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VOL. LIU, NO. 52
FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, DEC. 29. 1938
$1.50 PER YEiK
Accomplishments In 1938
Told In Report
In a New Year letter mailed out
this week Charles Melichar, super
visor of the Nantahala forest, graph
ically summarizes some of the ac
complishments of the forest orga
nization in this section during 1938.
t Enclosed with 'the New -Year let
ter was a mimeographed calendar
for 1939 containing much valuable
' information arranged by ilates. in
regard, to fishing and hunting sea
sons, grazing, brush burning, rec
reation areas, etc. The calendar is
well worth preserving for reference
.summary of 1938 activities
," is as follows: '
Land Use Planning: Help was
given to seven county agents in
compiling a rough map showing the
best use for the land in .each
county. It is the first step for
properly planning any new devel
opments by the county, state, and
Roads : Leatherman gravel road,
running north from West's Mill,
was ' completed. Rainbow Springs
gravel road was completed. Dillard
Highlands road the grade was com-
pleted under forest service super
vision and the graveling was done
under state contract. Black topping
1 to 'be done before next summer's
travel. Grade roughed-ouf for road
around west side of Santeetlah lake.
Cow.eeta experimental forest roads
extended several miles. .
The WPA has been a great help
in completing some of the roads too
: remote from CCC camps.
Telephone Lines: The Robbins
ville line was extended six milesf to
' keep up with the road construction
crews. . '
' Trails : About 60 miles of foot
- trails Were constructed in Graham
county for fire control and in : the
Fifes Creek game area for patrol.
' Employment : The Nantahala ' na
tional forest provided useful work
for the 600' boys. in the three CCC
camps which still remain on the
', forest at Otto, Aquone, and R'ob
binsville. Way ah Depot expanded
with the addition of a new wood
working shop, making truck cab
parts nd trailers for. use in the
Southern forests. The Southern
' Regions' ' sign shop is still at the
' Depot, constantly improving' in the
quality and the variety of signs
produced. About 30 men on WPA
' were employed 'for most of the
' year on recreation developments.
So the Nantahala forest ' continues
' as 1 a direct source of -work for.
some 700 people, as well as grow
ing timber for -sale which provides
y additional work for loggers.
Fire : An excellent fire record
' has been completed this year, with
only 24 fires and a loss of 162
acres burned. Such a fine .record
- would not be possible without the
'Active cooperation we are receiving
'from you, the people, who ' live on
"'Ji'the Nantahala. Everyone knows a
-Vcharred forest attracts no tourists
a his community. Likewise, each
.' magistrate who sat in judgment on
" a fire case daring the year has
showh a. keen desire to .uphold the
state fire law. With such good co
operation, you are helping make a
, -splendid .record.
; ' Wildlife The deer turned loose
last year have done well and the
; pride taken in "their" deer by. the
', majority of the citizens living near
1 the refuges, is very encouraging.
We hope they willvbei the first to
' profit from the ;6rgrilzed hunts in
(Continued! :W,JFgo' Eight)
i Services Sunday
The Rev. J. A. Flanagan and
i family are visiting relatives in Co
' lurnbia, S.' C, thisweek and it is
announced tha. there will . be no
preaching service at the Presby
.church next . Sunday,, ... ,. '
The above picture shows R. E. Berry, Macon county boy, sitting on a
hillside at Central House, Alaska, and was taken at midnight on June
25, 1938, showing him reading his Franklin Press.
Mr. Berry is a .son ofMr. and Mrs. R. E. Berry, of Franklin Route 4,
and a brother of Mrs. Earl Justice, .deputy clerk of Macon superior
court. He is-employed by the C. J.; Berry Gold Mining company, of
California, and is a regular subscriber. .to. The Franklin Pres.s-
Central House is located about 40 miles, from Fairbanks, where the
winters are long and cold and the summers short and hot. For .several
months oi the year the sun never gets entirely out of sight, and dur
ing other months it is seen only for a very short time each day. The
thermometer frequently goes to 40 below zero, and the inhabitants are
frozen in all winter, though mining work. is carried on part of the time
by the use of steam heating. Mail is carpied in. by plane and dog sledge.
J. M. Huggins j
Passes At Home In Ibtla
James M. (Bud) Huggiris, 80,. well
known farmer, of the Iotla section,
died last Friday night at his home
following, a long illness.
Mr. Huggins was a member of
the lotla Baptist church. He was
the son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
John Huggins, of the Burnmgtown
section. " '
' Surviving are his widow, the' for
mer Miss Margaret Carolne Davis;
three daughters, ' Mrs. Raymond
Hulse, of Ontario, Cal., Mrs. Wayne
McCracken,' Franklin Route 4, and
Mrs. Houghton Williams, of Fnank
lin Route 3; one son, Ell Huggins,
Franklin Route 4; eight grandchil
dren, and two sisters, Mrs, James
Oliver and Mrs. Jane Dowdle, both
of Franklin Route 2.
Funeral services . were held Sun
day morning at Iotla , Baptist
church, with , the Rev. R. F, May
berry, pastor, .assisted by the Rev.
Robert Pqindexter, in charge: Bur
ial was in . Burningtown Baptist
Cowce Basketball Team
Wins From Holly Springs
In a. game played in the Frank
lin high school gym on Wednesday
night, the Cowee basketball team
defeated the Holly Springs team by
a score of 47. to 34. The Cowee
team also won a game from Otto
Monday night, 27 to 22.
Baptist Church, Items
The pastor, Rev. C. F. Rogers will
11 r!A 7. 1A Tli mirtl.
ing theme to be, "Objectives tor
the New Year" and the evening
message a continuation of the Half
Hours With The Bible, the theme
being, "The Book of Romans in
the Light of the Old Testament,"
Bible school study at 9:45, "The
Call of Peter."
... B. T. U. and Men's Brotherhood
at 6:30 p. m. ;
Next week will be Missionary
Week in our church activities. . .
Days Aire . Long
Many Organizations Join
In .Providing Cheer
The ; needy and underprivileged
of Macon county,' young and old,
were amply provided for during the
Christmas .season by various organ
izations and agencies.
The Christmas party sponsored
by the American Legion onv the
afternoon of Christmas Eve was
attended by about 455 children
and their parents, and the young
sters were all sent home happy,
loaded down with toys, fruits, can
dy, etc. A miniature electric train
was kept running on a platform at
the front of the court room and
was a source of great enjoyment
to the children. v '
' .The Legion and the ladies of the
Legion Auxiliary are to be con
gratulated upon the success of this
party, as the ' number of children
exceeded the estimates by more
than 150, but none were disap
pointed as Santa Claus had enough
for- all. '
The Loyal Order of Moose pro
vided a large number of baskets
filled with many things for the
pleasure and comfort of the aged
throughout , the county. These were
distributed on Christmas Eve and
brought happiness : to many lonely
The churches of the town co
operated in preparing and distribut
ing gifts of fruit, candy, cigarettes
and other things to all prisoners
in the county prison camp, and
various church organizations sent
baskets to the inmates of the coun
ty v home. In addition there were
hundreds of gifts sent out to the
needy by generous citizens of the
town' and county. '
There was no disorder reported
and no serious accidents, and it
was a real season of good cheer
and good will for the; people of
Franklin and Macon county.
Mrs. Lee Carpenter is Spending
several days . in Atlanta with her
Business in 1939
Noted Financial Authority Expects 20 Per Cent Gain
Over 1938 Greater Farm Income More Jobs No
Adverse Legislation War Not Likely for United
States, England or France. i
By Roger W. Babson
BABSON PARK, MASS., December 30. Total business by the end
of 1939 will be as good as perhaps even better than at any year-end
since 1929. There may be periods when business will mark time, but
the average volume for the year will be around 20 per cent above the
1938 level. Jobs, wages, retail sales, stocks, and .even farm prices should
all chalk up good-sized gains. It is even possible that the sharp peaks
of early 1937 will be topped but this is a pretty long shot. Considering
r.ll factors, I forecast that' 1939 will be a year of moderate prosperity.
Becomes Manager Of Seed
ASHEVILLE, N. C, Dec. 28.
S. C. Clapp, head of the Mountain
Experiment Station at Swannanoa
S. C. CLAPP
for nearly 22 years, has accepted a
position as manager of , the seed
department of the Farmers Federa
tion and will assume his new du
ties January 2, it was announced
Tuesday by James G. K. McClure,
president of the farm cooperative. ',
"We know of no man wiio has
had wider experience in studying
and observing the kinds of seeds
needed on Western North Carolina
farms," Mr. McClure commented.
Before becoming assistant direc
tor in charge of the Swannanoa
test farm on February 1, 1917, Mr.
Clapp for 10 years was a nursery
and orchard inspector for the State
department of agriculture.
"We feel," Mr. .McClure added,
ill.. u i f
which Professor Clapp has acquired
ience in farm experimental work
should be made available to the
farmers of this section. And we be
lieve that as maaager of the feder
ation's seed department he will be
in position to render a real service
to thousands of our farmers." ,
In his new position Mr. Clapp
will .supervise the buying and
handling of seeds for the farm co
operative. He will make regular vis
its to the federation's 18 ware
houses to study the requirements
of each county.
Having served on the federation's
board of directors for some years,
Mr. Clapp is thoroughly familiar
with the organization's activities.
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Cabe and
small daughter,' of Otto, spent
Christmas Day with Mr. Cabe's
brother, Carl Cabe and Mrs. Cabe.
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There are no "hedges" tacked on
to my forecast as .there were in
several years past. In 1937, J fear
ed that the sit-downers would up
set the apple-cart. A year ago,
Washington's inertia worried me.
But today, I can see no reason why
the tides of recovery should not
carry us vigorously forward per
haps even to new highs since 1929!
This will merely be a continuation
of, the uptrend which began in
1932. Frankly, I do not consider the
1937-1938 Recession as anything
more than a temporary, but sharp,
interruption of the upward swing.
I emphasize this bit of "back
history" because I believe it has
an important bearing on confidence
at the moment. Millions of people
is we get further and further
away from 1929 look upon that
year as setting a record which can
never again be touched. As a re
sult of the sharp ups-and-downs of
the past decade, they have come to
believe that hard . times are now
normal times in America. 1 dis
agree. .1 think that these people
have lost their horizon 1 I do not
believe that 1929 necessarily rep
resents the pinnacle of American
It is true that some factors are
less favorable than in 1929. Among
them are taxes, bureaucracy, and
lack of faith. We have, however,
the following favorable items today:
1. Our population has grpwn 7,
000,000 since 1929.
2. Thousands of new products
have been invented.
3. Production efficiency has soar
ed 50 per cent in 10 years.
4. A huge deferred demand for
goods has piled up.
5. Credit reserves are the great
est in history.
6. Production costs are lower than
last year. ,
7. Wholesale and retail inventor
ies are relatively low.
8. Confidence is. returning as
"business baiting" lessens.
9. Billions will be spent on arma
ments and pump priming.
10. Building is on the threshold
of a real boom.
Gradual Gains In Early. Month
For these and other reasons,' I,:
i'J1 l,he ?rcefS ruefovery
business stands at 99 on my Bab-
sonchart compared with 84 a year
ago. 1939 will open, therefore, with
activity 18 per cent above the early
days of 1938. Indications are that,
as we work along through the first
half of the year, business will reg
ister a slow but healthy gain over
the January levels. The entire first
half of the New Year should show
a 25 per cent increase over the
gloomiest months of early 1938.
The second half of 1939 should
see a continuation of the gains. 'My
forecast, however, is contrary to
the expectations of many people.
They look for business to taper, off
and even to slide backward when
government pump priming ceases
next May or June. Nevertheless, I
am willing to predict that the sec
ond half of the year will be better
(Continued . on Pago Two)
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