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The Franklin press and the Highlands Maconian. (Franklin, N.C.) 1932-1968, April 06, 1939, Image 1

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wit ? f - PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL INDEPENDENT VOL. LIV, NO. 14 FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1939 $1.50 PER YEAR SOLONS FINISH WORKTUESDAY Large Appropriation Bill Voted; New Election Laws Passed The North Carolina General As sembly ended at 2:30 a, m. Tues day a 90-day biennial session in yhich it passed a record $155,000, 000 appropriation bill and .stricter marriage and election laws. ' . New laws will require men and women to have, pre-marital physical examinations and expectant mothers to be given blood tests. The ab sentee ballot was abolished in pri maries, and , its use restricted in elections. The "professional marker" will be eliminated in primaries. The new election .law will allow election officials to mark ballots only if no other marker is avail able. It will also prohibit a marker, other than an election official, from aiding more than one voter. School Fund Voted Extra funds were voted for pub lic .schools, which may be used by the school commission to restore pay of veteran teachers to the 1929 IpdpI The monev was not ear-mark ed, however, for increments, an4 may be used jn general salary ad justments. The legislature adjourned exactly 90 days, after it convened on Jan lary 4. Durisg the final hours the house killed a bill which would have pro . vided for a popular vote 'on a con stitutional amendment to raise the pay of legislators from $600 to $900 session, i The house also killed a senate pill which would have provided a commission and advisory council to study the state's educational fa cilities and plan a long-range edu cational program. The house passed a senate bill to levy a . $250 tax on peddlers and itinerant dealers who solicit farm ers and buy their .scrap tobacco. The senate held its "love feast" Tuesday night and spectators heard recurrent mention of. the name of Lieutenant Governor W. P. Horton as a .potential candidate for gov ernor. Representative George B. Patton, of Macon county, and Mrs. Patton have returned from Raleigh and are being warmly greeted by the home folks. M. F. Ledbetter, 70 Passes At Home , ; Marcus Finley Ledbetter, 70, died today (Thursday) at 1 :30 o'clock, at his home on the Murphy road, three miles from Franklin, of pneu monia, after an illness of two weeks. The funeral will be held at the Carson Methodist church on Fri day, April 7, at 2 o'clock, and in terment will be in the church yard of this church. -The Revs, C. F. Rogers, and J. C. Swaim will of ficiate. Mr. Ledbetter was born in Bun combe : county on December 27, 188, son of William Ledbetter and L. A. Ledbetter. He was raised in Buncombe county, and lived in Oklahoma and other, places in the West before .coming; to Macon county, where he has lived for the last 20 years ' Surviving are the widow, former ly Miss Mary Crawford, and three sons, Robert, of Prentiss ; Lawrence and Vinson, who live at home, and one daughter, Grace, who also lives at home j five brothers, one of whom, W. C. Ledbetter, lives in Macon .county, Franklin Route 2; " and three sisters. Houk Appointed Hospital Director ; , At a regular meeting of the board of - directors of Angel , hos pital April ,5, ' Guy L; Houk was appointed a member of the board. Other members are A. B. Slagle, Richard Jones, and R, A, Patton, Long Record -'!ketM(v-.- ; . f 1 M . M. D. BILLINGS Who Retires July 1 as School Superintendent of Macon County After 40 Years' Service in the County Schools, 32 Years as Super intendent. SELECT COUNTY SCHOOL SUPT. Curtis Price Elected By County Board Of Education The members of the newly elect ed Macon county board of educa tion were sworn in Monday morn ing -by41arky- R Caier' clerk, of superior court, and in a -short ses' sion held , immediately afterward elected C. Tom Bryson as. chair man and Curtis Price, principal of Ellenboro high school, as super intendent of schools for the next year. He will take office J,uly 1. Mr. Price is a graduate of Duke University and has been principal of the Ellenboro school for the past 10 years. Before that time he serv ed as principal of the Gilkey and Green Hill schools in Rutherford county. He has also had experience in the office of the county superin tendent of schools in Rutherford county. Mr. Price is a member of the North Carolina Teachers' associa tion and the National Education association. He is a Mason and a member of the Junior Order. He comes highly recommended as an expert on school administration and as a business man. Billings' Long Record ' Mr. Price succeeds M. D. Bil lings, who has ably and efficiently handled the affairs of the office of county school superintendent for the past 32 years a record which has been equalled by few men in North Carolina or any .state. ' Mr. Billings has long been a prominent figure in the civic af fairs of Franklin and Macon coun ty, and has joined in many progres sive movements. He will retire from office wHth an enviable record of service to the cause of educa tion.. V . The board of education adjourned their meeting after the election of a superintendent and will meet at a later date to select teachers for all of the county schools fof the 1939-40 term. The board is composed as fol lows: C. Tom. Bryson, chairman; W E. Mozeley, James L. Hauser, Miss Lassie Kelly and Mrs. Fred Slagle.' V Employment Service To. Observe Easter Holiday Easter , Monday, April 10, will be observed as a full holiday by all officers of the employment service and unemployment compensation divisions of the North Carolina un employment compensation commis sion. All persons usually reporting Monday are asked to call at. the office Tuesday. - AN EASTER MESSAGE A great statesman and Christian leader, Bishop Henry St. George Tucker, has sent a timely Easter Message to the Amer ican people, excerpts from which are given below. Serving his church as a missionary in the Far East for many years, St. George Tucker also served on international commis sions concerned With improving conditions of life for the peoples of Asia, being recognized by governments for his statesmanship. Recalled to the United States and becoming a bishop in His. native Virginia, he is now serving as presiding bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church in America: "The Resurrection of Christ brought to His disciples a resur rection of hope, courage and power. It is just this that is sorely needed 'at the present time. If the Son of Man should come into our world, He would find large numbers of people who are de votedly attached to His principles but who despair of the pos sibility of their application to the practical life of mankind. The best they hope for is to preserve their own integrity. Any thought of an aggressive offensive on the part of the forces of the King dom of God seems to them out of the question. Something more than devotion to Christian ideals is needed by a Church which sets forth to save the world. V "The 'disciples 'had learned to love Christ and His way of life, but when disaster threatened they forsook Him and fled. It was only when they came face to face with the Risen Christ that they acquired that 'something more' that qualified them to proclaim the good news to the world with convincing power. They went forth as witnesses of the Resurrection. The power of the Risen Christ manifested itself in theif lives. "We, too, in our generation,, if we are to repeat the triumphs of the early Church, must be witnesses of the Resurrection. Our message to the world must be an Easter message. . . . We are not complete Christians until we have experienced within ourselves that resurrection of hope, courage and power which comes from contact with the living Christ. ... "What the world needs today isi a body of Christian men and women who have had this Easter experience and who can give an answer to the question: 'What shall .1 do to be saved?' Shall we not then at this Easter season pray that Christ will come to us saying: 'All power is given to me in heaven and in. earth. Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel, the good news of the saving power of God through Christ, to every creature'." Mrs. Emory Passes Tuesday- Night After Long illness Mrs. Ella Elizabeth Emory, 52, died Tuesday night, April 4, at 9 o'clock at Angel hospital. Death was caused by heart complications from which she' had suffered for five years. Mrs. Emory was before her mar riage Miss Ella Elizabeth Ander son, daughter of John and Mary C. Anderson, of the Cartoogechaye section, and had spent all of her life in Macon county. She was born July 7, 1886, and was married to James Emory on June 22, 1910. She was a member of Patton Chapel Methodist church. Funeral services were conducted at Patton Chapel at 3 p. in. Wed nesday. The Rev. J. C. Swaim, pastor, was in charge of the ser vices. Burial was in the church cemetery. Surviving are her husband, two daughters. Mrs. Belle Hall and Miss Elizabeth Emory; one son, Fred Emory; her father, John Anderson, and two sisters, Mrs. Hatti6 Carpenter and Mrs. Ida Moffitt. , ' ' . CLEAN-UP WEEK BEGINSAPRIL 24 The maor.and aldermen at the regular meeting held Monday night passed a resolution setting aside the week beginning Monday, April 24, as Clean-Up Week in Franklin. The cooperation of all citizens is urged in this campaign to make the town more beautiful and health ful. .'.' The people are asked to remove all accumulations of trash and rub bish that would constitute breed ing places for germs and fire haz ards ,aij well. . Ample means will be available to haul off trash and rubbish when it is gathered and placed convenient ly for removal. Dr. H. T. Horsley,.. town health officer, will have distributed to the homes a ' circular urging coopera tion in the campaign. Fire Chief Derald Ashe states that a rigid inspection will be 'made immediately after the . close of Clean-Up Week in regard to pos sible fire hazards. PRESENT BOARD TO RUN AGAIN Mayor, Aldermen Qualify As Candidates For Reelection After the regular monthly meet ing of the Franklin board of alder men Monday night, Mayor Houk and five members of the board filed as candidates for reelection. M. L. Dowdle was unable to be present at the meeting on account of the illness of his father, but it is under stood that he will also qualify as a candidate. Members ot the board stated that they had been urged by many citizens to offer for reelection on account of the fact that the street improvement project now under way and the water and sewer ex tension work which will soon be gin were both initiated during Jthe present administration and that as they are familiar with the details they should remain in office until the work is finished. . , The board also fixed the closing date for entry of candidates at 5 p'. m: on Saturday, April 15, and ordered the ballots printed the first of the following week. The board at present is compos ed as follows: Guy L. Houk, may or; H. W. Cabe, W. W. McCon nell, M. L. Dowdle, C. B. Russell, John Bingham and J. O. Harrison, aldermen. - There is considerable discussion on the streets in regard to possible candidates for mayor and alder men, but so far none have quali fied except the members of the present board. . ' ' The election will be held on Tuesday, May 2. Father And Son Banquet Saturday Night The Franklin Chapter of Future Farmers will hold their annual father and son banquet on Satur day night in the high school audi torium. About 100 fathers, sons and guests are expected to attend. The ban quet will be prepared and served by the home economics department under jhe supervision of Mrs, Leach. LOCAL BOYS IN BANK ROBBERY Two Franklin Young Men Held In Sylva On Serious Charge Two Franklin 'boys, John Moore, Jr., and Ted West, are being held in the Jacks'on county jail in Sylva charged with robbery of the Jack son County Bank early Monday afternoon. According to a description of the robbery given by officers, it was about 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon when a young, unmasked man, said to have been John Moore, entered the bank, leaving his companion, said to have been Ted West, in a car on the street in front of the bank. The man who entered the bank, officers said, pointed a revolver at Cashier R. L. Ariail and ordered him to lie. face downward on the floor. Then he ordered Mrs. Frank Fisher, stenographer for the bank, who was the only other employe of the bank in the lobby at the time, to hand the ' money over to him, saying that if she did not "I'll kill you." .Mrs. Fisher later told officers that she handed the man several bundles of currency, the amount of which she thought to be less than $1,000. Immediately after stuffing the cur rency in a pocket, the bandit back ed out of the bank and ran to a taxi in which his companion was sitting. The taxi driver, L. H. Gates, of Sylva, later said he had been employed by the two men to drive them to Dillsboro, bbt the first h knew they were -hold up men was when the man came from the bank, held a revolver in his face, and ordered him to drive on. Mr. Gates told officers that the two yolng men forced him to drive them west on U. S. Highway. No. 19 for about six miles in the direc tion of Bryson City. At that .point, Mr. Gates said, he managed to flood the engine of his car, causing it to stop. The bandit who held the revolver, Mr. Gates said, forced him out 'of the car - and shot at him, but missed. ' Engine A grain Flooded The bandits then drove onward for about a half mile and were forced to stop when the engine again flooded. Abandoning the car, they stood in the middle of the highway and forced John Echols, an employe of the Western Caro lina Telephone-company, who had driven up in a truck, to surrender the vehicle to them. The hold-up men then" drove back toward Sylva as far as Barker's Creek. Turning up the Barker's Creek road, they had started to cross to Nation's Creek when they wrecked the trick at a point about a mile from the main highway. At that place they took to the woods where they were surrounded by a posse of officers and citizens and captured. Wert Captured First West, who was about 50 yards from Moore, was captured first, be ing taken into custody by Lee Cook and a Mr. Jones, of Barker's Creek. He offered no resistance and a search showed he was un armed. A few seconds later, other mem bers of the posse A, H. Weaver, of Dillsboro, Ed ' Bumgarner, of Wilmont, and a Mr. Brooks, of Barker's Creek saw Moore and ordered him to 'stop and hold up his hands. Without show of resis tance, he complied. The possemen searched him and reported .they took from him a revolver and $853 in currency. . Says West Innocent Laurence H. Gates the taxi driv er, stated Wednesday that he would testify that Ted West had nothing to do with the robbery. He said . that, in his opinion, West just hap pened to be with Moore at the . (Continued on Pag Eight)

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