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Johnson Suit for $25,000 Is
Postponed Until Next
September Term
The one-week term of Martin Coun
ty Superior court came to a sudden
close yesterday afternoon when the
Edgar Johnson $25,000 damage suit
was postponed for the defense. It was
claimed that one of the defense at
torneys was unable to continue in the
case that day on account of the illness
of his wife in Goldsboro. There was
some doubt expressed as to the va
lidity of the excuse, but the court
granted the request.
Completing _ the criminal docket
Wednesday morning, the court heard
a case of the American Agricultural
Chemical Company against A. A. Tet
terton and Mary Berry, granting the
plaintiff a judgment in the sum of
The biggest case on the civil docket
heard by the court was that of P. L.
Salsbury against Baugh and Sons
Company, fertilizer dealers. Approxi
mately $2,100 was involved, the suit
developing when there was some
doubt expressed as to just when a deed
of trust and a judgment were entered
u|>on the county record books. A
judgment was held by Baugh and
Sons against R. W. Salsbury. About
the time the judgment was forwarded
to the courthouse for recording, Mr
P. L. Salsbury presented a deed of
trust.-covering, it is understood the
property upon which the judgment
is said to have rested, for filing. The
jury found the judgment was prior
and superior to the deed of trust and
rendered its verdict accordingly.
Evidence was heard in the case dur
ing much of Wednesday afternoon and
Thursday, the jury agreeing yesterday
afternoon after arguing the issues for
about three hours.
A judgment in the sum of $396.81
was granted Harrison Brothers and
Company against J. H. Rogers and
Funeral Services Held At
Macedonia Church
Mrs. J. H. Osborne, »r., daughter of
the late Thomas and Sarah Holliday,
died at the home of her win, Jasper
Otborne, near Macedonia, last Tues
day night at 11 o'clock following a
long illness. Mrs. Osborne had suf
fered some time with pellagra, but not
until a short while before she died was
her condition considered critical.
Mrs. Osborne, 56 years old, was
born at Macedonia where she spent
her early life. Later she moved her
r * home to Roberaonville Township, and
after living there for about 20 yeara,
she moved back to Bear Grass Town
ship five years ago where she made
her home. She was visiting her son
when she was taken critically ill and
A members of the Christian church
at Macedonia since her youth, Mra.
Osborne was highly regarded as a
friend and neighbor for her unselfish
and uaeful life.
Funeral services were conducted at
1:30 o'clock Wednesday in the Mace
donia church where she had served
her Maker well throughout all her
• life. Rev. J. M. Perry, Christian
minister of Robersonville, conducted
the last rites. Interment followed in
the Osborne cemetery near Rober
One daughter,, Mra. Andrew Which
ard, of Pitt County, and one son, Jas
per Osborne, of the Macedonia sec
tion, survive. She also leaves three
brothers, Messrs. Joe H. and Lewis j
T. Holliday, of Williamston, and Will j
H. Holliday, of Everetts.
"Tarzan, the Ape Man" on j
at Watts Here Next Week
Tarzan, the Ape Man," an unusual
picture, and one that haa attracted
favorable comment in cities through
out the States, has been booked for
i howing at the Watts here next Mon
day and tuesdiyf The picture is 1
based on the famous stories of jungle
adventure by Edgar Rice Burroughs, i
and presents an unusual love.
j.»hnny WeiSsmuller, world's cham
pion swimmer and considered to have
one of the finest physiques of any
man living, plays the title role of the
strange white man who lives in the
jungle like the apes. Prominent roles
are also played by Neil Hamilton,
Maureen O'Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith,
Doria Lloyd, Forrester Harvey, and
Ivory Williams. The picture was di
rected by W. S. Van Dyke who achiev
ed such sensational results With
"Trader Hons."
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Tha Democrats will opan th•fa
national convention in Chicago
next Monday, and everything
but harmony. They haven't even
agreed on who to nominate lor the
coontry'a higheat office, not even
mentioning tha varioua iaauea that
will be forced to the front and
which will, no doubt, create much
Rooaavalt ia favored by many,
but there ia a strong oppoaition de
veloping and a deadlock in tha ae
lection of a party leader ia ex
Prom all parta of tha nation,
delegataa are ruahing to tha
Windy City for what promiaaa to
be a windy convention.
Recommend That Fines Be
Irriposed by Justices of
the Peace in County
The grand jury, in its regularly re
-1 quired report, this week registered sur
prise when it investigated the account*
iof justices- of the peace and learned
| that many cases were cleared from
,the dockets of trial justices when costs
: were paid and no fines imposed in
./hairy cases. The jury went so far as
to recommend that in all cases where
| the violations are of a bad nature that
fines be imposed.
' Justice of the peace courts, as well
( as the county and superior courts, have
met with much difficulty in collecting
fines in recent "months, and when the
'costs are collected, it is to be reck
joned that something has been accom
plished in these hard times. Even this
week several defendants went to the
roads when they were unable to pay
fines imposed upon them.
The jury did not recomend that jail
1 sentences be meted out when fines are
not paid, but that is what will happen
| in many of the cases originating in
these days.
According to interpretations of the
law, justices of the peace are not en
titled to costs when a man is charged
with a law violation and he appeals
from the sentence of that court and is
found not guilty by the higher trib
The report of the jury suggested a
few minor improvements and spoke
very highly of the management of the
county home. The report, signed by
Foreman S. T. Everett, follows:
"We have checked all magistrate's
reports before us, and find them all
right, except we note in practically
every case that we have before us was
| disposed of upon payment of cost.
"We recommend that in all case*
where the violations are of a bad na
ture that fines also be imposed.
"A committee has looked over the
county jail, also inspected the offices
of the courthouie and find them well
kept, except as noted: Sheriff's office
needs two window shades; county
demonstrator's office needs a window
glass and a window cord, and also
molding on floor to keep rat* out:.
"A committee looked over the coun
ty home and finds it unusually well
kept, inmates well cared for, .and we
congratulate the keeper of the home
for its most sanitary condition. We
suggest that a flue be put in the wash
room to take the place of a stove pipe
jvhich runs all the way across the room
and we find it almost impossible for
any one to wash therein due to
cessive heat. This should be given
immediate attention."
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Bill Designed To Provide
Food and Work for the '
Jobless Thousands
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Washington, June 23.—A gigantic
I $2,300,000,000 unemployment relief
bill, designed to provide food and work
for the jobless and give new impetus
|to industry, was passed today by the
The Democratic relief program was
approved and sent to conference with
the house by a chorus of aye* with
out even the formality of a record
' vote, despite strong indications that
it faces a veto from President Hoo
-1 ver.
It carries with it to conference the
$2,300,000,000 bill sponsored by Speak
er Garner which the house passed sev
eral weeks ago. *
The final form of the bill will de
pend entirely upon the nature of the
compromise worked out between the
house and senate.
The bill which goes to the White
House i* certain, however, to contain
the bond issue feature to which Presi
dent Hoover has indicated unyielding
opposition, as both measures contain
it is one form or another.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, June 24,1932 t
Delivery of Statements By
Contract Is Against the
Postal Regulations
Those business firms and individuals,
too, who are contemplating delivering
statements or other matter of close
kind under contract or on a piece
work basis are subject to be stopped,
according to information received here
this week pointing out that the de
livery of bills or certain kinds of other
postal matter by special contract mes
senger is against the postal regula
tions. The government is said to
have a monopoly on the .business of
delivering letters, and according to
that, ruling, all bills and other matter
that could be delivered probably at a
saving by special contract messenger
will have to go through the regular
mail channels. However, it is under
stood that an individual can deliver
his own statements or other matter
without violating the postal laws.
Anyway, the law does not go into
effect until the sixth of next month
and then we'll know how the bills
will come. Just how they will be paid
will probably still remain a mystery to
many of us.
"As the private express statutes
give to the Federal Government the
monopoly of the business of carrying
letters, the proposed method of handl
ing these bills, etc., is in violation of
the law," a statement by Assistant
Postmaster General W. Irving Glover,
says. The statement further says that
all postmasters and other employees
of the department are directed to
promptly report any cases of this na
ture coming to their attention.
Summer Officially Ushered
In Last Tuesday Morn
at 10:30 O'clock
Summer arrived on scheduled time
last Tuesday morning when the mer
cury climbed to high marks on the
thermometer to substantiate the cal
endar-makers' claim that the hot sea
son began at 10:30 that day. And to
aggravate the situation, we are having
one of the longest days of the year
today, the run rising at 4:47, according
to Mr. Turner's Alamanac and setting
at 7:18. The days will not be so long
next week and thereafter until next
Yesterday the mercury went to 89
in the shade and 110 in, the sun, and
this is just the beginning of summer.
Scientists are very encouraging this
year, for they predict one of the warm
"eitTor pain outind-OHT hottest, sum
mers in years. And the way the mer
cury is acting just now, it looks as if
we will be oblige*) ti» agree with those
Hardy T. Gregory Funeral
Rites Held There This
Morning at 10 O'clock
Hardy T. Gregory, 64, for nearly 40
years a postal employee and for most
of that time a postoffice inspector, died
at his home in Greensboro Wednes- ]
day of pneumonia from which he had j
been ill a week.. Funeral services
were held there this morning at 10 o'-1
clock, interment following in the Green'
Hill cemetery, the Kev. H. Grady i
Hardin and Rev. Robert E. Roe con
ducting the last rites. ' *
The son of the late Geo. H. Greg
ory and wife, Mr. Gregory was born
in Goose Nest Township, between
Hamilton and Oak City. When he
was two years he moved with the fam
ily to Greensboro. His father was
a practicing attorney in this county
for a-number of years.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Catherine
Coles Gregory, formerly of Chatham
County; a son, Isaac Gregory, Greens
boro; three daughters, Mrs. Edward
F. Richards, of South America, and
Misses Garnet and Susan Gregory, of
Greenaboro; a brother, George Greg
ory, of Greensboro, and four sisters,
Mrs. Walter Thompson, of Winston-
Salem; Mrs. Kate G. Gleen, of San
ford; Mis* Msry Gregory, of Sanford,
and Miss Susan Gregory, of Greens
Federal Tax on. Bank
Checks Is a Big Item
According to the best estimates a
vailable, the United States Government
will realize around S2OO a month from
the 2-cent tax on checks drawn on
banks in this county. The amount
will be considerably increased in the
late summer and early fall when crops
•re being marketed, it is believed.
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Edenton at Elizabeth City
Williamston at Colerain
Elizabeth City at Colerain
Williamston at Edenton
Colerain at Elizabeth City
Edenton at Williamston
Elizabeth City at Edenton
Williamston at Windsor
Edenton at Elizabeth City
Colerain at Williamston
Elizabeth City In Second
Place as a Result of
Loss To Edenton
Williantston captured first place in
the Albemarle Baseball League this
week when the locals defeated and
tied Elizabeth City, defeated Colerain,
and when Edenton turned back the
Jaybirds yesterday afternoon by a 7
to 6 score.
Keen competition for the top rung j
in the league standing was evident this '
week when Elizabeth City and the 10-'
cals played two hard-fought games, j
Kugler pitched a shut-out game against*
the Jaybirds here last Tuesday, the lo
cals winning, 2to 0. Wednesday aft
ernoon, Herring worked for the Mar-'
tins during a hectic 12-inning battle, !
the game being called off on account of
darkness with the score tied at 7-all.
The play-off had not been scheduled ,
this morning.
Yesterday afternoon, "Slim" Gard
ner took the mound for the Martins I
and was credited with a 11 to 8 win |
over Colerain. Gardner held the visi
tors well until the fourth inning, when !
they got next to him for five runs.
The Martins came back strong and
tied the score, registering several more
tallies as the game progressed to re
cord a win.
This afternoon, the Martins go to
Colerain and next Tuesday they are
scheduled to play Edenton at Edenton.
The next home game will be played
Wednesday, June 29, when Edenton
comes here. _
Mack Simpscyi Is Named
Assistant to Mr. Wheeler
Martin, Scoutmaster
The local Kiwanis club was favor
ed at its last Wednesday meeting by
a visit from Mr. O. Jack Cordray,
district Boy Scout executive for this
area. He made a talk on the im
portance of scouting and the good in
fluence it is having on the boys of the
Mr. Cordray say* he finds one of
the hardest things to do is to find men
who are willing to invest some of their
time and give some thought to the
welfare of the youth in their various
Mack Simpson was chosen as assist
ant scoutmaster here to. serve in the
absence of Scoutmaster Wheeler Mar
tin who has to be out of town much
of the time attending to his regular
official duties.
Mrs. Marshall Will Speak
at Baptist Church Sunday
Miss Mary Anne Crockett will sing
at the Baptist church Sunday night at
the eight o'clock service. And at this
time Mrs. Josephine Marshall, well
known here, will speak in an illustrat
ed lecture on her missionary exper
ience in Japan during the past two
The pastor will preach at the morn
ing service. The attendance at this
church has held up well this sum
mer, and the pastor asks the member
ship ad congregation to maintain,
throughout the summer, a high aver
age of church participation.
Sunday Services at the
Local Christian Church
Bible ichool at 9:45 and preaching
at 11 o'clock. Christian Endeavor at
7 p.m. and Evening icrvice at 8 o'-
clock. The paitor will preach Sunday
morning on "In Hi* Affliction He
Found God," and at the evening *erv
ice he will preach on "A Return to the
Old Faith." Public cordially invited.
W. J L. Pet.
Williamston 5 1 >833
| Elizabeth City ....... 4 2 .667
pdenton : 3 4 .429
| Cote rain I 6 T .143
Thirteen Defendants Go to
the Roads and Three Go
To State's Prison
The Martin County Superior Court,
in session here this week for the trial
of criminal and civil cases, cleared the
criminal docket Wednesday after Judge
Paul Frizzell had sentenced sixteen de
fendants to the roads and to the State
prison in Raleigh. Three defendants
were sentenced to the State prison for
a total term of 15 years, and the 13
others were sentencd to th roads for a
total of 15 years also. All the prison
era have been removed to the various
camps and prisons to start their sen
tences. -
Since last Tuesday noon, the court
called 10 criminal cases, as follows:
Ed Brown, charged with stealing a
bag of fertilizer from the D. A. James
warehouse in Robersonville, was sen
tenced to the roads for four months.
Brown pleaded guilty to the charge.
Harvey Williams, young white man of
Robersonville, implicated in the same
case, was found not guilty. A strong
defense was offered by Attorneys
Smith and Horton and the trial of the
cue took more time than any two
others on, the docket.
A nol pros resulted in the case
charging Junior Wynn with an assault
with a deadly weapon.
John Vance Bryant, charged with
entering the home of Mr. Reuben
Harris here several weeks ago, was re
leased when the grand jury failed to
find a "true bill" in his case.
Lawrence Biggs was found not guil
ty in the case charging him with house
breaking and larceny and receiving.
A nol pros resulted in the case in
which Jasper Smith was charged with
violating the liquor laws.
The case charging Hubert Clark with
embezzlement was continued.
Willie James Manson was sentenced
to the roads for a period pf aix months
in the case charging him with house
breaking. Albert Wilson, charged in
the same case, was given a six-months
suspended sentenced upon his paying
one-half the costs.
The case charging heland Roberson
ami John E. Wells with burning build
ings at Ray's Camp, near Jamesville,
was continued for bill. -*1
The 30-day sentence given J. F.
Flannagan for an assault was post
poned until October 1.
Prisoners going to the roads:
Tiler James, 18 months; Roy White
hurst, 6 months; Ira Matthews, 12
months; Norman Curry, 6 months; Al
ton Sawyer, 2 years; Edward Harrell,
12 months; Will Smith, 12 months;
James llines, 12 'months; J. D. Wig
gins, 2 years; Joitn Henry Edwards,
colored, three years; King David tar
son, 18 months; Ed Brown, 4 months,
and Willie James Mordecai, lO years.
Pays Off 1932 Obligations
And Is Ready To Meet
Those Due in 1933
Parmele may not be as large as some
of the towns in the county, but when
it comes to sound finances, it takes a
leading position, it was learned from
Mayor F. S. Powell this week.
The county's railroad center has not
only met its interest charges on time,
but it has also discharged promptly its
bond charges. The treasurer has al
ready paid the municipality's 1932
bond installments, and is ready to re
tire 1933 obligations.
With a tax rate of 50 cents on the
SIOO property valuation, the town has
a delinquent list representing around
SBOO and accumulating over a four
year period. It was pointed out that
a majority of this amount was unpaid
polls and personal property taxes list
ed by a "floating" population. The
number of other tax delinquents is
hardly more than a dozen, and the
total real estate delinquent amount is
only a few dollars, it was reported.
While the town owm it* light and
power distribution syttem, it buys it*
current from Greenville and retail* it
at 12 cents a kilowatt hour.
Hassell Citizens Ask For
Change in No. 11 Routing
According to information received
here, Hassell citizen* are asking the
Highway commission to route High
way No. 11 from Greenville to Oak
City through their town. The matter
was scheduled to have been called for
consideration In Raleigh this week, but
it was postponed. No time wa* men
tioned when the proposed routing
would be discussed by the highway of
The road i« question misses Hassell
by only a short distance.
Mail Distribut
Point Here Urged
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The Martin County Board of
Commissioners, sitting *■ a board
of equalization and review, laat
Monday heard complaints about
property valuation* determined or
listed by list-takera in several of
the 10 townships during the month
of ApriL Only 17 complaints were
made at the meeting, the equaliza
tion body correcting errors that
lowered the total valuation by |S,-
601. Adjuatments asked by seven
property owners were refused.
Believed July 2 Vote Will
Trail that of June 4 by
About 25 Percent
A marked quietness surrounds poli
tics in this county. Indicating that a
comparatively small vote will be cast
in the second primary at the various
polling places Saturday, July 2. It is
1 generally estimated that not more than
75 per cent of the June 4 primary vote
will be cast at. the polls in this coun
ty Saturday of j next week. Of course,
something might develop overnight
and result in an increased vote, but
that is not very likely.
! According to information received
here from many community centers,
| Fountain will not get as biff a lead
over Ehringhaus in this county as he
• got June 4, and Reynolds will get a
, much smaller vote. The commissioner
jof labor racs, with Fletcher and Mit-
I chell the participants, is seldom men
, jtioned, but Mitchell is said to have the
.' advantage over his opponent,
i Much interest is noted in politics in
i many sections of the state, but ap
, parently it is one the wane in these
Andrew Clark Gets $3,750
as a Result of Injuries
Received in Wreck
The $20,000 damage suit brought by
Mr. Andrew Clark, of Everetts, a
gainst Mrs. Mary Moore and Mrs.
Margaret Bonner, of Smithfield, was
compromised yesterday when the plain
tiff agreed to accept $.1,750 of the
amount asked. Mr. Clark was badly
injured when he was struck by an au
tomobile driven by one of the women
at Everett* several months ago. He
was walking along the highway and
was hit by the car when the driver
to pass trti&k there.
Public liability Insurance was carried
by the owner of the car and the insur
ance company was responsible for the
settlement of the suit, one of the larg
est scheduled for trial in a Martin
County Superior Court in some time.
Small Child Dies at Home
oi Its Parents In Griffins
.Oliver Daniel Coltrain, 10 months
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Col
train, died at the home of .his parent!'
in Griffins Township early last Sun
day morning following an illness, last
ing more than three months. The lit
tle fellow had whooping cough and
that developed into pneumonia.
Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon at the home by Rev. W. B.
Harrington, and interment was in the
Revela burial ground in Griffins Town
Shakespeare Class Ends
Course 6f Study Today
The Shakespeare story telling clans,
conducted here during the past several
weeks by Misses Velma Harrison and
Uessye Harrell, was brought to a close
this morning when the several pupils
appeared in a play prepared in con
nection with the course.
In reporting the superior court pro
ceedings, The Enterprise erred in stat
ing that John U. Whichard was charg
ed with larceny and receiving. The
defendant was charged with operating
a car while under the influence of whis
yy, the court imposing a SSO fine upon
him when he pleaded guilty to the
charge. The correction is gladly noted.
A half hour after a Willits (Calif.)
grocery store hung out a sign read
ing: "Free milk with every 25-cent
purchase," a competing store hung out
a sign which announced: "Milk given!
away free to anybody and 1 cent for
carrying It away."
A«Wber. WlO fad Oar Col
on* ■ Latchkey to Ow gilt—
Hundred Martin County Uiimn
Mail Trucks from Norfolk
and Wilson Would Meet
Here Each Morning
With the possibility that their mail
service might be impaired by the re
moval of two Norfolk-Raleigh and Ra
leigh-Norfolk trains, citizens in several
of the towns served by those trains
are requesting that arrangements be
made to continue the mail service.
While, no definite plans have been an
nounced, it is understood that the pro
posed arrangement would make Wil
liamson a distributing point for mail
dispatched from Norfolk and Raleigh
and Plymouth and other towns in be-
tween those points.
As it is understood here, the pro
psode method of handling the mails
would create a star route from here to
Norfolk and from here to Wfilson.
The Wilson bus would leave that town
and service Fartnville, Greenville, and
Washington, reaching here at 5 o'clock
in the morning. The Norfolk bus
would service Elizabeth City, Hertford
Edenton, and Windsor, meeting the
other bus here. A third bus from Ply
mouth would connect with the other
two here, and after exchanging mail re
trace their routes.
Delegations have visited Raleigh in
the interest of the mail service, and
many letters have been forwarded to
the postal authorities favoring the pro
posed method of handling the mails.
Definite information relative to the de
velopments will likely be known here
tomorrow or.early next week.
The trains will be discontinued on
the Norfolk-Raleigh line next Friday,
it is understood. Express will be han
dled in a regular car built for that pur
pose, but it will be attached to a freight
Martin County Will Not Be
Represented at Meet
This Year
Returning to the location where they
defended the cause of the South so
valiantly and until all hope was lost,
Confederate veterans in Richmond this
week are answering the roll call .at
their annual reunion for the forty-sec
ond time, liut .Martin County is not
represented, the line of. (iray having
dwindled until there is only one cham
pion of, the Souths cause left here,
and lie, Mr. David F. Roberson, of
Robersonville, was not physically able
to liiakt so loirg a trip this time. It is
the secojid reunion of late years that
Martilt was not represeuttd, Mr. Rob
erson attending the meeting in Char
lotte year before last, but the Mont
gomery reunion was too far away for
him to attend. As far as it could be
learned, there are very few from all
of Eastern Nortlr "Carolina attending
the reunion opening in the Virginia
city Tuesday and ending today.
Ever since the veterans were or
ganized, Mr. Roberson attended nearly
every reunion up until recently, when
he considered it advisable to remain
at home on account of his health.
Richmond is providing an elaborate
entertainment program for the. veter
ans of tJray, but the number attend
ing has been greatly decreased during
the past year. ,
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Every Bank Check Carries
Two-cent Tax with Very
Pew Exceptions
While few people yet realiie it, they
are paying 2 cents Federal tax on near
ly every check they write these days,
the law requiring the tax on check*
on various and sundry articles going
into effect Tuesday, June 21. And from
now until July, 1534, or probaUly long
er, a 2-cent tax will be charged on
each check except those drawn on a
municipal, county, or state treasurer's
account. A depositor can withdraw
his money from a bank without pay
ing the tax, provided he uses a spec
ial form and present the paper to the
bank in person.
This new tax on checks is not the
doings of bankers, for they will be
even more inconvenienced than the de-
positors. However, banking institu
tions are doing all they can to make
it at convenient to all concerned as is
humanly possible. - ' •

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