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\OI NO. 33
MURPHY. N. c. Till KSDAV. MAUI II 13. ,9?
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PI .UNGE OF ROCK
WORKER AT DAM
Robbinsville Man Die
En Rcute To Hospital
Another worker on the Nantahula
Dam project was killed late Monday
night, the tragedy occurring at al
most the same place as the fatal ac
cident of two weeks ago. As in Uie
former case, the latest victim had
;:f< crushed out by a plunging
Monday's victim was Olin Phillips.
< ; Robbinsville. He was killed shortly
! fore midnight when struck by a
mobc which came hurtling down a
i :ance of from 50 to 75 feet.
Clarence Wilson, another employe
<?'. the Utah Construction Company,
* ho was working with Phillips, was
injured in the same accident, but
hurts arc reported to have been mi
no: Phillips was still living when
picked up. and was rushed io a hos
pital in Franklin; but died on the
An inquest was conducted Tuesday
by Coroner Charles M. Moore, of Ma
ton county, whose verdict was that
the death was due to an unavoidable
accident. Whether the roar of other
work was too great for the victim to
hear the stone as it came crashing
down, or whether the fall of the
great rock was too swift for him to
i ' ? out of its path probably will
: t; !- ra.
i i'- :cr . wcrr "Id at two
i :k Wednesday afternoon from
u.e Robbinsville Baptist church, with
iruerment in the Old Mother church
cemetery. Mr. Phillips is survived by
hi parents. Mr. and Mrs Lee Phil
lip". of Robbinsville, e seven sisters.
?inc; three brothers.
The sisters are: Mrs. Dixie Col
v<rd, Mrs. Nina Ayers, Mrs. Otis
West, Mrs. J. J. Dula. Mrs. Lester
May and Mrs. Posey Waldroup. of
Robbinsville, and Mrs. Harley West,
The brothers are: Marshall and
Rttfus Phillips, of Robbinsville and
P'.arlie Phillips, of Waynesxille.
Final Tribute Paid
W. M Anderson, 64,
In Rites Thursday
Pinal tribute was paid W. M. An
derson. prominent farmer of the Cul
!? 'Ti community, in funeral ser
donducted from the Shady
Orove Baptist church Thursday
n' Tninfr. March 13. with the Rev.
Thomas Truett officiating. Inter
ment was in the church cemetery.
Townson funeral home had charge of
Mr Anderson, apparently in good
health, died suddenly at noon Tues
day in his home. A member of the
Khady Grow church he had always
'fen a leader In the church and in
the community. He was 64 years old.
Surviving are his widow, five
daughters. Mrs. Beulah Dodson. Mrs.
Eulala Voyles, Mrs. Hazel Hawkins.
R" of Culberson. Mrs. Maude Jones
of Blairsville. and Mrs. Ruby An_
derson of Winston-Salem; three sons.
Orvilip. Claude and Hubert, all of
Culberson: One brother. Ad Ander
Ron. of Culberson: six sisters. Mrs.
?Rmma Gibson. Mrs. Nora Davis, and
Mrs Blanche Lambert, ell of Cul
berson. Mrs. Lydia Anderson of
Ranger. Mrs. A. E. Nichols of Mari
etta. and Mrs. w. W. Anderson of
Or- P. V. Taylor of the Petrie hos
pital accepted the appointment
examining physician by the local
?fcaft board this week.
Lions Form Plans !
For Annual Dinner ]
Friday, March 28th
Firs! plans were made for stag
ing the annual Cherokee county din
ner by the Murphy Lions club Tucs_
day night at its regular meeting. Ar
rangements are now incomplete. but 1
the date for the affair is definitely ?
set for Friday night. March 28.
The Lions also made plans to play j
host to the district Court of Honor ?
of the local patrols of the Boy Scouts j
at their regular meeting Tuesday j
night. April 1 . The club is sponsoring
the Murphy patrol.
Arrangements for the annual din
ner call for the attendance of aril
the Lions, their Lionesses and guests,
and a number of out-of-town guests,
a total of around 200 persons. The
banquet will be served by the lidies
ol the Methodist church in the base
ment of that church, which is the
regular meeting place of the club
Originally begun about nine years ,
ago. the dinner was staged for the
purpose of serving all edible foods j
produced by Cherokee county. This j
display was found loo difficult to
acquire after the first few years, and j
since then each dinner has been de- i
voted to some particular county
The main speaker of the evening
lias not been chosen as yet. but the
committee in charge of this particu_
lar phaue of the program has prom
ised a prominent North Carolina
person will be selected. Other com
mittees are also at work preparing
the various arrangements necessary.
A special feature of the program
at Tuesday's meeting was the show
ing of a moving picture on scouting
by James T. Osborne, prominent
scout leader of this district. The
movie, which was in technicolor and j
accompanied by a voice describing !
each scene, gave a clear picture of
what the Boy Scouts of America are
doing? their purpose, methods, and
inspirations. The picture scenes be
gan with the cub scout just starting
out and carried right through to the
finished scout going out into the
world an adult.
PLAY, 'HONEST ABE'
TO BE DRAMATIZED
BY SENIOR CLASS
The play "Honest. Abe" has been
chosen by the graduating class of the
local high school for presentation
the last week in March as the annual
senior play. The play is a story of
Lincoln's life in Illinois written by
The cast chosen for the play in
cludes Billy Taylor as Lincoln: Edgar
Darnell, Carl Torrence. Edwin Mul
key. Fred Johnson. Walter Carringer.
J. R. Palmer, Virginia Richardson,
Ollie Mae Tilson. Louise Mann. Jen
nie Ruth Ballew, La Fay Wood,
Frankie Wi'son and Elizabeth Frank
Mrs. Virginiar Cobb is director of
the play, and Miss Dorothy Lide and
Mrs C. B. Chambers have charge of
Felton Ledford, 18.
Dies at Hayesville
Funeral servicese for Felton Led
ford, age 19. who died of pneumonia
last Wednesday art his home In
Hayesville. were held Thursday from
the Hayesville Baptist church with
the Rev. J. H Wilson and the Rev.
Clemmer officiating. Interement was
in the church cemetery. Ivle Funeral
Home was in charge.
He is survived by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Ledford. and two bro
I thers, Eddie and Coolidge Ledford.
IN TOWN OFFICES j
BiU also Presented
I'o Nullify Penalties
On Tax Certificalees
Two bill j. one lo regulate office
terms and salaries of officers and
employees of the town of Murphy,
and another to abolish penalties on
county tux certificates during past
years were presented to the legisla
ture during the past week by J. D.
Mallortce Jr.. representative from
The first bill, which affects only
the town of Murphy, asks that the
term of office of the mayor and
board of commissioners be reduced
from two vears to one year The
measure also provides that the chief
of police shall receive a maximum
salary of $100 per month and Ills
assistants a maximum salary of $75
per mo:<th. Further, the till would
prohibit any of these officers to
collect costs, commissions or bo
The salary of the town clerk would
be set at $100 per month in another
provision of the bill, and he shall
be assigned also to the duties of
treasurer and to collecting taxes,
water rents and light rents.
Tiie second bill offered for abolish
ment of penalties on Cherokee coun
ty tax certificates for the years 1928
through 1937 provided they are paid
before October 1. 1941. It would re?
duce interest on these taxes to three
per cent, and on all others to six
per cent. The same law would apply
to municipalitio.s in the county.
Fieparcd !>y Uic stuff of the
Institute ?f Government
BILLS INTRODUCED: SB -Senate
Bills. HB ? House Bills.
HE 758. i Town of Murphy '
"To Fix the Terms of Office of
the Mayor and Board of Commission
ers of the Town of Murphy. Cherokee
County, and Fix the Duties and Sal_
aries of Certain Officers of Said
Town." 'Mayor and commissioners
would serve 1 year term. Police chief's
salary would not be over S100 per
month; assistant or assistants, not
over $75 each per month. Police of
ficers to receive no costs, commis
sions or tonuses. Clerk to be tax
collector, under rules set out. and
also to collect water and light, rents
and perform duties of treasurer un
der charter. Clerk's sole compensa
tion to be $100 per month.' Intro,
duced by Mallonee. March 6.
HB 759. 'Cherokee County)
"For the Relief of the Taxpayers
of Cherokee County." i Would bar
collection of all intereest above 3
per cent, and all penalties, on tax
sales certificates held for collection
by Cherokee County or any munici
pality or other Kovemin^ body there
in for years 1929-1937. if taxpayer
pays them by Oct. 1. 1941. Applicable
to pending tax suits where final
judgment not yet entered. Costs of
advertising, court costs and attor
ney's fees in foreclosure suits al_
readv started not disturbed. Where
certificates have been bought in good
faith by persons other than govern
ing body, the taxpayer may redeem
same before foreclosure on payment
of full amount plus necessary and
proper expenses plus 6 per cent.) In
troduced by Mallonee. March 6.
(Continued on Editoral Pane)
Fontana Dam Controversy
Brings Retort from Thorpe
JACKSON DAY FETE
IS SCHEDULED FOR
SATURDAY, MAR. 22
Tli?> unnnnl Phfiv-H' .? im>tv .lacW
. on Day dinner will be htld Satur
day night. March 22. in the dining
loom:, of the Rin.il hotel in Murphy.
It. A Mattox. county deemocratic
chairman, announced this week
A prominent speaker will Lv pres_ '
ent lor the banquet, and several
other notable members of the demo- ,
cratlc party from all over this see- i
tion. Mattox s.iid that complete plan
fur the dinner would be announced '
The affair is staged yearly all ovei
the United States by the democratic ,
party, the purpose being to raise
funds to relieve obligations of recen.
election campaigns. All democrats oi
the county are invited to attend.
Death By Eyelash
As Car Hits Cabin
Two tourists escaped death by the i
proverbial eyelash last Friday eve- i
ning when an automobile driven by 1
Clarence Dean left the road out of ,
control and plunged through the j
tourist cabin they had renter, barely i
a moment after they had stepped '
The car tore its way through tilt
cabin. leaving it a complete wreck.
| The automobile was badly damaged
1 but Doan. its driver escaped unhurt.
1 Dean said he was driving down the
I road, when he was blinded by the
: lights of a truck coming from the
' opposite direction. The roadway was
lippery from rain and sleet, and for
! mcmen; he lost control of the car
, The occupants of the tourist cabin,
a man and his wife from the North
had stepped out, just before the
crash, to go to a nearby store.
Dean volunteered to pay for the
d. mage done to the cabin. Neverthe
less. lie was arrested charged with
driving while under the influence of
liquor. He was given a hearing in
Andrews Monday evenin;: and iva
bound over for the next term of
Noted Garden Expert
? Lectures in Murphy
To Women's Catherine:
Mrs. Fletcher Crown, noted south
j urn garden authority, lectured be
fore a comparativf ly small bin in- |
teres led and appreciative gathering
of women from the western section i
of the state art the Murphy school
auditorium Friday afternoon.
Home plant ins: and care after
planting were subjects stressed in
Mrs. Crown's address, giving explan
ations and illustrations of each phase
of gardening discussed She particu
larly explained use of color and art
in flower arrangements about the
home from the principal standpoint
Mrs. Crown pointed out the possi_
bilities for beautifying the town's
public square, and made a number
of suggestions for developing such
The lecturer appeared here under i
t he sponsorship of the local Woman's
club, and through the courtesy of
Rich's of Atlanta.
A bulletin by the U. S. Army in
formation states that no Citizens
Military Training camps will be held
during 1941 and that no applications
should be made this year.
1 Montaha'a President
A newer? Charges of
I cderal Commission
( ? . : I- 1 1[' : . ? : ji. v. ? mi
ni ' i ' ' " .i lUdit la P >wer
unci Ltgnt con., n vat 'mpedlnn
national defense i> not h*\ld ^ (ho
Fontana Dam under a fodtr. i license
\v#?ro chBrterired a< unfair" by J.
E. 5 Thropo. president of the com
pany in a statement issued to the
The Nantahalr. company a sub
sidiary of the Aluminum Companv
ot America had p- ' itlnned the com_
mission to dismiss without prejudice
its declaration or intention to uuild
the Fontana project the later part
!n -t v. crh. The eommisstaB. how
ever. refused the petition md chart
ed the company's dceis ,<n was Im
peding the program oi ii.tt.onai de
The controversy between the com
pany and the commission regarding
its withdrawal of intention to built!
the $45. 000.000 hydroelectric project
usolvtd into a le: al question Mon
day. the dite previously set for re
hearings on the petition and the de
cision of the FPC The commission,
on denying the petition of the com
pany to withdraw, has ordered hear
ings to proceed as planned.
The attorney for the power com
pany appeared only briefly before
the- commission examiner, however,
and contended the company had a
legal right to withdraw the declara
tion since it had abandoned plans
tc construct the project following the
commission's decision that a federal
license would be required Ho walked
nut of the hearing before it had ad
journed. comment mi; to t he press
"We are not going ahead with tin
project so why |to through with a
lot of empty motions '
Thorpe had previously explained
that, the company's reason for with_
drawing the declaration of intention
to build w.ts that the company did
nr,t feel that it wanted to risk
J $45. 000.000 of the stockholders mon
ey if the project had to be built un
! dor jurisdiction of thi body and with
! a federal license
He said that such a license would
permit the government to take over
the projccet at a price which might,
be "grossly unfair, depending largely
on whether the federal power com
mission's supervision of the project,
had been fair or arbitrary."
Commenting on the ruling of the
commission Thorpe said: "It is re
gretabl' that the federal power
commission found . necessary to
cast doubt on the sincerity of the
efforts of tin Aluminum Company
of Amorica on behalf of national de
fense. in the commission's attempt,
to defend its own unreasonable and
arbitrary arction in refusing to dis
miss the petition with respect to
the Fontana hydro_electric project
(Continued on Back Page)
The Weather Vane
Listed below arc maximum and
minimum temperatures and precipi
tation for the past week compared
with similar data for last year:
Max. Min. Max. Min.
March 5 48 38 55 16
6 52 22 55 25
7 58 21 53 41
8 48 35 50 34
9 48 23 51 29
10 64 22 61 24
11 62 33 62 29
Total for this week 0.01 1.54
Total fo rthis month to
dffte 063 2.45
Total for this month to
date 891 677