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Vol. IIIL.?No. 29.
OVER HALF OF
Director Gives Figures,
Comments On Work
Done In County
Of the $85,033.50 Federal funds
allotted to 'Cherokee county for WPA
project?, $45,849.37 has already been
spent on repair and sewing room
projects, W. E. Breese, director of
the WPA in the eighth di?Vict, announced
this week. Eight hundred
and forty-two people are being employed
His detailed report gave the following
Sewing room funds
Amount already spent. 9,296.62
Number of women working 116
Total ar?ornt allotted to farm-tomarket
roads, streets, sewers,
repairs ana painting 01 pumic
Amount spent .. 36,552.75
Number of men working 720
"There are several projects np.
proved for your County and we hope
to be able to start work on same as
soon as we get the allotments of
money from Washington. Owing to
the extremely bad weather we have
not been able to do as much on the
construction projects as we would
like to have done, but as soon as
Spring opens we hope to be able to
puah the work rapidly", he added.
"This is a splendid showing as to
the amount of money paid out in
your County, but of course WPA is
not solely for the purpose of spending
money, but it is to offer opportunity
to workers to earn a living
wage. WPA is not a relief organization,
and when a man or woman
works for WPA and gets paid, they
are not receiving charity, but they
are receiving that which they have
earned by working for same. This
method will cause the worker not to
feel that he has been the object of
charity of the government, but that
he is giving a fair retujn for his fair
wage and also owing to the number
of hours worked per week, still leaves
the worker areasonable period of
time to see if he cannot get into privite
industry and take care of himself
and his family. I think the mor.
al effect of the WFA is one of the
greatest benefits of our people and
of course the financial help has been
of the greatest value to them in supplying
them with the necessities of
life," Mr. Breese declared.
LIONS DINNER IS
TO BE HELD HERE
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
The Cherokee County dinner,
sponsored here annually by the Murphy
Lions club, will be held at the
Regal Hotel, Friday, March 6, it was
definitely decided by an arrange
ments committee under the direction
of W. M. Fain this week.
F. G. -Heath, district commander
of the club, has been invited as the
principal speaker, but Dale Lee, secretary
of the club, learned that Mr.
Heath was unable to attend. But he
said, "we are fortunate in having Mr.
William T. Ray, of Athena, Ga., who
is chairman of Board of Governors of
Lions International, for this occasion.
Each year the Cherokee counts
dinner features everv varietv of food
raised or grown in this county. The
local club is expected to have moTe
than 100 guests attend the dinner.
BURKE GRAY, JR. ILL
Majtor, J. B. Gray left Monday
night for the bedside of his son.
Burke, Jr., a student at the University
of North Carolina, at Chapel
Hill, who is ill with pneumonia. A
wire Tuesday reported an improvement
in the popular young man's condition.
Mr. Gray was accompanied
on the tiip by Buster Baylo i.
ig Weekly Newspaper in Western Noi
~~ Murphy, ]
Johnson Fund Grows;
Donations Still Taken
' ....Approximately $100 has been
subscribed to the Johnson fund being
sponsored by the Cherokee
Scout and one more week remains
for those who wish to help the
family of Mr. Blaylock Johnson,
i who lost his home, his wife, and a
< son in the recent flood in this
Anyone wishing to contribute to
this fund during the coming week
may leave cash donations at the
Citizens Bank and Trust company.
A complete list of all donors
could not be obtained this week,
| but the donations will be printed
| in the next issue of this paper.
Responses to the fund have been
made from many surrounding
totvns and communities.
Mr. Johnson and his son, Lawrence,
are now staying with his
sister, Mrs. Joe Dyer. He has sold
most of his cattle, and plans to
sell his team of mules and a cow
FHA OFFICIAL TO
I SPEAK TO LIONS
j HhKhlNtAl WttK
Will Speak. On Plan To
Establish Building Loan
'Arrangements have been completed
to have a representative of the
Federal Housing administration from
Washington appear before the Lions
club here either at their regular
meeting Tuesday night or next Friday
to explain more fully the plan
under which the club has sponsored
the organization of a building and
loan association in Murphy.
Under the present federal set-up
it is possible to receive federal funds
three times in the amount of local
subscription, provided all stipulations
are met by the organizing
! parties. In this instance, a Lions
club committee under chairman W.
W. Hyde, local banker, is arranging
to subscribe $25,000 capital as the local
part of the fund in order that
; citizens of this area may have the
advantages of borrowing under the
Pfi/lpro 1 Hnilfinl? o^niinictl-ofinn o
situation that has been impractical
since the beginning of the FHA as
it is almost impossible to borrow
funds here for this purpose from metropolitan
Members of the Lions club have investigated
the local situation thoroughly.
They have stated the reali.
zation of a need of a ending organization,
and report that the financial
end of the matter can be made profitable.
However there are a number of detailed
points that have never been
clarified and they have arranged for
the speaker to further enlighten
Locally there have been a number
1 of applications filed for FHA funds,
but no agency has been located that
is willing to lend under terms that
citizens in this community can meet
With the coming of the dam there
is an evident and urgent need for
more buiding, construction and improvements
here, and W. M. Fain,
local wholesale dealer, who has push
' ed the movement, believes that a local
building and loan association would
solve the problem.
He has investigated a number of
similar organizations in other towns
and feelB that one could be operated
here on a sound financial basis.
Already the committee of J. B.
Gray and W. C. Wright, working
with Mr. Hyde has tentatively solicited
subsreiptions for the local
amount of $25,000 of which onetenth
is to be paid in cash.
BASEBALL MEETING CALLED
A meeting of those interested in
the baseball team for the coming
j-ear hai been called by manager H.
H. Hickman in the dining room of
the Murphy cafe Friday night.
rth Carolina, Covering a Large and
N. C. Thursday, Feb. 20,
RUES HELD FOR
MAN KILLED BY
TRAIN IN TENN
Mr. Henry Mintz, 24
Buried At Grandview
Funeral services for Henry Mintz,
24-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will
Mintz, of Hangingdog, who was killed
near Chattanooga last Thursday
when a train struck him, were held
at the Hangingdog Baptist church
Wednesday afternoon a^ 1 o'clock
with the Rev. Tom Truett and the
Rev. H. W. Baucom, Jr., officiating.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
W. D. Townson was in charge
| of funeral arrangmenta,
J Mr. Mintz with his wife and child
| had been in Florida working foi
some time. He had evidently startec
to his home in the Grandview section
and while trying to make a train con
nection in Chattanooga he sat dowr
on a cross-tie. A Southern train hii
him about 8 o'clock Thursday even
ing and he died of a fractured skuL
in the hospital two hours later.
He has been a member of the
Ilangingdog church for years.
Pallbearers were: W. S. Dickey,
Tom Taylor, Homer Lovingood, Will
Fain, Walter Davis and Earnest Mills
Surviving besides his wife and babj
and his parents arc five brothers
James, Ben, Fred, Lawrence and
Murl, and four sister.?, Nellie, Dolorej
Mary Ella and Comdell, all of th<
SERIES OF MEETS
CALLED BY STAFF
OF COUNTY AGENT
Cherokee county farmers have
been invited to attend to three-da>
series of community meetings al
which the county agent's staff will
explain methods of better crop raising.
Topics to be discussed mainly deal
with the advantage of TVA test
farms and the use of lespedeza as a
soil improvement and feed crop.
TU,. *: ?:n i i ? ? ?
I a nt- iiiectiugd win ue neici in scnoo.
houses at the following places: Thursday,
10 a. m.. Belle view: 2:30 p. ni.
Suit; 7:30 p. m., Martin's Creek
Friday, 10 a. m., Tomotla; 2 p. m.
Peachtree; 7:30 p. m., Marble. Sat
urday, 10 a. m., court house in Murphy:
2 p. m., ljnary in Andrews.
All farmers are asked to attenc
any of these meetings.
THAR'S GOLD IN THI
"Thar's gold in them thar hills"?
but the problem is getting it out
This, briefly, is the situation as
expressed by B. A. C. Craig, of Wash
liigiuu auu uniano, wno nas Deer
staying here for the past thre<
weeks looking over gold deposits ir
Just how much of the precious
metal we have in this area can not be
approximately but th elderly geolo.
gist who has been studying gold mining
interests in this country for year's
said, "Cherokee county and the surrounding
area are worthy of more
Mr. Craig has been scouting around
the county for nearly a month now,
but unusually bad weather has caused
him to abandon more detailed re.
search and he said he hoped to return
here some time again for further
He has been staying at the Dickey
house and left for Washington Wed.
nesday morning. Not only does Mr.
Craig appear to be interested in actual
mining of gold but he makes a
hobby of collecting books and maps
relative to deposits.
"You can't confine mining to a
county or definite boundary line",
the geologist said, "but you must
take in the whole territory
Much Gold In State
An emmincnt geologist, a Dr. Hanta,
has estimated that there is more
Potentially Rich Territory in Thit Si
Action Seen A
To Be Hurdle
Andrews Teams Will
Play Here Saturday j
A close, thrilling contest, in
which the Murphy boys won from
the Andrews Wildcats, 21 to 20,
at Andrews Tuesday night almost
insures a full house when the two
teams meet here Saturday night at
i the Murphy gymnasium.
The girls will play also.
Coach Deaton and other supporters
of the two teams are looking
forward to a good crowd to witnes
the acid test as to just who has
the best teams.
| FIRST OF SERIES
, Or I VA LAAM5 lb
More than 300 men were in Murj
phy Saturday to take the first of a
series of TV A workmen's examinations
for labor, skilled and unskilled,
on the Hiawassee, Guntersville
and Chickamagua dams.
| The next set of examinatons will
be held at the school house Saturday.
; Feb. 29.
Similar tests were conducted in all
j large towns in the area of these three
dams. While there have been some.
* thing like 1,500 applications made
locally, it is estimated that in all over
7,000 men are taking the examinations.
2 Are Charged With
Larceny Of Gasoline
> Justice of the Peace D. M. Reece
' Monday afternoon bound Jimmy Hunt
and Gordon Hasty over to the April
term of Cherokee county superior
for the alleged larceny of gasoline
from the automobile of Harve Elkin.*.
Early Monday morning Night Police
Chief Neil Sneed caught the two men
i allegedly siphoring gasoline from the
automobile which was parked on the
[ street in front of the home of Harve
HAS FINGER AMPUTATED
Physicians last week amputated a
finger on the infected hand of H. G.
Klkinc whn hnc ItCPli cnffovinn- f
j blood poison for the past six weeks.
I j His condition is said to be somewhat
iM THAR HILLS
MINING IT'S A BIG JOB
than 24 billion dollars worth of gold
: in North Carolina, Mr. Craig related,
and while its value in this immediate
? vicinity cannot be approximated, he
- said that Western North Carolina
i had as large a variety of minerals
i as any section he knew of, the numi
ber being over 200.
What their value is, he does not
* I profess to know, and added strongly
ii. a i, iuuic gcuiu^it?j icscaivn oiivmu
bo conducted in this area.
Potentially he believed Cherokee
county to be pxtremely rich in mineral
deposits, and appeared rather urgent
in his statements that more research
should be done.
Gold mining in this section, he said,
depended as far as he could ascertain,
on a great deal of cheap power
and labor. He expressed the opinion
that there were many large low-grade
deposits here, and that, with cheap
power and labor, they might be mined
The gold deposits, he claimed,
were approximately 100 feet below
surface of the land, and that it generally
costs between $300,000 and
$500,000 to determine the worth of
From a reproduction of a U. S.
Geological map drawn in 1909 he
showed that most all veins ran in a
north eastward and southwestward
direction; the largest in this section
running through Cherokee county,
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5150 YEAR?5c COPY
s Last Step
d By Officials
ng Local Dam
Formal Plans are Expected
To Be Made Public
Early official announcement tfti
actual construction will begin on
the Hiawassee dam appeared imminent
today while private power
I companies suffered the sting - cblow
dealt them by Supreme Coi rt
action Monday which validated the
sale of power by the Tcnnesrtt
I Valley Authority.
The TV A board of directo*a
had not formally stated their pl&r r
! r? i : ? i 1
Iiui ucgiiiuii^ tuc luvai |iruj*n
Wednesday night, but it is believed
that action will follow closely en
the heel's of the high court's etc.
Knoxville officials said Tuesdey
they did not know when the group
j would make the announcement.
Only one of the Supreme c .t
I justices McReynolds, of Tenne.-^ e
! failed to concur in the opinion t'at
'.the TV A was authorized to -ell -ts
I surplus power.
Th decision was handed down n?;?;I
ly two months after it was refer* *d
j to the high court. As it usually .t!
puires the justices less than three
i weeks to give an opinion, intense mI
terest was worked up over its out*
Reaction Is Evident.
Immediately following confirmation
of the clause, tremendous reaction
was seen, eclipsing any other
decision ever handed down by that
The stock market ranged to a nearrecord
activity, towns in the Teimesec
Valley watershed and otb '* "immunities
affected by the TV'JBjuinii'pd.
In Murphy the news was received
enthusiastically when radio reports
made public the affirmation of the
Although the Hiawassee dam, one
of three dams being planned in the
Tennessee Valley area at this time,
* is not proposed as a power dam, its
1 purposes being flood control only,
the action leave* the officials free to
turn it into a storage dam if they
find the stiuation practical.
The Iliawassee dam became law
last fall when President Roosevelt
signed the bill authorizing an appropriation
of 512,000,000 for its ecnstructon
which is to begin before
July 1. the beginning of a new federal
Complete surveys in all divisions
have been going ahead here and the
failure of the board to officially announce
its plans became a matter of
With condemnation proceedings of
the land along; the Hiawassee basin
being instituted and the recent Supreme
court action, there appears now
to be no other step to hold back the
Dam Will Effect Community.
The building of the dam here is
expected to materially; effect Murphy
and its surrounding towns and communities.
Hundreds of men will be
put to work, and thousands of dollars
will he spent with local merchants.
A veritable village will be built at
the dam site offering housing and
provisions to workers who prefer to
reside near the project.
It is approaximated that it will
take from four to six years for completion.
Until the TV A board formally acts
however, accurate figures and plans
will not be revealed.
The Supreme Court decision Monday
is looked upon as the last step In
the bitter fight that has been waged
; to convert the Hiawassee dam a realI
A half dozen times initial prepara|
tions for the project have appeared
, at an end. But each time something
i new has arisen to prolong official
The ruling Monday grew out of a
' number of suits filed by private pow<
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