THE ENTERPRISE MtwIIimi WU1 Find Out C?i ?uu a Latchkey U Oyer 1,*M ??Ma ?* Martin County, VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 25 Williamston. Martin County. North Carolina. Friday, March 27.1936 ESTABLISHED 1899 MARTIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ADJOURNSTODAY Fdw Cases Cleared From Calendar During Last Week of Session The March term of Martin Coun ty Superior court was adjourned to day after clearing just a few cases from a crowded docket since Wed nesday of last week. Apparently the court just could not get going for one reason or another. Two or three important cases were contin ued for plaintiff counsel, and con siderable time was given to the trial of one case. Only four cases have been re moved from the docket since Mon day, and the court continued until late yesterday completing the last one. Resuming its work Monday aft ernoon. the court handled two cases before ordering a recess Tuesday afternoon, much time having been spent handling the case of the At lantic Joint Stock Land Bank and H. C. Roberson against L. D. Hardi son and others. The contraversy centered around the location of a' boundary laid along a swamp, and the defendants claimed the swamp extended to that point where the high waters redched. There was a difference of 11 or more acres, the court deciding in favor of the plain tiffs. Calling the ease of T. W. Holliday against George W. Mizelle, the court listened to the evidence for about three hours and called a halt. The differences were settled amicably out of court. Neighbor Holliday asked damages claimed to have re sulted when the defendant's stock ran at large. Proceedings not previously re ported are: The case of R. E. Williams against J. W. Eubanks was ordered off the docket when it vyas shown a settle ment had been reached outside the court. Plaintiff Williams was di rected to pay the cost of the action. Calling the case of C. M. Minton, Bertie County man, against the Farmville-Woodward Lumber Com pany Wednesday morning, the court worked on the case until yesterday afternoon about IT o'clock, when it was turned over to the jury. With the exception of about an hour for supper, the jury argued the case until nearly 10 o'clock before find ing a verdict favoring the plaintiff. The controversy started when Min ton took an option on timber rights belonging to Frank Barber and the timber was later sold to the Farm ville-Woodward company. Counsel for the defense asked the right to argue that the verdict be dismissed or set aside this morning at 10 o'clock. County Red Cross Chapter Raises $45 For Flood Victims No Drive for Donations To Be Made Chairman H. A. Biggs Said Today The crying appeals of thousands of flood sufferers in twelve or more states have been heard by compara tively few people in this section, according to Harry A. Biggs, chair man of the Martin County chapter of the Red Cross. Twelve contri butor* had responded to the pitiful call up "until this morning, donat ing $45.25. No doubt, other con tributions will follow shortly, but right now it is apparent that this chapter is not measuring up to the situation both as to the needs of the sufferers and the ability to give. No drive for donations has been mad* and none will be considered, Mr. Biggs said today Donations are acknowledged, as follows: Albert Perry, W. C. Manning, Mrs. Erah Cobb, Mrs. J. G. Staton, Mrs. A. R. Dunning and C. O. Moore, $5 each; B. S. Courtney, $3; Mrs E. P. Cunningham, $1; Mrs. Fannie S. Biggs, $1; Methodist Sun day School, $?; Leman Bamhili, $1; others, 25 cents. Rehabilitation work in the flood swept areas will continue for sev eral months, and late reports indi cate that a greater damage than was first estimated has been found. Machine Shop Opens for Business Here This Week The Williamston Machine Works, Williamston's newest enterprise, opened for business in its new build lng on Haughton Street, extended, just in front of the Planters Ware house this week. The shop, equip ped with modern machinery and employing experienced mechanics, is prepared to handle all classes of repair work for farm or factory. Early Morning Fire Damages Robersonville Business Places Fire of undetermined origin swept the David Grimes Drug Store in Robersonville this morning about 3:30 o'clock, causoing a damage of several thousand dollars. A few minutes after the alarm was sound-' ed calling Roberaonville's volun teer firemen, to the Grimes' store. Are was discovered in the general mercantile store of C. T. Smith just a few doors away. The Smith Are was brought un der control by the use of chemicals, but it was reported hose lines con nected with the town's water sys tem were necessary to check the Grime* Are. While the origin of the Ares could not be deAnitely de termined, it is possible that spon taneous combustion was the cause. Damage to the Grimes building was estimated at ) 1,000, and the loss to the stock, mostly in the drug department at the rear of the store, was believed to be in excess of $3,000. Damage to the Smith build ing will hardly exceed $30, but the stock was considerably damaged by smoke, it was said. Robersonville's Aremen were re ported to have handled well the as signment given them at the early morning hour. Voluntary Control for Tobacco Is Abandoned ? SEED LOANS - Around 75 applications for seed and feed loans have been filed by farmers In this county at the office here so far, It was learned yesterday. The applications ask for an averafe of $103 each. Many applications havp been approved by the county commit tee, and the papers have been forwarded to Washington, but no checks have been received and none Is likely to reach here within a week or more. No closing dale, after which applications for will not be ac ceptable by the county office, has been mentioned. It Is be lieved, however, that most of the applications will have been filed before April 15. Plans Go Forward For Union Church Meeting In April Week-day Services Will Be Held In Watts Theatre Week After Next Plans for the union church meet ing to be held in the Roanoke Dixie Warehouse here are going forward rapidly, it was announced today, and large crowds ure expect ed for the services beginning Sun day night, April 6. The old question as to whether or not we have enough preaching is still open to debate in some Btinds, yet there are many people who do not attend church. The churches of Williamston feel it their duty to extend their friendship to all people whether they are affiliat ed with any denomination or not, and they have arranged to hold these special spiritual, friendly and good will services during the East er season. On each week day and in .add-on to t^e regular program at the tabernacle, brief services will be held in the Watts theatre during the first week. The general program for the second week fol lowing Easter Sunday will be an nounced later. There will be no high-powered evangelist in the meeting. The preachers of the town, those who visit yoO when you are sick, pray for you at all times and sympathize with you at death, will do the preaching. An urgent invitation goes out to everyone to attend the services and reap the benefits that true Christian cooperation brings to a town and community and the people therein. Annual Senior Class Play Here Friday Next Week Memberi of the (enior class of the local high school have begun night ly practices on their annual play, which ia scheduled for presentation Friday, April 3, at 8 p. m. The play chosen for this year is a comedy entitled, "For Pete's Sake," and in cludes a cast of twelve characters, rfiss Annie S. VanDyke and Miss Imogene Riddick are directing the rehearsals. TV A Phosphate Being Used in Alamance Thoee using the TV A phosphate in Alamance County for demon stration purposes are adding from two to Ave pounds of lime with each pound of the phosphate. e There are 58 selected farms in Buncombe County under the new farm management demonstrations being conducted cooperatively by the Extension Service and the TV A. South Carolina and Virginia Refuse To Cooj>erate in Plan House Committee Agrees Agrees on Measure To Provide Compacts While the plan for a voluntary control program for tobacco was abandoned yesterday, there is still some hope of handling the situation, according to reports coming from Washington today. Governor Eh ringhaus' voluntary plan petered out yesterday when Virginia and South Carolina failed to send rep resentatives to Raleigh to start the movement. Apparently the two states refused to play ball with this state because North Carolina failed to play ball with them several weeks ago. Decision to abandon, temporarly at least, the voluntary sign-up cam paign begun in the state this week came after a long conference of the growers' central steering committee with Governor Ehringhaus and Com misaioner of Agriculture William A. Graham in Raleigh Thursday. As the committee turned to the soil conservation program hope was held out that state compucts would be obtained to further the acreage reduction program. The House of Representatives committee on agriculture yesterday agreed on a tobacco compact bill in a form which, in the opinion of the members of the North Carolina del egation, other interested Congress men and officials of the Depart ment of Agriculture, will permit ef fective control of the 1936 flue-cured tobacco crop. While threshing out all differences the committee did not report the bill Although prepared to do so, at the request of Representative Harold D. Cooley, a member of the committee, another meeting of the committee was called for this morning. Peanut Market Is Unusually Weak With the market unusually wealk, peanuts are reported to be moving very slowly in this county at the present time, despite the fact that about 18 or 20 per cent of the crop remains unsold in the country. The average price is ranging around 2 3-4 cents, with the very best grades commanding barely 2 7-8 cents a pound. For nearly two months, many farmers were unable to move their crops over the bad roads and the price ranged around 3 cents during that time. Now that traffic on the secondary roads is beginning to move with some ease the market shows weakness. Reports from local buyers yester day indicated that very few pea nuts were being offered for sale at the present price. Three Carloads Soy Beans Shipped Here This Week Three carloads of soybeans are moving this week from this point to markets In the Midwest, the beans selling for about 75 cents a bushel, f. o. b. Williamston. The shipments this week constitute a greater por tion of the large-scale sales, a few fanners selling a truckload now and then for seed. It wasn't so long sgo that this county found It necessary to Im port seed for its bean crop, and, while its commercial production is somewhat limited, the trend is for larger surpluses annually. JOS. B. CHERRY IS STRUCK BY AUTO; SERIOUSLY HURT 72-Year-Old Business Man And Farmer Expected To Recover Joseph B. Cherry, 72-year-old farmer and business man, was bad ly injured when struck by a car in front of his home a short distance from here on the Hamilton road at 7:45 o'clock Wednesday evening. He suffered a broken arm just above the left wrist, a possible concussion of the brain and severe bruises on other parts of his body. Following an examination and Arst-aid treat ment of his injuries by Dr. W. F. Evans here. Mr. Cherry was re moved to a Washington hospital, where he is expected to recover if complications do not develop. He was reported to be getting a long very well today. Herbert Purvis, colored man liv ing on Robert Everett's farm, about 6 miles from here, was driving the Ford car that struck Mr. Cherry. Following an investigation by Pa trolman Hunt and other officers, Purvis was exonerated of blame for the near tragedy. Mr. Cherry was said to have been going from his home to that of a neighbor acros sthe road. He was almost across the road, it is be lieved, before he saw the car and started to turn back. Purvis, who was coming into Williamston, pulled to his left in an effort to run around the man, but Mr. Cherry continued uncertain of his direction and kept directly in the path of the car, it was said. Purvis Anally stopped his car in a ditch on the left side of the road, but he was not hurt and the car wus not damaged very much. FORMER CITIZEN! OF TOWN DIES IN FENDER COUNTY WrJ DWard Passcs at Home| Of Brother; Death Was Unexpected town J' ? resident this own for a number of years, died hist Saturday at. the home of his brother, A. D Ward, in Pender County. Apoplexy was given as the cause of his death. Funeral services were held in Rocky Mount Sunday afternoon by Rev. J. M. Kincheloe pastor of the Baptist church there Interment was in the Rocky Mount cemetery beside his wife. Mr. Ward was born in Gates Coun ly 74 years ago. About 1890 he lo bar H Wll''amstoh, operating a bar, drug store, and later a horse land mule exchange Soon after the World War he sold his business and rny ?id,ngs here ?"d -?d Rocky Mount, where he lived While he Un,i' his deat" While he had been in failing health for some time, Mr. Ward was very active, and had visited here only a few weeks ago, y -BW. Surviving are one sister, Mrs S. B Taylor, of Ocean View, Va. five brothers, Hallett S. Ward, of Wash ington, A. E Ward, o, iunaluska James Ward, of Wallace; Z. L Ward' M Peterstown, W. Va.; A. D Ward of Pender; three daughters, Mrs' James R Davis, of Belhaven; Mrs George V. Wilson, of New York City; and Mrs Albert B. Lisle, of, Dr?rN b'm""1 "nd ?"e StepS?n' r N B Marriner, of Belhaven. Baseball Directors To Meet Tonight Directors of the local baseball meet fan* "re ?fbeduled to meet this evening at 7:30 o'clock in the office of President L. T. Fowden to discuss important business in con nection with operating the Martins! this coming season. Committee as foments wiUbem.de at the meet ing, and several other matters will ? -i Arrangements are going forward for signing players, but no contracts have been officially announced Manager Walker, now busy with coaching duties at Elon College is expected to round up his players within the next week or two, how ever. w Truck Load of Flour Scattered 'Over Road A considerable amount of flour was lost last Tuesday evening, when a large truck turned over between Everetta and Robersonville. No one was hurt, and the truck was not damaged very much, reports reach ing here stated. Soil Conservation Program Will Be Outlined To County Farmers At Meeting Tomorrow Afternoon All Dogs in County Must Be Vaccinated Against Rabies Arrangements are under way to vaccinate between four and five thousand dogs in this county during the early part of next month. Sher iff C. B. Roebuck, who heads the work, said this morning. The cam paign is the second planned under a state-wide law to control the spread of rabies. The vaccinations will be handled after the same fash ion followed last year, with pos-. sibly a few minor changes. Since the vaccinations were giv en last June and July, no mad dogs have been reported in this county. Sheriff C. B. Roebuck said. Very little trouble was experienced in handing the huge task last summer, and it is likely the campaign will btj carried to completion this year with even greater ease. The sher iff had difficulty in getting sufficient serum to complete the vaccinations in 1935, but orders are already pend ing for an adequate supply to meet the needs this year. Dog owners are required to pay 50 cents for the vaccinations, but they are given credit for that amount on county taxes. Last year several hundred dogs were added to the property lists, but a complete financial report on the vaccination activities has not been made avail able. Commissioners Favor Present Liquor Set-Up Wet Counties Will' Fight Any Effort To Have Law Changed Formation of Bloc Favored At Meeting Held in Greenville Meeting in Greenville last Wednes day, commissioners from a number of the 17 wet counties trained their guns against any change in the. present set-up under which legal liquor is handled. While the au- j thorities from these counties are not taking the part of the aggressor in bringing the matter before the law makers, it is understood they are preparing a strong front to defend the present system and head off any attempt to switch revenue from the several counties to the state treas ury. Should a special session of the General Assembly be called by the governor, and an attempt is made to alter the liquor laws, the 17 coun ties, or most of them, will form a bloc and be in readiness to oppose a change in the laws. Details and plans of the organi zation formed to oppose a change in the laws could not be learned here. There is a general movement to j wipe out the present control sys tem and substitute for it one of a state-wide nature, still leaving the liquor question for the voters of the several counties to decide. The change, proposed by some, would bring the liquor problem under stale control and divide the profits among the state, counties and towns where stores are operated. It is possible that the liquor ques tion would not be brought to the front if a special session of the as sembly is called, but it is certain there will be a showdown sooner or later. Commissioners R. L. Perry and V. G. Taylor attended the meeting from this county. More Peanut Benefit Cheeks Arrive Here Another batch of peanut benefit rhecki are ready for distribution mong Martin County farmers, the office of the county agent starting 326 notices out to the owners di rect. So far, 506 checks, amounting to $37,241.88, have been received for distribution in this county to those farmers participating in the peanut control movement last year. It is estimated that 90 checks rep resenting an unpaid total of about $4,670.37, are due farmers in this county. These payments this week had not been approved in Wash ington, but action is expected short ly. a Farm Bureau Membership Running Into Thousands On March 0, 1,443 farmers of 17 eastern Carolina counties had of ficially Joined the Farm Bureau Federation; 4,169 others had been enrolled but not reported officially to the headquarters at Qreenville, and; 17,207 men in 28 counties were listed as possible members. POULTRY CAR The third and last poultry shipment of th eseason will be made cooperatively by farmers in this county next week. While no record shipment is expected, County Agent Hrandon believes the farmers will load one car. Prices for the mosb part are equally as high as they were two or three weeks ago, despite a weakening market. The car will make its first stop in Jamesville next Wednes day, and will be in Wllllamston Thursday, April 2; Kobersonville April 3, and flak City on April 4th. Roanoke Receding After Reaching 14 Feet Mark Here Not Expected To Be Back Within Banks Before Next Week Reaching a crest of 14 feet here Wednesday, the Roanoke River start ed falling late that afternoon at this point, but the stream is receding very slowly, according to Hugh Spruill, keeper of the weather sta tion. During the first eighteen hours after the crest was reached the riv er fell only 3 inches. Mr. Spruill believes that it will be the middle or latter part of next week before the stream returns to within its banks. Up until this morning, the water had fallen about 12 inches. As far as it could be learned to day, there are no prospects for an other freshet to follow immediately this, the fourth one so far this year. The river fell short by almost a foot the high point reached during the freshet of a few weeks back. No great property loss has resulted in this territory, but lumbering activi ties and mills have been forced to close down much of the time this year. Peanut Picking About Over for Last Season Expericing an interruption caused by snow and rain during January, February and a part of March, farm ers in this county a few days ago finally finished picking their pea nuts. The late pickifigs established records never before equalled in this section. Those peanuts placed in large stacks are said to have weathered the severe winter unusually well, but those in small stacks were dam aged considerably, reports state. Lose Interest in Raiding Stills Alter Seeing Bear Raiding a liquor manufacturing plant along the border of Jamesville and Griffins Township Wednesday, Officers J. H. Roebuck and Roy Peel saw an unusually large bear, the animal going one way and Joe and Roy going the other. They got the still, a small steam outfit, and two barrels of beers, but that was before they saw the bear. The plant was cold and no arrests were made. Speaker From State Extension Division To Address Meeting Probable Rate of Benefit To Be Paid for Soil Conservation The Federal government's soil conservation program will be ex plained in detail at a mass meeting of farmers to be held in the court house here tomorrow afternoon at 2 30 o'clock. County Agent T. B. Brandon announced this morning. Voluntary control plans for the 1930 tobacco acreage and production will hardly be considered, as the pro gram was abandoned yesterday. There is nothing compulsory at all about either the soil conserva tion program or the tobacco control plans, it was explained. The meet ing will deal with the plans formu lated by the government to aid ag riculture, and will leave the fate of the farmers to their own volun tary action. A special representative? of the North Carolina extension di vision will explain the programs, .and the meeting affords splendid op portunity for all farmers to get ac quainted with the plans designed to aid agriculture. Returning lute Tuesday from Ra leigh, Messrs. T. 13. Slade and Tom Brandon unhesitatingly stated that the individual farmer will no doubt find participation in the soil con servation program very profitable. It was their belief that every farm er, regard ess of the action of others, would do well to participate in the soil conservation program. While the rate of benefits has not been officially announced, it is gen erally understood that farmers par lieiputing in the program will re ceive not less than 5 cents a pound on tobacco, 5 or (> cents a pound on cotton and about 1 1-4 or 1 12 cents a pound on peanuts taken out of production. For instance, a farmer who has nine acres of tobacco as his base will probably curtail his production one-third. If his base poundage is 900 pounds to the acre, then he will receive $45 an acre, or $135 for the three acres taken out of tobacco production. To qualify for the payment, the farmer must plant ut least 20 per cent, or 1.8 acres of the three taken out of pro duction to soil-conserving or soil building crops. The main feature of the program is that the farmer will get that amount, whether tobacco sells for 5 cents or 10 cents a pound. Now, as for market prices next fall, the control feature enters into the picture i na large-way. An 80 per cent control, be it voluntary or compulsory, is expected to hold up prices. If the control feature is adopted, and there certainly is need for such a step, regardless of what Henry Ford and some other great industrialists say, then there is some real hope for the tobacoc farmer. And in addition to that, the farmers will?qualify for the payments un der the soil conservation plan. Aside from the cash income feature, the farmers will be building up their land, a much needed project on a large number of farms in this coun ty at the present time. Several Cases Tried Bv Mavor This Week Several criminal cases were dis posed of in Mayor J. L. Hassell's court here this, week, the business before the trial justice being of lit tle consequence. William Brown, colored, was sen tenced to the roads for thirty days on a trespass charge. Brown, 17 years old, was seen on the prem ises of Mrs. Myrtle Harris on Haugh ton Street, and a ham was missed from the pantry. Proof that Brown stole the ham could not be estab lished, however. James S. Barnes and Phillip Barnes, both colored, were before the court on disorderly charges. James was released upon payment of the cost, and the other one was Oned $2 50 and taxed with the cost. Robert Edmondson and Henry Thomas, young white boys, pleaded guilty of stealing two hams and a shoulder from Farmer William Whit ley, near here, and the case was sent to the county court. Unable to raise bond in the sum of )50 the two boya went to jail.