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Your Old, Broken, Discarded Toys Will Help Bring Christmas To the Poor?Call 46 for a Messenger
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VOLUME XXXIX?NUMBER 96 WiUiamston. Martin County. North Carolina. Tuesday, December 1. 1936 ESTABLISHED 1899
ACT FORMS SLOW
TO BE RETURNED
All Employees Required To
Return Cards To Post
The first obstacles encountered In
setting up the machinery for han
dling the provisions of the Society
Security Act were learned from em
ployees in the local post office this
week. These obstacles, or some jf
them, are not considered of any
i! eat consequence now. but it may
mean that someone, when he reach?
the age of 65 years, will experience
difficulty in procuring any money
under the old-age plan.
Aside from the indifference on the
part of both employers and em
ployees in furnishing necessary in
formation, the main problem is get
ting the correct names and other
data that are required in setting up
accounts. The startling fact that one
colored worker thought he had
"never had a pappy" was unofficial
ly reported, and if he had had one
he did not know him. It is certain
that the illegitimate crop is going to
cause much confusion in setting up
the accounts, but it is possible that
the problem will be solved some
Cases have been found where
real names have been supplanted by
others. One worker is said to call
himself Tar Teck, which is all rigni,,
probably, but how will the security
act handle a case of that type with
out some additional means of iden
But the task goes on, and all of
the more than 1,100 forms, SS-5, are
due to be returned to the post office
for this district by Saturday of this
week. Less than one-tenth of the
forms delivered last week had been
returned here today, it was learned.
Many of those received were not
complete, it was stated.
Reports from one or two smaller
post offices in the county state that
the first forms requiring employers'
identification had not been returned.
It was said that employees should
get busy and see that accounts are
set up by the government for them.
It is considered hardly possible to
expect the government to run peo
ple down to give them pensions. I
Mrs. Janevie Griffin
Died Early Sunday
Mrs Janevie V. Griffin, 26 years
old, died at the home of her broth
er and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Eldridge Ambrose, on East Church
Street here at 12:30 o'clock Sunday
morning. Mrs. Griffin had been ill
with tuberculosis for 17 months,
spending most of that time in bed.
The daughter of Mrs. Larcie Am
brose Wynne and the late William
Ambrose, Mrs. Griffin was born and
reared near Roper in Washington
County. When a young girl s he
moved with her parents to Beaufort
County, moving to Martin about 10
years ago. She was a member of
the Christian church and had many
friends out in the county and in sec
tions of Washington and Beaufort
Besides her mother she leaves
three brothers, Eldridge Ambrose,
Ellis and Henry Wynne, all of Wil
liamston; and three sisters, Mrs.
Edith Brabble, of Bear Grass, Mrs.
Mary Savage, of Williamston; and
Cottie Mae Wynne, of this county."
Services were held at the old
Waters home place, near Yeatesville
in Beaufort County, yesterday'
morning by Elder B. S. Co win, of
the Primitive Baptist church.?Bur-,
ial was near the old family home.1
Farmele School Remembers
Needy During the Holiday
The vocational department of the
Parmele Training school again re-1
membered the needy during Thanks
giving. The gifts this year were
not only valuable and abundant, but
were of a quality that gave increas
ed assurance of the kind and quali
ty of . work being done under the di
rection of PrnfMM A. B. Wyn
and his co-workers.
Corn, turnips, sweet potatoes, col-,
lards, meal, salt, sugar, carrots,'
string beans, mclasses, rutabagas.
tomatoes and peas were donated and
distributed to a numb** of the
: .eedy in the Parmele eeetioa. I
**tt is needless u> say mat die re
sponse and appreciation of the many
persons thus reoeing the timely aid.
was encouraging for future activi-.
Uss of this nature," Wynn said
Local Boy Scouts To Collect Toys, Clothing
For Needy; First Canvass Friday Afternoon
calls of between 1M
needy children la this i
Ity at Christnu
Cheer drive to reach the pahhc
Friday afternoon of this week
between 3:3# and 5:3# o'clock,
when local Boy Scoots will can
vass the town for discarded toys.
Family heads are earnestly act
ed to have ready far the can
vassers any old toys that son be
used in creatine soose happiness
for the leas fortanato of
Griffin will direct the
with the cooperation of Princi
pal L. W.
year barefooted chil
dren dashed into the snow when
Christmas packages were deliv
ered to their hernia Thane pack
ages, not at all fancy, made
Christmas a happy time for the
If there is an eld toy or arti
cle of clothing that ran he con
veniently spared in year home,
went yea kindly place It aside
and have the offering ready for
the Scoots when they call Fri
day af terns an ef this week be
tween J:M and 5:31 o'clock.
MINTON CASE UN
SLOWS UP WORK
Reconvened Monday After |
Two-Day Holiday for
Reconvening yesterday, after tak
ing two days off tor Thanksgiving,
the Martin County Superior Court
struck a snag and up to noon today
little had been accomplished toward
clearing the docket for the act
One divorce was granted. Sudie P.
Woo lard, colored, gaining her free
dom from Charles Woo lard on the
grounds of two years of separation
The old Minton case against the I
Farm ville-Wood ward Lumber Com |
pany was called immediately after
the Woolard divorce case was
cleared, and a long day was spent
taking the evidence. Early reports
from the courtroom today indicat
ed that the case would last a great
er part of today with the possibility
time in reaching a decision.
The case, reviewed by the State
Supreme Court, originated when
Minton took an option on some tim
ber in Williams Township with the
right to enter on a competitive basis
the logging work for the Farmville
Woodward Company. Apparently
the price paid for the timber was
considerably below the actual value,
and the plaintiff is understood to be
suing for the amount above the
price paid and the amount the tim
ber brought. Several attorneys are
in the case and witnesses from as
lar away as Suffolk have been called
here in the case.
When the case was brought into
the superior court several months
ago. Judge Moore non-suited the ac
tion maintained by an interpleader
filed by Frank Barber. After Bar- i
ber was denied any further claim
to the timber or any increased re
muneration, the case was carried
before the high court, which tribu
nal upheld the non-suit as to Bar-1
ber but gave the lumber company
a new trial.
Since the case is taking so much
more time than was allotted it. the
court attendants were unable to
say today what cases would neces
sarily have to be continued for trial,
at a later term.
Peanut Prices Stronger:
Large Sales Are Reportedl
After standing at the 3 1-3 cent'
mark much of the time since the|
season opened a fe
peanut prices are now showing add-1
ed strength, the local market a
paying from 3 3-4 to 4 cents
During the past few days, the]
crop has been moving umiaial
rapidly, the Columbian company
ti plant here buying in caress at
4,000 bags in one day during the
past several days. Other buyer* are
also reporting large purchase*.
Miss Susan Roberson
Passes at Home in
Cross Roads Sunday
Suffered Stroke of Paralysis
Early Friday; Final
Ilia Susan Roberson. highly re
spected citizen of Cross Roads Town
ship, died there at the home of her
t brother. Simon Roberson. Sundav
, afternoon at S o'clock Miss Rob
erson. 78 years old. was very active
'for her advanced age and enjoyed
apparently good health up to last
| Friday morning, when she suffered
a stroke of paralysis She was start
ling a fire in the kitchen stove that
| morning when she was stricken, her
1 brother finding her unconscious on
the floor a few minutes later.
I The daughter of the late Amos
| Roberson and wife. Miss Susan was
'mm in Cross Roads Township and
lived there all her life She was a
member of the Cross Roads church
for more than half a century, con
tinuing active in its program almost
| o the time of her death. As a prac
tical nurse she spent much of her
life nursing the sick and doing for
others. She was welcome at all
I times in the homes of the people of
her section, and a large friendship
eras hers. Miss Roberson was a good
woman, unassuming and unafraid in
meeting the problems of life here
and hereafter. She enjoyed work
and found time and pleasure in do
ing for others
She never married, and her broth
er, Mr. Simon Roberson. is the only
near relatives surviving.
Funeral services were conducted
in the Cross Roads church Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. J. M
Perry, of Robersonville Burial eras
in the family plot on the old home
right farmers of Yancey County
recently purchased a car of lime
this fall Some of the
soney to pay for the
cut and sold cross
Preparations Being Made To
String Christmas Lights Here
The task at
ston's Christmas lights throughout
the business district is schedule
get underway at once. Several I
dred additional lights aril] be |
on the streets this
year there were over 1 JOB
vari colored lights
Street from Watts to
on Washington from Main
?Sorts wiU be
Lights on the latter part of this week
the early part of next, thoae in
?ft of the work stating that
they could not tell definitely when
ha ready far w,
in the courthouse have not
they will compete in
39 LICENSES TO
Number Is Largest Issued
In Single Month So Far
The largest marriage license issu
ance of the year and the largest for
the month of November in three
years was reported for the past
month by Register of Deeds J. Sam
Getsinger. Thirty-nine licenses were
issue, 21 to white and 18 to colored
couples during the month just end
ed, as follows:
Shelton Jones Lattimore and Mar
garet Burton Ross, both of Rober
Ira Everett Barber and Daisy Le
una Page, both of Martin County.
Floyd Ycomans, of Harkers Island
and Marguerite Pipkm Ball, of More
v--""" Spivev ..mi Esther
Elizabeth Harrison, both of William
Edmond Alton Harrison, of Plym
outh. and Mary Kathryn Shute, of
W Hubeit Cobum and Velma
Marine Harrison, both of William
Johnnie Andrews, of Parmele, and
Julia Bland, of Robersonville.
11. S. Johnson, of Hamilton, and
iima Faye House, of Robersonville
Wm E. Manning and Lillian P.
Holliday, of Martin County.
Roland C. Griffin and Minnie
Kathlyn Griffin, of Martin County.
Woodrow Wells and Dorothy Cal
loway. of Martin County.
James Eason Revels and Zora
Brown Lilley, of Martin County.
W. Herbert Lilley. of Jamesville.
and Annie Lamb, of Williamston.
David G. Modlin and Nettie Fer
rell Meador, both of Williamston.
Willie Burt Dickerson and Zula
Mae Bonds, of Martin County.
M 11 Wells, of Greenville, and
Minnie Ellen Norville. of Falkland.
Johnnie Sampson Hodges and
Evey I. Manning, of Martin County.
Henry K. Griffin, of Washington,
?nd Lillian Pearl Daniel, of Griffins.
F. C. Williams and Cora Frances
Wells, both of Martin County.
Robert Shernll Gurganus and
Marjone Taylor, of Martin County.
Joseph Sidney Mallory and Bes
sie Cordell Daniel, of Martin County
Roddick Lynch and Ethel Collins,
both of Oak City.
Andrew Jackson Wiggins and Be
?trice Latham, of Martin County.
Thursday Lynch and Willie Mae
Bryant, both of Martin County.
Ralph Foskey and Bettie Small,
Levi Faison, of ML Olive, and Sel
ma of Williamston.
Clifton Peel and Viola James, both
if Martin County.
Eddie Little and Sarah V. John
con, both of Washington.
Joe Nathan Phelps and Ida Faulk,!
both of Martin County.
Jeffrey Spruill and Emma Clagon,
Calvin Stade and Mary Jana Pow
ell Moore, of Martin County.
Arthur Pettiford and Pearl Hol
lay, both of Plymouth. . [
Elijah Manning and Mtg*?
Dawes, both of Williamston.
Johnnie Cooke and Mae Delia
Knight, both of Oak City.
Robert Ormond and Ella Mae Mc
Intyre, both of Williamston.
Grady Lee Gilliam and Maggie
Ddell Bond, both of Bertie County.
Pender Lock and Cherry Martin,
if Martin County.
Hack Wiggins and Nancy Morgan,
both of Martin County.
JOHN EARL HLNES
Funeral Services Conducted
At Late Home Sunday
John Earle Hines. native of
Wayne County, died at his home in
Hamilton last Saturday morning at
7 o'clock following a long period of I
declining health. A stroke of paral-l
vsis was given as the immediate
cause of his death.
Mr. Hines was employed hy
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Com
pany for a number of years and was
a conductor on one of its trains for
some time. In 19H he moved to
this county and had charge of road
construction activities for the vari
ous road commissions One of the
main projects handled by him. and
one that was not changed by the
State highway forces when they
took over the roads, was the rutting
down of the old river hill on Wil
liamston's East Main Street and
placing top soil and gravel there.
For a number of years he has made
his home in Hamilton, continuing
road construction work until failing
health forced his retirement.
Mr Hines was a member of the
Methodist church and was a Mason
He married Miss Matlie Williams,
of Pitt County, and she survives
with four children. G. E. Hines, ol
this county; Mrs. B. & Taylor, ol
Hamilton; Mrs. N. D. Stokes, ol
Greenville; Miss Evelyn Hines, ol
Hamilton; and one brother. F. G.
Hines, of Mount Olive.
Funeral services were conducted
at the late home Sunday afternoon
at 2 o'clock by Rev. R. N. Fitts,
Methodist minister of Rnbcrsonville,
assisted by Rev. E C Shoe. Baptist
minister, also of Robersonville. and
Rev E. F. Moseley. Episcopal min
ister, of Williamston. Interment was
in the Hamilton cemtery, members
of the Stonewall Masonic Lodge, ol
Robersonville. conducting iK> l?.i
rites at the grave
Mrs. Guy Raw Is, 34,
Dies in Washington!
Mrs. Guy Raw Is, 34 years old. die?
in a Washington hospital Sunda;
morning at 4 45 o'clock from kidne;
rouble with which she had suffered
only a short time. Suffering an at
ack, Mrs Rawls was entered las
Thursday evening, and her conditi i
was not considered serious until Sa
Mrs. Rawls was the daughter o
I Mrs. Edith Whichard and the lai
I Dave B. Whichard She marnei
dr. Rawls 19 years ago and he witi
ive children survives. Their name
are Lloyd, Guy, jr., Mildred, tielei
and John Cotien Rawls. During tin
past four years the family made it
home near Roberson's Chapel, wher.
.hey enjoyed a large friendship
Mrs. Rawls was a member of th?
Presbyterian church, and was activi
in its work in that community. Shi
.?lso interested herself in commun
ity activities, and was a thoughtfu
wife and a good mother.
Funeral services were conducte*
yesterday afternoon in the chape
of the Presbyterian church by Rev
L. T. Piephoff. Interment was u
.he new burial plot in the churcl
Jamesville School Will
Stage Carnival Thursday
The Jamesville achool will give a
arnival Thursday night. December
3, at 7 30 o'clock Elaborate prep
ration are being made for midway
nd grandstand attractions.?A very
small admission charge will be made
Everyone is urged by Die apbhabrs
to come and enjoy the fun.
Watson Says Holliday
ONLY 20 MORE DAYS !
Just three more Saturdays be
tween now and Christmas, the
I# remaining shopping days lor
handling the holidays lash mak
ing immediate action necesary.
Store decorations for the holi
day season are going up rapid
ly. and a preliminary saney
shows more Christmas goods on
counters and in shelves of local
stores than ever before.
H illiamston merchants are
making every effort to serve ef
ficiently and adequately the
needs of all the people in this
great territory. They have
bought heavily, and although
the economic trend is decidedly
advancing, prices will he found
in line with those anywhere.
Do your Christmas shopping
in Uilliamston; for in so doing
you aid others as well as your
Farmers To Have
Meet Friday Night
Present-Day Fanning Sit
uation and Outlook To
Be Topic at Meet
Farmers of Griffins Township
will meet in the Farm Life school
Friday evening of this week at 7 o'
clock, it was announced this morn
ing by M L. Barnes, assistant Mar
tin County farm agent.
The meeting topic will center a
round the farm situation as it exists
tmia.v. ami famieis will be given a?:
opportunity to express themselves as
to what type of program they would
like to have in the future. County
farm leaders and possibly others
will address the meeting
After enjoying a fair parity along
with other industry, agriculture is
now losing its hold again and the
cliange is being made rapidly. In
dustrial prices are advancing, in
Justrial workers are receiving in
reased wages, while agriculture is'
depending u|>on an uncertain piro-i
gram for the future Pitt County
m, arisen to the occasion by throw-1
mg its support behind a farm or
.animation that can, if there is sup
port to be had in Other counties,
plead the cause of agriculture
Whether Griffins Township farmers
will pledge their support at the
meeting Friday evening of this week
is to be seen They have always
come across in the past, and a suc
cessful drive there may be a turn
ing point in rallying all Martin
farmers behind a definite movement
in behalf of agriculture
All farmers of the district are m
vited to attend the meeting.
White School Children
Get Two-Week Holiday
White school children in this
county will enjoy one of the longest
Christmas holidays in years, the of
fice of the county superintendent of
schools announcing today that the
plants would close on Friday, De
cember 18, and reopen oh January
4 In the new year. Colored schools,
starting a week late in the fall, will
be closed for one week only, De
cember 22 to 30.
Before the holidays go into effect.
jected to mid-term examination, it
was learned. The examinations will
be held week after next.
Auto License Tags To Go On
Sale at Local Bureau on 15th
The I9S7 State automobile license
tags will go on tale at the Carolina'
Motor Club bureau in the offices of!
the Wiiliamston Motor Company the
15th of this month, reports stating j
that no extension of time will be
granted auto owners In 1937 for pur-|
chasing the plates. In fact, unoffic
ial reports maintain that the patrol.
has been instructed to arrest own-'
era who operate their cars with 1936
tags on the Aral day uf the new.
year even if the owners are on their,
way to get the new plates.
It will be lawful to display the
ISHrof Ibis iwmlh. Tag pnrea wttl
be about the same as they were 1&>1
year when they were slightly
duced from those of the yrer before.
More than 6,000 of Uie IM
have been sold by the local bureau,
but sales now are few and far be
tween, the car buyers remaining off
the market until time arrives for
purchasing new tags. The b
here is one of the few in the
remaining open all the year. .
mobile owners in several cot
patronise the local bureau, which
maintains a large and
Admissions Made in
(Quizzing Sunday of
Still Claims Bullock Was
Accomplice in Robbery
Bombarded with questions from
morning until well into the night
Sunday. A W Watson, young
Georgia white man. charged along
with Willis Bullock, of this county,
with the brutal murder of Thomas
Holliday. 24. in Robersonville early
on the morning of November 22.
broke down and told in detail how
lie and Bullock had planned rob
bery several days before, agreeing
to kill the hold-up victim and de
While, in his confession made be
b-rc officers in the county jail Wat
sim sull maintained that Bullock
was his accomplice, the latest story
told added to the seriousness ol
Watson's case, if such a Uung is pos
sible The young Georgia boy now
admits that they had planned to rob
and kill the filling station attend
ant. that he talked to Holliday while
Bullock slipped from the dark and
hit the station operator over the
head with a tire tool. Watson ad
mits that he dragged the helpleas
man from in front of the station to
the side, where he looked on while
Bullock dealt the death blows.
After robbing the station, Wataon
claims he took Bullock in his car,
stolen in Athens, Ga. about a month
before, and drove to the high-school
building, turned to the left and fol
lowed the railroad down to a street
running parallel with Main, where
Uk'v turned aeaip and continued to?
the "warehouse district, where Bul
lock got out Watson then went to
his rooming house, where he went
With a picture of the dead man
before his eyes. Watson broke
down and cried like a baby, huge
tears rolling down his cheeks and
-plashing as they fell to the cement
| fiooi He stood up and, with his
? ighl hand in the air. Watson,
jtharged with robbery in Georgia
just a few weeks ago. mumbled
I what he described was a complete
story of the crime.
Bullock, still maintaining his in
nocence. appeared very nervous
when he was carried .before Wat
son The story told by Bullock a
bout some one borrow ing his shoes
the morning of the murder he ap
parently considered incredible, and
he explained to officers that he had
changed his mind and now was cer
lain that his clothing had not been
touched by other persons on the
morning of November 22. His lips
quivering and his hands shaking.
Bullock denied the accusations di
rected at htm by the crying Watson.
"1 have nothing to gain by accus
ing you." Watson told Bullock, "but
you know you were with me, and If
you deny it now you will talk when
you draw the first breath of gas in
the death chamber," he added.
Findings of a fingerprint expert
have not been made public, and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Washington. D. C , has not forward
ed a report on its activity in exam
wg blood found on Bullock's shoe
and comparing it with that found on
A preliminary hearing in the caee
is not being considered, officers and
members of the private prosecution
still centering 'heir ?knrt. nm ?ka
task of gathering all evidence pos
sible for presentation to the Martin
County jury the 14th of this month.
Two Men Fined $S ior
Assault Last Saturday
J S. Livingood and RuotU Jones
?w *5 each and taxed with tha
mats by Justice J. L Hassell in his
court here tan Saturday morning
for simple assault The defendants
were found guilty of assaulting
Junmir Watts, young white boy,
who eras alleged to have been polled
into Roar's store by the defendant
Livingood and slapped by Jones.
The youth eras with a group of
local high-school boys
night advertising the foot
ton the follow day. It wi
out m the trial that the boy