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coverage of Macon Co.
The Oldest North Car
olina Newspaper West
of Buncombe County.
VOL. LV, NO. 16
f FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1940
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Williams Sentenced To Life
Imprisonment Late Tuesday
Criminal Court Adjourns
Wed.; Civil Court
Opens April 22
Tom Williams, 29-year-old farm
er of the Betty's Creek section
near the Georgia, line, was.' sen
tenced to life imprisonment by
Judge J. A. Kousscau in superior
court here late Tuesday afternoon
after he entered a plea of guilty
of being an accessory before the
fact of murder in the first degree.
Earlier in the day, the grand
'jury returned a true bill charging
him with the . first degree murder
of Edna Hodgins, 18, at his home
last Christmas eve. Judge. Rousseau
appointed Thad D. Bryson, Jr., and
Guy L. Houk, Franklin attorneys,
to represent the defendant, who
had retained no counsel. Upon ar
raignment, the prisoner pleaded not
guilty, but after lengthy confer
ences with 'his attorneys, he later
tendered the plea of guilty of be
ing an accessory. The plea was ac
cepted by District Solicitor John
M. Queen. No witnesses were heard.
Wounded In Abdomen
Williams, a married man with
five children, is said to have be
come angered while several men
were visiting his home last Christ
mas eve. He' threatened his 18
months old baby, and Miss Hod-
gins, who was engaged to assist
Mrs. Williams with the housework, I
became alarmed. She grabbed the
baby in her arms and rushed out-
doors. Williams followed, catching
up with her near the barrt. He
fired, th bullet striking her in
the abdomen. Miss Hodgins died
in Angel hospital here on Decemb-
26. : . - ,
Williams was arrested and lodg
ed in the county jail from which
he escaped on January 17, remain
ing at liberty until April 5 when
he was arrested by FBI agents in
Daytona Beach, Fla. He was re
turned to the county jail here on
Member Of Grand Jury,
: Macdn 'su&fiSluip&eSlarp&&ry - of the. N.- C E. A., Ral
the term on Monday morning. The , sK will speak on the subject,
following are serving on the grand "An Adjusted School Program for
jury: Meeting Present Day Needs of
ir d r... t r- ti:j- w:n Children.''
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Talley, T. C. Vinson, E. C Shook,
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McCall, Joe .Tallent, Ed Henson,
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Lakey, E. B. Beck, N. J. Hylton,
John Early, George ' Peek, and
Cases disposed of include:
Arthur Kisland, fined $50 and
driver's license suspended for one
. year, for driving while under the
influence of liquor. :A '
Lyle Bradley, of Etna, fined $50
and license suspended for one year,
for driving while under '."'the.- in
fluence of liquor.
Allay Peek, fined $50 and costs
and license suspended for one year,
for driving while under the in
fluence of. liquor.
Henry Henson, of Haywood
county, sentenced to serve four
months on the road for possessing
Dave Mason, fined $10 for carry
ing a concealed weapon.
Clint May, fined $25 and costs
for an affray.
Bob Hawks, fined $50 and casts
for driving while under the in
fluence of liquor.
Elmer Johnson given four months
on road or suspended sentence on
payment of $50 fine and costs and
10 days in jail; also pay Horace C
Hurst $90 damage to car.
W. J. Talley larceny of car, sen
tenced to state prison for not less
than four years, nor more than
Bud Leatherwood and Howard
Gibson were given 90 days on road
for larceny of chickens. ' Twelve
months suspended road sentence on
four years good behavior.
Monroe Bingham, two years road
sentence, suspended on payment
- of $4 each week to the support of
N. A. Johnson tried for running
disorderly house; dismissed by
motion of defendant.
Joe. Webb, Morris Jenkins, Ray
Prince, Dorsey Lee and Robert
McKinncy, assault with deadly
weapon on N. A. Johnson. Robert
McKinney found guilty of simple
assault, 30 days on road Or sus
pended sentence on $50 fine and
costs.' Other four not guilty.
Odell Hall (colored) assault on
Ella Mae Hall, six- months road
sentence; suspended sentence, or
$25 at this term of court and $25
next term, this to be applied on
All criminal cases were tried or
continued and court closed on
Wednesday afternoon. The civil
docket will be taken up Monday
morning; April 22. . '
Sends Message to Macon
Congressman Zebulon Wea'ver
passed through Franklin on his
wajnoM urphy last- Fridayy-stop-
ping for a few minutes at the post
office. He left the following mes
Editor The Franklin Press:
In passing through Franklin on
my way to Murphy last Friday
my stay was of necessity too brief
to greet the many friends I wish
ed to see. J will appreciate your
giving them a message that 1 am
looking forward to being in Frank
lin in the: near future to spend
several days. At this time I hope
to get in touch with as many as
possible of, the citizens of Macon
county. . 1 "
Given By Teachers
The banquet to De given by the
Macon county chapter of the North
Carolina Educational Association, on
next Saturday evening at 7:30
o'clock, at the Franklin high school
.auditorium, will.be atteended by
more than 200 teachers and guests,
This social event is sponsored
by the Public Relations committee
of the N. C. E. A. in Macon
county, and the teachers of the
county are hostesses. Airs. Helen
Macon, president of the county
N. C. E. A., will preside as toast
mistress. A welcome will be given by G.
L. Houk, county superintendent. W.
L. Lathan, isuperintendent of Swain
county schools and district presi-
dent of N. C . A., will speak on
"Our Legislative Program."
Mrs. Ruth , ,Vick Eyerett field
Music during the evening will be
played by Mrs. Fisher on the violin
an M, V!r,n" ",tchcock- P,ana
The Franklin P.-T. A. will serve
From Every Part of U. S.
Visit Coweeta Station
A group of 17 foresters and hy
draulic engineers are meeting at
the Coweeta Experimental Forest
near Otto this week to discuss and
outline a program of experiments
to be carried on at the Experi
mental Forest. These men have
come from all parts of the coun
try representatives from Cali
fornia, the Rocky Mountain Sec
tion, New Orleans, New England,
Lake States, and Washington, . D.
C, being present.
The program calls for an inspec
tion, of timber sales on the Nanta
hala Forest, a check of the experi
ments being carried on at Otto,
and a trip to the Copper . Basin,
Tennessee, to view the behavior of
water run-off caused by the total
removal of all vegetation- from a
The meeting is under the direc
tion of Dr. R. E. McArdle, direc
tor of the Appalachian Forest Ex
periment station, Asheville. The
discussions are being led' by Dr.
C. R. Hursh, also of the Appalach
ian station. Those in . attendance
from various sections of the coun
M. B. Arthur, chief engineer's
office; E. N. Munns, R. A. Hetzler,
both of the division of forest in
fluences; G. R. Salmon d, division
of watershed management, all of
U. S. Forest Service, Washington,
D. C; C L. Forshing, assistant
chief -of forest service in charge
of forest researchWashington, D.
C; C H. Kraebel, California For
est Extension Station, Berkeley,
Calif.; H. L. Shirley, director Al
legheny Forest Experiment Sta
tion, Philadelphia; A. R. Croft,
Inter-mountain Forest Experiment
Station, Ogden, Utah ; H. G. Wilm,
Rocky Mountain Forest Experi
ment Station, Fort Collins, Colo.;
R. E. Pidgeon, regional engineer,
Forest Service, Atlanta; H. G.
Meginnii, Southern Forest Exper
iment Station, New Orleans; N. E.
Hawes, Southern Forest Experi
ment Station, stationed at Mena,
Ark. The following were from the
Appalachian Experiment Service:
Messrs. McArdle, C R. Hursh, C
D. Marshall, J. M. Rosa, M. D.
Clean Up Paint Up Fix Up Plant Up
TO ALL CITIZENS OF FRANKLIN:
Whereas, the National Clean-Up, Paint-Up and Fix-Up Cam-.
.paigns have resulted in many advantages to community life
throughout the United States, .
In safeguarding health and safety; '.''.-,
Jn promoting employment and thrift; '.'".'
In furthering fire prevention;
In promoting better housing; J ..!'. -
In .'stimulating civic pride; and '
In making the home and city beautiful.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it known that plans have been made
for a thorough Clean-Up, Paint-Up and Fix-Up Campaign in
Franklin, beginning April 22. This date to mark the opening of,
a real campaign of persistent effort in cleaning up, fixing up.
and KEEPING IT UP. In thU worthy movement of cleaning,
painting, planting, Repairing and general rehabilitation and
.beautification we urge each citizen to do his or her best part
to make our community clean, healthy, thrifty, safe, and beau
tiful. i J. FRANK RAY, Mayor.
The spirit of the Campaign is expressed in this story :
In a tenement district lived a family surrounded by filth and
dirt.. The whole atmosphere of the little room which they called
"home" was one of hopeless depression and squalor. To prove
the power of suggestion, a good woman placed on the table a
miniature statue of the Venus of Milo. Against this grimy back
ground of dirt and wretchedness, the Venus shone out in all
her whiteness and purity, elevating' and brightening her strange
surroundings. The good woman called a week later and found
that the place had been cleaned up, the .dirt had been washed
away and a pathetic but sincere attempt at decoration had been
made the subtle influence was effective. 7 ,
...If the homes in a neighborhood become weatherbeaten and
shabby, values . in the whole neighborhood deteriorate. But if
some house owner ' cleans up, repairs, fixes up, paints and
beautifies his home, it radiates its attractiveness' in every direc
tion. Others follow the good example and soon the whole neigh
borhood is made bright and attractive.
GONE WITH WIND
Author Aided By Friends
Who Went To
Margaret Mitchell, who wrote
"Gone with the Wind,'' is perhaps
the only author whose friends and
neigT?Dors traveled to" Hollywood
to help turn a book into a picture.
Wilbur G. Kurtz, artist and his
torian, and his wife, Annie Laurie
Fuller Kurtz, of Atlanta, Ga., con
ducted the research, for the David
Selznick International Technicolor
film, which will be shown May 1,
2, 3, and 4 at the Macon Theatre,
after three years of preparation.
The Kurtz family and Margaret
Mitchell are Atlanta neighbors,
their families having been friends
since the War. days.
Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz served as
technical aides throughout the pro
duction, assembling photographs
and records of the pre-war South
in his studio where Margaret
Mitchell was a frequent visitor.
The Kurtzes were summoned- to
Hollywood oh Thanksgiving Day,
1938. With his dual . equipment as
historian and artist, he not only
provided factual material for the
picture but made water color
sketches to aid the technicians.
An citstanding example was the
train shed reproduced by Mr.
Kurtz from plans of the original
building in Atlanta and many oth
er authentic replicas of places and
buildings from faded records, prints
and (sketches of the old South that
this artist had in his files. One ex
ample was the reproduction of a
cotton press, built as a working
apparatus, complete to the squeaks.
The whole panarama of buildings
destroyed in this greatest of screen
fires were built from a painting
of Atlanta by Kurtz taken from
Mr. Gailey states that reserved
seats should be secured as early
as possible, and suggests that "you
come in now and make your selec
tion while choice seats, are still to
be had. Tickets and reservations
are on sale in the lobby" of the
Two Escaped Prisoners
Still At Large
Jess .Williams and Howard Gib
son escaped from the Macon coun
ty jail . here ,some time Tuesday
night or early Wednesday morning.
Sheriff A. B. Slagle said Wednes
day. The escapes were discovered
at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning.
The two men were in a cell on
the second floor. Williams was
awaiting trial on an affray charge.
Gibson was sentenced" Tuesday to
serve 90 days on a larceny count.
He had also been given a 12
months road sentence that was sus
pended on condition of good be
havior. The men were still at large to
Seeks Nomination For
". L. A. Martin of . Lexington,
Dethocratic candidate for lieutenant-governor,
spent Saturday night
and Sunday at Kelly's Tea Room.
He visited Franklin in the interest
of his campaign, conferring with a
number of citizens while here.
Mr. Martin's record in all that
concerns his . community and state
is well known throughout the state.
As a state senator for four ses
sions and representative in the
lower house for one session he has
stood for those principles that he
has stated ' in his campaign an
nouncement. These include advo
cacy of a state referendum of the
liquor question, declaring his pur
pose, if nominated and elected, to
use his influence to drive liquor
and its attendant evils from the
borders of the state.
Jh the matter of state economy
Mr. Martin states, "It is my firm
conviction that every department
of our government should be held
to strict accountability in economy,
and Xhat we should eliminate all
waste and extravagance wherever
found, and that all money thus
saved should be reflected in our
budget and used in lowering the
tax burden wherever practicable."
He favors legislation for a re
tirement plan for teachers and al
lotment of teachers on a basis of
enrollment; with .salaries based
on training and service.
Mr. Martin was born in Leaks
ville, and has practised law in Lex
ington for 30 years, has served as
municipal judge and city commis
sioner, and for many years has
been chairman of the school board
in Lexington. He has been one of
the recognized leaders of the dry
forces in the state and a civic lead
er in his: home city.
E. E. Witherspoon, editor of the
Lexington Dispatch, is Mr. Mart
in's state campaign manager.
P. F. Callahan
Resigns As Managing
Editor of Press
P. F. Callahan, for six years con
nected with The Franklin Press,
has resigned to purchase a print
ing business' in another community.
With many years of varied ex
perience as printer and editor, Mr.
Callahan brought well trained abili
ties to his work, For the last
three years, since the removal of
Blackburn W. Johnson to the po
sition of editor of the Fanners
Federation News in Asheville, he
has been managing editor of this
Mr. Callahan will announce his
future plarw when business arrange
ments have fceen completed. He
and Mrs. Callahan will remain in
Franklin for a short time before
1 having for their new borne.
Complete List Of Candidates
For Macon County Offices
Who Announces for . Chairman of
Board of Commissioners
For Chairman Of Board
The name of Gus Leach has been
added to the political announce
ments on another page as a candi
date for chairman of the board of
For thirty years a successful
merchant and business man, Gus
Leach is well known in the county
wiiere ne nas uvea ail his lite. Wis
quality of citizenship is the best.
He has served before on the board
of county commissioners' and also
on the county board of education.
"Now that I have retired from ac
tive business as a merchant, I have
time to devote to this service to
my county," Mr. Leach states.
Funeral services for Albert Lee
(Bud) Poindexter. 77. were held
on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock
at the Iotla Methodist church. The
Rev. R. F. Mavberrv. oastor of the
Iotla Baptist church, was in charge
of the services. Interment was in
the church cemeterv; The nail-
bearers were, Horace Morgan, Lee
Ledtord, Verlin Poindexter,- Grady
Wilkes. Harvev Poindexter. and
Mr. Poindexter was a farmer and
a member of the Iotla Methodist
church. He was twice married,
first to Miss Elizabeth Wilkes,
after whose death he married Miss
Mr. Poindexter died at his home
in the Iotla community earlv Wed
nesday morning. He had been in
ill health for the past eight months.
Surviving are the widow and
eight children, five by the first
marriage. They are James A. Poin
dexter, Franklin Route 3; C. Craw
ford Poindexter, of Canton; Ellis
Poindexter, Mrs. Fred Ledford and
Mrs. Mark Bryant, of Franklin
Route 3. The children by the last
marriage are Woodrow Poindexter,
Wiley Poindexter and Mrs. Mary
P. Willis. There are a large num
ber of grandchildren.
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As The World Turns
A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation
and Abroad. ' .
NOTES ON THE
Alarming reports are coming out
of Europe of the Nazi threat on
small countries not yet attacked.
A pall of fear hangs over the neu
trals. The swift occupation by Germany
of Denmark and sections of Nor
way show the extent of danger
from the Nazi "Trojan horse." The
swarms of German "tourists' in all
neutral' countries are being arrest
ed and closely watched, as it is
realized that Nazi secret agents
infest every neutral country.
Turkey is expelling all Germans.
Belgian troops are rushing forti
fications. Reports from Stockholm
are that German forces in huge
transport planes are pushing north
ward to meet British forces. This is
in the region where the Germans
have cut Norway in two are are
meeting strong Norwegian resis
tance. The navies of both sides, have
lost heavily during the sea fight
ing of the past week with vic
tories claimed and losses denied on
Many File Before Dead
Line Saturday ; Total
Of 24 Candidates
The total number of candidates-filing-
in Macon county for county
offices before the' dead . line last
Saturday was 24, as reported by
K.S. Jones, chairman of the board
Dr. W. A. Rogers, of Franklin, .
for 34 year chairman of the coun- '
ty Democratic executive ..committee,,
who has served as representative
six times, announced several weeks
ago.. A; L.- McLean of West's Mill,
announced his candidacy ' in last
week's Franklin Press. Robert A.
1'atton has also filed las candidate
for representative. John E. Rick
man has filed as candidate for' re p
resentative on the Republican
For County Commissioners
Announcing for. chairman of
county commissioners subject to :
the Democratic primary are J. C.
Sorrells of West's .Mill ; Ed Byrd .
of Stiles; Gus Leach of Franklin;
Frank I. Murray of Franklin. F.
E. Hastings Franklin Route 2, has
filed subject to the Republican
Those filing for commissioner on
the Democratic ticket are Fred: W.
Palmer, Franklin ; Fred Conley, .
Franklin Route 1; Jerry Franklin,
Franklin Route 4; C. A. Bryson,
West's Mill ; C. L. Blaine, Frank
lin Route 2. i
W. H. Green of Franklin and
Frank Burnette of Etna have filed
on the Republican ticket.
E. B. Whitaker, of Bryson City,
has filed as" candidate for Senator
on the Democratic ticket.
John H. Green, of Clay county,
has filed, seeking nomination for
Senator, subject to the Republican
For Board Of Education
J. E. Cabe, Roy Phillips, Frank
Browning, C. G. Moore, E. E.
Crawford and James L. Hauser, all
Democrats, have filed for member
ship; on the board of education.
Five are to be elected.
For County Surveyor
John H. Dalton, Democrat, of
West's Mill, who has been county
surveyor since 1906, is unopposed
for this 'office. .
H For Constable
Derald Ashe, Democrat, of Frank
lin,- has filed for constable of
Franklin township, ,
Asheville And Franklin
Team Play Sunday,
The second ball game of the
season will be played on the local
field here on Sunday afternoon
between Asheville All-Stars and
the . Franklin team.
The game, which is a -double-header,
is scheduled . to begin at
2 o'clock. Pitchers will be Leo
Manley for Asheville and Frank
Higdon for Franklin.
The game with Holly Springs
Sunday was 10 to 2 in favor of
Capt. and Mrs. E. L. Veasy will
spend the week-end with relatives
The British navy won a sea vic
tory Saturday, when more than
1000 Nazi seamen were (rilled. Brit
ish troops have not been landed
in Norway in sufficient numbers
to affect the German occupation
The British have laid great mine
fields in the Skagerrak and Katte
gat. A correspondent of the A. P. on
the scene reports today that Nazi
invaders have been driven out of
Narvik by the Allies and that
British marines, fighting alongside
Norwegians have occupied Narvik
and that the Germans are retreat
ing to the south.
Maneuvers- of the Russian navy
in the Black Sea, the Italian navy
in the Adriatic and the Turkish
navy in Marmora portend that
something is about to happen soon,
but when, where and what gives
increasing jitters to the Balkans.
Greece fears an Italian invasion
and Britian declares "We should
like to know where we stand with
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