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VOLUME XXXV—NUMBER 62
22 CASES FROM
THIS COUNTY IN
Defendants Scheduled To
Answer Various Charges
in Washington Monday
Charged with violating in one way
or another the liquor laws, twenty
two Martin Cousty men face trial in
Federal court at Washington next
week. The number of defendants is
the smallest scheduled for trial before
Judge I. M. Meekins in some time.
Last October there were 42 defend
atns before the court from this coun
This year there is a marked in
crease in the number of alleged white
violators and an offsetting decrease a
mong the colored charged with liquor
Probable cause appearing in their
cases, the following men are sched
uled to appear at the court next week:j
Tyler James, James D. Pierce, |
James Ramsey, Allen Smith, all col
ored; Harold E. Hopkins, Grover C.
and T. C. Whitley, John A. Griffin;
E. G. and L. G. Godard, Thurman
Nicholson, Grower Nicholson, A. C.
Sparrow, W. Thomas Jenkins, James
F. Terry, Ben Whitaker, Norman, W.
Elmer Rawls, Mack Knox, C. M. Bar
ber, Wm. T. Harris, and John T.
Cratt, all white.
ON SMALL TOWNS
Upholds Life In the Small
Towns as the Only
In the second issue of the attract
ive magazine, "The Carolines," Rev.
Charles H. Dickey, local minister, has
an interesting article, "The Heart of
the Nation Lies in Its Small Towns."
Commanding a front position in the
magazine devoted to the progress of
the Carolina*, the article upholds small
town life 4s ideal compared with that
hemmed up in the great canyons and
. gorges of the modern centers of pop
Mr. Dickey declares in his article,
"The small town is the place where
all the best things in life come easily!
and naturally. If it is human sympa
thy, one finds it in the small town.j
If kindness, friendship and simple loy- |
alty count for anything in this world, |
these virtues are as common in our.
town as the vegetables we take from
our gardeni The dazzling and pop-'
ulous city has but few attractions for |
such people as we are. We like it
beat this way.
In conclusion, Mr. Dickey asks the
simple but vital question, "And isn't!
it true that the greatest heritage one |
can have is to be well born in an
w|iere artificiality and
show do not crowd out God's handi
work, and where nature has a chance
at the soul?"
, Mrs. Mary E. Long Died
Monday Near Jamesville.
Mrs. Mary E. Long died at her |
home in Jamesville Township last;
Monday and was buried in the family.
cemetery on the home farm Tuesday, |
Rev. W. B. Harrington conducting
the last rites.
Mrs. Long, the widow of the late
James Harrison "Long, was nearly 83
years old. Two sons, J. M. Long, of
Ayden, and James Long, of Elizabeth
Rev. O. W. Dowd Will
Preach Here Sunday
C. T. Rogers, pastor.
Rev. O. W. Dowd, presiding elder
of the Elizabeth City District, will
preach at II o'clock, after which the
fourth quarterly conference will be
held. Members are urged to see the
stewards and help make a good re
Services at 7:30 p. m.
Sunday 'school, 9:45 a. m.
Epworth League, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Preaching at 3:30 p. m.
Missionary Society, 4:30 p. m.
Sunday school, 10:30 a. m.
■ ■ •
Announce Curb Market
Prices For Saturday
A list of prices in effect on the
county curb market here tomorrow ia
Eggs, ddken, 27 cents; string beans,
5 cents a pound; corq, dozen, 13 cents
cucumbers, 3 cents each; squash, 3
cents a pound; tomatoes, 4 cents a
pound; salad, 3 centa a pound; cab
bage, pound, 3 cents; peppers, pound,
6 cents; onions, pound 2 1-2 cents;
peaches, 2 cents a pound; apples, 2
cents a pound; grapea, 3 cents a
quart; rhubarb, 8 cents a bunch; car
rota, 6 cents a bunch; turnips, 6 cents
a hunch; beets, bunch 3 cents; new
sweet potatoes, pound 1 cent; pears,
3 cents a pound.
Robersonville Negro Making
Earnest Attempt To Find Oil
Charlie Long, 50-year-old col
ored man, of Robersonville, is to
be claaaed among the truly opti
mistic. He ia digging for oiL
Suffering an hallucination all hia
own and. without any signs what
soever, the old man pitched- hia
* tent on a tract of land here be
onging to Mrs. A. R. Dunning,
of Williamston, and started dig
ging. Staying there by day and
by night, the old negro haa al
ready sunk a number of dollars in
23 wells each about six feet deep.
So optimistic ia he that he ia hir
ing othera to do the work while
V. E. P. OPENING 1
The Virginia Eleetric and Pow
er Company ia moving in ita new
equipment today, preparatory to
opening ita newly eatabliahed dis
trict office here neat Monday, it
was learned from Manager Ray
Goodmon this morning. Com
plete opening announcements will
be made later.
The N. S. Peel building, form
erly occupied by Anderson's store
for many yeara, has been made
into a modern atore and office
building, adding greatly to the ap
pearance of Main Street
Several familiea connected with
the company, are locating here
this week and will be ready to
continue their duties next Monday.
GETS PLACE ON
BALLOT IN STATE
Forty Local People Signed
Petition Giving Party
Place on Ticket
With a petition carrying more than
10,000 names, the Socialist Party
gained the right this week to have the
names of its electors appear on the
national ballot in North Carolina, giv
ing the voters of this state an oppor
tunity to make their choice from a
mong three nominees, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Democrat; Herbert Hoov
er, Republican; and Norman Thomas,
Advocates of fair play, more than
40 Williamston people signed the pe
tition urging the State Board of Elec
tions to recognize the party. In sign
ing the petition, the signers did not
pledge support of the party in the elec
tion next November 8, but merely
signed it to make it possible for those
who wanted to vote for Nominee
Thomas in this state to do so without
having to write in all the names of
the electors. • •
Major L. P. McLendon, Adrian
Mitchell, and W. A. Lucas, three of
the five members of the board of elec
tions, were pfesent at the meeting
Wednesday, and the board unanimous
ly adopted the following resolutions:
"Be It Resolved, That the names
of presidential electors of the Social
ist party, as certified to this board by
the secretary of the party, be printed
as a part of the official national bal
lot to be voted on in the general elec
tion to be held November 8, 1932."
And, "Whereas, no other political
party than the Democratic, Republi
can, and Socialist parties have com
plied with the law and regulations
heretofore adopted by the board for
the printing of the names of Presi
dential electors on the official ballot,
"Be it the laid official na
tional ballot ai printed ihall consist
of the carididates for presidential elec
tors certified to this board by the
Democratic, Republican, and Socialist
Board memberi said the Socialist pe
titions had more than the required
10,000 signatures while the Prohibition
party request had less than 300.
After the board's action, Alton A.
Lawrence, State Socialist secretary,
who formally presented the petitions,
issued a statement "predicting the
Thomas vote in North Carolina ii
going to surprise a good many poli
Lawrence said last night's action
placed names of Thomas electors on'
the ballots of 46 states, and in addi
tion in South Carolina Socialists can
print and vote their own ballots if
The statement expressed gratifica
tion that the boaftl of elections "took
the only fair course in accepting the
'petitions. They might have followed
petty tactics and refused our petition,
in which case we should have been
obliged to carry the matter to the
Supreme Court, with consequent un
favorable publicity for the State."
Williamston, Martin County, North Carotin*, Friday, September 30, 1932
he watches for oiL He haa hia
barrels waiting for the flow, and
declare! he already haa order* in
hia handa for a carload of *£he
The old fellow ia aaid to have
been "off" for year*, but ia de
clared harmleaa. His new venture
ia causing authorities much con
cern aa he haa several hundred
dollara in caah pnd no kinapeople.
The authoritiea don't know
whether to allow him to continue
wearing hia money digging for oil
or appoint a guardian to take care
of him and look after hia in
Hamilton Patrons Want a
Route from Weldon
That the mail service advocated by
certain patrons over a star route from
here to Oak City via Everetts, Rob
ersonville, and Hamilton is not agree
able to others was learned here yester
day morning, Mr. R. W. Salsbury, of
Hamilton, stating that many patrons
there wanted a star route from Wel
don to Williamston. It was Mr. Sals
bury's belief at . that time that the
Hamilton postal patrons prefer the
present service between Hamilton and
Hassell rather than that proposed over
the Williamston to Oak City, via Ev
eretts, Robersonville, and Hamilton,
Discussing the proposed William
ston to Oak City route yesterday
morning, Postmaster, Price pointed
out that the patrons in Hamilton
would get mail about 7:30 each morn
ing, or about 4 1-2 hours earlier than
they are now getting it, and that mail
ccflild be dispatched as late as 5 o'clock
■in the afternoon under the proposed
With little prospect for a paying
passenger service between William
ston and Weldon and the operation of
a star route from Hobgood to Scot
land Neck already under way, Mr.
Price stated as his opinion that there
is little hope for the establishment of
a star mail route and passenger line
between Weldon and Williamston.
It tfas also pointed out that Ham
ilton would get the same service over
the proposed route from here to Oak
City as it would over a Weldon to
Williamston route. But an improved
service of any type rests with the
postal patrons along the proposed
route, it was pointed out by the post
It is agreed that the patrons in the
several towns are experiencing poor
mail service, and that a strong effort
will be made to have the government
establish the proposed route.
MAKE STOP HERE
Were Well Received Here
By A Large Crowd
The State Fair boosters, touring
Eastern North Carolina in three spec
ial busses, were received here Wednes
day afternoon by a goodly number of
local and visiting people. Running
behind schedule almost an hour, the
boosters did not tarry long here, going
on to Windsor, Edenton, and Eliza
beth City, where they spent the night.
Kenneth Carpenter, radio announc
er for WPTF, Raleigh, extended his
hearers here a welcome to attend the
State Fair in Raleigh next month, al
luring them that a visit would be
greatly worth while. JThe State Col
lege band attempted two selections,
and the souvenir distributor gave a
way hundreds of small whistles, and
for the remainder of the afternoon the
little town was full of noise.
Mr. Carpenter pointed out in his
brief talk that big preparations had
been maed and were being made for
the State fair this year, that admis
sions had been reduced, and that peo
ple all over the State were supporting
the big agricultural and amusement
And for those who have listened to
Mr. Carpenter over the radio and
wondered what he looked like; well,
Tax Payments Are Being
Made Rapidly in County
With the county on the eve of its
tax advertising, tax payments are be
ing made rapidly now by Martin prop
erty owners, according to a statement
made yesterday by Sheriff C. B. Roe
buck. Prospects for a larger percent
age collection than last year are now
bright, the sheriff said.
W. SAM BARNHILL,
Funeral Service Tomorrow
Afternoon at 3 O'clock
W. Samuel Bamhill, a leading busi
ness man of Robersonville and promi
|nent in county affairs, died suddenly
in a doctor's office there Thursday
afternoon about 1:30 o'clock. He had
been in ill health following a light
stroke of paralysis suffered about a
year ago, and he is thought to have
suffered a similar attack yesterday, re
sulting in his sudden death.
Recovering from the light stroke
suffered about a year ago, Mr. Barn
hill continued his duties, and was ac
tive right up to the last. During the
morning he exercised himself and
shortly noon he told friends
in his store that he was feeling bad,
that he was going home and if he did
not feel better he was going to the
doctor. After a short stay at home
he went to the doctor's office for an
examination. His heart was failing
rapidly, and the doctor asked about
the exercising, explaining to Mr.
Bamhill that he should have remained
quiet. His condition became sudden
ly worse and he died a few minutes
About 66 years old, Mr. Bamhill
was born near Everetts, the son of
the late Abram P. and Creecy Jantes
Bamhill. When a young man he
moved to Everetts, a few years later
going to Robersonville. He was one
of the copartners in Barnhill Brothers,
operating three stores in the county.
He married Miss Ida Everett, and
she Avith two children, Miss Marjorie
Barnhill, of New York, and Mrs. Hugh
Roberson, of Robersonville, survives.
Three brothers, Messrs. J. T., Joe,
and Church Barnhill, and two sisters,
Mrs. Nathan Rogers and Mrs. R. A.
Funeral services will be conducted
at the Primitive Baptist Church in
Robersonville at 3 o'clock by Elders
Grimes, Cowin, and Harrison, and in
terment will follow in the New Cem
etery there. ..._ _
Government Collector An
ticipates Little Trouble
In This Section
Martin County farmers who secured
loans from the Federal Government
last spring to finance their farming
operations this year, are meeting their
government obligations promptly, ac
cording to information given out by
Mr. Claudius Dockery, collecting a
gent for Martin and some of the ad
A large number of farmers paid
their loans in full with one or two
loads of tobacco, and, to date, not a
man has shown any indication of try
ing to evade his obligation to the
government. Considering the amount
of money loaned in this county as
compared with some of the larger
counties, payments are being made
more promptly here than in some of
the other sections. x
Farmers who did not raise tobacco
have been unable to pay any part of
their loans, but it is thought that at
least 95 per cent of the borrowers in
this county will be able to pay out
with either thtir peanut, cotton, or
tobacco crops. ,
The government has recently prose
cuted several farmers in Alabama who
received loans last year and during
the harvest spirited their crops away,
failing to meet their obligations.
Mr. Dockery does not anticipate
any such trouble in his territory and
speaks very highly of the people that
secured loans and their willingness to
cooperates with him in settling theii
Henry D. Simpson Died
Near Jamesville Today
Henry D. Simpson, 62-year-old res
ident of Jamesville Township, died at
his home there early this morning.
He had never married.
Funeral services will be conducted
this afternoon at S o'clock by Rev.
W. B. Harrington. Interment will
follow in the Modlin burial ground in
Dr. Sawyer To Maintain
Office in Williamston
Dr. C. J. Sawyer, eye, ear, nose,
and throat specialist, beginning next
Thursday will maintain an office at
Williamston in the old Farmers and
Merchants Bank Building. The doc
tor will observe from 2 to 5 o'clock
each week day except Wednesday as
office hours, and special appointments
can be arranged at other hours, the
specialist stated in an announcement
made this week.
Brisk sailing featured the sales
on the local tobacco market to
day, many farmers reporting the
prices stronger. Growers ap
peared wall pleaaed with their
aalea, and no complainta were
heard. An atmosphere of en
couragement surrounded the ac
tivities on the market today aa
the farmers ruahed to and fro un
loding their tobacco juat ahead of
the lively salea.
Approximately 140,000 pounds
of the golden leaf were on the
three warehouse floors here to
day. The firat house aales were
not complete until shortly before
the lunch hour, and it was be
BIG CROWD AT
Club Host To Professional
and Business Men Of
The Williamston Kiwanis Club was
host last Tuesday evening to 85 of
the community's business and profes
sional men, which included the tobac
co warehousemen and buyers on the
local market along with several other
business representatives of the coun
After a sumptuous dinner was serv
ed by the Woman's Club, Mr. C. 11.
Dickey, president of the Club, wd J
corned the visitors with a few appro
priate remarks and then turned the
meeting over to Messrs. Frank Mar
golis and Dr. P. B. Cone, who planned
Jim King, local tobacco man, was
called upon for a short talk, and he
very graciously commented on the to
bacco business fin Williamston and
later introduced Mr. I'ritchard, super
visor of sales on the Williamston
market who discussed the situation
One of the principal talks of the
evening was made by Leslie Fowdew,
who reviewed general conditions in
the section, Hiving special attention
to the tobacco and peanut markets.
He made an earnest appeal to the bus
iness men to cooperate and work for
a larger Williamston, a better tobacco
and peanut market. Pete made a good
talk, which was enjoyed by the large
gathering of men.
Judge Clayton Moore, in a few brief
complimentary remarks, introduced
Mr. Wayland Spruill, Democratic nom
inee for the lower house of the next
General Assembly of North Carolina,
from Bertie County. • He mixed poet-j
ry and humorous /cmarks to jenter-.
tain the crowd for a few minutes, but'
he didn't fail to of liis friendly
feeling for Williamston and Martin
County and his appreciation for hav
ing been asked to the meeting.
I Judge Francis I), Winston, the
grand old man from Bertie, 1 " and the
principal speaker of the evening, was
introduced by E. S. Peel, In his own
inimitable manner, the judge had
something good to say. Stating that
"Williamston is logically the gateway
to the whole Albemarle section," and
by reason of its location should start
a movement to advertise this section
to the world, he lamented the fact
that we had gone so long without
realizing the opportunities and dis
covering the beauties that surround
us. In conclusion, he threw out a
challenge to the people of this section
to tackle the job of placing the Albe
marle section on the map, which the
judge said would be an easy task.
During the dinner period, Mrs
Green, music teacher in the local
school, played several piano selections.
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Sunday Services in County
Sunday, October 2, 1932:
Church School at 9:45 a. ni,
Worship service and sermon, 11 a.
m., "The Shipwreck of Paul."
Church school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 7:30
Revival lervices every night.
Church school and sermon at 4 p.
Ballard's Farm Mission
Prayer mee:!ng every Friday night
at 7:30 p. m.
"Go to some church every Sunday."
Rev. W. A. Davis to Hold
Revival at Christian Chapel
Rev. Warren A. Davis, of Wash
ington, will itart a series of services
at Christian Chapel next Sunday night,
it was announced yesterday by
ficer of the church. An invitation is
extended the public.
tieved the selling would con
tinue into late afternoon.
Many tips of inferior quality
are still being offered, but a few
better grades are being offered.
The Imperial company was bid
ding strong today, buying a good
ly percentage of the offerings.
And Reynolds was said to be
more active today in its pur
chases, the upper stalk grades
beginning to make their appear
ance in larger quantities.
An official average of $10.50 a
hundred pounds was reported
yesterday, and it was believed at
noon today the price would go
beyond the U-cent mark today.
f PLAN CAMPAIGN "
Meeting at Bayview next Tues
day, First District Democrats will
make plans for a vigorous politi
cal campaign in the fourteen coun
ties comprising the district in be
half of Governor Franklin D.
Roosevelt and the entire Demo
cratic ticket. All Democratic
various committeemen, and oth
ers numbering more than 300 are
expected to attend the meeting,
it was stated.
The Beaufort County Demo
cratic committee will serve roast
CHURCH CASE TO
BE CALLED NEXT
TERM OF COURT
Smithwicks Creek Church
Trial Set for November
28 By Judge Daniels
The famous Smith wick Creek church
case was scheduled fur retrial next
November by JudKe Frank A. Dan
.kjs here, last Tijesdav aftsrimun.- the
-plaintiffs appearing before the court
asking that the issue lie heard again.
The case, growing out of a dispute
as to the rightful ownership of the
church building and church property,
heard by Judge A. Sin
clair in March, 1930.. The trial reach
ed a climax at the end of the sixth
day when the jury returned a verdict
favoring the plaintiffs and Judge
Sinclair immediately set it aside. The
cast was later scheduled -for* trial at
the September term -of last year, but
was postponed when there was some
hope for a compromise. But no agree
ment was ever reached, the plaintiffs
or the majority side, using the church
each fourth Saturday and Sunday, and
the defendants, or the minority group,
tu Hit controversy, using' the church
each second Sunday. And while both
groups strongly maintain their rights
to the building and property, peace
has reigned throughout the squabble;
that is, no violence has been reported.
I Thousands upon thousands of words
have poured forth from each side,
but by all the talking and discussions
no settlement- could be reachc°d. And
it is wagered that no settlement agree
able to both sides will ever be reached.
The only cure, it is believed, rests
with time, and plenty of time.
The case will be called Monday,
November 28, the second week of the
regular special term of the Martin Su
perior court. No judge has been as
signed at this time, and it will not bu
known until the court convenes No
vember 21 whether a jury will bij
summoned from outside the counfy.
The jury hearing the case more than
two years aga was summoned from
The same lawyers, Messrs. J. A.
Paul, Ward and Gripies, of Washing
ton, and E. S. Peel, of Williams-ton,
representing the plaintiffs in the first
trial, and Messrs. A. D. Mac Lean, of
Washington, and A. K. Dunning, of
Williamston, representing the defend
ant in March, 1930, will again appear
in the case. ' i
County Commissioners to
Hold Meet Here Monday
The selection of a jury list for the
two weeks civil term of Martin Coun
ty Superior Court convening the third
week in November is one of the sched
uled duties for the Martin County
Board of Commissioners in regular
session next Monday. .Routine
be handled and other prob
lems that might present themselves
will be discussed, it was learned yes
terday from the clerk to the board.
Cabarrus Corn Farmer Will
Make 100 Bushels to Acre
Qjrn planted by H. Bonds, of
Cabarrus County land producing
oats and lespedeza Ifbr the past 0 two
years will make 100 bushels to the
acre, he says.
Advertisers Will Fftd Oar CoU
nms a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin Coanty Hones
BROUGHT TO END
Two of the Several Cases
Heard Will Go To The
The two weeks term of Martin
County Superior Court was brought
to a close here early yesterday Jifter
noon with many, of the civil cases
scheduled for trial this week being
.continued until the next term to be
held here ifi November,'
Despite the brief period the court
was in session, a few cases were
cleared from the docket, some by jury
and a few others by agreement. Two
were appealed and will be sent to the
1). t larencl; Gurkin's petition for
restoration of his citizenship was fav
orably accepted by the court.
Judgment were granted Mrs. Emily
Sniithwick against W. Jackson Holli
day for SSOO and C. L, Hinson for
SSOO, including interest on the amounts
from 1924 until paid. An appeal was
By an agreement, a judgment was
given J. R. Coltrain iiv-the sunt of
SIOO against A. E. Manning.
A judgment in the sum of $251 was
given the United States Tire and Rub
ber Company against R. B. Brown.
Judgment was denied the Virginia-
Carolina Chemical Company in its
suit against W. A. Vanderford. An
appeal was noted.
A mistrial resulted in the case of
Mrs. J. B. .Everett et al against Mrs.
R. W. Higdon, executrix of W. G.
ruhill, et al.
Harrison Brothers and Company
were given a judgment in the sum of
$-125 against J. H Rogers and'others.
James Strawbridge, charged with
the theft of gun shells valued at - sls
was ordered removed to the KaSt Car
olina Training School for a period of
ARGUE MOTION IN
... ♦ *
Motion To Set Aside The
Verdict Will Be Heard
In Tarboro October 19 •
•. • •
! An appeal appeared likely in the
j $25,000 F.dgar Johnson suit - against
j the Hofller Boney Transfer Company
this week when the defense made a
motion to set aside* the $1.1,400 ver
dict in favor of the plaintiff, returned
| last Friday by a Martin County Su
perior Court jury here. By consent
| the motion was continued to be heard
jin Tarboro the l ( >th of next month at
1 12 o'clock.
I It was agreed this week that judg
| thenl and all other orders may be
imade and entered by the court out of
j this county, out of the district, and
out of term.
While the course of the case is pend
ing the outcome of the hearing in
Tarboro next month, it- is- believed
that an attempt will be made to lower
the $13,400 verdict before that time,
j If, no agreement is reached before
I then, and if the motion to set aside
' the verdict fails, it might be that the
defense will appeal the case to the su
! •r —
Board of Education Meet
i Is Postponed Indefinitely
j The Martin County Board of Edu
cation meeting scheduled to have been
held here this morning was postponed
'on account of the sudden death of
Sam Barnhill, brother of Mr. J. T.
Barnhill, board member. No date has
been set for the meeting. The date
. for the regular meeting was changed
| when it was learned that certain mem
bers of the board would be out of the
I county next Monday.
I Plan Martin County Detby
and Hoover Cart Parade
1 There is a movement underway in
the county to promote a Martin
County.derby and Hoover Cart pa
parade. If present plans materialize,
the event will be held sometime with
in the next two or three weeks.
The promoters are also plauning to
have running races and other enter
Robert R. Reynolds, Democratic
Senatorial nominee, has been asked
to speak at the derby, and as he will
he in this section of the State with
ni the next week or two there is every
indication that he will accept the in
vitation and speak if the plans for the
derby materialize. .»
Town Commissioners To
Hold Meet Monday Night
"As far as I know now, the town
commissioners will have only routine
duties to handle at their regular meet
ing next Monday night at 8 o'clock,"
Mayor R. L. Coburn said this morn