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Honor List for Past Month
Is the Largest So Far
During Present Term
The name* of 118 students appear
on the local school honor roll for the
third month, recently ended. The list
is slightly larger than any one prev
iously reported so far this term. The
names :
Grade 1-A: Marshall Ange, Don
Dixon, Conrad Getsingef, Richard
Margolis, Burlte Parker, Collin Peel,
Luther Peel, Davis Perry, Billy White,
Betsy Anderson, Katie Andrews, Hel
en Godard, Elizabeth Gurganus, Court
ney Jenkins, Delia Jane t . Mobley,
Susan Moore, Lenora Melson, Mary
Trulah Peel, Susie Wobbleton.
Grade 1-B: Elton WalUce, William
Gardner, Burkley Nicholson, Clarence j
Grade 2-A: Milly Biggs. Evelyn
Griffin, Betty R. Gurganus, Patsy
King, Madeline Taylor, Dorothy Wat
ton, Mary O'Neal Pope, Jim Critcher, |
Joseph Gurganus, Bill Griffin, Jimmy
Manning, Hurley Shaw, John Wier,
jr., Bennie Weaver, Franklin Lilley.
Grade 2-B; Raleigh Mendenhall,
Noah Nicholson, Oscar Sarvis, Rena
Howard, Daisy Manning, Corrinne
Roberson. Lillie Marriner.
Grade 3-A: Edith Andrews, Anne
Fowden, Susie Griffin, Dolly. Godard,
Mary C. Godwin, Bina Jackson, Mary
L. Manning, Grace Manning, Mildred
Moor*, Elisabeth Parker, Sybil Rob
erson, Louise Roberson, S. C. Griffin,
Haywood Rogers, Thomas Walters.
Grade 3-B: Evelyn Wynn, George
Wynn, Katherine Roberson.
Grade 4-A: Nancy Biggs, Nina
Bland, Mafjorie G. Dunn, Mary Gwen
Osborne, Katherine Manning, Kath
erine Morton, Maude Taylor, Stuart
Critcher, R J. Hardison. Jerry Man
ning, Warren Pope, Joseph Thigpen,
Jimmie Watts, Raymond Rawls.
Grada 4-B: None.
*- Grade 5-A: Bill* Ballard, Jerry
Clark, Jack Edmondson/. Gordon Man-1
ning, Bernice Cowen, Delsie Godard, |
Sallie G. Gurkin, Louise Nicholson,
Dorris Moore, Eleanor Taylor, Mar
tha Ward, Virgil Ward, Julia Watts,
Reid White.
Grade S-B: Ellen M. Coburn, Dixie
Daniels, Mary E. Uggett.
Grade 6-A: Reg Manning, Jack
Saunders, Elva G. Barnhill, Alma
Godwin, Thelma Griffi n > Nora Grimes,
Ida Walters, Bernice Ward.
Grada 6-B: Eustice Jones, Lucille
Grade 7-A: E. G. Wynn, Velma
Bennett, Sarah Carson, Frances Cher
ry, Halen Shaw, Addie .L. Meador.
Grada 7-B: None.
Grada 8: Edna Ballard, Ben Man
Grada 9: Alta Critcher, Grace Man
Grada 10: Jessie Mae Anderson,
Cora Lee Patterson.
Grada 11: Jennie Green Taylor.
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To Discuss Tax Question
at Courthouse Here
December 30th
The Martin County Tax League, or
ganised here several months ago, will
hold a meeting in the courthouse here
Friday afternoon, December 30, at 2
o'clock, it ww announced today by
E. P. Cunningham, president. The
meeting is the second one called by,
the league since its organization, and :
is the first meeting that has been
scheduled in months.
In announcing the meeting, the
president pointed out that it was im
portant for a large representation of
Martin property owners and other cit
izens to attend. Tax matters that are
likely to be of much consequence in
the next session of the legislathre will
be discussed at the meeting that a
united. stand might be taken when
Sate of Automobile Plates
Progressing Rapidly Here
The sale of 1913 State automobile
license plates it progressing very rap
idly, considering everything. Manager
N. C. Green, of the local license bu
reau, said yesterday. Whjle no large
purchase of plates has been sold, equal
ly as many have been purchased as
there ware for the same period last
year, Mr. Green said.
Uany of the sales were made to au
tomobile owners living outside th«
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With only four more shopping
dnya |Mt aefore Christmas, the
time ia just about over for even
the last-minute shopper. Unfavor
able weather conditions interrupt
ed shopping to tome extent all of
last week, but local merchanta are
adequately equipped to handle the
needs of last-minute shoppers.
Another warning will be that
much later, so ahop now, and by
all means remember the local mer
chant, for it is he who baa had
much to do in keeping the achools
and the church doors open. Year
in and year out, and so long as
he ia able, he shoulders a part of
the responsibility in building and
maintaining a place for more than
2,730 aouls to live.
Town Had Two Names Be
fore Present One Was
Decided Upon
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Oak City, N. C., situated on N. C.!
Highway 125 is a progressive little
town of approximately 500 inhabitants,
situated in the heart of one of the
greatest agricultural sections of North
Carolina. •
During the Civil War the Union sol
diers were encamped in a barn near
the present site of Oak City, and find
ing a goose on a nest, named the place
Goose Nest. This was later changed
to Conoho. Due to the close prox
imity of another town named Conetoe,
this causing much confusion in mail
and freight, due to the similarity of
names, in 1906 the name was changed
to its present name of Oak City.
During the Civil War the Confed
erate soldiers were encamped-at Fort ■
Branch, which was heavily fortified.
With the approach of heavy Union
forces, and realizing that they could
' not hold out against this superior
. force, the ammunition and supplies i
I were buried and the fort abandoned
before capture by Federal troops. A
short time ago the mayor of Oak City,
J. W. Hines, discovered new evidences
of Civil War days, excavating can
non and cannon shells and other in
teresting relics.
Oak City offers a splendid chance
for progression and growth. The land
I in this area is one of the most fertile
'in North Carolina. Splendid crops of
cotjkon, corn, peanluts, tobacco, and
trucking crops are grown to advan
tage and profit ih this section. With
the completion of Highway No. 125
and the advent of a new route from
Bethel, Oak City will command an
important position in highway trans
The citizens of Oak City are friend
ly and progressive. Whether you stay
with them a day, a month, or a year,
yrtu will find them hospitable and will
ing to cooperate in all social, civic,
and other progressive movements.
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Santa Claus Expected
Here by Little Children
When Santa Claus failed to visit
here after being scheduled to three
different occasions, little tots in this
community almost reached the con
clusion that "there ain't no Santa
Claus." Scheduled to come here in
his airplane Monday of last week, he
was held back by the weather. He
was then to come the following day,
but again the weather prevented his
trip. And he failed to appear last
Saturday on account of the inclement | 1
I weather.
But little children are assured he
will be around some time next Satur
day night, but they will hardly see
him at that time.
WiUiamston 4-H Club
Holds Meeting Thursday
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The regular meeting of the 4-H
club girls of WiUiamston was held on
Thursday in the home economics room
The meeting was opened with Christ
mas carols and the club pledge. Ow
ing to .the number of girls enrolled,
the club was divided into two groups.
In the junior club officers were elect
ed. The officers are: President, Ad
die Lee Meador; vice president, Helen
Shaw; secretary, Elva Grace Barn
hill; news reporter, Jessie Mae Hol
loman. After the .business meeting
the girls made toys and each girl,
wherever possible, was urged to pass
on at least one toy to some child who
will' otherwise be deprived of SaAta
Claus. There were 5S in attendance.
—News reporter.
WiUiamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday, December 20,1932
Workers Will Be Unable
To Care for All; Help
Asked of Individuals
Relief work among the needy in this
county ia now recognized a« one of the
greatest tasks before any county em
ployee or official, there being so much
to do that there is much doubt as to
whether the workers can complete
their first investigations and handle
the cases.
The case workers are busy night and
day trying to handle the needs of the
worthy applicants, but it is hardly
likely that the situation will be un
der control before Christmas Day.
Under the conditions individual as
sistance will be as badly needed this
year as at any time in the history of
j the county. No organizations have
planned any elaborate relief programs,
' but it is believed the individuals of
I the county will go to the aid of the
unfortunate on or before Christmas
Day. The need for individual assist
ance was pointed out by organized re
lief workers as of paramount import
ance this week, and they are urging
j every one to take part in the task of
[ caring for the destitute.
I Baskets of needed articles can be
, prepared at little cost, and they will
be of much value to many people in
the county, it was pointed out.
F ood and Feed Crops Are
Increased by 837,841
Acres In Two Years
Back in 1929, when farm values
were higher than they are- now, it is
estimated that the folks were import
jing about ISO million dollars annually
lin food and feed products. This bill
was paid largely out of money made
with cotton, tobacco and peanuts.
But when the farm income and values
, shrunk, it was seen that this great
bill could no longer be borne by the
returns from cash crops. That the
live-at-home plan has been a success
can be seen from the fact that the
acreage to cash crops decreased by
575,342 acres and the acreage to food
and feed crops increased by 837,841
acre* in two years.
The present low price offered for
peanuts and cotton will, no doubt,
effect an even greater turn to the
live-at-home program than the change
experienced during the past two yeafs.
In short, the conditions are ideal for
an all live-at-honie program and little
or no money crops, especially peanuts
and cotton, in this section during the
next year.
Make Preparations to Store
75,000 Bags In Ware
house Here
Arrangements for bonding the Brick
Warehouse here for the storage of
peanuts were completed last week by
Messrs. E. P. Cunningham, W. H.
Carstarphen, and Iverson Skinner,
who will operate a general storage for
farmers' peanuts there this season and
at the same time buy and sell peanuts
when occasions present themselves.
Already the firm, WiUiamston Stor- '
age Warehouse, has nearly 4,000 bags
of goobers stored, and they are pre
pared to handle between 75,000 and
100,000 bags. With the price of pea
nuts so low, the grower nas much to
gain and very little to lose by storing
his crop at this time, it is generally be
lieved. Realizing the need of storage 1
room, Messrs. Cunningham, Carstar-'
phen and Skinner had the warehouse '
bonded under Federal direction, mak-'
ing receipts issued by.the warehouse'i
negotiable. The storage firm carries'
insurance on all deliveries made to it, i
and offers the owner every storage !
advantage at a very reasonable cost.
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Thieves Enter Warehouse
On Roanoke River Here
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Thieves broke into the Norfolk, Bal
timore and Carolina Boat Line ware
house at the wharf on Roanoke River
here over the week-end and stole three
stands of lard and a quantity of candy.
It is believed the robbers paddled' a
boat to the wharf and entered a door
opening next to the river.
Officers are ♦working on the case,
but have made no arrests.
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For those who would be sure to
wake up and find aomething in
their stockings Christmas morn
! ing, are hereby advised to
sleep in them. Those who have
no stockings, and in all serious
ness it is feared there are many,
are advised to call upon the neigh
bors. Christmas time is a time
for giving, and it is sincerely hoped
that the people of thia town and
this county will share abundantly
with the less fortunate.
Poor Grades of Cloth Will
Not Protect Plans from
the Flea Beetles
The poorer grades of cheese cloth
used to cover tobacco plant beds will
not give protection from flea beetles,
1 and growers should request their deal
ers to get a better supply this win
« "As a result of our demonstrations
in the control of tobacco flea beetles
in the plant bed, we have found that
canvas or cheese cloth having 26
strands to the inch will give better
protection than the poorer grades
commonly found on the market," says
G-i H. Hrantxtit, extension-entomolo
gist at State College. "Growers there
fore should urge their dealers to lay
in a supply of this canvas. Such a
grade will cost little more and will
pay a profit in thrifty plants protect
ed both from the tlea beetle and sold
Mr. Brannon has found that the
hetles may gain entrance through the
poorer grades. Then, too, he says,
during the late freezes last season,
only the tight beds with the better |
grade of canvas provided protection j
from the cold weather.
Very few dealers last season handled
canvas running as much as 26 strands
to the inch, and growers are advised
now to insist on better canvas this
Good canvas used along with the
trap bed as advocated by Mr. Bran
non will help to produce strong,
stocky plants. If the flea beetles were
as big as hogs and the growers could
see them the young plants
in large quantities, a great cry of
alarm would be raised; but the insects
are small and in most the amount of
damage being done is not realized un
til the plant beds are practically de
stroyed, he says.
Funeral Services Held Near
Spring Green Church
Monday Afternoon
Mrs. John N. Simpson died at her
home near Spring Green last Sunday 1
morning following a long illness. She 1
had suffered much during the past sev- 1
eral months with cancer.
The daughter of the late Joe Mar-1
tin and wife, Mrs. Simpson was born
'in Jamesville Township 47 years ago.
She lived in that section much of her
Funeral services were conducted
from the home yesterday afternoon by
Rev. J. M. Perry, of Robersonville.
Interment was in the Noah Roberson
burial ground near Jan&sville.
Mr. Simpson and four sons survive.
Woman's Club Meeting
Thursday at 4 O'clock
A' regular meeting of the Woman's 1
Club will be held in the club rooms
here Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock,'
| the president announced today, in
urging all members to attend. A
' program has been arranmed, it stat
By the almanac, winter begins
Thursday, December 22; by the
weather, winter was well under
way a week ago, when the mercury
dropped below the freezing point
and when sleet and snow started
falling. The weather forecast calls
for a sold wave the latter part of
tha week and a white Christmas
In many sectiona of the south and
Thursday is also the shortest
day of the year, tha sun rising at
[ 7:05 and setting at 4:52.
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Funeral Services Will Be
Held Here Tomrorow
Mrs. Mary E. Peel, a native of this
county and for a number of years a
resident of WiUiamston, died yester
day morning at the home of her daugh
ter, Mi's. Lavinia Minga, in Peters
. burg, Va. j&lrs. Peel, 75 years old.
had been in declining health during
the past several years, but was con
fined to her bed only about a month,
Brights Disease was given as the im
| mediate cause of her death.
Born and reared on a farm near
here, Mrs. Peel married the late Joseph
[ H. Peel, also of this county, in early
womanhood. About 40 years ago she
moved to WiUiamston with her fam
ily. Several years ago she moved to
make her home with Mrs. Mitig'a, bet
1 ! daughter. She was the daughter ot
' the late Robert Rogers and wife,
• Henrietta Hassell Rogers. ' "Miss
Molly," as she was favorably known
'| by many of her acquaintances here
j had a large number of friends in this
> section made by her acts of kindness
• to humanity. ,
'Three daughters, Mrs. Minga, and
» Miss Essie Peel, of Petersburg, Va.,
and Mrs. G. W. Hardison, of Wil
> liamston, and one son, Mr. Joseph
i Herbert Peel, of Charleston, S. C,,
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j The body will reach here late this
afternoon from Petersburg. Funeral
i services will be' conducted from the
I home of Mr. and Mrs. Hardison on
llaughton Street tomorrow afternoon
at 3 o'clock. Interment will follow in
j the local cemetery with Rev. C. H.
Dickey, of the local Baptist church,
| conducting the last rites. ,
j BOND TO $1,000,00
Beaman Expected To Raise
Bond And Gain His
Freedom Tomorrow
The $5,000 bond required of Thom
as E. Beaman, United States commis
sioner a fid a former Free Will Bap
tist preacher of Greenville, charged
with accepting bribes from bootleg
gers over in Pitt County, was reduced
to SI,OOO here yesterday afternoon up
on the recommendation of Federal
Judge I. M. Meekins. The judge in
sisted that the bond be a good one.
It was expected today that Beaman
would raise the bond and gain his free
dom late this afternoon or early to
morrow, his release depending upon
the nature of the bond offered.
lieaman was arrested in Greenville
week before last and formally charged
with acceptance of bribes and conspir
acy to violate the prohibition law. He
was held in jail there under a SIO,OOO
bond pending a preliminary examina
tion to be held here the following
Monday afternoon. The bond was re
duced at that time from SIO,OOO to $5,-
000. Beaman offered to meet the re
quirements, but the bond was not con
sidered sufficient. Soon thereafter he
; started habeas corpus proceedings,
! bringing Judge Meekins here yester
day afternoon to investigate the case, i
Burial Will Be In Scotland
Neck Cemetery This
Biscoe B. Sherrod, 66 years old, died
1 suddenly at his home in Hamilton last
i Sunday morning of heart disease. He
j had been in feeble health for some
I time, but was able to be up and attend
| to his duties, including those of jus
! tice of the peace for Hamilton Town
ship. Taken suddenly, Mr. Sherrod
was in bed at the time and asktd his
little granddaughter to call his wife.
She rushed to him but before a doctor
could get there he died.
Born in this county near Hamilton,
Mr. Sherrod had lived in that com
munity all his life, carrying on exten
sive farming operations for a number
of years or until hi* health began to
fail. He was actively engaged in bus
iness, however, upuntil a few months
Besides his wife, three children, Dr.
W. B. Sherrod, of Scotland; Bruce
Sherrod, of Rocky Mount, and Mrs.
J. W. Starr, of Tennessee, survive.
Funeral services are being conduct
ed this afternoon and interment will
follow in the Scotland Neck cemetery,
according to arrangements learned
here yesterday.
' The Enterprise will atep up its
publication the latter part of thia
week from Friday to Thursday,
I giving the employees ample time
to get the shop in order before
Christmas. The iWue will miss the
last-minute rush common on the
day before Christmas by going in
to the mails Thursday afternoon
and early Friday morning.
Those wishing to make any pub
lic announcements will do the of
fice a real favor by preparing their
copy and turning it in at the ear
liest possible moment.
Following the usual custom, the
paper will issue no edition next
Tuesday, giving the employees the
one time of the year to enjoy the
one vacation of the year.
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Analysis Shows Taxes Are
Biggest Single Item of
Manufactured Cost
Winston-Salem, Dec, 3.—The Twill-
City Sentinel prints" the following
analysis of the returns to the govern
ment, manufacturer, jobber, and grow
er from tobacco.
The statistics, prepared by R. L.
Swain, of Danville, Va., show a farm -
l er gets $l5O per 1,000 pounds of to
'zacco, while taxes amount to $2,000.
The summary says:
"One thousand pounds will produce
I 500,000 cigarettes.
, "I'ive hundred thousand cigarettes
I equal to 25,000 packages at 15 cents
each, for which the consumer pays
$.1,750 'V .
"Plus two cents stamp tax per pack
age in a good many of the states at
present. This is equal to $1 per 1,000
I cigarettes, which is SSOO.
"'Total consumer pays, $4,250.>
I "The United States Government
takes net $3 per 1,000 cigarettes,
"The jobber takes gross 40 cents
per 1,000 cigarettes, S2OO.
"The retailer takes sl.lO per 1,000
cigarettes, $550.
"Advertising takes gross 30 cents
per 1,000 cigaretes, $l5O.
','AII cost of manufacturing, etc., j
take $1.50 per 1,000 cigarettes, $750. :
"Manufacturer takes net 90 cents
per 1,000 cigarettes, $450
"The farmer who produced the 1,- ;
000 pounds grosses 15 cents per pound '
or less, or at the rate of 30 ceiits per j
1,000 cigarettes, $l5O.
"Total $3,750.
Add Statj stamp tax of 2 cent per
package of 20 cigarettes. Consumer
pays $1 per 1,000 cigarettes, SSOO.
"Grand total $4,250.
"I'o'al taxes per hogshead weighing
1,000 pounds, $2,000.''
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$1,332.50 Received In This
County for 1 Distribution
Among 23 Widows
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' l wenty-four Confederate pensions,'
totalling $1,332.50, were received by
clerk of the court R. J. Peel last Sat
urday from the State treasurer for dis-; I
tribution among the 23 widows of 
Confederate veterans and to one vet- J i
eran. j j
No additions were allowed cither to i I
the amounts or to the regular list, but j 1
applications are now before the State 1
authorities, and it is hoped favorable i
action will result within the next two ]
or three months. I
Mr. D. F. Roberson, of Roberson- i
ville, the lone surviving Confederate t
veteran, has received his check for
$182.50. One of the 23 widows died a '
few days ago, and the check will go
to her people, it is understood, Sev
eral checks were delivered to the own
ers last Saturday and others were be- (
ing called for yesterday and today.
New applications for pension money
are being held up for the present on J
account of insufficient funds, it was j
stated by Auditor Durham in a letter
to Mr. Peel here last week.
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Ben Reeves Arrested tor 1
Possession of Whiskey '
Ben Reeves, colored man living on
Railroad Street here, was arrested last *
Sunday evening by Officers Daniel,
Allsbrooks, and Roebuck and formally
charged with the posssssion of liquor.
The officers found two gallons of li- i
quor in the home and placed Reeves I
in jail to await trial today in the re- !
corder's court. I
Advertisers Will Fnd Our Col
nm» a Latchkey to Or«r Sixteen
Hundred lfartin County Homn
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Shut-Down Friday Several
Days Ahead of Schedule
Account Weather
Christmas holidays for most of Mar
tin County's school children were
rushed in severil days earlier than the
scheduled time when school authori
ties met and agreed that the present
existing conditions made the early
closing of the schools necessary. Many
little tots, and the teachers, too, left
their classrooms last Friday, thinking
they would return as usual Monday
morning and again Tuesday before
their holidays officially began.
| Unfavorable weather conditions, and
| the bad condition of the roads were
j given as the main reasons for, officially
j starting the C hristmas holidays last
* Friday - afternoon; And then, too,
there is much sickness in various parts
iof a number of school districts. A
| kind of influenza, a number have peo
ple have described the sickness. How
ever, the sickness has not reached any
thing like an epidemic stage in this
section. Several schools closed last
week when the attendance was mater
ially decreased in the classroooms by
1 ruck operation in many sections
of the county reached serious propor
tions the latter part of last week, and
were becoming n»ore serious when
the education authorities met and dis
cussed the early school closing. Near
ly all the trucks were running late, and
sonic found it impossible to cover the
assigned routes on account of the con
dition of the roads.
As far as it could be learned today,
no definite reopening date has been
determined, the superflHendeot of ed
ucation stating that the weather would
be a determining factor. However, it
is hardly likely that the school will
reopen after the holidays before lan
uary 2, Definite reopening dates will
probably be announced next week.
Teachers, learning of the change in
closing dates, made hurried plans last
Saturday to go to their respective
homes, but some learned too late to
get away before 1 Sunday or yesterday..
The unexpected closing caused the
j abandonment of plans for several en
tertainments scheduled by teachers
j and pupils in the various schools.
Santa Claus Attracts Kids
On Streets Here Monday
Even though he reached here a
week late, Santa ( laus wasn't long
attracting the kiddies on the streets
j yesterday morning. Circling the town
lone time in his airplane, Santa Claus
[lijfd a large audience in the making by
j the time he lauded on the Skewarkey
field. When he reached the main
street, the children gathered so close
ly around his automobile that traffic
was tied up for blocks. Crowding to
the car, front, sides, and rear, the chil
dren clamored for the few worthless
but much coveted gifts. But none was
Ihe old nt;)n was here for only a
short while.
Eight Prisoners Are Now
In the Martin County Jail
Christmas will be just another day
for the eight inmates in the Martin
County jail. Sharing better than many,
many women and children on the out
side, the prisoners will have to be con
tent with their regular lot, Sheriff C.
B. Roebuck said this week.
Two of the eight prisoners are
white and are being held there by the
Federal Government. One or two of
the others are awaiting trial, and the
remaining ones are serving short sen
2,594 Deaths Reported In
State During November
Raleigh.—Nineteen persons commit
ted suicide in North Carolina in No
vember, 42 homicidal deaths were re
ported, and 107 others died in "pre
ventable accidents," the state board of
health's bureau of ..vital statistics re
ported today. - . • '
There were 2,594 deaths in Novem
ber in the state from all causes, a rate
of 9.6 per 1,000 population, while births
totaled 6,349, a rate of 23.6 per 1,000.
Certified Potato Seed Are
Found More Profitable
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Certified irish potatoes in Haywood
County produced at the rate of 240
bushels to the acre, as compared with
160 bushels from ordinary home se- •
lected teed. %

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