attfc ' P COVERAGE For 55 Years This Newspaper Goes To Every Corner of " Macon County The Franklin Press has been serving thepeople of Macon County. PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL INDEPENDENT VOL. LV, NO. 34 FRANKLIN, N. C. THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1940 $1.50 PER YEAR FARM TOUR TO BE NEXT VEEK Leaves Agricultural Bldg. Here Wednesday At 9:00 A.M. Final arrangements for the 10th annual Farm and Home "tour next Wednesday, August 28, are nearing completion, County Agent Sam Mendenhall reported this week. Every man and woman in Ma con county is especially invited to go on the tour, Mr. Mendenhall said. Transportation will be furn ished for everyone who will come to the Agricultural building here not later than 9 a. m. Wednesday. A combine will be in action at one of th stops, saving seed frqm red top grass. Farmers who " are planning to save any kind of le gume or grass seed should see this demonstration. .' At another stop, a new type threshing machine, adapted to threshing grasses and legumes, will thresh a mixture of grasses, alsike and white Dutch clover. Other stops have been arranged showing the value of .lime and the use of tree seedlings for erosion control. Lunch will be served at the Un ion church at Prentiss by the ladies of the Asbury Methodist church. Immediately after lunch, the live stock show will be held at A. B. Slagle's barn on the Hayesville road. Cash prizes will be offered for Guernsey dairy cattle, beef cattle, and colts. ' "Anyone living in Macon county who has any of these animals are particularly urged to enter them in the show," Mr. Mendenhall said. "A good live stock show will go a long way toward developing ' in terest in better live stock for Ma con county." Reduced Freight Rates Sought By Mica Firms In Southeast Section Macon county mica concerns will be materially benefitted if re duced freight rates from the south east to the Pacific are secured, ac cording to news from Raleigh. R. M. Pierpont, general agent of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway company, has request ed the assistant state geologist, T. G. Murdock, for a list of pro ducers of ground mica in North Carolina in order that contacts on the proposal may be made. The list of producers already furnished to Mr. Pierpont by Mr. Murdock in cludes: Asheville Mica company, Biltmore; Newdale Mica Company, Micaville; Southern Mica company, Franklin ; Franklin Mineral Pro ducts ' company, Franklin ; Marion Mica Mills, Marion ; D. T. Vance, Plumtree ; Vance - Barrett, Inc., Plumtree ; and Philip S. Hoyt, Franklin. Peek-Henderson Reunion HeidAt Cliff side Last Saturday The 14th annual reunion of the Peek-Henderson clan met at Cliff side Lake last Saturday, with ap proximately 150 members of the two families present. Family members from Oregon, Washington, South Carolina, Geor gia and other states returned to Macon for the reunion. Some had not seen each other for more than 40 years. Riley Peek of Charlotte led a discussion on "What Is A Re union." Other speakers were T. C Henderson of Brevard; Mrs.' Ed die Peek, Mrs. Maybelle Peek Watson, and Mr. Kermit Watson of South Carolina; Rev. I. J. Vin son of Dillard, Ga. ; and Rev. Avery Peek of Canton. Special vocal and string music was furnished fy the Dendy brothers. Mrs. Leona Saddler and Miss Ethalene Bryson of Raleigh sang a duet Mrs. Frances Newton of Gornal lis. Ore., mother-in-law of Mrs. Vclxna Peek Newton, was welcome visitor. Officers elected for the ensuing year were: J. K. Henderson of Brevard, president; Kermit Wat son of South Carolina, vice-president; Mrs. Merl Peek Dry man, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. I. T. Peek, program committee chair man; T. C Henderson of Brevard, Henderson historian; and Avery Peek of Canton, Peek historian. The clan voted to have its next meeting at Pine Grove church. New members present at the re union this year were Mr. and Mrs. James Parker of Washington state, and Mr. Napoleon Moses of Oregon, Grand Jury Recommends New Court House; Condemns Jail In its report to Judge Wilson Warlick at the close of the Aug ust term of superior court here Thursday, the grand jury con demned the present county jail on three counts. . Specifically it reports . that the bedding was not clean; the plumb ing needed repairing; and the bars on the windows should be replaced. "We find the court house as a whole in a general bad state of repair and we therefore seriously recommend a new courthouse," the report also stated. The grand jury found the county home in good condition. School Opening Ends Summer Vacation Vacation for some 4,000 Macon county children will end next Thursday, August 29, as all county schools open with the exception of Highlands. , The first teachers meeting has been set for Wednesday, A'ugust 28, in the Franklin high school build ing. ' ALL-STARS LOSE CLOSE ME 4-1 Hold Visitors To A 1-1 Deadlock Until 10th Inning In what was easily the closest and most dramatic gome thus far this season, Franklin's All-Stars dropped a decision to Easley, S. C, 4-1, after holding, the visitors to a 1-1 deadlock for ten innings. Butch Newton caught Easley flat footed with a brilliant steal from third to home in the fourth, to score Franklin's only run. Easley's McCall struck out 15 All-Stars and pitched no-hit ball until the ninth when Phantom Phil McCollum beat out an infield roller for the local's only hit Monteith pitching for the All Stars struck out 10 men and gave up six hits. The visitors scored in the second on two' singles and on error. Franklin came back in the fourth to tie it up when Newton lived on an rror," Duvall and Whitmire walked, and Newton stoled home. From then on, both teams went scoreless until the tenth inning when, Easley pushed over three runs on two hits and errors. Next Sundav at 3 t: m. the All- Stars meet the Knoxville Kiser Baseball Club, a strong team from Knoxville, Tenn., playing in the same league with the Knoxville All-Stars, and the fans can expect to see plenty of action as these Tennessee toys are plenty hot. Team Standing Won - Lost 17 8 EASLEY. S. C. Afi Grant, If .. 5 Garrett, ss ............ 5 Turpin, 2b 5 Powell, lb ........ 5 Hendrick, c 5 Wiggins, 3b S Cleveland, rf 5 Stevens, cf ............ 4 McCall, j , 4 Totals 43 FRANKLIN AB Sutton, If .............. 1 McCollum, cf 3 Archer,, c 3 Newton, ss .. 4 Duvall, lb ..... .... 3 Whitmire, 3b 2 Bryson, rf 4 Elliott If 2 Tysinger, If .... .... l Swartson, 2b 3 Monteith, p , 3 Dalrymple, x 1 Pet. .470 R H 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 I 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 R H 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 Totals 30 x Batted for Whitmire in 10th. Easley 010 000 000 34 Franklin ". 000 100 000 01 ANOTHER VICTIM OF AN "UNLOADED GUN" Gerald Fisher, 13-year-old boy of - Brevard, died of wounds re ceived when the gun "went off after the boy "thought be had un loaded all the bullets when he handed it to a playmate." STONE MAY SOLVE LOST COLONY MYSTERY .A stone bearing the nam of Eleanor Dare and the message that she was "here since 1583" was found last Saturday in a cave on the Chattahooche river in Georgia, is announced by authorities of Brenau college who deciphered the characters. This may prove to be the final chapter in the mystery of the "Lost Gotony" of Roanoke Island. Crops Suffer $50,000 Damage In County Approximately $50,000 damage was done Jo crops in the county by heavy rains and flooded streams last week, County Agent Sam Mendenhall estimates. Corn suffered heaviest dam ages of any crop in the area. The annual western North Carolina farm meeting, schedul ed for Boone this week, has been, postponed indefinitely be cause of conditions in Watauga county. A number of Macon farmers were. planning to attend the meet. S. P. RAVENEL DIES WEDNESD AY Former Summer Resident Of Highlands Passes In Charleston, S. C. S. P. Ravenel, 72, retired lawyer of Charleston, S. C, who formerly spent his summers at his home in Highlands, died yesterday at River side Infirmary in Charleston. Fun eral services were held on Thurs day at 1 o'clock, at his residence. 126 Tradd street. Burial was in Magnolia cemetery. Mr. Ravenel was born January 12, 1868, in Paris, a son of Dr. Samuel Prioleau Ravenel of Charl eston, and Mrs. Margaretta Amelia Fleming Ravenel of Philadelphia. Among the survivors are his widow, the former Miss Witte of Charleston, three sisters. Miss Margaretta Ravenel and Miss Claire Ravenel, of Highlands and Phila delphia, and Mrs. Douane", widow of the late Dr. Douane, professor of chemistery of Harvard Univer sity faculty, who worked in Paris with Madame Curie. There are no children. Mr. Ravenel was the member of a distinguished Frencli Hueguenot family. His father, the late Dr. Ravenel of Charleston and High lands, owned 30,000 acres of land in the Highlands section, including the famed - Primeval Forest. His son, Prioleau, has not been able to come to Highlands for some years, it is said, on account of his health. Mr. Ravenel practised law in Asheville as a member of the firm of Davidson, Bourne and Parker, for 20 years, retiring to his home in Charleston in 1934. As The World Turns A Brief Survey of Current Events In State, Nation and Abroad. War News Highlights in the European war news during the past week include: Proclamation by Germany of a "total blockade" by air and .sea around the British Isles. "Every neutral ship sailing in this region in the future is running the risk of being destroyed". Germany an nounces with the disclosure that three big ships had already been sunk in the Irish Sea. - Germany has hurled countless bombers against Britain as the Royal Air Force claims increased destruction to Nazi bases and troop concentrations, planes penetrate as far as Berlin. Duff-Cooper, after the first let-up of air raids of last week, dared Hitler to carry out his plan to invade Great Britain. Following mass plane attacks have been hit-and-run attacks by single or small groups of planes, air torpedo bombs dealing death and destruction yesterday as vic tims were buried beneath the ruins of smashed houses in England. Steady counter attacks were kept up on German bases, as the Brit ish continue on the offensive, and German attacks are reported to change their tactics on account of weakening from mass- attacks. The neutrality of Eire was me naced yesterday when German bombing planes carried the war into the Irish sea with attacks on four ships in St. George's channel. Retreat of the British and oc cupation of British SomaliVand by the Italians. The bombing of Gibraltar and increased threats in the Mediter ranean as Italy declares "total, un conditional blockade between Eng land and the vast British-African areas." Threat of invasion of Greece by Italy "to defend" Italian Albania, while Turkey is reported ready to help defend Greece. British report bombing of Italian-held African territory. Worst naval disaster of the war reported by Britain when 1,074 were tost on the aircraft carrier Glorious cm June 9, ROZELLE WILL HOLDREVIVAL County-Wide Evangelistic Services At Tabernacle September 8-22 The county-wide evangelistic services for the year 1940 will be held as usual in Friendship Tab ernacle beginning on Sunday night, September 8. These services are for all the people and denominations of Macon county. They are a co operative effort on the part of the churches of the county, both rural and city, to bring the gospel bo the attention of. the people of the whole county. By such a united effort of the several denomina tions a .spirit of Christian brother hood can be developed, an out standing evangelistic preacher can be obtained, and the power for do ing good can be greatly augmented. When the late Rev. A. A. Angel constructed the tabernacle, he be lieved it could supply a need in the religious life of the county that was not being supplied by the in dividual churches. Such a belief seems convincing, and these spe cial services carry with them the possibility for much good GmIxmub Pastor To Preach The Evangelist for the coming services will be the Rev. C. E. Rozelle, pastor of Main Street ,Methodist church in Gastonia. Mr. Rozzelle is a man of ability, wide experience, attractive personality, well trained mind, tand great preacher of the gospel. ' . The meeting will last for two weeks which is shorter than last year. Those who want to profit most from it should oegin attend ing at the first and come regular ly. 'Every person who will is in vited and urged to come. Rev. and Mrs. Philip Green will lead the singing. Fire .Department Answers First False Alarm Of Year Members of the Franklin fire department answered tWir first false alarm of the year Tuesday morning when the siren atop the county jail galvanized a court week crowd into action. The fire truck "got as far as Afain street in its search for the blaze 6efore it was discovered that a child playing around the jail had accidentally set the alarm off. CHUNKING, CHINA .Flames started by Japanese in cendiary bombs rendered 25,000 homeless and many lives lost in the fifth air raid in three days on this thickly populated Chinese city. The American Methodist church was destroyed. . TROTSKY ASSASSINATED JN MEXICO CITY Leon Trotsky, famous exile of the Russian revolution, died Wed nesday in Mexico City of a head wound inflicted by a "friend" with a pickaxe, and who, the dying man whispered, was an agent of the OGPU, Soviet secret police. The assassin was a 36-year old native of Iran. A machine gun attack was made on Trotsky's home last May. S. S. AMERICAN LEGION IN SAFE WATERS The Army transport American Legion steaming homeward with nearly 900 Americans from Pet samo, Finland, was announced by government authorities today to be out of the danger zone of mines in the Atlantic. " U. S. AND CANADA TO FORM JOINT DEFENSE BOARD A joint board will be created be tween Canada and the U. S. fol lowing an agreement between Pres ident Roosevelt and Prime Minis ter MacKenzie King last Sunday, thereby permanently linking the in terests of this nation with its northern neighbor, should a hos tile army attack either country. "'. HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES IS-S4 DRAFT The house military committee has tentatively approved a con scription measure calling for the registration of men 18 through 64 years of age with those from 21 to 45 inclusive subject to imme diate training. Senator Maloney (D, Conn.), introduced his compro mise as the senate continued de bate on the Burke-Wsdsworta bill President Plans To Dedicate Smoky Park President Roosevelt plans to dedicate the Great Smoky Mountaias National park on Labor day, September 2, he told United Press representatives at his Hyde Park home Tuesday. Discussing travel plans for the immediate future, the president said he expects to travel direct ly to Asheville from Hyde Park, after spending the week-end of August 31 there attending a meeting of the Roosevelt Home club. The date of the palrk dedica tion may be postponed if the president's plans are changed by national or international developments. TOWN PROJECT PLANSJEADY Erection Of Community House Should Begin In Few Months Construction of the community building on Palmer street is ready to begin as soon as local agencies sponsoring the project can unite their energies to fulfill the speci fications called for in the project proposal. . Washington has already .approved the $27,110 project and earmarked $17,932 in federal funds to be used in its construction. Complete spe cifications and blueprints have been drawn up by John G. Owens of Asheville, the consulting engi neer. P. L. Threlkeld, county WPA superintendent, estimates that WPA forces will be available to begin work on the community house as soon as they can be re leased from the. Otto school and the high school gymnasium pro jects here. The county .board . of commis sioners,, the local government agen cy sponsoring the projects, has donated a lot on the south side of Palmer street, immediately above the Sinclair station. The ac tual sum yet to be raised locally is not large, ..since a great part of the fund called for from the sponsor is already available in ma terials and equipment. , The specifications call for a two- story building of native stone. On the main- floor will be an auditor ium 46 by 47 feet, a 20 by 13 foot stage, a kitchen, two dressing room, a lounge, and toilet facili ties. - Also included in the project are plans for construction of tennis courts and shuffle-boards and landscaping of the lot. DATE SET FOR 17. NJC. FAIR Macon Will Be One Of Twenty-Two Counties Participating Macon county has been asked to cooperate in staging the first an nual Western North Carolina In dustrial and Agricultural fair at Hendersonville in September. Twenty - two western counties have been contacted by fair offi cials and advance reports indicate that all are going to take part. Construction Started Clearing and grading work . was started Tuesday at the fair site on the Hendersonville-Spartanburg highway about two miles from Hendersonville. It is estimated that the initial cost of structure and of equipment will be around $35,- 000. Fair officials also announced that the dedication ceremony of the grounds had been set for Sep tember 18 when Governors Clyde R. Hoey of North Carolina and Burnet R. Maybank of South Car olina, a summer resident here, are expected to attend and take part on the program. TanMira Pnofrm The tentative program for , the fair week includes: school day on Tuesday; Governor's day on Wed nesday; Farmers' day on Thurs day; Agriculture-N.Y.A. day on Friday and Auto Race day on Sat urday. ' The Cetlin and Wilson shows with 22 riding devices and 20 mid way .shows; the Pearl Haynes Glamour Girls revue and the Wat kins circus, including the Zacchini cannon act will appear at the eve ning performances. Macoo Director Two permanent fair director! and COURT CLOSES FOUR DAY TERM Only One Offender Sent To Roads By Judge Wilson Warlick After disposing of both the crim iinal and civil dockets in less than four days, the August term of M aeon county superior court ad journed sine die at neon Thursday. A good percentage of the cases on the criminal calendar were con tinued until the December term of court for lack of evidence or pris oners. Judge Wilson Warlick sent only one offender, Hershel Wil liamson, to the roads. Williamson was found guilty by the grand jury of driving while intoxicated and sentenced to 75 days. The grand jury was composed of Jerry R. Franklin, foreman; F. B. Vinson, Lonnie Grant, C. B. Van hook, J. E. Dowdle, Charlie Moore, Frank Dalrymple, L, P. Patterson. Hansel Bennett, Grady Henry, Carter Henson, George R. Conley, Denver Morgan, L. L. Denny, Weaver Cochrane, R. D. Rogers, S. W. Wowers and Dewey Hopper. 1 he case against Bill Southards, Ransom Flemings, Leo Sanders; and Wilbur Sanders, charged with al legedly setting fire to the Maple Springs schoolhouse, was continued for lack of evidence. Wayne Under wood was also given a continuance while a capias was issued for Her bie Bradshaw. G. F. Burrell pled guilty to a charge of operating a motor ve hicle while intoxicated and was given a two-year isuspended sen tence. His driver's license was re voked for; two years. Robert Sanders pled guilty to il legal possession of whiskey, prayer for judgment continued until De cember term of court. Sanders also received an 18 months sentence on a charge of transporting. Cecil Tallent was fined $50 and had his driver's license revoked for. 12 . months for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. A $50 bond, put up by a finance company on an automobile captur ed transporting whiskey, was de clared forfeit, and the money order payed to the school board. The driver, Sam Pittman, escaped at the time of capture. , Robert Williams was found not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon by the grand jury. James Shieldp and Lem G. Rice pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and were both fined $50 and had their operator's licenses revoked for at year. Leonard Houston was fined $75 and had his license revoked for the same offense. Martin Rochester, Alvis McCall, Woffprd Rochester and Fred; York pled guilty to forcible trespass on each other. They were each fined one-fifth of the costs and a prayer for judgment was continued for 18 months on -good behaviors Carl Evans pled guilty to a charge of wreckless driving and was fined $25 and costs. Dassie Moody pled guilty to for cible trespass and was sentenced to six months in the county jaiL sentence to go into effect if .she violates the law at any time dur ing the next two years. . T. J. Chavis, negro, received a suspended sentence on an abandon ment charge on good behavior and the condition that he Contribute monthly to the support of the child. Revival Services Began At Cowee Sunday A series of revival services be gan at the Cowee Baptist church on Sunday night, August 18, and will continue through' this week and next, it has been announced by the Rev. A. F. Maybeny, pas tor. . The Rev. M. L. Lewis; of Dana, will do the preaching. Services will be held each morning at 11 o'clock and at 8 o'clock in the eve nings. The public is invited to at-' tend these services. 11 associate directors for Macon county have been selected. They are C. S. Slagle, Route 1, and J. S. Conley, Franklin, permanent di rectors; and A. B. Slagle, Frank lin; John Ferguson, Route 4; W. C Taylor. Route 4;. G W. Hender son, Cullasaja; H. W. Cabe, Frank lin; M. S. Burnette, Scaly; G. W. Owenby, Flats; Mrs. B. W. Justice, Route 4; Mm. E. B. Byrd, SUles, and Mrs. J. N. Finley, Scaly, as sociate directors. Officers of the fair association . are: M. M. Redden, Hendersonville attorney, president; E. D. Mitchell Biltmore, and H. E. Buchanan, Hendersonville, vice - presidents; Sam Pickard, Flat Rock, treasurer.