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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 42 Williamstoa, Martin County. North Carolina. Tuesday. May 26.1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
Home for Three Children
Needed Now, Welfare
Worker Explains
One of the gravest problems con
fronting the Child Welfare Division
of the Martin County Welfare De
partment is that of a licensed board
ing home for children. This home
is needed for children needing tem
porary care during a period of in
vestigation and pe?Ung arrange
menu for their future It is needed
for children who are too old to
adapt institutional life or who are
not eligible for admission to insti
tutions or for placement in foster
homes because of physical defect
They need helpful guidance and
care over a long period of time.
The funds for boarding these chil
dren are drawn from the Mothers
Aid Fund of the state. The board
ing home must be licensed by the
state in order to have advantage of,
this plan. It must meet certain
standards just as do all child-caring I
institutions and mother's aid fam
ilies in the state. The minimum
requiremenU which such a home
must meet to qualify for a license
are as follows:
1. The home must be located pref
erably in the country, small town,
or on the outskirts of a larger town.
No child shall be boarded in a home
in congested section of a city or
1. The home must conform to all
sanitary laws.
S. Moral standards in the home
must be such that there is an as
surance that the best conduct u
4. It U desirable that the home
have both a father and mother in
it so as to give the child a normal
atmosphere. The parents must be
of suitable age and temperament
5. There must be assurance that
adequate and proper diet wibi be
furnished the individual child.
Sleeping quarters and space lor
both indoor and outdoor play must
be safe and adequate.
8. The home must be accessible
for regular attendance in school and
church. , . _
7. No home which conducts room
ing or boarding houses or care for
adults shall be licensed for care of
children. .
8. There should not be more than
four children boarded in the same
home at the same time, unless sis
ters and brother*.
9 The child and foster parents
shall be visited by the probation of.
fleer at least once every six weeks.
Because institutions are so crowd
ed and the waiting bits are long it
is necessary to make some other
pUnlTchlldren who do not have
homes, who have suffered the loss
of parents, and relatives are not
able to care for them. The w?r**
can place their application with the
institution and wait for an accept
ance. Meanwhile, some temporary
arrangement must be made for him
Miss Owens says that in some eoun
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ties such children are placed tan
porarily in the county home. She
is anxious to have a licensed board
ing home in this county, however,
to avoid placing children tn the
county home. It will prove a more
normal and wholesome plan for
them. This gives the child a chance
to begin life over in a new environ
ment of a real home and happy, hu
man relationships where they have
,n opportunity otherwise denied
them of a normal development to
adulthood. There are three chil
dren. two boys and a girl, who need
attention now until inrtitqtonal
ere or adoption may be obtained.
Is Held for Court
On Serious Charge
Harold Lee, charged with attempt
ed assault and a tempted rape, was
bound over to the next term ot
Martin County Superior Court for
trial without the privilege of bond
at a hearing held before Justice J.
L Hassell here last Saturday after
noon. Lee, Norfolk man who was
working est a composition floor, in
the courthouse here preceding his
arrest last Wednesday night, plead
ed not guilty through his attorney,
B. A Critcher, but little or no evi
dence was offered by the defense to
substantiate the ptaa. The several
little girb who wore the near vic
tims of the man were not called to
?Bar aviisaee at the has ring, the
attorney stating that he
lestkmiug until the
case reached the higher courts.
Lee. alleged to have been friend
ly with several small children while
to Greenville, where he will
the June tarn of Martin
County Superior Court convening
Graduating Exercises Friday
Night Here; Seawell Speaker
rommrnrcmmt exercise; in tlir
local school got,Underway last Sun
day morning, when Rev. R. R.
Grant, pastor of the local Methodist
church, preached the annual sermon
in the high school auditorium to a
large congregation, the members of
the senior class attending in a body.
The next event on the finals pro
gram will be held tomorrow evening
at 8 o'clock, when the seniors hold
their class day exercises, featuring
the valedictory address by Ben Man
ning, top-ranking scholar, and salu
tatory address by Miss Mar<e Grif
fin, holder of second high scholastic
honors. The exercises in the audi
torium will be followed by a band
concert in the gymnasium at 9 o'-|
Interest in the finals program will
center in the graduating exercise*
next Friday evening at S o'clock,
when North Carolina's attorney
general, A. A. F. Seawell. delivers
the commencement address. He
will be introduced by Judge Clay
ton Moore. Diplomas ana certifi
cates will be awarded to the 31 grad
uates, 11 boys and 20 girls. Certifi
cates will also be awarded to SO
girls and boys completing work in
the seventh grade.
Winers of special awards will be
announced and the Goodmpn cup
for best athlete, Sarah Manning
valedictorian and home economics
cups, woman's club civic cup and
Junior Order attendance and schol
arship cup will te awarded at that
Farmers Rush To Join
Up With Soil Program
The proposed agricultural
building project for this coun
ty hat been temporarily delayed
according to information re
ceived here a few days ago
from the Works Progress Ad
ministration headquarters in
Elisabeth City. The project has
been approved, but sufficient
funds are not available to care
for the project, it was learned.
According to the report, the
project has been placed first on
the list for consideration Just
as soon as an adidtional appro
priation of funds is made by
Congress, it is understood
-An option on the lot has been
renewed, and arrangements for
the construction of the building
are complete and awaiting funds
officials said.
Farm Life School
School Finals To
Be Held Friday
Professor J. L. Memory To|
Deliver Main Address
Friday Morning
The Farm Life school finals this
year' will be centered in one pro
gram on account of the new build
ing there, Principal C. B. Martin
announced yesterday. No formal
class exercises or plays will be
staged by the school, as has been
the custom in recent years.
Considerable _ interest, however,
will attend the one-day program on
next Friday, when Professor Jasper
L. Memory, jr., of Wake Forest Col
lege, delivers the commencement ad
dress at 11 o'clock, followed by?a
plcnlc dinner at noon and a decla
mation contest at 2 in the after-1
noon. The last event on the pro
gram is a ball game at 4 in the aft-1
Professor Memory is no stranger
in this section, as he visited the
high school during a number of
years as state Inspector. He has
also addressed graduating classes in
the county prior to this year.
Farm Life, after experiencing |
many handicaps caused by unfav
orable weather and the bad condi
tion of the roads the early part of
the year, is closing a very successful
term. Six boys and two girls, a
rather unusual proportion, are be
ing graduated Friday with 16 young'
boys and girls making their way|
into the high school from the se
enth grade to take their places four |
years from now.
Officers Raid Still in
Bear Grass Section
?.Officers Roebuck and Roebuck,
raiding in Bear Grass Township last
Tuesday, wrecked a liquor plant, de
straying the equipment and turn
ing out approximately 390 gallons
of beer. The operator was just brick
ing up the plant, but escaped just
before the officers reached the scene.
While county officers have been
handling the raids on illicit liquor
manufacturers in this county, offi
cers of the Federal government have
been active in adjoining territory
This week two men, Leamon Roe
buck, white, and Fred Jones, col
ored, were brought here from Ber
tie for hearing in cases charging
thssn with violating the liquor tax
laws. Roebuck was released under
a $900 bonds, and Jones went his
way under bond in the sum of $200
Dry Weather Adds
Impetus To Drive;
But Few Days Left
Eighty Percent of Tobacco
Acreage Included In
Sign-up To Date
The prospects for a short tobacco
crop and no immediate relief in
sight for the dry season are caus
ing a marked rush of farmers to
participate In the government's
soil conservation program. More
than 200 farmers prepared work
sheets during the past .few days,
bringing in several hundred acrea,
according to reports coming from
the office of the county agent this
All the townships are pretty well
signed, Assistant Agent M. L. Barrlps
I said, with the possible exception of
Goose Nest, where quite a few large
scale farmers have not yet consid
ered participating in the program.
Large-scale farmers in nearly every
?one of the other nine districts have
signed to a man, it is understood.
No accurate report on the partic
ipation program is available just
now, but authentic estimates place
the acreage included in the pro
gram at about 80 per cent, with
the number of participating farmers
standing at about 1,000.
During the last week work sheets
were prepared as follows: James
ville 3; Griffins 21; Bear Grass 2;
Goose Nest 25; Cross Roads and
Robersonvllle 106; Hamilton 25;
Williamston 50. No report was
available for Williams.
| Saturday of this week is the clos
ing date for filing work sheets, and
if no rain falls between now and
then it is believed the participation
percentage will move up t<X'nearly
the-100 point. _ _
Work in the district* has been
; discontinued, and farmers desiring
to participate in the program are
| directed to the county office in the
Traffic Observance
To Be Noted Here
Beginning shortly, The Enterprise
plans to note traffic observance by
motorists and recognize at least ope
case weekly. Recognition will be
made by license numbers, the own
er or driver of the vehicle cited to
receive a minor gift when certain
rules are observed.
Numerous traffic violations, local
tnd foreigners - being -guilty- aUk*r
are noticed on the streets here every
day, but the offenders continue on
their way breaking the laws as they
'come to them. Mayor Hassell pub
licly explaiend this week that he
was ready and waiting to try all
traffic violators just as fast as the
local police carry them before him.
An observation of traffic on one
of the secondary streets here was
made recently at intervals. Ninety
nine drivers entered an Intersection
over a "stop" sign without stopping,
the one remaining of the hundred
Counted, stopping in accordance
with the dictates of the sign. His
name was Wm. Chase. Probably
and very likely others observed the
traffic regulations and did stop at
! the particular intersection where
j the observation was made, but not
while the count was in progress
Plan 20 Mile Rural Line
For Orange County Farms
Twenty miles of rursl electric
lines are being considered in
Orange County with 47 farmers on
the new lines pledging themselves
to use electric refrigerators.
Martins and Greenies Play
Exhibition Game Here
Friday Afternoon
Williamston's baseball club start
ed lining up its torces this week (or
action in the Coastal Plain League
this season. Manager D. C. "Pea
head" Walker and nine of his boys
showing up yesterday to start the
works moving. In a preliminary
practice yesterday,-.ihe players re
porting showed up well, and again
today the team is getting acquaint
ed in the lot out on the high school
Next Thursday afternoon,, the
Martins will feel out the ice in an
exhibition game with flew Bern at
New Bern Friday they meet Green
ville here and go to Snow Hill on
Saturday. Completing the exhibi
tion work at Greenville Sunday, the
Martins return home to make ready
for the scheduled season opener with
Tarboro on Tuesday. The big day
here will be Wednesday, June 3,
when the team plays the first regu
lar game on the home lot. Stores
are closing that afternoon, and a
record crowd is expected for the
Players already on the home
grounds are Fred Walters, catcher
who showed up strong in batting
practice yesterday. He is from
Laurel, Miss. Dannis Punjals, of
Cuba, pitcher; Charles Armstrong,
pitcher from Jackson, Miss.; "Slim"
Gardner, Jamesville tobacco farmer
pitcher and pinch-hiter extraordi
nary; Ted Griffin, outfielder from
Guilford College; Harvey Black,
outfielder from Catawba College;
Tate, pitcher on Goldsboro team last
season; W. J. Archer, jr., infielder
from Portsmouth, Va ; Dick Cherry,
Everetts pitcher; and "Hack" Gay
lord,, Jamesville outfielder. Other
members of the team will report to
day, or just as son as commence,
"menu In the various colleges are
completed. Most of the team per
sonnel is stopping in the home of
Miss Martha Anderson.
Anticipating a successful season,
the grandstand owners, the Masses
Lilley Brothers, are increasing the
seating capacity of the grandstand
considerably and additional seats
age being constructed along the
sidelines. The grandstand will,
when completed tomorrow evening,
accommodate approximately 75U
people. Mr. Dawson Lilley said, and
the bleachers will seat several hun
dred more.
Seven Fires Have Been Re
ported In County So
Far This Season
Fires believed to have been gtart
ed intentionally in some cases, and
a result of carle6slcss in others, con
tinue to sweep forest areas in sec
tions of this county. None has
reached serious proportions so far,
but County Warden Henry Hardi
son points out that considerable
damage can be expected if a greater
care is not exercised in protecting
wooded areas against Are.
The forest conservation forces, or
ganized in this county only a few
months ago, are meeting with one
test after another. Splendid coop
eration has been given, and the dis
trict wardens have effected a valu-;
able work in limiting the Are de
Reporting the Are that swept sev
eral hundred acres of valuable tim
ber land in Williams Township and
threatened the home of Commit
sioner Joshua L. Coltrain last Fri
day, Warden Hardison said that a
damage of approximately $5,000 re
Fire raged through the timber
lands of Fanner John Daniel Biggs,
near here, Sunday afternoon, but
the burned area was not large. No
estimate of the damage is available.
The reports show that the main
loss caused by forest Ares was cen
tered in the upper part of the coun
ty or in the Hassell area. How
ever, several other Ares have been
reported in various districts of the
county, and in one or two cai
there were two distinct Ares in a
single district. Warden Rawls re
ported two during the week-end,
but he handled them unusually
well, the county warden said.
When questioned about prosecu
tions, County Warden Hardison said
that investigations would probably
be made to determine, if possible,
the origin of the Ares, but he ex
plained that the service was created
mainly to protect timber and prop
erty by making the general public
conscious of the great damage done
Drought Has Definitely Reached
Serious Proportions in County;
Growers of Tobacco Hit Hardest
Homecoming Day Program
For Local Baptists Sunday
Observing home-coming day next
Sunday, the local Baptist church is
making preparations to entertain
large numbers of visitors, including
old members who have moved to
distant parts of the state. "We are
expecting a day of great pU^rest to
the membership of the 'Memorial
Baptist church. We are inviting
everybody, present and former
members, to meet with us for re
dedication to our 'high calling in
Christ Jesus,* ?* Rev. James 11. Smith
pastor, said this morning.
Rev. ChaTfcs H/ Dickey, former
pastor of the church and who noto
is connected with the State Baptist
convention with headquarters in
Raleigh, will preach at the 11 o'
clock hoyr. At the evening hour,
Rev. William R.\Burrell, beloved
pastor of the church here for a
number of years and who is now
in the ministry at Asheville, will
preach. I^arge congregations are
expected to hear these two men,
and participate in the "program.
Primary Sets Record
Estimated Over 400
New Names Put on
Books in 3 Weeks
Williamston Precinct Adds
Nearly 150 New Names
To Voting List
An unusually large registration
for the coming primary was report
ed in nearly every one of the pre
cincts in the county following the
closing of the books last Saturday.
The registration varied from 10 in
Williams precinct, one of the small
est, to 150 in Williamston, one'of
the largest voting districts in lbe
county. Complete reports from all
the registrars are not available just
now, but it is estimated the total
registration for the county during
the past three Saturdays will ex
ceed 400 names, or one of the larg
est ever reported in the county.
Whether or not the heavy regis
tration points to a large vote the
0th of next month remains to be
seen, but to many the interest in
the registration can be construed to
mean a sizeable vole at the polls in
each of the 12 voting precincts in
the county.
While lieutenants of several of
the candidates were active in get
ting new names on the books, the
general report is that the people
were interested enough themselves
to register. The names of several
colored citizens, mostly school teach
ers. were added to the list of quali
fied voters in one of the precincts,
part, the registration was without
any marked variation from the old
order Certainly the activities dur
ing the registration period will
cause no challenge of names en
tered, and it is believed the open
ing of the books next Saturday for
inspection will be after a matter of
form rather than for the challenge
of a single name.
? ?
Greeks Hold, .Religious
Services Here? Sunday
A Greek religious service, nrob
ably the first of its kind evei wit
nessed here, was held In the local
apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Pete
Leventis on Main Slieet last Sun
day afternoon and evening, when a
-priest of tht Greek Orll.ndnr . i.or. h
Louis Skepetaris, of Raleigh, offic.
tated at the baptism of three small
children. Lairds Rigas, son of Gus
Rigas, and Sophia and Canella Lev
entis, children of Mr and Mrs. Lev
entis. Following the baptismal serv
ice, a religious celebration was held
that evening, a large number of
friends and relatives from Wilson,
Rocky Mount and Raleigh attend
Iffill Officials Unexpectedly
Delayed In Making Visit
Unexepectedly delayed at their
home plant in New Jersey, officials
?' ? large pulp and container manu
facturing concern were bnable to
reach here today as scheduled, ac
cording to Mr. O. H. Harrison, mem
ber of the local town board of com.
miasionera, who received a telegifm
from the plant president this morn
ing. Plans are going forward, how
ever, for an inspection of this terri
tory with the possibility of locating
a two million dollar industry here,
Attorney Hugh Ci. Ilortun.
Williams ton man, who is one of
three candidates seeking a seat
in North i Carolina's House of
Oak City Finals To
Be Started Sunday
With Class Sermon
Dr. Herbert ReBarker To
Deliver Finals Address
Next Tuesday Night
Commencement exercises in the
Oak City schuol get under way next
Sunday morning, when Rev. L I).
Fouls, pastor of the Scotland Neck
Methodist church, preaches the an
nual sermon at II o'clock in t-he
school auditorium. Next Monday
evening at H cfclock, the seniors will
hold their class program in the form
of-a playlet, followed by the gradu
ating exercises Tuesday evening,
June 2, at 8 p. m. Dr. Herbert Re
Barker, East Carolina Teachers' Col
lege professor, will deliver the an
nual address.
The seventh grade graduating ex
ercises will be held Monday eve
ning following the senior class pro
The school is graduating one of
its largest classes, 17 girls and 5
boys, and the program next Tues
day evening marks the close of a
very successful term, Principal H.
M. Ainslcy said.
Local People Plan To Visit
High Point Furniture Show
A number of people from here are
going to High Point Friday to see
the historical furniture pageant.
"Comfort in Search of Kings."
This is part of the sixth annual
furniture fashion review, sponsored
by VanDyke Furniture Company
and a group of furniture dealers in
four states and held every spring in
the Tomlinson Exhibition Building
in High Point.
Band To Appear In Several
Concerts in Next Few Days
Williamston's high school band
boys are booked tor several public
appearances during the next f?w
daw. Tomorrow evening they will
play in the local gymnasium at
9:00 o'clock. Thursday they go to
Rocky Mount to parade in the Gal
lopade. Tuesday they will play at
the opening baseball "game at Tar
boro. and again here Wednesday for
the first league game on the home
Estimates Indicate
Crop Reduced by
2f> To )fl I)cr Cent
Earnest Efforts To Cope
With Adverse Weather
Proving Almost Futile
With dry weather continuing in
full farce, the farming situation in
this county, particularly as it affects
the tobacco crop, has definitely
reached a serious point, numerous
farmers questioned over the week
end said. While a decrease in the
or no exceptions, the extent of the
decrease lias not been determined
with any degree of certainty. Esti
mates indicate the crop will he re
duced by not less than 25 per cent,
and in some sections the growers
are now hoping they can get as
much as 50 per cent of a crop.
A very small number of farmers
have completed their fust trans
plantings, but thosp finished with
that work can be counted on one's
fingers. It is estimated that hardly '
80 per cent of the crop has been
transplanted in the county, and in
most cases not.half of the young
plants arc living in the fields. The
transplanting season, or the best
part of it, is spent, but farmers con
tinue the work, and they are likely *
to continue well into June.
New methods have been followed
by a. few farmers in* this county in
an effort to combat the dry weather,
reports state. Farmers ^"ard. of
Hear Grass Township, and Mallard";
of the Oak City s action, are said to
have dropped wet sawdust on the
plants immediately aflj-r tiansplant
ing, and those growers report t nusu
ally good stands. Despi? > the dry
weather. Farmer J. L. TUillirliy, ol.
Macedonia section, used no water in
transplanting his crop, but placed a
man behind the transplanter to
press the dirt around the roots of
the plants with his feet. He is said
to have a better stand than his
"We will hardly have half a crop,*'
Farmer Dawse Griffin, of the Smith
wick's Creek section said, explain
ing that he had not touched several
acres the fir,st time, and that of the.
plants he had placed in the field, the
dry weather was baking them and
the worms were aggravating the
situation that was already serious
to start with.
Martin farmers have not aban
doned hope of transplanting a great
or part of their tobacco acreage* hut
unless rain falls shortly tlicy will
find it profitable to abandon their
efforts. Already it is admitted the
poundage will hp rnnsid"r;'^iy l^g?
than it was last year, regardless of
the nerooge, the farmers explaining
that a latcfcrop weighs light invar
iably. Judging from past experi
ence, many farmers believe the
quality of late crops will he infer
ior, another feature that is consid
ered disheartening in the tobacco
outlook for this section this com
ing fall.
Other farm crops are barely hold
ing their own in the long dry sea
son. Excellent stands of corn re
ported two ot three weeks ago have
been destroyed by worms, the farm
ers replanting it in its entirety in
some cases, Farmer Lester Peel, of
the Cross Roads section, said. But
condition, as they affect farm crops
other than tobacco, are not- regard
ed as alarming just at this time.
Unofficial reports fr6m Georgia
state that the crop there is wilting
mightily. And the prospects are not
bright for a large crop, giving rise
to the belief that the crop will bo
considerably reduced throughout
the several belts.
Finals Program at
School in Everetts
Commencement at the Everetts
school begins Wednesday night, May
27th, when the seventh grade will
present their class exercise, entitled
"The Fortune .Tree."
The Rev. R. N. Fitts, of Roberson
_villc, will deliver the commence
ment address on Thursday morn
ing, May 28th, at 11 o'clock. Fol
lowing the graduation exercises, a
picnic luhch will be spread in the
grove at Mrs. Ida Clark's home.
A ball game, beginning at 2:S0,
will end the day's program. Friends
and patrons of the school are cor
dially invited to attend aU the ex
erciaee. -

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