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VOL. LXVII Number 15
Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Entered at Post 6ffice, Franklin, N. C., as second class matter.
WEIMAR JONES Editor
BOB S. SLOAN Business Manager
In Macon County
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APRIL 17, 1952
The Next School Board
Seven tfountv offices are to he filled this year,
representative, five seats on the county hoard of
education, and surveyor. And Saturday is the last
day for candidates to file for the primary election.
Yet as this is written (Monday morning) none
has filed, and only one ? C. Tom Bryson, for re
nomination -and reelection as representative? has
Every public office is important, and among
county offices none is more important than the
county hoard of education ; since its members fix
school policies, to a very large extent they deter
mine the future of the county.
Of the five present members of the board, three
? Chairman Bob Sloan, Walter Bryson, and Walter
Gibson ? have told friends they will not stand for
Are those three places to he left vacant on the
next board? Or are they to be filled by whoever
may fHe at the last minute Saturday, without ref
erence to qualifications?
If competent, forward-looking men and women
do not offer tneir services on this board, then they
will have nobody but themselves to blame, should
our school program bog down during the next two
You Tell Us!
Last week Congress voted to extend the Presi
dent's "emergency war powers" to July 1. And that
bill is a mere stop-gap until the legislators can get
around to voting on a long-term extension.
These are the war powers granted the President
for the emergency of World War 2.
That war ended in 1945, nearly seven years ago!
What does all this mean? |
You /tell us!
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Which Way, Cullowhee?
Western Carolina Teachers College, state insti
tution at Cullowhee, is rapidly expanding. As it ex
pands its physical facilities, how should it expand
vided a supper so bountiful that the tables were still
ern N'orth Carolina region?
That question, the -subject of an interesting and
spirited discussion at a recent meeting of the Frank -
1 in Rotary club, is of importance to the general
public of llii:' whole area.
Few people outside of the college have any con
ception <?i the physical expansion that is taking
place. Dr. Paul Reid. W. C. T. C. president, pref
aced the discussion by pointing out that the new
buildings will make it possible for the college to
increase its stud.nt Ix'xlv from about f>0() to about
The structures going up at Cullowhee include ;i
million-dollar classroom building with a quarter of
a million dollars' worth of equipment ; a million
dollar dormitory, to contain, 150 rooms \vith 75
baths ? room for students; and a $750, (XX) li
brary that will be "as fine, for its size, as anv in
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\t present. SV) per cent of the students- at Cullo
, whee are taking teacher training, and the school
has won an enviable reputation in that field; it
supplies G) per cent of the teachers in 14 south
western 'mountain counties. It also offers four-year
courses, however, in business administration and in
liberal aits, and some professional work.
A faculty, committee. Dr. Reid explained, is mak
ing a studv of the question: "Which way from
here?" He then turned the meeting over to Dr. \Y
A. Ashworth, chairman of that committee, who pre
sided .over the discussion.
Hefe are some of the suggestions offered:
Many young .people in this area are not financi
ally able to take a f6ur-year college course, but they
-coqld finance vocational training (which they badly
need) for a year or less.
The college shotild continue to stress teacher
training, rather than divide its interests and efforts
and thus lower its standards. Teacher training is of
vital importance because "the teacher makes the
W. C. T. C. should continue to strengthen its
general teacher training work ? "the teacher is the
most important person in the' community" ? but it
should also expand its home economics course from
two to four years. Its home economics graduates
are not now qualified as teachers of that subject.
A four-point long range program: (1) Change
the name of the school to eliminate the word
"teachers" ; (2) expand subjects offered to in
clude four-year courses in home economics, for
estry, agriculture, engineering, and law; (3) make
everyone in Western North Carolina familiar with
the school's program ; and (4) establish some col
lege-operated enterprise that would enable worthy
students without funds to earn their way.
Get individual citizens and business houses to
help worthy students by offering scholarships.
Go ii}to the fields that the industry of this area
is centered around ? crafts, home economics, for
Offer. courses, with cVedit, in the field of religion.
Establish and expand an extension program ;
since W. C. T. C. is, or should be, the intellectual
and cultural center of the area, it should take what
it has to offer "out to the people" of the region.
Specific suggestions along this line: As a starter,
night courses' at Cullowhee for people in the outly
ing areas; make the library facilities more easily
accessible to the people of the whole region.
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Up at Cullasaja the other night they did some
A number of Macon County schools this year
have held benefit suppers ? rand they have proved
highly successful, both as money-raising projects
and as community gatherings. But at Cullasaja
they held a' supper that was not a benefit ? there
was no charge!
Under the leadership of Lacy Harper, P. T. A.
president, and Principal Weaver Shope, the people
of the school community got together for an eve
ning of fellowship. The women of the P. T. A. pro
the work it does in order to best .serve this West
laden when the supper was over, and after the meal
the only formal program planned ? the installation
of P. T. A. officers ? was postponed so the group
could spend the time in group singing and in infor
mal discussion of school and community affairs.
As Mr. Harper pointed out, when the teachers,
the parents, and the children of a school commun
ity are brought together, community understand
ing and school progress are almost sure to follow.
It is a good sign when the people of a community
get together like this ; it is an even better one, when
thev decide- ? as they did at Cullasaja ? to hold such
an event annually.
Our American' Civilization
. Assuming that the biological is the one and only
difference between men and women.
Everybody ? from the U. S. Supreme Court on
down? believing that complete and exact equality
of opportunity is both possible and enforceable by
Applauding an inferior product, whether it's
music or hominy grits, if it comes with a "big
name" label : rejecting a highly superior product
.solely because it lacks a "big name.." label.
A MACON1T.K IN KCROPE
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from
a letter from Miss Lois Latham, of Franklin (Buck Creek
Ranch), who is ,with the U. S. army in Germany, engaged
in teaching the children of army personnel stationed
I am enjoying every day in Europe. I work quite hard at my
job of teaching the army children. 4nd I travel all I can and
try to cultivate friendships with individual Europeans. I ex
pect to go to Italy for my spring vacation next week, hoping
to spend at least three days in Rome. I am looking forward to
the Mozart Festival at Salzburg in August, too. I have enjoyed
Vienna a great deal this winter. It is a gracious old city, built
far all sorts of intellectual pleasures, with its concert halls,
opera houses, theatres, university, and wonderful restaurants
and gardens. I have heard good music there this winter.
I was glad to see your news stories and editorials on the
North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. That is one N. C. insti
tution which is very close to .my heart.
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? Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
against thee ? Ps. 119:11.
THE SERENE, silent beauty of a holy life is the most power
ful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of
God? Pascal. ,
Help us, O God, to find spiritual enlightenment and nourish
ment in Thy World to fortify our hearts againat evil.
i EDUCATION FOR. LIVING
For. the simpler, life in the early days of our
I COUNTRY, SCHOOLING IN THE "THREE Rs"MET THE
NEEDS OF THE AVERAGE PERSON.
As INDUSTRY ANO BUSINESS HAVE GROWN, OUR. SCHOOL
SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN BROADENED TO MEET THE NEED
OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING AS WELL.
Today, in preparing our youngsters for living, our
SCHOOLS, MORE AND MORE, ARE TRAINING THEM IN MONEY
MANAGEMENT? TEACHING THEM THE FUNDAMENTALS OF
SAVINGS, INVESTMENT, LIFE INSURANCE, HOME OWNERSHIP
'S WELL AS HOW TO BUDGET THEIR. EARNW6S.
? Others' Opinions
HARD TO FILL
Some day congress \ ?'> create an office that has a lot of
work to It, and they won't be able to find a politician to fill it.
Chattanooga Hamilton County Herald.
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BOTH BEHIND THE TIMES
Senator Kefauver says the Republicans are looking to the
past. Quite so. And the Democrats are still running against
Herbert Hoover? Manchester (Tenn.) Times.
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THE WAY OF JURORS
Is justice blind?
Jury verdicts are generally a pretty accurate reflection of
public sentiment, but they are not always determined by . the
A Carthage man tells of a case in point. He said:
"I was on a federal court jury in Rockingham a few years
ago. It was late in the afternoon when we got the case. I was
anxious to return home and it turned out that most of the
others were of the same mind. We took a vote. Eleven of us
voted the same way.
"'Gentlemen,' said the lone dissenter of the majortty find
ings, 'I live in Rockingham and I'll stay here all week before I
change my mind...'
" 'And I've got t? get home,' a juror moaned, 'My baby's
" 'My hay has got to be raked,' said another.
" 'Let's vote again,' one of the more optimistic of the eleven
"We took the second ballot. The verdict was unanimous. All
eleven of us had changed over and the Rockingham man had
his way."? Moove County News.
By WEIMAR JONES
On a trip to Asheville recent
ly, I made definite plans to go
to see a good friend of many
years' standing. Retired, alone
in the world, and in poor health,
he must look forward, X knew,
to the occasional visits of
f.viends. Besides, I WANTED to
see him. <
But there were so many er
rands to a'o and my time was
so short, I didn't get around
to it .
"I'll go the very next time X
am' in Asheville", I promised
Exactly a week later the
.morning paper carried the an
nouncement of his death.
(I should have known better
than to wait, because only a
couple of years ago I had had
a similar experience, for which
I still was blaming myself. But
in both instances I never could
seem to find the time . . .)
I TOOK time to go to his
funeral, but that was a poor
substitute indeed ? for him and
for me ? for a visit while he was
After the funeral I was chat
ting with another friend. I had
learned that his wife was near
death, and expressed regret. He
"We have had a happy life
together, and no matter what
the circumstances, she has al
ways been wonderful. But I
never seemed to find lime for
any real home life, for the
companionship we both crav
ed and enjoyed, for the little
trips we had planned to
gether. Now it is too late . . .
If these experiences have any
significance beyond their per
sonal poignacy, it is that they
are typical of what is happen
ing to most of us today. Like
automatons, mechanically driv
en, we rush hither and thither,
faster and faster. We are' so
busy DOING things we rarely
find the time to BE what we
were designed to be? human be
There is something wrong
with a civilization like that.
In some communities of Ma
con County? and of course in
some sections elsewhere ? people
still find time to te good neigh
bors, to sit down and visit with
their lamilies and fiiends, to do
the little, kindly, sympathetic
acts that spell the difference
between a robot existence and
a .really good LIFE. They some
times may lack the mechanic*
of our modern so-called civilize j
tion, but they have something
far more important.
Somehow, in these sections,
people still find time to be hu
I hope they can keep it
? By BOB SLOAN.
A DIFFERENT THOUGHT
Perhaps I should let sleeping
dogs lie, but I just can't do it.
Ever since the issue of Univer
sal Military Training was raised
this Spring there has been
something I have wanted to say
and two recent events just
won't let me let it go unsaid
Many church leaders and
ministers have opposed Univer
sal Military Training on the
grounds that it was an un
healthy influence on our youth.
I believe that it is fair to judge
something by the products
Never have I read of anything
tnore inspirational than the
conduct and words of Gen.
James A. Van Fleet, a profes
sional military man, since being
notified that his only son was
missing in action. His Easter
message to the parents and
wives who had lost their son or
husband in Korea was the most
inspirational of any that I
heard or read on Easter. Gen.
Van Fleet in asking those who
had lost loved ones in Korea
said, "We should all be proud,
as The One so clearly stated so
long ago, 'Greater love hath no
man than this, that a man lay
down his life for his friends'."
Today it seems that we are
sorely lacking in moral leader
ship in our governmental of
fices of high position. With this
in mind I would like to quote
from an interview between a
news correspondent and a pres
idental aspirant. The candidate
had this to say concerning de
"Democracy is indivisable
from the idea that man is a
child of God and as such sac
red. Without this concept that
man is a soul and a spiritual
being the, idea of human equal
ity would never have come into
this world. . . . Behind every
idealology lies as assumption,
an act of faith. That is why
there never has been, and never
can be a great or enduring civ
ilization without a basis in re
To me it is markedly sig
nificant that a statement which
so clearly ties together growth
of our form, of government as
being based on religion came
from the one man in the presi
dential race who is a military
man ? Dwight Eisenhower.
Could it be that the ideas- of
discipline and duty which are
so strongly inculcated in those
who undergo military training
are apong those which are
most needed to enable us to
have Faith in these troubled
Continued On 4*age Three ?
(Looking backward through
the files of The Press)
50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Court commences here next
week, Judge Fred Moore pre
siding. As Mr. Moore attended
school, and studied law here, in
fact, made this his home for a
time, his many friends will be
glad to see him.
Sam L. Kelly and party re
turned home Saturday from the
Henry Stewart, Jr.. of High
lands, came down to the city
Sunday on business.
25 YEARS AGO
The high school baseball team
is getting ready to beat the
socks off teams from neighbor
Mr. L. C. Stepp, of Aquone,
was a visitor to Franklin Thurs
day of last week c>n business.
Mr. J. W. St.reet, foreman in
The Press composing room, took
a short vacation last week and
went fishing. It is just possible
that there are still a few iish
left in the streams.
10 YEARS AGO
On account of the rubber
scarc'.ty a reduction has been
ordered in . the production of
suspenders and garters. This is
going to cause the Administrar
tion to lose a lot of suoporters.
^lis and That, by "Frankie
W* ? 4- w ?
M.ss Be;L..> M. Richardson
e.nd Miss Gertrude Swanson
have returned to thsir home on
Eearpen Mountain after spend
ing the winter in Mexico City.