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Hundred Martin County Hoanea
One Small Fine Imposed
In Short Session of the
County Court Here
Comparatively long road sentences
were meted out by Judge J. W. Bailey
in recorder's court here last Tuesday,
but fines were limited to $25. The
court completed its work two hours
after the first case was called, adjourn
ing at 11:30 o'clock.
Pleading guilty in the case charg
ing him with larceny and receiving,
Roy Boston, Free Union inhabitant,
but of late a wanderer in this com
munity, was sentenced to the roads
for 12 months.
* A not pros resulted in the case
charging Chester Terry, Lester Terry,
and Hubert Page with an attempt to
enter a filling station.
Lester Williams, alleged artist in
the chicken stealing business, was
found guilty of larteny, the court
sending him to the roads for nine
Alex Cuthrell, jr., was fined $25 for
speeding, the fine being the first im
posed in some time for speeding on
the highwsys.
Chsrlie Hodges appealed to the
higher courts when he was sentenced
to the roads for nine months in a
case charging him with an asault with
a deadly weapon.
Names of 47 Pupils Appear
On Honor Roll for
Third Month
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Honest effort and a sincere desire
to learn are reflected in the third month
honor roll for the Farm Life School,
the names of 47 pupils appearing on
the liat as follows:
First grade: Elizabeth Manning,
Carlyle Manning, Nelli Fay Lilly, Ver :
lin Griffin, Alton Fay Peel, Martha
A. Roberson, Evelyn Hardison, Lola
Hardiaon, Allie 11. Hardiaon.
Second grade: Lola Smith wick, Ce
cil Brown, Chloe Hardiaon, Harry
Peel, Robert C. Whitley, Jesse Rob
erson, Cleo Roberson.
Third grade: Lavaughn Hardison,
Ida Mae Corey, Oscar Wiggins, Her
bert Leslie Mannnig, Brownie Har
rington, Hoyt Coltrain.
Fourth grade: Ola Lee Lilley, Bet
tie Louise Lilley, William Lilley,
Bruce Coltrain.
Fifth grade: Sarah Getsinger, Verna
Smithwick, Noah Hardison.
Sixth grade: Mamie Clyde Manning,
Annie Getsinger, Eva Manning, John
B. Roberson.
Seventh grade: Joseph Lilley, Al
bert Wilson Lilley, Jay Daniel, Jim
Eighth grade: Sarah Roberson, Beu
lah Roberson, Daisy Roberson, Thel
ma Coltrain, Verna Griffin.
Ninth grade: Louise Manning, J.
R. Griffin.
Tenth grade: Veona Roberson, Eva
Brown Coltrain, Mildred Roberson.
Curb Market Review and
Saturday Price Schedule
Mrs. Annie Hardy, of Everetts, has
been selling produce on the curb
market here since last May, and with
only a few days missed dnring that
time, she has sold 35 market days
with average sales of $3.36. During
this time she has taken in as a re
sult of the market, $117.81. No doubt
this money ha* assisted her in pro
viding things for the family which,
otherwise would have been denied
them. Regular sellers like regular
buyers at a curb market, help the
market to grow and in turn help ev
A partial list of our prices tollows:
Special this week: Eggs, 14 cents a
a dozen, or two dozen for 25 cents;
collards, 3 cents a pound; turnip
greens, two pounds for 5 cents; turn
ips, S cents a bunch; kale, two pounds
for 5 cents; iriah potatoes, ten pounds
for IS cents; sweet potatoes, ten
pounds lor 15 cents cream, 25 cents
a pint
We shall be glad to know the
wants of our patrons at any time. If
you can not get what yau want at the
curb market, tell us.—Miss Lors E.
Sleeper, home agent . •
' Game Wardens Accept
* Decrease in Salaries
"Decreased wardens' salaries will,
no doubt, curtail to some extent con
servation and development work in the
State, but our men will continue to do
their best,? District Game Warden
Moore, of Washington, said while here
yesterday moraine.
While the wardens are working at
a loss, they are hopeful that conditions
win improve to the extent that more
licenses will be sold next year, mak
ing possible a return to old salary
schedules. .
County Superintenden
Meeting in Edento
Meeting in Edenton yesterday,
superintendents and principala of
IS counties in the northeastern dis
trict discussed general school prob-
Isms in relation to present eco
nomic conditions. It was the ex
pressed opinion of thoae present
that the forced economy program
haa not retarded school progress
as much as it was feared at the
beginning. The schools, as a whole
are aa active as they were before
the economy program was put in
to effect, it was atated.
Discussing a recent ruling in
which individual schools wtl be
affected, the meeting waa agreed
that nearly all the schools in die
district would run the full term,
but that many would be unable to
meet their obligationa.
"111 Die With My Hands
Down," Mr. Corey
"They are trying to rob me of my
house, store, and home," Mr. Noah
James Corey, filling station operator
and merchant located near here on the
Washington road, said yesterday aft
ernoon in recounting of the third at
tempt to rob his station or hold him
i up.
More than a year ago, robbers or
: dered him to hold up his hand or get
j shot. The country merchant, with a
■ sizeable amount of cash in his pocket
l at that time, told his "friends" to
shoot. Mr. Corey then calmly locked
.his gas tank, turned and went to his
home a few yards away. The hold
, up man drove away, richer by a few
I gasoline.
masked man entered
his hands up.
Mr. up,
wallrtd behind a
a ".45." The masked man turned and
fled, firing, at he retreated, a shot that
went over Mr. Corey's head by only
a few inches. Mr. Corey returned the
fire, but all shots missed their marks.
I This week robbers were found draw
ing gasoline from one of Mr. Corey's
( tanks. They were chased away so
rapidly that a five gallon can fell in
the possession of Mr. Corey,
j Mr. Corey stated yesterday that he
believed he knew the masked man,
but he would not disclose his name.
Officers are working on the case, and
arrests are expected in one or both
;of the cases within the next few days.
I Twice has Mr. Corey been ordered
to "stick 'em up," and twice he re
fused to obey the command, the mer
jch£|t stating yesterday that he would
,die with his hands down.
Deralied at the Smithwick
Street Crossing Here
! A freight car containing 104,000
pounds of sulphate of ammonia was
ditched at the Smithwick Street cross
.ing here early, last Wednesdsy by a
derailer. The freight engine was shift
ing several box cars at the station that
| morning and wh*i the' car contain
ing the fertilizer was disconnected
from the train, it started rolling down 1
the tracks, the weight of the car and
contents making it impossible for the
brakeman on top of the car to stop it.
I The brakeman remained with the car
and tried to stop it, but when nearing
the derailer on the track, near the
I Blount Manufacturing Company build
ing, the man jumped from the top
of the car to the ground.
) Striking the derailer, the car plowed >
deep into the ground and turned over,
missing by only a few feet the house
located on the corner of the railroad
and Smithwick street.
| No damage resulted to the cargo,
and the car, built of steel by the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company, was onlyj
slightly damaged when it toppled j
over into the ditch.
The moraine newspapers today
turned from reconstruction and
political "dope"—or nonsense, me
you would have it— to Japan and
China, carrying in their headlines
mssssges indicative of trouble, if
not war, in the East
Reports received today state
tiift the Jape captured Shanghai in
a series of bloody bettlee fought
in narrow cobbled streets, giving
rise to the moot critical interna'
tional complications of the Sino-
Japeneee conflict.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, January 29, 1932
With one or two exception!, it
it believed that all the individual
achoola in tfaia county will be able
to support the extended term. Sup
erintendent J. C. Manning atated
today, following the Edenton meet
ing. In a few of the diatricta tax
collectiona are being made alowly,
and in thoae diatricta it might be
that the teacher* will be aaked to
accept I. O. U.'s.
Mr. Manning atated that after
the various reports offered by the
several county superintendents at
the meeting yesterday, he was of
the opinion that thja county occu
pies one of the beet positions of
any county in the district
The neat meeting of the district
superintendents and principals will
be held here in March.
Supreme Court Will Hear
Case In Raleigh
Next Week
Martin .along with six other North (
Carolina counties will be represented
at a hearing before the State supreme j
court, Raleigh, next' Tuesday in de- j
fense of its claim for approximately j
$4,500 against the State Highway
Commission and John P. Stedman, |
State treasurer. The county maintains
that the commission was due to pay
the county one cent on every gallon
of gasoline sold within the county up j
to and prior to July I, 1931. It fur- 1
ther claims -that approximately $4,500
was collected by the State after that
date, but that it accrued from gasoline
sales made prior to July 1, 1931. When
the final collections were made under
the provisions of the county road aid
fund, the commission had taken over
all the roads, giving rise to the ques-1
tion whether the counties should get
the final amount
Judge N. A. Sinclair, in Beaufort
County Superior Court, a few days
ago ruled that the counties were en
titled to the amount last collected un
der the terms of the old county road
aid fund act. The defendants ap
pealed to the higher court, and the
case was specially set.
Other counties that are parties to
the suit include Beaufort, Ashe, Ber
tie, Chowan, Iredell, and Washington.
Usual Services at the Local
Methodist Church Sunday
Rev. C. T. Rogers, Pastor.
Services at usual hours Sunday and
during the week.
Why put off going to church. This (
lis one of the ways of feeding your
soul, and most souls are starving into
hell. Let everybody go to church,
Sunday school, and church Sunday.
Don't make an excuse. Most of them
are of the devil. God's teaching and
command is to go up to the House of
| Prayer on the Sabbath. How long
will we defy God? Come, folks, your
Saviour is waiting and hungering for j
yotrflftive 18vi.
Sunday Night Service at *
Local Christian Church
There'll be no preaching service at
the local Christian church Sunday
morning, as the pastor and a number
of the members are at
tend the union in Washingtonf Coun
ty that day.
Rev. Mr. Perry will preach
evening at the usual hour, 7:30, and the
public is cordially invited to attend
and hear him.
Sunday school will convene at. the
usual hour that morning.
Last Call To Those Who ,
I Would Save on Their Tax
| Property owners who would settle
their tax accounts at par have only
two more days to escape a 1 per cent
penalty going into effect next Tues-
I day. After February is spent, the
penalty will be increased to 2 per cent,
3 the next month ,and so on until the
,i sales *re made.
Collections for both town and coun
ty are being made regularly this week,
it was learned from the collectors to
Two Basketball Games
Scheduled Here Tonight
Two basketball games are scheduled
in the Planters Warehouse here this
evening ,the local girls' team meeting
Jamesville girls at 7:30, and the Oak
City boy» meeting the Jamesville team
immediately thereafter. The boys'
game i* the first to be played here in
the county aeries. Williamston's boys
will p|ay the RobersonviUe High
School team there tonight.
An admission of 10 cents will be
charged here tonight.
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Chance for Extended Term
As Good As Last Year,
Superintendent Says
"The chances for the operation of
the extended school term io Martin
County this year are equally as good
as they were last," Superintendent J.
C. Manning told members ol the lo
cal Kiwanis Club Wednesday when
he discussed a number of school
problems Uiefore the body. Approxi
mately $11)000 has already been paid
in for the operation of the eatra two
months of school this term, each
month costing around $14,000, the
superintendent explained. Il is un
derstood that the extended' tirm will
be further discussed at the regular
meeting of the county educational
board here next Monday.
The school man offered a few in
teresting facts in connection With the
operation oL the schools of the coun
ty, and advanced the opinion that a
change in the course of stud}' in the
local school would be beneficial to
the children. He said,
"Martin County has 98 white teach
ers employed in IS schools. There
are 40 school busses, traveling 813
miles daily and transporting 1,789
; children. Approximately $12,000.00
■ was appropriated for transportation,
i There are 7 large schools employing
from 5 to 20 teachers each. It will
be interesting to note that the aver
age salary per principal is $1,531.00 a
year, that they have an average col
lege training of 5.3 years and an aver
! age experience of 10 years. The aver
age investment for college training
per principal is about $15,000. In the
Williamston schools there are 20
teachers with an average college
training of 3.6 years and an average
experience of 5 years. The average
yearly salary of these teachers is
! "The Williamston High School is
in need of a changed course of study.
Children are being trained by the
school for the same thing that the
school was training its students for
10 or 15 years ago. Namely: to go to
college. The records show that about
one-third of the graduates go to col
lege. About 10 per cent of those who
finish the eighth grade go away to
college. This leaves a large number
'of children going to high school from
one to four years and receiving .very
little benefit. They little better
prepared to earn a livelihood than
when they finished the elementary
school. The present course of study
does not appeal to the many rural
children and others that are now
'coming to this school. They should
be taught to. use their hands. Some*
country-store philosopher has stated,
/'The trouble with the world now is
that we have all been trying to use
our heads rather than our muscles."
The members of this club should start
a movement to get the course of study
changed so that it would be more
beneficial to a greater number of
students. Yes, it will cost money.
But it will not cost as much as we
are wasting when we are trying to
teach a boy algebra or a girl French
| when we should be teaching the boy
!how to make a hog-feeder and the
girl how to plan a balanced diet. For
your information, I will tell you how
to go about it. Ask the local school
board; they will ask the board of
education; the board of education will
petition The board of county commis
sioners; and the bejard of county com
missioners\stiW*'request that the board
of equjtls(ion allow them to grant
/ thTs favor to the Williamston local
school board."
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Lifeless Body of Mrs. Annie
Hardison found in Yard
Yesterday Afternoon j
Mrs. Annie Hodges Hardison, wife]
of the late Kinchin Hardison, died,
suddenly at her home in Griffins]
Township early yesterday afternoon. |
Heart trouble was assigned as the
cause of her death.
Completing her house-hold duties]
shortly after the noon hour, Mrs.|
Hardison went into the yard to do
a few chores there and apparently fell
dead. No one was at the home with
her at the time, Tommie Ljlley and
her son finding the lifeless body a
short while after her death.
Mrs. Hardison, about 35 y«ars old,
was married in her early youtfc, on!y
one son surviving the union//; j'ol
lowing Mr. Hurdjson's death about
three years ago, she and her young
son operated the small farm and main
tained the home.
Funerl services are being conducted
from the home this afternoon by Rev.
D. W. Arnold, of Beaufort County.
Interment will follow in the family
plot on the home farm betide the
'grave of her husband. i
Henry Roberson Dies at
Home Early Wednesday
Funeral Services Held from
His Late Home Yes
terady Afternoon
This, section lost one of its best cit
izens early Wednesday morning when
Mr, Henry Roberson died at his home
near Farm Life School in Griffins
Township. Suffering feeble health
for a year or-more, M-r, Roberson con
tinued active until about a week ago,
when he was taken ill with pneumonia,
his weakened body being unable to
withstand the tax placed upon it by
the disease. v ,
Mr. Roberson, 60 years old last No
vember, was the son of the late James
B. Roberson and wife, Nancy, who,
before her marriage, was Miss' Nancy
Biggs, a sister of the late John D.
Biggs, of Williamston. Born and
reared in the community where he
spent his entire life, and where, in his
humble beginning, he established him
self as a friend to man and promoter
of all good things, Mr. Roberson
worked hard all his life. Hardships
surrounded him in his early youth,
but with an unbounding faith in his
Maker and his feilowman, he faced the
trials and tribulations of his day, con
quering each obstacle with untiring
patience and ease that characterized
him as a good man.
Basing his duties on a standard sup
ported by high ideals, Mr. Roberson
advanced far in the hearts of the peo
ple who knew him. The hungry were
fed at his door, and the unemployed
and needy were willingly aided. Adopt
ing a cash basis in his farming activi
ties and properly rotating his crops,
Mr. Roberson first provided a living
for his family and himself, and plenty
for his hired help.
As a leader in community under- 1
takings of a worthy nature, Mr. Rob
erson did a noble and unselfish work.
Willingly he gave of his time and
support to the x>f /com
munity welfare, and especially did he
aid the community school, lie served
for many ytars as a member of the
school board in his community, giv
ing it attention over his own affairs
when the future welfare of his chil
dren and his neighbors' children was
in the balance. He was loved for his
kindness, and no man in the cofrnty
was more to be relied upon for hon
esty and integrity.
When a young man, he married
Miss Lydia M. Coltrain, and she, with
three children, Mrs. S. O. Peel, Os
car Roberson and Miss Veona Rob
erson survives.
Mr. Roberson was a believer in the
Baptist faith, and his community
Rev. W. B. Harrington, con-'
ducted the services at the home yes- !
terday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with
a large host of friends present. In
terment was in the Roberson burial
ground in Griffins Township.
Presbyterians Announce |
Their Services tor Sunday
Sunday, January 31, 1932:
"The church with an open door."
Church school at 10 a, m.
Worship service and sernicjn at 11:15
a. in.
Bear Grass
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 7 j
p. m. • ,
Roberson's Farm
Sunday school at 3 p. m.
Prayer meeting Thursday night at
7 p. m.
Come and worship the Lord with
Ambers Company
Cleaning-Pressing Prices
The Amhers pressing club here, one
of the most modern dry cleaning es- 1
tablishments in this section, put into
effect this week greatly reduced clean
ing and pressing prices, making it pos
sible for the well-dressed man to get
his clothes cleaned /and pressed as'
well as succeed.
Mr. Ambers' rechiced cleaning and
pressing prices are announced in this
issue of The Enterprise.
Make SSOO Extra in One
Day By Poultry Shipment
Cleveland County poultry growers
made SSOO extra in one day by selling
a car of poultry through cooperative
loading. ~'" v - \
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Burke County Progresses
In Improvement of Cattle
Remarkable" strides have been made
in Burke County during the past five
years in the improvement of dairy cat
tle and their management, says F. R.
Farnham, dairy extension specialist.
As there is no other business
S scheduled just at this time, the ap
peals of the poor are expected to
figure largely in the proceedings
of the Martin County commission
ers in session next Monday. Var
ious reports, stating that the bus
iness is progressing favorably, will
be heard at that time.
Administration of the oath of
office to Mr. J. W. Eubanks, re
cently appointed to the Martin
County Board of Education, will
feature the meeting of that body.
It is understood that the extend
ed term will be discussed as one
of the important matters coming
before the meeting.
Acknowledges Several Gifts
Received During the
Past Month
The regular meeting of the Wo
,man's club was held yesterday with
a large number of members in at
tendance. There was no program and
the hour was spent in business ses
sion which was interspersed with the
| singing by the whole club of several
! old-time songs.
| The reports which were outstanding
were those of the treasurer, which,
in the absence of Mrs. J. G. Staton,
was read by Mrs. F. U. Barnes, and
another by Mrs. L. B. Harrison, chair
man of the welfare committee.
I The treasurer's report carried a
number of individual gifts received
;during the past month, as follows:
' Episcopal church, $5; Red Cross,
sls; A. and P. Company, $25 I).
Pender Grocery Company, $25; Car
olina Telephone Company, $25; Nor
folk, Baltimore and Carolina Boat
Line, $10; and Standard Oil Com
pany, SSO. The report also carried
other donations received including
two from Mr. T. C, Griffin, c.hairnvan,
who sponsored two dances for benefit
of welfare work, the first dance hav
ing netted around S2O and the second,
The welfare report showed that 61
needy families besides the dozens of
I school children were helped. Calls
were received almost daily from the
school and many children who could
not have otherwise attended, were
able to continue their work.
I A thorough investigation in every
case was made and if found deserv
ing, help was rendered.
| After the reports were made and
other business concluded, it was de
cided to have a George Washington
program in celebration of the bicen
tennial anniversary of the birthday of
I the father of our country. At that
time, some trees will be planted, the
I place to be announced later by the
, civic committee.
It was also voted to ask the Boy
I Scouts if they would assist the civic
committee in getting the club grounds
' planted in grass and beautified in
Two new members, Mrs. C. B.
Roebuck and Mrs. Maurice Moore,
were cordially welcomed by the club.
■ —Reported.
Pull Two Herrings from
The Roanoke This Week
Early last week, herrings ,a widely
used food in this section during the
jspring, were coming. Early this week
the first catches were made here, Ray
mond Roberson, local fisherman, pull
| ing two from the Roanoke near Con
oho Creek.
1 Mr. Ira T. Coltrain Jamesville fish
erman, broke all records for early
catches when he dipped the first 1932
herring from the Roanoke at that point
Monday of last week.
Springlike weather and high waters
|liave been favorable so far for the
, fish that come up the Roanoke by
, the millions each year to breed.
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The regular session of the
county recorder's court will be held
next Tuesday as usual ,but no ses
sion will be .held the following
Tuesday, February 9, it was an
nounced today by Judge J. W.
Bailey. It was first announced
that no session would be held next
Tuesdsy, but this was later
changed, the recorder stating that
he would have to be out of town
Tueeday, the Mi, but not next
Watch the Label On Yoor
Paper Aa It Carriea the Date
When Your Subscription Expires
Percy Woodard Arrested
Here In 1926 for Plotting
; To Rob Two Banks
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i Percy Woodard, alias Charles Mit
chell, alias Harry Jenkins, alis Jim
I Clayton, arrested here in October,
1926, in connection with a conspiracy
to rob the Planters and Merchants
j Bank, in Everetts, was re-arrested in
j Norfolk this week on a charge of
| felonious cutting, it was learned here
.from Sheriff C. B. Roebuck yesterday.
I Woodard, it was learned from Nor
jfolk police, escaped from the Edge-
I com he County roads 35 days after he
had been sent to the camp there, and
jfias been' at largeTTTfce"tlTaPtinie. He
| was sentenced Jo the road for a term
,of two years, to be released at the
end of six months provided he was a
good prisoner, Woodard did not wait
|to establish his character in tRe minds
of the camp authorities, and returned
to his wanderings. Edgecombe pris
on authorities were Notified of the
[mans arrest and ttley returned hint
jto the camp this week.
| Woodard, with three other men,
were arrested here October 24, 1926,
when it was learned they were plot
ting to rob the old Farmers and Mer
chants Hank and the one at Hveretts.
| The following is part of the story car
ried in the Enterprise in its issue of
December 17, 1926:
1 his was one of the most inter
esting cases that has appeared on the
Martin court docket for many years.
Conceived in the minds of Percy
W oodard, I'amlico County young man,
and Phillip Worthington, the idea
I came to them while they were loung
ing around New York pool rooms to
come to Eastern North Carolina* and
go into, the bank-robbing business.
Woodard wrote to a local maiu" stat
ing that he had some good proposi
tions to offer. Soon after the letter
| was received, it was turned over to one
|of the officers of the town, who ad
(vised the recipient of the letter to
seek further information; and a few
days later Woodard and Worthington
drove down from New York in a car
Uhey had stolen there.
"After divulging their plans they
left for Norfolk, where they said they
had tools and an expert 'blower,' and
would retiirn within a few days. When
[they reached -Norfolk they found their
| Iblower,' evidently C. K. Morris, in
I jail. They then wrote that they would
be in Williamston October 19.
"Woodard and Worthington return-
I ed as they said they would, and from
. that time officer watched their every
move. Heavy guards, were thrown a
| round the Hveretts bank, but the plot
| ters to appear on the Scene,
j The cashier anxiously awaited the
| men,- while armed guards located on
, building tops and in stores maintained
a watch. Unable to catch«them on
the spot, officers went ahead and ef
fected the ifrrests, the evidence in the
case sending three of them to the
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Can Owner Transfer His
Insurance by Word of
Mouth Is Question
The case of Mack G. Taylor's chil
dren against R. L. Coburn .administra
tor ,going to the State Supreme court,
will be reviewed by that tribunal week
after next, it was learned here yes
As it is understood here, the Su
preme Court will determine whether
an owner can transfer an insurance
policy by word of mouth. The super- >
ior court of Martin County ruled that
such an action was possible, and the
other to the supreme
Another case scheduled for hearing
l>efore the supreme court, and of in
terest in this county, is the one in
which Martin and several other coun
ties are advancing their claims to cer
tain gasoline taxes collected by the
Grocery Specials at the
J. O. Manning Co. Store
Following the remodeling of their
store and with a greatly enlarged
stock of staple and fancy groceries,
the J. O. Maning and Company are
offering the lowest prices in history.
The company is carrying in this issue
of The Enterprise a few of the many
specials, to whiJh the attention of
thrifty housewives Is directed.
Farmers Peanut Company
Plant Burns in Edenton
The Farmers Peanut Company plant
was destroyed by fire in Edenton yes
terday afternoon, few particulars hav
ing reached here in connection with
the blaze which was described as one
of the largest in the town in years.

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