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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 21 ? Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina. Friday, March 13, 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
Convenes Monday, With
Judge Moore Presiding;
Lasts Two Weeks
H?e March term of the Martin
County Superior Court convenes
next Monday for the trial of crimi
nal and civil cases during two
weeks. Judge Clayton Moore is
scheduled to preside the first week,
af& Judge W. C. Harris will occupy
the bench the following week.
While the criminal docket carries
a comparatively small number of
cases?about 19?several of them
are considered of more than ordi
nary importance and it is believed
more than two days will be required
to handle those cases.
The old Ollie Page manslaughter
case, shamefully neglected by the
courts for more than a year, con
tinues on the docket in big letters,
relatives of Marshall Andrews and
John Leavister, the two boys killed
in the wreck, patiently waiting for
justice to take its course. Negli
gence on the part of Page was prov
en in a civil suit brought against
Lloyd Corey, owner of the truck
which Page, a colored man, was
driving when the accident costing
two lives occurred near Roberson
ville on the evening of September
6, 1934. The verdict, declared ri
diculous in the civil action, was set
aajde by Judge Clayton Moore, and
the civil case is scheduled for trial
during the term, there being some
doubt as to whether the criminal
case will be tried next week.
Joe Law son, Bethel white man,
convicted in the last June court
when Judge Parker occupied the
bench, goes on trial in the case
charging him with manslaughter.
Johnnie Williams, joint defendant in
the case growing out of the sudden
death of little Peggy Hardison last
November a year ago, was sentenced
to the roads for not less than 18
months nor more than three years.
He did not appeal, but was paroled
after serving a few months in pris
on. Lawson, sentenced to prison for
not less than two nor more than
four years, appealed to the supreme
court and was granted a new trial,
and the case is scheduled for next
Ben Scott, Williamston colored
man, was bound over at a hearing
Wednesday morning for trial next
week in connection with the murder
of Henry Lanier on February 17.
Willie J. Melton, young colored boy,
was also ordered held for trial in
connection with the case.
Other cases on the docket are as
Norman Jonea, charged with vio
lating the liquor lawi, it absent
from the state, and his case will
hardly be cleared from the docket
in the immediate future.
Isaac Ampey is up again and will
face trial next week for alleged
housebreaking and larceny.
Tom Rogers faces a housebreak
ing and larceny charge.
H. A. Johnson, jr., is charged with
Lorenzo White, young white boy,
is charged with larceny and receiv
Marion Hodges, Beaufort man, is
charged with an assault with intent
to kill Heber Cox at the Old Mill
Inn last December.
Kincher Rawls faces a seduction
Annie Mack Teel, charged with
stealing *100 from J. W. Bailey,
Robersonville merchant, is slated
for trial
John Moore is charged with break
ing and entering and larceny.
Wiley Phelps, charged with an
assault with a deadly weapon, ap
pealed from the recorder's court
judgment and faces trial next week.
Bill Gray and Jim S. Godard are
charged with the theft of a hog.
John H. Ellison, charged with sell
ing liquor to a man named Page,
who burned himself to death near
Jamasville last November, faces
trial, he having appealed from a
judgment In county court.
William Hill is charged with
storebreaking and larceny.
C. H. Gardner is charged with the
removal of certain property from
a rented farm without permission.
Delemar Harris faces trial for al
leged drunken automobile driving,
the case going to the high-court on
appeal from judgment of the coun
ty court
Prominent Episcopalian
To Hold Services Here
Dr. W. H. Milton, rector of St.
June* Epiacopel church, Wilming
ton, will arrive in Williamiton Sun
day afternoon to lead a week of
Lenten aervicea at the local Epiaco
pal church. He will preach at the
7:S0 hour Sunday and each night
through Friday. The public la cor
dially invited to attend theae aerv
County Uz-lintcr* will receive
hnal Instructions for hind ling
the Us work* this your at a
?netting to bo bold in the office
of the resistor of deeds here
nest Monday afternoon at t
o'clock. Tax Supervisor and
Commissioner Joshua L. Cot
train will asset with the It list
takers and consider uniform
methods of determining person
al property values and offer oth
er instructions for the men to
follow in handling the work this
No revaluation of real proper
ty will be in order this year ex
cept in cases where there have
been losses or improvements
made. All property will be list
ed as of April I.
No Developments in
Matter of Installing
State Police Radio
Head of Patrol Believes In
stallation Would Pay
Big Dividends
'There have been no recent de
velopments toward the installation
of a state-wide radio patrol system,"
Captain Charles D. Farmer, of the
Highway Patrol, said yesterday. The
captain explained that action rest
ed with the governor.
The head of the highway patrol,
who has made quite a name for
himself in that position and who is
recognized as an efficient and con
servative officer, is certain that the
proposed radio system will save to
car owners a great deal more than
the amount it will cost, not to men
tion the increased efficiency of the
patrol in apprehending hit-and-run
drivers and violators of other high
way laws. Between 3,000 and 4,000
cars are stolen in this state every
year, Captain Farmer explained,
and added that the radio system
would make it possible for the pa
trolmen to recover far more of the
cars or more than enough to offset
I the cost of the system.
Many Farmers At
Program Tuesday
By Local Concern
The John Deere program, spon
sored here last Tuesday by the
Lindsley Ice Company, dealers, at
tracted large numbers of farmers,
considering the rainy weather.
Events included in the program was
a free moving picture at the Watts
that morning and the awarding of
prizes at the plant in the afternoon.
The main feature and the one at
tracting the most attention was a
slippery pole, about 40 feet high,
with two $1 bills tied to the top
and 50 pennies in a bag fastened to
the pole about 25 feet from the
Pole climbers, numbering well
over 50, worked for the prizes, but
the task was not as easy as it ap
peared and one after another failed.
Finally a small colored boy pulled
the pennies down, but the dollar
bills continued to wave in the wind
and it looked as if they were safe.
Tom Rose, lineman for the V. E. St
P. C , using wire around his feet
and with a wire made into a loop
for a handhold, scaled the pole. The
young man, daring as he was, start
ed to turn around just a few feet
from the top, but his audience cheer
ed and Jeered him on. With the
money in his pocket, he started
down, but he found the downward
trip even more difficult than the
going up,as the wires attached to
his feet would not slip very well,
and the pole was too slippery for
him to cut his wire loops loose.
When about 10 feet from the top,
and after hanging to the pole almost
an hour, he called for help, and the
telephone people reached him with
a ladder.
Sewing Products
Attract Attention
Wearing apparel manufactured
by hand in the WPA sewing rooms
in this county attracted much at
tention at a meeting of WPA offic
ials in Elizabeth City this week.
Miss Helen Rhinehart, assistant sup
erviaor of women's work in the
State, was so well pleased with the
quality of the work that she for
warded samples to national head
quarters in Washington for inspec
tion by authorities there.
Within the near future, Mias Ella
Mae Oaylord, who has charge of the
wing projects in this county, plans
to arrange a public exhibition of
the wearing apparel made by the
WPA workers In this county.
Concerted Drive To Begin
Monday, Captain Farmer
Says at Meeting
While hundredi of motorists have
been questioned about their drivers'
licenses during the past several
weeks, a concerted drive will be
made beginning next Monday in
checking the mechanical fitness of
cars and examining operating per
mits of drivers, according to Cap
tain Charlie Farmer, who attended
a meeting of Highway Patrol Troop
A here yesterday. Instructions for
enforcing the new state drivers' li
cense law and handling car inspec
tions were discussed by Captain
Farmer with several of his officers
here yesterday, it is understood.
The drive has been postponed to
allow state highway safety division
officers to clear permits for whioh
applications have been received, and
Arthur P. Fulk, director, said this
work would be completed by today
or tomorrow.
Farmer ordered sergeants to or
ganize inspection groups in their
divisions and designate different
places on the highways for testing
stations to check cars as to their
mechanical fitness to operate over
the highways.
Beginning March 16, any person
applying for operator's or chauf
feur's license for the first time will
be required to demonstrate his abil
ity to operate a vehicle as well as
a knowledge of the rules of the
The highway safety division re
ported this week that licenses of 1,
847 persons had been revoked, while
376 applications have been denied
due to incompetency of the appli
cants to operate vehicles.
Poultry Car Being
Loaded This Week
A second cooperative poultry ship
ment is being loaded in the county
this week, reports from two load
ing stations indicating a larger
poundage than that handled several
weeks ago.
Starting at Jamesville Wednesday
the car received around 2,600 pounds
and at Williamston yesterday the
car handled around 12,000 pounds
of chickens. Loadings are being
made at Robersonville today, and
the last stop is scheduled in Oak
City tomorrow.
County Agent Tom Brandon said
this morning that he did not know
whether another car would be run
in the county this season, but pos
sibly the third loading would be
considered within the next three or
four weeks.
No Fishing From
April 1 To May 10
It shall be unlawful to fish or take
game fish by any means whatso
ever in "inland Ashing waters'' of
North Carolina from April 1 to
May 10 of each year, provided that
shad and herring may be taken
with skim or gill net on Friday
and Saturday of each week from
January 1 to May 1 of each year in
"inland Ashing waters."
This is a ruling of the board meet
ing of January 22 and is the in
structions received here by Game
Warden Bill Abbitt.
Healthy Condition Shown
By Insurance Statement
Represented in this section by Mr.
Paul Bailey, well-known young
man, the Metropolitan Life Insur
ance Company had an unusually
successful business last year, the
statement for the period showing
resources in excess of twenty bil
lion dollars, or more than those of
several small nations combined.
Mr. Bailey explained that his
company wrote on an average of
18,242 life insurance policies each
day last year, clearly showing the
confidence the Arm holds In the
minds of people all over the coun
The company's statement ap
peared in this paper this week.
Work of Street Widening
Will Begin Immediately
Work on widening Williamston's
main street at both ends is expect
ed to get under way at once, or Just
as soon as weather conditions per
mit, according to an unofficial re
port coming from one of the project
engineers here yesterday. Accord
ing to information gained yesterday
work on the project would have
been under way now had weather
condition* been favorable.
Seine fishing on the Roanoke
at Jameaville will hardly get
underway this season before
the middle or Utter part aI
next week, according to infor
mation coming from that town
yesterday. High water was giv
en as the immediate cause for
the delay.
Last year the seines started
operating on March 14. Opera
tors of drift neU are reporting
increased catches almost daily
around Jamesville, some fisher
men takinx as many as ?5 her
ring each trip. No shad have
been Uken from the stream so
far, it was said.
Fishermen at this point are
Uking a few herring from the
stream, but the catches are
made mostly with machines.
Until Last Tuesday in
Is Last Session To Be Held
This Month
Five cases were disposed of in
County Recorder's Court Tuesday,
Judge H. O. Peel announcing that
the next session would not be held
until the last Tuesday in this month
The regular two-weeks term of the
superior court will hold forth dur
ing the next two weeks, beginning
next Monday morning.
Prayer for judgment was con
tinued until March 31 in the cas^
charging Thomas Goodrich with op
erating a car without proper lights.
It was pointed out that the defend
ant was steering a car that was be
ing pushed by another, there aris
ing some doubt as to whether Good
rich was operating the car.
Leggett Roebuck, charged with
drunken automobile driving, was
lined $50 and taxed with the cost.
His license to operate a car was re
voked for one year,
the payment of cost in the case
charging Columbus Baker with op
A. R. Watson, facing a second
drunken driving charge, was fined
$100 and taxed with the cost. His
license to operate a car was revoked
for one year from date.
Judgment was suspended upon
erating a car without a driver's li
Warren Ange was fined $50 and
tuxed with the cost for alleged
drunken driving. His license to
operate a car was revoked for one |
year. \
Machinery Now Being Set
Up To Handle Needs
In This County
Crop seed-feed loans will be a
vailable to farmers in this county
within the next few days, according
to Mr J, D. Wordsworth, field rep
resentative with headquarters in
Williamston, said following his re
turn this week from Columbia, S,
C., where he attended a meeting^
for instructions in advancing the
loans this year. Plans for handling
the loans locally have not been
completed at this time, but ar
rangements are fast taking shape,
and applications will be in order
very shortly, it was stated.
The United States treasury, ac
cording to Governor W. I. Myers
of the farm credit administration,
has advanced $7,000,000 from relief
funds already, and President Koose
velt has said that $30,000,000 will
be made available in all for advanc
ing loans to dependent farmers.
Myers said regulations governing
the loans closely followed those of
former years and would be made
available to farmers in the same
Loans will not exceed $200 to one
farmer. No loans may be made
for purchasing livestock or ma
chinery or for payment of rents,
debts or taxes.
Regulations bmit 1936 loans to
the production, planting, cultivat
ing and harvesting of crops, to
summer following to supplies
where they are necessary for pro
duction of 1936 crops, or to pro
duction of necessary feed for live
The F. C. A. said a survey indi
cated the $30,000,000 fund would
cover 1936 requirements.
Executives of the regional crop
and seed loan administration office
with headquarters in Columbia, S.
C , have said the office is ready to
begin making loans in the Caro
lines, Georgia and Florida upon
word from Washington that an ap
propriation for the purpose had
been approved.
Washington Man Is First
To Announce; Others
Expected Soon
Anouncing his candidacy this
week for the state senate from this,
the second senatorial district, Mr.
T. B. Attmore, Washington man,
opened the political season in this
section. No other candidacies have
been announced for the position,
but several are in the oiling, it is
understood. Attorney Robert L.
Coburn is planning to run again,
and Attorney Carl L. Bailey, of
Plymouth, is understood to be con
sidering entering the race to sue
ceed himself, but neither of them
has officially made public their in
tentions so far.
The names of several other men
have been mentioned in connection
with the senatorial race in this dis
trict, but no announcements have
been released. Reliable reports in
dicate that Tyrrell County might
offer a candidate, but the informa
tion could not be verified.
On the county's political front
quietness reigns supreme, the gen
eral impression being that all the
' present officers plan to announce
their candidacies for reelection, with
possibly one or two exceptions. As
far as it could be learned this week,
no new candidates have publicly
planned to run for office. It is quite
likely that activities in the field will
get underway before time for filing
The candidate announcing for the
senate this week is a member of
the State School commission and is
actively connected with an automo
bile agency in Washington. He
was formerly head of the Pamlico
County schools before moving to
Washington five or six years ago.
School Attendance
Record Very Low
Complete reports were not avail
able this morning, but as far as it
could be learned all of Martin
County's schools are continuing to
operate despite heavy rains and bad
road conditions. Attendance rec
ords were low in all the schools,
but, considering the several handi
caps, more children reported for
work than were expected in several
cases. Williamston had 85 per cent
of its pupils present yesterday, with
probably the lowest records at Farm
Life and Jamesville, where the road
conditions are described as the
worst in the county.
Continued operations through this
week indicate no more holidays will
be considered this term.
Pete Fowden Gets
Rid of Brown Derby
Possessing one of the brown der
bies so popular in the old A1 Smith
days, Postmaster Pete Fowden de
cided to surrender ownership fol
lowing Smith's part in the Flibberty
League program a short time ago,
"but found it difficult to find a re
Mr Fowden finally found a shift
less colored man who knew noth
ing of Smith, and who accepted the
hat for its value alone. The old
man is pleased with the hat, and
Pete's conscience is slightly eased
John W. Hines, the Oak City man
who sent his old derby to Al Smith
in New York, never learned wheth
er or not the hat reached its destina
tion, but he, too, is satisfied since it
is out of his sight.
Barnhill Brothers Extend
Sale Through Next Week
Unable to get workmen to han
dle repair and painting work be
fore the 23rd of this month, Barnhill
Brothers announced today they
would continue their fire smoke sale
through next week. During the re
mainder of the sale, additional re
ductions in prices on ell articles will
be made, it was stated.
Six Cases of Contagious
Disease During February
Six cases of contagious diseases
were reported in this county last
month, but only one out of the six
proved fatal. There were two
chickenpox cases, one each in James
ville and Williams Townships. One
of the cases was described as the
worst ever seen in this section. The
four diphtheria cases wer4 divided
two each in Williams and Jamesville
Townships, one in Jamesville prov
ing fatal to the young son of Mr.
and Mrs. Perlle Barber only a few
days ago.
Patrolmen in District
Meet Here Thursday
I B. & L. SALE
Approximately 2M ihirn of
stock have already been sub
scribed and additional shares
will be boufht before the Mar- -
tin County Buildinc and Loan
Association closes its 38th series
Mr. Wheeler Martin, officer in
the organisation, said yesterday.
The series opened last Saturday
and has met with much success.
Mr. Martin pointing out that it
was not too late to participate
in the series.
Mr. W.M. Kittrell,
Of Robersonville,
Passes Suddenly
Was Manager of W. M.
Scales Tobacco Company
Redrying Plant
Wilber Marvin Kittrell, prominent I
Robersonville man, died in a Rocky
Mount hospital at 4 o'clock this
morning, following an illness of only'
22 hours. Mr. Kittrell, the cause of
his death not yet determined, died
within a few hours after entering
the hospital.
Mr. Kittrell was manager of the
W M. Scales Tobacco Company re
drying plant and principal owner of
the Martin County Transfer Com
pany, with headquarters in Rober
sonville. He moved to this county
from Greenville in 1922, his family
joining him two years later. Dur
ing his stay in Robersonville he
made hundreds of friend and was
recognized as a very useful and
leading citiben. He was 38 years
Besides his wife, he leaves two
daughters, Misses Robin and Ann
Kittrell.. He also leaves his moth
er, Mrs. L L. Kittrell, of Greenville,
and two sisters, Mrs. R. T. Cox, of
Greneville; and Mrs. 1*. Cannon,
of Ayden; and four brothers, Messrs
J. B. and K Kittrell, of Greenville.
L. L. Kittrell, of Mount Airy; and
Linwood Kittrell, of New Jersey.
Funeral services will be conduct
ed at the late home in Robersonville
Sunduy afternoon at 3 o'clock by
Rev. E. C Shoe. Interment will fol
| low in Ayden.
Colored Schools To
Have Tourney Here
Colored high schools in ten coun
ties are planning to send teams to
a district basketball tournament to
be held here March 20 and 21, ac
cording to an announcement made
by E. J. Hayes, principal of the lo
cal school, this week.
Last year a tournament held here
created a greater interest in various
sports and resulted in the forma
tion of u northeastern athletic asso
ciation. Members of the association
include schools in 10 counties as
follows: Washington, Beaufort Coun
ty Training school: Greenville, Co
lumbia, Plymouth, Windsor, Bertie
County Training School, Rocky Mt ,
Bethel, Elizabeth City, Hertford.
Rich Square, Tarboro, Gold Point,
Everetts, Jamesville, Oak City, Hani
ilton,Roper, and Winfall.
? :
Bertie Youth on
Amateur Program
Windsor.?Shirley Todd, harmon
ica artist of the Northeast Carolines,
and winner of more than 30 first
prizes for mastery of the mouth or
gan in past contests, is to broadcast
at 8 o'clock Sunday night, March
15, in New York City, on the Major
Bowes' amateur hour. Raleigh will
be the honor city on the Sunday
evening broadcast.
Todd is known as "the harmonica
artist of East Carolina," and he stat
ed this week that he hoped those
who have already heard him per
form, and others of Eastern Caro
lina, would remember that "votes
count' and thus add to his bid to
national^fame as an artist on this
popular American instrument.
Regin Revival Sunday
At Pentecostal Church
Rev. Mr. Ward, of Newport New*,
assisted by J. G. Crocker, of Pine
Level, will conduct a serie* of re
vival service* in the local Pente
costal Holiness church starting Sun
day, it was announced today.
The public la cordially invited to
attend any or all the services.
Lu|>lain Parmer and
37 of "State's Finest"*
Present for Session
Number Local Men Make
Short Addresses To
Thirty-eight of North Carolina's
highway patrolmen, headed by Cap
tain Charlie Farmer, of Raleigh, and
Lieutenant Lester Jones, of Green
ville. met here yesterday morning
and were later entertained at a bar
bcue dinner at Sunny Side Inn.
Coming here from 33 eastern coun
ties and as far away as Wilmington,
the patrolmen, the State's best, were
welcomed by Sheriff Charles B Roe
buck and Mayor John L. Hassell,
following a short business meeting
held by Captain Farmer and subor
dinate officers in the courthouse.
Several talks were made by local
people, -including Judge Clayton
Moore, Representative H. G. Hor
ton, Senator R. L. Coburn and Edi
tor W. C. Manning. In substance,
all the talks expressed a keen ap
| preciation of the efficient service
I tendered by the highway patrol and
crediting the organization with ere
ating greater safety on the high
All the speakers were of the opin
ion that the patrol was gaining in
public favor by leaps and bounds
and that the organization is receiv
ing and will .continue to receive
greater cooperation on the part of
the safety conscious and the people
of the $tate, as a whole. Judge
Moore said that the patrol was mak
ing progress and urged the mem
bers to use discretion and not listen
to the rabble but conscientiously
and impartially do their duty
Attorney Horton said that he was
glad he had a part in framing and
passing the last legislation enlarg
ing the patrol and creating new re
quirements of drivers. He added
that he was well pleased with the
work-of the oiganization.
Senator Coburn stated that he was
pleased with the work of the patrol
so far, but that legislation having
to do with drivers' licenses had
hardly more than struck the surface
and he predicted additional require
ments of drivers by future legisla
The gathering of the patrolmen
here yesterday, while made lively
by the exchange of friendly greet
ings and discussions of various sub
jects, was the driest reported in this
section in years and years; in fact,
it was bone dry, to be sure.
February Liquor
Sales Are $9,017.65
Martin County liquor store sales
held up unusually well in February,
considering the weather and road
conditions and as compared with
sales of regular busines establish
ments during that month. The four
stores reported sales amounting to
$9,017.65, divided as follows: Wil
liamston, $4,954.40; Hobersonville,
$2,295 55; Oak City, $830; James
ville $937.70.
Board Chairman Spivey said yes
terday that within a month or two,
the county will have'paid for all
its inventory and then be in a posi
tion to start turning over profits to
the general fund So far, the profits
have been used to discount bills, it
was explained. Mr. Spivey said
that inventories now on hand were
the smallest since the stores were
opened last July.
Sheriff Re|x>rts
Record Rainfall
This section has had a right heavy
precipitation so far this year, but
the record rainfall of the year was
r? ported by Sheriff C. B Roebuck
following a liquor still raid in Rob
ersonville Township yesterday.
Accompanied by Deputy Joe
Roebuck, the sheriff had hardly
reached the still before rain start
ed falling. In a hurried search, the
officers found a bucket, hoe, cop
per still cap, worm, and destroyed
a small quantity of beer. Hanging
the bucket on the hoe handle and
the hoe over his shoulder, the sher
iff started walking out of the woods.
When he reached their car, the
bucket was full of water, according
to the claim. The officer went on
to explain that he could not get an
accurate measurement on the rain
fall, since some of the water
"sloshed" out.

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