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Entered at Post Office, Franklin, N. C.. as second class matter
Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
Franklin. N. C. Telephone 24
BOB S. SLOAN
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To many laymen, the practice of hiring football
players for college or high school "amateur" teams
just doesn't make sense. The terms "paid players"
and "amateur sports" contradict each other. If you
have one, you can't have the other.
It was refreshing, therefore, to hear a sports
enthusiast ? a one-time college letter man and a
former college football coach ? tell members of the
Franklin High School football squad just that.
Dr. Quinn Constant/, of Western Carolina Col
lege, speaking last week at the annual Rotary ban
quet for the Franklin footballers, called the so
called "athletic scholarship" just what it is ? "a
Look And See
"There are no opportunities for young people in
Macon County; everybody knows that. The only
way to write an essay about opportunities here is
to point out there aren't any."
That was the substances of a chorus that greeted
Mr. Bob Carpenter when he sat down with a group
of students at Franklin High School to talk about
the essay contest on "Macon County ? My Home,
My Future". The contest, open to any high school
student in this county, is sponsored jointly by The
Franklin Press and the Franklin Jaycees.
The student reaction seems to be evidence that
just such a contest was needed ; for it proves rather
conclusively that at least a part of the lack of op
portunity. here is .psychological ? it's not so much
a fact as a mental state. Because it's been taken
for granted so long that there is no chance for
youth here, people, young and old, have come to
accept it, without bothering to look around and see
what the situation really is.
Mr. Carpenter, who himself left a good job in a
much bigger town to come back to Franklin, made
the logical ? and correct reply: "If I were talking
to a group of high school students in Atlanta or
Detroit, I'd hear exactly what you've just said."
It would be foolish, of course, to pretend that the
opportunities here are not limited. But whether
they arc more limited here than elsewhere, in com
parison with the competition, is debatable. For it is
a fact that many Atlantans go to Detroit, because
they feel the opportunities in Atlanta are limited;
many go from Detroit to Chicago for the sapie
reason; many go from Chicago to New York ; and
many, notably artists, still go from New York to
This, too, is fact: A lot of jol> opportunities here
are being overlooked by Maconians ? scores of
chance*, probably hundreds. Four instances that
come readily to mind illustrate the point:
Mr. and Mrs. Don Smith came to Franklin from
elsewhere; they've built up a good business, that
brings them orders from all over the country. And
what the) are doing is so simple, so logical, the
wonder is that some Maconian hadn't done it long
The same is true of Mr. K. S. I'urdom.
What they did, scores of native Maconians could
have done. In each case, the business started in a
small way; the money capital outlay probably was
small. The chief thing, in each case, was an idea.
Along with the idea, of course, there had to be
imagination, some training, and a lot of work.
And in the employe field:
We know of one establishment here that recent
ly had to. send to Ashcville to get a bookkeeper
with the training and ability the job required. And
here's one we know about intimately: Right now
The Franklin I'ress badly needs a man with a spe
cific type of training ? training that is available
in most universities. It would be good business for
lis to hire a M't' onian, because he'd .know the com
munity; but there is nobody in this county with
that training. We had to go elsewhere; as a matter
of fact, we're having to wait till he gets out of the
armed forces, next October, to get the man we
"I want to be a fashion designer. What chance
is there for me here?" one girl challenged Mr. Car
* * * i
"I don't know whether there is a chance for you
here or not", he replied. "But let's take just one
phase of fashion designing ? hats. I do know there
once were two millinery establishments here, and
now there is none. T do know there still are a lot of
women here who would gladly pay more to get hats
designed to their taste instead of having to buy out
of stock. And I do know that, in Atlanta, say, you'd
probably be competing Against maybe 50 other hat
designers. I know this, too, if you do an outstand
ing job here, the word will get around, and the
orders you get will come from far as well as near.
"Is there an opportunity for you in Macon Coun
ty? I don't know. But I don't believe you know,
either. Before you go somewhere else, I suggest
you look around, find out what the opportunities
are here in Macon County.
"And that's the whole purpose of this contest."
- Better Hurry!
East Franklin already has grabbed the ball.
That neighborhood has a covered dish supper
meeting scheduled for Saturday night, when it will
plan its activities in the new Franklin Neighbor
hood Development competition.
Unless the other four areas in town hurry, they
are likely to wake up and find the folks "over the
river" have scored a touchdown before they're even
got on the playing field.
'Heard 'Round The World'
Editor, The Press:
In an editorial ("Stupidity, Plus") of March 1st you say the
Negro ministers in Montgomery, Alabama, "have called mass
prayer meetings ? all over where somebody shall sit on a city
bus! It would be ludicrous, if it weren't so tragic." I want to
object to that statement. In the first place I don't think it's
right to call anybody's prayers ludicrous; and in the second,
the statement is not accurate. The Negroes in Montgomery are
not praying merely for certain seats in a bus; they're praying
for the right to be considered citizens.
Whether or not their prayers are being heard in heaven,
they certainly are being heard 'round the world. And around
a world in which there seem to be relatively few people who
can understand why, in this Christian democracy, two classes
of citizens are forced to sit in separate sections in public con
The letters from Mr. Kenneth Corbin and Mr. Charles Fer
guson, in the same issue of The Press, I thought extremely In
New York City.
(EDITOR'S NOTE ? The Press would be slow indeed to
question the sincerity of any . man's prayers. The passage
quoted by Miss Siler was not so intended. The purpose of
the editorial was to point out that nearly everybody, white
and black, involved in the Montgomery situation seemed
to .have lost .all sense of proportion. The mass prayer meet
ings, "all over where everybody shall sit on a city bus",
was merely one of several instances cited to illustrate the
Defends Eisenhower Decision
J)ear Mr. Jones:
Before his decision to seek reelection, and even with more
vigor since, much has been written and said against President
A LETTER TO THE NOR I H
Eisenhower remaining In office because of his physical condi
tion. Evidently, those who oppose him, not being able to criti
cize his race or religion, having worn themselves out with their
laments about his political beliefs and jettons, and afraid to
analyze his motives because of his sincerity, are going to make
the most of his misfortune in having had a coronary throm
But do they have a sound foundation for their new argu
Weimar, you or I might have a coronary thrombosis today.
Approximately 20% of the people who have a coronary throm
bosis die within two months of the onset of their illness. If we
survive this period, it will be necessary to know the answers to
certain questions in order that we may plan our futures.
1. What are our chances for a complete recovery, I.e. for re
turning to our previous work?
2. What is our life expectancy 'after we pass this two
The following statements In answer to these questions are
taken from the writings of well known specialists whose ex
perience Is gleaned from large series of cases.
67% of patients who survived the first two months lived
more than 5 years; 44% more than 10 years 10% more than
Approximately 70% of these patients were able to return to
moderate or complete activity; 20% were considerably limited
in their activities; about 10% remained bedridden.
The more completely a patient was able to resume his former
activities, the longer was his life expectancy.
President Elsenhower has been doing a good day's work each
day since his return to Washington. During his recent trip to
Georgia he seemed to have no difficulty hunting or playing 18
holes of golf. Therefore, we can assume that his physical con
dition is good even without his doctor's assurance that it is.
The apparent limitations he has imposed upon himself at
the advice of his physicians are those which we might all do
well to apply to our own routines. A more sensible schedule of
work interspersed with periods of recreation would make us
all more efficient in our jobs.
I would think more kindly of those to whom I refer In the
opening paragraph of this letter If they would state their real
reasons for opposing the President's bid for reelection; namely,
that they are Democrats and he is a Republican. Most of these
critics have not given the matter more thought than that.
They have come by their political affiliations in the same man
ner as they have their mode of locomotion and their posture
and have accepted them with equal resignation.
JOSEPH W. KAHN, M. D.
Got Him Picked Out
(Catskill Mountain (N. Y.) News)
I never hate anyone ? but If I ever do, I've got the louse
all picked out.
(Sacramento, Calif., Bee)
With the shocking assertion that President Dwight D. Eisen
hower has not been truly in command of the United States
Government since last August, the eminent columnist, Walter
"In the past six months we have suffered the biggest and
most serious setbacks since the Communist victory in China."
Mr. Lippmann further attributes the absurd backing and
filing, of the Government in the matter of tank shipment to
Saudi Arabia to the central fact the President simply has not
been able to fulfill his role as co-ordinator of the various Gov
It will be remembered that in the big medical kazoo when
the doctors testified on Ike's health, the assurance was given
? that he probably could continue for five or ten years doing his
job as well as he has been doing it "recently."
Mr. Lippmann raises the commanding question of whether
the nation can survive if it has many more years of this kind
of presidential operation. The assurance of the doctors thus
turns out to be no assurance, at least for those concerned
with the welfare of the country.
Compulsory Integration? 'Wait Now, Stop And Consider'
Liberal Cites Danaers
(EDITOR'S NOTE: In this
"better to the North", Mr.
Faulkner, Mississippian, Nobel
prize-winning novelist, and long
time foe of compulsory segrega
tion. warns of the dangers of
compulsory integration. The ar
ticle is reprinted, by special per
mission, from Life magazine.)
By WILLIAM FAULKNER
My family has lived for gen
erations In one same small sec
tion of north Mississippi. My
great-grandfather held slaves
and went to Virginia in com
mand of a Mississippi infantry
regiment in 1861. I state this
simply as credentials for the
sincerity and factualness of
what I will try to say. ,
From the beginning of this
present phase of the race prob
lem in the South, I have been
on record as opposing the forces
in my native country which would
keep the condition out of which
this present evil and trouble
has grown. Now I must go on
record as opposing the forces
outside the South which would
use legal or police compulsion
to eradicate that evil overnight.
I was against compulsory segre
gation. I am just as strongly
against compulsory integration.
Firstly of course from principle.
Secondly because I don't believe
compulsion will work.
There are more Southerners
than I who believe as I do and
have taken the same stand I
have taken, at the same price
of contumely and Insult and
threat from other Southerners
which we foresaw and were
willing to accept because we be
lieved we were helping our na
tive land which we love, to ac
cept a new condition which It
must accept whether it wants to
or not. That is, by still being
Southerners, yet not being a
part of the general majority
Southern point of view; by be
ing present yet detached, com
mitted and attained neither by
Citizens' Council nor NAACP;
by being in the middle, being
in a position to say to any In
cipient irrevocability: "Wait,
wait now, stop and consider
But where will we go, if that
middle becomes untenable? If
we have ' to vacate It In order
to keep from being trampled?
Apart from the legal aspect,
apart even from the simple in
controvertible Immorality of
discrimination by race, there
was another simply human
quantity which drew us to the
Negro's side: the simple human
instinct to champion the under
But if we, the (comparative)
handful of Southerners I have
tried to postulate, are compell
ed by the simple threat of be
ing trampled if we don't get
out of the way, to vacate that
middle where we could have
worked to help the Negro lm
prove his condition ? compelled
to move for the reason that no
middle any longer exists ? we
will have to make a new choice.
And this time the underdog will
not be the Negro, since he, the
Negro, will now be a segment
of the topdog, and so the un
derdog will be that white em
battled minority who are our
blood and kin. These non
Southern forces will now say,
"Go then. We don't want you
because we won't need you
again." My reply to this is, "Are
you sure you won't?"
So I would say to the NAACP
and all the organizations wh*
would compel immediate and
unconditional integration: "Go
slow now. Stop now for a time,
a moment. You have the power
now; you can afford to with
hold for a moment the use of
it as a force. You have done a
good job, you have jolted your
opponent off-balance and he Is
now vunerable. But stop there
BOB SIX) AN
Recent polls indicate that Presi
dent Eisenhower will be re-elected
as president of the United States
in the election next November.
Chief reason for this seems to be
that the President has something
which makes him Immune to
criticism for any mistakes that
may have been made by his ad
ministration; yet he receives full
credit for the good that has been
done. That is something of a
phenomenon in politics, psycho
logy, or something. The old rule
is that if you get the credit, you
are supposed to take the blame.
The farmers cuss Benson and in
many foreign countries the name
of Dulles brings forth a tirade,
but la both cases Elsenhower is
still very popular with the dis
Another example of the invul
nerability of Eisenhower's popular
ity is the Segregation question.
In the coming election, I think,
Ike will gain considerable Negro
vote in the large cities of the
North and East. However, the
same polls which indicate that
he will win the election next fall
state that his popularity is rising
in the South. He seems to be the
only thing upon which both the
Segregationist and the Intergra
There is one other possibility,
the polls might be wrong. They
have been before.
? ? ?
At East Franklin school this
Saturday night we are going to
have Covered Dish Supper and
get acquainted with each other.
I sure hope everyone comes.
Looks like a good idea and we
could all have a lot of fun.
(Looking backward through
the files of Jhe Press)
54 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Stallcup
and Mrs. Martha Hauser and
son, H. Love Hauser, returned
from Greenville, Tenn., Mon
Hal Zachary returned home
Wednesday from Atlanta, Ga.,
where he had been visiting bis
aunt several weeks past.
Mr. C. J. Park, & capitalist
from Eugene, Oregon, spent
about two weeks in this sec
tion recently, prospecting for
copper He found some fine
specimens, but not sufficient to
undertake a development on the
scale he wished.
25 YEARS AGO
Mrs. W. P. Deal entertained
a number of her friends at an
old-time quilting at her home
Tuesday of last week.
Miss Ina Henry, daughter of
Chief R. P. Henry, left recently
to attend Western Carolina
Teachers College at Cullowhee,
where She will work on her de
Miss Amy Henderson and
Miss Mosely spent last week
end at their respective homes.
? Highlands item.
10 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Sam Morgan, of Savan
nah, Ga., has leased the W. H.
Cobb home on Satulah Road
and expects to occupy it about
the first of June. ? Highlands
Mrs. P. S. Murphy and son,
Savannah, Ga., were here re
cently visiting Mrs. Murphy's
sister, Mrs. W. E. Purr, and Dr.
Furr, and her brother, J. H.
Williams, and Mrs. Williams, of
Route 3. Mrs. Murphy is the
former Miss Irene Williams.
John Gibson Murray, who has
been in the Navy for the past
three years, has received his
discharge and is now at home
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank I. Murray.
for a moment; don't give him the
advantage of a chance to cloud
the issue by that purely auto
matic sentimental appeal to
that same universal human in
stinct for automatic sympathy
for the underdog simply be
cause he is under."
And I would say this too. The
rest of the United States knows
next to nothing about the
South. The present idea and
picture which they hold of a
people decadent and even ob
solete through Inbreeding and
illiteracy ? the Inbreeding a re
sult of the illiteracy and the
isolation ? as to be a kind of
species of juvenile delinquents
with a folklore of blood and
violence, yet who, like juvenile
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