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VOL. LVI. NO. 4
FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY. JANUARY 23, 1941
Has Destructive Fire
Damage By Fire, Water
Last Saturday Covered
The Agricultural Building was
partially destroyed by fire early
last Saturday, when Night Police
man Officer saw a blaze on the
roof about 5:30 o'clock. The great
er part of the interior of the build
ing was burned or damaged. The
offices of Sam Mendenhall and
T. H. Fagg, farm agents,' and Fred
Sloan, district farm agent, suffered
' from smoke and water, and are in
condition to be used, while the rest
of the building will have to under
go extensive repairs before it can
The fire broke through the roof
and burned through the floor at a
point in the hall where a waste
basket stood, and was spreading
i from this, point when discovered
and promptly halted by the Frank
lin fire department. It is supposed
that a match or cigarette was
thrown in the basket and smould
ered for some hours before start
ing a blaze, but the cause cannot
be positively ascertained. The fire
hose was still playing on the fire
at 8:30 a. m. ;
A lame auantitv of cotton was
seriously threatened, but no cotton I church in the old school house
or mattresses were destroyed in nunaing.
the large room occupied by the , Another . church service was held
mattress project. A small quantity " P m wun me K.ev. j. i
of ticking was burned, also most ; Stokes, 11, pastor of the Franklin
ot the contents ot the Home Uem
onstration office, occupied by Mrs,
Asbury Church Opening
Attended By Many
;'l The first services held in the
new Asbury Methodist church
building last Sunday morning and
afternoon were attended by a large
congregation of members, and vis
itors. The Rev. W. L. Hutchins, sup
erintendent of the Waynesville dis
trict, who was to deliver the prin
cipal sermon, was1 unable to at
tend because of illness. The Rev.
J. C. Swaim, pastor of the church,
had charge of the services and
preached the morning sermon.
J. Horner Stockton, of the Frank
lin Baptist church, offered the
prayer and Miss Hazel Bradley, a
daughter of Mr and Mrs. Ed
Bradley of Otto, who gave the
property on which the church was
built, gave a ; brief history . of the
college, gave a brief history of the
Asbury churches in that com-
fmunity, Mrs. Claude Bradley, on
behalf of the church, thanked- all
members, friends and business con
cerns of Franklin, Clayton, Ga.,
and other near-by towns for their
generous help, financially, and with
materials and labor
At the close of the service lunch
was served by members of the
And - Four Rural Schools
Closed Until Monday
On account of the epidemic of
influenza school authorities decid
ed to close the Franklin school
Thursday and Friday, reopening on
Monday. It is reported that about
one-fourth of the pupils are absent
on account of sickness, and several
of the teachers. As a precaution
ary measure to prevent the spread
of the epidemic, this action was
Mrs. Philip Green, Miss Frances
Barringer and Miss'. Catherine Sehr-
rill have been absent this week
The .school bus schedules of the
Franklin school have also been
discontinued for these two days,
which also closes the Cowee, Oak
Grove, Iotla and Slagle schools,
as pupils of these rural schools are
served by the Franklin school buse&.
Florence Sherrill, and the Farm
Security office of K; F. Montague.
The building was insured for
$10,000 and the damage estimated
Rickman And Talley
Leave For Fort Bragg
. Dewitt Edgar Rickman, of West's
Mill and Ed Henry Talley, ' of
., Highlands will leave on Friday
, j morning for Fort Bragg. They re
place John Sherman . Welch, . o
, ' , Franklin - Route 3, and .Barnetl
.Howell Glidewell, of Otto, .who ac
compained Macon county's quota of
volunteers last Thursday, but who
- failed in their physical examination
Assembly Aeceives '
Record Spending Program
. Introduction of the 1941 Revenue
and Appropriation Bills in both
houses highlighted the second week
of the 1941 General ( Assembly. A
score of other important public
measures, including reapportion
ment and congressional redisrict
ing, educational, utilities, agricul
tural, highway and usury legisla
tion, were presented and sent to
Methodist church preaching the
Rv. And Mrs. Swaim Honored
One of the memorial windows
was given by the congregation in
appreciation of the devoted and
self-sacrificing labor of the pastor
and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Swaim,
without whose efforts the church
could iiot have., been built.
All the windows in the new
church . axe : memorials , given by
. Members x and friends ' from
Franklin. Dillard, Clayton and sur
rounding communities 1 attended
ihtim .opening services and-attwere
proud and rejoiced with the com
munity in such a fine church in
which to worship.'
Scruggs Home Burned
The family of Walt and Fanny
Scruggs, colored, consisting of a
daughter and child were made
homeless by the burning of their
house in East Franklin Monday
night. They saved only a few
quilts. Their friends are assisting
them with household necessities.
They owned the small frame
house, but had no insurance.
This is the third time the
Scruggs have suffered the loss of
their home by fire.
IN MACON CO.
Health Department Issues
Rules And Instructions
To Citizens i
For President's Birthday
Fund For Infantile
Chairman Harley Cabe and Lest
er Arnold announce that the local
committee for the Jnfantile Par
alysis campaign has planned to
celebrate the Presidents birthday
with a square dance at Panorama
Courts on next Thursday evening,
January,30, beginning at 8 o'clock.
The admission will be fifty cents
a person, the funds to go to the
prevention and cure of infantile
paralysis. One-half of the proceeds
of the birthday parties; and other
activities being carried on at this
time throughout the nation will
remain with the local committee
to be used for cases in the com
A number of festivities have been
planned for Highlands by their
local : committee, Miss Eva Potts,
chairman, according to Jack H.
Potts, county chairman, and an
nounced in last , week's Franklin
Pre&s and Highlands Maconian and
the Highlands Highlights in this
issue. Franklin people are Cordial
ly invited to attend the Highlands
parties, and vice versa.
' Helen' Barn Dance Jan. 29
The date' of the square dance
scheduled to take place at Helen's
Bank Of Franklin Plans To
Rebuild At An Early Date
Prominent Citizen Dies
After Brief Illness
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
The fall of the major Italian
Libyan base of Tobruk to the
British African army was announc
ed officially. With 30,000 Italian
prisoner, taken the number of
prisoners was raised to about 100,
000 with huge supplies of war
BRITIAN IN ITS
Prime Minister Churchill declar
ed yesterday that Britain must 8 LEND-LEASE BILL
sending reinforcements to help the
defeated Italian forces, and it is
believed will seek to crush Brit
ain's hold in the Mediterranean.
FLIES TO ENGLAND
Wendell Willkie, who boarded
the Yankee Clipper at New York
on Tuesday for a trip to England,
carried a message to Churchill from
President Roosevelt. Mr. Willkie
favors all-out aid to Britain.
conscript her manpower and wo
manpower for labor to supply Bri
tain army of 4,000,000. "This great
nation has got into its war stride,
he told the house of commons.
The Greeks are pressing their
offensive relentlessly toward Va
lona and Berat in some of the
bloodiest bayonet fighting of the
Albanian campaign. The Italians
retreated only after fierce counter-ntftacks.
RUMANIA IN STATE
Rumania faces anarchy, civil war
end the alternative of "order re
stored by Nazi troops. Strict cen
sorship reveals only that the ex
tremists are seeking to oust Dictator-General
Antonescu, and that
several hundred persons, have been
killed in bitter fighting.
SECRET MEETING OF
HITLER AND MUSSOLINI
The matters discussed by Hitler
and Mussolini in their recent sec
ret meeting at an undisclosed place
have pot been rtveikd. Hitler U
Hearing before the House com
mittee on the lend-lease bill con
tinue. Witnesses favor aid to Brit
ain, but differ, largely along party
lines, on the degree of aid, and ex
tent of power granted to the
Associate Justice James C Mc
Reynolds, Utter foe or New Deal,
announced his retirement to the
U. S. Supreme Court yesterday.
He is a native of Kentucky, 79
years old and has served 26 years.
Senator Byrnes of South Carolina
has been strongly recommended
as his successor.
N. C LEGISLATURE AND
A party of 70 educators and pro
fessional men and women from
Sooth American coon tries have ar
rived in Chapel Hill for six weeks
study of the United States. The
Legislature will bold m session in
Chapel Hill on Thursday, January
30 and make itself an exhibition
in law making for these Pan-
American Good Neighbor!,
Dr. E. N. Haller, county health
physician and head of Macon
county health department, has
warned all citizens of the serious Barn has been changed from Mon
proportions of the present influ- j day, January 27 to Wednesday,
enza - epidemic, wnne prevalence January 29.
of the disease in this county is j '
not yet as widespread as in some n t a -J i
Other communities, there is no rea-j. t v'B"" an
son why it should not become so. LHtO OCnOOl LHStriCt
It. probably will unless all citizens ! Parents ana teacners of the Otto
cooperate to check its spread by . . , ... . . . .
observing all rules to that end. i SchJ1 dlStr,c mt December 12.
Dr.- HaUer .ive.stheoUowing a"d asSlsted h s' Fd Slagle
rules and instructions fbr .four who is president of the Parent
protection and the safety of others., TtT . ,1. Association of Franklin,
Any epidemic can be effectively organized 1 a -Par6BUTeachrAsso-
curtailed with intelligent applica- cation, I he tallowing officers
tion of rules to prevent its spread. elected: . Mrs. Jim Gray,
.iW TUm,., , prwHiewj . rs j-eonaxa Myers,
. . , 1 . vice-president; Mrs. Edd Henson,
1. Remain at home, if unemploy- s,rrparv aoj Mr. Arti,.,,
ed, as long as new cases are be- jandi treasurer.
ing reported. I . The first ' rmifar nthur ni thU
Z Postpone all pleasure trips, or organization was held January 16.
travel on trains, busses, or crowd- The new officers were installed.
ed taxis. 'members enrolled, and membershio.
3. Beware of anybody with a program, publications. les:islative.
cough, or sneezing. i and hospitality committees were
4. Avoid unnecessary conversa-; appointed. J. J. Mann. Drincioal of
tion with people on the street, at ; the Otto school was chosen his-
work, in the stores, etc. j torian. The president gave an m-
5. Keep away from crowds, con- structive lecture on the parent's
gregations, meetings, parties, square duties to the school
dancing, etc. The association is to meet at the
William D. (Doc) Barnard. 77.
died at his home on Iotla Wed
nesday night about 12 o'clock.
following an illness of six weeks.
Mr. Barnard, a widely-known
citizen of Macon county, was born
and reared in the Iotla community.
He was the son of the late Wil
liam and Auline Lench Barnard.
and waj. born on October 7, 1863.
He was married to Miss Ela Win
stead, who survives him.They had
been married 53 years. They liad
Mr. Barnard served Macon
county a.s conunissioner for several
terms and was also a member of
he county board of education for
a number of years.
Mr. Barnard was a member of
the knla Methodist church and of
the Masonic order of the Juna-
luskee Lodge No. 145 of Frank
lin. : He was a former director of
the Bank of Franklin and a present
stockholder in the bank.
Funeral services will be held on
Friday morning at 11 o'clock at
the Iotla Methodist church. The
Rev. Philip . Green, pastor, will
officiate. Interment will be in the
The pallbearers will be Will
Childers, Ted Campbell, Fred
Willis, Jim Willis, Ell Welch.
Frank Moody, Sam Sweatman and
James E. Myers.
Surviving are the widow and
two brothers, Thomas Barnard of
Asheville and J. L. Barnard, Sr.,
Fifteen Per Cent Dividend
Declared And Officers
6. Cancel friendly or social func
tions, visiting, chatting, etc
7. Avoid the use of improperly
sterilized cups, glasses, and eating
utensils' at home and other places.
scalding water will sterilize eat
ing 'utensils. '
8. The use of the vaccine as a
preventive is worth trying. How
ever, it must be taken oefore any
Flu symptoms appear. :
What To Do If Yon Get "Flu1
1. Go home at once and remain
there until coughing and sneezing
2. Stay in your room and keep
away from others at home.
3. Call your doctor.. .
4. Use precautions while sick
always cough and sneeze, into a
- 5. Sterilize your eating utensils,
cups and glasses to kill the Flu
germs. The use of scalding water
will, do this.
Facta About Tho "FIim"
1. It is a very contagious ("catch
ing") disease. 1
2. Few people are able to resist
3. The Flu spreads . from person
to person by a cough, sneeze, or
by talking at close range. .
4. A relaple from the Flu is
common, and serious.
5. Complications from the Flu
are dangerous. Most often it is
pneumonia. Some of the other com
plications are: pleurisy, weak lungs.
chronic cough, tuberculosis, heart
trouble, kidney trouble, ear . ab
scess, mastoid intection, sinus
trouble, and prolonged weakness.
6. Influenza is a reportable dis
ease. Physicians, parents, teachers,
and othew are required to report
Otto school the second Thursday
of each month at 3 o'clock. All
parents of the district are urged
to attend and visitors are cordially
To Be Cleaned
The Rush cemetery at Riverside
will be cleaned on Friday, Janu
ary 31, as was announced by J. T.
All members of the community
are asked to come and bring lunch,
and stay until the work is done.
The expiration date of your sub
scription is on the address label
of this paper.
Of FranklinSchool Pupili
For Second Quarter
The following pupils received
grades during the second quarter
that entitle them to be listed on
the honor roll:
2nd Grade, Mrs. Elsie Franks,
teacher : Evelyn Roper, jeanette
Hall. Marshall Ramey. Mrs. Kate
Williams, teacher : Mary Sue Potts,
3rd Grade, Mrs. Pearl Hunter,
teacher: Jo Ann Todd. Jeanette
Robinson, Howard Baldwin, Cullen
Bryant, Curley Walker. Miss Mar
garet Slagle, teacher: Marie Wal
droop, Edith Plemmons.
4th Grade, Miss Edna Jamison.
teacher: Marie Jennings, Elizabeth
Phillips, Mary Alice Archer, Ber
5th Grade, Mrs. Margaret Ram
sey, teacher: Howard Horsley.
oth Grade, Miss May Burvl
Moody, teacher: Edgar Angel,
Mac Duncan. Mrs. Lola Barring-
ton, teacher: Roy Phillips, Freda
Arnold, John Angel, Ruth Brvson.
Hazel Robison, Virginia Porter
8th Grade,. Miss . Frances Bar
ringer, teacher: Myra Slagle. Mrs.
Katherinc O'Neil, teacher: Marie
9th Grade. Mr. J C Hawkins,
teacher: Clell Bryant Mary Fran
ces Page, Barbara Stockton.
10th Grade, Mrs. Lois Green,
teacher: Marion Carr, Virginia
Bryant, Emogene Landrum.
11th Grade, Mr Marie Stewart,
teacher: William Led ford.
PosrGraduates, Miss Annie Bail
ey, teacher: Rosalie Kiser.
Plans have been accepted by .the
directors of the Bank of Franklin
for the new bank building on the
site of the building destroyed by
fire on November 10, it was learn
ed this week;
S. Grant Alexander and A.li-
ciates of Asheville are architects
for the proposed new two-story
structure, which will be built of
brick and niodern throughout. The
building will cover the entire lot
occupied by the buildings destroy
ed by fire, two-thirds of the area
belonging to the Bank of Franklin
and the other third the property
of Harve Bryant. f
The bank buildilit: oroner will
be built with a facade along mod
ern architectural lines, elevated
above the rest of the buildinu
with inset entrance, and with stair
case to the offices of the second
story ascending from a
Architect Completes PUn
Mr. Alexander came over from
Asheville on Monday for the pur
pose of looking over the lot and
making final adjustments for blue
prints, according to Henry W.
Cabe, cashier, who, stated that work
would begin as soon as possible.
Meeting to organize on January
15, the board of directors of the '
Bank of Franklin elected the fol
lowing officers: C. Frank Moody,
chairman of the board; Dr. W. A.
Rogers, president; M. D. Billings
vice-president; Henry W. Cabe,
cashier; L. B. Liner, assistant
At the annual meeting of the
stockholders held on January 8,
the hoard , of directors was re
elected as follows: M. D. Billings.
hHsfiJW; .Cabe R L. J jwdle,
orover -Jamison, Sr, R. S. JoBeV
C. Frank Moody, Dr. W. A. Rogers, v
At the stockholders' meeting the
report for the year 1940 .showed
a gain of $125,205 in the total re
sources, an increase of 35 per cent
over the resources of 1939. The
payment of a 15 per cent dividend
to stockholders was announced.
The executive committee is com
posed of Messrs. Billings, Dowdle
and Jamison. Jones and fones were
Bill To Abolish Tax
Penalties In Macon
Macon Housing Figures
Reported By Census
Census figures recently released
in regard to H6uTttK-6ffk:--Ih:
state show that Macon county has
a total of 3,854, of which 3,489
were occupied, and 240 for sale or
rent, April 1, 1940.
On a basis of 15,880 population,
an average of 4.6 persons per unit.
MaconV percentage of 6.2 per cent
Macon's percentage was 6.2 per cent
state's average was 3.1 per cent.
Of the total number of dwellings
in North Carolina, 70 per cent
were listed in rural communities
(places of less than 2.500 oooula-
Sizo Of Family Shows Decrease
The number of occupied dwell
ing units represents approximately
the number of private households
in the respective areas. Compared I Dr. W. A. Rogers, Macon coun-
r ,1 . . OI P"vate nouse- ty s representative in the lower
holds in '1930, there is an increase
of 22 per cent, as compared with
12.7 per cent of increase in popu
lation. This is explained by the
fat that the average size of the
family in North Carolina has de
creased considerably since 1930 as
it has throughout the country.
house of the General Assembly,
meeting in RaleiKh. has introduced
a bill entitled H B 25, "Abolishing
Tax Penalties in Macon county."
The provisions of the act would
be in effect as soon as ratified.
The bill has been sent to the
Committee on Finance.
CITIZENS ON THE RECORD
The general level of farm wages
on January 1. at 124 per cent of
the 1910-14 average, was five points
higher than a year earlier, aavs
the U. S. Agricultural Marketing
Under this head The Franklin Press and Highlands Maconian will
print comments of citizens on matters of public interest. Suggestions
of queries will be appreciated.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION
"WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THE BILL PROPOSED LAST
WEEK BY MACON COUNTY'S REPRESENTATIVE DR W A.
ROGERS, TO REMOVE THE PENALTY FROM TAXES FOR 1940
AND THEREAFTER?" T
J- HORNER STOCKTON: "I have not seen this bill and do not
know its full contents, however, if I am correctly informed, I favor its
passage. Personally, I have never favored allowinT h;,,.,.. .
paid early nor charging a penalty on those paid Jater. This, in my. way
of thinking ,s giving the tax payer most able to pay the advantage.
1 do not believe m penalizing one tax payer just because he does not
happen to have the ready cash to pay his taxes as early as some other
tax payer. I think the bill should bo two stenc further tn-u,:. .1 i:.t.
discounts as well as penalties and limit th int.r.ct -i. a
tcm. i ms is me maximum legal rate in
state and I do not think a political subdivision of the state si
T. W .PORTER: "From a business standpoint, I think the penalty
should be charged when taxes are not paid on time. Personally I
would be glad not to have to pay the penalty."
toMnav SAN,DtERS "people should be given an opportunity
to pay their taxes later without a penalty, for this reason: We have
few payrolls ra Macon county and no surplus crops; January Febru
ary and March are therefore lean month,. The present time for pay
ment of taxes catches both fanners and merchant, ,t a time when
they are least able to pay."
..R. S. JONES: "I have not read Dr. Rogers' bill, so I would not like
to express myself until I am acquainted with it, exact provision!
MRS. PEARL L. WRIGHT: "Since I have to pay my taxes br in
stallments I would like tosee the penalty remove! l7wouTd telp l
lot of people who do not have the money in January"
T. W. ANGEL: "I think the count v should
due after a certain time, but as now required, the time for the payment
of taxes comei when it if hard fo most people to pty.