THE FRANKLIN PRESS and THE HIGHLANDS MACONIAN
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The Right To Eat
THE human race has come a long way since prim-
itive times when it was the custom to kill off
the old and disabled of both sexes, to drown super
fluous babies like so many kittens, and in general
to compel everybody to shift for himself regardless
of his needs. It was nobody's business whether a
man starved to death or not, in the bad old day.
The modern world has been coming, through the
past thousand years, to a more humane view of
the responsibilities of society to its unfortunates.
The parable of the Good Samaritan and the other
teachings of Jesus Christ have been a tremendous
influence, even upon a world which falls far short
of the Christian ideal in other matters. There is a
far broader recognition of the duty of everybody to
give a helping hand to the sufferers from disease
or accident, to those who for any reason other than
their own shiftlessness find themselves lacking in
the necessaries of life, food and shelter.
We sometimes wonder, however, whether there
is not a growing tendency to extend this Christian
ism too far. We think it is time to give considera
tion to the words of Saint Paul, in his Second
Epistle to the Thessalonians : "This we command
ed you, that if any would not work, neither should
We hear from all sides reports of men and
women "on relief" who refuse to take jobs that
are offered to them, preferring to live at the ex
pense of the public rather than to make an effort
to help themselves. We hear of others who quit
good jobs to "go on relief." We do not know how
widespread this situation is, but from all accounts
it is pretty extensive.
Nobody should be allowed to starve in .free
America, but nobody who is offered work and re
fuses to take it should be treated as if he had a
right to hold up his head among honest, industrious
workers. Such individuals have thrown away
whatever rights they had, and ought to be regard
ed as what they are, objects of public charity, and
allowed only the barest necessities of existence.
Saint Paul saw clearly the problem, which to
many well-meaning persons today, is blurred by a
fog of sentimentalism. Selected.
THE commonest question when two men meet is: "How's
business?" The answer may be anything from "Rotten !" to
"Swell!" It is our observation that about half of those of whom
the question is asked answer to the effect that "things are mov
Much depends upon what sort of business the man is talking
about. A great deal more depends upon what part of the country
he does business in, apparently.
We have just seen a survey of business conditions in the whole
United States, based upon one of the numerous reliable indicators
of business activity. We all know that the difference between
good business and bad business is largely a matter of how fast
money passes from hand to hand. The best index of that is the
monthly reports from the banks of the number and volume of
Leaving out New York City, where these check erchanges may
represent not so much buying and selling of merchandise as spec
ulations in securities, these April figures show, on the whole, an
improvement in business compared with a year ago. In twenty
three states New York, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma,
Kansas, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming,
Montana, Idaho, Washington, California and Arizona business is
definitely better than at the same time last year, by this index.
In nine states New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Virginia,
Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri and Nebraska, it is
just about the same as a year ago. In the other sixteen state
Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsyl
vania, ' Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana,
Alabama, Illinois, Utah, Nevada and Oregon, business is not as
active as at this time in 1934.
Summed up, here is the answer. In twenty-three states, busi
ness is better. In none states about the same. In sixteen states
not as active. Selected.
BY BESS HINTON SILVER
EDITED BY MRS. T. C. HARBISON
In the fourth congressional dis
trict, represented for more than a
third of a century by the late Ed
ward W. Pou, it now appear there
may be a lively scrap. It is rumor
ed around Raleigh that Representa
tive W. L. Lumpkin, of Franklin,
known to one and all as the co
author of the McDonald-Lumpkin
plan in the late legislature and "a
people's candidate" may offer in
opposition to Congressman Harold
D. Cooley. Mr. Lumpkin was a
bitter opponent of taxing "fat-back
and molasses," always a friend of
the schools and an avowed "liquor
control" man. He has carved a
name among 'young Democratic
leaders. The rumor-graph also re
ports that former Representative
Otway Binns Moss, of Nash, is
feeling out the Fourth District
Congressional waters. Others men
tioned as possible foes of Con
gressman Cooley are State Sena
tors Carroll Weathers, of Wake,
and W. P. Horton, of Chatham.
Is there to be a re-deal in North
Carolina politics? Some of the na
tives think so. Representative Wm.
Scholl, of the great State of Meck
lenburg, has announced his candi
dacy against Congressman A. L.
Bulwinkle, and Representative Ed.
Summersill, of Onslow, would not
surprise his neighbors if he an
nounced against Congressman Gra
ham Barden of the third district.
Now that the general assembly
is no more (at least tor ninety
days or so) Tar Heels will focus
their attention more acutely on
national affairs and instead of pe
titioning state senators and repre
sentatives, appeals will go to U. S.
senators and congressmen. Right
at this time North Carolinians
probably are more interested in
agricultural, bonus and public util
ities legislation. Many a letter will
go forth to Washington concerning
the Warren potato control bill, the
Patman bonus bill (fated for a
Presidential veto). Many commun
ications also will concern that sec
tion of the Wheeler-Rayburn bill
which proposes, to place operating
gas and electric companies under
federal rather than state control.
Proponents and opponents of both
the bonus and Rayburn bills are
B LACKEY E
R. R. Clark, columnist of the
Greensboro Daily News, does not
fail to crack down on Secretary of
State Stacey W. Wade for his re
ported failure to take a voluntary
salary cut along with the enforc
ed shortened rations of other state
employees. Clark wrote: 'The
constitutional officers whose pay
could not be cut as a matter of
law, were asked to voluntarily
contribute a specified amount to
the state in its hour of need.
Some of them did. One state of
ficial was listed and published as
refusing to contribute one thin
dime. He is among those on the
salary increase list. Since it seem
ed impossible to leave him off, we
may hope if not pray, that he
won't be on the receiving end when
the salary begins to yield an in
crease." Mr. Clark might have
added that State Auditor Baxter
Durham, publicly declared to be
neither auditor nor public account
ant, made a "pitiable and miserable
small" contribution. It has been
intimated that both Secretary Wade
and Auditor Durham may be faced
with strong opposition in the pri
mary next spring.
The eleventh-hour patch-work
liquor bill passed by the late gen
eral assembly to call elections on
legal liquor in seventeen counties
of the state is still the subject of
much debate around Capitol Hill.
Many wets think their cause was
hurt by enactment of the measure
and the constitutionality of the law
has been questioned. The consti
tution says that the legislature
shall not enact local laws partially
repealing any state-wide law and
some able lawyers have declared
that is just what the liquor bill
does. The opinion here is that
drys will seek injunctions to pre
vent the elections and that the su
preme court will get a shot at the
ELBERT BRIGSON WINS
E. R. E. SPEAKING CONTEST
The E. R. E. classes of the
southern half of Macon county
held an elimination contest in
speaking at the Methodist church
here Saturday night Elbert Big
son, 35, a member of Miss Susan
Rice's class, was selected by the
judges as best speaker, and -will
speak in Franklin at the final
elimination held for the county.
The winner of this county-wide
contest will be eligible to speak in
Asheville on June 1 at the first
commencement of the E. R. E. in
western North Carolina. Judges
of the contest Saturday night were
Mrs. Barrington, Mr. Harrison, and
Mr. J. L. Sanders.
Handcraft and art exhibits of
Mrs Westbrook's, and Miss Rice's
classes were on display in frank
lin Saturday. The articles will lat
er be sent to Asheville for ex
hibition. About twenty-five pupils
I and teachers from Highlands will
attend the E. R. E. commencement
exercises in Asheville next Week.
INJURED IN FALL
J. M. Hall, Highlands contractor,
received a bad fall Monday while
working on the old Cobb place
near Highlands. He was taken to
Angel hospital in Franklin for ex
amination and treatment. X-ray
pictures showed that no bones were
broken, but Mr. Hall suffered pain
fully from severe bruises.
Mrs. George Wilson was hostess
at a miscelleanous shower given at
the home of Mrs. E. H. Brown
Saturday afternoon in honor of
Mrs. Cleaveland Cabe, recent bride.
A number of friends called during
the afternoon, and showered the
bride with many pretty and useful
burned last fall.
J. E. Rideout, manager of Satulah
Cafe, is running an attractive lunch
counter in connection with the hall.
Miss Eva Potts has been ap
pointed assistant postmaster for
Highlands post office by the new
postmaster, C. C. Potts.
WE BEG PARDON
An error was made in last week's
Press in an article about the Hotel
Edwards. The manager of the ho
tel expects a delegation of fifty
five (55) people from Laurens next
week instead of five (5) as stated
in the paper last week.
FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK
Highlands School Theatre is now
running pictures on Monday and
Tuesday nights as well as on Fri
days and Saturdays.
TOURIST BUSINESS BETTER
J. Harvey Trice, manager of
Highlands Inn, stated recently that
tourist business in Highlands has
been much better so far this year
than at the same time last year.
SUFFERS BAD CUT
Albert Chastain cut his hand bad
ly Monday night yhen he accident
ally let a butcher knife slip. His
hand was cut to the bone near the
Wednesday, May 22, was general
"clean-up" day for the Town of
Highlands. A truck was busy all
day carrying away rubish, tin-cans,
etc., from gateways and alleys
where the trash had been piled.
Since the town does not have the
advantage of a regular scavenger
system, the board of commissioners
regularly sets aside a time when a
truck hired by the town will haul
off accumulated trash.
NEW DANCE HALL OPENS
The new dance hall, Helen's
Barn, opened officially for the seas
on last Friday night with Sam Wil
son' in charge.
The hall is beautifully situated
in a grove of old apple trees and
is set somewhat further from the
highway than was the hall which
Rainbow Springs defeated the
Murphy nine on the local grounds
here Saturday evening by a score
of 11 to 4 in the first official game
of the Western Carolina Baseball
league. The Cherokee nine will
play at Rainbow Springs on Sat
urday, May 25. The public is in
vited to attend.
Wiley Vaught, who has been
confined to his house on account of
sickness for a few days, is able to
return to his duty as mill engineer.
A party from Rainbow Springs of
about 25 persons attended the Sun
day baseball game between Murphy
and Copper Hill at Copper Hill,
Ernest Yount and family expect
to move in their new house in a
few days on Black street. The new
home was built by Mr. Yount.
Clifton Vaught is expected to
move his family into his new home
on Black street next to Harry
Danielson's residence about the first
of the month.
Come to Rainbow Springs next
Saturday, May 25 to attend the
baseball game, which will be play
ed between our local team and the
Cherokee Indian team.
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