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Regular Term
Superior Court
Began Monday
Judge Stresses Menace
of Crime Conditions
In the Country
The June term of Martin County
superior court, Judge R. A. Nunn,
presiding, convened here Monday
morning. Of the four terms of our
superior court, we have two business
terms, March and September. The
June term is always regarded as the
rush term, and the December term is
generally called the rest term.
The court found so little on the
criminal docket that it adjourned at
11.30 to give the grand jury time to
consider the few bills before it, there
being only about half a dozen for
their consideration.
The following: grand jury was
drawn from the hat: J. L. Croom,
foreman; Simon Lilley, Stephen E.
Manning, Eli Rogerson, W. J. Mel
soii, H. H. Cowan, Gordon G. Bailey,
W. J. Lit ley, J. H. Rogers, W. T. Rob
erson, Jwsse Bailey, J. F. Bailey, Coy
J. Roberson, John R. Gardner, D. A.
James, J. G. Barnhill, jr., J. Daniel
Judge Nunn did not take up a long
time in his chaise to the grand jury
but stressed teh menace of the crima
conditions of the day, saying that we
appear not to think seriously on the
fact that we are killing three times
a; many people every year in our
State by the careless and unlawful
hapdling of automobiles as were
killed in the greatest Indian massa
cre ever staged in our State. Yet
the horrors of those massccres have
come down to us, even to this day.
We don't appear to think BO much a
bout a few hundred people being
killed by automobiles annually.
The need to bring the unlawful
handlers of automobiles to the bar of
justice to answer for their unlawful
ucts was pointed out as one of the
duties incumbent upon the grand
The judge quoted the best figures
available, which show that there are
10,000 people murdered in the United
States every year and less than 100
pay the death penalty. He further
stated that according to the State and
Federal reports there have been 176,-
000 unlawful killings in the United
Stutes during the past 20 years, and
that only 1,500 of them have tieen ex
ecuted. About 18,000 of the murder
ers are now in prison, State* or Fed
etal, and 20,000 have died, leaving
more than 136,000 murderers now at
large in this country, which means
that we have 10,000 more murderers
in our country than we do soldiers in
our standing army.
We have about one hundred times
as many murders in thi» country each
year as in England, but they execute
about as many as we do.
It is, according to the opinion of
many who have put much study on
the crime condition, the belief that
few criminals are caught in their
first criminal law violation, but gen
erally go through the same game
many times before being detected.
The judge suggttrted that our jails
should not be so fine that men would
W4, nt to break into them rather than
'o break out.
James ville Juniors
Defeat Locals 9-5
The local junior basball team made
up of small boys from around the
town lost to the juniors at Jamssville
ill an interesting game at Jamesville
9 to 5 last Friday.
The game had its features, Brown
■tarring behind the bat and Gaylord
performing well in the box. A return
game will be played here tomorrow.
Messrs. R. L. Perry and H. C,
Green were court visitors here yes
Shirley Mason and
Johnny Harron in
Juvenile Comedy
The Sea Scamps'
to See Ken Maynard
On Friday Night
Always a Good Show
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License Bureau
But One-Fifth
2,842 Tags Remain To Be Sold Here, A Number
Large Enough To Cause Confusion Later
The figures given out by the local
auto license noon yester
day showed that a few less than one
fifth of the licenses at the agency
here had been sold. According to
that statement, there remain 2,842
plates, a number large enough to
cause confusion and waiting before
the first of next month.
In spite of the slow sale, the
plates are going Aster this year than
they did last. As compared with the
last year's sales for the same length
of time, the tags this year are sell
ing just two and one-quarter times as
fast. The ratio, however, should be
much greater aince the time is limit
ed to one month.
Counter Proposal Is
Submitted V. E. & P.
Test Fire Siren
Tonight at 7:45
The electric siren recently in
stalled by the town as a tire
signal will be sounded tonight
at 7:45 by Fire thief Henry D.
Harrison. The howler is guar
anteed to carry a sound four
miles under any conditions, and
it in to determine the validity
of the guarantee that the siren
will be turned on this evening.
Firemen will be sent out four
miles from town in each direc
tion a few minutes before the
time set for the teat, and a
check will be made by them.
Citizens are asked to ignore
the alarm.
Committees of
Board Named
Committees sill Hear
Complaints; Report
Findings to Bo&rd
At a recent meeting of the board of
town commissioners, standing com
mittees for the various town depart
ments were named. These commit
tees will hear complaints and recom
mendations from the citizens and
will, after investigating the matter,
take it before the board of commis
sioners. In this way\ first-hand in
formation can be given the board by
the committees, and much time is
The committees include the follow
Street commissioners, north side
of Main Street: G. H. Harrison and
L. F. Lindsley.
Street commissioners, south side of
Main Street: C. O. Moore and E. P.
Finance: W. T. Meadows, C. O.
Moore, and E. F. Cunningham.
Light*: C. O. Moore, W. T. Mead
ows, and L. P. Lindsley.
Fire: L. P. Lindsley, E. P. Cun
ningham and G. H. Harrison.
Sanitary: W. T. Meadows and C. O.
Building and Grounds: E. P. Cun
ningham and W. T. Meadows.
Water and sewerage: G. H. Harri
son, L P. Lindsley, and C. O. Moore.
Custodian of market and opera
house: W. T. Meadows.
Mayor pro tem: B. P. Cunningham.
Bible Study at the
Baptist Church
Wednesday night, at 8 o'clock, the
liaptist congregation will resume
their regular mid-week Bible study.
Having had no meetings for two
weeks on account of the revival at
the Christian church, the pastor is
anxious that the people come back in
goodly numbers to this service; and
he asks that they kindly be present
on time.
The book studied this week is
Luke's Gospel. Renan called it the
most beautiful book in the world.
While the pastor could wish that those
coming would read the entire book,
he is especially anxious that the first
two chapters be read closely.
.Regular Meeting
Juniors Thursday
The Junior Order will hold its reg
ular meeting next Thursday night at
£ o'clock in the hall over the Peele
Jewelry Store. All members of the
order are urged U> be present.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, June 21,1927
Officials of the bureau stated that
tlic sale to local people was still lug-,
ging, and unless business picked up
at once, there would be much waiting
in line to contend with by auto-tug
The bureaus, operating under the
supervision of the Carolina Motor
Club, this year have been empowered
to make transfers, thus making it un
necessary for the car owner .who has
changed autos during the year to ap
jply at Kaleigh for his tag. Last year
the agencies were authorized to do
this, but' it was late in July when the
order was given. This year the new
duty was assigned to the bureaus the
15th of this month.
Varies from the One of
Power Company's in
One or Two Cases
In a special meeting yesterday af
ternoon at the treasurer's office in the
Dixie Warehouse, a counter proposal
to the one 1 presented by the Virginia
Electric & Powef' Co. was approved
and signed by the mayor, clerk, and
commissioners. The counter-proposal
was drafted in the main by Mayor
Ccburn, and was read before the
The proposal varies in only one. or
two instances from the one prepared
by the power company.
The terms of the power company's
proposal provided for the puu-hane of
the distribution system and franchise
inly. The counter-proposal prepared
by the town provides for the sule of
certain equipment along with the
franchise and at an increased price.
One or two other changes were noted,
but they were consider*l of minor
importance when it comes to a mat
ter of acceptance or rejection.
The proposal goes to Mr. J. T.
Chase, manager of the Carolina Di
vision of the Virginia Electric &
Power Company, at Roanoke Rapids,
today. It is not known just how long
it will require for the proposal to go
through the proper channels and find
it* wuy back here. The proposul pro
vides for a general vote of the people
of the town, and should it be accept
ed by the power company it will then
be put to a vote. Sixty duys will be
required for this process. Other fea
tures of the proposal provide for the
Inking over of the plant here not lat
er than July 1, 192 K.
Wide Speculation
As to Ford Models
Mr. Ford is certainly holding to his
"dope" relative to the new type of
tar his company is about to put on
the market. Hut while he is doing
that, speculation as to the details of
the new car are running wild. Ac
cording to street talk, we are to see
a Ford patterned after a Lincoln, so
far as its body is concerned, and pro
pelled by a motor similar to one seen
in another make of car. As far as
spedd is concerned, this car will run
around 76 miles an hour and then not
have its throttle open. The car has
both four and six cylinders, two be
ing carried as "spares," we presume.
Anyway, that's a story, with all aue
respects to the author of the state
Speculation an to the price of the j
rew car has been held under the hat. I
Anyway, that's something for the
credit agency to worry about, and not
the prospective purchaser.
Deliveries, according to unofficial
Ktr tements, will be started around the
first of July. This is not to be de
pended upon at all, for Henry can
easily have his admirers walk a while
Ford agencies all over the country
are without details, and it now looks
as if the public will have to wait un
til Henry shouts out from Detroit be
fore any reliable information can be
Many Visitors
Here Yesterday
The usual number of visitors was
greatly added to yesterday when
many people from all over the county
came here to attend court and receive
checks from the cotton cooperative
association. The streets were crowded
with automobiles the greater part of
the day, and judging from the number
of people her-, one would have
thought the day was Saturday.
Tobacco Men of
U.S. Meeting in
Morehead City
Will Ask for First Week
in September as the
Opening Date
Messrs. Jim Kin*;, W. I. Skinner,
and Hubert Morton, of the local to
bucco market, left thus morning for
Morehead City, where they will at
tend u three-day m. wting 0 f the To
bacco Association of the United
States. It is the first meeting of the
association in this section, and one of
the largest in the organization's his
tory is expected. Kentucky, Virginia
South Carolina, Georgia, and other
Sti'tes will send lar K e delegations to
the meeting.
The committee on markets will con
sult the wishes of the local oryaniza
tions in the various belts in fixing the
dates Jor the openings late in the sum
mer and early in the fall. The Kast
ern Carolina tobacco men are expect
ed to ask for a date in the first week
of September. However, it was sug
gested at a meeting i>f the Kast Car
olina tobacconists av.Wil.son some few
weeks ago tlxat August 2!) IH» men
tioned as the opening date. At that
time, in August, the Georgia and
South Carolina maik. :.s will be well
underway, it is thought!
A. H. Carrington, president of the
association, of Danville, Va., urrived
at Morehend City yesterday for the
meeting. ■ - 1 ...--'v..
Local Church
Revival Ends
Baptismal Service Held
Last Night in the
Christian Church
The meeting at the Christian church
closed iSunday nighi followed with a
baptismal service on Monday nißht.
Dr. A. P, DeGnfferelly preached
Friday night on she subject, "When
the Chief of Sinner. Was Converted."
In his sermon, he pictured I'aul going
down to Damascus, believing himself
tc be a devout religious man, but
without the knowledge and love of
Christ. He then showed rPaul when
he had learned of the Christ and His
1« ve.
On Sunday, "The Mind of the
Master" was the subject. That morn
ing the evangelist attempted to show
how he Master revealed himself to.
all those who saw Him, which was the
exemplification of His life to man.
The closing sermon Sunday night
was based on the subject, "Making
Light of Christ and Salvation." The
fact that those uho have made the
most of Christ and salvation have
triumphed and rejoiced is proof that
it is the wpy of life, and as further
proof - those who have failed to im
prove their talents and their time
have met sorrow and condemnation.
The sermons of Dr. DeGaflFerelly
have all been clear, simple and.force
able throughout tiie entire meeting.
Town Automobile Tags
Are Selling Slowly
Chief W. li. Daniel stated this
morning 'that if h. depended upon re
tells for town automobile tags, he
would be forced to join the ranks of
Home charitable institution in order to
get meat and bread. In other words,
the chief haf; sold around twenty tags
thus fur, awl he allows that there are
around two hundred automobiles in
town that are supposed to carry the
Chief Daniel is following the law
to a certain extent as laid down by
the State regarding the purchase of
auto license. The State is giving no
extension of time this year, accord
ing to license bureau officials; so the
chief says that since his tags are so
cheap, he will be obliged to follow the
same course and graht no extension
ot time.
The tags are at the Moyar's office,
Cars Badly Damaged
in Wreck Saturday
i Two cars, a liuirk sedan, owned by
I Mr. Herbert Hopkins, of near Ham
ilton, and a Ford coupe, belonging to
Will Williams, colored, were badly
. damaged when they met in a head-on
collision near' Jamesville Saturday
night. The damage to the big car
will run over two hundred dollars, it
is estimated. No small amount will
be required to put the Ford in run
ning shape.
Rod Rodgers, a passenger in the
colored car, was hurt, but not serious
ly. The two cars were pulled into
local garages and are now awaiting
repairs. ,
It was stated that the driver of the
colored car was drunk at the time of
the accident
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Martin County to Get $33,923
From State Equalization Fund
Local Tobacco M
Plans for Ba
Committee To Appear Before Kiwunis Club Here
Tomorrow and Outline Plans For Season
For four hours lajit Saturday local
warehousemen sat and threshed out 1
problems facing the local market this
year. Committees were appointed to
look into certain matters that will 1
have to do with the successful opera- 1
tion of the market this year. All theJ
tobacco men present were most sin
cere in slating their faith in the lo
cal market this year, saying: that the
market here had one of the brightest
prospects for a banner year it has
ever had. They pledged their sup
port in no uncertain terms, and wjth
tin cooperartion of the citizens of the
Members Get Final
Payment for Cotton
Representative Of The
Organization (Jives
• Its History
About "5 cotton farmers met Mr.
M. G. Mann at the city hall Moniay,
where they received final payment for
tht»ir cotton in th>- short-term pool of
Mr. Mann, who was formerly, vice
president of the First National Hank,
of Tarboro, which position he re
signed to take charge of the field serv
ici department of the. North Carolina
Cotton Growers Association, with
headquarter* at Raleigh, gave the
farmers something of the history and
working methods of the association.
la the first year's, operation, money
v i.s hurd to borrow and storage and
insurance was high, and for that year
each bale pooled cost sß.(it)'. This
yiar the cost has been reduced to
per bale, which includes the
salary of all employees, storage, in
surance, stationery, rent, ami all oth
er expense of every kind and nature.
One of the greatest advantages
which the cotton association has made
possible for the farmer is the better
grading. Five yeais ago the only
grading considered was by color. The
association has procured staple grad
ing, which has placed 411 pf r/ cent of
the cotton produced above the stand
ard 7-8 middling basis. This alone
has brought the association farmers
$228,290 more than they would Kave
received under the old system of grad
ing, where the length of the staple
was not considered.
The association has saved hundreds
of thousands of dollars in what is usu
ally classed as "country damage,"
which in former yeurs ran vi ry high.
Mr. Mann says that durir.g lust sea
son they hud only one cn.:e of "coun
try damage," which was charged to
thi member shipping.
The a-ssociation has established a
credit which enables it to procure
loans ut the minimum rate of inter
A farmer now can sell his cotton
through the growers' association for expense than ho can through a
commission merchant. He can also
have the assurance that he gets the
advantage of expert grading, which
is recognized on every taarket in the
world. '
Small Child Dies In
Rocky Mount Hospital
The little eighteen months old
daughter. of Mr. ami Mrs. Al
of neaiv Plymouth died Saturduy morn
big in the Rocky Mount Sanatorium
where it was taken following art acute
attack of colitis.
Funeral services were held from the
home of its aprents Sunday after
noon with the Christian and Metho
dist ministers of Plymouth officiating.
A large crowd of friends assembled
a) the services to express sympathy
to the young parents ,this being their
only child.
Mrs. Latham is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Roberson of this
county ancl has many relatives here.
Leaguers to Have
i Picnic Thursday
The Senior Epworth League of the
Methodist Church will have a picnic
next Thursday afternoon at 5.30 at
Riverside Park. The members of the
league are requested to prepare u
I town the warehousemen do not hesi
;[ tlite to look forward to the coming
, I season as a bright one.
1 The business in the main dealt with
, the management of the warehouse
'. business, such as buying baskets,
printing, trucks, and other things
4-usetfr in the operation of u warehouse.
| However, committees were appointed
to look after those details nearest
!, the public. Messrs. W.- T, Mi adows,
: \ ictor Shelburne, and L. H. Harnhill
 were appointed a committee to ap
• | pear before the local Kiwanis Club to-
I | morrow anil outline the plans for con
-' ducting the market this year.
Expect to Complete
Audit This Week
Mr. H. K. I'erkinson, of the
M. N. Mac line & Co., auditors.
Rocky Mount, started an audit
of the town's luniks here last
Friday. Mr. I'erkinson, on ac
count of other business arrange
ments, wus called to li'tcky Mt.
Saturday and was unable to fol
low the work here that day. He
returned yesterday morning, and
today he was making splendid
progress, saying thai he thouKht
he could finish before the week
was out.
Proceedings of
Superior Court
Wynne Infanticide Case
(ioes Before Court
This Afternoon
The Juno term Martin Superior
court in session here this week had
made little; progress up until noon
today-.-AIT the cases before His Honor
Judge Nunn, have been of very little
note, an«l have been cleared frum the
docket with no resulting road sen
The following cases have been (lis
posed of:
M. M. James, violation of liquor
law, culled and failed.
Jesse Whitehurst, practiai'ig doctor,
plead K-uilty to the charge. He was
required to pay Mrs. Tims. Adams
sf»o and charged with the cost of the
Same Boston's c:»se was culled, but
he failed to appear.
Willie Jackson plead ";uilty to /a
simple assault charge. He was re
quired to pay the cost.
C. H. Clark, cruelty to animals,
plead truilty to th» charge. Judgment
was suspended upon the payment of
the costs.
J. B. Whitfield charged with car
rying concealed weapon and with as
sault with a deadly weapon, appealed
from the recorder's court where he
received a sentence to the Edgecombe
roads, fn this court he plead guilty
ni>d was fined SSO, the minimum in
the concealed weapon case arid tfiven
until September to pny same. A sus
pended 6 months sentence was given.
Simon Fajfan, jr. and Solomon
Green were tried on a charge of break
ing into Neal Godard's filling station
pn the Jamesvrlle toad. The case
went to *he jury at 12:30 today,
anil it was o"nly a few minutes be
fore a verdict of "guilty" was re
turned in the case,of Simon Fagan.
There were two otheis implicated in
the case but one's truilt could not be
proved and the other was too younir
for the court to prosecute. Th« judge
sentenced Fagan to the Edgecombe
roiids for twelve months and make
known his regret that he would have
to leave the other two thieves in the
The Oscar Wynne infanticide case
ccmes up this afternoon, but too late
for this isßue.
The Brickhousc-Woolard case, it is
understood will be compromised. It
will be re«»«»mbered that the eldir
Prickhousc was killed as n result of
a collision when Woolard's car and
Briekhouse's car wrecked on the
Washinßton road near here seveial
weeks ago. \ - , .
Advertiser* Will Find Oor Col
umns a latchkey to Over 1600
Homes of Mart is County.
200 Per Cent Increase
Over Amount Given
Last Y ear
The State Board of Equalization
l>a.i completed the allotment of the
13,500,000 special school fund. The
first congressional district gets $284,-
492.03, an increase of $142,594.68 over
last year, when the district got $141,-
N97.45; making our quota just twice
as much us lus' year, with $697.13 to
Only two counties in the State re
ceived less this year than last, Cam
den and Dare. Beaufort County gets
the largest increase. Last year they
received $5,660.58; this year they
were given $53,087.73, a net increase
cf $40,280.08, or 6XO per cent, which
about one third of the entire gain
for the 14 counties of the first district
Martin County receives t'his year
$33,023.43, as against $11,027.00 last
year, a net increase of $22,206.43,
which is ail increase of nearly 200
per cent.
All of the counties in the district
draw l'rotn the equalization fund this
year, but neither Pasquotank nor Pitt
received anything last year. This
year Pasquglank draws $4,083.51, and
Pitt $5,178.06.
It evaluation Figures
The revaluation of property listed
foi taxes in the various counties, as
reported by the same board, resulted
ir. the lowering of the total taxable
property in live counties of the first
congressional district', as follows:
Lteaufort, $2,160,633; Chowan, $25,-
383; Currituck, $132,546; dates, 86,-
830; and Hyde, $488,713; a total re
duction ot $2,903,114. The other nine
counties ot the district showed an in
crease of $9,423,072.
The increase in our own county was
'from $16,029,910 last year to $17,-
685,897 this year, a net train of sl,-
655,969. While the additional $22,000
over last year coming to our county
ftom the State equalization fund
looks pretty good, it does not amount
to so much when we consider the fact
that our valuation has been increased
by $1,600,000, which, in effect, will
mean that Martin County will have
to pay more than half of the addi
tional $22,000 which we will receive
from the equalization fund; and
i means a Kain of only ten or twelve
i thousand dollars. *■
On the other hand, take our sister
j county of Beaufort, which gets an
increase from the equalization fund of
| $46,000; and a reduction of taxable
I property of more than two million
I dollars. This will have the effect, in
j the long run, of increasing lteaufort
| County's quota to around $70,000.
Fourteen ci unties iq the State lost in
valuation; two remained the same,
and eighty-four were increased; the
net gain for the State being $196,-
Only two counties lost as much as
$2,000,0(10 each, Beaufort and liurke.
Johnston County Ruined more in tax
value than any oth"r county in the
State. Robeson County,, which Is
Governor McLean's home county, will
receive the largest sum from the
equalisation fund.
Runs Into Rear of
Ford Roadster
Fernando liland wrecked his Ford
touring car and knocked the rear
wheel oir a Ford roadster belonging
to a man from Greenville last Sunday
afternoon when he ran his car into
the other one at a point just this side
of the bridge across Beaver Dam
Swamp, on highway No. 90, between
here and Everetts. Mr. Hland's wife
and child were hurt in the- accident,
but not seriously. They were carried
to Kobersonville where their wounds
wen? dressed.
Just how the accident happened no
one could learn, for Bland was insist
ent when he stated it was no one's
business. It was stated, however,
that Bland was apparently drunk
when Jle ran his car into the roadster.
Shfrilf Koebuck was called, and he
v enf to Kobersonville but found that
Bland had stopped off in Everetts
while Mrs. Bland and the child went
on to Kobersonville. When the sher
iff returned to Everetts, Bland had
lift, but papers have been issued and
he will be called before Judge Baßey
here next Tuesday.
Rev. Louis Mayo Holds
Services at Everetts
Rev. Louis A. Mayo is preaching
each night this week at the Everetts
Christian church. He will probably
continue to hold services through all
of neit week.
Rev. Mr. Mayo wax.ptstor of the
church at Everetts several years ago,
and while there he gaiaad. many
friends who welcome the opportunity
to hear him again.

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