North Carolina Newspapers

    @ THE ENTERPRISE
VOLUME XXXIII—NUMBER 88
NOTED OUTLAW
KILLED IN FIGHT
WITH POLICEMAN
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Was HtAdliner In Criminal
News In This State for
Number of Years
KILLED IN "SALISBURY
Aaother of His Daring
When Policeman
Arrested Him
Otto Wood, a headliner in criminal
Mwa in thia State aince 1923 shortly
after he mwdered a Greensboro pawn
btoker, was brought to a sudden cloae
in Saliabvry Wednesday when in a
gun battle waged by Chief R. L. Ran
kin and the man. The daring man was
attempting to perform another of his
escapades that have attracted much at
tention throughout the State, when he
mat his death. Four times he had es
caped from the State Prison in Ra
ligh, and aa many times from other
prisons in other statea.
If Otto Wood had accomplished hia
escape from the Salisbury officeri
yesterday—and he would have but
for fhe daring of Chief Rankin whom
he bad "covered" with his' pistol—ii
would have been his most sensation*
getaway. Recognized by the Chiel
and Assistant Chief J. J. Kesler an
another officer, who had been "tippe*
off" to Otto's presence in the town
Wofd had his pistol out, was climbing
into the officer!' own car and had or
dered them to drive him to freedon
Than Chief Rankin took a chance
dueled, pulled hia own gun and be
gan the battle which ended with th
eleventh shot, the shot that killed Ot
to Wood.
Officers Tipped Off
Hinted throughout the countri
sine* he made his fourth escape fron
the State Prison on July 10, Woo
drove into Salisbury with a com
panion, Ray B. Barker, of St. Paul
Vs., about noon. An unidentified mai
tcld the officers he was in town am
though the report was one that ha
been made in many North Caro'iu.
towns during the last month s
usually without foundation—the Ch*
and his aasistant went to investigate
They found Wood and Barker oi
East Innes Street a block and a ha'
from the police station.
The Chief, driving the car, pu'le'
up to the side of the curb.
"Come here, buddy," he called.
"What do you want?" said Woo!
cursing.
"Let's see your other hand," a>
swered the Chief, knowing Otto ha
lost a hand and suffered a leg injur
when he worked as a brakesman.
Admits Identity
"I'm Otto Wood, here's my hand,
shouted Wood, whipping out a .4
calibre pistol. "Move and I'll kill bot
of you."
Wood ordered Barker into the rea
seat of the car and with the piste
pointing at the officers, climbed int
the seat beside him, ordering th
Chief to drive him away.
Reaching for the gear lever, as
to obey the command, Chief Ranki
made his bid for fame. He opene
thk door, ducked and slipped froi
the car, drawing his own pistol as h
left. Using the car as a protection, Ii
fered at Wood through the win
shield. The bandit returned fire.
The Chief fired four shots, Woe
three and Kesler, who left the ci
{mediately after the Chief, two. The
came the finish which Chief Ranki
described as follows:
Chief P—cribse Finish
"I raised up from behind the wini
shield. I wanted to end it. As
raised op I fired. Wood fired. W
both shot at the same time. Oti
missed. My bullet went home."
Wood's leg had been shattered du
ing the fight but the shot which kills
him hit him near the mouth at
ploughed a great, shattering - wour
through the side of his head, He wi
dead almost immediately.
Barker, who had an unloaded pist
ir his pocket, took no part in the figt
TOWN AUTO TAG!
SELLING SLOWL"
Only Third of Car Ownei
Hare Have Bought Their
Licenses So Far
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Approximately one-third of W
liamston automobile owners have pt
chased their tow* tags, Chief of foli
Daniel stated yesterday. "We sc
more than fifty yesterday to bring t
total mp to almost 100, and when t
State completes its sale we will
searing the end too," the officer stat
We don't know when the State *
start making arrests of those driv
who faM to bay tags, but when it dc
we wiM be on hand to care for t
sale of local tags," Chief Daniel addi
"Last year, the sale of town at
tag* waa made complete here, but
few owners failed to attach their pla
' to the osrtside of their machines. H
year, the officer aaM, they wfll be i
quired to display the yellow and bla
tags along with those of the State.
Marked Decrease in Marriage
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Licenses Issued in Past Year
REGISTER SELLS ]
144 LICENSES IN j
COUNTY IN 1930
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Smallest Number Issued In
This County In Several
Years, Records Show
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42 FEWER MARRIAGES r
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Average Age of Colored Peraons c
Marrying In County Greater v
Than That of the Whites c
J. Sam Getsinger, register of deeds, '
issued 144 marriage licenses in this *
county durng the year just closed, the '
number being the smallest issued in •
the office here in several years. Bu- '
siness depression has been marked i" :
the various fields, and it is apparent ■
ithat Cupid's affairs have suffered ai*
I relapse along with all other activites. 1
! From 200 n 1928, the number of li-j'
; censes was decreased to 18b in 1929, JI
jthe big slump coming during the year 1 1
i just closed when the number dropped 1
from 186 to 144, a decrease of 42. |
In only one month, November, did |'
the 1930 sale exceed the number issued
in 1929. From 33 in January, 1929, the
licenses were decreased to only 13 in
January, 1930, and December, last,
closed 10 behind the December before.
The drop, while affecting both races, is
more noticeable in the colored co
lum where the number dropped from
103 in 1929 to 77 in 1930. The num
jb«r of Icienses issued to white couples
| dropped from 83 to 67, a loss of 16.
[ A study of the licenses shows that j
the average age of white men was 25 j
years, white women, 21 years. • Fhe i
{average for the colored would have I
| been practically the same as that for
the whites, but for several aged
'couples entering the ring, one as old as
i(>9 years. The average, including
'young and old among the colored, was
men, 29 and women 24.
| The general scarcity of money
brought about by the depression in
business during the year is believed to
be responsible for the decline in the
number of marriages. This is particu
larly true where negroes are concerned
| especially since the fee for the issu
ai ce of a license has been raised from
's3 to $5. Fantastic as it may seem,
jit is nevertheless a fact that many co
lored couples apply for license to mar
ry when they have barely enough mo
,ney to pay the fee In any number of
'cases the officiating minister or jus
tice has to get along without his fee
'while the blissfully happy and abso
lutely "busted" couple proceed on their,
'way. The requirement of medical ex
aminations for the contracting parties
constitutes another determining in
fluence to the number of licenses is
, sued to • coTCred people, and they
, pimply manage to get along without
the formality of the marriage in a
i number of instances.
A comparison of the number of li-
I censes issued, by months, during 1929
, and 1930 is presented in the following
. table:
1929 1930
> i 1 i 111
I ~ o .o •> o o
. I i* O H >U H
January 12 21 33 6 7 13
February 8 12 20 5 14 19
' March 5 16 21 2 9 11
April 7 7 14 4 7 II
May 4 7 11 3 8 11
r June 6 3 9 4 5 9
July 5 4 9 4 4 8
} August 7 1 8 7 4 11
| September 6 814 6 511
i October 5 4 9 4 3 7
, I November 9 413 11 718
j ' December 9 16 25 11 4 15
83 103 186 67 77 144
I December Isauance
White
% ! James V. Byrum, of Merry Hill, and
| Emma Connor, of Colerain.
9 j Simon Clayton Cowen and Fannie
I Mizellc, both of this county.
Jasper C. Griffin and Minnie Louise
B Roberson, both of this county.
| Joseph E. Hardison and Mildred
Swinson, both of Martin county.
J Geo. W. Stevenson and Allie Roe
|. I buck, both of this county.
r . I Earl Williamson and Ada Taylor,
* 'both of this county.
d I Chester Beach and Millie Bullock,
e both of this county.
|C ' John H. Cherry and Elizabeth War
* ren, both of this county.
| Ishmael Harris and Daisy White,
II both of Martin County.
•a M addi son Lee Glenn and Verona
>s May Holliday, both of Martin Coun*
le ty.
d C. W. Lipsey, of Savanah, and Nita
to Mae Hardison, of Jamesville.
t Colored
!g Edward- Williams and May Liwi«
it Savage
e- Wm. Hoker and J una Brown.
:k Sam Stevenson and Roaa Cherry.
Clement Bryant and Bessie Teel.
Wiliiamston, Martin County, North
BIG MEETING OF
MASONS TONIGHT
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Local Lodge Is Celebrating
104 th Anniversary With
Banquet
In observing the 104 th anniversary
of the Skewarkey Lodge here this eve-|
ning, the member* will be joined by
their wives, daughters or friends, the j
' communication being one of the few in'
which women are permitted to parti-;
cipate.
All living-past masters arc expected
to attend and seats around a
special table. There are eleven of j
tl ese men, Messrs. H. W. Stubbs, S. I
S % Brown, W. C. Manning, Frank F.
Pagan, Jas. S. Ifhodes, Clayton,
Moore, T. VV. Thomas, R. H. Smith.
IA T. Perry, Luther Peel, N. C. Green 1
jane! N. K. Harrison. Every past mas
tct since 1898 is now living, lodge re
cords show. Since the lodge was or
jganized here in 1826 there were/more
I than 26 past masters up until 1898.
but the records only give the names of
'l that many. A brief service will be
held in their memory, it is under
| stood.
Several masters of near-by lod
ges are expected to attend the meeting
this evening at 7:30. Judge Winston
was invited and it was with regret that
he stated he would be unable to at
tend. The Judge suffered several bad
injuries in a fall some time ago, and
the first question he asked upon the
arrival of his physician was, "Will I
l>e able to attend a lodge meeting in
Wiliiamston, Friday, January 2, doc
tor?"
OUTLOOK FOR
1930 BRIGHTER
Depression Period About
Ended Economists
Believe
That the outloe>k for business during i
1931 is brighter than in 1930 is re
flected in reports of leading econo
mists throughout the country. Of the
142 years this nation has existed, ap
proximately 35 of them have been re
corded as ones of depression. Each
depression presents new factors, mak
irg it hard for economists to forecast
accurately, but a close study of past
years places them in a position to tell
j what might be expected. Roughly
sneaking, economic upheavals present
| themselves about every ten years.
.They are often world-wide in scope,
but they are shorter than the periods
of recovery and prosperity. The de
cline generally lasts over a period of
sixteen months, and records show that
;during the past sixteen months general
I business has gone down around, 30
per cent.
| Now that we have reached and
passed the sixteenth month of de
clining business, the economists P re ~
'diet an upward trend. "It's true'," the
say that depression brings
[much suffering and distress, but it al-
Uo reflects itself in other ways. De
| pression compels all of us to face the
reality of life; it encourages the pay-
I merit of debts recklessly accumulated.
| Savings are increased, as a result. Ef
ficiency is improved. All of these fac
tors lay the foundation for sure and
a healthy recovery.
| Surely, we have weathered the worst
of the storm, and even though the sail
ing will not be easy, it is certain that
we are facing brighter prospects this
year than we iid last year and the
ytar before.
i J. D. Woolard Goes With
' Goldsboro Motor Concern
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Mr. J. D, Woolard, one time cashier
of the Farmers and Merchants Bank
•here but for the past several years a
partner in the Wiliiamston Motor
] company, has accepted a position with
the Ford people and will manage an
agency at Goldsboro. Mr. Woolard re
tains his interest in the local company
and will continue his residence here
for the present he stated yesterday.
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Local Baptists Announce
Their Sunday Services
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The regular schedule of church ser
vices is resumed following the holiday
j season. Sunday School Sunday mor
ning, followed by the church service.
B. Y. P. U. organizations meet in the
, evening followed by the evening
preaching servike.
There will be no mid-week service
Wednesday evening as the pastor goes
to Raleigh for a meeting of the Gen
i eral Board.
j This church has been mindful of the
presence in the community of the ma
:' ny young people who have been
(spending the holidays at home. And
I now as they go out from Us for the
spring terms we pray a blessing upon
| them all.
NEW MANAGERS
LOCAL HOTEL
TAKE CHARGE
L. C. Hutchinson, Manager,
Plans To Make Many
Improvements
HEAT CONTRACT LET
Modern Hotel and Accommodations
Promised By Manager L. C.
Hutchinson
A several years lease was made and
the Atlantic Hotel here went under
new management yesterday morning.
Mr. L. C. Hutchinson, experienced
hotel operator, taking active charge.
The change had been considered by
Mr. Hutchinson and the owners for
several weeks, but'not until this week
was the rental agreement perfected.
After many years of experience in
the business, Mr. Hutchinson takes
; charge of the local hostelry with a
complete rennovation program plan
ned, it was learned yesterday. A con
tract for the installation of steam heat
in the building was let to the Dunn
Plumbing company, local concern, this
week, and that work will be started
at once, Mr. Hutchinson stated.'
According to "present plans mention
ed by the new proprieter yesterday,
the entire building will be rennovated
and many changes made to the build -
ling's interior. An annex is being con
sidered, hut definite plans have not
been formulated for that work at this
time. , .
AlthoUfft there will Be many al
terations going on, the hotel will care
for its patrons during the rennovation
period. Accepting the contract for
the heating of the hotel,, Mr. W. E.
Dunn stated that the work would be
rushed as rapidly as possible, that he
would complete the project within the
next several weeks when it is under
stood that all rennovation work will
have been made complete.
Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson are at
home in the hotel while Mr. and Mrs.
Z. Hardy Rose and family will taks'
i'p their residence in the home of Mrs.
Mollie White on East Main Street.
URGE CHANGES
IN SCHOOL LAW
Chairmen of Boards of Edu
cation and Superintend
ents Meet in Raleigh
Meeting in Raleigh Twsday of
this week, Chairman of the various
county boards of educations and su
perintendents throughout the State
adopted the bill proposing many
changes in the school laws. There
were two bills submitted, one calling
for practically the same laws now in
force relative to the operation of the
schools ahd another calling for many
changes in the present school law of
the State. The first one was not con
sidered by the educators at the Tues
day meeting and the second, was una
nimously adopted.
The object of this meeting was only
for an expression of opinion, and it
was stated that if there were to be
arvy changes or amendments they
*wuuld have to be made at the legis
lature.
The bill adopted calls for many
changes, such as an increased appro
priation of $300,000 for school pur
poses in the state and increased power
for the boards-of education.
B. & L. BUSINESS
I HOLDS UP WELL
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Auditor Says Local Organi
| zation Is Making Sound'
Progress
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| Despite unfavorable economic con
ditions in practically every business
field, savings in the Martin County
, Building and Loan association are
holdng up unusually well, it was
I stated following a meeting of the or
, ganization's directors here last Wed
nesday afternoon. Submitting his re-
I port, Mr. B. F. Johnston, auditor for
the State organization supervising the
operation of the local associaticm,
stated that the Martin County Build
i ing and Loan was making sound pro
gress, that every loan made by it was
active.
Wheeler Martin Assumes
Duties as U. S. Attorney
Mr. Wheeler Martin, recently ap
pointed assistant United States Dis
trict Attorney from the Eastern Dis
trict, entered upon the duties of that
office yesterday after taking the oath
of office a dministered by Deputy
Clerk Respass, Washington.
' Mr. Martin will maintain his offict
in Wiliiamston and will continue tc
practice in the civil courts here, the
government requiring all assistant at
torneys to limit their criminal pr»ctie
to federal cases. His official head
j quarters will be in Wilmington.
1930 Tax Payments Lead Those
Made In Same Period of 1929
MRS. A. E. SMITH
DIES WEDNESDAY
Robersonville Woman Dies
After Illness of Many
Months
Mrs. Aaron E, Smith, 69 years old,:
died at her home in Robersonvillfc- t
Wednesday following an illness of ma- j
ny .months during which time she suf- ;
fered bright disease and other com- 1
plications.
The daughter of the late Mack Tay- :
lor and wife, Mrs. Smith was born in |
Poplar Point township where she lived !
until her marriage. For many years
she lived near Robersonville, moving |
to that town with her family more
than ten years ago. In early life she
.accepted the Primitive Baptist Faith, ;
and it was in the church at Roberson- j
ville that the funeral service was held j
!early yesterday afternoon, Elder B. S.J
' Cowin conducting the last rites. |
Burial was in the Robersonville ceme- j
tery.
Mr. Smith with five children, three
sens,' Messrs. Claude, Marion and
Oscar Smith, all of Robersonville, and
two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Roberson,
of Robersonville and Mrs. Sallie Cox.
of Winterville, survives. She also
leaves one sister, Mrs. Jas. A. Everett,
o! Wiliiamston. Two brothers, Van
R. and Moye P. Taylor, preceded her
t » the grave several years ago.
TELLS OF DEATH
OF JOHN R. GAY
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Son of Mrs. W. T. Hunter,
Of This City, Killed ;
Accidentally
Describing the death of John R.
Gay, son of Mrs. VV. T. Hunter, of
this place, in> an explosion near Sa
vannah recently, the Savannah News
states:
"Intent upon recovering the bodies
ot three men who drowned Tuesday,
John R. Gay, 45, telephone crew fore
man, Vas himself instantly killed yes
terday afternoon at -4:40 o'clock in
Tinunons river, fifty miles from Sa
vannah, when the boat occupieel by
himself and Carrol Stevens, of Dor
chester, was blown up accidentally by
d>nanute. Mr. Stevens was slightly
injured, while death for Mr. Gay was
instantaneous.
The two men were umiik dynamite
in an effort to dislodge the bodies of
11 V. Hinson, white, and Ocie Ripley,
and Jim Roberson, colored, who per
ished in Timn\oysv river when a bateau
containing seven men overturned.
"With a record of twenty-five years'
service with the Southern Bell Tele
phoue Company, Mr. Gay was classed
as an excellent workman and a man
imbued with heroism. His saving of
jthe life of Travis Harvey, who nearly
: drowned in Tinunons river Tuesday,
v.as not the first such incident in Mr.
Gay's life. During the floods in Geor
-1 gia some time ago, Mr. Gay was re
; sponsible for saving the lives of sev
' eral fellow workers. As one fellow
employee expressed it:
" 'He had been doing that sort of
thing for some time."
"His conduct on Tuesday when the
boat load of seven men capsized, was
such that telephone company officials
were seeking to obtain both a Car
negie medal and a Vail medal for him.
,?l Vhe explosion happened about a
quarter mile downstream from where
Tuesdays drownings took place. Mr.
Gay and Mr. Wilson had begun dyna
miting late in the afterifbon, and had
se : ! off about six charges near where
the three meii „went down. Then as
the tide began to flood, they had fnov
c. downstream a distance. That was
when the blast happened.
It was believed tha tthe wire became
fouled and caused the dynamite to get
beneath the boat. Mr. Stevens, in the
bow, was reported to have sighted the
trouble just a fraction of an, instant
before Mr. Gay set off the blast which
cost his life. He called out to warn
' Mr. Gay, but He failed to hear. ■«
Mr. Gay had completed his own
day's work about 2 o'clock and decid
ed to remain and see if he could as-
I sist in locating the bodies of the thr«(
l drowned men.''
Local Man Makes Fair
Returns on His Poultry
Although he operated on a limitec
scale, Sidney E. Sprinkle, local man
states that he made a clear profit oi
$24.80 on the tale of eggi from nim
hens during 1930. During the 12 eggi
1 which he sold at an average of 4
cent's per dozen. The feed and othei
allied costs for each hen during thi
1 year were $2.50, leaving aa average ne
profit from each hen of 92.90. An
the poultryman has his chickens to thi
'good.
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Local Leaf Market
To Open Tuesday
The local tobacco market will
re-open Tuesday of next week,
after cloaing December 17 for
the Christmas holidays. It was
announced by the tobacco board
of trade yesterday that all com
panies would be represented
during the remainder of the
season. No definite closing date
is known at this time, but it is
generally believed that sales will
continue thrdugh a greater of
the month.
There is a very small percent
age of the 1930 crop unsold, and
sales will be unusually light, it
is believed.
Other markets in the belt will
also re-dpen next Tuesday.
BUT 5 CASES IN
COUNTY COURT
Is Smallest Post-Christmas
Session Since Court Was
Established Here
With only five cases on the docket,
the Recorder's court
held its smallest after Christmas ses
sion since its organization here sev
eral years ago. Two of the five cases
were continued, and two more were
appealed to a higher court,
i Raph I'eel and Benjamin l'eel,
charged with larceny, had their case
I continued one week.
! E. I'. Whitley pleaded not guilty in
| the case charging him vyith driving an
automobile while intoxicated, but the
court adjudged him guilty and fined
him SSO, costs added.
Before the court, charged with a
carnal action, Elmer James had his
case continued one week.
j (.'has. Wiggins, found guilt> of lar
cenv, was sentenced to the roads tor
| a period of six months. He appealed
his case, the judge requiring bond in
the sum of $l5O,
I liezekiah Briley, was sentenced -to
the roads for a period, of nine months
| when the court found hint guilty ot
reckless and drunken auto driving.
He also appealed his case, and was
required to post bond ill the sum of
S2OO
- SALES
i OFF OVER HALF
1.551 Sold Up To Yesterday
Compared With 4,000
ear &
That the sale of automobile license'
tags this year would hardly amount
to 65 per cent of the 4,(KM) distribution
by the local bureau last year, was in
dicated by a report made yesterday
by Bt,ireau Managers N. C, Green and
J. G. Corey. The sale up until yes
terday totalled 1,551 and while an oc
casional rush marked the tag sale, the
bureau's reports showed that slightly
more than two ht)ndred plates had
been sold in a single day.
I The bureau here is scheduled to
close the 15th of this month, and after
that time, all auto owners who have
nor purchased their plates will be
forced to buy from the license bureau,
Kaieigh.
| New tags were shining on many
ican here yesterday, but it is about a
ififty-fity standing between the
Ihe old and the new tags. No arrests
have been reported in this immediate
section, but it is understood that the
~ several inspectors are already at
wr.rk in the various districts.
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I Presbyterian Services In
the County For Sunday
'The Church With On Open Door"
Church School, 0;45 a. in.—John L.
Rodgerson, Superintendent.
Due to the illness of our pastor,
there will be no worship service and
sermon in our church this Sunday.
All the members are, urged to attend
! Church School at 9:45 a. tn.
Leggett's Farm
Sunday School at 2:30 p. in.—R. G.
Harrison in charge.
Farm Life
Due to the illness of Rev. Z. T.
' Piephoff there will be no services
J this first Sunday afternoon at 3 q'.-
I clock. These service* will be resumed
..the first Sunday 'in February,
f ' Bear Oraia
There will be a singing service and
i a story for the children in the school
) house at 6:30 p. ni. There will be no
r sermon due to the illness of the pas
: tor. The names of the children at
t tending 13 consecutive times will be
I taken—be sure to bring your papers,
r The general public is invited to all
these services. .
Watch the Label On Yoor
Paper Aa It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expiree
ESTABLISHED 1898
COLLECTIONS
ARE $6,000 MORE
THAN FOR 1929
$97,271.35 of 1930 Levy Col
lected Up To First of
This Year
GRIFFINS IS LEADING
Number of Property Owenrs Taking
Advantage of Discount Rate
Greater Than in 1929
A Htartlintr fact was uncovered in
the office fu Sheriff (.has. B. Roebuck
here ye terday when the county tax
collector compared 1 ''JO levy collec
tions with those iuale on the 1929 levy
«n a like period and found that he was
approximately $6,000.00 ahead in his
collections this year than he was last.
The sheriff' was puzzled at the finding,
but it was right for a check was made.
Death and taxes are* sure things ac
cording to many, and it looks as if
tuxes are being given priority this year
kr hundreds of taxpayers have already
settled their accounts.
The exact figures and number for
the ten townships were not tabulated,
but estimates placed Ciriffins u the
had with the highest ratio of collec
tions and number of property owners
paying Williamston is slightly "ahead
of its record on the 1929 levy, while
Goose Nest is apparently trailing in
both the number of owners payng and
the amount paid in.
In 1929; the collector turned over to
the treasurer $91,535.12 in four install
ments: first, $6,432.75; second, $68,-
088.32; third, $10,474.08, and fourth
During the latter part of
1930 he turned over to the treasurer
$47,271.35 in three installments, first,
siio, 1 '44.27; second, $21,483.10; and
Third, $14,84J.98,
A majority of the collections was
made during the period when the one
and one-half per cent dscount was al
lowed Settlements decreased during
the next mouth when otilv one-halt
one per cent was- given to those mak
ing payments. Anoth -r decrease has
been shown during the past 30 days
collections are expected to continue at
a low point throughout this month or
as long as payments are made, at par.
An increase is predicted in February
when the first penalty stings the de
bited payments. —;—_= - r —_
Commenting on the 1930 collections,
Sheriff Roebuck stated that many
more property owners realized the
advantage found in early payments,
that even though many could not pay
in time for the discount to affect their
settlements, they are paying during
•the par period. No rush in collections
i evident, oi course, but the collector
stated'that he was well pleased with
the cooperation given hint so far by
the taxpayers.
V. E. & P. CO. WILL
FURNISH BETHEL
154 Vote for and 16 Against
Power Company's Pur
chase Proposal
By a vote of 154 to 16 against, the
citizens of Bethel last Tuesday voted
t sell their light and power franchise
to the Virginia Electric and Power
company for $67,500 and other con
siderations. The sale, followed a heat
ed debate on the subject, the citizens
practically ignoring outside agencies to
take the responsibility of settling the
matter themselves.
It could not be (earned definitely,
but power compnay officials stated
yesterday that the town's distribution
system and the transmission lines,
running near Bethel, would be con
nected within the next few days.
' Bethel has been supplied its light
and power over a special line by
Greenville during the past several
years. When Robersonville lost its
plant by fire, the line was extended
from Bethel and that town is now
served by the town of Greenville.
One Preaching Service at
Episcopal Church Sunday
\ Services at the Church of the Ad~
I vent here Sunday include a meeting
of the Young People's Service League
at 7:00 o'clock and Prayer and Ser
mon at 7:30 p, iw. by the rector, A.
R. Marshall.
• .
$20,000,000 Will Be Mad*
Available To Veterans
Washington, Dec. 31. Veterans
Administrator Hines today estimated
$425,000,000 could be borrowed by
terans on their adjusted compensation
| certificates in 1931 and Said 4ha
bureau was prepared to
000 tQ 300,000 veterans in Jsnyßj
    

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