North Carolina Newspapers

VOLUME XLV?NUMBER 91 Williamtton, Martin County, North Carolina, Tuesday. November 17. 1942. ESTABLISHED 1899
Americans Win Great
Naval Battle in Pacific
Outlook In Solomon
Islands Much Better
After Fierce Battle
Major Clash Between Allies
And Germans Imminent
In North Africa
Scoring one of the greatest naval
victories since the Battle of Jutland
in World War I, the United States in
a three-day encounter completely
routed a large portion of the Japan
ese fleet in the Solomon Islands ov
er the week-end, the action renewing
hopes of the Guadalcanal defenders
and adding prestige to plans for fu
ture action against the yellow scoun
drels in that part of the world.
In the first two days of the battle
beginning last Friday, the Ameri
cans wiped out twenty-three Jap
ships, including one big battleship,
three heavy and two light cruisers,
five destroyers, eight troop trans
ports and four cargo transports. It
is estimated the battle cost the Japs
between thirty and forty thousand
men. It is not certain from the re
ports released by the Navy Depart
ment whether any Jap soldiers ev
er reached Guadalcanal. Four troop
transports were beached about ten
miles from American positions on
the island. Late reports state that
the four beached transports were
wrecked Sunday morning and that
their human cargoes were torn
With a complete report on the
third day of the battle yet to come,
American losses during the first two
days were placed at two light cruis
ers and six destroyers.
While the battle may not be as de
cisive as the one at Jutland when j
the German navy was turned back
and bottled up for the remainder of
World War I, observers say that the
Jap losses, including aonther capital
ship and several smaller ones dam
aged, have given our Navy the bal
ance of power in the South Pacific,
that a Jap drive to the New Hebri
des, Fiji Islands, New Caledonia and
Australia has been completely block
ed. But the Japs still have a formida
ble navy, and it is possible they will
reorganize their forces and stage a
fourth attack in an effort to regain
the strategic positions of Guadalcan
al and Tulagi. And they'll get anoth
er licking, too.
Reflecting a unified command and
perfect harmony between all forces,
the battle made Admiral Halsey a
hero. He moved for aggressive ac- |
tion during darkness, and pounded
the enemy at close range. At one
time he had the enemy so confused
that Jap ships fired on one another.
The battle was preceded by air at
tacks landed by MacArthur's bomb
ers. When the Jap armada started
forming in New Britain and the
northwestern Solomons, American
scouters declared they could not see
from one end to the other. For sev
eral days tension was great as the
defenders anticipated the arrival of
the hordes. The yellow scoundrels
never reached their destination, and
that part of their battered fleet left
afloat turned tail and limped back to
Commenting in Washington this
morning. Navy Secretary Frank
Knox said that while the battle was
a major one, it was not decisive in
its scope, that the Japs can be ex
pected to make another attempt to
recapture Guadalcanal. That all is
not going well with the Jap navy
is evidenced in an order shifting per
sonnel in the fleet command.
The battle in Africa is now enter
ing its second phase. After scoring
(Continued on page ilx)
Conservation Plans
For Seventeen Farms
By h. f. Mcknight
The Coastal Plain Soil Conserva
tion district which was formed in the
early part of this year and voted on
by the farmers of Martin County in
March is getting underway.
To date complete conservation
plans have been written on 17 farms
in the county.
Applications for soil conservation
work have been made by a total of
93 farmers to date.
One of the farms on which a com
plete soil conservation plan has oeen
worked out is owned by Mr. T. B.
Slade of Hamilton. Just as soon as
tha crops are out of the way Mr.
Slade will terrace approximately 30
acres on the steeper slopes. He also
intends to plant five acres of kudzu
which is a new crop in this section of
the state. The kudzu will be used for
grazing or hay.
Mr. Slade recently seeded four
acres to wild winter peas as an ex
periment. As far as is known this is
the first time this winter soil build
ing crop has been grown in this
county. It has been grown with suc
cess in Alabama, and if successful
may prove a valuable crop in this
section "as one of its good points is
that it produces a yield of around
1000 pounds of seed per acre, and is
also a good crop for grazing.
The return ot prohibition is
now considered i possibility by
observers once they were advis
ed of the size of liquor sales in
the Williamston store last Sat
urday. A new high sales record
was established that day when
the clerks sold 32.M1 worth of
the fluid to approximately 1,335
customers. With such records be
in* established, it is quite pos
sible that the consumers are co
in* to drink the country dry.
The supply of several brands
was exhausted lone before the
day was spent, but not a single
customer was lost, the manager
explaining that another brand
was readily accepted. Making a
second visit to the store during
the day about 50 repeat custom
ers were not allowed to make
purchases. The system has a
more or less voluntary ration
ing plan which allows or is sup
posed to allow a customer to
make only one purchase during
a single day.
Plan Another Big
Scrap Harvest In
The County Soon
Martin Farmers Asked To
Ki|iial and Better School
Children's Record
The war is still going on; in fact,
the heavy fighting is still ahoad, and
as long as the war continues there'll
be an ever-increasing need for scrap
iron and old metals. After recogniz
ing the splendid record this county
has made in the collection and ship
ment of scrap iron, salvage authori
ties are coming right back with a re
newed appeal for more scrap.
This time, the salvage authorities
are looking to the farmers of the
county to put the campaign across,
and plans are being made by Coun
ty Salvage Chairman V. J. Spivey
in cooperation with the Farm Bur
eau for a county-wide collection that
will be carried into every nook and
corner. The plans are not quite
complete, but it is proposed to
reach every farmer In the county
with a direct appeal, urging them
to throw their full weight into the
scrap battle. Township or district
captains are to be named and they
will appoint lieutenants who will
carry the appeal to every nook and
corner in the county. The farmer
will be asked if he has sold any
scrap and how much. He will be ask
ed if he will cooperate in the renew
ed campaign and how much scrap
he thinks it will be possible for him
to gather up and deliver to the deal
ers for sale. Salvage authorities hope
to get a complete survey of the scrap
metal supply in the county through
the new plan, and everyone is urged
to cooperate with the movement in
every way possible.
Details will be announced as soon
as possible, and it is hoped that the
drive can be launched just as soon
as possible after the peanut harvest
ing season is ended and the farmers
have a breathing spell.
The farmers are not being asked
to contribute their scrap metal. They
are being asked to gather It up and
deliver it to their dealers for cash
(Continued on page *ix)
Legion Auxiliary
In Regular Meet
The regular monthly meeting of
the American Legion Auxiliary of
the John Walton Hassell Post No.
103 was held oh Saturday afternoon
in the home of Mrs. W. H. Gray, in
Mrs. W. O. Griffin, the president,
presided, and Mrs. R. H. Goodmon
acted as secretary.
The treasurer reported that two
sweaters had been purchased for pa
tients at Oteen, and read letters of
thanks from these patients. She al
so read a letter from Mrs. Claverie,
the Auxiliary case worker in the
hospital, who reported that there
were now 900 patients at this facili
ty, and of these 100 were boys of 18
an< 19 who were T.B. victims and
veterans of World War II.
The child welfare committee re
ported that Defense Stamps and
comic books had been carried to the
son of one of our members. This lit
tle boy has been ill for several
The Auxiliary was privileged to
have Mrs. E. G. Hudnell, of Choko
winity, N. C, the First Area Chair
man, for the meeting. Mrs. Hudnell
in a very informal manner discuss
ed transportation conditions with the
unit and told of her recent visit to
a meeting of the executive commit
tee. She told of the work outlined for
the auxiliary for the coming year,
and asked the support of each and
every unit in her area.
Mrs. Gray served delicious sand
wiches, tea and nuts.
Tunis, Where U.S. Troops May Cross
Thia is a view of Tunis, capital of Tunisia, the North African province that divides French Algeria from
Italian Libya. In the foreground is the minaret of the Grand Mosque. It was disclosed that President
Roosevelt has sent a letter to the Bey of Tunisia requesting permission for the passage of American troops
through his country "to enable them to accomplish their mission ?the elimination of the forces of evil from
North Africa." Allied headquarters announced that there has been no attack on Tunisia.
(Central Frees)
More Than 5,000 Register In
County For Kerosene Quotas
Approximately 5,000 persons reg
istered at the various school houses
in this county last week for kerosene
and agricultural fuel oil allotments.
The exbct number signing up for the
quotas could not be determined, a
report from the rationing board stat
ing that more than 6,000 registration
blanks were distributed to the
schools and that a few were unused
in some places while in other cen
ters especially in the towns the sup
ply was exhausted before the regis
tration was completed.
According to rationing schedules,
the board is to review each one of
Peanut Market Sags
Under Heavy Sales
The Past Few Days
Price Still HoI<Im To Around
Seven Onto with Few at
Seven and a Quarter
Burdened by record sales and
night-and-day deliveries, the peanut
market showed some signs of weak
ness here this morning. However, the
outlook continues encouraging and
no radical change in the price situa
tion is anticipated, certainly not as
far as some of the buyers are con
Sales extended well into the twen
ty thousand of bags yesterday, and
deliveries were unofficially estimat
ed at 9,000 bags for the day, includ
ing several hundred bags deliver
ed to the government warehouses
for oil During the past several days
the market has held firm at 7 cents
with some of the buyers paying a
quarter. Seven cents was fairly gen
eral this morning, but when the Wil
liamston Peanut Company withdrew
its buyers late yesterday its price
was ranging right up to seven and
a quarter cents and holding firm. In
a direct statement this morning, the
Williamston Company management
explained that it would take a week
or ten days to catch up with their
sales. Unloading operations have
been underway at the p^ant night
and day, and yet the plant is run
ning far behind despite the fact that
it is operating two shifts in the plant
and continuing receiving operatons
(Continued on page six)
Wilson Property Is
Resold At Auction
The $17,500 bid having been rais
ed, the Marshall D. Wilson home
place and (arm here were re-sold at
public auction by the commission
ers, Messrs. B. A. Critcher and
Vance Bunting, in front of the court
house here yesterday noon. The prop
erty was sold to Roy T. Griffin for
an announced sum of $21,075. The
sale was made subject to dower
Bids are also said to have been
raised on other property offered at
a first sale a little over two weeks
ago, and other sales will be held
The re-sale yesterday was start
etTSl about $18,375 and several In
terested bidders pushed the pur
chase price up in spurts, two of them
dropping out when the price went
beyond $20,000.
Heart Game Broadcast
Three Miles In The Air
Breezing through the air at 220
miles an hour and at an altitude of
16,000 feet. Bay Goodmon, Jr.. lis
tened to the Carolina-Duke football
game last Saturday afternoon. He
was about 100 miles from his base at
Jacksonville, Fla., at times, but the
reception was good, he advised his
parents in a letter.
the applications and get the coupons i
or rationing cards into the hands of
the registrants the early part of next
week. It is hardly possible for the
board to handle the task by that j
time, and in all probability limited
sales will be made possible when the
purchaser signs a credit memoran
dum promising to surrender to the
dealer a certain number of coupons
when the rationing cards ure dis
tributed It is not quite clear how the
distribution of the coupons or ration
ing cards will be effected, but the
job, no matter how it is handled, will
be a big one.
The registration is believed to be
fairly complete, but anyone who did
not register last week is directed to
write or call for a registration blank
and prepare it himself or get some
one to preparb it for him and mail it
to the board at once.
The supply of 300 application
forms for fuel oil used in central
heating plants is temporarily ex
hausted, but additional forms are ex
pected by the latter part of the week.
The supply of regular kerosene ap
plication forms is adequate, howev
Man Jailed Here For
Attempting to Break
Into Country Home
Walter Cliamhlee llu<l Served
TerniH for IVepiug into
Alionkie llonieH
Walter Chamblee, 42-ycar-old
Hertford County Negro, was jailed
here late last Saturday afternoon for
allegedly attempting to break into
the home of Mrs. Essie Beacham with
the intent to commit a felony.
Sent to the prison camp here as a
peeping torn from Ahoskie, Cham
blee only a few days before had com
pleted his third road sentence, and
it is believed that while he was an
inmate of the prison he had learned
that Mrs. Beacham lived alone with
her children in the home near the
prison camp. Going to the home
about 11 o'clock, Chamblee raised a
window, placed his hands on the head
of a bed and had one foot inside a
room where a member of the family
was sleeping. Darrell Simpson, a
State Highway employee at the
camp and a visitor in the home at the
time, heard the intruder and rushed
out to catch him. Chamblee ran and
as he cross the yafd he caught a
clothes wire under his neck and was
thrown to the ground. Simpson
struck him over the head several
times with a stick, but the intruder
got up and escaped. Calling for help,
Simpson overtook the man further
down the country road, but was un
able to hold him.
Chamblee is believed to have tried
to break into another home in the
neighborhood earlier that night.
Some one tried to enter the home,
(Continued on page six)
Men forty-five years old or
i.l/lur arp l/ui nlH f<?r uct i vp mil?
? 'WW ?WIT V ??? ? ?
Itary nervier and will not be sub
ject to service in the armed serv
Icea, according to telegraphic in
atructionn received by the coun
ty draft board Iant Saturday. If
a regiatnuit reachea hln 4Mb
birthday before he ia ordered to
report for induction he la ex
empt from military aervice, ac
cording to the apecial Inatruc
tiona received by the draft
Two or three Martin County
men 45 year* old or older have
already been inducted into the
Army. It isn't likely that they
will be discharge
If- \
War As It Relates
To Home Front Is
Reviewed for Week
in Afrira Calls For
Greater Sacrifice# on
Tlw Home Front
The world-shaking events taking
I place along the southern shores of
the Mediterranean already have ser
iously affected Axis strategy, now
| on the defensive. At home, they call
for greater sacrifices, speeding up
of salvage drives, tire and fuel sav
ings, tightening of all our efforts to
provide our fighting men in Africa
land elsewhere with whatever they
need to defeat the enemy.
The crushing defeat of Nazi Gen
eral Rommel's army by the British
Eighth Army, strengthened by U. S.
air fighters and other Allied forces,
was made possible in part by the
great volume of lend-lease ship
ments of war materials and equip
ment to Egypt during the past nine
months. During this period we ship
ped to Egypt more than 1,000 planes,
many hundreds of tanks, of which
more than 500 were mediums, 20,000
trucks and hundreds of pieces of ar
The American landing in force on
the French North African coast, to
I forestall Hitler's intention to make
; use of French possessions as military
| bases, called also for transporting
I huge quantities of war materials
from this country to the Mediter
ranean, and much rhore must be sent
to maintain our strategic actions.
I Says "Petrol Necessary as Blood"
At a critical moment in the last
; war, Premier Clemenceau of France
said, "Petrol is as necessary as blood
{in the battles of tomorrow." At that
time we sent all the gasoline that
France asked for, and now we must
I send fuel oil and gasoline to our
men battling for freedom in French
colonial soil. To do this means that
more than ever we'll have to la*
sparing in our use of fuel oil, drive
as little? as possible to save gasoline
and rubber. Motorists who need more
mileage than their basic ration will
have to give good reasons for re
questing an extra allowance of gas
oline, and supplemental gasoline ra
tions in most cases will not be grant
ed unless the applicant belongs to a
bona fide car sharing group of at
least four members. Ration books
will not be issued until December 1
because of unavoidable delays in dis
(Continued on page six)
Deserter Returned
To Camp Saturday
Charged with being absent with
out leave, David Elwood Davis, 21
year-old white man, was arrested
here last Friday and jailed by Pa
trolman W EV Saunders. Davis, ex
trolman W Saunders. Davis, ex
plaining l^HMong stay at home, told
several different stories. He was
said to have been away from the
the Army about five weeks. Army
police called here Saturday and re
turned him to camp to face court
martial and punishment.
When confronted with the AWOL
charge, Davis was quoted as saying
he just could not take it.
As far as it could be learned, Da
vis is the second man to be rounded
Up' In this County for deserting the
Orphanage Superiniendent
To Make Radio Addre?*
C. K. Proctor, superintendent of
the Oxford Orphanage, will deliv
er his annual Thanksgiving message
to North Carolina Masons and the
general public over Radio Station
WPTF next Sunday afternoon gi
1:45 o'clock.
Secretary Ben Courtney of the
Skewarkey Lodge, is urging all Ma
sons to hear the orphanage head as
he delivers an appeal in the name of
humanity. '
More County Men Are
Called For Induction
A marked decrease in the
number of drunks rounded up
by local and county officers last
week-end is noted in the jail rec
ords for the period. Only eight
persons were arrested and jail
ed, and four of them were jailed
for other causes, one for desert
ing the Army, one for drunken
driving, one for larceny and re
ceiving and one for housebreak
Three of the eight were young
white men.
New State License
Taps One-tenth As
Large As Old Ones
The 1913 Tag* Will LohI Just
An Mneli uiul Will Be
Harder To Buy
Raleigh Although Tar Heel auto j
owners will get only one tiny slip I
of precious metal for an auto tag? |
instead of the formidable two large i
tags of previous years?they will go
to twice as much trouble and spend I
three times as much time in getting I
them. And they'll cost just as much.
Consequently, it is anticipated that :
tens of thousands of last-minute ap
plicants may be earless as well as j
gasless January 1st, according to the i
N C. Motor Vehicle Department; I
which is rather frantically trying to'
| warn motorists to start buying their
I tags on Dec. 1st, first day of sales.
Must Have Old Card
In the first place, no 1943 tabs will
I be issued until the motorist has turn
ed in his 1942 registration card.. if
the motorist has lost his 1942 card,
there is only one way to get it re
placed?via the Motor Vehicle of
fice in Raleigh. Branch offices of the
Carolina Motor Club, which is handl
ing sales in about (50 cities, are for
bidden to issue replacements for lost
1942 cards. This is the first year the
autoist has had to turn in his last !
year's card, and officials estimate
that some thousands of Tar Heels
will suddenly discover that they do!
not have one. They recommend that
motorists check now to see if they
have such a card, and, if, not, to
make application for replacement
Their concern over this comes
from the experience they had dur
ing the OPA gasoline registration.
At that time, some 40,000 North Car-1
olinians discovered they had lost j
their 1942 registration cards, and the
Raleigh Motor Vehicle office was
flooded for weeks with?applications j
for replacements At one time,
around 1,000 letters and telegrams |
were being received each day. said j
Boddie Ward, chief of the bureau.
Must List Occupation
In the second place, each appli
cant's occupation must be written j
on the second of the four cards of
the new registration strip- also a!
new step to save time when the 1943
cards are received, applicants are
asked t?> write their occupation right '
above the line "Alphabetical file"]
which appears on the bottom of the
second card. This is a requirement of
the War Department this year.
(Continued on page six)
Mans Clothes Are
Found Near River
The discovery of a body in Ho an-1
oke River at Jamcsville a short time
ago is being followed by a series of i
mysterious circumstances which may \
or may noj he connected with the
discovery. Officers, baffled by recent I
developments, believe the incidents j
are to be directly or indirectly asso- |
ciated with the drowning or mur
der of Sam Jones, colored man, sev-!
era I weeks ago.
Recovering the body from the riv
?r, officers were unable to identify j
it or have it identified. Interment
was in Potter's Field at the old eoun- j
ty home. Last week it was reported
that Sam Jones, an employee of Fore
man-Blades Lumber Company, had
disappeared without calling for his
pay check. He Was working when
last seen at the company's camp on
Devil's Gut, a few miles up the riv-1
er from Jamesville. Officers have
been unable to learn Jones' address,
but his social -security*card -haa bean
turned over to the authorities who
are trying to check his records.
Last Saturday, company employ
ees found in the swamps near the
camp, a shirt with four $1 bills in
the pocket, a pair of overalls, a
jumper, gloves, double-barrel shot
gun, flashlight and a pair of boots.
But the owner has not been found.
Officers say it might be the clothes
were those of the drowned man, but
whuL the body wm. found It Wll
fully clothed except for the feet. The
recovery fo the body, Jones' disap
pearance and the discovery of the
abandoned clothes form a mystery
that officers have not yet been able
to solve.
Next White Group
To Leave Includes
N umber of 1-B Men
I>.'f?Tiii, ?|, Expire for Sever
al Orafleo I.caring the
County "Soon"
One of the largest number of young
<Tan? V ,U' T" b" summoned
an Army induction center for fi
nal examination and subsequent ac
ceptance or rejection will move out
within the next few days. "nTyoung
remlrt" hl f ad> '"'' n ",slrut'ted to
their ? !l " f "r'y Certal" tha'
their seven -day furlough will per
Zn!r7^:" Day
No complete check could be had
str ndsT'l "V "f ?r"aP
Stiuct.d to report "soon" have al
r ad> reported for induction at one
z:v:iTr di,r,"K ??? 'wo
serv-ie ,i, aS Unf" f,,r military
I a ? ,Werc '''-wed in I B and
A remedial classifications. Since
I hat time, rules have been changed
,lho although reject p 'e^
l< usl> are now subject to military
service, possibly that of a limuS
'".lure Quite a feu of those young
men to answer the current call had
?<n deferred for one reason or an
other but mainly on account of farm
ing operations Their deferments are
then"!'? a"d "uy arr now taking
then places .,i regular order. It is
mn > 'Stood that the l)eceml,er call,
?"id n ,s understood to be a large
???"? will be fillTd by those young
men Whose deferments expire the
fnM of next month.
1 he names and addresses of the
men to report "soon" for a visit to
the induction center are. as follows:
I .-"ice Dutton Hardy, RFD 2 Wil
hamston Hardy was the first white
mm drafte,! ,,i this county. Report
mi, to the induction center. Hardy
underwent the Army physical ex
?'nn.ianoi, and was rejected on March
City*"' Duniel Bakl'r. RfD 1, Oak
William Henry Ange. RFD 1
Will,;,.,, Ernest (Cotton) Davis,
W.lhamslon and Tarhoro Young Mr
Davis was rejected in May of last'
Cushing Biggs Bailey, RFD 2, Wil
J Hugh Burras Bailey, RFD 2 Wil
vine""'"' R",!,'re- KKD '? Rnherson
st(!n'""n R"g,'rso"' RfD 2. Wilharn
v |Ke"y Warren. RFD 2. Hobcrson
tieorge Hynian Harrison. Jr Wil
liamston. "
t, """ EIP,'",lsa J"hnson. Williams
t"" Mr Johnson, former county
solictor, recently enlisted in the
Navy, but his name is in the list of
those instructed to report for in
vjUoyd Ayers. RFD I, Roberson
F""ih Keel, Wilhamston
c,nd (icorjjctown, S. C.
Joe Thomas Thompson, Jr., RFD I
Kobcrsonvillc '
Charlie Thomas Edmondson, RFD
?>. Williamston.
^Robert Asa Edmondson, Jr., Ham
e,I'1nv.Hm"S"n **"'*? RF? 1 Rob'
Rtiiasr K?ursoni rfd
Cyril Harrison Respass, RFD 1
Lloyd Monroe Hassell, Jamesville.
Onward Lloyd Gardner, RFD 1
Janu'svillc. '
Ernest Daniel Ward. RFD 1 Rob
_ Charge Washington Taylor, Ever
ttt.s and Albemarle.
riiomas Frederick Grimes. RFD 3,
Wilhamston Young Mr. Grimes is
(Continued on page six)
Motorist Is Badly
Hurt In Accident
Williiini Alexander Rogers, young
Bear Grass Township colored man,
was hurt, possibly seriously, when
, Ins car crashed into a wagon load
I of wood on the Fones' bridge road
in Griffins Township late last Satur
day afternoon Suffering a broken
collar bone and possible internal in
juries, the man is in a Washington
hospital for treatment. According to
reports Rogers continues in a half
dazed condition after having shown
igns of marked improvement the
day following the accident.
Apparently driving at a rapid
speed, Rogers rounded a curve in the
dirt road just as Charles Butler, al
so colored, started to drive the wa
gon into his yard. The car struck the
left rear wheel of the wagon and
scattered wood all over the place,
;one piece flying through the wind
shield and striking him on the collar
bone. Another piece flew through
the hood and tore partly through the
dash board.
The wreck damage was estimated
in excess of $100.

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