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VOL. LIV, NO. 47
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, NOV. 23, 1939
$1.50 PER YEAR
R. G. SLAGLE, 37
Former Macon County
Man Crushed By
Further details have been re
ceived concerning the death of
Rufus G. Slagle in Handle, Wash.,
on Wednesday of last week, and
it is learned that his death was
caused ly the slipping of a Diesel
engine which , he was helping to
load on a truck, and which fell
upon him and crushed him to
4- Mr. Slagle was an experienced
timber man and owned an exten
sive tract of big timber near Han
dle which he was preparing to
cut when the fatal accident oc
curred. He was 37 years old and
had been in Washington for
many years, having gone there
when quite a young man.
Mr. Slagle was married May
30, 1930, to Miss Doris Greene, of
Handle, who survives him. He .was
a member of the Handle Metho
Funeral services were held at
the Methodist church in Handle
on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
with the Hev. Mr. Whisler, of
Ajlune. and the Rev. O. Anthony,
pastor of the church, officiating.
Internment was in Silver Creek
, Surviving, besides the widow,
are two young daughters, Norma
Jean and Hetty. Ann, and one son,
Buddy; his mother. Mrs. Henry
Slagle, of Cartoogechaye ; five
brothers, Dr. T. D., of 1'uerto
Kico; Jesse, Frank and Hal, of
Washington state; Fred, of Car
toogechaye, and one sister. Mrs.
Joe. Setser, of Cartoogechaye.' An
other brother, J. M. Slagle, was
killed in action in France in 1918.
S. S. Convention To Meet
At Tellico Sunday
the Macon County Baptist Sun
day School convention will meet at
the Tellico Baptist church next
Sunday afternoon, November 26,
beginning at 2:30 o'clock, it has
been announced by Paul Swafford,
president of the convention.
The program will open with a
song by members of Tellico Sun
day school. The devotional will be
led by Walter H. Dalton, followed
by the roll call and the reports
' from the various Sunday schools
in the county.
A talk on "Opportunity for Ex
pansion in Our Sunday Schools"
by J. L. Sanders. Special music
will be rendered by?the Byrd
family of the Tellico community.
The Hev. C. F. Rogers, pastor
of the Franklin Baptist church,
will deliver the special message of
All churches are expected to
have a large representation pres
ent. The public is invited to at
tend. j Union Thanksgiving
Service November 29
The annual union Thanksgiving
service for the churches of the
community will be held in the
Franklin Presbyterian church on
Wednesday evening, November 29,
at 7:30 o'clock. The various min
isters of the community will take
part in the service with the Rev.
Ivon L. Roberts, oastor of the
local Methodist church, bringing a
special Thanksgiving sermon, spe
cial music will be furnished by
the choir made up of members of
the various churches. A special of
fering will be received for the
orphanages; represented by the par
ticipating congregations. Everyone
is cordially invited to attend.
Attractive Book Tells
Fire Fighting History
The Press has received a copy
of "Enjincl Enjine!" an attractive
and valuable book recently issued
by The Home Insurance company,
of New York. The book is illu
strated with many colored plates
of old fire engines and equipment
ond contains a wealth of historical
inaLer concerning fire fighting in
early American days.
Exhaustive research and oarc
have been exercised to secure
accuracy of description and au
thenticity of detail in illustrjttioiii
and story, ana tne dook is one
Well worth preserving for refer
Bernard Poliakoff, a student at
the University of South Caro
lina, is spending this week in
Franklin with his parents, Mr
P.-T. A. Meeting
Held ... Monday Best In
Attendance For Year
"Aims and Goals for the Frank
lin School for the Year" was the
subject of -an address before the
Parent-Teacher Association meet
ing last Monday, by the principal,
W. H. Finley. In the course of his
talk Mr. Finley announced that
every teacher in. the Franklin
school possessed an A Grade cer
tificate. In the field of physical im
provements it was reported that
all school rooms are being painted
a light cream and brown, the chil
dren themselves contributing sub
stantially to this expense.
A round table discussion led by
Mrs. Thomas J. O'Neil, teacher oi
home economics, on "Social Stan-
lards in the High School" was
entered into thoroughly by moth
ers and teachers, bringing out
helpful suggestions to be followed
by a committee appointed , to plan
social activities and guide a whole
some .social life for the students.
Mrs. Helen Macon reported the
results of a survey made by Dr.
Killian of Cullowhee, wi standards
and aptitudes of high school pu
pils of 17 counties in Western
North Carolina, as applied to Ma
con county. The graph showed
that in academic studies 'Macon
county rated as high , as Lee Ed
wards . high .school, Asheville. In
emotional, social, health and honi
ife the graph of this county fell
below that of many others. This
year's aims will include plans on
the part of parents, teachers and
students to improve these . points
during this year.
The membership committee re
ported that 101 members had paid
dues for 1939. A Hobby Show was
announced a.s a feature of Decem
ber's meeting, each member being
asked to bring a hobby to exhibit.
This will be a social meeting. Mrs.
John Wasilik, Jr., president, pre
sided at ' the meeting, which was
acclaimed as the best in atten
dance and program for the year.
Will Purchase Glasses
For Those Who Have
At their Mondav niuht business
meeting in Cagle's Cafe, the Frank
lin Lions Club heard a report trom
Bob Gaines that there- were 45
children in Macon county with de
fective eyesight and no money to
hnv the needed clashes. County
health and welfare reports were
used in the survey.
It was decided that, the club
would start on this project by buy
ing five pairs of glasses through
state facilities. Fhe glasses cost
from $3.50 to $6.00 a pair. Appar
ently the children needing glasses
are generally found . to have poor
marks in school. Means were dis
cussed for raising money to ac
complish this project so tnat no
needy child would be denied.
The club also decided to join
the Red Cross 100 icr cent and
the members present uave the
secretary one dollar each to be
turned over to Roll Call officials.
Dr. Ben Grant was welcomed in
a a new member.
A number of Franklin Lions and
their wives attended a Ladies'
Night dinner given by the Clayton,
Ga., club last Thursday night and
were royally entertained. J he
speaker of the evening was Dr. E.
Waights Henry, superintendent of
the Atlanta district in the Metho
dist conference, and a musical
urogram was (riven bv the music de
partment of the Rabun Gap-Na-coochee
school. The Franklin club
ilans to invite the Clayton Lions
to an entertainment here at a
Deputy Dills Captures
Copper Still, Five Men
John Dills, deputy sheriff of Ma
con county, captured a 35-gallon
capacity copper still on Tuesday
afternoon about 5 o clock on the
Highlands-Dillard road two- and
one-half miles out of Highlands.
Mr. Dills who found the still in
operation, destroyed 15 gallons of
apple brandy and 500 gallons of
mash, and captured five men. They
were Ed Russell, Bill Hunger.
John Russell, Wayne Lowe and
Harrison Jones, all of the High
John Russell, Harrison Jones,
and Ed Russell made bond o
$200 for their appearance at the
December 4 term of Macon Su
perior court, while Wayne Lowe
and Harrison Jones were placed
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Above is a reproduction of one of the . paintings of Rudolph Ingerle, distinguished artist of Chicago, who
holding an exhibit in Charlotte at this time. Mr. and Mrs. Ingerle spent several seasons in Bryson City,
where some of hi,s most beautiful canvasses were painted, of scenes in that neighborhood. The Ingerles
have visited Franklin and lr. Ingerle has expressed the wish to paint some of Franklin's beautiful scenery.
Former British and American
championship golfer, Fam Barton,
now doea all her driving from be
hind the wheel of an ambulance.
With thousands of British women,
Fam volunteered for ambulance
service and Is now in training.
Last week in our article, announc
ing, the removal of T. D. Bryson,
Jr., and family from Bryson City
to Franklin, we erroneously gave
Mr. Bryson the name "Thomas".
Discovering this mistake, we hast
en to give the correct name, which
is Thaddeus D. Bryson, Jr.
As The World
A Brief Survey of Current
FOR PAST WEEK
Intensified action on sea and in
air has taken heavy toll of both
neutrals and belligcrants in the
war zone during the past week.
Twenty ships have been isunk lol
lowing Germany's loosing of mines
in the North Sea. The sinking of
7,906-ton Dutch liner Simon Boli
var last Saturday was as great a
disaster as the sinking of the
Athenia. 140 of the 540 on board
lost their lives.
Hitler's earlier threat of a new
weapon has materialized in the
magnetic niinci which are sown
near the surface of. the sea and
which explode when attracted by
the steel hulls of vessels passing
above them Other floating mines
that have done damage and also
that have been washed ashore are
believed to have been torn from
their moorings in a recent storm.
There are reports that the British
navy will introduce wooden ships
as mine .sweepers to remove the
German magnetic mines.
The admiralty announced today
that a. "wild" nunc sunk the Brit
ish destroyer Gipsy on Tuesday
in the North Sea with the loss of
about 40 lives.
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Two Nazi ubraarinei wera tunk
HI SCHOOL GYM
Building And Equipment
The Franklin high school gym
.nasium was destroyed.by fire early
Wednesday morning, together with
all football suits and helmets and
much other equipment belonging
to the school. The fire is thought
to have started from coals spilled
on the floor from the stove where
a fire had been started Tuesday
afternoon to heat water for the
showers. It had evidently been
gradually spreading all night, and
before it was. discovered had gain
ed such headway that 'it , was im
possible to save any part of the
'The fire alarm was sounded at
about 5:30 in the morning and
the fire department responded
promptly but by that time the en
tire structure was ablaze and it
was impossible to check the flames.
The gymnasium was a frame
structure erected several years ago
under a CWA grant. It was in
sured for $2,000.
It is understood that an effort
will be' made to replace the old
building with a larger and more
commodious structure, that will be
fireproof and more suited to the
needs of the school.
Events In State, Nation
by one French torpedo boat. A
Nazi warplane was shot down Dy
Dutch pursuit planes while flying
Heavy toll of German war planes
is reported on the western front.
Allied planes, including American
Curtiss pursuit ships have brought
down eight German planes in 48
hours, it was announced.
Air raid warnings, have sounued
in Britain and also in Paris. Ger
man planes have been shot down
over Great Britain. Both Allied
and German reconnaisance planes
have been active over enemy area.
Great Britain has announced a
"reprisal" blockade of German ex
ports, whether carried by Nazi or
Germany has announced the ar
rest and confessi6n of Georg El
ser, as the one who placed the
bomb iin the Munich beer cellar
in an attempt on Hitler's life. Al
so arrested were two British secret
agents, Best and Stevens, accused
of complicity and of organizing
plots in Germany Evidence against
the three by the secret police has
not vet been made public. An
American citizen, Helmuth Hirsch,
executed in Germany two years
ago "on charges of high treason,
(Continuod Paga Eight)
All for Safety
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No the picture isn't upside-down.
This pilot Is merely testing a new
airplane safety belt at Wright field,
Dayton, Ohio. The belt is protection
against crash landings.
J. E. Rice
Dies Wednesday Morning
In Spruce Pine
John E. Rice, formerly a leading
business man of Franklin, bufwho
moved to Spruce Pine about eight
years ago, died at his home in
that city Wednesday morning at
4 o'clock after a week's illness.
Mr. Rice was a native of Shel-
byville, Tenn., and came to Frank
lin to enter the mica business, iie
built a handsome home here and
was prominent in the 'business and
civic affairs of the town. He was
a leading member of the Presby
terian church and was also a
Mason and a Shriner.
He had a host of friends through
out Macon county who were deep
ly pained by the news of his
Funeral services were held this
(Thunsday) afternoon at 2 o'clock
at the First Presbyterian church
with the Rev. Dr. Augustus R,
Craig, pastor, officiating. The body
lay in state at the church from
11 to 2 o'clock. Interment was in
Liberty Hill cemetery, Spruce
Surviving are his widow; one
daughter, Mrs. Martha Fulton, of
Shreveport, La., and a son. D. D.
Rice, of Johnson City, Tenn.
Three Macon Boys
Enlist In Navy
Ray Barnard, of Iotla; Fred
Murray,, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
I. Murray, of Franklin, and Ethan
Allen Ordway, son of Mr. and Mrs,
James Ordway, of Franklin, have
passed their final examinations for
the navy, and have been assigned
for service to the Naval Training
Station, Nwfalk, Va.
FOR RED CROSS
Meeting Held On 'Tues.
Night And Plans
An .'eiithusiai-tic imiling of the
Red Cross officials and workers
was held in the American. Legion'
hull on Tuesday evening at a get
Final instructions and supplies j
were given the workers lor the
drive which opened in Franklin
and Macon county ediu -il.iy
. .... . t
morning ami. will continue uirtign
the remainder of November,- (
hollowing the supper the meet-.,'
ing was presided over by the Hev.
Harry S. Williams, chairman. A
.skit on "Whv She Didn't Go to
the Dance" was given by Miss
Doris l'eiiland and Miss Osteen
Roberts, portraying the needs of
hygiene. " - .
Mrs. Fhvisc G." Franks, county
welfare officer, made a brief talk
on the Red Cross in connection
with social welfare work. She
stressed the cooperation that she
h;i(S received through the county
commissioners, the churches, the
l.ions and the Rt.tary Clubs, as
well as other ciwc org-.mi.atioiis
in the county. She aNo pointed
out the great assets that federal
funds had been to Macon county.
Mrs. .Robert R. 'Gaines, public
health nurse for Macm county,
spoke briefly on the services ren
dered by. the Red Cross through
the health 'department.
Thirty-one certificates-, were
awarded to the' class in home hy
giene, and -at. present she lia a
class of 22 members at Highlands.
Much of her work is carried on
through these connections, she re
potted. Mrs. Lola P. Barrington, Junior .
Red CrofiS chairman, told of this
work in connection with the Red
Cross chapters, reporting that she
has sent letters to the majority, of
the teachers in Macon county ask
ing them to enroll their pupils. 1U0
per cent. She has had replies from
29 teachers who are already 100
' Mrs. Frank Potts, of the High
lands Chapter, told of the interest
manifested in the work in High
lands, and how, through the aid
of the Red Cross, the social wel
fare and other organizations, a.
small boy of that community who
had been critically ill, had been
W. H. Cobb, recently appointed '
chairman of the Highlands Chap-
ter, made a short talk on their,
Harley R. Cabe. chairman of the
Macon county chapter, appointed"
a nominating committee consisting
of Sam W. Mendenhall, chairman;
W. H. Cobb and Mrs, Lester S.
Conley. They plan to announce the
new officers within a short time.
Dr. Walter E. Furr, the principal
speaker of the evening, spoke on
the present crisis. He challanged
the workers to enroll every adult
man and woman in Macon county
in this Red Cross drive. He told
of his knowledge of how the Red
Cross aided the refugees during
the world war, and of his exper
ience in the war.
Library Receives Many
New And Valuable Books
Approximately 1,200 new books
have been put on the shelves dur
ing the last Six weeks, reports
Mrs. Thomas J. Johnston, librarian
of the Franklin public library. All
these books most of them part
of the number given to the library
by Mrs. Angie Cox have been
shellacked, catalogued and numb
ered by Mrs. Johnston and her as
sistants. The books include some of the
latest best sellers and many stan
dard and reference books used by
teachers and students of the town
and county schools.
The library is open five days in
the week,' Tuesday through Sat
urday, from 12 noon to 5 p. ni.
Methodist Pastor To
Preach To Children
Children are to be given special
recognition at the 11 o'clock serv
ice next Sunday' morning .at the
Franklin Methodist church. The
pastor will preach- for them a.
sermon based' on tlitf text: "If 1
wash thee not, thou hast ho part
The sermon truth will be demon-'
istrated by the use of colored
chemicals making the message so
simple that even kindergarten chil
dren will be able to understand it.
Parents are urged to come and
attend this service with their chil
dren. Adults will find the message
applicable to their lives also.
and Mrs. S, Poliakoff.
in jail in default of bond,