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VOLUME XXXV—NUMBER 15
AT MEET MONDAY
Few Changes Are Made In
Election Officials by
Meeting here yesterday morning, the
Martin County Board of Elections
completed arrangements (or holding
the primary June 4 and the election
next fait in tlTis county. Discussing
the suggestion of the county Demo
cratic executive committee for the dis
continuance of the Hassell precinct,
the board voted to have it continued.
Only two members, Messrs. Sylves'
ter Peel and J. R. Winslow, attended,
Mr. C. B. Fagan, the third member,
failing to report at a meeting sched
uled for last Saturday and the one
Appointments of registrars and
judges of election for the 1932 primary,
or primaries, as the case may be, and
election were made and announced by
Chairman Sylvester Peel as follows:
Jamesville Precinct, No. I.—J. R.
Manning, registrar; J. R. Stallings and
Charlie Davenport, judges of election.
Williams Precinct, .No. 2.—Lee D.
Hardison, registrar; J. N. Hopkins and
Charles L. Daniel, judges of election.
Griffins Precinct, No. 3. S. Oscar
Peel, registrar; W. T. Roberson and
George E. Peel, judges of election.
Bear Grass Precinct, No. 4.—Den
nis Bailey, registrar; A. B. Rogerson
and W. A. Brown, judges of election.
Williamston Precinct, No. S. —Luth-
er Peel, registrar; Roy T. Griffin and
Charles Cowan, judges of election.
Crosa Roads Precinct, No. 6. J. S
Ayers, registrar; J. D. Barnhill and
Willie Ausbon, judges of election.
Poplar Point Precinct, No. 7.—W
S. White, registrar; W. S. Leggett and
Herman Harrison, judges oj election.
Robereonville Precinct, No. B.—J. K.
Ross, registrar; Eli Rodgers and L.
N. Vick, judges of election.
Gold Point Precinct, No. 9. J. L
Croom, registrar; J. Henry Roberson
and H. L. Keel, judges of election.
Hamilton Precinct, No. 10.— J. A.
Davenport, registrar; Dave S. Mat
thews and John S. Ayers, judges of
Hamilton Precinct, No. 10.— J. A.
.Davenport, registrar; T. C. Allsbrook
and J. T. Savage, judges of election.
Haasell Precinct, No. 12.—C. L.
Nelson, registrar; E. R. Edmondson
and Frank Weaver, judges of election.
Registration book* will be opened
to citizens coming of voting age since
the last primary on Saturday of next
week and continue open through Sat
urday, May 21.
First Transplantings Are
Reported on Farm Near
Parmer* in this county started trans
planting their 1932 tobacco crop, the
first transplantings being reported yes
terday on the old Riddick farm oper
ated by J. G. Staton two miles out on
th« Washington Road. As far as it
coald be learned the two acres trans
planted yesterday were the first in this
Transplantings were reported in the
Bethel section several days ago on a
small scale. /-
The transplanting work in this coun
ty will hardly be under way on a
large scale before some time next
week or the first of May, it is under
Therf is a shortage of plants, but
just how great a reduction in the acre
age to the crop there will be remains
a matter of speculation. Some com
munities are in a position to set out
the (i)U quota, and there are others
that are not. But it has been reliably
rumored that a search for plants is
already on, and that communities are
now, after they have found there is a
shortage in View, are planning to in
crease their acreage over that of last
Professor W. R. IVatson
Reelected Principal Here
Professor William R. Watson was
reelected principal of the local schools
at a recent meeting of the local com
mittee. The professor returns for his
„ - fourth year as head of the schools
here. No other applications for posi
tions during the 1932-33 term were
discussed at the meeting, but it is un
derstood the committee will meet
within the next few days to complete
the faculties for the schools.
A. J. Maxwell To Speak
In Courthouse Tomorrow
A. J/llaxwell, one of the three can
didates for the governorship nomina
' tion, it scheduled to speak in the court
house here tomorrow at noon, accord
ing to information received here this
Flat Swamp Is Scene
Of Murder Saturday
CLEAN-UP WEEK 1
No jrreat amount of cleaning up
and painting up was done here last
week, set for a campaign
conducted! by civic pride against
filth. Hoyrever, a clean-up and
paint-up drive was started, the Cul
pepper Hardware Company giving
away over 700 cans of paint.
The urge for a cleaner and neat
er town is still on, and whether
its clean-up and paint-up week or
not, it is hoped by the Woman's
Club civic committee that the
work will go forward.
FORECAST 60 PER
CENT DROP IN
However, Reduction in This
County Not Expected To
Be That Much
The State and Federal Departments
of Agriculture in a report released yes
terday predict a ()0 per cent reduction
jn tobacco acreage in this State this
year. Many farmers, acquainted .with
conditions in various sections of this
county, say the report might hold in
some sections of the tobacco territory,
but it is in error as far as Martin is
concerned. Of course, unforeseen
handicaps might present themselves,
but at the present time a fair-size plant
ing is possible the latter part of this
month or early next, it is believed by
numbers of growers.
Some farmers have no plants at all,
others have fair stands, and still others
have more thart enough for tlieir own
use. There is a shortage in the plants,
but the shortage will hardly result in a
60 per cent decrease in the crop acre
age in this county-.
The report reads:
"The March freezes damaged tobac
co beds severely in North Carolina.
; Early April inspections showed that
Jthe losses average ' probably over 25
per cent of the plants. The reduction
of the acreage was reported earlier at
24 per cent from the 1931 crop.o The
flea bug and blue mold are doing heavy
damage. The 1932 acreage may be re
duced to 60 per cent of last year. This
may really be a blessing in disguise,"
the report set forth. „
! Fruit and truck crops were not suf
ficiently developed to be seriously hurt
Iby the late March cold spell, it was
The report also set forth that due to
'lack of available cash, both rents and
farm wages have declined at a ' ter
' rific rate," and that plenty of farm 1a-
Ibor is now available for meals or any
jthing the employer feels able to give.
Tax Listing in Bear Grass
Going Forward Slowly
j Reporting on property listings for
taxation in Bear Grass Township, Mr.
John H. Roberson, list-taker, said yes
terday that all indications point to a
lla*t-mimrte rush- and. a-marked dt-.
crease in the value of personal
erty. The report is very similar to
others received from the various town
ships. ' |
Mr. Roberson states that he will be
in the town of Bear Grass three days
'this week, beginning Thursday niorn-|
ling and continuing through Saturday,
and urges all property owners to meet
him there during that period.
Convict Digs Up Old
Money While Ditching
President Hoovr> anti-hoarding
drive and his campaign to put money
'back into • circulation was aided re
cently, when a convict, ditching the
'road between. Oak City and Fountain's
Cross Roads, dug up $2,60 in old coins,
the find including pennies, half dimes
and a silver dollar. The dollar, bear
ing the date 1853, was the newest of
the coins, one half dime having been
i made back in 1837, nearly 100 years
' ago. Several of the coins are well pre
| The remains of an old pocketbook
were found around the money..
Describes Feature of
One of the high spots of interest in
each of the 55 national exhibits re
cently held by General Motors was
the tiny automatic cannon in the
Frigidaire booth, which hour after
shot heavy steel balls against a
porcelain-finished metal strip, it was
learned through the Electric Supply
Co., local dealers.
Millions of people who visited these
exhibits were greatly impressed by the
j maimer in which the porcelain-finished
metal wtthltood the batter*
| ing of the steel balls. «-
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Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, April 19, 1932
.SHOT TO DEATH;
Find Body in Church Yard
Late That Evening Near
the Martin-Pitt Line
Jesse Barnhill, young white man,
iwas mysteriously murdered early last
i Saturday evening in Pitt County, just
! across the Martin line, in the Flat
! Swamp sectiop. No arrests have been
j made so far, officers of thijs and Pitt
j County having been unable to estab
lish a clue in the case. Several the
! ories have been advanced, but they
are considered of very little value-in
determining the boy's killer. It is be
lieved by some that young Barnhill
was lured to the church lot and tjiur
! dered by an old enemy. Others think
, he was killed as a result of a bootleg-
The young man, with his father, had
been to Bethel, and when they re
turned home at 8 o'clock his father got
out of the car, the boy saying that he
was going on to the home of a neigh
bor about two hundred yards away to
get his wife. He did not go for his
wife, and 20 minutes later several resi-
dents of the Flat Swamp section heard
pistol shots. ' Two or three people,
passing along a short while after that
time saw him lying on the ground,
but thinking lie was drunk they passed
by without making an investigation.
About 11 o'clock, Mr. Leonard Tay
lor, a resident of the section,-saw him
and stopped. He reported him dead
and after officers reached the scene,
an inquest was held. TJie examina
tion disclosed two bullet holes in his
breast and three in the forehead. The
piercing the liopd continue on
Into the ground where he was lying,
j indicating that the man was down
when the last three shots were fired.
The young man, about 25 years old,
married a Miss James, of this county,
PROF. MEMORY IS
Dean of Freshmen at Wake
Forest To Speak Here
Friday, May 6
Professor Jasper 1.. Memory, jr., of|
the Wake Forest College faculty and
director of the news bureau of that
[ institution, will deliver the commence
ment address here, May 6, it was an
nounced by Principal William R. Wat-!
son this week. The May 6 program,
including Professor Memory's address,!
will mark the close of the local schools'
fur the 1931-32 term.
Pfofessor Memory' is no stranger To
residents of Martin County. He for
four years as State High School In
spector. visited and. rated the high
schools of this area, as well as in other
parts of North Carolina. He repre
sented the State. Department of Public
Instruction from 1925 until 1929, and
Tor the past tliree years has been at
HWake Forest College in the capacity
. of professor of education and dean of
Pendulum Swings Back
■j and Forth in State Politics
The old pendulum continues to
swing in the StSte and- Senate races
lin this county, according to reports
gathered from various sources.
Dick Fountain is happy over his
prospects in this county, where it is
believed by many that he will poll a
majority in the governorship race.
Tim Bowie, according to reports,
has a stronghold in the Robersonville
section, and Grist is not to be ignored
in other sections in the race for the
1 Senate. The county over, it is gen
erally believed that Morrison will lead.
. Reynolds is mustering little strength,
it is said.
Mr. Fountain was here for a short
while yesterday in the interest of his
candidacy, later going to Sunbury and
Winton to make addresses.
Contests for the various other State
offices at stake in the June primary
are receiving little attention in the
county, few people, even knowing the
f names of the various candidates.
. Local Farmer Ships Two
> More Carloads of Sweets
r Two more carloads of sweet pota
i toes are being shipped by Farmer J.
i G. Staton from his curing house here
f this week. One car was shipped yes
terday to the northern markets, and
E another is scheduled foe. shipment to
: morrow or Thursday, the J»at car
I having been "sold to the Carolina Po
tato Growers' Association with head
quarters in Florence, S. C.
Register Deeds Candidate,
i L. J. Hardison, Makes
i P .
Five candidacies for comniissioner
ship nominations in this county have
been formally advanced, Mr. V. G.
|Talor, present member of that body, I
announcing his candidacy over the
I week-end. The candidates, including
j Mr. Taylor, are -Messrs. J. E. Pope,
of Williamston; T. C. Griffin, of Grif
fins, Joshua! L. Coltrain, of Williams,
and H. C. Green, of Bear Grass,
j Mr. L. J. Hardison, in announcing
his candidacy for the register of deeds
"If nominated and elected, I prom
ise to render the service required and
j effect any saving in the office that I
i J ''l believe the taxpayers are justified
ill want nil; the cost for service in this
1 and other offices of the county reduced,
i "The salary, being fixed by the leg
; islature, will require another act to
change it, which 1 will request at the
next session. Until it is changed, and
1 while the taxpayers''income is so great
ly reduced and. the income from the
farms of which our county is largely
1 composed is so low, and while poverty
and unemployment exist to the extent
1 that it does now, 1 will donate one
third of the salary to the poor and un
fortunate people of the county."
l'he office of register of. deeds now
carries a $2,500 annual salary, the pres
ent incumbent, J. Sain Getsinger, vol
untarily accepting a 20 per cent de
crease a year or more ago, placing
the salary SSOO below the minimum
set up by the State schedule.
Professor Hix Announces
Local Club Members Will
The program of Everett* school There for Regular
closing exercises were announced to- Meet Tomorrow
day by Principal I). N. Ilix, as fol
I . . !
The second of the series of com
mencement programs will lie present
ed in the school tomorrow
night( Wednesday) at eight o'clock
when the grades of the elementary
department give an operetta, "Pan
"On Sunday morning, May 1, at 11
o'clock, Rev. J. M. Perry, of Rober
sonville, will'deliver the commence
"The school year will lie brought to
a close with the graduation' exercises
on May 6 at eight o'clock, the speaks
' er to be announced later.
I "All programs will be presented in
i the school auditorium, and the public
|is invited to attend."
1 Formal -Exercises Held at
Griffins' School Closing
V . 1
The (iriffins (Smithwick Creek) ,
school closed the 1931-32 six-months
term last Friday following a very sue-1
' cessful session. Colorful closing ar
rangements had Leen made by Pro
fessor J. 1). Lilley and the school com
mittee. A goodly number of invited
guests enjoyed a picnic dinner with
the children and their parents. K.'J.
Peel made the main address of the
day. two or three of the committee
men making a few remarks.
The school was the second white
one to close the 1931-32 six months
term in the county.
Automobile Burned Near
l Here Early This Morning
| The model A Ford roadster belong-!
ing to Mr. H. C. Smith here, and
driven by "§horty" Brown, colored
man, was burned early this morning,
near the old fair grounds. A Small
amount of insurance was carried on
the machine. , v
It was shortly before 6:30 o'clock
yesterday morning. A program of
religious singing was coming in
over the radio in the Diamond
Ctf*. Despite the early hour there
were several persons in'the restau
rant, getting their breakfast
"What program » that, George?"
asked Sam Ifailison, who happen
ed to be there at the time.
"Some kind of church service in
Washington, D. C.," replied Mr.
Diamond* "It comes on pretty
near every morning at 6 o'clock." -
Mr. Msllison was silent for a
mement. "I wonder,' he finally
murmured. "I wonder if Lindsay
and Herbert are there, listening to
Nobody said anything.
TO SEE HOW LOAN
MONEY IS SPENT
Claudius Dockery Planning
To Make Regular Calls
Mr. * Claudius Dockery, United
States Department of Agriculture em
ployee. has been stationed in this sec
tion to handle the administration of
the approximately 150 applications for
seed and feed loans made in this coun
ty. The inspector's job is to check up
on the recipients of the loans and see
that the money is spent in accordance
with the terms of the loan, is not wast
ed, and that the crops financed by
them cultivated so that the gov
ernment may be protected against loss.
He lias charge of Martin, Washing
ton, and Hyde Counties.
Farmers are not making applica
tions so fast now as they did during
the first few weeks. Any who have
not yet applied and expect to do so
should not lose any time as applica
tions must be received by the Wash
ington Seed 1-oaii Office by April 30.
For farmers who are delayed in get
ting their loans, it is recommened that
they prepare their land well and go
ahead and plant their corn without
any fertilizer under the crop and put
the fertilizer down by the side of the
corn when it is about six or eight
inches high. Just as much corn may
be made in this way as by putting the
growth may be made and less sucker*
The Williamson Kiwanis Club is
descending, etj/masse, on the town of
Kveretts tomorrow for its mid-week
luncheon, President C. 11. Dickey an
nounced this morning.
About thirty of the local members
arc going up, and a dozen ■•promient
; men in the business, social and pro
' fessional life of Kveretts have been
invited as their special guests at the
lumiiroft which the woiuen \>f Kver
etts are serving. \
I fi ■ I
I his is the first of a summer series
of out-of-town Kiwanis club inn-tings
that the officers are planning. /
| The, meeting tomorrow will be vitfy
informal, in the nature of a friendly
visit of' the Williamston Kiwunians
with the people of this near-by town.
The luiicheon will be served at the
' regular time, which is 12:30 o'clock.
, This being' the first time a meeting
lias been held out of Williamston, ill
is important that the full membership |
Sheriff C. H.. Koebtkk, formerly of i
Kveretts, wiII be in charge of the '
meeting, ami it is .expected that Paul ]
Bailey, cashier of the Planters and |
Merchants bank, will represent the
"Tricky Sam" Is Tricked
While Fishing for Herring
While fishing for herring in the Ro
anoke here a few days "Tricky" ,
Sam, Robersonville colored man '
trained in the sleight-of-hand art, was
tricked. With his bow in the water, 1
Williams felt something about to tear
! his net to pieces. Kxpecting a big
shad or a fine rock, he puNed his net
from the water and found a di-dapper
entangled in it.
Lilley's Hall Schools Ends
The 1931-32 Session Today
. ♦ * i
The 1931-32 term .of the Lilley's Hall
school in Griffins Township was
brought to a close today, no formal
' exercises marking the>last day of the
Taught by Mr. Charles L. Daniel,
the school ends a very successful term
and is the third and last white school
having only a six-month.-. term to
close in the county. , 0 |
Threaten Motorists' Safety
Op the Washington Road
• . ——•—
Dangerous acts, nearly costing the
lives of two motorists, were reported
a short distance out on the Washing
ton road recently. Last Saturday
night an unknown party shot out a
glass in a passing car, and last night
a truck was ditched at the same spot
when it ran into a strand of barbed
wire stretched across the road two
or three feet from the ground.
( 94 LOANS RECEIVED ]
Ninety-four Government feed
and seed loans have been ap
proved in this county and that
many checks have been returned,
it was learned from the office of
the register of deeds here yester
day, but it is understood that ap
proximately $15,000 have been
placed in the hands of loan appli
cants to carry on their farming op
erations in this county this sea
son, and that more will be received
the next few days.
MONTHS IS MADE
BY FARM AGENT
More Than 1,500 Hogs Are
Vaccinated; Three Cars
The .combined reports oL. I >nutty
Agent T. B. Brandon for the months
of February and March show many
activities carried on during the period
on the farms of the county.
Mpre than 1.5(H) hogs were treated
against cholera during the period, the
disease being more common than usual
in some sections of the county. Three
carloads of poultry, weighing
pounds, were cold for s">,2l'>.(>B during
the period. The importance poul
try growing is shown in the - report,
and when individual sales to
truck .operators are considered.
During the month of February, the
agent cleaned or, treated for farm
ers.enough seed to sow SKfi.'tfff) yards
of tobacco plant beds, and siAce that
time he has assisted 24 farmers with
their tobacco beds. In addition to this
work a goodly number of farmers were
assisted in seeding permanent pas
tures, the report shows. ,
At the present time, the agejit states,
there are >7o hogs being fed for the.
markets, and they will be sold during
the next month.
During the past few days,- tin- agent
has been answering calls froirf farm
ers whose tobacco plant beds have
been attacked by various insects. Small
Hies are said to be. doing nntrfr(lam
age, but so far the blue mold,-a'deadly
disease, has not been reported in this ,
county, the agj;ut said this week.
Methodists Planning Series
of Revival Services in May
By C. T. ROGERS, Pastor
Our first thought on Sunday morn-,
~mg is "This is the Lord's Day," 1
wonder just how much that magus to
you, dear reader iTow wohderful,
(jod has spared me to see this, another
blessed Sabbath, and has gy-en me
strength to go to Sunday schoAl and
church. It makes the "joy bells" ring
in your heart." Surely, it is a feas't for
one's soul to attend services on Sun
day. How thankful I am that my par
ents taught me to attend .Sunday
school ami -chirrrh air Sunday, jjnjl
from niy babyhood until thjs«. good
hour 1 have not known what it was to
miss going up to the house of .prater
on the Sabbath Day. Won't it be
to have all the family present Sunday
Our revival services will begin on
May 22. Miss Carolyn A. Hosford,
soloist, saxophone player, and "organiz
er of women and young will
! have charge of these features &f the
meeting, as well as direct all tHe ntu
' sic. The pastors in Williamston and
surrounding towns will do the preach
ing, We are expecting a great «-meet
ing. Pray for the .salvation of "souls,
Meat Consumption In
United States Higher
Meat consumption in the United i
States fqr 1931 was estimated to.be a J
little more'than one-third of a pound
daily per person, totaling 16,530,000,-'
00 pounds, or about 1 per cent more]
than in 1930, according to the United
States Department of Agriculture.
Total pet* l capita consumption last 1
year is reported, to have increa£td a
bout one-half of a pound over 1930. |
Meat production in 1931 amounted
to 16,777,000,000 pounds, an increase of
'1.4 per cent over 1930. Most of the"
' surplus was exported.
| * Visit in Burlington «'
| Mr. and Mrs. A. McKenzie '■spent
t the week-end in Burlington visiting
1 their children, Mrs. John S. Thomas
| and l>nrrcan McKenzie. Sunday, they
motored to Roaring Gap.
Raturna To Kilmonpck, Va.'
M>i Harry C4»a«e--4eft yesterday
morning for his home in Kilmonock,
Va., after visiting relatives here for a
Advertiser* Will Pnd Oar Col
ama a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homes
LEGION POST IS
FORMED AT MEET
HERE LAST NIGHT
Frank Grist, Makes Stirring
Address To More Than
Meeting in the courthouse here last
night more th?n 100 World War vet
erans organized a 'county post and
voted unanimously for the passage of
the act for immediate payment of ad
justed-service certificates, commonly
referred to as the bonus bill. The
passage would release approximately
$286,500 in this county alone, or that
amount less what has been borrowed
by ex-service men. Reports from meet
ings held all over the State last night
indicate that legionnaires in North
I arolina are almost unanimously in
favor of the immediate payment of the
compensation certificates. Approxi
mately would he released
in this State should the act pass.
I lie meeting here last night was an
interesting one, the gathering ofj&jf?"
erans- from every section
ty being the largest to assemble at any
one time since the war. K. S. Peel,
chairman of the meeting, introduced
Rev. C. H. Dickey and J. Sam Get
singer, who talked briefly to theit'
I'rank I), (irist, a former soldier and
now a candidate for the United States
Senate nomination, made a stirring ad
dress before the veterans, urging them
to organize a county post. Dwelling
on the adflisted condensation act, Mr.
Grist talked more about its passage
and the facts underlying the demand
of the veterans than he did in behalf
of his candidacy. He pointed out that
the United States Steei 'Corporation
was given compensation, the railroads,
and that 7, 0(H) contractors, crying be
fore the government about their,brok
en contracts, drew two billiomy of dol
lars. Everything has drifted Jinto the
hands of the lug interests, h«rdeclared,
and yet the governmenfacknowledges
-Tts del >t to the veterans but won't pay
Following Mr. (Prist's talk. Mr. R.
J. I'eel addressed the veterans, and
then J. (i. Madry, of Kich Square, 6ut
lint-d plans (or tin* organization of a
post in this county, 'twenty-one for
mer soldiers joined and that many
more stated they would join within
the'next few (lays. . An organization
Was- perfected, anil it is understood
that regular meetings will he held in
Eason Last Rites
Held There Sunday
Mason A. cit
izen of Kveretts, died at his"M)ine there
'last Saturday moruirtfi at. the age of
63 years. He had been ill since last
July, suffering a heart disease that fin-,
ally resulted in his death.
| A native of Cross Roads Township,
Mr. Clark hail engaged in farming jdl
his life until his health failed him near
ly a year ago. In early manhood he
'married Miss Ida Wynn, who with six
children survives. The children are
Messrs . 1. A., (.'. II , and Hubert
Clark, Mrs. Fabian Barnhill; Mrs. W.
H. Roherson, and Miss Sybil Clark,
all of Kveretts.
Mr. Clark was an unusually indus
trious cjjtizen, one Who.attended close
ly to his own affairs, but who support
ed worthy undertakings in his . com
munity. lie had been a member of the
Primitive Uaptist church for more
than 30 years, ever remaining loyal to
the teachings of that faiths
Funeral services were conducted
front the late home Sunday afternoon
by Elder li. S, Cowin. Burial was ip
the new cemetery at F.veretts, with a
large crowd .attending the last rites.
Superior Court Starts Two-
Weeks Term Here Monday
Starting a two-weeks term here yes
! terday morning for the trial of civil
cases only, the Martin Cftunty Super
ior Court, with Judge Clayton, Moore
presiding, called the case of Dicus
against the Virginia Electric and
Power Company, information gained
from the courthouse just before noon
today indicating that the suit would
; hardly be completed before late this
The plaintiff is suing 'Tor $4,500,
claiming that the erection of a trans
mission line over his farm at Rober
sonville had damaged his property to
that extent. Evidence was heard hi'
the case, all day'Jfcsterday, and this
' morning the jury was carried to
| farm for first-hand information.