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PAT DAT WAS ^ BOND DAT mw ???>?MW MUitf THE ENTERPRISE =5= OVER THE TOP FOR VICTORY UNITED STATU WAD BONDS-STAMPS VOLUME XLV?NUMBER 93 W'illiamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, November 21, 1912. ESTABLISHED 1899 Court Grants Eight Divorces In County Yesterday Morning Plaintiff Seeks To Have Will Set Aside in Court Here Todav ? Opening a two weeks term for the trial of civil cases only, the Martin County Superior Court with Judge Richard D. Dixon on the bench cranked up its divorce mill here yes terday morning and turned out eight divorces in less than 45 minutes. All of the actions were based on two years of separation and none was contested. Hie court machinery turn ed out the divorces just as a factory turns out^a certain type of article ev ery so many minutes. Today the court is working on the Rogers will case, the plaintiff, W. H. Rogers al leging that undue influence was ex ercised on his mother in the prepara tion of her will. Most of the day and possibly part of tomorrow will be spent hearing the evidence and ar gument, and it is expected the court will recess for the week following the completion of the case. Work will be resumed according to sched ule next Monday. Proceedings in the court: Divorces were granted to the fol lowing: S. E. Sprague against Helena S. Sprague. Queenie Minor against Andrew Minor. Lillian Mae Coltrain against J. Da vid Coltrain. R. E. Beal against Nellie Smith Beat. Joseph H. Lilley against Ethel Mae Lilley. Paul Cherry against Fannie Cher ry Ronald Ross Johnson against Ro berta Duffy Johnson. Archie Mobley against Dorothy Mobley Judge Dixon made certain in each case that the defendant was not in the Army, Navy, Marines. WAACS or WAVES, before admitting any of Two of the plaintiffs were color ed and one of the applicants, it was pointed out, was seeking a divorce after being married a quarter of a century. A consent judgment was recorded in the case of Susan A. Bunting against P. L. Salsbury. It provides that out of $744 58 now in the hands of the clerk of the superior court that the defendant is to get $235 00 and the plaintiff to get the remain (Continued on page six) Short Gas Rations For Many Truckers No general survey could be made, but according to widely scattered reports coming from truck owners in various parts of the county, short gas rations will be the order of the day on and after December 1. The rations, fixed and allotted by the National Office of Defense Transportation, are far below the amounts asked for in the applica tions for Certificates of War Neces sity in every case so far brought to light in this county. Asking for gas to travel about 12, 000 miles, one Martin County farmer was allotted barely enough gas to run his truck 4,000 miles. Some truck operators, including a milk distribu tor, had their allotments reduced as much as two-thirds of the amount applied for. Few have gotten more than two-thirds of the amount ask ed for, it was learned. As far as it could be learned here there is no provision for appeals, but there may be some plan made known whereby the trucker can present his case. As it stands now. the trucker will have to get along with the amount allotted him. If it is impos sible for him to continue operation with the allotment, then it is likely that he'll have to discontinue opera tions. It has been said that Ameri cans have not yet learned how to practice ingenuity fairly and square ly in solving a problem, but the new gas rationing system is likely to start many people riding with one another and limiting travel to a bare minimum. Union Thanksgiving Service In Local Methodist Church Following a long established cus tom, the several religious denomina tions here will worship in a union Thanksgiving Day service Thurs day morning at 10 o'clock. The serv ice will be held in the Methodist Church and Dr. W. R. Burrell, pas tor of the Memorial Baptist Church, will deliver the sermon with other ministers taking part in the pro gram. No general holiday has been de clared locally or in the nation, but tha people are being called upon by leaders to boW down in humble prayer this thanksgiving period. Re ligious leaders here are confident that the church will be filled to ov erflowing Thursday morning when the first Thanksgiving of the war will be observed. Offerings made at the sdrvice to the orphanages or other institutions will be turned over to the designated persons, it was explained. The following worship program was announced by the ministerial association: Hymn, "Come, Ye Thankful Peo ple, Come." a, Invocation, Rev. John Hardy. Responsive Reading, Psalm 147. Doxology, "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow." Second Scripture Lesson. Prayer, Rev. Z. T. Piephoff. Thanksgiving offering. Hymn, "For the Beauty ! Earth." of the Sermon, Dr. W. R. Burrell. Prayer, Rev. John Goff. Hymn, "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies." Benediction. Yanks Meet New Guinea Belles Seated on porch of their hut in a New Guinea village, these native belles are Riving the newly arrived U. S. soldiers the once-over. One of the doughboys is offering an American-made cigarette to one of the native girls. These troops may have joined the Australian ground troops in their advance on Buna, Japanese base in New Guinea. I Central I'rtsi) War Bond Week Gets Able Support Locally RATIONING BOARD "!S Not certain that the office will close or remain open on Thanksgiving Day, the County Rationing Board will, in an ef fort to keep up with its work as far as possible, meet tomorrow to consider applications for tires and other rations. Member H. L. Roebuck announced today. There is a possibility the of fice will be closed Thursday for Thanksgviing. but instructions ordering a holiday had not been received up until early this af ternoon. New Regulations To Require Motorists to Sign Gas Coupons Effective As of Noveinlter 21, Rilling Will Check Interchanging Effective as of November 21, no gasoline may be sold to consumers in exchange for ration coupons un less certain notations are written in ink on the reverse side of the cou pons, the Martin County Rationing Board was advised last week-end. The notations, according to Board Chairman C C. Martin, are, as fol lows: In the case of "A", "B", "C", "D", "S-I" or "S-2" coupons, the license number and state of registration of the vehicle for which the ration was issued. In the case of coupons in an inter changeable coupon book issued for fleet vehicles, the fleet designation and the state and city or town in which the principal office of the fleet operator is located. (This informa tion may also be stamped in ink.) In the case of "E" and "R" cou pons the name and address of the person to whom issued, as it appears on the front cover of the book. In the case of bulk coupons, the name and address of the person to whom the coupons were issued. Dealers and intermediate distrib utors must write in ink on the re verse side of inventory coupons is sued to them the names and ad dresses tif their establishments as shown on their registration certifi cates. Their suppliers are not per mitted to furnish gasoline to them in exchange for such coupons unless such notations appear. Dealers and distributors who have on hand accumulated coupons not bearing notations as required by Section 1, must furnish these cou pons to their suppliers, in preference to other coupons, before November 26. 1942. Suppliers must not accept coupons without the required nota (Continued on page six) Bond Pledges Point To Record Sales In County During Week Every Mail, Woman and (.liild I* Urged To Tarlieipale In Movement Handled by the women through out the nation, War Bond Week was , off to a good start locally yesterday, reports from an early canvass stat- , ina that the pledges point to a rec ord sale of the government securi ties throughout the county dur ng the week. Complete program for the entire county could not be had lm mediately, but in Robersonvillc and Williamston extensive programs have been planned and in 'dher com pie parties, soe.alsandoh; er events are being held in the in terest of the all-important movc m'"We hope to contact every man, woman and child in the county and i impress upon them the urgent need for buying war stumps and bonds, i Mrs Haul D Hoberson, Women s War Bond Week chairman, explains a,.<1 everyone is urged to Part'^PJ^ and cooperate in the movement to the limit of their ability. To successfully prosecute the war the government has to raise billions of dollars during the ri'n,1"nd<lrth,. this month and in December If th. people fail in that task, the Pmsecu tion of Hie war will be retarded in ?T,l,rr":: ? ..?? -??? that was launched yesterday morn ing to contact all business men. the flrgs, of the local War Bond Week irst oi l,u' lut<" " . , .>* vents is being held in the home of Mrs Bcttie Eason on Acadimy Street this afternoon. Proceeds from hlrt'l'l IIUJV Ml 1* . .. the silver tea will ''e invested bonds for the Junior Woman sClub^ The bond canvass is bring 1 . by Misses Mary W. Taylor, Blanche Harrison. Mr^Reginald Simpson, Mrs. E. T. Walker and Mis. C. B. Mrs Clark, Jr A series of parties will be held for the little folks in the Woman s Club Wednesday afternoon, first mul second grade children with Mrv Bill Glover and Mrs. D. R Davis as h?Wednesday night, sixth and sev enth grade children with Mrs. Mel vin Sullivan, Mrs. Dick Taylor and Mrs Dewey Hajiman as hostesses. Friday^afternoon, children of pre school age with Mrs A J Manning, |jr and Mrs. Robert Manning as ^Saturday afternoon third fourth ind fifth grade children with Mrs. Tom Barnhill, Mrs Carrol. Crocketb Jr., and Mrs. Roger Critcher, Jr., as h0AdmtsSs.on will be by 10-cent war sardgan"igh school p^bwUl Dancers will be charged 25 cents and spectators ten cents. The girl selling the most stamps will be crowned queen by Mayor John L. HasseU The bond drive is expect?i reach its climax Friday evening with an auction, floor show and dance in the gymnasium. Special P"*CT being solicited by Miss Ruth Man ning, Mrs. Velma Coburn and Mrs (Continued on page fix) ? ThanktgivinK Service At Smithtcicki Creek ? A community Thanksgiving Day service will be held at Smithwicks Creek, church Thursday of this week at 11 o'clock a. m., it was announced yesterday by the pastor, Elder P. E. GeUinger. The service is held there annual ly and is open to all regardless of denomination or creed. A unique program features the service with the general congregation participat ing. The public is cordially invited. War As It Relates To Home Front Is Reviewed for Week Military Succeaaea Depend on Unbroken Line of Sup ply and Support The recent triphammer blows at the Axis? by the United States fleet in the Solomons and by the Al lies in North Africa?again under line the immense value of unbroken lines of supply and support extend ing from the war plants clear to the fighting fronts. In both these large scale operations there were lines of support which played a vital part in the outcome. In the Pacific area. General MacArthur's planes damag ed Jap naval concentrations in sup port of the Solomons action. In North Africa, invaluable aid came from French sympathizers who help ed pave the way for the American landing. These (lines of support) to our ac tive battle-fronts involve more than military actions. In one sense they include the sustaining morale of the entire civilian population at home. And civilian morale is more than war enthusasm?with which it is of ten identified?more than satisfac tion in victories and praise of mili tary heroes, more even than buying I war bonds or engaging in scrap drives. These and other war activi ties contribute to morale, they do not I include all of it by any means, "Conquered" People's Morale lligh In many parts of occupied Europe jthe morale of the people is still high, according to reports, in spite of con centration camps, torture, starvation and firing squads. Not the least of I the Axis terror is its .oppression of | education The Nazis have shot and | imprisoned teachers and students alike. The Czech higher education al institutions have ceased to exist,' some 60 per cent of all elementary schools have been closed. Thousands of Greek teachers have been sent to forced labor camps. Polish higher education has been cjestroyed, the groat University of Warsaw closed, Poles are not admitted to institu tions of learning re-opened for the use of transplanted Germans A slfn ilar situation, with varying degrees (Continued on page six) Peanut Deliveries Near Record Peak On Market Monday Pricf 11 ? ? I (I - Firm al Seven CenU willi a Premium For Some Sale* Peanut sales on the local market approached a peak for the season yesterday when an estimated 12,000 i bags of the goobers were delivered to buyers and cleaners. Previous de-1 liveries had not exceeded 10,000 bags ! daily, according to the best estimates to be had here. Holding to a somewhat "shaky" seven-cent figure last week, the market reflected a stronger under tone yesterday with a few sales go-! ing for $7.15 per hundred. A seven and one-quarter-cent price was said I to have been offered and refused, the farmer explaining that he was i going to hold on to his crop a while longer. Heavy deliveries during re cent days, in the opinion of many, | have set the price fairly firm at sev en cents, a few observers believing that the price trend would be up ward if the sales volume showed any material sign of subsiding. "What's the use of paying more when we are being flooded with offers to sell at seven cents?" one buyer was said to have asked this morning Rains falling early today are ex pected to delay harvesting opera tions, but deliveries are likely to continue fairly heavy from those farms where the crops had been har (Continued on page six) CALL FOK HELP Literally swamped with regu lar duties and an expanding pro gram, the county rationing board is urgently calling for vol unteer workers to assist in pre paring kerosene and fuel oil stamp allotments. With more than 5,000 allotments to be pre pared, regular workers in the office have been able to prepare hardly more than 500 of the spec ial forms, and the stamps should be in the hands of the consum ers now. Unless a goodly num ber of volunteers report and of fer their services free, the dis tribution of the allotments will bedelayed for quite a while, it is understood. Volunteers are asked to report to the rationing board any day in the week. The work is not difficult. The allotments will be distri buted at school centers, but no date for effecting the distribu tion has been announced. Until the allotments can be made available, consumers will have to sign a paper akin to a prom issory note, agreeing to surren der to many coupons after the stamps are received. Not A Single Arrest Is Made Here During Past Week-End For the first time in many, many months local officers made no ar rests last week-end, the absence of activity on the crime front leaving enforcement agencies and Jailer Roy Peel guessing as to the why and wherefore for the virtual disappear ance of law violations all of a sud den. The period of good behavior followed week-ends of hard work, the officers previously rounding up as many as seventeen alleged vio lators on a single Saturday. One man was jailed, but he was brought in from Jamesville after going on a drunken and wild rampage there. It may be the quiet before the storm, and it is quite likely that a little .crime wave will strike now that the holiday season is at hand. Trying to explain the marked de- I crease or the absence of arrests here last week-end, officers explained i that Constable Chas. R. Mwrc, a regular member of the police force ! now, was not sick. They added that the drunks were few and far be tween, that if there were any they j made themselves scarce. Improved behavior may not be traceable to it altogether, but local officers say it was rather singular that the num ber of arrests fell to zero the first Saturday that the legal liquor store observed the six o'clock closing hour. Sales at the local store dropped from $2,041 the Saturday before to $1,700 last Saturday. Hearing that no arrests were made during the week-end, several citi zens suggested that the police miss ed a good chance when they did not take into custody a group of irre sponsibles who popped bombs and fire-crackers late into the night Sun day. Another County Boy Is Killed In Action William F. Hasilip Gives His Life In Service of Country Oak City >lan S?*v?Milli From Count) Krporlril Killed or MiKHiiif; William Freeman Haislip, 11, young Martin County man of near Oak City, has been killed in the "performance of duty for his coun try," Ins mother, Mrs. Nannie F. Haislip, was advised in a special message received from T. Holcomb, Lieutenant General, United States Marine Corps, last Friday evening. The messaue was the s?'v?'nlh l??ar ing tragic news to loved ones in tlvis county since Pearl Harbor. Expressing deep regret and offer ing the heart-felt sympathy of the Marine Corps general, the message offered few details. It is generally believed the young man is the first from this county to die in land com bat, presumably on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. The general ex plained that it was necessary to withhold details that might be of profitable aid to the enemy. Intern ment was made temporarily "in the locality where death occurred," the message indicating that the young man's body will be brought back home after the war to lie at rest among kith and kin who had figur ed in three wars before him. The son of Mrs. Nannie F. Haislip and her husband, the late Hannibal J. Haislip, the young man was born in this county 24 years ago, the 27th of last August. He attended the Has sell school in his early youth and was graduated from the Oak City High School. About two years later at the age of 22 and in answer to his coun try's call he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was first assigned to duty at Parris Island, South Carolina, for a few weeks. The following several months he was in the service at Cuba, return ing to this country a little over a year ago to complete his training at New River. Last March he made his last visit home, leaving shortly af ter that time for foreign service, presurmr&y in the Southwest Pacific. His last letters, ritten in October, stated that he was in good health, that he was getting along all right. Characteristic of the young man, and reflecting thoughtfulness, each of his letters urged his mother not to wor ry about him too much. "Keep up hope. Things are looking better and everything is going to be all right," the young man said, in substance, to reassure his mother. Quiet and unassuming, young Haislip was a good boy, neighbors arid other friends praising his good traits and manly and clean walk through life. Assuming many of the responsibilities of the home and farm following the death of his father about seven years ago, the young man through his thoughtful ness and kind acts enhanced the bonds of love within the little fam ily group and gained the admiration of neighbors and other friends. Only his country's call could induce him to quit home and loved ones, and that call was willingly answered and now his duty has been well done. While he, no doubt, missed loved ones and his work^back home, he never complained and always ex pressed pleasure for the opportunity Cotton (winnings Still Trailing Those Of 1911 Current cotton ginnings, while showing a marked gain during the past few weeks, are still trailing those of a year ago, and it is fairly certain that production this year will fall considerably below that of 1941. According to a report jud re leas ed by the Bureau of the Census through its agent, Vernon W. Grif fin, 3.900 bales have been ginned from the current crop as compared with 4,852 bales ginned up until No vember 14, last year. KOMIt SCHOOL V? / The State Office of Civilian Defense will hold a two-day bomb school for chief air raid wardens in this section of the State on Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, Mr. Hugh <i. Ilorton, chairman of civilian de fense for this county, announc ed yesterday. A special detail of Army offi cers, possibly fifteen or more, has been assigned to conduct the school. No detailed announce ment was released, but in addi tion to the regular course spec ial pictures will be shown in the Watts theatre each morning. The school will be held in the George Reynolds Hotel. Hulk 01 Christinas Mail Must Be Sent By December First I.* 111 i I?1114 -111 Ordinarily I'mmI in llaiullin^ of Holiday Mail INot Available ? Tin* bulk of Christmas mail must be iu the post office by December 1st this year if deliveries on time are to be assured, according to Smith W. Purdum, Second Assistant Post master General. Mr. Purdum is re sponsible to Postmaster General Frank C. Walker for smooth and ef ficient air and railway mail service Unprecedented wartime demands on the postal and transportation sys tems, plus a prospective record vol ume of Christmas mailings, were cit ed by Mr Purdum as necessitating earlier mailings than ever before. "It is physically impossible for the railroads and air lines, burdened with vitally important war mater ials, to handle Christmas mailings as rapidly as in normal times," Mr. Purdum said. "If the bulk of parcels and greeting cards are held back un til the usual time the period of about December 15 to 23 they sim ply cannot be distributed in time,: and thousands of gifts will reach their destinations after Christmas." In 11)41, about 21,950 mail cars were ; required between December 12 and 24 to deliver Christmas mails ? en- j lough cars to make a train 270 miles! long This year, tin* extra cars need ed to move holiday mails are large ly being used by the armed services, i and a severe shortage is in prospect The postal service usually borrows about 2,500 trucks from the Army and other Government agencies, and rents about 10,000 from private own ers, to handle the Christmas mails. ; IThis year, it will be extremely diffi cult to obtain enough of these ve- i ' hides to meet even a substantial part | of the need. The Army needs its own trucks and private owners are re luctant to let someone else use their I tires. (Continued on page six) Allies Score Gains On Both Diplomatic And Battle Fronts ? Dakar and Martinique Flop Over to Allien; Tide of Bat tle In Turning in Kunnia The Allies made big news on both the battle and diplomatic fronts dur ing the past few days when import ant bases at Dakar and Martinique were gained without bloodshed and when Russia drove a deep wedge back of the German invaders before Stalingrad. While the drive in North Africa continues, indications point to some heavy fighting in Tunisia. Late reports state that the Germans had moved in much more equip ment and a considerably larger force than was thought possible, and that German air power was picking at General Alexander's forces as they pursued General Erwin Rommel along the Libyan coast in the general direction of Tripoli. In connection with developments at Dakar and Martinique, few details have been released and the status of the new Allied gains is not quite clear. It is certain that Hitler's plans in those quarters have been thwart ed, and the diplomatic maneuvers constitute a great victory for the Allies. In the harbor at Dakar are the 35,000-ton battleship. Rictilieu, throe cruisers, three destroyers, sev enteen submarines and a number of light craft units. One report states that the ships will he made available to the Allies. The diplomatic nego tiations, bringing about the annexa tion of Martinique by the Allies I w ithout occupation, apparently pro vide for the immobilization of that portion of the French fleet there. The French have at Martinique an aircraft carrier, two cruisers and a ' number of auxiliary vessels. The status of the mediant fleet is not I yet certain. The Russians, starting a powerful j winter offensive, have cut Axis sup j ply line to Stalingrad and heavy | fighting is continuing in the elbow I of the Don IHvrr. It is ati enormous task, and the Russians must bo pret ty badly battered after holding the Germans at bay for 100 days in and in front of Stalingrad, but they are in line to trap a third of a million German troops between the Don and ?the Stalingrad. They have been tak ing prisoners by the tens of thous ands in recent days, and enemy cas ualties have been enormous. Other gains have been reported by the Russians in the Leningrad area and in the Caucasus. Although news from the South west Pacific brought sorrow to this county, the outlook in that area is regarded as more favorable with the Allied forces moving in on the Japs at Buna, New Guinea, and gradual ly clearing Guadalcanal of the yel low scoundrels. A late report states that Admiral Jean Dai Ian had ordered the French [fleet at Dakar to remain there for I the present. Navy Secretary Frank Knox an nounced today that the Japs on {Guadalcanal had been cut off from I all reinforcements, that enemy land | ings even in small boats were im (Continued on page six) Draft Board Dinner Open To The Public In discussing plans for the dinner to be given the local draft board on Friday evening, December 4th, Dr. John D. Biggs stated yesterday that j the dinner and the entertainment would not be confined to members of the American Legion. "Any per son who buys a ticket is eligible to attend this special meeting," Dr. Biggs said. President Roosevelt asked the Le gion throughout the country to ar range the special programs to pay tribute to the draft boards as a tok en of the nation's appreciation of I their unselfish services in the war I effort. In Williamston tickets may be se | cured from Bob Taylor, Dr. Biggs or Eugene Rice In Robersonville, | Joe WinsJow or Leon Wilson have | tickets for sale. Others having tick jits for the dinner and program are M. W Worslcy of Oak City, and H. ?U. Peel, Williamston, RFD. No General Holiday Will Be Observed In County Thursday Wlnlc many business houses and offices will close, Thanksgiving day will not be observed as a general holiday in the county, according to fairly complete reports coming from various sources. Stores, business of fices, including the post office, banks and similar institutions will observe the day as a full holiday. No postal deliveries will be made in the town or rural deliveries and no window service will be offered at the post eluding the office of the arm agent, will be closed. County school chil dren will have a two-day holiday,* The draft board will remain open along with those industries directly or indirectly connected with the war program, including lumber mills and the peanut plant. Peanut ware houses and receiving stations will remain open and carry on operations as usual. In his annual proclamation, Pres ident Roosevelt did not declare the day as a general holiday, but he des ignated the day as one of earnest prayer. Despite the work scheduled in some plants and offices, it is agreed that everyone will find time to bow down in prayer and thanks giving. Union Thanksgiving Day services will be held in the local Methodist Church that morning at 10 o'clock when Dr. W. R. Burrell, pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church, delivers the annual ser mon.

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