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Increase In the Crop Found
In Greater Number of
Acres Planted
With a bumper cane crop fast ma
turing, many Martin County people
are assured a sweet winter, just ahead.
A reduction in vegetables and fruits
caused by the dry weather hat limited
canning activities in the county this
season, but there is no prospect for
a reduction in the cane sorghum crop,
according to reports received from
several sections in the county.
Several new mills, each with a ca
pacity of more than one hundred gal
lons of the sweet stuff daily will go
into operation within the next few
weeks, it is understood. J. G. Staton,
with nearly 60 tenant families on h«
farms, is said to have recently pur
chased a machine weighing nearly
900 pounds which vyill turn out 65
gallons of sap an hour. Two or three
other farmers are planning to purchase
machines for use during the season
opening about the middle of next
There are comparatively few cane
mills in this section, and last year the
owners found it almost impossible to
fill the orders placed with them. A
charge of about 12 cents a gallon was
made to grind and cook the molasses
last season, but it is reported there is
a possibility of a small reduction in
the toll this coming season.
Only during the past few years has
the ole home-made product, so popu
lar at one time in years gone by, be
gun to regain a place on Martin
County's table. West Indies molasses
was shipped into the county by the
hundreds of barrels back yonder
when monkey rum was in demand.
And after the black strop was no
longer used as a base for liquor man
ufacture, it continued in favor as a
sweet to be sopped with a white
bread biscuit of high measure. But
the depression iame along and now
the good ole home-made product is
replacing rapidly the thick, sticky
juice from the West Indies.
State of Unrest Reported
In Barber Section of
Williams District
J W. Barnes, white man, was held
under a s2oobond for his appearance
at the next term of court to answer
a charge of felonious assault on a fe
male. The preliminary hearing was
held by Justice of the Peace J.. I-.
Hassell here yesterday morning,
Tobby Barber, procuring the war
rant, maintains that Barnes attempted
to, assault Mrs. Barber Sunday aft
ernoon. Angered by the charge,
Barnes is said to have attacked Bar
ber with * deadly weapon yesterday
morning, and as a result Barber is the
prosecuting witness in a case against
Barnes in recorder's court today.
Anything but peace is said to have
been in evidence during the past few
weeks in the "island" section of Wil
liams Township, where the Barbers,
Perrys, Barnes, and Davenports live.
It is claimed that two of the Barber
brothers quarreled and Tobby Barber
told that Dennis Barber shot Roy An-'
drews there nearly a year ago, the
former releasing the information aft
er he was arrested presumably upon
the evidence of Dennis in connection
with the opeation of a liquor still.
Mercury Passes The 120
Mark Here This Morning
The weather, little discussed during
the past few weeks, returned ss a
chief conversational topic - here over
the week-end and today when the
mercury reached the 120 mark in the
sun and followed closely in the snade.
While the mercury is said to have
reached a higher poin this summer,
it's still a hot time in the ole town
today, and the boys around the shop
readily agreed that the season yes-J
terday and today is the hottest they
recall this year.
A hot sun bearing down this morn- (
ing chased the animals of the fields to |
shelter and humans have traveled
slowly to cope with the heat. For to
morrow there is hope—the sun goes
into partial eclipse.
Regular Meeting oi Local
Kiwanians Tomorrow
The Kiwanis luncheon will be held
tomorrow at 12:30 o'clock promptly.
The interest in the club has held
tenaciously on during the long warm
weeks of summer —this hsving been
the first summer when meetings were
not suspended for t few summer
This meeting will I>e in charge of
Superintendent James C, Manning,
■nd a full attendance is requeated.
Decided, Increase in Tobacco
Prices Is Reported Monday
Tobacco price* Board up in
North Carolina and South Caro
lina Monday, according to the Aa
sociated Preee, as hundreds of
thousands of pounds were poured
into the market. Block sales were
reported on a number of markets,
with prices on good tobacco up to
$65 a hundred.
At Sanbourne a quarter of m
million pounds was placed on the
floors of the tobacco warehouses,
bringing to a new high the pound
age offered for sale on any one
The (tttdiy (or the local high
school wu complete this
week when Mr. E. A. Green, of
High Point, wu appointed pro
fessor of Mathematics and science
Mr. Green, a graduate of the Uni
versity of North Carolina, has had
several years of experience in the
teaching profession, and served
as principal for two or three terms
during that time.
He and his wife will arrive next
week to make their home here
during the next eight months.
Date for Trial In the Pitt
Superior Court Has Not
Been Announced
Thomas H. Rarnhill, aged white
man, was indicted by a Pitt County
grandjury in Greenville yesterday for
the killing of Jesse Barnhill, near
Flat Swamp just across the Martin
County line, several months ago.
Barnhill was arraigned today on the
first-degree murder charge, but it
could not be learned when the case
would be called. Pete Poteat, the
husband of Barnhill's divorced wife,
Tura Andrews Barnhill Poteat,
arrested yesterday in connection with
young Barnhill's death, and he is be
ing held' in the Pitt County jail as
an accomplice to the crime. However,
no indictment had been preferred a
gainst hint up until noon today, as
far as it could be learned here.
The probability is that the case will
hardly be heard before the October
term of court, but early developments
might result and make possible the
trial of the case during the present
term of court in Greenville.
No direct clues as to the killing
could be found for some time after
the lifeless body of the young man
was discovered. The first arrest was
made when statements made by T. H.
Barnhill and others were found to be
conflicting. Since the aged man's ar
rest several weeks ago, officers are
said to have collected evidence from
a number of sources; but the exart
status of the case has not been triade
public so far.
Federal Official Dispels
Myths About Tooth Paste
Washington, D, C.—Tooth pastes
and other dentifrices have only one
important function: They clean the
teeth. While some are advertised as
cures or preventives for pyorrhea,
Riggs disease, tender gums, or other
mouth disorders, the buyer will find
very few, if any, dentifrices entering
into interstate trade actually labeled
with remedial claims for these mal
According to expert dental opinion
there is no drug nor combination af
drugs capable of curing pyorrhea and
certain other diseases of the mouth,
according to Dr. F. J. Cullen.'of the
Federal Food and Drug Administra
tion. J Nor anay the buyer* expect to
find any tooth i>aste which has any
permanent effect in correcting tooth
decay and what is popularly known as
halitosis, he adds.
Dentifrices are useful for cleaning
the teeth, says Doctor Cullen, but
some so-called "teeth whiteners" con
tain harmful acids, such as hydro
chloric acid, which have a destructive
effect upon the enamel of the teeth.
A person who uses a preparation con
taining such chemicals does so at
some peril. The law does not require
that a label declare the presence of
this acid if it is present. The buyer
may, however, discover through in
vestigation, or through consulting his
druggist, whether or not a dentifrice
contains hydrochloric acid.
Peerless Quartet To Sing
at A. M. E. Zion Church
The Peerless Quartet, rated as a
sensation among negro singing groups,
will appear in a concert at the Wil-
Chapel A. M. E. Zion church
here tonight, it was announced by
the pastor, Rev. W. H. Townsend,
today. •
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, August 30, 1932
day of the season. Prices ranged
from $5 to $43 a hundred.
The Darlington market report
ed approximately 100,000 pounds
ware sold at an average of 1$
Around 550,000 pounds at 15 to
18 centa were sold on the floors
at Lumberton. The pricea were
considerably higher Monday than
for any of the preceding market
At Fairmont, N. C., the market
was S3 higher than laat week.
W. R. Hampton Said To Be
Considering Operation
of Tomato Plant
It was reliably reported here yes
terday that W. R. Hampton, Plymouth
man, is planning to locate a canning
factory here for ogfration next sea
son. Just when work would be start
ed on the plant and where the new
enterprise would be built it could not
be learned.
With the production of tomatoes
rapidly increasing in this section, it is
believed that Williamston is an ideal
location for a plant, and that local
people will heartily cooperate in sup
porting the proposed undertaking.
Mr. Hampton operated a plant in
Roper this season, and now has ap
proxiinattly 14,K)0 cases of tomatoes
on hand ready for the marcts, These
tomatoes were grown in the Roper
section of Washington County.'* Far
mers there shipped their green to
matoes to the northern markets as
long as the prices held up, but when
the markets weakened, the growers
started canning, the crop.
While" the seasons were not very
favorable to tomato production in
this, -section, it is understood, that, the
Ifloper farmers made some money
handling them this summer.
More details on the location of a
cannery here are expected within the
next few days.
Law Requires All Children
Entering School To Be
■ Vaccinated
All children planning to enter the
schools this year should l>e vaccinat
ed against smallpox at—tMH?e if they
have not already guarded themselves
against the disease, Principal William
R. Watson, of the local schools, said
Smallpox vaccination is compulsory,
amf unless the children arf vaccinated
before entering school, arrangements
will have to be made for it immediate
ly thereafter, the school man said. Mr.
Watson also pointed out that the chil
dren would be assured a better chance
in their classes if they are vaccinated
now and not have to lose any time
after the scjiools open the 12th of next
Those vaccinations are often han
dled without cost to the children, and
parents of those pupils entering school
and who have not been vaccinated
should have it done as goon as pos
sible. ) ,
Methodist Missionary
Group Meets Tomorrow
The Woman!) Missionary Society
of the Methodist church will meet o,n
Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at
the church. All members are request
ed tbe present.
Episcopal Auxiliary Will
Meet Next Monday 4 P. M
The September iheeting of the Wo
man's Auxiliary of the Church of the
Advent will be held on September Sth
at 4 o'clock at the church. At this
time a full schedule of the meetings
will be arranged. This being the first
session since June, it is earnestly
hoped that every one interesting in the
work will promptly attend.
Baptist Philatheas Will
Meet With Mrs. Peele
The Philathea class of the Memor
ial Baptist church will meet with Mrs.
Lonnie Peel at her country home on
the Bear Grass road, near here, next
Friday evening at 8 o'clock, it was an
nounced yesterday by the class sec
retary. All members of the organiza
tion are urged to be present.
Miss Estetle Crawford returned yes
terday from Florida where she visit
ed her sister, Mrs. Harold Clark, and
Mr. Clark for some time.
Be On Lookout For The
Partial Eclipse About
2:30 O'clock
Martin County and Coastal North
Carolina will see a partial eclipse of
the sun tomorrow afternoon, August
31, but may have to used smoked glass
or a kodak film that has been devel
oped to get a good view.
The branch hydrographic office of
the United States Nayy at Norfolk
has issued a bulletin stating that the
amount of the eclipse visible at Nor
folk will" be about 87 per cent, .which
is approximately what it will he in
this section.
Be on the lookout for the
around 2:JO o'clock tomorrow after
noon. If the sky is clear the show
will last two hours anil Jfo minutes.
The path of the total eclipse is an
easy curve including Montreal near
the western limit, and Portland, Maine
within the eastern limit. The eastern
limit in the Atlantic Ocean is approx
imately latitude 28 degrees north and
longitude 41 degrees west.
Along the central line of the eclipse
path, total obscuration of the sun will
last about one and one-halt minutes.
For approximately an hour before
the charted time of the eclipse the
dark disk of the moon will be seen to
slowly creep over the face of the sun.
The above phase of the eclipse can be
best observed through a piece of neg
ative glass or film which has been
exposed to the light and developed.
Should the skv be partly filled with
cumulus clouds, giving a perspective
effect to the far horizon, close watch
ing t ma> reveal the swift approach and
rece: sit«n of the moon's shadow jump
ing from one cloud to another. This
shadow is a speed demon and moves
about the rate of a mile in two sec
i iid-;. It seems that all the shadow
will be discovered in the western hor
izon just a few seconds before to
tal eclipse. __
Unemployed Believed To
Have Thinned Out the
Animals Last Year
Reports coming from various hunt
ing grounds of the county indicate a
marked decrease in the number of
squirrels in the this season.
Some hunters are of the opinion that
there aren't one-tenth as many of the
animals in the woods of this section
this year as there were last season.
The unemployed spent much of their
time in the woods last season, and
they are said to have killed so many
of the grey animals that they reduced
the number to the lowest point known
in many years. But the hunters will
start finding out for themselves this
week, the season opening Thursday.
All Institutions Had 16,519
Inmates On the Last
Day of July
Raleigh, N, C\, August 29,—The
total population of the penal, chari
table and correctional institutions
operated by the state and counties on
July 31 was 16,519. A decrease dur
ing July of 64 persons, the State
Board of Charities and Public Wel
fare reported today.
There were 6,336 persons confined
in the three state hospitals at Raleigh,
Morganton and Goldsboro, and at
Caswell Trailing School as
ended, it was shown.
The Orthopedic Hospital at'Gas
tonia and the' State Sanatorium had
479 inmate at the end of the month.
Homes for Confederate veteran*
and widows and county homes had
628 occupants July 31 and correctional
institutions had '992 persons.
Prisoners in state highway camps
decreased 142 during July to 4,304,
and the population of state's priso«
fell off five to 2,803. There was a to
tal of 7,159 state prisoners.
Local Legion Post Plans
For Rally in October
Meeting here last night, members
of the. John Walton Hassell Post of
the American Legion, planned a big
rally for the first Monday night , in
October when a -squirrell stew and
barbecue, "feed" will be served all ex
service men in the county who will at
tend. The meeting i« open to non
members of the post al well as to the
regular members, the commander
said this morning.
About 25 members attended the
meeting here last night and heard
Rev. C. H. Dickey report on the
State convention of the organization
held in Asheville a few weeks ago.
Local People Pledge Support
In Making Leaf Mart Success
English Call Our Robins " Thrushes"
And Our Squirrels "Rats"; N. Y. Sun,
Dander Up, Tells 'Em a Few Things
Martin County hunters entering the
woods this week will be killing large
grey rats instead x>( squirrels, accord
ing to news coming from England a
few days ago. And along with the
same news came more news declaring
the robin redbreast only a thrush.
The dispatch upset those interested
in the animal kingdom, and it was
only a short time before a reply was
directed to the English, the New-
York Sun saying:
"Well, those English can pull our
lejpr at peace conferences, do us in the
eye in disarmament treaties, and help
Europe beat us out of war debt bil
lions; they can call us dollar-chasers,
jazz maniacs, and prohibition hypo
crites, but they can't call our robin
not a robin and our grey squirrel a
rat. No, sir!"
The Sun called the American Mus
eum of Natural History, learned that
both U, S. ami British squirrels
Playing Fifth Game With
Edenton Here This
The Martins turned back the mighty
Balderson at Kdenton last Friday to
win over the Colonial*, to 4, and to
tie the "Little World Series" at two
all. The game was another ID-inning
affair, the Kdciit ui nine losing ojit in
rhat frame when the Martins scored
two runs, one by Jinimie Brown anil
a second by (jaybird.
Balderson, |>itching' fyr Kdenton, al
lowed the Martins 1(1 hits, which add
ed to three walk* and numerous er
rors meant his first defeat as a Co
lonial. He fanned nine, "Doc" Kug
ler started on the mound for the Mar
tins hut retired in favor of veteran
Dick Cherry after three innings, in
which he had allowed four hits and
three runs, including a home run in
the first by Paul Dunlap Cherry gave
up seven hits for the remainder of the
game, striking out five and issuing one
free pass.
lulenton Scored in the first. After
Suttenfield had been hit by a pitched
ball Dunlap drove the first pitch far
over the right field fence to send Kden
tun out in front. In the third Kden
ton came back for another run oil
doubles by Sutenfield ami Dunlap,'aft
er l.eary bad been caught off firit on
a single.
The Martins knotted the count in
the fifth, but Kdenton rallied in the
latter half of the fifth to again take
the lead. Williamston tied the score
again in the eighth on a walk v a hit
batter, and a single. With one out in
the tenth, Jimmie Brown singled anil
the outfield let Latham fly hall fall f'»r
two bases, Brown going to third.
Then an error by Suttenfield and an
other by Bunch allowed the winning
runs to come across the plate. Kden
ton came back to load the bases, but
were unable to score.
The fifth game ot ihe series will be
played here this afternoon, and tomor
row the Martins will go to Edenttui
for the sixth game. x
Value of Crop Has Been
Increased By About
New York, Aug. 2 l ). — Ihe cabin in
the cotton may be transformed into
a prosperous bungalow if the price of |
the South'* principal agricultural
product continue* to mount.
There are some two million cotton j
farmers and their families in the
United States who after a l»ng period j
of depression are beginning to sit
up and take notice of new shoes,
clothes and other necessities they had
almost forgotten.
Last June cotton prices hovered
around their all time lows. Since then
the commodity Iras advanced some
S2O a bale, an increase that the ordi
nary farmer could hardly credit. Cot
ton started to firm moderately in July
and really became bouyant following
the government crop estimate of 11,-
306,000 bales early in August.
At present prices the approximate
total value of the cotton crop-in -the
United States for this year and the
carryover for last year has increased
nearly $500,000,000 from the year's
bottom figures.
long to the Sciuridae family, hut that
whereas the grey U. S, squirrel is
known scientifically as aeiurus caro
linensis, England's red squirerl is call
ed by tlie unflattering name of Sciurus
vulgaris. English robins, Mike U. S.
robins, belong to the family of thrushes
(Turdidae), "So," concluded the Sun,
"American robins are American rob
ins; English robins are English rob
ins; squirrels are squirrels; rats are
rats, and pigs is pigs, although the
English bacon is not American ba-
The following dipatch from Eng
land was the cause of all the commo
tion; "The American robin redbreast
(named mistakenly by the English
settlers after the real robin in Eng
land) is a thrush, lie is a large bird
with a dull red breast and he struts
across the lawns with the characteris
tic thrush walk, The American squir
rel ... is a large grey rat."
Kingstrce, S. C.—The story of
the starving man who refused a
bushel of corn because it was not
shelled has been brought up to
date by an unemployed man here.
The Red Cross here reported a
man who had been given a free
sack of flour brought it back and
demanded that he be given self
rising flour in its stead.
The relief agency refused, and
the man departed, flourless,
Was Father of Mrs. Jas. C.
Manning; Funeral Held
Yesterday Afternoon
■ .■• ' »
A. J. Moye, father of Mrs.' J. C.
Manning, oL this place, died at his
home near Karmville, in Pitt County,
i Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, follow
ling a "lingering illness. Funeral serv
ices were conducted from the |r'arni
ville Christian rhufch yesterday aft
ernoon, interment following in the
Moye burial grounds, near the home.
* Mr. Moye, prominent in the civic
'and religious activities of his county,
|was born in May, 185.5. He served
I two terms in the State senate and was
j widely known. After studying at
| Wake Forest he later wnt to Beth
] any College in West Virginia, where
Ihe was graduated.
I Besides Mrs N Manning, the follow
ing children survive: Mrs. Mary Moy«
I Patterson, Joel W. Move, l litford P.
Moye, and Mrs. Milton Williamson,
all of Karmville, and Moses T. M>>ye,
of Stantonsburg.
Mr. Moye. has visited here on sev
eral occasions, and had many friends
here, ' ,
Goes Into Court On
Reckless Driving Charge
Marry Bo wen, -young' local white
man, was ordered held under a $10(1
bonds for his appearance in. recorder's
court today, following his arrest on
a reckless driving churge hy Officer
Allsbrmik-. Saturday night.
The preliminary hearing held hy
Justice of the I'eace J. L. ilassell Sat
urday night attractel much attention
when young Bowen, recognized as a
reliable hoy except when he is an
gered, was cited fur contempt of court.
I he trial officer ordered, him held in
jail for five days on that count, hut
he w-as later released.
Kill 41 Snakes At One
Timp in Tyner Town
| Running across a snake's nest in'a
j Tyner Town ditch near here last week,
t Charlie Hen Roberson and Amos La
jMheni killed a water moccasin and 40
lof its young ones. When discovered
j by the two men, the big snake refused
I to crawl away and put up a stubborn
| fight in an attempt to protect her
I young.
Professor Chas. S. Morris
To Speak Here Thursday
Professor Charles S. Morris, jr., di
rector of the English department,
Bluefield State Teachers' College, of
Bluefield, VV. Va., will deliver ail ad
dress on "The Freedom That Truth
(Jives," in the A. M. E. Zion church
.here Thursday evening at 8 o'clock,
it was announced here today by Rev.
H. W. Townsend, 'pastor of the
't —_____
Advertiseri Will Fnd Our Coi
uma a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Homee
Large Number To Canvass
Territory During Next
Few Days
Local people pledged tlieir support
to the advancement of the local tobac
co market at a meeting held last Fri
day night, when for nearly two hours
ways and mean* were informally dis
cussed whereby the interests of the
market were recognized as a para
mount issue lor_the town, community,
and farmers. The approximately 100
citizens present unanimously agreed to
make personal visits into a number of
sections this week in the interest of
the market, and expressions made at
the meeting indicated a hearty coop
eration on the part of the operators
and people of the town.
It was a congenial meeting in that -
suggestions were well received, and in
every talk the importance of the tobac
co market to the community was
stressed. More than a dozen brief
talks were made, each speaker pledg
ing his cooperation for the betterment
ol the local tobacco market. Forty
owners stated they would take their
i .ir-T and solicit niarWet patronage this
week. Printed matter has been pre
pared at the direction of the tobacco
board of trade, and an earnest cam
paign will be conducted between now
and the opening oi the market next
With winter coming "on, the han
dling of relief looms as a big under
taking in the community this year. It
is believed that much suffering will
be alleviated by the successful opera
tion of the market, for every pound
of tobacco sold Irert means that some
one will have a betrr chanCe of get
ting a job , Unemployed- and many
poVirl\ casi's have been dirCited to
the people of Williamston during* the
past year from all parts, of the coun
ty, and while it was impossible to han
dle the cases to the desired advan
tage, everything possible that could be
done was accomplished.
The success of handling the de
mands of the needy this coming win
ter depends largely upon the success
of the market.. And it was toward
the end of helping all that the aproxi
nlately 100 citizens pledged their ef
forts and tune toward boosting the to
bacco market this season.
It was pointed out at the' Friday
night meeting that the same purchas
ing orders were received-on the mar
ket here as those on the larger ones,
and that the Irtcal market offers every
advantage to be found on any other
one in the be4t.
Bid of Fenner Respass for
$64 a Month Accepted
By Department
Fenner Kespass, local colored,man,
was awarded the contract last week
for hauling the mails between Wil
liamstoii and Plymouth on the late
afternoon and early morning sched
ule. Taking the contract for sf»4 a
moth, Kespass will start handling the
mails,between the two towns on next
Thursday, it is understood.
beginning Thursday, the carrier will
be required to make connections with
the Wilson to Norfolk bus. Undet
the present arrangement, the carrier
! is not required to wait for the Wilson
' to Norfolk truck later than 6 o'clock
1 each morning except Monday, the
route calling for only a six-day sched
The name of the successful bidder
for the route between Norfolk and
Wilson has not been learned here, but
it is understood tiiat the present car
riers will not be on duty longer than
this month. The contract price for
the Norfolk-Wilson route has not been
made public.
Williams Township Child
Passes in Washington
Ralph Roberson, three*year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Roberson, died
in a Washington hospital early yester
day morning following an illness of a
little more than a week's duration.
The little fellow was suddenly attacked
by a disease of the bone Saturday be
fore last, and was removed to the
hospital the following Wednesday.
Funeral services are being conduct
ed from the home in Williams Town
ship this afternoon by Rev. W. B.
Harrington. Interment will follow in
the Riddick's Grove cemetery in that
Besides his parents, he leave» one
brother, David.

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