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AdwtiMra Will Fnd Our Col
nmi * Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hoadrad Martin County Home*
VOLUME XXXIV—NUMBER 26
COUNTY BOY IS
PRIZE WINNER IN
Wendell Peel Given $5 for
Competing in a recent conservation
and development contest, Wendell
Peel, ion of Mr. Pleny Peel, of Grif
fins Township, presented a prize-win
ning essay and was awarded $5 at the
close of the Jamesville schools recent
ly. Young Peel, a student in the
Jamesville High School, has made his
home in Jamesville for a number of
years. The prize is one of several of
fered by Mrs. George A. Nicoll in the
..IQeo. A. Nicoll Essay Contest." The
topic this year was "Why Conserve
Our Game, Fish and Forests."
Young Peel's essay, receiving very
favorable comment by conservation
When Captain John Smith and his
adventurous hand settled in James
town, this country appeared to have
an unfailahle supply of game, fish and
forests, but so wasteful have been our
forefathers that without the aid of the
various conservation laws which have
been passed we would within a gtftiera
tion be facing a bankruptcy so to
speak of the three named resources.
Even a few years ago. the people of
our country thought the vast herds of
Buffalo, which inhabited our western
plains, were inexhaustible, but after
several years of ruthless killing we
find but few thousands existing, pro
tected at last by a country awake to
the necessity of doing so.
The- idea of conservation was prob
ably more advanced to the American
public by President Roosevelt than by
any other man and jirom an almost
unknown subject in his day, it is tidw
for such a rapid rise of the theory.
Only this: tliff" foresight and unsel
fishness of our fathers for young
America and its posterity.
Following the Civil.War, the gain;
and forests of this county and North
Carolina diminished greatly. Robins,
which are now a rare thing, were in
the memory of all our older citizens a
plentiful thing—only twenty or twentyr
five years ago. Another species of
ga#e which has suffered greatly front
the ravages of man and nature is deer.
Why is this shortage? First, the un
sportsmanlike manner in which hunting
has been carried on. Second, careless
ness with fires, which have caused for
est fires and as a result destroying
many young birds and animals,
but not least, the practice of defor
estation which has been a common
thing in which the habitation of the
animals is destroyed.
Although the game and fish in the
Old North State have decreased very
much in comparison to most of the
other states, we find that we are great
ly blessed. The fame of our hunting
and fishing grounds have spread far
and wide, and during the proper sea
(Continued on back page)
Farmers Kill Large Bear
In Griffins Yesterday
A 250-pound hog bear was killed by
Messrs. Marvin Leggett and N. R.
Daniel, Griffins Township farmers,
Thursday morning after the animal
had attacked a hog near the old Dy
mond City site. The bear attacked
and killed a hog early in the morning,
and several neighbors, learning of the
bear's activities, immediately arranged
the hunt. After ,a , chase of several
miles the bruin climbed a tree and was
felled by the two farmers.
Only a few days ago, farmer* in
that section killed one of the largest
bears killed there in many years. The
animals are very numerous this year,
aAd have raided the hog pastures oft
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Their Sunday Services
Sunday, May 31, 1931.
"The Church With an Open Door.' -
Church school at 9:45 a. in.
Worship service and sermon at 11
a. m. Rev. M. O. Sommers of War
saw, will preach.
Sunday school at 3 p. m.
Prayer meeting «ach Thursday at
8 p. m.
Bear Craaa ,
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 8
p. m. Rev. M. O. Sommers will
You are cordially invited to hear
any or all of these messages. Come
and worship with us.
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Bank and Postoifice Have
Holiday Here Saturday
The Branch Banking and Trust Co
will observe tomorrow, "National pec
oration and Memorial Day,". a> a hol
iday. The post officif will also be
closed for the day, handling only first
class mails and offering no rural or
town delivery service.
The holiday wilt be limited to the
post office and the bank here.
In Better Condi
Usual For Ti
( HOLIDAY FARMING t
v I *
"Holiday Farming" ia the latest
type of agricultural pursuit ad
vanced in this county, and inci
dentally it ia "Farming to make a
living," Mr. Paul Bailey, cashier
of the Planters and Merchants
bank, Everett«, stated today in an
nouncing a holiday for the insti
tution tomorrow!. Mr. Bailey,
every holiday, goes to the fields,
Tomorrow( Saturday) is Decor
ation Day and it will be observed
throughout the country as a holi
day. Other than in the poitoffices
and the bank at Everetta and the
one here, business will be carried
on as usual.
FOR TWO YEARS
Adjustments Can Be Made
At Discretion of County
Property re-valuation in the State
was postponed by the legislature this 1
week until 1933, leaving those coun
ties and districts where the work has
already been completed or almost com
pleted in a state of confusion as to
what _method of procedure they will
t follow. In postponing the re-valua-
I tion, the assembly provided that no
I real values shall be reduced more than
1() per*"bent below the 1|930 figure. An
I attempt to allow a reduction of 20
' per cent failed to carry in the House.
In this county, several districts have
completed and others have virtually
completed the revaluation work, re
ductions as great as 25 per cent of the
| 1930 value* have been reported. Just
what step the county will take now
remains unknown. It is understood
the the assessors in those townships
where the work has not been started,
will await instructions before going
into the work.
As the new law is understood here,
personal property values are not af
fected, the act allowing not more than
a ten per cent reduction in real es
tate values. Even though the re
valuation has been postponed, the
commissioners are empowered to make
adjustments in land values, the total
not to drop below the specified per
centage. According to that pro
vision, it is understood that the com
, missioners could make an adjustment
i as great as 20 per cent or even more
in some cases, provided the increased
reduction is offset by a gain' in other
cases. Then it is reasonable to as- 1
sume that some values will remain
the same as they were in 1930.
It will hardly be possible to use the !
revaluation figures obtained this year
for a basis of revaluation in 1933
which means that the work already
completed or partially completed will
be a total loss to the county. _ -
Preliminary reports coming from
those townships where the revalua
tion work has been underway indi
cated that there would be a 20 per
cent or an even greater loss in the
f property valuation in the county, as
a whole, this year. Work had not
been started in this township, List- I
taker R. T. Griffin stated Wednesday i
when it was learned that the revalua
tion task had been postponed until
I Should the adjustments, subject to
| be made at the discretion of the county |
Uommissioners, result in a 10 per cent
reduction then the total reduction will i
be even greater, for it is believed that
personal property will show some loss
One Preaching Service at
Methodist Church Sunday
Rev. C. T. Rogers, Pastor
Sunday school, 9:45 a. m.
Preaching, 11:00 a. m.
Young People's Group (Mrs. Rog
ers) 11:00 a. m.
No service will be held in the church
Epworth league, Monday 8 p. m.
Hi-League, Tuesday 8 p. m.
Mid-week service, Wednesday at 8.
All are cordially invited to attend
Circulate Petition To Close
Stores Half Day Each Week
A paper, petitioning the merchants
to close their stores each Wednesday
afternoota during the months of June,
July and August, is being circulated
here this week, but the canvass had not
been completed at noon today and the
outcome is yet to be determined. The
practice was in effect here a part of
last summer, it will be remembered.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday May 29,1931
BLUE MOLD NOT
EXPECTED TO DO
Poor Stand of Peanuts Is
The several crops common in this
county, as a whole, were described as
in the best condition of any at similar
periods in several years by a number ol
farmers questioned while here yester
day. Mr. \V. G. Harbison, of Grif
fins Township, stated that his crops
were doing unusually well, that bis t >-
bacco was growing rapidly, and he
had a good stand of peanuts. And most
of his neighbors have good crops, too,
Mr. Hardison stated.
Mr. Juhn W. Green, of Bear Grass,
supported in the main the report of
fered by Mr. llardison.' "Our peanut
crops, 60 acres, did well from the be
ginning with the exception of about
10 acres wliich we replttntod," Mr.
J Blue mold is said to lie in many old
I tobacco beds throughout the county,
but few farmers have reported seeing
iit in their fields. Other than this
! threatening menace, the toliScco crop
:is said to. Ik- growing very rapidly, the
J cut worm doing some damage here and
| there; but which is not of a very seri
|ous nature. It now looks as if some
of the farmers will be almost ready
to house their first primings by the
I time some completed the re-transplant
ing last season..
| As a whole, the peanut cro|» is not
I doing,so well in this county, and poor
I stands are also reported in neighbor
ing counties. Unusually cool nights
and a fairly heavy rainfall during tiie
planting season resulted in poor stands
almost throughout the area. Much re
planting has been reported, and a
goodly number of farmers are now
hopeful of fair stands. A few farmers
are said to have plowed up their pea
jnut fields a second time this spring
and replanted it' iii its entirety that a
good stand might be had.
While the irish potato crop is far
from a major crop in this immediate
section, a goodly -number of acres has
been planted to the crop this year, and
prospects are fair for a good yield.
Advanced prices are not very encour
aging, however, for they will hardly
be more than $2.75 at the highlit, ac
cording to reports.
The home garden is to be reckoned
with this year, more than any other
year since the Civil War period, Peas,
beans, and* onions can be seen in long
rows on the farms everywhere, dis
placing in some instances tobacco it
self, But even yet there are a few who
'have made little or no effort to plant;
'they are just looking "for manna, ap
Public Surveyors Required
To Check Instruments ,
Undo/ the direction of the JJnited
States Geodetic Survey, Mr. Raymond
Ambrose is establishing a meridian
marker on the high school grounds
here. Similar markers are being es-
I tablished in all of the 100 counties of
I the State, it is understood.
| According to the law of North Car
j olina, public surveyors are required to
I check their instruments with these
markers once every ttoo years that
1 their calculations will be as nearly cor
rect as is possible for them to be.
I The marker had not been determined
yesterday, and it is not definitely
known just how much the magnetic
line will vary from the true meridian
course. However, it is believed that
the magnetic line will swing east of
north approximately 5 degrees.
Heretofore, the marker was stationed
at the courthouse, but it was rendered
useless when the courthouse annex
and new jail were built.
Sunday Morning Services *
at the Episcopal Church
Rev. A. H. Marshall, Rector
Church Sehool, 10:00 a. m. s -
Morning prayer and sermon, 11.
Did you know that next Sunday is
Trinity Sunday, so called because it
marks the first Sunday of the second
half of the Christian year when conJ
sideration of the Holy Trinity will bo
given by the Church for twen^-six'
weeks? Trinity Sunday dates back in!
this church through the Church ofj
England to the tenth century. All
Sunday school teachers and scholars I
are urged to be present' Sunday and |
it is urged that all members of the
church as well as all those who have
no church affiliation will conte to the
NEW BOARD TO
Mayor States That Town
Salary Schedule Will Be
; Elected by substantial majorities in
the municipal election here the . early
| part of May, the new hoard of town
j commissioners will take the oath of
.office here next Monday evening at 8
I o'clock, two members of the new
j body going in for their first terms.
I Mr. Robert L, Coburn, reelected may
or, will take the oath of office along
■ with Commissioners N. C. Green, L.
P. Lindgley, G. H. Harrison, E. S.
McCabe, and Luther Peel before Clerk
of the Court K. J. Peel, according to
information coming from the mayor's
Very little business has been sched
uled for consideration or disposition
at the next Monday evening meet
ing, hut it is understood that town
salary schedules will be scaled down
ward. To what extent the salaries
I will be'affected had not been deter
mined this morning, Mayor Coburn
BY ROAD BODY
State Will Take Over 45,000
Miles of County Roads
The First of July
A tentative budget and rough outline
of the organization for handling the
45,(MX) miles of county highways, which
the state takes over on July 1, and
the 9,000 miles of state highways, were
adopted yesterday at the second meet
ing of the newly appointed State
Highway Conmiission,- Chairman E.
B. JefTress and W. VV. Neal, both of
whom were members of the General
Assembly, were sworn into office yes
terday morning preceding the meet
Maintenance forces for State and
county roads will be consolidated,
with the State divided into live divi
sions for handling the work. These
divisions replace the liine highway
districts into which the State
vjded under the old highway law. A
resident maintenance cJiijgineer will
have charge of each division, but con
struction work will be .handled di
rectly from the central office l,>y a
State construction engineer who is
yet" to be named.
Each of the 5 major maintenance dis- j
tricts which will have an average of 20 i
counties each, will be subdivided into '
about five districts. These smaller 1
units will take the place of the pres- !
cut county units of administration. A
new department will be necessary to |
care for the county convicts who will '
for the most part, be housed in camps |
already constructed I>y the counties. !
5 CASES TRIED
Heavy Fine Is Imposed In
Assault Case by Judge
♦— — '
A general routine of business again
: featured the docket of the county re- ]
Jcorder's court here last Tuesday, Judge
, Bailey calling a half dozen cases and
i disposing of five.
P. L. Baker, charged with an as
sault with a deadly weapon and driv
ing an automobile recklessly, was fined
Is2oo and taxed with the costs.
| Charged with disorderly conduct and |
carrying a concealed' 1 weapon, Guilford 1
i Purvis was found guilty of simple as
sault, the court suspending judgment
upon the defendant's paying the cost.
Bruce Outterbridge was fined $65
when he was found guilty of carry
ing a concealed weapon. The defend-'
ant appealed and the court required
bond in the sum of SIOO.
Bruce Rollins, charged with an as
sault and carrying a concealed weapon,
was found guilty of simple assault,|
the court suspending judgment uponj
payment of the cost of the action. I
Prayer for judgment was continued
one week when Mack Langley and
Gussie Ford were found guilty of an
assault with a deadly weapon.
John Jasper Black pleaded not guil
ty of carrying a concealed weapon, buti
no disposition of the case was repoPt- 1
Sales Continue Strong on
the Curb Market Here
The weekly sale of the curb market
continue to increas. The market will
be open Saturday in spite of the holi
day. We hope to have prices to sat
isfy our' partons this week. At this
time it i( impossible to give, the
prices which will prevail at the mar
ket. If you do not find what you
would like to have the seller* will be
very glad to know your desires and
take your orders.—Reported.
Assembly Adjourns Wednesday
After Record-Breaking Session
AT REVIVAL IN
Wilson Minister Delivering
Series of Forceful Talks
_ In Christian Church
"Heresy That Hurts," was the ser
mon topic chosen last night by the
Rev. John Barclay in another of his
special sermons delivered during the
Christian church revival since the
opening the first of the week.
TouchiUK lightly on church history,
the visiting minister advanced ths
"creed" of the church, which he de
scribed as a simple truth—the Divinity
of Jesus Christ. In developing his
.theme, Rev. Mr. Barclay referred to
the first commandment, not one of>th.\
ten, hut the first of all—"Love thy
God with all thy heart and soul." Not
to believe this is herjesy that hurts,
the minister declared. A second com
mandment," Love thy neighbor as thy
self," but not one of ten commonly
referred to, (was also pointed out as
one of the standards to the Christian
Large crowds are hearing Rev. Mr.
Barclay nightly, and his sermons are
well received by them. Services, will
be held at H p. m. today and tomorrow
and Sunday.,, with the possibility of the
revival closing Sunday night. The
public is cordially invited to hear the
minister in his talks.
GIRLS SCORED IN
Misses Harrell and Thomas
Selected to Represent
Miss Naomi Harrell, of the 4-11
girls' club at Oak City, and Doris
Thomas, of the Kobersonville elemen
tary school received the highest scores
in the health contest which lias been
carried on in te 4-H girls' clubs
through the county this year.
Eight of the club girls were ex
amined by Dr. J. 11, Saunders here
Wednesday afternoon. Many of the
girls were kept front obtaining the
I highest score because of rounded shoul
j ders, bad tonsils, slightkf deformed
I bones, lack of vivacity and troubles
j which can be corrected in a short
jtimy, Miss Sleeper stated.
The two girls receiving the highest
[score, will go to Washington on next
| Tuesday with Miss Sleeper to be en
jtered in the district con-test. Drs.
Britt and Taylor will examine the girl*
coming to them from the several coun
ties, and the champion of the district
will be entered in the State contest,
to be held at, Raleigh during the week
of the boys' and girls' 4-11 club short
course. ' , i, ,
ON MAY PEAS
J. G. Staton Ships Four Car
Loads To Northern
Planting 20 acres to May peas, J.
G. Staton, this season, is expecting to
make a fair profit on his investment.
iHe .planted IM hags'of seed on his
Washington County farm and shipped
2,067 five-peck baskets of peas. For the
first two carloads, the farmer received
about $ 1.50 a basket. Mr. Staton is
expecting a similar price for the last
two carloads shipped, and if the samo
price prevails, he will receive about
$3,100. The definite cost of raising
the crop of peas is not available at this
time, but the fertilizing, plalrting, and
cultivating are not very expensive, and
a fair return is expected from the
Baptist Minister Announces
His Sunday Sermon Topic
Sunday morning, at - the Baptist'
Church, the pastor will preach on thej
"Man Who Ddin't Like Heaven." j
Sunday school and young people's
organizations meet at their usual time, j
but-due to the revival meeting at htej
Christian church, there will be no eve
ning preaching service. And the pas
tor asks all the members who Will to
join him in attendance at this (closing
service of the Christian church reviv
County Council oi Home
Clubs Held Yesterday
The wom?nS"cotflny cotlnrtl of the
Home Demonstration clubs held its
second meeting of the year iri the
home agent's office here Thursday
afternoon at 2:30.
A "Hoover Prosperity" coin, one
of the bright golcfen-colored pieces
that were distributed to widely
during the 1928 presidential cam
paign, was yesterday removed
from the intestinal tract of Rob
Bailey, 5-year-old son of E. Pal
mer Bailey, by Dr. John B.
Wright, Raleigh specialist. The
boy's father is the secretary of
Senator Josiah W. Bailey.
The coin, which is nearly the size
of a half-dollar and bears the in
scription: "Vote for Hoover and
Four Years of Prosperity," had
been in the lad's intestines for sev
eral weeks before he was seized
with violent illness.
Dr: Wright, who was actively
engaged in the anti-Smith cam
paign. remarked to the boy's
mother after the operation:
"You just can't ram Hoover
Prosperity down a boy's throat."
LARGE YIELD OF
IS LOOKED FOR
Price Outlook Is Not So
Good; Only Few Dug
The outlook for the Irish potato crop
in Martin and Pitt County is very good
this, season, in so fur as yield is con
cerned. As to the important matter
of prices for the potatoes, that is an
\\ hen the crop in this section was
planted iu late 1-ebruary or March,
conditions were favorable and most
grmvefs got a very good stand. The
spring has been rather cold, and for a
time was inclined to be dry, but ther
have hecm several gont-rains since'the
potatoes were planted, and so they
have made a very good growth.
' Only a few have l»eeu dug in'this
section for local consumption, and
they have turned out very well, Not
many have attained their, full growth
yet, though left in the ground two or
three weeks 16nger a much better yield
would be secured, so some of the
National and State (arming experts
arc advising the farmer* not to dig
their potatoes now. They say the South
t arolina crop is now moving and that
it will he a large one. The point is
made that il the, crops of both the
I arolinas is put on the market at Ghe
time that the bottom will drop out.
I here was big increases in acreage in
both states this year and so the crop
will be large. Pamlico County is ex
jpected to produce 2(H),000 barrels this
year and there will be big*%rrTfrs' in
other counties. ICarteret County's
crop may reach 100,000 barrels, which
will be the biggest ever raised there.
The yield in this immediate section
jis expected to be about the same as
| last year.
16 ENROLLED AT
Pupils Desiring to Remove
Conditions, Must Enroll
for Work at Once
! Sixteen pupils enrolled ii>r work'in
I the summer school opening here this
week, Principal W. K. Watson, stated
yesterday. Wive of the number art
working to remove conditions that they
might enter upon their high school
duties for the first time next fall. The
remaining eleven are removing condi
tions in various li/igli school subjects,
I Principal Watson, assisted by Pro
fessor 1., C. Thornton, is offering ten
subjects, the professors teaching from
8:15 until 12:12 each day. The school
is scheduled to run six weeks.
The classes are very small, and any
pupils desiring to remove conditions
or even advance themselves, will find
it- necessary to enroll at once it they
would remove 'the conditions or get
credit for any advanced ,'work, Mr.
Unusually Large Hen Egg\
on Display Here This Wtek
Taken from her flock, Mrs. Ada Ro'>-
erson, of Griffins Township, placed on [
display in the JCnterprsie oflice an un
-usttaHy-4arg* lien egg yesterday. The
egg, three and one-quarter inches long,
measured eight inches around and
weighed one-quarter of a pound.
Dr. W. M. Parrott Named
To Head Health Board
Dr. Jits. M. Parrott, prominent doc
tor, of Kinston, was selected to head
the State Department of Health, yes
terday. Dr. Parrott succeeds the
late Dr. Chas. O'H. Laughinghouse.
Watch the Label On Yoar
Paper Ai It Carriea the Date
When Your Subscription Expires
MEN HOLD THEIR
POSTS 'TILL END
Passes 1,206 Bills and Reso
lutions During 145-Day
Session In Raleigh
1 hat legislature, lor so long tho
center of discussion and probably the
thost hectic one in the history of ths
State, was brought to a close last
Wednesday night at 'MM o'clock, the
end finding Martin county's represen
tatives still in their seats but weary.
I he assembly established, a new en
durance record, remaining iu session
five days longer than did the recon
struction legislature of 18(># (>4. Dur
ing the 145 days' the legislators re
mained in K.ileigh, tliey enacted l.lO'i
hills and resolutions.
Many of the l,Juo hi Ms and resolu
tions are 10. a! in their nature, and it
will he several weeks yet befj>re their
provisions are generally, kjiown. Sev
eral of these hjlls have to do with this
county and several towns therein.
Although the as>einbly- failed to en
jtirely relieve property (if the burden
of the six mouths schools, it did pro
vide substantial tax relief through its
|road and legislation, and despite
the general impression gained from its
jloug revenue deadlock that it had ac
complished little, the .1931 assembly
did: • ••
I Adopt the principle of the MacLtyn
School Law providing tor State in
steail of county operation" of the six
j (live State "supervision and control
ol 45,00 Oniilt's of county roads
.sonic 4,1100 convicts ti, lie used in main
taining these roads.
I rente an eleventh congressional
idistrict lint fail to reclistrict for the
1 House and Senate.
! ( reate a central purchasing agency,
j i reate a per-onnel commission.
I Consolidate North Carolina State
!College and North Carolina College
for Women with the I'university of
i Provide $400,000 lor the erection of
ta new central prison.
| t reate a Local Government Com
mission and give it control over all
ilocal government finances.
I Organize a- new State system of
hank 1 .supervision.
I Knact largest revenue hill in his*
|tory; estimated to raise ahout $20,-
000,000 annually including a
county ad valorem tax. (Kxperts es
timate that it will result in a $4,000,-
Knact largest appropriations hill
in history, estimated to spend ahout
| 528,5000,00 annually, even after re
educing salaries 10 per cent.
Defeat • a luxury tax, hut adopt ,T
jgeneral sales tax under the mii-e of a-.
merchant's license levy
Kill three attempts to legalize pari
( reate a constitutional commission
to study a redrafting of the State Con
Provide postponement of sale of land
for until- .Viiveiuhfr, discretion
ary with cmprty commissioner:}, town
and.district governing bodies,
Def t er Revaluation
I'rovide for postponement of I'eyalu
jmtion until I'M4, hut recognize revalu
jations already made by allowing a 10
jper cent "adjustment" in the discre*
; tion of commissioners.
| Reorganize the State Board of Agri-
| culture, the State Department of l.a
hor, the State Hoard of Health, the
State Park Commission, and the State
i Jl .Jiway 'Commission.
Authorize the issuance of no bonds,
state or county, not previously issued
of allowed. Power to approve the is
suance of bonds for certain purposes
is vested in the Local Government
Enact child labor legislation.
Knact bill to permit regulaiton of
public service corporations.
Change basis of licensing automo
biles, increasing gasoline tax one cent
per gallon, 'to six cents.
Representative Harris brought in the
appropriations conference report, which
was signed ,by every member of both
House and Senate committee.
The report cuts out the Senate in
crease of $6,500 for the Department
of Labor; provides for at least 10 per
cent aggregate reduction of State em
! ployecs' but prohibits cut
ting school teachers more than any
"oTher class. ' ,
The appropriation for the six months
school term was placed at $17,000,000,
including fines and forfeitures estitnat-"
ed at $1,300,000. The bill carries sl.-
500,000 for extended term relief and
$150,000 for an emergency fund.
Editor To Speak To the
Ahoskie Kiwanis Club
Editor W. C. Manning will address
the Kiwanis club in Ahoskie tonight.