North Carolina Newspapers

Special Programs To Advance War Bond Sales In County Next Week
VOLUME XLV?NUMBER 92 William/ton, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, November 20. 1012. ESTABLISHED 1899
Record War Bond Sales Is Goal
Of Women At War Week Nov. 22
WASHINGTON, D. C.?America's women in the cities and on the farms?in
war factories and in their homes?are determined to make Women At War Week
the greatest War Bond selling effort since Pearl Harbor.
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt sounded the keynote for the Treasury Department's
Women At War Week, Nov. 22 to 28, with an appeal to women to save on "little
things" to provide money
xur nar conas.
"We women want to
work hard, we want to be
a part of this strenuous
period because unless we
are, we will not be able to
face the men when they
return and claim our
share of the future re
sponsibility for building a
peaceful world," the First
Lady declared.
The overall direction of
Women At War Week rests
with the Women's Section
of the War Savings Staff
under the leadership of
Miss Harriet Elliott,
Associate Field Director,
and Mrs. Henry Morgen
thau, Jr., Chief of the
Special Activities Unit.
From coast to coast
women in every commu
nity have made plans for
torchlight parades, fash- Daring Women At W*r Week volunteer War Bond tales
ion shows teas rallies women will wear an armband similar to tbe one being at
ion ?nows. teas, ra lies, Urhed to the sjcev# ol Mr#> Henry Morgenthau. Jr.. by Miss
?tore window displays. Harriet EUiott.
Stamp and Bond booths,
pageants, civic sings, balls and mardi gras. In each locality administration of
the one week drive rests with the local War Savings Committee which has
worked out activities adapted to their areas.
Mrs. Morgenthau, in a special message for Women At War Week, declared
that the spirit of America's pioneer women lives today more strongly than ever.
"The average American woman began to rise to new heights on Sunday, Dec.
7, 1941," Mrs. Morgenthau said. "This winter the average American woman will
be spending less in order to save more to invest in War Bonds and Stamps. She
will not, please God, ever have to fire a gun or fly a bomber. But she will, please
God, always do everything she can to help buy anything?and the best of every
thing?that fires or flies or floats in this terrible war."
WOMEN AT WAR?Overall!, wrenches and drills replace flnrrles as these war workers
la an Army Arsenal march to tank repair shops. Note the determination on their fares.
These women are typical of hundreds of thousands who are working in war factories and
Investing part of their earnings in War Bonds.
Special Bond Calendar
Planned By Chairman
To Urge Every Man.
Woman And Child to
Purchase War Bonds
Movement Drsignril to Make
All More ConHeioiiH of the
Need to Buy BouiIh
Joining hands with nearly forty
three million others throughout the
nation, the women of this county un
der the direction of Mrs. Paul D
Roberson, chairman, and with the
assistance of the schools, civic organ
izations and others are preparing to
launch "Women at War Week," a
movement to promote an all-time
record for the sale of war savings
stamps and bonds and to make ev
eryone more conscious of the urgent
need to support the program design
ed to finance war and ultimate vic
Beginning Sunday, November 22,
and continuing through Saturday,
November 28, "Women at War Week"
will reach into every community in
the country and give every Ameri
can woman an opportunity to par
ticipate actively in the war program
through the sale, purchase or pro
motion of War Savings Bonds. Plan
ned by the Women's Section of the
War Savings Staff of the Treasury
Department, the program is intend
ed, through carefully organized ac
tivities, to allow the women of the
nation to demonstrate their abilities
as believers in, and buyers and sell
ers of War Bonds.
From coast to coast, a continuing
program of special activities will
mark the week. In addition to wo
men's parades, rallies, pageants and
a host of other special activities, the
program will emphasize women's
importance in the current drive to
enroll every one of the nation's wage
earners in the plan for regular pur
chase of Bonds through payroll sav
That the slogan, "Top That 10
Par Cent by New Year's,'* applies to
the army of women workers as well
as men will be stressed during "Wo
men at War Week."
Under the direction of Mrs. Rober
son, programs and special events
have been planned throughout the
county with the cooperation of the
schools and special assistants. Pro
gram details are not quite complete
in all the communities, but Miss Lora
E. Sleeper, home agent, is making
plans to carry the campaign into
rare} homes and others are working
to promote the drive in the schools
and civic organizations. An exten
sive program has already been an
nounced in Robersonville, and a full
week of events have already been
(Continued on page six)
Effective on or about Novem
ber 22, basic A gasoline ration
coupons will be reduced in value
from four to three gallons, the
rationing authorities explaining
that every gallon of gasoline
saved on the home front will be
diverted to the fighting front.
Briefly stated, the need for gas
to carry on the African cam
paign is so imperative that Am
erican motorists are being ask
ed to help make more available
to the fighting forces.
Motorists are urgently asked to
cut down on gas consumption by .
eliminating unnecessary travel.
Demands for more coupons will
only Jeopardize a situation that
may be still regarded as critical.
Judge R. L. Coburn
Holds Last Term of
The County's Court
Half Dozen Cuhch Called for
Trial at Regular Ses
sion Last Monday
Calling half a dozen cases for trial,
Judge Robert L Coburn last Monday
presided over the last term of the
Martin County Recorder's Court be
fore his term expires on December
7th. While there are several more
weeks in his current term, the coun
ty court will fold up and give way
for the two weeks term of superior
court convening next Monday. Not
a candidate to succeed himself, Judge
Coburn will turn the chair over to
Judge J. C. Smith on Monday, De
cember 7th.
Very little interest was shown by
the general public in the proceed
ings last Monday, and the court set
tled down to its business and ad
journed well before the noon hour.
Hal Chance, charged with carnal
knowledge and non-support, waived
preliminary hearing on the felon
charge, and when probable cause of
guilt was alleged, Judge Coburn
bound the defendant over to the su
perior court under bond in the sum
of $200. The non-support charge was
continued until December 28.
Pleading not guilty in the case
charging him with non-support,
George Daniel Lynch was found guil
term of four months. The sentence
was suspended on condition that the
defendant pay the costs of the case
and pay $10 a month for the support
of the illegitimate child for a period
(Continued on page six)
Liberal Allotments
By Rationing Board
In County Thursday
Seventeen New Truck Tires;
Three Car Tires and Two
Cars Allotted
The Martin County Rationing
Board was quite liberal, as far as ra
tioning goes, in its tire allotments
this week. Seventeen brand new
truck tires, three new car tires, two
automobiles and a number of recap
ped and obsolete tires were allotted.
The unusually large allotment was
made possible by a last-minute and
unexpected increase in quotas, a
measure of relief that is recognized
as being only of a temporary nature.
Several applications for third
grade tires were received by the
board, but no such tires are available
at this time and no certificates were
issued for that type.
New truck tires were allotted to
the following:
Roberson Slaughter House, Wil
liamston, two tires and two tubes for
wholesale meat deliveries. The same
firm was also allotted two other tires
and two tubes to replace those cov
ered by an application lost in the
Royal Baking Company, Fenner
Wallace, agent, Williamston, one tire
and one tube for bakery products de
Farmvillc-Woodward Lumber. Co.,
Williamston, four tires and four
tubes, for hauling lumber.
Oren Gaines, Jamesville, four tires
and four tubes, for hauling logs and
W. R. Roberson; Jamesville, four
tires and four tubes, for logging.
Certificates were issued to owners
for recapping their own truck tires,
as follows:
N. C. Green, Williamston, two
truck and two trailer tires for-haul
ing peanuts.
Tilmon Coltrain, Williamston, two
tires for general hauling.
Van G. Taylor, Everetts, two tires
for milk deliveries.
E. R. Turner, RFD 1, Palmyra, one
tire for farm.
New auto tires and tubes were al
lotted to the following:
Dr. A J. Osteon, Williamston. two
tires and two tubes for veterinary
Dennis Warren Davis, RFD 3, Wil
liamston, one tire and tube for min
isterial work.
Everett and Williams, Roberson
ville, one tube for hauling meat.
Certificates for recapping their au
to tires were issued to the follow-1
(Continued on page six)
L. Closs Roberson
Stunned In Wreck!
Thrown against the windshield, L.
Closs Roberson, retired grocery |
clerk, was stunned and slightly in
jured on one knee at 9 o'clock last
Wednesday evening when the car in
which he was riding crashed into a
new Studebaker Commander sedan
parked on the main street in front
of the E and W Grocery Company's
store and belonging to Mrs. B. H.
Hutchinson, of Raleigh Neither the
windshield nor the skin on the head '
was cracked and the victim soon re-1
covered from the shock.
Driving east on the main thor
oughfare, Mr. John E. Pope, local
insurance man, making sure to clear
an approaching car in the narrow
street, struck the bumper of the
Hutchinson car and threw it into an
other car parke nearby belonging to
Chas. Todd, of Bertie. The Todd car,
a Chevrolet sedan, jumped the side
walk as a result of the blow and
crashed into the grocery store front.
tearing out a few brick and cracking |
the plate glass window.
Property damage was estimated at ]
about $150.
Allotments Are Assigned For
Fuel Oil Rationing In County
Virtually completing a review of
the several thousand applications for
kerosene and fuel oil, rationing au
thorities in this county are discuss
ing plans for the distribution of the
ration stamps some time next week.
Complete details for effecting the
distribution will be announced the
early part of next week. Chairman
Martin said, adding that he hoped
,to make arrangements with several
of the schools for handling the task.
School authorities could not be con
tacted immediately today, but the
j plan to have the schoojs handle the
distribution is believed to be about
the most advantageous one that can
be devised. It will be next to impos
sible to mail out the ration stamps
to each of the approximately 5.000
applicants and it would be asking
too much to direct the thousands to
call at the ration board office for the
oil allotments.
It will be impossible to distribute
the stamps in every school, Mr. Mar-1
tin explaining that he hoped it
could be arranged for all people
served by the Williamston post of
fice to call at the Williamston school
for the stamps. All persons whose
post office is at Robersonville will
call at the school in Robersonville
and so on for each post office
territory throughout the county. The
date wil be announced just as soon j
as arrangements can be completed. 1
The special rationing committee,
composed of Messrs. W. E. Dunn. J. j
C. Norris, J. C. Martin and A. T. Per
ry, has worked long hours nearly ev
ery day this week reviewing the ap- j
plications and assigning the quotas.
Others have volunteered in handling
the enormous amount of book work I
The supply of forms for applying |
for fuel oil allotments or central
heating plants and for heating water ?
has been replenished* and those who
|have not filed their applications are!
urged to do so immediately.
To Recognize Work
Off Draft Officials
Serving without pay and in the
face of much unjustified criticism,
the draft hoard officials of the na
tion will receive a well-earned tri
bute the early part of next month
when the American Legion, carry
ing out an expressed wish of Pres
ident Roosevelt, entertains the ap
proximately 20,000 draft authorities
at public dinners.
Tickets, priced at $1 each, have
already been placed on sale in this
county for the dinner to be held in
the Legion Hut on Friday evening,
December A The ticket sale will con
tinue to Thursday noon, December
3, and the Legion Post, desirous to
recognize the work of the draft offi
cials in this county, will prepare a
sumptuous meal without any profit
motive Plans for the dinner call for
barbecued chicken et cetera.
A definite program has not been
outlined for the special meeting, but
it will offer a splendid opportunity
for the public to gain an insight into
some of the complicated and baffling
problems the draft board is called
upon to solve. Briefly stated, the
meeting will advance a better un
derstanding on the part of the pub
lic of those' problems.
The President asked the Legion to
arrange the special tributes to be
paid the local boards as a token of
the nation's appreciation of their un
selfish services in the war effort,
Eight Defendants
In May
or's Court
Eight alleged violators of law and
order were before Justice John L.
Hassell in his court here this week.
Most of them were charged with be
ing drunk and "down," the trials fol
lowing the week-end round-up by lo
cal and county officers.
William A. Peacock, charged with
being drunk and down, was fined
$2.50 and taxed with the costs.
Edgar Holmes, charged with being
drunk at the bus station, was taxed
with $7.50 costs
Harlie Gurkin was taxed with
$7.50 costs for being drunk and down
at the peanut plant.
Charged with disorderly con
duct, Leroy Roberson was sentenced
to the roads for 30 days, the justice
suspending the sentence upon the
payment of $7.50 costs.
Johnnie and Willie Powell, charg
ed with an affray, were each taxed
with $6.50 costs.
| Charged with disorderly conduct,
Austin Cherry was required to pay
$7.50 costs.
Charged with larceny and receiv
ing, Daniel Ryan was botftid over
to the county court for trial under
bond in the sum of $100.
Call Cor Volunteer
Support of"Share
the Meat" Program
M<>iiI Sliorlugt* Loom* As Ser
toli* I'i-oIiIi'iii in Supply
ing Armed Forres
Speaking before a representative
group of the county civifian defense
corps in the courthouse yesterday af
ternoon, Mr. J. E. Hull, of the Farm
Security Administration, pleaded for
a voluntary support of the "Share
the Meat" program. In advancing his
plea, Mr. Hull explained that there
demand for 27 1 -2 billion pounds
of meat, that 0 1-2 billion pounds are
needed for the Army alone Produc
tion will reach about 24 billion
pounds, leaving about 17 1-2 billion
for civilian needs. The three and onr
lialf billion pound shortage will have
to be absorbed by rationing and an
increase 111 production. "Wo civilians
must share our limited meat sup
plies so that everyone will get a fair
portion, and our combined efforts
will help to make the meat supply
last, throughout the next twelve
months. To share the supplies fair
ly, all civilians are asked to limit
their consumption of beef, veal, mut
ton, lamb and pork, including can
ned meats and sausage made from I
these meats," Mr. Hull said
For the present a voluntary plan
will be depended upon to save meat,
but it is quite likely that a strfH ra
tioning program will be instituted
about the middle of next January.
Until the rationing program is plac-'}
I'd into effect, persons over 12 years
of age are earnestly urged to limit
their meat consumption to 2 12
puonds a week; children, 0 to 12
years of age, will eat not more than
1 1 2 pounds, and children under six
years are asked to toddle along with
three-quarters of a pound per week.
The voluntary rations are figured
"bone 111" and "fat on." Poultry, fish
and variety meats sihh as kidney,
liver, brains, sweet breads, tongue,
do not need to be counted in tin- 2
12 pounds.
Mr. Hull pointed out that the far
mer or producer may kill and store
as much meat as he likes, hut that
every one, including the producer, is j
urged to limit his consumption to
the suggested amount. If a farmer
kills and packs more meat than he
needs, lie may use it as he pleases,
(Continued on page six)
Peanut Market Is
At 7-Cent Figure
With the price holding firm at sev
en cents, the peanut market contin
ues unusually active today, but the
volume movement is hardly as large
as it was a few days ago. There is
still a.rush to sell direct from the
The seven-cent price figure is al
most certain to be strengthened
early next week when the William
ston Peanut Company goes back on
the market. Glutted by large pur
chases and record deliveries last
week and this, the company was
forced to withdraw from the market
for a few days or until it could catch
up with its work "It will take about
three more days to handle those pur
chases already made, but we hope to"
be back on the market by next Mon
day," a representative of the com
pany said this morning. While no
one can guess the market even a day
or two in advance, it is generally be
lieved that the return of the local
Company to the market will
strengthen and possibly increase cur
rent quotations.
Deliveries to the government
warehouses are increasing gradual
ly. but hardly 5,000 bags have been
stored in the two houses here so far.
A few farmers are still critical of the
price differential, but ,the opposition
to the government schedule has toned
down right much, according to re
ports coming from the receiving
As we approach another Thanksgiving season and take stock
of our blessings in the midst of War's grim restrictions upon our
privileges, we recall that Thanksgiving Day began in a time of
hardship for Americans.
They had come from the strife and hate and persecution of
Europe to a new land of liberty. They were thankful for simple
things, for food, clothing and shelter on a strange shore.
We should oe thankful for the chance to show whether or nut?
we have the same kind of courage and to prove that we dare to
give up some of our privileges in order to preserve our liberty.
We should be thankful that the Creator has blessed us with
a wonderful harvest, thankful for the simpler things like the
sparkle of dew on autumn flowers, the glory of gay colors in an
autumn sunset and the sweet tones of a church bell in our undis
turbed community.
Now, therefore, I, J. L. Hassell, Mayor of Williamston, do pro
claim Thursday, November 26th, as Thanksgiving Day in William
ston and may we take thts opportunity to rededicate ourselves to
the principles upon which our nation was founded and may our
prayer to God be that this wonderful fabric of free government
bequeathed to us by our fathers shall not perish from the earth.
J. L. HASSELL, Mayor.
Leads Africa Invasion
It was officially announced by the
War Department that Lieut. Gen.
Dwi^ht D. Eisenhower has been
named Commander in Chief of the
combined American and British
forces invading French North Af
rica. Eisenhower rose in one year
from Lieut. Col. to Lieut. General.
(Central I'rets)
Firemen Get Three
Galls In Three Days
Fire calls,' few in number during
recent months, started increasing' this
week when the local department was
called out twice in as many days. A
fire started spreading in peanut hulk
at the peanut plant early Wednes
day afternoon, and the firemen laid
several hundred feet of hose to put
it'put. A grass tire threatened an oil
dock at the river yesterday afternoon
at 3 lb o'clock and the firemen were
called to bring it under control.
A third call of the week was re
ceived this morning when tire threat
ened Willie Modlin s barbecue house
and filling station on Washington
Street Very little damage was
About Half Of Last
Group County Men
Rejected by Doctors
Twenty-two Colored Draftees
Are Veeepted by the
A rim Rerrntlv
Out of the second largest group
of Martin County colored draftees
I to report, the Army recently reject
ed forty-two and retained only twen
ty-two at one of the induction cen
ters. Physical disqualifications ruled
out the draftees in what is believed
to be the greatest number so far re
corded for this county. Another rec
ord call is to be answered in Decem
ber, and it is possible that the heavy
"casualties" this month will be part
ly offset.
Six young draftees, scheduled to
report for physical examination at
the Army induction center failed to
report and five others were trans
ferred to other boards. Several of
the six have reported since that time
and will be given ranking positions
in the next call which is to be an
swered the latter part of next month.
I The names of those who have not
yet reported are being turned over
to the Federal Bureau of Investiga
i turn.
Forty-one of the 42 men rejected
were ruled out on account of physi
cal ailments of one kind or another.
The 42nd one was below required lit
eracy standards.
1 The names of those accepted are,
as follows;
Oliver Bevly Carter, Queen Moore,
i George Fi nest Whitehurst, Nathaniel
Dunn, Willie Purvis, James Coffield,
Wood low Marrow, Albert Jones, Ed
ward Lee Whitfield, Charlie Edward
Purvis, Roosevelt Mooring, William
Riley Anthony, Harold Brown, Wil
liam Hooker, Ransom Franklin
I (ireene, Clarence Pens Briley, David
-44enry Close, Augusta Pitts, WiHie
Briley, Willie Woody Razor, John
jn-ie Williams, and Hurley Levon
[Howell. These men are now in the
j The names of those rejected are,
(Continued on page six) #
One Hundred Youths
To Register In County
Examinations for postmaster
in tin* local office will he held
in the high school building here
on Saturday, November 2K, ac
cording to instructions received
by the applicants this week.
As far as it could he learned
only ten persons applied for the
job. It is understood that the ex
amination will eliminate all hut
the three having the highest
marks, that one of those three
will he ap|H?inted to the position
which pays a salary of about $2,
700 a year.
Allies Are (lurrying
War to Their Enemy
On Several Fronts
Added SncechMCH Keporled in
Solomon*; (1u*li willi
Axi* in Tiiiii?iii
Shifting from the defensive, the
Allies are carrying the war to the en
emy in a big way, scoring decisive
successes on several fronts in far
flung battle areas of the world.
Described as the greatest naval
battle in all history, the engagement,
according to late reports, cost the
Japs twenty-eight ships in the Solo
mons last week-end. It was first re
ported that 23 Jap ships had been
sunk, the number having been in
creased on the third day of the fight
when United States battleships went
into action to mop up the enemy. In
additional) those losses, the Japs had,
a light (Jruiser and a destroyer sunk
by Allied bombers off New Guinea
last night/ boosting the loss for the
Week to 30 ships, including eighteen
men of war. It is possible that some
of the Idwm s wito duplicated in the
repofts, but the battle was a major
defeat for the Japs and will have a
great bearing on the tide of the war.
While the pressure has been, les
sened on Guadalcanal, Tokyo claims
that the Japs have broken through
American defenses on the island. The
claim has no standing, and it is be-^
liev.ed that the situation in that area
is very favorable for the present, at
A detailed report on the battle has
riot been released, and ihe only con
solation as to our losses is found in
the statement that they were com
paratively light. One official report
stated that the U- S. lost eight war
ships in the fight.
(Continued on page six)
New Ruling Likely
To Relieve Labor
Problem On Farms
Kip;lit)'<-ii-Y<'iir-OI<l l.ii<l? Will
Kc^inlrr during Month
Of Dcrriiiht-r
The round-up of available man
<it 11J youth power will just about be
completed in the nation next month
when ci^hteen-year-olds register for
possible military service, unofficial
sources estimating that the number
in this county will approximate an
even hundred. Those youths who be
came eighteen years old in July and
August of this year are to register
during the week beginning Decem
ber 11, those who became 18 in Sep
tember or October will register dur
ing the week beginning September
18, ami those reaching t&ttt-age in?
November and December will reg
ister during the week beginning De
cember 2 After December 31, 1942,
the youths will register as they at
tain the age of eighteen years,
It is estimated that the sixth regis
tration next month will push the to
tal number of registrants w a point
in excess of 7,000, A brief review of
the registrations based on unofficial
but reliable sources, follows:
Date White Col. Total
Oct 10, 1940 1722 1506 3228
July 21. 1941 60 62 128
Feb. 16, 1942 776 504 1280
April 27, 1942 987 660 1647
June 30. 1942 274 307 581
Dec., 1942 (Estimated) 100
3825 3039 6964
That just about completes the pic
ture as far as potential manpower
in the county is concerned except
for those youth who become 18 years
old from time to time.
Announcing the dates for the new
registrations, the Selective Service
System" had something to say about
safeguarding the supply of farm la
bor. No official instructions have
been received by the local draft
board, and until they are received it
is difficult to determine the real
meaning of the new rules and regu
lations. However, it is fairly appar
ent that while the new rules may
"freeze" to a certain extent farm la
bor, they* will not serve as a basis
for deferment. A person on a farm
who hits dependents and is noTsuS
ject to the draft immediately will
subject himself to the draft if he
quits the farm to enter some war in
dustry job. A farmer may change
from one farm to another, but the
(Continued on page six)

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