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VOL. LlV, NO. 14
FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1940
$1.50 PER YEAR
Expect to Complete Work
Well Within The r
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Census enumerators1 began their
worki in Macon county Tuesday
and hope to finish the big job well
within the time limit of 30 days.
The enumerators -are as follows:
Tqwn of Franklin Miss Jean
Franklin township Mrs. Hattie
Mann, W E. Hunnicutt 'and J. Q
Mill shoal J. M. Raby. .
Ellijay Charles B. . Bryson.
Sugarfork and Flats Thomas J
Moore. . . ,
Highlands Tack "Potts.
Smithsbridge Alex W. Cabc and
Charles A. Jogers.
Cartoogecljaye B. B. Lenoir,
Nantahala Clint May.
BurninKtown Ed Byrd.
Cowee - Frank Browning and
Last week, schools for the more
than 300 enumerators of the 11th
district were conducted in various
Western North Carolina towns by
Charles Z. Flack, district supervis
or, and Dan Tompkins, assistant
district supervisor. The work to be
done in conducting the census was
explained in detail to the enumer
ators so that they would be ready
to begin their work Tuesday.
Four Other Censuses
Four other censuses will go on
at the same time The censuses of
manufacturers and other business;
such as wholesalers and retailers,
started January 2 and are still op
crating. A tally o housing and
agriculture will start next week.
The population survey is said to
he the most important of the three
remaining counts to be taken but
the agricultural and housing sur
veys are considered vitally neces
sary for compiling statistics in the
Population enumerators started
their rounds on luesday because
of a technicality. Ten years ago
remgress ordered-censnses to begin
on April 2 ' each decade 1 because
April 1, 1930 was a Sunday.
Thin To Be Tabulated
Things to be tabulated include
not only the age, sex and location
f everv uerson. but such other
items as individual . income from
' wages up to $5,000, location nve
years ago, education, citizenship,
employment status, marital status,
and occupation. In the bousing
census will be questions about
value, type and size of structures,
mortgage indebtedness and wheth
er occupancy is by owners or; rent
ers. The agricultural census will
tabulate the number, acreage and
value of farms and farm buildings,
nature and acreage of different
crops, mortage indebtedness and
number of workers.
Population figures for the nation
. and each state must, by law, be re
ported to the president by De
cember 1, and may be available
several weeks earlier than that. In
1930, the count was 122,775.046. Now
it is estimated at roughly 132,000,000.
Started In 1790
This large-scale nose - counting
business started under President
Washington in J 790 and has been
repeated every 10 years. The con
stitution ordered it to give each
state its proper share in the house
of representatives. j
Macon County Ministers
To Meet Here Monday
The ministers of all denomina
tion of all the churches in Ma
con county are invited to meet at
; the Baptist Ministers' Conference
on Monday, April 8, at 11 o'clock
at the Franklin Baptist church.
The purpose of this meeting is to
formulate plans for the meeting
which is to be held at the Friend
ship Tabernacle in franklin this
Lunch will be served by the
ladies of the Franklin Baptist
Radio Entertainers To
Be Here Saturday Night
It is announced that Morris
Brothers from Station WWNC,
Asheville, will appear at the court
house in Franklin Saturday night,
April 13," with their show, "Gone
With the Hens," for the benefit
of Holly Springs baseball club.
Curb Market Ladies To
Hold Rummage Sale
The ladies of the curb market
will hold a rummage sale at the
market on Saturday afternoon,
April 13, immediately following the
sale of food. .
A great variety of used clothing
for adults' and children will be of
fered for sale at reasonable price.
v REV. HARRY S. WILLIAMS
Pastor of the Franklin Circuit,
Who Has Been Transferred to
Hillside Street Church,
To Be Held At Otto CCC
In commemoration of the seventh
anniversary of the Civilian Conser
vation Corps the camp at Otto will
hold open house throughout the day
Sunday, April 7.
Visitors are cordially invited to
visit the camp .and see first hand
how the men live, eat, and spend
their leisure time. No meal will
be served visitors but guests will
be taken through the buildings to
see how camp, life is lived by the
enrollees in camp. .
Since the organization of : the
CCC more than 2,400,000 young men
have had special advantages, train
ing, and monetary rewards in the
greatest of all "peace time armies".
The CCC has: proved itself as
an agency of natural and human
conservation. It is believed that
there is ample justification for the
high esteem in which the public
has generally held the corps and
Camp F-23 at Otto wants the peo
ple 'to ' come arid see for , them
selves. . ' '
Visitors will be received from
10 o'clock until 5 in the afternoon.
Mothers and fathers of men in the
camp are especially urged to visit
their sons on this day.
Many Attend Special
M. E. Service Sunday
The Methodist church was well
filled for the special service last
Sunday night. The Rev. H. S. Wil
liams preached a most interesting
sermon, and the pictures of China
were shown to an appreciative con
gregation. Four more Sundays of the Loyal
ty Crusade remain. On next Sun
day morning the pastor will preach
on the subject, "Restoring Pros
perity' The interest in these spe
cial services continues to increase,
and all indications are that the
church is going to be greatly bene
fited by the campaign. '
The Lord's Supper will be cele-.
brated next Sunday.
Franklin Grocery Installs
Frosted Food Equipment
Sloan'f Market . has installed a
Bird's Eye frosted food cabinet,
the first of this type of equipment
to be installed in Franklin. A
complete line of frosted foods will
Vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats
are quickly frozen at packing
plants and are kept frozen until
sold to the consumer. This method
of handling retains to a large ex
tent the freshness and vitamin
content of foods. Tables are thus
supplied with a wide selection of
foods both in and "out .of season.
Large Still Destroyed
By Deputy Sheriff
John Dills, deputy sheriff, de
stroyed a 65-gallon capacity still
Tuesday in Kelly ccve in the Burn
The still, which had been in
recent . use, was made of an oil
barrel. It had a wooden . cap and
a copper worm. Four hundred gal
lons of mash was destroyed.
Dills said that tie had destroyed
108 stills during the past nine years
and this is the second one to have
a wooden cap. The first was found
in the same community.
No arrests were made. .
G. A. Jones County
Manager For Broughton
A telegram received from
Broughton headquarters in Raleigh
states that Gilmer A. Jones, of
Franklin, has been appointed man
ager in Macon county for the
Broughton gubernatorial campaign.
OPENS APRIL 15
Will Remain Open Until
August 31 ; Coarse
The trout fishing season in Ma
con county will open on Monday,
April 15, and remain open through
August 31. Many local disciples of
Izaak Walton are already over
hauling tackle, buying (and making
trout flies and other lures and get
ting everything in readiness for
the big day. ' . .
The size limit for rainbow trout
is eight inches and for brook or
speckled trout, six inches. Twelve
is the bag limit for either or both.
Fishing license may be procured
at any of the following places:
Macon. County Supply company
and Angel's Drug Store, Franklin;
Highlands Hardware, Highlands; J.
D. Burnette, Scaly; Mrs. Frank
Phillips, Rainbow Springs; Luther
Jacobs, Aquone; M. V. Morgan,
Kyle; Clint May, Flats; J. K.
Southards, Franklin Route 1; Jesse
Coarse Fishing Regulations
New regulations in regard to
coarse fishing have been issued by
the State Board of Conservation
and Development, and the Little
Tennessee river is one i of the
streams declared open for that
sport during the entire year. This,
however, does not include the trib
utaries. Coarse fish include carp,
red-horse and suckers.
Following are four rules which
should be borne in mind by all
1. Fishing is prohibited by any
means or method except rod and
reel or hook and line.
2. Fishing is prohibited with arti
ficial lures or live bait, such as
minnows, frogs, lizards, crawfish,
etc., during the closed season.
3. Game fish on which the sea
son is closed if taken shall be im
mediately and carefully returned
to the water.
4. Regulation North Carolina fish
ing licenses are required.
"Mystery At Midnight"
Here April 6 And 7
Work has been going on steadily
for the past two weeks in prepara
tion for the big show Friday and
Saturday nights. The cast i as
follows : Detective Briggs, Dick
Slagle; Judge Rollins, Frank Ray ;
Sally Grant, Meda Peek; Jack
Murphy, John Cunningham ; Pro
fessor Rockbottom, E. J. Whitmire;
Elvira Nosegay, Ada Belle Sherrill;
Mrs. Halloway, Katrina Brook
shire; Sarah, Sally Lou Moore;
Ralph Norris, Bill Bryson; Bonnie
Baker, Pete Calloway; Tom Foster,
Frank ' Higdon ; Stranger, Lester
The play deals with a group of
people who were traveling by bus.
When the. bus was wrecked, miles
from the nearest town, the riders
were forced to seek shelter from
the raging storm in an abandoned
house. Out of this situation arises
much comedy, suspicion, and pos
sibly murder. The slow-witted de
tective succeeds only in muddling
everything, and finally falls under
suspicion mmseit. Attempts are
made 46 find out who's guilty by
talking with the spirits in one of
Sarah's seances, but even the
spirits can't help out here., ,
The three choruses, composed of
18 high school girls, . do their bit
at entertaining as well as trying
to solve the mystery. The choruses
will be accompanied on the piano
by Mrs. Higgins. There will also
be other musical specialties between
"Mystery at Midnight" will start
promptly at 8:07 o'clock. Tickets
are being sold in advance for this
exciting home talent play, so get
your ticket early and be sure to
have a seat.
Mrs. Janie Fox, 94
Taken By Death
Mrs. Janie Adams Fox, 94, died
Saturday night at the home of a
daughter, Mrs. ' Mattie Moss, at
Gneiss after a two-weeks' illness
following a paralytic stroke.
Funeral services were held at
3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the
Mountain Grove Baptist church, of
which she was a member, by the
Rev. J. I. Vinson. Burial was in
the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lyman and Zeb
Moss, James and John Taylor,
Walter Young and Henry Fox.
Mrs Fox, widow of William Fox,
a Confederate veteran, was born
in the Ellijay community and had
lived in Macon county all her life.
Surviving are three daughters;
Mrs. Lydia Adams of Ellijay town
ship; Mrs. Peggy Gregory of Rin
gold, Va, and Mrs. Moss, and a
son, T. L. Fox of Kiddeoite,
MRS. J. J. SMITH
Highlands Pioneer Was
Poet, Artist And
Funeral services for Mrs. John
Jay Smith, pioneer citizen of High
lands, were held at the residence
at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by
the Rev. Frank Bloxham, rector
of the Episcopal church, of which
she was a member. Burial was in
Highlands cemetery . beside the
grave of her mother. She is sur-;
vived by her husband, John Jay
Pallbearers were: J. E. Hicks
Tudor N. Hall, T, C. Harbison,
Louts Edwards, Steve Potts and
Jack M. Hall.
Mrs. Smith, who had been in
declining health for the past sev
eral years, died Monday afternoon
at six o'clock after a four weeks'
illness, at the age of 85.
Mary Chapin Smith was born, in
Wethersficld, 111., March 3, 1855,
the daughter of Adolphus Chapin
and Cynthia Loomis Chapin, a de
scendant of old New England fam
ilies on both sides. When a few
years old, her parents' returned to
the Chapin home in Massachusetts.
Her girlhood was spent at Uxbridge
and , Norton, Mass. Mrs. Smith's
paternal aunt, Mrs. Eliza B.
Wheaton, was instrumental in
founding Wheaton Seminary in
Norton, Mass., now Wheaton col
lege. ' From this Seminary Mrs;
Smith was graduated in 1873. Fol
lowing her graduation, she taught
school for several years, later join
ing her widowed mother here who
came- to Highlands in the early
1880's and built the present Smith
On July 20, 1886, she was mar
ried to John Jay Smith. For a long
term of years she and Mr. Smith
operated the Smith House (now
Highlands Inn) during the' summer
seasons. The hotel was sold in
1925, and since then she and Mr.
Smith have continued to live at
the cottage. .
From the time of the founding
of the Hudson Library Association
in 1884, Mrs. Smith has been one
of the foremost leaders in the li
brary work. She was president of
the association and chairman of
the book committee till 1935, when
she asked to be relieved of her
duties because of advancing age.
She was a wide reader of the best
literature, and to her goes muclv
of the credit for the high class
selection of books in the library.
She is also the author of a very
interesting history of the Hudson
Library Association, Mrs. Smith was
one of the organizers of the Vil
lage Improvement Society and an
active worker in both the Floral
and Horticultural Societies. For a
time she : was a trustee of the
Highlands Museum and Biological
' Mary Chapin Smith was deeply
interested in music and art, and
at one time painted for Asa Gray,
the botanist. From girlhood she
was an ardent student of botany,
and her great interest in flowers,
trees and shrubs remained with
her throughout her long life. She
made a special study of birds, and
was a lover of all kinds of wild
life. The woodland setting of the
Smith Cottage was a source of
much joy to her. Her flower gar
den until recent vears was a
thing of rare beauty, reminding
one of the Anne Hathaway Garden.
Her love for all phases of nature
found expression in many beauti
ful poems. A volume of her verses;
entitled "Earth Songs" was pub
lished in 1910. Since then she has
written other poems, many of
which have appeared in various
papers and magazines. "
Mrs.. Smith was keenly interest
ed in the civic welfare and beautv
of the town and in her oassinir
Highlands has suffered a distinct
"Gone With The Wind"
Will Be Seen By Many
Many are anxiously waiting to
see "Gone With the Wind" which
the Macon Theatre announces
will be shown here May 1, 2, 3
and 4. People who have already
seen the picture expressed their
desire to see it again during the
four days showing here. " .
Macon County Managers
Appointed By Horton
It has been announced from the
headquarters of Wilkins P. Horton,
in Raleigh, that Harley R. Cabe
and Lester L. Arnold have accept
ed appointment as managers for
the Horton campaign for governor
in Macon county.
Honored at School
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MISS VIRGINIA RAMSEY
Who Has Been'. Elected Vice
President of the .Student Body
at Asheville Teachers' College.
By Miss Virginia Ramsey
At Asheville College
Miss Virginia Ramsey, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsey.
of Tellico, who is finishing three
years' work at Asheville Teachers'
college has recently, by popular
vote, been elected as 'vice-president
of the student body for the com
ing school year 1940-'41. The vice-
president heads the judicial court.
of which Miss Evelyn Rickman, of
Clayton, Ga., is a member. A stu
dent government conference for col
leges of '.the south' is being held
at Tulane University in New Or
leans. Miss Ramsey will accompany
the president, Miss Phillis Witnnns,
of Marlington, W. Va., to this con
ference with all expenses paid. They
will leave April 8, to be gone one
Miss Ramsey also has attained
other honors. In March, a Folk
Dance Tournament was ' held for
colleges in Knoxville, Tenn., of
which she was a member. In 1939
she was associate editor of. the
school paper. "The Hilltopian," and
is a member of the Highland
First Baseball Game
Set For Sunday
If the weather permits, the
Franklin . baseball team and the
team from the CCC camp at Otto
plan to meet for a pre season or
practice game next Sunday after
noon at the Franklin park.
Neither, team has had opportun
ity to practice to any extent, but
the fans will no doub,t turn out in
force to see them work. out.
As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
and Abroad. 1
Census-takers generally found
citizens ready to cooperate in the
vast quiz designed to show the na
tion's status as regards population,
jobs, bmes and other factors.
Approximately 120,000 enumerators
throughout the country luesday
set about the gigantic task of ask
ing the nation's estimated 132,000,
000 population an average of 15
questions apiece within one omnth.
ANDERSON AUDITOR I UM
DESTROYED BY FIRE
An early morning fire Monday
destroyed the $100,000 Anderson
Auditorium' at Montreat, Southern
Presbyterian assembly ground. Al
so consumed by the blaze were
the furnishings and equipment of
the commercial and dramatics de
partments of Montreat college. The
large stone and wood structure in
cluded the auditorium with a seat
ing capacity of 4,000, a chapel and
12 committee rooms. Anderson
Auditorium will be replaced with
a building to cost between $50,000
and $75,000, and actual construction
will begin as soon as the debris
is cleared from the site of the old
one, Dr. R. C Anderson, president
of the Association, announced Wed
PRESIDENT ORDERS MERGER
OF U. S AGENCIES
President Roosevelt Tuesday sent
to congress a new government re
organization order providing con
solidation of several treasury func
tions under a permanent fiscal of
ficer, and for changes in the agri
culture and interior department
set-ups. The order made no change
in the status of the forest service, j
WORK TO START
ON NEW SCHOOL
Construction Of Modern
Building At Otto To
Begin April 11
County School Superintendent
Guy L. Houk states that work on
the new school building at Otto is
expected to start on Thursday,
April 11, and will be pushed to
completion as rapidly as possible.
It is hoped to have the building
ready for the opening of the fall
The building will contain 10 class
rooms' and a spacious auditorium,
and will be built entirely of native
stone and tile. WPA labor will be
The specifications call for elecr
trical equipment, sewerage, central
heating and ' modern plumbing.
this will be the first of two
buildings provided for in a WPA
allotment which was recently ap
proved. The structures are to be
identical in size and equipment,
and plans and location for the sec-
hnH HiiilslinfY n.ifl fv nnn..nMA4 .
The consolidated school at Otto
will eliminate seven small schools,
four with one teacher each and
three which have two teachers. Jt
will be a standard school with a
teacher for each grade, and will
have a total enrollment of approx-
Adequate land will be provided
for playgrounds, and the project
also contains provisions for com
plete landscaping and beautifica-
In addition to providing modern
school facilities, Superintendent
Houk states that a community cen
ter will be developed which will
be a source1 of pride and great
benefit to the community.
It is also hoped . and expected
that as soon as the good effects
of a teacher for every grade are
shown, a modern junior high-school
will be put in operation. 1
County Political Pot
Beginning to Boil
Indications are that several ad
ditional candidates for county of
fices will qualify before the dead
line on April 13.
It is understood that Robert A.
Patton, of Franklin, and A. L. Mc
Lean, of West's Mill, will be in
the race, for the general assembly.
Charles A. Rogers, of Clark's Chap
el community, is being urged to
run for chairman of the board of
commissioners, and Commissioners
C. L. Blaine and Ck A, Bryson
may announce for reelection.
More information as to the var
ious races is expected next week.
now under the agriculture depart
CHURCHILL PUT AT HEAD
OF BRITISH WAR DRIVE
First Lord of the Admiralty
Winston Churchill, Wednesday, be
came the "strong man" of Britain's
war effort in an extensive cabinet
shake-up that affected 11 minis
ters. Prime Minister Neville Cham
berlain's announcement of the
shifts placed new men in the key
posts of air, shipping,' food and
defense coordination after increas
ing complaints against the gov
ernment's war policies;
NAZIS MOBILIZE TO
Field Marshal Herman Wilheim
Goering, Adolf Hitler's political
heir, told millions of German chil
dren Wednesday, that Hitler had
mobilized all his forces for "a de
cisive blow in the west" The
mighty German army, he told the
children, Will attack on the west
as it did in the Polish blitzkreig.
He gave no clue to the time of
POSTMASTER GENERAL TO
BE IN W. N. C TWO DAYS
Postmaster General James A.
Farley, avowed candidate for the
Democratic presidential nomination,
will spend two days in Western
North Carolina next week. The
postmaster general will come to
this section of North Carolina to
dedicate new postoffice buildings
at Canton and at Boone.
FRANCE, ENGLAND WILL BE
VICTORS CLAIMS REYNAUD
Premier Reynaud. fresh from a
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