THE ENTERPRISE Advertisers WW rimi Ou Cai umoi a Latchkey to Over l.SM Homes of Martin County VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 2 Williamston. Martin County. North Carolina. Tuesday. January 7.1936 ESTABLISHED 1899 FARMERS STUNNED BY AAA DECISION Commissioners Vote Installation Of Traffic Lights on Streets Here Town Board Adopts Suggestions by Club Women's Committee Plan Ordinance To Stop the Sale of Vegetables and Fruits From Trucks Williams ton, at the suggestion of the local Woman's Club American Citizenship and Civic Committee, planned to shed its small town clothes, dress up in big city style and throw blaring crinks into Main Street traffic by ordering four stub bom traffic or plain old nuisance signs placed on the corners of Haugh ton and Main, Smithwick and Main, end Watts and Main Streets and at the Atlantic Hotel corner on Wash ington and Main. The ever-present danger at the outlet of the narrow street next to the post office or Bal timore Street, was pointed out, but the several hundred dollars' cost for installing the nuisances at the other comers made a fifth light a thing out of the question just now. Possibly later on a few more of the dumb things can be strewn between the blocks to accommodate the safety of those wishing to cross the streets at convenient points. The whole system is recognized as | purely mechanical, and gained life | on the violation of the speed laws. In other words, the lights will slow down traffic on Main Street to a standstill, while empty side streets stare the motorists in the face three fourths of the time. Another prob able result will be the encourage ment of the practice of racing be tween intersections to "catch" a green light before it turns red. The cost is being investigated, but whatever the cost, the authorities have ruled to have the lights in stalled, regardless of whether or not the killing of the three AAA's re duces traffic to the point yhere grass will push through the pavement on all the streets. In further promoting safety, the club committee suggested that stop signs be placed on Church Street at the Smithwick intersection, giving traffic on the last-named street the right-of-way. The authorities ap proved that, and leaped ahead of the club group by ordering similar signs placed on Church Street at the Haugh ton intersection. The deplorable sewer and sanita tion condition existing despite the town's costly system, was mentioned by the club in its request to "Put proper sewerage on Railroad Street, between Haughton and Elm Streets, and on all other streets where need ed." The "report" carried the names of Fannie Chase Staton, chairman; Grace Moseley, vice chairman; Bon ner Gurfanui His, Annie Fagan Biggs, Vella Andrews Wynne, Car rie Alexander Rhodes, Martha Har rison Coburn, Mary Morton Andrews and Allie Hadley Rose. Action on the request for proper sewerage facilities was delayed un til such a time as the town is finan cially able to meet the cost. , ?he regular meeting of the board, lasting well over an hour, was in an agreeable mood last evening, and ordered tile placed in drain ditches crossing the lot of Mrs. Emma Thompson on West Main and the lot of D. G. Matthews on Park Street in New Town. Mrs. Thompson is building a home on the lot just this side of the late Reuben H. Harris home, and Mr. Matthews is planning the construction of one on Park Street next to the Chesson home. A renewed effort was advanced to stop the paddling and sale of vege tables and fruits from trucks, the board directing the mayor to draft an ordinance designed to stop a practice that has proven unfair to local merchants and others in past years. The ordinance, it is under , will be designed so as to make awful the display of any goods on sidearalks or streets The board also proposed to make the alleyway leading from the back lots to Church Street near the Crockett and Barnes home a one way thoroughfare. The last of the street lights allot ted the town by the power company will be placed on Marshall Avenue, Local Patrolmen Have Made 28A wests for Using Old Tags Thirteen automobile owners were: arrested in this and Bertie Counties last Friday and Sunday by Patrol-! n>en Hunt and Stewart for not dis- j playing new 193S license plates on their machines. Most of them were in Bertie County, and in court at Windsor Monday the alleged violat ors were fined $10 and taxed with the costs Judgment was suspended upon payment of the cost in the oth er cases handled in this county. So far there have been 28 arrests in this section for the alleged use of] improper licenses, but the number is dwindling rapidly. Patrolman Geo. Stewart rode 145 miles on the main highways of this. Bertie and Wash ington Counties Sunday and did not see a single old license plate. "There may be a few old Dlate? in those sec tions where the roads are not hard surfaced, and we plan to visit those areas just as soon as we can," a member of the patrol remarked. Most of the eight arrests last Sunday were made in the strictly rural sec tions of Bertie, it was learned. Commissioners Take Up Relief Problems NOW WHAT? 1( . * Approximately 1,500 new to bacco contracts are bring de livered in Raleigh this week by Agents Brandon and Barnes for farmers in this county. The num ber represents about 90 per cent of the growers, leaving about 20 farmers who, for one reason or another, are not participating in the program, It was stated. More than half of the 20 non-particiO pa ting growers are considering signing, it was pointed out, how ever. ~ Several of the growers failing to sign pointed out that appar ently it would be to their dis advantage to participate in the program, and that they would risk their fate on the outside this year. F. H. A. FIELD MAN TO BE IN COUNTY ON NEXT FRIDAY Applicants Urged To See J. H. McMullan In the County Courthouse Dispensing with the local office force a few days ago, Field Repre sentative J. H. McMullan of the Federal Housing Administration will be in the county courthouse Friday of this week to see all those persons who have applied for FHA loans and those who wish to make applications it was announced by the county chairman today. "We have not withdrawn from this territory," an official of the administration said this week, "and we are really mak ing arrangements to do something," he added. All those who have filed applica tions for loans, and it is understood that many have applied, are urged to see Mr. McMullan at the court house in the old grand jury room, on Friday of this week. The repre sentative plans to be in the court house all that day, and possibly a part of Saturday, if necessary. Any others wishing to apply for loans are advised to file their applications at that time with Mr. McMullan. It is understood that the housing administration is making commit ments wherever they are justified, and it is hoped that the several ap plications filed by prospective build ers in this county will receive at tention shortly. The housing situation here con- j tinues acute, reports today stating that at least two familTes had to sur render their homes and had no place to store their furniture or even a room to sleep in. _ Plan Radio Broadcast lor Local Firm Tomorrow J In cooperation with the Williams ton Hardware company, the distribu tors of Benjamin Moore paints are starting a series of broadcasts over station WPTF, Raleigh, at 11:30 to morrow morning, Mr. J. C. Ander son, manager of the local firm an nounced this morning. Adjourned Meeting Is Resumed Today; Many Appeals Made Board Recognizes Problem As Big One, But Delay Action Until Today After discussing several problems and listening to many pitiful pleas for aid from the needy, the Martin County Board of Commissioners re cessed at 1 o'clock yesterday after noon without taking final action in any of the matters. The meeting ad journed and was resumed this morn ing, giving the board members an opportunity to attend the last rites for Mr. Edward James in Roberson ville Monday afternoon. The relief situation loomed again this morning as the big problem be fore the meeting, but a report on the board activities was not avail able at noon today. At no time in the history of the county have the demands for relief been more ur gent. The authorities, while sympa thetic, are finding it difficult to meet the numerous requests, but individ ual opinion had it yesterday after noon that all possible would be done for the less fortunate. Requests were before the board from more than 50 dependents, some of the pleas being more than pitiful. One man, 85 years old and unable to appear in person, wrote: "l apply to you gentlemen for help, as I'm hungry and naked. Please consider me as yourself. I was born in 1850 and I've always lived loyal My record is in your house. If you f lease. Whatsoever you will, it's ap preciated/' Conditions even more pitiful were described in person be fore the commissioners. Anxious souls awaited action overnight, and were back in the courthouse this morning, their very lives resting with the commissioners. Even with a liberal response by the commis sioners, the situation will not and cannot be relieved, throwing some response, probably greater than many relize, on the charity of each of us. Conditions call for action, and action now. Liquor Sales Reacli Peak I^ast Month Liquor gales in the four A. B. C. stores in this county reached a peak last month, when nearly $14,000 worth of the spirits were sold, the output nearly doubling that for any other month since the stores were opened last July. The greatest increase and the larg est sales were reported by the Wil liamston store with sales amounting to $7,173.30. Nearly $1,000 worth of liquor was sold by the store the day before Christmas. Robersonville, with sales totaling $3,709.50, was sec ond. Oak City reported sales amount ing to $1,630.50, and at Jamesville the sales totaled $1,468.85, making a grand total of $13,982.15. Profits for the period ore not known, but they will be determined by an audit within the next few days, Board Chairman Sptvey an nounced. 2 YOUNG WOMEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN CAR ACCIDENT Misses Helen Johnson and Louise Council Victims Truck-Car Wreck 1 Miss Helen Johnson, pretty young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eld John son, of Oak City, lies seriously in jured in a Tarboro hospital, and Miss Louise Council, daughter of Mrs. Oscar Council, also of Oak City, is in a Rocky Mount hospital with a crushed hip and head injuries, as a result of an automobile-truck ! wreck near Hobgood last Sunday afternoon about 5 o'clock. Miss Cau dell Daniel, a third party in the car driven by Miss Johnson, was ibruised and shocked, but her in ! juries are not serious. Miss Johnson, sister of Miss Mar jorie Johnson, who was killed in an automobile accident year before last near Gold Point, was not expected to live when she was entered in the Tarboro institution, hut later reports j stated that the condition hud slight ly improved. The nature of her in juries could not be learned. According to reports reaching here. Miss Johnson, driving a Ford |V-8 toward Hobgood, started to pass a truck traveling in the same direc tion. She either lost control of the I car or started to turn back to her sijie of the road too hurriedly and the right rear fender of the car struck the left front fender of the truck The contact threw the car ! sideways and directly into the path jo fthe truck, which carried it over jirto a ditch on the right side of the j road, the machines stopping with part of the car resting on the truck engine. The left door of the car flew open and caught Miss Johnson under it, and she remained in that position until help could be sumoned from Hobgood more than a mile away She was removed about 15 minutes later and carried to the hospital. After first-aid treatment in the of fices of Drs Rhodes and Eason in Williamston, Miss Council was car ried to a Rocky Mount hospital, where she was reported today to be getting along as well as could be expected. Occupants of the truck, a man, woman and child whose identity could not be learned, were not hurt. The truck, loaded with furniture, was traveling from Bath to Weldon. Very little damage was done eith er to the truck or the car, it was said. White Schools of County Resume Work Thursday Condition of Roads Might Cause Another Delay In Opening of Plants No change in plans for reopening tile white schools in this county next Thursday was being considered by authorities today, but the county superintendent pointed out that an other delay would be ordered if the condition of the roads would not permit the general operation of the busses at that time Reports from various sections of the county today indicated that some of the roads were still in bad condition, but with weather any way favorable during Wednesday and Thursday, traffic could be handled without great dif ficulty. At any rate, if the roads get no worse than they now are, the schools will reopen Thursday of this week, it was said. The plants, closing for the Christ mas holidays on the 20th of last month, were scheduled to reopen Monday of this week, but bad weath er and the condition of the roads made a postponement advisable. Must File Tickets for. Gas Refund Before January 15 Operators of peanut pickers will flr.d it to their advantage to send in their gasoline purchase tickets on or before the 19th of this month, as no tax refund will be made after that date, Mr. O. H. Harrison, of the Harrison Oil Company, said today The refund runs around 9 cents a gallon on gasoline, which makes it important for peanut picker oper ators to get their tickets in to sub stantiate the claims. Supreme Court Declares Entire Structure Invalid Warren Says Congress Must Devise Substitute Legislation That the downfall of the Agricul tural Adjustment Act will command attention in Congress, possibly for months to come was made quite cer tain on Monday shortly after the ruling reached the ears of the law makers. Representative Lindsay C. Warren was the first member of either branch of Congress to take the floor after the decision was known. His remarks, as officially reported, fol low: Mr. Warren: "Mr Speaker, the Su preme Court of the United States ha* ^list handed down its opinion declaring the Agricultural Adjust ment Act to be unconstitutional (applause). I would like for it to be noted that the applause comes entirely from the Republican side of the House. "This decision of the court will be received with consternation and a mazement by millions of farmers throughout the this land who have been benefited by the first construc tive program that any Congress or any administrtion has ever propos ed in their behalf (applause). It comes to them as a sickening and deadly blow. "Regardless of court opinions. Mr. Speaker, I believe there are enough members of the present Congress, who are deeply interested in the welfare of the American farmer, that they will keep this Congress in session until Christmas, if necessary, to write upon the statute books legislation that will repair this dam age. The farmers of the nation will never return to the economic salv ery that existed prior to 1933. (ap j plause)." LIME EXTENDED FOR DELIVERING PEANUTS TO MILL Effect" AAA Ruling Will Have on Plan Cannot Be Learned Here Peanut growers with contracts have been granted an extension of time to divert a part or all of their 1935 crop by delivering their crop to oil mills, according to advice from State agricultural authorities to the office of the county agent this week. Under the new ruling, contract grow ers may deliver peanuts to the oil mills as late as January 15, the pre vious time limit being placed on De cember 31. Activities on the local markets will largely determine the amount of de liveries to the oil mills during the few remaining days that farmers will be allowed to divert any or all of their peanut crops. If the open market price ranges around 3 rents, few deliveries to the oil mills is ex pected. During the past few days, the local markets have been strong er, it is understood, and it is likely that the prices will hold up as long as the diversion offer remains open. The Southcin Cotton Oil Company at Hertford and Weldon; the Sapona Cotton Oil Mill at Sanford; the Farmville Cotton Oil Mill at Farm ville; and several others are inter ested in crushing peanuts, the au thorities pointing out that deliveries made to the crushers will take pea nuts out of the competitive market, and should boost the open price. Farmers planning to make deliv eries to the mills will be aided by the office of the county agent in get ting proper forms guaranteeing the grower $20 a ton, the amount of the diversion payment. Authentic reports on diversion ac tivities by farmers in this county arc not available just now, but at one time many growers were making ar rangements to deliver a portion or all of their crop to the crushers. This offer is a part of the peanut diversion plan designed to remove sifrplus peanuts from the normal channels of trade and divert them into the manufacture of peanut oil The objective of this plan is to main tain a minimum price of $62 50 a ton to growers for Virginia type pea nuts of 65 per cent sound meat con tent, with proportionately higher prices for peanuts of higher meat content and proportionately lower prices for peanuts of lower meat content. One Contagious Disease Case Repotted in County Health conditiqna in Martin Cour ty were still riding out in Decern be the board of health office reportin only one communicable disease cat during the period. Only one cat was reported the month before, will be remembered. One cas* of scarlet fever was ri ported last month, and that was I Williamston Township. HIGH WATER The highest water in the Roa noke since December 8, 1934, is expected at this point about Sunday, the local weather sta tion anounced this morning. Warnings have been issued to owners advising the to remove any stock they may have in the lowgrounds at once, Hugh Spruill stating that the river would overflow its banks by three or three and one-half feet the latter part of the week. During the past 24 hours a three-inch rise in the stream was reported, Mr. Spruill stat ing that the river would rise possibly as much as 12 inches In that length of time about Fri day or Saturday. EDWARD JAMES DEATH SUNDAY SHOCKS FRIENDS Funeral Services Conducted In Primitive Baptist Church Monday Edward James, prominent county citizen, died in a Rocky Mount hos pital Sunday m<|ning at 9:15 o' clock, fololwing a long period of de clining health. He had spent some time in a Richmond hospital several weeks ago for treatment of some stomach ailment, but returned home just before Christmas, his condition reported much improved at that time. He was able to be out until a few days ago and was taken sud denly worse and entered in the hos pital at Rocky Mount Saturday und died a few hours later. Sixty-four years old, Mr. James was the son of the late Ameleck und Polly James. Born near Everetts, he spent his early life on the farm, later locating in Robersonville. He had always taken an active part in public affairs, and was a vigorous advocate of the principles of the Democratic party. For many years he was connected with the State Revenue department as collector, re signing that job several years ago on acount of failing health. Since that time he interested himself in the operation of his farms. He was widely known over this section for his consideration of others, and al ways proved himself a valuable friend to his fellowman. Funeral services were conducted from the Primitive Baptist church in Robersonville yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by Elder B. S. Cowin, and Interment followed in the Rob ersonville Cemetery, the Stonewall Masonic Lode ??mbers conducting the last rites at the grave. Besides Mrs. James, he is survived by the following children: Mrs. GSe neva Weaver, Jesse and Everett James. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs Mary Everett, Mrs. Oscar Dan iel and Mrs. Patty Faulkner, and two brothers, W. A. James, of Wllliamston, and Neal James, of Everetts. Bitter Dt Miuneiatioii Of Court Kings from Farmers in Seetion Unlimited Production Can Cause 8-cent Tobacco And 5-cent Cotton I The Agricultural Adjustment Ad minsitration. the agency that has brought a renewed hope t > de pressed farmers* over the nation 'since 1933, was declared unconsti tutional in its entirety by the.United States Supreme Court yesterday by a vote of six to three The decision, while its ultimate effects are not now to be known, comes us a rebuke and slap in the fac ? of the dirt farmer 4 'but one that brought expressions of happiness from textile interests and corporate wealth in general As the decision is understood here, all efforts made by the present ad ministration have been rendered use * less. The 1,500 tobacco contracts from this county are being carried to Raleigh today, but it is likely they will be brought back for the Kerr-. 1 Smith bill was not in keeping with the age-old constitution, the court ruled. The cotton act is no good, and | the potato barons who have profited I much at the expense of the lowly. ? farmer now have free reign again, jit is understood. State's rights have i been upheld ut the expense of the tillers of the soil. The action by the court likely means unlimited produc lion and consequent 5-cent cotton and 8-cent tobacco unless something is done, agricultural leaders stated The court ruling Was so far-reach ing that even the premises upon which the farmer found hope were declared invalid. While the farmers of this little community received the news of the century with shock, few realized the iserious ness of the situation Those few were pessimistic, however, and the others did not know what to say or think when the ruling reached j them Some of those disgruntled for one cause or an^fier with the activities of the AAA expressed themselves heartily in favor of any movement to continue the program oi adopt another. A united front wus evident on the streets for the present administration and hot at tacks were directed against the six supreme court justices who, the farmers believe, favored the wealth of the nation rather than the masses Individual responses to the ruling were heard here in great numbers, and while they variec- in text, all showed bitter disappointment with one or tfto exceptions. "I started to buy a farm just three days ago, but the owner would not sell Now I wouldn't give 30 cents for it,' one farmer remarked. "Apparently it is the beginning of the end," another farmer said. "I am trying to sell everything on my farm just as fast us I can," still another farmer said when he visited the local peanut market yesterday. The market was uncertain at this point, and buyers did not know what to do. With unlimited production possible this year, a diop in peanut prices is in order, one man rea soned. At the courtliouse here, AAA em ployees, uncertain of their salaries, continued at their posts awaiting or ders from Raleigh. Just what the outcome will be no one seems to know, for there is much confusion Hut in it all there is probably some hope as expressed by Con gressman Lindsay Warren when he said that he hoped Congress would stay in session until some remedy was found, even if it was until next Christmas. Probably at no time in the history of this country are the eyes of the farmer turned more eagerly to the law makers and to the administration, pleading that their rights be preserved. Highly Respected Colored Man Dies at Home Here Ed Johnaon, aged colored man and highly respected citizen, died at hia home here last Saturday night fol lowing a long Illness. He suffered much with rheumatism. Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon.