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VOL. LV, NO. 12
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1940
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Work Of Elizabeth Kelly To
Be Honored At Convention
Miniature And Biography
Displayed By Greek
The memory and work of the late
i Miss Elizabeth Kelly, of Franklin,
teacher and educator, will be hon
ored at the National Convention
of the Delta Kappa Gamma society
in Washington, D. C, Thursday
through Saturday of this week.
According to the custom of the
society, each state presents at the
.national convention every, year a
miniature form accompanied by a
biography of some , outstanding
woman teacher and educator. This
miniature with the biography at
tached becomes the property of
the national organization and is
displayed at each succeeding con
Arranged By Sitter
The miniature representing Miss
Kelly, which has been dressed from
clothes actually worn by her with
her brooch and a bracelet made
from her jewelry, was arranged
by her sister, . Miss Lassie Kelly.
It will be presented at the conven
t ion., by Miss Cordelia Camp, of
Cullowhee, president . of the West
rn North Carolina chapter.
A biography of Elizabeth Kelly
recalls much that is incident to
the recent educational history of
North Carolina the beginning of
rural supervision and the work in
adult illiteracy and the equaliza
tion of state school funds among
the 100 counties of the state, with
which Miss Kelly was closely con
nected. Rural .supervision began
in the state on a small scale about
1912, and in 1913 Miss Kelly be
came supervisor of Johnston coun
ty. Four years later Dr. J." Y.
jpyner appointed her director of
adult illiteracy work in North Car
olina. During the summer of 1917
she organized and helped to con
duct on the campus of Asheville
Teachers' college the first school
for teachers of native adult begin
ners ever attempteduvthej -entire
United States. In this work, Miss
- Kelly was assisted by Mrs. Eliza
beth Morris, who was at that time
director of adult schools in Bun
Work Widely Recognised
Miss Kelly's work in the field
of adult illiteracy received wide
recognition, and she was tend
ered invitations to speak before
educational groups interested in
this phase of work in several
Southern states. She also spoke at
Columbia xiniversity upon the invi
tation of Professor Mabel Carney,
of the department of rural edu
cation, and on the, radio Farm
Life program sponsored by Sears
The legislature of 1918 set up an
equalizing fund and an equalizing
board to handle the fund. Miss
Kelly served 'on, this .board for
several years, being the only w6
man member. She saw this fund
was inadequate, however. Five years
after it was established, and while
she was president of the North
Carolina Education association, she
said : "Equal educational opportun
ity will remain nothing but a mag
nificent and meaningless gesture so
long as all the taxing powers of
the state are not put bock of edu
cational opportunity for all the
children of the state."
Had Miss Kelly lived but a few
weeks longer (she died on Janu
ary 22, 1933) she would have seen
her dream realized by an act of
the legislature under , Governor
Ehringhaus by which the slate
took over the entire public school
System and - guaranteed a minimum
term of eight months in all dis
tricts. Harry Thomas' Home
Destroyed 3y Fire
The home of Harry Thomas in
East Franklin was destroyed by fire
on Monday afternoon about 3
o'clock. The two-story, six-room
wooden Structure was completely
destroyed as well as most of the
The fire was believed to have
been caused from l defective flue
in the kitchen. When it was dis
covered by Mr. Thomas, the kitch
en was ablaze.
The loss, estimated at several
hundred dollars, was partially cov
ered by insurance.
Singing Convention At
Pine Grove Sunday
The southern division of the Ma
County Singing convention will
meet at Pine Grove Baptist church
next Sunday, March 24, at 1:30
p. m, according to announcement
made by O. C Corbin, president
All interested in singing are in
vited to attend.
Reorganize Local Camp
At an enthusiastic meeting held
in the Moose hall last Friday night,
Wayah Camp, No. 889, Woodmen
of the World, was reorganized and
J between 30 and 40 new members
added. The camp has been inactive
for several years, and V. M. John
son, of Murphy, field representa
tive, and his assistants have been
at work for several weeks securing
new members and preparing for
At the meeting Friday night
iere were aoDroximately 100
Woodmen from Sylva and Murphy
in attendance, and the meeting was
turned over to the crack Sylva de
cree team for the initiation of a
number of candidates.
Another meeting will be held on
Fridav nicht. March 29. at which
time officers will be elected ana
other matters disposed of in con
nection with the reorganization.
WM. S. JOHNSON
Succeeds B. W. Johnson as
Publisher Of This
William S. Johnson has this week
taken over the active management
of The Franklin Press, publishers
of The Franklin Press ana ine
Highlands Maconian and job print
ers. The business will he operated
by him in partnership with his
mother, Mrs. J. W. C. Johnson.
... Rhrlhiirn W Inhnson. who DUf-
chased The Franklin Press from
S. A. Harris in 1931 and was ac
tive editor until 'March, 1937, when
tip herame editor of the Farmers
Federation News in Asheville, has
sold his partnership interest.
William S. Johnson undertakes
the work of business manager after
a number of vears of preparation
and experience. He has worked in,
the print shops of The Franklin
Press, the Rock Hill (S. C.) Rec
ord and the Lassiter Press, Char
lotte. For the last two years Mr.
Johnson has attended the Univer
sity of North Carolina and work
ed in the Orange Print Shop, Chap
el Hill. He studied for a year at
the Carnegie Institute of Tech
nology, Pittsburgh, Pa. and is a
graduate of Christ School, Arden.
He brings seven years of prac
tical experience to his new posi
tion. Franklin Firms Exhibit
At Clayton Fashion Show
Franklin was represented by two
firms in the Fashion Show held
last Tuesday evening at the Rabun
Theatre in Clayton, Ga.
E. K. Cunningham and company
and the Frances' Shop showed
models of the newest spring styles
in coats, frocks, suits and hats in
a show which included Clayton and
With silver-tongued oratory ap
propriate to the occasion, Garland
Tomlin introduced and described
the procession of models, in cos
tumes elegant and gay. A frock of
"lustrous jersey with silken sheen,
a jacket with cowl hood a Levine
model" was worn by Miss Ruby
Calloway ; other costumes equally
chic were modeled by Grace Baird
and Ada Belle Sherrill, with all
accessories from the new stock of
Cunningham's. Shepherd checks
were in evidence, with matching
purse and gloves. Nelly Dons were
new and charming.
Six showings each from Cun
ningham's and the Frances' Shop
displayed the scope and variety of
their spring stocks.
All hats were from The Frances'
Shop, in a riot of color and be
wildering variety. Costumes for
every occasion were featured by
Frances suits, coats, street dresses
as well as evening frocks. These
were modeled by the Misses Nora
Moody, Jessie Ramsey, Hazel
Everett, Lucille Hall and Mrs. Bill
A luxurious silver fox fur was
worn by Miss Moody a sample
of the product of the McCarty Fox
Farm near Highlands.
A large number of Franklin
people attended the Clayton Fash
ion Show, many expressing the
wish that the Macon Theatre fea
ture similar attraction.
IN STATE RACE
Will Seek Nomination As
Dan: Tompkins, editor of The
Jackson County Journal in- our
neighboring city of Sylva, and as
sistant census supervisor for the
eleventh congressional' district, fil
ed last 'Friday for the Democratic
nomination for lieutenant-governor.
Mr. Tompkins, in his formal an
nouncement, said that the extreme
western section of the state should
be given recognition in the state
government. He also said that it is
of the greatest importance that the
senate be organized in the interest
of the people themselves.
A former member of the house
and former . house reading clerk,
Mr. Tompkins said his friends be
lieve such experience wejl qualifies
him for the position of lieutenant
governor. It is not the prerogative of any
candidate for office to adopt a
platform, he said, but that is the
duty of the party convention. If
nominated, he added,, he will stand
upon the party platform.
More than a quarter century ago
,Mr. Tompkins said, he began ad
vocating a state-wide public school
system, of eight months, supported
by the state, and was a member of
the general assembly that enacted
such a law.
He said also that he had always
stood for good, honest, clean, eco
nomical and sober government.
Mr. Tompkins a veteran of the
World War, sponsored in the last
general assembly a law which re
quires the state and its agencies
to give preference to veterans,
wives of disabled veterans and
widows of veterans in employment.
He stated that his amendment
exempting the Bible from the state
sales tax was adopted by the last
Mr. Tompkins said also that he
had teen in the f oref ront-of . tlut
fight for increased appropriations
for public .schools, public health
and old-age assistance.
Will Close Sunday
The series of services being con
ducted in the Franklin Presbyterian
church during this week by the
pastor will continue throughout the
week closing on Sunday evening,
March 24. The attendance, in spite
of sickness and inclement weather,
has been good and the interest in
the meeting is growing. The serv
ices are held each evening at 7:45
o'clock, beginning with a song serv
ice conducted by Rev. R. B., Du
Pree of Highlands. The Commun
iop of the Lord's Supper will be
observed at the Thursday evening
service. The public is cordially in
vited to all of these services.
Mrs. Margaret Ordway, county
NYA supervisor, is attending a
two-day meeting of NYA officials
in Asheville on Thursday and Fri
As The Aorid Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
French Premier Daladier resign
ed yesterday, following growing dis
satisfaction over lack of allied ac
tion in the war, and the refusal of
many of the .chamber of deputies
to vote when called on for a vote
of confidence in the government.
Paul Reynaud, a bitter German
foe, has been asked to organize a
new push-the-war cabinet, and De
ladier has been offered the the
GERMAN NAVAL BASE
Flying in waves, British planes
bombed the German island seaplane
base of Sylt for six hours in the
biggest aerial action of the war.
Returning plane reported "scores
of Germany's most valuable air
craft destroyed". Fryers returned
to take aerial photoes of the dam
age "hangars in ruins . . . wreck
ed barracks, blazing oil tanks, crip
GERMANY HITS BACK
Germany's air force hit back last
night in revenge for the terrific
bombing of the Island of Sylt, at
tacking a convoy of British ships
and damaging three neutral ships.
One. German bomber was damaged.
None of British ships or war
R. S. Jones, Frank Potts
And A. R. Higdon
' The Macon . county board of
elections, as named by the state
board at Raleigh the first of this
week, is composed of K. S. Jones,
of Franklin and Frank Potts, of
Highlands, Democrats, and A. R
Higdon, of Franklin, Republican.
The board will meet, according
to. law, at the courthouse in
Franklin Saturday at 11 a. hi. for
the purpose of organization and to
determine whether there will be
a new registration of voters or a
relisting of voters under, election
laws of 1939.
One of the far reaching changes
in the election laws made by the
general assembly in 1939 has to do
with setting up a new system of
registration in primary elections.
Heretoforeonly the general elec
tion registration book has been
used for both primaries and elec
tions. Under the new law the,re
will be separate registration books
for primaries and elections. 1
The voter will be entered on the
primary registration book of the
party of which he is a member
and hereafter only the primary reg
istration books will be furnished
the registrars for the primaries..
There will be either a complete
relisting of voters or a new reg
istration in each county in the
state, as may be determined by the
County , Board of Elections of each
county, at the meeting of such on
Saturday, March 23.
Un those counties in which a
new registration is ordered the
books will be open during the usual
registration period before the May
In the new registration the vot
er will be registered on the general
registration book and also on the
appropriate v primary registration
book in accordance, with- his ..party
, Independents will not be regis
tered on any primary book.
In those counties in which a re
listing of voters instead of a new
registration shall be ordered, the
Chairman of the County Board of
Elections, with such assistance as
may be necessary, will begin on
April 2 to transcribe to new gen
eral registration books the names
of all persons shown by poll books
to have voted in the elections or
primaries of 1936 and 1938.
A list of all names on the old
registration books, hot shown by
the poll books to have voted, will
be published or advertised and
such as are thus published or ad
vertised will have to appear during
the regular registration period and
show their right to remain regis
tered. After ' the names have been
relisted on new registration books,
separate primary registration books
will be made by the County Elec
tion Board Chairman.
A. new . registration must be held
in all precincts where the poll
books of 1936 and 1938 cannot be
found. - i
planes was damaged, authorities
GERMANY FORCES U. S.
TO CLOSE POL4SH OFFICES
Germany has closed the U. S.
consular offices in Warsaw where
532 American citizens live, requir
ing all matters concerning Amer
ican citizens to be handled through
Berlin. Secretary Hull is reported
as making progress to obtain ad
mission of American relief work
ers. - -
EARLY WAR DRIVE
Mussolini talked military prepa
ration today, but Fascist . quarters
expressed belief that Italy would
maintain a non-belligerent attitude
at least as long as Germany could
do without her aid.
President Roosevelt's speech last
Saturday in which he set forth
ideals necessary for lasting peace
was welcomed in London. Some of
these ideals were, a recognition of
brotherhood, no real peace if the
fruit is oppression, starvation,
cruelty ... if small nations must
live in fear .... if worship of God
is denied. .
(Continued on Pag Eight)
70 Candidates Seek Office
In North Carolina Primary
Elected By P.-T. A. On
The Franklin Parent - Teacher
Association elected officers for the
coming year at the regular meet
ing last Monday afternoon.
Succeeding Mrs. John Wasilik,
jr., who has served as president
for two terms with conspicuous
ability, is Mrs. Fred Slagle, of
Cartoogechaye, who is also a mem
ber of the county i school board.
Mrs! A: R. Higdon was elected
vice-president; Mrs. Frank Blox
ham, secretary; Mrs. Gus Leach,'
treasurer; Mrs, Pearl Grist, his
torian. Appointed on the auditing com
mittee, are Mrs. Gilmer Jones,
chairman, Mrs. Thad Bryson and
Miss Anne Bailey. .
W. H. Finley opened the pro
gram with the Parent-Teacher's
prayer and Mrs. Harold Sloan sang
W. L. Lathan, superintendent of
schools of Swain county, delivered
an address on the six point legis
lative program. He was introduced
by Superintendent Guy Houk.
After jthe meeting tea was serv
ed by Mrs. Wasilik and Mrs.
Church. The decorations of the tea
table were yellow jonquils and
TiIEET filARCH 30
Two-Day Meeting To Be
' U.I J A. !
xiciu i r retuisi
The Macon County Baptist Union
meeting, will be held with the Pren-
tiss. Baptist church on. Saturday- and
Sunday, March 30 and 31. The fol
lowing program has been prepared:
10:00 a. m. Devotional, Judge
10:15 a. m. Financing a Local
Church, Rev. H. A. O'Kelley.
11 :15 a. m. The Christian's Ob
ligation to His Church. Rev. R.
12:15 p. m. Dinner.
1:15 p. m. Devotional, Rev. Ral
1 :30 p. m.; Cooperative Program,
Rev. R. F. May berry.
2:30 p. m. Training Our Church
Membership, Rev. C. C. Welch.
3:30 p. m. Benediction.
7:30 p. m. Sermon, Rev. W. L.
9:45 a. m. Sunday School.
10:45 a. m. Devotional. Rev. T.
11:00 a." m. Christ the Pattern
Soul Winner, Rev. J. N. Dills.
11:20 a. m. Winning the Lost to
Christ, Rev. G. A. Ooer,
12:15 p. m Dinner.
1:15 p. m. Devotional. Rev.. J. L
1:30 p, m. Stewardship, Bob
2:00 p. m. Distinctive Doctrines
of Missionary Baptists, Rev. C. F.
3 .-00 p. m. Benediction.
Arthur Allen will direct the music
for the entire meeting. He wants
the churches to bring their choirs
Judge Smith, Secretary,.
R. F. Mayberry, Moderator
Rev. H. S. Williams
Transferred To Asheville
Rev. H. S. Williams of the
Franklin circuit has confirmed the
announcement in last Saturday's
Asheville Citizen that he will be
transferred to Hillside Street
church, Asheville. When asked for
details, he promised to give them
to us for next weeks paper. So
we are glad that he will be with
us at least until the first of April,
when the article says the change
will be effective. Mr. Williams'
many friends who regret his leav
ing are glad that he will be near
enough to return for visits from
time to time, and also 'gratified
that he has: received recognition
by this call to an important post.
Play To Be Given By
School Dramatic Club
A play, The Little Clodhopper,"
will be presented by the dramatic
club of the Franklin high school
on Saturday evening, March 23, in
the school auditorium, beginning at
8 o'clock. A small admission will
be charged and the proceeds will
be used for the benefit of the club.
The public is invited to attend.
Entries Closed Saturday;
Seven In Race For
Entries for all state and con
gressional races closed Saturday at
6 p. m., and the final check-up
showed that 47 Democrats and 23
Republicans will seek nominations
for 21 state and congressional jobs.
Two aspects of the list of can
didates1 are unusual. x
First, there is an unprecedented
number of Democratic candidates
for the gubernatorial nomination.
Seven are in the race, whereas pre
viously no more than four; had
Second, three Republicans are
seeking the gubernational nomina
tion, and the Republicans have at
least one candidate entered for
each office except that of U. S.
representative in the secpnd dis
trict. Democrat! Unopposed
Democratic incumbents who will
be unopposed for renomination are ;
State Treasurer Charles M. John
son, Labor Commissioner Forrest
H. Shuford, Superintendent of
Public Instruction Clyde A. Erwin,
Attorney-General Harry McMullan.
List Of Candidate
Following is a list of state and
congressional candidates entered
(with Republicans designated by
(R), and Democrats undesignated) :
Governor J. M. Broughton of
Raleigh, A. J. Maxwell Of Raleigh,
L. Lee Graveley of Rocky Mount,
W. P. Horton of Pittsboro, Arthur
Simmons of Burlington, Paul Grady
of Kenly, Thomas E. Cooper of
Wilmington, Robert H. McNeill of
Statesville (R), John R. Hoffman
of Burlington (R), George M.
Pritchard of Asheville (R).
Lieutenant-governor R. L. Har
rison of Roxboro, L. A. Martin of
Lexington, W. Erskine Smith of
Albemarle. Dan Tomokins of Svlva.
J. Forrest Witten of Salisbury (R).
H. B. LeaviU of , Asheville K).
Treasurer Charles M. Johnson
of Raleigh (incumbent), W. H.
Gragg of Boone R).
Auditor George Ross Pou of
Raleigh (incumbent), Charles W.
Miller of Asheville, J. M. Van
Hoy of Charlotte (R).
Secretary of state Thad Eure of
Raleigh (incumbent), Walter Mur
phy of Salisbury, A. I. Ferree of
Commissioner of labor Forrest '
A. Shuford of Raleigh (incumbent),
B. C. Fussell of Wilmington (R).
Superintendent of public instruc
tionClyde A. Erwin of Raleigh
(incumbent), Lawrence J. Pace of
Commissioner of insurance Dan
C. Boney of Raleigh (incumbent),
William B. Oliver of Fumiav
Springs. John L. Phelps of Cres
Attorney general Harrv McMul
lan of Chapel Hill (incumbent), W.
C. Downing of Fayetteville (R).
Commissioner of agriculture W.
Kerr Scott of Haw River (incum
bent). C Wavland Snrnill f W;nt-
sor, C. T. Allen of Aurora '(R).
Candidate For Cong-re
For congress by districts:
First Lindsay C, Warren of
Washington (incumbent), John A.
Wilkinson of Washington (R).
Second John H. Kerr of War
Third- Graham A. Barden of
New Bern (incumbent). Zeno B.
Spence of Goldsboro, Charles L. .
Afoernethy, Jr., of New Bern, Jul
ian T. Gaskill of Goldsboro (R).
Fourth Harold D. Cooley of
Nashville (incumbent), Edward F.
Griffin of Louisburg, Ezra Parker
of Benson (R).
Fifth A. D. Folger of Mt. Airy
(incumbent), Ottis James Reynolds
of Elkin (R).
Sixth Carl T. Durham of Chapel
Hill (incumbent), Oscar G. Baker
of Durham, Ed R.' Hanford of Bur
lington, John W. Caffey of Greens
boro, Gilliam Grissom of McLeans-
Seventh J. Bayard Clark of Fay
etteville (incumbent), Fred R. Keith
of St. Pauls (R).
Eighth W. O. Burns of Lexing
ton (incumbent), Giles Y. Newton
of Gibson, C. B. Deane of Rock
ingham, Bob Steele, 3rd, of Rock
ingham, D. C Phillips of Southern
Pines, F. D. B. Harding of Yad
Ninth R. L. Doughton of Laurel
Hill (incumbent), Jim Rivers of
Boone, Monroe Adams of States
Tenth A. L. Bulwinkle of Gas
tonia (incumbent), Ernest M". Mor
gan of Charlotte (R).
Eleventh Zebulon Weaver of
Asheville (incumbent), Sam M.
Cathey of Asheville, Earle Donna-
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