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THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND THE HIGHLANDS MACONIAN
THURSDAY, FE&. 11, mi
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Published every Thursday, by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Telephone No. 24
VOL. LII Number 6
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The Supporting Evidence
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them to you and not to some one else. You know me well enough
to know that 1 do not do business by means such as sending tele
grams to other parties. As long as I am County Commissioner of
Macbn County, I intend to try to take care of the County's busi
ness as 'best I, can and not meddle with the other fellow's business.
Any legislation that will save Macon County money, suits me. As
I have said above if I think any of your legislation is not for the
best interest of the people, I will talk to you, and not some one else.
Tom-Bryson and George tell me that you assisted them in every
way possible in regard to the re-financing of the County debt, and
I want youl to know that I appreciate the interest in this matter on
your-part,; and I think it means more to Macon County than any
other matter which can possibly come up.
If any further communications come to you which are supposed
to be signed by me, please absolutely disregard them unless they
bear my genuine signature, with which you are acquainted.
With kindest regards, I am
C. L. Blaine
Franklin, N. C.
February 1, 1937
Could This Be Called Forgery? v
Mr. R. A. Patton,
House of Representatives,
Raleigh, N. C.
Dear Mr. Patton:
Upon receiving your letter of February 5 we proceeded to investi
gate .your charge , that names had been Jorged to telegrams and pe
sponsored by you.
titions sent to Raleigh in opposition to some of the legislation
It was a rather difficult matter in that your accusations were as
hazy as they were serious. We gathered, however, that your
"forgery" reference applied to the placing of Mr. C, L. Blaine's
name to a telegram from the County Board of Commissioners to
Senator Kelly E. Bennett in regard to the Jailor's Fee Bill, which
since has been enacted into law.
To clarify the matter, we went to see Mr. E. B. Byrd, chairman
of the Board of Commissioners, who gavq .us a very frank explana
tion of how Mr. Blaine's name came to be on the telegram.
On January 20, Mr. Byrd informed us, the board held a called
meeting. Mr. Byrd and Mr. C. A. Bryson were present, but Mr.
Blaine was not. The Jailor's Fee Bill came up for discussion and
Mr. Byrd and Mr. Brysori decided to send a telegram to Senator
Bennett asking him to" hold up the measure in the Senate. They
wanted to investigate the merits of the bill before final action was
taken on it. They thereupon dictated a telegram to the senator re
questing him to stop passage of the measure and directed that the
names of the three commissioners be placed on the telegram.
"We had no intention of going over Mr. Blaine's head," Mr. Byrd
told us. "We were sending the telegram in behalf of the board, not
as individuals, and we did not want to slight the absent member by
omitting his name. It is true that Mr. Blaine did not sign the tele
gram. For that matter, neither did Mr. Bryson and I. We merely
authorized the telegram to be sent. No one tinder took to duplicate
Mr. Blaine's personal signature."
' In view of this explanation, Mr. Patton, it appears to us that the
Ed Byrd has given a frank explanation and, in the light of this ex
planation, we hardly believe anyone would regard him as guilty of
forgery. It was all open and above board, and we do not believe a
jury could be found that would construe such action as fraudulent.
Unfortunately, your letter was so broad in its accusations that the
x impression is left that forgery has been committed on a wholesale
basis. Yo,u leave a question of doubt over the names of all those who
have written letters or signed petitions opposing your legislation.
Wc believe that fair-minded citizens will agree with us that you owe
an explanation, if ,not an apology, to these individuals. For instance,
a letter to Senator Bennett protesting against the Jailor's Fee Bill
has been published in this newspaper and The Asheville Citizen
, above the purposed signatures of Sheriff A B. Slagle, Ras Penland,
Harley R. Cabe, W. D. Barnard, C. M. Moore, R. S. Jones, Gilmer
Jones, J. R Morrison, J. Frank Ray, Dr. W. A. Rogers and C. F.
Moody. ; . i , : .: : , 1 ,
Do you mean to infer that any of these signatures were forged or
unauthorized? If so, which names were forged and by whom were the
. forgeries committed?
Do you think that any of the long list of names signed to the petition-
urging the retention of George Carpenter as a justice of the
peace were forged or unauthorized?
Do you know of . any other letters, petitions or telegrams sent to
Raleigh in regard to your legislative measures which bear forged or
If you do, you should, in all fairness, be more specific in your
You made the statement in your letter that "petitions and telegrams
It's Qoing c&o $e A Long "War by a. b. chapin
sent t, Mr! Bennett were acts committed by one who is supposed to
be a man of better judgment, if not of better principle." s
To whom are you referring, Mr. Patton? You certainly cannot have,
in mind Ed Byrd. His integrity has never been' reproached anl he
enjoys the full confidence of the people of this county.
You say that you "have the utmost confidence in the honesty, and
integrity of the citizenship of Macon County x x x x x that they
stand for an honest and fair-square deal, and since the day' has come
that a part of our Democratic organization and a part of our Demo
cratictoff ice-holders show by . their acts that they oppo'se fair and
honest legislation ; then I, for one, shall not stop and shll lead the
fight to purge our party of any such unfair and dastardljt conduct."
Again, Mr. Patton, to whom are you referring? On tile face of
your words you are making serious accusations against of race-holders
of your own party office-holders, by the. way, who in every instance
- were accorded much larger majorities than the margin Of) 120 votes
by which you carried the November election.
If you are in a crusading frame of mind, why not devote your ef
forts to a more fertile field? For instance, you might accomplish
some good by working, for repeal or the absentee ballot. We , note you
have introduced a bill regarding the absentee, but we think that if
you investigate similar measures you. will find that instead of correct
ing abuses of absentee voting they have only resulted in, greater
abuses. Your bill, we are inforrned, would prevent recall of an absen
tee ballot once it has been signed and delivered to election officials.
Would not ' this . make it possible for an enterprising, though un
scrupulous, candidate to "sew up" an election days before the polls
even opened ? . . j
If you want to do your party and your constituency a fine service,
Mr. Patton, forget about amending the absentee ballot law and, in
stead, work toward its repeal. ' ' .
And, too, if you are' a believer in local self-government, which
should have the ardent support of every good Democrat, don't try to usurp
the powers of local elective officers. But your ambition seems to ""be
pointed in an opposite direction. We see that you are not satisfied
in meddling with jail management, and the system of drawing juries,
but that you also are undertaking to appoint tax assessors and per
sonal property listers. A statewide measure rightfully places this
responsibility in the hands of county commissioners. Could it be that
our commissioners are not to be trusted with such matters? If not,'
why not introduce a bill to abolisrV the Board of Commissioners and
assume their duties yourself?
By the way, we have failed to receive a reply to our letter of last
week. Scores of our readers have tAld us that they were anxious to
hear your answers to the questions i propounded; Our offer to print
your reply still holds good.
Blickburn W. Johnson
hranklin, N. C,
February 11, 1937
back across the opean alone. For a
couple of days t was depressed.
Everything I caredi fqr was behind
me. Then one day the, wireless
spoke. i .
"Have arranged three important .
appointments for you," my partner
wired. "Best wishes. Please con
firm." Immediately "came a feeling of re-.
lief and cheer, "I have work to go
back to," I exclaimed. "Work . is"" f
waiting to keep me alert, a little,
worried and on my toes."
WORK MUST BE FOUND
: America's most Important task is
to work out some economic system
by which , we can provide honest
jobs for all the people all the time.
Every man and , woman is entitled
to the glorious self-respect which
cornes from being able to "say :
"Tlhank God, I have a place, 1 am
I say this because once I left
myilfamily in France atfd started
WORDS AND THEIR
Words are mysterious and awe
inspiring.' We shoot them into the .
air, either by tongue or pen, and
most of them perish. But now and
then some stray sentence drops in
to a mind that remembers it, and
:. :n. . u..
is 1UUUC411CU uy ii mr many years.
speeches have run ( in and out of
my brain " leaving little trace.. Yet,
here are three quite casual remarks
that I Remember: . ,
1. Said the . late Talcott Williams,
in a talk which I; had with him
immediately after my graduation
from 'college : ,
"Never forget the old saying of
the Jesuits, 'A great deal of good
can be done in the world if one is',
not too careful who gets the
2. Said a prominent business man
when I was blue and discouraged
because the first concern for which
I worked had gone busted :
"You are very fortunate to have
had a severe disappointment while
you. are still young. The men to be
pitied, are thoie whose dissapoint
ments come in middle life, when it
is too late for them to start over
again. A disappointment in youth
is merely part of the hardening
3. Said my friend Robert Upde
graff: ' : .
"Never grumble about your prob
lems. They are responsible for' the""
greater part of 'your income"
Of the three bits of wisdom this
last has done me the most good.
Whenever T think I am having a
tough time I remeember that jobs
with no worries carry small pay.
Ifs because I have larger troubles,
that I draw a larger income.
None of these three friends prob
ably gave his remark a second
thought. But I have never forgot
ten them. And I now pass them '
along. Ninety-nine out of every .
hundred readers will nav no atten-
non. nui some day, fifteen years
from now, somebody may say: "I
read something bf yours a long1
time ago, and it gave me a fresh
idea." That's the marvelous thing
about working with words.
(Copyright, K. F. S.)
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