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70 Counties Get Small In
creases, While 20 Get
$32,192.15 FOR MARTIN
Entire Pond Thia Year Amount* To
*3,130,000; Last Year It Waa
Martin, like practically all the other
counties in the State, had its share of
the State equalization fund decreased
by the State Board of Equalization for
the year 1928-29 as compared with the
year 1927-28. This county's share this
year is $12,192.15, as compared with
$33,923.43 last year, or a decrease of
Seventy counties were given an in
crease over the amount last year, but
in several of the other cases the de
creases were .marked. Union County
shared most in the fund, getting SBB,-
941.91. Last year that county was giv
en $97,720.12. Johnston received the
largest increase, SIB,OOO, the size of
that increase being attributed to the
financial reverses there during the past
year. This year that county receives
$74,12576, as compared with $56,.
645.56 last year.
The entire fund this year amounted
to $3,150,000. Last year it was $3,-
The board's statement made public
yesterday, when the distribution was
announced by Leroy Martin, secretary,
followa: -v
'The State Board of Equalization
meeting May 28, for the purpose of
determining the valuation of the vari
ous counties of the State (these values
to be the basis upon which the $3,250,-
000 State equalizing fund for schools
is distributed) found that the school
cost, as certified by,the superintendent
of public instruction, showed as in
crease of $768,484.55 for the entire
Slat*, over the previous year. Of this
amount $532,701.57 represented the in
crease in the 90 counties participating
last year.
The General Assembly of 1927 in
providing the equalising fund for the
two-year period did n«t make provis
ion lor an increased fund the second
year. The increased budget could then
be met only by an increase in valua
tion of $133,000,000 above the deter
mined valuation of last year for the
90 participating counties alone or by
increasing the rate used in the calcu
lation above the 40-cent rate provided
in the law. After much consideration
a decision was reached to increase the
valuation to such extent that the ap
plication of a 40-cent rate would pro
duce a sufficient amount together with
the equalizing fund to meet the in.
creased budget.
'Each county of the Stste was then
taken up and consideration given to
the various factors that influence valu
ations. All district lines wefe disre
garded and every effort made to re
gard the questions presenting them
selves from a State viewpoint. Every
county in the State l)aa been visited by
a representative of the board, and a
vast amount of information concern
ing the relative ability of the several
counties to support their schools hss
been assembled. Township maps
showing the land values by townships
of every county have been prepared;
information as to the various types of
land procured, crop values ascertained,
value of town property, , corporate
wealth, individual and corporate in
come tax paid, is a part of the data
used. i
"After four days of continuous work
ia reality the culmination of a year's
study, valuations for all the counties
of the State, amounting to a total of
$3,196,860,524 were fixed. This total
value exceeds that placed on the coun
ties by their own assessors by s£6o,-
993,451, but the board believes that
the values thus fixed represents a ba
sis for distribution that Jesuits in a
Buddy Roosevelt
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Official Returns, By P
Cast in County at
The following table gives the complete official returns of the vote cast in Martin County, by precincts, for
State, District, and County officials in the primary held Saturday, June 2. The vote was tabulated by The Enter
prise and checked with the returns certified by the Martin County BoarcKof Elections at its meeting Monday.
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For Lieutenant Governor . •
R. T. Fountain , - ...... ' 19 5 10 11 75 88 182 37 4 56 128 615
John D. Langston 10 15 7 15 19 2 3 1 4 11 9 96
W. H. S. Burgwyn ... 135 19 68 30 259 *6O 86 1 30 26 24 738
For Commissioner Labor A Printing
O. J. Peteraon 8 3 12 ' 2 10 2 14 0 3 3 4 61
M. L. Shipman 99 5 47 8 222 130 185 4 12 16 13 741
, Frank D. Griat .i... - - 47 32 20 53 103 15 53 34 22 70 120 569
For State Senator
Elbert S. Peel - 171 44 185 97 367 161 259 37 39 94 146 1,600
Harry McMuUea 113 32 103 79 284 141 135 33 39 42 95 1,102
Van B. Martin 25 7 32 19 37 24 109 4. 1 52 39 349
For Representative {
J. A. Everett 79 23 39 89 142 135 271 31 28 79 144 1,080
J. S. Peel 63 23 117 19 227 35 7 12 9 23 25 560
For Judge of Recorder's Court
J. W. Bailey 132 31 112 78 204 172 276 43 28 85 63 1,224
Harry M. Stubbs 21 17 62 47 170 10 7 1 11 10 99 455
, For County Commissioners
T. B. Slade, jr. 145 31 108 66 285 155 276 40 36 98 154 1,394
T. C. Griffin - 159 41 188 80 326 108 262 39 35 37 130 1,405
L. P. Holliday _ - 133 32 72 81 277 149 272 4 37 44 129 1.250
H. S. Everett 153 36 135 78 292 165 284 39 37 100 134 1,453
J. E. Pope . 146 34 72 71 323 155 274 39 34 88 134 1,370
W. W. Griffin 23 26 42 23 86 35 12 2 3 6 18 276
Luther Hardiaon * 1- 45 9 61 10 100 50 16 39 2 6 38 376
Three Are Fatally
Burned in 2 Fires
Dies From Burns Received
Early Saturday Whefn
Can Exploded
Mrs. Dillon Wynne, who lived
near here on the road running by
the old brick kiln, died today at one
o'clock from burns received when »he
poured kerosene on a kitchen Are
early last Saturday morning. Al
though she was frightfully burned
and suffered intense pain since Sat
urday, Mrs. Wynne talked the great
er part of the time up until shortly
before her death.
Saturday morning, about five o'-
clock, Mr. Wynn started a ftre in the
kitchen stove, later going to his
stables to feed his team. The flra
waa not burning very rapidly when
Mrs. Wynne reached the kitchen, and
she took a five-gallon can and pour
ed kerosene on the flamea. The fire
ran into the can and caused it to
turst. Mr. Wynne heard the explos
ion and rushed to the house. When
he reached the kitchen, he found hi*
wife's clothing in flames and the
house burning. He ran for a blanket
and extinguished the flames in a few
seconds, but riot until his wife wag
fatally burned.
(The-house and all the contents
were destroyed.
The funeral will'be held tomorrow
afternoon. Arrangements for the
funeral and burial had not been an
nounced at two o'clock today.
Mrs. Wynne, before her marriage
waa Miss Viola Nicholson, the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Nicholson.
She was married about a year ago
at the age of sixteen years.
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Negroes Run After Crash
ing Into Car Parked
"On Street
A new Pontiuc car, belonging to
Rossell Rogers, of Bear Grass, was
badly damaged last Sunday night
when it was hit by a Ford roadster
driven by a colored man. The Rogers
cars was parked in front of the home
of Mrs. James Micelle ■"* here, and
the ear driven by the colored man
waa on ItTway out of town when the
accident occurred.
Mr. Rogers who was in his ear
at the time escaped injury, but one
of the two colored occupants of the
roadster was cut across the breast.
His injury was not aerious, for he
with his friend fled from the scene.
It ia thought the roadster belongs
to the Roberaon Grocery Company,
of Bobersonville.
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fair and eflui table participation by all
the counties in accordance with their
ability to meet that part of the school
cost in which the State shares.' ' •
Williamston. Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, June S, 1928
14-Months-Old Child Also
Burned To Death in
Fire Yesterday
Critically burned yesterday about
noon when her home and eighteen
months' old child were burned, Mrs.
Mayo Clark died last night übout
ten o'clock, afler suffering untold
agony for almost ten hours. It was
the second tragedy in the county
within a two-day period, the other
occuring when Mrs. Dillon Wynne
was fatally burned Saturday morn
Yesterday about noon, Mrs. Clark,
who lives near here on Mr. A. F.
Taylor's farm on. the Hear Cruss
road, poured kerosene on a fire in
her kitchen stove, and in a flash, the
Are followed the stream of oil into
the can, causing it to explode. The
flumes enveloped the woman and
within a few seconds the house was
burning with two little children
sleeping in adjoining rooms. A col
ored man, working near the house at
the time, heahi the screams of Mrs.
Clark but before he could Remove
the mother and the five-months' old
child from the house, it was too late
to save Louise, the eighteen-months'
old child whoae little charred body
was removed after the flames had
spent themselves.
Mr. Clark, who was working In the
fields of his farm, with 'neighbors
rushed to the scene to find his wife
fatally burned and his daughter lost
in the flames. James Russell, the
youngest child, was removed from
the building, and while he was
burned Ukdly, it is thought that he
will recover.
The funeral was held at two o'-
clock at the home of Mr. Lon Rogers,
near the scene of the flre.
The house and all the contents
were burned.
| Martin County - Plymouth
Division of Baptists To
Meet Thursday *
The Martin County - Plymouth
diviaion of the Woman's Missionary
Union of the Roanoke Association
will hold a meeting in Oak City next
Thursday, June 7. An interesting
program has been arranged for both
the morning and afternoon sessions,
the first session to be held at 10:30
and the afternoon session at 2:00 o'-
During the two sessions, reports
from the eight societies at the union
and the various committees will be
given. Officers will be elected for the
ensuing term just before the close of
the afternoon session.
These meetings are generally well
attended and many are expecting to
be present in Oak City Thursday.
Commissioners Appoint H.
CX Peel To Serve Balance
Of Term
Mr. Hugh G. Ilorton, local at
torney, yesterday resigned as so
licitor uf the Martin Colinty Record
er's court, after serving for most
a year and a half. In his resigna
tion, Mr. Horton states that he will,
if so desired, assist the new solicitor
during the first one or two sessions
of the court and cooperate with him
in anyway that he can. » •
While the term is not out until the
first Monday in December, Mr. Hor
ton stated that he felt constrained
to resign in view of the demand of
his private general practice upon his
time, in justice to himself, and. for
no other purpose, as his private
practice is demanding all the time he
can give it.
Mr. H .O. Peel was appointed yes
terday by the board of county com
missioners, and he is beginning the
work today.
it has been the common opinion
that the office was supplied by pop
ular vote, but according to the act
creating the county Court, the office
is an appointive one. *
Six In Contest for Places on
Township Board of Road
A> close race was recorded In Grif
fins township in the primary last
Saturday when the voters were ask
ed to select five roud commission
er from six applicants. Approxi
mately 150 voters expressed their
desfers in the primary, the highest
vote, 146, going to Noah T. Tice, the
others polling as follows, A. C. Rob
erson, 141; George C. Griffin, 136; J.
~N. Manning, 107; J. A. Roberson,
97 and John E. Griffin, 87.
According to the election law,
Messrs. Tice, A. C. Roberson, George
C. Griffin, J, N. Manning and J. A.
Roberson were nominated. Chapter
270, section 23 of the statutes reads
that in a case of this kind, the en
tire vote is added, then divided by
the number of positions to be filled,
which is five in this case. That num
ber is then divided by two. If each
of the contestants has a vote higher
than the number received, then the
law holds that the five highest ones
are nominees.
■Soon after the returns were learn
ed, a second primary was discussed.
The matter was brought up before
the county board of elections, and the
lew was referred to.
Special Program For
Kiwani&ns Tomorrow
"A Few 'Things You Ought to
Know" will be the main topie to
come before the Kiwanis club meet
ing here tomorrow, it was announced
by Dr. P. B. Cone yesterday. The en
tire membership is urged to attend
thf meeting as it will be given over
to a lively discussion of topics of
importance and interest
The meeting will be held at 12:80
in the Woman's club.
Have Quietest Session In
Recent Months; Go
Over Tax List
Employ Rocky Mount Firm To Audit
County Records; Appoint H. 0.
Peel Solicitor
The Board of County Commission
ers had a rather quiet session here
yesterday, barring the trouble in
correcting mistakers of list-takers in
1927, All members of the board
were present and they spent prac
tically all day correcting tax errors.
D. W. Downs, of Goose Nest, was
released from pyament of tax on
$4,800 improperly listed in 1927.
• Judie Kborn was released from
payment of tax on SBIO. property
improperly listed in Goose Nest town
ship last year.
Harry Waldo was released from
payment on SISOO real estate in Ham
ilton township.
Ordered that 1). R. paid
$28.80 refund for land sold for taxes
the year 1926, listed by Mary Dug
gei and Miij Council.
Mary Dugger and Min Council
wc re rleased from payment of tax on
$2500 land listed by error in Rober
sonville township in 1927.
Elijah Council was released from
payment of tax on land improperly
listed in Robersonville township in
1927, the land being valued at SI,OOO.
Sophia J. Corey, of Griffins town
ship was allowed $3.00 per month
from the indigent account.
A. M. Higgs, of Goose Nest, was
allowed SB. per month from the in
digent account.
W. H. Wynn filed a claim for $75
on account of damage to land by
construction of Highway No. 125.
Critcher and Sons were notified not
to carry loads of more than two tons
over Whitley's bridge.
Ordered that land tax paid \iy
Cena Ellison iij Robersonville for
the year 1927 be refunded, O. P. Rob
erson having paid tjixes on same
The Board - ordered the treasurer
to pay to Eye and Company, of
New York, the sum of S2O,(KM) to re
tire u county note held by them.
N. M. Mcßae and Company, of
Rocky Mount, were employed to
audit the county books. The work
will be done on a pec diem basisr
senior accountants will be paid S2O.
and junior accountants sls. per day.
Hugh G. Horton tendered his
resignation as »solicitor . of the. re
corder's court to the board, and it
was accept'-d. H. 0. Peel was ap
pointed, and he enters jpon his -du
ties today.
Miss Sleeper Urges Women
And Girls To Attend
Miss Lora E# Sleeper, home demon
stration agent announces the follow
ing schedule for the remainder oi
this week, as follows:
Wednesday: Regular meeting o.
girls at Farm Life School.
Thursday—Girls club of Williair
ston meet in agent's office where a
demonstration, "Frozen Desserts"
will be given.
Friday—Regular meetings of girls
and women in Hamilton.
Saturday—The agent will be in
her office here.
Miss Sleeper urges all the K'flPi
and women who possibly can do so,
to attend these meetings.
Yesterday the women of Ange
Town met for their regular meeting
at the home of Mrs. C. L Ange.
Fourteen women were present and
the subject of the demonstration was
quick breads and a strawberry cake
w'as made as an example.
Today Miss Sleeper ia meeting
with the girls in Bear Grass where
bread demonstrations are being held.
Smith Gets Majority
In Straw Vote Here
A Presidential straw vote held at
the polls here last Saturday was given
very little attention, only 81 voters
making a preference. The box was
pointed out to practically all the voters
but the majority of them passed up
the opportunity to name their choice
for the presidency,
Of the 81 votes, 55 were for Smith,
22 for Hull, 2 for Reed, and 1 each
for Hoover and Lowden. Just how
the two Republicans got their names
in the box is not known.
As far as it is known, the strsw vote
here was the only one held in this
county. The small vote in the contest
was attributed to the action of the last
legislature when a presidential pref
erence primary was declared unneces
Everett, Bailey, and
Old Board Winners
Local Man and Washington
Citizen Win By Big
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Only Four Counties Have Made Com
plete Returns So Far; Others
Have Small Vote
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The Vote by Counties
The following is an unofficial
tabulation of the vote cast in
four of the seven counties of the
Second Senatorial District. The
vote is in the other three coun
ties was very small and is not
expected tp have any material
bearing on the result except to
increase the lead of the two high
men. \
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Martin . 1,600 1,102 349
i." Pamlico 515 470 174
Wash'ton 131 185 678
Beaufort 1,449 2,412 557
Totals 3,695 4,169 1.758
The contest in the Second District
between Elbert S. l'eel, of Martin,
Harry McMullan, of Beaofort and
Van B. Martin, of Washington has
resulted in the nomination of Peel
and McMullan. Although only four
counties' have made complete re
turns, Jhe votes -in those four will
withstand any change that the other
three might make. The vote in the
three counties not yet heurd from is
small and in addition a light rote
has been reported in all three.
In the' four counties, Peel led in
two counties, Murtin 'and Pamlico.
McMullan und Martin led in one
ejich, McMullan in Iteaufoit ami
Martin in Washington. The large
majority in Beaufort and a big
"vote in Martin gave McMullan a
strong lead. Washington county re
ported a small vote, Martin receiving
only 678 in his county.
Bear Grass Township Votes
To Have $5.00 Tax
Law Passed
Bear Grass township made pos
sible a $5.00 tax for its
.Saturday in the primary when i»!J
voters voted for the measure and 20
against it's passage. Before the
measure can become a law, a special
act will be necessary in the legis-.
According to the measure voted
upon last Saturday, a tax of $6 will
be levied on all motor vehicles in
that township, makjng possible a
supplementary fund for road im
County Convention To Be
Held Here Next Saturday
The county convention which will
' be held here next Saturday at 12 o'-
clock noon, will be well attended, ac
cording to advance reports coming
from various sections of the county.
While mnny of the delegates have
bten instructed as to how they shall
vote, the majority of the delegates
will come uninstructed.
Seventy-revcn delegates, distribut
ed in the eleven precincts as fol
lows, Jamesville, 10; Williams, 4;
Griffins, 7; Williumston, 16; Beur
Grass, 4; Cross Koads, Poplar
Point, 3; Robersonville, 14; GoOse
Nest, 5; Hamilton, 0; and the
Gold Point Precinct, 8, are expect
ed to attend the convention and take
a part in selecting the thirteen del
egates to the State convention
which will be held in Raleigh next
Last Warning Is Given
Delinquent Subscribers
A last call is being made by the
management of this paper to the
few subscribers who have failed to
comply with the requests made a few
days ago. The requests have been
considered more than reasonable,
but, as yet, there are few who have
failed to return their cards.
Where a subscription is not paid
up, and where there is no card in
the paper's flies, it will be removed
from the list after next Friday,
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Advertisers Wui Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600'
] Homes of Martin County
AROUND 1,750
Although Light, Is Much
Heavier Than Generally
With approximately' 1750 citizens
voting, Martin county's political
questions were practically settled
t'oi another term in the primary held
in the eleven precincts last Saturday.
While the total vote is comparative
ly light, it was much hcuvier than
many people thought it" would be. '
According to the official returns,
the county has for its for the
coming term the following:
J. A. Everett, representative,
3. W. Bailey, judge recorder's
T. fc. Griffin, T. B. jr., L.
P. Hulliduy, H. S. Everett, and J. E.
Popei 'commissioners.
There were ,no contests in the
J several other offices, the cahdicacies
having been certified by the county
board of election's:
For a county office, the highest
vote cast was for Mr. H,,S:: Everett,
commissioner from Robersonville.
The total vote given Mr. Everett was
1463. T. C. Griffin was second with
1405 votes, and T. B. Slade, jr. was
third with 1394 votes. The highest
precinct vote for a county candidate
went to Mr, T. C. Griffin,, Williams
tor voting 326 for him. J. E. Pope
was second with 323 votek cast in
any one precinct.
The approximate number of votes
cast in the various precincts follows,
VVilliamston, 375; Robersonville, 286;
Cross Koads, 183; Jamesville, 175;
Gpose Nest t ;112l Beftx.Grass, 110;
Hamilton, 105; Griffins, 150; Wil
liams, 50; Poplar Point, 55 and Gold
Point, 40.
Covers Practically Every
Phase of Farm
The county farm agent's report for
the month just closed is varied in its
tnake-up, und shows where work was
done in practically every phase of
furm work.
The report as presented before
the county commissioners in their
regular session 'here yesterduy fol
Nineteen days, spent in fiejd work
•Six days spent in office work
One hundred ami thirteen office
calls »
One hundred and one telephone
One hundred and forty-one Itters
Forty-six furms visited during tho
.month, '
Eight hundred and thirty-two miles
traveled on official duties,
Three articles written for local
Four hundred und seventy-seven
hogs treated for cholera during the
Assisted farmers in shipping one
car of sweet potatoes,
Four fetrilizer demonstrations ar
ranged during the month,
Six demonstrations were given in
grading potatoes,
Four soil tests were made to de
termine if the land needed lime,
Six farmers were assisted in spray
ing fruit trees,
Twelve farmers were assisted in
combatting wire worms on tobacco.
Town License Tags To
Go On Sale Here Soon
Town auto license tags with the
numerals and letters in black on a
cream-colored background, have ar
' rived and will be put on sale at the
■ mayor's office here within the next
day or so. Instead of costing $1 the
tags will sell, for $ 1.50, and will last
from June 30, this year, until Janu
ary 1, 1930. Chief Daniels will have
charge of the sale, and he plans to have
the sale complete by the last of this
month. The present license expires
June 30.
The plates are a fraction smaller
than the ones now in use.
Tax Equalization Board ,
To Meet Here On July 9
The county equalization board will
meet here the second Monday in
Jul jr. to consider appeals made by tax
payers, it was officially announced
yesterday. Appeals from 1923 tax
valuations alone will be heard.
Claims made after that date will not
be considered, the notice states.

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