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VOL. LV, NOs 2
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, JANUARY 11. 1940
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FINNS DESTROY
TWO DIVISIONS
Russians Defeated At All
Points; Other War
News Reviewed ,
in three great battles between
Finnish and Russian troops,' '.the
Finns arc reported to have prac
tically wiped oiit two entire Rus
sian divisions and at least, one reg
iment of 4,XK) men belonging to
another division (the 164ih). .
The- first of the three battles
started on Christmas Jive against
the. Russian' 103rd division. Next
was the battle in which the 164th
was engaged. The third battle,
against the 44th, ended last Sun
dayexcept for the mopping up
by the Finns of disorganized Teni
nauts. :
The . Finns arc also reported to
have surrounded another large
body, of Russian troops and to
have cut their supply lines: Rus
sian . planes attempted to drop
supplies to the isolated troops but
the supplies frequently fell inside
the Finnish lines. The Russians were
said to be. in danger of freezing
and starvation.
Enormous ' supplies of military
equipment, including many tanks,
have fallen int.) the hands ot trie
victorious -Films'.
There has. been a lull in the
fighting for the past three days.
The Finns seem to have wiped out
all the Russians they. had on
hand and are taking a rest while
waiting for a new supply to ar
rive. ' ' . '
CHAMBERLAIN SHAKES UP
BRITAIN'S WAR CABINET
Prime Minister Chamberlain un
expectedly reorganized his cabinet
Saturday by dropping his war sec
retary, energetic Leslie Hoic-Bel-isha,
and appointing Oliver Stan
ley, a conservative to the post.
Lord McMillan, minister of .infor
mation, was also dropped, and .Sir
, John Keith named to succeed him.
The dropping of Hore-Belisha
: raised such a storm of protest
throughout Great Britain that Pre
mier Chamberlain will be called
upon for a full explanation when
parliament meets on January to.
. There are ugly rumors that Hore-
Jielisha, who does not belong to
the aristocratic caste, was dropped
on that account, and. also that he
was opposed by some of the older
generals who resented his sweep
ing changes and modernization of
the British army. ,
CHAMBERLAIN SAYS WAR
NEAR1NG GRIM STAGE
Premier Chamberlain, speaking
at a Lord Mayor's luncheon at the
Mansion house Tuesday, warned
the people that they are approach
ing "a phase of this war much
grinnw , than anything we have
seen '.t," but envisaged a re
ward "for all the sacrifices in a
peace-time federation of European
or world nations built upon British
French collaboration.
The sudden swoop Wednesday
of long-range German bombers
upon British shipping and the as
saulting of 11 ships with bombs
and machine guns, was thought
to be a prelude to wholesale aerial
warfare, and gave significance to
1'remier Channberlain s. warning ol
trim days to come.
The British retaliated by raids
on German naval bases with fast
new bombers, and mine layers were
sowing the last mines needed to
che Britain's protective line for
east coast shipping.
The western front remains quiet,
with nothing reported but occas
ional artillery action and skirm
ishes between -patrol .'parties.
Funeral Is Conducted
For Miss Amy Reeves
' Funeral, services for Miss Amy
A. Keeves, 76,' were held last
Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at
the lotla Baptist church. The Rev.
K. F. Maybcrry, pastor, officiated
and interment was in the church
cemetery.
Miss Reeves, who died at her
home in liuriiingtown Wednesday
afternoon, January 3, about 4
o'clock, was a daughter of the Late
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Reeves.
She was born and reared in the
Burningtown. community. In early
girlhood she joined the Burning
town Baptist church.
The pallbearers were Virgil Wil
lis, Earl Ward, " Jr, Frank Cun
ningham, John Tallent, Wade Mor
gan, and Walter . Angel.
Jimmy Freston and a Mr. Cei
cely, of New York, who spent the
first of the -week here on business,
were the dinner guests of Mr.
.and Mrs. Charlie Bradley on Mon
day, evening.
Specialist
In House Furnishings To
Be Here Jan. 15-17
Miss Pauline Gordon, specialist
in house furnishings at State col
lege, will be in Macon county Jan
uary 15-17 to give demonstral ions
On kitchen arrangements and 'im
provements'. Miss Gordon has worked in this
county a number of times in the
past few years in cooperation .with
home demonstration clubs. Her
.work is well known, not only fur
her practical suggestions but for
her efficiency in this type of work.
She plans to illustrate the most
modern built-in equipment, as rec
ommended by the . agricultural ex
tension service along with her lec
tures. 1
The general public is urged to
attend these meetings which will
be held at various places over the
county. -Miss Florence Stalcup,
home agent, has grouped the meet
ings of the home " demonstration
clubs in order to reach as many
members as possible. -Miss Gordon's
.schedule is' as follows: '
Iotla and West's' Mill clubs will
meet at West's Mill schoolhouse
January 15 at 2 p, m.
Stiles and Oak Grove clubs will
meet at Oak Grove schoolhouse
January 10 at 2 p. m.
Cartoogecliaye, Higdonville, Holly
Springs and Patton clubs, will meet
January 16 at agricultural building
7:30 p. m.
Hickory Knoll, Otto, Union will
meet at Otto schoolhouse January
17 at 2 p. m.
CONGRESS GETS
IM TA 117
Anti - Lynching Bill Is
Passed By House
Wednesday
Congress cleared away the pre
liminaries last week and settled
down Monday for what promises
to be a long, hard session and one
of the most important in the coun
try's history.
One of the first bills introduced
in the house was tlj controversial
Gavagan anti-lynching measure
which causes trouble at every ses
sion. The bill was passed Wednes
day and sent to the senate where
southern senators are prepared to
kill it promptly.
The house committee investigat
ing the labor board delved further
1'uesday .into the American Kadi-
ator company case, in which the
board decided a lockout had occur
red despite a trial examiner's con
clusion to the contrary. Kep. Mur
dock (D.,a Utah), renewed charges
that the committee was proceeding
unfairly.
The senate adopted a resolution
Wednesday for a joint committee
to .study budget proposals, and the
house appropriations committee
barred sub-committees from in
creasing spending bills beyond the
presidential recommendations. Pres
ident Roosevelt urged congress
members to stay within the budget
estimates.
Admiral Harold E. Stark, naval
operations chief, warned of a pos
sible coalition attack on the West
ern Hemisphere which he said the
present navy could not "comfort
ably" meet;: the house appropria
tions committee approved $207,197,
908 for neutrality and defense oper
ations to June 30.
The senate judiciary committee
received protests against the con
firmation of Attorney General
Frank Murphy to the supreme
'court which Chairman Burke (U,
Neb.) said would result in hearings
if they proved to have "any sub
stance." Jt is believed that the
protests will not prove of suffi
cient importance to seriously de
lay confirmation by the senate of
the appointment.
The budget as submitted to con
gress by President Roosevelt is so
voluminous that it is expected to
require a vast amount of study
by the committee before 'it is
ready for debate and action. Indi
cations are, however, that con
gress will accept the greater part
of the proposals made by the Pres
ident. Bookmobile To Start
Schedule January 22
It is announced that the Book
mobile will spend five days in
Macon county for the distribution
of books, beginning Monday, Janu
ary 22. Practically the entire county
will be covered.
The schedule will be announced
in our next isiue.
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Seated before the typewriter in his New York home, Howard Rush
more writes his own. exclusive story telling just why he resigned movie
critic of the Communist publication, the Daily Worker, He refused to
criticize the motion picture, "Gone With the Wind," in his review and
as a result was forced to quit his post. Rushmore's article exposed the
"pressure" brought to' bear by Moscow on the Communist newspaper.
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As The World Turns
A Brief Survey -of Current Events In State, Nation
and Abroad.
NEW ASHEVILLE
AUDITORIUM DEDICATED
Asheville's new $247,000 auditor
ium and convention hall was dedi
cated before a crowd of 2,000. The
building was presented to the pub
lic by Councilman 'J. E. Divelbless.
.
BURLEY BRINGS HIGHEST
PRICE OF SEASON
The Asheville market averaged
above $18 per hundred pounds
for the second day this week and
pulled the season's average past
the $lib per hundred mark for the
first time since the first week of
the season.
COLLEGE WATER. SUPPLY
MORE THAN DOUBLED
Westetn Carolina Teachers' col
lege is now being supplied with a
recently connected - water' source
which more than doubles the .sup
ply if water for the -institution.
This new connection relieves col
lege officials of the fear of an
other water shortage like the one
last November and December. The
closing of the college was avert
ed only through careful conserva
tion of water on the part of every
student and member of the college
community.
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ACCIDENTS REPORTED;
SCHOOLS DELAY REOPENING
Four hundred cars were stalled
on a two-mile strip of U. S. high
way 60 by snow and ice. A 12-ycar-old
boy was badly hurt when
his sled hit a stump, suffering, a
broken collarbone and one lung
was punctured. A skater on Beav
er Lake narrowly escaped death
as he skated on too thin ice which
gave way. He was rescued by a
group headed . by a 13-year-old
Boy Scout. County schools: -over
Western North Carolina found it
necessary to postpone reopening
because of the terrible condition
of the roads.
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FINNISH RELIEF
FUND. INCREASES
As the Finns continued to give
the world new. demonstrations of
their heroism and pluck,' residents
of Western North Carolina muted
admiration with generosity and
contributed an additional $136.60
to the Finnish Relief Fund which
is being collected by The Asheville
Citizen-Times. The largest part of
this contribution came,' from VVay
nesvillc and was collected by J. R.
Boyd, president of the First Na
tional Bank. Mr. Boyd collected
$114.60 from approximately 200
persons.
N. C. DEMOCRATS HEAR
M'NUTT i IN RALEIGH
More than 400 N. C. Democrats
who paid $25 apiece to eat steak at
a Jackson Day dinner in Raleigh
cheered Paul V. McNutt, U. S.
security administrator, speaker of
the evening. McNutt is a candidate
for the Democratic nomination for
President.
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SENATE GROUP READY
TO INVESTIGATE
A meeting of the senate sub
committee appointed to investigate
Superintendent J. Ross Eakin's
management of Great Smoky
Mountains National Park may be
held fh is week. The charges against
Eakin. were made by Senator Mc,
Kellar (D., Tenn.) who accused
Eaken of mismanaging park affairs.
PRESIDENT WARNS PARTY
MUST NOMINATE LIBERAL
President Roosevelt carefully
shielding his third-term plans at
the Jackson Day dinner in Wash
ington, warned Democratic leaders
that the party must cling to new
deal policies. It was an unmis
takable declaration that Democrats
can not win with a . conservative
candidate for the White House.
Speaking to the cream of the cap
(GobUhm4 mi Pate Sis)
93rd Birthday
Celebrated Saturday By
Mrs. Holbrooks
Mrs. Sarah Anne Versilla Moore
Holbrooks celebrated her 93rd
birthday anniversary on Saturday
at her home near Otto, seven miles
south of Franklin.
Mrs. Holbrooks, the daughter of
the late Parker and iiuklaliK.il
patric Moore, was born on Janu
ary 6, 1847, at the. foot of Brass-
town mountain in Clay county. At
the age of nine years,' she was
orphaned and came to Macon
county to make her home with an
uncle and aunt, Felix and Susan
Kilpatric. '.. '. ' .
On December 23, 1866, she was.
married to Larkin C. Holbrooks,
who died on August 9, 1928. She
now lives with her four maiden
daughters at the old Holbrooks
homestead where she has resided
for more than 50 years.
'Mrs. Holbrooks , is still active
enough to "boss" the operation of
the farm. Only a few months ago
she batted and carded some wool
which she spun into thread just to
show the younger generation how
the pioneer girls had to help with
the rearing of a family.
Mrs. Holbrooks, who still loves
to smoke her pipe, never tires of
telling of the three wars, the Civil
War, the . Spanish-American War,
and the World War. that she has
lived through, and of the hard
ships that she endured during the
Civil War. She often relates the
story of the time she was awaken
ed in the wee small hours of the
morning to find the house full of
renegades searching for anything
that they desired for themselves.
However, being a brave child, she
was not afraid, and; consequently
was not harmed.
Her children are: Mrs. J. G.
Jolly, of Shelby, Ohio; W. F. Hol
brooks, of Franklin Route 2; Mrs.
C. F". Oliver, of Winston-Salem;'
Mrs. C. N. Keener, of Otto; Mrs.
H. J. Bates, of Franklin Route 2;
Miss Ida Holbrooks, Miss Lizzie
Holbrooks, Miss Belle Holbrooks,
and Miss Maggie Holbrooks, all
of Franklin Route 2. She also has
29 grandchildren and 38 great
grandchildren. . :
LIONS DISCUSS
COUNTYOFFICE
Quiz Program Conducted
Concerning Office Of
Register Of Deeds
On Monday evening the Frank
lin Lions Club gathered at Cagle's
Cafe, and after enjoying perfect
T-bone steaks, questions were dis
tributed to each member concern
ing the duties and responsibilities
of the county register of deeds.
Lion 'Arnold, Macon county's reg
ister, acted as judge and gave the
correct answer when necessary.
Leo, the wooden lion, was kept
busy taking in dimes for all ques
tions missed by the members.
Anions the facts learned was
that the register of deeds is a
busy man, for his duties include
registering all papers, issuing mar
riage licenses, being county ac
countant, tax supervisor and clerk
for the board of commissioners.
Although he handles no county
cash, he is bonded for $5,000 to
assure against errors in registra
tion and another' $5,000 to assure
against errors in accounts.
The register issues marriage li
censes but cannot perform , mar
riages unless he is also a justice
of the peace. The law does not re
quire marriages to be published.
The register receives an . annual
salary as accountant, but no other
salary, having to depend for his
living on the fees set by law for
recording papers and other duties.
County records are open to the
public. Macon county's valuation
of taxable property last year was
$5,330,000 and the county-wide tax
rate was $128 per $100 valuation.
The duties of other county of
ficials will be discussed at future
meetings.
Bob Gaines, reporting for the
sight conservation committee, said
that five children had recently re
ceived glasses through the Lions
Club and it was voted to buy five
more pairs. The children were se
lected by the county welfare and
health officials and were widely
scattered over the county Georgia
road, Tesenta, Coweeta, Franklin,
and Gneiss. ' -
Two new members were welcom
ed into the1 Club Thad D. Bryson,
Jr, attorney, and Ray. Anderson,
chief operator at the Lake Emory
powes house.
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10TH BIRTHDAY
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To Be Observed Saturday,
January 20th In
Asheville
ASHMVJLLE, Jan. 10.''- Rural
church members from many West
ern North Carolina communities
will gather in Asheville's . First
Baptist church on Saturday, Janu
ary 20, to observe the 10th anni
versary of the Lord's 'Acre 'move
ment..: -Plans' for the anniversary
meeting were announced this week
by the Rev. Uumont Clarke, di
rector of the religious department
of the Farmers -Federation, spon
sor of the movement.
The. principal speakers will be
President Hoy t Black well 'of 'Mars
Hill college and James C. K. Mo
Clure, president of the Farmers
Federation. "Raising up Leadership
in the Country Church" will be
Mr. Blackwell's subject, and Mr.
AlcClurc will speak on "The Coun
try Church and Christian Civiliza
tion."
A feature of the program will be
the showing of stereopticon pictures
showing the Lord's Acre plan in
action. This plan, a modern adapt
ation of Biblical crop-tithing, has
been adopted by more than 300
churches in the western counties of
Mnr'lh farr1ino 1. lie.-. I'c o.l
by many rural 'churches in other
parts of this state and has soread
into a number of other states,
notably those in the upper Mis
sissippi river valley. Inquiries about
the movement have come to Mr.
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vwioiitc Hum an jmtis oi me united
States and from several foreign
countries.
The anniversary meeting will
open at 9:45 o'clock in the morn
ing with a devotional service, fol
lowed by Mr.; Blackwell's' address.
Then will come a period for testi
monies concerning Lord',s Acre
work, stereopticon pictures, Scripture-speaking
by young people's
groups, the singing of hymns, and
Mr. McClure's address.
Those .. attending are requested
to bring box lunches. Hot coffee
will be served free.
Arrangements for the meeting
have been made by a cbmmittee
composed of , Mr. Clarke; Davis
Tuttle, of Lenoir; the Rev. W. S.
Hutchinson, of Mills River; the
Rev. Robert Barker, of Murphy ;
Mrs. L. V. Lyda, of Dana, and
Max D. Miller, of Candler.
Advance notices of the meeting
have met with a hearty response,
according to Mr Clarlr in.i;"it;.i,r
a large attendance if - weather con--'
ditions are favorable. ,
Boy Scouts Hold
Court Of Honor Jan. 4
Members: of Franklin Troop I
Boy Scouts of America traveled
to the Cherokee Indian Reserva
tion last Thursday for their regu
lar monthly Court of Honor.
Jim Horsley was made a Tender
foot Scout and Fred Johnston Houk
was raised to the rank of" Second
Class Scout. Merit badges were
received by Paul Lee Piemmons
for . cooking and salesmanship and
personal health and first aid. Jack
Angel and Gordon Porter were
raised to the rank of Star Scout
and Paul Lee Piemmons to the
rank of Life Scout.
The highest award in Scouting,
that of an Eagle Scout, was con
ferred on John Wasilik. The Troop
congratulates John in having at
tained this high rating, the reward
of hard work well done.
Scott Griffin Owners
To Take Charge Feb. ,1
R. L. Bryson, former manager.,
of the Spruce Pine hotel, at Spruce
Pine, with Mrs. Bryson and grand
daughter. Miss Joan Brysoni have
moved to Franklin, where after
the first of February they will
operate the Scott Griffin hotel,
which they recently purchased.
Mrs. C. S. Brown, who has been
operating the Scott-Griffin for the
past 10 and one-half years and
who is owner of the People's
Market and Grocery store, will re
main in Franklin and" continue to
operate the market and store.
J. J. Moore Passes
In Baltimore Dec 24
Mrs. G. F. Burrell received a
message last week of the death of
her brother, J. Jay Moore, who died
at his home in Baltimore, Md., on
Sunday, December 24.
Mr. Moore died from pneumonia
following a three days' illness. He
was a son of the late Joab and
Leila Moore and was well known
in Franklin, although he has made
his home in Baltimore for a num
ber of years.
    

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