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Vol. XLIV.?No. 21. Murphey, N. C., Friday, December 23, 1932 $1.00 YEAR? 5c COPY
Sheriff Mason and Deputies Active
During Past Week* ? Five
The make'rs of Christinas liquor
have received a rather costly setback
during the past few weeks at the
hand; of Sheriff L. L. Mason and his
tleputi?s, and as a result many a
Cherokee county citizen will prob
ably go without his Christmas toddy
on the 25th, unless his favorite boot
legger can make arrangements in the
meantime to get his supply from oth
Five stills have been destroyed
during the past few weeks, since
sheriff Mason took office on Decem
ber 5th, together with thousand of
^allon^ of beer, and hundreds of dol
lar*-^ orth of utensils and manufact
uring pamphernalia. And officers
uon't intend to let up their strenuous
drive even after the holidays are over.
On Monday, Dec. 12th, Sheriff
Mason, Deputy Ezra Price, with Roy
Lovingood and Grady Hampton as
helpers, captured a large still on
fc'hoal Creek, together with Jack Led
ford. They poured out 150 gallons
ci beer and brought the outfit and
Ledford to Murphy. Sheriff Mason
already held a warrant for Ledford
on a charge of forgery, and at a pre
liminary hearing, he was bound over
to Superior Court under bond of
$500 for the forgery charge, and
$500 for the change of violating the I
prohibition law. Ledford failed to I
make bond ivpd is in jail awaiting !
Last Tuesday, December 13th, De
puty Sherilf Henry Hose, of Unaka,
and Ben Jlose and Fred Murphy, as j
helpers, cut down one of the largest '
outfits found in the county in some
time. It was about a 95 gallon out
fit, located 4 miles west of Unaka,
and had been in operation for many j
months, officers said, judging from
the evidence around the place. Ap
proximated ?3F?0 gallons of beer was
destroyed, together with all 'barrels,
containers, furnace and etc. There
were three kinds -of beer officers stat
ed, pure corn, sugar and corn, and j
corn and molasses. It was not in
operation and the still was missing
from the furnace. Officers said the
beer was just about ready to be work- 1
Friday .December 16th, Deputy
Sheriff Henry Rose, with Ben Hose
and Clifton Radford as helpers, raid
ed about a 30 gallon outfit near the
Buckberry school, destroyed some
eight hundred gallons of beer and a
small quantity of whiskey. This out
fit was in operation. Warned by
lookouts on the ridges, four men ran
from the scene before the officers
could close in on them.
Last Saturday morning, December
17th, Sheriff Mason, Deputy Ed.
Ba'rnett and Wiley King raided a
still placc on the headwaters of Ven
geance Creek, about 5 miles east of
Marble, and destroyed a large outfit.
The operators had evidently just com
pleted a run and hid the still and cap,
as this part of the plant was miss,
ing. They destroyed all utensils, con
tainers, furnace, etc.
Saturday night, December 17th, a
raiding party composed of Sheriff
Mason, Deputy Sheriffs EM B&rnett
and Toby Fain, with Cody Clayton
as helper, raided a large outfit on
Spring Branch, between the places of
Jim Crisp and Will Ledford, about
five miles west of Murphy and cap
tured a complete outfit in operation,
destroyed a large quantity of beer
and a small amount of whiskey.
Just before the officers reached
the place they planned to park, their
car became stuck in the mud, and
while they we're working to extricate
it, some one tipped off the operators
and they got away.
Sheriff Mason has been busy since
taking office on December 5th. He
has moved h.;s family into the jailor's
quarters and is operating the jail. He
had two prisoners when he took the
Jail over, and now has about eleven.
The first arrest following his in
duction into office was the arrest of
Julius Coleman by one of his depu
ties. Coleman is cha'rged with steal
ing an automobile and having whis
key. His bond is set at $1,000 and
being unable to make the bond, is in
jail awaiting trial.
SCOUT OFFICE CLOSED
The Scout office will be closed all
during next week to allow the force
to take the holidays. We will be back
again on January 2, 1933. Until
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY
NEW YEAR TO ALL
Sty* ^ptrtt of (E^rifltmafi
How inspiring is the thought of Santa Claus, that ruddy,
happy, affectionate bearer of gifts. First on his beloved rein
deer, now in that modern miracle known as the airplane, he
spreads his benifience over the entire world. He leaves no town
or city without making it a bette'r, gayer, more contented place
because of his visit. Catch the Santa Glaus spirit! Become im
bued with his unselfish ideal of SERVICE. You, too, can sp'read
good cheer. You too, can add to the sum of, human happiness.
You can do for YOUR OWN HOME TOWN what the
Spirit of Santa Claus and the strides of mechanical progress are
doing for the whole world. When ycu purchase some things in
the city, some things by mail and other things at home, you are
dissipating the cedeative strength of your money. When you do
all your buying at home, you are doing a great thing for your
Town and Community. You are contributing to its growth. You
are helping them in their promotion of community activities and
At the same time, you are helping yourself ? the more fer
tile you make the soil of your Town and Community, the greater
become your own opportunities for prosperity and success. Don't
carry your bag of good things elsewhere ? concentrate your
activities and purchases at home ? and you will make it a happier,
more prosperous and more livable community because you have
lived in it!
; Locals and Personals
Mr and Mrs. William TayVor of
Topton spent Monday with Mrs. Tay
lor's aunt Mr?. Dixie Dillard.
Messrs. A. W. Mclver and F. W.
Higgins left Tuesday moVning fcr
Knoxville, Tenn., on business.
'Miss Kathleen Axly and John
Davidson motored to Asheville Tues
day to meet Miss Annie Mae Townson
who is attending College at Greens
boro and will spend the Holidays here
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Lee motored to
Knoxville, Tenn., Sunday and was
accompanied home by Mrs. Lee's Sis
ter, Miss Ann Candler who is attend
ing University of Tennessee.
Mr. Franik Hampton of Copper
hill, Tenn., was a visitor in town,
Messrs. G. W. Ellis and Wade Mas
sey made a business trip to Gaines
ville, Georgia Monday.
iMiss Alline Richardson who is
teaching at Campbella, S. C., will ar
rive Saturday to spend the Christmas
holidays with her parents, M'r. and
Mrs. Allen Richardson.
Rev. and Mrs. T. F. Higgins and
family were called to Ashevillc late
Fridav on account of the serious ill
ness of Mrs. Higgins father, Mr.
Miss Margrett Lrby, teacher of
English in the Murphy high school
left Tuesday morning for her home at
Enfield. N. C.
The many friends of Mrs. Bessie
Dickson who was operated on last
Thursday at the Angel Bros. Hospi
tal will be glad to learn that she is
getting along nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Owenby of
Greensville, S. C., are visiting Mr.
Owenby's parents. Mr. and Mrs. W.
The many friends of Mr. Thomp
son Terrell who was operated on for
appendicitis one day last week at the
Gilliam-Quinn Hospital at Duck
town, Tenn., will be glad to le&rn that
he is getting along nicely.
Sheriff and Mrs. L. L. Mason and
daughter. Miss Wilda Mason, and
Deputy Sheriff Toby Fain made a trip
to Morganton Monday to carry Mol
lie Jones to the State Hospital for
Mess iv. Paul and William Owenby
spint the week end at Marietta, Ga.
Mis* Francis Christopher, of At
lanta, Ga., arrived Tuesday to spend
Christmas with her grand parents.
Prof, and Mrs. L. E. Mauney.
Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Christopher
of Atlanta. Ga., will spend Christ
mas with .Mrs. Christopher's parents,
Prof, and Mrs. L. E. Mauney.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Palmer, of Can
ton, N. C., will spend Christmas with
their mother and sister, Mrs. Dixie
Palmer and Miss Hattie Palmer.
The many friend* of Mr. K. D.
Chandler will regret to hear that
he was carried to a hospital in Ma
con, Ga., fo-r treatment.
The many friends of Mr. Charles
Turner will regret to learn that he
has the flu.
Miss Emily Gentry and Mr. Irving
L. Young, both of Chicago, 111., were
married Saturday, December 17th, in
Chicago. After a short honeymoon
to New York City, and a visit to the
Bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. C.
Gentry, of Mujphy, the young cou
ple will reside in Chicago. The wed
ding was a su'rprise to their many
friends here who wish for them a
long and happy life.
Mrs. A. C. Huber entertained
members of the Murphy school facul
ty, house guests of the Regal Hotel,
j and other friends with an old-fash
1 ioned square dance last Saturday
night in the dining room of the hotel.
Music was furnished by members of
the Murphy high school string band.
About fifty guests were present.
During intermissions, popcorn, punch
and wafers were served.
Mrs. Wade Massey was hostess to
the Junior Woman's club at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
Ellis last Thursday evening. After
business a social hour was enjoyed
by all, after which the hostess ser
ved, chicken salad and coffee. Those
present were; MVs. T. J. Mauney,
Mrs. Walter Mauney, Mrs. H. A. Mat
tox, Mrs. Glenn Batees, Mrs. Neil
Sneed, Mrs. Porter Meroney, Misses
Polly Davis, Delia Meroney and Doro
Gfrls and boys arriving home from
college to spend the Christmas holi
days with their parents, are: Annie
Mae Townson, Greensboro, N. C., Ann
Candler, University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, Tenn., Mildred Akin, Bre
nau, Gainesville, Ga., Sara Ruth Posey
Cecil Mattox, Woodfin Posey, Mary
Weaver and Martha Nell Wells,
Asheville Normal, Asheville, N. C.,
Mrs. Franklin Smith, Maragret With
N. W. Abernathy
To my Friends and Readers of The
I wish to say in reference to an
aiticle in the last week's paper which
referred to my settlement with the
county, wish to state thai there was a
balance of $3,600, some of which has
been paid since that date. I also
have around ?1100 worth of school
claims to apply on the above which
has not yet been approved by
Superintendent Martin. Also $2,
300.00 wo'rth of other securities with
which I expect to tak? care of the
remainder with a small exception.
The small balance was tome money
I collected and deposited and was
caught in the bank failures which
was beyond my control. I wanted
the people of the county to know
that I have not misplaced a dime of
the county's funds. Although I was
unfortunate enough to lose about
$3,500.00 in bad checks and the bank
failures, I ar.i coming clean and pay
ing every dims.* of it.
I want to take this opportunity to
thank the people of Cherokee Coun
ty for their hearty co-operation and
their kindness in my four years*
struggle in their service. I could
have cut and slashed and pressed the
people and got through with my tax
collecting near two years sooner but
for the sake ot many who was crip
pled in the bank failures and other
financial calamities, I went to the
pxtreme in giving them time and by
so doing 1 got around $5,000.00 for
the county that 1 would not have got
ten otherwise, and in the meantime
I did not take a hoof of any man's
stock or any belongings of any kind.
With best regards to all of the
eitiv as of the county, I beg to re
mn . Yours sincerely,
NO AH W. ABERNATHY,
Ex-Sheriff Cherokee County.
The Liague of Hampton Memor
ial M. E. Church will present a Christ
mas program Friday evening, Decem
ber -3, at the church at 7 o'clock.
Tho program will consist of reading,
songs, and two plays, "What's the
MatteV With Christmas," and "It
Happened In Bethlehem."
Everyone is cordially invited.
CITIZEN DIED AT
J. S. Hyatt, 63 years old, of Cul
berson, died Monday night at the
Franklin hospital from a compli
j cation of pneumonia following an
operation. The body was brought
to Murphy Tuesday morning and car
ried to his home at Culberson.
Funeral services were held Wed
nesday from the home with interment
in the family cemetery close by.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Kate By ram Hyatt, and four child
ren: Mrs. V. C. Hughes, Murphy Rt.
2; Mrs. L. C. Keasler, Maryville,
Tenn.; Miss Jessie Hyatt and Edgar
Hyatt, of Culberson; one sisiter, Mrs.
Iowa Anderson, of Tnft, Calif.
Senator Robert R. Reynolds, of
Ashville, has been assigned to posts
on the committee 'on military af
faire and the committee on banking
and currency, it was learned here last
night in a dispatch from Washington.
Harry P. Cooper, of Murphy, and
Johnston Avery, of Lenior, connected
With Senator Reynold's Washington
office, plan to leave Washington to
day in two Marine corps planes for
Raliegh where they will cojifer with
Gov. O. Max Gardner.
The two men will visit their homes
for the Christmas holidays. ? Ashe
ville Citizen, Tuesday, Dec. 20th.
erspoon, Edna Patton, Bessie Palmer
and Allawayne Burnett, W. C. T. C.,
Cullowhee,: Burke Gray, James Mal?
lonce, Richard Parkfc'r and Marshall
Bell, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill; William Thompson, Har
ry and Bill Miller, Emory University,
Atlanta, Ga. ; Lyle Martin, Tri-State
College, Angola, Ind. ; Hadley Will
iamson, Joe Dyer, Be'rlon Lovingood
and Noaft Hembree, W. C. T. C., Cul
lowhee; Jack Lovingood, James Par
ker and Mercer Fain, Jr., Mt. Pleas
ant Institute, Mt. Pleasant N. C.;
Joe Bailey, Frank and Charles May
field, McAllie College, Chattanooga,
James Monroe Vaughn, 68, died at
his home here Tuesday morning at 2
o'clock following a two weeks' ill
ness. Fum ral services were held
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the
Presbyterian church with the Rev.
J. II. Carper in charge, assisted by
the Rev. T. F. Higgins, pastor of the
Methodist church, and the Rev. C. K.
Turner, pastor of the Baptist church.
My. Vaughn was a deacon of the
Presbyterian church and had been
secretary-traesurer of the Sunday
School for many years. He was born
in Monroe county, Tennessee, March
27, 18f?4, and came to Murphy with
hi ? paVent? when about four years
of age. Thirty eight years ago he mar
lied Miss Julia Abbott, of Murphy,
who died a little more than a year
ago. Mr. Vaughn was a member of
th: Masonic order and was a prom
inent merchant in Murphy for many
He is survived by three sisters, Miss
Lyda and Mis Parrie Vaughn and
Mrs. Jennie Howell, of Mu.rphy, one
brother, W. A. Vaughn, of Valley
Mills, Tex., and a number of nieces
Active pallbearers were Sheridan
Hcighway Shtridan Dickey, Fred
Dickey. Tom Axley, Herman Elliott,
and Wallace Green. Honorary pall
bearers were S. D. Akin, E. C. Moore,
G. W. Ellis, A. A. Fain. R. B. Fergu
son and P. H. Swo'rd. Burial wa? in
LAST RITES FOR JOE
MURPHY ON WEDNESDAY
Joe Murphy, 80, of Unaka, died at
his home Monday afternoon follow
ing a long illness. The funeral ser
vices were held at Long Ridge Bap
tist church at 11 o'clock .Wednesday
morning with the Rev. Gus Holling
Surviving are his wife and six chil
dren, Lloyd. Elmer, Mrs. Lilly Gar
rett, Mrs. Lizzie Curtis, .Mrs. Eustace
Patterson, and MYs. Noland Morrow.
PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTIONS
OF THE TAXPAYERS LEAGUE
Whereas, t^e prime object of the
Taxpayer's League is a study of tax
i ation, the promotion of economy in
| the administration of ?county and
municipal government, and the en
forcement of the statutory laws in
j relation thereto; and. Whereas, We
aret involved in an unprecedented ii
ancial depression, the consequenqeb
ol which are that owing to the fluct
uations in value of the products ot
commerce and its "relation to the pur
chasing power of the dollar renders
it necessary that a readjustment
should be made in most governmental
affairs; and Whereas, The brirden of
taxation has become oppressive and
confiscatory, and like the locusts of
Egypt is devouring the substance of
our land, and producing distress on
every hand, threfore, We ask that
immediate steps be taken by the of
ficials of the county for the mitti
gation -of taxes, and the relief of a
long suffering and tax ridden public;
and Whereas, The only way to re
duce taxes as we believe is to reduce
expenses. And we believe that thi9
can be done without injustice to any
one; therefore, to ihe end that this
may be done, we have adopted and
do submit the following Resolutions,
and ask their consideration by the
county officials, and if found agree
able and practical, that the same be
put into effect at an early day. If
some of these resolutions are found
incompatible with t^? existing laws,
then, we ask that they be modified,
or that legislation be sought to the
end that the relief ask for may be
granted. We could easily cite many
other cases where adjustments could
be made in the way savings to the
public without any injustice or hard
ship to any one, but believing that
brevity is the soul of wit, we desist
for the time; and
Whereas, We believe that there is
a growing tendancy to disregard the
Statutory laws requiring publicity of
the revenues collected and disbursed,
etc., Sections No. 1311 and 1334 of
the Revisal. After due and timely
notice some have willfully and habit
ually ignord these laws; therefore, we
believe that the time has come that
paticnce ceases to be a virtue, and
like the fable of the farmer dealing
with a rude boy in one of his appie
trees, we believe that the time has
come that sternermaans should be
used in obtaing our legal rights. We
believe that publicity is essential to
come that sterner means should be
confidence in the officals by the pub
lic, and tends to the enlightenment
and betterment of all.
(Continued next week)