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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 69
SWEET POTATOES'
BEING CURED BY
MARTIN FARMERS
More Than Dozen Griffins
Township Farmers Have
Built Barns
TO CURE 6,000 BUSHELS
Potatoes Cored in Barn* Bring An
Average Premium of Around
50 Cents Bushel
Griffins Township farmers are turn
ing their attention in a large way to
curing sweet potatoes and will, this
yoar, handle around 6,000 bushels
of potatoes in their curing barns.
More than a dozen farmers have built
boms, ranging in capacity from five
hundred to twelve hundred bushels,
to handle their crops this year. With
one exception all these farmers live
in Griffins township, where the finest
of Nancy Hall and Porto Rico po
tatoes are grown.
Farmers started digging their pota-'-
toes about a week ago, and will fin
iah the task within the next several
days. The crop, iir the majority of
cases, is said to be slightly better
than it was last year, quuntity and
quality both considered.
County Agent T. B. Brandon states
that these twelve or more farmers
will make good returns on the crop,
and will find that curing makes pos
sible higher prices. Market prices for
sweet potatoes not handled in curing
liouaes vary from aeventy-five cents
the bushel to sl.lO per bushel. Fo
tatoes handled in curing houses were
sold last year for an average price
of 91-00 per bushel, fifty cents high
er than the best price paid for those
not cured.
Two thousand crates were ordered
to few days ago by County Agent
Brandon, and the e will be used to
ship the potatoes o markets out of
the State.
BAPTIST ") HEAR
PROF. L. . DAVIS
WiU Hold Mi .ling Service',
(jr.At Baptist Church
Sunday
Professor Davis, of the local school,
will speak from the Baptist Church
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, in the
absence of the pastor.
Professor Davis is a young man
with ideas of his own. He has beeh
well trained, and is. capacitated for
saying something that will be of in
terest and profit to those who heaiy
htm.
He has done, with others, a notable
piece of work in building up a young
men's claas in the Baptist church.
The pastor ia delighted to turn things
over to him for Sunday morning, and
would likf for the people of William -
•ton to hear, in a religious address,
the man #l® so largely has their
children in his care.
Small Fire at Parmele
Yesterday Morning
Parmele citicens were disturbed in
their rest early yesterday morning
when fire destroyed the sand cooker
of the AUantic Coast Line Railroad
there. Writing about the happening
a citizen says:
"Thursday morning oL this week,
we heard a call on th€ outside in the
early morning hours. We listened a
'minute and could not decide if some
one waa mad or had joined the Holi
ness church. In a minute we heard a
gun flra, and then we knew something
waa doing. We arose in haste ano
our new pajamas and discovered that
the sand cooker at the depot was on
fire. We are not sure Jf it burned
down or burned up, but it is gone;
• nd we •«> wondering if the Coast
will have to cut salaries to re
build."
STRANH
THEATRE! J
SATURDAY
Be Sure To Come To
See
WALLY WALES
in
"TWISTED
TRIGGERS"
AND COMEDY
Always * Good Show
THE ENTERPRISE
Almost 5£00,000
Pounds Sold Here
Tobacco sales on the local
warehouse floors were Rearing
five and one-half million nark
today, according to information
gained fro* tobacco men who
have tabulated the sales from
day to day.
Prices have been climbing on
the market, and a frowning
farmer haa not been seen in
aeverai days.
The averages as given out by
the Tobacco Board of Trade
showed that Wednesday's sale
amounted to (28.10 and yetter
day'a sale a fraction higher.
Personal interviews with sev
eral farmers on the market here
yesterday were something like
this:
"My little barn of six piles,
weighed 528 pounds brought
from 35 to 80 cents per pound,
brought $334.76 and averaged
$63.78."
That was Mr. John A. Gurkin
HjH'kaing.
S4 young colored man by the
name of Peel waa the next man
we came across and he said,
"I got the biggeat price in
my life here today and I have
been aelling tobacco for ten
years or more."
He averaged over 50 centa
ir hia entire lot. / '
PROCEEDINGS OF
SUPERIOR COURT
Judge Townsend Keeping
Wheels Turning; 17
Suits Settled
Judge N. A. Townsend is keeping
the wheels turning and the mill has
ground out seventeen suits since Tues
day in the special term of Martin
County Superior court.
In the majority of cases both aides
appeared to be afraid to go to the
"bat" while in others the parties have
become good friends and had their
differences settled out of court.
The following cases have been dis
posed of by final judgment:
'A non suit was returned in the case
of Augustus Lanier against Wiley
Green.
The case of Rogerson Brothers
against J. B. Whitfield was settled by
agreement.
A non suit waa returned in the case
of Vance Macon against Charlie Ma
con. »
r An agreement was reached in the
J. W. Watts case against J. G. Sta
ton, receiver.
The caße of E. D. Dodd against
Chas. H. Jenkins and company war
settled by agreement.
In the case of R. L. Coburn, re
ceiver against W. T. Ward, the de
fendant failed to complete his appeal
from a judgment of a former court
and made permanent.
In the American Wholesale com
pany case against N. and W. R. Or
leans, the differences were adjusted
by the parties themselves for $475.14
end the case was ended.
J. G. Staton, surviving partner, vs
R. F. Bennett, administrator. The
parties agreed to a settlement for the
sum of $250.
In the land suit of R. B. Brown et
als against J. L. Whitfield, the jury
found in favor of plaintiffs.
Defendants in the American Fertil
iser company case against J. D. and
Matthews had judgment enter
ed in their favor at plaintiff's cost
** hen the plaintiff failed to appear.
A voluntary non suit was made in
the Selma Leggett case against Ben
asd Henry Leggett.
The Thotnas and Jennings case
against L. P. Christian was settled
by a voluntary non fuit. •
A non suit settled the case of the
Greenville Bank and Trust company
brought against the Middleground
Roanoke association.
Mrs. W. D. Shaw et als against
W. S. Rhodes, administrator. Volun
tary non suit
A non suit resulted in the case of
A. B. Wallace against W. H. Mizell.
In the ease of N. B. Josey Guano
company against W. G. Anthony, B.
A. Critcher asked permission to with
draw as attorney for the plaintiff. The
request was granted and tine case goes
over.
In the case of Bailey and BamhiU
against I. 8. Cale et als, the jury a
warded judgment for plaintiffs a
mounting to 1812.77. ;• ,
.Yesterday, the last case heard
was that of G. H. Mizell versus
the American Fertiliser company. It
was non suited.
Court will continue all of next
week, according to the present out
look.
Mr. Thursten Wynne and three sons
of Route 2 were business callers here
this morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stalls attended
the Coastal plain fair in Tarboro yea
t imlaM
w rutty,
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, October 28, 1927
Contract for Sale of Power
System Approved
Town Commissioners and J. T. Chase To Meet Monday
Night Here and Go Over Agreement in Detail
The Virginia Electric A Power
Co., this week accepted the mem
orandum of agreement providing
for the sale of the local light and
power system. The agreement
as accepted by the power com
pany includes free street light
ing and water pumping, free
Hghts and power for the fair as
sociation so long as it operates
an agricultural fair, current for
the town's ftre and police alarms;
and provides for the installation
of larger street lights. Aside
from these changes, the agree
ment remains virtually the same
STATE LIBRARY.
OFFERS SERVICE
Wilt Send Books To Any
Part of State; Postage
Only Charge
The North Carolina Library com
mission is offering® its services to
residents of communities in the State
where library facilities are not avail
able. For this service, the commission
makes no charge except the postage
to and frgm Raleigh.
The has carried on this
service for the past few years, and it
is meeting with much success in that
it is supplying those communities
with books that could not be had
otherwise.
In return for this service, the com-
mission asks those applying for books
to write their names plainly, give cor
rect address, and name the book
wanted. You are allowed to keep the
book three weeks.
A coupon that will aid applicants
when applying for books will be print
ed in this paper - shortly, and all
subscribers are invited to take ad
vantage of the library's service.
Traveler Startles
Hearers With Violin
Professor George Walker, after 20
years' practice, appeared in an unan
nounced and unuaual violin concert
here last evening before a large
street audience. Genuine apprecia
tion for the traveling man's ability
was expressed by hearty applause af
ter each number, and his playing was
acclaimed the beat ever heard by "the*
man about town" as well as by the
music lover.
' Originally of Los Angeles, the ar P
list left a small troupe several months
ugo, and with his violin under his arm
he turned to the highwayß of North
Carolina. In his tours he has appear
ed in many concerts, often filling
weekly engagements in small towns
where his work ia.heartily received.
He expressed a desire to settle in
North Carolina, stating that he had
traveled extensively and found this
State to be an ideal one to live in.
Before leaving at noon today for
points west of here, he appeared in
several prviate concerns.
Robersonville Editor
Denies Selling Paper
In a press statement today, W. H.
Mizelle, editor of the Weekly Herald,
Robersonville, denied the report that
the Robersonville Publishing com
pany haa sold out.
The Robersonville editor says: -
"The report that the Robersonville
Publishing company has sold out is a
mistake.
"The gentleman, who was no kind
as to circulate and cause to be cir
culated this report, hoping thereby to
gain some advantage for himself,
knew perfectly well that he was tjje
originator. But we cannot understand
how any gentleman can expect such
to result in a permanent advantage
to him in A town like Robersonville,
whgffe a large majority of the people
are for a sqdare deal every day in
the year."
The editor goeß on to say, "This is
not the first time we have been noti
fied of that about which we should
have been the first to know. It Is not
the first time we have had the Judas
Benedict act performed upon us, but
we are still in the business."
Small Attendance At
Woman's Club Meeting
A crowded social calendar caused a
small attendance at a meeting of the
Woman's club held in the clubs rooms
here yesterday afternoon at' 3:30.
Mrs. W. C. liverman read a very
interesting report 011 the State meet
ing of Womans clubs, held in Au
lander a few days ago. Refbrts from
the school survey committee were
\ery pleasing, and showed the survey
io be almost complete.
Tha social committee served hot tea
and cakes. .. j
as it appeared in this paper sev
eral weeks ago.
Mr. J. T. Chaae, tlie power
Company's general manager, will
meet here with the town commis
sioners next Monday night and
go over the meat for the
last time VUffm the matter is
placed b«f«ri I the-
An election is expected to be
called at the meeting Monday. A
new registration of voteys in the
town will be provided, and the
matter voted upon the.latter part
of next month or early in De
cember.
TAX COLLECTOR
HAS GOOD MONTH
f*" . ■ \
More Than $6,000 in Town
Taxes Collected; One-
Fifth of Ibtal
Tax Collector W. B. Daniel has had
a good month in tax collections, foi
during the past four a'feks more than
$6,000 have been paid into the' town's
treasury. The small discount allow
ed by the bourd of commissioners at
■i meeting a few weeks ago with the
v.ot-k of Mr. Daniel had much to do
with the large collections.
The amount collected constitutes
about one-fifth of the intlre receipt*.
Monday will be the la*t day that tax
payers may take ad sntage of the
small discount, and |He collector is
expecting several huatred more dol
lars to find their way jnto his hands
before that time.
NEAR END OF
SCHOOLSURVEY
Report of Committee Prac
tically Ready for School
Authorities
Reports coming from the several
members of the committee appointed
by the Woman's club to make u sui
vey of the school district,-.show that
the data with one exception are all in
and ready for the school authorities.
At their task, the ladies have worb
ed faithfully and they are due much
credit for obtaining a complete sur
\ey of the entire township. At noon
today, four groups reported their
survey complete, and two others are
exacted to finish before the day is
over.
The survey has caused to be as
sembled valuable and interesting fafcb
that will be used jn the running of
the schools. *
'iss S out hall Completer
Work in County Schools
Miss Macie Sou thai I, of the State
Department of Education, finished
her work in the county here yesterday,
after she had introduced standards pf
tests and measurements in the Oak
City, Jamesville, Robersonville and
Williamston schqols.
The system of tests and measure
ments introduced by Miss Southall
was used in the local school last year
and was found to be very successful
in its operation. Miss Southall re
viewed thte work and spoke very
highly of the results.
Modern Woodmen Have
Big Supper at fcveretts
Everetts, Oct, 27.—At the regular
meeing of Everetts Camp Modern
Woodmen, Monday night one candi
date was initiated into membership.
After the initiatory scene, oys
ter and squirrel supper was very
much enjoyed by about sixty mem
bers.
The next meeting will be held Mon
day night, November "14 at which
time it is hoped there will be two
candidate to go through.
Sunday Services at
f Church of the Advent
R«v. C. O. I'ardo, Rector
Sunday, October 30, 1027:
10:00 a. m.—Church school.
11:00 a. m.—Morning prayer "and'
sermon.
There will be no night service, on
account of the physical disability o!
the rector. • ■/ „ ,
Town Commissioners
Are Reviewing Audit
v After failing to get a quroum at
two meeting scheduled for the town
commissioners, town offleers started
review of the audit reeenty submit
ted, and will start .to work on the
adjustments recommended by the
auditing company.
The review will cpntinue through
this week and into the mrly part of
next, it is understood.
SERVICE CHARGE
TO BE MADE ON)
SMALL ACCOUNTS 1
Applies Only to Active
Checking Accounts With
Balance Less Thau SSO
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1
Heavy Cost of Handling the Large
Number of Such Account! Makes
Small Charge Necessary
The Farmers and Merchants bank
announced this week a service charge
on certain checking accounts, the
Charge to be inaugurated January i.
Such a charge has been the centei
of discussion among banking groups
new for'some time, but it,was not
until recently that the officers"of the
Farmers and Merchants bank here
compiled figures and found" it neces
ry to institute the charge to care
lor the heavy expense brought about
ill the -handling of .more than 50r>
Miiall checking accounts. Due to the
iibseiuSe of the bank's president, I'u.
•i• t>. Higgs, these figures are not ob
t,tillable at this time.
The charge to be inaugurated the
fust t>i the -year will amount to fifty
cents each month on all checking ac
counts that do not carry over {in aver-
Uge —balance.——*uivi-— w|jh It
have over three checks drawn ugnjhst
that amount on an average. The
charge in in effect in practically ail
the states, and in certain parts of
North Carolina it is widely used. An
intendment made to the constitution
of the Baltimore Clearing House re
cently brought about a service charge
of SI.OO each month and stated that
the average balance, .must amount to
as much as S2OO.
It is understood that a like charge
i- 1 -' being considered by other banks
in the county, but no .announcement
haa been offered by them at this
time.
Dr. J. D. Biggs in speaking of tire
charge said, "It is easy to appreciate
ilie feelings of bank depositors in
this matter. It is also easy to discern
that in the majority of cases they
e: tiier do nut, or will not bring them
tHves to consider the fact that it
touts a bank money to render the
service they use."
The local bank's president went on
to say, "It is a difficult thin#; to bring
people to pay willingly for something
they have always received free ot
cost. No better illustration of this : s
p -eded than the situation in some
cites regarding water .■ upply. It costs
m»ney fo miijply vater to the oc
cupant pf a city dwelling. The only
fail and equitable means of determin
ing the cost to each individual is to
meter the water'used*. Metering,, be
sides accurately distributing the cost
also lowers it, because it acts tft pre
vent waste."
Mr. C. I). Carsturphen, jr., cashier
of the bank here, stated, "A careful
review of the status-of the accounts
on thj' bank's books will show thaL
"O.ere are many more small accounts
carried than one would .ordinarily
think. Once the number and expense
of these small accounts are considered
the depositor will see the reasonable
ness in the charge for the service."
Sear Grass School
Opened This Week
The 1927-28 session of the Ileal
Grass school was opened this week
with an increased^!!rollinerit and two
new teachers. While the, opening l
was not marked with elaborate exer
lines, fitting remarks were made, and
Mi. .Sanf the school's principal,
outlined the year's work.
During the past several years, the
school'has been ably supported by the
liear Grass community, and worth
v, hile improvements have been made
in that time. The teachers, with the
community, are planning a very suc
cessful year for the.school.
No One Hurt in Wreck
On Washington Road
W. ,S. Horton, a trav«4H>g salesman
badly damaged hi* Chrysler roflcli
Ina't Wednesday night when he ran
St into a car driven by T. C. Ktheridgn
a mile from here on the Washington
road. The Etheride car had its run
ning board and two feelers torn off.
No body was hurt in the accident.
According to information coming
Trorrlr the police department, Horton
was driving recklessly when tho ac
cident happened.
To Hold Hallowe'en Party
Farm Life School Monday
To raise funds fot school purposes,
the faculty and student i of the Fnm
Life school are preparing a Hallow
e'en party for next Monday night. /
No admission will be charged, and
the community is extended a cordial
invitation to attend afld take part in
the evening's Entertainment. Fish
l>onds, side shows and fortune tellers
along with other amusements will
feature the evening's program.
i
Board of Education Summary
i Of Receipts and Expenditures
| Presents Interesting Figures
Gregory Will Have
Offer Here Monday
'! he offer made by Kdwin t.
(Jr. gory and associates to the
tpv. n for its electric system will
'• OS,' i,s wu yi before the town
coi imissioners in a special meet
ing next Monday nixht. Other
than this, nothiiiK could hi
learned abi/ut the olTejr.
WINNING MANY
PREMIUMS AT
FAIRS THIS FALL
J.' J. Roberson &
tinue to "Clean Up" With
Several Herds of Hogs
TO SHOW IN 6 STATES
To Take Their Herds Into South L^LLuima,—Georgia,
L^LLuima,—Georgia, and -Florida
Next Month
J. J. Roberson and Son and J. F.
Itoberson, of this county, have been
| large winners ut the Kinston, Wilson
' and farboro fairs where they exhibit
| ed their fine.herds of hogs. Showing
Duroc, Chester Whites and Berkshire
| logs, the Messrs. Roberson have lit
| erally walked away with all the
I | miliums offered in those classes.
Acording to their present plans,
I the breeders will lake their herds
| I com this State into South Carolina,
Georgia unci Florida next month, and
icturn home some time after the
middle of December.
When the circuit is completed, the
Messrs. Roberson will have exhibited
their herds in six states, and judging
from their past premiums they will be
the head winners in all six of the
-states.
So far, according'to Mr. Roberson,
the Uoaiwke fair has led thenwajl
in quantity exhibits an well a* in
quality exhibits. In fact, he said the
Roanoke fair here *ts hard to beat,
for it carrys the very best.
Baptists A nnounce
Sunday Services
The .pastor having been called out
i f town is happy to announce that
I'lofensor Davis Will speak in his
church Sunday morning at II o'-
clock. The pastor will be'iff the pul
pit Sunday evening at the u.4ual hour.
A The association having passed, the
nixt red-letter duy in our denonfl
nation is the meeting of the State
I.aptist convention about the middle
of November. The convention
to Durham this year. It is, therefore,
close enough by that many of our
people could' easily go. It is hoped
that some of them will arrange to do
art.
Sunday school Sunday morning at
the usual hour. The attendance was
good last Sunday and should be even
hi Iter this Sunday.
Mid-week service Wednesday night
a' 7 :U() o'clock.
Present Program At
Local School Today
Mesdames Harper Holliday and W.
My lining, jr. greatly pleased the
several hundred srliool children when
they appeared in a short musical
program during the chapel period in
the local school this morning.
The program consisted of several
polos and piano neclctions," and especi
ally good were the Irish hit, "Ask Mi ",
by Mrs. Holliday, and the "Dance
of the Demons", rendered by Mrs.
Manning at the piano.
Second Lyceum Number
At Everetts Next Month
The Shields Trio, making up the
second number onLyceum pro
gram booked Everetts school,
hus' ju«t been announced for a concert
in the school audtiorium at Everetts
rext month.
The three Shields sisters are very
retractive young' women and are very
talented, clever and gifted. They are
filling appointments in hundreds of
towrNs. and cities throughout the
South this year, and their appearance
iii this county should be met by a
large audience.
Local Football Squad Is
Playing Plymouth Today
Coach B. E. Hood with thirteen
members of the local football squad
left, shortly after noon today for
Plymouth to do battle with the high
M hool eleven there.
The team was accompanied by a
large number of fans.
Advertisers Will Find, Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes of Martin County
ESTABLISHED 1898
Tolal Expenditures Drop
About $75,000 Under
Previous Year
EXPENSE ABOUT SAME
Reduction of Expenditures Due Mainly
To Fact That There Was No
Extensive Building Program
Tidal expenditure? fur Ma tin Conn-,
ty schools, according to a .summary
statement of receipts arid disburse
mtnt.-4 com.nnr'from the Hoard of !!d
--uoation's-office for the y»ar beginning
July 1, 1926 and ending; Juljr I, 1927,
have decreased from $276,04(1.4!) in
1924-'25 to $200,940.94 for the post
1 eriod. In 1925'26 th.' expetrditu ea
amounted to $24. r >,943.00. The lijrger
(.mounts for the first two years under
consideration are accountable to a cer
tain extent to school expansion. The
statement where expenses
in many of the departments have re*
inained about the same, the largest
increase took place in ■ teachers' sal-
The statement is very valuable in
that it shows more than receipts and
expenditures. For instance, in the
operation of trucks, the statement.
•■hows that it is cheaper to operate
them under certain • units than it is
to operate them under others. The
bad features are shown as well as the
good ones, for the statements points
to the fact that the meUsley sum of
$481.34. was spent by local districts
in the entire county for library fa
cilities and operation of trucks.
A summary statement will be pub
lished the. early part of next week,
and it should be of much interest to
citizens throughout the county.
ROPER MAN DIES
IN AUTO WRECK
Runs Into Concrete Bridge,
Rebounds And l*Hit -
By Big Truck
Information coining from the scene
>'f theautomobilr wreck in which Wil
liam Smith was' killed andHwo others
i ijured, was without detail Tuesday,
Mid it was not until yesterday that
supplementary facts could be gained.
In describing the accident a state
reporter states,
"A .wreck ten miles east of Greens
boro on route 10 at the Rock Creek
bridge was of record violence, SVil
liam Smith, 20, of Koper, was instant
ly killed, a concrete sidewall of the
bridge was battered up, a car and a
"heavy truck were almost completely
demolished and three men were in
jured to sonu; extent.
"Joe Harcoe, 19, and Leonard ISar
hoth of Uoper, were with Smith. The
accident occurred at 2:30 a. m., as
the car was headed west on a trip
to Asheville. Smith had just
the wheel. The machine was going
down the grade toward the bridge
at a hight rate of speed when it got
out of contral struck the con
creted sidewall with great force, tear
ing off part of the body. It then
veered to the other side of the
bridge and side-swiped it before
turning over on the side.
"It had nfo more thaiv turned over
before Joe Harcoe was out and try
ing to signal down a truck approach
ing at 46 miles an hour ffom the
west. The truck was too close and
it plowed into the.exposed top of the
.Hudson, knocking it some 31) yards
or mare and completing its destruc
tion. The front end of the truck
was also torn up. When the truck
came to a halt its rear end was
standing on the body of Smith and
had badly crushed it. The elder
Harcoe had been in the car but es
caped death in some miraculous
fashion."
It is understood that the elder Bar
cofc was on his way to Asheville to
start divorce proceeding*^
The body of Smitl/ was sent to
the home in Itoper and/interment'took
place yesterday. NT**
Hallowe'en Carnival For
Benefit School Tonight
Local people will know that All
Saints' Day is close at hand when
spooks and witches parade the town
this evening, leading to the opening
of carnival at the ware
house at 8 o'clock. It will be a gay
time for both old and young when the
several hundred children with their
teachers assemble to make merry the
event.
Ail week the children and teachers
of the have been working
Into the late afternoons, arranging
the details connected with the car
nival. '
No admission charge will be made.
The people of the town are urged to
attend and take part in the event* of
the evening.
    

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