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Masonic Picnic
At Coleraine Is
Well Attended
Tobacco Market Carried
Before Large Crowd
of People There
, Trucks carrying the miniature
warehouses of the local market were
sent to the Masonic picnic at Cole- |
ruine yesterday, along with *,reH
cards, sales cards, Market Brief's, per
sonal cards and other advertising mat
ter. The local market is making one
ci the strongest bids in its history for
tobacco this season ,and all indica
tions point to a most sucessful sea
The day the Chowan bridge was
opened, Williamston's method of
piucing her market before thousands
of people was said to be most suc
cessful. The town itself is cooperat
ing to a greater extent than ever
before with the three warehouses in
an effort to boost the local market,
and far-reaching results are expect
ed. * " j
That Wiiliamston has the brightest
prospects of any market in the Stats been acknowledged by many out
siders as well as local people. It is
no more than appropriate that the
town should join in with the tobacco
warehousemen in advertising our mar
ket, and it is expected that the mar
• ket will have its merits told to thous
ands of people before many more days
go by.
This section was well represented
at Coleraine yesterday, and the duy
vas a glorious cue for the many hun
dreds attending.
Elimination of tirade
Crossings Very Costly
The Industrial News Bureau esti
mates that it will cost $18,()Oo,OOt),OtMj
to eliminate grade crossings at the
various highway crossings in this
country. -
• « They say if the cost should be
borne jointly by the people and the
j-i.ilroads, on the basis uf one-half
each, that it would cost the railroads
half as much a E their present total
cost and that it would be necessary to
increase freight rates 50 per cent in
otder to pay a 5 per cent dividend on
the added cost.
The bureau says that these burdens
een be avoided and accidents at grade
crossings prevented by requiring au
tomobile drivers to stop, Jook in both
directions and listen before crossing
the tracks.
Two Cars Wreeked
On Washington Road
Two cars, a Ford touring and a
Ford roadster, were badly damaged
\» hen they met in a head-on collision
on the Washington Koad near the
Old Mill Inn last night.
The touring car, belonging to a
Mr. Reddick, of near Bear Grassland
driven by his son, was loaded with
colored people, and their weight pre
vented a possible turn over. Abram
Feel, barber in the Hall Barber Shop
here, was driving the roadster, No
one was hurt.
A car ran out of gas and stopped
•on the side of .the road and another
stopped on the other side a few yards
below where the first car was. When
the Reddick boy worked from one
side of the road to the other, he
failed to get back on the right side
in time to ayoid hitting the Peel car,
which was partly off the road.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Warren, of
Durham, were here a short while this
week. Mr. Waren left here for Geor
gia, where he will buy tobacco for
Liggett A Myers.
Miss Martha Anderson is visiting
lr Emporia, Va. this week.
"The Flying
Horseman "
Comedy, 'Gooseland'
Episode No. 15
"Power God"
I Always a Good Show
Town Tax Rate To
Be Same As Before
Georgia Markets
Open Next Week
The tobacco markets in Geor
gia are to open next Tuesday.
During the past few weeks,
Georgia's crop has greatly im
proved, and according to re
ports, that State has a good
crop. The markets are opening
about the same time as they did
last year.
Bazemore to
Die Next Week
Unless Governor Stays
Execution Negro
Dies Wednesday
George Frank Bazemore will be
electrocuted next Wednesday at the
State prison at Raleigh, unless the
governor grants a stay of execution.
Bazemore has been convicted twice
by a Green County jury of first de
cree murder for the killing of Gor
don Yelverton, young white boy of
this town, as he was passing through
Green County en route to Wilson last
November with a load of tobacco.
After shooting young Yelverton in
the back of the head and dragging
him behind a clump of bushes, Baze
more took the load of tobacco back to
I'urmville and put it on a warehouse
floor for sale. However, before it
was sold he fled and did not return
fot either the truck or the tobacco.
Uazemore was first tried at the De
itinber term of the Green County
court and promptly convicted. His
attorney, I'aul Frizzell, of Snow Hill,
took an appeal to the superior court,
which found no fault in the. trial on
the points of exception, but did find
that the trial judge erred in permit
ting the clerk of the court to take
tlir verdict of the jury in his absence,
although both the State and defend
ant's attorneys agreed that the clerk
might take the verdict.
The second trial was held in June.
Judge E H. Cranmer,' who held the
couVt, was unusually cautious in the
trial, and those who heard the case
think an appeal would reveal no er--
roi in the trial.
Although notice of appeal was giv
en, so far nothing has been done to
wurds taking it up to the higher
'court, and as the case now-stunds the
negro will pay the death penalty on
Wednesday, August 3.
Lloyd I). (Gardner
Dies in Jamesville
Mr. Lloyd D. Gardner died at his
heme near Jamesville July 8 after be
int sick for several months.
He was born May 27, 1868, on the
farm upon which he spent most of
his life and upon which he died.
He married Miss Emma E. Davis,
who survives him.. He also leaves
three daughters and -six sons, Mrs.
John Ezzell, Mrs. Charlie Sexton,
Mrs. Arthur Smith, Enoch, Arthur,
Herbert, Willie M., Stephen E., Ollie
R., and O. L. Gardner; three brothers,
John, Staton, and Hoyt; and several
The funeral was conducted by the
Kevs. George Leggett and A. Corey,
tnd he was buried in the family plot
the home form.
He had been a member of the Bap
tist church at Cedar Branch for 35
years, and was a good farmer, a good
citizen, and a good neighbor. , •
Primitive Baptist
Meet in County
Members of the Skewarkee Asso
ciation of Primitive Baptist churches holding the union meeting now
with the Smithwicks Creek church.
The Skewarkee district embraces a
dozen or two churches in Martin,
hdgecombe and Halifax counties, and
a union service is held at one of their
churches on each fifth Sunday, begin
ning the Friday before. The meet
ings are generally attended by rep
resentative delegates from each
church composing the association, as
well as by many visitors. They al
ways have as much as two sermons
on each of the three days of the meet
ing in addition to holding their busi
ness sessions. |
It is a noticeable fact that few of
the members have business affairs
that will hinder their attendant*, but
they go, they stay, they enjoy, and
they worship.
Mrs. X. T. Keel, of Rocky Mount,
and Mrs. W. B. Williams, of Winston
Salem are visiting Mr. and Mrs. A.
Williamston, JVlartin County, North Carolina, Friday, July 29,1927.
Rate of $2.25 Held in the
Face of Decrease in
Property Values
A town tax rate of $2.25 on the
SIOO valuation was set for the year
1927 by the board of town commis
sioners in a special session last Tues
day. Though the town rate remains
the same as it was last year, it is
equal to a decrease since there has
been a drop in property valuation in
the town. With the rate at $2.26,
and with property listed dt $1,389,-
901.00, around $31,272.77 will be due
the town treasury. This does not in
clude the railroad tax, which, when
edded, will make the total amount due
the treasury around $33,289.81. This
iimount does not include miscellaneous
taxes, that is, taxes received from
special sources, such as business tax,
operating tax, and so on. Then there
i. the street-paving tax, amounting to
around $2,000, to be included.
When receipts from light and wa
ter are added, along with a few other
minor items, the total receipts can
be estimated to amount to $74,476.09.
The estimated expenditure has been
placed at $75,910. The estimate for
the receipts was based on actual fig
ures and not on probable increase in
light and water consumption, an ad
t'on to poll tax, and so on.
For the year ending May 31, 1925,
light and water receipts amounted to
$24,587.30. For ihe year ending May
31, 1927, these receipts amounted to
5£6,205.09. With an incriaso In busi
ness at this rate, the budget will he
more than eared for, even though the
I rate is allowed to remain at the same
I figure.
Commission Announces
New Fish Regulations
The State B.iard of Conservation
and Development which was appoint
ed by Governor McLean under an act
of the last session of the General As
sembly with power"' to fix uniform
fish and games laws for the entire
State ha. 1 ? issued rules establishing
uniform open and closed season and
has designated "commercial" fishing
iuij "inland" waters.
A special rule promulgated by the
board makes it unlawful to take or
kill fish in any inland waters of Ihe
Slate except with hook and line, rod
und reel or by casting except
and herring which may be takan in
these water* with skim or stake
Kill netg from Junuary 1 to May 1
Sale of black bass lews than 20
inches in length is prohibited from
any part of the State except Curri
tuck sound, from which they may be
sold down to 12 inches in length
when labeled with tags furnished hy
the fish commission.
The open season prescribed by the
board on black or large mouth bass
begins June 10 and "closes April 10.
For brook or rainbow trout the .e'i
son opens April 15 and closes Sep
tember 1. Small mouth bass in foun
tain counties only, the season opens
June 10 and closes October 1/
The following size limits Nje
observed, bass either large or small
mcuth, 12 Inches; blue bream, 6 in
ches; brook or speckled trout, 6 in
ches; rock 8 inches; rainbow trout, 8
inches;,robin, 5 inches; red fin, 8 in
ches; goggle eye, 6 ihchas.
Bag Limit
It is unlawful for any person to
take more than 8 bass, brook, speckl
ed or rainbow trout, 25; blue or red
bream, 50; robin, 50; rock, 10; crop
pie or chinquapin perch, 50; goggle
cye, 50.
All the ocean waters and the fol
lowing rivers and this sec-,
tion are classed as commercial wat
ers, Aligptor river below Gum Neck;
Pungo.river, below Leeehville; Pam
lico and Tar rivers belo.w Grimeu
lond; Roanoke river below .Weldon.
Inland fishing waters tonsist of all
inland rivers and their tributaries or
portions of same together with i!l
ponds and lakes in State not in
rluded, in the list classed as commer
cial waters.
The commission established tho
fore going regulations at a meeting
held at Mo rah cad City on July 12 and
1-1 and the new rules will go into ef
fect the middle of next month.
Baptist Pastor to Speak
at the Christian Church
The pastor of the local Baptist
church is delighted to answer the call
of the Christian church to supply that
pulpit Sunday night at 8 o'clock.
He will speak on Paul's Swan Song
—the passages of Scripture used be
ing found in II Timothy, fourth chap
tsr, versen 6 to 8, inclusive.
Since this it to be the only evening
service in town, all those desiring to
attend a religious service will be wel
comed at the Christian church.
First Service in
New Church at
Methodists Wijl Have
Regular Schedule
Of Services
Everetts will have its third religi
ous congregation when Key. T. W
Lee, Methodist minister of this place,
I reaches the initial sermon in the
church there Sunday evening at 8
o'clock. A large attendance is ex
pected at this, the first .sermon de
livered by a Methodist minister in a
Methodist church in the town.
Rev. Mr. Lee, who has several
churches in the county, purchased the
building formerly occupied by the
Baptists there and has hail the
church building remodeled and equip
ped with new benches. He, with sev
eial members, has worked diligently
t > establish the new church there.
Besides making arrangements for the
purchase of the building, he took his
tools and went to the supply com
pany here, where he made and fitted
benches for tho building. The min
ister has worked faithfully during
the recent warm days, and the mem
bers of his denomination are lending
every effort to establish * firm foun
c'fction for the new chu*fh.
No regular schedule has been an
nounced for the holding* of services,
but Mr. l*>e will arrange on ( > or two
dates in each month* for the new
church. The public is Cordially in
vited to at'end the service at the
Two Stills Destroyed
Hy Sheriff Wednesday
Sheriff Roebuck and Deputy Grimes
v'.iiMWi-rtd a call in the Bear Glass !
action near the Beaufort County line
Wednesday afternoonJ where they
found a largo ateum Htilli fj'om which
the Are hi'.d just bee« pulled. All '
the liquor uud the woftl to the .still .
had been taken uway. fl'hcy found 24 j
barrels of beer and • few tools and
equipment u tret I hi op" rating the plant
After destroying the plant the offi
cers) went to another s'Jli ab"Ul half
a mile away, which had also been run
during; the day and was still hot. 'l'his
ootflt, together with 12 barrels of
l.eer wus destroyed. ,
Those at ills were at the same places
where Federal officers recently cap
tured stills and beer, and the signs
indicated that much liquor had been
made there in time,past. The officers ,
say that the moonshiners had been |
tipped olf or they Would have caught
them on ihe job. They heard signal
Kuns firing before they got on the
Hail Saturday Did
I )ama#e to Crops j
Mr. J. Ci. Strickland, of Whitakers,
adjuster of hail insurance claims, has
Been in town this week looking after
losses in the Big Mill .section, where
hail did considerable damage in a
t.rnall area of that community last |
All who had policies were aatiafled t
with the allowances of damage, which I
ran as higli as 25 per cent of total '
loss in a few cases.
Tobacco Situation in China
Reviewed by "Uncle Buck"
Chinese Situation Will Have Something To Do
With Price of Tobacco On Carolina's Market
To begin with, it is. .presumed tliut
the niont of you know that there is
internal strife If. China and has been .
some- time, This war,-or what
ever you may call it, is strictly be
tween China's own people; and out of
u population of 400,00(1,0(10 people on
ly about 250,000 people are engaged
in this war between t heßiMlve.i.
Now, as to the tobacco situation in
China. Ho far the civil war has not
affected' the tobacco trade with ua, i
t.nd next to Krigland and her .posses
sions China is the biggest customer I
for our bright tobacco.
The consumption of cigarettes in
China is growing almost as fast as
tile consumption of cigarettes in the At the present time the situation
I ikri bright for u good Chinese busi
tic:» for the coming: tobacco season,
and the latest information from
China is that the war lords have got
ten together and are going to make
peace and move the capital from
Peking to Nanking. We hope this is
true, but you never can tell what will
happen in China. Here's hoping that
the friendly relations that have ex
isted between us and China will con
tinue to oxist, and that nothing will
occur to cause a break in our trade
relations. • «-
The Williamston market supplies
her part of this tobacco. (
Lnited Sates. To bo accurate,
China smokes about !>(> billion cigar
ettes per year. It its general conceded
mat it takes 3 pounds of tobacco to
make 1,000 cigarettes, HO If China
smokes 50 billion cigarette* per year
that means she uses 150,000,000
pounds of raw leaf tobacco to make
these 50' billion cigarettes. . Of this
150,000,000 pounds of raw leaf to
bacco, China raises 47,000,000 pounds
of bright tobacco herself. She im
ported from the United States 36,-
000,000 pounds of bright raw leaf to
bacco in the past 12 month#. That
leaves 67,000,000 pounds of raw leaf
Needleman Enters Suit for;
SIOO,OOO Against Mutilators
Kiwanis Club Entertains
Many Visitors
Meeting Here Last Night
Best Way to Solve the
Problems of Today
Is Stressed
The Kiwanis Club entertained a ;
I number of visitors at a special meet- j
| ing last night. The principal thing
stressed was the best way to help j
etch other to solve tho problems of
the day. Since our civilization and '
nearly all of our activities are based j
on collectiv3 service, one to another,
it is even more important |
work in concert than at any former j
uge, and men are finding opportune-1
ties in the Kiwanis Club to help I
They can come With their i
problems and find the very help they ;
r.ted by a simple word from a friend. |
And then, too, the finest place in the I
wt rid to banish selfishness is to as
■ceiate with and learn your neighbor, j
Last night's meeting tilled these!
very points when men of ,different j
types, different vocations, and profes- j
sions gathered as friends in a social
Good short speeches were made by j
I Klder W. B. Harrington, K. E.!
: Grimes, Godwin Dunning, J. Alphonso
j Everett, and several others, all ap-
I propriate to the occasion. The list
I -of visitors included several from
I lieaufort and Hertie, as well as Mar
' tin County,
I *
Baptist Church To Have
Special Service Sunday
Tho members of the Kiwanis Club
| hiive been invited to come with the
j members of their families, or their
fHernia, to u special service at the
Puptist Church Sunday morning at
11 o'clock.
1*" At this time the pastor will speak
on the subject of "One's Own City."
While the sermon will be especially
appropriate for this civic orguniza
-1 lie n, it .should, on the other hand, be
of interest to every one who is inter
ested in the place where he happens
to live.
This will conclude the service In
j this church for the day; and .Sunday
' night at 8 o'clock the pastor will oc
cupy the pulpit of the Christian
Church. The pastor and his church
[ fe' l that they are anxious to do any
"fflTTiig possible to assist the Christian
| Church In maintaining its summer
I M hedule until u regular man is se
j cured. *
Announcement of
Methodist Services
Services at Hamilton at 11 a. m.,
At 8 p. ill. we will hold our first
iiervice, at Everetts. The public is
i invited to attend. We, shall be glad
i to have the singing p >ople of Ever
' itts community to join us in our
hong service.—T. W. 1/ee, pastor.
tobacco to be accounted for to make
this 50 billion cigarette that China
consumes. That 67,000,000 pounds,
or the bulance of the raw leaf unac
counted for is supplied to China jp.
the form-of the finished cigarette
manufactured in this country anil ex
ported to China. You can find in any
of the larger towns or cities in China
Cornels, * Chesterfields,
Lucky Strikes, Pirates, etc., and they
retail in China for the equivalent of
75 cents a*"package sin our money.
This high price is caused by the duty
,on our cigarettes. The home-made
cigarette in China retails for about
15 cents (U. S. money) a package of
Died Thursday
Visited Daughter, Mrs.
J. I). Biggs Here
Last Week
Mrs. Kate Dunn, of Scotland Neck,
died Thursday evening. Although
she had heart trouble for some years,
1 Mrs. Dunn was apparently in better
health recently than she had been in
: some time. She visited her daughter,
Mrs. John D. Kiggs here last week,
, leaving Sunday. On Tuesday she suf-
I fered an attack of congestion of the
j stomach, which tended to bring on
further heart attacks, which caused
her death on Thursday.
Mrs. Dunn was the widow of the
lute Willie Dunn, who was a leading
attorney of this section. She leaves
two sons, Judge Albion Dunn, of
Greenville, and Ashby Dunn, an at
| torney of Scotland Neck; also three
j daughters, Mrs. John D. Biggs, of
Williamston, Mrs. W. O. Lawrence
and Mrs. James Elmore, both of
Scotland Neck.
Mrs. Dunn had served as postmis
tress during the Wilson administra
tion, and was u woman of tine quail-
She will be buried this afternoon.
Mrs. Fannie S. Iliggs, Mrs. A. T.
Crawford, Mrs. Henry Crawford, and
Harry A. ltiggs will attend the fu
Factory Expert Tests
Siren Here Today
An expert of the Federal Electric
Co. was here today and made -a test
of the electric siren. The represen
tative stated that, the alarm was so
placed that the sound would not cur
ry as well as it would should it be
located on a roof.
A test was made by the firemen
some time ago, and the siren did not
come up to the guarantee. The fac-
Tory representative was called, and he
states that once the howler is moved
it will carry a sound four miles un-
der any conditions as the guflT!tiitf»e-i
--stated it would. N'o arrangements
have been made to have the alarm !
n oved from ihe city hall's siu
Very few people knew nboJl the
test today, and when the alarm was
sounded, a general commotion re
sulted. Chief Hurrison warned all
the members of the fire department,
and told them that it was only a test.
Deputy Marshall Serves
Warrants on Mutilators
Deputy Marshall Edwards, of Kit I
eigh, urrived in the county yester
day afternoon and started immediu
tely serving warrants on the 27 de
fendants in the Needleman suit.
Mr. Edwards at noon today iia I
served around huif of 'the warrant*,
and will.go into' the GriWins township
section this afternoon. He stated it
was u' warm job.
Next Tuesday's Issue
Will Be a Little Late
The Enterprise will go out a few
hours late next Tuesday, when the
newspaper press will be on its way to
its new home on Main Street and
can't be troubled With the making of
news. The management will send
the "forms" to Washington, where it
is hoped to have the paper printed
and returned before so very late.
Butchers Steer That
Weighted 1,537 Pounds
Jack Daniel butchered a country
steer raised in Indian Woods, Bertie
County, this week which was perhaps
the finest home-raised steer ever
Lrought to the Williumston market,
weighing 933 pounds, dressed.
The gross weight of the animal was
1,537 pounds, dressing uyt over 6(1
pounds to the 100.
Announcement of
Christian Services
Sunday school at 9:46 a. m.—W. C.
Manning, superintendent.
Preaching at 8 p. m., by Rev. C. H.
Dickey, pastor of the Williamston
Baptist Church.
The public ia cordially invited.
" \
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umn* a Latchkey to Over 1800
Homes of Martin County.
Action Being Brought
Through Federal Court
A t Washington
Joseph H. Neeilleman has brought
suit in the district court of the United
States for the eastern district of
North Carolina, Washington division,
r.gainst ft. P. W. Sparrow,
sr., F. VV. Sparrow, jr., Julian Bul
lock, Claro fieat'h, Edward C. Stone,
John Gurkin, A. VV. Griffin, Key Gray,
Albert Gurkin, Lester Edmundson,
Tcm Harrell, L. A. Croom, J. G. Corey
J. H. Coltrain, Clarence Gurkin, Al
t'fed Grillin, A. W. Griffin, Hubert
Griffin, lien Lilley, John A. Griffin,
Lester Crofton, H. T. Koberson,
Luther Peel, Edgar Johnson, Sher
wood "Koberson, J. H. Gray, A. T.
Lilley, and J. T. Smithwick, in which
IK claims compensatory damages of
$75,000 and punitive damages of
000. Hy bases his claim on the
grounds of assault and mutilation of
ilia person by the defendants on the
light of March 29th, 1925.
He bases his claim against Slier iff
Koberson and Deputy Luther Peel up
on the ground that a# asked to' be
held in the Chowan County jail at
Edenton, but was taken to Wn'riam
ston jail and was not properly pro
tected from the viol ence of his as
The complaint of Needle-man
against the other defendants in the
ease charges them with actually com
mitting the crime, after entering the
jail and cutting the locks from the
cell doors and taking him out a mile
and a half from town where the mu
tilation was performed.
At the trial in May, 1925, Needier
man stated that Dennis Griffin was
the man that actually used the knife
on him. He claims that when he &as
taken from the jail he was put in a
Huick auiomobil ■ by Dennis Griffin
and F. W. Sparrow, jr., who sat on
the seat with him while he was being
taken out on the old Everetls road,
where the assault witffcmade.
Dennis Griffin was sentenced to
prison for ;S0 years, both F. \V. Spar
row, sr., and F. VV. Sparrow, jr., were
sentenced for the term of from 6 to
■AU years, and arc now serving their
terms. Julian Bullock was sentenced
for the same term of from » to 10
years, but escaped from the prison
farm at Caledonia a few monthx ajro
and has not yet been apprehended.
■ Cluro Heath" and E, VV. Stone each
I served from two to three years anil
J several others served shorter terms
i and paid fines.
L_ The case against Needleman, charg
ing him with a criminal assault on
Itfle (Irittin was no! pEuased by tho
selicitor, anil upon request of bin at-
torneys the judge allowed a verdict
ol* not guilty without-hearing a wit
II?SK in the case, although the grand
jury had returned a true bill against
htm charging him with, a crime re
quiring the death penalty.
Tho damage suit was tiled 'in Wash
ii:gton Tuesday, and the summon
were forwarded to the t'nited State
marshal ;'t iialeigh, who found error
in the return dates, making it aeeei-
sury to return them to the court foi
■torrectioji. Each defemiant will b
required to file an answer within 2)
Needleman is said to have recent
ly married and lives in Philadelphia,
lie is represented in his suit by AV
torney Sawyer, of Farmville, and
brought his suit as a pauper.
The next term of the Federal court
at Washington will be held on tho
third Monday in October, and the
case may then be called for trial, as
the term is for both criminal and civil
Confederate Veterans
To Meet in Raleigh
i .-
.» The North Carolina Division of the
t'nited Confederate Veterans will hold
it-i annual meeting at State College,
Kaleigh, beginning Tuesday, August
2, 1927.
Raleigh peopb are preparing for
elaborate entertainment and every ac
commodation will be at the command
of the veterans. While the lines are
very thin and many of the veterans
are not in position to attend, a good
attendance is expected.
Raleigh, July 28.—M. B. (lillam,
chairman of tha Bertie County Boar I
of Education arid HerbT. VV. Early,
superintendent ot schools, the :-aine
county ( have withdrawn I.ertie's
resolution of July 14, n whicii tbe
county protested against alleged par
tial equalization of property valuation
on part of the State Board of Equali
Moore county has taken the same

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