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Published Every Tui day and Friday by The
ENTERPRISE PUBLISHING CO.
WILLIAMSTON. NORTH CAROLINA.
W. C. Manning . Editor
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Tuesday, June 16, 1931
A Tremendous Task
We are soon to lhave a new n>ftcl system in our
State. ' -i ■
Only a few years have passed siuve all the roads in
our State were worked by each able bodied male |>er
son between the ages of 18 and 45 years. „ 1 hey were
required to work the roads not to exceed six days in
the year. The roads were then under the township
system. The justices of the peaie in each township
divided the roads into sections, and appointed an over
seer for each section, assigning him all hands resid
ing in his road section. The overseer was supreme
boss of his group, handling the engineering, the con
struction and maintenance. This system had its faults
and was not perfect by any means, vet it had some
redeeming features, oite of which was more work than
We have had under any system since devised.
A large majority of all the roads'in this Slate were
cut out and built up to the required standard of that
day by the men of the respective communities. Th;s
""" system was abolished beforj*' the |>erioU. w „ol getting
stuck struck the county There was never a time in
winter or summer that one was unable to haul the
products of the farm- with steers and mules, the traf
lie power of that time. High waters were a menace
• at times but tVrif often did they interrupt traffic.
Fallowing this pei.i.od the |K'ople Iteeome tired of
working and wanted to tax themselves. They hired
a boss and bought him a number of mules, tractors
and big plows. The)' gave "him authority to blow up
trees and stumps, tear down fences, draw checks and
v ride in automobiles. About this time the cash was
gone, the rmls not built, and then we decided to sell
btuids and mortgage the homes and farms we had in
herited. This "system rrfrnarl work had some linO
(ioints and many bad ones. The bonds are still stal
ing us in the face, and when a man is driving with a
muddy road ahead and a heavy bond issue pushing
him from l»ehind, he is usually unhappy.
Then came capital alid county seat hard
surfaee system tie up, and it proved so pleasing that
we all began to long for hard surfaced hog |«ths and
cow trails. In the midst of our growling against the
taxes, the suggestion came that all the roads might b.'
run with gas tax, and our last legislature gratified our
longings..by: putting every -mile of public road in the
; State under one system, and the roads are now to be
maintained and pi id for by the State.
We have lived through all former systems and
came through with no burdens on us except our bonds.
Now comes the tug of war, and it remains to be seen
if the State can really run the roads through a Ra
leigh board without being eaten up and bankrupted.
Theory gives a glowing answer to the vital question,
but some times theory has to IM* thrown- to the four
winds and sense substituted to save the .-Jiip. It is
going to be a huge task to keep evefy plank placed
on the thousands of bridges across the little streams
in our State, and the chances for graft will be much
greater than they have been because the bosses will
be further from the scene. Of course if the State
commission has the good fortune,to get a good c >mbi
nation of ability, industry and honesty in every one
of its employees, it will succeed. This combination
cannot be ho|)ed for in most cases and for that reason
there is still great doubt as to whether our State will
be able to touch many of its roads for a long |>eriod
with its revenue received from constantly diminish
ing gas sales. t, .
So far, no one knows just what method the State
will adopt in handling the roads, but we ho|>e that
all will get fair service. However, we are not en
thusiastice in the matter and still fear we will not be
able to make good roads and make fiiiancies balance,
and that we will have to do w|th poorer roads or raise
Colonel House To The Front
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Colonel Edward M. House has come to the front
again. He is giving a little political advice to the
pMptt of the country.
As we now remember the Colonel's stock went down
wfcra he claimed all of the honor for Woodrow Wil
•Oß'S success. One of the most unpardonable fea
tures of the Colonel's acta was when he waited until
President Wilson died before he registered his claim.
We Awerirsnt have never come to the point where
will stand for a man to curse another in his ab
■race nor permit one to rob the dead of his honors.
Kates Go Up—Tonnage Goes Down
Railroads say the}- will have to ask for a raise in
freight rates, which would seem on the surface to be
nothing more or less than a process of quicker sui
-1 cide. For the minute rates go up, tonnage goes down.
With the business sagacity that railroads are sup
posed to possess, it would seem that they could de
vise some method whereby they could live. They
have many problems to face and consider, however,
and nalurally their task is a difficult one. First of
all the live-at-home program is very ,much againj&r
them. When the farmer produces his own
corn he cuts the railroad out of a long haul from tne
middle west. When the farmer learns *-to rotate his
crops and produce his own nitrogen, he cuts the fer
tilizer haul, it is easy to see that when our folks live
and farm as they should and as they are going to be
forced to do in coming years, railroad traffic will fall
instead of rise.
Another reason the railroads may ex[>ect to lose
| freight tonnage is the rapid improvement in mot of
equipment, the use of which has already dug deep
} into their business. . ' .v. •
( There could !>e no greater loss not only to the stock-
I holders, but also to the country, than for the railroad
property of this county to become obsolete and worth
i less. To discard the railroads would mean the utter
; financial destruction of hundreds of thousands of in
vestors and the loss of jobs for countless thousands.
The railroad will perform a great service to the
country by such a change in their business methods
as will enable them to morfr than meet truck compe
tition and run it off the highways. The trucks can
not be denied the use of the roads, but it is extrava
gance lo have billions of dollars invested in two car
riet systems when one •coulcf handle the business.
Every time a truck is bought in competition with the
railroads, it lowers the value of the rail and the mo
tor vehicle is often ojierated at very little profit, pos
sibly leaving the owner unable to replace it when
worn out. • *'' •
The railroads can never come back by charging
high rates for their services; they must give both
a cheaper and a better service. While they are seek
ing ti(> 4jJvice, the railroads must admit that they are
servants and can live only by and through service, j
J'erha|>s they could live better than they now are if j
they would cut their trains up into single cars,' mo
torize them and put on hourly schedules and then
! decrease their rates by 50 per cent.
The greatest expense load the railroads have to ,j
carry is interest on their roads, apd for that reason
they can't save tlicmsjelves by cutting off trains, dis
charging workmen and abolishing agencies. They
must use their roads or they die.
A Ray of Hope
Tob.iKo farmers may find some comfort in the
fact that vvhily our tobacco exports have decreased H
per cent-this year under the same |ieriod List year, I
it has increased 12 |HT cent over 1929.
The tlwe cured ty|>es- however, increased 2 1-2 per
tent and amounted to 124,000,000 pounds this year.
\nother ho|ieful sign was shown in the price of
scrap tobaico, which sold for (> cents, against 4 cents
last year. While there is no prospect of good prices,
•or-even fair prices, good grades of tobacco are going
to bring the farmer much more money than |>oor
grades, and the cost is the same. Good farmers may
have common tobacco; poor farmers will have it.
Good attention in cultivating, curing, and handling
will mean several million dollars more than |>oor han
The House of Rules
Prospects grow brighter for liberalization"of the
rules of the House of Representatives. Representa
tive Berlrand H. Snell, chairman of the Rules Com
mittee, pronijses changes necessary to
make this branch of Congress res|»onsive to , public
sentiment. Desire to capture |>rogressive votes in
the S|x'akership contest may influence Mr. Snell.
Whatever his motive, he has aided the movement to
make the House representative in fact as well as in
name. Other candidates would do well to follow.
I'he progressives should insist u|*)n rules reform
as a condition of su|>|>ort of the various candidates
for the Speakership. It will take a shift of only two
votes to decide who shall be presiding officer and
whether the Democrats or Republicans will control
flie House. If the sponsors of rules reform make the
most of their stratetgic position they can win—as
Shells statement suggests.
of jhe rules is more important than the
question of who shall bang the gavel or ap()oint com
'The House is not now, and never has been, a
flexible mechanism,for translating public opinion into
law, or for meeting ,modern needs. Twenty leaders of
the |>arty in power dominate its deliberations like a
dictatorship. They decide what measures shall be
reported out of committee, what measures shall be
taken up on the floor, how much debate shall be per
When a committee brings out an unwanted bill the
bosses pigeonhole it. They manipulate men and meas
ures like so many wooden soldiers. All protests have
been futile. The rules give them power, and they
By these means they blocked votes on such im
portant measures as apportionment, the Lame Duck''
amendment and the Senate Muscle Sholas bill for
many years. They emasculated and weakened many
excellent masurs which had been passed by the Sen
ate. They refused to permit full debate or needed
amendments to the Hawley-Smoot tariff bill.
For fear that the administration program might j
be upset, these few men imposed gag rule and steam
roller tactics upon their 400-odd colleagues.
It is the time to get rid of such an unrepresentative
system.—New York World TtUyam.
iSAYS FARM CROPS
| REALLY IN NEED,
OF SQUARE MEAL 1
Southern Leaders Agreed
j It Will Pay to Side-
Dress This Year
I The simple fact that even with cot
jton. and corn nothing will take
iplace of a (food squall meal
for the great need of side-dressing
'throughout the south this year.
| Reports from every section show
there has been a material drop in the.
fertilizer customarily used at plant
ing. Unless crops receive a side-dress-j
ing of quick-acting nitrogen during the,
next few weeks, acre yields are hound
to he low. I-ow acre yields mean
higher costs per unit; which will make
lit difficult for farmers to show a
profit at present prices.
j Southern agricultural leaders arc
j unanimous in the opinion that it will
pay to side-dress this year. A sum-.
Itnary of their recent statements shows
that, in view of the liglit application oij
'fertilizer under the crop as well as
the extreme importance of making |
high acre yields, cotton and corn
should be liberally side-dressed with j
I quick acting nitrogen. Assuming a!
reasonabl) favorable season, this prar-j
tire will pay on cotton and corn, even I
at present prices.
The most effective time to side-dress
cotton and .corn is about 45 days after
planting. The fertilizer should be put
'on cot tow after chopping and before '
I squaring, and on corn when the plant
are about knee-high.
CHANCE OF LIFETIME: RE
' liable rtvan wanted to call on farm-!
crs in Martin C ounty. Wonderful op
portunity. Make $8 to S2O daily." No
experience or capital needed. Y\ rite
today. McNess Company, Dept. M.,
Freeport, Illinois. " It
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NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL
Under and by virtue of the power
|of sale contained in a certain de.d ot
j trust executed to the undersigned tru-.-,
j tee by George K. Bunch and wife.
| Rliza Bunch, on the 18th day of Feb- j
| ruary, 1929, and of-record in the pub-j
lie registry for Martin County in book I
Y 2, page 553. said deed of trust hav-1
ing been given for the purpose of se- j
' curing certain' note of even date there
j wilh and dcfaukJiaving been. made , iuj
the payment of the sii3 tiote and the
j stipulations contained in the said dee I j
lof trust not having been complied with,
and at the request of the holder of the'
">aid note the undersigned trustee will,
lull Mi>nda,\. the 13tli day-of July, 1931,
■it 12 o'clock in., in front ot the court-'
'house door in the town of Williaui,-
stuli, N. C., olfer (for sale for cash'the!
| fullu.wiiig described real estate, to wit:
Bounded on the-north by the land
jof K. P. Bunch, oil the east by Pine
Street, on the south by the old Ilatn
! ilton Road, and on the west by the
lands of Kli (iurganus, and l>eiiig part
lof lots N'os. Laud 2 in the James. S.
i Rhodes Land Division, as shown i>y
map of same of record in l.and Di
vision book number 1 at page 425.
This the 13th day of June. 1931.
* ELBERT S. PEEL,
: jttt 4tW 1 Trustee.
NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL
Under and by virtue of the power
;uf sale contained in a certain deed of!
| trust executed to the undersigned trus-j
tee by Joseph If. llolliday and wife, ■
Mary ('. llolliday, on the Bth day of J
April, 1929, and of record in the pub
lic registry for Martin County in book!
Y-2, at page 621, said /le d of trust
having been given for the purpose of'
securing certain,- notes of even date
therewith, and default having been
j made in the payment of the said note,
and the stipulations contained in the
said deed ot trust got having been
I complied wllli,' arid at the request of
; the holder of the said note the under
signed trustee will, on |\V'ednesdav,'
July Bth, 1931, at 12 o'clock in., in I
I front of the courthouse door in the
i town of Williamston, N. expose to
public sale for cash the following de-
I scribed property, to wit:
Beginning in Horse Pen Branch, a
I corner, a gum, and known as corner in
| lot No. 1; thence north 53 degrees east
| to the main road; S. J. D. Ange's line;
j thence down the main road with S.
J. D. Ange's line to Oak Thicket
Branch; theuce down said branch t >
Horse Pen Branch, thence down Horse
Pen Branch to the beginning, contain
ing 35 acres, more or less.
Still Going Strong
We are featuring quality merchan*
dise at prices that will appeal to the
most economical buyer.
Our special prices will enable every ..
one to buy their clothing necessities
in spite of the scarcity of money. &
B. F. PERRY
Being the same land bought from
1 W. H. Mizelle and Co. under deed dat
-led September 30th, 1915, and recorded
in the public registry of Martin Comi
ty in Book L-l, page 11.
This the Bth day of June, 1931.
I JOHN D. BIGGS,
' je9 4t w Trustee.
Elbert S. Peel, Attorney.
I NOTICE OF SALE OP REAL
By virtue of "the power of sale con
tained in that certain deed of trust ex
ecuted l»y Church VV. Hardison to E
,O. Burroughs, trustee, bearing date
'of December 30th, 1927, and recorded
1 in book X-2, £t page 535, in the office
jof the Register of Deeds of Martin
i County, and default having been made
in the payment of the indebtedness
, thereby secured, the undersigned trus
tee will, on June 25th, 1931, at 12 o'-
I clock noon, at the courthouse door in
Martin County expose to public sale to
the highest bidder for cash the follow
ing described real estate, to wit:
| All that certain tract or parcel of
land lying and being in Williams
Township, Martin County, North Car
olina, containing 142 acres, more or
Even the acid iuice of Union can
not rtain the Porc«lain-on-st*«l
interior of Frigidairtl Ask the
Frigidaire talesman to prove this.
Watch him nib half a lemon over
the white interior surface and note
that the acid leave* no trace of
But the advanced Frigidalre
provides many other advantages
besides the greater utility and
beauty of its porcelain finish. It
has the Hy drat or, the Cold Con
trol, the Owkkwbe Ice Tray, con
veniently elevated shelves, a
smooth, flat top and many other
features that add to the satisfac-
IWIVI Ve llrW IV IIIW WlSfsW
Hon of owning Frigidalre.
lbs New All WMte Porcslote On
Frtjtdalrss Are Sold WHti a
"► WILLIAMSTON, N. C
TERMS WILL BE ARRANGED
TO SUIT THE PURCHASER
less, bounded on the north by Dennis
Simmons Lumber Co. lands, on the
east by the lands of J. D. Hardiaon,
on the south by the lands of W. C.
Stevenson and Joe Styron, and on the
west by the lands of M. T. Gardner,
and being the same land conveyed to
First National Trust Co., trustee, by
A. E. Lilley and wife, Carrie V. Lilley.
las is described in that certain deed of
; trust dated May 22nd, 1925, and re
corded in book X-2, page 7/ and 7X
| in the office of the register of deed* of
1 Martin County.
h "This tract ot iand is being sold free
of incumbrance for or on terms
' satisfactory to the trustee.
This 25th day bf May, 1931.
E. O. BURROUGHS,
my 29 4tw Trustee.
Having qualified as administrator
of the estate of Mrs. Motile A. Ayers,
deceased, late of Martin County.
North Carolina, this is to notify all
persons having claims against the es
tate of said deceased to exhibit them
to the undersigned at his office in the
Branch Banking and Trust Company
building, Williamston, N. C., on or be
fore the bth day of May, 1932, or this
notice, will be pleaded in bar of their
recovery. All persons indebted to
said estate will please make immediate
payment to the undersigned.
This the 6th day of May, 1931.
C. D. CARSTARPHEN,
Administrator of Mrs. Mollie A.
Ayers, deceased. . m-12-6t