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Hundred Martin County Home*
Comparatively Late Trans
planting Period Likely
In County This Year
Hopes for an early tobacco trans
planting period in the county this
year are no longer entertained by far
men. Cold weather following a mild
season has delayed the plants and in
many, many sections is resulting in a
serious shortage.
During the early part of January
a goodly number of farmers in the
county planted their seeds. The plants
were up and growing within a com
paratively short time, the spring-like
weather advancing theirt rapidly. An
early setting was then in prospect.
Winter weather struck in March and
kiiled the tender plants all over the
section, only /a few beds escaping. Re
planting was reported on many farms,
other growers failing to plant again
because they believed the plants would
survive the cold. In nearly every
caae, those farmers failing to replant
seed are now disappointed. If they
have plants at all they are late and it
will be the middle of May before
transplanting can be carred on on a
large scale, it is believed.
A number of farmers are said to
have replanted their beds as late as
two weeks ago.
In Goose Nest, Bear Grass,
sonville and Jamesville Townships
marked shortages of plants have been I
reported. Commissioner Joshua L.'
Colt rain, in Williams Township, re
ports plenty of plants in his beds, and
believes he will be prepared to make
early settings. J. D. Wynn, Bear!
Grass Township farmer, said there are
few plants in his section. Harold Ev-'
erett, big Poplar Point Township far
mer, reported he had plenty of plants,'
but they were late, that transplanting
could not be started on his farm be- 1
fore the first part of May, he thought.'
SALES $1,176.71
Partial List -of Articles and
Prices Announced for
Tomorrow • •
Last Saturday the total tales for the
year on the curb market went over the
SI,OOO mark. The total for the year
waa $1,176.71. This amount was turn
ed back into the pockets of farmers'
wives in the county. The monthly
aummary gathered from the tellers for
the month showed $102.66 taken id
during the month; $23.39 of thii a
mount was spent for cakes, $17.54 for
poultry, $11.05 for cream, $9.61 for
meat, $25.73 miscellaneous, $1.69 for
vegetables, $7.68 for eggs, 35 cents for
flowers, 40 cents for canned products,
and 52 cents for milk. Three tellert
here oa the market told over $4 worth
of produce last week.
The agent has two packages of grass
teed obtained from Wood't Seed Co.,
and one package will be given away
tomorrow to the perton purchasing the
first $1 worth on the market. The
last package will be given away next
A partial liat of prices follow:
Esg*. 10 cents per dozen; cream, 25
cents per pint; kale, 2 pounds, 5 cents;
turnips, 3 pounds 5 cents; cakes, 15
to 18 cents pound; chickens, 15 cents
pound; collards, 3 pounds 5 cents; tur
nip greens, 3 pounds 5 cents; spring
onions, 4 cents bunch; meal, 20 cents
peck; irish potatoes, 10 pounds 12
cents; sweet potatoes, 10 pounds 12
District Oratorical Contest
In School Here Tonight
A district oratorical contest, the first
in a series to be held in the State and
nation to determine the winners of a
SI,OOO scholirship and JSOO in cash,
is being held in the colored school
building here tonight with orators'
coming from Elizabeth City, Beaufort'
New Bern, Kinston, and -Green villa
to take part. Christiana Beasley will
represent the local school, it was an
nounced this morning by Principal E.
J. Hayes, district director of the con
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Kills Fox Caught in Act
Oi Stealing Chickens
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Roper.—Mrs. B. C. Bray has been
missing chickens. Last Tuesday morn
ing she heard an unusual noise on
the front porch of her home, which is
in the Mill Pond section. Rushing
to the front she saw a big fox with
one of her chickens. Acting quickly,
she rushed into the house and got a
double-barreled shot gun and killed
the animal.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Nicholson and
' son, Cornelius Ward, of Baltimore,'
in visiting relatives here this week. !
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Remarkable Progress Made
By Presbyterian
County in Pas
The week beginning April 10 ha*
been designated aa a time when a
concerted drive will be made to
clean up and paint up. repair and
improve the town, it waa announc
ed by th« president of the William
ston Woman's Club, which organi
sation is sponsoring the move
ment. The entire citizenship,
white and colored, will be asked
to take part in the taak, and an
active response is expected. Plan
now to take part in the campaign.
Holding Funeral Service in
Church There at 2:30
This Afternoon
• Wiley Rogerson, prominent county
business man and one of Roberson
ville's most popular and worthy citi
zens, died at his home there early yes
terday morning. He had been in poor
health for nearly three years, and dur
ing the past four weeks he was con
fined to his bed, attending physicians
attributing his death to some peculiar
type of blood disease.
Born and reared on a farm in Bear
Grass Township 62 years ago, Mr.
Rogerson left the farm when a young
man and entered the mechanical and
machinery business in Robersonville.
His firm, handling all types of farm
machinery and automobiles, grew
rapidly. For the past several years
he has operated the Robersonville Oil
Company, distributor* of Texaco prod
His wife, formerly Miss Maggie
Wynn,.with three children, Mrs. Earl
VanNortwick, Miss Rachel Rogerson,
and Wiley B. Rogerson, all of Rober
sonville, survive*.
Mr. Rogerson was recognized as a
friend by all who knew him, giving of
his time and aid to further the cause
of good in his community. He was
active in the affairs of his church.
Funeral services are being held in
the Christian church at Roberionville
thi» afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by Rev.
J. M. Perry, pator. Interment will
follow in the New Cemetery therev
William H. Williams Pain
fully, but Not Seriously
Hurt Wednesday
William H. ("Spec") Williams, local
young boy, was painfully but not ser
ious shot by Grover Nicholson at the
latter'a home near here late laat
Wednesday night, the victim main
taining that the shooting was accident
al. The sheriff's office, working on the
ease at the present time, is under
stood to have collected much conflict
ing evidence, one of the officers stat
ing that Williams and L. H. Gurganus,
a witness, were talking but little.
The shot, fired from a .45 caliber
pistol, ia said to have pierced the mus
cles of Williams' right arm and con
tinued on, boring a second hole in
his hand. He is able to be out today.
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Announcement of Contest
Winners Again Delayed
Announcement of winners in |he
"Milk-forHealth" essay contest was
unavoidably delayed again yesterday,
and it will be some time next week
before the winners are known, it was
learned from the office of the county
board of education here this morning.
The names of the winners will be made
public as soon as possible. -- .
Call for Bids for Hauling
Mail To Washington, N. C.
Bids for hauling mail from this point
to Washington each week-day evening
and back each week-day morniqg will
be received by the Post Office Depart
ment, Washington, D. C., until the
26th of this month, it was announced
yesterday by Postmaster Jesse T.
Price here. Detaila may be had at the
local office.
Baptist Philatheas Will
Hold No Meeting in April
No meeting of the local Baptist
Philathea Class will be held during
the month of April, Mrs. J. Sam Get
singer, class officer, announced this
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, April 1, 1932
Destroys Martin County's
I Chances of Recovering
HAVE ERECTED ! Around $5,000.00
3 CHURCHES IN A claim entered Martin and sev-
TJAQrp o V TTAP Q eral o,her count »es in 'his section to
* "O lux £i/\lv O gasoline taxes collected for the months
• * | of April. May and June last year was
Roberson's Chapel in Cross U P«* last Wednesday when the State
Roads Is Newest Unit Cour J h ! ld ihe Statf
r***,«»» ; hd not owe the pUtntiflf counties the
in County Ux money a ii ege i d ue them.
Organized here as a congregation a- I Martin - ckimin « » round S 5 - 000 .
. , . .. . r 4 jTicd with Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie Ire
bout three years ago, Martin County'. ~ . ... . .
,dell, Chowan, and Washington Coun-
Presbyterians have made a marked tieSj the casc before j udge N A sjn .
progress in religious activities and ma-eclair in Beaufort Superior Court sev
terial tft"owth during that time. The , era ' months ago. "
latest achievement is the recent com- These eight counties had tnade
pletion of a chapel on Roberson's jclaims against the state treasurer for
Farm in Cross Roads Township, the ( refunds on gasoline. The general as
church there being the third'house of | ' i *" n il»ly of 1929 levied a gasoline tax
worship erected by the Presbyterians ' cent for aid to the counties in
in this .county during the past three 'heir road upkeep. The legislature of
years. 1931 repealed all these earlier acts and
The expansion of the church in this
county i» summed up as follows:
"A church a year has been the
unique record of.the handful of Pres-
Mn-jVaus ,that organized themselves
in the "First Presbyterian church in
and of Willianiston just a little over
three years ago, and who called their
first pastor in May, 192 V, less than
three years ago. Beginning in Wil
lianiston as a home base from which
to do religious work throughout the
county, local Presbyterians, assisted by
I friends through the State and Nation,
built, in the spring of 1930, a beauti
ful church building on the corner of
Main and Watts Street. The policy
adopted by this little group was that
they would have only one service each
Sunday for themselves, on Sunday
morning, and that the rest of their
time and services would be given to
near-by points in need of religious
teaching. Following this policy they
held religious services in the school
house at Bear Grass for two years.
At the end of this time, with only one
member but having an average attend
ance on service of 80 or more, they
began the erection of a brick veneer
church, which was completed in. the
spring of 1931, and as a consequence
this community now has a thriving
Sunday school each Sunday morning
and a worship and sermon hour each
"Feeling the ne(d of a Sunday school
in her vicinty, Mrs. Rube Keel asked
the Presbyterian minister to come out
into their community on Sunday aft
ernoon and help them with oiie. This
was in July, 1930. Beginning with a
.handful of scholars in an old 3-room
tenant house, which they later bought
and moved to an acre of ground given
to the church by Mr. and Mrs, John
11. Roberson, this group has increased
until there are over 100 present at
Sunday school and prayer meeting al
most every meeting.
On January 17th of this year a num
ber of the men and boys began to cut
timber for a new church. This tim
ber was sold on the ground, and with
the proceeds, plus about SSOO in cash,
they began to erect their chapel. For
two weeks; from 4 to 20 men came
every day and gave their labor toward
its erection, with the result that only
SSO was spent for the plans and sup
ervision of the work. About 40 men
gave from 1 to 12 days of their time
to this work of the Lord. The ladies
and children cleaned up the yard and
planted some flowers. The weather
was good enough throughout to allow
every session of the Sunday school
and prayer meeting to be held in the
old building. But on February 14th
the first Sunday school session and
preaching service was held in the com
pleted building with about 125 people
This original group of 18 Presby
terians has not only, made splendid
progress in brick and mortar, but in
less than three years their number has
increased from 18 to 72, and whereas
in 1929 they conducted but one Sun
day school with an average attendance
of 25, they now have thcee with an
average attendance each Sunday of
over 200."
Home Demonstration Clubs
Carry on Welfare Activities
The welfare committee of the home
demonstration club of Everetts, head
ed by Mrs. Hattie Daniel and Mrs.
Urnie Bunting, reported passing on
25 garments to those worthy in their
community last montfif
The women in Parmele at their reg
ular club meeting held Tuesday of last
week reported haying passed on over
90 garments to colored and white
worthy families in their communities.
Welfare committees are helping Th the
majority of clubs throughout the coun
ty. Some of the clubs have held spec
ial meetings for this work. The clubs
doing this are Holly Springs, Mace
donia, Parmele, Everetts, Poplar Chap
el, and Ange Town, Poplar Point.
t reorganized the whole state highway
jbusinss. It took over the county roads
% tin construction and maintenance. But
_ j there was a lapse between the ratifica
j tion of the act and the beginning of
( the reorganization. The act became
r effective July 1 as to the change in the
r commission, but the highway act went
( into effect April 1. That left the three
months in which the counties received
, 'no tax.
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. i Judge Sinclair, hearing the case,
r quickly decided that the counties con
( testing had the right to those funds.
. j They were considerable and if all the
f counties had put in a claim the state
, probably would have had to pass out
i a half million to the counties. It was
, contended that some of the bounties
. ( uscd their funds for debt service and
. 'that they would be embarrassed by
, the loss of this money,
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Storage House at the K. G.
Strawbridge.Home Was
Burned Wednesday
The local fire company was called
' out twice this week, going to the ga
-1 ! rage of Dr. J. H. Saunders last Tues
day afternoon and to the home of
Guthrie Strawbridge early Wednesday
' night. VJ
! The Hudson sedan belonging; to the
doctor caught fire when the engine
backfired, but the company was on the
spot before any great damage result
I A small storage house a few feet
from the Strawbridge residence caught
fire and burned down, the fire com
pany finding it impossible to save the
structure as no water mains were near.
| The small truck tank was emptied
twice and the blaze was confined to
the one building. Mr. Strawbridge
was out of town and those at home
were unable to assign a cause for the
origin fire. Several antiques
and other household furniture were de
stroyed along with the small building.
While the fire damage was confined to
the building and its contents, much of
I the household furniture was wrecked
'when neighbors started moving it from
the home. No* damage estimate was
'obtainable, and it could not be learned
! whether insurance was carried on the
building and its contents.
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T/H « vvmt A m
C. O. Moore and Company,
Offering Kelvinator In
All Latest Models
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, C. (). M oore and Company, leading
, merchants here, were recently appoint:,,
i__ed Kelvinator dealers for this vicinity,
. 'offering the leading make of electrical
, refrigerators in various sizes and mod
i els. Demonstration's are willingly ar
: ranged at any time, and easy payment
plans can be devised. '
| Recently the company sent one of
j its employees, William Gurganus, to
a Kelvinator school, and he is prepared
' to install and service promptly all ma
chines of that make.
. Presbyterians Announce ,
■ > Their County Services
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i Sunday, April 3, 1932:
Church school at 10 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 11:15
> a. m. This 'is Communion Sunday, a
: most fitting way to begin the new
• church year. You are invited to come
! 'and sit at the Lord's Able with us.
Bear Grass
i Church school at 9:30 a. m. 1
Worship service and sermon at 7:45
p. m.
i Rob«rson's Farm
Church school at 3 p. m.
Begin the new church year right by
going to church.
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Roberson'i Farm Presbyterian Mission, pictured above, has had a re
markable growth since its organization about a year ago. Located about
5 1-2 miles from Williamston, the building shown here is one of the three
Presbyterian church structures in the county.
Many New Features Are
Incorporated in Ford's
Latest Model !
Complete details of the new V-R cyl
inder Ford car, which is to be intro
duced here next week, were made pub
lic today by N. C. Green, of the Wil
liamston Motor Company, local Ford
«■ The New Ford is large, long, t
roomy, fast powerful, and alert,. Its
V-8 cylinder engine develops 65 horse- '
power and it is capable of 75 miles an
Fourteen body types of modern,
streamline design are offered. A four
cylinder engine developing 50 horse
power also can be supplied with any
of these body types at a lower price.
Numerous 'mechanical advances are
incorporated in the new car. These
embrace a synchronized silent gear
shift and silent second gear, rubber
engine mountings, down-draft carbu
retor and carburetor silencer, auto
matic spark control, fuel pump and
rear fuel tank. Other Improvements
include a newly designed rear spring,
thermostatically 'controlled Houdaille
double-acting shock absorbers, large
four-wheel brakes, newly designed elec
trically welded steel-spoke'wheels with
large hubs and hub caps- and large
tires. The chassis aiid running gear
are cushioned by rubber insulators in
the spring shackles and shock ab
sorber links. The body is insulated
from the frame by rubber pads.
The new bodies arc fresh and mod
ern, from the gracefully bounded V
type radiator "fll rear- bumper.- The air
flow lines out by the long
hood with hs rustics steel center strip,
the slanting safety glass windshield,
and grounded roof line. The convex
lamps, full-crowned fenders and long,
low running board harmonize with the
balance of the design.
Body "interiors arc roomy and rich
ly furnhhed. v Seats arc of new style,
designed for utmost comfort. Driver
seats in all closed cars are adjustable;
A large ventilator is provided in the
cowl. The oval instrument panel is
in engine turned finish antl has a rust
less steel mounting strip. Inside sun
visors, which fold out of the way when
not in use, are provided in all closed
cars. •
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Suffers Broken Collar Bone
In Auto Wreck Near Here
Charlie Frank, local merchant, suf
fered a broken collar bone and sever- ,
a I minor cut* when his Chevrolet
coupe was struck by a truck and turn-J
ed over between here and Everetts late
Wedneiday night. The truck failed J
to »top, and Mr v Frank found it
essary to walk here, several miles, i
reach medical aid. ,He could not id«n-,i
tify the truck that hogged the road (
and sideswiped hi* car. No great ;
damage was done to the Chevrolet.
The New Ford V-8 engine is remark
ably free from vibration. Frequent .and
overlapping impulses deliver the pow
er in a smooth constant flow.
The engine is of the 90-degree V
type, developing 65 brake horsepower
at 3400 r.p.m. The 65-pound crank
shaft iti of the 90-degree type, with its
four* cranks at right angle* to each
other, »
A cast aluminum cover embracing
the intake manifold forms the top of
the engine, giving it an unusually fin:
ished appearance. The down-draft car
buretor and the fuel pump are mount
ed o» .this .cover. -
The distributor operates *directly
from the front end of the camshaft,
eliminating the use of interposed gears.
Spark control is automate. Crank
shaft and crank pin bearings are lubri
cated by pressure, as are the main
bearings of the camshaft. I'istons and
valves are oiled by spray and splash.
The riding comfort of the cars is
due to many factors, but particularly
to the new flexible transverse canti
lever springs, larger tires, rubber in
sulation, and the newly designed shock
absorbtrs. ' .
Jury Was Given Case Just
Before Noon Wednesday
. j Following heated discussion* lasting
. more than six hours; a Martin Coun
. ty jury rendered a verdict late YVednes
. day afternoon favoring the defendant
| in the case brought by Henry John
json against the Standard Fertilizer
Company. Johnson, alleging that the
company had broken a contract with
him, was suing for $1,4t)h05, claimed
t» be due him as commissions from
the sale of fertilizers during the year
| The case, reckoned as oue of the
most interesting one'-of the session
was called Monday morning with
Attorneys J. G. Smith,' of Roberson
ville, and Hugh CI. Horton, of Wil
liamston, rpresenting' I'laiutilT John
son and Attorneys A. R. Dunning and
K. 1.. Coburn representing the fer
tilizer company. During a greater
part of the day Mr. Johnson was
examined by the attorneys in the
case, a few witnesses answering brief
questions just before the tribunal ad
journed late Monday-afternoon. Mitch
evidence 'was heard Tuesday morning,
and shortly after the noon hour, the
attorneys started their —arguments.
Messjp> t Coburn, Horton and Dunning
pleading for their clients in,
rooting Lawyer Smith off tin- speaking
program that day. Mr. Smith was
given his turn Wednesday morning,
and he with his speech anil Judge J.
Raul Frizzelle with bis charg# to the
jury held theXcenter of the stage until
shortly befor^the 410011 hour when the
jury began its deliberations.
Immediately after the case went lo
the jury, the court called another jury
and started 011 thd mwh;tried and
long drawn out lawsuit of the Dill,
Cranier, Iruitt Cornprjrton against
I Downs. Of the VI cases on the civil
docket there were good prospectsiihis
('Horning of completing three of them
by jury before the court completed its
two weeks term today or tomorrow.
Regular County Meetings
To Be Held Here Monday
I lit- advertising of delinquent tax
payers names will probably be one of
the main discussions before the Mar
tin County Hoard of Commissioners in
regular meeting here next Monday, it
was unofficially reported here this
morning, A marked decrease in the
number of charity appeals is predict
ed, and few tax complaints are expect
ed at the meeting.
Administering the oath of office to
Eli Hoyt Ange, newly appointed mem
ber of the Martin County lioard of
Education, is expected to feature the
program of business before that, body
in regular monthly session next Mon
day. Various reports will be studied
by both hoards, it is understood.
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Successful Production Oi
Senior PJay Is Predicted
Reports released last
practice indicate , the successful -stag-,
ihg of the play, "At the End of the
Rainbow," by the senior class here
next Friday night in the high school
auditorium. The play is being coached,
by Miks Annie Shields VanDyke,
member of the high school faculty. i
The play is the second in the series :
of commencement programs planned
in the school this year. Tonight, the
juniors and seniors are enjoying them
selves'at a banquet in the Woman's'
Club hall.
To Start Series of Revival \
Services at Bethany Church
Rev. Fred Weaver, Holiness minis-,
ter of Lenoir, will start a series of re
vival services in the Bethany Pente
costal Holiness church, near here, J
next Monday night, it was
this week. The services will continue |
over a period ol two week* and prob-J
ably longer, it wm* said. The public
is cordially invited to ktteod,
Watch the Labal On Your
P"P*r Aa It Carrie* tit* Data
Whan Expiree
Corrections Are Made And
Loans Again Sent To
Washington City >
I he nearly ISO applications made by
Martin County farmers for government
loans this year were delayed a few
days this week when a technical error
in all the blanks was discovered by in
vestigators in Washington City. The
application! were returned' for correc
tion, and a feu have been altered and
returned already- the delay is regret
ted, but just could not be helped, a
member of the local committee said
Very few applications have been
made during the past few days, accord
ing to Mr. \\ . I". Meadows, who had
the following, to say:
A great many 'desiring loans do
not seem to exactly understand the
white sheet, which is the regular ap
plication blank. On this sheet the
questions are numerous, asking the ap
plicants how many mules they have,
how many cows, how many pigs, and
several other questions that the gov
ernnient wants answered for certain
reasons as to the applicant's ability to
farm. These questions have nothing
to do with the crop lien taken by the
government on the growing crop only.
Ihe reason why I am writing this is
because a tenant, in taking the red
crop lien sheet back fyr the landowner
sign, invariably brings it back say
ing the government wants them to sign
up for alt the mules, carts, wagons,
cows, chickens, etc., and we have to
explain all this over two c?r three times,
telling them that all the government
wants is a lien on the anticipated
crop to be planted this year. The oth
er information asked by them is to
see how much thfcy have to help them
live at home."
Comparatively Few Cases
Originated In Martin
Since Last Court
Another convention"
is scheduled to be held in Washington
next week. Federal Judge I. M. Meek
ins convening court there Monday for
the trial of liquor -cases mainly, Com
paratively few cases originated in this
county, the tiumher of defendants be
ing fewer than usual by half this term.
Surrounding counties in the district
are said to have slightly more than
their usual number of cases scheduled
, (or trial next week.
The fourteen defendants and the,
charges preferred against them are as
Irving James, possession and sell
ing; Gus Leggett, manufacturing; Wal
ter Mullock, manufacturing; Herbert
llullock possession and selling; George
> I'eel, manufacturing; Sylvester l)an
liel, manufacturing; Claude NVoolard,
I manufacturing; Walter (Jolting sell
ing;, Andrew Harris, selling; John A.
, Griffin, possession and transporting;
James » Bailey, manufacturing; John
1 Lee, 'manufacturing; Wright Smith,
manufacturing. -
Urge Large Attendance at
Methodist Church Sunday
C. T. Rogers, pastor.
Why can't every Sunday be Easter
Sunday? Was it not fine to see so *■
| many out tochurchjjind Sunday school
and all seem to enjoy being out. I
'am sure those who attended the serv
ices last Sunday have felt better than
those who did not and better than
' you would have felt if you' had not
attended. Why not let every Sunday
be Faster Sunday and all people so
'observe it?
| Alter all, that is where we get our
[Sunday, the day of the resurrection.
Jesus, our Saviour, came.# from the
i tomb on this day, and to those who
' observe it in the right way, they are
commemorating this wonderful
miracle of all miracles.
So, remember, next Sunday will be
jiiiothcr opportunity to show your ap
preciation for what God has done for
' you in so many ways, especially in
| the death and resurrection of His
blessed son.
' We will have special music at both
morning and evening services. You
' are cordially invited to meet with us.
I' Services at the usual hour.
Ifl/'g Program on at the
I Watts Here Tomorrow
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I Amusement-seekers wil have their
day tomorrow when the Watt* Thea
tre opens at 1 p. m. and continues un
til U p. m., with one of it* best pro-
I grams of the year, and all for 10 cents.
|ln addition to the regular program,
| Chick and Andy, famous radio broad
j caster* and recording artiste will make
four appearances during the afternoon
j and evening.

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