North Carolina Newspapers

Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina .
Telephone No. 24
VOL. L Number 22
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Talking Politics
117 E read a great deal in the city newspapers, and
hear a great deal of talk among the folk we
meet, about the political outlook for 1936. We
hear of men who used to regard themselves as Re
publicans expressing complete satisfaction with Mr.
Roosevelt's Administration and the determination
to vote for him again if he is renominated, which
undoubtedly he will be. On the other hand, we
hear of and occasionally meet a Democrat who
says he is disgusted with the New Deal and will
vote the Republican ticket next year.
We hear people talking of candidates to oppose
Mr. Roosevelt, of the possibility of a third party
or even a fourth or a fifth party. Some think we
may develop some coalition such as now exists in
England, where a National party, composed of
leaders drawn from all of the old parties, runs the
All of this talk is of interest, and it is significant
because it indicates clearly that, whatever else we
may have done, the people of America have not sur
rendered their political independence. Nothing, as
we see it, would be worse for the future of Ameri
ca than to have any party leadership so firmly seat
ed in power that nothing could dislodge it. That,
of course, is the ambition of the leaders of every
party. It has seldom been realized, probably never
will be. For any element which remains in author
ity too long inevitably gets to the state of mind
- where the maintenance of the party, rather than
the best interests of the nation, controls its activ
ities. That has happened more than once in our
A healthy opposition is needed at all times.
That can only come about when the mass of the
people take a genuine interest in politics. Before
there can be any such opposition set up for 1936,
however, there must be an agreement upon prin
ciples on which to base the opposition. It seems
to us that it is foolish to talk about candidates
before there is a clear definition of the differences
between the Ins and the Outs.
Around the state capitol lines are
being drawn in the contest be
tween Lieutenant Governor A. H.
(Sandy) Graham and Clyde R.
Hoey for Governor. From all in
dications the administration is not
going to be active in the campaign.
Some Ehringhaus men are for Gra
ham while other friends of the
governor are for Hoey and both
sides talk the matter openly. How
ever, it is difficult to find non
partisan observers to venture a
prediction on the outcome of this
Democratic contest in its present
In some Raleigh quarters there
is a feeling that the folk who live
along secondary roads are going to
holler when they realize that in
creased diversion of highway funds
is going to hurt their chances of
getting to town. These people re
mained patiently silent while their
gasoline tax money was being
spent on the state primary high
way system with the promise that
when the concrete was poured from
county seat to county seat the dirt
roads would be improved with the
same money. Now that the pri
mary system is near completion,
will these country people (the back
bone of the state's social and eco
nomic life) be willing to see their
road money go for other purposes?
There is something in the nature
Highlands Highlights
The 1935 graduating class of the
Flemingsburg, Ky., high school,
about thirty-five in number, was in
Highlands Tuesday of this week.
They are traveling in a truck and
camping out at night. They seem
ed to have, especially enjoyed points
of interest in and around High
lands, and were lucky to have plan
ned their trip so as to be here at
the time of year when mountain
laurel and azalea are blooming.
The party camped Monday night at
Lake Toxaway. They are on a
2,000-mile tour of the mountain and
sea coast country in West Virginia,
North and South Carolina, Tennes
see and Kentucky. Miss Elizabeth
King is secretary of the class. The
class is accompanied by Superin
tendent R. G. Huey and Mrs. Huey,
and Miss Hilda Power, class spon
sor. They earned the money for
the trip by giving plays through
out the year.
The Town of Highlands recently
national trend for legal whiskey.
The youngsters are now an admit
ted political factor in North Caro
lina, and their convention will be
watched carefully by the four an
nounced candidates for governor
and several potential candidates for
lieutenant governor.
Vance Baise, North Carolina's
first native-born chief highway en-
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of a foregone conclusi6n in political SZSLSTT If ,OD WM 18
circles that either State Senators 7 "
t r ai;u:. . w viable record. This state has been
nhT T'vZL ZXT Pi in its selection of high
Horton, of Chatham, will oppose
way engineers and Baise is making
Paul D. Grady,, of Johnston, TJ'ZSLZ
lieutenant governor
Some wag has concoted this one
at the expense of current chain
letters supposed to make you rich
if you send somebody a dime or a
dollar and pass the letter to five
friends. "In omitting the top name
from the list above, send this per
son one raw oyster, carefully se
lected and packed in a bushel bas
ket. In turn, as your name reach
es the top, on the sixth operation,
by mental calculation, you should
receive 156,350 oysters. The law
of averages says that in this
amount of oysters, there should be
one and 19-32 pearls. At the pres
ent market value this should bring
about $1,563.51. Is. this worth an
oyster to you? Explain it to five
of your friends who haven't any
more sense than you. String along
with us and you'll soon have a
string of pearls."
A Romantic Figure
THE most romantic figure of modern times died the other day.
"Lawrence of Arabia" was killed on an English highway when
he swerved his motorcycle to avoid running down a child.
One has to go back a long way in history to find a man who
combined the qualities which went to make up the personality of
this scholar-adventurer, who had not yet reached the height of his
career. T. E. Lawrence might have lived to become the leader of
the English government, for he had just resigned the humble post
in which he had buried himself since his exploits in Arabia made
him world-famous, in order to go into politics.
Lawrence was only 46 years old when he died, but into those
46 years he had crowded enough experience in a diversity of fiends
to fill the lifetimes of several ordinary men. A brilliant scholar
and linguist, he had gone into the Arabian desert with an archae
ological expedition, and learned not only the language but the
habits and manner of thought of the native people, who were
groaning under Turkish misrule. Arabs are slow to give their
confidence to an outsider, but Lawrence captured their devotion,
and when the opportunity came, during the war, to lead the Arabs
toward independence, they followed him gladly.
He picked the one Arab chief whom he trusted, Feisal, to be
come the king of the newly-liberated nation, and after the most
amazing adventures and deeds of daring which read like tales out
of the age of chivalry, he broke the Turkish strength in Meso
potamia and set his friend Feisal on the throne of the desert
kingdom. Then, declining all honors and shunning publicity, he
enlisted in the British aviation forces under an assumed name, as
"Aircraftsman Shaw." He had just left that post when he died.
Anyone who likes to read of stirring adventure ought to read
Lawrence's book, "Revolt in the Desert." Unlike many such tales,
it is true story.
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nemenam governor. rec men fa
have large personal followings and . news from
a movement is on to get the boys chin LETTER
10 seme on one man. rvny one 01
the trio could reasonably be ex
pected to give Senator Grady a
run for his money in the primary
next spring.
former Lieutenant Governor K.
T. Fountain claims he is in excel
lent campaign fettle these days and
is letting no grass grow under his
feet in his efforts to unhorse Sena
tor Josiah William Bailey. Still
bitter from his defeat by Governor
Ehringhaus in 1932, Fountain has
been actively campaigning for sev
eral months although the primary
is a year in the offing. The senior
senator, it is said, remains unper
turbed and not even the Fountain
opposition or the plea of ex-service
men has moved Senator Bailey in
his opposition to immediate pay
ment of the soldiers' bonus. Even
his severest critics should give
Bailey credit for the courage to
follow his convictions.
The much-heralded legislative op
position to Dr. M. C. S. Noble,
Jr., (daubed by some columnists
as the governor's braintruster) who
is executive assistant revenue com
missioner, did not materalize dur
ing the recent marathon session.
Seldom seen about the capitol while
the general assembly was in Ral
eigh, "Doc" evidently effaced him
self on the theory of "if they
can't see me, they can't shoot me."
At any rate, instead of verbal barbs
being cast in their direction, Dr
Noble and Commissioner of Reve
nue A. J. Maxwell both received
high praise from the lawmakers for
their showing in running the state's
revenue collecting machine. The
doctor is no politician but a stick
ler for efficiency.
One of the best liked Republic
an members of the general assem
bly was Edward Hyde, of Chero
kee county. While many members
personally regretted to do so, their
Democratic politics demanded that
they vote to cut Cherokee into dis
tricts for the purpose of electing
county commissioners. The plan is
to assure Democratic representa
tion on the county board at all
times, providing the reaction is not
contrary to Democratic expecta
The Young Peoples' Democratic
clubs of North Carolina will meet
in convention in the Capitol City in
June. Whether they will again
resolute on likker remains to be
seen, but the odds are that the
young folks will stand behind the
gave to the Satulah Club, Inc., a
lot between the Highlands school
auditorium and the southwest corn
er of the tract of land known as
Highlands park for a site for a
club house. There is a clause in
the deed stipulating that the club
shall errect the building within
three years. The building will con
tain a woman's club room, a kitch
enette, a basketball court, showers,
and sanitary plumbing. At present
the club owns a lot on the Dillard
road near the home of Carl Zoell
ner. It is understood that the
club expects to sell this lot and
add the proceeds to the fund for
the building of the club house.
Revival services are being con
ducted at the Baptist church here
by the Rev, Mr. Mayberry, of
Sylva. Mr. Mayberry is an ex
cellent speaker, and numbers of
people have attended his services
which are held in each morning
and evening.
Mrs. A. R. Nail attended the
graduation exercises at Christ
School, Arden, N. C, on Monday.
Her son, Richard Pearson, was a
member of the graduating class.
The night of May 24 was unus
ually cold for this time of year.
In several places north of town
crops, especially potatoes, were
damaged by frost. No frost, how
ever, was reported in Highlands.
Some of the property owners on
the north side of Main street, be
tween Potts Brothers store and the
new 'Sinclair service station, are
proceeding on their own initiative
to have sidewalks laid, although
plans fell through for paving the
whole strip partly at the expense
of the town. A proposal had been
made that the property owners pay
for the cement and labor and that
the town should furnish crushed
stone and screenings for the job.
If only the height of a monu
ment attested the worth of the
man instead of the worth of his
But why is defensive armament
necessary if no nation intends to
do anything except defend itself?
On the ocean, ' in violent storms,
waves may be thirty or forty feet
but I am going to
enjoy it more from
now on my retire
ment income begins
this birthday."
IT IS a pleasant prospect to tee a life of comfort,
enjoyment and financial independence when you
contemplate your retirement yean. $
Nearly every man earnt a fortune between hie fint pay
check and his last. . . . very few conceive enough of it to pro
vide for old age needs.
Yet it is a simple and inexpensive matter to make adequate
Rrovition for the retirement years through a Jefferson Standard
etircment Income Plan. Let as explain it to 70a. Prepare now
to face the future unafraid.
Office in McCoy Bldg.
Jefferson Standard
Julian Price, President
Greensboro, N. C

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