period. Failure of the merchants
t> make a return for this period has
tw legal excuse and heavy penalties
are attached by law for failure of the
merchants to make these returns.
Under the act, the merchant has un
til .the 15th day of January to make
the return. The time fixed by law is
mandatory and merchants failing to
comply with the act in this respect
will necessarily be held responsible for
their failure to make return. A com
plete check-up of all merchants in this
territory will be made before the end
of the month, and the deputy com
missioner here has the direct respon
sibility of seeing that every return is
filed. Merchants failing to make a re
turn will be held responsible for their
failure to comply with the law.
| Blanks will be mailed to every mer
chant on the list and complete coop
eration of all merchants is required."
Program of Services
At Christian Church
After a long time preaching service
at the Christian church conies again.'
It is second Sunday and the begin-'
ning of the New Year, so let every
member of tlje church and llible school
[coinc out to all services next Sunday,
The pastor will preach on "The 1934
Religious Horoscope," at the 11 o'-
clock service and on "Religion Hap
penings Fulfilling Prophecy" a( the
A small church with a big mission.
The friendly fellowship finer than the
architect. Come out anil worship at
this beginning of 1934. Whatever
things have hindered in the past, put
them behind you and make a sensible
new year's resolution to be faithful
to the church just for a year. Public
cordially invited to all services.
Jamesville Teams Have
Clean Record for Season
Jamesville, Jan. 11.—Jamesville's
basketball teams this week maintained
an undefeated record for the season.
Two double-headers, with Bear Grass
and Creswell, added four more vic
tories to the local teams during the
period. Tuesday's game was played
with almost professional skill, accu
mulating scot-es of 19 to 7 for the lo
cal boys and 20 to* 14 for the girls.
Martin led the scoring for the boys
and Perry for the girls.
On Wednesday both ends of a dou
ble-header from Creswell were won,
by tfle boys with a score of 32 to 5,
and by the girls, 40 to 6. Koberson,
.with 8 points, contributed most to the
! boys' score, and Perry played stellar
i ball for the girls, making 25 of the
Announce Services for
Piney Grove Church
Rev. W. B. Harrington announces
preaching at Piney Grove Sunday aft
' ernoon at 2:30. The public is cor
'dially invited to attend.
PITT MOB COMES
HERE IN SEARCH
OF NEGRO RAPIST
Man Had Been Put in Jail
Here; Taken to Raleigh
Before Mob Came
Jim Green, 25-year-old Pitt County
negro, charged with criminally assault
ing a white womin near Greenville
twice last Sunday night, was arrest
ed near Pactolus Tuesday morning by
Sheriff Sam VVhitehurst, of Pitt Coun
j Guarding against mob action, Sher-
I iff VVhitehurst and other officers
brought Green here for safe keeping.
Rumors were heard Wednesday morn
ing indicating that a search of the
jail would he made here that night,
and Sheriff C. B. Koebuck was ad
vised to move the prisoner to another
jail. The Martin sheriff and Patrol-
man Rodman left here that afternoon
a. 2 o'clock, anil it is J>elieved they
delivered Green to state prison au
thorities in Ralegh for safe keeping
until the Pitt Grand jury meets the
latter part of this month.
Green was chained and placed in
the foot of the car with a blanket over
him. The officers followed an indi
rect route into Ralegh, it was said.
Reports stated that several persons,
riding in two cars, believed to have
been from Pitt County, came here a
bout midnight Wednesday inquiring
after Green. They were told at a fill
ing station here that Green had been
moved, but they did not accept the
information in its entirety, as they
went to the home of, Sheriff C. B. Roe
buck about I o'clock. They did not
call the officer, but they went a short
distance from his home and fired sev
eral'pistol shots and left. It was stat
ed that several cars were outside of
the town limits awaiting developments,
but the source of this information was
not established. Sheriff Roebuck and
Deputy J. H. Roebuck made an in
vestigation early yesterday morning,
but they (ailed to learn of an.y mob
Green is said to have made a writ
ten statement, confessing he attacked
Steve Edwards, married man with two
children, and Miss Marie Hyuse. He
said he, had been . drinking and lay
down to sober up the night of the
crime. When he awakened he entered
a road where he said lie met a man and
a girl in an automobile. He said the
man ordered him to leave and then
struck him. He struck at the man,
but immediately left, got a heavy oak
stick and returned.
He staled the man again got out
of the car and advanced toward him.
This time he struck the man over the
head with the club, ordered the girl
to get in the car, promising to carry
her to a near-by service station.
When the car reached the station,
he stated the girl attempted to get out
but lie pulled tier hack into the seat.
Me then drove into the woods and at
tacked the girl the first time in spite
of stout resistance. Several miles
further down the road he again pulled
into the woods and told the girl to
get out. He threatened her again with
bodily harm i| she did not do as he
commanded. She refused to yield, and
he said he hit her over the head with
a pop bottle and attacked her again.
Then he left her lying in the road,
got in the car and sped away. Shortly
afterward the gas gave out and he
went to the home of Dave Dunn,
where he was arrested Tuesday by
Sheriff VVhitehurst, who had been
searching (or the negro since the crime
BUT SIX CASES
Session Lasted Practically
All Day; Review of
Although there were only six cases
handled, the recorder's court continued
in session during a greater part of
last Tuesday. In the absence of So
licitor W. H. Coburn, Attorney R. L.
Coburn prosecuted the docket.
D. M. Koberson, charged with op
erating a motor truck trailer with in
improper license, was fined $25 in one
case and $lO in another, the costs to
be added. „
Walter Biggs, charged with an as
sault with a deadly weapon, was fined
Jim Staton Godard and Henry Rob
erson, charged with gambling, were
fined $lO each. In a second case
| charging Godard with the illegal pos
session of liquor, he was fined $25
and taxed with the coat.
In the case charging him with an
Assault, Fred Douglas waa given the
opportunity to pay a $lO fine or go
to the roads for 30 daya.
Bright Edward* waa sentenced to
the roads for four month* on a lar
| Walter Morris received a similar
sentence in a case charging him with
| art assault with a'deadly weapon.