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Approximately 900 Parcels
of Real Estate Will
Be for Sale
Approximately 900 parcels of real es
tate will be offered at a public sale
hart next Monday for delinquent taxes
tha sale to (tart at noon and continu
ing from time to time until certificates
are issued. While there will be a few
individual buyers at the aale, it is be
lieved the county will be the principal
porchaaer at the auction. The 900 ac
counts represent approximately $35,-
000 unpaid taxes for the year 1931.
The Town of Williamston will offer
for sale around 140 parcela of real ea
tate, it ia estimated. Theae accounts
represent approximately $6,000 uncol
lected taxes for the same period.
.After the certificates are issued next
Monday, interest at the rate of 10 per
cent will be added for the following
12. months. During the following year,
an additional 8 per cent will be sdded, I
and after that time a rate of 6 per cent
will be charged. In other words, a
man owing SIOO taxes is due to pay
SIOO plus a 4 per cent penalty at thia
time. If he waits ntil December, 1933,
he will owe $lO4 plus $lO interest, or
$114; and if he waits another year he
will owe sll4 plus $8 interest, or $122.,
The costs of $1.50 to be added to each
amount. Any time during the third'
year deeds can be passed in those
cases where the taxes have not been
During the past very few tax deeds
have been passed in this county, the
delinquent tax accounts having been
settled before the final action is in
Pastor and Family Pleased
With Return Here for
Another Year
By Rev. C. T. ROGERS
It is our (my family and I) pleas
ure to be back on the Williamston
charge for another year. In the two
years we have been here, we have
made many friends and no enemies.
Some folks have not agreed with us in
all thine* we have said and done, but
most all agree that we were sincere
in doing what we thought was right.
As we think of the new year, and j
with our church it begina December
Ist, many opportnuities for good face
preacher and people. We can not see
the aod of the year 1933, but this one
thiag we know—if we will go forward
by faith to do each day the task that ia
before ua, we will be victorious. Play
fair with God and His cause, and He
will play fair with you. A new reso
lution by all, and it well kept, will
work wonders for our church and be
a blessing to all.
Beginning Sunday, may every mem
ber be at Sunday school and church,
and unleaa providentially prevented be
present every Sunday. Come and join
in special prayer for those who can
not attend. All present for the first
Services at Usual hours, both at Wil-!'
liamston and Holly Springs.
How To Get Tombstones
front U. S. Government
Many inquiries have been received
here recently asking information how
to procure tombstones or grave mark
ers for graves of Civil War veterans
from the United States Government.
Under an act of Congreaa, stones or
markers were provided for the gravea
of the veterans. Relatives or frienda
of thoae veterans who have passed on
are adviaed to write to the Quarter
Master General, Washington, D. C.
for necessary blanks, which, when fill
ed ia properly and returned, the
stone or marker will be shipped pre
are a number of unmarked
gnwes of veterans in this county, and
it is hoped relaties will avail them
selves of the opportunity to get the
free stones.
Colored Man Steals $250
Cash from His Cousin
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Rooming and boarding with hie
cousin, Ben Rivea, on Railroad Street
here, John D. Williams, colored, laat
Wednesday night tore open Rives'
trunk and stole $250. He was believ
ed to have been aeen making his es
cape on the Jamesville road later that
night, but his arrest had not been ef
fected up to noon today.
Rives, only a few daya before, had'
realised $250 from an insurance com
pany, and was holding it ia his trunk.
Williama, a boarder in the home since
his return here from Hopewell two
months ago, learned where Rives had
placed the money, and while the owner
was attending die picture show that
night he stole the money and escaped.
County Officers to Begin New
Year Monday;
Vary few changea will be noticed
in the Martin County government
why the officer* take the oaths
of office here next Monday. The
only variation in the government
personnel is found in the record
ar'a court. Solicitor H. O. Pad
bacomea judge, and W. H. Co
burn, the only new man in the
group, bacomea aolicitor.
Meaara. T. C. Griffin, chairman,
J. E. Pope, Joshua L. Coltrain, V.
0. Taylor, and H. S. Everett will
again take the flfcth aa county com
And than there are C. B. Roe
buck, Sheriff; J. Sam Getainger,
Hardly Believe the Relief
Fund Will Last Until
'Christmas Time
Receiving $2,073 this'weck, Martin
County has shared to the extent of $7,-
223 in the Reconstruction Finance
Corporation Relief Fund, it was learn-
I ed from the office of the superintend
i ent of public welfare for this county
this week. The $2,073 was the final
payment this county will receive un
less applications for more arc ap
proved by corporation. Addition
al allotments are to be msde within
the next day or two, and local welfare
workers are being urged to complete
certain reports that an application for
the county can be presented by the
latter part of this week.
More than SI,OOO of the money re
ceived has already been spent, giving
labor to the unemployed. Nearly 100
men have been given work through
out the county, a majority of them be
ing in the lower townships,«where the
drought damaged crops to such a great
extent last summer. Much work has
been done through the aid offered that
Could not have been done had there
been no available funds.
The welfare workers are working
day and night at the present time in
vestigating cases throughout the
county, and when the survey is com
pleted, it is believed the needs will
exhaust the fund before Christmas.
The successful handling of the re
lief situation—now recognized as one
of the biggest tasks in the county—
I depends largely upon the efforts put
forth by our own people. If we fall
down, we need not expect much aid
from the outside, the reconstruction
corporation representatives said during
a recent visit to the county.
Few Farmers Selling Their
Crops for As Little as
One Cent a Pound
With the harvesting of the 1932 pea
nut crop progressing rapidly at this
jime, much attention is naturally be
j ing given the market quotations. Ac
cording to quotations released this
week by Winborne and Company, Suf
folk, the new crop is selling at 1 l-8c
to 1 l-2c a pound, mostly 1 1-4 to
1 3-8 cents.
The following comments were of
fered in the report:
New crop peanuts: Practically all
of the new crop peanuts coming to
market are of the "shelling stock"
grades, which are turning out a big
percentage of "extra large, shelled."
The percentage of "No. 1 shelled" is
small, and very few bright enough to
to sell in the shell.
Old crop peanuts: There are about
200,000 bags of the 1931 crop on hand
in Virginia and North Carolina, be
ing withheld from the market for the
present. These peanuta-'ihould come
in demand later. They have mostly
good, bright color, and the part that
is shelled to sell has a big percentage
of "No. 1 shelled," which is only
fouqd in small quantities in tip new
Rev. Perlie Perry to Preach
at Baptist Church Sunday
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The Rev. Perlie Perry, of Center
ville, Ala., will preach in the Baptist
church here Sunday night at the 7
o'clock hoar.
Mr. Perry, well known in this coun
ty, waa called here recently on account
of the death of his mother. He has
consented to preach Sunday evening,
and hia many friends will be glad to
hear the Williamston boy.
Sunday morning the pastor will con
duct the service, and Sunday afternoon
•t 2 o'clock the church will put on its
annual every-member canvass, which
it docs nt this time each year to un
derwrite the church's financial budget
for the incoming year. *
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, December 2,1932
register of deeda; C. A. Harriaon,
treaaurer; and S. R. Bigga, cor
oner, to take the oath for their re
spective office* again. H. O. Peel
goes in as tha new judge of the
county recorder'» court, and W.
Hubert Coburn ateps in tor the
first time aa aolicitor for the trib
The oatha will be adminiatered
by Clerk of tha Court R. J. Peel
aoon after the various officers as
The several officers required to
furniah bond* are understood to
have the proper inatrumenta ready
for inspection by the proper au
Price Increase Will Hardly
Offset the Decreased •
North Carolina farmers received a
bout as much for a small tobacco crop
this year as they did for one
erably larger last year, according to
reliable reports received here.
A recent report released by the gov
ernment indicates that every type of
tobacco this year commanded a high
er price than they did last season.
However, the increase was small in
some cases, wrappers bringing only 5
per cent more than they did last year.
The leaf grades ranged in price from
25 to 75 per cent over the prices of
last year.
One grade this year average $5.20,
as compared with SI.BO last season.
Cutters of' all types averaged about
10 or 12 per cent more. Lugs gained
about 12 per cent on the best grades to
as high as 100 per cent for some of
the cheaper grades.
The bulk of tobacco will doubtless
average about 35 per cent above the
1931 sales.
Barely Miss Experiencing
A Water Shortage Here
Local residents barely missed ex
periencing a water shortage last
Wednesday when the reserve fell be
low 40,000 gallons and continued .to
dwindle until it was less than 10,000
The main reservoir was drained
early that morning after 75,000 gallons
had been stored in the tower tank to
make it possible for the waterworks
force to repair weak pipe- connections.
Necessary valves were installed, but
it was Several hours later before the
pumps supplying the tower could be
put in use. Operations were carried
on at the plant during a greater part
of Wednesday night and yesterday
and the water reserve is now almost
back to normal.
Consolidation Will Make
Little Change In Service
Patrons 6n R. F. D. routes 1, 2 and i
5 hardly noticed a change in the mail
service yesterday following a consoli
dation of the three routes into two.
The change in the rural distribution
system from the Williamston office
was made with little variation in sched
ules resulting, Postmaster Price said
this morning.
Substitutes Peel and Price are work
ing with Messrs. J. A. Ward and Rob
ert Leggett (this week, acquainting
them with the new sections of the
routes they will service in the future.
Special Picture Will Be
Shown at Junior Meeting
A special feature of the Junior Or
der public meeting in the schoolhouse
here tonight at 7:30 o'clock will be
a moving picture showing the activi
ties of the order as they center around
the orphanages and its other chari
table organizations. The picture,
"Fruits of Fraternal Love," is declared
very interesting as well aa entertain
Large numbers of visiting Juniors
are expected here this afternoon and
tonight. A business session will be
held this afternoon, and a public meet
ing will be held at 7:40 tonight. The
public is invited to be present at the
meeting tonighj.
Nearly 100 Teachers Are
Expected Here Tomorrow
Nearly 100 teachers in the white
schools of the county are expected to
be here tomorrow for the first of a
series of county-wide meetings to be
held during the 1932-33 term. The
seseioa .will be held in the high school
buildinc at 10 o'clock in the morning,
and will last for two hours, it is un
Buildings Catch from Grass
Fire Started by Two
Small Boys
Fire destroyed two storage houses
and damaged twelve bales of cotton
and 100 tons of peanut meal at the
plant of the Standard Fertilizer Com
pany here shortly after 12 o'clock last
Wednesday afternoon. When discov
ered, the blaze had gained much head
way, making it impossible for the fire
company to save the buildings and pre
vent damage to the contents. The
large factory was not endangered by
the flames and sparks pouring forth
from the two storage houses across
the railroad tracks.
Two small colored-boys are under
stood to have fired the grass 200 yards
or mor* from the plant when they
threw down a lighted match after light
ing a cigarette "stump." That was
(shortly before 12 o'clock. Thirty min
utes later the fire had eaten its way
to the buildings and fired them. Em
ployees of the company were in the
main buildings and they did not see
the Ibaze until Mrs. George Harris
turned in the alarm.
The fire company connected its ap
paratus to the town water lines, but
on account of a shortage of-water it
was necessary to place the pumper at
the river edge and string a line of
hose from there. The fire in the 12
bales of cotton was checked and the
blaze in the peanut meal house was
smothered, enabling workmen to drag
out all that was not damaged.
The resulting damage was not large,
and the loss was partially covered by
Dr. Minor C. Baldwin Will
Give Recital In Local
Methodist Church
Dr. Minor C. Baldwin, wor,Jd-famous
organist, will be at the Methodjst
church Tuesday night at 7:45, under
the auspices of the Woman's Mission
ary Society. This is an outstanding
treat for a town of this size, and every
one should hear this great musician.
He comes here from New Bern, where
he is closing an engagement of five
nights. The people in the country
as well as in the town should not miss
this. It is the opportunity of a life
time. No charge will be made, but a
silver offering will be taken to pay
the musician and to apply on the
church debt.
Two Fire Calls Received
About Same Time Here
The local fire company received two
calls almost at the same time last
Wednesday afternoon when fire de
stroyed property at the plant of the
Standard Fertilizer Company and a
portion of the fence at the Roanoke
fair grounds. Occupied with the stub
born blaze at the river, the firemen
arrived too late to be of any service
at the fair grounds. Other parties
rushed there and brought the blaze
under control after it had destroyed
a portion of the fence.
Cake Sales During the Year
Are Around SSOO. on
The Market
It will be of interest to many in
the county to know whst products are
the most popular sellers on the curb
market here in Williamston. Cake is
the leader, with $482.76 taken in dur
ing the year. Other products which
have a sales record for the past nine
months are vegetables, $220.75; poul
try, $212.72; eggs, $102.71; milk, $12.48;
cream, $38.37; butter, $14.69; fruits and
berries, $20.36. There were 42 differ
ent families represented selling on the
market here this year. The total sales
for the year are $1,425.44. Help make
1933 even bigger for our little curb
market, producer and buyer. Sellers
I will received more business through
added variety, standardized products,
grading, care snd. cleanliness in prep
aration of produce for the market. The
market is the product of what each
seller and buyer makes it. The pat
ronage has been greatly appreciated
by the 42 different sellers on the mar
ket this year and we aim to please
our patrons. A partial list of our
prices follow:
Eggs, 28 cents dozen; cabbage, lc
pound; collards, 3c pound; potatoes,
lc pound; cream, 25c pint; turnips, 3c
pound; rutabagas, 3c pound; meal, lc
i pound; carrots, 3c bunch.
Growers Plan Drasctic Action
To Prevent Selling
Box Supper Is Interesting
Program Feature for
Ladies' Night
The annual Ladies' Night of the
Williamston Kiwanis Club was ob
served last night in the community
hall with an old-fashioned box supper,
which netted considerable money for
the Boy Scout work, which is spon
sored by the Kiwanians.
Twenty-five boxes, neatly done up,
and abundantly filled, were auctioned
off to the highest bidder by Mr. W. R.
Carson, who is an auctioneer on the
local tobacco market. In each case,
the man buying a box ate supper with
the lady who had prepared it.
After supper a light program was
carried out, consisting of musical
numbers by Mrs. E. A. Green, Miss
Marjorie Moore, and Miss Ella Wynne
Critcher. There were stunts, contests,
best jokes, and a barnyard animal and
fowl contest, in which Miss Uessye
Harrell and Mr. Vernon Godwin vied
with each other in mimicking, before
the group, chickens, cows, ducks, 'n
The feature of the evening's pro
gram was the presentation of young
Wheeler Martin, jr., as having brought
to Martin County the .distinction of
having himself become the first Eagle
Scout in this section. It was stated
last night that he is the only Eagle
Scout between New Hern and Scotland
Neck, and between Greenville and
Elizabeth City.
County Chapter About 500
Below Assigned Quota
For Year 1932
Reporting 80 new members up to
yesterday, the county chapter of the
Red Cross misses its goal by more
than 500 members. Considering the
stringent times, the call has had a
ready response in a few of the several
townships the chapter embraces, but
in others it has been ignored altogeth
er, according to reports received so
far by the chapter chairman, Mrs. A.
R. Dunning. Of the nine townships
in the chapter, only four, Goose Nest,
Jamesville, Griffins, and Williamston
have reported any new members.
The following names have been add
ed since the last report:
Donations forwarded from James
ville by Mrs. Kathleen Lilley, $2.15;
Mrs. MiltorrMoye, $1; Jesse Price, $1;
V. J. Spivey, $1; W. T. Roberson and
Brother, Griffins Township, $1; W. B.
Harrington, Griffins, 10c; C. A. Hugh,
Griffins, 25c; Edward Corey, Griffins,
25c; N. K. Harrison, $1; Mrs. Daisy
Purvis, 25c; K. B. Crawford 50c.
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Names of 34 Pupils Appear
On Roll During Month
Recently Ended
Farm Life children started out for
a record all"lheir own last month,
when the names of 34 were placed on
the honor list for the period as fol
First grade: Georgie Dean Rober
son, Dorothy Roberson, Agnes Moore,
Noah Roberson, Josephine Hardison,
McDonald Hardison.
Second grade: Lola Hardison,
Blanche Heath, Martha A. Roberson,
Alton Fay Peel.
Third grade: Chloe Hardison, Car
lylft Manning.
Fourth grade: Lavaughn Hardison,
Ida Mae Corey, Oscar Wiggins.
Fifth grade: Ola Lee Lilley, Ver
gil Lilley, William Lilley.
Eighth grade.;Jdseph Lilley, Albert
Wilson Lilley, jlmet Feel.
Ninth grade: "Thelma Coltrain, Bet
tie Ruth Heath, Verna Griffin, Sarah
Roberson, Daisy Roberson, Beulah
Tenth grade: Lillian Daniel, Emma
Belle Manning, Louise Manning.
jlleventh grade: Eva Brown Col
train, Archie Coltrain, Veona Rober
son, Hazel Ward.
Fined $2.50 for Running
Over Link of Fire Hose
Harry A. Biggs was fined $2.50 and
taxed with the coiti in Justice J. L.
Hsssell's court here Wednesday night
for driving over a fire hose durnig the
fire at the river earlier that day.
There are just 19 more (hopping
days before Christmaal
Shop early, and first and last, re
member the home merchants—the
onea who largely aupport the
schools, the churches, communi
ty enterprises.
Large stocks of useful and ap
propriate Christmas goods are be
ing received daily for the aeason
al trade. Prepare your shopping
list as soon aa possible and call to
see the merchants who are here
year in and year out. They will
appreciate your patronage.
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Legislature Will Consider
Proposed Changes at
Next Meeting
After studying the North Carolina
State constitution for more than a year
the constitutional commission recent
ly submitted its report to the gover
nor. Many changes have been pro
posed, and they will be turned over
to the general assembly for consider
ation next year. If the two houses of
the assembly favor the changes by
majorities of two-thirds of each house,
then the issues will be placed before
the voters at the next election in 1934.
High spots in the commissioners re
port are as follows:
Recommends that governor be given
veto power, which may be overridden
I by two-thirds vote of house and sen
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Would give governor power to ap
point all officers whose officers are
j established by proposed constitution
and for whose appointment provision
; is not otherwise made.
Election of supereme court justices
and superior court judges for eight
l year terms recommended.
Provides for election of governor,
lieutenant governor, secretary of state,
auditor, superintendent of public in
' struction, and treasurer for terms of
four years each.
Recommends that provision ibe re
tained that governor may not be re
elected to succeed himself.
Does not recommend an increase in
the constitutional six months school
term, but says general assembly may
maintain a longer term.
Proposes to give general assembly
power to create new solicitorial dis
tricts without reference to judicial dis
tricts. Also to allow more than one
superior court judge in each judicial
district if work demands warrant And
legislature authorizes. Would also al
low legislature to increase number of
supreme court judges if wor warrants.
Recommends the limitation of ab
sentee voting to persons physically
disabled or absent because of military,
naval, or other service to state or na
Recommends that general assembly
be given right to permit a verdict by
! criminal court upon less than a unani
-des uei|i JJI|}O u; tijojnf jo jjojr'fnoiu
I ital cases. ,
Recommends that murder, arson,
first degree burglary and rape be pun
ishable by death if the Central Assem
bly shall so enact.
Would give power to county com
missioners to fill legislative vacancies
caused'jby deaths.
Recommends that appointment of
members of legislature to offices creat
ed by the session in which they were
members be prohibited. i
Proposes making duties of local gov
ernmpnt commission to budget depart
ment constitutional. I
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Home of Charlie Gurkin,
Near Dardens, Is Burned
The home of Charlie Gurkin, near
Dardens, was destroyed Wednesday
by fire, and only a single piece of the
household equipment was saved. The
fire occurred about 10 o'clock in the
morning. Efforts to save the houst
were unavailing. > -
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To Hold Peanut Meeting
Here Monday at 11 A. M.
A meeting of importance to all pea
nut growers, merchants, bankers and
others will be held in the courthouse
next Monday at 11 oVlo'c'k""
here next Monday at 11 o'clock, it
was announced today by N. G. Bart
lett, Secretary of the East Carolina
Chamber of Commerce.
The purpose of the meeting is to
lay before the people a plan that has
been worked out for the marketing of
this crop of peanuts. Plan to attend.
Advertisers WUI Fad Ov Col
aan a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin Co—tj Hones
Meetings Held at Scotland,,
Neck and Murfreesboro
This Week
Meeting in Scotland Neck last Sun
day and in Murfreesboro last Tuesday
afternoon, peanut farmers and busi
ness men of the section provided for
a selling organization in the hope of
bettering peanut prices, anM stated
that they were prepared to take stern
measures if necessary in handling the
sale of the crop this season.
Representing eight counties in North
j Carolina and four in Virginia, the 400
growers attending the meeting at Mur-
J treesboro unanimously approved the
so-called "Scotland Neck plan" and
voted to begin picketing the highways
leading to the markets, possibLy Sat
urday, in order to carry it out.
Charles L. Shields, of Scotland Neck
who sponsored the plan, was author-
I ized to proceed with its organization.
It provides for the appointment of- a
board of governors in each county of
I the peanut district, which will be
charged with creating an "informa
tion board" in each townshipr
Under this proposal, the organiza
tion would seek to prevent the sale of
any peanuts, except by written con
sent of the board of gyvernors. Each
j county board would designate he or
der in which Jie peanuts of its territory
i would be tak'en to market.
Picketing Regulation!
Under picketing regulations ap
! proved, any person hauling peanuts
I without the authority of the orgai)iza-
I tion, or persons selling at a price low
ier than that approved by the organi
sation, would be warned to desist.
| The meeting adofged a resolution
I which called upon the federal govern-
I highway, thus insuring the stopping
,of the vehicle; that all the arts of per
suasion lie used to induce the parties
to turn back."
I erty whatever," and that the violation
I be reported to the county board, which
•shall "pass the proper sentence" and
j "this sentence be executed as they see
The Plan Adopted
The "Scotland Neck plan" as intro
duced by Shields and adopted, follows:
A cooperative association plan, put
forward by a group of Virginia grow
ers, was rejected in favor of the "Scot
I lAikl Neck plan."
In concluding, Shields' resolution
I asserted that if a person sent his pea-
I nuts to market, despite the ban, "a
j positive warning be given to this per-
I son stating that he is violating a sa-
I cred economic code of ethics set up to
j prevent the starvation and annihila
, tion of the babies, women,' and men
I of the peanut territory; that they are
I to be further warned that while no
| drastic action is being taken at this
| time, that we can not promise them
| immunity whatever from anything
that in the future, by day or night,
may happen to themselves, their ve
' hides, livestock, or any other prop
ment to take off the market enough
of this year's crop to pay off seed
loans secured by growers in the belt.
The "Scoland Neck plan" was a
dopted after considerable discussion.
(Continued on the back page)
Judge Bailey Reviews Un
paid Pines and Costs
At Tuesday Session
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Six defendants, failing to comply
with former judgments, were carried
before Judge Bailey in the county re-
court last Tuesday to refi
nance their overdue fines and costs.
No new cases were heard that day,
leaving several carry-over cases for
the new court officers next Tuesday.
Judgment was suspended in the case
of Cleo Land upon the payment of
the costs.
Timothy Keys, charged with disor
derly conduct, was given until the sec
ond Tuesday in this month to settle
his account with the court.
The fine imposed upon Simon Pag
an was remitted, and he was ordered
to pay $2 a month until the cost was
Wilbur Keys was ordered to pay %i
a month until his account was settled.
The fine was remitted in the case
against William Cherry, but the de
fendant was ordered to pay $4 a month
to the court until the cost was set
Frank Wood was ordered to pay
a month, beginning the Arat Tuesday
in January and each month thereafter
until the account was settled.

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