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Two-Day Short Course
To Teach Home Making
Experts Brought Here By
Clubs Next Week
A two-day short course on House
Mirnishing and Home ' Manage
ment, sponsored by the home dem
onstration -clubs will be held . on
Thursday and Friday, February 13
and 14, 'in. .'the basement of the
i Franklin : Methodist church. The
meetings will begin at 10 a. m.
This course has been arranged
and made possible by the Exten
, sion service to come to our Ma
con county women because they
are too far away to attend those
offered during Farm . and Home
Week in Raleigh each year, ac
cording to Mrs. .Florence S. Shcr
ri 11, -county home demonstration
agent. All home demonstration club
members and other interested per
sons are .urged by Mrs. Sherrill
to attend these clashes.
State College Expert To Teach
Miss Pauline Gordon, house fur
nishing ' and home, management
specialist of State college, will con
duct the classes and demonstrate
furniture and floor finishes; color
in the home and other home im
provement features. Homemakers
are invited to bring their problems
in house furnishing to class to be
Mrs. Cornelia C. Morris,, food
conservationist and marketing spe
cialist at State college, will ac
company Miss Gordon. Mrs. Mor
ris will bring display packets of
fruit and vegetables similar to
those, exhibited at the North Caro
lina State Fair in previous years.
A handicraft exhibit will also be
brought by Mrs. Morris, for the
purpose, of illustrating means' of
using native products in coilstruct-
nig saiaDie cratts.
The Macon county home demon
stration clubs, under the leadership
of Mrs. Sherrill, are constantly on
the lookout to find new ways for
farmwomen to add convenience to
to create cash income from farm
sources. .These classes offered next
week mark a new step toward
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
and Abroad. ' v
The New York Republicans have
received a cablegram from Wendell
L, Willkie "not interested" to their
proffered nomination of the form
er presidential candidate to the
vacancy in the House of Repre
sentatives . of Congress caused by
the death last week of Kenneth
N. C HEAD OF
Brig. Gen. J. Van .B. "Melts'
appointment by President Roose
velt as Director of Selective Serv
ice in No'rth Carolina was con
firmed last week by the .Senate.
William G. McAdoo, former sen
ator from California and secretary
of the treasury under President
Wilson, died in Washington last
week and was buried in Arlington
national cemetery Monday.
The trigger of an "unloaded"
pistol pulled by a companion kill
ed Dallas Humphrey, 17, of Val
cVse Sunday night, on the public
SHADOW .TO FEBRUARY 2
The groundhog U reported to
have poked his head out of his
burrow last Sunday Groundhog
Day blinked in the bright sun
light, yawned and .btiffled back
into his hole for six more weeks
At the request of RBC, Willkie
sent a radio message to Germany
before he left. It said in part:
".... I am proud of my German
blood, but I hate aggression and
tyranny. Tell the German people
my convictions are snared in full
by an . overwhelming majority of
my fellow countrymen of German
descent. They too believe in free
dom and human right ... we re
ject the hate, aggression and lust
for power of the present German
R. W. Graeber
Demostrates Timber Stand
R. W. Graeber, extension forester
from Raleigh will be ' in Macon
county Monday, February 10. Be
ginning at 9 o'clock , Mr. Graeber
will be at the farm of Harley
Stewart in the Patton settlement
to conduct a timber stand im
provement demonstration. At 2
o'clock he will be at the farm of
Ben ' Lenoir in Cartoogechaye
where a . timber stand improvement
demonstration has already been
started by E. J. Whitmire and his
vocational boys, according to an
announcement by Sam Mendenhal,
Two units or $3.00 per acre may
be earned in the Agricultural Con
servation program by . correctly
carrying out the practice of timber
stand improvements, Mr. Menden
hall states, Farmers who are in
tending to make part or all their
units by this practice . should at
tend one of these demonstratioas
to learn the proper way of doing
timber stand improvement work.
Everyone is invited to attend these
demonstrations and bring their ax.
The Macon County Zone meeting
of the Missionary Societies of the
Methodist churthes of Macon coun
ty will be held on Wednesday, Feb
ruary 12, at the Franklin Metho
dist church, it was announced by
Mrs. Fred Slagle, zone leader.
Mrs. F. E. Branson, of Clayton,
district secretary . of the Wayties-
ville district, expected to be pres
ent and be the principal speaker
for the ' occasion. She will . be ac
companied by Mrs. W. L. Hutchins,
of Waynesville and Mrs. J. B.
Tabor, of Murphy.
T. he meeting is scheduled to be
gin at 10 o'clock and all societies
in the county' are .urged to send, a
large delegation of members. Only
one meeting a year is held now.
In expectation of early invasion
threat, R. A. F. bombers, protected
by clouds of fighting planes are
making offensive daylight raids on
german "invasion coast" with dev
astating effect on submarine bases,
air and farmy forces.
Nazi raids over London and oth
er cities are increasing. Both sides
claim losses of enemy planes.
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CIRSIS IN FRANCE
Out of the strict censorship that
covers France it is reported that
Marshall Petain, who dropped
Pierre Laval from his cabinet and
stands firm against use of France's
fleet against Britain, has offered
to surrender his direct control of
the French government to Admiral
Francoid Darlan. Pierre Laval,
with Hitler behind him demands
to. be installed as premier, equiva
lent to handing over the Vichy
government to Nazis. A crisis is
In- Africa and Greece Italian
forces are retreating on all fronts.
Greeks have reached Tepeleni.
British on land, sea and air press
campaigns in Libya, Ethiopia and
BULGARIA IN DANCER
Reports come that Hitler is re
newing pressure on Bulgaria to al
low passage of Nazi troops to
wards Greece to aid the Italinas.
Wendell Willkie sailed on the
American clipper from Lisbon
Wednesday night for the U. S. -byway
of Bo lama, Portuguese Guinea,
Trinadad and Peurto Rico.
Bidding the British people fare
well after a 10-days whirlwind
tour of the island kindom he said
he was burring home to do "any
thing I xan to help Britain in her
fight for freedom."
The Times of London said:
"Everywhere and with everyone
Willkie left the impression of sin
cerity, friendship, boundless energy
and radiant high spirit which has
bets intensely hartening."
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 6, 1941
Castor Oil Found
At Whiskey Still
A "pure corn whiskey" still dis
covered in the Cowee mountains
last week revealed a puzzling fea
ture of a quart of castor oil found
nearby. j .
Deputy Sheriff John Dills ac
companied John 1). Norton and
Louis B. FVetz of Asbeville. of
the Alcohol Tax unit ' went to the
spot where a 30-gallon copper still
was discovered and 475 gallons of
Air. Norton said signs indicated
the still had been in operation
about a year and had been making
pure corn whiskey. Corn meal bags'
were found in abundance, but : no
sugar sacks, the officer, said. How
ever, the strangest find was the
quart of castor oil, which Mr. Nor
ton said he could not account for
at the whiskey plant.
After destroying the still, the of
ficers arrested Grady Dalton at
his home a mile from ' the plant.
He was taken into custody by the
federal officers, and, it is - .under
stood here, was to have appeared
for trial at Sylva on Monday.
From information gathered here it
was. reported that Dalton tailed
to appear. ;'.... :;
J. M. Carpenter
Well-Known Citizen Dies
After Week's Illness
James M. Carpenter, 85, a well
known citizen of Macon county,
died at the Angel clinic . Friday
morning, January 31, at 9:30
o'clock, following' a week's' illness
with pneumonia. 1
A life-long resident of -this coun
ty, Mr. . Carpenter was born ,on
May 22, 1855, a son of Henry and
Lucjnda Allen Carpenter. Most of
his life' was .spent at Prentiss as
a farmer. In his earlier years he
was a school teacher. He served
as superintendent of the Sunday
school at Prentiss for a number
Mr. Carpenter was a member of
the Franklin Baptist church after
moving here several i years ago.
He had been a deacon for several
years and was a senior deacon at
the time of his death, always tak
ing an active interest in his
church's work. He was married
March 22, 1887, to Miss Ada Sel
lers of this county.
Funeral services were held at
the church on Saturday afternoon,
at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. C. F.
Rogers, pastor, was assisted in the
services by the Rev. J. L. Stokes
II, Of the Franklin Methodist
church, the Rev. A. Rufus Mor
gan of the Episcopal church, and
the Rev. George Davis, of the Co
wee Baptist church. Interment was
in the Franklin cemetery.
The pallbearers ' were Ben Mc
Collum, J. B. PendergrasA Roy R.
Cunningham, J. Horner Stockton,
Jr Herbert McGlamery and J. W.
Honorary pallbearers were . John
E. Rickman, Silas Womack, John
O. Harrison, R. M. Ledford, Alex
Moore, R. N., Stiles, John M.
Moore, Wade Cunningham, George
Carpenter, Ernest Cooper and
Surviving are his widow, and
four children; two ;. daughters,
Misses Nina and Grace Carpenter;
and two sons, W. Roy and Paul
B. Carpenter, all of Franklin; one
sister, Mrs. Riley J. Garland of
Toccoa," Ga., and one brother, B.
H. Carpenter of Franklin Route .2
AQUONE CAMP MOVED
The Aquone CCC Gamp F-10
was moved to Camp Jackson, Co
lumbia, S. G, February 1. In its
new assignment this camp will as
sist in the various jobs arising as
a result of the rapid expansion of
the training camp.
Camp F-10 was one of the early
camps to be established on the
Nantahala National Forest Its
personnel had a major part in the
development of Nantahala Forest
lands in Macon County, particular
ly in the vicinity of Way ah. Some
of the projects which this camp
had a part in initiating and com
pleting are the John Byrne Me
morial . Tower, Nantahala - Road,
Rainbow Springs Road, Arrowood
Glade, and Wayah Depot.
Plans at present are to return
this camp to Aquone on about
May 1 so that it may continue
its splendid work in developing
National Forest lands in Macon
County. - - .
TO W BUILT
Boy Scout Anniversary
Steps are being taken for the
building of a new ' Boy Scout
headquarters for the Franklin
troop, , according to Jess Conley,
.HKltim, fnr fh.. . Srmit rnmmittM
of the Rotary Club, sponsors of
the local troop. "We intend to put
up a good building on the site
of the old house,' which will be,
torn down", said Mr. Conley last
The scouts are now meeting in
trie small building in the rear of
the Methodist parsonage, since the
roof of the scout house is con
sidered unsafe. The announcement
of the proposed building marks a
feature in the celebration by the
local troop, of the 31st anniversary
of the-founding of the Scout move
ment in the United States, Feb
Attend Court Of Honor
The troop attended the district
court of honor of the Daniel
Boone council at Sylva last Mon
day night, accompanied by Scout
master Jimmie Hauser.
At this court John Allen Hig
don was promoted to life rank
from star rank; Frank Murray,
Jr., and Harold. Bradley to the
rank of first class. Merit badges
were awarded to Bobby Leach for
cycling; Gus Leach, civics; Diet
Angel and Kenneth Conley, dairy
ing; Gordon Porter, camping,
cooking and woodwork.
Dean WE. Bird of W. C. T. C,
has been reelected as chairman of
the Smoky Mountains District of
the Daniel Boone Council, Inc.
This district consists of Swain,
Macon, and Jackson counties and
at the present time has 126 Scouts
in eight different Scout Troops.
. The troops are located at Chero
kee, Cullowhee, Bryson City,
Franklin, Mt. Zion Baptist church
(near Bryson City), Highlands, and
two troops at Sylva. At the pres
ent time there are several com
munities in the district that are
in the process of starting troops.
During the past year the troops
were active in camp ' and other
Scout events. The district held a
patrol camporee at the Lumpkin '
property, a caoin ana to acres oi
land near Arrowood campgrounds.
The district holds a Court of
Honor each month at which time
the boy. are recognized for their
advancement in rank. This meeting
is held on the first Monday in
each month and moves from town
to town. The next Court will meet
in Franklin March 3.
To supervise the Scout activities
in the district and to promote the
movement there is a' committee
made up of men from each town.
For 1941 this committee is made
up of Dean Bird as chairman. F.
J. Duckett, Sylva, vice-chairman
and in charge on Health and Safe
ty, Jess Conley, Franklin, chair
man of Finance, S. S. Allred, Bry
son City, Organization chairman,
W. E. Ensor, Cherokee, Training
chairman, Hugh Monteith, Svlva,
Camping chairman, E. C Dodson,
Cullowhee, Cubbing chairman, H.
W. Gibson, Sylva, Inter-Racial
chairman. Other members are M.
C Close, Bryson City, A. F. Neely,
Cherokee, W. W. Sloan, Franklin,
and Sidney McCarty, Highlands.
The new Scout camp ground of
700 acres in Haywood county is
now in operation. All troops of the
Daniel Boone Counsel will have the
benefit of this, magnificient for
Girls Win Over Boys At
Holly Springs School
The first basket ball game of
the season was played at Holly
Springs school house on Saturday
afternoon at 4 o'clock, between the
Holly Springs girls and the Holly
Springs All Stars boys. " .
A very interesting game was
played. The girls won over the
All-Stars by a score of 90" to ' 44.
Each girl fought cravely and did
her part. But Miss Jewel Elliott
lead the crowd by 50 points or
The All-Stars' put up a hard
fight. Dewey Elliott and Frank
S. Crispe were fn' high favor at
the game, but they couldn't match
the power of the community girls.
The All-Star boys are a very nice
bunch of boys to play with, which
the girls appreciate very much.
The Holly Springs All-Stars are
now ready to play basket ball, and
art looking for cunts.
Will Be Completed In
. Record Time
The Nantahala Power and Light
company's Glenville ' hydro-electric
project is rapidly nearing complet
ion. One section, more than one
half mile long of the main tunnel
which will carry the impounded
waters to the power house, was
completed last week. The other
two sections are expected to be
CUUipiCtea Wllllin tWO mOtltftS
The two dams are also nearly
finished. When completed, the
main dam will be, 1,000 feet long,
ISO feet high and contain approxi
mately one million cubic yards of
earth and stone. The saddle dam
Will bp 600 fppt train and 1fWl (op
j The Morrison-Knudsen corpora-
tion of Boise, Idaho, is the con-
tractor for tire project. More than
1,000 men arc employed.
When the project was begun last
July, it was expected to take 15
months to complete, but it is now
believed that' the project will be
finished well before that time. 1
Although the tunnels are being
rapidly completed, they must be
connected from one mountain to
another with drain pipe and two
of the three sections arc to h-
lined. The total distance from the
-I? ,Trf hTe, is
teet . lJjlKIO feet of which will be
tunnels. The total fall of the water
from the dam to 'the power house
is 1,215 feet, making this one of
the highest head plants east of the
Ball Thursday Night
An enjoyable affair was the
President's, birthday ball, last
Thursday night at .Pa'nomara
Courts. The attendance was not
as large as was expected on ac
count of the influenza epidemic.
but the younger set reported an
entertainment where all had a
good time. Seventy per cent of thr
proceeds went to the Infantile
Paralysis fund, amounting to $21.00
was reported by Chairman Lester
Five Indians from Cherokee left
recently for Honolulu after enlist
ing in the army.
Thirty-seven others left for army
camps where they will be employ
ed on construction projects.
Dr. Robert L. Flowers of Duke
Universitv farnltv -inr) .ttnr,
ident since the death & few months
ago of presidenf Few, has been
eiected president by the board of
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
"WHICH, IN YOUR JUDGMENT, WILL BRING GREATER
PROGRESS TO THE STATE'S SCHOOLS AS A WHOLE, A NINE
MONTHS TERM OR A TWELFTH GRADE?"
W. H. F1NLEY: "I believe that nine months at school mean more
to the boy or girl who goes to college than the 12th grade. This is
borne out by the fact that recent statistics of the University of North
Carolina show out of 43 freshmen who made the honor roll, 29 came
from nine months schools. Of course the nine months school means
much more to the great majority who do not go to college.
Schools in large cities and industrial center have sufficient revenue
to add the ninth month while thp rural crhnnlc cruini, tY tm.w
number, cannot do so. Therefore it
young people to supply the nine
city schools add the 12th grade.
We need more pay for teachers; the ninth' month would supply
this; which, I believe, teachers would be as pleased to receive as more
pay for eight months. It is better to pay teachers more than to employ
more teachers for a 12th grade. This would partly answer the argument
against the ninth month. An increase in salaries for eight months plus
the cost of a 12th grade would amount almost to the sum sufficient
to give a nine months school for all."
MRS. JAMES E. PERRY: "I much prefer the nine months term,
because the . four months of idleness is too long a time for young
people to be out of school. Then, those who go to college are at a
disadvantage in . competing with those who have had the advantage
of a nine months term."
TOM C. BRYSON": "I am for a nine months term rather than a
12th grade because it benefits a greater number. I am for that legis
lation which brings good to the greatest number of citizens."
MRS. HARLEY LYLE: "I think I prefer the 12th grade, because
boys and girls are too immature to go away to school when they
complete the 11th grade. They need another year at home to better
fit them for college life."
DR. FRANK SMITH: "The nine months term I consider of greater
value. The additional-month over a period of eleven years amounts to
more time, and is better distributed than a 12th grade added to an
eight months term. As at present constituted, the eight months work
is harder than it would be spread over nine months, and the pupils do
not get as much out of it."
MRS FLORENCE STALCUP SHERRILL: "I prefer the 12th grade.
When children get out of the 11th grade school they are too often
too immature to go to college or to decide what vocation they wish to
take op. The average boy or girl would be better equipped, in my
judgment, by having 12 grades."
$1.50 PER YEAR
Plans Made To Rebuild
At Early Date
At their regular meeting last
Monday the county ' commissioners
decided to complete the cleaning
out of the burned part of the-.
Agriciiltniral building at once, pre
paratory to advertising for bids
for rebuilding a little later.
Cluairman Gus Le.ach. stated that
insurance for the fire damage had
been awarded in the sum of $4,-'
300 but that the money had not
yet been received.
Beer Dealers Cited
Two 'beer dealers were cited to
come in and show cause why their
licenses should .not be revoked;
one named Wood who operates in
Iiriartown and Tom Moss of the
Highlands ' road, The hearing was
set for February 17.
Other matters of routine nature
were disposed of. ,
I CIDCT DCH PD ACC
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Finished Clothing For
War Sufferers To Be
Sent To Britain
Shelves and tables , piled high
with finished clothing in the Red
Cross i rooms of the Episcopal rec
tory on Church .street give some
idea of the work the women of
Franklin have done for the
American Red Cross war : relief
Mrs. J. E. Perry, production
chairman, requests that all gar-:
ments be returned at once, as she
has had a call from national headquarters-
to send in Franklin's frist. '
quota. These will be shipped in
the next few days.
Thp.se having remnants of ma
terial or wool and knitting needles
are asked by the chairman to re
turn them also.
. All garments are being sent to
England for civilians and soldiers.
Among garments made bv the Ma
con county chapter are women's
and girls' dresses, boys' shirts, hos
pital shirts, women and girls' wool
skirts and layettes. Knitted gar-
ments , include shawls, sweaters
and' caps, socks and mufflers.
would help a greater number of
months school for all and let the