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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 51 Williamston, Martin County. North Carolina, Friday. June 26. 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
Large Crowd Attend Court |
After Lay-Off of
Onr Week
Handling a large docket that had
accumulated during an extra week
while the superior tribunal was in
session, the county recorder's court
attracted large crowds to a long si
sion Tuesday. About 30 cases were
called, the court disposing of 21 and
continuing the others. The attend
ance was larger than that upon the
superior court early last week.
The case charging James Glover,
jr., with bastardy was cleared from
the docket when the defendant a
greed to pay $80 to the prosecuting
witness and pay the cost of the ac
Judgment was suspended upon
payment of the cost in the case
charging Joe Bell with simple as
Willie Hopkins, charged with op
erating ' a motor vehicle without
proper lights, was found not guilty.
Lucy Whitehurst, charged with
disorderly conduct and attempted
assault with a deadly weapon, was
sentenced to two years in the farm
colony at Kinston. ? The woman is
said to have fired upon citizens in
Bear Grass Township several weeks
ago, but did no personal damage.
The case of Evernal E. Williams,
charged with bastardy, was contin
ued until July 7 when he demanded
a trial by jury.
Judgment was suspended upon
the condition that the defendant
leave the county in the case charg
ing John Henry Mills with larceny.
James Jones was sentenced to the
roads for six months in the case
charging him with carrying a con
cealed weapon.
Judgment was suspended upon
payment of the cost in the case
charging Arthur Vail with violat
ing the motor vehicle laws. It was
brought out that Vail had permit
ted his son, IS years old, to operate
a car without license.
Abner Bennett, Williamston regu-1
lar street beggar, charged with for
cible trespass, was bound over to
the higher court for trial when evi
dence indicated he had broken into
a house.
Jack Oakley, charged with an af
fray, was found guilty and sen-1
tenced to the roads for 60 days.
Judgment was suspended upon
payment of the cost of the action in
the case charging Cleo Jackson with
an affray.
Bob Wimbush was sentenced to
the roads for four months for car
rying a concealed weapon. Wim
bush now faces trial for stealing the
The case charging Thurman Beach
with drunken automobile driving,
was nol prosaed. Tom Beach was
found guilty of driving drunk, and
he was fined $80 and taxed with the
cost. The two Beach boys were in
the car when it left the highway
and ran off an embankment near
Sweet Water Creek several weeks
ago. It was almost certain that
Thurman Baach was driving, and a
warrant was issued for his arrest.
In the meantime, Tom is said to
have claimed he was driving, and a
warrant wm issued against him, but
withheld until he testified in the
case against Thurman. When he
admitted be was driving, officers
served the warrant on him and his
trial was held.
Will Purvis was sentenced to thel
roads for six months on a larceny I
James D. Snowdon, Norfolk man,
was fined $80 and taxed with the
cost in the case charging him with
drunken automobile driving.
David Freeman was sentenced lo|
the roads for six months on a non
support charge.
The case charging C. M. Burden I
with passing a worthless check wai|
nol prosaed.
Will Rollings was fined $80 and!
taxed with the cost for alleged |
drunken automobile driving.
Charged with selling liquor, Wor-|
ley James was found not guilty.
Thomas Hyman was sentenced tol
the roads for five months on a die-1
orderly conduct and a tempted a
sault charge.
Two Hurt In Wreck At
Robersonville Yesterday \
Mrs. W. B. Knox, of Bear Grass,
was hurt internally, and her hus
band was bruised but not badly yes
terday afternoon at 2 o'clock when
their car was struck by another
driven by Jack Heatb, colored, of
Greenville, at the highway-main
street intersection in ltc
Heath and Archie Bilbro, owner of I
the car Heath was driving, escaped |
without injury of consequence.
Heath was charged by higlfway I
patrolment with operating a car at
eaeeasive speed Both
were badly damaged.
Many County Veterans Are
Converting BonrfsTnto Cash
Martin County World War veter
ans are said to be gradually con.
verting their bonus bonds into
cash, late unofficial reports indi
cating^ that the former soldiers have
drawn around $43,000 in cash. Up
until yesterday the veterans had re
ceived checks only for bonds turned
in early last week. Other conver
sions will be made shortly by the
pay office in Raleigh, it is under
stood. Several checks were received
here today, but the money is com.
ing back a bit slowly.
The distribution of bonds con
tinues, but it will likely be several
weeks before some of the $50 cer
iflcates are delivered, the authori
ses explaining that much time will
he required to handle corrections
>f errors made in filing the appli
While the mam rush to convert
he bonds into cash is apparently
>ver, some few Martin veterahs are
laily sending in their bonds and
tsking for cash.
So far bonds have been delivered
o 143 veterans by the Williamston
Bonds, amounting to $38,000 have
seen returned through the local of
Ice to Raleigh.
Walker Returns To
Manage Local Fair
Contributions amounting to
several hundred dollars have
been advanced (or the construc
tion of an American Lesion
Post building or hut in this
county by veterans, it was learn
ed today. Most of the dona
tions lyive been made during
the past few days or since many
of the veterans converted their
bonds into cash.
Indications now point to a
sizeable building fund, It was
pointed out by a leader of the
John Walton Hassell Post, the
organisation sponsoring the pro
posed project."
Organization of Soil
Program Groups Is
Progressing Rapidly
County Tobacco Committee |
Also Being Formed
In This County
The organization of a soil con
servation program control body is
progressing rapidly in the county,
Assistant County Agent M. L.
Barnes announced this morning.
The individual organizations for the
various districts will probably be
formed by the latter part of next
week, and a county committee will
be formed immediately thereafter,
/ir nhoi11 Cnlnrdnif tKa nifitnt coirl
t/t tnyuut tyatuiuu/, nit njtiit miu.
Last Tuesday evening a joint I
committee for Williamstom and |
Poplar Point Townships was elect
ed. Fred Taylor was made chair
man, Walter Halberstadt, vice chair
man; John R. Peel, member, and L.
G. Taylor, alternate." About 50 far
mers attended the meeting, and |
much interest was shown in the or
ganization and the soil program. No I
members of the old organization |
were retained.
"Wednesday evening at Bear Grass
another interesting organization ses
sion was held, but acording to un
official Information, a misunder
standing in the count of votes re
sulted. The misunderstanding was
not thought to be of any serious
consequence, however. A. B. Ayerj
was retained as chairman, and W.
M. Harrison was made vice chair
man^ H. U. Peel, member, and Sid
ney Beacham, alternate.
Hassell reported a good meeting
for Hamilton Township last night
when D. R. Edmondson was made
chairman of the committee for that
district. C. L. Nelson was elected
vice chairman; Frank L. Haialip,
member, and W. Y. Beach, laternate.
Other meetings are being held to
night at Oak City; at Robersonville
tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock;
at Holly. Springs over in Williams
Township Monday evening; at Farm
Life Tuesday evening; at Everetts
on Wednesday evening; and at
Jamesville on Thursday, July 2. All
meetings with the exception of the
one at Robersonville, will be held
It 8 o'clock p. m.
In addition to the agricultural
organizations, the districts appolnt
ed special representatives for to
bacco growers. The names of the
tobacco representatives elected to
date are, J. G. Staton, Williamston;
C. U. Rogers, Bear Grass, and J. W.
Eubanks, Hassell. These represen
tatives will hold a meeting m July
to name a chairman and delegate
to attend a state-wide meeting of
tobacco growers in Raleigh the lat
ter part of July. Heretofore, these
taking part in mass meetings in Ral
eigh were charged with being self
appointees and not representatives
of the tobacco farmers. Now the
farmers are picking representatives
from their qjyp ranks lead them
when occasion demands.
Will Be Held Early
This Year; To Start
On Septeml)er 28th
'Lucky" Teter Is Booked
For Return Engagement
Here This Season
Announcement was made today
by Norman Y. Chambliss, of the N
C. Fair Operating Company, that
Mr. Harvey Walker, of Raleigh, had
again been appointed resident man
ager of the Williamston Fair and he
has arrived here and established his
office at the fair grounds.
Anonuncement was also made by
Mr. Chambliss that the date of the
Williamston Fair this year would
be the week of September 28th, the
'change being made in view of the
fact that the management of the
Williamston Fair was well pleased
with the patronage accorded the
fair last year, even under bad wea
ther conditions. Mr. Walker man
aged the fair in 1935 and made num
erous friends. The first work of
Mr. Walker at Williamston will be
getting out the premium book, and
he will immediately confer with
Mr. Brandon, county agent, as well
as Miss Lora Sleeper, home demon
stration agent for Martin County.
An elaborate program is being ar
ranged for the Williamston Fair this
year, which will Include a return
engagement on the part of "Lucky
Teter," who made sue ha big hit at
Williamston in 1935, TheXetlin &
Wilson Shows will occupy the mid
way this year, this show having
played theiGreensboro Fair in 1935
as well as several other large fairs.
It will be the policy of the manage
ment to have a clean midway and
legitimate concessions.
l/nder the tentative program
Lucky Teter will probably play in
Williamston on Wednesday and Fri
day, but definite announcement will
be made later. Mr. Chambliss states
the people can positively depend on
a wonderful grandstand show in
1938, as well as agricultural exhib
Mr. Chambliss made the definite
statement also that all premiums, as
well as other bills, were immediate,
ly paid after the fair at William
ston in 1935. Unfortunately, the ag
ricultural exhibits were not what
Mr. Chambliss desired in 1935, but
he is hopeful there will be quite un
improvement this year and urges
.the. formers., to get ready, now for
their Williamston Fair exhibits.
Gets Bonus Late Tuesday;
Lands In Jail Thursday
Receiving his bonus late Tuesday,
Guffie Mason, Bear Grass Town
ship colored man, bought a second
hand automobile, got drunk, wreck
ed his newly-purchased machine
and landed in jail here yesterday
Driving rapidly near Gardner's
Creek, Mason lost control of the car
and turned it over, but escaped with
only a minor hand injury. He
righted the Ford, and was contin
uing on his way when patrolmen
arrested him.
Orthopedic Clinic To Be
Held in Tarboro Monday]
The Tarboro Rotary club will con
duct another orthopedic clinic in
the Presbyterian Sunday school
rooms there next Monday after
noon at 1 o'clock The club will al
so conduct a neuro-psychiatrlc clin
ic for nerve injuries, mild mental
cases and retarded and behavior
problem children.
Martin people, needing treat
ment, are invited to attend the
Final Action Being Delayed
Pending Instructions
From State Board
Investigating complaints directed
against John A. Davenport, Hamil
ton precinct registrar, the Martin
County Board of Elections at an un
official hearing held in Hamilton
last Tuesday postponed action in
the case pending instructions from
the State Board of Elections, it was
learned from Mr. Slyvester Peel,
chairman of the county board. In
an effort to eliminate as far as pos
sible all friction and at the same
Ume maintain election rules and
regulations, the board is doing all
in its power to find a satisfactory
solution to the snarl. At the pres
ent time, the board is not contem
plating Mr. Davenport's removal,
certainly not before the second
primary next week, it was indicat
ed. Chairman Peel said yesterday
that the board was considering the
appointment of an assistant poll
holder for the second primary to
serve the present officials. How
ever, this action depends on in
structions from the State board, he
pointed out. Mr. Peel also said that
an official hearing would be held
before final action is taken to dis
miss the registrar in the event the
State Board recommended the
A careful study of the petition,
drawn 'and signed by 20 citizens oi
the precinct who asked Mr. Daven
port's removal, reveals no concerte
charge against the man as far as
the actual holding of the election is
concerned. The petition is more in
in the form of a general attack,
charging, "He is not of the charac
ter that is expected of a person that
is filling a position which he is hold
ing'? The failure of the paper to
cite a definite and concerte infrac
tion of the election laws is believed
to have prevented definite action by
the county board last Tuesday.
However, it was pointed out at the
hearing that Voter L. H. Rouse was
ordered from the polling place be
fore he finished voting. It is un
derstood, however, that the voting
was a long-drawn out task, but
Chairman Peel assured Mr. Rouse
that he would be allowed two hours
or more to mark the ticket on July
Efforts to have Mr. Davenport
voluntarily resign probably in favor
of his daughter or son-in-law fail;
ed, the chairman of the board, so
anxious to restore peache and harm
ony, telling him that he would ad.
vance from his own pocket the sal
ary the positons draws. Mr. Dav
enport stood his ground, and hastily
advanced a petition carrying the
names of 43 persons favoring his re
Mr. Peel explained yesterday that
if not definite instructions are re
ceived to dismiss Davenport, he
would go to Hamilton Munday ami
appoint an assistant poll holder, one
whose appointment would meet
with favor by the Davenport op
position, but whether this will seC
tie the controversy is considered by
soma to be very doubtful.
Unofficial rumors directing com
plaints against the clciUnn uffiuals
in Poplar Point Township were de
clared unfounded by Mr. Peel fol
lowing an investigation in that dis
trist last Tuesday.
The petition presented the board
of elections by 20 well-known citi
zens in Hamilton Precinct reads,
"We the undersigned do hereby
petition you to remove Mr. J. A.
Davenport from the pestron as
judge of elections or as poll holder
of Hamilton Precinct.
1. He is not of the character that
is expected of a person that is fill
ing a position which he is holding.
"2. The township is not casting
the votes it should on account of
his altitude in general.
"We invite an investigation of
Mr. Davenport's character which
will verify our contentions."
Rev. E. F. Moseley, Rector
Hply Communion, 7:30 a. m.
Church school, 9:43 a. m.
8L Martin's Hamilton
Church school, 10 a. m.
Holy Communion and sermon at
11 g. m.
Evening prayer and sermon at 8
Two Carried Before Court
For Using Bad Language
Charged with using improper
language in public, John A. Daven
port and John Ayers, Hamilton
men, were carried into court there
a few days ago. Judge C. L. Nel
son, goving over from Haaaell to
Hear the chasga, suspended judg
ment upon payment of the costs of
about $3 each. Both men are said
to have pleaded guilty.
Wade Holds Visitors To
Three Hits; Walters
Wins with Homer
Rainy weather took most of the
games in the Coastal Plain loop this
week, the Martins finding it pos
sible to squeeze in a lone exhibition
up until today. But what an exhi
bition they did stage when the wea
ther finally opened up. Snow Hill
and Klnston worked while all the
remainder of the teams remained
idle Wednesday afternoon, but yes
terday all the clubs went into ac
tion. the activities leaving the stand
ings of the three top clubs un
changed. with Greenville leading
the Martins by half a game, and
Williamston leading Ayden by the
same margin.
Rated as one of the best games of
the season, the Snow Hill-William
ston contest here yesterday after
noon unloosed some perfect ball
playing that was capped with an ex
citing and very fitting climax in the
tenth inning. Larry Wade was head
ed for a record-breaker, but ad
verse breaks in the eighth inter
fered. Until that frame he had
turned back the mighty Snow Hill
swatters without a hit. The visi
tors had not yet located first base,
but the umpire failed to hear a foul
ball report and gave a visitor what
appeared to be an unearned trip
to first. Bugg. next man. struck
out. Robinson then singled to ac
count for the first hit of the game
off Wade, and Parrish, following,
smacked a double to score Ingram.
During the first seven innings, the
visitors hit only five ground balls,
the others being pop-ups, high flies
to the outfieldT and strike-OCits.
Hampton, pitching for Snow Hill,
twirled a good game and allowed
7 hits. Gaylord and Walters did the
heavy work with the stick to tfiSlfe
the hits count. While Gaylord made
three hits in a row and got a free
pass, Walters featured the attack in
the third, when he hit a double to
score from second, which the local
left-fielder had stolen a minute or
two before. The climax came in
the tenth when Walters won the
2-to-l game with a home run on the
gymnasium. Earp and Corbitt an
nexed a hit each to push the count
to 7.
Both teams went the route with
out an error, and played one of the
best games ever seen on the local
Two Wives Arrive
To Visit Man Held
In County Bastile
| Refuse Advice To Flip Coin
That Ownership Might
Be Determined
Happenings were taking plufib
rapidly down around the Martin
County hoosegow last Tuesday aft
ernoon when Dennis Whitaker
white man, was placed there to
answer for the alleged violation of
his Affile, &na ms two wives
down to see him. Whitaker, . peek-1
ing through the bars of a third story
window, talked first with one and
then the other, the two women
nudging each other from the most
advantageous position on the ground
just below the window
Regardless of what he might have
been, and ignoring what he is now
the tww wives strongly malnramrrt
their right to the man, and refused
at the suggestion of some one, to flip
a coin to determine ownership. No
settlement was reached, but the
two women left in the same auto
mobile for an unannounced desti
nation. Whitaker goes back to the
roads to settle an old debt with Ha
The young man married his sec
ond wife upon release from jail
just a short time ago, and there was
peace until a few days ago when
he took back Wife No. 1 and order
| ed his second one to vacate.
Just how the tangle will be finally
straightened out and who will get
i the man cannot be predicted, but
kt ts a settled fact that neither uf
the wives will possess him until the
State finishes with him, and it is
possible the federal authorities will
call him to answer one of their pa
role violations.
Sunday school, 9:45 a. m.
Regular morning service at 11 o'
Young people's service at 7 p. m.
Evening service at 8 o'clock.
Bible school, 9:45 a. m.
Morning worship, 11 o'clock,
worship, g o'clock.
McDonald Heard by
Big Gathering Here
and students of .the Daily Va
cation Bible school, a coopera
tive effort on tfie part of the
various relifious bodies in Wil
liamston. wish to cordially In
vite the public to attend the
commencement exercises to be
held this eveninf in the Memor
ial Baptist Church.
Following an inspirational
worship period. the several
groups will give a program of
songs, stories of Jesus, and a
playlet. "Mrs. Oldfangled's Con
version." in which the daily ac
tivities of the school will be
briefly summarised. A work
er will reproduce, "A House
That Speaks In Many l.angu
ages," recounting the ex per
iences and influence of Jane
Addams, the good neighbor.
Present Indication Is That
Around 12,000 People
Will Take Vaccine
Unfavorable weather during much
?f th week has interferred with
he anti-typhoid fever campaign in
his county, but the activities to
lay indicate for the movement con
iderable success. The number tak
ng the vaccine is running well into
he several thousands, the health
iff ice here having no complete rec
>rd on th campaign at this time.
Reports from five of the dispen
aries show that more than 2,000
>eople have taken the vaccine. The
ive clinics are located in strictly
ural areas, but on the basis of the
ictivities in those communities, the
otal for the county should run a
ound 12,000 or more.
Large numbers were reported at
he clinicsj here and at Koberson
'ille today.
Next Monday, the schedule in ef
ect this week, will be started for
he second time, the health-authori
ties urging aH lhdse who failed To
let the vaccine this week to start
he treatment at their nearest clinic,
fery few people are asking for in- |
iividual attention, and when they
lo they offer feasible excuses for
tot taking the treatment at the
The protection is offered free to
?very person in the county, and the
ippearance of typhoid fever in
lear-by counties already this sum
ner should be sufficient warning
or everyone to take advantage of
he protection this year A pure
vater supply is not adequate pro
oction against the fever, for it is
i recognizee! fact thai those v
lave had typhoid in years gone by
lie carriers of the germ, as a rule.
514,000 A Noted lor
Clearing Roanoke
U|> To Hamilton
3rojcct Plans Call for Tetv
Foot Channel from the
Mouth To Hamilton
Upon recommendation of army
ngineers, the government has just
dinted $14,1)00 for dredging the
toanoke River to a depth of 10
eet from the mouth to Hamilton,
iccordlng to irsfoFHjsiion received
icre this week.
It cguld not he learned definitely,
lut this dredging project is thought
o be separate from a proposed im
irovement program announced by
he government some time ago. Bids
lave already b^n asked for widen
ng a cut in the stream a few miles
lelow here and the removal of two
ir three sandbars between William
ton and Hamilton. However, no
?ontract has been let, as far as it
ould be learned here today.
Two government boats are now
forking up stream removing snags
nd sunken htge. Th* project,-eoth
ng around $50,0011, will be com
peted in about four months, re
torts state
? ..
Preaching at TT a .m.?Subject:
Two Laws of Spiritual Health."
Evening service at 8 o'cjock?
iubject: "Teat of Fellowship with
ted." '
Sunday school at 8:45 a. m.
Strong Attack Made
By Candidate on Hk
Op|)onent in Race
Pays Cordial Respects To
Late Political Opponents
Graham and McRae
"I come today to take the long
tail coat off Clyde Hoey and show
all the shams thereunder." Dr. Ralph
W McDonald told a crowded court
auditorium here yesterday in ad
vancing his candidacy for governor
of North Carolina through a muddy -
and a suggested libelous second
.primary campaign. Before turning
his guns on the veteran in the race,
the psychology professor paid his
very cordial respects to his late po
litical' opponents, Sandy Graham
and John McRae.
Not until the last did he venture
a new political stand or reiterate an
old one. but for the greater part of
an hour he lambasted with loaded
dynamite Hoey. Ehringhaus. Gard
ner. and wealth. After claiming
malicious lies of the most deroga
tory nature had been unloosed a
gainst him during the last two days
of the first campaign. Dr. McDonald
mentioned the advice given him by
his fatiier, which in effect was, "Aft
er exhausting al-Hneans to be decent ^
to anybody and you fail, then take
your coat off and lick hell out of
His first attack centered around
Max Gardenr, "the No. I lobbyist
in the United States, who gets as
much as $100,000 for a single case,
and he is the head of the machine
in this state.'*
Continuing, the speaker said,
"When James Gray went to Raleigh
there was^a tax on Reynolds Tobac
co Company stock, and when he left
there was no tax on it. Ehringhaus
refused to call a special session of
the legislature, making a tie-in of
C1 ardner-Ehringhaus-Hoey as plain
as day, and Ehringhaus has served
wealth even better than Gardner.
Mr. McDonald took time out to
tell a little story about hand pick
ing candidates, but he would not
vouch for it, he explained. Accord
ing to the story. Mr. and Mrs. Eh
ringhaus would try to keep the
mansion in Raleigh?looking?clean ?
and nice until Clyde came along in
1 sense'tvoidd^ vuu? fo^ h' ^ ""MTl JOTT
aid charged.
"There's power money in lloey's
pocket," the speaker said in point
irig out his opponent's lobbying ac
tlvities. And then I)r. McDonald
I went on to outline Hoey's sources of
'support The power companies are
behind him. The tobacco companies
are behind him. The Liberty Lea
Iguers are for Clyde "Ring" Hoey.
I The lobbyists are for Clyde "Ring'*
Hoey. The ring politicians are for
politicians ace for Clyde "Ring"
Hoey. "If Hoey is such a good
Democrat, then why didn't he car
ry something besides Republican
counties in the west, and why did %
Graham and I carry the east," he
"You can find a long-haired lob
byist and put a long tail coat on
him but that won't make him a
preacher," McDonald pointed out in
connection with Hoey's religious ac
tivities, and- at the sumc-time ex-?
plaining that he himself had taught
a Sunday school class.
"It isn't a pleasant task tp expose
crookedness of our state political
machine, but if you want four more
years when tobacco companies will
dictate the policies of state, you can
get them with Hoey," McDonald
continued. In short, he summed up
about all of what Hoey said as so
much hooey. "Hoey says he is not
tied up with Gardner; that's hooey
His remarks on the old-age pension
system, increased appropriations for
schools are hooey," the speaker said.
According to Dr. McDonald^ Hoey
would lose about two million dollars
{Continued on page tlncc)
One-wan Parade Champions
Candidacy R. W. McDonald
Led by "Shorty" Corey, who", on
ly about ft feet S, a one-man parade
formed in the intereit of Candidate
McDonald, attracted much attention
in the Jameaville community thta
week. Reports reaching here aUU
ed that 'Tip" Blount carried a Mc
Donald banner white Corey manip
ulated a drum to attract attention.
Dr. and Mrs. John D. Biggs, of
High Point, visited his mother, Mrs.
Fannie S. Biggs, here this week.

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