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THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND THE HIGHLANDS MACONIAN
THURSDAY, JUNE 1, IM
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Published every Thursday by The Franklin Press
At Franklin, North Carolina
Telephone No. 24
VOL. LI I Number 22
Mrs. J. W. C. Johnson and B. W. Johnson.... .Publishers
P. F. Callahan ..........Managing Editor
Mrs. C P. Cabe. ........... Business Manager
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Good Government Must Begin in the Precinct
1E all talk about the evils of politics and the
" inefficiency of government, but when we make
up our minds to do something about it we approach
the problem from trie wrong direction.
Frank Kent, veteran political correspondent of
the Baltimore Sun, diagnosed the situation with
rare clarity when, in a recent magizine article, he
pointed out that most political reform movements
fail because they start at the top instead of the
bottom. They fail because the average American
citizen, though genuinely interested in state and na-
tirol rrlifiro1 mo frc ennrprne himclf t rin Uttlp
with bush league politics.
But if is local government that concerns us most.
And it is in local politics that the foundations of our
national structure are laid. If county and municipal
governments are capably and honestly administered
by qualified, trustworthy, office-holders, then state
and national governments will likely be on a cor
responding plane. But if we permit incapable, graft
ing wardheelers to run our local governments, we
will have the same kind of men in charge of things
at Raleigh and Washington.
If we want to have better government, we must
start right here at home. A tree is no better than
its root structure, and our political tree is rooted
in the voting precinct.
' When our people determine to have clean, well
ordered local government, then and then only will
we be on the road to real governmental reforms.
When we stop wasting time fuming about congress
and devote more attention to the appointment of
honest, fair pollholders, we will make the first step
toward banishing graft. When we honestly endeavor
to elect able men trulv interested in the rmblic wel-
fare as county commissioners, representative and
state senator, we will pave the way for tax reduc
tions. When we elect solicitors and judges' on a
basis of their knowledge of law and their personal
and public integrity, rather than because of their
service to the party, we will have unimpeachable
justice in our courts, from the petty magistrate's
chnmber to the highest tribunal in the land.
Yes, we can have good government if we want it,
but we can't have it if we look on precinct and
county politics as trivial and local government as
WPA Workers Vote As You Please
THE letter sent out to all WPA workers by ad-
ministrator Harry L. Hopkins settles a ques
tion that has been causing much confusion over the
country for several weeks.
Some workers have been led to believe that they
must vote for certain candidates or they would lose
their jobs. Others who have applications in for
WPA work, have been told that unless they voted
juu iiu viianw iu JtL till II1C
But Mr. Hopkins' letter very emphatically states
that no WPA worker is required to contribute to
any campaign fund or to support any candidate,
and he is expected to vote according to his own
Mr. Hopkins also promises instant dismissal of
any foreman or supervisor who attempts in any
manner to control the votes of the people who
work under his direction.
Under the rules of the WPA a worker's political
opinions and his ballot are his own private business.
XT nAlAnt- ... i i .t
iw tdiiuiudic K.O.U awuie you a jod unaer tne
WPA, and if you already have one, no candidate
can cause you to lose it, and if any WPA official
or supporter of any official tries to influence your
vuic, jusi icpuu u, diiu waiui iiiai oiiiciai lose a
perfectly good job, . w
FINE RECORD MADE
The following report has been
made concerning the outstanding
achievements of the present "board
of commissioners of Macon county
during the past two years: .
The bonded indebtedness of the
county and of Franklin township
has been refunded, resulting in a
saving of many thousands of dol
lars to the taxpayers, and putting
th,e county's credit on a sound
The county's finances have not
only been kept within the budget,
but a surplus has been shown each
A large lot was purchased at a
great bargain upon which a new
courthouse will be built when it
can be done without increasing the
burden of taration. On this lot
also has been erected a splendid
agricultural building at very small
expense to the county, fifty per
cent of the cost being borne by
the federal government.
It is only fair to state that in
the long weeks of work, travel and
negotiation incident to the refund
ing of the county's indebtedness,
the commissioners had the whole
hearted cooperation and assistance
of George B. Patton. county at
torney, and C. Tom Bryson, clerk
of the board.
Men who serve on the board of
county commissioners have to stand
for a lot of criticism and have to
do a lot of hard work for small
pay. but the office of commissioner
is the most important in thecountv.
The commissioners are now paid
the magnificent sum of four dol
lars per month and five cents per
mile one way from their homes,
instead of $1,800 per year which
was formerly paid to the chairman.
Charles Albert Raby
Passes In Oklahoma
Charles Albert Raby, a former
Macon county man, died at his
home in Oklahoma City, Okla., on
Monday, May 2.
Mr. Raby was born in Franklin
on April 2, 1878, and spent several
years of his earlier life in . Macon
county. He was a brother of the
late Mrs. John L.' Gibson, the for
mer Miss Sarah Raby of this
county, and an uncle of Mrs. Lon
Campbell, of Franklin..
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs.
Naomi Bryson, of Pomona, Calif.,
and Mrs. Fannie Protzman, of
By MRS. F. E. MASHBURN
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bryson and
three children, Clyde Smith and
Mrs. Bob Bryson, of Sylva, were
welcome visitors at Lambert Leopard's-
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Keener and
granddaughter, Miss Virginia Keen
er, and Clyde Moses recently made
a visit to Mrs. Gallic Page, in
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Keener
and three children, of New York
and Lllnav. soent the last week
with Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Keener.
. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Miller and
child, of Cullasaja, spent Sunday
with Mrs. Pearl Keener.
Mrs. Lester Mincy and two sons
are spending some weeks with Mrs.
Mincy's father, C. N. Jones.
Howard Moses, who spent Me
morial Day with his mother, re
turned to the CCC camp on Mon
Memorial Day was observed on
Walnut Creek by decorating the
graves of the Walnut Creek and
Strain cemeteries. Mrs. Nelson
Stiwinter conducted the religious
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hedden an
nounce the birth of a daughter on
Everett Mashburn is slowly re
covering from a severe illness.
Mrs. Fanny Keener is on the
Mrs. Ella Jones is visiting her
daughter, Callie Higdoh, at Higdon
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Fore an
nounce the birth of a son on
Mr. and Mrs. Quince Hedden an
nounce the birth of twin daughters,
Hester and Esther, on May 25.
There are seven sets of twins
living in a little over one mile
apart on Walnut creek. Only one
set is grown.
On the first Tuesday in .June at
2 p. m.,v the Woman's Home Dem
onstration club will hold their reg-
ular meeting. The nurse is coming
at that time to examine ' babies
under three years of age. .There
will be no charge, so bring your
children and come to the Walnut
creek school house.
9:45 a. m. Sunday school.'
7 p. m.-B. T. U.
St Agues Episcopal Church
The Rev. Frank Bloxham, Rector :
11 a. m. Holy communion and
Fnanklin Metihiodist Church
The Rev. J. E. Abernethy, Pastor
10 a. m. Sunday school.
11 a. m. Worship services.
Rev. J. A. Flanagan, Pastor.
Franklin (Each Sunday)
10 a. m. Sunday school.
11 a. m. Worship services.
Morrison (Each Sunday)
2:30 p. m. Sunday school.
(Each 2nd and 4th Sunday)
3:30 p. m. Worship, services.
' Catholic Church
Father Howard V. Lane, pf
Waynesville, will conduct services
for members of the Catholic faith
in Franklin as follows:
Morning Mass on the second and
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FRANKLIN - NORTH CAROLINA
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"A Prophet With Honor In His
His Own Country"
HIS RECORD Volunteered and served 23
months in U. S. Army in World War. Studied
law at N. C. University. Legion Commander two
years. Chairman County Election Board six
years. Secretary County , Executive Committee
four years. President Junior Chamber of Com
merce. Hendersonville City Attorney eight
years. State Senator 1927 (Assisted in passage
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Act.)
Delegate National Convention 1924. President
Rotary Club. Chairman Confederate Pension
ENDORSED BY Henderson County Dem
ocratic convention. Henderson County. Young
Democratic Club. Rosman Young Democratic
Club. Hendersonville Parent-Teacher Associa
tion. And hundreds of representatives of Civic,
Patriotic and Religious organizations in Hender
son County. ' '
Go to the polls on June 4th and
Cast Your Vote for R. L. Whitmire
'A New Man
fourth Sundays of each month in
the American Legion hall o,n Main
street, at 8a. m.
Instructions tor the children on
the first and third Mondays at
4:15 p. m.
All are welcome to attend these
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ON THE DATES NAMED
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six, free. Between six and 12,
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R. L. WHITMIRE
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