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THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND THE HIGHLANDS MACONIAN
THURSDAY, MARCH , 1M7
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by A. BrCHAPIN
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Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Telephone No. 24
VOL. LI I
Number 12
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Good Friday and Easter Day 1
'J'HERE are two estimates that can be made of
the events which happened in the history of the
world at this time two thousand years ago. Looking
back today across the ages we can see which is
right. We see a Man of marvellous charm, of wond
erful gifts and power, though of humble origin, em
barked upon a great career as a Teacher and had
the attention and good word of thousands. We see
Him alone. His influence gone, deserted by His fol
lowers, dying the death of a common criminal. It
looks like a terrible failure and a tragic ending. All
the bright hopes are gone and nothing is left to
carry on His work or tp perpetuate His name and
He Himself is dying alone. Was there ever such a
failure?
Today it is easy for us to see that the result of
that failure has been a power for good without par
allel since the world began and that the broken, de
feated Sufferer stands out after nineteen centuries
as beyond comparison the greatest and most com
pelling figure in history. It is the Cross, the very
badge of the most hopeless degradation and failure
which constitutes the supreme appeal from which
there is no escape. If we stand at the end of our
powers, exhausted, footsore, beaten by -the length
of the march and the weight of the load we are call
ed upon to carry, it does not really help us to be.
told that others have accomplished the same march
without distress. What we need then is someone by
our side, who knows and understands all that we
are experiencing from His own like experience and
Who can by word and hand stay us over the rough
places that are beyond our strength, and can lift
from us something of the burden which is too heavy
ior us. lhere is no power so tar-reaching and so
compelling as the power of the Cross. It is just in
His unique failure that the uniqueness of the Tri
umph of Christ really lies.
If the message of Good Friday means anything its.
is just this. The world's standards of success and
failure are entirely wrong. We must not pay too
much attention to what the. World tells us as to the
use we are to make of our lives.and we must not
refuse to adventure for right for fear that we may
fail. To go and fail may be the finest thing a man,
can do with his life. There has never been anyone
who stood fast for principle and duty, who has not
at some time had this sense of failure but such fail
ures are really the truest successes. Only wjien we
refuse the Cross are we really beginning to fait
The world will think differently, may call us vis
ionaries and fools; but the world is almost always
wrong. Jesus Christ was a, hopeless failure that day
and yet He has transformed the world. It is He in
Whom millions of all ages have found the object
of their heart's devotion and the lodestar of their
lives;. - , . ' , . ' v
In this happy Easter-time, it is the reality of the
Lord's risen life that we all need afresh to learn.
The Cross was not a failure for through the gate of
death lie came to Resurrection. All will be changed
to us if we learn this great reality. This world is a
beautiful world ever since the Easter morning, be
cause the Risen Christ is in it, and we are here with
Him. We can never be discouraged in 'His work,
when the Lord has called us to it, and the Lord will
see us through. Only let us hold fast to Him and
seek ever to know Him better by all the means that
He has given to us. ,
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"Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath"
WE thank Mr. John Temple Graves II in his col
umn, "This Morning," i6r giving us the follow
ing quotation from the pen of John Palmer Gavit,
distinguished journalist and "tree-sparing , wood
man." '
Writing against the fires that are now being set
by farmers all over the South to burn underbrush,
' Mr. Gavit says, .w m . ...-
"It does not seem" to 't)e" realizjed 'rt1ii Bestdes in
flicting great injury upon standing trees, this prac
tice kills off innumerable seedlings and little trees
of a few year's growth the beginnings of valuable
new crops. All over the South' this practice seems
to be general. Whatever its advantages it seems to
me to be a bad instance of 'throwirfg the baby out
with the bath'. The South has wonderful resources ;
too slowly it is arousing to conserve while using
them." J
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IN SIMPLE, EASY WORDS
An earnest gentleman with a
gleam in his ey got' in the other
day: He asked me to read a book
in which a new prophet sets forth
a new religion. The gentleman as
sured me that if only all men and
women could be led to think the
thoughts of this prophet every dif
ficulty would fold up. '
While we talked I turned the
pages of the book, and after about
a minute I assured 'him that I
should not need to read it in order
to know that it would have no in-,
fluence.
He was aggrieved. "You have a
closed mind," he charged.
"Not at all," I said. "J happen to
know what kind of words move the
world. I'll give you an example:
"The Lord is my shepherd,' etc.
"'Four score and seven years ago
our fathers founded on this con
tinent,' etc,
"Contrast these simple words with
a couple of phrases from your
book," I said : .
"The definitely' "anticipatory"
value of the self-protecting mechan
ism of covenant obligations . . .'
"'Expanding consciousness ob
tainable through the direct applica
tion of the method of cyclic evo
lution "Nobody is going to overturn the
world," I concluded, "unless he is
able to make bis ideas understand
able even, to a little child. Second
raters are always obscure. But the
head man in any department of life,
I care not whether it be medicine,
theology, science .or what, he can
make a, talk that will fascinate a
kindergarten."
John Bunyan explained to his
readers that he might have adopted
a "stile" much more fancy but he
wanted his book to be read by
common people everywhere. He hag
hi9 wish: "Pilgrim's Progress" will
live as long as anything in our
language.
GET GREATER EDUCATION
"Your problem is personnel," I
said to the banker. "How are you
solving it?" . n
"Well, we try to pick the smart
est young men from the colleges,
men who have majored in eco
nomics and finance. We start them
in at the bottom and let them fight
their way up. Some drop by the
wayside, but the survivors develop
into very good men." " f
. I told him I thought' they were
omitting one very important step
in the process of training. ,
"After your young man has had
two or three years' experience in
the bank, you ought to pull him
out and send him into the heart of
the country," I said. "Make him
spend a year or two working on a
farm, o' with a section gang on
the railroad, or clerking in . a
country store. Insist that he live on
what he earns. x ' ' ,
When he comes back to New
York he will have some idea of
how hard ordinary people have to
work for thetr money. He will have
a social as well as a merely finan
cial point of view. A dollar will
never becomes merely a-sign or a
sum to him. Tt will represent hopes
and fears, ; ambitions and x defeats,
human sweat and blood."'" " 1
I am one of those who believe
tliat we are entering a period of
great social changes. No matter
how big and .strong an institution
or an industry may be it is going
to be tested. Tiiose institutions will
win out which are headed1 by men
of broad human sympathies; men
who can see thje other man's point
of view because they have shared
the other man's: daily life.
(Cqpyright, K. F. S.)
Cartoogechaye
By MRS. T. J. SOUTHARD
Mrs. Lawrence Hastings is ser
iously ill with flu.
Mrs. S. H. Southard spent the
week end with 'her father, Mr. John
Sprinkles, of Franklin.
Mr. Nute Dills , and family, of
Tampa, Fla., are visiting relatives
in this community.
Mr. and Mrs Schular Ledford
spent the week-end with Mr. and
Mrs., Ellis Roane.
Mr. Clyde Johuson and Mr.
Quince Roane made a business trip
to Atlanta, Ga., last week.
Alex and Frank Southard made
a business trip to Murphy the past
weelc-
Mr. Jake Waldroop, who is
working at Coweta, spent the
week-end at home.
Gneiss
By MRS. F. E. MASH BURN
A flu epidemic hat been sweep
ing over our section.
Mr. Frank Holland fnnrhrt "at
the Walnut Creek school house
Saturday night and Sunday morn
ing. Mrs. Annie Lee McEntire, of
Franklin, has tbeen visiting rela
tives in this section
, Ranze Holland's truck turned
yv auuuii j,v v, in. oaiuraay on
the narrow Ledford Branch road.
Mr, Holland and Tiis companion
escaped unhurt and the truck wai
not damaged. It wsis loaded with
acid wood.
Mrs. Paul Higdon, of .Higdonville,
is . visiting her mother, Mrs. EU'a
Jones. . . ( "
The relatives and friends of
Aunt Ann Jones will regret fto hear
that she ! is on the sick list. She
was 84 years old Satin-fta v Marrh
    

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