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VC?- 53?NO. 2?
Ml RPHV. NORTH CAROLINA
THl'KSDAY. DKCPMBEB 11, 1941
5c COPY?$1.50 t'Kit YEAR
COUNTY IN COMBAT
TROOPS TO GUARD 1
T V A. PROJECTS
I 'M SABOTAGE
A, 'ViM Send 2,000
Patrol Dam Sites
iy Already Here
w; .. tlu> ever-increa.- ins
,, iboiige, T. V. A. officials
j !i d on Federal troops to pa
t is in this area.
officials have announced
in J 000 soldiers will be
v. ? dam sites within the next
ft .i nays.
iy mall dctaclimcnt.-- have
i_: a: many of the projects in
v. inity. and more are arriving
two dams nearest her".
K > ind Chatuge. are both ahead
el ciule. They should be struct
u: mi.hed within the next two
a hilv Nottely s force of 25
t at ins enormous holes in
t v pit" tack of the d.im
j The "borrow pit" 3ii;?lies
ti' . the fill. New equipment >?
i.i. material being slated for
i >m finished projects.
? -till being employed in an
i . intake of personnel.
T. s.iry is jammed with nrn
<V. n to grab a sandwich and
i. -graveyard" (black > coffee.
nacbinery is in need of repair,
[? - ordered by wire. Railroads
a::.. .iisfer companies are experi
encing a boost in trade that should
mi. :' :he income-tax man happy.
Despite tile shortage of labor,
the dreaded "77", or "walking pa
pers ..re still being turned in. There
ar< no jobs for men who choose to
Away from the roar of trucks, up
in the steep walls of the quarry, wag
?n and churn drills keep up an in
cessant chatter. Electricians are con
stantly renewing lines that have
been damaged by flying rock from
thundering charges of dynamite.
Is is interesting to note that much
of the equipment on order can not
possibly be delivered in time to aid
these projects. The natural assump
tion is that a great deal of it will be
resote to other Jobs being contem
Five Town Light Posts
V- -ed Bv Autoists*
J.? s; Rest Escape
mous and supposedly tipsy
8 drivers have knockcd ov
e c>f Murphy's electric lisht
rrcent weeks, Town Clcrfc
E . ' Utopher announced yes
O but one has appeared ?
the r's. office to pay the dam
Cnristopher would not reveal
the n :ne of the offender, shaking
his head grimly and pointing out:
"Such honesty must be rewarded
"1'h secrecy. Besides, he paid the
fity $8.50 to repair the pole."
The average damage done by the
"thers Is about $25 per pole.
The poles were knocked down, ac- j
"ording to Clerk Christopher, at
'Continued on back p?*el
Readybilt' TV A Home?
Exhausted Next Week
Unofficial report? to the TV A are
th?* the first of the fabricated bung
*lo?s scheduled to be sent to Mur
'hy to relieve tile housing situation
*ould reach here sometime next
ft orl(rtnaj]y was planned to send
least sixty of the houses here, for
?^tion In Bealtown. Plumbing and
?*htlng arrangements have been
?<?1Pleted. long since by the Town.
... - ?tates.
r<-? .11 i lis sc. ti?? -.vi*ri' Mirp M?%t i us kn.
Appur- ntl>. such n <- ti. ;|, ra ?
The Pacific ba rs. whi h the Arim and N?C> con?.., r.-,; almost in
vulnerable. u r?- tin first t? l< \ thr . .
most of us had ri martini ..
The highly-touted /
an.I consulates ? ;thei ?ei
Unll: ? (led.
The la iter probably
officer who seemed to p;
ind nights to the effort oft
more nearly correct
any attention to tht
Fa.t was Cordcll ?lull. He ua> devotim -la
erurHni: e peaceful compromise with iap.l;1 wIlil stlmsOI, and Knox
bi',M Rlarins i.t.v-n.ilit> of a Hitler-d?mlnal( d ! t,?,? ,, ,hoil.
It has been suggested 111 Congress that both th. s, .,t|, , rilled
before the legislative braneh ?.?' ?111 Government an,I ex,.!.,:,, |?. ,
for the lethargy of our Armed Torres.
We think it a good idea
Onl\ the future ean tell what explanations tin > will uiv? but ur.U-ss
a lot of persons change opinions l.etnarn no? annd th. n. !!,:? , sntses wen t
Thev.partieularlv Stlnoam must hav< suspected 'Orarthing. I.csv than
a week before the Japanesi sent their bomb-wrapped war message, sev, ral
trainloads of troops from the maneuver areas in North and South Car lina
passd through Asheville, headed for the West Coast. Th,- trains had riRht
of-wav clearance across the continent and no stops were to !?? made
It is not likely th? were sent just to enjo> California sunshine.
The point ?s:?-If the Secretary knew enough to s nd troops from the
Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific, why didn't lie know enough t?? warn his
outposts in rh Pacific to be on the alert?
And ii* the iWe Secretaries of War and Nav\ suspected an Or ntal
upheaval, why didn't thes make bettei preparation a gainst attack?
Don't let's forsct. :i -identally, that the n naco of :? Nazi attack still
exisis. Mom! 3 11 v.*<it, DVB. the official German news . ;i-ncv, in :i ! ?ad
cast from Berlin, announced that Germany would not "declare war on
the United States" but would strike savagel>. without warning?and
''sooner than expected."
We have seen enough oi' Nazi tactics to know that militar attack
need not necessarily be accompanied 1? .i formal declaration of wa fapan
itself attacked first, and declared wr several hours later.
Let us hope that Secretaries Knox and Stimson do not turn their entire
attention to the East now. and drop the German problem. We may soon
be at war on both oceans.
If the United States had arre-stcd or interned all Japanese at the outset
of the Pacific dissension, we might have been a little better off.
Now is a good time to take such steps with all German nationals living
within our borders. It may be contrary to international law?but inter
national law was thrown into the discard several years ago.
It would be disastrous to be caught with TWO flat feet.
President Roosevelt has announced that the flow of aid to Rritain and
Russia will continue. Bui unless we want to commit national suicide, it
certainly will have to be considerably cut down. That will please Mr. Hitler,
no end. Maybe, indeed, that was why he persuaded Japan to attack.
Britain, if reports from American correspondents are true, has enough
planes to last her for a while London warehouses are said to be piled high
with American aircraft that cannot be used because of the lack of pilots.
We could use these planes now! You can't win wars with gliders.
Nor can the wooden "big guns", which were towed through Cherokee
County last week by American troops, be used effectively in anything but
And we hate to think of the scare that would bp thrown into a
regiment of Jap soldiers by our especially constructed siovc-plpcs with
the word "MORTAR" painted on them, and which are all tli "heavy
equipment" some of cur battalions have.
Bit*. k ? 11 ? ivti t Took i-, t ' consi'.h ?
Eve :?? Litldbci
TIm s means th:\l out- factors ?s it'll tr n 1 r ,a:> h
increasing mimbers. More and more ships will sli;! off f r
tnan-poT.' r will he t! i :"'S( 'Ciurv-tl iti t'.1
God jrrant that til1 unanitr oris *.p. ?' tr^T "P. 'vi.1i a Mnr j;i'
has not rome too late. Bat we mint equip ou of,! armies before ar mor -
aid goes to our allies. We must adopt the old si. -an:
'After mt. you come first."
One thins every American knows i< that President Koosevelt spoke
truth when he told the Congress:
"Wc shall achieve the victory?so help us God!"
New Rod and Gun Club Formed in Graham
Exclusively For Western Carolinians
TTip Atoah Rod and Gun Club No.
2 has been organized to take care of
the frame situation on Atoah creek,
the Rame situation or. Atoah creek:
Officers of the club are: Robert
V. Shope. manager. Clyde Merlin??,
president and tawrence L. Hyde,
secretary and treasurer.
Three big frame-hunts will be held
annually in November and Decem
The club was organized after the
bear' flfrtit and race November 24,
when the bear that was in the race
blocked the highway and stopped
the t7. S. mail carrier from proceed
ing on his regular schedule. That
boar escaped into the fastness of the
mountains without a scratch, but not
before fatally injuring one good
hound and doing considerable dam
age to other dogs in the pack.
The first of the three scheduled
hunts was held last week. The oth
er two will be held during the holi
To be eligible to Join the club, you
must be a Graham county mountain
ecr. or bom and raised In Wsstern
War Fever Snreads;
Navv Recruits Flood
RE!> CROSS ASKS
FOR WAR NEEDS
Plea Telegraphed Here
As Ro'l Call Brings !n
3 Times The Quota
Willi tin annual Red Cross Roll i
? : baioly completed, nil emergenrv
Iple;. hi: been telegraphed to Mur
i .? SI.000 more to bo raised by
he Chi rokoe County Chapter. Till
amount is part of a grand total of
$13,000,000 to be used for war work,
flic call is entirely separate from
lie: pit n; to the Andrews
Tii . 11 ca.. quota 1 :? ' at Murphy
"u - rab. .trt- .i!: tli. lew -
? end ;-. county, was $650. Ac
. .-ding t Mrs. C. W. Savage, Secrc
; 11.' C:.-. :ok>. County Chap
ter. .oid i.... Call Chairman, this
iion . .used more than three times
.noun: a ked Although final
. . are not in. Mr- Savage said
expect! d the total to be about
? Sii.000 perhaps more.
Mrs. Savage added that the unus
ually laige return was due. in no
-mall measure, to the generosity of
TYA workers, practically every one
of whom contributed. Another fac
tor that figured is that few head of
families in this section are now
The telegram announcing the re
quest for $1.000 for war work was
received by W. Mercer Fain. Chair
man of the Cherokee County chap
ter When the Scout went to press,
he had not. made definite plans for
1 conducting the new drive.
Although confident that the peo
ple of this section will go over the
'op again in their contributions. Red
Cross aides admitted the task of so
liciting will assuredly be more dif
i;.'til than before. This is due to
th. fact that many proplt mi.v no;
(Continued on back paqc
"1 ANY F \MIMES
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V^iciV vyOUi ty -?f !<: SPCS:
'. 'ocfJec' Bv Cn^^ugc
'u.ii Move Soon
People of this -ection may expect
.? ir share of new residents soon?
families soon to be flooded out by :
the waters of the reservoir of the '
new TVA Chatuge clam, fast nearing ,
completion near Hayesville.
Five families must move within the
next thirty days. Others also, may
soon be forced to seek new homes.
To date. Macon county has gotten
three families: Towns County. Geor
gia. has gotten four, and Union
County has gotten six other families, j
The latter, however are temporary
residents, who still are casting about
as to where to settle permanently. j
A number of other families have
moved their homes to higher ground: |
but whether they will remain in Clay j
County depends on what this im- j
mediate section, among others, ha* i
Latest figures list a total of 32
families who have not moved, and :
don't know where they will go. All j
they know is that they will have to
Locr.l en Take Tip
From Tipsy Fx-^ar
A nd Enter Service
? "ou'-h u B^h t i?tire
<i .inxlously a* their ra
; .i * rhri ? d \ for news of
? : 'afioivd 111 Japanese
\V r Zones
Caus?* of t ne unusually high
numb. : of enlistments hrr? during
?ho pa few months Cherokee
Counfy particularly well repre
??nted in the danger areas
T. i : ut t ho Spa tJiT '* dnvs
rumoi ;i';r on?* or another local boy
ttioiifd either in Hawaii or the
Philippines had born killed would
pring up only to bo discredited by
;':ie War Department.
Armv . ':: i:il v pi a ha be
of the suddene ud fury of
. fir Ju , n< u-ks many
\ir \r. ba in the Pacific arc
til! in ? ' 4 nf n -net it
:.-babl. will bo "? ial da;. > before
i iinpleted - i :al i: an known.
v' v.( of ? h t kn m to br in dan
I r.* /.ones are:
Merl- Davis. .-on i \i and Mrs.
IYcd Davis of O: ndvicw. NT C lie
i in the Headquarters Detachment
of the Medical C>rps it Honolulu.
Letters were received from him Fri
day. prior to the fatal bombing
which took place Sunday Ho men
tioned making the army a career.
No further word has been received
from him. He enlisted last June.
Porter Ramsey, 22. <*on of Mr. and
Mrs. Reagan Ramsey, of Cherokee
County. He is stationed In the Phil
ippine Islands. He attended school in
Murphy, and enlisted in the army
four years ago. No word has been re
ceived by his parents who were mail
ing a Christmas bundle to him when
news of tJie bombings was released.
One of the most anxious relatives
in the county, is Mr: Neva TTolt.
wife of Dr. E. L. Holt, of Murphy.
Mrs. Hoi: has two brother- both
in dancer zones.
The youngest brother Raymond
Ward, who just returned from con
voy duty with the United States
Navy in Trelrnd ailed Friday
ard the* V- S. Dubiiqiljjj fror<
?: A * ?' ; .?.nti-air
vM : d. Im linr tin r,ritl h
pib . ' ar of r] Far East. fifarry ana
h; ; battery probably were one of the
- ipal 'argots of Japanese bomb
ers in the." hrce raids on that city
during the pjst week.
Rut. the dire news of Amerii an loss
Free First Aid Clause?
Started For Women
Classes in first aid have been
started In Murphy, the first session
having been held Tuesday evening
at the TV A medical building, across
from the past, office. Although tn
ftucrurated by TV A women, the classes
are open to all. without charge.
Classes will be held on Monday
and Wednesday afternoons, at two
o'clock, In the Womans' Club rooms,
and on Tuesday and Thursday nights
at the TV A medical building. Pr
Blrdsong. of the TVA will instruct
the evening classes, and Mrs. Bird
song will instruct in the afternoons.
The course will last about three
months, and will Include all Instruc
tion given by the safety first teach
ers of the U. 8. Bureau of Mines.