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Mayor Declares Community
Bled To Death In Effort
To Care forlts Needy
Representative* of the Bonus Army
coming here Wednesday afternoon
were refused permission to solicit funds
in town for the support of the paraders
in Washington City, Mayor R. L. Co
burn—himself a World War veteran
with a record of over 12 months over
seas at the front—advising them that
the town was almost bled to death in
repeated attempts to care for its own
people. While the mayor admitted
the veterans are probably due some
consideration, he was also of the opin
ion that the actions of the Bonus Army
in Washington are doing much to harm
the cause of the veterans and it would
be better for them to disband now
that Congress has adjourned.
"The actions of the paraders should
not be encouraged, and it just isn't
right to call upon our people to lend
aid in supporting an undertaking so
far away from here, where there are
hundreds without jobs who need help
right here at home, the mayor said.
"You are welcome to use our town
hall or any other public buildings for
your speeches if you care to use them,
but we don't think it advisable for you
to make a drive for funds here," the
Mayor told Veteran Tyndall, leader
of the bonus seekers.
It is believed the town officer saved
the aid-seekers trouble, for the people
of this little town with its estimated
500 jobless are hardly in the mood to
dig into their pockets to support the
marchers in Washington City,
Discussing the visit of the aid-seek
ers, several men who saw service in the
front-line trenches stated they did not
favor the activities now under way in
the Nation's Capital, and added that
the men should leave. Others differed,
stating that the men should stay there
and that they could see no reason why
the representatives were refused per
mission to solicit aid here.
The representatives, five of them,
riding in a District of Columbia taxi,
voiced their resentment and boasted
that they would advertise the town to
the world. They are said to have left
here for Robersonville.
With a part of hi* person showing,
one of the men created good will from
the rear, but with a cigarette bobbing
in his mouth as the curse words poured
forth and with a hard look on hia face,
he was not so appealing from the
front. Several of them were quiet
spoken, accepting the refusal to solicit
here as a matter of course. One of
the men is said to have remarked that
this was the first d town that had
refused them all liberties.
It is understood that the aid-seekers
are collecting a little food and cloth
ing here and there, but hardly enough
to more than make a dent in the needs
of the army in Washington.
Possible To Knot Standing
.of All Four Teams In >
Games Today - ; !
Another week neared its close yes
terday in the Albemarle League with
all four teams fighting hard for first
position. Colerain and Edenton, while
having the edge over Williamston and
Elizabeth City, were tied for first place,
with the last two teams trailing by
only one game.
The Martins started the week off in
a hurry here last Tuesday by shutting
out Elisabeth City 14 to 0. The Jay
birds pitched most of the staff and
called one or two from regular posi
tions on the diamond and in the field
to the mound to stop the slugfest of the
flying Martins. Kugler went the full
route for the locals, allowing only four
hits. Latham and Dick Cherry con
tributed home runs in succession in
the seventh inning to help things along.
The following day, the Jaybirds took
advantage of the breaks in one in
ning to register an 8 to I win. Er
rors accounted for the seven runs,
spectators declaring that the score
should have been tied at the end of
the ninth. Jimmie Brown pitched his
, first game of the season (or the Mar
Going to Edenton yesterday after
noon, the MaHins won their third game
of the second half, with Herring pitch
ing, by a 10 to 2 score. Home runs
featured the gam*. Latham, Herring
and Arps collecting one each for the
locals, while Sutton&eld hit one a mile
for Edenton. Herring also got two
other hits, a single and a double, be
sides pitching a good game.
This afternoon, the Colonials come
here for the second game between
the teams this week. Next Tuesday
the Martins play Colerain at Wind
sor, tbe two teams meeting here on
Wednesday for another game.
Estimate From 1,200 to 1,600
Now Unemployed in County
While the unemployment peak
in thia county is believed to have
been reached some time ace or
juat before the planting and har
vesting of crops were started,
there are many without jobs now,
according to a preliminary report
mode by the county welfare de
partment a few days afo.
According to the beat estimatea
that could be had, there are be
tween 1,200 and 1,600 jobleaa in
the county at the present time. Of
course, some of this number work
a day or two now and then, but
that few do not know today
whether they will work tomorrow
or the next day.
While there has been a heavy
demand made upon charity re
sources during the past months, a
mapority or an estimated two
thirds of the total number, have
County Budget Will
Be Studied Monday
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One of the best signs indicating
tha return of "good times" was re
ported here this week when a
young man paid Juatice of the
Peace J. L. Hassail |5 (five dol
lars) to perform a wedding cere
mony. The courthouse employees
were startled, and the marrying
justice was so shocked and sur
prised that he could hardly believe
hia eyes, and even offered the man
some chance.
Now, that's something to talk a
No Red Cross Clothing Has
Been Alloted Martin
County So Far
While it is hoped that Martin Coun-I
ty will share in the distribution of the
500,000 bales of Red Cross cotton
this fall and winter, none has been as
signed for distribution to the needy
families, as far as ft could be learned
here today. No announcement of the
distribution of garments and cloth
from the 500,000 bales of government
owned cotton has been made, and Mrs.
A. R. Dunning, chairman of the local
Red Cross chapter, could not be reach
ed for a statement today, and it is not
known whether she has been advised
that the county will share in the cloth
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Distribution of the cloth and gar
ments will be started in some sections
of the country within the next few
days, according to reports reaching
here, and it is understood that efforts
will be made for this cour.ty to share
in the free cloth and clothing. Last
year, charity was over-taxed in its ef
fort to even provide sufficient cloth
ing for the needy school children not
mentioning the many others who did
not have sufficient clothes to keep
their bodies warm.
Cloth for the garments will be made
from 500,000 bales of government
owned cotton which recently was plac
ed at the disposal of the national Red
Croat organization.
Some of the cloth will be made into
ready-made garments, but in many in
stances throughout the nation, church
and welfare groups are making the
cloth into garments, it it understood.
It was alao reported that bed sheets
it being included in the distribution
to some centers.
Another order of flour ha* been or
dered for distribution in this county
tome time this coming fall, the exact
date of receipt to be announced later.
Tbe supply of free flour received in
thia county several months ago is just
about exhausted, it ia understood.
Presbyterians Announce
Schedule of Services
Sunday, July 31, 1932.
Church school at 9:45 «. m.
Worship service and sermon at 11
a. m. Subject, "For Jesus' Sake."
Bear Grass
Church school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 8:15
p. m. and song singing Friday night
at 8:15 o'clock.
Robsrson'a Chapel -
Church school at 4 p. m.
lien's meeting* Tuesday night at
7:15 o'clock.
Young people's meeting Tuesday
night at 7:15 o'clock.
Make these services yours.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, July 29, 1932
eked out a living by gardening,
picking berries and doing what
ever odd jobs they could find.
Labor prices have reached a new
low level on the (anna and in
other lines of industry in this sec
tion, but even then the wage*
paid or believed to be higher in
proportion than die prices receiv
ed for farm products. In many
instances the wages have harrdly
been sufficient to offset food and
clothing coats.
With the opening of the mar
keting season, some relief is ex
pected in the unemployment situ
ation, but that work will hardly
care for more than onehalf of the
jobless in the towns, it is believed
Of the 1,200 or 1,600 unemploy
ed now, around 500 of them are
said to live in this town and im
mediate community.
Fixed Charges Make Rate
Reduction Almost Im
-4 possible This Year
Next Monday is the time when coun
ty commissioners especially wish they
weren't county commissioners, for at
that time authorities will study the
budget for the coming year. With the
task of providing necessary revenue
for the operation of the county govern
ment on the one hand a loud cry for
reduced taxes on the other, the job is
a huge one for the commissioners to
ponder over.
And while the budget will be given
minute attention, there is~ not much
leeway for the commissioners.. Fixed
obligations, including 'b|ond interests
and maturities demand so much, and
there is no way of escaping a levy to
care for them. Right there is where
more than a majority of tax money
it (pent. Salaries have already been
cut, and general operating expenses
are at a minimum, and there isn't
much room for a tax reduction, for in
addition to all that, there is a de
creased property valuation to be con
County employees were hot in a
position yesterday to forecast what
the rate woold be for the year 1932,
but it is generally believed, after con
sidering everything, that there will be
no marked decrease in the rate. But
while there will hardly be a reduction
in the rate, the total amount of the tax
levy will be considerably less, it is
The problem will be given the best
thought of the commissioners at their
meeting next Monday. Whether they
will complete the job that day is very
Agent Announces Partial
Price List for Curb.Market
More new sellers are coming to the
market, and the curb market is glad
to have them. Twenty-four sold on
\ht market last week. The 12 tables
bought for the sellers were filled to
overflowing and sellers resorted to
tablet, boxes, and even the floor of
the courthouse. Hereafter, all sellers
coming to the market will be given
numbers, so that each seller will have
a fair chance to sell at the market.
This month will surpass all montha
for sales on the market and for num
ber of sellers.
A partial list of prices for tomor
row follows:
. Fggs, 1 i cents dozen; buttern beans
shelled, 15 cents pound; string beans,
7 pounds for 25 cents; field peas, 2
quarts 25 cents; corn, 12 cents dozen;
cucumbers, 4 for 5 cents; squash, 2
cents pound; cantaloupes, 5 cents each;
watermelons, 20 to 25 cents; peaches
5 cents pound; apples, 3 cents pound;
grapes, 10 cents pound; rhubarb, 8
cents bunch; cakes 15 and 18 cents
Elizabeth City at Colerain 
Edenton at Williamston
Elizabeth City at Edenton
Williamston at Windsor
Edenton at Elizabeth City
Colerain at Williamston
Elizabeth City at Williamston
Colerain at Edenton
Long Drought Is Partially
Broken by Showers
This Week
The extended drought that has dam
aged crops to the extent of thousands
of dollars was partially broken this
week when rain fell in all parts of the
county. While some communities
have had fair seasons, others have had
only enough rain to lay the dust, but
even the small quantities were wel
comed. A more optimistic spirit was
noted in messages received from sev
eral parts of the county this morn
ing telling about the rains falling
shortly after midnight and
daybreak this morning.
Medium-sized sauu-are said to have
fallen in the Jamesville and Farm Life
sections, where the drought is said to
have exacted its greatest toll on all
forms of plant life. "We had enough
rain to wet the ground about an inch
early this morning, and that was the
most we have had in a month," Mrs.
C. T. Roberson, of Griffins, said today,
adding that the shower was heartily
"There is a little water standing in
the low places around here, but we
did apt have a big rain," Mr. Wendell
Hamilton, of Jamesville, said when
questioned this morning.
Probably with the exception of the
Farm Life and Jamesville communities,
all other sections of the county have
had fair seasons this week. A very
helpful rain fell jn >ll parts of the
county except in the Jamesville and
Farm Life sections last Wednesday
night. For more than three hours
the rain fell, coming down rapidly for
a short time, a but falling slowly during
a greater part of the time. ~S
The value of the rains can not be de
termined, but crops were greatly help
ed, and more rain will be of still more
help, it is believed.
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Several Hundred Dollars
Raised for Orphanage
At Oxford
The annual Masonic Picnic at
Edenhouse Beach Thursday was at
tended by several thousand people
from a dozen counties in this state,
with a number of visitors from Vir
The program was in charge of Judge
F/ancis D. Winston, of Windsor,,and
every feature of the prbgram went
along without a hitch.
Following the invocation by Rev.
T. W. Lee, the Ross Church male quar
tet rendered several Selections and
Hon. C. W, Spruill, of Bertie County,
extended a warm welcome to the vis
itor*. Mayor j. L. Wiggins, of Eden
ton, then spake on the history of the
Albemarle section, the tradle of the
American colony.
State Senator W. H. S. Bufgwyn,
of Northampton County, made the
principal speech of the day, outlining
the condition of things and telling of
the needs and duties of the hour, urg
ing the people to face the future with
confidence and with patience.
Quartets representing a number, of
the lodges in the district engaged in
a contest. Each quartet was allowed
three songs, and the singing really
touched the large crowd in attendance.
Some were' sacred songs, some were
folk songs, and a few rendered real
old "glory hallelujah" negro spirituals.
First prize in the contest was awarded
to Ross "Church quartet, with the rep-1
resentatives of Windsor getting sec-
ond place.
' Stunting by Boy Scouts and swim
ming filled every minute of the unoc
cupied time.
The big event of the day, and one
which drew the entire crowd, was the
bathing beauty, contest. Six young
ladies—Aulander, represented by Miss
Payne; Ahoskie, by Miss Parker; Cole-j
rain, by Miss Newsome; Edenton, by
Miss Marie Spruill; Williamston, by,
Miss Tillie Perry; and Windsor, by j
Miss Walker—were presented to thej
cheering crowd from a stage aboard a
flatboat anchored near the shore. The
contest was regarded as very close, 1
with Miss Newsome, of Colerain, win-j
ning first prize; and Miss Spruill, of
Edenton, second.
There were a number of booths, op
erated by the lodge members, to ac
commodate the people with cold drinks
barbecue, sandwiches, and other foods.
The entire proceeds of the picnic, in
cluding bathhouse and bathing fees,
will go to the Oxford Orphan Asy
lum. The people were orderly, friend
ly, courteous, and apparently had a
good time.
Healthy Places
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A recent survey discloses that 110
Vermont town* are without physicians.
Live Tobacco Market Here Is
Assured by Actio
County Will Get $10,376.86
From State for Operation of
Extended Term m Schools
$2,000 FROM LAST
Decreased Amount Will Ef
fect 3-Cent Increase in
Special District Rate
Martin County will receive $lO,-
376.86 from the State for the operation
of its extended school, term, the a
mount being in addition to the approxi
mately $117,000 allotted the county for
the operation of the six-months term.
Experiencing a huge deficit, the state
passed the burden, in part, back to the
counties, decreasing the amount allow
ed Martin for the operation'of its ex
tended term more than $2,000, while
the amount allotted the six-months
term remains about the same as it was
last year.
Where the State distributed the ex
tended term _ allotments on a 14-cent
basis last year, it has raised the base
rate to 17 cents (or the coming term,
using tFie valuations of 1930, In oth
er words, the special tax districts in
this county will have to levy 17 cents,
if that amount is necessary—and it is
necessary—before the state will par
tiripater*-I.ast year the" district* levred
on the state standard basis, 14 cents
on the SIOO property valuation, the
state paying the difference. It is to
be remembered, however, that the state
participated only in the actual opera
tion of the schools, leaving the special
districts to levy an additional few
cents to care for maintenance of the
It is estimated that the seventh and
eighth months of school will cost $30,-
740.69 during the next term, leaving
the county to pay around $20,300 aft
er the aniount given by the state is
Last year the state had one and one
half millions of dollars, known as the
tax reduction funds and which was cre
ated to assist the special tax districts.
This year it only has a million and
fifty thousand dollars for that cause,
the reduced amount being felt in this
county to 1 the about $2,000.
With the aid fromYt'he state limited
and with a marked decrease in the
value of properties to be levied upon,
the Board of Education will find it
necessary to lower their 'budgets to
care for, the 7-ceht loss dn the SIOO
property valuation before any change
in the rate is noted.
The decrease in the state is equal to
a 3-cent levy on property and the val
uation decrease represents a 4-cents
loss, making a total of about 7 cents
on the SIOO property valuation to be
cared for before a decrease in rate can
be effected. In addition to that a
mount, the education authorities have
cut their budgets, effecting a 2-ccnt
drop in the regular school rate from
40 to 38 cents. However, to carry on
the extended ertn, an increase of 1 or
2 cents in the rate will be necessary.
Last year the county levied 40 cents
on the SIOO property valuation through
out the county, the special districts
levying from 15 to about 22 cents in
addition to that amount for the ex
tended term.
The budgets are % the making at the
present time, indications pointing to
little or no change in the rate this
year. However, the cost of the schools
will be reduced by- several thousand
dollars, it is understood. That amount,
it is to be remember, is accounted for
in the reduced aid from the state and
the decrease in property valuations and
will not be reflected in the tax rate
CI arks' Announces Big
Savings in Summer Sale
Clarks' Drug Store is announcing to
day a mid-summer sale with the great
est reductions in prices known in years
There are many sizeable savings to be
had during this sale on drugs and toilet
articles that are in daily demand. A
partial list of the unusual 1 buys is car
ried in this paper. Look them over
Start Construction Work
On New Residence Here
Preliminary contruction work on a
new home for Mr. and Mrs. P. H.
Brown was started here this week, the
project being the fourth to have been
started here during the past two
The home, located on Academy
Street adjoining the Episcopal church
property, will be built of brick after
the Cape Cod type, it is understood.
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Miis Mary Wildman, of Par
mele, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. T". Wildman, was selected from
the 132 girls camping at Camp
Neuse Forest recently as the most
outstanding girl. She was captain
of the health tribe, and the tribe
was awarded 9 club pin for being
the most cooperative, helpful work
ers and campers. She was also
awarded a free trip to the girls'
short course at Raleigh this week.
Miss Wildman has been a club
member for six years, entering
club work at the minimum age of
10. She has been club secretary
in her organization, both at Par
mele and Robersonville, for four
years, and has made her club a
diligent mefhber and a faithful of
ficer. Only recently Bhe won the
county cake contest. It is to be re
gretted that the winner was not
victorious in the state conest, but
through her efforts it is possible
she can sell cakes and help herself
to enter college this fall. ->
Two Cases Continued; One
Sent Back to Justice;
One Pending
Calling four cases in recorder's court
here last Tuesday, Judge Bailey con
tinued three of them •and remanded
a fourth to the justice of the peace
for judgment. None of them was of
much importance, the session being
one of the quietest held here in sev
eral weeks.
T. E. Hines and William Sutton,
charged in separate counts for operat
ing truck trailers without proper li
censes, had their cases continued one
week. * -
| l'rayer for judgment was continued
'in the case charging Jim Chance with
an assault 'With a deadly weapon, the
defendant being required to furnish
bond in the sum of $750. He pleadetf
guilty to the charge.
The case charging C. G. Gurganus
with passing a worthless check, was.
sent bak to a justice of the peace for.
Bear Grass Ball Team Wins
Thirteenth Game of Season
Playing in Oak City last Wednes
day, the Bear Grass team defeated
Oak City 13 to S. Stalls, pitching for
Bear Grass, allowed only 6 hits which
he more than offset by scorjng S times
himself. Koswell Rogers led the hit
ting for Bear Grass with four hits, a
triple, double and two singles. These
two teams will meet again next week.
Bear Grass has lost but four games
this seaioji.
50-Year Courtship» *
Henry Brown and Alice Russell have
just been married at Yeovil, Eng., the
culmination of a 50-year courtship.
AdvertUeri Will Fnd Our Col
umi a Latchkey to Ow Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Home*
Barnhili and Ingram and
Berger and Perry Will
Operate Two Houses
WitffYwo warehouses already leased
and a contract for the third said to be
pending, arrangements for the opera-'
tions of the Williamston Tobacco mar
ket were practically completed this
week. While plans for the operation
ol the market have heen underway for
sonic tune, 110 deflate announcements
were offered until i.iis week on account
ot the small st/e nf the crop and its
uncertainty. this week plans were
being rapidly completed for the suc
cessful operation o( the market.
Messrs: I.enian Barnhili and W. R.
I ngrani, two tobacco men who have
established themselves as operators of
the Farmers during the
past several years, will again operate
that house. Messrs. J. W, Berger and
A. M. (Gus) Perry have leased the
I lanters \\ arehouse, and already they
are making preparations tor a big sea
| son. Several applications have bten
made for the Roanoke-Dixie house, but
no contra. t lias been signed, although
it is understood that arrangements for
leasing the house are hearty complete
l ife four operators of the two houses
are well known to the farmers of this
section, each having been connected
with the market in one capacity or an
other in it-he--past. -"Me'ssrS. Barnhili
and Ingram have well established them
selves as market leaders during their
several years' operation of the Farm
ers Warehouse, Mr. Ingram . having
been ai'knoVtcdged as one of the best
judges ofv tobacco in this entire sec-
tion. These two men are expected to
play an important part in advancing
the cause hi the Inrat" nurk-cr aTtrl irr
attracting- a large patronage from the
farmers "oTTliis atiif siirroulnl in g court-
Having made his-acquaintance here
last year, Mr. Berger returns with Mr.
A. M. ((ius) Perry this year, assur
ing patrons of-the Planters Warehouse
tlie highest market prices for their
crop. The two men return this year
with a marked determination to bid
for a leading position in the operation
of the market.
The complete personnel for the var
ious houses will he announced within
the next few days,.present indications
all pointing to a successful operation
of the Williamston market.
While the crop is short throughout
the belt, the quality is said to be bet
ter in this immediate section than it i*
anywhere. But even then the quality
is below the average* for this section.
There is a strong hope for better
prices this fall, ami. W'jUiamston will
make a concerted effort to sell the crop
at the top prices.
Two Martin Boys To Get
Degrees at Wake Forest
Two MaHin County young men, Dar
rell M. Price, of this place, and Rufus
N. Grimes, of Robersonville, will re
ceive, degrees at Wake Forest College
the earty part of next month, it was
announced this week.
Mr. Grimes will receive his master
of arts degree, arid Mr. Price will get
a bach'elor of arts degree. There are
20 candidates for degrees attending
college there this summer.
Rev. J. H. Smith To Preach
for Baptists Here Sunday
The Rev. J. H. Smith, of Everetts,
will occupy the pulpit of the local Bap
tist church Sunday morning at 11 o'-
Mr. Smith has preached in this
church before and always has a good
hearing. The people are Invited to be
present for the service. There will be
no preaching at the evening hour.
The pastor will return next week
and occupy the pulpit the following
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Edgecombe Farmers
Buy Pure-Bred Bull
Bass Brothers, of Edgecmbe Coun
ty, have secure a pure-bred shorthorn
bull from the United States Depart
ment of Agriculture farm at Belttville,
Md., to be used in starting a herd of
beef cattle.
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Club W. L. Pet.
Colerain 4 3 4 571
Kdenton 4 3 .571
Elizabeth City 3 4 .429
Williamston 3 4 .429

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