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Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Entered at Post Office, Franklin, N. C., as second class matter.
WEIMAR J ONES . .....Editor
BOB S. SLOAN Business Manager
In Macon County
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Let's Get Some Action
This newspaper grows a little weary of the mul
tiplication of rules and regulations, and of the as
sumption that everybody must comply with every
rule, and comply in a fixed way. Some of the rules
and regulations that hem us in make doubtful sense :
and many of them make sense but are not essential.
There are notable exceptions, however, and one
of those exceptions is the rule, in virtually every
town and city in the United States, that every
householder must place his kitchen and other refuse
in a closed metal container ? that is to say, in a
Waste food quickly spoils, then creates an odor,
and, most important of all, draws and becomes a
breeding ground for flies. Flies, besides being a
terrible nuisance, are one of the most dangerous
carriers of disease.
Thus the person who leaves his garljage open
endangers not only his own and his family. ,'s health,
but that of his neighbor, and of the whole com
munity. Nobody has a right to do that. And the
person who is too blind to see that he has no such
right, or too selfish to take the trouble to protect
his neighbor's health ? that person should be made
to comply with the rule requiring closed garbage
The announcement that 201 of 482 families in
Franklin have no garbage cans is little short of dis
But most of those 201 families are good citizens
who would comply with the law if it were properly
HE IS RISEN
called to their attention. The fact that they haven't
already is, in large part, the fault of the town gov
ernment ; for nobody is going to pay much atten
tion to a law that' is not enforced.
It's high time this one was. There is?no excuse,
in this da>' and age, for people in a town to put
their kitchen refuse out in paper bags, boxes, and
Last Friday no telegrams could come into or go
out of Franklin. The reason: Western Union em
ployes in most offices in the country, including
those in Asheville, Franklin's telegraph outlet, had
gone out on strike.
No matter how important ? vital business or a
death message--? there was no telegraph service into
or out of Franklin. And that undoubtedly was true
of thousands of communities throughout the na
This newspaper is not familiar enough with the
dispute between the company and its employes to
have an opinion 011 the merits of the case. Frankly,
it is not particularly interested as to who was right
and who wrong in the dispute. What it is interested
in is service to the public.
The Western Union is a public service corpora
tion. It also is a monopoly. Because those things
are true, it is strictly regulated by the govern
ment. The government says what service it must
give, what offices it may open or close, and what
its rates shall be. Since the rates are based upon
earnings, the government indirectly says how much
Western Union stockholders may earn. In the case
of a monopoly providing a public service, that has
The reason it is right and proper, and the only
reason, is because it is necessary to safeguard the
long been recognized as right and proper.
But what happens to the public interest when
employes of Western Union go out on strike iV We
had the opportunity to see last week.
Why, for the protection of the public interest,
would it not make as much sense for the govern
ment to regulate employes in a case like this as
Apologies ? And Congratulations
This newspaper is taken to task in a letter from
a group of Macon County students at Western
Carolina Teachers college for an error in listing
the Macon students whose names appeared on the
college honor roll for last term.
The Press believes it could make a good alibi; it
well could say to its readers what Uncle Remus
was accustomed to say to the Little Boy in the
story: "I give it to you like it was give to me".
But the reader is not interested in alibis, and in
this case we certainly aren't ; for this is one cor
rection we are proud to be able to make.
A quotation from the letter explains why:
One-fifth of the total enrollment at thla college made
the honor roll for the past term. If only four of about 25
students from Macon County were on the honor roll, It
would Imply that Macon students are not achieving aver
age college work. Actually, there were 12 Maoon students
on the honor roll.
Since one-half of the students from Macon County
made the honor roll, whereas only one-fifth of the total
enrollment achieved this distinction, we believe this indi
cates that Macon County students are performing at a
higher intellectual level than average for this college as
a whole. We hope that this number of Macon students
making the honor roll sets a new record for students
* from this county at any institution of higher learning.
A correct, and complete, list of the Macon honor
students at W. C. T. C. appears elsewhere in this
issue, and The Press offers its hearty congratula
tions to the Macon contingent at Cullowhee.
EDITH DEADERICK ERSKINE
Weaverville, North Carolina
Sponsored by Asheiille Branch, National League of American Pen H'omen
"He is risen", the Angels cried.
Unbelievers said, "He has just died".
We know that God has a definite plan,
For even the trees; more clearly for man.
We know that He died to live again ?
Know by the winter, the sunshine, the rain.
The changing of seasons, death in the fall,
The sorrow like winter, bitter as gall.
Then comes the Springtime and Easter we know,
Teardrops of April that melt ice and snow.
Hearts that were heavy, life that was dead,
Arises to grow, press forward, ahead.
Springtime ? each year proof anew,
That Life after De^th will ever be true.
KATHERINE R. CLARK.
Franklin. N. C.
A Lift For Today
? ... It is finished . . . ? John 19:30.
NOT A CRY of despair! A shout of victory. Triumph over
death and sin ? an assurance of a glorious new life for Him
and his followers. That is the meaning of Calvary.
Our Father, help us to say "It is finished" to the old life,
and look forward to the dawn of a new day.
There's one thing no nation can ever accuse us of, and that
is secret diplomacy. Our foreign exchange dealings are an open
book ? generally a check book. ? Will Rogers.
"No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it
for anyone else." ? Charles Dickens.
The Story Of The First Easter
A ND now when the even was come, because it was the
" preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph
of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited
far the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto
Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if
he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion,
he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And
when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to
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And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrap
ped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was
hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the
sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of
Jesus beheld where he was laid. (
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Now the next day, that followed the day of the prepara
tion, the chief pMests and Pharisees came together unto
Pilate, saying, 1
"Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was
yet alive, "Afte.- three days I will rise again'.
"Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure
until the third day, lest his disciples, come by night, and
steal him away, and say unto the people, 'He is risen from
the dead': so the last error shall be worse than the first."
Pilate said unto them,
"Ye have a watch: go your Way, make it as sure as ye
So they went, and made the sepulfchre sure, sealing the
stone, and setting a watch.
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and
Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet
spices, that they might come and anoint him.
And very early in the morning the first day of the week,
they came unto the sepulchre at the rising .of the sun. And
they said among themselves, "Who shall roll us away the
stone from the door of the sepulchre?"
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled
away: for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment;
and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them,
"Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was
crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where
they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter
that he goeth before you Into Galilee: there shall ye see him
as he said unto you."
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Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch
came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests, all
of the things that were done.
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had
taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, say
"Say ye, 'His disciples came by night, and stole him away
while we slept'. And If this come to the governor's ears, we
will persuade him, and secure you."
So they took the money and did as they were taught: and
this saying is commonly- reported among the Jews until this
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Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and
came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the
other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepul
chre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen
clothes lying; yet went he not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into
the sepulchre and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the nlap
k,in, that was about his head, not lying with the linen
clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
Then went in also the other disciple, which came first to
the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed . . . Then the dis
ciples went away again unto their own home.
But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as
she "wept," she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre,
and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head,
and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had
lain. And they say unto her,
"Woman, why weepest thou?"
She saith unto them,
I "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not
where thfty have laid him."
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and
saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus
said unto her.
"Woman, why weeppst thou? Whom seeketh thou?"
She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him,
"Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou
hast laid him, and I will take him away."
Jesus saith unto her, "Mary".
She turned herself, and saith unto him, "Rabboni"; which
is to say, "Master".
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It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother
of James, and other women that were with them, which
told these things unto the apostles.
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they
believed them not.
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village
called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore
furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which
And it came to pass, that, while they communed together
and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
And he said unto them,
"What manner of communications are these that ye have
one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?''
And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering
said unto him,
"Art thou only a stranger In Jerusalem, and hast not
known the things which are come to pass there In these
And he said unto them,
And they said unto him,
"Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet
mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be
condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted
that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and
beside all this, to day is the third day since these things
were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company
made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; and
when they found not his body, they came saying, that they
had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was
alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the
sepulchre, and found it even as the women had said: but
him they saw not."
Then he said unto them,
"O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets
have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things,
and to enter into his glory?"
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expound
ed unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning
they constrained him, saying,
And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went;
and he made as though he would have gone further. But
"Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is
And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass,
as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it,
and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened,
and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
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Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were as
sembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them,
"Peace be unto you."
And when he had so said, he shewed them his hands and
his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the
Lord. . . .
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not
with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore
said unto him,
"We have seen the Lord."
But he said unto them.
"Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust
my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and
Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut,
and stood in the midst, and said,
"Peace be unto you."
Then saith he to Thomas,
"Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and
reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be
not faithless, but believing."
And Thomas answered and said unto him,
"My Lord and my God."
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And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted
up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while
he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with
great joy. . . .
? By BOB SLOAN
Guess this will have to be
the Rumor column this week
since rumors are about all I
know. Rumor has It pretty
strong that the contracts for
? the Cowee Mt. road will be let
in Raleigh this month on the
29th. That one is almost straight
from the horses mouth. It is
also pretty straight that they
are now working on the final
survey on the Georgia end of
US 23 and 441. There is a lot
of wild speculation by local
people as to just where this
road is going. Hope they do as
m good a job of improving the
location on the Southern end as
they did on the Northern end.
With Spring coming up and
a governor'^ race in the offing
in the Democratic primary we
? might speculate a little on it.
- Umstead seems to have gotten
his campaign off first with the
- best start since he has been
running for governor ever since
his defeat by Broughton. Look
for Olive to come up fast, how
ever. Believe that one of the
principal issues will be the in
fluence of Lobbyists on the
North Carolina legislature. Many
people, in the so called "know",
say that the last legislature
was practically ruled by lobby
ists representing for the most
part the industrial and business
groups of North Carolina. Um
stead has been a registered
lobbyist while Olive contends he
has not. This may become one
or the principal issues of the
As for local politics there
seems to be very little talk or
action yet. In fact, the only
man who has definitely an
nounced for any office is C. T.
Bryson far state representative.
However, I have heard the
following talk ? that J. J. Mann
might file for this same office
against Tom ? that Thad Bry
son would be Umstead's manag
er here in the county ? that
Tom Rickman was considering
running for the Board of Edu
cation ? that at least two mem
bers of the present Board of
Education would not file again
this Spring. Well that all is
just talk that I heard around.
The new Drive In theatre
seems to be doing a good busi
ness and drawing a lot of busi
ness from other places judg
ing by the number of out of
state cars seen there.
The other night I heard an
address by Roy Larson, nation
al chairman of the Citizens
Committee for Better Education
Continued On Page Seven ?
(Looking backward through '
the files of The Press)
50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The best graduating course a
girl can take after receiving a
common school education is a
thorough course in roastology,
boilology, stitchology, darnology,
patchology, and general domes
We heard the Iotla school bell
ringing Thursday morning, four
The mercury stood at the
freezing point, 32 degrees,^ last
25 YEARS AGO
An Avenue Of Evergreens 14
Mile Long ? Chamber of Com
merce and Agriculture, Forestry
Service, State Highway Depart
ment, Individuals, Cooperating
to Plant Trees on Highway No.
286 From Franklin to Georgia
R. W. Shields, supervisor of
the Nantahala National Forest,
left Friday for Atlanta to meet
Major Evan W. Kelly, of the
forest service, the supervisor of
the Cherokee National Forest,
and other foresters.
Citizens of Macon County are
called to meet in mass meeting
at the courthouse here next
Tuesday, April 19, to discuss the
need for a new courthouse and
new jail, and methods for fl
nacing such a project.
10 YEARS AGO i
The Macon County chapter of
the United Daughters of the
Confederacy were hostesses on
last Tuesday to the 19th an
nual meeting of the first dis
trict of the North Carolina di- .
The rebuilding of Ravenel
lake dam is gradually filling to
normal proportions. (Highlands