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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 35
Local Market Will
Open September 7
Tobacco Men Believe the
Price Will Be Good
This Season
At a meeting of the National To
bacco Association at Morehead City
last week, the tobacco markets in
Eastern Carolina will open Septem
ber 6. That date applies only to the
larger markets, it being the custom
/or the smaller markets to open a
day later.
If the date set by the association
is unchanged, the market will open
here Wednesday, September 7. Pros-
Ipects for the crop this year are a
matter of speculation at this time,
but the one main point of interest at
the Morehead meeting centered a
round the price. According to those
.who attended~tfte~lTH«'ting, it was the
general belief of lane tobacco men
that the crop this sa»M>n would bring
,a good price. /
Crop reports m>m various agenr
cies are thougjvrto be a little off in
their so in' those
concerning this immediate section. It
is generally known that the acreage
has been increased, varying by esti
mation from 10 to 15 per cent, but
that there will be more tobacco pro
duced is doubted by many. The crop
in this section has not developed as
was expected by many when they
looked the field over two or three
weelcs ago. Several farmers have re
ported exceptionally fine crops, but
the general report would show that
the quality of the tobacco is not
promising and that the crop will not
be as good as it was last year. On
sandy land, farmers slate that the to
-1 acco is very sorry and that on semi
hard soil it is some better, but in the
majority of cases, it is of the poor
tjye. It is expected that the leaf will
torn out to be the lightest in years,
,aceording to more than a dozen peo- j
pie who have visited the fields in this
section. >i m j
Ford Sedan Stolen Last
Wednesday Recovered
The Ford sedan stolen from Mr. J.]
4>. Manning while he was attending
church at Everetts last Wednesday
evening was found in u ditch near,
Pactolus later that night. The rogue,
probably not familiar with driving a
car, run the machine into a ditch
ami, evidently frightened by an ap
proaching car, (led, leaving the lights (
burning and the engine running. A i
colored man heard the hum of the
motor and went out to investigate. |
Finding no one there, he cut the en
gine otf and notified the sheriff ut
Greenville. The car was advertised
Thursday and Mr. Manning went for
it Friday.
As far as could be determined the
car was not damaged. A new coat und
hat left in the car by the owner just
beforW it was stolen remained un
touched.
Baptists Change Their
Wogram for Summer
Beginning the first Sunday in July,
the local Baptist congregation will
have only one preaching service each
Sunday for the months o#July and
August. This one service wjll be on
Sunday mornings.
In addition to the morning preach- j
ing service, the Sunday school will
meet regularly, as usual, and the mid- j
week Bible study will carry on each
Wednesday night as usual.
The people who are accustomed to !
attand the services at this chutch will
kindly bear in mind this change, and
it is hoped that the people will sup
port, after a noble fashion, the Sun
day morning service throughout the
summer. ,
STRANHi
THEATRE | J
WEDNESDAY
A Crashing Real Western
Dynamite in action —Nitro-Gly-
cerine in comedy—T. N. T.
in Thrills
TOM TYLER
"The Sonora Kid"
MERMAID COMEDY
"Going: Crazy"
Also a
FREE tICKET
to 8M DICK HATTON in
"SPEEDING HOOFS" FRIDAY
Always a Good Show
THE ENTERPRISE
Commissioners To
Meet On Monday
The Fourth of July is nothing
but a first Monday this year
with the board of county com
missioners, for the various mem
berti will meet in regular ses-
Hion here that day. There was
some doubt at first as to wheth
er the hoard would hold a ses
sion that day, but yesterday
Chairman liarnhill started that
so far as he knew the board
would meet.
The meeting next Monday is
understood to be one of the four
most important meetings of the
year.
Rush Begins
For Licenses
Only Two Days Remain
For the Purchase
of Auto Tag's
The first real rush for auto licenses
came last Saturday, when approxi
mately 500 of the tags were issued
to car owners by the local bureau.
All during the day a short line would
form, and the clerks found it ditficuh
to keep it cleared. During the hours
the bureau was open, the clerks is
sued tags at the rate of one a min
ute.
In spite of all warnings, it now
looks as if the rush will reach the
point where!the clerks will not be
able to handlelt. There remain only
two more days in which to purchase
the tags and stay within tht law,
and it will be next to impossible for
the bureau to issue the remaining
niimbei' in that time.
Saturday's sale brought the num
ber. sold by the local bureau up to
1,500. Yesterday's sale was not so
large, and today's sale, while it was
making strong headway, will not
equal the one last Saturday. A new
record is expected to be set tomor
row and Thursday.
One of tbe branch's managers stat
ed yesterday that additional tags are
expected to arrive within the next day
or so, and hat a larger number will
be distributed from this point than
wjis originally expected.
Collins Peel With
Peel Motor Company
Mr. S. C. Peel, connected with the
Harrison wholesale company during
th ' past .several years, resigend "lis
traveling salesman with that company
and goes with the Peel Motor Co.,
Chevrolet dealers of this place, Mr.
Peel enters upon his new duties this
week and carries to his new position
the good will of people all over East
ern Carolina.
Mr. Peel is not new in the auto
mobile business, having been con
nected directly or indirectly with the
I usiness during a large part of his
life. He will' be succeeded by Mr.
Gaylord Harrison as traveling sales
man for the wholesale company.
Volunteer Firemen '
Met Last Evening
Members of the volunteer fire com
pany met in a short business session
here last night in the office of Attor
ney Peel. Plans for the entertain
ment at the Eastern Carolina Fire
men's association were discussed, but
final arrangements are to be made by
a committee.
The local firemen are planning a
big reception for the firemen when
they meet here next month.
Many Local People
Go To Pamlico Beach
According to the number of local
people visiting Pamlico Beach each
week, that resort is the main haven
of rest for the week-end excursion
ists from here. Although there have
been few week ends thus far that
have contributed real warm weather,
the number attending that resort has
ranged from 10 upward . It is under
stood that the town will have a large
delegation there during the next
week end. The hotel service and
meals there have been favorably
'commented upon by visitors from all
over this section, and the number of
people to visit there is increasing.
Mr.- and Mrs. Herbert Clark visited
relatives in Durham Sunday. Mrs.
Clark will remain there a few day*.
Mr. Clark returned home yerterday.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, June 28,1927
Taylor Wins
Hard-Fought
Legal Battle
Jury Returned Verdict
After Deliberating
Five Minutes
After five days of evidence, flow
ery speeches and other happenings
common in the courtioom, the James
versus Taylor case cam a to a close
when the jury, after five minutes of
deliberation, found in favor of the
defendant Taylor, heie yesterday af
ternoon.
This was one of the most notable
civil cases tried in our county during
the "past several years. More wit
nesses were introduced in the case
than at any previous *inv> during the
past several years.
The plaintitf claimed that under an
-agreement covrinff a part of the
warehouse season of 192f> that the de
fendant and he had a eontlact where
by he was to' buy tobacco on his
warehouse floor with the defendant's
money and the defendant was to han
dle the tobacco on a fifty-fifty basis
as relating to profits and losses.
It turned out at the end of the
season several thousand dollars had
been lost, and about IS,(MX) pounds of
tobacco was short according to the
books of James. James claimed a
large sum of money was due him
for loss in pounds, bad handling and
also for selling on a low market. Be
sides this a claim was made for in
jury to the plaintiff's reputation. The
plaintiff James also charged that W.
F. Crawford who had actually/handl
ed the leaf account had not properly
accounted for much of the tobacco fie
had handled.
Soon after the plaintiff introduced
his testimony, it was thought by
many that he had no case, and that
he was unable to substantiate a single
one of his claims.
The defense presented an itemized
statement of all tobacco received and
shewed the proceeds of satne. It was
the defense's contention that the loss
in pounds was becuuse much of "the
360,000 pounds of tobacco bought was
in high order, bought widly, scatter
ed around in nooks and corners where
it was damaged by the weather and
that it lost in both quality and pounds
before it went into the hands of Mr.
Crawford. It was also claimed that
Mr. James sold much-of (he tobacco,
that he sold 12,000 pounds on Sun
day ut onp time besides large quan
tities of damaged tobacco at other
times and placed much of the leaf in
the scrap. All of this was never
charged against the leaf account, ac
cording to the James audit, the audit
including only the tobacco handled by
Crawford. ■
After a long battle of five days in
which James was represented by
Ward and Grimes, of Washington, Al
bion Dunn, of Greenville, Stubbs and
Stubbs, of Williamston, and Taylor
by A. R. Dunning, E. S. Peel and
Wheeler Martin, of Williamston, and
A. D. McLean, of Washington, the
verdict was returned by the jury in
übout five minutes.
The case brought to a close the
June term Martin Superior court. To
finish the case, court was continued
through yesterday.
Mrs J. J. Long Dies In
Hospital Saturday
Mrs. J. J. Long, of near Oak City,
died last • Saturdray at 1.30 in a
Rocky Mount hospital at the age of
72 years. Mrs. Long had 'been in
feeble health for some time and had
been in the hospital for the past two
weeks for treatment.
Before her marriage .o the late J.
J Ixmg immediately after the Civil
War, she was a Miss Allsbrook, of
'"Scotland. Neck. Since her marriage,
she lived near Oak City, where a fam
ily of fine young girls and boys was
reared.
Interment was made irv the cem"-
tery at Conoho Church, near Oak
City Sunday afternoon, Rev. Grimes
officiating.
r
Town Commissioners
Meet Next Tuesday
At their last meeting, the town com
missioners postponed the meeting
scheduled for next Monday night un
til Tuesday, July 5. Several mem
bers of the board are planning to be
cut of town on the Fourth, and it was
decided to postpone the meeting un
til the following day.
Everetts to Meet
Creswell Thursday
, i 1 ' ' ,
Everetts will meet Creswell in a
baseball game at Everetts next
Thursday afternoon, according to
Manager Bailey of tho Everetts
team.
The game will be called at 4:16
and is expected to be one of the bert
of the season. (
Governmental
Costs of State
Next Lowest
State Maintenance and
Operation Amounted
To $16,292,822
The Federal Department of Com
merce has just published a report
showing the cost of £tate govern
ment for the year 1926 It is inteii
esting to know that tfie fcst in North
Carolina is the lowest of any State in
the Union except Alabama. The
northern and western States are gen
erally much higher than the Southern
States. Every one of the conserva
tive New England States are in the
high column, while every Southern
State except Texas is in the low col
umns--
The University News Letter gives
the following financial exhibits for
North Carolina:
'The. payments for maintenance and ,
operation of the general departments !
of North Carolina for the fiscal year |
ending June 30, 1926, amounted to
$16,292,822, or $5.75 per capita. This |
includes $1,923,579, apportionments I
for education to the minor civil divi
sions of the State. In li*26 the com
parative per capita fo» maintenance |
and operation of general departments
was $6.09, and in 1917, $1.96. The I
expenses of public service enterprises
amounted to $16,636; interest on debt,
$5,214.,'{74; and outlays for permanent
improvements, $24,280,:!05. The to
tal payments, there fori, for expenses
cf general department and public
service enterprises, intorest, and out
lays were $45,804,036. The totals in
clude all payments fc»r the year,
v/helher made from current revenues
oi from the proceeds of bond issues.
Of the governmenta costs reported
above,-$23,990,981 was for highways,
$2,940,210 being for maintenance and
$21,050,671 for construction. »
Revenues
The total revenue receipts of North
Carolina for 1926 were $36,474,774, or
$12.87 per capital. This was $14,-
960,943 more than the total payments
of the yenr, exclusive Itf the payments
for permanent improvements, but $9,- i
f>29,262 less than the total payments j
including Lhose for permanent im- \
provements. These payments in ex
cess of revenue receipts were met |
from the proceeds of debt obligations.
Property and special 'taxes represent
«l 21.8 per cent of the total revenue
for 1926, 1K.5 per cent for 1925, anil
05.2 per cent for 1917. The increase !
in the amount of property and spec
ial taxes collected was 77.2 per cent
from 1917 to 1925, and 51.3 per cent
/rom 1925 to 19ii6, the increase from
1925 to 1926 being largely due to the
.greater receipts from the income tax. j
The per capita property and special |
taxes were $2.81 in 1926, $1.92 in '
1925, and $1.20 in 1917. The receipts!
from general property taxes in 1925
end 1926 were negligible, being only !
collections on levy of previous yearn.
Earnings of general departments
or compensation for services rendered j
by State officials, represented 11.1 per S
cent of the total revenue for'"' 1926, j
,11.2 per cent for 1925, and 20.4 per J
cent for 1917.
Business and non-business licenses I
.constituted 43.1 per cent of the total
revenue for 1926, 19.3 per cent for i
J925, and 19.4 per cent for 1917. ;
Receipts from business licenses con- }
sis't chiefly of taxes exacted from in
surance and othi:r incorporated com
panies and of sal s tax on gasoHne,
while those from non-business- li
censes comprise chiefly taxes on mo
tor vehicles.
Assault Case Before
Justice of the Peace
While Judge Nunn and his 12 ju
rors were listening to the flowery lan
guage of several lawyers in the ;
James-Taylor suit, Justice of the
Peace J. L. Hassell, at the mayor's
office, was listening to facts about
domestic relations. Joe Davenport
was brought into court by a warrant
charging him with beating his wife.
The evidence in the case proved the I
charge to be true, and when the Jus
tice saw that large whelps remained
on the legs of the man's wife, he
bound Joe over to thp recorder's court
under a SIOO bond.
Davenport's motive in whipping his j
y.ife was not recorded in the court
record, but judging from the bruises
cr his wife's legs, man must
have been in i&tate of madness when
ht administered the whipping. The
Davenports live near here in Wil
liams Township. It is thought the
case will be ready for compromise by
Tuesday week, the- day act for the
cuse to go before Judge Bailey.
No Recorder's Court
Here Next Tuesday
be no recorder's court
here next Tuesday, according to Re
corder Walter Bailey. The-court will
hold its regular session the following
Tuesday, July 12.
Questions and Answers About
Special School Election July 5
Last-Minute Rush Brings
Registration
More Than 125 Citizens Place Their Names On
Hooks Last Day; Saturday Day for Challenge
The number of citizens registering
lor the special school election to be
held here the 6th of next month !
reached 461 before the books closed I
Saturday. More than 125 electors j
joined in the last-minute rush and'
placed their names on tilt books; it:
was the registrar's first real busy day i
since the books opened a month ago. |
Indications during the first few !
days of the registration pointed to a j
Start Bazemore
Case Tomorrow
Many Local People Are
Planning lo Attend
Trial in Snow Hill
The Bazemore murder trial is sche
duled to start in the Greene County
Superior court at Snow Hill tomor
row; Witnesses here were notified that
the case would be called in the morn
ing, and the six or more who will
give evidence will leave here in time
to reach there when tho court is
called. Judge K. 11. Crammer is pro
vsiding over the present session there.
It will be remembered that this
case was tried in the same court
several months ago with Judge Stack
presiding. A new trial was granted
when an appeal was made to-the
Supreme court, a technical error
serving as a basis for the re-trial.
Bazemore was sentenced to die in thb
electric chair for tlv> murder of Gor
don Yelvqrton, young white boy of
this place. '
Ileslde; the witnesses many local
people will vis't tlie county seat of
Greene to hear tiie proceedings.
Two Cases Tried; Four
Continued by Reeorder
Recorder's court toda>' succeeded
ii making history of two cases and
encumbering itself with future trou
ble by continuing four cases.
Fernanda Bland plead guilty to .the
charge of driving a car while drunk
He was fined $75, charged with the
cost of the case and had his license
to drive a ear revoked for four
months.
Jim and Hen Everett, charged with
assault with de-ully weapon, were
found to be guilty of n ithing mora
than- simple assault and this was
found to he true only ill Ben's case.
He was charged with the cost and
Jim escaped cost and penalty when
he was proved not guilty.
Will Williams who drove his car
.into that of Herbert Hopkins, was
charged with driving while drunk.
Tho case was continued for two
weeks.
The case in which llezakiah Wil
liams was charged with non-support
was continued Tor two weeks.
The cases against Wesley linker
and C. H. Clurk weie' continued for
two weeks.
There will be no session of the
court next week, Tuesday, July 12
In ing set for the next term.
laical Rank Sells
Travelers' Checks
The Farmers & Merchants Bank has
just added a new service, that of sell
ing traveler's checks. The service is
of much help to the '.raveling public,
and it was to rrwt the demand of
many traveling salesmen that the
hank added it to "its group of other
services.
The checks range in denominations
fiom $lO to sloo.' Fraurfis prevent
ed by having the purchaser sign, the
check hbok when bought and then
sign when the check is cashed, the
corresponding signatures giving the
check its validity.
Sixty Registered for
Smithwick Election
Around 6(f citizens in the Smith-,
wick school district entered their
names on the registration books for
'he special school election in that dis
trict to be held July 5. Mr. W. A.
Gardner, registrar for the district,
has had a slow business registering
the electors in the district, but It ia
understood that the election will cre
ate a great deal of interest even
though it is on a small scale.
The vote will be made next Tuesday
at the old Smithwick schoolhouse.
lifeless election, and up until the last
day it looked as if the election would
be held with few availaing them
selves of the opportunity to take pa"t.
'1 lie last day of registration, however,
makes possible a representative elec
t''on, and unless the electors get for
g« tful a good vote is expected.
The registration books will be open
for challenge next Saturday at the
Farmers Supply Co. store.
Start Work on
County Budget
(iocs Before the County
IJoa.'d Commissioners
Here Next Monday
The r«»jfist«»r t of deeds and county
auditor are at work this week on the
county budget. Estimated appropria
tions will be assigned the five funds:
General fund, interest, and sinking
fund, road and bridge fund, school
fund, and bond salary fund. I,ast
year there were only three of these
funds. The - >r interest and sinking
fund had a small surplus, and it was
not counted when estimated appro
priations were assigned. The other
fund, bond salary fund, has only been
created a short time; and, therefore,
it was not included in the list last
year. It is to be remembered, how
ever, that whiltj this fund will be in
eluded in the budget, it will make no
material difference in the tax rate,
since the fees charged by the county
| will about offset the salaries of the
various county officers.
The budget will he ready for the
commissioners at their meeting next
; Monday. It will be in tin ir hands
I for three weeks, during which time
: the- commissioners will accept it in
whole or in part as they see (it. It is
understood that the budget then will
' go into the hands of thp county audi
! - tor.
Returns From Home
Economies Meeting
Miss Anna Trentham, home demon
stration agent, has returned from
A.'heville, where slip attended the an
nual convention of Ihe American
| Home EEcomimics association in ses
sion there from June 20 to 21. She
I was accompanied on the trip by Miss
| Margaret Everett* of Palmyra.
if Kleven hundred women, represent-
I i'lg almost every State in the Union,
Canada, and Nova Scotia were in at
tendance, and Miss Trentham reports
i having heard lectures and discussions
j from a large number of outstanding
thinker.', and lecturers in the United
States today.
Dr. K. C. Hrooks', of State College,
Raleigh, acting in Governor McLean's
stead, welcomed the association to the
State. Mrs. E. 1.. McG -e, of .Sylva,
N. \, welcomed the association in
behalf of the North Carolina Federa
tion of Women's Clubs. ,
A lecture by Will Durant, of Co
lumbia University, und author of the
mUeh-jdiscussed l»ook. "The Story of
Philosophy,""* on the subject, "Is
Progress Real," was well received by
*♦ life large audience. Some others of
the large number heard were Dr
Thome, of Massachusetts State De
partment of Mental Hygiene, Hoston;
Dr. Carmichael, president of State
College for Women, of Alabama; and
Dr. I.indeman, of New York School
of Social Work. Prominent women
t.|ieaker, included Mi: s Lita Bane, at,
the home economics department of
tl.e • University of Wisconsin; Miss
Anna E. Richardson, of the depart
ment of child welfare/ Washington;
Miss Agne,s Ellen Harris, of Woman's
College of Alkhamu; Miss Nina Sim
mons, of John Hopkins University, of
Baltimore; and our own Mrs. Jane S.
McKimmon, under whose leadership
the home economic;; extension work
in North Carolina has made such a
rapid progress.
Regular Meeting -
of Masons Tonight
There will be an important regu
lar communication of Skewarkee
K l,odge, No. 90, A. F. & A. M., tonight
at the- usual hour. All members are
urged to attend, as there will ibe some
important business to be transacted.
Visiting brethren cordially invited.
C. D. CARSTARPHEN, Jr.,
Secretary.
Advertineri Will Find Oar Col
umn* « Latchkey to Over 1600
I Homes of Martia Coa*ty.
ESTABLISHED 1898
The School Election and
Its Purpose Fully
o Explained
Numerous questions huve been di
rected to the office of the Martin
County Hoard of Kducation concern
ing the significance of the special- tax
election to be held at the courthouse
in Williamston on July sth, 1927. IJor
no other purpose than to avoid dupli
cation of answers, and to save time
of questioners and rasponder, the fol
lowing questionnaire and answers are
compiled:
Taxpayer: "What tax uo we pay
for school in Williamston at this
time ?"
' Answer: "We paid 88 cents oil $11)0
property valuation last year to main
tain our school six months, as does a
piopepty holder m Biggs, Burroughs,
or any utht r school district in Maf
tin County."
Taxpayer: "Is there no other school
tax on us?"
Answer: "Yes; in addition to the
above 88 cents we paid u .special tax
on SIOO property valuation in Wil
liamston Special Tax District, which
holders of property in Biggs, Bur
roughs, and Whitley Districts did not
pay."
Taxpayer: "Do you mean to say
that a citizen in Williamston pays 36
cents more on SIOO worth of property
for schools than a citizen of the other
districts in the township?"
Answer: "Yes; that is the situa
tion."
Taxpayer: "Well, what is the addi
tional 85 cents on tin- SIOO property
valuation used for?"
Answer: "To suppoit the William
ston school for the seventh and
eighth months."
Taxpayer: "But why do.-a the coun
ty and State not pay the cost of sup
port longer than six manths?"
Answer: "Because the people of the
I R.ate only voted for a constitutional
j amendment calling for maintenance
of schools for six months."
Taxpayer: "Is it worth while, af
| ter all, to provide for eight months
of school?"
Answer: "It looks sometfl&tr like
! it pays when large tiumbers leave the
[ six-months-term districts and come to
Williamston eight-months-teim dis
trict.
"It looks a little like it pi.ys when
the average daily attendance of pu
pils in six-months-term districts of
the county is about 50 per cent of the
enrollment, and the average daily at
tendance of pupils in eight-months-
Uv'm districts as about 85 per'cent of
[Hie enrollment.
"It looks a little hit like it pays
when citizens of six-momhs districts
say their children who h:.ve attended
Williamston one year have learned
more in that year than in several
j aars attendance of six-months
schools.
"It looks a lititle like it pays when
a certain fight-roc'iths school of this
cjunty with an 'vol ai*' 1 yearly en
rollment ef less than •Hill pupils has
turned out 24 teachers in the last foui
years whose yjarly earnings will a
mount ti more than thu tex paid to
support the school, not to mention
others trained .for liv s of u r fulresa
"It looks-——"
Taxpayer: '"Hold on; I know all
that's so; but what I wai only anx-
I ieus tn know was" r wlmt this raw plan,
when carried, would cost me?"
Answer: "That depends on where
ycu live and how your holdings aro
diviileit"
Taxpayer: "Suppose I live in Wil
liamston Special Tax District?"
Answer: "In that case, all your tax*
able property being in Williamston, to
vote for local tax July sth would not
increase your tux at all."
Taxpayer: "What if most of my
holdingoutside of Williamston
and In is now Whitley Dis
trict?"
Answer: "When you vote for lpcal
tax, you. increase the amount you
pay, but ten chance?* to one you are
thereby enabled to hire a better typa
oi tenant on your land and increase
the productivity of your farm."
Taxpayer: "Suppose \ 1 reside in
Biggs District?"
Answer: you.,.have any listed
property, your tax will be increased
by 85 cents" on the SIOO worth of
property. But if you have children
or expect to have children in W||-
liamston school, this is your oppor
tunity to do the honest thing and vote
to pay your just and proper share to
support the school your children en
joy."'
Taxpayer: "Could an honorable
man do other than to vote for local
tcx when living in non-local tax ter
ritory he had for years sent his chil
dren to Williamston without paying
one penny to support the seventh and
eighth month of school?"
Answer: "Now, you are warming
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