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Address by Attorney Dunn
Dunn Tuesday Night
Is Program Feature
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The annual session of the Roanoke
Baptist Association, entertained by ithe
Memorial Baptist church here this
week was brought to a highly success
ful close Wednesday afternoon, follow
ing an interesting address by Rev. L.
B. Olive, returned missionary to China
The next meeting of the association is
to be held in Rocky Mount, with the
First Baptist church there entertain
One of the most enjoyable features
of the association's program was the
address of Attorney Raymond C.
("Rip") Dunn, of Enfield. "God For
gotten" was his theme, and he talked
for more than a hour, scoring the pro
fessions, business, church, and all for
their forgetfulness of the Creator.
The Wednesday morning session
had to do with discussions on religious
literature, Editor Carl Goerch, of
Washington, making an interesting
talk upon the topic. Matters of rou
tine business followed, and completing
the details, the body adjourned for
lunch served by the local church in
the Woman's Club Hall.
"Woman's ,Work in the j Associa
tion," was the subject of the address
made by Mrs. Beasley as a part of the
afternoon program. Rev. Mr. Olive's
address followed, bringing to a close
an unusually successful meeting of the
association and several hundred of its
The following resolutions were re- I
ported by the committee on resolu
tions. before adjournment:
"We, your committee on resolutions,
submit the following report: "Be it
resolved, that we, your committee, on
behalf of the Roanoke Baptist Asso- >
ciatjon, wish to express our sincere j
appreciation to the Williamston Bap- |
tist church, its pastor antVthe splendid (
citizens of the town, for the fine way ,
in which they have entertained us. |
All things possible have been done to
make our visit a joyous one, and our ;
associational meetings a success. |
"Be it also resolved, That a vote of
thanks be extended to the Williani
ston Enterprise for the splendid pub- ]
licity given our sessions; also for its
generosity in supplying the visitors
with copies of the paper without cost."
Truit Corporation - Downs
Issue Takw The Role
Of a Football
m t j
An issue to which the Dill-Truitt-
Cramer Corporation against Downs j
are parties, is taking the role of a
ball. The ifsuc, divided into three
cases, has been kicked back and forth,
by the State Supreme Court and the.
courts of Martin and Edgecombe
County for som* time and no settle
ment has been effected.
The high tribunal this'week sent the
case tried here last March back for re- j
trial. The jury returned a verdict fav-|
oring Downs and allowing him $3,000
damages in the March court here. )
A similar issue, involving the same
parties, was heard in Edgecombe sev- ■
eral months ago, and it was also sent
back for retrial by the supreme court.
Attorney J. C. Smith is acting as (
referee in a third case, and he is ex- ;
pected to render his report within the
next few days. If his report his fav
orable to both parties to the action, it
will have been the first favorable ac- I
tion resulting in the suit over the title j
of a piece of land estimated to be
worth three or four hundred dollars.
State Would Get $2,400,000
Should Congress Pass
Appropriation Bill
Raleigh, Oct. B.—North Carolina
would benefit by approximately $2,400,-
000 should Congress pass the proposed
V $100,000,000 road appropriation bill be
ing sponsored by the American Asso
ciation of State Highway Officials, ac
cording to figures of John D. Wal
drop, state construction engineer.
Waldrop has just returned from Salt
T -lr» City, where the association con
ference adopted the legislative pro
— gram.
Turkey Supper at Woman's
Club Next Tuesday Evening
The Ladies' Aid Society of the Chris
tian church will have a turkey supper,
and apron sale at the Woman's Club |
on Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 9 o'-
clock p. m. The public is cordially in
vited to attend. Paces will be popu
lar, a three course Trarkey dinner will
be served for only 50 cents and all 1
other things in comparison.
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J. M. P
Rev. J. M. Perry, of Vernon,
Texas, a native of Bertie Coun
ty, and a former pastor of the Rob
ersonville Christian church, hat
accepted a call to the joint pas
torship of the Christian church
here and the one at Robersonville,
it was announced this week. Mr.
Perry plans to enter upon his
work here and at Roberaonville a
bout the middle of next month.
The new pastor will divide his
time l.tween the two churches,
preaching at the Robersonville
church on each first and Third
Sunday, and at the Williamston
church on second snd fourth Sun
It is not yet known whether Mr.
Perry and family will be located
here or in Robersonville, as the
joint board from the two churches
agreed to give Mr. Perry permis
sion to make his own choice.
Mr. and Mrs. Perry and children
are very popular in this section of
the State, and their friends will
be glad to know of their returning
to this State.
First Report Causes Much
Excitement in the Rober
sonville Community
What appeared at first to be a rape
case was reported near Robersonville
jearly last Wednesday night, the report
J causing much excitement, in that com
munity until officers investigated the
'case and dismissed it.
Standing at a filling station in Wil--
son tfith her handbag early last
(Wednesday night, Mrs.' Proctor Jones,
I formerly of Williamston, asked a ride
of a man named Atkinson, -«aid to be
' from High Point. In the hijf Mamttin
j sedan, the couple traveled toward,
1 Williamston. Between I'armele and
Robersonville, Mrs. Jones became
frightened when she noticed a pistol in
the foot of the car, and asked to be
released from the car for a minute.
She ran into the woods ahd later found
her way to a near bjr house occupied
,by colored people, who reported the
' happening to ..Chief William Gray at
j Robersonville. - 'Mrs. Jones, a short I
| time later, found to William-1
| Hon with another motorist, leaving her
| suitcase and purse with the High
I Point man.
| Atkinson is said to have called to
i Mrs. Jones and receiving no answer
he procured a kerosene lantern and
went into the woods in search of her,
thinking that she might have lost her
i self. He later to Robersonville
I and reported the affair, many anxious ,
I citizens there gathering for an ac
count of the reported attempted rape,
| it was stated.
Sheriff C. B. Roebuck was called,
and after questioning Mrs: Jones and
the case.
Hunting and Fishing Scenes
i Will Be Shown by State
Warden In City Hall
Game life as it exists in Eastern
North Carolina will he flashed on the
screen at the city hall here next Mon
day night at 8 o'clock, Coqnty Game
Warden J. W. Hines announced yes
Charles J. Moore, assistant state
game warden, will show scenes of
hunting and fishing in this part of the
State, and the picture will be of espec
ial interest to sportsmen. All county
game wardens in this section and hun
dreds of hunters and fishermen are
expected to see the picture.
No admittance fee will be charged,
and the general public is invited to
see the picfiire. *
Presbyterians Announce
Program of Services
Sunday, October 18, 1931:
True sayings: "Sin remains the same
in essence and results, no matter what
label you put on it."
Church school at 9:45 a. m.
Worship service and sermon, 11 a. m.
Bear Graaa
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 7
,p. m. « • . s
Roberson's Parm
Sunday school at 3 p. m. ....
Prayer meeting at 7:30 each Thurs
"For your children's sake, come to
church." f. \
Williamstoa, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, October 16, 1931
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Tuesday Session First Held
By Court In Nearly
A Month
Judge J. W. Bailey and Solicitor H.
O. Peel continued their work in the
county recorder's court here last Tues
day after a suspension of the tribunal's
activities for nearly a month, dijrjjjg
which time the Martin Superior dourt
was in session and the Federal court
was functioning in Washington.
Fifteen cases were called, a very
small number considering the long
time for causes to develop. Two or
three road sentences were meted out,
but very few fines were mposed.
The case charging Letha Hurst with
house burning was nol prossed. The
girl was connected with the- burning
of the Bennett home on the McCaskey
road some, time ago. She is now in
school at Kinston.
A nol pros resulted in the case
'charging Edgar Taylor with larceny,
I The case charging Johnnie Williams
with larceny and receiving was con
tinued one week.
Adjudged guilty of violating the li
quor laws, Emma Wells drew one of
the shortest jail sentences ever meted
out by Judge Bailey. The sentence
;was one day in Jail.
I James Reddick appealed when the
J court sentenced him to the roads for
a period of 90 days for alleged manu
facture of liquor.
Adjudged guilty of larceny and re
'ceiving, Walter Jones, alias George
(White, was sentenced to the roads for
a term of five months. .4
The case charging Julius Whitfield
with an assault on a female was nol
Ben Whitfield, charged with assault,
was found guilty of simple assault and
judgment was suspended upon the pay
ment of the costs.
Ruth Davis went to jail for a stay
of thirty days for -an alleged violation
of the liquor laws.
Clinton Merritt and Chester Terry
' pleaded guilty of violating the liquor
laws and prayer for judgment was con
tinued a week.
Roy Whitehurst, adjudged guilty of
an assault with a deadly weapon and
operating a car while intoxicated, was
; sentenced to the roads for a period
of five months.
The case charging Clinton Ayers,
Jesse Ayers, and Harmon Manning
with an assault was nol prossed.
The case charging C. M. Burton wi,th
passing a worthless check, was con
tinued one week.
A nol pros resulted in the case charg-
I ing John Wallace with non-support.
Cooperation on the Part of
Community People Aids
Association's Sessions
The pastor of the Memorial Baptist
church and his congregation wish to
publicly thank the many, many peo
ple in Williamston of other commun
| ions, wlio so generously threw open
their hbspitable homes for the enter
tainment of the delegates of the asso
ciation who spent the nights in Wil
liamston. This bit of friendly cooper
ation and the spirit of brotherliness
manifested will long be remembered
and cherished by this church. And it
will seek opportunities to be as mind
ful of others, and as helpful to them,
as they have been to it.
I Also the pastor and congregation
convey to the Masonic order their ex
pressive thanks for their consideration
in postponing their regular convoca
tion on account of the associational
sessions. In these and other ways,
the people of the community gave the
utmost of cooperation with the local
congregation and made it possible for
the great sessions to proceed without
any interruption or interference what
! Provision Limited to Bertie
' County, State Game
Warden States
According to a notice published In
Bertie County last week by C. H.
; 'England, State game warden, one doe
may be included, in, the bag limit of
| four deer this year. Thit provition
1 applies to Bertie County only, the
: 'notice stated,
j The permit to kill one doe wat a
dopted by resolution of the directors
of the Department of Conservation;
and Development in .accordance with
| the game law amendments of the last
In a letter to the game warden of
that county, F. A. Ruffin, Mr. Eng
land states that notice of the change
it being made in response to one or
| two inquiries he hat received from
1 justices of the peace and others inter
letted in hunting in this section. '
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Salaries Week Over Due
In Martin and More Than
That In Several Others
No pay I No meeting )
There will be no meeting of the
Martin County teachers here tomorrow
afternoon as was announced a few days
ago. Just when the teachers will hold-
I their first county meeting of the
rent term is not known. At any rate,
no*-eession will be held until the teach
ers are paid, it was learned front the
office of Superintendent Manning here
this morning. '.
Checks for the Martin teachers have
been prepared by the superintendent's
office, but they are being hel3 await
ing action in Raleigh.
I The payment of salaries of the teach
ers in this county is one week overdue
today. According to reports, teachers'
salaries in several counties are nearly
two months overdue.
I "And when do you think settlements
I will be made," the superintendent was
asked this morning.
| "I don't know," he replied, adding
| that all arrangement.; hud been made
■in the county and that the payment of
'the checks now rests with the State.
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'Green Davis And Family
' Found Murdered In Their
Maryland Home
Green Davis, 55 year old man, and
family who were all slain just before
dawn Sunday morning at Taylorville,
Maryland, by a negro, lived in Plym
outh years ago.
The story of the tragic end' of the
Davises, who left this part of the State
for Maryland about 16 year ago, was
sent out from Snow Hill, Mil., this
week, as follows:
Orphan Jones, 60-year-old Negro,
I confessed slayer of a Taylorville fam
ily of four, was held at Baltimore for
safekeeping today as State's Attorney
(Godfrey Child marshaled his case a
gainst the farm hand for presentation
jto the grand jury Monday./
j There had been no demonstration
'against the Negro, but authorities
| deemed it best to remove him. He
'was slipped out of the jail here last
night and rushed to Baltimore under
heavy guard.
Jones' confession was wrung from
jliim late yesterday after 16 hours of
'grilling. Police 9fud* he admitted
I robbery was his motive when he slew
Green Davis, 55; his 38-year-old wife,
Eva, and their two daughters. Eliza
beth, 15, and Mary Lee, 13 with a
shotgun and a pistol before dawn Sun
Police said Jones confessed he
went to the Davis farm house early
Sunday morning, crept up to the far
mer's room and killed him and his
wife with a 16 gauge shotgun. When
the girls awoke in another room he
[went down and shot them with a pis-
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Home Coming Day At
Reddick's Grove Saturday
Members of Reddick's Grove Bap
tist Church will observe Saturday, Oc
tober 24 a 9 home coming day, it was
announced by Messrs. Joshua L. Col-
I train and J. Dawson Lilley, members,
.this week.
| Several very -'mportant matters are
to be placed before the membership
jat 2 o'clock that afternoon and every
|fnember of the church is urged to be
present. With a large attendance of
members, it it hoped that several mat
ters of much importance can be han
dled for the good of the church, Mr.
Coltrain said.
With an admitted reduction in
the tobacco crop, reports on cot
ton ginning in Martin County up
to the first of this month indicate
that there will be a reduction in
the cotton crop also. According
to reports released this week by
the Federal government, there
were 743 bale* of cotton ginned
up to the first of October this year
as compared with 909 bales gin
ned during the same period last
The State at a whole reported
an increase of 17,269 bales over the
1930 crop. Last year up to Oc
tober 1, 198,464 bales were ginned
aa compared with 215,733 bales
fined this year during the same
period. , k .
Three of die counties border
ing Martin reported increaaes in
it crop thia year.
County Tax
The table below gives a summary of the tax reductions made in the
county this year. In the first column is shown the old 1930 rate; in the
second is the new rate. The third shows the actual reduction, while
the fourth shows the decrease in the fate, considering a 10 per cent re
duction in valuation. The rates shown include county and all special
• ** Decrease -•
|930 1931 Actual Considering
Rate , Rate Reduction 10% Val. Red.
Jamesville - |1.79 |1.53 $ .26 * $ .42
Wliliams!.-:: .. 1.64 1.44 .20 * =a "' .31
\ Griffins 1.84 1.44 .40 .51
Bear Grass 1.99 1.54 - .45 .60
Williamston 1.91 1.67 .24 .41
Cross Roads 1.97 1.91 .05 .24
Robersonville 1.90 1.70 .20 .37
Poplar Point 1.77 1.52 .25 .40
Hamilton 2.04 1.71 .33 .50
Goose Nest 1.94 1.73 .21 .38
Averages $1,879 91-620 90-259 ' 90.394
First t
The first county tax settlements
for the year 1931 were effected
here this week when Property
Owners A. C. Coltrain and John
son Corey, of Griffins township,
turned over to the county $1.30
and SB,OO respectively.
With the collection of 1930 taxes
incomplete, the task of extracting
nearly $200,000 from Martin prop
erty owners is now underway for
the year 1931.
As the rates were determined
only a few days ago, all the ac
counts for the year 1931 have not
been set up at this time, but for
those persons ready to make set
tlement, special arrangements will
be made by the county auditor.
Native of Williamston Dies
At His Home In New
York City
Samuel F. Williams, a native of
Williamston, died at his New York
home last-night, it was announced in
a telegram received here this morning
by his daughter, Miss Frances Wil
liams. No details were given other
that that burial will be in a New York
Mr. Williams, the son of the late
Captain Samuel Williams and wife,
was born in the Purvis home on Main
Street here about 48 years agif.
During the past 20 years, he made
his home in New York City where he
was prominently engaged in the 'candy
business. He was the maker of the
one-time famous "Tootsy Roll," He
had one brother, Oscar Williams, one
time manager of the Woolvyorths' in
terests in London. He died over
Temporary Quarters Are
Secured; Loss Partially
Covered by Insurance
! The Cherry School Building in
{Washington County, comprising six
classrooms and an auditorium, was
I completely destroyed by fire unknown
I origin Saturday about 1 o'clock. No
one was at the school building at the
time, is not known how the fire
started, but it is thought that it prob
ably started from the engine jvhich 1
was used in pumping water.
The building was valued at $12,000
and the furniture and equipment at:
$2,000, James W. Norman, county sup-1
erintendent of education, stated hefei
yesterday. The county had $5,000 in
surance on the building and SSOO in- |
surance on the furniture and equip-,
Temporary quarters are being ar
ranged this week fog housing the t
'school students in order that the school (
may continue. It if understood that
school work will be resumed Monday j
morning. A store room and lodge j
hall at Cherry are being converted in
to class rooms.' Approximately 150
children are enrolled in the school.
No information wat available here
today regarding the erection of a new
building, but it it understood that|
Cherry citizens are demanding a new
tchool building.
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Mrs. W. B. Stancill Gives
Demonstration Before
- Williams Chapel Club
Home Demonstration Agent
Mrs. \\ I!. Stancill was in the coun
ty again Thursday, and the women' of
(he \\ illiani-i ( hapel cluh had her with
them. She wave the cluh women ill
regular meeting 1, a demonstration in
the canning of meat using the steam
pressure cooker. She will return to
the county the 3rd and 4ih of Novem
ber for similar work in other sections
of the county. As a result of the work
given in •the county early in the spring
1(1 Burpee, steayt pressure cookers were
sold and three tin-can sealers. More
canning has been done in tin this year
J than before, and t):e women are sav
ing all the pfoduce possible.
tanning ree >rd . coming into the
home agent's office fliis week have
shown' women cunning from 150 to
821 containers of foodstuffs. I bis will
, be of interest to all club women since
each club is asked to submit a guess
for the of canned stuff
, canned by demonstration club
women. The cluh guessing the near
est figure to the total amount will re
ceive $5. The questi >n now is which
club among the ten in tli • county'will
f receive the money.
The women in a I the clubs are ask
, ed to cooperate in every way to help
f local welfare organizations in locating
worthy folks needing asistance.
Welfare Group Organized
1 at Meeting of Parents
-and Teachers
Oak ( ity, Oct. IS.—(Special to the
Enterprise).—The Oak C ity Parent-
Teacber association met in the school
auditorium for the regular meeting
I last. Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock,
Mrs. E. K. -Ilarrell, president, presid
ing. After the minutes and unfinished
business wertt completed, the meeting
was turned over to Principal 11. M
Ainsley, who, in turn, called on Su
perintendent J. C. Manning anil Miss
| l.ora Sleeper for suggestions in -or
ganizing a unit of welfare workers for
the Oak City School and community.
■ Superintendent Manning spoke on the
need of the organization with sugges
tions how aid might be obtained. Miss
Sleeper gave some facts front the
Edeiiton .welfare meeting held Sat
, urday, and offered any help possible
, through her club work. Superintend
, ent Manning also stated bow clothes
, could be obtained from Fort Bragg at
, a cost of five cents per garment. Fol
lowing the discussion, a welfare corn
.lmittee was appointed with Mrs. B. M.
j Worsley, chairman, and Mrs. H. M.
| Ainsley and Mrs. VV. U. Smith, mem-
I hers, tlie group to call in two other
if necessary,
j The meeting was turned over to
•the program Misses Myr
', tis Zetterower, Whichard and Pittman,
I who had arranged a splendid program,
I using (lie third and seventh grades.
Miss Christine Piland furnished sev
eral piano selections.
The large attendance showed inter
-1 est' and cooperatjon in parenMeacher.
' | work. Twenty/new members were
padded to the list of parent-teacher,
I members. The sixth grade won the]
: | prize for having the largest number
' of parents present.
1 A meeting of the welfare -workers
committee will hold a meeting the last
i of this week to make a study and sur
-1 vey the conditions in the community.
I The next meeting of the parent-teach
er group will be held Tuesday night,
November 10.
Watch the Label On Yoor
Paper Aa It Carries the Date
When Your Subscription Expiree
Property Valuation of Ten
Per Cent Tends To
Hold Rate Up
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Martin County taxpayers will save
from 24 to 60 cents in taxes, as based
on the SIOO property valuation this
year., it was learned in a study of the
tax figures for the various townships
this week.
I riticistn, apparently unfounded, has
! heen heaped upon the heads of county
authorities, but a study of the tax sit-
I nation will show that the average re-
duct-ion in taxps in the county is 25.9
cents, and if those who whoop and yell
would consider that the valuation this
year is more than one million and a
half dollars less than it was last year,
they can see that the average reduc
tion isjnot_ 25.'» cents, but is 39,4 cents.
These reductions are individually re
flected in the accompanying table.
In attempting an explanation of the
tax situation in Martin County, it is
j not the aim bore to defend the county
commissioners or any one else, but
to present the facts as they really
are. Ihe acts .of the Martin County
Commissioners, in recent years if not
longer, have always been open to the
public, and in nearly every case, if not •
in every one, their acts have been
advanced and supported by the will
of the people.
Several years back, when there was
a well-supported demand for improve 4
roads, and we have in mind the river
bridge and Washington road in par
ticular, the commissioners floated
bonds to gratify the wishes of the peo
ple. Upon those two roads in par
ticular and other road projects, Mar
tin County is now paying large sums
of money annually in the form of in
terest and principal, A sizeable rate "
is necessary to, meet these obligations,
and that rate, regardless of how hard
the times are and how loud the cries
for tax relief may be, will remain un
changed until the interest and princi
pal are wiped out by the hard-earned
dollars of Martin County citizens,
iOne can apply the rule of economy
to the extent where the general county
offices will have to close their doors
and the enforcement of the law is '
placed upon individuals, and then there
will be a substantial rate to support.
| Before there was a law calling for
a 10 per cent reduction in state and
county employees' salaries, Martin of
ficers willingly accepted a reduction
in their pay. But before the reduction
was mentioned, it is reasonable to state
that Martin's officers, including com
missioners and all, were serving .the
people more efficiently and at less
compensation, for the actual work han
dled than any other group to be found
in 95 and probably 99 counties. Econ
omy has been practiced in keeping
iwijth efficiency.-
I Another tactor affecting the rate this
year was the withdrawal of the gaso
line tax turned over to the county
year/ The approximately $25,700
received from that source last year was
44>plied on debt service.... When the
State took overbite roads, the gaso
line tax went out of existence, as far
as the counties were concerned. And
without that aid, the burden was
placed back upon - the property own
ers, calling for an increase in the debt
service rate of 24.5 cents on the SIOO
property valuation. The authorities,
by cutting here and decreasing there,
offset that increase and then went 5
cents more in an effort to relieve Mar
tin taxpayers.
"The 5-cent reduction in the county
wide rate is an insult to the people,"
one citizen was heard to say recently.
A study of the rates will throw more
light'i on the rate and reductions.
In Williamston township last year
a $1.91 rate on the SIOO property val
' ulation was necessary, this amount be
' ing raised to operate the schools, main
' tain the roads, and the remainder as
the district's part in caring county
1 obligations. This year, the rate is
$1.67 on the SIOO property valuation,
lan actual reduction of 24 cents, and
a decrease, taking into consideration
! the 10 per cent reduction in valua
tion, of 41 cents on the SIOO property
valuation. Last year a person
I ing SIOO worth of property in Wil
liamston Township paid $1.91 county
land all special taxes. This year he
I will pay at the rate of $1.67 on the
SIOO, but as the valuation has been de
! creased 10 per cent he will pay only
$1.50 on hi* property. • «
Uses Hydraulic Ram For
21 Years Without Cost
For 21 years, J. Williams, of Har
nett county has had perfect satisfac
tion from a hydraulic ram. The only
cost in all this time has been in re
newing a pipe line which had rusted

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