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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 6
Alleged Murderer of Gordori
Yelverton Granted New Trial
Finds Error in
Errors Would Not Cause
a Retrial in Other
Types of Cases
George Frank Bazemore was grant
ed a new trial by the North Carolina
Supreme Court Wednesday.
Bazemore was convicted of first de
gree murder at the December term
of the Greene County Superior court
at Snow Hill. He was' to have paid
with his life for killing Gordon Yel
verton of (this town on November 5
as they were going to Wilson with a
truck load of tobacco. The H murder
Mas one of the most brutal ever com
mitted in the State. Bazemore who
had been hanging around the Wil
liamston tobacco sales during the
season and had made himself handy
and friendly with a nunfber of people
Wiio handled and hauled tobacco a -
round town and frequently went with
them when they were hauling to other
factories. On this occasion Bazemore
sought the opportunity to go with
Yelverton to Wilson with a large load
of tobacco. Leaving Williamston early
in the morning they passed through
Greenville about sunrise and reached
Farmville about 8 o'clock. When they
got a few miles beyond that town
they stopped and while on the ground
about 20 yards from the truck Baze
more shot the boy in the back of the
head, where he, from all indications,
diejl instantly. Bazemore ' then took
the truck load of tobacco, about 3,000
pounds, back to Farnrtville and sold it
as his own. The conscience of the
blayer must have gotten so heavy that
hs did not remain to get the truck
nor the $1,400 check for the tobacco.
He sneaked back to this county where
Jie remained under cover until he was
arrested the Monday following the
murder on Friday. He was arrested on
the Cullipher farm near Everetts by
S! criflf Roberson and his deputies and
Bazemore made a most streneous
denial, but failed in every claim that
he made to prove an alibi. He was
positively identified by warehouse
men of FariViville as well as hy par
ties on the Farmville-Wilson high
way who saw Bazemore and Yelver
ton together on the truck and only
a few minutes later saw Bazemore a
lone on the same truck load of tobac
At the trial the jury quickly re
turned a first degree verdict and
Judge A. M. Stack sentenced him to
the electric chair to die on the 26 of
January. Bazemore's council, Paul
Frizzell, of Snow Hill, took an appeal,
alleging several irregularities in the
trial. All of his allegations were re
fused by the Supreme Court, but
Chief Justice Stacy, who handed down
the decinion, declared there was an
ecror committed when the clerk of
the court was allowed to receive the
verdict even though this had been
agreed to between council on- the part
of both the State and defendant The
Supreme Court's report also held that
an error had been made in the man
ner the jury was polled by the clerk.
The clerk used language different in
the poll than that in which' the jury
announced its verdict.
liie Chief Justice stated that neither
error would be material in any case
other than those of a capital nature.
The next term of the Gri.cn County
Superior court will be held in Snow
Hill June 27 at which time Bazemore
will again be tried for his life.
THEATRE | J
A 1 Hoxie in
"Rider of the Law"
Episode No. 5
Always a Good Show
Dr. T. A. Sykes
■I--" '~ " ' '
Dr. T. A. Sykes, noted business
manager of the North Carolina
Christian Advocate and speaker,
of Greensboro, will preach at the
Methodist church Sunday morning
at 11 o'clock. l>r. Sykes is a splen
did speaker and you will enjoy
hearing him. >-
Dr. Sykes. was for a number of
years a preacher in the North
Carolina Conference, giving up
Officers Seize 2
Stills in Gawk
One Distiller Caught as
He Tries to Hide
Township Constable, J. Raleigh Man
ning, of aJmesvillc, accompanied by
Vance Price raided in the Free Union
section Wednesday. Intheir first drive,
they were just a little too fast for the
moonshiners. They had no more than
started their hunt when they were
discovered by the sentinels on the
outter posts who began firing warn
The distillers rushed to job of put
ting out the fire and attempting to
remove the still and liquor. They work
cd too slow, however for the officers
saw the clouds of steam and smoke
as the Btillero poured water to put
out the fire and cool the still so it
could be removed before the officers
reached there. Willie Bell Boston was
trying to clear the spot of everything
so .he got trapped while two of his
ftiends made their escape. The 80-
gallon copper still, 15 gallons of
liquor, several buckets, 20 barrels of
beer were captured and destroyed.
Boston was carried before Justice
Corey who gave him a preliminary
hearing and bound 'him over to the
recorder's court, the trial to be held
Later in the day the officers went
into the Tarklin Neck section, near
Hardens, where they found a 90-
gallon still with buckets, axes and
other necessary equipment. The offi
cers also found and destroyed 1,000
nations of beer at the still. The plant
v/as not in operation at the time of
the officers' visit.
At the next station the officers found
500 gallons of I>eer, a still of the
doubler type, shovels, .buckets, axes
and other equipment used in the manu
facture of liquor.
The 2500 gallons of beer captured
in the day's search would have made
about SI,OOO worth of liquor accord
ing to moonshine prices.
Question at School
Th civics class of the eighth and
ninth grades held a very interesting
debate in chapel this morning before
the students of the high school. The
query was, "Resolved, that protective
tariff ia better than free trade." The
: ffirmaitive, which was defended by
Ilibble Liverman and Josephine Har
mon, brought out the following
points: protects manufacturers, aids
employment, gives higher wages, in
creases national wealth. The negative
side, which was defended toy A. J.
'tunning, jr. and Ollie Marie Rober
son, brought out the pointa: necessar
i«»r cbst more, aids rich at expense of
consumer, cause of immigration prob
lem, cause of labor problems.
Both sides were very enthusiastic
and presented their points in a very
interesting manner. The negative side
won by a large majority.
Former Martin Man
Dies in Florida Town
Mr. Billy Lanier, former Martin
county man, died in Sanford, Florida
a few days ago of heart failure. Mr.
Lanier was employed by a railroad in
that state, and on the day of his
death Ijp,, was going about his duties
aparently In good health. Shortly af
ter retiring, the heart attack came
upon him and he died a few minutes
later. > .
The deceased was born near Everetts,
'.his county, in 1870. In 1890, he went
to Georgia where he made his home
at Tifton. Three years ago he removed
to Sanffrd, Florida. Interment was
made in the Tifton, Georgia cemetery.
He is survived by a widow, two
daughters, one son, two brothers and
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, March 18,1927
his work in that field to become
business manager of the Advo
The evening service will be held
at 7:30. At 3 p. m. preaching ser
vice will be held at Holly Springs.
It is hoped that l>r. Sykes will be
able to hold the afternoon and
evening services also.
The Woman's Missionary society
of the church here will meet next
■Monday at 4 o'clock in the church.
Seniors Are Planning to
Visit Raleigh Burly *
The tacky party staged on Thurs
day evening, March 10, was a great
success. If laughter and applause
mean anything, everyone present en
jpyed the program of songs, stunts,
and wit combats; the playlet; and the
''Tacky Path Parade." Throughout
the entire time lemon pies, peanuts,
popcorn, lemonade, and various kinds
cf candies were sold. Perhaps the
most fun was enjoyed when the con
testants went along the "Tacky Path,"
seeking to gain the approval of the
judges, Rev. Robert H. Harrell, Rev.
F. W. Mason, and Mr. G. H. Cox. It
was a funny sight to see the tacky
men and women and boys and girls
parading, some skipping, some hobbl
ing, and some mincing their steps.
The result was in general good, but,
ot course, as always, there were
some who decidedly stood out as be
ing more tacky than the others. Sev
eral w'ere called back to the stage
three different times. Finally with the
help of the spectators the judges de
clared Miss Margaret Moore Everett
winner of the prize for those under
sixteen years of age and Mrs. K. I.
Ienke winner of the one "for adults.
The prizes—tack to the extreme —
had to be worn by the winners. In this
way forty-five dollars of the pledge
made to the school by the parents
teachers association was easily and
interestingly made. Thanks to all who
helped to make the party a "go"!
Saturday, April 2, promises to be
a j'ala day in the history of the Senior
class. Supt. R. I. Leake is making
plans for a very enjoable trip to
Raleigh. On that date the seniors, ac
companied by some of the teachers
end Mr. Leake, will leave Roberson
ville on a specially chartered bus and
will be met in Raleigh by Colonel
Fred A. Olds, Collector for Hall of
History. Colonel Olds has kindly con
rented to show them points of in
terest in and around Raleigh. The
State School for the Blind, the State's
Prison, the Hospital for tho Insane,
and the Hall of History will, of
coume, be visited. As he stated it, the
rest of the will be spent in doing
a score of other things. To all who
know him the word "Olds" means a
unique power of explanation and en
tertainment. Much, then, is in store
lor the seniors!
Merchant Submarine is
Caught with Liquor
Another way has been found to
smuggle liquor into this country. A
tnei chant submarine, carrying 1709
cases of liquor was seized Monday
near Ed is to Island on the South Caro
The submarine was apparently
tended by the little British schooner
"Vinces" which had been hanging
around for several days without prop
er lights. The seven men in charge
j>nd the craft were taken into custody.
Government authorities are now in
vestigating the case. It is expected
that warrants,. charging conspiracy,
will be issued.
Special Meeting of
There will be a special meeting of
the Everetts Modern Woodmen • n
Tuesday night, March 22 at 7:»0 'or
the purpose of arranging the pro
gram for Monday nijfht,. March 2'»
Three new candidates to be initi
ated into the big fraternity organiza
tion of M. \V. A. on that night. F/om
all report# there will be a few preset)-.
from other lodges at '.Ms meeting 10
a.isist in th* ceremony. All members
of M. W. A. are cordially invitei to
6,oooPounds of Kl WANIA
Poultry Loaded CLA YTON MOORE AT '
Here Yesterday MEET WEDNESDAY
Sales in Carolinas Run Honorary Degree Was
Around Two Million Conferred Upon Judge
Dollars in 1926 ' Moore by the Club
Arbund 6,000 pounds of chickens A special luncheon wa.s given by
were loaded here yesterday in the the Kiwanis Club Wednesday iryhorior
second poultry car to be stopped here of Clayton Moore, newly., appointed
within the past two weeks. Mr, Hunt, full time superior court emergency
of Philadelphia, had charge of the judge.
car and he paid out $1,216.K(> to the A number of people had been invit
farmers of thi» section for their ed to attend and take part in the pro
poultry. t tram.
The car arrived here yesterday The menu consisted of chicken ala
morning from Plyrriouth wjierc little Hambone in court; golden quality of
over a thousand pounds were loaded mercy rice; legal tender chips; brief
Wednesday. The passenger train car- rolls; beverage ala prohibition; choco
lied the car out yesterday afternoon ! late bars of justice; and Australian
and left it at Hobgood where morel ballot wjifers.
chickens are being loaded. From there Kev. C. O. Pardo had been ap_\ited
the car goes to Scotland Neck and! by the president to conduct the meet
then on the Philadelphia. l ing, and he led with a number of K.i
ftlr. Hunt stated that his firm paid wanis songs,
around two million dollan; for poul-' After the luncheon, Kiwanian John
t»*y bought in the two Carolinas last I>. Biggs was called upon to confer
year and that an increase in pur-! the honorary Kiwanian degree on the
chases is expected this year. | new judge; and he was followed by
Mayor Coburn, who conveyed the
Separates Man and t wj L 's congratulations to judge Moore.
11. \%T'f rp rj Judge Francis I). Winston, of Wjnd
-I*lß T»lI>"iO"l5e sol, was then called, and he made a
——— j great short speech, reviewing old ac-
What a dastardly crime it was j ( ;aintances with the Moore family in
v'hen the Superintendent of Schools tHo years gone by. He welcomed the
yesterday separated a mun and his young judge upon his entry into the
•vife-to-bo. aitrja of the judiciary and bade him
Very often a young man who wishes Godspeed, declaring that he found
three contracts applies to the Super- pleasure in seeing young men rising
inlendent of Schools. His first con-,j uid marching in the ranks that were
tiact is be engaged as principal of a thinning by the passing of men of his
school; his second is to be maj^Qg^.,wn class. He declared it was a joy
some fair dame; *his thirn r?f'tJo en- j f ( > have a heart capable of rejoicing
Kaßt the services of the fair daine In to see the mantle of responsibility-Arid
the same school where he serves as ; honor passed to young men rather
pr.ncipal. So it was a .certain rich, than to sulk iri jealousy. The speech
young graduate applied io the Super- j seemed to bring the judge back to a
intendment stated that unfss the school t younger day, when the vigor of youth
committee could use him and her, they j w;ls in full bloom,
could not get the services of either. j.;. g. Peel, president of the ,-lub,
The Superintendent showed little spoke on behalf of Kiwunis, for which
sympathy or humor for r.uch. His h,. extended the best wishes to the
committee had said "no man and wife, new judge and assured him of the ap
business for running schools. They preciation of the honor conferred on
feared the better half would run the, him.
si liool and the home and the head of The next speaker was Congressman
tho new family would.collect the pay J,ipi,say Waricn, of Washington, who
or running both. Or perhaps tho reviewed his intimate acquaintance
committee feared a home-maker could with Judge Moore, in school, in poli
not properly attend to the home and tj i:Bi j n friendship; attesting to hir
school, either the one of tho other |,„ nor nn ,i ability,
might suffer for attention. Or per- Judge Clayton Moore was then
haj.s it was nepotism they, -feared. J , al | mi upoll( umi with tt h ,. url mle)
Anyway orders is orders and the with gratitude and emotion expressed
Superintendent separated a man and his appreciation for the friendship of
his wife before they began to be. | )ls | lonflP folks who had so honored
l'he young man went away sorrowing. him 011 the occas j on . H e pledged
He could not marry this year. j CV ery consideration und attention to
the responsibile position he now holds.
Stella Coltrain I)ied
Early This Morning
Stella, thi- 17-year-old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Coltrain, of the
liardison Mill section, died this morn
ing shortly after midnight from peri
tonitis. She was taken with an attack
of appendicitis late last Monday and
he* parents were preparing to take
her to the hospital the following day,
but her condition prevented. Drs.
Smithwick, of Jamesvillu, and Taylor,
of Washington, were called but the
young girl's condition was such Miat
medical aid could l>c of no value, and
it was after much intense' suffering
thut the end came early this morning.
Interment will be made in the Gets
inger cemetery near the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Coltiain this afternoon at
Boys Win Over Pantego;
Girls Lose to Belhaven
The local high school boys ended a
most successful basketball Reason last
Wednesday night when they defeated
Pantego at Belhaven, 24 to 12. The
C'ame got off to a slow start In the
first quarter, the score standing at
the end of that period 3 to 2. In the
last period, the locals made 15 of
their 24 points, Durand Keel being
leading scorer. The entire quint play
ed a good brand of ball.
Just before the boys' game the
local high school girls plnyod Bel
haven and lost to that« team 27-23.
A second game will be played by these
two teams the latter- part of next
week when Belhaven visits here.
County Sunday Schools
Meet in Everetts, 20th
The Martin County Sunday schools
are to meet at the Everetts Baptist
ciiurch Sunday March 20 at 3:00 o'-
clock. The meeting, called by Mr. Roy
D. Clark, educational director of the
Roanoke Baptist association and
Sunday school worker, will take up the
organization of a County Sunday
A good program has been planned
and all members of Sunday schools in
the county who are interested in the
work are urged to attend.
„ Similar meetings have been held in
several other counties ,and organiza
tions have been perfected.
Sunday Services at
the Baptist Church
"The Life That I Now Live" ar" the
rcripturo words used at this church
Sunday morning. At 7:30 o'clock in
the evening, the subject will be, "God
liness is Profitable."
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock the
Martin County Baptist Sunday schools
are called to convene in special ses
sion at the Baptist church in Everetts.
Since Everetts is so near by, and tho
loads good, it will be easy for a
i.limber of people to att'ead.
TheHrriernbers and friends of this
ciurch will kindly keep in mind the
Wednesday evening Bible lectures.
'1 hr studies now are on the books of
the New Testament, anj[the particular
book for the coming week is Galatians.
It is but two weeks now until our
revival meeting begins. Every one is
asked to keep this date in mind. It
will begin on the first Sunday in
April ami close on Easter Sunday.
Dunbar's Revue Plays to
Large House Last Night
The Dunbar's musical revue was
witnessed by a capacity house at the
Strand theatre here last night. To
night Harry Langdon in "Tramp,
Tramp, Tramp," an outstanding
screen comedy will be shown along
with "The Man Who Died stag
ed by the Dunbar troupe and another
capacity house is expected.
Those who have seen the comedy,
pronounce it to be the best in years
anti that it is easily worth the price
of admission for the entire show.
Herman Roebuck Dies
Mr. Herman Roebuck, one Of the
leading farmers of Cross Roads, died
last week from an attack of rheuma
Mr. Roebuck had a rather jM[vere
attack in January, but apparently was
almost well when he relapsed during
the recent big snow and grew worse
until he died. He was in his 39th year,
i.ud leaves a widow who was Miss
Bnmhill, of Pitt county;-and six chil
Interment was made in tho Jesse
Roebuck grave yard near Roberson
There will he a regular communi
cation of Skewarkee l>odge. No.
90. A. K. and A. M., Tuesday
night, March 22 at 7:30 o'clock.
Work in the second degree. /11l
masons in >rood standing are urjc
ed to be present. Visiting breth
ern are cordially invited to at
Defeat Episcopalians by
15 to 12 Score I>ast
The Flapti.4ts.won the leather whis
tle and the title of more-or-less
champions.in the finals of the tourna
jucnt among representatives of the
four churches in town by defeating
the Episcopalians Wednesday night,
15-12. This game provided a better
brand of basketball than any of the
previous ones and was witnessed .by
the largest crowd of the tourney.
Urimes, for the winner, was high
scorer with 7 points, 2 field goals and
3 fouls; Garland Anderson scored 3
'field goals for 6 points, and Harrell
the other 2. Gus Harrison failetl to
score but was all over the court after
the ball. Julian Anderson stopped the
"i pposish" whenever they got in strik
ing distance of the basket.
For the Episcopalians, Cortez Green
counted 3 goals from the floor for 6
points; and Francis Barnes, Joe God
ard, and Charlie James each scored
once for the other C points. Francis
l'arnes made the longest shot by ring
nig the hoops from the center of the
court, fete Fowden, at guard, played
better basketball in this game than he
liid in the other one, but his basket
ball tactics were not as effective as
the old 'h'it-the-line-hard" game he
played last week. Pete was alright,
though, and don't forget it. He spilled
many a nice play of the Baptists a
round the goal he was so jealous of.
Murt Stubbs played one quartet- for
I'ete,"but that wasn't the reason the
Baptists won, for he held them as well
as Pete did.
The Haptists .simply wdn by super-
MW passing and luck, two important
factors in any basketball game. Again
the "cash customers" were satisfied,
and $23.80 was added to the fund for
building a baseball diamond for the
boys of the town. The fund now to
Services at the Church
of the Advent Sunday
llev. C. O. Pardo, Hector
J0:(K) Church School. *
11:00 Morning Prayer and Sermon.
3:00 Holy Trinity Mission.
7:45 Evening Prayer and Sermon.
On Tuesday afternoon at 3:HO there
will be a special prayer service at
the home of Mrs. F. U. Barnes. On
Wednesday afternoon the prayer
service will be at the home of Mhs.
Fannie Carstarphen and on Thursday
afternoon at the home of Mrs. Irene
Smith. All women of the church are
i.igod to attend the meeting nearest
their home if they unable to attend
On Friday morning at 10,:30 the
United Thank offering- will be made
lit. the celebration of the Holy Com
On Sunday morning the sermon
subject will be "Predestination" and
the sermon subject for Sunday night
will be "Is there a Hell?"
To Elect Superintendent
at Meeting- Next Month
At its next meeting, the first Mon
day in April, the Martin County Board
of Education will elect superintendent
of schools for this county.
OFF TO TEACHERS MEET
Superintendent L. H. Davis of the
local schools and ten of his teachers
left shortly after noon today for
liobersonville where the last teachers'
meeting of the year is being held this
DURHAM SELLS 19 MILLION
. LBS. TOBACCO FOR $22.90
The Durham tobacco market closed
last week after selling nearly 19,000,-
000 pounds, which waa nearly 2,000,000
over last year. The price this season,
however, was considerably lower, be
ing $26.56 last year and only $22,90
Advertiser* Will Find Our Col- I
nmns a Latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Martin County. H
' ~ 1
Oak City Killed
by Pair Mules
Samuel B. Sutton Found
Dead in Small Wood
Samuel B. Sutton, a young man
who lived with his father, George S.
Sutton on the Keel farm one mile
from Oak City, was killed by a pair
of mules late yesterday afternoon.
Mr. button was plowing in a field
v hen he broke his plow about a halt*
hour before sunset. He unhooked his
team front the. plow and fastened
the trace chains to th» hames. He
mounted the back of one of the mules
and started to the house anil while
parsing through a -small wo-4? —be
either fell or was thrown off the mule.
One of,the chains caught around his
rij,'ht(|eg and he was dragged two or
three hundred yards. About twenty
minutes later he was found. TheJife
less body of the younic man was .still
firmly fastened to the team by the
trace chains ami the mules hail al
most exhausted themselves trampling
on the body in an effort to g -t away.
When the body was_ examined, it
was found that his neck was broken
which possibly occurred when he first
fell from the team-, one t!.i JL** h> one
wrist, his hip anl one jaw wore also
broken ami bruised. His back was
badly bruised, it appearing thai he
was dragged in that position.
Mr. Sutton was nearly 25 years old,
and he with his family moved to the
K«yl farm from Columbia a year aifo.
His father, George S. and mother,
Klizabeth Sutton with ten brothers
and sisters survive him.
'i here were 23 children born in the
family, the father being only 52 while
the mother is 47. They were married
•'0 years airo. Of the 2,"t children i;i
are now dead.
The funeral and burial will be in
Tyrrell county, near Columbia, this ,
Town Team Defeats
The Wdliamston- Town Team is
claiming the championship of iiule
pendent eastern Carolina basketball
teams by reason of its defeat of the
Smithfield National Guard lie re Tues
day night in the hardest-fought game
seen here this year. An extra 5-min
ute period was necessary to decide.the
winners, as the count was knotted at •
27-all at the end of the regular play
i»K periol. The tinal score was al-29,
Howard Gaylord, for,the locals, shoot
ing a field goal and two fouls, while
Captain Kllim;'ton, for the visUors,
counted once from scriminag'*, in the
The game was remarkably clean,
considering the speed with which it
was played. Jimmy Hrown gave the
best exhibition of floor work seen here
this season and divided scoring honors
with Howard. Gaylord. The William
ston guards are also due a lot of
credit for the excellent defense they
put up. Hugh 11. Anderson w.as back
in uniform for the., town team and
demonstrated that he hadn't forgotten
all he knew about the game while he
was in Tennessee, l.ymari Hritt played
his usual good game at center but
failed to count as many of his long
shots as he usually does.
For the guardsmen, Captain Klling
. lon was easily Ithe outstanding player.
: It was due mufinly ti his efforts that.
|fh« managed to tie thu.
score in tfie second half, after VVil
liamston hal gotten off to a 14-11 lead
at the end of the first period,
All in all, it was a fine game; a fine
ending for a fine season; and it is to
he hoped that the town wjll be 1 as
well represented in the sport next *
Snow Cause of Many
Problems in Schools ,
The heavy snow of a few days ago
i s all K°ne, tut it left a. score of prol>- .
lems in school circles of the county.
It was debated as to whether "snow"
could be written on tho register for
the days lost or to alter the registers
so ns to take, in the bad days and-yet
show a full school month. Another
question yet unsettled deals with the
payment of salaries during the days
of the snow. To pay the board bills
of the teachers has been suggested as
one way of settling another question
brought about by the snow. The Rob r
crsonville schools are solving the
question by making up the lost time
on Saturdays. The schools of Jhat
town held classes last Saturday, ami
it is understood another day will be
made up Saturday of next week.
The payment of salaries or board
bills during the time school was sus
pended is a matter to be settled by
the local committee*, and when time
is made up on Saturdays the boards
have to pass their approval.