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280.Cat's Shipped Since Oc
tober 29th; Boat Line
Carries Some
Totil of Around Seventy Thousand
Bags Shipped; Would Make Train
Over Two Miles Long
If the popcorn growers have done
as well this year as the peanut grow
er* in this section have done, there
will be no shortage of peanuts-pop
corn at the circuses for a long time
to come. Shipments of peanuts from
this market reached in the neighbor
hood of seventy thousand bags yester
day. Put them all in railroad cars
and there would be around 230 cars,
making a solid train of over two miles
in length.
The first shipment was made over
the A. C. L. October 29. Since that
time the shipments have increased in
size and number and as many as
fifteen cars have left the market here
in one day. The boat line handled a
large number of the goobers, carrying
solid loads to Edenton and other
peanut markets. The majority of the
shipments went to Suffolk and Eden
Reports from other markets in the
county were not obtainable yesterday,
but it is understood that they when
added the ones here, will show
Martin county to be one of the largest
peanut growing counties in the coun
Unfavorable weather conditions have
delayed the peanut farmers in picking
and marketing their crops, and at this
time, it is estimated that not more
than eighty per cent, of the crop has
been picked and sold. It will be some
Ume in January before a complete
report can be had, showing the exact
number of bags of peanuts raised in
the county.
Double Victory Registered
By Local Basketball
Teams Tuesday
Two victories were registered last
Tuesday night when the local high
school basketball teams met ..those of
Windsor in Windsor. The girls won
by a ten to five count while the boys
made eighteen markers to their op
ponents' seven.
The local bbys after losing to Wind
sor here last week, entered into rcaf
practice and developed better form in
a very short time. The girls' team is
improving with daily praetie*, and
before the season ig over Coach Hood
feels BUre he will have a wining
Several positions on the regular
boys' team remain unfilled, and Mr.
Hood, the coach, states it will be af
ter Christmas before a final selection
will be made. The boys are striving
after permanent berths on the squad,
and with a few players to spare, a
crdeitable five is expected to result.
Woman's Club To Hold
Meeting Next Thursday
The regular meeting of the Woman's
club will be held next Thursday af
ternoon in the club roomb. Due to the
busy season, the members of the club
are assured that the meeting will not
last very long.
Attend Meeting of
Medical Societies
Doctors W. E. Warren, J. E. Smith
wick, J. S. Rhodes and J. H. Saunders
attended a joint meeting of the
medical societies of Edgecombe, Mar
tin, Beaufort, Pitt and Halifax coun
ties in Tarboro last Wednesday.
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p Always a Good Show;
Power Plant Sa
Decided at Polls Tuesday
ISyOne of Most Important Elections in History of Town;
/ 165 Votes Needed £p Carry Election
J One of the >Mt important $> printed the words, "For Power
/ questions the faced for Proposal", those wishing to vote
[ many years fill be decided nest against the offer «hati vote a
\ Tuesday when the power proposal ticket upon which will be printed
presents itself for settlement. To the words "Against Power 'Pro
oarry the election, 163 votes will posal".
havcto be cast in its favor; to de- The Board of Town t'ommis
feat the measure, that number sioners and the town's officers
will have to be registered against have made every attempt to put
it. The power situation in our the matter before the people in a
town ia to be takan seriously, and fair and square manner. The
•the citiaeary should take an in- question ia up to the voters, and
tereat in the election nest Tues- the town's oßcial* are anxious
day. for the people to join in and work.
At the election next Tueaday, cooperatively for the best interest
those in favor of the offer shall of the future development of the
vote a ticket upon which will be town and its citiienry,
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High Water on Roanoke
. Delays Bringing Barges
Up River
Shipments of raw materials to the
Standard Fertiliser Company here
reached 3,600 tons yesterday when the
Grace Bennett, a three-mast schooner
docked at the company's wharf with
three hundred and fifty tons of fer
tilizer aboard. During the pust -several
weeks, the company h is, in the face of
unfavorable weather conditions, oper
ated almost continuously, unloading
the raw products.
High water in the Roanoke has de
layed several shipments of the fer
tilizer ingredients, and at the present
time the Northern Twenty is anchor
ed near J&mesville waiting for the
high water to go down. An ocean go
ing tug was forced to drop the big
barge from its tow when it faced the
swift current of the Roanoke. Two
barges were carried out Wednesday,
and it was all the tug boat could do
to swing them around the curves of
the river.
Mr. Hondurant, plant manager itat
ed yesterday that as long as the water
remained up, the Northern Twenty
would have to remain below James
ville with its 800-ton cargo.
Measurements of the river yester
day showed that the water was about
on a stand still,
Christmas Stockings for
Oteen Needed at Once
Those who want to remember the
soldiers at Oteen with u Christmas
stocking are asked to send them to
Mrs. J. F. Thigpen at om'e. The com
mittee wishes to get them off so the
gifts will reach Asheville before
Christmas Eve. The club women of
AsheviJle will distribute the stockings
and the flowers the Philathea classes
are giving to the boys at a Christmas
party. A few stockins have already
been sent from here, but not as many
as were sent last year.
High School Play To _
Be Staged Tonight
According to the ticket sale, a large
number of people tonight will see
"Cupid up-to-date", a musical comedy
sponsofei-by the Dramatic club of the
local high school. Heports coming
from the last dress rehearsals indicate
that the play will meet with great
approval, , j
Farm Life Quint Wins
From Local Boys, 12-9
The local high school quirttet lost
its second game of the season here
last night when the boys from Farm
Life won I*2 to 9. With Cox out of
the game, the locals got off to a poor
start, and were unable to overcome
Farm Life's lead. The visitors, played
a creditable game, but on the whole a
poor bjgnd of ball waß seen. Jp
Suffers Broken Aim in
Game Tuesday Night
Edwin Co* suffered a broken arm in
the Windsor-Williamston basketball
game last Tuesday night. In the third
quarter, young Co* made a high Jump,
lost his balance and fell on his left
arm, breaking the two bone*. Up un
til that time, Co* was leading the
team in points scored and with fea
ture plafs.
Baptists Announce
Services for Sunday
Sunday morning the pastor will
preach from the book of Philemon—
a short epistle of but a few verses.
In the evening the subject discussed
will be Temptation.
This church is preparing for the
two services which it will hold on
Christmas morning White
Gift service, an dthe afternoon Twi
light service.
Williamston, Martin County, Carolina, Friday, December 17, 1927
Warehouses To Open Again
January 3; Nearly Eight
Million Pounds Sold' \
The local tobacco market closed
with its sales a fraction under
the eight-million mark. The bad wea
ther for the most of the week brought
the sales down considerably. Exclusive
of scrap, the number of pounds sold up
to the 14th of the month reached 1,-
The average price for the market
according to the last government re
port was 26.71. The uverage for the
State was 26.40. There were five
eastern markets that led Willianiston
in pounds, Greenville, Kins
ton, Rocky Mount and Farmville,
Seven markets led in prices, Rob
ersonville, Washington, Wilson, Tar
boro, Greenville, Famiville, Rocky
The price change from last year is
very interesting and reflects one fact,
that the reasons in a community which
produce a g. >d crop will insure good
prices in a neighboring market. Last
year, Ahoskie was Birtftwg the highest
while this year it was the lowest.
The warehouses expect to open
again about the °rd of January as
there seems to be considerable tobacco
that could not be put on the market
before its close for the holidays.
Property Used At Stills
Would Have Made 625
Gallons Whisky
Office • C. F. )Alexander accompan
ied by Dej>ut Sheriff Grimes of this
county and Deputies liodges and
Mitchell, of Heaufort 'county observed
the woods a mile and a hpif east of
Hear Grass Wednesday. Their search
had hardly begun before they found
two white men mixing beer. The of
ficers were discovered by the mixers
who made their escape. The still had
been removed from -the furnace and
Was either hidden or carried to some
other stand for use. The officers found
a "Cfow's nest" high up in a tree
which w.vf evidently used by a sentry
when the still was in operation.
Continuing their search, the of
ficers luund a few hundred yards
away, a big outfit consisting of a
200-gallon copper still, a steam boil
er of from six to eigth horse capac
ity, two bags of sugar, double coul
ers, about a dozen barrels and a
number of large vats holding
500 gallons each. officers estimat
ed that there were about 6000 gallons
of beer almost re&dy for use. At this
plant they also ■ found axes, buckets,
tubß, and hose.
At another place, Mr. Alexander and
his assistant* destroy**! four barrels
of beer.
The projierty used in connection
with the stills would have, according
to estimates made by the officers,
turned out 625 gallons of mongrel
•whiskey and would have sold for
(2500 at the moonshine rate, about
SSOOO at the street boot-leg price and
for about $9,000 at the fancy-dance
Ex-Soldiers Should File
Claims Before January 1
Every man who served in the World
War is entitled to compensation. Af
ter January 1, it wjll be too late. All
who fail to file by that time will be
shut out. Jt is reported that there are
yet half a million soldiers who have
not filed their claims.
If every man in Martin county will
take it upon himself to inquire of his
neighbor soldier if he has filed' his
claim for adjusted compensation, then
no one need be left out. Attorneys
Elbert S. Peel and Robert L. Coburn,
both ex-soldiers signify their willing
ness to assist any comrade in pre
paring his claim.
Henry Johnson, Jr., Is Vic
tim of Well-Panned
Two Negroes, After Robbing and
Binding Auto Salesman, Try
To Run Car Over, Him
Mr. Henry Johnson, JP., saiesmai.
for the Rebersonvtlle Motor Com
pany, Kobersonvillo, was robbed by
highwaymen last Wednesday night on
the old Palinyra-llobgood road, a
short distance from Oak City.
A reporter for the Robersonville
Record writes:
"The highwaymen, according: to
Mr. Johnson, got $52.80 cfish off his
person, and his watch. Thr negroes
had, apparently planned a most clever
.scheme by which to execute their
crime. According: to Mr. Johnson, the
two negroes came to Robersonville oh
Wednesday, calling at the Roberson
ville Motor Company on the pretense
of wishing to purchase a used car.
Mr. Johnson waited on them, and they
became interested in an Oldttnoblle.
However, they explained to Mr. John-
son that they would have to consult
their wives and wished for them also
to see the car, requesting that he meet
them in Palmyra'with the car about
sunset or dark Wednesday night. Up
on reaching Palmyra Mr. Johnson
found only one of the negroes there,
ho explaining that the other one had
gone to Oak City after his wife. When
Mr. Johnson told him that h • could
not wait much longer, the negro
him SIO,OO deposit, stating
Uiat if they fniled to see the 'other
pUrty that night that he would All at
ihe Robei sonville Motor Company
Thursday and close the ileal for the
car. ,The negro, thereupon, gave Mr.
Johnson a $20.00 bill and Mr. John
,son gave lum SIO.OO change and a
receipt. However, before Mr. John
son got away it was suggested by the
negro that they go toward Oak City
and they would meet the second negro
with his wife. Unsuspectingly, Mr.
Johnson complied and took th»» nwiro
ia the Oldsniohile for the trip.
"When about three and a half miles
out from Oak City, the negro asked
Mr. Johnson to stop a minute, to
which request he UIKO complied. When
the negro got out of the car he switch
ed the lights off J and the second
negro emerged from the bushes and
had Mr. Johnson covered with a gun.
After tying his hands behind him with
wire, and also tying his handkerchief
over Mr. Johnson's face, they search
ed him, taking the $52.80 and his
watch, after w.hich they threw him
to the ground and attempted to run
th',' jLL-liitn, tmt I his, without
success at Mr. Johnson managed to
keep the wheels off of him. They
drove Mr. Johnson's car some 400
yards down the road and abandoned
it, one negro coming back and strik
ing Mr. Johnson in the face, knocking
him uncons'ious for almost an hour.
"When he came to, Mr. Johnson
saw a white man coming towaid him,
but he, upon seeing him bandaged
with the handkerchief was at first
hesitant in approaching Mr. Johnson.
However, when he understood what
had taken place the man, a Mr. Scott
who lives on the I>>ggett farm, re
leased Mr. Johnson and they went to
-a'negro's home nearby. The com
pany's ohlee here was notified, and
they, in turn, notified local andrcoun
ty authorities in all *he surrounding
town& and counties. Illondhounds from
Knfield were summoned and they
carried the trail for some distance
where it came to an abrupt end, evi
dence showing that the negroes had
boarded another car." ,
The negroes are not known in the
upper part of the county, and while
they are not sure, residents- there
are of the opinion that the men are
from near Weldon. Several clues are
being followed in an effort to capture
the robbers, but up until this morning
very little progress hed been made
to thut end.
Twilight Service at Baptist
Church on Christmas Day
It was announced Sunday at the
Baptist church that plans had been
perfected for another "Twilight
Christmas Service" in that churi If.
This .serviciS. will be held in Utt
ehurch at 6 o'clock in the afternoon
of Christmas Day./ 1 '
In this way, the people who attend
the afternoon service will be free to
attend* any other churches of the
town in the evening, or to spend their
Christmas evening anyway they may
like. Also, by holding the service at
this time, it will give everybody in
Williamston as opportunity to attend.
The service will be very simple, and
brief, consisting of appropriate
Christmas muqic, an anthem and a
short address by the pastor.
This service, with the White Gift
service held in the church on Sun
day morning at 10:30 o'clock will he
the only services held in the church
Christmas Day.
Mayor Says Limiting Rule
Will Be Passed If Re
quest Not Obeyed
.Attention of-local automobile owners !
is again called to the request made a
few days'ago by Mayor Coburn. If j
the request is heeded, no special |
parking laws will be necessary, it was j
stated yesterday i>> a town official.
Should the request be ignored, it is
understood that a parking limit ordi
nance will necessarily be passed in
order to relieve the Congested park
ing conditions On Main and Washing
ton. streets.
In the Mayor's request all local au- j
tomobile owners are asked to either j
\\alk to/hoir businesses during to-j
nwrijv and the business days of next
or avoid parking their cars in
the business districts of the two
iv reels. *
Mr. Coburn stated that this-would
oe of great help to the many visitors j
coming here during tomorrow and
next week.
Man From Blounts Creek Is
Drowned at New Bridge
Near Columbia
Harry Eugene Stewart, a traveling
man, drove his car into the,' open
draw of the new "Scuppeinong River
bridge at Columbia Wednesday night
about 7:30 and was drowned.
No one setyns to know just how the
accident lutppuned, and it was some*
time before the car and. the man's
body were removed froiti the water.
Mr. Stewart had lived in Washing
ton for a number of years, moving
there from the western part of the
State, lie married Miss Mae Blount,
daughter of Mrs. W. A. lilount, of
Washington, who with five young sons
survives. Mr. Stewart traveled for the
It'lchelin Tire Company for a nujjther
of years. He purchased a farm at,
lilount's Creek a few years' ago
and moved there with his family and
engaged in the poultry business,
continuing his work with the Miehelin
Company. •
The body was removed to the home
of his mother-in-law in Washington
yesterday where the funeral and bur
ial services were held today.
Federal Agents Get Still
And Plenty Equipment,
„ , Besides Two Men
Federal Agent C. P. Alexander
and Deputy She rill" George M. Harris,
of lleaufort county, captured I; m
Maker and( Smith Crandall,' negroes, '
fit a still near the Heaufort county I
line yesterday/ afternoon. The bio k
iiders were-too busy to watch foi iif-.j
fleers, for they had already manufac
tured twelve gallons of liquor and had '
the plant steaming when the odicerj
walked upon the scene. "
The officers brought the-outfit,-in
cluding the two operators, twt !\e»»-al
lons of liqpor, complete still and ac
cessories before the l". K. commission
er here yesterday afternoon* for a
hearing of the two men. linker and
Crandall both declared t it was
their first day at a still and that they
were .wage earners, that wome,un
known Martin county Man had gone to
their homos near J'actolus in I'itt
county and hired them to run the
plant for him. They were to be paid
f>r\the work -3.50 in cash and a en I
lon of liquor each.
The defendants were placed , in jail
in .default of SSOO bonds. Tin v were
confined har(llj two hours before J
friends bonded them.
Chain Store Opens I
Here Tdmorrow I
Notlh .Carolina Chain Stores, witi
the home office at 'ElfSsabeth City,
w*k-ipen one of its first stores here
tomorrow. The old post office building
has been remodeled for the new store,
and while it will be impossible to ar
range all the stock as it should be by
the time of opening, Mr. B. G. Shan
nonhoUse, the store's manager, state?
this will not affect he big opening
expected tomorrow.
Charges Against Senators-
Elect Holding Up Senate
The charges against Senators Vare,
of Pennsylvania and Smith, of Illinois
are holding up the work of the U. S.
Senate. •
Smith and Vare, it is 'alleged, won
their way to by fraudlent
and corrupt means and their right to
take seats in the body ar§ being ques
tioned. Senator Norrin, a Republican,
was the first to call their hands and
block the entrance to the Senate for
Uont Forget /
Vweek, I
to Chrismias Seal
your Christmas
Several Divorce Actions
Started; Only One
The work of the Martin County
Superior court just before ,-jts ad-
journment last Tuesday evening dealt
mostly with judgments ,and divorce
After pli'ading utility to the charge,
assault with a deadly weapon, Don
Johnson had the following-judgment
imposed, "That defendant be con lined
in the State's prison for not more'
than seven years and not less than
two years. Capias only to issue upon
motkm of the solicitor which may be
done at any time within five-yajirs
from this date. Upon issuance of
capias, defendant not to. be required
to serve said sentence unless the
.ludge holding the court shall be
satisfied that the defendant has vio
lated some criminal law of the State
of North Carolina, or has been drunk
or intoxicated, and upon a- showing
atiijfiii tory to the Judge that the de
fendant has violated any criminal
law of the State of North Carolina or
has been drunk or intoxicated the de
Cendant shall serve the sentence here
in imposed, said term to begin as of
that .datt?. '
On a' trespass' charge Johnson waiv
ed the finding of a true bill of the
grand jury and plead guilty. A sixty
day jail sentence WHS imposed, but
with the holidays so near, Judge
Moore arranged the sentence so that
loluison might be out during a part
of the time. The arrangement pro-
vides a week's .stay in jail at this
time and a $250 bond at the end of
the term of one week for his return
January 5, 1928 when he will com
plete serving the sentence.
pleading guilty of assault
njfainst Tom Askew, 11. L. Gardner
was given a one-year road sentence
.which fas suspended upon the good
behavior of the (li'fyuJanL during, that,
time; It was agreed that the defend
ant. pay Askew $.'150. and Dr. J. 11.
.Saunders SSO for 'the treatment of |
Several divorce actions were start
ed, but with the exception of two,-,
judgment- was suspended.
A complete divorce was granted Klla-
Nowell from Junius Jsioweil. -
State 'lnspector Says Cars
Must Have Licenses Or
Stay Off Roads
According to a statement made by
Mr. A. McKeiude, car inspector repre
senting the ytate Automobile License
bureau, no car will be permitted to
travel the highways of the State af
ter January 1, without having the
1 !>2H license tqg attached.
~ He states that Mr. Doughton, Tax
Commissioner, has ordered deputies
Ho stop all motor vehicles found oper
ating without license after the first of I
the New Year,
The .sale (if licenses is said to be
progressing slowly and is very much
behind the sale of last July for the
■ami: period. The local bureau re
ports a similar situation here, and un
less sales pick up at once, tile man
agers think it will be almost impos
sible to prevent crowded conditions
during the latter part of the month.
Two Arrested in
Aulander,* Dec. -16.—Following tfie
report that someone had thrown
gasoline Or kerosene on the clothing
of Colon Hurkett, of LewiStoif, earlier
in the night before he had been
fatally burned early Sunday morn
ing, Joe Shirley and Charlie Conner
were arrested but were released as
they knrw nothing of the tfagedy.
No one had been with Hurkett' for
an hour when Mrs. Whit Parker,' at
whose home he was staying, dis
covered him in the front yard, ou Main
street, of Lewiston, with his clothing
on fire and awoke her husband who
extinguished the flames but only after
!!urket( had been fatally burned. He
died at about 11:30 Sunday while be
ing carried to Rocky Mount hospital.
Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600
Homes of Martin County
Big Crowd Expected To
Be At Board Meeting
Tuesday Night
Property Near Fair Grounds and Lot
In New Town Seem To Be
Favorites Now
f " .
The meeting railed by the Hoard
oi Kducution to be held next Tuesday
afternoon at the courthouse' when a
site for the new school building will
be selected, will in all probability, be
largely attended by citizens of the
town and community. Already many
citizens have'offered their ideas as to
where' the site should be, and as far
as it can be learned, the field in»New
Town and'property on Highway No.
9,0 are most widely suggested.
One cituejiv', favoring the Martin
property on Highway 90 stated that
this site was decidedly the best one,
considering drainage, room, town ex
pansion and the publicity feature of
the building. Should the building be
located there, it only a mat
ter of a veiV few months before tfhe
railroad underpass would be widened
and ,sidewalks provided and construct
ed from the hill this Side tahe under
pass to "Ihe school building.
Another citizen in expressing his
ideas and views stated that the logi
cal site wolfld ba» in the Held in New
Town, near_ the home of Mr. Bob
Leggett. Giving his reasons for this
us a probable site, he mentioned the
convenience of the location, room and
development of the town. He -did not
say a street would be cut through
front*the town's main thoroughfare,
across the railroad near the storage
warehouse and on into Hatton street,
bue he did say that one could be cut
through there, making the school con
venient to the business district and as
easily acceslbie for the children as is
the present building This citizen men
tioned the undesirable features of
this-along with 'he good ones, stntirfg
that a school building located on this
j site would" have a tendency to central
ize the town instead of scattering it
over 4 two-mile territory.
It is understood that favorable of
fers have been made, and that they
will be made public next Tuesday at
the meeting.
Students on List
for Va£t Month; Only 2
High School
pupils in the local school
burned the'mid-night oil, during the
past school month and made the aver
ages and marks necessary to get their
names among the list i f honor eta
dents. flu* socond grade led the list
when it contributed eleven of^the
forty-five names.
The rojl by grades follows: .
..First Krade- —Grace llarnhill, Cottie
Mae Wynne, Thelma t Griffln, Kilai
KuniaFa, f'ill IV'berSen,
.Second Krade —Joseph llarnhill, Ad
die Meailor, Hurras Critcher, John -P.
Thigpen, Kllis Wynne, .'ulia Everett,
Jean Watts, Gwendolyn Watts.
Second Krade —K. A. Pope, jr., Chas.
Mickey, Pete Kgau, Carlyle hall, Lois
Taylor, Fannie Spain Holliday, Kuby
.Harrison, Florence Woodard Holliday',
Marie Griffin, Ella Wynne Critcher,
tnnif' Mae i/oggett.
Third Krade —Mamie Clyde Taylor.
Third Krade —Kathleen 'Price, Bol
ton Cowen,* Couke, Thad Har
rison, jr., Joe Thrower, jr.*
Fourth Krade—Olive' McCabe, Alice
Harrison, Grace Manning, Jessie Mae
Anderson, Kula Green, BiHie G"re#n.
Fifth Krade— Josephine Anderson,
Herbert Whitley.
Sixth Krade—Gushing Hausell, Gor
mer Taylor, Myrtle Urown.
Seventh Krade—Jim # Rhodes, jr.,
Hazel Modlin, Julian Daniel.
Eighth Rrade— Edith Peele.
i Ninth Krade—(Jllic Marie Itoberson.
Christmas Seal Sale
Here Falls Behind
With the quota, hardly half sold, the
committee in charge is making a last
minute plea to the people of the town
to buy Tuberculosis Christmas seals.
As compared with last year the sale
this season is falling far behind in ▼
number of seais sold. The committee,
however, is depending upon the sale
during* the next few days to show
Coach B. E. Hood Is
Sworn In As Lawyer
Brodie E. Hood appeared before '
the local bar Wednesday and was
Bworn in by Judge Clayton Moore.
Lawyer Hood passed the bar examina
tion to practice law about two years
ago after completing his studies at
Wake Forest College.
At the present time, Mr. Hood la a
member of the local school faculty.

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