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Cherokee scout. volume (Murphy, N.C.) 188?-1961, February 19, 1942, Image 1

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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 deaths. 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, or worse. 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 section. 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 every road. 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 trolmen follows: "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 ???. ter." 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 mails. 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 i-avings stamps. "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 (Continued on back page) 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 fused. 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 my gun." 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 emption. "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 complete. Ray says he expects the final total will be more than $13,000, and may leach $13,200. The donations set a national record. 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 dents. 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. o Final Notice 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 year 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 over again. Otherwise, sorry aa we may be, your nam- wfll be takes off the Hut. Blaze Jklieved Set In Several Places CHEESE FACTORY CONSIDERED BV MT. VALLEY CO-OP Lack of Initial Capital Greatest Drawback, 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 Fred Smith. 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 market. 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 patriotism. 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 jikely. 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 (Continued on back page) 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 age. 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 damage. 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 molten mass. 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 (Continued on hack panel 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 last. Spring. 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 botage workers. 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 mighty hard.

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