Advertisers Will Find Oar Col-
umn* * Latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Martin County.
VOLUME XXIX—NUMBER 88
in First, Meet
of New Year
Committee Reports Re
ceived Show Much
' Work in Progress
The regular monthly meeting of the
Woman's Club was held Wednesday
afternoon, and it was one of the best
meetings ever held by the club. It
was the first held in the building, since
it has been remodeled. Those who
had not seen the rooms before were
delighted with the wonderful changes
made in them.
Supt. R. A. Pope, of the county
schools, made a short talk to the club,
giving in a brief manner the various
county school funds and the purposes
of each. Great progress has been
n.ade in the county during the past
few years in getting teachers who fill
the State's requirements and through
centralization there are a greater
number of children being taught per
teacher than have ever been before
in the history of the county. The
club was interested in helping to get
an accredited high school for William
ston and passed a resolution promis
ing its aid to the school departments
in getting pupils to swell the roll so
that sufficient teachers could be had.
Two prizes, $lO first, ahd $5 second,
were offered for the two best es
says written by pupils in the local
school on the subject of "Schools and
Tuxes Necessary to Maintain Them."
The reports of the committees and
officers showed considerable work be
ing done. There were answers to the
questionnaires sent our representa
tives In the legislature. Hon. Clay
ton Moore, Senator from the second
district, and Hon. J. A. Everett, Rep
resentative from Martin County. Mr.
Everett favored the five bills sponsor
ed by the federated clubs; and Mr.
Rloore favored three without reserva
tions, the one asking for the Austral
ian ballot with certain reservations,
and was against the bill providing
that marriage bans be published two
weeks before marriage. An explana
tion of the five bills will probably be
published in a later issue of The En
terprise with the position of each of
our representatives in full.
A committee was appointed to meet
a committee from the Kiwanis Club
to discuss the subject of a public li
brary for Williamston. Another was
appointed to help Mr. Poe and Miss
Trentham prepare for the Roanoke
Fair if the management completes ar
rangements to have one this fall.
,Two of the most important an
nouncements of the meeting were
that Mrs. T. W. Lee had accepted the
chairmanship of the American Citi-I
zenship Department and Miss Anna
Trentham the chairmanship of the
American Home Department. Mrs.
Lee is one of the ablest women in
te wn and has had some connection
with citizenship problems, having
been mayor of Rose Hill in recent
years. Miss Trentham needs no intro
duction to our people. Her work and
record as county home demonstration
' agent since she came into Martin
County have shown that she will be
a wonderful leader in this department.
FARMERS START TALKING
ABOUT THEIR PLANT BEDS
Farmers are already talking "plant
beds." They seem to be forgetting
Christmas and turning their faces to
Mother Earth again.
Few farmers are friendly to cot
ton, and there appears to be some
fear that they are going to swing too
strong on tobacco; and peanuts, too.
All of them say they are going to
plant plenty of corn and try to reduce
thfejr living expenses. j
Mr. Ned Laughinghouse left this
week for Lexington, Ky., where he
will spend several months.
THEATRE | J
All Star Cast
V A . S.x J'• '
Two reel Comedy
"CASEY OF THEk
Always a Good Shofl
Mr. Perlie E. Manning, of
Williams Township, aeema to be
the leading hog raiser of the
county so far this seaaon. At
his hog-Hilling this week, among
a large bunch of nice ones, his
best weighed 650 pounds.
Martin Solon Proposes
50 Percent Raise in
Senator Clayton Moore of our coun
ty, is sponsoring a bill to increase
the salaries of the judges of the State.
The bill proposes to pay the Supreme
' court judges $9,000, the Chief Jus
tice SIO,OOO and the Superior court
judges $7,500 annually with $1,750
for traveling expenses.
The Superior court judges now get
$5,000 salary and $1,250 tarveling ex
pense. The new bill is an increase of
fifty per cent. The increase in the sal
aries of the Supreme court judges is
not so great. They get $6,250 now and
the proposed bill will increase the a
mount by $2,750. Besides this they
also get |OOO. a year for stenographic
service and $250. for incidental ex
Mr. Moore who is sponsoring the
bill is chairman of Judiciary £Mpmit
tee No. 1 will have many ol|H im
portant matters of legislation in
charge, especially with matters per
taining to judicial procedure.
While Mr. Moore has been in the
legislature for several years, this is
his first time as senator. Mr. Spencer
is the other senator from this district
which includes the counties of Wash
ington, Tyrrell, Hyde, Bare, Beaufort,
Pamlico and Martin.
Crowded out Tuesday
j The result of the bnske'ball tourna
ment at the peanut exposition in
Windsor last week was, along With
several other stories, crowded out of
our Tuesday's paper by a last-minute
ad rush. While the playing of the
teams' members is worthy of much
space and commen.t we are centering
on the game here last night between
Jamesville and Everetts, and mention
ii\g here just the outcome of the tour
Jamesville won the cup and champ
ionship by defeating Weldon, 14 to 11,
in the finals Thursday night. Drivers,
' Va., made a strong bid to be Wel
uon's opponent, but was defeated in
the semi-finals Thursday afternoon
by Jamesville in an extra-period
gamef 10 to 8. ' »
Far-off Fire Attracts
Attention of Many
Surrounded by a dark.jiky a bright,
spot in the East attracted the atten-1
tion of many people here and sur- j
rounding section last night. While a
fire was the only possible explana-1
tion of the sight, it was of such a
nature that many doubted that to be
he cause. Long distance calls from
Koper stated that the blaze was be
yond there and it was thought to be
in the dismal swamp.
At times the blaze was so bright
one would judge it to be hardly more
than a few miles away. Large volumes
of smoke 'were noticeable about 10 o'-
Jail Furniture is
Wrecked by Drunk
Placed in jail here last night, a
wl.ite man said to be from Roberson
ville wrecked all the furniture he
: could get his hands on in the jail,
and this morning Sheriff Roebuck has
some extra kindling in the Jail wood
box. , ~
The man was placed in jail charged
i with driving an automobile while
drunk, and, according to many, he
i was thoroughly soaked, for he made
I a snake drive on the fill just across
the river before finding his way here.
| He offered a name, but no such man
! is known in Robersonville.,
Martin County Is
'• Martin county is well represented in
Raleigh at the present time, it having
a senator, a representativeand an
grossing clerk there.
Mr. Clayton Moore is in the Senate,
he having been sent there from this
district, Mr. J. A. Everett is the coun
ty's representative, his is the hr»t
year that Mr. Everett has represent
ed our county in the legislature. Mr.
A. Corey is back again at his old job,
that of engrossing clerk in the Senate.
With theee three men in Raleigh,,
this section is ably represented,
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, January 7,1927
Gas Tank Fire
Godard Building Scene
of Spectacular Fire
The Godard Building, occupied by
the Carolina Telephone & Telegraph
Co., the Enterprise Publishing Co., ■
and gfverjtl law and insurance firm.,:
last Tuesday evening
I when 40 gallons of gasoline caught
fire at the rear of the building. Such
a short time elapsed before the flames
reached the top of the building that
| for a while it looked a if the fire ha.l
j passed beyond the fire company's
I control. The telephone operators left
| their po&ts when the flames broke
| through the rear window of thn oper
! ating room and burned the shade and
started to eat their way into the win
i dow frame. Fire tlrat was consuming
the woodwork was soon extinguished,
but before the (lames at the source
' could be checked the main telephone
- cable was practically ruined. The
400-pair cable was laid bare for more
than five feet where the lead was
melted. The volunteer fire company
did good work when it prevented fur
ther damage to the cable and held th >
stream of water from the hose from
| the telephone frame inside the build
| ing. Practically half the town's tele
phones were thrown out of coniiui.
' sion for several hours.
In our office we did not fare so well.
About 100 sheets of old and new
"copy" caught fire and started a blaze
near the typesetting machine. This
blaze was smothered by members of
the office force, but before a blanket
cculd be placed over the machine a
stream of water was thrown through
the window and Washed machine, the
force, and about one-half the office.
One of the machine's magazine* was
standing in direct line with the flow
of water, and the damage at this point
was greatest. As' for fire damag",
we went unhurt. The operators have
been doing battle with rusty springs
1 and sticking matrices and until new
! parts can be received the operators
will be handicapped.
The .total damage, including fir •
ar.d water, is estimated to be around
Charles Edward Spruill,' commonly
known as "Snowball,"• caused all the
trouble when he struck a matih.to.
see if thp gas. he was drawing was
going into the can. When he threw
! the match iiown, it landed in a spot
where gasoline had leaked, and with
more ga oline spattering from the
j sides of the small can, the fire went
off with a god Mart.-'-Effortw to cu>
off the flow of gaToline from the big.
tank failed when the heat prohibiten
, one from getting near the faucets.
"Snowball," a small colored boy,
| had been "deviling" in the office at
odd times for the past several month- ,
j and his record fails to uphold the
j ccreless act. The fire had not gained
j much headway before he "cleared
out," and he hasn't been seen in this
'.ection of the town since. Before
I leaving, however, he made noble ef
forts to check the tire, but when the
j first spectators arrived he thought it
! best to leave.
Reports of Bullocks'
Reports reaching here this morning
stated that Julian Bullock, member
the mob that mutilated Needlemfn,
..who escaped from the State prison
farm Sunday night; had been cap
tujred and was again in prison. It
■was further stated that he was'cap- |
tured * in Robersonville and carried
back last Tuesday.
According to information from sev- !
eral sources in Robersonville, Bullock
is still at large, and if his capture
has been effected it is not known
I CHRISTIAN CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday school, 9:45 a. m.
Morning service, 11:00 o'clock.
Evening service, 7-JiO o'clock.
Woman's missionary society, Mon
i day afternoon, 3:30 o'clock,
j Ouf people are urged to attend
these services especially the Church
: services which' are the first of the,
j New Year. All others are extended a
' cordial invitation to worship with us.
• A. J. MANNING, Pastor.
GOOD PICTURES ON AT
THE STRAND THEATRE
There are splendid pictures on tit
the Strand theatre this week and ricxt.
The picture "Red Dice" you will en
joy, according to what those who
have seen it say about the. pjcture.
Miss Vivian Peel was a shopper
here yestreday. . j
Mts. Fannie Pope, of Robersonville,
j visited her sister, Mrs. J. L. Robert -
| son, here yesterday afternoon.
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Local Tobacco Market to Reopen Next
Tuesday; Better Prices Are Indicated
The local tobacco market will
reopen next Tuesday, January 11,
fit tor havin been closed during
the holidays. While no definite
I me has been set for the closing
of the -market, it,#/ thought It
w 11 remain opfen during the next
three woeks, closing January 28.
All the various companies will
be represented when the sales be
gin ni",t Tuesday morning. The
Something to Worry About
""smith watsonl vare
" n u " t'nd." amc r^penn.
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(Sags. i 5 >-- .3 £ I
"To .seat" or m t to .4at" Vato 61
of 1 iitl , i- ft- problem v vis : . r •
'■' ill jilt- n.'W* e»- Ml thir*l.:h tlte i'R'
in" of Ihe m" . ■ ■-1.! i Mat ~i.
Keubeii lilands ( alls T. W. Snell Resigns
On President ( oolidtfe As Federal Ajrent
Iteuben I Hand. Martin county
farmer and fattterjof .'II children,
increased his lame yisterday by „
calling on President ■ i oolidge at
the White House.
Itcuhen, of course, already had
tlie distinction of being' the most
jfallsei iy. man in Nlartin _ nmntj
as well as in the Nation, and lie •
■inereased his honors b> 'being Hie
first Martin county citizen to
cheer the President with .a real
Southern smile in the New \ ear.
Mr. island is returning home the
lii'tmv part of litis week, and his
experiences will be veil worth
Moves Law Office
In Old Hank liuildim;
Judfje J. W. lluiley hfis moved Id's
I iaw-office from Everetts to th« ..1-1
Farmers and Merchants Hank luii'M-
I 7 T ~
Mr. Hailey inee assuming th'' du
ties of Judge of the recorder's court
I f.nds it expedient that he move his
Office not only for his convenience hut
; also for his clientele as well.
the present he will keep his
fi.mily in Everett and -drive here
Including Mr. Bailey's there are
I sevdh luw firms locati-d here 'at the
John L. Rodcrerson to
Be With C otton Co-ops
Mr. John 1,. Rodger on has accept
ed a position with: th • t otton coopera
nve. association,.succeeding; Mr. Mik
Norman. While, ft. is ijot known
whether Mr. Bodgiryon will accept
the job as a permanent undertaking
ht will begin his dutii'- lat once an'l
continue them for at I'.i-t HO days.
Mj. Itodger -on' accepted the posi
tion when Mr. Norman res if Tied to go
with the Armour Ferliljzrr Co., j»t
Wilminffton. , i,'
Mr. Rodgerson's duties'will carry
I him into five counties, Beaufort,
jt Washington, Martin, Bertie, and
NEW CHEVROLET IS LATEST
WORD IN AI TOMOHILES
The new Chevrolet, latest in the
manufacture of automobiles i* draw
ing much attention now, and sales are
The I'cel Motor company, loenl
, dealers, and the Harri 1 - Motor com-
I peny, county agents, are making largf
i iales daily, and there are many, pos
, sible Chevrofet buyers according to
j these dealers.
majority of the buyers will re
turn Monday, while several will
come in during the week end. J
The coming sales are expected
to carry the number of pounds
sold here this season.' 1 to around
eeven million. iThe numher sold
up to the clotting before the holi
days amounted to 6,427,622, at an
average price' of $27.32. Reports
coming from the markets that
I'enn.—Srnitli of 111. and Watson
: n|» piany Senators no little con
n» v. iil not lie decided until opeir
tii.slory shows its easier to-keep
Mi*. T. W. Snell, of Plymouth,!
passed througfh town this morning. He'
v wiis returning from •'Kayetteville,
wli.i-e he had resigned his commissions
pi a Federal agent, after having been
in the government service since Oc
ti ber 16, 1921. He seemed to be in'
tit.e spirits jind appfj. i, 11 i man
just emerging from a spirit of dis
gust . into a world of freedom- ami
Most of the agents seem to think
tin' li([uer interests are meeting fa-
from some of the "higher-ups," |
.a- -Chey are constantly changing]
things and .making it harder all the]
time to do anything. Before one rul
. ing can be put into operation, it is,
eetuilermanded and another takes its
place. And though fines and penalties!
far exceed the expense of raids, the
« government will not allow an agent j
enough expense money to work more
' tiiiin about half the time.
Stalls from Porch;
Suffers Broken Arm
; -Elbert l'eel, jr., suffered a broken
aim when he fell from a porch rail
11 at the home of his fiarents_on llaugh
' ton Street yesterday. The little fel
low had jumped from the rail to the
>; gioutid several times, and on his last
' attempt he lost his balance and fell
backwards. His left arm was broken
when his body fell on it. From a
description of the fall, it is a'won
der that his back escaped being brok
" ori. u-. .
On the Radio
t " Martin county was pleasantly heard
■, from when Messrs. David Holliday,
I Foy Mizelle, Edgar Davis and Willie
Warren Davis, all of Jamesville,
- limadeatsed from the Richmond Radio
i station last night. They sang
t h ur and were paid $125.
This quartette has been organized
r only a short whiel but their reputa
, tion has spread far and wide. The
I > ..ting men have wonderful voices and
tl. pite the fact that they have hadj
no special training, they sing very,
! very well.
> SAM. tfTRMTS LARGE CROWDS
- ' STOCK STORE
I '*BPlipco,'le from all around
crow ledHMßthe A. K. Hatem store
1 hfci SljHrning to look the
- liar .atwflS>unced by the manage
rs it riit clerks were busy during
. of the day. Barikiupt
oafl to make up the great
. merchandise offered.
have already opened for the re-,
maining few days of the *■ a «»n |
hold that prices are sliuhtl) het-i |
ter than they were diirjng the
period from Ttfaltk^gn mi to the
closing time jt&t In-fore the holi
day*. Danville and I'ugiiay were
two of the markets making such
The sales will start next Tues
day morning at 'J o'clock.
Jamesville Loses Hard
Game Here Last
The Kveretts basketball team gained'
the highest rank in that sport ever
attained by a team in this section
when it triumphed over the-strong
Jamesville five here last night in one
of the most thrilling games yet seen,
on the Brick Warehouse court. Sup
ported by the cheers of 450 fans, the
two teams entered the contest "with
the greatest of determination to win.
Jamesville was there defending its
prestige gained when it won over sev
eral teams in the tournament at Wind
sor last week, and Everett.' was' there
lo take part of it for herself. It was
anybodys' game until a few seconds}
before the final whistle sounded, at
which time Kverelts had a one-point
lead, making the score stand 10 to !>.
The first quarter of the game saw
both teams making nervous attempts
at goals. This part of the game was
almost lifeless, but Jam sviTle man
aged lo build a small lead. The first
quarter ended and found the support
ers of the two teams cheering with
lull force. The second quarter in the
beginning varied very'litd? from the
first, until Cherry, the star of the
game, tied the score with two of tho
prettiest field goals made in the game
and a free throw. Roebuck's point,
made when he caged a free shot, gave
Kveretts a one-point lead at the end
of the half.
After hive ret la had gained tliis k'ud
Jamesville , came back in the second
half with a more expressed determina-.
tion to maintain its record. Ami her
efforts were not in vain, for she was
| soon in the lead again., Her favoiable
j position* only spurred Kverctts on, and
: it was a matter of a few minutes be-
I fore.-the .standing] of the score was re;
versed. During the latter part of this
1 half-thn lead -went hack an,l
I With neither squad able to build it
| beyond one point of the opposing
team's score. And whil* all this was
' going on, the cro/d went wild with
I it.- cheers, offering them in the .friend
| liest of ways.
The defense offered by Jamesvilie's
! guards was a feature, arid it forced
Kveretts to try long shots, few fig
; llring in the scoring,—TW pa. Miiv,- 4»f
the down-country lads was said to be
j just a little better than that of the
j up-country boys; however, it was not
|so far ahead. Kveretts had its good,
j points, too.; for, if'she lunl. .htni
them, there would have been a differ
j ent score.
Howard Gaylord, Jamesville center,
was high scorer of the game, making
j K of his team's !» points. Cherry,
I Everett's right forward, followed close
with 7 points. While all members of
I both teams played an uxceptional
brand of hall, the playing Jof Cherry
and Gaylorcf was most noted.
Not until the last quarter 'did the
game get rough, and it was not so
bad, then. Very few personal foul
were, made, and they were about even
ly divided between the two teams.
(Jraham, of Washington, proved him
self a good referee wheji his decisions
met with general approval. '.
Hurt When he Falls.
From House Top
Jesse Gurganus, the iO-year-old son
of Mrs. J. 1). Harrison, fell from tho
roof of his home here several, day."
ago and was hadly hurt. Jesse was
fitting on the roof of thchou.se watch
ing his step-father, Mr. Harrison,
put up a' radio aerial when the small
chimney he -was| holding to gave way
and caused him to slide off. While he
received a severe ,cut on his "forehead
when several of the bricks from the
chimney fell on him, he escaped in
juries that little less than a miracle
could have prevented. .
The Philathea class d| the Chris
tian cMftch will meet tonight with
Mrs. Myrtle Brown at her home on
Church street at 7:46. *
All the members are asked to at
tend this meeting and plan for the
new year's work.
Watch the Late. On Year
Paper; It Carries the Date
Your Subscription Kvpires.
No More Roads
in Near Future '
for This County
Highway Coinmis ionor Frank C.
KurUt, of Washui»toji, wa- the guest
o, the Riwanis Club Wednesday. Mr.
K'u-lor is commi sioner for tRt» first
ill trift, which embrace- twenty coun
ties in the northeastern section of
the State. Me has held the position
since the death of Mr. W. A. Hart,
of Tarboro, who h I i iho office until
his death last spring.
Mr. kugler made a very clear and
Practical explanation of .the road sit
in lion in.the State, in, which'he-gave
a general outline of the policy' and
problem o# the read commission.
lie -staged that the commission
would have to go low and he .eol.ser
vutivi; ijfi its operations, and that many
o! the counties had already drawn up
to thqir limit, ev. 11 all they may hop"
foij, within the coining two years. '
Mr. Kugler did not hold out very
much hope to Martin County for any
now project . In fact, he mad" i!
firetty clear that we are not in fin?
foi any new work for time to
Cl 111". * .
President Harding, at hi inaugura
ten, took the oath of office while h
hand rested on a certain Scriptwn
Two and one-half years- later thi '
same passage was read at his funera.
service. Thi Scripture will consti
■trite tln- II'M lor- Simdav "Tnorijhifr'v
sermon. It i- found in the lioo.k of
Micali." ' •
"At 7 "') o'clock Sunday evetiTnirV fli'*
text will be XahuiM 1:7; and. reads,
"The l/irri is good; a stronghold in
the day of lroublef_and He knoweth
them that trust in ilGtn. .
The church school of mission will
begin in_our church on TuesddV even
ing, January 18th. " All the teachers *
have been selected, their course of
sillily is in their hands, and they will
be ready, to go right to work on-the "
very first evening of the mei timy,- 'No
time will be lot—-a full -program the
very flust night.
The church is trying to make'lhis a
sort of family school—the entire fam
ily can come and will find das es for
every one, from the tiny tot: to the
gray-headed. Announcement a- to, the'
Uachers will be made in hex IT Tue -. "
1 -ntil —the clone of—Uj-.- -i""
. i hod, all mid-week services in this ■
urch will be held on Tue day even
ings instead of Wednesday evenings.
a . , ' '
New Service Station
Is Opened Today
I- • ■
William tons' fifth, filling' station"
W.'l'j iipeni" I v «t«■ I"I:ty when th" build—-
f inn was turned over by the contrac
tors to the .manager, Mr. Raymond
Mi K- nxie. The station, located on the
I conu r Of Maiir and I laughton Streets,
J4-. one of the long chain owned and
operated by the S andard Oil Co.
It was only a few week- ago that
tin Episcopal rectory occupied the
site, hut a large number of worknvTt
were ordered here, ,and before the
hou e was ,moved to an adjoining lot «
the station was almost completed,
| While it js of no great size, the plant
'i- a vefy attractive one, and ha. the''
I latest equipment,
I At pl-esi nl tlu ie are three Standard
I and two Texaco'service station?, hero..
I Three are witjjjiv a hundred yards of
| each •other! while a fourth is not more
! than two hundred yards-' from the
! group. The fifth is looted*at tho
! intersection of the Jamesville and
Washington roads. '
Pack house Destroyed
By Fire Tuesday Night
Sir. Henry Long lost his automobile,
a Ford, a caff, several barrels of corn
and other feed last Ttiesday shortly
before midnight, when fire destroyed
his packhouse on the Roddick far(n
near here. Several people on the
streets here saw the bright blaze and
thought Uio lire to be around the
warehouses, and they turned in the
alarm. ' The volunteer fire company
rolled out, thinking the fire to be near
the railroad station. Upon their ar
rival there, the members of the eo«i-
Jiany thought it to be just a little
further. They wont all the way, but
instead -of being right hfcre in town,
tl.e fire was tfvo miles in the country.
A large number from here went out,
but the fire had g»ined soo_®wot
headway to be checked by the bucket
The' exact amount of the damage
has not been learned, but will be