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VOLUME XXXV—NUMBER 63
HENRY BOURNE
LEGION MEETING
IS SPEAKER AT
Large Number of Veterans
Enjoy Barbecue Feast
Here Last Night
The John W. Hassell post of the
American Legion entertained its mem
bers and guests with a big barbecue
at its club rooms last evening,
at which time 50 men were present.
This was their regular meeting time
with an extra program added. And
when the group of men filed into the
big hall for "mess," it sounded like
old times "over there" to hear them
taking up, again, the old Army ques
tion, "When do we eat?"
The meeting was presided over by
State Senator Elbert S. Peel. And in
his usual line manner, he presented
the speaker of the evening, Henry C.
Bourne, of Tarboro, former State com
mander of the Legion.
Mi;. Bourne spake directly about
the mission of the American I.egion
in the nation today, and gave a clear
exposition of its platform. He laud
ed it as one of the livest organizations
on the continent today, and advised
that there was too small a proportion
of available men in the organization.
Martin County has a membership of
no more than 50 out of a possible 400.
While North Carolina as a whole has
only a small percentage of its serv
ice mtn enrolled in the organization.
A feature of this meeting was the
presentation to the local organization
of a beautiful American Bag which
had been given the organization by
Misses Clyde Hassell and Hattie
Thrower. When in 1925 this post
was first organized, it was decided to
name it in honor of the first Martin
County man to die at the front. That
man was John W. Hassell, whose sis
ter, Miss Clyde, felt that the club
should possess the flag which draped
his body when he was sent back home.
The flag was presented by Rev.
Charles H. Dickey, chaplain, and was
accepted on behalf of the orKanization
by Elbert S. Peel, commander.-
At this meeting a beautiful trophy
which this club had won at the recent
state convention in Asheville, was on
display. This post had secured a larg
er percentage of membership in class
D than any post in the state. Plans
were set up towards keeping this cup
in the post.
The meeting was adjourned after a
rising vote had been taken tendering
the thanks of the group to Misses
Hassell and Thrower; and after due
appreciation was voiced to Messrs.
T. H. Wynn and J. F. Jordan for
their donation of two fine pigs for the
barbecue.
Several new members were enrolled
at the meeting. >
TOBACCO STILL
IS BEING CURED
Estimated More Thon One-
Fourth of Crop Has
Been Marketed
A few Martin County farmers are
now just about completing curing their
1932 tobacco crop, the season having
been one of the longest experienced
in this county in years. It is only
now and then that a bright burning
fire can be seen along the roadside,
curing the last of the late crop.
Hardly more than one-half a normal
crop was grown in the county this
season, many farmers stating that they
would hardly receive as much money
as they did last year, despite the price
increase, explaining that their crop
was decreased by more than 50 per
cent.
It it estimated that one-fourth or
probably more of the 1932 crop has
already been marketed.
Tom Crockett Gets Sand
Spur in Throat, Friday
Tom Crockett, young" son of Mr.
and Mrs. C. G. Crockett, was pain
fully hurt when he sucked a sand
spur into his throat last Friday. The
young boy was playing football when
the spur stuck to the ball, and he used
his teeth to extract it. In some way
the sandspur went into his windpipe,
making it necessary for him to visit
a specialist in Kinston. The opera
tion was successful, and the young
boy is getting along all right.
His mother, while visiting him in
the Kinston hospital, was taken sud
denly ill with a serious headache and
her condition was considered grave at
one time, but she, too, is getting along
all right now.
County Represented at
Democratic Meet Today
Miss Hattic Throwtr, of this place,
and Mrs. Vernon A, Ward, of Rob-
ersonville, were among those repre
senting Martin County at a First
District Democratic campaign meet
ing at Bayview today.
THE ENTERPRISE
Lauds Officer f
Burlesque o
Many local people were more or
lew shocked last Saturday when
an advertising monstrosity, sent
out by a foreign warehouse, park
ed on the streets here, one citizen
offerihg the following comments:
"M«iy and various things are to
be seen in Williamston, some lo
cal and others just passing
through. ; But a certain foreign
warehouse must be given the prise
for the only specimen of burlesque
advertising ever witnessed in this
live-wire town. An old truck
filled with a group of disreputable
appearing negroes, was parked in
the fashionable trade section of
Main Street Saturday afternoon,
and a rattletrap piano, several
horns and evidently tin pans were
Churches Required
To Pay Assessments
I REGISTRATION
V
Registration books for the gen
eral election, November 8, will be
opened in this county next Satur
day morning at 9 o'clock, it was
announced yesterday by Mr. Syl
vester Peel, chairman of the Mar
tin County Board of Election*
The books will remain open
through the 29th of this month,
when they will be closed until the
following Saturday, at which time
challenges will be in order.
Mr. Peel will deliver the books
to, the 12 precinct registrars in
the county tomorrow. No heavy
registration is looked for during
the period, as many ntyr names
were added to the list just prior
to the June primary.
8 LICENSES TO
MARRY ISSUED
License Bureau Stock in the
County Shows Strength
As Fall Approaches
Sixteen brave souls challenged the
depression, procured licenses at the
marriage bureau in this county last
month and made the leap into wed
lock for better or for worse. Issuing
eight licenses, four to white couples
and four to negroes, J, Sam Getsinger,
register of deeds, is of the opinion
that business is on the upgrade, the
bureau having apparently hit the low
back in April when only five licenses
were sold in the county. Activities
at the bureau have been similar to
those reported on the stock market
during the past months. Fallihg from
24 in January of this year, the number
reached bottom in A|>rit with a slow
but steady recovery since that time.
Licenses were issued to the follow
ing in Septembr:
Whit
Roy Mary and Berta Bell Pritchett,
both of Martin County.
William Marshall Heach and Anna
Fae Whitfield, both of Martin.
Henry Leamon Wynne and Lillie
Mae Vick, of Martin County.
Keubin Bunting and Lizzie Bland,
both of this county.
Colored
Isaac Austin and Lizzie Rodgers,
both of Martin.
Ivory Griffin and Bessie Reddick,
of Martin County.
William Jesse Little, of Pitt Coun
ty, and Vivian Chance, of Martin. -*
William Elmer Brown and Joe Ella
Williams, both of Martin County.
SWEET POTATO
CROP IS SHORT
Johnnie Savage Grows A
Sweet Potato Weighing
Almost Five Pounds
Johnnie Savage, farmer living near
here on R. F. D. 5, is believed to have
established a new record as a potato
grower in this section. Mr. Savage
dug a potato last Saturday weighing
nearly 5 pounds.
While he does not grow the sweets
on a commercial scale, Mr. Savage
generally always harvests a sufficient
quantity to care for his home needs.
According to him, the crop is un
usually short this year, and it is not
believed that more than one-third of
a normal will be harvested in
Martin County this season.
The vines are dying as a result of
dry weather, and although the vines
have a large growth, the potatoes be
low are numbered a few to the hill.
Digging will be underway within the
next week or two.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, October 4, 1932
used to make a noise. Placards
told how one could get the high
price at this particular warehouse,
and a white man stood in the
midst thereof. No permission had
been granted for the aggregation
* to block the street, and Chief W.
B. Daniel ordered the advertising
monstrosity to move on and out.
That kind of advertising is dis
gusting to the people of William
ston—or any other town, as for
that, and Chief Daniels' alertness
in moving it is to be commended.
If out-of-town advertisers desire
publicity, the best country week
ly in the state, published here,
will gladly give them space at a
reasonable rate."
"CITIZEN."
DECISION MADE
AT BOARD MEET
MONDAY NIGHT
No Legal Steps Will Be
Taken to Force Pay
ment, Board Rules
In regular meeting held here last
night, the town or
dered that the several churchs of the
town be held responsible for the pay
ment of paving assessments, the ac
tion coming as a climax to the argu
ment made by church people for ex
emption of churCh property. How
ever, the board ordered that the names
of the delinquent churches be left out
of the advertising list scheduled to ap
pear within the next few days, indicat
ing that no proceedings will be start
ed, the church doors to saints
and sinners here.
The church paving assessment ques»
tion has been aired in church,, political
and legislative circles for some time,
and the exemption would probably
have been granted had it been possible
to do so without effecting an increase
in the general tax rate. A paper pe
titioning the town to pa,ve the streets
was signed by the church people, and
soon after the installments carne due
another paper was signed petitioning
the town to exempt the church prop
erty from assessment payments. The
State legislature passed an act em
powering the commissioners to exact
payment or grant relief, but no final
action was taken until last night by
the local body.
The church paving assessment ques
tion was settled only after a long dis
cussion of the tax situation in the
town, a situation that might become
serious. Advertising and sale of the
delinquent list--were-«rde*d', and col
lectors were instructed to make con
certed drives for tax money during
the ne\t few days.
Town taxes on the Pickwick Pool
Parlor were reduced from SIOO to SSO
a year. Permission to hold dances
was granted to Sudan Temple and
Henry Everett, colored.
681 DEATHS FROM
AUTO ACCIDENTS
More Than 2,000 Others
Injured in North State
Last Year
Do you know how many people are
killed yearly as a result of automobile
accidents in North Corolina?
Statistics made public recently
show that there were 681 deaths in
shis statfe. Fif||y-two arermtrfedwn
1931 from automobile accidents in this
state. Fifty-two are reported as the
result of collision with railroads trains.
The mortality rate from automobile
accidents was 21 4 deaths per 100,000
inhabitants, against the national av
erage of 26.4 deaths per 100,000 in
habitants.
. There is a lot of reckless driving in
North Carolina. In addition to the
681 killed last year, there were more
than 2,000 reported injured.
Leads Rattlesnakes
Around On Straing
Goldsboro.—Three live rattlesnakes
led by a .10-year-old negro boy were
seen by Raymond Hart, traveling sales
man, who passed them 20 miles east
of New Bern.
George War, Goldsboro salesman,
also vouches for the fact that the
negro came up to the road leading
alive the 4-foot rattlers by a string.
The rattlesnakes would c&il, prepar
ing to' strike, and the negro would
jerk the string, breaking the coil and
preventing the strike.
NO ACTION YET
ON APPLICATION
FOR RELIEF FUND
—•—
Welfare Agencies Continue
Their Work to the Best
Advantage Possible
Going to much trouble and some
expense to fill out blanks, local and
county welfare workers have heard
nothing from the application, directed
to the Reconstruction Finance Cor
poration, asking for approximately SSO
000 with which to carry on a sched
uled relief program in Martin County.
The Reconstruction Finance Cor
j poration, or "R. C. F."—Republican
j Campaign Fund—was too late in shoul
dering the relief task in this county
during September, and there is some
doubt a* whether it will turn liberal
in time to do any good this month or
next or the next. In the meantime,
local agencies are doing the best they
can—handing out old clothes here and
there and trusting in the Almighty.,
The latest information offered in
connection with the R. F. C. and its
belief program in this Sitate is as
follows:
"Dr. Frt-d W. Morrison, director of
relic! in North Carolina, is not ready
to s*y what amount North Carolina
will get in the first draft on the relief
fund, and indicated his impatience
with the scribes who undertake to
guess what will be sent.
There may be people in the world
the first allocation to North Carolina,
who know how much is to come in
hut if they do know Or. Morrison has
them handsomely trained to appear
simple-minded. The needs of the
*tate are very considerably greater
than had been at first anticipated. The
failure of food crops has a good deal
to do with it.
"Dr. Morrison spent much of last
week in Washington. He was boil
ing mad at the stories that went out
about the fund. But he has not said
more than that the authors of these
articles knew not whereof they writ.
He is accustomed to reading a good
deal of that stuff about other people's
b . ut has not l,a «l to contend
wTtTi ittJiim'jfelf. ~ *
"It apparently is a well-known fact
that none of the money has been this
far received. The governor of the
state is the man through whom the
money is to be turned over to the
state and the state agencies for relief
will disburse it. But they do not say
what amount it is.
ASKS PUBLIC AID
IN CURBING BAD
DRIVING OF CARS
Head of Highway Patrol
Urges Violations Be
Reported
In spite of the thousands of warn
ings issued and hundreds of arrests
made by highway patrolmen for reck
less driving and especially for passing
other cars on hills aud curves this vi
olation continues to he one of the most
frequent of all violations, according
to Captain Charles I). Farmer, of the
Highway Patrol. As a result of this
tendency on the part of many drivers
to continue to pass other cars on hills
and curves, patrolmen have been in
structed to be more severt than ever
before with these violators.
"The highway patrol would also ap
preciate it if the public generally
would cooperote with us in curbing
this violation as well as others, and
report to us any violations noticed,"
Captain Farmer said "If other driv
ers will only report to us the license
numbers of cars noted passing on hills
or curves or violating the law in any
manner and give us the approximate
J location, time of day, and dale, we
.will send warnings to these drivers.
| Or if the witness or witnesses are will
ling to appear against these drivers
and testify, we will arrest them.
' "However, it , will be T»f-great as
sistance to us if . those who see viola
tions from time to time will merely
report them to us for warnings only.
Such reports do not necessarily need
to be signed, although we would pre
fer to have them signed, of course.
All names will, of course, be held con
fidential. In this manner, we will be
able to warn careless drivers and cite
specific cases of violations to them.
Often it is only necessary to warn a
careless driver to get him to drive
more carefully. Very few drivers are
deliberately careless or rtckless, al
though there are some."
Martin Defendants Will
Learn Fate Tomorrow
While several cases charging Mar
tin County people with violating the
liquor laws, were heard in the federal
court at Washington yesterday, Judge
1. M. Meekins withheld sentence in
nearly all of them. The defendants
were ordered to return tomorrow at
2:30 o'elock when the defendants will
learn their fate, it was learned here
today.
V. E. & P. Co. Opened New
District Office Here Monday
COUNTY BOARD
HOLDSREGULAR
MEET MONDAY
Session Is One of Shortest
Held by Commissioners
In Several Months
Other than the selection of a jury
for the November term of Martin
County Superior Court and the han
dling of routine duties, the regular
monthly meeting of the county com
missioners here yesterday was one of
little activity. The appeals for aid
aiul requests for tax relief were fewer
than in many months, Mr. J, Sam
Getsinger, clerk to the board, declared
following the meeting. Business was
complete early in the afternoon, and
the conynmissioners adjourned after
one of the shortest sessions held this
year.
Catherine Willis, colored, of Jantes
ville Township, was allowed $2 a
month, account of indigent fund.
Henry Baker, colored, of William
ston Township, had his name added
to the county poor list and is to re
ceive $1.50 monthly .
J. R. Bunting, Hamilton Township,
was relieved of the payment of $2.75
poll tax listed against him through
error in that district?
The $.! monthly allowance made to
Gibb Whitley was increased to s>.
HEALTH REPORT
FOR PAST MONTH
Slight Increase Reported in
Number of Typhoid
Cases in Courity
Four cases of contagious 'diseases
were reported in the county during
The month .nf Sep tcwh»iy-at.cur ding .to
information coming from the office of
the county health officer, Dr. J. H.
Saunders, this week.
Two typhoid fever cases and one
case of diphtheria were reported a
mong colored people in Robersonville
Township, and one whooping cough
case among white people in William
ston Township.
While the number of typhoid cases
continues very small, there lias been
an inprease in the disease victims tlris
year over last year There were six
teen cases'of typhoid reported during
the first nine months of thjs year. A
campaign against the disease has been
planned for next summer, the present
increase in the number of typhoid
i.iss indicating the iiecessiTy oPTTie
prevention drive. The last county
kwide campaign was conducted in the
summer of 1930. Residents in those
communities where the disease has
re cntly hi»«n fgpnrtfH «r> »ni/l to
have guarded against typhoid by tak
ing -the vaccine, and many other have
taken precautionary measures off and
on during the year. ,
WAREHOUSE IS
ROBBED OF S6BO
Unable To Establish Clue
Bold Theft on Roberson
ville Tobacco Market
Making out his* own bills and pre
senting them for payment, a thief
stole S6BO from the Central Ware
house, Kobersonville, last Friday. No
clue has been established that will
lead to an arrest of the guilty party
or parties.
According to information received
here, the thief slipped a few blank
sales bills from the warehouse and
prepared his own figures, including
the number of pounds and price. He
presented the bills, received the checks
and later cashe^them.
A similar theft was reported by a
New Bern warehouse, the proprietors
there losing around SSOO.
Oyster Season In State
Opened First of Month
Raleigh.—Piping hot stews, crisply
fried, or raw oysters from' North Car
olina grounds will be on the menu of
the state IS days earlier than the schcd
uled opening of the season this year
as a result of recent action by Ford
S. Worthy, chairman of the commit
tee on commercial fisheries of the
Board of Conservation and Develop
ment, and Captain John A. Nelson,
fisheries commissioner.
Originally scheduled to open on Oc
tober 15, the Tar Heel oyster season
began October 1 under authority of
the Conservation Board as exercised
through the two fisheries officials at
the request of oyttermen. Oyster sea
sons in > number of other states open
ed earlier.
LEAF MARKET j
v 1
Selling 105,000 pounds of to
bacco for an vaerage of $11.26 per
hundred pounds, the local tobacco
market had one of its best sales
of the season yesterday. Farmers
were very well pleased with their
sales, and a goodly number of
market boosters were gained by
local warehousemen.
Sales were unusually light to
day %ith the price average remain
ing about the same as it was yes
terday.
Peanut digging is under way in
this section now, and no heavy
sales are looked for during the next
few days, warehousemen said this
morning.
Following the gale yesterday,
Mr. E. P. Cunningham, local far
mer said, "I am telling the world
there is no better tobacco market
in the State than the one here."
DRAW JURY FOR
SUPERIOR COURT
Two Weeks Civil Term To
Convene Third Monday
Of Next Month
Jurors were selected this week by
the county commissioners to serve
during the November term of Martin
County Superior Court. Only civil
cases will be during the two
weeks term No judge has been as
signed to conduct the court as far as
it could be learned this week.
Citizens selected-;
First Week
Jamesville Township: H. H.j'Holli
day, 11. G. Griffin, R li. llolliday.
Griffins: William Kufus Hanlison,
R. 11 Peel, Simon Lilies, Miles K.
> jljev. ' -
Hear (irass: Claude Whitehurst.
Williamston: 1.. II (itirganus, J. !•'.
Thigpen. ' f
Robersonville: Charlie-Evans, K. L.
Cochran, W. U Abbott.
llamihon: L. R, Everett, K. h". Ever
ett.
| Goose Nest: J. T. Bennett, F. M.
Price.
Second Week
Jamesville: W. C. Sexton, 11. H.
Uarher, C. 11. Ange, 11. 1.. Davis.
Griffins: Geo. W. HodgtjS, \V. G.
Ilurdison.
J. W. VV'aU-v, jr., .Jes
sup Harrison, W. 11. Gurkin, J. R.
Everett.
Biggs.
Robersonville: P. N. Arlington, I"
F. Cox, Joe B. Everett.
Hamilton: William G, I lines.
Goos-e Nest: J. P. Faithful, B. A.
Moj'C.
IMPROVEMENT IN
BUSINESS IS SEEN
H ' ■ -
Increases in Special Lines
Are More Than Mere
Seasonal Rise
Richmond Reports of •*'fulinite im
provement in nearly -all clas.es of bus
iness" in the ( arolinas in August were
released recently by the Fifth District
Federal Reserve Bank here in its dis
trict summary for August and Sep
tember.
"Although*there was no marked in
crease ill the total volume 'of business
transacted in tlfe Fifth Federal Re
serve District in August, some sea
sonal increases in special lines were
noted, and several barometers of trade
jihow more than aim-re seasonal rise,"
the summary said
"Definite improvement in hearty all
classes of business is reported from
the where cotton and to
bacco play a more prominent part than
in other sections."
Continuing, the summary saifl "the
textile situation improved ryore than
any other industry last month."
"Higher cotton prices as a result of
a much smaller crop than in recent
years" stimulated buying of textiles
quite materially it was noted, and cot
ton consumption increased "more than
seasonally in August.".
Mills took on more employees and
orders were received in August "in
sufficient volume to run the mills for
several' weeks."
Retail trade, "as reflected in depart
ment stores, in spile of very unfavor
able weather for early fall trade, was
up to seasonal level and wholesale
trade showed seasonal gains in all
lines for which data are available.
"In agriculture," the report says,
"the outstanding developments la?t
month were rises in cotton and to
bacco prices."
Advertiser! Will Fnd Oar Col
nm» a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Home*
ESTABLISHED 1898
FORCE IS" MADE
WELCOME BY
LOCAL PEOPLE
Eighteen Men Enter Upon
Duties with Company
Here Yesterday
The Virginia Electric and Power
t ompany formally opened its newly
created district office here yesterday
morning when 18 very promising
I young men reported at the company's
I ullrueti w building >n Main Street 'to
I enter upon their regularly assigned
duties. Headed by Mr. Kay H. Good
mofi, district manager, the office per
sonnel is fast acquainting itself with
the new surrounding and the people
[of the town and community. Charac
teristic of, the personnel of the com
pany throughout the V irginia and C ar
olina districts, the younp men locat
ing here are picked then and would
add to any town's Citizenry, William
stoti and its -people are 100 per cent
behind a warm welcome to these
young men and their families. A hearty
cooperation is assured them in their
eyery undertaking by local people.
And the employees and their fam
ilies are cordially reminded that so
long as they hang their hats here,
it is then tow n, where, we are sure,
cordial relationship* lin business, re
ligious, fraternal, social, ami political
.circles, too, will be established and
increased as time passes on.
(Jut new citizens and their home
addresses: .
Mr. and Mrs. Kay II Goo4jifon and
sou, Kay, jr., I'ar Heel Apartments.
Mr. and Mrs. 11. C. Odum and lit
tle son, I'ar Heel Apartments.
Mi. and Mrs K. 1). Worrell, I'ar
Heel Apartments
Mr. \\ . k Andcrtun, at home with
the t'. .(I Crocketts.
Mr. James 1, Harris and Mr. Frank
Pit t+MiHt,--~Athmtir Hotel;
Mr. Jack Downing; K. li. Crawford
Apaftments.
Mr. and Mrs. C. ('. Parker, K. B.
I rawford Apartments.
Messrs. W. A Teel, Tetter
tun, K. A Simpkins, and (ilover,
at home with the John W. Mannings.
Mr. M. S. Moore, home on West
Main Street.
Mr and Mrs. W. C, Keid, at home
with the VV. I .Mannings.
Messrs. J. \V. Garris and M W.
Khea, Carolina' Inn.
T. A Gray; at home with the C)s
borns, in the Simpson home.
Harry llaruhill, home, West .Main
Street.
PLAN BIG DA¥-
HERE ON 22ND
>•"' ; .
Arrangements Now Being
Made for Derby and A
Hoover Cart Parade
Plans were fast nearing completion
..today for staging a Martin County
derby and Hoover cart parade, at the
' fair grounds here the 22nd of this
i month, it was announced by Henry
Johnson, rme of the promoters.
Several horses have already been
entered in the derby, and more en
tries are expected within the next few
days, it was said. Cash prizes, total
lil1k $42.50, will be given the race
winners, who will be required to ride
their steeds bareback.
I'nited States Senate nominee Rob
ert l Reynolds and the Hon. J. C. B.
Khrngbaus, Democratic nominee for
governor, have bfen asked to speak
aiid a big day is expected here on the
22nd.
Accepts Position with the
Standard Fertilizer Co.
Mr Henry D, Harrison, for 15 years
un employee fur the firm of Harrison
Brothers and Company here, resigned
this week to accept a position with
the Standaid Fertilizer Company as
salesman. Mr. Harrison, head of the
local volunteer company, Has many
friends throughout this section who
wish him success in his new position.
He will work in a part of Martin,
Washington, and Tyrrell Counties, it
is understood.
Dish-washing Husband
Makes Plea For a Job
Raleigh.—Washington the dishes
and tending the children proved the
last straw for one young Raleigh hus
band, a victim of the depression.
He inserted the following classified
advertisement in a local newspaper:
"Young married man, tired of cook
ing, washing dishes, and being .nurse
to children, wants salaried job in Ra
leigh «o wife can quit work and stay
home where she belongs. Please give
a man a chance."
    

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