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New Developm
In Barnhill Killing
Solicitor Expected to Start
Investigation Here
This Afternoon
Tom Barnhill, white man living in
the Flat Swamp section just across
the Martin line in Pitt County, was
arrested last Saturday afternoon in
connection with the mysterious mur
der of his adopted son, Jesse Barn
hill, at a church there the 16th of last
April. The man was placed in jail
here that afternoon and it being held
without bond until a hearing can be
arranged today or tomorrow.
Officers are withholding facts sup
porting the man's arrest, but it is be
lieved that recent evidence uncovered
in the case indicates he is acquainted
with the happenings leading up to the
murder. Just how strong a case has
been developed the officers stated yes
terday they were not at liberty to
disclose, but as the man was denied
bond, it is believed that some new evi
dence has been found. Whether the
recent findings connect any one else
with the murder could not be learned.
The time for a hearing had not been
announced here yesterday afternoon.
Following the killing of- the young
man, several theories for the act were
advanced. It was thought by some
that Bamhill was lured to the church
lot and murdered by an old enemy.
Others were of the belief that he was
Willed as a result of a bootlegging
quarrel. Since that time another
theory is said to have been advanced
in connection with the comparatively
large amount of life insurance carried
by him. It was unofficially learned
that one $5,000 policy had been paid
to his estate with the double indemnity
clause in effect. Another $5,000 policy
was paid, but payment of a third, for
$5,000, with double indemnity and
payable to the boy's foster-father, was
held up pending further developments
in the case. *
Just before the killing the yourtg
man. with his father, had been to
Bethel, and when they returned home
at 8 o'clock, hi* father is said to have
stopped at home, the boy saying that
he was going on to the home of a
nieghbor about 200 yards away to get
his wife. He did not go for his wife, I
and 20 minutes later several residents
of the Flat Swamp section heard pis
tol shots. Two or three people, pass
ing along a short white after that
time saw him lying on the ground, but,
thinking he was a drunk they passed i
by without making an investigation.
About 11 o'clock, Mr. Leonard Taylor,
a resident of the section, saw him and
stopped. He reported him dead, and
after officers reached the scene an in
quest was held. The examination dis
closed two bullet holes in hit breast
and three in the forehead. The bul
lets piercing the head continued on
into the ground where he was lying,
indicating that the man was down
when the last three shots were fired.
According to unofficial informa
tion received here at noon today, So
licitor Clark will come here this aft
ernoon to question the 74-year-old
man. It could not be learned whether
the questioning would be aecret.
Davis Pharmacy Holding
Big Mid-summer Sale
The Davis Pharmacy, located next
to the postoffice is conducting a mid
summer sale with appealing prices
this week. Drugs and articles used
every day id the year almost are be
ing sold at greatly reduced prices. A
partial list of the many bargains of
fered by the store is carried in this
paper today.
Mill fan and 'Half Pounds
Tobacco Destroyed by Fire
Reidaville, Aug. I.—Fire today de
stroyed three large tobacco sheds
here, the property of the J. H. Bur
ton Company, Incorporated, with
damage* estimated to be SIOO,OOO.
The sheds contained approximately
1,500,000 pounds of tobacco in stor
age and two large trucka.
Two small dwellings nearby were
also destroyed by the flames. There
was a small amount of insurance car
ried on the tobacco shed*. The fire
started in a Negro dwelling nearby,
it was said.
Kiwanis Club Will Hold
Regular Meet Tomorrow
The local Kitfanis Club will hold
its regular meeting here tomorrow at
12:30 o'clock when Carl Goerch, Wash
ington newspaperman, will attend as
a representative of the Washington
Rotary Club. All members are urged
to attend.
Goldsboro.—Hail in Goldiboro
Sunday night caused two lard-cana
full of fatalities, according to P.
E. Rouse, Goldsboro motorcjrcle
When Mr. Rouse, who lives on
North Slocumb .Street, came to po
lice headquarters Monday morning
he said that he and his young son
had picked up two 50-pound lard
cans full of English Sparrows in
front of his home—sparrows that
the hail had killed in three trees in
the yard.
Chief of Police E. J. Tew, in-re
lating Mr. Rouse's story, said that
the latter came to Goldsboro from
Kinston about five years ago. The
chief refused to vouch for the
story, but did say that Mr. Rouse
had been away from Kinston lone
enough to have forgotten such
Points Out Increasing Ac
tivities Carried On at
Curb Market
By Miss Lora E. Sleeper
The largest girls' camp ever to be
held in the Northeastern District was
held this year at Neuse Forest, near
New Bern. The ("ounty School Board
"of Education allowed the use of a
school truck this.year, and each camp
er from the county was given the few
days at the camp for the small charge
of $1.31, which included transporta
tion to and from camp. There were
sixteen girls from the county. Five
counties came together with a total
of. l£2 girls. Courses of instruction,
weft given in first aid, swimming, the
making of bracelets, grooming, and
manners. The campers were divided
into tribes and each tribe scored for its
cooperation, helpfulness, anil camp spir
It. We were proud to have a Martin
County girl win out as the outstanding j
girl and have her tribe receive awards!
of club pins. Mary Wildman, of
Parmele, was given a free trip to Ra-j
leigh to the girls' short course as a
result of her splendid spirit in camp.
The home agent conducted 24 meet-j
ings during the month with women'
and girls in food preservation. Owing I
to the extremely ' dry weather there
has been a scarcity of vegetables to
can, even though nearly 100 jars were
canned during the month at meetings.
Two clubs canned 55 of these jars in
one afternoon. The women oJ Jhe
Williams Chapel club and Oak City
met and spent one afternoon canning
for the school Innch. The agent trav
eled 1,124 miles, visited 13 different
homes, wrote one circular letter during
the month witit 236 copies circulated.
This month was the best month for
the sellers at the curb market. There
were an average of 23 ladies selling
each week on th curb markt. The to
tal sale* for the month were $219.02,
an average of $43.80 per week, or $1.90
for each person per week. One lady
sold over $32 worth here during the
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Work of Agent Centered
Around Hog Treatment
and Peanut Meetings
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Work of County Agent T. B. Bran
don during the month of July was cen
tered around eight meetings held in
an effort to form a peanut exchange
in the county and the vaccination of
hogs against cholera. The' cholera
outbreak was more noticeable in the
county during the period than in sev
eral months before, it is understood,
the agent treating 780 swine during
the past month.
The agent's report, in detail, is as
[ 21 days in field work, 5 days in of
fice work, 158 office conferences, 149
telephone calls, 125 letters written, 39
farms visited, 1,022 miles traveled on
official duties, 4 articles written for
local papers.
Town Board Plans Meet
for Next Monday Night
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As two or three of the commission
ers were away last evening, no meet*
ing of the town fathers was held here,
the mayor announcing at that time
that a meeting will be held next Mon
day evening. The treasurer stated
that the budget would be presented
at that time.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, -Tuesday, August 2,1932
Unable To Buy Gun Shell,
Negro Makes a Brutal
Effort To End Life
Brooding over family difficulties,
Ernest Boston, colored mail living in
the Free Union section, near James
ville, attempted to end his life at his
poverty-stricken home there last week.
Unable to buy gun shells, Boston took
his ax, and. after telling one or two
friends he was going to kill himself,
went to the woodpile just back of the
home. After rolling his sleeve back,
Boston placed his left arm on a chop
ping block anil struct it a few inches
above the wrist v\ ith the ax. The
negro lifted his arm, and, seeing that
he bad failed to cut off his hand, he
chopped again, the blade of the ax
cutting through the bone, leaving
enough skin untouched under the bot
tom of the »rt»i to hold the hand and
wrist to the body. By that time the
onlookers rushed to the man and took
the weapon out of bis hand.
Boston was carried to a doctor in
Plymouth who advised that he be sent
to a hospital. Much time was lost
hauling the man around, and it was
four hours after he attempted to take
his life than Boston reached the hos
pftal in Washington.
During the meantime, Boston had
forgotten all his family worries and
joked with Sheriff l_V B.
Roebuck, who carried him to Wash->-
ington. He smoked cigarette and de
clared he felt no pain. When he ar
rived at the hospital and the doctors*
were removing the bandage from the
arm, Boston caught his left hand with
his right, explaining that ii he did not
hold it the hand wauliLdr.Pß.Qff,. _ ,
With nothing hut a main artery and
a small piece of skin holding the hand
to' the arm, doctors started sewing
muscles and nerves together, later
connecting the hones. Doctors han
dling the case were unable to say this
morning whether Boston would lose
his hand or not-
Following a quarrel, with his wife a-j
bout two weeks ago, BiMon's actions
were said to havt lieetV very queer,
the attempt to end his life by cutting
off his arm climaxing his activities.
His wife left him shortly after the
quarrel, and the children wfhe taken
from him about a week ago.
The suicide attempt is the most un
usual ever reported in this section, it
is believed, and no doubt would have
proved successful had Boston's friends
left hinv alone.
County Girl Loses Her Life
While Visiting Aunt
In Baltimore
Mama Bowen, 6-year-old daughter
of Jesse J. Bowen and' Wife, of near
Jamesville, and her little" cousin, 'of
Wilson, were drowned with hands'
joined in a small body of water at i
the home, of Aheir aunt, Mrs. Minnie I
Berry, in Baltimore, last Thursday.
The body of the little girl was buried
in the John Bailey grave yard, near
Jamesville, last Sunday afternoon, Rev
Gilbert Davis, of Plymouth, conduct
ing the last rites.
The Bowen child, who had been
visiting her aunt for a year or more,
and her cousin, also six years old,
were planning to go swimming about
noon that day. Mrs. Berry told the
children to wait in the yard until she
| could put on her bathing suit, but
when ihe went out the children were
gone. A search was started, and the
little bodies were found, the hands
still joind, about U o'clock that eve
Marcia and her cousin hail been in
bathing there«bcfore, but that day the
water was deeper than usual, and ap
parently they went into water Over
their heads before they realized jutt
how far they had gone from shore.
« The body of the little girl was re
turned to grief-stricken parents in
Wilson for burial, the double tragedy
leaving their aunt, Mrs. Berry, al
most prostrated.
Elizabeth City at Edcnton
Wiiliamston at Windsor
WEDN2BDAY, AUGUST 3rd Elizabeth City
Colerain at Williams ton
Elizabeth City at Wiiliamston
Colerain at Edenton
Wiiliamston at Elizabeth City
Edenton at Colerain
Colerain at Elizabeth City
Wiiliamston at'Edenton
Proposed County Rate Is $1.28
Blow Open Taylor, Bailey
Brothers' Safe Early
Last Friday
Using a charge of nitroglycerin,
thugs blew open the safe of Taylor,
Bailey and Brother, Everetts mer
chants, early last Friday morning.
Two men and their accomplice, a wo
man, were frightened from the town
just as they were preparing another
charge of the high explosive to blow
off the second door to the safe. While
no money or goods were stolen, much
damage *as done to the safe and to
the store where an - entrance was
A large sledge hummer with the
name of the Seaboard Air Line Rail
way stample on the handle and a crow
bar were used in planting the explos
ve in the door of the safe. The tools
were lei! by the thugs, and officers
are making an attempt to have them,
Riding in a Buick automobile, three
persons are said to have vUrted
eri'tts about 10 o'clock Thursday
night. About 1:30 they were seen in
Rohersonville at a filling station by
Officer Griffin. While there they are
believed to have stolen the license
Unites from a car belonging to Jack
Taylor, using them to cover their
identity during the robbery
ing them away later. Mr. Taylor's
car was parked on Second Street, Of
ficer ».nihil reporting that the two
men and a woman drove down that
street before they turned and went in
the direction of Everetts.
They entered the Everetts store a
hout 2 o'clock and neighbors, hearing
the knocking and explosion, turned on
their porch lights and frightened the
three away. The woman is said to
have remained near the car on the
highway, while the two men Went in
to tile store, to' rrack the safe. All
three were seen leaving town, but the
witnesses were unable to identify
Bids For Colored School
Are Much Lower Than
Expected Board
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A contract for thK erection of a 4-
rootli school building for negroes was
let to Mr. Sylvester Lillfy by the
Martin County Board of Education at
its meeting here yesterday morninu.
Seven bids were entered, Mr. Lilley's,
the lowest of the seven, beiiiK for $2,-
200. The highest, submitted by Mr.
l.ouiti Kioberson, of (Griffins Town
ship tailed for an expenditure of $2,-
Mr. I'earl I .eggett was next to
the lowest with a bid for $2,250.
Others Bidding on the project were
J. C. Gurkin, A. T. Perry, S. C. Grif
fin, and A. T. Gurkin.
The building will replace the struc
ture destroyed by fire at Black Swamp
about three and one-half miles from
here on the Bear Grass Wad. After
the building was destroyed by fire last
fall, school was Jield in a near-by
The new school, with its four rooms
will be a frame structure.
School Building Entered
And Much Damage Done
Breaking into the high school build
ing here'last Suiulay even inn, vandals
are said to have wrecked property
valued at SSO or more. School au
thorities are making every effort to
learn the guilty parties, and it is be
lieved two arrests will be made within
the next day or two.
The vandals, believed to be two
small local boys, entered by breaking
a window glass.' Once inside they
tore open a number of classroom doors
and upset everything that was not
nailed down, destroying records and
all the loose property they could get
their hands on. An effort was made
to trap the boys in the house, but be
fore officers could , reach the building,
the invaders had escaped, it was stat
Fined $6 iot Drunkness
By Justice oi the Peace
Hubert Wynn was fined $6 and (
taxed with the costs in Justice of the
Peace J. L. Hassell's court here yes-'
terday when he was found guilty of
being drunk and disorderly.
The world'* champion coffee-drinker
is 73-year-old Joseph Peclet, of New
ark, N. J., who average* 50 to 60 cup
ful* daily.
Urging Road Work
For Martin
Ask That Hardsurface On
Highway No. 125 Be
Completed Soon
Tljat Martin County might share in
the $6,000,1)00 Federal road building
fund allotted to this state, Messrs. (J.
H. Harrison, E. S. Peel, and Clavton
Moore are meeting with highway of
ficials in Raleigh today in the interest
of North Carolina Highway No. 125
and a road from Oak City, via lias
sell, to Rohersonville.
Neither of the roads was included
in the first building program under
I*ederal aid announced a few days ago,
l>ut it is hoped that the projects will
he favorably considered in the second
letting of contracts.
It is understood that highway rep
sentatives are considering recom
mending the completion of No. 125
into Hobgood, but are said to be un
favorable to routing No. 11 via Has
sell. High-way No. 11, from Oak City
Bethel, is said to be the choice of
the road authorities, but it is not
known just what will be the outcome
after various delegations present their
.claims. A meeting was scheduled
some time ago when a delegation from
I the Hassell section was to have ap
'peared before the officials in Raleigh,
but it was postponed and has not been
; held as yet.
I The county representatives, to get
aid from the Federal fund, will have
to seek the approval of both the na
tional road representatives and the
- State commission, it is understood,
-The- I''ederal government, il i* un
derstood. does not participate in any
road construction, Unless the projects
are approved by a special represen
If aid is protured (or this county,
j thet-e is some doubt whether Route
125 will be hard surfaced or covered
j with a tar composition. There are
two neglected links in the road at
present, one from the Everett farm,
15 1-2 miles out of Williamston, to
■ Hamilton, and another from Oak City
'to near Hobgood.
July Sale of Licenses Is
Largest for Similar
Period in Years
While the press of the country re
ported signs favorable to better times,
Martin County was putting out signs
iif its own last month, when JO mar
riage licenses were issued by Register
of Deeds J. Sam Getsinger. Seven
white couples "shook off"- the depres
sion and procured licenses necessary
to the tying of the knots. And while
the number of licenses going to col
ored couples was only three, it was
one more than the number issued in
July of last year.
That the increase in number of mar
riage licences issued in the county is
not a radical one is shown by the
records. Since last March, the num
ber has been increased steadily, go
ing from 5 in April to 10 in July.
Licenses were issued to the follow
ing couples during July:
White *
Geofge F. Hopkins and l.illie Beach
am, bdlh of Martin County.
Roland Thomas Sills and Lucille
Stroud, both of this county.
Horace Mendenhall and Annie B.
Cowen, of Martin County.
William Keel and Annie Stalls,
both from this county.
Charlie B. Cullipher and Snodie
Taylor, both of Martin.
W. J. Ayers and Elizabeth Bullock,
of' Martin County.
Clyde Mason, of Washington, D.
C., and Esther Davenport, of Green
ville, Pitt County.
Willie Williams and Odell Ryan,
both of Martin.
Walter Cheery and Vivian Gillam,
of Bertie County.
Richard Gajnor and Lucy Wynn, of
Martin County.
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Club W. L. Pet.
Colerain 4 3 .571
Edenton 4 3 .571
Elizabeth City . 3 4 .429
Williamston 3 4 .429
North Carolina has lost a "first."
For a decade it had the highest
birth rate of any state in the
Union. But in 1931, according to
figures released through the State
Board of Health, this state slipped
into second place and barely es
caped being third.
New Mexico's birth rate now
heads the list, with a rate of , 28.4
per 1,000 of population. On the
same basis. North Carolina's rate
was 23. Alabama had a birth rate
of 22.9 per 1,000 of population to
run a close third.
Babies born in this state in 1931
totaled 73,898, however, as com
pared with New Mexico's 12,148.
Run Down and Caught In
Ditch By Chief Daniel
A Few Hours Later "
Alexander Sinallwood, colored, was
arrested yesterday at iiooti amUp'aced
in jail to answer a charge of fobbing
D. M. KoEerson's maTk'fton the* James
ville road earlier in the day. Accord
ing to Andrew F.verett, keeper of the
market, some one stole sls and a pis
tol from the >t"re while he went to a
near-by house lor !i bucket of water
thief \V. It. Daniel was called, and
while he was making an investigation
be saw Small wood mulling from liiiu
He gave cba*c and loiuid bini in a
dd'l' ditch near l.eggett's la lie ill New
Town. In the meantime, SnialTwomf
bid the ■money, but when pressed by
officers he told them „ that it was
in the ditch near the spot where he
was caught.
Before leaving the niarktT"liousfe that
morning, the keeper pulled the rear
door shut, hut diil not fasten the. latch.
Small wood is said to have tome out
of a corn field just at tin- rear of the
building and entered without iJifVvculty,
but not unnoticed." Albert Wilson, a
young colored hoy. saw the man enter,
and when questioned hy officers, de
scribed Snia-llwood to them Tracks
were examined and those found near
the market Corresponded with those
made hy Sinallwoiid' feet. The man
had a t\pe of slippet that he could
slip mi and «IF very easily, and as he
left the market house lie would wear
the shoe a short distance and then
l ull them oil and go barefooted for
a while.
The shop-keeper was gone only a
few minutes, hut did hot miss the pis
tol and money until a customer made
a purchase. Kverett went to the
money drawer to make change and
found the money ghne.
Elizabeth City Said To Be
I Considering Dropping
Out of League
I A period if inactivity was experi
enced in the Albemarle League the
latter |Wt of last week, when the
i Elizabeth ("ity-l olerain game was
rained out and the W'illiamston-Eden
j.ton game was called oiT on account
of the death of a Sir. VVelib, an un
cle of three of tl\e players oh the
| Edentou team.
T" 'llie existence of the league is now
threatened according to information
coming from Elizabeth City, where
the team officials are peeved because
they can not play their boys on Sun
days. A dispatch from Elizabeth City
I "Close upon the heels of an an
' nouncement by the board of school
trustees that there would be no more
baseball games in the ball park here
•on Sunday, the management of the
' Jaybird team announced the cpniem-
I plated> dropping of the team from the
I Albemarle league. This action would
be a virtual death warrant for the lea
gue, for two of the three other teams
in the circuit have stated they will
not play in a three-club league.
"Lack of interest and gate receipts
too low to pay the expenses of, the
players were given as the reasons for
the proposed action in dropping from
the league." v ~ , - • -
Elizabeth City ia scheduled .to play
Edenton at Edenton -this afternoon,
and Williamston is slated to play
Colerain at Windsor.
• Advertisers Will Fad Our Col-
I am* a Latchkey to Ot»t Sixtsen
I Hondrsd Martin Coutty Homes
Public Invited To Discuss
[ Estimate With Board
at That Time
Meeting in regular session Mon
day, the Martin County Board of
Commissioners prepared a tentative
budget for the year 1932-33, the esti
mate catling' for a tax levy of $1.28
j for the year, or one cent less on the
SIOO property valuation-,,than' the old
T i " af * r —ll'HXtMjiy tlii'. budget is not
linal, the board extending an invita
tion to all taxpayers to attend a meet
ing next Monday morning at 10 o'-
clock when a final budget will be
j adopted. No other business will be
considered at that time, Chairman T.
t . Griffin said this morning.
Ihe tentative budget, appearing
elsewhere in this -paper, reflects many
changes in the various funds, several
of. the general funds showing de-
Creases while the fixed charges show
an increase in OIK* t>r two instances-.
An increase of / cents was necessary
to care lor the debt service during
the comitiK '.ear, and* an additional
>ne halt cent increase was necessary
to create the* school tax required by '
the State I hi-, State school tax
j would lie only 15 cents had the valii
jat ion remained the same as it was
jin 1930, but since that time more
1 tljau a two million drop has been re
ported in property ,values in this
county. llm St.itr levies on the basis
ol the I>3o * ilu.iii > is, and to create
the funds, the county had to increase
|"the rate from 17 1-2 cents last year
ito IS cents this year, the increase of
'one halt cent being considered very
economical considering the large de
irease in property values recently re-
I ported. *
Decreases arc noted in the health
jnnid, and cuixrnt expense and capital
otrt-bn —tontls- -stahfwhrtl for the- oper
, I atioii of the six months school term.
, J Ihe must marked reduction was in
, the health fund, the rate for that
work dropping trotu 9 cents to 3 1-2
I cent*, a saving of S 1-2. cents. In
other words if there was no increase
in thVi amount 0.l interest and princi
pal on bonds conting due this year,
ian 8 cent reduction m the rate could
|he elTected. \ml while there is only
, a one-cent 'drop shown in the esti>
mated hiidjiet. (In- total tax levy this
year will lie $5, "05 less than it was
lor the y ear P'Jl. ' This saving would
have been multiplied many times had
there been no increase in bond inter
est and pViivcipal to care fc»r during
' the coming period.
l ast year, the total levy amounted
to $183,825 as compared with $177,-
| ''2o called for in the proposed budget
' j fur the year 1932-33.
j Just how many changes; if any,
, can be made ill the proposed budget
> j will be determined next Monday
when taxpayers are invited to meet
I | with the commissioners and suggest
savings of their own, It is almost
certain that ii" increase will result,
i and no decrease is visible at this
A petition was prepared, urging the
State to complete the hardsurfacing
of Highway No. 125, the commis
■ sinners pointing out the agreements
entered into by the county and high
way commission back in 19 22. The
! board also expressed its thanks to
- the~~fiighway department for the re
' liable and • successful maintenance of
• the roads in this county since the sys
* tem was expended.
Several appli anions for aid from
the county were filed, the board al
lowing Mfs. Itessit; Davis, James
ville, $3 a mi nth; E, G. Rogerson,
Willramston R. I . D. 5, $3 a month
and I'The Kverett,* colored, $3 a
month and increasing ,the allowance
of Mrs. Mary Edmondson from $2
$3 a month.
Former Martin Man Lives
With His Neck Broken
Suffering a broken neck when he
jumped head-first into shallow water
at Sheppard's Mill I'ond several weeks
ago, Marvin Ayers, 30-year-old white
Hian, continues to live, last reports
s?!hing that he was getting along very
well in a Greenville hospital.
Ayers, son of Henry Daniel Ayers,
moved from this county during the
early part of this year. As he had
not lived in Pitt County long enough
to become a charge of that district,
it is understood that Martin it respon
sible for a par of the cost incurred at
the hospital.
Mr. J. G. Staton spent Friday in
Raleigh attending a meeting of the
State Board of Agriculture.

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