VOL. Ll, NO. 52
Congress To Seek Means
Of Curbing ‘Runaway’
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23.—Offi
cial Washington believss that the
nation has not only entered upon
an era of economic recovery, but
that something resembling a real
“boom” is imminent.
That outlook, while encouraging
in many ways, is not, however, to
the liking of folk who have a keen
recollection of the great boom of
1926-29, and of the crash which
followed its collapse.
How to control the tendency to
ward rising prices and prevent the
boom from developing into such a
speculative wave as that which
swept the nation ten years ago is
the problem to which many of the
ablest minds in the Administration
are giving very serious thought.
'Che best opinion expressed here
is that new efforts to control prices
and curb speculation, either by Gov
ernment action alone or by closer
co-operation between Government
and business., will be undertaken
when the new Congress gets under
The recovery which is definitely
here will be of little benefit to the
great mass of the people if its re
sult is- to increase the cost of living
by sending commodity prices sky-
high. Official Washington is more
apprehensive of that than of the
recurrence of a speculative iboom
on the Stock Exchange.
The powers already granted to
the Securities and Exchange Com
mission are regarded as being suf
ficient, if intelligently used, to pre
vent any such “runaway” market as
developed in 1929; though the stock
market naturally reflects increased
business prosperity, and the price
of stocks is based, in the main, up
on the business outlook.
Pay and Hiour* Problem
What Washington fears is that it
may be found difficult or impos
sible to prevent drastic rises in_ the
prices of the ordinary commodities
of life, especially in view of the
growing strength, of the demand for
higher wages and shorter hours for
workers in industry.
There is a very real conflict now
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FRANKLIN, N. C„ THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 1936
$1.50 PER YEAR
Awarded Highest Rank in Scouting
Lawrence Shepherd Dies
Under Truck’s Wheels
Lawrence Shepiherd, 44, of Leath-
erman, -w|as fatally injured 2
o’clock this afteWnoon when he wa*
Ilan over by a m>otor truck and ^
luged beneath a Wd of crushed
itone ion Ihig’h’WAy No. 286 Max
Lost Bridge. He lived aibout five
minutes after the accident. Sl^-
herd, who leaves «a widow and
children, wa* eimpl'oy®'! by Lambert
Brother^, stone otintractor* who are
supplying crushed stone for the
surfacing of highway No. 286.
3 BOYS MADE
Awarded Highest Rank in
Scoutdom at District
Court of Honor
(Prices listed below are subject
to change without notice.)
Quoted by Farmers Federation, Inc.
Chickens, heavy breed, hens 8c
Chickens, light weight, lb. . • 6c
Eggs, doz. ...,
Potatoes, No. 1 $1.00
Field peas, $1.20
Crowder peas, bu $2.00
Yellow Mammoth Soy
Beans, bu $1.10
Lovida Beans, bu $1.25
Quoted by Nantahala Creamery
Butterfat, lb 30c
Three Franklin Boy Scouts were
promoted to the rank of Eagle
Scout, the highest rating in Scout
dom, at the district court of honor
held Monday in the Franklin Pres
The Eagle Scout badges were
conferred on Harry Higgins, son
of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Higgins;
William Bryant, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Grady Bryant, a.nd Bert Hall,
son of W. G. Hall.
They were presented by the
Rev. Fr»nk Bloxham, former scout
mas.ter of th« Franklin troop, who
in a brief talk complimented the
three boys individually on their
fine characters and their efforts in
achieving such signal honors.
Conferring of Eagle Scout btdges
on these three boys brings to
seven the number of Eagle Scouts
in the local troop, which has an
enviable reputation throughout the
Smoky Mountains district and also
the Daniel Boone council.
The other Eagle Scouts in the
troop are Charlie Slagle. Andrew
Janes, Charles Kunnicutt, and
Dr. W. E. Furr presided at the
court of honor. A number of other
scout awards also were made, be
ing presented by Dr. Furr, the
Rev. Nathan Brooks of Bryson
City, J. S. Conley of Franklin, and
Scout Executive, A. W. Allen of
Asheville. These awards were as
Tenderfoot—Wayne Cole, Bryson
City; Louis Patton, Franklin, and
Lewi’s Smith, Cullowhee.
Second class-D. L. Johnston
Merit badges — Andrew Jones,
Franklin; Billie Wilki«, Frankhn;
Charies Slagle, Franklin; Alex
Moore, Jr., Frankhn; John Buch
anan, Cullowhee; Charles Kay
Hemphill, Bryson City; Gordon
Billie Wilkie, of Frankhn Troop
1, was promoted to the rank ot
Star Scout. . ,
A skit entitled The Spirit of
Christmas” was presented by the
Franklin troop, immediately pre
ceding the Court of Honor, under
the direction of Scout Master James
home for holidays
Miss Esther Seay, Miss Evdyn
Kinsland, Miss Virginia Tilley, M«s
Kathryn Ramey, Miss Mattie
tenl, Mi.. Rujy
Lois Henderson, ^ ^
man and Norman West E. U
aUforf, .nd R«
i. at Western (ground
unending the Christmas holidays
I here with their respective parents.
BERT hall ,
-Courtesy Asheville Citizen-Tinu ^
The Little Feller^s Stockin^
By Joe Lincoln
it’s Christmas Eve, and moonlight, and
Christmas air is chill.
And the frosty Christmas holly shines and
sparkles on the hill,
And the Christmas sleigh-bells jingle, and the
Christmas laughter rings,
As the last stray shoppers hurry, takin’ home
the Christmas things;
And up yonder in the attic there’s a little
Where there’s Christmas dreams a-dancin’
through a sleepy, curly head,
And it’s “Merry Christmas,” Mary, once
again fer me and you,
With the little feller’s stockin’ hangin’ up be
side the flue.
’*T'ISN’T silk, that little stockin,’ and it isn’t
much fer show.
And the darns are pretty plenty round about
the heel and toe.
And its color’s kinder faded, and it’s sorter
worn and old.
But it reelly is surprisin’ what a lot of love
And the little hand that hung it by the chim-
bly there along
Has a grip upon our heartstrings that is
mighty firm and strong;
So old Santy don’t forgit it, though it isn’t
fine and new,
That plain httle worsted stockin’ hangin’ up
beside the flue.
A ND the crops may fail, and leave us with
plans all gone ter smash.
And the mortgage may hang heavy, and the
bills use up the cash.
But whenever comes the season, just so long’s
we’ve got a dime,
There’ll be somethin’ in that stockin’ won t
there, Mary?—every time.
And if, in amongst our sunshine, there’s a
shower er two of rain.
Why, we’ll face it bravely smilin,’ and we’ll
try not to complain
Long as Christmas comes and finds us here
together, me and you.
With the little feller’s stockin’ hangin’ up be
side the flue.
SET FOR TODAY
To Receive Gifts
Between 3S0 and 400 Macon
Couiily cliildren are expected to at-
i-nd a C hristmas tree party to be
L.i'.en, fur them at 2 o’clock this
■t!irno n in the courthouse, under
the auspices of Macon County I’ost
No. lO.S of the American Legion.
Final plans for the legion’s Christ
mas tiee were made at a special
niecling of the legion and the
>n auxiliary Monday night at
which $51 in cash was reported
contributed. This amount will be
.supplemented by a fund being rais
ed among the public in general by
a committee consisting of J. H.
Stockton and Harve Bryant.
In Charge of Tree
G. A. Jones is chairman of the
legion’s committee in charge of the
arrangements for the Christmas
party. Serving with him are Boise
Hall, post commander, C. Tom
Bryson, A. B. Higdo.n and Adolph
Zoellnor. Cooperating with this
committee is a committee of the
legion auxiliary under the leader
ship of Mrs. Henry Slagle.
Franklin boy scouts will assist
Santa Claus in distributing presents
from the tree.
The purpose of the legion in
holding the Christmas party, Mr.
Jones said, is to provide some
thing of Christmas cheer for the
under-privileged children of the
county. The legion is trying to
see that no deserving child who
otherwise would receive little at
Christmas time is overlooked.
Each member of the legion has
been asked to choose four children
to attend the tree party and to see
that each has means of transporta
83 Attend Post Me^timg
At the meeting Monday night, 83
persons were present, including
members of the legion and their
wives and members of the legion
auxiliary. A chicken dinner was
George B. Patton, guest speaker,
praised the work of the Macon
county post. Short talks were also
made by G. L. Houk, G. A, Jones
and Dr. T. J. O’Neil. Mr. Hall, post
3 “Day Holiday
To Be Observed by Many
Franklin looked forward today
to a three-day Christmas with many
offices closing today, not to open
again until Monday morning.
The forest service holiday begins
at 1 o’clock this afternoon and
employees are uot expected to re
port again until Monday morning.
Offices in the courthouse also
will take a holiday until Monday
but will remain open today until
the usual closing hour of 5 o’clock.
The post office will close for
Christmas day only, and on Satur
day will be open until 2 o’clock
in the afternoon. Although the
windows will be closed, the post
office tomorrow will put up mail
for boxholders and will deliver
spccial delivery letters and parcels
post packages containing perishable
Both drug stores reported that
they would be open Christmas ex
cept for two hours in the middle
of the day.
Other stores were expected to be
closed. The Bank of Franklin also
will close Christmas and H. W.
Cabe, cashier, said it may remain
closed on Saturday.
The Franklin Press will close at
noon today and remain closed until