COVERAGE This Newspaper Goes To Every Corner of Macon County For 55 Years The Franklin Press has been serving the people of Macon County. acoman INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL VOL. LV, NO. 33 FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, AUGUST 15. 1940 $1.50 PER YEAR COURT OPENS HEREMONDAY Judge Wilson Warlick To Preside Over Two Week Term The August session cf Macon county1 superior court will open for a two-week term this Monday morning, August 19. Judge Wilson Warlick of Newton' will preside. Court officers said they expect ed the criminal docket to take up the first week, leaving the second week for the civil docket. The criminal docket this year is i chiefly composed . of misdemeanors, plus several felonies which, include two arson cases and several charges of breaking and entering. Wayne Underwopd of the Mul berry section, who was recently involved in a shooting scrape with Herbie Bradshaw, is due for a hearing on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Bradshaw is still at large, having escaped from jail here two weeks ago. Farmers Invited To Attend WNC Farm Meeting Plans to have an extensive dele gation of Macon county farmers present at the annual Western North Carolina , Farm meeting at Boone, August 20-21, are now being promoted by S. W. Mendenhall, county farm agent. The farmers intend to leave the Agricultural building here by 9 o'clock Monday, August 19. This will give them an opportunity to visit farms in Watauga county Tuesday morning and see some of the outstanding beef cattle and pasture work that is being done there, Mr. Mendenhall stated. Transportation will be furnished for any farmers in Macon county who desire to make the trip. The total cost for room and meals in Boone will be only $2.50. Sheets, blankets and necessary toilet . arti cles should .fe"" taken hy farmers making the trip. All farmers are invited and urg ed to take advantage of this op portunity of seeing the farming that is being done between Frank lin and Boone as well as in Wa tauga county and of attending the annual farm meeting which will be both instructive and entertain ing. ' ' As The World A Brief Survey of Current and Abroad. War Summary LONDON AND BERLIN For a week; intensified aerial warfare has been waged by Ger many and Britain. In 14 hours of fighting of the greatest air bat tle of all time Britain last Friday beat back a mighty aerial invasion of more than 800 planes. Renewed assault continued each day and night with counter raids into Ger many and occupied territory by the RAF. Both sides claim huge losses inflicted on the enemy. On Wednesday a break in the fury of attacking Nazi planes was thought to presage an attempt- to land troops only one "mass" at tack of 300 planes being attempt ed, against the Dover balloon bar rage which was repulsed. "Plant ed" parachutes were dropped in England's Manchester and Birm ingham areas and in Scotland, with no riders, Britain reports. Berlin on the other hand announced that parachutists hd been dropped to carry out sabotage against British defenses. Thousands of home guard troops and crack "parashots" in England and Scotland are mobiliz ed to search for and destroy Nazi parachutists Hitler's vanguard pf invasion that might land in the darkness. Pilots of RAF reported that hundreds of square miles of Ger many's vital industrial areas had been devastated as well as pos sible "jumping off points" for an invasion on nearer coasts. ' Numbers of planes destroyed claimed by both sides are wide apart, but it appears that Germany has greater losses in proportion of planes engaged. The alleged beheading of an Albanian nationalist in northern Greece in a border clash threatens to furnish a pretext for Fascist pressure on Greece to renounce her friendship with Great Britain. This may drag Greece into the war. . Three More Escape From County Jail Here Saturday .In the second jail-break in as many weeks, three more prisoners made .good their escape from the Macon county jail here early last Saturday night. County officers were still con tinuing the search for them Thurs day. The men, imprisoned in a second story cell, opposite the street, saw ed the bans from their window around 10:30 p. m. and let them selves down to the ground by blankets. One of the prisoners, Howard Gibson, 21, escaped from the jail here once before on April 18. ' - Their escape was discovered when Has Penland, who happened to be nearby saw three men running across a field and reported to the jail. Only members of Jailor John Dills family were present when the break occurred, Dills having gone to make an arrest. 1 The escapes are : Howard Gib son of Macon county, sentenced to 90 days on the roads for larceny of chickens ; Ray Prince, 23, of Highlands, awaiting trial on charges of breaking and. entering; and William Turner of Aquone, await ing trial on the same charge. Mrs. Howard Wilkie Suffers Serious Accident Mrs. Howard Wilkie, of Long Shoals Road near Asheville, suf fered a broken leg that required amputation below the knee when hit by an automobile last Monday. The acciden occurred at the road's intersection with the Henderson -ville highway. Mrs. Wilkie was Miss Jessie Higdon, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. J. L. Higdon of Cullasaja, before her marriage to Howard Wilkie, son of Mrs. W, G. Wilkie of Franklin: Mrs. C. Tom Bryson, a sister of Mrs. Wilkie, hastened to her bedside,, and is still with her, at Biltmore hospital. On Wednes day the patient was reported to be doing as well as could be ex pected. Howard Wilkie-, who has been a teacher in the Weaverville school for the past years is now employ ed on the Glenville project of the Nantahala Power and Light com pany. The Wilkies have two chil dren. Turns 'a Events In State, Nation ROME On Tuesday Britain rained hun dreds of explosives on Milan, Tur in, Alexandria and Tortona vital Italian industrial centers in the biggest aerial bombardment yet suffered by Italy with great loss of property and many .killed and wounded. The RAF struck as far as Sicily, Fascist headquarters re ported. . ATHENS, GREECE AH telophonic communication with Rome was severed Thursday, as the Greek government announc ed the sinking of the light cruiser Helle by an unidentified subma rine. The Helle was sunk in Tinos Island harbor in the Aegean Sea. . CAIRO. EGYPT Italian armored columns and troop concentrations! advancing on Britain's key port in Somaliland were scattered by salvos from British warships yesterday. The news suggested that the British fleet had acted to break the drive that had as its object a general assault on Egypt and the Suez canal. -.'.. ,' MANILA. P. I. By a vote of 62 to 1 President Manuel Quezon was given extra ordinary emergency powers by the Philippines national assembly last Saturday, upon the assertion that they were necessary because of the situation arising but of the European war. The law empowers drastic control over private prop etry, prices of goods and distribu tion of labor. .'; SHANGHAI United States Marines gained control of the rich centnal part of the International Sector here Thursday after a bitter dispute with the Japanese who had hoped that the withdrawal of British forces would enable them to gain control of the foreign area. (Continued on Pap Ta) T. F. RY. MAY BE DISCONTINUED Line Suffers Bad Losses For First 6 Months Of 1940 The Tallulah Falls railway may soon be forced to cease operations for lack of revenue, H. H. Brewer of Cornelia, receiver for the line, stated this week. "Unless something can be done to regain some of . the less-than-carload business which has appar ently been last to truck competi tion, it looks like the Tallulah Falls Railway will soon have to join the ranks of the tremendous number of shortlines over the country which have been abandoned from lack of patronage of the people they were trying to serve," Mr. Brewer said. Freight 'revenue figures for the T. F. show a decrease of $4,635 in less-than-carload shipment re ceipts for 1939. Passenger train . revenue for the first six months of 1940 operations indicate a loss of $419.77 as against a profit of $363.43 for the first six months of 1939. In former years this service has been able to pay its cast of operation. Total operation figures for the first six months of 1940 show a total loss of $9,635.21 as against a total loss of $4,310.00 for the same period last year. . "Some improvement is hoped for during the remainder of the year," Mr. Brewer said. "However, there does . not yet appear to be any hope of making expenses." List Of Teachers In County Schools Released By Houk Six New Teachers On Faculty Of Franklin ' High School The romnlete list of teachers for the schools of Macon county is given below, with their locations for the school year 1940-41. One ad ditional teacher has been added to the Franklin high school faculty. The new teachers for the Frank lin high school are Miss Frances Barririirer of Concord, mathemat ics: Miss Genevieve Helen White of Brooklyn, N. Y., science; Miss Mildred Underwood, whose parents teach in the Cherokee Indian school, history. These are gradu ates of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Miss Dorothy Plonk, who receiv ed, highest honors"1 at Greensboro roll in Time, "will 4each science and mathemahas, and Miss Helen Moore, of Chester, S..G, a Win throp graduate, will teach science. Mrs. Philip Green, who has been teaching in Buncombe county, will have the French classes. She re ceived her degree from Asbury college, Wilmore, Ky. All teachers have majored in the subjects that they will teach and have their required certificates, according to W. H. Finley, prin cipal. . ' Mrs. Charles O. (Virginia D.) Ramsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs; R. L. Bryson of Bryson hotel, is a new teacher in the Franklin elementary school. Mrs. Ramsey is a graduate of Kent State Normal in Ohio and has studied at In diana University. Her experience includes teaching at Berry school, Georgia; Carcasson, Ky., and Har ris high school, Spruce Pine. The Rainbow Springs pupils will be transported by bus to the Slagle school. Following is the list and location Lift And Location Of TK&r Franklin High School: W. H. Finky, principal; W. C. Newton, history; J. C Hawkins, mathematics; Miss Katherine Sher rill, English; Miss' Frances Bar ringer, mathematics; Miss Dorothy Plonk, mathematics and science; Miss Helen Moore, science; Miss Genevieve Helen White, science ; Miss Mildred Underwood, history; Mrs. Philip L. Green, French; Miss Gloria Reagan, English ; Mrs. Catherine O'Neil, home economics; Mrs. Katherine Porter Mathews, seventh . grade ; Miss Marie P. Stewart, history and English; E. J. Whitmire, agriculture. Elementary Teachers Mrs. Lola P. Barrington, Mrs. Mayberyl Moody, Mrs. Margaret Ramsey, Mrs. Charles Ramsey, Mrs. Beatrice M. Alley, Miss Edna Jamison, Mrs. Pearl Hunter, Miss Margaret Slagle; Mrs. Kate Wil liams, . Mrs. Elsie W. Franks, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Guffey ; Miss Amy Henderson. Iotla Tillery Love, Mrs. Bess (Continued on Pag Tea) WPA Offices Will Remain Here In The Ashear Building WPA headquarters for Macon county will remain in their present location here in the Ashear build ing under the terms of ah agree ment reached Saturday by the County Board of Commissioners and the Town Board of Aldermen. Funds for the WPA office rent and telephone will be furnished jointly by the county and the town. The county is to pay $16 monthly and . the town $15 -a total of $31 monthly, the amount requested by the WPA. Each board agreed to appropriate the sum asked of it by means of a letter circulated and signed by its members. If the office expenses had not been furnished locally, the WPA would have been forced to its headquarters, where space in the Municipal building there had been kindly offered. School Garage And Bus Sheds New bus sheds and , a garage have been constructed by the coun ty on the grounds of the Franklin schools this summer, and are be ing put in readiness to accomodate Macon county busses and to pro vide servicing . and repair work. Bob Blaine, an experienced gar age mechanic, who has been in the employ, of the Burrell and Roy Mashburn garages, will have charge of the garage. The routes of the busses will be substantially the same as last year, it was stated by the superintend ent's office. - Material Aid For Britain Petition Sent Reynolds And Weaver . Bearing the names of ISO Frank lin citizens, a petition requesting that material aid be extended to Great Britain in her present crisis was mailed to Senator Robert R. Reynolds and Congressman Zebulon Weaver in Washington yesterday. The petition specifically asked that over-aged destroyers ' be sent to the defense of England in keeping with the aims of the com mittee to Defend America by Help ing the Allies, of which , William Allen White is national chairman. The petition, which was printed in full in last week's Press, spon sored by R. S. Omohundro, Charlie Bradley, Bill Moore and others, was circulated only on Main street, and no effort was made to secure more names. The fact that only three approached did not wish to sign their names; showed that the sentiment of the citizens was over whelmingly in sympathy with the movement to extend prompt, aid to Britain as the best insurance to keep the war away from America. The signed petition was dispatch ed as promptly as possible as an expression of the opinion of many representative ' citizens men and women. Bryson Reunion To Be At West's Mill Sunday The Macon county Bryson re union will be held on Sunday, August 18, at the home of .Mrs. James L. Bryson at West's Mill. The program committee are arrang ing a very interesting program which will be given in the after noon. T. D. Bryson, attorney of Franklin, will be the guest speaker. Special vocal music will be render ed by a quartet composed of Lex Angel, Joe Angel, Olin Graham and James M. Raby. Peek-Henderson Reunion At Cliffside August 17 Descendants of the Peek-Henderson families will gather at Cliff side Lake on Highway 64, Satur day, August, 17, for their annual reunion. Following the lunch a program will be given and talks will be made by attending visitors. All members of both families' are expected to be present, and bring picnic lunch. ' Lions To Bring Carnival To Franklin For Week The Lions Club announced this week that it had signed a contract with the Wolfe Amusement com pany to bring a carnival here for a week, August 28-31. No site for the carnival has been wcured st yet, Macon County Relatively Undamaged By F 1 o o d s Five Convicts And State Employee Hurt Jn Crash Near CullasajaX Friday Five convicts from the prison camp here and a state employee were injured last Friday when the state highway truck in which they were riding left the highway as another truck, driven by Harry Cunningham of Franklin, attempted to pass it. The truck was completely de molished in the crash, which oc curred on U. S. 64 between Cul lasaja and Gneiss as the men were returning to camp. Three of the prisoners' are still in Angel hospital here. They are; John Richardson, 44, fractured ribs, sentenced from Burke county 6q a forgery charge; Dock Pol lard, 25, fractured spine, sentenced from Pender county for larceny, and John Sneed, 41, fractured shoulder, sentenced from Person county for breaking and entering. The other two injured prisoners, Herman Baily, '24, sentenced from Wake county for assault, and Win nie Styles, sentenced from Chero kee for breaking and entering, are back in camp. R. L. Porter, state employee suffered a broken knee in the accident. . Cunningham, the driver of the other truck, stated that he had pulled out to pass the state high way truck when it suddenly careen ed off the highway. PARTNER DAY PLANS MADE One Hundred Prizes To Be Offered By C. Of C. Arrangements for the first an nual "Partner Day," to be held here Labor Day, September 2, are progressing rapidly, the chamber of commerce reports. ' The purpose of "Partner Day", according to Rev. Frank Bloxham, secretary of the chamber, is to enable citizens to become better acquainted and to become partners in boosting r-ranklin and Macon county. A special fund has been annro- priated by the chamber of com merce to provide 100-prizes for the day. The prizes will consist of orders tor merchandise on the various . establishments that are members of the civic organization. Everyone is. eligible to Compete for one of the prizes arrorflinir to the following simple rules : There will be a box containing entries at the chamber of com merce information booth on Main street. All that has to be done is to obtain one of the entry-cards, bearing ta number, : and wear it. Somewhere downtown someone else will be wearing the identical num-r ber. When your partner - is found. come back to the information booth and each will receive a prize. More-keepers and clerks will also be wearine numbers. A snuare dance on the public square will probably close the day. The chamber of commerce is hoping to arrange with merchants to offer additional prizes and hold special sales on the day. Three Women Hurt In Head-On Collision In Cat Creek Section Sun. ' Three Macon county women were injured in a head-on automobile collision Sunday in the Cat Creek section of Macon county near the home of Jerry R. Franklin. Mrs. Ina Henry Duvall, daugh ter of R. F. Henry, and a teacher in the Macon . county public schools, suffered a dislocated knee cap. Miss Nell Justice, a nurse in the Harris Community hospital at Sylva, received a fractured skull and her sister, Mrs. Bryan betser of the Cartoogechaye com munity, suffered a hip dislocation. The latter two are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Justice, of Franklin Route 4. They were all taken to Angel Clinic where their conditions were reported to be very satisfactory. Rev. Ray Riddle Guest Minister Here Sunday Rev. F. Fay Riddle, D. D., pastor of the Shandon Presbyterian church, Columbia, S. C, will be the guest minister at the Franklin Presbyterian church this Sunday at the 11 a. m. services. Miss Frances Riddle will render a special vocal selection at the Counties Farther East are Hard Hit; Eleven Lives Lost Macon county came off relative ly light compared to surrounding counties in the torrential rains that swept across Western North Carolina early this week. Serious damage, to crops is re ported, especially in Smith Bridge, Cullasaja and Flats townships,' and around five bridges are reported washed out on secondary roads over the county. "Farmers in the damaged areas tell me that the crop loss is around 50 per cent," County Agent Sam Mendenhall said. More complete figures were not available. Franklin was cut off from train and bus service from the east Tuesday, but all transportation fa cilities were restored by Wednes day. The Nantahala Power and Light company reported that the Little Tennessee river reached the high est point in the records of their company at the powerhouse on Lake Emory. A log boom protect ing the intake at the powerhouse broke loose Tuesday night, but was secured before any damage could be done. Some damage was also reported at the Glenville project on the Tuckaseegee river. Over Western North Carolina, floods and landslides took a toll of five lives, resulting in injuries to at least 11 people, a survey dis closed Wednesday night. Property damage will run into- rnillions of dollars: . , Asheville, cut off from its source of water'since Tuesday when floods severed the conduits leading from the watersheds, managed to repair the breaks late Thursday afternoon, after the city had been threatened with a serious water shortage. . The Champion Fibre company re sumed operations Wednesday after having been forced too close by flood waters in the plant itself. Fibreville, near Canton, was com pletely induated and were com pelled to flee their homes. Cullowhee was completely cut off by the raging waters of the Tuck aseegee river Tuesday, but little damage was reported. North Wilkesboro suffered an estimated $2,000,000 damage and 2, 500 persons were thrown out of work by ta combined fire and flood. After the rising Yadkin river had severed power and water facilities, two industrial plants mysteriously caught fire and turned to the ground. Eastern Star Head To Make Official Visit Here Mis. Leola M. Byerly, Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chap ter of North Carolina, Order of the Eastern Star, will make- her official visit- .e Nequassa Chapter-. NOr'43 here, at a special meeting to be held at the Masonic Temple Monday night, August 19, at' 8 o'clock. On Wednesday, August 21, the annual district meeting of the Twelfth District of North Caro lina, Order of the Eastern Star, will be held at the Masonic Temple in Bryson City with Tuckaseegee Chapter No. 16 as hostess. Miss Elizabeth Slagle, district Deputy Grand Matron will preside. A large delegation from here is expected to be present. Mrs. Byerly, who has visited Nequassa Chapter on former oc casions, is widely known through out the state in Eastern Star work. Up until the past few years, she made her home in Asheville. She now resides in Salisbury. . Other Grand officers of . the Grand Chapter who are expected to be present both at the meeting here and in Bryson City are: Mr. John L. Orr of Bryson City, Worthy Grand Patron; Mr. Harley Welch of Bryson City, District Deputy Grand Patron ; Mrs. Jean Moore, of Franklin, Grand Repre sentative of Michigan; Eunice Hill Church of Franklin, Grand Adah; and Miss Elizabeth Slagle of Franklin, District Deputy Grand Matron of the Twelfth District service. The public is cordially in vited. The regular Sunday school exer cises will be held at 10 a. m., under the direction of James: A. Sutton, superintendent of the Sunday school. Motor vehicle accidents in this country last year resulted in non fatal injuries to 1,150,000 persons.