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Uiallni Win Fad Oar Col
as* a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
ff—dred Martha County Hones
VOLUME XXXIV—NUMBER 91
$200,000,000 of Fund To Be
Used for Loans To
Washington, Jan. 14. —The leaders
of President Hoover's economic pro
posals tonight were only a few legisla
tive steps from the White House door
and two others started through the
senate with prospects for early action.
The house agreed to vote tomorrow
on the $2,000,000,000 reconstruction
coporation measure which already has
passed the senate.
A house amendment today set aside
$200,000,000 of the bill's funds to be
used for farm loans. This and other
differences between the two houses
will be settled in conference.
The President regards this as the
most important of all his recommen
dations for stabilizing business.
Another of his suggestions is even
nearer its final goal than the recon
struction measure. It is the bill to
furnish additional capital for federal
land banks to enable them to lift
pressure from hard-pressed farmers.
It reached the house today from the
The senate made the total sum $125,-
000,000, and it also goes to conference
between representatives of the two
houses. * . ' „
A senate banking subcommittee
heard a bill to establish a permanent
system of home loan banks for the
aid of both home and farm owners
strongly supported by a succession of
Among them were John S. Hill, of
Durham, N. C.; Harry E. Karr, of
Baltimore; H. C. • Robinson, of the
Guardian Trust Co., Cleveland; and
Fred G. Stkkel, of Newark, N. J.
Senator Couzens, of Michigan, the
wealthiest man in the senate, criticized
provision of the measure for allowing
loans to builders of expensive homes.
Before another banking subcom
mittee, Undersecretary Mills of the
treasury, supported the measure to es
tablish a corporation with $150,000,000
capital for aiding insolvent banks.
Mills said it would permit deposi
tors and creditors of closed banks to
get a part of the funds now congealed
in the insolvent institutions.
All Martin Couples Marry
ing in 1932 To Get One
. i.„. Year Subscription
Be it through love, esteem, friend
ship, or sympathy, The Enterprise
Publishing Company, during 1932, will
give a one-year subscription for The
Enterprise to every Martin County
couple who embark upon the tea of
matrimony and make their home in
the county. We want every couple to
receive a wedding present during 1932.
It is one of the essentials of good
citixenship for one to keep abreast of
the times, to know the happenings of
community life. That means the lo
cal newspaper should go into every
home in the county, where it can be
referred to for events offered in con
nection with town, county, and State
government, society happenings, crop
reports, human interest stories, and
the many other happenings.
The local paper is one thing no fam
ily should be without, and subscrip
tions are being offered this week to
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rogers, Wil
liamston, route 5; Mr. and Mrs. Ar
thur Mizelle, Williamston, route 2;
Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Revels, of
Williamston, route 1. Mr. Rogers is
already a subscriber, so his subscrip
tion will be advanced one year.
Oißcers Wreck Several
StUla; Arrest Three Men
Several liquor distilleries were wreck
ed by county and federal officers in
this section during the pest few days.
Two plante were destroyed in Goose
Nest Township yesterday and three
men, Tom Taswell, 64; Dennis Cherry,
15; and John Jasper Cherry, 17; all
colored, were arrested in Bertie early
this week by federal agents.
Mrs. Emma Page Dies
la Cross Roads Section
Mrs. Emma Page died at the home
of her so* in Cress Roads Township
last Sunday at the age of 75 years.
Funeral services were held Monday,
interment following that afternoon.
Mrs. Page, more than 35 years ago, i
assisted in the operation of Martin
County's home for the aged and in
firm. During her stay there she en
deared herself to the old unfortunates,
and when she and her husband sur
rendered their duties there > the in
mates are said to have wept aa if they
were babies losing their parents.
Mis* Gladys Wiggins, of Tarboro,
visited Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Wilson
New Low Is Reached
By 1931 Farm Crops
SUMMER TIME (?)
No matter how cold its gets or
how unusual the seasons are, the
older citizens always refer to the
eighties or early nineties and pro
duce a record that overshadows
present-day weather peculiarities,
or almost anything else, for that
Yesterday these older people
with their almost unbelievable
tales, were forced to take a back
seat when the mercury went to
110 in the sun and 84 in the shade.
One old gentleman, always refer
ring to a particular day or week
when the weather was more ab
normal, scratched his head and said
nothing yesterday when he learned
the mercury readings here.
IN THIS SECTION
Poultry Specialist and Farm
Agent Get Two Owners
In an effort to establish poultry
demonstration flocks in this county,
C. P. Maupin, poultry specialist, and
Agent T. B. Brandon visited several
flocks in this section this week, urg
ing' the owners to adopt cost records
and follow instructions prepared by
Messrs. L. P. Lindsley and Frank
Weaver will establish demonstration
flocks, Mr. Maupin said, the work to
be preparatory to a more extensive pro
gram in Martin County next year.
"With demonstration flocks through
out the county, it can be determined
just how profitable poultry raising is
in Martin County, either as a side line
or as a sole business," Mr. Maupin, a
member of the State College Exten
sion Division, explained. It was also
stated that adequate records of cost
will be maintained, the raisers also
keeping in touch with the extension
division that they might receive assist
ance in the care of their flocks. Month
ly reports will be forwarded to the
division by the owners and regular
visits will be made as often as possible
by Mr. Maupin to the flocks.
CALL 9 CASES IN
Fines Totalling $3lO Are
Imposed By Judge
Nine cases were called in the coun
ty recorder's court here last Tuesday
when Judge Joseph W. Bailey called
'upon the defendants for substantial
fines. The court turned pecuniary all
right, the fines amounting to $3lO.
; Collection was not in order with all
| the defendants at the time, but it is
believed that a greater part of the
amount will be realized in cash, and
the remainder accounted for on the
| highways of the State.
I W. E. Toler, the young man from
ißelhaven t,id Norfolk who flashed
his pistol in a local filling station
'several days ago, was fined $75 and
taxed with the costs.
The fine meted out during
the day fell on Wm. T. Harris for
his alleged guilt in the case charging
him with the manufacture of liquor.
He was fined $125.
The case charging J. C. Clemmons
with larceny and receiving, was con
tinued pending the receipt of addi
A fine of S6O was imposed when the (
jcourt found Annie Rice guilty of
.driving an automobile while under the
influence of liquor.
Norman Williams and Buck Brown,
charged with being drunk and dis
orderly in Robersonville last Sunday
night, were sentenced to jail for 30
The case charging Ralph Bond
with larceny and receiving, was con
tinued for hearing next Tuesday.
Turner Hines, adjudged guilty of
an assault with a deadly weapon, was
sentenced to the road£ for a five
months term. He appealed, and the
court required bond in the sum of
R. G. Jackson was fined SSO for
the alleged passing of worthless
checks, but he appealed and the case
goes to the superior court with the
defendant under bond.
Herman James, charged with violat
ing the liquor laws, pleaded guilty of
possessing material for the manufac
ture of liquor and he was sentenced
to the roads.
»i' ■ *
Mrs. D. R. Perkins and Mr. Henry
D. Griffin, of Stokes, were visitors
here this week. .
Williamston, Martin County f North Carolina, Friday, January 15, 1932
AVERAGE OF $64.71
ACRE IN STATE
Hambone About Right In
Saying There Will Be
Many Fat Naked Folks
Bright Belt tobacco farmers receiv
ed, on an average, $64.71 an acre for
their tobacco crop in 1931, as com
pared with $102.36 an acre the year
before, it wis learned from a report
released this week by the State De
partment of Agriculture. The figure,
although shamefully small, is believed
to be plenty high, many Martin farm
ers questioned as to their receipts for
an acre stating that it varied from
virtually nothing to SSO an acre. Not
more than 1 out of 50 stated he re
ceived $75 an acre for his crop last
year, and not more than one out of
a hundred stated he received $l5O an
acre for his tobacco in 1931.
In 1930, Bright Belt farmers were
paid, on an average, 13 cents a pound
for their tobacco. The years before
that they received 19 cents a pound.
In 1931 they received on an average
of only 9 cents a pound, or a 55 per
cent decrease in price from the 1929
figure. Farmers in the belt planted
44,000 fewer acres to the crop, raised
61,185,000 pounds less, and received
$8,436,000 less than what they got for
the 1930 crop. Te acreage yield for
1931 was estimated at 688 pounds, the
total crop, or that portion sold up
to the first of this month, amounting
to 254,697,000 pounds, as compared
with 315,882,000 pound# grown (and
sold for the season in 1930.
The year 1931 was one of falling
prices in all farm products. Peanuts
prices fell from $40.80 an acre in 1929
to $14 f 15 last year. Cotton command
ed only 6 cents a pound last year, as
compared with 17 cents a pound in
1929, a decrease of nearly 66 per cent.-
Sweet potatoes hit bottom, when the
price dropped from 90 cents a bushel
to 55 cents for the same amount last
year. The acreage value dropped from
SIOO.BO to $45.10, production per acre
last year being less by 30 bushels.
Corn, the report shows, suffered the
heaviest loss, the price of that com
modity dropped from $1 a bushel in
1929 to 43 cents a bushel last year.
In other words, an acre of com, last
year, was worth, on an average, only
Apples and fruits in general reached
new low price levels, the reduction a
mounting to more than 50 per cent.
The various types of hay, with the
exception of peanut vines, which are
of no great importance other than in
the eastern part of the State, contin
ued to demand prices nearly equal to
those paid in 1929 and 1930.
Taking all the crops as a whole,
per acre prices dropped from $37.89 in
1929 to $19.71 last year, a loss of
$lB.lB an acre. The value of the 1931
crops was placed at $144,073,671 for the
entire State, including all products, as
compared with $266,931,602 in 1929,
When one considers that farm prod
ucts in North Carolina have fallen
in price nearly $123,000,000 in two
years of time, then he can account for
An interesting part of the report is
that feature reflecting a marked drop
in cash crop acreage and a substan
tial increase in food and feed crops,
indicating, as Hambone said recently,
one is going to see more fat naked
folks this year than he has seen before
in a long time.
Directors of Farmers
Mutual Meet Tomorrow
A second meeting of the directors
of the Martin County Branch, Far
mers Mutual Fire Insurance associ
ation, will be held here tomorrow aft
ernoon at 1:00 oclock, it was announc
ed this week by Secretary James L.
Plans and methods for revaluing
property now insured in the associa
tion will be considered by the direc
tors at that time, it was stated by Mr.
Industry and education among
local colored people Was tempor
arily halted here yesterday after
noon when friends, relatives, ad
mirers attended the last rites of
their friend, J. D. Blade, respect
ed colored man, who died here
early hut Sunday morning. The
colored schools suspended classes
for the afternoon and die plant
of the Colombian Peanut Com
pany was inactive. Small shops,
operated by colored citizens, were
cloeed. The attendance yesterday
afternoon was the largeot ever re
ported at a colored burial here.
TWO LOCAL MEN
FACE CHARGE IN
J. D. Ward and N. S. God
ard Jailed for Robbery
J. D. Ward and N. S. Godard, lo
cal men, were arrested this week for
the alleged robbery of a wholesale
house in Roxob«l last Saturday (Tight.
Ward was found and arrested in the
home of Mrs. Alice Godard here early
last Tuesday evening by Officers C.
B. Roebuck, Grimes and Daniel, who
turned him over to Bertie authorities.
Godard was arrested Tuesday in Wil
son where he with Ward and a man
named Joe Vick, of Bertie county, is
alleged to have disposed of the stolen
The three men, alleged to have
broken into the Roxobel store, are
said to have removed a quantity of
goods including many cigarettes. Es
tablishing themselves in a Wilson
suburb, the three were reported to
have disposed of their goods at half
the cost price. Officers there learned
of the cut-rate sale and nude the ar
rests. Godard, wanted in Ahoskie
for the alleged assault on a detective
in that town some time ago, was re
turned to Hertford county. The rob
bery had not been reported at the
time, and Ward and Vick were re
leased. Ward was rearrested, and Vick
was cAught last night in Virginia.
Vick was brought here early this
morning, and about 5 o'clock another
search was made for the stolen goods
in the Godard home on Haughton
Street, the officers finding 40,000 cig
arettes. Approximately 20,000 cigar
ettes were unaccounted for.
When arrested and questioned in
Wilson, the three are told
police there that they bought the
cigarettes from a colored man ini Nor
folk a few days before. Ward, when
arrested here, denied' having had any
part in the Roxobel robbery.
Disposition of the case is now pend
ing in the Bertie County courts.
Ward was placed under a SI,OOO bond
at a hearing held there Wednesday,
when he admitted his guilt li connec-"
tion with the robbery. Cioqard, ask
ing for it himself, was plac«4 under a
It was reported at noon that war
rants had been issued in Bertie for
the arrest of others in connectionm
the arrest of others for aiding and
abetting and receiving stolen goods,
but the warrants had not been served
at noon today.
TO BE TOPIC AT
MEET ON JAN. 21
Open Meeting To Be Held
in Courthouse At
By liisa LORA E. SLEEPER
You are invited one and all to at
tend the sectional agricultural meet
ing which will be held in this county
January 21, at 2:30 p. m. There will
be good speakers on the program at
this time and folks interested in agri
culture should attend and enter into
the discussion. This means farmers,
farmers' wives, bankers, merchants,
land owners, business men, and every
I am hoping you will one and all
take advantage of this opportunity. In
vite your neighbor, your merchant,
your land owner to attend. Last year
the farmers and their wives in this
county made a very poor showing. I
am hoping you will do better this year.
[Miss Smith writes as follows: "I hope
I that the women will come out tp this
'meeting and take an active part in the
| discussion." Over 200 letters to the
. women alone were mailed out last year
and about three were present. The
women should be more interested in
the county than the figures of last
I year showed.
Farm Produce Gains As
A Medium oi Exchange
The gold standard as a basis of ex
change was given another wallop to
day when Clark'* Drug Store adver
tised it would accept farmers' peanuts
as payment on accounts. Allowancer
above market prices will be made,
Mr. C. B. Clark, owner, stated this
James Hyman Wynn Dies
At Home in Cross Roads
James Hyman Wynn, Cross Road*
Township farmer, died at his home
there last Monday of stomach trou
ble. Funeral service* were held Tttff*
day afternoon by Rev. J. M. Perry,
pastor of tbe local Christian church.
Interment was in the Wynn family
barial ground in Cross Roads Town
Mr. Wynn, about 60 year* old; was
the ion of J. David Wynn and wife,
and leave* several children.
Executive Committee To Fill
Vacancy on Board Education
Season To Be in County for
Loading 4 Days Next Week
AS HIGH AS THEY
Starting at Jamesville on
Tuesday, Cars To Move
On Through County
Martin County farmers will make
their first cooperative poultry ship
ment of the year next week, accord
ing to a schedule of loading dates and
prices released yesterday by County
[Agent T. B. Brandon. The car,
handled on the Atlantic Coast Line
tracks, will be stopped in Jainesvillr.
next Tuesday, January 19, Wednes
day, the car will be on the tracks here,
going to Robersonville Thursday and
on to Oak City Friday.
Considering prevailing low prices
offered for every farm product, the
| prices quoted for poultry at the.car
I next week are moderately high. Six
'teen cents will be paid for colored
I hens, or one cent a pound less than
I was paid for the first offerings last
year. The price offered for turkeys
lis off 5 cents a pound, but the quo
: tations on leghorn hens and ducks and
I geese range from one to two cents
above the last year figures.
The poultry market, like everything
else, is said to be weak, and County
[Agent Brandon, fearing that prices
might fall within the next few days,
made arrangements for the cooper
ative shipment one week earlier than
he did last year. It might be that
prices will advance, but with condi
tions as they are, this it not likely.
Local markets are glutted with poul
try at the present time, and eggs are
commanding an unusually low price
considering the time of year. These
two factors, it is believed, will result
in heavy loadings next week, and to
take care of the offerings, Mr. Bran
don has arranged to have two cars on
the tracks in the county next week.
Local prices are considerably lower
than those offered for the cooperative
deliveries, and it is believed that the
shipment will stabilize marketing con
ditions for poultry to some extent.
In an effort to provide against a
great rush, the four loading places
were selected. Sellers will be given
every consideration possible, and ex
tra help will be placed at the car to
aid in handling the deliveries, the
Farmers, planning to sell poultry
during the week, will find it to their
advantage to study the loading ar
rangements, which, due to new train
schedules, will be slightly different
from what they were last year. Poul
try will be received at the car in
Jamesville until about 2 o'clock Tues
day afternoon when the freight train
will move the car to Williainston. No
loading hours are planned here Tues
day afternoon, because th* train
'might be late. Poultry will be receiv
ed all day Wednesday at this point,
j Thursday morning, the passenger
train will carry the car to Roberson
ville, and |>oultry will be received
there from about 10:07 in the morn
ing until night. The following morn
ing, the car will be carried to Oak
City where deliveries will be handled
beginning at about 10:52.
Local Boy Made Associate
Editor College Newspaper
I Darrell Price, son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. T. Price, of Williamston, and a stu-1
dent at Wake Forest College, was re
cently made associate editor of the
College Journal, a paper published in
Wake Forest. Young Price was grad
uated from the local high school, and
in his college work at Washington and
Lee University, Lexington, Va., and
at Wake Forest, he has been very suc
cessful in his studies and in student
DAYS OF GRACE END
Tb* fifteen days of grace grant
ed automobile ownera and today,
and automobile and truck ownera
operating their vehicle* on the
highway* of the State or on those
of any other state, for that mat
ter, are aubject to arrest and
prosecution, it was announced to
day by Mr. E. B. J off re*, chair
man of the State Highway Com
mission. j ,
Owners are warned to either
purchase the 1932 license plates or
run their machines under the
MEAT SPOILING 1
While the prevailing warm wea
ther is being received as an ac
ceptable gift from the Almighty
by the less fortunate, it is causing
much concern among Martin far
mers who are killing and storing
their meat for the coming months.
Several farmers have lost their
meat, and others are following
every known method in an at
tempt to save their own. No
great losses have been reported,
but many farmers who killed
their meat during the past few
days are greatly worried over the
continued warm weather.
FARMERS LOSEr i
Net Earning of Winston-
Salem Company in 1931
North Carolina farmers lost millions
of dollars and the R, J. Reynolds To
bacco Company cleared extra millions
in profits last year, according to a
statement made public by the com
pany this week and a report released
by the State and Federal Departments
of Agriculture recently.
The farmers received $26,000,000
less for their crop, and the tobacco
concern made $2,140,153 more than it
did the year before.
The company's report for the year
ended December 31, 1931 shows net
earnings of $36,396,817, after deduct
ing taxes, depreciation and all charges,
compared with $34,256,664 for 1930.
The balance sheet at December 31,
1931, again presents a strong and ex
tremely liquid financial position, with
total assets of $176,856,099, as com
[pared with $168,377,069 at December
31, 1930. Undivided profits stood at
$62,233,341, an increase of $6,369,817
Net current assets aggregated $128,-
242,251, in new cash and U. 'S. gov
ernment securities totaling $44,474,270
which is alone more than three and a
half times all indebtedness.
In a letter to the company\s stock
holders, S. Clay Williams, president
of the company, states that the num
ber of stockholders again shows a
substantial increase, the total at the
close of the year being approximately
one-third greater than at the end of
the previous year.
"The financial condition of your
company as set forth in the accom
panying statement is presented on the
same conservative basis'as in former
years, with the nominal sum of $1 as
signed to its well known and valuable
brands, trade marks and good will,"
Mr. Williams wrote.
"There is no bank debt and no out
standing bonds or preferred stock.
Net current assets on December 31"
1931 amounted to $128,242,251.20. In
addition to this, as noted on the
statement, the company has an in
vestment in of its own stock
at a figure which is less than market
price at December 31, 1931. This in
vestment, somewhat larger than that
al the close of the preceding year
produces a very attractive yield as
compared to what could be obtained
from any equivalent high grade se
curity in which surplus cash funds (
could be placed. No part of the earn-!
ings shown in the treasurer's report
for the year was derived from the'
sale of stock."
In his letter to the stockholders,
Mr. Williams indicated that the dis
covery and development during the
past year of the scientific air-sealed
packaging of Camel cigarettes has giv
en impetus to the company's sales.
This ingenuity, in a year such as 1931,
plus increased newspaper advertising,
is reflected in the results, it was de
Services At J^ocal
Rev. W. R. Noe, Wilmington minis
ter, will preach in the Church of the
Advent here Sunday evening at 7:30
o'clock, it WHS announced today by
a member of the" local vestry. Mr.
Noe, an able preacher, has appeared in
the pulpit here before, being well re
ceived each time.
The public is cordially invited to
hear him Sunday evening.
Watch the L«b«l On Your
Paper AM It Carries die Date
When Your Subscription Expiree
OF NEW MEMBER
Meeting To Be Held Here
Next Wednesday in
A successor to the'Jate javan Rogers
as member of the Martin County
Board of Education will be appointed
by members of the Martin County
Democratic Executive Committee in
a call meeting of that body here next
Wednesday, it was announced yester
day by Elbert S. Peel, county chair
man. Heretofore, or until the 1931
legislature transferred the power of
appointment to the county executive,
committee of the party to which the
member causing the vacancy was af
filiated, such vacancies were filled by
appointment by the remaining mem
bers of the board of education. Mr.
Rogers was appointed by the board of
education following "the death of his
brother, Mr. Nathan Rogers, about
I Mr. Rogers' death also caused a
vacancy in the Bear Grass Township
Democratic Executive committee, and
as he was chairman, that body is meet
ing tomorrow afternoon to effect its
re-organization. The member select
ed as chairman of the district com
mittee there tomorrow will represent
Bear Grass along with the chairmen
from the several other townships-at
the meeting here next Wednesday.
The names of the township chair
men who are expected to attend the
meeting in the courthouse here next
Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock
are asf follows:
| H. O. Martin, Janfesville Township;
IJoshua L. Coltrain, Williams Towri
iship; Plenny Peel, Griffins Township,
Leslie T. Fowden, WiUiamston Town
ship; J. S. Ayers, Cross Roads Town
ship; W. S. White, l'oplar Point
Township; Ed. Janies, Robcrsonville
Township; J. A.-Davenport, Hamil
ton Township; J. W. Mines, Goose
Nest Township;, and J. L. Croom,
Gold Point precinct. The Bear Grass
chairman will be named tomorrow.
According to information received
here from one or two districts, there
Jis much interest centered around the
appointment of a new member to the
'educational board. However, no names
have been mentioned as probable ap
pointees, or none as far as it could
Ibe learned here late yestetday.
The new member, whose term wilt
[expire in April of next year, will
either enter the next June primary or
, jui>t complete the term without offer
! ing himself as a possible candidate.
The term of a second member, Mr.
'J. Eason Lilley, expires in April,
1 1933, also, making two contests for
places on the educational board in the
I June primary.
BIRD BUYS CAR
Breaks Jail in Greenville;
Robs Store and Buys Car;
Escaping from the I'itt County jail
about two weeks ago, Fred Pugh, col
ored, tame here, and with ten S2O bills,
alleged to have been stolen in a hold-up
fat Chocowinity recenTTy.made
payment on a new automobile at the
VVilliumston Motor Company, local
Riding near Chocowinity, Pugh' with
four other meh, who are believed to
hj»ve been parties to the Jail break,
ditched'the car. Officers picked up
the trail and before the men could get
their car out of the ditch, they found
it necessary to flee the scene. Pugh
was captured in a fartn house a short
distance from the scene of the wreck,
but the other men made their escape.
Pugh, officers said, was believed to
have been connected with the robbery
of a combination filling station and
store at Chocowinity one night last
week. Approximately S4OO was taken
from the store safe, and officers ex
pressed opinion that the negro made
part payment on the car with a por
tion of the money.
Their County Services
Sunday, January 17, 1932:
Church school at 10 a. m. .
Worship service and sermon at 11:15
a. m. (Please note the changes in
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 7
Sunday school at 3 p. m.
Prayer meeting Thursday night at
7 p. m.
Come tad worship with u*.