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t A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE UPB
'BUILDING Ok1 HERTFORD AND PERQUIMANS COUNTY
, : North Carolina, Friday,
iVolume IV-Number 13.
Hertford; Perquimans County;
March 26, 1937.
$1.25 Per Year
jr or sou conservation
Over $19,000 Received
This Week From
AT GOO TIME
Recipients Surprised at
: Receiving, More Than
, Was Expected
More than nineteen thousand .dol-
lars has been paid to Perquimans
County farmers within the pest week
- representing soil - conserving paj-
; jnente,- in - most .-caaea, , the 7 payments'
twing much in excess of what was
: Coming at a time of the year when
Perqvhnans fanners .usually have
little income, as most of the money
(strops, have long since been disposed
of, and in many cases the money
spent, this ready cash is a windfall.
" There were 511 applications for soil
conserving payments , submitted to
- the United States Department of Ag-
riculture through the office of the
County Agent, according to L. W.
Anderson, ' agent, who stated that
payments have been received as yet
on only 816 of these. . Others will be
received in due time. The total a
mount received up to the present is
$19,02422, represented by 547 checks.
Most of the .Perquimans fanners
receiving checks were surprised at
the amount they received for - co
operation in the soil-conserving pro-
. gram, according to Mr. Anderson,
who says that each producer , might
have received even larger -payments
if they had not failed to take ad
vantage of the f soil-Aufiding j plans,
land that many others might have re-'
'ceived payments for Boil-conserving
( if they had not failed to make out
a work sheet last year. " .
The payments which Perquimans
. farmers are receiving now represent
compliance with soil-conserving plans
for planting soy beans, which is the
- ' ; . principal soil-conserving crop of Per-
- ; quhnans, and . .other soil-conserving
' crops, instead, of cotton, peanuts and
corn. - v -.,: ' ;..i -.
Mot all of the farmers who might
" ' have shared in these payments did
so, according to Tar. Anderson. Many
fanners actually complied but, be
cause they failed to make -out a work
sheet last yeari they could 'not make
application for the payments to which
they we otheinlse:Btitled.iS.!if
Others over-planted their peanut
and cotton bases - and., so were - not
eligible for the benefits., - At least
200 farmers in Perquimans failed to
make out work 1 sheets :- last 'year.
though they were urged to do so and
were told that by doing so they did
not obligate ihemselves in any way
but placed themsehres In. line to re
ceive whatever benefit to which they
There are signs of more general
cooperation this year;, - according to
2'. Anderson, who says, that most
ara realising their vrror
. s'nlng work lr sheets this
i- ' ''.: -;i.-;w,,'i'-;f-':.f'" -.!-'':,
A.Jter'balanced system of frmT
i; , which will be ; more i profitable
for , the : farmer and safer for the
nation, is the ahn of the 1937 Agri
cultural Conservation ;Program, v , ; .
, Xogtruction of soil by erosion and
lj of .fertility through overcrops
ing &v made millions of acres of
t! i Nation's agricultural land ttnsuit-
e for farming. .Waste of soil has
7i so extensive that conservation
i become national protlom. The
1 is to conserve t:.e land upon
!i the Nation inurt depend for the
of ita food a: 1 f3er. These
- Ihe reasons why Ce AAA con
"n program operates, through
i-i. cf payments enabling farm-
c...3rve soil on the individual
j cf the country, and why the
1 Covernment makes funds a-
t tl.!s purpose. -
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f e Womsals t
r cf North
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Two men will probably be tried for
capital crimes at the April; Term of
Perquimans Superior Court, which
convenes on April 12. Shedrach
Boone, Hertford Negro, was ordered
held for the grand Jury on Tuesday
when a hearing for probable cause
was held in Recorder's Court before
Walter H. Oakey, Jr.
James White, who killed Hattie
Simpson with an axe in January, has
been held in' jail ever since, awaiting
trial for murder.
Shedrach Boone, wno is about
twenty-five years old,' is charged
with carnal knowledge of a twelve
year - old Negro girl. Boone, who
left town shortly after the crime is
alleged to have been committed ' on
Monday, was brought back to Hert
ford from Elizabeth City on Tues
day morning. After a hearing, when
all spectators were ordered from the
court room, Boone was ordered held
in jail without bond.
Percy Sharpe, Negro, was found
guilty of being drunk and disorderly
and prayer for judgment was con
tiued upon payment of the costs and
upon good behavior for one year.
All other cases tried involved traf
fic violations, the prosecuting wit
ness in each case being Patrolman
Clyde Gibson, who picked up the vio
lators while checking equipment last
Mitchel Zachery was taxed with
the costs upon conviction of driving
with insufficient brakes.
horn was fined ten dollars.
L. C. Harrell, convicted of driving
with insufficient brakes, . was fined
" The case against Luther Perry,
charged with.;, driving .with insuffi
cient brakes, was dismissed.
J Ed Garrett," charged with driving
with insufficient brakes, was convict
ed and was required to pay the
eosts-- . ij.Ko -fv. ;
Stephen VTaughan, who plead guilty
to oriving with Insufficient brakes,
was fined tea dollars, v 3
In his testimony regarding the
condition of brakes Officer Gibson
told how he had tested the brakes.
Driving1 at 20 miles an hour it took
one car 100 feet to stop when brakes
were ..applied. Another, required1 95
feet to stop.. In one ease it requir
ed 110 or 116 feet; to; stop.,' ,'
In one case it was testified the de
fendant, was -, driving at ,: 4ff or 60
miles an hour, though in most cases'
they were driving slow and cautious-
T "The "next time youfind a man
going1 at thai rate of speed," Judge
Oakey said, after it Jiad been shown
a man drove a car with insufficient
brakes at 40 or 50 miles an hour,
"I wish you would check to find out
how long it would take to stop at the
rate her was driving. Such a test
might impress them of the danger
of such speed." " If ' they are not
going fast he continued, "they1' are
not apt to kill ' anybody, v For that
reason I am lenient on the drivers
who are- not going fast.'' v
Makes Dean's list
- Cadet Bufus T. Brinn, ' Jr., of
Hertford, was. named on the Dean's
Lixt for the month of February at
Kr i Institute. Cadet Brinn is an
out l'.ns s'- 'ient i ; a - very - out
st: ista&Mkt t' f -V. bvfcg;been
nsMucdon &a Litt tv.a- thi -year.
Rev L O. Lcr Guest
Speaker ; At ' Rotary
Bev. J. O. Long, of Weldon, who
is conducting the revival services at
the Hertford Methodist Church, was
guest speaker at the II rtford Ro
tary CTuV on Tuesday n'stt. '!" '"
f The Kotaricns erpeat to eijty an
oyster roast on " nexf Tuesday niht
at the regular hour of meeting.
,NTA PJ.2JACII22 TO H AT
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t Christian C
Received Letter From
VERY ACCURATE '
Wishes Men Like Him
Would Be In Charge
In All Towns
W. G. Newby, Hertford's Town
Clerk, is very proud of a compliment
paid him in a recent letter from
Charles M. Johnson, of Raleigh, Di
rector of Local Government, in which
the State official commends Mr. New
by for the manner in which he has
handled the finances of the Town of
Hertford and expresses the wish that
fnere were men like him in charge
Of all towns in the State.
, Mr. Newlby, as Clerk, makes his
reports of town affairs to Mr. John
son. Mr. Johnson, as head of the
Local Government Commission of the
State of North Carolina, is, of course,
in close touch with government af
fairs of all the towns and cities of
the State and is thoroughly familiar
with the manner in which the financ
es are handled.
Mr. Johnson's letter to Mr. Newby,
dated March 19, at Raleigh, reads as
Dear Mr. Newfby:
I am in receipt of your letter of
March 4 enclosing my report which
closes your default which I was very
glad to receive.
. You o;r.e into office in December
1931, I .believe, which were the dark
days, as you well know, and which
made handling finances of a town an
extremely difficult job. You hafc
nanoiea tne Town oi Hertford in a
Very fine manner and I always be
lieve in giving praise where praise
is due. You are entitled to it and
I therefore take great pleasure in
commending you for the way that
you have handled your situation. I
wish we had men like you in charge
of all the towns in the State.
witn una personal regards, l am,
Yours very truly,
CHARLES M. JOHNSON,
Director of Local Government.
Victim Of Holdup
i Victim of a hold-up by a man with
whom he caught a ride last Thursday
night, Walton Whitehead, Perqui
mans 'County youth, was fortunate in
having on his person only 95 cents.
Young Whitehead is a member of
the OCC camp at Swan Quarter. He
decided to " visit his mother, Mrs.
Bertha -Whitehead, at Chapandke, on
Thursday night,' and believed himself I
fortunate when a couple of men pick
ed, him P at Washington., and, told
him they were - going to Elizabeth
City. This would take him within
walking distance of his mother's
home.: Ail. went well until the trio
were about three miles out of Wind
sor; when Mr. Whitehead was 'asked
if he had money enough to buy
drinks. Answering in the - affirma
tive, he felt a gun shoved against
his side. He was relieved of all his
money, 95 cents, and told to get out,
which ne lost no" time in doing, and
the car disappeared in the dark.
Young Whitehead walked to the
nearest gas station and shortly af
terwards caught a ride on a truck
which took him home.
Theo Gypsies- blessed, Attnt Katie's
money, all right,; juefc . as they ptc
inised to'- do ' to make Aunt Katie
lucky, but blest If Aunt Katie could
find the money after they blessed it,
is Aunt Katie, otherwise Katie .Sut
ton, a well known colored woman of
the Bethel neighborhood, "has been
sick. ! Aunt Katie has had a pain in
her fiidsT at times, along with Other
distressing syniiptoms',v4and when the
band of Gypsies in two automobile
wih 1 Georgia license plates' visited
Aunt Katie last Saturday they told
her she had been sick, just like she
1-1 ben, and they, even showed hejr
; s e- A p.. ce in her side where the
ns. ;;Gne of the , women'; put
' r riht on? the' spot 4ty
ii.i. ; were they about what they
k-wrw fc.vi Aunt Katie, was constrain
"f to 'k.-"M- everything theytold
y r '; i! V -t il.c-3ed her
'(', ' " ; ' "T osd luc!;.
,.- '3 over h.r
r-: to 5 - ? ' ' " An-J, fxA
2 FIRST HONORS
Pat Edwards and Zack
White Win In Respec
Will Represent Hert
ford In State Contest
Two young Hertford musicians,
Pat Edwards and Zack Toms White,
won first places in the District
Music Contest held in Hertford on
Saturday and these two will compete
at the State Contest to be held at
Greensboro in April.
' Little Miss Edwards was the win
ner in voice and young Mr. White in
piano. Other winners were Julia
Burton and Jennie Ruth McAiily, of
Edenton, in Piano; Joseph Ward, of
Mrs. R. M. Riddick, of Hertford,
Junior Counsellor of the Northeast
ern District of the North Carolina
Federation of Music Clubs, presided
at the contest, and the judges were
Mrs. J. W. Foreman, Mrs. H. D.
Walker and Mis3 Kstrelle McClees,
of Elizabeth City.
The affair which was one of great
importance to those interested in
music, was held in the auditorium
of the Hertford Grammar School, and
was attended not only by the con
testants but by a number of inter
Mrs. Riddick reports uiat all of
the contestants, representing Hert
ford, Edenton, Robersonville and
Conway, showed a high degree of
skill and were a credit to their teach
ers. The Edenton contestants, with Mrs.
Leon Lewis as Counsellor, were Cath
erine Reaves, Jennie Ruth McAiily,
Julia Burton; Hertford, with Miss
Kate Blancharl as counsellor, Zack
Toms White, Anne Tullis Felton, Pat
Edwards and Dalton Strange; Rober
sonville, with Mrs. J. E. Aiken and
Mrs. Selma Meadows as counsellors,
Charles Wilson, Louise Wilson, Jos
eph Ward; Conway, with Mrs. J. A.
Fleetwood, counsellor, Eloise Taylor,
Elizabeth Vick, Elizabeth Piland,
Crafford Hedspath and Kathleen
MISS BLANCHE EVERETT WINS
$60 PRIZE AT STATE THEATRE
There was a ring of sincerity, in the
round of hearty applause when the
name of Blanche Everett was an
nounced as the winner of the sixty
dollar prize at the State Theatre on
Miss Everett, who has many
friends,, is a member of the sales
"force of Roberson's Drug Store.
. The theatre was filled to capacity.
MEN'S MEETING IN HERTFORD
BAPTIST CHURCH ON APRIL 4
The Chowan Baptist Association
will hold a meeting for men at the
Hertford Baptist Church on April 4
at 1:46 o'clock.
Further announcement , will be
made in this newspaper next week.
MRS. JACKSON RETURNS HOME
Mrs. D. M. Jackson, who has been
a patient .at the Norfolk, General
Hospital, returned to her home in
Hertford on Tuesday, "accompanied by
her infant daughter, Alice Jean.
It's All Gone
as they told her to do, did not take
it out from ita hiding place 'Ibebween
the bed and; mat;',: for some; time.
Imagine Aunt Katie's dismay when
she did take out the purse and look
inside to discover that the money
was all gone ' and in its place were
some metal . washers wrapped in
dirty rags.. ' ; ' ;r
; Then Aunt Katie knew it was all a
dirty trick, :vM;i v
:? Sherlff Wslowwas notified
nraf 1nti nn whxn two cars ' with
Georgia' jleev'idirrjnf'', a
band WiVtowT--: located in
Pasquotank .;1b'ecpertdIon' of the
Pasquotank officers, was sought witn
.th result' that the 'Gvdsv women
were : cartled r Autit : Katip for
identification. BuV ' unfortunately
for Aunt Katie, blest if she could
identify 4Am&r:l )'-"Ji - 7i J;
; Aunt Ettie's money, $43.83. hard'
rnrn-.i s-.vi; -., is gone, as probably
CLERK Ul MUSIC CONTEST
is t:? He-war.,, , , tA 4.t
Woman's Club Urges
Citizens To Cooperate
In ''Clean-Up Week"
NEW FARM CROP
BASE IN 1937
By L. W. ANDERSON
In an article appearing in this
paper last week, I discussed Cot
ton, Peanut, and General Soil Deplet
ing Bases and the payment offered
for diverting a certain percentage of
these bases to soil conserving or soil
In the 1937 program, each farm
will be assigned a Soil Conserving
Base and each farmer will be noti
fied in a few days the amount of
his Soil Conserving Base acres.
Whatever your Soil Conserving
Base is, you will be required to plant
that many acres in Soil Conserving
Crops. In addition, you will be re
quired to plant as many acres in
Soil Conserving Crops as are di
verted from your Cotton, Peanut,
and General Soil Depleting Bases.
A number of fanners in this coun
ty failed to comply with the 1936
program and hence received no bene
fit payment, or received a smaller
'benefit payment than they might
The principal Soil Conserving Crop
grown in Perquimans County is Soy
beans, commonly called Stock-peas.
There are a number of other crops
grown in the county that are also
lassed as Soil Conserving Crops, in
cluding Cowpeas, Corn field peas,
all kinds of clover, Velvet .beans,
Vetch, Lespedeza, peanuts when pas
tured, annual grasses such as Sudan
Grass, Millet, etc., not harvested for
hay or seed. Perennial Grasses or
mixtures planted for pastures, small
qp-ains when not harvested for seed
or hay, such as Rye, Oats, Wheat
Sweet Sorphum, etc. Any of these
crops will be classed as Soil Con
serving and should be counted as a
part of the soil conserving acreage
-equired on your farm.
Soybeans or Stock - peas, when
planted alone will be counted as
Soil Conserving acreage. Soybeans
planted with corn, either "hill of
corn and hill of soybeans" or "row
of corn and row of soybeans" or
soybeans broadcast in corn at the
usual rate per acre will be counted
as all corn acres and 1-2 soybeans
Example: Suppose your farm has
a Soil Conserving Base of 25 acres.
Then it would be necessary for you
'o plant at least 25 acres of Soil
Conserving Crops before you could
collect your benefit payment for di
verting a part of your Cotton, Pea
nut or General Soil Depleting Crops.
If you had 60 acres of corn on your
farm, you could broadcast the whole
50 acres in soybeans when you hill
ed your corn and this would be
counted 50 acres of General Soil De
pleting Crops and 25 acres of Soil
Also, you must have as many acres
of Soil Conserving Crops as you di
vert from Cotton, Peanuts, and Gene
ral Soil Depleting Crops. Suppose
you have a Cotton Base of ten acres
and want to collect the maximum
payment for this base, you could
plant 6 1-2 acres and divert 85 per
cent of your base of 3 1-2 acres.
Then you must plant 3 1-2 acres of
Soil Conserving Crops in addition to
your Soil Conserving Crop Base of
25 acres, or a total of 28 1-2. Sup
pose you have a Peanut Base of 10
acres and wish to collect the max
imum payment of 15 per cent of the
base. Then you could plant 8 1-2
acres of Peanuts and divert 1 1-2
acres. Then you would be required
to plant an additional 1 1-2 acres in
SoU Conserving Crops, which added
to your 28 1-2 acres mentioned above
would make a total of 80 acres of
Soil Conserving Crops required in
; Suppose you have General Soil
Depleting Base of 20 acres; you can
not collect a payment for diverting
a part of this base unless you have
been producing a surplus of Gene
ral Soil Depleting Crops and selling
all or a part of this surplus, direct
ly or indirectly. Under . these con
ditions, you may , divert as much as
16 per cent of your Base, or divert
3 acres and you could plant 17 acres
of General Soil Depleting Crops. If
you divert these' S acres,- then you
must plant an additional 8 acres of
Soil Conservinflf Crops, 'or a; total of
33 acres of Soil Conserving Crops on
your .farm in 1987. -w-i '..: -ft1:
1 Next week, an article will appear
in this ; paper discussing the Soil
Building Allowance.., Soil " Building
Payments and how to earn these pay'
ments. '. '
Individual Effort Asked
To Beautify and Im
C. R. Holmes Addresses
Local Club on Civic
Mrs. R T. White chairman of the
Civics Department, had charge of the
program at the meeting of the Hert
ford Woman's Club on Thursday
afternoon, when the newly elected
president, Mrs. R. T. Clarke presided.
A special feature of the program
was an address on the subject of
Civic Needs by C. R. Holmes, local
attorney. There were two delight
ful musical numbers by Anne Tullis
Felton and Zack Toms White and
Mrs. W. E. White read the poem
"Trees," by Joyce Kilmer.
Mrs. White, the Civics Department
chairman, who is making special a
very special effort to get the coope
ration of individuals, business houses
and organizations in beautifying and
improving the town, in a few brief
remarks stressed the importance of
individual effort, in residents of the
town planting shrubbery, cleaning
premises and otherwise making at
tractive their homes. She called at
tention, also, to the recent improve
ments made by the improved streets,
the resurfacing of several of the
streets, and of other improvements.
A special appeal was made to have
all citizens cooperate in "Clean-Up
Week," which is to be observed
early in April.
Blind Man Opens
Shop To Do Cane Work
Howard Goodwin, the young blind
man who does such goou vvork ot
making cane bottoms and backs Jor
chairs, has opened up a shop at 51
Edenton Road, next door to T. R.
Winslaw's store, and is prepared to
do all kinds of cane work, including
the heavy, closely woven bottoms and
backs for porch chairs as well as the
pretty, open work, in different size
Two chairs recently done by Mr.
Goodwin are on exhibit at the court
house and may be seen by applying
to J. W. Ward, Kegister of Deeds.
Mr. Goodwin has placed these chairs
with Mr. Ward so that the work may
be inspected by any one who is in
terested. The work is beautifully
done and the bottoms are strong and
Btout. These are regular porch
Mr. Goodwin learned to do this
work while a student at the State
Institution for the Blind at Raleigh.
Irish Music Program
Be Given April 2nd
The program of Irish music which
was scheduled to be given on March
19 by the piano ana rhythm pupils
of Mrs. R. M. Riddick will be given
instead on Friday evening April 2,
at 8 o'clock.
The class will be aasited in .the
program by Misses Mary Sumner,
Shirley Elliott, Lizzie Lee Hoffler
and Mrs. D. S. Dempsey.
ENTERTAINS BRIDGE CLUB
Mrs. Dennis Godwin entertained
her bridge club at her home near
Burgess; Wednesday afternoon.
, Mrs. J. B. Basnight made the high
Those present were Mrs. C. B.
Parker, Mrs. Dennis Godwin, Miss
Clara Spruill, Mrs. Carl Godwin,
Mrs. Vinston Lane, Mrs. N. C Spi
Vey, Mrs. Charlie White, Mrs. J. B.
Basmgnt Mrs. Charlie Uraphlett and
Mrs. Sue Godwin. The hostess served
a delicious sweet course.
LADIES' COUNCIL BETHLEHEM
CHURCH MEETS ON APRIL 9
The Ladies' Council of Bethlehem
Christian Church will hold its regu
lar monthly meeting at the home of
Mrs. Louis Eaves April 9, at 2:30 P.
M. ;- '''v sj'v ;' V-V ."
All members are urged to attend.
1 ' Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Hi Rob an
nounce; the birth of a ton, Curtis Al
berto, at their noma in Cienfeugos,
Cuba, on March 14. ' Mrs. Ros is the
former Miss ' Eliiabeth. Wilson, of