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PAT DAT WAS BOND DAY nor vbmto?un towns THE ENTERPRISE OVUTNETOP FOR VICTORY ? UNITED STATU WAD BONDS-STAMPS VOLUME XLV?NUMBER 67 Williamtton, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuetday, Auguil 25, 1942. ESTABLISHED 1899 Market Opens With Prices Highest In Quarter of Century War As It Relates To Home Front Is Reviewed for Week Home Front Muitl Redouble Its Efforts in Handling The Assigned Task Now we are doing what we said we would do We're fight,ng the lZZy WuereVerJht' is found, afloat, ashore and aloft, on all the Seven Seas and in the far places of the earth. Our troops roared through the surf at Dieppe with their broth Brita Canada and 'heir cousins of Britain, and on that day our bomb ers were over the Egyptian Desert, our planes were fighting the Japan ese in China, our marines were fan ning out from beachheads in the Sol omons and our envoys were mapping grand strategy at Moscow which*re e?'enng uP?n 'hat time for which we have impatiently waited a time in which we carry the offen sive to our enemies We do not have our enemy by the throat-not yet? ? '7,^ave come to grips with him fT?h, g "-mains to be won. but the light is underway. Home Front Must Not Falter From now on, then, we here at home must redouble our effort tri ple our vigilance in the tasks asiign bU? u*. ""t* ??ld'?s who make good our beachheads ,n Asia and in Europe are upheld and supported by the united efforts of all of us Let one of us falter or fail and the struc weakened a?s ls The mechanism of the Home Front is a complex mechanism Materials production, distribution, the system of rationing and of controlling prices, the program for salvage?all these and much else, too, combine to make the cogs and gea^s and wheels which keep us rolling. For weeks and months, now it has been increasingly apparent that one vital part of this complicated machine is not working properly We are short of materials and that short age becomes more disturbing appar ently every day. That shortage ex tends beyond the mere need for ci vilian restrictions, it is affecting the fi?"? ""vices A short while ago the War Production Board issued an order forbidding use of rubber in many military products, including cartridge clip boxes and gun grips And last week WPB restricted mili tary uses of aluminum to "combat end-products for field or combat USTi J" "rder to lnsure that there, will be enough aluminum for com-1 bat instruments. Home Front Rallies for Salvage The shortage of materials again emphasizes the need for saving ma tenals and for salvage. You may be tired of hearing about salvage you may be weary of collecting scrap? and yet we cannot close our ears to the crying need for salvage, we can not stop hunting out the scrap, with out risking failure and defeat WPA workers, beating the back roads of the farm country and digging old rails from city streets have turned up 100,000 tons of scrap metal 44, 900 tons of it in the form of steel rails. Scrap rubber, 454,155 tons of It, IS moving to reclaiming plants at the rate of 4,000 tons a day. In Wash ington, the lure of brass bands and Hollywood screen stars set a pat tern for "Scrap Rallies" to be held throughout the country. ,WPB's Con servation Division announced plans for a "Junior Salvage Corps" of school children?more than 30,000, 000 of them?to conduct a nation wide, house-to-house scrap canvass for two weeks beginning October 5. And the American Legion is discuss ing with local governments a pro posal so that old cannon balls and cannon and the howitzers of 1918 may be scrapped to make the guns and tanks and planes of 1943. Legion veterans have offered to give their own war relics?relics which, melted in the furnaces and refabricated in the arsenals, will help arm their sons who fight today. All these enterprises will help but (Continued on page six) Native Of Hamilton Commands Air Raid Frank Armstrong, a native of Hamilton and a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps, has beeh awarded the Silver Star decoration for his part in the first all-American raid over Europe. Young Armstrong, a grandson of the late Clerk of Martin County Su perior Court and Mrs. J. A. Hobbs, was the commanding officer of the "first all-American squadron to bomb enemy-occupied territory in this theatre," a communique from the U. S. Army headquarters an nounced. The Silver Star decoration for the officer was ordered by Major Gen eral Carl A. Spaatz, commander of all American air forces in the Europ ean sphere. Colonel Armstrong, commanding a dozen flying fortresses, directed the successful bombing of Rouen, the important railroad center occu pied by the Nazis in Northern France the early part of last week. U.S. Troops Embark to Fight Somewhere Abroad OfflcUl U. g. Army Slcaal Corps rhote These fully equipped American troops are shown lined up on a dock, somewhere in the United States, ready to l>oard a transport bound for undisclosed foreign shores. The photo was released with the War Department announcement that the troops have arrived safely at their destination. Postal Receipts At Record Figure in Williamson Offic ?e Income During Second (^Hur ler IairgcMt Ever Report ed For the Period t Postal receipts at the local office for the three months period ending last June 30th were the largest ever recorded for that period, F. E. Wynne, assistant to the postmaster, announced recently. No explanations for the record business could be pointed out. Possibly tire and gas rationing caused many persons to transact business by mail rather than make personal.visits. It is an established fact that the postal re cepts reflect an increase while gen eral business in this immediate sec tion was hardly holding its own against the call of men to the armed forces and to defense industries ot the north and to the south.. The last quarter stamp sales | amounted to $5,576.90, a gain of $313.18 over the sales for the cor [ responding quarter in 1941. Handl I ed on a fiscal year basis, the stamp | sales for the 12 months ending last June 30th amounted to $24,014.40 as compared with $21,951.97 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1941. The biggest single gain was recorded during the quarter ending last March when sales reflected an in crease of more than $1,000 over the corresponding period in 1941. While -stamp sales were increasing, the money order business boomed, but to no record high figure. Money orders, valued at $25,143.08, were handled during the months of April, May and June of this year as com pared with $23,410.01 in the same months, a year ago. But while that much money was being sent away, mostly to mail order houses, the lo cal office cashed money orders in the amount of $14,898.18 as compar ed with $7,511.93 in the same months of 1941. It is apparent from these fig ures that many of the defense work ers are sending some of their earn ings back home. A report from the office this week indicates that the receipts are continuing to hold up. Name School Bus Drivers In County Faced with a shortage of bus driv ers, school authorities personally scoured the county last week-end and rounded up a number believed sufficient to handle the forty busses this coming term. Many of the ap plicants have already taken the re quired driving tests and examina tions hut the list of drivers will not be announced before the latter part of the week or not before reports on all of the appointments have been certified by state highway saYety ex aminers. It is estimated that twenty-five new drivers will be added to the list in the county this year, about that number having been graduated last spring. A few are quitting school to enter private employment. While it is quite certain that the bus schedules will be altered, the total bus route mileage will remain virtually unchanged. It is not likely that the laws gov erning the transportation of chil dren will be changed in this State immediately. It has been suggested that children living less than two miles from school or from a bus route be required ot walk. The serv ice will go within one mile of all children served by the busses, and children living more than one and one-half miles from a school will continue to ride. Uncertainty Surrounds Calls To Armed Service In County Uncertainty surrounds the draft status of many registrants in this county, but despite the advanced re ports it is not very likely that many Martin County married men will be called within the next few months or hardly before the early part of | next year, at the earliest. The size of the calls between now and then, of course, will change the status of the registrants and other factors may hasten the call to the men With de pendents. But the size of the calls will have to be materially increased and more men will have to be re jected before the draft board has to dip deep into the married group A | complete picture of the registration and draft status of the available manpower in this county could not be had immediately. It is well known however, that in some counties the draft has been taking married men for months, that Martin still has a PEACEFUL There wrre a few arrests, but compared with the record tor the previous week-end period, last week-end in this section was quite peaceful. The usual round up of drunks was effected, the jail record showing that six per sons were Jailed for public drunkenness last week-end as compared with seventeen arrests made during the previous week end. One other person, charged with larceny, was arrested and Jailed. Ages of the alleged violators ranged from 18 to 62 years of age, Ollie Bumpus, colored, led the age group. Three of those Jailed were white men. The opening of the tobacco market here this morning found the large crowd orderly for the most part, but police are hold ing their breath as the money starts circulating. Having Fine Time In Uncle's Navy Entering the nation's armed serv ice just a short time ago, John Hat ton Gurganus, Williamston young man who was refused entrance into the air corps on account of his "ad vanced" age, is now vacationing a la plain ole Navy style out in Illi nois, according to a very encourag ing note received a short time ago. John Hatton wrote, in part: "This is a great country up here, and I am glad now that I was sent here for my training We were the first group to come here from Ral ~eigtr in twenty years. Most of the hoys are from the western part of North Carolina and I know it was the first trip away from home for some of them. I laughed nearly all the way at some of them, and some times I want to book some of the things they said on the train "I know I am going to like the Navy because everything is the best, including food, living quarters and what not. Our dormitory is new and you can see yourself in the hard wood floors. We have a large radio, but one thing we are not use to is sleeping in hammocks. I laughed half of one night during our first night there. About every fifteen min utes some one would turn over in them and you would hear him hit the floor. I fell out only one time the first night, but some of the boys just could not stay in them. I never knew it was so hard to stay in one of the things before We sleep upder a blanket nights, but the days are really nice and warm." reserve of single n\en. If the draft is not materially in creased before December, it is quite possible tH3i a few calls can be an swered by single men who were granted occupational deferments. An unofficial report states that the draft board is having a difficult time m rounding up enough men for the September call, but the .shortage, if any, will be traceable to the draft machinery itself rather than to any actual shortage of single 1-A men. The draft machinery is heavily taxed with its duties at the present time. I)r. James S. Rhodes, the examining physician for the board who is with out a single assistant, has been work ing night and day to handle the Army examiuntious, but even then it has been almost impossible to han dle the hundreds of. men who must be examined before 1-A classifica tions can be definitely assigned. To Mail Christmas Parcels for Armed Forces In October Kr*tri<*tioiih on Mailing I'uck aflCH To Men OverneuH Clil ed By Authoritio Every effort will he made by the authorities to get. Christmas cards and packages to members of the armed forces in foreign service this Christmas, hut certain rules and regulations must he observed by the senders if delivery is to he expedit ed ?Jt is pointed out that no perish able matter should he included in any parcels, and such articles as in toxicants, inflammable materials (including matches of all kinds and lighter fluids) and poisons, or com positions which may kill or injure another, or damage the mails, are unmailable. Proper addresscu are be typed All parcels are subject to be typed. All percels an- subject to censorship, and they should be wrapped securely but at the same time in such a way as to enable the censor to eipen them for inspection without damaging the . contents. Gre eting cards wishing the recipient Me rry Christmas e>r printed cards conveying best wishes may be in cluded, but no fe>rmal written mes sages may be placed in the* box. Re turn addresses should also be printed on the* box. Postage rates, available at the- nearest postoffice, must be prepaid. The following rules and regula tions are taken from a current Postal Bulletin: Time of mailing Christmas parcels and Christmas cards should be mail ed during the month of October, the earlier the better. Size and weight: In view of the urgent need for shipping space to transport materials directly essential to the war effort, Christmas parcels shall not exceed the present limits of 11 pounds in weight or eighteen inches in length or 42 inches in length and girth combined. Never theless the public is urged by the War and Navy Departments to co operate by voluntarily restricting the size of Christmas parcels to that of an ordinary shoe box, and the weight to six pounds. These departments have pointed out also that members of the Armed Forces ate amply pro vided with food and clothing, and the public is urged not to include such matter in gift parcels. Not more than one Christmas parcel or pack age shall be accepted for mailing in any one week when sent by or on (Continued on page six) Situation In Russia Approaches Critical Stage At Two Points Drive* Toward Slalin^ratl and j Grozny Oil Field* Make Much lload way Driving within forty miles of the] all-important industrial city of Stal ingrad and to within seventy miles | of the Grozny oil fields, the Gel ?mans lutvt^ ercated a new and criti cal situation for the Russians at I two points in the long batile line Sweeping over a fifty-mile course yesterday. German tanks are now at the gates of the great Grozny oil fields and approaching Stalingrad where they are nearing a point that will sever connections between the Isouthern and northern armies of the defending Russians The Soviet high command an nounced the new Russian setback in | the North Caucasus, revealing the | Red army defenders of the Grozny |ml wealth were fighting German | tanks and infantry in the area of Prokhladncnski. The strategic rail junction is 50 miles below Pyatigorsk and 85 miles northeast of Grozny in the heart of the oil fields. The late communique said the Red [ army was battling desperately along I the northwestern and southwestern) approaches to Stalingrad, where Gel man gains had posed a critical men ace to the great industrial strong hold on the Volga. Semi-official Soviet sources con ceded that German tanks and motor ized infantry had stormed across the Don Bend in force southeast of Klet skaya They? were reported driving) on toward the Moscow Stalingrad | railroad, which roughly parallels the river some 13 miles to the east. Another huge German armored ) force, advancing across the steppes northeast of Koteinikovski, jammed ) a wedge into the outer rim of the Soviet defenses, threatening to by- | pass Stalingrad in a push to the Vol ga south of the city On the Don Bend front, tin- high I command said, hostilities were es pecially violent between German in ' fantry forces and the.Russians in the 140-mile wide corridor between the Don and Volga. Fighting for one for tilled p'hice, the Russians destroyed t ight German tanks and at least 400 1 troops, it said. While the Russia area continues as the main center in the world 1 struggle, other developments are in | the offing nearly all the way around' i the globe. Brazil has cast her lot with | the Allies, and a movement for J |solidarity in South America is mak mg progress. A new threat to the Allied forces | in the Solomon Islands is being talk ed, one report stating that the Japs | are moving up reinforcements for a ! concerted counter-attack there Much attention is being centered in Africa even though little action] has been reported along the Kgypt- 1 ian fi"hi during recent days It is | predicted, now that weather condi 1 tions are improving for fighting,) that General Rommel will within ) the next two or three weeks, make another bid for the capture of the Suez Canal. A bright spot in the fighting comes from China where the weary defenders are driving the Japs back and recapturing important territory in Central China However, it is re ported that the Japs are withdraw ing considerable forces from China and moving them to the south for a possible drive on torn India and to (Continued on page six) Current Market Pri< *es Reviewed Raleigh?Old crop peanuts ure gleaning up rapidly according to the U. S. and North Carolina Depart ments of Agriculture in the Week ly Market News Service' Review. This is especially true in North Car olina and Virginia where many .mills even those that are large, have clos ed down for the season, having com pletely exhausted their stocks on hand. It will be late October or early November before new crop -peanuts can he placed on the mar ket. A few lots of farmers' stock Vir ginias are still being offered and bringing growers 7 3-4 cents per pound for jumbos. There was only a limited number f changes that took place in the Chicago hog prices this week. How ever, the trend was weak to lower and weights under 240 pounds sold Thursday 10 to 15 cents lower than the previous Friday. The week's top of 15.30 was paid last Monday; the closing top was 15.00. On the Caro lina and Virginia hog boying sta tions, swine prices were unevenly 25 cents lower to 5 cents higher. When compared with last week's lev els, tops for good and choice hogs were steady at 14.35 in Clinton and Lumberton; 5 cents higher at 14 40 in Fayetteville and Florence; 10 cents lower at 14.25 in Whiteville; 14.35 at Windsor; 14 50 in Richmond; while in Rocky Mount the Jprice dropped a full quarter to 14.10. Early Morning Sales Average Right At 40 Cents on Market Here BLACKOUT The people of Ihe WHKamston Air Kaid Warning District, in clulliilk; (hose in the towns and communities all the way Irom Columbia in the southeast to Oak City ill the northwest are attain asked to cooperate in makintc the blackout lest a success on Fri day nieht of this week. The blackout, to last about :i? minutes, w ill be ordered by the office of the interceptor com mand some time between 8 o'clock IV M. and I A. M. Use blasts of the lire siren in Wtl liamston will be the sianal for the blackout in Williams ton. The all clear sienal will he one lone blast of the siren. Lirjjr INiuiiImt Men Rejected In Last County Dralt I list F.iglit of TImihc \eci'|?leil For Service I'nss by Narrow Margin Seventeen of 111.- last group of Martin County wlutc draftees re porting for ihdd9tion at an army camp Were rejected, sixteen on ac count of physical ailments and one on account of low literacy standards, according to a reliable report heard this week fag lit of the group pass utg the tests did so by narrow mar Kins and will likely be subjected to limited military service. Knur of the group scheduled to Icpurl foi service in the Aimy and previously joined the Navy and a fifth one, Cailylc I.anneau Cox, had louied the Marine Corps Those join ing the Navy were John II Gurgan as. Kilmond llavis Harris. Grady lloyh l)aveil|>ort and Clyde lluie Bailey. Names of the men rejected out of tin' last group going to the induction center from this county, are, as fol lows Eugene Botha Ange, Benja loin Barber, 1-esti i Krankliri Bailey. Geo Wallace Cowan, Ira Marvin Coltrain, Kiinnal Taylor Gardner, Major Barbel. Brownie Whitehurst, Clifford Neville Mobley, James Gar land Barnhill, Tliad Mayo Koherson I.ouis Henry Gardner,-Mack Wynn Jimniie Jackson Sills. Joseph I'ay ton Sykes, James Norman llolh Karl la-ainon Ward. The men accejited out of the las rail are now at home on their four Icon day furloughs They will hi leaving within a few days for activi luty Their names an-: Donnie llai ,ld Kolsom. John Ben Hardison Henry Joe I'eele. Heher John Col Ham William Albert Harrison. Wit |?. Whitfield. Howard Kdwin White uirst. Clyde Hugh Hines, Denim Mayo Harrison. Harvey llullcmai Yates, Hubert llrhin Gurganus, Jin Brown liolliday, Charlie lin t Wynne Henry llerljert Popiv Jr William Clayton Whitley, Itupert Mussel i Bawls, Alou/a Hassell, Chester Wil iam Edmondson, la ster Sylvestei Whtle. Dayton Bryant, tutbei Gor ion I.eggett. Jr.. I.eondreW Hardi 100, Jr , Kftrnk Saunders Cherry, r.d ivin Horace Carson, Simon Coltrain, Yernei Walter Harrison, Ellis Saun lers White, Lyman I.ucian Brilt and lesse Wed Curtis. Farm Life School Principal Named The assignment of principals to the various county schools stands complete again following double resignations in some of the plants. Professor Tommie GuylutlL young Jamesville man. has been named to head the Farm Life school during the coming term The position in the school was made vacant by the res ignation of Professor Russell Martin last Spring. A successor to Mr. Mar tin wa named, and plans for the coming term were virtually com pleted when Mr. Martin's successor resigned because a tenant on his farm was called to war. Professor Gaylnrd, a graduate of Elon College, taught school for three years at Altamahaw-Ossippee in Al imunce County before accepting the Farm Life position. A complete line-up of the various school faculties is still not available. A late report frohn the office of the superintendent states that several of the contracts pending last week had not been executed, that additional contracts were mailed to other ap plicants this week. It is apparent that there are stillx several positions vacant in the schools. Prices Range From About Twelve To \ Peak Of 17 Cents Onalil\ of Offering- I* Only Fair; Vwrap- I I Cent* lli^lirr Than ^ car \j{o Reaching what is believed to be the highest price peak in nearly a quarter of .? century, tobacco sales on the Williumston market this morning brought broad smiles and created chebrj dispositions among the hundreds of farmers crowding ti11o watrhonses?fo+- first-hand information There was not dissatis faction heard in any corner, and farmers were really jubilant as their medium-quality offerings went for around $40 a hundred, some individ ual averages exceeding 45 cents a pound The first 16.082 pounds sold on the market this morning averaged right at 40 cents, or $30.34 to bo exact. The price range was from about 12 cents to 47. a few piles, possibly two dip ping as low as four and two or three going for seven. The main figures were in the high thirties with all companies showing interest in the bidding As the sales progressed, the price trend varied slightly, but very slightly., and was traceable to ' the quality of the tobacco. At the close of the first forty minutes' selling period, the price trend was equally as strong as it was when the auc tioneer officially opened the new season with the old familiar chant. Compared with the opening a year ago. the sales during the early morning were about eleven cents higher, with certain grades of the in ferior types showing possibly an even greater gain over the 1941 opening day price averages. It is apparent that the inferior types as long as they have any body and can meet the smoking demands are sell ing for new high figures. On the oth er hand the bright and apparently superior quality typos are not bring mg very much more money than those medium types. There is some difference in the price, of course, but the variation is limited. Farmers are really jubilant over the opening prices. J H Biggs, col ored farmer of Griffins Township, asked about his sale, said, "It was fine, it warf%uM right " Asked what he was going to do wth all his mon ey. lbggs explained that he plan ned in pay all his debts and then if any was left he would buy war bonds Oddly enough, it was men turned that the bond sale in too many ea-.es would be of the bottled in bond type But there was little ign of the bottled type this morning as farmers milled in and out of the warehouses observing the sales and waiting for the boy* is to advance row by row to their offerings. It is estimated tie- market will sell light at 200,000 pounds t>efore the ah s are suspended at 3 30 this af ternoon, leaving a fairly sizable block for tomorrow. m General licit Report Offering the first of the current crop valued at about 200 million dol lars. farmers over the belt, as a whole, received price averages rang ing from 36 to 40 cents a pound Tai boro sold 17,000 pounds during the early morning for an average nf 3H cents with prices ranging from 10 0^46 cents. The first 100 piles sold on the Rocky Mount market averaged $38.35 Wilson, basing its report on the fiist six rows sold, averaged $36.35 with prices ranging as low as 4 cents i pound. Greenville averaged $38.75 for its (Continued on page six) Young Girl Badly Hurt In Accident Carrie Louise Perry, 13-year-old daughter of Farmer and Mrs. Colon Perry, of Williams Township, was painfully but not critically hurt last Saturday morning when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver as she walked along the highway in Williams Township. She suffered a six-inch cut on her head and was badly shocked and bruised. She was treated in the local hospital. On her way to Hardison's filling station, the little girl was walking near the hard surface when she was struck. She did not know who or what struck her. It la possible that the driver of the vehicle never knew he hit anyone, reports stating that apparently a protruding body of a truck hit her. Highway Patrolman Saunders is investigating the acci dent and is working on one or two minor clues but no late developBaents have been reported In the i

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