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    Advwtfeon Wffl Fnd Oar Col
am a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homee
District Has a High Birth
Rate; 62 Births and 23
Deaths Reported
With 62 births, and a rate of 39.3
per 1,000 population, Bear Grass
Township people are the most prolific
in the county, according to vital sta
tistics so far filed in the office of the
register of deeds here. Forty-four of
the births were white, the township
being one of the few reporting a larger
number of white births over colored
ones. There were 23 deaths in the dis
trict last year, an average of 14.6 per
sons dying for every 1,000 population.
With the whites outnumbering the
blacks by an unusually large majority,
white deaths numebred 18 to 5 for the
colored people there.
Thirteen of the deaths were report
ed among children at birth or before
the little tots were a year old. Seven
deaths were recorded among citizens
over 50 years of age. Very few peo
people died in middle age there dur
ing the year.
Bear Grass led the State birth rate
by nearly 14 persons per 1,000 popu
lation, but its death rate was slightly
higher, being two persons per 1,000
population greater.
Three illegitimate births were re
ported during the year, all of them
being among colored people. Present
indications point to a large crop of
rascals in this county, two townships,
Williamston and Bear Grass, report
ing 25 children born out of wedlock.
Commercial Fertilizers Are
Beginning to Move;
Sowing Plant Beds
Hardly before the 1931 crops aft
marketed and surely before the low
prices received last year are forgot
ten, Martin County farmers are fast
preparing for 1932 plantings. Com
mercial fertilizers are moving to the
farms, and farmers are cleaning and
treating seed for another tobacco crop
around the size of which there is,
right now, much speculation.
Downcast, discouraged, and disheart
ened* at marketing time, the average
farmer* always stages a marked come
back early in January and begins"prep
arations for another crop. Hundreds
of Martin County farmers are now
planning their tobacco beds, and a few
have already planted their seed. A
few turning plows have been seen in
the fields, but the most noticeable, and
probably the moat important, work is
centered around the''ditch banks and
hedge rows. More farmers are mov
ing- dirt from the ditch banks and
hedge rows and broadcasting it over
their lands than has been the case in
many years before. Very little new
land is being cleared.
have already been cleaned
and treated by the county agent so
far, indicating that Martin farmers
are planning to grow as mtich tobacco
as they possibly can. It is believed
that there will be a reduction in the
tobacco crop this year, but very few
voluntary acreage decreases are ex
pected. The inability of some fann
ers to procure fertilizer and to finance
the general production of the crop is
expected to partially determine the
acreage this year.
Sunday Services at The
Local Christian Church
James M. Perry, pastor.
Bible school at 9:45. Morning wor
ship, 11 o'clock. Senior Christian
Endeavor at 6:30 p. m., and evening
service at 7:30 o'clock. Inspirational
music and helpful, Biblical sermons at
all services.
The pastor will preach at the morn
ing service on "Christ's Conception of
a Sensible Man," and at the evening
service he will preach on "Apostolic
Conception of Spiritual Security."
Take your friends out. Take the
family. Ask those who attend how
they enjoy it. Ask th"ißPW»at you are
missing. , Two weeks is a long time
between preaching services. How we
long for the day for communion, great
singing, fine fellowship, and inspira
tional sermons. Remember we have
the same old regular Lord's days, sec
ond and fourth. Mark them on your
kitchen calendar. Public cordially in
Schedule of Curb Market
Prices For Tomorrow
The following prices will be in ef
fect at the curb market in the court
house tomorrow morning: •
Eggs, 14 centa a dozen; cabbage, 2
to 4 cents a pound; collars, 3 cents a
pound; iriah potatoes, 1 1-2 centa a
pound; sweet potatoes, 1 1-2 centa a
pound, turnips, 5 cents a pound; corn
meal, 2 cents a pound and cream 25
(enta a pint
Unpaid Taxes Subject To
Penalty After
Martin County property owner*
will find it to their advantage to
aettle 1931 tax account* before
next week i» spent, for after that
time a 1 per cent penalty will be
added to the amount The par
period, in effect since December 2,
will end February 1, when the
penalty goes into effect and in
creases 1 per cent each month
Individual collections have con
tinued remarkably well during the
past few weeks, even {hough pay
ments were made at par, it waa
learned from the aheriff'a office
Name J. W. Eubanks
To Board Education
With the sale of town automo
bile tags hardly half complete, of
ficer* will start a drive after Feb
ruary 1 in an effort to have car
ownera purchase and display the
little yellow-black plate* on their
cars. Up until this morning, 133
tag* had been sold, it was report
ed to the treasurer'* office, leaving
about that number of car* with
out town licence*.
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Small Charge To Be Made;
„ Matter Handled by
Miss Sleeper
A sjjpply of army clothes, old but
serviceable, purchased through the
county home agent, Miss Lora E.
Sleeper, was recently received in the
county and is now rvady for distribu
tion among the county needy.
Miss Sleeper states that the two
boxes packed at Fort' Bragg with
blankets, shoes, trousers, trench coats,
and fatigue coats cost $5.88, including
express charges which were more than
the cost of the clothing.
A nominal charge will be made for
the articles, in some cases, according
to Miss Sleeper, who outlines the
prices as follows:
"There are IS blankets which can
coats at 10 cents each 'tfve trench
coats at 10 cents each, ten pairs of
shoes at 10 Cents each", army trousers,
20 pairs, at 5 cents each, and coats
to go with the trousers, 25, at 6 cents
"In many cases'it will be necessary
to mend a few places in the garments,
but they are all very good for the
small charge. Those in actual need
are the ones to receive these garments
in the county. Wherever the person
in need is without available money,
either work or food will be appreciated
in exchange for the garments received.
The foodstuff obtained in this manner
will be used in furthering relief for
those in need in the county."
School Men Hold Meeting
j In Oak City Last Night
Meeting in Oak City last night, the
athletic committee of the Martin
County Schoolmasters' club announc
ed a schedule of basketball games to
be played in the county during the
next five weeks, the schedule to be
made public within the next day or
Teams, representing the Oak City,
Robersonville, Everetts, Farm Life,
Jamesville and Williamston schools,
are scheduled to play their first games
next Friday.
Mrs. J no. Nicholson Died at
Home Near Here Tuesday
Mrs. John Nicholson, daughter of
Mr. Stubbs Lilley, died at her home
on the Whitaker farm, near here, early
last Tuesday night of Bright's Disease.
She had been in failing health for
some time.
Funeral services were conducted on
Wednesday afternoon by Rev. C. T.
Rogers, pastor of the local Methodist
nhurch, and interment followed in th«
Baptist cemetery here.
Mr. Nicholson and several children
Announce Sunday Service
At Riddicks Grove Church
Regular preaching services will be
conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o'-
clock in the Riddicks Grove Baptist
church, it was announced yesterday
by the pastor, Rev. W. B. Harring
ton. The public ia invited to attend.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, January 22, 1932
this week. The reports show that
individual property owners are
settling their accounts more rap
idly than they did on the 1930
levy, and it ia believed that the
county's financial atanding will be
Martin County, it ia understood,
is one of the few in the State that
has met its pay roll, bond and in
terest payments promptly. Its
credit haa not been impaired,
thanks to the property owner* who
are making one of the most noble
efforts in history to meet their
obligations promptly and square
Committee Would Abolish
Hassell Voting
The Martin County Democratic Ex
ecutive Committee in special session
here Wednesday afternoon unanimous
ly appointed John W. Eubanks, Has
sell merchant, to finish the unexpired
term of Javan Rogers, as member of
the Martin County Board of Educa
tion. Three names were mentioned in
open session, the members of the com
mittee, in private meeting, voting S
for Mr. Eubanks, 3 for Mr. Urbin
Rogers, son of the late member of the
education board, Mr. Javan Rogers, a-nd
one for Mr. B. M. Worsley, of Oak
City, whose nomination was support
ed by Committeeman J. W. Hines and
a petition carrying the names of 47
Goose Nest citizens. Following the
5-3-1 poll, the committee unanimously
supported Mr. Eubanks for member
ship on the board.
Mr. Eubanks, a leading citizen of
his section of the county, will take
the oath of office at the next regular
meeting of the Martin County Board
of Education.
In a brief nominating speech, Mr.
L. T. Fowden mentioned the name of
Mr. Rogers, stating that it had been
customary in this county to have son
follow father in public office when it
becomes the sad (Juty of those in au
thority to appoint successors. |Mr,
Rogers, he declared, was competent,
and that following his college gradua
tion he had gained rapid promotion in
a Boston insurance firm. Mr. Plenny
Peel, Griffins Township committee
chairman? seconded this nomination,
later explaining (hat the voters of
Martin County were responsible for the
lop-sided representation noticeable on
both the county governing boards, and
that he was of the opinion that the
committee should follow the dictates
of the voters and let them make any
changes they so desired in the primary
next June.
Mr. Worsley's nomination! offered
by Goose Nest Committeeman John
W. Hines, was seconded by Mr. John
A. Davenport, of Hamilton.
Pointing out the unbalanced sec
tional representation on the two boards
Mr. Paul Salsbury asked that the old
customary rule of having brother fol
lowing brother and son following fath
er be abandoned. He nominated Mr.
Eubanks, Mr. J. W. Hines seconding
the nomination.
Following a poll of the members
and the unanimous selection of Mr.
Eubanks, the executive committee
unanimously recommended the dis
continuance of the Hassell voting pre
cinct, which was created by the county
board of election shortly before the
last county primary. The recommen-
I dation will be placed before the coun
j ty election board, which body will act
I At the beginning of the meeting
held in the courthouse, Mr. R. J. Peel
made a motion for the preparation of
resolutions of respect for the late Javan
Rogers as a member of the board of
education, citizen, and Democrat.' Mr.
Plenny Peel seconded the motion,
County Chairman Elbert S. Peel ap
' pointing Messrs. Plenny Peel, John
W. Hines, and A. B. Rogerson to
draw up the resolutions and forward
copies to the family, to Elder J. N.
Rogers, The Enterprise and Roberson
ville Herald for publication.
All but one of the established pre
cincts, Poplar Point, were represent
ed as follows: R. O. Martin, James
ville; Plenny Peel, Griffins; A. B.
Rogerson, Bear Grass; L. T. Fow
den, Williamston; J. S. Ayers, Cross
Roads; Ed James, Robersonville J.
L. Croom, Gold Point; John A. Dav
enport, Hamilton; J. W. Hines, Goose
Neat; and Joshua L. Coltrain, Wil
liams Township, the latter having en
tered too late to take part in the poll
for a new board member, however. |
Principal Believes Schools
Will Run Full Term In
This County
The Parent-Teacher Association held
its regular meeting yesterday after
noon with the teachers of both schools
and less than a dozen mothers pres
ent. It is surprising how little inter
est the parents of our school children
show in the work of the association.
Little is commplished because there
are so few present that no spirit or
interest to do much can b« aroused.
It is hoped that all the patrons who
possibly can will attend the remain
ing three meetings.of the year.
After the meeting was called to or
der and regular reports were made, it
was decided to buy seats for the lunch
room of the grammar school. Mr. Wat
son reported that tables and seats were
arranged for the high school, and he
also asked the civic committee to
make arrangements for the planting of
oak trees on the campus in memory
of those who have been connected
with the the school in the past.
Mrs. Clayton Moore, chairman of
the program committee, asked Mr.
Watson to make a talk. His remarks
were worth much to the few parents
present, and many more should have
heard them.
The school man told of the drastic
cut made by the last legislature in
appropriations for schools, the amount
being practically twenty-five per cent
of the whole. He assured the patrons
that the schools would run the regu
lar eight months as Martin County
heads all the counties in the State in
the percentage of taxes collected, but
he also said he was certain that if it
were necessary the teachers would
work the full time and wait until the
money was collected for their pay.
The sad part of this situation ac
cording! to Mr. Watson is that there
will be little to run schools with aft
er two more years and another cut
will be made when the next legislature
meets unless the depression ends.
For this reason he emphasized the
need of the children taking every ad
vantagep ossible of their epportuni
ties. In the face of these facts how
ever, he said there had been an a
larming increase in failures in the
school and that both teachers and
parents should make every possible
effort to correct this situation, the
blame for which was probably to be
found at both doors. During exami
nation week, a list of the children
seen on the streets one night at a
certain hour was taken and out of the
fifteen children seen at that time, only
one passed his examinations. When
education is costing so much, and,
when opportunities to get it may~T>e
limited in the future, it was the plea
of the school principal that children
take advantage of every opportunity
offered them.—Reported.
Elders W. B. Stadler and D.
A. O'Brien, To Hold
Services Here
1 Elders W. B. Stadler and D. A. O'-
Brien, prominent Primitive Baptist i
ministers, of Keidsville, will conduct a
series of services in the several Prim-i
litiveI itive Baptist churches in this county
and at Flat Swamp next week, it was 1
'announced yesterday.
The first of the series of services will
be held at Flat Swamp next Tuesday,'
where many Martin County church
J people hold their membership. That
'night the ministers will conduct serv
ices in the Robersonville church, go
ing to Spring Green the following day.
I Thursday, services will be held at
Smithwick Creek, and from there the
ministers will go to take part in the
Skewarkey Union during Friday, Sat
urday and Sunday. i
Presbyterian Services In
The County for Sunday
Sunday, January 24, 1932
"The Church with an Open Door"
Church school at 10 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at
11:15 a. m.
Bear Grass
Sutiday school at 9:30 a .in.
Worship service and sermon at
7 o'clock p. m.
Roberson's Farm
Sunday school at 3 p. m.
Prayer meeting at 7 p. m. each
Thursday. ' .
Christian Missionary Croup
Plans Silver Tea Tuesday
The Missionary society of the lo
cal Christian church invites the ladies
of Williamston to a silver tea next
Tuesday afternoon from 3:45 to 6 o'-
clock at the home of Mrs. CT H.
Harrison on Main Street. The tea
is (or the benefit of foreign and home
missions, it was announced.
Farm Outlook Meet Held in
Courthouse Here Yesterday
Farmers Can Cut Machinery
Bills in Half by Proper Care
County Agent B. E. Grant, of
Bertie, offers the following useful
information for farmers:
Is your farm machinery prop
erly house? Would you like to cut
the cost of your farm machinery
in half? 1 Most farmers can do
this, yet farmers generally state
that farm machinery has not come
down along with farm products
as it should, and it seems that they
are right. On the average, south
ern farm machinery rusts out more
than it wears out. The U. S. De
partment of Agriculture says the
U. S. Government Deposits
$17,500 In the Branch
Bank This Week
Trustees of the United States Post
al Savings System recently selected
the Branch Banking .and Trust Com
pany here as a depository for U. S.
Postal Savings fund, the government
making a single deposit this week in
the sum of $17,500. All postal sav
ings accumulating at the local office
will Ix; deposited in the bank here, it
was learned from Cashier C. I), Car
starphen yesterday, and when an own
er wishes to withdraw his postal sav
ings, the local office will Hive him a
check on the local bank.
Heretofore all postal savings accu
mulating at the local office were for
warded to outside banksf The Branch
Banking and Trust Company submit
ted its statement to the trustees of the
United States Postal Savings System,
and, finding the institution's financial
condition to be safe and sound, they
recognized it as a depository for Unit
ed States postal funds.
Last Tuesday Session Did
Not Pay Its Expenses;
One Fine Imposed
j The county court in session here
last Tuesday hardly paid its expenses,
only one small fine resulting from the
, trial of five cases. Little importance
surrounded the docket, and the court
completed its work in a comparatively
short time. • Seven cases were called,
two of which were continued, and two
others being entered on the superior
court docket on appeal.
Probable cause appearing in the
case charging J. C. Clemmons with
larceny and receiving, the defendant
was bound over to the superior court
under a S3OO bond. Clemmons was
the young colored boy alleged to havt
been illegally married in Robersonville
several weeks • ago, About a week
| ago, he was jailed for the alleged theft
| of a mule in Cross Roads Township.
I Pleading guilty to illegela possession
of liquor, Stanley Hollis was fined S2O
I and given a nine-months suspended
' road sentence.
| Ralph Bonds appealed his case when
he was sentenced to the roads for a
period of three months for alleged
theft. Bonds" was required to give
bond in. the sum of SSO.
I The case charging Grant James with
manufacturing liquor and Charlie
Hodges with an assault with a deadly
weapon and carrying a concealed
weapon, were continued. William
Dawes, the victim of a "Hoot Gibson"
stunt, was unable to appear in court
as a witness in the case against
Hezekiah Briley was found not guil
ty in the case charging him with lar
ceny and receiving.
Pleading guilty of a simple assault,
Joe Eborn was sentenced to the roads
for a period of 30 days.
Everetts School Pupils
Visit Raleigh This Week
A number of Everetts School pu
pils visited Raleigh this week with
their teacher, Mrs. D. N. Hix. While
in the capital, the young boys and
girls were shown the several State in
stitutions and other places of interest.
Gets $1.04 Per Bushel For
Corn Fed To 137 Hogs
Records kept on 137 hogs in Curri
tuck County showed that they paid
$1.04 a bushel for all corn fed during
a period of 66 days. The market price
of the corn as grain was 73 cents a
average farmer can double the life
of hia machinery by properly
greasing and oiling parts subject
to rust and storing it under sheds
after it is through with for the
season. Would it not pay in these
times when money is scarce and
farm products are low to cut some
logs, carry them to the ■ saw mill
and have them sawed into planks
for building an implement shed so
that greater service can be secured
from the implements on hand rath
er than leaving them where they
were unhitched from the last time.
The local tobacco market will
close next week, warehousemen
here expressing the belief that the
remaining tobacco in this section
can easily be marketed by that
time. Other markets in the East
are closing next week, bringing to
an end one of the most unsuccess
ful seasons ever experienced by
warehousemen and farmers.
Sales have been light here since
Christmas, but all companies were
represented, and the buyers will
continue here until the market
Farmers Load Over 24,000
Pounds at Three Points
During This Week
The operation of a poultry car in the
county this week left 'lonely l»arn
yards all over this part of the country.
Roosts were cleared, many farmers
even selling the last old rooster that
once served as a reliable alarm clock.
The cooperative shipment is one of
the largest ever made in the county,
{three loading points reporting a sale
of 24,026 pounds of chickens, geese,
and turkeys for $3,699.99. Final hid
ings are Ix-ing made in Oak City to
l.ast Tuesday, at Jamesville, 4,700
pounds of poultry were sold for $776,
farmers here filling the car Wednes
day with 12,473 pounds, for which
tliey received $1,868.70, Robersonville
loaded 6,853 pounds yesterday, the
farmers there receiving $1,055.29.
I'rices announced for loadings sched
uled in other counties next week are
I from one to three cents below those
received by Martin farmers this week.
Certain types of poultry commanded
unusually low prices here this week,
roosters selling for only 6 cents a
pound, and stags for nine ' cents a
pound. But prices scheduled for negt
week are still lower. Colored hens
commanded i fair price, and nearly
the whole Wnpment consisted of that
type of barnyard inhabitants.
There is still much poultry scat
tered over .the county, but it is not
known at this time whether another
car will be run next month or not.
"White Sunday" at The
Local Methodist Church
C. T. Rogers, pastor.
You are invited to' worship with us
morning and e/ening at the usual hour.
Sunday will be our "White Sunday."
livery fourth Sunday our people are
asked to give what they have >aved
through the month, maybe at a sacri
fice, to help those who are in all kinds
of need in'many parts of the world.
This money is to go to our conference
benevolence fund, which represents a
bout 15 different causes. The col
lection will be taken in the usual way.
Sunday school at 9:45. Come this
Sunday and bring your little folks.
Epworth League, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Hi League, Tuesday, 7 p. m.
Mid-week service, |W«dnesday at
7:30 p. m.'
Marriage Licenses Issued
by Register Here Recently
Marriage licenses were recently is
sued by Register of Deeds J.-Sam
Getsinger to the following white cou
J. Leroy Griffin and Essie Elizabeth
Mardisop, YVilliamston, R. F. D. 1.
Patrick Henry Brown and Annie
Stalls, Robersonville, R/ F. D. 2.
George D. Ward and'Mintie Rogers,
Robersonville, R. F. D. 1.
It is believed that colored couples
are out to establish a new record this
year, the register reporting 11 licenses
told to them so far this month.
Watch the Label On Your
Paper Aa It Carries the Date
When Your Subacription Expire*
"Live-at-Home" Farmer Is
Fast Coming To The
Forefront in State
Ihe cash-crop grower is doomed,
an, l live-at-home farmer is fast
coming into his own, agricultural lead
ers told seventy farmers and i:;rn
women assembled in the courthouse
here, yesterday afternoon to hear 'the
farm outlook for the year 1932 dis
cussed. "But if you made money
raising 7-cent tobacco, "2-cent peanuts,
6-cent cotton and cheap potatoes last
year, it will be all right to plant them
again this year; if you lost money at
those prices, don't plant those crops
in 1932, because 1932 prices
equally as low, if not lower, than they
were last season," the agricultural lead
ers warned the interested farmers and
farm women.
It was explained at the meeting that
Martin County s salvation rested in a
continued live-at-home policy on a
greater scale, and the reduction of
acreagj to cash crops, especially to
bacco and peanuts. It the policies
advanced by Miss I'auline Smith, dis
trict home agent; Mr. I). Troy Fer
guson, district farm -aKent, and Rep
resentative Green, of the Federal Farm
Hoard, no doubt Martin County agri
culture and industry would be well
on toward recovery within a short
time, but those farmers who would be
most benefited were not there. Their
absence assures Sontinued heavy plant
ing of tobacco and peanuts in the. face
of below-cost-of-production prices.
j But regardless "Of what the masses
do this year, those attending the meet
ing were advised to look upon the
| problems from an individual stand
point; to follow the live-at-lionie pro
gram, plant only a few acres to cash
crops and tend them well. They were
asked to follow this policy regardless
of what other farmers' did. If there
is a big reduction in cash-crop acre
age, well and good, but Mr. Green
said that no one could look for more
'than a IS per cent drop in production,
and that this would be more than off
set by a greater decrease in consump
tion, he believed.
I Following a short opening prayer by
Rev. 11. Dickey, Miss l'aulinc
| Smith was introduced, and she dis
cussed living at home from the stand
! point of the housewife and the home.
| "During the past, thoiiome has not
been considered, we have worked with
the idea of living to make money and
not making money to live," Miss Smith
j said. "We must turn to the home,
establish family ties, limit our waste
fulness and provide conveniences in
our own homes. Millions are spent
fur chewing gum, lipstick, for gaso
line tlfat we might ride up and down
the roads, while, back at home, con
veniences and even bare necessities
are not provided. Martin County
ranks third from the top with its
varied farming program, yet there are
a few people in it who have only a
small collard patch and still others
I who have nothing," the agent said.
And then Miss Smith advised a more
extensive use of cotton goods, advice
that has been heard with scorn, but
which is now being driven to many
homes by actual want and hunger.
The use of cotton goods in the kitchen
and in the grammar and high schools
will be of great aid in lifting us out
of this alleged depression, which she
said- was a godsend in that it devel
oped a saner, fairer, and sounder mode
of living for all.
i A year-around garden, a milk cow,
fruit, conveniences and many other!
things that are possible even though
money is scarce, are necessary and
must be provided before we can hope
for better conditions.
| "We have not met our obligations
i we have worked for the almighty dol
lar, neglecting home ties, and failing
I to produce what we needed," declared
Mr. 'Ferguson, when he opened a
frank discussion of the farm situation
in Martin County, and in North Car
olina as a whole. "We had just as
well start now on a firm foundation,"
he advised. "We will receive no more
for peanuts in 1932 than we did last
year. Tobacco prices will be no high
er, price of |Jotatoes* will re
main about the same," he predicted.
The law forbids agricultural workers
making price predictions on cotton,
but the agent pointed out that there,
are 26,000,000 bales of the staple on
hand now, and asked his hearers to
draw their own conclusions. '""What
are we going to plant, then," he asked.
Answering, he s»id "sow your land to
and build up your soil."
"There isn't an overproduction of
many crops, but the unemployment of
eight millions of people is destroying
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