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    Advertiser* Will Fnd Oar Col
nmi a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homes
Local High School to Stage
Washington Pageant
At 11:30 That Day
Martin County will join with the
nation next Monday in opening the
George Washington Bicentennial cel
ebration that will last for a period of
months bringing to the attention of
the country in various methods a
broadside of advertising that will com
memmorate the life of the first Pres
ident of the United States.
Local high school seniors are plan
ning a Washington pageant for the
public in the high school auditorium
next Monday morning at 11:30 o'clock,
iK was announced yesterday by Miss
Annie Shields VanDyke, teacher in the
school. Written by the pupils them
selves, the pageant will be based on
four events, the first centering around
Valley Forge during the trying days
of the American Revolution; a second
will portray a presidential banquet; a
third is centered around a presidential
ball, and the last will mark the death
of the country's father.
This is one of the first public events
so far announced here in connection
with the bi-centennial here, and it is
belieyed that the public will be repre
sented. The pageant will not last more
than 30 or 40 minutes, it was stated.
" President Herbert Hoover will open
the celebration at noon for the nation
with a speech to be delivered at a
joint meeting of the Senate and House
of Representatives. Members of the
United States Supreme Court, cabinet,
and other distinguished visitors will
be present. A nation-wide hook-up of
the radio will carry the message to
every corner of the country.
After the address, the president will
give a signal for the singing of Amer
ica by a combined chorus of 10,000
singers on the east steps of the man
sion. Radio listeners everywhere are
urged to join the singing in their own
homes. Walter Damrosch will direct
the singing, while the United States
Army Navy, and Marine Bands, un
der John Phillip Sousa, will accom
In the afternoon, President Hoover,
accompanied by members of the Unit
ed States George Washington Bicen
tennial Commission will lay a wreath
on the tomb of the Father of His
Country. The Washington
Colonial costume ball will be held in
the Mayflower Hotel in Washington,
D. C., in the evening. Church serv
ices will begin their inaugural of the
event Friday and continue for about
three days.
This celebration will be nation-wide
with every organization 'carrying out
its own method of participating with
any appropriate events. It will begin
on Washington's Birthday and last un
til Thanksgiving Day. It will cele
brate the two hundredth anniversary
of his birth. Gatherings, pageants,
plays, processions, musical festivals,
tableaux, and other patriotic events
will feature the period.
The United States George Washing
ton Bicentennial Commission, Wash
ington Building, Washington, D. C.,
will send suggestions for local pro
grams to anybody that asks for them.
School Bus Drivers Are To
Meet Here Tomorrow
At 11:00 O'clock
Forty Martin County school truck
drivers principals, of the various
schools, and members* of the several
committees are meeting here tomor
row morning at 11 o'clock to hear
Lieutenant Lester Jones, of the North
Carolina Highway Patrol, make a talk
and after that to enjoy an oyster roast
at.McCabe's Mill.
A meeting for the truck drivers was v
considered ai #»e last conference of li
the schoolmasters' club, and all the t
young men are expected to attend, it p
was learned from the county super
intendent's office here yesterday after- a
The meeting will be held in the high c
school building. F
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Methodists Announce c
Their Sunday Services 5
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C. Rogers, Pastor. 2
Sunday school at 9:45 a. m.
Church services at 11 a. m. and 7:30 j
p. m.
Epworth League, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Hi League, Tuesday, 7:30 p. m.
Mid-week prayer service Wednes- \
day, 7:30 p. m. a
Holly Springs fa
Sunday school, 10 a. m. v
Church services, 3 p. m. I
Woman's Missionary Society, 4 p.m. r
Let all go up to the House of God j
on the Sabbath Hjgtll help ,you v
now, and bless you for the coming fa
week. We will be glad to have you
meet with us. h
Jamesville Farmers To Hold
' Tomato Meet Next Tuesday
Around 150 Jamesville Town
ship farmers are expected to at*
tend a meeting in the Jamesville
school building next Tuesday night
at 7:30 o'clock, when the planting
and cultivation of tomatoes will
be discussed by thoee informed on
the subject. Professor W. T. Over
by stated here yesterday.
The meeting was arranged by
the agricultural leeder there as an
aid to the approximately 150 farm
ers in that section who are pre
paring to plant and cultivate 200
The two hundredth anniversary
of George Washington's birth next
Monday will be generally observed
by Msrtin County banks, schools,
and federal agencies, Including the
post offices and their various mail
branchee, and federal employees.
The banks and post offices will ob
serve the day as a national holi
day, while the schools will con
tinue their sessions with specisl
Washington General
business houses throughout the
county will not close for the day,
it is understood.
Seller Discovers Swindle
And Goes After Boys
With Pistol
Liquor prices reached a new low
level early this week when a group of
Robersonville boys bought a quart of
whicky with a cigarette coupon, worth
one cent, according to a story carried
yesterday by the Robersonville Her
ald and which reads as follows;
Chester Terry, white man living
between here and Everetts, was ar
rested early this week by Chief Wm.
iTiray and placed in the county jail
to face an assault and liquor selling
j'charges next Tuesday in the record
er's court. '
Terry, allegedly connected with an
illegal business, did not like it when
Joe Outlaw, of Aulander, with sev
eral young Robersonville boys bought
a quart of liquor from him and paid
for it with a cigarette coupon worth
one cent. The transaction was made
in the dark, and the coupon, coming
in carton packages of cigarettes, was
mistaken for a dollar bill by Terry.
One of the boys is said to have paid
a quarter for one drink, but the dis
honest act of the others was discov
ered by Terry just as the boys were
.driving away. With a pistol handy,
Terry started firing at the car, the
shots missing their murk.
The swindle so infuriated Terry
that he followed the boys in his own
car here and ollected $2, one for the
liquor and one for the extra trouble
he went to in making the collecion.
No preliminary hearing was arrang
ed here and the case was turned over
to county officers who will carry it
Into recorder's court next Tuesday for
an airing.
Curb Market Prices Are
Announced for Tomorrow
Mrs. Lilley Lee, selling for the first
time on the curb market here, related
the facts that she sold all last year
on the market in Greenville, and dur
ing that time she was helped very
much by her sales of over S3OO. She
reported the interest of the folks in
town was good which helped the
market to grow. The faithful custo
mers at the market are few but we
appreciate their patronage, and but
■for them the market would have had
"to close long ago and the farmers'
wives benefited by the weekly money
had to resort to some other method
to help buy the necessities during the
past year.
The following prices will be found
at the market this week:
Egg*, 3 dozen 25 centi (special);
collards, 2 pounds, 5 cents; kale, 2
pounds, 5 cents irish potatoes, 10
pounds 12 cents; sweet potatoes, 10
pounds, 12 cents; turnips, 2 pounds
5 cents; rutabagas, 3 pounds,-B'cents;
cakes, 15 to 18 cents a pound; cream,
25 cents a pint.
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Attend Johnston Funeral
In St. George, Yesterday
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Brandon left
Wednesday for St. George, S. C., to
attend the funeral of Mrs. Brandon's
brother-in-law, Dr. P. Jos. Johnston,
who died suddenly at his home in
Kane, Pa., early this week. The las*
rites were conducted in St. George
yesterday morning. Mr. Johnston haa
visited here several times, making his
last visit Christmas before last.
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon are expected
home tomorrow or Sunday.
Williamstoa, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, February 19,1932
acres of tomatoes this year. Sim
ilar meetings have been held, and
at each one the tomato growing
and ahipping project has been
greatly advanced. Seed ordered a
few days ago, arrived at Jamesville
early this week and many have al
ready been distributed to fanners
contracting to plant tomatoes.
Commiaaion merchants will han
dle the tale of tomatoes, and the
farmers will deliver to Jamesville,
where shipments will be made to
the various markets.
Large Crowds Attending;
Undertaking A Very
Successful One
With the sessions this evening the
church school carried on by a group
of cooperating churches comes to a
The church school has been largely
attended by men, women and children
from the several communions in this
community, and has been counted an
eminent success by those attending.
At the close of the class sessions
tonight, the several groups will en
joy a social half hour. The young
men and young wcmien adjourn to
the Presbyterian church; the pri
maries will remain in the church; the
juniors will have a lawn party if the
weather permits; and the adults have
rented the Women's Club rooms for
4he evening.
For this community church social,
the classes are serving refreshments
and putting on their own programs.
There will be music, both vocal and
The Baptist church wishes to thank
all those from other churches who, by
.their presence and interest, have
contributed to the success of this
School. And it is especially grateful
to the faculty members for the ex
cellent worklhey have done.
Found Sleeping Along the
Highway Near Here
Aweary from foot travel, a lowly
tramp picked out a grassy bed beside
the highway near the underpass here
to rest his bones. His shoes removed
from his feet, the tramp was sleeping
peacefully when he was discovered and
pronounced dead by a passer-by yes
terday afternoon. _
In the absence of Coroner Biggs,
Sheriff C. B. Roebuck, Chief W. B.
Daniel, Johnnie Coolce and Hall Bar
ber Shop representatives went out to
Wakening as the investigators gath
ered atound, the tramp, a negro of
white complexion, asked with amaze
ment, "Can't a fellow take a nap in
this section?" He was startled when
the investigajors told him that the un
dertaker was on his way to demand
the body. But before Coroner Biggs
returned from a professional trip, mat
ters were adjusted, and the weary
tramp continued his journey to an un
known destination unmolested.
Presbyterians Announce
Their Services for Sunday
Sunday, February 21, 1932:
"The church with an open door."
' Church school at 10 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 11:15
a. m.
Bear Grass
Sunday school at 9:30 a. pi.
Worship service and sermon at 7:30
p. m.
Roberaon's Farm
, Sunday school at 3 p. m.
Prayer meeting every Thursday at
J:3O p. m.
These services are for you.
Cow Gets Her Tongue
Caught in Steel Trap
Scuppernong.—Rabbit bait proved
too tempting for a cow owned by E.
L, Cooper, near here, and now the
cow Kir two Inches less tongue. A
steel trap, baited for rabbits, caught
the tongue of the cow. The cow i»
living but has trouble eating.
Former Coach Here Makes
New Record at Burlington
Hia team winning 12 consecutive
games and suffering no losses, B. E.
Hood, former coach in the local
schools, is setting up a new record on
the court in Burlington this year, it
was learned here yesterday. The
school there won the North Central
High School conference championship
this season.
Session Was First Held In
Two Weeks; Substantial
Fines Are Imposed
Calling seventeen cases in recorder's
court here last Tuesday, Judge Baitev
imposed several substantial fines and
meted out road sentences freely. It
was the first session held by the court
in two weeks, resulting in a compara
tively heavy docket for the day.
Grant James was fined $75, taxed
with the costs and given a six months
suspended sentence when found guil
ty of manufacturing whisky.
D. M. Roberson was fined $25 on a
reckless driving charge, the court de
ciding that a driver to one's right at
a street intersection has the right of
The case charging Claude Davis
with violating the liquor laws was
heard and continued.
Prayer for judgment was continued
in the case charging Cleo I-and with
the theft of chickens.
Prayer for judgment was also con
tinued in the case charging Lester
Keel with disposing of mortgaged
property was heard and continued.
Lewis Byrd was fined $lO and taxed
with the costs for reckless driving.
Joseph Daniel was not found guilty
of manufacturing liquor as charged in
the warrant.
In the case charging Arthur James,
S. M. and S. W. Whitaker with fak
ing liquor, James was found not guil
ty, S. M. Whitaker was fined SSO and
taxed with his part of the cost,
"S. W. Whitaker was sentenced to the
roads for six months.
Elliott Jones, charged with violating
the traffic laws, failed to answer when
he was called last Tuesday.
The case charging Charlie Owens
Vvith reckless driving was continued.
The case charging Lee Peel with an
assault was remanded to the juvenile
Papers were issued for the arrest
of Joe Hardison, who failed to an
swer when he was called in a case
charging him with larceny and receiv
; Jasper Smith was given a six months |
1 road sentence for violating the liquor |
laws, the sentence to be suspended |
upon the payment of a SSO fine and j
cost. He appealed.
John Manning, colored, was ordered
tT pay SSO to the prosecuting witness
and the costs of the case when the
court found him guilty of bastardy.
He appealed, the court requiring bond I
in the sum of SIOO.
! Supreme Court Announces
Its Decision in Myers-
Mclver Case
The Martin County Superior Court,
this week, was upheld by the state su
preme court in the case of George
Myers against Mclver, the higher
court, handing down its decision yes
terday, finding "no error."
George Myers, colored Goose Nest
cobbler, was hurt last year when he
was jacking up a car for a man named
I Mclver. He brought suit against Mc
( Iver and the insurance company and
;*vas awarded $1,510 damages. The de
j fense was not satisfied with the ver
i diet and carried it to th« higher court
on appeal.
Myers, 70 years old, and unable to 1
do much work, is planning to estab
lish himself as a cobbler in Oak City.
| Decisions are now pending in the
j supreme court in two cases originat- |
ing in this county. Decisions are ex- ,
pected within the next few days in
one of them if not in both of them." j
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W. C. Voorhees New
Federal Agent Here
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■ Federal Prohibition Agent Thomas j
R. Gibbs, stationed here during the
past several months, was transferred
back to the western district today, '
and will continue his work in and out
of Asheville. Agent W. C. Voorhees,
of Pinnacle, N. C., newly appointed
by the Government, has arrived to
take Gibbs' place.
While destroying a still yesterday.
Agent Gibbs was painfully but not
seriously burned when a bucket ex
ploded, throwing boiling tar on his
forehead and neck.
County Teams Invited To
Take Part in Tournament
Four Martin County schopls, Oak
City, Robersonville, Jamesville, and
Williamston have been invited to send
their basketball teams to Ahoskie
early next month to take part in a
Second tournament planned by athletic
authorities there.
Martin was represented in the first
tournament held in Ahoskie last year,
but it ia not known just at this time
whether all or any will accept the in
vitations extended this week. '
Federal Aid For Growers To
Be Available
Death and Birth Rates Are
The Same for Town
Of Everetts
According to vital statistics filed
with the register of deeds, Cross Roads
Township is another prolific district
in this county, a birth rate of 31.5 per
1,000 population having been reported
there for the past year. The town
ship with a birth rate higher than that
for the state also reported a higher
death rate for the period. The death
rate in the district was 13.2 per 1,000
populaion. There were 42 births, 24
among the whites and IV among the
colored, 4 of the colored being listed
as illegitimate. Of the 15 deaths re
ported there, (> were among white peo
The town of Everetts broke even,
as far as the number of births and
deaths and rates are concerned, four
of each being reported in the town
during 1931. Statistics for the town
are the most unusual of any of those
repored in six districts, there being
four births and four deaths, all con
fined to the white race. Both the
white and colored people there arc
holding their own, but it is unusual
for the statistics to reveal neither a
single death nor a single birth among
the colored population. With four
deaths and four births among the
whites, the town has the same rates,
14.8 births and 14.8 deaths per 1,000
population. The colored will have to
be content with their old rates.
Last year, Cross Roads had a death
rate of 13.7 and a birth rate of 28.1,
the records revealing a slight increase
in the death rate and an increase of
3.4 in the birth rate. In 1930, Ever
etts reported four births, giving the
town the same birth rate for the two
years. That year, however, there were
six deaths, a resulting rate of 13.7
per 1,000 population.
Located at Everetts, Plant
Will Employ More
Than 30 Workers
A Ahirt factory, giving work to 30
women employees and a few men, will
begin operations at 'Everetts next
Monday morning, it was learned from
Mr. Van G. Taylor, who was here
The operators, Messrs. Rice and
Rabil, recently purchased the equip
ment from the Planters and Merchants
Bank and installed it on the second
floor of the Champion Auto Company
building. Eight women, experienced
in the manufacture of shirts, are ex
pected to begin work when "the fac
tory opens Monday morning, the plant
employing other workers from Ever
etts, Williamston, and other parts of
the county, it was stated.
Local Basketball Boys Win
Over Ahoskie and Oak City
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1 The local high school basketball
teams divided honors with Ahoskie's
teams there last Tuesday night when
Coach Bouknight's boys won 26 to 9,
and the girls lost 16 to 7.
1 The local boys added another vic
' tory to their list yesterday afternoon
i when they defeated* Oak City 23 to
119 in a fast game played at Oak
j City.
| The game scheduled' with Farm
Life for this afternoon has been post
poned, the locals going there next
! Thursday afternoon, it was unofficial
ly reported this morning.
Enterprise Editor Confined
To His Bed with Bad Cold
Editor W. C. Manning continues ill
at his home suffering a bad cold. In
bed since the early part of the week,
he is not expected out before Sunday
or Monday.
One Preaching Service at
the Baptist Church Sunday
' There will be but one preaching
service at the Baptist church Sunday
and that will be at the morning hour.
Sunday 'achool and young people's
organizations will meet according to
It is believed that following the
churcl) school ending tonight in the
community that the Sunday schools
all over town should register an in
creased attendance and a .new en
thusiasm Sunday.
The general public is welcome to
any or all of our services.
According to information re
ceived here this week, J. Calvin
Smith, Robersonville attorney, is
announcing his candidacy for nom
ination as representative of Mar
tin County in the next General
Assembly. His announcement is
subject to the Democratic primary
to be held June 4, next.
Mr, Smith was nominated and
elected without opposition in 1930,
and ably represented his county
during his long stay in the legis
Two Martin Men Charged
With Entering Store
At Leggetts
Lester« Briley, 22, and Nathan
Scott, 18, white llovs of this county,
were arrested last Wednesday morn
ing between Hassell and Hamilton in
connection with the-robbery of J. T.
Lawrence's* store at Leggetts, near
Tarboro, tlit night before. The ar
rests were made at the home of a rela
tive of Scott's on the Salsbury farm,
by Sheriff C. B. Roebuck, of this
county, and Deputy Sheriff Watson,
of Edgecombe.
The boys are said to have carted
away a rille, four suits of clothes, six
pairs of shoes, eight pairs of socks,
belts, bullets, watches, fountain pens,
around 8110 pennies and s.i in nickels
and dimes, All the merchandise was
reccvercd and most of the money was
stilt in the hands of the young men
when they were arrested.
Denying they had entered the store,
the boys claimed that a colored man
stole the goods and gave a large share
to them.
Uriley and Sc itt arc now in jail in
Edgecombe awaiting trial.
Tadlock Garage and Store
Destroyed By Fire There
Early Last Night
The local fire company was called
to Y\ indsor last night shortly after
9 o'clock when fire wrecked the Tad-
Jock garage and a store on Main
Street there and threatening" cJflier
buildings. The fire was under control
when the Wrllramstrm company reach
ed there, but one connection was made
to the water mains by the Williamston
Believed to have started from de
fective wiring, the fire burned close to
the Standard gas station, and at one
time the Dames from explosions in
the garage reached almost across the
•street. A new Ford car,—not the
new model—was saved when a num
ber of persons broke a front window
and pushed it out.
The Edenton company was also call
ed but it was turned back at the
Chowan bridge, it was stated.
China and Japan Believed
on Verge of Major Crash
All efforts apparently failing to ef
fect peace, it now looks as if China
and Japan arc on the verge of a major
clash. the aggressor, has or
dered China to withdraw from the
Cliapei-Woosung fronts or take the
consequences. China has stated her
position in the matter and is going to
take the* consequences, the actions of
both countries paving the way for
major conflicts. Bringing into action
its heavy artillery, China is said to
have fired on the' Japanese fleet in
the river i ar %' into the
Japanese marine headquarters in the
liongkew district.
Raymond Gurganus Died
In Bear Grass Wednesday
Raymond Gurganus, 18 years old,
died at the home of his mother, Mrs.
Addie Gurganus, in Bear Grass Town
ship, early Wednesday morning of
Funeral services were conducted at
2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon by
Rev. Z. T. Picphoff, Presbyterian
minister, purial was in the family
plot on the home farm.
The young man is survived by his
jnother, two sisters, Mrs. Jeff Taylor,
of Robersonville, Mrs. Willie White
hurst, of two broth
ers, Mar\jn Gurganus, of Norfolk, and
Craven Gurganus, of Bear Grass. His
father, Rawlston Gurganus, died a
bout two years ago.
Watch the Label On Your
Paper As It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expires
No Loans Can Be Made In
County Before Latter
Part of February
Although it is believed that there
are few Martin, farmers who are eli
gible for loans this year, information
received here indicates that a large
number will- apply for federal aid.
Several farmers made known their de
sires for loans before the Reconstruc-
tion Finance Corporation act was ever
passed, and since the legislation has
become law, the number seeking aid in
this county has been materially in
No applications have been officially
filed in the county so far, and it is
understood that no applications blanks
have been received by County Agent
Brandon up until this time. How
ever, Mr. Brandofl could not be reach
ed today, and it could not be learned
whether lie had received detailed in
structions and blanks necessary to
making loans.
It is believed that farmers desiring
to apply for loans will find it to their
advantage to wait a few more days,
or un,ti! such time as the county agent,
who will handle the loans, receives tin
blanks and studies the accompanying
The following digest of rules and,
regulations relative to loans to farm
ers under the finance act was released
banners -desiring to make applica
tions for loans under the Reconstruc
tion finance act should apply to the
county farm agent for t/ie proper
blanks. In counties whene its use is
deemed sufficient seciiriti for such
loan, x, ...
J. No loans for crop production in
1 *'32 will be made to any a{>|>licant in
excess of S4OO. Total amount of
loans to tenants of any one landowner
in a single cr/iinty shall not exceed
A. Loans for the purchase of fer-
I tillzer will lie made only in those
counties where its use is deemed nec
essary by the department of agricul
B. Loans will be based on cost of
all supplies necessary for crop produc
tion, including fertilizer, but not in
excess of si> per acre, except for to
bacco where it 'is S4O per acre and
potatoes which maximum rate is S2O
per acre.
( . Loans not to exceed, $1 per acre
will be made for re; air,., and—miscel
laneous expenses o(~i i >p priitluVtiofijN
other Than sfcilr~ fer: :l zer.—fpcrh for
work stock, and fuel and oil tY."r trac
tors used in crop production.
li. Loa;t:> in ar.v.sun;i not to exceed
$2 per acre will be in; de for the pur
chase of materials for spraying . and
(luting material, for bearing fruit
trees and vineyards.
E. Loans will not be made for the
purchase of machinery o,- livestock, or
for the feeding of livest ■ k other than
wudt stock used in ct\>(T production,
or for the payment of taxes, debts, or
interest on debts.
4. Noloans will be made to any ap-'
plicant who did not operate a farm in
19.11. Loans will not be made for a
total acreage of crops in excess of
the average of the acreage planted b>
the borrower in 1930 and 1931. Loins
will not be made for the purchase of
machinery, of livestock, or for the feed
ing of livestock other than work stock
used in crop production, or for the
payment of taxes, debts, or interest on"'
5. If the applicant for the loan is a
tenant, he must secure the waiver of
the actual owner of the land.
6. Applications for loans must be
filed in time to be received by the
designated representative of the se:re
tary of agriculture at the
loan office, not later than April 30,
Another Record ftgg
Killing In This County
Another record hog killing was re
ported this week, when Farmer J. G.
Staton killed and salted 15,000 pounds
of meat. The tttthug* were killed-on
one of Mr. Staton's farms near here,
and packed at his home here.
Local Automobile License
Bureau Closed This Week
Closing here last Wednesday, the
automobile license bureau maintained
in the. Williamston Motor Co. build
ing by the Carolina Motor Club, re
ported the sale of 2,400 automobile
and truck The 2,075 auto and
327 truck plates sold for around $33,-
500, Mr. Joe Gray Corey, assistant
manager, reported yesterday.
- The 1932 sale at the local bureati
was 190 less than it was a year ago.

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