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Pardoh Commissioner Com-
pletes Investigation and
Declines to Interfere "
Twice Convicted for Killing Gordon
Yelverton, Local Boy, Last
All hope for George Frank Baze
niore has faded anil unless something
out of the ordinary happens, the
Negro twice cunvuiloti oi slaying ttor
don Yelverton, young white boy of
this place, will die on September 23.
Bazemore was sentenced to die on
August 3, but gained a respite at the
last minute to enable Pardon Com mis
sioner Edwin Bridges to conduct a
farther investigation into the case.
The investigation completed, Com
missioner Bridges stated that he had
found nothing to merit the interfer
ence with the judgment of the court.
The commissioner will report to the
Governor upon his return next week.
The first time Bazemore was tried
for the murder of the young boy was
in. December, 1926. The Supreme
court granted a new trial on a tech
nicality. In June he was tried again
before Judge E. B. Cranmer and a
gain convicted. Paul Frizzell, his at
torney, gave notice of appeal, but it
was never perfected, and no formal
hearing to maks plea for the doomed
man's life has been requested.
Is Text for Sermon at Local
Baptist Church Sunday
The Baptist church will have one
preaching service Sunday, and that
will be at the 11 o'clock hour. The
theme discussed will be an answ® to
the question once raised, "Can any
good thing come out of Nazareth,"
Next Wednesday night the young
men composing the Btiraca class of
the church, will conduct the mid
week service. This i* the class of
which Mr. C. R. Fleming is manager,
rnd which has drawn attention to it
self by th* fine progress its young
men have made throughout the sum
The paster will probably be away
the first Sunday in September; and
is so, due notice will be given as to
the service on that Sunday.
Three of Four Were For
Violating One of the
Liquor Laws
Recorder's Court Tuesday only had
four cases. The first, State against
Alonzo Keddick, charged him with
as; ault or wife beating, and was con
tinued for a week.
State vs L. S. Thomas, operating
automobile while drunk, in which he
plead guilty. He way fined $75., thi
court costs and license to drive re
voked for a period of four months.
In the case against Hert Wynn,
charging him with the manufacture
of liquor, he plead guilty. He was
fined ,MOO and cost and sentenced M
the loads for nine months. The sen
tence was .suspended during good be
State vs Link Uoberson, driving an
automobile while drunk. The defend
ont plead not guilty. After hearing
the case, the court entered a verdict
(f guilty. He was fined SIOO and the
cost* and his license revoked for the
period of four months.
"Our Gang" Comedy
■RETURN ■>' the
Episode No. 3
Always a Good Show
Defendants in Needleman
Suit File Their Answer in
Also Claim That Plaintiff
Agreed Not to Sue Dur
ing Trial Here
Many Defendants Deny That They
Had Anything To Do With
Washington, Aug. 25. —The North
Carolina "statute of limitations" and
a:' agreement that no civil action
would be brough in the case alleged
to have been made by Joseph H.
Needleman, during its trial before a
Martin county superior court, are the
principal barles that must be passed
by the Philadelphia tobacco salesman
before his recovery of SIOO,OOO in
damages against 28 defendants, ac
cording to the answers recently filed
ir. the civil suit in the office of the
clerk of the federal court in Wash
Answers have been filed by all but
two of the defendants, A. T. Lilley
having died since- the crime out of
which the civil action developed and
Julian Bullock, who is still at largo
after escaping from State's Prison
where he was serving time following
his conviction.
The final date for the filing of an
svvers in' the case Was set as August
18. All of the answers were in on or
before that date with the exception
cf the combined answer of A. W.
Griffin, Hubert Griffin aJid Allen Grif
fin. They filed theirs three days after
the final day and it was entered, sub
ject to the ruling of the court.
Needleman's arrest in Edenton,
charged with having committed raps
en Kffle Griffin of near Williamston
and his removal to the Martin county
jul is admitted either by knowledge
or upon information and belief by a
majority of the defendants but they
frankly deny having anything to do
with his'arrest, detention in jail or
the mutilation. Sheriff Roberson ad
mits the warrant for Needleman's
arrest came from his office and Luther
Pcele, his deputy, says that he served
the warrant and returned to William
ston with Needleman but they too,
deny any misconduct during the
"Needleman episode."
Several of the defendants aver that
Needleman is a citizen of North Car
olina as much as themselves, declar
ing that he is not a citizen of the
state of Pennsylvania as the com
plaint sets forth. Generally, the to
bacco salesman's citizenship is admit
L. A. Croom, Lester Crofton, Les
(Continued on pane (our)
Mrs. W. J. Dunning, of Au
landcr, Died Wednesday
Mrs. W. J. Dunning, one of the most
beloved older citizens of Aulander,
died Wedensday at 1:30 following an
acute illness of about two weeks, but
which was really the final struggle
in a fight for life and health that had
lsKted for nearly four years. Dur
ing that time everything possible
was done to keep her by a devoted
femily, but nothing could be done.
During her entire illness her hus
band retired from his business and
remained constantly at her bedside.
The deceased was before her mar
riage in early life to W. J. Dunning,
Hiss Roxie Anna Rire. On October 21
she would have been seventy seven
years old. She died on the came farm
where she was born of one of Efer
tie county's most influential families.
She is survived by her husband and
two sons, A. R. Dunning of this
town an 3 Godwin Dunning, of Au
lunder, one son B. J. Dunning having
eied about a y-ar ago. She also 1 eftvrjf
nine grandchildren and three broth
ers and three sisters.
Rev. Mr. Stinson of the Aulander
Missionary Baptist church of which
she was n leading member for many
years, conducted the funetal service*
yesterday eftemoon at 2:80 o'clock
at the homJ. Despite the stormy
weather many friends and relatives
were present at the funeral. Inter
ment was made in the family ceme
tery on the plantation.
Pall bearers were John Roger Grif
fin, Oliver B. Cook, Van Burden, of
New York, Arthur White, William
J. Dunning, jr. aild Bailey Hoggard,
ell grandsons and nephew* of the de
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, August 26, 1927
Writes Governor That He
Is Unable to Comply
With Order
Says Law Clearly Indicates Complying
With Order Would be Violation
of Auditor's Oath of Office
State Auditor Baxter Durham, re
fuses to comply with an order of the!
Budget Bureau requiring him to cum
lae legal functions over to it. Mr.
Durham states his reasons Tor not
complying with the order in a letter I
to Governor McLean, as follows:
"Your memorandum No. 74 dated
July 80, 1927, which reached this j
office about August 10, 1927, in ref-1
ence to travel authorization and ,
travel expense accounts, has had ■
n.y very careful consideration.
"1 regret that 1 am unable to com
ply with next to the last paragraph
in your memorandum which requests
the State Auditor not to pass any
varrants for travel expense unless
the procedure set. forth in the memor
andum is followed, for the reason
that I am not permitted to transfer
a duty of this office to any other de
partment or officer. The law clearly
makes it the duty of the auditor to
examine and liquidate the claims of
til persons against the State. He is
also directed to 'satisfy himself of the
correctness of accounts of persons ap
plying for warrants. If the Auditor
therefore, agrcs with the Budget
Bureau that he would not pay a war
rant until the Budget Bureau was
satisfied that it was in proper form
r.nd correct, he would he transferring
a. duty that he has sworn to perform.
"I have no objection to the Depart
ment's giving the Budget Bureau
any information it may want, hut if
a State officer or sub&rdiualu in .any
department travels on official busi
ness and the expense account is prop
erly approved by the head of the de
partment, the account will be paid.
Pete Fowden Says He Is
Going to Post Letters
There Next Week
Pete Fowden, the insurance man,
says he'll write to 'cm through the
liew post office next week. The con
tractor says thin is a little speedy,
but that the building would be com
pleted by the latter part of next
month, provided the weather per
mits steady work and he has luck
and a plenty of it.
The brick work on the building
wiuld have been completed this week,
according to the contractor, but the
weather has delayed the work, ami it
will be some time next week before
r.ll the brick will be placed.
The building, located next to the
Tar Heel apartments on Main street,
will be modern in every respect and
will be furnished with new and mod
ern post office equipment.
"It" To Be Shown at
Strand Next Week
Cs down thrbugh history. Study
its great characters, those who have
been leaders and attracted others to
their banner. Alexander Caesar, Cleo-
Tfctra, Helen of Troy, Salome, Galu
had, Du Barry. All possessor of'"lt",
■which Klinor Glyn describes as an in
visible emanation exuding from cer
tain humans rendering them irresis
tible to members of the oppo ite sex.
To illustrate her definition, Klinor
G!yn has written a story entitled
"It" for Clara Bow's debut as a Para
mount star. In "It", Miss How is pre
sented as a little flapper who rises
tr. the heights because of his mys
terious magnetism and in spite of her
poverty and ignorance.
Antonio Morerfo is featured. The
Strand theatre has booked the picture
for next Monday and Tuesday nights,
and large crowds are expected to see
itf showing.
Rain Delays Trip of
Rocky Mt. Boosters
The heavy rain today caused thf
Pocky Mount Boosters to postpone
their trip until August 31st at 6 p.
m. The boosters had planned to visit
this and other towns today, arriving
here at 6 o'clock, but in a message
received here this morning, it was
announced that the trip would be post
poned until the 81st.
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Prof. R. I. Leake Is Princi
pal; Miss Eva Peele I
Assistant l
Names, Addresses, Scholarships, and
Experience of Faculty Members
Are Listed
liobersonville, Aug. 25.—0n Monday
September sth, the Itobersonville
school open s for the session 1927-'2B.
The chapel exercises will be helii
a: 1):()() o'clock a. m. in the* auditor
ium. Wo cordially invitt you to he
present with us and join us in the
beginning: of our school year. It is
the avowed purpose of your teachers
tc make this the banner school year;
will you kindy help in this worthy
The names, subjects tatt;,ht, scholar
ship, and addresses of '-fie teachers
First grade: Miss Minnie Cochran,
kobersonville, Robornonvlile High
School, Duke Seashore
Summer School, Orients,' ten years
Second grade: Miss Muudc Maness,
L'iscoe, Hiscoe High School, Duke
University, Extension course at Uni
versity of North Carolina, Duke li
tvversity Summer School 1923-1924-
!!»-(>, four years experience.
Third grade: Miss Leon a Moore,
Robersonville, Tarboro Female A
cademy, Hopewell Fema.'e Seminary
N. J., Summer School aj University
of North Carolina and f . . T. C., .'!. l
years experience. >
Fourth grade: Miss Mine Roebuck,
Lebersonville, Robersoijille High
School, !•;. C. T. C., Sunyrter School ut
University of North Cifdina and E.
C. T. C., 11 years experience.
Fifth grade: Miss Ifla Whitehurst,*
Pr.rnude, lletliel High School, Kant
Cerolirn Teacher's College Norrtiul
Course, two years experience.
Sixth grade: Miss Berthu Kriiler,
Robersonville, Crescent Academy,
Mont Amoena Seminary, E. C. T. C.,
Summer School at*OrieiPul, six years
Seventh grade: Mi*. Elizabeth
S|iaw, l.umberton High School, Sal
"(m (''oil ego Summer School at I'ni
\crtdty of North Carolina, 1927, one
year experience, athletic coach for
High School Department
Miss Ajrnos Jenkins, Ayden, Ayden
High School, Lynchburg College, At
lantic Christian College, Summer
School ut Atlantic Chi stian College,
experience four years, .subjects: Eng
lish 8 and 9, arithmetic 8, history 8,
algebra 9.
Mr. T. li. Jenkins. Durham, West
Durham High School, Puke Universi
ty, subjects: general science 8, biology
'■), chemistry 10-11, athletic coach for
Mrs, Elizabeth Hunt Atlkins, Kob
iisonville, Oxford High School, Kun
tJelph-Macon Women's College, North
Carolina College for Women, exper
ience two years; Jubjects: French 10
r.nd 11, history 9, 10 and 11; assistant
athletic coach for gills.
Miss Eva 1. l'eele, Williamston,
Williamston High School, St. Mary's
College, Summer School at Universi
l> of North Carolina, six summer
."ihool sessions; subjects; English 10
and 11, Latin 8, !> anil 10; experience
10 years; assistant principal.
Miss Ala Murray, Purham, Dur
ham High School, North Carolina
College for Women, special work in
Vocational subjects; subject: home
(Continued on page four)
Rev. I. L. Yearby, of Tar
boro, To Hold Meeting
For Everetts Baptists
A revival meeting yt the Baptist
church at Kveretts will begin Sun
day, Atfgust 28th. KL-V. I. L. Yearby,
pastor of the Baptist church at Tar
buro will do the preaching through
tliin meeting, arriving for his first
service Monday night, August 29th.
The pastor and members of the
Kveretts church take great delight in
extending to the people of the com
munity, the people of Williamston,
llober;>onville, Hamilton and the en
tire section a most cordial welcome
t. attend this meeting.
Come pray and worship with us.
Attends Meeting of Fair
Secretaries in Wilson
Mr. John L. Kodgcrson, manager
of the Roanoke fair attended a meet
ing of the secretaries and managers
of the short ship circuit association
in Wilson yesterday.
Mr. Rodgerson says that the sec
retaries generally seem to be very
optimistic over the expected fall
business. , j
Dave Roberson Leaves With
Two Carloads
-To Show at
Agricultural Advisory Com
mittee Is Organized to
Help Plan Work
W. T. Overby, in Charge of Class,
Expects to Have a Most
Successful Year
An agricultural advls~ory~committee
has been formed ut Jamesville and
Messrs. J ami's Smithwick, Lin wood
Know It's, K. 0. Martin, S'. Carson and
A. Corey have been selected to meet
v.-ith, advise and cooperate with the
principal and agricultural teacher of
the Jamesville school to increrrse the
usefulness of the ■v.ocational agricul
tural department in that community.
The function of the committee, as
was explained by Mr. Overby, teacher
end head of the vocational depart
ment at Jamesville, will be to meet
with the teacher and assist in organi
zing and planning for such .tilings as
fairs and any programs of work that
will benefit the community in aa
agricultural way
Mr. Overby stated hat the class
is entirely dependent pon the com
munity and that ar help will be
greatly appreciated and all sugge.-'.-
tions leading to better w.>rk will l">
more than welcomed.
Professor Overby with fourteen
members of th 1 * agricultural class
spent a few c?->y« at Camp Loach last
week where they went out for real
camp Jife and to look ahead to the
work this fall and winter.
The boys, William Gaylord, Rus
sell Martin, Windt 1 Griflin, Onward
Gaylord, Robbie Waters, Hugh Davis
Cradie Arige, James Long Seth Davis,
Marion Harhcr, Georgie Martin, C. A.
Askew, jr., Howard and Carl Brown,
were very much pleased with the
trip, and looking forward to a
most sucessful season in the James
ville school this comini' year.
Few Open September sth;
Openings To Continue
Into October
Several schools in the county, accord
ing to the several schedules in the
superintendent's office, will begin
their new terms the sth of next
month, others opening now and then
through part of Oetob r. With the ex
ception of tlw school here, all the
linger ones will op n M .nday, Septem
bei 5, There is sorrte doubt about the
tin e when Even Its is to open, but
If it is possible it will open when
the other large schools open. If i>
t'oes not open on the sth, it will open
the following Monday, the 12th, the
same day the school opens here.
Superintendent Pope estimates that
25 per cent, of the teachers come to
this county for the first tiin • to en-,
tei their chosen profession. Some of
those not returning huve entered the
matrimonial ring, while others have
pone to other places where the op
pi rtunities were greater.
Messrs. R. I. Leake, of the Uober
onville schools, and J. L. Jones, of
the Jamesville schools are at those
two towns now preparing for their
 penings. Mr. David Hi::, of tlm
Evetetts s b-iol, is rabidly recovering
after having his tonsil:-, removed r
cently, and he will soon be down to
rrrange for his openin/f.
According to pli ns worked out, the
schools this year will begin active
work on the first dfy. 'Books have
been orderd by several merchants in
the county at the direction of school
officials and this is r rpTcted to elimi
nate one of troubles win n the schools
first open.
Heavy Rains and Weevil
Damage Cotton 50 Per Cent
Much damage has been reported in
this section to cotton and peanuts due
to the recent heavy rains.
Farmers generally predict that the
boll weevil and wet weather will cer
tainly get fifty per cent, of the cot
ton crop in his section.
The big rains have caused the Roa
nok rive to rise until the wpter has
covered the banks in many places and
filled the swamps. At present, how
ever rivermen are not predicting;
any serious damage from high water
unless a shift in the clouds carries
them to the southeast.
Rev. R. F. Bradley, of LnGrange,
v/cs here a few hours yesterday at
tending to business matters.
of Prize
Eastern Fairs
Go To Cumberland, Md.,
First; Then to Bedford
Norfolk, "Roanoke
Will Return Here to Show at Big
Koanoke Fair, September
27, 28, 29, and 30
Messrs. Dave and Mack Koberson
left this morning with :!2 hogs for
Cumberland, Md. where they will
place them on exhibit at the Cumber
lard fair. Special cars were charter
ed and the owner of the hogs and his
i.ssistants will go with the cars.
The herd is divided into two lots.
In the one there ar e 10 ChesterwhiU,
which, Mr. Kobe r; on says, will com
pete successfully with anything in
a swine show anywhere. The other
lot made up of l(i Ihi roc Jerseys i.;
expected to compete successfully
with anything in the Duruc Jersey
While he has not seen any of the
lompeting herds, Mr. Koberson plans
f> clear at least SIOO. each week he
is away with his hogs. His'trip will
I'eep him away until a few days be
fore the fair here is held. To Hear
that amount Mr Roberson states that
it requires heavy premiums and good
judges, for expenses are not at all
If the two men have a good run
they will reach Cumberland Monday
o.- Tuesday of next week. They will
exhibit there a few days before going
to Norfolk where the exhibit of ,'i2
hogs will be shown at the Norfolk
fair. From Norfolk the schedule, as
it now stands, will carry the exhibit
to Had ford, Vi. After a few days
there, Mr. Itoberson will carry his
herds to Koanoke, Va. From that
place, Mr. Koberson turns his cars Tor
home to huve his herds ready for ex-
I ihition at the f air here.
At each fair orders for hogs are
taken, and in his way, Mr. Roberson's
earnings are increased.
Each' year the Messrs J. J. Kober
son and Sort breed hundreds of hogs,
selecting from them two herds for ex
hibit at the various fairs. That they
are expert breeders is proved by the
large sales made oft and on during
the year. They know how to handle
the business, and they have learned
that it does not pay to work with
poor breeds.
Mr. Koherson is superinendent of
the swine department for the Roa
noke fair here, and he stated yester
'uy that it was his intention to book
the winning herds at the fairs where
lu goes for the fal r here. With an in premiums in that depart
ment here, he stated that the pens
t' re likely to be crowded again this
\ear in spite of the small number of
I a nfti- as compared with the number
lust year.
Rebuilding Switchboards
In Neighboring Towns
The Carolina Telephone and Tele
graph company is rt building its ex
changes in Windsor and Plymouth
preparatory to the installation of
automatic switchboards. The switch-
Lorird at Windsor is almost completed
ar.d when the men finish there they
will go to Plymouth where they will
install a second one.
While the new board* wiJI do u-.
way with operating service in those
towns, the toll service will be bandied
4 tl rough the operators here.
North Carolina Pays
Large Sum in Taxes
North Carolina paid |205,548,000
ft ieral income tax for the last fiscal
y-'i'r, leading the six New Knglund
st ites by $24,.'102,000. This State al-
vi led the three rich Pacific states,
fi.liornia, Oregon and Washington,
by $-15,417,000 and we beat the rich
Etat«; of Ohio by *58,000,000. __
The Southern states paid $52,000,-
000 more last year than the previous
year while the balance of the United
States lost $22,000,000 which made a
net gain of $30,000,000 for the United
Rev. S. A. Cotton Will
Preach at Vernon Church
Sunday r-choo, 9:45.
Preaching 1 la. m. and 8 p. m.
Rev. S. A. Cotton will preach at
Vernon 3:30 p. m. and after the
sermon he will hod our third quarter
It is hoped that every official meni
bci; will be present
T. W. LEE, Pastor.
Advertisers Will Find Our Cvl
umns a iMtchkcy to Over 1,600
Homes of Martin County
Program Practically Com
pleted for Wednesday,
September 7th
Many Notables, Including Governor
McLean. Being Urged to Attend;
Number Speakers
Columbia; Aug. 25. —Plans are well
under way for the bridge celebration
at Columbia Wednesday, September 7.
The program, due to the industry of
al! the committees, is practically
complete, and arrangements are now
being made for promptly carrying
out this program.
The governor who lias never visit
ed this section of the State is being
uiged by various county organiza
tions to be present. The program
committee already has whe assurance
that Congressman Lindsay Warren,
Honorable Francis l>. Winston, of
Bertie county, Frank l'age, chairman
of the State Highway 'Commission,
Frank Kugler, of Washington, a
member of the State Highway Com
mission, will deliver speeches on this
A parade, starting, promptly at
11 o'clock, will open the event. In
thin parade will be various floats,
potrayiug the history of Tyire'l coun>
ty from Colonial days to the present
i■imnucd no page four)
Close Fortieth Session; To
Meet in New fiern
Next Year
The North Carolina Firemen's as
sociation has just closed its fortieth
Annual session at Greensboro where
it was organized 39 years ago with
but a few members.
At first the public attitude toward
fire companies "was rather negligible
tut it has grown in favor until the
meeting which has just closed was
most largely attended and the best
rieeting yet held.
The memorial session on Thurs
day night in honor of Captain James
I). McNeal, who was regarded as the
hading fire fighter the State has yet
produced was said to be the best part
of the entire four days session.
New .Bern was selected for the 192H
Town, County, and School
Books All Examined But
No Reports Received
This has been an auditing season
in this county. Kvery set of books in
its borders has been opened to the au
ditors, and after two months or more
not one report has been received.
Mayor U. L. Coburn says the town
audit, commenced two months ago,
has not yet been completed. He says
however, that he has hopes that some
day ctr other the audiors will come
and tell how we stand financially. He
said the last promise made by the
auditors would bring the report in
within the next day or so.
Mr. J. Sam Cietsiriger, county ac
countant, informs us that the audit
i.f the couny has not yet been com
pleted and returned, and that nobody
knows whether we are in Rood shape
01 bad, that we must wait the au
ditros' convenience to find- out our
School officials state that they are
patiently waiting for the auditors to
till them whether or not they have
They all say that the auditors
have gone over the books of the
town, the county and the schools,
but have not reported how they found
things. v
It is reported that this work is ull
being done under the new system.
Woodmen of Everetts
Initiate One Candidate
The regular meeting of the Ever
etts Camp Modern Woodmen, was
held Monday night, August 22, at
which time one candidate was initiat
ed. In spite of the unfavorable wea
ther there wat a good crowd out and
everybody reported a very good time.
Dr. J. W. Williams of Washington,
was present and made a very in
teresting and helpful talk, bringing
out the value of the Modern Wood
men Sanitorium.
The next meeting will be held Mon
day night, September at whic.i«
time another carfdidate is expected ( JO
b up for initiation.
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