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VOL. LI 1 1, NO. 48
FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, DECEMBER, 1, 1938
$1.50 PER YEAR
Judge Felix E. Alley To
Preside; Murder Case
The December term of Macon
superior court will convene next
Monday, December 5, with Judge
Felix E. Alley, of Waynesville, pre
siding. After the v jurors have been
sworn in und the grand jury charg
ed by Judge Alley, the criminal
docket will be taken up.
The only case of outstanding im
portance is that of Nathan Brendle
and Mrs. Lawrence .Mason charged
with murder in the death by poison
ing of Lawrence R. (Jabo) Mason,
and which was,. postponed from the
august term on account of the ill
ness of J. N. Moody, of Murphy,
chief defense counsel for Mrs. Ma
son. The civil docket is very light,
containing only 35 cases, 14 of
which are uncontested divorce suits,
and this docket is. not expected to
require a great deal of time.
A large crowd will probably be
in town Monday, as it is the day
for the recently elected county of
ficers to be sworn in and is also
regular meeting day for the com
missioners. Enrollment Increasing
In Nursery School
The nursery school which was
' opened in the. agricultural building
on November 14, through the ef
forts of Dr. T. J. O'NeiL recrea
'TSoTlal dirtctot.-'haS 'averaged an -increase
in enrollment of one pupil a
day, the present number of chil
dren being 33.
A visit to this new venture in
education in our community finds
ka busy happy group under the guid
ance of Mrs. Allie E. Wood, head
teacher and her assistants, Mrs.
Verlon Stockton and Marie Rogers.
You may find the little ones, who
range in ages from 3 to 6 years,
marching by the Victrola, singing,
, or listening to a story, or-engag
ed in one of their many games and
activities, such as molding clay,'
painting and drawing, building'
block houses or playing bean bags.
Then there is, a. lunch time when
all form in line and receive their
cups of fruit or tomato juice as
their mid-morning refreshment.
: Most of the children furnish their
own cups ind juice, and many have
brought trays-and other, equipment.
-Stools and some other furnishings
have been . made by young people.
working under Dr. O Neil, but much
is needed for the proper equipment
of this, new enterprise, and those
interested are invited to share in
giving some necessary articles.
A new teacher, is being added to
the present staff, so that twice the
number of children how enrolled
) jean be cared for. Parents are urged
to send , their little ones for this
training in good habits and 'happy
To Be Attended By Coach
Wolf December 9
Coach Ray B. (Bear) Wolf, head
coach of the University of North
Carolina, is expected to be the
principal speaker at a banquet to
be given for the Franklin high
school football team on Friday,
The banquet will be sponsored by
the Macon county alumni of the
University of North Carolina, ana
the details are being arranged by
T. W. Angel, Jr., Dr. Edgar Angel,
Principal J. R. Wells and Coach
At this banquet the High School
Athletic association monograms will
be presented to the members of the
team who have earned their letters
for outstanding work oh the foot
ball field this season.
Coach Wolf is one of the na
tion's noted athletic leaders and is
a very busy man, and his visit to
a town as small as Franklin is an
unusual event. It is an honor to
the football team and an appropri
ate climax to a successful season.
Plans for the banquet are not
complete, but it will probably be
served at Dr. Edgar Angel's Nan
tahala camp, and it is expected to
make it a feast of quail, grouse.
pheasants, rabbits, etc., as well as
all the other "fixms.
ROLL CALL TO
END NEXT WEEK
Quota Will Be Passed;
Final List In Next
While Roll Call returns have not
been as large for the past week as
chapter officials had hoped, reports
indicate, that the quota will be
passed 'with .a margin to spare.
Several workers have reported
that they will have additional
memberships' after the first of the
month. No report has been received
from Highlands during the week
and several memberships will prob
ably be added from there.
A final roll will be published in
next week' issue of The Press and
workers are asked to send in their
lists and memberships to the Rev.
H. S. Williams, Roll Call chairman,
before Tuesday afternoon.
A total of 281 memberships have
been turned in to date.
Since last week's issue the fol
lowing memberships have been re
Mrs. Eloise G. Franks, Mrs. J. J.
Edwards, George Patton, Dr. T. J,.
O'Neil, Mrs. T. J. O'Neil, James L.
Averell, Mrs. James L. Averell,
Rev. Frank Bloxham, Mrs. Frank
Bloxham, Mrs. W. H. Sellers, Roy
Cunningham, Lawrence Patton, Roy
Carpenter, Quince Houser, Jimmy
Houser, Mrs. L. T. Williams, Harry
S. Williams, Mrs. . Martha C.
Shields, George- E. Brown, H. H.
Hirsch, Mrs. H. H Hirsch, Lester
Gonley, C. L. Cartledge, G. S.
Crawford. Red Nolen, H. R. Kemp,
R. A. Hertzler, Capt. C. R. . Mc
Cormack.. Bible Class To
Have Pie Sale
Members of the F. S. Johnson
Bible class of the Franklin Metho
dist church will sponsor a pie sale
on Tuesday, December 6, in the
Nantahala Power & Light com
pany office. . .
There will be lemon, apple, cocoa
nut, butterscotch,' cherry, and pine
apple pies on sale, and the money
derived from the pies will be used
for the children's orphanage.
Ladies will, be there after
o'clock Tuesday morning to either
sell you a whole pie or to serve)
you pie, doughnuts and coffee. Any
one who wishes to place an order
for some, special pie, please see
Mrs. Lester S. Conley.
TO BUY SEALS
Health Nurse Tells How
Money Is Spent
By JOSEPHINE DIXON, R. N.
Public Health Nurse, Macon
County Health Department
This year is the 32nd anniversary
to be celebrated by a nation-wide
educational campaign against tuber
culosis and the 3rd year Macon
county has joined in this celebra
tion. Prof. O. F. Summer, principal
of Highlands school, has again been
named county chairman, and the
campaign is now under way. The
county's quota is set at $60.00. Seals
may be purchased .either through
Prof. Summer or through pupils of
The tuberculosis death rate was
greatly increased in 1936 with a
slight decline in 1937. This means
that the fight must go on. Let us
pause and think for a moment of
the health that is sought after by
millions and how we can help pro
tect the coming generation from
this foe. It takes money to fight
the battle and the pennies derived
from the sale of tuberculosis
Christmas seals is a big factor in
helping to decrease the tuberculosis'
death rate in the United States,
The wealthy people should not have
to finance this fight but everyone
should contribute, for only in so
doing, will they learn how to help
The county receives 75 per cent
of the money that is collected from
seal' sales.- Last ;xear. juadery-the di
rection of the local seal sales, chair
man, a total of $35.67 was left in
the treasury of this county. This
money was turned over to the
health department to be used for
the care and prevention of tuber
culosis. There are 12 active, cases
of tuberculosis, known and visited
by the health department Most of
these families are indigent and need
incidental items in their homes to
be used for the protection of other
members of their families. Sheets,
bed ticking, pillow cases, personal
linen, disinfectant solutions, cough
mixtures, whichwere prescribed by
family physician, pocket and bed
side sputum cups, screens for the
doors and windows, milk, X-rays
on suspicious cases found in the
tuberculosis clinic in September are
the items on which' the money was
spent. These are a few of the
necessities needed 'in homes where
the patient cannot receive sanator
ium care or hospitalization and
where home care can be more ade
quately provided by educating the
family in the proper isolation and
precautions taken while nursing
tuberculosis in the home.
Every citizen of Macon . county
should strive to make this cam
paign double that of last year by
giving your wholehearted support.
Buy Christmas seals ' to use on
your Christmas gifts and show you
are helping a great cause.
Attend Asheville Dinner
E. Y. Walker, manager Farmers
Federation warehouse in Franklin;
Horace Nolen and Earl Rickman,
employees, and Paul Ammons and
Elmer Crawford as their guests, at
tended a dinner at the Battery Park
hotel in .Asheville Monday evening
at 7 o'clock, given by the Farmers
Federation and the Quaker Oats
company of Asheville.
Fire Friday Night
At Lyle Home
The home of Mrs. S. fH. Lyle
barely escaped distruction by fire
on Friday night.
An. overheated chimney in an up
stairs room caused the flooring to
catch fire. When discovered about
2:30 a. m. the fire had burned
through the ceiling of the room be
low and was rapidly spreading. The
blaze was extinguished without call
ing the fire department.
Reorganize Macon County
Club Tuesday Night
At a meeting held Tuesday night
in the office of Harley R. Cabe,
clerk of superior court, the Youn,g
Democratic club of Macon county
was reorganized and new officers
John W. Edwards, organizer for
the western district, was present at
the meeting, and was accompanied
by O. C. Turner, U. S. deputy
The meeting was well attended
and talks were made by MessYs,
Edwards and Turner, J. Frank Ray,
J. L. Houser and others. .
The following officers were elect
ed: J. L. Houser, president; Miss
Mary Berry, first vice-president;
Ralph Penland, .second vice-presi
dent; Bill Bryson, secretary, and
Mrs. Lola P. Barrington, treasurer.'
MAN ENDS LIFE
Body of Carter McDowell,
Horse Cove Citizen,
Found In Road
Carter McDowell, 35, of the Horse
Cove section, ended his own life
last Thursday morning by firing a
load from a 12 gauge shotgun into
his chest. Ill health was given as
the reason for the act.
McDowell's body was found on
the Horse Cove road, about four
miles southeast of Highlands,' short
ly after 7-o'clock -Thursday.- morn
ing. The body was found by Corbin
Hawks and Sam McCall, both of
the Horse Cove section, who were
en route to work at a sawmill where
McDowell also was employed.
A shotgun was found beside the
body. Officers, who investigated,
said McDowell had fired the wea
pon by placing it against a bank
and releasing the trigger with a
C. M. Moore, Macon county cor
oner, and a jury ' investigated the
death later in the morning, return
ing a verdict that McDowell ended
his own life.
Funeral and interment occurred
Friday at Betty's Creek, near his
Used Toys Requested
For Christmas Tree
Mrs. Eloise G. Franks, welfare
.superintendent, requests the dona
tion of used toys for Christmas, dis
tribution. All those who can con
tribute are requested to bring them
to the welfare department. Broken
toys will be mended and old toys
painted. These will be distributed
to the children by the American
Legion from the community Christ
St. Agnes Auxiliary
To Have Bazaar
The Woman's Auxiliary of St.
Agnes church will hold a Christmas
bazaar and food sale on Saturday,
December 10, in the Nantahala
Power & Light offices in the rear
of the courthouse. Cakes, cookies
and candies in great variety will be
on sale. Many beautiful and useful
articles, cf hand work suitable for
gifts will be sold also.
The sale will begin at 10 a. m.
and continue throughout the day.
Macon County Men
Get U. S. Sentences
Ted Gillespie, of Franklin, and
Grace Fleming, who has been oper
ating a filling station on the Geor
gia road, were sentenced on liquor
charges in the United States court
in Bryson City Monday, Gillespie
for 18 months and Fleming for 10
months. It is understood that Gil
lespie will be sent to a government
prison in Pennsylvania nd that
Fleming will go to -Petersburg, Va.,
where he can receive treatment for
pellagra in a government hospital.
VPA LAYS OFF
Road Work And Forest
A total of approximately 871 men
employed on various WPA projects
in Macon county were laid off last
.Friday, and the area WPA offices
in Franklin have no information as
to when work will be resumed, ac
cording to statements made to a
r'res.s representative Tuesday. Jt is
jelieved, however, that the lay-off
will be of short duration.
Lack of material was given as
the reason for stopping work on
larm-to-market road projects,
which employed 521 men. . ,
A forest service project using
WPA funds, on which only two
days' work had been done, was dis
continued on telegraphed order
which gave no explanation.
As soon as material is received
the farm-to-market road work will
go on, but nothing is known in re
gard to the forest service project
It is known that WPA work is
being curtailed somewhat all over
the United States on account of
shortage of funds, but the general
lay-off of last Friday affected only
Macon county in this area.
The sewing rooms, lunch rooms
and other women' projects wer.e
not affected and are carrying on as
usual. Also the .NYA work, under
Mrs. J. A. Ordway, employing 165
people, and the recreational work
under Dr. T. J. O'Neal are not in
cluded, as separate funds are allot
ted for that work.
The WPA area officials in the
Franklin offices are hopeful"-that all
men laid off may be put back to
work before the holidays, but they
can do nothing until orders are re
ceived from state headquarters, and
state officials cannot act until in
structions are received from Wash
ington. Street Decorations
The Franklin Chamber of Com
merce has interested itself in deco
rating Main Street again this year
for the holiday season. Last year
the business houses, contributed
sufficient funds to purchase the
material. Nantahala Power and
Light company assembled, put . up
and lighted the display. The same
idea is being followed this year,
using a somewhat different ar
rangement of material.
It is understood that the Boy
Scouts are also to have a part in
this year's decorative display which
will be lighted about December 10.
Power Co. To Sponsor
Home Lighting Contest
The Nantahala Power & Light
company will sponsor a. Christmas
lighting contest for homes, this
year and several cash prizes will
be offered. The contest will be
open to all citizens except employ
ees of the company or their rela
tives. The judges will be disinterested
parties who are not in the contest
and who have no connection with
the power company.
Details and list of prizes will be
announced next week.. ,.' , .
Baptist Church Items
A new furnace is being installed
this week in the Baptist church
which we expect to use for the
first time this coming Lord's Day.
The pastor, Rev. C. F. Rogers,
will preach at 11 a. m. on the
theme, "Satan's Counterfeit of the
B. T. U. and Men' Brotherhood
at 6:30 p. m.
At 7:30 the pastor will continue
his Sunday . night messages on the
Bible with the account of the chil
dren of Israel in Egypt and the
"Language of the Monuments of
Egypt and the Word of God."
Next week will be Missionary
Week, the general meeting to . be
held Thursday afternoon.