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Entered at Poet Office. Franklin, N. C., a a second class matter
Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
Franklin. N. C. Telephone 24
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Whatever honors have come to him ? and they
have been many ? Judge George B. Patton has re
mained unspoiled ; nobody who knows him can
imagine George Patton ever "putting on airs".
That is one of many reasons why we feel sure
we express the feeling of most Maconians when we
offer congratulations on his appointment as at
torney general of North Carolina, and add that we
are "mighty proud" that the appointment has come
to a native son of this county.
It is the highest state political office held by any
Macon County man, so far as we can learn, since
James L. Robinson was lieutenant governor, back
in 1881-85. The appointment also is new proof that
this southwestern end of the state, long forgotten
(if. indeed they ever heard of it) by Raleigh of
ficials, is winning recognition. For Judge Patton
will be the second Macon County man in a respon
sible state position; A. B. Slagle long has been a
member of the State Board of Education.
This high honor to Mr. Patton reflects honor on
Iiis home county, so all of us can take pride in the
Macon County character and talent that won it for
Are We Helpless?
Today 88 Americans out of every 100 live in
towns and cities, only 12 on farms. And within a
few years, the number on farms will drop to five
out of every hundred.
So Dr. David Weaver, director of the N. C. Ex
tension Service, told the urban-town-farm group
gathered in front of the Holly Springs community
house last Thursday evening. We'd better adjust to
the trend, he suggested.
That trend is socially undesirable ; almost no
body denies it. And the tragedy lies in the fact
that its ill effects will not be apparent today or
next week, but a generation or two hence. The
people who are moving from farm to factory carry
with them the independence, the self-reliance, and
the wisdom gained from close contact with the soil
and the seasons. And they may be able to implant
those values in their city-reared children. But with
in two generations, those qualities are almost sure
to diminish if not disappear.
Perhaps even more alarming than the trend it
self is the attitude toward it. As in so many areas
today, our attitude is one of fatalism ? "it's the
trend; there's nothing we can do about it". That
represents a revolutionary change in American
thinking; for one of the characteristics of the
America of the past has been faith that something
can, and determination that something shall, be
?clone about undesirable trends.
Moreover the assumption that we are helpless,
an assumption accepted by many farm leaders, is
just n?'t true. We can and do do something, and
quickly, about acute deflation or run-away infla
tion, or about mass unemployment. And we can
do something about the rapid destruction of a way
of life that has had such a tremendous part in
Control and channeling of trends, in fact, is one
of the very things government ? in the modern
view ? is for.
Typical American consistency:
Hailing the federal government's educational
grants to GI's as so wonderful they must be con
stitutional. Hailing the proposed state grants as so
bad they obviously are unconstitutional. True, the
purposes are entirely different. But since when has
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it become legal to do something- because the motive
is "right", and illegal to do the identical thing be
cause the motive is "wrong"? And who's. to pass on
the motive's merit? And where will this kind of
Franklin's chronic water shortage, hitting us
right between the eyes almost every summer for
years, still is with us. Before next summer, we may
have to hastily improvise again and dig another
What are we going to do on a long-range basis?
Isn't it about time we were at least asking that
question? Because even if we should start today
trying to answer it, it probably would be three to
five years before there would be any concrete re
sults. An engineering study of our present situ
ation and our probable needs five, ten, twenty
years from now, with recommendations on how
to meet the problem, would take time. Then it
would take more time for the community to study
the recommendations and decide whether to ac
cept or reject them. Finally, putting them into ef
fect, should we accept them, would take a lot more
In other words, today not only is not too early
to have a competent engineering study begun ; we
already are three to five years late.
Participation of Asheville officials, Franklin
business and professional men, and the people of
Holly Springs in last Thursday's all-day series of
events in that outstanding rural community was,
as one speaker so aptly phrased it, "cooperation,
among city, town, and country people, at its best".
With the nation-wide dwindling of the farm popu
lation, such gatherings are increasingly important
for understanding. And the Holly Springs program
was tangible and convincing evidence of the phe
nomenal progress in that respect being made in
Western North Carolina and especially in Macon
County. Such a gathering, with its atmosphere of
good will, its total lack of any self-conscious feel
ing of inferiority or superiority, and its recognition
that we are all in the same boat and must row in
unison ? such a thing would have been quite im
possible here, even as recently as five years ago.
The Courthouse Again
Editor, The Press:
On a recent visit to Franklin I was in your courthouse and
was surprised to find the people of Macon County using a
public building in such a deplorable condition.
I recently purchased some property near the city limits of
Franklin with the hopes of some time in the not too far dis
tant future making my home there and from my observation
of the town itself, everything seems to be building and im
proving. I read in your paper where the judge of the Superior
Court recently spoke quite frankly to the grand Jury of the
deplorable condition of the courthouse and the grand jury
went on record asking that something be done. However,
from the reading of the piece X understand this has gone on
for a number of years and nothing has been done.
I do trust that the officials of Macon County will realize
what a disgrace it Is to the county and take immediate ac
tion toward building a new one. X feel quite sure that other
taxpayers of the county would not object to paying a little
more tax if It meant getting a new courthouse. I am sure I
W. B. SMITH
(Opinions expressed In this space are not necessarily those
___ or The Press. Editorials selected for reprinting here. In fact,
are chosen with a view to presenting a variety of viewpoints.
They are, that Is. just what the caption says ? OTHERS'
Then And Now
(Berthoud, Colo., Bulletin)
When the "Soil Bank" was first proposed by Democrats in
Congress, President Eisenhower was quick to label the legis
lation as "moral bankruptcy."
Lincoln And Politics !
0 (Indianola, Iowa, Tribune) 1
Today, nearly 100 years later, most of us are apt to think *
of Lincoln's nomination and election to the presidency as t
natural results of public opinion and events of that day. But
then, even as now, politics was a game of uncertain chances.
Had it not been for the resourcefulness of his managers, and (
the convenient location of the convention, this country might ?
never have known Abe Lincoln as president!
(Arapahoe, Colo., Herald) j
No patter whether Eisenhower or Stevenson is elected in 1
November, both of these moderate liberals will face a congress (
dominated by conservatives. I
? The American system of government is ham-strung by the
rule which permits the senior member of a congressional com
mittee to be the chairman when his party ?is in power. s
By WEIMAR JONES
Experience, it has been said,
keeps a dear school, but fools
will learn in no other.
Well, if the man who will
learn nowhere but in the school
of experience is a fool, what
are we to call the one who
won't learn even there?
I have a painfully personal
interest in the answer to that
question, because I seem to fall
smack in the middle of that
The proof? I've been cook
Time after time after time,
I've proved beyond the shadow
of a doubt that I can't cook.
Each adventure into the kitch
en has been more disastrous
than the last. But the other
day I invaded that sacred, and
mysterious, ground once more.
In this space, a year or so
ago, I described an experience
that might well have borne the
title, "The Egg and I". Read
ers of this column, after suf
fering with me through that
piece, must have felt that sure
ly I had learned my bitter les
son at last. I thought so, too.
But this time I had the same
excuse I had then ? Mrs. Jones
She had eaten nothing the
day before, and had had a
night of such pain as only suf
ferers from acute bursitis know.
I'm a great believer In the ef
cicacy of good food; well, all
right, in the efficacy of food. A
good breakfast was all she
needed to fix her right up.
And what is breakfast without
This time, I said to myself,
it was going to be different.
Instead of the soft-boiled egg
that, last time, found its way
to every corner of the house
except her breakfast tray, this
time I'd fix something really
appetizing, a poached egg; a
beautifully poached egg on gold
en brown toast. (The less said
about the color of the toast's
brown, the better!) And to
make sure it really was some
thing tops, I'd poach it in milk.
I never do anything halfway,
so I poured nearly a bottle of
milk into the saucepan, and set
It on the electric.- unit. And
since milk, on so many occa
sions has boiled over long be
fore it was supposed to be even
hot, I took no chances. I dump
ed the egg right into the cold
milk (where, later evidence
suggested, it must have disin
tegrated). Let the egg cook as
the milk heats, I argued; then
the milk will have no chance
to get out of hand.
Determined there should be
no messy boiling over, I let the
milk get warm only; then,
armed with the biggest spoon
I could find, set out to fish the
egg out, unbroken, and, some
how, to get it on the toast.
Must get it to the patient (
piping hot, I admonished my- ]
self; so I left the saucepan on 1
the light while I finished. Well, (
sir, a salt spoon would have ]
been too big for the bits of i
egg that held together; and 1
as I fished and fished, of
course I spilled some of the
You've smelled burnt milk!
Well, have you ever smelled a
mixture of burnt milk and egg?
The folks in this end of town
must have thought the Cowee
and Balsam mountains had
suddenly disappeared and that
a wind was blowing straight
"What's burning?" called Mrs.
Jones from her bedroom.
"I can't imagine; maybe
some of the neighbors are
With my usual kitchen pres- <
ence of mind, I quickly remov
ed the saucepan to the sink.
Still I fished for that egg. It
just wasn't there.
Well, I thought, milk is nour
ishing as well as eggs; and hot
milk is soothing. So I reached .
for a soup plate. (I didn't run
it over much.) And in I went,
smiling and proud, to the bed
"Is this lunch " asked the 1
"No; this Is breakfast."
"Why are you bringing me
soup, then? I really don't be
lieve I can eat soup for break
"O. K., O. K.", irritably. And
took it away.
Back in the kitchen, I pour
ed the mixture into the tallest
glass X could find. If she
wouldn't eat soup, maybe she'd
drink a hot milkshake.
I thought it a little strange,
as I headed back to the bed
room, that the contents failed
to change the temperature of
the glass. "Well, it's nourish
By that time, of course, it
was stone cold. Such an awful
mess it makes me gag now
just to think about it.
But my wife, brave soul that
she is, put that glass to her
lips, turned it up, and never
stopped till she'd emptied it.
? ? ?
She may deny this story. For
she denies everything else that
happened that horror-filled day.
She denies it all, because she
doesn't remember any of it.
For the doctor had given her
some pain-killing drugs, and
they'd had the effect such
drugs always have on her ?
she'd gone completely "out of
her head" for a few hours.
What a blessing, what a
merciful blessing, these pain
One of my favorite theories
Is that few of us know as much
is we should about our home
town ? Franklin. The more we
snow about Franklin the better
iob we can do in selling Frank
lin to other people. I have often
tieard that the first rule ol
?ood salesmanship is "Know
For one to be able to say
;hat they really know Frank
in, I think that they should
3e able to answer eight of the
following ten questions without
hesitating. See how well you
1. What is the oldest retail
lusiness firm in Franklin in
joint of continuous service
inder the same family name
ind when was it founded?
2. What Is the newest retail
store in Franklin?
3. How many retail stores are
ihere in Franklin?
(This does not include filling
stations or garages.)
4. Name the two largest lo
;ally owned lending agencies
md state the approximate (to
.he nearest hundred thousand)
issets of both.
5. What two products are
nade by a local lumber firm
;hat are relatively new in
franklin and are manufactured
>y approximately only four
>ther firms in the Southeast?
6. What wholesale petroleum
iistributors are there in Frank
in, give company name and
jrand of products?
7. How many retail dry goods
stores are there in Franklin?
8. How many Grocery stores
ire there In Franklin?
9. What type of business do
we have more of in Franklin
;han any other, and how many
>f these are there?
10. How many Federal high
ways serve Franklin, and what
ire their numbers?
The answers ? 1. J. B. Pen
lergrass, estab. 1895; 2. Jami
son's 5 & 10c store; 3. 60; 4.
rhe Bank of Franklin? $2,428,
)63, Macon County Building &
Loan Association ? $1,012,162.89;
>. Parquet flooring and match
;d panelling; 6. C. S. Brown?
Esso products; Nantahala Oil
Co. Amoco products; 7. Ten; 8,
thirteen; 9. Filling stations ? 23;
10. Three? U. S. 23, U. S. 441,
IX. S. 64.
(Looking backward through
the files of The Press)
56 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Arrangements are being made
to purchase a 500-lb. bell for
the court house belfry. It will
lost, including freights, $180.00.
rhe county commissioners pro
pose to pay $120.00 if the peo
ple will raise $60.00. Subscrip
tions to get the $60.00 are be
The Revs. R. M. Taylor and
F. L. Townsend and T. R. Gray
went to Murphy last week to
Mr. Lemuel Griggs informs us
that he commenced his public
school at Holly Springs August
25 YEARS AGO
Dr. and Mrs. D. S. Halbrooks
and Miss Elizabeth Halbrooks,
of Evansville, Ind., have return
ed to their home after spend
ing a month with Mr. and Mrs.
C. E. Shepard. ? Highlands
Dr. and Mrs. Frank T. Smith
entertained several of their re
latives with a picnic dinner at
their home on Harrison Avenue
last Saturday, honoring Mrs.
Smith's mother, Mrs. V. A.
Crawford, on her 92nd birth
?Mrs. Thelma W. Parker, of
Calhoun, Ga., is spending sever
al ways here with Mrs. John
10 YEARS AGO
The Western Union Telegraph
Company is opening a Franklin
office this week and officials
said Thursday that service
probably would start sometime
Friday. The office is situated In
Angel's Drug Store.
Excavating for the Van
Raalte Textile Plant in East
Franklin will start this week.
The annual silver tea and
musical sponsored by the Wom
an's auxiliary of the Episcopal
Church of the Incarnation will
be held at "Cheonodah", the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Baty
on Satulah mountain, Saturday
afternoon from 4 to 6 o'clock.