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VOL 53 NO.31 MCRPIIY. NOR HI CAROLINA Tlll'RSDAY, FEBRUARY 26. 1942 5c COPY? $1.50 PER YEAR
NEW DRAFT CALL
SENT TO COUNTY
IS LARGEST YET
Men In 3d Registration
To Receive Numbers
St. Patrick's Day
The largest draft call that has
been received in Cherokee County
rami- this week, and the men will
leave for camp early next month.
Draft Board Secretary Wayne
Walker is forbidden, under the cen
sorship. to make public the exact
number called, or the exact claw of
Icnib a heavy uiaft though,"
he said, "and it is probable that
from now on the calls will come a lot
Cajtain Walker added that the list
of 1-A registrants in the county U
rapidly being exhausted.
Meanwhile, word comes from
Washington that those who register
ed rec ently in the third draft, will
be given numbers and classifications
on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. It
was announced, however, that they
Till not be called until those In the
first two registrations have been In
ducted into the service.
This statement was not explained
by Washington, although it was said
that the numbers given to those in
the third registration would begin at
19,000, and would be tagged "T,"
standing for third.
It Is believed, that the statement
refers to the classifications. In other
words. Class 1-A men in the third
registration will not be called until
all the othei class 1-A have been
drafted, and so on.
There has been a considerable eas
ing of the physical requirements for
acceptance, notably in reference to
flat feet, eyes, and teeth. Draftees
now are accepted if it Is thought
likely that their defects can be cor
At the same time, there has been a
tightening up of regulations regard
ing the status of married men. No
exemption will be granted them un
less their wives and families are
ENTIRELY dependent. Neither will
it bo permissible for a wife who has
been working to quit her job. so as to
make herself entirely dependent.
Little Glade Baptists
Hosts To Conference
The West Liberty Associations!
Sunday School Conference will be
held in the Little Olade Baptist
Church Sunday afternoon, March 1.
at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Edgar Willix
will lead the devotional, after which
reports will be made by Sunday
School superintendents and an ad
dress will be delivered bv the Rer.
Special music will be furnished by
the Little Olade Church.
Forestry Service Due
Sole Credit For New
Town Dumping Ground
Credit was given where none was
due in last week's Scout, when it was
stated that land (or a dumping
ground had been given the Town by
the TV A Tlie land came from tho
Forestry Service, thanks to the co
operation of Forest Ranger tSCflnu
in Murphy and Supervisor Melichar.
The land was not deeded over. In
stead the town was only given a right
to use it. There are iron-clad restric
tions with especial reference to set
ting fire to the adjoining wood*.
There also are dumping rules, and if
a single restriction is violated, the
land may be taken back.
The Town iiao found a site offered
for sale, that could have been used,
but the land tunic", over by the Por
j estry scrvice is chosen and will save
the purchase price, wili reduce irans
portation costs, and also will cut the
! cost of road construction to the
; The Forestry Service grant was
secured with a minimum of red tape,
1 after Supervisor Melichar had been
told of the urgent need by a delega
tion consisting of Ranger Schaap.
County Health Officer Wliichard.
former Mayor J. B. Gray.
J. V. ALUS0M7
DiES AS HE SEEKS
Heart Fails As Friends
Assist Him To Couch
In Murphy Hospital
Stricken with a "pain in his chest,
Monday, as he worked in the woods
for Commissioner Ed Wood, John
Bunyan Allison was rushed to the
Murphy General Hospital only to die
less than three minutes later. Dr.
Bryan Whitfield, in whose office he
met death, says he believes Allison
was a victim of the deadly angina
pectoris. There was no autopsy.
The dead man, who was 47 years
old. leaves a widow and four chil
1 dren. He lived near the Wood Dairy
Two fellow workmen rushed the
etricken man to Murphy, by automo
bile and helped him to Dr. Whit
field's office. He was clutching at his
breast when he entered, a nurse said,
and she gave him a restorative. His
friends then helped him to a cot in
the physician's office and then the
nurse, stepping over to inquire if he
i felt better, found he had stopped
[ Adrenalin was injected, and arti
! flcial respiration was resorted to for
j several minutes, but in vain. Dr.
Whitfield, returning hurriedly from
an outside call, declared him dead.
In addition to his widow, the form
Contlnocd on back Pace
45 Receive Instructor-Certificates
As County Wide First Aid Class Graduates
BY HARRY CARY
Some of the guests who have been
leading the softer life hod aching
joints, and some of the more tender
ly plump ladles had black and blue
spots from rolling about floor, but the
45 First Aid students who finished
the Instructors Course in Murphy
last week all came through with fly
ing colors. They received Instructor's
Certificates Friday night.
in parting, James 5aii, Instructor
from National Red Cross Headquar
ters urged the graduates to spread
the knowledge to every home In the
Hall received two gifts from his
grateful class. One was a big layer
?eke. The other was a set f three
bounds, and a foot. The latu -"ere of
wood, however, carved at t Camp
bell Folk chool.
There were a lot of laughs in the
I course ? for instances, when Hall
, used Prof. Bueck as a demonstrator
j model, and tried to massage a rib.
> His fingers couldn't dig deep enough
j to find one!
Another gent, being treated for
' supposed asphyxiation, breathed In
I gurgles. Hall stuck a deft finger In
the "patient's" mouth and hooked
out a sizable "chaw" of tobacco. Still
the gurgling continued and Hall was
beginning to get worried when the
patient stuck in a finger of his own.
pulled out smother "chaw" which
he'd been nursing in his other Jaw.
Another time. Hall made the class
shudder as he told of a man killed
by a rattlesnake bite, right through
a nice new pair of boots. The boots
were passed on to ? son. but the
snakes fang was stm there, and this
son died. This went on through four
(Con tinned on back pace)
COUNTY HAS 250
277 Without Gardens;
425 Lack Cows, and
1 1 CO IJ M ? I
If* Vfc A IttVC 11U nogs
County Agent Quay Ketner says
too many Cherokee farmers arr
coaxing trouble by falling down on :
home production of vegetables, milk
pork, popltry and eggs.
The last Federal census shows that '
a la:ge number of farms in Chrroker
are without gardens, still more axe
without a cow. and stili mere are '
wunoui hogs. mere also are anum- j
her of farms without a single chicken. '
Tile 1940 figures show that the j
County has a total of 2.182 farms. Of I
these. 277 were witliui'.t vegetable
gardens. 425 did not keep a cow, 250
were without chickens, and 1.1G2 had
"It is the patriotic duty of every
farmer to raise a garden, keep at
least one cow. some hogs and some
chickens." Ketner. said. "Farm fami
lies must be well fed themselves, be
fore they can expect to feed the rest
of the nation and our allies. It is not
oni ya matter of patriotism, but of
Taking the State as a whole, the
*_cii2*us fihuwcu 278,276 farms, of
which 31.149 were without gardens.
Those farmers who did have gardens
valued them at a total of>14,775,625,
or s.n ivsrsss of $S0 per g&rdcn.
1 Figured on this basis, those 31.149
without gardens lost $1,869,000.
i "And that", says Ketner, "is a lot of
The State census showed that only
65 per cent of the farms had cows
i and only 69 per cent had hogs.
Eighty per cent had chickens. Uncle
j Sam says they should be 100 per cent,
S. S. Conference Called
At Friendship Church
A special Sunday School confer
tnce of the West Liberty Association
will be held at Friendship church
next Friday evening, March 6. at 7
Ways and mean.; will be discussed
to make Sunday Schoo s "better
teach'r.g agencies' , the work of the
past year will be. reviewed and new
62 Tons of Scrap Iron
Gathered By County
Cherokee Count} responded nobly
!to the recent ca'.' for scrap iron to
? bn used in cef'r se, acco.-aing to a
irfjcrt subrn'/.'ed by County Fa. m
Agent Ketner. Scrap gathered by
! resident and turned over to the Bed
! Cross totalled 62 tons.
Soldier's Plea Brings
Avalanche of Letters
From Beautiful Girls
, Pvt. rank Rewis, of South Caxoli
I na's 118th Infantry Regiment ,1s
convinced that "it pay# to advertise"
after being deluged with letters re
I cently while he was a patient at the
i Fort Jackson, S. C. Hospital.
"Down in the dumps" not only be
cause of his illness but also because
j his friends on the outside neglected
to write to him, Frank wrote to a
"Lonely Hearts Club." Within a few
[ days, letters and photographs of
! beautiful girls from all parts of the
country began to pour in.
Frank's fan mail reached such pro
portions that he was forced to press
two of his fellow-patients Into ser
vice as "secretaries" and spend a
sizeable part of his 30 bucks a month
Army pay for stamps and envelopes.
Now it's portable electric traffic
signals. They can be wheeled to busy
Intersections and carried away when
their Job is finished.
T. R. Harper Slain
In Sick-Bed Before
Eyes of His Family
County Gets $4,500
For Completion Of
Fair Exhibit House
An appropriation of $4,000 has
been approved in Washington for
ci'iBoietuin ?r (in- exhibit nail and
animal shed at the County Fair i
Grounds, and work is expccted to be
resumed within the Text ten days, or |
The work stopped many weeks
ago. when both money and materials
were exhausted. At that time the
project had coct $22,500. Tire new
appropriation will swell the cost to
5-27,000, and the County probably
will have to spend about $2,000 more
for materials, chiefly lumber.
Work yet to be done includes lay
ing rock, putting on a roof, and lay
ing floors and putting in windows,
doors, etc. The cost of the project,
when completed, will be very close
to $30,000. It will have been built
entirely by PPA labor. It was started
about one year ago.
At least part of the high cost of
the improvement Is due to a series
of delays in construction, due partly
to weather. Prices began to rise, and
funds were soon exhausted.
Of the original $22,500 estimated
cost. 75 per cent was supplied by the
Government and the other 25 per
cent or $5,624 came from the Coun
ty. The forthcoming additional pur
chases of material will increase the
county investment to $7,624.
I Boosting This Section
i "Colorful North Carolina", a trav
1 el film directed by James A. Fitzpat
rck featuring the scenic beauties of
the mountains of western North Car
olina, is now being exhibited in thc
.ures throughout the nation.
The film depicts the grandeur of
I he Great Smokies and the North
Carolina Blue Ridges. There is a se
quence on the Indians at the Chero
The average American uses 22
pounds of soap annually, as compar
ed with 17 to 18 by the Briton, 10 by
the Italian, 15 by the German, and
IS to 21 b ythe Belgian. Frenchman,
Pryor Bailew 'Gives Up'
But Refuses To Tell
Reason For Crime
Forcing his way into the house by
threats u wipe out tne whole d
family" unless they let hiin in. Pryor
Bailew. middle-aged farmer of the
Culberson section shot and killed
Theodore R. Harper early Saturday
evening as the latter pleaded for "a
Harper, a 37- year old T. V. A
worker, also of the Culberson section,
was shot Hire" times, but probably
was killed instantly by the first bul
let, which entered his left temple.
Another bullet pierced his chest, and
a third entered his stomach. A fourth
missed and buried itself in a pillow
beside the victim's head.
| After the shooting Ballcw went to
tile home o? Charlie Arp, a brother
?r.-!aw of the sitiiii iuun, and got Arp
to drive him to Blue Ridge, where he
surrendered to the police. Mean
while, kinsmen of his victim were
hunting yim*i thrsstssins 'vnchins .
The cause of the murder is not
known. That there was deep hatred
is evidenced, however, by the fact
that after Harper had been killed,
Ballcw reversed Iris revolver so that
he held the barrel, and hammered
the victim over the face with it.
With every blow the top of tho trig
ger cut a deep gash, and Bailew
raked the weapon down leaving
a long jagged cut. Thirteen such
slashes were found at the Townson
Funeral home, where the body was
prepared for burial.
Bailew appeared at the Harper
home shortly before seven o'clock
Saturday evening, and went to the
barn where Wilma, 15 year old
daughter of the victim's was milking.
Where's your Daddy?" he said.
"He's at the house"? Wilma re
plied. But he's not feeling well, and
he's gone to bed."
' That's all right" Bailew said.
"He's a friend of mine .and I've got
to see him right now."
Nina, another daughter, aged 13,
saw him coming, and also saw h>m
reach for his back pocket. Not know
ing what she feared, she bolted the
When Bailew found the door
locked, he kicked it, and called out:
"open this door or I'll kick It In and
wipe out the whole d family."
Nina opened the door just a few
inches rnd begged him to go away
Continued on back Pace
| F. B. I. Man Sabotages Eleven Machines
I At Asheville Airport, as An Object Lesson
Indifference to the possibility of
sabotage was brought close to home
this week by a travelling salesan.
This gentleman, who asked that his
name not be used is a Reserve Lieu
tenant in Aviation, Is expecting soon
to be called Into service. He told of
a recent happening at an airport
"Every airport is expected to keep
a strict watch on all strangers, and
allow no one to go into i,ue lutognrs
except fliers and emplo7es' he said.
"This day there was a chap going
around in dirty overalls, and with
grease on his face and hands. Every
body evidently considered him a new
employe. And nobody paid any par
ticular attention to him, until he
marched into the main office.
"There he showed a gold badge, and
credentials which proved him to be
a member of the F. R I.
He had the boss-man summon all
the help, and he gave them a lecture"
they are not likely toforget.
i "A fine careful bunch you are
like H " he told them, rvebeen
coins wherever I pleasid around
' here, all day: asking all sorts of
j questions about things that ought to
! be kept secret, and getting correct
That o not the xotit of it, cither.
I've been in your hangars and re
pair shop, and I've put eleven ma
chines out o feom mission ? and not a
soul Interfered with me."
The P. B. I. man then retraced his
steps and showed them Just what he
had done. Naturally, he had tam
pered with the machines onlj In a
way that could quickly be repaired.
"But" he said, "that's no thanks to