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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 64
GIVE FIGURES ON
DIVORCE IN N. C.
22,691 Marriages and 1,591
Divorces in State
398 WED IN MARTIN
Marriages Decrease 2.8 Per Cent and
Divorce Show* Net Increase of
1 Per Cent
Washington, D. C.—Oct. 12.—The
Department of Commerce announces
that, according to the returns received
there were 22,091 marriages perform
ed in North Carolina during the year
1926, as compared with 23,337 in
1925, representing a decrease of 646,
or 2.8 per cent.
During the year 1926 there were
1,691 divorces granted in the State,
a* compared with 1,676 in 1926, repre
senting an increase of 15, or 1 per
cent. There were 20 marriages an
nulled in 1926, this being the first
year for which statistics of annul
ments have been collected.
The estimated population of the
State on July 1, 1926, was 2,868,-
000, ami on July 1, 1»26, 2,812,000.
On the basis of these estimates, the
number of marriages per 1,000 of the
population was 7.9 in 1926, as against
8.8 in 1926; and the number of di
vorces per 1,000 of the population was
0.557 in 1926, as against 0.560 in 1925.
The number of marriages was re
torted by the register of deeds and
the number of divorces by the clerk
of the superior court, of each county.
In 1926 Martin county showed 199
marriages and 8 divorces. In 1926
the number dropped one, making it I
198 far that year, but there was an
increase in divorces from eight- in
1926 to 9 in 1926. Beaufort county
showed a large number of marriages
and divorces. In 1926 there wer e in
that county 332 marriages and 22 di
vorces, and in 1926 there were 332
marriages and 17 divorces. Guilford
county reported the largest number,
1,068 in 1926 and 1,095 in 1926.
OF TAR RIVER
Meeting Held at Greenville
Recently to Ask Action
At a recent meeting of the Kiwanis
club of Greenville, numbers of the
most important and progressive busi
nee men of that community and sec
tion were invited to attend and of
fer their opinion as to deepening Tar
river, oroviding for transportation.
Congressman Lindsay Warren, of
Washington, Major W A. Snow, of
Wilmington and L. J. Hogshire, presi
dent of the Baltimore, Norfolk and
Carolina Boat Line, pledged their
rupport and said they could see no
reason why the locality should not
profit greatly from water transpor
A similar movement would be of
great value to this section and the
other pointß served by boat lines on
tile Roanoke river.
Over SI,OOO Worth Ot
■ Tobacco Stolen Hire
Last week several Williamston boys
were found selling tobacco at some
of the warehouses here, at Roberson
ville and in Greenville.
An investigation showed that a
round SI,OOO worth of the weed had
Wen slipped from the warehouses and
Mid. A colored man, Aiariah Wil
liams who worked at the Farmers
warehouse is charged with stealing
the tobacco from the warehouses and
hiring Moses Coltrain, a young white
man, to haul it for him and sell it.
At a preliminary hearing the two
men were bound over to the superior
Buddy* * Roosevelt, Jr.
£ In ■
FREE * TICKET
FOR SHOW PRIDAY
Always a Good Show;
; FEW ORDERS FOR
PYROTOL SO FAR
County Agent Will Receive
Orders During Next
According to County Agent T. B.
Brandon, very few orders have been
placed for pyrotol up to the present
time. Mr. Brandon stated that he
would receive orders during the next
few weeks, but that it would be best
should the farmers place their orders
an soon a possible. _
Last year the demand in this sec
tion for the high explosive material
was greater than the supply, and
many farmers were unable to get the
recessary amount. Mr. Brandon is
ai.xious to get a sufficient supply this
year, and urges all those desiring a
shipment to make their estimates and
place their oVders within the next few
Formed,at Jamseville High
School by Agricultural
Mr. B, E. Howard, district super
visor of vocational departments in
agriculture, with Professor W T.
Overby perfected an organisation of
ycung Tar Heel farmers last Thurs
day in the Jamesville high school.
Paul Sykes was made president of
the newly effected organisation.
James Brown was elected vice presi
dent, Onward Gay lord, secretary,
James Micelle, treasurer and C. B.
Martin reporter. Mr. A. Corey wa?
appointed adviser by the organisa
Hugh Davis, Ralph Davenport and
Kobbie Waters were selected to serve
as executive committee.
The organisations functions with
eleven purposes in view as follows:
To promote vocational agriculture
hi the high schools of the State.
To promote thrift among the *tu
dents of vocational agriculture.
To encourage cooperative buying
and selling and establish a medium
through which this activity may be
To establish the conAdence and re
spect of the farm boy in himself and
To promote scholarship.
To promote rural leadership.
To creat« and nurture a love for
country life. %
To provide recreational and educa
tional entertainment for students in
vocational agriculture through State
agriculural contests, summer encamp
ments, summer tours, father and son
To promote community improve
To promote a better school and
To create more interest in the ap
plication of intelligence and business
principles in farming.
Auto Licenses for 1928
To Be Green and White
Up to October 4, the State had is
sued 412,096 auto licenses. Martin
county had purchased up to that time,
Sixteen counties in the State have
less than 1000 cars, three of them
having less than 6001 Graham county
has only 261. Ten counties have over
10,000. Guilford and Mecklenburg
each has over 20,000 cars.
New license tags for the year 1928
are now being shipped into Raleigh
for distribution. The plates will be
green with white letters and flgures.
Much Cotton Being
Shipped By Boat
Large shipments of cotton from
Edgecombe, Pitt and Nash counties
continue to arrive here for shipment
over the Norfolk Baltimore, and Caro
lina line to Norfolk. Trucks, carry
ing aa many as forty-two bales each
lead, pass through the streets here
The Dorothy .Leigh, one of the
Boat line's freighters, pulled away
from the local wharf Saturday morn
ing with around 400 bales of cotton
According to reports, a movement
is underway to have the mouth of the
Roanoke dredged so as to admit
heavier draft vessels.
Firemen To Inspect
Buildings in Town
The Willkunston Fire company at
a meeting held last night, made plans
for the inspection of the bouses and
buildings in the town at some near
" It has been reported that there are
many buildings in town that should
be condemned and torn down. Many
residences in the poorer tenement
sections are perfect Are traps.
tiim was also called to the
need of Are drills in the schools of
Willi am st on. Martin County. North Carolina, Tuesday, October 11, 1927
MORE THAN 800
SOLD IN COUNTY
Total of 826 Issued;- 742
for County and 84
GOOSE NEST LEADS
Opening of Bird Season December 1
Will Greatly Increase Sale
The number of hunting licenses
sold in this county since the new
game laws were put into effect reach
ed 826 this week. Of that number
742 were county licenses and 84 resi
dent state. It was estimated by of
ficials that the sale would reach 800
by the first of November, but it looks
now as if the sale will go into the
thousand by that time. The
of the bird season in December will
bring about another large increase in
the sale of hunting licenses.
Goose Nest township leads the list
With 200 county and five resident
state licenses. Sales for other town
Jamesville, 100 county and 27 resi
dent state; Hamilton, 86 county and
7 resident state; Robersonville, 123
county and 25 resident state; Cross
Roads, 65 county and no resident
ftate; Griffins, 29 county and no
resident state; Williamston, 150 coun
ty and 23 resident state.
In three of the townships there are
no game wardens, and' hunters there
have purchased licenses from various
werdens in other townships.
The> revenue raised from the sale
of hunting licenses alone amounts te
September reports reaching the
icain office in Raleigh show that the
revenue from license sales amounts
to $76,000. The department looks for
sales to reach $200,000 this year.
Annual Session of District
Federated Clubs To Be
Held in Aulander
The annu&l meeting of the Fifteenth
District of State Federation of
Woman's clubs will be held in Aulan
der next Saturday. There will be only
one session and it will begin at 10:30.
Mrs. F. J. O'Berry, of Goldsboro,
will make the address for the day and
hh« has a very interesting address
for the club women.
The reports of the clubs of the
district will be read and the president
here informs us that Mrs. J. F. Thlg
pon, secretary, is preparing one for
the local club.
Last year the local club had a (food
delegation at the meeting in Relhaven
and the president, Mrs. Whfeeler Mar
tin hopes that all the women who
can, will attend the meeting this year
World War Veteran Gets
19,000 From Government
John D. Lilley, of Washington
Route 1, has been paid $9,000 and
placed on the pension roll at SIOO per
month for life on account of disabil
ity diagnosed as anthritis caused by
standing in trenches Ailed with snow
und ice for ten days while in France.
Mr. Lilley is a Martin county man
and lived here ail his life until recent
ly when he moved to Beaufort coun
The amount allowed Mr. Lilley is
the largest received by any World
War veteran in this section of the
Town Tax Collections
Last Week Very Good
Tax Collector W. B. Daniel stated
last night that the past week was
one of the best he had heard of for
tax collections, considering the sea
son for tax collections.
The two per cent, allowance holds
good for this month only, and the tax
collector thinks many tax payers will
take advantage of the offer before the
firfct of November.
Local High Eleven To
Play Aulander Friday
Coach B. E. Hood will carry thir
teen men with him next Friday after
roon to subdue Aulander's strong
Practice has not been the beat in
the world this week, but the boys are
arxious to do battle again after de
feating Washington here last Thurs
day 241 to 0.
Association in Enfield
There is a meeting of the Roanoke
Association of the Baptist church
being held in Enfield today. Mr.
Dickey left yesterday and other del
egates from the local church motor
ed then today.
Benefit Play Hen
On Tuesday Night
"The Spice of Life," with the
best cast ever gotten together
here, will be presented at the
Opera Hooee next Tassfsy night
under the auspices of we Wo
man's Club. Miss Hasel Bed
dingfield, of the Daniel Produc
ing Co., of Millen, Ga., has ar
rived and began rehearsing last
night. The plsy is expected to
be, from the reports of other
newspapers in our section, one
of the beet on the road today.
Further announcements of the
cast, time, and date will be giv
en in Friday'a issue.
More Than 90 Civil Cases
On Docket; Judge N. A.
Townsend To Preside
A crowded docket of civil cases will
fcreet the special term of lyjartin
County Superior court here Monday
week, October 24. More than 90 cases
are on the docket, and while the ma
jority of them can almost be ignored,
there are several that will require
much attention on the part of the
The term was called at the request
cf members of the local bar by the
Governor. Judge Nut A. Townsend, of
Dunn, will preside, r
The courtschedule is varied in its
i.ature, there being cases Of all kinds
tip for settlement. Some doubt is ex
pressed for the completion of the en
tire docket in the two weeks.
SOON START ON
Woman's Club Committee
To Assist Teachers Next
The committee composed >f the fol
lowing women, Mrs. Clayton Moore,
chairman, Mrs. J. H. Saunders, Mrs.
E. P. Cunningham, MM. E. >S. Peel,
Mrs. J. S. Rhodes, Mi.sn Anna Tren,
tham and Mrs. Carrie Higgs Wil
liams, appointed from the Woman's
club will assist the teachors of the
local chool next Saturday and the
Saturday following in making a can
vas of the township for the purpose
of ascertaining the number of school
children in the district und getting
an approximate number of those who
will be of school age\fer the coming
■IK jfitii 1
This survey will give the local board
fucts and figures upon which to esti
mate the Bise of building to be
erected in the noq>-future.
Educational Institute for
Episcopalians Held Here
of ConvocatoQ of Kdentofr held here
An educational institute tot the
secretaries of education of the aux
iliaries of the churches of the Con
vocation of Edenton is bein|f held here
today at the Church of the Advent.
The institute is being conducted by
Miss Mae Wood Winslow, who is
Fecretary of the Diocese of Bast Caro
There are about twenty flve guests
from the other churches present and
the local auxiliary Is being represent
ed by all its membership.
The local auxiliary entertained the
guests at the Woman's club with a
il.'nnor at noon today.
Lawn Party at Everetts
Methodist Church Friday
There will be a lawn party in the
pine grove at Everetts Friday night
from 7:00 to 9:30 p. m. This party
is given under the auspices of tho
lbdies of the Methodist church and
their friends. The public cordially in
Power Contract Now Up
To V. E. P. Co. Officials
The memorandum of agreement
frade by the town and Virginia Elec
tric and Power company has been sig
ned and placed before officials of the
power company for acceptance.
The agreement was mailed Satur
day, and according to Mr. J. T. Chase
it should be returned within a very
short time. Upon its arrival here, an
election will be called by tho town of
ficials and the matter placed before
voters for their opinion.
Evelyn Burt Concert Party
To Be At Everetts Tonight
The Evelyn Burt Concert, party will
appear before a Urge audience to
night in the Everetts ccheel audi
torium, according to information com
ing from Everetts this morning.
The party goes to Everett* highly
recommended, and a pleasing and de
lightful concert ia assured.
' NEW HEIGHTS
Four Rows in One Ware
house Here Today Av
eraged 25 Cents
FEW PILES BRING 70c
Big Break Here Today; Many Piles
Sell From 40 to 50 Cents;
High Record for Season
The season's record in tobacco sales
was probably set here this morniftg
when prices went to new heights.
Four rows in one of the warehouses
here today averaged above 26 cents,
and it is safe to say that the day's
average will be just as good.
There was a good break on the three
warehouse floors this morning and
ir.any piles were selling from forty to
fifty eants With a few going as high
us 60 and 60 cents.
Visitors to other markets yesterday
stated, that the crop is selling about
the same on most of the markets,
that there was little difference in the
rtices on any of the grades.
Yesterday a man who was dis
satisfied with the local sale of 14 1-2
cents he received, took up his tohac
co and carried it to a larger market
and -4 cents. This same
thing may happen*to some one who
fills in one plAce and then bring-?
tobacco here, but the official report
in what shows the status of the mar
ket and Williamston always stands
high in that list from a standpoint ot
Tobacco men, like everyone else
have no idea what the morrow will
bring; it miifht be that prices wif! ad
vance or drop. But Whatever the
trend, the warehousemen here invite
the farmer's inspection.
With prices holding at the point
where they now are, sales are expect
ed to show an increase in number of
pounds sold considerably over that ex
pected a few days ago.
4 CHILDREN DEAD
Tragedy at Pinetops Sthool
Four l'inetops school children were
killed lust Thursday ut 8:30 by the
| explosion of. u discarded gasoline
tank. ' v
k After school had been dismissed for
j the day a number of children stopped
] to play around the tank when Johnnie
i Trevathan dropped a burning match
; itito th« -tank, causing the tank to ex
plode with terrific forae.
The boy's arm was blown off and
one leg almost* torn from his body.
He died u short while after the ex
plosion. The boy's 14-year-old sister
was killed instantly. Several other
children were seriously wounded, two
of them dying a few hours after the
Schools in that section closed Fri
day and pupils ami teachers attended
the several-funerals, which, according
to reports, brought tears to all eyes.
Local Women Attend
The lectures which are being given
by Mrs. Alton Grimes at Koberson
ville this week are being well attend
ed and enjoyed by local women.
Mrs. Grimes is a very interesting
lecturer and her talks are on the
science of cooking and home-keeping.
She has a large number of recipes
for preparing foods.
Her course is of great value and the
liobersonville Woman's club is to be
congratulated upon securing her serv
ices for the people of its commun
Have Good Meeting
With two candidates up for initia
tion the Modern Woodmen meeting at
Fveretts last night was one of the
best held in some time. About fifty
members of the camp there were
present besides many from James
ville, Bear Gras and Rocky Mount.
At the meeting last night plans
were made for an oyster supper to be
fciven some time in the near future.
Williamston Is Home
For W. T. Stone Shows
Williamston, North Carolina, was
given as the home address of the new
W. T. Stone shows this week by Mr.
Mr. Stone , stated that while his
show ia new, it has already played
twelve good fairs, mostly in the states
north of us. He will carry his shows
to four •more fairs before he closes
Miss Elizabeth Ramsey spent the
*>>k end in Plymouth with relatives.
Miss Mildred D*cd*n spent the week
/»nd at her home In Kenly. «
CROP IN SECTION
Crop Is Maturing Slowly;
Farmers Going Ahead
With Digging *
Farmers in this county, especially
th#se in the Bear Grass section, were
greatly disappointed this week when
they started digging peanuts and
found their crops far below the aver
age. In several instances, the farm
ers reported that, the crop was late
maturing, that they could not post
pone digging longer because the ma
tured peas would fall off. As it now
stands many of the farmers are go
ing ahead with the work, and losing
the peanut yet unmatured.
Yields ranging from 16 to 20 bags
to the acre were reported by several
farmers in the Bear Grass commun
These farmers stated that should
there be an increase in production
•'n the peanut crop this year, it would
have to be in other sections than the
one where they are located.
The expected increase in production
reported a few , days ago was based
mainly on an increase in ucreage.
Talks at Local Church on
Legal Aspects of Trial
Judge Francis I). Winston, in the
absence of ltev. C. H. Dickey, filled
the Baptist pulpit here last Sunday
morning. For the service, the speakei
gathered an unlimited amount of facts
end other interesting data. It was his
tusk to talk upon the trial of Jesus
a.' viewed from a legal standpoint.
In doing this, Mr. Winston briefly
mentioned the noted trials recorded in
history, referring to that of Jesus as
f -Uie most remarkable one of them all.
It was clearly shown that Jesus
was unjustly accused, that his trial
was illegal and that He was con
demned by hatred.
Judge Winston's talk was well re
ceived by a largo and appreciative
Over Four Hundred Hogs
Treated; Taking Orders
The statement of County Agent
T. p. Brandon for tlx; month, ol
September slfows another heaVy treat
ment of hogs against cholera.
The agents report followsf
Twenty-one day* spent in field.
Five day spent in office work.
Eighty three office conferences.
Eighty eight telephone calls.
One hundred ** and sixteen letters
Thirty-seven farm visits made.
Ten thousand ami /orty-eight miles
traveled on official duties.
Three article** written during the
month for local papers.
Four hundred and seventy-three
hogs treated during the month.
. A large' part of the month was de
voted to agricultural exhibits at tho
Koanoke fair here. . ,
The county agent is taking order*
for pyrotol explosive to blast stumps.
Farmers who want this explosive must
FCO the county agent at once or leave
their order at the Farmers and Mer
chants bank at Williamston in . the
next week or two.
To Meet Wednesday
The Intermediate EpworWi League
has changed its time of meeting from
.Sunday afternoon to Wednesday
evening at 7 o'clock. This change will
A good attendance is urged for the
first meeting next Wednesday. Mrs.
W. C. Manning, jr. will sing and Supt.
L. H. Davis will speak.
W. C. I. President To Be A t
Kiwanis Meeting Tomorrow
Dr. M. 0. Fletcher, president of
the Washington Collegiate Institute
v/ill address the Kiwanis club at its
luncheon here tmorrow at 12:30 o'-
Dr. Fletcher is a splendid speaker
and a noted scholar. He represented
the Washington Rotary club at the
international meeting in Europe this
All members of the club are urged
Regular Meeting of
A regular meeting of the Masonic
Lodge, A. F and A. M. will be held
In the lodge building tonight at 7:45
o'clock. Members of the lodge are
urged to attend.
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Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes of Martin County
FIELD DAY FOR
Results of Nitrate of Soda
Test On Corn To Be
-* Made Known
FREE PRIZE OFFERED
$5.00 in Gold Offered to One Guessing
Nearest Yield of Corn; Meeting
Starts at 10 O'clock
A representative of the Nitrate
Agencies with County Agent T. B.
Urandon will hold a field-day meet
rtxt Thursday at the farm of Mr.
Koiiert Lee Perry; near. here. During
the year a test has been carried on
by Mr. Perry underj the, direction of
agents, and Thursday Jhe results pf
the test will be learned.
The Nitrate Agencies will gi\e to
the one guessing nearest the yield of
corn included in the test, five dollars
in gold. Five rows of the corn will be,
I gathered and weighed, and the winner
(Tetermined that morning. Everybody
interested in the test is cordially in
vited by those in charge to attend the
meet which begins at 10:00 o'clock.
Mr. Ferry, to test out the,value of
nitrate of soda, used 300 pounds to
the acre in o(ie instance and in an
other he did not use any soda at all.
Mr. H. H. 11. Mask, of the Haleigh
office Nitrate Agencies, will explain
the test in detail, and answer any
questions relating to simitar tests
made in various sections of the
State. ; " ' *
Occupants of Both Cars
Have Narrow Escape
A Chevrolet coach and a Ford
louring car were badly wreckiti early
last night when th¥y met in a head
on collision on the Washington road
near here. With th», exception ofa
few minor bruises, occupants of both
curs escaped injury.
Charlie Wynn was driving the car
vheh the wreck happened and it was
stuted that he was traveling at a low
rate of speed. He and Mr. Gu.s Wynn,
the owner of the Chevrolet, with,
several other men wer e on their way
U> the circus in Washington. It was
with keen re gret that they were fotced
to turn their backs on the big tent
U(id come here to get the wrecking
machine to pull in their car.
lloth wheels of the Chevrolet wt*re
i>t«iit-uflder the wigine, l>«t not a glass
in the car was broken. The Ford had
its windshield broken, the wheels
hinashed and the two front fenders
torn practically plf.
County Teachers To
• „ Meet Here Saturday
The second meeting of the teach
ers of the county for the present term
will be held here next Saturday af
ternoon at 2 o'clock.
According to an announcement
gi"en out by the superintendent's of
fice here, all future county meetings
of teachers will be held the third
Saturday of each month. Heretofore,
no particular date_was adhered to,
and the meetings were held whenever
an order was issued by the schools'
The attendance upon the Saturday
ineetiiiK I s expected to show an in
crease since several of the smaller
schools are to open in the course of
the next few days.
Elect New Officers
At the regular monthly meeting of
the Philathea class of the Christian
oijurch last Monday night with Mrs.
W. O. Griffin, the annual election of
oiflcers was held. The present teach
er; Mrs. J. T. Price, was re-electo.l
and the others selected were Miss
Martha^.,,-Harrison, president; Mrs.
jtilton Moye, vice president; Mrs. H.
P. Harrison, secretary and treasurer;
Mrs. W. O. Griflln, cor. secretary;
Mrs. J. O. Manning, reporter.
After a short business session, the
meeting was concluded and the hog'
less entertained her guests.
Game Law Violators Few
States County Warden
According to J. W. Hinos, county
game warden, no arrests have been
necessary during the past two weeks
for the, enforcement of the new game
laws. Mr. Hincs stated that the war
dens throughout tfie county had been
Lusr, but in every instance, the hunt
era were within the law.
Mr. Hines was greatly pleased with
the support riven the new law by the
people of the county.
1 ' M
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Pop* ami chil
dren spent the week end with relatives
la Creed raor.