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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 55 Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, July 10, 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
MARTINS DROP 2
OF LAST 3 GAMES;
IN SECOND PUCE
Fred Walters Forced Out
Of Play By Injury To
After dividing with Ayden Tues
day and Wednesday ahd dropping
the first of a two-game series with
Goldsboro yesterday, the Martins
still continue a strong hold on sec
ond position with only a narrow
margin separating them from top
place in the Coastal Plain League
standings today. With 21 victories
each to their credit, Greenville has
only 10 looses, while the- Martins
have in the loss column. "Skipper"
"Walker's boys are leading Ayden,
holder of third rung position, by
2 1-2 games, with Kinston and Snow
Hill trailing by one game to tie for
The Martins experienced a heavy
loss Wednesday afternoon, when
Catcher Walters had two of his fin
gers torn open by a foul ball in the
Ayden game here. He will be out
of the game at least a week, Koye,
relief, catcher, taking his place be
hind the bat in the meantime.
Over in Ayden last Tuesday the
Martins were turned back, 7 to 5,
the game going up in smoke in the
fourth inning, when Ayden made 4
hits and 2 errors count for 5 runs,
or all they could be worth to any
one. Dean pitehed seven. innings,
allowing only 6 hits, while his team
mates touched Glass and Teague for
11 safeties. Gaylord, Black and
Douglass, with 2 hits each, led the
Martins with the stick that day.
Wednesday, the Martins reversed
the order and defeated Ayden here
7 to 2. Livengood turned in a good
game on the mound for Williamston,
while Ferrell, Walters, and House
featured at bat with three hits each,
House making one of his count for
Yesterday, the Martins went down
in defeat, 7 to 2, at the hands of
Goldsboro. Starting the game for
Williamston, Armstrong yielded 4
hits, one a homer with one on by
Bradford, and walked Morris in the
first before he was relieved by Wade
who went the remainedr of the way
allowing only 7 hits.
The Martins are booked to catch
up with their end of the schedule
at Greenville next Monday after
noon. This afternoon they meet
Goldsboor here. Tomorrow they
play New Bern at New Bern, the
Burins ' coming here Sunday after
John R. Browning
Dies in Hospital
Funeral at the N. R. Daniel
Home In Griffins This
Afternoon at 3
John R. Browning, native of this
county, died in a Washington hos
pital at 6:25 yesterday morning from
peritonitis following an appendicitis
operation earlier in the week. Tak
en suddenly ill at his heme in Ahos
kie last Sunday, he was entered in
the hospital a few hours later, the
case being described as .a very un
usual one. Although he had exper
ienced ill health at times, his con
dition was considered last week to
be the best it had been in several
The son of Luke R. and Matilda
Ange Browning, he was born in
Jamesville Township 42 years ago.
When a young man he came to Wil
liamston and was employed by C.
O. Moore, but resigned that position
to enter Army service. He served
two years in the World War, spend
ing much of that time in France.
Following his return from the war,
he reentered gbe service of C. O.
Moore, and about 10 years ago he
moved to New Bern after having
married Miss Carrie Dell Manning,
of this county, who, with two chil
dren, Shirley and John, jr., survives.
During the past year they had made
their home in Ahoskie. He also
leaves two sisters, Mrs. C. L. Nor
ris, of Williamston, and Mrs. Frank
Smith, of Grifton, and three broth
ers, Messrs. W. C. and Willie Brown
ing, of Washington, and Henry E.
Browning, of Tarboro.
He was a member of the Christian
church in New Bern ahtf was lieET
in high esteem by all who knew
Funeral services are being conduct
ed this afternoon at 3 o'clock from
the borne of Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Dan
iel in Griffins Township, by his pas
tor, Rev. John L. Goff, of New Bern.
Interment will follow in the Man
ning cemetery in Griffins Township.
Peanuts Reach Five Cents
For First Time Since War
Tot the Bret time since the boom
prices of wartime (^ays, peanut
prices have reached 5 cents a pound.
Rising on a sluggish market with
millers refusing to buy farmers stock
for prices above 2 cents per pound
at the first of the year, the govern
ment spurred prices upward by of
fering to buy farmers' stock for oil
crushing purposes and a premium on
peanuts so used. Following remov
al of a few tots from the market for
this use, prices have risen steadily
until S cents per pound for better
grades was reached last week.
However, few farmers have profit
ed by the soaring prices, since only
a few lots have remained in their
hands, the major portion having J
been sold before the rise in the
According tp the government re
port just issued, the market for shell
and cleaned peanuts continues Arm
on all grades, and with purchasing
It is reported that stocks of pea
nuts in the hands of farmers, ware
housemen, and country merchants
are the smallest ever known at this
season of the year.
In the Southeastern Spanish pea
nut belt, it is reported that the wea
ther continues hot and dry and in
the upper portion of the peanut belt
the prospects for the crop this year
appears doubtful. Heavy rains in
Texas during the past few days has
damaged crops to some extent and
is expected to delay harvesting the
early crop, the government report
County Liquor Stores
Make $20,000 Profit
TEN CASES TRIED
LAST TUESDAY IN
Work Is Handled in Record
Ti;ne for After-Holiday
Handling about 10 cases, Judge
H. O. Peel in the county court last
Tuesday speeded up the wheels of
justice and completed the work be
fore noon, a record following a dou
Nathan B. Lilley, charged with at
tempted assault, was sentenced to
the roads for 60 days, the sentence
to begin at the direction of the eourt
within two years from date. The
defendant was directed to pay the
cost of the action.
The case charging Henry Gilliam
with non-support was nol prossed.
Charged with bastardy, Everenal
E. Williams was directed to pay $3.1
for doctors' fees and $5 a month to
the child for a period of six months,
and then reappear for further judg
ment. He appealed, and bond was
fixed in the sum of $100.
Judgment was suspended in the
case charging Teddy Jackson with
disorderly conduct upon condition
that he remain in Ashevtiie for four
Charged with drunken automobile
driving, Bollie Council was fined $50
"and taxed with the cosh His license
to operate a motor vehicle was re
voked for one year.
Charged with violating the liquor
laws, Eddie Dolberry was fined $50
and taxed with the cost.
Weldori Biggs was sentenced to
the roads for four months on an
assault with deadly weapon charge.
Lester Williams, charged with be
ing disorderly and resisting an offi
cer, was sentenced to the roads for
Truck Load Canned
Goods Lost in Fire
Although accidental and danger
ous, a unique bursting celebration
featured the July 4 season over in
Bertie early this week, according to
Patrolman George Stewart.
A large motor truck and trailer,
belonging to the Norfolk-Carolina
Truck Line, and loaded with canned
beans and soup, caught fire about 5
miles out of Windsor and the over
heated cans of beans burst as if
they had been firecrackers. For
nearly five hours reports from the
popping cans were heard great dis
tances. Traffic on the main road
was blocked for several hours, it
Alvin E. Hathaway, driver, of
Norfolk, escaped with a slight leg in
jury. The driver said when he dis
covered the fire it was burning thru
the floor boards just to the side of
his feet. He opened the cab door
and jumped just as the truck went
out of control and turned over across
Mrs. Gomer Taylor Hurt
In Auto Crash Last Night
Mrs. Gomer Taylor, of near here,
was painfully but not seriously hurt
in an automobile-log truck wreck
at BatU Cross Roads In Beaufort
County late last evening. Mr. Tay
lor and others in the wreck were
not hurt, reports reaching here indi
cated. Mrs. Taylor was treated by
Dr. Joseph Eason here.
Details of the accident could not
be learned, but it was said the Tay
lor ear was badly damaged.
Total Sales During
First Year $104,474;
Gross Profit $34,959
Audit Report Covers Period
Just Few Days Short
Completing the first year this
month, the several liquor stores in
this county made a gross profit of
$34,959.71, or an actual net profit of
$20,345 82. Of this amount. $5,345.82
has been turned over to the county's
general fund, the liquor control
board using $15,000 to pay for in
ventories and to discount bills. In
other words, the first year of <4l>era
tion shows that the county will re
ceive an average of $20,000 annually
over and above all expenses.
From July 19, 1935, to June 30,
1936, the stores had sold $104,474.60
worth of liquor. The cost of the
liquor to the county was $69,514.89
Direct store expenses during the
period amounted to $8,251.53, and
these added to $5,691.48 administra
tive and general expenses "made a
total of $13,943.01, or 13.34 per cent
of the net sales. Profits for the per
iod amounted to 19.47 per cent of
the total sales, the profit for the
year being slightly greater than it
was for the fourth quarter, ending
the 30th of last month.
nitrino (Ua fniirth ftuariar onlofl
t 'ill 111" ttrut til t|tlni tn net ir_r?
amounted to $20,944.43, the store at
Williamston showing a profit of $2,
182 92 during the period. Other
store profits for the past three
months are: Robersonville, $486 43;
Jamesville, $584.46; and Oak City,
$171.89 Total profits for the period
During the period 5 per cent of
the profits was set aside for law
enforcement, but of the $1,072.96
created in accordance with the law,
slightly over half the amount has
been expended: *
Schedule Services Local
Christian Church~ Given
Bible school at 9:45 a. m. The
pastor will preach at 11 o'clock on,
"Some Bible News Items." Public
cordially invited. All members of
both the church and Bible school
should be present for this study and
The evening union service Will
be held in the Christian church at
$ o'clock. Let's be there to welcome
our visiting religious neighbors. We
should have a large congregation.
Ordination Service In Oak
City Church Sunday at 3:30
~ There will be an ordination serv
ice in the Oak City Christian
Church at 3:30 o'clock Sunday aft
ernoon. Rev. C. C. Ware, State
secretary of the Christian church,
will assist. Other visiting ministers
and friends and religious neighbors
are expected to attend.
It will be an impressive service
and a large attendance is expected.
Rev. J. M. Perry, of Robersonville,
will have charge of the ordination
service. The public is invited to be
Services at the Methodist
Church Sunday Morning
Church sellout. 1.48 a nr.
Morning service, 11 o'clock.
- Young people's service, 7 p. m.
No evening service will be held
as the union service will be at the
Christian church at that time. *
Suffers Heart Attack While
At Morehead City Last
W. Henry Gurkin, widely known
local man, died suddenly at Atlantic
Beach, near Morehead City, from a
heart attack, last Wednesday eve
ning at 6:30 o'clock. Stricken just
as he was entering the surf, short
ly after 6 o'clock, he died a few
minutes later without regaining con
sciousness. Mr. Gurkin was a vie
tim of high blood pressure and had
pome trouble hnart hut his
condition was regarded at any time
as being of a verious nature. He
was apparently in his usual health
when he started swimming, and was
wading around in the surf about to
his knees, when he threw both his
hands up, called for help and fell.
He was removed to one of the beach
buildings, and medical aid was sum
moned, but he never rallied.
Mr. Gurkin and a young friend,
Leland Hardison, left here that aft
ernoon about 2 o'clock for the re
sort to spend the afternoon. Young
Hardison said he thought-Mr. Gur
kin was well as usual, that he did
not hear even a slight complaint
The son of the late William and
Mary Quinn Gurkin, he was born
near Williamston 60 years ago the
29th of last February. When only
?a young boy, he walked to town
regularly to attend school, handling'
The duties of janitor for his tuition.
A year or two later, he moved to
town, working for his board and
clothing and attending school. His
early training in mercantile stores
prepared him for a life of service
behind the counters of leading local
merchants. During the period, ho
probably worked longer for the old
firm of Anderson and Crawford
longer than for any one else.
He enjoyed a wide friendship,
seemed to get much out of life and
always kept his troubles to himself.
He was an unusual charucter in the
life of the community. He never
joined the church, and ulthough he
was a Mason, he took no active part
in lodge activities. Born on the
29th of February, he was planning
to observe his "fifteenth" birth an
niversary in the near future, tire
event having been delayed by him
on account of unfavorable weather
and bad roads last winter.
Mr Gurkin never married He
is survived by one sister, Mrs. James
Nicholson, of Williams Township;
and one half-brother, Mr. John H
Parker, also of Williams Township.
Funeral services were conducted
from the home of Mr. and Mrs. O.
S. Anderson this morning at 10 o'
clock by Rev. E. F. Moseley, Epis
copal minister, and burial was in
the Skewarkee church cemetery.
OFF IN COUNTY
17 Licenses Issued; Small
est for Month in Past
There were 17 marriage licenses
issued in this county last month, the
number being the smallest recorded
for the particular month since 1932.
Licenses were issued to the fol
L. Bruce Wynne and Ethel Har
ris, both of Williamston.
Dee Bowen and Fannie Coltrain,
both of Martin County.
C. S. Staton and Mary Louise
Bell, both of Hobgood.
G. Frank Perry, of Edenton. and
Sue Irene Britt, of Merry Hill.
Henry D. Griffin and Mrs. EfTie
Griffin Liiiey, both of Martin Coun.
James Taylor Whitley and Maga
Carl Barnes and Willie Peel, both
of Martin County.
Sam Moore, jr., and Georgie Mae
Moore, both of Martin County.
Rev. George Barnes, of Oak City,
and Carrie Benett, of Hamilton
James Brown and Oessie Mae
Teel, both of Martin County.
Joe Woo lard and Lucy M. Ellison,
both uf Jmnmlle.
Gabriel Williams and Naomi Slade
both of Williamston.
John Ausborn and Delia Cole,
both of Martin County.
Gurthir P"-k?r ?nd Carrie Brown,
both of Martin County.
Willie Haasell and Lucinda Huff,
both of Martin County.
Clarence Little and Penina An
drews, both of RobersonvUle.
Some Fa rmersA re Beginning
Curing of Tobacco This Week
Tobacco curing is getitng under
way in this county this week, sever
al farmers in various parts of the
county having started the harvesting
task as early as last Monday. Farm
er Rouse, of near Hamilton, was
among the flrst to start curing, Van
G. Taylor following him the next
day with three barns in use.
The outlook for the crop, while
saui da be-better, indhi& taction than
in many others, is not very encour
aging just now, conservative esti
mates indicating the crop will be
hardly 50 per cent of last year's pro
duction and the quality below aver
Farmers report generally what is
fields having more than a dozen
stalks the same height. The dry
season during planting time made it
next to impossible for a majority of
Martin farmers to get a stand. Rains
coming late aided the situation., but
additional rains are now bettered to
have damaged the crop consider
ably. However, there are two or
three communities.iUn the county
wherethtrcropis-about nor mat. but
those crops are not at all numerous.
Reports from other sections, in
cluding the heavy producing mnn
ties, indicate the production will not
be over 50 per cent of normal, and
in some cases not more than 40 per
cent of 1935 production.
Governor To Appoint
Road Committee Soon
Claims for Refunds
Made by 44 Counties
Will Be Considered
Committee Findings Likely
To Determine Action by
A committee to investigate claims
of 44 counties to a refund of money
advanced for road^ponstruction a
number of years ago, will be named
'soon," according to information
coming from the governor's office
this week. The chief executive do
dined to say just when the commit
tee of nine persons would be named
to make a survey of the claims.
Martin, one of the 44 counties ap
parently entitledvto recover money
advanced for "construction of state
highways, claims around $402,000.
This money was spent for the con
struction of'the "Williamston Cause
way," or Roanoke River and Conine
bridges and fill, the Washington
road, portions of U. S. Route 64, and
the Hamilton road.
The 44 counties advanced $8,451,-" j
160.30. Other counties were more
specific in advancing money for hign
way construction, leaving no doubt]
in the mind of any one that the ad
vances were loans and were to be
repaid by the State Highway Com
mission.? While the 44 counties,-or-l
most of them, were under the im
pression at the time that the ad
vances were to be repaid, represen
, tatives of the 56 counties with no1
claims arc likely ty maintain thatl
the advances were outright grant's'
and vote against any refunding
measure representatives of the 44
counties may make.
While the 44 counties are now
"holding the bag"?and that, empty
?a stubborn and last claim is ex
pected to be pushed in the next
legislature, the outcome of the bat
tie then depending on the findings
of the committee to be appointed
"soon", by Governor J. C. B. Ehring
haus. ? ? ?
Case oi Typhoid Is
Reported in County
Typhoid fever made its first ap
pearance of the summer in the coun
ty this week, William Autrey, (14
year-old colored man of the Hassell
section, falling victim to the disease,
according to a report filed with the
county health office here Wednea
day. The case was reported by Dr.
Long, of Hamilton.
It could not be learned whether
the man took the typhoid vaccine
three years ago, the general opinion
being that the present campaign
would have been too late to pre
vent the fever evon if he had ^tnrt^
ed taking the vaccine three weeks*
A spinal meningitis case was also
reported by Dr, Long in the same
section, the victim, a few weeks old
colored child, dying a few days ago.
1 ' ?
Officers Capture Two Stills
In Bear Grass This Week
Raiding in lower Bear Grass
"Township Wednesday morning, Of
ficers C. B. and J. H. Roebuck cap
turea two liquor plants and de
stroyed several hundred barrels of
liquor. One of the plants, equipped
with a brand new 100-gallon copper
kettle, had not been operated, the
officers explaining that apparently
they were Just a few hours ahead
of the operating schedule. The oth
er plant, a steam outfit, was also out
of operation when the raid was
made, and no one was arrested
W. II. (Sally) (iurkin who
sufTrrr*! a heart attack and died
suddenly at Morehead City last
Wednesday afternoon. last
rites were held this morning.
SCHOOLS TO CET
m TEACHERS IN
COUNTY IN \m-M
Contract for Principal Of
Local Schools Now
Martin County has been allotcd
188 teachers, 99 white ami 89 col
ored .for its schools next term, it
was learned from the office of the
county board of education here this
ployed last year in the coCfnTy. It
is expected that an increase in the
number will follow thc?opcnin($v<>?
the schools next fall when attend
ance figures will be averaged to de
termine a new base upon which
teaiheis die jlhiUxl??
for a pi incipal of the
local schools is pending, and the
position will likely be filled within
the next few days, it was learned
tcxlay The name of the school man
who is being considered for the po
sition was not disclosed It is un
derstood he is from Virginia, how
ever, and is recognized as an able
teacher and leader.
One or two positions in the local
school faculty remain open, but no
action will hardly be taken to fill
them until the new sclwxd man re
ports, it is understood.
Most of the faculties in the coun
ty have Wn elected in their en
tirety with the exception of those
at Jamesville. Willianiston and pos- i
sibly one or two others. Professor
Jordan, agriculture teacher in the
Jamesville school, and several other
members of the faculty there re
signed recently, but it could not be
learned whether other had been e
Iected to their places
Schedule of Presbyterian
Services in County Sunday
9:45 a. m , Sunday schol, Mr. E.
P. Cunningham, superintendent.
2i a m . Preaching service.
2 p. m., Sunday school.
4 p. m . Preaching service.
10 a m, Sunday school. Mr. Pete
7:15 p. m.. Young People's vesper
service on the church lawn.
8:15 p. m . preaching service.
Martin Committee To Plan
Compliance Work At
Meeting here ~ yesterday, farm
agents from 20 counties in this sec
tion of the state were instructed by
State Compliance Officer Patton how
lohandle tKe work in their respect
ive counties. It required the officer
or director just about-all day to ex
plain the procedure, giving one a
pretty good idea of the complexity
of the work that will be started with
hi the next week or two No marked
variation in the compliance sheets
has been made. Agent Jhl L Bat lies,?
of this county, explaining that the
program would be just about the
same as it was when explained to
work sheet signers several weeks
ago It was pointed out. however,
that the supervisors, or those meas
uring acreages planted to soil-dc
pletihg. soif^conserving, and soil
building" crops, would have quite a
[complex task, as compared with the
work last year
k Martin County will make prelim
inary arrangements to handle com
pliance work when the county com
mittee meets in the courthouse next
! Monday afternoon, it was announced
|today Nearly 50 applications for
I jobs as supervisors are now on file,
'and the authorities urge any others
"Wtnrare eligible and care to partici
pate in the work to file their ap
pluations at once?No appointments
will be made at the meeting Mon
day. but plans andUqiicsfjons for a
general examination will likely be
prepared at that time for the appli
cants. No date for the examinations
has been set. but. according to Mr.
T B. Slade. who will head the com
pliance work in this county, land
measurements will be started .as
soon as possible
It has been proposed to measure .
all. lands Covered by-work sheets,
but any farmer not desiring to par
ticipate in the program will not be
lequired to have fu> land measured,
it is understood
The compliance work is going to
be one big task, but with coopera
tion on the part of the farmers, it is
believed the program can be han
dled with no great trouble
leaves I Ionic To
Rather than take typhoid fever
vaccine. Arna L Wallace. 12 years
old. son of Mrs L II Wallace, of
Willirtn?.tnn R-?utf 2. raivaway friw ;
home last Tuesday morning, reports
that aftefno?>n0 stating that he had
passed Jacksonville. N C. and *-as
still going (Hlwir- in Wilmington
later questioned the hoy. and they
advised him to return and "take his
medicine." Placed on a bus, his
fare paid, the young boy arrived
honitv Wcdnoday. and at the direc
tion of his mother, reported to Sher
iff C B Roebuck and advised him
yesterday morning that the hunt
could Ik* called off
The young tr??oper thought of his
mother before the day was over,
wnd he ?ddr<--<ed ? jxmt cord- honiO\
advising her not to cry as he was
getting along all right Details of
the boy's experience could not be
learned here, but reports have it
that little persuasion was necessary
to turn htm towards home after a
day and night on the road without
Victims Monday Wreck
Improving In Hospital
Vernon Whiteharst. county man,
and J B Greer, traveling man. of
Buford. Ga. injured in an automo
bile crash nc&r Everetts last Mon
day afternoon, are improving in a
Washington hospital,' "reports re
ceived yesterday stated
Wlutehurst, who has been suffer
ing w ilh concussion. iiT addition to
other injuries, was said to have re
gained consciousness- Greer was re
ported painfully injured at the time
the accident occurred. He suffered
severe bruises and minor lacerations
and broken ribs
New Town Wins Another
Game Over Old Town, 9-2
The Old Town hnnchell aggrega
tion. with J. -Lefty" Sulliian pitch
turns behind the bat. was turned
back. 9 to X yesterday morning by
the New Town nine C. T. Rober
son. on the mound far New Town,
allowed only 4 hits,
caught for New Town i
times out of four tries at bet.
At the end of the I
the score sSood XX but is the eighth
New Town made T runs to sew the
game up tight.