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VOLUME XXXVI—NUMBER 94
IN THIS COUNTY;
GET LITTLE LOOT
Drag Safe Out of Station at
Oak City; Post Office
At Aulander Robbed
Robbers entered the Atlantic Coast
Line Railrcfed Company station In
Oak City last Thursday morning and
started to haul away the iron safe.
Just as they rolled the safe to the sta
tion door, the safe door flung open,
Agent Andrews having removed the
money when he left the night before
and left tlft>safe unlocked. The rob
bers, finding no money in the safe,
left and are believed to have gone to
Aulander, where the post office safe
was stolen later in the morning.
According to reports reaching here,
tire robbers traveled in a big car and
a light Chevrolet truck. They are said
to have planted a machine gun in the
middle of the Aulander Street, while
members of the party entered the
post office and rolled the safe out and
loaded it on the truck. It could not
be learned how-much money was in
A cafe owner, sleeping in his place
of business next to the post office, is
said to have heard the robbers, but
failed to go out when he saw the ma
chine gun stationed in the middle of
the street under the light. A wan
derer is said to have approached the
robbers, but he was immediately
turned back when several shots were
fired from the gun in his direction.
Officers are almost certain that the
gang entering the Oak City station
and robbing the post office in Aulan
der had something to do with the safe
robbery at Jamesville Sunday a week
ago. The tire tracks found at the
three places are said to have been
made by the same tires.
AT FARM LIFE
Attendance Held Up Well
During Recent Hog-
The names of 41 pupils appear on
the Farm Life School honor roll for
the fourth month, recently ended, the
list of honor students holding up un
usually well through the hog-killing
season. Principal Charlie Hough also
reported a very good attendance rec
ord for both the grammar and high
schools. On an average 62.9 pupils,
or 95 per cent of the enrollment, at
tended the high school, while 92 p«r
cent of the grammar grade children
were present each day.
The list of honor pupils:
Eleventh grade: Lillian Daniel,
Louise Manning, Maurice Peel.
Tenth grade: Sarah Roberson,
Daisy Roberson, Thelma Hyde I ol
train, Bettie Ruth Heath.
Ninth grade: Albert Wilson Lilley,
Eighth grade: Kva Manning, John
B Roberson, Mamie C. Manning, An
Seventh grade: Sarah Getsinger,
Sixth grade: Evan Griffin, William
Fifth grade: Oscar Wiggins, Ida
Mae Corey, Lavaughn Hardison.
Fourth grade: Laura Lilley, Lily M.
Revels, I.ala Smithwick, Vera I'earl
Williams, Cecil Brown, Earl Heath.
Third grade: Lola Hardison, Mar
tha Roberson, B. F. Lilley, Alton 1-aye
Peel, Clifton Wiggins.
Second grade: Noah Roberson,
Nannie Roberson, Dorothy Roberson,
Georgia Dean Roberson.
First grade: Hazel Hardison, Thel
ma Hardison, Selnia Tice, I)otj*.,i , eel.
Cairo Lilley, Tillie Gray Griffin
The average attendance for Farm
Life High School was 62.9 pupils, or
95 per cent.
The elementary sCtool average at
tendance was 118.1, o* 92 per cent.
New York Negro Jailed
For Being Drunk Here
Walter Anderson, colored man said
to have wandered here from Newi
York, was arrested and placed in jail
here yesterday afternoon on a drunk-|
en charge. He is said, to have been
much surprised when he found he
could not pay his way out. Anderson (
explained that he thought he could |
pay his way out here just as he claims
he often did in New York. He will (
be given a hearing before Justice
sell this afternoon.
Mrs. Anna Harrison in
New York This Week
Mrs. Anna Harrison, representing
Harrison Brothers and Company
here, is in New York with
tions to make the largest purchases |
made in recent years. It is understood
the firm » planning to increase its
stork of early spring and summer mer
chandise over stocks handled in a
number of years.
f FINISH CONTRACTS
Nearly all Martin County to
bacco contract* will be forward
ad to authority* in Raleigh by the
Utter part of this weak, it waa
learned yesterday from Miss Mary
Carstarphen, secretary to County
Agent T. B. Brandon. Several
hundred of the contracts have al
ready been delivered, but so far
no benefit checks have been re
ceived by farmers in this county,
it is understood.
While the cotton reduction
movement has hardly gotten un
der way in this county, a num
ber of contracts have already
been signed and turned into the
County Agent's office by the com
mittees in Cross Roads and Rob
Number of Books Added to
High School Library
j The Williamston High S;hool li
brary has recently had a number of
j books added to its shelves. Mrs. Jno.
!D. Biggs, formerly of Williamston
I but now a resident of High Point, is
!jhe donor of 124 of the new books,
'included in the list are thirty volumes
of Bulwer Lytton's works, fifteen
.volumes of Washington Irving, the
[History of the World in ten volumes,
and a fifteen volume set of classics.
Books of modern fiction, government
#nd religion make up the gift.
Members Added To Band
The local high school was assured
of a strong musical organization last
week when sixteen boys were added
to the recently organized hand. The
total number of boys in the organiza
tion is now twenty-nine, thirteen of
whom have been studying for six
weeks. Both high school and elemen
tary students have taken considerable
interest in band work, and those tak
ing up the work will he prepared to
take an active part in the commence-
ment activities of the spring.
The names of the members
Clarinets: Ned Cunningham, Ben
Daniels, Edgar Curganus, Ben Hard
ison, Vern Hardison, Whit Purvis,
Jack Baker Saunders.
Trombones: Oscar Anderson, Bil
.lie Biggs, J. D. Bowen, i'aul Culli
pher, Thad Harrison, Jim Manning,
Trumpets: Jerry Clark, Ray Good
man, Buck Holloman, Ben Hopkins,
Wheeler Martin, Jack Manning. Har
ry Taylor, Dale Wagner.
Alto Horn: Junie Peel.
Bariton: Eli Gurganus.
Saxaphone: Marvin Roberson.
Bass drum: Calvin Shaw.
Snare Drum: Horace Ray, Davis
Man Arrested for Firing
House, Costing 3 Lives
A Pitt County colored ntan, be
lieved to have fired the Cora Rober
son home near Stokes last Thursday
morning, resulting in the loss of three
lives, was arrested there Saturday, ac
cording to reports reaching here.
It was said the man, Claude Clem
mons, about 49 years of age,
seen with a bundle of splinters go
ing toward the Roberson home. Just
before the fire was discovered, it is
said the man was seen coming from
the direction of the home. It was
Sino cially learned that Clemmons
virtually admitted the tragic deed,
adding that he cared not what the
authorities did with him.
Norfolk Man Arrested
After Auto Wreck Here
John T. Rhodes, white man of Nor--
folk, was released under a S2OO bond
yesterday afternoon after running his
automobile into another just below
the river hill here about 3 o'clock that
Rhodes i* said to have struck a
Chevrolet sedan belonging to Earl
VanNortwick, of Robersonville, and
driven by John Robert Johnson, col
ored, accompanied by Joe Eborn and
Rufus Andrews. No one was hurt,
but both cars were damaged.
Rhodes, it is understood, was un
der the influence of liquor at the time
of the wreck. He is. scheduled to ap
pear here next week for a hearing be
fore Judge Peel.
Local Woman's Club
Will Meet Thursday
■ ♦ ■
The local woman's club will hold
its regular monthly meeting in the
club room here Thursday afternoon
at 3:30 o'clock, when the election of
| secondary officers will be held and
other business placed before the or
' ganization for discussion, it was an
nounced by Mrs. T. B. Brandon last
evening. All members are urged to be
present for the meeting.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, January 30, 1934
W. 0. COUNCIL, OF
OAK CITY, DIED
Was Prominent in County
Affairs; Funeral Held
W. O. Council, prominent Martin
County citizen, died at his home in
Oak City last Saturday following a
long illness. He had suffered with
tuberculosis for some time, and was
confined to his bed for quite a while
prior to his death.
Mr. Council, 49 years old, was the
son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. T.
Council. He was born in this coun
ty, and until his health failed hint he
was engaged in farming in the upper
part of the county, where he was very
highly regarded by all who knew him.
In 1912, Mr, Council married Miss
-Charlotte Casper, who, with six chil
dren, Mrs. Francis Hyman, W. O.
Council, jr., Tom \\'. Council, Major
K. Council, and Misses Louise and
Addie Lee Council, survives.
Funeral services were conducted
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from
the late hon'ie by Rev. E. C. Shoe.
Baptist minister of Koliersonville. Iti
-tvrtnent followed in the Oak City
cemetery with -members of the Conoho
Masonic lodge, of which Mr. Council
was a member, conducting the last
rites, assisted by members of the Ske
wurkee Lodge of Williamson.
OF PAST YEAR
Three Suicides, 4 Killings,
4 Auto Deaths in Martin
County Last Year
With three suicides, four automobile
fatalities, five killings, and one death
from exposure, Martin County aver
aged nearly one untimely or tragic
death each month during the past
year, it was learned from a recent re
view of the news for 1933.
There were eight robberies of more
or less serious consequences, one of
them being on the highway.
Twenty-eight automobile accidents
were reported, five of the number prov
ing fatal. However, only four deaths
resulted during the period. One of
the victims lived to see the new year.
Two of the three suicides were in
Hamilton. The third one was near
Parmele, and all three were white. '
Four of the five people shot, killed
or murdered were colored.
Six people were given treatment
following attacks upon them by mad
dogs during the year.
Ed Moore, colored, died from ex
posure near Dardens during the
HAS HOPES FOR
SEED LOAN BILL
Lindsay Warren Feels That
Measure Will Become
Washington, D. C.—Representative
Lindsay Warren said this we*k that
he felt confident that a seed loan bill
would be passed by Congress and
signed by President Roosevelt. Sen
ator Smith, of South Carolina, and
Representative Warren were the au
thors of the seed loan act in 1933 and
on the opening day of the present ses
sion they introduced the same meas
ure. Mr. Warren said that $57,000,000
was loaned to farmers last year. He
thinks that the new measure will car
ry about $30,000,000 and that there is
a probability that the maximum loan
to individuals will be reduced, and
thinks it is a cane of getting this or
nothing. The First District member
says that the seed loan and the to
bacco agreement saved eastern Caro
lina last year and that the loan is just
as. necessary this year. The admin
istration has set up crop production
credit corporations to take the place
of the seed loan, but Mr. Warren has
impressed upon the Department of
Agriculture that this will not take care
of the man most in need. It it thought
tore that if the seed loan bill goes
this year it will be the last
that will be passed by Congress.
Attendance in Schools
Here Show Decrease
Attendance in the local schools un
derwent a marked decrease during the
fourth month, Principal D. N. Hix
said yesterday. Forty-eight pupils
were absent on an average each day
during )he period and six wtre out
in the higli school, the principal add
Colds and coughs were responsible
for a large majority of the absences,
while influenza accounted for a few.
There were 493 pupils in the ele
mentary grades and 150 in the high
school attending regularly.
BLUE MOLD HAS
BEEN FOUND IN
Farmers Urged To Sow
More Plant Beds To
Early reports from Georgia state
that blue mold has been found there
already this season. It is generally
agreed that there is no definite way
known to combat the blue mold suc
cjasfully, farmers generally increas
ing the sire and number of their
plant beds and hoping they will have
sufficient plants for their desired acre
The report received from Georgia
through the Hahira Weekly is as fol
"Tifton, Ga., January 17. —J. G.
Gaines, tobacco disease specialist of
the Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment
Station, said evidence of tobacco mil
dew* blue mold, which did great dam
age to the crop in 1932, was discov
ered near here today on hold-over to
bacco plants in an old seed bed aban
doned last year.
Gaines said the unusually early ap
pearance of the disease was favored
by the recent mild weather and that
if warm weather continues, young
seedlings in plant bods may be serious
ly affected and "much damage may fol
Growers were advised to sow more
plant beds to forestall a possible plant
shortage. The specialist said the beds
should be located in warm sunny
places and that all hold-over tobacco
plants in old plant beds and fields
should be destroyed.
The blue mold first made its ap
pearance in tobacco plant beds in
Georgia in 1931, but did not do great
damage. The disease appeared again
about this time in 1932 and with the
assistance of a late freeze, almost
wiped out the Georgia crop that year.
Some damage resulted from blue
mold last year.
With Georgia acreage expected to
be reduced to a minimum this year
by reduction agreements, crop ex
perts said if the mold gets many of
the plants the state will not make
enough tobacco in 1934 to justify op
erating tobacco markets.
Decrease Noted in Number
Of Wanderers in Section
Since the CWA started operations,
'(in a sizeable scale, very few wan-j
tiering travelers are seen in this sec-,
lion. Jailer Roy I'eel reports on an
average of about three each week ask- (
ing admittance to the courthouse base-!
ment for lodging overnight. A fewi
weeks ago, I'eel said his visitors aver
| aged a visit every day and some times
two a day.
The number of "hummers," includ- (
ling college hoys and premature
ing youths continues about the same,
it is believed.
Jamesville Teams Win
The Jamesville basketball teams
won both ends of a double-header
from Roper last night in a match game
played in Williamston. The girls'
score was 55-12. . Perry made 28 and
Martin 22 of the points for Jamesville,
while Brown and Ange did an excel
lent piece of guarding. Th«! boys'
score was 28-22, with Roberson fea
turing. This was the second meeting
with Roper. The girls were victorious
in both, and the boys tied in the
Sudden Shift Monday
The balmy weather of last week
and like unto that enjoyed in the oP
summer time did not create much ex
citement here, but the wintry blow
meeting the public as it wandered out
of doors yesterday morning and to
day started an endless flow of com
ment. The mercury is said to have
dropped 45 degrees over night, reach
ing a point as low as 4 degrees above
tero this morning just before day.
Thermometer readings here today
are believed to be the lowest in »ev
Weather forecasters believe the
cold wave will last only a short time.
Hamilton P. T. A. To
Give Play This Week
The Hamilton Parent-Teacher As
sociation is sponsoring the play, "Red-
Headed Step-Child," in the school
auditorium there this evening at 7:45
o'clock. Tomorrow (Wednesday)
evening at the same hour, the play
will be presented in the Oak City
The play is declared very entertain- 1
ing, and a large attendance is expect
ed at both showings. A small admis
sion charge will be made, the pro
ceeds going into a fund for use in
the Hamilton school.
CWA Has Spent
Far on Work
TO MAKE SURVEY
OF FORCED SALES
. • !
Mayo Little To Head Sur
vey Group in County;
Start Work Soon
Mayo Little, Robersonville business
man, has been appointed to supervise
a survey of mortgage and tax sales
in this county, the survey to be con-J
ducted under the direction of the |
United States Department of Com- 1
nierce, it is understood. I
The duties connected with the sur
vey are not definitely known, but it
is understood that Mr. /Little andj|
two assistants arc to find 6ut the val-j i
ues of certain properties sold, either;
under mortgage or for taxes. In short, I
it is believed the survey is being ar-j
ranged to determine if the holders of
mortgages or tax certificates have I
taken ynduc advantage of property!
Several assistants to Mr. Little have
been mentioned, but as far as it could
be learned today, 110 one has accept
ed the appointments.
Reports Received Indicate
State Will Go Well
The cotton sign-up campaign in
North Carolina is going over the top,
according to reports received in the
office of Charles A. Sheffield, ot State
College, State director of the cam
He said that several of the counties
have already signed 75 per pent of the
growers and that many others are rap
idly approaching this figure.
The county agents in the 67 cotton
growing counties were asked to rush
the campaign through as rapidly as
possible in order that a sufficient num
ber of contracts would be signed by
Wednesday for the Secretary of Agri
culture to adopt the plan for this year.
The agents have been signing con
tracts much faster than they have had
time to give them final approval he
fore sending thefli into Mr. Sheffield's
office. However, about 2,(MM) approv
ed contracts have already been report
ed to Washington, he said.
The approved contracts cover be
tween 35,(MM) and 4(1,000 acres, with
an average annual production of a
bout 20,00(1 bales. Under the con
tract, about 15,(KM) of these acres are
to be retired from production anil the
poundage cut by 12,000 bales.
The object of the sign-up has been
to place most of the State's 1,500,000
cotton acres under contract and limit
the 1934 acreage to 869,000 acres.
For this reduction, the rental and
parity payments should amount to $5,-
000,000 or more, hi addition, the
growers are expected to get some $17,-
000,000 through increased prices at
tributed to the activities of the adjust
Several Colored People
Hurt in Wreck Saturday
| Carrie Lloyd, local colored woman,
! lost an ear, Cora Griffin, John M.
i Little, and Joe Peel, jr., all colored
I of this place, were painfully but not
ifseriously hurt when tlu-ir car, a Chev
! rolet sedan, bumped into a Norfolk
Southern train a few miles this side
|of Plymouth about 2 o'clock last Sal
urday morning. The car was wreck
,ed. Little, owner of the car, was driv
ing at the time.
Fight Features Basketball
Game In Plymouth Friday
Going to Plymouth last Friday to
play basketball, a team from the lo
cal eolored JHgli school barely missed
a lickintT®' tl,e of the Plym
out players, according to- reports re
ceived here Detail* of the fight
could not be learned, but when it be
came too thick, the Wiltlimaton boys
turned their heels and rushed to the
home of Professor Hayes there. J. D.
Everett is said to have suffered a
sprained ankle when he was hit with
Mecklenburg Goes Over
Quickly tor Cotton Cut
When Oscar Phillips started his cot
ton reduction campaign in Mecklen
burg County recently, 1,192 farmers
took part in the opening meetings and
indications were that the growers
would sign the adjustment contract
100 per cent
Messrs. C. A. Harrison and J. D.
Woolard were in Norfolk yesterday.
Local High School Teams
Lose At Hobgood Friday
| Williamston High School's basket
i ball teams experienced their first dc
| feats of the season last Friday night,
when Hobgood turned them back by
wide margins. The boys dropped
their game by a >1 to 21 score, the
winning points coming in the second]
period of play. At the half the score
was 14 to 13.
The local girls, playing their first'
game of the season, scored only two|
points, white tlieir opponents were!
making 32 markers
The local teams play Robersonvillej
tonight at Robersonville, the games'
partially deciding the leaders in tlie
county championship race.
TO START WORK |
ON NEW CHURCH
Hayes Swamp Primitive
Baptists To Begin Work
Construction work mi a new Primi
tive HaptUt church at Hayes Swamp
in Griffins Township will be started
next Monday, one of the eight found
ers said yesterday. Much of the tim
ber for the 40 by 54 feet house of
Worship is now on the location and
other equipment will be placed there
for use early next Monday.
Founded by eight followers of the
Primitive Haptist faith, the .onnrcga
tion of the Hayes Swamp church is
rather small, hut it i-. understood thai
neighbor* and other interested friends
will offer their services free in. con
structing the building, and the work
will probably be completed during the
week. Kvery one interested in the
project is cordially invited t>> take
part in the undertaking
ARE ON FEB. 2ND
Attention Called To State
Law Providing 1 To 4
Per Cent Penalty
Sheriff C'. B. Roebuck last week
called attention to tin State laws reg
ulating the payment of taxes and spe
cifically it> the section providing pen
alties of front one to four per cent
for those who postpone payment of
their governmental dues. During Feb
ruary, the sheriff stated, he must add
a penalty of I per cent, which in
creases monthly until May, when the
total penalty shall have become four
per cent. Of interest will be sections
4, 5, fir, and 7, Chapter 428, l'ublic
l.aws of North Carolina, session 1931,
4. After the first day of February
ahd on or before the first day of
March next, after due and payable,
there shall be added to the tax a pen
alty of ,1 |»er cent.
5. After the first day of March, and
on ..or before the first* day of April
next after due and payable, there shall
be added to the tax a penalty of 2 per
6. After the first day of April and
on or before the first day of May next
after due and payable, thi-re ((hall be
added a penally of 3 per cent.
7. After the first day of May and
on or before the first day of June aft
er due and payable, there shall be
added a penalty of 4 per cent.
Sheriff Roebuck reports a fair in
crease in the rate of lax payments
lately, and urges that citizens make
an exceptional effort to secure their
receipts before the time the added
penalties become burdensome.
Local town collections arc to
be advancing rapidly just at tliis lime,
the porperty owners escaping the
penalty that we* into effect the sec
ond day of next month.
Sheriff Roebuck Relieved
Of Pistol by Sneak Thief
An expensive pistol of special manu
facture and with a pearl handle, was
stolen from Sheriff t'. B. Roebuck's
car in front of his home on East
Main Street here last night. Receiv
ing a call, the sheriff took bis Jiistol
and went to his car, but returned to
the house for about live minutes to cut
the water off, leaving his pistol in the
car. When he returned the weapon
Plans Complete for Holding
Presidential Ball Tonight
Arrangements for holding the Pres
idential ball in the Farmer* Ware
house here tonight were completed at
noon today, early reports indicating
that the benefit affair would be well
attended despite cold weather.
500 WORKERS PER
WEEK ARE HIRED
ON AN AVERAGE
Status Of Various Projects
Outlined in Report Made
Regardless of how it was .lone, *;>
proximately $38.! OO has been pe >' i.t
Martin County by ilie National Re
covery Administration through the
Civil Works group in the nation-wide
effort'to restore purchasing pover to
the masses and brink hack pro;> rity.
Starting back in November, the CWA
has released several thousand dollars
to an average of "more than 500 v>tk
ers weekly, it was learned yestcrda/
from Disbursing Agent Luther Peel.
And while there might be uncertainty
sutrounding the extent of direct good
accomplished within the projects
themselves, there is no doubt as to
the favorable effect resulting to in
dustry and business in general
throughout this section, as well as
throughout the inlire nation.
Civil Works activities have center
ed around 26 projects in this county,
including seven school, eight drain
age, nine road and street improve
ment projects, one baseball diamond
improvement, and one great sanita
tion undertaking. Several of the
projects have been completed, but as
a whole, the CWA program is not
|uite half complete in,the county, not
mentioning several projects awaiting
approval, should the activities be con
tinued by the government
" Martin County was allowed 176,-
473 man-hours. Approximately 86,-
152 hours have been consumed, leav
ing »1,21.1 hours unused. The coun
ty was allotted $81,218.10, and tip to
this week $38,054.67 hail been spent,
leaving a balance of $44, l i 12.08, or ap
proximately that amount
The largest project was advanced
to improve sanitary conditions. Plan
ning the construction of around 2,000
privies, the CWA authorities in
county were allowed 46.8(H) hours and
a total of $21,600. So far, approx'-
niately 150 of the houses have been
| constructed, using 7,203 of the at
lotted hours anil $4,441.57. The av
erage cost of the houses has been
$29.61, not including the lumber. The
tost, however, represents preliminary
The next largest project was the
i one created for improving the James
ville-Washington road through parts
I of Jamcsville and Criflins Townships.
I The authorities allowed 25,600 *ork
i iug hours and s*>,6oo in cash. One
' end of the road has just about been
completed, but there is now available
$3,463 15 for completion oi the pr >j.it
j in its entirety.
The third largest project underway
is the improvement of the Hamilton-
Palmyra highway. Up to last Fri
day, the project had used 7,714 of tin
16,(KM) hours allowed, and $2,642.75 of
the S4,B(M) cash allotted.
The fourth largest single project
centers around the improvement of
the kbbefitonville llassell highway.
Of the 12,80(1 hours allowed, 9,936 have
been consumed. Approximately $3,-
274.65 >f the $5,184 allowed has been
A baseball diamond and a few street
and sidewalk improvements rate fifth
in the list as to number of hours al
lowed. To improve the school
grounds and level the baseball dia
mond in Williamston, the authorities
allowed 10,5(XM) working hours and
provided $5,70(1 in cold cash, the a
niount being about divided between
the playground and cerlain street im
provements, it is understood. So far
the workers have been on the job 3,-
152.? hours and have drawn $1,624.35.
Road improvements) in Cross Roads
are next with 10,240 hours allowed,
fcnd $3,904 provided. Approximately
7,4 HI hours have been, used, and $2,-
480.15 has been spent on the project.
I Robersonville was allowed 10,509
hours and $4,763.4(1 for drainage and
street improvements, the workers con
suming 10,061 hours and $4,641.75 in
Williamston, not including a small
drainage project just started this
week, has spent $3,594.05 of the $3,-
600 allotted for drainage and street
improvement projects. The workers
have used $7,817 of the 7,820 hours al
Parnielc was allowed 2,370 hours
and $1,098 for a drainage project, the
work consuming 1,407 hours and
Drainage in Everetts has cost
$536.85 so far, the authorities allow
ing 2,242 hours and $1,017.30 for the
| Hamilton overworked 58 hours on
its drainage project and outdistanced
(Continued on paf* four)