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THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND -THE .'HIGHLANDS. MACON IAN
THURSDAY. FEB. 17, 1939
Published every Thursday by , The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Telephone No. 24
. Mrs. J. W. C. Johnson and B. W. Johnson.
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TPO young people and the happier older ones,
anniversaries bring refreshing opportunity of
learning and reviewing. Washington's Birthday
Holiday, February 22, brings many gay parties
with hatchets and cherry trees and red, white and
blue decorations, and many a brave composition
from the school children. So; with them in mind
particularly, we are celebrating by repeating a few
well known eulogies that deserve repeating with
some less familiar stories of the "human and many
John Adams wrote to his wife in June, 1775: "I
can now inform you that the Congress have made
choice of the modest and virtuous, the amiable,
generous and brave George Washington, Esquire, .
to be General of the American Army. . . . I hope
the people of our Province will treat the General
with all that confidence, and affection, that polite-
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important characters in the world. The liberties of
America depend upon him, in a great degree."
TV the Virginia Convention Washington said: "I
will raise 1,000 men, subsist them at my own ex
pense and inarch myself at their head for the relief
He wrote from Valley Forge : "For , many days
past, there has been little less than a famine in the
camp. "'. . V Naked arid sta'fvinglis they are, we can
not enough admire the incomparable patience and
fidelity of the soldiery,, that they have not been,
ere this, excited by their suffering to a general
mutiny and desertion."
The home and peace loving side of his character
stand out in constant conflict with the hard de
mands of patriotic service. Washington Irving, in
his "Life of Washington" relates the, romantic story
of the soldier's whirlwind courtship. "Among the
guests at Mr. Chamberlayne's was a young and
blooming widow, Mrs. Martha Custis. ... We are
not informed whether Washington had met her be
fore ... at any rate his heart appears to have
been taken by surprise ... the horses pawed at
the door . . . were countermanded. . ... Military
duties called. . . . But before they finally separated,
they had mutually plighted their faith and'the mar
riage was to take place as soon as the campaign
against Fit Duquesne was at an end."
"He had an extraordinary affection for children.
In nothing else was his heart so simple and unre
strained as in his devotion to youth. A home maker
and a home lover above all, there is nothing finer
in history than Washington's devotion to his be
loved Mount Vernon and the people he cherished
and sheltered there" In 1794 he wrote in his
"Maxims": "For the sake of humanity, it is de
voutly to be wished that the manly employment of
Agriculture and the humanizing benefit of com
merce would supersede the waste of war and the
rage of conquest ; that the swords might be turned
into ploughsheares, and the spears into pruning
hooks, and as the Scriptures express it, 'the Na
tions learn war no more.' "
From Paul Leicester Ford's "George Washing
ton," we have this charming glimpse of the society
gentleman: "At the farewell ball given at Anna
polis, Tilton relates that "the General danced in
everv set, that all the ladies may have the pleasure
dancing with him." ... He still danced when 64
years of age, but when invited .to the Alexandria
Assembly in 1799 he wrote the managers: "Mrs.
Washington and myself have 1)een honored with
your polite invitation to the assemblies of Alex
andria this winter, and thank you for this mark of
your attention. But, alas; our dancing days are no
more. We wish, however, all those who have a rel
ish for so agreeable and innocent amusement all the
pleasure the season will afford them: and I am,
gentlemen, Your most obedient and obliged humble
War Minister Inspects Guns
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Leslie Hore-Bellsha, British minister for war, peeps down the niuzzl;
of a large-caliber gun during his visit to the Woolwich arsenal recentl)
When he inspected guns and other fighting equipment which England i:
rushing to completion in its rearmament program. The program costing
many billions of dollars includes the strengthening of all branches o'
Britain's arms navy, army an i air forces. It includes also the training
of civilian popu'a'i'on to protect i're'f aji'nst aas.
Play Rug Becomes Educated
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This young lady Is going to get her education painlessly on a new
play rug for the nursery. Shown at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, It
Is decorated with nursery rhymes, story book characters and games
suitable for children of all ages. In this way the value of the rug does
not decrease as the child grows ol-Jer. -.
servant, Geo. Washington.".
To the London editor of "The Annals of Agri
culture" he wrote: "I am led to reflect how much
more delightful to an undebauched mind is the task
of making improvements on the earth than all the
.'vain' glory, which can be acquired from ravaging it."
. Jefferson called him the best horseman of his age
and the most graceful figure that could be seen on
horseback. ( '. '
Chateaubriand wrote after meeting Washington :
"There is virtue in the look of a great mn. I felt
myself warmed and refreshed by it during the" rest
of, my life."
Kossuth said, "Let him who looks for a monu
ment to Washington look around the United States.
Your freedom, your independence, your national
power, your prosperity, and your prodigious growth
are a monument to him." .
Guiding principles he outlines, in his maxims:
"There is but one straight dourse, and that is to
seek truth, and pursue it steadily. . . . Nothing but
harmony, honesty, industry and frugality are nec
essary to make us a great and happy nation."
Joe Moore Starts Paper at Spindale
TTHE Spindale Press is a new and valuable addi-
. '. tion to the newspaper field in North Carolina.
J. J. Moore, a Franklin .boy, is editor, with J. P.
Hamil as assistant editor.
Volume I, No. 1, of tne new five-column tabloid
contains fourteen pages and is full of local adver
tising and live news matter, with, a good editorial
. Joe Moore formerly edited the Highlands Macon
ian andjater conducted a job printing business in
Franklin. He moved to Spindale several months
ao and installed a job plant, to which he has now
added The Spindale Press. '
. Many frinds in. Franklin and Macon county wish
Joe all. success, in his new venture.
The Franklin school lunch room,
under the management of Miss
Ethel Hurst, has added another
unit to the WPA school lunch
rooms of Macon county where the
highest standards of excellence ate
maintained both in quality of food
and efficiency of service.
A visitor arriving at lunch tinfe
unannounced at once feels herself
a part of the well ordered throng
who stand in line, cafeteria style,
with knife and fork wrapped in
paner napkin, receiving the bounti
ful plate luncheon, which is deftiy
ierved by Miss Hurst and her as
sistants. , 'I he desk-hair's' in the auditorium
.erve as conifortable tables for as
.nany as they accommodate, chairs
lined along the walls being occupied
On Tuesday the , following menu
,v.as served for the price of five
;ents: beef stew; potatoes, coiu
ilaw with raisins, hot hoils, stewed
peaches. Milk can be supplied aiNo.
vnv ui me luums opening irom
the auditorium has been equipped
with electric stove and water heat
er, tables, shelves for dishes and
utensils, all kept in immaculate con
dition. In spite of the lack of facilities
or handling the large number with
neager equipment and space, the
jrder and quiet maintained equals
that of the 'expensively equipped
igh school lunch rooms. Besides
the regular staff, a number of high
school students assist with dishes
The committee of the Parent
Teacher Association, headed by
Miss Olivia Patton and Mrs. Harry
Higgins, has accomplished its task
of putting the lunch room into op
eration in record time, and' Miss
Hurst has displayed ability of the
highest order as dietitian and di
rector. Assisting Miss Hurst on Tuesday
was Mrs. Gilmer A. Jones, WPA
supervisor of women's work in
Macon county and six other coun
ties in Western North Carolina
Should Be Doubled
Doubling lespedeza acreage would
be one of the greatest forward
steps Southern farmers could take,
according to T. S. Buie, regional
conservator of the soil conserva
tion service, writing in The Pro
gressive Farmer. He gives these
"Long have the farmers of the
Southeast needed a crop without
much expense would (1) 'protect
soil, (2) improve soil, (3) provide
hay, (4) provide pasture. Lespedeza
will not only do all these four
things but (5) many farmers also
get a helpful cash income by sell
ing lespedeza seed.
"A farmer can saw lespedeza on
grain in February or early March
and expect the lespedeza to become
established by the time the grain
stubble decays and give the soil
protection the rest of the year.
When peas or similar summer crops
ioiiow small grain, not onlv is sne-
cial land preparation necessary but
mere is a period of at least three
to six weeks before the soil can. get
adequate protection from the sum
mer crop. Lespedeza stubble also
gives the land more effective pro
tection in tall and winter than does
eowpea or similar stubble.
Iwo years ago the South Cam-
line experiment station, coonenatinfr
with the soil conservation aprvirp
found by actual 'measurement of
soil and water losses that land
planted to cotton lost IS times as'
much soil as similar land planted
to lespedeza. A farmer can expect
50 to 75 per cent more cotton or
corn if he grows and turns under
good crop of lesoedeza than if
he plants row crops continuously."
PRESCRIPTION FOR I
If you don't have a home orch
ard, you will find February a eood
month for setting fruit trees. The
average-size family needs 6 to 10
apple trees, 8 to 10 peach trees, 6
to 12 grapevines, ,a couple of
scuppernong vines, 200 to 500 straw
berry plants, and 50 to 100 Young
berry. . blackberry.' or dewho rrv
plants. The Progressive Farmer.
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