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THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND THE HIGHLANDS MACONIAN
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8. 1940
Published every Thundiy by The Franklin Presi
I At Franklin, North Carolina
Telephone No. 24
Mrs. J. W. C Johnson and W. S. Johnson.
Carl P. Cabe. .rt Advertising
Entered at the Post Office, Franklin, N. C, as second class matter
One Year ....
Obituary. notices, cards of thanks, tributes or respect, by individuals,
lodges, churches, organizations or societies, will be regarded as adver
tising and inserted at regular classified advertising rates. Such notices
will be marked "adv." in compliance with the postal regulations. 1
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will
lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.' Luke 9:24.
Selfishness is the great curse of the human race.
William E. Gladstone.
V A Jail In Name Only
the escape of three more prisoners from
' v the county jail here Saturday night, a grand
total of seven in the space of six months, it becomes
embarrassingly self-evident that imprisonment there
is rapidly turning into a farce.
As far as it can be determined, the fault lies not
with the officials but with the structure of the jail
itself. Sheriff Slagle states that the bars on the
windows have so' rusted an i deteriorated that it is
a simple matter to saw through and bend them
aside:. - . - : .v. v ,
It is impossible to arrive at an accurate estimate
of how much it costs the county to seek out and
arrest a criminal in funds or in the time of police
officers taken from their other duties. It is certain
that the expense to the county redoubles every time:
a prisoner escapes. ;
Of the two solutions, repairing the present jail
or building a new one, The Press believes that it
would be cheaper and more satisfactory in the long
run to erect a modern, sanitary county jail. At any
rate, it is high time the citizens of Macon county
took action on the matter.
North Skeenah Valley
YNE of the beautiful views of Macon county
and one less well known- -is pictured, oh the
cover of the August issue of the Farmers Federa
tion News. It shows an unusually artistic framing
of North Skeenah valley. The editor thus explains
the selection 1 of this scene for this month's maga
zine: ' ''''. .
"We selected it for the cover of this our 20th
Anniversary Edition because it is so typical of the
territory served by the Farmers Federation. Most
of our members and patrons live and work on farms
such as we see in this valley. The church near the
center of the picture is typical, too, and reminds us
of the splendid achievements of the Lord's Acre
Movement directed by the Rev. Dumont Clarke,
head of our religious department."
Cooperation Brings Results
THE PRESS heartily commends the County
Board of Commissioners and the Town Board
of Aldermen on their joint action in providing an
appropriation, for the maintenance of the county
WP A offices here.
It would have been an added and unecessary hard
ship for most of the families in need of relief scat
tered over the county, had they been forced to
travel to Highlands in order to make application
for aid from the WPA.
A British Airman's Last Letter To His Mother
JUfANY newspapers and periodicals in the United
1T States have, carried the following preface and
letter first printed in The Times, London:
Among the personal belongings of a young R. A.
F. pilot in a Bomber Squadron, who was recently re
ported "Missing, believed killed," was a letter to
his mother to be sent to her if he were killed.
"This letter was perhaps the most amazing one
I have ever read; simple and direct in its wording
but splendid and uplifting in its outlook," says the
"I sent the letter to the bereaved mother, and
asked her whether I might publish it anonymously,
as I feel its contents may bring comfort to other
mothers. I hope this letter may be read by the
greatest possible number of our countrymen at
home and abroad."
Dearest Mother: Though I feel no premonition
. at all, events are moving rapidly, and I have in
structed that this letter be forwarded to you should
I fail to return from one of the raids which we shall
shortly be called upon to undertake. You must hope
on for a month, but at the end of that time you
must accept the fact that I have handed my task
over to the extremelv capable hands of my com
rades of the Royal Air Force, as so many splendid
fellows have already done.
First, it will comfort you to know that my role
in this war has been of the greatest importance.
Our patrols far out over the North Sea have helped
to keep the trade routes clear for pur convoys and
supply ships, and on one occasion our information
was instrumental in saving the lives of the men in
a crippled lighthouse relief ship. Though it .will be
On the Team
Hunter Anderson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. George Anderson pi Car
toogechaye, who recently won the
honor of representing North Car
olina in the national stock judg
ing contest at Kansas Uty tnis
Farmers Federation News
20th Anniversary Edition
As the Farmers Federation ob
serves its 20th Anniversary we feel
that its officers, members and em
ployes are justified in a feeling of
pride in the .organization s achieve
ments and the part it has played
in the development of the cobpera
tive movement in this country.
There was a time back in the
'twenties when the , road, looked
mighty rough for cooperative en
terprises. Many small, poorly organ
ized, under-capitalized and ill in
formed associations died a-borning.
About the same time some of the
larger producer-cooperatives suffer
ed setbacks or failure because of
top-heavy management and a mis
taken idea that they could corner
the market. .
.The result was that many farm
ers shook their heads skeptically
when anyone suggested that they
organize or join a cooperative.
They had been burned once and
had learned their lesson. In some
localities that has . been the great
est obstacle the Farmers Federation
has had to overcome. But -despite
this and other- obstacles, including
a major depression, the Federation
has grown slowly but steadily.
With 20 warehouses operating in
14 counties and, in addition, a can
nery, a hatchery and numerous
other projects, the Federation
stands as a very material object-
lesson in the practicability of the
What the Federation has meant
to thousands of fanners could be
shown in dollars and cents . . . and
a formidable figure it would be I
Its most outstanding value an-d
achievement, however, is not in
the field of the material. It is to
be found in the consciousness it
has developed among bur people
of their ability to solve their prob
lems by working together, to build
a better community far them
selves, and their children by co
"THIS IS LONDON"
1 wonder why when on the radio
A voice says : "this is London," our
And suddenly, more swiftly seem
to flow .' .
Our blood-streams, and such wist
ful thoughts commence?
For, all at once, we see old London-town,
And straightway, wond'rous forms
pass up and down;
And streets swarm with a goodly
Of Barristers, and Bards, and Yeo
Yes, "This Is London," and forth
Long cobbled streets o'er which
high coaches clang
With coachmen, footmen scenes
And picture-books, "before the
' school bells rang
Then, forms, again, from gabled
And a strange- magic settles over
With men in "frocks" and top-hats
f faring forth '
Unto their mighty business, South
and North! .
Perhaps, it is a King unto his
; throne ;
Perhaps, it is a seaman to his sea ;
Perhaps, a poei, to his attic lone,
To speak . the wonders a flower or
Or, maybe, just a lover with a dart
Protruding bpldly from his pierced
And hying forth in search of secret
That never were except in Eng
lish books !
Well "This Is London," and the
spell is cast ' '
For, England is a land of ghosts,
you know !
O'er castle, moorland, woodland,
Do ghostly figures wander, to and
And, even glide upon her mystic
For, England, ever, was a land of
O, England, make your ancient
dream come true,
Of freedom ! All true men will
succor you t
But "This is London," hath a
deadlier tone '
Today, of fierce bombardment, and
Of sirens, and, anon, the steady
Of winged monsters which infest
O, London, we would guard thy
Fondly, with filial love, as they
were ours I .
So : "This is Lcmdon !" And our
hearts stand still;
And, adamant as iron, has grown
MRS. JOHN W. SHACKFORD,
Rock , Hill, S. C. ; . .
difficult for you, you will disappoint me if you do
not at least try to accept the facts dispassionately,
for I shall have done my duty to the utmost of my
ability. No man can do more, and no one calling
himself a man could do less.
I have always admired your amazing courage in
the face of continual setbacks ; in the way you have
given me as good an education and background, as
anyone in the country ; and always kept up appear
ances without ever losing faith in the future. My
death would not mean that your struggle has been
in vain. Far from it. It means 'that your sacrifice
is as great as mine. Those who serve England must
expect nothing from her; we debase ourselves if we
regard our country as merely a place in which to
eat and sleep. . . .
We are faced with, the greatest organized chal
lange to Christianity and civilization that the world
has ever seen, and I count myself lucky and hon
ored to be the right age and fully trained to throw
.my iuu weignt into the scale, for this I have to
thank you. Yet there is more work for you to do.
The home front will still have to stand united for
years after the war is won. . -4 c
You must not grieve for me, for if you really
believe in religion and all that it entails that would
be hypocrisy. I have no fear of death ; only a queer
elation. . . . I would have it no other way. The
universe is so vast and so ageless that the life of
one man can only be justified by the measure of
his sacrifice. We are sent to this world to acquire
a personality and a character to take with us that
can never be taken from uS. Those who just eat and
sleep, prosper and procreate, are no better than ani
mals if all their lives they are at peace. ...
-1 count myself fortunate in that I have seen the
whole country and known men of every calling. But
with the final test of war I consider my character
fully developed. Thus at my early age my earthly
mission is already fulfilled and I am prepared to die
with just one regret, and one only that I could
not devote myself to making your declining years
more happy by being with you, but you will live in
peace and freedom and I shall have directly con
tributed to that, so here again my life will not
have been in vain.
Your loving Son,
. . The Times, London. j
Seven West Brothers
United For first lime
At Picnic Here Sunday
Spven West brothers, the sons
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Newton
West of Macon county, were unit
ed for the first time in their lives
at 'a picnic at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry D. West here Sunday
afternoon. The eighth brother,
Tom. of Winston-Salem, was un
able to be present.
The elder brother, J. U west
of Allen, Texas, moved away from
Macon early in his life and had
never seen two of his younger
The following families and their
descendants, a total o,f 42 persons
in all, were present. r
J. L. West of Allen, Texas; E.
A. West of Oak Grove; Harrison
West of Greenville, S. C; Marshal
West of Pelzer, S. C; Early. West
of Greenville, S. C; A. J. West
and H. D. West of Franklin; Mrs.
F. M. Watson of Frisco. Texas :
and Mr. and Mrs. Will Soper of
A driver or a pedestrian who
had been (irinkinc was involved in
one out of every four fatal acci
dents during 1939.
Bryant Furniture Co,
AT REASONABLE PRICES
PboM 106 . Franklin, N. C
k txl 'N 7dAY$
Franklin Lodge, No. 452
In American Legion Hall
First and Third Thursday
8:00 O'CLOCK P. M.
J. J. Mann, Secretary
FOR QUICK SALE
ASHE PROPERTY ON HARRISON AVE.
Three blocks from Main Street, fronting 300
feet, containing 2 acres. Nine room house.
On U. S. Highway No. 2 8, direct route to Great
Smokies. Suitable for residence, hotel or apart
ment house. Owned by I. J. Ashe heirs who will
sell at attractive price to settle estate.
For Full Particulars, Apply
Henry Cabe, Bank of Franklin
$10 For A Name
For the Tourist Camp and Dining
Room being built on the Georgia
Road by Cagle and Bradley
The name should be short and shouldn't use
the names of the proprietors. A visit to the .
grounds may help you in selecting, an ap
propriate name. A little thought may win
ten dollars for you. Drop your suggested
name with your name and address in box
at Cagle's Cafe, or mail to Cagle's Cafe.
Each individual may suggest only one name.
In case more than one selects the same
name the reward winner will be found by a
drawing. All suggestions must be in by
Sunday, August 25. Decision of judges will
be final. ; '
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styles. . . . Truly a treat to see. For
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FRANKLIN, N. C