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Watch The Label On Your Paper, As It Carriea The Date Your Subscription Expiree THELENTERPRISE Advertisers Will Find Our Col umns A Latchkey TO Over 1.400 Homes Of Martin County. VOLUME \IJII?NUMBER 47 Williamtion, Martin County, North Carolina, Taenia?, June II, 19#?. ESTABLISHED 1899 Urging Substitute Method for Control Of Mosquito Here Individuals Can Do Much To Control Pest, Health Officer Says By DR. JOHN WILLIAMS Martin County Health Officer Since the town of Williamston is not financially able to inaugurate an adequate mosquito control program, by proper drainage, oiling and an ordinance for premise inspections. th? next best thing for us is to han dle the all-important task ourselves. A control program can be effect ed by each man taking care of his own premises. Despite our malaria rate,-the great majority of mosquit oes which pester us are premise breeders and do not fly hardly more than fifty yards from their breed ing places. This means that in most cases when we are troubled by mos quitoes it is our own fault, because they are breeding in tin cans, old auto tires, troughs, pools, rain gut ters, flower vases, of anything in which water stands for 5 or 6 days on our premises. Beginning this week, the police department is making a house to house canvass to solicit the aid of all the citizens in making it more comfortable. The city trucks are go ing to make a special effort to re move the rubbish piled or boxed in front of every home that will clean up. Of course, trash on any prop erty is unsightly and should be re moved, but what they are especially interested in is those potential breed ing places mentioned. As to weeds on vacant lots, they only harbor the mosquito from sunshine, but it is the bottles and cans they hide which cause trouble, therefore, if the weeds cannot be kent rleared the, thing.fa do is find and remove cans, etc, be fore weeds grow. Our health department is a coun ty organization just as that of sher iffs department We cannot police all incorporated communities or answer every complaint about nuis ances, but we do. wiStrVo be of all the assistance we can in \ielping the authorities clean up all nuisances, especially those likely to become health menaces. Each town has its own ordinances pertaining to this and police to enforce them with our assistance wlu/n stall' statue ul local ordinances are violated. War Continues To Dominate Business War and defense continue to dom inate all the business and industrial news, with crystalization of plans for changing over many segments of our heavy industries, such as autos and steel, to production of munition^ holding the spotlight. It is not only in these heavy industries that mod ern techniques are to be applied in defense measures, either; for rayon and other synthetic yarns are being tested for various military uses such as powder bags, parachutes, uniform linings, etc. Fire Destroys Plant Of Saunders and Cox Several Homes And 1 * Gas Station Burn In Noon-Day Fire Unofficial Estimate Places Loss At Approximately 840,000.00 Fire, causing a damage unofficial ly estimated at $40,000, swept the lower end of the town's east main street at 1 30 o'clock this afternoon, completely wrecking the main plant of the Saunders and Cox Lumber Company and destroying several homes and a filling station. No de tails of the fire relative to its origin and the extent of the damage were immediately available. The mill was not in operation at the time, and it is believed that the fire started in a dust pile a short dis tance from the main body of the plant. Reports state that when it was first discovered, the fire was burn ing rapidly in the western end of the mill. When the alarm was sounded, the lower end of the street as seen from the fire station, was blocked with smoke. Swept by a strong westerly wind, the fire and smoke made it impossible to place the fire-fighting equipment into operation, but connections were ef fected direct to the fire hydrants on two sides of the mill. The heat pushed firemen back from their stand several times, and it was impossible to effectively fight the fire. Turning their attention to surrounding buildings and to the large piles at lumber on the lot and the large dry kiln, firemen finally brought the fire under control an hour after the alarm was sounded (Continued on page six) Fire Interrupt* Power And l.ight Service Here The huge fire on the town's eat main street early this afternoon in terrupted power and light service for about twenty minutes. Sefvtce was restored to most of the town, but the lower end of the town was much longer in getting service. It was the first service interruption here in some time, and caused no great in convenience. Negro Man Faces Serious Charge Charged with incest, Rex White head, 40-year-old colored man, was placed under a $1,000 bond at a pre liminary hearing held here last Sat urday for his appearance in superior court next week. The hearing was held by Justice J. L.Hassett Criminal proceedings were insti tuted against the man when the health department through a mid wife demanded the name of the fa ther of the baby. The seventeen-year old mother was reported to have re fused to divulge any name until pressure was brought and she final ly charged her father with the act. The father is said to have admit ted his relations with his daughter. Unable to raise the bond, he was re turned to jail Saturday, the day he was arrested. e Teach 4-H Club Boy* To Make Vteful Article* Four-H club boys of Sampson County are being taught to make such useful articles as anvils, terrac ing drags, tables, filing boxes, book cases, book ends, workshop benches and tool cabinets. Increased Red Cross Donations in County WELL RECEIVED President Roesevelts' address in Charlottesville last evening was well received in this section where the people have already expressed themselves as favor ing an extensive and direct pro gram of aid for the Allies. If there was any disappointment, it was because the President was not strong enough in condemn ing Mussolini and the other pow ers of force and making a more liberal offer in behalf of the Al lies. "The President hit the bull's eye," was the general comment one man adding that every con gressman or senator opposed to an effective aid to the Allies should quit Washington immed iately Propose Purchase Of Tobacco Again By Federal Agency Bill Is Offered in Congress To Make Funds Available For Purchases While there is no assurance about the future under present chaotic con ditions, an encouraging note was sounded in the Congress this week when initial steps were taken to hjyc.a government agency. re turn to the tobacco markets next fall to purchase the leaf ordinarily used by Great Britain. Speeding efforts Jo "cushion" the effect of the European war upon flue-cured tobacco growers and oth er farmers, Representative Harold D. Cooley introduced in the Huuse the bill to increase the borrowing power of the Commodity Credit Cor poration by $500,000,000. Meanwhile, the Senate banking and currency committee gave the proposal, as sponsored by Senator James F. Dyrnrs, of South Caiiilina, its unanimous approval and report ed it to the Senate for early disposi tion. Joint action by Byrnes and Cooley is aimed at avoiding any possibility that the bill would be denied passage in any final adjournment rush. Pointing to the aid given flue-cur ed tobacco growers by the Commod ity Credit Corporation when the British buyers withdrew from the market last year and stressing the likelihood of a repetition of this sit uation, Cooley declared that the in crease was "absolutely essential." Cooley's bill, like Byrnes' propo sal, increases the borrowing power of the Commodity Credit Corpora tion from $900,000,000 to $1,400,000, 000. "According to the statement of Carl (Continued on page aix) Rural (Groups Make Cash Donations To Suffering Humanity Murtin (bounty I* Far Behind In Meeting Its Original Quota of $400.00 About the only bright spot in the world of events today is cenTerecT around the response of the Ameri can people to the call of suffering humanity across the sea. That the spot is not as bright as it should be is to$e admitted but in the response is found about the only hope for suf fering millions in Europe and for the birth of a new and better peace here in America and in the world. "It is too late to send material aid to tot tering armies under allied banners, but it is indeed timely to forward an extensive aid to suffering humanity," a leader in national affairs was quot ed as saying over the week-end. The drive for funds with which to support the humane activities of the Red Cross is meeting with marked success over the entire country. Do nations are being made in a thous and different ways. The little corner drug store, the rural filling station and other business establishments, large and small, are receiving dona tions in jars and cans that the hun gry might be fed and the naked cloth ed after the ruthless invaders havs passed on to subdue added millions. Just at this time when the Ger mans are pounding through France, ?ttuffirr&is-ar -thousands ~of old men, women and children are fleeing for their lives, their frail bodies and their souls virtually devoid of hope failing to give them sufficient strength to gain places of refuge in "the open roads and fields. Multiply the sidge of Atlanta as seen in "Gone with the Wind" a thousand times and you will just begin to gain some of the hungtr and suffering experienc ed by millions of innocent victims in the subdued countries Martin County, first asked to raise $400 hns nrg??H to rlnnhla its: pledge and to act without delay. Up until yesterday noon a total of $109.28 had been contributed. Figured on a per capita basis, the donation repre sents less than one-half of one cent each. Dragging along (or (our weeks, the drive (or (unds is gaining mo mentum, and there is a renewed hope (or greater contributions within the next (ew days. Rural religious gruups are showing much concern over the plight the millions (ind themselves in, and they are taking action in a de(inite way. The small but substan tial congregation at Macedonia has contributed $16.33 to the cause. A Jamesvtile Sunday School sends in $2 The Williamston Woman's Club has donated $10 (rom its small treas ury. The WPA o((ice personnel has added $20.50 to the (und. It is appar ent now that the seriousness o( the light (acing millions in Europe is beginning to dawn upon our people and that our people will not (ail them in their time of distress. No general solicitation in the (orm o( a canvass is scheduled, but every individual is urged in the name of humanity to make a liberal contri bution to the Red Cross now. Chair man Harry Biggs will receive the do nations or the contributions may be led at The Enterprise o((lce. The money will be (orwarded to the Na tional Red Crosi immediately. Doantions not previously acknowl are listed, as lollows: Macedonia Church $ 16.33 Christian Sunday school Jamesvillc 2.00 Woman's Club "TTtJTHl William Andrews ?h?? Elva Grace Barnhill 1 00 Annie M. Cullipher 1.00 (Continued on paga six) Research In U. S. Will Aid In War The value of the >200,000,000 a yeai which some 2,000 leading firms have been spending on research may bt vividly demonstrated as directors ol our preparedness program make use of test-tube substances to eliminate production "bottlenecks". Production of planes may be speeded with a se cret plastic from which aircraft bod ies can be molded and baked in ? short time. Another example is the use of a synthetic compound of coke limestone and salt called koroseal tt speed up production of the stainlesj steel and metals required for almost every type of weapon. Faster cole rolling and finishing processes cal for immersion or "pickling" of metali in vats of violently corrosive acidj which eat rapidly through conven tional types of containers. Vats linec with the chemically-inert koroseal however, have been found capable o: resisting even nxtures of hydroflou ric and nitric acids which sat seals off steel in a few minutes. With thi new tanks being installed rapidly, in creased production in some of thi nation's largest metal finishing mill may prove that test tubes can be ai effective as bullets in modern war. Downward Trend In Church Attendance Figures Seen Sunday > Records Show Young I'eoplc An* Taking Interest in Re ligious Activities By REV. J. W. HARDY. Rector Church of the Advent The attendance tor the past few Sundays shows that the young peo ple are much more interested in re ligious activity than the older peo ple There have been almost twice as many at Sunday School as there were at either the morning or eve ning services. We are glad to see this interest shown by the young people, yet we hope that the artulti win ize that they set the example for their children. If they do not attend the church services, then the children will soon get careless or will not at tend the services of the church reg ularly when they have grown up Remember, your example has much more effect than any teaching that the child can get. With condi tions as they are today, we desper ately need to maintain Christian ideals and hope. That cannot be without an active attempt to know the teachings of Christianity. We us ually do not make an attempt to know them unless we take part in some activity of the church. Church S.S. Y.P. A.M. PM Baptist 75 15 69 Methodist 75 18 56 37 Christian 129 7 65 25 Presbyterian 22 25 Holiness 163 65 Episcopal 16 32 18 Totals 414 46 247 Last Sunday 359 46 297 I Mrs. Ehas. Jackson Died Early Sunday Mrs. Charles Jackson, 79 years old, died at her home on the Whitley farm, near here, at 2:30 o'clock Sun morning following an illness of more than twelve months* duration. Death was traceable to the infirmities of; age The daughter of the late Daniel and Millie Cherry Leggett, Mrs. Jauksun was man In Beaufort Chun-' ty, near Washington, in 1861. Miss Hettie Leggett before her marriage, she lived in the neighboring county until about thirty years ago when the family moved to Martin County and located near Williamston. Her husband was a recognized tobacco man at that time, and the family fig ured prominently in the early cul ture of tobacco in this immediate sec tion. She was a member of the Christian Church for more than half a cen tury, remaining faithful in its serv ice and humble in the sight of the Almighty. Besides her husband she leaves three children, Mrs. Raymond Cher ry, of Williamston; Armstead Jack son, of Jersey City, and P. A. Jack son, of Hartsville, S. C. ???? Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon from the Biggs Funeral Home on West Main Street by Rev J. M. Perry, of Robersonville, and a former pastor of the local ehurch. Interment was in the Oak dale Cemetery, Washington. Messrs. C. D. Anderson, Nat Israel and Mayor John L. Hasseil visited at Virginia Beach Sunday. "A mid-sum mer crowd was there, and the visi tors were from as far away as Mas sachusetts and other New England states," the mayor said. 1 t THE RECORD SPEAKS . . . In an unexpected place and at an unexpected time, the Grim Reaper went into action on the highways of this county last week to boost the count in the highway death column to two, the accident bringing sorrow to a whole community. Surely such a tragedy cannot strike without warning every motorist to be more careful, to guard against danger that surrounds the lives of thousands of other little chil dren. The first half of the new year is fast drawing to a close. A year ago six persons had gone to a pre/nature grave as a result of? accidents on county highways and streets. The county for 1940 to date stands at two. It is a moral obligation on the part of every one to hold the figure down. It is saddening to chalk up an other figure in the death col umn, but the record shows the facts as they are; it is up to the motorists, and pedestrians, too, to determine what the facts shall be. The following tabulations of fer a comparison of the accideht trend: first, by corresponding weeks in this year and last and for each year to the present time. 23rd Week Comparison Accidents InJ'd Killed Dam'ge 1940 3 0 I $ 40 1939 1 0 0 290 Comparison To Date 1940 44 29 2 35380 1939 19 14 4 4180 Major Fires Rage in Paris As Tottering Frenehmen Continue Gallant Fight Against Germany Crop Conditions Are Fair in This County at Present Time Crop conditions, as a whole in this county, are only fair at this time, according to reports coming from pumhers of farmers questioned dur ing the past two days Alter getting oft to a slow start, crops improved rapidly followiog a rain week before last. However, dry weather is now threatening again, and while field crops have not been materially affected, gardens are uot doing so well, as a rule, the reports declared. Efforts to boost cotton production in the county have not met with much success, many farmers explain ing that the stands were so disap pointing in some cases that the fields were plowed and planted to other crops. In those cases where normal stands were reported, the farmers are starting to mop in an effort to control boll weevil infestation Num Marriage Licenses In May Dropped To Old Low Record Only Might Licences Lmieil in This (bounty liiiring The Period ? Marriages in the cownty were few ancf far between > last month when the issuance was no larger than it was in the depression year of 1932. making it appear that war has push led aside Dan Cupid in the field of events. Six licenses were issued by Register of Deeds J. Sam Getsirrger, three to White and three to colored counles. The issuance is six below the average for May over a ten year per iod, a high having been reached for the month in 1937 when 19 licenses were issued in this county No apparent reason for the big slump is offered, but some believe that uncertain conditions aggravated by war are responsible f>>i the de crease The issuance is the smallest for any month since April of last year when the new health laws cov ering the sale of marriage licenses went into effect Several Martin County couples were married outside the county during the month but had they purchased licenses within the county the issuance would have been below the average for the per iod. A fairly large issuance for the current month is expected in the county, the register of deeds stating that two or three licenses had already been issued since last Friday. Licenses were issued last month to the following couples White ?Walter mown, of Kobersonville, and Cclia Wynne, of Windsor. Jesse May Matthews, of Roberson viller titttf-Susie Pearl Hardisorv-of Oak City. William Henry Johnson, of Oak City and Willainston, and Dorothy Mae Ward, of Williamston. Colored John Abner Stokes, of Roberson ville, and Susie Andrews, of R.F.D. 1. Roberson vi 1 le. William B. PdweTIT of Oak City, and Bessie Godard, of R.F.D. 1, Rob ersonvilTe Longer Loan Terms For Martin Farmers The opportunity to reduce the an nual rincipal payments on Lund Bank Commissioner loans by reamor tizing them over a longer period of years has been opened to many of the 194 Martin County farmers who have commissioner loans, according to a statement received today from the Farm Credit Administration, of Columbia. There were about giiH.oua of land bank commissioner loans outstanding 1940 and in addition approximately $390,100 of Federal land bank loans. Some of these loans have already been reamortized. Molt of the Federal Tamf-bank loans are already written for long terms up to 30-odd years, but the "Commissioner's" loans were origi nally made on a 10-year basis, re quiring considerably heavier prin cipal payments. In a recent statement from Wash ington, A. G. Black, governor of the Farm Credit Administration, said many of the "Com mini oner's" loans were being reamortized over a long er period of years in order to ease the payments of farmers with the heaviest mortgages Spreading out will provide these farmers with the same opportunity of working out of debt as already provided for Federal land bank borrowers through long term repayment periods, erous types ?>t muppurs have been I introduced in the county, but the I hand mop is proving the most popu iacof the several types.? Tobacco, figured on a basis of 85- i iM) per cent Ot a "stand, is grow mg | fairly rapidly. Corn and cotton are doing exceptionally well. Reports front the fields indicate that the Irish potato crop is better than was expected with the excep tion of a few sections where dry wea ther prevailed during the ywrroit1 growing period. In this immediate community the potatoes are small Prices are generally sagging to the low levels they reached last year, the market ranging from around 75 cents to $1.25 per 100 pounds. Indications point to a decrease in the sweet potato acreage, farmers stating that they do not have and cannot get plants III SM V Quietness surrounded the news front in these parts over the week-end, an all day search extensively directed on the news front here revealing nary bit of news. The police blotter was clear as a sheet of paper Just Truift the raTIl and activities on the business front hardly caused a ripple out of the ordinary. A man was said to have been knocked down for committing a social error on the main street, but the event did not rate atten tion by the police, and no names were officially recorded. Quiet times on the news front are traceable to the farms where the farmers are busy making crops and doing nothing to make news just now. President Wants Mo ar Millionaires' The much gibed at unpopularity of nvillinnairos a round this country in the last hall do/i'ii years or so will he as nothing compared to the un -popularity of any new "war million aires". President Roosevelt has lost no time asserting he doesn't vyunt to .see a new crop of same created Government officials are indicating that the anti trust laws will be dust ed off and whirled into action to pre vent that sort of thing if the sup | pliers of defense needs of the coun try show any inclination to enter in to any sub ros.a activities?to boost prices. European Outlook Is Boj^iiij! Down rr r Before Invaders Death and Dewtniftion Follow I l?-lpl? ? Million- Tlirv Seek a Kefu^e With major fires raging in their capital tu the rear of them totter ing French soldiers, groggy from re peated attacks, continue today to of for a stubborn resistance against the German barbarians as the invaders Waged an offensive over a 200-mile front ranging from 20 to 25 miles from Paris. Battling against heavy odds, the weary French army is ex acting a heavy toll of life and prop erty for every foot of ground gained by the invaders. How long the de fenders can hold out is problemati cal. some believing that it will be only a matter of hours before the German hordes push their way into Paris proper. Others believe the de fense will hold Germany hack for severat days, but the fall of Paris is expected sooner or later The main branches of the govern ment have moved into the southern provinces, possibly Tours, 130 miles from Paris The last official broad vast come out of Paris last night, but shortwave stations were still open this Himning. Newspapers sbspend ed publication at 2 o'clock this morn ing. and" the population, numbering approximately three million souL^, speeded up its flight to the south, un ite Id misery and death- on a large scale accompanying the downtrod den mortals as they push away from their homes and savings accumulated during a lifetime Family ranks were reported broken/wandering children being taxed witli the troubles ami cares that would ordinarily burden those-of mature years ThidWiiiL' nearly two milium mrii into the attacks, Germany bolstered by more than 3.000 tanks on land and countless numbers of bombers and planes, continues to strike at the very heart of France today. A few tanks ! are said t<> have penetrated the last 1 lines of defense and appeared in the suburbs of Paris late last night. The I main army, advancing at a terrific cost to life and property, is barely 25 miles out of Paris. German bombing planes in great numbers are passing over Paris, dropping incendiary bombs. Parts of the city were said to have been com pletely darkened by smoke, remind ing one of a blackout in anticipation of air raids Heavy losses in life were reported. Property losses* were so great that no one would offer to estimate them. Except for the mili (Continued on page six) Italy JoinsRarharimi lliller Against Allies Rohhem Enter lliirilirure Store In Rohemonville Kntering the A K Smith Hard ware .sioir in Kohersori ville last Sat urday night, robbers failed in their | attempt to crack two iron safes, but ? did succeed in damaging them con sidei'Hblv. 1'urmng their attention I from the iron boxes, the robbers took sevnal dollars from the cash regis , ter and a number of items from the-j store stock. Releases Health Report For May Seven cases of communicable dis wcrc reported m Uus county last month according to the health officer's report for the period. Tra chomia, a disease of the eye, was in cluded in the list of seven physical ailments reported during the period, the health office stating that it was the first case of its kind failed to the attenion of public healh officials since the department was organized more than two years ago. Tl)e victim is a white child living near Wil liamston While the disease is not considered serious, it can greatly im pair if not (Jestroy the sight unless it is checked, reports State Whooping cough appeared in the report to maintain an unbroken rec ord for more than a year. There were three cases of Hip cough reported last month among the white and colored population in Cross Roads Township. Two rases of rhirkrnpox were-re ported among the white population in Williamston, and there was a new tuberculosis case reported among the white population in Robersonville Township. Dago Mussolini Is Said To Have Hit Neighbors In Back In War Only hV" llonfM Italy Strikes On latiitl. Sen V111I ill lilt- Air Henito Mussolini. Italian leader and the world's No 1 dago traitor, quickly received the condemnation of the civilized world following his declaration of war yesterday noon against France and England. With her soul bleeding ffeely 111 defense of civilization and with no urm free to defend herself, France has been stabbed in the back by the common traitor, who has remained idle on the sidelines as a jackal playing the role of a contemptible cur "Our conscience is clear, and we and coward told Ins people who had been ordered to listen to his brazen claims and war declaration Musso lini crowded Hitler out of the seat of contempt, and today in the minds of the American people he rates low er than the killer. Hitler. Commenting on Italy's war dec laration, President Roosevelt in a commencement address at Char lottesville early last evening, stated that Mussolini had promised him three months ago that Italy would remain neutrM Even at a later date, the President explained that propos als for paace had been tendered Mus solini but the brazen-faced hull of Italy Ignored them. In answer to Mussolini and making clear the stand of the United Slates, the Pl? ident pledged all the material re sources of this country to the Allies in their fight against force, and at (Continued on page sla)

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