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Unable To Establish Cause
For Malicious Act In
Bear Grass Section
The stock barn and nearly all the
contents belonging to Mr. James E.
Harrison, near Bear Grass, were fired
and burned about 9 o'clock Sunday
night and the dwelling occupied by
Mr. Harrison and his family was fired,
but the blaze there was extinguished
before much damage resulted.
Mr. Harrison and several members
of the family left home shortly after
7 o'clock and were at church in Bear
Grass when the fire was discovered
by Wheeler Rogers just before 9 o'-
clock. Seeing the blaze from his home,
just a short distance away, Mr. Rogers
ran to the Harrison barn. The fire
was burning rapidly in the loft, and
he went to turn out the team and
found all the doors open. Snatching
harness from a rack, he rsn outside to
throw it down and saw a fire in one
room of the dwelling. He ran there
and found a small blaze, which he ex
tinguished with two buckets of water.
Other neighbors arrived there about
that time and a few farming imple
ments and a small quantity of feed
were saved from the barn shelter. Near
ly 200 bales of hay, 35 barrels of corn,
a hay press, several tobacco trucks,
and a few other farm implements were
The building was valued at about
$1,200, with $750 insurance. No in
surance was carried on the contents.
In that part of the dwelling where
the fire was discovered, the bed and
several blankets had been saturated
in kerosene, but it just happened that
Mr. Rogers reached there before that
caught fire. While rushing to the fire,
two neighbors met a colored man run
ning from the fire. They did not
question him, and he continued on his
w»y away from the fire. Other neigh
bors coming along a minute or two lat
er did not pass the colored man, and
when they reached the home, he was
there. Investigating the colored man's
actions, it was found that some one
had entered a corn field and retraced
his steps to the road. The man's shoe
waa examined and the tracks matched,
but it was not reported to officers un
til yesterday morning, and no arrests
had been made up until noon today.
Mr. Harrison, stating that he did
not know any one who wasn't his
friend, was unable to explain why any
one should want to destroy his prop
Many people were called from here
by telephone, but they reached there [
too late to be of any assistance in check
ins the blaze.
Several hours before noon today,
neighbors had assisted Mr. Harrison
in (tearing away the debris prepara
tory to building again.
Call Baseball Players To
Practice Here Tomorrow,
A first call for candidates for Mar
tin County's baseball team of the Al
bemarle League waa iaaued today by
Thomas Mayo Grimes, temporary man
ager. An initial "warm-up" practice 1
will be held in Williamston Wednes-j
day, June Ist, at 4 o'clock. Mr. Grimes
states that every interested player in
the-county is earnestly requested to
take part in the try-outs, and that they
will be given every available oppor
tunity to make the grade. Mr. Asa T.
Crawford has accepted the responsi
bility of temporary business manager,
and other plans for completing the lo
cal organization are going forward
rapidly. It is understood that prior
to the official opening of the season a
permanent field manager and otlier
club officials will be elected by the
players and fans.
OUie White Arrested for
Selling Pint of Whiskey
*\Ollie White, an Elizabeth City ne
gro but who has been working here
for the past few days, was arrested at
the Roanoke Filling station here late
last Friday night for selling a pint of
liquor to a man traveling out of Nor-,
folk. Officer Allsbrooks walked 1 into
the filling station just at the transfer
was being made and he placed White
in jail. Bond was later arranged for
his appearance in court here.
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Polls Will Be Located In
Chevrolet Showroom Here
The Williamston precinct elecorate
will cast its vote in the showrooms of
the Chevrolet Motor Company (Gro-
More Transfer Company) on Wash
ington Street, here next Saturday, the
management gladly offering the cour
tesy without cost. Several elections
have been held there in the past, and
the room is very suitable and conveni
ent for the people
The potls ire schedule to opeif at
4)46, sunrise, and close sharply at 7:10,
sunset. Voters are asked not to wait
until the last hour or few minutes to
visit the polls to east their votes.
Whara the church membership, friends, and the public generally -will
honor Mrs. Fannie S. Biggs next Sunday in honor of her eighty-first birth
day. Mrs. Biggs, donor of the church building, has been one of its great
est benefactresses. *
Baptist Church To Celebrate
81st Birthday of Mrs. Fannie
S. Biggs With Special Service
The poppy M 1«, conducted
throughout the United States last
Saturday, it said to have net with
much success, William (ton over
selling its quota. Reg Manning,
Louise Cook, Ruby Harrison, and
Ella Wynn Critcher, selling the
poppies locally, turned in $12.50.
The money was forwarded to die
Washington Auxiliary of die
American Legion, where it will be
forwarded on to families of veter
ans in hospitals.
Vance Price Continues His
Reputation as Champion
County Bear Hunter
Vance Price, Jamesville Township
farmer, still leads as Martin County's
champion bear hunter. It might be
just because he is in a kind of a bear
territory, but a reason hardly ever
passes without him killing one or two
bruins. His experiences have been
many with the hog bear, he having
hunted alone for the killers of his hogs.
La»t week Mr. Price was plowing in
his field when he heard a hog squeal.
Going by the house for his gun he
rushed to the scene and found the hog
dead an dthe hear gone. Believing old
bruin had made a temporary departure,
Mr. Price and his nephew, Henry, ar
ranged a hunt of their own. Instruct
ing the boy to circle the bear Mr. Price
remained near the dead hog and was
planning to flush the bruin when the
beast made a dash in his direction.
When within 20 feet of Mr. Price, the
bear started to cliriib a pine tree. The
animal ww 10 feet from the ground
when Mr. Price fired the first shot.
Bruin offereM a stubborn })esii(ant,
and at least 12 shots were necessary to
kill him.
;' Section's Climate Becoming
i More Like That of Florida
I That the climate of Eastern North
'Carolina is becoming more like that
enjoyed in Florida was vouched for
here yesterday, when Mr. W. W. Grif
fin, Williams Township farmer, exhib
ited green potato vines from last year's
I crop. The vines had remained in the
■ field all winter and had lived through
, the cold and wet seasons.
,1 Few people have ever heard of po
. | tato vines living through a winter in
.this part of the country before.
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Report Amplifiers Already
> j Here for Speaking Tonight
"Will there be room enough for the
, speaking tonight," Robert R. Reynolds,
j candidate for the United States sena
, torial nomination, asked one of his
j supporters over the telephone this
morning. He was assured there would
J be and that amplifiers were already
Martin County Democrats will
, bold their organisation meetings in
the variona precincts next Mon
day afternoon at 3 o'clock, it was*
f officially announced today by At
torney K. S. Peel, chairman of the
County . Democratic Executive
Pla n a ■ ■
In addition to the reorganization
> of the local committees, the party
I men will sslectsd delegates to the
county convention to be held here
within the next few days, Mr. Peel
t stated. As thk is a presidential
slsction pear, mere interest is the
t precinct, county, and State mest
> Inge is predicted than is ordinar
ily the case.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, May 31,1932
Large Number Expected To
Attend Service Here
Next Sunday
A church birthday service, in honor
of the eighty-first birthday of Mrs.
Fannie S. Biggs, is being planned by
the Memorial Baptist church for next
Sunday morning at the 11 o'clock hour.
The entire church organization is
being represented in the church birth
day party exercises. The church as a
whole will assemble, together with the
Sunday school membership, the friends
of the congregation and many other
friends of Mrs. Biggs, who are in no
way affiliated with the local church
organization. The service is, of course,
open to the general public and all who
come will be very welcome.
For many decades Mrs. Biggs has
been closely affiliated with the local
church group. She has been a member
of the church for a half" century and
was a Sunday school teacher in one
department for 40 years.
The original organization of the
church was made in the year 1870, and
the beginning membership was com
posed of only three persons, a Mrs.
Brown, a Mrs. Hadley, and Mrs. Den
nis Simmons, who was the sister of
Mrs. Biggs.
About ten years after the organiza
tion was formed, Mrs. Biggs became
a member. And from that time has
been a most substantial and helpful ser
vant of the church.
She will, doubtless, be longest re
membered and most appreciated by
the church membership because of her
benefactions to the church and thus
to the community and people at large.
For in§r 1915 she felt inclined
to place the organization on a more
substantial basis, and to provide it with
equipment which has, in very large
manner, made it possible for the
church to make the many strides it
has made in the succeeding years.
Out of her bounty, and from /tbe
goodness >f her heart, she gave the
funds outright wit|j which the splen
did church edifice was erected. And
when it was dedicated, she gave it,
without any qualifications, to the Wil
liamston Baptist church, to be used
for the service of the community and
to the glory of God.
This church is a magnificent struc
ture and is today one of the most val
uable pieces of property in the city,
It is equipped with one of the sweet
est-toned organs in Eastern Carolina.
It has a Sunday school equipment that
has made possible a Sunday schopl
enrollment of 200. And the church
today stands as one of the most pow
erful agencies for community Jjttod
and religious influence in Williamston.
During her many ytars of connec
tion with the church, Mrs. Biggs ha*
seen the organization grow from a few
member* to its prjjent membership of
about 300. She HSr seen it advance
from the time when Dr. Vann came
here from Scotland Neck as its pastor
with lervice* once each month, until
now when the church carries on a full
program of every Sunday service* in
the year, with a resident full-time pas
Very much of the progress the or
ganization ha* made in these year* has
been due to the faithful activities of
Mn. Biggs, and to her magnificent
bounties. And in addition to the gift
of the church houie she has, from
year to year, put into the organization
many other thousand* of dollar*.
Because of these benefaction*, and
because of its love and appreciation of
her, the paitor, membership, anJ
friends of the church wanted, in
some fitting way, to recognize her
•eryfce to the chiirch arid 'the com
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Thirteen Estimates Indicate
Around 2,698 Votes Will
Be Cast in The County
Approximately 2,698 votes will be
cast in this county next Saturday, ac
cording to estimates furnished by\ po
litical observers, including a few of the
old-time politicians. The estimates
varied from low 2,200 to high 3,070,
the average being 2,698. There are
many features to the several contests
to consider, some of the estimators be
lieving the sectional contests within
the county will cause an increase in
the vote over the one polled in the
19JO primary.
In Jamesville, there are two district
: men out for the board of education and
ja third one out for the State Senate,
i It is believed a large vote will be cast
■ there. Williams has its candidate for
register of deeds, while Griffins and
Bear Grass are each supporting a man
I for the board of county commissioners.
Interest in other districts is said to be
centered around the race for gover
nor and United States Senate. Wheth
er the line-up will bring out a larger
vote than was cast in the June, 1930,
primary remains to be seen. Use the
blank on this page and see how ac
curately you can predict the size of
the vote next Saturday.
Here's how the 13 estimates of the
expected vote next Saturday average
by precincts:
Jamesville 304
| Williams 121
Griffins 272
Bear Grass 184
Williamston 661
Cross Roads 245
Kobersonville 409
Gold Point 74
Poplar Point 61
Hamilton & Hassell 180
Goose Nest 187
Total 2,698
The Hamilton and Hassell votes
were combined in the 1930 primary,
and the estimates were made for the
two districts on the collective vote.
Methodist Revival Has
Successful Closing Here
The one-week revival at the Meth
odist church was brought to a success
ful close last Sunday evening, when
many members were added to the roll
of the church. —v
Visiting ministers/Otcjiprtd the pul
pit during the period and large con
gregations were reported nightly. Miss
Carolyn HosfordJ assistant, left yes
terday for Robersonville, where she i»
taking part in * meeting there this
week. /
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Justice Hassell Moves His
Office To New Location
Justice of> the Peace J. L. Hassell
has moved his office from the building
next to Harrison Brothers and Com
pany to the one formerly occupied by
the Midway Barber Shop in the Gur
ganus Building. The Parker Grocery
Company, W. H. Gurkin and John
Parker, operators, will open in the
building formerly occupied by the jus
tice's office.
Just How Good at
Guessing Are You ?
Th« iii* pi the vote that will be polled in thU county next Saturday
baa been a gueaaing matter, tome cltisana figurine that there will be ar
romparatively amall one, and aoma other calculating there will be a large
vote polled that day. For the three neareat eati mates or guassas, Thai
Enterprise Publiahing Company will give a one-year aubecription lot
The Entarpriae to each of the beat guessers. *'
Aa an aid to thoee who would like to tee how nearly they can gueaa
a vote before it is cast, The Entarpriae haa esaembled tome information
that might prove helpful to them. Study it carefully in your
•atimata, by praclncta, not later than Thursday of this week.
The new regiatration, complete registration, and the number of votea
caat, by precincts, in the 1930 primary are a« follows:
Your New Total Primary
Precinct Gueaa Regiatration Regiatration Vote, 1030
Jamaaville 42 540 317
WilUama * f . ..... 11. 212 .137
Oriffina U 27 471 312
Boar Oraaa .... 5 340 205 ,
WiWamaton . 1 - 12S 1,217 776
Croaa Roads , , 26 » 353 274
RobersonviOa 62 »05 464
Gold Point w .. 5 11S 92
Poplar Point 16 125 S2
Hamilton 20 277 202*
Haaaell _ ...- 7 126
OOOM Meat 1 1-., ..... . 21 399 215
Totala 1 ..... 370 4,9*3 S 3,076
• TUa ia the combined vote of Hamilton and Haaaell in 1930, no pre
cinct having been eatahliahed at Haaaell in time for the 1930 primary|
The pndact wsa crettad in time for the general election that year, and
71 votea vara caat then.
58 Candidates To Be Before
Voters in County
Six and Half More Barrels of
Flour Given Away Saturday
Six and one-half barrels of flour
were given to needy families of
this snd surrounding townships
last Saturday by welfare workers
at the distribution center in the
temporary quarters of the Red
Cross on Main Street here.
A few applications were refused,
in one case the welfare workers
learning that an applicant had no
children when he claimed he had
10 children. He might be the fath
er of 10, but evidence showed that
they were not under his roof or in
his care. That applicant received
no flour.
Silas Green's minstrels, enter
taining here last Saturday night at
John Bryant Held Under a
$3,000 Bond for Alleged
Entering Harris Home
John Vance Bryant, local colored
man, was placed in the county jail
here early last Saturday morning,
charged with entering the home of Mr.
Reuben H. Harris on West Main
Street a short while before. At a pre
liminary hearing held before Justice
of the Peace J. L. Hassell, the man
consistently denied the charge, but
the evidence was considered sufficient
to hold him and bond in the sum of
$3,000 was asked. Bryant f ailed to
raise the required amount and was
placed in jail to await trial in the June
term Martin County Superior Court.
. Going to the home of Mr. Harris
about 2 o'clock Saturday morning, the
| intruder first tried to remove the
screen from Mr. Harris' bedroom win
dow. He tinkered with the screen sev
| eral minutes, and failing to gain an en
trance, he went to the dining room
window, removed the screen and went
into the home. Mr. Harris heard a
[noisestarted to greet the burglar.
TKe'intruder heard him and jumped
i out the window, Mr. Harris firing at
his twice without effect.
Bloodhounds were called from En
field and at 4:30 the trail was picked
up. Fifteen minutes later, Bryant was
arrested. The imprints in the soft
dirt under the windows where flowers
were to be planted, checked with those
made by Bryant's shoes. The hounds
took thetrail in the dining room, jump
ed out the window and went straight
to the Bryant home near the railroad
bridge at the end of West Main Street.
Bryant is about 50 years old and has
been working in gardens here find
ther about town during the past few
weeks. He is said to have observed
the windows and the approaches to
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the expense of local merchants and
other business houses, had a big
crowd, but as far as welfare ob
servers could determine, not a sin
gle person asking for flour entered
the tent. Many of them were there
for the outside sights, but when
the time came to enter their oil
was out. There was a marked dis
appointment registered on their
faces, it was said.
A third distribution will be made
between 2 and 5 o'clock next Sat
urday afternoon.
Rev. Z. T. Piephoff and Mrs. E.
P. Cunningham, assisted by Sup
erintendent James C. Manning,
handled the distribution last Sat
Give Returns
Primary Day
In an effort to serve its patrons
and the public generally, The En
terprise is making arrangements
with the various precinct authori
ties and State releases for gather
ing the primary returns next Sat
urday. Two bulletin boards will
be maintained in The Enterprise
windows, one for the county and
a second for the State returns
which will be posted as soon as
they are received.
During the past several contests
the returns for Martin County
were tabulated and reported among
the first in the State. With the
aid of the precinct election author
ities, The Enterprise hopes to be
able to furnish a cracker-jack serv
ice next Saturday. Any assistance
will be greatly appreciated.
Alton Sawyer, of Columbia,
Facing Adultery Charge
In. County Court
t barged with leaving a family in
Columbia, N. C., and running away
and living as man and wife with a
young woman, Millie Brickhouse, also
of Columbia, during the past several
weeks at boarding houses here and in
Robersonville, Alton Sawyer, middle
age white man, was arrested and plac
ed in the county jail Sunday afternoon.
He was released under bond yesterday
morning and is scheduled to appear in
recorder s' court here today. Sawyer
admits he is married to a Tyrrell
County woman, but as an excuse for
leaving his family he said lie and his
wife had not spoken to each other dur
ing the past five years.
The case was not called to the at
tention of officers until just a day or
[two ago when the girls' parents failed
to hear from her and started an in
quiry. Calling relatives in Elizabeth
City where the girl said she was go
ing to visit, the parents learned that
she had not been there. Sheriff Rey
nolds, of Tyrrell County, learned she
was living in Robersonville and la
asked Chief Wm. Gray of that town,
to arrest the man.
Local Woman's Club
Holds Business Meeting
The regular meeting of the local
Woman'* Club last Thursday wax
featured by a business session. The
president, Mrs. Myrtle Brown, the
treasurer, Mrs. J. G. Staton, 'and all
the standing committees made yearly
reports which were very interesting.
No other business "of importance
was attended to during the afternoon.
Because of its comprehensiveness and
the insight it gives to the activities of
the club and its various departments,
it was decided to have the treasurer's
report published. It given, in
detail, within the next few' days.—Re
Start Delivery of Ballots
and Boxes Tomorrow
Mr. Sylvester Peel will start deliver
ing ballots and boxes to the various
poll holders in the county tomorrow.
The Bailey-P(itchard cont'est ballots
will he removed from the boxes in the
morning with Republicans arid Dem
ocrats witnessing the operation, this
procedure being considered necessary
because Pritchard contested' the vote.
Advertisers Will Fnd Out Col
un« a Latchkey to Orer Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homes
Time for Slinging "Hooey"
Is About Spent; Interest
Said to be Increasing
Ihe time for slinging the political
hooey is..about spent, and next Satur
day the voters will record the effects
all the baloney, advice, good and bad,
at the polling places throughout the
State.. Martin County is all set for a
primary pf medium interest, it is be
lieved. There might be a last-minute
turn that will add interest, and prob
ably Reynolds" talk tonight will start
the wheels speeding here.
Managers for the three candidates
for the nomination of governor are
each claiming u lead for his man. Next
to- that the race for the United States
Senate is attracting the most attention.
1 lie names of 58 office aspirants will
be before the voters of this county
next Saturday, 32 on the State Demo
cratic ticket, two on the State Repub
cratic ticket, and 4 on the Democratic
township tickets.
No large vote is expected in the
county for Jake F. Newell and George
W. Del'riest, Republican candidates
for the United States Senate nomina
The list of candidates:
State Democratic Ticket
For United States Senator, for term
ending March 3, 1933: Tain C. Bowie,
Robert R. Reynolds, Frank D. Grist,
and Cameron Morrison.
For United States Senator, for term
ending March 3, 1V39: Tarn C. Bowie,
Frank I), (jrist, Cameron Morrison,
Robert R. Reynolds, and Arthur Sini-
For Governor: J. t". U. Ehringhaus,
Richard T. Fountain. Allen J. Mjjxwell.
For, Lieutenant Governor: A.- H.
Graham, Denison F. Giles, and David
I'. Dellinger."
For Secretary of State: James A.
liartness, Stacey VV. Wade. ,
For Auditor: ltaxter Durham, Ches
ter O. Bell, George If. Adams.
For Attorney Ceneral;' Dennis (i.
Hrummitt, Peyton McSwain.
"For Commissioner of Labor: Clar
ence E. Mitchell, A. L. Fletejier, John
1). Norton, \V. Henry Davis, R. R.
Lawrence, B. Fritz Smith.
For Corporation Commissioner: E.
C. Macon, .Stanley Winborne:
-For Insurance Commissioner: Dan
C. Honey and I). \V. Morton.
Republican State Ballot
For United States Senator, for term
ending March J, lW>: Jake F. Newell
and George W. De Priest.
Democratic County Ballot
For State Senator, Second Senator
ial District (Vote for two): Carl L.
Bailey, A. Corey, A. D. Mac Lean.
For Register of Deeds: Lucian J.
Hardison, J. Sam Getsinger,
For Judge Recorder's Court: C. B,
Riddick, Herbert (). Peele, and Lewis-;
H. l'eel.
For Solicitor Recorder's Court: Jos.
W. Bailey and W. H. Coburn.
For County Commissioners fvote for
five): 11. S. Everett, Joshua L. Col
train, Henry-C. Greenf John E. Pope,
IT. C. Griffin, V. G, Taylor.
| For County Board of Education
I (vote for three): John W. Eubanks,
j Joseph F. Martin, J. F'ason l.illey, E.
' H. Ange.-
Cro s s Roads Township Ballot
For Constable: 11. O. Daniel and
B. B. Biggs.
Jamesville Town s hip Ballot
For Constable: Clarence Sexton and
Joseph H. Holliday. »
Local Merchant Installs
Refrigerator Counter
Mr. C. O. Moore installed a large
refrigerator counter this week which
adds considerable to the appearance
of his store. The counter is the new
est thing in the way of a refrigerator
and gives this store ample room to
store and keep fresh all perishable
food carried by the large grocery store.
In this issue of The Enterprise,. Mr.
Moore extends a welcome to every one
to visit his store and inspect this new
equipments, which was made in Ra
Jordan Street Is Faithful
Subscriber To Enterprise
Jordan Street, 76 years old and one
of the community's most highly re
spected colored citiiens, was down
bright and early today to renew his
subscription to The Enterprise for the
itth time.
A former employee of the Atlantic
Coast Line, he is now enjoying a pen
sion, and each year he renews hla En
terprise subscription as regularly a*
spring follows winter. He is what one
might call a reljftble old fellow.

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