North Carolina Newspapers

    Advertisers Will Fnd Our Col
mm a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homes
Commissioners Hold
Session Again Today
- Considering Supplemental
Budgets and Tax Rate
For the Current Year
In session all day yesterday, the
Martin County commissioners listened
to several valuation complaints, but a
greater part of the period was given
over to a report made by Mr. Lucian
J. Hardison in connection with the
county's poor, or rather just those
sharing in the indigent fund. Very
few new cases were considered yes
terday, but in continued session today
the authorities had approximately 20
applications to investigate and pass
Mr. Hardison, visiting 90 of the 92
county poor, reviewed each case be
fore the board yesterday, the commis
sioners effecting a saving or reduc
tion of $62 in the amount appropriat
ed for the indigent fund. A flat re
duction of $44 was made in the small
monthly allowances, the hoard finding
that some of those sharing in the fund
were in an actually better condition
than many who do not share in the
fund at all. Two or three allowances
were increased and five cases were en
tirely eliminated, saving the county
sl4 monthly. One of the 92 sharing
in the fund had died, the investigator
The savings effected by reduction,
and tho elimination process will hard
ly more than offset the cost in added
names, it is believed. In short, the
indigent list was altered in an effort
to care for more cases, and at the
same time limit the expense to the
county. Heretofore, the county has
been appropriating $309 monthly to
care for its unfortunates. This a
mount, however, is separate and dis
tinct from the appropriation allotted
to the county home.
Today the commissioners arc con
sidering supplemental budgets, land
valuations, and the tax rate, the com
bined business being of such volume
tn assure another long and weary ses
sion for the authorities.
"Cotton Picking Fund" Is
Being Mailed Out To
Raleigh, Sept. 7.—Distribution of a
"cotton picking fund" of $50,000 from
the 1930 crop has been started by the
North Carolina Cotton Growers Co
operative Association, and checks a
mounting to approximately S2S,XX) are
already in the mails to optional pool
member*. U. Benton Blalock, general
manager, ha* announced.
Mr. Blalock said that the final set
tlement checks to those optional pool
members whose cotton was ordered
sold prior to August 1 were being
mailed out "in an effort to close up as
much as possible settlement on 1930
cotton placed in the optional pool."
The seasonal pool cotton of the 1930
crop has not yet been sold,
Checks amounting to $15,000 or
more, covering gin cut and two-sided
bales, will be released by the associa
tion this week, and this disbursement
will be followed by mailing out in
terest on reserve checks totaling seven
or eight thousand dollars.
It'has been a custom, of. the associa
tion for a number of years to rework
all of its gin cut and two-sided bales,
reclass the cotton, and then allow the
member additional valuation as indicat
ed by the reclassification. More than
1,400 bales were reworked during the
past season.
"A little ready cash is always ap
preciated by the cotton prodhicers,
Mr. Blalock remarked, "but a $50,p00
fund distributed just at this time will
be very much appreciated by our mem
bers." _________
First Bale in Bertie
Is Ginned Friday
Windsor, Sept. B.—The first bale of
the 1931 cotton crop in Bertie Coun
ty was ginned by J. B. Gillam here
Friday and was bought by J. B. Gil
lam and Sons for 5 1-2 cents per pound.
The cotton was grown by Archie Ca»-
telloe and weighed 505 pounds, baled,.
No Session of Recorder's
Court Held Here Today
In the absence of Judge Biiley, the
today's peaakm of the county record
er's court was called off. eschtmrfdwe
fer's court was called off, Clerk Peel
■tating that there were very few cases
on the docket for trial. The regular
Session will be held next Tuesday.
Experiencing much difficulty In
handling the roads in this county,
especially in this section, authori
ties are attempting to create an
additional unit to assist in the
work, Assistant Engineer W. A.
Cherry stated yesterday. Four
units, JamesviUe, Griffins, Bear
Grass, and Williamston, have a
total of 400 miles of roads in them.
Under the proposed plan each unit
would have only 80 miles. The
change is now being considered,
and it is the opinion of many peo
ple living on the county roads
that the unit will be necessary in
maintaining the roads in those
particular sections.
Mr. J. E. Hinet, in charge of the
Griffins unit since the State took
over the maintenance of the roads,
was transferred to Washington
County this week, and Mr. S. E.
Corey is now in charge of the
work there, it was learned today.
Anqpunces Candidacy Late
Saturday; Also Expect
Brummitt to Run
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With three candidates already bid
ding for the chair and a fourth one
expected to announce within a short
time, it now looks as if there will, be
an interesting race for the Democratic
nomination for governor in the pri
mary next June. Messrs. |{. T. Foun
tain, of Rocky Mount; J. C. B. Eli
ringhaus, of. Elizabeth City, announced
their candidacies several weeks ago,
and Hon. A. J. Maxwell, commission
er of revenue, made! a foruial state
client Saturday declaring his'hat was
in the ring for the governor's seat.
Dennis G. Brummit, attorney general,
is also expected to enter the race.
In making his Announcement, Mr.
Maxwell had very little t" say, promis
ing at that time that he would make
known his platform later.
In addition to these entrys, otber
candidacies have been rumored, but
there .is some doubt whether Josephus
Daniels and "Willis Smith, s|M-aker of
ithe House of Representatives, will en
ter their names in the contest.
I At least a four-sided race for the
I governorship is assured by the Max
well announcement. Taxation, it
would appear, will be definitely forced
to the front by his candidacy.
Fountaitf favored the levying of the
luxury sales tax during the fight oil
that issue in the 1931 (ienera! Assem
bly. Maxwell, as commissioner of
revenue, was strongly opposed to it.
The tax lost by one vote in the Sen
ate. Fountain had announced lie would
vote fur it were there a tic.
Khringhaus, in his campaign an
nouncement, came out against the sale,
tax. llrummitt has not definitely com
mitted himself on the jn a
civic club address in Raleigh last week
he stressed the need of finding "new
sources of revenue to meet the State's
increasing deficit."
Maxwell has been in public life for
two decades. From 1910 to 1917 he
was clerk of the State Corporation
Commission. He served as a member
of the Corporation Commission fmm
1917 untif 1929, when he was appoint
ed revenue commissioner by Gover
nor Gardner.
County Principals Hold
Meeting Here Today
Meeting here today, the several
Martin County school principals dis
discussed their schedulea of study, and
various other matters in connection
with the operation of the schools this
coming term.
Skewarkey Lodge Members
To Meet Here Tonight at 8
There will be a regular communi
cation of Skewarkee Lodge, No. 90,
A. F. and A. M., at the lodge hall to
night at 8 o'clock, it was announced
today. In addition to the regular bus
iness degree work will be conferred
for the Robersonville lodge." All mem
bers are urged to attend and visiting
MaAns are cordially invited.
Number Women in State
Prison Now Totals 100
Raleigh, Sept. 7.—The number -of
women in the State's prison was for
the first time in the hiatory. of the
State institution above the 100-mark
as has been announced by the prison
officials. Of the 100 women 50 K
white and 66 are negreaaea.'
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Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, September 8,1931
Children Thrown Out of
Car When Crash With
Train Is Inevitable
Mrs. Walter Gardner, of near here,
suffered a broken ankle and Mrs. John
Gardner, of Jamesville, was hurt a
bout the side last Sunday morning in
an A. C. L. train-automobile crash
near Plymouth. The extent of Mrs.
John Gardner's injuries could not be
determined. The injured were treated
by Plymouth doctors. -
It was reported that Mr. Walter
Gardner, owner and driver of the
Chevrolet coach, saw the train, but
was unable to stop the car. The en
gineer, apparently aware of the dan
ger, applied the emergency brakes and
limited the speed of the train to about
10 miles an hour when the engine
crashed into the car. Mr. Gardner
(urned his car to the side in an effort
to miss the train and failed by a few
inches. The car was kn6cked into a
ditch and not badly damaged.
In telling about the accident, Mr.
John Gardner stated yesterday that
when the grown people saw it was
impossible to avoid the crash, they
started throwing out the children a
long the road. Four were thrown out,
Mr. Gardner jumping out with a fifth
one. None of the little folks was hurt,
Mr. Gardner stating that one would
hit the ground, bounce right up on hi*
feet and stood while the older people
cleared themselves of the wreck.
Teachers Will Hold Their
First Meeting of Term
Saturday Afternoon
Oak City, Sept. B.—The Oak City
public schools will open Monday
moaning, September 14, at 8:30 o'-
clock. - .
The enrollment for the coming year
is expected to far surpass any prev
ious record. With the consolidation
of a part of Hamilton schbol, more
interest on the part of high school
students, especially the older boys,
and an increase in the number of be
ginners', the school expects to have a
larger and better student body than
Few changes have been made in the
teaching personnel, and wherever a
change has been effected an efficient
and well-trained teacher has been em
The principal is entering his ninth
year in the school ,and is requesting a
continued cooperation as has been
rendered the school in the past. The
school has friends and they are show
ing their faith and loyalty in an un
mistakable way. Quite a number have
pledged their support and presence on
the opening day.
All conditioned pupils expecting to
remove the condition by examination
will report to the principal at his
home Saturday morning at nine o'-
clock. This is important that arrange
ments inay be made for the examina
There will be a local teachers' meet
ing at the school building Saturday
afternoon at 3 o'clock. Teachers will
please bring pencil and paper as the
contract method of recitation will be
discussed. The teaching load will be
much heavier, yet better results are
Big Nash Car Belonging To
John W. Hines Is Badly
Wrecked in Hamilton
M. E. D. Pearson, of Oak City, suf
fered injury to his back, and Messrs. |
J. C. Ross, W. E. Early and John W.
Mines;,-also of Oak City, escaped un
hurt When their car was wrecked at
Hamilton yesterday morning.
Mr. Mines, driving his Nash sedan
and accompanied by the Messrs. Pear
son, Ross, and Early, was driving in
to the town,when a colored man drove
a pair of mules, hitched to a wagon,
out of a side street in front of the auto
mobile. In an effort to avoid a crash
with the wagon, Mr. Hines drove his
car on the sidewalk and struck a tree,
badly damaging the car. The front
of tlfe machine buried itself at the
bottom of the tree, the rear end ris
ing and striking the tree at a higher j
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Downing
Move Here To Make Home
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Downing, of Ro
anoke Rapida, moved here thia week
and are at home in the Tar Heel
Apartments. Mr. Downing is connect
ed with the Virginia Electric and
Power Company. A . j
Board Considers Appoint
ing Meat and Milk
Other than approving a large num
ber of bills, the town commissioners
in session here last night, passed no
official acts, but they did discuss sev
eral local matters.
The importance of meat and milk
inspection for the town was stressed
in a short talk by Mr. D. M. Rober
son, and while no official order was
passed authoriiing the appointment of
an inspector, the question will be con
sidered again There will be no
salary to the job, the inspector receiv
ing remuneration for his services only :
by levying a fee. A veterinarian is
iontempluting locating here, and it is
believed he could handle the inspec
tion work. The inspection of meat
and milk is said to be very important,
and the service here is being seriously
Requests fjroni local merchants
were made in an effort to have lights
put in the back lots, and an investiga
tion was ordered.
Town trash was a real problem, and
how to secure the cooperation of the
residents in handling the matter was
another problem discussed. It was
pointed out that a few residents would
dump their trash into the streets just
after the truck* made their rounds,
leaving the matter there for a day or
two. It was the 'expressed hope of
the hoard that residents pile trash in
the back yards, give the street depart
ment a ring and a steady and reliable
service would be arranged. An ordi
nance, prohibiting the dumping of
trash into the gutters is being con
sidered if the practice continues, for
it not only looks bad, hut when rains
fall the trash is washed into the catch
basins, stopping drain sewers and
'causing small floods on the streets.
Will Probably Be Built at
Site of Old County Home,
According to Reports
I While definite plans have not been
announced at this time, it was learned
here last week that the State Highway
Commission would construct a convict
camp on the county farm near here
some time within the-next few months.
Present plans of the commission pro
vide for the immediate erection of five
camp buildings in various sections of
! the State, and following the comple
tion of that number, work will be
'started on the one to be built here, it
is understood. ,
It could not he learned today just
what size the will be or any of
the particulars in connection with its
Connecticut Urged to Coop
j erate With New York in
War on Gangsters
I Kent, Conn., Sept. 7.—Franklin D.
.Roosevelt, Democratic governor of
New York, visited Connecticut Satur
day and was greeted as "the next
President of the United States."
The New York executive addressed
a gathering of several thousand Dem
ocrats of his neighboring State to urge
I upon Connecticut, in an address, co-
I operation with New York in combat
ing the challenge of gangdom.
The reference of Roosevelt's possi
ble candidacy came with his intro
duction by Williarn B. Dyer, chair
man of the Democratic outing.
"I want to introduce to you a man
whose head and heart are never ques
tioned, a man tested beyond the lim
its of endurance and who has with
stood the test," Dyer said, "I present
to you the next President of the Unit
ed States, Franklin D. Roosevelt."
Roosevelt predicted success for the
party which advocated the doctrine of
justness in utility rates and the hew
ing down of the mounting cost of lo
cal government.
Speaking of the crime situation, the
New York governor declared:
"In these days many of our state
problems are common problems. Just
during the past week we over in New
York have ben in conference about
the matter of gang wars, the shootings
and killings that have occurred not on
ly in the cities but in other places. The
situation today is more than (tate
Tobacco Prices Are Stronger
On Local Market Yesterday
Tobacco prices, alter resting on
the bottom during the first few
opening days last week, showed
a little strength yesterday when
the local market sold 87,120
pounds of the leaf for 16,923.03,
or an average of nearly 8 cents.
Much common tobacco held the
price down, the better grades with
slightly stronger prices however
failing to offset the low average.
The tone of the market was much
stronger, the farmers accepting,
with a very few exceptions, the
prices paid for the better grades
without complaint. No change
was noted in the prices for the
common grades, the price resting
at the bottom.
Finally Raise Barge
Sunk Here July 22
Hundreds of Sight-Seers
Attracted by Salvage
Sunk in the Roanoke River here the
22nd of last July with 7.11 ton* of
costly fertilizer material aboard, the
barge "Lynn" was floated fast Sunday
morning by the Norfolk Lighterage
Company. Approximately 300 tons of
fertilizer were lilted with the boat,
the remainder of (lie cargo having
been pumped into the river.
In docking near the plant of the
Standard Fertilizer Company on the
22nd of July, the barge struck a sub
merged piling and settled to the bot
tom of the stream during the night.
Taking the contract to refloat the boat,
the Norfolk lighterage Company
started the salvage work August 2,
and since that time attempt after at
tempt to raise the barge failed. Hun
dreds of people were attracted to the
scene during the time operations were
under way, and even though they
were disappointed time and agaifi, a
good number of curiosity seekers wafc
on the river bank when the boat was
raised. I>iver Everett was the cen
ter of attraction, making many trips
under the water and into the hold of
the boat.
A short while after the pumps were
started early Sunday morning, the
front of the boat began a 'steady rise,
and the hole was exposed to view.
Sawing the log, about 8 inches in
diameter, off even with tlie surface,
the woirltmcn repaired the damage just
before the boat was righted, l.ate
Sunday afternoon the salvage oper
ations were completed, a«d tHc boat
with its remaining cargo of slimy fer
tilizer, is being held pending an in
spection to be made by -insurance men.
Captain I'ierce, the master of the
boat, antl his mate are now busily oc
cupied shoveling mud and pumping
water from the boat. Other than for
the captain and his mate, the story
of the barge is just about finished.
The salvage ship, "John llagerty,"
together with Diver Everett, the pumps
and other equipment left for Norfolk
in company with a tug Sunday after
Robbers Enter Store of
O. S. Anderson and Co
Robbers' entered the store of O. S.
Anderson and Company here last Sat
urday or Sunday night and stole sev
eral dollars in cash, but, as far as the
owners coud tell, no goods were re
moved. The robber or robbers gained
an entrance through a rear window.
No arrests have been made.
A close watch in the back lots of
the town is almost impossible since
Jhe lights were removed, making it
difficult for night officers to observe
the activities of bipglars in those
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Ford Caravan and Picture
Here for Two-days Stay
The Ford caravan, a number of car»
and trucks sent out by the Norfolk
| branch of the Ford Motor Company,
arrived here this morning and arranged
I for the showing of a special picture of
the big Ford manufacturing plants.
The picture will be shown here to
morrow and In Robersonville Thurs
day, it was stated.
Reports on the sales made today
were not very encouraging. The
local market had approximately
125,000 pounds on the floors to
Increased sales are expected
throughout the next few days on
the market here, but no breaks
are anticipated. It is not likely
that the sales will reach any great
size until a little later on, or un
til prices show more strength than
they are at the present time.
Some farmers in this section are
using the grades of inferior qual
ity for fertilizer on their farms,
and they are finding the practice a
profitable one, it was stated by
those making a study of the prac
According to information receiv
ed here from the State Equaliza
tion Board, the Macedonia district
children will be schooled here,
and the Cross Roads children will
be transported to Everetts as was
originally planned.
The State authorities reviewed
the consolidation program in this
county late last Friday at the re
quest of petitions! signed by those
children were affected by the
change. Local school officials were
instructed to employ an additional
teacher to care for the increased
number of children.
Will Preserve Foods At An
All-day Canning Meet
There Wednesday
That the less fortunate and under
nourished children attending the Oak
City schools might he helped, good
hearted women of the town and com
munity are meeting in the school build
ing there tomorrow for an all-day
canning work. A quantity of food
has already been canned for the chil-
dren and a successful day is planned
for tomorrow, Wednesday.
Professor 11. M. Ainsley stated in
connection with the canning work:
"Quite a quantity of corn, snap
beans, tomatoes anil apples have al
ready been promised ami this will be
collected early Wednesday morning.
The object is to furnish a hot lunch
every day during the coining term.
Scveralh igh school boys have offer
ed their assistance in collecting the
raw foods and Mrs. W. I). Smith, a
former teacher in the school, is con
sidering acting as the business man
ager of the project. Mrs. W. I). ,Ily
man has had training and experience
in this work, and she is cooperating
with Mrs.-Smith in putting the work
on a sound
"Parents, conic Wednesday, spend
the day for a good cause.' Fnjoy the
work and association and.bring your
lunch and have a picnic dinner. You
will feel better by having come and
helped the needy."
Hog Stealing Case Sent
To Bertie Superior Court
Haled into the Bertie General
County Court yesterday on a hog
stealing charge, Charles* Kaynor, Al
bert and John Flannagan, Martin men,
were ordered- to return for trial to
morrow week in the superior court of
that""«ounty. Andrew Flannagan,, an
other party in the case, continues in
the Bertie jail. The other three men
were directed to return to Windsor
today to renew thejr bonds.
Three Stores Will Have
Holiday Next Saturday
In observance of Rosli Hashana,
Jewish new year's day, the firms of
Margulis Brothers and the Norfolk
Underselling Qo. here will be clos
ed next Saturday. The stores will open
at six that evening as the observance
of the day starts at 6 p. m. Friday and
ends at the same time Saturday, ac
cording to custom.
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Election Next Monday To
Be Second Biggest Ever
Held in This County

Reports received yesterday from the
various voting precincts indicate that
the election, called for next Monday
to determine whether Martin county
will provide ' equal educational ad
vantages fbr all its children or retain
the varied rates' now levied in the sev
eral special tax districts, will be much
larger than was first expected. That
the election will be hotly contested is
certain, one would natehr from the re
ports received from all sections of the
len of the twelve precincts in the
County reported a combined registra
tion of 2,17(i citizens at the close of
the books last Saturday night, leaving
one large district and ( one small one
unheard from today in time for a tab
ulation of the total number registered.
It is believed that the total registra
tion will total around 2430. Full reg-
istrations were reported in* a majority
of the ten precincts heard from, YVil
liainston leading the list with 427 reg
istered. Kobersonville was second
with 3(>B and (iriftins followed close
ly with 315 registered. Poplar Point,
j one of the snialjest precincts in the
j county, reported 82 registered in that
! district. Large registrations Have
j been repotted in the other districts,
| especially in Williams township, but
I complete figures were not available for
. publication today. It now looks as if
j the election next Monday will fall only
| a few hundred votes behind the 1930
I primary when 3,080 votes were cast
j to establish a record up to the pres
! ent time.
I lie concerted drive, catried on
more or less under cover and directed
against the ounty-wide extended teftn
is having a marked effect in several
sections, according to reports receiv
ed here yesterday. It has been re
liably reported that several of the ex
tended term opponents have circulated
tire story that the election, if carried,
will add 20 cents to the special rates
already levied. This is, of course, un
founded and untrue. The election, if
carried, will wipe «ft the present
special tax levies for schools and sub
stitute therefor a county-wide and uni-
form rate, creating an actual saving
to approximately 90 per cent of the
property owners in the county. If the
election fails to carry, then the pres
ent rates will continue unchanged. In
other words, Hear lirass, fur instance,
will continue to levy 35 cents if the
election fails. On the other hand, if
the election favors the extended term,
then the Hear ( owners
■will pay 20 cents or as much as is
necessary up to that ajiumut. There
will he only one rate-TTnd will
he 20 rents or under, provided, of
course, if the election is successful.
A person who is registered and
favors the extended term should re
member that if lie fails to visit the
poles next Monday, his vote will count
against the proposed measure. Any
one. desiring to vote against the meas
ure, will find it unnecessary to visit
the poles, for when he fails to vote
it counts against the pleasure just as
much so if he visited the poles and
placed his ballot in the ballot box.
The election is going to be a close"
contest, it is believed, and if it fails,
there'll have to he some arrangements
made to care for recent consolidations
and especially where transportation is
to be considered.
Nine Called To Serve At
Convening in Washing
ton Next Month
Nine Martin citizens were recently
selected to serve as jurors at the next
terni of Federal court convening in
Washington next month, it was learn
ed here this week. Sixty names, se
lected from Washington, Pitt, Tyrrell,
Beaufort, Hyde and Martin Counties,
arc included in the list.
The names of those citiiens sched
uled to serve as jurors in the Federal
court next month are:
J. L. Ilassell, Williamston; W. E.
Early, Oak City; S. W. Casper, Oak
City; -Harry"'AY Biggs, > Williamston;
C. B. Fagan, Dardens; J. W. Eubanks,
Ilassell; M. L. House, Robcrsontftle;
H. H. Cowan, Williamston; and E. P.
C unningham, Williamston.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C.v Crawford re
turned to their home in Clarksburg,
W. Va., after spending • few day* - 
here with Mr. Crawford's mother,
Mri Fannie Crawford.

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