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VOL. LIV, NO. 46
FRANKLIN, N. C THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 1939
$1.50 PER YEAR
Red Cross Drive Will Get
Under Way Wednesday
To Local Red Cross
The following letter received
one day last week by the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce
seems peculiarly appropriate as
a beginning for the story of the
coming Roll Call campaign:
. . , November 8, 1939
Chamber of Commerce,
Franklin, N. C.
jj 1 like your attractive city and
also other sections of your very
beautiful state, and hope some
time to visit it again.
May I have the privilege of
subscribing to your local chapter
of the American . Red Cross to
the extent of $5.00. I enclose
money, order for .same and I
would appreciate it very much
if you will see that this money
order reaches the proper author
ities. Very truly yours,
Frederic J. Saddington
"Officers and committees of the
Macon County Red Cross Chapter
have completed their, plans for the
annual Roll Call drive, which will
begin on Wednesday morning, No
vember 22, and continue through
November 30, it has been announc
cd by the Rev. Harry S. Williams,
pastor' of - the Franklin circuit, and
Roll Call chairman.
The Rev. J. A. Flanagan, pastor
of the Franklin Presbyterian
church, will have charge of the
membership drive in the business
section of Franklin and has ap
pointed and assigned the following
workers to the various sections :
John M. Archer, James E. Perry,
Ben W, Woodruff, Miss Rachel
Slagle, John Hamcr, T. W. Angel,
Jr.. C. Tom Bryson, Miss Eliza
beth Slagle, Mrs. Lester S. Con
ley and T. W. Porter.
Mrs. Herbert E. Church is chair
man of the residential section and
has selected the following work
ers: Mrs. John -M. Archer, Harri
son avenue; Mrs. James A. Sut
ton, Bidwell street; Mrs. Bcnnie
McGlamery, Church and Iotla
streets; Mrs. Lester Henderson,
Hillcrest Drive; Mrs: Roy F. Cun
ningham, Palmer street and a part
of the residences on Main street;
Mrs, James Brookshire, Georgia
road; Mrs. John Cunningham,
beginning at Nahtahala Creamery
and Murphy road; Mrs. Fred S.
Sloan, East Franklin; Mrs. Ray
Swanson, Dillsboro road; Mrs.
Verna Greene May, West
Boulevard and Greene street; Mrs.
George E. Brown,. Bonny Crest;
Mrs. D. W. Nichols, White Oak
and Riverview streets; Mrs. John
Wright, West Main street; Mrs.
Bill Hor,sley, residences on East
Main street and booth of Macon
Theatre; and Mrs. Kate Rhinehart
will canvass the teachers in the
Franklin high school and the ele
Rural Workers Named
Mrs. Robert R. Gaines, public
health nurse for the county, is
rural Roll Call chairman, assisted
by Miss Florence Stalcup, home
demonstration agent and Sam W.
Mendcnhall, county farm agent.
They have named the following to
cover the rural communities :
The Rev. J. I. Vinson, Mulberry;
Miss Kate Shopc, Maple Springs;
Mrs. Pauline Cabe and Miss Hol
land, Upper and Lower Tesciita ;
Jaines L. Young, Hickory Knoll;
Mrs. T. W. Kiser, Clark's Chapel;
Mrs. Pearl Stewart, Salem; San-
ford Smith, Higdonville and fc.Ui
jay;' Mrs. C. Tom Bryson, Culla
saja; Mrs. Ed Kinstand, Holly
Springs; the Rev. George A. Cloer,
Watauga; Mrs. Clyde N. West,
Cowee; the Rev. R. F. Mayberry,
lotla and Olive Hill ; Ralph Angel,
Oak Dale;.. Mrs.' Robert Parrish,
Burningtown ; , the Rev. C. C.
Welch, Tellico; J. J. Mann, Oak
Grove; E. O. Rickman, Leather
man; Mrs. Edith Foster, Otto; J.
B. Brendlc, Buck Creek; Mrs. F.
E. Mashburn, Walnut Creek; Mrs.
Myrtle Keener, Pine Grove; Miss
Lois Henderson, Gold Mine; Wil
liam Crawford, Otter Creek; Miss
Lolita Dean, Aquonej Miss Vir
ginia Tillev. Fairview : Miss Mary
Elmore, Camp Branch; Mrs. Pearl
Johnson, Rainbow Springs; Mrs.
Henry Slagle, Cartoogechaye; Miss
Esther Seay, " Allison-Watts, and
Mrs. Leona P. Duncan, Patton
The junior membership drive
will be conducted under the chair
manship of Mrs. Lola P. Barring
ton, teacher in the Franklin .school,
who is - working toward all. the
schools in the county subscribing
100 per cent. Already several of
the. schools have done so.
Dinner Meeting Tuewday
On Tuesday evening, November
21, beginning at 6:30 o'clock,' a
special dinner for all the. workers
will be served in the American
Legion Hall.. The program will oijcn
with special 'music followed Dy
invocation by the Rev. J. A. Flan
agan. Included among the five
minute after-dinner speakers will
be Mrs. Robert R. Gaines, public
health nurse, on the work ac
complished during the past year;
Mrs. Eloise G. Franks', county wel
fare officer, the Red Cross work
in connection with the social wel
fare; Mrs. Lola P. Barrington, jun
ior Red Cross work; Dr.. Walter
E. Furr, the present crisis, and
the Rev. Harry S. Williams will
speak on methods and materials.
The principal address of the eve
ning willi be made by an out-of-town
speaker. A skit on "Why
She Didn't G, to the Dance" will
be given by Miss Doris Penland
and Miss Osteen Roberts.'
Mrs. Bill Forsley will be at the
Macon Theatre from Wednesday,
November 22, through Saturday,
November 25, with posters and
window decorations for any who
want to make a special Red Cross
window, and various other supplies
to help promote the Roll Call.
Mr. Williams, roll call chairman,
is particularly anxious for all the
business firms, the different organ
izations and clubs and all the pro
fessional men to join 100 per cent.
This will require only one member
ship from those who belong to
several different organizations.
Out of each membership 50 cents
is sent to national headquarters
with the. balance being used by the
Highlands Plans Outlined
Plans for the Roll Call drive in
Highlands were outlined at a meet
ing of the Highlands chapter held
Monday, at which time officers
were elected as follows : chairman,
W. H. Cobb; vice-chairman, Mrs.
F. H. Potts, re-elected; secretary,
Mrs. W. H. Cobb, re-elected ;
treasurer, O. F. Summer. ,
Mrs. F. H. Potts, Roll Call
chairman, has appointed Mrs. W.lHitler in, the past, and are keep-
H. Cobb and Mrs. Carl H. Zoell
ner to assist in the membership
Junior Red Cross
According to Mrs. Lola P. Bar
rington, Junior Red Cross chair
man, the following schools in Ma
con county have subscribed 100
per cent to the Junior Red Cross:
Otto, Mashburn Branch, Scaly and
Lower Tesenta, with Mashburn
Branch leading in the largest
amount to date.
The following eler-.entary rooms
in the Franklin school have join
ed: Mrs. Guffey's, Mrs. Cagle's,
Mrs. Williams', Mrs. F"ranks', Mrs.
Hunter's, 'Miss Slagle'.s, Mrs. Al
ley's, Miss Jamison's, Miss Hen
derson's, Mrs. Ramsey's, Miss
Moody's, Mrs. Barrington's and
Miss Porter's, with Mrs. Ramsey's
and Mrs. Barrington's leading in
the largest amount to date. Mrs.
Ramsey's $1.12 and Mrs. Barring
Mrs. Stewart's seniors gave $2.05,
the largest amount yet received
from the' high schools.
Postmasters To Meet
At Cherokee Nov. 21
Thomas W. Porter, postmaster
at Franklin, has announced that
the next postmasters' meeting will
be held at the Cherokee .llndian
Reservation on Tuesday evening,
November 21, beginning . at 7:30.
o'clock. All the postmasters . in
Macon county are invited to at
tend. Mrs. Walkingstick, postmaster at
Cherokee, promises a ' splendid
lime to those attending.. She is
having a turkey dinner and a num
ber of Indian dishes, that will be
prepared by the home-making de
partment of the Indian school espe
cially for the banquet.
James R. Martin, 88
James Richardson Martin, 88,
died at his home in the Rainbow
Springs section Saturday afternoon.
He had been ill for five days.
Mr. Martin was, before moving
to Rainbow Springs five years ago,
a merchant at Wilmont in Jackson
county. He was a member of the
Rainbow Springs Baptist church.
Funeral services were held at the
Wilmont Baptist church, Jackson
county,, at 2 o'clock Sunday after
noon. Surviving are : six sons, A. D.,
of Elmira, W. Va. ; James, of
Chafsworth, Ga.; Lee, of Brook
lyn, N. Y. ; R. J., of Rainbow
Springs ; Isaac, of Swannanoa, and
Pink, of Macon county; and one
daughter, Mrs. Julia ...Bradley, of
Wilmont. He leaves several grand
An Appeal From Roll Call Chairman
To the People of Macon County: "
This is an insecure world, at best, and one where tragedy
often comes without warning. Accidents, disease, earthquakes,
fire, floods, storms and wars remind us that no one is safe or
free from the possibilities of pain and suffering. The dangers we
face arc too many and too unpredictable for one person, or one
community to meet alone. .In the Red Cross we are 'bound to
gether for the prevention of just such tragedies and when they
do come we meet them standing shoulder to shoulder in one
great bond of brotherhood. At the beach, in the factory, on the
farm, on the highway, in the home, in the school, or wherever
it may be .seen-, the Red Cross stands for the saving of lives and
the relief of suffering. Above the chaos, of major disaster the
Red Cross, floating in its field of white, means food, clothing
medicine or whatever help is needed.
A membership in the Red Cross is not a gift to charity. If is
actual participation in social insurance and is actually having a.
part in the great work being done by the organization. Join the
Red Cross and know you are helping to prevent .suffering for
yourself, for your loved ones and those who are dear to others.
Know that you are relieving suffering for those on whom trag
edy has fallen, and that you can receive such help in your pos
sible time of need.
The Red Cross deserves your help at all times but it is espe
cially needed in these days when millions suffer from the horrors
of war. Without your help women and children must go without
shelter, clothing and food, while riien lack surgical supplies and
bandages. We can have no sympathy .with the idea of war and
we pray that our country may have the wisdom to keep out of
it. But at the same time we must not deny help to the organ
ization that makes less the suffering of war for thosefcwho are
wounded and for those who are homeless and starving.
In a world filled with hate, greed and oppression, there is one
banner that stands for love, mercy and unselfish service A RED
CROSS ON WHITE BACKGROUND.. Will you do your part to
see that it always floats wherever it is needed?
HARRY S. WILLIAMS,
Roll Call Chairman.
Summary Of Events During
Past Week In European War
FEAR OF INVASION
LESSENS IN HOLLAND
The people of Holland, who have
been in fear of a German invas
ion for more than a week, were
somewhat relieved Monday when
Germany reaffirmed her pledge to
respect the neutrality of Holland
and Belgium "as long as Britain
and France respect this neutrality."
The Dutch are relieved but still
watchful, knowing the worthless!
ness of many pledges made by
ing border forces at full strength.
PARLEYS WITH RUSSIA
Negotiations on Russia's military
and territorial demands against
F'inland came to a definite end
Monday night when, the Finnish
delegation left Moscow and start
ed their homeward journey. The
Russian press warned angrily that
Finland "is on the brink of ruin,"
but official circles in Moscow took
the position that negotiations were
merely suspended and not neces
sarily broken off. It is thought
that Russia will not resort to mili
tary force to .subdue Finland, as
she would thus risk involvement
with Norway, Sweden and Den
mark, and would be drawn into
the general conflict. Russian planes
and troops are said, however, to
be making threatening gestures
along the border in an effort to
break Fmnish morale.
DUTCH AND BELGIAN
PEACE EFFORT FAILS
The offer of mediation issued by
the .rulers of Holland and Belgium
brought replies from France and
Britian that they "would always
be willing to examine a reasonable
and assured basis for an equitable
peace," but that if was "up to
Germany"' to establish peace "by
reparation of the injustices that
force imposed on Austria, Czecho
slovakia and Poland."
Winston Churchill, first lord of
the British admiralty, blasted Hit
ler and the Nazi government on
the same day that the replies to
Holland and .Belgium were' dis
patched. In a broadcast he stated
that either all that Britain and
France .stand for in the modern
world will go down or that Hitler,
the Nazi regime and the recurring
German or Prussian menace will
be broken and destroyed." He also
said, "If we are conquered all will
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
TO SHIPS' TRANSFER .
President Roosevelt has an
nounced his reasons for opposing
the transfer of American ships to
the Panama flag in efforts to
circumvent the neutrality act pro
vision banning American ships 'from
war zones. .
AID TO SEAMEN
President Roosevelt last Friday
pledged three-way government aid
be enslaved and the United States
will be left alone to guard the
rights of man."
MASS EXECUTION OF
GERMAN PILOTS REPORTED
Mass executions of some of Ger
many's ablest fliers have been re
ported recently. Seven bombing
squadrons are said to have mutin
ied at the field because their de
mands for adequate fighting plane
support were not complied with.
Three squadrons of Marshal Goer
ing's famed "Swallows of Death"
are also said to have refused to
take the air to meet the French
and English fliers in their Amer
ican made Curiiss fighting planes.
WAR INTENSIFIED ON
THE HIGH SEAS
Sinking of a British destroyer
and 10v other vessels within 72
hours with a toll of 33 dead and
many injuried heralded intensified
war on the high seas. Of the
merchant vessels sunk seven were
British, one Norweigian and two
German. Three of the British ves
sels were sunk by striking a sub
merged wreck off. the coast of
England, one by a German mine
and the others probably by sub
marines. The sinking coincided
with a Nazi threat to torpedo all
British ships "on the assumption
that they are armed."
LITTLE ACTIVITY REPORTED
ON WESTERN FRONT
The western front remains quiet
with only minor raids and artillery
action reported. Both sides are
marking time during the heavy
rains, and some observers believe
that there will be little land fight
ing until spring unless growing
unrest in Germany forces Hitler
to risk all on a great offensive in
the hope of winning a victory
which will keep his people united
and save his government.
GERMANS AFRAID TO RISK
It is believed that the rcasoas
behind the Nazi failure to carry
out the threat of bombing French
and- English cities are that they
lack skilled pilots and fuel and
that they fear the retaliatory ac
tion of the allies which would de
stroy exposed industrial plants at
Essen and elsewhere in Germany
plants which are within easy reach
of French and English aircraft.
to American seamen who lose their
jobs as result of the neutrality act,
and disclosed that he is working
on plans to avoid the necessity
for shipowners to transfer idle
trans-Atlantic vessels to foreign
flags in order to continue in busi
PRESIDENT WILL VISIT
It .is announced from Washing
Continued on Pf Six)
Transferred To Ouachita
Ray W. Brandt, who came to
Franklin in 1934 as junior forester
and worked on timber stand im
provement in the Nantahala Na
tional forest, has been transferred
to the Ouachita National forest,
with headquarters in Hot Springs',
Mr. Brandt, in his work on timb
er management, worked under
Charles Rowland, and succeeded
Rowland wlien he was, transferred
to Gainesville, Ga"., in 1938. In
this promotion, he handled timber
sales work, game management and
In the transfer, Mr. Brandt will
be management assistant to the
Ouachita forest, which is chiefly
a pine forest, and the work will
broaden his experience.
No one has been sent to replace
Mr. Brandt, as the management
plans have not been completed.
Mr. and Mrs. Brandt left Fri
day, ' Nov. 3, for their new home
in Hot Springs. During their stay
in Franklin, they made a host of
friends, who regretted their leaving-
P.-T. A. To Meet At
High School Monday
The monthly meeting of the
Franklin Parent-Teachef associa
tion will be held on Monday after
noon, November 20, at 3:30 o'clock
in the high school auditorium, it
has been announced by Mr.s. John
Wasilik, Jr., president.
W. H. Finley, principal of the
Franklin high school, will speak on
the "Aims and Goals of the Frank
lin School for the Year." A round
table discussion on "Social Stan
dards in the High School" will be
led by Mrs. T. J. O'Niel, teacher
of the home economics class, in
the Franklin high school; Follow
ing there will be a hobby, show by
mefbers of the P.-T. A. All mem
bers arc urged to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Winn
Seek Home In Macon
Mr. and Mrs. Courtland S. Winn,
Jr., and young son, of Doraville,
Ga., who have been frequent sunir
incr visitors in I-'ranklin, spent last
week-end here continuing their
quest for a summer place near
Last summer Mr. and Mrs.
Winn advertised in The l-'ranklin
Press for a site, on Cartoogechaye
preferably, with or without , a
house. Mr. and Mrs. Winn are the
kind of citizens we need and
want, ,so anyone who can sell them
the kind of place they are look
ing for will be doing the county a
good turn. -
Funeral Held At Pisgah
For Dewitt Hall, 67
Funeral services for Dewitt Hall,
67, who died at his home near
Hayesville Wednesday afternoon,
November 8, at 3 o'clock, were held
Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at
the Pisgah Baptist church.
Mr. Hall, a native of Macon
county, had been ill one week, suf
fering with blood poison in his
foot and a hemorrhage of the brain.
Mr. Hall was the son of the late
R. H. and Lucy Morrison Hall, of
Macon county, and was reared in
the Oak Grove community.
Surviving are his widow, the for
mer Miss Elizabeth McCoy; seven
sons, Walter Hall, of Young Har
ris, Ga. ; Virgil Hall, Murphy ; Lee
Hall, of Winston-Salem; Claude;
Charles, Albert, and Dewitt, Jr.,
of Warren; four daughters, Mrs.
Lucy Hawkins, of Warren; Mrs.
Fred Elliott, of Franklin Route 4;
Mrs. Charles Kimsey, and Miss
Cordelia Hall, of ' Warren ; two
brothers, Elbert Hall, ' of Warren,
and D. A. Hall, of Etna, and one
sister, Mrs. Laura Shaw, of Spo
Houston Child Dies
Here Tuesday Morning
W. C, the eight-year-old son of
Mr.' and Mrs. Grady Houston, of
Brevard, died at Angel hospital on
Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock, fol
lowing an illness of 14 days.
G. W. was! brought to Angel
hospital Saturday from the Lydia
hospital at Brevard -where he had
been a patient for about 11 days.
The body was taken to the home
at Brevard Tuesday, with the fu
neral services to be held Wednes
day.' Surviving are the parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Grady Houston, former
ly of Rose Creek, Macon county,
four sisters, Gladys, Novella, Jes
sic Mae and Mary Alice; two
brothers, Elmer and V.erco, alt of
Brevard; his grandparents, Mr.
and -Mrs. J. W. Houston and Mr.
and Mrs. John Parrish, of We$t'
District Conference Will
Include 21 Western
The Western District Welfare
conference will meet in Asheville
on next Tuesday, November 21,
with registration beginning at 9:J0
o'clock. '.' .
This conference is especially in
tended for all government officials
of the 21 counties represented iu
the district county commissioners,
welfare boards, clerks of court,
county auditors, registers of deeds,
representatives, in the general as
sembly, and all interested civic
leaders. The meeting will also be
attended by county superintendents
of welfare and case workers.
The theme of the gathering will
be "Public Welfare a Public Serv
ice". Hon. D. Hiden Ramsey of
Asheville, will be the luncheon
speaker, Mrs. W. T. Bost, state
commissioner of public welfare,
will speak on . "The Job Itself",
and open forum discussions will be
held as follows: Col. W. A. Blair,
of Winston-Salem, will lead oo the
subject, "Service Through County
Boards": R. Kuamr Brown, as-
!... ... i.
sisiant commissioner oi weiiare, on
"Service to Youth" ; Nathen H. Yal
ton, director division of public as
sistance, on "Public Welfare a
Mrs. Eloise G. Franks, Macon
county .superintendent of public
welfare, urges a large attendance
from this county of all connecteJ
with and interested in the welfare
administration of the county.
Rufus Slagle Die
In Randle, Wash.
A telegram was received by Mrs.
Henry Slagle Wednesday telling
of the death of her soti, Rufus G.
Slagle, at his home in Randle,
Wash. No details were given and
the cause of death is unknown.
Funeral and burial will be in
Randle where he had made bis
home ' for several years.
Mr. Slagle was 37 years old and
leaves a wife, two daughters and
one son. He is also survived by
five brothers, Dr. T. D. Slagle, of
Puerto Rico; Jesse, Frank and
Hal Slagle, of Washington state;
Fred Slagle, of Franklin Route 1,
and one sister, Mrs. Joe Setser, of
Franklin Route 1. .
T. D. Bryson Opens
Law Office Here
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Bry
son, Jr., and family, of Bryson
City, arrived on Tuesday to make
their permanent residence in
Franklin, where Mr. . Bryson will
pursue his profession, the practise
of law. Mr. Bryson'. office is lo
cated iii the Ashear building, whiU
their residence will be in the Or
Mr. Bryson is the son of Judge
Bryson, formerly of Bryson City,
now professor of law at Duke
University, and the brother of E.
C. Bryson, assistant director of the
legal clinic at Duke University. He
is a lawyer of some years.' exper
ience, having practised in his na
tive town of Bryson City since re
ceiving his license in 1925. He re
ceived his education in the Bry
son City schools and the Univer
sity of North Carolina. Three tunes
he has served as mayor of Bryson
City, and as a member of the
General Assembly of 1939.
Mrs. Bryson was the former Miss
Forbell, of Rockville Center, Long
Island, N. Y. They have three chil
dren, Gail, aged 10; Ann, 8; and
Thomas D. Bryson IV, 4 years old.
Franklin is fortunate to add the
Bryson family to its professional
and social life.
Oak Grove Box Supper
Brought In Nice Sum
More than $50 was realized from
the box supper held at the Oak
Grove school on Friday night of
the past week, stated J. J. Mann,
principal of the school.
The money is to be used for the
benefit of the school and for the
home demonstration club of the
Oak Grove community. The re
sults of the supper were highly
gratifying and the community in
general is to be thanked for very
Postoffice Will Be
Closed November 23
The Franklin pastoffice will be
closed on Thursday, November 23,
except for special delivery and per
ishable packages, it is announced
by T. W. Porter, postmaster. This
is the day proclaimed as Thanks
giving by President RooscvU,