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Mr. Patton on Gerrymandering t -
THE rank and file of Democrats throughout North Carolina will
join with the people of Madison county in rejoicing over the de
. feat of the Giles-Tatem-McDowell bill to gerrymander Madison irt
such a way zi to 'insure Democratic control in that normally Re
publican county. ,.. ,,, ., ' 5 :
Press reports from Raleigh infer that Governor Hoey, departing
from the gubernatorial, custom to play hands off in local legislative
matters, exercised his influence to have the measure killed. We are
proud to know that the state's chief executive is, wise enough and
bold enough to take such action. . '.
The- gerrymandering measure, which would have divided Madison
county into arbitrary districts for the election of county commission
ers in such a way as to thwart the will of the voters, was utterly
insupportable. Pete Murphy, of Rowan, a stalwart Democrat and
a veteran of many sessions of the General Assembly, declared that
the measure "stinks to high heaven," adding:
'This bill is undemocratic. , It is unfair and dishonest. I am not
going , to debauch my party by doing such an, .undemocratic , thing. ...
I am not going to be a party to such a scheme."; ; : v ; J; v' "
Concurring in this sentiment the House of Representatives voted .'.
overwhelmingly to table the iniquitous bill. ' vri' :."''' P
We hope and believe that Macon count Democrats, at least those ;
who are the backbone of the party, are of the same brand as Rowan's
Murphy. We hardly think more than a handful could be found to
approve such un-American action as that contemplated by the, Giles-v
Tatem-.McDowell bill. But for some reason, Macon county's, own
Representative.. JR. .A Patton';' was astrpng supporter of the mea
sure. ' Even""after its" overwhefrriirig
attempted on Tuesday toesnr"reCt'U,''xlelivfing;what the newspapers
called . a "bitter" r address and voicing .opinions .that are difficult to :
explain in the "light " of -the attitude o'f his own : constituency. But,
for that matter; neailj :all;af the legislation r. Patton has sponsored"
in the Assembly has .been, at variance, wjtljuthe Will of . the people he
presumes. ftftepYeent? .f.ors.;.., :)':' -.-;.!
Listen to-, Patton'.s. .'wpr,ds, .s rspprfed' by: the Associated Press: '
"The Republican party stinks to Hell in Madison county. X have
had threats, fcomrtbere- MrJiepresentalive , from Madison,. I felt your.- -money'
and got, your IthreasLjealiz' J.jvilbe a marked man but t '
am coming to Ma6pn the jfact for two ; weeks
. ahead, of time.M. '.:0V: .,j hr.:. ':. -' :-' -Sf
So Mr. Pttort; has.Imade hiniself .a miartyr! ''.,--?-ii;:'-T-':
A"d : here, J&, 5Xrange. Situation: Iu:.'attempting to geta .record v
vote Pattojcuwas": quoted ;.by.; the;. Asheville:." Citizen correspondent aV
saying; he wanted to "see who are .Democrats in 1 this housi:" Vies,
indeed, a yery. strange; . situation when;it-is recalled that Patton "wis
nomated. by less 'thanv 0 votes, trailed the ticket in ,,the general:
election, winning; 'by.', cmly. 422 .votes, and-, now since , the . election , til
I 'has- been learned., that it .is-doubtful he would have won at all " had
it not been for a last-minute '-switch to- his support of , a -certain
element of the Republican party a statement which prominent Re
publicans have ..Vouched Tor. 7."' '', Jf .-, "V "C" ;A'V
And now thaV'Mjr", Patton Ys at. 'outs'' ", with the. state Democratic
, organization, ''rKais ''...theV temerity i infer that those - who1 ;, voted-
Idownj ithe .measure ;io gerrymander. Madison county are riot, tobe '
considered ,as ' democrats, at all. What , an anomolous ptedictment j "'.
i ( its:' .J''-:..;' - ' ' - ':-' ' '' ' 1 i't ''-.-K'-T'; U':' -i
; , Thel Aniwe W-.:Got'X;irS.iVV:---;
P0R'; ; three p, weeks, RepresentatiyeK R A.'"Patton has ignored' perti-
- jenlj questions.. py.f to . him byv.The.:Press-Maconiaaf concerning v
Macpnj jcounty,. Jcgislationv sponsored. iby; him. a v V r :
Seveal days'-.ago'iie .-.wrote:; ant answer,- but not in the form of a.
letter j His -reply 'torus' -was-a-bill to": regulate our legal, advertising
charg.; '-': " ---:'-- --'-: '-v-.''; ';'. ';';..'.: .';,"-;V' :lr
Our; ratesare,' open to publk -inspections ; having been filed, in,' ac
cordance with .trie law; -in the .office of , the clerk of court, and jtkey;
will, stand comparison wi charged' by other news-
papers j of similar size and situation. We have no apology to make
for fthem, and anyone can see that they are not so high asi to make
us duly or unduly wealthy. - v,.y-.
j f The Local Option Law - - -
UMENT over the local option liquor bilL would be .useless, -ke
it has already become law. And, too, it is our opinion that
orb.? just about as useless to argue the question of establish
jsforerirt, Macon'county. Nb: amount', of discussion at this '
piyedoui has been discussed pro and con for so long that
'nJiidM tter has reached a, firm, conclusion . long, ere this; ;
bTlSo'Sa M' "codiity' holds' an eiection on'.wheth'er to' peruiit
td .ot.ir-we- hope -and' believe thhi beoole will 'not "forget
vof- vawt.. luimj Mia um tfjHviciions- ana per-
r fellow to do the same peaceably. And, we hope,
r.f-orJbe-.res.triclions.suppo5ed.to- apply- to it. -
defeat Monday night he- futilely ...
Oitlonlnr. this county. " The .
be- used 5
COMMUNISM WILLt '
v.vyiTj.m unini TAbun - n ...
' BackV in ' ' the latter days X of the
O.vil War.wheif it "was ; necessary
to Vdraft Tiien 'for ;tha -Northern
armies, the- Indians of the fWsf
thought it a 'Propitious time : to, re?
volt... Several regiments of . Union
soldiers .were ' withdrawn from the
Pennsylvania poUtician -made;, a
smart: suggestion. : -' ''--'
V. He if said ?. to' Abraham f LmColn r
"Our Federal military prisons . are
filled with Southern OrruH tary pris
oner i. These ;' boys Xspt young an'd
keen and good fighters, Aswe have
plenty- of -reason - to knoW t I'll bet
that- most of 'them would rather foe
outdoors fighting Indians 4 than sit
ting .idly iin jaiLJWhyu not recruit
them into regiments and , send them
West'?"' tZ i: ?'i '
The proposal was adopted and
was' dmmedUtefy ""successful. "'But
jthis ? isr what .happened ;m one-"instance,
whicH throws a ,f ine - clear
light OA. the. racliCat)i.Iityj;6f Com-,
"Life ' of 1 Lincoln." . . Pk';:
"A- thousandiwaf prisoner were
enlisted at AUonIUinqisi and Camp
Douglas in , Chicago i to fight the
Indians." They left Chicago on two
special trains. Each' than had in his
pocket two hundred dollars bounty
in .United : States; greenbacks, and
none of them had any ipther money,
During the period Vof their, impris
onment most of , them had become
habitual , .card J players. It is . said
that before they reached; their des:
tinatiori a very fewrjdividuals' had
the lion's ' share of the -money.'- -3-
"Perhaps never before on earth
was there so equitable,- an experi
ment in the result of starting men
out' in life ', on ; the i basis of equal
division of property.- The equal di
vision appears not to have lasted
very-long." :J' .
Life is a battle and a gamble.
We can . -improve jthe , rules,, give
fairer handicaps - tof' the i less ..favor
ed, and make the game more hu
.But we can't alter the, funda
mentals of human natureV'Cornmun-'
Ism tries to io "that ; 'and- Commuh-:
ism will.! always 5 tan. .;;pK s
WE ALL MAKE
of my-acqualntance has ben wrong
r t rv 1 r .
1 ht time
I Can look back over ;his career
and point out ' a A dozen different
points-: wherei he ' took, -orie 1 stand
and "subsequently had, to reverse t it.
,Why then has he stayed oril top?
First; 'I think, because he is ab
solutely tfuthful What he some
times',, imagines fto,'1 bei"; the I truth
turns': out later to 'be an , error, but
h.et never consciously . hedges for
anything or, anybody. ;', ;V . j : -'
Second, he is ajlways trying.; Roll
him; in the dust, and he is up. in a
"minute and . starting, forward again.
Lay something ' before , him ;which
you 'think is pretty good, and he
instinctively breaches for a Pencil
and . begins - to try to ; improve i it.
Let . , him ."accomplish an objective,
and' immediately he - has J set his
eyes on ' another poiqt ; further
ahead, y- ,''?-.v'r ' "; ': ''" -,1 .
K' Finally,' he never wastes any time
in Tregretting , the; past, "Regret,"
said; some one, "takes as much put
of you as a , prolongf d drunk'
, This, man ias been, an encourage-'
menv to me. So have the words of
Stevenson, . who exclaimed, ; "God
give u; youngmen who .have the
Courage w , maice ioois oi hicih;
selves." . 1 .'-'. ' .' ' '!'' '
V rfigure.ythat I am entitled ;to
one' major ' mistake a week. This is
my quota. As long as .1 keep within
it I feel ; all ,Hght. , But frequently
I ron-."over;'; '.!v ' v.; ,' I l, j '
;ov v': (Copyright, K, Fi S.) A
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Rev. R. D. Bedinger to
Preach Here Sunday
The Rev: R. D. Bedinger,; (D.D.,
fiuperintendent . of , Home Missions
in Asheville Presbytery, will preach
in the local Presbyterian church on
Sunday morning at the .11 o'clock
worship service; arid- at , tlie Morri
spn 'church on the Georgia road! at
3 o'clock in the afternoon7, accord
ing ;to ; an announcement, by the
Rev; i A-: Flanagan, pastor of the
churches. Dr. Bedinger has preach
ed in both these churches on' other
pecagions.; and., 'hi? ..coming will be
looked forward to"" with interest by
tnose - who have'ibeard.lhim. Every
one, is., given, a cordial' invitation j to
attend these services. ' !
Cryptography" is ": the""science ; of
Mr. Lipscom, of Knpxville, Tenn.,
is in the pole business in this and
f. A . Sylva, stone., company is, doing
a good business in this township,
getting out, stone bolts. . .
The Lambert Brothers, who have
been working on highway No. 286,
have' the gravel spread from the
Swain county line to the Cowee
Baptist , church, but are held up
now on , account b.rain.
J, D.' Cabei' who,' has 'been very
ill with measles,' is recovering.
Other easy of , measles, in this
community' are reported to be get
ting along nic'ey. -J
" Sherman Dills, of jBriertown; is
cutting poles in, this .section.
Herman .Dean, of , Rabbit Creek,
was, in - this section Saturday on
business, ... .. .? , .
Mjss, - Emma Dellart, who ' has
been making her home for quite
Some time with Mrs.. Maude Moody,
is spending . some time with her
parents, Mr. , and Mrs, John De
Hart. Olive Hill
, Mr. Leonard Campbell, who has
been spending several- dayt with
his folks, returned to his work
bunday at , Belmont. ,. .',
Mr. Ed Campbqll was seriously
ill Tuesday, evening.
Earl Hannah, school student of
the Olive, Hill , school, fell Tuesday '
and injured his,. shoulder. ,
VMr. arid Mrsl Algie Guyer spent
Sunday with' Mr. and Mrs.( Jay
V Norman Evans, who ... has , been
working ' in , Georgia, . sppnt , the '
week-end with his folks. -
Grady Wilkes, who' is employed
in ' a CCC camp, spent the week
end with. his folks. ;..;. .. '.
The sick in. this .'community .are
still improving; , ?. ;
The roads m this community' are
geuung : jso ;ney can, , be traveled
hov. .; . ;. ;..
The . birthday dinner ; of Billie
Barnard was attended by many of
his relatives and friends
Several people, fronV here attend
ed preaching services Sundav at
Iotla.' ''' . '''' ' '-
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American slang is full of "food"
words. i 'I ': . . '. '
A ipecies of the wasp has a' tool
which is no thicker than a stout
horsehair but which can be driven,
through the hardest wood. ',
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Natives of Jamaica, B. W. ' I., : eat
part of the trunk of a'palm tree.
The edible part resembles - hearts
of:cclcry;:;..i'-;. ;.. v . : '...