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Routine Matters Constitute
Bulk of Business At
Regular Meeting
Salary System Shows Net Lost To
* County of $54145 For Month
'Of September
The proceedings of the day's am
nion held by the County Commission
ers here yesterday were ..few and of
very little consequence. In the absence
of J. G. Barn hill, who has been ser
iously ill in a Richmond hospital,
Mr. T. B. Slade was made temporary
J. E. Pope and the home demonstra
tion agent were given authority to
' have the several offices in the court
houre renovated and the court room
The treasurer of the county was
authorised to borrow $20,000, pend
in* tint collection of taxes soon to
be due. &
Mrs. Newton Hardison was admit
,V* tp.tbe county home, —.i
It was ordered that all persons
who have had demand made upon
them to pay the license taxes under
schedule B and who have failed to
do so be penalized.
The County officers' reports were
died, showing incomes as follows:
R. J. Peel, cjerlc of superior court,
from all sources, $311.19.
A. L, Roebuck, sheriff, for services,
$197.51; license taxes, $189.00; mak
ing a total of $380.91.
J. S,- Getsinger, register of deeds,
total feos for the month, $167.06; tax
on 1« marriage licenses, at $2, SB2;
total, $199.06.
This made a total income to the
ounty from fees and services by offi
cers of the county of $708.15, but
does not include the fines coming
from the recorder's court, which go
to the county school fund,"
The following salaries were paid:
A. L. Roebuck, sheriff, $500; J. Sam
Getsinger, register of deeds, $250,
and $125 for clerk hire; R. J. Peel,
$260, and for assistants, $125.00;
making a total loss to the county un
der the salary system at $541.8$ for
the month of September.
The salary of the judge of the re
corder's court was $75.00; and the
solicitor, $62.50. The salary of the
keeper of the county hom e was S6O;
the.county health officer, S3O, and
quarantine service sls additional.
, H. C. Green was paid $59.10 for serv
ices and labor furnished around the
county home. Practically all the
other items of expense allowed were
for general operating costs and for
county poor.
W. H. Winstead, of Wilson,
Turns Car Over Near
Town Limits
William H. Winstead, young white
man of Wilson, was badly hurt yes
terday morning when he turned his
car over just outside the city limits
tn the highway leading to Everetts.
Winstead does not recall any of the
details of the accident, but witnesses
state that he ran his car off the hard
saiface while passing another car
and turned It too quickly when trying
to guide it back causing it to turn
ever two or three times. When the
Ford roadster stopped its flight young
Winstead was still hodling to his seat,
but in an unconscious condition.
In the accident, the young man es
caped serious injury, but suffered
several severe head wounds. Mr. Win
stead ia a young ministreial student
of the Methodist church and was re
turning to his home after filling an
appointment at Cre swell.
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"Quicker'*! Lightning"
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Two-Reel Comedy
Always a Good Show
To Call Special Election To
Decide Power Proposition
About Middle of November
Few Minor Changes To Be
Made in Agreement
Before Signing
Provisions for Furnishing Power for
Lights snd Pumping Water
To Be Clarified
Around the middle of November
waa the tim« mentioned at a meet
ing of the town commissioners here
last night for the calling of an elec
tion to place the power proposal of
the Virginia Electric A Power Co. be
fore the people.
At their meeting last night the
commissioners prepared for a new
registration of the citizens of the
town; and as soon as the memoran
dum of agreement is returned by the
power company and other legal tech
nicalities can be cared for, the regis
tration books will be open, and a defi
nite date set for the election.
The memorandum, pf agreement will
have the signatures of the town
fathers within the next day or so, ac
cording to an announcement made by
Mayor Robert L. Cpburn at the meet
ing last night. The memorandum of
agreement that will be signed by the
Commissioners has been laid before
many of the citizens of th e town, and
i few minor changes will be effected.
One of the changes will make it
more clearly understood that the pow
er company will take over all exist
ing contracts that the town may have
in connection with its light plant
with one exception, that of Everetts.
In this manner, the Virginia Electric
& Power Co. will furnish power and
light for the Roanoke Fair under the
arrangement made by the fair asso
ciation several years ago.
Another change will provide, indi
rectly of course, for the exemption of
the town's Are siren from the demand
cost and power bill for the operation
of the alarm, A third change wil'
make it mora specific**' 'brt#w
water pumping ifcTtßj"
be furnished far the considerate " * w
derived from light and power sofei to
the town of Everetts, be it aatfhmed
that Everetts will renew its contract
fcr thirty years; and if not that the
termination of that contract will not
effect a direct charge to the town for
weter pumping and street lights.
Mr. J. T. Chase, manager of the
Virginia Electric A Power Co., and
who attended the meeting, stated to
the board of commissioners that he
was almost sure these changes would
not affect the agreement and. that
bflee h was Submitted to his company
acceptance would in all probability
be made at once.
Children From Methodist
Orphanage Give Sev
eral Concerts
Mrs. Nell Reeves with a class of
two boys, Messrs. Herbert Clark and
Charles Wilson and eight girls,
Miases Martha Wade, Annie Massen
gill, Lorance Montague, Ruby Leon
ard, Geraldine Smith, Adell Lassiter,
Mai'alin Laws and Dorothy Morrison
gave a very pro
gram of prayer, Bible readings,
scriptural recitations and sacred
tongs at the local Methodist church
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.
The reading and prayer by little
Miss Martha Wade was exceptionally
good while every word, song and act
in the entire program justified the
statement, that the contribution made
by the Methodist Church to its or
phanage brought forth fruit a hun
dred fold.
While in this county, the class ap
peared in programs in the Hamilton,
Everetts, Holly Springs and William
*ton churches.
Kiwanis To Entertain
Wegfl Buyers Thursday
The tobacco men here will be the
guests of the Kiwanis club next
Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock in
the Woman's club building. Every
member of the club is asked to be
present that night. . . 1
The data of the meeting waa chang
ed from Wednesday to Thursday
night in order that the tobacco men
night attend.
Robersonyille H&lds
Plymouth to 0-0 Tie
Robersonville playing its first foot
ball game of the season held the
strong Plymouth team to a scoreless
tie last Friday afternoon when the
two teams met at Robersonville.
Cherry for Robehtonville did splen
did work, while the honorp of the
visitors were equally divided.
Williamston t Martin County, North Carolina a Tuesday, October 4, 1927
Was 72 Years Old; Lived in
Lilley's Hall Section for
Twenty-five Years
Zacharia Taylor Gurkin died at his
home near here yesterday evening at
7 o'clock. Mr. (iurkin had just past
the 72-year mark. He was born near
Jamesville where he lived until 25
years ago when he moved to the
Lilley's Hall neighborhood.
About 30 years ago he had the mis
fortune to drop a gun which shot
him so badly that it was necessary
to amputate his leg. In spite of this i
handicap he pushed his farm work
atd succeeded. About two years ago!
he became an invalid and gradually
grew worse until the end came to
relieve him of his suffering.
In early life he married Miss Delia
Manning, and she with sur sons and
two daughters survives. The children
pro James C„ Chas. W., Albert T.
J. W., S. 8., and D. C. Gurkin and
Mrs. Simon Lilley and Mrs. Callie
Lilley, all of whom live near here
except S. B. Lilley who lives in Rich
mond. *
The funeral was held at the resi
dence this afternoon and interment
was made in the family eemejfery
on the home farm.
State College President
Describes Development
" Of Education
Dr. E. C. Brooks, President of.
Slate College spoke at the school au
ditorium here Sunday evening in the
first of a series of religious commun
i meetings.
He was the guest of the civic clubff
i 1 rid churches of the town, and spoke
on the subject, "What my work ia
doing for the advancement of Chris
tian Citizenship in the State of North
Carolina." The subject was presented
with great power and clearness, the
speaker emphasizing the fact that all
education worth while had to be lead
ed on the foundation of truth.
Dr. Brooks, who fifty years ago
w»s a Lenoir county farm boy, very
interezting, described the many de
velopments that have taken flace in
the last half century. He told of the
small one-teacher school and the short
sessions held then. The distribution
of mail in those early days was com
pared with the fast express of today.
The way we adjust ourselves to a
new knowledge was ably illustrated
when he told of a steamboat's coming
up the Moccasin river. Then it \yas
his mother's oldest son fled to the
tall timbers with fright and had to
be called back by his uncle who greet
ed the arrival of the steamer with
great joy. Dr. Brooks Btated he was
the oldest boy. But while his actions
expressed fright and those of his
uncle expressd joy, the men who had
handled the commerce carried on up j
and down the river up to that time, I
expressed bitterness to the new mons-'
fer that was coming to interfere with!
their business. Using this with other j
splendid illustration, Dr. Brooks point
ed out how necessary it is to adjust J
cur conduct to inventions and knowl
(dgp. Our inventions 'have outrun our
knowledge, making it necessary for
this generation to increase its educa
tion in order that it might utilize the
advantages offered by the new trans
portation, the electrical and motor
machine change. But in all this, the
s|>eaker stated that education is of
no permanent value in business or
social life unless it is based on the
principles and truth of Christianity.'
The doctor asked the questions,
Why educate ? Why attend church T
He answered these by giving illus
trations, using the parable of the mus
tard seed. He showed how the little
sprout of life falls in the fertile soil
and springs up after the course of
its nature into a giant tree. Just so
the thought of knowledge that is plant
ed in the child will grow into a tree
provided it is the* proper knowledge.
New knowledge makes a better man,
i)nd if man will so adjust his con
duct 'to this one increasing purpose
tunning through the ages, it will
bring harmony and peace.
Dr. Brooks' address, pointing to a
higher knowledge, a wider democracy
and a deeper Christianity, was re
[gprded by those present as one of
the strongest and most appropriate
ones delivered In Williamston in many
On account of a conflict, there will
not be a community meeting next
Sunday evening and there is some
doubt as to one being held the fol
lowing Sunday evening, lite meetings
will be held after that time, howeVer„_
Tobacco, Prices Saift
To Be Better Today
Reports coming from jL local
warehouses at noon today were
very pleasing, and were to the
effect that prices on tkr local
market were the best paid this
Many farmers selling her,. to
day stated the prices outclassed
anything they had heard of this
season, snd expressed a' strong
hope that the prices would con
tinae good throughout the re
mainder of the ssssnn.
No heavy breaks were report
ed, snd the ssles were pleasing
to all.
Attendance Shows Increase
Over Previous
More Than 12,500 Paid Out As Pre
mium in twine and Sultry
Department* Alow
Statements made by RoAnoke Pair
officials here laat night a ho* that Jlu
fair of laat week was thntorgest ami
greatest yet held her. While there
vas no great increase in tfce tfute re
ceipts, the various other features un
derwent enormous inoreaMi. Premi
ums paid by the association mounted;
and in the swine and poultry depart
ments alone around was puid
to the exhibitors. The fait gained a
wider refutation this year than was
evui expected, and several of the de
partments attracted attention of peo
ple from other States.
Laat Thursday brought tfce largest
crowd aver within the fay grounds
when gate receipts surpaa4 'I all for
mer records by $750. Wednesduy
showed a alight decrease, H is under,
stood, as far aa attendance is con
Comments coming from antions all
over the eaatern part ofathe State
have been most favorable to Hie fair,
and it is understood that outside of
the State fair the -Roatlbke leads them
Appointed on Committees
At Medical Association
Dr. William E. Warren, of Wil
liamston and Drs. J no. C. Rodman,
and H. W. Garter, of Washington
were appointed on committees of the
Seaboard Medical association at a
meeting of that association a few
days ago. Dr. Rodman was made
chairman of the executive committee
and Dr. Carter is chairman of the
Hoard of Censors.
The next meeting will be held in
Norfolk, tho first week in December.
The membership of the organization
is. composed of physicians ami sur
geons of Tidewater Virginia as far
west as Richmond and of Eastern
Carolina as far west as Raleigh.
Many Bargains Offered in
Courtney's Furniture Sale
According to an announcement
made by the advertising manager of
the B. S. Courtney Furniture store,
the two-day sale there next Friday
and Saturday will be the greatest one
in the store's history. The short dur
ation was explained by the store's
owner when he said that the prices
in effect those two days would make
it impossible to continue tho sale for
a longer period of time.
The store is it" handsome
new home next the City Hall, and
during next Friday and Saturday it
will offer very unusual values in high
grade furniture.
Dies in Jamesville
Three-Year-Old Child
Armstead, the three-year-old son
of Mr- and Mrs. J. W. Kzzelle of
Jamesville, died Monday from an at
tack of pneumonia. The funeral and
burial were held this afternoon.
Valuable Race Horse
Died Here Last Week
Verlia- Dreck, a race horse, died
here last week after participating in
the races at the fair here. Several
doctors were called, but nothing could
be done to save the animal's life. The
rwner of the horse, Lem Norfleet, of
Suffolk, Va., had refused a SSOOO. cash
offer for the horse a few days ago.
Stores To Be Closed On
Account Jewish Holiday
Next Thursday being a Jewish holi
day, the stores of Margolis Brothers,
Norfolk Undersellers and W. R. Or
leans will not open. These stores will
open for business as usual Friday
morning. [ * Tf
Local District Assured New
School Building As Soon As
Census-Taking Is Completed
First Session Scheduled for
Thursday Afternodn in
School Building
The parents-teachers' association
will hold its first meeting of the year;
next Thursday afternoon, October 6, |
at 4 o'clock in the school auditorium.
According to its president, Mrs. W. C.'
Liverman, there is a large amount of
biisiness to come before the meeting, |
and it is vitally necessary that every
parent and friend of the school at-1
tend. The officers of the organiza
tion are very anxious to assist in any
vay the schools here, and to do the j
greatest possible good, -the meetings
of the association must be well at
At the meeting next Thursday after- j
noon, Principal ~iL H. Davis will;
make a short talk; outlining a few j
ways the association can greatly as
sist the school authorities. Mrs.;
Newell, of the local school faculty,
has willingly offered to explain how
similar associations function in other 1
schools where she has taught.
With the need of a new building
most evident, and other matters of
great importance facing the school,
it is ths«request of the officers of the
arsociatlon thut every patron of the
school be in attendance upon the
Thursday meeting and assist in sol
ving some the now existing problems.
Tax Books Turned Over to
Collector; Discount for
Early Payment
A motion was made at the meeting
of the Town Commissioners here lust
night to turn the tax books over to
W. U. Daniel, tax collector, and charge
him with the of $35,000. Mr.
Daniel handled this duty very suc
cessfully last year, and when he was
given the task last evening, he ac-
I cfcpted hesitatingly. The Board an
pounced a two per cent, reduction on
all taxes paid by the first of Novem
ber, and the tax collector was urged
to push collections right in the begin
"ning. The Chief was off to a good
»;ti.rt this morning, for breakfast was
hardly over before he had collected
a good-sized account. /
The commissioners learned that
they had sold a small piece of land
belonging to W. H. Price after he,
had paid his taxes. Price produced
las receipt and after checking the
records, it was learned that the wrong
Price was about to lose his hous*e
and land. The matter was cleared, and
all Price has to do is to pay this
year's taxes and he will be housed
for another twelve months.
The firemen were granted $19.85,
an amount used by them when a meet
ing of the -National Firmeh's associ
ation was held in Greensboro recent
ly. .. • • ...i
The commission from the dance held
here last Friday night amounting to
?86 was received and turned over to
the treasurer of the Kiwanis club for
public use. i
Several bills were O. Kehed by the
commissioners, but the majority of
the bills were returned with re
quests for missing orders. The ruling
requiring attached orders to all bills
presented the town was reviewed and
put into effect last night.
During the meeting it was stated
that nothing definite had been heard
from the town's audit. No request has
Leen mad upoh the town treasurer
by the auditjng concern, so there was
nothing to do except allow the au
ditors more time.
Mr t Moore was asked to meet with
the Mayof tomorrow night and go
over a few back taxes yet unpaid. It
is understood that these accounts will
be turned over to the .town attorney,
&r,d collection made through him.
Duplicate auto tags were ordered
to be sold to all car owners who had
purchased tags and lost them. A
charge of 25 cents will be made to
cafe tor the pHca of tags and keep
ing the records.
Fewer Deaths Since Higher
Speed Limit Became Law
Indirectly the decrease in deaths
automobiles is said to have been
brought about by the increase in the
speed limit from 35 to 46 rtiilea pei
hour in North Carolina. The Bureau
of Vital Statistics of the Stata Board
of Health reports that there were
65 deaths .caused by automobHes in
July and August of this year, and
that there were 76 in the same two
months last year. .
Woman's Club and Teach
ers Now Making Survey
Of District
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Indications Are That Provision Must
Be Made for Caring For Around
700 Children
That the Williamston School Dis
trict will get a new school building in
the' near future was assured last
night at a meeting of the local school
board, when County Superintendent
R. A. Pope stated that the Martin
County Board of Education would,
sign an application for a loan with
which to erect the structure within 10
days after basic figures were turned
over to it. t
While no definite plans were offered 'j
jxi the meeting last night, it is un
derstood the size, type and cost of
the new building. will be determined
by i a inrvey of - the- school district■ -
The location will be left to the Board
of Education, ahd this question will
be settled with the approval of the
largest majority of people possible.
Unofficial estimates indicate that
the new buiding used in connection
with the present one wiil haVe to ac
comodate around 700 children, that
the cost would range between $50,000
and SIOO,OOO. Accurate reports on
this, however, will be gained only af
ter the woman's club with the assis-,
tance of the teachers here sets out
to make a survey of the district.
It is understood that work on the
census will be started this week, and
that it will be completed within 15
days. In connection with the census
other valuable information will be
asked for by the census takers.
Crowded conditions now experienc
ed iu the local school bring about this
action on the part of school officials.
At the present time around 100 small
are crowded into basement
rooms in the building, and these
rooms ure anything but comfortable.
These steps leading to the erection
of a new building will be >vell re
ceived by school" patrons throughout
the township.
Will Lecture at baptist
Church on 'Legal Aspects
Of Trial of JesusT
Next Sunday morning at 11 o'-
clock, Judge Francis 1). Winston will
| deliver in the Memorial Baptist
| Church here his lecture, '.The 1-egal
I Aspects in the Trial of Jesus."
- There are two very interesting fea
| tures to this lecture. The first one is
that Judge Winston is the speaker,
j He is seventy years old, and has very
| likely made more speeches than any
layman in North Carolina. The people
love to hear the Judge talk. The
second interesting feature is the
theme.of his lecture. The trial of
Jesus is a story of which the world
never tires. And it will be doubly in
teresting to hear a contemporary
lawyer discuss it from the standpoint
of the law. > ( '
Judge Clayton Moore has been ask
ed to preside at the meeting.
It is felt that the people in and
about Williamston will avail them
selves, in greatnumbers, to hear this
noted speake on this most important
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Extra Teacher Granted
ToJSchool at Hamilton
An extra teacher was granted the
Hamilton school when the parents
teachers association there sent a
large delegation of ladies to appear
before the County Board of Educa
tion at its meeting here yesterday af
The ladies from Hamilton present
ed the conditions in the school, stat
ing that tho rooms wer£ overflowing
with children and that the only so
lution to be had was in hiring an ad
ditional teacher. Upon the.recommen
dation of Supt. R. A. Pope, the re
quest was met and an additional
teacher will be hired within the next
'few days for that school.
Big Increase in Estimate
Of Peanut Production
The latest estimate of the peanut
crop indicates an increase over the
past five years' average of 189,270,-
000 pounds which equals 2,000,000
bags more than the average.
North Carolina, the leading peanut
growing state, Is estimated to raise
227,176,000 pounds which is an In
crease of 450,000 bags.
Every peanut state in the Union 14
put down with an increase both in
ecreage and in pounda.
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes of Martin County I
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W. T. Meadows Estimates
Nearly Half of Crop Has
Been Marketed
Bases Figures on Average of 800
Pounds to Acre; and Allows for
Six Curings
According to estimates furnished
by Mr. W. T. Meadows, prominent
local tobacconist, 40 per cent, of this
belt's tobacco crop has been sold.
In furnishing this estimate, Mr.
Meadows includes the 16 markets in
the belt and takes into account all
tales up through Friday of last week.
In determining the-per cent, of the'
crop sold, Mr. Meadows allows each
farmer six curings, and figures with
800 pounds as an average to the acre.
Mr-. Meadows arrives at his esti
mate as follows:
First curings, averaging 100 pounds,
95 per cent, sold or 95 pounds; sec
ond curings, averaging 150 pounds,
60. pet-cent, sold- or -i*o pounds; tbird
averaging 150 pounds, 5 per
sold or 7 1-2 pounds; fourth cur
ings, averaging 150 pounds, 5 per
cent, sold or 7 1-2 pounds; fifth*cur
ings, averaging 150 t*>unds, 60 per
cent, sold or 90 pounds; sixth cur
ings, averaging 100 pounds, 90 per
cent,"sold or 90 pounds. These figures
will give a total of 800 pounds to the
fere, and the amount sold will total
360 pounds. This shows a percentage
amounting to 45 per cent., but Mr.
Meadows says he dqes not claim that
' In this estimate' Mr. Meadows
states that he is at variance with
many of ttffe circuit riders, buyers and
warehousemen, but that he sticks to
the statement and says, itis not far
wrong. 1' ■ .
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Boston Attorney Praises
Eastern Section of
State ,
Aftejjfrtraveling over two State, Vir
ginia and North Carolina, Attorney
Clifford, .of Boston, Mass., and one
of the outstanding men in the firm of
Stone & Webster, stated that eastern
Carolina had, without a doubt, the -
brightest future of any section in 4he
two States. ;
It is to be correctly assumed that
the heart of the future referred to
lies right her,, in William.sto.n, as >lr.
Clifford passed through here several
days ago and sent his opinion back
only after he had visited towns and
cities all along the way to the other
side of Virginia. While here he con
j sidered the labor, transportation fa
| cilities, and other features having an
i attractive appeal to investors.
Surely, such a stutifnent coming
t'rom such a man as Mr. Clifford is
worth a great deal to any section and
is bound to carry weight,
Robersonville To Get
New School Building
A school committee from Roberson
ville here yesterday morning was as
sured that every consideration pos
sible would be extended the school
there in the next building program
sponsored by the Hoard of Educa
tion. An application for a loan pro
viding for the erection of a school
there is expected to be made within
the course of a few weeks.
The, conditions at Robersonville
are similar to those existing here, and
the way in which they will be met
will be determined in a like manner
to the ones here, that is surveys will
be made and placed before the proper
First Football Game
Of Season Thursday
Williamston will play ifa first foot
ball game of the season here next
Thursday afternoon when its high
school team meets that of the Wash
ington high school at the fair grounds.
The game is called for 4 o'clock.
According to information coming
from Coach Hood's field of practice,
the locals are preparing for success
ful season.
It is to be correctly assumed that
the support given the youngsters in
their first attempts will b« of untold
value in the making of a real team.
Local Pastor Given
Vote of Confidence
Rev. C. H. Dickey, pastor of tha
local Baptist church, was given a vote
of confidence by his congregation
last Sunday. The vote came as a re
sult of a rumor that tha First Bap
tist church, of Washington, was con
sidering calling Mr. Dickey as pastor /
of that church. •

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