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VOL. LVI, NO. 7
FRANKLIN. N. C. THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 1941.
$1.50 PER YEAR
NYA Project Will Teach
Cooking And Sewing
Possible Routes of Hitler's Promised 'Knockout5
VOLUNTEERS GO TEACHERS' BILL
TO FORT BRAGG NEAR PASSAGE
Gus Leae.ii, chairman of county
commissioners, yesterday announc
ed that the seeing and cooking
center for girls, offered the coun
ty by the state division of the
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Could be accepted, thanks to the
voluntary support of church organ
izations and individuals who have
pledged their-support for sponsor
ship for the next four months.
A recent ruling of th Wash
ington office is requiring every
county which receives the benefit
of National Youth Administration
furfds to set up a girl's center for
the, teaching ot sewing and cook
ing. Unless a county is willing to
put up the necessary funds for
the operation of such center other
aid is apt to be withdrawn.
In the case of Macon county,
this would be a real calamity tor
the young people, who must be
from faiiuites needing the financial
help, and who would be" deprived
of the aid the government is' striv
ing to give to underprivileged
girls' and boys between the ages
of 16 and 24 who have no other
Pay Rotl Of $20,000
At present, this pay roll , totals
about $20,000 a year, which would
be no small loss to many others
besides the young people them
selves. This project, which will employ
about 40, requires the county t6
furnish a building rent free, heat,
lights, electricity, and material to
be nude into garments which will
be used by ' the welfare depart
ment largely to clothe children who
have not clothes to enable them
to attend school.
A house on Main street on the
lot adjoining the Macon Theatre
and which belongs to the county,
will house the project
The offer of complete equip
ment tor tne center, tor a limited
time only, has been hanging fire
for the last few weeks. This
equipment consists of sewing ma
chines, cutting tables, refrigerator,
stove, cutlery, dishes,, and other
necessities for a complete teach
ing , center. Surplus commodities
are obtained through the county
welfare for food used in teaching
cooking and for the noon day meal.
A small fee paid by the girls out
of their $16 monthly for 80 hours
work will supplement this for nec
essities. Full time forewomen are
paid by NVA, the sewing room
.being operated similar to the WPA
sewing room and the cooking school
similar to lunch rooms.
Because the county had no avail
able funds to meet the amount
required for materials approxi
mately $2.00 per girl per month,
for the next four months when a
new budget is adopted the county
was about to lose this great bene
fit, aiding 40 young people, and
bringing an additional pay roll into
Franklin of $700 a month.
Now the project has been as
sured since Mr. Leach has the
promise of support of a large
number of interested citizens and
of church organizations to give
Macon county's needy young peo
ple this chance for a start in life.
They have promised to unite be
hind him to open the door of op
portunity to neighbors in need of
a helping hand. To know the need
is to supply it. so he is counting
on the voluntary sponsorship of
the Christian forces of Franklin
to make this work passible.
Mrs. Fred S. Slagle was re
elected Zone chairman of the Ma
con County Zone meeting at a
meeting held in the Franklin
.Methodist church Wednesday. Mrs.
Joe Setser was re-elected secre
tary. Mrs. F. . Branson of Canton,
district secretary of the Waynes
ville district, in an inspiring way
explained the new duteis of of
ficers and members. Mrs. J. B.
Tabor, of Canton was welcomed
by old friends and gave an inter
esting talk on mission study. Mrs.
W. Ju Hutchins of Waynesvillc,
urged the importance of children's
work, while Mrs. Henry Slagle of
Cartoogechaye, stressed the im
portance of Bible reading.
A social, hour and an en joyable
lunch was served at noon. The
meeting was dismissed to meet in
the fall with the Union society.
The following churches were re
presented: Bethel, Cashiers, High
lands, Mt Zion, Union, Iptla,
Snow Hill,; sod Franklin.
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Ranks Second In Timbers
And Other Products
Cutting seventy-nine one half mil
lion board feet of sawtimber and
other forest products during the
six month period ending December
31, 1940, the National Forests in
the Southern Region, as reported
today by Regional Forester Jos
eph C Kircher, received $493,198
in payment for stumpage. Of this
cum 25 npr nt. or over SI 123.000
will be returned to the counties in
which the National Forests are lo
cated, to be used for schools and
roads, and an additional 10 per
cent, over $49,000, will be spent
by the U. S. jForest Service on
roads tn the National torests.
Leading all the other Forests
in the Region, the Ouachita Na
tional Forest in Arkansas cut 21
million board feet, the Nantahala
of western North Carolina taking
second place with nearly 11 million
In addition to yellow pine and
hardwood sawtimber, forest pro
ducts cut during this period includ
ed white oak for high quality bar
rel staves, pine and hardwood pulp
wood and fuel wood, chestnut acid
wood, and such materials as poles,
posts, and crossties. Less usual
products included fern leaves and
Spanish moss from the Florida
Forests, and tanbark, shrubs, sas
safras bark, and physic root from
the mountain Forests.
Timber sales on the National
Forests, Mr. Kircher explained,
utilize mature or decadent timber
and in many cases dead trees
whose removal benefits the stand.
Timber is cut according to the
principles of sustained yield, the
annual cut never being permitted
to exceed the annual growth. In
fact, the present cut is far below
growtli. because in general the
timber stands are young and many
of them not yet merchantable.
These sales give employment to
many people including woods
workers, teamsters and truckerV
and employees of plants which
work up forest products into tiieir
National Forests, by providing a
continuous source of - raw mater
ials, are helping to insure the
permanence of local industries and
the communities which depend up
on them. With continuing protec
tion and development of the Na
tional Forests in the South, future
years will bring very much larger
returns than 1940.
At High School
The junior class of the Franklin
high chool is sponsoring a costume
valentine carnival in the high school
auditorium Friday evening, Febru
. The public is invited to come and
bring his valentine, and to patron
ize the varied entertainment offered
for his enjoyment. Booths will in
clude refreshment, games, trysting
and hearts. There will be an A. and
P. exhibit also.
The cake walk will be a feature
of the evening in which all are in
vited to participate.
May Community Building
N. Y. A.
The new community building at
Otter Creek, constructed by the
National ' Youth " Administration,
will be dedicated on Sunday, Feb
ruary 23. The ceremonies will be
held in the building beginning at
10 a. m.
The community hopes that all
friends and former teachers and
pupils of the school .will be pres
ent to rejoice in the completion of
this undertaking. Basket lunches
will furnish a good dinner.
The building which is 40 x 84
feet, has .been constructed with
NYA labor entirely. Last summer
the buildings formerly used by the
CCC camp which was located in
Horse Cove were wrecked and
brought through Highlands and
down the Qillasaja Gorge and
across Wayah Bald 60 miles to
Otter Creek by truck. Those who
have traversed this terrain can en
vision this as no small feat.
The land on which the building
is erected was- given for that pur
pose by the late Dr.' May, with
the understanding that the build
ing would be dedicated to his
mother, "Aunt Jane May." It will
be called the May Community
As The World Turns
Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
BRITISH AND GERMAN
REPORTS OF DESTRUCTION
During 'the past week Great
Britain has bombed Genoa and
Pisa, gained on all African fronts,
and bombed Germany's invasion
ports also Hanover and munition
centers with intensified destruc
tiveness. The loss of four RAF
planes is reported.
These new all-out assaults on
Hitler's massed invasion strength
and U-boat bases have used Brit
ain's sea and air strength with
Germany claims further destruc
tion of British shipping and planes
in the Mediterranean, and a con
voy of war materials destroyed off
the coast of Spain, and two ships'
in the Suez canal. The high com
mand says 38 British plans have
been shot down over Germany.
Chief of State Marshall Petain
replaced Foreign Minister Flandin
with Admiral Darlan, whom he
also named vice-premier and his
successor. The efforts to place
Pierre LavaL Hitler's man in this
position have been withstood by
This map ihowi the several routes
by which Adolf, Hitler may try to
land his forces in England if h
carries through his threatened in
vasion of Britain. The loss of lift
would be terrific and the question
of whether tht Nazis could hold tha
territory they land on can only bo
answered when the invasion occurs.
Increased U-Boat warfare for a
tight blockade of the British Isles
to prevent U. S. aid from reaching
Britain was also indicated.
On World Day Of Prayer
Planned By Churches
Under the leadership of the
Franklin pastors, Rev. C. F. Rog
ers, Rev. J, , L. Stokes II; and Rev.
A. Rfus Morgan, The World Day
of Prayer Friday, February 28,
will be observed this year in
Franklin with a special union serv
ice in St. Agnes Episcopal church,
at 3:30 p. m.
At the request of the ministers,
the women's missionary societies
of the four Franklin churches are
arranging the program for this
worldwide day of prayer. .
At a meeting of the presidents
of the societies held last Tuesday
afternoon it was decided to order
the literature and programs pre
pared for this annual observance,
and to have each society share in
the exercises. 1
The following women were pres
ent at the meeting: Mrs. George
Slagle, representing the Presbyter
ian societies; Mrs. T. T. Hall, so
ciety of Christian service of the
Methodist church; Mrs. Carl Cabe,
Mary Johnston Allxnan society of
the Methodist church; Mrs. Der
ald Ashe, Baptist women's mission
ary society, and Mrs. Ben W.
Woodruff, of the woman's auxili
ary of the Episcopal church.
These officers will announce the
full program later and hope that a
large attendance of Franklin wo
men will unite in this prayer serv
ice that will be held around the
world on that day. '
CONFER ' , .
Marshall Petain has met Gener
alissimo Franco at a secret place
on . the Riviera, and the Spanish
dictator has also met Mussolini in
Italy. Out of censored rumors it is
suggested that there may be a
French-Spanish alliance ' in the
making and a new Spanish-axis
Wendell Willkie's return from
his whirlwind trip to Britain has
held the spotlight as he has testi
fied before the senate foreign re
lations committee on the lease
lend bill and the immediate need
for all-out aid to Britain, He ad
vised some modifications, but urg
ed the sending of "five or ten
destroyers" a month to tem the
onslaught of the "mad' men who
are losse in the world."
Japan's new ambassador. Admiral
Nomura, arrived in Washington
Tuesday. Formerly Japan's foreign
minister, he thinks U. S. and Jap
anese difficulties can be unravelled.
Quota To Be Entertained
By Legion, With Dan
1 Tompkins Speaker
The American Legion will give
a supper and a grand send-off to
the volunteers who have been call
ed by the local draft board to fill
the quota to leave for Fort Bragg
next Wednesday, February 19. .
The supper will be served in the
Legion hall, and Dan Tompkins of
Sylva will , be the principal speak
er of the evening. Arrangements
are being made by S. Tom Bry
son and the program is directed
by Legion Commander Gilmer
Jones. A string band will furnish
The young men who will be hon
ored by this occasion , are all vol
unteers, and arc listed a follows:
.ero '1 hcodore. Webb, oal y :
Tliomas Earl . Browning, Route 1,
Dillard, Ga. ; Robert Laxton Urab
son, Route 1, Dillard, Ga.; Herman
Leandcr Gibson, Culiasaja ; Charles
Lewis' 'Shope, Route 1, Dillard, Ga..;
David Grayson Higdim, Culiasaja;
William Harley Rogers, Route 2,
Route 1, Franklin; 'liillic Carl Long,
Route 2, Franklin.
Kenneth Ansel Dowdle has been
selected as an alternate.
The local hoard. has also been
uoiuicd Uiat a call tor negroes
will be made from this: county, but
no date has been given.
Dies In Hospital Follow
ing Brief Illness
Robert Frederick Montony, 31,
died Friday night, February 7, at
Angel hospital, after a weeks ill
ness following an operation.
Several hundred friends from
Franklin attended the funeral held
in Andrews, Mr. Montony's form
er home, where a host of friends
gathered on Sunday afternoon at
the . home of his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert H. Montony, to pay
final tribute. The Rev. E. F. Bak
er,, pastor of, the Andrews Bap
tist church, assisted by the Rev.
G. N. Dulin, of the Methodist
church, jxmducted the funeral serv
ices. Interment was in the An
Mr. Montony was a graduate in
electrical engineering from the
i University of North Carolina engi
neering school in Raleigh, and had
been employed ' by the Nantahala
Power and Light company for eight
years, the last five of which were
spent in Franklin. He was a tire
less worker in his profession and
as a public spirited, citizen. In
spite of premonitions of the ser
ious malady that caused his death,
he did not give up his active du
ties until a few days before he
succombed to fatal illness. He . was
active in organizing the Franklin
Chamber of Commerce last spring
and was serving as president oi
the Lion's Club at the time of his
Active pallbearers were Henry
Turpin, Charles Stewart, E. R. Bul
loch, L. W. Manning, Mack Ray
Whitaker and W. A. Hyde. Hon
orary pallbearers were J. E. S.
Thorpe, W. C. Penn, C. E. Thomp
son, H. E. Church, J. B. Ray, H.
J. Gnuse, Allan Brooks, H. H.
Plemmons, John Cary; Robert T.
Ward, J. M. Farrar, Winston
Perry. Fred C. Vaughn, C. H. Bol
ton, J. Ward Long, Joel Tompkins,
John M. Archer, J. A. Sutton, B.
L. McGlamery. John H. Christy,
L. McGlamery, John H. Christy,
H. A: Sinclair, Walter Brown.
E. Hyde, Ray Anderson. John Wal
drop, Noah Johnson, C. W. Corn,
F. M. Allen, Richard Conley, L.
B. Nichols, Elmer Childers. W. W.
Woody and K. E. Hyde.
Surviving besides his parents are
two sisters. Miss Winifred
Montony and Mrs. Morris Bush,
both of Andrews.
WILL PASS SENATE
With some additional limitations
accepted by the administration the
lend-lease bill is expected to pass
in two weeks.
FAR EAST EVENTS
Reports from the far east have
indicated that Germany was press
ing Japan to attack British inter
ests even at the risk of war with
the United States. Japan's en
croachment on the Dutch and
French islands and French Indo
China are other threatening signs.
President Roosevelt has stated that
if the U. S. were forced into war
in the east, aid to Britain would
not fet curtailed.
Approved By Senate To
Retire Teachers And
The past week was the busiest,
so far, of the 1941 session of the
Legislature in Raleigh.
A retirement bill for school
teachers and all state employes ad
vanced another step toward enact
ment tonight when the senate ap
proved the measure on second read
ing, 47 to 0.
The bill previously had been
passed by the house, and will be
I ordered, ratified into law tomor
row, if the 'senate ; .passe it on
third reading at that time.
! The house of representatives,
meanwhile, received the revenue
; bill, which was reported out of the
' joint finance coiiiniittee this aiur-
noon ,in record time. Tht measure,
which now contains a clause ex
empting foods for home consump-".
tion from the Sales tax, will be
considered, by the hoiiw.- at 11
o'clock tomorrow: morning.
The retirement bill was describ
ed by Senator Stacy of Robeson as
the "dream of the teachers of
i North Carolina and state Em
ployes." He' said the measure
would benefit children, since "the
efficiency of our schools is now
reduced 25 to 50 per ' cent because
the humane policy of the : school
boards is to allow old teachers to
Senator Cherry of Gaston urged
passage of the bill 'as is." "This
may not be a perfect measure," he
added, "but if . after ratification
kinks are discovered 1 will be
among the first to join with you
in ironing them out. This bill
means security for 24,000 school
teachers and 9,000 .other state em
ployees." Chetwlca Bill
A measure to enable out-of-state
electric utilities to domesticate for
the purpo.se of providing rural
electrification was passed by the
senate and ordered ratified into ;
law. Senator Whitaker of Swain
said the bill, while state-wide in
scope, was introduced to enable a
Georgia utility to provide lines; in
Clay and Cherokee counties.
The senate also passed a house
bill to validate deeds from which
seal were omitted.
Introduction of a bill calling for
a state-wide referendum on liquor
was postponed again, but dry
sources indicated the measure
would be sent forward tomorrow.
Representative Edwards of Swain
may be the sponsor of the pro
The house committee on roads
gave a favorable report to a senate
bill which would exempt from
"for hile" licenses all trucks used
exclusively to haul agricultural
limestone nder the AAA program. .
Most significant development of
the day was a sweeping victory
won by Governor Broughton when
the joint finance committee, revers
ing its action of last week, voted
to exempt all foods for home con
sumption from the state's three
per cent sales tax. .
After finally deciding to follow
the governor's recommendations,
the committee gave unanimous ap
proval to the tax measure, and
sent it to the house for floor con
Highway And Constructkin
Two of Governor Broughton's
"must" bills which would make
the terms of the state highway and
public works commission and the
state board of conservation and de
velopment coincide with his own
-probably will be introduced to
morrow. . .
At present, members of both the
board and commission have six
year staggered terms. : The effect
of Broughton's proposals would be
to allow each governor to appoint
his own board and commission.
Broughton disclosed today that
the membership of the conserva
tion board would be increased from
12 to 15.
Defease Aad Motor Inspection
A number of national defense
bills have been introduced, involv
ing sabotage, housing, army draf
tees and volunteers and uniforms.
A stage wage-hour bill with min
imum wages of 25 cents and maxi
mum hours of 44 per week was in
troduced. A motor vehicle inspection bill
would require all motor vehicles
to semi-annual inspection, and rule
those found unsafe off the high
ways. A bill to raise compulsory school
attendance from 14 to 16 is spon
sored by Gov. Broughton in a
recommendation in his inaugural