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Sabotage Charged At Farner Fire
ORDERS ARE OUT
TO "CRACK DOWN
ON ALL SPEEDING
Highway Patrol is ToJd
To Nab all Offenders
High and Low Alike
? ? j
Stae Highway patrolmen Smith '
and Lindscy have reeived letters
from Governor Broughton ordering
thorn to crack down on ail automo
bile speeding. Identical letters have ;
been sent to every Highway patrol- j
in the SUie, in a determined effort
to cut down the number r>f traffic
Last year the traffic toll in North
Carolina was nearly 1,300. and Gov
Broughton said that January figures
indicated that unless prompt step.;
are taken. 1942 will be just as bad,
Under the new system, the -state
speed limit of SO miles per hour will
bo allowed only on those long con
gested stretches of highway that are
entirely free from dangerous curves,
or intersections. There are practic- 1
ally none of these in this immediate
Speed limits will vary, according
to road conditions, and will be rig
idly enforced. Signs will be placed
along all highways warning of curves
or crossings ahead, and stating the
maximum speed at which that
stretch may be tmvelM. Time
speed limits will be fixed by the
Highway Commission, who will send
experts throughout the State to study
Drivers who ignore the signs are to
be arrested, Gov. Broughton says,
regardless of whether the offenders
be "citizens or officials, rich or poor,
high or low.
The letter sent to the Highway pa
"Nearly thirteen hundred people
lost their liyes in automobile acci
dents on the highways of North Car
olina in 1941. Fatalities during the
present month of January, 1942 give
Indication that this will be an equal
ly bloody year, unless something
drastic is done.
"This is a record that is shocking to
every North Carolinian; and some
thing must be done about it. I am
calling on you to do well your part.
"Speed is undoubtedly the major
factor in fatal accidents. It is possi
ble that the speed limit in this State
is too high, but even the speed limit
we have is violated almost with im
punity in every section. This must
CoBttamed en back Pace
Dumping Ground Given
To Town Free By TVA;
Plan To Buy Dropped
niwr amvrUMng thrii weeks to
buy a place for dumping refuse, the
Town, on Wednesday, acquired two
acres "free-far-nothing" as a gift
from the TVA. Tlie gift was made
through Forestry service.
T)>r r""*' dumping ground lies in a
ravine to tlie left of the Negro school
house In Texana. Town Clerk Eph
Christopher describes it as ideally
?suited for its purpose.
"It is way off from everybody" he
! said "You can't even ?ee it unless
I you go hunting it and walk right up
1 on it. It wont bother a soul, and it Is
, far enough from the river to remove
all riftncur of rr.nhnm<t\o Ontr jVja ???.
Gift of the land came as the Town
was just about to close a deal lor the
purchase of two acres lrom a private
owner. The sale probably would have
I been consumated this this week.
Chain Letter Based
On War Stamps Is
Barred, As Fraud
If you get "chain letters" having
to do with war savings stamps, throw
it away ? or better still, turn it over
to the Postmaster In any event, do
nui. answer it. It is against the law.
Hie letter may assure you that H
is "all right", oecause it has a patri
otic background, the idea being to
sell more war savings stamps- -as
well as to benefit personally. But
Uncle Sam says the scheme is a lot- j
tehy And has no business in the
The following letter on ttv- subject
has been sent to every postoffice in
the nation from the office of the So
licitor in Washington, D. C.
"To All Postmaster*:
"The mails in all parts of the
country are still beins flooded with
letters relating to so-called endless
chain schemer- soliciting defense
"Tlie Bulletin of July 22, 1941. con
tained a notice regarding ih.? legality
of such schemes. Nevertheless, pat
rons of the various post offices are
depositing in the mails matter relat
ing to schemes of this nature.
They should be warned that th e
sending of such matter through the
mails is a violation of the postal
fraud and lottery statutes.
Notices are served upon persons
participating in such schemes whose
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Humorous Incidents Relieve Serious Task
As Draft Board Quizzes Registrants
Members of the County Draft!
Board work without pay and are re- '
quired to put In many hours bearing I
eases which may bring them nothing
but hard feelings. That Is because
a lot of draft registrants want defer
ment, and get mad If they are re
Of course the members of the
Board must be guided entirely by the i
law. They are not allowed to be In
fluenced by their own feelings? but
the man who has had his plea denied
Is liable to blame them, personally.
Just the same.
Mostly It's a pretty serious business
? but not always. And not all the
draftees want deferment.
A mountaineer came In last week,
'or instance, answered an the ques
tions and then said: "Wen gimme
Urn that he had not brought a gun
" Comae X ate*" ?be mountaineer
replied. "But I'm supposed to gH
one. aint I? Well give It here, and
let me get goin'."
When It was explained that he
would have to pass a physical cxaml
ntion. and then wait until he was
called, he was fit to be tied.
"H !" he said. I've done made
all arrangements back home, and I
want to go right now."
It was different with another
mountaineer Who appeared before
the Board. This one was asking ex
"Are you diseased? Have you any
physical ailment. Hi other words, is
there anything the matter with
70a?" he was asked.
"I aint diseased, and I aint cot no
physical ailment that I know," of was
the reply, "bat there's plenty the
matter with me."
What it wrong?" be was aaked.
"Plenty is wrong!" van the sad re
ply. 'Tm married".
MAYOR MAYF1ELD !
NEAR DEATH: HAS
CLOT ON BRAIN
Stricken In Home Early
Saturday Morning. Is
Given 50-50 Chance
Stricken early la&i Saturday mora
inn. Mayor Charles May field lies
near death In Pptrle hospital, suffer- ?
ing from a blood clot- on the brain.
A close relative told the Scout thai
physicians cave him a fifty-fifty
chance for recovery.
Mayor Mayfield's two sons, Prank i
siiil Ben are in Tviii. ji'ny. having been
summoned by telegraph. Prank is
with the U. S. Forestry service, at
Mena. Arkansas. Ben is in the army,
stationed at Cdmp Columbus.
Mayor Mayfield fell senseless, fol
lowing slight spell of dizziness.
Coming out of his coma, the Mayor
became delirious, and for several ,
days alternated between uncon- :
sciousness and being out of his head.
Dr. Bernard Smith was summoned
from Asheville and diagnosed the :
case as a brain blood clot.
No operation is said to be contem
plated at this time. On Tuesday the |
Mayor's veins were tapped and a 1
quantity of blood withdrawn to re- i
lieve his dangerously hiepi blood i
pressure. A slight improvement, in
his condition is said to have been !
noted a* a rtwli, do definite |
statement could be obtained, when i
the 8cout went to press as to wheth- j
er or not he will recover.
During the Mayor's illness, his of- !
f icial duties are being attended to by |
Noah Loving ood, member of the j
Town Board and Mayor Pro-Tern. ,
Red Cross Fund Now
$13,064; Still Growing ;
Exceeding even the hopes of Chair
man Joe Ray, collections for the Red
Cross War Relief drive now total
$13,064, and the returns still are in
Ray says he expects the final total
will be more than $13,000, and may
leach $13,200. The donations set a
School Plans Program ..
As Term Ends Feb. 27
The four months winter term at
the Campbell Polk school will come
to a close on Friday. Feb. 27, marked
with a program put on by the stu
Several pa-pers will be read by the
student authors, dealing with needs
for better community development,
and there will be a series of folk
songs which will be acted out while
they being sung.
This l.i the last copy of the Scoot
that you will receive unless your sub
scription lis "paid up". As previously
explained, the rising cost of paper,
ink and labor make It impractical to
carry readers "on credit."
The address slip pasted on your
Scoot shows whether or not your
subscription ha<! expired. The first j
figure shows the month; ? January Is
No. 1; February Is No. 2, and to on.
The Second figure shows the year.
Thus the figures 11-41 vnM mean
that your subscription emptied n
November, the eleventh month of last
No matter how long yow subscrip
tion expired, cone in aad pay for
one year In ifnaee, and all men
will be wiped off, and weT start mil
Otherwise, sorry aa we may be,
your nam- wfll be takes off the Hut.
Blaze Jklieved Set
In Several Places
MT. VALLEY CO-OP
Lack of Initial Capital
Members Are Told
The Mountain Valley Co-op is con- '
sidering the idea of branching out
and operating a cheese factory. The ,
subject was brought up by Manager 1
Luck Tuckwiller at the annual meet- !
ing of the owner-members in Brass- i
town last. Saturday night.
Discussion of the possible new ven
ture came after Tuckwiller had made
a report showing that the Coopera
tive did three times as much business
last year as it had done in 1940. In
addition to thi members, the meeting
was attended by J. H. Hrendle, Mrs.
J. B. Scroggs. Mrs. Will Brendle and
Neal Scroggs, Director-vice presi
dent was In the chair .and the pro
gram included a co'or film portray
ing self-service in a cooperative
Talks were made by Mrs. Olive
Campbell, Public Director of the Co
operative, and by Miss Louise Pitt
man. The former praised the work
of Manager Tuckwiller and of Wayne
Holland, head of the creamery plant. ;
Miss Pittman urged greater member
ship in the organization as an aid to
Concerning the manufacture of
cheese, Manager Tuckwiller said a
study is being made of its possibili
ties in this section. He emphasized
however, that no immediate action ss
Although the manufacture of j
c hecse would seem to offer a good
market for some years to come, he
said, there would have to be the
prospect of considerable capital, as
an initial investment, before definite
steps could be taken.
The making of cheese, he pointed
out, would help rather than hinder
the butter business. He quoted State
experts as reporting that where
cheese is taken up by a creamery, the
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Building a Roaring Mass
Of Flames, Almost
Instantly, Is Claim
P. B I. accents are investigating
:in- lit'"' which completely destroyed
the Appalachia Dam warehouse and
machine shop at Parner last Sunday
night. The blaze, which caused
S250.00Q damage, is generally believ
ed to have been the result of sabot
A new structure is being rushed
near the burned wreckage. It was
started before the embers had cooled,
und probably will be completed by
Monday. New machinery and tools
o&nnot be secured without long de
lay, for the TVA is not given first
preference in priority ratings. It is
planned, however, to re-equip from
old power houses. Sliiptnens will be
made as speedily as possible.
According to workmen near the
building at the time, the en
tire structure was a mass of flames
i nonly a few minutes. They insist
that had the blaze been started by an
| overheated stove, as was first TOg
; led. U ould have burned * '.e
slowly and probably have been dis
covered in time to prevent heavy
These workmen believe the blaze
was started in half a dozen places, at
the same time. A few moments after
being discovered, the flames were so
high that the glare was clearly seen
at Hiwassee Dam. 12 miles away.
A tight lid has been clamped dov?n
by TVA headquarters, at Hiwassee on
news regarding the fire. Questioners
are referred to Publicity Headquar
ters in Knoxville. That office admits
there was a fire, but is silent as to
details of the investigation.
Prom men working near the ware
house at the time, however, it is
learned that nothing seemed out of
the ordinary until suddenly the en
tire structure seemed to burst into a
solid sheet of flame. The blaze was
so fierce and hot that steel tools and
iron machinery were reduced to a
The building contained tools,
equipment, a large store of automo
bile tires, at least one truck, and a
"Guinea" engine )a small hauling
device operated by gasoline) .
A number of workmen suffered
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Artist, Questioned Here as Spy Suspect,
Boosts Beauty of Section at Exhibit
This immediate section Is both
glorified and advertised tn four .
pantings now being featured in an (
art exhibit in Boston, Mass. The
canvases are the work of Prof. Ken
neth Washburn, of the Pine Arts de
partment of Cornell University. He
painted them while on a visit here
The artist recently presented an
other o fhis canvases to the Polk
School, and it now hangs In the
Brasstown Polk Museum. The artist
declared the beauty fo this section
held him "spellbound."
Nevertheless Prof. Washburn had a
tough time making those paintings.
The tough time was experienced
because the artist goes In more for
comfort than fo rstyle, when he Is
forking. So It happened one morn
ing that be was over Tfexana, dressed
in dungarees and a shirt that was
much the worse for wear. These di
lapidated clothes definitely did not
fro with his fine intellectual face.
Neither did his clothes fit his voice
and manner when a Murphy police
man came up and asked him what he
was doing. The artist explained that
he was preparing to make a painting,
but to the cop, the few lines sketched
In black looked more like they might
| be a military drawing.
That cop was taking no chances,
j He hustled the artist off to the May
, or, for questioning, on suspicion of
being a spy and making a diagram
i of the Hiwassee nam territory, far
? future use by enemy bombers, or sa
Happily .it didn't take the Mayor
long to realize thtat a horrible mis
take had been made .and the artist
was released, with apologiea
ALso, he says he has no hard fil
ings. On the contrary, he to ootntee
ed that this to one section whara an
enemy Allen would find the votes