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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 82 Williamston. Martin County. North Carolina. Tuesday. Oetober 13.1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
Compact Bill To Be Ready
For Legislative Action
Within Short Time
Plans far the
production through stale j
compacts are going forward n
inglnti. reports ima Ihrn
a bill will be ready for early i
ment by the
AAA officials
lation of the measure asserted thai j
control of production is satisfactory i
to all producer croups indorsing the)
compact theory and was inser
the bill only at the latter s
race It is planned that state
cm administering the propuoed lawJ
ed will be a highly
sxm of the compact act passed by
the Virginia legislature, which al
ready has a marketing control pro
vision. Federal agricultural officials
have just reported thai they have
almost completed drafting the meas
ure; and it should be ready for the
various legislatures within a eery
As the situation now stands fin
fie inot Mil i I a
can sell only the amount
of tobacco specified in his individ
ual marketing quota. Should he de
ne to make sales in excess of this
maximum, he must purchase addi
tional "sales certificates" from his
state commission, and the price he
pays for such certificates is aihnit
tedly of a prohibitory nature.
Under the present system, officials
contended, these is nothing to pre
vent a farmer from taking ius ex
tern tobacco into another Jiate?:
one not governed by a compact?
and sell it with no fear of puush
roent For when he ciunet a state
line with his tobacco, he ts. under
law. operating in interstate com
I therefore; beyond state
It is felt thai should the state
hare authority to tell him how
much to plant as well as sell, this
loop-hole will be cfaeed. m that
the producer's production and
kcttng quotas would be similar
he would hare no excess crop what |
socrrr Therefore; the prmision
outlined heretofore has Ixyi insert
ed m the model bill.
Th? compacts pr'.ir i
iaed by one offma
At the request of
greasmen. both the hi
ate hare already pasai
lution. specifically, does three I
(1) Authorizes
states far the
Old Cannon Dug Up
Here After 38 Years
? r
Only Three Districts Have
Reported Contributions
Up Until Present
Martin County people are strong
far Roosevelt and are expected to
turn out a record vote for him the
3rd of next month, but they are not
so hot when it comes to supporting
the campaign with cash, according
to the latest' report filed today by
canvassers for the reelection cam
paign fund. With a goal of $1,000
set for this county, the can vessels
continue their drive for funds, and
today reported a total of U92
The work is going forward fairly
rapidly m Williamston. Griffins.
Goose Nest and a portion of Bear
Grass, but reports have not been re
ceived from other distorts in the
comity, it was pointed out. How
ever, it is umlentood that communi
ty canvassers are working in all dis
tricts and that the fund will pass the
$SOT mark as the work progresses.
Battling against an overflowing
Republican campaign cash pot. the
Roosevelt forces are drrccting ap
peals for aid to every community,
urgrng a donation frum everyone
As election time nears. there appears
? uncertainty at Mr. Roosevelt's
reelection The haltle. as far as
Norti. Caii. concc.iied. :> con
sidered won. but the fireworks are
underway on a big scale in some of
the western states and also in a
number at those in the North.
Contributions, raised in this coun
ty. an
ndeby I
appear as follows:
$S contributors S & Lilley. J.
Eason Lilley. Dr. W C. Mercer, J.
W. Watts, jr., VanDyke Furniture
$2 contributors: A friend, J. G.
Whitfield, J. C. Boas. G. W. Griffin.
Sylvester Peel. Dr. Jos. Eason.
$130 contributor Ira F. Griffin.
SI and less: R W. Boodurani. K
I_ Hyman, R T. Johnson. W. O
Daniel. G. W Barrett. W D Smith.
T C AUsbrooks, J- P Faithful. L T
riipii. ji w r Tumi r n ?
rell. B. F. Lilley. John E. Griffin.
Alex Peel. R H Peel. D. T. Gnffin.
C W. Cur kin. John A. Gnffin. W. K
Parker. D V. Clayton. Jos. W. Grif
Oak City Negro Is
Injured in Crash!
Richard C Jones, rejpected c
and farmer at the Oak City section,
had his right lag iimkil and m
Used Principally To
Celebrate Victory of
Democrats at Polls,
Weapon Recovered Sunday
After Being Buried for
Thirty-eight Years
An old Civil War cannon, with a
history a yard kmc behind it. was
recovered here last Sunday morn
ins after remaining buried on the
J S. Rhodes property just ofi Smith
wick Street for nearly 38 years
About its use as a weapon of death
id destruction, little is known. Old
lifan Pompey Williams. a former
slave with an able memory, declares
the was brought here by the
Confederates during the Civil War
from Roanoke Island Apparently
the weapon was cast long before the
War Between the State*, the can
non being of the type in general use
years before 1861.
in later years, older residents of the
town state it was used by the Dem
ocrats to celebrate victories over the
Republicans, and in this connection
there is a unique and exciting rec
ord. ft was only on few occasions
that the Democrats had an oppor
tunity to celebrate a victory between
1863 and 1898. but in the latter year
a big time was reported. The Dem
ocrats ousted the Republicans in the
State, and conservative merchants
here joined in the celebration that
locked the town. The old cannon
was fired at least SO times that mem
orable night, the vibrations from the
shots actually jarring out the kero
sene burners in those neighborhoods
where the celebrants chose to fire
The late Wheeler Martin, a
staunch Republican and as good a
loser as he was winner, was given a
two-shot salute, and it was he who
brought the "whoopee" to an end.
Answering the salute with open
arms. Mr. Martin is said to have
walked out on his front porch and
said, "boys, come on in. There's
plenty of food, and 1*11 get y?*i re-|
freshments." According to the story ,
the Demos, starved out after long
years of political suffering, deserted
the cannon and rushed in on their
old friend, all relegating to the four
winds any and all political ill-feel
?ng that ever existed between them
Mr Martin fed his tormenlers well,
and they took care of the refresh
ments in such manner that in a short
while there was no one left capable
of handling and firing the old gun.
One of the group is said to have
wandered up the street with a hunk
of cheese in his hand Finally reach
ing Carstarphen's old store, comer
Mam and Smithwick Streets, the
recent guest sat down to eat. Feel
ing into his pockets he found a plug
of tobacco and pulled it out and,
thinking it was a jumbo cake, he
sandwiched it with the cheese. He
was later carted home in a small
push-cart used at that time for haul
ing the mails
The gun had been used prior to
that time, but the former celebration
details are not well remembered
The reports have it that one staunch
IV*woqat had imbibed too freely of
the spirits and tried to ride the
weapon in the thick of battle. Both
led were broken and he was hurt
mighty badly, the off-record de-'
Following the November, 1898, eel
cbration, Frank Rhodes, Henry Cook
Herbert Pope, C. B. Hassell. and
Wiley Clary took tha old cannon
and buried it on the Rhodes prop
erty just back of a horse stable.
While visiting bar* the past week
end from Montgomery. Ala.. Mr.
Rhodes talked about old tunes and.
with an elect inn near at hand, re
called the days of the cannon, and
he and others decided to dig for it.
While all the landmarks had been
! (moved. Mr. Rhodes came within
3 feet of the buried cannon in the
i n
placed on display
in front at the City Hall
Local Democrats are of the belief
hat it will be appropriate to fire
xtbe aiapisi again on November 3,
but rust has eaten the iron badly
tha daring youth of yesterday
?sat here today, so the dangerous
will hardly be included in the
Plans for Campaign Now
Being Formulated By
Organization Officials
Preliminary plans are .feeing for- ,
mutated far an extensive drive in j
this county for Farm Bureau mem
bers. an official of the organization ,
said yesterday The membership
campaign, no* going full force in a
number of counties, w ill jralnbl^ i
get underway in Martin surne time
next week, it is believed
There are already several hundred
members in this county, and it Is
planned to add several hundred
more Pitt County has nearly every
one of its more than 5.00 farms rep
r won ted in the ?orgamjat k?n. and
membership drives are underw ay in
Edgecombe and Nash Cuunties this]
When it X rwimnlu-riftt lh?t lh<> |
National Farm Bureau FederaUon
was the driving power behind the |
demand for Federal farm legislation
and recognition and That tobacco
profited probabfer more than any
other crop, it is believed that farm
ers in this county and other tobacco
areas will readily offer their support
j by joining the organization and sup
porting it in the future.
| Details of the membership drive
Ihkr ?milium I j oy tbe comity
bureau president. Mr 11- S. Everett,
within the next few days, it is un
derstood In the meantime, farmers i
are urged to consider the undertak
ing and line up support for the
Jamesville Ionian
Hit bv Automboilc
Mrs. H M Wright. Jamesvd*
Township citizen, was painfulv but
not scrkntshr hurt wrf-en struck bv
an automobile driven by a hit and
run driver near Dardens Sunday
afterniM?n Suffering an injured
shoulder and other bruises, Mr
Wright is recovering at her home
Mrs. Wright, walking alc?ng the
highway a short distance this side of
Dardens. was struck when a car.
traveling toward Dardens. swerved
off the hard surfaced road a few
inches in passing an approaching
Beaufort County Fair Gets
Underway In Washington
The Beaufort G?unt> Fair, open
ing yesterday, ? reported running
full blast over in Washington today-,
with thousands of school children
flocking the midway and enjoying
the amusements furnished by the
St rate's Shows,
With ideal weather conditions ex
isting. Martin County people are ex
pected to attend the exhibit Km in
large numbers during all of this
Local High School Band
Parades at the State Fair
Going to Raleigh reltfday 35
members strong, the local high
| grand parade ftw the Capita to
the State Fair ground* The young
sters, accompanied by Director Chas
L. McCullers and Piofessor Larry
Wade, made a eery favorable ??
nunwai and enjoyed the fair
quests of the management
I raving here at 1 o'clock yester
day afternoon, a fern of the boys
were until early this morning get. |
Going down about 5 o'clock last
rangements for the formal open
ing of his rew gimety store. Mer
chant Dallas Frank found a tiny
colored boy sitting on the curb
waiting for ton And a Ink the
merchant was surprised to find a
customer up an hour before the
sun made its appearance, he was
even more surprised to learn that
the little fellow wanted a can of
chicken soup
The tot, hardly large enough to
name his wants, did not explain
why he wanted chicken soup and
wanted it so early. Probably the
young on
his bed to get
nek mesnber of the I
ably he was i
Local Market Has Its Best Sale of
Season With Official Average of
$28.61 for Over 188,000 Pounds
State and National Ballots
Received by Election Board
While the party leaders are whoop
ing it up for the big battle of ballots,
officials have oiled up the machinery
and are gelling tlie tickets ready for
the election the 3rd of next month.
M?'io than 8.000 national and state
t ickets have been delivered to Mr.
Sylvester Peel, chairman of the Mar
tin County Board of Elections, and
an order lias been placed for the
county tickets Three regular bal
lots untt be placed before the voters
lor the consideration in addittion to'
llie one carrying several proposed
amendments to the state constitu
Voting wil be quite easy this year.'
the national* ticket carrying the]
names of the presidential candidates!
themselves instead of the names of
-the electors, as heretofore. In or
t der to vote a straight party ticket.
j all the voter has to do is make a
mark in the circle near the top of
the ballot, just under the party
Ballots will be delivered to the
poll holders just a few days before
I the election.
Notices of 1936 Taxes
Are Mailed in County
1 IVr Cent Discount
Is Allowed If Paid
During This .Month'
Levy of About $181,000 Is j
Slightly Larger Than
For Year 1935
?Nearly 8.000 Martin Cuuntv prop
erty owners are being notified this
week that their 1936 iaxc& are due
and payable at the office of the sher
iff in Williamston or at the several ]
hanks li the county.
Already, those who have the
wherewithal are making settlement
of the new taxes, the office of the
sheriff reporting more than $500 col
lected yesterday. While some are
paying the new accounts, about 700
property owners are still battling
with their year-old accounts. The
delinquent list is being reduced
gradually, the collector reporting 18
names removed yesterday Indica
tions are that the sheriff will have]
the rmallest number of account lp|
handle at his final sale the first Mon
day in November of any time in re
cent years.
The total amount of the 1936 levy
has not been definitely determined,
the auditor's office explaining that
one or two small corporation valua
tions had not been certified by the |
State. The levy will amount to ap
proximately $181,000. or about $2.0001
more than that in 1935
The 1936 tax accounts are being |
paid this month at a discount of
per cent. In November, the dis
count is reduced 1-2 of 1 per cent,
and taxes are payable at par during
December and January After Jan
uary a penalty of 1 per cent is add
ed eartt month to the tax accounts |
tit rough May
Sister of Local Man Dies
Suddenly in Portsmouth!
Mrs. J. E Shackleford. tinr <4
Mr B. S Courtney, of Williamston.'
died suddenly at her home in Ports
mouth. Va . this morning at 6 o'clock.
She was sick only three hours.
e? here during the week end and ap
peared in splendid health She wa?
57 years old and is survived by her
husband and Ave children. A sister.
Mrs. J. W Bowden. of Portsmouth,
also survives. Mrs. Shackleford was
a native of Virginia and had lived
in Portsmouth more than 35 years.
Funeral arrangements had not
been completed at noon today, but
it is expected that the. last rites will:
be conducted Thursday, interment (
following in a Portsmouth cemetery
Jamesville Faculty To Give'
Play There Friday Night!
The Jamesville school faculty,
coached by Miss Sneede Lecson. is
presenting a play. "The Mill of the
Gods.** Friday evening at >15 in t
school auditorium This drama in'
three acts, by Eugene Todd, is green]
under the auspices at the
teacher organization for the |
[SQUIRREL hunting 1
.7*" "**? season is
atlrartiag man, hunters i. u,is
~ "?mrrs in Uir
y_',kr* days. reports sUI
tax that the tree climbers are in
. *** ,,irl> Urge nun.
,7" 'N?hers huntrrs get
?ke?r bag limits, and probably
e to spare.
' ** ???her and high waters
*?she last winter ma
*"""J diseased the number
**?? .*?' ?*?simuUly one of
?be beet animals is brought
Poslal Hircipts for
Quarter IiHTcasc
Itetawtme er,^ receipts of $4
333 56 for the I turd quarter, the l?.
e p"slon'"' had the largest busi.
HIKs l..r -vs.. . .
ness for any similar per.od in its
" ' ^???niar period in its
history. Postmaster I. T Fowden
?<d yesterday The income for the
tnarter^omhoK the 30th of 1?m
namth was 533150 greater than for
the third quarter. 1935. .t was point
ed nut
The local office income so far this
year is greater than for the firs,
three-quarters of 1935 when an all
Ume buauwss record was ?Uh
lished Postmaster Fowden believes
?t recordwill be passed this year
To Hold Exam for
Everetls Postmaster
__ ?
The position of postmaster made
vscnnt by the death of J S. Peel, at
veretU tl?e 18th of last month, will
he filled by the Civil Service Com
mfc-sam wnhin the neiTfewr weak*.
" 15 "ndrestood Th.~e .o,
?? is undresl,?} Those ^
suuir in Blr am-liralioni for the b.h
are being notified lo have their re
quests before Ihe eommission in
D C-not later than the
Z3rd of this month DiUon C. Peel
son of the former postmastei. was
rfmnimiuuiioi I .
Hwonsier, wa< by Congressman
Lindsay C Warren to fill the off,ce
temporarily. .?r until the Civil Serv
tee Oanrnissirai oiHiM hold examina
tm& ??? --- -? ?
No date for holding the examina
uora has been determined, hut they
are IiL-?lv i
minert, t>ut the
are likely lo be given in the Wil
liamston High School Building a
'"lit November 7.
Holiday lor Firemen Here
Is Interrupted Yesterday
Starting by a spark from a flue
UupjU'ihJ the Combination was!
h?U~ *l Mrs
Myrtle Harris on Haughton Stree
yesterday morning at II 30 o'clock
Calling out the volunteer Are com.
Pony, the owner, using a small gar.
*? ????
? ?x. lit C Wf
control when the firemen rr^hed
'!r,Zn^S ^ ^ver
""" in the
?" ? CM*?f structure, but
,hr d-nate was very u?n
'I fW? mil -- a* a
"?/ amau.
ik!^ T ,hr ""t received by
ul ^ Bre since
teenth of the year so Ear.
11.1.000 Pounds Here
Today With Prices
As Good as Monday
Block Sales Yesterday Are
Cleared Today As Sales
Continue at Rapid Pace
Prices on (hg Will lamston Tobacco
Market soared to r.ew levels yester
day. making for one of the best sales
not only this tutjun but for several
seasons past Farmers were better
pleased than *>n a^.y day tliis season;
in fact, they were happy With bet
ter grades being offered in larger
quantities, the market reports its
bast average, >26.61. of the season.
Sales blocked late 111 the afternoon,
the 188.539 pounds sold bringing
$53.925 41 Prices are holding up
well hxlay. reports this morning 'in
dicating that the average will equal
and probably pass the record-break
-et^ established Yesterday.?Muie than? pounds of the leaf are on the
floors today, but the block will be
So far this season, the market has
sold 3.131.950 pounds, with the
price averaging about 3 cents a
pound over that of last year
Individual reports from the mar
ket are the most encouraging of any
heard in several seasons. Johnnie
Hardison, Griffins Township farmer.
| explained that he received a dollar
a stick for 174 sticks of tobacco. Two
entire -rows?in one house averaged *
more than $40 a hundred, and farm
ers were really astonished A spirit
of happiness pervaded the market
atmosphere yesterday, and the
smiles and conservations at the
warehouse* here were equally as
cheerful today as the sales pro
No record-breaking averages were
reported ??n the market yesterday,
but the averages between $40 and
$50 were numerous, some going
higher and few under $30. Prices
[ of inferior grades, while considered
a bit stronger, still do not compare
with those being received for tobac
cu~thal has any quality at all. The
fai mers, for the most part, are real
izing this situation, and many are
holding back the poorest quality
grades for use as fertilizer on their
Just what percentage of the crop
has been sold is a matter of guess
work. Some believe between 00 and
65 |ht cent of the crop has been
| sold Others believe that the mar
keting activities are hardly more
than half completed. Many farmers,
however, are selling their last barns
this week, while others have just
tompleted the marketing of their
lugs and tips.
Tlie September government report
for the tobacco markets in this and
two other belts shows a marked re
u, |M,u!t*iage harvesUxl and
M?kl during the period as rum pared
With the satn?? month a yMir ^
September sales, while averaging a
bout 3 cents a pound higher, brought
the farmers in the three belts $17,.
468,714.64, as compared with $?,
816,772.60 last year. During the
same month of 1935 the three belts
sold 211,005.683 pounds, as compared
with 150.562.995 pounds sold in the
same period this year, or a
tion of about 6o.0o0.o00 pounds.
Gotton Ginnings
Martin County farmers ginned
nearly Ave times as much cotton
from the current crop up to October
I as they did during the same period
a year ago. a report released by the
Department of Commerce through
its special agent, Luther Hardison.
show* Last year there were >05
bales of cotton ginned in this coun
ty up to the first of October, at com
pared with 900 this year.
The report, while pontine hi a
bumper cotton production m this
county, indicates that fanner* are
harvesting . and ginning the crop
faster than they did a year age.
Some actually believe the total pro.
duction will hardly exceed that of

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