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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 10 * Williamston, Martin County. North Carolina. Tuesday. Feburary 4. 1936 ESTABLISHED 1890
Two Weeks Term Court to
Convene on Monday
March 16th
Thirty-six citizen* were iclected
by the county commissioners at their
regular monthly meeting Monday to
serve as jurors at the March term
of court. The court is scheduled to
last two weeks and handle both crim
inal and civil cases.
Names of the jurymen are as fol
First Week
Jamesville: G. L. Cooper, Levin
Ange, C. A. Askew, jr., Church Mob
Williams: L. G. Godard, G. A. Bur
ras, Clyde Moore, W. W. Griffin.
Griffins: Arnold K. Roberson, Jas.
H. Revels.
Bear Grass: C. R. Garrett.
Williamston: W. C. Griffin, C. O.
Moore, C. G. Crockett, Luther B.
Culpepper, Frank J. Margolis, G. H.
Cross Roads: A. L. Keel, L. A.
Clark, H. H. Williams.
Robersonville: J. H. Highsmith,
Jasper Everett, O. P. Smth. A. V.
Bowen, L. T. Creacy, W. D. Price,
G. L. Crofton, B. E. Anderson.
Poplar Point: John Roebuck, W.
E Grimes, W. L. Edwards, D. E.
Hamilton, H. L. Everett, D. G. Mat
Goose Nest: Wesley Stroud, N. L.
flAASksijl IVuIr
Jamesville: Lewis G. Modlin, Dan
Williams: A. T. Lilley, O. S. Green
J. S. Andrews.
Griffins: B. Frank Lilley.
Bear Grass: Chesley Jones, Zack
Williamston: C. H. Cowin, sr., J.
D. Leggett.
Cross? Roads: J. Marion Griffin,
Joe Wynne.
Robersonville: H. A. Johnson, jr.,
Edgar R. Johnson, J. E. Barnhill, O.
P. Roberson.
Poplar Point: John Stalls.
Goose Nest: J. W. .Roberson
Unemployed Again
Urged To Register
With the contracts already let and
work planned to atart juat as soon
as the weather permits, the Martin
County employment bureau is urg
ing all unemployed laborers skilled
in road-building work to register
at once for jobs on the construc
tion of a paved highway from Rob
ersonville to Spring Green and the
widening of Academy Street in Rob
Manager Gilliam, of th ecounty of
Ace explained that any unemployed
men who could drive tractors, tnfcks
and operate any road-building ma
chinery would be eligible for what
appears to be certain jobs within the
near future.
Large numbers of unskilled labor
ers have registered, and others who
are without employment are direct
ed to register with the bureau.
Club Women To Meet
Here Thursday 2 O'clock
Home demonstration club women
will meet at the Woman's Club room
here Thursday at I p. m. to have
their annual business meeting which
was carried over from last fall. At
this time reports will be made from
clubs, dues paid to the eounty treas
urer and the annual election of of
ficers will be held. There have been
many disappointments in planning
the afternoon program, but it is
hoped a program can be given at
the regular session of the Woman's
Club, which comes later in the aft
Kiwanians To Meet Here
Thursday 6:30 O'clock
The regular meeting of the local
Kiwania Club will be held in the
Woman'a Club Hall Thursday eve
ning at ?:*) o'clock, President S. H.
Grimes announced this morning.
Eighteen Cases In County
Recorder's Court Today
Eighteen cases are before Judge
H. O. Peel in the county recorder's
court today, the number being con
sidered very small in view of the
"fact that no session of the court has
bean held since the middle of Janu
ary. The cases are made up mostly
of liquor law violations, stealing and
Eastern Carolina is returning to
the holding of swine feeding dem
onstrations to determine best meth
ods of fattening hogs for market.
Groundhog, About Six Weeks
Late in Weather Predictions
The groundhog Sunday came in
for tome mention, but the animal
waa pushed into the background by
the weather itsself. Instead of pre
dicting bad weather for six weeks,
the animal came a bit late to cli
max bad weather experienced since
the latter part of December. Re
ports state that the animal saw his
shadow from coast to coast, even if
he did have to push his nose through
snow and ice.
There is one thing certain, and
that is the weather in this section
can be little or no worse than it has
been during the past several weeks.
A cold spot in the cold spell was
reached here last Saturday morn
ing, when unofficial observers found
a thermometer registering (our be
low zero about 4 o'clock. A read
ing of six degrees was about the
average in the town.
The low temperature played hav
oc with the individual water sys
tems over town, and it was reported
that some families actually were
without water to drink. Saturday
night it was estimated that nearly
as many families were without wa
ter as there were with water.
And there is no immediate pros
pect for relief, the weather men de
clare. L.- ' . ''
The Roanoke did not freeze over
during the cold period last week,
but persons walked across the,ice
on Gardner's Creek, it was reported.
Clay Hearing Will Be
Held Friday Morning
Numbers of Martin County
veterans of the World War are
tlisf their applications for the
bonus baby bonds, H. L. Swain,
commander of the county Leg
ion post, statins that the men
are coming in rapidly to pre
pare the necessary papers for
the bonds. The commander ex
plains that bonds will hardly be
received until or after the first
of next July.
Veterans have been invited to
see the commander of the coun
ty legion post for aid in filing
applications for the bonds.
Issuance For Past Month
Smallest for any January
In Number of Years
Twenty-four marriage licenses
were issued in this county last
month, but there were only 23 mar
riages, the records showing that ar
rangements went haywire for one
colored couple, and the license was
returned and money refunded. The
last month issuance was the small
est for any January since 1933.
Licenses were issued to the fol
Alton H. Stalls and Minnie Har
Thursman Peaks and Velma Ree
Charlie Beacham and Alice G.
Foy Rogerson and Thelma Bland.
James Dalton Roberson and Sudie
F. Rogerson.
Willie H. Modlin and OUie Vir
ginia Hardison.
Willie Bullock and Viola Whita
Lester Rogers and Marjorie
Zack S. Cow in and Thelma
Burtis Byron Bailey, of Green
ville, and Dorothy Jean Walsh, of
Inwood, N. Y.
Joseph Moore and Paulie Alton
Grimes, both of Halifax County.
Johnnie Coburn and Virginia
James Bellamy and Leora Stan
John Jenkins, of Haasell, and Pearl
Gardner, of New York.
Phillip McNair and Lerah Jackson
both of Plymouth.
Henry Gilliam and Mary Eliza La
Willie McAndrews and Icelean
Chance, both of Pitt County.
Turner Howell and SusieNBonner.
Dave Spruill and Elnora Hodges.
Theodore Freeman and Bertha
May Hilliard.
Theodore Freeman and Bertha May
Perlie Godard and Viola DanieL
James H. Everett, jr., and Elnora
A. C. L. To Inaugurate
Improved Freight Service
Beginning fiefct Friday, the At
lantic Coast Line Railroad Com
pany will handle freight to and
from the customers' doors free of
charge. The new service does not
include car lot shipments nor that
class of freight carrying a minor
charge, it was stated.
In the event the shipper or con
signee wishes to handle his own de
liveries, he will be allowed a 5-eent
reduction on each 100 pounds of
Is Postponed Again
Account of Accident
To State Witnesses
Beaufort Courthouse Said
To Have Been Packed
To Capacity Monday
The preliminary hearing in the
case charging George R. Clay with
murder and the pactice of medicine
without license has again been con
tinued, the court granting an exten
sion for the third time yesterday
when two of the state witnesses
were unable to reach Washington.
Er. Carpenter, of Wake Forest, and
another doctor, of Raleigh, were on
their way to Washington when their
car overturned near Wendell, and
they were unable to contine the
trip. The preliminary hearing has
been scheduled to be held next Fri
day morning at 10 o'clock in the
Beaufort County Recorder's Court.
The Washington courthouse yes
terday was said to have been crowd
ed by witnesses and spectators from
miles around, including a number
from several sections of this county.
One report stated tha tthe court
house had not been so completely
packed since the Brown will case
was heard there several years ago.
Hallet S. Ward and Rodman have
been employed to represent the de
fense. It is expected that the de
fense will try to prove that Mrs
Kathlen Lilley, who died in the
Pamlico Osteopathic Sanitorium
rather suddenly the 13th of last
month, fell off her bed and hurt her
self and that no drugs were admin
One report stated that the court
the state is said to have denied
making certain statements that were
considered of much value by the
prosecution and is now refusing to
admit any knowledge whatever of
the facts in the case. However, the
prosecution is still working on the
case, and it is likely that another
crowd will pack the courtroom next
Friday morning when the case is
called again.
J. Luther Daniel
Died Friday Night
J. Luther Daniel, well-known
county farmer, died at his home
near here last Friday night at 10
o'clock, following a stroke of par
alysis. He suffered a stroke about
two years ago, but was able to be
up most of the time until a short |
while before his death.
Mr. Daniel, 60 years old, moved to
this county many years ago, com
ing from the Louisburg section to
introduce the cultivation of tobacco
in this section. He had lived in
this county since that time. He was
the son of the late Robert Daniel
and wife and is survived by his
widow and two children.
Funeral services were conducted
Sunday afternoon in the Skewarkey
Primitive Baptist church by Elder
B. S. Cowin and interment was in
the church yard cemetery.
Young Griffins Man Is
Slightly Hurt In Wreck
Archie Coltrain, Griffins Town
ship young man, was slightly hurt
in an automobile crash at the inter
section ef Haughton and Washing
ton Street late last Saturday night.
The door of the Ford car driven by
Roy Coltrain flew open when the
machine crashed into another driv
en by Ransom Roberaon, of Jamt
vllle, throwing the young man out
on the concrete. No one else was
hurt, but considerable damage waa
done to the Coltrain car.
Georgia Likely To Be Chief
Drawback To Compact
For Crop Control
As a supplement to the adminis
tration's soil conservation act,
which he is supporting and which
he thinks will become law and will
accomplish its desired purpose.
Representative John H. Kerr a few
days ago introduced formally his
bill in the House-of Representatives
for a compact between the flue-cur
ed tobacco states to regulate the
production of that commodity.
The bill as introduced would re
quire passage of identical laws by
all Ave of the state, but the partici
pation of Florida is not regarded as
essential since it produces only a
small amount of flue-cured tobacco.
Considerable sentiment for the
bill has developed in the Congres
sional delegations from Virginia
and South Carolina, and it is be
lieved that if the bill is pushed and
Judge Kerr has every intention of
pushing it, it can be enacted by the
present session of Congress.
The trouble will come in secur
ing action by the states. If Florida
should fail to act and the other
four did act, the bill could be
amended. But action by Georgia
is regarded as essential and it is
regarded as most doubtful if that
state would act while Governor Eu
gene Talmage is a dominant figure
In any event, it seems highly im
probable that there would be ac
tion in Georgia before next year,
when there is a meeting of the Gen
eral Assembly. The Virginia Legis
lature is in session now, and Rep
resentative Thomas G. Burch, of
the Fifth Virginia District, in
which most of the flue-cured to
bacco of that state is grown, thinks
that there would be a very good
prospect of favorable action at the
present session of the legislature,
provided Congress acts before ad
journment of this session. He also
thinks the matter will not be re
garded as one of sufficient im
portance to cause the calling of a
special session of the legislature.
There is also very good prospect,
according to information reaching
Congressman Kerr, of favorable
action by the legislatures of North
Carolina and South Carolina at
their regular sessions next January,
if not earlier.
Call Local Firemen
To Chowan Bridge
The local Are company was called
out at noon yesterday, when fire
threatened the Chowan River bridge
but a second call stating the fire was
under control was received in time
to stop the apparatus and firemen
at the river here.
Starting from a short circuit in a
power cable, the fire did not do any
great damage to the structure, ac
cording to reports reaching here.
Part of the underpinning and the
bridge floor were burned for a dis
tance of a few yards, but light traf
fic was delayed only an hour or
two, it was stated. Edenton firemen
put the fire out. A boat equipped
for flreflghting was unable to get to
the bridge as the river was frozen.
School May Close
Due To Bad Roads
The cloiing of the white schools
in the county during the remainder
of this week was being considered
by county educational authorities at
noon today, but no deflnite an
nouncement had been received at
that time. The county superintend
ent was reported making a hasty
survey of the situation, and all Indi
cations were that the schools would
be forced to close. Bad roads were
said to have made the operation of
busses almost impossible, and that
the schools, if continued, would
have hardly more than a 90 per
cent attendance.
Reports state that the roads, thaw
ing out after the cold weather of
the past several days, are in a worse
condition than at any time in years.
Announce Examinations
For Civil Service Jobs
The United States Civil Service
Commission has announced open
competitive examinations as fol
Economist, various grades, $2,000
to $8,000 a year.
Associate milk specialist, $3,200 a
year, and assistant milk specialist,
$2,000 a year, Public Health Serv
ice, Treasury Department.
Full information may be obtained
from the local post office.
Tentative Plans for County
Wide Reviva IA re Considered
Plans for a county-wide re
ligious meeting to be held in Wil
liamston in the spring were dis
cussed at a meeting of the Martin
County Ministerial Association held
in the Presbyterian church here
yesterday. Nearly every denomina
tion and 90 percent of the churches
Were represented at the meeting, it
was stated.
Rev. Z. T. Piephoff was named to
make arrangements for a canvass of
the town to raise $119.00 to pay for
the lumber used in building the tab
ernacle in the warehouse. It is un
derstood the minister and his help
ers will personally solicity the peo
ple of the "lown for the amount.
Williamston ministers were ap
pointed as a committee to employ a
minister to conduct the spring
meeting, the association explaining
in its announcement released today
that no evangelist "by trade'* would
be brought here .that every effort
would be made to bring on out
standing religious leader here to
conduct the services.
No date for the meeting was men
tioned, but probably it will be held
the latter part of March or early in
April. Plans for holding the meet
ing which is to be of a county'wide
nature, will be announced within
the next, few days.
Town Streets Ordered
Marked at Board Meet
Step Necessary To
Retain Present Mail
Delivery To Homes
Action on Stop Lights For
Main Street Indefinitely
Postponed Last Night
Holding their regular monthly
meeting last evening, the local town
commissioners ordered local streets
marked and gave formal approval to
the widening of Main Street at its
ends. Action on the installation of
stop lights on Main Street was post
poned indefinitely, Mayor Hassell
explaining to the manufacturer's rep
resentative that nothing would be
done about the signals until traffic
experts had been consulted.
Learning that the government
might consider stopping the village
mail delivery unless the streets were
marked, the authoriteis last night
ordered the work done. The board
agreed on using a post about 10 feet
long and measuring 4 by 4 inches
for marking the streets at each in
tersection. There are approximate
ly 200 intersections, and preliminary
estimates placed the price of the
posts at SO cents each. Postmaster
Leslie T. Fowden was to have ap
peared before the board to explain
a plan whereby it would be possible
to advance the local mail delivery
service, but illness kept him away.
Ii i sunderstood that the service
would be advanced from village to
city delivery, giving the town a
third carrier and substantial salary
increases. To carry out the plan,
the town will be required to im
prove the sidewalks in the outlying
districts to meet the requirements of
the government.
Loading Poultry In
County This Week
Handling the first cooperative
poultry shipment this year from the
county this week, County Agent T.
B. Brandon stated at noon today
that comparatively large receipts
were made at Jamegville this morn
ing deepite bad roads and compe
tition ffotn hucksters. After offer
ing only 15 cents before the car was
scheduled, hucksters are said to
have advanced the price one-half
cent ahead of that paid at the car,
but reports at noon indicated the
outsider was not getting a great
amount of poultry, that the far
mers with very few exceptions
were patronizing the cooperative
Wednesday the car will be in
Williamston, leaving here for Rob
ersonville Thursday and completing
its loadings in Oak City on Friday.
Town authorities said today that
every effort would be made here to
morrow to combat the huckster ac
Cmapbell College Team
Plays Here Tonight at 8
Campbell College's fast stepping
basketbyi^team will meet "Frosty"
Martini Sanitary boys in the high
school gymnasium here this eve
ning at 8 o'clock. A good game is
Colored School Damaged
By Fire In Cross Roads
A colored schoolhouse in Cross
Roads was slightly damaged last
night by fire, 'believed to have been
of incendiary origin. The floor was
burned and part of the Axtures was
damaged. Arrangements are now
being made to transfer the 39 or
more pupils to Robereonvllle, it was
Beginning within the next
few days, possibly next Monday,
the highway patrol will start
checking up on drivers' licenses,
the reports stating that motor
ists will be stopped and asked
to show the permits. Nearly all
licenses have been issued, and
in those cases where applica
tions have been entered and no
license received, the car driver
will sign an affidavit before the
patrolman and enter another ap
plication for license.
Car drivers will find it to
their advantage to have the per
mits or licenses conveniently
located for inspection within the
next few days.
No Control Program For
Major Crops Of This
Section In 1936
Washington, D. C.?In a state
ment sent this week to his district.
Representative Lindsay Warren de
clared that there would be no po
tato program this year, and warned
potato growers, as well as tobacco,
cotton, and peanut farmers, that
they faced the same bankrupt con
dition that existed prior to 1833 un
less they exercised their own con
trol over what they planted and
The North Carolina member, who
hat played an active part in agri
cultural legislation during the last
six years, said:
"By reason of the amazing de
cision of the Supreme Court, the
Agricultural Adjustment Adminis
tration has been destroyed, as well
as the control bills for cotton, to
bacco, and potatoes. These meas
ures had the overwhelming approv
al of the farmers of our state, for
they were fast being liberated from
an economic serfdom that had
brought bankruptcy and ruin to
them. As a result of the decision,
Congress has been placed in a
straightjacket, for every one knows
that agriculture is a national prob
ltm. Congress will remain here in
session and pass some new measure,
which we hope will include all
crops. What it will be or when it
will became a law no one can now
tell or predict. In my opinion, it
is going to be difficult to secure any
thing as effective as the AAA.
Planting time will soon begin, es
pecially potato planting. If our
growers, especially after all they
have suffered in the past, again
plant the earth in potatoes, and run
wild with the contract system, then
the same bankruptcy stares them
in the face.
"We made the greatest flght (or
the potato growers that has hap
pened here in Congress (or many
years, and it was won against al
most insurmountable odds. But the
Supreme Court has now destroyed
that. The same thing applies to
tobacco, cotton, peanuts and other
crops. The only hope I can see (or
out (armers this year is that they
plant only what allotment they
would have received had the AAA
been continued, and in no case
should they exceed that. A(ter the
hard lessons they have been taught
in the past, they have now the op
portunity to exercise self-control
and voluntarily hold down their
production. As one who is vitally
inlerested In agriculture and who
has (ought its battles I urge them
to do this. Overproduction In IBM
before any permanent (arm policy
is worked out, spells ruin.''
No Major Changes Made in
System For Handling
Relief Problem
Continuing in session until well
after dark, the county commission
ers Monday discussed numbers of
problems, heard appeals from the
less fortunate, but took definite ac
tion in only a few matters, a review
of the minutes shows.
One or two new names were add
ed to the relief list, and aside from
those no changes were made in the
relief system now in force in this
county. A report was reviewed from
the special welfare workers, show
ing that approximately $118 worth
of clothing had been distributed
from the Works Progress Adminis
tration sewing rooms, and that a
round $66 had been spent in direct
relief to cases now on the regular
county list. Unofficial reports in
dicate that the special welfare work
ers will be in a position to distrib
ute food in addition to clothing with
in the next few days. It was learn
ed from the report that an extensive
investigation of relief needs had
been made all over the county and
that the relief situation is being well
handled apparently.
The commissioners appointed Mr
G. H. Harrison to act as an arbiter
in the dispute over the location of
the dividing line between Beaufort
end Martin Counties. It could not
be learned this morning if Mr. Har
rison would be acceptable to the
Beaufort group Mr. Sylvester Peel
was named by the commissioners
some time ago to represent Martin
County in the boundary controversy
but his services were rejected by
the Beaufort authorities, it was said.
A resolution was heard from Plym
outh people, urging the county to
improve the river road from Dar
dens to Plymouth. No definite ac
tion on- the proposition was noted,
County attorney E. S. Peel was
appointed to meet with representa
tives from other eastern counties to
petition the Governor to name a
committee to investigate the claims
of this and other counties to refunds
for money spent 10 or more years
ago in advancing the highway con
struction program. The Governor
was directed by the last legislature
to name a committee, but last re
ports state that this has not been
done. The committee was to have
bten named to find the facts and re
port them to the next legislature.
County Man Sends
Derby To A1 Smith
Learning that A1 Smith had lost
his brown derby and could find
nothing but a high hat handed
down by Park Avenue to replace
it. Citizen John W Hines, of Oak
City, turned to his own wardrobe,
resurrected the top p*ece that was
so popular back in 1928 and so
proudly worn by him at that time,
and sent the derby to the former
New York governor by parcel post
Mr. Hines said he could never a
gain conscientiously wear a brown
derby or any other color derby
again after the way the old and
greatly over-rated warrior acted
and entered the camp of the enemy
The top piece was well kept by
Mr. Hines and it is still a good hat.
but the owner released it well
knowing that A1 Smith, the brand
ed traitor of his party, needs it
worse than he does.
The little incident expresses well
the sentiment of about 99.44 per
cent of the people in this county
and section.
January Health Report
Carries Only Four Cases
Only four cases of contagious dis
eases were reported in this county
last month, but while the report of
contagious diseases reflected splen
did health conditions, there was
much sickness, doctors explaining
that there is more influenza and
pneumonia now than at any time
in several years.
The report showed there were
two cases of scarlet fever, one of
whooping cough, and one of diph
Dr. C. J. Sawyer Postpones
Trip To Vienna Until May
Or. Charles J. Sawyer, local eye,
ear, nose and throat specialist, who
had planned to leave this month tor
Vienna, Austria, tor a special study
course, will not sail until early in
May. The doctor waa advised by
cablegram a tow days ago that the
course had bean postponed until

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