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LIBERAL INDEPENDENT
PROGRESSIVE
VOL. XLIX, NO. 29
FRANKLIN, N. C, THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1934
$1.50 PER YEAR
FUNERAL HELD
FOR HURST
Well Known Macon Farm
er Dies Following
Heart Attack
ILL FOR TWO WEEKS
Came to This County from
Buncombe County
In 1880
Funeral services for Ebenezer
Hurst, 81, who died at his home
near FranWIin at 8 o'clock Monday
. . . '
morning
were conducted at o
o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the
Iotla Baptist church by the Kev. A.
S. Solesbee. Burial was in the
graveyard beside the church.
Mr. Hurst suffered a heart at
tack about two weeks ago from
which he failed to rally.
Mr. Hurst came to this county in
1880 from his home at Democrat,
in Buncombe county, He was one
of the most successful farmers in
tne couaty. His principal interest
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outside oi nis lamuy was m cumuii
work. Fot many years he was a
deacon in the Iotla Baptist ch-irch
and he played a large part in the
construction of tfee congregaiton's
present church building.
During the War between the
States Mr. Hurst was a boy in his i
early teens, too young for military tvery county m the 20th judicial
duty; but he rendered service to district except Graham was repre
the Confederate troops by hauling sented at the quarterly bar meet
rations to a company of which his of m here last Friday
father was a member. .i
Mr. Hurst was married in 1870
to Miss Laura Burleson, of Geor
gia, who died in 1907. Surviving
are five sons, Ellis and W. H. 'matters were discussed, a dinner
Hurst, of Montana; John Hurst, of; and dance at Camp Nikwasi was
Detroit ; " Earle Hu:st, of Ridge-;
crest N. C, and Horace T. Hurst,
of Cartoogechaye, this county; four
daughters, Mrs. Judith Jacobs, of Chief Justice Russell of the su
Oklahoma; Mrs. T. A. May, o preme court of Georgia was sched
Florida; Mrs. Robert Ramsey, f uled to address the meeting, but at
Tellico, this county; and Miss Net-! the last minute sent word that he
tie Hurst, who lived with her father was unable to be present. In his
at the homeplaca just north of absence short talks were made by
Franklin; and one sister, Mrs. P. i Judge Felix E. Alley, resident judge
J. Barnard, of Asheville. I of the 20th district, and by Judge
Honorary pallbearers at the fun-! J. rjn pess, of Marion, resident
eral were Dr. W. A. Rogers, Gus;
Leach. Dick Hudson. A. L. Higdon,
Jim Myers, J. E. Calloway, Sam
Hall, George Mashburn, Alex
Moore, T. W. Angel, George Stiles,
Jim Carpenter, John Moore and
Mack Ledford.
Active pallbearers were Broadus
Pcndergrass, Rov Carpenter. Jack
Wyman, George Dean, Fred Higdon
and Henderson Calloway.
Two-Weeks Camp for
Girl Scouts Opens
A two-weeks camp for girl
scouts opened Tuesday at Camp
Taukeetah, Miss Olivia Patton's
camp in Patton Valley. Fourteen
girls were enrolled as follows:
Eloise and Edith Sutherland,
frof Minnesota; Dorothy Montony,
of Andrews; Martjia Rice, Kathryn
Long, Frances Davenport, Beatrice
Davenport, Mary Frances Page,
Mary Evelyn Angel, Dorothy and
Pauline Reid, June Dady, Frances
Ashe and Jean Moore, of Franklin.
Miss Elizabeth Paytor, of Farm
ville, Va., is head counsellor and
has charge of tennis and story tell
ing instruction. Miss Margaret
Neil, of Nashville, Tenn., is in
charge of swiffffing and handicraft,
and Miss Helen Patton is assist
ing in tennis instruction and con
ducting a nature study course.
Miss Rachel Davis spent last
week in Chapel Hill at a Welfare
Institute. For the next two weeks
she will be visiting friends in the
eastern part of the state.
Sarah Conley is visiting relatives
in Rocky Mount, N. C.
Miss Timoxena Crawford return
ed from Greensboro Sunday, hav
ing spent a week visiting friends
there.
To Broadcast
Franklin Choral Group To
Be Heard Aug. S
James B. Porter and 14 mem
bers of the Choral Society are
working on a program of sacred
choruses from The Messiah and
other well-know,n Oratorios to be
broadcast over radio station WWNC.
This program is to be broadcast
from the First Baptist church of
Asheville on Sunday afternoon,
August 5.
The number of singers has been
limited by the station, but those
who are taking part are working
well and their larere audience mav
expect a treat.
The magnificent four manual or
gan of the First Baptist church,
witk Mr. Porter playing, will pro
vide a pleasing background for
their rendition of these beautiful
numbers.
DISTRICT BAR
MEETING HELD
2 0 t h District Lawyers
Hold Quarrorlv
j
Session Here
'
Following a business meeting in
the afternoon at which routnne legal
enjoyed by the lawyers and mem -
bers of their families. The total
registration at the dinner was 56.
judge of the 18th district, who held
court last week in Waynesville.
The next meeting of the 20th
judicial district bar is to be held
at Waynesville in October, when it
is planned to have a discussion of
the proposed new constitution for
North Carolina.
Beans Scarce
Prices Good but Quantity
Is Small
Beans were bringing good prices
m Franklin this week, but buyers
complained that the quantity was
uareiy enougn to warrant meir
staying here
W. L. Richardson, one of the
largest buyers, said his shipments
since the opening of the season
had amounted to only about 1,500
bushels. Frequently, he added, he
had been forced to send trucks
away only half loaded because he
could not obtain beans in suffi
cient quantity.
"We could handle a thousand
bushels a day at this time," Mr.
Richardson continued, "but instead
they are coming in driblets."
The price has ranged from 75
cents to $1.25 a bushel, with most
of the crop going at $1 a bushel.
Returns for Visit
After 28 Years Absence
F. P. McGaha arrived here Sat-
urdav night from Bellinerham,
Wash., for a week's visit with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Mc
Gaha at West's Mill, and his sis
ter, Mrs. Lester Conley, at her
home on Harrison avenue. This is
Mr. McGaha's first visit back home
since1 he left here 28 years ago.
Collier's Weekly Mystified
By Carolina's Corn Liquor
NEW YORK, July 18. Collier's
Weekly, is frankly mystified by the
North Carolina attitude toward
liquor. It recently sent one of its
reporters, the fiery Owen P. White
down to North Carolina to travel
around and find out what it was
all about. Mr. White's report ap
pears in the current issue. He
states the "mystifying" situation as
follows :
"When a state elects a repeal
senator by a big majority, and
then votes down repeal by 173,000,
the natural suspicion is that there
must be an angle in it somewhere.
In North Carolina the angle is
corn liquor. Some of the citizens
of the state approve corn as a
beverage, but don't like to see it
decorated with expensive federal
revenue stamps. As a result they
have worked out a new device for
protecting what they regard as a
state right." ,
Now for Mr. White's report,
which starts with an apology and
a tribute:
"I have no intention of offend
ing the people of North Carolina
by making fun of their drinking
habits. I couldn't and be honest
about it, because instead of being
disposed to make light of the drink-
ing habits of the Tarheels, what I
feel inclined to do in this article
is to express my admiration of
their prowess. '
An Ever Present Odor
"Never anywhere have 1 seen
anything to surpass it. When I
visited the state, motoring length
wise across it trorn the Dismal
Swamp section on the coast, where
suns ctpauic oi producing inous-
ands of gallons daily were in oper
ation, clear over to beautiful Ashe-
ville, the one thing that I could
never get away from was the odor
ot corn. It was everywhere. Ihe
bottles were gone but the memory
iof tnem lingered on in every hotel
room 1 occupied.
"Something reminiscent of a re
cent drink was frequently to be
noticed on the breaths of passing
citizens, and even as I drove along
the open highways, sniffing the meeting of the residents of
fragrance of the dogwood, the red-: Cowee township to organize a corn
bud and the wild honeysuckle, it munjty club to further the civic and
was seldom that I inhaled a lung- social interests of that section of
ful of atmosphere that was not Macon county has been called for
laden with the scent of something Monday night, July 23, in the
delightfully illegal. I Cowee school.
Delightfully Illegal Preliminary nlans for the Cowee
"That's the point. Its delightful
inegauiy gives 10 Carolina corn me meeting 0f sollle of the leaders ot
distinctive flavor that the Tarheels ' the community several weeks ago
love. Moreover, it makes it veryjan() j McLean was named
cheap. Why then, so long as their , chairman of a temporary commit-well-established
system of liquor t . ,. orcinizitiun
control appealed both to their ap -
petites and their pocketbooks,
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snuum uicy yiciu 10 me nuc aim
crX for law and license that re -
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the Eighteenth Amendment per -
manently out of business? Had
they done so they would have been
out of step with the spirit of their
forefathers who, when they signed
the Mecklenburg Declaration of
Independence, designated as a pub
lic enemy any power which inter-
fered with any of their private
liberties.
"And isn't a man's right to make
corn liquor out of his own corn a
private liberty? Of course it is,
and in more than one instance dur
ing the late period of national pro
hibition insanity the Supreme
Court of the United States so de
clared. Still, under the impulse of
reform a majorty of the states have
voted to forego that liberty. But
the North Carolinians couldn't see
it that way.
Stuck to State Right
"On the contrary they stuck to
their principle of protecting their
rights, and at the mere thought
that perhaps Uncle Sam might step
in and begin to put a tax on their
booze and stick stamps on their
! whiskv bottles they moved in
droves to the polls and voted over
whelmingly against him. That hap
pened last November, the majority
against repeal being 173,000; but
what about the vote of the preced
ing November when Buncombe Bob
Reynolds, who was running on a
dripping wet platform calling for
more corn for Tarheels, and who
whooped it up for repeal at every
crossroads, gave Mr. Cam Morrison,
the noblest dry of them all, the
worst licking that any candidate
for the national Senate ever got in
North Carolina.
"Thinking that probably that
question would embarrass them, I
asked it of perhaps a dozen more
ore less prominent Tarheels and in
every instance I was disappointed.
It didn't embarrass a single man.
On the contrary, they were all
amused at the idea that the rest
of the United States is so thick
headed that it doesn't appreciate
what North Carolina's attitude to
ward corn liquor really is.
"In conclusion then, what can one
say, either in criticism or praise, of
North Carolina's attitude toward its
corn industry? Nothing. The mat
ter is one that comes strictly under
the head of the personal business
of the Tarheels. They are handling
it according to their own notion of
the way it should be handled.
"To say that on the whole they
are hettier drinkers than tne wew
Yorkers, the Pennsylvania the
Cahfornians or the denizens of any
.a .4 V T
01 tne wel slalci- mlSm oc ?l
roneous. To say that they drink
lcss certainly would be. Probably
the Per can,ta consumption is about
even ' but even ' 's- North Caro
line has tnis advantage : it pays no
tax on liquor it imbibes and there
fore is not asking the federal gov
ernment to protect it against any
influx of booze from the wet and
wickc(, yet law.abiding states which
!ie (J lhe north of it Perhaps,
-h t- come
when those wet and wicked states
will be asking Uncle Sam to build
a Chinese Wall around North Caro
lina to protect them."
Meeting Called
Cowee Folks Plan To
Form Community Club
organization were discussed at a
l e want everybody in Cowee
1 tornet,;n to attend the meeting
' ' . , , t
nt MnnHav nurht." Mr. AlCLean
' aid .This organization, it
hoped, will be vastly .mportant to,
Lu - epr,;on " 1
"Mr McLean said he hoped the
club would sponsor beautification
-
of the Cowee school ' grounds and
other improvements ; conduct a com
munity fair and encourage other
civic projects for the betterment
of the section.
Canning Demonstration
Schedule Announced
Miss Rosalee Morrow, emergen
cy home demonstration agent for
Macon county, has announced her
schedule of canning demonstrations
for the rest of this week and next
week as follows:
Friday, July 20, at the home of
Mrs. Nancy Carden in the Liberty
community.
Monday, July 23. at the home of
Mrs. J. E. Bradley in the Oak
Grove section.
Tuesday, July 24, at Mrs. J. N.
Houston's in the Rose Creek sec
tion. Wednesday, July 25, at Mrs. Sam
Sweatman's in the Olive Hill com
munity. Thursday, July 26, at Mrs. Ed
Tallent's in the Oak Dale commun
ity. Friday, July 27, at the home of
Mrs. Lillie Yonce on Burning-town.
HOPE OF PWA
LOAN REVIVED
State Board Inclined To
Reconsider Franklin
Application
$114,782 REQUESTED
Town's Financial Status
Improved by Power
Plant Sale
Hope of obtaining a PWA loan
for construction of a new water
supply system and other public im
provements for Franklin has been
revived as the result of a letter re
ceived by the town council from
the North Carolina advisory board
of the Public Works Administra
tion.
The letter, signed by Stanley H.
WrigTit, engineer-examiner for the
board, indicated that PWA author
ities were ready to reconsider
Franklin's application for a loan of
$114,782. Mr. Wright inquired
whether sale of the municipal pow
er plant to the Nantahala Power
and Light company had been com
pleted and requested additional in
formation concerning the town's tax
collections, receipts and disburse
ments. The town filed its' application for
a PWA loan in October, 1933, but
it was tentatively rejected a few
months later on the ground that the
town's bonded indebtedness was too
heavy in comparison to its valua
tion. Since then final details of
the sale of the power plant to the
Nantahala Power and Light com
pany have been completed and the
power company, with the backing
of the Aluminum Corporation of
America, has assumed responsibil-
I ity for bonds issued on the Frank
lin hydro-electric system. This
K aves the town with a bonded in
debtedness of only $54,000, against
vvl.:ch it has assets in the form of
bonds and sinking funds totaling
more than $30,000.
Election Necessary
In view of this situation, it is
thought likely that approval now
caii be obtained for Franklin's PWA
loan application. Before the money
can be borrowed, however, a bond
election will be necessary.
Under the PWA plan of ex
tending assistance to municipal gov
ernments, 30 per cent of the funds
necessary for the purchase of ma
terials and payment of labor on an
approved project is advanced to the
borrower as an outright federal
grant. On the balance, which is in
the nature of a loan, the borrower
must pay four per cent interest.
Need for a new water system has
Deei
been felt for some time in Franklin
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. to inance j, improvement it will
in all likelihood have to pay a
much higher ra,te of interest.
Survey of Needs Made
A preliminary survey of necessary
municipal improvements was made
in Franklin a year ago by the en
gineering firm of Harwood-Beebe
company, of Spartanburg, S. C.
This report, which was made the
basis of Franklin's application for
a PWA loan, contained the follow
ing estimates:
New water supply and filter
plant $ 63,375
Extensions to Water mains 23,631
Extensions to sewer system 10,688
Sewage disposal plant 7,943
Street surfacing 7,145
TOTAL $114,782
Laying of six-inch water mains
and the installation of 15 or 20 ad
ditional fire hydrants were contem
plated in the extension of the water
main system. This improvement, it
has been stated, would greatly re
duce fire hazards and result in low-
I er insurance rates.
Mrs. Levi Whitehead, of Rockv
Mount, N. C, arrived Sunday t"
spend some time with her datich
ter, Mrs. Zeb Conley.
    

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