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VOL. LVI, NO. n
J. E. S. Trorpe
Power Commission Ruling
Nantahala Co. Balk At
Federal License To ,
J. E. S. Thorpe of Franklin,
president of the Nantahala Power
and Light company, issued a
statement last Monday answering
charges made by the Federal Pow
cr commission that were reported
' from Washington in a dispatch to
. the Sunday papers.
Mr. Thorpe characterized as un
fair the charges of - the commis
- sion that his company" was imped
ing national defense by withdraw
'. ing declaration of intention to build
the Fontana dam.
Power Commission' Statement
According to the dispatch the
Federal Power commission - had is
sued an order refusing- to discon
tinue "without prejudice" proceed
ings arising out of an original dec
laration of the Nantahala Power
company, Aluminum Company of
America subsidiary, of intention to
build a $35,000,000 hydro-electric
project at Fontana on the Little
Tennessee river. ' .
The company sought discontinu
ance after the commission ruled
the project would affect interstate'
commerce, and hence would, re
quire" a federal license.
The commission said that while
the company -was not required to
build the project after this order,
it would have to secure a federal
power license if "it later decides
to go ahead with the project.
However, it was explained, that
discontinuance of trie hearings
without prejudice would, in effect,
eradicate the finding of the com
mission that a federal license must
be obtained, enabling the Alumi-
num company to seek "a finding
at some later time which in their
opinion would better ,suit their
The commission's, order stated
further, "The refusal of Alcoa's
4 (Aluminum Company .of America's)
subsidiary to construct the Fon
tana project, when required to ob
tain a license, .indicates that not
even the urgent demands- of na
tional defense can alter, its appar
ent determination never , willingly
to submit any of its hydro pro
jects to the duly enacted require-
' . ments of federal law . . . and he
company's defense effort did not
extend to the point of accepting
"reasonable limitations on unearn
"In our opinion, Alcoa and the
company have not dealt frankly in
this matter, but. have in. the past
undertaken, and are now attempt
ing to evade the plain provisions
of the law."
The petition to dismiss wias for
warded to the commission on Feb
ruary 21, Mr. Thorpe said, and it
was not until 3 p. m. last Satur
tty day that counsel for the company
' was advised by the commission
that the petition to withdraw was
. denied and that the hearing Mon
day, March 10, would proceed as
scheduled. . "
' Oscar K. Ewing of New York,
attorney for the company, at. the
hearing Monday, citd a 1934 su
preme court decision upholding the
company's right to discontinue the
Mr. Thorpe' Comment
Commenting on the commission's
ruling, Mr. Thorpe said:
"It is regrettable that live fed
eral power commission found it
necessary to cast doubt on the sin-
cerity of the efforts of the Alu
minum Company of America on
behalf of national defense, in the
commission's attempt to defend its
own unreasonable and arbitrary ac
tion in refusing to dismiss the pe
tition. . i .
Alcoa' Defense Expansion
Mr. Thorpe cited the record of
the Aluminum company in increas
ing, its capacity for defense pur
poses and, in the midst of un
precedented demand, reducing the
price of aluminum ingot 15 per
Besides the two hydroelectric
project at "Nantahala and Glen
ville, the company is taking all the
excess power available from TVA
and all the power permitted for
Alcoa's plant at Vancouver, Wash.,
from the Bonneville and Coulee
i " dams, he said.
Later Mr. Thorpe issued a state
ment saying the company was will
ing to cooperate with federal agen
cies in building the project but
could not "risk" its own money if
a federal license were required.
" He explained a federal license
would permit the government to
lake over the project after 50
yean t a price which might be
To Speak . At Teachers'
Banquet March 28 1
Dean W. E. Byrd, of Western
Carolina .Teachers'', college,' will be
the principal speaker at' the
Teachers' Banquet on the .evening
of March 28 at the Panorama
Mrs. Ruth Vick Everett, field
secretary of the North Carolina
Educational Association, will also
be one of the speakers of the
Others taking part in the pro
gram will be announced later.;
All principals and teachers are
requested by the social committee
to turn in their names at once 'to
complete the invitation list.
G. A. Jones, Jr., Accepted
In Naval Aviation Reserve
Gilmer Andrew Jones, Jr., son
of Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones
of Franklin, has volunteered and
has been accepted in the Naval
Reserve Aviation Training corps.
He will leave on Thursday, March
13, for Raleigh, proceeding from
there to Miami, Fla., for a month's
preliminary training. From there,
applicants are sent to the Pensa
cola training school for a year'rf
Final Rites For
. Mrs. Elizabeth McCall, 69, died
at her. home on Franklin Route 4
Thursday morning at 2 o'clock.
She was the widow of Thomas
Funeral services will be held
Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at
the Sugarfork Baptist church. The
Rev. J. C. Swaim . and Rev. Mr.
Burrell will officiate. Interment will
be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. McCall was the . daughter
of the late Jasper and Mary Gil
lian Webb, of Tennessee. She was
a member of the Cleat Creek Bap
"Surviving are- four daughters,
Mrs. Herman Russell and Mrs.
Thurman Moses, of Franklin, arid
Mrs.'' Prince Curtis and Mrs.
Charles Curtis ,of Dillard, Route
1 ; four sons, Andrew and Jasper
McCall, of Franklin, and George
and Henry McCall, of West's Mill,
and 32 grandchildren.
New Books At
The following new books have
1 1 A ol, i . . i...
Umi JflAlCU Ktll lll: d I lilt.
Franklin Library additional gifts 1
received from Mrs. Angie W. ;
America, Its History and Peo
ple, Faulkner and Kepner; Which
Way America ? Bryson ; Napoleon
by Ludwig; English Literature, !
Long; Nature Encyclopedia, Fish-
er; Practical Amatuer Photography, attack.
Davis; Five Acres and Indepen-j a, life-long resident of Macon
dence, Kains; Are You a Genius? COuntv, Mrs. Patton was born on
Streeter; Letters to Strongheart. March 14, 1859. She was the
Boone; Story of the Thousand daughter of the late Jess and
Year Pine, Mills; Trelawny, Arm- Jane Wood Boston. On November
strong; Dan IVard's Book of Camp n go7t she was married to John
Lore and Woodcraft; Best of ( Iatton, who preceded her in death
American Humor, French; Fun for j several years ago. She was a mcm
the Family, Meyer; They Sold' ber of the Franklin Baptist church.
Themselves, Stephenson and' Keely. Funeral services ' were at the
O. F. Phillips Killed
By Falling Stone
At Nantahala Dam
Olin F. Phillips, 33, of Robbins
ville, Graham county, was fatally
injured shortly before midnight
Monday when struck by a stone
while employed by the Utah Con
struction company on the dam
project at Nantahala of the Nanta
hala Power and Light company.
The stone that struck the work
man fell for a' distance of from
50 to 75 feet.
Phillips died while en route to
a hospital in Franklin.
Clarence Wikon, another em
ploye of the Utah Construction
company, suffered minor injuries
in the same accident
At an inquest conducted Tues
day by Charles M. Moore, Macon
county coroner, the verdict stated
that the death of Phillips was un
avoidable. Assisting at the inquest
was Deputy Sheriff John Dills.
The funeral ww held at 2
o'clock Wednesday afternoon at
the Robbinsville Baptist church,
with burial in the Old Mother
church cemetery at Robbinsville.
The deceased is survived by his
parents Mr. and Mrs. Lee Phil
lips, of Robbinsville; seven sitters
and three brothers.
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 1941
. Franklin School
And Honor Roll
W." H. . Finley, principal of the
'Franklin high school, has aniiounc
ed that Katherine Long, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Long, will
be salutatorian ..of the graduating
class, and John Wasilik, III 'will be
valedictorian of the. class.
The following is the honor roll
of .'the Franklin school for; the
First grade, Meda Angel.
Second grade, John Archer, III,
Jack Reece, Bessie Belle Holland,
Louise Leach, Charles Thomas,
Grady "Thompson, Elizabeth New
ton, Freda Elliott, Jeanettc Hill
and Evelyn Roper.
Third grade, . Howard Baldwin,
Curley Gene Walker, Jo Ann
Todd, Walter Clem, Mildred Ann
McCollum, Cullen Bryant, Edith
Plemmons and Marie Jennings.
Fourth grade, Janet Cochrane,
Mary Alice Archer, .Bergen Hall,
Marie Jennings, Elizabeth Ann
Fifth grade, Howard Reece, Ann
Lyle, Ruth Angel and Maxine
Sixth grade, Ruth Bryson, Ruth
Moore, Virginia Lee Porter, Hazel
Robinson, Dickie Guy, Roy Lee
Phillips, Freda Mae Arnold, Tom
my Angel III.
Eighth grade, Myra Slagle, Ma
rie .Waters and. Bill Gregory.
Ninth grade, Louise Williams,
Mary Frances Page, Barbara
Stockton and Clell Bryant.
Tenth grade, Virginia Bryant,
Marion Carr, Dela Edwards, Hel
en Franks and Emogene Lan
Eleventh grade, Helen Potts and
Post graduates, Rosalie Kiser
and June McCoy.
Will Elect Officers At
A full attendance is urged at
the Parent-Teachers meeting next
Monday afternoon at 3 :30 o'clock
in the high school auditorium, for
the election of officers " for the
coming year. .
Guy L. Houk will be the speaker
on the program, and ' the Rev.
Philip L. Green will lead the de
votions. Other features of the program
will'' be a solo by Miss Helen
Moore, accompanied by Miss Dor
othy Plonk, both members . of the
high school faculty; and a round
table discussion on "The Problems
of the Elementary Teachers", led
by Mrs. Lola P. Barrington.
mm wm .
Mrs. Henrietta Patton
Mrs. Henrietta Boston Patton,
82, died at the home of her step
son, Carey Patton, Saturday after
noon about 3 o'clock, following a
lingering illness of four montivs.
Death was caused from a heart
Franklin Baptist church on Sunday-afternoon
at 3 o'clock. The
Rev. C F. Rogers, pastor, offi
ciated. The pallbearers were Fred Grant,
Elijah Grant, Claybourne Patton,
Marshall Cunningham, Gaxl P.
Cabe and A. R. Higdon.
Surviving are eight step-children,
Carey Patton of Franklin, Thomas
Patton of Robbinsville, Harley
Patton of . Tellico Plains, Tenn.,
W. F. Patton of Roseland, Fla.,
Mrs. Zeb Ledford of Valdese, Mrs.
Laura P. Smith of Gainesville, Ga.,
Mm. Ethel Decosta of Dunn Ellen,
N. J and Mrs. Mary Dills of
Long Island, N. Y.; two sisters.
Miss Martha' Boston and Mrs.
Jess Grant of Franklin, and one
brother, Lee Boston of Abeline,
Final approval of a $339,527 WPA
project to enlarge and improve
the Asheville - Hendersonville air
port at Fletcher has been given
by State Administrator C. C Mc
Ginnis, who said that 250 men will
The work is said to consist main
ly in lengthening the present 1,
600 foot' runway to 4,000 feet, and
providing two new 4,000 feet run
ways 500 feet wide and a 100 foot,
paved i trip down the center.
Rogers Introduces Local
Bill; Record Spending
The' General Assembly is work
ing fast in an effort toward ad
journment Saturday night. Both
houses passed the record-breaking
appropriation bill of $166,500,000
without a dissenting vote. 111
Rogers Introduce Bill
Among the county bills introduc
ed in the General Assembly during
the past week was House Bill 727,
introduced by Dr. W. A. Rogers,
representative from Macon county,
on March as follows:
"To Compensate Clerks of the
Superior CoUrt and Inferior Courts
for Making Statistical 1 Reports in
Civil and Criminal Cases." (For
purpose indicated, would authorize
Macon County clerks to add to bill
of costs in all civil and criminal
cases a charge of 20 cents, to be
retained by clerks "in addition to
any salary or other compensation
now fixed by law.") Introduced by
Rogers of Macon, March 6.
Provisions for holding a refer
endum in . Swain county on the
sale of wine and beer are contain
ed in a bill introduced in the house
today by Rep. Edwards of Swain.
The senate ' passed on second
reading a bill to provide that only
the 26 counties with liquor stores
might sell fortified wines, after
withdrawing an amendment which
had threatened to forestall passage
of the measure.
The house passed and sent to
the senate bills to make the flame
azalea the official state flower;
to fix the powers of the state
board of welfare; to permit coun
ty commissioners . to postpone re
valuation until 1943; and to set up
a commission to study adminis
trative agencies and report, a basic
code for them to the 1943 general
The-senate ordered enacted bills
to establish a-12th grade in the
public school system increase
from $60,000 to $100,000 the amount
the law enforcement officers re
tirement fund will receive annually
from a $1- fee added to costs in
criminal actions; to authorize the
governor- to name a commission
to study state educational institu
tions, and agencies; to provide a
declaration for a federation of the
Heads Brevard College
Fund In Macon
BREVARD, March 12. Miss
Mildred Bryson, of - Franklin, an
alumna of Brevard college, has j United States into a vast arsenal
been appointed district chairman and larder for Great Britain and
in Macon county, to represent j other nations resisting axis aggres
Brevard in an alumni campaign ' sion. The senate vote on final pas
to raise money for a student loan j sage w"as 60 to 31. Congress plans
fund. The active campaign begins . swift action on the President's re
in March.. ' , quest for 7 billion 'dollars in air
Miss Bryson will contact the va- ( planes, tanks, ships, armaments and.
rious Brevard alumni in her imme- ; food to fulfill this nation's policy
diate territory to solicit donations ' of supplying every possible "gun,
for the fund. j plane and munition of war" to de
rj.. . . r i " mocracias resisting aggression.
IVA Io Reimburse j , .
Counties For Taxes : Britain intensifies
The Tennessee Valley authority, BOMBING ATTACKS
in the fiscal year ending June 30, Last night Great Britain ninleash-
194!, will pay Cherokee county $3,- ed the mightiest air raid of the
449.59 in . lieu of taxes, Gordon R. war, Berlin reports many killed
Clapp, TVA general manager, has and wounded. RAF struck invasion
announced. ports across' the channel with ter-
The TVA will pay six states and rifio force. London reports nine
111 counties a total of .$1,499,417. Nazi planes shot down, the great-
This amount exceeds by $495,630 est number reported for one night,
the two-year average of state and A German destroyer was sunk in
local ad valorem taxes previously the Skagerrack south of Sweden,
paid under private ownership on .
utility properties and on . reservoir SPECIAL MISSIONS
lands allocated to power, it was jo U. S. A.
explained. . i The British oreoare to rush two
The sum-to be paid Cherokee
county includes taxes on reservoir
. ' . '
LI read Disease r atal I
To Bobbv Angel. 4
pk,. a .1 a a;. a , t, I
.iifs. i, ut. m
home of his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John T. Angel, Wednesday
afternoon at 4 o'clock following
an illness of eight weeks. . Death
was caused from infantile para
Funeral services . were held at
the Holly Springs church, Thurs
day afternoon at 3 o'clock. The
Rev. Green Galloway officiated.
Burial was in the Holly Springs,
Pallbearers were James Franks,
Charles Franks, Bud Collins, and
Surviving are his parents; four
sisters, Lois, , Neol, Frankie and
Maude; one brother, John Wiley;
and his grandparents, Mrs. Addie
Florence Angel, and Mr. and Mrs.
James Franks. '
Of Selectees Will Leave
The local draft Ixunl announces),
the calf for 11 more white selec
tees win) are scheduled to leave
Wednesday, March ..2. Tins quota
will be filled entirely with volun
teers. The men who will answer
this call are as follows : 1
Kenneth Ansel Dawdle, Route 1,
Franklin; Wood row Thomas Hoi-
iana, t-unasaia; uerneil Lee
Woods, Route. 2, Franklin ; Wil
liam Coriley, Route 2, Franklin;
George Bobby Waldroop, Prentiss;
Carl Gr,een,. Highlands; Thomas
Louis Crunkleton, Highlands; Ken
neth Tillman Cruse, Star Route,
Prentiss ; Patrick Theodore Rog
ers, Highlands; Charlie Fender,
Marshall, N. C; Belford Kov I'rof
fitt, Marshall, X. V. .
Chairman Long announces that
the draft, board welcomes addition
al volunteers. . :
H. B. Moody Buys
L. H. Enloe Estate
The L. H. Enloe estate, com
prising 582 acres in the Cartooge
chaye section of Macon county,
through C D. Enloe has been
purchased by H. B. Moody of
Haywood, county, it was learned
Saturday. Mr. Enloe will operate
the place for the remainder of
1941. This transaction represents
the largest1 sale of farm land in
the county for some time. The
Enloe estate was represented by
Guy L. Houk.
Oran Cunningham Enlists
As Film Technician
The following , article appeared
in the Charlotte Observer; of
Yesterday morning the Charlotte
arnny recruiting office received a
quota calling for expereinced film
technicians. Yesterday afternoon
they had enlisted Oran J. Cunning
ham, 29," of 1818 M.erimon avenue,
Charlotte, an experienced Holly
wood film technician. Cunningham
left lasT night for Maxwell Field,
Ala. 'A native of Franklin, N. C,
he went to Hollywood a few years
back, tried acting, then got behind
the camera, where he found' work
more to his liking.
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
FOR SEVEN BILLION
The President on : Wednesday
signed into, law the historic lend
lease bill which transforms the
special mjssjons to the United
States to negotiate for urgently
needed ships and food supplies
under the lend-lease bill which
Prime Minister Churchill applaud
ed as "insuring the defeat of
BOMBS OVER BRITAIN
London and other British cities
are sustaining heavy bombing
ing from German planes. Incendi
ary bombs caused more damage
at 'Buckingham palace.
Heavy losses to British shipping
TO AXIS DEMANDS
Under threat of Nazi "force
Yugoslavia has agreed "in prin
ciple" to hew to axis demands;
involving the passage of Nazi
troops and war materials through
the country, demobililation of the
army and formal signing of the
axis pact. On account of strong
pro-British feeling the government
$1.50 PER YEAR
DAADn MA MET.
Gen. Assembly Confirms
Nominees Of County's
The five "members of Macon
county's ; board of education nomi
nated in the last primary wen:
confirmed by the. General Assembly
m an omnibus bill passed Satur
day, by an act naming the boards
of education of 20 western coun
These nominees were submitted
by Dr. W..-. , Rogers, member
of the lower house from Macon
They are C. Gordon Moore1, J.
E. Cabe, J. Frank Browning, Eu
gene E. Crawford, J. Roy Phillips.
Tkey were appointed, for two-year
terms which will, begin the. first
Monday in April.
The present board of education
that has served for the past two
years arc C. Tom Bryson, chair
man ; lames llaiiser, Miss Lassie
Kelly, Mrs. Fred Slagle. The fifth
member, W. E. Mozeley, died in
Lions Club Hears
Rev. C. F. Rogers
The Lions Club, at the regular
meeting Monday evening enjoyed
an address by the Rev. C. F.
Rogenv pastor of the Franklin
Baptist church. Dr. Rogers spoke
on prophecies contained in the,
Scriptures that tend to fdrete'll ,
happenings in history, including
the present world conflict, which
appears . to be moving towards the
"Armageddon" referred to in the
The following letter was read to
the club from a nine-year-old boy
who recently received glasses :
Dear Sirs; I am writing this let
ter to thank the Lions Club for
my glasses. They are helping me
in my school ' work. I hope that
I can. help the Lions Club some
time, Or that I can help someone
else as the Lions Club has helped
T. D. Bryson, Jr., new president,
presided at the meeting.
asked for more time before taking
the final step to avoid possible ,
revolution. , ' . '
BERLIN PRESS ASSAILS ,
BRITISH AID BILL
"Most flagrant North American
meddling" and "it won't change
things in the end" were among the
comments of the Berlin press on
the passage of the aid-to-Britain
bill. Its enactment is said to have
made a profound impression on all
strata of German life.
The Greeks have girded them
selves for stiff resistance to any '
German agggression, in which they
will be assisted by British troops
reported landing in large numbers
BOMB OUTRAGE .
Explosion of bombs concealed
in the luggage of British Minister
to Bulgaria, George R'endel, in the
lobby of a hotel in Istanbul. Tur
key, killed six persons and injured
30, including British officials. Two
unexploded bombs were discovered.
British and Turkish authorities
blamed Bulgarian terrorists and
suspected the purpose to be de
struction of official papers of the
envoy who , left Bulgaria when
that country joined the axis.
NEW GAINS IN ETHIOPIA
Cairo reports British troops that
took Italian Somaliland have ad
vanced 120 miles in Ethiopia.
Other British and native forces
are reported nearer to Addis
Ababa, capital city.
MUSSOLINI IN ALBANIA
Italian counter-attacks said to
have heen ordered by Premier
Mussolini himself the heaviest of
the Albanian war have been
smashed with enormous Fascist
A CIO strike . was called yes
terday in Alcoa's Edaewater, N. J.
plant, increasing to 29 the number
of strikes affecting defense indus-triea,